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Local government: Plans afoot for high density zones on rail routes

Minister for Planning Pru Goward wants the seven precincts turned into thriving hubs. Photo: Brendan EspositoGovernment planners designated Campbelltown, 50 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district,   as a satellite city in the early 1960s. Now they are having another go, looking forward another 20 years.
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The plan is to develop higher-density zones within walking distance of railway stations at Glenfield, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Minto, Leumeah, Campbelltown and Macarthur. These precincts would have shops, cafes, parks and jobs.

The boundary for each precinct will be 800 metres to 1.5 km around each station, representing a 10 to 20 minute walk.

The Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, said early studies will help identify what infrastructure and services were needed to turn the seven precincts into thriving hubs for homes, jobs and shops next to transport.

“Our plan is to work closely with councils to create energetic places alive with shops, places to eat and green open space to play,” Ms Goward said.

The Department of Planning is also looking at opening up new land release areas in the Great Macarthur region from Campbelltown down to Appin and Wilton. “Government recognises that there are a lot of proposals and private sector interest in the Greater Macarthur area which is why it will take an efficient, co-ordinated approach to the study,” the department said.

Community input will be sought after May when preliminary technical investigations are completed.

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Naden opens the season with a try for Penrith

Brent Naden jogs over for an easy tryBrent Naden has scored in the the Panthers opening Under 20’s Holden Cup match at Pepper Stadium as Penrith defeated the Bulldogs 30 – 12.
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The Panthers were first to put points on the board thanks to a brilliant cut out pass from Sione Katoa to Soni Luke, who flicked it off to Fairouz Elkander and put him into some open space on the 10m line, before he dived over to score in the 12th minute. Dylan Edwards converted to put the home side ahead 6-0.

Penrith maintained their momentum a few minutes later when Tyrone May capitalized off a slow restart and spotted an easy gap in the defence, before sprinting to the line to plant the ball down just outside the left hand upright. The conversion from in front increased our lead to 12-0.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Mountain Men had their third unanswered try thanks to a quick play the ball from Sione Katoa to Dylan Fuad, whose short power play burst through the final 5 metres and over the line. The kick added the extra 2 to extend the score to 18-0.

The Bulldogs almost hit back in the next set of six, but some solid Panthers defence held Brendan Cox up over the line.

The Panthers scored again with less than 5 minutes until the half time break thanks to a dazzling display of ball work from Brent Naden who slipped through a hole 20m out and jogged over to score. The conversion extended our lead even further to 24-0.

HALF TIME: 24 – 0 Panthers

The start of this half showcased the Panthers defence prowess when they fielded an attacking onslaught from the Doggies who dominated possession in the opening minutes. An impressive display from Logan Geyer derailed Canterbury’s next scoring attempt in the 44th minute, after he pushed their forward into touch.

The Bulldogs onslaught eventually paid off with Josh Bergamin sailing through our backline to score their first points in the 50th minute. The conversion took the score to 24-6.

It looked like a comeback could be on the cards for the Canterbury youngsters when they sent a flurry of passes across the park which scattered the Panthers defence, and sent winger Joseph Burchell over the try-line on the right hand side. The swinging kick through the posts narrowed the gap to 24-12.

But the Panthers weren’t ready to give up just yet and with a bamboozling ball play from the home side, Maliko Filino ran through the Doggies defence and around under the posts to reassert the home side’s dominance in the 67th minute. The conversion pushed the Panthers lead to 30-12.

The rest of the match bounced from one end of the field to the other, and despite numerous attempts by the visitors to put more points on the board, the home side held strong to walk away with their first win of the season.

FULL TIME: 30-12 Panthers

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Labor’s focus on women’s safety

Labour’s female candidates gather on International Woman’s Day as the party launches plans for a domestic violence court trial. From left, Melissa Cleary, Yasmin Catley, Jenny Aitchison, Sophie Cotsis, Kate Washington and Jodie Harrison. Picture: Jonathan Carroll NSW state election March 28, 2015: Get to know the seats in the Hunter
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A COURT specialising in domestic violence and sexual assault will be trialled in the Hunter if Labor is elected.

Opposition spokeswoman Sophie Cotsis, armed with the region’s five women candidates and Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison, unveiled the party’s plans to stop domestic violence and improve support for victims in Newcastle on Sunday.

Ms Cotsis said unveiling the plans on International Women’s Day confirmed the party’s desire to prevent violence against women with policy that ‘‘catches victims at every step’’.

Labor would spend $14.5 million to support womens refuges, counselling services, and programs focused on preventing violence and helping men to change their behaviour.

A Premier’s Council for Women would be set up to advise the government, and the Office of Women would again become part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The plans would also see stronger penalties for breaching Apprehended Violence Orders, and protection for victims under the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Ms Cotsis said women who had experienced domestic violence or sexual assault needed to be guided through the process to report the crime and bring the perpetrator to justice.

She said the party introduced five days paid domestic violence leave in 2009, and would double it to further support victims.

‘‘Domestic violence and sexual assault takes over their life psychologically, mentally, socially … We’re looking at this from a co-ordinated approach – increasing the awareness that we need to change behaviour and stop violence against women … and showing women that they can get support.’’

There were 2704 domestic violence incidents and 544 sexual assaults reported in the Hunter between January and September last year.

Domestic violence rates in Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens are higher than elsewhere in NSW – a statistic all Labor candidates agreed was worrying.

Labor would also work with police across the state if elected to expand the role of domestic violence liaison officers.

Grand manners to smash Oaks field

WINNING RETURN: Victorian reinsman Nathan Jack brings back Grand Anse after she won the XXXX Gold Wagga Oaks on Saturday night. Picture: Kieren L TillyAN error proved costly at Albury, but GrandAnsewas on her best behaviour as she dominated her rivals to win the Wagga Oaks (2165m)on Saturday night.
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Despite her back row draw, the Victorian filly was too good for the strong field,coasting to a 9.4-metre win.

Grand Ansegalloped coming into the home straight when in a winning positionat Albury last week and reinsmanNathan Jack had that in mind as she turned for home.

However it proved to not to be a concern.

“She’s a pretty smart filly and they went slow early which didn’t help, but I felt she had a little bit on them,” Jack said.

“She was wide from the 1100 to the 600 and has pretty strong on the line.

“I just had to nurse her around the bend but she has a bright future.”

Despite her form looking ordinary on paper, the former Uranquinty reinsman was confident she had the ability to win.

“She is a class sort of filly and you would expect her to go around in the better races,” Jack said.

“But she’s a little bit inconsistent.

“Even at home she can work really good then sometimes work a bit average, but her work in between Albury and Wagga was the best anything has ever worked at home so we were reasonably confident.

“We just had to hope her manners were right.”

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