Eyes on Sale title

October 16th, 2018

ROBBIE Griffiths could turn a three-win lead in the 2013-14 Sale Turf Club trainers’ premiership into a winning break on Sunday.

Griffiths goes into the third last meeting of the year for the Sale Turf Club with 10 winners so far this season. He leads Michael Kent and Peter Moody who both have won seven races.

Kent and Moody do not have runners on Sunday’s seven-race card. Griffiths has two runners – Down The Hatch in the two-year-old fillies maiden over1008 metresand Grane in the Heyfield Cup (1200m.) Luke Nolen will ride Down The Hatch and Matthew Allen was engaged for Grane.

Griffiths has won the Gippsland trainer’s premiership three times in the past seven seasons, but the Sale title has eluded him in recent years.

Michael Rodd also has a three-win lead in the jockeys’ premiership at Sale, but is not riding at the meeting (he had no ride when more than 90 per cent of jockeys were named with declarations on Thursday).

Rodd’s season tally at the track is 10 winners with Andrew Mallyon on seven and Mark Zahra five. Mallyon has four rides and the chance to strengthen his challenge while Zahra has no ride.

Mallyon’s mounts are Acebo for trainer Paul Rocke in the 1419m maiden, Magnus Lad (Wes Hunter) in the Heyfield Cup, Bronx Tale (David Brideoake and David Feek) in the 0-58 handicap (2232m.) and Sportscaster (Lyn Tolson and Leonie Proctor) in the second heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance series (1419m).

Sunday’s meeting is an opportunity for a new challenge in the apprentices’ season title at Sale. Currently three young riders share the lead with two winners each – Jake Bayliss, Josh Cartwright and Pat Moloney – but none is riding.

Chris Caserta, who claims three kilograms, is the best-placed apprentice to emerge with a shot at the premiership on Sunday. He has rides in the last five races.

In the event of an equal number of wins in a category, the premiership awards will be decided on the number of second, and then third placings.

The second-last meeting for the Sale Turf Club this season is on Sunday, July 20, and the last meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 31. Sale started and will end its season on the first (August 1, 2013) and last days of the racing year.

Club chief executive Wayne Pollock said the track would have been rated a “heavy”at 8pm Wednesday but the weather forecast was encouraging leading into Sunday.

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Validation for Jane

October 16th, 2018

HELPING PEOPLE: Jane Blair topped the list for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the year at the regional state training awards.With a warm smile and gentle voice, Melanie Jane Blair had an armload of awards to show from her night at last Friday’s regional State Training Awards in Tamworth.

JANE Blair took home the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award after attaining a Certificate III in Community Services. She earned the qualification while in her role as the Indigenous Community Links Officer for Best Employment.

Against seven other well-qualified women, Jane said she didn’t think she was in with a chance. When her name was called, it caught her off guard.

“When I got up to give my speech I just went blank, because I was still in shock,” she said with a grin.

She will now go on to compete for the award at state level.

Jane has a background working with children and tutored youth at Ross Hill School before the funding dried up. Looking around, she took on some casual work IDFS and then the Linking Together Centre.

From there, she became the playgroup supervisor, but her role then evolved to become the Indigenous Community Links Officer for Best Employment.

“The best thing about it is…I love helping people. I help them with support letters, job applications, resumes, just updating resumes for them, faxing stuff, for them, emailing, referring them to other services.

“I even give references. A lot of them ask me to be a reference for them when they got to the real estate, because they need someone professional. I advocate for them on their behalf,” she said.

“I even try to talk to them about wanting to be better in their life,” she shared.

“I love it, because, you know the best part about it? I get to help the indigenous community, which, the majority of them are my people. So that’s what I love about it.”

Completing a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and building up her skill base is Jane’s next endeavour.

“I’d like to run programs for people. Even just getting knowledge on how to apply for funding to help the indigenous community,” Jane said. “There is a lot of funding out there for indigenous people; for women, men and youth, and I would love to learn how to acquire that and then run a program.”

Best Employment nominated Jane for the award. Chief executive officer Penny Alliston-Hall was effusive with her praise for Jane’s contributions to the service.

“Jane is an outstanding staff member for BEST Employment Ltd, delivering Indigenous Community Links servicing from the Linking Together Centre in Inverell and Anaiwan in Tingha.

“She is passionate about her community and its wellbeing, and is committed to identifying and networking with support agencies for the betterment of her clients,” Penny said.

“She works with her clients in an empathetic and supportive manner, whilst ensuring that her assistance enables independence, all the while engaging with clients from a broad range of backgrounds and ages.”

Penny said Jane has an understanding of how regional support services operate and exposed her to skills in case-management, dealing with difficult clients and situations and developing strategies for people to overcome life’s barriers.

“She commenced her traineeship in Certificate III in Community Services Work in March 2012, with the completion expected in March 2014. However Jane completed the study component in September 2013, and was rewarded with an early completion recognising her amazing efforts.

“We are very proud of Jane and her strong leadership, and believe her award is a very fitting tribute to the skills and community commitment she demonstrates.”

Jane felt accepting the award was a validation of finding a passion; a surprise in the road she never anticipated.

“Winning this award is a personal thing for me. I’ve never studied to be anything,” she said.

“I hated school, but when I did this, I knew that it was something I was interested in and I wanted it, I was determined to have it. And when I received the certificate, I was just proud of myself for achieving that.

“Then being nominated, that’s just the icing on the cake.”

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School support

October 16th, 2018

DARREN Pullen (Letters, June 23) argues for a funding model that recognises the need for governments to support non- government schools.

We have one and it’s known as the 2013 Australian Education Act (Gonski) but a determined effort to have it dismantled is taking place by the federal government.

If successful, make no mistake, Australia will return to debating the legitimate arguments presented by W. J. Greer (Letters, June 5).

Those in education believed that finally the Australian people were united in their views but the federal Liberal government has demonstrated that it believes that the educational outcomes of our children should relate to the levels of wealth, income, power and possessions of their families.

The accepted Gonski model provided a basic provision for every child, irrespective of school or system, with loadings provided according to specified criterion.

Who could possibly disagree to this?

Sadly for us, Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott.

A fair and just society is not what they are seeking.

– TERRY POLGLASE, AEU Tasmania Branch President.

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$1m budget hole

October 16th, 2018

Concerns over cuts to federal funding were high on the agenda for mayors in the region at Tuesday night’s South East Region of Councils (SEROC) meeting at Parliament House.

Young’s mayor Stuart Freudenstein and general manager Peter Vlatko were among those in attendance who were given an audience with federal MPs Angus Taylor and Peter Hendy as well as ACT senator Zed Seselja and ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher.

The federal budget in May announced a slashing of Federal Assistance Grants, with indexation of the grants put on hold for three years.

Mr Vlatko said this equated to a $1,017,159 hole in council’s revenue up to 2017/18.

However federal member for Hume Angus Taylor was keen to spruik the government’s budget.

He said funds allocated to The Stronger Regions Fund, Roads to Recovery, the Black Spot Program and the Bridges Renewal Program could equate to a greater pool of infrastructure funding available for councils.

“While I know some councils are concerned about the FAGs, I am determined to explain the net benefit to local government from our budget,” Mr Taylor said.

“If we all work together – federal, state and local government – to get more than our fair share of the pie, we can secure jobs, growth, infrastructure improvements and better outcomes than before.

“I know it will be hard work… it’s critical that we get more than our fair share of this infrastructure funding.”

However Cr Freudenstein said they could still be left short-changed.

“The thing about this though is that the grants are contestable, you have to apply.”

“Time will tell whether it’s achievable or not. We’ll all be trying.”

He noted that funding allocated to programs such as black spots, could only be gained if a road had a certain number of deaths on it, meaning Young’s roads would not be eligible.

However he said he was keen to capitalise on Young’s membership in SEROC to give the town greater pulling power, given the ACT is now a member.

“Canberra’s capacity to get the word out is great, so it’s a plus that we’re part of it.”

Mr Vlatko said the meeting was an opportunity to get the message across that local government needed a more consultative approach to policies which affect them.

“We want to work with federal and state members,” he said.

“The issue is for us is…we’re going to work together to get our members helping us strategically to make sure our projects are funded.”

SEROC crosses a state boundary and includes the ACT Government, along with the regional councils of Bombala, Boorowa, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Harden, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley and Young.

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