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Foley backs Fitzsimon’s candidacy

GOT YOUR BACK: NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley and Orange byelection candidate Bernard Fitzsimon on Friday morning. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKINSW OPPOSITION Leader Luke Foley has stood behind his Labor candidate after divisions emerged concerning his anticipated two-weekabsence duringthe campaign.
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After Bernard Fitzsimon confirmed he wouldtravel to the US for two weeks next month on a pre-planned trip, Deputy Premier Troy Grant called for him to step down from the November 12 poll.

“They are too focused on themselves – the candidate is too distracted to handle an election campaign and the local Labor branch is even unimpressed,” he said.

“Being a local MP means you need to make the community your number one priority.

“The Orange electorate deserve to have a Member who is wholly committed to them and will give it their all –the community is not seeing this from Labor.”

However, Mr Foley said the party was united behind the candidate and the campaign would be about the Coalition government’s performance.

“He’s entitled to go on a holiday with his daughter for two weeks, there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said.

“I’ll back Bernard Fitzsimon’s commitment to Orange.

“[He]has been here in Orange for over 50 years, he’s raised five children here,the National party candidate [Scott Barrett]was away for the last 15 years and parachuted in here from one of Mike Baird’s ministerial offices in Sydney.”

Mr Fitzsimon said the party had strategised around his absence.

“We think we can work with it,” he said.

But Mr Foley also echoed earlier statements about Labor’s ability to win the seat.

“I’m not expecting to win this seat, I mean we haven’t won it since World War II, we’d need a miracle but what people can do here is send a strong message to their state government, send a wake-up call to Troy Grant and The Nationals,” he said.

“When’s Troy Grant going to turn up here?”

Mr Barrett said he was not surprised by Mr Foley’s comments, saying they were opportunistic.

“I knew [Mr Fitzsimon’s] son when I was younger –candidates can do what they want, but I’ll keep talking to people and looking at getting good outcomes,” he said.

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Spring has sprung and the Friends of the New England Regional Art Museum are celebrating by opening a lovely spring garden in Armidale on October 1and 2.
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With the theme of Art In The Garden,they will be selling a range of stunning local art works.

SPRING INTO IT: ‘The Thinker’ is one of the sculptures on display.

And where better place to have it than in the garden belonging to one of the region’s most respected sculptors Francois, Jaggi, and his wife Penny.

The Jaggi’s home and garden are located on a hillside, on two levels on the northern outskirts of Armidale, near the northern roundabout.

On the first level a lovely spacious open garden planted with natives has been created to showcase Francois’s sculptures.

There is also a pond teeming with frogs and a shady pergola. On the second level linked by a tree lined walkway ,the house nestles into the hillside.

Around the house two large ponds and a Ha Ha have been created with Australian native vegetation planted around the ponds to produce a beautiful landscape with year- round colour and create a great habitat for birds, frogs, butterflies and other invited guests.

Appropriately this is a very productive garden because as well as housing Francois’ studio the garden contains a thriving vegetable garden which produces all year round.

A wide variety of natives, deciduous trees, fruit trees as well as roses and perennials have also been planted which are suitable for the prominent seasons experienced in Armidale.

The garden will host a number of other artists including Max Powell, the BackTrack’s Ironman Welders, James White and Bronwyn Goodrich. All works will be for sale .

There will also be a number of stalls and a raffle. Teas and luncheswill be available to enjoy in the lovely surroundings.

The garden is located at 79 Chestnut Avenue, off the Old Glen Innes Road just before the northern roundabout (follow the signs). Entry is $6 for adults and the garden is open on October 1and 2from 10am to4.30pm.

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Snowboarding successes

The team from Sutton
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A team of three snowboarders from Sutton Public School has come away with silver from the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships earlier this month at Perisher.

Carving up the slopes: Jet Lange competing at Perisher in the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships as part of a team from Sutton Public School.

Jet Lange, 9, Caiden Broadbent, 8, and Jack Broadbent, 10, came second in the giant slalom event for students between kindergarten and year 4.

This was the first time the school had fielded a snowboarding team at an Interschools event.

Jet told theChroniclethe result was a total surprise.

“We didn’t expect to go as well as we did. We didn’t expect to get anything at all,” he said.

“No one was preparing for the announcer tocall out Sutton,” Jack said.

While the trio came second overall, the team also recorded impressive individual results,with Jet, Jack and Caiden placing 5th, 12thand 24threspectively.

The team qualified for the nationals after podium finishes at the ACT and Southern NSW championships and the NSW state championships in August.

More than 1800 students from 320 schools took part at the recent nationals.

While some members of the team had competed at previous Interschools events before as individuals, this year’s event marked the first time any of them had competed in a team.

“Dad asked the school [earlier this year] if Sutton could do a team for this year, and we managed to get a team together,” Jack said.

The year 4 student has been snowboarding for five years and said the best part about it was being able to explore the slopes.

“It’s fun because you get to venture around and find out about more places,” he said.

Meanwhile, his brother Caiden said there was often a fair bit of sibling rivalry on the course.

“I really like getting vertical metres so I’m able to beat my family,” he said.

Jet said throughout the various competitions, his favourite part was going over jumps.

With the ski season about to draw to a close, the team from Sutton Public School finished with five podium finishes across the different team events.

The school’s principal Clare Pritchard said she was “delighted” with the recent results, with the entire school proud of the boys’ performance.

Going off the success of this year’s Interschools competitions, the team from Sutton said they’re looking to improve upon their performance in 2017.

“We’re probably going to be putting another team together,” Jack said.

Marina Graham
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Leanne Jackson and Marina Graham

MARINA Graham has learnt to live without the use of her lefthand since having a stroke seven years ago.

But a purchase by South West Healthcare is quickly changing that.

Leanne Jackson

A $21,780 donation from Midfield Meats has allowed the purchase of a Saebo flex and reach kit.

This is a limb therapy mobilisation unit that is being used to help stroke patients like Ms Graham.

After her stroke, Ms Graham’s left hand closed and was out of action, eventually curling into a fist that closed more as time went on.

Four months ago, senior hand therapist at South West Healthcare Leanne Jackson injected the hand with botox.

“The hand was starting to close too tight which was causing hygiene and skin care issues for Marina,” Ms Jackson said.

The botox injection had a big impact, causing some smallmovement in Ms Graham’s hand.

This movement opened up the use of the Saebo kit

“The Saebotrains the muscles in the hands, essentiallytraining the brain as well,” Ms Jackson said.

“It has springs on the back to assist with the opening of the hand,pulling the thumb out and opening the fingers.

“But the client also has to work at that as well.

“It’s a cognitive process as well as a physical one.

“I’ve been working with Marina for 18 months. It’s really exciting to see the active movement.

“The goals are being able to use her hand and improve her posture,comfort and mobility.”

The progress made by Ms Graham after a month of treatment using the Saebo flex and reach is already having an impact.

Ms Graham said these early results have given her a huge boost.

“When we first saw that movement in my hand we were just about in tears,” Ms Graham said.

“It has been a long road over the last seven years.

“Sometimes it has felt like progress wasn’t getting made.

“But getting the movement back in my hand and having this new tool to use gives me a lot of hope going forward.

“To get such a positive outcome is fantastic, I’m excited about what lays ahead.”

Ms Graham has four one-hour sessions a week with Ms Jackson.

Prior to the purchase of the Saebo flex and reach kit, clients from Warrnambool had to travel to Melbourne and Geelong to access this treatment.

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Rise to the top

Dane O’Connor wins Emerging Business Leader at the Armidale Chamber Business Awards last Friday. Photo: Simon Scott.
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DEVOTEDfather of five,passionatevolunteer andcancer survivor,Dane O’Connor cannow add “emerging business leader”to the mix.

The regional manager for Regional Australia Bank took out the titleat the 2016 Armidale Chamber Business awards last Friday.

Originally fromTamworth, Mr O’Connormovedto Guyra earlier this year andcreditsmuch ofhis success to his family and staff.

“It means a lot, to be named amongst such inspirational business leaders within our community such as Jeremy Creagan and Patrick Crick, let alone being announced as the winner.

“I have 33staff in my region and they inspire me to do better each day andI feel I succeed when they do,” he said.

Regional Australia Bank’s Guyra branch were also in the running for an award on the night.

“I was not at all surprised when I found out the Guyra branch were finalists,” he said.

While success may be sweet, the road has been tough and long for Mr O’Connor,having battledadvance stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Over four years ago I was diagnosed with advance stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I was treated with an aggressive regime of chemotherapy which was hard with a young family.

“The community support I received was unbelievable and now I give back by volunteering with the Cancer Council,” he said.

Dane is the Liaison Officer for the Northern Tablelands and provides a voice for theCancer Council to have issues addressed in Parliament.

With his busy life, Mr O’Connorsaid it’scrucial to be well-organised.

“I won’t lie,having both my wife and I working full-time is not easy with fivekids under 10.

“But having five kids is a lot of fun and my wife and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.

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