July, 2018

It’s time our politicianswoke up to themselves

I AM ashamed. I am bewildered. I am disenchanted.
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The current federal government (or at least Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey) have taken us all for fools, and for this reason it is they that are the fools, as I am a lifelong Liberal voter.

I am so disenchanted with the dismal effort of these two that I have officially “matured” as a voter and am no longer a “blind” or “one-eyed” Liberal voter, but will now carefully choose my preferred party at the next election, rather than simply voting for those that I have always voter for.

Some will say this is part of the problem, that we Australians tend to vote for the party that (traditionally) best fits our own beliefs rather than the “best option” for the country. Who knows?

For Prime Minister Abbott to have taken until now to admit defeat on his paid parental leave scheme is mind-blowing and arrogant.

I bet my house on it that Big Joe wishes he could start over and at least try to sell his budget to the voting public rather than force it down peoples throats.

I have no doubt Joe always had the best intentions of the majority in mind, but my goodness has he made a dog’s breakfast of it.

In saying this, however, there are supposed leaders out there behaving even worse than Abbott and Hockey.

Bill Shorten tops the list. I literally cringe every time I hear this uninspiring little man speak. His speeches are so fake that I literally have to walk away from the TV at times when he is speaking.

Shorten should be ashamed of himself for “leading the pack” of children (politicians) that we currently have. He is immature, irrational and downright incapable.

Jacqui Lambie is the most embarrassing thing to have happened in the history of Australian politics.

The days of Pauline Hanson being the class clown are dwarfed by Lambie and her stupidity.

We, the Australian public, should not have to put up with this type of person making decisions on behalf of the rest of us.

It is unacceptable. But she got the job fair and square, and that’s another horrible story altogether.

Abbott, Hockey, Shorten, Lambie plus a whole wheelbarrow load of others, look at what you are doing to our country.

I know of so many educated, rational, caring people who would do such a better job than you, and it makes me shiver to think we have you in control of Australia’s short to medium future instead.

Wake up to yourselves. Start acting like adults. Abbott and Hockey listen to the people, but push on with what is needed. Shorten, Lambie, Palmer and others, stop with the immature, irrational and downright malicious tampering and let the government govern.

The voting public look at you like a bunch of monkeys fighting over a plastic banana. You embarrass us all.

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Cooks Gap man charged with 19 firearms, drug and driving offences after allegedly threatening woman

Police have charged a Cooks Gap man with 19 offences after he allegedly threatened a woman with a firearm drivingbetween Goolma and Dubbo yesterday.
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The 42-year-old woman was driving with two companions from Goolma towards Dubbo at about 11.20am on Thursday when a car overtook her vehicle, slowed down and swerved over the road.

The woman told police both vehicles stopped, and a man – who is known to the woman – got out of the second car.

It’s alleged the man grabbed a sawn-off shotgun from his vehicle, pointed it at the woman, and threatened to shoot her.

Police will further allege the man then picked up a large rock and threw it at the woman’s car, smashing the windscreen.

The woman and her companions drove away.

They were followed by the other vehicle for about 25 minutes, before attending a farmhouse and calling Triple Zero.

Police spotted the alleged assailants’ vehicle about five kilometres from Mudgee.

They initiated a pursuit, which ended when the vehicle drove into the front yard of a home in Denison Street, Mudgee.

The man allegedly ran from his car. After a short foot pursuit by police, he was arrested in Adams Street.

During a search of the man’s vehicle, police seized a 16-gauge Beretta sawn-off shotgun. It will be alleged this firearm was stolen from a Mudgee property in 2012.

Police also seized quantities of drugs believed to be methamphetamines and cannabis, along with an amount of cash.

At Mudgee Police Station, the 29-year-old man was charged with a total of 19 firearms, drug, driving and other offences.

The Cooks Gap man was refused bail to appear in Mudgee Local Court today.

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Wagga RSL ready for big challenge

BIG TASK: Luke Oakley, pictured batting against South Wagga, returns for Wagga RSL who are 3-36 chasing Lake Albert’s total of 259 at Robertson Oval tomorrow.THE honeymoon is over for Luke Oakley, who is out to rescue Wagga RSL from a difficult situation tomorrow.
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Oakley has missed the past three weeks of cricket for the Bulldogs after getting married, but returns for the second week of the match against Lake Albert.

He scored 72 in his last knock in round four and his team will need him to stand up again at Robertson Oval.

Captain Sam Perry (seven not out) and Gage Baxter (0 not out) will return to the crease when play starts tomorrow.

After losing three wickets in the 11 overs before stumps last Saturday, Oakley admitted the Bulldogs have a big task ahead of them.

“It will be a bit of an uphill battle, but we still have a few handy bats to come,” he said.

“From all reports the deck is pretty good and it’s a really fast outfield so we still give ourselves a pretty good chance of chasing down the runs.”

Todd Henderson is another top-order batsman set to return for the Bulldogs, who resume at 3-36 chasing the Bulls’ big target of 259.

Both were unavailable last week and Oakley is looking forward to getting back in the middle.

After a tough day in the field as Isaac Cooper’s century led the way for the Bulls, a tricky 11 over period late in the day proved costly for Wagga RSL.

Losing Ben McFarlane (0) early, Sam Lempard (15) and Tim Cameron (13) in the time, Oakley described bowling out Lake Albert late in the day as a catch22 situation.

“It is a bit of an awkward situation and is a catch 22 really, as when you bowl a team out, which is great, to go in for 10 or 15 over is always an awkward period,” he said.

“The bowlers are fresh late in the day and unfortunately took a few wickets, but there is still plenty of batting to come and hopefully with good weather, a good deck and good outfield there is an opportunity for the guys still to come in and hopefully do the job.”

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Little joy in crime figures

Doors smashed: Chaddies store was the scene of a break in on Thursday.THE latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures released last week provide little comfort for Kempsey residents concerned about the level of crime in the town.
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The good news is that reporting of individual offences is either steady or in significant decline in major crime categories.

But crime in Kempsey remains high in comparison with the state average in several major categories.

And in the case of domestic break and enter robberies, it is nearly three times the state average.

The BOCSAR NSW Recorded Crime Statistics report is released quarterly.

It contains information about the number of crimes recorded in NSW local government areas and police commands and how these compare to a trend.

The latest report is for the September 2014 quarter.

The September figures do not include the majority of the big increase in the number of break and enters that occurred in Kempsey and surrounds in the 12 weeks to November 20, when 135 domestic break and enter robberies wer reported.

Police blamed the outbreak at the time on several small groups of offenders who have recently become active.

In the week ending on November 13, 25 break and enters were reported, and a further 18 for the week ending on October 30.

The BOCSAR report shows that Kempsey is 2.7 times the state average for the offence of break and enter of a home, 2.4 times the average for robbery with a weapon (non-firearm) and break and enter of a business, and 2.2 times the state average for motor vehicle theft.

The total number of reported major offences showed a marked decline on last year’s figures in several categories.

Domestic assaults were down 17.2 per cent (238 to 197), stealing from a motor vehicle dropped 23.1 per cent (242 to 186) and break and enter robberies of a business down 10.4 per cent (135 to 121).

Fraud offences dropped a huge 39.3 per cent, or from 117 reported offences to just 71.

You can download the BOCSAR crime statistics report at www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/bocsar

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Mailbox: your say

Park path, why?
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THROUGH your newspaper, I and many other ratepayers of Cohuna would like to know the reason for the construction of a new concrete footpath through our picturesque garden park.

As there is now a perfectly paved footpath leading to the same destination, to me it is a waste of ratepayers and/or grant money.

The removal of a magnificent old redgum tree to make way for the soundshell (how often will this be used) is another blemish on our park. Could it not have been moved forward approximately 10 metres. What else is planned for the park?

As a volunteer at the Gateway Information Centre, many visitors are very jealous of our green park with the Gunbower Creek running alongside with their redgum trees on the bank.

Geoff McGraw,


Bird tourism potential

THIS spring, birdwatchers from all over Australia have visited the Kerang region.

A very rare bird from the northern hemisphere is at Lake Tutchewop and ‘twitchers’ are delighted. Visitors, some from as far away as Darwin and Brisbane, have arrived every day, with around 200 people buying fuel and food, staying in local accommodation and enjoyed the delights of the area.

Bird variety and numbers on these lakes are wonderful and could be a real tourist drawcard if properly marketed to Australian and overseas visitors.

All it needs is a little infrastructure, such as brochures and signage. Unfortunately, at Tutchewop,

it’s hard to ignore the litter of shotgun cartridges and beer bottles left behind by duck shooters.

Bird tourism, not killing ducks, is the future for northern Victoria.

Debbie Lustig,


De facto decrease

OUR community was magnificent in supporting the local hospitals with the service crisis in pathology and acute care recently and the petition and letter writing to the Minister for Health via the Member for Rodney, Paul Weller led to questions in Parliament.

Paul put it to the Minister and disappointingly we have been side-stepped. The new Nationals candidate for our new Murray Plains electorate Mr Walsh has listened carefully and taken our request for funding to the Health Department.

The serene silence which has followed has clarified the fact that the Health Department has no intention of increasing our funding. In fact, as already stated, the much trumpeted $100,000 increase in funding was a de facto decrease in funding due to compulsory wages increases.

We have asked for some case mix funding for acute services and funding for more community nursing but are always told to get it from our over-stretched budget.

At the same time $120,000,000 is announced available to spruke health advice to rural communities. This is a duplication of services as we already have Northern District Community Health which can work with our hospital and in our community with its Federal funding. What a waste to have more people telling us how to live but no funding for the basics like a path. lab. to check your cholesterol.

There is more dedicated funding for drug programs and aboriginal health; many, many millions but nothing for a community-connected hospital with trained personnel to provide needed services to improve lives here.

We do not rate a mention but we need a $1,000,000 increase in funding to provide the basics locally.

Do we need to become a swinging seat to get care for our community? This is my request to all the candidates for the Murray Plains Electorate – are you going to help us remain viable? Will you ask the Health Department to fund us? Will you at least talk about providing natural gas to Leitchville and Cohuna so we have the same chance to attract industry as other towns in our electorate? Will you encourage usage of the factory at Leitchville with inducements like so many other areas have had?

I am sure Chinese investors would be interested if they had government support as they are interested in everything else. Will you help us attract tourists by funding the plans for our airfield or the golf club or the bush? If not, why should we support you?

I am asking any of you step up and talk to us or expect a backlash next week.

Dr Peter Barker,


Wonderful tribute

LAST week, my brothers Martin Treacy, Len Grange and I had pleasure in attending the Remembrance Day ceremony and tree planting in recognition of the contribution of our mother, Sister Anne Grange, to the Gunbower community.

On behalf of us all, and our brother John in Canada, I wish to express sincere appreciation to Claire Dickinson, Elaine Brereton, Gunbower Primary School students and others involved in this wonderful tribute.

Mum would be truly honoured with this gesture in a town that has such a significant place in the life of our family.

Gunbower in those early post-war years was more isolated than it is today with the convenience of modern transport. When she arrived in 1948, the townsfolk welcomed Mum, as they had her sister Kitty a few years previously. She married our father Matt, settled to life in Australia and never looked to return to ‘the old country’, England.

Nursing was Mum’s life and ministering to the health of the people of Gunbower was her pleasure. From the removal of fish hooks, to accidents, abrasions, chronic illness and the laying out of the deceased, she used her nursing skills as required.

Camilla Elliott [Grange],

Chirnside Park.

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Men shot in Prestons

Police have commenced an investigation after two men were shot in Prestons, last night.
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At 10.30pm, police were called to Hoxton Park Road after a man, suffering a gunshot wound to one of his arms, stumbled into the rear foyer of a licensed club.

Emergency services attended the location and the man, aged in his twenties, was transported to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.

A short time later, another man presented at Liverpool Hospital, having sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

Police believe the shootings of both men may be related and an investigation is now underway.

Officers do not believe there are any links between these shootings and the shooting of a woman in Auburn earlier on Thursday night.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Bedrooms:3Bathrooms:2Parking: 2Price:$419,000Inspect: By appointmentContact: Greg Trembath 0412001944Agency: Greg Trembath Real EstatePacked full of features is this hidden gem located at the end of a private driveway.
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Batsmen need to step up: Nicoll

FULLY FOCUSED: After a disappointing opening day Wagga City captain-coach Jon Nicoll is looking for another big performance with the ball from his team.WITH 20 wickets falling on the first day of the two-day clash between Wagga City and Kooringal, it’s time for batting to come to the fore, according to Cats captain Jon Nicoll.
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Nicoll didn’t believe the conditions at McPherson Oval were too bad on Saturday, but neither team applied themselves well enough.

“To be honest I don’t think either side played very well,” Nicoll said.

“The wicket was fine, there was no problem with the wicket, but both sides batted really poorly.

“Obviously we batted a lot worse than what they did.”

After being bowled out for 50 chasing 72 the Cats will have their work cut out for them if they are going to garner too many points from the fixture.

With perfect batting conditions forecast, Kooringal has the chance to bat the Cats out of the contest when the second innings starts tomorrow.

The Cats are missing four batsmen from their strongest line-up and, with the exception of the returning Josh Thompson, played their best bowling attack last week.

Getting another chance in the field, Nicoll is looking to use the day as an opportunity to continue to work on the team’s bowling.

The skipper claimed seven wickets with Dean Crane picking up the remaining three, but bowling wasn’t the issue for the Cats.

“We will give it another red hot go and see how we go,” he said.

“I think it gives us an opportunity to work on some more structures with our bowling and fielding and gives guys another opportunity for the guys that filled in to show what they can do in first grade.

“We had four of our top six batsmen out …. and that is going to have a huge impact on the side, but we should have been a hell of a lot better than what we showed.”

A last ball six from Wagga City’s Ben Armour was the difference when the last two teams met in round one and the Cats have remained unbeaten since.

With both teams travelling well before the Christmas break Nicoll believes the day can be used to put some more pressure on the Colts.

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Returning batsmen ready for chance

COMING BACK: After missing last week Saint Michaels batsmen Jordan Lawrence will be the next man in as his team looks to chase down the extra 50 runs needed to reach South Wagga�s day one total.SAINT Michaels will resume its two-day match against South Wagga 50 runs behind, but captain James Elliott believes neither team has the advantage.
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Winning the toss and sending the Blues in, Saints rolled through last year’s grand finalists for 127, but lost 5-57 in reply.

Pleased with the bowling effort, Elliott believes losing wickets late on Saturday may come back to haunt the team searching for its second win of the season.

“We bowled really well to keep them to 127, the pitch wasn’t playing great but it wasn’t terrible either,” Elliott said.

“Me and Marty (Loy) were batting pretty well but we lost two wickets more than we wanted to overnight -that happens later in the day when the pitch is doing a little bit.

“We expected to lose a few, but it was a few more than we wanted to – we are in a 50-50 spot at the moment.”

However, the skipper still has some tricks up his sleeve when play continues at the Wagga Cricket Ground tomorrow.

Tim Wilson (four not out) and Dave Garness (0 not out) will return to the crease when play resumes, but top order batsmen Jordan Lawrence and Tom Byrnes are expected to be the next two men in the middle.

Both were unavailable last week, but their inclusion will be a big plus for the club looking to get off the bottom of the ladder.

“I think it’s still in the balance and think we are pretty evenly poised at the moment,” Elliott said.

“Jordan Lawrence and Tom Byrnes are to come back in, which adds a fair bit more depth there.

“We are looking at them to put most of the dint in the total.

“Hopefully they can get us over the line.”

With the forecast for fine weather tomorrow, Elliott is expecting his team to be greeted by good batting conditions.

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