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Bullocks star in show

PIECE OF HISTORY: Geoff Cochrane’s bullock team being kept in line by Geoff’s grandaughter, Chloe Cochrane aged 7.The Milton show will feature a special recreation of history this year, when Geoff Cochrane’s team of bullocks recreates a photo that was taken 100 years ago in Milton.

The 24 bullocks will be led through Milton on Saturday, March 5 from around 1.30pm,closing the Princes Highway for a short time.

Geoff came up with the idea when he saw the old photo in a history book, and made the link between his bullocks and the theme of the show this year, country transport old and new for work and play.

The bullocks will be led to the showground, arriving in time for the grand parade at 2.30pm.

Earlier that morning, there will be a bush poetry competition starting at 9.30am and following the grand parade will be a FreestleMotoXKAOS performance at 6pm.

Saturday will also see the showgirl winners announced.

The main entertainment for Friday evening will be the rodeo from 7pm in the main arena. Entries are still open for this event and will close at 4pm on Friday, March 4.

Throughout the show days there will also be horse riding, milking,woodchopping and plenty of exhibitions in the pavilion to keep people entertained.

There will be plenty of food and drink options, as well as show rides and games for the more adventurous show goers.

Now is the time to get your entries in for all the categories.

There are classes and categories open for all ages and abilities.

Popular categories include the Beer and Wine Show, photography, baking, craft and gardening.

There are also plenty of categories for children and special needs entrants.

To enter, either head down to theMilton Showgroundpavilion on Monday,February 29, Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday,March 2, pick up a schedule from a local business or go online to showdayonline老域名 and search for Milton.

You can also follow the Show on Facebook by searching Milton Show Society.

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Kaarle qualifies for world championships

Former Highlands cyclist Kaarle McCulloch. Photo: FDCCYCLING

CYCLIST Kaarle McCulloch has booked her place at the 2016 UCI World Track Championships.

The championship will take place in London from March 2-6.

McCulloch will return to the site where she won her bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The former Highlander will compete in the women’s sprint events.

She will be looking to make a big impression, with an eye on this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

McCulloch will be joined at the world championships by fellow NSW Institute of Sport cyclist Ashlee Ankudinoff.

McCulloch will be looking to build on her good recent form on the cycling track.

Her last major event was round three of the 2015/16 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong.

McCulloch secured top 10 finishes in the women’s individual sprint and women’s team sprint.

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Boost for young sport stars

Hume MP Angus Taylor with some young sport stars. Photo supplied

YOUNG Highlands sportspeople are invited to apply for $500 grants to help with their costs.

Applications for funding under round three for 2015/16 of the Federal Government’s Local Sporting Champions program close on February 29.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the grants were available to young people between 12 and 18 years of age who competed at a state, national or international level and who needed to travel more than 250km (return) to take part in their chosen sport.

“The money can be put towards equipment, fees, uniforms, training or transportation,” he said.

“We have a wealth of young sporting talent in Hume and it is great to see so many kids representing themselves and their town at an advanced level.”

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Bush Compass connects isolated seniors

A LOW-TECH, highly-accessible McLean Care program is the centrepiece of the richly laden Seniors’ Festival over April 4-6.

Called Bush Compass, the now 12-month-old program enables remote senior residents from across the Northern Tablelands and a live link to community care activities at McLean.

“They run a class up at the gym, so all local people from the community go up to our gym, and then we Skype in our participants from the outlying areas, so they’re actually participating in that class,” McLean Community Care manager Gail Ting said. “We’ve got people at Mungindi, Tingha, Glen Innes, Delungra.”

She said it was about getting regional rural people to interact and participate.

“Basically there’s nothing for people that live on rural properties, they have to literally get in the car and access wellness and re-ablement exercise programs,” McLean chief executive officer Sue Thomson said.

“They don’t have to with this.”

She said the distance to access the community and programs to engage older resident could be discouraging and encourage social isolation, and Bush Compass offered a bridge to those residents.

“It’s not just the physical, it’s also the mental, it’s the socialisation; they’re interacting with a group of people,” Gail said.

“That’s a huge part of it,” McLean Retirement Services manager Robyn Dixon added.

The leader of the exercise session at McLean is able to view each person remotely participating in their homes.

Anybody of an eligible age can access the program, with the only cost a minimal fee for the sessions, and a cost of about $250 to equip and install the Skype machine access to the person’s television set.

McLean has also connected phone lines and handled the internet accessibility for residents whio keep the machine and may use it to stay connected to family and friends.

Gail said in its frist year, the program now has case studies, reflecting very positive, measureable outcomes with physical therapy tools.

The client went from an unsustainable need for two supporting adults to being able to stand themself with only one person to assist.

“So it’s been able to keep that person out of residential care,” Gail said.

“Very empowering,” Sue added.

She explained a further benefit to remote participants is the delivery of the correct physical exercise considering their health, such as type-2 diabetics.

Bush Compass was funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and McLean, and is accessible to all seniors.

For more information, contact Gail Ting on 6721 7333.

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Rail hub steaming ahead

Colin Rees Group’s Ettamogah Rail Hub. A Similar development will occur at Widgelli.A construction company has been appointed to develop the Widgelli Rail Hub.

Vaughan Constructions will master-plan and develop the hub and a business park for the Colin Rees Group and Amberly Management, owned by Griffith’s Morshead family.The company will also undertake similar work at theEttamogah Rail Hub,15 kilometres north of Albury on the Hume Hwy.

The Widgelli Rail Hub andBusiness Park is situated on a 68-hectare site owned by the Morshead family. The first 30-hectarestageof development at Widgelli will include the design and construction of a new rail hub, railsidings and over 100,000 square metres of warehouse space, hardstands and road networks; a construction value in excess of $80 million.

The Widgelli Rail Hubreceived town planning approvalin August last year. The Business Park will offerboth ‘prelease’ and land and building packages for warehouse and cold storagebuildings ranging from 2 500 square metresto 20,000 square metresin addition to container-rated hardstands.

Cameron Jackson, chief operating officer for the Colin Rees Group, said there was a large variety of potential users so the hub had to be flexible.

“We know that production costs have been squeezedto breaking point, so the focus of many producers, processors, retailers and exporters isthe supply chain,” Mr Jackson said.“We saw a definite gap in the market, so we’ve teamed up with the Morsheadsand Vaughans and we’re able to offer ‘short-line’ rail services in addition to conventionalwarehouse, cold storage and distribution facilities to our customers. Our ‘regional connect’ network can get your box from anywhere in the Riverina to any eastern seaboard port andeven Perth via the Junee or Cootamundra connections.”

Mr Jackson said short-line rail had led to the revival of rail transport in the United States by providingthebenefits from economies of scale to individual customers.

The first of two major stages at Widgelli are expected to be built inthe next two years. It is expected rentsand rates will be released later this month.

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