Policy shows council prefers to shop locally

ORANGE City Council voted unanimously at Thursday night’s meeting to increase their support of local business through a new policy.
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All councillors voted to adopt the Local Preference Purchasing Policy, which will ensure council considers Orange business during tenders.

There will be a 2 per cent price advantage applied, according to councillor Reg Kidd, and as long as businesses meet the criteria council may soon be spending with more Orange businesses.

Cr Kidd said as long as local businesses were able to provide the same service they would be considered in any tender.

“They’ve got to be able to do the job, have good staff and have a good track record,” he said.

Cr Kidd said the policy showed council’s commitment to growing Orange’s economy.

“We’ve got to show we’re part of looking after our own,” he said.

“If wewant to encourage people to shop and buy locally and make Orange grow we have to be part of it to.”

He said the policy should be seen as an opportunity for Orange businesses to be a part of how council spends their funds.

“It gives local businesses an opportunity to fine tune their prices too,” he said.

“I think this [policy] gives a lot of confidence to the business community.”

However, Cr Kidd said there was still discussion surrounding Orange branches of national organisations and whether they would be considered local under the policy.

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A new policy means Orange City Council will consider Orange business during tenders.

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Tread warily on Canobolas

THE State Emergency Services (SES) is warning drivers not to ignore road closures with predicted heavy snowfall over the weekend.
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Yesterday afternoon Cabonne Council rangers closed access roads to Mount Canobolas with the closures in place on Canobolas Road after the Mountain Tea House and before and after the intersection with Old Canobolas Road, as well as Towac Way and Mitchells Way.

SES controller for Orange Kim Stevens said people wanting to look at the snow should leave their vehicles at the foot of Mount Canobolas and travel on foot.

“When the road’s closed we like to see cars and pedestrians in two different places,” Mr Stevens said.

Mr Stevens said drivers planning to trip up the mountain should check weather conditions before hand.

“We want people to ensure they drive to the appropriate road conditions.”

Mr Stevens said last week’s snowfall resulted in more than 30 people driving to the top of the mountain.

“The road wasn’t shut last week but it will be this week if there’s snow.”

Cabonne Council rangers had closed the road to the mount on Thursday afternoon before reopening it yesterday morning.

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The Leader weekly poll question

Tamworth will play host to a music festival in November
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quite different to the one we are famous for.

The Summer Starter Music Festival in at Tamworth's Rugby Park in November. Photo: Fairfax

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Dad’s dog a reminder of our loss, truckie’s children tell court

The son and daughter of truck driver Bob Knight say their lives were destroyed the night a stray bullet from a gunfight between two rival gangs killed their father.
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Mr Knight, 66, died when a bullet travelled 120 metres out of the KFC car park, across Milperra Road, at Milperra, and into his B-double truck as he waited at a set of traffic lights on June 25, 2009.

In June, Mahmoud Mariam, 28, who the Crown claims fired the fatal shot, was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter and affray.

A 20-year-old man who cannot be named as he was a juvenile at the time was found guilty of affray and intentionally destroying property by fire.

In a sentencing hearing in the NSW Supreme Court today, Mr Knight's son, David, said he was haunted by the fact his father, a career long-haul driver, was killed while working.

"Every time I see a similar truck go by I look in to see if dad is driving," he said in tears.

Mr Knight's parents bred champion German shepherds but his mother, Jeanette, was forced to give up the dogs following her husband's death.

"To help alleviate some of her pain we took on dad's dog Chloe as a constant reminder of him and that's what we have now - a reminder, instead of my dad," he said.

His sister, Catherine Knight, said her mother was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and admitted to a psychiatric hospital about nine months after her husband of 46 years was killed.

"I had not only lost my father but the mother I knew and loved had begun to disappear," she said.

"All she kept repeating was, 'That bloody bullet - how does a bullet go through trees, across six lanes of traffic and kill my husband like it did?"'

David and Catherine took turns driving to Sydney from their homes in Canberra to attend every day of the three-month trial.

The two offenders and another man, Adel Elkobali, 21, were on trial for murder, although none were convicted of that charge. Mr Elkobali was acquitted on all charges.

"It has been hard for me to find a way to live with the verdict the jury bought down," Catherine Knight said today.

"When the verdict was handed down, there was no hanging of heads in shame. Just celebration.

"I don't think I've ever really hated anyone before. It just eats away at me," she said.

During the trial, the court heard the juvenile, a member of the "Elkobali" group, had been involved in a clash with a teenage member of the rival "Mariam" group at the Bankstown Centro shopping centre earlier that evening.

A flurry of phone calls followed, which the Crown prosecutor, Pat Barrett, likened to "marshalling the troops", and the two groups arrived at the KFC car park armed with guns.

The Crown case was that Mariam fired the fatal shot from a Ruger pistol, but all three men were liable for Mr Knight's death as each intended to inflict grievous bodily harm on another person.

Mariam and the juvenile will be sentenced at a later date.

The case of Moustafa Mariam and another juvenile who were involved in the gunfight will be mentioned on August 28.

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Live coverage, Geelong v St Kilda

The Cats and Saints meet in a crucial round 21 clash at Etihad Stadium that will help determine the make-up of the final eight.
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Geelong's form has been strong since it was beaten heavily by Collingwood in round 16, three wins over top eight rivals followed by a brave effort when depleted on the road in a narrow loss to the West Coast last week. St Kilda has also been finishing the season in convincing fashion, having won four of its past six. Its only losses have been to powerhouses Sydney and Collingwood.

The Cats are strengthened siginifcantly byt he return of several top-liners, and the Saints lose key forward nick Riewoldt. But these teams a have a recent history of torrid, close encounters. No more than 28 points has separated the teams in their past six matches, and four of those were thrillers decided by less than two goals, most notably the 2009 grand final.

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The Examiner nominated for Newspaper of the Year

The Examiner has been named as a finalist in the annual Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association 2012 Newspaper of the Year Awards.
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The PANPA awards are regarded as the most prestigious in the Australian newspaper industry with the winners announced on September 6 in Sydney.

The Examiner is a finalist in the 25,000-90,000 circulation category and will be up against the Canberra Times, The Dominion Post, Fiji Times, Otago Daily Times, The Herald (Newcastle), Geelong Advertiser, Gold Coast Bulletin, The Press (Christchurch), Townsville Bulletin and The Australian Financial Review.

Editor Martin Gilmour said that being recognised as a finalist in such a competitive category was great recognition for everyone at The Examiner.

The Burnie Advocate was named as a finalist in the 10,000 to 25,000 circulation category.

In May The Examiner won an International Newsmedia Marketing Association award for community engagement for its iPhone app. An Android version of the app is due for release next week.

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Ex-Services revelling in underdog status

ORANGE Ex-Services coach Rob Laffin is happy for his side to carry the underdogs tag into today’s women’s Premier League Hockey semi-final.
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Ex-Services will go up against Bathurst City in the preliminary major semi-final in Bathurst today.

Laffin feels confident in his side’s ability but believes all the expectations are on defending premiers Bathurst City.

“There’s no pressure on us because I think everyone believes Lithgow Panthers and Bathurst City will be in the final. We’ve got nothing to lose,” Laffin said.

That doesn’t mean Laffin expects his team to be beaten today - far from it.

“Obviously they’re the defending premiers, but I feel we’ll be a good show,” he said.

Last week struggling Parkes United forfeited their final regular season match to Ex-Services.

This wasn’t ideal for the Orange side but an unexpected offer at training this week has ensured they’re ready for today’s match.

“We were really lucky last night (Thursday), the Wanderers men gave us a game,” Laffin explained.

“That really sharpened us up. We really appreciate the guys doing that for us. The girls didn’t know what had hit ‘em.”

Ex-Services and Bathurst City have met twice this year with their first encounter resulting in a 1-all draw in round three.

They played again in round 12 and, after a tight first period, Bathurst City pulled away in the second half for a 6-1 victory.

The Bathurst side finished second on the competition ladder, five points ahead of third-placed Ex-Services.

Today’s winner will take on minor premiers Lithgow Panthers in the major semi-final the following week, while the loser will go up against the winner of today’s elimination semi-final between Bathurst Souths and Lithgow Zig Zag.

“I’d like to be having a crack at Lithgow next week,” Laffin said.

The coach was given a headache this week with 19 players available for today’s game but he only had space for 16.

The Ex-Services defence is one area where the side boasts plenty of experience, including Jenny Berzins.

“Jenny’s pretty good. She’s one of our key players in defence with Lisa Hayes and Mel Hope,” Laffin said.

“Then we’ve got Cat Ironside in goals. Our back-up keeper is Nat Parmeter. That’s a nice luxury we’re in.

“We’ve got a really strong squad this year. I couldn’t have picked a better squad if I’d hand picked it.”

Bathurst City will host Ex-Services today in their semi-final at 3.10pm today.

READY TO FIRE: Jenny Berzins will use her experience to help Orange Ex-Services in their women's Premier League Hockey semi-final today. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0414sghock1

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Kate dines out on chance to promote charity

IT was more than the honour of being named Australia’s best amateur chef, again, that saw Kate Bracks agree to take part in this year’s MasterChef All Stars television series.
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Mrs Bracks is one of three chefs, including Chris Badenoch and Callum Hann, who will compete to be named the ultimate MasterChef All Star tomorrow night and take home $25,000 to be donated to their favourite charity.

“For me it was the chance to win money for my charity Tear Australia that helped me decide to compete in All Stars,” Mrs Bracks said.

“Initially we weren’t sure how much money was going to be given away.”

However, when she heard the top prizemoney was $25,000 she was thrilled not only to be given a change to win the money but also to promote Tear Australia’s work.

“Tear Australia is an organisation that helps the poorest of the poor,” Mrs Bracks said.

“They’re a Christian organisation that works all over the world causing lasting change.”

Mrs Bracks said shooting the series proved a lot of fun for all of the contestants and she hoped that translated to the small screen.

“The mood and the tone was great, we were all there for charity so there was no pressure ... it was a privilege to be part of it.”

The MasterChef All Stars final airs at 6.30pm tomorrow.

HOT COMPETITION: Callum Hann, Chris Badenoch and Kate Bracks are competing to be named Australia’s MasterChef All Star tomorrow night.

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Robbins has need for speed covered

THERE’S no substitute for speed.
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And through 15 rounds of the Group 10 premier league competition this season, Orange CYMS flyer Cody Robbins has burned plenty of opponents on his way to 10 tries in his first full year in the top grade with pace.

“Any half chance we get with a bit of space Cody can finish it off,” CYMS player-coach Mick Sullivan said.

“There’s no attribute like pace and he has plenty of it.”

Robbins will line-up on the wing for the two-time defending premiers today when they tackle Bathurst St Pat’s in a tough final round encounter at Wade Park.

It’s a position the 19-year-old isn’t completely comfortable in after representing Group 10 under 18s last winter at fullback.

However, with the likes of premiership stars Dom Maley, Scott Piper and Tim Bassmann in CYMS’ ranks out wide, cracking it anywhere other than on the flank is a tough ask.

Robbins has enjoyed the experience.

“It’s been good. I’ve learnt a lot out of it. (Sullivan) has brought out the best in me,” the young speedster said.

“I’m more comfortable at fullback but I’ve played wing-centre all year.”

This winter was meant to be Robbins’ time in the sun.

After starring for Group 10 last season, he then went on to help Western Rams take out the 2011 Country Rugby League under 18s championship in Albury and then earned selection in the NSW Country under 18s.

Robbins then scored a deal to play with the Penrith Panthers in the 2012 Toyota Cup.

But surgery on his ever-cramping calves cut his stay at the foot of the mountains short.

Now back at CYMS, Robbins has again found his mojo.

“Coming back from the surgery I reckon I’ve picked up a bit more speed,” he said.

Such has been the success of Robbins’ first year in premier league, he’ll again go down to have another shot at living out a boyhood dream, travelling to Penrith on October 1 to start pre-season training with the Panthers under 20s.

“I just wish I had the surgery done a few years ago,” he said.

Today at Wade Park, CYMS must win and win well over St Pat’s to have any hope of wrestling the Group 10 minor premiership off Lithgow.

Sullivan, though, would be content with a top two finish.

“It’s the time of year you’ve got to start building. You don’t want to lose momentum,” Sullivan said.

“Every game is a must win.”

Today’s game is scheduled to kick off at 3.15pm.

n ORANGE CYMS: 1 Tim Bassmann, 2 Cody Robbins, 3 Scott Piper, 4 Dom Maley, 5 Epa Navale, 6 Claude Gordon, 7 Mick Sullivan, 8 Terawhiti Cooper, 9 Sma Hill, 10 Kiel Vardanega, 11 Pat Gibson, 12 Josh Nixon, 13 Ben Gosper; Bench: 14 Larsen Marabe, 15 Brent Sargent, 16 Riley Law.

NEED FOR SPEED: Cody Robbins has been a shining light for the defending premiers this season and will again test the Bathurst St Pat's defence when the two clash today at Wade Park. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0817nmcody1

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Knowing the signs can help

With World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10th) and RUOKDAY (13th) on the horizon Cowra Loss and Suicide Awareness Group (CLASA) ishosting a one hour Black Dog Institute seminar to highlight adolescentdepression and provide parents, teachers and other adults working with adolescents the tools for recognising symptoms and seeking help.
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The free community seminar will be held on Wednesday 5th September at 6.30pm atthe Multipurpose Room, Cowra Library.

Presenter Cheryl O'Grady is a volunteer community educator with the Black DogInstitute.

"It's a confronting statistic that no less than six people suicide everyday in our country (not to mention around 30 attempts)" Ms O'Grady said.

"In fact it's the most common cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44and yet we know comparatively little about how to intervene."

This community presentation helps identify the warning signs of depressionwhich typically occur in mid-to-late adolescence.

"Thoughts of death are a symptom of serious depression and one in five ofus is affected by depression," Ms O'Grady said.

"It's essential we break the silence and get serious about reducingstigma, getting people talking and more positive about their lives."

It focuses on the importance of early intervention, offers practical strategiesfor communicating with someone who you are concerned about, when and where togo for help, and strategies for building resilience.

Places are limited so bookings are essential, through the Cowra NeighbourhoodCentre by phoning 6342 4900.

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