Presets sailing the Pacifica

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The Presets are heading to Newcastle Panthers on February 10.It was poetic that an album called Apocalypso created a whirlwind of chaos for The Presets.
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After the increase in popularity that ­followed their 2005 debut Beams, a ­showbag of thumping club hits and ‘80s sheen, the Sydney duo dived head first into the creation of their sophomore record.

They shacked up on a farm in Byron Bay for two weeks and cooked ideas, then ­relocated to Berlin while touring in Europe.

The result, 2008’s Apocalypso, was a game changer – not only for the classically trained pair, but for Australian dance music.

Single My People, a sympathetic anthem about refugees, brought them international acclaim.

Apocalypso debuted at number one on the Australian charts and in 2008 it was the first dance record to win the ARIA Award for Album of the Year.

“When we made Apocalypso we’d been running a hundred miles an hour – we’d been touring so much and we’d built a bit of a name for ourselves – we worked really fast to try and make that record,” singer Julian Hamilton says.

“We had the fire – we were hungry and young.”

The Presets had earned a break and a chance to pause and reflect.

Therefore the making of their 2012 record, Pacifica, was “the complete opposite” to its predecessor.

Having both become fathers for the first time, Hamilton and partner in crime Kim Moyes had the perfect excuse to not rush into their third album cycle.

“We had more time up our sleeve and could afford to have a bit of time off the road,” Hamilton says.

“We’d been touring for six or seven years non-stop.”

Pacifica builds on the tongue-in-cheek hedonism and dark drones of the duo’s previous work, but broadens its sonic horizons.

From the futuristic throb of Youth In Trouble, to the primal sea shanty Ghosts and the radiant, effervescent pop of Promises, Pacifica suggests the duo are assured in the creative value of their ­experimental ideas.

For Apocalypso the duo wrote exactly what they needed – ten songs for an album.

This time they pieced together a wealth of material from which to shape Pacifica.

“We had about 30 or 40 ideas, so we just kept experimenting until we picked 12 or 13 songs,” Hamilton recalls.

“It was a lot more chilled out and relaxed – I wouldn’t say it was easier, necessarily – but we certainly had more time to go back into the studio and experiment and not rush things.”

Despite having a larger number of ideas to whittle down, Hamilton says the songs that made it on to Pacifica were easy to spot.

“Songs like Ghosts or Promises do stick out – you think ‘they’re really fresh, we like that’ – choosing the ones we liked was easy,” Hamilton says.

“But certainly there’s a whole bunch of offcuts floating around that you might hear in different guises in the future.”

While the duo had no specific musical vision for Pacifica, they did want to record the album more organically.

Both Hamilton and Moyes met at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music in the mid-’90s but for The Presets have mostly composed using machines.

On stage Moyes plays live drums and Hamilton synths, alongside numerous ­electronic samples.

However, on Pacifica we can hear Moyes behind his kit and Hamilton at a piano.

“When we play live, Kim is beating those drums and it’s a different atmosphere,” Hamilton says.

“We wanted to get that live drum feel on the songs.

“I’ve played the piano since I was five years old, but this was the first time I’d ever had a piano in my studio – which is crazy.

“I was able to write and record a lot more songs at the piano.

“But I don’t think you ever go into the studio thinking ‘I want to make an album like this’.

“You go into the studio and start writing and recording and [the album] materialises in front of your very eyes.

“The trick is not to think about it too hard.

“Don’t force square pegs into round holes.”

Despite reaching the number three position on the Australian charts and being embraced by their fans, Pacifica has not equalled the overwhelming public impact of Apocalypso.

“The critics have really loved Pacifica– it has been the best received music we’ve ever made,” Hamilton says.

“It’s been getting way better reviews than our music in the past.

“But then again, it hasn’t sold as well as Apocalypso, but I think it’s just one of those things.

“Some music is going to hit a nerve with certain parts of society and other music won’t do that, but we’ve been thrilled with the response.”

Pacifica has also given The Presets the chance to further explore the visual tapestry of their music.

Their three album covers are appropriations of the same theme and were each designed by their friend Jonathan Zawada.

For the Pacifica live shows they employed the help of Martin Phillips, who designed the incredible pyramid set for Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive tour.

“He certainly makes us look a lot more interesting than we are,” Hamilton says of Phillips.

“It’s the same as the [music] videos, the album artworks and the T-shirts.

“We’re very lucky to have a whole bunch of video directors and graphic designers around us who interpret our music and add a visual element.

“It adds a lot to The Presets narrative.

“It becomes part of the myth even though we didn’t have any real hand in the creation of [the art].”

Hamilton hopes it won’t be another four years before The Presets story continues with a fourth album.

“Pacifica was a big album, mentally, for us to get out,” Hamilton says.

“We needed a break after the Apocalypso madness – it was a huge thing.

“It culminated in this wild success, which we were very thankful for.

“So I feel a real sense of relief that Pacifica is written and released.

“We’re already looking forward to getting into the studio and doing the next thing – who knows what that’s going to be?

“Maybe an album of string quartets – something that’s really going to upset our fans.”

The Presets appear at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday, February 10.

Tickets are available through Moshtix.

Alive has two double passes to give away.

For your chance to win simply fill out the coupon in today’sMaitland Mercuryby noon next Wednesday.

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Out of the fire

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire and when the smoke’s nearly gone, it’s good to know you count on your neighbours.
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The Upper Hunter Shire has extended a much needed hand to the neighbouring Warrumbungle Shire which has been hit hard this month after an extensive bushfire claimed 54,000 hectares of land and 53 homes.

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen said he was pleased to be able to offer the shire some much needed assistance.

“I rang the mayor, (of Warumbungle Shire, Peter Shinton) to see if there was anything we could do to help.

“Of course we can always hand the money tins around to help with fundraising but we also wanted to be able to offer some practical assistance,” Mr Johnsen said.

The Upper Hunter Shire has since arranged to transport the council’s semi-trailer water cart, a converted milk tanker modified and licensed to cart potable water, to assist with the arduous post-fire clean up.

Warrumbungle Shire mayor Peter Shinton said he was overwhelmed with the support they had received to date.

“The fire is just about out thanks to the efforts of surrounding shires with their bulldozers, hardworking volunteers and fire services so now the clean-up begins.

“In many ways the recovery is harder than fighting the bush fire as so many people have lost their homes, livestock, fences.

“Some were underinsured, some not insured at all.

Cr Shinton said that since the bushfire had engulfed the district, blackened debris, sticks and mud continued to ‘fall from the sky’ contaminating domestic water supplies.

“In some areas we have had up to 50mm of rain and the debris and black mud that has fallen from the clouds is unbelievable.

“A lot of that debris is now on residents’ rooves and after the rain, in their water tanks, so we need to be able to flush those tanks out and replenish them with fresh water.

“Because fire retardants were dropped on houses as the fire wall came forward, of the 80 homes we managed to save, we also need to be able to wash away any remaining retardant so the water tanker will be put to great use,” Cr Shinton said.

As of last Friday the shire’s bush fire appeal reached $262,000 in donations.

Donations will be accepted at any Upper Hunter Shire office, Warrumbungle Shire office or log on to donate online to http://giveeasy.org/appeal/44/warrumbungle-bushfires

neighbours: Mopra Rock stands tall and proud despite being ravaged by a devastating bush fire this month that has claimed 54,000 hectares and 53 homes across the Warrumbungle Shire.

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Medley bowls in Streaky

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STREAKYBay Womens Bowling Club held their annual Medleys Day on
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Wednesday,January 23, sponsored by the Hotel Board.

Around16 ladies played in the competition, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Theweather was kind and there was a fun atmosphere, producing some great bowling.

TheClub would like to reproduce on Pennant Days, when they really need it.

RobStephens, representing the Hotel Board presented the winners with money prizes.

BettyKammerman, Isabel Brown, Jenny McEvoy and Gay Oswald were the big winners onthe day.

Jan Kenny, Kerry Johnson, Connie Robinson and AtholyHolland finished as runners up.

Medley winners: Rob Stephens of the Hotel Board presents to the winners, from left, Betty Kammerman Isabel Brown, Jenny McEvoy and Gay Oswald.

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I HAVE been reading the many comments regarding that well-known TV personality’s comments on breastfeeding in public and find it very difficult to understand his reasoning.
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In this day and age when there are many beaches where nakedness is allowed and where his own medium depicts sexual encounters ad nauseam, it beggars belief that he can protest.

Apart from being entirely natural and certainly not sexual in any way, I think breastfeeding is a most beautiful sight – I wish more women would feed on demand, wherever they are.

A far more controversial topic is that of pregnant girls who parade their bellies like trophies.

I watched a young pregnant girl in Toronto a week or so ago. She was enormously pregnant and wore a tank top, and the ring in her navel, which had popped out, was septic and weeping.

I love pregnant women, but not like that.

What happened to those pretty smocks that ladies used to wear?

– Tom Edwards, Wangi Wangi

OUT THERE: What happened to those pretty smocks that ladies used to wear?

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MILDURA Rural City Council is just one phone call away from having the National Broadband Network rolled out across the municipality.
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Council’s information systems manager Chris Parham said the region was ready to receive the network, but was waiting on a call from NBN Co.

The company was appointed in August 2009 to manage the delivery of Australia’s first open access broadband network to all Australians, regardless of postcode.

NBN Co trucks have visited towns throughout regional Victoria, including Mildura, over the past 18 months, informing people about the network.

But Mr Parham said it was time for the company to “bring it on”.

“They need to just make it happen,” he said.

“We are a large municipality of 22,000 square kilometres and the current level of tele­communications capability, reliability and speed varies significantly to the point where no traditional service is available in many locations.”

Mr Parham said most Mil­dura residents took it for granted that they could jump online to use social media like Facebook and Twitter, pay bills, stream voice and video via the internet to stay in touch with family and friends, or buy a ticket to the footy.

“But this is not an option for many people in our municipality,” he said.

“The NBN will provide the community with equity of access to online services whether it be government, health, or education.

“There are also obvious benef­its for businesses being able to compete and play in their respective market places, with the NBN also assisting council with the delivery of services.”

Mr Parham, part of the NBN4 Mildura-Wentworth group, said council was working on improving digital access to its libraries and other council services.

“If someone in the furthest part of the municipality can access something online then that’s a good thing,” he said.

“It’s about decreasing time taken to access services.”

UNPLUGGED: Chris Parham says the NBN is just a phone call away for Sunraysia. Picture: David Sickerdick

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US expert to speak at grain forum

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World-leading expert on herbicide resistance Dale Shaner is one of the highlight speakers at this year’s round of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Updates in northern New South Wales.
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From the United States Department of Agriculture, Dr Shaner will cover his work on the breakdown of triazines and herbicide binding on stubble at the Adviser Update at Coonabarabran.

He’ll also be on hand at an innovative field walk being run in the afternoon session at the Narromine Grower Update.

Local advisers have planned an inspection of seedbank capture and windrow burning sites; these will provide an ideal backdrop for growers to discuss a range of weed management issues with local advisers, weeds specialists, Dr Shaner and West Australian weeds expert Peter Newman.

Updates focus on issues impacting on profitability for the coming season, which this year include the economics of nitrogen management and risk.

This follows some unexpected and costly protein results in 2012, when many growers experienced a range of unexpected outcomes related to nitrogen nutrition.

GRDC northern panel chairman James Clark said five Updates were being held in northern NSW and southern Queensland during February and March that would bring growers and advisers together with researchers.

“The Updates are a chance for growers and advisers to tap into the latest research, liaise with our expert local and international guest speakers and become better informed on ways to boost productivity on farm in a more sustainable manner,” Mr Clark said.

The Narromine Grower Update is being held 28 February at the Narromine Aero Club. The program also includes:

o Chickpeas in 2013 – varietal performance, pests and diseases, time of sowing trials, salinity effects

o Improving canola profit in Central NSW

o Cereal diseases and better use of fungicides

o Crown-rot data and tolerance levels in new varieties

For further information about the Updates contact John Cameron or Erica McKay on 02 9482 4930 or [email protected]南京夜网.au. Full programs and an online registration form are available at www.icanrural南京夜网.au

From the United States Department of Agriculture, Dr Shaner will cover his work on the breakdown of triazines and herbicide binding on stubble at the Adviser Update at Coonabarabran.

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Selection improves worm resistance

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o The Petali Merino flock s average ASBV for worm egg count (WEC) has improved rapidly in recent years, confirming the presence of genetic resistance to worms.Selecting breeding stock with superior in-built resistance to worms is delivering improved growth rates and more resilient lambs for breeder Martin Oppenheimer.
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Mr Oppenheimer runs the Petali Poll Merino and White Suffolk studs at Walcha, where the high summer rainfall presents an annual challenge in controlling populations of parasites such as Barber’s Pole or Haemonchus contortus, which can have a devastating effect on productivity if left unchecked.

However, through an integrated approach built around superior genetics, pasture management and nutrient supplementation, Mr Oppenheimer has kept worm levels in check and bred a high-performing flock resilient to parasite pressures.

“Operating in an environment in which worms are a constant challenge, we needed to implement a grazing management system that would minimise parasite populations, as well as select breeding stock with an in-built resistance to worms,” he said.

“The use of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) has been a key part of that strategy – objective information can make a real difference when trying to select stock that are not only productive but can withstand the conditions that we operate in.

“During the recent run of wet summers in eastern Australia, worm control has been an issue in a number of regions and ram buyers have appreciated the fact that we have objective data to show that our stock have a high level of genetic resistance against worms.”

ASBVs allow sheep breeders to compare the genetic potential of animals independent of the environment and location – as such they are an important tool when selecting new genetics to bring into the Petali flock.

The property is located at an altitude of 1100 metres, and although it is a temperate environment, much of the average annual rainfall of 800mm arrives in summer.

In turn the Petali team measures the performance of the flock for the full suite of traits in order to provide ram buyers with detailed objective information about the genetic make-up of their stud flock of 700 Poll Merino ewes (average 17.2 micron).

“In terms of worm resistance, we are finding some clients are demanding rams that have a WEC ASBV of -50 or better,” Mr Oppenheimer said.

“We now have very few sheep that we’re using or selling that are not resistant to worms.”

Petali has also been involved in the Genomics Pilot Projects run by the Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), with 25 young rams DNA tested during 2012.

It’s an area which Mr Oppenheimer is monitoring closely for future use in his breeding program.

The Petali breeding program focuses on selecting genetics for a multi-purpose Poll Merino and highly-productive White Suffolks.

The ASBVs used in selection focus on traits including growth rates, staple strength, eye muscle and fat.

“We’re continually on the look-out for superior genetics from across Australia and we use the Sheep Genetics database quite a bit to study the pedigrees of sheep, it’s amazing how many of the industry’s top sheep are now on this network,” Mr Oppenheimer said.

“Whether a ram carries worm resistance is a black and white question for us – we must have it for this country. We don’t build WEC into our selection indices, we go looking for productive breeding stock that meet our objectives, and as part of that process we always ask the question about whether the animal carries ASBVs for WEC or not.”

Mr Oppenheimer is currently placing additional pressure on improving the performance of progeny during the period from three to 10 months of age.

“We’re pushing for better performance from our Merino ewes in their lamb rearing abilities, and bringing more growth and vigour to their lambs, which has traditionally been a weakness for fine and superfine types,” he said.

“We want our ewes to present a strong weaner, which will naturally have a higher chance of survival through their first year.

“But we’re not going to compromise on traits like wool quality or fibre diameter in order to gain these additional traits, it will be something that we build into our sheep as we go along.

“But we know that if we have strong weaners, then their first fleece will have more weight and a stronger staple strength, and that they’ll also be better performers in their second and subsequent years.

“With our White Suffolks we have seen what is possible in just a short space of time with improvements in growth rates and eye muscle.

“Although the Merino is a more complicated animal with both fibre and meat traits, we’re confident that we can make just as rapid progress with our Merino flock.”

However, genetics is just a part of a broader approach to worm management at Petali, with grazing management and the supply of nutrients and trace elements such as selenium also playing important roles.

Mr Oppenheimer has completed the WormBoss worm management training program, which assisted in developing a more precise program for monitoring and treating animals.

“We’ve changed significantly and the expense and impact of worms on our flocks has decreased while at the same time our production has increased,” he said.

“If we get our management right, then worms are not an issue, but it’s like having a three-legged stool, our strategy requires all three legs of pasture, nutrients and genetics, in order to be effective.”

Mr Oppenheimer has observed that supplements of the trace element selenium, which is naturally deficient throughout the region, has a direct impact on his flock’s ability to withstand worm pressure.

“We have noticed that if we drop off our selenium applications to our soils, then we will have to drench an extra time,” he said.

That said, drenching now occurs just three times a year, a vast improvement on the monthly drenching program that occurred when he returned to the family farm in 1980.

Grazing management is the final piece in the puzzle, with Petali stocked at well above the average local stocking rates by following the intensive New Zealand system, Technograze.

This form of rotational grazing is built around small mobs of 200 to 450 sheep being moved from paddock to paddock three times a week. Each paddock is then provided a 60 to 90-day rest period before being grazed again.

This rest period not only allows the pasture to revive and boost dry matter production, but also minimises the opportunity for parasite populations to establish and infect the animals.

“We want to provide enough nutrition for our sheep that they can express their full genetic potential,” he said. “Even with good management, you are still going to have some worms present and that is why worm resistant genetics are so important.

“Having sheep that are resistant and resilient to worms means they can handle worm burdens and even defeat those worm burdens.”

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Art display to kick off festival

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Calling all artists.
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Don’t miss the art exhibition at the memorial hall as a great time is had by all who attend.

Easter 2013 is going to be big in Tullamore. It’s the Irish festival’s 10th anniversary and it will be a celebration that will make the Irish proud.

To kick off the 10-year celebrations the visual art exhibition will open on Thursday March 28 starting at 7pm.

The exhibition will feature categories in all paint mediums, drawing and sculptured items.

The festival is inviting all artists to produce work for the show which will be displayed and can be available to be sold during the festival.

Elsie Mahon from Parkes will open the art show.

Elsie is a self-taught and very successful artist who dabbles in many different kinds of media and teaches local community members.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the well-known Parkes a’capello singers,Tapestry.

Co-ordinator of the art exhibition Lyndall Bowen said, “historically the art exhibition at the memorial hall has been very successful, selling around one-third of all exhibits, and the opening night is very well attended and a highlight on the social calender of the Tullamore community.”

Entry to the art exhibition opening is $12 per person or $20 a couple which includes two complimentary drinks, nibbles and entertainment.

The art exhibition opening hours during the festival will be Friday 10am-3pm , Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 10am-noon.

Entry forms can be found on the website or contact Lyndall Bowen the art exhibition co-ordinator (02 6862 2290) for an entry form.

For more information visit www.tullamore.org.au/irish-festival or visit the facebook page www.facebook南京夜网/tullamoreirishfestival.

The Tullamore Irish Festival will be held from March 28-31.

More entertainment throughout the festival will be at the festival village on the main stage featuring Tripping up the Stairs, Riogh, Maria Forde, Bhan Tre and the Zany Yare Circus.

Celebrity Chef Darren Simpson will also be doing cooking demonstrations during the festival.

For more information go to www.tullamore.org.au/irish-festival.

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Thomson arrested by fraud squad

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Federal MP Craig Thomson has been arrested at his electoral office.
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Members of the NSW fraud squad today executed an arrest warrant on behalf of the Victorian Fraud and Extortion Squad.

Victorian detectives flew to Sydney this morning where they accompanied NSW police to Mr Thomson’s Central Coast electoral office.

The Victorian police have spent almost 18 months investigating claims that Mr Thomson improperly used Health Services Union funds to spend on prostitutes, air travel, entertainment and cash withdrawals in excess of $100,000.

In October last year police raided Mr Thomson’s Bateau Bay home as well as his electoral office.

They took away large boxes of material.

Mr Thomson was national secretary of the HSU from 2002 until 2007 when he was elected to Parliament. Earlier last year he was suspended from the ALP and has been sitting as an independent in parliament since that time.

Mr Thomson will be taken to the local police station where he will be charged with a multitude of fraud-related offences.

His expected to appear in Tuggerah court later today in order to apply for bail. Mr Thomson has continued to maintain his innocence. He is also facing civil proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia relating to allegations that he improperly used union funds for his own benefit.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was alerted to the news about Mr Thomson during the question and answer session of his National Press Club address.

“We have certainly respected, or tried to respect, the rule that you do not comment on the specifics of cases which are currently before the courts and we will respect that rule,” Mr Abbott said.

But the Opposition Leader said the matter raised questions about the judgment of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who he claimed ran a “protection racket” for Mr Thomson.

He said the opposition would continue to pursue those judgment questions.

Earlier, Mr Thomson said speculation he may be arrested on fraud charges ”could be right”.

”Let’s wait and see,” he told AAP.

”(The media report) could be right.” He said he did not intend to make any public comments at this point but ”if something develops today we’ll certainly be making some comments”.

Mr Thomson has strenuously denied allegations he misused union funds to pay for prostitutes, air travel, entertainment and cash withdrawals when he was the HSU national secretary from 2002 to 2007.

Victorian police have not contacted him since they raided his home and electorate office on the NSW Central Coast in October last year.

His lawyer, Chris McArdle, told AAP he had not been contacted about any forthcoming charges.

Mr Thomson said if charges were laid, he didn’t expect to be arrested and extradited to face a Victorian court.

Rather, he believes, he would be served a notice to attend court on a future date.

Asked how he was coping with the stress of the investigation, he replied, ”We’re getting on with doing the job.”

Mr Thomson has been suspended from the Labor party but it would be damaging for the federal government if charges are laid against him.

with Daniel Hurst

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Cricket’s tight tussle

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THE Northern District Cricket Association A grade ladder is clogging up, with the teams placed from second to fourth all very close. Wins – and bonus points – are vital to grab and hold onto second spot.
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Nondies play host to Cohuna United tomorrow. Josh Novoselek has finally hit form with the bat and will be looking to punish everything on the smaller ground. Clayton Holmes has the potential to perform with bat or ball while Kansas Varker is another youngster with plenty to offer. United will look to the youthfulness of Regan Williams, Daniel Cooke and Ian Mathers to post back-to-back wins.

Wandella will be at home versus Barham/Koondrook. Greg Dickson and Ro Oliver need more support with bat and ball, while Logan Keighran is one player with plenty to offer as an all-rounder. Barham/Koondrook look to Warren Lolicato and Sam Davis to score runs while Steve Farrant has lots of experience.

In B grade action, Pyramid Hill welcomes Mincha in the sister city derby encounter. Rob Pickles, Brady Boulch, Rodney Atkins and Stephen Gunther should provide plenty for Pyramid Hill. Mincha has veteran Ian Harrison doing well, Mark Dee occasionally making runs, Scott Wishart trying hard and Steve Ralston providing good support. Mincha are the pick to win by 28 runs.

In other games, Leitchville-Gunbower faces up to Cohuna United at Gunbower Oval. Hoby Bussey is a natural leader while youngsters like Kiall Aitken and Ben Gundry are ready to make the next step. United look to father figure Darren Hancock but also have Cameron Edge and Rob Campbell who can show leadership. The tip is Leitchville/Gunbower by 16.

The Leitchville Footballers play Kerang Fairley Town at Leitchville Oval. They have Jack Lunghusen as an all-rounder and Andrew Brown as their top run-getter. Scott Lumsden, Sam Colvin and Aiden White have all got wickets, too. Kerang Fairley Town relies on Craig Windridge, Darren Marsh and Trav Smith to produce plenty of wins. The tip is Kerang Fairley Town by 19.

Wandella is up against Nondies on Riverside Park’s East Turf pitch. Wandella has Russ Bott, Troy Banfield and Matt Webb making runs while Patel is in form with the ball. The best bowler for Nondies has been Jack O’Shea. Ryan Holmes, Tim Varker and Wade Mathers are their strength with the bat, but Wandella should win by 36.

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Rain just what farmers needed

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ONE day it was bone dry, the next it was almost full.
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Local farmers desperate for rain have had their prayers answered.

Major falls last Sunday, which dumped more than two inches (50mm) of rain across the district, also helped transform one of the region’s major landmarks.

On Australia Day the lagoon at The Lagoon looked like a barren wasteland.

However, by the time the following evening rolled around it had been tranformed into a vibrant sanctuary for birdlife, with water lapping at its edges again.

For life-long Lagoon resident and leading harness racing trainer Steve Turnbull it was an incredible scene.

It had only been been a week since he had featured on the front page of the Western Advocate in front of the empty impoundment.

“I’ve never seen it fill up that quickly before,” he said yesterday.

“It really came pelting down. I was at Menangle Park with the horses on Australia Day and coming back into Bathurst that night you could tell the weather was pretty nasty.

“It continued to rain all night and the next morning half the joint had been washed away. It was just what we needed and with some follow up rain really it has perked up the countryside.”

Chairman of the Tablelands Livestock Health and Pest Authority John Seaman described the rain as being “heaven sent”.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said. “Everyone was starting to think it had forgotten how to rain.”

According to weatherzone南京夜网.au Bathurst received 52.6mm on January 27, bringing the total for the month to 97.8mm.

The long-term monthly average is 68.3mm. The wettest January on record was in 1978 when 223.7mm soaked the region.

The driest January on record was back in 1985 when just 1.4mm fell.

TURNAROUND: Steve Turnbull and a full lagoon thanks to major falls last weekend. The local landmark was bone dry when he featured on the front page of the Western Advocate on January 21 amid concerns the region was heading back into drought. 013013lagoon

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GREAT WESTERN – Haluva Storm’s run of recent good form hasfinally paid off for Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan, with thegelding scoring a thrilling victory at Great Western.
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Apprentice jockey, Erhan Kacmaz piloted the five year old towin the 1850 metre New Eden Energy Handicap by a short half head in front ofSimon Morrish-trained Ourgame.

Jane Matheson’s Golden Ella finished third, almost a coupleof lengths behind the leaders.

Terry O’Sullivan was pleased with the Haluva Storm’sperformance, with the gelding posting his first win since August 2011.

“It was close. He ran home pretty well,”O’Sullivan said.

“He’s been pretty consistent – he’s been around themoney with thirds and fourths (placings) and probably deserved to winone.”

It was one of the weakest fields the gelding has faced ofrecent times.

He posted a third placing at Ararat the week beforeSaturday’s meeting and also finished third in Murtoa’s Marma Cup on New Year’sDay.

O’Sullivan will now be looking to push the gelding forwardinto a 2400 metre race, starting with a meet at Pakenham next Friday.

“It’ll give him an opportunity to have a crack and seehow he handles it,” O’Sullivan said.

Meanwhile mature age apprentice jockey Erhan Kacmaz has beenimpressive, riding all three of Terry and Karina O’Sullivan’s horses at theGreat Western meeting.

“We’re pretty happy with the way he rode, we’llprobably give him another race or two,” Terry O’Sullivan said.

Terry and Karina O’Sullivan trained Golden Perfume dislodges jockey Erham Kacmaz prior to the start of the Monaghans Real Estate Maiden Plate at the Australia Day Great Western Cup meeting. Picture: PETER PICKERING

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FORMER Kerang swimmer Kahlia Marsh has begun the year by being named the best performed swimmer at a recent meet in Gippsland.
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The 18-year-old swam 28 times during three days at the Victorian Country Championships at Sale last weekend to be recognised as the top competitor of the carnival.

It is the third time Marsh has won the Bruce Carter Memorial trophy after wins in 2010 at Warnambool and 2012 at Bendigo.

Marsh broke the Open Women’s 200-metre Individual Medley record for the championships – which had stood for 11 years and was held by former Australian swimmer Shayne Reese – by more than one second.

The Geelong Swimming Club captain also won the 400-metre individual medley, smashing the country event record by seven seconds.

Marsh finished the carnival with 10 individual and two relay medals.

Now living and training in Geelong, Marsh recently had time out of the pool due to a knee injury, but that did not stop her from taking on an intense program at Sale.

Marsh’s coach John Beckworth said it was an “amazing performance”.

“She kept backing up over the weekend and pulled up really well from all of her races,” he said.

Beckworth said Marsh’s power and stamina is outstanding and will serve her well as she prepares for the Australian Age Championships and National Open Titles at Adelaide in April.

“The 400 IM is an incredibly tough race, but it’s her favourite event,” he said.

“The further the race goes, the better she gets. She’s just a very composed and powerful swimmer.”

Beckworth said she is a role model for the entire Geelong team – in and out of the pool.

“She has been a real leader for the club,” he said.

“She has a very bubbly personality and is able to help the team bond together, while at the same inspiring her teammates with her performances in the pool. Her results at the weekend speak for themselves.”

After completing high school last year, it will be a busy 2013 for Marsh.

She will be working in Geelong as a swim coach, while at the same time be training towards a possible place in the national team for this year’s World Championships in Barcelona.

Before then there are the Australian Age Nationals and Australian Open Nationals, to be held in Adelaide in April, plus a chance to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the School Sport Victoria Swimming Achievement Award ceremony in March.

However, Beckworth said a place on the Australian team would be Marsh’s ultimate goal and this year provides her with an opportunity to improve on her times.

Marsh is hoping to be back in the area for the Cohuna Bridge to Bridge event on March 3, which she won last year and in 2010.

WINNING START. Kahlia Marsh has begun 2013 with a swimmer-of-the-meet performance at last week’s Victorian Country Championship in Sale.

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PETS in O’Donnell Street have been targeted in a series of cruel attacks, say residents who are themselves fed up with being victims of crime.
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Last week the Daily Liberal ran a series of reports detailing the experiences of more than a dozen residents whose families had been the victims of assaults, break-ins, theft, intimidation, vandalism attacks, verbal abuse and arson attempts in recent months.

But the stories many residents told suggested there were also four-legged victims.

“They tried to kill my dog,” one woman said.

“They threw a pig’s ear over the fence with crushed glass and Ratsak on it to try to bait him. Thank God he won’t eat any food that’s not given to him by me.”

Another resident said a nearby dog had been taken to the vet the same day the pig’s ear had been found and it had died.

“We think it was baited,” she said.

Some residents believed there was a new tactic being employed by would-be intruders.

“The latest is that they throw rubber balls over the fence with needles inside,” one woman said.

“They know the dogs chew the balls and they want the dogs to eat the needles and die.

“That way they can get into our yards and houses.”

As she spoke another resident’s hand shot up to her mouth. She said she had found one of the rubber balls matching the other residents’ descriptions in her own backyard that morning and had thought nothing of it.

“Pick it up straight away,” another resident warned.

“Any balls that go in your yard, pick them up and check them. I’ve found six in the past week.”

One man said he had given police the names of some children who had used a slingshot to fire marbles at his dog.

“They fired them at all the streetlights and broke them and now they’re firing them at the people and their animals,” he said.

One woman said her dog went missing from her yard and she later found out two little girls had been walking around with it. They claimed a neighbour had given it to them.

“I found out who he was and knocked on his door and when he answered I asked for my dog back,” she said.

“He argued that it wasn’t my dog. I told him I was going to the police station.”

The woman said she reported the theft to police.

“I did have photos of him but he was only a few weeks old so he wasn’t microchipped or registered so they said there wasn’t much they could do,” she said.

“But anyway I got on Facebook and said I knew who had my dog and that he was refusing to hand him over. There were hundreds of comments from people offering to come and help me get my dog back.

“It was my three-year-old’s dog and he was shattered. He couldn’t sleep because he was that devastated and all he wanted was his puppy back.

“So a group of seven or eight of us turned up at (the man’s) house. I walked up to the door and said to him, ‘I’ve come for my dog’.

“He looked out the door and realised he had no chance against all of us. Then he had the nerve to say, ‘OK, I’ll make a deal with you. You give me a carton of beer and you can have your dog back’.

“Another lady walked up and asked if she could have a look at the dog. She grabbed it and bolted to her car and took off up the street in it. Then he threw his shoes at the car and I’m thinking, how juvenile is this?

“Then he told me some story about how he had picked it up off the street after two people had thrown it out the window and I’m thinking, why the hell didn’t you ring the RSPCA or take it to the vet then?”

One resident told the Daily Liberal he had received a huge shock when he found two children had climbed into his yard and were crouched near his gate.

But he said it was difficult to blame children for what had happened in his street.

“It comes back to the parents,” he said.

“The parents need to look after their bloody kids. They have got to take responsibility.

“We can keep ringing the police but they can only do so much. These families always have an excuse and I think they get away with it. I’ve lived around here since I was a child and, fair dinkum, I’ve never seen it as bad as it is now.”

Another woman said she believed there was a particular motivation behind much of the troublemakers’ behaviour.

“I think they are trying to scare people out of this street because they want those people’s houses for the other members of their families,” she said.

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