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New president horsing around

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A FAMILIAR face will organise the next Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival.

Lee Watts has been appointed president of the committee and will be joined by fellow members vice-president Kara Mitchell, treasurer Jayne Wintle and secretary Amanda Albury.

“Scone is the horse capital of Australia and this festival is a great way to showcase everything equine,” Mrs Watts said.

“I would like to encourage organisations to nominate a representative to join the committee to ensure that each event is showcased to its full potential in May,

“The festival is in its 35th year and has evolved from a simple street parade into a 17-day program of events for everyone.

“The aim is to provide many opportunities for our local community and valued visitors to celebrate the horse.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and outgoing president Anne Davies for her enthusiasm and drive.”

Mrs Watts said the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival committee, which is made up of volunteers, creates a festival for the community and the visitors alike.

“The economy generated from visitation during this time is invaluable for the town’s businesses whether it be tourism operators, not for profit organisations or shop fronts.

“The committee also invites sponsorship both large and small so please feel free to contact me direct if you would like to promote your business through sponsorship of this very worthy festival.

“Bumper stickers would be another means of sponsorship that may be of interest.

“The committee will be purchasing new banners that will brighten the main street leading up to the event.

“To keep up to date with information please look on the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival Facebook page.”

If you would like to join the committee and be a part of creating another fantastic festival in May 2015, attend the next meeting on Wednesday, September 10, at the Upper Hunter Shire Council, 130 Liverpool Street, Scone.

NEWLY-APPOINTED: Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival president Lee Watts.

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Tributes flow for hang-gliding fire fighter Adam Parer

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Tributes flow for hang-gliding fire fighter Adam Parer Adam Parer on his return to work at Hamilton Fire Station after a bad accident in 2009 when he fell 6,500 ft in a hang gliding accident near Gulgong and had to be airlifted in the Westpac Helicopter .

Hang-gliding mates James Pallas and Adam Parer. Source: James Pallas.

The wreckage of Adam Parer’s after the accident at Gulgong.

Adam in flight. Source: James Pallas.

Picture: James Pallas.

Newcastle Fire & Rescue superintendent Brett Davies speaking to media on Monday at the Hamilton fire station where Parer was a fireman. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS

Adam Parer’s helmet at Hamilton fire station on Monday.

Above, Adam, as fast-rising boardrider, is top left in this Merewether Surfboard Club photo from 1981. Others from left in his row are David Vorlicek, Peter Maddison and ‘‘Toothpaste.’’ Second row: Nick Todhunter, Duncan Wallis, Rob Cameron, Luke Egan. Third row: Peter Flood, Darren Toomey, Peter Flook. Front row: Nicky Wood, Matt Hoy.

Adam Parer showing off his revolutionary backside tube ride. Source: Mark O’Neill.

TweetFacebookLosing a gifted and humble brother Hang-glider Adam Parer, 46, was a firefighter at Hamilton Station, where his helmet was poignantly on display yesterday.


FIVE years ago when Adam Parer cheated death, he reserved his final thoughts for his late wife.

The accident occurred at a hang-gliding competition over the Central Tablelands in 2009. It was something the popular firefighter explored in his blog, outlining the terror of losing control followed by a distinct feeling of calm washing over him.

“I hoped that if this was going to happen to me, then I would be with her soon,” he wrote. “Then I felt content for the first time in four months.

“My soul mate, taken away so early in our life together with whom I had shared so much in seven years of marriage … pain was no longer on my mind and I felt calm.

‘‘After a few moments an awareness came over me, I was not dying, I would survive, and this was not my time.’’

Mr Parer, 46, died on Sunday when his hang-glider crashed into the front of a home at Bar Beach. His distraught brother, Damien, said the accident in 2009 had been a turning point after his wife, Laurence Deckel-Parer, died of Crohn’s disease.

Mr Parer suffered 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung and broke his sternum in three places. However, he was determined to recover and make the most of life.

“As soon as he was out of hospital, he was into getting himself rehabilitated, getting back to work, getting into the water, going swimming and doing a bit of surfing again,” brother Damien said.

Adam and Laurence shared a special bond and his brother was “devastated” when she died of the chronic illness.

“Like we are now,” he said. “Their relationship was something else, it was fantastic.

‘‘They met through hang-gliding. She knew someone that had something to do with hang-gliding and they ended up getting together and getting married.

“She was his world and it was a very strong relationship.”

Damien said he and his mother, Antonia, were still in a state of shock over what had occurred.

“You don’t believe it, I still expect him to turn up now,” he said.

“You can’t take away the pain and the loss, it’s just something you have to put up with.”

Describing Mr Parer as “a genuinely good person”, Damien said his brother was gifted at everything he put his mind to, yet extremely humble.

“He was very good at everything he did, it didn’t matter,” he said. “But he never used to go around singing his own praises.”

Damien said his brother would always help others, playing a big part in why he became a firefighter at Hamilton Station for 14 years.

“I think he enjoyed helping people and he enjoyed just being part of that service to the community,” he said.

Mr Parer was the last person he thought would have an accident while hang-gliding because he was so responsible.

“He’s always loved flying,” he said. “He would fly at every opportunity provided the conditions were right and it suited it.

“If it looked dodgy or if it didn’t look like it was going to be right, he wouldn’t go.

“He always checked his gear thoroughly, he always checked other people’s gear and gave them advice and looked after them and made sure they were doing things correctly.

“He’d been doing it for over 20 years.”

Newcastle Hang Gliding Club stalwart Simon Plint said the community had lost a great pilot.

‘‘I’m sure that the seagulls would look on, as did I, and say: ‘I wish I could do that’,’’ Mr Plint wrote on Facebook.

Mr Parer taught James Pallas, 24, everything he knows about hang-gliding.

And when he died on Sunday, Mr Pallas, 24, said he lost a close mate, mentor and a ‘‘big brother’’.

Mr Pallas said he had idolised him before the pair even met.

As an aspiring young hang-glider, Mr Pallas regarded Mr Parer as a god in the sky, a man ‘‘born half bird’’.

That was about two years after Mr Parer’s crash in 2009 and the man himself had not yet returned to the sky.

Mr Pallas said he was standing on a launch site at Merewether when Mr Parer approached.

‘‘I introduced myself a bit and asked him if he would like to have a fly of my glider.,’’ Mr Pallas said.

‘‘I thought he was going to say no, but he jumped off and launched perfectly straight up, and from then on we flew endless hours together and formed a close friendship.

‘‘We would go hang-gliding until dark, then we would go for dinner and talk about the day, then do it again the next day, we had lots of good times.’’

‘‘He was a god in the air, so fluent, he taught me everything I know about hang-gliding, he helped me through relationships and break-ups, he was humble and peaceful, a big brother to me.

‘‘I wanted to be like Adam, he was an absolute perfectionist, no one else in the world compares to how smooth he was in the air and how knowledgeable he was.’’

Mr Pallas said Mr Parer’s passion for hang-gliding was rivalled only by his love for his family and his two labradors, Oscar and Puzzle.

Mr Pallas said he had ‘‘thought endlessly’’ about his next time on a glider since Adam’s death.

‘‘I’m definitely going to fly, absolutely, I think Adam spent so much time teaching me what I know, that to not fly would be throwing something special away,’’ he said. ‘‘It would be more respectful to Adam to do it the way he taught me, I think that’s what he would have wanted me to do.’’

Adam’s crew at Hamilton Fire Station were still grieving yesterday, but firefighter and Merewether local Matt Jackson said the service had lost one of the good guys.

‘‘He was a lovely guy, a really nice-natured guy, he would do anything for anyone, softly spoken, a real genuine fella,’’ Mr Jackson said.

‘‘He had a rough trot, his accident at Gulgong in 2009 would have killed a lesser man, but he was so fit.

‘‘I know his death has really shocked his crew at Hamilton Station, in the fire brigade your work mates are like your brothers, they are like your family, you live together four days a week.

‘‘His shift at Hamilton are really close, they socialise outside of the job as well and [it’s] really sad for those guys to have lost a brother.’’

Adam Parer showing off his revolutionary backside tube ride. Source: Mark O’Neill.

At home on the waves and in the skyBy SAM RIGNEY

BEFORE he ruled the skies over Newcastle, Adam Parer was a smooth and naturally gifted junior surfer who revolutionised tube riding with his back to the wave at Merewether Beach.

A firefighter and experienced hang-glider pilot, Mr Parer died when his hang-glider crashed at Bar Beach on Sunday afternoon.

He grew up during the early 1980s, regarded as the start of the golden era of surfing for Merewether, and regularly caught waves and competed against a quiver of future professionals.

And, legend has it, Mr Parer, with his uncanny style and flawless tube riding, more than held his own.

‘‘Adam was one of the most gifted surfers of his time in a generation that boasted Nick Wood, Luke Egan and Matt Hoy,’’ Merewether Surfboard Club life member Tim Ryan said yesterday.

‘‘On his day, back in that era, he was often the best surfer in the water, he was an uncanny tube rider forehand and pioneered backside tube riding (see picture on the front page).

‘‘No one from Merewether who grew up anywhere near that generation wouldn’t remember him being one of the best surfers on the beach, there were not too many more naturally gifted.

‘‘He was a great guy, always humble and liked and respected by all that knew him. I am sure similar will be said of him by his ballet, martial arts and hang-gliding communities and all will be similarly surprised at how good he was at each of his other disciplines.’’

Mr Ryan said a well-known story about Mr Parer’s freakish balance was that he could walk along a 25-metre paling fence.

Surfboard shaping guru Sam Egan said Mr Parer could have turned pro but chose a different route: ‘‘Everything he did, he did pretty well.’’

Another Merewether stalwart Dave Anderson remembered Mr Parer for his competitive surfing and friendly face: ‘‘He grew up in the golden time in Merewether surfing when it was dog eat dog and he would be the one eating the most.’’

The scene of the accident at Bar Beach on Sunday in which Adam Parer lost his life.

Investigators begin search for answers over accidentBy LILY RAY

[The scene of the accident at Bar Beach on Sunday in which Adam Parer lost his life.]

THE Hang Gliding Federation of Australia will lead the investigation into the death of Adam Parer.

Operations manager Brett Coupland said locally-based investigators would work with police to examine evidence and statements relating to Sunday’s crash.

‘‘At this stage we can’t say how long the investigation will take; the investigators need to work through a lot of material,’’ he said. The federation, which is based in Victoria, will also provide a report to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

A spokesman said the authority did not investigate accidents. That was the role of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

‘‘In the case of sports aviation accidents, it is also the responsibility of the peak body administering the sport,’’ he said.

Newcastle Hang Gliding Club safety officer Tony Barton said extensive training was demanded of would-be hang-gliders before they were permitted to fly.

A seven- to 10-day course must be undertaken at an accredited school such as Newcastle Hang Gliding Club and students don’t progress until they have mastered every step.

All instructors and schools followed the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia’s teaching syllabus which is consistent with global programs.

‘‘We’re very regulated and this is the first major hang-gliding accident in Newcastle for 20 years,’’ he said.

‘‘But this wasn’t a student accident. This was one of the rare incidents where one of the most skilled pilots around was doing a very advanced, dangerous manoeuvre.

‘‘He was one of Australia’s best,’’ Mr Barton said.

The Hang Gliding Federation of Australia Incorporated is a sporting body that administers hang-gliding, paragliding and weight-shift microlights under Civil Air Safety Authority regulations.

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Rare piece of pottery on show

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Kerrie Ford of the National Museum of Australian Pottery holding a rare cheese cover and plate.The National Museum of Australian Pottery (NMAP) in Holbrook recently added this rare, c. 1882, 22cm high, Bristol glazed, Bendigo Pottery cheese cover and plate to its collection.

It was purchased at auction by the Friends of the NMAP Inc.

“The design or pattern is not rare, there are a number of Majolica glazed examples known; the rarity lies in the fact that it is impressed under the plate: ‘TBPC’ (The Bendigo Pottery Company) which was only used between 1882 and 1885,” Geoff Ford, co-owner/director of the museum said.

“ To my knowledge, this is the only Bendigo Pottery cheese cover and plate known with this mark.

“There are however, a small number of other Majolica glazed Bendigo Pottery pieces known with this mark.”

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Monaro Nationals to hit Barossa Valley

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John Newton with his Monaro. Theninth Monaro Nationals are being held from October 17-20 in Tanunda celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Holden HJ Monaro.

Every 10 years the Monaro Nationals are held in South Australia and any Monaro – HQ model SS sedan, LE or HSV Coupe in any condition has been invited to join the celebrations.

The program starts with a meet/greet and registrations on Friday, October 17, then Saturday, October 18 sees the huge Rare Spares Monaro Show ‘n’ Shine feature at the Tanunda Oval (with a $5 entry and under 12s free) and where over 250 Monaros will be on show.

A broad range of Monaros will be on show from original cars to show cars that are highly modified.

Organiser, John Newton said, “Everyone that is interested in motor cars should come along to this once in a lifetime opportunity to view these great Aussie iconic cars – it will be spectacular, great family day out with stalls and activities from 10am until 4pm.

“Almost 60 per cent of the Monaros will be from interstate, while the rest will come from around the State,” he said. After this particular event, some of the Monaros will be heading to Kapunda to join in the Scase Automotive Show ‘n’ Shine event during the evening.

On Sunday, October 19 a hill climb event will be held at Collingrove followed by Rare Spares Trophy Presentation dinner while on Monday, October 20 the Barossa Valley rally and presentation for Grand Champion will be convened.

With the help of sponsors such as Rare Spares, Shannons Insurance, Winner Products Premium Interiors and Echuca Service Centre, the event promises to impress.

Other sponsors that have contributed include Livewire Solar and Electrical, Pacemaker Headers, Kies Winery, ULX110 Proven Custom Blend Oils, HKTG Parts Recovery, CA Schulz & Son, U Pull It Auto Recyclers, Redwood Classic Cars, The Dent-itian, Redwood on Target Fabrications and Concours & Custom Restoration.

For further information about the 2014 Monaro Nationals in the Barossa Valley, go to the offical website,[email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校 or mobile 0428 103 837.

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Gawler Water Reuse Project proposal carried

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In2012, Light Regional Council (LRC) obtained a $10.7 million federal grant from the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for the Gawler Water Reuse Project and is about to undertake an agreement with Seppeltsfield Wines Pty Ltd.

The grant was provided from the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan which supports investments in desalination, recycling and stormwater harvesting to improve water supply security.

Seppeltsfield Wines was identified as both a potential customer for the water harvested through the project and also as an operator of the infrastructure constructed as part of the project.

The company will be involved with the design and construction of the project through a loan agreement and will borrow funds from LRC to construct and maintain the infrastructure.

The entrepreneurial proposal is for LRC to borrow at least 50 per cent of the project funds from the Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA); about $11 million; and combine this with the Commonwealth grant to on-lend it to Seppeltsfield Wines.

As part of the agreement Seppeltsfield will continue to take up to two gigalitres of water from the scheme, initially 1.2 gigalitres, paying $1.8 million for a period of six years under a sub-licence agreement, and may continue (with indexed payment figures), or pay out the loan and take ownership of the scheme, or hand the scheme back to LRC and continue to purchase water for a period of 15 years.

The recommendations for the project were carried at the last LRC meeting held on Tuesday, August 26.

Brian Carr, LRC chief executive officer said, “This is a defining moment for the region; as this scheme lays the foundation for an extensive water re-use program to stimulate and water proof a premium food and wine industry in the Barossa and north of the Gawler River. The leadership from the mayor and elected members in backing this scheme will deliver a lasting legacy for future generations.

“These are the types of projects collective government, in partnership with the private sector, need to initiate and nurture to rejuvenate our State’s economy,” he said.

The project infrastructure aims to be operational by October 2015 and fully constructed by May 31, 2016.

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