August, 2019

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The Grenfell PAH & I Show Society will hold their last meeting for 2014 on Monday December 15 at the Simpson Pavilion at 7pm, note the change of venue. ALL WELCOME The last show meeting for this year will be a Dinner meeting held in the Luncheon hall of the Simpson Pavilion on Monday 15th December commencing at 7pm followed by the December meeting.
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Everyone who has assisted in any way this year is most welcome to attend. We do ask however that those attending please bring a plate to contribute to the community tea.

As a show committee it has been a pleasure to see all the new improvements made in and around the show ground facility.

Our congratulations must be passed on to the Show Ground Trust Committee who are in charge of the up keep, maintenance & hiring of the facilities.

They have done a wonderful job in their first 12 months.

Along with the Show committee they have assisted and supported the South West Appaloosa & All Breed Association with the refurbishment of the dressage arena.

It is great to see the area being used on a regular basis.

The Weddin Mountain Muster held its week of trail riding again this October and it was a raging success once again.

The Muster not only brings over 100 Riders into town but also their travelling companions, families etc.

This is a great injection into the local economy with the participants only too willing to experience all of what Grenfell has to offer.

We should also thank the community of Grenfell for their hospitality and making our visitors feel so welcome.

It is publicity like this on a personal level that goes a long way towards encouraging other visitors to come to our lovely town.

Courtney Taylor was named our Land Show Girl for 2014 and will be heading to the Zone Judging in early 2015.

We wish her well in that endeavour and know that she will do herself her family & Grenfell proud.

As a committee we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped in any way this year and we look forward to seeing you all again next year

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Man on firearms, drug and driving charges after allegedly threatening woman

Police have charged a Cooks Gap man with 19 offences after he allegedly threatened a woman with a firearm drivingbetween Goolma and Dubbo yesterday.
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The 42-year-old woman was driving with two companions from Goolma towards Dubbo at about 11.20am on Thursday when a car overtook her vehicle, slowed down and swerved over the road.

The woman told police both vehicles stopped, and a man – who is known to the woman – got out of the second car.

It’s alleged the man grabbed a sawn-off shotgun from his vehicle, pointed it at the woman, and threatened to shoot her.

Police will further allege the man then picked up a large rock and threw it at the woman’s car, smashing the windscreen.

The woman and her companions drove away.

They were followed by the other vehicle for about 25 minutes, before attending a farmhouse and calling Triple Zero.

Police spotted the alleged assailants’ vehicle about five kilometres from Mudgee.

They initiated a pursuit, which ended when the vehicle drove into the front yard of a home in Denison Street, Mudgee.

The man allegedly ran from his car. After a short foot pursuit by police, he was arrested in Adams Street.

During a search of the man’s vehicle, police seized a 16-gauge Beretta sawn-off shotgun. It will be alleged this firearm was stolen from a Mudgee property in 2012.

Police also seized quantities of drugs believed to be methamphetamines and cannabis, along with an amount of cash.

At Mudgee Police Station, the 29-year-old man was charged with a total of 19 firearms, drug, driving and other offences.

The Cooks Gap man was refused bail to appear in Mudgee Local Court on Friday.

Handscomb injury could trigger Stars to sign Triffitt

A finger injury which will sideline Peter Handscomb until at least the new year has given fellow wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt an opportunity to revive his faltering career.
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Handscomb, who averaged 116 in the first four rounds of the Sheffield Shield, broke the little finger on his right hand in training with Victoria on Monday. It is a significant impediment not just to the 23-year-old’s glovework but also to holding his bat, enough to force him out for at least three weeks.

In response Melbourne Stars signed Triffitt, a 24-year-old from Tasmania, for the duration of Handscomb’s stint on the sidelines.

Melbourne Renegades have also made a squad change on the eve of the season. Injury-plagued paceman Jayde Herrick has been ruled out due to a back injury, an injury which could signal the end of the now-uncontracted player’s domestic career. He has been replaced by Tasmania’s Andrew Fekete, who was also a replacement player for the Renegades last season.

Right-hander Triffitt made a huge impression on the Victorian hierarchy in November 2011, just after his 21st birthday, when he was filling in for then injured Tim Paine. In the space of just over a week on the MCG Triffitt produced three of his best domestic-level innings: 40 and 70 in the shield then 72 not out in the one-day match that followed.

Then Victoria captain Cameron White and coach Greg Shipperd occupy the same roles for the Stars, with White particularly known as an admirer of his batting capabilities.

When Paine returned to fitness Triffitt was poached to join Western Australia. He was reunited at the Warriors with Mitch Marsh, who captained the victorious Australian team at the 2010 under-19 World Cup, at which Triffitt was his deputy.

Triffitt’s moderate form with the bat and penchant for excessive off-field revelling brought him saw him dropped from all formats soon after Justin Langer took over as WA and Perth coach in November 2012.

With Sam Whiteman entrenched as top gloveman Triffitt was relegated to playing second XI and Futures League matches. It was on a trip for the latter, to Queensland in January this year, that he was involved in a drunken late-night incident in which he was charged with theft. The WACA, whose major sponsor discourages excessive alcohol consumption, sacked him from both the Warriors and Scorchers.

Triffitt returned home to Hobart after his sacking. While he has kept a low public profile on his return it is known he has significantly curbed his alcohol consumption. He played football during the winter, and since that finished has done sufficiently well in club cricket to earn a recall to Tasmania’s Futures League team, despite not holding a contract with the Tigers.

Triffitt will join the Stars this weekend to prepare for the Stars’ tournament-opening match against Adelaide against the Strikers on Thursday. It will end a gap of almost two years since his last domestic-level appearance, during the 2012-13 BBL.

While BBL rules dictate Triffitt will drop off the list whenever Handscomb is passed fit he could to the Stars’ list under new rules which allows clubs to sign temporary replacements for players on international duty for Australia. Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner will fit this category for the Stars in the second half of the tournament.

Triffitt will likely make their unofficial Stars debut in the team’s Family Day practice match at Casey Fields in outer Melbourne on Sunday.

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Leighton sells John Holland in $1.15b deal

State-owned China Communications Construction Company has bought John Holland. Photo: Robert RoughThe China Communications Construction Company will become the first big Chinese group to build Australian roads and bridges after sealing a deal to acquire John Holland from Leighton Holdings for $853 million.
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CCCC plans to keep the John Holland brand and retain senior management as it uses the acquisition to get a foothold in the Australian market and bid on a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects.

CCCC, a state-owned company that has a market capitalisation of $23.5 billion, will become one of Australia’s biggest construction companies after Leighton and Lend Lease.

John Holland’s current projects include tunnels and stations for Sydney’s North West Rail Link; building Perth’s new $1.2 billion Children’s Hospital; and developing part of Victoria’s new Regional Rail Link.

The sale, which was reported by Street Talk on Thursday, comes as the company’s chief executive, Marcelino Fernandez Verdes, restructures the company and pays down debt following Spanish construction group ACS’s $1.15 billion takeover of Leighton in March.

John Holland, which was acquired by Leighton in 2000, was considered the easiest of Leighton’s three big subsidiaries, which include Thiess and Leighton Contractors, to sell.

The sale includes $100 million of debt in addition to John Holland’s equity value of $853 million and reduces Leighton’s gearing, which was running at 33.7 percent at the end of September, to around 24 percent.

“The divestment of John Holland supports our focus on further reducing gearing and strengthening our balance sheet so we can be sustainably competitive,” Mr Fernandez Verdes said.

“Proceeds will be used to finance future growth, particularly in public private partnerships.”

Some 4100 John Holland employees will transfer to CCCC International Holding Limited, a subsidiary of CCCC.

Lu Jianzhong, CCCI’s president, said there were “significant growth opportunities” in the Australian market.

“From our perspective, ownership of John Holland is the optimal way for CCCC to participate in this dynamic market as part of our aim to be a global transportation infrastructure business.”

CCCC, which is listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges, specialises in large transport projects, including bridges, ports, and high speed rail networks such as the 1,318 kilometre rail link between Beijing and Shanghai.

It plans use John Holland’s expertise in road and rail projects, as well as tunnelling and water infrastructure elsewhere in Asia.

The sale, which requires the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board, is expected to be completed in early 2015.

The deal comes comes after Australia struck a free trade agreement with China in November that allows for Chinese workers to be brought into ­Australia to help build projects.

Leighton on Friday released details of Mr Fernandez Verdes’ pay package after the Spaniard replaced Hamish Tyrwhitt as CEO in March and subsequently also became chairman.

Mr Fernandez Verdes, who is CEO of Hochtief, Leighton’s controlling shareholder, will be paid an allowance of $495,000 in 2015.

He will also receive 1.2 million share appreciation rights, which reflect any increase in the company’s stock price between March 2014, when they traded at an average of $17.71, and March 2016.

The maximum price payable per share right will be $32.29, giving Mr Fernandez Verdes the opportunity to make more than $17 million.

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YOUR SAY: A thank you from Hardys Garage in Grenfell

Letter to the Grenfell Record Editor. This is our 10th Christmas in Grenfell and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and friends from around the area for letting us be a part of the community and sharing this time with us.
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On our drive to work each morning we realise how things have changed all the magnificent kids on the side of the road waiting for the bus now missing because they are now driving their selves or left school but some have been replaced by new faces we look forward to their smiles and waves each day. Also all the fantastic members of the community who are no longer with us and all the ones that are still here and hope they will be for a long time to come.

We started our business in October 2004 and now in 2014 where has 10 years gone. During that time we have had a great association with Henry Lawson High with work experience wow what great kids are here in the community. To all the schools, organisations, couriers and other business we have had involvement with thankyou.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year with a big thankyou.

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