CY O’CONNOR Institute has appointed three new staff members to form a higher education project team for Muresk Institute at Northam.
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Christine Storer is the director, Daisy Bulloch the marketing manager and Adele Simmons the operations manager.

They join the inaugural project of ficer, Anna Kennedy.

“The team is working with Charles Sturt University to establish the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management degree that is planned to start at Muresk from February next year,” Dr Storer said.

“We are very excited to be involved with planning the degree in conjunction with Charles Sturt which is the largest rural university in Australia.

“It has a lot of experience in offering degrees on regional campuses around Australia.

“The team is keen to move out to Muresk in the near future to start work on a course where the students will work closely with the farm at Muresk and farmers around the state.

“After more than 20 years working in higher education I have observed that students become more engaged when their education is linked to employment and they work with employers through their studies.

“I already have students keen to enrol so they can get involved with employers in agribusiness through units of study in industry experience and to travel overseas for international industry experience.

“Employers are also keen to work with the students and to employ them when they graduate.”

Agribusiness is a huge industry offering between 2000 and 5,000 jobs a year and only about 700 graduates to fill them.

“The Muresk degree will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge both on and off the farm and prepare them for employment in jobs ranging from banking to agricultural merchandise, farming and commodity trading,” Dr Storer said.

Operations manager Adele Sim mons was looking forwards to working on something needed by the in dustry.

“There is a demand for a course at Muresk where students can study agriculture on a real farm,” Ms Simmons said.

“The practical approach will give them the skills to run a farm or an associated agribusiness.”

The third member of the team, marketing manager Daisy Bulloch, studied at Muresk.

“My Muresk experience allow ed me to establish networks with potential employers and to develop the knowledge and skills that broadened my career prospects,” Ms Bulloch said.

“The opportunity to be involved in the ground floor planning for the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management is exciting and rewarding and I am looking forward to the challenges. The first is to attract enrolments for the degree course starting next year.”

Lodge an expression of interest at cyoc.wa.edu.au, or contact Daisy Bulloch on [email protected] .wa.edu.au, or call 0427 440 371.

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I AM seeking your help to find an army colleague.
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In February 1949 I enlisted in the Australian Army. My first posting was to a troop training camp at Greta in NSW. Other members who came from various states joined us there and we became 2RTB, or the second recruit training battalion.

There I met and became friendly with a fellow from Mildura. His name was Gerald Jones, Gerry to us. Whenever someone was up on a charge, Gerry and I were usually­ chosen as escorts due to our heights.

When our three months training was completed we dispersed to various corps in various states. Since then I have not been able to make contact with Gerry again.

He worked in an orange grove doing mechanical maintenance there before enlisting in the army.

He would be about 80 years old now. I would dearly like to be able to meet with him once again and with your help this might be possible. My email address is [email protected]南京夜网.au.

John MacDonald,

Geelong

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott walked all over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the debate on Sunday night.
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As soon as the Prime Minister opened his mouth, his credibility dropped dramatically. He lost credibility when he started sprouting political jargon like former prime minister Julia Gillard; he was talking at the people and not to the people.

Abbott at least has his feet on the ground.

Ian Felton,

Mildura

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Leap in the air: Kellerberrin’s Steve Gregory traps the ball in defence as Corrigin’s Michael Butler flies through the air. Great save: Ryan Szczecinski making one of his many saves.
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Out the way: Corrigin’s Aaron Robinson clears the ball out of his defence zone as his teammate jumps clear and Kellerberrin’s Corey Bell looks on.

Contest: Corrigin’s Garrick Connelly and Kellerberrin’s Chadwick Butler battle for the ball.

BRUCE Rock hosted Merredin in their Greater Wheatbelt Men’s Hockey Association game under lights on Friday night.

It turned into one-way traffic for the Bruce Rock forwards who piled on 15 goals to Merredin’s one.

On Saturday afternoon Kellerberrin hosted Corrigin, who came out determined to put Kellerberrin to the sword.

With fast breaks into Corrigin’s forward area, the ball smashed into the backboard for the first goal.

This brought about Kellerberrin realising they were in for a much tougher game then the week before, they then peppered the Corrigin goalie Ryan Szczecinski and after a great many attempts finally got through his defence to score their first goal.

From then on the ball was going from end to end at speed, with both goalies doing their best to keep the ball out.

Eventually Kellerberrin scored a second goal to run out winners, 2-1.

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Taekwondo: Fred Jones, Jordan Mollonyux, Adam Carlson, Patiwe Ndhldvu, Elliot Ncube, Divine Tempa, Shauna Hodgekinson, Saxon Rice-fazey,Chris Sunley, Kalani Rice-fazey, Anya Rice-fazey, examiner Jenny Crutchett and Merredin Taekwondo instructor Tony Murfit at the recent Coloured Belt Grading.COLOURED belt grading was held in Merredin recently and all students performed well.
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The next exciting event for local students and instructor is the Taekwondo dan grading.

Dan grading for black belt is held in Perth later this month and Merredin Taekwondo will have two students going for their first dan black belt.

Instructor Tony Murfit said father and son duo Fred and Dylan Jones were ready to attempt the first dan grading to become black belts.

Instructor Murfit, a third dan black belt, said he would put himself up for the test as well.

Going from third to fourth takes about three years and is one of the most physical gradings but he said was going to give it a good crack.

Taekwondo is on every Wednesday and Thursday from 6-7pm at the Merredin College gym.

For more information on self-defence and fitness for all ages call Tony Murfit on 0427 447 063.

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ONCE again the climax of the Wheatbelt golfing calendar is almost upon us with the annual 37th Merredin Sands tournament being held from this Friday to Sunday.
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With golfers from around the state converging on Merredin all is set for another memorable event. Peter Western as Sands co-ordinator must be commended along with the committee as they have worked tirelessly in making sure the event will run like clockwork.

Also the team of hard working groundsmen led by life members Paddy Crook and Brian Gearing have the course in superb condition considering the desert like winter.

A strong contingent from Mukinbudin to be lead by 2011 champion Gillam Jones will press for another Muka win this year and is coming off a commanding win in the Central Wheatbelt Championships.

Dennis Palm has snared a seeded Sunday game the past two years and just needs a little luck around the greens to cap a stellar Wheatbelt career.

Baandee’s Darren Mottershead hasn’t added to his vast trophy cabinet for a few years and will be desperate to be amongst the action come Sunday arvo.

Finally, 2012 champion Matt Morris has had an up and down year but found form to win the Eastern Districts Championships again this year and reckons he knows his home track blind folded.

It is always hard to nail the winner in the nett as the handicapping system levels the playing field and all competitors who play well are a chance.

Top five picks are Kalan Cunningham is off the ‘woobler’ and once the shakes disappear will be back to his brilliant best.

Brian Gearing is officially a nett player after being heard recently admitting he is past his best and son Robbie is now the best golfer in the family.

Alby Koper is striking it better than ever and since accepting a golf cart for his 60th birthday.

The small but heavily handicapped contingent from Kalgoorlie cannot be ignored as they love coming back to the best sand greens in the Wheatbelt.

The Merredin Golf Club welcomes all players and thanks the many travellers that keep coming back year after year.

Everyone’s attendance is greatly appreciated and they wish everyone good luck in their endeavour to be Sands Champion.

Calcutta will follow on the Friday with 4BBB from about 7pm and will once again be conducted by the Elders Merredin branch manager and stock agent, the one and only Wayne ‘Slick’ Manoni.

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In response to the letter from Mr Bruce of the Sunraysia Trades and Labour Council (Sunraysia Daily, August 10), I wish to point out that democracy has one basic tenet: “The will of the majority shall prevail whilst ensuring the rights and privileges of the minority”.
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How many people signed the petition for Reclaim the Base? Approximately 3000 odd?

What is the population of Mildura – 28,000?

Doesn’t sound like a majority to me – Mr Crisp hasn’t slapped that many people has he?

If the hospital serves the whole district with nearly 60,000 people, that sounds even worse for you.

You wish to return the hospital to a public health system where chronic overcrowding, blown budgets, bailouts and lousy outcomes are rife?

You must be a masochist.

If Ramsay Health can deliver the health outcomes prescribed by government with the funds allocated to them and make a profit – good for them.

It is health that is the issue, not who delivers the services.

There will be an oncology unit built at Mildura Base – how many regional and country areas can boast that?

That was put in place by which government Mr Bruce?

The buildings were bought back from a super fund.

Which government did that?

If your members had superannuation invested in that fund before the sale, would they be willing to reject the dividends of this as unethical?

As for accountability, if the Base returns to public ownership, something Reclaim the Base and yourself will no doubt take credit for, and the health outcomes in Sunraysia decline, are you willing to be held accountable?

No need to reply Mr Bruce, the answer is transparent.

Lachlan Simpson,

Mildura

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LOCAL Member for Central Wheat belt Mia Davies has called for entries for the 2013 Wheatbelt Art Prize, an exhibition of works from the Wheat belt designed to encourage and celebrate the fine artists of the region.
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“I am proud to be taking over as host of this event as it continues to grow in stature and reward every year giving our Wheatbelt artists the opportunity to showcase their work here in the region,” Ms Davies said.

“In past years the show has attracted a very high calibre of artist and works and I’d encourage our local artists to get involved.”

Ms Davies said there were 96 entries in the last Show with $3200 in prize money awarded across a number of categories.

“I’m pleased to announce that this year Brookfield Rail has agreed to sponsor the major prize so the winner of the 2013 Wheatbelt Art Prize will take home $1500,” she said.

“We welcome CBH Group as a first time sponsor and thank our ongoing sponsors including Collgar Wind Farm, Vestas and Jarluke Developments.

“In addition, we’ll be launching a new award at the opening night of the exhibition.”

It is an open competition, however only artists residing in the electorate of Central Wheatbelt aged 15 years and over, both amateur and professional are eligible for prizes.

It is open medium which includes sculpture for the first time.

Winners of the Wheatbelt Art Prize from previous years include local artists Nellie Crees, Jo Millington and Rosemary Lambert. “It provides a great forum to promote the talent in the region, and many of the works are sold on opening night or on subsequent days,” Ms Davies said.

Opening night and presentation of awards will be held at Cummins Thea tre on Friday, September 20 with the exhibition running until Sunday, Sep tem ber 22.

Entry forms will be available soon, to register your interest contact Kath leen Brown from the Electorate Office of Mia Davies MLA on 08 9041 1702 or email [email protected] au.

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NICK, 41, is a 25-year special forces veteran with multiple deployments including Afghanistan and Iraq.
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He has been in charge of commandos such as Scott Evennett (who had four stints in Afghanistan and Timor) and Rhys Dowden (10 year’s service in Afghanistan and Iraq).

Throw this group together with ex-military commando Paul Cale, regarded as Australia’s toughest man — and employed by the Australian Institute of Sport — and you have one hell of a team.

The men set up Commando Tough as a franchise of True Grit to help Australians become physically and mentally fit, mainly for sport.

“We’re helping the unfit as well, and also our military friends who return home and struggle for meaning in their life after service,” said Evennett after another big training session.

Not forgotten

“We also lost friends in Afghanistan, so we’re giving a percentage of our funds raised to Legacy Australia, as well as Commando Trust and Soldier On to help military personnel and their families.”

Evennett said there had been a growing demand for real, honest commando-style training.

“We don’t have any age barriers, but we do specialised work with those entering and leaving the military,” he said.

“We had five who did a beret-qualified commando course and who entered the commandos and completed tours overseas.

“That of course is another scene; when I entered with 170 entrants I was one of only 15 who managed to qualify.”

They’ve set up six-hour courses for all age groups, with the first 24-hour course on August 30-31.

Demand has resulted in a new fitness facility being built at Caringbah, with Commando Tough training on the ground floor and Kudo (stand-up judo and submission) run by Paul Cale going on upstairs.

“Shortly we’ll have another football team coming over before Scott’s College’s First 15 join us for a six-hour event,” he said.

“In between, we’ll have mums and their children training together.”

■ Members of the Australian Defence Force, Army Reserve, cadets, students and other volunteers will be on the streets during Legacy Week, September 1-7, with Badge Day on Friday, September 6.

Dig deep to support Legacy because the battle goes on for families of veterans.

■ True Grit, Australia’s first military inspired obstacle challenge, will hit Sydney’s Dargle Farm on the Hawkesbury River on September 7-8.

Designed and operated by two commandos from the Australian Special Forces, the obstacle course is more than 12 kilometres long and will incorporate more than 30 military-style barriers.

Commando Tough: (From left) Nick, Scott, Paul and Rhys instructing sporting and fitness students. Picture: Lisa McMahon

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Happy players: Kingsgrove Colts under 9s are “Little Dragons team of the month” and St George Bank awarded them a $1000 community grant. Back row (from left): St George Kingsgrove branch manager Mark Agapiou; St George Bank Little Dragons ambassador, Ben Hornby; Happy Dragon; Kingsgrove Colts under 9s coaches Mick Lambino and Ray Pahina.KINGSGROVE Colts under 9s have been awarded the “Little Dragons team of the month” from St George Bank.
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The community program rewards junior clubs which uphold the values of rugby league.

Coach Mick Lambino said he nominated his team because of how proud he was of them and that they demonstrated the club’s spirit of fair play and generosity.

“The Colts under 9s are a great team consisting of kids from varying backgrounds and cultures coming together to play the game they love,” Lambino said.

“They’re not on top of the ladder but they showed great heart at winning their first competition [in June] for the Craig Rimmer Cup [played in the St George district] with three round-robin games on a Saturday and finals held on the following Sunday.”

St George Illawarra Dragons player Ben Hornby said he was really proud to be a Little Dragons ambassador and supported the many passionate young players who were a part of the Dragons’ heartland.

“We’ll be on the lookout to reward all the Little Dragons,” he said.

Rugby league clubs based in St George can nominate themselves as a “St George Bank Little Dragons team of the month” at dragons南京夜网.au/littledragons.

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