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BATTER UP: Nullawarre’s Eugene Gay, 15, is making an impression in the Geelong Baseball Association in both senior and junior grades. Picture: Susie GieseEUGENE Gay is far from feeling nervous when he plays senior baseball.

The 15-year-old from Nullawarre has been racking up the travellers’ miles this year to play in the Geelong Baseball Association, combining playing in the under 16 competition with 11 B reserve and three A reserve matches for East Belmont Saints over the winter.

His dedication and skill paid off, with Eugene finishing runner-up for the association’s B reserve most valuable player (MVP) award, as well as finishing runner-up for his team’s MVP andtaking out the batting average award for the Saints (.645).

Eugene also took out his under 16 team’s MVP award.

He said there were no nerves when he played for the B reserve team, saying he enjoyed playing in the men’s competition.

Baseballer Eugene Gay“It was a good experience and you learn new things each game,” he said.

“My batting was a big improvement (this season) and in the seniors I was more relaxed as well and I was having fun.”

Eugene has been playing baseball in Geelong since his family moved to Nullawarre from New Zealand, where he started out playing softball when he was five years old.

When he started making representative teams, culminating in being named on the South Island softball team, it became clear to Eugene and his parents that he would be up to the challenge of playing baseball.

Earlier this year, the talented batter and pitcherwent back to New Zealand to play for the Southern Astros Baseball Clubin an under 15 competition.

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CORKED: Lindeman’s cellar door and Harvest Cafe at Pokolbin will close on Friday.Staffhave lost their jobs at Lindeman’s after its owner Treasury Wine Estates announced it would close the cellar door and its 1843 Harvest Café at Pokolbin.

The closure will take place on Friday.

Management saidreview and extensive upgrade of the iconic winery will take place after the business arms have ceased trading.

A spokesperson for Treasury Wine Estate said asmall number of permanent full time roles will be impacted along with a number of casual roles.

However, theysaid it is possible that somecasual roles will still be retained.

“At this stage it is not clear how long the review will require as we’re in the early stages of the process,” the spokesperson said.

“However we havedecided it would be more effective to develop the plans for upgrade without trying to maintain all of the current operations at the same time.”

“The facilities are in need of a significant upgrade of both the look and feel of the interior, as well as the tourism facilities and attractions,” the spokesperson said.

“The Hunter Valley is a prime location for national and international visitors, so it’s important for the company to consider a range of concepts.

“We’re still in the early stages of reviewing all of the potential options for the site.”

The spokesperson said Treasury Wine Estates hasbeen in consultation with the employees impacted earlier this week.

Lindeman’sfunction centre will continue to operate while the plan for the overall site is being developed.

Lindeman’s was established in 1843 in the Hunter Valley and became part of the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio in 2011 (when the wine arm of Foster’s demerged from the parent company and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange).

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is one of the world’s largest wine companies, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Its brands includePenfolds, Wolf Blass,Lindemansand Beringer.

Lindeman’s Ben Ean Cellar Door is a key attraction in the Hunter Valley wine region, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors every year.

Lindeman’s wine is enjoyed in over 100 countries around the world.

The first Lindeman’s wine to venture overseas was in 1858, when Lindeman’s Cawarra Claret was exported to the United Kingdom.

By 1862, Lindeman’s wines were being exhibited widely around the world and Lindeman’s Cawarra gained international recognition at the International Exhibition, London.

It was in the 1980s that Lindeman’s most well-known wine was created.

Lindeman’s iconic Bin 65 Chardonnay was launched in Canada in 1985.

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Daffodils are no doubt the stars of our gardens at the momentwheretheircheery faces lift our spirits as they announce the coming spring.

To keep these enchanting bulbs growing well there are a few things we can do.

They will all benefit now from anapplication of a liquid fertiliserto give them a boost for the nextyear.

Those that have naturalised in the garden are often deeper down, in fact, up to fifty percent more than the recommended planting depth.

In this situation, apply two handfuls of blood and bone or poultry manure pellets per square metreand you will be greatly rewardedcome thenext flowering season.

After flowering has finished,the foliage must be allowed to ripen and die down naturally as this is the time the bulbs are storing food for the next season, so don’tmow over them until thefoliage has disappeared.

Most bulbs can be left in the ground for a few years but need splitting up if flowering is suffering.

DELIGHTFUL DAFFODILS: The brilliant yellow of the daffodil really is one of the signs that spring has arrived. Their joyful colour will brighten any space.

If lifting overcrowded clumpsstore the bulbsin a cool, dark, dry place where there is good air circulation ina rodent-proof shed as rats and mice just love bulbs.

Place the bulbs on flat trays with air spaces and carefully, stir occasionally during summer.

Before storing, discard bulbs that are cut, bruised or blemished in any way.

Remember too, only the larger bulbs will produce good flowers.

If tulips are lifted they must be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated space.

Tulips can be left in the ground in cooler areas but if lifted and stored in a dry, cool airy place, you must,before replanting in thenext season,putthem in the crisper of the refrigerator for six weeksto reproduce the cold winter period they require.

If you leave tulips and hyacinths in the ground for a few years, plant the bulbs at least fifty percent deeper than recommendedto ensure they are protected from the heat of summer.

Thesesimple tips willensureyouexperience that heart warming feeling only spring flowering bulbs can provide after the gloom of winter.

The Central Coast Garden Club will hold its inaugural Daffodil & Flower Fairnext weekend in Ulverstone and this is the place to see these and other beautiful spring bulbs on display.

The enthusiastic members will be on hand to help with any queries in regards to growing these wonderful bulbs.

If hyacinth bulbs are in the ground for a few years, plant them 50 per cent deeper.

DiarySeptember 17&18:The Launceston Orchid Society’s annual Spring Show at Glenara Lakes onSaturday10am-5pmandSunday10am-4pm.Flowering cymbidiumsfor sale. Devonshire teas.

September 17&18:The Launceston Horticultural Society will be holding its annual Spring Flower Show featuring daffodils and camellias at St Ailbes Hall, Margaret Street, Launceston on Saturdayfrom 10am to5pm and Sundayfrom 9am to4pm. Admission $2.

September 20:The Australian Plant Societywill meetat the Max Fry Hall on Gorge Rd, Trevallyn,Launcestonat7.30pmVisitors are welcome and can gain expert advice on gardening with native plants. Information on the APST can be obtained from its website at苏州美甲美睫培训学校apstasnorth.org

September 21:The Launceston Horticultural Societymeet at the Windmill Hill Hall, High Street, Launceston at8pm.Visitorswelcome.

September 24 & 25:The Central Coast Garden Club will hold its inaugural Daffodil & Flower Fairin the East Ulverstone Football Club rooms Parsons Street, Ulverstonefrom 10am to4pm onSaturday and from 10am to3pm onSunday.The fair features cut flowers, floral art,children’s activities, garden stalls as well as morning and afternoon teas, soup and sandwich lunches.Admission$2, under 16s free.

Daily:The Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardenat55 Breffay Road, Romaine, Burnie is open 9amto5pm. Enjoy the garden where the vireyas andbig leaf rhododendronsare bursting with colour.

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FOUR’S A CROWD: A group of sheep will be in town at Burrumbuttock on Saturday, in a paddock opposite the Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre.DEDICATED four-legged Saints supporters have been freshlytrimmed and sprayed, in anticipation ofthe Hume League grand final on Saturday.

FINALS FEVER: Brock-Burrum A-grade netball coach Lauren Kerrins with her son, Dian Scott, 1, and former BB Saints footballer, Brad Scott, with a sheep donning the BB Saints’ colours. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Former Brock-Burrum footballers Brad Scott and Heath Linehan took to the shearing sheds to come up with the club’s latest mascots.

Four sheep, with mohawks, will be sporting red, black and whitein a paddock onHowlong-Burrumbuttock Road.

The club has A, B and C Reserve grade netball sides and the senior football side in the final.Mr Scott’s partner and A-grade netball coach,Lauren Kerrins,was happy with the extra support.

“The boys were shearing this week and hada bit of fun–Ithink they just like to play funny buggers,” she said.

“The extra support will come in handy – it could be a good luck charm.

“They are in a paddock in the middle of Burrumbuttock, so people driving to the grand finalcan have a look.

“Hopefully people get a bit of a laugh out of it, it’sa bit of finals spirit.”

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HOPE: Four generations of the Campbell family, Holly and Kelly Campbell, Keith Campbell, Eileen McSweeny, Deb Campbell and Mia and Cooper Boyce are ready to Light the Night next month. PORT Lincoln will light up the night this October to help local families affected by blood cancer.

The Port Lincoln event will be held on the foreshore on October 7 with locals joining thousands of Australians attending events held across the nation on the same night.

Deb Campbell is helping to organise the event next month and said it was a special night for the community to share.

“It is an opportunity to shower support for survivors and remember loved ones who have died,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Ihope everyone will come down and share the evening and enjoy the fun.”

Everyone at light the night receives a lantern to shine, gold is to remember a loved one, white is for their own blood cancer journey and the blue lantern is to support others.

The funds raised in South Australia help support services like the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Lightsview,a place many families from Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula call home when forced to relocate to Adelaide for treatment.

The Port Lincoln Light the Night event will be held on the Port Lincoln foreshore by the Makaybe Diva statue.

Ms Campbell said the area would be filled with food and entertainment and would be a night for the whole family.

Register now to join the Light the Night event in Port Lincoln and receive a fundraising kit to help reach your goal before the night, then shine a lantern with pride on the October 7.

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Rowena Dean with her four-year-old greyhound Sadie. Photo: Claire FenwickeA SPECIALIST agency exists for dog lovers to adopt greyhounds.

Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) has operated since 2008, re-homing greyhounds that have retired from racing or are unsuitable for racing.

Moss Vale residents Keith Hodges and Rowena Dean adopted their four-year-old black greyhound Sadie about one year ago from the agency.

“I think we’ll always own greyhounds, they are great pets,” Mr Hodges said.

“I don’t know if you could get a better dog, they’re good companion dogs.”

The couple described the breed as “delicate”, “sensitive” and “very easy” to own.

Mr Hodges said the dogs were different to other breeds as they grew up in a kennel environment with other dogs.

“They’re already socialised when you adopt them,” he said.

“As part of their training, they aren’t trained with regular, basic commands, but they don’t need them.”

Mr Hodges said the perception that the dogs were highly energetic was not the case with Sadie, but that they chose not to put her in situations where she may be tempted to chase moving objects.

“People think because they’re an ‘athlete’ they need a lot of exercise, but she’s the first one to want to go home on a walk,” he said.

“Sadie used to race, but she would sleep for 90 per cent of the day if you allowed it.

“However, they are sight hounds and are trained to chase moving objects, so it’s about being a responsible pet owner as well.”

Ms Dean said the breed were “very placid”.

“I don’t know how greyhounds have ended up as the ‘race dog’, as they are very sensitive and kennel life can be harsh,” she said.

The couple said adopting through the agency was “brilliant”.

“They make you aware of any issues you may need to know before adopting,” Mr Hodges said.

Ms Dean agreed: “They don’t want to set you or the dog up for failure.”

The GAP agency offers fostering, fostering-to-adopt and adoption opportunities.

A GAP spokesperson said the agency strove to ensure each adopter was matched to a greyhound which would suit their lifestyle and home.

“All of GAP’sgreyhoundsare behaviourally assessed to ensure their suitability as a household and family pet,” he said.

“Before they are placed into their permanent home, all GAPgreyhoundsundergo a minimum six weeks’ fostering to ensure a suitable transition from racinggreyhoundsto pets.”

The spokesperson said the average age of greyhounds available for adoption was three to four years, and all GAP greyhounds were desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and lifetime registered with the NSW Companion Animals Register before they were re-homed.

“GAP also has many greyhounds for adoption that have achieved Greenhound status,” he said.

“The primary aim of the GAP program is to help re-home as many suitablegreyhoundsas possible both up to and well beyond the closure ofgreyhoundracing in NSW next year.”

By law, greyhounds are required to wear muzzles in public unless they have completed the Greenhound program. Greyhounds which have achieved Greenhound status wear green collars.

While there are no GAP events planned for the Highlands, the next adoption day for the agency is being held at Kellyville Pets, 106 Windsor Road, Beaumont Hills on September 24 from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

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CSIRO discovers extinct underwater volcano SCIENCE SHINES: Researchers Amy Nau and Martina Doblin aboard the Investigator after the discovery.

WELL NAMED: The Investigator has more than lived up to her name.

IN THE RED: The red rim marks the crater.

PEAKY: The view via the vessel’s high-tech gear.


In the early hours of Saturday morning, the CSIRO research vessel was working hard tosurvey the sea floor south of Montague Island.

Associate Professor Martina Doblin, of the University of Technology, Sydney; ProfessorIain Suthers, of the University of New South Wales; andAmy Nau, of the CSIRO Marine National Facility were aboard.

Ms Nau noticed something different.

“A rapid change in the profile of the sea floor captured by the multibeam sonar system showed thatthe ship had passed over a reef, popular with locals and known as Twelve-Mile Reef,” the trio of scientists said in a statement to the Narooma News.

“Even more distinctive was the output from the fisheries echo sounder.

“The bioacoustic signals of this sensitive equipment showed plankton and smaller fish in surfacewater, as well as schools of larger fish in bottom water, close to the reef.

“The reef, 4 km south of thelisted position, was revealed in unprecedented detail by the ship’s state-of- the-art swath mapper.

“The reef appears to be the remnant of an old volcano, submerged more than 110 m below current sealevel. At the top of the reef is a circular depression approximately 200 m across, only 15 m abovethe surrounding continental shelf.”

Prof Suthers is excited by its history.

“It’s entirely feasible that this ancient eroded feature hosted indigenous Australians over 10,000years ago, when sea level was lower during the last ice age,” Professor Suthers said.

IN THE RED: The red rim marks the crater.

“It’s also remarkable that such a shallow rocky reef can influence the distribution of pelagic fish.Clearly the reef generates an ecosystem.”

It is that crater that is a bounty forlarval fish, ProfDoblin said.

“It creates an upwards lift in the water and helps feed the reef with nutrients,” she said.

“It stimulates plankton andlarval fish feed on the plankton.”

The bottom survey forms part of a wider study on linking the oceanography of the region with ecosystem functioning and the marine foodweb.

Scientists on board are researching the impact of the East Australian Current and its eddies on biological processes driven by microbes, plankton and larval fish.

Given the projected increase in the southward extent of the current, determining how the ecosystem is functioning now will help them understand how it will function into the future.

“Given that a change at the base of the foodweb will have a cascading impact on ocean productivity, our research has important implications,” Prof Doblin said.

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Peg Waterman and ‘Shackle’ prepare for an adventure on the high seas.

A hundred bucks and a case of beer has secured this guys around-the-world ticket.

‘Karugh 2’ takes the plunge.‘Peg’ Waterman and his pooch ‘Shackle’ are preparing for an adventure of the high seas in a classic yacht, which has been 12 months and about $70,000in the making.

Mr Waterman, who has only the use of one leg,became the ownerof the vesselwhile taking part in a rescue as a volunteerwith Jervis Bay Marine Rescue.

“I picked it up for a hundred bucks and caseof beer. Itcost a lot more to fix it up though,” he said.

“The person who owned it tried to sail it from Wollongong to Sydney and ended up 35 mile off the coast. He lost steerage, all the sails were blown out, the motor had stopped working and he didn’t have a working bilge pump or anything like that.

“The police rescued him off Jervis Bay and brought him in and we picked him up from there with Marine Rescue. One thing led to another and I ended up with the yacht.”

Mr Waterman said he hadalways wanted a sailing boat andafter researching the model of the yacht on the internet he found out it was a reputable model built for the 1976 Boat Show in Sydney.

“I’ve pretty much renewed everything, it has a new motor, sails, rigging, sandblasted back,fully painted, new winches, stereo, electrics, steering cables andthree new bilge pumps.It’s been totally renovated,” he said.

“There’s still a lot of work to do on the teak deck.I’ll do that while I’m sailing, it will give me something to do and keep me occupied.”

Mr Waterman suffered from polio as a child, however the medical setback was not going to stop him achieving life’sgoals. He completed his trade andestablished himself as a cobbler before joining the Merchant Navy and becoming a seaman. Now he is preparing for a trip not many in the world can claim to have made.

The pair will depart Huskissonin four weeks on the yacht he named‘Karugh 2’, which is the first three letters from Mr Waterman’sdaughter’s name and the last three letters of his son’s.

“That’sthe plan and then we’ll slowly mosey on down the coast to Hobart and and hopefully be there for New Year’s Eve,” he said.

“We’ll see how it all goes. I might evenshoot over to New Zealand if I can. I just have to watch the quarantine lawsfor dogs, I’ve got to work out what’s the best way to do it.”

Asked how long a trip around the world in a yacht takes, Mr Waterman was coy.

“How long’s a piece of string?The plan is to take a few years,” he laughed.

“I might come back when I’m 80 or something.”

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PROJECT: Maitland councillor Steve Proctor at the site of the new RV dumping station.

Maitland can now qualify as an recreational vehicle (RV) friendly town thanks to installation of a waste dump station.

The project was completed earlier this month at the Maitland Visitors Centre, as part of an $89,000 project.

The station has been designed to go hand in hand withHarold Gregson Reserve, which will be converted into a short stay (72 hours) RVarea.

The project has been six years in the making, during which time caravan use has rapidly grown around the country.

The 2015 Caravan and Camping State of the Industry reportstated that morethan than 586,000 RVs wereregistered Australia-wide, which was a 4.5 per cent increase from 2014.Most of thesewere caravans.

Maitland Councillor Steve Proctor, who is an avid caravan user, said that there had been a lot of requests for a dumpingfacility in the area.

He said there weren’t many caravan people who stopped in Maitland, but this project could improve that.

“The grey nomads have been screaming out for it,” he said.

“We don’t get many because we didn’t have this facility.

“It’s allowing [caravan users] to come to Maitland, they can make this their base.

“I can see a lot of benefits to it.

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Greg Hay says there is a similar feeling atSunbury as there was in 2012 when the Lions last captured aBallarat Football League premiership.

“There’s a really good vibe,” the 22-year-old onballer said as the countdown continued to Saturday’s grand final against Bacchus Marsh at the Eastern Oval.

Greg Hay

Hayis one of four premiership playersfrom four years ago who will line up inthe decider.

“We just knew we were going win the flag that year.”

He said he had thatsame feeling again.

“It’s all come together in the build up.”

Hay believes the game willgo the way of the team most prepared to take a risk and takethe game on–something Sunbury has the confidence to do.

Hay is part of a onball/midfield group whichwith the addition of the classy Alik Magin has taken its game to a new level this season.

Hesaid midfield coach Leigh Coles had driven the development to get the Lions engine roomto where it was–a vital cog in reaching the grand final.

Hay said the players in this group had a great understanding with each other.“We know what to expect.”

While still young, Hay has happily taken on a leadership to help ensure Sunbury gets the best out of itself.

In doing so Hay has played an integral part in the rebuilding of Sunbury under coach Rick Horwood–aphase which began after halfits 2013 grand final-losing team packed their bags and left.

Given Horwoodhad just ayear earlier led the Lions to a flag, it was one of the biggest challenges of his coaching career.

Horwood hailed 2014 and 2015 finals campaigns as successes and to be back in with a chance of getting Sunbury its sixth BFL premiership has exceeded the expectations–especially given it had to leapfrog better performed Lake Wendouree to get there.

If Horwood is to lead Sunbury to a second flag in his reign it will be imperativethat not only his highly acclaimed midfield shines, but that the Lions shut down Bacchus Marsh’s three musketeers in attack–Damian Cupido, Jarrah Maksymow and Cam Richardson.

Cupido and Maksymow have been two of the best recruits of the BFL season, but this might just be the moment Richardson has been waiting for to produce something special.



POSITION: second

12 wins – 4 losses


Bacchus Marsh 13.13 (91) d Lake Wendouree 7.8 (50)


Bacchus Marsh 21.12 (138) d Sunbury 14.6 (90)



12 wins – 4 losses


Sunbury 12.11 (83) d Darley 7.11 (53)


Bacchus Marsh 21.12 (138) d Sunbury 14.6 (90)


Sunbury 14.22 (106) d Lake Wendouree 9.14 (68)

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