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HELP NEEDED: As the club searches for more players, Turvey Park president Vin Carroll addresses those at training at Maher Oval on Tuesday night. Picture: Laura HardwickEMBATTLED Riverina League club Turvey Park have gone public in their plea for players.
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The Bulldogs have endured a tough couple of months and have now come out on front foot in a bid to ensure their future.

About 40 players have departed Maher Oval over the off-season, including 24 that played a first grade game last year.

Turvey Park have now launched a series of player incentives and gone public in an unprecedented move to boost numbers.

Turvey Park will pay $100 a game to every first grade player this season.

They have also set up bonus payments for Turvey Park juniors that go on to play 50 or more games for the club.

Turvey Park president Vin Carroll put the call out for any new or existing players to get on board.

“It’s getting to the stage now where we need a few more,” Carroll said.

“It’s been a real battle and it’s getting really tough.

“We’ve got a good core of good senior players, we just need to top up a bit.

“There has been a fair drop off from the under 17s to seniors for whatever reason.

“We want them to come right through from 15s to seniors so we’ve decided to add an incentive for that.”

The exodus is not simply restricted to the football field either.

“We’re putting out the call to all ex-players and supporters,” Carroll said.

“We’re looking for people to come back and support the club and help out.

“Rather than hearing ‘you should do this, or you should do that’, I’d love to hear ‘I’ll do this or I’ll do that.”

Turvey Park’s 2015 campaign started strongly with the appointment of Troy Maiden as their new coach, followed by a handful of signings, headed by former Eastlake captain Chad Gibson.

Over the last few months, things have unraveled with Gibson’s unavoidable departure due to employment the biggest blow.

“Before Christmas, it was unreal, we had everything done by Christmas and it was all looking good,” Carroll said.

“I would have swore we were going to finish top three.”

Long-time Turvey Park official Barb Hill urged players and supporters to get behind the club.

“It’s devastating to see the club this way,” Hill said.

“I don’t want to see it fold.

“The club has been here since 1952, we’ve got to try and keep it afloat.”

Turvey Park plans to visit schools in a bid to welcome more players to the club.

The club is also willing to negotiate for more than $100 for the right players.

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The Bunbury Mail Australia Day Fun Run has raised funds to donate more than 30 swags to the Salvation Army. Pictured is Bunbury Mail editor Shanelle Miller, Bunbury Salvation Army Corps officer Harriet Farquhar and Runners Club race director Allan Whitfield. FOLLOWING a successful Bunbury Mail Australia Day Fun Run event, the Bunbury Runners Club has donated 32 swags and $2,000 to the Salvation Army.
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Bunbury Salvation Army Corps officer Harriet Farquhar said the donation of swags comes at the right time for those doing it tough on the streets.

“It’s really well timed as we can get these to people on the streets before winter hits, opposed to during the cold months,” she said.

“We are very humbled at the Runners Club’s generosity.”

Bunbury Runners Club race director Allan Whitfield, who led the charge on donating the goods, said the club found it important to make sure the donation go towards the community.

“We believe it is paramount that we keep the money and the products in the South West,” he said.

“We’re very happy that we’ve been able to help the Salvation Army out.”

Mr Whitfield explained that the decision to donate a further $2,000 came after the club realised just how successful the event had been.

To purchase a swag for yourself, head to swags.org.au – the profits of each swag go towards the Salvation Army.

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A MAULES Creek woman has become the latest protester charged after allegedly disrupting Whitehaven Coal’s attempt to clear the state forest.
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Ann-Marie Rasmussen, a local horse trainer, sus-pended herself from a tree in the Leard State Forest early yesterday morning in protest against the mine.

PROTEST CHARGES: Maules Creek local Ann-Marie Rasmussen was arrested yesterday after allegedly suspending herself from a tree in the Leard State Forest. Photo: Supplied

She spent seven hours in the tree before she was arrested by police about 12.30pm and taken to Narrabri Police Station.

“The government knows the risks that mining poses for our water, air and ecosystems, and they create laws protecting the right of the mines to do so. Yet the law of this land states that any man or woman who dares to defend their land is labelled a criminal,” Ms Rasmussen said.

The arrest is the latest in a sustained attack over recent months by protesters from the Leard Forest Alliance and Frontline Action on Coal who oppose the mine and the clearing of the forest.

“These people have broken the law knowing the consequences they would face, for no personal gain other than environmental protection,” Leard Forest Alliance spokesperson Andy Paine said.

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ZERO NET ENERGY TOWN: Uralla is enjoying a welcome boom in home building.URALLA is experiencing a mini housing boom, with Thunderbolt country en- joying a steady increasein the number of newresidents.
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Last year saw the highest number of dwelling approvals in a decade and Uralla council hopes to see the trend continue in 2015.

Twenty-nine dwellings were approved in the town last year, and while the figure might not sound large, Uralla council’s manager of town planning and regulation Elizabeth Cumming said it was a considerable number for the size of the town.

“We think that’s really positive,” Ms Cumming said.

“Rentals are exhausted here in Uralla, so people are looking to either build or buy.

“Already for the month of January we (had) five – which is a good start.

“We also have a 60-lot subdivision application.”

It is hoped the subdivision will be approved this month.

Ms Cumming said the comparison between the estimated value of approvals in January last year and this year was also encouraging.

In 2014 the total figure for January was $54,800 compared with a total estimated value of $751,000 this year.

Uralla mayor Michael Pearce said there werea number reasons pro- spective home buyers and developers would find the area attractive.

“We’re a safe place to live,” Cr Pearce said.

“And being a Zero Net Energy Town is a big carrot to hang over people.

“There are virtually blocks all over the place, so there is room for everyone to have their bit of land.”

– The Armidale Express

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After a strong finish to last season and a solid preseason, Wolves veteran Chris Price is ready to lead his young charges to big things this year. Picture: GREG TOTMANAsclub stalwarts and experienced campaigners took the South Coast exit door, Chris Price stayed to guide a new era.
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With a younger, up-and-coming Wolves squad for the 2015 campaign, the 28-year old takes somewhat of a veteran status in his third season back with the club.

With that moniker, Price will also hold the captain’s armband for the new NSW National Premier League season.

He follows Matt Bailey and Jacob Timpano in leading the two-time NSL champions.

It’s a role he is honoured to attain.

“Being in a team I have always been one of the youngest but this year I am the oldest by a considerable margin. It is good to have the captaincy,” he said.

“Hopefully I can lead by example and help out the boys in any capacity.”

While it’s an opportunity he plans to take with both hands, the idea of captaincy felt far away for Price just two seasons ago.

In his first season back with the Wolves, an ACL injury threatened to derail his dream return home after four seasons with Sutherland.

“I was excited to come back. I have a lot of time and passion for the club and want to see it succeed,” Price remembers.

“It is one of the reasons why I wanted to come back but I think in life in general you have your setbacks.

“I just tried to turn a negative into a positive and it probably turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“You don’t really realise what you have got until it is taken away from you and it helped me with other aspects of my game.

“It was disappointing at the time but you just have to get on with things.”

While Price’s focus didn’t take a severe hit, the physical side took time.

He made his return at the beginning of last season but it wasn’t until the second half of the campaign where fans got to see him at his best.

“With an injury like that it takes a little while to get back into it and get confidence back,” he said.

“It took me [time] to get match fitness back as well.

“There were times through the year where I had a few little complications with it.

“But in the last month or six weeks of the season I was actually able to play and contribute on the pitch with the knee fine … that was pleasing.”

The end of season form and a full pre-season have set the platform for an even brighter 2015 campaign.

A finals finish in the league is high on the Wolves’ agenda but Price has other things in mind.

“The FFA Cup … it was the pinnacle for us last year as a club and it would be fantastic if we could replicate that this year,” Price said after the Wolves made the main draw in 2014.

“It is only going to be good for the club and fans, the future for trying to get an A-League team.

“If we can promote things like that on such a big stage – in our own backyard – it will only increase the possibility of it happening again.”

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