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National Angus president wants to speed up progress

FORMER Prime Minister Bob Hawke once said, “If you can’t ride two horses then you should get out of the circus”.
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And some might say that is the perfect proverb for Upper Murray cattle stud owner Mike Gadd.

Or even that he was “destined to rule” — and, at the very least, to become very comfortable being president of breed societies.

Mr Gadd is the new president of Angus Australia, having been elected to that position at the society’s recent annual general meeting Wagga.

“Two horses” because his father was instrumental in helping to develop the Murray grey breed at the family’s property, The Glen, and was president of the Murray Grey Society for a while, as was son Mike.

But he does not see any sort of conflict in the dual roles.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

“My understanding is I am the second person to have been the president of two different beef societies in Australia, the other Lew Smit, from Koojan Hills in Western Australia who, coincidentally, was president of the Murray greys and angus as well.

“My wife Joy and I run The Glen Pastoral Company from our property Glenview, just outside of Walwa.

“We have 100 grey cows that have been infused with angus blood and 300 regular angus females.

“And all of them are registered with Angus Australia.”

Mr Gadd, 60, said he had always enjoyed being on the boards of cattle societies, just as his father had.

“I was on the board of the Murray Greys for quite a few years and was its longest-serving president,” he said.

“And I have been on the board of Angus Australia for six or seven years.”

Mr Gadd became interested in Angus in 1997.

“They had superior marbling and the feedlots were asking for them, so they became very popular,” he said.

“It grew from there.

“We obtained 50 straws from a bull in the US, which was regarded as the best in the world, BR New Design 036, and in 2003 we went full time into breeding angus bulls.

“I bought the entire Mitta Valley Stud herd of 120, 80 females from the Landfall Stud and 20 from the Tipaburra Stud in the Yarra Valley.”

Mr Gadd said he had always been excited about being involved with Angus Australia.

“Even more so now as president,” he said.

“It is such a progressive society, with many good people in it.

“And now there is this massive global gene pool and the fact we continue to have the latest cutting-edge technology when it comes to genes and performance.

“We have been going gang-busters for about two decades now and, I’m sorry, the other breeds are a long way behind us.”

Mr Gadd said it would be pretty much more of the same during the early period of his presidency.

“We have a strategic plan that involves, among other things, a program to look at the genetics needed to push angus into the northern Australia environment,” he said.

“My role will be looking to encourage progress as fast as we can.”

Street closure receives $1.43m budget

Wodonga council chief executive Patience Harrington said the aim of the green space is to make the CBD more attractive.OPINION:We deserve a say on Hovell Street
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WODONGA Council has allocated $1.43million in its draft budget next financial year for works associated with the closure of Hovell Street.

The closure has been estimated at $730,000, but a further $700,000 would need to be spent on an upgrade of the Lawrence and Havelock streets intersection beforehand.

The traffic study used to support the closure of Hovell Street stated there would be a “considerable” increase in traffic in Lawrence and Havelock streets.

Data shows most traffic will be making the turn in to or out of Havelock Street from Lawrence Street.

The draft budget and Hovell Street closure were both considered by the council on Monday night which raises suspicions the move is already a done deal.

A replacement public bus stop would also need to be found as it is situated adjacent to Woodland Grove.

One option under consideration is relocating it to Lawrence Street.

The council’s chief executive, Patience Harrington, said the aim was to make central Wodonga more attractive by enlarging the green space.

“Part of the council’s thinking on all of this is to make the central business area a destination, rather than a traffic thoroughfare, therefore making it more pedestrian and shopper-friendly,” she said.

“The other work taking place is the realignment of Elgin Boulevard, which will also play a significant role in improving traffic movements around the central part of the city.”

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Journalists shine

Ben Robson’s photograph, On the Road to Tooma, has won a Rural Press Club Australian Star Prize.BORDER Mail journalists Eliza Adamthwaite and Ben Robson were this week announced as winners in the Rural Press Club Australian Star Prize Awards.
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The presentation was made at a breakfast hosted by the Rural Press Club of Victoria in Melbourne.

Adamthwaite won the Victorian award for rural writing for a story published in The Border Mail’s Pulse magazine in November in the wake of the Australian government’s banning of the live cattle export trade.

Robson received the Victorian award for landscape photography for a photograph published in September last year that captures clouds and mountains on a trip to Tooma in the Upper Murray.

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Raiders recruit ‘biggest in O&M’

James KennedyWODONGA Raiders will unleash one of the ­biggest players in Ovens and Murray history against Lavington today.
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The Raiders have signed James Kennedy, a 208-centimetre, 130-kilogram giant who almost earnt a spot on ­Hawthorn’s rookie-list before the start of last season.

The elite junior ­basketballer, who earned national honours in that sport alongside the likes of Scott Pendlebury and Patrick Mills, is friends with the Raiders’ Montmorency quartet and has been convinced to make the trek up the highway for the rest of the season.

Kennedy, 24, admitted he didn’t know what to expect against the ­Panthers today.

“Obviously it’s all happened pretty quickly and so I don’t know too much about the opposition,” Kennedy said.

“I know to expect a hard, physical contest each week.

“I was going to give footy a miss this year but I had a bit of a think about it and thought why not.

“We’ll see how I go.”

Kennedy, who spent a year playing college basketball in the US, has barely played football since suffering an ankle injury midway through 2011.

But he said he was “very keen” to stick the year out at Birallee Park.

It’s a major boost for the Raiders.

The Raiders have spent the early part of this season reeling from the recent departures of big men Scott Meyer, Dean Heta and Eddie Prato.

Coach Ken Stevenson admits the club could hardly believe its luck when Kennedy agreed to join.

“He’s good mates with Dean Giles and it all sort of fell into place from there,” Stevenson said.

“We weren’t really keen to recruit anybody else for the year but the bottom line is we needed a ruckman.

“We haven’t got a local one.

“Liam Hickey is doing really well but he’s only just turned 16.

“He needs a hand and James wants to help out.

“We’re rapt, obviously.”

Ex-Wangaratta beanpole Peder Whelan was the last Ovens and Murray player to rival Kennedy for height but had a significantly smaller frame.

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50 signatures in 10 minutes

Former Quamby House residents Mark Lambourn, Jason Salter, Brian Cain, Garth Stead and Shaun Smith collected signatures in Dean Street yesterday for a petition to save its 24/7 service. Picture: David ThorpeFORMER Quamby House residents collected signatures yesterday for a petition to save the service that saved them.
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In just 10 minutes, the five men got 50 signatures of support from traders, shoppers and passer-bys on Dean Street yesterday afternoon.

Their informal ring-leader Mark Lambourn said the petitions would be given to St Vincent De Paul heads in Sydney, as well as Border MPs Sussan Ley and Greg Aplin.

Mr Lambourn, 54, was at Quamby House about two years ago.

“I had nowhere else to turn,” he said.

“I actually got back to work because I had a base.”

Mr Lambourn said the cut of the 24/7 service would mean there would be more men on the street when the Border was at its coldest.

“I can see the crime rate rising,” he said.

“I can see people coming into people’s sheds just for accommodation and warmth. It’s going to put pressure on the other services that already exist in Albury.”

The men — Mr Lambourn, Jason Salter, Garth Stead, Brian Cain and Shaun Smith — said when you went to Quamby you became part of a community.

Their time at Quamby was, for most of them, years ago, but they were in regular contact with the men they had met there.

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Big gun arrives just in time

Wodonga Raiders coach Ken Stevenson.WODONGA Raiders coach Ken Stevenson hopes the arrival of James Kennedy will spark the Raiders into action today.
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The club unveiled the 208-centimetre-tall ruckman late this week.

Stevenson said the big man would hopefully help the Raiders’ young brigade of players.

“We’re happy with where we are headed but hopefully he can help out some of our younger talent,” Stevenson said yesterday.

“We took it up to Albury for a fair period of the game last week, we just need someone to help us getting the ball going our way.

“We think James can help us do that.”

Kennedy’s arrival has further boosted the Raiders’ chance of springing an upset at home against Lavington today.

Lavington enters this afternoon’s clash at Birallee Park without five walk-up starters.

Matt Pendergast, Lachie Boyd, Michael Gibbons, Adam Butler and Luke Brauer will all miss through injury or unavailability.

Adam Flagg will play his first senior game for the Panthers.

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Big Boyd man to watch for Bulldogs

Albury Thunder coach Josh Cale.ALBURY Thunder coach Josh Cale has labelled Cootamundra front-rower Grant Boyd as the form player of Group 9 ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Fisher Park.
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Boyd has started the season in sensational fashion and will be confident of another match-winning performance after dominating Thunder in a sudden-death final at Greenfield Park in 2010.

Cale said his team would need to put plenty of work into the former NRL player.

“Grant Boyd is definitely the form player in the comp at the moment,” Cale said.

“He’s been going well.

“He’s a big body with plenty of skill and is pretty smart for a big man.

“He gets out wide on the edges and is very handy.

“We will have to watch him. Cootamundra will be tough.”

Boyd, who escaped a head-butting charge earlier this week, will look for help from teammates Aaron Byrne and Luke Berkrey who have also been instrumental in Cootamundra’s impressive start to the season.

Cale said he was pleased with last weekend’s win against Temora and believes it will take a similar performance to bring down the Bulldogs.

“They are one of the form teams at the moment,” he said.

“They beat Gundagai last week and that’s never easy. We know the challenge ahead of us.”

Thunder said star fullback Ben Jeffery was a reasonable chance of returning from the hamstring injury he suffered against Brothers in round two.

“He’s 50-50,” he said.

“He will have a fitness test before the game and we’ll go from there.”

Thunder has been led superbly by Willie Heta and Lou Goodwin this season and, if Mark Walsham, Josh Murray and Mitch Davis can play to their potential, the visitors should come away with a hard-fought win.

In other matches, Southcity will be too strong for Tumut, Brothers should expose Tumbarumba’s lack of depth, Temora will bounce back with a win against Young and Junee will edge out Kangaroos.

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Mum’s art to bee in famous flower show

The Life Bee Inn It sculpture crafted by Albury mother Joanne Diver, which will appear at the Chelsea Flower Show.Click or flick across for more photos of the sculpture.
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A RUSTY wheel rim, stashed with cuts of timber, has given an Albury mother the chance to be part of the world’s most famous garden event.

The pieces form a sculpture, designed to attract native bees, which will appear in the Australian exhibit at next week’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Joanne Diver is thrilled her work, Life Bee Inn It, will be seen by thousands of visitors experiencing the garden curated by top Australian designer Phillip Johnson.

“It is an enormous privilege to be part of the Australian garden,” Mrs Diver said from London.

“Phillip Johnson is renowned around the world as an extremely talented designer, as are all of the people on his team.

“The garden is enormous in its scale and vision, promoting sustainability and water management to what will be a worldwide audience.”

Mrs Diver said the wheel rim had come from a pile of junk, with timber pieces including driftwood found at Lake Hume, a red gum slab left by sleeper-cutters and a burnt gum tree added to it.

“It reflects the colours and elements of the Australian landscape, fire, flood and drought,” Mrs Diver said.

“It was a collaborative effort with friends and family supplying bits and pieces and Ralph, who describes himself as a bloke in an East Albury shed, helping me with the engineering of a stand for the show.”

Mrs Diver met Mr Johnson during a Melbourne garden tour and after discussing his Chelsea exhibit she was invited to contribute her sculpture, but only learnt this week it would definitely be part of the garden.

“I’d die happy if this was the only thing I did,” Mrs Diver said when asked about the impact of her work being at Chelsea.

“I’m basically a mum in the backyard with a part-time job and artistic interests when time allows.

“My interest in the environment and conservation and promoting the backyard as a place of productivity, biodiversity and creativity will continue in whatever I do, whether it be artistic or paid employment.

“I’m hoping that more people will see insects as a thing of wonder, rather than an opportunity to bring out the Mortein.

“We have so many native bees and there is so much research yet to be done, that you just don’t know what part that little insect you’re about to swat plays within our environment.”

The Australian garden will be judged on Monday.

“I think, well I hope that with all of the effort, passion, belief and resources that have been put into the garden by Phillip and the team, that it will win an award,” Mrs Diver said.

Joanne Diver in London with her sculpture and garden designer Phillip Johnson.

The Life Bee Inn It sculpture crafted by Albury mother Joanne Diver, which will appear at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Workers put together Joanne Diver’s sculpture at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The sculpture designed by Albury woman Joanne Diver in storage after arriving in Chelsea.

“Either way I’m sure visitors will be impressed by the beauty of the recreated Australian landscape, its scale, the attention to detail and also hopefully be inspired by the message of sustainability and water conservation that is demonstrated throughout the garden.”

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Campaign gets minister’s ear

SAVE Albury Wodonga Health campaigners have spelt out the region’s funding deficiencies during a chance meeting with Victoria’s Health Minister.
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They hope their discussions with David Davis in Melbourne this week will open the door to more formal talks.

Much of the campaign committee’s focus now is on trying to organise a meeting with the Victorian, NSW and federal health ministers, along with the Border’s four state and federal MPs.

It is hoped the meeting could be held on the Border next month.

Robyn Raine and two other committee members bumped into Mr Davis at the Victorian Health Volunteer Awards on Wednesday.

“I asked him if he had heard anything about us or anything regarding Albury-Wodonga and he said he actually heard a lot about the cross-border service,” Mrs Raine said.

“I said we believed we’re under-funded and he said a lot of health services believe that.”

Mrs Raine said his response was not surprising as most politicians said the same thing.

The campaign seeks a bigger emergency department at Albury hospital, a public cardiac investigation laboratory, extra beds and operating theatre funding and more money for primary care services such as a diabetes-endocrine multidisciplinary clinic.

“At first it was standard conversation about ‘you do get enough funding’ but then (Mr Davis) was a bit more open and he listened to us,” Mrs Raine said.

“At the end of the day he came up to us again and spoke to us.”

Mr Davis was told he would get an invitation to a meeting with the committee, to which he said he “got a lot of invitations”.

“I said ‘now you know who this one is from and we hope you’ll attend’,” Mrs Raine said.

While the minister did not agree to anything, “he accepted it was his job to listen”.

“I told him that we really should have a cardio investigative unit in Albury-Wodonga.”

Mrs Raine said Mr Davis replied he thought the Border already had such a service at the Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital.

“I said that unit was only for investigations at the moment and it does not open the door to every public patient,” she said.

Fellow committee member Liz Hare said 10,000 signatures had now been counted on petitions supporting the campaign.

The petitions will be available until the meeting.

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Winter Solstice: What’s happening on the night

Preparing for the Winter Solstice for Suicide Survivors are Albury Mayor, Jack Percy, 18, Carevan CEO Jodie Tiernan, Renn Picard, 17, Annette Baker, Harry Thurtell, 17, Di Watson and Tom Duck, 17. Picture: TARA GOONANWHAT: Winter Solstice for Survivors of Suicide
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WHEN:Friday, June 21

TIME:5pm-8pm – QEII Square

7.30pm – Soden’s Hotel

DETAILS: Event starts at QEII Square at 5pm, with guest speakers and live performances beginning from 5.45pm. Hot soups, curries and drinks available for purchase from Carevan.Event continues with a concert lead by indigenous artist Archie Roach at Soden’s Hotel from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $35 and are available from the hotel.

AS the longest night of the year closes in, suicide “survivors” will gather in Albury to shed light on the darkness of a silent grief in the community.

Former Australian of the Year and leading mental health advocate Dr Patrick McGorry and Suicide Prevention Australia chief executive Sue Murray will be among the keynote presenters at a Winter Solstice for Survivors of Suicide evening on Friday, June 21 in Albury’s QEII Square.

But the evening, which the organising committee hopes could be marked every year on this date to support those who have lost friends or family to suicide, is about much more than formal presentations.

SOS spokesperson Annette Baker said the aim was to give anyone in the community who has been affected by suicide the opportunity to gather in a supportive environment.

“It is to help promote healing and break down the stigma,” Mrs Baker said.

“Too often there are complex and often unresolved emotions surrounding the suicide of a loved one.

“There can be no feeling of closure — the grief can be silent and unacknowledged.”

The Winter Solstice evening follows on from The Border Mail’s Ending the Suicide Silence campaign, which began in August 2012.

The campaign has created a concerted community push for a headspace youth mental health centre in Albury-Wodonga and culminated in this newspaper taking out the Walkley award for leadership in journalism.

But the SOS committee wants to expand on these prevention campaigns to provide a dedicated event and continuing support for those left behind after a suicide — the “survivors”, their friends and the community.

“(Because) the silence can fall again too easily,” Mrs Baker said.

“We have specifically chosen the date of the Winter Solstice for its symbolism — from darkness to a hopefully brighter future.”

The evening, supported by Albury Council and Carevan, will include a heart-warming account by Jennifer Watterson, who has “lived the experience” of losing her older brother to suicide.

Dr Patrick McGorry, who lent his voice at the start of The Border Mail’s campaign, will join SPA’s Ms Murray in supporting the event while Albury High School Choir and Drama Group, Emma Percy and Paul Dyason will provide a special entertainment program.

The Winter Solstice for Survivors of Suicide evening will start from 5pm for a 5.45pm start with winter warming curries and soup available from the Carevan as well as coffee and hot drinks prior to proceedings.

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