Teams well placed in surfboat series

Fighting it: Tacking Point open men s crew battles the surf.ROUNDS three and four of the North Coast Surf Boat Series were held last weekend at Scott’s Head.
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There were 52 crews competing in 84 races across all divisions, with crews travelling from Maroochydore in the North to Cape Hawke in the south.

The NCSBS is gaining the reputation of one of, if not the best, surfboat series on the east coast.

Tacking point ladies crew is sitting in second place even after missing round three on Saturday, they went on to win Sunday. The girls are an extremely strong crew and only sitting seven points behind first place Kempsey/Cresent Head.

These two crews will provide some great action over the season to see who takes out first place.

The open men’s, masters men 160 and the reserve crews have all missed two out of the four carnivals so they have some catching up to do.

Port Macquarie had only two masters crews this season; masters ladies and masters men 160. Both crews are rowing well and sitting in fourth place.

“This season is shaping up to be a very strong one, with a large number of extremely competitive crews especially in the open men’s and open women’s divisions,” said the media representative for NCBS.

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#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal photos from December 1979

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Ragged flags come down

THE ragged Australian flags still flying in Conadilly Street will finally come down today and tomorrow.
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A Gunnedah Shire Council spokesperson said yesterday council, in conjunction with Essential Energy, had been trying to remove the flags for the past few months.

“However, despite every effort of both parties to schedule the removal of the flags into Essential Energy’s works program, an arrangement to remove the flags could not be reached within Gunnedah Shire Council’s desired timeframe,” the spokesperson said.

Gunnedah Shire Council has instead contracted local business Gunnedah Mechanical and Cranes Pty Ltd to remove the flags from Essential Energy poles, with removal to occur today and tomorrow, weather permitting .

“Historically, the removal of the flags could be undertaken by council employees, however, due to new certification requirements, council staff are no longer authorised to perform this task,” the spokesperson said.

“Council staff will continue to investigate options for the installation of flagpoles in the main street with a preference for a flag pole system that is easier to access and maintain and that allows staff to change banners unassisted and as required.”

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Port Macquarie High School’s 2014 formalPhotos

Port Macquarie High School’s 2014 formal | Photos Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin
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Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

Port Macquarie High School’s Year 12 Class of 2014, their family and friends, enjoyed a big night at Port Macquarie Panthers on Tuesday. Pics: Tony Cronin

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Ten years of community banking in Willaura and Lake Bolac

Tom Guthrie, Jane Millear, Lisa Heard, Lois Brain, Tony Millear, Les Bright, Ebony Kumnick, Tanya Haslett and Anthony Heard celebrate community banking.THE Board of Directors and staff invite customers, shareholders and the general public to help celebrate Willaura and Lake Bolac Community Bank Branch’s 10th birthday next Wednesday November 26.
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Join in for a for a sausage sizzle from 10.30am at Willaura and from 1pm at Lake Bolac. Winners of the coloring competition will be announced and there’ll be a visit from the bank’s very own Piggy.

The branch has come along way since its inception a decade ago.

When the National Australia Bank announced in April 2002 that it would close its Willaura branch there was widespread dismay in the community, given there would be no full banking service left in the town. Lake Bolac was in a similar position after the Westpac branch closed in 1994.

A public meeting was called in Willaura to consider what options were available to continue and improve banking services in the district. An Investigative Committee was formed and found that the Bendigo Community Bank model had the most merit. Its broad community ownership of the franchise, and its profit sharing model promised enormous benefits to the district.

Accordingly a Community Bank Steering Committee was formed and an invitation was extended to Lake Bolac to establish a combined Willaura/Lake Bolac Community Bank.

The arduous job of making this all a reality began. The concept was widely publicised and financial pledges from potential shareholders rolled in steadily. By July 2003 $500,000 was reached.

By mid 2004 Bendigo Bank gave the go ahead to the newly formed Willaura/Lake Bolac Financial Services Limited to issue a prospectus. The minimum subscription of $510,000 made up by approximately 400 shareholders, was reached by September 2004, and the work of establishing the branches began.

Willaura’s former Commonwealth Bank building was leased from Council and completely refurbished to create the new Willaura branch. A specially designed and outfitted space in Lake Bolac’s new Information and Business Centre was leased for the Lake Bolac branch.

Neil Hinkley, previously the manager of the Willaura Commonwealth Bank branch and before that the Willaura branch of the State Bank of Victoria, was appointed inaugural Branch manager of the Willaura/Lake Bolac Community Bank. Clare Hill, Angela McCrow, and Simone Clark (McDonald) were the Bank’s first customer service officers.

On November 26 2004, after more than two years of hard work by a dedicated community, celebrations were held in both towns to mark the return of full banking services to the district.

The Willaura-Lake Bolac Community Bank has become successful, and made a significant difference to the communities.

An obvious benefit is having local branches in town, and local manager, Trevor Link. Four customer service officers are also employed, including original staff members Simone McDonald and Clare Hill, along with Joanne Byron and Carol McInnes.

A run down Willaura building was refurbished, and the Community Bank was the catalyst for the building of the Lake Bolac Information and Business Centre.

Importantly, those shareholders who showed so much faith and generosity in ensuring the Bank’s establishment are now receiving dividend payments.

Profits now flow back to the district through sponsorship programs and support of community events. Thanks to the customers of the Willaura/Lake Bolac Community Bank $100,000 has been returned to the district since 2004.

For more details or information please contact the branch on 5354 1170 or 5350 3274.

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