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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.

Theyare:

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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December 20th, 2018 by admin

Speaking medicine to get to zero

SLAM POET: Gabrielle Journey Jones will highlight South Coast Writers Centre’s Spoken Medicine workshop in Wollongong on October 22.A workshop in Wollongong in late October is the first of many South Coast Writers Centre events to mark World Aids Day.
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The SCWC is also again running a writing competition, which this year has evolved intoa multimedia competition, open to video blogs, songwriting, poetry and prose.

‘Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections; zero deaths from AIDS; zero discrimination’, is the World Aids Day theme in 2016.

The SCWC competition howeveris open to any subjects loosely relating to ‘Down to Zero’.

The centre will run athree-hour workshop called ‘Spoken Medicine’to kick start the competition – which runs from October 22 to November 22.

The workshopwill be held at New Outlook Community Centre’s premises at 3 Station Street, Wollongong on Saturday, October 22 from 1-4pm.

Slam poet Gabrielle Journey Jones will speak at the event and explore poetry and prose around the theme of HIV AIDS and well-being.

The workshop will alsoinclude an introduction to performance poetry as well as creative writing.

Jones is the CEO of Creative Womyn Down Under, a community initiative which helps to connect women and creativity.

She has been passionate about using spoken word andperformance poetry and drumming to raise social issues for over 20 years.

During this time, Joneshas also been involved with many not-for-profit community organisations and government agencies across Australia in her professional role as a social worker.

She has developed many interesting ways to incorporate creativity into social work projects.

Jones demonstrated her unique hip-hop style of drumming and poetry recently at the live poetry and music monthly event Say It Sing It, run by the SCWC and Wollongong City Council, with a hilarious and moving winning performance.

World AIDS Dayis held on December 1 each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

A SCWC spokeswoman said the workshop will be a great starting point for people who have stories to share for World Aids Day but need a bit of help getting started with their writing.

Workshop tickets cost $10/$5. They can be purchased on the day.

Competition winners willbe announced on the SCWC website and at the end of year picnic, which will include performances and readings.

To submit an entry or for more details [email protected]论坛, call 4228 1021 or visitsouthcoastwriters.org419论坛/

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December 20th, 2018 by admin

Businesses welcome fans

BUSINESS BOOM: Rydges Mount Panorama general manager Shawn Pyne says the Bathurst 1000 is fantastic for the local economy and it gives the city exposure. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 100616pbshawn4BATHURST’s business sector hastold locals they are mad not to welcomethe huge economic boost that fans of the Great Race bringto the city each year.
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Full house signs have goneup across Bathurst withrestaurants, cafes, bottle shops and hoteliers rejoicing with establishments full of customers.

Kings Hotel manager Tim Fagan said that any locals who are not supportive ofthe Bathurst 1000and the many fans the event brings only have to look at the economic impact on the city.

After 10 years of working in Bathurst’s hospitality sector, he said it is a huge money-spinner for the city.

“It’s massive and if you don’t take advantage of it you’re mad,” Mr Fagan said.

“Instead of whinging about it we should embrace it.”

Research shows the Bathurst 1000 has a huge economic benefit for the city, with astaggering $25.89 million injectedinto the city’s economyeach year, Western Research Institute general manager Wendy Mason.

It is the equivalent of $6.47m for each of the four main days of the event.

“There’s clearly impact felt across numerous industries including retail, hospitality, transport, petroland entertainment,” Ms Mason said.

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December 20th, 2018 by admin

Sports fields report request

Looking to the future: The October 5 council meeting noted an offer for the council to buy Chase Parklands-owned land at Tuffins Lane and requested a report detailing alternate options to provide regional sports fields.ALTERNATIVEoptions to provideregional sportsfields will be examined amid uncertainty over the future of the Tuffins Lane fields.
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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has considered a report discussing an offer from land owner Chase Parklands for the council to buy their land at Tuffins Lane.

The matter was considered behind closed doors at the October 5 council meeting for commercial in-confidence reasons.

The council noted the offer and the attached conditions.

Councillors requested general manager CraigSwift-McNairbring back a report to the October 19 council meeting detailing alternate options to provide regional sports fields within the local government area.

Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling said the council needed to look for thethe long-term future of a large regional sports field complex.

“Tuffins Lane has serious constraints that are well known to all sports groups, and State Cup aswell, and among them are drainage issues, lack of lighting and parking,” he said.

“It’s no more than looking at longer term options for the region but obviously we will need to take into account the shorter terms needs of the sporting community.”

The council hasreceived18 months’ notice to vacate the TuffinsLane leased sports fields.

The council has leased the Tuffins Lane site for years.

The 18 months’ notice to vacate extends to early March 2018.

The Tuffins Lane precinct is home to the Hastings River Junior District Cricket Association, along with Port Macquarie touch football, oz tag as well as two local football clubs.

Port Macquarie Touch Association referees director Greg Oaten urged the council to plan for the future or put at risk sporting competitions includingthe junior and senior state cups.

Port Macquarie Tourism Association president Janette Hyde said the junior and senior state cups were vital to our economy.

“The tourism industry would strongly support any move by council to fix the current dilemma,” she said about the Tuffins Laneissue.

The junior and senior state cups inject millions of dollars into the economy.

The council has an endorsedRecreation Action Plan which runs through to 2025.

Theplan aims to provide the council with the framework to caterfor the short to medium term provision of recreational facilities.

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December 20th, 2018 by admin

Live coverage of the Royal Launceston Show

UPDATE 4.30pm:
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The Examiner team are pulling together our coverage of the show, including results from the agricultural competitions, a first-person experience piece and an update with the show organiser.

Our photographer Scott Gelston will soon upload a gallery of pictures taken throughout the day.

Check back soon.

UPDATE 4pm:

While everyone was lining up to grab their showbags,The Examiner Editor Simon Tennant and photographer Scott Gelston were “testing out” the rides.

The show is open until 5pm.

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The Examiner will be bringing you live coverage of the animal nursery,sideshow alley,live stock competitions and, for all those daredevils, the enormous rides.

For the first time, the show will featureone of the largest mobile ferris wheels in Australia.

Treat your taste buds to traditional show favourites like the dagwood dog and fairy floss.

With the largest livestock entries on record, the agricultural sections are set to be a highlight.

The show will be held at the Launceston Showgrounds,Inveresk from 8.30am to 5pm on Thursday and Saturday.

The event will run from 8.30am to9.30pm onFriday.

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Stay tuned for live updates.

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December 20th, 2018 by admin

More cash for bat camp planPHOTOS, VIDEO

COLONY: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, and Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent inspect the damage the bats have done to trees in East Cessnock. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARSThe flying foxes have all but left East Cessnock –for now.
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But residents may have to suffer through another summer with these unwanted neighbours while a plan is put together to manage the bat camp.

Cessnock CityCouncil has received a total of $25,000 for the plan, which is expected to be complete by April.

Bats have taken up residence on a parcel of Crown land in East Cessnock each summer for the past five years or so.

Last summer the colony tripled in size to approximately 30,000 –causing grief for nearby residents with noise, smell and mess.

The bats spread across Old Maitland Road into a council reserve at the end of Anzac Avenue, and into bushland on the opposite side of Maitland Road towards Neath–and some hung around into the winter months.

The site was lit on fire four times in the space of two weeks in May.

Hundreds of trees in the area have been almost stripped bare and while the bats appear to have gone west for the winter, they could be back within a number of weeks.

Flying foxes at East Cessnock in February 2016Council received a $15,000 NSW Government grant on Wednesday to help prepare a management plan for the flying fox camp –on top of the$10,000it received from theOffice of Environment and Heritage in May.

If the council adopts a camp management plan, it will be eligible to apply for further funding to implement measures as part of the plan under the Flying Fox Grants Program.

The NSW Government announced in June that $1 million in grant funds would be available for councils to prepare and implement flying fox camp plans of management where there were significant community impacts.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonaldinspected the East Cessnock camp in June this year andmade representations to environment ministerMark Speakman after his visit.

Mr MacDonaldsaid thecouncil can consider a range of options in its plan to manage flying foxes (which are a protectedspecies in Australia).

These options includevegetation trimming orremoval to create buffer zones or,as a last resort, the councilcouldapply to disperse the camp.

Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent welcomed the support of the State Government on an issue thatcontinues to concern the community, particularly those residents living directly adjacent to the camp.

“This additional funding is crucial to the establishment of a plan that will guide actions to mitigate impacts of flying-foxes on the community,”Cr Pynsent said.

The planwill help build on council’s community surveyFlyingfox Engage, which is open for comment until October 17.

Cr Pynsent said all responses from the survey willbe considered as a key part of the management plan.

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November 20th, 2018 by admin

Reel Escape finalists to hit the big screen

Finalists in the Reel Escape Film Festival have been announced with three local films in the mix.
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The Phoenix 5 has been submitted by Shoalhaven Anglican School and Make Yourself at Home and A Penny’sWorth are also from local entrants.

The festival attracted entrants from Iran and Switzerland as well as from around Australia.

Organiser Marion Hatwell said she was pleased at the response from the film industry to Reel Escape.

“I promoted the event on various film platforms,” Marion said.

“It’s great we got international entries.

“There were also some highly awarded films entered,” she said.

While the films will be the stars of the evening, there will also be three guest judges who will form a Q and A panel. All three are distinguished in theindustry and Marion said this will be a highlight of the event.

Gabrielle Rogers was an actress, director and producer.

She is now a voice and dialect coach. Her current project is Thor: Ragnarok which is filming in Australia.

John Manyard is a producer and has worked on a number of films including Sherpa, which screened last year in Ulladulla as part of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival.

Bridget Ikin has been an independent film producer and has won many awards for her work on short films. She has also held management positions including as the head of SBS Independent.

The Q and A panel will be answering audience questions following the screening of the finalist’s films.

“If the event is successful we would like to build on it next year,” Marion said.

“We haven’t had something like this down here before.”

The event is a red carpet gala night on October 14 from 6.30pm at the Arcadia Cinema. Tickets are $10 from the Cinema and available now.

Ticket price includes drinks and nibbles plus the Q and A session where audiences members can pick the brains of the industry.

Reel Escape is family friendly however some of the films do contain some swearing.

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