‘My break-in terror’

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Obvious: Wagga mum, Judi Carey, is encouraging other Wagga residents to look for their neighbours and not leave valuables in obvious spots. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly.
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A recent break-in has left a Wagga motherfeeling vulnerable in her own home.

Between 11pm Thursday, September 10 and 7.30am the following day, Judi Carey’s Lake Albertfamily home was broken into while she and her two sons slept. The thief came into the house through the back sliding door before ransacking the kitchen.

Ms Carey’s handbag was taken along with her son’s wallet, phones and two sets of car keys.

The thief went through the mini-van before unlocking the garage and stealing the Ford Focus, which was found torched in Hay on Sunday.

“I won’t drop my keys or handbag in obvious spots like the kitchen bench now,” Ms Carey said.

“I will be a lot more vigilant and diligent with locking all doors at night.”

After her experience, Ms Carey also wants to encourage neighbours around Wagga to look out for each other.

“Be more aware of what’s going on in the neighbourhood and look out for your neighbours,” Ms Carey said.

“Some people live in the same street and wave or nod to each other but they don’t know each other’s names. Introduce yourself and get to know them. Keep connected and look out for each other.”

Ms Carey has lived in a quiet cul-de-sac for the last fouryears without incident and was shocked by the break-in.

Wagga police said Lake Albert is not one of the suburbs they experience a high level of crime in.

Her views were echoed by police, who are encouraging people to remain vigilant.

“Thieves will target opportunity and if you’re not giving them that opportunity chances are they will pass,” Duty Officer Inspector Peter Robertson said.

He said there are a few easy steps people can take to make their houses more secure.

Installing sensor lights, keeping the mail box tidy, getting neighbours to look out for your property and putting keys and wallets in less obvious locations are all simple steps which can help protect from thieves.

With the weather warming up, Inspector Robertson is encouraging people to ensure they close their windows when leaving home.

Ms Carey was lucky enough to have her handbag, wallet and phone returnedafter her bag wasfound in a reserve by someone walking their dog.Ms Carey has commended the Wagga police for their work.

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Our coast needs your help

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SOMETHING FISHY: Marine researcher and environmentalist Lachlan Fetterplace PHOTO: SuppliedThe state of the Illawarra’s oceans and coasts are under threat, and a selection of environmental experts are inviting residents to find out more with a free information sessionat the Wollongong Builders Club Wednesday night.
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Landcare Illawarra is hosting the event as a call to action, and to inform people about the devastating impacts rubbish and marine debris haveon our wildlife.

They’ll discuss ocean health, fisheries, seabird rehabilitation, and how a rare leatherback sea turtle died on the shores of Shellharbour from ingesting a plastic bag.

Environmentalist and co-founder of Take 3Tim Silverwood said the biggest misconception waspeople didn’trealise the scale of the problem as generally our beaches “look quite good”.

“Research suggests that we are a major contributor in our own right to the problem, especially from our major urban areas,” he said. “Globally eight million tonnes of new plastic goes into the ocean each year.”

Mr Silverwood said reducing how much disposable plastics we use, or picking up rubbish when out and about is a small practice that “does matter” on alarge scale.

“Research from the CSIRO is now suggesting in the next few decades almost every sea bird in the ocean will have plastic in their stomachs, and it’s already over 30 per cent,” he said.

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Chance for youth to shine on the big screen

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Blue Mountains Youth Film Festival co-directors Isobel Knight and Nick Harriott launching the inaugural festival in Katoomba last week. Entries are open and finalists work will be screened at Uniting Cinemas Katoomba on October 21. Photo: Richard de Carvalho (Lunacraft Productions).The current crop of teenagers are growing up with smartphones and a thirst for creating and sharing quirky clips on social media – qualities perfectly suited to filmmaking.
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It’s something the organisers of next month’s inaugural Blue Mountains Youth Film Festival, Nick Harriott and Isobel Knight haven’t missed.

They say their idea for the festival came about from identifying a gap in opportunity for Blue Mountains residents aged under 25 to develop and showcase their skills behind and in front of the video camera.

Officially launching the festival and calling for entries last week, both have been busy running filmmaking and storytelling workshops at several Mountains high schools, where they were warmly received by students and teachers.

Mr Harriott said high school students are in a way already filmmakers.

“This generation is growing up more visually literate than anyone that has come before them because they are constantly creating and watching video content,” he said. “Their phones are full of videos they’ve made for Instagram or Vine or just to share on Facebook. When it comes to filmmaking, story is king and luckily young people always have an abundance of stories to tell.

“In the workshops I’ve seen students making short films that range from the cut-throat world of competitive gymnastics to a nun caught up in a forbidden love affair.

“There’s a kind of unfiltered approach to storytelling that you can only get from young people and that’s why we started up the festival – to celebrate and encourage that talent.”

Mr Harriott said many schools are running co-curricular classes for the purpose of entering films into the festival and Blaxland High School has even made making entries an assessment task for its drama students in Years 8 and 9.

“Some schools are also submitting short films that were made by Year 12 students as part of their HSC assessments.”

Entries are now open and finalists’ work will be screened at United Cinemas Katoomba (formerly The Edge) on Wednesday, October 21.

Local creative space, Hughes Studio, has designed and produced trophies for the final prize winners and the prize pool includes packs with high class filmmaking gear thanks to Rode Microphones.

For more information, visit苏州美甲美睫培训学校bmyff.org or go to the Blue Mountains Youth Festival’s Facebook page.

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