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March 20th, 2019 by admin

MAPPED: Crime in the Wimmera

Crime rates soar in all police areasLisa Neville defends police investment | videoInvest in our police | KealyZoom out and click on the markers to find out the number of crimes committed in each suburb from July 2015 to June 2016, and the % increase from the previous 12 months. “Crimes against the person” include assault, sexual offences, robbery and stalking.
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MUNICIPALITIES across the Wimmera have seen anincrease in crime in the past year.

Superintendent Paul Margetts said the risein statistics, from July 2015 to June this year, was due to an increase in reporting.

He said public engagement campaigns had succeededin getting small communities to report unlawful behaviour to police.

Nhill had a 325 per cent increase in thefts from last year, with 51 recorded. Meanwhile,Balmoral recorded a 900 per cent increase in crimes against the person, with 10 incidents recorded.

Halls Gap had 13 burglaries in the year, an increase of 550 per cent.

Ararat had a 13.3 per cent increase in crimes against the person, with 333 reported.

The city experienceda 72.4 per cent increase of burglaries with 50 recorded, but a 38 per cent decrease in drug offences, with only 62 reported.

Horsham recorded 499 crimes against the person, a four per cent increase. However,instances of burglaries, thefts and drug offences all decreased compared with last year.

Crimes against the person and drug offences were down in Stawell, butburglaries increased 72.4 per cent with 50 reported.

Thefts and public order offences also increased inStawell.


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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Wallabies must take chances in attack against Argentina, says Will Genia

Need to convert opportunities into points: Will Genia passes against South Africa. Photo: Gallo ImagesLondon: Wallabies halfback Will Genia says Australia must take its chances in attack more than they did in Pretoria or risk being undone by a determined Argentina side at Twickenham on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).
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Genia expressed the backline’s overwhelming sense of disappointment that so much quality ball could not be turned into points during the Wallabies’ 18-10 defeat to the Springboks last week.

The Wallabies have scored fewer points per game (17.2) than any other team in the Rugby Championship.

Apart from the two All Blacks games, they have had a reasonable share of field position, with critics saying they lack finishing polish.

Against Argentina in Perth, the Wallabies scored three tries in a frenetic opening 12 minutes and Genia says that needs to happen again if they are any chance of getting over the line in London.

“It sounds simple but [we] just [have to] look to take points when we’re inside their 22,” Genia said. “If you look back at that game in that first 10-15 minutes when we had that possession in their 22, we came away with points. If we can take our points when they’re on offer, we know that we can trust our defence to shut them out. The onus is on us as a backline to execute a little bit better. If we can do that we give ourselves every chance of winning and winning well.”

On a personal note, Genia has been one of the shining lights for the Wallabies in recent weeks.

His service has been crisp and decision-making when to attack the line has resulted in a number of handy line breaks that has put the Wallabies on the front foot.

However the overpowering message from Genia is that the Wallabies are simply not making the most of the ball they have had. Whether it be because a lack of skills, a dip in confidence in what has been a miserable year, or not having high-quality structures in place, he says it cannot continue.

“At certain times in games we haven’t been executing our skills well enough and that takes away from putting us into scoring positions or scoring plays,” Genia said. “If we can concentrate well on the process, and do that right throughout the 80 minutes consistently, I think the result will take care of itself more often than not. We’ll come out on the right side of the score.”

The nostalgia of Twickenham Stadium and the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington has hit those Wallabies who were apart of the World Cup campaign last year.

A string of five consecutive games there has the Wallabies feeling like Saturday will be just another home game but an evening time slot is a little different to what they were used to this time last year.

“Nice to come back and have those memories lingering,” Genia said. “The other thing is we are under no illusions it’s going to be tough and we aren’t relying on it being a comfortable venue for us or that there is any advantage in that.

“We’ll be working hard and getting stuck in. Maybe it means it will be a bit more dewy and the ball a bit slippery. It will be something a little different but the big atmosphere is something to always look forward to.”

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Melbourne weather: winter one day, summer the next

A cyclist sleeps on a bed of daisies in the sun at Elwood. Photo: Leigh Henningham Flowers in bloom must be a sign of spring. Photo: Leigh Henningham
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It’s a swan family outing at Albert Park Lake. Photo: Leigh Henningham

Cast aside those scarves, coats and umbrellas Melburnians.

The city has taken extreme pity on her long-suffering, vitamin-D-deficient residents and has decided to part the clouds, if only for a day.

The mercury is set to climb to 26 degrees today.

(Yes, we’re excited.)

It’s not often we extend gratitude to our northern cousins, but it’s warmer air from NSW that is responsible for the welcome change.

However, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon says the transition will not be instant.

“It may take a little while for that temperature to really rise,” he warned.

“It will be a cool start, 12 degrees [was] the overnight low.”

Come lunchtime however, it will be time to take off the cardigan, expose those arms and bask in the sunshine.

“It won’t be until the middle of the day we will see the northerly wind and that will send the temperature into the 20s … and then peaking late in the afternoon,” Mr Carlyon said.

The warm conditions are set to last late into the night, with the temperatures in the 20s for most of the evening.

It may come as a shock to Melburnians who this week have become accustomed to dodging freak (but brief) hail storms, bursts of torrential rain and gale-force winds throughout the day.

So has spring finally sprung?

Not quite.

The wintry chill will return tomorrow.

“We are expecting a top of 24 degrees on Friday, but it will be cooler in the afternoon after a front has moved through, ” Mr Carlyon said.

“So the warm weather will be relatively short-lived.”

On Saturday, Melburnians can expect a low of 12 degrees and a top of 18.

“It bounces again on Sunday, back to 23 degrees,” Mr Carlyon said.

He said it will be downhill from there, with a top of 17 on Monday, while Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures around 16 degrees.

Back to winter next week

It will be a similar pattern in the rest of the state.

Mildura is set to hit a top of 29 degrees on Thursday.

“But everywhere from Monday to Wednesday will be 13 to 17 degrees,” Mr Carlyon said.

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

Community supports Manning family’s journey

MAMMOTH JOURNEY: Karen and Jamie Manning before starting their month-long trip from Tilpa to Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEThe Nyngan community has rallied behind one man and his marathon journey across western NSW.
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Jamie Manning, along with his wife Karen and three children, is riding horses from Tilpa to Dubbo to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity Limbs4Life, which provides information and support to amputees.

It’s a cause close to Mr Manning’s heart.

“What they do is they provide peer supportto amputees by other amputees and information like wound care,” he said.

“Ihad a car accident in 2014 where the car caught alight, I was trapped in the car and I was lucky to survive.

“Due to the bad infections they had to amputate to save my life. Ilost all the fingers on my left hand and I also lost my left leg.

“It’sbeen a long journey learning to ride and so fourth but Iworked with horses all my life so Imade it a goal to do so.”

Mr Manning started out from Tilpa on September 17 and had planned to spend 22 days on the road.

But inundated roads and persistent rain across western NSW has made some roads un-passable, adding about a week to the journey.

The family rides about 20 to 25 kilometres each day, and on Tuesday, October 4 they reached Nyngan.

Mr Manning said theresponse they’ve received from people along the way has been remarkable.

“We’ve been welcomed with open arms. Once you start to do something good all the good peoplecome out of thewoodwork and everyone wants to help us out,” he said.

“We stayed at the pony club at Cobar for quite a few nights and then Nyngan showground [and]the old school [in]Nevertire.

“It’shumbling…it’s a credit to themhow generous they are and friendly, always wanting to stop and have a yarn.”

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March 20th, 2019 by admin

At the mercy of the roll out

Kate MacMaster and Daniel Neuhaus from Trader and Co. Photo: Jessica Cole Yass Valley businesses are feeling the frustration of the ‘patchy’ and ‘uncertain’ National Broadband Networkroll out, as the FederalGovernment’s 18 month plan is nearly in its second year.
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“For a company that works on connecting communication, they aren’t very good at communicating,”Kate MacMaster, co-owner of the newly established Trader and Co said.

“We are unsure whether they will be bringing the fixed line networkup the side streets or just running it down the main street. We have tried to find this out but have had no response.”

Trader and Co was designed asan inclusive social enterprise committed to giving back to the community, both locally and globally.

The concept was to create anecosystem where startups can establish connections,independent workers can build networks and grow without the overheads that come with traditional office space.

“We advertise for a place where people can come to work without the challenges of slow or patchy internet,” she continued.

“While the NBN will provide faster internet for all residents, connecting to the fixed linemakes it 10 times as fast.

“We just have no idea whether they have considered this, we have had no consultation and our business requires the high speed internet, as does many other businesses not on the main street.”

Trader and Co owners pay large amounts to provide wireless internet totheir customers, yet they are still faced with patchy and uncertain connection.

An NBN Co spokeswoman said about820 homes and businesses in parts of Binalong, Bowning and Yass can already connect through fixed wireless network.

“Work is also set to begin in the next month or so to connect another 410 premises in Mt Manton and Mt Bowning,” she said.

“Around 350 homes and businesses will be able to connect in January and the additional 60 mid-next year through our fixed wireless network.”

“In addition, construction is currently underway to connect around 2800 homes and businesses in Yass to our fixed line network. They should be able to begin connecting in November.”

A total of 985,468 premises in NSW, and more than 3.1 million premises around Australia, are now NBN ready.

“Whatever the technology, making the switch to fast and reliable broadband is not automatic,” she continued.

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A NBN Co spokeswomansuggested thatonce residents and businesses have checked their eligibility they should then contact their preferred phone or internet provider to discuss their needs and make the switch.

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