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Check out the latest on Hornsby roads

Traffic incidents since midnight: 0 Roadworks to avoid: 3 New roadworks this week: 2 Roadworks projects to be completed in the next 30 days: 0 Traffic incidents by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): There were no incidents reported this morning. Roadworks by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): North Sydney Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Warringah Freeway near Sydney Harbour Bridge Alert created at 8.56pm, June 30. Last updated at 6am, July 1. Ends: 6am, July 1 Advice: The northbound reversible lanes (LaneFour a,b,c) will be closed. There is no access to the Ernest St off-ramp. Motorists can use the other northbound lanes for access to Falcon St, Miller St and onto Gore Hill Fwy. Wahroonga Scheduled roadwork (Utilities) Affected street: Pacific Highway near Blytheswood Avenue Alert created at 3.28pm, June 30. Last updated at 3.28pm, June 30. Ends: 5.30am, July 15 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Contraflow traffic conditions will be in place and traffic lights at the intersection of Pacific Hwy and Fox Valley Rd will be flashing, with all approaches reduced to one lane and traffic controllers directing motorists. St Leonards Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Pacific Highway near Oxley Street Alert created at 5.01pm, June 15. Last updated at 8.08am, June 24. Ends: 12.30am, July 23 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Allow extra travel time. Today's hyperlocal stories are available here.

Check out the latest on Bathurst roads

Traffic incidents since midnight: 1 Roadworks to avoid: 21 New roadworks this week: 2 Roadworks projects to be completed in the next 30 days: 0 Traffic incidents by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): Meadow Flat Hazard (Car on fire) Affected street: Great Western Highway near Diamond Swamp Road Alert created at 12.14am, July 1. Last updated at 1.42am, July 1. Advice: Exercise caution. Blackheath Holiday traffic expected Affected street: Great Western Highway near Alert created at 4.34pm, June 30. Last updated at 4.34pm, June 30. Advice: Allow extra travel time. High traffic volumes are expected through Blackheath during peak holiday travel periods. Plan your journey and find out the predicted peak travel times at myjourneynsw.info Wombeyan Caves Hazard (Bush fire and flood damage) Affected street: Wombeyan Caves Road near Langs Road Alert created at 4.49pm, December 10. Last updated at 2.42am, June 26. Advice: Plan your journey. Exercise caution. The road is closed to vehicles overThree tonnes. No access between Mittagong and Wombeyan Caves is available via Wombeyan Caves Road. Hampton Hazard (Slope instability/debris) Affected street: Jenolan Caves Road near Old Bindo Road Alert created at 12.05pm, March 19. Last updated at 3.59am, June 13. Advice: Exercise caution. Plan your journey. Repair work is ongoing. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions are in place, for vehicles less than 3m in width only. Jenolan Caves Rd remains closed at Jenolan. Merriwa Emergency roadwork (Safety barrier repairs) Affected street: Golden Highway near Worondi Rivulet Bridge (near Dunblane Road) Alert created at 2.22pm, June 9. Last updated at 7.23pm, June 10. Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution. The work has been completed but the reduced speed limit remains in place. Jenolan Hazard (Slope instability/debris) Affected street: Jenolan Caves Road near Binoomea Ridge Trail Alert created at 7.43am, March 26. Last updated at 2.50am, June 7. Advice: Plan your journey. Allow extra travel time. Access to Jenolan Caves is only available via Oberon. Roadworks by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): West Wyalong Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Newell Highway near Kerrs Lane Alert created at 12.01pm, July 9. Last updated at 12.30am, July 1. Ends: 12.30am, July 1 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes of additional travel time. Lane width restrictions in place, 3.2m lanes and 0.5m shoulders through worksite. Vehicles over 4m wide should follow the advice on the signage. Contact NHPA for wide load restriction: Phone : 1800 577 295 or Email: info@newellhpa.com.au Cassilis Scheduled roadwork (Resurfacing) Affected street: Golden Highway near Wyoming Street Alert created at 8.03pm, June 30. Last updated at 8.03pm, June 30. Ends: 6pm, July 29 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place. Reduced speed limit due to conditions. Merriwa Scheduled roadwork (Drainage and Culvert works) Affected street: Golden Highway near Pembroke Road Alert created at 7.56pm, June 30. Last updated at 7.56pm, June 30. Ends: 5pm, July 29 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place. Reduced speed limit due to conditions. West Wyalong Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Newell Highway near Kalms Lane Alert created at 12.32pm, October 15. Last updated at 7pm, June 30. Ends: 7pm, June 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes of additional travel time. Vehicles over 4m wide use wide load bays provided and follow advice on signage. Lane width restrictions in place, 3.2m lanes and 0.5m shoulders through worksite. Contact NHPA for wide load restriction: Phone : 1800 577 295 or Email: info@newellhpa.com.au Cassilis Scheduled roadwork (Resurfacing) Affected street: Golden Highway near Wyoming Road Alert created at 10.42am, April 22. Last updated at 6pm, June 30. Ends: 6pm, June 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place. Temora Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Goldfields Way near Research Station Road Alert created at 4.06pm, October 7. Last updated at 6pm, June 30. Ends: 6pm, June 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Motorist are advised to allow an additionalFive minutes travel time. Merriwa Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Golden Highway near Pembroke Road Alert created at 10.24am, April 22. Last updated at 5pm, June 30. Ends: 5pm, June 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place. Manildra Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Henry Parkes Way near Packham Drive Alert created at 1.42pm, April 1. Last updated at 11.42am, June 30. Ends: 7pm, July 8 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes additional travel time. Mirrool Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Newell Highway near 1km south of Mirrool Alert created at 2.16pm, April 1. Last updated at 12.32pm, June 29. Ends: 7pm, July 31 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes additional travel time. Contact NHPA for wide load restrictions: Phone 1800 577 295; Email: info@newellhpa.com.au Forbes Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Newell Highway near Woolshed Road Alert created at 4.57pm, May 27. Last updated at 2.01pm, June 24. Ends: 6pm, October 31 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes additional travel time. Contact NHPA for wide load restriction: Phone : 1800 577 295; Email: info@newellhpa.com.au Forbes Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Newell Highway near Iona Lane Alert created at 9.24pm, May 30. Last updated at 1.51pm, June 24. Ends: 6pm, November 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximately 10 minutes of additional travel time. A 3.2m lane width restriction is in place with 0.5m shoulders through the worksite. Vehicles over 4m wide are to use the wide load bays provided and follow the advice on the signage. Contact NHPA for wide load restriction: Phone : 1800 577 295 or Email: info@newellhpa.com.au Binya Scheduled roadwork (Upgrade) Affected street: Burley Griffin Way near Northern Branch Road Alert created at 12.17pm, June 24. Last updated at 12.17pm, June 24. Ends: 5pm, July 2 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Traffic controllers will be on site to direct motorists. Motorists are advised to allow upto an additional 10 Minutes travel time Ariah Park Scheduled roadwork (Upgrade) Affected street: Burley Griffin Way near Newell Highway Alert created at 12.14pm, June 24. Last updated at 12.14pm, June 24. Ends: 5pm, July 2 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Traffic controllers will be on site to direct motorists. Motorists are advised to allow upto an additional 10 Minutes travel time Parkes Scheduled roadwork (Intersection upgrade) Affected street: Henry Parkes Way near Westlime rd Alert created at 7.08pm, June 17. Last updated at 7.08pm, June 17. Ends: 1am, August 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. The speed limit outside work hours will be 60km/h. Goolma Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Goolma Road near Gardiners Road Alert created at 12.26am, May 15. Last updated at 6.39pm, June 14. Ends: 7pm, August 26 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes additional travel time. Merriwa Scheduled roadwork (Culvert widening) Affected street: Golden Highway near Quigley Street Alert created at 7.37am, April 4. Last updated at 3.28pm, June 14. Ends: 12am, October 30 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place Monday and Tuesdays on site. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes of additional travel time. Lane width restriction of 3m lanes and 0.5m shoulder through worksite. Drivers of oversize and/or overmass (OSOM) vehicles are required to contact the Works Supervisor on 0428 643 624 prior to travel. Bathurst Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Mitchell Highway near Gardiners Road Alert created at 9.58pm, April 14. Last updated at 5.26am, June 13. Ends: 6pm, April 13 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes additional travel time. Parkes Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Henry Parkes Way near Westlime Road Alert created at 3.15pm, February 4. Last updated at 4.30am, June 6. Ends: 6pm, December 20 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Exercise caution. South Bowenfels Scheduled roadwork (Bridge work) Affected street: Mckanes Falls Road near McKanes Bridge Alert created at 11.22am, May 11. Last updated at 5.05pm, May 27. Ends: 1am, September 30 Advice: Plan your journey. Use diversions. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes of additional travel time. Raglan Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Great Western Highway near Alert created at 10.24pm, November 13. Last updated at 3.30pm, May 27. Ends: 6pm, December 20 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Check signage; Allow extra travel time. Traffic controllers will be on site to direct motorists. Parkes Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Victoria Street near Moulden Street Alert created at 10.50am, January 21. Last updated at 1.36am, May 16. Ends: 6pm, January 31 Advice: Check signage. Exercise caution; Use diversions. Motorists are advised to allow approximatelyFive minutes of additional travel time. Today's hyperlocal stories are available here.

Check out the latest on Parramatta roads

Traffic incidents since midnight: 1 Roadworks to avoid: 12 New roadworks this week: 5 Roadworks projects to be completed in the next 30 days: 0 Traffic incidents by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): Lidcombe Crash (3 vehicles) Affected street: Joseph Street near Georges Avenue Alert created at 7.59am, July 1. Last updated at 8.21am, July 1. Advice: Exercise caution. Reduce your speed. Clyde Changed traffic conditions (Sydney Metro West) Affected street: Deniehy Street, Tennyson Street and northern part of Wentworth Street near Alert created at 4.34pm, June 3. Last updated at 12.30am, July 1. Advice: Check signage. Exercise caution. Local roads in Clyde will be permanently closed from 7am on June 14 as part of the Sydney Metro West construction. These are: Deniehy St Tennyson St northern part of Wentworth St North Parramatta Crash (Car) Affected street: James Ruse Drive near Pennant Hills Road Alert created at 10.11pm, June 30. Last updated at 11.01pm, June 30. Advice: Exercise caution. Greystanes Changed traffic conditions (Medical Emergency) Affected street: M4 Motorway near Ettalong Road Alert created at 6.12pm, June 30. Last updated at 7.19pm, June 30. Advice: Allow extra travel time. Merrylands Crash (2 cars) Affected street: M4 Motorway near Burnett Street Alert created at 6.18pm, June 30. Last updated at 6.32pm, June 30. Advice: Exercise caution. Allow extra travel time. Merrylands Hazard (Paint spill) Affected street: Woodville Road near Kimberley Street Alert created at 2.17pm, June 30. Last updated at 3.04pm, June 30. Advice: Reduce your speed. Exercise caution. Toongabbie Breakdown (Car) Affected street: Old Windsor Road near Oakes Road Alert created at 2.17pm, June 30. Last updated at 2.36pm, June 30. Advice: Allow extra travel time. Exercise caution. Northmead Crash (Car into pole) Affected street: Windsor Road near Ventura Road Alert created at 12.57am, June 30. Last updated at 10.51am, June 30. Advice: Reduce your speed. Exercise caution. Contraflow traffic conditions are in place with a single lane available to traffic in each direction. Roadworks by suburb (most recently updated items are listed first): Ermington Scheduled roadwork (Surveying) Affected street: Silverwater Road near South Road Alert created at 6.18pm, June 9. Last updated at 6.30am, July 1. Ends: 6.30am, July 1 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Expect delays.Two ofThree northbound lanes closed. Holroyd Scheduled roadwork Affected street: M4 Motorway on-ramp near Woodville Road / Church Street Alert created at 11.46pm, June 29. Last updated at 6am, July 1. Ends: 6am, July 1 Advice: Check signage. Use diversions; Allow extra travel time. Granville Scheduled roadwork (Maintenance) Affected street: M4 Motorway on-ramp near James Ruse Drive Alert created at 5.02pm, June 16. Last updated at 7.18am, June 30. Ends: 12.30am, July 9 Advice: Check signage. Use diversions; Allow extra travel time. Parramatta Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Wilde Avenue (Smith Street) near Phillip Street Alert created at 1.28am, June 30. Last updated at 1.29am, June 30. Ends: 8am, August 15 Advice: Check signage. Exercise caution; Allow extra travel time.One ofTwo northbound lanes will be closed (bus lane) continuously (24hrs/day) from 7am MonFour Jul to 7am Mon 15 Aug 2022. Parramatta Scheduled roadwork Affected street: George Street near Harris Street Alert created at 1.19am, June 30. Last updated at 1.19am, June 30. Ends: 7pm, July 3 Advice: Use diversions. Allow extra travel time; Check signage. Westmead Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Hawkesbury Road near Darcy Road Alert created at 12.47am, June 30. Last updated at 12.47am, June 30. Ends: 6am, July 4 Advice: One ofTwo southbound lanes will be closed Granville Scheduled roadwork (Maintenance) Affected street: M4 Motorway eastbound off-ramp near James Ruse Drive Alert created at 12.45pm, June 27. Last updated at 12.45pm, June 27. Ends: 5am, July 21 Advice: Plan your journey. Use diversions. Only this off-ramp is closing, the motorway will remain open. Auburn Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Boorea Street /Rawson Street near Station Street Alert created at 8.45pm, June 24. Last updated at 9.50am, June 26. Ends: 1am, July 8 Advice: Reduce your speed. Check signage; Exercise caution. Contraflow traffic conditions will be in place. Auburn Scheduled roadwork (Maintenance) Affected street: M4 Motorway eastbound off-ramp near Silverwater Road Alert created at 1.49am, May 28. Last updated at 12.29pm, June 23. Ends: 5am, July 13 Advice: Use diversions. Check signage; Allow extra travel time. Ermington Scheduled roadwork Affected street: Victoria Road near Bannerman Street Alert created at 2.13pm, June 20. Last updated at 2.13pm, June 20. Ends: 6am, July 8 Advice: Reduced speed limit. Exercise caution; Check signage. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions will be in place and traffic lights at the intersection of Victoria Rd and Spurway St will be flashing, with all approaches reduced to one lane and traffic controllers directing motorists. Rosehill Scheduled roadwork Affected street: M4 Motorway On-Ramp near James Ruse Drive Alert created at 12.51am, May 13. Last updated at 6.32am, June 10. Ends: 6am, July 15 Advice: Use diversions. Check signage; Allow extra travel time. Lidcombe Scheduled roadwork Affected street: M4 Motorway westbound on-ramp near Hill Road Alert created at 11.41am, November 12. Last updated at 10.32pm, June 9. Ends: 7am, July 8 Advice: Plan your journey. Use diversions. Only the westbound on-ramp will be closed, the motorway will remain open. Today's hyperlocal stories are available here.

Jamar transforms Manningham masterpiece

Jamar, who played 160 games with Melbourne and Essendon, and is now a Bombers ruck coach and a builder, running Jamar Group Commercial and Residential Property Services.RELATED: Stunning Templestowe house with ballroom, seven-car garage set to star in saleTemplestowe house price record: Entertainer in league of its ownTemplestowe Lower house price record: Record contender designed with feng shui in mindCommon selling myths... bustedThe father-of-two said he and wife Dulce purchased 12 Sophora Court while pregnant with their second child in 2016. CoreLogic records show the abode sold for $985,000.“We did quite an extensive renovation, it was basically an old home and I knocked down about 70 per cent of the walls and renovated it and extended it, it was a process I really enjoyed,” Mr Jamar said.“A couple of my old teammates did the carpentry, Ricky Petterd and Jared Rivers.”His friend and architect, Joseph at Rise, planned the project.Mr Jamar said Dulce and her business partner Rochelle, who run wedding planning and event company Styled By Coco, deserved “big credit” for designing the interior.The four-bedroom house features a foyer with intricate panelled walls, floor-to-ceiling steel framed windows, a marble wet bar, custom-built marble entertainment unit and bi-fold doors opening to a balcony.“I think the open plan living and dining kitchen area is my favourite,” Mr Jamar said.“We put in a lot of big structural steel into the house which helped us to create big open spaces, which lots of people really love and comment on.”The home has a wine cellar for 100-plus bottles and an attic bedroom, accessed via a concealed ladder, where his children love having sleepovers.“We’ve had many family gatherings and our son’s sixth birthday, which was a bit like a mini-house warming as well,” Mr Jamar said.He said they were moving with plans to renovate another home.“It definitely will be emotional to leave but we are looking forward to doing it again,” Mr Jamar said.Bekdon Richards Hawthorn director Paul Richards said the “sophisticated” abode, with an $2.5m-$2.75m asking price, was located in a quiet area ideal for families.“It’s got a really Beverly Hills feel to it with all the marble, the cellar and next-level, elite finishes,” Mr Richards said.Sign up to the Herald Sun Weekly Real Estate Update. Click here to get the latest Victorian property market news delivered direct to your inbox.MORE: Get your weird on: Airbnb to give away $14.5m for craziest homesShaquille O’Neal downsizes to Texas after selling Florida mega-mansionSpectacular Brighton mansion with nine-car garage, cinema, tennis court aces $14.5m-$15.5m sale

Entertainment venue hits back after noise battle with residents

The Station outdoor entertainment hub has been cleared of creating any noise disturbances after complaints from homeowners living within earshot of the venue were investigated by Liquor and Gaming NSW.In a joint complaint by eight locals, residents claimed heavy bass and music emanating from the venue was a weekly occurrence and disturbed the good order of the neighbourhood.Residents claimed “extreme disturbances” included noise from concerts and outdoor events which had music played so loud they were able “sing along to songs known to them” while their doors and windows were shut and televisions turned on. The complainants also took umbrage with smaller scale activities at the site when music was played including community food events, outdoor markets, themed festivals as well as a noisy ‘Spin for Kids’ charity event which was staged at the venue to raise funds for Variety Australia last year.The venue, which has traded since 2018, is located in the 164-year-old former ‘end of line’ Newcastle Train Station and is advertised as a “thriving community hub for recreation, business, shopping, creative workshops, events and other pop-up activities”.The complaints were taken to Liquor and Gaming after residents made repeated complaints to both NSW Police and the City of Newcastle Council between 2018 and 2021, as well as carrying out their own noise testing using mobile phone recording apps.In response to the complaints, the venue’s management said steps had been taken to keep the peace including providing residents living within 100m of the site with fridge magnets containing contact details for a ‘dedicated disturbance hotline’.The venue said it also abides by its strict licensing conditions including maintaining a noise disturbance register and it was in its “interest to resolve any genuine noise disturbance that is affecting nearby residents.”The submission further stated live entertainment at the site was part of a “broad range of activities the local community want to see” and argued “it was objectively unreasonable to suggest any of these events cause an undue disturbance.”The submission suggested noise from other activities in the CBD area were “substantially’’ louder than any disturbance the venue has caused on nearby homes.“The local surrounds of the venue are that of a thriving CBD hub and nearby residents should expect a certain degree of noise,” the club’s submission stated.The lead complainant called for mitigation measures such as a ban on amplified music, arguing the venue would be “better designed for amplified music if it was an indoor space where music could be contained”.“The venue’s location is the worst possible location for an outdoor amplified music venue as it is located only metres from four multistorey apartment buildings that all have order of occupancy precedence,” the resident added.Liquor & Gaming NSW compliance and enforcement director Dimitri Argeres, in his decision, rejected calls for a ban on amplified music and found there was “insufficient evidence that the venue had caused undue disturbance to the neighbourhood”.“It is reasonable to expect some level of disturbance will be generated from the normal operation of the venue,” he said.“The community event space hosts a vast array of events, not just amplified live music events, in the heart of the Newcastle CBD for example, marching bands, exercise classes and market days.“Surrounding the venue are a mix of residential and commercial properties, three hotels which feature regular live music and outdoor live music, an active harbour with regular cargo movements and a light railway line. This mix of properties and activities creates background noise likely more akin to an urban CBD and not a quiet suburban area.“I consider these factors all point towards a conclusion that the venue has not caused undue disturbance.”The venue is the latest in NSW to be investigated by Liquor and Gaming after complaints relating to noise were referred to the authority by residents.Four other venues have been handed decisions since the beginning of this year.The Station is owned by the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation and is a major part of the $650 million Revitalising Newcastle program.The venue’s management said activity at the site was in line with Newcastle Council’s ‘after dark economy strategy’ which promotes entertainment in the area and states “ultimately there needs to be acceptance on behalf of city centre residents that city life involves a degree of noise and activity”.In a statement, the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation said it “welcomes the resolution of the disturbance complaint.”“All events at The Station are carefully planned and managed in accordance with the development approval and liquor licence requirements and we consistently manage the venue in line with these approved conditions,” a spokeswoman said.“We look forward to continuing to host activations and pop-up events that provide a positive contribution to the local community.”

‘It’s a lifesaver’: Behind the doors of Wagga Women’s Shed

She had just recently moved from Canberra and said being involved with the shed had given her a new lease on life. “I moved from Canberra 12 months ago to make a new start after my husband passed and I wanted to throw myself into everything with the help of speaking to people in Wagga. I was able to find the Wagga Women’s Shed and it has been a lifesaver to me,” Ms Donnelly said. She’s not the only one. For the past five years the shed has been a place of community and friendship for long-term residents and those new to the area who find a sense of belonging in participating in a range of activities. Those activities range from maintaining a community garden, doing arts and crafts and also coffee catch-ups to encourage interaction with others. This Saturday, members will be celebrating the shed’s fifth birthday. President Ros Levett said the shed helped her get through retirement. “Five years is a big milestone, I joined the shed when it first started after I retired and after six weeks doing everything on my bucket list I was bored and I thought I needed to do something,” she said.“Here we are now, I really enjoy being part of it and I helped in the background to get the ground running for the creation of the shed all those years ago.”Shed secretary Bev Rankin said being involved was an important part of getting to know the local community better after she moved from Moama. “It is important to me because I was new to Wagga and moved here in late 2019, I used to live in Moama and was involved in multiple activities including the Moama garden group,” she said.“Before I came here I googled what type of groups there were for Wagga in terms of women’s groups. I saw the Wagga Women’s Shed come up on my search and I thought ‘why not join’. “Once I saw they do meditation which I was eager to do, I joined in.”With the help of a grant of $11,000 from the Community Justice department, Mrs Rankin said the newly built community garden was a chance for people to come together after the last two years of isolation. “People are taking notice of the veggie garden and this helps people come together and is a much needed resource because women in Wagga do not know where to turn to have a chat,” she said.Another member of the shed, Wagga resident Lee Broadley, is happily retired and said the shed had given her extra meaning in life. Plus she’s found a new passion for knitting. “This place keeps giving me lessons and trying new things which is vital as I live on,” she said, as she knitted away. “I love knitting and currently we are knitting slippers for the market which is great fun and it keeps my hands sharp.”Wagga resident Patricia Douglass, a committee member, also joined the shed after she retired.She enjoyed the activities that she took part in but realised the need to help out.“I love yoga and it was great to do that but I saw the shed needed help on the admin side of things and I decided to go onto the committee and this has taken over my life but I love it,” Ms Douglass said. She said that the shed was important to many women in Wagga in need of an outlet. Lynn Rattenbury, who was encouraged by her daughter to join, said it was really important for her mental health. “I love all the woman and making myself useful, especially with the upcoming market, has been great,” Ms Rattenbury said. “It is more about making friends and friendships that you make at the shed because they are so important.”Ms Rattenbury, who is in charge of running the markets, added: “Having the market can help us have more people be aware of the Women’s Shed because it is important for those who are new to Wagga but also those who lost partners to join a collective of women in building new friendships.”On Saturday, the market will include garden, jewellery and arts and crafts stalls, as well as face painting and a coffee van, with all proceeds going towards the shed and the veggie garden.It will be held at Wagga Women’s shed at the Beckwith Tennis Court Club Room on Beckwith St. Entry is via gold coin donation.

‘It’s a lifesaver’: Behind the doors of Wagga Women’s Shed

She had just recently moved from Canberra and said being involved with the shed had given her a new lease on life. “I moved from Canberra 12 months ago to make a new start after my husband passed and I wanted to throw myself into everything with the help of speaking to people in Wagga. I was able to find the Wagga Women’s Shed and it has been a lifesaver to me,” Ms Donnelly said. She’s not the only one. For the past five years the shed has been a place of community and friendship for long-term residents and those new to the area who find a sense of belonging in participating in a range of activities. Those activities range from maintaining a community garden, doing arts and crafts and also coffee catch-ups to encourage interaction with others. This Saturday, members will be celebrating the shed’s fifth birthday. President Ros Levett said the shed helped her get through retirement. “Five years is a big milestone, I joined the shed when it first started after I retired and after six weeks doing everything on my bucket list I was bored and I thought I needed to do something,” she said.“Here we are now, I really enjoy being part of it and I helped in the background to get the ground running for the creation of the shed all those years ago.”Shed secretary Bev Rankin said being involved was an important part of getting to know the local community better after she moved from Moama. “It is important to me because I was new to Wagga and moved here in late 2019, I used to live in Moama and was involved in multiple activities including the Moama garden group,” she said.“Before I came here I googled what type of groups there were for Wagga in terms of women’s groups. I saw the Wagga Women’s Shed come up on my search and I thought ‘why not join’. “Once I saw they do meditation which I was eager to do, I joined in.”With the help of a grant of $11,000 from the Community Justice department, Mrs Rankin said the newly built community garden was a chance for people to come together after the last two years of isolation. “People are taking notice of the veggie garden and this helps people come together and is a much needed resource because women in Wagga do not know where to turn to have a chat,” she said.Another member of the shed, Wagga resident Lee Broadley, is happily retired and said the shed had given her extra meaning in life. Plus she’s found a new passion for knitting. “This place keeps giving me lessons and trying new things which is vital as I live on,” she said, as she knitted away. “I love knitting and currently we are knitting slippers for the market which is great fun and it keeps my hands sharp.”Wagga resident Patricia Douglass, a committee member, also joined the shed after she retired.She enjoyed the activities that she took part in but realised the need to help out.“I love yoga and it was great to do that but I saw the shed needed help on the admin side of things and I decided to go onto the committee and this has taken over my life but I love it,” Ms Douglass said. She said that the shed was important to many women in Wagga in need of an outlet. Lynn Rattenbury, who was encouraged by her daughter to join, said it was really important for her mental health. “I love all the woman and making myself useful, especially with the upcoming market, has been great,” Ms Rattenbury said. “It is more about making friends and friendships that you make at the shed because they are so important.”Ms Rattenbury, who is in charge of running the markets, added: “Having the market can help us have more people be aware of the Women’s Shed because it is important for those who are new to Wagga but also those who lost partners to join a collective of women in building new friendships.”On Saturday, the market will include garden, jewellery and arts and crafts stalls, as well as face painting and a coffee van, with all proceeds going towards the shed and the veggie garden.It will be held at Wagga Women’s shed at the Beckwith Tennis Court Club Room on Beckwith St. Entry is via gold coin donation.

Trade update: Dogs extend Smith talks; Cats on the prowl

There is still some way to go as the Dogs attempt to secure all of their out-of-contract players, which means negotiations could still drag on for some time.But Smith wants to play for the Dogs and a two-year deal would see him handsomely rewarded while still allowing him to sign a mega-deal when he came out of contract at the end of 2024.Smith has now served his two-week ban for headbutting Geelong’s Zach Tuohy but has two more weeks to wait after a Bulldogs suspension following video emerging on social media of him snorting cocaine.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The club and his management have put support around him after he went on a bender in Queensland late last year after the grand final, telling the Herald Sun recently the stresses of the season had seen him lose control.Dogs chief executive Ameet Bains recently confirmed the club had kickstarted contract talks.“We had made a fair bit of progress with his manager, Paul Connors, in the last two to three weeks, so hopefully that momentum can keep going,” he said.“The important part is … the incident was from last year. While the club didn’t have any knowledge of any vision being in existence until it came to our attention last weekend, that period that Bailey was dealing with late last year that led to the poor decision-making was something we knew about and dealt with at the time.”Blues’ key to successCarlton plans to have at least one of their three key tall signings for 2023 locked away before the end of the year.While the Blues are keeping mum on their list management strategy surrounding Coleman medallist Harry McKay, the man leading the race for the award this year Charlie Curnow and improving ruck/key position player Tom De Koning, it is understood club officials are confident they have room in the salary cap to keep the trio in navy blue.McKay and Curnow will be restricted free agents at the end of next season, while De Koning will come out of contract at the end of 2023.McKay’s new deal might be the one that can be expedited before the start of next season, as Sam Walsh’s 2022 deal was fast-tracked and announced in February this year.Blues chief executive Brian Cook admitted keeping the club’s exciting crop of players — as well as chasing a ready-made wingman in the trade/free agency window — represented a challenge, but stressed it was achievable.He told 3AW this week “our list management is challenging, but it is very doable … it is not as though we can’t manage it.”Meanwhile, the Blues’ long list of good-news-stories for 2022 could extend even further in the coming weeks with mid-season rookie Will Hayes edging closer to playing his first AFL game in two years.Hayes played 11 games for the Bulldogs, with his last game coming in Round 16, 2020.He has been in outstanding form for Carlton’s VFL side in recent weeks and has been very close to elevation to the senior team.He was one of two Carlton selections in the mid-season draft, with the other being Sam Durdin, who played one game before being injured.Cats eye rival midsGeelong is scouring the player market for an established midfield gun to bolster the club’s engine room next season.Despite landing Jeremy Cameron on a blockbuster deal 18 months ago, the Cats have the scope and space in their cap to be active in the exchange period this year.And Chris Scott’s men have their sights set on another mature-age midfielder to help support superstar Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan, Brandan Parfitt and Cameron Guthrie in the engine room in 2023.Ruckman Todd Goldstein has also been linked to the Cats and could move for nothing as a free agent after knocking back Geelong three years ago.The Cats’ available midfield options are headed by Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw who could finally assert himself as a top-line onballer if he switched to the hoops.Brayshaw is also a free agent meaning the Cats wouldn’t have to cough up a top pick as part of a deal.The premiership star is considering his future and is expected to take time making a call as Luke Jackson genuinely entertains a massive offer to join Fremantle or West Coast.But two other local products in Hawthorn best and fairest winner James Worpel and GWS Giants’ youngster Tanner Bruhn would also appeal to Geelong, albeit as part of a trade. Worpel was dropped to the VFL side mid-season after falling out of favour with Sam Mitchell, while Bruhn is also weighing up his future.Bruhn’s father, Matthew, was a star midfielder in the local leagues in Geelong.Tanner’s form has improved since Mark McVeigh took over as stand-in coach with the man taken pick 12 highly-rated for his natural ballwinning.The Cats have managed their salary cap well with veterans Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins known to be on modest wages.The 33-year-old Hawkins, in particular, is having another outstanding season in attack with 36 goals and 23 behinds from 14 matches.Geelong has again defied its critics and remained in the premiership hunt this season as Scott’s men prepare to confront a besieged North Melbourne on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium.The Cats have finished outside the top-four only three times since 2007 in an extraordinarily successful run for the blue and white. Dogs in Lobb mixRory Lobb’s certain trade request to a Victorian club will see him take a pay cut on his $750,000 contract next year as he closes in on a club of choice.The Western Bulldogs are seen as a warm favourite by their rivals, with Lobb keen to make clear his trade request much earlier this season after an aborted trade to GWS last year.Lobb is on the verge of locking in his club of choice for the 2023 season despite Fremantle’s opposition to a trade amid haggling on his next deal.Lobb is seen to want a three-year deal at around $1.5 million and should that deal be forthcoming the Dockers will likely be informed in coming weeks so they can broker a trade.St Kilda made a late play at Lobb but it is believed the Dogs are well in front given their need for a ruck-forward. He has always been highly paid compared to his output given his promise at GWS and the Dockers’ determination to lure him home.Now he is keen to move to Victoria for family reasons given he and his partner want to be in Melbourne.As recently as last month the Dockers were adamant they would hold the contracted ruck-forward to the final year of his deal.But if they were to secure Luke Jackson from Melbourne all bets would be off as they would need to secure draft capital for the ruckman given they have traded away their second and third-round picks.Steeled for 2023Collingwood veteran Steele Sidebottom is contracted for next year despite reports and keen to feature in the club’s rebound back into premiership contention.Sidebottom finished fifth in the club’s best-and-fairest last year in a bounce-back season.While the Pies didn’t announce it, he signed a contract some time ago through to the end of the 2023 season.Jeremy Howe did something similar in quietly signing on to the end of 2023.Sidebottom will turn 32 in January but after 278 excellent AFL games his contract will put him on track for 300 AFL games at the Pies.He is already fourth on that list after the last fortnight, going past Wayne Richardson (277) and behind only Scott Pendlebury (334), Tony Shaw (313) and Gordon Coventry (306).As the Herald Sun reported last week, the Pies will secure free agent Dan McStay and has significant interest in GWS small forward Bobby Hill.And if Jordan De Goey does leave as a free agent there is strong belief that Rising Star favourite Nick Daicos can slot into a midfield role after dominating as a half back in his debut season.

Trade update: Dogs extend Smith talks; Cats on the prowl

There is still some way to go as the Dogs attempt to secure all of their out-of-contract players, which means negotiations could still drag on for some time.But Smith wants to play for the Dogs and a two-year deal would see him handsomely rewarded while still allowing him to sign a mega-deal when he came out of contract at the end of 2024.Smith has now served his two-week ban for headbutting Geelong’s Zach Tuohy but has two more weeks to wait after a Bulldogs suspension following video emerging on social media of him snorting cocaine.Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The club and his management have put support around him after he went on a bender in Queensland late last year after the grand final, telling the Herald Sun recently the stresses of the season had seen him lose control.Dogs chief executive Ameet Bains recently confirmed the club had kickstarted contract talks.“We had made a fair bit of progress with his manager, Paul Connors, in the last two to three weeks, so hopefully that momentum can keep going,” he said.“The important part is … the incident was from last year. While the club didn’t have any knowledge of any vision being in existence until it came to our attention last weekend, that period that Bailey was dealing with late last year that led to the poor decision-making was something we knew about and dealt with at the time.”Blues’ key to successCarlton plans to have at least one of their three key tall signings for 2023 locked away before the end of the year.While the Blues are keeping mum on their list management strategy surrounding Coleman medallist Harry McKay, the man leading the race for the award this year Charlie Curnow and improving ruck/key position player Tom De Koning, it is understood club officials are confident they have room in the salary cap to keep the trio in navy blue.McKay and Curnow will be restricted free agents at the end of next season, while De Koning will come out of contract at the end of 2023.McKay’s new deal might be the one that can be expedited before the start of next season, as Sam Walsh’s 2022 deal was fast-tracked and announced in February this year.Blues chief executive Brian Cook admitted keeping the club’s exciting crop of players — as well as chasing a ready-made wingman in the trade/free agency window — represented a challenge, but stressed it was achievable.He told 3AW this week “our list management is challenging, but it is very doable … it is not as though we can’t manage it.”Meanwhile, the Blues’ long list of good-news-stories for 2022 could extend even further in the coming weeks with mid-season rookie Will Hayes edging closer to playing his first AFL game in two years.Hayes played 11 games for the Bulldogs, with his last game coming in Round 16, 2020.He has been in outstanding form for Carlton’s VFL side in recent weeks and has been very close to elevation to the senior team.He was one of two Carlton selections in the mid-season draft, with the other being Sam Durdin, who played one game before being injured.Cats eye rival midsGeelong is scouring the player market for an established midfield gun to bolster the club’s engine room next season.Despite landing Jeremy Cameron on a blockbuster deal 18 months ago, the Cats have the scope and space in their cap to be active in the exchange period this year.And Chris Scott’s men have their sights set on another mature-age midfielder to help support superstar Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan, Brandan Parfitt and Cameron Guthrie in the engine room in 2023.Ruckman Todd Goldstein has also been linked to the Cats and could move for nothing as a free agent after knocking back Geelong three years ago.The Cats’ available midfield options are headed by Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw who could finally assert himself as a top-line onballer if he switched to the hoops.Brayshaw is also a free agent meaning the Cats wouldn’t have to cough up a top pick as part of a deal.The premiership star is considering his future and is expected to take time making a call as Luke Jackson genuinely entertains a massive offer to join Fremantle or West Coast.But two other local products in Hawthorn best and fairest winner James Worpel and GWS Giants’ youngster Tanner Bruhn would also appeal to Geelong, albeit as part of a trade. Worpel was dropped to the VFL side mid-season after falling out of favour with Sam Mitchell, while Bruhn is also weighing up his future.Bruhn’s father, Matthew, was a star midfielder in the local leagues in Geelong.Tanner’s form has improved since Mark McVeigh took over as stand-in coach with the man taken pick 12 highly-rated for his natural ballwinning.The Cats have managed their salary cap well with veterans Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins known to be on modest wages.The 33-year-old Hawkins, in particular, is having another outstanding season in attack with 36 goals and 23 behinds from 14 matches.Geelong has again defied its critics and remained in the premiership hunt this season as Scott’s men prepare to confront a besieged North Melbourne on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium.The Cats have finished outside the top-four only three times since 2007 in an extraordinarily successful run for the blue and white. Dogs in Lobb mixRory Lobb’s certain trade request to a Victorian club will see him take a pay cut on his $750,000 contract next year as he closes in on a club of choice.The Western Bulldogs are seen as a warm favourite by their rivals, with Lobb keen to make clear his trade request much earlier this season after an aborted trade to GWS last year.Lobb is on the verge of locking in his club of choice for the 2023 season despite Fremantle’s opposition to a trade amid haggling on his next deal.Lobb is seen to want a three-year deal at around $1.5 million and should that deal be forthcoming the Dockers will likely be informed in coming weeks so they can broker a trade.St Kilda made a late play at Lobb but it is believed the Dogs are well in front given their need for a ruck-forward. He has always been highly paid compared to his output given his promise at GWS and the Dockers’ determination to lure him home.Now he is keen to move to Victoria for family reasons given he and his partner want to be in Melbourne.As recently as last month the Dockers were adamant they would hold the contracted ruck-forward to the final year of his deal.But if they were to secure Luke Jackson from Melbourne all bets would be off as they would need to secure draft capital for the ruckman given they have traded away their second and third-round picks.Steeled for 2023Collingwood veteran Steele Sidebottom is contracted for next year despite reports and keen to feature in the club’s rebound back into premiership contention.Sidebottom finished fifth in the club’s best-and-fairest last year in a bounce-back season.While the Pies didn’t announce it, he signed a contract some time ago through to the end of the 2023 season.Jeremy Howe did something similar in quietly signing on to the end of 2023.Sidebottom will turn 32 in January but after 278 excellent AFL games his contract will put him on track for 300 AFL games at the Pies.He is already fourth on that list after the last fortnight, going past Wayne Richardson (277) and behind only Scott Pendlebury (334), Tony Shaw (313) and Gordon Coventry (306).As the Herald Sun reported last week, the Pies will secure free agent Dan McStay and has significant interest in GWS small forward Bobby Hill.And if Jordan De Goey does leave as a free agent there is strong belief that Rising Star favourite Nick Daicos can slot into a midfield role after dominating as a half back in his debut season.

Book Review: Tangki Tjuta – Donkeys, by Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Book Review: Tangki Tjuta – Donkeys, by Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Big donkeys and little donkeys—long eared and wide eyed—clip-clop through the bush, having fun and helping their child and adult friends.

Tangki Tjuta – Donkeys is a slice-of-life story depicted using sculptures by Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council. The Council works with women who earn an income by creating contemporary fibre art.