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Two men who used large knives to hold up a Devonport bottle shophave been jailed.
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Jack William Court, 25, and Zachery Saul Syme, 19, had each pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated armed robbery.

In sentencing on Monday,Justice Michael Brett said the pair stole a car from a Battery Point address in October last year.

On October 18, they drove to the Alexander Hotel in Devonport and left the car in the car park with its engine running.

HOLD-UP: Police closed the Alexander Hotel bottle shop while they conducted investigations after the armed robbery. Picture: Alex Fair

“You each disguised yourself by pulling a hood over your head and wrapping a scarf orbandanna around your face,” Justice Brett said.

“You then entered the bottle shop of the hotel.

“At the time, each of you was holding a large kitchen knife.”

The store manager and a delivery driver were inside the shop at the time.

Syme told the manager “open up the register or I will cut your throat, do it now,” and held up the knife in a reverse grip.

Court took the money out of the register and put it into a shopping bag.

Both men instructed the manager to open other registers, which they proceeded to empty into the bag.

While this was happening, Syme told the delivery driver “stay where you are or I will slit your throat.”

When the men had finished stealing cash and cigarettes, they ran back to the carand drove away.

They were apprehended by police later that day.

In total, the pair had stolen $1433 in cash and about $250 worth of cigarettes.

Justice Brett sentenced Syme to three years and six months imprisonment, ordering that he will not be eligible for parole until he has served two years of the sentence.

He sentenced Court to four years and six months, with a non-parole period of two years and nine months.

Justice Brett said both men have sustainedcriminal histories and ongoing issueswith illicit drug use.

He described the case as a “serious” example of aggravated armed robbery, and said the delivery driver feared for his life.

“This must have been a terrifying experience,” Justice Brett said.

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The recent white spot disease (WSD) outbreak affecting the Queensland prawn industry is a reminder of the vulnerability of Australia’s disease-free farming systems to exotic pests and diseases.
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Our biosecurity system has continuously evolved and adapted to address emerging challenges, opportunities, changing risks, priorities and circumstances.

Today, the movement of people and goods across the globe has never been greater. Australian agriculture, and the nation more broadly, has benefited from increased trade and travel, but it has also meant that our isolation as an island nation is rapidly changing and this biosecurity barrier is becoming less relevant.

The WSD outbreak is the latest in a number of biosecurity incidents in the past five years. Other failures in the system includefire ants, Panama disease tropical race 4, myrtle rust and Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV). Unsurprisingly, all of these biosecurity incidents have been experienced in Queensland – frequently Australia’s frontline biosecurity state.

A lot of the focus in biosecurity evolution tends to be on the cost of providing an ‘Appropriate Level of Protection’ (ALOP). However, the WSD outbreak is a timely reminder against complacency.

South East Queensland’s $25 million prawn industry has all but been wiped out. As devastating as this is, it pales in comparison to incursions that would impact larger plant and animal industries. For example, ABARES put the cost of a large foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Australia at more than $50 billion over 10 years.

The integrity of our biosecurity framework remains at the highest priority for the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and its industry members. With more than 60,000 kilometres of coastline to protect, QFF acknowledges that it is not an easy or inexpensive task. However, it should also be remembered that Australia’s biosecurity system plays a critical role in protecting the quality of life of all Australians. The economic, environmental and social benefits, and Australia’s reputational advantages – worth many billions of dollars – rely on a strong, focused and adequately resourced national biosecurity system.

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A RECORD number of stallholders are on board for the annual North East Food and Wine Festival in Wodonga.
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FOOD FEAST: Thousands of people will make the most of a market, dinner and foodie workshops as part of the annual North East Food and Wine Festival.

Festival spokeswoman and Wodonga TAFE events and functions coordinator Katie Shalevski​ said 75 businesses, producers and winemakers would offer their produce and wares at the Junction Place market on Saturday.

Ms Shalevski said stallholders were up by at least 15 on last year’s festival.

HERE’S CHEERS: Bridge Road Brewers will again offer their craft brews at the North East Food and Wine Festival in Wodonga on Saturday. Picture: JESSICA LAMBERT

“We’ve got stallholders from North East Victoria andas far away asWagga Wagga and throughout regional NSW,” she said.

“There will be Middle Eastern, Bangladeshi and Spanish cuisine as well as the local businesses in Junction Place.”

The Goods Shed Craft Beer Cafe will offer craft brews and tasty fare while Miss Amelie will set upan oyster bar on the site.

Festival newcomers include Black Barrel BBQ, specialising in American-style slow-smoked meats and North East Victoria’s first boutique gin maker Hurdle Creek Still.

There will be four cooking demonstrations throughout the day from 10.30am.

Wahgunyah baker Louisa Morris will make lemon meringue tarts and decorate a naked cake at 11.45am while Wodonga West Primary School (Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program) will cook zucchini and haloumi fritters at 10.30am.

MsShalevski said there would be free children’s activities on site.

“We will also have a lounge area with acoustic music where mum and dad can kick back and still watch the kids,” she said.

In association with the fortnightly Junction Square Farmers Market, the eventruns from 10am until 4pm.

Athree-course dinner and canapes at Junction Place on Friday night, Autumn on the Promenade will markthe start of the North East Food and Wine Festival.

Participating businesses include The Goods Shed Beer Cafe, Cofield Wines, Bridge Road Brewers,Beanstation, Jones Winery,Andiamo Street Food, Pinchos Catering, James & Co Wines,Miss Amelie and Morris Wines.

Also part of the festival, two workshops will be held at Bonegilla Migrant Experience on Sunday.

King Valley-based Anna-Kate Pizzini will host two demonstrations in The Art of Cheese Making from 10am until noonand 1pm until3pm.

Participants willmake Taleggio, a washed rind Italian cheese.

Anthony Ainsworth and Michael Fredrick will host The Art of Sausage Making workshops from 10am until 12.15pm and 1pm until 3.15pm.

Workshop bookings are essential throughThe Cube Wodonga.

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MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK: Ex-Services gun Madie Smith hammers the ball long against the Dubbo Blue Jays – the Dubbo club won’t be involved in the 2017 PLH competition. =Bigger, better, faster –just minus an entire city.
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In short, that’s the make-up of the 2017 Premier League Hockey competition, withslashed men’s and women’s seasons tipped to raise the level of hockey to new heights this winter.

That will be the case, however, without both Dubbo teams.

The Lions indicated to PLH bosses in January their side wouldn’t take part in the men’s premiership, while the Blue Jays have also folded headed into the women’s season.

PLH president Kent Bestwick was obviously disappointed Dubbo –a centre populated by more than 40,000 people –won’t be represented in the region’s major hockey competition.

“I understand it’s a numbers thing. I’m heading to Dubbo this weekend so hopefully I’ll get the chance to have a chat to a few people from the clubs,” he said.

“I’m hoping it’s not a permanent absence.”

Bestwick acknowledged travel was a legitimate concern for such a wide-reaching competition –it’s a 500 kilometre round tripforDubbo teams playing in Lithgow – but was quick to point out a shorter, home-and-away structurewould help reduce time commuting throughout the season.

“We’re not playing three rounds this season, which is a positive,” he said.

Both the men’s and women’s competitions will start on Saturday, April 22, with Orange hosting both Lithgow Panthers sides –they’ll face Wanderers and Ex-Serves – and Confederates taking on Bathurst Souths at home.

Zig Zag will host both men’s and women’s Parkes United outfits in Lithgow while City and St Pat’s will duke it out in two Bathurst derbies in round one.

It’s a mouth-watering opening to the 2017 season.

One Bestwick believes, given both men’s and women’s competitions are just 14 weeks rather than over 20, like in 2016,will start at a furious pace.

“With it being a shorter year, sides won’t be able to afford to drop their opening two or three games,” he said.

“I think all centres will be strong this season.

“There’s some handy players returning this year due to the shorter format. It should be a better competition.”

The 2017 PLH gala days will be in round two, with Parkes hosting both the men’s and women’s days to help unveil the association’s new turf field.

Round three will be split, with the under 18s girls’ state championship on the weekend of May 6and the boys’ state titles kicking off the following Saturday, May 13.

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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.”

For more info, head to Facebook and search Pig Push or 梧桐夜网cef.org419论坛The team would like to thank:

Major Sponsor –Delta Agribusiness

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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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