Hunter and Central Coast tourism awards finalists announced

A long list of local businesses once again features among the finalists of the QantasLink Hunter and Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism.
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Visitor Economy Hunter director Roger Stephan said the awards are a tremendous opportunity to recognise the high standard, diversity and contribution of the tourism industry in our regions.

“The quality of submissions this year was outstanding and gaining finalist status in itself is a great achievement,” he said.

“The lucky winners of each category will automatically be entered into the State Tourism Awards and will be amongst a small group of truly outstanding tourism businesses and operators deserving of State-wide and national profile.”

Local finalists include Beyond Ballooning, Bimbadgen, Casa La Vina, Chateau Elan, Convict Footprints On The Old Great North Road, Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia, Hermitage Lodge, Margan Wines, Restaurant Cuvee, Peterson House, Snow Time In The Garden (Hunter Valley Gardens), The Sebel Kirkton Park and The Vintry.

A total of 45 individual tourism operators across 21 categories have made the list of finalists for the awards, which include prestigious individual awards for Young Achiever and Outstanding Contribution to Local Tourism.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, August 6 at Wests New Lambton.

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John Gasovski murder: widow pleads for help to ease ‘relentless pain’

Jackie Gasovski (right) with SCC Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Mick Willing. Picture: KATE GERAGHTYA Sydney mother of four has asked the public to help catch her husband’s killers so that no other family has to endure the relentless pain she is suffering.
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Jackie Gasovski has spoken publicly about the death of husband John Gasovski, who left his Arncliffe home on June 9 telling his family he was headed to Canberra.

The body of Mr Gasovski, 48, was found at Jamberoo Mountain lookout on June 15. He had been shot once in the head.

Police said on Wednesday they had no idea why Mr Gasovski had been killed.

Ms Gasovski said her husband was a ‘‘good man with a big heart’’ who had been taken from his family forever.

John Gasovski murder: widow pleads for help to ease ‘relentless pain’ John Gasovski. Picture: FACEBOOK

John Gasovski’s iLoad van – registration number BJQ82K. Picture: NSW POLICE

John Gasovski’s iLoad van – registration number BJQ82K. Picture: NSW POLICE

A van similar to John Gasovski’s parked at the scene to jog drivers’ memories. Picture: NSW POLICE

Police are searching for information relating to the murdered of John Gasovski. Picture: NSW POLICE

Police are searching for information relating to the murdered of John Gasovski. Picture: NSW POLICE

Police are searching for information relating to the murdered of John Gasovski. Picture: NSW POLICE

Police are searching for information relating to the murdered of John Gasovski. Picture: NSW POLICE

John Gasovski. Picture: FACEBOOK

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Influenza cases in the Hunter almost triple that of this time last year

There are a number of ways you can take care of yourself this winter and protect your co-workers, friends and family from illness.A large increase in influenza cases in the district has prompted Hunter New England Health to reinforce the importance of protecting yourself and preventing the spread of the flu.
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“In the last two weeks we’ve had 53 confirmed influenza cases across the district bringing us to a total of 148 cases to date, 101 more than the same time last year,” Public health physician Dr. David Durrheim said.

“Influenza is certainly around so it’s time to take action.”

Dr. Durrheim said it is important to recognise that influenza is a highly contagious disease and encouraged people to be mindful of the way it spreads.

“The influenza virus is spread from person to person through infectious droplets when an infected person coughs and sneezes. It can also be spread by touching the contaminated surfaces of doors, rails and other objects,” he said.

“Already we have had confirmed outbreaks in an aged care facility and child care centre.

Dr. Durrheim said that despite winter being well and truly here, the highest influenza risk is still around the corner.

“It is important that high risk groups including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases including children, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders reduce their risk by getting an influenza jab,” he said.

“The vaccine is effective in preventing influenza in most people and if people do get infected, their illness is usually less severe.”

The vaccine is free for pregnant women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are aged 15 years or over; anyone six months of age or over with chronic medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza including diabetes, asthma, heart and kidney disease; and all non-Indigenous people older than 65 years.

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Key injuries sour big win

Key players Ryan Wing (pictured) and Mitch Darmody were injured in the Redbacks 8-1 over Belnorth at the weekend. Injuries to Mitch Darmody and Ryan Wing soured the Redbacks dominant 8-1 win at the weekend.
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Both players succumbed to hamstring injuries during the one-sided affair with Belnorth, and coach Gary Lennon is unsure when they’ll be fit to return.

“I hope they’ll only be out for a couple of weeks but there’s no way to tell,” he told the Tribune.

“They’re the backbone as far as scoring goals is concerned, particularly Mitch, who’s our top goal scorer with 14 for the club so far.”

He was at it again on Saturday, scoring a brace before he limped from the field. John Mannweiler and Brett Darmody also claimed doubles, while Jarrad Porter and Grant Taylor added to the score sheet too.

The drubbing sees the Redbacks maintain their lead at the top of the Division 7 ladder with only five games remaining in the regular season. Lennon says the team is now looking for more than a finals spot.

“We’re on 28 points so one more win will guarantee us a top four finish, even if we lose every other game. But we’ve got our eyes o the prize now and we’re looking at finishing in the top two,” he said.

The big test will be this weekend when the Redbacks take on Belsouth, who are currently sitting in third place. A win in Hawker would go a long way to securing a first or second place finish.

“Three points this weekend would be huge for us. It will be tough though without Mitch, Ryan, and Cameron and Ryan Betts, who are away this week, that’s four of our best players out but the team is going well.”

Lennon says James Alley and new addition Stuart Bradshaw will stay in first-grade this week after being promoted against Belnorth and would probably be joined by two others from the Division 8 side.

The Division 8 Redbacks will miss the finals this year having only accrued seven points in total (15 points adrift of fourth place). They fell to Belnorth at the weekend 5-0 and will now be playing to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, which currently sits with ANU on five points.

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Stawell’s Frewstal to expand into Asian market

A STAWELL meat exporter is confident of expanding into the Asian market.
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Frew Group of Companies owner and managing director Robert Frew said Frewstal had its final audit for a tier-two export licence on Wednesday last week.

“We are fairly confident we will get it,” he said.

“Tier-two will probably open up more Asian markets for us.”

Mr Frew said planning to upgrade Frewstal’s slaughter floor and server processing rooms to accommodate the increase in business was already underway.

Frewstal has been exporting on a tier-one licence for the past three years, predominantly to the Middle East.

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan will open existing upgrades and expansions to the site in Abattoir Road on Thursday.

It will form part of his visit to the region.

Mr Frew said the ceremony would highlight the new site entry, upgrades to refrigeration, power plant and load-out areas, and a new freezer and chiller area.

“We are just very proud of what the management and staff have achieved at the site over the past three years, and also happy with the support we’ve had from council and the State Government,” he said.

Frewstal has more than 420 employees.

The Frew Group of Companies has run the business since 1984.

Northern Grampians Shire Council chief executive Justine Linley said Frewstal had experienced incredible growth.

“It has gone from being what people would have traditionally thought of as a meat abattoir to a meat exporting business,” she said.

She said investment in equipment and staff training had been significant.

“We’re seeing the benefits of that now,” she said.

Emphasising growth of Northern Grampians businesses such as Frewstal will be high on council’s priorities when it meets Mr Ryan on Thursday.

“We are really keen to make sure the government sees the growth potential in the seat of Ripon,” Mrs Linley said.

Council will also lobby for initiatives such as increased funding for Western Highway duplication before the state election in November.

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