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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