Day: May 13, 2018

Brumby Open Day

The Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Inc. are holding an Open Day on Sunday, August 5 at 1378 Guyra Rd Ebor.
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There are a large number of new arrivals from the Guy Fawkes River National Park which are all available for inspection and sale on the day ranging from young stock to breeding mares and foals, as well as some privately owned Guy Fawkes horses, and there will be GFHHA merchandise for sale.

Laura Bignall with her mare GF Baymarra will give a demonstration of mounted medieval games. Laura and her mare recently competed at national level with great success. Don’t miss it, you wont believe what your seeing!

Digby Foster will be conducting Natural Horsemanship handling demonstrations with Guy Fawkes Heritage Horses

A representative from NPWS will be there in the morning to give a talk on the trapping program and the current status of horses in the park. He will also be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the trapping program.

Gates open at 9.30 am. Entry is $5 per person and kids under 12 are free, so come and join us for a great day out. Your purchase of Morning Tea and Lunch from our canteen will go towards funding our new facilities and continued care of our horses.

To enquire about our open day as bookings are essential please contact Helen & Digby Foster on 02 67759149 or Erica Jessup on 0428575342 or

email: [email protected]南京夜网 or check out our website www.guyfawkesheritagehorse南京夜网 or become a friend on Facebook.

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Bellingen High School Musical – This Week

OLIVER: Our dedicated cast have been working hard over the school holidays to perfect their lines and stage presence! Behind the scenes the costumes and sets are evolving from willing creative hands – a great team effort! All this activity is kept moving towards the Gala Opening night by the dynamic duo of Ann Phelan and Steve McNeil! An Event not to be missed!
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July 26 -27-28, 7 pm Bellingen High School Hall

Tickets available at the door $10.00/$5.00

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Whale washed up on Hungry Head beach

A dead whale washed up on Hungry Head beach this morning (Tuesday, July 24). Robert Harman, who took this photo, says it appeared the whale had been hit by a boat propeller.
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Smith and Brown come to town for the Energy Festival

Hands-on demonstrations with passionate experts … lots to learn at the Energy Festival.This year’s Bellingen Energy Festival is set to be a big one, with a host of high-profile speakers coming to the Festival on Saturday July 28.
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“We can hardly believe our luck, getting both Bob Brown and Dick Smith on the same day. This has added a buzz of excitement about the Festival that is palpable,” said coordinators Liz McCabe and Paul Nebauer.

Bob Brown and Dick Smith are household names across Australia, and their presence alone should attract an interested crowd. Other guest speakers Dick Clarke, Rose Wright and Ellen Sandell are also leaders in their fields.

Dick Clarke is a leading exponent of sustainable building, Rose Wright is experienced in creating effective regional food networks, and Ellen Sandell from the Australian Youth Climate Action Coalition is a great role model for young people.

There is also a raft of talented local speakers and musicians. The LandcareLearn sessions are especially tailored so that local experts can share information and provide practical demonstrations to everyone who wants to manage their land sustainably, whether you are a backyard veggie gardener, community gardener or a farmer.

There will be innovations and inventions including Moondog the solar powered catamaran, a Bio-gas 202 engine (carbon neutral and grunty); and a biochar retort demonstration, turning weeds and garden ‘waste’ into a valuable C02 sequesting fertiliser.

Over fifteen community groups active in the promotion of sustainable local food networks, plant diversity, community gardens, and a sustainable local community can all be found in or near the Community Tent sponsored by Kombu.

Bring your shopping basket, as the Growers Market will be offering fresh, organic, food and goodies.

Other highlights of the day are an exhibition by local artists from the Workshop Collective in the Main Pavilion entitled ‘Wrong Way, Go Forward”, and the ever-popular eco-kids activities including Funky-Junk Sculpture, sock-puppet making, gardening, environmental theatre and Old MacDonalds Farm. Bellingen Eye kids and Eric the Pushbike man are also offering a Bike Repair and Decorating workshop all day: get out your old bike and bring it along for free repair advice and help: there is a cost price for parts, but the advice, expertise and fun are free!

Take a look at the program inside, you will find something for everyone at the Bellingen Energy Festival, this Saturday July 28 from 8.30 am, Bellingen Showground. Entry is by donation.

A big thank you to our generous major sponsors, Bellingen Shire Council, Si Clean Energy, and the Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun for making the event possible. Also to Kombu Wholefoods, Weave Bellingen, Ventoux Cycles and Northfarm Accommodation for their support.

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Smith and Brown come to town for the Energy Festival

Hands-on demonstrations with passionate experts – lots to learn at the Energy Festival.This year’s Bellingen Energy Festival is set to be a big one, with a host of high-profile speakers coming to the Festival on Saturday July 28.
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“We can hardly believe our luck, getting both Bob Brown and Dick Smith on the same day. This has added a buzz of excitement about the Festival that is palpable,” said coordinators Liz McCabe and Paul Nebauer.

Bob Brown and Dick Smith are household names across Australia, and their presence alone should attract an interested crowd. Other guest speakers Dick Clarke, Rose Wright and Ellen Sandell are also leaders in their fields.

Dick Clarke is a leading exponent of sustainable building, Rose Wright is experienced in creating effective regional food networks, and Ellen Sandell from the Australian Youth Climate Action Coalition is a great role model for young people.

There is also a raft of talented local speakers and musicians. The LandcareLearn sessions are especially tailored so that local experts can share information and provide practical demonstrations to everyone who wants to manage their land sustainably, whether you are a backyard veggie gardener, community gardener or a farmer.

There will be innovations and inventions including Moondog the solar powered catamaran, a Bio-gas 202 engine (carbon neutral and grunty); and a biochar retort demonstration, turning weeds and garden ‘waste’ into a valuable C02 sequesting fertiliser.

Over fifteen community groups active in the promotion of sustainable local food networks, plant diversity, community gardens, and a sustainable local community can all be found in or near the Community Tent sponsored by Kombu.

Bring your shopping basket, as the Growers Market will be offering fresh, organic, food and goodies.

Other highlights of the day are an exhibition by local artists from the Workshop Collective in the Main Pavilion entitled ‘Wrong Way, Go Forward”, and the ever-popular eco-kids activities including Funky-Junk Sculpture, sock-puppet making, gardening, environmental theatre and Old MacDonalds Farm. Bellingen Eye kids and Eric the Pushbike man are also offering a Bike Repair and Decorating workshop all day: get out your old bike and bring it along for free repair advice and help: there is a cost price for parts, but the advice, expertise and fun are free!

Take a look at the program inside, you will find something for everyone at the Bellingen Energy Festival, this Saturday July 28 from 8.30 am, Bellingen Showground. Entry is by donation.

A big thank you to our generous major sponsors, Bellingen Shire Council, Si Clean Energy, and the Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun for making the event possible. Also to Kombu Wholefoods, Weave Bellingen, Ventoux Cycles and Northfarm Accommodation for their support.

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Magpies crash at home to the Coffs Comets

Sunday was a crucial game for both the Bellingen/Dorrigo Magpies and the Coffs Harbour Comets as the Magpies needed to win to stay in touch with the leaders on the table and the Comets needing to win to get back into the top 5. Both teams started the game with caution and you could see both teams were desperate to win with a very basic game plan and a no mistake attitude. The Magpies were first to score with Jerry “ Master” Key barging over to have the Magpies in front 6 – 0. Both teams were completing their sets and trying to gain the advantage with field position and the game was an arm wrestle from two sides both needing the much needed two points.
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When Jerry “Master” Key crashed over for his second try the Magpies looked in command and the local home town crowd were getting excited as another win was destined for the Magpies, but you cannot look to far forward in 80 minutes of rugby league as anything can happen. With the Magpies leading 12 – 6 at the half time break you could sense they were hanging on and the Comets were playing a style of footy that they would not die wondering. When the players returned to the field in the 2nd half the Comets came out with all guns blazing and ripped into the Magpie forwards laying a great platform for their classy outside backs to take advantage of the go forward. The Comets were first to score in the 2nd half and the Magpies new they were in for a tough 40 minutes as the big Comets pack kept coming in numbers repeatedly and the crowd could see the Magpies tiring like a heavyweight boxer in the last 2 rounds of a title fight.

With the Comets in control of the game the Magpies did not score a point in the 2nd half and it made it a little more difficult when centre Daniel Sangster was sent to the sin bin for dissent against the referee. Again the Comets played some smart rugby league and sent their attack down the left hand side of the field where Sangster was defending before his departure and scored 2 tries in the time he was off the field. Now with the Magpies on the back foot the Comets nailed the coffin closed and played some entertaining football to finish the job on the Magpies and come away victorious 32 – 12. It was a disappointing afternoon for the Magpies as the week early lost to last placed Orara and needed to win to get the 2 lost points from that match and now sees the Magpies drop to 5th on the table with three games remaining. The positive fact is the Magpies have a bye in the last round and with two tough games against Nambucca and Port Macquarie in consecutive weeks may need the 2 points to gain 5th spot on the ladder. Coach Costin stated in the after match presentation at the Diggers Tavern that he is taking all responsibility and is trying everything to get the Magpies season back on track.

Best players for the Magpies were non other then Jerry “ Master” Key who scored the 2 tries for the Magpies and was a threat to the Comets defence every time he touched the ball. Luke Beaumont who has not played a bad game this year since starting at fullback, which is outstanding for a player of his age be so consistent. Corey “Crazy Pony” Sinclair who also has been the most consistent player week in week out for the Magpies. For a player of his size to do what he does in defence is amazing and he has the respect not only from his team mates but also opposition sides which is a credit to Corey.

Reserve Grade finished again on the wrong side of the scoreboard 20 – 14 but it wasn’t through lack of effort it was due to some critical errors in try scoring opportunities. The Magpies played some tough hard football and again were in the game until the end but it wasn’t meant to be as time ran out for the Magpies when they were marching up the field in the latter stages of the 2nd half. All the players that played deserve a mention as they all played their hearts out and gave it their all but again did not come away with a win. The time will come when the bounce of the ball turns for the Magpies and they will put the cleaners through a side when the passes stick.

Best players for the Magpies were Wade Davis who is the best player on the field every time he plays reserve grade and lead the side around brilliantly. Wade scored a great solo try adjacent to the posts and had the Comets defenders worried every time he handled the ball. Jake Mears who is getting better and better every game and for a player who was only allowed to play when he turned 16 & 9 months not long ago is showing what a great player he will be in years to come. Jake has the potential to be the starting number 7 for the Magpies in 1st Grade in 2013 if he wants it. Gus “Carpet” Byrne was another young player to shine on the weekend and he too like Corey Sinclair amazes the crowd with his toughness and durability for a bloke so small. Gus will be pushing for 1st grade selection in 2013 also.

Izzy “One More Year” Boutell made the trek down the mountain without his mate Paul “Big Dog” Sheather and was seen cuddling all his team mates in the sheds and thanked them all for the well wishes he received during his time with the pregnant trout and the tough period he had come thru the previous week. Izzy was overheard telling team mates he doesn’t like play games away as the crowds don’t appreciate him like the Bello crowd. I had a chance to catch up with Izzy at the Tavern after the game and this is what he had to say. Josh – Great game Izzy you played well, Izzy – When don’t I play well, if they all played like I do we would be winning the comp. JW – I thought you guys could of won that. IB – Yeah if we had my so called mate Big Dog turn up every now and again we might have. JW – Have you 2 had a fall out…? IB – Mate he is all for himself and things won’t be the same when he gets back from Newcastle as he left me out of the whole thing. JW – I thought he was down there with Coach Bennett helping them set up the High Performance unit? IB – Mate I don’t want to talk about it, he rorted me big time. JW – Mate surely you are not that angry with him..? IB – Beat it you must be on his side, I am out of here. I made Big Dog what he is today and he left me out of all this. I will see you next home game. JW – What about the Nambucca game next week…? IB – I don’t play away games anymore, I don’t get the love I do when playing at home, so see you later.

Big dramas up at the Ebor High Performance Unit by the sounds of it and it will be interesting to see when Big Dog returns to his beloved trout.

This weekend (Sunday) the Magpies take on the table topping Nambucca Roosters who will be out to rectify last week’s loss to Sawtell and maintain their advantage at the top of the table. The Magpie players would love to see as many local supporters at the ground to help the keep their position on the ladder and hopefully get the much needed 2 points to stay in the hunt for the finals.

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Raiders share the points with Sawtell

Tommy Frewen shoots just wide against Sawtell at Urunga Rec field.The high pressure system located across our great land ensured a steady chilling breeze from the south last weekend over the Cabbage Patch as the Raiders faced up to the Sawtell Scorpions.
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Both sides were equal on 17 points on the ladder, the Raiders with a better goal average, giving that injection of extra intensity as Jason Hillier blew time on. The Raiders were nearly rewarded early as Ben Dooley caught Scorpion defender Grant Martin in the rear of the Sawtell defensive line Dooley made a bee line to the goal but his miss timed shot fizzed past the near post.

The Scorpions weren’t so lucky next time though as Kale Hooper collected a loose ball midfield and fired a pass for Harry Gale to cross to an unmarked Ben Dooley who side footed the first goal if the afternoon on 9minutes.

It represented a great start for the home side who looked to have the Scorpions at 6s and 7s but as the half wore on the visitors began to connect some interesting passages of play none of which threatened the Raider’s goal but it was a more even contest.

As the half was drawing to a close the Scorpions hard work led to a succession of corners and I like to think in a planned move Matt Parkins (Sawtell’s man of the match) drove in a low corner to the top of the penalty area that Sam Sawtell absolutely smashed into the Raider’s net from the top of the box. Jake Tarrant had zero chance of a save and after spending more years than I care to count at the Cabbage Patch I am hard pressed to recount a better strike.

So the sides went to the sheds 1-1 with crowd buzzing over the Sawtell strike. The second half would see both sides presented opportunities to win in an entertaining 45 minutes the final section a reflection of the half as Sawtell swept upfield Paul Pomroy’s well timed tackle on Ben Andrews perhaps a goal saver, the Raiders taking advantage of the forward press by the visitors launched their own attack with Arlen Horten firing a ball out to Sinai Shaul to cross for Tommy Frewen.

Frewen able to go round one defender but then caught in traffic his snap shot grazing the far post in what would have been the winner. So at the end of a hard fought and decidedly chilly 90 minutes the points were shared and both sides moved to 18 points.

In other results the U/21s continue on their winning way with a resounding 6-1 victory, while the U/17 boys had to overcome a 1 goal deficit late in the second half before Big Joe Pettit slapped in 2 goals and Ryan Cee Krest 1 to give the boys a 3-1 win and keep them top of the table.

The Women’s first grade had a comfortable 8-1 win over the Coffs Westlawn Tigers in a one sided affair. This weekend will see the Raiders travel to Grafton that match on Saturday at Barnier Park kickoffs at 3 and 5 (bring warm clothes) see you there!

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Speed cameras reduce fatal crashes: review

The Urunga speed camera operates on a three-strikes before an infringement notice is issued basis.Despite often being decried as revenue raisers, speed cameras are overwhelmingly effective at reducing dangerous crashes, a NSW government review has found.
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The state government has conducted its first annual review of the effectiveness of speed cameras, finding more than 95 percent of them were having a positive effect on reducing fatal crashes and injuries.

Fatalities fell by 87 percent and crashes fell by 38 percent in the areas around fixed speed cameras, according to a report released today by the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

The review arrived at the figures by examining the number of crashes, fatalities and measured speeds within 500 metres of 97 fixed speed cameras and comparing data from the five years before the cameras were introduced to the most recent five-year period.

In the five years before the cameras were introduced, there were 3959 crashes in the zones around these speed cameras, resulting in 61 fatalities and 2124 injuries.

In the recent five-year period, there were 2451 crashes, resulting in eight fatalities and 1344 injuries. All of the cameras examined in the study were at least five years old.

Marg Prendergast, acting general manager of the NSW Centre for Road Safety, said the report proved cameras were overwhelmingly effective.

“The right camera in the right place can save lives,” she said.

However, the report did find five locations where the cameras were not having the desired effect – including one at Hungry Head.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said those cameras would be subject to a further review by the Centre for Road Safety and might be removed.

Mr Gay has long been a critic of “revenue raising” cameras but said the study results were encouraging.

“We’re determined to ensure speed cameras are only in locations where they have a proven road safety benefit, and that they are not simply there as revenue raisers,” he said.

The review follows a report by the NSW Auditor-General last year, which recommended annual audits.

Mr Gay said there were no plans to reduce penalties as the result of the findings, as the penalties were helping achieve the results.

“The fines act as a deterrent and it’s an important part of that deterrent … the loss of points off the licences is another part, [and] getting the message out there,” he said.

There are 131 fixed-speed cameras operating at 103 locations across NSW, including one at Urunga that is on a three-strikes before an infringement notice is issued.

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LandcareLearn 2012

Learning about land management at LandcareLearn last year. Photo by Craig StehnSustainability, knowledge and practice are the key themes of LandcareLearn – now in its second year of collaboration with the Bellingen Energy Festival. Energy and land management form a natural partnership in the world today – increasing sustainability in both fields will be a key challenge for local, national and global communities in coming years.
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LandcareLearn will provide an opportunity for landholders to gain skills in sustainable land management through a series of practical and informative workshops. The LandcareLearn event will run throughout the day and sessions will be grouped in three themes: looking after your animals and your land, managing habitats for a healthy environment and, making the most of it – practical land management skills. Individual sessions will provide information on assessing pasture health, rainforest identification, farm forestry, livestock health, managing horses on small properties, environmental weed control, river bank restoration, managing threatened biodiversity and fireweed/GPG control.

LandcareLearn event organisers Craig Stehn and Colin Matthews (Landcare Coordinators for Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Dorrigo) anticipate that Festival goers who come along to a session or two will energise their interest in the local environment and learn new skills to help them manage their property (from backyard to farm) in a more sustainable way. LandcareLearn will run as part of the Energy Festival at the showground from 10.00am to 3.30pm. For more information, contact Craig Stehn (Coffs Harbour) on 6651 1308, or Colin Matthews (Bellingen) on 6655 0588.

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Local architects explain green building

Local architects … Nick Radford, Tricia Helyar, Anna Fisher and Guido Eberding.In recognition of the importance of green building to a low carbon future, six Bellingen architects and building designers have come together to offer advice at the Bellingen Energy Festival. The group will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding sustainable design and materials.
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The team has a wealth of local experience designing environmentally friendly homes, and includes Reiner Schimminger, Guido Eberding (Kalang Design House), Richard Eastman (AURA), Christian Fisher (Fisher Design + Architecture), Tricia Helyar and Nick Radford (Ecoliving Design). Nick can also advise on native landscape design and permaculture.

“I think it’s important to talk about sustainable design, even more so since the latest electricity price increases. Appropriately designed buildings will reduce energy needs and create a better environment to both live and work in” said Tricia Helyer. “Everyone was very keen to get together last year and its great to be back at the Energy Fair again this year. It’s very positive to have everyone working together on this important issue.”

So at the Energy Fair, have a chat with the architects and designers of Bellingen.

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