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Half-marathon no big deal for Mycroft

Half-marathon no big deal for Mycroft

READY TO RUN: Sarah Mycroft, who has run around Australia, will be the Orange Colour City Running Festival ambassador.FOR one person lining up in Sunday’s Orange Colour City Running Festival, the half-marathon will be a run in the park.
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This year’s Running Festival ambassador is Sarah Mycroft who ran around Australia in 2010.

The mother of two started her 15000km journey on April 4 2010 and finished on November 27.

She became the first woman to run around Australia after being inspired by another distance runner.

“I felt like doing something bigger with my sport, one good major event,” Mycroft said.

“I knew Pat Farmer had run around Australia and he held the record. So I looked for the girls record, to my astonishment, it has never been done.”

During the 238 days Mycroft averaged 60km a day and went through 15 pairs of shoes.

She also raised money during the epic journey for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Running has always been a part of Mycroft’s life as a way to keep fit.

She’s also be competitive being the NSW Female Long Distance Runner of the Year from 2001 to 2004.

Mycroft has also won state title in the 10km cross country half-marathon and marathon distances.

She also enjoys talking to school students about fitness and nutrition.

Mycroft will line up in Sunday’s half-marathon and on Monday will visit schools to speak to students.

Any schools interested in a visit from Mycroft should contact Judy on 6362 9563 or Glenys on 6362 6694.

Sunday’s Running Festival will including 4.8km, 10km and 21.2km distances.

Entries can be taken online at www.orangerunners南京夜网.au or between 2-4pm on Saturday at Leisure Centre Hall in the Bloomfield Hospital grounds, or from 6-6.30am on Sunday before the event.

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Kinross, CYMS put their seasons on the line

Kinross, CYMS put their seasons on the line

VITAL TIME: Jack Rogers will be a key for Kinross as they push for places in the Royal Hotel Cup final and Orange District Cricket Association finals.THERE’S plenty on the line in the final regular season Royal Hotel Cup match of 2011-12.
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CYMS take on Kinross tonight under lights at Wade Park, with the students needing to win to book a place in next week’s grand final against Centrals.

And while CYMS are out of contention for a place in the day-night decider, should the green and golds record a victory against the students it’ll propel them into the top four on the Orange District Cricket Association’s overall standings.

CYMS skipper Dave Neil knows a win is a must.

“It’s a vital match,” Neil said.

“We both have tough two-day games starting on the weekend, and with the weather being what it is there’s no guarantee those games will be completed anyway, so we need to beat them tomorrow night.

“They’re playing for a berth in the final so I’m sure they’ll be keen. But our season is on the line.”

Kinross head into the match following a strong win over Orange City in their last day-night match.

The students bowled out the experienced Orange City line-up for just 87, holding on to win by two wickets in a low-scoring affair.

Kinross coach Mark Gardner said his side would be confident against CYMS after accounting for Orange City.

“We really want to play. In all honesty, the boys would probably prefer to make the final of the Bonnor Cup than the Saturday cricket. It probably suits our game,” Gardner said.

“But we’ve only played CYMS once this season and we won in the last over. I’m expecting it to be close again.”

Orange, like the majority of the region, has received its fair share of rain this week.

As much as 80 millimetres of rain is expected today.

Should the match be washed out, it’ll work in Kinross’ favour.

Although they will fall short in their quest for a place in the RHC final, Kinross will hold a four-point advantage over CYMS on the overall standings, giving them the edge with one two-day round of the ODCA first grade competition remaining.

“Having said that, CYMS are capable of surprising Cavs and by the same token, we’re capable of a strong showing against City. You never know,” Gardner said.

Neil believes the wet weather won’t change Wade Park’s already bowler-friendly pitch too much.

“The pitch will have some juice in it. It’s been kind to the bowlers since cricket resumed there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for us,” he said.

Tonight’s match begins at 5.30pm.

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Community support vital for medical school bid

Community support vital for medical school bid

ORANGE City Council has backed a plan to create an expert community committee to lobby the government to establish a medical school at Charles Sturt Unversity (CSU).
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The creation of a CSU medical school has long been on the agenda, however, it is hoped the introduction of a community committee would increase the project’s chances of receiving funding.

Australian Health Care Reform Alliance founder and medical consultant to CSU, Professor John Dwyer said Orange City Council supported the concept at a meeting this week.

Made up of doctors, health professionals, teachers, education experts, mayors and interested citizens, the group would lobby on behalf of the central west.

“We have been talking to the government for 18 months and they haven’t said yes and they haven’t said no,” Professor Dwyer said.

“It seems to me the outcome will swing on the outcome of community support.”

Professor Dwyer said showing the government there was strong community support for CSU’s medical school was vital.

He said evidence showed those who trained in the country stayed in the country, and the region deserved to have GPs who were comfortable working in rural areas and wanted to stay there.

“It depends on the rural community making it clear to the government that this situation is not good enough,” he said.

Professor Dwyer said the proposed committee would go beyond just talking and seek an appointment with the health minister.

Orange mayor John Davis supports the project and says a community committee would enhance CSU’s fight to get a medical school.

“It would help to make it a reality if we had community support, that would put more pressure and make it all the better,” he said.

Cr Davis said community support has worked in the past, using the radiotherapy unit at Orange Health Service as an example of the power of the people.

Councillor Reg Kidd said he would support the creation of a community committee to lobby for a medical school.

“Anything we can do as a rural community to encourage better medical facilities is more than a worthy cause,” he said.

“I think there’s a real strength in cooperating so yoy present a united voice to the government.”

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Despite demand, Rex flights come at a price

Despite demand, Rex flights come at a price

ONGOING demand from the mining sector will see Regional Express (Rex) Airlines continue to service Orange at a time when regional cities such as Bathurst are fighting to maintain services.
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However, despite growing demand for Rex services in Orange, ticket prices will rise from July 1.

Rex management claims tough economic times, soaring fuel prices and the government’s policies on regional aviation, including the introduction of new taxes, will translate to price hikes.

Speaking after the release of Rex’s half-yearly results for July to December 2011, Rex network strategy general manager Warrick Lodge said price increases were inevitable.

“These impacts [including the introduction of the carbon tax] are real and now we have to attempt to pass them on,” he said.

Mr Lodge said Rex was aware ticket price increases could result in a reduction in ticket sales but was left with little choice.

Despite challenging times ahead he confirmed Rex’s commitment to Orange.

“It’s difficult to give certainties in the the aviation industry,” he said.

“[However] We’ve seen a growth in the Orange/Sydney route between July and December by 6 per cent.

“The mining sector has contributed to that.”

Mr Lodge said demand for flights was so high in October and November last year the airline increased daily fights between Orange and Sydney from four to five.

“We responded to demand and saw passenger growth during that period,” he said.

The Orange to Sydney route services more than twice the number of passengers, about 60,000 a year, as the Bathurst to Sydney route.

“I’m not saying [we’ve] got Bathurst on the chopping list,” he said.

However he confirmed the Bathurst service was becoming “increasingly difficult to run”.

Mr Lodge said the airline was working closely with Bathurst City Council to ensure Rex continued to service the city.

The results released this week showed Rex made a before-tax profit of $18.5 million on a turnover of $139 million.

Rex executive chairman Lim Kim Hai said in the absence of a more favourable environment Rex would divert its resources from “marginal regional routes to more lucrative mining charters”.

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Union targets unpaid super ‘rip-off’

Union targets unpaid super ‘rip-off’

SENDING A MESSAGE: Australian Workers Union organiser Alan Haynes has warned local employers that failure to pay workers’ superannuation is a serious issue. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0229sgsuperCOMPLAINTS from workers in local industries have prompted the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to remind employers that paying superannuation is not optional.
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AWU greater NSW branch organiser Alan Haynes said he was concerned at the number of recent inquiries from fast food, construction, transport and horticulture workers in Orange.

He said he had reason to believe that some local businesses were flouting the law.

“Superannuation is something that a lot of employers out there don’t take seriously. People, particularly young people, are being ripped off every day of the week,” he said.

“Superannuation is not a bonus. It’s a legitimate legal entitlement that employers must pay.”

Under the law, employers must pay superannuation to workers who are over 18 years of age and earn $450 or more in a month, at a minimum rate of 9 per cent of their wage.

Mr Haynes said superannuation contributions should be noted on workers’ payslips and said “alarm bells should be ringing loudly” for those who didn’t receive payslips.

“I’ve had numerous people come to me and I know a lot of employers in this town, particularly employers who are paying people in cash, are not supplying a payslip. It’s law that an employee must receive a payslip within one working day of receiving their pay. I strongly encourage people to make inquiries if they’re not receiving payslips with that information,” he said.

Employers who fail to meet their superannuation obligations can be reported to Fair Work Australia.

Penalties include interest and administration fees on top of the unpaid superannuation, and fines of up to $6600 for an individual and $33,000 for a corporation.

Mr Haynes also encouraged the parents of young workers to check that their children were being paid properly.

“I don’t care if people are members of the AWU or not in any union whatsoever. I’m more than happy to point them in the right direction,” he said.

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