July, 2018

Sydney out to defend Cootamundra touch title

More than 50 teams have registered for the popular Unisex Touch Football Carnival in Cootamundra. Picture: Michael FrogleyTOUCH FOOTBALL
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AFTER putting on the showpiece display of last year’s tournament, powerhouse Sydney team the Rebels are set to return to Cootamundra to defend their Unisex Touch Football Carnival title.

With a new name emblazoned on their shirts, the former Rebels now Galaxy squad is set to face tough opposition as they seek to retain sought-after A grade honours.

Unisex Touch Football Carnival organiser Kellyann Connell is anticipating high levels of competition to unfold in both the A grade and A reserve divisions.

More than 50 teams across four divisions have registered to contest the two day carnival on Saturday and Sunday.

“Last year the A grade competition was very strong, and a great grand final was played between Canberra and Sydney… which the Sydney Rebels team won,” she said.

“Both those teams are coming again, as well as a couple more teams from Sydney and teams from Bathurst, Melbourne, Canberra, Griffith, Young, Wagga, Nowra and Forbes.”

Of the teams that have registered for the popular mixed age carnival, approximately 30 of the teams are from Cootamundra.

“We always have really good support from the community, and this year I’d say about 30 teams are local and 20 are out of town,” she said.

The strong support shown for the social carnival, now in it’s 31st year, is not only reflected by its remarkable longevity, but by its ability to offer a prize pool of $5500.

“It should be another really good weekend,” Connell said.

“Apparently it’s not going to be as hot this weekend as it was last year, which will be good, but there is a chance we could get rain.”

Despite the forecast of wet weather, Connell confirmed rain will not prevent the region’s longest running touch football carnival from taking place.

“It will go ahead regardless,” she said.

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WA’s year in weather- 2014 was the fourth hottest on record

Hot, hot, hot: The breakdown of temperatures in Perth, in what was one of WA’s warmest ever yearsOn the back of one of Perth’s hottest ever January days on Monday stats have been released showing it follows one of the states warmest years on record.
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The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, released on Tuesday, revealed WA experienced its fourth warmest year on record in 2014.

January and February topped the thermomoter in terms of monthly mean temepartures with an average of 32.2 degrees and 33.2 degrees respectively, whilst the report notes the entirety of southern Australia, including the bottom section of WA, experienced “very much above average annual mean temperatures”.

The Parkerville bushfire and flooding in the northwest of the state, which both occurred in January, garnered mentions in the report, which notes heatwaves and dry conditions throughout much of the country at the start of the year including in the Perth hills on January 12, when more than 50 homes were lost in the Parkerville area.

It wasn’t just above average temperatures across the state however that was highlighted in the report, with mentions of the South West land division and Gascoyne regions recording what the bureau described as “below to very much below average” rainfall.

Although inland WA had above average rainfall, the western coast of the state also experienced below average rainfall, while there were no recorded cyclones in WA in 2014.

It does reference some significant heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding seen in large parts of the state between January 15 and 24, which according to the report were associated with the passage of a tropical low.

Road links were cut in parts of northwest WA as much of the Kimberley, eastern Pilbara and a broad band of inland Western Australia extending to the Nullarbor coast received more than 100 millimetres of rain, while on the whole WA experienced four significant cold fronts in 2014.

Strong winds, widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms occurred between July 6 and 8 in southern Western Australia and a torm tide was recorded in the area affecting 26,000 homes in Perth and the South West, where they lost power.

A subsequent cold front crossing southwest Western Australia on July 14 caused significant property damage and power outages, with three separate tornadoes reported in the western suburbs of Perth, as well as near Yallingup in the South West, and Geraldton.

In Fremantle, storms led to a container ship breaking its moorings and crashing into the Fremantle rail bridge, while a second cargo vessel also broke its moorings and hit a refuelling vessel.

A passing cold front on September 7 and 8 produced severe wind gusts and high tides over southern WA and South Australia with a possible tornado reported in Forrestfield and an apartment block southwest of Perth in Attadale lost its roof.

Perth monthly mean temperatures 2014

January 32.2 degrees

February 33.2 degrees

March 30.3 degrees

April 26.5 degrees

May 21.4 degrees

June 19.6 degrees

July 18.5 degrees

August 21.6 degrees

September 22 degrees

October 24.5 degrees

November 26.2 degrees

December 29.1 degrees

Perth rainfall 2014

January 0.2 millimetres

February 0.0 millimetres

March 7.4 millimetres

April 24.6 millimetres

May 152.6 millimetres

June 93.6 millimetres

July 151.2 millimetres

August 107.0 millimetres

September 77.0 millimetres

October 37.0 millimetres

November 23.8 millimetres

December 0.0 millimetres Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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In Brief: Police seeking man for questioning after theft

Police seeking man for questioningPolice are seeking assistance from the community to identify a male person depicted in the image.
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Between 7am and 12.00pm on December 30, an unknown person stole a a purse from a handbag at Liverpool Hospital.

Following the theft, a person has used credit cards from the purse to make 13 purchases in Liverpool and Edensor Park.

Police are seeking the identity of the male depicted in the image who is beleived will be able to assist with Police investigations.

Suspicious house fire in Casula

Police are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred in Casula on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to a property on Reserve Road Casula, where they found the front part of the house in flames.

The fire was extinguished and it is believed that the occupant has not been at the premises since before Christmas.

As a result of the fire, three rooms have been destroyed and the remaining rooms damaged by smoke.

The fire began in the front living room, however, the cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway.

Anyone with information which could assist Police are requested to contact Liverpool Police Station on 9821 8444.

Sarah Lee Casula robbed

Police have charged a Wooloomoolo man with robbery after he stole money from the Sarah Lee Outlet shop in Casula.

At 1pm on December 28, the 39-year-old entered approached the counter of the shop to pay for a purchase.

As the shop assistant opened the till, the man jumped the counter and began to remove money from the register and made threats to stab the staff member.

A witness who was in the store at the time approached the counter to intervene, however, he too was threatened physical harm.

The man left the store and was seen by an off-duty police officer at Liverpool Railway Station at 6pm that night.

The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station and found to be in possession of the proceeds of the robbery.

He was charged with Robbery and refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on 29/12/2014 remanded to Campbelltown Local Court on 18/02/2015.13.

Man charged over fatal driving accident

A 20-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death after a woman died in a car accident at Prestons recently.

At 9pm on Sunday December 21, emergency services were called to the intersection of Bernera Road and Wroxham Street after a Toyota Landcruiser and a Toyota Yaris collided.

The 55-year-old male driver and the mans 55-year-old wife who had been travelling in the Yaris were taken to Liverpool Hospital, where the woman died upon arrival.

The driver of the Landcruiser fled the scene before police arrived, but a local resident found the 20-year-old man hiding in the front yard of a home on Wroxham Street and notified police.

The man acted aggressively towards police and was arrested and taken to Liverpool Hospital where he was questioned by crash investigators.

Investigations revealed that the Landcruiser was travelling in a northerly direction along Bernera Road, when it failed to stop at a red light and entered the intersection with Wroxham Street.

The car collided with the passenger side of the Yaris, which then crashed into a traffic light pole.

The driver of the landcruiser has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, causing bodily harm by misconduct, negligent driving occassioning death, driving recklessly and while disqualified, not stopping at a red light and driving in darkness without prescribed lights.

He will appear at Liverpool Local Court on February 5.

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Respite home by year’s end

PUMPED: Among the fundraisers for the Jindelara respite care home has been full driveway service for a donation at Ulladulla’s Woolworths Plus Petrol station where operator Lynda Smith donated her time to work alongside Jindelara Foundation member Steven Malmo.
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THE Jindelara House offering respite care for families and people living with disabilities might be built by the end of this year following a massive community fundraising effort.

Officials from the Lions Ulladulla District Community Foundation, which has taken on building the Jindelara house as its first project, are already looking for suitable blocks of land around Ulladulla due to the fundraising’s success.

Jindelara Foundation chairman Greg Best said officials were already in discussions with the vendors of a few different sites.

He said he hoped to have the final site tied up in the next few weeks, with building work on the respite care home possibly starting in autumn.

Fundraising from the local community has been so successful the Lions International Foundation is expected to kick in with a massive contribution of $100,000 US in March, while a further funding application for federal government assistance has been lodged with Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis.

Mr Best said Lions International was likely to come of board with financial support because it had been “impressed by the level of local support” for the Jindelara project.

“The level of local fundraising gives a great sense of local ownership,” Mr Best added.

The overall result is the plans are moving ahead faster than envisaged by anyone on the committee, which included representatives of Rotary and Apex.

“Our plan initially was to have a respite care house, then look at long-term housing for people with disabilities,” Mr Best said.

“However we’re now in the position to start looking at the second phase, which is the group home for people with disabilities.

“We’re now in a position where we can lift our eyes to phase two.”

And it was happening “a damn site earlier than a lot of people thought it would be,” he explained.

Jindelara has been advised to find separate locations for the respite centre and the group home, because of their different needs.

Brian Thompson from the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club said many local tradespeople had indicated their willingness to help build a respite home and group home, and he was confident that would substantially reduce the cost of building a home to specifically suit people with disabilities.

He expected the respite home to comprise at least three bedrooms and cover at least 212 square metres, however the final design would depend on the site.

Mr Best said he expected Jindelara to employ trained carers along with volunteers to augment services, while there had also been discussion with TAFE about training staff for the different services.

By developing skills and experience through the system, “we will be much better equipped to handle an expansion,” he said.

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Couldn’t be more grateful

Itwasa small gesture of Christmasgiving but it meant the world toalmost 100 Campbelltown kids onChristmas Day.
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Bodywar Outdoor Group Fitnessput the call out to its clients, askingthem to donate toys for familieswho were struggling financially.

Its co-director Tanya Galea saidthe response was overwhelmingand the group ended up gifting 98toys to Campbelltown’s St Vincentde Paul branch on Warby Street inDecember.

‘‘The idea was originally put to usby a long-term Bodywar client, JadeAntala, who has a heart of gold andloves to help any charity that helpschildren,’’ Ms Galea said.

Vinnies’ Campbelltown conferencepresident Patrick Jordan saidit was one of many generouscommunity donations.

‘‘We got donations from severalorganisations, including St John theEvangelist Primary School, whichdonated a large quantity of food forthe Nagle Centre,’’ he said.

‘‘We also received very generousdonations from the patrons ofCampbelltown Catholic Club andAquafit.’’

He said the toys were distributedto about 40 families on Saturdayand will be given to many children.

‘‘We also distributed small giftcards to enable families to buy foodfor Christmas,’’ he said.

‘‘We would like to extend a hugethank you to everyone who donated.

‘‘We really could not be moregrateful.”

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No room for complacency.

A crew from Mintaro CFS brigade extinguish a grass fire east of Clare, December last year.The Clare Valley and Mid North escaped the worst of the bush fire danger over the Christmas and New Year period, but with more than three months of the fire danger season ahead we must remain vigilant, says Horrocks Group Officer Michael Colbert.
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Ash Wednesday Bushfires tore through the Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley 32 years ago, leaving a trail of destruction and claiming the lives of 28 South Australians in the Adelaide Hills and South East of the state.

In the three decades since, more properties have been constructed close to bush land, the fuel load on private land and in conservation parks has gradually built up, and this year’s weather patterns have created the perfect scenario for another catastrophic fire in the region.

If this is not enough to encourage the community to ensure each business and residence has a bushfire preparedness strategy in place, the Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook for 2014-15 has predicted the Flinders and Mid North Districts are likely to experience above normal fire potential.

“Every time you speak to people affected by a fire, they say ‘we didn’t think it would happen here, we didn’t expect it would take hold so fast’” Mr Colbert said.

“It is going to happen here, so we just have to make sure we are prepared.

“We are probably overdue for a big fire, and the danger period for us is February and March”.

It is not too late to prepare properties to reduce fire risk, and the milder temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday could provide an opportunity to land owners to catch up on tasks, taking all necessary precautions.

Slashing long grass and weeds reduces the volatility risk of a grass fire.

Vegetation lying flat on the ground is more difficult to ignite and burns more slowly than grass standing upright with air circulating all around it, giving fire fighters a greater chance of extinguishing the fire before it spreads.

“It is like trying to light a phone book – compare it to lighting scrunched up pieces of paper; it is more difficult to light the pages of an intact phone book,” CFS State Training Officer Robin Geytenbeek said at a recent media training session.

He said that people need to take some responsibility for their safety by being as prepared as possible.

“Don’t expect firemen to rock up at your driveway and save you.

“We try to be there, but it won’t always happen,” Mr Geytenbeek said.

Gilbert Group volunteers and appliances from Eudunda, Tarlee, Riverton, Saddleworth, Auburn, Manoora, Marrabel and Waterloo have been playing an active role in the fire fighting effort in the Adelaide Hills, and Group Officer Andrew Allchurch has put in over 45 hours on the fireground as Division Commander overseeing 30 trucks on the northern perimeter.

He said Gilbert Group crews worked with DEWNR firefighters on a huge backburn, and that the crews worked really well together.

This is not the first large scale fire Mr Allchurch has worked on; as a 17 year old he fought the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in the Clare Valley.

As well as attending the Adelaide Hills fire, Gilbert brigades attended fires at Bower near Eudunda, Marrabel, and a Hoyleton fire with Horrocks Group brigades.

Fortunately the fire on Saturday near Hughes Park Road Hoyleton, which was assumed to have been started by a lightning strike, was contained by farm units by the time CFS units arrived.

“It was a good effort by the farm units, as it had the potential to get into the rough terrain of the Skilly hills,” Mr Colbert said.

Horrocks Group CFS brigades were kept busy with a few smaller fires across the region, as well as providing individuals, crews and appliances to assist with the Adelaide Hills inferno, whilst still ensuring there was always adequate crews in the region should they have been required.

Fires were also reported at Hope Gap, south of Redhill near the Augusta Highway, and a number of small fires started by lightning in the Brinkworth region. The job is not over when CFS volunteers return to the station.

They put in many more hours than just on the fireground.

Mr Allchurch said he could spend hours maintaining and repairing vehicles after he returns to the station, to ensure all equipment is in working order and ready to go for the next call out.

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CITY SLICKERS: No pussyfooting around with Lions to get stuck in pre-season

LEADING MEN: (from left) Orange City junior president Tony Dalton, with senior coaches Steve Hamson, Anthony Kent, Fletcher Niven, Joe Blunt, Mick Gray, Nick Kennedy and John Young. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0106orgcitycoachesWE may only be days into 2015 but Orange City Rugby Union Club has its pre-season planned, and scheduled to start this week.
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The club will hold its season launch this Friday before the first training session on January 14.

The Lions’ pre-season will include at least two trial matches and two 10s tournaments.

First grade coaches Steve Hamson and Mick Gray are putting more emphasis on the pre-season this year.

“We want to take more account of our pre-season rather than make things optional,” Hamson explained.

Their first trial match will be against West Harbour at Pride Park on February 28.

A week later, on March 7, they’ll line up in the Cowra 10s.

“We’ll be going there with the intention of winning that,” Hamson said of the Cowra tournament.

The Lions will head to Newcastle to take on Novocastrian heavyweights Wanderers on March 14 and 15 before lining up in the Orange City 10s on March 21.

“The 10s will give us the opportunity for lots of footy and the trials will give us the opportunity for more structured football,” Hamson explained.

This year’s Orange City first grade side will have changes from the squad which finished third in the 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup.

Back rower Gus Brotherton has moved to Sydney to test himself there and Sam Powell has also moved away from Orange.

Brothers Sam and Jackson Coote have signed on to play rugby league with Orange Hawks this year.

Hamson is still confident the Lions will field a competitive side in 2015.

John Young and Anthony Kent will coach the club’s second grade outfit, while Joe Blunt, Nick Kennedy and Tui Masila will mentor the third grade side.

Fletcher Niven and Dave Smith have returned to coach the colts after guiding last year’s side to the premiership.

Hamson said the senior club will be working more with the junior Lions in 2015 to get more consistency across the two groups.

“We want to do some in-house coach education with the juniors,” he explained.

“We want to take a more active role with the juniors and help develop those players so when they come into colts, they’re ready.”

The senior club will have training sessions on January 14, 21 and 28.

They will then train on Mondays and Wednesdays during February, before switching to Tuesdays and Thursdays in March.

The junior club will hold registration days on February 13 (5.30-7pm) and 14 (11am-1pm), at Pride Park, and will accept rolling registrations after that.

The Lion cubs are also calling for coaches from under 7s up to under 17s.

The club’s launch will be held at the Royal Hotel this Friday from 6pm.

Players can meet the coaches and talk about the plans for the pre-season. Those interested in playing for the Lions are also welcome to attend.

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Lameroo school students perform African fable

Great king: Nagwaja, played by Ben Harmer, talks to his mother, played by Molly Barrett, about his great plans to become king.
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AUDIENCES were taught to follow their dreams, but in the right way, as they watched Lameroo Regional Community School’s 2014 production of the African-inspired fable Nagwaja.

Students from reception to year seven performed the production, written by Joan Scott Minter, which tells the story of a hare who, relying only on wishful thinking and his own good looks, wanted to be king of all animals.

The story followed the confident, self-assured character as he learned the lesson of what it takes to achieve goals – including hard work, honesty and patience.

Some of the crowd’s favourite scenes included the Battle of the Ants, where receptions and year ones charged and collapsed with their legs in the air; the Lion Rock, with lionesses dancing around their leader; the Hippopotamus Blues, with year twos and threes as the groovy chorus line; and the clever Jungle Rap by the year sixes and sevens.

The year four and five class of drumming warriors and their circus antics at interval was a hit and added another dimension to the show.

The upper primary students in lead roles produced notable performances, including Ben Harmer, who played Nagwaja; Molly Barrett, as Nagwaja’s mother; and Josh Smith as the American Gangster-inspired King Rat.

Year five student Sarah Pearce played wise Elder Nkosi and led a scene with the warriors that she had written herself.

As part of their SACE stage one studies, several senior students played a major role in the production, through sections such as costumes, front of house, hair and makeup, sound and lighting, stage management, and advertising.

Cassie Walter transformed the set into an African wonderland, complete with rock formations and a waterfall, as part of her stage two creative arts studies.

The diverse and entertaining production meant many community members came to watch for a second time.

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Nanette Carroll’s Palm Beach property is top Gold Coast real estate

Stunning: The property at 255 Jefferson Lane has open-plan living to capture the Palm Beach views. Photo: Lucy Cole Prestige Properties Relaxing: The main bedroom has a walk-in robe and an oceanfront sunroom. Photo: Lucy Cole Prestige Properties.
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One of the Gold Coast’s most high profile business women is wasting no time fulfilling her New Year’s resolution – to downsize and sell her home at Palm Beach.

Nanette Carroll, a leading figure in Australia’s recruitment industry, has put her absolute beachfront Hamptons-style property at 255 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach up for grabs.

Ms Carroll was the 1996 winner of the Australian Telstra business woman of the year award for business owners and now serves as a non-executive director of Workpac Group.

She has had more than 25 years in the recruitment industry and numerous council and board appointments.

Lucy Cole, of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties, said Ms Carroll was selling so she could spend more time overseas, where most of her 10 grandchildren lived. But parting ways with the home wouldn’t be easy.

“From the moment you walk into the open-plan lounge area, you can see the ocean, and the sand is right at your doorstep,” Ms Cole said. “It’s such a unique setting and it doesn’t need any work. If you’re into beach living or surfing, there’s nothing finer.”

Ms Cole said there had been interest from interstate and international buyers, as well as locals.

However, with the property going up for auction, she was unable to give a price guide.

Domain Group previously reported on the banning of price guides, now enforced for any properties selling at auction in Queensland.

“It has been extremely difficult, because they’re all expecting some sort of a price expectation or price range,” Ms Cole said.

The two-storey residence has five bedrooms, including a beachfront parents’ retreat with a walk-in robe and ocean sun room, as well as three luxury bathrooms, and brush box timber flooring.

The home also sits on a corner block, and includes multiple open-plan living zones, a two-car garage, and storage for a boat or caravan.

While not quite as exclusive as Hedges Avenue at Mermaid Beach, Jefferson Lane is considered to be one of the best streets on the Gold Coast and is just metres from boutique shops, cafes, schools and also close to the Gold Coast Airport.

“Some people want to be closer to the airport and get the better surf,” Ms Cole said.

“You  have a surf club and patrolled beaches and it’s closer to the M1 so there are a lot of other advantages.”

The property is up for auction on Saturday, January 17, at 10.30am.

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Rate rise boosts public works

CampbelltownCouncil’s maintenanceprogram has so farimproved more than 40 kilometresof road and refurbished 110 communityfacilities.
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The program is financed by an11 per cent rate rise, brought in bythe council last July.

Ratepayers were hit with anincrease of $112 a year, pushingtheir annual payment to $1103.Business rates increased by $509.

Under the revitalisation program,nine playgrounds will be upgradedby the end of this June.

Campbelltown mayor Paul Lakesaid the ongoing works wouldensure the viability of the council’spublic infrastructure.

“As our population increases, ourcommunity facilities and infrastructureare being used more, and thatmeans they need ongoing maintenanceto maintain them to a suitablestandard for future use,” he said.

“We need to make sure our communityinfrastructure is in the bestcondition possible because that’swhat our residents deserve.

‘‘Maintaining this level of infrastructurecomes at a price, and thecouncil has been very active inensuring we have the necessaryfunds to provide the best facilitiesfor our growing community.’’

Cr Lake said the council had takensteps to bolster its financial positionafter a NSW Treasury Corporationreport in 2013 found its positionwas ‘‘moderate’’.

Those measures include the raterise, which will generate an extra$5.2 million each year, and an$8.5 million subsidised loan fromthe state government.

“According to the NSW TreasuryCorporation, to achieve a positiveoutlook in terms of long-term sustainabilityas a council, we neededto do four things – apply for a specialrate variation, adopt a detailedprogram of maintenance andrenewal works to reduce the infrastructurebacklog, source additionalrevenue in the short term and proactivelyseek internal cost savingsand efficiencies.

“The work we’re doing now will goa long way towards ensuring weaddress all the requirements of thestate government’s Fit for the Futurereform package and that Campbelltownis in a strong financial position,both now and into the future.”

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