Mildura Weekly : Friday October 17 2014 Vol 8 No 50
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU than words could describe, and let me tell you – I strug- gled too! But I wasn’t about to give up, and eventually mak- ing it into camp, again with tents erected, is the best feel- ing. Straight in, unload, make my bed and shoes off! Then a few of us went to play with some of the village kids. Watching mentees Hamish and Shenae play soccer with the young boys was great. Every time a team scored a goal the opposing side had to do 10 push-ups. (Perhaps that’s why these shy young PNG natives grow up so strong!) Dinner time is great. Tonight it’s beef and vegie stew with pasta. I’m not sure whether it was naturally deli- cious...or whether I was starv- ing...but nothing could stop me going back for seconds. Knowing the energy my body is using all day, I am certainly taking every opportunity to keep ‘fuel in the tank.’ The group is bonding closer, and I am making every effort to get out of my comfort zone and join in the conversa- tions around me. Relationship building is one of the things that will get you through this experience. We are told that tomorrow is mostly up-hill, and really tough. I will make sure I have lots of short breaks to rest my back and feet...I am sure I will be able to do it. P.S. One of my toenails is falling off – Oh the joy! Day 3: Wow! As I sit down to write this, I am find- ing it hard to put into words all the emotions that I felt today. I was a little the worse for wear. Sore quads and a little anxiety for what was said to be one of the hardest days on the trek. I started the slow up- hill climb, with a sore back, and my feet giving me grief. At this stage of the trek, $750 doesn’t sound too steep to pay a porter to carry your pack and help you through, while still managing to keep an eye out and help others. They are just special people! There was one point today where I was hurting so much, my feet were burning from walking on uneven ground, over tree roots, and the weighty backpack made it feel as though my shoulders were being pulled from my body. I cried as I walked by myself... determined to keep up a slow but steady pace. Chelsea (a top-level ski- ing competitor) was smart enough to have paid for a porter. As she passed me on a difficult uphill stage she of- fered her hand to help me up some of the high and slippery ‘steps.’ At the time I was a little upset that I even needed help, but I appreciated her care, and the ability to notice that I wasn’t having a good time. • Continued Page 19 advertising consultant Tianna Ceracchi after Mentoring Program. The trek ended earlier comfort zone, missing family and friends This is Part One of her journal. battle of will • Tianna, seated second from right, gets together with fellow MASP Kokoda mentors for a ‘family’ photograph half-way along the Track. LEFT, a porter-in- training...pint-sized Joseph, 6, complete with man-size machete, accompanied his porter father for the entire 96-kilometre trek. + FREE ROOF INSPECTION ROOF INSPECTION CHECKS ALL GUTTERS, FLASHINGS & ROOF SHEETS $70 AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE SPECIAL* *Evaporative Air Conditioners Only ALL DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING CALL NOW 0419 276 220 F. 5027 6241 E. email@example.com www.frankstockmanplumbing.com.au VIC & NSW LIC. NO. 32486 FREE QUOTES EXCAVATION HIRE PENSIONER DISCOUNTS Sales and Service • Air Conditioning • Gas Fitting • Plumbing Maintenance SHIREFocus THE SHIRE ON TWO RIVERS Tel: (03) 5027 5027 | Fax: (03) 5027 5000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 81, Wentworth, N.S.W. 2648. (26-28 Adelaide Street) PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW FOR A WENTWORTH SHIRE AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD Wentworth Shire residents are urged to nominate a local sportsperson, environmental champion or community leader for an Australia Day Award 2015. “The Australia Day Awards highlight the achievements of community members and community groups that make key contributions to our community“says Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Don McKinnon. “Every year we discover a community or sporting group which has achieved at the highest level, and often there is an inspirational, quiet achiever nominated in the Citizen or Young Citizen of the Year category who makes a real difference in their community” continues Mayor Don McKinnon. The closing date for nominations for the Wentworth Shire Australia Day Awards will close on Friday, 7 November 2014. Council is seeking nominations in the following categories:-Citizen of the Year (must be 18 years of age and over on 26th January, 2015)Young Citizen of the Year (must be under 18 years of age on 26th January, 2015) • Community Group of the Year (two or more members - no age limit) • Sporting Team of the Year (two or more members - no age limit) • Sportsperson of the Year (must be 18 years of age and over on 26th January, 2015) • Young Sportsperson of the Year (must be under 18 years of age on 26th January, 2015) • Environmental Award (individuals or groups) All awards will be presented at an Australia Day Ceremony on Monday, 26 January 2015 at Junction Reserve Cadell Street Wentworth. Nomination forms are available from the Wentworth Shire Council’s website www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au or are available from the Council’s Office at 26 Adelaide Street, Wentworth or by telephoning (03) 50275027. PS RUBY CRUISE WENTWORTH TO MILDURA SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 9.30AM-5PM Cost - $75 includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea, as well as music from “The Recliners” Enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Murray River, from Wentworth to Mildura on the 107 year old Paddle Steamer. Along the way you will journey under the Abbottsford Bridge and pass through Lock 11. A Bus is available at 9am from Mildura Wharf. Bookings and enquiries, please telephone Wentworth Visitor Information Centre 03 50275080. SUSPENSION OF ALCOHOL FREE ZONE Notice is hereby given that the Wentworth Shire Council has approved to suspend the alcohol free zone at the Wentworth Rowing Club Lawns for the event known as the Royal Flying Doctor Marathon for the entire days of Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October 2014 and also for the Ski Race event taking place at the same location for the entire days of Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. A map of the area for which the suspended alcohol free zone will apply is available for viewing at Council Offices 26-28 Adelaide Street Wentworth. CHANGE TO OCTOBER MEETING OF COUNCIL Residents and ratepayers are advised that the Ordinary meeting of Council will be held on Wednesday 29 October 2014 commencing at 9am. PUBLIC NOTICES AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT NATIONAL BIRD WEEK 2014 Council supports National Bird Week 2014 and invites residents to participate in the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT — BirdLife Australia’s first nationwide bird survey scheduled to take place from 20 – 26 October 2014. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!). Record the birds you see on Birdlife Australia’s brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you’ll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighborhood and the whole of Australia! For more information see www.aussiebirdcount.org.au. ACROSS THE MAYOR’S DESK Council has recently reviewed its policy on development incentives which will assist developers financially in terms of subdivisions. If you have a good idea or simply want to talk to Council on economic development and tourism proposals simply give the Council a ring on 03 5027 5027 and the General Managers Office will arrange a meeting with relevant staff and/or councillors. I am optimistic that the long outstanding issue of the occupation of the Wentworth Wharf by Wentworth Cruises will be resolved soon. Wentworth Cruises has a commercial mooring in front of the Wentworth Club, but a return to that site would necessitate the newly reopened Club to supply power to the site. I am scheduled to meet with Far West Councils at Cobar on 2 December to discuss local government reform proposals. Currently the GM and I are looking at the State Government’s response and we are now looking at our options in terms of a focus to the east (our preferred position) and the State’s preferred position of putting Wentworth Shire Council with northern councils. The Wentworth Aerodrome drainage works (in excess of half million dollars) have commenced and Council will be contributing $300,000 to the football change rooms at Dareton’s George Gordon Oval. Tenders have been received and are currently being evaluated. THE FLYING DOCTOR ROWATHON SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 The 2014 Flying Doctor Rowathon will be beginning at 7am at the Wentworth Rowing Club Lawns, Wharf Street Wentworth. Come along and enjoy a wonderful family day. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS AUSTRALIAN INLAND BOTANIC GARDENS THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER 2014 TO SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 Fancy yourself in whiskers carousing through the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens looking for mischief and adventure? Have we got a deal for you? Mildura Theatre Company will be staging the classic tale. 03 5023 3612 or 03 5018 8380 WENTWORTH RACES Melbourne Cup Day 4 November 2014 Spend a relaxing day with friends and family at Wentworth’s only race meeting for the year. Pack a picnic, order a platter or book a table for the 3 Course Luncheon. Marquees and umbrella tables available for hire. Return bus available from Mildura. For further information contact 0429413110.
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