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The week that was in the central west | Photos ORANGE: After abandoning plans to exhibit a super-sized replica of an Akubra hat, Orange City Council members are now on a mission to secure a four-storey-high aluminium sculpture by Blue Mountains artist Terrance Plowright.

PARKES: A potentially dangerous grass fire was quickly brought under control in Lorking Street on Tuesday afternoon without any damage to property.

COWRA: Australia’s foremost Aboriginal dance troupe is celebrating 25 years – and two Cowra High School students will celebrate among them. Jesse Murray and Imajen James will perform alongside the Bangarra Dance Theatre group.

ORANGE: After losing two of his close friends in drink-driving accidents, Hotel Orange licensee Alex Savage made a decision to do all he could to stop others from dying the same way.

FORBES: About 500 people marched in last year’s White Ribbon Day community march and Forbes Domestic Violence committee hope to see more this year.

PARKES: The Mitchell Conservatorium has had teachers and students in Parkes for years but now has a home – beautiful new studios located in Currajong Street.

ORANGE: A Glenroi resident says it’s time parents took responsibility for their young children who walk the streets at night lighting fires, taking drugs and threatening residents.

BLAYNEY: A Multi-million dollar initiative coming out of Blayney will mean thousands of hampers are delivered across Australia this Christmas. In a deal struck between Blayney Foods and the Hamper King organisation, packing is now underway ahead of the festive season.

ORANGE: Mackenzie and Cooper Caffin with their father Grant Caffin, will be one of the hundreds of families donating to Kmart Orange’s Wishing Tree Appeal this year. Photo: ALEXANDRA KING 1115akwishingtree

COWRA: They’re the generation with the biggest buying power; and now baby boomers are getting their very own festival right here in Cowra. Nerallie and Stephen Cheney are bringing the first-ever Baby Boomers Festival to town next February.

FORBES: Thomas Haynes has recently returned from a week-long concert tour of the Riverina as part of the Riverina Combined Public Schools Band.

PARKES: The Parkes Under 13 girls indoor hockey team participated in the NSW Indoor Hockey State Championships at Tamworth. The team consisted of India Draper, Peta Fagan, Gracey Jones (goalkeeper), Savanah Draper, Lori Ross, Hannah Blunt and Jordan Fagan.

ORANGE: Margaret Bastick would like to thank those who have shared their experiences to compile a history of the Catholic parish of Orange, in a book to be launched on Friday at the sesquicentenary celebrations. Photo: STEVE GOSCH1116catholic

CANOWINDRA: A man has pleaded guilty to lighting a fire that gutted a Canowindra home last Friday.

FORBES: Former Bathurst St Pat’s playmaker Tim Holman has signed a contract to join the Forbes Magpies for the 2015 Group 11 rugby league season.

NYNGAN: Henry Parry winner of the 2014 Valvoline Street Machine Of The Year award with his FB Holden, known as Old Love. Photo: Street Machine

NYNGAN: Back: Sensei Matt March, Sempai Nick Owens. Front: Syed Rayyan-Ul-Hassan Noor, Alex Palmer and Charlie Garment.

DUBBO: Li-Jen Wong said she is glad she chose to move to Dubbo this year after living in metropolitan cities, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney for the first 23 years of her life. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: An overjoyed Rachel Mills has been reunited with her parrot Bazil, who went missing at the weekend.

DUBBO: Priceline Pharmacy partner Mark Rugendyke with his new machine that sorts, stores and dispenses presriptio medicine with 100 per cent accuracy. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Jordan Robb in action at a recent rodeo. He was thrown from a bull during a competition in Armidale on Saturday and is a quadriplegic.Photo: RUTH EGAN – R.L.G IMAGES

DUBBO: Leila Kirkness, 18, produced the series of drawings titled Dreams, nightmares, love, sacrifice and coming of age as her major work for visual arts. She has been nominated for ArtExpress.

DUBBO: Rod Hannifey was once told he would never find a truck company that would be willing to provide him with trailers that promote road safety

DUBBO: Katrina Taunton and Jess Hammonds are holding a Pink Ribbon fundraiser.

DUBBO: Steven Hornby, Leonnie McGrath and Deanne Prout showing off their moustaches. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: John Walkom and Peter Flude at the opening of stage one of the Macquarie View estate. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: BACK: Virginia Morley, Edan Fahy, Jenna Pring, Grace Lambert, Lauren Lambert, Spencer Simcox, Heidi Spatt, Saxon Scott, Liam Hopkin-Davies, Amanda Hopkin-Davies, The Honourable Linda Burney, Malia Paing. FRONT: Lucius Morley-Pavco, Katrina MacLeod, Oscar MacLeod and Country Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence. Photo: GREG KEEN

DUBBO: The Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre’s 2015 launch. Photo: GREG KEEN

NARROMINE: Emergency services rushed to the scene of a fire on Monday evening. These horses ran away from the flames. Photo: GRACE RYAN

WELLINGTON: Twenty women took part in the Wellington Women with Flair workshop.

WESTERN NSW: Honey Bee and Pollination R&D Program researcher, James Kershaw

BATHURST: Ramya Ranaweera can’t thank everyone enough for bringing her children to Australia. Ms Ranaweera came to Australia from Sri Lanka to study a Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University. From left, St Philomena’s principal James Farr with Shenal Breden, Deina Shenoni and Ramya Ranaweera. Photo PHILL MURRAY 111914pstphils

BATHURST: Denison College of Secondary Education principal Craig Petersen, Iiyama City Education Department chief Iwao Shimizu, Bathurst High principal Geoff Hastings and Iiyama-Kita High School principal Kunihiko Ninomiya at this week’s sister school signing. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 111814csister

OBERON: Oberon man Colin Adams panning for gold with daughters Lily, three, and Brianna, nine. Photo PHILL MURRAY 111314pgold2

BATHURST: Bathurst locals took the chance to do some early Christmas shopping at Bathurst’s Biggest Expo. Photos CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST: Stanley Street is now temporarily closed as asbestos removal experts move in to make the area safe prior to the construction of Bathurst’s bicentennial flag staff. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 111514cfl

BATHURST: Brian Newby looks over the rear driver’s side indicator cluster that was damaged in a Bathurst car park last week. Whoever caused the damage drove off without leaving any details. Photo CHRIS SEABROOK 11171

BATHURST: Claire Crouch and Karla McDiarmid were going goggle-eyed in Bathurst yesterday as they did the rounds of the town attempting to break a FaceMapping record. Photo BRIAN WOOD 111914karla1

LITHGOW: It was exciting for the students of Zig Zag School to be captured on television as they sung their best notes in the Cathedral chamber at Jenolan Caves.

LITHGOW: Lithgow Musical Society is in full swing with its end of year production of ‘Annie’.

LITHGOW: The Lithgow Men’s Shed has generously supplied the Three Tree Lodge nursing home with a hand-crafted Christmas sleigh for their coming Christmas raffles.

MUDGEE: Adam Spencer talks about the number 4 during his unexpected visit to Mudgee High School.

MUDGEE: Any passers-by on Lions Drive, Mudgee, who are curious about the shipping containers on the bend at the eastern end, can now know that they are the basis of a new café gallery.

MUDGEE: These Year 6 students from Mudgee Public and Cudgegong Valley, were among those at the Orientation Day at Mudgee High School last Thursday.

OBERON: A total of 20,000 rainbow trout fingerlings were put into Lake Oberon and reaches of the Fish River this week as part of an ongoing program attempting to rid the lake of redfin.

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Competition high at annual Ararat College Chaplaincy Golf Day

Gary Smith, Lachie Stevens, Tyson Carr and Jeremy Price were the handicap winners of the Ararat College Chaplaincy Golf Day.COMPETITION was high at the Chalambar Golf Club last Sunday for the annual Ararat College Chaplaincy Golf Day.

Taking out the top prize in the four person ambrose event for the men’s handicap division were Lachie Stevens, Gary Smith, Tyson Carr and Jeremy Price on 65-123/8-525/8.

Tyson Carr winds up ready for a big drive off the 15th tee during Sunday s competition.

The team finished a stroke ahead of Sam Cronin, Taine Pearse, Kup Awarangi and Harrison Cronin.

Organiser Rick Thomas said it was great to see two teams of young golfers finish top of the table.

“We had quite a few young players take part on the day which is fantastic,” he said.

“All the men’s teams were thereabouts with their scores, which made it pretty tight and competitive. There would have been a lot going home thinking if I hadn’t have missed those two putts we might have been a chance!”

Mr Thomas said 14 teams totalling 56 players took part in the competition, which raised just under $4,000 for the Ararat College Chaplaincy program.

The event featured 56 sponsors all up, which included 31 prizes donated for nearest the pins and various other activities including a spinning wheel.



Men: L Stevens, G Smith, J Price, T Carr – 65-123/8-525/8; runners-up: S Cronin, T Pearse, K Awarangi, H Cronin – 62-82/8-536/8.

Ladies: G Rowe, M Peoples, G Dadswell, J Shearer – 72-115/8-603/8.

Mixed: L Thomas, R Thomas, R Harricks, M Harricks – 66-85/8-573/8; runners-up: M Goudie, P Goudie, F Kitchen, A Kitchen – 74-15-59.

Corporate: D Jennings, A Williamson, M Summers, M Harricks (PRD Nation Wide) – 60-43/8-555/8.

Fun Event: M Carthew, I Johnson, C McAdie, A Burger.

Nearest the Pins: 2nd – D Jennings, G Dadswell (ladies); 6th – S O’Connell; 8th – T Pearse; 15th – P Walker; 16th – B Ward.

Straightest hit: G Dadswell (4th).

Longest drive: D Jennings (4th), G Rowe (4th).

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One Tree Hill to host motorsport this weekend

Reigning King Of The Hill Kevin Mackrell in his fire breathing V8 powered, 4WD Datsun. Picture: ANDREW CALVERTA NEW ‘King of the Hill’ will be crowned this weekend when the annual Ararat Hill Climb returns to One Tree Hill.

Proceedings will commence tonight from 6pm with scrutineering at Elizabeth Park (opposite McDonalds) and with a variety of cars on display the public is encouraged to head along and take a look.

Racing will then get underway at One Tree Hill on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, before continuing on Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Competitors will be vying for the title of ‘King Of The Hill’ awarded to the fastest outright time of the weekend.

Also included in the event is a Victoria verses South Australia Challenge, with the winning state taking home the prestigious Peter Hall Memorial Trophy.

Entry for spectators across the weekend is free, with a barbecue supplied by the Y’s Mens running during the event.

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Grampians Soaring Club celebrates 40 years

Brian Wood and Darren Ford will be part of tomorrow’s celebrations as the Grampians Soaring Club marks its 40th anniversary with a public open day. For full story see page 35. Picture: PETER PICKERINGThe Grampians Soaring Club is celebrating 40 years since its inception this weekend.

Like any sporting club the local group has built its foundation on the back of hard work from its dedicated volunteers and many of the club’s 46 members will gather to celebrate this weekend’s milestone.

In 1974, the first flight of the Grampians Soaring Club was made by Noel Lovell at Jack Beattie’s property at Navarre.

Noel was a well-known entity in Ararat, with that first flight being made in a Kookaburra an Australian built two-seat glider.

Today the club owns a number of aircraft including a two-seater training glider, a two-seater high performance glider and two single seater gliders.

In addition, a number of club members have their own gliders which are housed in the main hangar.

Initially the Grampians Soaring Club set up operations at Stawell Aerodrome, but moved to Ararat in November 1977.

Very quickly the hard working club members built a hangar and had completed their clubrooms by November 1980.

The Victorian State Championships were first held in Ararat in 1982, which put Ararat on the world’s ‘gliding map’, as a location with some serious gliding opportunities.

Since that time the club has grown in membership and extended its facilities to include its own tow plane, a larger hangar space, and enhanced facilities that allowed the Victorian State Championships to be held again in December 2011.

Club members regularly compete at various championships around the country.

Members of the public are invited to come to the Ararat Aerodrome (just off the Western Highway near the Caltex Roadhouse) and inspect the facilities and aircraft.

The Grampians Soaring Club will be open to the public from 10am until 2pm this Saturday.

Those that are interested in an air experience flight, will be able to purchase a ticket on the day. Vouchers are also available, and can make a great Christmas gift for that person who is looking for something a little different.

Public flights take place most weekends and public holidays. More information can be obtained by contacting committee member Gary Stevenson on 5352 4938.

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Editorial: Know your limits at Bong Bong

THE event that stops the Highlands is on once again today.

With picnic baskets in one hand and hats in another, the Bong Bong Picnic Races has been a long standing community tradition in the Highlands.

While the alcohol restrictions are slightly stricter this year, event-goers should still remain alcohol smart.

There have been times where the major event of the day, the Bong Bong Cup, has been blindsided by the clinking of glasses and swirling of alcohol.

While there have been alcohol related issues in the past, local police want to see the event continue, but in a safer and more controlled manner.

Race-goers today will be restricted to purchasing one bottle of wine or two mid-strength beers at any one time. Wine bottles pre-purchased by marquee holders are to be kept within the allocated area of the marquee.

While celebrations and a drink with mates are all part of the day, it is wise to remember the grounds are not a nightclub and it shouldn’t be the alcohol which takes over the event.

A recent Southern Highland News poll asked whether people thought there should be stricter alcohol restrictions in place at the races and the majority (52.78 per cent) of respondents thought more stringent restrictions were needed.

It should be noted a fun time can be had without alcohol.

A celebratory drink or two is a great way to celebrate the race which does stop the Highlands, but it’s important to know one’s limits.

The event has previously shut down for several years and was re-opened under a stricter structure – it would be disappointing to see the same thing happen again.

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