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Problems with shared useIt seems Council has given over the Black Hill Reserve entirely to the mountain bikers. I understand it is an excellent location for this sport, but it is a public park, which must be shared with other park users. The number of trails constructed exceeds those provided for in the Black Hill master plan, which was already excessively generous to the MTB fraternity. There is now practically no part of the park where members of the public can go without having to watch out for rapidly descending mountain bikes. When somebody gets hit by one, I have no doubt Council will run a mile from accepting responsibility for what will be an entirely foreseeable incident.
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SHARED USE: The abandoned mines on Black Hill have given way to mountain bike trails but some residents fear the future of shared use.

The MTB trails used to be confined to just one side of the hill, being the side further from most of the nearby housing. This was a reasonable compromise, but the trails have now been extended all over the hill, at the cost to all ratepayers of something like $300,000. And it is not as though the tracks have been well constructed. Unsurfaced trails head straight down steep hills with no attempt made to drain water from them or in any way minimise erosion.

Not surprisingly, the trails are already turning to bulldust, which when significant rain comes will be swept straight into the Yarrowee Creek. Council must rethink the sharing of this significant public resource, and come to a more balanced solution, that takes proper account of public safety and the environment. This will require closing and recontouring some of the newly constructed tracks, and installing proper drainage and surfacing on those that are to remain.

Warwick Williams, Ballarat North

Controversy continuesI was shocked to hear the decision to re-row the 2017 Boys Head of the Lake. My amazement to the decision made by the school principals to overrule the decision made by the regatta referees is beyond belief. For me, it does not matter who won the race on Saturday and who filled the minor placings. It’s a matter of implementation of the rules that govern the race. Ms.Canny is quoted as saying, “the principals have made a decision in the best educational interests of the students”. Would it not have been a better educational decision to show the students that you have to comply with the standards, rules of the day whether that be living in society or competing in a sporting event.

Everyone involved at this level of rowing is fully aware of the compliance level of weighing in, and should be available for weigh in purposes. It is not an excuse to say you were unavailable at the set weigh in time. It sets a nasty precedent for the future of the Head of the Lake. Clearly, St Pats was the best crew on the day but that is not the issue. The issue is allowing school principals to overrule the decisions made by the regatta referees. Are the school principals fully aware of the rules of rowing? I just hope that on Wednesday morning the exact conditions are to be in place at the lake; cheer squads, all other crews, family, friends etc. to watch what is the biggest farce in the 112 year history of one of Ballarat’s great sporting events.

Simon Tol, Waubra

Lost qualities in the national dialogueIf you want to examine the dire state of conservative politics in this country, you need look no further than the hard right’s obsession with changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. That anyone could construct a notion in their minds that making it easier to offend, insult and humiliate people will lead to a happier and more flourishing nation defies all attempts at comprehension. Where is the gentle compassion and thoughtfulness that our brutal history has taught us must be our guiding light?

Pat Hockey, Clunes

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Solid campaigner: Jockey Jodi Worley aboard Kingston Time at a recent race meeting at Inverell. Kingston Time is entered in the Armidale Cup Prelude.Trainers and organisers are hoping the forecast rain stays away on Saturday at Armidale for the Guyra Cup.
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Kingston Time – with 116 starts under his belt – will contest the Armidale Cup Prelude this Saturday at the Guyra Cup race meeting.

Trainer Paul Grills, Black Mountain, said he was one of a handful of local horses to run on Saturday.

“He won three starts back at Scone, but didn’t do much in Grafton,” Grills said.

“The Armidale racecourse doesn’t suit him that well – he prefers a big long straight – but he is a good campaigner.”

Grills’only other runner is Cliveden in the 1100m, after he scratched Muddy Hole from the Class 1 Handicap.

“Cliveden is a very fast horse,” Grills said.

“I expect he will be up near the lead the whole way. The Armidale track will suit him and I think he’ll be hard to beat on the day.”

Guyra Hotel publican and local trainer Ian Cook has the six-year-old gelding Our Blevic entered in the Guyra Cup.

After a lengthy spell, Our Blevic had two fourth placings at Grafton recently.

Cook is not sure how Our Blevic will perform on Saturday on the Armidale track.

“It’s uphill and down dale and the horses are turning all the time,” he said.

“Our Blevic always gives his best –he is a real trier.

“If Saturday’s race was on the Grafton track I’d say he would nearly be a certainty.”

Cook’s other starter for the day will beSathern, entered in the 1300m maiden, and ridden by Geoffrey Snowden.

“He’s a bit camera shy when he hits the lead,” Cook said.

“If he puts his best foot forward he is in with a chance.

“It should be a good day as long as it’s not too wet and he doesn’t draw a barrier any further out than eight.”

Another Guyra trainer Terry Vidler also has two horses nominated –Mondays Expert in the Guyra Cup and Victory Vibes in the maiden.

Vidler wasn’t sure yesterday if Mondays Expert would make the cut as 27 horses were nominated for the cup.

His other horse, Victory Vibes, was still very green, he said.“I’m not expecting much from him. I took him to Moree the other day and he finished fourth.”

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Paris, Ruby and Samuel Montgomery-Pittaway, Adela Chewings, Abbey and Laura Cummings, Tess Huxtable, Leanne Pittaway, Ella Ireland, Esther, Rachel, Alistair, Ophelia and Oscar Neumann and William Tabe participated. Fifteen swimmers travelled to Bordertown for the town’sannual swimming carnival on Sunday, February 26.
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With an early 9am start to the day, the team produced some great times and fought a hard 50 metre freestyle relay.

Team A fell just short of a bronze and Team B showed they were superb swims.

There was a dash for cash at the end of the day based on the swimmers 100mfreestyle times, with both William Tabe and Laura Cummings managing a spot in the pool.

William swum a hard race and managed sixthand Laura a close third.

Paris Montgomery-Pittaway, 13,faced some fast swimmers in her age group but managed to pull out some well deserved personal best’sand win the 200mfreestyle for the first time.

Ruby Montgomery-Pittaway, 8, swam superbly, taking 30 seconds off her personal bestin the 50m freestyle and 15 secondsoff her 50m backstroke swim.

Samuel Montgomery-Pittaway, 11, had a great day with a few personal bests, including one for his 200m breaststroke, and securing the gold in the 50m breaststroke.

He had a challenging swim in the 100m breaststroke to take silver with fellow swimmer William Tabe, only onesecond away.

Leanne Pittaway had some competition in the over 17age group with Rachel Neumann but still managed to take home a bronze in the 50m freestyle and50m butterfly.

Ophelia Neumann, 15 years, had a strong field of competitors in her age group, swimming consistently to secure some good times.

Alistair Neumann, 14 years,managed to take out the silver in the boys 13-15 years 100m freestyle.

Oscar Neumann, 12,was thrilled to take out the gold in the 50m backstroke and Esther Neumann, 6, managed some great swims in her freestyle and backstroke.

Rachel Neumann had a great day swimming a personal bestin her 50m breaststroke.

Laura Cummings, 15, secured fourmedalswith personal bestsin most swims. She took on the 200 individual medleywith a gold, andwon medals in the 50m, 100m and200m freestyle. She had a great day and was very happy with her efforts.

Abbey Cummings, 13, had threeMurray Bridge Swimmers in her age group competing in a strong field of swimmers. She made good swims for the day andsecured a personal best in the200 individual medley, where she secured a personal best.

Ella Ireland, 7,had an awesome day taking out the silver in her 50m freestyle and a great swim in her 50m backstroke.

Tess Huxtable, 12, was in the tough field of 11-13 year girls. Tess managed a great swim in her 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and50m backstroke – taking the bronze in all three.

Adela Chewings, 11, madeher mark with consistently good swims and personal bestsin her 50m freestyle and breaststroke.

William Tabe, 12, won five gold medals forhis five swims and made personal bestsin most swims, despite competitive swimmers chasing him down.

It was a great day for all who attended. The season has only one more carnival for the year, followed by its annual club day planned for March 19.​

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It’s not something you see everyday however if you spot a giant pig being pushedalong the road in late March, know that it is for a very worthy cause.
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PIG PUSH: A model pig will be pushed from Boorowa to Orange from March 26 until April 1 to help raise funds for the Country Education Foundation.

From March 26 till April 1, a giantpapier-mâché pig will be pushed from Boorowa to Orangein the hope of raising funds and awareness for the Country Education Foundation.

Country Education Foundation of Boorowa Chairman Justin Fleming and Richie Fleming from Boorowa Real Estate are heading the charge, saying they were inspired by a similar initiative in Ireland.

“It started in Clongowes Wood College in Ireland where Richie was a student and I spent 12 months as a gap student,” Justin said.

“Each year, Year 10 students pushed a giant duck across the country.

“We’ve just adapted that idea.”

But why a pig?

“Why not?” Richie said.

“What’s wrong with a pig?” Justin asked.

Justin said it’s turned into a real community event, with almost everystage in the construction of the Pig taking place locally.

“Kalplant 3D are designing it, Corkhills Engineering are building it andFugen Construction donated the materials.”

The pig is now beingpapier-mâched by students at Boorowa Central School and will be painted by St Joseph’s Primary School students.

The pig will then be taken out on the road, stopping in places like Frogmore, Darby’s Falls, Cowra, Canowindra, Cargo, Nashdale and then into Orange.

The team will be in Cowra on March 28 for a Post Push Party at the Cowra Hotel from 4pm.

“We will be doing 20 to 30kms a day,” Justin said.

“And then spending a night in nearly all of the towns.”

Along the way, the boys hope to see as many people as possible and ask that spectators donate one dollar to the cause.

“Come one, come all, come for a drink, get a selfie with the pig,” Justin said.

“Come down and join us and give us just one dollar.”

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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Get together with friends, or make new ones as you enjoy some of the many events planned around NSW for this year’s Senior’s Festival.Advertising Feature
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Development applications often attract controversy.
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That can be for the simple reason that the neighbours don’t want a double-storey house overlooking their backyard.

Sometimes it is due to concerns about what is going to happen on the site.

As an example, an application for an expanded doctor’s surgery could raise concerns about more traffic movement in the area.

And then there are cases that appear to be more open and shut.

These are matters where it would seem to be blindingly obvious to all concerned that a development goes against the very fabric of a decent, law-abiding community.

Due process has to be followed, including allowing for objections, ensuring council officers have prepared a thorough report. And then there has to be a proper debate to make sure the decision reached is a credible one that can be justified to the wider community.

On those counts it would appear to most that Albury Council has got it wrong when it comes to granting approval for a bikiegang clubhouse.

It has been said in these columns before that the community does not want or need such a “function centre”.

Just last year theclub house was shut down by police, with several men charged and then dealt with in Albury Local Court.

That is all in a climate wherethere has been state andfederal crackdowns on such gangs, identified by the Australian CriminalIntelligence Commissionas “one of the mosthigh-profile manifestationsof organised crime”. The council though defended its move by saying it could determine the application on planning grounds only, devoid of the clear history involved with the Black Uhlans.

And defenders of the gang have said they are simply a bunch of blokes who like to get together and socialise.That is simply a feeble cover-up of a history of what Cr Murray King describes as “bad activity”.

Cr King’s view is not out of left field –it is a logical appraisal of the situation, especially given the detailed opposition presented by NSW Police.

And given the concessions also made on parking at the site, the council has certainly made the wrong call.

It could indeed end up being quite a bad look for the council if illegal activities take place at the clubhouse in the future.

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Trainee instructors at the Helicopter Aircrew Training System Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock, Major Anton Leshinskas, Captain Anthony Erwin, Major David Oddy, Captain Adrian Ludman and Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson.The Royal Australian Navy and Army Joint Helicopter School at HMAS Albatross is a step closer to lift off with the first group of instructors beginning their training at the multi-million-dollar facility.
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Civilian contractors Boeing Defence Australia and Thales will teach the future instructors how to operate the EC135 training helicopter and the three full-flight simulators that make up the school’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System.

Army Captain Adrian Ludman said the group will also validate and verify the training that they will eventually deliver to students when the school opens in January 2018.

“The Training System will deliver a joint Navy and Army aviation training capability that will replace the separate basic rotary training systems that employ the ageing Squirrel and Kiowa helicopters respectively,” Captain Ludman said.

Captain Ludman said the Army and Navy instructors had come together well despite coming from quite disparate training and operational backgrounds and they were proud to be part of a school that would deliver best-in-the-world helicopter training.

“The previous aircraft were single-engine helicopters with all instrument dials. The EC135 is an electronic age modern helicopter with digital displays replacing the analogue instruments and dual certified GPS navigation systems that allow flight in-cloud with no requirement for ground-based navigation systems,” he said.

The first group of instructors is expected to finish in July with the next instructor course to start in September.

The Joint Helicopter School will train up to 105 Navy and Army aircrew each year. These aviators will go on to train in and subsequently crew the MH-60R Seahawk, MRH90 Taipan, ARH Tiger and CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

The school will provide better and more advanced training for pilots, Aviation Warfare Officers, Aircrewmen and Sensor Operators for complex rotary operational types, both current and future.

This article originally appeared in the Navy Daily.

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After promising $50 million for Appin Road, the government appears to have made only a few phone calls about the project. Picture: Jonathan NgThe federal government should be doing more than just making phone calls about fixing Appin Road, according to Cunningham MP Sharon Bird.
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During a Senate Estimates hearing into regional transport on Monday, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development officials were asked about progress on the government’s election commitment to Appin Road.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised $50 million for the northern end of Appin Road in May last year during theelection campaign.

The department’s South East Roads Branch general managerSarah Leeming said they had spoken to the NSW government by phone several times about Appin Road.

“We’ve been talking to NSW about all the election commitments since just after the election,” the department’s South East Roads Branch general managerSarah Leeming told the estimates committee.

“On Appin Road we’ve had a couple of specific conversations with them about it.”

She added that a large number of meetings occurred by phone.

Ms Leeming said there was no date set for the start of the works.

FederalMinister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester last month said the government was committed to all election promises.

Ms Bird was unhappy that, nine months after the election, the government had done little more on the Appin road upgrade than “make a couple of phone calls”.

“The Liberal Government is stifling the region’s growth by their refusal to invest in the region and provide adequate transport links to ensure that we can harness investment and employment opportunities to their full extent,” Ms Bird said.

“We have overcrowded commuter trains, major arterial roads being closed in peak periods due to accidents and the Liberal Government sitting on their hands and refusing to engage with the region to help relieve the pressure on our roads and rail links.”

Mr Chester’s office was contacted for comment.

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POLICE are appealing for information after a young girl says she was approached in Oberon on Tuesday.
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Police say a 10-year-old girl was walking to school on Tasman Street just before 9am on Tuesday when she says a man got out of a white van and pointed at her.

The girl ran from the scene and later reported the incident to a teacher at her school, who contacted police.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command are investigating the incident and would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, tall with a skinny buildand aged in his 40s. He had short, greying brown hairand was wearing a blue T-shirt and black jeans at the time.

The van is only described as white and with a number plate containing the numeral 1 and the letter D.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Bathurst Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the “Safe People, Safe Places”messages with their children, including;

Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.If someone tries to grab you, yell out“Go away, I don’t know you”. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

John Farnham will headline Saturday’s Red Hot Summer Tour.Dubbo’s Lazy River Estate will be full to bursting on Saturday, with Red Hot Summer Tour promoter Duane McDonald expecting a sell-out.
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There were just 22 of the 5000tickets remaining as of Wednesday morning, and Mr McDonald expected them to be snapped up by Thursday evening.

“For a regional city it’s fantastic and that’ll top out a clean sweep – the whole tour will be sold out for the John Farnham shows,” he said.

It’s the second time the Red Hot Summer Tour has played in Dubbo after debuting at Lazy River Estate in 2016.

Last year’s event was also a sell-out, which proved Dubbo “is obviously a music town”, Mr McDonald said.

Dubbo Regional Council administrator Michael Kneipp said it was a coup for the city.

“We would love to have one every year because we’re seeing through the Dubbo theatre and a number of functions that really does bring money to town,” Mr Kneipp said.

“It’s another cultural offering that the town has. This city has a wonderful array of events and to have the Red Hot Summer Tour back in town is just fantastic.

“We haven’t got a definite amount but certainly we can do some modelling, from the hoteliers and those sorts of things, we can come up with a formula that says it’s worth many, many hundreds of thousands dollars.”

Mr McDonald said it was “great to see motels, restaurants and cafes full when you drive through town”.

“We try to get local people involved when it comes to the catering, the set up and cleaning,” he said.

“That’s what it’s all about, especially for the smaller, regional areas.”

Temperatures climbed to 36.9 degrees at last year’s event, and Mr McDonald said “everyone got really cooked”.

He was grateful 2017 would be something of a less hot summer tour.

“The weather looks like it’s a little bit better,” Mr McDonald said.

“Isee that you’ve been in the 40s for the last few weeks but I think it’s saying 31 which I think will be well received.”

Organisers will spend Thursday and Friday setting up, and constructing the stage.

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