Marathon run. NBN battery fails.
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?
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.
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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