GALLERY: Out and about in Orange

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GALLERY: Out and about in Orange ROGERS: Friends and family gathered to help Karly Rogers celebrate her 30th birthday on Saturday night. Photo: STEVE GOSCH
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NIGHT MARKET: Jen Westbrook and Bree Kelly. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Tash Lijic, Greg Grinter and Dee Maric. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Gemma L’Estrange, Brooke Halloway and Mindy Moe. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Linda Kinchela, Jenny Rolfe and Kim McKenzie. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Emma, Harrison, Mitch and Lewis Carr. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NIGHT MARKET: Helen and Peter Maitland, Tanya Richards and Jessica and Noah Richards. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Melissah and Michael Quinn. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Drew Weber and Kate Hall. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Leanne Vogler, Kathleen Catlin and Teresa Taylor. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Will McFeeters, Lucy Hickman and Tildy Starr. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Eliza Ingram, Amber Bryant and Maegan Hamling. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Sally Brownlow, Emma Dreser, Di Trott, Renee Gibson and Ellie and Nora McNamara. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PETERS: Brian Loud and Scott Duffy. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Karlie and Rory Fisher and Erin Child. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Minna Squire and Seth Galvin. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Erin and Dane Child. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Tom Martin and Lisa Ryan. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Glenn and Karly Rogers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: India Harper and Lilly Whittaker. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

REUNION: Jenny and Dave Ferguson and Joe Wilkins. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Vanessa and Peter Colquhoun with Stuart and Lisa Glasson. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Adrian Sherwood, Glenn Rogers and Tanya Collier. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Harry Williams and Annabelle Tierney. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Sarah Keir and Ian Sutherland. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Ben Crowhurst, Kent, Sarah and Betteanne Bryant, Meagan Crowhurst, Anne and Danny Davis and Tim Crowhurst. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Honor Wharton, Georgie Bowyer and Scarlett Hamblin. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: John Tilston, Darrell Duff and Brian Mendham. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Bob and Estelle Barker. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Joe Maric, Kyara Tillman, Aidanand Kylie Lenaghan. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Amy Suttor and George Jackson. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NIGHT MARKET: Emma Kingham, Carole Doyle and Matilda George. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Tanya Collier and Jan Rogers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Amanda Forrest, Zak Hyde and Troy Loud. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Adrian Sherwood, Tanya Collier, Glenn and Karly Rogers, Jan and Bruce Rogers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Alice Litchfield, Zali Thomas, Jossie Date, Zita Lamph, Charlotte Hogg and Fran Casti. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Emily Shields and Hugh Britton. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Chontel Gibson, Andrew Rawson and Pam Boney. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Jonathan Wykes and Kenny Freedman. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: Bronwyn and Mike Ryan. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Gabby Ether and Nedd Brockman. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Gerald Power with Luen and Adam Sonogan of Townsville. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Billie-Jo Cook and James Rutten. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PETERS: Kim Ellis, Vicki Peters and Deb Sinclair. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

REUNION: Dianne Want and Carol Tilston. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Toby Condon and Anna Price. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Harry Edmondson, Will Freeth, James Conran, Jack Lamph, Alec Patfield with Josh Jones, Bradley Miller, Max Manson, Tom Cummins and Pete Alston. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Rachel Jones and Michelle Rattery. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Lucinda and Sally Nash with Simone, Lillian, Ricci and Massimilliano Danieletto. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Kirsty Glanville and Carolyn Renehan. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Margaret and Paul Whalen. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Lily Moe and George Hogg. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Hayley Rogers, Willow Fisher, Cameron and Charlotte Rogers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Lachlan Maple, Toni Bossi, Stephen and Caroline Fogwiil with Walter and Shelley-Anne Imbrailo. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: Dawn Mendham and Carol Sell. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Millie Rice and Charles Mortimer. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Johannah Collins and Dylan Swain. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Elissa Graham and Michele George. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Ben Fairfax, Elsie Vial, Kylie Watkins, Harry Vial, Stuart Vial and Will Vial with Xavier Wynne. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NIGHT MARKET: Debbie and Trevor Wren. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Hannah Dillon and Courtney Baker. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Olivia Archer and Ben Uttley. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NIGHT MARKET: Kia Handley and Kirby Skulander. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: Cathy Murphy, Lyn and Paul McCormick. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Emma Haege, Jack Lamph and Rebecca Crisp. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PETERS: Heather McKie and Kristy Jeffery. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HALLOWEEN: Rae and Macy Maric, Kevin Lenaghan, Sally and Brian Penrose. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Zoe Watt and Joe Yeomans. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NIGHT MARKET: Annabelle Amos, Kate Fotheringham, Kathleen Ferguson and Felicity Nethery. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Friends and family gathered to celebrate Karly Rogers’ 30th birthday on Saturday night. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Emma Anderson and Johannah Collins. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LILAC BALL: Samuel Vail and Lilly Murray. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: Paul McCormick, John Murphy and Kelly Hogan. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

PETERS: Caitlin Zinna, Veronica Ford, Chelsea and Jenny Ostini. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Sean and Amy Quinn and Jodie Taylor. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Sophia Thibaudeau, Claire Goodall, Ramona Vogt, Monique Beglinger and Emma Almond. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Mike Milston, Brian Turnbull, Pat French and Neil Ingram. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Milla Niven and Jack Ridley. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Kelly Sharleton, Wendy Holmes and Kim Oliver. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

NIGHT MARKET: Ann Kelly and Rhonda Boardman. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NAIDOC: Karen Sharpe and Patricia Stevenson. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Georgia Booth, Canada Gavin and Kelsey Gray. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROGERS: Charlie Mills and Glenn Rogers. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

LILAC BALL: Hamish Cameron and Caitlin Bell. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CYMS: Carol and Warren Sell. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

TweetFacebookCENTRAL Western Daily photographers Jude Keogh and Steve Gosch werekept busy with the many great parties and events in Orange this weekend.

On Friday Jude was at the Orange Wine Festival night markets at Robertson Park, the Lee Peters fundraiser at Endeavour Oval and the Lilac Ball at Orange Ex-Services Club.

On Saturday Steve was at the NAIDOC Awards Night at Orange Ex-Services Club, Karly Rogers’ 30th birthday party, Pindari Place for halloween festivities and CYMS 1962 reunion at 1870.

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Toxic Truth: Defence gets defensive

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THE Department of Defence ‘‘did not believe they had a responsibility to notify any authority’’ about groundwater contamination at Williamtown RAAF Base in May 2012, despite tests showing elevated contaminant levels ‘‘in the vicinity of the Hunter Water Corporation borefield’’, a Port Stephens Council file note has shown.

Defence personnel formed their conclusion based on the view that they ‘‘did not consider this to be a pollution incident’’, Port Stephens Council environmental health officer Paul Minett wrote in a file note placed in council’s system on May 31, 2012, only hours after a meeting where the council was first advised of the contamination problem.

The meeting occurred after Mr Minett received a phone call from Williamtown RAAF Base senior environmental manager Helen Horn to discuss a land contamination issue he initially thought would be about asbestos.

According to Mr Minett’s file note, obtained by the Newcastle Herald under freedom of information legislation, Defence said it had already notified the Environment Protection Authority despite believing it did not have to report the contamination.

It also planned to establish a stakeholder group, the file note said.

Mr Minett wrote that both he and another council environmental health officer, Andrew Weekes, were concerned after an aerial photograph showed sampling points with levels above the accepted US standard for perfluorooctonate sulfonate (PFOS) ‘‘in the surface drains known as Moore’s drain and Dawson’s drain’’.

‘‘Moore’s drain discharges runoff from the RAAF Base towards Tilligerry Creek eventually depositing into the creek whilst Dawson’s drain deposits surface waters into Fullerton Cove,’’ Mr Minett wrote.

In response to a question about the likely health impacts of PFOS, Mr Minett recorded that he was told by Defence that ‘‘these chemicals could cause cancerous growths’’.

Mr Minett recorded that Mr Weekes ‘‘strongly suggested’’ that NSW Fisheries and the NSW Food Authority be included in the stakeholder group after Defence advised ‘‘they had not been considered at this time’’.

Mr Weekes said both NSW Government agencies needed to be involved because of potential risks to the area’s oyster and fishing industries.

Defence did not advise NSW Fisheries or the food authority, who were unaware of the contamination until the Environment Protection Authority reported it to them on August 13 this year.

Defence had met with Hunter Water and the EPA on May 10, 2012 for a briefing to ‘‘meet the Department’s duty of care obligations’’.

A 2007 Defence report on managing the fire fighting foam with the contaminants said research showed ‘‘they cannot be released into the environment’’, as they had ‘‘considerable impacts on the environment’’.

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Collie River marron deaths an ‘environmental disaster’

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Hundreds of dead marron have washed up on the banks of the Collie River. Photo: Collie Mail. Dennis True survey scene where hundreds of marron have died at the Collie River south branch as water levels hit record lows. Photo: Supplied
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Hundreds of marron have been found dead at the south branch of the Collie River.

Collieburn – Cardiff resident and Collie River enthusiast Joe Hetherington was surveying the state of the river when he stumbled upon the gruesome scene.

“It smelled of death,” he said.

“I saw all the marron, most of them were already dead.

“There was water there but they didn’t want to be in it, because it’s toxic.”

Mr Hetherington and two other men spent the day collecting some of the marron that were still alive and relocating them to a permanent pool nearby.

“Technically we are committing a crime as we are not allowed to remove marron from the river,” Mr Hetherington said.

Distressed locals have placed the blame on the nearby Lake Kepwari.

Collie River researcher and activist Ed Riley said the diversion of water into the lake was starving the south branch of the river of vital water, causing the riverbed to dry up.

As part of the Lake Kepwari trial, water from the Collie River was diverted into the lake and was supposed flow back out, reconnecting with the south branch.

The low water levels in Lake Kepwari mean the water can flow in but not out.

The marron living in the south branch are trapped in a single puddle of remaining stagnant water, about a foot deep.

According to Mr Riley the water is running out of oxygen and heating up.

“It’s forcing the marron to crawl out onto land where they cook in their shells from heat of the sun,” he said.

Mr Riley together with fellow activist Dennis True blame Premier Coal and the Department of Water for not acting sooner.

“I was surprised the river collapsed as quickly as it did, it’s quite disturbing,” Mr True said.

“We were assured the rehabilitation program wouldn’t have a negative impact on the south branch of the river,” Mr Riley said.

“Premier Coal didn’t open the gates to let water through to the south branch and it’s caused the collapse of the river.”

As first reported by the Collie Mail in September, the south branch of the Collie River did not flow during winter for the first time ever.

Premier Coal general manager investor relations and corporate affairs James Rickards said the lack of water in the south branch was due to natural causes.

“As confirmed with the Department of Water, the amount of rainfall during this winter has been roughly half the amount of previous years, limiting flows in the Collie River South Branch and opportunities for flow-through,” he said.

“The Lake Kepwari trial flow-through has been undertaken by Premier Coal Limited under licence from the Department of Water since 2013, and is now in an ‘operational phase’ after two successful flow-through trial years.

“Premier Coal Limited has been in continual contact with the Department of Water through-out this winter season, and has managed the flow-through according to the principles of the Adaptive Management Strategy.”

The Department of Water South West region manager Adam Maskew said the department was aware of the issues at the Collie River and Cardiff pools but they did not attribute it to the diversion of the water into Lake Kepwarri.

“Flow normally stops in this area of the Collie River over the summer months and 2015 has been an extremely dry year,” he said.

“Unfortunately in very dry years like this these pools may dry up and we will unfortunately see fish deaths associated with these extremely dry conditions causing loss of habitat.

“This and other pools along this stretch of the Collie River have dried out before.

Our gauging stations show that 2015 is one of the lowest flows in over 50 years.”

Mr Maskew also discourages contact with any dead fish or marron found in these areas.

Story via the Collie Mail.

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Diving into summer

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Mildura Rural City Council recreation development manager Scott Umback inspects Irymple pool before the opening of the municipal pools tomorrow. Picture: Christopher TestaSUNDAY is expected to arrive with a splash as public swimming pools open across the district.
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Mildura Council staff have been giving the pools tender love and care before their gates open to the public, with the district’s swimming clubs eager to begin training at their home pools immediately.

Opening hours at the pools will be extended in December as the weather heats up, and will remain lengthened for school holidays and hot days.

This year, the council has taken direct operating control of the Merbein, Irymple, Red Cliffs and Ouyen pools after several years of contracting the service out to Melbourne-based groups Belgravia Leisure and the YMCA.

Mildura Waves remains under the management of Belgravia Leisure.

Recreation development man­ager Scott Umback said the move would allow for a more efficient sharing of resources between different pools and be attractive to employees because staff from one centre could pick up extra working hours at another if required.

The council’s “big ticket” expenditure item on the swimming pool maintenance program this year was a $150,000 upgrade of the plant room at Red Cliffs pool.

Other work included the cleaning and repair of shade sails at the Irymple pools, while all pools will have their water treated before tomorrow’s opening.

“It doesn’t take long to turn them around.

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Man discharged from hospital after shark attack near Albany

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A man has reportedly been attacked by a shark near Albany. A man has been discharged from Albany hospital after reportedly being dragged underwater by a shark while spearfishing in the State’s south-west on Friday.
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A Department of Fisheries spokesman confirmed there had been a shark incident near Albany.

He said the exact location and circumstances around the attack were yet to be confirmed. Public report unknown sp. shark sighted 12:00hrs 30/10 in Bald Island, east of Albany Cont— Surf Life Saving WA (@SLSWA) October 30, 2015

A Department of Health spokesperson described the man’s injuries as minor.

Radio 6PR said a witness saw the man calmly walk out of the ocean and drive to hospital with a friend following the attack.

Beaches in the area remain open with the City of Albany yet to be notified of any attack.

More to come. 

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Reform shines light on councillor expense claims

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Related: Chapman tops councillor expenses
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The minister for local government says figures detailing the expenses claimed by Bendigo councillors were made public as part of the state’s push towards more transparent councils.

Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins: ‘We want to see communities have a greater say and ensure that councils are listening.’

Thursday marked the first time the City of Greater Bendigo publicly released each councillor’s expense claims as part of its annual report, a move made necessary byamendments to local government regulations.

The report showed CouncillorElise Chapmanclaimed more than double thatof all but one of her council colleagues. But the Marong-based councillor defended herexpensebill as necessary for a single-mother of two living on the outskirts of theshire.

“I have two children, and I’ve recently completed my training to be a foster parent,” the single mother and Lockwood Wardcouncillor said.“I claim for reimbursements that I’m entitled to …clearly I had a busy year [and] I don’t just vote on issues without driving out and having a look at the site in relation to the issue.

“I also visited many residents that need my help and attended meetings and events, as is my job.”

The city’s annual report revealed Cr Chapman claimed a total of $35,676 in the last financial year, with $21,191 of that claimed as car mileage, $4243 in childcare, $3368 information and communication expenses and $2037 in conferences and training.

The next highest claim was by Cr Mark Weragoda, who claimed$20,709, followed by Cr Rod Fyffe, who claimed $16,208. The lowestexpense bill was that of Cr Lisa Ruffell, who claimed $3,534.

A City of Greater Bendigo spokesperson said councillors could claim however much they saw fitfor items such astransport, childcare and out-of-pocket expenses necessary for carrying out their duties as civic leaders.

“While there is no upper limit, there is regular reporting and accountability through quarterly reports to council and now through the annual report,” thespokespersonsaid.

Local GovernmentMinister Natalie Hutchins said the reform which made the public release of expense claims necessary got to the heart ofthe state’sagenda for local government:“accountability and transparency.”

“We want to see communities have a greater say and ensure that councils are listening,” the minister said.

“That workbegins with greater spending transparency, and builds on our commitment for a Fair Go Rates cap and a review of the Local Government Act.”

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Fresh best for a swap

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Sunraysia Fruit and Vegetable Swap chair Erin Hoye and Slow Food Mildura leader Deb Bogenhuber go back to the garden with some fresh produce. Picture: Megan Frankel-VaughanTWO community groups with shared ideas of eating fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables have joined forces to spread their message and encourage people to produce their own food.
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Sunraysia Fruit and Vegetable Swap chair Erin Hoye said the swap had been running since 2013 with a “loyal core” group of people.

“But it wasn’t growing,” she said.

Ms Hoye explained that, like many small community groups, the small Veggie Swap committee struggled with ongoing operational matters, like insurance and costs.

Ms Hoye said Deb Bogenhuber, from Slow Food Mildura, suggested they team up to help spread their respective messages further in the community and get others on board.

Ms Bogenhuber said Slow Food Mildura was all about good, clean food for all.

“(The Veggie Swap) provides a way to access that food,” she said.

“It just makes a lot of sense to support other like-minded groups.”

The Veggie Swap involves individuals bringing along their excess fruit and vegetables to Langtree Mall each fortnight to swap with others and learn more about vegetable gardening. And, for people who have nothing yet to swap or share, Ms Hoye encouraged them to come along, too.

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Historic Heartlands: The magic of Ireland’s ancient east

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The Rock of Cashel. Carlingford.
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Reginald’s Tower, Waterford. Photo: Bill Farr

The Rock of Cashel.

Carlingford.

The Rock of Cashel.

Carlingford.

The Rock of Cashel.

Carlingford.

Perhaps no place in the world inspires a greater feeling of coming home, especially for Australians with our many connections and historical ties, than Ireland.

For many, the feeling is induced by an ancestral pull drawing them back to their roots in this green story-filled island, at the edge of Europe. For others, it’s caused by a simple melting of the heart caused by Ireland’s unrivalled combination of dramatic landscapes, uniquely warm people, myth-riddled past, and rousing traditional and modern music.

Adding to Ireland’s appeal is the ease of touring in a small nation where the next extraordinary historic site, welcoming town, acclaimed restaurant or inviting family-run hotel, is never far away.

Ireland’s Ancient East, stretching from County Louth to County Cork, epitomises all that’s best about visiting the Emerald Isle.

Easily accessible from increasingly cosmopolitan Dublin, the east encompasses 5000 years of European history in a landscape of rolling hills, glacial valleys, expansive lakes and trout-filled rivers. It’s heritage you can touch too, from megalithic tombs like Newgrange that are older than the pyramids, to 6th century monastic settlements like Glendalough, in the Wicklow mountains, to towns like Waterford that have grown up around a Viking core. To find out more visit 梧桐夜网ireland南京夜网. WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Medieval architecture, Celtic art.

It’s really not a long way to Tipperary, nor to the other counties – Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, East Limerick, Laois and Offaly – in the Historic Heartlands section of Ireland’s Ancient East and its historical riches make it worth the journey.

Set on an outcrop, 90 metres above Tipperary’s Golden Vale, is the Rock of Cashel, as significant a collection of medieval architecture and Celtic art as exists in Europe. The region’s other major cities include the thriving modern hub of Limerick which has pre-Medieval roots.

The town of Kilkenny, mixes profound history, in its 12th century castle and its medieval mile of buildings, with the modern rhythm of Irish life. Kilkenny can also claim excellent contemporary Irish food, but it is in the bars and the the traditional music scene where its creative spirit is strongest.

Kildare has the Irish National Stud and Gardens, founded in 1900 by Colonel William Hall Walker, who had an unshakeable conviction that a horse’s horoscope determined its ability.

The aristocrat’s strange belief didn’t stop the Stud, and nearby racecourse The Curragh, from becoming central to the Irish passion for horseracing. With its intimate Japanese gardens, museum including the skeleton of the country’s greatest stallion Arkle and Living Legends enclosure, it’s a compelling attraction. LAND OF 5000 DAWNS

Neolithic tombs, royal battlefields.

Easy to reach from both Belfast and Dublin, this section of Ireland’s Ancient East comprises the counties of Louth, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Westmeath.

To its north is the hilly Cooley Peninsula, a European destination of Excellence, which reaches into the Irish sea and abuts Carlingford Lough. On its shores is the pretty village of Carlingford, its centre full of medieval buildings, including the old Town Gate and a castle said to be haunted by a headless ghost. But like many towns in the Ancient East, Carlingford wears its heritage lightly, alongside animated pubs. Its streets are thronged with revellers during its annual oyster festival, in August (pictured).

Further south, around the Boyne Valley, near Drogheda, Ireland’s past, is literally etched into the landscape. As many as 40 Neolithic tombs, built more than 5000 years ago, are strewn across the countryside.

You can’t travel far in Ireland’s Ancient East without spotting a rambling castle. Among the most atmospheric is Slane Castle, perched above the Boyne River and dating back to 1785. CELTIC COAST

Mountains, Titanic history.

This region, including the counties of Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and East Cork has spectacular coastal and mountain scenery, historic towns, music coursing through its veins and world-class food and accommodation.

Brooding, flushed by streams and waterfalls and blanketed in mossy bog, the Wicklow mountains are the backdrop for Glendalough, a 6th century monastic settlement that developed around the hermit St Kevin, who drew many to this lonely glen by performing miracles.

Wicklow’s mountains are dotted with lively villages like Avoca. Premium local seafood, including succulent mussels and prawns, is the hallmark of restaurants in Wicklow and nearby Wexford.

In Waterford, this area has a Viking town and a building, Reginald’s Tower (pictured), dating back to 1002.

Many visitors will be drawn to the gorgeous seaside town of Cobh, the Titanic’s last port of call before it sank in April 1912. TAKE ME THERE

TOURING

Driving in the Ancient East is relatively stress-free, with a network of motorways linking Dublin with the major cities including Cork, Limerick and Waterford and also running through the north of the region to Belfast. Roads are mostly well signposted and distances are not great, but give yourself time to explore.

SLEEPING AND EATING

Among the outstanding accommodation and dining options in Ireland’s Ancient East are:

Ghan House A restored, family-run Georgian house hotel, built in 1727, in the picturesque medieval town of Carlingford with an award-winning restaurant. Ghanhouse南京夜网

Rathsallagh Country House Hotel Set amid 110 hectares of beautiful gardens in Dunlavin in West Wicklow, Rathsallagh is a restful retreat, with a modern Irish restaurant, close to the Irish National Stud. rathsallagh南京夜网

Powerscourt Hotel and Spa Housed in a lavish Palladian mansion on the famous Estate at Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Powerscourt has a superb restaurant, Sika, and an indulgent spa. Powerscourthotel南京夜网

Monart Spa Retreat Monart Spa Retreat is ensconced in an 18th century mansion in woodland near Enniscorthy, in County Wexford, and has a huge spa and Michelin recommended restaurant. monart.ie

Longueville House Housed in a 17th century manor, near Mallow, north of Cork city, Longueville’s restaurant is in the talented hands of chef William O’Callaghan, who works with ingredients like salmon from the nearby Blackwater River and produce grown in the property’s extensive gardens. longuevillehouse.ie

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Festival’s first chords

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A NEW chapter in Warrnambool’s musical identity began on Friday night with the opening concerts of the inaugural Aus Music Festival.
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The first chords were struck on the Civic Green at 5pm but the festival was officially declared open two hours laterbyMusic Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan at the Lighthouse Theatre.

COAST TO COAST: Melbourne garage rockers CoastBusters helped kick off the Aus Music Festival at the Lighthouse Theatre on Friday. Picture: Matt Neal

Speaking before the launch concert featuringRaised by Eagles, Leah Senior, Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells, Forever Son, Georgia Spain, and CoastBusters, Donovan said the festival could be another important part of the Warrnambool music story.

“Warrnambool has a mighty music history,” he said.

“I love to see music take over a city, so it’s great there’s a large fringe program.

“Congratulations to the whole team and the whole town for getting behind it.”

More than 20 venues will host concerts over the weekend, with the big events being located at the Lighthouse Theatre.

Donovan said he was glad to see there was a Dennis O’Keeffe Memorial Concert being held to acknowledge the contributions of the late musician and historian.

The Music Victoria chief executive also praised festival director Russ Goodear for bringing the festival dream to reality.

Speaking backstage at the launch concert, Goodear said he was “relaxed and relieved” to have reached opening day.

“It’s one thing to say something, it’s another thing to do it,” he said of the organising committee’s drive to bring the festival to life.

Goodear said everyone involved in the weekend’s events was keen to see how to make it better for next year.

“There are a lot of things we’ll get right and a lot of things we’ll learn from.We’ve learnt so much already in the last three months.”

He said the Back To The Bay Concert and Tarerer Showcase were selling really well and he expected a strong turn-out for the music industry panel on Saturday morning.

“That’s a chance for music lovers and musicians to get a really good insight into the industry,” Goodear said.

As part of the festival’s “fringe” programon Friday, Brophy hosted an all-ages metal night, while music was also played at Bojangles, the Royal Hotel, The Last Coach, the Gallery Nightclub, and The Loft.

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How Batemans Bay looked in 2008: flashback photos

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How Batemans Bay looked in 2008: flashback photos Swimmers wait onshore as hammerhead sharks take over the surf in 2008.
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Celebrating NYE 2008 at Bayview Hotel (back) Benji Coulthard, Corey Beasley, Dylan Dixon, Allen Coulthard, (front) Thomas Hanlon, Emmylee Sorensen, Jessie Walker and Niomi Dixon, all of Batemans Bay.

Styling it up at the Bayview Hotel were Bec Gugel, Amy Fellows and Sam Clarke of Batemans Bay.

Dancing in the 2008 New Year at the Soldiers Club were Mary and William Boudet of Batemans Bay.

Lindsay Ekin and Luke Jackson, of Moruya, got into the party spirit at Moruya.

Beryl Lavis, of Moruya, and Joe Willis, of Batemans Bay took a turn around the Soldiers Club dance floor.

Five-year-old Natasha Doberer starts her school life on January 30, 2008.

Batemans Bay Public School teachers Sue Maxworthy and Sue Purcell.

Yvonne Johnson and Cliff Mulvey with newborn Brianna Mulvey, the South Coast’s first baby

Broulee residents Hugh Johnston, Jake Spellacy, Michael Hancock-James, Ben McKay, River Manning.

Trey, Jye, Jalisa and Bree-Anna Glass of Moruya hunted for gold at the Old Mogo Town display.

Danika Dobener at the Eurobodalla Show.

Nyomi Hudson and Brody Cullen at the Bay Carols.

Kim and Aidan Preston of Moruya Heads have a ball at the Eurobodalla Show.

Lochie and Matt Mullins of Denhams Beach take each other on in a pillow fight at the Eurobodalla Show.

Jacob Traynor and David Black get ready to ride at the Eurobodalla Show.

Trey, Jye, Jalisa and Bree-Anna Glass of Moruya hunted for gold at the Old Mogo Town display.

Batemans Bay basketballer Sam Scullin will now play under the same representative banner as her cousin, Moruya player Ben Mackay.

Moruya Gone Fishing staff Matt Jones and Graham Herbert show off a big marlin rod.

Guy Harris, of Broulee and Pat McLaughlin of Canberra.

Eurobodalla Shire lifeguards Gary Knight and Adam Wells enjoying calm seas at South Broulee Beach amid cyclonic swells further north and south.

Michael and Alexander Filmer-Smith, of Broulee.

(L-R starting at the back) Karlee Innes-Black, Aaron Black, Jayke Innes, Briony Black and Emily Black put their game faces on at the Eurobodalla District Show.

Eight-year-old Georgia Mullins of Denhams Beach wasn’t too keen to kiss this three-year-old reptile at Eurobodalla District Show.

Deputy Fire Operations Officer Angus Barnes, Mark Vickers, of Long Beach, Jason Snell and Adrian Cooper, of Narooma, Bruce Smith, of Moruya, Leigh Urquhart and Frank Ziegler, of Mogo, and Malcolm Pengilly and Ray Smith, of Batemans Bay.

Swam Plumbing Dropouts batsman Corey Cutmore puts a ball into orbit at Surfside.

Malua Bay resident Peter Anderson was awarded the OAM on Australia Day 2008.

Ambassador Valerie Taylor, outstanding citizen Noreen Sykes and Moruya Australia Day Committee secretary Derek Anderson.

Batemans Bay Telstra Shop operations manager Kim Cutler warns customers about being cut off once the CDMA network closes.

Bill de Brouwer embraces his independence at 96 with his car and licence.

Batemans Bay Arts and Crafts Society members Karu Rauter, Val Dundas and Treese Grech.

Angel Flight pilot John Gillett prepares to board his aircraft at Moruya Airport.

Barefoot water skier Megan Roberts.

Braden Procter making friends with the new residents at In & Out at Mogo.

District Fisheries officer Glenn Staples keeps a close eye on illegal fishing activity on the coast.

Edgewood Park resident Betty Tarrant.

Councillor Peter Cairney says the North Moruya rockwall is in worse condition than he had thought possible.

Emma Carruthers poses as an angel on stage at the Christmas play as part of the Batemans Bay Carols at Mackay Park.

Lorna Crane and Charles Reddington getting down to the nitty gritty of fibre works at the opening of the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Art Group’s exhibition in Moruya.

Yumaro employees Steven Marshall, Peter Magnus and carer Tony Howard sort the doubly large intake of rubbish this summer.

Moruya’s Jessica Dobson shows the form that got her through to the third round of the Roxy Surf Carnival at Phillip Island.

Trychelle Kingdom is on track for an appearance at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Poland.

Soccer tyro Ewen Pollock (right) is 2007’s final Sportstar.

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