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Radio hosts air headspace call

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COMEDY and puns will be put on hold as a pair of Border morning radio hosts tackle mental health and youth suicide.
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On Monday Star FM duo Heath and Normy will join the fight for a headspace centre in Albury-Wodonga.

From 8am they will air a one-hour segment dedicated to mental health issues on the Border.

It’s a big change of pace from the comical shows the pair typically present but their passion stems from personal experience.

“I had a very happy childhood but I grew up with a lot of friends who didn’t,” Lucas “Normy” Dorrell said.

“I always thought not only about how lucky I was but that if there was one thing so important to a young person, it was having someone to lean on, a happy place to go to.”

Heath Piper said the Sydney suburb they grew up in carried the stigma of youth suicides, particularly when teenagers reached HSC.

“That’s why we’re on board with this because it’s something we believe in,” Normy said, confirming their show had a zero tolerance for bullying.

Heath said every year a handful of young people contact them directly, talking of being bullied.

“It’s sad in a way that they’re contacting the local radio station because that’s how desperate they are,” Heath said.

But the duo hope headspace could be the place where the young can find professional help.

“This is the first time we’ve done something like this so it’s a big thing for us as well … in terms of dedicating an hour in our breakfast show, it will be something new for our listeners,” Normy said.

The hour show will involve conversations with those affected by mental illness and suicide, including Teena Conway, who lost her son Zac, and Laura Koehler, who lost her sister Aimee.

Listeners will also hear from Albury mayor Alice Glachan, her Wodonga counterpart Mark Byatt, North East Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services manager Lisa Gundish and Border Mail representatives.

Every staff member from Star FM has supported the fight for a headspace centre by signing butterflies, that are now hanging in their Swift Street office.

Breakfast radio duo “Normy” Dorrell and Heath Piper are part of the Star FM team joining the fight for a headspace centre. Picture: DAVID THORPE

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Punched after she ‘snapped’

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ALBURY man Michael Robert Edgar gave his partner a bloodied nose and a swollen, closed eye after she had bitten and spat on him, a court heard yesterday.
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It happened as they were driving along after an argument on June 8.

Edgar’s partner told police: “I tapped him on the left side of the face with my right hand just to tell him to stop his attitude.”

The response from Edgar was to hit her to the right side of the face, causing dizziness.

His partner then bit him on the left arm and later admitted she “snapped”.

Edgar stopped the car when she spat on his neck.

“If you don’t stop, I am going to hit you really hard,” Edgar said.

He began to drive and hit her to the left side of the face which caused her to again feel dizzy.

When Edgar stopped the car in Kaylock Road she opened the car door, stumbled out and yelled for help.

Police were notified and arrived a short time later to see the woman bleeding from the nose with her left eye bruised, raised and closed shut.

Edgar, 30, of Crisp Street, Albury, pleaded guilty in Albury Court to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Magistrate Tony Murray said the victim was lucky she was not charged as well.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said there was a level of provocation but Edgar had responded excessively.

Ms MacDonald said the victim is a mother of four.

“I regard spitting as a most despicable act,” Mr Murray said.

“Provocation is not a defence to a charge, but it is a matter that the court can take into consideration.”

Edgar was convicted and put on a 12-month bond with supervision.

Mr Murray warned him that if convicted in the next 12 months for another offence, he may be jailed.

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Jump aboard Castlemaine to Bendigo steam train

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THE public are welcome to jump aboard a steam train travelling from Castlemaine to Bendigo today.
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The train will be puffing its way across the countryside in a warm-up for a Melbourne to Bendigo journey in October, which will mark 150 years of the Bendigo line.

More than 70 people have already booked their seat on the vintage locomotive, but 50 spots still remain for those keen to travel back in time.

Those who are interested in either a one-way or return journey can purchase a ticket at Castlemaine station at 12.30pm for a 12.50pm departure.

The train will then begin its return trip from Bendigo to Castlemaine at 4.30pm. The journey from Castlemaine to Bendigo takes 35 minutes and is organised by not-for-profit organisation Steamrail Victoria.

Steamrail Victoria organiser Cathie Skelton said it would be an authentic steam train experience, despite the train’s steam engines being comparatively young at 60 years old.

“The carriages were built in the early 1900s and it’s the original route from Castlemaine to Bendigo,” she said. “It will be like travelling back 150 years.”

She said children and adults alike would enjoy the experience.

Covering old ground: The steam train will travel from Bendigo to Castlemaine today. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Spring spruce-up for iconic Tamworth building

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It’s arguably another of the city’s most iconic buildings and it’s the latest in the CBD to get a bit of a makeover.
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The former ANZ bank building, that during its time has also housed The Vault restaurant and more

recently, The Rocks on Peel, will, over the coming weeks under go some maintenance works to fix the building’s facade.

Much of the work being undertaken at number 429 Peel St will be repairs to the building’s roof, gutter,fascia and eaves.

Lead paint will be removed and the building repainted. Scaffolding to allow contractors to undertake the works was erected last week.

RESTORATION UNDERWAY: The Rocks on Peel Restaurant is the latest historic building in Peel St to undergo a make over. 290812BSA01

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Local hero lights up Bendigo

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THE life and times of the first Catholic priest on the Bendigo Goldfields, Reverend Dr Henry Backhaus, was celebrated at the Rosalind Garden Conservatory on Thursday night.
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This year marks 200 years since Dr Backhaus’ birth and 160 years since he arrived at the Bendigo Goldfields.

The evening completed the end of a week of celebrations for the influential Bendigo figure, which also included a book launch and a display at the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

A sound and light display by artist Michael Harkin was displayed along the windows of the conservatory.

Music composed by Dr Backhaus was performed by Jennifer Schatzle and Merrin Torpey with Peter Butler.

President of the Bendigo Historical Society Jim Evans said it was a fitting tribute for an important and significant figure in Bendigo’s history.

“It was a brilliant, spectacular sound and light show depicting the journey of his life,” he said.

Dr Backhaus was the first Catholic priest on the Goldfields and instrumental in the building of St Kilians Church.

Commemoration: A light display at the Conservatory Gardens in Bendigo. Picture: Peter Weaving

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Tamworth students get training in new retail partnership

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STUDENTS from Tamworth High School and McCarthy Catholic College have undergone on-the-job training in retail as part of anew partnership to give thembetter job skills.
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Retail giant Big W has teamedup with the schools throughthe not-for-profit organisation Careers Network, and students attend the Tamworth store one day a week for six weeks.

It gives them frontline exposure to aspects of store employee activities through orientation, observation, interaction and mentoring with department staff.

And successful students are getting a boost in their job prospects into the bargain.

“They are really good kids, and out of the 12 of them, I am going to take on eight to 10 as casual employees,” Big W store manager Graeme Irvine said.

“It’s a great system because instead of a short interview or a resume, employers could see students work for a period of time each week, get to know them better and see which areas they enjoy and excel at.”

To participate in the program the students had to go through a typical employment selection process of submitting an application, putting a resume together and attending an interview.

The program gives the students an opportunity to see and understand what the employment process is like after school, and the practical experience is designed to educate students to make more informed decisions when considering future subject choices and career path options.

McCarthy College student Carly Russell-White said she enjoys the customer service aspect of the retail role and has a lot of fun while she is working at the store.

Another student, Emily Orman said: “Going around the different departments and getting to experience work has definitely made me more interested in the retail industry.”

Both girls said the program and the work experience would affect their subject choices and career paths going through to Year 12 and beyond.

Head start: Students involved in the new partnership are, front, from left, Alana Russell-White, Emily Orman, Carly Russell-White, Brianna Ballard and Kate Alcock. Back, Kristianna Maloney,Steven Allwell, Nathan Pyne, Stephanie Salvadore, Natalie Holm, Bruce O’Leary,Dayle Alomes and Jessie Stanton. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 290812GOA01

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Mum grateful for support after Epsom house fire

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New start: Julie Whittle and daughter Natalie, 16, are grateful for the help and support they have received. Picture: Brendan McCarthyLOCAL mum Julie Whittle lost her home to a fire in July and says if it wasn’t for the support of the community she would be in a state of limbo.
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Ms Whittle and her daughter Natalie were left with only the clothes on their backs after a fire ripped through their Epsom home.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie lives with a genetic enzyme deficiency and their home had been specially equipped with hoists and equipment to help her move around.

Ms Whittle said her daughter had high needs and the community support since the fire had been amazing.

“The fire was devastating and the support has been ongoing,” she said.

“I just want to thank everyone who has donated things.”

Family friend and driving force behind the relief fund raising Jan Kelly was among the first people to help the family.

“Jan Kelly is an inspirational woman who has helped us out a lot,” Ms Whittle said.

She said one of the biggest gestures came from Haven, a non-profit organisation that provides homeless and disadvantaged people with affordable housing.

Haven had provided them with a new home.

“I cannot thank Haven enough for what they have done,” she said.

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Grand final berth at stake in today’s netball clashes on QEO court 

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A grand final berth is at stake when Eaglehawk plays Sandhurst in tonight’s Bendigo Football Netball League A-grade netball second semi-final on the QEO court.
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The Hawks and Hurst will do battle from 7.10pm.

This year’s meetings -Round 6 – Sandhurst 34 lost to Eaglehawk 35.

Round 15 – Eaglehawk 43 defeated Sandhurst 39.

Eaglehawk coach – Amanda O’Neill:

“We’ve got a target on our back, we finished top, so we feel like we’re the hunted.

“Both teams have strong goalers, defenders and mid-court, so I think it’s really going to come down to whose defenders can shut the other team’s goalers down.

“They’ve got Chloe Watson down in defence, who might be a little trouble for us height-wise.

“But our defenders – especially over the past few weeks and practice matches – have been playing really well together, so we’re hoping they can put the pressure on Sandhurst’s goalers.

”We’ve got to shut down their mid-court. They like to play the short, sharp-type drive.

“If we can put a lot of pressure on their mid-court then, hopefully, we’ll be able to turn it over and win it.”

Eaglehawk A-grade squad: Amanda O’Neill, Hannah Gretgrix, Abby Gilmore, Brittany Eastman, Carmel Mulcahy, Heather Oliver, Christie Rogers, Lauren Ryan.

Sandhurst coach – Jannaya Webb:

“We probably match up a little bit differently with Eaglehawk than Kangaroo Flat…we’re probably challenged a lot more in the mid-court.

“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right combinations in there this week, so it may be a little different.

“Our defence end has always been quite solid, it just comes down to whether our goalers are on or off in that one position really.

“We have the same squad. Our only player who is under an injury cloud is Stephanie Strachan who hurt her ankle at training.

“Finals can go either way, we’ve just got to make sure we’re on the ball from the start.

“Last time we played them it was a close game and we were without Brianna (Dalrymple-Monro), so I’m pretty confident they’re beatable.”

Sandhurst A-grade squad:

Brianna Dalrymple-Monro, Lucy Spalding, Chloe Watson, Ash Cole, Jasmine Finnigan, Sarah Hill, Ebony Evans, Gabriella Greene, Stephanie Strachan.

The match: It’s the match-up between clearly the best two teams in the competition and there’s little to split them.

Eaglehawk has not lost to Sandhurst this season but the margins in both matches suggest this game could go either way.

Sandhurst was impressive in disposing of Kangaroo Flat in last Sunday’s qualifying final and will be hoping to catch the Hawks on the hop after the week off.

Eaglehawk coach Amanda O’Neill, who is a doubtful starter because of an Achilles injury, needs to ensure her mid-court matches Sandhurst’s, especially in the opening quarter, or the Hawks may suffer the same result as the Roos last weekend.

Travis’ tip: Eaglehawk by one goal.

In tomorrow’s first semi-final, Kangaroo Flat and Gisborne will be aiming to keep their seasons alive when they clash on the QEO court from 3pm.

This season’s meetings stand at one-all, with both teams victorious in their games at home.

Today’s other second semi-finalsat the QEO:

A-reserve at 5.50pm: Eaglehawk v Golden Square.

B-grade at 4.30pm: Eaglehawk v Sandhurst.

B-reserve at 3.10pm: Kangaroo Flat v Golden Square.

Under-17 at 1.50pm: Kangaroo Flat v Sandhurst.

Tomorrow’s other first semi-finals at the QEO:

A-reserve at 1.40pm: Sandhurst v Kangaroo Flat.

B-grade at 12.20pm: Golden Square v Kangaroo Flat.

B-reserve at 11am: Sandhurst v South Bendigo.

Under-17 at 9.40am: Gisborne v Castlemaine.

KEY PLAYER: Sandhurst wing attack Ebony Evans.

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Kennington Village supermarket proposal rejected

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THE development of Kennington Village has suffered another set-back, with an updated submission to City of Greater Bendigo council being called “disrespectful” by councillors.
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Woolworths’ plan to build a supermarket complex in Strathdale was rejected at Tuesday night’s council meeting because it did not fit in with the council’s policy to conserve built and natural heritage.

“It’s about respecting the community,” Councillor James Reade said.

The changes requested by Woolworths included raising the height of the supermarket by 1.4 metres and the height of retaining walls on Condon Street, and reducing the amount of shops adjoining the supermarket.

It was yet another setback in the redevelopment, which was first lodged with the council in September 2007.

Woolworths bought the land in 2010 after negotiations with the previous owners and the council fell through.

Mediation for the project will be held on September 14 and a hearing with VCAT is scheduled for late November.

Bunnings fared better at the council meeting, with an application to extend its Kangaroo Flat warehouse accepted.

Native vegetation and a reduction in bicycle facilities will make way for the nearly 5000-metre-square increase in size.

Councillor Rod Fyffe opposed the application because of the increase in the height of the wall along High Street.

“Good design is important to our community,” he said. “Five metres of concrete wall is not good enough.”

Councillor Rod Campbell said the increase in size was acceptable due to its situation.

“People would normally expect this kind of development,” he said

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His ‘first love’ calls Anthony back to trade

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ONE liked to listen to John Laws, while the other likes a bit of Cold Chisel.
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But there is one thing in common between barbers John Hardcastle and Anthony Staines – they both love a shave and a haircut.

It’s been a real changing of the guard at shop 8d in Bourke St in recent weeks with the closure of John’s business paving the way for the next generation in Anthony’s.

Now enjoying his retirement, John put in 40 years wielding the scissors in the little shopfront and has passed the torch, and the keys to the new barber in town.

Taking up an apprenticeship at age 18 with a friendly Italian named Angelo in his home town of Cowra, Anthony learnt the tricks of the trade from an old hand.

“He was a hard boss but a great barber,” Anthony said.

Sweeping up hair and cleaning windows, the young apprentice watched his boss wield the scissors and use the cut-throat razor to shave his clients, a skill that has gone out of fashion in today’s world.

“Too many bumps and grooves – it’s pretty hard to beat a Mach III these days,” he said.

Anthony said his inner creative side had a hand in him learning the trade. All his brothers were tradesmen and he didn’t think he’d enjoy the same work. A songwriter and musician in his spare time, he said he planned to bring a musical touch to his retro-styled shop.

“I will definitely have the electric guitar up there on the wall soon, and maybe a few old music posters.”

After completing his apprenticeship, the young barber took a break, moving to Tamworth with wife Jacinta and his two sons and working his way up to a management position at Specsavers.

But he couldn’t escape the calling, returning to the trade he calls “his first love” and opening the doors to Headlines at the beginning of August, just a few short weeks after John closed the doors.

Offering traditional techniques with a modern twist, he plans to embrace old-school moves such as the cut-throat razor and scissors-over-comb techniques.

Kids’ styles are his signature, as his own two boys come in for a handy bit of practise, often getting a bit of “product” and astyle session in the morning.

There’s been a shift in men’s hairstyling of late, with traditional barber shops getting fewer as men visit hairdressers for their monthly chop.

“A few years ago it was taboo for a man to get his hair cut at a hairdressers. Now it’s quite common. Dads used to consider it a rite of passage to take their kids to the barber shop,” Anthony said.

One thing hasn’t changed and that’s the unspoken rule of barbering: what is said in the chair, stays in the chair.

“It’s an immediate trust between the barber and the client. Some say that barbers and taxi drivers should be running the country with all the things you’re told at work,” he said.

He’s looking forward to a long career, and with most of his customers devotees of his former barbering friend John, the new kid in town is well on his way.

“They are very supportive,” Anthony said.

NEW KID IN TOWN: Anthony Staines has opened his barber shop in the same location as retired Tamworth barber, John Hardcastle. Photo: Barry Smith 300812BSA23

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