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Briggs slots first winnerphotos

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ON POINT: Macquarie’s Randall Briggs. Picture: Marina NeilRandall Briggs may not be able to slot them at training but he stepped up when it counted on Sunday with a field goal to win the game 13-12 for Macquarie over Lakes.
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With eight minutes remaining Briggs broke the deadlock from 30 metres out and put the Scorpions ahead for the first time in the round nineencounter, much to the delight of the home crowd at Peacock Field.

The second-rower, who had shifted to five-eighth in the closing stages to cover injuries, produced the winning play normally assigned to his older brother Scott, who returned from a one-match suspension in reserve grade.

It was a new kind of experience for Briggs.

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Macquarie trailed 6-0 and 12-6 throughout the afternoon courtesy of tries in either half to Lakes pair Lee McClintock and Jamie Ghoulmieh.

But it was another Briggs, younger sibling Isaac, who helped equalise with determined four pointers at opposite ends.

This fighting spirit, despite constant mistakes and a depleted bench, shone through according to Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge.

“We completed at 22 per cent in the first half, which was one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a side I’ve coached,” he said.

“But you look at the positive, their will to win this side is outstanding.

“We ended up with no subs on the bench and a lot of people gave us stick during the week aboutGal[injured captain Blake Gallen] not playing. Their effort was there today, but their football brain just didn’t follow.”

Lakes coach Dean Noonan said he was pleased with the showing despite the result.

“It’s not that often you’re on a losing team but you’re still reasonably happy with the performance,” Noonan said. “I was today.”

Elsewhere in Newcastle Rugby League andit was Central that accounted for Kurri Kurri 18-8 in a tight tussle at St John Oval on Sunday.

LADDER:Western Suburbs 16, Macquarie, Central Newcastle 12, South Newcastle, Lakes 8, Cessnock 6, Kurri Kurri, Maitland 4

Take me to the river

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In February Maitland Council threw an extra $10,000 into city’s new year celebrations to include LornA plan that couldplace the Hunter River at the forefront of regionaltourism and community activities may soon go on exhibition for public comment.
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Maitland City Council will vote on Tuesday night to exhibit the Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank plans of management and masterplans which flag a second wharf for Morpeth and a community plaza for Lorn.

An objective in council’s +10 Community Strategic Plan was to improve recreational access to the Hunter River and its banks from council-owned land.

After considering a study into access to the Hunter and Paterson rivers, council voted to prepare a plan of management and masterplan for two reserves at Queens Wharf and Lorn Riverbank.

“Council has identified the Hunter River as a significant asset and as such has embarked on a strategic plan to enhance the heritage and natural resource for the entire community to enjoy,” a report said.

Council undertook a studyin 2014 to identify potential sites for access to the Hunter River for recreational purposes including the launching of non-motorised vessels.

A report said Queens Wharf wasan important community asset with natural and heritage significance. “Queens Wharf is also a key recreational site in Maitlandproviding the only boat ramp into the Hunter River,” it stated.

The plans of management and masterplans were jointly funded by council and the Roads and Maritime Service.

Mara Consulting was engaged by council to develop the plans, a key component of the project was to engage stakeholders to gain feedback and input into the design process.

The meeting with stakeholders was carried out last year.

The draft plan suggests installing additional parking, a heritage display to promote the historical site, additional picnic tables, improving beach areas, a secondjetty and an extension of the existing jetty.

The 9.5 hectare Lorn site isvisually prominent from the Riverwalk adjacent to The Levee and will be even more so with the completionof the Riverlink building.

Plans for Lorn include an access road over the levee, exercise equipment, two amenities blocks, picnic tables, children’s play area, off leash dog area, paved pathway to the river, an open spacearea around a central plaza large enough to hostcommunity functions.

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‘Strange’: Woman rescued from under Essendon house could have been there for a week

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Neighbours fear a woman trapped under a derelict Essendon house may have been there for a week.
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A woman, aged in her 40s, was rescued from under the kitchen floorby emergency crews on Saturday evening after neighbours heard cries for help.

A woman was trapped under the kitchen floor in this Essendon home. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

One neighbour who went to investigate inside the vacant home called police afterhearing scratching under the floorboards.

Eight firefighters took two hours to cut a hole through the kitchen floor and rescue the woman.

Neighbours say the house has been vacant for years. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

Metropolitan Fire Brigade Commander Roger Chitty said the woman was “extremely dehydrated and incoherent”.

‘We weren’t able to make conversationwith her,” Commander Chittysaid.

“But she was very fortunate to be conscious and in the state she was in, considering how long she’d been under the house.”

A neighbour, Janis, said she saw a blondewoman picking fence palings off the rear boundary of the property, on the corner of Miller and Violet streets, a week ago.

The woman was taken to hospital suffering from exposure to cold. Photo: Alexandra Laskie

“Last Sunday, about midday, I saw this lady coming up the street looking in, and then she went down the laneway,” Janies told Fairfax Media.

“She pulled a couple [of fence palings]off, they were lying near that shed.I assumed she was trying to get in.”

“I was in my bedroom when I saw her. My partner came in and I said, “I don’t know what she’s doing”, and he said, “I reckon she’s a squatter”.

She described the woman as “quite well dressed”, wearing jeans, a red T-shirt, a blue vest and a handbag when they last saw her a week ago.

She said a firefighter told her the woman was wedged under the house like a cat.

Other neighbours said the house had been vacant for years.

One neighbour Cathysaid she hadnever seen a light on inside the dilapidated house.

“We’ve never seen anyone come or go.The curtains are never open, it’s really strange,” she said. “My kids call it the Halloween House – they’re terrified of it.”

Neighbours Rhys Thomas and RachelBovey, who moved into the neighbourhood six months ago, said they had never seen anyone on the property.

“We thought it was vacant, but these sorts of properties attract this kind of thing. This is one of the strangest things to happenanywhere I’ve ever lived.”

The house is the only derelict property on the well-kempt street, with paint peeling from itswalls and an overgrown garden.

Another neighbour, who is also believed to ownthe vacant property, declined to comment on the matter.

The rescued woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospitalsuffering from exposure.

Police say they don’t know why she was under the floor and are now investigating.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said on Sunday.

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Putting reputation – and boat – on the line

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Putting reputation – and boat – on the line Community: Des Maslen pulls rubbish from Throsby Creek during Clean Up Australia. He is running for mayor and as a councillor at Port Stephens.
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Passionate: Des Maslen speaking at a community meeting after the Williamtown RAAF Base firefighting foam contamination scandal was made public.

TweetFacebook A man, his boat and a defamation caseDoing it the Port Stephens Council wayIT took Port Stephens Council mayoral hopeful Des Maslen decades to fulfil his dream of owning a cruiser, and a single defamation case to have him putting the cruiser up for sale after only a year.

The case, launched against him after he re-posted a copy of a post related to the council, meant the cruiser had to go because “we needed the money” to defend the costly legal argument, Mr Maslen said.

“I’ve been wanting to get a cruiser since I was a little kid and I finally got one a bit over a year ago but that’s the way things go. It was an old one but it was mine. It wasn’t great but I did some work on it. I’ll get another one some day,” he said.

Mr Maslen heads the Labor ticket in one of three Port Stephens Council wards after deciding to stand for both the mayoral positionand as a councillor. Labor is running three candidates in each ward.

“We want to be completely open about running as a Labor team. We’re not hiding behind the ‘independent’ tag. The council needs to be changed,” he said.

Mr Maslen has strongly criticised the council and mayor Bruce MacKenzie for issues including the dumping of contaminated waste at Salt Ash Pony Club. The NSW Environment Protection Authority fined the council $45,000 in October for the “unlawful transport of waste and use of land as a waste facility”.

The dumping exercise is estimated to have cost the council more than $200,000.

Mr Maslen said the council lacked transparency in its decision-making and was being “ruled, not governed”.

“I’ve seen and been part of organisations that work well. I believe the role of mayor and councillors is to be the conduit between the community and the council organisation, working in the public interest,” he said.

“I think the current council represents a minority, and by that I mean they have a very small area they tap into for the decisions they make, and that knowledge base has to be broadened.

“I see a group of people who’ve been there for a long time and what this area needs is a good fresh start.”

Mr Maslen’s focus on local government flowed, in part, from community action following exposure of the Williamtown RAAF Base firefighting foam scandal. Mr Maslen owns property within the contamination zone.

He runs an environmental mooring business after years in the area, including attending school at Bob’s Farm and living at East Seaham, Raymond Terrace and Medowie.

Mr Maslen said his view of the world was informed by becoming a single parent 22 years ago and living in a Housing Commission home while working towards a future.

The pain of a popular postcode

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Other small towns in central Queensland are following Yaraka’s lead and asking for a unique postcode.The quest by Yarakafor its own postcodehas been taken up by othersmall towns in central Queensland.
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Delegates at the Western Queensland Local Government Association conference heard recently that postal services in communities in the Central Highlands Regional Council area were being impacted by the current methodology used to allocate postcodes.

They are all communities that share the 4702 postcode, which is the code Yaraka residents had and objected to.

Central Highlands CEO, Scott Mason, said the interaction of locality names and postcodes can create confusion in regional and remote areas, adding that it leads to difficulties in identifying properties for post and parcel services, resulting in community frustration, delays and other service delivery inefficiencies.

“And these people want a sense of identity,” he said.“Surely the system can be flexible enough to accommodate them.”

The council gathering resolved to work to influence the realignment of locality and postcode areas in regional and remote areas to improve consistency, by way of a review they’d like to see undertaken by a relevant federal authority.

An Australia Post spokewoman said the organisation wasopen to reviewing postcodes from time to time, however will only effect a change where there are operational efficiencies to be gained in rerouting the mail.

“In evaluating changes to existing postcodes, Australia Post assesses aspects of the geographical area such as the volume of mail currently being delivered into a locality, delivery arrangements, and projected population growth,” she said.

“We also consider the impact on local communities.

“Postcodes are assigned solely to facilitate the efficient processing and delivery of mail, and correspond with the delivery centres from which mail is delivered.”

Yaraka sharesthe 4702 postcode with places such as Shoalwater and Gracemere, hundreds of kilometres away.

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, has campaigned strongly with Australia Post on behalf of the community at the “end of the line” for its own mailing identity,after being approached by the Longreach Regional Council and Yaraka community members soon after being elected.

The anomaly comes from the years when Yaraka was part of the railway line that extended west from Rockhampton, and received its mail from that source.

That’s long gone but Yaraka is still feeling the effect, including being recognised as a coastal postcode when insurance companies come to calculate insurance premiums for places affected by cyclones, despite being 700 km inland.

Queensland Country Life