October, 2018

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 His other charges were withdrawn and dismissed.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.


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

TheWorld Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scoutsis the charity of choice for the website.

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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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