May 20th, 2019 by admin

Letters to the editor

Leave the Dark Ages behind YOUTH PERSPECTIVE: The Mobile Movie Fest on this weekend offers the views of Tenterfield’s younger residents, such as Angela Moore filming here.

I write with the intention of stimulating some regional public debate on the subject of religion. Not only the role it assumes in an enlightened society, but also the means by which some institutions choose to share their particular world view.

Let me start by saying I have my own personal take on the mysteries of The Universe, but feel no need to expand on them. I also believe that religious faith, doctrine and practise provides for many people a powerful and positive force. And I fully support and respect those rights.

However, as citizens of a progressive country we are well on our way to separating out spiritual beliefs from the processes of governmental decision making. On the forefront of our national agenda the hot issues of voluntary euthanasia and gay marriage are playing out, serving to demonstrate that educated people will no longer have the foundation of their morality informed by other peoples spiritual beliefs.

I live in thesmall country town of Tenterfield in northern NSW and on Friday received an envelope marked HOUSEHOLDER. On the back of the letter was a small printed sticker with the name and address of a person in Lismore NSW. There was a flyer inside urging me to STOP! in red capitalised letters.

To cut a long story short the flyer was adorned with childish cartoons which sought to illustrate the ‘message’ of eternal hellfire and damnation if a certain belief system was not adopted.

My initial reaction was to pen back to Mr Fuller of Lismore something along the following lines….HOUSEHOLDER…STOP! I believe that aliens from the galaxy Endometria, colonised planet Earth 100 million years ago! I have some new ‘’íntelligence’’ and feel duty bound and compelled to drive around the district letterbox dropping in order to save others from the coming alien invasion…”

A flippant response? Yes, yet one which was probably deserved. Instead, putting my penchant for the ridiculous aside, I was moved to contemplate the responsibility we all have in a world where fundamental ideologies are at play, wreaking so much disunity, damage, destruction and suffering.

The flyer in question and an enclosed biblical extract were stamped by the Baptist church in Stanthorpe, a Queensland village just 40 km away over the border. In a country where integration of people from all colour and creeds is a high profile topical challenge, I strongly believe it is incumbent upon all of us, to put it out there that decisions based on irrational fears have no place in a modern society.

I would pose two questions.

Is this approach supported by the Baptist church in general, or is it a localised error of judgement? If not, how do mainstream Christians and secular members of our community respond to this form of soliciting?

Is it acceptable to condone such a stance from a high profile church in Australia when we ask people of other religions to modify and examine their own practises to reflect the wider community values in this country?

In the name of enlightenment and freedom from fear based hysteria, let’s leave the Dark old Days behind us. Together.

Lynn Patterson,TenterfieldToo big and intimidating?At the conclusion of the Royal Commission into the unions there were appropriate charges laid against the malefactors. The same government is now savaging the banks with an intense three days of questioning.

Those ‘naughty’ bankers look to be punished with a slap on the wrist with a wet tram ticket. Mr Narve of the CBA must be shaking in his boots.What we need is a serious Royal Commission into banking, and not only to investigate banking practices and charges, but how all their loans are created in the first place. People still don’t know, even in these “enlightened” times, how the banking system works, and they need to be told.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Waiting longer in new hospital

Recent figures show longer wait times and a dramatic increase in patients at Bega’s embattled new hospital.

On Wednesday, NSW Shadow Minister for HealthWalt Secord and Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kellyvisited the South East Regional Hospital saying the federal government’scuts to the health budget were having a negativeeffect on the $187million facility.

Mr Secord had been approached by some of SERH’s workers who said it was not properly staffed.

“I’ve spoken to doctors and nurses and they are all saying the same thing about the hospital –it’s under enormous pressure,” he said.

“We have the ludicrous situation where patients are waiting longer in the new hospital than in the old one.”

He was referring to data on Bega’s hospitalsprovided bythe Bureau of Health Information for the periods of April 1 – June 30.

Lastyear 16.9 per cent of patientsspent overfour hours in the emergency department in the Bega District Hospital, but in SERH this year that jumped to24.2 per cent.

The data also showed an increase in patient numbers at the ED. From April to June this year,4003 checked in to SERH, an increase of almost 1000 peoplefrom last year.

By the end of June there were839 patientswaitingfor elective surgery, an almost 13 per cent increase over last year.

While all patients in elective surgery’surgentcategory received surgery within the recommended 30 days, more patients deemed semi or non urgent had to wait beyond their recommended timesat SERH compared to last year’s figures.

For median wait times in elective surgery, gynaecology patients waited64 days compared to 38 last year, cholecystectomy patients had an89 daywait but71 last year, and general surgery patients waited69 days while last year only48.

But there were improvements, such as urology patients waiting30 days compared to 78 last year.

On Wednesday, Dr Kellysaid the critical issue was that the federal government’s cuts to health and hospitals were putting enormous strain on the state government’s budget.

“It is not good enough for [Premier] Mike Baird to pass these budget pressures on to regional health services through cost cutting,” he said.

He said he would get state colleagues onside so they understood the hospital’sproblems and work on providing alternative policies.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Street art given regional twist on grain silos

People like art. They seek it out, travel long distances to see it and revel in its creativity. Itsexpression of the human condition is relatable, leading the individual to reflect on their own space inthe universe.

This is evident in the crowds attending big name exhibitions in our capital cities and the tourism builtaround such events.

The realisation that art can exist in the public domain rather than in columned mausoleums has itsown immediate appeal. When it appears on enormous canvases in a small Victorian Wimmeratownship, it creates an enduring buzz.

Grain production has been important to the Brim community for a long time. However, drought anda diminishing population have tested the community sorely.

The largest structures in the town are its towering decommissioned grain silos. They are symbolic ofthe community. Guido van Helten, a street artist from Brisbane, had had the idea of using a silo as acanvas upon which to depict characters of such a rural context.

Street art has long been in the precincts of urban landscapes. Lane ways and blank walled buildingshave been enlivened with colour and vibe. A few artists like the infamous Banksy have turned publicspaces into artistic statements.

Van Helton has portrayed local characters on the very structures which are most physically dominantin this town and so representative of whom they are and the work they do. This mural featuresstoic, hardworking men of the local grain industry.

They are soiled with the dust of the paddocks,the grime and sweat of their labour is ingrained into their skin. Their heads are turned slightly awayfrom the viewer. Their eyes shaded by hat brims or sunglasses. A collar is turned up against theintensity of this sun drenched clime. Shirts are ruffled and trousers creased. These are not lords ofthe manor; they are the workers, men of the land.

The size of this mural is stunning. The characters are huge in this large landscape in which paddocksrun for miles to the horizon. They cannot be ignored.

The work has created interest far beyond the township and local region. People come simply to seethis pictorial. This one big painting is generating the concept of a 200km “silo art trail”featuring murals painted on silos throughout Victoria’s north-west.

Art can be big. It can illustrate and amplify who we are to the wider world.

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May 20th, 2019 by admin

Bring on summer soccer

Under 13 div 2 grand final.

WITH the soccer season now over and everyone getting the cricket bat out and giving it a bit of oil, some players may still be looking for a kick of the round ball.

CHALLENGING: Wollondilly Under 15s Jordan Gregory protects the ball as Stags Riley Knight turns to challenge him in the division one grand final. Photos: Darryl Fernance.

Summer soccer kicks off on Thursday, October 13, at 5.30pm.

Those players wishing to keep their skills and fitness up need to just turn up and sign up for a team.

Player fees, the draw and by-laws will be given out on the day and the canteen will be open selling refreshments. All you have to do is turn up and if you need more information call Robert Scott Snr on 0407 486 937.

There was a good turn-out last year and it is hoped to have the same number this year, even though we are a bit late getting the information out.

PresentationsAT the recent presentation night, held two days before the grand finals,we could not present the award for Outstanding Services to Soccer/Football,so it was done on Grand Final Day.

It was a very surprised Marulan supporter, Col Glacken, who was called up to the first level of the grandstand to receive this award.

Col Glacken has been around the Marulan Soccer Club longer than any present club members can remember.We believe Col first came to Marulan to work on Ron Brewer’s property and then became heavily involved in the Marulan Soccer Club, coaching, mentoring and most recently as the barbecue chef. I know that is not much to say about someone who has been around 30 or 40 years,but that’s the way it is with someone who just gets on with the job. Well done Col and I am sure we will be having one of your bacon and egg rolls for many years to come.

Excited winnersI HAVE been to many grand finals, but I do not think I have seen a more excited team than the All Age Women’s Division 1 Marulan side,after their 2-1 win over Stags FC.

I had the pleasure of running the presentation and when I said “the Marulan Mums and Bubs are the 2016 Champions”, the roar that went up from the players and their supporters was deafening.

The Marulan team was made up mums and a good mix of younger players with a few under 16 rep players. They always played the game with a smile and the grand final was no different.

Under 16 rep player Charlotte Cox-Barlow came off crutches at the end of last week after her semi finals injury. We wish her afullrecovery.

Marulan Club was formed in 1933 and consisted of mostly English players. The Club has had its ups and downssince, but I feel it is in good hands with teams like this.

Branch repsRHYS Flissinger, Mitchell Jones, Alex Adameitis and Jayden Grey have returned from Griffithafter playing with Southern NSW in the Under 15 State Championships. They are much the wiser for having played soccer at such a higher leveland against top Sydney teams. Southern had a nil-all result against Western and a 2-1 win over top Sydney team Met Far North.

Flissinger, the goalkeeper, pulled off some amazing saves and kept his team in some close results.

Other players Jones, Adameitis and Grey all excelled and were more than up to playing at this level.

Adameitis overcame an injury to his elbow from the local semi finals to play.

Well done, boys; the whole STFAis proud of you.

Well, that is it for On the Ball for this season as it is time to hand over to the summer sports such as cricket.

My thanks go to the Goulburn Post and Darryl Fernance for making room for my dribble during the season. Also thank you to Emily Mills from 2GN news for her reporting during the season. To you, the supporters who read the dribble and for your comments both good and bad: thank you.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Grain upside vanishes under water

Riverine flooding is causing significant damage to the crop in NSW.ONCE tipped to push record levels, analysts are now predicting the Australian national crop will be down on earlier estimates due primarily to damage caused by waterlogging throughout eastern and southern Australia.

A severe and widespread frost in Western Australia is also tipped to have a major impact on overall yield in many regions there.

The focal point for waterlogging damage is central NSW.

Early indications from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) estimate total crop loss in excess of $680 million for the state.

Central West Local Land Services General Manager Andrew Mulligan said farmers in the Lachlan and Macquarie Valleys had been particularly hard hit.

“There has been significant damage to crops and pastures in areas affected by recent flooding with the worst affected areas including Forbes, Corinella, Condobolin and Nyngan.”

John Minogue, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) northern panel chair, said pulse crops were suffering the worst.

“Chickpeas are definitely the biggest problem, they are under severe stress.”

However, while Mr Minogue, who is based near West Wyalong in central NSW, said there would be individual stories of heartbreak he hoped the region as a whole would produce a reasonable volume of grain.

“For many people it is a case of having lost some ground to waterlogging, but having better crops than usual in the parts that didn’t get excessively wet, so I still hope we see an average year overall in this region.”

Mr Minogue said the waterlogging in his area was not solely on areas prone to riverine flooding.

“We’ve seen paddocks not usually at risk of waterlogging go under just because of the sheer volume of rain and because there is nowhere for the water to go.”

He said he also had concerns about how the crop would fare once the weather warmed up.

“We’ve seen in the past crops that have hung on while they are sitting in water turn up their toes when that water warms up after a few fine days.

“I don’t think the water is going to get away in less than a week and there are some warm temperatures predicted so this well could be the case this year.”

The most recent Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) crop report, released in early September, was for a record national winter crop of 46.1 million tonnes with a wheat crop of 28.1mt, but many private analysts are now tipping a 10 per cent or greater reduction from these figures.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Merrin named medal winner

WINNER: Panthers forward Trent Merrin with the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal. Pictures: Supplied.

Forward Trent Merrin has been named winner of the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal at a glittering ceremony at Panthers Pavillion.

The club held its annual awards on Wednesday, October 5, with Merrin named player of the year following his outstanding debut season with the Panthers.

Merrin played 25 games for the Panthers in 2016, finishing with five tries, 56 offloads, 861 tackles and 3891 running metres,a club statement said.

The announcement came just days after Merrin was named beside teammates Josh Mansour and Panthers skipper Matt Moylan on the Australian Kangaroos squad for theupcoming Four Nations tournament, the greatest representation of players the Panthers have had on the side since 2009.

Merrin said he was “shocked” to receive the award, and described the move to Penrith as one of the biggest challenges of his life.

“I’ve just got to thank the boys, I wouldn’t be standing here at all without you boys,” he said as he received the award.“Every week I put on that jersey for youse, you made this year the most humbling and best experience of my footy career so far.

“Coming out west from the south was one of the biggest challenges of my life, one of the hardest pre-seasons I’ve ever done in my career, 42 degrees heat I’m not built for that.

Trent Merrin on stage receiving his medal.

“It was a rollercoaster coming out here, stepping out of my comfort zone, and really testing myself personally. It was a bumpy ride throughout it all. missing out on selections and whatnot and trying to get thegame down pat throughout the year.

“We finally hit our stride halfway through the year, and the bond that we built all the way throughout the year was something I haven’t been a part of and it’s something that I hold special and something we are building towards the future.”

Merrin said the club was “heading in the right direction” with the coaching staff and said there was “a lot of excitement ahead of us”.

Former local junior and Blue Mountains native Peter Wallace was named winner of three awards on the night, taking out the Try of the Year, Members’ Player of the Year, and the prestigious John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

“I’d like to thank everyone from the coaching staff right through to the back office, Gus [Panthers general manager Phil Gould] and all the boys,” Wallace said.

Peter Wallace receives the John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

Coach Anthony Griffin congratulated all players and staff who received awards, in particular Peter Wallace.

“It[theJohn Farragher Courage and Determination Award] is a magnificent recognition of what he’s done for this team,” he said. “He’s put his body on the line over the last few years for the club without much of a reward.

“Congratulations, Wal, very well deserved.”

The full list of winners announced on the night were:

2016 Junior Education Award: Liam Martin.

2016 Senior Education Award: Isaah Yeo.

2016 OAK Try of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 NYC Player of the Year:Corey Waddell.

2016 ISP Player of the Year:Zach Dockar-Clay.

2016 Club Person of the Year:Glen Liddiard.

2016 Members Player of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year: Shared betweenJames Fisher-Harris and Nathan Cleary.

2016 John Farragher Courage and Determination Award: Peter Wallace.

2016 Merv Cartwright Medal: Trent Merrin.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Crew on multimillion-dollar yacht rescued off NSW coast after 40 hours stranded at sea

The Carnival Spirit responds to a distress call from Masteka 2 and rescues two female crew members. Photo: AMSA The crew on board the Masteka 2 had to be rescued. Photo: AMSA

The Masteka 2 broke down off the NSW Mid North Coast on Tuesday. Photo: Flagship Cruises

Six crew members onboard the Masteka 2 have been rescued after making a distress call. Photo: Flagship Cruises/Andrea Francolini

Crew members on board a multimillion-dollar yacht bobbing around the South Pacific Ocean with no power are being rescued after making a distress call two days ago.

The 37-metre Masteka 2 was on its way from Fiji to Sydney when it lost steering and began taking on water about 260 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on Tuesday.

Carnival Spirit, a cruise ship that responded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s call for assistance, reached the superyacht first.

It rescued two female crew members using its fast boat and continued on its cruise to The Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.

The four remaining crew members opted to stay with the yacht to keep it afloat until further help arrived.

They were dropped supplies including satellite phones and monitored the boat’s pumps for two days.

Two tugboats reached the Masteka 2 at midnight on Wednesday and began towing it towards Sydney. The crew members remain on board.

It could take at least a day for the yacht to reach land.

“It’s not clear yet what happened,” an AMSA spokesperson said.

“The yacht lost its steering and started to take on water. We dropped pumps to them and they used those to pump the water out slowly leaking in and to keep the vessel stable.”

“Now that it is light, they are going to work out exactly what they are going to do,” the spokesperson said.

The vessel is rented out at $3000 an hour through an exclusive Sydney charter company.

It features an on-deck spa and five en suite cabins and can accommodate up to 80 guests at a time. It is sold as one of the largest luxury boats available for charter on Sydney Harbour.

“With striking contemporary lines and a five-star fitout, the Masteka 2 yacht is unsurpassed for sophisticated private parties, celebrity visits and VIP corporate events,” a description on the vessel website states.

According to Boat International, the superyacht was on the market for $15 million in 2010.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Dunkley delights supporters

Josh Dunkley tackles key Swans forward Buddy Franklin during the AFL grand final. Photo: Scott Barbour/Fairfax MediaFORMER Sale midfielder Josh Dunkley’s fairytale has continued, with a solid performance in last weekend’s grand final for the Western Bulldogs.

Being part of a premiership team in his very first AFL season is all down to hard work, according to his uncle David.

“He’s set his mind to it for a long time,” he said.

“His last quarter was just sensational – there were pressure acts like shepherds and assists that you don’t get stats for.

“(Coach) Bevo and the guys see things the broader public wouldn’t.”

Dunkley started from the interchange bench, but enjoyed a strong second half.

He ended the day with nine kicks, six handballs, fifteen disposals, three marks, seven tackles, contributing strongly to midfield efforts.

His excellent season and finals campaign follows winning a grand final for Sale in 2012, and success in both the Gippsland Power and V/Line Cup teams.

Speaking to the Gippsland Times after being drafted by the Bulldogs, Dunkley noted he had a good relationship with coach Luke Beveridge and was keen to play close to his family in Yarram.

Dunkley’s father Andrew played for the Sydney Swans until 2002, and while he would have been included under the father-son rule in last year’s draft, Sydney failed to match the Bulldog’s bid, due a deal allowing him to play for a Melbourne club.

Speaking to AFL苏州美甲培训419论坛, Dunkley noted that his dad was now “90 per cent” Bulldog, but would always have a soft spot for the Swans.

His uncle David said it was surreal to see Josh’s photo everywhere.

“To open up the paper on Monday and see Josh, just thinking, “it’s real”, it hasn’t hit yet,” he said.

“He’s a future leader, he just works super hard.

“We’re extremely proud of Josh, and his parents and brother and sister, he’s had a fantastic finals series.”

Dunkley was the AFL Rising Star nominee for round 20.

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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Soggy holdings sell fast in tight spring market

CBRE’s Colin Medway has led 20 interested parties around “Innisvale”, Canowindra. The property is 306ha and will be auctioned next Thursday.WHERE access is possible, soddenground has forced rural property agents to get creative to make the most of the early spring market.

With rural listings tighter than previous years agents are keeping up with inspections withextra horsepower, including helicopters and all terrain vehicles.

“I haven’t driven a ute into a paddock for four months now,” saidCBRE head of rural transactions Colin Medway, Yass.

“I’ve got an ATV six-seater buggy which I’ve been using for inspections since the beginning of winter and for one property I’m marketingwe’ve used a helicopter to show prospective clients.”

At Forbes, where severe flooding has occurred, access to the bulk of listings has been completely cut off.

Elders agent Kim Watts, Forbes, has had to defer multiple auctions and inspections.

Agents agreedrural listings were tight.

Mr Medway had found demand for properties below $4 million had been exceptional.

“We’re marketing a 306-hectare property,Innisvale, Canowindra, and have already led inspections for 20 different parties,” he said.

Sydney-based rural property agent David Nolan, Webster Nolan Real Estate, who has “Buringa” and “Patrician”, on the go in Orangeand “The Curragh” in Tenterfield,said the wet had made it difficult to get photographs and do inspections.

He said there was “no where near” the amount of rural properties on the market this year compared to recent years.

“Demand is very good. The market could definitely handle some more listings,” Mr Nolan said.

“I think farmers are happy with the season and the income they’re receiving. They’regetting good capital growth instead of putting their money in their bank and a lot of theirchildren are coming back to the farm.”

Moree Real Estate agent Paul Kelly said the market was strong from Warialda to Walgett.

“The market is up in this district 15 per cent since the start of the year.”

There, farmers were holding on.

“I’ve got plenty of buyers but there’s not enough sellers.”

In the Riverina it was a similar story.

“When something does pop up everyone’s quite enthusiastic to get a hold of it,” saidDelta property’sTim Corcoran, Bomen.

He said farmers expanding their operationswere prepared to drive further for properties with scale.

“Itdoesn’t have to be over their backfence.”

Mr Corcoran reported hot demand for a unique 702ha cropping property, “Warrinn”, The Rock, ahead of its auction onNovember4.

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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.

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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