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Protecting our veterans’ legacy

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Applications are open for the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Program.FUNDING is now available to help preserve the Anzac legacy.
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Applications are open for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

The funding will help protect and repair local war memorials and also fund educational and commemorative programs which preserve the Anzac legacy.

The CWMF was set up to fund projects which help preserve existing war memorials across the state.

It was through this funding the memorial stones and repointing pillars were replaced at the Kangaroo Valley War Memorial.

Applications for up to $10,000 can be made by veteran groups, community organisations and councils until November 11.

The ACGP funds projects which benefit the veteran community and promotes a greater understanding and recognition of the Anzac legacy.

Applications for amounts up to to $2000 can be made by schools, historical societies and community organisations for educational prgrams and commemorative events and will close on February 24, 2017.

Visit http://veterans.nsw.gov419论坛/hertiage/community-war-memorials-fund/or http://梧桐夜网veterans.nsw.gov419论坛/education/anzac-community-grants-program/for more information and to apply.

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Hoppo to guest speak

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Cover shot: Royal Society for the Blind Ambassador Jane Reilly poses with Greg Hopgood, who will be speaking at the connect group, and his companion Reilly.
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The Murray Bridge RSL Connect group is for all Ex-Serving and Serving Military Personnel (Tri-Service) and their families.

It is an informal group to help people connect and to perhaps be able to share their story or hear others stories to which they can then relate to.

Family members and children who attend can also learn about what their parents, uncles or aunts, or grand parents may have also went through or experienced.

Complimentary tea and coffee is provided and sometimes a cake or two.

As the RSL offers meals on a Sunday, the connect groupusually books in for lunch first, before starting their informal get together and chat at 2pm.

The group’sguest speaker for Sunday, October2 will beGreg (Hoppo) Hopgood.

Greg was in infantry and was a member of 1RAR when he served in the army.

Part of Greg’s service was to do “Peace Making” in Somalia as part of the Unified Task Force up until May 1993, when the United Nations then took over.

Greg is a recipient of the Operation K9 program and will have Reilly with him, his wonderful companion.

Operation K9 is a program to assist Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)and it is a wonderful program to support and be a part of.

The Royal Society of the Blind train up these dogs who then become a very important asset to a veteran’s life.

Everyone isinvited to come along and listen to Greg’s story and to meet Reilly.

People may have seen Greg who was part of the Channel 9 documentary “Coming Home: Australia’s RSL” screened back in February.

He was featured on the front cover of the Signal magazine in April this year with Jane Reilly who is an RSB Ambassador.

He was also included in an article in that issue of the magazine which talked about Operation K9 and the work they do.

There will also besome merchandise from Operation K9, which includes ‘Gunner Murray’ the toy assistance dog – with all proceeds going towards Operation K9.

The Murray Bridge RSL Connect Group said they arevery privileged to have Greg and Reilly join themfor an afternoon of sharing and learning from each other’s stories.

The Murray Bridge RSL Connect Group meets on the first Sunday of every month and welcomes everyone.

If anyone hasany further questions, please contact the Murray Bridge RSL on 8532 1314 between 10am and2pm on a Monday or Wednesday or by email: [email protected]南京夜网.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Knight Sprite looking good for Group 1

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Dynamic duo: Gayle Materson with kennel star Knight Sprite. The black dog will be chasing maide Group 1 success in the $75,000 Dapto Megastar final (520m) on Thursday. Picture: Marina NeilHEXHAM owner-trainer Gayle Materson is confident Sprite Knight will improve on his “first look” at Dapto and break through for a maiden Group 1 success on Thursday.
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The black dog has draw box four in the $75,000 to-the-winnerDapto Megastar (520m).

Knight Sprite has been freshened up after a scrap with his sister in the yard and has come back in top order

“We had a little incident between him and his sister, which gave me a chance to give him a spell,” Materson said.

“She picked on him but it was nothing serious.He has had a few runs up at Redhead and trialed well at Dapto last Thursday. “I took him down to have a look at the track andhe hugged the rail all the way around.People at Dapto have no doubts that he will improve on his first run now he has had a look at the track.”

Short-priced favouriteRitza Lenny ($1.85) has drawn the inside box, but Materson believes Ollie, as he is affectionately known, has the speed to get to the front.

“He won the Richmond Derby from box four,” she said.“He had Brad Hill Billy on his tail and he still didn’t get beaten. Once he finds the lead he keeps going and doesn’t give in.His first sections are among the best.I was lucky that Magic Spring drew five. If it goes wide, like it normally does, he will have a clear run. He doesn’t crash to the rail, he runs straight until the turn.”

Knight Sprite ($5.50) won his last start at The Gardens over515m on August 19 and has earned nearly $200,000 in prizemoney.

He was a runaway winner of theGroup 2 Gosford Gold Cup (515m) on New Years Day, and backed up with a tight win in theRichmond Derby (535m) before third in the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park.

All that is missing is Group 1 success.

“He has been knocking on the door and deserves a Group 1,” Materson said. “He is eighth on the national point-score and four of those dogs have retired.If he goes well on Thursday,I’d say he will get an invitation tothe [Group 1] Top Gun at The Meadows next month. The Melbourne Cup is in November.”

A delaying tactic for same-sex marriage?

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By planning a plebiscite on same-sex marriage the federal government is making a costly decision that would have no legally binding outcome.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to move ahead with hisplans, estimated to cost taxpayers$160 million.

A plebisciteis a vote by citizens on a matter of national significance, but one thatdoes not affect the Constitution. It doesnot forcea government to act on the outcome.

Opponentsarguethe PM’splebiscitewill be damaging to vulnerable people and pointless because it will notbind members of Parliament. Instead, they favourMPs being given a free vote.

There have been only three national plebiscites in Australia, twounsuccessful.

In2011, the then-Opposition Leadercalled for a national plebiscite on a carbon tax, a move prominent constitutional lawyer George Williamssaidwas “understandable as a political tactic”.He said as plebiscites made no changes to the lawtheywere an “expensive opinion poll”.

“Plebiscites are rare in Australia. They go against the grain of a system in which we elect parliamentarians to make decisions on our behalf,” he said.

Thisdebate over same-sex marriage has continued for a long time.

Media agenciesacross the nation findnew angles to cover the issueas itcontinues to provoke heated response fromboth sidesof the argument, and politicians have delayed legislatingby at first refusing to address the issue,and now by attempting a plebiscite.

But, with so much time and energy spent arguingin Australia, are there other issues politicians are not addressing that are slipping by without our knowledge?

It is inevitableif Australiawants to support human rights andkeep up with other developed countries around the world thathavelegalised same-sexmarriage– the UK, New Zealand, Norway, France, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay,Argentinaand some states in the USto name a few.

Gay marriage will affect about4.1 per centof men and 2.8 per centof womeninAustralia – reported in astudyby Roy Morgan Research -who will finally be able to exchange vows,but such a step would go towards supportinghuman rights and equality in our nation as a whole.

It is only a matter of time before same-sex unions areratified in Australia.But how long are we going to wait?

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Increase sparks safety warning

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Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club club captain David Owen has warned people to stay safe around water after an increase in drownings across the state. Picture: Amy PatonAn experienced surf life saver has warned people to look after themselves around water after a report revealed43 people drowned in Victoria in a 12-month period.
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The figure, which is fromthe periodbetween July 1 2015 andJune 30 2016, represented an increase of 10 per cent on the 10-year average for the state.

David Owen, the club captain at Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, said the data in the Royal Life Saving National Report 2016concerned him.

“I’m disturbed that there has been an increase in drownings across the board,” Mr Owen said.

He urged people to be safe around water by taking actionsuch as seeking advice when preparing to enter an unknown river or ocean, staying within the flags, looking out for friends, going out in groups, wearing life jackets and ringing local surf clubs regarding any rips, dangers or changes.

Mr Owen, who has been involved in life saving for 16 years, said encouragingholidaymakers and tourists to swim between the flags during summer was important.

“We will try our best to have eyes on our local community, of course, and tourists and their families, but we can’t be everywhere,” he said.

Mr Owen said past drownings in the area over the years showed that conditions could change quickly and take people by surprise.

“The ocean may look benign, but if you’ve got king tides or whatever elseit only takes one or two big waves or a rip to sweep you out to sea,” he said.“Make sure someone is looking out for you.”

He urged parents of young children to keep a close watch on them near water.

Mr Owenalso noted that 83 per cent of the 280 people who drownedacross Australia were male.“Males are risk-takers. They have to look out for each other and make sure they go out with a friend,” he said.

Mr Owen said patrols begin in the last week of November and finish at Easter time.

Key facts from the report:

There were 280 drowning deaths across the country in2015/16 compared to 267 deaths in 2014/15 – an increase of five per cent.The highest number of deaths (19 per cent) occurred in people aged 65-74.More than a quarter of people (26 per cent)drowned in ocean and harbour locations.Overseas tourists made up 25 of those who drowned.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.