Monthly Archives: June 2019

Jun
21
  • Great Cod Almighty

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    CAN you think of a suitable monument to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lions Club in Goondiwindi?
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    Well, Lions Club member Peter Smith has.

    He was inspired by something he saw on a trip to New Zealand

    “It was this beautiful, naturalistic statue of a trout. I took a photo, and suggested we do something similar with one of our famous local fish for out 50th Anniversary. And the club agreed,” Peter said.

    That was two years ago, and now his vision has been brought to “life”.

    Natureworks, who has created models for Sea World, has constructed a giant statue of Goondiwindi’s favourite fish, the Murray Cod, and it will arrive tomorrow morning, sadly too late for us to get a pic.

    “We were going to have a Golden Perch (yellowbelly) but the artist who is doing it said another town up north already has one, so we went for the Murray Cod.”

    The fibreglass fish is six-and-a-half metres tall.

    “It’s a way to celebrate 50 years of our club’s service to the community,” Peter said, “and hopefully it will entice more people into the town. “You’ll be able to see it from the big roundabout

    “The statue of Gunsynd draws in a a lot of tourists.

    “You really have to see the fish to understand what it looks like,” Peter said.

    There’s also a brass plaque listing some of the Lions Club’s projects, over the last 50 years – the Farmers Festival, Woodchopping, the Air Pageant , Boggabilla rodeo, Lions Park, lawn-mowing, meat tray raffles, fetes, the Christmas Eve Fireworks, Lions mints, Christmas cakes, Youth Exchange, Medical Research and of course, the famous or infamous fishing competition. It all depended on your point of view.

    The Giant Cod will be unveiled. on Sunday near the driver reviver site near Redmond Park.

    The Club will also celebrate its Anniversary with a Meet & Greet at the Golf Club followed by their 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Royal, and the statue will be unveiled on Sunday at 11a.m.

    It will definitely be hard to miss.

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Jun
21
  • Ararat Eisteddfod to celebrate a milestonePhotos

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    Ararat Eisteddfod to celebrate a milestone | Photos Bendigo-based CV Dance Studio is pictured performing its open age contemporary Troupe in 2014. Bendigo returns to Ararat Eisteddfod this September. Pictures: PETER PICKERING
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    Jessica Ford was Ararat Eisteddfod’s 2013 winner of the junior ballet championships.

    Ballarat Ballet Centre perform its Open Age Contemporary Troupe last year. Troupe Day for 2015 will be held on Friday, September 25.

    The Troupe Day audience – always a full house at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre.

    Adult tappers from Ararat Dance Centre (L-R) Amy Lewis, Wendy Harris, Rebecca Rodger, Mel Jones and Rhonda Waterston, applaud their competitors.

    Nikki Baker (right) was crowned senior tap championship winner at the 2014 Ararat Eisteddfod. She is pictured with adjudicator Antoinette Debden.

    Competitors in last year’s open age theatrical Troupe section await the results.

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Jun
21
  • Sargent goes the distance

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    HUGE EFFORT: Sarah Sargent recently competed in the Australian 24 hour Obstacle Course enduro race.
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    Sarah Sargent recently competed in Australia’s first 24 hour enduro race.

    True Grit has teamed up with the Obstacle Course Racing Association of Australia (OCRA) to bring an Australian 24 hour Obstacle Course enduro race.

    Sarah came first ahead of 42 other females and 14th overall in male and female division out of 162 competitors.

    After the first lap Sarah was already coming second – about 15 minutes behind the leader.

    After friends Tania and Vanessa had completed three laps, Sarah had already smashed out five laps holding onto second place.

    At lap six, at about 3am in the morning, Sarah took first position.

    At day break Sarah was officially coming first – from there Sarah only had to complete another two laps to seal the win with no other competitor possibly able to beat her.

    Sarah completed every obstacle with strength and style for the entire 24 hours, which included monkey bars, rope climbs, dam swims, muddy trenches, cargo nets, balance beams, sandbag and ammunition case carries, and not once did she look like faltering.

    Sarah did not sleep and ate and changed in less than 10 minutes each lap and survived by drinking Milo and Powerade, eating casserole sandwiches and bananas.

    With this win under her belt, Sarah now hopes to enter the elite category of a Sydney Spartan Race in October and compete against some of Australia’s best female obstacle racers to once again test her ability.

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Jun
21
  • Court for trio charged with stealing

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    Two males, aged 18 and 20, and a 16-year-old female have appeared in Cleveland Magistrate’s Court on charges of stealing after attempting to break into a house in Birkdale at around midnight on Tuesday, September 8.
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    Police allege the trio walked through the backyards of nearby properties and stole goods before removing a fly screen and opening a window at a residence in Dalmaso Close.

    Police said a neighbour, who saw the group, called police.

    They appeared in Cleveland Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, September 9.

    Both men were remanded in custody and the female, of Warwick, was released on bail, to appear in court again on Friday, September 18.

    The 18-year-old man, of Birkdale, will appear in court again on Thursday, September 17 and the 20-year-old man, of River Heads, is due to appear in Cleveland Magistrate’s Court today, September 10.

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Jun
21
  • Bunnings set to launch into spring: demonstrations and Rural Fire Service truck visit

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    Robyn Ryan shows a young customer some flowers just in time for spring.Bunnings Cowra will be holding their annual spring launch this Saturday, September 12, between 10am and 2pm.
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    The staff are excited about the launch and have organised plenty of activities for the whole family.

    The children will have a chance to show their creative skills in the DIY section, and then be turned in to a work of art by having their faces painted.

    There will be garden care advice and chain saw sharpening, as well as any answers you have in regards to the other powered garden tools in the shed.

    The store will have their newest Outdoor furniture on display as well as spit roast, pizza oven and barbecue cooking demonstrations.

    Not to mention the fairy floss and jumping castle that will be there on the day.

    Billimari Rural Fire Service will also be running the community barbecue alongside one of their brand new fire trucks.

    All of the activities on the day are free.

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