Nannup winemakers make mark at local festival

LOCAL Nannup wine producer Whimwood Estate Wines recently won a Gold Medal for their Chardonnay.
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Whimwood: Award Winners Steve Johnstone and Maree Tinker.

They were awarded the Shire of Boyup Brook Best Blackwood Valley White Table Wine at the 2014 Blackwood Valley and WA Boutique Wine Show held in Bridgetown on October 23-25.

Owners Steve Johnstone and Maree Tinker had a great 2013 vintage with their chardonnay, also snaffling in September 85 points in the nationwide 2014 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.

White Gate Winery and Nannup Ridge were also featured at the show with White Gate receiving a Bronze medal for their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and Nannup Ridge with Bronzes for their 2013 Shiraz, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Cabernet Merlot and 2011 Firetower Cabernet Sauvignon.

Now in its 12th year, the Festival showcases local Blackwood Valley producers as well as Boutique wineries from across the State who crush less than 250 tonnes of fruit per year.

It is the only show in WA that caters for the smaller producer and continues to grow each year, developing its reputation and attracting high quality judges who assess the wines to Australian Standards.

The Blackwood Valley’s rich, loamy soil coupled with moderate climate temperatures of warm days and cool evenings is the perfect combination for WA’s Chardonnay and Shiraz varieties, giving them a unique flavour and aroma. All of these beautiful local Nannup wines are available from Nannup Liquor Store and Nannup Bridge Café.

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The week that was around the region | Photos PARKES: A potentially dangerous grass fire was quickly brought under control in Lorking Street on Tuesday afternoon without any damage to property.
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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.

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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Cat mauled in fourth Musk Vale attack

A CAT has been mauled in the fourth suspected dog attack in Musk Vale in as many months.
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The latest incident occurred on Sunday in Trewins Lane, Musk Vale, when ahousehold cat was attacked in a driveway.

The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, found her injured catin the early hours of the morning.

“He (Howard) was just sitting in the sun when I heard what sounded like a normal cat fight,” she said.

“I banged on the window and thought he was okay, but when Istarted calling him later,he didn’t come.

“When I finally found him, he was just laying there (with horrific injuries).”

She said Howard was still alive when found, but was later put down.

“Of course it’s devastating because you just don’t expect it,” she said.

“He slept on the end of the bed with me and would walk everywhere with me. It’s a big loss for me.”

Tensheep andtwo lambs have alsobeen killed in past attacks in the nearby area.

Manyresidents believe a large dog is responsible, due to the specific injuries sustained by the animals.

“It’s becoming a habit and it’s just disgusting,” one resident said.

“We just want people to lock up their petsat night so these attacks stop.”

The matter has been forwarded to Hepburn Shire and mayor Kate Redwood, who saidshe is planning a letter drop and public meeting to discuss the issue.

Hepburn Shire has also been contacted for comment.

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Our ‘local’jobs in jeopardy

DAMON Hooker loves living and working in Singleton.
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It was his plan to live and work in Singleton until he retired – and it’s a goal he really hopes will reach its fruition.

CONCERNED: Singleton’s Damon Hooker is worried about his job, and those of others, if the Warkworth and Mt Thorley projects don’t get approved.

But, the one big uncertainty over his plan is the future of his workplace, Warkworth mine, where Mr Hooker is employed as a shot-firer.

He has worked at MTW for three years, having also worked at Ravensworth and Mt Arthur mines.

He resides in town with his wife and two young children.

“I absolutely love the place – you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” he told The Argus.

“It’s a great place to raise a family and has so much to offer but we need jobs – local jobs and that’s what’s in

jeopardy if the Warkworth and Mt Thorley projects don’t get approved.

“If I lose my job because the project is knocked back, I will either have to work away from my family or relocate myself and family to find another mining job.

“And, that is the last thing I want to do.”

Mr Hooker said he wassympathetic to the concerns of the Bulga residents but he believed the mine’s owner was and would continue to do everything in its power tominimise the impacts.

Also extremely keen to see the projects get the green light is Warkworth grader operator and Cessnock district resident Melinda Windle.

A former fly-in-fly-outworker in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, Ms Windle, who has a great hatred of flying, said she did not want to go back to that lifestyle.

“The uncertainty is taking its toll on all of the employee because many, including myself, just wonder where they will find work if the mine ceases production,” she said.

“Living and working locally is just wonderful.”


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The week that was around the region | Photos PARKES: A potentially dangerous grass fire was quickly brought under control in Lorking Street on Tuesday afternoon without any damage to property.
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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.

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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