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CORKED: Lindeman’s cellar door and Harvest Cafe at Pokolbin will close on Friday.Cellar door staff have 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 onFriday to undergo a review and extensive upgrade of the iconic winery.

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 a number of casual 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.

“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.

– The Maitland Mercury

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Great South Coast residents have until Thursday to have their say about theopportunities and challenges facing their communities.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership onlinesurveyasksresidents their priorities and visionfor the region,capturing valuablecommunity feedback.

Share your view: Great South Coast residents have until Thursday to have their say about the opportunities and challenges facing the community.

Great South Coast Regional Partnership chairwomanEmily Lee-Ack said the Victorian Government launched thepartnerships to give rural and regional Victorians a greater say.

A regional assembly,to be held in Port Fairy in October 6, willdiscuss and debate the region’s priorities, which will then be delivered to theVictorian Government.

Ms Lee-Ack said there had beenstrong feedback about the need for improved roads and transport networks, anemphasis on educationandtraining,visitor economy andtourism.

Respondents’visions for the region includegreatercultural diversity,educational opportunities, more employment for youthand a region thatvaluesenvironment, culture and the arts.

One person surveyed wantsa community that attracts companies and industries, while another would like to see “athriving 21st century economy that’s Australia’s dairy, eco-tourism and green energy capital”.

One respondent was more specific and called for a bike path from Allansford to Warrnambool.

Issues and topics raised onlinewill help form part of the regional assembly discussions.

“This is a great opportunity for people to offer feedback directly to the government and tell them what the priorities are for our region,” Ms Lee-Acksaid.

She said while there had been a good response, she would like as many people as possible to participate in the survey before it closed on Thursday.

“The better informed the partnership is, the better the quality of our work will be in terms of delivering the voiceof the community into government,” Ms Lee-Acksaid.

“We know that’s something that people really value. We want to do our absolute best to be that conduit and connect the voices of our community very firmly and directly into government.

“(At the assembly) we want to hear from people who are hugely passionate about their community, have some real fire in their belly about what they think will make a difference, or what it is they really love and want to see maintained,” Ms Lee-Ack said.

The Great South Coast Partnershipencompasses Warrnambool City andCorangamite,Glenelg,Moyne andSouthern Grampians shires.

It is one ofnine Victorian regional partnerships which will hold anassembly between October and December.

To answer the survey or register for the assemblygo tohttps://engage.regions.vic.gov419论坛/great-south-coast

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Chris Ryan has been used in key position posts at both ends of the ground this year. Picture: NONI HYETTRelated –BFNL finals flashbacks | Photos

Golden Square enters Saturday’s BFNL preliminary final clash against Eaglehawk with the weight of expectation firmly on its shoulders.

From day one of the season the Bulldogs have been expected to at least make the grand final.

For much of the season they have been on track to do so.

One poor performance in last Saturday’s second semi-final has the doubters circling and the full of confidence young Hawks can smell blood.

“From a scoreboard perspective (if we lose) it would be a wasted season,’’ Carter said.

“We put a lot of work into recruitment to build a list that we thought would be competitive at the end of the season.

“It would be really disappointing to bow out now considering our ladder position. In saying that it wouldn’t be a wasted season for the club because I think we’ve developed the bottom half of our list really well.

“We’ve promoted four or five young players who are going to become seasoned senior players for years to come.

“Like everything, you take the positive and negative out of things, but overall we’d be very disappointed if we lost on Saturday.”

The Dogs produced arguably their worst performance of the season in the second semi-final against the Dragons.

Carter admitted the effort stung his players.

“The reaction was like what I would expect,’’ Carter said.

“The guys got a kick in the backside and they needed to feel that for 24 hours.

“I’ve been impressed by the way they owned what happened, but at the same time focused on the week ahead.

“You really don’t have time to whinge about what might have been.

“We’re one win away from the big dance, so you have to be positive. We’ve sharpened up on a couple of things… and there’s a good feeling there.”

The Bulldogs and Hawks met three weeks ago, with Square scraping home by one point.

The Hawks have won two cut-throat finals since that game.

“We need to be prepared for an even more confident Eaglehawk,’’ Carter said.

“They’ve played really good footy to get where they are and they nearly got us a few weeks ago.

“They have a good mix of strong inside players with some very quick outside players.

“We need to ensure we get an A+ for the structures and disciplines that we set for ourselves. If we do get an A+ it will set up the game for us.

“We’re expecting a really tough contest against a young side that is full of confidence.

“We know how young teams can perform at this time of year because it wasn’t so long ago that a lot of our players were in the same situation.”

Carter said the opening 20 minutes of the preliminary final would be vital for his team.

“I’m expecting a fair bit of chaos in the first 10 minutes of the game and it will be a case of which side settles better for the next five minutes after that,’’ Carter said.

“We need to put on some scoreboard pressure early in the game and give our forwards early options with run and carry and movement of the ball.”

The Bulldogs will decide their final 22 on match morning. Bendigo Pioneers duo Riley Saunders and Jordan Rosengren are a chance to be included in the senior side after performing strongly in the reserves.

The preliminary final is scheduled to start at 3.10pm.

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Robyn Wood and Gillian Erratt with the wall-hanging to be raffled at the Dementia Awareness Month event. FOUR wrong turnswere all it took for Robyn Wood to realise there was something wrong with her husband.

The couple had been travelling to their eldest daughters’ farm in Narromine every year for the past 13 years so the route was more than familiar.

“That was the first indication that something was wrong, then he was at the football and was coming home but ended up lost down the street, that’s when we decided to do some testing,” Mrs Wood said.

John Wood was diagnosed with mildcognitive impairment in 2006 and esophageal cancer in 2010 and an eight hour operation to put a shunt in his neck saw a decline in his mental health to dementia.

The first six months that followed the diagnosis were the hardest as Mr Wood struggled to come to terms with his decline in brain function.

“Initially it was very stressful, the first diagnosis and testing was very stressful and it was quite hard for a few months until he learned to accept that he had a problem with his memory, he thought it was because he was dumb,” Mrs Wood said.

The couple decided not to keep the diagnosis a secret.

“I let people know because that’s one of the worst things, trying to hide it and to have people think nothing was the matter.

“You could talk to John about the weather and you would think there was not a problem because he could converse with you really well, but he could drive down the street and not remember where he put the car.

“That’s why I let all his mates and people know so that if they found him wandering they could help,” Mrs Woodsaid.

Mr Wood passed away six months ago and Mrs Wood credits the dementia with his ability to hold on for three years past expected.

“We think that the dementia helped him last longer with the cancer because he never worried about anything,” she said.

Mrs Wood was her husbands’carer for ten years and said watching her partner lose his independence was one of the hardest things.

“When we first came home the last time they said to me, ‘You’re the carer now, not the partner,’ but it’s a double-edged sword there.

“Your relationship changes but it doesn’t change, it’s a strange one.

“I know some people would find it very difficult, toward the end I was helping him shower and dress but I just thought that’s what you do, you do it for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, that was my job.

“He became really dependent on me, I think that happens in a lot of relationships, I saw it with my parents, when my father got oldhe was lost without my mum and our relationship was very much the same.

“It was very hard for him but I think he was very accepting of the caring part toward the end, he would just say, ‘Oh you’re a good girl, you’re a good girl,’” she said.

Mrs Wood talked frankly with her husband about death and said this helped them both to cope.

“We’d laugh about a lot of things, even with his dementia and the cancer he knew that he only had limited time so we could always talk honestly and openly about the fact that he was going to die.

“One of the funny things is that we ended up with three wallets because he would always plant them in places where we couldn’t find them.

“He had an old Ute and we could never find the keys, weeks and weeks later I found them, he’d put them in an old water pipe in the shed, another time I found them in a shoe box, just strange places.

“The biggest advantage was that he rarely ever got cranky but if we did have an argument it never mattered because five minutes later he’d forgotten about it,” she laughed.

Mrs Wood has attended a carers group since her husband received his diagnosis and found that the solidarity she found in others was a great pillar of support.

“I think to have other people going through that situation with you it helps because you can have a whinge to them about it.

“One of the things I learned pretty early was to have no expectations, because today he might be able to remember how to sweep the floor, tomorrow he might not.

“If you have no expectations, you don’t expect them to know where they’ve left something or what they’ve done then you don’t get disappointed as a carer, that’s one of the biggest things I learned,” she said.

September is Dementia Awareness Month and HealthWISE will run a free event at Kent House from 10amon Tuesday September 27.

An artwork by artist Gillian Erratt will be raffled on the day to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

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High school champs: The cycling team representing William Clarke College after winning the inaugural InterSchool Secondary Cup. Picture: suppliedWilliam Clarke College has held off a challenge from Knox Grammar School to claim the inaugural InterSchool CyclingSecondary Schools Cup.

The team finished first ahead of16 secondary schools represented in the competition and third of 42 schoolsoverall, including thosecompeting for the Primary Schools Cup.

The13-week competition wasorganised by the Junior Cyclist organisation, with schools from across Sydneyrepresented, compilingscores reflectingparticipation, personal best times and top 10 finishes inraces graded on ability around a 2km cycling track at Lansdowne Reserve.

Although not entering the competition until after seven rounds, William Clarke College had a tight battlewith Knox Grammar School with the Kellyville students only taking the lead in the penultimate week.

Year seven student Erica Campbell-Rogers, 12, said it was good to meet so many people from different backgrounds.

“I got to race with people who were younger than me,older than me and we worked really well together seeing as though we didn’t know each other,”she said.

Erica also entered the competition with teammates including her twin brother Peter and sister Eleanor.

“It gets a little competitive sometimes and we may push each other off the line when we’re trying to draft,” she said of racing with her siblings.

“However, other than that, it was pretty fun.”

Generally training for triathlon with Hills Triathlon Club, Erica saidthe competition would help her cycling leg.

Coach Robyn Low Hart fromthe Hills Triathlon Club and local training group Active8 Training said the rivalry with Knox was a good motivator as the children tried to stay ahead in the competition’sfinal weeks.

“Every week, the kids would come to me and ask ‘is everybody racing this week?’ she said.

“There was one week where we did not have any William Clarke kids at all and they were all devastated.

“We really had to dig deep and have a full contingent of people to go there and get back in front.”

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