Support for new network

Wendouree MP Sharon Knight has thrown her support behind the new Ballarat Bus Network despite a series of complaints around the new timetable and the change to bus stops throughout the system.
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Backing the services: Wendouree MP Sharon Knight, Buninyong MP Geoff Howard and PTV chief executive Jeroen Weimar at the network unveiling in December last year. Picture: Kate Healy.

The new network which was unveiled on January 31 consolidated the region’s 19 bus routes into 15, with services boosted on the remaining lines to provide an average of one bus every half an hour.

In the weeks since the network was unveiled residents from a number of suburbs including Golden Point, Wendouree and Lake Gardens have expressed concern at the new arrangements.

Ms Knight said while there had been some negative feedback in the wake of the roll-out, the reaction was inevitable given the magnitude of the changes. Public Transport Victoria and the state government also added 10 V/Line train services to and from Melbourne.

“There has been a mixed response but it’s a huge changeand the bus system hadn’t been reviewed in a long time so we knew it was going to be a big job,” Ms Knight said.

“We knew we needed to get more trains to thestation for commuters and we need to service that with more buses and there’s whole areas not even being serviced by the existing bus service.”

Ms Knight and Buninyong MP Geoff Howard will meet with PTV on Tuesday to discuss some of the complaints which have been made about the new system.

The Bus stop placement in Humffray Street near the corner of Water Street, connectivity to Central Square and the route connecting Wendouree to Ballarat North were among the issues which had been raised.

Ms Knight said she had been in regular dialogue with PTV and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan since the service was unveiled at the end of January and was confident some of the faults could be ironed out in the coming months.

“We have already sent through a list of common complaints we are getting and we have also got a meeting with CDC planned because I want the perspective of the bus drivers who are ina great position to help us.”

The changes to the network have led to the creation of 36 new driver jobs due increase in services. Thirteen new buses were also built in Victoria to accommodate for the increase in traffic.

“CDCBallarat has created a significant boost to the local economy through employing 36 new staff to date as a direct result of the Ballarat Bus Network Upgrade,” A CDC spokesperson said. “The spread includes bus drivers, mechanics and operations staff.”

A PTV spokesperson said “The new bus network has been informed in consultation with the Ballarat community who overwhelmingly called for more direct routes with more frequent services and better connections with trains”.

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Tassie’s new side backs in ANL title win

QUICK HANDS: Cavaliers centre Shelby Miller passes off during a training drill in Launceston ahead of the Tasmanian Magpies’ ANL season. Picture: Scott GelstonStar Tasmanian Shelby Miller said the state’s new-look Magpies entity believe they can snare the Australian Netball Leaguepremiership in its inaugural season.
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The Launceston centre said the rookie teamis riding confidence ahead of facing Queensland Fusion after its season openeragainst the seven-time ANL winners.

While all the talk in the national media has been about Collingwood Magpies’ premiership favouritism for the maiden Super Netball title, Tasmania’s new netball side exceededexpectations in their debut appearance.

The state’s Magpies that included five Victorians for Collingwood’s feeder side delivered justVictoria Fury’s second defeatsince 2012.

“We stated at one of our team meetings before we played any games about goal-setting that our goal was all about winning the premiership,” Miller said.

“So I think in every game, no matter who you play, you have to go in expecting to win.If you’re not expecting to win that your mindset is not of a winning team.

“We definitely expected to do well and win that game.”

Miller, while studying year 11, last played ANL for Tassie Spirit in 2014 before heading ona hiatus to focus on study during the side’s last season.

FULL STRETCH: Shelby Miller finding it hard to keep her feet on the ground during training ahead of the Tasmanian Magpies’ ANL season. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Though Tasmanian Magpies dropped their second game the next day against the Fury, Miller said coach Jon Fletcher has convinced the girls of the right mentality before runningout on court.

“We talked about how they were the benchmark team of the competition; now we decided we’ve made ourselves the benchmark team of the competition,” she said.

“We can now build on that and hopefully other teams feel we are the benchmark.”

The Cavaliers 19-year-old said the Magpies shouldbe better prepared for the weekend’s second-leg in Brisbane against theQueenslanders.

Both sides are allowed to bring down unplayed Super Netball players from overnight for Sunday’s game.

“As our coach always says, it’s always two different games on each day; the team can vary a lot like it varied last week,” Miller said.

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PHOTOS| Central west students build their interest in merino industry

Trangie Central School students Jacana Powell, Demi Dunn and Abbie Fraser. Photo: Taylor JurdIncreasing students knowledge of the merino industry and giving them the opportunity to explore the agricultural industrywas the aim of the School Wethers Challenge.
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Held at the Dubbo TAFE campus along Narromine Road, on Monday, February 20, the students and their agricultural teachers were split into four groups which focuses on wool, nutrition, breeding and an industry overview.

Over 200 students from across the central west took part in the challenge.

This was the first time Tullamore Central School have participated in the School Wethers Challenge andagriculture teacher Natasha Shankelton said taking part would give her students a lot more exposure to merino wool and the meat industry.

“It’s our first year in the Challenge and it’s just a great opportunity to be a part of,” she said.

PHOTOS| Central west students build their interest in merino industry Gilgandra High School Ellanorah Matthews, Aysha Tobin, Mitchell Carlow, Matthew Coddington, Rabobank National Merino Show and Sale president. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Gilgandra High School Andrew Dinsey, Connor Whiteman, YR 11. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston.

Forbes High School Tye Stewart, Vanessa Cole, Mitchell Jack, Jack Piercy, Jack Hodges-Lockwood. Photo: Gabrielle Johnstone.

Greg Sawyer, AWN, Condobolin High School Kenny Dodds, Cameron Charles, Clifford Lanyerie, Dave White, teacher Anne Farney. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo, Abbey Cusack, Jenni Tink, Angus Bodlan, Brett Cooper, AWN. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Gunnedah High School, left, Haylee Murrell, Lucy Moore, Helena Pease, front right, Philip Tydd, agriculture assistant. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Red Bend Catholic College, Matthew Mitton, Oliver Squire, Clinton Hooper, Hugh Squire, Grace Frazer. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Tullamore Central School Jack Darcy, Angus Porter, Lachlan Curr. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Trangie Central School students Jacana Powell, Demi Dunn and Abbie Fraser. Photo: Taylor Jurd

Gilgandra High Scool students Robyn Holland, Tianna Watt and Shanae Shepherd. Photo: Taylor Jurd

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South Sydney Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds sidelined with appendicitis

South Sydney’s seemingly perfect pre-season has had its first hiccup with halfback Adam Reynolds set to miss the first month of the season with appendicitis.
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The Rabbitohs playmaker arrived at training on Wednesday complaining of some discomfort, and was later taken to hospital under the advice of the club doctor.

The 26-year-old spent the night on a drip before undergoing surgery on Thursday to treat the appendicitis that will keep him out for the best part of four weeks.

He required stitches around the abdomen region but was expected to be discharged from hospital on Friday night.

Former Parramatta pivot Luke Kelly firms as his likely replacement, however John Sutton is no stranger to the halves position and could force Cody Walker into the No.7 jersey if Maguire opts to go with his former captain.

At the NRL launch on Thursday Greg Inglis said he and the rest of the Rabbitohs’ spine would encourage Walker to take an ad-lib approach to his football this season.

“We want him to play pretty much off the top of his head,” Inglis said. “He’s an instinctive player and we don’t want to give him too much structure.

“I think it’s just tapping into the skill. He’s obviously got the ability … We keep telling him how much he does have.”

Kelly played in the Auckland Nines and in both trials for the Bunnies, impressing in his maiden season at the club after being used as a stop-gap solution by Parramatta since 2012.

The bad news comes just a week out from South Sydney’s first round match against the Wests Tigers, who have problems of their own in the halves.

Luke Brooks had his wisdom teeth removed a fortnight ago and missed last week’s trial against the Cowboys, while Mitchell Moses has battled bone bruising in his ankle that he picked up playing in the All Stars game earlier this month.

Both Brooks and Moses are expected to be fully fit in time for what will be a mouth-watering Friday night showdown against former Tigers captain Robbie Farah and his new club.

Meanwhile, Billy Slater’s return from a chronic shoulder problem has been put on ice once again.

The Storm fullback hasn’t fully recovered from the season-ending injury he picked up in round one last year, with Storm coach Craig Bellamy in no rush to bring back his superstar No.1.

Melbourne are reluctant to risk Slater by bringing him back prematurely and will miss the opening rounds of their new campaign, which begins against Canterbury at Belmore on Friday night.

“We’re really happy with the way it’s progressing but I’m pretty sure he won’t be playing the first couple of rounds,” Bellamy said at the Storm’s season launch.

“We’ve waited a long time so we’re not going to take any risks with him physically or mentally.”

With Cameron Munster moving from fullback to five-eighth in the off-season to cover for the departure of Blake Green to Manly, Bellamy will have to decide whether to tinker with his new playmaker combination or throw Young Tonumaipea into the No.1 jersey.

“Obviously Cameron has trained mostly in the halves in the pre-season so to put him back there would be a big call but having said that we’ve got to do what we think is best thing for the team,” Bellamy said.

Melbourne’s Kiwi Test backrower Tohu Harris is also sidelined for the opening weeks of the season with a stress fracture in his foot.

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Fallen Southern Stars hope to shine in Rose Bowl defence

Ready to return: Ellyse Perry. Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe Southern Stars will seek redemption for their shock Twenty20 series defeat to the White Ferns when the two nations begin a three-match one-day series in New Zealand on Sunday.
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Australia has made a late inclusion for the Rose Bowl series, drafting veteran batter Rachael Haynes, 30, into the squad.

Haynes has played 33 one-day internationals, averaging 31.28 and could boost a batting line-up which struggled in games two and three of the T20 series against the White Ferns. The left-hander from Victoria was also part of the winning squad which claimed the 2013 women’s World Cup.

Haynes’ return comes amid injury worries, with vice-captain Alex Blackwell straining a hamstring in the heavy loss on Wednesday.

Champion allrounder Ellyse​ Perry is due to return to the side, having missed the T20 series because of a hamstring injury she suffered during the Women’s Big Bash League. Perry’s one-day form has been superb in recent times, notching 17 half-centuries in her past 24 innings.

Australian selector Shawn​ Flegler​ said Perry and Blackwell were expected to be fit for the one-day series.

“We expect both Alex and Ellyse to feature throughout the upcoming series against New Zealand. However, we want to ensure both players are 100 per cent fit on their return,” he said.

“Rachael is a proven performer at this level with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so we are looking forward to having her around the group and know she will be ready to go if called upon.”

The Stars were fired out for 66 – their lowest score in T20 cricket – by the White Ferns in Adelaide, having been 5-9 after a superb opening spell from Lea Tahuhu and Holly Huddleston. They had also limped to 9-61 in a rain-marred loss in Geelong on Sunday.

This could prompt a shake-up in the top order, with a call to be made on No.3 Ashleigh Gardner, who had scores of 0, 5 and 0 on her international debut in the T20 series.

Skipper Meg Lanning has demanded more of her team, with the Ferns determined to regain the Rose Bowl for the first time in 17 years.

“We move into one-day cricket now which is a nice shift for us but we’ve got to learn from it and see what we can do better, because we’re going to come up against the same (bowlers),” she said.

“There’s plenty for us to think about. We need to come up with a few different plans and really think our way through more than we have.”

The Stars were beaten 2-1 in the Twenty20 series by the White Ferns last summer but rebounded to win the one-day campaign in New Zealand.

Rose Bowl series:

26 February: First ODI, Eden Park No.2, Auckland

2 March: Second ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

5 March: Third ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

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What do we want? Old footy ground names. When do we want it? Now!

It’s an embarrassing thing to confess. First week of January and Cricket Australia was still days away from giving up the rest of the summer to rugby codes to the power of seven, nine and 10. Six-hole golf and four-game tennis were light bulbs yet to go off. Football was being played around the country, but fans that week were workshopping their next brilliant tifo​. It was Test cricket’s time to shine.
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And yet, entering the Sydney Cricket Ground precinct, Fairfax Media’s legs were drawing it inexorably towards the footy stadium. The Philip Cox-designed roof, the phantom sniff of liniment, the ghosts of Chicka Ferguson and Joey Johns and the Mark Coyne try. Or just a bog-standard Sunday afternoon in winter, sitting in the rain with both of Easts’ fans. The siren song of rugby league! Fairfax Media’s brain was saying one thing, but the legs were doing another.

As an impulse to civil disobedience, the moment passed. Ultimately, the visceral hunger for rugby league is not satisfied by trying to break into an empty stadium. Nor is it quite satisfied by the Auckland Nines, the Indigenous All Stars Game or the Charity Shield. Nor – and this is the curious part – is it really satisfied by the start of the season proper, or the playing of that season.

Taunted and tantalised, league hunger is sometimes only satisfied in that moment after a grand final when the last minute of the season has been the most gut-wrenching minute of anything Fairfax Media has ever seen. And then the hunger starts up again …

But if Fairfax Media had to toe the line and stay with the cricket, there was another act of personal civil disobedience that would have to do. The cricket was at the Sydney Cricket Ground: Sydney’s big ground where cricket is played. Easy to understand. Right next to it is a big ground where football is played, and Fairfax Media refuses to call the sister ground anything other than the footy stadium.

Or SFS in a nod to modernity. Or Sydney Sports Ground when Fairfax Media is feeling ornery. Whatever used-car dealer or major bank’s insurance division has the naming rights to it now, it was not called Whatsie Fluffers Field when Chicka stepped, stepped again, and stepped a third defender to tie the 1989 grand final. It was not called Punters’ Park when Coyne scored that try in the 1994 Origin. It was the SFS, and in Fairfax Media’s heart it remains sacred ground. It’s the Sydney Sports Ground, where Laurie Monaghan kicked that field goal from the sideline to sink mighty Wales.

When names disappear, so does the past. If the past is not another country and not even the past, then nor are the true names of football grounds. It is not just history that is flogged off when a sponsor buys naming rights to a ground; it is the present, too, because in sport, where so many of us live in the past, there is no difference.

More and more, that humble fan is the custodian of that past-in-the-present, because every other interest is ganging up against us. T.G. Millner Field, site of the immortal “Up The Jumper” try by NSW Country in 1975 amongst a zillion blood-soaked Saturday afternoons, is being sold off. It’s bad enough when the actual territory passes into the hands of property developers, but the so-called compromise of flogging naming rights sales is little better.

For round one of this year’s NRL competition, Parramatta will be visiting Manly at a place that sounds like a cross between a theme park, a bingo hall and a 1920s Los Angeles land speculation. For the rest of us, it’s Brookvale Oval, aka Brookie. The jokes that will stem from Brookie’s new name, which Fairfax Media refuses to utter, are predictable. Like Brookie’s most recent nickname – “The Fortress”, in direct contradiction of the Sea Eagles’ porous recent record there – the new name is not a masterpiece of irony (for which rugby league is little known), but an act of soulless expediency (with which rugby league is synonymous).

For fellow conscientious objectors, here is a guide to the real names of other NRL grounds:

Cronulla: Endeavour Field or, if you must, Shark Park.

Penrith: Penrith Park or, if you must, Panthers Stadium.

Parramatta: Parramatta Stadium, funeral pyre of Cumberland Oval.

Canberra: Bruce Stadium.

Brisbane: Lang Park.

South Sydney, Canterbury, St George-Illawarra, Wests-Balmain: Olympic Stadium, or just Homebush, albeit risking confusion about what train station to get off at.

Newcastle: Hunter International Sports Centre.

Eastern Suburbs: Footy Stadium, SFS or Sydney Sports Ground.

Auckland: Mount Smart Stadium.

Melbourne, North Queensland, Gold Coast: Don’t know, let them decide.

Returning to grounds their true, old-school names is not just a matter of giving voice to your inner curmudgeon. Or, in Fairfax Media’s case, their outer curmudgeon. The footy ground is a battleground, in the struggle between communities and corporations, and it needs the fans’ voices. Or, to be precise, their silence.

There is an alternative view: that he who pays the piper calls the tune, and if someone stumps up the money they can call whatever they want whatever they like. It’s not culture, it’s commerce.

But not even the corporations, who use the language of community and people, will own up to that brute fact. They can only feel good by disguising it. They haven’t bought out team names that are off limits in Australia, if not elsewhere. Fairfax Media can remember, as a child, imagining the exotic glamour of the great Zaheer Abbas amassing runs for Pakistan International Airways against the poor bowlers of Habib Bank in domestic cricket.

You could even see Zaheer in a PIA pilot’s uniform. Companies owning and naming cricket teams seemed less of a concern than the possibility that Zaheer, with his bulletproof-thickness glasses, could have passed the seeing test to fly a passenger aircraft. It seemed snazzy and jetset in those days, but eventually, the Indian Premier League having teams named after a whiskey and a newspaper took the gloss off, and made the whole racket as classy as Geelong footballer Garry Hocking renaming himself as cat food.

Grounds have never been offered the same protection as clubs and players, which, after all, instead of selling their names to corporations, turn themselves into corporations. People can look after themselves. Why should the turf, the soil, the sacred earth, have no right of self-defence?

Only because it, unlike the clubs and the individuals, has no voice? It’s up to the fan to take up the cause of that voiceless soil, and call it by its true name. Fairfax Media – oh hell, you see how annoying it is for the piper to take the name of he who pays – I reject the corporate dispossession of our land and refuse to yield.

Someone please plant me a gum tree on T.G. Millner so that I may chain myself to it. And someone please link arms with me and march on Brookvale where we can, in the spirit of Reagan’s plea to Gorbachev, “Tear down that sign”.

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Alleged armed robbers arrested after wandering near Victoria Police Academy

The robbers were found wandering just blocks from the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley. Photo: Craig AbrahamA trio of alleged armed robbers have been picked up just blocks from the Victoria Police Academy after they were spotted strolling down a suburban road minutes after a string of robberies in the area.
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The Dandenong North men aged 18, 19 and 21 were nabbed on Thursday at 4.45am after allegedly robbing a Narre Warren North service station and a Mount Waverley newsagency.

The men were armed with machetes and a shotgun, which were discovered dumped in a suburban garden bed at a nearby residence. Their getaway vehicle was located a short distance away.

The alleged perpetrators started their spree of robberies at 12.55am on Thursday at a service station on Heatherton Road which they burgled twice, the first time unsuccessfully.

They returned at 3.45am, successfully robbing the service station before turning their attention to a news agency on Centreway, Mount Waverley, more than 17 kilometres away, at about 4.30am.

But the string of robberies ended uneventfully with police nabbing the trio while they were wandering in Glen Waverley at 4.45am, just kilometres from the Victoria Police Academy.

All three men were arrested after being spotted by police on Waverley Road, just east of Blackburn Road. The Victoria Police academy is located a few blocks away, on the corner of Waverley and View Mount roads.

Police have charged the men who are assisting with inquiries. They will face court at a later date.

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Anti-bikie Echo taskforce investigating drive-by shooting at Airport West gym

The man injured in the Airport West shooting. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News The scene of the reported shooting in Airport West. Photo: Courtesy of Seven News
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Anti-bikie police are investigating a drive-by shooting at an Airport West gym, with the car suspected of being used in the shooting found burnt-out in Melbourne’s north.

Police confirmed a black Audi SUV was found burnt-out in a reserve in Pascoe Value shortly before 10pm and is suspected of being the same vehicle two people used in the shooting on Thursday evening.

The Echo taskforce is now investigating the matter and has called for members of the public with further information to come forward.

A 31-year-old Hillside man received a gunshot wound to the stomach in the carpark of the Derrimut 24:7 Gym on Louis Street in Airport West at 5.30pm on Thursday and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The black SUV pulled up as the man was entering the gym and the occupant of the vehicle reportedly produced a firearm before they fled the scene.

One person in the gym told Fairfax Media they heard two shots.

The Audi Q7 was later seen driving erratically on the Western Ring Road, including the emergency lane prior to Keilor Park Drive in Keilor East after the shooting. It was later found at Gavan Park on the corner of Arndt and Cornwall roads.

Investigators are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the Audi or captured vision of the vehicle on their dash cam.

A witness who saw the drive-by shooting told the Herald Sun the men were wearing masks.

“Two guys pulled up in a black Merc and they were both wearing masks,” he said.

“They waited for the guy to come out and as soon as they did the passenger shot him twice in the back.”

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Snake oil or saviour? The coloured spectacles sparking controversy

Silas Dewney, 14, says his colored glasses have helped with his dyslexia. Photo: Penny StephensThey are the blue, yellow and rose-coloured glasses polarising the dyslexic community.
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Many families and experts have dismissed them as “snake oil” while others swear by them.

Angela Dewney is in the latter group, and purchased two pairs of glasses with coloured lenses for her teenage boys.

Her oldest son Silas wears blue lenses, and her younger son Noah wears yellow lenses.

“I don’t understand the science behind it, but they do work,” she said.

Silas, who is in year 9 at Templestowe Secondary College, said he struggled to read before wearing the glasses.

“The letters would move around on the page, or merge into one. It was a big mess,” he said.

“When I wear the glasses the letters and numbers stay in the same spot.”

But Julie Mavlian, an administer of the popular Dyslexia Support Australia Facebook page, bought coloured glasses for her son and said they did nothing.

“We were waiting for it to make the miraculous difference, we never got there,” she said.

“My son was happy to wear them, people told him he looked like Bono. People were looking at him like he was a rock star and not someone who couldn’t read and write.”

Silas Dewney with his brother Noah, 12. Photo: Penny Stephens

She said parents of children with dyslexia were vulnerable to so-called “treatments” which were not backed by evidence.

The controversy over the glasses has spilled into a conference being held at the University of Melbourne on Saturday and in Sydney next month.

Many dyslexia groups and experts are refusing to support the Learning Difference Convention because they say it promotes therapies that are not backed by scientific research.

They have raised concerns about keynote speaker, University of Oxford professor John Stein, who will be discussing the benefits of yellow and blue lenses and filters for dyslexics, as well as “music, rhythm and mindful movement training and omega three fatty acids”.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists spokesman Professor Frank Martin said there was no scientific evidence supporting “fringe therapies” like tinted lenses.

“It’s a big expense with no clear benefit,” he said.

“When a child wears them it draws attention to the child, they get more attention from the teacher and probably shows some improvements but there is no scientific evidence that the tinted lenses do any good at all.”

But Professor Stein said research showed that yellow and blue lenses helped fix vision problems and improved children’s ability to read.

He said coloured lenses were not a magic bullet, but helped people with a particular set of vision symptoms including blur and letters splitting into two.

“The controversy arise for several reasons,” he said. “Most people in the field believe that vision has no part to play in reading, they are saying that the problem with dyslexia is entirely phonological.”

Australian Dyslexia Association president Jodi Clements said dyslexia could not be ‘treated’ with coloured lenses or visual treatments.

“Dyslexia is language based and neurobiological in origin,” she said.

“Dyslexia primarily affects acquiring and using language, particularly reading. Individuals with dyslexia require educational instruction that is direct, explicit, structured and language based.”

Macquarie University’s special education centre also warns against using tinted lenses, saying they “may divert resources from evidence-based reading interventions”.

Jillian Zocher, a learning difficulties consultant who runs the convention, said “reading purists” had set out to undermine the event.

“They only focus on reading,” she said. “We also have to address co-existing difficulties. These glasses try to address visual processing and help with light sensitivity.”

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Charges laid against pair who demolished Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub

The Corkman Irish pub in Carlton, built in 1857, as it was last October. Photo: James Bowering Firefighters dampening down building waste where Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub stood for 159 years.
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The site last week. Photo: Joe Armao

The developers who knocked over Carlton’s Corkman Irish Pub have had charges laid against them in the Melbourne Magistrates Court by the state government’s building authority and the city council.

On Friday morning, the Victorian Building Authority and Melbourne City Council laid 16 charges against Stefce Kutlesovski, Raman Shaqiri and their company 160 Leicester Pty Ltd.

If the maximum penalties possible were applied against the pair and their company, they would face fines approaching $2 million.

Mr Kutlesovski and Mr Shaqiri knocked over the 159-year-old pub in October without a demolition permit. The historic pub was within a heritage overlay area.

Waste including asbestos from the pub was later found on another site the pair owned in Cairnlea, in Melbourne’s north-west.

A preliminary drawing later emerged for a 12-storey apartment tower the pair were planning on the Carlton site. They bought the pub in 2015 for $4.76 million.

The criminal charges against the two men – who have developed a number of multimillion-dollar residential and industrial developments across Melbourne – include demolishing without a building permit, not complying with an order to stop and carrying out demolition while unregistered.

The maximum penalties for each charge range from $3109 to almost $400,000 per offence.

Jamie Griffin, the pair’s lawyer in a separate action taken out by Planning Minister Richard Wynne in the state planning tribunal, was contacted for comment on the charges.

Attempts were also made to contact Mr Shaqiri.

Charges laid by VBA and Melbourne City Council:

Stefce Kutlesovski Demolition without a building permit $77,730 Holding himself out as a demolisher when he was not registered $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,522 Carrying out demolition without 48-hours written notice to the Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside permissible hours $3109

Raman Shaqiri Permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $77,730 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $77,730 Failing to exercise due diligence to prevent the demolition of a building without the requisite consent required under planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

160 Leicester Pty Ltd As the owner of the land at 154-160 Leicester Street, Carlton , permitting the demolition of a building without a building permit $388,650 Failing to comply with an order to stop building work $388,650 Demolishing a building in contravention of the planning legislation $186,552 Carrying out demolition without providing 48-hours prior written notice to Melbourne City Council $3109 Carrying out building work (demolition) outside of permissible hours $3109

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Woman sexually assaulted, bitten at Rainbow Serpent music festival

A scene from last year’s festival, during which 40 attendees were arrested. Photo: Francesco Vicenzi The Rainbow Serpent Festival.
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A woman was sexually assaulted three times and bitten on the arm during a horrific attack at a music festival in January.

The 21-year-old was at the Rainbow Serpent Festival outside Ararat in south-west Victoria when an unknown man grabbed her by the throat, pushed her against a van and assaulted her.

The woman managed to get away but the man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her another two times. The attacker also bit the woman twice on the arm when she tried to push him away.

Police are appealing for festivalgoers with more information to come forward about the incident, which took place between 3pm and 7pm on January 26.

According to police, the woman had been walking along the outer edge of the festival’s camp section when she struck up a conversation with the man.

After a short conversation, the victim told the man she was going to the main festival area when he grabbed her by the hair and throat and assaulted her.

Police have raised concerns about the future of the six-day festival, which has a chequered history of fatal drug overdoses and sexual assaults.

Last year, more than 40 revellers were caught driving under the influence of drugs when leaving the festival.

Superintendent Andrew Allen said police remained concerned about the behaviour of festivalgoers, telling Fairfax Media he would be “agitating for a reduction in the length of the festival with the organisers”.

“The harm to the wider community is at such an alarming and tragic cost,” he said.

“Something has to change.”

In January 2016, police reportedly dealt with four sexual assaults at Rainbow Serpent. In December, organisers of the festival launched what was touted as an Australian-first policy to handle sexual assaults at the festival.

A digital image of the man wanted for questioning has been released. He is described as about 28-years-old with sandy brown hair, blue eyes, a pointy nose, and between 165 to 170 centimetres tall.

– with Ballarat Courier.

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Woodenbong initiates Miss Teen Showgirl for coastal shows

Front Row: Judge Gabriella Elder-Robinson of Warchope, Imahn Pholi of Alstonville, Samantha Deibert of Grafton, Judge Belinda Dockrill of Tenterfield; Middle row: President Margaret Martin of Woodenbong, Ashley Ebbott of Bangalow, Teah Carter of Kyogle, Nicole Cowling of Maclean, Penny Lee of Woodenbong, Hon. Thomas George MP for Lismore; back row: Sam Stephens Far North Coast Group One Rep from Alstonville, Brooke Felsch of Lismore North Coast National, Georgia Williams of Mullumbimby, Terry Serone Group One President of Casino. (Photo by MA Shutter Photography.)Saturday February 18 saw Woodenbong Show Society Inc. host the inaugural judging of the Group One Miss Teen Showgirl.
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NSW Rural Shows are divided into areas known as Groups. Group One consists of Annual Shows from Grafton to Murwillumbah and as far west as Bonalbo and Woodenbong. Woodenbong Show President, Margaret Martin, showed great insight by initiating the event.

The Shows and the girls representing them at the event were Alstonville (Imahn Pholi), Bangalow (Ashley Ebbott), Grafton (Samantha Deibert), Kyogle (Teah Carter), Lismore North Coast National (Brooke Felsch),Maclean (Nicole Cowling), Mullumbimby (Georgia Williams) and Woodenbong (Penny Lee). Apologies were received from Casino and Murwillumbah as their girls had prior engagements.

The girls’ ages ranged from 13 to 17 years and they were judged on many facets:personality, confidence, ambition/goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge including general, local and show, personal presentation, grooming, diction, speech, and volunteering and community participation. These include Interviews with the judges and on stage interviews.

Aluncheon was served at the Woodenbong Public Hall (beautifully decorated by Woodenbong Show Committee members) during which the girls were escorted on to the stage by local boysJayden and Charlie Want and then were interviewed on stage by the MCThomas George, Member for Lismore.

When the judging was completed the winner was announced as Nicole Cowling from Maclean. Runner-up Penny Lee from Woodenbong and a special encouragement award was given to Samantha Diebert from Grafton.

Group One President Terry Seronespoke of group involvement and thanked Woodenbong for hosting the event.

Mr George said, “I was honoured to MC the inaugural Group Miss Teen Showgirls Finals.

“The young ladies were a credit to themselves, their families and the Show Societies they represented. Congratulations to Margaret Martin and the Woodenbong Show Committee and helpers who did a magnificent job in not only co-ordinating the day but also in organising the lovely lunch and the spectacular presentation of the hall. Thanks also for the support of the Woodenbong Central School”.

The function was well attended with families and members of each show represented.

President Margaret Martin said the young ladies were well presented and friendly and she gave special thanks to all involved including members of the community, Woodenbong Central School and to the Woodenbong Show Committee Members who worked tirelessly before hand and on the day to make this Inaugural event the wonder it was in every aspect.

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Davies good all round

Mid-week: All welcome to Cheating Tuesday, ball toss at 9am for playing partners. Full details on all Forbes golf from the Pro Shop on 6851 1554. Photo features Phil Maher.
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Veterans’ GolfAlf Davies continues as one of the best all-round sportsmen in Forbes, this time in golf. Prior to today Alf showed outstanding talents to be one of the best in the district on the rugby league field (unfortunately with the Parkes Spacemen) while equally at home on the squash and tennis courts in his current home of Forbes. Today bowls and golf are at the forefront for the likeable and talented gentleman. Last weekend he undertook a new challenge playing in the championship fours at the ‘Bowlie’ with success. Last Thursday he blitzed all comers in the 12-hole veterans golf competition between players from Forbes and Parkes. With a two under par round Alf massed 29 points coasting to an easy win over another fellow Forbes member in Ted Morgan who was runner-up with 25 points on a count-back from two other local players, Garry Collits and Barry Parker. Parkes did pick up a trophy, Ron Klein with seven points for the Encouragement Award.

Ball sweep to 21 points; 25 Garry Collits, Barry Parker, 23 Max Haley (F), Richard Hamilton (P), Graham Cooke (P), John Pearce (P), 22 Tom Edols (F), Laurie Wakefield (P), 21 John O’Shannessy (P).

Nearest the pins; ninthA grade Alf Davies, B Richard Hamilton, 18th A Graham Cooke, B nil. Upcoming events; Thursday in Parkes for 12 holes, 9.30am noms for a 10am tee-off. March 9, 12 holes in Forbes, 12.30pm noms, 1pm tee-off.March 16 is the Lachlan Valley AGM in Forbes with nominations for committee now open, closing on March 9. Scores in Cheating Tuesday last week were also tops with Vince Aitken top scoring with 36 points for the 12 hole handicap competition. Garry Collits must be wondering when he will get to the alter first finishing runner-up yet again with 32 points.

BRIDGE CLUB NEWSFebruary 20 we played a sixtable Mitchell movement. The North South winners were Peter Dorn and Fay Davis on 60.00 per cent with Peter MacPhillamy and Alpana Mahagaonkar in second place on 56.30 per cent.The East West winners were Jan Latter and Jenny Freeman on 62.10 per cent and in second place were Helen Hurley and Judy Kerr on 55.40 per cent. February 23 we played a fivetable Howell movement. The winners were Peter MacPhillamy and Alpana Mahagaonkar on 64.60 per cent with Geoff Coles and Judy Kerr and Enid and Alan Baker in equal second place on 52.10 per cent and in fourth place on 51.40 per cent were Cheryl and Ray Burridge.

FORBES WOMEN’S BOWLINGThe last day of summer today and the ladies are hoping for a cooler Autumn.We had two games of triples and one game of pairs last week for our social players and a rest for our Club competitions

Alice Allen Annette Tisdell and Pat Hodson were the lucky rink winners and Pat Hodson took home the meat tray Lucky Pat this week. The spider competition was won by Ann Mackay who got her bowl closest to the spider with money raised for our Charity. Tomorrow we will see a Major Singles game with Ann Mackay versus Lyn Simmonds with Colleen Liebich the marker and at the weekend Leisa Burton versus Sandra Priest with Annette Tisdell the marker. The Selectors for March will be Judy Girot and Lyn Elliott and the morning tea ladies Kay Toohey and Lesley Dunstan. Helen Pitt will be celebrating her birthday this week and we hope to see her on the green again soon Happy Birthday.We were all thinking of Carol Thurlow as she passed away suddenly last week and we offer our sympathy to Ron and family some of the bowlers formed a guard of honour at the funeral she was always happy to watch the bowls on Friday evenings. Phonethe club tomorrow between 8.30am and 9am for a social game.

Croquet NewsRemember:March 14General Meeting after croquet at the clubhouse. March 21 Birthday lunch at Vandenberg Hotel List at croquet to put your names down if attending. A bigcheerio to Doreen who is out of action for about threemonths, following her operation this Thursday, All the best wishes for you Doreen.

Results February 21:Mary Hodges, Lorraine Todd 9 defeated Barry White, Jeff Liebich 4. Jill Rubie, Alec Todd 7 defeated Joan Littlejohn, Nev Morrison 6. Elvy Quirk, Colleen Liebich 7 defeated Bob Murray, Harley Stewart 6. John MacCullagh, Libby Smart 7 defeated Carol Slattery, Ken Styles 6. John Cole, Wendy Jeffrey 8 defeated Lorna Field, Veva MacCullagh. Merv Langfield 7 defeated Robin Pols, Evelyn Mahlo 6. Bill Scott, Kath Broderick 7 defeatedJohn Brown, Dorothea Croker 6. Bruce Field, Tony Thomson 10 defeated Kevin Rubie 3. Lorraine Todd, Libby Smart 8 defeated Kath Broderick, Evelyn Mahlo 5. Wendy Jeffrey, Mary Hodges 7 defeated Harley Stewart, Lorna Field 6. Nev Morrison, John Cole 7 defeated Harley Stewart, Lorna Field 6. Joan Littlejohn, Veva MacCullagh 8 defeated Bob Murray, Carol Slattery 5. Jill and Kevin Rubie 7 defeatedColleen Liebich, Elvy Quirk 6. Robin Pols, Tony Thomson 9 defeated John MacCullagh, Alec Todd 4. Bill Scott, Merv Langfield 9 defeated Dorothea Croker, Barry White 4. Jeff Liebich, 7 defeated John Brown 6. Bob Murray, Dorothea Croker 8 defeated Mary Hodges, Elvy Quirk 5. Lorna Field, Joan Littlejohn 7 defeated Kevin Rubie, Jeff Liebich 6. Bruce Field, Jill Rubie 7 defeated Kath Broderick, Veva MacCullagh 6. Harley Stewart, Alec Todd 7 defeated 7 def John Brown, Nev Morrison 6. Ken Styles, Bill Scott 8 defeated Wendy Jeffrey, Evelyn Mahlo 5. Colleen Liebich, Merv Langfield 7 defeated Robin Pols, John Cole 6. Barry White 7 defeated Libby Smart 6. Carol Slattery, John MacCullagh 7 defeated Lorraine Todd, Tony Thomson 6.

AussieFebruary 25:Joan Littlejohn, Veva MacCullagh 14 defeated Dorothea Croker, Jeff Liebich 13. Ros Rennick, Merv Langfield 14 defeated Jane Hanbury, Marg Nelson 10. Bob Murray, Jill Rubie 14 defeated Alec Todd, Doreen Whitworth 13. Colleen Liebich, Lorraine Todd 14 defeated Kevin Rubie, Kath Broderick 11. Libby Smart, Tony Thomson 14 defeated Harley and Anne Stewart 11. Doreen Rogers, Bill Scott 14 defeated Cherylin Cole, Judy Ellis 11. Robin Pols, Barry White 154 defeated John MacCullagh, John Cole 11. Cherylin Cole, Kevin Rubie 14 defeated Harley Stewart, Marg Nelson 11. Tony Thomson, Joan Littlejohn 14 defeated Doreen Whitworth, Alec Todd 12. John MacCullagh, Bill Scott 14 defeated Libby Smart, Barry White 11. Veva MacCullagh, Jody Ellis 14 defeated Doreen Rogers, Jill Rubie 11. John Cole, Colleen Liebich 14 defeated Bob Murray, Dorothea Croker 11. Colleen Liebich, Kath Broderick, 14 defeated Merv Langfield, Lorraine Todd 13. Jane Hanbury, Ros Rennick 14 defeated Anne Stewart, Robin Pols 10. Lorraine Todd, Colleen Liebich 1 defeated Jeff Liebich, Dorothea Croker 9. Tony Thomson, Veva MacCullagh 14 defeated Libby Smart, Cherylin Cole 10. Barry White, Joan Littlejohn 14 defeated Anne Stewart, Jill Rubie 9. Harley Stewart, John Cole 14 defeated Kevin Rubie, Bob Murray 10. Judy Ellis, Doreen Whitworth 14 defeated Ros Rennick, Robin Pols 11.

NetballNetballers ready to start: The adjourned AGM of theForbesNetball Association will be held tomorrow night March1 at 6pm at the netball courts. There are some committee members who are unable to re-commit to their volunteering positions, and new members are needed, and will be elected from the floor. Although the AGM could notbe heldin February, a very productive general meeting went ahead, and planned the coming season.

Representative news:This is the start of the representative season for all players turing 12 years to u17years in 2017. Nomination forms are available on the FNA website, or will be available at the netball courts today, Tuesday February 28. Representative u17and 15 years.

The FNA is calling for more nominations from players trialling for the u17and 15 years teams. All nominations for these two age groups will close today, Tuesday February 28, and should be emailed to the Secretary Lyn Ford [email protected]南京夜网or handed inat the courts today. The u17team will compete in the NNSW State Championships over the June long weekend, and the 15 years team will compete in the NNSW State Age Championships on the first weeknd in the July school holidays.

Coach for the u17team is Kristin Read and assistant coach is Rebecca Roach. Coach for the 15 years team is Isabelle Cowhan. The 15 years team will combine with the 14 years players in 2017. Representative 12 and 13 years teams. An information day will be held at the netball courts at 6pm today,February 28. Players and parents who are interested should come and find out about FNA rep netball.

Players must be turning 12 or 13 years in 2017, and play in the local Saturday competition. Applications for the 12 and 13 years rep teams close on March 7. Coach for the 13 years team is Robyn Kenny. Coach for the 12 years team is Lyn Ford and assistant coach is Tasha Shaw. Autumn night competitions for both mixed and ladies teams. A grading night will be held this Wednesday April 1, for teams that have entered to date. Nominations are still open for any teams who would like to enter.

Nomination forms are available on the FNA website, or at the netball courts or emailed [email protected]南京夜网. Ladies may play in both the mixed and ladies competition on thesame night. Competitions will be played until the June long weekend, with Finals to be played on the Wednesday night after the long weekend.Players must be attending secondary school to open men and ladies. Anyone requiring help to register should contact Registrar Kerrie Priest. Draw forApril 1 grading.

Ladies competition:6-30pm crt 4 17s squad versusForbesEngineering (Carmen Stephens/Marg Spackman). 6-30pm crt 5 Golfie versus Walkers (Jack Piercy/Robyn kenny). Bye-Allsorts.

Mixed competition:7-30 crt 4 McClintocks versus Maguires Contracting (Robyn Kenny/Marg Spackman).

Saturday competition:The Saturday competition will be starting soon, and information on that competition will be in Fridays papers. Saturday competition age groups start with NetSetGo for 5-7 years skills, and 8-9 years competition. Divisions for competitions are 10/11 years, 12/13 years and open for 14 years to open ladies. Coaches and helpers will be needed for NetSetGo skills and competition, and 11 years and 13 years teams. Please see Coach Convenor Robyn Kenny.

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