No signposts at crossroads

29/06/2018 // by admin

Editorial – August 8, 2014

Gunnedah is at a crossroads.

The town that’s going places has now gone places and is standing at the junction, wondering which direction to turn.

While some other towns are wishing they had rich natural resources, our shire is torn between the riches above and those beneath the ground, and it is aching with the growing pains.

The burgeoning mining industry in this shire and the ones beyond it has brought new opportunities, new challenges, new faces, new heartbreaks and new hopes.

For some it has meant a job, a house, money for the farm, customers in the shop, business on the books and money for public projects.

For others, it has meant fear over properties that have been passed down through generations, trucks on the road, high rents and mines for neighbours.

But along with all the issues that come with the mining industry, is the issue of growth.

With growth comes necessary upgrades to highways – with their own issues such as whether the Visitor Information Centre should be located along the highways.

It also brings a growth in other industries. The network is here, the people are here, the land is here, and the industries want to be here.

At yesterday’s Gunnedah Shire Council planning, environment and development committee meeting, council considered an application for a grain processing plant on Marys Mount Road.

This 24-hour operation has local residents concerned.

“It is like council is preferencing big business over the current residents,” one neighbour of the site said.

In the meeting last night, council noted a number of potential “game changers” that will impact on Gunnedah and how it could develop over the next decade.

These were:

• Development of the Maules Creek Coal Project near Boggabri.

• Potential determination of the proposed Shenhua Watermark Coal Project near Breeza.

• Imminent determination of the Vickery Coal Project north west of Gunnedah.

• Establishment of a second rail overpass at Gunnedah. Realignment of the state highway and regional road network within the Gunnedah urban area.

• Interest from major new business in establishing in Gunnedah, and

• Increase in demand for housing and accommodation.

All of these things spell progress for the shire, but they also spell out the need for a great deal of caution.

To preserve our country way of life and our farming base, each of these things needs to be looked at in light of where they are taking us.

Council may not have the power to say yes or no to many of these things, but here is a strong word of caution that each application, each new move, needs to be looked at as part of the big picture.

We are changing, but this change can be managed to a degree.

Gunnedah needs leadership to protect and nurture the community, to deal with the substantial challenges and opportunities we face, and to make informed, and considered, decisions.

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Woman sexually assaulted on Brisbane train

29/06/2018 // by admin

Police are looking for a man over the alleged sexual assault of a woman on a Brisbane train last month.

They have released pictures of a man they wish to speak to about the incident, which happened about 1am on July 26.

Police said the woman was travelling on an outbound service when she was approached by the man.

The assault stopped when two passengers came to her aid. The attacker then left the carriage at Loganlea station.

The man, who was dressed in a Brisbane Broncos jersey, was also wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

The Broncos played a match against the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium hours before the incident.

The man is described as aged in his late 50s, about 180 centimetres tall with short grey hair an olive complexion and a heavy build.

Police have called for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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$150K bail for Russell Island man extradited for dangerous driving

29/06/2018 // by admin

A 38-year-oldman who fled NSW after a fatal car crash in 2000 was extradited from his Russell Island hometo face 17 charges.

Bradley Hazeltonwas arrested last week and charged with 17 offences relating to a July 2000 crash whichclaimed the life of 20-year-old Dwayne Nicholson.

He was taken to Sydney and charged with dangerous driving occasioningdeath, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and 15 otheroffences.

Fronting Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday, Hazelton did not enterpleas but sought release on bail, saying he promised to turn up forfuture court dates and abide by any conditions imposed as part of hisrelease.

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist granted Hazelton$150,000 bail despiteDirector of Public Prosecution lawyer Nadia Sawagid opposingthe application, saying he had avoided police detection for 14 years.

Ms Sawagid said Hazelton was only apprehended following an anonymoustip-off from a member of the public via Crimestoppers.

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Crunch time nears for Swans’ out-of-contract Rhyce Shaw

16/08/2019 // by admin

Rhyce Shaw says he will wait until the end of Sydney’s premiership campaign before deciding whether he will play on next year.
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The running defender is due to come out of contract at the end of the season and will be guided by his physical wellbeing and the club’s wishes before making a call on whether to play on.

His numbers this season suggest Shaw still has plenty to offer the Swans. After missing much of last year with injury, he has played 14 of the Swans’ 18 games, averaging 22 possessions and providing plenty of run from the Swans’ defence.

Should he retire, it would leave a big hole in the Swans side, particularly if fellow playmaker Nick Malceski, whose contract also expires this year, leaves the club.

“The last couple of years, obviously being injured, all I’ve wanted to do is just play footy and take every week as it comes,” Shaw, 32, said.

“I know it’s a cliche, but getting to my age you just want to make sure every game counts and that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment.

“I got back in last week and hopefully will take another step forward this week and just look forward to the end of the year.”

Asked what were the factors determining his future, Shaw said: “Probably the body, one, and secondly what the club want to do.

“It’s pretty much up in the air at the moment. I can’t say too much at the moment because I haven’t really thought about it.”

Another factor may also be the lure of more success with the Swans, who are this year’s premiership favourites and tipped to feature prominently next year as well.

Other first-choice Swans yet to re-sign for next year include Mike Pyke and Adam Goodes while veterans Lewis Roberts-Thomson and Ryan O’Keefe also come out of contract.

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Manly stars Anthony Watmough and Steve Matai recover in time for Souths clash

16/08/2019 // by admin

Raring to go: Steve Matai. Photo: Brendan EspositoManly duo Steve Matai and Anthony Watmough have been cleared to play for the Sea Eagles, while South Sydney are sweating on the fitness of Sam Burgess to allow their big man to return from a shoulder injury.
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Matai (concussion) and Watmough (knee) did not complete their last-start win against Brisbane, and Watmough feared an extended stint on the sidelines. However, Manly coach Geoff Toovey said both would be right to play South Sydney on Friday night after completing the team’s final training session on Thursday.

Winger Jorge Taufua continues to battle an ankle injury and remains in doubt despite being named to play. If Taufua fails to recover, Cheyse Blair would again come onto the wing for his third successive appearance.

Toovey remained hopeful Glenn Stewart would play again for Manly as he battles a long-term ankle injury. ‘‘He’s a few weeks away,” he said. “He had a setback a few weeks back, but other than that he’s travelling fine and we’re hopeful he’ll be back before semi-finals,’’

Captain Jamie Lyon said Stewart was desperate to return to the field.

“I hope he can get back out there,” Lyon said. “He’s done some great things for the club and I would love to do it with him again. It’s an injury that’s hard to get on top of. He might have tried to come back a bit too hard too early.”

While Manly are expected to be boosted by their representative players, South Sydney are expected to battle on without Burgess. He remains an outside chance to make his return from a shoulder injury but is no certainty having missed South Sydney’s last-start win against Newcastle on Sunday.

Either brother Luke or Joe Picker would replace Burgess in the squad.

Meanwhile, South Sydney were given a boost heading into the clash at the SCG after representative back-rower Chris McQueen re-signed until the end of 2016. McQueen, 27, had sought a contract upgrade after signing his last one before he made his Queensland debut last year.

The Cowboys were interested in luring McQueen away from Sydney. His signing is an important one with Sam Burgess and Ben Te’o leaving the club at the end of this year.

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Jewish schools on alert after anti-semitic bus attack in Sydney

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Jewish schools are on high alert after a bus load of Jewish children was bombarded by five teenagers screaming “Heil Hitler” and “kill the Jews” in Sydney on Wednesday.
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Five teenagers have been arrested after they boarded the school bus and terrorised students as young as five while the vehicle travelled between Randwick and Bondi Junction, police said.

Mount Scopus Memorial College principal Rabbi James Kennard asked all school bus drivers to review their security requirements and procedures in the event of an emergency..

Principals of The King David School (KDS) and Leibler Yavneh College have told parents in letters and emails they were consulting with authorities and taking precautions to protect students and staff.

In his letter to parents, Yavneh College principal Roy Steinman wrote that he had concerns there would be a negative response from “some sectors” of society to reports that two former students had been wounded while fighting for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in Gaza.

The incident in Sydney is perceived by local Jewish groups as the latest in a string of anti-Semitic behaviour sparked by the outbreak of fighting in Gaza.

Three weeks ago, a former IDF soldier wearing a t-shirt with Hebrew writing on it was bashed in Elsternwick in what Victoria Police say was a racially motivated attack. Zachary Gomo, 28, was targeted by two young men who he said shouted “Jewish dog” and “Gaza” in Arabic as they started punching him.

“What really did disturb me was the reaction of some who basically suggest that I was the aggressor because of the T-shirt I was wearing, because it had Hebrew writing on it,” he said.

“It’s come to a point where a Jewish person can be attacked on the street and be held accountable for the attack. I’m not certain that same discourse would exist for other ethnic, religious and cultural groups.”

On the weekend, a visiting Israeli rabbi was also accosted in a shopping centre in Perth. He and his assistant were verbally assaulted, threatened and spat on by up to six youths. The incident came less than two weeks after the words “Zionist scum” were scrawled on a Jewish school in that state.

Jewish groups say they are being inundated with hate mail and are concerned about the emergence of Swastikas and other anti-Semitic imagery at pro-Palestinian demonstrations. The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has reported rising “harassment and intimidation” on campus.

President of Jewish peak body the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) Nina Bassat cites a “six-fold” rise in anti-Semitic reports in Victoria since early July.

While Victoria Police spokeswoman said she was not aware of a spike in anti-Semitic behaviour, she urged all affected members to contact police.

Previous Arab-Israeli conflicts have heightened tensions in Australia, yet Ms Bassat said the language has become “more virulent” and the scene has grown “uglier” and has started to bear “overtones of 1930s Germany”.

“The constant referencing to Hitler, that he should have finished us off, or we are acting like Nazis … it’s the reference back to the Shoah [Holocaust] that I find hardest to deal with – intellectually and emotionally,” Ms Bassat said.

“The younger children, who have grown up in a free multi-cultural Australia are having difficulty grappling with the fact that there can be so much hate,” she said.

“And for Holocaust survivors – this mocks and degrades what they’ve gone through – it brings what they have already gone through to another level.”

yes i do think sit s ahuge cocnern some of its has overtones of 1930s gernamnay and i dont need to elarateo on where that led

its extrmely disquietitng part for two sectiosn of our comm the older shoahd suriviro and hteir family segmenet and hte yougner hcildren who have grown up ina  free mutli aus and have difficult with grappling with the fact that there can be so much hate and so much initemnet of vioelnc enad ugly langage

it mockis is and degrades what they’ve gone through on top of what they actuall yhabe gone through it brigns it to another level…

reprots made to community bodies…

have been advised… measures will be put in place.

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RMIT to overhaul Swanston Street campus

16/08/2019 // by admin

The proposed revamp. RMIT’s Swanston Street campus/ Photo: Getty Images/Paul Jeffers
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RMIT University will rejuvenate its CBD campus and overhaul a group of ageing buildings to change the face of a large section of Swanston Street.

Balconies and terraces will hang over Swanston Street, transforming the exterior of the buildings that RMIT acting vice-chancellor Gill Palmer described as “grey ghosts”. “They’re very drear,” she said.

The university has engaged five architectural firms, led by Lyons, to refurbish the 1960s and 1970s buildings that stand on the major city thoroughfare.

The university expects the New Academic Street project to be completed in 2017. A new Garden Building will include open vertical garden space to be used throughout the year.

The city campus runs along Swanston Street between La Trobe and Franklin streets.The redevelopment will be concentrated towards Franklin Street.

Inside, the buildings will be better connected with a series of escalators and a student hall that will run across two buildings.

Lyons director Carey Lyon said the redevelopment would “redefine the student experience”. “It will be a radical transformation,” he said. “The whole idea of a lively campus right at the centre of the city is really unique.”

Mr Lyon said the redeveloped buildings would provide direct access through a series of laneways to the “heart of the campus” from Swanston Street. “It will create this strong sense of an open, porous campus, which will be completely different to what it feels like at the moment.”

The university will carry out landscaping works on Bowen Street, which runs through the campus.

The redevelopment will also include almost 20 new retail outlets that will be accessible to the public. “We’d like to think if it’s a great place for students, other people will come in and use it as well.”

Professor Palmer said the university’s library will also be expanded substantially to include more space where students can study alone or work together on group assignments.

“Libraries are changing a lot. They’re not really repositories of books anymore although books are in there,” she said.

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Port seizes netball win

16/08/2019 // by admin

AIMING HIGH…A Reserve Central player Jess Seidel shoots for goal while her Blue Wren opponent Paige Ashman.
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The Friday night late game was one for the true supporter due to the importance of the game and the rather brisk weather.

This was the last opportunity for Port to go ahead of CentralRisdon into second spot as they have the bye in the last round.

Port sprung a surprise with a cameo appearance in this vital game with the inclusion of Hollie Joyce. The first quarter began evenly with neither team making a break, but a couple of mistakes were seized upon by Port and each turnover scored from.

Port went into the first quarter with a handy five goal lead. Chloe Clarke lined up in GK with Jas Goodwin playing at WD, Clarke came off a quarter time, with Goodwin going back to her usual GK role and Kelsey Fetherstonhaugh coming into WD.

The second quarter was very even with goalies at both ends shooting accurately, Pine and Lambert for CentralRisdon and Joyce and Mezzino for Port were keeping their opponents busy.

At the half time break CentralRisdon had reduced the margin to four goals and it was set for a big second half. The mid court battle was crucial for both sides and all players were working hard to ensure they supplied their respective goalies with the ball.

Later in the quarter Sam Pine went down with a foot injury and was in some discomfort when she resumed. The quarter was another even affair and the difference was still four goals in Port’s favour.

At three quarter time Sam Pine came off Lisa Brock, went to GD and Ann Russack came into WD. CentralRisdon came out of the blocks quickly and within a few minutes they had reduced the lead to one goal.

The game was very tight and everyone striving to gain the advantage. Kaylah Hayes also went down with a leg injury, when she resumed this seemed to break CentralRisdon’s momentum.

Port seized on a couple of unforced errors and they scored from these and went on to win by eight goals 58 – 50. For Port, Joyce played well, Lauren Lowe was consistent and Mezzino shot well.

For CentralRisdon Tegan Pine again was good, Lambert used her strength and passing ability consistently and Lisa Brock worked hard. CentralRisdon have the opportunity to regain second spot this week.

All they have to do is beat the undefeated Blue Wrens team, a big task but earlier in the year Blue Wrens only beat them by one goal and this will give some hope of an upset.

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Thunder repgroup to take on Devils

17/07/2019 // by admin

Emma Wolters plays her 50th game for the Bendigo Thunder on Sunday.AFTER the disappointment of last week’s forfeit, the Bendigo Thunder has regrouped and will take on the Eastern Devils in the VWFL on Sunday.

A heavy injury toll forced the Thunder to abandon last week’s game against Diamond Creek.

However, the Thunder’s playing stocks have been strengthened this week by the returns of Grace Campbell, Cassie Blakeway and Brea Hards from injury, plus Maddi White, who has been playing in the National Hockey Championships in Queensland.

“Following last weekend’s disappointment, we’ve had a good week on the track,” Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey said.

“When you climb a mountain, sometimes you have to stop to catch your breath on the way up and we remain optimistic for the future.”

Dual premiership captain Emma Wolters will play her 50th game on Sunday for the Thunder, who on Wednesday night had former Fitzroy and Sydney ruckman John Ironmonger take training.

Sunday’s game at Mulgrave Reserve starts at 2pm.


L. Campbell S. Baldwin H. Perry

T. Stewart C. Blakeway K. Kile

J. Blake J. Kile M. White

E. Wolters S. Buchanan B. Hards

M. Barkla A. Wearne S. Moerke

E. Hopkins A. McNabb G. Campbell

Interchange: (from) N. Hyett, M. Mitchell, C. Reeves, A. Kemp, T. Graham, A. Glanville, K. Cooper, R. Campbell

Last Time: Bendigo 1.2 (8) lt Eastern Devils 17.18 (120).

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Memories of the Cowra Breakout

17/07/2019 // by admin

LOOKING BACK: Cootamundra’s Noel Golledge looks at a photo from his days serving in the Army alongside his cousin Percy Golledge. TUESDAY’S date, August 5 marked the anniversary of the famous – or infamous – ‘Cowra Breakout’.

In 1944, at least 1104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a camp near Cowra.

It was the largest prison escape ofWorld War II, as well as one of thebloodiest.

In the thick of the action was Cootamundra’s Noel Golledge, likely to be one of the last surviving soldiers involved in the Cowra Breakout tale.

Noel enlisted in the Army at 16-years-old and was only 17 when he and his 18th Battalion mates were called to Cowra to help with the mass breakout.

“We were rushed by train and buses to Cowra (from Sydney) to quell the tide,” Noel recalled.

Up to 200 men just from his Battalion were part of the operation to capture the escapees.

“We rounded them up from Hay to Cowra,” Noel said.

The escaped prisoners were herded into groups before being loaded into caged trucks and transported to Murchison prisoner of war camp in Victoria.

There were three stopovers along the way where a ‘weapon pit’ would be established with a machine gun mounted and the Australian troops in charge of the transport would spend the night watching the prisoners in the camp.

It would be freezing cold but the Japanese prisoners would never stop and settle down, they would pacethe barbed wire fence all night, Noel said.

Once the group of prisoners were installed in Murchison, Noel’s 18th Battalion stayed with them for a further two weeks.

He recalls there were between 150 and 200 soldiers from his battalion involved in the transport task.

The 18th Battalion was known colloquially as the ‘Young Persons’ Battalion’ with almost all of the soldiers under 18 years.

Over the course of his five years with the Army, Noel rose through the ranks and fought on the frontline.

He will be 89 this year, making him amongst the dwindling number of World War II veterans still alive today.

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Luke Brazier wins on the Gold Coast

17/07/2019 // by admin

Ashley White and ProRoughy Gym were again represented at Urban Warfare on the Gold Coast at the weekend.

Luke Brazier and Ashley White

Luke Brazier stepped in the ring for his second Muay Thai fight on Sunday, August 3. Luke fought a battle from beginning to end with neither opponent letting up the entire fight.

Luke’s training and hard work paid off as it was his hand that was raised when the fight was over.

This is his second win in a row and Luke’s trainer, Ashley White is so proud of his dedication to Muay Thai.

There was a great show of support for Luke at the Gold Coast with friends and family travelling to watch the fight.

ProRoughy Gym would also like to thank fellow team mates, James McDonald and Travis Frost for making the trip to help out and support Luke and Ashley.

Congratulations Luke.

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Regional students get best of post-grad study

17/07/2019 // by admin

A POST-GRADUATE study designed for regional working students has seen Leigh Goullet benefit from the advanced approach.

SKILLED: Mildura Rural City Council’s acting manager of asset services Leigh Goullet is extending his qualifications with the regionally adapted MBA.

Mr Goullet, who works for Mildura Rural City Council as acting manager of asset services, is one of 37 students taking part in the specifically developed La Trobe University Master of Business Administration (MBA).

He recently attended a four-day intensive subject at the university’s Bendigo campus as part of the post-graduate qualification.

The students, who are studying at five of La Trobe’s campuses – Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne – came together on July 18 to undertake a Business in Society subject.

The subject is one of 12 modules the students need to complete for the MBA.

Most students are studying part-time in the evenings and expect to complete their MBA within 18 months to two years.

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Should Narromine pay a security levy?Photos and Poll

17/07/2019 // by admin

At its last meeting council raised the possibility of a security levy being imposed on residents to create a safer central business district.

Should Narromine pay a security levy? | Photos and Poll “I would if it works, it would be good to have cameras in the CBD,” John Mutton

“Depends on how it was going to be used and who was going to enforce it,” Roger Blackman.

“It would depend on what you got for it. I’ve got two good dogs and don’t have a lot of trouble,” John Lenehan.

“No I can’t afford that. You have to pay for everything these days,” Carol Middleton.

“Yes if it’s going to help. Something had to be done, it’s getting bad,” Joyce Mills.

“I suppose so,” John.

“I think we should have CCTV cameras, but I don’t think ratepayers should have to pay for it. Council should for the towns people’s safety,” Erin Payne.

“If it’s to protect your business, it would be good to have cameras. The money has to come from somewhere. Does Council have enough?” Ruth Simmons.

“Are they going to have someone driving around the patrol the streets? I don’t think cameras would make a whole lot of difference,” Karen Arnaudon.

The Narromine CBD.

TweetFacebookThis plan could include introducing a security levy which would be used to improve security.

Cr Mack said he spoke to a shopkeeper in Wellington about the levy.

He reported although the shopkeeper was initially disgruntled at the extra cost he now happily pays the levy.

We asked the people of Narromine if they think the extra cost is necessary and here’s what they came up with.

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