Nature comes to life in local exhibition

Maggie Brockie with one of her animal pieces.Maggie Brockie with one of her animal pieces.MAGGIE Brockie’s talent might have come as a surprise to her 22 years ago when she first started work in the studio.
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“I raised a family before I started playing around with clay,” the 67-year-old said.

The Stanthorpe-based sculptor will share the gallery space with Tenterfield Aboriginal painter Rod McIntosh for the Inverell Art Gallery Common Ground exhibition, opening Friday evening.

Tasmanian born, the artist said she was searching for warmer weather, but found a familiar four seasons, and inspiration in the Granite Belt.

Her work is life-like and stylised representations of birds and animals, some freestanding, others embedded in a natural setting like a piece of bark or human shoulder.

“Seeing the granite forms, and then just because I do native animals and birds, it was just a natural progression to put them into the rock forms, or the little boulder forms,” she said.

She spent years keeping artist friends company, but even after they invited her to give it a try, she refused, until one day, it was the right time.

“I’ve reared quite a few native animals, so I had that close proximity to animals and birds, and at one point a friend of mine suggested I have a go with some clay and I thought, ‘Yeah, right-o, I’m ready’,” she said.

“And after about three days, he was trying to tell me what to do and I said ‘No, I know what I want to do,” and laughed.

Maggie said her first piece of significance was a joey in a pouch.

“Because I has hand-rearing joeys and looking at them all the time,” she said.

She was advised stick to kangaroos to get a handle on the medium and her skill.

“So you could say I did my apprenticeship on kangaroos and joeys, and then one day I tried to make a possum, and it was easy,” Maggie said with a chuckle.

Her proportions, from frilled lizards, to platypus, pythons to humans, are all accurate and lifelike.

“I think I’m just a three-dimensional person, you know so I know a joey’s about that big,” she said, holding up her hands.

“I talk with my hands a lot, so it makes sense that I would work in a medium like clay in a 3-D way.”

Common Ground opens on Friday, February 19 with an opening at 5.30pm at the Inverell Art gallery. The show runs until April 7 during gallery hours.

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Australian family life clearly under attack

VULNERABLE: Jenna Price says proposed tax and childcare cuts are a threat to the Australian family way of life.If companies and corporations and businesses, big and small, could vote in elections, I would understand the government’s desire to pander to them. If it was only the wealthy who voted, I could understand the government’s desire to appease the rich.
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But what I now fail to understand is this: why don’t politicians pander to the ordinary people who vote for them in quite the same way they appease business, big and small; and the rich. Why is their approval so important to the government?

It’s become increasingly apparent that this particular government, first under Abbott and now under Turnbull, is continuing to attack Australian family life. All of us: straight, gay, well, sick, able-bodied or those with disabilities, with or without kids; born here or elsewhere.

This antagonism to all of us was clearly flagged in 2014, when failed treasurer Joe Hockey attempted to push through parliament $8.5 billion in cuts, including a limit of Family Tax Benefit Part B to families when their youngest child turns six. I’m guessing many partners of MPs are stay-at-home parents, so nice for them.

But last week, many of those attempted cuts reappeared and were passed straight through the House of Representatives.Who does that affect? Yep, about one and a half million families will lose their Family Tax Benefit Part A supplements, which is a cut of more than $700 per child every year. And 1.3 million families will lose their Family Tax Benefits, part B supplements, a cut of more than $350 per family every year. That, combined with the abolition of the School Kids Bonus, will mean single parents with two children in high school will lose nearly $5000 a year.

The good news is that, alongside the grasping nature of the ACCI’s prebudget submission, those who represent the rest of us can see what the real problems are.

The Australian Council of Social Services’s CEO Cassandra Goldie says it plainly:“Genuine tax reform is not about raising or lowering tax rates: it should begin by limiting unfair tax breaks and unintended loopholes that mainly benefit people who are on higher incomes and erode the tax base.”

Nick Hopwood, a researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, says it’s very important that we consider the kinds of services which support our most vulnerable. Many of those services, particularly around the area of early intervention for children, have no idea one year to the next whether they will be funded.

In ACOSS’s submission into the family payments structural reform inquiry, Goldie again pleads with those in the Senate to reject the changes to family payments. The submission says the expenditure component of the package, which boosts Part A by $5 a week, doesn’t take effect until July 2018.

It also goes on to point out that there has been no release of an analysis of the impacts of the proposed changes.“It is vital that there is clarity about how different families will be affected, particularly given that vulnerable children and their families will clearly be affected.”

But for me, the most telling yet depressing part of ACOSS’s prebudget submission is about childcare:“The relative generosity at the higher end has increased the overall costs of the (childcare)package, which the government is now seeking to pay for through cuts to family payments.”Yes, reward those families with incomes of more than $340,000 a year. They really need it, don’t they?

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Wisos over 50s pairs set for May

WISEMAN Park Bowling Club have been forced to cancel next Monday’s popular Over 50s Pairs event with entries taken for the next tournament in late May.
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New date: Wiseman Park’s over 50s pairs is set down for May 23.

Wiseman Park greens are recovering after being struck down by ground pearls in turf grass, leaving one greennot back in action until the end of March or early April.

Some greens at other clubs have also been affected by ground pearls but Wiseman Park won’t be impacted during pennant season with two greens still operating.

But they need the third green for the Over 50s Pairs meaning next Monday’s event is off withentries being taken for the May 23 event. Cost is $20 per person, $40 a team which includes lunch. $1700 prize money.

Contact Shane Garvey on 0409 481 006 or sign up at the club. Entries will fill fast.

Garvey expects to have two young players from outside the zone in his Grade 1 side this season. Wisos have also recruited Brian Suckley, with Illawarra Zone 16 round one pennants on March 12.

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Sports Shorts: Medals for Fingal juniors

FINGAL Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s juniors hosted the Newcastle branch titles for Nippers recently.The Fingal crew performed strongly and produced an impressive haul of medals.Many will head to the state titles in several weeks.The U11 boys made a special impact with Brady Stewart, Oscar Roberts, Boadie Parker and Will Clark taking gold in the board relay and silver in the swim teams event.Brady and Oscar won gold in board rescue while team mates Boadie and Will picked up bronze.
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MALLABULA Rugby League Club’s president for season 2016 will be Jacinta Boidin, with secretary Emma-Jane Thompson and treasurer Sharon Fogarty.The club has appointed a very experienced coach with ties to the area in Lindsay Ridgeway, who is a former player with both Raymond Terrace and Mallabula clubs.The Panthers will move to the tougher A-grade this season.

RAYMOND Terrace Rugby League Club is set to bounce back with thesigning of a new captain-coach.Trent Horsey, a former Terrace junior, was a talented back rower and had stints with the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters in their junior programs.The club has lost several key players with last season’s coach Nathan Ward moving to coach Dungog and Billy Greentree playing with Tea Gardens.However several first-grade players are keen to help revitalise the club, includingJoel Osborn, Mitchell Cox and Kyle Payne.

FINGAL Beach surf boat crews continue to impress with strong results with the women’s master boat crew winning the gold medal attheNewcastle branch championships at Swansea Caves last Saturday.

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Possible pre-season for league ladies

Madi Parbery escapes the grasp of an opponent during a league-tag game in Bega. A competition is set to begin in Group 6 this year. Photo by Jacob McMasterRUGBY LEAGUE
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A CHANGE could be made to the Group 6 first grade pre-season.

A proposed ladies league-tag pre-season tournament could be held before the first grade men’s games.

If adopted by participating clubs, the event will showcase the talented ladies who wish to play in a new league-tag competition.

It would give the group’s representative selectors an opportunity to have a first look at their skills.

Matches would be modified to two, 20-minute halves.

The ladies league-tag pre-season could be divided into northern and southern pools.

The proposed southern pool would include a Moss Vale team to take on The Oaks and Thirlmere.

Matches would be held on March 19.

The northern pool would feature teams from Warragamba, Camden and City to play on March 19.

The winner of each pool would meet in a final on March 20.

– By Stephen Hazelton

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Teenagers trial for higher honours

Trials are underway for Group 6 CRL under-18s rep players. Photo: FDCA RECORD number of players took part in Group 6 Country Rugby League (CRL) possible probable trials last Wednesday.
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Sixty-six players nominated and attended to trial at Appin Park for a position in the Group 6 under-18s representative training squad.

Three games were played on the night to show the talents of the under-18s players.

Players were vying for a spot in the Group 6 under-18s team to play against Illawarra on March 4 at Appin.

This will be held as a possible selection process into the Greater Southern Redbacks squad.

The Redbacks will compete in the 2016 CRL Under-18s Country Championships.

Group selectors are still reviewing the video of the trial games and will hopefully announce the squad soon.

By Stephen Hazelton

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Weller and Payne secure win

Bowral Bowling Club hosted a thrilling men’s pairs match recently. Photo: FDCBOWLS
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DON Weller and Brian Payne secured an impressive win at Bowral Bowling Club recently.

Weller and Payne defeated John Edmonds and Brian Porter by 23-22.

It was a good display of bowls by both teams.

Weller and Payne looked the better side early and appeared to be cruising to victory.

Edmonds and Porter then started to click and pilled on the pressure.

Team Porter picked up five shots on the 13th end and five again on the 17th end to get right back into the match.

In a dramatic turn, Edmonds and Porter had managed to get themselves back into a strong position.

On the last end, they picked up three shots.

But Weller and Payne managed to hold on for a one-shot win.

Other results:

Kurt Griebenow, Kevin Jones and Jim Starkey def Bernie Michael, Ken Jones and John Fleming 23-13

Geoff Taylor, Keith Edwards and Ian O’Farrell def David Jurd, Colin Stone and Peter Morales 17-12

Alan Berle and Dennis Beatty def Don Coleman and Greg Taylor 21-17

Barry O’Brien and Robin Staples def Howard Lewis and Don Chapman 28-8

Bill Meredith and Gordon Lewis def Glenn Giese and Bill Dodwell 33-13

Bob Kennett, Bill Donnelly and Neville Tanner def Barry Kable, Neville Ridge and Barry Werfel 37-10.

Busy start to year

THE first three months are a very busy time of the year at Bowral Bowling Club.

Bowral has all district games to be completed, with pennant trials and the pennant season to follow.

Matches may be played on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on the district schedule.

Check the notice board at the club.

Some players will have to play two games a day, in the morning and afternoon.

For more details, call Bowral Bowling Club on 4861 1320.

– By Gordon Lewis

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Birdkeepers to sell hand-raised birds

Beryle Woodham with her eight-week-old Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot Crustie.BERYLE Woodham’s eight-week-old Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot named Crustie snuggled under her chin.
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The little bird came to her as an egg when a fellow member of the Inverell Social Birdkeepers’ Group, Chris Russell, had a hen which laid off the perch, or out of the nest.

Only one egg successfully produced a chick, and Chris said she could keep the bird, which thrilled Beryle.

“I wanted to die, because it was my birthday, and I’ve always wanted one of these,” she said.

“So he is very special to me.”

She and her husband Trevor have a property bursting with birds of all colours and sizes, from miniscule finches to Black cockatoos and birds are a large part of their lives.

Beryle said she was attracted to the Amazons by their colour, talking ability and strong bond they form with humans.

The engaging small parrot is only one of countless birds Beryle has hand raised. She has a knack for hand-rearing Eclectus parrots, but felt a bias toward the friendly Amazon.

“As far as hand-rearing this one, and the Eckies, I would do a hundred of these,” she said, stoking the docile, jewel-like bird.

Some of their birds and many others will be for sale at the Inverell Social Birdkeepers Group Early Bird Sale, this Saturday, February 20 at the Inverell showgrounds basketball courts.

Trevor said there are sellers are coming from Bribie Island down to Sydney out to Bourk with a large variety of birds such as Finches, Budgies, Parrots, Doves and Quail.

Trade tables will be on site to address all bird needs.

Public entry to the sale opens at 10am with a $2 entry and all are welcome to browse, ask questions or take home a new friend.

Trevor said the Bird Sale Code of Practice Applies and for information, give him a call on 6723 1388.

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Fiebig, Collison shine

Greg Fiebig scored a near-century of 96 in Roopena’s win over South Whyalla.
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Roopena won an all important toss on a very good batting track in its Whyalla cricket match against South Whyalla at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

Roopena hasbeen juggling its top order all season and once again began with a new combination of Nick “Slim” Johns (48) and Dale Chenoweth (13) which may be the combination that they move forward with in finals.

Chenoweth and Johns were both dropped behind the wicket off Simon Trezise.

Chenoweth fell to the economical Mitch Ruth (1/25) before Johns began to open his shoulders against Vandeleur (1/69) but he eventually fell to a phenomenal outfield catch to Wilsden, off Beeps.

This brought together Phil Smith (83no) and Greg Fiebig (96no) who combined for a 170-run stand to see out the innings.

Both batsmen played intelligent cricket milking the bowling and continually rotating the strike.

South toiled hard but were outclassed by the two most crucial players in Roopena’s finals deck.

Fiebig now firms as one of the favourites for the Whyalla News Medal.

South got off to a shocking start with Sawtell (0) and Mullighan (7) removed by the wily veteran Jeff Ewings (2/8).

Ewings, who has been a regular in A reserves over the past few seasons, looms large as a very important player as his finals experience is just what Roopena needs.

Hedges (0) fell cheaply and when Ruth (1) was involved in a horror run-out South were on the ropes at 4/9.

Captain Vandeleur (30) came to the crease and was soon put under pressure with some great inswing bowling from his nephew Matt Woolford (1/9).

Vandeleur was the lone hand and the only South player to reach double figures which is disappointing at A grade level.

Heading to finals the firepower of Slim, Kanga and King along with Fiebs as an anchor is the key to Roopena moving forwards in the finals.

The three other finals contenders will be concerned about the possible return of Rhys Lacey as he will be a crucial addition to an inexperienced bowling line up.

Roopena 250 defeated South Whyalla, all out for just59.

Man of the Match: Greg Fiebig (Roopena)

North Whyalla 3/144, West Whyalla 140

North Whyalla desperately needed this win to stay in touch with the top two and a possible double chance.

West needed a win to stay in the hunt for finals, but it was not to be.

Matthew Quist sent the young Dragons in on the hard deck in a brave move, possibly one he wouldn’t have made if Paul Wilson was in the A grade.

Sam Frick (0) was dismissed on the 22nd straight dot ball of the first dig which set the tone for the rest of West Whyalla’s innings.

Crowhurst (31) Smith (18) Starkey (27) and Captain Croft (27) all got starts but it was Quist (4/40) who rattled the middle order with West all out in the 37th over.

It was Quist (63) who stood tall for the Magpies as he along with cameos from McDonald (18) Beaty (17)and Big hitting Atkinson (36) had North cruise to victory.

North still seem like the most balanced team with a deep batting order.

Quist in great form with close to 500 runs for the season and Atkinson is starting to see the ball like a watermelon and islooming as a real threat.

With half a dozen genuine seamers and the spin of Quist it is a formidable line-up.

The T20 victory over Roopena on Friday night would also help to boost the self belief of a group that has underperformed in finals in previous years.

A disappointing end to a promising year for West who have plenty to work with for next season.

Man of The Match: Matthew Quist (North Whyalla)

Central Whyalla 7/185, Westlands 9/87

Central Whyalla replaced Westlands on top of the ladder in a dominant display at Memorial Oval on Sunday.

Westlands got off to a perfect start with Cam Stewart (1/22) removing the dangerous Brad Smith (6) in the first over.

Captain Scott Collison (101) returned to form with a gritty century compiled over 48 overs which led his team to a competitive total of 185.

It was a lone hand from Collison as the middle order failed apart from handy contributions from Jarrad Dunbar (22) and Rowe (14no) and Schreiner (14no)

The Jaritz brothers snared two wickets each but John Davis surprisingly only bowled four overs on a turning wicket.

A feather in the cap of Collison as his opposite number was probably concerned that a fired up he might launch him to all areas.

In reply it was Bartel (3/22) and Daniel Collison (3/28) that put the brakes on the stolen car that is normally a Westlands run chase.

Westlands lost 6/9 in the space of six overs to come to a crashing halt.

Cam Stewart (20) and John Davis (24) battled hard but the ship had sailed and Westlands were bundled out for 87.

Westlands are still dangerous and would hope to shake off this loss -they may still have not found their best 11 as their A reserves have won five of their past six games with some strong individual performances.

Their reliance on Dave Dunbar scoring is evident and he is well and truly the barometer for theirsuccess.

Central on the other hand look strong as an in-form Collison will look to further cash in against a hapless South next week as he and his team look to cement the minor premiership.

Man of The Match: Scott Collison (Central Whyalla)

T20 FINAL

North Whyalla 3/141, Roopena 8/139

Allan “Kanga” Woolford (42 off 22) proved he is still one of the best power hitters in Whyalla cricket with a blistering start to Roopena’s T20 innings.

He and Chenoweth (25 off 19) put on 42 in the first five overs before Chenoweth was run out. Fiebig proved an anchor for Woolford as he went on to take on Quist for consecutive “Zacs” (that’s a six in Whyalla speak).

He chased a wide one and was stumped but his job was done with Roopen 2/81 after nine overs.

Some quality seam bowling from Beaty (1/24) and Branford (1/16) tied up the Roopena middle order with Smith (29) and Fiebig (12) finding it hard to dispatch the North attack.

Paynter (3/31) cleaned up the last few with Roopena ending up on 139 feeling they were about 20 to 30 runs shot of what they would need.

Quist (37) and Clothier (23) got North off to a solid start with Clothier run out in the fifth over with North on 32.

Atkinson (45 off 19) provided the spark North needed taking spinner Nick Todd for four consecutive monster sixes to blast 27 off the 13th over which would turn the game.

The spin of Chenoweth and Todd costing 56 off three overs.

The emerging young gun, Matt Woolford, bowled well in a critical stage with only 17 off his four overs.

Phil Smith (2/26) removed Atkinson and Clothier.

In the end Chris Beaty (19) guided North to their first silverware in A grade cricket in quite some time.

Matt Quist took out man of the match honours.

Roopena probably did enough with the bat but just lacked that strike bowler to be able to damage the North top four, a great game on a beautiful night.

WCA ROUND 15 PREVIEWS

Westlands v West Whyalla

Dead rubber but Westlands to bounce back and win

North Whyalla v Roopena

Game of the round with North to win in a thriller

South Whyalla v Central

Collison to massacre Demons in a walk over.

– Ben Vandeleur

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What’s coming up in the region

ENJOY: The Intensive Care Auxiliary are holding a morning tea on Monday.
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FAMILY BUSH DANCE: The Bush Dance and Music Club are holding their first dance for the year on February 20 at the Bendigo East Hall from 8pm. Enjoy music by the Emu Creek Bush Band as you dance to Old Time and bush dances. Entry is $8 per adult with children under 16 free. A plate of supper would be appreciated and we encourage you to bring a friend. Contact Mary on 5442 1153.

BENDIGO FAMILY HISTORY GROUP: The February general meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21 at 1.30pm in the Victorian Railway Institute Hall, Mitchell Street, Bendigo. This month’s guest speaker is Jean Taminika on the topic of finding relatives on the Somme. Everyonewelcome to attend.

MORNING TEA: The Intensive Care Auxiliary Bendigo Health are holding a morning tea on Monday, February 22 at the Rising Sun Hotel from 10am. Come and enjoy a lovely morning tea, raffles, lucky door prizes and bottomless tea and coffee. Entry is $5, everyone is welcome. Further information contact Beth on 5446 9691.

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Aubigny property has grain income stream

Oustation’s grain storage complex includes four 100 tonne and five 72 tonne capacity silos that are currently leased to a major corporation. OFFERS or more than$850,000 are being sought forOutstation, a 24-hectare (60 acre) property at Aubigny near Oakey..
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Marketing agent Myles Cosgrove, Ray White Rural, saidOutstation was anincome generating property with a beautifully restored four bedroom, two bathroom Queenslander.

“The 1880s propertyhasviews that includeToowoomba’scity lights at night,” Mr Cosgrove said.

“The homestead has been fully and beautifully restored after being moved onto the block from a once large grazing property in Cecil Plains, with many period features including wide front veranda, high ceilings, VJwalls and hoop pine flooring.

“The homeis perfectly designed for its beautiful rural setting and offers a lifetime of enjoyment.”

Mr Cosgrove said the block was idealfor a relaxed lifestyle but also boastedincome, involving silo storage which was currently leased to major corporation.

The grain storage complex includes nine silos.

“There is very good fencing on all sides, house and shed area separately fenced for children and pets,”Mr Cosgrove said. “There is also good natural andimproved pastures with established trees, rain water storage and a threephase electric submersible bore.”

Contact Myles Cosgrove, 0419 271 247, orMichael Tomlinson, 0428 545 396, Ray White Rural.

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Hockey juniors ready to star

READY: Tanunda Hockey Club’s Tristan Pfeiffer and Jack Bentley and AMU’s Aidan Schenk have been selected in the State Under 15 hockey side.Barossa Valley hockey will boast three members in the South Australian Under 15 hockey side, with Tanunda Hockey Club’s Tristan Pfeiffer and Jack Bentley alongsideAMU’s Aidan Schenk.
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The side will represent the state at the Under 15’s tournament which starts on April 9 in Wollongong, NSW, and runs through to April 17.

Nerves are high for first-time state player Jack Bentley, who hadtrialed a number oftimes before getting the nod this year.

Young Tristan Pfeiffer and Aidan Schenk are a little more confident, having been selected previously and already havinga good understanding of their state teammates.

Two of the stars have only recently developed the high level of skills for the game, with Aidan set to start season number four, and ex-footballer Jack in his fifth year.

Tristan, on the other hand,first picked up a hockey stick when he was six and has never looked back.

Aidan described his best asset to his game and his state side as his pace, while Tristan said his was his skill set and Jack believes in his leadership and his ability to be a role model.

Development co-ordinator Rodney Pfeiffer praised the new facilities at Stockwell in assisting with the progress of the three Barossa boys, allowing the boys to participate in level playing conditions.

Junior hockey is continuing to develop inthe Barossa.

This season, Tanunda will boast two U15 teams, as will Nuriootpa,in addition to AMU’s side.Numbers are expected to be similar to last year’s competition.

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Out and about town

Out and about town Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Matthews. Merimbula locals Dawn and Wayne had a very special Valentine’s Day when they were married in Sydney before their two week honeymoon in Hawaii.
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Robyn and Greg Whitby, Wayne Healy, Dorte and Martin Planert, Matt Lavis, Suzi Alesandra and Reiko Healy at the screening in Merimbula.

Brett and Barb Rogers, Al and Matt Christison, Marea and Pauline Blair, Wawrick Wilton, Matt Lavis and Toad Heffernan.

Michael Bennett, Robyn Limbrecht and Rob Fraser were excited to see the finished product at the cast and crew screening of Life Class.

Alice Dein and Ros Bennett of Wyndham both helped out with the horse during the filming of the local movie Life Class which screened in Merimbula on Monday.

Sue Schepisi, owner of Friso the horse, photographer Jodie Dickinson and producer Anelia Bosinovska at the screening of Life Class.

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