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Off the road for 3 months

Matthew Curl of Grenfell pleaded guilty in Young Local Court to driving with an illicit drug in his system.
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Represented by Ms Rachel Power, Curl entered a guilty plea before Magistrate Dare.

The 18-year-old apprentice has secured a flat in Young after the incident.

Ms Power described the young man as “very eager to work.”

Magistrate Dare took into consideration Curl’s remorse and the steps he and his family had taken to prepare for Curl’s guilty plea. Magistrate Dareconvicted and fined Curl $100 and handed down a 3 month disqualification.

“Mr Curl, I won’t be offended if I don’t see you back again,” Magistrate Dare said.

According to police Curlhad held a provisional P1 licence for just over a year andduringthat time Curlhad lost his licence to demerit point suspension for a period of sixmonths.

Police saidCurl advised heis due to lose his licence for an unrelated traffic matter for a period of time.

According to the police facts about 12.50 pm on Tuesday September 13, 2016, police were patrolling Weddin Street inGrenfell when theyobserved three motor vehicles driving south bound.

Police stopped a yellow Ford XR6 for a random test.

Police said Curl, stopped his vehicle on the Henry Lawson Way crossing of Holy Camp Road before heproduced his NSW driver’s licence.

Police spoke to Curland conducted a breath test which resulted in a negative result.

At 12.58 pmpolice said they conducted a roadside drug test on Curl.

According to police at 1.06 pma positive result was observed for the drug Cannabis.

Curlwas arrested for the purpose of a secondary oral fluid test and taken to Young Police Station.

Curl was cautioned and asked a number of questions and was read the form of demand and subsequently provided a sample of oral fluid sufficient for analysis.

This sample was tested at the Young Police Station and returned a negative result.

The remainder of the sample was placed into a sealed vial in the presence of the accused and security sealed.

The accused was advised that the sample would be sent to the NSW forensic and analytical science servicefor analysis.

The accused was returned to his vehicle pending further testing.

The sample sent away returned positive, resulting in Curl’s appearance in Young Local Court.

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Fresh punt at fields money

Ready for kick-off: AFL North-East Border regional manager John O’Donohoe at the proposed site for Baranduda Fields which will be subject of a fresh funding application to the federal government from Wodonga Council.A SECOND bid will be made by the Wodonga Council for federal government funding for Baranduda Fields.
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Chief executive Patience Harrington said her councilwould seek$7 million viathe government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

It follows the council failing to secure $10 million from the federal government for the same project last year.

The council scaled down the budget for stage 1 of the sporting complex from $20 million to $14 million, prompting the reduced tally being sought.

Ms Harrington said Wodonga’s case for funding from Canberra had been strengthened by extra funding which had emerged since last year’s application.

That includes $650,000 from Recreation Victoria, $500,000 from Cricket Victoria, $100,000 in netball funding and $200,000 assistance from North East Water.

Ms Harrington also said the council was hopeful of an announcement of further Victorian government funding by the end of this week.

She told Monday night’s council meeting that the city was still keen to proceed with Baranduda Fields, provided other levels of government contributed.

“The council has and will continue to talk to state and federal governments to gain support on what is a critical priority project for Wodonga and the wider region that will have positive impacts on employment and the local economy,” Ms Harrington said.

Meanwhile, the council is expected to discuss whether its monthly meetings will be live-streamed when it reconvenes in March.

Ms Harrington said a report was being prepared for consideration following behind-closed-doors talks.

“The council has discussed live-streaming at the councillor briefings held on January 16 and February 13,” she said.

“Councillors have requested that a report be provided to a council meeting, which will canvass the issues related to live-streaming and webcasting.

“The report wouldalso examine alternatives such as live-posting on Facebook and Twitter, press conference post council meeting and audio-visual recording post council meeting.”

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Apples look to netball for boost

GOOD SHOT: Aussie Apples is partnering with the Netball Australia in the new Suncorp Super Netball league which is hoped to lift the profile of the fruit. NOTE: Image has been digitally altered.
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AUSSIE apples will be given the sporting spotlight as they take up the centre bib in a partnership with the national netball body.

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) signed a lucrative three-year $600,000 contract with Netball Australia last week, securing exposure for the “Aussie Apples” brand at elite international matches and local games across the nation.

The new partnership marks the start of the 2017 Aussie Apples marketing campaign.

Parts of the deal include the supply of apples to players at all levels plus television advertising, high-profile netball player ambassador activities, website promotion and match signage.

Netball Australia acting CEO, Marne Fechner, said the partnership was a natural fit.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Horticulture Innovation Australia through the Aussie Apples brand,” Ms Fechner said.

“In this next evolution for netball, we have been seeking to create partnerships with brands who align with our values and vision.

“With its focus on healthy nutrition, and interest in supporting Australia’s leading women’s sport from the grassroots to the elite, we couldn’t be happier in welcoming Horticulture Innovation Australia to netball.”

HIA chief executive, John Lloyd, said with the rise and rise of netball in Australia and the healthy connection between apples and sport, the partnership made sense.

“Industry is very excited about this new venture, which is timely given the breadth of participation in netball across the nation and the increasing profile of women’s sport in Australia,” Mr Lloyd said.

According to Netball Australia, 1.2 million people play netball in Australia, and a further 250,000 people attend games each year.

And that number is soon to grow with Suncorp Super Netball which aired on prime-time free-to-air television last weekend.

Aussie Apples will also be promoted at the matches of the national team, the Australian Diamonds, which has won 11 out of 13 World Championships.

The Diamonds are dominating the world circuit with a recent victory in the Quad Series title in England.

It’s not the first time Australian sport and sports identities have leant a hand to promote a particular fruit.

For more than a decade, rugby league star, Billy Slater, has been the pin-up boy for the Australian banana industry, with his Innisfail upbringing making him a natural pick.

Billy Slater promoting Australian bananas.Last year, AFL star, Patrick Dangerfield, also gave the banana industry a boost when he appeared on the national fishing program, iFish, sporting a bright yellow Australian Bananas t-shirt.

The 2011 Young Australian of the Year and world solo sailor, Jessica Watson, partnered with Australian Cherries to give them a profile push when her star was on the rise, while swimming sensation, Libby Trickett, gave her support to Australian Table Grapes’ Munch-A-Bunch campaign for two years running in 2012 and 2013.

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Guilty of false murder report

A DERRINALLUM man falsely admitted to a murder in an attempt to get a free trip to England.
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The bizarre confession was revealed in Warrnambool Magistrates on Monday whenDaniel Alfred Clark, 51, formerly of Ligar Street, pleaded guilty to making a false report to police.

He had concocted a story in the hope of being extradited to England because he could not afford a fare.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said there were unusual things going on in Clark’s life when he made the false report to police last month.

She said Victoria Police homicide squad and south-west detectives had spent considerable time investigating the matter.

“This is a very serious matter,” Ms Toose said.

“If you had any prior court appearances I would have considered imposing a jail sentence.”

Clark, now of Warrnambool, was convicted and placed on a 12-month community corrections order with the condition he complete 100 hours of community work.

Police told the court that on January 10 at 8.50am Clark called 000 from a Derrinallum phone box and confessed to a murder.

Officers attended at 9am and Clark admittedto killing a man called Andrew Leggett 20 years ago in Norfolk, England.

Clark detailed the circumstances and said he made it look like an overdose.

Detectives took over the investigation and looked into whether Clark was wanted in England through English police and Interpol.

Clark told them he was born in Australia but he went to England with his mother when he was two years old.

He said he had returned to England towards the end of last year to assist his disabled father.

But Clark and his partner argued with his father and they had to move out before returning to Australia.

In January this year, Clark’s partner decided she wanted to go back to England.

But Clark was in financial difficulties and came up with a plan to be deported or extradited back to England.

His partner detailed Clark’s plan to confess to a murderbut Clark maintained he was telling the truth and claimed his partner had a mental illness.

In court, Clark told the magistrate he had run out of medication for his mental health condition at the time of the offending.

He apologised for wasting the time of the police.

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Apples shooting to score with netball

GOOD SHOT: Aussie Apples is partnering with the Netball Australia in the new Suncorp Super Netball league which is hoped to lift the profile of the fruit. NOTE: Image has been digitally altered.
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AUSSIE apples will be given the sporting spotlight as they take up the centre bib in a partnership with the national netball body.

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) signed a lucrative three-year $600,000 contract with Netball Australia last week, securing exposure for the “Aussie Apples” brand at elite international matches and local games across the nation.

The new partnership marks the start of the 2017 Aussie Apples marketing campaign.

Parts of the deal include the supply of apples to players at all levels plus television advertising, high-profile netball player ambassador activities, website promotion and match signage.

Netball Australia acting CEO, Marne Fechner, said the partnership was a natural fit.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Horticulture Innovation Australia through the Aussie Apples brand,” Ms Fechner said.

“In this next evolution for netball, we have been seeking to create partnerships with brands who align with our values and vision.

“With its focus on healthy nutrition, and interest in supporting Australia’s leading women’s sport from the grassroots to the elite, we couldn’t be happier in welcoming Horticulture Innovation Australia to netball.”

HIA chief executive, John Lloyd, said with the rise and rise of netball in Australia and the healthy connection between apples and sport, the partnership made sense.

“Industry is very excited about this new venture, which is timely given the breadth of participation in netball across the nation and the increasing profile of women’s sport in Australia,” Mr Lloyd said.

According to Netball Australia, 1.2 million people play netball in Australia, and a further 250,000 people attend games each year.

And that number is soon to grow with Suncorp Super Netball which aired on prime-time free-to-air television last weekend.

Aussie Apples will also be promoted at the matches of the national team, the Australian Diamonds, which has won 11 out of 13 World Championships.

The Diamonds are dominating the world circuit with a recent victory in the Quad Series title in England.

It’s not the first time Australian sport and sports identities have leant a hand to promote a particular fruit.

For more than a decade, rugby league star, Billy Slater, has been the pin-up boy for the Australian banana industry, with his Innisfail upbringing making him a natural pick.

Billy Slater promoting Australian bananas.Last year, AFL star, Patrick Dangerfield, also gave the banana industry a boost when he appeared on the national fishing program, iFish, sporting a bright yellow Australian Bananas t-shirt.

The 2011 Young Australian of the Year and world solo sailor, Jessica Watson, partnered with Australian Cherries to give them a profile push when her star was on the rise, while swimming sensation, Libby Trickett, gave her support to Australian Table Grapes’ Munch-A-Bunch campaign for two years running in 2012 and 2013.

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Clogging up the court

DO NOT FLUSH: Hilltops Council has welcomed legal action against two manufacturers of ‘flushable’ wet wipes. Picture: Craig Thomson.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against two manufacturers of ‘flushable’ wet wipes.
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The ACCC instituted Federal Court proceedings against Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd (Kimberly-Clark) and Pental Limited and Pental Products Pty Ltd.

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the manufacturers of the products have made false or misleading representations in relation to ‘flushable’ wipes they marketed and supplied in Australia.

“The ACCC alleges that the impression given by Kimberly-Clark and Pental that these products were suitable to be flushed down household toilets in Australia is false,” he said.“These products do not, for example, disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed. Australian water authorities face significant problems when non-suitable products are flushed down the toilet as they contribute to blockages in a household and municipal sewerage systems.”

Hilltops Council has welcomed news that the ACCC has launched legal action against the manufacturers.

Council Director of Infrastructure Dirk Wymer said the ACCC stance is great news not only for ratepayers but also for the environment.

“Wet wipes clogging our sewers and breaking our pumps is one of the challenges we face in keeping the Hilltops’ sewer system operating,” he said. “The Water Services Association of Australia estimated wet wipes are costing water utilities $15 million per year.”

“Every time there is a blockage in the sewer mains or pump stations, Council resources are required to clear it. In a pump station, there is also a risk of damage to the pump and the electrical controls. In addition, pumps work harder than they need to when blocked or partially blocked and they use more power.” Mr Wymer said.

“The next step is to educate consumers to keep wipes out of our pipes.It’s a message we hope will be heard loud and clear because if that blockage occurs on private property, it is the property owner who has to pay to unblock it. Then there’s the risk of raw sewage overflow into neighbouring properties or the environment.”

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Union to abattoir: drop 457 workers

The meat workers union has called on Teys Wagga toreplace its foreign workforce with 180 axed abattoir staff from Cootamundra.
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It comes after Cootamundra’s largest employer, Manildra Meat Company, announced late last week 150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff willbe laid off when the processing plant closes on Friday.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union’s (AMIEU) state industrial organiserMark Perkins arrived in Cootamundra on Monday after hearing about the closure from affectedstaff.

“Some of the abattoirs within two hours drive of Cootamundra still use 457 visa workers;Teys Wagga especially,” Mr Perkins said

“I would hope they drop their foreignworkers and employ locals; they should be able to take all Manildra production workers.”

Mr Perkins said the axedstaff were “devastated” as most had “houses and families in Cootamundra” and “the vast majority of them will have to leave town to find work”.

Mr Perkins praised Manildra Meat Companyfor voluntarily paying out personal leave as part of redundancy packages, as well as committingto pay long service and annual leave.

Teys spokesman Tom Maguire said the union had wildly inflated its estimation of the company’s 457 visa workforce.

“Teys Wagga has substantially fewer than 180 457 visa workers,” Mr Maguire said.

“There is a large number of Australian residents from overseas working at the abattoir, but they’re not on visas.

“There isn’t room in our local workforcefor the Manildra staff.

“While there’s no chance Teys Wagga will close,we’re struggling to get five days work for our current staff.”

Manildra general manager Jason Graham reaffirmed his intention to re-openthe plant if livestock prices drop, but could not predict when that wouldbe.

Workers in limbodon’t know whether to stay in Cootamundra and live on savings in the hope of getting their jobs back or move town or state in search of work.

“We are offering onsite non-government and government services including counselling, resume drafting, interviewing skills, job searching and financial services,” Mr Graham said.

“Manildra Meat Company’s main concern is the welfare and future employment opportunities for workers that have been affected by the announcement of this closure.”

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PresCare promises assistance

LODGE CLOSES: Scenic Rim mayor and Federal member for Wright respond to Prescare’s decision to close the Roslyn Lodge. Photo: Jocelyn GarciaQUEENSLANDaged care provider PresCare announced the closure of Roslyn Lodge to residents on February 9.
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The organisation has until March 31 to find new homes for all 33 Roslyn Lodge residents and new employment for the carers.

Chief executive officerGreg Skeltonsaid PresCarewould do what they could to make the transition easier for the residents and their families.

“We will do everything possible to support our residents to find suitable accommodation as quickly and seamlessly as we can,” he said.

Mr Skelton said the residents would be assigneda case manager toassist each person and their family to access alternative service providers.

He said staff wouldbe offered alternative employment and retraining into their community operations or other areas of the PresCare Group.

“Staff will also be offered emotional support and specialist assistance to secure alternative employment.,” he said.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said he shared the disappointment of the Tamborine Mountain community after the shock announcement by PresCare.

“Residents ofRoslynLodgehad the expectation of living out their days on Tamborine Mountain,” he said.

“My concern is first and foremost withRoslynLodgeresidents, alongside their families, as well as the staff who have been impacted by this sudden decision.”

Mr Christensen said there wasstill a “high level of uncertainty” of whatthe space would become.

“I am committed to exploring every available avenue to see if there is a way to ensure the continuation of this important facility for our Tamborine Mountain community,” he said.

Federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz saidRoslyn Lodge could only close if suitable alternative accommodation arrangements were made.

“PresCare must take this responsibility very seriously and act swiftly to reduce the impact of the closure, particularly on the residents and their families,” he said.

“The Department of Health will work with PresCare to ensure all residents have a genuine choice about their new home and that they will not be financially disadvantaged by the move.”

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Taking on the hurdles

No quick fix: Make changes that you will be able to sustain in the long-term for your health and fitness.You may have just embarked on a weight-loss journey and find it hard to overcome the challenges of changing your lifestyle.
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Statistics show an alarming 95 per centof people who start a weight-loss diet fail to lose weight and keep it off.

Some people gain more weight every time they start a diet. This can be devastating and result in a negative cycle of yo-yo dieting and self-loathing.

If you have been among the 95 per centof people who have failed on a weight-loss journey, the first step I recommend you take to finally transform your life is to identify the things that are making you fail. This will ensure you are aware of the challenges you will face and can take steps to overcome these challenges.

The top fivereasons that most people fail on their weight-loss journey include:

Not having a clear plan

Starting a new lifestyle without a clear plan to follow will most likely result in failure. Following a plan or I like to call it a system will assist you with taking the crucial steps that are required to support you every single day and to assist your strength, willpower and motivation.

I have a detailed system that I follow every single day and I tick off each action from the moment I wake up in the morning to the very end of each day. I have finally found the best system that works for me and my lifestyle and that I can easily and consistently stick to because consistency is key.

To find a plan (system) that suits you seek guidance from a health professional.

You lack health and fitness knowledge

When it comes to health, weight loss and fitness, knowledge is power and very important for your new lifestyle. The world is fighting an obesity epidemic and I believe one of the contributing factors is that many people don’t learn about healthy eating, exercise and a balanced lifestyle before starting a diet. Without knowing the importance of nutrition, exercise and general health; weight loss hopefuls will find it hard to know what steps and actions to take each day.

I recommend researching online, reading books and blogs, acquire guidance and tips from health professionals.

No supportive environment and influencers

Have you heard of the saying “you become who you spend most of your time with”? Have a look around you, are your friends and family supportive? Are they encouraging and positive towards your goals and success?

Don’t go too hard: We are not geared to put up with too much pain for too long.

If you answered no; it’s time to distant yourself from those who don’t contribute to your health and life quest. The circumstances and environment that surrounds you. The vibe and atmosphere that surrounds you can make or break you. To feel inspired, motivated and driven, you need positivity and happiness in your life.

Going too hard and being too restrictive

In my eyes, this can be the biggest culprit. I have seen it too often with my own weight loss journey and also many other who have failed many times and finally came to me for guidance.

Starting a hardcore and gruelling training program causes the body to ache unbearablyand the mind will feel overwhelmed. The first two weeks is bearable and many will feel great at first. Some even partake in a very restrictive eating plan at the same time which can cause even more destructive outcomes. The human body and mind naturally avoids pain and cannot upkeep rapid and hardcore activities.

Maintain your plan: Better results come from making the change a long-term lifestyle plan.

I recommend setting realistic goals, seeking guidance and only set out on a realistic and enjoyable program that you can upkeep every day. Otherwise the cycle of yo-yo dieting will defeat you once again. Remember consistency is key.

Not seeing the new lifestyle change as a lifestyle but as a short-term fix

This is more common than you might think. Many people start their weight loss journey with the mindset that their diet will only have to be endured for a certain amount of time or until they lose the weight, then they can go back to their usual lifestyle.

This is such a toxic way to think when it comes to weight loss, health and fitness. When I was 115 kilos, I can remember thinking like this. It wasn’t until I shifted my focus and beliefs that I could truly change.

It should not be weight loss that is the important aspect of life. It’s the lifestyle that you lead every single day that is important. Once you have your daily lifestyle sorted out, you will start to see results with your weight loss, mind and body.

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IPL auction: Cricket stars go under hammer in Indian Premier League bidding war

Starc forsakes $1 million IPL paydayAshwin plays down net hijinks with Aussies
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold for a stunning $2.8million as reborn Australian paceman Pat Cummins and former international spearhead Mitchell Johnson  also profited handsomely in the Indian Premier League auction. But it was little-known England paceman Tymal Mills, who played briefly for the Brisbane Heat this summer, who provided the shock of the day when he was sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $2.3m.

Stokes, recently appointed England vice-captain, has yet to play in the sport’s glamour Twenty20 league but his heavy hitting and penetrating medium pace made him a coveted signing, and he was snapped up for the highest price of the day by the Rising Pune Supergiants.

It’s likely Stokes will be paid only a part of his contract because of international commitments. The IPL begins on April 5, and England has a one-day international against Ireland in late April and then one-day series against the West Indies and South Africa before staging the Champions Trophy in June.

He could also decide to bypass the IPL entirely in favour of rest, for England have seven home Tests after the Champions Trophy.

Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka told reporters Stokes would bring something new to the team for the 10th edition of the tournament.

“He’s a complete player and he completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this one genre of player,” he said.

“We knew he was going to be there for the first 14 games … We pretty much knew we were not going to get him for below this price.”

Cummins was sold to Delhi for $875,000. Having rekindled his international career this summer in the sport’s limited overs forms after major back problems, he and Cricket Australia must now decide whether it’s still in his best interests to play in the IPL considering he has been earmarked for a Test recall in time for next summer’s Ashes. One option could be to have a limited part in the tournament.

Johnson emerged from retirement this summer to help guide the Perth Scorchers to the Big Bash League title. He remains a major threat when required to bowl only four overs, and was sold to Mumbai for $390,000. He will be available for the entire tournament.

But there was no joy for the BBL’s leading wicket-taker Sean Abbott, or the BBL’s leading run scorer, Ben Dunk, who were overlooked. Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Melbourne Renegades cult figure, spinner Brad Hogg, were also unsold. Australia already had 17 players contracted to franchises.

Pune, which joined the IPL last year, has made Steve Smith skipper this season and also features fellow Australians Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh.

Next year looms as the mega IPL auction, for the contracts of all players will expire, and most will go back into the auction aside from those franchises are allowed to retain.

Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year’s tournament, citing a need to remain fresh for the busy year ahead.

Starc was on a deal worth about $973,000 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore when signed in 2014. Fellow new-ball quick Josh Hazlewood has also opted to bypass the IPL, after what has been a hectic year for Australia, including six Tests this summer. Another busy schedule awaits, beginning with the Champions Trophy and culminating in the  Ashes series.

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Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith chosen to launch NRL 2017 season

Caption: Photo: James BrickwoodThey’ve been sworn enemies for more than a decade, but Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith will put aside a long-standing rivalry to launch the 2017 NRL season on Thursday.
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In what will be a fitting way to begin his 17th and likely last season, Gallen has been chosen by the NRL to launch the new year alongside the architect of so much agony throughout his career.

It’s normally Smith who holds bragging rights when the pair come together given Queensland’s Origin dominance, but after leading the Sharks to their maiden title against Smith’s Melbourne Storm last October, it’s the Cronulla captain who gets the rare opportunity to gloat.

The two veterans will launch a campaign in Martin Place on Thursday afternoon that highlights the bright young stars of the game – including Blues trio Aaron Woods, David Klemmer and Josh Mansour.

It caps off quite a remarkable story for Gallen, who only two years ago was at loggerheads with the game’s governing body over the treatment of the Sharks during the well-publicised ASADA saga.

He took aim at former NRL boss Dave Smith on social media and made plenty of enemies  at rugby league central, such was his displeasure during an emotion-charged period in his life.

But the redemption story, which began with a long-awaited premiership last season, continues to build momentum after Gallen received the honour of launching the new year alongside his Queensland counterpart in front of the other 14 NRL captains.

The NRL has gone away from appointing players to launch the season in recent years after a number of off-field incidents came back to bite them.

However, the decision to appoint the two grand final captains is a sign of their faith in the pair to reflect the values of the game and is also a reward for more than 30 years of service to the code between them.

It’s not the first time two players have been chosen to open the season, with Greg Inglis and Shaun Johnson handed the honours for the launch in Auckland in 2015.

“It’s an honour to have been asked to officially open the season at Thursday’s NRL Launch,” Smith said.

“I’m excited for the season, 2016 showed how close the competition is. All players put an enormous amount of work in over the pre-season and now 16 teams have the opportunity to win a premiership, it’s going to be a fiercely  contested 2017 season. Heading into my 16th season , I’m looking forward to it just as much as I have any other year.”

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Council recognised

Finalists: Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell with CEO Vincent Cammell with the Accidental Art Gallery.The Coorong District Council have been named finalists for four separate categories in the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA 16thAnnual Leadership Awards.
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The council has received three project finalist positions for their Coorong Healthy Highways scheme, the Coorong Unsealed Roads Improvement Program and the Coorong Accidental Art Gallery.

Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell has earned individual accolades as she was names finalist in the Emerging Leader of the Year Category.

Mayor Neville Jaensch said he was proud of the council and its staff.

“As a small rural Council we are batting well above our average when it comes to business performance and community engagement, and our success so far in these awards reiterates this,” he said.

Ms Strugnell said she was surprised when she found out she was named a finalist.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a different sort of nomination to what they would usually get,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said Ms Strugnell as a good chance of taking out the award.

“She is someone who has stepped up and she is popular among staff, councillors and the community,” he said.

“It is hard to imagine her not winning.”

Mr Cammell said the other projects had a good shot at taking out their respective categories also.

He said their Healthy Highways program and Accidental ArtGallery are both very unique programs that they had managed to achieve without very many resources.

“Other councils may even look at doing something similar,” Mr Cammell said.

As for their Unsealed Roads Improvement Program, Mr Cammell said it shows the utilisation of different techniques the council has used.

“We always work on our overall networkrather than individual roads to improve across the board.”

“We can’t make up for previous decisions and practicesovernight, we need to stick at it for the next 10 years.”

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Seymour Vale to $10,500 top in Santa’s sale

SUITABLE SIRE: Top bull buyer Lance Cramer, NT, with auctioneers Tom Penna, Elders, and Gordon Wood, Landmark, and Seymour Vale principal Mandy Lintern, Tungkillo.
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​STRONG bidding set a new stud record for Adelaide Hills-based stud Seymour Vale during the Walmona Santa Gertrudis Invitational Sale at Truro on Saturday.

The sale featured 32 bulls and 24 pure-bred Santa Gertrudis femalesfrom studsWalmona, Truro, Seymour Vale, Tungkillo, Glen Rufus Park, Eden Valley, Nangaringa, Loxton, and Rockingham, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.

The top price bull –two-year-old Seymour Vale Nate (P) Seym656 –sold at $10,500to Lance Cramer, Temple Bar, via Alice Springs, NT.

The 726-kilogram bull, sired by Yarrawonga Coach H804,had an eye muscle area of 121 square centimetresand 9-millimetre rib and rump fat.

Seymour Vale studmaster Kevin Lintern said the price was a record for the stud and they also had full clearance of the seven bulls they offered.

“It’s the best sale we’ve ever had,” he said.

“It’s all pretty overwhelming but it will sink in eventually.

“The bull has been my pick pretty much all the way along. It’s the complete package.”

The stud sold another bull at $9000to Yarrawonga Cattle Co, Wallumbilla, via Roma, Qld.

Seymour Vale Noel (P) Seym658 –a half-brother to the top pricebull –weighed 724kg, with a 10mm rump fat, 8mm rib fat and 118sqcm EMA.

During the auction, 25 bulls of the 32 on offer sold, whilethe remainder were sold shortly afterwards.

An 18-month-old bull from Nangaringa, which did not reach its reserve in the ring,sold shortly after the sale for $10,000 to Yarrawonga Cattle Co.

Nangaringa Len Nan15ML457, sired by Macaire Shannon 909, weighed 764kg, with an average daily weight gain of 1.3kg, 126sqcm EMA,16mm rumpand11mm rib fat.

Nangaringa sold six bulls overall.

Walmona sold 17 bulls to $5000, while Rockingham sold two bulls to $6000.

Walmona also sold a 2014-drop cow with three-month-oldcalf at-foot for $2200 to Driver Enterprises, while its12, 2015-drop heifers, sold to $1700, all bought by RM&DV Fogden, Loxton.

Glen Rufus sold five2016-drop heifers, averaging 327kg, at $1340, to DD Smith, and a further six at $1200 to Terlinga Farms.

Volume buyers were McDouall Peak Station, via Coober Pedy, with nine bulls to$6000, whileCowarie Station, on the Birdsville Track, bought five bulls to $5000.

Elders Kapunda agent Paul Kilby said the sale had gone well.

“The bulls looked exceptional, and all buyers bought in confidence knowing the cattle will perform,” he said.

Landmark stud stock manager Gordon Wood said the sale had reached “some good highs”.

“The cattle were in ideal condition to head into the pastoral zones, where most of the cattle sold to,” he said.

“The young heifers sold particularly well, with strong competition for the younger females.”

The sale was conducted by Landmark and Elders, with Gordon Wood and Tom Penna sharing the auctioneer duties.

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