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‘Traffic already a major worry’

THE key access road into a proposed 428-lot residential sub-division in Thurgoona Park had the potential to provide further traffic headachesin the area.
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The claim was made by Bridget O’Connor from the Thurgoona Community Action Group during a packed community forum conducted by Albury Council on Monday night.

“This road will funnel all traffic into central Thurgoona which is already congested,”she said.

“We feel there is insufficient planning and infrastructure in place before the development starts.

“No master-plan exists for central Thurgoona and no measures are in place to cope with the increase in traffic and safety issues along Table Top Road and Thurgoona Drive.”

Developer Peter Bowen Homes has earmarked the road into the sub-division from Table Top Road be built about 150 metres south of the Ettamogah Road intersection near the Kinross Woolshed Hotel.

It will be the first major piece of infrastructure built as part of the project which is expected to be presented to Albury Council for approval in late March.

A temporary access road from Kerr Road to be created during the construction phase was also the subject of strong objection from Mrs O’Connor, who wished to see Kerr Road be further extended as a higher priority.

Mr Bowen was present at the forum, but his planning consultant, David Hunter from Habitat Planning, said former land owners, the Albury-Wodonga Corporation, had always identified a road be built in the area.

Mr Hunter said the preferred alignment had been settled on in consultation with NSW Crown Lands Department.

Another option further north had been ruled out because it crossed a lower lying section of Eight Mile Creek and a billabong which was a known habitat of the Sloane’s Froglet.

“We also avoid some of the larger trees,”Mr Hunter said.

Also, engineers had been consulted in the decision to install culverts under the road to mitigate flood concerns.

But another speaker, Arthur Latta, said a bridge was a better option.

The average lot size within the development would be 650 square metres and open space provision had been increased to 2.65 hectares since the initial application was lodged 12 months ago.

Eight old growth trees have also been earmarked for removal under the proposal.

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Guilty of false murder report

A DERRINALLUM man falsely admitted to a murder in an attempt to get a free trip to England.
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The bizarre confession was revealed in Warrnambool Magistrates on Monday whenDaniel Alfred Clark, 51, formerly of Ligar Street, pleaded guilty to making a false report to police.

He had concocted a story in the hope of being extradited to England because he could not afford a fare.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said there were unusual things going on in Clark’s life when he made the false report to police last month.

She said Victoria Police homicide squad and south-west detectives had spent considerable time investigating the matter.

“This is a very serious matter,” Ms Toose said.

“If you had any prior court appearances I would have considered imposing a jail sentence.”

Clark, now of Warrnambool, was convicted and placed on a 12-month community corrections order with the condition he complete 100 hours of community work.

Police told the court that on January 10 at 8.50am Clark called 000 from a Derrinallum phone box and confessed to a murder.

Officers attended at 9am and Clark admittedto killing a man called Andrew Leggett 20 years ago in Norfolk, England.

Clark detailed the circumstances and said he made it look like an overdose.

Detectives took over the investigation and looked into whether Clark was wanted in England through English police and Interpol.

Clark told them he was born in Australia but he went to England with his mother when he was two years old.

He said he had returned to England towards the end of last year to assist his disabled father.

But Clark and his partner argued with his father and they had to move out before returning to Australia.

In January this year, Clark’s partner decided she wanted to go back to England.

But Clark was in financial difficulties and came up with a plan to be deported or extradited back to England.

His partner detailed Clark’s plan to confess to a murderbut Clark maintained he was telling the truth and claimed his partner had a mental illness.

In court, Clark told the magistrate he had run out of medication for his mental health condition at the time of the offending.

He apologised for wasting the time of the police.

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Apples shooting to score with netball

GOOD SHOT: Aussie Apples is partnering with the Netball Australia in the new Suncorp Super Netball league which is hoped to lift the profile of the fruit. NOTE: Image has been digitally altered.
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AUSSIE apples will be given the sporting spotlight as they take up the centre bib in a partnership with the national netball body.

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) signed a lucrative three-year $600,000 contract with Netball Australia last week, securing exposure for the “Aussie Apples” brand at elite international matches and local games across the nation.

The new partnership marks the start of the 2017 Aussie Apples marketing campaign.

Parts of the deal include the supply of apples to players at all levels plus television advertising, high-profile netball player ambassador activities, website promotion and match signage.

Netball Australia acting CEO, Marne Fechner, said the partnership was a natural fit.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Horticulture Innovation Australia through the Aussie Apples brand,” Ms Fechner said.

“In this next evolution for netball, we have been seeking to create partnerships with brands who align with our values and vision.

“With its focus on healthy nutrition, and interest in supporting Australia’s leading women’s sport from the grassroots to the elite, we couldn’t be happier in welcoming Horticulture Innovation Australia to netball.”

HIA chief executive, John Lloyd, said with the rise and rise of netball in Australia and the healthy connection between apples and sport, the partnership made sense.

“Industry is very excited about this new venture, which is timely given the breadth of participation in netball across the nation and the increasing profile of women’s sport in Australia,” Mr Lloyd said.

According to Netball Australia, 1.2 million people play netball in Australia, and a further 250,000 people attend games each year.

And that number is soon to grow with Suncorp Super Netball which aired on prime-time free-to-air television last weekend.

Aussie Apples will also be promoted at the matches of the national team, the Australian Diamonds, which has won 11 out of 13 World Championships.

The Diamonds are dominating the world circuit with a recent victory in the Quad Series title in England.

It’s not the first time Australian sport and sports identities have leant a hand to promote a particular fruit.

For more than a decade, rugby league star, Billy Slater, has been the pin-up boy for the Australian banana industry, with his Innisfail upbringing making him a natural pick.

Billy Slater promoting Australian bananas.Last year, AFL star, Patrick Dangerfield, also gave the banana industry a boost when he appeared on the national fishing program, iFish, sporting a bright yellow Australian Bananas t-shirt.

The 2011 Young Australian of the Year and world solo sailor, Jessica Watson, partnered with Australian Cherries to give them a profile push when her star was on the rise, while swimming sensation, Libby Trickett, gave her support to Australian Table Grapes’ Munch-A-Bunch campaign for two years running in 2012 and 2013.

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Clogging up the court

DO NOT FLUSH: Hilltops Council has welcomed legal action against two manufacturers of ‘flushable’ wet wipes. Picture: Craig Thomson.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against two manufacturers of ‘flushable’ wet wipes.
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The ACCC instituted Federal Court proceedings against Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd (Kimberly-Clark) and Pental Limited and Pental Products Pty Ltd.

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the manufacturers of the products have made false or misleading representations in relation to ‘flushable’ wipes they marketed and supplied in Australia.

“The ACCC alleges that the impression given by Kimberly-Clark and Pental that these products were suitable to be flushed down household toilets in Australia is false,” he said.“These products do not, for example, disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed. Australian water authorities face significant problems when non-suitable products are flushed down the toilet as they contribute to blockages in a household and municipal sewerage systems.”

Hilltops Council has welcomed news that the ACCC has launched legal action against the manufacturers.

Council Director of Infrastructure Dirk Wymer said the ACCC stance is great news not only for ratepayers but also for the environment.

“Wet wipes clogging our sewers and breaking our pumps is one of the challenges we face in keeping the Hilltops’ sewer system operating,” he said. “The Water Services Association of Australia estimated wet wipes are costing water utilities $15 million per year.”

“Every time there is a blockage in the sewer mains or pump stations, Council resources are required to clear it. In a pump station, there is also a risk of damage to the pump and the electrical controls. In addition, pumps work harder than they need to when blocked or partially blocked and they use more power.” Mr Wymer said.

“The next step is to educate consumers to keep wipes out of our pipes.It’s a message we hope will be heard loud and clear because if that blockage occurs on private property, it is the property owner who has to pay to unblock it. Then there’s the risk of raw sewage overflow into neighbouring properties or the environment.”

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Union to abattoir: drop 457 workers

The meat workers union has called on Teys Wagga toreplace its foreign workforce with 180 axed abattoir staff from Cootamundra.
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It comes after Cootamundra’s largest employer, Manildra Meat Company, announced late last week 150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff willbe laid off when the processing plant closes on Friday.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union’s (AMIEU) state industrial organiserMark Perkins arrived in Cootamundra on Monday after hearing about the closure from affectedstaff.

“Some of the abattoirs within two hours drive of Cootamundra still use 457 visa workers;Teys Wagga especially,” Mr Perkins said

“I would hope they drop their foreignworkers and employ locals; they should be able to take all Manildra production workers.”

Mr Perkins said the axedstaff were “devastated” as most had “houses and families in Cootamundra” and “the vast majority of them will have to leave town to find work”.

Mr Perkins praised Manildra Meat Companyfor voluntarily paying out personal leave as part of redundancy packages, as well as committingto pay long service and annual leave.

Teys spokesman Tom Maguire said the union had wildly inflated its estimation of the company’s 457 visa workforce.

“Teys Wagga has substantially fewer than 180 457 visa workers,” Mr Maguire said.

“There is a large number of Australian residents from overseas working at the abattoir, but they’re not on visas.

“There isn’t room in our local workforcefor the Manildra staff.

“While there’s no chance Teys Wagga will close,we’re struggling to get five days work for our current staff.”

Manildra general manager Jason Graham reaffirmed his intention to re-openthe plant if livestock prices drop, but could not predict when that wouldbe.

Workers in limbodon’t know whether to stay in Cootamundra and live on savings in the hope of getting their jobs back or move town or state in search of work.

“We are offering onsite non-government and government services including counselling, resume drafting, interviewing skills, job searching and financial services,” Mr Graham said.

“Manildra Meat Company’s main concern is the welfare and future employment opportunities for workers that have been affected by the announcement of this closure.”

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PresCare promises assistance

LODGE CLOSES: Scenic Rim mayor and Federal member for Wright respond to Prescare’s decision to close the Roslyn Lodge. Photo: Jocelyn GarciaQUEENSLANDaged care provider PresCare announced the closure of Roslyn Lodge to residents on February 9.
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The organisation has until March 31 to find new homes for all 33 Roslyn Lodge residents and new employment for the carers.

Chief executive officerGreg Skeltonsaid PresCarewould do what they could to make the transition easier for the residents and their families.

“We will do everything possible to support our residents to find suitable accommodation as quickly and seamlessly as we can,” he said.

Mr Skelton said the residents would be assigneda case manager toassist each person and their family to access alternative service providers.

He said staff wouldbe offered alternative employment and retraining into their community operations or other areas of the PresCare Group.

“Staff will also be offered emotional support and specialist assistance to secure alternative employment.,” he said.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said he shared the disappointment of the Tamborine Mountain community after the shock announcement by PresCare.

“Residents ofRoslynLodgehad the expectation of living out their days on Tamborine Mountain,” he said.

“My concern is first and foremost withRoslynLodgeresidents, alongside their families, as well as the staff who have been impacted by this sudden decision.”

Mr Christensen said there wasstill a “high level of uncertainty” of whatthe space would become.

“I am committed to exploring every available avenue to see if there is a way to ensure the continuation of this important facility for our Tamborine Mountain community,” he said.

Federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz saidRoslyn Lodge could only close if suitable alternative accommodation arrangements were made.

“PresCare must take this responsibility very seriously and act swiftly to reduce the impact of the closure, particularly on the residents and their families,” he said.

“The Department of Health will work with PresCare to ensure all residents have a genuine choice about their new home and that they will not be financially disadvantaged by the move.”

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Taking on the hurdles

No quick fix: Make changes that you will be able to sustain in the long-term for your health and fitness.You may have just embarked on a weight-loss journey and find it hard to overcome the challenges of changing your lifestyle.
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Statistics show an alarming 95 per centof people who start a weight-loss diet fail to lose weight and keep it off.

Some people gain more weight every time they start a diet. This can be devastating and result in a negative cycle of yo-yo dieting and self-loathing.

If you have been among the 95 per centof people who have failed on a weight-loss journey, the first step I recommend you take to finally transform your life is to identify the things that are making you fail. This will ensure you are aware of the challenges you will face and can take steps to overcome these challenges.

The top fivereasons that most people fail on their weight-loss journey include:

Not having a clear plan

Starting a new lifestyle without a clear plan to follow will most likely result in failure. Following a plan or I like to call it a system will assist you with taking the crucial steps that are required to support you every single day and to assist your strength, willpower and motivation.

I have a detailed system that I follow every single day and I tick off each action from the moment I wake up in the morning to the very end of each day. I have finally found the best system that works for me and my lifestyle and that I can easily and consistently stick to because consistency is key.

To find a plan (system) that suits you seek guidance from a health professional.

You lack health and fitness knowledge

When it comes to health, weight loss and fitness, knowledge is power and very important for your new lifestyle. The world is fighting an obesity epidemic and I believe one of the contributing factors is that many people don’t learn about healthy eating, exercise and a balanced lifestyle before starting a diet. Without knowing the importance of nutrition, exercise and general health; weight loss hopefuls will find it hard to know what steps and actions to take each day.

I recommend researching online, reading books and blogs, acquire guidance and tips from health professionals.

No supportive environment and influencers

Have you heard of the saying “you become who you spend most of your time with”? Have a look around you, are your friends and family supportive? Are they encouraging and positive towards your goals and success?

Don’t go too hard: We are not geared to put up with too much pain for too long.

If you answered no; it’s time to distant yourself from those who don’t contribute to your health and life quest. The circumstances and environment that surrounds you. The vibe and atmosphere that surrounds you can make or break you. To feel inspired, motivated and driven, you need positivity and happiness in your life.

Going too hard and being too restrictive

In my eyes, this can be the biggest culprit. I have seen it too often with my own weight loss journey and also many other who have failed many times and finally came to me for guidance.

Starting a hardcore and gruelling training program causes the body to ache unbearablyand the mind will feel overwhelmed. The first two weeks is bearable and many will feel great at first. Some even partake in a very restrictive eating plan at the same time which can cause even more destructive outcomes. The human body and mind naturally avoids pain and cannot upkeep rapid and hardcore activities.

Maintain your plan: Better results come from making the change a long-term lifestyle plan.

I recommend setting realistic goals, seeking guidance and only set out on a realistic and enjoyable program that you can upkeep every day. Otherwise the cycle of yo-yo dieting will defeat you once again. Remember consistency is key.

Not seeing the new lifestyle change as a lifestyle but as a short-term fix

This is more common than you might think. Many people start their weight loss journey with the mindset that their diet will only have to be endured for a certain amount of time or until they lose the weight, then they can go back to their usual lifestyle.

This is such a toxic way to think when it comes to weight loss, health and fitness. When I was 115 kilos, I can remember thinking like this. It wasn’t until I shifted my focus and beliefs that I could truly change.

It should not be weight loss that is the important aspect of life. It’s the lifestyle that you lead every single day that is important. Once you have your daily lifestyle sorted out, you will start to see results with your weight loss, mind and body.

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IPL auction: Cricket stars go under hammer in Indian Premier League bidding war

Starc forsakes $1 million IPL paydayAshwin plays down net hijinks with Aussies
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was sold for a stunning $2.8million as reborn Australian paceman Pat Cummins and former international spearhead Mitchell Johnson  also profited handsomely in the Indian Premier League auction. But it was little-known England paceman Tymal Mills, who played briefly for the Brisbane Heat this summer, who provided the shock of the day when he was sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $2.3m.

Stokes, recently appointed England vice-captain, has yet to play in the sport’s glamour Twenty20 league but his heavy hitting and penetrating medium pace made him a coveted signing, and he was snapped up for the highest price of the day by the Rising Pune Supergiants.

It’s likely Stokes will be paid only a part of his contract because of international commitments. The IPL begins on April 5, and England has a one-day international against Ireland in late April and then one-day series against the West Indies and South Africa before staging the Champions Trophy in June.

He could also decide to bypass the IPL entirely in favour of rest, for England have seven home Tests after the Champions Trophy.

Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka told reporters Stokes would bring something new to the team for the 10th edition of the tournament.

“He’s a complete player and he completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this one genre of player,” he said.

“We knew he was going to be there for the first 14 games … We pretty much knew we were not going to get him for below this price.”

Cummins was sold to Delhi for $875,000. Having rekindled his international career this summer in the sport’s limited overs forms after major back problems, he and Cricket Australia must now decide whether it’s still in his best interests to play in the IPL considering he has been earmarked for a Test recall in time for next summer’s Ashes. One option could be to have a limited part in the tournament.

Johnson emerged from retirement this summer to help guide the Perth Scorchers to the Big Bash League title. He remains a major threat when required to bowl only four overs, and was sold to Mumbai for $390,000. He will be available for the entire tournament.

But there was no joy for the BBL’s leading wicket-taker Sean Abbott, or the BBL’s leading run scorer, Ben Dunk, who were overlooked. Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Melbourne Renegades cult figure, spinner Brad Hogg, were also unsold. Australia already had 17 players contracted to franchises.

Pune, which joined the IPL last year, has made Steve Smith skipper this season and also features fellow Australians Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh.

Next year looms as the mega IPL auction, for the contracts of all players will expire, and most will go back into the auction aside from those franchises are allowed to retain.

Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year’s tournament, citing a need to remain fresh for the busy year ahead.

Starc was on a deal worth about $973,000 with the Royal Challengers Bangalore when signed in 2014. Fellow new-ball quick Josh Hazlewood has also opted to bypass the IPL, after what has been a hectic year for Australia, including six Tests this summer. Another busy schedule awaits, beginning with the Champions Trophy and culminating in the  Ashes series.

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Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith chosen to launch NRL 2017 season

Caption: Photo: James BrickwoodThey’ve been sworn enemies for more than a decade, but Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith will put aside a long-standing rivalry to launch the 2017 NRL season on Thursday.
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In what will be a fitting way to begin his 17th and likely last season, Gallen has been chosen by the NRL to launch the new year alongside the architect of so much agony throughout his career.

It’s normally Smith who holds bragging rights when the pair come together given Queensland’s Origin dominance, but after leading the Sharks to their maiden title against Smith’s Melbourne Storm last October, it’s the Cronulla captain who gets the rare opportunity to gloat.

The two veterans will launch a campaign in Martin Place on Thursday afternoon that highlights the bright young stars of the game – including Blues trio Aaron Woods, David Klemmer and Josh Mansour.

It caps off quite a remarkable story for Gallen, who only two years ago was at loggerheads with the game’s governing body over the treatment of the Sharks during the well-publicised ASADA saga.

He took aim at former NRL boss Dave Smith on social media and made plenty of enemies  at rugby league central, such was his displeasure during an emotion-charged period in his life.

But the redemption story, which began with a long-awaited premiership last season, continues to build momentum after Gallen received the honour of launching the new year alongside his Queensland counterpart in front of the other 14 NRL captains.

The NRL has gone away from appointing players to launch the season in recent years after a number of off-field incidents came back to bite them.

However, the decision to appoint the two grand final captains is a sign of their faith in the pair to reflect the values of the game and is also a reward for more than 30 years of service to the code between them.

It’s not the first time two players have been chosen to open the season, with Greg Inglis and Shaun Johnson handed the honours for the launch in Auckland in 2015.

“It’s an honour to have been asked to officially open the season at Thursday’s NRL Launch,” Smith said.

“I’m excited for the season, 2016 showed how close the competition is. All players put an enormous amount of work in over the pre-season and now 16 teams have the opportunity to win a premiership, it’s going to be a fiercely  contested 2017 season. Heading into my 16th season , I’m looking forward to it just as much as I have any other year.”

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Council recognised

Finalists: Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell with CEO Vincent Cammell with the Accidental Art Gallery.The Coorong District Council have been named finalists for four separate categories in the Local Government Professionals Australia, SA 16thAnnual Leadership Awards.
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The council has received three project finalist positions for their Coorong Healthy Highways scheme, the Coorong Unsealed Roads Improvement Program and the Coorong Accidental Art Gallery.

Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Implementation Officer Tracey Strugnell has earned individual accolades as she was names finalist in the Emerging Leader of the Year Category.

Mayor Neville Jaensch said he was proud of the council and its staff.

“As a small rural Council we are batting well above our average when it comes to business performance and community engagement, and our success so far in these awards reiterates this,” he said.

Ms Strugnell said she was surprised when she found out she was named a finalist.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a different sort of nomination to what they would usually get,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell said Ms Strugnell as a good chance of taking out the award.

“She is someone who has stepped up and she is popular among staff, councillors and the community,” he said.

“It is hard to imagine her not winning.”

Mr Cammell said the other projects had a good shot at taking out their respective categories also.

He said their Healthy Highways program and Accidental ArtGallery are both very unique programs that they had managed to achieve without very many resources.

“Other councils may even look at doing something similar,” Mr Cammell said.

As for their Unsealed Roads Improvement Program, Mr Cammell said it shows the utilisation of different techniques the council has used.

“We always work on our overall networkrather than individual roads to improve across the board.”

“We can’t make up for previous decisions and practicesovernight, we need to stick at it for the next 10 years.”

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