AFL legend Jason Akermanis. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

AFL legends Peter Daicos and Jason Akermanis will headline a special Sunday event to officially mark the end of the Horsham RSL Diggers on July 6.

Natimuk United officials and former Diggers executive members have planned the day to farewell the old club and commemorate the start of a new era.

MEGA GALLERY: Horsham RSL Diggers throughout the years

Natimuk United vice-president Stuart Hall will sponsor the event and said it was about bringing together members and supporters of both former clubs.

“When we voted to merge with Natimuk, we told the Diggers members that we would have a party to send off the clubrooms and wind things up formally,” he said.

“It’s hard to organise a Saturday night event during the footy season, so we are having a Sunday event that will start out as a family day and then continue on for the adults.”

A magician will open the day for children, and there will be a gold coin donation lunch.

Mr Hall said he wanted to see old and new supporters attend.

“A lot of Wimmera people have been involved at some stage with United as either a player or supporter of football or netball, and they are all invited,” he said.

“We’ve made the day free for former members and current Natimuk United members as well.

“It’s also for club sponsors and the idea is for it to be one big party.”

Mr Hall said Daicos and Akermanis would mix with supporters and the night would finish with comedian Pommy Johnson.

Peter Miller said bookings would be necessary despite it being a free event.

He said those interested could book tickets by contacting him on 0400 824 247 or Tim Friend on 0438 077 282.

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Penrith’s first Twilight Markets, on June 13,was hailed a ‘‘success’’ by organisers.

‘‘I was happy with the turn out,’’ said market organiser Monique Annetts.

‘‘For the amount of people that cameand the amount of time that we had to let people know about the market, we had a really good response.

‘‘It was quite cold but all the store holders were happy with the money that they made.’’

The markets are held monthly in Penrith’s ‘‘pop-up’’ parkand include more than 20 stores selling food, jewellery, gift ware, homemade arts and crafts, fashion, toys and many more.

The markets came about when the CBD Corporation formed a partnership with Monique Annetts – who runs Glenmore Park Monthly Market and the Markets at Panthers.

CBD Corporation chief executive officer Gai Hawthorn said the aim of the markets was to attract more people into area, especially into Penrith’s trial ‘‘pop-up’’ park.

‘‘The markets are engaging the area and allow people to utilise the area more,’’ Ms Hawthorn said.

‘‘The markets will create economic development for the surrounding local businesses in the pop-up park.’’

Ms Annetts hopes to make themarket themed.

‘‘Next month we are thinking of doing a Christmas in July market and hope Santa can visit,’’ she said.

The next Twilight Markets will be held on Friday, from 5pm.

There will be a jumping castle for the kids and live entertainment.

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Horsham Cricket Association’s Josh Carroll has been selected for Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISEVEN Wimmera cricketers will be put through their paces at Dimboola on Monday and Tuesday as part of Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program.

Horsham Cricket Association’s Dawson Cross, Angus Adams and Josh Carroll, Wimmera-Mallee’s Joseph Reid and Jack Landrigan, and West Wimmera brothers Louis and Darcy Preston have been picked for the program.

Cross is currently injured, but will still attend both days.

Reid, Landrigan, Cross and Louis Preston were picked in the under-15 section of the program, while Carroll, Adams and Darcy Preston are in the under-19 section.

The seven are among 23 players picked from western Victoria to participate in the program, which aims to unearth talent that might be overlooked in areas of regional Victoria.

Several state players have been found through the program, including Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and Cameron White.

Cricket Victoria western country regional manager Stephen Field said the program presented a great opportunity for the players.

“For all of these kids except for the ones out of under-18s, it is a great chance for state selectors for junior age groups to have a look at them prior to all their normal trials,” he said.

“A great example is Sam Kerber from Jeparit, who wasn’t actually on the radar of state selectors, but was really on for the Diamonds in the Bush and ended up making the state squad and being Victoria’s highest run-scorer.

“It really is a big opportunity for kids in the middle of football season, because the ones who are thinking about cricket can get a real leg up.”

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Colleagues congratulate Greg Hunt after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House at Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENThe most politically costly reform in politics in decades is to end with the Senate preparing to wind up Labor’s carbon tax and scrap the automatic move to a market-based trading scheme from next year.

Just before the House adjourned on Thursday, there were jubilant scenes on the floor of the House of Representatives as the Coalition passed the carbon tax repeal bills for the second time.

The final vote went through on the voices after which Environment Minister Greg Hunt was embraced and high-fived by colleagues.

He had earlier successfully moved an amendment to split the Clean Energy Finance Corporation abolition – which will not pass the Senate – from the package of bills.

Labor unsuccessfully moved an amendment to repeal the carbon tax and move straight to an emissions trading scheme.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not present to see the repeal go through as he was attending a function out of Canberra.

The government’s carbon tax repeal bill will be voted on by the newly configured Senate as early as July 7, but more likely a week later on the 15th – due to Senate procedural rules – after Tony Abbott secured the final crossbench support from Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party.

It will pass with the support of the Coalition, and most of the cross-bench independents and the PUP bloc which includes the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party’s senator-elect, Ricky Muir.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Mr Palmer on Thursday morning and emerged happy that the minor party’s four upper house votes would support the abolition of the fixed price, subject to just one condition – a guarantee that the package would contain legislated assurances of cheaper electricity for households.

The pair met in Mr Abbott’s Parliament House office for 30 minutes – their first formal meeting in their current roles – to do the deal, jointly sounding the death knell of the policy issue that more than any other, Mr Abbott had built his 2013 election pitch on.

”This government will deliver on its commitment to abolish the carbon tax and I’m delighted that crossbench senators will deliver on their commitment to abolish this toxic tax once and for all,” a triumphant Mr Abbott told Parliament later in the day.

”I look forward to working with him to ensure all the savings from the abolition of the carbon tax are passed on,” he added.

The historic agreement came just 14 hours after Mr Palmer, flanked by one of the world’s most prominent climate advocates, former US vice-president Al Gore, announced his party bloc would vote to scrap the carbon price.

However, in a setback to the government’s overall plan, Mr Palmer also committed to retaining key pillars of the Labor-Greens climate change architecture in the form of the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and the Renewable Energy Target.

The RET is the subject of an review which is due to report next month. There are concerns that mandating a 20 per cent quota for energy from renewable sources, had made electricity more costly and was harming the economy.

Many Liberals want the RET dumped but that option looks to be off the table given Mr Palmer’s support. Mr Palmer also skewered the government’s ”Direct Action” plan declaring it was a waste of money and would therefore not receive PUP support.

That has left the friendless scheme in a legal limbo along with more than $1.1 billion in funds already appropriated. It means any future program run under that name may need to be scaled back and done through regulation rather than legislation.

Mr Hunt confirmed the government saw no obstacle to strengthening consumer protections following the dumping of the carbon tax, to ensure households received the full benefits of its removal.

The government has consistently said the tax has cost the average household $550 a year, meaning consumers should receive at least that discount once the tax is removed.

Mr Hunt said the new measures would add to the price monitoring role of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.


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Top 10 in state

May 17th, 2019

TOP 10: Angus Ross (manager), Aaron Mendoza, Susan Wilkinson (manager), Josh Reynolds, Nathan Anderson (captain), Jacob Lucas, Nathan Hislop, Joe Schiller, Nick Schiller, Joel McKenzie, Jayke Hogan, Harry Dunn, Matt Murray, Kye Tiedemann and coach Ben Cooper make top 10 in state touch football. (sub)Young High School’s Opens Touch Football team are absolutely ecstatic after their win on Monday against the champions of the Sydney East region, Sylvania High School.

The team had played a regional carnival and a finals carnival in Wagga to progress through to the top 20 school touch teams in the state.

Sylvania High School’s well-drilled squad travelled to Young to play Young High School’s best touch team.

With a great crowd of students, staff, parents and community members in attendance, Young High had the crowd behind them and were super keen to play in front of their family and friends.

In a fast and furious display of energetic touch football, Young High were able to put early points on the board as Jayke Hogan dived to score a try set up by a great pass from Joel McKenzie.

Centres Nathan Anderson, Luke Doldissen and Joe Schiller perfected the driving pattern and ensured forward play at all times.

After the excitement of scoring first, Young continued to hold onto greater possession with Matt Murray controlling the ball play with some skilful passing and flare.

After some solid driving and excellent execution of set plays, Hogan was again able to cross the line to bring the score to 2-0 at half time.

The 20 twenty minutes of the game saw Sylvania High School erupt with some fast flowing and sensible play which saw them cross the line early in the half.

Thanks to excellent defence from Kye Tiedemann and Harry Dunn, the attack from Sylvania was restricted.

Captain Nathan Anderson rallied his troops and led with example, running into a gap to score a brilliant try.

Young’s wingers Aaron Mendoza, Josh Reynolds, Nathan Hislop and Jacob Lucas used their speed to continually attack along the sidelines.

Sylvania responded with another excellent try to bring the score to three to two with five minutes to go.

Young had to dig deep in the last five minutes to ensure they could hold onto the win.

“We really worked together as a team and our training efforts paid off,” McKenzie said.

Young High’s touch football coach Ben Cooper commended his team on their exceptional performance.

“The team has played some amazing touch this season and have worked together as a squad to improve our set plays,” he said.

“I am very proud of the team and they have proved that hard work, determination and a positive attitude breeds success.”

Opens teams are generally made up of senior students, but with Young High fielding players as young as Year 7, there is scope for continued success in the coming years.

After Monday’s exceptional performance, the team now progresses through to the top 10 teams in the state. They will attend a carnival in the Central Coast region next term to finalise the top ten rankings.

“With the worst case scenario being 10th in the state…. you’ve got to be pretty happy,” team manager Susan Wilkinson said.

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