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Overpass is go

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

The approved route for the new road over rail overpass planned for Gunnedah.
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Violeta Hiscock

Gunnedah’s second road over rail bridge will go ahead along the preferred route announced in August.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has confirmed work would now start on development of the concept design and environmental approvals.

The route includes acquisition of at least two properties to allow the access to Barber Street requested by local businesses.

Once again, the news has come as a surprise to Barber Street resident Violeta Hiscock, whose house lies directly inthe path of the access route to Barber Street.

Mrs Hiscock was suprised to hear the house she has lived in for 20 years was in the way of the route when it was announced as the preferred option in August.

On Friday, she was just as surprised to learn the route had been confirmed.

She has not yet been made an offer on her house by Roads and Maritime Services

She said she does not want to move.

“Money means nothing to me,” Mrs Hiscock said.

“I still feel that way, honest to goodness.

“I am 63 years old and I do not want to start all over again. I am comfortable here. I walk around and I know people here, I trust people here and I have friends here.”

Roads and Maritime Services left a message for Mrs Hiscock the afternoon before Friday’s announcement, asking her to call them. She said she wanted to continue to fight the acquisition of her home.

The Gunnedah overpass will be built to allow easier movement of traffic around Gunnedah as coal trains become longer and more frequent and mean faster times for emergency services vehicles.

Mr Gay said the Gunnedah overpass was part of the NSW government’s $290 million Bridges for the Bush program.

“The preferred option will provide an unrestricted higher mass limit (HML) route through the town and maintain access to the Barber Street business precinct through an upgrade intersection,” Mr Gay said.

The route chosen is west of the Gunnedah Maize Mill and will connect the Oxley Highway with a new roundabout at the intersection of Conadilly and Warrabungle streets.

Gunnedah Shire Council mayor Owen Hasler said today council supported the option and was “eager to see the concept turn into reality particularly given the increased rail traffic on the line due to greater coal production in the area”.

“Council applauds the state government and Road and Maritime Services on the extensive community consultation undertaken during the conceptual and planning phase of the project and are pleased that modified Option C has been identified as the preferred option for the overpass development

“This development brings with it many benefits for the community such as improved accessibility, improved safety and the opportunity for considerable economic benefits with the commercial redevelopment of the western end of Gunnedah.

“However, due to the extremely complex nature of the site I wish to also acknowledge that some residents will be negatively impacted by the development and this is indeed regrettable.”

Mr Anderson said the preferred option – Option C – had been refined to include access to Barber Street.

“I’m pleased the recommended Option C for the second overpass of the railway line at Gunnedah identified in August is now the preferred option,” he said.

“The new route will replace the New Street level crossing, which will be closed.”

For more information, contact the project team on the toll free number 1800 029 585 or email [email protected]南京夜网. To view the preferred option visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.

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Nungatta visit

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

THE Bombala and District Historical Society held its spring excursion to Nungatta, Nungatta South and Wangabelle on Saturday, November 15.
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Around 60 people made their way to Nungatta for morning tea where the President, Stuart Hood welcomed all and gave the group a history of settlement in Nungatta.

Mr Hood explained that when W.T. Morris squattered on 100,000 acres in the area in 1836, they found the aborigines in the area were outcasts from other tribes and were not aggressive like some of the aborigines further south.

There were a succession of owners each lasting three or four years until Alexander Weatherhead bought Nungatta in 1854 for 800 pounds.

It was now much reduced, about 12,000 acres. He later wrote that he was very happy there, he could eat when he was hungry, sleep when he was tired and work for the rest of the time.

He raised his family there, farmed it successfully and when he died in 1901 he left an estate worth 40,000 pounds.

Hector McWilliam (of McWilliams Wines) bought it from the estate in 1914 and unsuccessfully tried to subdivide it into dairy farms. He then sold it in 1918 to Henry Phippard, a Sydney builder (with his brother, Ernest, they had built the Queen Victoria Building), and built a large homestead on Nungatta.

However his attempt to run pigs was a failure, and in 1923 sold it to Traralgon graziers, Dunbar, Dunbar and Napier, who were later joined by David Walker, father of Alan Walker of Palarang. They successfully raised cattle, droving them to Traralgon to fatten them.

In 1946 they sold Nungatta to the Osbornes from Bungendore who used managers to run sheep and cattle. Gil McIntosh and Paul Gimbert were two of the managers in recent times.

Paul recounted some of his memories of his time at Nungatta. In 2013 Ben Campbell bought part of the property while James Osborne retained the south western portion.

The group then went and inspected the Homestead, which has fallen into disrepair, but it was evident that it had been a magnificent house when it was built.

Next was the woolshed where Keith Brownlie and John Podger, who had worked there during shearing, recalled some interesting incidents that had occurred.

Following lunch the group went to the cemetery where Alexander Weatherhead, some of his family and some workmen were buried, before continuing to South Nungatta.

South Nungatta was split off Nungatta in 1907 and run by Charles McCoy. Between 1919 and 1970 the Browns owned it and since 1972 the Nungatta South Group has owned it. They are a Melbourne Group who want to run it as a Conservation Reserve.

The group then proceeded to Wangabelle where Dot de Geus gave the history of Wangabelle from a thriving dairy community with a school of over 100 pupils to the present time where there are about 15 beef cattle farms.

The group also looked at the cemetery where descendants of the original settler Captain Stevenson are buried. Captain Stevenson himself is buried in Rockton.

This was the conclusion of a very successful day.

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Schoolies go for scenic alternative

Sunday, 1 July, 2018

Latrece De Thier of Logan, Elizabeth McNulty of Greenbank and Dale Sinkowski of Jimboomba enjoyed a peaceful Schoolies Week experience at Lake Moogerah.SCHOOL leavers are enjoying thepeace and quiet of the Scenic Rim as an alternative to the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for Schoolies Week.
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Parklands Christian College graduates Latrece De Thier, Elizabeth McNulty, Dale Sinkowski and Josiah Gray have opted for a week of camping at Lake Moogerah to celebrate finishing year 12.

The group of friends, all 17, are swapping the popular Schoolies Week experience of alcohol and partying for waterskiing, mountain climbing, board games and football at Lake Moogerah.

Elizabeth said she and her friends decided to go camping at Lake Moogerah because they preferred the atmosphere there.

“It’s a lot more peaceful and it’s safer,” she said.

“It’s quiet here and it’s just easier to relax here with your best mates.”

Latrece said alcohol would not be a part of the group’s Schoolies experience.

“You just do stupid stuff when you have alcohol and we want to remember our time here,” she said.

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Another five-year term for Dungog GM

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Dungog Shire Council’s general manager Craig DeaseyDungog Council’s general manager Craig Deasey will be offered another five years on his present contract which expires in May next year.
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Mr Deasey recently told the mayor Cr Harold Johnston that he was formally seeking renewal of his employment contract with council.

“With the current Fit for the Future program announced by the NSW Government, it is important council maintains stability and continuity in respect of the whole organisation throughout this process,” Cr Johnston said.

“Bearing in mind the outstanding service and dedication the general manager brings to this council and the annual reviews that consistently measure performance as ‘more than satisfactory’ I have no hesitation in Mr Deasey’s term being renewed for a further five years.”

Cr Glenn Wall said Mr Deasey has a “glowing recommendation”.

“With what the council has and is going through, for him to put up his hand for his contract to be continued has to be commended,” he said.

“I personally, am grateful for his consideration.”

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Council briefs, November 26

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

This week’s council meeting will cover a range of issues. Photo: Southern Highland NewsProperty Acquisition amendment
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AN amendment of a previous council resolution to proceed with the compulsory acquisition of land from Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will be put to council for approval.

On Wednesday, May 28 council resolved to proceed via the compulsory acquisition process.

Council’s panel solicitors, following review of the resolutions, have requested the addition of ‘purpose’ and a reference legislation to be incorporated into a fresh resolution.

Short stay update

THE draft Wingecarribee Holiday Rental Code of Conduct, which is endorsed by the Short Stay Letting Committee, will be put to council for adoption.

At the Ordinary Meeting of the Planning and Strategic Peak Committee on February 12, 2014 council considered a report on the public exhibition of a planning proposal to amend Wingecarribee Local Environment Plan 2010 (WLEP 2010) to insert a clause to permit short term rental of dwellings for tourist and visitor accommodation without council consent.

The amendment was made on March 14, 2014.

The objectives for the code of conduct include establishing acceptable standards of behaviour for guests and visitors, assisting owners and managers to meet the needs of all stakeholders and informing the community of the standards of conduct expected.

Should council adopt the proposal, the Wingecarribee Holiday Rental Code of Conduct will be actively promoted through media releases, information on council’s website and direct communication with agents and known property owners.

Bowling club

COUNCILLORS Duncan Gair, Larry Whipper and Jim Clark have given notice that it is their intention to move a motion rescinding the September 25, 2013 motion that council delay the demolition of the Mittagong Bowling Club.

Should that motion of recission be carried, Crs Gair, Whipper and Clark intend to move a motion that the demolition of the Mittagong Bowling Club and the remediation of the Alexandra Square site become an operational matter to be managed by the general manager.

Name change for shire

COUNCILLOR Garry Turland has given notice of his intention to move a motion for council to request changing the name of the Wingecarribee Shire.

The motion would see council request the NSW State Government and the Electoral Commission to allow council to survey the residents of the Wingecarribee Shire to change the name of the shire to the Southern Highlands at the state election in March 2015.

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Health seminar attracts big crowd

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Dr Andrew Leicester, Rachel van der Meer and Dr Vince Roche were guest speakers at the Men’s Health Month in the Highlands session on Thursday night. Photo suppliedTHE message was clear – keep an active body, an active mind and a healthy diet and the future is for you to enjoy.
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More than 100 men and women had the opportunity to listen to Dr Andrew Leicester, Dr Vince Roche and exercise physiologist Rachel van der Meer at the Moss Vale Golf Club on Thursday night.

This was the third in a series of talks for Men’s Health Month in the Highlands, promoted by the Wingecarribee Health Association for Men (WHAM) and supported by the local Medical Community.

Dr Roche began the night with advice on how to develop a relationship with your local GP.

One of his primary pieces of advice was to bring along your medical history, especially anything that may have afflicted your mother and father.

History and hereditary was a good indicator of your future.

Ms van der Meer reminded everyone that it was never too late to develop an exercise regime, particularly if you considered the possibility of surgery in the future.

Preparation was a great precursor to any procedure, but delaying it with exercise was even better.

Dr Leicester also encouraged everyone to engage in some form of exercise, although cycling was his first love.

The development of his profession was highlighted with the fact that a hip replacement could become a “day procedure” shortly.

The process and progress of hip and knee replacement has been staggering.

The enthusiastic response to this monthly series has been enormous and WHAM is anticipating tomorrow night’s session will be just as warmly received.

Dr Priyan Wikramanayake and Dr Grant Lewis will address the health of your bowel and Rachel van der Meer will cover a healthy diet at 6pm.

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Marcia more than just a supervisor in Esperance

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Experience: Marcia Dickie shows Esperance Senior High School principal Cathy Bamblett how it is done.
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MARCIA Dickie has sat through more than 1125 hours of school examinations – none of which have been her own.

The local woman is the Student Curriculum and Standards Authority’s chief supervisor, a position she has held since 1989.

In her position she was tasked with watching over Esperance students as they sat through through their final year 12 Western Aus tralia Education Certifi cate (WACE) exams.

Despite having held the job for so long, Ms Dickie doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.

Her role during the stressful exam period was to put examination papers on students’ desks, read out exam rules, collect them at the end and post them to Perth.

Her job was also to be a friend to students and it’s one she had loved doing.

Ms Dickie said she had to keep completed exams under lock and key once they were completed.

“I am the only person in Esperance with a key to the trunk which holds the exams before they are posted off to Perth for marking,” she said.

Ms Dickie said Espe rance’s students had been a delight to deal with, having not once caught a student attempting to cheat in the last 25 years.

“I think it’s because I read out the rules that their exams will be cancelled if they are caught cheating,” she said.

Ms Dickie said she enjoyed getting to know the students. “You don’t know anybody before the first exam but by the end you know them.

“I try to be more of a friend than anything because the kids are always so stressed so I try to give them a relaxing atmosphere.”

Ms Dickie was thanked by Esperance Senior High School principal Cathy Bamblett last Thursday for her 25 years of service as chief supervisor during year 12 exams.

“You do a sensational job and why we love you is because you know the children and are aware of them and it brings down the tension,” Ms Bamblett said.

“The kids going into their WACE exams, you know, it can be daunting and feeling anxious and just having people like Marcia providing that encouragement and trying to get them feeling as relaxed as possible is just great.”

Ms Dickie said although the cut off age for chief supervisor was 80, she still had many years left yet.

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Cricket legend backs skin cancer campaign

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Lynette and Steve Waugh discussing their skin care needs with their local pharmacist.AUSTRALIAN cricket legend, Steve Waugh, AO is launching a sun awareness campaign this month urging people from NSW to check for unusual spots in the lead up to summer.
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Sun Awareness Clinics – Skin Cancer SpotChecks will be run at Blooms The Chemist pharmacies throughout NSW and Queesland up until December 12, aimed at increasing public awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and reinforcing the importance of early detection.

Inadvertently, National Skin Cancer Action Week coincides with the Sun Awareness Clinics, running from November 16 to November 22.

Between 95-99 per cent of skin cancers result from sun exposure, and while melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous.

The past decade has shown NSW-based men are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than NSW-based women. The most recent statistics reveal more than 3,700 melanoma diagnoses in NSW in the one year.

“If you’re not educated, you’re at risk of the dangers of skin cancer. Regular skin cancer spot-checks and awareness is vital,” Mr Waugh said.

He who lost his grandfather to melanoma and has personally sustained skin damage to his temples, back and shoulders and had some suspicious spots checked and some removed.

According to Waugh, an early detection tool is a good starting point to educating oneself and having a general overview of what to look out for regularly.

“It’s a great way to learn about what different spots look like and what the outcomes might be, so you’re better educated. But if you find something suspicious, you should seek prompt medical advice.”

Jay, 39 year old father of a four and six-year-old children, is a stage-three melanoma survivor and urges every Australian to have regular skin cancer spot-checks after one saved his life.

After a mole on Jay’s left ankle began to scab over and itch, he had it removed, along with 14 lymph nodes from his left groin and skin tissue from the lower part of his stomach.

“It’s easy to put things off, especially for men who tend to get on with things and delay health-checks – you must go and get checked,” said Jay.

“People respond very well to awareness clinics in a pharmacy setting and we’ve found they’re quite successful in educating the community,” Wayne McQuillan, pharmacist at Blooms The Chemist, Kiama said.

Blooms the Chemist Kiama will be holding a Sun awareness Clinic on Tuesday, December 2 from 10-3pm.

People can get involved with the event by booking a time on this day to receive aUV photo to take away – showing sun damage to facial areas and, consultation with a registered nurse.There is a $10 fee for this event, this small fee includes a free Skin Cancer SpotCheck Tool (RRP $19.95) and anEGO promotional size sunscreen.

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Barossa and Light Bowls results

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

IN HERE: Angaston skipper John Standish directing a teammate where he would like the bowl to come. Freeling’s Shane Marslen watches on. Results for Saturday pennants on November 22.
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Division One

Eudunda 100 v Tanunda 92

C Jones 16 v P Baverstock 28; R Ellis 29 v T Edwards 22; D Kleinig 25 v T Liersch 23; G Prior 30 v B Pech 19/Nuriootpa 00 v Kapunda 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Angaston 111 v Freeling 69

M Schutz 32 v L Ryan 17; M Short 18 v J Grantham 24; J Standish 28 v S Marslen 16; B Bowden 33 v T Mullins 12.

Lyndoch – bye.

Division Two

Freeling 00 v Angaston Blue 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Nuriootpa Gold 00 v Nuriootpa Black 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Kapunda 80 v Eudunda 64

P Maitland 23 v R Milde 24; E Allanson 27 v D Leditschke 19; J Trotta 30 v G Schutz 21.

Lyndoch 66 v Tanunda 76

J Sharratt 20 v P Knight 28; T Drummond 17 v D Grear 30; B Allan 29 v D Armstrong 18.

Nuriootpa Green 00 v Angaston White 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Division Three

Kapunda Black 64 v Lyndoch 74

P Dobbin 29 v J Allwood 23; A Thiele 15 v D Turvey 25; G Campbell 20 v A Turvey 26.

Eudunda 79 v Nuriootpa Gold 68

R Fiegert 32 v R Leske 13; M Nietschke 23 v S Stewart 23; D Pope 24 v P Hughes 32.

Tanunda 90 v Angaston 65

M Paech 25 v Z Horvath 22; M Meertens 21 v D Copperwheat 23; B Hoklas 44 v B Agars 20.

Freeling 00 v Kapunda Red 00

Game abandoned due to rain.

Nuriootpa Black – bye

Thursday Midweek Pennant played November 20.

Mid-Week Orange

Nuriootpa Black 64 v Kapunda Red 43

D Quodling 20 v J Trotta 21; T Billing 24 v C Sunman 7; R Mattschoss 20 v W Beavan 15.

Nuriootpa Gold 63 v Eudunda White 46

J Bell 23 v P Dickenson 15; B Randall 14 v G Prior 20; W Williams 26 v M Schutz 11.

Tanunda Black 66 v Angaston Blue 34:

D Heidenreich 21 v B Teakle 14; D Schiller 26 v B Tuttle 7; R Schnieder 19 v K Brook 13.

Lyndoch Blue – bye.

Mid-Week Purple

Freeling 36 v Lyndoch Gold 38

I McFarlane 11 v G Ayres 12; T Mullins 9 v J Beacham 15; J Grantham 16 v D Hausler 11.

Kapunda Black 57 v Nuriootpa Blue 56

R Gill 21 v R Turnbull 21; B Phillips 16 v R Chapman 20; C Hamper 20 v D Wilson 15.

Eudunda Red 00 v Nuriootpa Green 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Angaston White 57 v Tanunda White 69

F Thomas 24 v T Edwards 20; H Schmied 18 v P Baverstock 21; M Schutz 15 v J Garrett 28.

Thursday Ladies played November 13.

Eudunda White 35 v Tanunda White 36

J Milde 15 v J Stephens 14; B Marshall 20 v M Hurst 22.

Freeling 17 v Eudunda Red 37

K Bitter 5 v M Nietschke 20; D Johansen 12 v P Dutschke 17.

Kapunda Black 29 v Angaston Blue 21

S Franks 17 v M Elsworthy 7; R Scoot 12 v L Teakle 14.

Kapunda Red 39 v Tanunda Black 9

H Sexton 12 v K Wallace 5; L Carter 27 v M Meertens 4.

Lyndoch Blue 00 v Nuriootpa Gold 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Lyndoch Gold 00 v Nuriootpa Black 00

Match abandoned due to rain.

Angaston White – bye.

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Lawyer will not give evidence, court told

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

A LAUNCESTON lawyeraccused of an $18,000 theft will not give or leadevidence in his defence, a court has heard.
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Adrian John Hall, 39, a criminal law practitioner, pleaded not guilty in the Launceston Supreme Court last week to eight counts of stealing from his former employer.

The Crown has accused Mr Hall of having stolen about $17,780 from Launceston barrister and solicitor Grant Tucker, between August 2010 and September 2012.

The amounts alleged range from about $320 to $9000.

The money relates to Mr Hall allegedly receiving cash paymentsand in one instancea cheque addressed to him,from clients for his professional services.

The defence has denied that Mr Hall acted dishonestly.

Today, the Crown closed its case and the defencewas asked if the accusedwould give or adduce evidence.

“I will neither give nor adduce evidence,” Mr Hall told the court.

Justice Stephen Estcourt told the jury that he needed to finalise and make changes to the written memorandum they would receive from him after counsel give their closing addresses.

The trial continues this afternoon.

Last week during his opening address, defence counsel Geoffrey Steward told the jury the names of half a dozen potential witnesses whothe defencemight call, including two lawyers.

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The sun shines a little brighter in Dungog

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Dungog Sunshine Club executive members, front, Jill Parson, Kay Edwards, Shirley Rumbel and patron Elaine Hawley with recipients of their club’s fundraising.Twenty six organisations shared in $4550 raised by the hard-working members of Dungog Sunshine Club.
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The Sunshine Club was started by a group of women in Newcastle who got together to knit socks, gloves and beanies for enlisted men in World War 11.

Quite a few groups started up and were spread around Newcastle and the Hunter.

Dungog joined the group but eventually broke away in the 1960s.

“The money that was being raised was going to Newcastle and members wanted it to stay in Dungog,” said president Kay Edwards.

“We only have a small membership and raise the money with our annual luncheon, two street stalls and games morning which are held about four times a year.”

Dungog is the only Sunshine Club left now.

Sunshine Club members, clockwise from front, Joyce Murray-Richards, Edna Brooker, Trevor Brooker, Eileen Nicholson, Robyn Murrell and Heather Muddle.

Recipients, who received $300 each included the Dungog District Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group, the Heart Foundation and breast cancer organisation.

Dungog-Clarence Town CWA, Dungog SES, Dungog Girl Guides, Dungog area Rural Fire Service, St Vincent de Paul, Camp Quality and Vision Australia each received $200 each.

Recipients of $150 were Boy Scouts, Lara Aged Care, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, Dungog A & H Auxiliary for junior cooking, Dungog Public School, Dungog High School, Dungog Preschool, St Joseph’s P & F, Dungog High School hospitality class, Presbyterian Church, Uniting Church, Anglican Guild, Dungog Netball and Dungog Soccer Club.

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Vote for your Hunter Hero

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Melinda Nay: Nominate for her work with special athletes. Picture: Dean OslandThe nominations are in. Thestories have been told.Now it is time to cast your vote.
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The 2014Newcastle Herald Hunter WaterHunter HeroAwardsrecognisethe extraordinary deeds of theunsung heroes living in ourcommunity.

Nominees appear everyMonday in the Communitysection of the Herald.

We have heard the stories ofHunter people going above andbeyond the call of duty in and fortheir local community.

An online poll viatheherald南京夜网.auwill determinethe top 10 finalists and a judgingpanel will decide the winner.

The winner of the awardswill be announced at theNewcastle Herald/Newcastle Permanent Carols ByCandlelight in King Edward Parkon Friday, December 19.

Revisit the profile stories and vote forthe 2014Hunter Heroattheherald南京夜网.au.

Online voting to determine the finalists closes at 5pm on Friday, December 5.

CARLEY JACKA: Nominated for her work with animals. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

►Emma Thompson, Mums Empowered founder

► Marilyn Frost, Maitland Art Gallery volunteer

► Wendy Cloake, Nurse

► Bruce Leverton, Scout Leader and Environmental Volunteer

► Lee Howes, Surf Lifesaver of the Year 2014

►Rob Hadley, Cycling for Ronald McDonald House

► Alan Chappell, Volunteer tutor

►Stephen Towell, lymphoma fund-raiser

► Cassandra Weller, With These Two Hands founder

► The Gardiner Family, Cancer Council fund-raisers

► Angela Hiscock, Medical ResearchFund-raiser, Volunteer

► Lyn Thorpe, Humanitarian Aid Worker

► Helen Cummings, Advocate AgainstDomestic Violence

► Luke Andrews,Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children student

► Lorraine Gardner and Janelle Shakespeare, HunterChildren’sResearch FoundationFounders

► June Chapman, Hospital Volunteer

► Pat Wilson, Airport Ambassador

►Richard Stark, Salvation Army supporter

►Robert Gray, Public Service

►Frank Carter, Fort Scratchley President

►Frank Duffy, War Veteran’s Advocate

►Denis Young, Camp Quality Volunteer

►Rachel Prest, Charity Organiser

►Jane McCallum, Lifeline Volunteer

►Kim Simpson, Charity Fund-raiser

►Ada Staader, Cancer Fund-raiser

► DrRobyn Fried, Health Volunteer

►Thea O’Sullivan, Oxford Hockey Club Secretary

►Patrick Bellamy, Disability Support/Trainer

►Bronwyn Melville, Newcastle Pregnancy Help Inc Secretary

►Michelle Davis, Road Safety Advocate

►John Redman, Veteran’s Advocate

►Ron and Helen Herbert, Hospital Volunteers

►Julie Marsh, Debbie Hastie, Cancer Fund-raisers

►Alan Baird, Patient Advocate

►Susan Walton, Volunteer Optometrist

►Peter Kibble, Kim McNaughton, Childhood Heart Disease Campaigners

►Karin Williams, Nurse

►Elle Gallagher, Charity Fund-raiser

►Jenny Noblet, Dr Bob Sillar, Melanoma Awareness

►Rae Pidgeon,Kiwanis Australia, Leader/Volunteer/Trainer

►Melinda Nay, Special Olympics Volunteer

►Lorna Dooley, Soul Cafe Volunteer

►David Jordan,Samaritans Christmas Lunch volunteer

► SisterHelen-Anne Johnson, Mums’ Cottage Volunteer

►Rosie Kirkwood, Works WithDisabled Worker

►Peter Williams, Cycling Advocate

►Carley Jacka, Welfare of Animals Advocate

►Richard Hoogwerf, Charity Surfing event Organiser

UNFIT FOR THE FUTURE

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Council is firmly stepping out on the path to amalgamation with Qeanbeyan – basically because Palerang is broke with little prospect of improvement.
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We’ve been here before. The move from Tallaganda to Palerang was motivated by similar concerns with not much success. The amalgamation with Queanbeyan is also unlikely to produce any material improvement for people in the Braidwood district. There are two main reasons why this is the probable outcome.

First, modern Councils are rarely efficient at managing anything beyond sewerage, garbage collection, some roadworks and eternally insisting that rates need to be raised to sustain even basic services. Beyond that, the record is poor. The recent PLEP exercise is a case in point. Seven years of fluffing around and arguments with ratepayers to arrive at a solution that many still regard as flawed and second rate-and a staggering cost. Council has persistently refused to put a figure on the total cost (undoubtedly because it doesn’t want to embarrass itself), so guessing is all we can do. Most estimates I’ve heard are in the $1 to$2 million range, some outlying estimates are even higher. We’ll never know as long as Council resists true transparency.

A more visible example that everyone can relate to is the pedestrian crossings in Wallace St. A simple, straight forward project that (if built on private land) would cost under $50,000 and take around a month to complete using fair (not best) work practices. Council has taken many months of stop and go activity, conducting remedial work (to fix a pipe leak under the newly poured concrete) and coping with problems that could and should have been avoided with common sense planning. The result? A still uncompleted project without lighting, without zebra stripes and without shrubbery in the planters. Cost? Well even if we exclude the time costs involved in bureaucratic wrangling between Council, The RMS etc, the numerous surveys and studies conducted before the project started, we will end up with a community bill that is likely to be twice or three times what it should be for a design that many don’t like (because it forces cars toward each other rather than separating them as with an island design, because it chews up parking spaces etc).

That’s not good value. And if Council can’t get it right when the job is in the Main Street, right outside Council’s Office, what do you think happens when jobs are out of sight? Queanbeyan is a much bigger Council with a bigger bureaucracy, more internal processes and urban (rather than rural) expertise so it is even less likely to use rural ratepayer monies either wisely or efficiently.

The second reason to have low expectations of a Palerang/Queanbeyan amalgamation is that our district will become the overlooked rural outpost in a predominately urban/suburban, giant Council. We will be quickly forgotten and marginalised if we remain passive or dismissed as country rednecks if we fight for our rights. Either way the prospects look poor.

It wasn’t that long ago that progressive thinkers were arguing for a simplification in our three tiered system of government. The ideal being to strengthen Federal control over the big ticket items that all Australians need (health,education….) with more monies going to local Councils to handle grass-root issues (roads, community needs, citizen involvement). Seems to make sense?

Now we are going down a very different path. Big Federal Government, Big State Government and now Big Local government. Such moves will almost certainly mean that the Braidwood District will become unfit, (not fit), to meet the future.

Tim Lenehan

Ballalaba

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