Wet weather doesn’t stop Busselton Show| Photos The Busselton Agricultural Show was full of pretty lights on Friday night. Photo: Adam Taylor Photography.
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The Busselton Agricultural Show was full of pretty lights on Friday night. Photo: Adam Taylor Photography.

The Busselton Agricultural Show was full of pretty lights on Friday night. Photo: Adam Taylor Photography.

The Busselton Agricultural Show was full of pretty lights on Friday night. Photo: Adam Taylor Photography.

The Busselton Agricultural Show was full of pretty lights on Friday night. Photo: Adam Taylor Photography.

Louie, Shane May and Sarah Larson.

Freaking out on the Super Nova.

Nicholas Fleming and Ryan O’Neal.

All the fun of sideshow alley.

Jessica Ryall and Jade Carter.

Michala and Jade Gibsone.

Michelle Fitzgerald, Paisley Colombera, Bella Harrison and Jess Bedford.

Amity, Tyson and Chelsea Knott.

Matt Guthrie, Jason, Iziah and Zak Johnson.

Leanne Jones, Tiffany and Leo Haddon and Leighton Jones.

Learning to drive in sideshow alley.

Justin McClurg, Huie O’Halloran, Corne Botha, Cooper Tas, Jaidyn Chromow and Joel Anderson.

Allie Hayter, Jerilee Weston, Bianka and Adele Hayter.

Breanna Hadley, Amber George, Montanna Tenardi and Chloe Basnett.

In the air at sideshow alley.

Corporal Vinherwaarde, Durrant, Davidson and Cadet Cassin.

Maya Spilsberryslee, Indi Fisher and Shakira Faulds.

Shae Davis, Donna, Chrys and Khloe Awach and Coral Davis.

All the excitement in sideshow alley.

Robert and Paulette Johnson.

Lewis Stoakes.

Steward Bernie Henderson.

Corina Miceli.

Lucius and Ollie.

Dodgem cars in sideshow alley.

Spinning round in sideshow alley.

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Wes Hines and his two sons spent almost three weeks creating the installation on Creswick Road ahead of Halloween. Picture: Dellaram Vreeland.LOCAL residents have been urged to stay on high alert after a hordeof zombies were spotted heading towards Ballarat.
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Nicely dressed and observed to be mostly men, the undead creatures appear to be descending on the populated town at a zombie-like pace.

The unusual scene has caused many passing by to slow down and, in some obscure cases even stop and take a photo.

In an unusual twist, it seems a field of sunflowers and crazed lawnmowers could be the only barrier stopping the zombies crossing into Ballarat territory.

The installation has been created completely from recycled goods. Picture: Wes Hines.

Many Ballarat residents have taken to social media since the alleged sightings began, with some even posting selfies with the creatures.

HELP!!! The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us here in Ballarat! pic.twitter南京夜网/uERD604lEO

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Police have asked the public for help over a crash in which a Mirrabooka woman died earlier this month.
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Major Crash officers are investigating what caused the October 22 crash, which involved a Toyota Camry and a semi trailer carrying bricks.

The crash happened at the intersection of Wanneroo Road and */]]>

in Nowergup.

The woman who died in the crash was 54-year-old Dong Thi Tuyet Vo, a mother-of-two from Mirrabooka.

Police want to hear from the drivers of two vehicles who may have witnessed the crash.

The vehicles are a black ute believed to have been heading south on Wanneroo Road around 5.40am on the day of the crash, and a dark coloured SUV shaped vehicle also seen in the vicinity at the time.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Indian “baby factories” have become a growing multibillion-dollar industry. Photo: Jonas Gratzer Surrogacy pioneer Dr Nayna Patel examines a surrogate mother at Kaival Hospital in Anand, India, in 2007. Photo: AP/File
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Darren Pinks, wife Clair and then six-week-old Saffron, who was born to a surrogate mother in India in 2012. Photo: Jon Reid

Thai nannies holding nine suspected surrogate babies after a police raid at a residential apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, last year. Photo: EPA

Silvya Jacob gave birth to twins for an Indian couple as a surrogate mother in New Delhi in 2012. Photo: Graham Crouch

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New Delhi: Sitting in his room on the first floor of the packed Delhi IVF & Fertility Centre on Wednesday, Dr Anoop Gupta’s heart sank when he opened an official letter from the government. It was a circular telling him to stop forthwith any future surrogate pregnancies for foreign couples.

“It is such bad news. We have helped give happiness to so many foreign couples who leave the country with a baby. Now it’s all going to end,” he said.

India has decided, in a near-final draft bill to regulate the hitherto unregulated business of surrogacy, that foreign couples will not be allowed to hire a womb. Only Indian couples who live here or Indians based abroad but of Indian origin will be able to do so.

The Assisted Reproductive Technologies Regulation Bill has been in the pipeline for years but is now inching towards becoming law. It is expected to be introduced to Parliament in February.

A doctor who attended the ministerial debates on the rights of foreigners to hire a poor Indian woman’s womb but who is no longer involved said fierce debates took place.

The views of those who opposed foreigners coming for surrogacy hardened after the case of an Australian couple who left a baby born to a surrogate behind, taking the baby boy’s twin sister back to Australia in 2012, he said.

The NSW couple argued they already had a son, wanted a girl to “complete” their family and could not afford to raise the boy. The baby was given up for adoption. “That case loomed over the debate. People said it could not be allowed to happen again, a poor baby left in limbo for no fault of his own,” the doctor told Fairfax Media.

The Australian case initially prompted those drafting the bill to stipulate this year that foreign couples coming to India for a surrogate baby would have to pay a bond so that, if a similar situation arose, there would be enough money to raise any abandoned baby.

But the thinking of those drafting the bill has changed. The bill bans foreigners altogether. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general of the Indian Council for Medical Research who is part of the team drafting the bill, explained that, apart from exploitation, there were two other reasons for the ban.

“One is that, because many countries don’t recognise surrogacy, foreign couples, when they return, face legal hurdles in getting citizenship for the baby. The other is that if other countries don’t allow their women to become surrogates, then it is not fair that they expect to come to India and get Indian women to provide the service,” she said.

Dr Anita Nayar, a senior gynaecologist in New Delhi, said she is opposed to renting wombs because the logic entails that people could also sell their organs, such as a kidney.

“However, if renting wombs is permitted for Indians, then why ban foreigners? What is needed is a proper system, a national registry to eliminate the touts and agents who pocket a large chunk of the woman’s money,” she said.

Columnist Kishwar Desai, who has written a novel about surrogacy, found the ban on foreigners too stringent. “This very harsh law will just drive the practice underground. And it is still not clear whether the rights of the surrogate mothers will be protected strongly, even if the children are born to Indian parents. “

For Dr Nayna Patel, who pioneered surrogacy at her Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, Gujarat, and helped turn India into the surrogacy capital of the world, the ban is both irrational and distressing.

“If there are loopholes or abuses in the system, then fix them. Find solutions for the problem. If you allow surrogacy in principle, then allow it for everyone,” she said.

Dr Patel disagrees with critics of surrogacy who say it exploits impoverished Indian women who are subjected to possibly dangerous medical procedures by unscrupulous doctors and middlemen simply because they are desperate for a lump sum.

“These women need cash to tide them over a crisis, to educate their children or build a home. This is a dignified way of getting that money. Now they will resort to more dangerous means,” she said.

For Australian couples who had been thinking of an Indian surrogate, the draft bill, if it becomes law, will probably not make much of a difference as India has been refusing medical visas for Australians for this purpose for about a year.

Radhika Thapar Bahl, an advocate at India’s Fertility Law Centre, said that the Ministry of External Affairs has been demanding that Australia should officially state on its government website that it will give citizenship to surrogate babies.

“Australia has said it can’t give a blanket and automatic assurance, that all it can do is say it will give citizenship if the various conditions are fulfilled. This issue has made India stop giving visas,” she said.

For a former surrogate mother at a New Delhi fertility clinic, the likely ban is bad news. She declined to be named.

“I build a two-bedroom house with the money I got from an English couple – my dream for my family. My sister also wants to do what I did but now she won’t be able to,” she said.

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Industrial action has delayed bail court hearings in Sydney. Photo: Alice ArcherPrisoners have been left in police cells and Parramatta Bail Court was unable to hear any bail applications on Saturday because ongoing overcrowding in the state’s jails has meant prisoners cannot be transferred from police custody.
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At least 40 people arrested overnight and placed in custody are stuck in holding cells at Surry Hills and Amber Laurel Correctional Centre at Penrith because Corrective Service staff were unable to transfer them.

Until prisoners are moved to the Corrective Services cells they can’t appear before the court via video link.

The situation left police prosecutors unable to proceed, Legal Aid lawyers without paperwork and the magistrate facing an empty courtroom.

It also raises the unusual situation that because prisoners need to appear before the court within 48 hours of being arrested the Supreme Court would have to consider whether or not they could continue to be held lawfully.

If not they would have to be released regardless off what charge they were detained on.

Magistrate Annette Sinclair said the court was ready to proceed.

“It is an entirely unusual situation,” she said. “Weekend bail courts are held so that people taken into custody on Friday do not need to spend any more time than necessary in custody.

“Legal aid and police prosecutors are all here but are unable to take instructions.

“I understand that some 40 people are in custody and we would expect some of these people would be released on bail.”

She said that the court would wait until 1pm before deciding whether to adjourn the court until Sunday.

A spokesman for Corrective Services said: “Delays in receiving offenders occasionally occur. In these cases offenders are held temporarily in court and police cells until prison beds are available.

“Corrective Services NSW has short, medium and long-term strategies to meet the demands on the prison system as the number of inmates increases.”

He said the situation was not a result of industrial action.

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CRAFTY: Alex McKee has crafted this English Elm from a 25 foot tree to a small potted Bonsai, over eight years. Picture: Olivia Shying
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AMONG Bonsai connoisseurs –Bonsai tree grooming is not just seen as a form of horticulture, but a carefully honed art.

Ballarat Bonsai Club member Alex McKee has nurtured his English Elm (pictured) for eight years.

Originally a fully fledged tree –the English Elm stood at 25 feet. Mr McKee cut a section of the tree –which forms the trunk and grafted a branch on the trunk, which now forms the foliage section.

“Bonsai is an ongoing thing –it is a living art,” Mr McKee said.

“You are constantly training it –tip pruning, re-potting every 12 months and root pruning.”

More than 40 different Bonsai species were on display over the weekend.Bonsai was initially used for medicinal trees –as a way of transporting medicines.

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Focus: DoT regional transport officer Garry Wilson conducts a flare demonstration with Navy cadet Thane Barnes at last year’s Blessing of the Fleet. Photo: Tim SlaterPreparations for Esperance’s32nd annual Blessing of the Fleetfestival are well under way.
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The day event at Bandy CreekBoat Harbour aims to celebrateand support recreational and commercialfishing in the RechercheArchipelago, and educate thecommunity on marine safety.

Department of Transport (DoT)regional transport officer andBlessing of the Fleet secretaryGarry Wilson said the festival wasa fun community event thatcatered to the whole family.

“Traditionally we have it inNovember, just prior to theCrayfish season,” Mr Wilson said.

“There’s fresh fish available,there’ll be professional filletingdisplays, a [sea creatures] touchpool and the navel cadets will alsobe there.”

The DoT will be conductingmarine safety flare demonstrationsat 10.30am and EsperanceVolunteer Marine Rescue willsimulate a man overboard rescueat 11.30am.

Mr Wilson said membersof the public were invited toboard a vessel just prior to theblessing, which will be conductedby Reverend Bob Booth at 1pm.

Sing Australia and theEsperance Brass Band will providemusic and entertainment,while Moby Marine will presentkayak and paddle board demonstrations.

Any revenue raised onthe day will go towards the BandyCreek Memorial Fund for peoplelost at sea.

Mr Wilson said the Blessing ofthe Fleet was a great opportunityfor young people to learn aboutmarine safety and the fishingindustry in their town.

“Last year we had between 800and 1000 people come down, sowe’re hoping for a similar turn outthis year.

“Every year we get better at it,”he said.

Blessing of the Fleet 2015 willbe held at Bandy Creek BoatHarbour on Sunday November8between 10am -3pm.

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Picture: RS. Williams.The Harden Hornets A-grade cricket team came up against the Royal Pirates on Saturday in round 3 of the 2015/16 (Trigg Shield) Yass and District Cricket Association season and were effectively given a ‘royal hiding’.
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It was a special round for the league with all players wearing black armbands in honour of former Bowning local Rob Brown, who was Assistant Principal at Cootamundra High School, before unexpectedly passing away last month.

Played at the Pirates home ground ofVictoria Park in Yass, the Harden boys were always going to be up against it, mainly due to a couple of unforeseen late withdrawals, leaving the team with just nine players.

Batting first in the one day encounter,the Hornets could only conjure up 49 runs from 22.3 overs, which was very lowespecially considering at one stage the team was 2 for 40, meaning they lost their next 7wickets for 9 runs.

For Harden, M. Brown top scoredwith 24 and Nathan Schofield made12, but overall Harden were no match for the Pirates pace attack of Tom Parr (4 for 8) and Andrew Holgate (3 for 25).

In reply the home side chased down the runs making 51 in 6.2 overs with Adam Forth making46 of them and remaining unbeaten.

Harden B-grade side also found themselves against aPirates outfitand already with a couple ofwins to their name and thehome ground advantage at Tim Doolan Oval, the team was most confident, howeverthere wasonly two overs played , before the match was abandoneddue to the rain.

On Saturdayin A-grade,Harden has the bye and theywill look to re-group before taking on Yass Golf Club back at Victoria Park in Yass on Saturday, November 14.

Harden B-grade (Sweeney Cup) don’t have the bye this weekend andthe locals will meet Yass Golf Club Colts on the synthetic at Roberts Park with that match starting at 12.30pm.

Playing in the same competition,Binalong B-grade were also called off due to the wet weather and on Saturday they are hosting the Gundaroo Gunners, while Wallendbeen who also got called off in their South West Slopes Dunk Insurance B-grade cricket match are away at Gus Smith Oval in Young taking on the Criterion Gunners.

Inrepresentative cricket,Yass and District will play Cootamundra in McDonald’s Country Plate at Albert Park, Cootamundra on Sunday with the winner of this match due to host either Monaro or Goulburn on November 29.

Picture: RS. Williams.

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High energy show: The Marvin Gaye Experience is hitting Thirroul and Nowra this month and is dedicated to one of Motown’s most enigmatic hit-makers.The Marvin Gaye Experience is hitting Thirroul and Nowra thismonth.
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Thishigh energy show dedicated to one of Motown’smost enigmatic hit-makers, is not to be missed.

The tribute show is an ode to one of the pioneers of Motown, singer-songwriter and producer Marvin Gaye.

Marvin Gaye helped shape the sound of soul music and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time, thanks to his hits What’s Going On, Heard It Through The GrapevineandSexual Healing.

Marvin Gaye was one of the most consistent and enigmatic of the Motown legends, with a career that exemplified the maturation of black pop and soul into a sophisticated form, spanning social and sexual politics.

The two-hour live tribute extravaganza features some of America and Australia’s most talented soul artists.

The 15 piece all star bandincludes Doug Williams (The Voice 2014) and Darryl Beaton (Jessica Mauboy’s music director) and will be joined on stage byArmondo Hurley (vocals),Simone Waddell (vocals),Kimi Tupaea (vocals),Noel Elmowy(keys),Victor Rounds (bass),Calvin Welch (drums) andSunil De Silva (percussion).

The Marvin Gaye Experience Tribute Show is on at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on November 28 and Anita’s Theatre onNovember 7.

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THE winners certainly brought home the bacon at the Denman Football Ground on Saturday.
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But, the inaugural Denman Pig Races also attracted a big crowd – which put a massive smile on the event organisers and local charity, Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The idea was the brainchild of committee members Paul and Merry Freeman.

Under the watchful eye of race caller Kevin Kiley, from Noah’s Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, the brightly-coloured participants had locals and visitors alike squealing with delight.

“This is a hit everywhere we go,” Mr Kiley said.

“And, it’s good to see so many people here today.

“The champion pig is rewarded by being the first to pop its snout into a bowl of milk at the end of the challenging obstacle course.

“The circuit boasts ramps, hay bales, tyres and trigger gates.”

Favourite Porky No. 8 captured the first event on the card, the Goodwin Transport Handicap.

Other feature races included the Hunter Mutual Handicap, St Joseph’s Centenary Cup, Two Rivers Handicap, Coolmore Cup, Hollydene Estate Cup, Precious Pieces Pig Plate and That’s All Folks.

BRINGING HOME THE BACON: Porky No. 8 takes out the first race on Saturday, the Goodwin Transport Handicap.

Denman Pig Races: PHOTOS SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

SQUEALS OF DELIGHT: A big crowd converged on the Denman Football Ground for the inaugural Denman Pig Races, which raised funds for the Denman Support Group of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

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