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Nats go for Cobb

Former NSW Farmers Association president John Cobb emerged victorious from the National Party preselection bout for the seat of Parkes.
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The 51-year-old farmer defeated three contenders during a secret ballot of 149 delegates at Dubbo’s Wesley Centre on Saturday.

Just moments after being told he would carry the party’s hopes into the next federal election, Mr Cobb urged voters to stick with the Nationals vowing the good times were just around the corner.

“We are so close to, I think, at least five years of good stuff,” he said.

“We cannot afford a change of government at a time like this.

“We just cannot afford to have a change of government and we won’t have a change of who’s holding this seat I can assure you of that.”

The father of seven daughters, Mr Cobb – who lives with wife Gai on a property 100 kilometres west of Condobolin – said he would base his electorate office in Dubbo and “possibly” commute home on weekends.

Last month he stepped down from the farm lobby group, after almost three years at the helm, to take a second stab at federal politics. In 1992, he lost a preselection tussle with then-member Michael Cobb (no relation) who held the seat for 12 years.

Parkes MP Tony Lawler described Saturday’s outcome as a “relief” that took him one step closer to his own political exit. He will retire after just one term.

“I’ve got no doubt John’s got the credentials and the experience and the knowledge of the electorate,” Mr Lawler said soon after the vote.

“I would have been very anxious if we didn’t have such quality candidates. So certainly, this has made my decision a lot clearer.”

Despite its National Party pedigree Mr Cobb said he had no intention of taking the “seat for granted”.

“They can choose between a local who has held a number of important leadership positions and will hit the ground running to deliver for Parkes, or an ALP candidate who will be told what to do by his union masters in Sydney and Canberra,” he said.

“What I think we’ve got to do is make sure everybody knows what the National Party has done over the past few years – it’s done an awful lot for country people.”

Among the wins, he said, was the Roads to Recovery program, protection of regional airline access to Kingsford Smith Airport, and defeating tax moves restricting the transfer of businesses and properties between generations.

Country Labor candidate Joe Knagge, on the campaign trail for the past five months, congratulated his opponent but said the decision “came as no surprise”. Both candidates have promised a campaign free from personal attacks.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Rhinos need to reproduce recent form

The Dubbo Rhinos will be hoping to retain the form which saw them conquer the Dubbo Kangaroos last weekend when they take on the Parkes Boars in round seven of the Blowes Menswear Cup in Parkes tomorrow.
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Without a win heading into the match, the Rhinos looked a different team in last Saturday’s local derby, recording just their second victory over the Kangaroos with the 23-10 scoreline.

The Rhinos appeared inspired against their more fancied counterparts and relished the result, but coach Andrew Williams was quick to point out that the win was just the first in their Central West quest.

On the road, the Rhinos will again need to lift against the Boars, who are currently third on the competition table having won four of their first six matches.

Only one change has been made to the team which defeated the Kangaroos last weekend, with Ben Mathews coming back into first grade at five-eighth, having recovered from injury.

That move has pushed Glen Gallagher to inside centre, Guy Perrin to outside centre and Jason Leach to the wing, and Ian Burns from first grade back to third grade.

The Rhinos forwards, who comprehensively outplayed the Kangaroos, are unchanged and will need to muscle up again on Saturday against the powerful Parkes pack which is not lacking in size.

Austin Whitehead, in his first match back from injury, was particularly strong against the Kangaroos and will again need to lead the forwards, while Williams will also be looking for another big game from workhorse young prop George See.

Nick Hubbard jumped well in the line-outs against the Rhinos’ Dubbo rivals and will be needed again to secure quality ball.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Vaughan’s faith in reshuffle

Dubbo Kangaroos coach Scott Vaughan is hopeful a new prop and hooker and a back row reshuffle can reverse his team’s form for when they play Orange City at No 1 Oval tomorrow.
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The Kangaroos tackle the Lions in round seven of the Blowes Menswear Cup and are looking for a more committed forwards performance after last weekend’s 23-10 loss to the Dubbo Rhinos.

The Kangaroos were overpowered and out-enthused by their local rivals last weekend, the Rhinos being first to the breakdown on most occasions to secure their own possession and poach from their opponents.

Vaughan has promoted Shad Bailey from second grade to the first XV at hooker and reinstated Len Bartley at prop in an effort to inject some enthusiasm into the front row.

He has also asked Simon Aird and Phil Randell to swap positions, Randell moving to number eight and Aird into the second row. Danny Tink is unavailable and Peter Walters has taken his place at breakaway.

Peter Hyde has been rewarded for a standout performance in second grade last week, taking the number nine jumper from Luke Carney.

The Kangaroos lower grade teams will also be on show on Saturday and keen to continue their winning streaks against the lowly rated Lions.

On the back of their tireless forwards the second grade team has won its past three matches on the hop and is currently third on the competition table.

Against the Lions, who are third last, the Kangaroos will again look to their “angry eight”, who have been rated among the best-drilled forward outfits in any grade.

Under the innovative coaching methods of rugby genius Nigel Bourke, the Kangaroos third grade team has completed the first six rounds of the competition undefeated – Forbes coming closest in round three when they fell seven points short.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Reverse mortgage scrutiny

THE Federal Government is moving to introduce stricter regulation of reverse mortgages, an increasingly popular financial product marketed to older homeowners, because of fears that people could be exploited.
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Announcing plans for national regulation of a range of financial services, the Minister for Corporate Law, Nick Sherry said he was concerned about the people taking out reverse mortgages without understanding the implications.

Reverse mortgages typically allow over-60s whose homes are unencumbered to borrow substantial amounts against the value of their property.

Repayments are deferred until they move into retirement accommodation or die, when principal and interest is typically paid out from the sale of the house.

Senator Sherry said the Australian Securities and Investments Commission had identified areas of abuse in the distribution and sale of the mortgages.

But while the products were regulated federally, mortgage brokers marketed the loans were regulated under state legislation.

Industry figures show the number of reverse mortgages grew from 15,000 in 2005 to more than 30,000 last year.

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Fishers want to share wetland

Presented with the world-renowned Ramsar designation certificate at a ceremony in Dubbo on Friday, Mr Fisher said the award proved farming and the environment could go hand in hand.
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“We have lived all our lives in the Macquarie Marshes and the area is fairly unique to anywhere in the world,” he said.

“We were looking for some form of recognition or control which would help maintain the marshes and even enhance them.

“A lot of voluntary conservation orders would have locked up our land but with this (certificate) we can keep grazing and maintain the wetlands.”

The certificate is part of an international agreement signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971.

Australia was one of the first countries to sign the agreement.

“For the past two years we have had the largest breeding site for many bird colonies, including the largest colony of egrets in south eastern Australia,” Mr Fisher said.

“The first pied herons found breeding in NSW were also discovered on our property recently.”

Mr Fisher said voluntarily nominating his property for international recognition and conservation was not a form of self-praise.

“We have lost between 40 and 50 per cent of the Macquarie Marshes due to river regulations and water use in the valley,” he said.

“Learning to share the water and manage the area better will benefit everyone, not just us.”

The Fishers are only the second private landholders in Australia to submit their property as a Ramsar site.

“Making this kind of decision was very personal,” Mr Fisher said.

“But I think this is a great example of what co-operation between government and non-government groups and private landholders can achieve.

“It’s only through co-operation that we can maintain and manage the land.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Artists added to Southbound lineup

MORE amazing artists have been added to the line-up forSouthbound 2013, including some thigh-slapping comedy acts.
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On top of the superb musicians already announced, Ajax,Alison Wonderland, Art of Sleeping, Flume and Parachute Youth have now beenadded to the bill.

Organisers have also announced the return of their comedyprogram, and have confirmed Felicity Ward, Luke Heggie, Matt O’Kine, NazeemHussain, Ronny Chieng and Sammy J and Randy so far.

These great acts will join bands already announced: AngusStone, Ball Park Music, Beach House, Bertie Blackman, Best Coast, BombayBicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, Cosmo Jarvis, DJ Nu-Mark Toy Set, DjangoDjango, First Aid Kit, The Flaming Lips, Hilltop Hoods, The Hives, Hot Chip,Jinja Safari, The Jungle Giants, Lisa Mitchell, Loon Lake, Matt Corby, MaximoPark, Millions, Oh Mercy, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, San Cisco, SBTRKT, Sharon VanEtten, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Two Door Cinema Club and TheVaccines.

Southboundis held on January 4 and 5 at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton.

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Southbound is held on January 4 and 5 at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton.

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Roll up for the Ballarat Show

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Remembering the fallen

COMMEMORATIONS will start today to mark the 94th anniversary of the end of World War One.
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Local schoolchildren will gather at the Kerang cenotaph at 10.45am today for a Remembrance Day service, which originally recognised the end of World War One but has expanded to remember the lives of those who have been killed during times of conflict.

Official proceedings will occur on Sunday at the town’s cenotaph, marking the Armistice of World War One on November 11, 1918 at 11am.

Ex-servicemen and women, as well as family members and residents, will gather at the memorial for a ceremony at 10.45am and a minute’s silence at 11am.

Proceedings will continue into the afternoon with the Kerang Golf Club Remembrance Day event.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Show N Shine Albatross gallery from 2011

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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Can Assist Cup luncheon

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NSW call for Ryan

Parramatta’s former Dubbo CYMS forward, Andy Ryan has earned a spot on the New South Wales bench for next Sunday’s second State of Origin clash against Queensland in Sydney.
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The only concern for Ryan is that he has been placed on report for lifting during yesterday’s 36-6 victory over the Sharks.

It has been a great return to form for Ryan who earlier in the season was dropped back to First Division by Parramatta coach Brian Smith.

Since he has returned, both he and the Eels have gone from strength to strength.

NSW selectors have dumped halfback Brett Kimmorley and brought his Northern Eagles team-mates Adam Muir and Mark O’Meley into the Blues’ squad.

St George Illawarra five-eighth Trent Barrett replaces Kimmorley while Sydney Roosters lock Luke Ricketson takes over from discarded Canberra forward Jason Croker.

Ryan is one of three forwards who will make their debut against the Maroons after the Blues’ forwards put on a dismal show in the Origin opener on May 6 which Queensland won 34-16.

Sharks prop Jason Stevens was overlooked for selection in the NSW front row after he injured his neck during yesterday loss to Parramatta.

Selectors retained Melbourne prop Robbie Kearns, who will team up with Eagles debutant O’Meley in the front row.

Parramatta second rower Nathan Hindmarsh was omitted in favour of Muir, while Brisbane centre Michael De Vere lost his place to Penrith’s goalkicking centre Ryan Girdler.

His Penrith team-mates Matt Adamson and Craig Gower join Ryan on the Blues’ bench.

Newcastle forward Ben Kennedy lost his position on the bench.

Meanwhile, North Queensland utility Nathan Fien, Brisbane youngster Dane Carlaw and Melbourne forward Russell Bawden have been rushed into Queensland’s 17-man squad.

Fien will take over the hooking role from injured Cowboys team mate John Doyle, while 20-year-old Carlaw has been handed a starting role in the second row for injured skipper Gorden Tallis.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Walker ignites Jets to success

Narromine centre Nathan Walker had a field day against the hapless Wellington Cowboys yesterday and finished with a personal tally of 25 points from three tries and eight goals.
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With Walker in super form in a flashy Jets’ backline, the home team went on to win 56-28 after the Cowboys led 24-16 at the break.

Captain-coach Tony Hutton wasn’t pleased with the first half performance by his which trailed for all of the first 70 minutes.

But after drawing level at 28-all the Jets finished stronger to go on for a landslide victory with backrow forwards Damien Day and Rob Lake having memorable days scoring two tries apiece.

Narromine has now scored more points (324) than any other team in first grade while their defensive record of 160 in six games is third behind Forbes (126) and CYMS (144).

The Cowboys would have been disappointed with their effort yesterday after doing so well for so long.

But despite lock Michael Ryan scoring three tries, they just couldn’t match it with the Jets on the way home.

Narromine won all three grades yesterday and confirmed their high places on each of the three competition ladders.

Reserve grade romped home 74-10 and the juniors were pushed for the full hour before winning 28-18 after a late surge.

NARROMINE 56 (Nathan Walker 3, Craig Roworth 2, Rob Lake 2, Damien Day 2, Simon Hartas tries, Walker 8 goals) def WELLINGTON 28 (Michael Ryan 3, Edward Daley, Paul Black, Clinton Elemes tries, Daley 2 goals).

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CYMS repel Raiders

A dedicated defensive pattern and a touch of old-fashioned pride, is proving to be a masterstroke for CYMS following their 36-4 victory over Macquarie in the Tooheys Group 11 local derby yesterday.
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Captain-coach Justin Yeo revealed afterwards his players had committed themselves to lifting in defence and in this match particularly to beating Macquarie for the first time in four attempts.

Apart from Brett Warwick’s try in the dying minutes yesterday, CYMS have kept their line safe for two matches after last week beating Cobar 26-0.

“We had a couple of weeks when there were big scores against us and that hurt a bit, so everyone set themselves to lift in defence particularly,” Yeo said.

“Pride was needed to make that happen and you can see in the past two weeks the effort has paid off . We are more dominant, the boys are just having a go, starting to talk more and pushing themselves and each other.

“It is happening at training each week and everyone is getting on well together and we take that communication into the matches.”

Macquarie went into yesterday’s match without their Country half Peter Boon who was rested, and the word was Brett Chippendale was nursing a shoulder problem.

Then during the afternoon prop Luke O’Connor was off the field for some time with a shoulder injury.

CYMS also lost their big prop Bernard Wilson in the first half with a bad injury and he didn’t take any further part in the match.

Forwards Mick Darcy and Luke Jenkins were two of the best for CYMS while the halves Marty Nelson and Ben Williams delivered good ball at every opportunity and Louie’s match at fullback was first class.

Chris Delaney was his usual cheeky best at hooker for Macquarie on a day when good players were hard to find.

CYMS were off to a dream start and had 16 points on the board before the big crowd had time to settle into their seats.

Louie was on the spot for a double, firstly after latching on to a ball that Tony Quinn failed to cover after a Marty Nelson high kick, and then when he backed up a Nathan Woodford bust to have the Raiders in trouble.

Unfortunately for Woodford he badly injured his nose in the tackle after passing the ball and played little part for the rest of the match.

Louie was again involved for CYMS’ third try after sending centre Troy Yates on a 50-metre run to the line, and with Nelson’s conversion the Fishies had all the running.

To their credit Macquarie failed to give in and actually dominated the remaining 20 minutes to half-time but couldn’t bust the strong CYMS defence.

Time and time they were close to the line but the defence was strong and effective and the Raiders were denied.

Probably the turning point for Macquarie was just before the break when John Croft was over under the posts but was called back after replacement forward Rod Wright was penalised for punching in the play-the-ball. The Raiders never recovered.

The second-half was only nine minutes old and CYMS had the match in their keeping after firstly Nelson and then Brett Patterson crosses for a 28-0 lead.

Mick Dagg and Mick Darcy added tries in the remaining 20 minutes with Warwick’s try only a consolation for the Raiders.

CYMS 36 (Mick Louie 2, Troy Yates, Marty Nelson, Mick Darcy, Brett Patterson, Mick Dagg tries, Nelson 4 goals) def DUBBO MACQUARIE 4 (Brett Warwick try).

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