Tributes flow for Lucky Chance

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Lucky Chance was a well-known circus performer and adventurer. Photo: Facebook Lucky Chance attributed his Blue Mountains upbringing to his love of adventure sports. Photo: Facebook
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Carol Hahnefeld with her son Lucky Chance and daughter Melanie Benham in 2012 after Mr Chance s recovery from a serious accident in France.

When Carol Hahnefeld nursed her son Lucky Chance to recovery following a life-threatening injury in 2011, she was overwhelmed by the support of the Blue Mountains community.

The Blaxland Preschool teacher has tragically called on that support again after her 31-year-old son died following an accident at Hanging Rock near Blackheath last Tuesday.

Blaxland Preschool shared the tragic news with its families last week, saying it had been “overwhelmed” by offers of support.

“Carol has asked that instead of flowers if people would like to make a donation to CareFlight or the Brain Injury Unit at Westmead Hospital that would be so appreciated,” director/teacher Deirdre Wilde said in an email to families.

Tributes for the former Blaxland High School student flowed on social media as news of his death spread. Lucky Chance, who had changed his name by deed poll from Toby Benham in 2008, was a skilled circus performer, BASE jumper and adventurer.

“There are beautiful people in the world, people who by their actions and their lives, show you that living every moment to its fullest is just worth it,” wrote one on Facebook.

“Amazing people inspire ordinary people to do amazing things. Lucky Chance you were one of those!” wrote Rodney Mason.

Mr Chance had a brush with death in 2011 when a base jump in France went wrong, leaving him in a coma for six weeks. He returned to his mother’s Emu Plains home during his recovery, where his positive attitude impressed all who knew him.

Speaking to the Gazette at the time, Ms Hahnefeld wanted to express her appreciation to the Blue Mountains community.

“I’m usually the ‘doer’ so it was really humbling to feel that so many people rallied around to help our family when it was in crisis,” she said.

While he no longer lived in the area, Mr Chance attributed his Blue Mountains upbringing to his love of adventure sports.

He told specialist publication, DSM, how his love of climbing began: “I’d never been to a climbing gym until I was about 13 when I moved to Emu Plains and there I got into climbing with a bunch of friends from Blaxland High. From then onwards I just climbed. I’d be training at least two or three times a week and climbing every weekend. I couldn’t get enough,” he said.

Mr Chance’s funeral was held yesterday (Tuesday).

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Bowral juniors win rugby title

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The Bowral under-14s players with team manager Georgie Poulton and coach David Loiterton. Photo suppliedRUGBY UNION
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THE Bowral Blacks have won its first junior title in seven years.

The Blacks under-14s team won the 2015 Illawarra Rugby premiership on the weekend.

At the beginning of the season, teams were having difficulty fielding enough players to play a 15-a-side tournament in the under-14s age group.

In a bid to retain players and encourage this age group, the Illawarra clubs got together to solve the problem and created a new sevens competition for the 2015 season.

The under-14s comp was based loosely on the World Rugby 7s, which involves a series of tournaments being played throughout the season and points allocated according to placings at each tournament.

The premiership is then decided by total points across all 11 tournaments during the season.

The Bowral Blacks under-14s started the season with six players.

As word got out that there was a sevens competition on offer, the squad grew to 15.

Some of the Blacks players came from other codes such as football and rugby league, and some boys had never picked up a rugby ball before.

Bowral Blacks junior president Nick Combes said “we are all immensely proud of the boys”.

“The sevens tournament was the first of its kind in the Illawarra region,” he said.

“By adopting the sevens format, we were able to resolve the problem of a lack of players and field a Bowral Blacks under-14s team.

“It also allowed all the clubs to retain and even attract more players that in the absence of a rugby team to play with might otherwise have tried other codes or been lost to rugby altogether.”

Bowral under-14s coach David Loiterton said it was an excellent achievement.

“All their hard work has paid off and the boys will remember this for a long time,” he said.

“I’m also really pleased because with the support of the other clubs in the region we managed to create and run an under-14s competition at a time when it looked impossible.

“It’s a really positive achievement for this age group and maybe a hint as to how rugby can grow in the region.

“Sevens is an easy game to learn, it’s fast, exciting for spectators and good fun for the players.

“And some of these players will then go on to play the 15-a-side game.”

The Bowral Blacks will play host to the Southern Highlands Seven7s on October 3.

More details will be released shortly.

* By Alex Stone

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News in brief

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Long lunch
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The Chef & I Catering will host a long table lunch this Saturday at the Camden Town Farm. The three-course lunch, which begins at 1.30pm, will feature ingredients from Camden Local Produce Markets and the community gardens. Tickets cost $60 a person; email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

Mayor’s fourth term

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak was re-elected mayor for a fourth consecutive term at last Tuesday’s council meeting. She won the ballot six votes to two against fellow councillor and former mayor Eva Campbell (councillor Greg Warren was not present for the vote). Councillor Peter Sidgreaves was elected unopposed as deputy mayor.

Recycling chief

Narellan Vale resident and former Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive Peter McLean has been named chief executive of the Australian Organics Recycling Association. “I’m very pleased to be involved in an industry which builds soil carbon, creates healthy soils, improves water efficiency and stops the loss of our vital soil nutrients,” Mr McLean said.

Fleas get busy

Dog owners are being warned to keep an eye on their pets as the flea season begins. Gregory Hills vet Natalie Pyle of Macarthur Veterinary Group said owners needed to put in place long-term preventative measures and be proactive. “We are expecting a busy paralysis flea season,” she said. “We can help by advising on suitable long-lasting preventative and treatment options.”

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Mel says goodbye to The Trans

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Sadly, this week we say goodbye to The Transcontinental’s editorial assistant, Melissa Bermingham.
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SADLY, this week we say goodbye to The Transcontinental’s editorial assistant, Melissa Bermingham.

Melissa moved to Port Augusta in January to support her partner in his new career, but is now taking a leap of faith and moving to Katherine for a journalist position.

“We both knew that at some point in our careers one of us would have to go to the country, so if one got a job first the other would go along with them,” Melissa said.

She quickly used her initiative and came into The Transcontinental office asking for work experience, as she was a journalism graduate.

Not too far into her work experience former editor Ryan Smith and former journalist Stephanie Say were offered new jobs in the same week, creating the perfect opening for the budding journo.

“I hadn’t even finished the work experience officially, they kept pulling me into meetings asking ‘is this what you want to do, because we’ve got jobs’, and I just went with it,” Melissa said.

“I was like ‘heck yes’, I’m not going to say no.”

Since then Melissa has been thrust into the deep end as The Transcontinental weekend sports/social photographer and features writer, as well as a much needed helping-hand to the journos.

Melissa finishes up at The Trans on Monday, September 21, before jumping head first into a new role as a full-time journalist at the Katherine Times.

The Katherine Times is widely known in the media community as a fantastic breeding ground for journalists to develop their skills, in a close-knit team.

“This will be a big step-up for me, it should be good,” Melissa said.

While she’s looking forward to her new role and a new challenge, she said she’s sad to leave Port Augusta.

“I’ve really liked it here, and I was looking forward to joining a netball team next year when I didn’t work weekends,” Melissa said.

“I’m looking forward to trying out journalism in a new environment, and I really like small town papers, I think they are a niche market.”

As far as what she’s taken from her time in Port Augusta, Melissa said being interested in people’s experiences and being friendly to them has helped.

“They can sense you’re interested, and they talk to you about themselves,” Melissa said.

“It’s also really nice seeing everyone getting excited about my sports photos, and having people ask me to take photos of their kids in particular.

“It’s really good, it’s nice.”

She said it’s been really great getting to know everyone, and she’s enjoyed the great sense of community in Port Augusta.

“It is a really good team here too, everyone gets along really well, the team might be getting smaller but everyone is going to be working just as hard to keep it all together,” Melissa said.

“So hopefully I can come back in the future and be part of it all again.”

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Stay alert, it’s snake season

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SNAKE SEASON: Local snake catcher Mick Froud should be cautious as snakes are coming out of hibernation and have already been spotted around town. He is pictured with his pet Albino Darwin.carpet snake.
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PORT Augusta residents are already seeing brown snakes in town after a long winter of hibernation.

Local snake catcher Mick Froud said he knows of at least four brown snakes spotted in the past week.

“On the west side there has already been one dog that’s got bitten,” he said.

“Unfortunately it passed.”

Brown snakes tend to hide in gardens under corrugated iron, bits of wood or in long grass looking for prey.

“If you’ve got mice in your yard, chances are you’ll have snakes,” Mr Froud said.

It is recommended you keep your yards as tidy as possible and keep your doors shut.

Mr Froud said 25 to 30 per cent of calls over the past few years were snakes trapped inside people’s houses.

“They keep close to the side of the house, because they don’t like to be out in the open,” he said.

“Then they will feel the cool of the open door and end up in the laundry.

“Because they don’t know where they are, they will immediately be on the defensive.

“Brown snakes are very aggressive when they feel threatened or are confronted.

It is best to move away from them and to call the council who will then give you the contact for an available snake catcher.

During peak snake season either Mick Froud or Tony Edmonds will remove snakes from properties.

So far this year paramedics and ambulance officers have responded to 23 snake bites in South Australia.

In the event of a snake bite, you should immediately call triple zero.SA Ambulance Service intensive care paramedic Chris Cotton said people are using tourniquets to treat snakebites, which often can cause more damage than the bite itself.

“A firm bandage should be applied along the whole bitten limb, including over the bite site,” he said.

“By keeping the limb as still as possible the venom is prevented from moving as quickly into the bloodstream.

In many cases emergency call operators will assist you perform first aid over the phone.

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No date set on Whyalla overtaking lanes

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Federal MP for Grey Rowan Ramsey recently upon news of the Whyalla-Port Augusta road upgrade.IT IS not yet known when work on the overtaking lanes between Port Augusta and Whyalla will begin.
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Funding of $4 million for the construction of overtaking lanes was committed by the federal government in June this year.

At the same time, $3.11 million for works between Port Augusta and Adelaide was allocated.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the state government will undertake the work and was positive about contributing to vital safety improvements on these roads.

“The federal government continues to undertake productive discussions with the South Australian Government to deliver these projects as soon as possible with a state contribution,” Mr Ramsey said.

“The Australian Government makes payments for roads projects as funds are required, typically as it reaches an agreed milestone.

“The agreed milestones for these projects will be finalised during negotiations with the South Australian Government.”

Mr Ramsey said it is expected these negotiations will run smoothly and work will begin on these projects as soon as possible.

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New application process for community grants

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PORT Augusta City Council is changing the way community grant applications can be submitted.
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Currently groups can apply for a Community Grant at any point throughout the year, as long as their application is received six weeks before the event.

PACC said applications would now be called and advertised from the council twice a year, in April and October.

“Applications will be approved depending on their level of compliance with the selection criteria, the funds available, and the number of applications received,” they said.

Community grants are annually allocated to the council’s budget, with $35,000 being approved for the 2015/16 financial year.

This amount is split into two to allow $15,000 for Individual/Group Active Community Achievements and $20,000 for Community Grants.

The council said the Community Grants scheme is designed to promote the active participation of local residents in community initiatives and to build on local partnerships, support community leadership and skill development.

A maximum grant of $1500 will be available for those applying for Community Grants under the new guidelines.

The Individual/Group Active Community Achievements support those who are pursuing achievements in sports and recreation, arts and culture and group activities.

Individuals can receive grants from $200-$400 depending on the event.

Currently seven groups are waiting to have their Community Grants approved, with funding of $7,640 set to be handed out by the council.

The groups applying for funding before the changes will be made are – Kenny Buckskin Golf Memorial $1,400, RFDS Port Augusta Auxiliary $2,000, SA Aboriginal Sporting Festival $3,000, Christmas Party for Special Children $1,540, Friends of Daffodil Day Port Augusta $1,000, Whyte Yarcowie Vaudeville Dance Troupe $1,300 and Brand South Australia – 2015 Regional Awards $1,320.

An additional $400 respectively to the Policy Charity Golf Day and the Port Augusta Pistol Club has also been recommended by the council for approval.

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Port Augusta fuel prices skyrocket

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FUEL PRICE OUTRAGE: Locals are being hit by fuel retailers where it hurts most, their wallets. TheTranscontinental sales manager Hannah Smith said she has to travel to surrounding towns for work and hascertainly noticed people in Port Augusta are being left short changed. PHOTO: Kara JohnsonPORT Augusta residents are being hit hard when it comes to buying fuel.
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Local retailers have failed to pass on any savings over the month of August, making consumers fork out at least 15 cents more per litre on average.

The Transcontinental sales manager Hannah Smith said through her travel to surrounding towns for works, she’s definitely noticed the difference in price.

“I won’t fill up in Port Augusta any more, I’ll just fill up in Port Pirie or Whyalla,” she said.

“Going back to October last year it would have been the opposite, but now Port Augusta is 10 cents dearer.”

RAA senior analyst Chris West said most of regional South Australia has failed to drop in line with falling wholesale prices.

He said the overall rating fell from 3.3 to 2.7, representing the largest month-to-month drop since November last year.

“Of most concern this month was Port Augusta, who had the largest drop in our ratings since July, as the local fuel industry failed to pass on any recent reductions in cost price,” he said.

“Country motorists are not only missing out on crude oil price reductions, they’re also beginning to see the gap between city and country prices grow again.

Port Augusta’s current weekly average price (week of September 6) is 139 cents per litre, a far cry from Whyalla’s 122 c/pl, and closely followed by Port Pirie’s 129 c/pl.

Comparatively, in Adelaide the average weekly price is 126.3 c/pl, with the current cheapest price being 112.7 c/pl.

From the end of August to the beginning of September the average price in the Adelaide was even lower at around 115-117 c/pl

Mr West said Ceduna is currently lower than Port Augusta at 131 c/pl too, with an average of 133 for the month of August.

“If Ceduna can do it then there’s no reason why Port Augusta can’t too,” he said.

“When the ratings started in mid-2013 Port Augusta was the lead, and it’s now shifted to Whyalla.

“From previous retailer behaviour, at the end of August we would have expected Port Augusta’s prices to dive below the mid-120s by now.

“There are other towns elsewhere getting very good prices, they’re suffering unnecessarily.”

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Flint joins Bendigo Spirit

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ONE of Bendigo basketball’s favourite sons is back.
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Bendigo Braves great David Flint has joined the Bendigo Spirit as an assistant coach.

Flint, who played 319 games for the Braves and coached the club to its first title in 1988, has most recently been involved with basketball in Ballarat.

HOOPS FANATIC: Bendigo basketball great David Flint has joined the Bendigo Spirit coaching staff.

He was coach of the Ballarat Miners in the SEABL and next year will coach the Ballarat Rush in the women’s SEABL competition. He also spent six years coaching Victoria Country teams at national junior championships.

“I am really looking forward to the being involved with the Bendigo Bank Spirit this seasonand having the opportunity to work with both (head coach) Simon Pritchard and (assistantcoach) Andrea Walsh,” Flint said.

“The vibe around the players is very positive at the moment and no doubt I would like tokeep that momentum going.I am keen to work with the players individually and assist with their ongoing developmenton an individual level that will no doubt transfer over to our training sessions and our WNBLgames.

“I see this coaching opportunity as a direct link between the Spirit and the Rush, with theability to give all country Victorian players a clear pathway to the national league.”

Pritchard said Flint’s reputation was second to none.

“Anyone who has played with him or under him cannot give him enough accolades,” he said. “His ability to get the best out of players individually will be a great asset to this club and toBendigo basketball in general. He is a legend of the game and a legend of this city. He is also a legend of a bloke.”

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Dead women should not be political pawns

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PAWN: Tony Abbott used domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty to boost his flagging image, while still cutting vital women’s services, according to Jenna Price.It’s January 2015. Tony Abbott is in deep hot water.This time it’s about announcing Prince Philip – that renowned old bigot – as a knight. The pushback from ordinary Australians is huge.
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It even surprised me. I assumed it was only me furious with a scion of privilege for reintroducing these honours. Turns out it was everyone, even in Abbott’s own party.He turned to the one person he thought could redeem him. He turned to Rosie Batty.

A few days earlier, Batty had been named Australian of the Year. No one had heard of this Victorian mother until her son Luke was murdered in February 2013. Her extreme poise and resilience blew Australians away. For eight months, she campaigned hard on family violence and, for once, Australia seemed to be sitting up and taking notice.

The then prime minister had a meeting with Batty on Christmas Eve 2014. Peta Credlin, his chief of staff, was also there. He asked Batty what she thought might be a solution to the poisonous problem of violence against women and children.From that moment, there was little contact. Until Abbott was in deep trouble with the electorate. His decision to turn the focus away from his grovelling desire to suck up to royalty was done at the last possible minute.

Some have even described what happened in those few days as an ambush.The prime minister’s office rang Batty at the height of the public relations disaster that was the garlanding of the Duke of Edinburgh; and sources say she was summoned to a press conference possibly even as late as the morning of his announcement about the advisory panel on violence against women.He used Batty to deflect attention from his own incompetence.

Since that moment, Abbottoversawthe deepest cuts to essential legal services for women trying to escape family violence. He oversawobscene cuts to Indigenous funding. Heglibly responded to each and every discussion about the rate of family violence in Australia by suggesting real men don’t hit.

Just to make this very clear to all politicians across all parties, Australians are devastated by the level of violence directed towards women. This year alone, Destroy The Joint’s campaign Counting Dead Women counts the toll at 62 – and in the vast majority of those deaths, the woman knew her accused killer. Last week alone, three women were killed in 24 hours.

Abbott wasthe one who was weak and gutless, allowing his ministers to slice, slice, slice from services that protect those women he pretends to want to protect.

Last week, Our Watch, funded by the federal government and some state and territory governmentsto drive cultural change in the behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children, handed out inaugural awards on exemplary reporting covering those issues.

I’m proud to say that Counting Dead Women and Fairfax’s Shine A Light campaign were both given awards – and I’m honoured to be part of both of those teams. But I was utterly appalled at Senator Michaelia Cash’s speech beforehand where she said that Australia had turned a corner on the issue of domestic violence.

She said that at the end of 24 hours during which three women had lost their lives to violence. She said the media had a responsibility when it came to reporting on violence against women.

Yes, Senator Cash, we do. But governments have the money and the power.Don’t use dead women and children as a pawn in your bid to hold power.

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