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Football cap hits country teams

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The Mininera and District Football League will implement a salary cap for the 2017 season.The Mininera and District Football League will implement a salary cap for the 2017 season.
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League board member Brendan Kelly said the final amount hadnot been decided.

“The Mininera league will definitely have a salary cap next year,” Kellysaid.

“We will get the feedback from AFL Victoria and then discuss it at our October board meeting.And then we will passthe information along to the clubs.”

AFL Western District hosted an information session in August to gain some feedback on the draft policy.

AFL Western District region manager Lachy Patterson said it was a beneficial night for all involved.

“Thedraft version of the salary cap policywas distributed to clubs beforehand,” Patterson said.

“The information sessionwas a really interactive session where clubs could ask questions and gain a better understanding of the policy.”

Patterson said the feedback regarding the policy has generally been positive from Mininera and Districtclubs.

“The majority of clubs understand the reasons why a cap is required,” he said.

“The revised draft policy is currently on the desk of AFL executives and I am certainly hopeful it will be out as soon as possible.

“We are keen to start the implementation of the policy once it is all ticked off.”

Hawkesdale-Macarthur Football Club president Des Cameron said the new policy will create even more work for volunteers.

“We are not in favour of the salary cap,” he said.

“We have no issue with the proposed amount but we do have concerns about the complexities of enforcing it.

“We think there are certain grey areas that will be especially hard to enforce.”

The AFL brought in a points system to try and equalise each team from poaching excessive outside talent from other areas.

Cameron said that should be all that is needed.

“We thought the points system would straighten out all the disparities,” he said.

“When we went to the AFL Victoriameeting, we brought up the workload and paperwork issue.

“We got told to employ an accountant to implement the paperwork correctly.

“If we do that, it just adds more costs to all the clubs to maintain additional records.

“So it puts a lot of volunteers and individuals that run our club.

“The ramifications if you get it wrong are something you definitely want to avoid.”

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1975: Karoonda Show

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1975: Karoonda Show Wales show manager Mr B Cray presents Rodney Bond, of Mannum, and Jack Slater, of Pinnaroo, with awards for winning the state final of the Rural Youth Shearing and Wool Handling Championships at the Adelaide Show.
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This display in the Murray Bridge Society for Growing Australian Plants’ flower show, in Murray Bridge Town Hall’s banquet room, held particular fascination for three-year-old Jason Kuchel, of Murray Bridge.

Paul Kruger, of Murray Bridge Auto Collectors’ Club, rides his 1920 model Indian motorcycle around the Karoonda Oval at the 50th jubilee show. Sitting in the sidecar, in costume, is Mrs MD Williams, of Karoonda.

Three of the judges for the Miss Show Girl competition at the Karoonda Show: Mrs JN Lawson, Mrs I Wardle and Mr Lawson, former secretary of the Karoonda A&H Society from 1947 to 1955.

Murray Chrysler’s Neil Reu recommends a 1973 HQ Holden premier sedan to big car buyers.

Karoonda and District A&H Society president Mr JM Rackham, secretary Mrs G Thiele and past secretary Mr JN Lawson open the show.

Mrs E Byerlee, of Karoonda, admires floral art entries in the pavilion at the Karoonda Show.

Winner of the senior section of the Miss Show Girl competition at the Karoonda Show, Miss Helen Morris of Wynarka, walks around the front of a 1925 Chevrolet while the winner of the junior competition, Cathryn Packer of Karoonda, chats with the driver, Mr Eric Wehrman, a member of the Murray Bridge Auto Collectors’ Club who made the run to Karoonda for the occasion.

Murray Chrysler’s Bob Mac says this 1972 Ford Escort XL four-door is the best buy of the week.

Mrs BE Marchetti, of Jervois, with Venessa Amelia, born September 22, 1975.

A bridge in Canunda National Park, in the South East.

One of Australia’s biggest refrigerated farm vats is installed on Tom Read’s property at Goornong, 11 miles from Bendigo, Victoria.

One of Australia’s biggest refrigerated farm vats is installed on Tom Read’s property at Goornong, 11 miles from Bendigo, Victoria.

Imperials’ G Langsford attempts to knock the ball before it is grabbed by Ramblers’ Bruce Kuchel, while G Pfeiffer of Ramblers and A Blight of Imperials look on during the RMFL’s A grade grand final at Johnstone Park.

Ramblers’ B Kuchel takes a mark above fallen Imperials player A Blight, while opponent G Langsford moves in to tackle during the RMFL’s A grade grand final at Johnstone Park. T Curren of Imperials and I Curl of Ramblers watch.

Darren Baker, of Murray Bridge, receives his Evel Kneivel prize from Dick Hall at Sportsland.

A cartoon Eddie Dutton.

Murray Chrysler’s Eric Arnold says Chrysler’s new Centura is the ideal sized car with an ideal price tag.

Loading pigeons on a special transporter at Johnstone Park are Murray Bridge Homing Club members W O’Loughlin and RL Mountstephen, with an Adelaide club official and the driver, while another member, MH Retallack, looks on.

Murray Bridge Passenger Service’s bus.

The 1975 RMFL grand final was broadcast live on 5MU.

Western Flat grazier Mr Allan C Heinrich has announced his intention to seek Liberal Party endorsement for the federal seat of Barker, which will become vacant on the retirement of Dr Jim Forbes.

Pictured at an Australian citizenship ceremony in the Mobilong District council chambers are Mr C Breschi, a representative of the Good Neighbour Council of SA, Mr Gerald and Mrs Mary Thomas, Mr N Green, Lois Thomas, District Clerk Mr K Coventry, MP Mr IA Wardle, Roger Thomas, Mrs Wardle, Marilyn Thomas, a friend of the Thomas family and Mrs Sybil Schenscher.

Barry Dillon of E&C Duttons.

Murray Bridge Guides leaders Mrs P Kretschmer and Mrs Ruth Fraser are presented with a plaque by Miss W Cairns-Johnson, regional commissioner, to mark 50 years of Guiding in the town at a combined fete and reunion which was part of the celebrations.

Mr Yuji Watanabe, a former riot policeman in Yokohama, Japan, who is cycling around Australia, pictured with his Murray Bridge host, Mr Kevin Male. Mr Watanabe, a karate expert, expected to take about six months to complete his tour. He had been in Australia for two months.

TweetFacebookFrom the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, September 25, 1975.

Big crowd attends Karoonda ShowUnprecedented crowds and near record entries were features of Karoonda’s 50thjubilee show last Saturday.

Its success is likely to make the change from Wednesdays permanent.

Former show secretary Mr JN Lawson said shows were the shop window of a town.

“Keep your shop windows open,” he urged.

“Country towns need faith in their district, their people and the Being who looks after them.”

Rowing club funds up“Mannum Rowing Club is in the best financial position I have ever seen.”

This comment was in the report of the president, Mr Neil Bormann,at the club’s annual general meeting last week.

Although the season had begun poorly with floodwaters covering the clubrooms by more than three feet, the flood had not dampened the spirits of the oarsmen, and the club had gone on to finish the season by winning the country premiership.

Concern over cabin plansMannum Chamber of Commerce is concerned about proposals to build overnight cabins at Mannum Caravan Park.

The main concern is the cabins may have to be built on stilts above the 1956 flood level, and the chamber feels this may be unsightly.

Local girl is charity queenMurray Bridge’s entrant in this year’s Miss Teenage Industry Quest, 16-year-old Bev Hartley, is to be awarded the title of Miss Charity Queen for South Australia.

Miss J Finch, manageress of Motel Murray Bridge, which sponsored Miss Hartley, said this week she received advice to this effect from the organisers of the quest in Adelaide.

Ramblers in easy grand final winRamblers were simply more powerful than Imperials in most positions and ran out easy winners of the 1975 RMFL grand final played at Johnstone Park on Saturday.

O’Neil took several strong marks and, with Schultz and Paech backing him up well, the whole Rooster half-back line dominated.

Big soccer game for T BendThe soccer clash between Adelaide Lions and Tailem Bend next Sunday will be the most important in the River Murray team’s history.

A loss will see the Eagles plummet down to the third division next season.

The return of De Sales, Marsh and the Hunter brothers should lift the team.

For saleSanyo colour TV, $4.62/week at Radio ElectrixThis week in history10 years ago: September 21, 2006

Treasurer Kevin Foley announced prisons at Yatala and Northield would close and two new ones would be built near Murray Bridge.

20 years ago: September 24, 1981

Ramblers, undefeated all season, aimed for their third successive RMFL A gradeflag in a grand final against Jervois.

35 years ago: September 19, 1996

Tanya Rigney and Vikkie Taylor were named SA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainee of the year and runner-up.

70 years ago: September 20, 1946

Minister for Air A Drakeford and Labor candidate for Barker D Kranz addressed about 100 people at Murray Bridge Town Hall.

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Size does matter

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BARNSTORMING: Zac Merritt’s stunning performances for Forbes made him a certain inclusion in the Western Rams squad. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEPREMIERSHIP winning Forbes forwards Zac Merritt, Jake Grace and Ben Maguire and Mudgee brute Hamish Bryant headline a bumper Western squad named to take on Italy next month.
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The Magpies trio and the Dragons’newly crowned Dave Scott Medallist have been named in Darren Jackson’s 21-strong squad preparing to tackle the Azzurri at Bathurst’sCarrington Park on October 15.

After barnstorming performances leading their respective sides to Group 10 and Group 11 premiership glory, the quartet will slide straight into Jackson’s representative outfit as heprepares for a second and more successful tilt at the country championships in 2017.

Jackson was frothing at the thought of an “in-form and fit” Western side tackling Italy, a team likely to be made up of players with Italian heritage currently playing inthe NSW and Queensland Cups vying for spots in the Azzurri’s squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

“It’s an opportunity for a number of players to be looked at, at this level,” Jackson said, he and his selectors naming 14 new faces in the Western fold.

“We’ve named a lot of new faces, and the benefit is most of those guys have been playing in finals footy, if not grand finals for their clubs,” Jackson continued.

“Each competition was close this season, which is great for clubs and the Rams. Hopefully we can unearth some exciting new talent.”

In a show of strength for the Castlereagh Cup competition, four players – Brad James, Kurt Gudgeon, Jeremy Thurston and Jarrah McCready–have been named in Jackson’s squad.

Group 11 skipper Luke Thompson and Nyngan colossus Shane Lalogafau also made the cut, indicating Jackson’s desire to pick a monster pack to take on Italy.

Only one Dubbo player, Macquarie’s hooker Jeremy Smith, was included the side, although Jackson confirmedthe October 15 clash coincides with Dubbo CYMS’ end of season trip.

REPRESENT: Jeremy Smith

The Rams have also named strong under-21 and under-16 sides for the day, with both set to take on the Federation Italian Rugby League Australia sides as curtain raisers to the main event.

Jackson’s side will train at Manildra’s Jack Huxley Ovalon September 24 and October 8.

WESTERN:Jake Grace, Zac Merritt, Ben Maguire (all Forbes Magpies), Mitch Davis, Dom Maley, Simon Osborne (Orange CYMS), Shane Lalogafau, Jacob Neill (Nyngan Tigers), Jack Nobes, Warren Williams (Cowra Magpies), Brad James, Kurt Gudgeon (Gulgong Terriers), Luke Thompson (Narromine Jets), Jeremy Smith (Dubbo Macquarie), Riccie Arriola (Oberon Tigers),KeelanBresac(Lithgow Workies),HamishBryant(Mudgee Dragons), SamDwyer(Parkes Spacemen), JarrahMcCready(Gilgandra Panthers), BrentSeager(Bathurst Panthers), JeremyThurston(Coonamble Bears).

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Summer bushfire dangers

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WELL ALIGHT: Fires burn across the hills near Pomonal during the 2006 bushfires. Grampians residents can undertake permit free burn offs in October.Residents in the Northern Grampians Shire have the opportunity to conduct fire fuel reduction burns without a permit from 2pm, October 3 to 11pm October 14.
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Although rain has created heavy weather conditions now, the increase in native grass and road side scrub has created heavier fuel for fires during summer.

Council fire prevention officer John Matthews said now was the time for residents to assess the firerisk on their properties.

“Adequately preparing for the fire season is extremely important and helps to reduce the risk of fire inour communities,” he said.

“After the declared period and in accordance with the CFA Act, council will be commencing fireprevention inspections and issuing fire prevention notices to property owners or occupiers whoseproperties constitute a danger to life or property from the threat of fire.

“Owners or occupiers who fail to comply with a fire prevention notice within the specified time will incur afine, currently set at $1555.

“It is vital that the community commences their fire preparation early and maintains the fuel reduction forthe entire fire danger period.”

Mr Matthews said Council was starting its fire preparation activities for the summerseason.

“Vegetation reduction is being carried out on designated strategic fire breaks, roads, and road reservesin order to reduce the risk to life and property,” he said.

District 16 Country Fire Authority operations manager Alfred Mason said the recent rainfall would not curb the risk created by a significant drought period for the region.

“When it comes to grassland and cropping there is a heavier level of fuel to burn,” he said.

“The grass is higher and thicker and we know that will dry off.

“The fire season will come in later than other years, but the potential stock of fuel is significant.

“if we have a hot dry day there will be a fire.”

Despite the potential risk Mr Mason said firefighters said full lakes and dams would put firefighters in a strong position to combat and blazes.

“We are probably better off because we do have water in dams and previously we have not had that,” he said.

“In the past we would had to have huge water tankers on standby.”

Mr Mason said property owners should burn off excess fuel before summer arrived.

“If people have potential fire fuel they should burn them now,” he said.

Mr Matthews said residents can find more information about the permit free burn offat 梧桐夜网ngshire.vic.gov419论坛/fire or by calling council on 5358 8700 or the districtCFA office on 1800 858 116.

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Free microchipping for pets in modified horse float

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RESPONSIBLE: Pet owners will be encouraged to register and microchip their pet dogs and cats for free under a council program backed by state government funding. Picture: Rohan ThomsonLAKE Macquarie pet owners will have access to a free mobile microchipping service in the form of amodified horse floatunder a funding agreement approved this week.
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Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said funding from the state government would allowLake Macquarie City Council to proceed with an innovative plan to promote responsible petownership and help those who can least afford it.

The funding will allow the council to modify a council-owned horse float to establish a mobileeducation and microchipping trailer.

The trailer will visit community events and allowresidents in that area to have their animals microchipped for free and register them at thesame time.

“The council will now be able to offer cat and dog owners a free mobile microchipping serviceas well as provide a community education campaign which will target pet health and safety,”Mr Piper said.

The state government introduced the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants scheme in 2014 totarget programs that would increase microchipping, lifetime registration and de-sexing rates.

The grants scheme is also aimed at reducing euthanasia rates and dog attacks throughfunding innovative and collaborative projects which encourage responsible pet ownership.

Mr Piper said the state government scheme was committed to improving the positivebenefits of pet ownership while strengthening safety and education in localneighbourhoods.

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole said a record number of applications had beenreceived from the state’s councils for this year’s grants.

RSPCA NSW chief executive officer Steve Coleman welcomed the funding boost.

“These grants in previous years have worked well to improve the lives of animals and theirresponsible owners,” he said.

“The best part is that the grants allow organisations and individuals to innovate responsiblepet ownership away from traditional methods,” Mr Coleman said.

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A healthy debate to get everybody talking

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Health has been acommon topic around the Henty Machinery Field Days this year – right up there with the weather, prices and a super spring.
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Iconic Australian sporting figure David Foster was happy to talk about health, especially men’s health, from his post at an oil company stand.

Foster said Australian men, especially those over 40, needed to get regular health checks–an annual grease and oil change and tune-up for the body.

“When I do my wood chop I ask people over 40 years of age if they go for a regular checkup,” Foster said.

“My dad died at 61, he never went to the doctor. It is important for us guys to look after ourselves and we should talk about it.”

Mental Health communicatorMathew Johnstone was a speaker at The Stump at the Field Days on Wednesday, and was also the guest speaker at the official lunch.

Mr Johnstone said the stigmaof mental health mustbe broken so it was as accepted as other illnesses, or a broken leg.

“It’s all about starting the conversation because a lot of people suffer unnecessarily and I think primarily in rural communities, who are not only isolated by the land but also by the culture,” he says.

“If you’re in trouble, never be afraid to stick your hand up and ask for help because the only shame is that you’re going to miss out on life.”

This is a positive sign for rural communities as NSW prepares for Mental Health Month in October.

Dairy Australia deputy chair Simone Jolliffesaid after officially opening the Field Days on Tuesday many dairy farmers were under immense pressure and said it was clear neighbours were looking out for each other emotionally.

It is where programs such as “Look Over the Farm Gate” –supported by the Victorian Farmers Federation,Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria, Country Fire Authority, Country Women’s Association, National Centre for Farmer Health and the Victorian Government –play such an important role.

Burrumbuttock Hay Runners organiser Brendan Farrell hears stories of emotional hardship on the land every day.

He helps by delivering food hampers and stockfeedbut alsotaking a phone call at 11pm from someone who just needs to talk.

And starting that conversation about health can be the best medicine for our wellbeing in the long term.

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If we find a balance, everybody can win

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Time to reassess: Men and women face the constraints of gender expectations. It seems more men now are reaching the top only to feel unfulfilled with their success. When questioned why the 46-year-old chief executiveof one of Australia’s largest companies would resign, NAB’s Cameron Clyne said “this is what it looks like when you prioritise your family over your career”.
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He wasn’t under pressure to leave and he wasn’t underperforming, he went on his own terms.The same can be said for outgoing Labor Senator Stephen Conroy. “When you resent being in Canberra because you are missing your daughter’s soccer training it is time to retire”, Conroy said on Friday upon his surprise retirement.

These two men don’t have a lot in common, but they are part of a new breed of man. They can climb the career ladder but still want to be there for their family. Clyne said upon his resignation that he would “like to be married longer than I am CEO”.

Dare I even ask, can men have it all?

More and more senior men are coming out and saying that the big gigs aren’t all they are cracked up to be if they take themaway from their families.They are learning from the mistakes of their own fathers and that of men who went before them.They wanta career but also to be an active dad.

Ian Narev, chief executive of the Commonwealth Bank, is one. He speaks freely and openly about the need for a strong family life to support us at work. Staff directly reporting to him note he isn’t always the first in the office and is keen to be at school events for his children.

These are guys at the top of their game. What about us blokes on the ground?

While the school pickup still features a collection of the women in our neighbourhood, it isn’t uncommon to see dads there too. It is part of the change in work. Over the past two years the number of men working part-time has grown six times faster than men working full-time.

But if we are being honest, our workplaces have been slow to help men balance career and caring for family: viewing these duties asopposites rather than complementary.

Inadequate childcare provisionisn’t helping. For almost 5 million people who live in Sydney, there are just over 90,000 childcare places. Barely a third of them are available outside standard business hours. And don’t even try to get a place near your work.

Twenty-first centuryAustralia should be helping us to meet our work and care responsibilities.As long as the “good employee”is expected to devote their every waking moment to work, then we won’t get far.Because the truth isthebetter we can balance our work with having a life, the better we perform at work.

In 2013, accountants EY found that ifemployeeshadaccess to flexible work, childcare nearby and trust in their performance Australia could save $14 billion in currently lost productivity. When we can do the school drop off and continue work later,we respect our employer and want to perform better for them. Show people some dignity and they will do their job better.

At the moment, nobody wins. Men and women face the constraints of gender expectations even when they rebuff them. No wonder more men are reaching the top only to feel unfulfilled with their success.

Malcolm Turnbull keeps talking to us about being innovative and agile. Until he pays more attention to how we work, he doesn’t have a chance of realising this vision.

With all their privileges, evenguys like Stephen Conroy and Cameron Clyne struggle. What hope do the rest of us have?

Conrad Liveris is a workforce diversity specialist.

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More Brazilian works secure US beef access

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BRAZILIAN WIN: More Brazilian meatworks have been granted access to the US fresh beef market.10 MORE JBS and Marfrig meatworks in Brazil have been granted accessto the US fresh beef market.
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Writing in today’sAgri Commodities Daily AlertComm Bank’sTobin Gorey said six Marfrig plants and four JBS SA plants hadnow been cleared to export. The first Marfrig shipment reportedly left on Sunday, he said.

Brazil is exporting to the US under the shared 64,800tonneother countriesquota. About 53 percentthe quotahas already been filled for the year.

“Beyond that, further exports in 2016 will depend on whether Brazilian prices and exchange rates are low enough to continue to ship at a 26.4pctariff,” Mr Gorey said.

Today’s news follows last week’s announcement that two Minerva meatworks had been granted access to the same market. CLICK HERE to read that story. A total of 16 Brazilian meatworks have now been granted access.

Brazil will share the US‘other countries’quota with Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Australia has its own418,200tonne ayear US quota.

Marfrigis the third-largest Brazilian food processing company, after JBS andBrasil Foods.

Marfrig’sAustralianpresence includesKeystone Foods at Coominya, whichspecialised in frozenbeef products.

JBS Australia is the largest meat processing company in Australia, with 10processing facilities and five feedlots stretched from Townsville in north Queensland to Devonport in Tasmania.JBS has a daily processing capacity of more than 8000 cattle and 21,000 small stock.

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Budding artists meet idols

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Development event: The scholarship recipients including Dubbo’s Connor Coman-Sargent (front, left) at Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDDubbo’s Connor Coman-Sargent was one of 15 scholarship recipients that visited Parliament House on Wednesday as part of aprofessional development event.
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Coman-Sargent and the otherYoung Regional Artist Scholarship winners met with ARIA acclaimed musician Megan Washington and Archibald winning artist Ben Quilty andDubbo MP and Deputy Premier Troy Grant.

Mr Grant hosted a morning tea to congratulate the artists on their success in the competitiveprogram,whichoffers 25 $10,000 scholarships annually to emerging artists aged between 18 and 25 who are based in regional NSW.

“I designed this scholarship program to cover all art forms to help young regional artists develop their careers and connect with arts organisations and training opportunities,” Mr Grant said.

Connor was selected for hisdesign and digital arts project Second Sojourn: Extending the Journey. The project will include travel to Berlin and Barcelona to attend workshops by internationally renowned photographers.

Applications for the remaining scholarships for 2016 will open on Monday 5 December 2016 and close on Monday 20 February 2017.

For further information about the application process go to 梧桐夜网arts.nsw.gov419论坛.

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Katherine has the Sydney Royal in her sights

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SHOWGIRL: Katherine Mann. Picture: Geoff Jones.After return back home to theHawkesbury after living near Dubbo for some years, Katherine Mann is ready to entrench herself in the local community.
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Miss Mann, 23, is aLaboratory Technician at a companywhich makes agricultural animal vaccines in Glenorie andstudied a Bachelor of Natural Science majoring in agricultureandsubmajored in animal science at WSU.

After moving back to Maraylya from Terramungamine near Dubbo in the Central West, Miss Mann saw the Showgirl competition as a great opportunity to give back to her community.

“The showgirl competition provides young women with a fabulous opportunity to become involved in the local show committee and combine their interest of agriculture and rural issues with a desire to become more involved in the local community,” she said.

“After competing in the 2015Dubbo Showgirl competition I was able to meet some amazing like-minded young women with whom I have formed incredible friendships, and alsoenabled me to expand on a number of personal and professional skills.

“Since moving back to the Hawkesbury, I decided it would be a great opportunity to get involved and meet some new people within the community.”

Miss Mann said that if she were to win the competition she would use the platform tobetter represent the Hawkesbury.

“I am lucky enough to haveexperiencedboth livingin the Hawkesbury as well as rural Australia,which has truly opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that can be found around the area.

“I have also seenmanyshowgirl winners from different areas andzonesgo on to achieve great things and become involved in ways that you could not imagine.”

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