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Angry withdraws as Nationals candidate

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Rose Tattoo frontman and community activist Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson has stepped down as The Nationals candidate for Cessnock.ANGRY Anderson is withdrawing his candidacy for the electoral district of Cessnock in the upcoming NSW election.
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Rose Tattoo frontman and long-time community activist Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson was preselected as The Nationals candidate for the seat of Cessnock in September 2014.

“A lot of people in the Hunter are fed up with politics as usual, and I intend to shake things up a bit,” he said after his preselection.

“We’ve got a solid set of policies to take to the election but I think you need more than that – you need people in parliament with the integrity and courage to speak up for ordinary families.”

Mr Anderson said in a statement on Saturday he had made the difficult decision to withdraw for personal reasons.

“I believe in Cessnock and I think there is just such great potential for the area and so much to be optimistic about,” he said.

“But it has been let down by successive Labor members and the area has to be brave enough to make a change for the better to a new representative.

“For personal reasons I have decided that I am unable to be that standard bearer.

“I passionately support the National Party and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with whoever is selected to fight for Cessnock and Kurri Kurri’s fair share.”

NSW Nationals Leader Troy Grant said the Party respected Mr Anderson’s decision and wished him luck for the future.

“I have great respect for Angry and accept his decision to withdraw his candidacy.”

The NSW Nationals will immediately move to select a new candidate for the seat of Cessnock and will advise their details shortly.

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Young gun cowgirl moves up the ranks

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Shianne O’Donoghue Kent will be one to watch this Saturday at Ballarat. Photo: Dave Ethell
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ONE of the young guns in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association will be the cowgirl to watch at the Ballarat Rodeo this Saturday.

Bunyip rider Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent wasn’t in the top-20 in APRA all around cowgirl standings at Christmas and has now moved into fourth after success on the Christmas Run in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

She moved from ninth to second in barrel racing standings to secure a spot in the nationals finals at the Warwick Australian Championships Rodeo on October 22-25.

O’Donoghue-Kent won’t get it all her own way at Ballarat as fellow Victorian Leslie Moore is one of the best in the business in the barrel race.

At the rough stock end of the arena, Maldon rider Tody Collins has nominated for the bull, saddle bronc and bareback bronc rides. He is the only rider to regularly compete in all three rough stock events in the APRA.

His toughest opposition in saddle bronc will come from Heyfield (Vic) rider Lee Bowker, a former Queensland rider who is a title winner in the APRA.

The Ballarat Rodeo will be held on February 14, 6.30pm at the Ballarat Polocrosse Grounds.

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Outstanding display at Monaro Merino Muster

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Thermoskin Sydney director Henry King presenting the ribbon to Drew Chapman, West Plains Poll Merino stud, Delegate, for the Thermoskin Ram of the Year at the Monaro Merino Muster.KEEN interest was shown in the excellent presentation of stud and commercial Merino sheep displayed during the third Monaro Merino Muster held at Jindabyne.
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The Commercial Pen of Eight Ewes sponsored by Gordon Litchfield Wool, Cooma drew seven entries when judged by Lou Armstrong, “Pemcaw” Merino stud, Dunedoo.

The winning pen bred by Lawrence and Melissa Clifford “Bindaree” Berridale was based on “Cottage Park” genetics for the past five years.

Mr Armstrong complimented all entries and said it was ”lovely to see such quality sheep.”

“There was not much variation between first and last, and the sheep are a credit to the breeders,” Mr Armstrong said.

Gordon Litchfield Wool Pty Ltd, Cooma director Gordon Litchfield congratulated Mr Clifford on his success.

“With sheep being bred like these on the Monaro, more people should realise the Merino sheep has a great future,” Mr Litchfield said.

Mr Clifford was also successful when parading one of his champion pen of ewes to win the Monaro Commercial Ewe of the Year sponsored by Fabstock.

In the Premium Three Lamb Rams category sponsored by Southern Tablelands Fibre Testing and judged by Mr Armstrong, the entry from the “Greenlands” Merino stud, Bungarby was successful in taking first place.

There was also keen interest in the Thermoskin Ram of the Year class.

Six outstanding young rams were paraded before Mr Armstrong who gave the nod to a Poll ram exhibited by Drew Chapman, “West Plains” Poll Merino stud, Delegate.

The ram had previously been judged Supreme at the Great Southern Merino Show in Canberra.

“Not too many times a Poll gets over horned sheep these days but he is an outstanding sheep,” Mr Armstrong said.

Speaking at the end of the day, president of the Monaro Merino Muster committee, Simon King “Avonside” Merino stud, Cooma, thanked all exhibitors and sponsors for their contribution to the annual event.

“It was a great day. We would have liked to see more commercial spectators, but the quality of the sheep presented was exceptional,” Mr King said.

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Doubts raised over AGL investigation

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The choice of a former mining industry consultant to head a government investigation into AGL’s discovery of toxic chemicals at its coal-seam gas operations raises doubts about the probe’s impartiality, a local opposition group says.
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Lee Shearer, an ex-NSW policewoman from the Newcastle region, is overseeing the Department of Resources and Energy’s probe of the AGL’s coal-seam gas operations near Gloucester. The company was ordered to suspend its pilot project last month after revealing it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in its flowback water after fracking.

You have to question if someone who has worked as a consultant in the mining industry is best placed to lead an investigation into AGL’s CSG activities in Gloucester

Energy Minister Anthony Roberts praised Ms Shearer, now in charge of his department’s compliance and enforcement unit. “As former senior NSW police officer, Lee Shearer is just a remarkable individual, so we take compliance very seriously,” Mr Roberts told a delegation to Sydney last week from the anti-CSG group, Groundswell Gloucester.

The residents group, though, said Ms Shearer’s past role as a consultant to the mining industry, including “managing crisis situations” fanned worries about her independence.

On her own page on the LinkedIn website, Ms Shearer details her expertise in assisting companies “in dealing with community sensitive issues such as land acquisition” and “managing volatile community response”. “Lee is acutely aware of protecting the brand of the client whilst managing difficult situations,” the entry states.

“We call on [Energy Minister Roberts] to suspend the AGL Gloucester gas field licence until a thorough investigation of the entire wholly inadequate approval is undertaken by a totally independent investigator,” said Julie Lyford, a former Gloucester mayor and spokeswoman for Groundswell Gloucester.

“No one is questioning the integrity or the highly experienced qualifications of Ms Shearer,” Ms Lyford said. “We are questioning the ability of the minister to show full impartiality and employ, again from the public purse, a suitably qualified investigator with no links to the mining or coal-seam gas industry.”

Mr Roberts suspended AGL’s operations on January 28 pending the results of a probe into the source of chemicals in the BTEX group – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes – found in flowback water. Benzene is a known carcinogen.

The chemicals can occur naturally in coal and gas deposits, and AGL said it did not use them in its fracking.

A spokesman for Mr Roberts said Ms Shearer had not worked as a consultant since joining the department in June last year.

“The DRE investigation will be thorough, robust and transparent,” the spokesman said, with the final report to be made public.

“Ms Shearer brings a wealth of investigative experience,” the spokesman said, including serving in the police force for 23 years. “To suggest otherwise is false and misleading.”

Opposition Leader Luke Foley, who has called for a moratorium on coal-seam gas in NSW, said the public may not have the “full confidence in the inquiry and the findings”.

“You have to question if someone who has worked as a consultant in the mining industry is best placed to lead an investigation into AGL’s CSG activities in Gloucester,” Mr Foley said. “This inquiry needs to get to the bottom of what has occurred in Gloucester and the public needs to have confidence in the process.”

Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said it was vital for any investigator to be completely independent and have the expertise necessary.

“Despite the Chief Scientist’s [Mary O’Kane’s] report and commitments to ‘world’s best practice’, the government continues to make decisions that undermine trust and facilitate the coal-seam gas industry,” Mr Buckingham said, adding it was time for coal-seam gas to be banned in the state.

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Showgirls comp heads to Sydney

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Dungog Showgirl, Prue McDonald, and Gosford Showgirl, Samantha Hardie, will represent Zone 5 in the 2015 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition final in Sydney next month.The State final presentation for The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition will be held on Sunday March 29 from 1:30pm in the Amphitheatre at Sydney Showground.
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ZONE finals for the 2015 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition kicked off on the weekend, with four showgirls now confirmed for the final on Sydney next month.

The Zone 5 final was hosted by Newcastle Show Society, and from the 16 showgirls who attended, Dungog Showgirl Prue McDonald, 20, and Gosford showgirl Samantha Hardie, 23, were selected to represent the zone.

Prue grew up on family’s dairy farm and is studying a combined law/arts degree at the University of Newcastle, while Samantha has completed Bachelor of Planning at the University of NSW.

Zone 5 takes in the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (ASC) Group 3 (Hunter River) and Group 12 (Castlereagh).

Ellie Stephens, from Tregeagle, representing the North Coast National Agricultural Society, Lismore, was one of the Zone 1 winners and hopes it might be second time lucky.

Ellie, an accountant with an interest in agribusiness and succession planning, represented Zone 1 at the Sydney Royal in 2012.

Real estate business development manager, Emma Marks, Pottsville, will join Ellie in Sydney and represent Tweed River Agricultural Society.

Emma is completing a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture by correspondence at Charles Sturt University.

Zone 1 comprises ASC Group 1 (Far North Coast) and Group 2 (Mid North Coast), and Maclean Show Society hosted the final this year.

This weekend Gunnedah Show Society will host the Zone 4 zone final.

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