Repairs months away

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UNDER REPAIR: It could be mid-November until sections of Railton Road at Latrobe are completely repaired. Picture: Alistair FinlayMid-Octoberis the earliest motorists can expect repair work on Railton and Mersey Main roads at Latrobe to be completed.
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The two key roads were severely damaged duringJuneflooding, andare the responsibility of the Departmentof State Growth.

“After consultation with floodaffected communities, we are prioritising urgent repairs to provide access to local residents as well as to support affected businesses,” Minister for TransportRene Hidding said.

Mr Hiddingsaid the tender processforrepairs toRailton andMersey Main roads was currently underway and work was scheduledstart mid-September.

“It is expected that works at both sites will take two tothreemonths to complete,” he said.

Key planned work at the Railton Road area includes resurfacing and drainage works near Caroline Creek.

Similar work will be conducted on parts of Mersey Main Road nearBallahoo Creek.

Mr Hidding said weather conditions would play a part in how long it took for the roads to be repaired.

“Weather is a factor in the completion of these workswith air and road surface temperature being critical to successful sealing of the new pavement,” he said.

While roads under the control of the Department of State Growth are still in much the same visible condition as they were days after the floods, the Latrobe Council said all the roads they are responsible have undergone work.

Mayor Peter Freshney said staff were also waiting for the weather to improve so resurfacing work couldget underway.

“Council owned roads aredone to an extent we can during the winter months,” CrFreshneysaid.

“We have some resealing work to do Native Plains Road and out in Merseylea.”

The one exception was the road leading to Warrawee Reserve.

It was significantlydamaged,needs a total rebuild and some engineering work before it can reopen.

“We want to have some access, ideally, for walkers and bikers by Christmas,” Cr Freshney said.

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Short Takes

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WOW what fantastic news. NSW has banned greyhound racing (abuse). Now for the rest of the states to follow suit. Congratulations to Mike Baird for standing up for the thousands of abused greyhounds.
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Jill Larsen,Collingwood ParkI HOPE you’ve got plenty of room at Macquarie Street Mr Baird – you might have a lot of new pets to look after next year.

Darren Sparks,North LambtonMIKE Baird stated in Parliament that closing down the greyhounds is what the people of NSW wanted. Well if you’re so sure put it to a vote and let the people decide.

Ron Patterson,WyeeIN my opinion, the homeless people should be able to stay at the post office until the day before renos, upgrade or demolition starts. They are hurting no one and at least they have a roof over their heads.

Graeme Bennett,Warners BayWELL Premier Mike Baird has managed to get his legislation to ban greyhound racing through Parliament. While I do not condone the use of live baiting or ill-treatment of greyhounds, I believe that the majority is being punished for the sins of the minority (but doesn’t that happen most of the time). So many people are about to lose their incomes and join the dole queues. So much for “jobs n growth”.

Beverly Page,Adamstown HeightsSHOULD the Turnbull government eventually get around to conducting the same-sex marriage plebiscite, why not make it a double bunger? It would be a great time to include another vital question as to whether the Australian people support having the choice of a medically-assisted death for those with terminal illnesses.If not, then maybe when the next Census is conducted. I’m sure the government would like to be fiscally responsible.

Paul Sutcliffe,Fern BayI THINK Mike Baird is destroying NSW. He needs to go. I also find it hard to watch the overhead walkway from the Brewery to the mall being pulled down – it is almost as hard as watching the Sydney Entertainment Centre being dismantled.

Colin Geatches,MayfieldTHE POLLSSHOULD there be a suspension of all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF Baseuntil an investigation has been carried out?

Yes 74.4%,No 25.6%SHOULD families exercise together?

Yes 100%,No 0%HASthe government’s privatisation agenda become out of control?

Yes 89.5%,No 10.5%MESSAGEBOARDON Sunday, September 4, Newcastle Memorial Parkis hosting a service to honour the men who will be missing from this year’s Father’s Day celebrations. It is from 10am at theNewcastle Memorial Park – North Chapel,176 Anderson Drive, Beresfield, with complimentary refreshments to follow.

Jail term for jawbreaker

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A man who broke his partner’s jaw ather Burnie home has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail.
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Aaron John Brennan will be eligible for parole in November 2017 after he was sentenced for assault and causing grievous bodily harm bySupreme Court Justice Shan Tennent on Thursday.

The court heard Brennan borrowed money off AdrienneBaugh to purchase a cask of wine and had consumed a large amount of it when he confronted Ms Baugh in her bedroom.

It heard he tried to stuff money in her mouth, which Justice Tennent said could have been motivated by an argument the couplehad about Brennan not contributing enough to household finances.

He then punched her to the head three or four times, breaking her jaw.

Justice Tennent said Ms Baugh, who had a cast on her arm due to a broken wrist, had hit Brennan with her plaster cast but found that all of her actions were in self defence.

She said Ms Baugh had not done anything to provoke Brennan’sviolence.

The court heard Brennan again assaulted Ms Baugh in the kitchen, before sheran from the houseand sought help from a neighbour.

The court heard Ms Baugh required surgery to repair her broken jaw, and had suffered damage to her gums and teeth.

Justice Tennent said the attack threatened Ms Baugh’s life and caused serious harm.

Justice Tennent said she could not find definitively that Ms Baugh’s five-year-old had witnessed the attacks, but said he was in the house at the time.

The court heard Brennan had no memory of the incident.

Justice Tennent said the father of fivehad a history of assault and a longstanding problem with alcohol abuse.

In sentencing Brennan to a “significant period of imprisonment”, Justice Tennent said domestic violence was unacceptable and could not be condoned in any way

Justice Tennant backdated the three-and-a-half year sentence was backdated to February 23, 2016.

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‘Indifference’ to the impact of privatisation

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DECISIONS: Mike Baird’s government has been accused of not listening to the people of NSW on a number of issues including the greyhound ban and the light rail in Newcastle.
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HUBRIS,arrogance, indifference …all terms I thinkthe Baird government encapsulates in their ideological pursuit of privatising and downsizing their responsibilities.

Mr Baird assures those affected by the forced closure of the greyhound racing industry of “fair and generous” compensation. Meanwhile, it emerges that dozens of Sydney home owners have been denied precisely that in order that the WestConnex motorway proceed.

Regarding Newcastle’s light rail his government insists on taking the significantly more costly route down Hunter Street despite internal advice to the contrary. No valid explanation is even offered.

I understand the Port of Newcastle is effectively sold off with strings attached to ensure it cannot compete with Port Botany in container cargo handling. We find out well after the event.

And now, without warning or consultation, we discover they are seriously exploring the option of privatising two stunning quality Sport and Recreation facilities at Myuna Bay and Point Wolstoncroft.

Hubris, arrogance, indifference … in spades.

John Buckley,FloravilleThinking carefullyONE can only imagine the difficulty faced by those such as Blaise Harris (‘Hunter transgender teacher’s department fight’Herald南京夜网419论坛, 25/08) as they navigate life.

Gender dysphoria in mature adults is one thing –but when it comes to children we would do well to tread cautiously.

Over 80 per centof people who experienced gender dysphoria as children or teenagers will, by their mid-20s, accept the sex they were born to and go on to lead a normal life as a man or woman.

This is especially true if they don’t suffer from medical intervention –intervention that carries dangerous side-effects, and for which I have grave doubts about a child’s ability to give informed consent.

Those who choose gender reassignment surgery do not fare so well – the suicide rate post-surgery is over 20 times that of the general population, and much higher than those with gender dysphoria who have not gone down the medical path.

Despite the best of intentions, people seeking to promote and reinforce the imaginary notion of “gender fluidity” in children do so at great peril.

Scott Hillard,New LambtonSupport for teacherIT’Sdisgraceful to hear about the allegedtreatment of Blaise Harris due to her gender transition (‘Hunter transgender teacher’s department fight’Herald南京夜网419论坛, 25/08).

Every worker has the right to feel safe and accepted, free from discrimination and bullying.Kids are some of the most accepting people you’ll meet.When LGBTI Australians, in particular trans people, experience disproportionate rates of mental illness, self-harm and suicide, then the rest of the population, employers and the wider community has a duty to address this through education, tolerance and inclusivity.Good on Blaise for sharing her story.

Nick Rippon,NewcastleLong-term voucher planI’VEmanaged to accrue $3.90 under the current Woolworths rewards scheme.So I was interested to read that they are doing a revamp. On inquiring at my local Woolies I was advised that under the new scheme I would earn 1 point for every dollar I spent. However I would need to earn 2000 points to get a $10 voucher.

I can only assume, given my limited budget, I may be able to achieve that $10 in about two years.

Ann Ellis,MerewetherHeroes of VietnamIN reply to the letter by Ross Edmondsabout respect for objectors (Letters, 22/8): Having served as a national serviceman in ’68-’70 and undertaking atour of duty in Vietnam in the Army where I saw action as a machine gunner in an infantry platoon, Ibelieve he cannot be further from the truth.

We were doing what was asked of us by the thengovernment and each memberof the ADF believed we were acting correctly for the people ofSouth Vietnam who were being persecuted by the North. I would not call theobjectors heroes.

Finishing his rant with Lest We Forget is for veterans a total insult to every man and woman who has pulled on the uniform of this country.The term Lest We Forgetis used in every service held by the ADF or ex-ADF when giving a serviceor at the passing of a past member of the ADF.

You can be thankful you live in a free country.

Ron Mitcherson,TorontoPerspective on profitTHERE has been a lot of discussion about the profits banks are making. Well, to put this into perspective, take one of the larger banks as an example.I understandits “capital worth” – the number of shares multiplied by their price – is around $140 billion.

If one is in business, one wouldwant to make at least 15 per cent profit, which is $21 billion. Now, let’s be more conservative andsay 10 per cent profit, which is $14 billion.

Now this bank made under $10 billion. I believethat, for investment purposes, this is not performing to market expectations. Maybe there are other issues with the banks that need to be addressed, but, as regards to the “huge” profits,I believe the banks are under-performing when you examinetheir capital worth compared to their profit.

John Alterator,LornF35 a versatilechoiceJOHN Lambkin (Letters, 24/8) reports that a rumour is circulating that the US Air Force will not be buying the F35a. This information is difficult to reconcile as I understandthe F35a is already in service with the USAF and that at least one F35a squadron has already achieved operational capability, that is it is ready to go to war if required.

I understand the US Marine Corps’ version of this aircraft, the F35b, is also in service and ready for war.

The F22, which MrLambkin was justifiably impressed by, is not designed for the same role as the F35a. It is a specialised air superiority fighter with only a limited ground attack capability. Only huge air forces like the USAF can afford such specialised aircraft. The rest of us need something more versatile such as the F35. Incidentally, the F22 is no longer in production and the US long ago decided that it would not be available for export.

Ian Roach,New Lambton

Chris clocks up a conveyancing milestone

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Impressive: Local lawyer Chris McCarron has clocked up an impressive milestone in conveyancing.
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Chris McCarron clocks up 7900 conveyancing matters in a solid legal career, and joins HBL Business and Property Lawyers

One of Port Macquarie’s more senior legal specialists is delighted to be joining HBL Business and Property Lawyers, and with that, clocks up a record 7900 conveyancing matters in his solid legal career.

“I’m thrilled to have joined HBL Business and Property Lawyers and look forward to continuing to provide clients with sensible and practical advice not only in terms of property law, but also in the areas of wills and estates,” said Mr McCarron.

When it comes to property law, Mr McCarron has more than four decades of experience under his belt.

“That depth of knowledge and experience is invaluable and one that cannot be matched by any other lawyer in town,” said Jim McIntyre, Principal Lawyer at HBL who has himself 18 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and litigator.

“When you’re buying or selling property, whether residential or commercial, Chris is certainly the legal expert you want on your side.”

Since moving to Port Macquarie in 1972, Mr McCarronhas seen first-hand all the business and property development in the district, and knowing the history can come in handy when helping clients today.

Mr McCarronhas been an active member of the community serving in various school and church positions, with Rotary, Apex and as an honorary solicitor for various local groups and associations.

“I’m really proud to be a part of this great place and that I have been able to serve a large and diverse group of clients, some of whom I’ve been helping for more than 40 years,” he said.

On the business side, HBL have an intricate understanding of business and the decisions required to conduct a successful business. HBL has provided advice and counsel to a wide range of clients from families and small businesses, right through to corporations with assets or turnover of up to $50 million.

Their expertise allows them to identify and therefore prevent potential issues or problems throughout the life cycle of a business or commercial enterprise, from start up through to succession planning or the sale of a business.

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Ross Hawk boss

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FORMER Wangaratta Rovers star Ross Hill has returned to W.J. Findlay Oval as co-coach of the Hawks.

Hill will replace his cousin Andy, who has stepped aside after one year in charge, alongside Sam Carpenter.

Hill, who played 306 matches in a distinguished career with the Rovers, returns to the club after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup.

Carpenter said Hill’s experience with the Bushrangers would prove invaluable as the Hawks look to return to the top-five after a two-year absence.

“No one has got any more respect around the place than Ross Hill,” he said.

“He will be great –it’s a really strong move for the club.

“‘Rossco’ has had three years at the Bushrangers and he will bring a fair bit to the table.

“Andy was probably always only going to do it for a short time, just to help me out, and he’s been fantastic.

“He will still be around the club and help out, which is fantastic.

“Andy has three young boys and he indicated a while ago he wanted to take a bit of a step back.

“We’re hoping with Ross coming onboard it will create a bit of positive momentum and enthusiasm around the club with recruiting and things like that.”

The Hawks have kicked off their recruiting for 2017 in a positive fashion by signing Alex Marklew.

Marklew, who played his first VFL match for Essendon last weekend, has spent this season with Doutta Stars.

Carpenter said Marklew would continue to try his luck in the VFL next season and play in the Ovens and Murray when available.

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Diversity key for project firefighters

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FIRE READY: The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are calling for residents to put their hand up and become project firefighters. Picture: CONTRIBUTED THEDepartment ofEnvironment, Land, Water and Planningand Parks Victoria are encouraging residents to put their hands up to become project firefighters, ahead of this year’s bushfire season.
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Wimmera district manager Russell Manning said the department and Parks Victoria werelooking to recruit 800 firefighter in 80 locations across the state, including 43 new recruits to be based across Horsham, Edenhope, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Wail.

Mr Manning said the department was looking for a wide range of people to step up and become project firefighters.

“We want to boost our intake of female and Aboriginal people in the workplace,” he said.

“Traditionally we have low numbers of both applying.We’re keen to see a range of people applying for the roles.

“We employ a lot of permanent staff who come through the project firefighter ranks.

“Improving diversity in project firefighters means we’ve got a great pool of people who are accessible for us to employ.”

Mr Manning said the roles were a vital part of keeping the Wimmera safe during the bushfire season.

“The work is vital,” he said.

“Some staff start in September to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

“Traditionally we’ve had an early fire seasonso it’s making sure we’re boosting existing firefighters with resources to combat any spring fires.”Mr Manning said last spring, firefighters faced 30 early blazes.

He saidan adequate firefighting forcewas an essential factor thatensured these were kept under control.

He said recruits received extensive training under the guidance of experienced staff.

Mr Manning said there were few requirements outside of applicants holding a driver’s licence and being able to pass fitness and medical standards.

“A lot of the work is engaged in firefighting to protect our communities and engaged in planned burn programs,” he said.

Mr Manning said applications for the 18, 26 or 34 week positionsclosed on September 4, with further information available by calling 136 186.

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ParadeThe definition of new

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SNAPSHOT: Another photo from reader Sheree Ashcroft, this one showing a beast in the shadows. 082516dinosaurAUSTRALIANS have always had a pretty unique way with words, but Parade was surprised to see what words and phrases have recently been added to the Australian National Dictionary.
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Additions include “ranga”, “firie”, “bogan”, “snag”, “straight to the pool room” (another indication of the enduring legacy of that classic film The Castle), “carry on like a pork chop”and “I don’t know if I’m Arthur or Martha”.

There also a few Parade thinks are best left unpublished.

But, of the new 6000 words and phases that were added, Parade’s favourite would have to be “do a Bradbury”.

Everyoneremembers Steven Bradbury taking the gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics after all his opponents hit the ice.

Parade can’t wait to see what other words and phrases get added next.

Word or two to the air out thereIT’S always a bit of a worry when you come home from work and your significant other is having an animated conversation with herself.

That was Parade’s experience this week, when he came into the lounge room to find the significant other in question standing near the heater, hands waving about, talking passionately into the empty air in front of her.

Parade’s first instinct was to apologise for interrupting and go into a different room to let the one-person conversation take its course.

But curiosity got the better of Parade and he stopped and listened for a bit –which is when he spied the mobile phone in his significant other’s hands and the thin cords coming out of her ears.

Yes, she was talking to someone who wasn’t herself–thankfully.

That onecan be filed under“a sign of the times”.

Grisly name for a gruesome historyHERE’S a geographical titbit Parade picked up in a book this week: there is supposedly a “man-eaters junction” on the rail line between Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya.

That grisly name comes from the man-eating lions that preyed on workers building the railway back in the late 1890s.

It’s not a name to inspire a traveller’s confidence, is it?

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Hear the Thunder? That’s Bathurst’s new cricket club

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NEW junior cricket club BathurstCity Thunder will be making their debut appearance this summer, looking to givethe city’s youngsters more chances to get into the sport.
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DEBUT SEASON: Trent Hemsworth and Bathurst City president Chris Warry – with children Cooper Warry and Brooke Warry – are looking for new Bathurst City Thunder juniors. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

The Thunder are hoping to enter up to six different age divisions across both Friday and Saturday cricket.

The creation of the club coincides with the 20thanniversary of the Bathurst City Redbacks.

“If you don’t have a strong junior structure then the longevity of your senior teamis short,” Thunder co-coordinatorTrent Hemsworth said.

“The guys that formed the Redbacks club 20 years ago are retired or getting towards the end of their playing days and we want their legacy to continue on.”

Last season’s NSW T20 Blast isn’t taking place this summer but the good news is thatBathurst District Junior Cricket Association will continue to run a Friday night kanga cricket competition.

“The Friday night competition was successful and we want kids to continue playing there,” Hemsworth said.

“Itallowed parents to have their weekends free and their kids can still play cricket.

“We’rehoping to enter under 7s and 9s for Friday, plus under 7s, 9s, 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s on Saturdays.”

Anyone with queriesor those who wish to join can find club members at themobile registration tent, located at Proctor Park on Saturday mornings.

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Crash driver faces court, 15 years on

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SMASH: British tourist Arabella Stuart was killed in this head-on collision in January 2001. Michael Collins will be sentenced on Friday. Picture: Stefan Moore
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IT has taken more than 15 years,but Michael Collins –the man who fled to Turkey after causing a horrific head-on crash at Karauh that claimed the life of a Britishmarine biologist –has spent his first night in custody.

Collins, also known as Metin Yuceturk, wept in the Newcastle District Court dock on Thursday as Arabella Stuart’s sister, Kate, and her father, John, who had travelled from the UK for the sentence hearing,read emotional victim impact statements to the court.

“Although I appreciate his apology or a jail sentence would not have made any difference to the outcome of the crash, the fact that the person who had driven into her had ran away made an unbearable situation so much harder,” Kate Stuart told the court.

Arabella Stuart, 26, was on her way to the Great Barrier Reef on January 13, 2001,when Collins’Toyota Supra crossed to the wrong side of the Pacific Highway and collided head-on with her camper van.

The impact killed Ms Stuart and injured three others,including the back-seat passenger of Collins’car, whohad to have his left arm amputated below the shoulder,

But 26 days later, after discharging himself from hospital,Collins fled to Turkeywith the help of his mother.

Checks of his license had revealed he was disqualified from driving until August2001, and a blood test hadreturned a positive result for cannabis.

The court heard he was married in Turkeyin 2008 and returnedto Australia, undetected, in 2012, where he began working as a labourer.

He wasn’t arrested until 2015 and never sought to come forward and speak with police, Crown prosecutor Paul Maher told the court.

In June,he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. Other serious driving charges will betaken into account when he is sentenced in Newcastle District Court on Friday.

Judge Leonie Flannerysaid a full-time custodial sentence was an “inevitability” andremanded Collins in custody toserve his first night since pleading guilty.