Month: July, 2018

Remains were removed with “great sensitivity”

Wakaomi grave
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The ashes of a former Japanese Prisoner of War buried in Japanese War Cemetery have been repatriated to Japan.

In September last year the family of Michiaki Wakaomi travelled to Cowra from Japan for the very first exhumation to take place at the cemetery.

His family were told two years ago his final resting place was in Cowra.

Since then they’ve been engaged in diplomatic negotiations to try and repatriate him.

Cowra mayor Bill West said this week the exhumation had to be dealt with great sensitivity.

The exhumation took place, Cr West said, after an approach from Mr Wakaomi’s family.

Cr West said the exhumation was kept low key due to “the sensitive nature of the matter and the need to pay our respects to all who have the cemetery as their final resting place”.

Mr Wakaomi’s ashes were buried at the Japanese War Cemetery in 1964.

Cr West explained that Mr Wakaomi, who fought in the Imperial Japanese Army fought in New Guinea before he was captured.

He became one of more than 2000 Japanese soldiers interned across Australia during World War II.

He died a POW in 1945 after spending time in a Victorian camp. He was among the hundreds of Five hundred and twenty three Japanese are buried at the Cowra cemetery, 234 from the Cowra Breakout.

Cr West said it was important that no other remains at the cemetery were disturbed during the exhumation and scanning took place to ensure Mr Wakaomi’s ashes were in fact buried in the place marked as his grave at the cemetery.

He said this process at least confirmed the layout of the cemetery is correct.

“We were able to locate his ashes and the family took some of his ashes, but not all back to Japan,” Cr West said.

“The remainder were appropriately re-interned at Mr Wakaomi’s grave at the Japanese War Cemetery.”

Dr Keiko Tamura, a research associate at the ANU School of Culture History and Language, in an article of ANU Reporter said “the family’s wish was to partially repatriate his ashes to his home temple in Nagano.

Mr Wakaomi was in line to become a head priest of a Buddhist family if he had survived the war.

“Wakaomi’s family lobbied the Japanese and Australian authorities relentlessly,” Dr Tamura said.

“For his family, the fact he had stated his real identity during the interrogation was proof of his desire to return home and the repatriation of his ashes was to be his homecoming after 70 years.

“The ashes were located after eight hours of digging and taken back to Nagano,” Dr Tamura said.

Australia’s ambassador to Japan is believed to have attended the ceremony at Nagano.

Cr West said Cowra Shire Council view the exhumation as a one off.

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Little athletes head to regional championships

OVER the February 20-21 weekend, 10 members of the Inverell Little Athletics Club travelled to Newcastle to represent the club at the Regional Championships, held at the Glendale Athletics Centre.
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The outcome yielded several podium finishes.

The team consisted of Maxwell Cracknell, Erin Higgins, Sam Lavender, Breeze Melia, Haydon and Zackery O’Grady, Matilda Oliver, Lochie Solomon and Clare and Conor Wilkins.

Team members were representing the club in a total of 34 events in both track and field.

For many of the team, this was their first experience at an artificial surface centre, and for others, their first time at this level of competition, but they adapted quickly to this new surface and the higher level.

FLEET OF FOOT: Sam Lavender contests the 200 metre sprint.

Team manager and club president, Bob Burling, said that the team represented well and while only one athlete managed to automatically qualify for the state championships in Sydney, several others are in with chances, depending on the results from the other seven NSW regions.

Bob said that the small number of athletes meant that the club only had a small support crew to fulfil the extensive duty roster that they had for the weekend. However, parents and others pitched in and duties were covered.

“I am very grateful to those parents and one former member of the club (now living in Newcastle) who put up their hands for the long duty sessions we had to complete,” Bob said.

“Without that help, it would have been very disappointing.”

Athletes all progressed from their respective heats in the track events to feature in the finals, while those in the field events also performed very well, considering that, for many, this was the first time at this high standard.

With the experiences gained from this level of competition, the club expects many of these to feature in coming years as all but one of the team were aged under 13.

The athletes enjoyed relatively good weather, with cloud cover for much of the two days of competition, which kept things a little cooler for everyone.

At this stage, Macintyre High School student Breeze Melia is the only athlete with automatic qualifications for the state championships, where she will be looking forward to being able to also see her brother, River Melia, in action, now that he attends Hunter Sports High School.

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Roy ready and rearing for cattle battle

HIGHLIGHT: Roy Johnston knows what it’s like to win supreme cow and is looking forward to seeing the entries this year. The Times will be publishing live from the show on Friday, so check out: 梧桐夜网ulladullatimes南京夜网419论坛.
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Show president Roy Johnston is looking forward to this year’s cattle judging.

Despite the dazzling motocross display, spectacular rodeo and the many displays, shows and competitions to be held over the course of the Milton Show, he still enjoys thecattle section.

He once won the Supreme Champion Cow ribbon and still recalls this moment as one of his best show moments ever.

This year, cattle will be the stars of the show in more ways than one. While the usual judging will take place first thing this Friday morning, there will also be the rodeo on Friday night from 7pm.

With the theme of the show set as Country Transport, a bullock drive will also take place through Milton on Saturday from around 1.30pm. The bullocks will be led through Milton and on to the showground in time for the grand parade at 2.30pm.

For more information about the show and how to enter different categories, see our special show feature starting on page 16or visit the Milton Show Society Facebook page.

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Inverell Public’s new student leaders step up

Vice-captain Kirralee Dines, captains Jared Martin and Jessica Partridge and vice-captain Andrew Grills.PRINCIPAL of Inverell Public School Robyn Stewart said 53 student leaders and the responsibilities they will take on during 2016 were recognised during a ceremony held at the school.
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The student roles varied from school captains to library monitors, bus and canteen monitors to playground pals, sports monitors and house captains.

Mrs Stewart said this year the school had roles for people responsible for portfolios.

“Things like portfolios for the environment, student wellbeing, culture, arts and sport,” she said.

“We also spoke about the student leadership program we’re developing, in the hope that the children will be genuine contributers to the school, rather than a token.”

Viceprincipal Stephen Gadd said the whole purpose of the leadership program was to give students exposure to the government model.

“So that they can see how our leaders in government are also responsible for portfolios, but also to give them a focus on things that they might like doing,” Mr Gadd said.

“For example; a leader for the environment might help co-ordinate some activities, or come up with some ideas on how we might make our school tidier, or that sort of thing. Leaders in sport have expressed interest in running some sports competition among students at school.”

All elected Portfolio Leaders L-R Brooke Cisek Student Leader for Sport, Deuter Macalos Student Leader for Culture, Kirralee Dines VC, Jessica Partridge C, Jared Martin C, Andrew Grills VC, Amity Dyke Stu/Leader for Arts, Joshua Doogood Stu/L for Environment and Lachlan Buxton S/L for Sport.

Mrs Stewart said it was important to reflect the school’s core values of co-operate, achieve, respect and excel.

“We’re hoping that working with those values, the students will identify their own personal set of values that will carry them through to adulthood,” she said.

Jessica Partridge and Jared Martin were the elected school captains at Thursday’s ceremony, while Kirralee Dines and Andrew Grills were the vice-captains.

Sports leaders were Lachlan Buxton and Brooke Cisek.

Joshua Doogood was student leader for the environment and Deuter Macalos was leader for culture.

Tahnee Greaves was student leader for well-being and Amity Dyke was student leader for Arts.

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Glen Innes council eligible for $4 million in state grants

SMALL councils in country New South Wales who are not a part of a merger proposal and have communities of less than 10,000 people can apply for a one-off State government grant.
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The money is available from the NSW government’s $4 million Innovation Fund and can be used by councils to deliver better services and improve infrastructure in their local communities.

Council General manager Hein Basson

Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager Hein Basson said council have had discussions about applying for a grant.

“We will consider applying for a grant, we just need to work our way through two alternatives proposals and then we can make a decision,” he said.

“We should be in a position to make a decision within the next fortnight.”

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is urging Glen Innes Severn council to apply for a one-off grant.

“Small country communities and their councils face unique issues and challenges and the Innovation Fund recognises this and provides some financial help,” he said.

“The grants are being offered over two $2 million rounds to help councils and their communities develop new ideas and new ways of working to provide better services and better infrastructure.

“This might include developing more efficient processes, different ways of delivering services, sharing resources with other councils, or using technology to help overcome the challenge of distance.”

Mr Marshall said it was important that all councils across country NSW received support to deliver better services and better infrastructure, regardless of whether they were subject to a merger proposal or not.

“It is vital that communities have confidence their council is financially sound, operating efficiently and is in a strong position to guide community growth and deliver quality services,” he said.

“In addition to the $4 million available through the Innovation Fund, the government is offering more than $5 million in seed funding to establish new regional Joint Organisations to help councils work together on important regional issues.”

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Part of shire moved to Gilmore

NEW MEMBER: Ann Sudmalis spoke to Tuross Head Progress Association president Gary Cooper last week. Part of the Eurobodalla Shire has been moved out of the Eden-Monaro federal electorate and into Gilmore, which expands as far north as Kiama.
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Ann Sudmalis is now the federal candidate for the area, taking over Tuross to Durras from Peter Hendy.

Ms Sudmalis visited the area on Thursday and Friday last week to meet with community groups.

“If there is an issue I can helpwith, I will,” she said.

“There are a few issues that have been identified to me, which are the airport, which I can see as a massive economic driver for the area, an inclusive playground for the area, the swimming pool which seems to be a very big issue locally and also a performing arts facility which has been on the agenda for a very long time.”

“That is what i have been acquainted with so far, which is not a bad start.”

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Bay U14s through to the big one

Batemans Bay under 14s team following its semi-final win. The Batemans Bay Under 14 team has advanced to the Shoalhaven District Junior Cricket Associationgrand final next weekend after a thrilling 29-run victory last weekend against the North Nowra Cambewarra Maroons.
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Played in a two-day format over both Saturday andSunday mornings at Mackay Park, the Bay’s decision to bat first after winning the toss in overcast conditions and wet outfield provided immediate dividends with an opening partnership of 71 runs by Jack Gallen andRyan Hall. Both players batted confidently and set the foundations for a decent score before Gallen edged one to slip and was caught for an innings top score of 40. Mackenzie Clack (4) couldn’t find his groove at the crease and was bowled and Hall was retired soon after at end of the 38th over for anunbeaten 29.

Sean Griffin (5) and Paul Bishop (8) advanced the score to 104 before Griffin was caught at mid-wicket looking for runs and Bishop was out shortly after in similar fashion. Jordan MacPherson and James Dickinson (6) then put on a lively 28 run partnership in only sevenovers to take the score to 5/136 when Dickinson was caught. Austin Reid was caught just short of his ground attempting a quick single, MacPherson was playing his best innings of the season by continually hitting the ball over the infield for his 21 NO, and he and Stuart Megee (1 no) closed the innings out at 6/143 after their 50 overs.

Sunday morning came and the bright sun was out, as was a very heavy dew on the outfield for the Maroons turn to bat.

MacPherson made the early breakthrough with only his secondball, but the Bay then struggled for wickets. Line & length bowling by Clack, Hall & Griffin restricted the Maroons to 1/33 after 18 overs, with Dickinson then taking the secondwicket by enticing opening bat Harry Graham out of his crease and wicketkeeper Hall was quick to whip off the bails.

Maroons Captain and talented batsmen Rhys Burinaga joined Alex Parsons at the crease and they soon took control with some positive batting, but the game changed with the introduction of Hector Brewer to the attack in the 31st over, taking threewickets in his first over to bring the Bay back into the game.

Bailey King bowled from the other end and took twoquick wickets, the first to a great legside catch by Hall and MacPherson grabbing another catch soon after. Burinaga was still at the crease and had to briefly retire upon making his half century, but was back at the crease whenGallen smashed his leg stump– the Maroons all out for 114 and the Bay advance to their first Under 14 Grand Final in the Shoalhaven competition.

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Booktown to double

Booktown fun: The hay bale maze will be back again in the Clunes Booktown Kids Village, which has been expanded to include a large global map with moveable icons and book character face-painting. Picture: suppliedMORE details about the Clunes Booktown programhave been released as the festival edges closer.
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The event will celebrate its 10thyear between April 30 and May 1, with organisers doubling the program in size and range.

The author talk program is so extensive this year that organisers will now run the program from two main venues, rather than the one used in previous years.

The annual booklovers festival, the country’s largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books,will attract 70 book traders along with 18,000people to the village of Clunes, which has a population of 2000.

Festivalartistic directorAilsa Brackley du Bois said some of the new events to be offered in 2016 included a performance by the Thursday Monas in the St Thomas Acquinas Church and a “show and tell” presentation on the life of Agatha Christie.

Teenage-specific entertainment has also been included, with the MadSwan Choral Speakersand a range of other actsincluding ‘Run away and join the circus!’workshops and ‘Chalk & Talk’ with Bernard Caleo onzines and superheroes.

Other festival drawcards include the horse and cart rides, ‘Jacques’ the juggling, unicycle-ridingFrench waiter, the ‘Boat Chorus’ improvised singing ensemble, and pop-up Shakespeare sonnets fromFederation Universityperforming arts students.

“There will be author talks on our established strength areas such as political memoir and biography, Goldfields history and quality literature,” Ms du Bois said.

“However, we are also expanding into new genres by introducing speakers on travel and photographyalong with panel sessions on emerging authors, writing for teens and the independent publishing scene inthe UK and Australia.”

Also new to the line up and drawing on this year’s theme is the State Library of Victoria’s cartography exhibition of early county, parish and township maps of Clunes.

The Kids Villagewith its popular hay bale maze is being expanded to include new featuressuch as a large global map with moveable icons, book character face-painting and the Mini-Monas Children’s Choir.

Tickets are available at the four entrances to the event and are $10 for a weekend pass, which includes allauthors talks. Children under 14 years are free.

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Cash up for arts, culture

Adam Marshall said the NSW government considers arts and culture a vital part of local communities.LOCAL organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 to help build or upgrade art and cultural facilities through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program.
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Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the NSW government said art and culture were vital to local communities.

“With $2.5 million on offer I urge our passionate, creative organisations to apply for this funding opportunity to further enhance our community’s art and cultural offerings,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said particular emphasis would be placed on projects that benefited disadvantaged and regional and remote communities in this program round.

Expressions of interest for art and culture grants are now open until March 18.

Approved applicants will be invited to lodge formal applications in May, with successful projects announced later this year.

Further information and applicant information packs are available at 梧桐夜网liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov419论坛.

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Local school sports days

SCHOOLS across the region have hosted annual sports days and swimming carnivals over the last few weeks.
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OnFebruary 19 Crossways Lutheran School hosted its athletics carnival.

Events started at 10am with students competing in long jump, high jump, shotput and some fun team games.

Middle school students did discus and javelin in their physical educationlessons which counted towards the day.

It was great to have the Save the Children playgroup join the junior school students after recess in some games on the day.

At recess, the year 10 class rana cake stall to raise money for theirsenior jumpers.

After lunch, the team captains led their teams in war cries.

The day finishedwith running races and a student versus teacher relay.

Past students joined in and competed in the final relay.

All students showed great sportsmanship throughout the day and the scores between the three team were close all day.

The Sea Eagles on were the winners on the day.

Ospreys in came in second place and the Kingfishers in third place.

The Lutheran school thanked all parents and officials who helped on the day.

It wouldnot have been able to run without those who volunteeredtime and effort.

At Ceduna Area School, the sports day took place last Thursday.

Students competed in sporting events such as shot put, high jump, the hundred metre race and tug of war.

Davenport team won the tug of war event, which is one of the biggest team effort events of the day.

At the end of the day, team Sinclair took home the house cup for thesecond year in a row.

Ceduna Area School and Streaky Bay Area School have also hadschool swimming carnivals over the past couple of weeks.

Three houses competed at each school.Murat house took the winning shield at Ceduna Area School and atStreaky Bay, team Waratah broke a 14year drought, winningthe house championship.

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