Audit calls for more and better CCTV cameras

IF raw numbers were anything to go by, a drop in requests for CCTV footage over the two years they have been running could signal their success in helping reduce crime in Nowra’s CBD.
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In 2001 Shoalhaven City Council received 25 requests for footage.

In 2012, 16 requests were received.

In an audit of the 18 cameras submitted to council in September 2012 police claimed the cameras had contributed to an improvement in the behaviour of people in the CBD.

Anecdotal evidence from the police provided for quarterly reports, showed they believed the cameras were an effective tool in identifying alleged offenders.

Nowra Police reported that the CCTV cameras had been of assistance in various investigations.

They said they were useful in establishing the identity of an offender, however pointed out they were regarded as one of many tools to assist police in dealing with crime.

Since the cameras were installed in the CBD, there have been requests by police for an expansion of the system.

Police have requested cameras be installed at Morisons Arcade, the corner of Berry and Junction streets and the old bus terminal in Schofield Lane.

It hasn’t all been good news however. Technical problems with the system meant there had been periods when the system had malfunctioned.

Problems arose about the need to adjust focus and camera angle of view on some cameras.

Cabling had to be replaced after being damaged by birds and a server needed to be upgraded to prevent it from crashing.

The audit said the cameras represented ageing technology and should be upgraded to cameras that could offer higher quality resolution.

However if cameras were replaced, software would also need to be upgraded.

Following the audit a number of recommendations were made relating to the cameras and associated hardware.

Recommendations included that police and council review the location, number and quality of cameras in the Nowra CBD.

It was also recommended that council seek funds to install more cameras in the CBD to ensure there were no black spots.

EYE SPY: Live vision from the Nowra CCTV cameras can be monitored by officers at Nowra Police Station.

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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 

RUGBY LEAGUE
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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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