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Labor fills the frame

Labor fills the frame

Joel Fitzgibbon.
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WHILE speculation continues about what the 45thAustralian Parliament might ultimately look like, the picture in Lake Macquarie is clear.

Labor has retained the local seats of Hunter and Shortland, with increased majorities, at Saturday’s federal election.

Prior to Saturday’s poll, electoral boundaries had been shifted,and voters from Morisset to Toronto and Doyalson were faced with new, albeit incumbent, Labor candidates.

On Tuesday, with votes from70 of 71 polling places counted, Joel Fitzgibbon’s decisive win in Hunter was confirmed.

Mr Fitzgibbon secured 62.75 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.Nationals candidate Ruth Rogers had secured 37.25 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he expected Labor would do well in the Hunter, regardless of the boundary changes which saw his seat extended into the Westlakes towns of Lake Macquarie.

“[Hunter] is a different seat but [there are] strong communities of interest still, demographically not much has changed,” he said.

Labor’s former member for Charlton, Pat Conroy, made a successful transition to Shortland.

Mr Conroy claimed victory at 8.30pm on Saturday, with nearly 75 percent of the vote counted.

On Tuesday, with votes from 52 of 53 polling places counted, Mr Conroy had received 60.09 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, with Liberal candidate Jenny Barrie receiving 39.91 per cent.

Despite being a sitting member, Mr Conroy said he had to familiarise himself with an almost entirely new constituency in Shortland.

He praised the former Labor member for Shortland, Jill Hall, forproviding him with unwavering support in his campaign.

He also thanked the previous member, Peter Morris.

“Between them, they have 44 years' experience in the seat of Shortland –and I will be drawing on it,” he said.

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Green is not my favourite colour: Thurley

Green is not my favourite colour: Thurley

Albury deputy mayor David Thurley, left, in attendance at the Albury Greens' election party. Source: Amanda Cohn Facebook Page.ALBURY deputy mayor David Thurley has distanced himself from suggestions he is aligned tothe Greens despite attending a post-election celebration with party members.
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Cr Thurley is also national presidentof the Murray Darling Association which attempts to balance the needs of irrigators and the environment.

He confirmed he attended the Greens’get together along with his wife Sue, who handed out how-to-vote cards for Greens’candidate Amanda Cohnon Saturday.

“I suspect a bit of mischief making is going on,” Cr Thurley said.

“Butwho really knows what is happening.”

In his MDA chairman role, Cr Thurley also said he briefed Dr Cohn on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan during the election campaign and made the same offer to Labor candidate Christian Kunde.

Cr Thurley isnot aware of any irrigator backlash from his attendance at the Greens’event.

“The aim of the MDA is to achieve good outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin for everybody,”he said.

“People are suspicious of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and don't believe it listens.

“Sometimes that is because the authority listens and doesn’t do what they want.

“The root of the scepticism is what is environmental water?

“Is the amount of water being diverted to the environment too much, too little even.

“But there is an opportunity to review those sustainable diversion limits later this year.

“Also social impacts will be reviewed.”

The MDA operates similar to the Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils

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Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million

Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million

Thirroul shack sells for $1.45 million MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property
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MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Belle Property

MONEY MAKER: 12 The Esplanade, Thirroul. This three-bedroom weatherboard cottage made its owners half a million dollars in three years, its value increasing by 63 per cent since 2013. Picture: Australian Property Monitors

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

Bel Air apartments, Fairy Meadow. Artist impression.

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Federation way to go

Federation way to go

EARLY WIN: Federation Council administrator announced $1.73 million in funding for road improvements on Tuesday.
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FEDERATION Council has had an early funding windfall for road upgrades in the post-merger eraincluding works on Federation Way.

The council confirmed on Tuesday the NSW government has provided $800,000 towards improving the Federation Way between Urana and Morundah.

The same amount has been sought from the federal government's heavy vehicle safety and productivityprogram with the council also chipping in $50,000.

The total cost of the project is $1.65 million for reconstruction, re-alignment and widening works on a 4.5-kilometre stretch.

Federation administrator Mike Eden said the upgrade would provide a double benefit when completed.

“The Federation Way is an important thoroughfare for ratepayers being the farmers out at Urana and also grey nomads,”he said.

“Many of them travel through the Rutherglen, Corowa and Mulwala area and then head north.

“But if the road is no good we are not going to get any of the trucks or tourists through the area.

“Also, our local contractors and council employees are kept in work.”

The Federation Way works are being funded under the NSW government's fixing country roads program.

The program will also deliver improvements to two other projects in the council area.

They are a floodway on the Daysdale-Walbundrie Road with an estimated total cost of $220,000 with the grant program providing $195,000 and councilthe remaining $25,000.

Also, a1.4-kilometre section of Bull Plain Road south of Emu Park Road will be upgraded with an injection of$440,000.

The state government fund is providing$415,000 towards the project which will improve the link betweenOaklandsand Mulwala.

The federal government's blackspots program will also fix a two-kilometre sectionof Federation Waynorth of the Urana-Boree Creek Road, the intersection ofSpring Drive and Bull Plain Road in Mulwala and theJasmin Court-Redlands Road intersection in Corowa.

The total cost of the approved grant funding is $1.73 million.

Federation Council was formed in early May after a three-way mergerinvolving Lockhart was rejected by the NSW government.

Local Government Minister Paul Toole recently metwith thecouncil.

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A man of many flags

A man of many flags

WINNING WAYS: Jason Saunders celebrates taking out the 2012 SWDFNL grand final with Heywood - the club's first flag in 53 years.Jason, you've jammed a lot into your footy career but the main question centres around your birthday – April Fools Day.
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Do many people stir you up about being born on that day?

Yes. There's lots of people that have cheap shots.

It's alright to let them fire off the cheap shots.

I keep on telling them I was born after midday so they ease off a bit after I tell them that.

Jason, you’re in your first season as senior coach of Allansford.

After 12 games, the side has notched up eight wins and is in fourth place on the ladder.

Are you happy with how the side is travelling at this stage?

I would have loved an extra couple of wins but we don't have them.

I thought we did a good job against Dennington on Saturday to lose by only 23 points.

It was a bit of a turn-around on our game earlier in the year against Dennington when they beat us by 77 points.

We've got the top side Old Collegians this Saturday.

They beat us in round two but we are hopeful that we may turn the tables this week.

Dennington and Old Collegians are the two powerhouse sides of the league.

It's fair to say we'll have a better indication of how we are traveling after Saturday's game.

This season at Allansford we've blooded a lot of our younger players that have come through our junior ranks.

They’re doing a great job.

What's been the toughest part ofyour first season as coach at Allansford?

I suppose the toughest part for me has been about putting my game plan and structures in place.

The players are on board now andit took a while to get it all sorted out, but we're heading in the right direction.

You’veplayed with Portland in the Western Border Football Netball League, and then in the South West District Football Netball League with Heywood.

How does the the standard of footy in the WDFNL compare to those other two leagues?

I reckon it's pretty strong.

It's a lot like the Western Border league used to be like - good, strong, tough country footy.

How did it come about that you got the coaching job at Allansford for this season?

I had a chat with Nick Johnstone through a mutual friend.

I knew a few blokes out at Allansford so it all ended up being a good fit for everyone.

Allansford is a bit like Heywood.

They both have strong community people involved in the clubs.

Jason Saunders in action for Allansford. Picture: Amy Paton

Will you coach Allansford next season?

I've got a one year contract with Allansford.

I've loved my time with the club but I've got to weigh up a lot of things before making any decisions.

I've got a young family and my work commitments to consider before decisions are made.

But I want to stress I love coaching footy.

Where did your footy career start?

I played a year in Geelong in the under 9s before my family moved back to Portland.

I played junior footy with West Portland and South Portland.

Then I playedin an under 16 premiership side with North Portland.

I started playing in Portland's under 18 side in 1998.

I played in the reserves side at Portland in 2001 when we won the flag.

Jason, one of your sporting highlights was playing in Portland's senior premiership win in 2003.

Who coached the Tigers to that premiership victory?

Brodie Atkinson was the coach for three years.

He came from Sturt.

Brodie was a great coach.

We beat South Gambier in that grand final win.

South Gambier was undefeated leading into the finals but we beat them when it counted –the grand final.

We were disappointing in 2004 but I suppose it had to be expected as we had lost eleven players from our 2003 premiership win.

The end of the 2005 season finished up being terrible for Brodie as his brother Kyle died in a car accident in August.

Kyle was coaching Nirranda at the time.

Mark Jeffries took over as coach at Portland in 2006.

I had a mixed 2006 season as I had broke my right hand.

I played in the reserves grand final side which lost and I would say the 2007 season was no better for me as I switched between the seniors and the reserves.

Was 2008 any better for you?

Yes. Winis Imbi was the coach.

He was a great player for the club so was his brother James.

We beat Hamilton Imperials to win the flag I played on Imps coach Brad Cooper.

We fell short in 2010 as we lost players and had some injuries.

When did your involvement in coaching begin?

I was the Portland under 15 coach in 2007 and ended up being a finalist in the regional junior coach of the year before taking over as the under 17 coach with Portland in 2008.

I filled two roles in 2009, the first as the senior fitness coach with Portland and the under 17 coach.

I was the fitness coach at Portland in 2010 and 2011.

I went out to Heywood for the 2012 season as assistant coach to Shane Keegan.

We defeated Westerns by 30 points to win the flag.

It was a wonderful effort as it was Heywood's first premiership win in 53 years.

I took over as senior coach of Heywood in 2013.

We lost the grand final to Coleraine in 2013 and lost again in 2014 to Dartmoor before beating Tyrendarra last year to win the flag.

It was a relief to get my first senior coaching premiership victory under my belt.

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