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Archie Roach starts tour in Newcastle

Archie Roach.ARCHIE Roach will begin his upcoming tour in Newcastle, looking back on the album that began his illustrious career.
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The roots legend will kick off the Back to Charcoal Lane dates at the Cambridge Hotel before playing the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide, Fremantle in Western Australia and a pair of Victorian shows.

Roach is back on the road ahead of the November 6 release of a remastered version of his album Charcoal Lane expanded to include covers by artists including Paul Kelly, Gurrumul, Courtney Barnett,Dan Sultan and rapperBriggs.

The album, co-produced by Paul Kelly and Steve Connolly, won Roach two ARIA awards and a Human Rights Achievement Award for Took the Children Away, a song written about his own experience as a member of the Stolen Generations.

Archie Roach will play the Cambridge Hotel with Frank Yamma on November 21.

Tickets are $34.70 plus booking fee and available through Bigtix.

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Western Australia’s Australian of the Year 2016: All the finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Western Australia’s Australian of the Year Awards include a medical warrior, aboriginal leader, human rights lawyer, children’s literature champion, global health campaigner, flying doctor and men’s advocate.
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Western Australia’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Sunday, November 8, at theGovernment House Ballroom, Perth.

The Western Australia’s Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2016.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Western Australian finalists are among more than 120 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.

“The Western Australian finalists are all extraordinary people who are committed to making the world a better place through the work they do,” Mr Lasek said.

The Commonwealth Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 36 years.

“The Australian of the Year Awards recognise people in our community for their remarkable contributions and achievements. We believe it is important to say thank you to people who make a positive difference, and inspire others to do the same,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.

The 2016 Western Australia’s Award finalists are:

2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARAnne Carey – Medical warrior (Esperance)Professor Colleen Hayward AM – Educator (Perth)Dr Robert Isaacs OAM – Aboriginal leader (Langford)Rabia Siddique – Human rights lawyer (South Terrace)2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARBill Bunbury – Oral historian (Margaret River)The Hon Graham Edwards AM – Veterans’ advocate (North Beach)Lesley Reece AM – Children’s literature champion (Freemantle)Rose Marie Vojakovic AM – Asbestos disease campaigner (Greenwood)2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARCatherine Hughes – Immunisation champion (Claremont)Dr Bronwyn Jones – Global health campaigner (Perth)Georgia Lowry – Cancer survivor (Mundijong)Dr Vinay Menon – Doctor (Applecross)2016WESTERN AUSTRALIA’SLOCAL HERODr Stephen Langford – Flying doctor (Applecross)Carl Merrison – Mentor (Halls Creek)Robert Reekie – Men’s advocate (Busselton)Linda Thomas – Organ and tissue donation champion (Como) Continue reading

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Students ready for State titles

JUMP: Lachlan Somerville will represent Kerang Christian College at the School Sports Victoria Track and Field Championships.
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A NUMBER of local primary school students will aim to become State champions when the School Sports Victoria Track and Field Championships occurs on Monday.

Six children from three local schools will travel to Albert Park for the annual event, having qualified after claiming top-three results at the Loddon Mallee Regional Athletics Championship.

Kerang Christian College grade four student, Lachlan Somerville qualified for the nine and 10-year-old 80-metre hurdles after winning the regional title on October 12 – where he also finished third in the nine and 10-year-old 100-metre sprint.

Lachlan said he was pleased to improve his performance in the final.

“I was really happy and surprised with my performance,” he said.

Lachlan enjoys competing in a wide range of athletics events, including the 100 metre, long jump and the hurdles and also participates in his local Little Athletics competition in Kerang throughout the summer.

Four Cohuna Consolidated School students will also compete at the State titles.

Jorja Peace won the 11-year-old 80-metre hurdles at Bendigo, with fellow pupils Shona Hore second in the nine and 10-year-old girls triple jump and Ashtyn Wright runner-up in the 11-year-old girls high jump.

Fellow Cohuna student, Dylan Hird was third in the 12-13-year-old boys high jump.

Rounding out the local contingent is Kerang South Primary School’s Rylee Gitsham, who finished third in the 11-year-old boys 800-metres and 1500-metre events at Bendigo.

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Showers clear just in time for weekend

HERE GOES: A group of early-morning ocean swimmers take the plunge off the Shellharbour breakwall. Conditions have been less than ideal for a swim of late, however the sun should make a return on the weekend. Picture: Sylvia Liber.
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Wet and windy conditions have sent a shiver through the Illawarra, but better weather is heading ourway for the weekend.

Although scatteredshowers made their presence feltacross the region on Thursday, the Bellambi Point weather station recordedjust 3.6 millimetres between 9am and 6pm.

Inland,4.4 millimetres fellover the Bureau of Meteorology’sAlbion Park rain gauge during the same period.

Temperatures peaked early in the day, withmaximums of 19.8 degrees on the coast and 21.3 degrees inland recorded just after 10am.

While it won’t be as wet, clouds are set to linger over the regiononFriday.

Aslight chance of a shower is forecast along the coastal fringe, but there’s a near zero chance elsewhere.

The sun should make a welcome return on the weekend, with partly cloudy conditions expected on Saturday and Sunday.After a mild top of 19 in Wollongong on Friday, temperatures will gradually climb to 26 degrees by Monday.

Next week is likely to bring more showers and storms.

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From the Blues to the big time

HOME: Jaden McGrath is spending time in Kerang preparing for his second season with AFL side, Brisbane.
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A PAST Kerang footballer is using time in his former home town to prepare for his second season in the Australian Football League.

Jaden McGrath was one of Brisbane’s few bright lights in a season that saw the Lions finish 17th on the ladder, recording four wins from 22 games.

The 19-year-old was brilliant in his three NAB Challenge games and was justly rewarded with selection in the opening three rounds of the premiership season, garnering widespread praise for his skill and courage.

“It was a very exciting and tough pre-season, then getting to play in all three NAB cup games and then not really expecting to play round one but getting selected and being able to hold my spot for the next two games was a pretty big surprise,” a modest McGrath said.

“It was overwhelming and pretty surreal.”

McGrath seemed certain to be a regular fixture in the line-up, before he pulled up sore after round three.

A scan revealed a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his foot, and while he hoped to make a return late in the season, another stress fracture in the same foot during rehab put him out for the season.

“It was pretty tough being in rehab all year; after surgery I was non weight bearing in a moon boot for six weeks so I couldn’t do anything, then after the second stress fracture I was back in the moon boot for four weeks,” McGrath said.

While rehabilitation can be a long and lonely slog, McGrath said he was spurred on by the support of the club.

“Leppa [coach Justin Leppitsch] has been good to me and when I was injured he always kept me involved and the senior playing group was always there to point me in the right direction,” he said.

“There were quite a few boys in the rehab group and we stuck together pretty tightly and got each other through it.

“Mum and dad and all my family have been super supportive and without them it would have been very tough.”

McGrath lived with a host family after moving to Brisbane only three days after the draft last year, then about six weeks before the end of the season he moved in with teammate Mitch Robinson.

He said while it was tough to relocate so far from his family and friends, Brisbane was a great fit for his personality.

“I love it up in Brisbane because we just live a normal life because everyone is just so hell-bent on rugby,” he said.

“When I was at the TAC Cup I would read about AFL players who said once they get home they don’t watch footy or anything and I thought that was a bit weird but once you get into that environment where it’s just footy every day of the week you can see where they are coming from.

“So when you get home you try to escape it a bit and find other outlets to take your mind off it all, whether it be getting out and having a fish or playing a round of golf.”

McGrath is currently enjoying several weeks back in Kerang, before returning to Brisbane on November 5 to commence pre-season training on November 9.

“To come home and see family, catch up with friends and have time away from it all is great,” he said.

“I’ve been getting down to Byron’s Gym boxing and I’m running to make sure I’m not completely underdone when I get back up there.

“Fingers crossed that I can have another uninterrupted pre-season then be able to get some continuity into my footy, string a few games together and have a decent crack at it.”

McGrath said the coaching group wasn’t certain what position he would play next year, after lining up in both the forward and back lines in his games to date, despite playing all his junior and TAC Cup football in either the midfield or forward line.

“Being able to play at either end gives me a bit more opportunity as to what they need each week and if I can get a gig playing either one I’ll grab hold of it with both hands,” he said.

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