Macca’s tackers back to the beach

PIPING HOT: Pambula’s Darcy Piper will be looking to improve upon his third placing last year in the 13 years and under division at Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage this weekend. Competing this weekend at Broulee, Piper will be one to watch in the 16 years division.Tomakin and ASP World Tour surfer Phil Macdonald’s Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage is back, bigger and better than ever this weekend as the South Coast’s hottest junior talent get set to converge on Broulee.
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Macdonald is looking forward to bringing his specialised event to the youth of the Eurobodalla.

“It definitely holds a special place in my heart,” Macdonald admitted when asked about his South Coast upbringing.

“There’s so much talent down here and to give the kids something they can really looking forward to is what this event is all about.”

Macca’s Rampage provides an innovative and fresh approach to the traditional junior surfing competition in an effort to unearth the new wave of Australian surfing talent.

Open for surfers living south of the Minnamurra River to the Victorian border, the Rampage is one of only a handful of events located on the wave-rich South Coast.

With the calibre of surfing talent that has come out of the area, including Owen Wright (Culburra), Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa), Dean Bowen (Gerroa) and more recently Tyler Wright (Culburra), the action is sure to be electric.

Featuring the likes of Darcy Piper (Pambula), Sean Mawson (Manyana), Riki Tucker (Culburra Beach) and Keegan Spellacy (Tomakin) in the 16 years and under boys, and Erin Dark (Gerringong), Eva Davis-Boermans (Tomakin), Pip Marques (Broulee) in the girls division – 2009 could see the uncovering of the next superstar.

Unlike other surfing competitions, Macca’s Teenage Rampage allows competitors aged 16 years and under to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cut-throat format.

“The Teenage Rampage was a concept that was developed to promote confidence, experience and fun in all levels of junior surfing, from beginner to champion,” Macdonald said.

Having charged up and down the east coast of Australia over 2008, the Teenage Rampage format has been a success with the competitors and parents alike.

“The feedback has been so good from last year,” Macdonald stated.

“The kids got so much out of it that we are really looking forward forging the series through 2009 – as long as the kids are getting something out of it, that’s all that matters.”

Competition starts at 8am on Saturday and Sunday for each of the four divisions – girls and boys 13 and under and girls and boys 16 and under.

There will also be a host of beach activities and challenges with great prizes given away over the weekend.

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Council briefs

Council briefs
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THE development application for “Clearview”, Murrah River Forest Road, was deferred at last week’s Bega Valley Shire Council meeting after an address by Mr Ian Barklamb against the proposal.

He cited lack of access to the development and noise as his reasons for objecting.

COUNCIL reaffirmed its support for, and commitment to, existing council employees affected by the tendering for the design, construction (including upgrades to existing plants) and operation of sewerage treatment plants.

In particular it reaffirmed and committed itself to the key element of such proposal, that being no loss of employment of existing council workers and that affected workers be reassured of full employment continuing within council at the current pay rates and award conditions, and that allowances, if any, be the subject of further discussion at that time.

COUNCIL’S policy on vehicle purchases has been amended to give one per cent preference to dealerships within the Bega Valley Shire, subject to competition existing.

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How patriotic are we?

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I awoke to the news this morning that Manly beach was awash with racist rioters at the weekend, so this question is a timely one.

And while I would like to believe that sort of disgusting behaviour is synonymous with bigger cities like Sydney, the conversation I have just had with a local police officer tells me otherwise.

Apparently on Monday night Bell’s Carnival was overtaken by a group of drunken teenagers. While families gathered to watch the fireworks, with excited children by their sides, the extremely drunk youths took it upon themselves to wreak havoc, with one man even running through the crowds and wielding a piece of timber.

How patriotic are we?

Political mumbo jumbo aside, I would like to think of Australia Day as a chance for people to take a breath at the close of another silly season, to gather with friends and family, and to reflect on the good things about Australia in readiness for the year ahead – and there are countless good things in my opinion!

Many children the world over are forced to live in countries that are war-torn and on the brink of starvation. While not every child in Australia is born into the happy life they deserve, I truly believe each child has opportunities to be grateful for.

If only those children who were behaving like feral animals on Monday night could see the life they are missing out on, the one that is calm and filled with personal growth and acceptance of others.

I would like to say we are a patriotic society, but it concerns me that over the years the line between patriotism and racism has been blurred, and that antisocial behaviour has come to be an accepted part of our Australia Day traditions.


This year’s Australia Day was proof of how patriotic we are as a nation.

From elderly residents wearing Australian paraphernalia, to their grandchildren awkwardly standing to attention and waving their miniature flags, everybody was proud to be Australian.

If we compare ourselves as a nation to other countries, you can notice how patriotic we are.

Take the United States of America for example. The country is built on being the ‘land of the free’ and ‘home of the brave’.

People hang flags from their rooftops and have rifles mounted over the mantelpiece, ready to defend their patch of dirt.

So their sense of patriotism may seem more extreme, but Aussie pride comes from the heart. You can feel it when you turn on the gas to the barbecue, or see it in the television with great Australian dramas like Home and Away and Neighbours.

But patriotism is when you go up against the odds, make an amazing comeback and defeat the opposition 40-nil.

Yes, the Manly Sea Eagles premiership win of 2008. When the siren sounded, marking the 80th minute, I sat in a moment of silence. I had been struck by a feeling of patriotism.

You could be in a room full of strangers, but you were all cheering for the same thing – a devastating loss for the Melbourne Storm.

Patriotism comes in no better form than the public awareness campaigns starring Sam Kekovich. The man is all for lamb, and reminds every Australian to get back in touch with their primal instincts of brew, barbecues and chops.

He addresses the nation with television advertisements and a blunt-force attitude that would cause trauma to any vegetarian in sight.

But he stands to unite Australians under the banner of tender lamb chops. It is something that he is passionate and patriotic about.

So there we go. We really are a patriotic, you-beaut fair-dinkum nation.

Next week: Do ugly babies really exist?

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Holistic management

ABOUT 40 people attended an holistic farm management overview with leading educator Bruce Ward last week.
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Participants were involved in interesting dialogue with Bruce regarding the basic principles of holistic management and its relevance to their business enterprises.

The holistic management educator asked participants some challenging questions regarding their current basis for making decisions and their depth of understanding of sustainable land management principles.

A wide range of natural resource management issues were touched on throughout the session.

These included: role of biodiversity in farm productivity, enhancing pasture growth, promoting and growing healthy soils, increasing capacity to utilise rainfall, principles of good grazing management, and managing weeds.

As holistic management is not just tailored for primary producers, aspects of goal setting, inter-generation succession planning and incorporating an ‘holistic’ basis for good decision making were also raised.

The issues Bruce raised created significant discussion among participants in the paddock at the end of the session.

Far South Coast Landcare co-ordinator, Michelle Bond, will be co-ordinating a future workshop in which participants have the opportunity to undertake the full Holistic Management training.

This will occur if there is enough interest in the community to warrant running a full course in the Bega Valley.

Primary producers will be eligible for a 75 per cent subsidy through Farm-Bis if registering to do the whole course which generally takes eight days (broken into two to three day sessions, depending on the group).

For more information phone Michelle on 6491 6204.

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A dozen debs at St Patrick’s Ball

Twelve young women and their partners were presented to the Bega Valley Shire mayor, Cr David Hede, at the St Patrick’s Catholic Debutante Ball in the Bega RSL Club on Friday night. They are Tamara Hallen and Clay Ryan, Paul Wiley and Matt Phillips, Roxanne Twyford and Luke O’Brien, Cara Jeffery and Jason Beresford, Jenna Constance and Andrew D’Arcy, Kathleen Coman and Glen Bobbin, Alice Moffitt and Daniel Coman, Peta James and Kris Rettke, Rachel Sheers and Allan Mullaney, Helen Heffernan and Eddie Hetherington, Sally Alcock and Shaun Haigh, Jessica Brown and Chris Sanders. The junior attendants were Alleria Bowers-Scott, Jacinta Galli, Gabbie Banks, Dean Klemm, Jackson Wilds and Jordan Rettke.
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Bushfire smoke poses health risk

With bushfires and bushfire smoke on the South Coast, Greater Southern Area Health Service is advising people with chronic respiratory conditions to stay indoors if levels of smoke pollution increase.
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Batemans Bay Emergency Department Nursing Unit Manager Leanne Ovington said people should monitor their symptoms and take appropriate action as required.

“Smoke pollution can affect people with lung disease for many days after smoke is inhaled,” she said. “Therefore it is important people with respiratory conditions closely monitor their symptoms.

“Asthma sufferers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should follow their action plans. If symptoms get worse, sufferers need to seek medical advice.

“People with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions should not engage in vigorous exercise and if possible should stay in air-conditioned premises, where filtration systems can help to reduce smoke particles in the air.

“Keep houses closed as much as possible when there is heavy smoke around. Other difficulties associated with bushfire smoke pollution may include eye and throat irritation.”

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Darcie does her bit to revegetate the shire

IT WAS National Tree Day on Sunday and all over the shire groups and individuals planted trees.
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Many took advantage of the Bega Valley Shire’s offer to pick up a free tree from any of its offices.

Landcare organised four planting on Sunday with the largest at Narira Creek, Cobargo, where 600 trees were planted on the banks and then workers joined in a celebratory barbecue.

Other plantings were at the Bruce Steer Pool at Bermagui, Colombo Creek at Bemboka and Mitchies Jetty in Merimbula.

On the Friday schools participated in National Tree Day activities with Mumbulla School planting trees at the Bega anabranch and Bemboka pupils planting trees in their school grounds.

Kindergarten and Year One pupils from Bega West Public School went to the Bega racecourse to hear Mr Cliff Massey, the Department of Land and Water Conservation’s river environment officer, talk about trees and their importance to the environment.

He then took the pupils down to the Bega River where he showed them various varieties of trees, including the ones that should not be there, such as willows.

Students in Bermagui collected native seeds with Mr Chris Allen from the Koala Recovery Project and Mr Rob Summers from the Bermagui Parks and Foreshores Committee.

This week students from the Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula Beach will be planting trees at the Pambula Wetlands.

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