Celebrate Australia Day

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Get involved: Fly the flag and dress in green and gold on January 26 for Australia Day. There are many national and local events taking place or host your own party to celebrate.

Having a barbecue, relaxing by the beach, playing a game of cricket, eating damper and vegemite or just relaxing with family and friends are a few of the ways Australians will choose to spend their Australia Day.

Held on January 26, and recognised with a public holiday, many will enjoy the day off to join in the celebrations.

Traditionally, Australia Day commemorates the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, NSW and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

Because it marks the day of colonisation, Indigenous Australians often feel it is insensitive to celebrate the day.

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Barossa CouncilMember for Wakefield Nick ChampionMember for Barker Tony PasinMember for Stuart Dan Van Holst PellekaanHowever, In recent years, efforts have been made to include all Australians, and in 2013, the Australian flag and Aboriginal flag were raised together on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the first time on Australia Day.

“Australia Day is a time to come together and recognise our good fortune as Australians. It has the ability to unite us; to recognise our cultural diversity; and encourage us to consider our future,” the official Australia Day website states.

Australia Day is a time to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. Award ceremonies also recognise those Aussies who have achieved excellence and contributed to creating a better country.

There are a number of national events taking place on the day and many local councils will have their own festivities happening from sporting events, award and citizenship ceremonies to breakfasts by the beach, parades, entertainment and firework displays.

Get involved this Australia Day by attending one of your local activities or host your own event and get together with friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues. Some tips for a great event:

DECORATE: With the Australian and/ or Aboriginal flag, or with an Australiana theme – think Aussie animals, gum trees and national icons.

DRESS UP:Wear stubbies and thongs with a bushman style cork hat or akubra, an Australian flag t-shirt or swimsuit or paint your face in green and gold.

FOOD:Serve meat pies, Vegemite sandwiches, damper, pavlova, lamingtons and cook up some snags or lambon the barbie.

ACTIVITIES: Sing the national anthem and Waltzing Matilda or visit australiaday南京夜网419论坛 to take the Aussie Slang Challenge, play Australian trivia online and find activities for kids.

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Awards recognise what is best about Australia

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Honour: 2016 Australian of the Year David Morrison outside Parliament House, Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares

Eachyear, Australia Day marks a time to celebrate the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians.

As well as localised awards ceremonies by councils and communities around the country, January 26 is also when the nation recognises achievement through the Australian of the Year Awards.

The awards are announced in Canberra on January 25, the eve of Australia Day.

Australian of the Year Awards profile citizens who are role models for all, inspire through achievement and challenge others to make their own contribution to creating a better Australia.

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Barossa CouncilMember for Wakefield Nick ChampionMember for Barker Tony PasinMember for Stuart Dan Van Holst PellekaanSince its inception in 1960, the Australian of the Year Award has been a focal point of national Australia Day celebrations.

The awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.

Those honoured offer an insight into Australian identity, reflecting an evolving relationship with the world, the role of sport in Australian culture, the impact of multiculturalism and the status of Australia’s Indigenous people.

The awards operate at two levels – state/territory and national – with nominees put forward by members of the community.

State and territory selection committees select four finalists for each award category, with one of these finalists becoming the recipient of the state/territory award.

Those eight recipients from each state/territory then become the national finalists for the awards in each of the four categories.

The National Australia Day Council Board selects the Australians of the Year from the group of 32 state and territory recipients.

AwardsThe awards presented on Australia Day are:

Australian of the Year: These leading citizens shape our nation, inspire us, and are role models for us all.

Senior Australian of the Year: First presented in 1999, it recognises those Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and contribute.

Young Australian of the Year: Awarded since 1979, it recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians.

Australia’s Local Hero: Introduced in 2003, the award acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.

NominationsNominations for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards are now open.

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Letters January 13

Streep’s hypocrasyReply to the page 11 article, “Response over-rated” Mercury, Wednesday January 11, 2016.
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The only standards the left have is “double standards” and prominant Hillary cry baby, Meryl Streep proves it.

At the 2003 Oscars, Streep lead a standing ovation for convicted child rapist Roman Polanski.

The hypocrisy of an abortion supporting celebrity lecturing us on respect for those who are disabled, while at the same time given an awarded by Barrack Obama for her pro-abortion activism.

Meryl Streep whines about empathy and lacks any for those she denigrates.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow

Innocent targets?Come on Adrian. You make it sound like there are thousands of full-time, violent motorcycle gang members fighting in the middle east getting disability pensions.

I would suggest there are fewer than you think. True, there are any number of disreputable people who rort the system for their own advantage. At the moment we are seeing some of our parliamentarians facing scrutiny over their abuse of entitlements.

The banks are also under the microscope for the dodgy way they treat their customers, and major corporations do their best to avoid paying taxes. I’m very much a luddite when it comes to technology, and I really don’t know what an algorithm is, but many who are critical of the way the government is handling the situation at the moment say the problem is that their algorithm has some problems.

If this is the case, then it might just be that innocent people are being unjustly targeted.

Rather than attacking people getting the pension, I would rather they go after the corporations, negative gearers and the wealthy who have overseas bank accounts and trust funds that they hide their money away in.

William Bielefeldt, Kembla Grange

Tighten your beltsIt is a bloody disgrace. Superimposed over the Susan Ley travel fiasco we now learn about Julie Bishop’s recent travel faux pas to a champagne sipping, Polo match and claiming, when caught ‘red handed’, that she’s on parliamentary business.

Parliamentary business you might be on Julie, but oh the rancid perception about ‘the age of entitlement’ only applying to you and your ubiquitous colleagues, but not to the broader tax payer public.

There is also recent anecdotal evidence (Tony Burke) to confirm Labor is also not quarantined from ‘dipping their snouts in the public trough’. Members and senators, in general, and the government, in particular, need to start leading by example by demonstrating that they are also feeling the economic ‘belt tightening’ pain.

A good start will be to scrap parliamentary travel expenses. In lieu, they can pay for their own travel, business or otherwise, out of a ‘to be determined’ flat pay increase.

DJ Preece, Balgownie

Ignoring the issues?Adrian Devlin demands the ABC be privatised and lists his issues why.Foremost is climate change. He denies the world is warming and has welcomed the most dangerous denier of them all, Donald Trump.He refuses to acknowledge that over 80 percent support same sex marriage and he opposes those schools that want even to discuss same sex.

He aligns himself with the dogmatist ideologue Senator Cory Bernardi who says same-sex leads to bestiality. He blames the ABC for “prosecuting Cardinal Pell”. An assertion that ignores that it is the judicial system that is investigating the abuse of minors in the church – that it existed in a Catholic diocese where Pell was bishop. He blames the ABC for “promoting illegal immigration”.

Ignoring the fact the imprisonment of refugees on Manus and Naru is being widely condemned. He conveniently ignores the key issue. That the privatisation of the ABC would eliminate an independent voice.

Reg Wilding, Corrimal

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King Island shipping problem addressed

HAIL MARY: SeaRoad Mersey I’s service life extended in wake of collapse in joint venture arrangement between SeaRoad and Port and Coastal Marine Services.Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding has announced a new deal with ship provider SeaRoad to continue King Island’s shipping service.
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The news comes in the wake of a breakdown in the joint venture arrangement between SeaRoad and Port and Coastal Marine Servicesin December.

On Thursday, Mr Hidding allayed King Island residents’ fears.

“SeaRoad has agreed to provide a weekly service until the end of March with its existing vessel, the SeaRoad Mersey I, while the government finalises work on longer-term shipping arrangements for King Island,” he said.

The SeaRoad Mersey I was initially going to be replaced by the SeaRoad Mersey II, but the new ship was too big to fit in the Grassy Port on King Island.

“Longer-term shipping arrangements will be announced well before the completion of SeaRoad’s service,” Mr Hidding said.

Opposition infrastructure spokesman Craig Farrell chastised the government for supposedly not keeping the public updated.

“The Minister cut things very fine, waiting until four days before deadline to announce an extension of SeaRoad’s service,” Mr Farrell said.

Mr Farrell appreciated SeaRoad’s “willingness” to keep SeaRoad Mersey I in operation for the time being.

While King Island Council general manager David Laugher also welcomed the extension of the existing service, he said a resolution was not yet forthcoming.

”[SeaRoad]have invested in a new ship, which is fine for services across the board,but unfortunately it doesn’t enable the continuation of the diversion call into King Island,” Mr Laugher said.

“We still need to find a longer-term solution.”

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The year ahead for agriculture

1.) What was your overall view of 2016?
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What’s happening in 2017: The Western Magazine chats to National Farmers’ Federation president, Fiona Simson to get her view on what’s in store for the next twelve months. Photo: Contributed

During 2016 the National Farmers Federation, with its members, successfully representedAustralia’s farmers across a variety of different issues from trade and competition toregulation and natural resource management.

Being an election year – 2016 provided a fantastic opportunity to bring to the attention of ourpoliticians and policy makers agriculture’s ‘wish list’. Through our ‘Accelerate Agriculture’campaign we highlighted the opportunities for improvement across a broad range of issuesfrom trade and competitiveness to infrastructure and workforce supply.

From a leadership perspective during November I was humbled to have been elected as thefirst female NFF President. I feel tremendously honoured and privileged and I like to think itis a recognition of the important role women play in farming businesses.

With the leadership change we farewelled Brent Finlay as President. Brent served in the rolefor three years during which time he aggressively pursued policy outcomes that deliver amore productive, competitive and prosperous sector. He has put the needs of farmer’s frontand centre in arguing for bold reforms to trade and the economy.

Brent leaves an enormouslegacy of achievements and a strong vision that I intend to pursue with as much vigour anddetermination.

In particular, under Brent’s guidance, in 2016 NFF established a new national representativeorganisation — Australian Farmers — to strengthen and unify the voice of farmers in publicpolicy development and the political debate. This will continue to be a work in progressduring 2017 and beyond.

2.) Was there any major issues in 2016 for the NFF and farmers that was really in the spotlight? How did you overcome them?

The backpacker tax really was the issue in the spotlight during 2016. The NFF and ourmembers mobilised to advocate to ensure a tax rate of 32.5% was not imposed on workingholiday makers.

Through a multi-channelled communications campaign and behind-the- scenes diplomacy wesort to highlight to all Australians 1 -how dependent the farming sector is one transient labourand 2-just how much of a deterrent the proposed tax rate would be to backpackers.

After months of horse trading and political backflips – at the eleventh hour, in the last sittingweek, a reduced rate of 15% passed through both houses. This end result was in no smallpart due to the intense pressure from the NFF and many, many other representative groupsthat came out against the original rate.

The backpacker tax issue certainty was an embarrassing episode in Australian politics. On apositive note it reminded Australian agriculture how we can rally together to achieve change– and how much easier this is to do when we work together as one voice.

3.) What is the NFF hoping to achieve this year? Are there any particular goals on the agenda and how do you hope to achieve them?

We really are focussed on building the ‘team’ approach to advocating in the interests ofAustralian farmers. Agriculture is a diverse sector but many of the issues are common such astrade, regulation, infrastructure, and climate. We have demonstrated that a better, strongercase is able to be put when we present as a united front.

Communications -We will be ‘going hard’ on ending the ‘data drought’ and working towards getting moreequality in the mobile and internet services available to farmers.

Digital technology really does represent the new frontier of productivity gains for farmbusinesses. But without access to affordable, reliable connectivity these gains just may not beachievable.

At the end of last year we joined the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalitionto do just this. Through the Coalition we will be continuing to draw to the attention of ourelected officials the need for continuing investment in regional telecommunications.

Trade –As a sector we’ve had wins in free trade agreements with Korea, China and Japan. With theTrans Pacific Partnership looking in real peril following the US election in 2017 we will turnour focus to the Regional Cooperative Economic Partnership and the next round of WorldTrade Organisation’s negotiations.

Power –The National Electricity Market (NEM) is not working for Australian farmers and needsserious reform. Reliable, affordable power supply is a non-negotiable for farm business.Dairies, fruit and vegetable packing sheds, shearing sheds for example just can’t functionwithout power. This year we will be working to see steps taken to modernise the NEM andget the best possible balance for farmers when it comes to reliability and affordability.

Tax and regulation–Australian agriculture is enjoying buoyant times and for farmers to reach their potential theyneed a business regulation and tax environment that facilities their success not impedes it. Inthis vein we are calling on the Government to cut company tax rates to at least 22% and tosimplify ‘small business’ classifications – among other regulatory reform.

Climate–The NFF recognises that climate change poses a significant challenge for Australian farmersand we believe there is real opportunity for the agriculture sector to contribute to nationalemissions reduction goals.

To this end during 2017 we will be working with industry and Government to determinefarming’s place in the climate change policy process and to ensure there is a balance betweenproductivity and profitability and long-term environmental sustainability.

4.) What do you think would be the general view of farmers coming into this New Year?

I would think farmers’ outlooks would be mostly positive. In 2016 there was rain! In someareas too much – major flooding caused boosted farmers’ outlooks for the year ahead.

Beef, wool and pulse prices were very strong throughout 2016 and continue to be so far intothis year. Wheat prices were disappointing but bumper yields – in some areas – record yields– have helped soften the blow.

The challenges of the dairy industry during 2016 must be recognised and these issues willneed to continue to be worked out in 2017.We are also seeing the fruits of recent free trade agreements which can only be positive.So overall I think farmers would be optimistic – they generally are by nature.

5.) And what do you think may have caused this positive and/or negative view? A good harvest, bad prices etc.

As above.

6.) We’re now a couple of weeks into 2017, is there a particular message you would like to get out to farmers?

That the NFF is committed – as it always has been – to fighting hard in the best interests offarmers.

There is currently tremendous opportunity for agriculture. Increased demand from our closestand arguably most valued markets is driving export value and as the latest ABARES statisticsreveal – productivity continues to grow.

As Australia’s peak farming representative body – it is our job to advocate to ensure thepolicy and regulatory environment is as good as it possibly can be to allow farmers to ensurefarmers are well placed to benefit from the favourable conditions before them.

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Kempsey cadets wanted

We want you: Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding.The local unit of the Australian Air Force Cadets, 312 Squadron Macleay Valley, is currently seeking interested peopleaged between 13 and 17 to join their ranks.
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The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a youth oriented organisation that is administered and actively supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. The AAFC teaches cadets valuable life skills and aimsto help cadets develop qualities including leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication. The fundamental aim of the AAFC is to foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults, who will make a valuable contribution to the community, no matter what career cadets choose.

312 Squadron Macleay Valley was first formed in Kempsey in 1999 at the Kempsey Airport. The Squadron has since become an integral part of the Macleay Valley community with a current strength of approximately 30 cadets. Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding.

312 Squadron cadets have the option to attend courses held all over NSW, such as attending a General Service Training camp at RAAF Williamtown or RAAF Richmond, Flying camps (both powered and gliding) held at Bathurst Aviation Centre, Musicians Course at RAAF Richmond, Aeromodelling, Rocketry and UAV courses held at Camden. Did you know that a cadet can learn to fly an aircraft, and can fly solo at the age of 16?As cadets progress within the Squadron, they can attend promotion courses where they learn to be effective and competent leaders and can undertake different roles within the Squadron.

2016 saw 312 Squadron participate in many activities, from several camping trips known as bivouacs, ceremonial parades locally such as Anzac Day, to participate in larger events involving cadets from all over New South Wales including the 3 Wing Freedom of Entry Parade to the City of Sydney where 312 Squadron cadets marched from Government House to the Opera House in what was the largest parade in the history of the AAFC.

312 Squadron are based in Kempsey, at the Army Reserve Depot in South Kempsey. They parade each week of the school term on a Thursday night, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, and have numerous weekend activities during the year. Don’t hesitate in contacting them to register your interest as vacancies are limited

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Tardy trains off the rails

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Late and uncomfortable on the Warrnambool line

What is slowing the Warrnambool line?

The Warrnambool train line was the worst-performing servicein the state in 2016, with its punctuality issues coming to a head at the end of the year.

In December, most trains ran at least 11 minutes late –just 15.4 per cent of services were counted as ‘on time’.

Speed restrictions put in place due to safety concerns have been identified as the cause of delays, but no long-term solutions to improve efficiency have been offered up.

For the first nine months of the year, punctualityhovered between 70 and 80 per cent. The target is 92 per cent. The figures started to tumble from October, dropping to 61.1 per cent, 40 per cent in November and15.4 per cent in December.

Transport Minister Jacinta Allan has repeatedlypointed to her government’sintroduction of extra weekday and Sunday servicesfor the line and cited safety concerns when asked about the punctuality issues.

Acting Transport MinisterJaala Pulford responded to news of the December result in a similar way.

“The most recent figures are the result of speed restrictions put in place in November and December to reduce the risk of accidents at level crossings keep people safe,” she said.

Ms Pulfordalso pointed to a regional network development plan released by her government early last year, which outlined long-term goals for the line, including replacingdated rolling stock, duplicatingthe track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds and improving safety at regional level crossings. However, the plan doesnot include a timeline for the completion of works.

V/Line spokeswoman Catalina Filip said speed restrictions put in place atlevel crossingsfollowing a collision at aPirron Yallock crossinglast year were the primary cause of delays.

“Someone nearly died at one of these crossings last year,” she said. “The speed restrictions we have put in place sincethen are for no other reason than to reduce the risk of that happening again and keep people safe. We continue to look at ways to improve travel times and punctuality, but we can’t put lives at risk in the process.”

Ms Filip said further restrictions were introduced atfive active crossings in December after a boom gate lowered later than the required 25 seconds.

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said V/Line needed to publicly account for the issues on the Warrnambool linebefore a parliamentary committee.

“If you were the ministerfortransport,you’d ask what went wrong and how to stop it happening next month,” Mr Barber said. “They treat their passengers likea captive audience – people who have no choice but to use the train. They run it until it breaks and then send some blokes out to see what went wrong.”

V/Line expects the punctualitytoimprove significantlyfrom February, aftera new timetable that factors in longer journey times comes into effect on January 29.

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New chapter in Definium success story

ON THE RISE: The state government’s Caterpillar Transition Taskforce program has helped Definium chief executive Mike Cruse grow his business from a one-man operation to a fully-fledged business. Picture: Hamish Geale Launceston-basedelectronics manufacturerDefinium Technologies has paid tribute to the state government’sCaterpillar Transition Taskforce’s role in helpingthe companycreate new jobs in the state’s North.
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Definium received two grants worth a combined totalof nearly $57,000under the CTT program, which sought to replace manufacturing jobs lost when Caterpillar moved its operations overseas in 2015.

Mike Cruse, whobegan the companyas a one-man operation in 2009, said he expected the company would continue to grow in coming years.

“I started by myself in a basement in Trevallyn, we took the leap 18 months ago and went into an office and ended up with some part time people, we now have three full-time and two or three casual people,” Mr Cruse said.

“I’m imagining that by the end of this year we will have employed somewhere between six to 10 more people if things grow at the rate it looks like they’re going to grow, and I’d like to see it grow beyond that as well.”

Mr Cruse said the financial support had come at a perfect time for the business.

“The manufacturing transition grant came along at a point when we needed to switch to a lead-free process for our electronics manufacturing and because of that we were able to start manufacturing boards for a local customer.

“We’ve got some customers from overseas as well but Ireally want to have the local customers be part of this because we’re building an eco-system here.”

Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff said Definium had been one of many success stories to have emerged from the grants program.

“We wanted to try and support businesses that had good ideas, were in a growth phase, and were very innovative in advanced manufacturing products,” Mr Rockliff said.

“Definium Technologiesis a classic example of that and as a result of that grants program it’s enabled us to find 150 new jobs across the advanced manufacturing space in Northern Tasmania.”

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Anzac Day march cancel threat ‘reactive, not proactive’Photos

Anzac Day march cancel threat ‘reactive, not proactive’ | Photos Diggers get a lift in Jeeps
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Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Reg Hearne hitches a ride with Rod Bredin. Pictures: Les Smith

Flypast over Wagga for Anzac Day

Aaron and Madeline Oldaker

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wagga’s Anzac Day crowd

Wagga’s Anzac Day marchers

Wagga’s Anzac Day crowd

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wagga mayor Rod Kendall

Wagga’s Anzac Day crowd

Wagga’s Anzac Day service

Students lay wreaths at the Wagga Cenotaph guarded by a catafalque party provided by RAAF Base Wagga

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wagga’s Anzac Day crowd

Mobility scooters carry Wagga Anzac Day marchers

Wagga’s Anzac Day crowd

Colonel Steve Jobson CSC, Commandant of the Army Recruit Training Centre

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Marchers of all ages filled Wagga’s Baylis Street

The flags of Wagga, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain

Wreaths ready to be laid

Anzac Day marchers

Anzac Day service

Some veterans rode in military vehicles

Thanking the crowd

Reg Hearne (right) and Rod Bredin

Corporal Peta Bubear carries the eternal flame torch

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

A friendly wave to the Anzac Day crowd

RAAF marchers

The Royal Australian Navy

RAAF personnel march along Baylis Street

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Part of the crowd for Wagga’s Anzac Day service

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australian Army personnel marching in Baylis Street

FA/18 Hornet overhead Wagga

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Dad Shane Ridley with 18-month-old son Elijah

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Proud marchers

Anzac Day in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

RAAF marchers

Anzac Day marchers

May and George Bruce lay wreaths with the assistance of RSL sub-branch secretary Ken May

Many schools laid wreaths at the Wagga Cenotaph

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack pauses after laying a wreath at the Wagga Cenotaph

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Students lay wreaths on the Wagga Cenotaph

Group Captain Ross Jones delivers his keynote address

Wagga mayor Rod Kendall and RSL sub-branch president Kevin Kerr lay wreaths at the Cenotaph

Group Captain Jones, Colonel Jobson and Captain Morthorpe lay wreaths

A young marcher

Respect for a minute’s silence

Students lay wreaths on the Wagga Cenotaph

Corporal Justin Kennedy sounds The Last Post

Wagga Legacy president David Scoble

Kildare Catholic College captains Shane Koetz and Veronica Kapecny

Justin and Kree Kennedy

FA/18 flies over Wagga on Anzac Day

Miss Wagga Melissa McKinnon (right) and Community Princess Megan Short

Wagga High School students lay a wreath

Nicolas Georgiou lays a wreath on behalf of the Greek community

Flags are raised at the end of a minute’s silence

All smiles as veterans accept the thanks of Wagga residents

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War medal returned to family

Medal returned: Bob Gulliver holds his great uncle’s WW1 service medal. A medal which was found on the side of a road by a couple travelling around Australia has been returned to its family members in Port Macquarie.
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The medal belonged to Gabriel Ambrose Gulliver who enlisted in the war when he was 29-years-old and left Sydney on January 24, 1917.

He would have received the medal on his return to Australia to acknowledge his service.

Bob Gulliver who is Gabriel’s great nephew has done thorough research into the history of the family’s involvement in the war.

Judi Raven andPete Mercerlocated Gabriel’sservice medal on the side of the road during a stop between Grafton andJackagery, NSW on their way to Coonabarabran to visit friends on November 11.

The couple are travelling around Australia from Gelorup which is nearBunbury inWA.

Ms Raven said her husband was at the side of the caravan when he spotted what he thought was a 50 cent piece.

The couple cleaned up the item when they were at Tamworth and noticed that it also had a small hole in the top of it.

“We knew then that it wasn’t a 50 cent piece,” Ms Raven said.

“I did a quick google search and that’s how we found out it was a war service medal.”

The couple travelled to theWar Memorial in Canberra to see if they could find out any further information.

Ms Raven said the Gulliver family in Port Macquarie were located by using the whitepages based on the information from theReveille, which was the RSL magazine from April, 1941.

Ms Raven rang Bob Gulliver to let him know about the discovery.

She said it was ‘wonderful to locate the family’ so that they can pass on this important part of history.

Mr Gulliver said the find was ‘spooky’ as the couple made the discovery at about 11am on Remembrance Day.

The family have no idea how the medal ended up on the side of the road in the first place.

Mr Gulliver said he looked up the location where the medal was found and described it as ‘harder than finding a needle in a haystack’.

He said if anyone else had of found it then they probably would have left it, or thrown it away.

When Gabriel returned from the war he lived with his brothers above a boathouseon the Hastings River.

“They lived reclusive lives but they had been through all that horror,” Mr Gulliver said.

Mr Gulliver said he intends to get replica ribbons to keep with the medal andit would be kept in the family and passed on to future generations.

Gabriel died in Port Macquarie aged 54 years in 1940.

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