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Rugby league at risk due to ‘soft kids’

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LONE RIDER: Group 4 boss Mick Schmiedel is known for calling it how he sees it, and has done so again – taking ‘lazy’ parents and ‘soft’ kids to task.Plain-talking Group 4 president Mick Schmiedel has bemoaned the dramatic drop in junior league players graduating to the senior ranks in the region –and has laid the blame on “lazy” parents and “soft” children.
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With the league heartland in danger of becoming awasteland in the under-16 and under-18 ranks, the former long-standing player, who is aveteran administrator and coach, said parentsneeded to get “off the couch” and get their kids involved in league.

“I put the blame, and they won’t like this, squarely at mums and dads,” he said.

“I think a lot of mums and dads have just got too lazy now to take their kids to training or go down to the footy to watch.

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— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) June 13, 2017

“They’drather sit at home or … God knows what they’re doing.”

Schmiedel, who coaches Collegian Warriors’ first grade and under-13 sides, also unloaded of kids –telling them to harden up.

He said years ago if a player“got a spray”from the coach he“took it on the chin”.

“Now (it’s), ‘I’m not copping that. I’m going to another sport. I don’t deserve that’,” he said.

CONCERN: Leading league figures say the lack of junior players entering the senior ranks is hurting the region’s premier competition, First Division.

“Well, you probably did deserve it. You’ve been a little sh**at training, you weren’t doing what you were told, deal with it … And that’s the problem we’ve got.

“Personally, I think we’ve become such a cotton wool society that we’ve got to be so careful of people’s feelings that we don’t want to upset them.

“Hang on. Little Johnny has been a sh**of a kid, so I told him to pull his head in or he’s doing laps. Andhe goes home crying because the coach was nasty.”

Schmiedelsaid the situation was so dire there were only three under-16 sides and four under-18 sides this season.

“So that tells you there’s not a lot (of players) coming through,” he said. “I think there’s only four (under) 15 sides at the moment.”

He added: “The thing with sport in general is we’re competing in a market that everyone wants, and you’ve got rugby union and you’ve got AFL going strong and soccer going strong, basketball’s strong.

“So we’re all trying to dip into the same player pool … which makes it difficult.”

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The politics at play in our changing city

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AT THE height of its influence, Renew Newcastle’s founder Marcus Westbury was fond of retelling an old joke.
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Newcastle, it seemed, was always on the verge of something. A large-scale development was just around the corner. Three to five years away.

The joke, of course, was that most of the action never really seemed to eventuate, and in the meantime it wasorganisations like Renew fostering small-scale development that helped beginNewcastle’s revitalisation.

That word –revitalisation –has since been adopted by the NSW governmentas its catch-cry in Newcastle.

Indeed it’s no longer UrbanGrowth or the Hunter Development Corporation guiding state investment in the city, it’s Revitalising Newcastle, an amalgam of various state government departments.

The state government, through Revitalising Newcastle, claims credit for bringing that elusive large-scale development to the city.

The narrative is that it has beenthe government’s half-a-billion dollar investment in Newcastle, mostly spent on the 2.7 kilometrelight rail project, that has helped bring activity into the city.

A springboard launchingthe $1.6 billion in development busily changing Newcastle’s skyline.

But if the NSW government wants to bask in our success, it must also accept the heat when things aren’t as positive.

Yet in recent excursions into the city’s politics, two Berejiklian government ministers have failed in this regard.

First it was theTransport Minister Andrew Constance, who attempted to shift attention fromhis own delay incominggood on a promise to produce a business case for the light rail extension with anattack on the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

And now it’s the Arts Minister Don Harwin, who raised hope for funding to expandthe Newcastle Art Gallery, and now – having failed to deliver any money –is putting theblame on the council.

Say what you will about the council –and it is not without blame, because it has had years to come up with fundsfor theexpansion –but the light rail business case and the gallery extension are exampleswhere the state government has prioritised massive spending in Sydney above more modest projects in Newcastle.

Nothing like a looming election to bring out the blame shifting and party politics.

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Five highlights in your travel week23 June

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The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge … climbers greeted by live music.Twilight climbs on all weekends in July and August will see four local musical artists serenade climbers at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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After a bucket-list journey ascending the iconic bridge to a vantage point 134 metres above the harbour, climbers will be greeted by a series of musicians, comprised of three duos and one singer-songwriter, waiting at the top with acoustic instruments safely attached and in hand.

There they will perform for each group as they climb the final stairs to the summit, in the genres of art folk, soulful reggae and Americana-inspired folk music.

This musical experience is included in the standard price of the ticket.

Phone (02) 8274 7777 or visit www.bridgeclimb南京夜网

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel … pampering mothers-to-be.

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has launched a new babymoon package, offering a special pampering experience for mums-to-be.

Defined as a romantic getaway or planned period of calm for expectant parents, the babymoon allows a restful getaway before baby arrives.

The Emporium’s package includes a 24-hour movie package, ice-cream and popcorn, a mum-and-bub gift pack including a signature plush zebra toy, valet parking, late checkout and a 10 per cent discount voucher at the Cheeky Bambino family concept store in the Emporium precinct.

The babymoon package is priced at $150 on top of whatever room rate is chosen.

Phone 1300 833 611 or visit www.emporiumhotels南京夜网.au

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport … special opening rate.

The Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is offering a special introductory rate special of $159 per night in a studio king room for when it opens on July 19.

The rate is valid for stays to September 29 and includes 1GB of internet access daily, a welcome drink voucher and room upgrade, subject to availability.

The 136-room, nine-storey hotel is located close to T2 and T3 terminals and features 24-hour service, express check-out and internet kiosk.

The restaurant and bar will serve a provincial menu, featuring the regional NSW beef and sustainably sourced local seafood, served with local draught beer, wines and hand-crafted cocktails.

Phone 131 517 or visit www.mantra南京夜网.au

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel … a great base for Darwin’s popular winter events.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel in the heart of Darwin is offering early-bird and longer-stay deals with up to 15 per cent off standard rates.

Darwin plays host to a wide range of sporting and cultural events during winter, including the Royal Darwin Show (21-23 July), Darwin Fringe Festival (July 11–23), Darwin Cup Carnival (July 8–August 7) and this year’s Darwin Festival (August 4–21), an 18-day calendar of activities featuring local and touring artists, outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel is located in the city centre, close to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin waterfront and Darwin Casino, and within walking distance of Darwin Mall and popular night spots.

The property offers serviced apartments, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. All apartments feature separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities and balcony, plus complimentary high-speed wi-fi.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels南京夜网.au

Fingal Beach … people line up to make giant humpback.

Each year in Port Stephens, hundreds of people gather on the beach to make the shape of a giant humpback and celebrate the whale-watching season.

The creation of the mammoth mammal will take place at noon on Saturday, July 15, as the finale of the region’s winter Naturefest celebrations. The event will be held on Fingal Bay Beach with free registration available from 10am.

This year visitors can also take advantage of a special winter accommodation deal offered by Marty’s at Little Beach.

Groups of up to four people can stay at Marty’s at Little Beach — 10 minutes from Fingal Bay — in a two-bedroom apartment for $200 per night on the weekend, based on a minimum two-night stay.

Larger family apartments, suitable for up to six people, are available for $250 per night.

Phone bookings will secure a further discount on accommodation.

Nestled between the sheltered stretches of sand at Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach, Marty’s offers studios and self-contained apartments with balconies, a heated swimming pool, free wi-fi and Foxtel, and an undercover poolside barbecue.

Phone 02 4984 9100 or visit www.martys.net.au. For general regional inquiries visit www.portstephens.org.au

How parents and experts responded to Pauline Hanson’s comments about children with autism

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IT’S been a big few days of controversy for One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson.
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On Wednesday, she told parliament that students with disabilities should be removed from mainstream classrooms because they put a strain on teachers and schools.

“These kids have a right to an education by all means,” she said.

Students with disabilities are putting a strain on teachers and schools, Pauline Hanson told parliament. Photo: Andrew Meares

“But if there is a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be… given that special attention because most of the time the teachers spend so much time on them.

“They forget about the child who … wants to go ahead [in] leaps and bounds in their education.”

Labor MP Emma Husar, whose son Mitch, 10, is autistic, quickly hit back at the comments.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham repeatedly refused to condemn the commentson Thursday, while Senator Hanson maintained she was right and said she had been taken out of context.

This did not stopshockwaves ripplingacross the country, and manyparents and experts have joined in the condemnationof Senator Hanson’s comments.

The expertsTasmania

►Autism Tasmania called Senator Hanson’s comments “reprehensible”. “We cannot stand back and not challenge such hurtful and uninformed comments,” the group said in a statement.

► Moorleah-based neurological music therapist Allison Davies believes the comments are discriminatory and unfair for any children.

Neurological music therapist Allison Davies said “there’s so much anger” over Senator Hanson’s comments.

She said other students could learn from having autistic children in their classroom.

“I was really angry but I was really concerned about the effects that could have on the people who don’t understand this issue and who might agree with her. That could take the acceptance backwards,” she said.

► Autism Centre manager Kathryn Fordyce saidthe comments showed a lack of understanding.

“The biggest challenges faced by people with autism is that kind of ignorance,’’ she said.

Manager of the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre Kathryn Fordyce with 5-year-old Zoe Slater of Penguin. Picture: Jason Hollister

NSW

►NSW Teacher’s Federation president Maurie Mulheron says Pauline Hanson made “not a syllable” of sense in her suggestion that children with disabilities were a strain on schools and teachers.

“The comments were both vicious and ignorant,” Mr Mulheron said.

Maurie Mulheron, president of the NSW Teacher’s Federation. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

“It’s unacceptable in 2017 for anyone harbouring any position of responsibility to make such an ill-informed commentabout kids with autism, or about any students with a disability.

“It was a completely and utterly incorrect statement.”

Victoria

► Warrnambool autism advocate Bryce Pace has called on Senator Pauline Hanson to spend some time in his shoes.

STANDING UP: Autism advocate Bryce Pace has called on Senator Pauline Hanson to educate herself. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The 18-year-old was diagnosed with autism at nine years old. He said Senator Hanson’sthinking was very outdated.

“To say that they hold other students back – I don’t believe that’s the case,” he said.

“My teachers spend just as much time with me as the other students. If there are people on the spectrum and they’re capable of attending mainstream school then they should be allowed to.”

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The parentsNSW

► Asa proud father with not “much of a filter”, Federation Council administrator Mike Eden felt compelled to replyto Pauline Hanson’s attack on children with autism.

The former top flight rugby league player directed a tweet at Senator Hanson after she told parliament students with autism should be separated from others.

Albury West Public School captain Will Eden, who has Asperger’s syndrome, with his mate Jacob Horne. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

“Hi @PaulineHansonOz My son is 12 & has Autism he transitioned into mainstream & is now School captain Should school “to get rid of him” ??” Mr Eden wrote.

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► Bathurst mother Vanessa Comiskey says inclusion is the key for students with disabilities in the education system.“Children to be supported,made to feel genuinely accepted and allowed to participate equally,” she said.

► Pauline Hanson’s call for children with autism and disabilities to be removed from mainstream classrooms is“antiquated” and “ludicrous,” Hunter parents and disability advocates say.

Lisa Ogle says mainstream education has worked for her daughter, Edie Hall, 13, who loves going to school. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

Lisa Ogle, of Islington, said her severely disabled daughter, Edie, had been in mainstream classrooms from day one, at the suggestion of a school counsellor.

“Because of her very high, complex needs, initially I just assumed she would go to a special school,” Ms Ogle said.“It was really a trial–at first.

“We have seen mainstream education work for my daughter, and the other children around her.”

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► Horsham mother Amanda Contal wants to see changes to education to ensure more children with disabilities have a chance to thrive.Ms Contal’s son Tristan, 7, has autism and attends Horsham Special School.

“I was shocked by Pauline Hanson’s comments,” she said.

“It was a very narrow point of view about children with autism because there is such a huge spectrum.

“It broke my heart to hear her comments–I couldn’t believe it.”

► Angela Dobbin has fought for eight years to get her two boys the support they need.

Angela and Allister Dobbin with their two sons, Harryson, 12, and Flynn, six. Both boys have autism, but require different kinds of support. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Harryson, 12, and Flynn, six, both have autism.

Harryson, who now attends Ballarat Specialist School, was ostracised and bullied by his peers at his previous mainstream primary schools, his mother said.

Because his IQ was deemed “too high” the family had to fight for four years for him to get him appropriate support.

Flynn, whose autism is less severe, wants to be an engineer. He started in a mainstream primary school this year.

Both boys are “thriving” in their respective schools, Mrs Dobbin said.

“Every autistic child is different in the way they learn. It’s like any child, no two children are the same,” the mother-of-three said.

“They all need to be treated as equal. My boys can contribute to the future, they can teach people to be tolerant.”

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Laura’s heart belongs to rhinos

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Affectionate: Laura Ellison and Grace at The Rhino Orphange in South Africa. “I just have this real desperation to help them,” Laura said. Laura Ellisonhas just spent the last three years living in South Africa as a veterinary nurse at The Rhino Orphanage.
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Laura knows there is a softer side to rhinoceros and she is sharing this with the world. The former Forster resident has just spent the last three years living in South Africa as a veterinary nurse at The Rhino Orphanage.

The 25-year-old, who attended Holy Name Primary School, said her passion for helping animals started after visiting a vet clinic with her dog in Forster.

And her passion for rhinos ? –thatstarted at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where she worked as a keeper.

Laura’s heart belongs to rhinos Myself and Tshidi (2 months) during her treatment at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital. Tshidi was found wandering with Echo for at least 3 days after losing her mother to poachers. Unfortunately during this time, Tshidi ingested a large amount of sand. When young, milk dependent rhino calves are orphaned, they tend to resort to sand to help their hunger. Being too young to know any better, they generally consume large amounts which pose great health complications to them once ingested. Tshidi was rushed to surgery, her last and only option in hopes to flush all of the sand out of her intestines before it eroded through (which would be fatal). Unfortunately, Tshidi had consumed an enormous amount of sand, all of which could not be safely flushed. For Tshidi’s entire treatment, myself and another carer, stayed by her side, day and night. But, Tshidi died 5 days after her surgery and 18 hours after Echo. Words will never be able to do justice to our heart break.

Pictured here is myself feeding Thula, alongside my younger sister who is feeding Nenkani. Thula was shot by poachers and suffered a bullet wound that passed through her shoulders. That same bullet killed her mother. She also unfortunately lost sight in both of her eyes due to dehydration and injury after the poaching incident. Despite all of this, Thula is an incredibly gentle and loving rhino.

Kabira, Kabelo and I taking a quick nap break on our morning walk. Rhinos love contact, it is their main way of communicating (and getting a pillow). Kabelo always loved to lie all over me (apparently I was comfortable) and I could always feel the purest love, lying in my lap.

Kabelo and Kabira, aged about 7 here, enjoying their wallow on a hot summers day.

Pictured here is Echo an 18 month old white rhino, who was admitted to the orphanage after being found wandering around with another orphaned rhino, Tshidi. Due to the stress of losing her mother to poaching, combined with the recent drought and winter, Echo was in very poor condition, she presented emaciated and very weak and unable to stand. We worked hard to stabilise her and get nutrients into her via a blended mix of hay and electrolytes, as well as starting her on milk again, to help regain strength. Echo was so weak that she was unable to stand. So we purpose built scaffolding around her to help us lift her estimated 4-500kg body weight. Lifting her assisted in her circulation and also prevented a build up of toxins and muscle atrophy. But, despite our best efforts and the best vets, the heart breaking decision was made to euthanize her. Echo’s condition was deteriorating and she had lost her will to fight. NB: Echo was blindfolded and had ear plugs placed to help decrease stress during her treatment. This helped to get her to take her milk and electrolyte formula from a bottle.

Myself and Kabelo, when he was about 3 months old, wallowing on his morning walk.

Initially, only one-two carers are introduced to bond with the calf, replicating the natural bond that they would share with their mothers. This particular orphan was hypoglycaemic and dehydrated so we had blankets, a heat lamp and body warmth provided to help stabilise.

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The challengeLAURA’S time in South Africa did not come without its challenges.

After her initial Visa ended, Laura applied for another working Visa through an agent in South Africa and in the mean time returned to Australia.

Upon returning to Africa she discovered the Visa was a fake and she spent 36 hours in South African immigration detainment, which was a jail-like cell next to someone who was suspected to have Ebola.

“I discovered that ‘agent’ was a fraud and I was forced to return back to Australia. My heart was broken,” she said.

Laura was banned from returning to South Africa for life. She appealed and four months later it was processed.

“Not once did I consider giving up. Not going back to those rhinos was just not an option.”

Laura said at times the job was “extremely dangerous” but this is expected in her line of work.

At one point Laura had her leg ripped open, which resulted in a serious infection.

“I didn’t have any fear of the danger. I would risk myself to save them. Often they come to us traumatised or injured from poachers,” she said.

“They need support and comfort like any baby.”

Laura is counting down the days until she can return to be with the rhinos.

“I feel naked without them,” she added.

Laura Ellison is counting down the days before she can be back in South Africa. She is pictured here with Nandi.

Police raise first AMBER Alert after introducing Facebook tool to find abducted children

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Victoria Police have released their first AMBER Alert in search of missing child Milena Malkic. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIAPolice have raised their first Facebook AMBER Alert to help locate missing girl Milena Malkic.
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The first alert comesa day after the national roll-out of the system, which police describe asa vital tool to find and return abducted children.

Urgent information appears on a person’s Facebook feed if they are within 160 kilometres of where the child goes missing or is suspected to be.

Two-year-old Milena was last seen in the Springvale area onJune 15.

It is believedshe may be with her mother Nadia Malkic and step-father Joshua Coates in Altona, Warrnambool, Stawell or the Gippsland area.

Toddler Milena Malkic is missing and is believed to be with her mother [pictured] Nadia Malkic and father, Joshua Coates. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

Detective Acting Sergeant TimEvans saidMilenahad been living withher mother and step-father in Springvale before the family moved to an unknown location.

But policehad concerns for her welfareafter receiving information from the public that led them to believeshe could be harmed.

“We have got concerns for her safety and we need to find her,” Detective Acting Sergeant Evans said.

“We are treating it as a really serious caseat the moment, and throwing whatever we have got behind it.”

Detective Acting Sergeant Evans said the couple were known to the police.

Police have released their first Facebook AMBER Alert warning in search of toddler Milena Malkic who is believed to be with her mother and father in a car similar to this blue Ford Falcon, registration 1HZ 4SU. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

“Our only intention, at the moment,is to find this little girlbefore any harm has come to her,” he said.

Police have released a photograph of Milena, Nadia and Joshua in the hope someone recognises them.

The couple are believed to be driving a blue 2002 Ford Falcon with registration 1HZ 4SU.

Missing toddler Milena Malkic is believed to be with her mother, Nadia Malkic, and father, Joshua Coates [pictured]. Photo: VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA

The AMBER Alert system was launched in the US in memory of Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was murdered after being snatched from a street in Texas in 1996.

Facebook revealed in 2015 it would use the alert system.

The system’s strict criteria means an alert can only be used inurgent cases where a child is at risk of death or serious injury, and there is informationsuch as a registration plate number.

The alert will be the second position in a person’s news feed and include a photograph, description and police contact details.

Anyone who seesMilena, Nadia or Joshua or who knows of their whereabouts is urged to contacttriple-zero immediately.

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Be wowed by our photos of the week

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Be wowed by our photos of the week WOLLONGONG – Illawarra Grammar School student Isobel Kinnear,14, began dancing at age three and now practices around four hours a day. Picture Adam McLean
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TALLIMBA – Martin Quade, Avonlea, Tallimba, with his dog Molly checking Planet variety barley sown May 17 into last year’s wheat stubble. Photo by Rachael Webb

Port Macquarie – Community campaign: Maria Doherty, Niamh de Groot, Amelia Humphreys and Linda Perkins throw their support behind the Ban the Bag – Reuse the Bag campaign in the Hastings. Photo: Matt Attard

ALBURY – Tracey Spicer at the Albury-Wodonga Winter Solstice. Photo Mark Jesser

DUBBO Taronga Western Plains Zoo used World Giraffe Day on Wednesday to raise awareness about the declining number of the animals in the wild. Photo PAIGE WILLIAMS

WOLLONGONG George Taousanis comforts his mother Theodora at her Shell Cove home as she comes to terms with the death of her husband Nick. Picture Robert Peet

WAGGA Emily Wornes is asking for old or spare flowers to be donated so that she can hand them out in hospital. Picture SIMON BAYLISS

PORT MACQUARIE Red nose disco Emelia Stoner, Jacob Wittenberg, Evie Flanagan, Lin Yu Xiang and Fin Couttie from Joeys House Early Education. Photo Matt Attard

TAMWORTH Lucy Cantrill will head to the Baltics and Iceland in July as part of the Gondwana Voices Choir tour. Photo Gareth Gardner

WOLLONGONG International place making expert David Engwicht visited Port Kembla to meet with residents on Tuesday. Picture Robert Peet.

YOUNG_ Acting Inspector Kristin Marshall with illegal fireworks Police seized from a shop in Young. Picture by Craig Thomson.

WOLLONGONG Wollongong Vikings Rugby Club juniors William and Blair Stanton’s parents are eligible for the NSW government’s Active Kids Rebate,. Picture Sylvia Liber

TAREE – Katelyn Davidson sang ‘I Just can’t Wait to be King’ at the Taree and District Eisteddfod, accompanied by pianist Don Secomb. Photo Scott Calvin

LAUNCESTON – Scotch Oakburn College students Sasha Yuvchenko, Chloe Leersen and Ella Robinson visit Marlene Loosmore with Beau, the therapy dog, at Fred French aged care facility. Picture Scott Gelston

ORANGE_ Orange Region Vigneron’s Association chairman Justin Jarrett says there are new additions to the 2017 Orange Wine Festival. Photo by JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE Carly and Lynton Brunt have benefited from the work of children’s cancer charity Camp Quality. Lynton’s relative has raised money for the charity through her work as a consultant. Photo JUDE KEOGH

LITHGOW_ La Salle Academy students Gerard Larsen and Lachlan Zyp showed their support for the Mark Hughes Foundation when the school held their own Beanie Day on Thursday, June 22.

LAUNCESTON Items in the Armitage AuctionsÔÇÖ Petrol and Memorabilia sale this weekend. Photo Scott Gelston

NYNGAN_ Mataya English and Georgia McDougall at the Nyngan Public SChool SRC fundraiser celebrating Red Nose Day.

ALBURY At the Albury-Wodonga Winter Solstice. Photo Mark Jesser

COONAMBLE – Macrae kids Isobel, 7, Audrey, 2, Oscar, 9, and George, 5, at their family property Tyrone, Coonamble. Photo Rachael Webb

COONAMBLE -Brian Hanigan checking Spitfire variety wheat sown with his wife, Kerry, son, George, daughter, Sally Inman, Melbourne, and Zeke the dog. Photo by Rachael Webb

COONAMBLE – Macrae kids George, 5, Oscar, 9, and Isobel, 7, on their family property Tyrone, Coonamble. Photo_ Rachael Webb

COONAMBLE_ George and his father Brian Hanigan with Anne Kennedy. Photo_ Rachael Webb

DUBBO_ Neil Sturrock from Autobarn with Joseph and Thomas Smyth, Rachael Watson and Jayne Bleechmore at a child car seat safety check day last year.

COWRA_ Kelly Smith, Jason Smith bringing bottles to customer Christie Anderson. Christie said getting her gas from Cowra Gas was $200 a year cheaper then other suppliers.

BLAYNEY_ Kristie and Ryan Whittaker invite all families to the newly refurbished Bilbys Playgroup in the RSL Hall. Photo_ Mark Logan.

DUBBO_ Janelle and Chris Dowton, John and Karen Creith and Jess and Ayden Hogan in the Dowton’s new bedroom. Photo_ PAIGE WILLIAMS

BURNIE Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts member Andrew Harris with a model of an excavator. Picture Brodie Weeding

BURNIE Penguin v Wynyard. Photo Cordell Richardson

BURNIE Construction magnate Royce Fairbrother on the Living City site. Picture Scott Gelston

BATHURST_ Cityfit swimming school coordinator Dana Martin with swimming instructor Kayla Sense, Jack, Matilda and Hannah Wylie. Photo_ CHRIS SEABROOK

BATHURST_ Bec Bradley, as Crab, Sensorium Theatre co-artistic director Michelle Hovane and Amity Culver, as Turtle. Photo_ BRADLEY JURD

BURNIE – Darcey Brazendale, Phillip Davis, James Dowling and Sherrin Egger with their SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY jumpers ahead of the Coastal Derby. Picture Cordell Richardson.

NYNGAN – Andrena Smith, of Andrena’s Sculptures, Nyngan, with pups Jaff and Jet amongst a collection of works that will be on display at the Nyngan Ag Expo. Photo by Rachael Webb

BATHURST- Kent and Diane McNab have scored a big win in their push to have a roundabout installed at the intersection of Mitre, Lambert and Suttor streets.

TweetFacebook Photo gallery – take a look through some of our top shots from the week.Take a look back at some of the best photostaken by Fairfax photographers across Australia this week.

See the navy through a different lensPhotos

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See the navy through a different lens | Photos TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.
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GREAT SHOT: Former HMAS Albatross photographer Kel Hockey’s photo of one of the RAN’s new Romeo Seahawks hovering next to the air traffic control tower at Albatross, with a Squirrel helicopter in the background going almost vertical which won the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

CONGRATS: Commander Fleet Air Arm to Commodore Chris Smallhorn presents Petty Officer Kel Hockey the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize for the navy’s best photograph in 2016.

HONOUR: Former HMAS Albatross photographer Kel Hockey with his award winning photo.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TALENT: Some of Petty Officer Kel Hockey’s works.

TweetFacebookSee more of Kel Hockey’s photos hereFORMER HMAS Albatross photographer Kel Hockey has joined some elite company winning the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize for the navy’s best photograph in 2016.

Petty Officer Hockey captured one of the RAN’s new Romeo Seahawks hovering next to the air traffic control tower at Albatross, with a Squirrel helicopter in the background going almost vertical.

“It wasn’t a photo I set up, the Squirrel just happened to be there,” PO Hockey said.

“It wasn’t intentional but you have got to take opportunities when they are presented.”

GREAT SHOT: Former HMAS Albatross photographer Kel Hockey’s photo of one of the RAN’s new Romeo Seahawks hovering next to the air traffic control tower at Albatross, with a Squirrel helicopter in the background going almost vertical which won the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize.

He captured the photo during his role as the base’s senior photographer, while covering a traffic controllers’ open day at the control tower.

The Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize award was established in 1987 as a bequest by the family of PO Rodwell whose distinguished navy career spanned more than 20 years.

The award is presented annually to a photographer who best demonstrates the pursuit of excellence in capturing a memorable photographic image.

And competition is always fierce for the RAN’s top photographic award.

“It is a great honour to win the award,” he said, who now joins Able Seaman Jesse Rhynard, Able Seaman Alan Lancaster and Leading Seaman Yuri Ramsay from Albatross who have won the coveted prize.

There are 35 naval photographers and each submitted their five best photos, which were then “blind judged” by senior imagery specialists from across navy, army and air force.

“There were so many great photographs. I never expected to win. But to be judged as having taken the best photo for 2016 is pretty special,” PO Hockey said.

Originally a “Nowra boy”, PO Hockey attended Shoalhaven High School where his interest in photography was sparked by Ms Fitzgerald’s art classes.

“I was in years 10 and 11 and it was great,” he said.

“But I shelved it [photography] when I joined the navy in 1997 to become a bosun’s mate.”

After learning about the navy’s photographic service, he transferred in 2001.

He is now based at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney.

POHockey’s winning photo will be exhibited at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in the coming months – previous award winners can be viewed in print at the Rosemary RodwellHall located on the ground floor of the museum.

South Coast Register

Call to recognise suicide as a national emergency

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MILLIONS of dollars may be spent on reducing the national road toll, but almost three times as manypeople dieby suicide than on the roads.
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Just this month alone, about 2000 crisis calls will be answered by Lifeline Central West volunteers in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo.

Nationally, around one millioncalls from people in a crisis will be made to Lifeline.

Bathurst womanStephanie Robinson is among those on the front line answering those calls.

Calls can be from people who are lonely, depressed, suffering from anxiety, amid a personal crisis, victims of abuse, andsometimes, they are from people who are suicidal.

Working as the Lifeline Central West crisis support services manager, Ms Robinson knows first hand how vital it is to have someone available to answer Lifeline’s 13 11 14 number 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week.

Our friends @headspace_aus have put together some excellent info on how dads and sons can connect #stopsuicidehttps://t.co/2u3EMfYt1X

— Lifeline (@LifelineAust) June 13, 2017I think our lives are too complex – financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people.

Lifeline Central West crisis support manager Stephanie Robinson

“Help seekers range from being young people right up to the elderly and they’re all from different backgrounds.”

Ms Robinson said changes in society, and especially technology, have had an impact on the mental health of the community.

“I think our lives are too complex –financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people,” she said.

“In a way we’re more isolated than ever before, but in a way we’re more connected,” she said.

Lifeline’s nextApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training(ASIST) course commences on July 1, and she has urged anyone in Bathurst, Orange or Dubbo to attend.

Training is available for people who would like to volunteer as a Lifeline crisis support worker, and also those keen to learn suicide prevention skills.Call 1300 798 258 to find out about the ASIST training.

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help in a crisis.Western Advocate

From everything he ever wanted, to living off $20 a week

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Left behind: A middle-class Riverina man had the world at his feet until a freak accident and storm of bad luck left him destitute, alone, jobless and depressed, relying on charities to keep him alive. Picture: Kieren L Tilly John had everything he ever wanted –a good job, a good income and a loving family. Now he lives off $20 a week.
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His harrowingstory follows a concerning rise in families struggling financially across the Riverina, Wagga’s charity leaders say.

The 47-year-old –who could not be identified for legal reasons –lost everything when a car crash in 2016 left him unable to work.

The Riverina father was working as an engineer, on a wage higher than $200,000 when a negligent driver crashed into his car on the drive to work.

A storm of bad luck followed.

In a cruel twist, he discovered legislation had changed so he was no longer eligible for compensation on the work commute and he could notmake a claim on his income insurance until his sick leave ended.

While deemed medically unfit to work, John was unable to claimuntil his redundancy package dried up.

The catch: He could not afford to maintain the premiums during this time and had to cancel the policy.

Depression then broke John’s family apart. Now he rarely sees hisdaughters.

“I lost everything,” he said.“You name it, I lost it.”

John said he couldn’t apply for the disability pension while his third-party insurance claim was being processed, which his solicitor saidcould take years.

After a long battle with Centrelink, the 47-year-old was granted a small income that leaves him with $40 a fortnight,butthe human services departmenthave since lost his medical records and cut his payments.

With large debts owing to medicare, lawyers, Centrelink andchild support to pay, Johnstruggles to afford foodandrelies on the charity of St Vincent de Paul to live and the support of Centacare.

John never thought he’d be in this position.

“I’ve done everything right and this is the way it all falls apart,” he said.

“I now understand how people can become homeless.”

He saidAustralians were lucky to receive help but he didn’t think it was fair charities or the government should pay for a flawed bureaucratic system.

“It’s hard to accept help and ask for help,” John said.

“I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed, I feel like there’s something I could have done.”

Centacare chief executive Paul Jensen said more and more middle-class Australians were doing it tough and needing help.

Mr Jensen said the majority of residents didn’t like asking for aid and only did so asa“last hope”and“last resort”.

“They’re sleeping rough, living day to day, paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet,” Mr Jensen said.

“The growing socio-economicinequality gap is backed by data.”

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Kids with diabetes ‘need to know they’re normal’Video

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Type 1 diabetic Ruby Howe, 11, and her mum Linda.Two years ago, Launceston’s Ruby Howe found herself in hospital with dangerously high blood sugar levels after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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The potentially life-threatening disease affects about 300 children in Tasmania.

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Before her diagnosis, Ruby was getting dizzy when she stood up and her eyes hurt when she looked at lights.

“She felt like she was going to vomit and she was getting headaches and lost weight,” her mum Linda said.

“You see your child go through this life threatening, life changing disease, so these camps are great because you know they’re safe with nurses and staff there.

“It’s so important that they meet other kids with the same disease. They need to know they’re normal and they’ve got support.”

Ruby wears an insulin pump and sensor, which means she is able to do the things she loves, like playing basketball.

“I wear the pump 24 hours a day, except when I’m playing sport, swimming or taking a shower,” she said.

Rotary Club of Launceston’s Graeme Williams with Ruby and Diabetes Tasmania chief executive Caroline Wells.

Ruby is now 11 and went toher first Diabetes Tasmania camp in September, which enabled her to meet other kids her age with type 1 diabetes and learn about self-management.

Ruby attended the junior camp for 10 to 12-year-olds.

“I was really scared to go but I’m glad I did,” she said.

“I’m still friends with some of them and we did challenges like throwing eggs back and forth to each other without breaking them. We went bushwalking and made damper.”

The Rotary Club of Launceston made a $1000 donation on Fridayto support the running of the Diabetes Tasmania camps, which range from family camps for parents and children, all the way up to young adult camps.

Diabetes Tasmania chief executive Caroline Wells accepted the cheque from the Rotary Club of Launceston.

“This allows type 1 diabetics to learn life skills and self-management with dietitians, educators and nurses there,” she said.

“Growing up, it can be particularly hard because they’realso dealing with all the other issues of adolescent.”

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The ‘unprecedented’ building boom changing Newcastle

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The ‘unprecedented’ building boom changing Newcastle TweetFacebookNewcastleHeraldcan reveal more than $640 million worth of development is still in the pipeline, with private sector investment in residential projects set to overtake government-funded projects over the next two years.
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Among the big-ticket projects slated to start are the$222 million redevelopment of Hunter Street Mall, the $73 million Verve Residences in Newcastle West and the $71 million Railway Lane Apartments in Wickham.

According to Cordell property data, a further $274 million worth of other projects have either been approved, waiting approval or in the planning stage.

Major residential projects currently under construction include the $44 million aged care facility and $26 million Holiday Inn Hotel, both on King Street, the $13 million Aero Apartments on Hunter Street and the $10 million Bishopsgate Apartments in Wickham.

TOOLBOX TALK: Workers on site at the Aero Apartments development. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The hive of activity, however, is not limited to high rise.

The Newcastle Interchange at Wickham is inching closer to completion and work has begun on a light rail depot across Stewart Avenue, in the place of the former Wickham train station.

Work to prepare the track for the Supercars race later this year has crews busy along Wharf Road and Watt Street.

And Newcastle council’s $36 million Bathers Way project continues at South Newcastle beach, King Edward Park and up to Strzelecki Lookout.

Colliers International, a leading property manager in the Hunter, said the city should expect to see cranes in the sky for at least the next five years.

“There has never beenso many tradies in town,” Colliers’ Newcastle director Chris Chapman said. “The coffee shops used to be full of young professionals; now they’re filled with tradies. And this is only the beginning, we’re only just getting started.”

Property Council Hunter director Andrew Fletcher said demand for residential property in Newcastle was “the strongest in history”.

“We’ve seen nearly $2 billion of private investment since the heavy rail line was truncated,” Mr Fletcher said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the growth was because the council had fostered “strong partnerships” between various levels of government and the private sector. “No other council has been able to do it, but this council has,” she said.

As new works get under way, all eyes are on how long the current period of growth can be sustained, and whether Novocastrians are comfortable to wear the inevitable pain before the gain.

‘Things are really taking off now’ BEFORE: Core Project Group directors Tom Elliot and Jamie Lind are riding the wave of Newcastle’s construction boom. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fora long time, Newcastle had “flat feet”. Now it’s running full steam ahead.

That’s the view of Tom Elliot and Jamie Lind, who are a success story from the city’s building boom and responsible for millions of dollars worth of construction in the West End.

The duo head up local firm Core Project Group, which was established six years ago, quickly rising to become one of the city’s leading builders.

The company’s major projects are clustered within a short walk from each other – a $44 million aged care building, $4 million five-storeychild care centre, bothon King Street, and a $21 million office block on Stewart Avenue.

They say they are projects that will reshape the West End, bringing people and jobs for years to come.

Mr Lind said the level of construction activity in Newcastle was “unprecedented”.

“Newcastle has got a really positive vibe about it at the moment,” he said. “We had flat feet for a while there, but things are really taking off at the moment. For so long, Newcastle hasn’tbeen led well, but the state and federal governments put their money where their mouth is and kicked it all off.”

Mr Lind said the redevelopment of the Newcastle Court House,which was followed by the light rail project and new university building, sparkeda flurry of construction activity in the city centre.

AFTER: What Core Project Group’s Stewart Avenue development will look like.

“People realised there was investment happening here, and they wanted to be where the action was,” he said.

But with renewed investmentcame increased competition, particularly from out of town firms, which puts pressure on builders to remain cost competitive.

There is also pressure to attract skilled labour, Mr Lind said.

“There’s a shortage of it over the state,” he said, adding that builders were adapting their techniques in response.

Mr Elliot said it was his hope that healthy development activity continued beyond the next five years.

“We should keep the momentum going, but we shouldn’t necessarily be relying on the government to do that for us,” he said.

“We need to keep promoting Newcastle as a great place to live and work.”

Pain before gain: business chamber DIVERSION: Hunter Business Chamber has warned of pain in the CBD as new projects take off. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THE Hunter Business Chamber has warned of “difficult days” ahead for CBD businesses as the city undergoes intense construction activity.

But chamberpresident Bob Hawes, who was formerly thehead of the Hunter Development Corporation, says other businesses will flourish as a result of increased demand for construction material.

It is the double-edged sword the business chamber is trying to manage as concern grows amongst CBD retailers about their survival once new major works begin.

With Supercars and Bathers Way works in full swing, this week East End businesses met to discuss the financial situation confronting them.

Mr Hawes admitted many Hunter Street retailers could experience a similar situation, particularly after street blocks begin to close for light rail works,but said there was no “one size fits all” solution.

“Businesses who rely on the regularity of foot traffic, that’s where you will see disruption and some concern,” he said. “[But] it’s a like a fitness program, it will be the pain before the gain.”

A map showing development activity in the Newcastle CBD. Picture: Colliers International

Mr Hawes said it was key businesses knew what was coming and when.

Meanwhile, the Property Councilhas signalled that Newcastle may be experiencing “two-speed” growth.

The industry advocacy group said there was a deficit of 30,000 homes in the Lower Hunter.

“Despite all the inner-city apartments, we still have a chronic housing shortage across the Hunter,” Property Council Hunter director Andrew Fletcher said, adding that the “biggest threat” to Newcastle’s growth was housing affordability.

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Embezzler ‘embarrassed’ after stealing $107,000 from law firm

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“Looking at this makes me want to be sick.”
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Those were the words of Emma-Jo Alison Mason, 28, of Burnie, after her employerconfronted her with incriminating evidence.

On Friday, Ms Mason pleaded guilty in the Hobart Supreme Court tocounts of stealing, forgery and inserting false information as data.

Between April 2015 and July 2016, Ms Mason pilfered about $107,000 from BartlettsBarristers and Solicitors, a smalllaw firm with offices in Burnie and Smithton.

Responsible for the firm’s accounting system at the time of the offending, Ms Mason forged the signature of Chris Bartlett, a partner in the firm, so that she could cash cheques from the practice account.

Ms Mason created false invoices to cover her tracks.

She presented the cheques to the Burnie NAB branch, where she was required to also present her driver’s licence upon cashing them.

Ms Mason’s employers confronted her in August 2016, asking her whether there was anything she wished to disclose to them.

She denied any wrongdoing, until she was shown a cheque she had cashed.

The Crown sought a compensation order, which would require Ms Mason to pay back the entirety of the money she had stolen.

As the prosecution read from a transcript of apolice interview,Ms Mason was reduced to tears.

She was said to have told police she was “embarrassed” about what she haddone.

Ms Mason’s counsel Greg Richardson informed the court that his client was dealing with an “extraordinarily difficult financial situation” during the period of the offending, when her husband was unable to work following a motorcycle accident.

Indeed, the defence described Ms Mason’s debt level as “overwhelming”.

Mr Richardson revealed that Ms Mason had suffered a stroke in utero, which, a psychiatrist attested, impaired her cognitive functioning, particularly in regards to impulsivity and a relativeinability to solve problems.

Ms Mason will be sentenced on July 6.

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