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Debt won’t affect power bills

FEARS that households and small businesses will be forced to bear the brunt of debt lumbered onto power distributor TasNetworks can be categorically dismissed, according to economist Phil Bayley.
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TasNetworks will from today take on $325 million of Hydro debt, in a move the government says will ensure the renewable energy generator remains sustainable.

The transfer takes TasNetwork’s total debt to about $1.64 billion, after it last month gave $30 million to prop up Forestry Tasmania.

Greens leader Kim Booth argued the government was pursuing a dangerous strategy bound to drive up power prices.

‘‘TasNetworks has only got one way of collecting revenue and that’s to charge for transmission of electricity and that ends up on everybody’s power bills, so the Treasurer is just using weasel words,’’ Mr Booth said.

‘‘If TasNetworks has an alternative revenue source by which they will pay down this debt, then please inform us.

‘‘Otherwise clearly it is Tasmanian mum and dad power consumers, and local business consumers, who will be paying.’’

Mr Bayley said the assertion was wrong, arguing TasNetworks was a regulated business with no capacity to alter its prices.

‘‘The mix of debt and equity any regulated business holds has no impact on its pricing … there’s absolutely no relationship there at all,’’ Mr Bayley said.

‘‘There is some evidence having high debt encourages power network businesses to operate efficiently and refrain from gold-plating network assets.’’

His views were echoed by TasNetworks chief executive Lance Balcombe, who said the increased debt level would not impact prices, customer services or capital plans.

Mr Balcombe said the Australian Energy Regulator assumed a debt gearing of 60 per cent among distribution companies and set prices accordingly, irrespective of a company’s financial standing.

He said TasNetworks’ debt loading would increase to 62 per cent after today’s transfer – a level he described as comfortable.

Mr Balcombe said there was no immediate need to pay off the debt, and did not believe it would impact the company’s credit rating.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein this week said Hydro had been forced the shoulder the multimillion–dollar debt when the former government bought the rarely-used Tamar Valley Power Station.

But Labor leader Bryan Green hit back, saying Mr Gutwein supported the purchase while in opposition.

‘‘The reality is that Mr Gutwein’s irresponsible spending spree during the election campaign has resulted in real pressure on our economy,’’ Mr Green said.

‘‘The government is eroding public services and stripping more and more money from our GBEs to pay for election pork barrelling that we cannot afford.’’

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Bail refused: woman held under new laws

THE state’s tough new bail laws that came into effect this week have had their first test in Tamworth.
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In Tamworth Local Court yesterday, a woman charged with three offences was refused bail in an appearance after the court found there was “no evidence as to why detention was not justified”.

The “show cause” hearing was triggered after the court was told the woman was on parole when she allegedly committed a strictly indictable offence.

It was the first “show cause” bail determination in the region under the amended laws, which came into force on Wednesday.

Those charged with serious offences must now prove they should not be held in custody.

Senior Tamworth police were brought up to speed on the new laws this week.

They joined thousands of their counterparts across the state as well as solicitors, the judiciary and Department of Justice staff who have been trained under the legislation.

Those deemed an unacceptable risk will be refused bail under the new laws.

In making bail determinations, magistrates, judges and Supreme Court justices will also have to consider risk factors such as criminal associations, victims’ views and any history of non-compliance with bail and court orders.

“This applies to crimes punishable by life imprisonment, the sexual assault of a child, serious firearm and drug offences, repeat personal violence offences and any serious indictable offence committed while a person is on bail or parole,” Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said.

“This is about keeping the state’s most dangerous criminals off the streets so we can better protect the community.”

The state government is touting the laws, which it maintains should make the community feel safer.

“From now, new laws make it very clear that those who pose an unacceptable risk, as defined in the legislation, should no longer be released on bail,” Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said.

“In the case of certain serious offences, the onus will be on the accused to show why their detention in custody is not justified.”

The state government has confirmed a Bail Monitoring Group, made up of police and representatives from justice agencies, will continue to review the laws to ensure they are operating effectively.

Former attorney-general John Hatzistergos will deliver a final report midway through the year.

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‘Serious charges’: bail denied for Walcha accused

A WALCHA woman will remain behind bars under the state’s tough new bail laws after she allegedly tried to influence a person to pervert the course of justice and coached a child to interfere with the evidence.
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Natasha Beth Darcy-Crossman was arrested in Walcha on Wednesday night and failed in her bid to be released on bail in Tamworth Local Court yesterday, after she couldn’t persuade the court as to why she should not be detained.

“Oh god,” the 39-year-old shrieked, dropping her head into her hands after bail was refused. Darcy-Crossman was one of the first locals to be detained under the new Bail Act, after a “show cause” hearing was triggered by the serious charge, which was allegedly committed while she was on parole.

The court heard Darcy-Crossman had two weeks remaining on a two-year, 11-month sentence, after she was convicted in the district court of damaging property by fire, following an incident in Walcha in 2009.

Solicitor Fiona Hadlington said there were six issues, including “community and family ties” to Walcha, which demonstrated why her client’s detention was not justified.

“There would be a very long delay,” she said, adding that her client might not get to trial before early next year.

“There is no evidence to say she made a false statement … I find that very hard to prove … I do think that it is a very weak prosecution case.”

Ms Hadlington said her client denied enticing someone to change their statement after a meeting at a front gate in Walcha, as well as allegations of text messages.

“As your honour knows, that does not make a strong prosecution case,” she said, adding it was a he-said, she-said situation as it stood.

“She thinks (the complainant) is trying to get her into trouble.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Cynthia Donovan said the charge of coaching a child to assist in criminal activity was a “premeditated and planned act”, while perverting the course of justice was a deliberate attempt “to manipulate theevidence”.

“This defendant has gone to great lengths to interfere with witnesses, which has brought the case today,” she said.

Sergeant Donovan said it was “a strong case” and that Darcy-Crossman was a high risk of reoffending and would “endanger the complainant and victims”.

“The community is at risk of those concerns,” she said.

Darcy-Crossman is facing three charges, including doing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, making a false representation resulting in police investigation, and recruiting a child to carry out or assist in criminal activity.

“The accused has not provided evidence as to why detention is not justified. Accordingly, bail is refused,” Magistrate Michael Holmes said.

The case will return to court next month.

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Groovin the Moo announces massive line-up for 2015

GROOVIN BOUND: Broods are one of the headline acts at this year’s Groovin the Moo.SOURCE: The Maitland Mercury
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Groovin The Moo has returned with another epic mix of bands for 2015’s line-up.

Rock fans can raise their devil horns to stadium rockers Wolfmother and The Delta Riggs and mosh to heavier bands like Sydney metalcore group Northlane and British pop-hardcore group You Me At Six.

Hip hop fans will be giddy at the news of A$AP Ferg’s imminent arrival, along with Aussie crews Hilltop Hoods, Hermitude and supergroup One Day.

Rising rap star Tkay Maidza is also on the bill.

One of the main attractions of Groovin this year will be New Zealand synth duo Broods, whose songs Bridges and Mother & Father have seen them skyrocket in popularity.

Meg Mac, whose cover of Bridges was voted into this week’s Hottest 100 poll, is also on the Groovin bill.

When Broods were invited to announce the Groovin the Moo line-up on Triple J on Wednesday morning, the duo said Meg Mac would be welcome to join them on stage to perform the track.

A surprise inclusion for Groovin this year is genre-bending, envelope-pushing Canadian electro-punk rocker Peaches who will no doubt shock younger audience members with her always provocative stage antics.

Groovin’s dance tent will be jumping to the sounds of Carmada, Flight Facilities and Hot Dub Time Machine.

Also on the line-up is British pop singer-songwriter Charli XCX who co-wrote Icona Pop’s hit song I Love It and appears on the monster single Fancy with Iggy Azalea.

Aussie bands San Cisco, Ball Park Music, The Preatures, DMA’s, Saskwatch and Sticky Fingers are also on the bill.

Another notable inclusion is British rock band Peace, who are sure to find new fans when they join the Groovin tour.

Groovin the Moo is at Maitland Showground on Saturday, May 9.

The festival is on sale Wednesday, February 4 at 9am through Moshtix.

Wolfmother

Broods

A$APFerg (USA)

Ball Park Music

CharliXCX

Carmada

The Delta Riggs

DMA’s

RL Grime

Peace (UK)

Flight Facilities

Hilltop Hoods

Hermitude

Hot Dub Time Machine

Northlane

San Cisco

One Day

Meg Mac

Peaches (Canada)

The Preatures

YouMe At Six (UK)

Saskwatch

Sticky Fingers

Tkay Maidza

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BALL PARK MUSIC

BROODS

CHARLIE XCX

DMA’S

FLIGHT FACILITIES

HERMITUDE

HILLTOP HOODS

MEG MAC

NORTHLANE

ONE DAY

PEACE

PEACHES

SAN CISCO

SASKWATCH

STICKY FINGERS

THE PREATURES

TKAY MAIDZA

WOLFMOTHER

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Saturday, April 25 – Oakbank

Sunday, April 26 – Bunbury

Saturday, May 2 – Bendigo

Sunday, May 3 – Canberra

Saturday, May 9 – Maitland

Sunday, May 10 – Townsville

Nathan Tinkler treats me ‘like a little bank’, says Gerry Harvey

“He has until very recently borrowed money from me, it’s a business thing as far as I’m concerned.”: Gerry Harvey says Nathan Tinkler still owes him about $22 million. Photo: Robert Shakespeare “He has until very recently borrowed money from me, it’s a business thing as far as I’m concerned.”: Gerry Harvey says Nathan Tinkler still owes him about $22 million. Photo: Robert Shakespeare
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In an interview with SBS’s World Game on Thursday, Mr Tinkler resolved to settle the Jets’ debts, but, in a statement of defiance aimed at Football Federation Australia, asked for the $5 million Jets acquisition fee he paid in 2011 to be refunded. Photo: Nic Walker

“He has until very recently borrowed money from me, it’s a business thing as far as I’m concerned.”: Gerry Harvey says Nathan Tinkler still owes him about $22 million. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

“He has until very recently borrowed money from me, it’s a business thing as far as I’m concerned.”: Gerry Harvey says Nathan Tinkler still owes him about $22 million. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

Retail titan Gerry Harvey has described how Nathan Tinkler uses him “like a little bank” and revealed the Newcastle Jets owner still owes him about $22 million.

Speaking from a New Zealand horse sale on Thursday, Mr Harvey said former billionaire Mr Tinkler had repaid him about $37 million to date.

The Harvey Norman boss admitted there had been several deadlines for the full debt to be repaid, but said they had “never been adhered to”.

“I’m like a little bank for him,” Mr  Harvey said. “He has until very recently borrowed money from me, it’s a business thing as far as I’m concerned.”

While having loaned Mr Tinkler millions at a time over the past few years to service debts from his rapidly collapsing business empire, Mr Harvey quickly moved to distance himself from any money owed by his friend.

“It’s got absolutely nothing to do with me at all,” Mr Harvey said when asked about debts owed to former Patinack Farm staff.

“If there are people with an issue then they need to raise it with their employer, I am most certainly not involved in any of that. I have never covered their wages.”

Following the very public implosion of the Newcastle Jets this week and Mr Tinkler’s promise to settle the club’s debts, former Patinack staff contacted the Newcastle Herald on Thursday pleading to be paid what they are owed.

One former staffer said he feared losing his home and had not been paid superannuation in full for more than three years.

Another said she was “fed up” with watching Mr Tinkler’s business ventures play out in the media when so many “small people” were owed money.

In an interview with SBS’s World Game on Thursday, Mr Tinkler resolved to settle the Jets’ debts, but, in a statement of defiance aimed at Football Federation Australia, asked for the $5 million Jets acquisition fee he paid in 2011 to be refunded. He is the only A-League owner ever to be charged such a large amount to take over a club.

“Is there also a deadline for me getting my $5 million back from the FFA.  Is that a deadline too?,” Mr Tinkler said. “That would be good. That would really help. FFA is at me for about $500,000, and I am at them for $5 million.”

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need2know: Wall Street rally to boost ASX

Local shares are poised to rise at the open, as Wall Street rallies on strong corporate news from Boeing, Apple and McDonald’s.
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What you need2know:

SPI futures up 47pts at 5553

• AUD at 77.58 US cents, 91.81 Japanese yen, 68.58 Euro cents and 51.55 British pence

• In late trade, S&P 500 +0.4%, Dow +0.9%, Nasdaq +0.3%

• In Europe, Stoxx 50 +0.4%, FTSE -0.2%, CAC +0.4%, DAX +0.3%

• Spot gold down $US27.03 or 2.1% to $US1257.46 an ounce

• Brent oil up 41 US cents or 0.9% to $US48.88 per barrel

• Iron ore adds 0.3% to $US63.27 per metric tonne

What’ on today

US Q4 GDP estimate, Australia producer price index, Australia December private sector credit.

Stocks to watch

The falling Australian dollar and oil price collapse have buoyed Fortescue Metals Group’s cost cutting drive, as the miner races to keep its breakeven price comfortably ahead of huge falls in the iron ore price.

UBS upgrades Western Areas to a “buy” and gives it a $4.50 target price.

Deutsche Bank has a “buy” recommendation on AGL Energy and a $13.61 target price.

“AGL Energy is amongst our top picks in the utilities sector. Following the recent completion of the Macquarie Generation acquisition, we believe AGL’s increased vertical integration increases returns whilst reducing risks.”

Currencies

The Australian dollar has shed 1.8pc to US77.47¢ at about 6.01am AEDT, earlier touching a low of US77.20¢, according to Bloomberg data. At Thursday’s local close, the $A was trading at US78.75¢.

Ahead of the overnight swoon, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said: “We continue to expect further declines in the A$, partly because the ‘carry trade’ looks less attractive, and also because the capital inflows into the mining sector which have been holding it above ‘fair value’ are set to fall away sharply.”

The Danish central bank cut interest rates for the third time in 10 days to defend the krone’s peg to the euro.

ABN forecasts the euro will fall to $US1.10 by the end of this year and decline to parity with the dollar by the end of 2016. The median estimates in Bloomberg surveys are for $US1.12 at the end of this year and next.

Commodities

LME copper and nickel inventories climbed again on Thursday, adding 2775 tonnes and 1836 tonnes respectively. Copper stocks are up more than a third so far this month and nickel touched a record at 425,562 tonnes.

Ore with 62 per cent content delivered to Qingdao, China, rose 0.3 per cent to $US63.27 a dry metric ton on Thursday, paring this month’s drop to 11 percent, according to data from Metal Bulletin Ltd.

United States

US stocks advanced as buying accelerated in afternoon trading. At about 6am AEDT, the Dow is up 0.73pc, the S&P 500 has risen 0.555pc and the Nasdaq is up 0.45pc. The Dow is being powered higher by Boeing, up 5.1pc, and McDonald’s, up 5.1pc. Also posting more than 1pc gains: Home Depot, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Nike, IBM. Apple is up 2.4pc.

Google, Visa and Amazon江苏夜网 are among 52 S&P 500 companies scheduled to post results on Thursday. Of those that have reported profit so far, 76 per cent have exceeded estimates, while 57 per cent topped sales projections, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ended January 24, the lowest since April 2000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the biggest weekly decline since November 2012.

Europe

Weak corporate updates pegged back European shares on Thursday, as the effects of a rout in oil prices knocked back heavyweight energy firms.

Royal Dutch Shell dropped 4.4 per cent after the oil major said it will cut spending by $US15 billion over the next three years. Oil and gas stocks fell 2.9 per cent, and are down over 20 per cent since June, with the price of a barrel of Brent crude falling nearly 60 per cent in the same period.

Airbus extended losses, down 2.1 per cent and the top faller on France’s CAC after telling staff in a letter that its A400M programme is in a “critical” situation and will be kept under close review.

What happened yesterday

Another rally in CBA shares coupled with a strong day for Fortescue Metals sparked an intraday turnaround in the Australian sharemarket, which ended higher for a sixth straight session.

The S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 16.7 points, or 0.3pc, to 5569.5.

Wires

Kim Sears serves up foul-mouthed rant during Andy Murray’s Australian Open semi-final

Andy Murray fought off Tomas Berdych in a tense semi-final battle at the Australian Open on Thursday night, but it was a foul-mouthed volley served up from the stands that sent the online world into a spin.
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Murray was forced to defend his fiancee, Kim Sears, at his post-match press conference after she was captured on camera appearing to rant at Murray’s Czech opponent.

In footage that quickly went viral on social media, a riled-up Sears was shown mouthing what some have interpreted as the words “f—ing have it you Czech flash f—” as Murray broke back in the first set.

There is some contention over the precise wording of her rant. One lip reader who examined the footage suggested Sears said ‘F—ing have that you flashy Czech, you flashy f—“, while another thought she said “F—ing have that Czech you fat old f—.”

Whatever the precise wording, there was general consensus that Sears was not wishing Berdych well.

After clinching the match 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 to reach his fourth final in Melbourne, Murray defended Sears’ outburst during what he said was an intense match.

Murray attributed the atmosphere to the pre-match focus on his former coach, Dani Vallverdu, who is now working with Berdych.

“In the heat of the moment, you can say stuff that you regret,” the Wimbledon champion said after the match.

“When there’s a lot of tension surrounding something, which you [the media] created, it’s completely normal that the whole first set everyone was tight.”

Murray also claimed Berdych found the atmosphere difficult to handle.

“Even Tomas, who very rarely says anything on the court … there was tension there for him as well,” he said.

Footage of the the outburst was being shared on social media shortly after it aired, even attracting comments from former British tennis player Anne Keothavong. ” @BenRothenberg: Forget how big the diamond is; THIS is what true love is made of. #ausopenhttps://t.co/jETjH7CunD” f****** hilarious! — Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 29, 2015

Revamped Dunmore Equestrian Centre listed for auction

Vandals’ playground now a restored mansion: photos Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO
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The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

Christopher Adams at the mansion in February 2014. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

The Minnamurra mansion will include six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and garaging for 16 cars.

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The property dubbed “the abandoned Minnamurra mansion” has been listed for auction with a price guide “above $1.8 million”.

The palatial Dunmore Equestrian Centre homestead was two-thirds complete when work stopped six years ago after the Belmorgan companies of the property’s then owner John Kosseris were placed in receivership.

The property sat empty for six years, complicated by court orders to restore environmentally sensitive wetlands damaged during construction work, repairs that Mr Kosseris claimed would cost $4 million.

As a result, St George Bank, which held the mortgage, refused to take possession of the property. During that time the property became a magnet for vandals – and a popular illegal skate park regularly featuring on YouTube.

The mansion, at 71 Fig Hill Lane, Minnamurra, has an estimated internal area of about 5000 square metres and includes six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a 16-car garage.

The 40-hectare property, which has spectacular 360-degree views across the southern Illawarra, has approximately three kilometres of Minnamurra River frontage.

At the end of 2013, Wollongong lawyer Christopher Adams formed a partnership with some fellow Illawarra businessmen to take possession of the vandalised property.

Between February and August last year they spent $200,000 cleaning and securing the property with the aim of unveiling the building’s potential as one of the region’s grandest properties.

Mr Adams said an initial expression of interest campaign attracted more than 60 national and international inquiries, including schools, religious groups and private developers.

The property went to contract but the sale fell through, prompting a new campaign through agent Michelle Lay of Ray White Kiama.

A date for the auction will be set in the next week, Ms Lay said.

Mr Adams said it had been confirmed there was no asbestos on the site, however there was still no agreement with Shellharbour City Council over remediation work on the damaged area adjoining the river.

Shellharbour council spent more than $350,000 pursuing Mr Kosseris through the courts and said the existing orders still stood.

Mr Adams said all potential purchasers were made aware of the issues, but the advice they had received was that the area was now so overgrown it was best left as it was.

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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Strong nominations for Taree-Wingham race meeting

TRAINERS and owners looking for racing action with meetings being washed out with rain have “swamped” nominations for Taree Wingham Race Club’s eight-race card at Bushland Drive next Tuesday.
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The club has received 182 nominations from most racing centres north of Sydney, no doubt boosted by wet weather causing the abandonment of the TAB fixture at Port Macquarie on Tuesday. Even Coffs Harbour trainer Anthony Honess has taken the precaution of the Warwick Farm meeting, postponed from Wednesday to Friday, not going ahead by nominating Lizards Lover from the Sydney race to one at Taree. The four-year-old Snippetson mare is in race five over 2200m in Sydney and has also been nominated for the Can Assist Fund Raising on April 4 Benchmark 60 Handicap over 2018m at Taree.

The winner of three races, also placed a further eight, in 17 starts has never started on a heavy track and the Bushland Drive track is famous for recovering quickly from a deluge.

The mare was only a length away from Kempsey gelding Brasileiro Macho over 1900m at Kempsey on January 13 and was carrying the steadier of 59kgs, 7kgs more than the winner.

Brasileiro Macho prior to that had run second to Rigamarole in the Woop Woop Cup at Wauchope on Boxing Day and the winner franked the form by also winning at the Kempsey meeting next start.

The Julie Lynch trained gelding wasn’t disgraced when fourth to promising Coffs four-year-old mare Just Atina, trained by Brett Dodson, at Taree’s last meeting and both of them add spice to the nominations.

Also in form in the race is Shehadtohavehim, trained at Cessnock by Jeremy Sylvester, which won at Taree and Scone at its past three starts.

Taree trainer Bindi Cheers has also nominated three-year-old gelding Zigbee and it showed plenty of pace and cheek to be a half-length behind Just Atina in that Taree race over 2018m.

Taree trainer Ross Stitt has taken mare Shazza’s Bubbles to Sydney for its past two starts and he looks like staying home with nominating her for the Easter Saturday Raceday on April 4 Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1257m. She was eighth first start but then was a good fourth next start, this race maybe more to her liking third up from a spell.

Her likely opposition could be Port Macquarie seven-year-old mare Just Si, trained by John Sprague, which was a most unlucky second at Taree on January 6 when a neck second to Broadmeadow gelding Presaro, a previous winner in Sydney, trained by Paul Perry.

Last start winners also nominated here are Taree’s Jest Mamboo, trained by Bart Dening and Dodson’s Murvate.

Broadmeadow trainer Mick Dwyer had seven-year-old gelding Dubai Dusk looking a picture when fifth behind Just Atina over 2018m at Taree last start but has opted for the 1614m to nominate his charge for this meeting and the distance may prove more suitable.

A turn to finer weather should have the track in great order despite the recent rain.

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