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Looking beyond a blue room

Dianne Williams on the edge of her front blue garden with Welsh springer spaniel Gryffin. Look out for the matching blue pots at the top of the driveway.After a recent bout of the depression and anxiety that has been her unwantedcompanion for so many years, Blackheath resident Dianne Williams decided to go blue.
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Not in language or in clothes but in her garden.

“It was part of my recovery,” she said. “I thought I needed a project and it would be good for me because I love gardening and I thought it would be an opportunity to raise money for Beyond Blue,” Ms Williams said.

When she bought her house three years ago, she inherited “just scrubby grass and a few gum trees”.She got to work, improving thesoil andcreating new beds.

In February, afteranother hospital admission, Ms Williamsdecidedto go blue.

“I was already turning the garden from just a bush block into a cottage garden so I thought ifI continued that with a blue theme it would be different and hopefully bring some people through to raise some money.”

She put out the wordand soon plants were coming to thedoor. Others helped withphysical work.

“People have been very generous in supporting me,” she said.

She has planted felicia daisies, hardenbergias,aquilegia, grape hyacinths and a striking blue cypress in a pot. A row of lavenders lines the driveway.

Ms Williams stresses it’s a brand new garden –this year will be itsfirst open days -but believes visitorswill be able to picture it in future years.

Itis at 11 Kirkwood Avenue, Blackheath and will open on October 3 and 4, 10am-4pm. Morning and afternoon teas available.

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A racing opportunity

Speedy business: Georgie McDonnell, champion horse Arise Augustus, Melea Castle and trainer Terry Evans. Photo: Lachlan Leeming. Tuncurry race horse trainer Terry Evans is confident that the racing industry can provide answers to questions about youth unemployment in the area.
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Terryhighlighted the employment pathway racing can present when he spoke at a Forster Tuncurry Business Chamber breakfast earlier this month.

Georgie McDonnell, 24, and Melea Castle, 17, are prime examples of Terry’s vision.

Both young women have worked forTerry for six months,learning on the jobas they study towards their certificate three in track riding.

Both harbour ambitions to be fully qualified jockeys riding in Sydney or Melbourne.

According to the duo, a lifelong love of horses and speed have led to them choosing this career path.

Given the long trail an apprentice must trek before they can become a fully qualified jockey, a keen passion for all aspects of the industry is a must.

“It starts right at the bottom, right at the basics with caring for a horse,” Georgie explained of their studies.

Once a month they travel to Port Macquarie for apprentice jockey school, which teaches them everything they need to know about the industry, ranging from horse nutrition and well-being to media training.

“You learn everything about horse racing and the industry,” Melea said.

According to Rural Skills Australia, horse racing is Australia’s second most popular spectator sport in Australia (coming in behind AFL).

The industry employs more than 240,000 people, with 77,000 of those roles full-time.

The industry injects about $7.7 billion into the Australian economy annually.

Terry is glad to see that translate into employment opportunities for local young people.

“It’s a great opportunity for them,” he said.

He’s confident that his two young apprentices have a bright future in the sport.

“They’re going well, they’ve got the right attitude,”Terry said.

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Steam has changed its review policy which has some worried for the future of indie gaming.If you’re looking for evidence that Steam’s monopoly on digital gaming either can’t or shouldn’t last look no further than the recent review controversy some news outlets are saying could destroy indie gaming.
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For those who don’t know, Steam is a digital game marketplace that allows users to buy games, connect with friends and review titles they own.

There are two ways to get a game on Steam – buy it through the marketplace or get a key for it either from the developers or through a third-party seller.

Before, as long as you owned the game, you could rate the game and leave your thoughts on it for would-be customers.

But now, only people who have bought the game through Steam can leave scores with their reviews in a move Valve, the company behind Steam, says is aimed at stopping developers from leaving false reviews for their games.

That may not sound like much, but it has a lot of indie developers worried.

A lot of indie developers will hand out Steam keys to people who support their kickstarter campaigns, so that immediately forbids the exact audience a lot of niche indie games are aimed at from sharing their thoughts on the game.

The problem is these reviews do make a huge difference to whether or not people buy a game.

Whenever I open up a Steam store page, the first thing I look at are the reviews and if they’re anything less than very positive I normally won’t buy it.

Already some developers have seen review scores for their games plummet overnight due to Steam key reviews being deleted.

So far, 427 games have been affected, though in fairness a quarter of those actually saw their scores increase.

I don’t know whether Steam’s new policy will cripple indie games or if it will stop developers trying to game the system.

However, the fact Steam can so easily throw the gaming industry into a panic with one change should be proof enough that its monopoly is not healthy for gaming.

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MCDFNL grand final teams

PRIZE ON THE LINE: Navarre will take on Carisbrook in the grand final on Sunday. Picture: ROWDY DAWSON
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FOR the third year in a row Navarre and Carisbrook will fight for the MCDFNL premiership in Sunday’s grand final at Maryborough’sPrinces Park.

However, this year is different in that the Grasshoppers no longer have the air of invincibility that they had carried into the past two grand finals when they had been undefeated both years.

While the Grasshoppers are still a mighty fine football team, they have lost two games this year, one of which was to the Redbacks by 29 points in their last meeting.

History beckons for the Grasshoppers, who have the chance to become the first MCDFNL club to win four flags in a row.

As well as beating Carisbrook in the past two grand finals by margins of 61 and 55, the Grasshoppers also belted Lexton in 2013 by 101.

After losing its first two games of the season, Carisbrook has since won 15 of its past 16 and hasn’t had more than 54 points kicked against it in its past eight matches.

Statistically, both sides have almost identical average fors and against per game, and having beaten each other once during the home and away season, all the makings are there for a classic grand final.

Carisbrook

B: J. Tidyman, A. Taggart, J. Gray

HB: C. Roscholler, A. Hurse, J. Alexander

C: L. Rinaldi, J. Hill, R. Herd

HF: N. Wright, B. Neill, N. Wright

F: L. Cunningham, L. Treacy, J. Hind

R: J. Bowen, M. Jukes, L. Edwards

Int: C. Taylor, A. Robinson, N. O’Keefe, B. Kick

Emg: P. Van der Pol, J. Riske

In: P. Van der Pol, J. Riske

Navarre

B: D. Grellet, L. Brown, M. Newton

HB: B. Flood, J. Monaghan, J. Fowkes

C: L. Slorach, L. Hannett, A. Slorach

HF: N. Murphy, J. Fowkes, A. Driscoll

F: B. Scott, C. Driscoll, D. Parkin

R: B. Martin, D. Reading, S. Kaye

Int: R. Murphy, J. Hannett, R. Bibby, A. Lee

Emg: N. Holloway, B. Slorach, T. Hannett

In: N. Holloway, T. Hannett, B. Slorach

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GALLERY| Cracking good time

GALLERY| Cracking good time Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.
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Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

Coles staff, customers and fellow store owners helled the Hill family by throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at Coles Mount Annan store manager Matthew.

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