UPDATE: Freemantle Road bushfire declared an emergency

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UPDATE: Freemantle Road bushfire declared an emergency BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR
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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: Heavy smoke plumes from a 300 hectare fire off Freemantle Road at Gowan with the NSW Rural Fire Service working the edge. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: lLizard among the long dry cured grass in the dangerous fire conditions north-west of Bathurst. Photo: NICK MOIR

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY: A very large air tanker on its way to consolidate containment lines at Gowan fire, Bathurst ahead of today’s hot windy weather. Photo: NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Eglinton brigade are among those fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire2

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews from Eglinton brigade are among those fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire1

FIRE FIGHT: NSW Rural Fire Service crews fighting an out-of-control bush fire off the Freemantle Road at Gowan on Tuesday. Photo: NICK MOIR 011717fire1

NSW Rural Fire Service ratings for Wednesday, January 18.

The fire is located approximately 31 kilometres north-west of Bathurst.

Latest advice on the Freemantle Road, Gowan fire.

HELPING OUT: Members of the Raglan Rural Fire Brigade have been helping to fill water bombing aircraft for the bushfire burning off Freemantle Road at Gowan. Photo: RAGLAN RURAL FIRE BRIGADE

TweetFacebookRural Fires Act 1997 in order to declare the emergency.

The blaze has increased in size and now covers 300 hectares and the RFS has issued a major fire update.

“A fire is burning in grassland and forested areas to the east of Freemantle Road, Gowan,” the update states.

“Current conditions are pushing the fire in an easterly and south easterly direction towards the Macquarie River.

“More than 80 firefighters on the ground are working in challenging conditions to contain the fire supported by fivewater bombing aircraft including the large and very large air tankers.

“At this stage no properties are under immediate threat.”

An RFS spokesman said the Commissioner’s declaration of a Section 44 allows more resources from outside the local district to be deployed.

“There is one isolated property close to the fire, but there is currently no threat,” he said.

People are requested to avoid travelling to the area so they do not impede firefighting operations.

Residents should monitor conditions in the area.

“The fire is producing large amounts of smoke,” the RFS update said.

“For people with health issues they should take appropriate precautions such as staying indoors and closing all windows and doors.”

Very Large Air Tanker on its way to consolidate containment lines at Gowan fire, Bathurst ahead of today’s hot windy weather #nswrfspic.twitter南京夜网/Jy4oeQCHLy

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Ballarat breakfast reportWednesday, January 18, 2017

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PIC OF THE DAY: @chip_shots “Sovereign Hill Lookout. @canonaustralia @benroauatralia”Good morning Ballarat and happy Wednesday. We’ve got all the news headlines you need right here.
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Rainbow organisers call for change after weekend drug deathsRainbow Serpent Music and Arts Festival organisers are calling for a fresh approach to recreational drugs laws after a horror weekend in Melbourne resulted in three deaths. Read more.

Historic restoration for Baptist iconThe White House. Power Station. Dawson’s.

If you are over 40 you may – or may not – remember going to these restaurants and nightclubs, depending on how you behaved. Read more.

Poorer health in smokers of chop chopPeople who smoke chop chop – or unbranded loose tobacco – report significantly worse health than legal smokers, according to the Cancer Council Victoria. Read more.

Mitch Brown’s embarrassing start to footy outside AFLWhen you’ve been in the AFL system for 10 years, you might expect somebody at your new footy club to have some idea who you are. Read more.

Action-packed rodeo sets Kingston alight | PhotosCheck out these amazing photos by Dylan Burns from the Kinston Rodeo held on Saturday. See them here.

WeatherThe cool change has come and we are expected to hit just 23 degrees today – 14 degrees cooler than yesterday’s top of 37.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

Regional news►WANGARATTA, VIC:Thedeath of a Wangaratta woman killed while walking across a pedestrian crossing will leave a hole in many lives, say those closest to her. Married mother-of-three Roberta Brown, 53, was hit by a truck while walking her dog..read on.

The death of Roberta “Bobbie” Brown will leave a gap in many people’s lives, according to those closest to her. Mrs Brown died after being run over in Wangaratta.

►GREAT LAKES, NSW:Shucks, it’s an oysterharvest high on the Mid North Coast. With the Pacific Oysterindustry in Tasmania hard hit bydisease, it has createdan opportunity forMid North Coast’s Sydney Rock Oysters to gain astronger foothold in the market…full story.

► QUEANBEYAN, NSW: It’s the stuff of dreams – being paid by a global sportswearbrand to travel the world anddo what you love, day in and day out. And pro skater Jack Fardellis living it…read about his journey here.

Queanbeyan skateboader Jack Fardell will be going pro in the United States. Photo Elesa Kurtz

►TASMANIA: Police areweighing up an historic apology to child-sex abuse victims in institutionalised care whose cries for help were initially not believed by officers…read on.

National news► Australia’s most dangerous venomous creature is not a snake or a spider, nor even a jellyfish. It’s the bee and other stinging insects that pose the biggest public health threat, according to an analysis of more than a decade of Australian bites and stings.

Spiders such as the Sydney funnel web spider have caused no deaths in the survey period. Photo: Ben Rushton

►More than half of Australia’s young adults have done unpaid work as part of an internship or a job trial, raising questions about the need for greater regulation of unpaid work to prevent exploitation, a landmark national study has found…full story here.

Frances Johns worked an 8½ hour shift in the hope of getting a permanent job. Photo: Janie Barrett

► A man has been charged following a fatal crash at Hallidays Point near Taree on Tuesday. At about5.45pm, a 60-year-old man was riding a BMW motorcycle east along Blackhead Road and collided with a four wheel drive…read more.

National weather radarInternational news► BALI:A hotel security guard has claimed he witnessed Byron Bay murder suspect Sara Connor with her hand around the neck of a Balinese police officer who was later found dead on Kuta beach…full story here.

Pullman Hotel security guard Suryana (in blue shirt) plays Sara Connor in a reenactment at Denpasar District Court on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa.

►PHILIPPINES: Donald Trump’s conflict of interest risk is on glittering display in the Philippines atManila’s newest sky-scraper which soars 57 storeys above the sprawling city’s financial district of Makati…full story here.

US President-elect Donald Trump: some analysts worry the Trump-Duterte relationship could be a disaster. Photo: Anthony Behar.

►LONDON: In a historic, detailed speech, Mrs May dashed the hopes of Remainers and delighted Brexiteers by setting out a vision of an independent UK – a “trading nation” that will look beyond Europe to “new friends and old allies”.

Australia’s high commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer said it was a “historic speech”.

Faces of Australia:Jill Brookes Dardanup Heritage Park owner Jill Brookes shows off the Brookes Transport exhibits in one of the display sheds.

It’s a classic labour of love for Jill Brookes, her dozen staff and her merry band of nearly 50 volunteers.

Jill is the owner and manager of Dardanup Heritage Park, built on 121ha (300ac) property south east of Bunbury and boasting 20 sheds.

‘The Park’boasts the largest collection of heritage items in the Southern Hemisphere, along with some of the best “re-builders” and “restorers” – usually retired cockies enjoying life in what, for them, is the best Men’s Shed going.

Read the full story here.

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Praise heaped on ‘heroes’

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Selfless individuals have been praised for saving lives and property in Harden last week.
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When a power pole snapped in Harden on Friday it sparked what could have been the deadliest fire across the Riverina this summer.

Rural Fire Service operations officerDavid Nicholson saidpeople, buildings and possessions would have beenlost if not for the work of more than 100 volunteers on what was the hottest day this summer.

“It certainly would have been a worse outcome,” Mr Nicholson said.

“It’s because of thededication on days like we had on Friday that it wasn’t.”

The resulting arc from the fallen line triggered a fast-running blaze that swept through the grass in the town’s north-west,aided by50-kilometer-per-hour winds on what was the hottest day this summer.

Minutes after the first fire was alight,two more grass fires ignited as a result of a roll-on weakness in the power lines.

“They were quite close together too,”Mr Nicholson said.

“The heat, the wind and the location also made it hard to get to.”

But within hours, volunteers had cut down fences andjumped on the fires to bring them under control.

Mr Nicholson said 25 to 30 trucks had responded to the blaze, including the assistance from neighbouring brigades.

“It’s our motto andour policyto send as much as we can as fast as we can,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for the quick response of our firefighterswe could have lost houses and people.”

Without a decent downpour, Mr Nicholson said this could be the start of a “hairy season”.

“With no sign of rain these kinds of events could become more frequent until March or April,” he said.

“It’s important to make sure your house is properly prepared, your grass is short and green and your gutters are free of bark and dried gum leaves.”

Back Demondrille road resident Martin Lang said it was thanks to fellow firefighters and neighbours everything wasn’t lost.

“I had one neighbour stomping grass out with his boots until the fire brigade arrived and another neighbour using his ownwater cart to keep it from the sheds,” Mr Langsaid.

“It was lucky firefighters were there quick enough–it could have been a lot worse.”

When Mr Lang arrived to his family home after 1pm, he jumped on a hose to help beat the embers threatening his land.

He said it was like fighting any other fire where “you do anything you can to put it out”.

“You never think it’s going to be your place when you get the message,” he said.

“I’m grateful to the guys for being there.”

Mr Lang said he wanted to thank the unexpected kindness of one neighbour who brought a bale of hay for his sheep.

“I didn’t get her name to thank her,” he said. “It was a really nice thing to do.”

Essential Energy southern regional managerSteven Ilitch said it was investigating the cause of a fault that occurred on the electricity network in the Harden area on Friday,resultingin a blackout that isolated359 customers.

When crews responded to a fallen power-line at Jack Ward Drive they came under the direction of the Rural Fire Service who were working to extinguish a grass fire.

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Farmers fight back on defence land grab

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AgForce President Grant Maudsley (left), Charters Towers’ grazier John Brownson who is in the firing line of the defence land grab in his home region and National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar.
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FARMERS are making Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce acutely aware of the deep anger and anxiety brewing amongst rank and file members opposing the government’s compulsory acquisition of farms in North Queensland.

On Tuesday, National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) CEO Tony Mahar met in Charters Towers with a troupe of disgruntled farmers and farm business operators, directly impacted by the controversial land grab.

Along with Queensland’s AgForce, the NFF now aims to write a letter of declaration to the government’s senior commanders, warning them of the take-over proposal’s potential to set a conflicting and inconsistent precedent for national land use policy.

The Department of Defence (ADF) is planning to use the acquired land to expand military training operations for Singaporean soldiers as part of the $2.5 billion Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

But in gathering forces to fight back, the NFF says the government’s looming invasion of valuable cattle grazing and farming country, to serve the Australian Defence Force’s needs, must be halted.

The peak national lobby group says the move impacts multiple farm landholders but undermines other critical national interest tasks like feeding the nation and fuelling the national economy, with agriculture forecast to increase 6.1 per cent this financial year to $60.2 billion.

Mr Mahar said the private meeting, comprising over 40 concerned stakeholders and landowners, confirmed in his mind the serious concern that currently exists in and around Charters Towers, about the government’s plan to acquire local farms by stealth.

“We were able to hear firsthand about the anxiety and the period of uncertainty these people are facing but also to get out in the paddock and see some of the country directly and this is productive farm land – this is not scrub country,” he said.

“This is productive agricultural land that’s possibly going to be compulsory acquired – about 300,000 hectares overall – and that would be a sad day for Australian agriculture.

“This is land that would be sacrificed to another industry but agriculture can make good use of this land which is good for fattening cattle and it would be a real shame if it were to be lost to agriculture.

“I thought it was really important the NFF was part of the discussion and demonstrated that we’re here to support and to help and understand what the views are and advocate for the best outcome for the farmers in this region but also farmers throughout Australia.

“It’s really concerning that this could set a precedent that would go across farming regions all over the country.”

Mr Mahar said the meeting was attended by supply chain participants like transporters with a direct interest in agriculture who relied on the industry’s continued existence and viability of agriculture.

He said the NFF would now work with AgForce and a Charters Towers steering committee and similar groups in other regions, to ensure they advocated and communicated to decision-makers the depth of feeling that exists over the issue.

Their first stop in pursuing an agenda that prioritises farmers’ best interests was a meeting in Brisbane this morning, with the office of Defence Minister Marise Payne.

Mr Mahar said a jointly-signed letter would also be sent to the Mr Turnbull, the Deputy PM Mr Joyce – also the Agriculture and Water Resources Minister – and the Defence Minister, letting them know the intensity of feeling among farmers in the Charters Towers region and at other locations around central Queensland.

“The main point is that compulsory acquisition is off the table,” he said.

Mr Mahar said the government had proposed to investigate purchasing farm properties and compensation was an option but compulsory acquisition was farmers’ prime concern right now.

“What we heard at the meeting is that people have been farming in this region for 100 years and they’re not interested in leaving,” he said.

“It’s still a proposal and the Defence Department will say that this is just the very start of the process but we have some concerns around how the process was started and whether it’s actually a consultation process for compensation or a consultation process for the project to go ahead.

“We want to get in right from the word go and make sure the federal government is really clear on what farmers and land owners think and understand the implications.

“This has ramifications not only for the Charters Towers area and this whole supply chain but if this goes ahead it also sets a really bad precedent for farmers.”

Mr Mahar said farmers already faced land-use threats from urban expansion, extractive industries, native vegetation and national parks and now the challenge of compulsory acquisition of farmland for defence purposes.

“This does not send a good message about where agriculture fits into the national economy,” he said.

“We need to have that discussion; where is agriculture in land use?

“At the moment there’s a confusing message.

“The government is saying agriculture’s a pillar of the economy and we agree with that but if they go through with this compulsory acquisition of farmland, it creates a confusing message; not only to farmers but the public.”

Mr Mahar said the issue also fed into existing community concerns and fears about farmers being unable to deny mining companies access to their private properties for extractive purposes like Coal Seam Gas.

“It’s all part of that policy discussion around strategic land use and where agriculture fits into that discussion and the need for clear government strategy,” he said.

NFF has said it understands Northern Australia Minister Matthew Canavan told a meeting in Marlborough on Monday an impact study into the proposal was underway, by KPMG.

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Indian team win with mercy ruling

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BATTLE: Peter Pietuch bats for Tigers in their B Grade game Indians.Sunday’s softball gamesaw Indians verse Road Runners, Road Runners Olivia Watson pitching to Kayleen Graham.
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IndiansBec Andersson, Chloe Conyard and Margaret Mcintosh all hadsafe hits, Ruby Mislov and Kayleen Graham had a double play.

Road Runners Maggie Payne, Aimee Watson and Sam Watson also had safe hits, Indians Margaret Mcintosh pitching to Bec Andersson.

Road Runners Olivia Watson, Ruby Mislov and Sam Watson got four across andwon 8-4.

Shout outs, Indians, Madi Conyard and Bec Andersson, Road Runners, Aimee Watson and Ruby Mislov.

Safe Hits, Road Runners, M Payne 1, A Watson 2, K Graham 1, O Watson 1, S Hoake 1 andR Mislov 1, catches, A Watson 1, S Watson 1, R Mislov 3.

Indians safe hits, C Conyard 1, MMcintosh 2, BAndersson 2, JKneebone 1, DSullivan 1, catches, M Mcintosh 1 and MConyard 1, pitching MMcintosh 2 K2’s.

The second game saw Tigers verse Spears, Spears Sharona Dodd pitching to Kelly Abdullah and Tigers Jeanne Mcintosh pitching to Joan Shea.

Both sides scored two runs in the first, Tigers made five in the second with double plays by Tanya Mcintosh and Katherine Wilson.

Spears Daralee had a three base hit bringing in three runsbutTigers were still ahead and won 9-7.

Shout outs, Spears, Tineale Colson and Kayla Lindsay, Tigers, Rebecca Birrell and Verena Kiselitza.

Safe Hits from the Spears, K Abdullah 1, T Colson 2 and K Lindsay 2, catches, Z Wingfield 1, T Colson 3.

Tigers safe hits, R Birrell 1, K Wilson 3, T Mcintosh 2, J Shea 2, V Kiselitza 1, J Mcintosh 2 and JWilson 1, catches, JWilson 1, RBirrell 1, TMcintosh 1 and KWilson 2.

The first baseball game was Indians versing Tigers, Indians Mick Gibbs pitching to Willy Gibbs and Tigers Keith Daniel pitching to Damien Pietuch.

Tigers scored 14 in the first to Indians three and nice hitting by Peter Pietuch, Shane Stephens and Michael Peters saw Tigers get 10 in the second, Indians scored four but Tigers took the win 24-7.

Shout out, Tigers, Peter Pietuch and Alex Guimelli, Indians, Steven Welgraven and Bec Andersson.

Safe hits Tigers, PPietuch 2, S Stephens 3, MPeters 3, SLockhart 2, AGuimelli 1, DPietuch 1, JShea 1 and KDaniel 1, pitching,KDaniel 3 K2’s, Indians, WGibbs 1 and SWelgraven 1.

The A Grade game saw Indians versing Tigers.

Indians Phil Hillman pitching to Tyler Welgraven andTigers Daniel Vines pitching to Damien Pietuch.

Tigers struggled to score in the first while Indians scored 20 with hits by Dale Kenyon, Tyler Welgraven and Brandon Gibbs, Tigers did not score before the mercy rule saw Indians win 20-0.

Shout outs, Indians, Brandon Gibbs and Tyler Welgraven, Tigers, Damien Pietuch and Michael Peters.

Safe hits, Indians, DKenyon 3, JDunbar 2, SWelgraven 1, BGibbs 2, TWelgraven 2, WGibbs 1 andJ Mathews 1, catches, LBlayney 1, pitching, PHillman 2 K2’s, Tigers, catches, PPietuch 1, pitching, DVines 1 K2.

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Main Round university offers to be released

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READY TO STUDY: Main round university offers come out at 6pm.MORE than 50,000 hopeful university applicants will find out tonight if they have received a MainRound offer for study in 2017. UAC’s participating institutions have made 44,190 Main Round offers,very similar to last year when 44,344 offers were made.
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Applicants will be able to log in to UAC’s website or My UAC at 6pm on Wednesday 18 January toview their offers. Offer letters will be available for download from 7.30am on Thursday 19 January.

UAC General Manager of Marketing and Engagement, Kim Paino, said the Main Round was still UAC’slargest offer round, and the end of an anxious wait for many students.

‘While lots of students will have received an early offer, which certainly takes the pressure off, for manythe Main Round is all about the course they really want to get into,’ Ms Paino said.

Ms Paino says, ‘Even with this large number of offers, unfortunately not everyone will be happy after theMain Round. But for anyone who has missed out on an offer, or missed out on their favourite course,don’t be disheartened.’

‘There are several more offer rounds, and applicants have from 6 o’clock tonight until midnight nextWednesday 25 January to change preferences to be included in the next offer round on 1 February. And ifyou haven’t applied yet it’s not too late – applications are open until 10 February. Just check UAC’swebsite for more information.’

When Main Round offers are released, UAC will also release the cut-offs for entry into each course. It’simportant for applicants to remember that cut-offs are not ATARs, as they include bonus points, and thatmany students are admitted under schemes that consider factors other than the ATAR.

Ms Paino says that, while the cut-off is still a useful tool for Year 12 students, UAC and universities willbe working closely together this year to provide additional information to students. ‘UAC welcomesMinister Birmingham’s acceptance of the transparency recommendations from the Higher EducationStandards Panel and we’re looking forward to supplementing our existing information for students withmore detail in 2018.’

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New blackleg resistant genes in canola

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NSW Department of Primary Industries researchers, Drs Harsh and Rosy Raman with DPI technical officer Ollie Owen, inspect this season’s canola field trails prior to harvest. Photo: ContributedNSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) scientists have found new canola genes for resistance to blackleg, the major disease threat to Australia’s canola industry.
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NSW DPI senior principal research scientist, Harsh Raman, said the study has unlocked the genetic make-up of canola to characterise major and minor genes resistant to the fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans, which causes blackleg disease.

“Finding new sources of resistance, particularly resistance which is controlled by minor genes, is extremely important to the canola industry,” Dr Raman said.

“Blackleg disease can cause up to 80 per cent yield loss in canola – in Australia, France and Canada resistance has been broken down in some canola varieties due to the emergence of new races of the blackleg pathogen.

“Significantly for local canola growers, the study revealed new sources of blackleg resistance which were either resistant to the pathogen or had low levels of blackleg.”

Researchers used 18,804 DNA markers in a genome-wide association study to identify genes associated with both major and minor resistance in canola.

Several genes for resistance were mapped on the canola chromosome using molecular markers, which will assist the incorporation of a combination of genes to develop canola varieties with durable resistance to battle blackleg attack.

Researchers used different races of blackleg fungus collected across Australian canola growing sites and infected 180 varieties of canola to deliver a comprehensive evaluation.

New sources of resistance were identified at the DPI Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, where researchers screened the canola lines using known races of blackleg fungus under glasshouse conditions.

NSW DPI, in collaboration with Marcroft Grains Pathology and the Victorian DPI, has now validated the presence of new genes in a number of canola varieties.

The blackleg resistance research project was supported by the NSW, Victorian and Australian governments and Grains Research and Development Corporation.

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WA Brekkie BlogWednesday, January 18, 2017

20/04/2019 Posted by admin

Good morning! Here areyour headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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The kitten was rescued from the Eelup roundabout on Friday.

BUNBURY:A kitten is lucky to be alive after it was thrown from a moving vehicle and an Eaton vet fears a second cat admitted the same day could bea victim of the same perpetrator. Read more.

MANDURAH:A Mandurah man accused of accessing child pornography online is likely to face trial in a Perth court later this year. Read more.

BUSSELTON:The union supporting staff at the Busselton Health Campus, United Voice, have slammed the working conditions for hospital staff. Read more.

WA:The Liberal government have pledged to introducelegislation to scrap the time limit for child sex abuse victims to sue their attackers if re-elected in the state general electionon March 11. Read more.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

Regional news►WANGARATTA, VIC:Thedeath of a Wangaratta woman killed while walking across a pedestrian crossing will leave a hole in many lives, say those closest to her. Married mother-of-three Roberta Brown, 53, was hit by a truck while walking her dog..read on.

The death of Roberta “Bobbie” Brown will leave a gap in many people’s lives, according to those closest to her. Mrs Brown died after being run over in Wangaratta.

►GREAT LAKES, NSW:Shucks, it’s an oysterharvest high on the Mid North Coast. With the Pacific Oysterindustry in Tasmania hard hit bydisease, it has createdan opportunity forMid North Coast’s Sydney Rock Oysters to gain astronger foothold in the market…full story.

► QUEANBEYAN, NSW: It’s the stuff of dreams – being paid by a global sportswearbrand to travel the world anddo what you love, day in and day out. And pro skater Jack Fardellis living it…read about his journey here.

Queanbeyan skateboader Jack Fardell will be going pro in the United States. Photo Elesa Kurtz

►TASMANIA: Police areweighing up an historic apology to child-sex abuse victims in institutionalised care whose cries for help were initially not believed by officers…read on.

National news► Australia’s most dangerous venomous creature is not a snake or a spider, nor even a jellyfish. It’s the bee and other stinging insects that pose the biggest public health threat, according to an analysis of more than a decade of Australian bites and stings.

Spiders such as the Sydney funnel web spider have caused no deaths in the survey period. Photo: Ben Rushton

►More than half of Australia’s young adults have done unpaid work as part of an internship or a job trial, raising questions about the need for greater regulation of unpaid work to prevent exploitation, a landmark national study has found…full story here.

Frances Johns worked an 8½ hour shift in the hope of getting a permanent job. Photo: Janie Barrett

► A man has been charged following a fatal crash at Hallidays Point near Taree on Tuesday. At about5.45pm, a 60-year-old man was riding a BMW motorcycle east along Blackhead Road and collided with a four wheel drive…read more.

National weather radarInternational news► BALI:A hotel security guard has claimed he witnessed Byron Bay murder suspect Sara Connor with her hand around the neck of a Balinese police officer who was later found dead on Kuta beach…full story here.

Pullman Hotel security guard Suryana (in blue shirt) plays Sara Connor in a reenactment at Denpasar District Court on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa.

►PHILIPPINES: Donald Trump’s conflict of interest risk is on glittering display in the Philippines atManila’s newest sky-scraper which soars 57 storeys above the sprawling city’s financial district of Makati…full story here.

US President-elect Donald Trump: some analysts worry the Trump-Duterte relationship could be a disaster. Photo: Anthony Behar.

►LONDON: In a historic, detailed speech, Mrs May dashed the hopes of Remainers and delighted Brexiteers by setting out a vision of an independent UK – a “trading nation” that will look beyond Europe to “new friends and old allies”.

Australia’s high commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer said it was a “historic speech”.

Faces of Australia:Jill Brookes Dardanup Heritage Park owner Jill Brookes shows off the Brookes Transport exhibits in one of the display sheds.

It’s a classic labour of love for Jill Brookes, her dozen staff and her merry band of nearly 50 volunteers.

Jill is the owner and manager of Dardanup Heritage Park, built on 121ha (300ac) property south east of Bunbury and boasting 20 sheds.

‘The Park’boasts the largest collection of heritage items in the Southern Hemisphere, along with some of the best “re-builders” and “restorers” – usually retired cockies enjoying life in what, for them, is the best Men’s Shed going.

Read the full story here.

Shire targets more referees

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Do you want to be a referee? The theory course is available online at 梧桐夜网laws.myfootballclub南京夜网419论坛. Once completed you can go to 梧桐夜网ssfra.org419论坛 and book a practical course.No one does football quite like the Sutherland Shire Football Association.
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The football-mad region has been strongly linked with a bid for its own A-League team, while growth of the sport at the grassroots level has seen the SSFA grow to become the biggest football association in New South Wales and the biggest sporting association in the state.

With 26 clubs making up the association, it is a good time to get involved in football in the Shire, but if there is one area that the association would like to see even more growth, it is in the number of referees available to them.

Chris Young, President of the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association, said the Shire boasted a fantastic number of referees with just over 300 registered referees, but said they needed even more than that to keep up with the sheer amount of fixtures on the weekend.

“We have good numbers, but we always need more because there is just so much football being played on the weekend,” Young said.

“We get referees to the vast majority of games, which is an outstanding effort given the number of games we have to cover, but we can always use more.”

Young said refereeing was a great way to turn football froma hobby into an income.

The referees association is very accommodating to players who want to continue to play their club football as well as take up refereeing.

Young said you might even find that taking up the whistle is a great way to make your way into the W-League or A-League.

“That pathway is always there, but it’s a great way for locals to make a bit of extra cash from the sport they love,” Young said.

“We have junior fixtures on Saturdays and senior fixtures on Sundays so there is always somewhere for you to get involved.

“Some of the referees that started with us have worked their way up and gone on to referee the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competitions.

“It’s a great inclusive environment that can teach young people a variety of life skills that will serve them in all walks of life.”

So, how do you get involved? Young said it was as easy as taking an online theory test before signing up for a practical course, which the SSFA runs in February and March in anticipation for the upcoming season.

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Britain set to sail into the world, but huge problems remain

20/04/2019 Posted by admin

London: We still don’t know exactly what Brexit will look like.
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But after Theresa May’s no-holds-barred speech on Tuesday, we’ve at last got a very good idea of what it won’t look like.

It won’t look like what a substantial portion of the country was hoping for: a soft, gentle nudging of Britain away from Brussels.

Instead, May sang the Rule Britannia chorus, as this plucky country sets sail into the world – and its old empire – to become a trading superpower.

Dwindling in the background is Europe: a valuable economic and anti-terrorism partner, sure, but a stagnant one, with stifling bureaucracy, interfering judges and too many migrants who don’t count among the “best and brightest” that Britain actually wants.

May even had the cheek to offer some parting advice to the EU: loosen up, guys, she said. Try to celebrate your differences a bit more.

Oh, and by the way, screw us on the Brexit deal and we will shaft the entire continent by setting up the world’s biggest tax haven on your doorstep, even if it costs us our entire social safety net and health system, so there.

No wonder the French and German ambassadors attending May’s speech – sat next to each other by the Foreign Office in case they needed a friendly shoulder to cry on – were shaking their heads in anger by the end.

After wrestling for months with the alternatives, the government has decided to go for broke. Britain won’t be a Norway or a Switzerland, swapping some rights and powers for a slice of what the EU offers.

It’s out. Brexit definitely means Brexit.

The plan sounds simple – and there is no reason it’s impossible.

But it presents huge, prickly problems to solve.

Central to May’s plan is a free-trade agreement with the EU. Lacking that, stifling new trade barriers will rise between “global Britain” and its biggest trading partners. Even with the best will in the world (which, after that speech, there may not be), it would be remarkable if this ponderous, fractious continent could forge and strike a deal that satisfies everyone in even twice the two years that May allotted.

The EU’s trade deal with Canada, literally the friendliest country in the world, was signed in October after a last-minute debacle when ornery Walloons managed to derail the whole thing for a couple of weeks and needed last-minute concessions to come to the party.

That deal took seven years from conception to signature. And it still won’t come into effect until it’s been passed by every European parliament.

Then there’s the customs union. Britain has to be out of it, or it can’t do its own trade deals. But it doesn’t want to be too far out, otherwise it will add significant cost to the flow of goods and services to and from the continent.

The Prime Minister skated over the details for good reason: there’s no obvious way to achieve what she wants.

And then … May surprised everyone by conceding that Parliament will get a vote on the final Brexit deal.

When pressed, she didn’t say what would happen in the entirely possible scenario that a grumpy, Remain-stacked House of Lords, which can’t be threatened with an election, turns it down.

Instead she affected a breezy optimism that they would wave it through.

And then there’s the issue of EU citizens currently living and working in Britain. May said she wanted them to keep their rights. She didn’t say what rights, but presumably she meant the rights to work and live here.

It’s not hard to say, but it’s a nightmare to put into practical effect within two years: more than 2 million people will need to be given a visa, or a passport, or whatever. They will have to prove their right to stay, they will have the right to appeal: those in the know simply throw up their arms and say it would be impossible, or at least stunningly expensive.

And then … and then … and then there’s the Irish problem. Peace on that island was predicated on an open border between south and north. But it will now be the only land border between the UK and the EU, a line where the UK must police immigration and whatever new tariffs result from its new trade policy.

May said there would be a “practical solution”. In other words, there exists some way to have a border with new, strict controls on people and goods, but that also lets them through more or less like before.

It’s reminiscent of Fermat’s Last Theorem – a mathematical conjecture whose creator in 1637 wrote confidently in the margin next to it, “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain.”

Mathematicians didn’t manage to find this solution until 1995, 3½ centuries later.

Hopefully, the legal, political and practical hurdles raised by Britain’s Brexit plan – of which I’ve hardly scratched the surface – will be jumped one by one, knocked over or otherwise dodged in considerably less than three centuries.

But, to (mis)quote another British prime minister who had to deal with angry Germans: this isn’t the end, or even the beginning of the end, but only the end of the beginning.

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North West misses out

20/04/2019 Posted by admin

The new Queensland Infrastructure Pipeline Report has no projects listed for the north west.The Palaszczuk state government has failed the North West again with the region missing out on any projects included in the Queensland Infrastructure Pipeline Report.
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The new report released December 2016 by statutory body Building Queenslandprovides the government with independent advice on the infrastructure proposals that “best meet” the needs of the state.

However it doesn’t seem to meet to needs of our region with no priority proposals for the north west listed in the report.

The December 2016 pipeline of priority proposals includes 20 proposals of which eight are for areas outside the south-east corner –however all eight are based on the coast.

These include the Burdekin Falls Dam, Port of Gladstone upgrades, Port of Townsville channel capacity upgrade, Townsville Eastern Access rail corridor,andSmithfield transport corridor upgrade in Cairns.

In fact the North West is not mentioned in the report at all.

The only mention of Mount Isa in the report is in relation to the Townsville Eastern Access rail corridor upgrades which says theproposal is investigating the movement of up to 1400 metre freight trains via a new rail link connecting the Mount Isa Line and North Coast Line, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.

Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said it was time for the Government to support Western Queensland and redirect its spending to the regions.

“It needs to be more than just recommending projects where the votes are in south east Queensland,” Mr Kattersaid.

Building Queensland says it prioritises the projects that will meet the needs of the state and deliver the greatest return which “requires not only robust business cases but a solid appraisal methodology that confirms a clear need.”

But with no mention of the strategically important North West Mineral Province it seems the projects are skewed towards Labor’s voting needs on the coast.

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Beef Week preview

20/04/2019 Posted by admin

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What’s on at ShrublandsDuring Beef Week, Shrublands will display theirBritish White bulls, available for sale or lease,and first-cross calves. Thebreed is known for itsmothering abilities,heat toleranceand high carcase yield.

According to Caitlin Williams, the stud use British White bulls (pictured below) across theirAngus females as back up bulls, with the calveskeeping up with the growth of the Angus and meat quality exceptional. Last year, they foundfirst-cross British White steers produced a higher carcase weight than their purebred Angus paddock mates.

New stud sire on displayHeatherington Park Poll Herefords introduce new stud sire “Days Brigadier G101” by the great Allendale Waterhouse D1.

G101 was reserve senior champion at Dubbo National in 2013 behind the $95,000 grand champion. Brigadier sold for $40,000, and a son wonitsclass at Wodonga in 2016and soldfor $44,000.

Heatherington Park’s first son, Heatherington Brigadier L40, out of a Bowen Vincent V1 daughter, is available for sale on Day 3 of Beef Week. L40 weighed 437kg, when weaned at ninemonths, scanned + 98 for EMA and + 3.8 for IMF at 17 months, and weighed 846kgat 19 months.

Other rising two year old bulls by Allendale Robin Hood D194 and AI sire Yalgoo Boulder Z250 are also for sale.

On display will be weaner bulls andretained heifersby Brigadier G101, while other weaner Brigafier heifers will be for sale.

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The Woonallee ladiesThis year sees the return of the special ‘Elite Ladies Sale’ into the Woonallee sale program of Simmental based genetics that excel on grass fed performance.

The Baker family’s Woonallee Simmentals will be offering 40 registered females in a twilight 4pm sale on Wednesday February 8.

Both traditional and black females will be included, catering for the seedstock industry enquiry since their previous such sale in 2014.

“There will be a mix of ages, but predominantly young cattle representing all our latest successful bloodlines,” Tom Baker said. “Some will be PTIC to our top Woonallee sires, while young unjoined heifers will also feature.”

This will be a great supporting event for the feature sale, Woonallee’s 10th annual Elite Production bull sale the following day.

One hundred and tenbulls will be on offer from 2pm on Thursday February 9, when 40 traditional, 55 black and 15 SimAngus will go through the ring, catering for all beef programs and budgets.

Woonallee ‘Ladykiller’(P) has literally swept everything before him in the past six months to dominate the show-ring and while he is being retained, there is unprecedented depth of quality on offer right to the very end of the offering.

Leading the offering is the very impressive traditional bull, Woonallee Los Angeles (P), while the black offering is led by Woonallee Lamborghini (P), a bull as smooth, impressive and powerful as his car namesake.

The bulls and females look an absolute treat and in the great 2016 season Woonallee was able to fully express their renowned genetic potential.

The South Australian studbacked up its Adelaide all breeds bull winby taking out supreme beef exhibit at theRoyal Melbourne Show in September.

The selection policies and genetic selections in the Woonallee breeding program have a total commercial focus, enabling the Baker family to turn off young weaner cattle (such as the10-month-old heifers pictured) on a consistent basis, even in a tight spring and summer such as2015/16.

The stud’s field day for inspections will be on February 7, making for three action packed days in a row at Woonallee. Regular updates and full sale catalogues will be available on the Woonallee website at梧桐夜网woonalleesimmentals南京夜网.

High Spa’sbull focusHigh Spa will feature an outstanding selection of January to March/April 2016 born “M” yearling bulls on January 29, day three of Beef Week.Visitors totheir Daylesfordproperty are welcome between 9am and 6pm, where displays and information will be easily accessible and refreshments available.

A small selection of working age bulls will be available, alongside the recently selected group of yearlings. The 200-day weights of the yearlings are a testament to their pedigrees both on the sire and the dam side.

Among the featured sires of the yearlings are VAR Reserve, Sydgen Trust, Lawson’s Invincible C402 and High Spa Johnson J94 (of Coonamble Elevator). Reserve, Trust, Invincible and Elevator were featured in last year’s Angus Australia listing of 50 sires that have had the most progeny in Australia in the past twoyears, a popularity reflecting proven excellence in their breeding.

From High Spa’s viewpoint, the description of Sydgen Trust being a “sound and docile” bull are traits that are true and have been stamped on his High Spa progeny.Brian and Theresa of High Spa saw Trust for themselves at the Origen semen collection centre in Billings USA a couple of years ago and wereimpressed with how well preserved he was for his age and how beautifully quiet and proud he stood.

VAR Reserve has jelled particularly well with High Spa dams demonstrating his versatility; producing thick, fast growing bulls that already display heaps of potential. Also rubbing off on the young bulls is Reserve’s temperament; he is currently in the list of the top 100 Angus sires for docility EBV.

One of the yearling bulls sires High Spa is very keen on is their own home grown sire High Spa Johnson J94.J94 was considered so highly of he was collected before sale to use as an AI sire over High Spa cows he will compliment.He has done an outstanding job this year producing progeny with excellent growth, style and carcase. J94’s sire Coonamble Elevator is a trait leader for 200, 400 and 600 day growth and carcase weight and is in the top 1 per centof the breed for those traits in Australia.

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The latest in police news

20/03/2019 Posted by admin

Police BriefsWoman almost six times over limitA pregnant Moss Vale womanreturned a breath-test reading almost six times the legal limit at Burradoo about 4am on January 15.
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The 33-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Bowral Police Station where abreath analysis testreturned an allegedreading of 0.281.

Checks revealed the woman’s driver’s licence had been cancelled in 2007.

She wascharged with high-range PCA, and driving while cancelled.She was given conditional bail to appear at Moss Vale Local Court on February 21.

Mittagong car crashA driver was taken to Bowral hospitalwith suspected neck injuries after a two-car crash on the Old Hume Highway at Mittagong.

Mittagong Fire and Rescue captain Gerry Conway said crews were called about 11.20am on January 15, when avehicle was hit from behind by another at Ferguson.

Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance NSW attended.

Alarge oil spill was cleared and other passengers were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Drug supply at Goulburn prisonA man has been charged after allegedly trying to take drugs into Goulburn Correctional Centre.

A 37-year-old man visited the prisonwith two women, aged 26 and 19, to see an inmate. Police were called on the suspicion the trio was in possession of prohibited substances.

Officersallegedly foundcrystal methamphetamineand tobacco on the man and tobacco on the 26-year-old woman.

Police searched a vehicle in the car park, and seized more ice, cash and documents suspected to be stolen.

Police arrested the man and the 26-year-old woman and took them to Goulburn Police Station. The man was charged with possessing and supplying a prohibited drug, attempting to deliver an item to an inmate without authority and two counts of goods in custody.

He was refused bail and appeared at Goulburn Local Court on January 16. The 26-year-old woman is expected to be issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for attempting to deliver an item to an inmate without authority.

Car crashes into tree at Sutton Forest

A man was taken to Bowral Hospital after his Volvo station wagon hit a tree in Sutton Forest.

About 2.15pm on Friday, January 13 the 68-year-old man from Potts Point was travelling north along Exeter Road when his car left the road.

Police and NSW Ambulance officers attended the scene.

He sustained head, arm and leg injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment after being assessed by paramedics at the scene.

Police inquiries will continue into the incident.

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