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Two injured in brawl

20/10/2018 Posted by admin

Police have appealed to the public for assistance after a brawl in Toongabbie on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to Bryson Street at about 7.30pm on January 15,following reports of a brawl.

Police have been told that a number of people were involved in a fight outside a house. It is understood several of the people werearmed with poles and bats.

Two men, 30 and 31, were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Detectives from Parramatta attended and began an investigation into the incident.

Following inquiries, a man, 56, was arrested at Parramatta police station atabout 8.30pm on January 15.

He was charged with affray and reckless grievous bodily harm.

The man was given conditional bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court on January 31.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event or has images or video of the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Two charged during pursuitA man and a woman have been charged after a police pursuit at Guildford last week.

Officers were patrolling Excelsior Street, when they observed a white Holden utility driving in an erratic manner, at about 3.30pm on Tuesday January, 10.

Police attempted to stop the car on Woodville Road, butit allegedly failed to stop, and a pursuit commenced.

A short time later, the vehicle crashed into a parked car on Townsend Street.

The male driver, 40, fled from the scene butwas later located atnearby property on Bursill Street and arrested.

His female passenger, 27, was arrested at the scene of the crash.The man was charged with eight offences includingtwo counts of destroying or damagingproperty, trespassing andresisting arrest. He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday, January 11.

The woman was charged with supplying aprohibited drug and possessing aprohibited drug.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on February 7.

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Before you donate, is it fit for a good mate?

20/10/2018 Posted by admin

BOOST: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole (second from left) announces funding for Kings Parade with Bathurst Regional Council representatives.HAPPY new year.While the new year can be a great time to give yourself a challenge, or make a change, it’s also a popular time for cleaning up and “culling”household items and clothing.

For many, it’s about making room for many new bits and pieces received over Christmas.

While donating unwanted goods is a great way to help those less fortunate, please keep in mind that “if it ain’t fit for a mate, then don’t donate”.

This message comes as many unusable donations are made to charities across the country – which, ironically, costs the charities millions of dollars in disposal costs.

Charities see a spike in unusable donations at this time – and even people using street-side clothing bins as dumping grounds for food waste and other rubbish.

The NSW Government is working with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) to create awareness about responsible donations.

Remember, the thousands of volunteers that help deliver assistance to needy members of our community aren’t there to sort out your rubbish, sodonate responsibly.

POOL SAFETYI KNOW I sound like a broken record, but please do not leave children unsupervised near water no matter what the depth.

It’s a simple message, however, the record drownings this summer mean not everyone is listening.

CLAIM YOUR STAKEAROUND one in 14 NSW residents could be eligible to claim a share in more than $220 million of unclaimed money from the NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR).

The OSR holds unclaimed money from deceased estates, dividends, bonds, refunds, overpayments and a range of other sources. There isover $220 million currently held in a dedicated trust, awaiting collection.

Items held by the OSR range from $20 share dividends to $1.06 million from a deceased estate trust fund.

You can either conduct a search yourself online by visiting 苏州美甲培训osr.nsw.gov419论坛/ucm or visit your local ServiceNSW centre whichwill help you conduct the search.

MY BIG CHALLENGELIKE many others, I’m using the start of the new year to create new challenges for myself that benefit the wider community.

Last week I set the challenge to announce and deliver 20 community projects with funding in 20 days (see #20Gofundchallenge).

I look forward to sharing some great projects with you all.Check out my Facebook page for the daily announcements.

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Riding wave of success

20/10/2018 Posted by admin

WE’VE DONE IT: Friends share a hug to celebrate the Wharf to Waves just before the finishing line in the 40-49 year age swim at Tathra Beach on Sunday.

About 600 people took part in two days of events inthe 2017 Tathra Wharf to Waves.

Officials were thrilled with the turnout between the fun run, bike ride and Sunday’s swims as all three events were swamped with hordes of last minute entries.

Sunday featured 431 entries all in with 290 swimmers involved in the 600 metre age swims and another 141 names registered in the On the Perch Splash for Cash over 1200 metres.The water tipped 21 degrees with near flat surf conditions.

Surf Lifesaving FSC branch president Tony Rettke said the beach landscape was a bit different to last year after storms ravaged Tathra Beach early in 2016.

The different lay of the sand combined with a high tide saw gentle one-foot waves lapping at, and at times rising past, the finish line meaning a greatly reduced sprint up the beach.

“It will be hard to tell if we’ll get fast times or if it will appear a bit slower,” Mr Rettke said during the 1200-metre main event. “Normally it can a 30 or 40-metre sprint up the beach, but the water is pushing right up the finish line this year.”

Event stalwart John Fox had a massive day out, winning his age swim by a long margin and also out-shining Melbourne hopeful James Macri, who had won the last three 1200-metre swims.

Fox put in a great time of 15 minutes and eight seconds, just 45 seconds shy of the event record –set by Macri.

In the ladies’ standings, last year’s winner Zoe Philipzen was toted as one of the favourites, but met with some classy opposition to finish fifth.

However, she did take out her age group swim between providing race reports from the IRBs on the day.

Jenna Freeman took out the event with local swimmer Jane McCallum picking up third on the day.

Fox and Freeman both collected a $500 prize and framed pictures of Tathra from photographer Kit Goldsworthy.

It was also a good day out for a number of local young guns as they faced off against a flurry of visitors from Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra and several swimmers who travelled up from Victoria.

Ellie Parker topped her age group andhit the beach to cheers from her fellow lifesavers, as did new patrol member Tarni Evans, who finished just outside the top 10.

Tayla Smith also took out her age group, just seconds ahead of another Bega swimmer in Kate Gowing, while Zak Kelly and Jack Caldwell headed up the boys.

Former MP Steve Whan had some great results, finishing second in his age swim and taking on the 1200-metre Splash for Cash with a top 10 result.

An unexpected special guest halfway through the age swims was a visit from a seal, which darted around in front of the finish line and made quite a spectacle for beachgoers.

Officials thanked everyone who took part and said it had been one of the best events yet in the 16-year history of the Wharf to Waves.

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Behind the prison walls

20/10/2018 Posted by admin


Highlander Barry Butterfield has spent 30 years working with some of the state’s toughest criminalsWhile prison-based television shows such as Wentworth and Orange is the New Black have taken off, working behind the walls of a prison is every day life for Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) staff.

Barry Butterfield has worked for CSNSW for three decades and has spent time rehabilitating some of the state’s hardest criminals at Goulburn Correctional Centre. Photo: supplied.

To acknowledge the real faces of prison rehabilitation, CSNSW has announced its inaugural Corrections Day.

The day, January 20, takes the community beyond the prison walls tohear the stories of CSNSW men and women who rehabilitateinmates, keep offenders accountable and aim to reducere-offending.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said community corrections and custodial officers,industry and trade overseers, services and programs staff faced a tough and oftendangerous job each day.

“Corrections Day is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution of front line staff,who supervise offenders and keep our community safe,” he said.

“Custodial officers respond to more than 60 incidents each day across the state, such ascontraband finds, assaults, medical issues and often unpredictable scenarios.”

He said officers’ efforts generally went unnoticed by the community because the work they did was behind the walls of prisons, or the doors of community corrections offices.

“Our staff undertake a wide-range of jobs, from delivering programs that rehabilitateoffenders, to providing work skills that inmates can use post-release, and managingoffenders’ case plans that help address their behaviour.”

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said correctional officers faced situations that were similarto many other front line officers, such as police and ambulance officers.

“Prison staff respond to fires in cells, break-up fights between inmates, as well as helpaddress mental health and behavioural issues,” he said.

“They experience things that many of us will never see in a lifetime, but they act efficientlyand professionally.”

Outside of prisons,community corrections officers superviseoffenders on parole and othercommunity-based orders to help reintegrate them into the community.

CSNSW employs more than 4750 custodial officers, around 580 services and programsstaff and psychologists and nearly 500 overseers at the 35 correctional centres acrossthe state. More than 1200 community corrections officers are employed at the 58 communitycorrections offices and seven satellite offices in NSW.

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Rescued man thanks heroes

20/10/2018 Posted by admin

A Devonportman who almostdrowned at theBluffhas praisedhis rescuersand called forconsideration ofpaid lifeguards atbeachesinbusy times.

“If at all possible I think (paid lifeguards)could be considered,”Peter Lyall said.

A grateful Mr Lyall recountedhisordeal after being released fromthe North West Regional Hospital where hespent 18 hours.Hewentswimmingat the Bluff on Devonport Cup Dayalong with manyothers enjoyingthehalf day holiday. When he got intotrouble in the water his son tried to help buta panickedMr Lyallpulledhim under.“I panicked whenI triedto get to shore andkept getting pushed back out,” Mr Lyallsaid.

Mr Lyall’sdaughter’sboyfriend, Tim Wilson, 24, wasa stronger swimmer and came to his aid.

Mr Wilsonsaid he heard Mr Lyall calling for help.

“Iswam out and held him upandwaved my left arm to a manI could see as there were no lifeguards,” he said.

“The man helped me bringhim into shore by lifting his head as I paddled. He was flapping around and it was sapping my energy;if I didn’t have thatother guy come out I wouldn’t have made it.”

Youth worker Brett Steers said he often goes for a run or swim at lunch time.

“I initially noticed threemen a fair way out and a young lady swimming in their direction…something told me to swim towards them,” Mr Steerssaid.

Hesawamanraise his arm and wave. When he got to themhe foundMr Lyall indistress and Mr Wilson doing a “valiant” job.

“One of the younger men (Mr Wilson) had beentrying to support him though was having some difficulty…this young man had done a brilliant job so far to manage to support the older man mostly by himself…,” Mr Steerssaid.

It took quite a while to get Mr Lyall to shorewhere anambulance was called. Several men helped gethim across the beach to the ambulance.

“I would love to shake Brett’shand tothank him,” Mr Lyall said.

“Because if Tim, Brett and my sonhad not donewhat they didI don’t even want to think about it. What Tim and Brett did was incredible andI’d also like to thank everyone else that helpedme, including the ambulance and hospital.”

Mr Steerssaid he was just in the right place to help out. He said “real heroes” were volunteers who help out on a daily basis such as SES, firies, lifesavers,ambulance and police.

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