南京夜网 22/03/2019

Friends, family pay tribute to Genelle

THE impact Genelle Mullins had on the Wagga community could be seen yesterday as more than 1500 people celebrated her memory at St Michael’s Cathedral.
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Genelle died last Thursday in the intensive care unit of Wagga Base Hospital.

Before her death she made the wish that her last words were read at her funeral.

And in those words she talked about her adoration for her five children, her great experiences working in the city and her love for singing.

But she also explained that she suffered “great grief” following the death of her mother and found herself on a rollercoaster of sadness she was unable to get off.

Her final request was for everyone to party in her memory because “she loved to party”.

In a fitting tribute to an extremely talented woman who loved to perform, family and friends gave a standing ovation that lasted for minutes during the service.

During the eulogies, husband Geoff Crouch described the happiest seven years of his life with her.

“She had five magnificent kids that she was so, so proud of and she would shout it from the rooftops,” he said.

“The greatest gift I will ever have is the knowledge she truly and deeply loved me and I loved her.”

Involved in dozens of committees, charities and community initiatives, Genelle was known for her tireless efforts to make Wagga – and the world – a better place.

Long-time friend Christine Nielsen talked about her generous personality.

“She gave 110 per cent every single time, never for any personal reward, never to receive any thank-yous but to make a difference,” she said.

Daughter Emma, 26, also gave a touching account of her mother, who she said did everything to ensure her children were given an amazing life, full of opportunity.

“She was reliable, loving, selfless and wise,” she said.

The memorial service was one of the largest held in Wagga in recent years.

MISSED SO MUCH: More than 1500 people attended the memorial mass held for Genelle Mullins (inset) at St Michael’s Cathedral yesterday. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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南京夜网 22/03/2019

Plane pain over hotel stay

CLAIMS of unreasonable hotel policies during one of Temora’s busiest weekends of the year have left tourists and the mayor disappointed.
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Temora Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Downunder 2013 event is estimated to attract up to 12,000 people to the Riverina in November.

Tickets aren’t even on sale yet but self-professed “serious fan” Ben Longden called to arrange accommodation this week.

The Echuca resident said he felt concerned by the fact there was a four-night minimum stay at the Temora Motel and that it could be happening elsewhere.

Mr Longden said he didn’t have an issue with increasing prices during peak periods, but when it was only a one-day event four nights seemed excessive.

“This is an increase of 400 per cent on a single night’s accommodation,” he said.

“I feel like it’s taking advantage of the world’s greatest aviation museum.”

Mr Longden said he was now staying somewhere out of town even though he wanted to support Temora business and has been doing so on regular visits for years.

When contacted about the issue, Temora Motel’s Irene Broad said it was normal for them to put in place a minimum-night stay policy during busy periods.

“This is a common policy found across motels both locally and internationally,” she said in a statement.

“It ensures that customers have a security in their booking as motels can easily book out 12 months in advance during peak periods in town.

“The visitors are therefore benefiting from their security and the town’s overall business and tourism economy is boosted.

“We would like to see tourists staying longer and enjoying the shopping, food, and overall hospitality of Temora.”

Chief executive of Temora Aviation Museum Kenny Love said motels had the right to run their business as they saw fit, but he was disappointed if visitors to the museum were frustrated.

“I only found out about some motels charging a four-night minimum yesterday and I am disappointed it is taking place,” he said.

“It is a select number of motels and it is disappointing because we work very hard to get people to Temora and spend a lot of time and resources advertising and promoting Temora and the Temora Aviation Museum.

“Warbirds Downunder is a very popular event and visitors shouldn’t be discouraged as there are plenty of accommodation options available other than motels such as homestays, B&Bs and plenty of available camping space.”

Temora’s mayor Rick Firman also chose the word “disappointed” to express his feelings about the issue.

“If it was the case we would be extremely disappointed because of all the hard work council has done with tourism,” he said.

“I believe the vast majority would keep their policies the same and be fine.”

Riverina Regional Tourism executive officer Linda Tillman declined to comment on the matter.

Temora Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Downunder 2013 event is expected to draw a large crowd but aircraft enthusiasts already have concerns about accommodation demands.

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南京夜网 22/03/2019

TV, crime docos helping criminals avoid detection: police

TELEVISION shows and documentaries depicting crime scenes could be helping Ballarat’s criminals avoid detection, police say.
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The comments by Ballarat’s divisional Superintendent Andrew Allen come as The Courier obtained “cleared crime” police statistics for the last financial year, revealing the rates of solved crime throughout the 2011-12 reporting period.

Police define cleared crime as when an offender is charged, cautioned, the complaint is withdrawn, no offence is detected or when an offender is too young to charge.

Just 84 out of 752 reported home burglaries were cleared by police in the 2011-12 financial year.

Superintendent Allen said the low return could be attributed to a combination of factors, and stressed that outstanding crimes can still be cleared by police in the next reporting period.

He said one possible reason for the discrepancy could be the prevalence of crime-scene procedure depicted in documentaries and dramas on television – primarily coming from the United States.

“There’s no doubt these (shows) are educating criminals of today and of the future, in my opinion,” he said.

“Its a whole combination of things . . . but with the discussions and experience we’ve got around the investigation table in Ballarat, it would be not unreasonable to say that’s part of it.”

Superintendent Allen said repeat, or recidivist, offenders also “debrief” one another in prison, learning more about police methods each time they are arrested.

“Going back to my days in crime squads, when we charged serious offenders and they’d be remanded into prison, they would debrief each other as to how they were caught, how they were interviewed, how they managed to give either false confessions or false alibis,” he said.

“Once someone goes into the system, cases, methods, modus operandi are discussed with others and comparisons are made – that’s done with all levels of crime.”

While a low percentage of residential burglaries were cleared inside of the 2011-2012 financial year, 66 of 69 reports of drug manufacture, cultivate and trafficking in Ballarat were cleared in the same period.

Superintendent Allen said the 95 per cent success rate was evidence that targeted operations by Ballarat’s Divisional Response Unit, among others, was having a big effect on the city’s drug scene.

DRU Senior Sergeant Darren Tanis said his unit had recently established a Police Recidivist Offender Team, which specifically targets identified youth and adult recidivist offenders committing offences across the Ballarat police division.

He also said drug traffickers would continue to be a focus for the DRU.

“We will continue to target individuals and groups within Ballarat who traffick drugs into our most vulnerable community members,” he said.

Superintendent Allen said police were adopting a holistic approach to improving community safety in 2013, with detectives, front-line police, covert operatives and members from the Highway Patrol all focusing on repeat offenders.

“We’re responding more with vehicles and on foot – we’re doing as much as we can to put ourselves out there in the community,” he said.

“The community deserves the best service we can provide and if anyone sees somebody committing offences, then we ask people to just make that phone call and we will respond.”

Superintendent Allen said more police would join Ballarat’s growing ranks in 2013 and said the new Ballarat North police station would become operational mid-year.

Other cleared crime statistics include almost 60 per cent of assaults cleared, more than 63 per cent of all rapes cleared and almost 70 per cent of all robberies cleared in 2011-2012.

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南京夜网 22/03/2019

CFA conducts mock industrial rescue in Delacombe

FRED the unfortunate window washer has been rescued for the second time in as many weeks after getting stuck up an industrial building in Delacombe.
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Ballarat City Fire Brigade again used the Friendly Rescue Extrication Dummy to train its members in high-angle rescues atop tall structures yesterday.

The training comes as Ballarat braces for a run of hot weather, with residents urged to make sure they are prepared for bushfires.

A Total Fire Ban is in place for Ballarat and the central district today, with temperatures expected to hit 33 degrees.

A top of 32 degrees is predicted for Thursday and 29 degrees for Friday.

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the peak of the fire season had only just begun in Victoria.

“Traditionally, we know that February is a bad month for fires,” he said.

“The forecast for the coming days is for hot, dry weather with the Fire Danger Ratings either Severe or Very High. In these types of conditions, if a fire starts, and takes hold, it may be uncontrollable.”

Mr Lapsley said extremely dry conditions in January, with only 1.8mm of rain recorded in Ballarat, had contributed to the fire risk.

Ballarat City Fire Brigade Station Officer Scott Gambino said local firefighters were working hard to stay sharp.

“At this time of year, we’re pretty busy with bush and grass fires but there’s still these areas where we need to maintain our skills,” he said of this week’s training drill.

Last week, firefighters jumped off the roof of Central Square car park to rescue Fred in another rescue simulation.

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Leading Firefighter Jarrod Howlett and firefighter Darryl Longhurst with Fred the dummy during a rescue exercise at Joe White Malting in Delacombe yesterday.

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南京夜网 22/03/2019

Ballarat road fatalities fall in 2012

Police have praised Ballarat’s drivers after the release of official road toll statistics yesterday.
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Just two fatalities were recorded in Ballarat for the 2012 calendar year, down from three in 2011.

By comparison, 16 road deaths were recorded in Geelong during 2012.

The Ballarat Highway Patrol has conducted regular operations over the past 12 months, including ongoing operations which target speed, drink-driving and mobile phone offences.

Operations such as Operation Surprise, where officers hide behind trees and radio ahead to waiting police cars about drivers they’ve observed on their phones, have been very successful.

The visiting Automated Number Plate Recognition System, which instantly identifies unregistered vehicles, has also been prolific in Ballarat during 2012.

Statewide, Victoria lost 282 lives on the roads in 2012 – five less than in 2011.

This year’s toll is the fifth consecutive record low and marks the seventh year in a row where the road toll has continued to drop.

Despite the positive trend, Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill said there were five lives lost last weekend and it was a real reminder that Victorians couldn’t take their minds off road safety for a second.

“While a fifth consecutive record low road toll is something the community should be congratulated for, we can never rest on our laurels and need to strive for no deaths on Victorian roads,” Mr Hill said.

“Almost 21 per cent of people killed on our roads last year were aged between 18 and 24.” The statistics show 152 deaths were recorded on roads in country Victoria, while 129 fatalities occurred in Melbourne.

While young people aged between 18 and 24 made up the largest group represented in road deaths (21 per cent), there is a growing trend in the number of older drivers losing their lives on Victorian roads.

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