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February 20th, 2019 by admin

Home gutted by fire

A shocking house fire has completely gutted a Grenfell home this morning in what police describe as a lucky escape for the occupant.
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The family home in Monger Street was ignited in the early hours of this morning at approximately 3.00am.

The female occupant was awoken by a smoke alarm and was forced to crawl herself to safety, thankfully there are no injuries as a result.

The female occupant was home alone while her husband was out of town when anelectric heater caught fire to a blanket in the rear of the propertysending the majority of the houseup in flames.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

Police will conduct their initial investigations but have stated that there areno suspicious circumstances and will file a report.

Grenfell Sargent, Michael Madgwick, said “It goes to show people the importance of smoke alarms and how they do save lives, it was a lucky escape for this occupant and had there not been a working smoke alarm installed we could have been faced with a tragic outcome”

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

The family home in Monger St was completely gutted by fire.

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February 20th, 2019 by admin

He’s taking the lead

SNAPSHOT: Sergeant Peter Foran, of Bathurst Highway Patrol, with Macalister Heath-Pearce, 9, from Crudine. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 100516cparad1TALK about being given a different perspective.
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Young Macalister Heath-Pearce, who features in today’s snapshot, enjoyed a ride in the lead police vehicle in Wednesday’s Supercars Driver and Transporter Parade.

It’s one thing to see the annual parade from William Street, but not too many people get to experience the parade from out on the road in one of the vehicles.

Parade assumes it was an experience Macalister won’t soon forget.

Springa surpriseBATHURST in spring can be a shock even for regular visitors.

Parade had his lunch in Kings Parade on Wednesday, where he got talking to a couple of race fanswho arecamping up on the Mount with their kids.

Through a couple of minutes of conversation, Parade established their background: they hail from the SunshineCoast, come to Bathurst each year and have done so for many years, and were recently at the Deniliquin Ute Muster (where they said the mud was calf-deep after all the rain in southern NSW).

What got Parade, though, was the fact the Bathurst weather can still spring a surprise.

“It’s been quite cold, hasn’t it?” the male half of the racing fan couple asked Parade, looking a bit unhappy about the fact.

Parade agreed that it had been a tad crisp in the mornings.

“It’s 28 degrees on the Sunshine Coast today,” the racing fanadded wistfully, staring off into the distance.

Well, you can’t have everything.

The Sunshine Coast has the sun, but Bathurst has the Mount, so that makes the two about even.

Coastal charmPARADE stayed on the Sunshine Coast while on a driving trip many years ago, getting a room for the night at a ramshackle motel with louvres for ventilation and ancient fans on the ceiling that did not much more than push the hot air around.

Parade remembers there was a boat in the backyard with three-foot weeds growing up around its hull. On the boat’s side were these words: HASTEN SLOWLY.

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February 20th, 2019 by admin

Festival revisits the past

The floral parade in 1970.Beginning life as the InverellFloral Festival 60 years ago, the Sapphire City Festival was established in 1956, after a public appeal for an annual event from themayor at the time.
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A competition was run to name the festival.

“It was actually named by Miss Gwen Campbell (nowMcGregor), who subsequently became our first queen, back in 1961,” festival committee publicity officer Peter Caddey said.

The well-loved event may have been inspired by the earlier Wool and Harvest Festival of North Western Slopes, which began in 1951, but was abandoned in 1955, likely due to severe flooding.

As the tradition continues, the committee is keen to remember the past, and have invited the festival’s string of monarchs to return for a civic reception on Saturday, October 22.

“We’re hoping to get as many ofthe previous queen winners as we possibly can,” Peter said.

“We’ve had a lot of responses from those queens, who’ve all said it’s been wonderful being able to reminisce.”Locals wishing to revisit their festival memories are invited to visit Tourism Inverell to see a collection of photographs and old programs.

Despite the cancellation of the mayoral ball and afternoon tea with the queens, this weekend will still be full of festival events.

Inverell Community Gardens will host farmers markets on Saturday morning, whilebowling and golf tournamentsrun through the day, along with Individual Ability Supports’ spring fashion parade. The Sapphire City River Run will take off on Sunday.

“There’s so many diverse activities for people to take part in. Most of them are free – there is some that you might need to pay an entrance fee for, but there’s really something for every member of the family,” Peter said.

Queen entrants will receivetheir sashes at the Communicator of the Year on October 14. The festivities will culminate with the parade and Saturday spectacular on October 22.

For more information, visit the tourism centre.

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February 20th, 2019 by admin

Wet weather is far from over

Major event: Major flooding of the Lachlan River forced Forbes residents to evacuate. A remarkable mid-year wet spell has caused widespread and prolonged flooding across inland NSW, which is far from over.
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NSW hasexperienced its wettest September on record, withthree times its long-term average rainfall for the month. Most of this rain fell west of the ranges. Close to average falls were observed along the eastern seaboard.

The sodden month helped produce riverine flooding through a number of inland river catchments from the North West Slopes and Plains down to the Riverina. One of the standout events was major flooding in the Lachlan River, which forced Forbes residents to leave their houses.

September will go down in the state’s history as a significantly wet month, although it can’t be solely blamed for the floodsthat continueto grip inland catchments.

NSW has now experienced above average rainfall for five consecutive months. This included the state’s wettest May in 16 years, third wettest June on record and the third wettest winter on record. As a result, catchments west of the Divide were already saturated before the wettest September on record had even started.

The string of wet months was caused primarily by above average sea surface temperatures surrounding northern and eastern Australia and the strongest negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) in recorded history. Warm water at the surface of the ocean causes more moisture to enter the atmosphere through evaporation, providing extra fuel for rain-bearing systems crossing the country.

The rest of this week will be generally dry before rain returns next week with the passage of a front.

As we move further into the second month of spring, we are still being influenced by the negative IOD and warmer-than-usual waters to Australia’s north and east.As a result, rainfall is expected to remain above average across inland NSW during October.

Climate models suggest more typical conditions are favoured in November as the IOD gradually weakens into late spring.

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February 20th, 2019 by admin

Youth given opportunities

What do young people living in south west Sydney need the most?
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A belief in themselves,a supportive group of family and friends,quality education to pursue the right career,and ultimately, a positive mindset.

After this, the possibilities are endless.

This is what staff atThe Junction Works believesand it is what theyare working towards with the young people in Claymore and other communities within the Campbelltown area.

The Junction Works has been motivating young people in south-west Sydney for 30 years throughactivities, leadership programs and one-on-one support.

The Junction Works CEO, Chris Campbell, said that untilnow, most of theyouth activities have taken place in Liverpool.

“However earlier this year, we partnered with Family and Community Services (FACS) to increase our activity within the Campbelltown area,” he said.

“We have young, passionate and professional staff who are driven to share their ideas, support young people in distressand help themto develop the know-how and resourcesto achieve their hopes and aspirations.”

Teenagers between 13 to 17 cansee thecreative youth team at Claymore Community Centre. TheYouth Clicks group runs after school every Thursday, providing opportunities for young people to unwind, catch up with friends, meet new people, get involved inactivities or seekassistance.

Details: Visit梧桐夜网thejunctionworks.org or phone 8777 0500.

Visit TJW Youth Clicks on Facebook to find out more about the opportunities they offer to young people.

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January 20th, 2019 by admin

Perfecting your Performance

Champion Bush Poet Robyn Sykes will be teaching how to perform poetry with style and presence
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Champion Bush Poet Robyn Sykes asks: “Have you ever heard a poet read insuch a monotone that their poems missed their mark?

“Will your own listeners appreciate and remember your poems long after thereading has concluded? Want your words to have the impact they deserve?”

In her Perfecting your Performance workshops, Robyn Sykes will show howyou can adapt performance techniques to attract and hold the audience’sattention.

Active exercises will help turn the theory into practice and lift thestandard of your readings or performances.

These half-day workshops – in Yass and Binalong – are for poets plucking upcourage to begin their public presentations, as well as those who have beenreading or performing for a while but would like to improve their skills andconnection with the audience.

Attendees are asked to bring along one ormore poems, which will be used to apply the skills discussed.

Topics covered include Intuitive Introductions, Emphasizing Emphasis,Inflection Indicators, Periodic Pace, Varying Volume, Definite Diction,Graduated Gestures and Calibrated Conclusions.

“Participants will gain confidence and skills, allowing them to build bridgeswith their audience during their public presentations,” Robyn Sykes said

Perfecting your Performance will be held on Sunday October 16 at YassCommunity Centre, 9am – 11.30am, and Binalong at the Black Swan Gallery,Burley Griffin Way (Stephen Street), 1.30pm – 4pm.

Bookings are essential. Cost: $10 or $5 pensioner concession.

The Perfecting your Performance workshops are part of Poetry•Prose•Placecoordinated by Lizz Murphy and presented by the Binalong Arts Group Inc(BAG).


Poetry in Place will culminate in a public poetry performance at TootsieFineArt andDesign, 289 Comur Street, Yass on October 30, 12.30 pm for 1 pm until3 pm and in a feature at Binalong’s next Brush with Poetry in November.

Participants in the Autumn and Spring Poetry in Place workshops will beinvited to perform. It will be a shared mike event with everyone welcome.

Thank you

BAG thanks Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) for its support.Poetry•Prose•Place is supported by Arts NSW’s Country Arts SupportProgram, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSWand local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government.

Please feel free to contact Robyn Sykes for more information [email protected]南京夜网 or 6227 4377

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January 20th, 2019 by admin

LETTER: Airport would be worse

NO ESCAPE: Reader Laurie Eyes said the problems posed by a regional airport at Warnervale would exceed those created by a coalmine. Picture: Glenn HuntBY the standards quoted by Central Coast Council administrator Ian Reynolds in relation to the Wallarah 2 coalmine (“More worries over mine”,Lakes Mail, September 22), he should not even be looking at his airport that will impact the residents and environment severely.
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TheLakes Mailquotes Mr Reynolds saying: “Council is concerned about the impact of this proposed rail loop on surrounding residents particularly in relation to noise and air quality which were not adequately addressed in this proposal.”

And this:“There has been no proper assessment done onthe effects on local flora and fauna, the visual impact and dust mitigation and the overall community impact.”

And finally, this: “Our concerns relating to the effect on the drinking water catchment, environment and residential areas of the mine operation remain.”

Administrator Reynolds’s Warnervale Airport sits right on Porters Creek Wetland, part ofthe drinking water catchment for the Central Coast.

There will be no escaping the horrendous noise impacts from the administrator’sB737’s. Nor will there be any escaping the destruction of native vegetation and fauna,includingecologically endangered communities, an impact not considered at all by council in their secret airportdeliberations.

Air quality will alsobe adversely impacted by the airport as the kerosene fumes settle on surrounding homes and people and the visual impact of B737 jets flying low over thousands of Central Coast homes could hardly be consideredminor.

Administrator Reynolds’s concern for the impacts of the Wallarah 2 mine are laudable, however the impacts from his very own airport will be far worse.

– Laurie Eyes, Wyong

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January 20th, 2019 by admin

Crash mother ‘guilty’

FATAL SCENE: The wreckage of the Nissan Pulsar on the New England Highway near Willow Tree on August 17, 2015. Photo: SuppliedA former Gunnedah motherhas pleaded guilty to the dangerous driving death of her own daughter after a crash south of Tamworth.
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The 21-year-old woman who cannot be named for legal reasons was visibly upset as she entered pleas of guilty during an arraignment in Tamworth District Court.

Appearing via video link from Silverwater Correctional Centre, the woman pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning the death of her two-year-old girl, on August 17, last year.

The woman, who previously lived in Gunnedah,also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to her 11-month-old son.

Judge Jeffrey McLennan accepted the pleas but was told the agreed facts were not ready to be tendered.

The woman’ssolicitor, StephenO’Reilly, requested the matter be transferred to Sydney for sentence becausethe woman’s instructing barrister was based there, and his client was being held on remand at a Sydney prison.

Judge McLennanquestioned if there was any reason why the case should not be heard in Sydney, but Mr O’Reilly indicated the family did not object to the case being moved.

“In the absence of any competing interests of transferring it to Sydney it is a perfectly good reason,” Judge McLennan said, formally refusing bail.

The crown indicated to the court that once a plea was entered to a charge of driving while disqualified,the other sequences would be withdrawn.

The guilty pleas comejust days after the 21-year-old was due to stand trial on charges from the fatal crash,near Willow Tree last year.

On Friday, two family members sitting in the back of the courtroom waved to the woman when she appeared on screen and appeared upset as they left the court precinct.

The woman, who was on route from Gunnedah to the Hunter Valley,allegedly lost control of the sedan before the car left the road and crashed.The impact of the crash claimed the life of the little girl, who police allege was seated in the front seat without a proper restraint.

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January 20th, 2019 by admin

Volunteers called on for forest revival

GREEN THUMB: Katherine Willis helps plant 500 trees at the Harrington Forest planting day. A new bushcare group, that protects Harrington Forest, launches on October 16.
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A newbushcare group is calling on you to protect the unique Harrington Parkecosystem in the age of the urban sprawl.

Harrington Forest Bushcare group is calling for as many enthusiasticvolunteers as possible to join its launch on October 16, from 9am to 12pm, near the entrance to the forest on Scanlon Crescent, Harrington Park.

Camden Council Bushcare Officer Grant Dellleads the launch and offers his expert knowledge as volunteers get a taste for what’s involved.

Bush Mates Project Manager Margot Law said the rare and beautiful endangered ecosystem was home toan array of native wildlife including wallaroos, tree frogs and tiny microbats and that it was a great opportunity to learn about bush regeneration.

“Bushcare groups are a fantastic way to develop community pride inour local environment, get outdoors and meet your neighbours,” Ms Law said.

“You don’t need any experience to join a Bushcare group, and you can gain a lot of fantastic new skills along the way.”

The group will meet monthly and organisers expect at least five to 10volunteers each meeting to help with surveys, weeding and regeneration work.

To volunteer phone Mr Dell on 4645 5048 or [email protected]论坛. To RSVP to the launch of the group, visit梧桐夜网bushmates.org419论坛/events.

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January 20th, 2019 by admin

Lambie’s welfare clincher

Evidence from a trial of a cashless debit card stopping welfare recipients buying alcohol or gambling has convinced Jacqui Lambie it could bring positive results in Tasmania and nationally.
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Tasmanian Senator Lambie has been supportive of a debit card for welfare recipients for some time.

Jacqui Lambie

She has now prepared a report explaining her support for a well executed roll-out ofthe card, based on what she learned during visits to the trial site; Ceduna, in South Australia.

However, she has tied her support to fiveconditions.


That the Turnbull Government forgive Tasmania’s public housing debt (about $190 million in late 2015), repayment of which takes about half of Tasmania’s public housing allocation from Canberra which could otherwise be spent on newhousing;Tasmania becoming payroll tax free, potentially leading to an influx of bigger businesses and encouraging growth of medium-sized and large Tasmanian businesses;laws giving parents the right to force drug addicted children into detox programs; andmajor TAFE system reform; and$200,000 for a feasibility study into a fast catamaran service across Bass Strait.Senator Lambie, a former welfare recipient, said most MPshad “ no understanding of what it’s like to do it tough, to be forced, through no faultof their own, to scrimp, save and struggle, just to get through to the next payday”.

“The potential for harmful unintended consequences is greatif the roll-out of this card is not managed well,” she said.

“However, after visiting the trial site… twice now and listening to many different views from the community, I believe that under the right conditions, the cashless Healthy Welfare Card would work anywhere in Australia, including Tasmania.”

She said visits to Ceduna’s hospital had dropped by 20 per cent since the card was introduced, and police believed sexual assaults and violent crimes generally had decreased.

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