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The 2007 ACRAS
The Australian
Country Recording

The awards are judges by 40 FM Community Broadcasters
The awards were established 17 years ago with the objective of promoting excellence in the Australian Independent Country Recording Industry.
The awards are open to all independent artists and the closing date is
Wednesday 8 September 2007
The Categories are;
Male Album
Female Album
Country Instrumental
Bush Ballad Album
The Neil Beeby Collaboration Album Duo/Trio
Non Australian Artists/Album (Inaugural Year for this award)
The Luke Newland New Talent Album
In addition to these the following awards are presented annually;
The Country Music Club of The Year
Nominations received from clubs
to Awards 8 Worooms Crescent Manilla 2346
The Country Radio Station of the Year.
Nominations from audiences, presenters and radio stations
to above address No Entry Fees

The Shorty Ranger Good Deed Award
Also an �industry� award is presented each year
The awards promote excellence in the Australian Independent Recording Industry.
Details; eire3@bigpond.com 
Information 02 67852620
17 years for "Tamworth on Parade Spectacular" plus 314 benefit shows
"17 years ago I produced the inaugural event at The Sydney Opera House with 5 shows held there, 8 in Western Sydney and 3 in rural NSW. The shows have helped raise $1.134M for a wide ranging list of organisations. This year's annual show will be at Wagga on 17th November. Details are in the events section of this issue. The shows have been held across all Australian states and overseas. The show at Wagga will be hosted by the award winning country music club at Wagga." Joe McManamon, Producer said.
Mittagong RSL has announced the programme for the inaugural 'Mittagong Country Music Stampede' - to be help September 7 & 8, 2007. The event will feature a country music talent quest with over $4000 in prizes, with FELICITY URQUHART to adjudicate and perform at the final.
Friday, September 7th
Saturday, September 8th
10:00 am TALENT QUEST Heats (auditorium)
12:00 noon DIANNA CORCORAN (lounge)
4:00 pm TALENT QUEST FINAL featuring performance by FELICITY URQUHART (auditorium)
4:00 pm SHANE FLEW (lounge)
8:00 pm MARK LUCAS & THE DEAD SETTERS (lounge)
7:30 pm COWPOKE (Auditorium) 'BIG RED UTE' CD launch (auditorium)
Sunday September 9th
The idyllic Southern Highlands is located an easy drive from Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong andis ideal for a weekend getaway.
TALENT QUEST INFORMATION & ENTRY FORMS: Steve Cheers: info@powerpointmusic.com.au
PROGRAMME ENQUIRIES: info@mittagongrsl.com.au
ACCOMMODATION ENQUIRIES: Southern Highlands Tourism on 1300 657 559

Important Message
for readers in New England and Hunter Regions
17th Tamworth on Parade Spectacular
A bus will travel from Tamworth early on Saturday 17th November to Wagga for this annual event
Total cost per person $178ea
Travel, The Show, Accommodation and breakfast
Proceeds to the Wagga Wagga Volunteer Rescue Squad
Details 67652437


The Manilla
Platypus Festival

End September 2007
Celebrity Auction
The exciting news is that so many well known identities have donated items for the Celebrity Auction;
Andrew Johns,
Hazem El Mazri, Clelia Adams
Kerry Anne Kennerley,
John Williamson, Peter Andren
Danny Buderis, Kylie Gillies, Larry Emdur, Gerry Adams, Anton Enus, Barry O'Farrell MP, Qantas, Premier Morris Iemma and more
The Manilla Platypus
Festival Program 2007
Pre-Festival Event 1pm Sunday 23rd Sept
The Great Dance Spectacular at the Manilla Bowling Club
12 genres of dance; Belly Dancing, Irish, Jazz, Old Time, Square
Dancing, Rock �n Roll, Line Dancing and more!
28th Sept � 1st Oct 2006, October Long Weekend
Friday 28th Sept
6.30pm Official Art Show Opening
Manilla Memorial Town Hall
Featuring local artists & from across Eastern Australia
Fine food & wines, plus
Performance by Conservatorium of Music
Saturday 29th Sept
10am Art Show continues, $2 donation
10am Craft at The Big Fish Centre
10am Town Hall Concourse Free Country Show
Dance For Fun Line Dancers
1pm Main Street The New England Credit Union�s
Guinness Book of Records of 20c Coins Attempt
7.30pm Manilla Bowling Club $5ea
Annual Family Concert Spectacular

Rob Breese, Alan Kash, Barraba Acapella Group, Ian Miller, Bobby Silk, Trevor Coombes, Bill Plevey, John Brand, Joe McManamon and Town & Country Band
Sunday 30th Sept
Art Show continues at Town Hall
Quilt & Craft Show continues at Big Fish Centre
11am Gospel on a Sunday the Town Hall Concourse
Manilla Bowling Club 1pm to 5pm
Festival Line Dance Social A wonderful spectacle All welcome
7.00pm The Great Rock & Roll Rockabilly Spectacular $5 ea
With Australia�s Mr Rockabilly, Ian B MacLeod ,Rob Breese, Bobby Silk, Ian Miller, Bill Plevey, John Brand Trevor Coombes, Guests
& Town & Country Band
The Big LG Electronics TV Draw
Monday 1st Oct 10am Concourse Farewell BBQ & Music
Reservations, Inquiries (02) 67852620

Entertainers & Management Team providing service pro bono
Proceeds to The Manilla Long Day Care Centre
Check it out; Australasia�s only Daily Country News Page

The Australian Five's Championships
Manilla 2008
Kath & Joe McManamon extend this cordial invitation.
This will be a team of five dancers embracing a Duo, Trio and Small Group (of five.) sections. The venue will be the Manilla Bowling Club commencing
Saturday 19th January.
The age sections for teams will be;
16 Years & Under 17-39 Years 40 Years and over
The Mixed Age Section
The Concept
Groups to consist of 5 dancers 2 of whom will compete in the Duo, the other 3 to compete in the Trio and combined to compete in the Small Group.
The scores of Duo, Trio and Group will be totalled to award the overall team winners. In the inaugural year the championships will be by invitation and the duration will be one day only. The rules will be forwarded upon receipt of your acceptance to participate.
An overall Five's Championships Trophy will be awarded in each age section. In addition Champions Trophies will be awarded to the three placegetters in Duo, Trio and Group.
The cost
Each team will cost $25 entry ($5ea). This will include admission to the event.
The proceeds
Total proceeds will go to The Manilla Pre School.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future and I appreciate your consideration of this invitation.
Kath McManamon
8 Worooma Crescent Manilla NSW 23446 (Tel & fax) 02 67852620 0427507064
Fax eire3@bigpond.com.au  www.manillacommunitynews.com
Tourism Tamworth has announced that the new Tourist Information Centre in Manilla has opened its doors for business. Working closely in conjunction with the Manilla Historical Society, the new Centre will be located in the front reception area of the current museum.
Information overload for Manilla
Tamworth, 18 December 2006: Tourism Tamworth will open the Manilla Information Centre at 9.00am Wednesday 20 December 2006.
Located in the front reception area of Royce Cottage, the Manilla Centre will form part of the current Manilla History Museum offering visitors a fantastic insight into Manilla and the region’s heritage through this unique attraction. The Museum provides visitors and residents alike a chance to look back at the extensive history of the district, including stories from local families, through the memorabilia on show.
With more than 30 volunteers already signed on to assist in the running of the new tourist centre, visitors to the town can be guaranteed of finding out all the information they may require. There will be a range of resources on-hand about both Manilla and the wider region such as maps and brochures as well as other state and inter-state materials for traveller’s reference plus souvenirs available to purchase.
“Tourism Tamworth, in conjunction with the Manilla Historical Society, has undertaken an extensive refurbishment of the front room keeping within the general historical feel of the premises by restoring the original desk and adding in new, traditional wooden furnishings,” said Miss Veronica Martin, Visitor Services Coordination, Tourism Tamworth.
The Manilla Tourist Centre will be open from 9.00am – 4.00pm, seven days a week (excluding public holidays) and is situated in the heart of Manilla. The Museum and Information Centre are in an ideal location; next to the Town Hall, opposite the Council building and has plenty of parking for coaches and caravans plus a bus-stop out the front.
Tourism Tamworth will be holding an official opening for the Manilla Tourist Centre during the Town Celebrations that are being held in conjunction with the 10th FAI World Paragliding Championships from Saturday 24 February – Friday 9 March 2007. This opening will be held at the Centre once Tourism Tamworth has obtained level three accreditation for the new Manilla Tourist Centre.
This Wednesday, visitors and locals alike are invited to check-out the new Centre and take a guided tour through the museum as a prelude to it officially opening next year.
For further information about the Manilla Tourist Centre or Manilla in general contact the Tourist Centre (from Wednesday) on 02 6785 1207. For details about other activities being undertaking throughout the Tamworth region, contact Tourism Tamworth on 02 6767 5300 or check-out the website www.visittamworth.com.
2006 Australian Country Recording Awards
Australian Country Music Club of the Year -Wagga CMC
Australian Country radio Station of the Year  - QBN FM Queanbeyan
Carter Edwards Encouragement Award - Trent Holder
Country Music Club Magazine of the Year - Mike Crozier of Canberra CMC
Collaboration Album of The Year - Camille Te Nahu & Stui French
Luke Newland New Talent of The Year - Fiona Heywood
Instrumental of The Year - Charley Boyter
Bush Ballad Album of The Year - Dean Perrett
Artist of the Year on Tour Award - Craig Giles
Female Album of The Year  - A Tied Result; Jeanette Wormald & Patti McKinnon
Male Album of the Year - Reg Poole
Marketing Award of The Year - Bob Howe
Industry Award - Independent Country Music Newsletter
2nd Manilla Festival Makes It’s Mark

The Manilla Volunteer Rescue Squad’s expectations were shattered in the nicest possible way over the weekend.
The Liberty Manila Music & Arts Festival realised it’s objectives with so many surprises. Captain Robert Sutherland and President John Brand said the many events provided locals and visitors with a busy schedule of events.
“We are so appreciative of our Express newspaper and our regional media who consideration saw to it that New England residents knew all about what we put on the weekend calendar.” They said.
Leaving the Bowling Club On Sunday night they paid tribute to the support of all businesses for support and sponsorship. “Sam and Chris Michael of Liberty Service Station kick started the weekend months ago and every business approached gave us a helping hand.” John Brand said.
The winner of the LG Fridge Freeze was Dick Hartley of Manilla and the Dance Showcase was the surprise weekend event. Held at the Bowling Club on Sunday afternoon it was a full house situation without a spare seat in the building.
“Robyn Kaluder’s youngsters with “The Sesame Street Dance” and Donna Souter’s Irish Dancers earned sustained applause. The Dance For Fun Large Team presenting their freestyle routine also stunned the large audience.” Robert Sutherland said.
The Festival Raffle was a hit with the last of the printed tickets being sold minutes prior to the draw.
High praise was afforded Erik Dekkers and his team for a superb Weekend Art Display. The Big Fish hosted the craft event and for a first year it pleased Raelene Turner.
The “Tamworth on Parade” Spectacular attracted visitors from Lismore, Tenterfield, Gunnedah, Wauchope, Goulburn, Campbelltown, Gosford, Quirindi, Sydney, Wagga, Dubbo and elsewhere. Rob Breese, Dyna Rae, Bill Plevey, Trevor Coombes, Les Partell, and John Brand all distinguished themselves with outstanding performances. Jo Drain and the St Michael’s School Children opened the concert with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.
A small and enthusiastic turnout at the Junior Disco gave DJ Jarred Sutherland the thumbs up sign for a professional task well done.
The Line Dance Ball on Sunday night was a stylish and colourful affair with dancers from 8 years hitting the dance floor. Manila’s Annie Moffat who is a young 89 years displayed her ballroom dancing skills.
Festival Producer Joe McManamon said he was delighted with the number of visitors attending the events and said that so many locals contributed to an event that pleased and surprised. “ We will write to all who played a part and we can be proud of everyone from the media, dancers, to Ted Taylor for the Art Show hanging material to Erik Dekkers, to Phil Pinch to our entertainers to the businesses while so many paid tribute to the magnificent Memorial Town Hall Complex. The Vintage Machinery has built up a annual national event of significance in June while the festival has opened the door for all locals to see it as having potential.” He said.
VRA Treasurer, Dot Allwell said it will take a week or so for the VRA to acquit the bottom line and all monies raised will be put to good use by them.
Information; 67852620 0427507064
The Stan Coster Song Contest
Manilla is Stan’s home town and the locals there have taken his memory to heart and organised the October Long Weekend Music and Arts Festival around the festivities.
The contest is aimed at locating the best rendition of a Stan Coster song, of which there are hundreds to select from. The Perpetual Trophy for the winning performer is being hand crafted from a piece ‘Gidgee Coal’ brought in from Central Queensland. The craftsman involved is Manilla Entertainer and long time friend of the late Stan Coster, Reg McLoud.   The competition will have 2 sections, Junior and Senior. Junior will be for performers 16 years and under. The Manilla RSL Club is the all day venue. There, the finals will take place on the Saturday night. The 2 winning performers will also be invited to performer at the big Sunday concert. Contest Entry Admission Fee in the competition is $5 for Juniors and $10 for Seniors. All contestants will receive a special Inaugural Competition Certificate. Winners will also receive merchandise prizes and fuel vouchers.
All entrants will be featured with photographs on the daily news page on the Internet, “Australasian Country News”.
The Stan Coster Song Contest
Manilla New South Wales 1st-3rd October 2005
Manilla RSL Club
Photo from Joe Mcmanamon's website http://news.digitalmusiccentre.com.au
The inaugural winner of The Stan Coster Song
Contest is Col Taylor from Kootingal
Near Tamworth Stan Coster’s Perpetual Trophy
launched at glamour Art Show
Joe McManamon (Compere/Producer)
The Stan Coster Song Contest Entry Form
Contestants name………………………………………………………………


……………………………………………………………….Post Code
Tel No; ………………..Fax no………………….e-mail…………………..
Section; Adult……………… Junior………………………………….Please tick
Please details the songs you wish to perform; (Contestants may enter a maximum of 3 and entry fee is required for each one).
Song Title


Note; Judging Score Sheets will be available to contestants.
Note 2; The order of appearance will be drawn on the morning of the contest.
Performers provide their own accompaniment, backing music is permitted. Performers are invited to submit a photo which can be reclaimed. The photos will appear in advance on the web page; http://news.digitalmusiccentre.com.au 

Signature of parent or guardian where the contestant is in the Junior Section.
All proceeds from the Festival Weekend go to The Manilla Volunteer Rescue Association.
# Cheques and money orders payable to; The Manilla VRA Festival Account.
Contest and Festival Enquiries; 02 67852620
or print out
Fax is; 02 67852620
or Post to Address;
Joe Macmanamon -  8 Worooma Crescent Manilla NSW 2346

Details of accommodation at Manilla will be mailed out on request.