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Othello a passionate journey

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Explosive performance: Ray Chong Nee stars as Othello and Yalin Ozucelik is Iago in Bell Shakespeare’s dynamic production of Othello.
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This Saturday sees Bell Shakespeare’sOthellotake to the Capitol Theatre stage.

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy,Othellois a relentless journey of vicious passion.

A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, Iago.

One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies,Othellois directed by Bell Shakespeare’s artistic director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core.

Starring Ray Chong Nee as Othelloand Yalin Ozucelikas Iago, this astonishing epic tragedy will rage with jealousy on stage at Capitol Theatre Tamworth, this Saturday night at 8pm – September 24 as part of Bell Shakespeare’s 2016 National Tour.

One for the children and their families during the next school holiday break – Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is appearing at TRECC, Wednesday, September 28 at 12 noon and 2.30pm andThursday, September 29 at 10am.

Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™, takes audiences into a new dimension of theatre. Meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores.

Tickets for these and more areavailable online atentertainmentvenues南京夜网419论坛, by phone on 6767 5300 or at Capitol Theatre Box Office, Ray Walsh House or the Golden Guitar.

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Year 12 final farewell

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Costume capers: Gunnedah High School’s year 12 students for 2016 wind down in their last week of classes.A super year callsfor some costumes andGunnedah’s year 12 students came dressed for the occasion.
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Superman, Batman and even Robin featured in Gunnedah High’s day of fun on Wednesday –part of a three-day celebration for the school leavers celebrating their final week of classes.

HSC exams were still ahead for students in the coming weeks but for now, it was chance to unwind on a big year of study.

St Mary’s College year 12 student Ashlee Van Os said it was bittersweet departure from their school careers.

“It’s both exciting and nervous,” she said. “Iwill miss seeing everybody but it will be good getting out doing my own thing,” she said.

Gunnedah High’s end of year activities includedauctions for school slaves which werea highlight.The fun continued withatrivia night, followed by afinal farewell assembly on Thursday where students were presented with their end of year reports.Their last function would beayear 12 breakfast with staff on Friday morning.

Over at St Mary’s College, year 12 revived a school tradition of Mercy Day on Wednesday where games and activities were incorporated withjunior grades. All event proceeds were donated to Mercy Works, a charity which assistedimpoverished communities inAsia and the Pacific.

Graduation mass would be held Thursday before theirfirst official no-school day on Friday.

The last week of school, traditionally known as muck up day, was known to bea time for mischief by the student body.Flour bombs, shaving cream and water balloons were amongthearsenal year 12 students employed.But students have moved with the times these days wisely choose more appropriate activities to take part in,fitting to teenager on the cusp of adulthood.

“It’s a tradition that’s died and it’s good that it has,”Maurie Mulheron fromNSW Teachers Federation told SMH.

Some infamous muck day pranks in years gone include the hanging of a‘For Sale’ sign on the Opera House.Asimilar one was hung fromthe Harbour Bridge. About the same time,two of the teeth on the Luna Park smiling face were blacked out.

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Hampers to prevent homelessness

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Southern Highlands Homelessness Services case worker Jodie Keeley accepting a food hamper donation from Highlands Business Circle member Gary Ponder. Photo: Claire Fenwicke
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HOW much money do you spend per week on groceries?

For some people, paying for food is the difference between being able to pay rent and sleeping on the street.

Members of the Highlands Business Circle donated food hampers to the Pathways program at Southern Highlands Homelessness Services to assist those in need.

Member Gary Ponder has been donating to the service for the past four years through the Business Circle, and said members’ fees helped pay for the hampers.

“We’re a bunch of business people who are able to give back the community, and we consider this type of commitment as giving back,” he said.

“We saw helping as a natural progression.”

Case worker Jodie Keeley said the hamper, which contained pasta and sauce, cleaning products, toilet paper, noodles, soups and tuna, could make a real difference to those who could become homeless.

“We are in constant need of food and we are most grateful of this donation,” she said.

“It’s great that local business owners are prepared to help disadvantaged residents in this way, as many sometimes have to choose between having something to eat or having a roof to sleep under.”

The hampers will be distributed to residents living in temporary emergency housing accommodation and transitional properties.

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Caitlin is a passionate advocate for rural health

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SHOWGIRL: Caitlin Snowden. Picture: Geoff Jones.With a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Caitlin Snowden is passionate about rural health and hopes to use her Hawkesbury Showgirl experience to help advocate for it.
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Miss Snowden, 23, lives in Bligh park and is in her final year of studying a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University.

She said sheentered Hawkesbury Showgirl as sheendeavors to advocate for rural health –something she isvery passionate about.

“Healthcare resourcesaffects everyone or someone they know across the entire lifespan,” Miss Snowden said.

“I also wish to preserve and promote to those outside the region, the way of life we are privileged to have in the Hawkesbury including our rich heritage and our rural lifestyle.”

Miss Snowden said that if she were to win the Showgirl competition she woulduse the opportunity to represent local industries and those it benefits.

“I wouldadvocate for their issues as well as showcase their strengths.

“I would also like to bring greater awareness to the fantastic tourist opportunities in the Hawkesbury and really put the Hawkesbury on the map for those outside of the area.”

Miss Snowden said she had alove for the equine industry where shetrains and competes in dressage.

She said she also has a passion for the preservation of the Hawkesbury’s country lifestyle

“I have awillingness to give back my time and efforts should I be selected as Showgirl,to an area that has greatly enriched my own life.”

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Councils need to lift game or move along

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The demise of the Huon Valley Council should serve as a timely warning for councils large and small around the state.
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Local government minister Peter Gutwein has drawn the line in the sand and said enough is enough.

They must perform and become a professional operation or face the consequences.

He is quite up front when he says in the first instance it is up to the councillors themselves to resolve their issues.

In this case the council was given plenty of time to try to find a solution, mend its ways, and get along.

“As Minister, I effectively gave the council six months to get its house in order,” he said.

Unfortunately, he notes that the issues confronting the council appear irreconcilable.

It is by no means the first time that a dysfunctional council has been shown the door by the minister of the day.

In March 2002 the then Premier Jim Bacon sacked the Kentish Council.

It began a long period under an administrator.

But the Kentish region rebounded and decided it wanted to maintain its own local representation. The council of today no doubt still existswith the memoryof early this century in mind, determined to make it work and despite some tenuous moments, keeps the area running.

For any of our local councils, the clash of personalities around the table is sometimes difficult to manage.

But anyone standing for an elected role in local government must realise that they are essentially becoming a board member of a medium to large business.

Even the smaller councils of the region and state deal with large sums of money, and their performance matters to everyone in their patch.

If good governance and sound decision making becomes polluted by petty politics and personalities then they risk the future of local representation.

The chorus of support for council amalgamations has been quiet for a while, but if the elected members don’t do their job properly then it will be back and heard very loudly.

Eventhe least engaged ratepayer expects the members around a council table to act diligently and take a mature approach to the business before them.

When they act like schoolchildren and can’t behave then they will go the way of the Huon Valley and be shown the door.

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Big milestone for NILS

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The Josephite Foundation Young NILS is celebrating! People living on low incomes have taken out over 500 free loans through the Young No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS).
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SUCCESS STORY: Ruth Johnson – a low income earner from Young – pictured with NILS coordinator, Judy Barker.

Not only is that many people who now have an improved standard of living but the local economy has been boosted by over $420,000. As people repay their loans the money is recycled into new loans for new or existing borrowers.

Since February 2010 Young NILS has provided a unique opportunity for people with a Centrelink or DVA concession card to take out free loans to buy household goods and some services.

People have borrowed to pay for a huge range of items from washing machines to wheelchairs, fridges to freezers, televisions to tyres, heaters to hot water systems, mattresses to medical appliances, lounges to lawnmowers, dental work to driers and computers to coolers.

People living on low incomes, such as local woman Ruth Johnson, often can’t access mainstream credit such as personal loans from a bank so they can find themselves turning to very high cost options such as payday loans or rent-to-buy companies.

“Because I’m on a low income, NILS provided me with a really good option for borrowing to do some much needed home maintenance,” she said.

“The application process was easy and stress free and there was a very short time between applying and being approved for my loans.

“The repayments are extremely manageable and as soon as I pay one off I can reapply. I see NILS as a bridge between struggling to pay for things and being able to manage my budget.”

Another client said theyhad a NILS loan in Western Australia and when they relocated to Youngwerepleased that NILS were available nationally which allowed themto access another loan for a fridge for the family.

“Iwould strongly suggest that anybody on a low income has a look at a NILS loan as they’re very beneficial and you’re not paying any interest on buying new items,” they said.“The repayments are very affordable and easy to manage with Centrepay.”

For moreinformation callJudy Barkeron 6382 6328 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Birthday drive ends in cell

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BIRTHDAY boy Thomas Georgy Melbourne celebrated his 20thby taking mates on a joy ride in a stolen car.
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The rejoicing ended with Melbourne behind bars and contemplating months in jail as serious charges against the P-plate driver from Matong mounted up.

Melbourne’s rapid slide into strife with the law began on July 10 when he sped away from police on Red Hill Road.

Driving a Toyota Hilux utility with fake number plates, Melbourne tore through the streets of Tatton and Springvale, cuttingcorners andcrossing onto the wrong side of the road with a police car in pursuit.

Cornered in a cul-de-sac, Melbourne reversed his ute into the police car at 20 kilometres an hour, causing significant damage to the vehicle’s front nearside and bonnet.

Melbourne took off again, and in Featherwood Road he drove on the wrong side of the road, forcing another police car off the bitumen to avoid a collision.

Melbourne turned into Genista Place, another cul-de-sac, and this time drove through the end of the street onto a reserve chased by a police four-wheel-drive.

The pursuit came to an end when the ute became bogged in the steep and muddy reserve.

Police found three other people in the car ute when they arrested Melbourne.

Melbourne pleaded guilty in Wagga Local Court on August 31to driving in a dangerous manner, police pursuit, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and displaying an unauthorised number plate.

On bail –with one of the conditions being he not occupy the driver’s seat of a vehicle –Melbourne was ordered to be assessed for an intensive correction order.

He breached his bail on Tuesday, his 20thbirthday, when police found him using a jack to try to lift a car out of a deep muddy hole.

The car had been stolen from North Wagga on Monday night and Melbourne told police he came across the vehicle with its engine running in Ashmont.

He drove it to Matong and picked up friends for a joyride that ended with the stolen car becoming bogged.

Melbourne faced court on Wednesday via videolink with the courthouse cells.

Hissolicitor, David Rofe, applied for bail, submitting that a jail sentence was not inevitable, Melbourne had strong local ties, would observe a curfew, would live at Matong and was prepared to live essentially under house arrest.

But magistrate Michael Cromptonrefused Melbourne’s release, saying he was not satisfied conditions could mitigate against the risks of granting Melbourne bail.

Melbourne will stay in custody at least until his scheduled sentence date of October 14.

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Seager selected

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RUGBY leagueactionisn’toveryetthisyearforBathurstPanthers workhorse Brent Seager who has been named in the Western Rams squad to take on Italy next month.
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Seager is the sole Bathurst representative in the senior team while the city will be represented stronglyin the under 21s and 16s teams for the fixtures at Carrington Park on October 15.

Premiership-winning Forbes forwards Zac Merritt, Jake Grace and Ben Maguire plus Mudgee brute Hamish Bryant are some of the biggest names in a bumper Western squad.

The Magpies trio and the Dragons’newly crowned Dave Scott Medallist have been named in Darren Jackson’s 21-strong squad.

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.

RAM-RAID: Bathurst Panthers’ Brent Seager has been named in the Western Rams squad to take on Italy. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 070316cpan14

Jackson is aided at the selection table by former Lithgow, Group 10, Western and NSW Country prop Kip Maranda, Group 11 president Derrick Hoe, and Castlereagh Cup representative Shaun Hooper.

“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.

Orange CYMS guns Mitch Davis, Simon Osborne and Dom Maley are also in the outfit, while Narromine and Group 11 skipper Luke Thompson has also made the cut, indicating Jackson’s desire to pick a monster pack to take on Italy.

Other Group 10 players to make the cut include Keelan Bresac (Lithgow Workies), Riccie Arriola (Oberon Tigers), Jack Nobes and Warren Williams (Cowra Magpies).

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.

Jackson’s first grade side will train twice in the lead-up to the clash, both times at Manildra’s Jack Huxley Oval, on September 24 and October 8.

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.

St Pat’s are well represented in the under 21s team with Jack Mackey, Mitch Squire, Nick Millar and Hudson White making the 22-man squad.

Saints player Luke Bain madethe under 16s side.

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Livin breaks down stigma on mental illness

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Livin co-founders Casey Lyons and Sam Webb attended the charity dinner on the weekend. Lyons and Webb created the organisation in September 2013 in honour their friend Dwayne Lally.
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A remarkable $23,000 was raised at the Livin Charity Ball held at Kempsey Macleay RSL Club on Saturday (Sept 17)night, to help raise awareness of mental illness.

Tony Duncan was the organiser of the event and he aims to make everyone comfortable with discussing their feelings and thoughts with family and friends.

The money raised will be used to bring the Livin organisation back to the Macleay Valley and they will spend a week in the region attending schools, sporting sides and businesses to raise the awareness and help create an environment that spreads the message “It ain’t weak to speak”.

“It will be great to go toschools and reach our main target audience of teenagers in years 7-12,” Duncan said.

Duncan believes the night was a success even without considering the huge amount of money raised for the Livin organisation.

“The night had everyone comfortably discussing mental health and that was the main aim,” Duncan explained.

“It was a very positive night, a lot of people were sharing their stories and breaking down thestigmas.”

Duncan had arranged for NRL players to sign jerseys and they were auctioned off on the night, with all of the money raised going to the non-profitcharity livin.

380 people attended the charity dinner on the weekend and Duncan says it will become an annual event.

Co-founders of Livin Casey Lyons and Sam Webb were at the function and they created the organisation in September 2013 in honour of their close friend Dwayne Lally who took his own life.

Their mission is to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention.

If you wish to learn more about the organisation, check out their website at 梧桐夜网livin.org419论坛or you can call lifeline on 13 11 14 to seek help.

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One shell of a big problem on the South Coast

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A Merimbula Lake oyster farm is the setting for a documentary showing the effects of climate change on a local family business.While people’s eyes may glaze over at talk of climate change, film-maker Kim Beamish is hoping a film about its effects on a Merimbula oyster-farming family might wake them up, writes GLEN HUMPHRIESFor a long while now theMerimbula oyster-farmingfamily of the Boytons have had cameras following them around.
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Dom Boyton and his family agreed to feature in a documentary by long-time friend and film-maker Kim Beamish.

The reason? They’re the focus of a climate change documentary being made by a longtime family friend Kim Beamish.

Dom and Pip Boyton are second-generation oyster farmers, running Merimbula Gourmet Oysters.

Film-maker Kim Beamish tapped his friend Dom Boyton on the shoulder to appear in a film about climate change.

They and their two sonSol and Eddie will also see themselves on the big screen sometime soon once Beamish finishes filming and editing.

Beamish is an award-winning Canberra-based film-maker but every six weeks he has been heading south to Merimbula with his cameras to film the Boytons at work.

Pip and Dom Boyton checking on their oysters in Merimbula Lake.

Beamish said the film –dubbed Oyster –was planned to be part of a bigger project. But once he realised he wasn’t going to be able to pull that off, he focused on his old mate Dom.

“I grew up with Dominic, our familiesare very close,” Beamish said.

“So I used to spend the school holidaysdown there in Merimbula. We’ve known each other all ourlives.”

Sacks of oysters from the Boyton family’s farm bound for restaurants on the South Coast and in Sydney.

But he still needed to make sure his friend would be okay with having someone with a camera following them around for days on end.

“I was in Egypt workingon my last projectbut I knewI was returningso Igave Dom a call and told him whatI wanted to do,” Beamish said.

“I told him that it would mean thatI’d spend a lot of timewith him up close and personal with my camera.

“He was fine with that and the Boyton familyhave been so goodin allowingme to be there aroundgood and and indifferenttimes, things that people possiblydon’talways want cameras to be involvedin.”

Beamish says trust is a crucial component when making a film like Oyster, and he had it with Dom and Pip and the family because he’d known them for ages.

But sometimes, maybe, there was too much trust. Enough to make the film-maker a bit self-conscious of what he was doing to his mate.

“I certainlyfeel the pressure of that trust and sometimes filming some of the things that go on, I feel a little awkward,” he says.

“And I won’t film everything – I knowmy limits and I’ve also said to them, ‘if it’s way too much tell me to bugger off’.

“Initially they told me to bugger off a lot, now they’re more relaxed and they know what I’m doing.”

At first glance, a film about oyster farmers seems a bit of a change of pace compared to Beamish’s previous films.

Before he started work on Oyster, Beamish was inEgypt working on The Tentmakers of Cairo-a documentary detailing the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

That filmwon the2015 Margaret MeadFilmmaker Award as well as recognition at last year’sVisions du Reel in Switzerland.

He has also made a documentary about 24-year-old Australia Van Nyugen, who was hanged in Singapore for heroin trafficking.

But there’s more toOysterthan just the tale of a family farming a sea-grown delicacy on the South Coast.

For Beamish, the oyster farming is a different way to tell the story of climate change and how it is affecting the livelihood of one family.​

“Rather thanputting them out there with facts and figuresandscientists talking and all that kind of stuff, which people are starting to vague out over, we wanted to bring characters that were a bit more identifiable.

“So a family – a mum, dad and two kids – and how they’re directly impactedby these effects. Howthechanges in water temperature impactson the kinds of diseases that affect theoysters.

“And obviously massive death of the oysterscomes back to the family in terms of lost profits and wages.”

The Boytons feel strongly about addressing the issue of climate change as it is directly affecting their business.

“Agreeing to be in this documentary wasn’t something we took lightly,” PipBoyton told Fairfax Media.

“It does make us very vulnerable but I think the message outweighs the awkwardness.

“We need to focus on looking after our waterways, we live in a pristine environment and its our job to maintain it for future generations.”

Getting films made costs a lot of money, which is why Beamish has turned to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise $25,000 to help make Oyster.

“The money raisedis to match the offer that we’ve been given by Screen Australia,” Beamish says.

“They’ve essentially provided50 per cent of our funding, but that funding is based on the fact that we can raise the other 50 per cent.”

The Kickstarter effort is not the total amount of that 50 per cent and Beamish said, if the crowd-sourcing didn’t result in getting the funds then it wasn’t the end of the road.

He said there are other funding options that could be pursued tohelp getOysteron the big screen.

The Kickstarter page forOystercan be found by searching the site for “Oyster–its about protecting our waterways and estuaries”.

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