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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Man’s body recovered from floodwaters

Robert Linnane.A body believed to be that of a man missing for five days has been recovered in floodwaters near the central western NSW town of Forbes.
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Although the body is yet to be formally identified,it is thought to be that of 49-year-old Robert Linnane.

Mr Linnane was reported missing on Saturday, October 1, and a wide-scale search involving more than 100 volunteers was started in theBurcher/Nerang Cowal/Lake Cowal area.

Mr Linnane’s boat was found earlier this week, before searchers found his body beside a makeshift boat ramp just before 5pm on Wednesday.

The search involved officers from Lachlan Local Area Command, assisted by NSW Police Rescue, Water Police and volunteers.

NSW Police released a statement on behalf of the family on Wednesday.

“The family of Robert Linnane would like at this time to thank the many friends, volunteers and community services that have been involved in the search for Rob over the past four days, and continue to do so.

“Rob is a respected member of the Burcher community. He was actively involved in many organisations and is president of the local Golf and Cricket Clubs and also Captain of the Burcher Branch of the Rural Fire Brigade,” the statement said.

“He is a dedicated family man with his partner, his three daughters, their respective partners, grandchildren and extended family.

“At this difficult time Rob’s family requests that you respect their privacy.”

Mr Linnane was last seen driving with his boat in towin Burcher, a town west of Forbes, last week.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Wangaratta avoids flood damage

Wangaratta has avoided major flood damage as the torrential Ovens River peaked at 12.78 metres about 10.30pm Wednesday, and SES attention will now shift toward reopening roads in the North East.
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SES spokesman Brian Wright said he was not aware of any houses being inundated and no evacuations were ordered.

“I wouldn’t say the worst is over, but yes, (the Ovens) did peak at Wangaratta,” he said.

“And my understanding is that it’s now below that major flood level and is steady.”

Nobody attended the relief centre, which was set up at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Ford Street.

Community meetings will take place downstream in Bundalong and Cobram today.

“I think it’s safe to say our attention is shifting a little bit downstream as we get this fine weather and fortunately no rain for the next couple of days,” Mr Wright said.

The Bogong High Plains Road remained closed due to floodwaters and Bright was still cut-off.

“VicRoads are working to try and get that open as soon as they can in safe manner,” Mr Wright said.

“That will be an attention for today as most of the road closures are. As you’d appreciate, once the water gets off and we can see what damage has occurred, if any, we’ll be working to notify those changes to those road closures once we have that information.”

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Doyle ruled out of grand prix decider

SHOCKER: Jason Doyle and Britain’s Chris Harris crash into the fence in heat three in Poland. Harris lost control of his bike on turn three and speared the Novocastrian into the protective barriers. Hunter rider Jason Doyle’s speedway world championship hopes have been dashed by injury.
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Doyle announced he had withdrawn from the Melbourne Grand Prix because of injuries sustained in the penultimate round at Torun inPoland.

He will be replaced in Melbourne by fellow NovocastrianSamMasters, who rode aswildcard entrant in the event last year. Masters will join Australian riders Chris Holder and wildcard Brady Kurtz.

“I would like to let everyone know first hand from me that sadly I have to withdraw from the Melbourne GP,” Doyle posted on his Facebook page.

“I have punctured my left lung and badly traumatised my right lung.

“My right elbow is also shattered and I dislocated my left shoulder.

“I am unable to fly due to my lungs and have to wait for surgery on my elbow once my lungs are healed.

“I would like to again thank everyone for their kind messages I have got time to read them all! I will concentrate on my health and recovery to be ready for 2017.”

Doyle led the series into Torun after claiming three successive grand prix victories.

He was slammed into the protective barrier whenBritish rider Chris Harris crashed in heat three.

Jason Doyle’s crashDoyle had led closest rival Greg Hancock by five points but recorded no points after crashing in his first race of the evening.

Hancock scored 16 points in the round and will take the title if he scores 11 points at Etihad Stadium on October 22.

The three-time world champion said he was disappointed to overhaul Doyle in such unfortunatecircumstances after watching the Newcastle rider enter the track’s medical facilities.

“It’s bad luck. I can feel for Jason because I have been there,” Hancock said.

“He deserves a fair shot. Seeing his accident hit me inside. I know he didn’t go in there very well.”

Doyle finished fifth in last year’s seriesafter collision in the Melbourne final left him with abroken C7 vertebrae and a punctured lung.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Introducing the next United Nations Secretary-General

1. United National Secretary-General close to confirmation
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We have a clear successor to Ban Ki-moon as head of the United Nations and his name is … not Kevin Rudd. 

“We have a clear favourite and his name is António Guterres,” said Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, who is presiding over the Security Council this month. [Fairfax]   2.  May’s audacious centrist bid

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The Tory conference has wrapped up in the UK with Prime Minister Theresa May delivering a lengthy but politically fascinating closing address in which she set out what her government will look like post-Brexit.

You get the feeling this is the speech she would have liked to have delivered first up if she had come to the leadership without the aide of Brexit.

There’s no doubt Theresa May is mimicking Margaret Thatcher’s style. She’s a great speaker with a superb speechwriter and the membership love her. No mean feat given the crowd is strongly pro-Brexit and she was a Remainer, albeit in the background.

I spoke to two ladies who joined the party just one year ago.

“She was inspiring,” said one, who I estimated to be in her early thirties.

“She’s got her [Thatcher’s] backbone,” one older female Tory party member told me in the coffee line.

But another gentleman quietly shook his head and said Maggie was a far stronger politician with a bolder personality. Early days.

May’s vision is essentially a centrist – if not left-wing – one, including a striking defence of a greater role for government.  She is sensibly targeting the voters who belong in this space but have wandered away from Labour and the tories to UKIP. Her observation that Brexit was a “quiet revolution” where voters said they were sick of the way society only looked after the privileged few is a smart and astute response.

May is meeting the’s left’s complaints about inequality head-on, with some traditionally Tory solutions – for example, her grammar schools policy.  But the real test is her plan for how she will achieve her vision, which so far is a little light on detail. [My report/Fairfax]

Meanwhile the shambles of UKIP continues. The new “leader” Diane James quit after 18 days in the job. She was never officially the leader having failed to complete the required paperwork during her short tenure. So Nigel Farage is back (again!) as leader, but Steven Woolfe, who failed to get his paperwork in on time last round, wants another tilt. [BBC] 3. Ricciardo says so-called Budgie 9 ‘harmless fun’

The F1 driver says the nine, including a staffer to cabinet minister Christopher Pyne, were engaging in “harmless fun” when they stripped to their Malaysia flag underwear in the deeply Muslim country to celebrate his win. Harmless perhaps, but also pre-arranged? Why would a group of men co-ordinate their underwear with the intent of keeping it concealed? [Daily Telegraph]

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge the group. [Fairfax] 4. Aus politics

Renewables are back in the firing line after the first official report on the SA blackout confirming the state’s reliance on wind farms did play a role. Great blow-by-blow account of how the SA blackout occurred in the Financial Review. [Mark Ludlow]

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will use the report when ministers meet tomorrow to continue to press for a single, national approach to renewables rather than the state and federal governments setting separate targets. [David Crowe/The Australian]

Niki Savva writes on this today. [The Australian]

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The other big politics story surrounds George Brandis.

Either way it looks like one of these men has to go. It’s implausible to think that the Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson SC will be able to continue working with Attorney-General George Brandis and vice-versa. The two men have been feuding over Senator Brandis’ order that the SG can only provide advice that has been requested through him. This would mean the SG would not be able to provide the PM with advice, if he asked for it directly. Strange? The SG certainly thinks so. This issue has been simmering for some time, but is now reaching boiling point because Brandis told Parliament he consulted the SG about the change and Gleeson says he wasn’t consulted. Labor says the AG has misled Parliament and must resign.  [Michaela Whitbourne/Sydney Morning Herald]

Also covered by Michelle Grattan. [The Conversation]

And don’t miss Madonna King’s compelling piece on how One Nation could be in government in Queensland. [Fairfax] 5. More cause to worry about the Philippines

The Philippines President says US President Barack Obama can “go to hell” and says he can get weapons the US won’t sell him from China and Russia. [Reuters] 6. Belgian police officers stabbed

Two police officers were stabbed and counter-terror prosecutors are investigating – a sign it could be another attack by militants. [Fairfax]

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

RSL announces independent review into its financial governance following damaging spending stories

The RSL has been rocked by a series of questions over spending and accountability. Photo: Anna WarrThe RSL will hold an independent investigation of consulting fees paid to national president Rod White and three NSW colleagues while they held voluntary positions.
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But Mr White, who denies having done anything wrong, will hold onto the presidency while the probe is carried out despite a push by deputy president Robert Dick’s Tasmanian branch for him to stand aside pending the results.

In a statement issued on Thursday morning, a day after Fairfax Media revealed Mr White and former NSW colleagues had received shares of nearly $1 million in payments from the league’s aged care arm between 2013 and 2015, the RSL said its national board would meet early next week to plan the “independent review”.

“In the interests of natural justice, the directors have agreed to support Mr White as president while an independent review is conducted,” Mr Dick said in the statement.

Mr Dick said the RSL was determined to keep its focus on helping veterans and service people in need.

“We value and appreciate the respect of the Australian community and will make every effort to preserve that trust through strong governance and effective management,” he said.

The statement said Mr White strenuously denied any suggestion of inappropriate conduct and said he was committed to RSL principles “as per legal advice provided to the RSLNSW branch”.

Fairfax Media reported on Wednesday that while Mr White was a state councillor with the NSW branch, he received a share in $980,675 from the veterans group’s aged care organisation, RSL LifeCare, of which he was a director.

Three other NSW councillors also received a share of the payments between 2013 and 2015, financial reports lodged with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission reveal.

The NSW branch is seeking legal advice on whether the payments listed as “consulting fees” breach the RSL’s constitution. Mr White and the other councillors were appointed to the RSL LifeCare board by the state council on which they sat.

The meeting of the Tasmanian branch resolved that an independent investigator should “determine if any federal or state laws were contravened and/or if the RSL NSW constitution or any other regulations may have been violated”.

It also called for the resulting report to be made public.

Mr White declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media.

On Tuesday he said he provided “advice and services” to RSL LifeCare based on my professional career in the corporate sector and my extensive career in the veteran community”.

“Perceived conflict of interest is what some people may see it as, but an understanding of the elements of the arrangement clarify that there is no conflict of interest,” he said. “I was put on that board by the governing body of the league, and then as an individual person, I am entitled to enter into a commercial agreement.”

The NSW branch has already made clear it intends to pursue the issue, with chief executive Glenn Kolomeitz saying on Tuesday that he was seeking fresh, independent legal advice on the payments.

The national board is made up of state and territory branch presidents. The Queensland branch declined to comment. South Australian president Tim Hanna was overseas and ACT president Peter Eveille said he was waiting for more information.

The RSL NSW constitution states that councillors – who are volunteers – must not “take a position of profit within RSL NSW”.

RSL LifeCare’s own financial reports state that its “controlling entity” is RSL NSW.

Mr White, Mr Rowe, Mr Humphreys and Mr Crosthwaite received the consulting fees not as directors but for additional services, according RSL LifeCare.

But all nine or 10 directors – the number varied between 2013 and 2015 – received such payments, according to the financial reports.

The latest revelations follow an announcement last week by RSL NSW that it was preparing for a forensic audit of its senior leadership’s spending amid fraud concerns, and an admission by the Queensland branch that it had offered to pay more than $320,000 in back taxes.

RSL LifeCare provided Fairfax Media with a statement in response to written questions on Wednesday, saying that its directors spent “many, many unpaid hours assisting in the direction and broad oversight of the company”.

But as needed they were “called upon as paid consultants” for services such as “the detailed review and analysis of RSL LifeCare’s programs” and “the compilation of the organisation’s financial results”.

The statement did not address questions as to how much individual directors had been paid, how consulting fees were calculated and whether the four NSW councillors would have been hired for their specialist services even if they had not been appointed by the council to the RSL LifeCare board.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Council backs youth to set own agenda

Armidale Regional Council isbackingyoung people to determine whichyouth services should getpriority funding in the city.
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Council endorsed a Youth Strategy and Youth Action Planon Wednesday, whichweredeveloped during aforum in August.

The forum critiqued a youth services review, which Council’s administrator Ian Tiley put out on public exhibition, and prepared ayouth action plan thatwas embedded in a youth strategy and presented to Council on Wednesday.

The strategy covers a broad range of projects that will benefit young people in the Armidale community.

Council will meet with the city’syouth leaders to prioritise spending and plan for the 2017/2018 budget.

“It has to be them taking the lead,” Dr Tiley said.

“It’s not about civic fathers deciding what’s best.

“I’ll sit down with themand we will workshop it and get some key priorities.”

Some of theissues raised in the action plan wereaccess to information, mental health services, employment and training opportunities and low-cost youth activities.

The plan also addressedyouth leadership, alcohol and drugs, and community participation.

Dr Tiley said he was disappointed the previous Council failed to act on the issue and that he intended to embed a culture of youth consultation and spending inCouncil.

“I don’t mean to be critical of the previous council, but when a council fails to put out a youth services review for public consultation and exhibition what does it tell you – it’s pretty sad,” he said.

“I’m about locking the council into supporting young people well into the future.

“If I can get things happening … the new council picks that apart at its own peril.

“Once they get a taste for inclusion, for self-determination, … that empowers young people and in time it will empower others too.”

Council intends to meet withyouth leaders later this year and again early next year to discuss strategic priorities.Dr Tiley said there wasnot a lot of money available until next year but that their meetings would help Council budget for youth services in the future.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

[email protected]: Oil jump to drive ASX higher

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Photo: Peter BraigThe local sharemarket is poised to open higher after Wall Street was boosted by a jump in the oil price.

The US EIA crude oil inventories provided another 2.2 per cent gain for WTI oil overnight. Crude oil inventories declined for their fifth straight week, declining by roughly 3 million barrels against market expectations for a 1 million barrel increase. This provided further optimism to the market alongside speculative hopes from the Venezuelan oil minister that OPEC and Non-OPEC could commit to a 1.2 million barrel per day supply cut.

1. ASX: The ASX SPI Futures are pointing to a 27 point gain at the open. Both BHP’s (+1.76 per cent) and CBA’s (+1.45 per cent) ADRs performed well in the US overnight boding well for the session today.

2. US: The US ISM Services PMI jumped to its highest level in almost a year, blowing past market expectations for a 53.0 read to come in at 57.1. It’s difficult to know exactly why both the ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing PMIs took such a dive in August, but it does now look to have been only a temporary blip and the path to a December rate rise from the Fed is looking increasingly comfortable. The Bloomberg WIRP bond market implied probability of a December rate hike moved to 65 per cent after starting the week at 51 per cent.

3. Greenback: However, this did not provide much of a boost to the US dollar index, which closed the session largely unchanged. Although the USD did see a big 0.7 per cent gain against the Japanese yen as the rally in oil prices and the drop in the VIX reduced demand for safe haven assets.

4. Aussie dollar: The Aussie dollar lost 0.06 per cent to US$0.7616, but it dropped to an intra-session low of US$0.7593 immediately after the ISM PMI release. More serious drops in the Aussie dollar are being protected by the rally we’ve seen in commodities. But should commodities prices pullback the prospect of a December rate hike from the Fed could start to push the Aussie dollar back to its May levels of US$0.72-0.73.

5. Energy:  WTI oil moves to within a hair’s breadth of the key US$50 level closing at US49.74. Although given the huge burst in supply we saw after oil popped above US$50 last time it does seem like it’s difficult to sustain these levels without a more comprehensive supply cut deal.

6. Equities: The gains in the oil market were the main driver of the S&P 500’s 0.6 per cent gain. The oil price gain helped see the energy sector rally 1.8 per cent to be the best performer, closely followed by a 1.6 per cent gain in financials after rate hike expectations continued to firm up. On Wall St, Dow +0.7%, S&P 500 +0.6%, Nasdaq +0.6%. In New York, BHP +2.2%, Rio +2.2%. In Europe, Stoxx 50 -0.1%, FTSE -0.6%, CAC -0.3%, DAX -0.3%

7. Commodities: The 0.7 per cent gain in the Bloomberg Commodity Index was primarily driven by oil, but copper also saw a 0.2 per cent bounce. And despite the strong US data, the gold price managed to close the session relatively unchanged.

8. Japan: Most of the Asia-Pacific markets look set to open higher. But the 0.7 per cent drop in the Japanese yen will be welcomed by Japanese equities, which look set to open 0.8 per cent higher.

What happened yesterday

Gold stocks had a horrific session on Wednesday, leading the market’s fall after the precious metal nosedived on fears of US interest rate rises and a nearing taper of European Central Bank stimulus.

The All Ordinaries Gold sub-index lost 6.4 per cent, or around $3 billion in value, as the volatile sector suffered its worst day in five months.

An article by Bloomberg claiming the European Central Bank was considering unwinding its €80 billion monthly buying program sent financial markets into a tailspin, even though the report was not confirmed.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each fell 0.6 per cent to 5452.9 points and 5537 points respectively.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Lopeti Timani edges out Leroy Houston for Wallabies No.8 jersey against Argentina

London: The Wallabies will experiment with their sixth back-row combination and seventh second-row pairing this year with Michael Cheika resisting the urge to hand Leroy Houston a starting jersey, instead giving the No.8 spot to Lopeti Timani for Australia’s clash against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).
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The only other change to the starting side – keeping in mind Sean McMahon is no longer there because of an ankle injury – is Rory Arnold who replaces Rob Simmons in the second row.

It will be Timani’s first start for the Wallabies after making his one other appearance off the bench in the Pumas game in Perth last month.

Houston looked to be in contention to make his Wallabies debut, but he won’t know his fate until later in the week as Cheika mulls over whether to go with a 6-2 or 5-3 split on the bench. But the Wallabies coach has given a good indication Houston will make the match-day 23.

“With the profile of the other players we have – like the sixes who are more the jumping-type sixes – that ball-carrying, Wycliff Palu-style No.8 is something that we want to have as well,” said Cheika of Timani.

“Leroy is quite an abrasive runner as well so there’s a great opportunity to see how he’ll go with the step up.”

This will be the Wallabies’ sixth different back-row combination from nine Tests this year, during which seven players have been used.

Arnold will make his first start since the England Test in Melbourne alongside Adam Coleman, Australia’s seventh combination this year in what can only be described as a revolving door of pairings.

Cheika said Arnold had ripped in at training this week and felt he was finding some form.

“He’s just been aggressive; his lineout jumping has really improved, his mobility and ball carrying … and every time he’s come onto the field from the bench he’s made an impact as a finisher,” Cheika said. “I just think it’s a real opportunity for him. He started playing rugby late so he’s maturing into the role. It’s more opportunities for guys to say ‘I’m a starter here’.”

The Wallabies won’t name their final bench until Friday, but the key battles for spots will be between props Tom Robertson and Allan Alaalatoa and second-rowers Kane Douglas and Simmons.

“Allan has come back in and scrummed very well,” Cheika said. “Tom’s done well since he’s been in, too. It’s good competition and, again, we’ve got a couple of older blokes who have been in there and are now starting to see some younger guys come in and compete.”

Aside from the chopping and changing in the forwards, Cheika will stick with the same back line for the fourth game in a row in a real sign of confidence things are going well there.

Then there is the usual front-row crew of Scott Sio, captain Stephen Moore and Sekope Kepu who know they will need to be sharper at scrum time if they are to hold off an ever-improving Argentina pack with revenge on their minds after losing 36-20 to the Wallabies in Perth.

Cheika believed the Wallabies would bounce back from their eight-point loss in Pretoria based on the attitude of players at training this week.

“Already I can see from last week’s game and the disappointment of what happened, there is a different attitude in certain guys around some of the technical things that maybe they didn’t realise until it took a game where we should’ve won – and lost – to affect them,” Cheika said. “Only experience can teach guys that.”

Wallabies XV to play Argentina: Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rory Arnold, Rob Simmons, Dean Mumm, Michael Hooper, Lopeti Timani, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Reece Hodge, Bernard Foley, Samu Kerevi, Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Looking at Local Landcare

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The Compost on the Farm workshop, held in conjunction with Agriwest and ANL, onOctober14at Adavale Lane Community Hall,9.30am start. This is an opportunity for landholders to learn more about the benefits of large scale composting to improve soil health.

There is a particular focus on the chemical, physical and biological properties that help to make up a healthy soil and how compost manages to address many of these areas that are lacking in our soils today.

We are fortunate to have agronomists Roger Crisp from Australian Native Landscapes and Guy Webb from Agriwest to provide more detail about work that they have been undertaking in this area.

We will also be having a look at the NorthParkes Mine Farm to see how they have been using compost and attendees will have a chance to talk with Matthew Burkitt, Farm Manager at NorthParkes Mine.

As a bonus, ANL are offering 25 percentoff Nitrohumus compost for attendees. In addition to this, CWLL will be offering microbial soil testing for attendees who will be trailing compost as part of our Re-balancing Our Landscapes program which is also providing other opportunities to our members over the next two years, with free or discounted workshops for landholders who are involved.

The Compost on the Farm workshop is free,includingmorning tea and lunch! RSVP is essential to me. Details below.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count betweenOctober 17-23.We are running three activities, including our main walk onOctober 15 where we will draw on the expertise of the Lachlan Valley Branch of the National Parks Association on their walk at Gunning Gap. Walkers are asked to meet at Forbes Railway Station at 9.15am.

The Gunning Gap walk is an easy five kilometres. Please contact walk leader, Peter Cannon on 02 6866 1225 the evening before the walk.

Bring food,water, suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A good pair of binoculars and a fold up chair is also recommended.

Our second and third ‘Bird Week’ activities are focused on school aged children in Parkes and Forbes. An after school on October 17 in Parkes, meeting at the park at the bottom of Memorial Hill. We will have a representative from Parkes Shire Council to talk with us about the increased habitat on Memorial Hill through the work that has been completed over the last two years.

October 18 we will be holding our Forbes Kids Bird Walk at the Bird Hide at Gum Swamp, again, commencing at 4pm with a talk on the Painted Snipe Project that is being undertaken at the Swamp to increase bird habitat.

Please note that a parent or caregiver must be present with children at both of these walks.For all events above, please RSVP on6862 4914, text me on 0418 611 053 or email [email protected]南京夜网.Visit 梧桐夜网centralwestlachlanlandcare.org.Until next week, happy Landcaring!

Bird Week: Activities are focused on school aged children in Parkes doing bird week. 2015 Kid’s Bird ID walk.

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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

PHOTOS | Dedication rewarded as volunteers acknowledged

Giving back: 2016 Sydney South Volunteer of the Year Award and Student of the Year Award winner, Lucas Di Cicco. Picture: Chris LaneFrom thousands of nominations across NSW, these volunteers havean inspirationalstory to tell.
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Group effort: Volunteers from 3 Bridges Community with their team award. Picture: Chris Lane

People who gave up their time to help others in theircommunities were acknowledged for their dedication at an awards ceremony on October 6at Tradies Club Gymea.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering, a non-profit peak body forvolunteering in NSW.

Awards are supported by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Clubs NSW.

St George and Sutherland Shire volunteers were recognised for their outstanding contribution at the 10th annual awards.

The top award was won byLucas Di Cicco, of South Hurstville,who received the overall 2016 Sydney South Volunteer of the Year Award and the Student Volunteer of the Year Award.

The year 12studentwas recognisedfor his work with the Matthew Talbot Hostel at Woolloomooloo, anestablishment for homeless men, which is run by the StVincent de Paul Society.

Lucas, 17, gave up his spare time to make a contribution by helping people feel a sense of belonging through a simple chat or over a coffee or tea.

The team award was won by early years support service,3 Bridges Community Centre.

It provides avital early intervention program for isolated mothers.

Team volunteers support familieswho may be experiencing vulnerabilities includingpost-natal depression, anxiety orill health/disability, or women with multiple babies or those fromdefence families.

They alsohelp with doctor or counselling appointments or shopping, give sleep deprived mums some in-house respite, link the mother with community groups includingplaygroup, offer information and resources, share parenting wisdom and experiences andassist with household organisation.

Senior Volunteer of the Year (65+ years), Fat Leong, 92, of Carlton,was acknowledgedfor volunteering for theChinese Australian Services Society.

Since he migrated to Australia in the early 1980s, Mr Leongstarted to teach Tai Chi for the public in Woodville Park, Hurstville, to helpsocially isolated seniors who have been marginalised because of language barriers.

He promotes active ageing and healthy lifestyle, environment care, harmony and acceptance of diverse culture.

Youth Volunteer of the Year(up to 24 years) isMaxima Ayoub, 20, of Penshurst,who has volunteered forWesley Counselling Services for the past three years, assisting with administrative duties.

Youth Volunteer of the Year, Maxima Ayoub, 20, of Penshurst, and Valerie Hoogstad, of The Centre for Volunteering. Picture: supplied

The accounting and psychology student alsovolunteers at Lifeline.

Adult Volunteer of the Year, Kulendran Anaimugan, 58, of Lugarno, and Helen Rogers, of the Department of Family & Community Services. Picture: supplied

Adult Volunteer of the Year(25 – 64 years) isKulendran Anaimugan, 58, of Lugarno, who volunteers withThe Exodus Foundation.

MrAnaimugan has been involvedwith the foundation for three years as an IT and database assistance.

All regional winners will be in the running for the overall NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, which will beannounced on December 2.

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