Local TAFE sites up for sale: Greens

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Corowa TAFE site has been earmarked for sale, according to NSW GreensTHE NSW Government could reap more than $2 million from TAFE site salesin Albury and Corowa.
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The Greens have obtained a leaked cabinet document showing the Dean Street building could fetch an estimated $1.36 million and the Corowa site $700,000.

“As predicted, regional TAFE campuses are now in the NSW Nationals and Liberals’ firing line,” Greens MP John Kaye said.

“The future of young people in the Riverina is in serious doubt with campus closures being seriously considered by the cabinet.

“No amount of spin can hide the frightening reality of TAFE being lined up for substantial down-sizing.”

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said on Tuesday the sale of the two assets couldn’t be ruled out.

He said TAFE was undergoing a “strategic asset management plan” in concert with changing needs of students.

“It’s my understanding no decision has been made at all,” Mr Aplin said.

“The aim is to grow learning options generally through programs they’ve got.”

He said the Corowa site hadbeen “slated” for change for many years.

“It is being less and less used,” he said.

“It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest providing there are opportunities for delivery of services.

“They are delivering more and more courses online.”

Corowa TAFE occupies a large site on Riesling Street only a block from Sanger Street.

“The council has said to me many times they wouldn’t mind seeing a redevelopment of that site because it is close to the central business area of Corowa,” Mr Aplin said.

“It is a collection of old buildings which are very under-utilised.

“When they were built we didn’t have computers or the internet.”

Mr Kaye said what was planned for NSW TAFEs had already happened in Victoria.

“Pushing up fees, cutting back on courses at TAFE and reducing support for students has inevitably created ghost campuses,” he said.

The Albury TAFE main campus isin Poole Street.

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Variety of callouts keeps rescue squad busy

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CRASH: The accident scene at Stanford Merthyr on Friday.Last week was a busy week for the Cessnock District Rescue Squad with a variety of different callouts for assistance.
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On Monday night just before 7pm the rescue squad was activated to reports of a cat in a large tree in Paxton.

Upon arrival the cat was in a large tree and it was a delicate operation to bring the cat down to safety.

After a short period of time and a few meows later, the cat was back with the grateful owner who was very pleased with the outcome and the cat sustained no injuries at all.

On Wednesday at approximately 4.50pm the squad was called to Big W Cessnock to help a child with his head stuck in a toilet training seat.

After a short time and no distress to the child, the toilet seat was cut and removed from the child and no harm to the child and a very thankful parent.

At approximately at 8.50pm that night units were called to Northcote Street, Kurri for a possible persons-trapped accident.

Upon arrival of units there was no persons trapped, however members were required by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to remove the passenger side door to allow better access to the patient for treatment.

Members remained on scene for a short time to assist the removal of the vehicles and clean-up of the scene. Northcote Street was closed for a short time and traffic diverted around the scene.

On Friday around 8.50pm the squad was activated for a persons-trapped accident on John Renshaw Drive just outside Stanford Merthyr, where a small red hatchback had collided head-on with a tree.

The driver was trapped for a short time while rescue squad members used hydraulic jaws and cutters to free her from the vehicle from the passenger side.

Squad members assisted paramedics to extricate and treat the woman and transport her to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

John Renshaw Drive was shut down to one lane for some time until the accident was cleared.

Meanwhile, with the warmer days and months ahead of us snakes are on the move and there have already been some calls for assistance by the public to have them removed from backyards.

If you see a snake, have someone keep an eye on it and call the rescue squad on 4991 2444 and members will attend ASAP to try to locate the snake and remove it if found to a safe location.

Cessnock District Rescue Squad would like to thank all the current business sponsors and thanks the community for donations. The rescue squad wouldn’t be able to provide this function without this ongoing support of the community.

If you would like to donate to the squad or find out more, email [email protected]南京夜网, call 4991 2444 or follow ‘Cessnock District Rescue Squad’ on Facebook.

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Breaking NewsDrama at Sofala

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Photo: file imageA truck driver has died following a crash near Bathurst.
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Emergency services were called to the scene of a major accident in the historic goldmining village of Sofala at 11.30amon Tuesday.

It is understood that a semi trailer tanker has collided with a house in Denison Street before overturning and becoming wedged beneath the building.

The truck driver died at the scene. His age is not yet known.

The house sustained significant damage; however, no one was home at the time.

A number of emergency services from Bathurst and across the region attendedthe scene.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Hill End Road was closed in both directions, with motorists advised to avoid the area.

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“It has had a major impact on the community,” why a community cries out for you to Dob In A Dealer

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Navaeh McEwen and Lakiah Gray were given awards for being the face of the Dob In A Dealer The poster which stars Navaeh and Lakiah
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Following the success of the Dob in a Dealer program in Wellington, deputy premier Troy Grant said he would be happy to see the Dubbo community adopt similar initiatives in their fight against ice (crystal methamphetamine).”It’s locally driven, it’s getting national attention,” he said.

“This is a program that others will get to adapt, there’s a lot more that others need to do and the government is making resources to help.”

“I didn’t realise there weren’t sharps containers made readily available,” he added at the official launch of Dob in a Dealer in Wellington, later telling the ABC that the government would be dumb not to consider putting these facilities in place.

He said if Dubbo adopted Dob in a Dealer it would be for the Dubbo community to decide.

“Because Dob in a Dealer is a community initiative and they will need to decide what works for them,” he said.The Dob in a Dealer program has already seen impressive results before its official launch as part of their Gungie (meaning “police”) Origin grassroots campaign.

“It has had a major impact on the community,” Manager of the Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Services centre Alison Conn said.

“Around eight calls a day are made to Crime Stoppers from five a week and it is not just about drugs, it is over things like the recent firearms arrest.”

She said it had strengthened ties between the police and the community, and people now realised they could chat honestly to police and remain anonymous without having to worry about appearing in court.

“The official launch is also about what people can do to help us out,” she said.

Mr Grant said he was excited to watch Wellington’s journey and see the town’s passion as they took the initiative to beat the drug, especially following the town’s recent bad publicity.

“To want to do better for your community. You can talk for ever about your problems, but until you come up with a solution you can go around and around,” he said.

“Let’s continue to do the good work. There’s no such thing as a silly idea when it comes to beating ice and making the community the best it can be.”

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