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.

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.

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]苏州美甲美睫培训学校, 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.

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

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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Bureau talks on weather data service

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Picture: PAUL CARRACHERA NEW Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer and how it can help Wimmera farmers will be the focus of an information session in Horsham.

Wimmera Development Association will host a weather services information seminar with bureau staff on Wednesday night.

Association project officer Mark Fletcher said the session would update people on new technology the bureau used in weather forecasting and reporting, including an overview of Japanesegeostationary weather satellite theHimawari 8.

“The session ismainly forfarmers, but anyone is welcome to come along,” he said.

“The bureau’sacting regional director for VictoriaTed Williams andbusiness development managerTom Butcher will discuss a new supercomputer the group is using for better modelling and forecasting.

“They are alsogoing to discuss advances withseasonalforecasting.The biggest thing about it is that they arelooking to get more information out there about improvements inforecasting with new technologies that are available.”

Mr Fletcher said two weather workshops would follow on Thursday.

“We have invited regional leaders in agriculture to get together to workshop building on a business case we have put through in the past to improve real-time weather forecasting in the region,” he said.

Wimmera Development Association started a campaign for an upgraded Wimmera weather radar in 2013.

Mr Fletcher said the campaign was progressing.“The biggestthing that we need to focus on now isthe economic benefits and impacts of having thatgood-qualityinformation available,” he said.

“If we don’t have it, it is costly.

“If chemicals are being applied to crops at an incorrect time, for example, that can damagecrops.It’s all aboutgetting everything lined up to get the best out of crops we put into theground.”

Mr Fletcher said there was no doubt it had been a challenging growingseason so far.

“Thefeedback I’m getting is fairly mixed,” he said.

“The impacts across the region are quite different from one area to the next, and the amount of rain has differed quite a bit. In some areas it has come at the right time.

“Itwill be interesting to see how season unfolds. It has a lot to do with thedifferent soil types in our area.

“Everyone is hoping for a bit more moisture.”

Mr Fletcher said the weather session would run from 7pm to 9pm at the Federation University auditorium in Horsham.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mr Fletcher asked people to RSVP by [email protected]论坛 or by calling 5381 6505.

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Leadership change ‘a resounding message’

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Liberal Party candidate for Hume Angus Taylor. Photo suppliedHUME MP Angus Taylor says the Liberal Party’s change of leaders is “a resounding message … about the Coalition’s determination to defeat Labor at the next Federal election”.

Mr Taylor said the Liberals would unite behind Malcolm Turnbull both as leader and new Prime Minister.

“I have a firm policy about not commenting on party room matters,” Mr Taylor said in a written statement.

“But I acknowledge there is a range of views about the leadership change.

“I urge all supporters to unite behind the clear aim of securing an emphatic win at the next election and continuing to rebuild the nation.”

By a vote of 54 to 44, Mr Turnbull took the Liberal leadership from Tony Abbott on Monday night.

Mr Turnbull’s running mate, Julie Bishop, retained the deputy leadership by a vote of 70 to 30, defeating Mr Abbott’s offsider, Kevin Andrews.

Of a possible 102 votes, three ministers were absent from the leader’s ballot and one vote was informal; one minister arrived to join the deputy’s ballot, in which no informal votes were cast.

On becoming Prime Minister-designate, Mr Turnbull said he would be a more consultative party leader.

“To be a successful leader, you have to bring people with you by respecting their intelligence,” Mr Turnbull said.

Former federal Liberal leader John Hewson said Mr Abbott had lost the trust of the Australian people, “but I think politics generally has lost the trust of the Australian people.”

Speaking before the ballot as a guest on ABC’s Q&A panel, Mr Hewson said both sides of politics today were “on the nose, as far as the electorate is concerned”.

“You’re forced to make a choice between the lesser of two evils. When you’ve made your choice, you have to live with the evil of two lessers,” Mr Hewson said.

Calling on first-hand experience of another forced leadership ballot, Mr Hewson described a spill as a “pretty disarming and destroying process”.

“In the end you’ve got to respect the decision of your colleagues … If you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern your country. Disunity is death in politics.”

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Planned burns for Murray Goldfields district

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria andCFA advise that planned burning will be carried out in the following areas on Wednesday,16Septemberto Friday, 18 September, weather conditions permitting:

Maldon Heaps: 1 hectare burns, several piles of debris, Maldon Township at SthGerman Pond, Maldon Long Gully, Forest Creek, Chokem Flat, Caledonia GullyChewton – Steele St: 12 hectare fuel reduction burn, Chewton TownshipSmoke may also be visible from burn offs from private property across the region.

Smoke may be visible in the following locations as well as from surrounding areas:

MaldonChewton, CastlemaineDELWP, Parks Victoria and CFA are doing more planned burning to reduce the risk ofbushfire to people, property and communities. You may be affected by smoke from theseplanned burns.

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Labor calls for Illawarra job focus

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CONCERNED: Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Throsby MP Stephen Jones fear the government has forgotten about the Illawarra’s jobs crisis amid the Liberal leadership change. Picture: ROBERT PEETILLAWARRA Labor MPs say thegovernment is sobusy“fighting over their own jobs” theyhaveforgotten about saving the steel industry and helping stemthe region’s jobs crisis.

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Throsby MP Stephen Jonespenned an open letter, airing their concerns, to then Prime MinisterTony Abbott two weeks ago.

The MPs didn’treceivea reply prior to Mr Abbott’s ousting on Monday nightand will write to new Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull.

“They’ve changed the leader, but they haven’t changed the direction of the government,” Mr Jones said.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane convened crisis talksabout the region’s economyand the viability ofBlueScope Steel’s Port Kembla steelworks in Wollongong on September 7.

“Our region can’t tolerate delay in taking action on those matters,”Ms Birdsaid.

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Ex-Kinross quick Rogers stars with bat and ball against Western Zone

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SPEED TO BURN: Former Kinross tearaway Sandy Rogers led his Eastern Suburbs side to an easy win against Western Zone last weekend. Photo: PETE GUTHRIECRICKET

FORMER Kinross quick Sandy Rogers, along with all-rounder Daniel Magin, inspired Eastern Suburbs to an easy 155-run victory in last Saturday’s pre-season match against Western Zone at Cowra’s Twigg Oval.

Rogers blasted a quick-fire 22 not out in his side’s innings of 8-265, which Magin top scored in with 69 not out and was the pick of Easts’ bowlers in snaring 3-15 from his five overs as Western Zone slumped to just 110 in reply.

Rogers got rid of Young’s Nick Berry (12), Bathurst’s Josh Toole (1) and Dubbo’s Stu Naden (0) as his side routed Western – Mudgee’s Will Lindsay (28 not out) was the only one who provided any real resistance.

“It was great that [Easts] even came out, we’re very lucky and very appreciative that they made the trip,” Berry, Western’s skipper, said.

“I think our bowling was good, and Will Lindsay was about it with the bat.

“It’s just about batting time, seeing it through and getting on top.”

“At times we had to work really hard, it just goes to show if it wasn’t for Daniel Magin at the end we could have been really struggling,” said Easts coach Michael Bevan, a former Australian Test and One-Day International star.

“Three or four batters looked comfortable and in control and those three or four did the job today.”

Bowling first, Western was on top early, with Cowra’s Jacob McNaught (2-38) and Dubbo’s Tim Berry (2-19) bowling well to leave Easts struggling at 6-150.

Enter Magin.

The hard-hitting right-hander pummelled his 69 not out in a short space of time to inspire Easts to a respectable total, before he and new-ball partner Tas Yazdani dismissed Parkes’ Anthony Heraghty (10) and Dubbo’s Ryan Medley (2) respectively to start Western’s collapse.

Outside Lindsay, Mitch Bower’s 14 from first drop was the best performance from a Western batsman as the side was bundled out in just 33 overs.

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Firefighters deployed to protect Schofields home under threat

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RFS and Fire and RescueNSW units weredeployed to Schofields, to protect a home under threat from fire on Sunday.

A Fire & Rescue NSW spokesman said they responded to atriple-0 report of a grass fire, near Westminster andChester streets, around2.45pm on Sunday.

“Crews were on scene 10minutes later,” he said.

They arrived to find agrass firethreatening nearby properties. One property appeared particularly at risk.

‘‘The first crew asked for some additional resources to extinguish it,” the Fire & Rescue spokesman said.

‘‘It was jumped on pretty quick.”

He said the fire was slow-moving, and was eventually contained toabout five acres.

‘‘At the end of the job there were a number of tankers and fire trucks from Fire and Rescue on scene, as well as Rural Fire Servicecrews,” he said.

The area was declared safejust after 4pm.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

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