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$15,000 fine for discharge of waste

$15,000 fine for discharge of waste

THE government has whacked poultry producer Baiada with a $15,000 fine for discharging waste from its Tamworth abattoir in August last year.
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The NSW Environment Protection Authority investigated the spill at the Out St premises after the company reported the incident.

EPA north branch acting director Brett Nudd said the spill was caused by multiple equipment failures at the site and would have been prevented had the company carried out scheduled maintenance.

“A pump failure resulted in wastewater overflowing from the first-flush system into an offsite stormwater drain,” Mr Nudd said.

“The high water level alarm also failed, as a result of low voltage in the battery, which had not charged efficiently.”

While there was no evidence of environmental harm, the EPA said it was vital companies effectively maintained their equipment, to avoid putting the environment and local communities at risk.

“To their credit, Baiada took prompt, appropriate clean-up and preventative action in response to the incident and have put considerable funds into rectifying issues with the first-flush system,” Mr Nudd said.

A Baiada spokesman said the company was disappointed the event occurred.

“Following an internal review, we have improved our systems and processes, in order to prevent a similar event happening in the future,” he said.

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Armidale hockey star off to Rio

Armidale hockey star off to Rio

RIO BOUND: Armidale’s Georgina Morgan is heading for Rio after being named in the Hockeyroos. Photo: Daniel CarsonARMIDALE will have the chance to cheer on one of their own when local hockey star Georgina Morgan takes to the field at the Olympic Games in Rio this year.
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Morgan was named alongside 12 debutantes, with only four members of the squad having previous Olympic experience.

Despite the side having so many new faces, Morgan believes they have the right formula to walk away with the gold medal, but will face some tough competition along the way.

“It is a fresh-faced-looking team in terms of Olympic debut, but in terms of international debuts, we have a lot of caps there and a lot ofexperience,” she said.

“The Dutch have been a powerhouse over the last two Olympics but I think the recent champions trophy shows it is anyone’s game.

“Our style of hockey, the way we play, is reallyexciting.

“We are playing more of an attacking style and with the youngsters we have through the midfield, I really think we can get gold.”

Morgan began playing the sport when she was six years old and worked her way up through local hockey teams to representative level, before she secured her place in the Australian side.

She said growing up in the country, she always had a lot of support and aims to do the area proud when she dons the green and gold.

“It is really great to get the support from Armidale,” she said.

“I know everyone has been sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the announcement.

“I always get messages from home and it is justawesome.

“I am pretty overwhelmed today just by the amount of messages I have got, and people saying how proud they are.”

The team will train in Perth for the next three weeks before heading to South America for their final preparations.

The Games commence on August 5.

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Rio 2016 Olympics: Tears of joy as Ellie Carpenter makes Matildas squad

Rio 2016 Olympics: Tears of joy as Ellie Carpenter makes Matildas squad

Star on the rise: Ellie Carpenter.Michelle Payne unveils horrific scarFlanagan overlooked for Olympic selectionCampbell's world record the perfect tonic
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The sacrifice of leaving home at just 12 years of age to pursue her dream has paid off for teenager Ellie Carpenter, the baby of the Matildas Olympic squad.

Western Sydney Wanderers defender and Westfields Sports High School student Carpenter, 16, revealed she got emotional after learning of her selection. "I burst into tears, my dream came true," Carpenter said. "All my hard work and my sacrifices have paid off now. When I was 12 years old I made the move from Cowra, which is about 400km west of Sydney and I left my family and friends to move to Sydney to pursue my dream with quality coaching and academies up here. Leaving my family was tough, but it's all paid off now, so I'm really happy that I've done that."

Carpenter only thought about making the 2016 Olympic team when she made her Matildas debut back in March when she was 15.

She was only four years old when the Matildas last played at an Olympics in 2004, but the daughter of two PE teachers said she was already kicking a ball by then.

"I remember watching the previous [2012] Olympics. I was looking at that saying 'I'd love to be there one day.'" Carpenter said. "To come this early is just amazing and incredible. I'd be just very happy to get on the field and any minutes would be a dream come true, even to step on the field."

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic nominated Carpenter's ability to play in several positions as the reason she beat out other contenders for an Olympic berth. "She's matured a lot both on and off the field. Physically she is ready to go," Stajcic said.

Matildas teammate Chloe Logarzo was impressed by Carpenter's attitude. "She's hard working and determined and she won't let anything stop her and I think that's such a great thing to have at such a young age," Logarzo said. "I'm going to teach her how to drive. It's great to see her grow up and mature as a person and as a player."

Stajcic rates recalled forward Sam Kerr as one of the world's most powerful women's footballers, but says she still has something to prove going into the Olympics.

Kerr 22, has only recently returned from a foot injury she suffered in the W-League last December. She has made three cameo appearances as a substitute for her American club Sky Blue FC since mid-June. "She's been selected based on her history. We know what kind of impact player she can be," Stajcic said.

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Aquatics debate far from dead in the water

Aquatics debate far from dead in the water

THE Albury Council election race was ignited on Monday night.
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The extraordinary meeting to deal with a rescission motion on holding a community poll about aquatics facilities as part of the September local government elections has laid the basis for a potentially heated campaign.

The rescission motion as proposed by former mayor Alice Glachan was successful after present mayor Henk van de Ven spectacularly back-flipped on his support for the poll just a week ago.

Aquatics users including the Fish Out of Water lobby group are desperate for improved facilities.

But the big question remains how will an indoor 50-metre indoor pool complex estimated to cost up to $50 million be funded.

The council’s recent record of attracting NSW Government support for major projects is not great and some members of the presentcouncilrightfully have reservations about the city plunging into more debt to finance an aquatics mega facility if external funding is not forthcoming.

There can’t be enough community consultation on a project of this magnitude.

The Border Mailposed the same question proposed for the community poll in an online survey: Are you in favour of Albury Council spending up to $50 million to build a new FINA standard aquatic centre and closing Lavington Swim Centre?

The response from the 232 respondentswas 145 in favour and 87 against.

Some sections of the council clearly didn’t want the poll to go ahead, fearful of the result potentially stopping the project in its tracks.

Albury’s aquatics facilities are tired and need regenerating.

But the pool poll question was criticised for being too narrow, inflammatory and ill-conceived.

If so why didn’t those councillors so opposed to the question not speak up a week ago and try to amend the motion carried on the casting vote of the mayor Cr van de Ven.

Many of the existing council will front up for re-election in September with aquatics facilities the big ticket issue.

It would be a shock if a ticket of candidates from the aquatics community didn’t stand.

Existing councillors such as Darren Cameron have laid their cards on the table on the aquatics super centre.

He rightly points out the election will be largely a referendum on pools.

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