Rescue chopper here to stay

The Eurobodalla will have a helicopter rescue service in daylight hours for at least another 12 months, thanks to a cash injection from the State Government.NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Police and Emergency Ser-vices Minister Michael Gallacher this week announced $1.5 million in funding for Surf Life Saving NSW to assist Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter services.The funding means the Moruya daytime service will continue seven days a week for at least another 12 months past June 30.“This funding will ensure this vital search and rescue helicopter service continues to provide a 24/7 service in the greater Sydney region and a second service on the NSW South Coast, operating daytime, year round,” Mr O’Farrell said.Moruya’s crew was kept busy this year with coastal rescues and inland flooding and on June 11 winched a 70-year-old man to safety after his boat overturned off Tomakin.Westpac Life Saver CEO Stephen Leahy welcomed the funding and said Bega MP Andrew Constance deserved particular thanks.“We know how hard he worked behind the scenes to make this happen and we really appreciate his support,” Mr Leahy said.“We are thrilled. We can now provide the fast-growing communities of southern NSW with a dedicated search and rescue helicopter year round.”Crew member Euan McKenzie, of Moruya, said the funding was “fantastic”.“It is only last week we were called upon to do a lifesaving rescue and who is to say we won’t be called again next week? We thought we were going to finish up work on June 30 but now we can keep going,” he said.“People still use the water and still go boating, fishing and bushwalking in winter and they still get in strife.”Colleague Joe Cleary said the entire crew was “excited”.Mr Leahy said the service would “continue to work closely with its colleagues at Surf Life Saving NSW, the NSW Police Force, the NSW State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Australian Search and Rescue to provide a rapid and responsive rescue service”.“We will work closely with Surf Life Saving NSW to provide regular helicopter patrols along the coastline during the warmer months and this will assist their important work in reducing drownings,” Mr Leahy said.“We thank the Premier and the O’Farrell Government for their ongoing assistance.“This government support will make NSW a safer place,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Well done Irene and Neville

“The evening news starts with ‘Good Evening’ and thenproceeds to tell us why it isn’t!”Irene and Neville Aurousseau celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary recently. A slap-up Chinese dinner was in order and they are both looking forward to sharing many more years together.Caity Callender is off to Sydney for TAFE. Caity is completing her last year, and her major work, as a jeweller at the Sydney Design Centre at Enmore. Keep up the fabulous work, Caity!Michael Ziegler and Nadine Desantis were out and about for the long weekend enjoying what Moruya has to offer in the way of breakfast for Sunday mornings. This very attractive couple from the Bay do this on a regular basis, really enjoying what the shire has to offer.Sharon Callender, proprietor of the Bodalla Bakery, is very excited about her new venture, Sugar Pie at the Narooma Plaza, opening on July 2. We wish Sharon and her husband all the best in their new venture. If the “goodies” are anything like the Bodalla Bakery offerings, then count us in!Happy birthday to dear little Taylor Griffith, celebrating her glorious second birthday with a party for family and friends last Monday!Phil Mayberry, from Mogo Nursery, is off to Arnhem Land to teach agriculture at an indigenous school. Great way to escape the South Coast winter, Phil, and do something really worthwhile at the same time!Jenny Scott and three girlfriends have just arrived back from a short break in Cairns, where it was sunny and 26 degrees most days.They snorkelled on a reef tour, went to Kuranda on the train (and return by skyrail), drove to the Atherton Tablelands, and also to the Daintree and Port Tribulation.On their return to Sydney, they spent a couple of nights there, and did touristy things like coffee in Bondi, a ferry ride to Manly for lunch, dinner in Chinatown, and saw the Vivid light show that is currently on in the city at night.Jenny said it was just lovely!Mrs Farrington-Smyth has found more than a hot toddy to sip by the fire at the snow. We haven’t heard from her for over a week, so everything must be “cosy”.DYK? Buying instant mashed potato and keeping it for emergencies in the pantry is a great way to ensure you always have delicious mash for warm winter dinners, and it keeps for 12 months.YUM: Whether Royalist or Republican, you have to admit that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were very enjoyable for everyone, a few days of good news instead of gloom!YUK: If you are travelling between Moruya and the Bay, add 10 minutes to your ETA as the George Bass Drive roadworks at Tomakin are slowing traffic considerably, especially around 8am to 9am and then again at knock-off time in the afternoon.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

How would you go on The Amazing Race

WithIN a word, badly.Every time I watch that show I think “however big the pot of gold is at the end of this rainbow, it can’t be worth it – people, just turn around and go home”.When I see the words “Bobby and Jenny – dating, in fourth place” at the bottom of the screen as the said couple are battling their way through the streets of Istanbul, I half expect to tune in next week and see “Bobby and Jenny – no longer dating and in fact not talking either, in last place”.My only hope of not being the first eliminated would lie with my wife, whom I would imagine I would be teamed with.She has the practical brains, logic and composure in ourmarriage.The other day when I couldn’t find a house in Batehaven, instead of panicking and telling me what a boofhead I was, she remained calm and told me how clever I was and that this was why we would get there on time.As a result, we did. Having said this, if I struggle to find an address in Batehaven, how would I go looking for a statue in Guatemala or a Mickey Mouse watch hidden under a pile of rocks in Uzbekistan?I love travelling and I usually manage to find the things I’m looking for, whether it be Macchu Picchu in Peru, St Basil’s Cathedral in Russia or the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai.However, this is usually due to luck and the kindness of strangers who can spot a clueless tourist when they see one.Deadlines, schedules and specific instructions have never been my go.In The Amazing Race I’d get sent to find Big Ben and end up at a pie factory.I’d be sent to the Great Wall of China and end up at a car dealership. I’d be sent to the Grand Canyon and end up at ANZ Stadium. I’d be sent to Stonehenge and end up at Nimbin.No, I won’t be applying to join The Amazing Race any time soon.WithI like to think I could handle such a challenge but, realistically, I don’t think I’d go very well.First, my patience level would have to double, maybe quadruple, just to be able to put up with whomever my team-mate was, or the producers would have some great quality reality television on their hands.See, I’m the sort of person who likes to make all the decisions and, yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a little bit of a control freak.I don’t know how the contestants hold it together and put up with each other.The anxiety, pressure and backstabbing would make my blood boil within the first five minutes.Being in the media makes me feel like I’m racing all the time but, somehow, I think an epic non-stop race around the world would be a little bit different.For one thing, I find it hard to make decisions while travelling.It’s taken me three days just to decide what bag I should take with me on my overseas trip to Japan and Thailand this week.Wheels or backpack?If it came down to it, I would find it incredibly hard when contestants have to choose which activity they have to do, and to keep my cool at the same time.I think being adventurous is another quality contestants have to possess, which I can do at times, just as long as activities don’t involve snakes, spiders or relying on a rope for dear life.I went abseiling in March and I thought I was going to die.I don’t think that’s Amazing Race material.Being on The Amazing Race would be literally amazing (sorry, I know it’s a no-no to use the same word twice in a sentence, but how else was I going to put it?) but I think I’d prefer to see the world at a slower pace.I’d also love not to have cameras shoved in my face, watching my every move and capturing every meltdown.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bay Breakers do coaches proud

THE Batemans Bay Breakers Basketball Club sent 45 players in all directions around the state to make up its six-team contingent for the annual NSW Country Championships.The under-16 girls traveled to Maitland with coach Paul Martin, where they recorded a hard fought win against Cessnock.Close by in Newcastle, the under-14 girls also notched up a win against Cessnock with their coaches all “happy with the team’s efforts”.Out west in Bathurst, the under-16 boys played some competitive games and coach Kylie Armstrong said she was “extremely impressed” with the boys’ efforts against some strong opposition.In Wollongong, the under-14 boys had a successful tournament with wins over Illawarra, Newcastle and Gosford.However, the team narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth after a countback.Coach Geoff Armstrong said he couldn’t be prouder of the boys.“With the boys being bottom age along with two under 12s playing up a year, this was a great result,” he said.Further south and closer to home in Nowra, Batemans Bay had two under-12 girls teams competing.The younger development team found the going tough but never gave up, while the A team was competitive with wins over Canberra, Illawarra and Newcastle.They only went down by seven points to Moss Vale, who was the eventual winner of the division.“Coaches David Blewitt and Sarah Burke have done a great job developing this age group,” Breakers spokeswoman Angela Rankin said.Breakers referees were also well represented with Brodie Cockayne, Monique Leddy and Nikki Lawarik taking charge of matches.“Congratulations to Nikki Lawarik who was selected to officiate the under-12 boys division one grand final,” Rankin said.Meanwhile back at Hanging Rock, its finals time for the Batemans Bay competition.Signature Electrical Services won the under-12 mixed division over Quota on Tuesday, while in the under-14 girls Catalina Country Club found form late in the season to take the victory over WIRES.On Monday, there will be three titles up for grabs starting at 5pm with the under-14 boys, while at 6pm the youth girls will play before the youth boys grand final at 7pm.Nominations are now being taken for the next Batemans Bay junior competition, which will start in term three.Please email [email protected]南京夜网 for any junior basketball inquires.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Depleted Dolphins admit slip up is possible

ON TARGET: Broulee Dolphin PJ Cullen has been in good form for Ron Rae’s side so far this season.AT the midway point of the season, you would probably think that injuries are the biggest threat to a rugby union side.But in the Broulee Dolphins’ case this weekend, it’s the Wallabies who will leave them short for their trip to Milton to take on the Platypuses.Six of Ron Rae’s men will be in Melbourne this weekend to watch Australian stars such as Will Genia take on Six Nations champions Wales in the second Test.On top of that, three injuries to other players have left the Dolphins heavily depleted for a match that Rae said had the potential to be a proverbial banana peel.“It’s going to be very tough and I know they’re pretty keen on revenge after the first round,” Rae said.“If there’s going to be one (potential slip up), then this is it.”However, the Broulee coach remained upbeat and confirmed to the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner that he will put out a competitive side.“We’ll definitely have a side on the paddock and we’ll just do the best with what we’ve got,” he said.“But we might have to call upon a few old heads.”Rae even joked that he might have to dust off his old playing gear.“If all else fails, I might even pull on the boots,” he said with a laugh.The likes of Brad Dunkley, Luke Mathie, Ryan Pollock and flyhalf Chris Prow won’t be on the Broulee team sheet tomorrow, but it’s a vastly different scenario for Milton.The Platypuses struggled for player numbers earlier in the season – they even travelled to Captain Oldrey Park with just nine players – but have come across reinforcements and now have a full squad at their disposal.Those who do line-up for the Dolphins tomorrow will have plenty of time to recover as they have a bye next week after also sitting out the long weekend – a situation Rae described as “frustrating”.“It’s been a bit hit and miss and we’re not too happy but there’s not much we can do about it,” he said.“Then after this is that we’ve got another bloody bye and the worst thing is that we only have two home games in this next round.“So the locals don’t even know we’re playing and it’s disappointing when we’re trying to create interest.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.