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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Man caught in lengthy police surveillance operation sentenced

SENTENCED: A man who was arrested on guns charges after police raided his Pinnacle Road home in February 2014 has been sentenced in Orange District Court. FILE PHOTO A 67-year-oldwho was one of two men arrested in 2014 on weapons and drugs charges following a year-long covert police operation was given a suspended jail sentence in Orange District Court on Friday.
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Richard Thomas Fulmer of Pinnacle Road was arrested along withMario Antonio LaSpina on February 5, 2014, following a police investigation involving undercover officers and telephone intercepts.

A key factor in Fulmer avoiding jail time wasbecause he is the sole carer of his sick and frail wife and Judge James Bennett also took into account his guilty pleas, age andlack of criminal record.

LaSpina was previously sentenced to three years and eight months jail with a balance of two years and four months.

According to agreed facts tendered to the court, LaSpina supplied undercover police with 14 kilograms of cannabis and eight guns between January 2013 and February 2014.

During their transactions police recorded the serial numbers of all banknotes given to LaSpina and $32,100 of those notes were found at Fulmer’s house when it was searched on February 5, 2014, and have been seized as proceeds of crime.

However, Fulmer was released on bail after two days incarceration following his arrest andon Friday, Judge James Bennett sentenced him to a two-year suspended jail sentence for four charges, which he pleaded guilty to on November 7, 2016. His other charges were withdrawn and dismissed.

Fulmer was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence for recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime and one year for each of the three charges of selling a firearm to a person who was unauthorised to possess it. The sentenceswill run concurrently for a total of two years.

LaSpina came to police attention for cannabis and gun supply in January 2013 and police found evidence Fulmer had sold him a Brno .22 rifle, a .22 calibre Anschutz rifle and a Boito brand 410 shotgun on September 19, 2013.

Fulmers firearms licence was suspended after he was placed on a good behaviour bond without conviction on December 27, 2012, after being found in possession of a stolen caravan.

Because the bond was still in effect at the time of the offence, Judge Bennett replaced it with a good behaviour bond with a conviction but no further penalty.

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Ladies netball returns

NetballLet the Ladies’ Netball Competition begin! Tonight will be the first round, please make sure to check your umpire duties in the draw. If you are yet to complete your online registration or payment please see Jenny Ryan before you take the court. All players should jump onto the website and complete the umpire course it won’t take much of your time and it’s FREE. Any players or people still interested in putting in a team please contact Sarah Smith on 0416 878 300 or email your team sheet [email protected]南京夜网. All teams must have threenominated umpires on their team sheet who have completed the rules of netball theory examination.Due to the risk factors involved with only having one umpire, this season games will not commence until two umpires are in attendance therefore it is imperative you find a replacement as soon as possible.Tuesday,February 28Round 1.
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A Grade – Court 2:MCAs versus Bye. 6:30pmInline Panel & Paint versus Parkes Cellar (Umpires: Nicole Knox (Panthers), (u17s). 7:45pmu17s Girls versus Panthers (Umpires: Ellora Brown (Inline Paint & Panel), Jordyn Chapple (u14s Rep).

B Grade – Court 5:6:30pm u14s Parkes Representative Team versus Parkes Toyota (Umpires: Calli Miller (Panthers), Tyla Cavallaro (Victorious Secret). 7:45pm u13s Parkes Representative Team versus Victorious Secret (Umpires: Christine Watson (Parkes Cellars), (Parkes Toyota)

VETERAN GOLFThirty veteran golfers as they faced the starter on Thursday at Forbes Golf Club.Alf Davies (Fbs) returned to form with a win on twenty-nine points. Ted Morgan (Fbs) continued his good form as runner-up on twenty-eight points. Ron Klein (Pks) won the encouragement award. Alf Davies also got nearest the pin on the ninth in A Grade and Graham Cooke (Pks) in B Grade. Richard Hamilton (Pks) was the only player on the 18th. The points, in the Mick Miller Shield, were again won by Forbes, 149 to 132. Next week we play at Parkes commencing at 10am. Our AGM will be held at Forbes on March 16.

DartsResults for last week is as follows Topflights defeated Bears 6-0 in a 3 on 3 matchup players player going to Josh Townsend and Troy Daroczy. High scores went to Keith Rogan 125,140,122 and 2 x 100 Josh Townsend 119, 2 x 134 and 3 x 100 Troy Daroczy 125. Twist Tops defeatedStrikers 6-1 with players player going to Teona Wakefield and Jayden Capple. High scores went to Jayden Capple 100, Dale Davis 100,118,140. Last game of the round saw the Pluggers defeated Budgies 6-1. Players player going to Brett Jones and Darrel Bailey. High scores went to Brett Jones 100,140, Darrel Bailey 4×100,106 and 140, Joe Vanopynen 2×100,121 and 160 Garry Barber 120,1.

Draw March 1: Twist Tops versusStar Budgies at TBC. Pluggas versusTopflights at the Parkes. Broadway Bears versuswarriors at the broadway. Darts meeting atTBCat 6:45pm at least one person per team to be present.

PARKES MEN’S BOWLING CLUBby The Rookie

Club Championships:February 23, one game of Major Singles was played. Dave Johnson played well early in the match and after ten ends had a lead of six shots over John Hodge. During the next ten ends John gradually got back into the matchbut Dave came backto win the match 31-27.

February 25 three games of Major Singles were played. Dave Johnson bowed out of the competition when he was convincingly defeated by Steve Turner. Warren Bevan had a win over Dean Searl and Col Mudie also advanced to the next round with a win against Steve “Nimo” Mills.

February 26 in a Major Pairs match Bruce Orr and Steve Ryan had a hard fought win against Col Mudie and Ron Hornery. With one end to play, Col and Ron had a one shot lead but on the final end Bruce and Stevescored three shots and win the match by two shots.

Pennants:The Pennant Season gets under way next Sunday, March 5. Our Grade 2 team is playing at home against Baradine and in coming weeks will meet West Dubbo and Dubbo City. Grade 5 will be away to Canowindra in the first round and will also meet Caragabal and Parkes Railway/Diggers. The seven’s are at home to Parkes Railway/Diggers and their other opponents are Peak Hill and Condobolin. Good Luck to all teams, hope you have a great season.

Social Bowls:February 23, fifteen bowlers turned out to play three games of Pairs and the others played “Scroungers”. After a titanic struggle over forty ends Col Hayward emerged the victor with 103 points from Keith MacRae with 87 points and Col Mudie (who retired after twenty-six ends with 80 points). Time will tell whether this form of Bowls catches on or not.

In a Pairs matches, Ray Jones and Greg Huggins outlasted Rob Irving and Bob Freeman. Les Kent and George Bradley were beaten by Ron Fisher and Gordon Dickson and, in the other match, Graham Barby and John Dunn had a convincing win over Graham Dixon and Ron Hornery. The Winners Prizes for the day went to Graham Barby and John Dunn.

Saturday, February 25:Twenty-eight players joined the Club Championship players to play four games of Triples and one of Pairs. George Boatswain and John Watson had the best of the early ends and it wasn’t until the thirteenth end that Bruce Orr and Bill Skinner took the lead, 13-12. Bruce and Bill scored two shots on each of the last three ends to claim the match 23-18.

Results ofTriples matches:Mark Dwyer, Ron Fisher and Bob Freeman proved too good for Col Hayward, Les Kent and George Bradley, winning 23-17. Steve Ryan, Col Woods and Joe Crowley -19 defeated Brett Frame, Rhona Went and Gordon Dickson – 12. The three “Johns” – Ward, Carr and Dunn had a win over Keith MacRae, Arthur Corbett and Rob Irving, 23-18. In the final match, Gary McPhee, Ray Jones and Greg Huggins had a convincing win against John Hodge, Ron Hornery and Gladrin Sun.

Winners prize went to Gary McPhee, Ray Jones and Greg Huggins. Runners-up were Warren Bevan and Wilbur Harris, who was Marker for the Major Singles Championship match.

1300 Bugman Barefoot Bowls:Sixteen teams turned out to play some very close games. We Wreck ‘em ‘N’ We Fix ‘em continued on their winning way beating Purple People, 12-10. Rebelle lead all the way for a narrow win against The Bushies, 10-8. Pink were behind 8-9 before scoring five shots on one end and hanging on to beat Bowls for Beers, 13-10. Elvii were down 7-6 but scored five shots on the last two ends to score a win against Loopy Loppers 1, 11-7. Casey Surveying proved too strong for The Royal winning 10-8. Central West Glass had a good win over Happy Wanderers. Three Amigos inflicted the first defeat on Parkes Shire Council winning 19-9. Bowl Bros. had a convincing win against Hi Rollers. – 22-9.

Railway Diggers Women’s BowlsThe selector for March is Ann Currey, phone 6862 6229. Last Wednesday in social bowls Lorrane Baker and Dawn Parker defeated Liz Thorberry and Evelyn Gibson. Pennants will start on March 7. On March 7 Parkes Railway Digers has the bye but is in action on Thursday, March 9 against Cowra at Cowra. Wednesday, March 1 we will try to have pennant practice. We would like as many pennant players as possible to come for that. Also on that day we will hold a committee meeting at 1.30pm after bowls start at the same time.

ON A ROLL: Parkes Town Bowling Club men’s player Peter McPhee keeps his bowls steady on February 19. Photo: Jenny Kingham

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The power struggle to make pub great again

The power struggle to make pub great again HIGH VOLTAGE PROBLEMS: Development manager Kurt Braune stands where he would like to build a substation. Picture: Simone De Peak.
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TweetFacebook The Great NorthernPictures: Simone De PeakTHE multi-million dollar refurbishment and restorationof Newcastle’s iconic Great Northern Hotel may be about to blow a fuse after plans to build a substation below floor level were ruled out.

HIGH VOLTAGE PROBLEMS: Development manager Kurt Braune stands where he would like to build a substation. Picture: Simone De Peak.

The $10 million development was $2 million in when in November 2016 electrical engineers inspected the site and informed the developer the space, although large, could not be used to house a substation because it could not be made to comply with the building code of Australia and Ausgrid’s requirements.

The hotel is subject to a state heritage listing which greatly restricts work which can be carried out in order to preserve its heritage value and character.

Former owner of the hotel and current project manager Kurt Braunesaid they had not anticipated the problem.

“We should have,” Mr Braune said, “We just didn’t know it was going to be an issue.”

Braune claims the trouble began after the 1989 earthquake after which the upper levels of the hotel were closed. Over subsequent years power resources have been allocated to new developments in the eastern end of the CBD.

In order to power the upper floors and the upgradesthe hotel will have to build its own substation.

In 2014 the Peniche Apartments in Hunter Street faced similar issues which added $400,000 to the cost of the apartment building development.

Mr Braune said The Great Northern Hotel was an existing multi-storey building and ‘lack of consideration’was behind the allocation of power the hotel once used for use in new developments.

“It might be a worthwhile item for a future agendathat council consider these issues before approving new developments,” Mr Braune said.

The developer is now hoping Newcastle City Council will permit them to build a substation in Enterprise Parkacross the road. However, authority over the park lies withCrown Lands. If permission is granted by Crown Lands the final decision will return to council.

Mr Braune said the hotel needed the council’s help.

“The only authority that can add weight to our case is Newcastle City Council and the ultimate approval lies with them,” Mr Braune said.

A lease agreement has been signed with Sydney based restaurateurs which will see the front bar and a bistro open after Easter 2017.

“The company runs the ArtHouse Hotel in Sydney,” Mr Braune said. “The chap behind that is Ben McBeath, his wife is a Novocastrian, I’m told.”

They also planto open a roof top restaurant which Mr Braune said will be “the venue with the best view” when the restoration is complete, expected to be in 2018.

Celebrating women

McGrath Breast Cancer nurse Dianne Green (right) with daughter Tarlia Egan.McGrath Breast Cancer nurse Dianne Green and local businesswoman Marg Duggan will speak at a local breakfast on International Women’s Day.
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Forbes Shire Council is hosting a buffet breakfast on Wednesday March 8 –from 7.30am to 9.30am at Lions Park.

Forbes will celebrate International Women’s Day with a Buffet Breakfast on the Lake.

International Women’s Day is held annually to celebrate the achievements of women and to strive for gender equality.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. The theme encourages all of us to do all we can to accelerate gender parity.

Forbes’ breakfast celebrations will be held on the beautiful Lake Forbes foreshore and will feature entertainment from talented young local Maddi Collits.

There will also be talks from a McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurse Dianne Green and the Forbes Business Chamber’s Marg Duggan.

“Our women contribute so much to every aspect of life from business to volunteering and everything in between,” Mayor Graeme Miller said.

“It’s fantastic to have a day where we can pause and acknowledge that contribution.”

The day will also raise funds for two important causes in the McGrath Foundation – supporting women with breast cancer – and the Forbes Widows Support Group.

Raffles will be held and donation tins available.

Menu options include bacon, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, muesli and pancakes. Tea and coffee will also be available.

The breakfast is at the Lions Park from 7.30am on Wednesday, March 8. For catering purposes bookings are essential.

Tickets are available from Forbes Shire Council’s administration office until close of business Monday, March 6.

For inspiration on how to support #BeBoldForChange go online to梧桐夜网internationalwomensday南京夜网/Resources

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Fishing contest nets 27 anglers

Twin Rivers Fishing Club held itsfirst in-house fishing competition recently and the Macquarie River did not disappoint.
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26 members registered and onevisiting member, Caleb Peckham, signed up for the weekend.

A few members they said they have not seen the river fish so good since the curtain was installed a few years ago.

The amount of small Cod caught was great to see with the average size being around 50cm. Of all the fish caught 20 were Cod, 49 Yellow Belly (Bugsy and Dan Stanford caught 35 of them), 15 Redfin, 4 Catfish and 1 Carp.

Dillon Price.

Biggest Cod was 790mm and went to Jared Wykes, followed by runners up Sam McCarrol and Bugsy tied at 575mm. Biggest Yellow Belly went to Mus McCarrol at 504mm and was just ahead of Bugsy by 1mm at 503mm.

First place for Catfish went to Brett Chandler measuring 545mm.Brett actually spun this Catfish up on a lure which is rarely heard of.Runner up was Abra Wilson at 535mm. Bugsy landed the biggest redfin measuring 353mm.

Last but not least, thebiggest carp caught went to visiting member Caleb Peckham measuring 660mm.

Bugsy Ah See showed why he was our 2016 champion angler by landing 28 fish and from what I hear Dan Stanford has been in hospital since Sunday and is looking for a new partner next comp after suffering from stress and heat exhaustion after having to net every fish Bugsy caught.

At our next in-house competition Bugsy will be put on a handicap system where he will be only allowed to fish at night time with no lights.

For anyone not a member but would like to join an in-house compwe havetemporary membership which includes that one comp, costs only $5 for kids and $10 for seniors or for a yearly membership seniors are $30 and juniors under 16 are $20.

Thank you to everyone who signed up on the weekend.We hope to see you at our next competition. The date will be posted on our Facebook page and sent to members via email.

– Jared Wykes

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Epilepsy Awareness for Purple Day

Epilepsy in focus: Local resident Tania Leadbitter is advocating for awareness and understanding of epilepsy. Photo: Shannon Wood. Local resident Tania Leadbitteris raising awareness for Epilepsy in conjunction with Epilepsy Awareness month and Purple Day on March 26.
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After a recent seizure she suffered in public left her helpless on the side of the road, Ms Leadbitter decided to advocate for awareness in the community for people to better understand the condition.

Ms Leadbitter, who does not usually go out alone in public due to her epilepsy, decided to walk to a friends house on a Friday morning last month.

The next thing she knew, she had collapsed andfound herself suffering from a lengthy seizureon the side of the road.

“I don’t usually walk anywhere, I just happened to be walking across the road at that time, unluckily,” she said.

“I don’t have the type of seizure where you lay on the ground and shake, I just blank out.

“People think of epilepsy as being on the ground shaking, when that’s not always the case.”

A friend of Ms Leadbitter, who did not wish to be named, happened to be driving past during the incident and witnessed several people driving past without offering assistance to Ms Leadbitter.

“As I came along to where Wallsend Street splits into two, Tania was sitting on the road side.

A lady backed out of the driveway a bit further up and had a good look at herand then drove away,” he said. “About four cars actually slowed down and went around her.

Then when I pulled up on the kerb to talk to her and try and get her in the caranother few cars slowed down and went through, no one stopped to see if she was alright.

“I realise a lot of people are worried now, with all the drug addicts and things like that, but you can stop and wind your window down and ask if someone is alright.”

Ms Leadbitter, who has lived in Collie for 30 years, said people should be more caring when it comes to strangers and asking if they need help.

“I just want people to be more aware, I wasn’t a drug addict lying on the road,” she said.

Ms Leadbitter is currently on a waiting list for an operation that could potentially cure her epilepsy.

For more information about Epilepsy Awareness month go toepilepsyaustralia.net.

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Illegal ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals are ‘Not Our Way’Video

The NSW Police have launched a new campaign in Dubbo aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in Aboriginal communities across the state.
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‘Not Our Way’ has been developed by the NSW Police Drug and Alcohol Coordination team in conjunction with Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLOs), key health industry stakeholders as well as local Aboriginal elders and community members.

The campaign consists of dual videos that address the rising issue of methylamphetamine (‘ice’), the illegal use of pharmaceuticals, and the associated health and safety risks to both individuals’ and the wider community.

Additional educational resources – including youth-focused story books as well as brochures on health services that specialise in drug and alcohol recovery support – have been created as part of the campaign.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor on Aboriginal Communities, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said the campaign aims to highlight and address the challenges facing local Aboriginal communities.

“Research shows that Aboriginal communities are at greater risk of developing harmful long-term drug use than the general population, and both ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals have shown the biggest spike more recently,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The use and distribution of illegal drugs is not only against the law but it’s incredibly harmful to your health and can lead to many serious consequences including the breakdown of families and local communities.

“The rise in recreational pharmaceutical usage also shows that drugs don’t have to be illegal to be lethal and they can prove to be just as dangerous as their illicit counterparts,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Both trends are of great concern so we’ve decided to get on the front foot and work with the Aboriginal community to address these specific challenges together, before people are faced with possible jail time and serious health effects.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said the campaign seeks to educate people on the dangers of ‘ice’ and illegal pharmaceutical use by discussing their short and long-term effects while illustrating warning signs for friends and families of those possibly affected.

“Importantly, this is an initiative for and by Aboriginal people – it’s absolutely crucial that we work closely with one another to foster relationships and build stronger, safer communities that acknowledge key challenges while working collaboratively on solutions,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The campaign videos also feature two individuals who speak candidly about their path to recovery and their associated experiences. Our hope is that their voices transect the community and let people know that help and support is available.

“Following today’s launch the campaign resources will be progressively rolled out across the state to send a positive message on behalf of the community that dangerous drug use is ‘Not Our Way.’

Members of the community can contact ADIS at any time for confidential information, advice and referral services.

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Illegal ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals are ‘Not Our Way’Video

The NSW Police have launched a new campaign in Dubbo aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in Aboriginal communities across the state.
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‘Not Our Way’ has been developed by the NSW Police Drug and Alcohol Coordination team in conjunction with Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLOs), key health industry stakeholders as well as local Aboriginal elders and community members.

The campaign consists of dual videos that address the rising issue of methylamphetamine (‘ice’), the illegal use of pharmaceuticals, and the associated health and safety risks to both individuals’ and the wider community.

Additional educational resources – including youth-focused story books as well as brochures on health services that specialise in drug and alcohol recovery support – have been created as part of the campaign.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor on Aboriginal Communities, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said the campaign aims to highlight and address the challenges facing local Aboriginal communities.

“Research shows that Aboriginal communities are at greater risk of developing harmful long-term drug use than the general population, and both ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals have shown the biggest spike more recently,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The use and distribution of illegal drugs is not only against the law but it’s incredibly harmful to your health and can lead to many serious consequences including the breakdown of families and local communities.

“The rise in recreational pharmaceutical usage also shows that drugs don’t have to be illegal to be lethal and they can prove to be just as dangerous as their illicit counterparts,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Both trends are of great concern so we’ve decided to get on the front foot and work with the Aboriginal community to address these specific challenges together, before people are faced with possible jail time and serious health effects.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said the campaign seeks to educate people on the dangers of ‘ice’ and illegal pharmaceutical use by discussing their short and long-term effects while illustrating warning signs for friends and families of those possibly affected.

“Importantly, this is an initiative for and by Aboriginal people – it’s absolutely crucial that we work closely with one another to foster relationships and build stronger, safer communities that acknowledge key challenges while working collaboratively on solutions,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The campaign videos also feature two individuals who speak candidly about their path to recovery and their associated experiences. Our hope is that their voices transect the community and let people know that help and support is available.

“Following today’s launch the campaign resources will be progressively rolled out across the state to send a positive message on behalf of the community that dangerous drug use is ‘Not Our Way.’

Members of the community can contact ADIS at any time for confidential information, advice and referral services.

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A winning summer for reading

Back row, from left: Vicki Edmunds (Blue Mountains Library Manager), Sophie Connor, Jacinta Hanemann, Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Van Der Kley, Cr Romola Hollywood, Annie Sharkey and Alan Crooks (Turning Page Bookshop). Front row, from left: Heidi Hanemann, Thomas Hanemann, Natasha Thompson, and Abigail Dickens.The Blue Mountains’ keenest readers were announced this week following the end of the Blue Mountains Library Summer Reading Challenge for 2016/17.
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This year’s challenge saw an impressive 563 childrenparticipate, reading 11,220 books.

Deputy mayor Chris Van der Kley and Cr Romola Hollywood took delight in giving prizesto four keen winners: best junior reader – Abigail Dickens; best teen reader – Sophie Connor; encouragement award – Natasha Thompson; and best family readeraward – the Hanemann Family.

Blue Mountains branch libraries wereinundated in the last twomonths with children and teenagers borrowing books consistently. Library staff enjoyed the excitement as childrenreturned log sheets in exchange for book vouchers redeemable from The Turning Page Bookshop in Springwood and Megalong Books in Leura.

Cr Van ker Kleysaid the Blue Mountains Library continues to create an exciting environment for children, “helping to instil the habit of reading and a thirst for knowledge which makes children open to new ideas throughout their lives”.

Over the past nineyears the program has seen 80,130 books borrowed for the Summer Reading Challenge with 4467 children participating.

Cr Romola Hollywood said:“I congratulate all the children and young people who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge. As the Vice-President (Metropolitan) of the NSW Public Libraries Association, this program is a terrific example of how our council libraries provide opportunities for all community members, including our youngest citizens, toexperience the benefits and joys of reading.

“If the statistics from this program areanything to go by, support for our public libraries has a strong future.”

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Col’s eye-catching van

ARTY: Bus owner Col Ward watches as artist Lisa Wiseman puts the finishing touches on the artwork.Col Ward always wanted a tiger painted on the door of his motorhome andnow he has a whole African jungle travelling along with him.
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His Toyota Coaster bus isa moving work of art, emblazoned with around 50 animals including big cats, elephants, antelopes, crocodiles, a giraffe, a rhinoceros,penguins, turtles, meerkats anda bat colony.

The work has created a steady flow of interest from passersby driving past Col’s Eloiza Street with the bus parked out the front.

Local residents have been charting the progress of Dungog artistLisa Wiseman who has been lovingly labouring on the project for the past 11 months.

Col said he had been chasing a man to do the tiger painting on the door for some time before a friend mentioned Lisa who was also Col’s friend and operates her studio Cerublu from Dowling Street.

Lisa is no stranger to designing artwork on vehicles, having worked on a number of caravans and cars.

“I think Lisa thoughtit would be a nice simple little job and then it just went on from the tiger,” laughed Col.

“It’s just spectacular.

“I’m so happy with it.”

Lisa said she and Col would discuss each stage during the project of transforming the chocolate brown bus.

“The weather has been a bit difficult at times so I went sometimes for weeks being able to paint but other days Idid four days a week,” said Lisa.

“I’ve nicknamed it the Sistine Catbus as I’ve spent so much time up on trestles and I don’t really like being up in the air.”

While Col and Lisa have almost lost count of the menagerie on the bus, there are 19 big cats alone on the exterior and another four painted inside, including a snow tiger on the refrigerator.

Each scene is its own story and the more you look at the bus the more animals you see.

Each of the cats’ eyes follow you when you move.

“The eyes of the cats have been painted in gold leaf so they shine off the car lights so it is pretty impressive at night, with the driver behind me having a catstaring at them,” said Col.

Col plans to travel in his newly completed work of art and is keen to see the impressions from other travelers.

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