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Council thrown in deep end over new pool

Council thrown in deep end over new pool

The criticism of the Burnie City Council over the new aquatic centreseems unfounded and unfair.
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Years in the making, the opening of the pool has been shrouded by negativity about the design, particularly the lack of an indoor children's pool or play area.

The Council has delivered what it promised to deliver: a year-round facility to ensure the community has access to a pool throughout the colder months.

It will accommodate learn to swim programs and lap swimmers. A statement issued by the council this week said Sea-Lyons Aquatics, whichisoperating on the pool on behalf of the council, will also provide a number oforganised and informal leisure activities.

The Burnie Aquatic Centre working group represented the needs of the community and worked with the council over several years to see the pool through to completion.

It is the costliest project undertaken by the council since the Round Hill sewage treatment facility, completed 15 years ago.

While an indoor children's play pool may be convenient during winter, it would come at huge expense to the ratepayer.

In a political climate critical of both excessive governmentspending and rate rises, it is hard not to think that council would have come under fire for adding significant further expense to the project.

The councilinitially could not find the funds to allow the redevelopment to go ahead.

The project was made possible by significant state and federal government contributions, which came after lobbying by the council and the working group over the course of several election campaigns.

For those thinking the pool will serve no purpose, look wider. The poolincludes accessible changerooms and a ‘Pool Pod’ to lower those using wheelchairs into the pool. Burnie is the third location in Australia to embrace the technology, which was first developed for the 2012 Olympics.

The outdoor splash pad, which features eight different pieces of play equipment, is also fully accessible and will accommodate children in wheelchairs.

It will suit children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers and will provide a fun and interactive environment.

The North-West is not without an indoor children’s pool –Splash in Devonport offers a warm water play pool –but Burnie has been delivered within a budget and to serve as many people as possible.

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Bumper budget’s good for western Sydney

Bumper budget’s good for western Sydney

June’s 2016 NSW Budget was a bumper edition for western Sydney.
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WSROC president Councillor Tony Hadchiti

There were few surprises, however Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)was pleased to see a renewed commitment to western Sydney infrastructure projects such as the Sydney Metro, Parramatta Light Rail and a suite of road upgrades.

Councils have also welcomed a continuation of the NSW Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, which will ensure critical infrastructure is in place for our new western Sydney communities as they are built.

The Budget also proposed a number of initiatives to target skills shortages across the state.

WSROC has previously called for a more direct approach to tackling the west’s skills shortages and the Budget’s Smart, Skilled and Hired program has offered a response to these calls.

The program promises to assist unemployed youth find training and employment in industries experiencing worker shortages such as construction and disability care.

Additional funding has also been set aside for VET enrolments and TAFE scholarships in technology-based growth industries, encouraging our young people to train for the jobs of the future.

While the Budget did not include any new funding for western Sydney arts, WSROC welcomes the much greater focus on local artists and grass roots organisations: essential for ensuring a diverse range of voices are contributing to our state’s cultural dialogue.

We are also pleased to hear $2.8 million in grants will be available for community projects, activities and partnerships that celebrate cultural diversity – one of western Sydney’s most important assets.

This funding will encourage cultural sharing and promote a sense of belonging for new Australians.

Finally, western Sydney has received a substantive, and critically needed boost to health infrastructure.

However, this is just the beginning of what is needed – particularly in the west’s outer ring.

Overall, western Sydney will do well from the 2016 Budget.

However, every cent is greatly needed, and WSROC will continue to call for further investment in the region over the coming year.

Councillor Tony Hadchiti is the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

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Punting on a better timeslot

Punting on a better timeslot

FRIDAY DELIGHT: Itz Gemmas Delight, driven by Gareth Rattray, wins in Devonport last Friday at a meeting that proved popular with punters. Picture: Greg MansfieldEarly indications are that Tasmanian harness racing backed a winner with its move to a Friday afternoon timeslot last week.
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The Devonport meeting, originally scheduled for the following Monday night, was brought forward as part of an overall change in programming strategy.

But, while most of the meetings moved to Fridays will be run at night with Sky 2 coverage, two were able to secure Sky 1 coverage during the afternoon.

Betting turnover on the Devonport meeting jumped dramatically compared to the previous Friday night meeting on Sky 2.

In fact, it was reliably reported that the national totalisator hold on the last race alone exceeded the total hold on the previous meeting.

There is another Friday afternoon meetingin Hobart on July 22.

LAUNCESTON will also race in a daytime slot on Sunday with a big nine-race program to start at 11.30 am.

All races will be shown on Sky 1.

The final two heats of the BOTRA novice drivers series have attracted capacity fields andboth appear to be open races.

This should ensure a good finish to theseries as only six points separatesthe top five on the leaderboard.

RYLEY MAJOR is an acceptor for a Vicbred Super Series race at Melton on Thursday.

The race carries$12,455 in prizemoney and Ryley Major could also pick up a $7000 bonus for his first metropolitan win in Victoria.

Beauty Point trainerRohan Hillier has listed Gavin Lang to drive the star three-year-oldwho is perfectly drawn in barrier 2.

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Melbourne continues to lure Tassie’s best

Melbourne continues to lure Tassie’s best

FURTHER AFIELD: Beaufort Lad, pictured with Bulent Muhcu after winning at Mowbray on Sunday, could be heading for Melbourne. Picture: Greg Mansfield
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Promising stayer Beaufort Lad could be about to join an ever-expanding lineupof Tasmanian horses chasing winter riches in Melbourne.

Longford trainer John Blacker is keen to test the four-year-old in Victoria, at least at midweek level, before giving him a break and setting him for next year’s Hobart and Launceston cups.

If he makes the trip, he will help Jerilderie Letter, Iggimacool, Kenjorwood, Royal Rapture, Nunivak and Box Of Frogs fly the Tasmanian flag over the next few weeks.

And, the biggest Tasmanian name of them all, The Cleaner, is not too far away from joining the party.

“Beaufort Ladis a natural stayer and I think he can win a big race,” Blacker said.

“If we do head to Melbourne, he’ll have only one start because I want to set him for the major cups next season.

“There’s nothing much coming up for him here so I’ll see if I can find a suitable midweek race over 2000 metres.

“He’s ready for that trip now.”

Kenjorwood and Iggimacool are both likely to contest the $150,000 Winter Championship final at Flemington on Saturday where they have 59.5kg and 56.5kg respectively.

Iggimacool also has the option of the Leilani Series final for mares but she would have to carry a massive 61kg in that non-claiming race.

Jerilderie Letter, a very unlucky fourth after racing wide at Caulfield last Saturday, has topweight of 60kg in this week’s $120,000 Silver Bowl Series final.

The Scott Brunton-trained stablemates Nunivak and Box Of Frogs have each had unplaced runs in Victoria in the past fortnight and are likely to be given another chance before returning home.

Brunton said he had erred in running Box Of Frogs on the synthetic track at Pakenham after the meeting was moved from a grass track at the last minute.

The Cleaner continued along the comeback trailwith an 800m jumpout at Cranbourne on Monday.

He led most of the way before finishing second and was kept under a firm hold by jockey Steven Arnold.

Stable spokesman Manny Gelagotis said the horse “went OK and most importantly pulled up sound”.

THE STEWARDS’ inquiry into the positive swab returned by weight-for-age star Admiral at Mowbray in February is likely to startin the next fortnight.

Admiral tested positive to the non performance-enhancing druglignocaine –alocal anaesthetic mainly associated withdental surgery –after winning the $100,000 George Adams Plate.

Trainer Barry Campbell said on Sunday that he had received no advice as to when the inquiry was likely to be held.

However racing director Tony Murray said on Monday it should be “within the next couple of weeks”.

Under the rules of racing, Admiral will be disqualified unless there is some fault with the test or procedures and thepositive finding is overturned.

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20. 10. 2018
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Rowland ‘humbled’ by win

Rowland ‘humbled’ by win

Michelle Rowland celebrates late on Saturday night with her campaign team.Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland is “very humbled and very grateful” to have been elected to a third term.
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“It’s a great privilege to represent the community in which you were born, grew up in and are raising a family in,” Ms Rowland said.

“I’m very optimistic for the future and I won’t let the people of Greenway down.”

With 84 per cent of the vote counted as of Sunday afternoon, Ms Rowland looks to have comfortably won the seat by her best margin.

The Labor MP won the seat in 2010 with 42 per cent of the vote andretained her seat in 2013 with 44.5 per cent.

This election saw a 3.5 per cent swing to Labor, with Ms Rowland projectedto receive 49.9per cent of the vote, and 56.5 per cent after preferences.

Ms Rowland thanked her “great” campaign team and the people of Greenway for her victory.

“I’ve always aimed to work very hard over the entire term of the parliament, not just at election time. I hold that commitment very dear,” Ms Rowland said.

“I believe it is the job of the MP to always be accessible and always listening to constituents.”

Ms Rowland said it was different being in opposition but sheendeavoured to listen to local views, and represent those viewsin parliament on issuesincluding employment and housing affordability.

“The most satisfying part of the last three years was listening to people’s concerns and then responding with really good policies.”

Ms Rowland said it is too early to know who will make government, but either way Labor will continue to campaign for its“courageous” policies.

“Anything can happen still. We need to let the AEC do their job, but I can assure the people of Greenway that irrespective of the result and whether I’m a member of government ora member of the opposition, my first priority will be the people of Greenway. I believe that sound policies can be argued through a close parliament.”

Ms Rowland said she is “optimistic” about the range of good policies that will get through government with the individuals who will hold thebalance of power.

TheBlacktown Suncontacted Liberal candidate Yvonne Keane for comment.

In a personal message sent to supporters, Mrs Keane thanked everyone for their “superhuman” support and said she was proud of the honest campaign they ran.

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Johne’s Disease risk-based management era under way

Johne’s Disease risk-based management era under way

Johnes Disease remains a notifiable disease however regulatory actions are no longer required with the new on-farm approach.
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A NEWapproach to management of Johne’s Disease (JD) in cattle started from Friday, moving from a management structure regulated by state governments to an on-farm risk based approach.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, Samantha Allan, said the changes let farmers take responsibility for managing JD in line with other disease and biosecurity risks they manage on-farm.

“Johnes Diseaseremains a notifiable disease however regulatory actions are no longer required with the new on-farm approach,” Dr Allan said.

“Infectedfarms will not be quarantined and any existing quarantines have now been revoked. There will no restrictions on the movement of cattle within NSW or interstate on account of their JD status and no tracing of livestock to and from infected properties.

“Farmers can now consider what measures should be implemented to guard against and manage the biosecurity risk to their business. Options include requesting livestock health declarations when buying stock.”

JD has been managed under the National Bovine Johne’s Disease Strategic Plan since 2003. The new approach comes into effect aftera scheduled review of the plan was undertaken in 2015, which included consultation with industry, Government and the community on how to best manage JD.

In the lead up to the introduction of the Biosecurity Act in 2017,NSW DPI will have further discussions with NSW Farmers and industry organisations on how best to proceed with the management of cattle health statements in NSW.

To bring goats into line with cattle and sheep, similar changes will be made to the management of JD in goats.

Johne’s Disease is an endemic wasting disease caused by bacteria that affects the intestines of cattle.

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Surrender to army convoys

Surrender to army convoys

BANG ON TARGET: A soldier fires blanks from a machinegun on the turret of an armoured truck, right, in Abattoirs Road on the outskirts of Port Pirie on Saturday.Soldiers deployed on Exercise Hamel aroundPort Pirie have a simple request for their fellow road users – please be patient.
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As part of the training scenario, manymilitary vehicles – including semi-trailers and armoured trucks– will be using local roads.

“We appreciate that our road movements will have an impact on other road users, and we are working hard to minimise the effect we have on local people,” said exercise director Brigadier Mick Ryan.

“Throughout this training activity – which is vital to the AustralianArmy’s preparedness – we have been grateful to the many local communities who have welcomed us, and these coming few days will see us further building on that relationship.”

Road users are asked to maintain a safe distance from military convoys and to be aware of changed traffic conditions.

“Our drivers are under strict safety controls every time they operate our vehicles,” Brigadier Ryan said.

“For example, we take the necessary steps to ensure our convoys adhere to the posted speed limits on state and federal roadsand to a maximum of 40 kmh inside our range areas.

“But we are also very aware that school holidays are upon us and that many people may be seeking to get away on holiday and so we are asking that all road users keep us in mind and take it easy with army convoys.”

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Cattle prices on the increase

Cattle prices on the increase

Local connections : Jean and Frances O'Brien, and Kevin Boehme at Clareville Wellington. Photo Mark Griggs.
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At Dubbo Thursday 2145 prime cattle penned, good quality yarding. An increase of British breedshelped lift the average .Vealers firm, medium weight feeder steer,heifers rose 10 cents due mainly British breeds. Heavy weight feeders firm.Trade steers,heifers lost 4 to 6 cents . Heavy steers,bullocks gained 6 c.Cows fell 4 to 9 c.

Quotations: calves 317.2 to 347.2, steer vealers 316.2 to 408.2, heifer vealers 296.2 to 374.2, steer yearlings 230 to 390, heifer yearlings 220 to 357.2, heavy steers 281.2 to 330, bullocks 296 to 349.2, heavy heifers 240 to 360, light cows 173.2 to 241.6, medium cows 200 to 260, heavy cows 255 to 276, bulls 230.2 to 312.2.

FridayDubbo : 3000 store cattle mixed quality yarding. Several large drafts of Angus and Angus cross weaners offered,strong competition. The bulk weaner cattle prices up$30 -$60 depending on breed and weight. Weaner steers sold $455 to 1265 or 253 to 557 cents per kg. weaner heifers $350 to $1250, yearling steers $830 to $1300 or 284 to 449 cents per kg. yearling heifers $650 to $890, one pen of PTIC heifers made $1280. PTIC cows $1030 to $1550 for a pen of heavy Hereford cows, cows & calves $1270 to $1675 a yard of Herefords.

31,500 lambs Dubbo :Monday good quality andnumbers. Heavy weight lambs,, light weight young lambs suitable for the restockers.Lightweight lambs suitable for processing lost $8 -$12, trade weights fell $7, heavy weight lambs up to 26 kg down $5 to $7, the export weights firm. Light weight merino lambs firm however heavy end $12 cheaper trade types $108 to $146. Heavy end top$162, hoggets$135. Quotations: heavy young lamb $144, light supermarket lamb $159, light lamb $45 to $123, medium lamb $96 to $145, heavy lamb $124 to $159, supermarket lambs $143 to $188, export lamb $172 to $232.

7500 mutton a mixed quality yarding, most grades fell $13 to $18 Quotations: light ewes $48 to $84, medium ewes $65 to $113, heavy ewes $86 to $125, light wethers $51 to $85, medium wethers $70 to $107, heavy wethers $114 to $132, ram lambs $75 to $129, rams $70 to $123.

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What’s on: some key dates for your diary

What’s on: some key dates for your diary

Do you have a community event you want to share? Send in the details, and your contact information [email protected]南京夜网419论坛to have it included in our weekly Community Events listings.TODAY* Learn to Paint classes are being held at the Hope City Church office, in 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, from 10am. Phone 0418 206 707.
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* CWA Evening group meet at the CWA rooms Surman Street, Scone 6pm start. All welcome.

* Muswellbrook Men’s Shed meets every Wednesday at 7-9 Industrial Close, Muswellbrook, from 9am. New members are welcome. Phone 0474 253 256 or email [email protected]南京夜网

* Scone Historical Society Research Centre, Kingdon Street opens 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Sergeants Residence. Contact Ann on 6545 9773 or Betty on 6545 1598.

* Country Cottage Craft card making and beading workshop, from 10am to noon at Muswellbrook library. Contact Janis on 0418 629 449.

* Embroiderers Guild Inc. meets at CWA Rooms, Scone. Contact Kay on 6545 2110 or Pat on 6545 0416.

* All are invited to join free fitness group – Scone Community Walkfit. It’s fun, social and free, 9.15am for 9.30start. Rain or shine, they meet at 9 Stanstead Close, Scone (top of cul-de-sac). [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

THURSDAY* The Scone SDA Church Food Pantry is open from 1pm to 3pm weekly (Thursdays) at 164 Susan Street, Scone. Registration is required by Centrelink or Healthcare card, however no disadvantaged person will be turned away. Phone 0490 078 105.

* The Red Door Kitchen is on in the Uniting Church Hall, Muswellbrook, on Thursdays. Enjoy a home-cooked meal and friendly company, open for lunch today between noon and 2pm. .

* A Catholic Faith course has started at the Cusa Room next to St James’ Catholic Church in Muswellbrook to refresh and renew Catholics’ knowledge of their faith. It’s free, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Contact Monica Brown on 0409 913 453.

* Learn to make Jewellery classes are taking place at the Hope City Church office, in 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, at 10am. For details, phone 0418 206 707.

* At the Scone Youth Centre from 4pm to 5pm there will be a free relaxation group for those younger than 18. Canteen available. Contact Mel on 0417 287 540.

* Senior Citizens Centre has Euchre and Bingo from 1pm to 4pm. Contact Robyn Edmonds on 6545 1915.

* Scone Bridge Club will meet at Scone Arts and Crafts from 10am to 3.30pm. Anyone interested in learning to play iswelcome. Contact Philippa on 6545 2683 or Amy on 0416 326 612.

FRIDAY* Have you ever wanted to learn scrapbooking? Well, here is your chance. Attend the Hope City Church office at 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook. For more information, phone 0418 206 707.

* Active Over 50 Muswellbrook is a group session aimed at improving stamina, strength, flexibility, bone density and balance. Classes are suitable for beginners. There are two sessions at the Uniting Church Hall, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.15am. Contact Julie on 6543 2517.

* Scone Library presents StoryTime. A Get Together for parents and children from 10.30am to 11.30am. Contact 6540 1183.

* Alcoholics Anonymous meet from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall, Waverley Street, Scone. Contact National AA on 130 222 222.

* Scone Arts and Craft – Painters, join our small and friendly artist groups 10am to 2pm. From beginners to experienced. Contact Betty on 6543 4310.

SATURDAY* Uniting Church - Learn Conversational English – Scone Uniting Church Hall, Kingdon Street, Scone, 2-4pm Saturdays, No cost. Contact Jackie on 6545 1429 or Greg on 6545 3176.

* Crochet and Craft group meet at the Scone library from 9am to 12pm. Free morning tea will be provided. Contact Scone library on 6540 1370.

SUNDAY* The Hunter Valley Over 50s’ Singles’ Social Club meets at the Polish Hall, Grant Street, Maitland, on the first Sunday of the month at 10am. Outings throughout the month include dinners, picnics, shows, movies, lunches, morning teas etc. So if you are 50+ and looking for friendship in a friendly group environment then come along to our meeting and enjoy morning tea or contact Glenda on 4934 3136 or Mary on 4951 4407 for further details.

* Hope City Church meets at Hill Street, Muswellbrook. Morning Service Sunday at 10am. All welcome. Contact Pastor Garth Belford on 0418 206 707.

MONDAY* Quilting classes take place at the Hope City Church office, 93A Hill Street, Muswellbrook, from 7pm. For more information, phone 0418 206 707.

TUESDAY* Every Tuesday a TransCare bus travels to Tamworth from Scone, departing at 8am with connecting buses from other towns. Fare is approximately $30 return depending on where you are travelling from. Return journey departs from Tamworth at 2pm. Bookings are essential. Phone 6545 3113.

* Gidget Foundation Support Group meets monthlyfrom 1pm to 3pm at Scone Youth Centre. The group is an inclusive group who are experiencing or have experienced, supporting a loved one with or at risk of Prenatal Depression. Contact Katrina on 0411 587 655.

* Scone CWA Craft and Friendship Day, meet Scone CWA Rooms, 10am to 3pm. Contact Carolyn 041 246 308.

* Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Muswellbrook. For more information, contact the national AA helpline on 1300 222 222.

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New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

When Louise Sheba received her cancer diagnosis it was a double blow. Not only did she face the anguish of treatment, but also the reality of losing her hair.
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Ms Sheba describes the idea of losing her locks as devastating.“I lookedinto what I could do, go bald, use scarves, wear beanies or try a wig,” she said.

Help in hard times: Volunteer Judy Conn receives a new addition to the wig bank from Louise Sheba. Picture: Vicky Hughson

A trip to the St John of God wig bank allowed Ms Sheba to try a few different styles.

“It’s great the service because it’s really, really hard to lose your hair. These days though wigs have really come a long way…I don’t worry about them now, I just wear them with ease,” she said.

The wig bank began in Warrnambool a few years ago.Current volunteer Judy Conn helped found the service after her own experience with cancer.

Ms Conn saidpatients experienced enough challenges without having to travel to Geelong or Melbourne for a wig.

“We saw a need for it and it’s taken off,” she said.

New and donated wigs are available in a range of styles and colours to suit women of all ages.

Director of nursing Leanne McPherson said the wig bank had just undergone a revamp and was now located in a quieter corner of the hospital.

“Our volunteerswho run the wig bankdo a wonderful job and our role it to ensure they have the resources onhand to continue with the quality service we provide,” she said.

“We aim to run the wig bankduring quieter times of the week in order to respect privacy andprovide a one-on-one service.”

The Wig Bankteam also works withLittle Yellow Owl hairdressing salon. ManagerJulie Gurryoffers a service where clientscan select five wigs from an outlet in Melbourne to try on.

“I have used both services with great success and we are lucky to havethis in Warrnambool,”Ms Shebasaid.

After being on the cancer journey, Ms Conn has a few words of wisdom for others.

“Going through it it’s not all bad, you meet some wonderful people,” she said.

“People find that you’re not on your own.”

The St John of God Wig Bank can be contacted viaJudy on0435 739 370 or5561 2873, or Rhonda on0438 182 992. Clients do not need to be St John of God patients.

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