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18-year-old fined $250 for drink driving ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

The following matters were dealt with in the Young Local Court by Magistrate Peter Dare S.C. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
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Zacharie Matthew Williams (18) of Chums Lane, Young was found guilty of driving with a midrange concentration of alcohol, for an offence committed on November 3, 2012 in Young.

Williams, who is a carpet layer and a keen sportsman, had been at a party in Elizabeth Street, Young where he shared a carton of beer between three people.

After fights broke out at the party, he and a friend left but were unable to find a taxi.

Williams then made the decision to drive at his friend’s suggestion, as he had consumed less alcohol than the friend. Police pulled them over shortly afterwards.

“Your licence is not a right but a privilege,” Magistrate Dare told Williams. “I just wish the youth in the nearby country towns would realise this.”

He was convicted, fined $250 plus $83 court costs and had his license disqualified for six months from the date the offence was committed.

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Brian Nathan Munn (33) of Berthong Street, Young was found guilty of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, for an offence committed on October, 26 2012.

Munn used his now ex-partner’s debit card to purchase $178.95 worth of Xbox items over a live service without her permission.

He was not convicted on the condition he enter a 12-month good behaviour bond. He was not ordered to pay back the money but said he would do so anyway.

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Jacob Robert Paterson (18) of Back Creek Road, Young was found guilty of maliciously damaging property, for an offence committed on the evening of September, 21, 2012 in Young.

According to police facts tendered in court, Paterson smashed the windscreen of a Holden Commodore Sedan after drinking with friends at the Young Services Club on the weekend he had turned 18.

“I just did something stupid that I shouldn’t have done,” Paterson told the court.

He was convicted and fined $250, plus court costs.

According to police facts tendered in court, the owner of the vehicle sought compensation but Paterson was not ordered to pay it.

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Wedding guest placed on community corrections order  ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

COURT: Jenelle Lee Taylor wiped away tears as she relived the event which took place at a Swan Hill resort on February 25. A WEDDING attendee who had to be evicted from the reception following an altercation with another guest has appeared before the Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court.
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Jenelle Lee Taylor wiped away tears as she relived the event which took place at a Swan Hill resort on February 25.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable John Lyons said Taylor had been a guest at the wedding when she became involved in an argument with other patrons around 11.30pm.

During the incident she pushed 10 cups and saucers from a coffee trolley, causing them to break.

She also pushed a restaurant staff member in the back causing them to stumble.

Another guest had to take the accused outside where he sat her down at the front entrance of the venue in an attempt to calm her down.

However, LSC Lyons said outside, her aggressive behaviour continued and at one stage she “bit hard into the male patron’s upper chest”.

After this incident, Taylor was taken to the ground and restrained until police arrived.

Once they arrived, Taylor continued to be verbally aggressive and argumentative.

She used her fingernails to dig into a police officer who later required first aid.

Once in the back of the police van, an intoxicated Taylor continued screaming and swearing loudly.

She remained verbally aggressive once in custody, hitting and kicking the cell before vomiting in the cell and over herself.

Marcus Williams, for the defence, said the behaviour was out of character for the 41-year-old, noting her judgement was significantly impaired on the night in question.

“She is most deeply embarrassed by the court appearance,” Williams said.

Hearing the details, Magistrate William Gibb said on a scale of one to 10, Taylor’s behaviour was somewhere between an eight and 10.

“Clearly police shouldn’t have to deal with this behaviour,” he said.

“You’re a 41-year-old woman, not a 16 or 17 year-old. Your behaviour can only be described as shameful and disgraceful.”

The matter was adjourned overnight so that Taylor could be assessed for a community corrections order.

Reappearing in court on Thursday, Taylor was placed on a 12 month community corrections order which included 50 hours of unpaid community service.

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Lucre stars in game and series ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

IN last week’s Twilighters League, Phoenix defeated Pink Pussies 5-2.
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Pink Pussies won the first game last week but Phoenix came back at them and took the next two.

Good bowling from Glenn Cleary from Phoenix and Harold Tallar from Pink Pussies who both bowled two games over average.

Misfits defeated Monty Python 5-2

Misfits looked set to take all three games last week but Monty Python stopped them when they won the third game.

Good bowling from Margaret Paterson from Misfits who bowled two games over average.

Spares defeated The Aces 7-0

Spares played against competition leaders The Aces last week and won all three games.

Good bowling from Pat Jones from The Aces and Ray Joyce of Spares who both bowled all three games over average, and Steven Lucre of Spares who bowled a 235 game.

Star bowlers of the week last week were:

For game- Margaret Paterson 23 pins over average with a 155 game, and Steven Lucre 73 pins over average with a 235 game.

For series- Margaret Paterson 18 pins over average with a 414 series, and

Steven Lucre 85 pins over average with a 571 series.

STRIKE BACK: Steven Lucre, pictured with Trent Molyneaux, was the star of the game and series of last week’s Twilighters League.

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Pregnant Duchess ‘well enough for awards night’ ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

The Duchess of Cambridge is attending the BBC’s Sports Personality awards show in her first public engagement since leaving hospital for severe pregnancy sickness, St James’s Palace says.
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She will present the main award and lifetime achievement honour when Britain’s top sports stars gather to celebrate a year of sporting achievement hailed as the nation’s greatest ever on Sunday night (Monday morning AEDT).

The duchess has not been seen in public since leaving King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on December 6.

She had received three days of treatment for a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which leaves expectant mothers so ill they cannot keep food or liquids down.

Kate will attend the awards in her role as an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic team, St James’s Palace said.

A spokesman said: “The Duchess of Cambridge will tonight attend the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards at the ExCeL London, where Her Royal Highness will present the lifetime achievement and the main sports personality of the year awards.

“The Duchess will attend the event in response to a long-standing invitation from the BBC.”

Kate, who is less than 13 weeks pregnant, was ordered by doctors to have a period of rest at her home at Kensington Palace after leaving hospital.

She was recently forced to miss two royal engagements – a Centrepoint Royal Albert Hall fundraiser and the British Military Tournament.

– PA

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Australians in Fiji bunker down for cyclone onslaught ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

Thousands of Australians are among those bracing for the onslaught of tropical cyclone Evan, which is bearing down on Fiji after cutting a swath through Samoa last week.
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The category four storm is expected to pack wind gusts of up to 270km/h and is forecast to pass just north of Vanua Levu Island on Monday and reach the tourist centre of Nadi late on Tuesday, according to the Fiji Meteorological Service.

All domestic and international flights to the Pacific Island nation have been grounded and thousands of people are bunkering down in evacuation centres.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Sunday night said there were 2100 Australians registered as being in Fiji, although the actual numbers of Australians there was expected to be higher.

More than 180 registered schoolies who travelled to Fiji’s popular Mana Island and Plantation resorts are believed to be among those Australians stranded in Fiji. However, the largest provider of schoolies celebrations in Fiji, Unleashed Travel, said it had evacuated all of its 500 customers from the country yesterday.

Managing director Jot Lynas said the final 10 of Unleashed Travel’s schoolies and 10 staff left Fiji on Sunday and spent the night in Auckland. They were expected to arrive in Australia early on Monday.

“There are 2000 people [Australians] still there in Fiji, but we managed to get all of our kids out and home,” he said, adding that it was the first time his company had had to organise an evacuation of this magnitude.

“It wasn’t easy but we were really happy with the fact that we could get everybody out and home.”

At 6.30am on Monday [AEDT], tropical cyclone Evan was 170 kilometres north-north-east of Nadi.

According to Fiji Live, 2534 people were bunkered down in 31 evacuation centres overnight, and power was out in parts of Labasa, in the northern part of the island of Vanua Levu.

Among the buildings without power were the Labasa Corrections Facility and the local barracks.

Robbie Gillespie, the programs director for Save the Children in Fiji, said he had spoken to his staff in Labasa, who reported very strong winds and rain since about 10pm on Sunday.

“The storm is relatively slow moving so this should persist for most of today,” Mr Gillespie said from his base in Suva.

“We haven’t got any damage reports as yet, flooding will be an issue for low laying areas when the high tide comes later today.

“A number of evacuation centres have been activated.”

Four people died and eight fishermen from three boats are still missing after the cyclone ripped through Samoa last week.

The New Zealand Air Force and the French Navy are searching for the fishermen. The 30-year-old skipper of one of the boats managed to get ashore after his boat capsized but authorities are yet to interview him.

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Lucky escape ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

A MAN has escaped with a broken arm after his car (pictured on Friday) crashed into a tree near Piangil.
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An Ambulance unit was called to the scene of the crash on the Murray Valley Highway at about 6pm Thursday, where witnesses reported that a white commodore slammed into a redgum.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said a 25-year-old man was treated for a broken arm, cuts and bruising and was taken to Swan Hill hospital

SES were called to the scene but were not required.

Two CFA brigades and Manangatang CFA’s rescue unit were also called to assist.

WRECK: The white commodore pictured the day after the single vehicle accident in Piangil.

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Big changes for land services ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

NEXT year will be a big one for NSW primary industries.
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The farmscape changes rapidly – new technologies emerge, foreign exchange rates shift, new industries develop and there are increased demands on our resources.

To balance the agricultural, environmental, social and economic needs of a growing population, we need to be more efficient and more strategic.

To meet these demands on agriculture and our natural resources, we need to challenge the way we have always done things. The status quo is not an option.

Change must be informed, strategic and delivered in consultation with the people who will benefit.

Local Land Services is part of the change for NSW farmers and landowners that I am determined to deliver.

This is bigger than amalgamating existing services; it is a complete re-think of how the NSW Government supports our farming communities to be productive and progressive.

Local Land Services will break down the silos between government departments and re-build frontline advisory services to be more flexible, accountable and responsive to community-level control.

This reform is being delivered against a difficult financial situation for the state which means making tough budget decisions; however Local Land Services will remove duplication, deliver significant savings and free up more money for frontline services.

Local Land Services will grow and change in-step with the local farming community.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and I invite you to take part in setting a future path for our farmers in the new year.

K. Hodgkinson,

Minister for Primary Industries,

Minister for Small Business.

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Internet no way to seek comment ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

I DRAW your attention to a questionnaire on council’s website which I found by accident.
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Council have secretly gone about asking for community consultation to amend and change the dogs off leash areas.

Dog owners have long complained about the lack of off leash areas and requested a fenced area where dogs can be let off to run safely.

I understand other non dog owners would like to see dogs taken off beaches all together, but this is by far the wrong way to gauge a community’s needs.

I called the council rangers about the questionnaire and the very polite woman was totally taken aback and knew nothing about the questionnaire.

Who is changing the policy on dogs running free? Obviously not the rangers who enforce these things. Why can’t this policy be advertised in your paper where people without internet can comment rather than hiding it on a council website where it can only be found by accident?

M. Carmichael,

Huskisson.

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Hope fades for funding solution ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

WHILE the stoush about health funding between the State and Federal governments rages on, Swan Hill’s hospital chief has expressed concern that hope for a political solution may be all but lost.
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Swan Hill Rural City Councillors this week rallied in support of Swan Hill District Health and an expected $378,000 cut in funding.

“We should be standing side by side with the hospital to recoup that funding. The hospital delivers fantastic services for our community,” Cr Gary Norton said at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“There’s a fair bit of political grandstanding going on…but what we need to get is some sense, and make sure the best service to our community is delivered,” Cr Greg Cruickshank said at the meeting.

The dispute between the State and Federal governments centres around an agreement of funding based on population growth, with both governments accusing each other of short changing Victoria’s health system.

Swan Hill District Health chief executive officer Ted Rayment said that, despite who was in the wrong, an unannounced reduction halfway through the financial year, after agreements on performance were signed off, was “unprecedented”.

“I have never seen anything like this in the decades I have worked in health around the country,” Mr Rayment said.

On behalf of the hospital board chair, Mr Rayment joined other hospital representatives from around Victoria on Wednesday in Melbourne to talk about the budget impacts with Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.

Each of the chairs passed on their concerns about the cuts, which included extended elective surgery waiting lists and a limited ability to recruit staff and graduates.

For more on this story, see Monday’s edition ofThe Guardian (17.12.12).

LOSING HOPE: Swan Hill District Health CEO Ted Rayment.

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In Godwin we trust ( admin posted on July 13th, 2018 )

THIS hasn’t been a good week for the Coalition parties, with the sexual harassment case brought against former House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper by his former staff member James Ashby, being thrown out.
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In the Federal Court last week, Justice Steven Rares dismissed the case, and described the main purpose (of Ashby and former Howard government minister Mal Brough) had been to “pursue a political attack against Mr Slipper.”

This judge further criticised Mal Brough for his involvement, along with other former staff of the Speaker seeking their own future positions with Queensland’s Liberal-National Party.

Although he may appeal this judgment Mr Ashby is likely to face some heavy legal costs.

Now this South Coast area has a high proportion of voters who have supported Coalition candidates to victory at every level of government.

I suggest that local Coalition politicians Shelley, Gareth, Joanna – and her imminent replacement Ann – might organise an appeal to draw on this wide local support: they and their voters can demonstrate their sympathy and financial help by donations for poor Mr Ashby, who is himself eager to climb the ladder of Coalition politicians.

One suggested name for this appeal can be the “Godwin Grech Trust”, and thus celebrate another would-be conservative warrior who (in concert with Malcolm Turnbull in 2009) was also only trying to do The Right Thing, so to speak.

G. Bolton,

Sussex Inlet.

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