Or Catra a deadset winner

Or Catra a deadset winner

TOP DOG: Cameron (left) and Damien Hallinan (right) with 2011 NSW Greyhounds Brood Bitch of the Year Or Catra. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0305brood1ORANGE owner-breeder Martin Hallinan describes his recent success at the 2011 Betfair NSW Greyhound Of The Year gala event as a “deadset honour.”
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Hallinan, along with wife Fiona, cleaned up at the annual event, taking home the 2011 Brood Bitch of the Year award thanks to Or Catra, the 2011 Stayer of the Year gong with Zipping Lad, a dog which then went on to win the coveted NSW Greyhound of the Year prize.

The victory gives Zipping Lad’s trainer, the Central Coast-based Jason Mackay, his third NSW Greyhound of the Year award having trained previous winners Texas Gold (2005) and Big Sam Banner (2002).

The gong cements Mackay’s status as one of the country’s best trainers.

But for Hallinan, taking home the award at a lavish ceremony at the Sydney Hilton on Friday night was a massive surprise.

“It’s a deadset honour,” Hallinan said.

“It’s an achievement. There’s no money involved, it’s just the achievement of it all.

“It’s an accolade awarded by seven or eight pressmen. You just don’t know who they’re picking until his name is called out. It was a big relief. I was very excited.”

Zipping Lad out-polled the two other nominees, He Knows Uno and Oaks Road, for the major honour.

Based at Mackay’s kennels, Zipping Lad’s first start was in April 2011.

Nicknamed the ‘Super Stayer’, Zipping Lad put together six straight wins over 600 metres, including a fantastic come-from-behind victory in the NSW Distance Championship at Wentworth Park in August.

He then contested the Group One National Distance Championship at Albion Park before returning to Wentworth Park in October where he came second in the Group Three Sydney Cup.

Zipping Lad ran in the final of the Group One Bold Trease Cup at Sandown before finally being rewarded for his terrific form with a brilliant win in the Group Three Summer Cup in December.

He then returned to Victoria in the last week of the year, finishing second in the Group One Sale Cup, a race Hallinan admits Zipping Lad probably should have won.

“But since April he has been very consistent,” he said.

If his success at group level was not enough, Zipping Lad also broke the 618 metre track record at Richmond and the 715 metre record at The Gardens.

The Hallinan’s award-winning brood bitch Or Catra also drew praise on the night.

“It’s a really big honour for us. She has produced great dogs,” Hallinan said.

In another coup for the region, Cudal breeders Dennis and Anne Barnes’ former sprinter Fancy Dean won the 2011 Sprinter of the Year.

Fancy Dean is now part-owned by Socceroo Tim Cahill.

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Calare puts its hand up for out of school care

Calare puts its hand up for out of school care

OOSH MOVES: Orange City Council will move its out of school hours (OOSH) care at Kenna Hall to Calare Public School from term two in a bid to cut costs. Pictured are OOSH users Annalea, Jose, Hamish and Arabella. 0305mloosh1FAMILIES using Orange City Council’s out of school hours (OOSH) care services in March Street and Kenna Hall will be forced to use a new service at Calare Public School under changes to the scheme starting from term two.
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Council will roll over the two services to one location in a bid to cut costs and meet federal government regulations.

Council’s corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said Kenna Hall in Hill Street did not meet the minimum outdoor space requirements.

Calare Public School will receive $5000 annually from council for the next three years to pay for the refurbishment of two vacant classrooms and a new kitchen and wet area for the OOSH service.

Principal Chris Cundy said the school had “killed two birds with the one stone” as the rooms had been earmarked as “lifestyle rooms” for the students to use for cooking activities.

“We can use it for that and for after school care,” he said.

“The reason we offered was because we had the space.

“We’ve got a big green oval and an undercover area … it’s a total package.”

Mr Cundy said OOSH users from Calare would benefit from having it based at their school with around 10 per cent using the service.

“Some parents [with children at other schools] will say why is it at Calare, but it’s not a big place Orange,” he said.

“The inconvenience will be forgotten when they see the new facility.”

The new arrangement will see council save money by cutting one staff member and reducing rent costs which totalled $31,424 last financial year.

Although the 50 OOSH spaces are currently filled with a waiting list, Mr Redmond said there were no plans to increase the amount of places available.

He said the council chose Calare as other schools had space limitations.

Parents were kept informed of the changes.

Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School principal Michael Croke said the Kenna Hall OOSH service was run by the parish and the council.

While he admitted having the service based at the school was “handy” he was uncertain whether parents would be inconvenienced by the move.

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Cargo residents push for change

Cargo residents push for change

CARGO residents want to see a 100km/h speed limit returned to the Cargo Road under a review by the state government.
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Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is in the early stages of a review on Cargo Road after it was identified as one of the top 100 routes in NSW needing a speed review.

The road between Cargo and Orange was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h and 90km/h in 2010 after the poor state of the road raised safety concerns.

Since then 4.03 kilometres of wire rope safety barriers have been installed in 14 locations, through $1 million worth of government grants.

Cargo resident Mick Donnelly wants the speed limit returned to 100km/h.

“I just believe it’s time to bring it back to the original speed,” he said. “The road’s been upgraded with safety barriers and now [Nashdale] Bridge work,” he said.

Mr Donnelly regularly sees impatient motorists banked up behind drivers who sit under the speed limit in the interchanging 80km/h and 90km/h speed zones.

“You see more cars travelling through Cargo in packs because many people are driving slower and sitting under the speed limit because they don’t want to get pinged by the police,” he said.

“It just makes it riskier with more people wanting to overtake.”

Several Cargo Road residents said funds used for wire rope safety barriers would have been better spent on improving the road’s surface.

RMS expects the review to be completed by the end of March. The review will be carried out in accordance with the NSW speed zoning guidelines and will assess factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash profiles. Any change will be determined by the results of the review.

The Central Western Daily was unable to contact Roads Minister Duncan Gay for comment.

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Bid to increase speed limit divides village

Bid to increase speed limit divides village

SPEED SPLIT: Kerry Condon from Darcy’s Old Wares has labelled a move to increase the speed limit through Lucknow to 60km/h as “ludicrous”. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0305speedA MOVE by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to increase the speed limit through Lucknow to 60km/h has been slammed by a business owner who believes pedestrians would be put at risk by the “ludicrous” proposal.
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The increase has divided residents and businesses in the village who say they have been kept in the dark, with only one resident aware of the proposal when contacted by the Central Western Daily.

RMS earmarked the 1.2km stretch of the Mitchell Highway for a speed limit increase following a review of roads across the state, according to documents obtained by the CWD.

Kerry Condon from Darcy’s Old Wares says few drivers stick to the current 50km/h limit.

“If the speed limit is 50 they do 60 and if it’s 60 they’ll do 70,” he said.

“Anyone who visits Lucknow walks across the road.”

The Mitchell Highway came in at number 25 on a list of 100 roads for review, receiving 15 submissions, nine regarding Lucknow’s speed limit.

RMS will continue discussions with Orange City Council and the eight submissions in favour of a speed limit increase, a spokesperson said.

“The reviews are carried out in accordance with the NSW speed zoning guidelines and assess a number of factors including road environment, traffic characteristics and crash profiles,” the spokesperson said.

Orange City Council was only notified of the proposal last week, according to corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond, with councillors wanting to keep the 50km/h speed limit for the safety of residents.

“It wouldn’t have a big impact on trip times and … it would create confusion,” he said.

“One of the issues we had was the broader Lucknow community didn’t have the opportunity to voice their opinion.”

Mr Condon says he often sees pedestrians involved in near-misses with vehicles and is concerned about the dangers for children crossing the road from school buses.

“If they’re going to up the ante in Lucknow why don’t they up the ante in Orange?” he said.

“People in Lucknow are just as important as the people in Orange.”

But resident Laurie Chapman disagreed, saying he rarely saw pedestrians cross the busy highway.

“Lucknow is a very small village … there are bus stops on both sides,” he said.

“Bathurst has 60 on its highway.”

Helen Livingstone from 2 Fat Ladies agreed.

“I like it at 50 because it slows people down for my business … but I’m quite happy for it to be 60,” she said.

“Driving myself, I think it’s a more reasonable speed.”

Resident Bruce Heinrich said the speed limit debate had been ongoing.

“In the past people have said we need a pedestrian crossing,” he said.

“But I think 50 km/h is quite OK.”

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Orange Gold Cup attracts bumper nominations

Orange Gold Cup attracts bumper nominations

IF there was any doubt the 2012 Orange Gold Cup was going to be the biggest race in the Central West this year, yesterday’s nominations for the jewel event in the Racing Orange crown put the doubters to bed.
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A massive 182 horses have nominated across the eight-race program for this Friday’s Racing Orange meeting.

It’s the largest number of nominations the club has received since taking over the running of thoroughbred racing in Orange, with 21 horses nominating for Friday’s main race, the $50,000 John Davis Motors Orange Gold Cup (1600m).

“We’re delighted with both the number and quality of entries,” Racing Orange chairperson Ellie Brown said.

“We’re also delighted that Orange is drawing interest from far afield and indicates we are taking steps in re-establishing Orange as an important racing centre.”

Among the leading trainers heading to Towac Park on Friday, Randwick’s Graeme Rogerson has nominated impressive eight-year-old Barlagarney as well as Rockin Rocket which has a handy five wins from 26 starts record for $184,150 prize money.

The metropolitan performed Slick Sniper (Tracey Bartley), A Real Prince (Bjorn Baker), Delago Star (Kim Waugh) as well as Nothin’ Like Luca (Con Karakatsanis) are among the other strong chances entered.

Mudgee-based trainer Brett Thompson has top country miler Hewentwhoosh nominated for the Gold Cup following successive wins in Mudgee and Bathurst.

Bathurst trainer Sarah Murray-Leslie has Moment Of Clarity nominated, with the lively eight-year-old gelding a last-start winner at Towac Park over the 1600 metre distance in early February.

Among the other featured races, the $20,000 Coates Hire The Pinnacle (1000m) has attracted 21 entries and is headed by the Peter Nestor-trained Lockers, while the $15,000 Sky Racing Gold Banjo Patterson (1300m) has drawn 28 nominations headed by recent Orange winner, the Brett Thompson-trained Chatterchic.

Orange has received a touch over 81 millimetres of rain since the start of the month.

Brown said despite cool temperatures predicted over the next three days as well as a chance of a shower in the lead up to Friday’s meeting, the track at Towac Park would be in pristine condition come race one.

Gates open at 11.45am with the first race to be run at 1.10pm. The Orange Gold Cup is scheduled for race seven on the eight race program.

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Tremain set to make Sheffield Shied debut

Tremain set to make Sheffield Shied debut

OH YEAH: Orange’s Chris Tremain (left), with Steve O’Keefe, has been selected in the NSW Sheffield Shield side for this week’s match. Photo: GETTY IMAGESORANGE quick Chris Tremain is preparing to make his first class debut after being named in the New South Wales squad to take on Victoria in the final Sheffield Shield match of 2011-12 at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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The Yeoval product is one of three seam bowlers, along side Bathurst quick Trent Copeland and right-arm Randwick-Petersham spearhead Scott Coyte, yesterday named in the 12-man squad to take on the Victorians in a four-day game starting Thursday.

A final 11 will be named on the morning of the match but the early signs point towards Tremain making the cut.

“Obviously the selectors can’t put anything in black and white at the moment, but when I got the call on Monday they said to me there is only three seamers in the 12, come to the ground prepared to play,” Tremain said.

“I’m pretty excited, but I’ll try to keep a level head.

“I’m jumping out of my skin to pull on the blue cap and play for my state.”

His selection in the NSW squad caps off a remarkable rise through the ranks for the former Kinross Wolaroi tearaway.

In solid form for his University of NSW side in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition this summer, Tremain soon made his debut in NSW colours, taking 2-32 against Western Australia in their Ryobi Cup clash at the WACA ground last month.

His 31 scalps at 20.29 this year have obviously made those who count sit up and take notice.

But Tremain knows he can get better.

After taking the wickets of Travis Birt and Luke Ronchi in his first state outing on February 22, Tremain admits to being a little nervous about taking the new ball at a place many believe is the home of fast bowling.

“Obviously at the WACA, I watched the game the other day and it looked like my rhythm was a bit off,” he concedes.

“I have had a problem in the past with front-foot no balls and with it being a free hit in the one-dayers, I looked a bit hesitant.

“If I can get my rhythm right without having to worry about free hits, I’ll be able to go out there and just look to bowl well and keep things tight.”

Tremain, 20, is just one of a number of promising young cricketers being given a shot at the Sheffield Shield level by NSW selectors this summer.

Young batsman Nic Maddinson is another at just 19 years old.

Tremain believes the enthusiasm both he and the likes of Maddinson have brought to the Blues over the back end of the season will propel NSW – set to miss out on both the Shield and one-day finals this year – into a successful 2012-13 campaign.

“Stephen O’Keefe said in the huddle after we won (at the WACA) that it was great to have young blood in the team. He said the team was just going through its paces in the previous couple of games and to get young blood in wanting to play for their state was great,” Tremain said.

NSW BLUES: Stephen O’Keefe (captain), Trent Copeland, Scott Coyte, David Dawson, Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Chris Tremain.

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Number’s up for graffiti vandals

Number’s up for graffiti vandals

RING THE HOTLINE: Member for Orange Andrew Gee hopes a new graffiti hotline will help clean up the streets of Orange. MEMBER for Orange Andrew Gee says he hopes a new graffiti hotline will not only make it easier to notify authorities of the crime but also hasten its removal from public areas.
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Mr Gee said graffiti was a “blight on community pride” and the new hotline was a step in the right direction.

“Until now there has been no single number to notify authorities about graffiti, which has caused confusion and delays in removal,’’ Mr Gee said.

“[Now] After receiving a report, hotline operators will send the information to the government agency or local council responsible for cleaning it up.”

Mr Gee said graffiti was a particular problem in parks, bus shelters and on roads.

“It’s not exclusive to any suburb although some areas do have more graffiti than others,” he said.

Mr Gee said removing graffiti was very expensive, costing Orange ratepayers thousands of dollars a year.

“It’s not only [costly to] council, but also other organisations such as Housing NSW as well as private homeowners,” he said.

“The cost of graffiti vandalism is spread across the entire community.”

Mr Gee said is was important to remove graffiti as it had a “flow-on effect on the community”.

“If you let it go it can set the tone for a community or a neighbourhood,” he said.

He said anyone who defaces property without permission had no right to call themselves a graffiti artist.

“They might like to think of themselves as artists, but they are really vandals who show no respect for other people’s property,” he said.

The number for the NSW graffiti hotline is 1800 707 125 and callers are able to remain anonymous.

It will operate from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Bush, wetlands now on solid ground with zoning

Bush, wetlands now on solid ground with zoning

PROTECTED: Environmentalists Neil Jones, Margaret Weaver, Ian Starr, Ros Valentine, Stephen Nugent and Fiona Hawke at the Ploughmans Wetlands, which has been zoned as a public recreation area. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0302mlploughmans1THE environment and the community have had a win with two prominent stretches of land saved from future development.
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Under Orange’s recently approved Local Environmental Plan (LEP), the Bloomfield bushland is now an environmental conservation zone and Ploughmans Wetlands has been zoned as a public recreation area.

“It’s exceptionally good news, it’s the best outcome we could hope for,” Orange councillor and Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange president Neil Jones said.

“We now have publicly zoned land from Wentworth Estate to Ploughmans Valley, it opens up huge opportunities for walkways and cycleways.”

Under the new zoning all residential and commercial development is banned at the bushlands, while the wetlands can only have recreation or eco-tourist facilities.

Cr Jones said both areas will have enormous benefits for the community and environment.

“It ensures these areas of open space and remnant bushlands will be protected for all time,” he said.

“There were fears the land could be earmarked for commercial and residential development.”

The bushland’s close proximity to the hospital, Bloomfield campus, future Ronald McDonald House and Western Care Lodge will be of ongoing benefit, Cr Jones said, with future walking tracks in the area a possible outlet for patients and visitors.

“There are wonderful opportunities for bushland experiences,” he said.

Cr Jones admits there will be “enormous challenges” to maintain the area including controlling the exotic woody weeds.

He hopes the chief advocates of the area, the Bloomfield Bushland Advancement Group, will be able to form a community based bushland care group including staff from the health campus.

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Clinics bringing cricket to kids all over the world

Clinics bringing cricket to kids all over the world

LIVE AND LEARN: Fabien Leonard and Shane King. Photo: JUDE KEOGHEVERY child has the right to play cricket.
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It’s a simple motto.

And one The Movement Disorder Foundation, with help from both Rotary NSW and the Bradman Foundation, is hoping will resonate the world over.

In place since October 2010, The Movement Disorder Foundation has been running kanga cricket-like cricket clinics, with modified rules, to help children with disabilities around NSW get involved in the game.

And there are already plans to expand the initiative to countries on the sub-continent like India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as New Zealand.

Over 100 children from right across Orange enjoyed the clinics over three sessions at Sir Neville Howse Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday last week in Orange.

Bradman Foundation cricket ambassador Rick McCarthy said he was blown away by the support the clinics have received.

“It really has caught on like wild fire,” McCarthy said.

And McCarthy believes it can only get bigger.

“There has been (a lot of support), but we’d always like more,” he said.

“I believe, there are still a lot of people out there who believe some children can’t play cricket. All you have to do is come down and see the enjoyment these kids are getting out of this to see that’s not the case.

“We’re hoping to spread the word.”

The students practiced their throwing, bowling, batting and catching across a number of drills last week.

And later this year, school children from across the region will converge on Wade Park for what McCarthy calls a “Dream Cricket Day.”

“That’s the idea. The kids will learn more by continuing these clinics at their schools and then at the end of the year, we’ll get Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee or Blayney or Millthorpe, where ever, all together for a dream day,” he said.

The Wade Park Dream Cricket Day will be played on November 1.

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Fardell’s winning training run

Fardell’s winning training run

WINNER: Jane FardellORANGE’S recent cool weather was perfect for one competitor in the Orange Colour City Running Festival yesterday.
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Dubbo’s Jane Fardell took out the women’s half-marathon yesterday as part of her preparation to race overseas.

Fardell (pictured right) stopped the clock in just over one hour and 22 minutes for the 21.1km event, in what was essentially a training run for her.

She will go to Europe later this month to participate in the European Spring Marathon Series.

For this reason alone she was happy with Orange’s cooler conditions.

“I’m pretty glad actually because it will make it easier to acclimatise,” Fardell laughed.

Fardell said she had planned to do a long run on Sunday morning as part of her training and thought the Running Festival would be suitable.

She took out the women’s half-marathon in 2011 and was happy to make it two in a row.

“I felt like having a bit of a hit out but I’ve got a big race coming up in a couple of weeks so I didn’t want to push it too hard,” she said.

Heavy rain during the week meant the half-marathon course had to be changed and Fardell said it provided a solid challenge.

“It was much harder than last year,” she said.

“I know they had to change the course for the weather. They did a good job but the hills were just … yeah. I didn’t see any flat today. It was just up, down, up, down. That made it a bit tougher.”

The second woman to finish the half-marathon was Sarah Mycroft, the Running Festival’s ambassador.

Mycroft was the first woman to run around Australia in 2010 so she had no problems finishing the half-marathon yesterday.

Wendy Walker turned in a strong performance to finish third.

No official times were available due to a technical problem.

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