Forest deal puts firms in jeopardy

BUSINESSES that rely on speciality timbers say Tasmanian industry could be wiped out within a decade if the forest peace deal goes ahead.
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Furniture designers and boat builders are among the businesses that rely on rare timbers like Huon pine and blackwood, and which yesterday lobbied for a proposed law to be changed.

Fifth-generation furniture designer and manufacturer Craig Howard yesterday predicted his business would close if all the forests earmarked under the deal were protected.

He urged the Legislative Council to amend the legislation before State Parliament, so protection of forests containing speciality timbers was delayed until more research was done.

“If we don’t have the raw material on hand I will lose my job,” Mr Howard said.

Boat builder Andrew Denman said creating more reserves would starve businesses like his of necessary material when demand for such products was rising.

“We’re not saying don’t reserve [those forests], but let’s not reserve them straight away,” Mr Denman said.

He predicted if that wasn’t done then “in 10 years we’re stuffed – probably sooner”.

The pair made the appeal to the Legislative Council with Speciality Timbers Alliance members George Harris and Murray Jessup.

The inquiry is investigating whether or not the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill, which underpins a deal signed by signatories, is viable.

In other evidence provided yesterday:

Former Labor forestry minister Julian Amos claimed Gunns executives had made threatening phone calls to an industry signatory at the start of the peace talks.

Timber Communities Australia chief executive Jim Adams said the scope of a socio-economic study into the peace deal had been broadened, which would delay its completion.

Mr Adams claimed signatories to the deal did not know what the final size of a World Heritage nomination would be until it was publicly announced by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke last month as 170,000 hectares.

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Townes Earle comes to town

COMING TO MILTON: Justin Townes Earle will be bringing his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore to Milton Theatre in February.Milton Theatre will host renowned signer songwriter JustinTownes Earle this Saturday, February 9.
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Townes Earle was last in Australia in April 2012 forBluesfest and a national run of headline shows in support of his presciently-titledfourth album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

Since April 2012, Justin has since been quiet, working awayon a swag of awesome new tunes, and he is keen to roll out some awesome soundsat his gig this weekend.

He has also spent some time travelling the States impressingall and sundry with his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore,which was schooled into him from a young age by his legendary old man, SteveEarle.

There have also been whispers of him curating celebrationsfor Woody Guthrie’s centennial celebrations in New York.

He made his debut at producing when he took the helm of thelegendary Wanda Jackson’s new album Unfinished Business.

At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what he’sbeen up to, only that he’s returning, and he’s bringing his guitar andincredible knack for writing odes for the downtrodden and broken-hearted,something of a speciality for the young man.

And joining him on this trip for his first foray Down Underwill be burgeoning Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis who earned widespreadacclaim for his debut album Photographs (New West), and whose sparse yetpoignant wordplay and deft guitar skills will make him the perfect appetiserfor the Justin Townes Earle main course.

Whether you’ve been seeing him continually over the last fewyears or just recently opened your heart and mind to the music of Justin TownesEarle, fans are sure to rejoice at news of his imminent return, and rest safein the knowledge that he’s as excited to be coming back to Australia.

Tickets for Saturday, February 9 show are now availableonline at www.lovepolice南京夜网.au/tours or through Country Leather in Milton.

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Marketing push for Barossa food and wine

TOURIST ATTRACTION: South Australian Tourism Commission promotional photo of visitors enjoying food and wine at Murray Street Vineyard. True to its word, the South Australian Tourism Commission is ready to give a significant push for tourism to the Barossa Valley.
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Last year, the SATC indicated after a recent long push for Kangaroo Island, the Barossa was in line for promotion.

Director of Marketing at the South Australian Tourism Commission, David O’Loughlin, said the Barossa is currently a key focus for the commission.

“Over the past few months we have been working closely with the region to refine its regional brand positioning as one of Australia’s premier food and wine destinations, and as one of South Australia’s most popular tourist attractions,” Mr O’Loughlin said.

“Prior to Christmas we began campaign development promoting the region which we are hoping to preview for local stakeholders in the next few months.

“The integrated campaign is expected to start in various media (including television) mid-year. While the campaign is still in development, we are incredibly excited about what we believe will be one of our most successful campaigns yet.

“The marketing push will be supported by a strong PR campaign which will see a number of journalists visit the region over the coming months, generating valuable editorial for the Barossa.”

Mr O’Loughlin said the campaign would be measured by an increase in consideration for travel to the region, and other areas of South Australia.

Recently appointed Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell is excited about the Barossa campaign.

“I had several briefings with the commission and look forward to working with them to promote all the Barossa region and this great state has to offer,” Mr Bignell said.

“I am a regular visitor to the Barossa and worked closely with locals on establishing the Character Preservation Bill which has locked in the valuable agricultural lands which make the region so special.

“I have already been in touch with Chris Pfeiffer, chair of Tourism Barossa, and I look forward to working with him and tourism operators in the Barossa.

“The quality of the food and wine, along with the magnificent setting of the Barossa – indeed all of our wine regions – is a message I’m really keen to see delivered to an expanded local, national and international audience.”

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Blasko mesmerises Milton

BEAUTIFUL BLASKO: Sarah Blasko performs at Milton Theatre. Photo STEPHEN BRAY.Sarah Blasko rolled into our sleepy south coast town for twointense and cinematic style sets at Milton Theatre on Friday, January 25.
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After quickly selling out the 8pm show, managementgraciously opened up a 4pm matinee slot.

These were the first shows of a prolonged national andinternational album tour for I Awake which includes a backing orchestra andvenues such as the Opera House in Sydney, Art Centre in Melbourne as well asvenues in Paris and Berlin.

A cynic might say she was just here to tighten up a band orto re energise before the ardour of the tour proper.

Yes the later set improved on the matinee and I can onlyimagine that the Candelo shows on the Saturday and Sunday were even better butthis was no rehearsal.

Darren Hanlon was a surprise support act.

His lofi story telling was a perfect foil to the intensitywhich was to follow.

Word is that he and Ms Blasko shared a house in the postmillennium.

He brought a beautiful 100 year old guitar and charmed usall.

Hopefully he will be back, perhaps with some of his oldCandle Records’ stable mates or Mick Thomas of Weddings, Parties, Anything famewhose last album Darren recently produced in Portland, Oregon.

I Awake is Sarah Blasko’s fourth long player.

She produced and wrote the album [co writes and addedorchestral arrangements] by herself.

Composed initially on a piano in a house that Sarah lived inby herself in Brighton UK in the first six-months of 2011 the album was thenrecorded in Sweden and Bulgaria.

I Awake has been receiving steady airplay and acclaim sinceits release late last year.

Sarah’s lilting and fragile voice belies the power andintensity of her performance.

There is a dichotomy at the base of her music.

Light but dark, open yet closed.

Honorary local bassist David Symes combined well withSwedish drummer Frederik Rundqvist and allowed David Hunt on keys to draw andlead these songs.

Long-time band fellow Ben Fletcher was flawless on guitar,uke and banjo.

As the warm night progressed the beats became almost trancelike, with Sarah singing, dancing and channelling her Baptist churchupbringing.

The audience was privy to what are very personal stories ofself-revelation and then, hopefully, shared in the epiphanies of understandingand acceptance.

It is heavy-duty subject material wrapped in Kate Bush likecotton candy vocals and though I felt honoured that she had chosen MiltonTheatre as one of only two small venues on this tour, I was still jealous ofthe major cities, as it would have been even better with a backing orchestra.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Student stabbed at a high school in Queanbeyan

Source:Canberra Times
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Year 7 students who only began secondary school last week watched in horror as a 16-year-old was allegedly stabbed during the lunch break at a Queanbeyan high school on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged lunch-time attack, which left a 16-year-old student with two wounds – one to his abdomen and another to his thigh – at about 12.45pm, according to police.

The 16-year old was taken from the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, to The Canberra Hospital by ambulance.

Queanbeyan Police duty officer Inspector Christopher Varley said the 15-year-old boy was charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. He would remain in police custody overnight, and appear before Queanbeyan Local Court Wednesday morning.

Paramedics arrived at the scene at 12.45pm, and took the 16-year-old victim to The Canberra Hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition on Tuesday evening. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Inspector Varley said the alleged attacker had been detained by teachers when police arrived at the school shortly after 12.47pm.

‘‘I’ve got to pay compliments to teaching staff… and the professional job they did to control the incident and contain the young man involved,’’ Inspector Varley said.

‘‘He was basically with the school staff when we arrived.’’

Inspector Varley said the attack had been witnessed by several students as it had occurred during lunch time.

‘‘A number of students were in the vicinity at the time and of course witnessed what occurred,’’ he said.

Counsellinghas already been provided to distressed students at the school.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities said further student support would be offered on Wednesday, and for as long as needed.

The Department refused to comment on the incident any further, saying it would be inappropriate while the police investigation continued.

Inspector Varley said school staff had done a good job of caring for the child witnesses.

‘‘Clearly it’s a traumatic event to occur in the school grounds,’’ he said.

An outdoor lunch area at the school had been cordoned off, and police said a knife was recovered at the scene.

Students had been called into an assembly after the incident, while some students could be seen leaving the school in tears.

Several parents rushed to the school to collect their children after hearing news of incident.

One mother said: ”My son just rang and said a boy he knew had been stabbed. ‘We’re in minor lockdown please come and get me’.”

Another mother said her Year 7 daughter had told her the stabbing happened at the end of lunch time.

“It’s her first week [of high school]. She was sitting having lunch and then she saw the stabbing. I’m thinking of pulling her out and sending her to a private school.”

Students who witnessed the incident said they had been instructed not to speak to the media.

The school’s principal refused to comment on the incident.

NSW Police at the scene of the alleged stabbing. Photo: Karleen Minney – CANBERRA TIMES

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Boys impress at Summer Carnival

AWESOME ATHLETES: Little Athletics members Archie Skinner, Haydn Galea, Jack Skinner, Lachlan Smith and Ryan Smith at the Lake Illawarraa Summer Carnival at which they competed along with Joe and Ben Shephard.The last half of the Little Athleticsseason has seen a handful of childrendown at Frogs Holla enjoying some sprint races and some distance races, resultswere not recorded for the first two weeks but it was a great opportunity to getback into training after a nice Christmas break.
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Sadly the weather got the better of us last week and we hadto cancel.

During the holidays a small group headed up to LakeIllawarra and competed in the Summer Carnival.

Once again this event was well attended by other AthleticCentres and the competition was very tough.

As we’ve come to expect from Milton Ulladulla, Haydn Galea,Jack and Archie Skinner, Lachlan and Ryan Smith, Joe and Ben Shephard allshowed a great competitive spirit and gave it their best shot.

Our medal tally may have been smaller than previouscarnivals but our team went into all of their events with greatenthusiasm.

Well done boys.

The Shoalhaven Gala Day is being held this coming Sunday,February 10, at the Ron Brown Sporting Complex, starting at 9am.

All of our members are welcome to take part.

This may be good practice for those attending the RegionalChampionships in Wagga Wagga later in the month.

Our next point score day is scheduled for Tuesday, February12.

Let’s see if we can break some of those long standing clubrecords.

And finally as always Milton Ulladulla Little Athleticswould like to express our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: Milton Ulladulla ExServos, Milton UlladullaBowling Club, Mollymook Golf Club, Mollymook Narrawallee Real Estate and BakersDelight, their continued generosity helps the development of athletics withinthe Milton Ulladulla area.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Chapman happy in open water

COURTNEY Chapman ditched the pool for the open water two years ago and hasn’t look back since.
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Given the success she’s enjoyed, it’s little wonder too.

The 15-year-old Orange High School student will swim in her second open water nationals at the 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre on Lake Macquarie this weekend.

“I got into it maybe two years ago. I was never really good in the pool and I thought maybe the longer stuff would be a bit better for me, and on my first attempt I made nationals,” Chapman said, qualifying via the state championships at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre.

This year’s three-day open water national championships begins on Friday.

Chapman will compete in the 10 kilometre event on Saturday and the five kilometre swim on Sunday.

The event showcases Australia’s top open water swimming talent, with the open 5km and 10km events incorporating the selection trials for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

And while Chapman hasn’t yet booked a place on the plane to Europe just yet, her goals ahead of the national championship suggest she has one eye on Spain.

“I’m hoping to medal in the five (kilometre) and finish in the top 10 in 10 (kilometre),” she said.

Open water swimming is largely a foreign sport in Orange.

Aside from triathletes, Chapman said only a handful of swimmers have given the open water variety of the sport a chance, but, personally, it has been a challenge she’s loved.

“It’s hard to explain, you don’t have anything to follow and there’s no turns and you’ve just got to look up… you’ve got to have a lot of strength,” she said.

“It’s a different feel in the water. There’s no chlorine, it’s fresh water.

“I really enjoy it.”

She said training along side the experienced Gary Hollywood at Kinross has helped in her development immeasurably.

“He is from New Zealand, and he is very, very good,” she said.

“I train in the pool but he gives me six to seven kilometre sets, which prepares me for the open water swim.”

The 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships in Lake Macquarie start on Friday and wrap up on Sunday.

IN DEEP: Courtney Chapman will contest the Open Water Swimming Championships this weekend. Photo: NICK MCGRATH 0204nmswim

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Forest deal puts firms in jeopardy

BUSINESSES that rely on speciality timbers say Tasmanian industry could be wiped out within a decade if the forest peace deal goes ahead.
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Furniture designers and boat builders are among the businesses that rely on rare timbers like Huon pine and blackwood, and which yesterday lobbied for a proposed law to be changed.

Fifth-generation furniture designer and manufacturer Craig Howard yesterday predicted his business would close if all the forests earmarked under the deal were protected.

He urged the Legislative Council to amend the legislation before State Parliament, so protection of forests containing speciality timbers was delayed until more research was done.

“If we don’t have the raw material on hand I will lose my job,” Mr Howard said.

Boat builder Andrew Denman said creating more reserves would starve businesses like his of necessary material when demand for such products was rising.

“We’re not saying don’t reserve [those forests], but let’s not reserve them straight away,” Mr Denman said.

He predicted if that wasn’t done then “in 10 years we’re stuffed – probably sooner”.

The pair made the appeal to the Legislative Council with Speciality Timbers Alliance members George Harris and Murray Jessup.

The inquiry is investigating whether or not the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill, which underpins a deal signed by signatories, is viable.

In other evidence provided yesterday:

Former Labor forestry minister Julian Amos claimed Gunns executives had made threatening phone calls to an industry signatory at the start of the peace talks.

Timber Communities Australia chief executive Jim Adams said the scope of a socio-economic study into the peace deal had been broadened, which would delay its completion.

Mr Adams claimed signatories to the deal did not know what the final size of a World Heritage nomination would be until it was publicly announced by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke last month as 170,000 hectares.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Wodonga predator lured Qld, WA boys

PAEDOPHILE Jayme Regulski began procuring photos of naked boys just as he was about to be sentenced on other sex charges.
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That led County Court judge Marilyn Harbison to say she didn’t “have any confidence” that 20-year-old Regulski would not offend again.

“One of the things I have to be mindful of is the protection of the community,” she said yesterday.

“It’s an appalling thing to do with a young boy, to have him send pictures of his erect penis.”

Regulski carried out his crimes from his Wodonga home against two boys — a 14-year-old in Queensland and a soon-to-turn 11-year-old in Western Australia.

A constantly sobbing Regulski pleaded guilty in Wodonga yesterday to two Commonwealth counts of causing child pornography material to be sent to him over a carriage service and one Victorian count of possessing child pornography.

The first Commonwealth charge related to incidents between August 14 and September 17, 2011, and the second between about July 7 and August 26 last year.

The Queensland boy was lured into a trap Regulski set after setting up a false Facebook profile in early 2011.

The unemployed Regulski pretended to be a 14-year-old, year 9 schoolgirl originally from Queensland who attended a North East school.

The victim was one of about 100 young people aged 13 to 17 who Regulski “friended” using the profile.

Eventually the boy considered himself the boyfriend of the girl Regulski created.

A stream of messages flowed between the pair with Regulski eventually asking the boy for naked photos of himself, which he provided.

Regulski began to get hostile over the boy’s reluctance to send more explicit photos, the youngster relenting after the defendant threatened to stop being his “girlfriend”.

Judge Harbison said it appeared Regulski began his offending even before she had sentenced him in 2011 on other child sex matters from September and October, 2010.

The 2010 cases relate to charges of using a carriage service to try to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.

The second federal charge Regulski faced yesterday related to contact with a 10-year-old boy in Western Australia.

Regulski met the boy online while playing a Playstation game called Modern Warfare 3.

This time, Regulski did not hide his identity.

After the boy got an Apple iPad for his birthday, Regulski began a relentless, seven-week campaign, largely via Skype, to get the boy to take photos of himself to send on — at first in his underwear and then naked.

The boy was promised and later given user credits by Regulski for the Playstation game.

Regulski eventually demanded more sexually explicit photos, threatening to send the photos he already had to the boy’s friends if he refused.

The possession charge related to 646 child pornography images and 126 child pornography videos found on Regulski’s phone.

Regulski was assessed yesterday afternoon to gauge his suitability for a possible three-year term in youth detention.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Jayme Regulski.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Computer school set  for staff cuts

THE University of Tasmania’s Launceston computing school may be the first casualty of a massive staff overhaul, the tertiary union says.
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National Tertiary Education Union state secretary John Kenny said yesterday that seven of the school of computing and information systems’ 10 academics based at Newnham received letters last week essentially telling them they were no longer required.

However, the university’s faculty of science, engineering and technology dean, Professor Margaret Britz, said computing programs in Launceston would not close down.

It is understood that two long-term academics had already accepted voluntary redundancies as part of the university’s staff redundancy process revealed in July 2012, meaning the latest axings leave only one academic.

The school is also home to the Australian computing research and teaching facility, HITLab.

Dr Kenny said it was “soul-destroying” for those who received letters.

He said this could be seen as the start of the forced redundancy process on the back of questionable performance measures.

“They’re putting them all through these contrived performance measures, which are totally arbitrary and applied retrospectively,” Dr Kenny said.

“This is just the start of what’s going to go through the whole university.”

The university has remained quiet on exactly how many staff it hopes to see go as part of the voluntary redundancy process, but the union has previously said it could be well in the hundreds.

Professor Britz said the school underwent an independent review in 2011 and it had provided the opportunity to implement strategic changes and reinvestments.

“We will reinvest in new staff to revitalise the Launceston programs with the aim of providing improved outcomes for students,” Professor Britz said.

“We anticipate that collaborative and interdisciplinary research with the school’s academic staff will be invigorated by the renewed research focus the changes will allow.”

Professor Britz said the HITLab would remain in Launceston and it hoped to announce a new director shortly.

She said the university was committed to providing computing programs across the state.

Dr John Kenny

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Williams hangs up boots 

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FLOODED with offers from Group Nine clubs, quality playmaker Joe Williams has slammed the door on playing rugby league this year.

Back living in Wagga after several years away from the city, the former South Sydney halfback yesterday declared he had no intention of extending his highly-successful football career.

“I definitely won’t be playing (in 2013),” Williams said yesterday.

“Last year burnt me.”

Jaded after a taxing season as coach of Dubbo CYMS in 2012, Williams is adamant he will not be tempted by any Group Nine club to again pull on the boots.

“I’ve had calls from eight or nine (Group Nine) clubs,” he said.

“I’ve just said I won’t be playing at all.”

The decision to call it quits with rugby league will give Williams an interrupted path to fulfil his boxing ambitions.

Two weeks short of his first fight for 2013, Williams revealed he was reaping the benefits of again being trained by his father, Wilfred Williams.

“It’s only been two weeks but my condition has already gone through the roof,” he said.

“I’m really pleased.”

For Williams, an upcoming welterweight bout in Dubbo on February 23 will be a stepping stone to a more important fight in the Riverina in April.

Williams said he was counting down to a WBF junior welterweight bout against a formidable Sydney opponent in Cootamundra on April 20.

“That’s the fight I’m looking forward to,” Williams said.

“The guy is a real tough customer.”

The news Williams is not on the market for the upcoming Group Nine premiership will be blow to several clubs in particular.

At least four clubs were keen to pursue Williams to the hilt to acquire a key playmaker for the season and lift their chances of upstaging early favourite Albury for the Group Nine title.

NOT THIS YEAR: Former South Sydney halfback Joe Williams declared he has no intention of extending his football career this year.

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南京夜网 21/05/2019

Class act: Mater Dei makes top 200

AFTER grappling with tragedy for most of last year, Mater Dei Catholic College has now been recognised as one of NSW’s top-performing schools.
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The college ranked in the state’s top 200 schools in last year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) after an outstanding performance across the board by its year 12 students.

The Mater Dei community last year had to come to terms with the shock deaths of students Lachie Burgess and Patrick Langfield, making the success all the more poignant.

Principal Greg Miller was thrilled with the results, which were a shining light for the college at the end of a difficult year.

“The results, regardless of the year we had last year, were outstanding,” he said.

“In the context of last year it was successful.”

They’re the best HSC results achieved by the school in its nine-year history, with 10 students achieving an ATAR of 90 or more.

And Mr Miller is hopeful the success will continue in years to come, declaring that Mater Dei had joined the “big league”.

“Over the last four or five years the college has taken on a commitment to focus on learning,” he said.

“Our current year 12 group are an outstanding group of individuals.

“If they work hard who knows what they can achieve – dream big I say.”

Last year’s school captain Emily Dixon was among the college’s high achievers, earning an ATAR of 94.85 and a place at the University of Wollongong to study a double degree in law and international studies.

She said she was relieved her hard work had paid off handsomely.

“After those two years it finally felt like I’d achieved something,” she said.

“It was a long haul but it was worth it.”

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Mater Dei College principal Greg Miller is delighted with last year’s HSC success at the school. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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南京夜网 21/04/2019

Senseless torching hits family

IN THE early hours of Monday morning, Phillip Heir and his family didn’t stir as thieves quietly rolled his work ute and trailer out of his Tolland Heights driveway, only to take it to Jubilee Park and torch it.
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The random act of vandalism has left Mr Heir disgusted and his family without an income with the uninsured ute essential to his self-operated business, Aaron’s Hedging and Mowing.

“It’s just all so senseless,” Mr Heir said of the theft.

“They stole the ute so they could just take it to a sporting ground to burn it, which makes it useless to me and to them.”

The ute was locked at the time of the theft.

The trailer, which was loaded with gardening tools, was damaged but is repairable.

The setback comes after Mr Heir only started the small business in April, to support himself and his four children, keeping operating costs low by using the ’94 Mazda Bravo as his work truck.

“You work hard to branch out on your own, which is a big risk,” Mr Heir said of starting his business.

“I just want the people who did this to know what effect they have on other people; I work for what I’ve got.”

Due to a string of car thefts – four in the past five days – in the Central, Mount Austin and Tolland areas, police have reissued a warning to residents urging them to ensure their vehicles are locked and valuables aren’t left in the car.

“Police are urging people to lock their cars,” a spokeswoman said, also urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the station.

“Police would like to hear from anyone who may assist in identifying the people responsible for this crime.”

ROBBED OF AN INCOME: Phillip Heir inspects the remains of his torched ute yesterday, which was stolen and burnt out in the early hours of Monday morning. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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南京夜网 21/04/2019

Middy’s here to stay, say pubs

THE once-beloved middy glass may be disappearing from the shelves of pubs and clubs in Sydney, but it still enjoys its popularity among Wagga drinkers.
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William Farrer Hotel licensee David Barnhill reckons “about 20 per cent” of beers sold in his pub are served in middies and he doesn’t think the 285ml glass is dying out.

Though he does concede the 425ml schooner glass has become the powerhouse of the pub.

“Schooners have probably become more popular,” he said.

“Drinkers realise there’s better value for money in a schooner.”

The humble middy is popular with a wide cross-section of drinkers at the William Farrer Hotel, with Mr Barnhill among those appreciating the smaller glass.

But that popularity isn’t enjoyed everywhere, with Romano’s Hotel licensee Wayne Mutton reporting a definite change in beer drinking habits in recent times.

“When I first started we still kept seven glasses (200ml) cold for beer – there was one set of schooners, one of sevens and the rest were middies,” he said.

“Now we don’t even keep sevens and we have one set of middies and six sets of schooners.”

Romano’s largely attracts a younger clientele and Mr Mutton said schooners reigned supreme among that crowd.

But the appreciation for the middy in Wagga is still alive and well – it just depends on where you go.

At the Union Club Hotel, middies are even more popular, accounting for two in every five beers sold, according to licensee Rob Norris.

“We’d probably do 60 per cent schooners and 40 per cent middies,” he said.

“In our glass chillers at the moment we’ve got eight racks of middies and eight racks of schooners.”

TIME-HONOURED: Is the humble middy disappearing from Wagga? Not quite yet – William Farrer Hotel employee Alex Robertson still serves plenty of beer in the 285ml glass. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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南京夜网 21/04/2019

Sailors head to home port

AGE is wearying them, but former crew members of HMAS Wagga are summoning strength for another reunion at their “home port.”
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A major talking point of members of the HMAS Wagga Association at the reunion will be their long campaign to have another warship proudly carry the name of NSW’s largest city.

The last HMAS Wagga was a corvette built in 1942 for service during World War II.

She was paid off on October 28, 1960.

Former navy warrant officer David Williams will be among about 40 people who will attend the 2013 reunion from April 23 to 26.

For the past several biennial reunions, the association has feared each would be the last as their group aged and dwindled in number.

The same fear exists for this gathering.

“Sadly, as with most of the other corvette associations, most of the wartime crew members are no longer with us,” said Mr Williams, who joined HMAS Wagga in 1958 as a 17-year-old and was on her last voyage two years later.

“This year may be our last reunion.

“The only way the association can carry on is for the navy to name another ship ‘Wagga’.

“Sadly, this is not likely to happen as we have been petitioning for years to no effect.”

Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire is a strong supporter of the association and has began fighting for Wagga’s name to be adorned on another warship since he was first elected.

Yesterday, he was more optimistic than Mr Williams that the campaign would succeed.

He said his initial submission was regularly updated with the navy historian.

“The issue now is the (federal) government has not built any ships,” Mr Maguire said.

“It is something I am not giving up on, but it depends on the government acquiring ships.”

Navy tradition is that for a ship to be named HMAS Wagga it would have to be about the same sized ship.

The HMAS Wagga Association’s 2013 reunion dinner is being called “the last hurrah” and will be held in the Wagga RSL Club on April 24.

A mayoral reception will be held at 10am the same day in the Civic Centre where a HMAS Wagga display is kept, including the ship’s restored white sea ensign flown during her last voyage.

Members of the association will also march in Wagga’s Anzac Day parade.

Over the past year, the association’s president, Larry Horton, and secretary Nev (Lofty) Rackemann have died.

Only about 10 members of the war time crew are still alive.

HMAS Wagga

– One of 60 Bathurst class corvettes built during World War II.

– Launched in 1942 and entered service in January, 1943.

– Overall length 160 feet; beam 31 feet; standard displacement 650 tons; maximum speed 15 knots; crew 98.

– World War II service included escorting convoys along the east coast of Australia.

-Escort duties extended to New Guinea forward areas in March,1943.

– Came under attack from Japanese dive bombers in Milne Bay in April, 1943.

– Steamed 304,000 kilometres between 1943 and 1960.

– Service after the war included being a training ship.

– Paid off on October 28, 1960, making her the last and longest-serving corvette in the history of the Royal Australian Navy.

FINAL JOURNEY: HMAS Wagga sails into Sydney Harbour at the end of her last journey.

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南京夜网 21/04/2019

Smokers’ legal haze

LAWN BOWLS
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WAGGA lawn bowlers are scratching their heads over new legislation governing where they can and can’t smoke.

The NSW government regulations, which came into effect last month, rule smoking is prohibited in “a spectator area at a sports ground or other recreational area being used for an organised sporting event”.

However, the amendments to the Smoke-Free Environment Act (2000) do not stipulate the laws on smoking when standing on the playing surface, or while participating in the event.

Wagga RSL Club general manager Andrew Bell says the new laws only confuse smokers and bowlers alike.

“It’s a strange one,” Bell said. “If you stand on the edge of the bowling green you can smoke, but if you stand just off it you can’t.

“It seems stupid.”

Bowls NSW has indicated to clubs it will not be enforcing any of its own regulations on smoking to bowlers.

Instead, it will leave the decision up to the individual club whether it wants to ban smoking from the playing surface or allow players to make the decision for themselves.

“We have basically left it up to our bowlers,” Bell said. “We always discourage people from smoking on our greens but we don’t have any rules against it.

“It’s such a hard one to police with the laws the way they are.”

The Tobacco Legislation Amendment Bill (2012) refers generally to all sports when mentioning grounds and spectator areas.

The Daily Advertiser contacted the Wagga Country Club yesterday to get its view on smoking on the golf courses but a spokesperson not be contacted.

The bill also bans smoking “within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a building” and Bell is equally confused about that ruling.

“You have seen our club…where is the entrance?” he said. “Is it from the street or our front door?”

The Rules Club was also unable to be contacted yesterday for comment.

NEW LAWS: New legislation governing where lawn bowlers can and cannot smoke is causing confusion in Wagga.

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南京夜网 21/04/2019

Cavanough pays for positive swab

RACING
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LEADING Albury trainer Brett Cavanough has been fined $4000 for a positive swab dating back to October last year.

Cavanough yesterday fronted a stewards inquiry at Murrumbidgee Turf Club where he pleaded guilty to administering a sheep drench to Frog Hollow two days prior to its win at Albury in October.

In a hearing that lasted more than two hours, Cavanough admitted that he administered sheep worm control product Levamisole Gold to Frog Hollow that was found upon analysis to contain prohibited substance Tetramisole.

Stewards fined Cavanough $4000 but took into account that Tetramisole and Levamisole were only added to the list of prohibited substances on June 1, 2011.

Cavanough yesterday explained to The Daily Advertiser that he was not aware the worm control product was a banned substance.

“The stewards have got a job to do and I got a fair decision,” Cavanough said yesterday.

“It probably needs to be brought to the attention of trainers that they have to be careful with the dry drenches you give your horses because some substances are not registered by Racing NSW.

“This was an old farmers’ worm drench that my grandfather used and now it’s illegal in racing basically.

“Everyone has a job to do. I’ve done the wrong thing and got a kick up the backside.”

The positive swab was found in a subsequent urine sample taken from Frog Hollow when it won the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m) at Albury on Saturday, October 27.

Acting under the rules, stewards disqualified Frog Hollow from its first placing and subsequently awarded the race to Russwillcrow, with Stage Snippets and Kenjockety being promoted to second and third placings respectively.

Stewards also fined Cavanough another $200 for failing to record the administration of Levamisole Gold to Frog Hollow in his treatment records.

The fines would come as a welcome relief to Cavanough, who has never previously had his licence suspended or disqualified.

He was issued a $6000 fine back in 2007 for a positive swab to banned substance dexamethasone but has established a record over the past decade as one of country NSW’s leading trainers.

Cavanough was advised of his rights to appeal but yesterday revealed he would accept the stewards’ decision.

FINED: Albury trainer Brett Cavanough fronts a Southern District stewards inquiry at Murrumbidgee Turf Club yesterday. Cavanough was fined $4000 due to a positive swab in October last year. Picture: Les Smith

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