Bowling alley’s revolution

UPGRADE: Orange Tenpin Bowling’s Aldo Belmonte said planned upgrades would be Australian first.
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Change is coming to Orange Tenpin Bowl, with a fresh lick of paint already on the walls, owner Aldo Belmonte is promising residents “won’t recognise it”. “A step will be removed and the floor will be raised to allow better access for people with disabilities,” Mr Belmonte said. As well as a new floor, the alley will be outfitted with new furniture and a new mechanical system. Mr Belmonte said the new equipment would be an Australian first with action replays and a new lighting system to be installed. Work won’t begin until competitions have finished, with four lanes to be upgraded at a time.

Ready to learn Skillset’s Skills4Trade graduates, Jack Taprell, Matthew Britt, Kyle Orringe, Joshua Trail, Lachlan McHatton, Christopher Radburn, Jake Griffiths and Zachary Hoolahan. Absent: Slash Merritt, Clayton Collins and Henry Welsh. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Eleven Orange apprentices have graduate from Skillset’s Skills4Trade program. The apprentices have finished their TAFE training and have begun placements with local businesses. The Skills4Trade program is supported by the state and federal governments with the aim to support young people’s transition into work. Another Skills4Trade program will begin in February, with an information session to be held on Wednesday, December 14, from 3pm to 4pm and on January 18. Participants are encouraged to register by calling Sarah Turner on 0428 292 869.

Orange Garden to close NEW BEGINNING: Ann Fuller said the Orange Garden on Lords would close on December 15. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA

The Orange Garden on Lords will close for the final time at 5pm on Thursday, December 15. Owner Ann Fuller she had had a marvelous time for seven years. “I’ve had great support from the community for the past seven years, I had wonderful customers and absolutely fantastic staff and a great experience,” Mrs Fuller said. Everything that customers can see in the shop is for sale, “I’m open to all offers,” Mrs Fuller said. The business originally started as The Complete Garden.

Perfect fit for new ownersFitness Perfection has new owners, with Kim and Nick Gray taking over from Paul Davidson. Mr Gray said the gym was one of the longest running in the Central West. “We wanted to keep the business going, it has massive potential,” he said. Mr Gray said he was bringing a fresh approach. “Changes will be for the better and from member’s feedback,” he said. He said he wanted to focus on the Health and Fitness Club aspect of the gym and potentially expand its services for members.

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Calls for new prevention strategies

AT RISK: There have been calls to reinvigorate approaches to youth suicide prevention as figures show rates are at a 10-year high.SUICIDE rates among young people aged 15 to 24 have reached a 10-year high,a report has found,prompting calls for new and more targeted prevention strategies.
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In its youth suicide prevention report, youth mental health organisationOrygen saida youth-specificplan should supportthe existing national suicide prevention strategy.

“Suicide risk looks different amongst young people and their support needs differ from adults,” Orygen head of suicide prevention research Dr Jo Robinson said.

Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee chief executive officer Leo Schultz supported the call for the introduction of a youth-specific prevention plan.

He said local solutions to local problems were ideal, but these should be underpinned by a consistent national framework.

Ben Keath, engagement officer at youth mental health service headspace in Bendigo, said young people often expressed concern about the cost of seeking help, and with so many being time-poor, made their mental health a lower priority in their lives.

He said the way young people accessed information also differed from older people andheadspace’s online and phone services werepopular methods of seeking assistance, largely because they were easily accessible.

Online technology was identified in Orygen’sreport as atoolthat should be better harnessed to reach out to youth, andthe provision of adequate resources for such services was labelleda priority.

Mr Keath added that approaches should engageyoung people through such settings as schools and sporting clubs.

This echoed the report, which identified schools and tertiary education institutions aseffective settings for delivering prevention activities.

Orygen also said headspace should have national coverage and be expanded to be able to service young people with more complex needs.

Mr Schultz said there needed to be more research to develop evidence-based strategies,and these needed to be publicised when identified to ensure people knew how to seek help.

If you are in urgent need of help, callLifelineon 13 11 14 or theSuicide Call Back Serviceon 1300 659 467; for more information or assistance,call headspace on 1800 650 890.

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Cundletown boat ramp upgrade

Kendall Reserve boat ramp: Residents raising concerns that include its steep slope, difficulty in manoeuvring cars with trailers, and limited parking.MidCoast Council, in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services, is calling on local residentsto provide feedback on options for upgrading the Kendall Reserve boat ramp in Cundletown.
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With the Manning River on our doorstep boating is one of our favourite pastimes, and Kendall Reserve in Cundletown an ideal location for launch.

A need to upgrade its current boat ramp and facilities has been identified, with local residentsraising concerns that include its steep slope, difficulty in manoeuvring cars with trailers, and limited parking.

To address the areas highlighted, Royal Haskoning DHV has been commissioned to prepare two concept plans for upgrading the facility, which are now on public exhibition.

“The first concept is based on retaining and upgrading the existing ramp and surrounding facilities, while the second includes the construction of a new two-lane boat ramp at the north-west end of the reserve,” Dan Aldridge, MidCoast Council’s manager for community spaces, recreation and trades said.

“Both the plans have merit, and we’re now looking to the community to provide input on which option will best serve their current and future needs.”

A drop-in session will be held at Kendall Reserve from3pm to 6pmonThursday, December 15, providing an opportunity for locals to find out more about each option by speakingwith staff from RMS, MidCoast Council, and the RHDHV design team.

For those who aren’t able to make the drop in session, the draft concept plans can be found on the ‘have your say’ section of MidCoast Council’s website at梧桐夜网midcoast.nsw.gov419论坛/kendall-reserve

Community members are invited to make a submission before5pmonFriday,December 23.

This investigation has been funded through the NSW Boating Now program, which aims to ensure our waterways remain safe and accessible.

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Taking time to celebrate all types of success

For the past month, ever since VCE exam supervisors last uttered the phrase,“Time’s up”, 47,000 Victorian students have waited nervously to receive their results.
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For 35 young people around the state, that wait ended in elation: they received the highest possible ATAR of 99.95.

One diligent Bendigo student is among them.

But for every student awarded a “perfect” score, there is a dozen or more young people for whom just receiving their Victorian Certificate of Education is a milestone achievement.

They too deserve to be delighted today.

It is a shame the intangibility of their success, unable to be pinned down in numbers, makes celebrating their performance more difficult.

How does one know that the teenage girl who scraped an ATAR in the mid-50s did so despite a crippling case of anxiety?

What about the young man who worked two casual jobs throughout the entirety of his senior schooling yet still made time to cram for exams?

Consider the arts student who spent hours in Drama, Music and Visual Communicationclasses despite having already won a spot in a prestigious design course.

Their efforts are just as perfect as any ATAR.

We can be sure teachers and principals willacknowledgetheir efforts; it issomething schools are doing better and more often than ever before.

But it is also important the rest of the community follows the schools’ lead.

We must not measure a young person’s worth on two years of academic performance.

An ATAR exists purely for the purpose of university admission, not to eternally pigeonhole its recipient as “smart” or “stupid”.

There are those whose scores did not threaten the 90s that will go on to transform the world we live in.

And there are high-scoring pupils who will change university course, or make mistakes. And that’s okay too.

These are young people aged just 17 or 18.

Their lives have barely begun, so we certainly should not be writing their legacy just yet.

They have a long time left to make their mark on society and when they do, you can be sure no one will be talkingabout their ATAR.

– Mark Kearney, journalist

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Malcolm Turnbull to address Australian Republican Movement dinner, monarchists unhappy

Malcolm Turnbull on the eve of the 1999 republican referendum. Photo: Mark Baker Mr Turnbull on the day after the republican’s defeat in the 1999 referendum. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Mr Turnbull and Thomas Keneally at the launch of the Australian Republican Movement in Sydney on 7 July 1991. Photo: Dean Wilmot

Mr Turnbull with Eddie McGuire and Hazel Hawke at the Republican Movement headquarters in South Melbourne. Photo: Mark Wilson

Malcolm Turnbull is going back to where his political career began with a much anticipated address to mark the 25th anniversary of the Australian Republican Movement.

The Prime Minister will speak at the event on Saturday night which the movement hopes will press the reset button on the republican debate.

The gala event will be held in the Great Hall of Sydney University with the top tier tables costing $3000.

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Prime Minister has agreed to join us for our 25th anniversary commemoration,” the ARM’s national chairman, Peter FitzSimons, said.

“It is an occasion to honour those who’ve got us to this point, and the PM is, of course, at the forefront of our founding fathers and mothers. The dinner is also a moment for the ARM to outline its vision for the future. A vision in which Australia takes the lead and completes the journey to full and final independence.”

Mr Turnbull was a founding member of the Australian Republican Movement and became synonymous with the push for Australia becoming a republic.

He was a major financial backer of the movement and unsuccessfully led the campaign for change in the 1999 referendum on whether Australia should break its ties with the monarchy.

In an emotional speech on the night of the referendum, Mr Turnbull famously declared that then prime minister John Howard would be remembered by history as “the prime minister who broke this nation’s heart”.

Mr Turnbull has remained a republican but the issue has dropped off the agenda.

Saturday’s speech has sparked curiosity because the Prime Minister has since distanced himself from the republican cause saying that success would only follow the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Australia Day this year, Mr Turnbull warned that he had no interest in leading the republican cause to another “heroic defeat” and that a referendum would fail if it was seen to be politically driven.

Philip Benwell, the chairman of the National Monarchist League, said Mr Turnbull was “forgetting the reality of politics”.

“We know that more Coalition voters support the constitutional monarchy than not. They are prepared to tolerate Malcolm Turnbull because he has made the proviso ‘not yet’,” Mr Benwell said.

“His now active support, if the rumours are true, of a republic will throw even more conservative and traditionalist voters into the arms of minor parties, such as the Christian Democrats, One Nation and the Liberty Alliance. These parties do not support a republic and it is estimated that by far the majority of their members are monarchists.”

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