南京夜网 21/02/2019

Councillors propose new school at Legana

A new primary school has been proposed for Legana to cater for the population explosion projected in the next decade.
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West Tamar councillors Tim Woinarski and Peter Kearney will officially announce the plans at Legana today.

The councillors are calling on the state government and Education Department to meet them about planning for the school to meet the future needs of the wider Legana area.

They said the council had planning projections that showed the area was expected to double in size in the next 10 years.

Talk of building a new school comes as Port Sorell Primary School opened its doors to pupils for the first time yesterday and five other schools have taken advantage of the government’s $3.5 million school closure fund and amalgamated over the summer break.

Cr Woinarski said Legana would be the next Kingston or Sorell, and was the fastest growing area in the greater Launceston area and state.

“The government has to sit down with the West Tamar Council and ask, what do you need, what do you want,” Cr Woinarski said.

“A school is the No. 1 priority to start with. You only have to look at the increasing traffic on the [West Tamar] highway to see the amount of families that live in the area.

“You put a school in the area, it’s only going to get bigger and it will decrease the traffic on the highway.”

According to the councillor there are four housing subdivisions in the vicinity, including development of a former orchard site in the pipeline and other developments.

The former orchard site could be where the proposed school could be built.

Cr Kearney, a former Hagley Farm Primary School principal, said Legana children travelled to either Riverside or Exeter schools.

He said the Riverside schools were at capacity and Exeter would get to that point if people looked at future population projections.

“If you’re doing plans for Legana as part of the greater Launceston area, it’s pretty obvious where you should be planning right now – for a school at Legana,” Cr Kearney said.

Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said on the basis of population projections it was a proposal that deserved further investigation.

However, department deputy secretary Andrew Finch is still to be convinced. He said the department would not consider a school for the area at the moment but it did monitor demographic changes.

Mr Finch said according to 2010 enrolment trends, student numbers had fallen at both Riverside and Exeter primary schools and “it is considered that the West Tamar area has sufficient primary school provision”.

West Tamar councillors Tim Woinarski and Peter Kearney are calling for a new school to be built at Legana. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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南京夜网 21/02/2019

Leadership mantle sits well with Inglis

NRL culture and diversity manager Mark deWeerd was planning last weekend’s inaugural Indigenous players camp when he received a call from Greg Inglis.
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‘‘He just suggested that the younger guys be roomed with the more senior guys so they were able to talk to them one on one and be a mentor for them,’’ deWeerd said.

It is just one example of Inglis’s growth as a leader those around him have noticed – both on and off the field.

‘‘In this camp, there is a group of guys who are the senior people in this team and they grow confidence from that and develop leadership skills because they are the ones that others look up to,’’ deWeerd said.

Inglis has always been held in high regard by his peers for his football skills but it has been noticeable around the Indigenous All Stars team this week that he has also become a leader off the field.

‘‘I think he has just taken ownership of who he is,’’ said Indigenous All Stars assistant coach Gorden Tallis, who also worked with Inglis during his first season at South Sydney in 2011.

‘‘He has played for Queensland, Australia and won grand finals in Melbourne but I think with this side here, because of who he is and what he has achieved, he is one of the real leaders of the team.’’

Rabbitohs teammates Adam Reynolds and Nathan Peats, who will line up on opposite sides in the match at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, have also noticed how Inglis has developed.

‘‘He has taken on a leadership role at Souths this year and he is doing a good job,’’ Reynolds said.

‘‘He was a leader last year but this year he has taken it to a new level.

‘‘He talks a lot more than he did last year and he has got everyone at Souths working really hard and he is keeping us honest.

‘‘There is a lot of competition at Souths with a lot of young blokes pushing through and trying to get a spot and he is good for them,’’ Reynolds said.

Peats, who will play alongside Inglis for the Indigenous All Stars team, said: ‘‘You can see that he feels really comfortable here, being around guys like Johnathan Thurston and Justin Hodges.’’

With Sam Thaiday injured, Thurston, Inglis, Hodges and Scott Prince are the senior members of the team but deWeerd believes that every player in the camp is developing leadership skills they can take back to their clubs.

‘‘In the time I have been involved I have noticed that the senior players are more vocal about providing leadership and support for indigenous players,’’ deWeerd said.

‘‘They go back to their clubs and you can see that in their own club environment, they are using those leadership skills on a broader scale.’’

Picture: Anthony Johnson

南京夜网 21/02/2019

Manly link with fitness guru

MANLY officials say they never had any concerns about the use of supplements by players while sports science guru Steve Dank was involved with the club.
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Dank’s role in Essendon’s controversial fitness program will come under scrutiny during an investigation by the AFL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into the Bombers’ use of potentially illegal substances. Dank left the AFL club recently.

It has been alleged Essendon players were asked to sign waivers relating to treatment they were receiving, while club officials said ‘‘questions had been raised’’ about supplements given to players last season.

Dank, who was in charge of the Bombers’ sports science program, had previously been employed by the Sea Eagles for six years, including in 2008 when they won the premiership.

It was during Dank’s time at the club that Fairfax Media revealed the use of calves’ blood by some Manly players to aid recovery. Under Dank’s guidance, Manly also introduced DNA testing of players, GPS tracking to monitor their performances and the use of radical herbal supplements such as the $300-per-litre anti-inflammatory product Lact-Away, which is made from the bark of French pine and was initially a racehorse treatment.

He left to join Essendon in 2011, and Sea Eagles officials said they never had any doubts during his time with the club.

‘‘Steve was employed as a consultant between 2006 and 2010. During that time, we never had any concerns,’’ Manly football manager Steve Gigg said.

‘‘We always complied with all anti-doping protocols of the WADA code and the NRL.’’

The NRL is expected to follow the Essendon case closely but does not outlaw supplements for players.

‘‘Everyone is always looking for an edge, but the players need to realise that if they take a product that contains a banned substance, they will go,’’ one official told Fairfax Media.

‘‘They are ultimately responsible for themselves.’’

Essendon face scrutiny over supplements supplied to their players last year. While the Bombers are confident performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) are not involved, ASADA will lead the joint investigation with the AFL.

The investigation is understood to centre on the possibility Essendon players were injected with peptides or ‘‘related substances’’ and that they were asked to sign consent forms handed to them by some of the conditioning staff.

There are various types of peptides, including those which promote muscle growth and thus have similar properties to human growth hormone. There are also peptides that are inert and legal for athletes to take.

Essendon have admitted its players took supplements but the club leadership said they only learnt in recent days that there were issues with some of these products. The club would not say how many of its players had taken them.

While the AFL is working with ASADA, any potential punishment could be out of the AFL’s hands as it would be required to fall in line with ASADA policy.

Players could face bans of more than two years if found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Former Essendon player Kyle Reimers told Channel Nine that the club knew it was pushing the boundaries with its program.

‘‘From what they were saying, it was right on the borderline of what they were going to give us,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone signed it, it was a personal choice as to whether they took it … it does seem very odd the type of stuff we were taking. They admitted to us it was right on the edge of the levels you could be taking.’’

Ashen-faced Essendon chairman David Evans, coach James Hird and chief executive Ian Robson yesterday said the club knew players took supplements but had only discovered information in the previous 48 hours that was ‘‘slightly concerning’’ about the substances and immediately contacted the AFL.

The AFL community has been abuzz since last season with reports that Essendon players were using ‘‘unorthodox’’ substances.

Various media outlets including Fairfax Media had repeatedly asked Essendon – including as late as Monday evening – about the claims and were given strenuous denials.

Coach James Hird said he believed the players were clean. ‘‘The supplements our players were given, in my opinion and my knowledge, were all approved and within the regulations we all play the game by,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m very disappointed – shocked is probably the best word.’’

ADVICE: Steve Dank, left, at Sea Eagles training with Des Hasler in 2008.

南京夜网 21/02/2019

Woman jailed over KI farm fraud

A WOMAN jailed for defrauding a King Island abattoir of $500,000 in the `90s has been imprisoned again after admitting to dishonestly obtaining almost $200,000 from the Commonwealth.
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In the Supreme Court in Burnie, Justice Peter Evans yesterday sentenced Lynette Anne Murray to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Murray, 48, had earlier pleaded guilty to 33 counts of obtaining property by deception.The charges related to dishonestly obtaining $194,959.80 through fraudulent claims made while undertaking bookkeeping duties for a King Island dairy farmer.

In 1997, Murray was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for crimes committed between August 1993 and April 1995 while working at the abattoir.

She served half of the sentence before being released.

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Ian Arendt told the court that between March 29, 2005, and July 19, 2006, Murray Leg 1dishonestly obtained rebates through the Energy Grants Credit Scheme (EGCS).

Under the scheme, rebates are available to subsidise the cost of diesel fuel used in the running of a business.

The dairy farmer employed Murray to take care of his bookkeeping, which included making claims under the EGCS through the Australian Tax Office.

With the dairy farmer busy operating the farm, he handed Murray access to his bank accounts and ATO information.

The court heard that without the farmer’s knowledge, Murray changed the destination for these payments to her own personal bank account.

The dairy farmer did not pick up on the redirected payments as he had handed all administrative control to Murray.

During the 16-month period Murray claimed rebates for amounts of fuel significantly over and above the amounts actually used by the dairy farmer, the court was told.

Mr Arendt said an adjustment to the EGCS meant paper claims no longer had to be lodged, and they could instead be claimed using a telephone service.

He said the scheme depended on trust and honesty and no steps were taken to check accuracy, other than the fact claimants are expected to file five years of documentation in the case of an audit.

An ATO audit into the business began in February 2008.

The court heard that during the audit when Murray was interviewed by ATO investigators in December 2009, she failed to provide documentation to justify fuel claims she had made.

Mr Arendt said upon inspection of Murray’s bank accounts, there was no evidence of a gambling problem, but that the money had seemingly been used for personal expenses.

He said the Commonwealth has not received any repayments.

Natalie Everett, for Murray, argued her client had been given permission from the dairy farmer to redirect the payment to her own account.

However, she did not dispute the amounts claimed by Murray were inaccurate.

Justice Evans acknowledged the chaotic financial position experienced by the farm, but said it could not justify the crimes committed.

Murray will be eligible for release after serving two years of the sentence.

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南京夜网 21/02/2019

High-profile women to do battle in Montgomery

CANDIDACY ANNOUNCED: Liberal leader Will Hodgman with Legislative Council Liberal candidate for Montgomery Leonie Hiscutt yesterday. Picture: Tony Cross.TWO of the Central Coast’s highest-profile women will do battle for the Legislative Council seat of Montgomery, following the announcement of Leonie Hiscutt’s candidacy yesterday.
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Mrs Hiscutt was announced by Liberal leader Will Hodgman as the party’s candidate for the upper house seat.

The news comes just days after Central Coast Deputy Mayor Cheryl Fuller confirmed she would run as an independent candidate in Montgomery following Sue Smith’s retirement from politics after 16 years in the Legislative Council.

Mrs Hiscutt said she and Cr Fuller had had a good relationship for a number of years, but it was strictly down to business when it came to the campaign.

“She’s a nice lady and good luck to her, but I hope I win,” she said.

The election will take place in May.

Mrs Hiscutt, of Howth, said she would take a pro-development and pro-jobs campaign approach .

“We need to make some legislative changes to get businesses going, to encourage both large and small businesses,” she said.

Mr Hodgman endorsed the candidacy of Mrs Hiscutt, who is a farmer, businesswoman and the president of the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“She is a well-known local, she lives in this community and understands the needs of this community,” he said.

“She knows this area intimately.”

Mr Hodgman said with an unemployment rate of 9.2 per cent on the North-West Coast, the area needed a representative who would focus on growth, development and jobs.

Mr Hodgman did not rule out the party nominating more candidates for other upper house seats, saying this would be judged on a case-by-case basis.

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