Two big days at Naracoorte saleyards|GALLERY

Two big days at Naracoorte saleyards|GALLERY The recipient of the best presented pen of the first cross ewe lamb sale on November 20, Duane Simon, of McMahon Bros, Lameroo, with his ribbon.

The PPHS team of Robin Steen (left), Josh Manser and Jason Mahney get the sale going.

Livestock SA’s SE committee members taking in day two of the big annual sheep sale: vice chair Lachie Grundy (left), chair Peter Stock and secretary Tom Dawkins.

SAL stock agent Luke Crossling and Renea Boddington with Fergus Boddington.

Jeff and Sue East of Naracoorte look over the yarding at the first cross ewe sale on November 13.

With their best presented pen are Peter (left), Tim and Greg Williams, of Bordertown, and their stock agent Kym Lovelock of Spence Dix and Co.

Animal health specialists Amanda Giles and Ella Duldig at the first cross ewe sale on November 13.

Local sheep breeder Arnie Pfitzner looks over the yarding as the first cross ewe sale gets underway in the background.

Canteen ladies Nicole Haynes, Annie Borg, Mel Jordan, Ginny Harvie and Jo Moore keep things running.

Chris Escott from Naracoorte and Mark Treglown from Poolaijelo.

It was shoulder to shoulder sheep at another huge first cross ewe sale on November 13.

Rachel Withers from Lochaber and Ben Stark from Stewarts Range at the first cross ewe sale on November 13.

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Town centre boost

SINGLETON Council’s general manager Lindy Hyam says despite having to recall for tenders the successful contractor is expected to complete the Town Centre Revitalisation Project by the original finishing date of September 2015.

Council’s largest ever construction contract has been awarded to Civil engineeringcontractors Diona Pty Ltd and they will begin stage one of the project in January.

Artist impression of the new look John Street

The project has an overall budget of $10million after the NSW Government awarded a $9 million grant to the council under the Resources for Regions Program in October 2013.

Council put forward the $1 million shortfall when it came to the works and another $1million for the planning.

During the nine-month construction phase there will obviously be some inconvenience to businesses and the community when it comes to the use of John Street.

However, Mrs Hyam says no businesses will need to close during construction phase of the project.

“The contractor has been instructed tostructure work that maximises access tobusinesses during normal hours (with minimal delays during selected activities),” she says.

“In early December, council’s project team will start delivering information packs to businesses in John Street detailing the constructionschedule, applications for our Shopfront Rebate Program, frequently asked questions andcontact details for the project.

“We have also made a commitment to produce monthly newsletter updates in addition to our weekly website and social media updates.

“We will also be establishing a drop-in centre in John Street in mid-December that will be open to the community and will display plans andschedules for construction.

“Members of the project team will also be on hand to assist with enquiries.”

Mrs Hyam added the long-term benefits will outweigh any negatives ssociated with the upgrade.

“Singleton Council is very excited to be moving into the construction phase of the $10 million Singleton Town Centre Revitalisation Project,” she told The Argus.

“This project is the largest constructioncontract ever let by Singleton Council and, as a result of our rigorous evaluation process, we’re confident we are getting the best economic return on investment we can.

“Like most projects of this nature, there will be some short-term inconvenience.

“However, there will be long-term benefits for our retailers, our economy and our community as a whole.

“The rewards will only be as good as whatpeople are willing to put in.”

Upper Hunter MP George Souris says the new CBD will be an asset for the shire and will make the town centre more attractive for business and customers alike.

“This is an important project to revitalise Singleton CBD and I am delighted the NSW Government has provided a significant funding boost with $9 million from Resources for Regions,” he says.

“This program aims to support regional and rural NSW communities affected by mining, and Singleton was one of six projects to share $41.9 million in the first round of Resources for Regions funding in 2013-14.”

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Search for school site answers stirs action

GUNNEDAH Shire Council will ask for a meeting with NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to try and hasten a decision on the former GS Kidd School site.

Mayor Owen Hasler raised the future of the site at the November council meeting yesterday afternoon.

Cr Hasler told councillors approaches to the Department of Education and Communities had failed to secure any answers, and council should seek a meeting with Mr Piccoli.

The former school site has been vacant since late February when GS Kidd school moved to new purpose-built facilities.

Department of Education and Communities told a public meeting in February there would be a process to determine whether the facilities were “excess to requirements”.

A report was expected in July, but has not yet been received.

A number of community groups, including the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music and Sunnyfield Independence have expressed an interest in using the site, along with Gunnedah South Public School.

Cr Hasler said if council received a satisfactory answer from the department, it would cancel any meeting with the minister.

Cr Hasler said a “very valuable community resource” has remained vacant for too long. The recommendation was approved by councillors, with Cr Gae Swain saying the matter had “gone on for far too long”.

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Fresh coal search

Whitehaven Coal has applied for a new exploration licence covering about 936 hectares seven kilometres west of Gunnedah.

The Department of Trade and Investment has called for public comment on the application that covers private property, the Oxley Highway/Barlow Lane road reserves, Pyramid Hill and an area north-west of the brickworks area.

A Whitehaven spokesman this week said the area was known to include coal.

“Coal is known to exist in the area from an observed outcrop on Pyramid Hill and waterbore drilling,” the spokesman said.

“This is the first time an exploration permit has been issued over the area.”

Comments on the application will close on December 11.

The Department of Trade and Investment’s website says an exploration program involves conducting research before concentrating on very specific areas of interest.

Until an application is granted and access arrangements have been negotiated with landholders, ground exploration cannot be carried out.

“Initial work may involve a visit by a geologist or technical officer to walk the area and undertake geological mapping of rock outcrops,” the website says.

“If an area of interest is identified during this initial phase, further testing may occur.”

It notes many techniques do not involve significant disturbance of the ground.

“If resources are indicated, the next phase of exploration may involve drilling activities usually using truck mounted drill rigs,” the website says.

“There is generally only a minimal area of disturbance, if any, to allow for the preparation of a safe drill site. All disturbed areas must be fully rehabilitated to strict environmental standards.”

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Around Cootamundra – November 21

Around Cootamundra – November 21 GIRLS NIGHT OUTThese girls here pictured were snapped enjoying a girls night out at the lovely White Ibis Restaurant.(from left) Amber Beath, Jodie Roberts, Bianca Jones and Tracey Moon.PHOTO: Kellie Manwaring

GINGERBREAD HOUSE TIMEThe girls at the Cootamundra Library are delighted to announce that the Christmas Gingerbread House making event will once again be taking place.Perfect timing, Friday December 19, the day after school breaks up, and if you or your children are interested do drop into the Library and leave your name, or phone the girls on 6940 2200.Pictured here with Santa at a previous Gingerbread House making event are Karen Maher, Maree Thompson and Lindy Cooper.

IN THE RAINHow cute are these two little girls (Sophie Graham and Millie Twomey) with umbrella up on Saturday last shielding from the rain!They were pictured at the second day of the Snake Gully Cup Carnival in Gundagai where they were with their parents Jock and Kate Graham, of Gobarralong, and Peter and Georgia Twomey, of Rose Bay. Sophie is the granddaughter of Jim and Jill Graham and Millie the granddaughter of Michael and Maree Twomey.This is the only photo I managed to get from the Snake Gully Cup event. I had planned to go with camera in tow on Friday last BUT with 40 plus degrees a happening thing not for me! PHOTO: Wagga Daily Advertiser.

CIRCUS FUNJenny and David McAinsh are here pictured with their souvenir photo after having attended a performance at the circus (at the Cootamundra showground) on Saturday afternoon.They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, Jenny having won the tickets when she found a little ad. on her Facebook page.David has not been to a circus since he was a kid and ‘had a dream’ to run away with a circus, but his dad was informed and he went and brought him home!

READY TO ROLLThe students from the Chris Edwards School of Dance are in ‘full flight’ with dress rehearsals taking place in the Tin Shed theatre at the Arts Centre.Now how impressive do these youngsters look ready set to perform!

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