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ONLY ONE: Woodford bowler Hank Schlaghecke and his teammates will play East Warrnambool-YCW on Saturday. The rest of the WDCA games will be on Sunday.
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REIGNING premiers Woodford and East Warrnambool-YCW will be the odd men out this weekend.

Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) has fixtured its division one and two games on Sunday to avoid a clash with the Footscray-Edgewater versusPrahranVictorian Premier Cricket game in Port Fairy.

The one exception will be the Woodford versus East Warrnambool-YCW games in both grades.These games will be played at Bushfield on Saturday.

WDCA president Nick Frampton said Woodford has a major day for its sponsorsorganised for Saturday.

“When we got confirmation five or six weeks ago that the premier cricket game was coming we contacted the clubs straight away,” Frampton said.

“At that time Woodford informed us they had this sponsors day already planned so they requested to play onthe Saturday.We know how important sponsors are to clubs so we were able to accommodate that request.”

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Narooma trumpeter Ame is taking life by the horns

Narooma trumpeter Ame is taking life by the horns MULTI TALENTED: Former St Cecilia Scholarship winner Amethyst Barnbrook is an accomplished musician and sailor despite having a a profound disability.
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MULTI TALENTED: Former St Cecilia Scholarship winner Amethyst Barnbrook is an accomplished musician and sailor despite having a a profound disability.

MULTI TALENTED: Ame Barnbrook and sailing partner Lindsay Mason compete in Holland. Photo Sander van der Borch

TweetFacebookSailingto a crowd of1000.

Amethyst has achieved all this musical success, despite a profound disability.

Having completed her HSC at Narooma High she started her degree in Sound and Composition at Wollongong University in 2007. After taking some time off to concentrate on her sailing she started a degree in Psychology at Sydney University but this has now taken a back seat to her sailing and she elected to change to a Diploma in Music.

This gives her more flexibility for her sailing. She is sailing with the Australian Paralympics Team and training out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club. In 2011-12 she was ranked thirdin the world in the class (the 2 persondiscipline).

Her last big gig was with James Morrison in Melbourne.

Her brother is working on a new trumpet stand that will allow her access to the trumpet without the need for outside assistance and possibly an electric trombone.

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Taste of Germany awaits

Wimmera German Fest steering committee members Edith Whyatt, Paula Clark, Jill Walsgott and Tammy McDonald get into the German spirit. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISausage kings battle it outDisplays help plot historyTHE sights, sounds and flavours of Germany will fill Horsham Showground in the name of charity on Saturday.
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Organisers are making the final preparations for the inaugural Wimmera German Fest, which will raise money for the Blue Ribbon Foundation Horsham branch.

The branch will donate proceeds toWimmera Base Hospital’s emergency department.

Festival steering committee chairman Peter Daffy said about two years of planning and organisation had gone into the event.

“The Wimmera is rich with German history, and we wanted something that would celebrate that, and also give people a chance to experience the vibrant German culture,” he said.

“We really hope people will embrace something different.

“The weather is looking perfect, so hopefully that encourages people to get out and enjoy what we have to offer.”

The event will feature a range of German beers and food, including bee sting cakes –bienenstich –potato pancakes –kartoffelpuffer –and bratwurst.

Mr Daffy said there would also be performances from German bands, complemented by the region’s own Wimmera German Band.

“We also have a handful of schools involved in poetry readingsand songs, which is fantastic,” he said.

“There are also a couple of competitions during the day that people can get involved in.”

Mr Daffy said people could buy festival tickets at Horsham Library, or online atwimmeragermanfest南京夜网419论坛.

Tickets are $25 for adults. Children under 18 get in for free.

Steins and hats will be available on the day for $10 each.

The event runs from 1pm to 8pm.

Entertainment scheduleMaydale pavilionWimmera German Band: 1pm to 1.50pm; 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Hahndorf Town Band: 2.10pm to 3.10pm; 3.30pm to 4.30pm; 5.30pm to 7pm.

Horsham Primary School 298 campus singing and signing choirs: 1.50pm to 2.10pm; 3.10pm to 3.30pm.

Greyhound pavilionKlemzig Oompah Band: 1pm to 1.45pm; 3pm to 4pm; 4.45pm to 5.45pm; 7pm to 8pm.

Elite Accordion Group: 2pm to 3pm; 4pm to 4.45pm; 6pm to 7pm.

Holy Trinity Lutheran School: 1.45pm to 2pm.

Outdoor stageThe Great Wimmera German Fest Sausage Cook-Off: official judging at 1.30pm; people’s choice award voting from 2pm to 2.30pm; winners announced at 3pm.

Stein holding competition: 4.30pm.

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Western Australia’s Senior Australian of the Year 2016: The finalists

Bill Bunbury from Margaret River.
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Bill Bunbury, 75 – Oral historian (Margaret River)

The doyen of oral historians in Australia, Bill Bunbury has given Australia a priceless archive of social history. As a broadcaster for almost four decades, Bill recovered valuable historical reminiscences which might otherwise have been lost. Bill’s documentary series covered historical events such as Cyclone Tracy, Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the granting of equal wages to Aboriginal stockmen in 1966. A pioneer in techniques for recording oral history, Bill earned a reputation as a tactful and perceptive interviewer. The unique combination of education and entertainment in Bill’s work has delighted three generations of listeners and inspired many young broadcasters. Retiring in 2007 has not slowed Bill down and he continues to contribute both on and off the air. The author of a number of well-regarded historical narratives, Bill’s standing as a historian has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from Murdoch University and he remains a patient and stimulating teacher and mentor to many practitioners of oral history.

The Hon Graham Edwards AM from North Beach

The Hon Graham Edwards AM, 69 – Veterans’ advocate (North Beach)While serving in Vietnam in 1970, Graham Edwards was hit by an exploding mine. Both his legs had to be amputated, but he never let his disability get the better of him. Returning to civilian life, he battled the aftershocks of war and fought discrimination before moving into public affairs and politics. Spending 14 years of service in the WA Legislative Council, including as a senior minister and nine years in the federal parliament, Graham actively contributed to defence, disability services and veterans’ policy. While juggling his parliamentary responsibilities, Graham devoted many hours to his twin passions: the Paralympic movement and veterans’ rights. Today, as State President of the Returned & Services League of Australia, Graham oversees a membership base of 10,000 people, sits by bedsides, lobbies government for funding and organises large events to commemorate the sacrifice made by many, particularly for the 2015 Centenary of Gallipoli. A board member of the Australian War Memorial, Graham is ensuring that the nation’s war heroes gain the recognition they deserve.

Lesley Reece AM from Freemantle.

Lesley Reece AM, 68 – Children’s literature champion (Freemantle)A devotee of children’s books, Lesley Reece has spent more than two decades improving literacy skills and promoting Australia’s authors and illustrators. In 1993, Lesley established the Literature Centre, a one of a kind working hub that ‘worships’ children’s literature. Lesley’s vision was to nurture authors and illustrators while encouraging children to read widely, to write and to be part of the creative process. The Literature Centre, which is nestled in Fremantle’s Old Prison Hospital, hosts exhibitions showcasing how books are created, in-residence programs for authors and illustrators, a young writer’s program and professional development initiatives for school teachers. More than 30,000 primary and secondary school students participate in Lesley’s literature workshops each year. Lesley’s unwavering support for creativity has helped many authors, including Shaun Tan, Isobelle Carmody and Jackie French, become success stories. Teaching is Lesley’s passion and she continues to inspire children and authors alike with her love of literature and her desire to foster a new generation of bookworms.

Rose Marie Vojakovic AM from Greenwood.

Rose Marie Vojakovic AM, 72 – Asbestos disease campaigner (Greenwood)After watching the devastating effects that mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer wrought on people in Western Australian mining communities, Rose Marie Vojakovic and her husband Robert established the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia in 1979. Today, Rose Marie has a worldwide reputation for care and advocacy of sufferers of asbestos-related diseases and she has grown the organisation to 15,000 members. As a volunteer social worker, Rose Marie has sat by the bedsides of countless sufferers, has supported grieving families and attended too many funerals. As the number of mesothelioma cases in Western Australia continues to escalate, Rose Marie brings comfort to families, raises funds for research and hosts regular support groups. With as many as 45,000 Australians expected to die from asbestos-related diseases over the next two decades if an effective treatment or cure is not found, Rose Marie remains unswerving in her determination to make life better for sufferers and their families.

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WEALTHY: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull might be rich, but it is how he handles taxpayers’ money that will define him, according to Ken Price.No religion should discriminate against womenIf I proposed to build a new place of worship for my religion and in my religion, I treated all black people differently and required them to wear special clothing and cover their heads and worship at a different time from everyone else, people would be horrified.
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So why is it OK to treat women differently in a religion, when it isn’t OK in the general community?

Isn’t it time to take away the special discriminations that religions are allowed?I have no trouble with anyone building a place of worship, if they treat everyone the same within it.That’s the opposite of racism.

In trying to take the mosque debate beyond accusations of racism, I stumbled across a book called “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” and found the following quote:“There are just claims of ethnocultural minorities to have a place of worship, but there are also just claims of women who want to see equality everywhere in our society including that place of worship.”

I think this says it well.

Joyce Sanders, CastlemaineLeisure centre demolition exposes council’sdouble standardsThe premature demolition of the Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre raises a serious question.

If a good citizen starts a demolition without a permit, then all hell breaks loose.So, if the council officers do it, who is called to account?Who polices the policemen?

Lloyd Nuttall, BendigoTurnbull’s handling of taxpayers’ money is what countsSome things never change. Wreck the country when in charge, and wreck the furniture on the way out.

Cory Bernardi claimed the marble table in question suffered a malfunction resulting in half its top missing.Yep, some buffoon dancing on top of it.

He also failed the obvious test of “sometimes it is better to sit there and appear stupid, than open your mouth and confirm it”.

With comments like that, he and the rest of the Abbott backers may as well be swanning around the Cayman Islands, and I reckon if Turnbull had half a chance they would be on the first plane out of Canberra.

The Cayman Islands, now there is a place most of us would like to park ourselves and our money, with the other 56,800 other inhabitants of this idyllic paradise.

It is also the resting place of some very influential people’s fortunes, including our new Prime Minister, which was always going to come under scrutiny.

I think most people believe big Mal has more political foes in his own party than the Opposition –at the moment.

It also may help if others checked where their future nest eggs are parked before letting fly, becausethe Cayman Islands is the preferred resting place for a substantial number of other individual and company nest eggs.

Is it illegal? No. Is it ethical? Problematical in most people’s eyes.

In 2009 Barack Obama described the Cayman Islands as a tax shelter, but was reminded that was not such a good idea to make such comments, when it was pointed out the extent of its role in international finance and its value to the US financial system.

Turnbull is a self-made man and whether he withdraws his funds and decides to buy the Cayman Islands is of little interest to many.It is what he does with the taxpayers’ funds of all Australians that concerns most people.

His latest political decision to seize the top job, and his personal wealth, are testimony to his judgement.We can only go along for the ride and hope we will not be taken for one.

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