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Crunch time for localKoalas 

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Many of us watched with horror the ABC four corners programon the plight of our national icon, the koala. Urban development and gene poolreduction were examined in detail as threats to this endangered species.However, the issue of forest logging and its impact on Koala populations wasnot explored at all.
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This situation is the responsibility of two departments ofthe NSW government – Environment and Primary Industries which are both bound bythe federal government’s listing of the koala as a threatened species.

It is the responsibility of local residents, however, tomanage their own native trees for koalas, to control their dogs and to drivecarefully in areas where koalas are known to use the roads.

A koala sighted near Bellingen.

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Mary The Cat a Ladies Day winner

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Local trainer Todd Payne enjoyed a win at the recent Inverell Ladies Day meeting, with ‘Mary the Cat’ taking out the 1400 metre Safe Security Services Maiden Plate.
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Apprentice jockey Courtney Van Der Werf rode ‘Mary the Cat’ to victory, in her first start since being purchased from Scone three weeks ago.

Payne, a part owner of the horse, said it was a very pleasing result for the syndicate.

“We’re really happy with how everything worked out and it was a really good day,” he said.

“She won by three quarters of a length and you could tell pretty early that nothing was going to beat her,” he added.

Starting as a short odds favourite, Payne said she had almost been expected to win, but was still very pleased with the result.

The next race for ‘Mary the Cat’ will be a class 1 over 1600 at Grafton, where Payne plans to take three horses.

“I’ll just wait and see how she pulls up, but basically I’m looking at getting her a race every chance I get.

“At the moment just keep poking away for a while and then give her a bit of a break.”

Another of Payne’s horses, ‘Miss Sancity’ will have her first start at the meet in Grafton and will be rode by local jockey Sarah Gaffaney.

Payne has had his training licence for just over 12 months now and said he is really enjoying it and looking forward to future opportunities.

THE RUN HOME: Apprentice Courtney Van Der Werf kicks Mary the Cat home in the 1400 metre Safe Security Services Maiden Plate at Inverell recently.

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Baby chimp start of zoo breeding program

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Monarto Zoo is celebrating the birthof a baby chimpanzee – the first in its 29-year history.
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The baby was born to Zombi, a 19-year-oldfemale, early on Tuesday morning.

It will remain unnamed for now, as itsgender is yet to be determined.

Acting senior primate keeper LauraHanley said zoo staff were happy with thebaby’s progress.

“Bubs is holding on, clinging, the rightway up, has eye movement and so on,”she said.

“Health-wise we couldn’t ask for morefor both mum and bubs.”

During the critical first few days of theinfant’s life, Zombi was introduced to severalbreastfeeding women in the hopethey would give her the right idea.

“The first few days and weeks are reallyquite critical for us,” Ms Hanley said.

“As with all new breastfeeding mothers,it takes a while to coordinate everything.”

The other chimpanzees have all takena healthy interest in the new arrival.

“All four of our girls were picked frombig family groups to ensure this sort ofsuccess for us,” she said.

“We’re going to be a breeding groupand hopefully we’ll have many infants tocome, so it’s important they see that.”

The baby’s father will not be identifieduntil DNA tests are done at a later date.

“The alpha male usually gets premiumaccess to the female when they’re inseason,” Ms Hanley said.

“We only have two candidates becausethe other two in the group are vasectomised.”

As well as being the first chimpanzeeborn at Monarto, the baby is the firstborn in South Australia in more than 20years.

“For visitors to come and see her, ifthey feel a hundredth of what I feel,they’ve definitely felt something incredible,”Ms Hanley said.

Chimpanzees are endangered in thewild and their populations havedecreased by around 90 per cent in thepast 20 years due to habitatdestruction,poaching and the pet trade.

Zombi, one of the chimpanzees at Monarto Zoo, carries around her new baby – the first to be born at the facility.

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Letter to the editor: Councillor listening to ratepayers 

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Dear Editor,
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It’s refreshing to see Coorong District Councillor’s who areprepared to hear what the ratepayers they represent have to say.

The last Council meeting saw this motion carried.

“197/12 CORRESPONDENCE FROM RATE PAYERS

Moved Cr. Arthur, Sec. Cr. Bland that Elected Membersreceive copies of correspondence from rate payers regarding issues within theirward.

CARRIED”

Well done Councillor Arthur for successfully moving themotion and Councillor Bland for seconding. In speaking to the motion CouncillorArthur made the point that he wanted to hear both positive AND negative commentsfrom ratepayers. It seems that Councillors have not been getting copies ofletters sent to Council. Dare I suggest ratepayers might like to correspond toCouncil about the proposed new Council offices in Tailem Bend……南京夜网monlyreferred to as “The Taj Mahal”…….costed at $2.5 million plus.

Postal address of Coorong District Councilis PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260. (Email addresses for allCouncillors are on the Council website as an alternative……but letters areso much more personal!)

Or perhaps you may wish to sign the petition objecting tothe spending of ratepayer’s money on new Council offices…..you will find themin a number of shops in the towns.

Vic Woolston

Ratepayer

Meningie

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Joeys season ends with a draw

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Joeys FC United president Heinrich Haussler believes there are a lot of promising signs for the future of the club after their season came to an end on Saturday.
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The Joeys first grade side narrowly missed out on a place in the finals after they drew 1-all with Glen Innes in their final game of the season.

Needing a win to have any chance of qualifying, the Joeys made a positive start, taking the lead through a Jeff Miller free kick in the first half.

While there were a number of opportunities, the Joeys weren’t able to find a second goal and had to settle for a draw when Glen Innes found an equaliser late in the second half.

With East Armidale losing their match against Demon Knights, a win would’ve seen the Joeys through to the semis, but Haussler said it was ultimately earlier results that saw them miss the finals.

“When you look back at the season, there are a lot of games where we should have come up with a draw or a win,” he said.

“They really tried everything in the last half an hour or so, but we really shouldn’t have been in that situation to begin with.

“To me, they played ok, but I think both sides deserved to come away with a point.

“I think they can hold their heads up high.

“We have a very young team with a lot of very talented players, which is a promising sign for the future.”

The Joeys were without a number of key players, including Michael Fox with injury and Trent Irwin and goalkeeper Nick Needs, with other commitments.

“We were missing some very important players, but they all still gave it their best and really wanted to win.

“Dan McLachlan did a very good job and was very unlucky to concede a goal.

“I don’t think any keeper would’ve been able to stop it.

“But that’s football unfortunately.

“It’s a funny game.”

Reserve grade also finished their season with a 1-all draw and Haussler said he thought they were unlucky not to take all the points.

“It was great to see all the hard work Darren Halliday has put in come together and really I thought Glen Innes were lucky to come away with a point in that one.”

Haussler was positive about the future of the club and said he hopes to retain Stephen Gadd and Darren Halliday as coaches and build for next season.

GOAL SCORER: Jeff Miller scored from a free kick in the 1-1 draw.

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Urunga heritage hiddenby a jungle

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The Pilot Station closed in 1936 but evidence of our early history isstill to be seen, including the flagstaff, the footbridge, the remains of thewharves and the breakwalls. The most significant evidence of our past is thePilot House, a heritage landmark, recently restored and given local heritagestatus to protect the house and its setting.

Unfortunately this significant heritage landmark is now almostcompletely lost to view from the foreshore. In 2008, the Morgo Street ReserveTrust, which administers the foreshore land on behalf of the NSW Government,announced plans to remove the storage shed that stands in front of the PilotHouse “to enhance the presentation andcontext of an important historic building” and to replant the bank in frontof the house so as to “significantly enhance the view of the Pilot’s Cottage fromthe foreshore open space”. Four years later the shed is still there and theweed-infested jungle just keeps growing.The Trust assures us of its continuing interest in preserving heritage values,but the Pilots and boatmen would turn in their graves to see the sorry state oftheir legacy.

We ask the Trust to respect Urunga’s history and heritage and to undertake this work with no furtherdelay.

The Pilot House obscured by trees and shrubs.

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Police search for thieves who broke into Warrnambool Books

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TWO thieves who broke Warrnambool Books about 1am yesterday tried to steal two safes.
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Detective Senior Constable Wayne Ryan, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the offenders forced entry through the glass front door on Fairy Street.

“They forced entry to a safe, smashed it open and then attempted to removed another safe which was located unopened at the rear of the premises,” he said.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw two males in the vicinity of Fairy Street and Raglan Parade to contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.

The break-in follows three similar burglaries committed on Liebig Street businesses last week.

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Chronic cough treatment discovery

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A MEDICATION designed for pain and epilepsy has potential benefits for sufferers of often-untreatable chronic cough, a Hunter study has found.
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The results are published today in the international journal The Lancet.

Clinical research scientist and study leader Nicole Ryan said the condition, known as refractory chronic cough, lasted eight weeks or more.

It could be debilitating and patients often did not respond to treatment, she said.

University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute specialists worked with 62 patients, who were given drug Gabapentin, or a placebo, for 10 weeks.

Three-quarters of patients in the Gabapentin group reported a sustained improvement in cough severity, frequency and quality of life, compared with fewer than half of the placebo group.

Side effects, including dizziness, fatigue and nausea, occurred in 10 patients given Gabapentin and three taking the placebo. The drug’s efficacy was not sustained after treatment stopped.

Study participant Jan Douglas, 57, had a chronic cough for about seven years, and struggled with simple tasks such as telephone calls.

Mrs Douglas said that after taking the drug, the amount of coughing decreased considerably.

Her quality of life has improved and the Medowie resident was boarding a plane as she spoke to the Newcastle Herald by phone yesterday.

The Hunter researchers are now studying another drug as a potential chronic cough treatment, which has fewer side effects and is expected to be more effective at a lower dose.

RESPONSE: Nicole Ryan led a study on chronic cough in which a medication designed for epilepsy had potential benefits.

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Bundarra shines at state finals

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On Monday last week the Bundarra Central School under16’s boys and girls touch teams travelled to Dubbo to compete in the Central Schools State Finals.
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The boys began well with victories against Molong 5-4 Woodenbong 7-2 and Braidwood 8-2.

Then after a long lunch break the boys were a little flat and were defeated by Boorawa 4-7, leaving the results to come down to the final round of games in a sea sawing battle against Coolah.

The Bundarra boys came out on top and won the game 7-6 and the title of state champions.

On Wednesday, August 22 the Open’s Girls side played five games.

They won four out of five games and ranked second in the state.

Congratulations to all the girls and a special thankyou to our parents and supporters.

Mr Henley was very impressed with the girls determination, sportsmanship and courage.

“The girls worked extremely hard on their game plan and fitness during training sessions.

“Well done girls I am extremely proud of you all.”

Back Row : Ethan Grant, Jeremy Budda-Dean (Coach), Matthew Milson, Anthony Binge, Liam Blair Davis, Isaiah Jerrard, Tyrone Ritchie, Reece Battle, Tom Grant. Front Row – Brent O’Donnell, Jarrad Hickman, Brad Hickman

Back Row : Nigel Henley (Coach) Nikita Fraser, Caitlyn Dwyer, Brickelle Binge, Nyatara Munro, Romina Bentos-Pereira. Second Row – Yalarrah Blair, Breony Vickery, Demi Keating, Melanie Jerrard. Front Row – Monique Vickery, Polly McKinnon, Annabel Cullen. Absent – Triani Munro

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Is a popularly elected mayor best? 

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Does the mob always know best?
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The merits on a popularly elected mayor will be debated tonight with six ofOrange’s best public speakers having their say on ‘The Mob always knows best:Testing the limits of democracy?’

Join the audience and help make up your mind about the direct-mayoral votereferendum.

The debate will be held at the Orange Civic Theatre from 7.30pm.

This is a free community event but numbers are limited, book now at the OrangeCivic Theatre on 6393 8111.

DEBATE: Does the mob always know best?

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