Home // Articles posted by admin (Page 3)

Jarrad Waite reported, as North plan to help him avoid further suspensions

Shepparton: North Melbourne say they are prepared to work with key recruit Jarrad Waite as he seeks to avoid undisciplined acts like the one that sidelined him at a crucial time while at Carlton.
Nanjing Night Net

Waite was reported for striking in Sunday’s NAB Challenge match for a crude spoiling attempt that sent Hawks defender Ben Stratton to the ground in the first half.

Stratton was able to get to his feet without assistance and played on, so it is unlikely the report will turn into anything more than a fine – if that – under the new match review panel system.

That was certainly the way Brad Scott saw it, too, although the Roos coach did say the club had spoken to Waite about his history at Carlton of missing key games through suspension.

“One thing we noticed with Jarrad is that he jumps really well at the footy, and sometimes if he misjudges that jump, he gets himself into a terrible position so he either crashes into someone or it’s a clumsy spoil,” Scott said after the game.

“But I think as long as the intent is good, a bit like [Jack Ziebell] a few years ago, we will coach the intent — and if they make a mistake then we will try and work with them around getting it right.”

Scott was pleased with his team’s 13-point come-from-behind win against reigning premiers Hawthorn at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve, 2.9.13 (85) to 1.9.9 (72), but wasn’t getting carried away with the result in a match in which the Roos also fared better on the injury front, albeit there was only minor concerns for the Hawks.

Midfielder Isaac Smith suffered a corked calf that might keep him out of a few training sessions but won’t have any impact on his home-and-away season, and stand-in Hawks coach Cameron Bruce confirmed that captain Luke Hodge could have returned to the ground if needed after he received a knee to the lower back late in the third quarter.

Scott said the Roos had found a couple of players who could be set for bigger contributions this season in the club’s quest to go from preliminary finalists to premiers.

He highlighted the performances of tough midfielder Leigh Adams (14 disposals, three tackles), whose impact has been affected by shoulder injuries, and VFL fringe player Mason Wood (10 disposals and one goal).

“Mason Wood is a player who we have really high expectations for,” Scott said.

“He’s still got some work to do on his game overall, but he’s got some really nice attributes. He’s a great competitor, works really hard and adds a completely different dimension to our team,” he said.

“And I thought Leigh Adams coming back from a few injuries was really good, particularly early, and I thought our back half performed infinitely better than it did last week.”

The Roos have a week off before their next game, as do the Hawks, who were buoyed by the output of recruits James Frawley (10 disposals) and Jono O’Rourke (11 disposals and two goals) and are looking forward to the return of ACL knee injury victim Brendan Whitecross in the match against St Kilda.

“I think he [Frawley] is only going to continue to get better, he’s going to get more comfortable. He had a much more experienced back line to deal with, which will definitely help him,” Bruce said after the game.

“He didn’t have the nerves that he had in the first game so I’m really confident that he will be able to contribute going forward,” he said.

“Jono [O’Rourke] looked fatigued late in the game, but I’m really happy with the way he is going.

“I think he offers both inside and outside the contest opportunities for us and he’ll be an important player going forward.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Victoria’s Planning Minister Richard Wynne is focused on the job ahead

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne. Photo: Penny Stephens Benalla Art Gallery.
Nanjing Night Net

The propensity of life to produce the unexpected struck Richard Wynne forcefully in the first days of December. Sworn in as Victoria’s new Planning Minister, only days later he was having heart surgery.

The veteran politician – minister in the Bracks and Brumby governments, a former lord mayor – was readying for another four years running Victoria. The planning portfolio – among the toughest and most contentious – was unexpectedly his after Brian Tee, the shadow minister in opposition, lost his seat.

Ask him about those few months, he immediately goes to the political: the election result, and his own victory in his seat of Richmond, where he saw off the inner-city surge of the Greens.

But it is, of course, his personal story that also makes this period notable. “I don’t really want to be defined by this, actually,” he explains. “There is a level of discomfort with me talking to you about it.”

Wynne pauses, and considers, and decides to speak about that episode, which came from nowhere, beginning as he walked out of his office and down the street to buy lunch.

“This was completely unexpected,” he says. “I’ve maintained quite a high level of fitness and look after myself. But this came on me, really without any warning and without any of what you would normally associate  with a heart attack – the so-called elephant on the chest stuff and all of that. I had none of that.”

Instead it was the pain radiating down his arm. Fortunately, the 59-year-old father of two was seeing his doctor that day. “And, of course, then it cascaded from there.”

He ended up in the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is forever grateful for the care provided.  When he returned to work and his first meeting of the Labor caucus, he told his colleagues: “If we do nothing else as a Labor Party, we absolutely have to be advocates for the public health system, because it’s world class.”

He has been in the minister’s office in Spring Street since the last week of February. He looks in robust health.

His wish not to be defined by his health scare is likely to be granted, for he will be judged on what he achieves in a portfolio that has made reputations, and broken them. His predecessors have often been cast as heroes or villains. The direction he sets will have a profound impact on the lives of every Victorian.

Wynne’s background provides some clues to the approach he will take. A son of inner Melbourne, he worked as a social worker in the public housing estates of Flemington and Kensington. He was an advisor to former state Labor planning minister Andrew McCutcheon in the early 1990s and on the staff of former Labor deputy prime minister Brian Howe, working on the Better Cities program. His six years on the city council included a year as lord mayor in 1991, working closely with the city planning guru Rob Adams.

As Wynne puts it, he has been in training for this job. “Planning is ultimately about people,” he says. “It’s about where we live, it’s about where our education is, where our jobs are, how we recreate. What sort of a space are we creating for people. And fairness. They are the touchstones for me.”

He will be judged against the performance of his predecessor, Matthew Guy. Now opposition leader, Guy created a legacy in the relatively short period of one four-year term. His performance divided opinion, from his embrace of city high-rises to the blueprint for Melbourne’s development, Plan Melbourne.

The new planning minister is refuses to trash his predecessor – as expected  as that would have been.

Plan Melbourne has its share of critics. “I’m going to do something that’s quite radical,” says Wynne. “I’m not going to tear it up.” Expect, instead, changes such as the removal of the East West Link.

On the sprouting of skyscrapers, Wynne stresses he is not against height. “Height in appropriate settings is a good thing. But we all live on the ground. We all get about the place on the ground. So what’s happening on the ground? Is it an activated space? Is it a space that is pleasant? Is it a space where we are interacting?”

He walks around the city, knows it at the all-important street level.

In the past month, Labor has farewelled Evan Walker, the visionary behind the development of Southbank, who died at 79 after a long illness. Wynne is taking his inspiration from this minister’s legacy  and echoes what he told Parliament in a condolence speech:  “If I can be half the planning minister that Evan Walker was, I will have done my civic duty.”  GRAND DESIGNS: Wynne’s favourite architecture

* Benalla Art Gallery

Designed by Philip Sargeant and Colin Munro and opened in 1975, the gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary next month. The same architects designed McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park at Langwarrin.

“It’s the most beautifully sited regional art gallery. My wife was a director for six years. We spent many happy years there. It’s spectacular.”

* Republic Tower, corner La Trobe and Queen streets

Designed by Nonda Katsalidis, this 34-storey tower caused a stir when plans for it were unveiled in the 1990s.

“Quite a few of us were looking aghast at it [because of the height]. But you look at it now and you think, ‘What’s the problem?’ It’s a beautiful building. It’s a tall building but a good building.”

* Brambuk Cultural Centre, Halls Gap

Richmond architect Gregory Burgess designed Brambuk, meaning “white cockatoo”, in the Grampians National Park.

“It’s a spectacular design and tells the story of Aboriginal culture in the Halls Gap region.”

* East Melbourne

The streets around East Melbourne as they come off the Fitzroy Gardens are some of the city’s best preserved and most beautiful.

“Walk around East Melbourne, it’s spectacular. Some of our beautiful built heritage is extraordinary still.”

* Flagstaff Gardens bowls club

Designed by Melbourne City Council’s design team, this sustainable building was built in 2010 after the old bowls clubhouse burnt down.

“It’s a contemporary design that fits beautifully into the very historic gardens. It was a nondescript council building and bowls club before, and it’s now a fantastic community space.”

* Canning Street public housing, North Melbourne

Built under the Better Cities program in the 1990s, these public housing apartments replaced some rather grim concrete four-storey walk-up flats.

“It demonstrated you could rebuild these estates and provide public housing tenants with really quality, affordable places to live.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Islamic State Recruit is Melbourne drop-out called Jake

The Islamic State recruit the British media decried as a “white jihadi” in December,  proclaiming he was a “major coup for the terrorist group”, is a skinny, baby-faced boy from Craigieburn in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and his non-Muslim family is worried sick about him.
Nanjing Night Net

Fairfax Media can reveal that the young westerner pictured last December sitting between bearded men and holding an assault rifle in front of a black flag is actually an 18-year-old Australian called Jake. We will not reveal his full name at the request of a family member.

The revelations come as Australian customs officials confirmed that two teenage brothers, believed to have been attempting to travel to conflict zones in the Middle East, were stopped at Sydney Airport.

The youths, aged 16 and 17, were detained by Customs on Friday, after they aroused the suspicions of two Customs and Border Protection officers, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.

The teenagers were referred to the Customs Counter Terrorism Unit, which determined the pair were intending to travel without the knowledge of their parents. The brothers were allowed to leave the airport with their parents and were issued court attendance notices.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the interception showed the government’s tough new foreign fighters laws were working.

Meanwhile, Fairfax’s investigation can reveal Jake was a high-flying student, a maths whiz, who attended Craigieburn Secondary College’s CEAP Excel accelerated learning program.

However, he dropped out of high school in mid-2014, after converting to Islam, and bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul, on the way to Iraq and Syria to fight for the so-called caliphate.

In December, Jake’s photograph hit Twitter, where a user, Abu Dawud, identified the young man as “Jonathan Edwards”.

The tweet said he had “applied for Ucas [Britain’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service] to [sic] late and wasn’t accepted in any university, so he joined the Islamic state”.

After Britain’s Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph newspapers picked up the story and ran it, Abu Dawud laughed about having “trolled” and “humiliated” the British media, saying the story was fake, leading to speculation that the picture was doctored.

But Fairfax Media has had the photograph positively identified by friends and also by members of two suburban north Melbourne mosques as that of a quiet, young Muslim convert who worshipped with them for about a year before disappearing.

“He used to come here when we had a big lecture,” said Abu Zaid, a committee member of the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Coolaroo, near Meadow Heights.

Mr Zaid said Jake didn’t have a car, so he used to ask the other brothers for lifts to and from the centre, which features a prayer hall for more than 1000 people, lecture rooms, a cafe and a gym.

“He was a very quiet guy; he stuck to himself,” Mr Zaid said. “We weren’t close to him. I didn’t see any of the people [getting] close to him.”

Worshippers at the Australian Islamic Social Association in Meadow Heights also remember the young Jake going there to pray.

It is understood that Jake, who now goes by the Islamic names Abdur Raheem or Abu Abdullah, was 16 when he began feeling unhappy and started searching for spiritual answers.

A school friend introduced him to Islam and he recited the verses required to convert.

At the Meadow Heights mosque, people who remembered Jake said his family was negative towards his new religion.

A former school friend, who asked to remain anonymous, but said he had known Jake since they were children, said Jake had “made his own choice and he believes it is the right choice”.

“He was not pushed into IS [Islamic State] and was not pushed into Islam,” the friend said.

“People can make their own decisions and this was one of his … he felt that it was right for him … He had done sufficient research to believe it was the right step in life.

“He was obviously a believer in Islam and wanted to fulfil what he believed was his duties to the religion.”

Other friends described Jake as extremely shy and quiet, but said  he was “really bright”.

School friend Kutlu Karapinar said he was “quite politically aware for his age”.

Another, Josh Green-Mercier, said he was interested in different cultures, but “he never seemed very happy”. “I’m not sure why. He usually just listened to us and sometimes talked but rarely. He would just talk about math, etc.”

A Fairfax Media investigation has revealed that, during his final year of high school in 2014, Jake began communicating via online forums and emails with a supposed American journalist from the BBC. He began telling his family he was going to Istanbul to work with the journalist, even though he had previously expressed little interest in the profession and had no qualifications. It now appears the “journalist” was an Islamic State recruiter.

By that stage he had moved to a school in Essendon and was finding the travel difficult from Craigieburn. According to one friend, Jake believed he would fail high school, so he dropped out.

A source close to the family says that in August that year, Jake closed down most of his online and social media accounts and disappeared. A subsequent search revealed he bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul.

Two months after his disappearance, Jake contacted his family to let them know that he was in Iraq training for a “martyrdom mission” with a suicide vest. Later that month, however, he called again to say he was “too scared to do it and he prefers being a soldier”. He proposed to travel to Syria.

Fairfax Media has confirmed with sources in Turkey that about that time, Jake, using his full Islamic name and his family’s surname, was documented crossing into Syria via the Jaraybus or Tal Aybad crossing. The sources also identified him by photographs.

Neither the Attorney-General’s department nor the Australian Federal Police would comment on the case, but the government says at least 140 Australians have travelled overseas to fight in Iraq and Syria, of whom at least 20 are known to have died.

Jake left little online activity behind, but one is on video-sharing site Livestream, where he followed one user only: the national Muslim organisation Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’a Association of Australia (ASWJ).

ASWJ is based in Auburn, Sydney, and is associated with the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Melbourne. It streams lectures via the social media site.

Jake’s profile picture includes a quote from Islamic philosopher Ibn Taymiyyah: “What can my enemies do to me? My paradise is in my heart, it is with me wherever I go. To imprison me is to provide me with seclusion. To send me into exile is to send me away in the Path of Allah. And to kill me is to make me a martyr”.

With Lisa Visentin

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887629/White-jihadi-Jonathan-Edwards-pictured-posing-guns-alongside-terror-fighters-missed-University-application-joined-ISIS-instead.html

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Planning minister: skyscrapers make Melbourne’s CBD hostile

Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens bowling club, designed by Melbourne City Council’s design team, is one of the planning minister’s favourite CBD buildings. Photo: Photo: Luis Ascui MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of Republic Tower – cnr Queens and Latrobe Street on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui
Nanjing Night Net

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of property number 60 Canning st in North Melbourne on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 23: A row of 2 story terrace houses on Powlett St, between Gipps and Hotham Streets East Melbourne for story on rezoning of exclusive Melbourne suburbs buy planning minister Matthew Guy. Melbourne, November 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media) Photo: Josh Robenstone

970630 – Travel – Brambuk Cultural Centre, Grampians (Gariwerd).Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Halls Gap.***FDCTRANSFER***

Benalla Art Gallery. Photo supplied

Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne in Royal Park, Parkville. 6TH MARCH 2015 Photo: Penny Stephens

Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens bowling club, designed by Melbourne City Council’s design team, is one of the planning minister’s favourite CBD buildings. Photo: Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of Republic Tower – cnr Queens and Latrobe Street on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of property number 60 Canning st in North Melbourne on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 23: A row of 2 story terrace houses on Powlett St, between Gipps and Hotham Streets East Melbourne for story on rezoning of exclusive Melbourne suburbs buy planning minister Matthew Guy. Melbourne, November 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media) Photo: Josh Robenstone

970630 – Travel – Brambuk Cultural Centre, Grampians (Gariwerd).Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Halls Gap.***FDCTRANSFER***

Benalla Art Gallery. Photo supplied

Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens bowling club, designed by Melbourne City Council’s design team, is one of the planning minister’s favourite CBD buildings. Photo: Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of Republic Tower – cnr Queens and Latrobe Street on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Photo of property number 60 Canning st in North Melbourne on March 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media) Photo: Luis Ascui

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 23: A row of 2 story terrace houses on Powlett St, between Gipps and Hotham Streets East Melbourne for story on rezoning of exclusive Melbourne suburbs buy planning minister Matthew Guy. Melbourne, November 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media) Photo: Josh Robenstone

970630 – Travel – Brambuk Cultural Centre, Grampians (Gariwerd).Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Halls Gap.***FDCTRANSFER***

Benalla Art Gallery. Photo supplied

The proliferation of skyscrapers in central Melbourne has made many city streets “hostile” and windswept, new Planning Minister Dick Wynne says.

“There are some parts of the city that are quite hostile at street level,” Mr Wynne said, in his first major interview since returning to the planning portfolio. “The way some of the buildings have been constructed, you can be blown off your feet.”

In December, just days after being sworn in as planning minister, Mr Wynne was struck by a heart attack.

Now, back at work and in what he says is full health, he has started making decisions, last week approving demolition of Dallas Brooks Hall in East Melbourne and construction of a sprawling 12-level apartment complex.

Mr Wynne said it was clear too many poor-quality apartments were being built, and he vowed to bring in long-discussed minimum standards for Victoria.

Forty-four per cent of all new dwellings built in the state last year were apartments, and he said this meant better quality design and construction was needed.

“I can take you to developments very close by where the whole apartment is no bigger than [a small] room. Where I could barely get into the bathroom. Where the shower was over the toilet. And this is selling for $300,000-plus. And you think, ‘Is this the quality that we want?’ The answer is absolutely no,” he said. Favourite buildings

Asked by The Age to nominate half a dozen of his favourite buildings, Mr Wynne’s selections ranged from a small bowls club in the Flagstaff Gardens to the heritage-listed streets of East Melbourne.

Buildings that got his tick of approval include Benalla Art Gallery, pictured below. Designed by Philip Sargeant and Colin Munro, it opened in 1975. “It’s the most beautifully sited regional art gallery,” he said. “It’s spectacular.”

He said the Republic Tower at the corner of La Trobe and Queen streets, was a beautiful building. Designed by Nonda Katsalidis, the 34-storey tower pictured below caused a stir when plans for it were unveiled in the 1990s.

“Quite a few of us were looking aghast at it [because of the height]. But you look at it now and think, ‘What’s the problem?’ It’s a tall building but a good building.”

The Brambuk Cultural Centre in Halls Gap is another of Mr Wynne’s favourites. Richmond architect Gregory Burgess designed Brambuk, which means white cockatoo. “It’s a spectacular design, and tells the story of Aboriginal culture in the Halls Gap region,” Mr Wynne said.

The streets around East Melbourne as they come off the Fitzroy Gardens – one of which is pictured below – were also nominated by the minister as some of the city’s best preserved and most striking. “Walk around East Melbourne, it’s spectacular. Some of our beautiful built heritage is extraordinary.”

Mr Wynne said one of his top CBD buildings was the bowling club in Flagstaff Gardens (below). Designed by Melbourne City Council’s in-house team, this sustainable building was built in 2010 after the old bowls clubhouse burnt down. “It was a nondescript council building and bowls club before, and it’s now a fantastic community space,” he said.

A former housing minister, Mr Wynne also nominated public housing built in the 1990s in Canning Street, North Melbourne, as one of the city’s best places.

These apartments, pictured below, replaced some rather grim concrete four-storey walk-up flats. “It demonstrated you could rebuild these estates and provide public housing tenants with quality, affordable places to live,” Mr Wynne said.

Mr Wynne is now mulling over how to tackle some of the unfinished business left on his desk by predecessor Matthew Guy, now Opposition Leader.

Among them is a controversial plan for an 82-level apartment and hotel tower for Crown Casino that would overshadow the Shrine – something Mr Wynne has flagged he would not allow. Concern about density levels

Mr Wynne said he had significant concerns about the levels of density that had been approved in Melbourne’s CBD.

A recent report completed by senior city planner Leanne Hodyl found high-rise apartment towers in central Melbourne being built and approved at four times the densities allowed in some of the world’s most crowded cities.

“They are densities that give you reason to pause,” said Mr Wynne, who argued he was not opposed to tall towers. “Height in appropriate settings is a good thing. But we all get about the place on the ground.”

Mr Wynne also:

* said he would not tear up the Napthine government’s Plan Melbourne strategy for the city, instead pledging to review its contents.

* promised Melbourne’s urban growth boundary would not be shifted, and said the city had enough residential land to grow for 30 years.

* said he would not move to reject donations from property developers. “Is it legal for these people to donate? Yes, but that’s their business. If there is the suggestion that it comes with other opportunity, the answer is no; you don’t pay to get access to me.”

And, in a rare show of generosity towards the opposition, Mr Wynne said Mr Guy had been right to reject a 100-storey tower proposed by developer CBUS Property on the site of the National Mutual tower, at the corner of Collins and William streets.

“The one free kick I will give Matthew Guy is that he actually knocked off something in Collins Street … that overshadowed the [Yarra] river,” Mr Wynne said.

He said there were some “sacrosanct” parts of Melbourne that should not be overshadowed.

“There are some things in the civic realm that are not negotiable: you don’t overshadow the Shrine. You don’t overshadow the parliamentary precinct. You don’t overshadow the rivers. You don’t overshadow our beaches – we are not Surfers Paradise.”

Lord Mayor of Melbourne in 1991, Mr Wynne oversaw the closure of Swanston Street to traffic and helped start the council’s successful Postcode 3000 policy, which has dramatically boosted the number of CBD residents.

“When I was mayor there were about 200 hippies and squatters – no one lived [in the CBD]. What have we got now, 30,000 [residents]?”

One of the most controversial planning applications sitting on Mr Wynne’s desk is for an 82-level apartment tower that will also serve as a new hotel for Crown Casino. Located at 1 Queens Bridge Street, the tower would overshadow part of the Shrine forecourt for about 15 minutes on winter afternoons.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

No rain drops, so Chifley dam drops

THE hot, dry spell Bathurst is experiencing is rapidly taking chunks out of the city’s water supply.
Nanjing Night Net

Figures released by Bathurst Regional Council for Ben Chifley Dam at The Lagoon shows it sitting at 78.3 per cent.

It’s a far cry from the start of summer when it was just about at capacity.

Since then there has been scattered rain in the region, which has resulted in local farmers starting to address water shortage issues and a major change in the local countryside from emerald green to a parched, straw-like picture.

Western Advocate Rural Notebook columnist John Seaman said there had been some storm activity.

“But unfortunately it’s been all over the place and that includes the vast catchment area that Chifley Dam has, stretching all the way back up the Campbell’s River and its feeder creeks to Black Springs.

“It’s a massive area and covers some 960 square kilometres. Now that’s a big area of country that is typically renowned for its rainfall. For it to miss out on a lot of the storm activity is very rare and what falls it has received haven’t been sufficient to get the run-off you need to make it back to the dam.”

Mr Seaman said he’s had reports in recent weeks of storms, but they have varied from 110 millimetres to nothing in other places.

“It’s unpredictable,” he said. “I’ve even got an old friend at Palmers Oakey in the high country north of Bathurst who says he is starting to have water problems. That’s nearly unheard of out this way and is typical of the situation at present.”

Mr Seaman said Chifley Dam couldn’t be located in a better spot to pick up any decent rainfall.

“There’s not a better catchment area going around,” he said. “While we need the rain, there’s no talk of hand feeding yet and at this stage everyone is hoping for an autumn break (rain).

“At this time last year we got just about the best autumn break ever with 100mm one day, 40mm a few days later, another 40mm and on it went. We’d love to see that happen again.”

Ben Chifley Dam is capable of holding 30.8 million litres of water.

The supply was effectively doubled when the dam wall was raised in 2000, ironically on the eve of a decade-long drought described as the worst in living memory.

Despite the drought, Bathurst Regional Council did not have to enforce water restrictions for residents.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Yallouris joins Mile legends

NICK Yallouris joined many of cycling’s greats as a Golden Mile Wheelrace champion at Sunday night’s Bendigo International Madison carnival.
Nanjing Night Net

His warm-up to a madison start was superb as he won the Andy’s Earthmovers-backed classic ahead of Ben Abels, Rohan Wight and last year’s winner, Bendigo star Glenn O’Shea.

TOO GOOD: Nick Yallouris after his win in the Golden Mile. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

A great summer for Yallouris included victory in the Australian Madison with Jackson Law.

“To win the Golden Mile is massive,” Yallouris declared.

He started off 10m in the 1600m contest.

“The backmarkers worked really well together,” he said of the pursuit.

It was Jackson Law’s turn at 1 1/2 laps to go that put Yallouris right in contention.

“It was a massive effort by Jackson.”

A Burnie Wheelrace winner on Tasmania’s lucrative circuit, Yallouris said the Golden Mile victory was a on par.

“This crowd and atmosphere is amazing.

“There is nowhere else like it,” he said of the thousands of fans packed into the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Orions plan to take game to new level

THERE have been good wins against the best North-West country teams in the lead-up.
Nanjing Night Net

MIDDLED IT: Top order batsman Miles Barnard will need to do plenty of this if Devonport is to triumph against South Hobart-Sandy Bay in today’s Statewide T20 grand final. Picture: Jason Hollister.

But Devonport coach Stephen Lee knows his team will have to raise the bar again if they are to topple Southern powerhouse South Hobart Sandy Bay in this afternoon’s Statewide Twenty20 grand final.

The Orions are competing in their first major statewide final for many years, and Lee says his team will have to contend with a higher level of batting, bowling and fielding than what they have so far this campaign.

“We are probably going to need 130-140 with the bat just to be competitive as the Sharks bat pretty well,” Lee said.

“Everyone of them will be fairly aggressive when they bat, and I’m sure they will try and pressure our bowlers.”

“They’ll also bowl a better line and length than what we are generally used to, but with the ball coming on to bat quicker, it should suit our top order because they like to hit through the line.

“Obviously we will be underdogs but we’re okay with that.”

South Hobart Sandy Bay won’t be at full strength for today’s game, with George Bailey and Xavier Doherty with the Australian World Cup team, while Alex Doolan will be in transit after Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield loss in Sydney.

But they are still full of class players, such as former Latrobe batsman Trent Keep, who is coming off a big century in club cricket yesterday, and Tigers contract players Timm van der Gugten, Gabe Bell and Hamish Kingston.

The Orions also have a close connection with their opponents, having supplied them with 10 first grade players over the past two decades. Lee said a little bit of inside knowledge could come in handy, but is backing his team to perform on the big stage.

“But our top order is our key, with Miles Barnard and Brent Mullett our two best players.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Former pupils, staff reminisce about Gnotuk Primary School

Camperdown’s Alan Field, the last teacher to teach at Gnotuk Primary School, with past pupils Craig Arnold, from Brisbane, and Steve Gravett, from Camperdown, at the school reunion on Saturday. 150307LP17 Picture: LEANNE PICKETTYOUNG and old turned out to reminisce of days gone by at Gnotuk Primary School.
Nanjing Night Net

Former pupils and staff filled the Camperdown Guide Hall on Saturday with photos, books and memorabilia on display.

The school, just west of Camperdown, opened in 1902 and a year later reached its peak, with its intake of pupils totalling 131.

Former pupil and one of the organisers Joanne Cook said the day was a great success.

“It was great just to see people’s faces as they went through all the stuff,” she said.

“A lot of the older ones were able to reminisce.”

Mrs Cook said a time capsule from children who were at the school in the late 1970s, when she attended, had included a letter about where she lived.

The school, now demolished, overlooked Lake Gnotuk. Each year there would be school picnics and sports days with the other local schools including Bookaar, Chocolyn, Talindert and Tesbury.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Senators head to Portland to discuss wind turbine ideas

PORTLAND has been selected as one of the first venues for hearings by a Senate select committee on wind turbines for a report to be handed down in June.
Nanjing Night Net

So far almost 40 submissions from across Australia, including south-west Victoria, have been lodged before the March 23 closing date.

The committee, chaired by Senator John Madigan of Ballarat, is looking into regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines. Members will sit in Portland on March 30. A venue and time are yet to be confirmed.

The senator has long campaigned for better regulatory controls.

One of the early submissions is from the Country Fire Authority which calls for response plans involving personnel trained for rescues at heights.

“To safely perform a rescue from height at a wind turbine the CFA would require a minimum of 10 personnel on scene,” the submission said.

“CFA needs to liaise with each wind farm to establish a relationship where all of the stakeholders are aware of each other’s expectations should an incident occur.

“Boundaries need to be clearly established to ensure early notification when an incident occurs and that on-site workers don’t make the situation worse by trying to effect a rescue. As the numbers of wind farms increase so will the amount of people working at height, increasing the potential risk of an accident.”

The CFA submission says there are no standard operating procedures (SOP) in districts 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 which cover the Barwon/South-West.

This caused problems for response to a rescue at the Macarthur wind farm when Hamilton brigade was the only unit paged to attend.

“With the amount of wind farms operating and the additional one under construction an SOP needs to be formulated and implemented ASAP,” the submission says.

CFA emergency management guidelines state that turbines be located about 300 metres apart to provide adequate distance for aircraft to operate and clearing of vegetation within 30 metres of a turbine was recommended.

Keith Staff, of Penshurst, sent a submission headed: “The industrial wind power scam is a catastrophe on every level”.

He attacks governments, companies, consultants, the media and councils.

“Shire councils’ first priority should be for the health and well-being of their residents and ratepayers,” Mr Staff wrote.

The Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia called for a national database of tower locations for low-level aviators.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

A perfect time to make CCTV case

FILE IMAGE. A perfect time to make CCTV case.THERE is no good time for a shop owner to have their front window smashed byvandals, but nor would right now be the worst time.
Nanjing Night Net

Porters Cafe is the latest CBD business to be targeted by mindless vandals after a glass door was smashed on Friday night.

Owner Chris Bergen says it is the second time his cafe has been hit in the past eight months and he is not alone.

In the past month, windows at Harmonikos on Bentinck Street have been smashed twice, and just last weekend two more William Streetbusinesses – Bathurst Travel Centre and Kelly and Partners Chartered Accountants – were targeted.

The spate of attacks has renewed calls for Bathurst Regional Council to finally fund closed circuit television (CCTV) in the CBD as both a deterrent to vandals and to help police identify offenders once an attack has taken place.

And Mr Bergen is one of those who thinks the time has come – and that CCTV can be a success in Bathurst.

If it is to happen, though, council will need to find the money in its 2015-16 budget and that’s why now is the perfect time to be putting the case for CCTV.

Councillors have already started planning for next year’s budget, putting together their own lists of priorities.

And if businesses – and the broadercommunity – believe council should be paying for CCTV, then now is the time to step up thelobbying of councillors.

This is one of those issues that will not go away until the cameras are in place.

Businesses pay their rates to council and have every right to expect a sympathetic ear when they put in their requests for how some of that money should be spent.

The wait has gone on long enough.

Bathurst business owners call for CCTVBusiness owners renew call for CCTV in the Bathurst CBD after two windows brokenThief smashes Bathurst music shop’s window with rockBathurst business Harmonikos broken into twiceThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.