Marathon run. NBN bat­tery fails.

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THE Beatlez com­ing to Dubbo in Jan­uary.

I’ve long been a fan of the Bea­tles and so many of the trib­ute bands trans­port you back to a much sim­pler era, so it’s great to see them com­ing up to this neck of the woods.

They’ll be the head­line act at Dubbo Turf Club’s Tunes on the Track on Jan­uary 19, 2019. I’M not say­ing marathon run­ners are mad, but with two bad knees from mul­ti­ple child­hood mo­tor­bike stacks I have no idea why peo­ple would want to put them­selves through that sort of pain.

My hat’s off to John Hill, a young lo­cal bloke who’s not only a mem­ber of the Indige­nous Marathon Foun­da­tion and a cham­pion boxer, but also a cham­pion bloke.

He’s just back from train­ing on a 30km desert run around Alice Springs, and has earnt a place on the start line of the New York Marathon in No­vem­ber.

John Hill said he de­lib­er­ately paced him­self to take it easy.

“I went at a com­fort­able, slow pace, as I wanted to avoid in­juries,” Mr Hill said.

“I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous about mak­ing se­lec­tion for New York, but I still man­aged to en­joy the run through Alice.

“It was so beau­ti­ful, just lovely,” he said.

This sort of re­ward couldn’t go to a bet­ter hu­man be­ing, when he’s not putting him­self through the hard yards at Gummy’s gym, he’s men­tor­ing other lo­cal kids on his own time.

The fu­ture for John Hill is as bright as can be. SHOW me the money is the mantra of NBN, and all the peo­ple mak­ing money from this dis­as­ter.

Less than two years old and the bat­tery, which is a back-up so seems to do noth­ing, has given up the ghost.

This scheme is not only a black hole when it comes to pub­lic taxes dis­ap­pear­ing, it’s also a cash cow for those mak­ing hay off it in nu­mer­ous other ways.

There’s a 1300 num­ber on the bat­tery which you have to call when it peters out, but do they have any min­i­mum-wage hu­mans on the other end of the line to as­sist you?

No way.

Why throw good money af­ter bad when they can di­rect you to a web­site so you can spend your own time and ef­fort work­ing out what you have to do.

It’s a sick symp­tom of the times in which we live – ever more ex­trav­a­gant out­lays for ever-less ac­tual cor­po­rate ser­vice, if in­deed there ever was such a thing.

When the bat­tery dies, for some in­ex­pli­ca­ble rea­son, it slows the in­ter­net speed way down – this is de­spite the fact that the in­ter­net con­nec­tion is plugged straight into the 240V mains power sup­ply, a far su­pe­rior source than a crappy bat­tery.

More forced re­dun­dancy, more forc­ing al­ready over-stretched house­hold bud­gets to buy yet more “es­sen­tial” stuff.

To make mat­ters worse, the bat­tery we were given in our brand new NBN set-up was sec­ond-hand, although the price of this ser­vice doesn’t re­flect that – the NBN scheme it­self feels very sec­ond-rate as well as sec­ond-hand. It makes me sick.

I’ve heard many peo­ple in Dubbo are hav­ing the same dra­mas and have been get­ting re­funds on their bat­ter­ies. Our man­ag­ing ed­i­tor had a sim­i­lar prob­lem a few months ago and, as he wrote in this pa­per, he ended up pay­ing for his own re­place­ment bat­ter­ies even though the two-year war­ranty pe­riod hadn’t passed. INDIGE­NOUS MARATHON PROJECT SOUTH Dubbo Pub­lic School runs the unique and in­cred­i­ble MORPH pro­gram which is en­rich­ing the lives of many young dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents and chang­ing the way they view not only the world, but them­selves.

Now teacher Pa­trice Kent has put the call out for some ham­mocks.

If you have one in stor­age that you haven’t even looked at for years, please con­sider do­nat­ing it.

Give me a buzz or email if you can help.

AS tens of thou­sands of peo­ple from across the State con­verge in Dubbo for the 48th An­nual Abo­rig­i­nal Rugby League Knock­out, Western NSW Lo­cal Health District (WNSWLHD) is team­ing up with the Western NSW Pub­lic Health Net­work (PHN) to host a Women’s Fo­rum to­mor­row (Fri­day, Septem­ber 28).

Bear­ing in mind this year’s NAIDOC theme “Be­cause of her, we can”, the fo­rum will fo­cus on in­spi­ra­tional women in the lo­cal area and women’s health.

The event is free – Fri­day, Septem­ber 28, at Dubbo RSL Club from 1pm-5pm. MY thought is that we have enough crazy char­ac­ters strut­ting upon the lo­cal Dubbo stage of life, but there’s now a for­mal path­way for real lo­cal act­ing-aspi­rants to fol­low.

Young peo­ple from re­gional and re­mote ar­eas can now ap­ply for a fully-funded schol­ar­ship to learn from some of the coun­try’s most re­spected ac­tors, di­rec­tors and ed­u­ca­tors at Aus­tralia’s na­tional the­atre com­pany.

The John Bell Schol­ar­ship pro­vides three ta­lented high school stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Bell Shake­speare’s head­quar­ters in Jan­uary 2019 to take part in the in­ten­sive week-long pro­gram.

Af­ter be­ing flown to Syd­ney, the re­cip­i­ents will un­der­take act­ing mas­ter­classes and back­stage tours, ob­serve re­hearsals and watch live per­for­mances of the com­pany’s first pro­duc­tion for 2019, “The Miser”, star­ring founder John Bell.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2018, and should in­clude a video au­di­tion fea­tur­ing a one-to-two-minute Shake­speare mono­logue.

To au­di­tion, stu­dents must be at least 16 years of age by De­cem­ber 21 this year, and still be at high school full-time in 2018.

The short­list will be an­nounced in No­vem­ber 2018 with the suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ents an­nounced in De­cem­ber 2018.

All de­tails at www.bell­shake­speare.com.au/learn­ing/ schol­ar­ships/ GREAT to check out some cen­tury old mo­tor cars as they drove through Dubbo on the way to a na­tional gath­er­ing at Forbes which is be­ing held this week.

A few of the cars at­tended some lo­cal at­trac­tions, much to the de­light of the peo­ple who were able to in­ter­act with these very vin­tage me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­pieces. WHILE Dubbo Photo News was catch­ing up with the vin­tage cars at Dun­dul­li­mal Home­stead, the noise from the Mor­ris Park burnout com­pe­ti­tion pro­vided plenty of back­ground noise.

Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended and a huge line-up of high-horse­power char­i­ots from across the re­gion and be­yond made the trip to chew up a few tyres in front of their fans. CHARLES STURT UNIVER­SITY has done well in the lat­est ter­tiary stats, which augers well for peo­ple study­ing through our lo­cal uni, again recog­nised as hav­ing the num­ber one po­si­tion in Aus­tralia for Grad­u­ate Out­comes and start­ing salary in NSW.

z CSU leads by 14 per cent the na­tional av­er­age for grad­u­ate out­comes in Aus­tralia

z CSU an­nounced state leader for grad­u­ate start­ing salary of $62,000 in NSW

z CSU re­ceives the num­ber 6 rank for learner en­gage­ment in the coun­try

The in­for­ma­tion comes from the Good Ed­u­ca­tion Group’s Good Uni­ver­si­ties Guide. The re­sults are based on na­tional sur­vey data which demon­strates that a to­tal of 85 per cent of CSU grad­u­ates were em­ployed four months af­ter com­plet­ing their course, trump­ing the na­tion’s av­er­age of 71 per cent.

The re­sults also high­light CSU’S po­si­tion as the state’s leader in grad­u­ate start­ing salary sit­ting at $62,000 – which is $4000 above the na­tion’s av­er­age.

CSU’S Vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor An­drew Vann said the re­sults are in recog­ni­tion of CSU’S com­mit­ment to stu­dents and strong in­dus­try con­nec­tions.

“As a univer­sity, we are fo­cused on ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion and pride our­selves on pro­vid­ing our stu­dents with a strong sense of be­long­ing,” said Pro­fes­sor Vann.

“As a com­mit­ted part­ner for re­gional NSW, we equip stu­dents with strong and nec­es­sary skills for fu­ture em­ploy­ment and to­day’s re­sults are ev­i­dence of this.” GET along to the NSW Abo­rig­i­nal Rugby League Knock­out at Apex Oval this week­end if you want to see the best footy this side of a Billy Slater shoul­der charge.

With so many NRL games these days be­ing struc­tured and bor­ing, this an­nual car­ni­val is a breath of fresh air.

I see that Greg Inglis said he’ll be there, and play­ing af­ter Souths got knocked out of the grand fi­nal – that alone is good enough to get me to head on down.

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News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, and is also em­ployed part-time by Land­care. He writes here in his ca­pac­ity as a jour­nal­ist.

Chris An­der­son show­ing Dun­dul­li­mal vol­un­teer guide Sally An­der­son over his 1906 Buick, af­ter Sally showed him through Dubbo’s his­toric home­stead. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS.

Ar­marni Smith, 6, was in the crowd at the Mor­ris Park burnout com­pe­ti­tion last week­end.

John Hill of Dubbo, cen­tre, with Bre­war­rina’s Michaela Skuthorpe, left, and Rachael Howard of New­cas­tle, part of the squad that ran a 30km marathon near Alice Springs. PHOTO:

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