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November 20th, 2018 by admin

Reel Escape finalists to hit the big screen

Finalists in the Reel Escape Film Festival have been announced with three local films in the mix.
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The Phoenix 5 has been submitted by Shoalhaven Anglican School and Make Yourself at Home and A Penny’sWorth are also from local entrants.

The festival attracted entrants from Iran and Switzerland as well as from around Australia.

Organiser Marion Hatwell said she was pleased at the response from the film industry to Reel Escape.

“I promoted the event on various film platforms,” Marion said.

“It’s great we got international entries.

“There were also some highly awarded films entered,” she said.

While the films will be the stars of the evening, there will also be three guest judges who will form a Q and A panel. All three are distinguished in theindustry and Marion said this will be a highlight of the event.

Gabrielle Rogers was an actress, director and producer.

She is now a voice and dialect coach. Her current project is Thor: Ragnarok which is filming in Australia.

John Manyard is a producer and has worked on a number of films including Sherpa, which screened last year in Ulladulla as part of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival.

Bridget Ikin has been an independent film producer and has won many awards for her work on short films. She has also held management positions including as the head of SBS Independent.

The Q and A panel will be answering audience questions following the screening of the finalist’s films.

“If the event is successful we would like to build on it next year,” Marion said.

“We haven’t had something like this down here before.”

The event is a red carpet gala night on October 14 from 6.30pm at the Arcadia Cinema. Tickets are $10 from the Cinema and available now.

Ticket price includes drinks and nibbles plus the Q and A session where audiences members can pick the brains of the industry.

Reel Escape is family friendly however some of the films do contain some swearing.

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November 20th, 2018 by admin

Riot of colour in festival floral exhibition

COLOURFUL: Di Uebergang and Tourism Inverell staff Peter Caddey and Ann Clydsdale with the large Prudence Mapstone piece.A piece by internationally-exhibited fibre artist Prudence Mapstone is on display at the Tourism Inverell Centre in woolly and polychromed floral glory to promote the Sapphire City Festival.
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The piece created from hundreds of small, unique knitted and crocheted creations pieced together isa pulsing sea of colour.

The artwork landed in Inverell after GramanSewing Group member Ann Hodgens saw Prudence’swork and felt it would complement the Inverell festival.

“I went to the stitches and craft show in Brisbane, and saw a piece that she has that is travelling around Australia that is called 50 Years of Flower Power,” Annsaid.

“We asked her if she had a piece she would loan that was appropriate to the festival.”

Festival committee member and Tourism Inverell staff memberAnn Clydsdale said Prudence’s piece, evoking a flower garden, represented the foundations of the event.

“It’s because the festival’s always been about a celebration of spring,” Ann said.

Fellow Graman sewing group member Di Uebergang said she and the other members were inspired to create three-dimensionaltapestries of their own.

“We thought we’d do some ourselves as a tribute,and we tried to make ours look more like flowers,” she said.

The Graman pieces are on display in the storefront next door to Campbell and Freebairn Chemists in Otho Street.

Prudence’s large piece and three smaller pieces are on display, along with a collection of historical images of Inverell’s Floral Festivals at the Tourism Centre through the month of October, and admission is free.

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November 20th, 2018 by admin

Bongos at Congo to help refugees

Congo resident Bernie Richards is beating the bongos for the nationwide Garage Sale Trail on Saturday, October 22, by donating all the proceeds from the event at her beachside home to helping refugees.
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GOOD HEART: Bernie Richards will host Congo Bongo as part of the national Garage Sale Trail on Saturday, October 22, with all proceeds from her sale going towards helping refugees.

Ms Richards will host Congo Bongo –featuring the African rhythms of the energetic drumming groupDjembe Fort.Other local musicians, including folk band Sacred Cow, will also perform.

CongoBongoaligns with one of the most pressing topics on the currentpolitical and socialagenda –the refugee crisis.

Ms Richards, who onceworked for the Department of Immigration, said she had met asylum seekers andlistened to their stories.

She has friends in Syria who have been waiting 20 years to be rescued from their horrific conditions, andbelieves that Australia is not doing enough to help refugees.

The Garage Sale Trail is a day of nationwide garage sales, the heart of which is community, sustainability and well-being.

This year it is estimated that there will 15,000 garage sales, and the Congo Bongois one of almost 25 per cent that will raise money for a charity or cause.

Ms Richards’ garage sale was a hit last year when sheinvited customers to whale watch from her balcony.

She hopes to attract even more people to Congo this year, to experience abeautiful part of the coast,go bargain hunting and support the refugee cause.

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November 20th, 2018 by admin

Police lay more gun ring charges

More charges: Strike Force Burril detectives and police pictured at a raid on a Gunnedah home in August. Photo: Vanessa HonkeDETECTIVES have charged a sixthman and laid fresh charges against another accused as part of an unprecedented crackdown on agun ring allegedly operating near Gunnedah.
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Shannon Frazer from Werris Creek is the seventhperson charged by investigators from Strike Force Burril –a massive undercover operation by Oxley detectives investigating the supply of firearms and drugs in the Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains areas.

The operation has seen 38 firearms as well as a explosives, a grenade and pre-cursor chemicals seized during coordinated raids stretching to Lake Macquarie and the Illawarra.

Frazer is charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol, acquiring an unregistered firearm, possessing an unauthorised firearm, not keeping a firearm safe and possessing ammunition.

He was arrested by Strike Force Burril detectives in Werris Creek and refused bail by police.

During an out-of-sessions bail hearing in Tamworth Local Court, Frazer was granted conditional release to report to local police twice a week and live in Werris Creek. He’s also prohibited from contacting co-accused.

But Frazer will fight the charges against him after pleading not guilty to all five counts in a subsequent court appearance.

Police have been ordered to compile a brief of evidence against him with the case adjourned to November.

Meanwhile, detectivesupgraded the charges against co-accused Shane Alan Kember during a court appearance last week.

Kemberis accused of possessing six unauthorisedfirearms and police will allege he doesn’t hold a valid NSW firearms licence.

The 45-year-oldappeared in Wollongong Local Court where Magistrate Mark Douglass ordered police to preparea brief of evidence into the case before it returns to court in November.

He’s also accused of knowingly being involved in the supply of a pistol at Kembla Grange, which police allegedly uncovered as part of the undercover Strike Force Burril operation.

His arrest followed a search warrant on a Dapto home on September 1 where firearms, cannabis, and ammunition were seized.

Another co-accused, Stephen Andrew Lawrence, remains before the courts on 10 chargesfollowing a raid on a Boolaroo home, near Lake Macquarieon August 31. Lawrenceremains on conditional bail.

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