Show N Shine Albatross gallery from 2011

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Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

Remember this? Last year’s show and shine was a hit, this year’s will be bigger and better. Visit www.navy.gov.au/albatross_show_n_shine for details on how to enter.

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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.

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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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Family matters help with charitable effort

During the past financial year VIEW Clubs have raised more than $1.4million for The Smith Family, bucking the trend which has seen a drop in interest from other community groups.
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While many clubs are suffering from lagging membership numbers and a drop in fundraising efforts, the VIEW Club is continuing in the opposite direction with membership at its highest level yet with more than 32,000 members across Australia.

National president of VIEW Mrs Valerie Williamson was in Dubbo last week for the launch of the Learning for Life Program, one of the many Smith Family initiatives which are assisted through fundraising from VIEW members.

“We have 32,000 members and it is still growing,” Mrs Williamson said.

“I have opened six new clubs in the last eight weeks, and I am going to Perth in July to open the first club in Western Australia, then two more in Victoria.

“In the last 10 weeks alone we have got around 400 new members.

“We have a vision for VIEW over the next five years, we are hoping to increase membership to 60,000 by 2005.”

The club’s diligence was honoured last year with the presentation of an award in recognition of its voluntary services.

“We were awarded the volunteer medallion from the Volunteers Association of New South Wales,” Mrs Williamson said.

“It was only the fourth time in history the medallion has been given.”

Mrs Williamson praised the efforts of all her members across Australia in raising funds, but was adamant that View was about more than simply helping charity but about living life to the fullest.

“Our creed is really fun and friendship,” Mrs Williamson explained.

“View stands for voice, interest and education of women and that is what we are all about”.

While the club holds regular meetings at which fundraising occurs and guests speak to the club, the original role of the volunteer is never too far from the mind of view club members.

“There is always a sit down meal … to remind you that you can afford a sit down meal, and that the people we are helping through the Smith Family haven’t got that advantage,” Mrs Williamson said.

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Rural push a winner for Telstra

The creation of Telstra Country Wide (TCW) appears to have stemmed the flow of country customers deserting the telecommunications carrier, helping it record a boost in customer numbers in the past few months.
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Prior to its inception in the middle of last year, Telstra Country Wide’s customer base was shrinking by about 5000 customers a quarter, as customers chose rival companies as their preselected long distance carrier. But in the past four to five months TCW has turned that around to record a monthly net increase in customer numbers, TCW group managing director Doug Campbell said.

Although it is a gain of only 500 to 1000 customers a week, it is a turnaround from the previous trend.

“We have stopped a very serious move away from Telstra,” he said. “That was significant part of what we set out to achieve.”

Speaking on the eve of TCW’s one year anniversary, Mr Campbell said the relocation of 28 local managers back into country areas, and the customer focus that created, had improved both the performance and perception of the carrier, and therefore its “churn” rates.

In its infancy the country offshoot of Telstra has focussed on solving the long term problems which have tarnished the company’s reputation, to eliminate the the ‘war stories’ which abounded about its previous service record.

It is these war stories which prompted the the Besley Telecommunications Service Inquiry to conclude: “A significant proportion of those who live and work in rural and remote Australia have concerns regarding key aspects of services which, at this stage, are not adequate”.

Earlier this month the Federal Government committed $163 million to help TCW overcome those concerns – concerns Mr Campbell said were slowly being allayed as the regional managers gradually fixed the problems.

“We are one of the few companies in Australia who have put their management back into rural areas,” he said.

To a degree, the focus on the “tail of the average” has diverted some of the company’s attention from selling the value-added, profit making products into rural Australia.

As a result, Mr Campbell predicted TCW’s revenue in its first year of operation would be about $3.2 billion to $3.4 billion.

At its launch last year the Telstra management estimated it would achieve $3.5 billion in sales in its first year.

But with a better public perception of the company, the Albury-based group managing director said TCW was on track to meet its revenue and customer targets.

When TCW was launched Mr Campbell described country consumers as “sophisticated telecommunications users with unmet needs”, thereby making it an undervalued market.

As infrastructure improved, the company would be better able to tap those needs with higher value services, he said, targeting small to medium-sized business and small corporations.

Two-way satellite internet, expansion of the ADSL roll-out and the launch of second generation, all planned for this year, would provide strong appeal to rural telecommunications users, he said.

The main Telstra board conducted a board meeting at TCW’s base in Albury last week to discuss the new company’s results.

A TCW advisory board meeting is planned for Bowral this week.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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Scott’s off on a USA calling

Delroy High School student Scott Currin is on a mission to save the environment and he’s been asked to go all the way to America to help do just that.
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The Year 11 student is one of six selected from the Murray Darling Basin region to travel to the United States later this year as part of a freshwater ecology exchange program.

“We’ll be spending two weeks studying their river systems over there and looking at how different they are from river ecosystems in Australia,” Scott said.

Scott also takes part in the local Streamwatch program and said it was important for everyone to take care of the environment.

“People think it’s just water but it’s such an important resource and we need to be aware of how much we’re using and what pollution is doing to our water,” he said.

“I guess I’ve always been interested in the environment and this exchange program is one way of helping.”

Although Scott has already received generous sponsorship for his trip from Dubbo Rotary clubs he still needs to raise $2700 to be able to go.

“Basically Rotary are paying for all my meals and other things that we’re doing in the US but I still need to raise my airfares,” he said.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support so far and ask if there are any businesses in the Dubbo community that could help me raise $2700 for my airfare to America.”

Scott’s visit to the US marks the first time a Dubbo student has taken part in the freshwater ecology exchange program.

“I’m really looking forward to it – the program is being made up by a man who has just been named teacher of the year so I’m sure we’ll be kept on our toes,” he said.

o Anyone wishing to help Scott with his airfares can contact Delroy High School on 6882 7955.

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Council’s $58,000 drag strip outlay

Dubbo City Council has forked out more than $58,000 in consultancy and staff costs in a bid to further plans for an international class drag strip facility.
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In March council took on the work and accompanying costs of preparing a draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Local Environment Study (LES) required for rezoning the site.

The decision was sparked by months of tension between council and the developers, Dubbo City Car Club, over lengthy delays to the multi-million dollar project.

Cr Warren Mundine asked for a financial update during a recent meeting, saying that ratepayers had a right to know how much it was costing them.

This week it was revealed $51,310 had gone to consultants and a further $6810 in staff and associated costs. A staff member has been appointed full-time to the project since council resolved to complete the work for the club.

Council engaged Dick Benbow and Associates for the necessary acoustic studies and PPK Environment and Infrastructure for environmental studies.

Both consultants had previous knowledge of the Newell Highway site, Benbow having undertaken a preliminary Noise Impact Assessment and Noise Management strategy for the developers.

The latest report from the environmental services division noted the LEP and LES were “on target” for submission to council next month.

There are unlikely to be any further consultancy fees although staff costs could continue to mount.

“Most of the required information to complete the LES is in the process of being obtained from various government departments and consultants,” the report stated.

“Completion of the LES is now principally dependent upon the provision of the necessary reports from consultants and remaining government departments.”

Mayor Allan Smith said that at the time council decided to “go down this path” some colleagues had expressed concern about the potential cost. “It was an issue some wanted addressed – they did not want open slather,” he said.

“It was thought that, while they wanted to get things done, the costs should be known up front. I would say there will be more costs for council but whether that is $1 or $10,000 I’m not sure at this stage.”

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Music keeps you healthy according to happy Harold

Local music lover Harold Grant has been a familiar face at the Dubbo Eisteddfod for the past 20 years.
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As a volunteer, committee member and performer Mr Grant has hardly ever missed an eisteddfod since 1979 and said he looks forward to the event every year.

“I was invited by the organisers of the eisteddfod to help out all those years ago because they knew I was interested in music,” he said.

“Among the stalwarts at that time were Betty Stroud, Carl and Freda Gibb and Mollie Skellicorn.”

Mr Grant said his passion for music started at an early age.

“My father loved music and he used to whistle in the garden – it sounded just like a flute,” he said.

“He used to whistle Gilbert and Sullivan airs and I used to think I was in heaven.

“Then my older sister took up the piano and I guess I just sort of took over from her.”

The former piano teacher added he had seen a lot of changes in the eisteddfod through the years.

“Around 1980 our main fundraiser was a street cake stall and if we made $100 we were ecstatic,” Mr Grant said.

“Advertising in the program has become a major source of income and now the emphasis in on sponsorship.

“The early events in the present series were conducted for about $4000 – ten times that is hardly enough now.

“The program this year is 130 pages and the eisteddfod’s duration 28 days.

“The 1971 programme of 24 pages covered a two-day event and its price was 40 cents – today’s $5.”

Mr Grant said it was vital for young people to take up music and performing.

“It’s tremendously important for children to be involved with music – it helps them develop themselves,” he said.

“TV has gained such power over us that we sometimes forget we can do things ourselves.

“Music is good for your health and it’s important for people to develop their gifts.”

After holding the offices of advertising manager and trophy clerk on the eisteddfod committee Mr Grant is currently acting as an historian.

“I would like more information on the previous series of Eisteddfods,” he said.

“It seems a number of towns in the region set up the organisation and the event was held in one town each year.

“I know that Dame Nellie Melba visited Dubbo early in the last century and this visit inspired the citizens and it is possible an eisteddfod was one of the results.”

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