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The new 2016/17 Lions committee. (back -r) Peter Painter (two year director) Douglas Cady (member chairperson) Brent Hall (third vice president) Jennifer Hall (first vice president) Norm Fountain (secretary). (Front l-r) Sally Wilton (district governor) Judith Fountain (treasurer), John Gray (president), Tracey Anderson (second vice president) and Allison Leary (Lion Tamer). Absent – Andrew Shepherd (tailtwister) and Robert Burbidge (one year director). A change in Crookwell Lions | photos Tracey Anderson a Lady Lion and chairperson for the changeover
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One-hundred percent attendance awards were presented to Brent Hall, Douglas Cady, Judith Fountain and John Gray.

One-hundred percent attendance awards were presented to Douglas Cady

TweetFacebookDURING 2017, there will be two significant anniversaries on the Lion’s Calendar.

Internationally, 2017 is the 100th year of Lions and 2017 is also 70 years of Australian Lions.

The Crookwell Lions Club celebrates 40 years this year.

Allison Leary was the first Lion’s “Youth of the Year” in Crookwell receiving the award in the early 1980s. She was 17 at the time.

This year, Allison became a member of the Lion’s Club in Crookwell as she wants to help others like they have helped her in the past.

“I feel this will be a good experience and I am looking forward to being a member of the Lions Club.”

“They do great things in town – a lot without recognition.”

Allison joins four other new members, Jo Hillian, Sue Banfield, Pam and Greg Moon.

Pam’s husband Max was a member of Lions for many years and was an active member when he passed away a fews years ago.

Pam and Greg will continue Max’s legacy to help Lion’s as members now.

Lion’s members from around the region including Goulburn, Marulan, Kamba and Woden in the ACT and Gunning enjoyed the changeover dinner on Sunday June 12 at the RSL Club.

Barry Jamieson has received the ‘James D Richardson Award’ for services to Lions. The award was presented by John Gray the Lions president

A special award was presented to Barry Jamieson for his continued support of the Crookwell Lion’s Club. Barry received the ‘James D Richardson Award’ for services to Lions.

James Richardson was the second district Governor to be elected in Australia in 1956-57.

He was recognised internationally for his oratory, which held people spellbound at conventions and gatherings of Lions.

Mr Richardson suffered a cerebral thrombosis in New Orleans in 1959 losing his ability to speak. He did recover after a long convalescence and continued to work at club level.

Mr Richardson was one of the most respected and dedicated early leaders of Lions in Australia.Barry was very humbled to receive the prestigious award.

One-hundred per cent attendance awards were also given out this year to Doug Cady, Judith Fountain, Brent Hall and John Gray.

Crookwell Lions Club celebrates 40 years this year and will have a special anniversary celebration in August. The Club was incepted on November 18, 1976.

The new 2016/17 board members were then inducted and include; John Gray (president),

Norm Fountain (secretary), Judith Fountain (treasurer), Jennifer Hall (first vice-president), Tracey Anderson (second vice-president), Brent Hall (third vice-president), Peter Painter (two year director), Douglas Cady (membership chairperson), Lion Tamer (Allison Leary), Absent – Andrew Shepherd (tailtwister) and Robert Burbidge (one year director). A big shout out from members to Andrew Shepherd for a speedy recovery.

2015/16 funding allocated from Lions to community groups;

Crookwell Playgroup $630, District 201N2 $630, Crookwell Public School $50, St Mary’s Primary School $50, Crookwell High School (Australian Business Week) $50, Lions Blood Core $250, LCIF $300, Milton Ulladulla Lions Club $500, Assistance for disabled youth $1274.80, Shine for Kids $550, Crookwell High School $100, Laggan Public School $50.00, Binda Public School $50, Computer Chair (for elderly gentleman) $50, ALF $500, Crookwell Wellness Centre $1500, Snowy Hydro Southcare $387.00, Assistance for visually impaired child $1869.50. A total of $8991.30.

The Willow Tree soccer team are Back from left: Tarlah Ind Gesell, Dominic Hyde and coach Rob Lowe. Middle: Jake Wamsley, Gus Sevil, Stirling Gallagher, Cody and Kyle Sternbeck and Ned Swain. Front: Bella McCarthy, Latoyah Fleming, Katie Martin and Molly McKinley. Emily WamsleyON Wednesday June 15 the Small Schools’ soccer team went to Quirindi for our first round of soccer.
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Willow Tree Public School played against Curlewis Public School.

We had a great game with Willow Tree winning by one goal. Congratulations to our goal scorers – Ned Swain, Dominic Hyde and Cody Sternbeck.

Thanks to Gus and Tarlah for doing a fabulous job as goalie and to all the other players who tried their very best, displaying excellent sportsmanship at all times.

A big thank you to Mr Rob Lowe, our coach, who did an amazing job leading our team to victory.

We look forward to our next game which will be against Moorland Public School.

Thank you to Mrs Wamsley, Mrs Swain and Ms Hyde who transported students to and from the game.

By Emily Wamsley and Kyle Sternbeck

Class Awards Willow Tree’s (back from left) Zac Gallagher, Latoyah Fleming, Kyle Sternbeck and Ned Swain and (front) Tyler Ellis. Kira-Lee Moore and Dylan Tritten with their class awards.


Kira-Lee Moore: For good application in all areas of work and improvement in her reading.

Tyler Ellis: Improvement in spelling.

Zac Gallagher: For clever thinking in math and for good work skip counting.

Brad Johnson: For great effort in math assessment tasks.


Ned Swain: Using the language of the 7 Habits and “sharpening the saw” in the soccer team.

Latoyah Fleming: Wonderful participation in our science ‘salt experiment’.

Mrs Ramage’s Awards

Dylan Tritten: For working really hard to improve his reading, handwriting and listening skills.

Kyle Sternbeck: For amazing effort in spelling and for being a hard worker in technology lessons.

Sean Jones, Ned Swain, Alicia Colquhoun, Kira-Lee Moore and Cooper Johnson received their gold certificates.

Gold Certificates

The following children have been working very hard to receive a gold certificate. Congratulations to Sean Jones, Kira-Lee Moore, Alecia Colquhoun, Cooper Johnson, Ned Swain and Emily Wamsley. Well done.

School Glass/Pen Award

Students exchange ten Principal’s gold merit certificates for a Willow Tree Public School glass/pen.

Congratulations to Emily Wamsley on achieving this award. Well done Em.

Willow Tree Students with guide Mrs Nicki Robertson at Wallabadah’s First Fleet Gardens

Aboriginal Education Excursion

It was an exciting start for students attending the Aboriginal Education excursion on Friday June 10 as they boarded a ‘double decker’ bus which took them to Quirindi High School to meet with other schools.

After meeting at Quirindi High schools were placed on buses ready for the day.

The first stop was Wallabadah where guide, Nikki Robertson, guided students through the First Fleet Gardens.

There was a lot of information about convicts and which ships they sailed out on.

After exploring the First Fleet Gardens students headed to Willow Tree to the Information Centre.

Aboriginal stones have been moved to the Information Centre. Willow Tree marks the start of the Kamilaroi Highway.

The Kamilaroi people are our local Aboriginal people.

Simon Taylor spoke to students about the stones that were moved to Willow Tree and the Kamilaroi People.

Students were then back on the bus and out to Pine Ridge to a sacred site where students witnessed the stones in their natural, sacred surroundings.

A huge thank you to Mrs Megan Outerbridge of Quirindi High School who co-ordinated the whole excursion and to all the high school staff and students who assisted with lunch and throughout the day.

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The Herald last week
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DEFENCE Minister Marise Payne will finally meet residents hit by the WilliamtownRAAF Base contamination scandalon Tuesday.

Less than a week after the Newcastle Herald revealed Ms Payne had been travelling –and tweeting –her way around the country in the past two months without finding time to visit Williamtown, the minister will hold talks at the base.

Joining her will be Assistant Defence Minister Michael McCormack and the Liberal candidate for Paterson, Karen Howard.

Representatives of the Williamtown and Surrounds Residents Action Group, Salt Ash Community First and the Fullerton Cove Residents Action Group have been invited to attend, along with representatives of the fishing and business communities.

It comes after the Coalition last week unveiled its $55 millionelection policy to deal with nation-wide contamination by the chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, in addition to making a commitment to fund blood testing for residents in affected areas across the country.

Ms Howard said Ms Payne would be there to discuss “future steps” in addition to the election pledge.

But she did not expect the party’s position to change afterPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it would “consider” property buy-backs.

“Obviously the residents are very keen to talk to her,” Ms Howard said.

President of the Williamtown and Surrounds Residents Action Group, Cain Gorfine, said the minister should not expect a warm reception from the residents, who were cynical about the timing of the visit.

“It’s 10 months after the fact and it just so happens to coincide with a flurry of bad press, locally and nationally over the last week or so,” he said.

“That combined with the fact that there’s an election, it’s all too convenient.”

He said he wouldn’t be surprised if emotions “boiled over” at the meeting, as Ms Payne was grilled onher position on the health impacts of the chemicals, compensation for economic losses, how the Coalition would stop the chemicals leaving the base and whether it would adopt new drinking water standards set by the United States Environment Protection Authority.

“If wedon’t progress past those crucial questions that go to the heart of the issue, Iwon’t have any hesitation in saying Iwish you all the best, thanks for leaving thecommunity to fend for themselves,” Mr Gorfine said.

”They should feel a lot more uncomfortable than any of us.

“They’re coming onto our turf nearly 12 months later.

“It’s sort of like a naughty child skulking out of their bedroom and apologising.

“We’ve got the higher ground here, ethically, morally, socially and legally.”

Candidates for the seat of Paterson will face residents at a public forum on the Williamtown contamination scandalat Hexham Bowling Club on Tuesday night, from 6.30pm.

LEITCHVILLE/GUNBOWER recorded an eighth consecutive Heathcote District Football Netball League win of the season on Saturday, defeating fellow premiership aspirant, Colbinabbin by 34 points in a tough and physical contest at a heavy M.J. Morgan Oval.
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The win means the Bombers are equal with Huntly on eight wins for the season, but last season’s minor premiers relinquished top spot on the ladder after the Hawks accounted for Lockington Bamawm United by 121 points.

The match at Colbinabbin reaffirmed the Bombers as a premiership contender, with Matt Hawken’s men holding a 3-2 record against the competition’s three premiership challengers – North Bendigo, the Grasshoppers and the Hawks – with the team yet to meet Huntly for a second time.

Memories of the Bombers’ round two loss to Colbinabbin were stirred early in the match as Grasshoppers’ coach, Nick Knight kicked two early goals and appeared to be on course to repeat his best on ground effort the first time the sides met.

The Bombers hit back with goals into the breeze from Lee Pollock and Steve Pretty and then another to Jack Dye – the result of a terrific chain of possession – that gave the Bombers the lead.

Grant Weeks wrested the lead back for the home side, then Tim Lincoln replied for the Bombers as the ball moved around the sodden oval at a surprising pace with generally good skill levels.

A late goal to Colbinabbin saw scores level at quarter time with optimism running high in the Bombers camp, given that they had matched Colbinabbin while facing into the breeze.

Led by dynamic onball duo Tom German and Bart Walsh, Leitchville/Gunbower attacked relentlessly and inaccurately for most of the second term.

Sam Kennedy and Matt Perri were prominent up forward as much for their poor kicking as good marking as the Bombers piled on the points.

Ayden Walton had a chance to break a run of five misses and did everything correctly in terms of kicking the ball through the goals from a short range set shot only to have both the goal and field umpire admit to not seeing it and a certain goal became a behind.

It took over 19 minutes for the Bombers to register a goal to the hard working German, then the flood gates opened – for more behinds.

The rest of the quarter was played almost exclusively in the visitors’ forward half as Colbinabbin struggled to clear the ball and the Bombers struggled in front of goal.

Brendan Meroli, who was finding plenty of the ball, kicked the Bombers’ second late in the term to give the visitors a 20-point half-time lead that really could have been 50 points if not for the 11 behinds scored for the quarter.

Colbinabbin started the second half with plenty of vigour and with a few of the Bombers distracted, the Grasshoppers were able to get within 10 points.

Any thoughts of a sustained comeback were quashed though as the Bombers responded not only to the niggle but more importantly with goals to Perri, Kennedy and Daniel Coates all atoning for earlier misses.

Having only gained a one-point advantage with the wind Colbinabbin still trailed by 19 points at the last change – a margin that decreased as Patty O’Brien took advantage of a 50-metre penalty, but again the Bombers responded quickly through Walsh and Dye.

Leitchville Gunbower lost Walton to a yellow card midway through the term – the burly forward has been a model citizen this season but was sorely tested by the happenings further up the ground.

In the end it mattered little – when the Bombers find accuracy they can score quickly and again the season long dynamic continued.

Perri goaled twice, Daniel Couwenberg joined the party and the lead was out to a safe 40 points with a late consolation goal to the Grasshoppers in the rapidly increasing gloom bringing the final margin to 34 points.

Leitchville/Gunbower can reclaim top spot on the ladder this weekend with a big victory against the winless Lockington Bamawm United.

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PASSIONATE: Janine Bird speaking at the ‘no water no vote’ campaign launch on Monday. Picture: Hannah Higgins.
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GRIFFITH residents have put their footdown and demanded politicians in the federal election earn their votes on Monday at the ‘no water no vote’ campaign launch.

“They need to tell us where they stand or we won’t vote for them and unless they are prepared to go in and bat for us they may as well resign,” said campaign organiser Janine Bird.

The premise behind the campaign is simple.

All candidates in the race for Farrer will be asked to make their positions clear on various water policies..

Candidates stances on the issues will then be made clear at all polling stations through Farrer so that voters can make informed decisions on who to vote for.

Visitors to the campaigns website 梧桐夜网nowaternovote南京夜网 can generate automated emails to candidates asking their stance on removing references to international instruments from the Water Act, making environmental watering more translucent, building more dams, stopping water buybacks, correcting the corrupt water market and other issues.

“If we get enough support we will be able to print off what candidates are supporting so the people know exactly what aspiring candidates are voting for on these policies,” Ms Bird said.“Politicians need to decide what is more important, their party or the people in their electorate, I wouldn’t be standing here today if we had politicians who were listening.”

“It has to be a political fix because it was a right royal political pickle to start with.”

Ms Birdsaid the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)had the potential to break rural Australia, which had previously survived so many other setbacks.

“It is no use being positive about this,” she said.

“If we do not recognise the negatives of this plan and do something about it we are never going to move ahead.

Griffith mayor John Dal Broi praised the idea of the campaign and encouraged people to get behind it.

“Weneed to get in and push our cause and perhaps that was a little bit of the problem going back, nobody was listening to us and we have ended up with a plan that, without being overly dramatic, is ‘bloody disastrous’,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“We need to keep up the fight”

Cr Dal Broi said while the region was flourishing with an unemployment rate of 4.2 per cent its potential was still unrealised.

“Can you imagine if we had a decent allocation what this area could produce?”

Speaking at the launch Debbie Buller emphasised the importance of residents taking a stand.

“We are all being impacted, not just the irrigators, every dollar earned at the farm gate filters back into the community,” she said.

“We can make a stand and we will have to keep fighting this battle, there are some of who can’t afford not to.”

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