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SATURDAYCarols By Candlelight 6pm, Marine Parade, The Entrance. Besides your usual Christmas carol favourites from the Tuggerah Lakes Show Band, there will be a special festive performance from the Care Bears and the JB Dance Company.
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Christmas Carols –Rothbury 5pm to 7pm, The Vintage Golf Club, Rothbury. Matt Purcell hosts “Carols Unplugged” and shares the stage with other rising Australian country singers.BYO picnic rug and dulcet tones.

Christmas Eve at the Trots 6pm, Newcastle Harness Racing Club, Broadmeadow. The club is celebrating the festive spirit by opening the gates for free for thenine-race program.

Christmas Eve Races 1pm, Scone Jockey Club. Enjoy the action at one of country NSW’s finest tracks with a seven-race program.

Experiencing Christmas 7pm, Medowie Christian School. The Overflow Church Medowie is hosting its ownChristmas Eve celebration service, with family friendly pre-service activities starting at 5.30pm, before the 7pm service.The pre-service activities include face painting, jumping castle, youth games and a free BBQ.

Santa at Bennett Park 5.30pm, Bennett Park, Valentine. The Valentine Lions are hosting good ole St Nick to celebrate Christmas by beautiful Lake Macquarie.Bring along picnic gear and enjoy the festivities, which includeChristmas backgroundmusic by Mike fromDiscobeat.

SUNDAYChristmas Lunch In The Park 11am, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. The Samaritans host a free Christmas lunch in the foreshore railsheds, plus family entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.

Christmas Lunch In Singleton 11am, Senior Citizens Centre, Singleton.The Samaritans host a free Christmas lunch, with good food, friendship, entertainment and an appearance from Santa Claus.

MONDAYA-League – Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix 5.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. The Jets aim for three straight wins against the eight-placed Nix.

Boxing Day Races 12pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow. The Novocastrian institution hasall ages covered, featuring trackside music fromDJ RPM and Chad Shuttleworth, plus food vendors, and of course, the gallops.

Boxing Day SalesBoth Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara will open their doors from8amfor one of the biggest shopping days on the calendar.

Murray’s Boxing Day Blues, Brews & BBQs Festival 10am to 6pm, Murray’s Brewery, Bobs Farm. Murray’s celebrates the release of their mango beer and Anniversary Ale 11 with a day of blues music and family-friendly activities.

W-League –Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers 3pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. The Jets’ women’s team chase their first victory since their round-three win on November 20.

SAVE THE DATEBeautiful Shoal Bay will become decidedly creepy on January 10 when it hosts the Tomaree Headland Spooky Tour.The sunset tourin Tomaree National Park from 6pm to 8pm aims to send ashiver up spine of its participants. An National Park Wildlife Service ranger will guide walkerson a dusk tour around the bay and into the World War II gun emplacements. There youcanlisten for the eerie sounds of the bush and,if you’relucky, spot a nocturnal animal or two.Suitable for adults and children eightyears and over.

MARKETSClocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Handmade In The Hunter Markets Tuesday-Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market 8am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.

Port Stephens Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm,Port Stephens Church of Christ, Salt Ash.

ARTS & CULTUREArt Systems WickhamYou’ll Fest ’16. Until Saturday.

Gallery 139Director’s Choice. Until Saturday.

Lake Macquarie City Gallery Saltwater Country. Until January 29. Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures. Until March 12.

Lovett GalleryWildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2016. Until February 25.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Inside Bloomfield, by Linda Greedy; Shhh, by Nathan Keogh and Giselle Penn; Greetings from Maitland, by Trevor Dickinson. Until January 29. Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year; The 2016 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship for Young Achievers in the Visual Arts. Until February 5. Maitland Includes You: Artists from Journeys: Creative Connections and Mai-Wel; Andrew Christofides’ Abstraction. Until February 19.

Newcastle Museum Humanoid Discovery. This highly interactive exhibition will take you on a revealing journey through the human body from the perspective of a visitor from outer space. Also, Emporium, which recreates the Albury region’s first department store, The Abikhair Emporium, a family business run by Syrian immigrant Saad Milham Abikhair and his wife Shefia. A Newcastle Story; Fire &Earth; Supernova &Mininova are also showing.

The Lock Up Every Breath, featuring work by Kevin Anderson, Ian Burns, Dale Collier, Ineke Dane, Sophia Emmett, Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin, Tracy Hill, James Maher, Andrew Styan, Katie Styan and Lucy Weaver. Until January 29.

THEATREA Play in a MangerA town community is putting on its 50th annual Christmas play andrecruits a flamboyant, over-the-top director to stage it; lively family musical featuring youngperformers. Hope Valley Church, Cessnock. Saturday, at 5pm.

SpeakeasyMaureen O’Brien’s comedy brings together the music and crime stories of the1920s. Royal Exchange, Newcastle, Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29, at 8pm.Also at The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church, January 8 and 11.

MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Shots Fired.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday,Mick Jones,Darren Rolling Keys Duo.

Argyle House Saturday, Tigerlily. Monday, No Diggity ft. Horizon.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Duplexity.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Grayson.

Beach HotelSaturday, The New Black Shades.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Ty.

Belmont HotelSaturday, Krossfyre.

Belmore Hotel Maitland Saturday, Streets Of Omah, DJ Skoob, Timmy Coffey.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday,Snape Trilogy.

Boat Rowers HotelSaturday,Boney Rivers.

The BradfordSaturday, Purple Hearts.

Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Jungle Kings.

Catho PubSaturday, Kelly Hope.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Allan Caswell.

Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday,Layth Gun.

Club KotaraSaturday, Mark Lee.

Club LemonTreeSaturday,Damien.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday,MKFR, E-low,Ben Suthern, DJ Dola.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Higher Ground.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday,The Gracetones.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday,Mardmax.

Entrance Bowling Club Saturday, Kristy James.

FinnegansMonday, Lawson, Standing Ovation, Gillecks, Ricky Bonomini, Random Hero, Gillies.

George TavernSaturday,KR Duo.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Fish Fry & Pow Wow.

Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday,Robbie T.

Greenroof HotelSaturday,CrocQ. Monday,Jerome.

Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, The Grounds, Meth Muscles, Dog.

Harrigan’s Pokolbinaturday, Kevin O’Hara, The V-Dubs.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Tre Soul. Monday, Ty, Rocket.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Hotel DelanySaturday, Matt Meler. Monday,AK Morris.

Hotel JesmondSaturday,Michael Mills.

Iron Horse InnSaturday, Overtone.

King Street HotelSaturday, King Street Christmas Party.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Loose Bazooka.

Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird.

Lass O’GowrieMonday, Motherload, Strangers With Candy, Bofolk Ballico.

Lucky HotelSaturday,Matt McLaren.

Mary EllenSaturday,Jason Bone.

Maryville TavernSaturday, Sundays Record Duo.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday,James Naldo.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday,Jerome.

Merewether SurfhouseSaturday, AK Morris.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Zane Penn Duo. Sunday,Yianni.

Murray’s BreweryMonday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday,Phonic.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Callum and Dave, Wicked.

Newcastle Jockey ClubMonday,Todd Schmoo,Chad Shuttleworth.

Pedens CessnockSaturday,Todd Schmoo.

The PourhouseSaturday, Lennie Live.

Premier HotelMonday, Busta Thong.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Soul Play.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, CrocQ.

Racecourse HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday,Georgina Grimshaw.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Pistol Pete.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Daxton Monaghan.

Stockton Bowling ClubMonday, Defaced.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Ian Henry. Monday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Fried Ry,Miss Menace,Ricky Bonomini.Monday, Lawson, Ricky Bonomini, Gillecks, Filf, Daniel Hallett.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, The Way.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday,Karen O’Shea.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Samantha Broadbent. Sunday, Cathy Cannon.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSaturday, Coral Lee.

Warners At The BaySaturday, Loko.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday,Alias.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, The Andy Show.Monday, Jake Folbigg.

​Wests New LambtonSaturday, Dr Zoom.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Deborah Sinclair.

MOVIESAllied(M)A French-Canadian spy, falls in love and marries French agent Marianne after a mission in Casablanca. Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and begins to investigate her.

Assassin’s Creed(M)When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a master assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret assassins society.

A United Kingdom(PG)Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940’s.

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio(CTC)This family favourite sees the Doctorjoin up with an investigative journalist and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them(M)The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter.

Hacksaw Ridge(MA) The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without a gun.

I, Daniel Blake(MA)A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

La La Land(CTC)A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Moana(PG)A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Office Christmas Party(MA)When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day.

Red Dog: True Blue(PG)Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(M)Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Sing(G)A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition.

The Edge of Seventeen(M)Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other’s older brother, who is totally his sister’s nemesis.

Trolls(G)Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, andBranch are polar opposites. Together, theyembark on an adventure that takes them beyond their world.

Underworld: Blood Wars(MA) Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

Why Him?(CTC)Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad andhis family visit his daughter and meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning, but socially awkward, Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird.

Furnissdale resident shocked by backyard inferno | VIDEO

Furnissdale resident shocked by backyard inferno | VIDEO Burning: Furnissdale resident Michael Woolford’s backyard on fire during the Furnissdale fire on Monday. Photo: Michael Woolford.
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Burning: Furnissdale resident Michael Woolford’s backyard on fire during the Furnissdale fire on Monday. Photo: Michael Woolford.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

The Furnissdale fire. Photo: Kate Hedley.

TweetFacebookThen the fight to save the house started.

The passerby who raised the alarm by knocking on his front door grabbed ahose and started helping Mr Woolford fightthe fire, as other neighboursjoined in.

Mr Woolford then moved his cars and equipment out of the way to facilitate fire fighting access to the area, and grabbed a shovel and started digging a ditch to hopefully contain the fire and save hisshed.

Fire crews received air support around 4pm.

The fire was contained and controlled by Tuesday morning, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) downgrading their emergency warnings over the fires but warning there wasstill smoke in the area.

The fire got three metres away fromMr Woolford’shome, destroyingthebackyard’s fencing, five acres of vegetation and parts of neighbouring properties, but leavinghis home untouched.

Mr Woolford said he was gladhis partner and their newborn baby weren’t home at the time, and urged residents to do their fire breaks ahead of bushfire season.

“It’s important to have the fire breaks, I had done them recently and it definitely helped, it would’ve spread way faster,” he said.

Mr Woolford said it’s the first time in the three years he has been living in the Furnissdale property that a fire of this size has swept the area.

He said there had been smaller bushfires previously but never one that spread so fast.

He said he was very thankfulfor the help he received from fire fighters, neighbours and passersby.

To check any emergency updates go to Emergency WA’s website.

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Fighting for fair share

PRECIOUS RESOURCE: Alexandrina Council interim chief executive Victoria MacKirdy and mayor Keith Parkes at the water’s edge of the river.GOOLWA AND LOWER LAKES –Alexandrina Council is standing up for its community and the protection of its most valued source, the river, which runs to the Murray Mouth.
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At the December 5, Alexandrina Council meeting Cr Featherston and Cr Tuckwell said attending the Murray Darling Association National Conference and AGM was a worthwhile experience.

“We as a council do need to know where we stand on water allocation of the Murray Darling Basin,” Cr Tuckwell said.“We need to understand what the allocations are and where we stand on the issue.”

“I agree with Cr Tuckwell and it is the quality of the water, not quantity which is important,”Cr Featherston said.

At the December 19 council meeting elected membersreaffirmedits support for the Basin Plan.Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes said council supports full and timely implementation of the Basin Plan and commits itself to work for the good of all that rely on a healthy, working Murray-Darling Basin.

“Our position is unchanged, as we want and needthe Basin Plan delivered in full with implementation in2018,” Mr Parkes said.“The Basin Plan implementation must recognise the international importance of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) through the achievement of end-of-system environmental objectives, targets and outcomes. Achievement of these targets is critical to the long-term wellbeing of our community.”

Mr Parkes said the base water recovery target of 2750GL will be inadequate to meet the CLLMM region’s environmental watering requirements and it is imperative that the Federal Government continues to prioritise achievement of the 3200GL recovery target.

“We need the extra 450GL to be delivered. It is alright for this year as we have had good rainfall, but there has to be a focus on supporting farmers in northern regions to implement more sustainable farming,” Mr Parkes said.

Council will submit their position to the Murray Basin Authority and the Federal Government.


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Kyran’s lasting legacy

Legacy: Kyran Day was just six months old when he died after a misdiagnosis at Shoalhaven Hospital in 2013, and his parents Grant and Naomi Day have campaigned for change ever since. Picture: Supplied
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The parents of a baby boy who died after a misdiagnosis at Shoalhaven Hospital have welcomed the recommendations from a coronial inquest into his death.

Grant and Naomi Day have been campaigning for change since the death of their six-month-old son Kyran on October 22, 2013, after he wasdiagnosed withgastroenteritis,when he was in fact suffering from a bowel obstruction.

A coronial inquest was held in May, and on Wednesday the findings were handed down which included a range of recommendations for the health and ambulance services which could be implemented statewide.

‘’We started this journey three years ago because we wanted to make sure there was change … so anyone going to a NSW hospital could do so with trust in the medical system,’’ Mr Day said.

‘’It’s bittersweet but we welcome the recommendations as we know Kyran’s legacy will now live forever.’’

Kyran’s family continually questioned the initial diagnosis on October 19, 2013, but the correct diagnosis was only made20 hoursafter he first saw a doctor. The Days’then had to wait four hours for an ambulance to take him to Sydney children’s hospital.

During the transfer,Kyranlost consciousness and the ambulance wasdiverted to Shellharbour Hospitalwhere hesuffered several cardiac arrests before he was flown to Sydney forsurgery. He died on October 22.

Deputy State CoronerMagistrate Teresa O’Sullivan found that Kyran died ‘’after those treating him failed to detect …and respond to his condition in a sufficiently timely manner’’.

She recommended that NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner examine the policy and training programs since activated by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District–to see ifthey should be implemented statewide.

She also recommended NSW Ambulance Service advisethe coroner as soon as the Medical Priority Dispatch System was implemented. The service was alsoadvised to consider more effective ways to communicate the qualifications of paramedics, and the ways calls were processed, to hospital staff.

ISLHD chief executive Margot Mains said the district had implemented a range of measures after an internal investigation. This included staff training as well as the employment of an additional staff specialist paediatrician, two junior doctors and a clinical nurse specialistat Shoalhaven Hospital.

‘Vision for Life’ technology had been installed in district hospitals, to provide vision and sound of unwell infants to specialists elsewhere.

‘’We will continue to support the family as they work with NSW Health agencies to ensure the lessons learned from this tragedy can make a real difference to the care of our youngest patients.’’

‘’Our internal investigation, together with HCCC investigations, delivered recommendations and lessons, mainly around staff education and training and transfer processes, which have now been implemented by Shoalhaven Hospital,’’ Ms Mains said.

Ms Skinner said NSW Health, including NSW Ambulance,would also carefully consider all recommendations.

‘’Kyran’s death was tragic. I extend my condolences to his parents, Grant and Naomi, and their family who have been working closely with the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission on strategies to ensure the immediate investigation of concerns raised by loved ones if a patient’s condition deteriorates in hospital,’’ she said.

‘’In particular, the family and the CEC are discussing how to extend the existing REACH program (Recognise, Engage, Act, Call and Help Is On Its Way) to hospitals across the state.

‘’As a result of the family’s advocacy, Kyran’s name and photograph will be included on information posters and brochures which will be available to families of all paediatric patients on admission to hospital.

‘’Kyran’s mother will also tell his story in a training video for NSW Health staff.’’

A NSW Ambulance spokesperson added that the organisation’s ‘’progress in meeting the two new protocols recommended by the coroner is well advanced’’.


Grant and Naomi Day have had to endure something no parent should go through.

But they have also done what many others may not have been able to do in light of such unbearable pain and loss as well.

Grant and Naomi had to watch on as their baby boy died after a misdiagnosis at the Shoalhaven Hospital in2013.

They knew theyhad to do something about the death of their baby Kyran so that other parents following in their footsteps did not suffer the same fate.

From the day they lost Kyran they began campaigning for change in the health system.

On Wednesday the New South Wales’ Deputy State CoronerMagistrate Teresa O’Sullivan announced the findings into Kyran’s coronial inquest.

What followed was a wide-ranging series of recommendations for change in the hospital system.

‘’We started this journey three years ago because we wanted to make sure there was change … so anyone going to a NSW hospital could do so with trust in the medical system,’’ Kyran’s father Grantsaid.

‘’It’s bittersweet but we welcome the recommendations as we know Kyran’s legacy will now live forever.’’

The coroner’s report makes special mention of Kyran’s parents and of Naomi’s address to the inquest.

“She spoke beautifully about Kyran and the pain she and Grant continue to experience; I was very moved,”Deputy State CoronerMagistrate Teresa O’Sullivan stated.

“Naomi and Grant attended court every day of this inquest along with Kyran’s grandparents.

“Naomi and Grant have known each other since they were 13 years old.

“Grant’s mother and Naomi’s mother both worked as nurses at the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital and are close friends.

“Kyran’s death has been extremely traumatic for the whole family.

“I offer the family my heartfelt condolences.

“I thank them for their enormous contribution to this inquest.”

What a great sacrifice to make and a gift to give after the loss of your child.

As tragic and as sad as it is, the hope this will lead to positive change in the health system is something to be positive about.

It seems Kyran Day will have a long lasting legacy after all.

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Break down barriers

SPECIAL MOMENT: Kevin Bailey carries the Olympic torch in Cohuna in 2000. He was honoured for his work in setting up a tournament for disabled bowlers, with able-bodied competitors. Kevin Bailey’s first business went belly-up, his marriage broke down, he’s battled prostate and bowelcancer, and has been in a wheelchair for 25 years.
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But he’s happy.

“If you’re not positive, you will struggle to survive being in a wheelchair,” he said.

“I tend not to have as much to do with people who don’t have a positive attitude.

“And it’s certainly not restricted to people in wheelchairs.”

Like the bowls opponents who’ve refused to help him when asked, telling him if he can’t look after himself, that’s tough luck.

The 70-year-old is relatively new to the region, moving here late last year to be near his eldest daughter in North Albury.

He’s a can-do person, becoming the Social Club president at the Eureka Mardross Gardens village and organising a ramp for residents.

It was a similar story years ago when the avid lawn bowler formed the Cohuna and Disabled Bowls Tournament.

It combined physically and mentally disabled bowlers with able-bodied competitors.

“It was designed to show people that you don’t have to be as afraid of finishing up in a wheelchair as much as you might have thought,” he said.

“We can be fun, and we can have fun.

“It takes the scariness out of being in a wheelchair.”

Bailey’s world changed forever in 1991.

“I’d just moved to Cohuna andwas pulling down a coolroom and stepped off the ladder onto a ceiling,” he said.

“I went straight through and fell about 10 feet onto the floor.

“I knew I was in trouble.”

Bailey had bleeding on the spinal cord, damaging his C4,C5 and C6 vertebrae.

He’s what’s called an ‘incomplete quadriplegic’, whereby he can hold on to some items.

“If it was going to happen, it was the perfect age,” he said.

“You’ve had the blessings of a family life, and you’ve had a life yourself.

“And you’ve still got the strength to get back to somewhere near where you hope to be.

“When you’re able-bodied, unless you’re touched by someone in the family with a spinal cord injury, you don’t realise what impact it has.

“I just joined the ranks.”

Bailey spent four months at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, and another three undergoing rehabilitation.

He hadbeen bowling for a few years before his accident, and a couple of years later, when he realised you could bowl in a wheelchair, he decided it was time to return.

“So I threw a bowlon the lawn and yes, I could do it,” he said.

“But it was three to four years before I had the strength to throw the bowlas far as the ditch.

“And I’ve been able to do things in the wheelchair that I might not have before.”

Like carrying the Olympic torch in Cohuna in 2000.

“Nobody outside my family knew I was going to do that,” he said.

“It was a very special day.”

And his work in eliminating barriers for disabled people also led to a Centenary of Federation medal, for his contribution to the community, while he also won the Gannawarra Shire’s Citizen of the Year award.

Not long after Bailey became president of the Victorian Wheelchair bowlers, where he played atstate and national level.

Another highlight was helping wheelchair bowls grow in NSW, where he won a major international singles title at Mingara on the Central Coast, with nine countries represented

“A fewyears later in Sydney one of the Japanese bowlers was like a member of yakuza, part of Japan’s criminal underworld,” Bailey said.

“I was playing him and he wasn’t the sort of bloke you’d want to run into in a dark alley.

“He hadtatts and was built like the proverbial.

“He hardly said a thing.

He beat me fair and square and I congratulated him, but he wasn’t forthcoming with anything.

“I was talking to one of the Japanese girls later, and she said he was so overwhelmed because he’dbeaten the champion of Mingara.

“It really took the wind out of him. I was just happy for him that he got a positive out of it.”

The silent treatment was one of the more unique sledges he’s had.

“I’ve heard them all,” Bailey laughed.

“If you’re bowling well, everyone offers to let your tyres down.”

There’s been some incredibly tough times though.

A team from the Austin would travel to regional centres, and Bailey would provide peer support.

‘I was sitting there one day, and couldn’t get a word out of one guy,” he said.

“The second year he was there again, and this time I had a conversation with him.

“By the third and fourth year I’d become friends with him.

“I visited him at home one time, and he said, ‘you’ll never how much of a difference it makes’.

“I tried to keep in contact but, as can happen, had a few things happening in my life, and I didn’t get to see him as much.

“A few years later, he committed suicide.

“Obviously, I wasn’t able to do enough for him.

“That really knocked me about.”

Bailey hasn’t bowled for years now.

The “white ants”- his term for cancer -left him unable to go more than 15 feet from a toilet for an 18-month period.

He hasn’t got back into it on the Border either, but you get the impression it wouldn’t take much to win him back.

“I’ve only got to get back on the green for 10 minutes to realise how much I love it,” he said.

“I love what goes on, the chat, the competitiveness, the carry-on.

“I could be tempted, and it’s only really over the back fence.

“You can do everything you want in a wheelchair.

“So if you see someone in a wheelchair, have a talk with them.

“You might find someone out there who’s really nice.”

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