Mildura Weekly : Friday July 11 Vol 8 No 36
Mildura Weekly – 11/07/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Healthy camp oven cooking SUNRAYSIA camp ovens are being dusted off and secret recipes perfected in readiness for the second annual MDAS Healthy for Life ‘My Camp Oven Rules’ cook-off at Apex Park beach on Tuesday, July 15th. The event is part of National Diabetes Week, and aims to promote healthy food choices and the use of healthy cooking techniques. The challenge attracted half a dozen en- tries last year – but more than 12 teams are expected to put their culinary credibility on the line this year. Mallee CMA Indigenous Facilitator Ken Stewart is heading the Culinary Master Art- ists team in defence of its title. Despite suc- ceeding last year with chicken, Ken says the team will be spending this weekend perfect- ing a lamb dish for the 2014 challenge. Community members, organisations and families can form teams of four for the competition to prepare the tastiest and healthiest meal in a camp oven. All meals need to meet certain ‘healthy for life’ criteria to be eligible for the grand prize. Teams can enter by contacting Mi- chelle Gray, the Healthy for Life team’s Dia- betes Coordinator on 5018 4102. SUNRAYSIA cricket fans will be in for a treat at this month’s Mildura Writers Festival, with ac- claimed sports journalist Gideon Haigh to be one of the main attractions. Running from July 17 to July 20 at various loca- tions, Haigh will present over two days, and is con- sidered ‘the finest cricket writer alive.’ Gideon is famous in the literary world for writing 30 books in 30 years – 20 of them about cricket. One of his most popular books ‘On Warne’ won the British Sports Book Awards Best Cricket Book of the Year Award, the Cricket Soci- ety and MCC Book of the Year Award, the Jack Pol- lard Trophy and the Wa- verley Library Nib Award. It was also short- listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Haigh followed Shane Warne – Austra- lia’s most successful Test bowler – over two de- cades, watching him go from sports star to full- time celebrity. Initially a keen fic- tion writer, journalism introduced Haigh to a new world of non-fiction stories. He has primarily worked as an indepen- dent journalist in Mel- bourne and London, contributed to more than a hundred newspapers and magazines – largely The Australian and The Times – and on top of his 30 written books has edited seven others. He also occasionally appears on ABC’s Offsid- ers – a Sunday morning television sports pro- gram. Outside of cricket, Haigh has written nu- merous other books and essays including The Of- fice: A Hardworking His- tory. Published in 2012, The Office won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for non-fiction. Haigh will open the Mildura Writers Festival with fellow prize-win- ning writer and journal- ist Helen Garner at the Facts and Truth event – to be held at the Mildura Club from 7.30pm on Thursday, July 17, with entry $15. Haigh will also hold the stage at a mid-festival winter dinner held at The Setts – which will include a three-course menu pre- pared by local chef Jim McDougall – while tick- ets are available for $85 for ‘Books vs Cigarettes: The Rematch with Gide- on Haigh’ which will be held on Saturday, July 19, at 7.30pm. More information about the Mildura Writ- ers Festival, or a full list of festival attractions, is available by visit- ing www.artsmildura. com.au/Writers-Festival/ HOME. Acclaimed sports journo to open Mildura Writers Festival MERBEIN and District Commu- nity Bank has this week elected a new chairman of the board, with Rebecca Wells, RIGHT, tak- ing on the role. Ms Wells, who has served on the board for the last four years, is the youngest member of the di- rectorial team. “My appointment is part of an on- going succession plan to engage younger members of our district and get them excited about the rewards of community bank- ing,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to work- ing with the staff and board to further grow the business.” Merbein and District Community Bank Company oversees the lo- cally-owned and operated Com- munity Bank branch, with prof- its injected back into the region through sponsorships grants and shareholder dividends. Ms Wells said these community contributions were what the branch was well known for. “We have given back $360,000 to the local community over the last 10 years, supporting school breakfast programs, the Sun- raysia Farmers Market and the Christie Centre, just to name a few,” she said. “There are not a lot of businesses that can say they’ve made such a significant contribution to the success of this region.” Merbein Community Bank names new chairperson Blue Light Disco THE Mildura Blue Light Disco will be held at the Irymple Leisure Centre next Friday, July 18 from 7.30pm to 10pm. Entry costs $10, with more information available by contacting 5018 5441 or by vis- iting www.bluelight.org.au .
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