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Lions have one last dig to end the season

THE Dubbo Lions will run out on to Pioneer Park for the final time this season today with mixed emotions.
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On one hand, they have been delighted with their debut season in Premier League Hockey, recording three wins and four draws up to this point.

But their is also a hint of disappointment in the camp after a run of four successive losses saw them drop out of the top four and finals contention.

“We’re looking to end a relatively successful season on a high so we’re looking forward to it,” captain Matt Waters said in the lead up to today’s match with Bathurst City.

“I’d like to finish off by showing the local fans that we should have made the top four because of the way we play.

“A win would be ideal but we just want to click and look as good as we know we can.”

Bathurst City make the trek to Dubbo for the final round hopeful of finally breaking through for their first win of 2015.

They also had points deducted early in the season meaning they enter today’s match on -4 but Waters insists they can’t be taken lightly.

“We’ve got a bit of confidence but from all reports they’ve improved a lot over the course of the season so we go into the match with a bit of trepidation,” he said.

While still going out to claim victory today Waters said his side will be keen to relax on the field and put on a show for the Lions supporters.

“Everyone is definitely going out to have a bit of fun,” he said.

“While it doesn’t count towards finals we’re still taking it as a game we want to win.”

Waters said his side will be the same as recent weeks, still missing a few key players, but with 15 players expected to attend he said everyone will get a run.

The skipper added he was hopeful a big crowd would be on hand to see the Lions run around for one last time this season.

The action between Dubbo and Bathurst City gets under way at 3.30pm at Pioneer Park today.

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Dining out ‘must wait’

THE installation of Langtree Avenue’s outdoor dining spaces has again been pushed back pending liquor licensing and council planning approval.
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A parklet design for outdoor dining similar to the Langtree Avenue proposal.

Three popular “Feast Street” establishments – Dom’s, Mildura Brewery and Pizza Cafe at the Grand – last year applied to convert car parking spaces to dining spaces as part of a three-year trial by Mildura Rural City Council.

Announcing the plan almost a year ago, Deputy Mayor John Arnold said the street could be serving up alfresco dining on the “parklet” decking constructions by summer.

In December, he pushed the deadline to winter.

Traders in March estimated the parklets could be up and running by July, but now say they are again expecting a summer opening.

“Because the parklets are going to be made off-site, it’s a case of one minute they won’t be there, and the next minute they will,” Pizza Cafe owner Joseph Carrazzasaid.

“We would like them to be ready by spring, but we definitely want them to be here for summer.”

All three traders will need their liquor ­licences extended to encompass the outdoor dining spaces, which also requires the council to approve a planning permit.

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Patients in safe hands as experienced team appointed to run cancer trials

TEAM EFFORT: Oncologist Dr Rob Zielinski, clinical trials manager Stephen Millard and nurse Kerry Lenton, Cancer Care Western NSW fundraising chair Jan Savage and Orange mayor John Davis at yesterday’s announcement. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0814carewest2ORANGE’s cancer trial unit is expanding, with the appointment of two highly-experienced medical staff funded by a donation of $150,000 from Cancer Care Western NSW.
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While Dr Rob Zielinski will lead the trials, Stephen Millard will manage the team.

He relocated from Sydney where he was at the coalface of cancer trials at St George Hospital.

“The trials to be run here are the opportunity to put Orange on the map,” Mr Millard said.

Working alongside him will be newly-appointed clinical trials nurse Kerry Lenton, who has 30 years on nursing experience and several years in data management.

“I am really passionate about how we can better improve patient rates for trials in hospitals,” she said.

Also on the team is clinical trials co-ordinator Alison Coote, who was appointed by the Orange Health Service last year.

Mr Millard said he was thrilled to move to Orange to start the major trial work.

“I have been working on trials for a range of cancers and the wonderful thing about trials is that people are presented with new opportunities to try different medications,” he said.

“My aim is to offer these trials to patients as an alternative to having to go to Sydney.”

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Bev N Peter DugganMy father lost his life to cancer (adenoid carcinoma ) two and a half years ago.

It was exactly 12 months and two days after his diagnosis that he passed away.

About five months into his treatment, that was never going to fix it, he said to myself and a nurse, when he had to decide on more treatment, “if I were a dog, you would put me to sleep, I wish I were a dog”.

I wish that he had the choice to go when he wanted to.

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Sunderland stunning, but lead still elusive

A THIRD stage win from five starts wasn’t enough to lift Western Australian Scott Sunderland into the general classification lead as the Tour of the Great South Coast hit Victoria.
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Sunderland backed up his victories in stages two and three–both in South Australia–by outsprinting his rivals to winstage five, a 92.9-kilometre road race from Heywood to Casterton on Friday.

COLOUR AND LIFE: The Tour of the Great South Coast field pedals along the roads of Portland during stage four on Friday. Picture: Con Chronis

The Budget Forklifts star held out Patrick Bevin (Avanti) and German Raphael Freienstein (Charter Mason).

The result continued an unlucky run forBevin, who has a trio of runner-up effortsandhas finished no lower than fourth but is yet to crack a win.

Earlier on Friday, KiwiBrad Evans (Pat’s Veg) took the honours in stage four, a 40km criterium around the Portland waterfront. He edged out Freienstein and another Charter Mason rider, Daniel Fitter.

The tworesults combined to lift Freienstein to the top of the general classification standings. He has a two-second advantage on Bevin with three stages to go.

Budget Forklifts team director Shaun McCarthy said he was rapt with how Sunderland, a London Olympian with hopes of representing Australia in the teams’ pursuit at Rio next year, had fared.

“Scott is from a track sprint background, he’s in a transition period to road cycling. We’re pretty happy with how he’s tracking,” he said.

“Today in paticular showed how far he’s come from last year. He raced a few National Road Series races last year and any time it went over any sort of incline, he was in difficulty.

“Today he seemed to get through no problem and was able to finish it off at the end.”

McCarthy said Budget Forklifts was working in tandem with Cycling Australia track endurance coach Tim Decker to get Sunderland to the Olympics.

“We were able to tie in what they wanted to do and what we wanted to do,” he said.“It’s been a good partnership between us and Cycling Australia and the guys personally, they’ve done a fantastic job.”

He believed the time bonuses for winning stages did not need increasing, despite the dominant riderbeing 31 seconds off the pace.

“If they want to fall in line with the way European racing runs, you can’t have 30 seconds up for grabs in a 36km crit. You could be on bunch time every day and finish the tour a minute down,” he said.

Freienstein, whohails from Kaiserslautern,is visiting Australia for the fifth time. He is hoping to improve on his best tour finish, third in 2014.

“We have some great young riders like Sam Crome, Ben Hill and Daniel Fitter in our team, so we will see what happens over the next two days,” he said.

The Tour of the Great South Coast continues on Saturday with a 40kmcriterium at Koroit and a 104.3km road race from Koroit to Peterborough, via the Great Ocean Road.

The National Road Series event wraps up with a 50km criterium at Port Fairy.

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2019
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IAN KIRKWOOD: One-liner on multiple levels

“To me, ‘‘the low use of high office’’ is the common point in so many of the scandals and controversies that dog the three levels of Australian politics”. Picture: Jay CroninORATORY is not Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s long suit.
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His attempts at mastering the art of ‘‘sound bite’’ one-liners have proved so bizarre that they have been immortalised by comedian Shaun Micallef as ‘‘Bill Shorten’s ‘Zingers!’’’.

To throw my own zinger into the mix, I’m tempted to say that Shorten’s parliamentary delivery is so soporific it could put an ice addict to sleep. (Maybe paramedics should keep a Shorten podcast and a loudspeaker in the ambulance to deal with violent ice cases? But I digress …)

Anyway, I was driving to work on Friday morning when Shorten materialised on the ABC radio news with such a good line that I nearly ran off the road in shock.

The key phrase was just six words long, and it was this: ‘‘the low use of high office’’.

Shorten was talking, of course, about the controversy that had erupted around Dyson Heydon, the former High Court judge heading the Royal Commission into trade unions.

The full sentence was: ‘‘I’m still convinced, as I was from day one, that Mr Abbott is engaging in the low use of high office by spending $80million of taxpayer money to investigate his rivals.’’

I tuned out of the rest of the bulletin because that phrase, ‘‘the low use of high office’’, kept repeating itself in my imagination.

My first thought was that such a great line must have been pinched, but when I rang Shorten’s office they said it was his.

Google shows he’s used it regularly since last year. The only other online use I could find came from a news outlet in the Indian state of Manipur in 2006.

So it looks like congratulations to Shorten on a real zinger!

The more I thought about the line, the more it seems to be the perfect metaphor for the state of Australian politics at the moment.

I’m not necessarily talking about the royal commission, although I find it impossible to believe that Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not thinking about his own political advantage in ordering the inquiry.

It certainly gave the government a weapon to attack unions, and, by extension, the ALP, without having a parliamentary debate on industrial relations, an Achilles’ heel for the Coalition, given WorkChoices.

But is that in itself a ‘‘low use of high office’’?

I’m not sure.

Regardless of what happens to the commission from here – and regardless of Abbott’s political motivation – it has uncovered a series of disturbing industrial relations practices that are unlikely to have seen the light of day otherwise.

To me, ‘‘the low use of high office’’ is the common point in so many of the scandals and controversies that dog the three levels of Australian politics.

Whether it’s mayors and councillors defending themselves against conflict of interest allegations in local government, or the Credo and Spicer investigations of NSW politics by the ICAC, or the repeated examples of federal politicians spending up big on the taxpayers’ tab, the common link is the use of public office for private gain.

On one level, it can only undermine public confidence in our systems of government, in the same way that Nixon’s Watergate, for example, triggered such disillusion with United States politics.

It need not always be a downward spiral.

Politics is about people, and when a truly talented, charismatic and effective leader arrives, the tone of the game can often lift for the better. Or is that only until the old ennui sets in?

Unfortunately, the other negative aspect of such controversies is that they take up so much time and political oxygen that would be better used for the real business of government: of reform, of recognition, of the lawmaking and debate that should be the hallmark of ‘‘high office’’.

Perhaps, though, it’s always been this way?

Some 2500years ago, the Greek reformer Solon introduced a scheme of debt-relief, the ‘‘Seisachtheia’’.

But as Aristotle later recorded, Solon tipped off his friends, who borrowed heavily before the new laws were introduced, freeing them from the need to repay, and making them really rich.

Wi-fi and smart phones aside, is there anything new under the sun?

2019
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Charity football match chance to cheer on community spirit

You don’t have to look far to understandWarrnambool is a growing city.
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Housing estates have exploded in the north and west along with commercial developments.

The city’s population is predicted to hit 40,000 by 2031, the Victoria In Future report says. But much of that growth could be at the expense of smaller towns in the region.

While numbers of people, shops and houses are measures of growth, one aspect rarely spoken about is maintaining a sense of community.

The south-west is a strong, vibrantcommunity.The best example ishow we banded together to raise $5 million forWarrnambool’s cancer care centre.

On Sunday that community spirit and purpose will be on show when hopefully thousands of people turn out for an All Stars football match aimed at raising money for the Leila Rose Foundation.

The foundation is another example of what makes our community so great. It was founded by Warrnambool doctor Andrew Chow (pictured)and his wife Tracy after their daughterLeila died at age 21 monthsfrom a rare childhood cancer.

They decided to help others by creating the foundation which assists families of children fighting rare cancers. It is the only organisation in Australia that focuses on children with rare cancers.

In its fifth year, the foundation has spent $110,000 helping23 families – four from the south-west.

Sunday’s football match, thanks to the involvement of ambassador, Warrnambool’s triple Hawthorn premiership player Jordan Lewis as one coach and AFL legend Mick Malthouse as the other, has had national promotion.That promotion not only paints the foundation in a good light but itreflects well on Warrnambool and the region.

When Dr Chow addressed many of the volunteer players at a recent training session about what the foundation did and his hopes to raise funds for its work, you could have heard a pin drop.

On Sunday there will be 70 players ranging in size, shape, ages and abilities putting on a show. The gamehas nothing to do with winning or losing. It’s abouthelping others.That’s whatcommunities like ours areall about.

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Dialogue door left ajar between council and AGL

With spring on the way, the thawing of relations between Gloucester Shire Council and AGL appears to have begun. AGL’s executive general manager of stakeholder relations Jeni Coutts met with Gloucester’s mayor John Rosenbaum today with both sides agreeing to schedule a full meeting between senior AGL executives and Gloucester’s councillors on August 26. Up for discussion will be the future of AGL in the Gloucester Dialogue.
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“It’s really about how we can move forward and about putting in place our expectations as to how it can work,” said Cr Rosenbaum.

He said his main concern was ensuring AGL and the Dialogue had genuine conversations about what was going on and going to happen, before it came out in the media, so that they had a chance to form a response so that everyone was clear on their position.

“After the meeting, council will discuss what they want to do. If they decide against inviting AGL back into the Dialogue, I think it will be the end of the Dialogue itself,” he said.

Cr Rosenbaum said that he and Ms Coutts touched upon the impact of AGL’s upcoming final decision about whether or not to proceed to Stage One with the Gloucester Gas Project. Media reports have speculated that the decision is expected mid 2016, however a spokesperson for AGL said that no date had been settled upon but it would be “sometime in 2016.”

Responding to further reports about AGL’s ‘legacy’ for Gloucester should the decision not to proceed be made, AGL said it meets with all interested parties surrounding its projects and that it is important to differentiate that any talk of a ‘legacy’ should not just be in terms of ‘if AGL were to leave Gloucester’.

“AGL always has sought to give back to the communities in which it operates, whether that is through local employment, using local suppliers and services or providing funds to worthy projects through the likes of our Local Community Investment Program. We are doing all of that now and that’s already part of our legacy,” Ms Coutts said.

Further reports suggested AGL had applied pressure upon the NSW Government in relation to a policy detail surrounding their operation’s approval.AGL said “since 2009 AGL have worked through a myriad of State and Commonwealth Acts, regulations, policies, rules and Codes of Practice to ensure that our applications … satisfy numerous government approval processes, including a full environmental impact assessment… Fracture stimulating four existing wells is required under our approvals. This is an exploration activity for which a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is required – not an Environmental Impact Statement. AGL submitted its REF, which is over 1000 pages long, in September 2013.”

“In relation to political donations, in the 2013/14 financial year NSW electoral law set a $5500 cap on donations to individual political parties. AGL did not exceed this and it is incorrect to say that $33,000 was provided to the Coalition. AGL’s policy is to proactively and regularly disclose political donations and declare every donation, not just those that are ‘reportable’.”

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Tairua’s the big man to make a difference: Hill

Colt Tairua (pictured) has been a standout for Westside this season and Dylan Hill expects the back-rower to star again today against Forbes. Photo: CHERYL BURKETODAY’S Group 11 elimination semi-final between Dubbo Westside and the Forbes Magpies is guaranteed to be a huge battle up front.
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Both sides possess powerful forward packs with plenty of strike power but Rabbitohs’ stand-in captain Dylan Hill believes his side has one big man who can break the game wide open.

“One guy who has been outstanding for us this season is Colt Tairua, he’s been aiming up each week,” he said.

“With it looking like a forward’s game he’ll step up again because he’s been massive for us.”

Tairua was virtually unknown before joining the Rabbitohs from CYMS during the off-season but in the space of a season he’s become one of the leading back-rowers in the competition.

Hill admitted even he didn’t know who Tairua was before the season started but expects him to impact again on a game he believes will be decided by the forwards.

“We know they’ve got a big pack and guys like Zac Merritt and Jake Grace have plenty of experience and they’ll be the ones to watch,” he said of Forbes.

“I believe we’ve got the backs who can score the points but it’s up to the forwards to be aiming up and setting the platform.”

Today’s match at Caltex Park marks the first time Westside have made the finals since their return to Group 11.

The aim of coach Robbie Dunn and everyone at the club was to make the post-season in 2015 but just being one of the top five isn’t good enough for the Rabbitohs now.

“Our next goal is to make the grand final, that’s where we want to be but we’ve got to focus on these games first,” Hill said.

“Obviously they (Forbes) had a great win over Parkes last week so we can’t take them lightly but it is good to have the home ground advantage.”

Forbes, who finished the season one spot above Westside in fourth, defeated Parkes for the first time in six years last week and head into the match full of confidence.

It was a much different result for the Rabbitohs last week as they were thumped 78-8 but it was an understrength side which made the trip to Kennard Park, with only four regulars in the starting lineup.

Hill said his side had responded to that loss with their best training sessions of the season this week and the squad was of the belief they can win today after their 44-26 win over the Magpies in June.

“We did it once so I don’t see why we can’t do it again,” he said.

The action at Caltex Park gets under way today at 12pm with the league tag with the first grade match expected to kick off shortly after 3pm.

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Public hearing to discuss small schools

THE social costs of losing small schools from regional areas, including Wollombi Public School, aren’t given sufficient consideration alongside the savings the government can pocket from shutting them, an inquiry has been told.
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The Isolated Children’s Parents Association and Cessnock City Council have also criticised the level of consultation the Department of Education carries out before deciding the fate of a school, in submissions to a parliamentary inquiry looking into the government’s handling of the closures.

Under scrutiny are its decisions to shut Wollombi and Martins Creek School and review a string of others.

The inquiry will hold a public hearing in Sydney next Thursday.

Chairman and Christian Democrat MP Paul Green said he expected residents affected by the Martins Creek closure, which has six students and is slated to shut at the end of the year, would give evidence. Bureaucrats will also be called.

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association said the loss of rural schools had social costs that weren’t adequately considered, and communities were sceptical that savings from closing their schools benefited city schools over others in regional areas.

A department spokesman said its resource allocation model ensured schools taking over enrolments from one that had closed were ‘‘resourced appropriately and equitably’’.

Cessnock City Council told the inquiry the department conducted ‘‘minimal consultation’’ with it before closing the historic Wollombi school. The council could have provided an ‘‘understanding of the importance of the school for that community’’.

In an unusual move, Korean miner KEPCO has also made a submission, pushing its proposed mine in the Bylong Valley as an opportunity to boost the number of enrolments at Bylong Upper Public School.

‘‘The project provides a unique opportunity to arrest the decline in population which has been occurring in the Bylong Valley since the 1980s,’’ it said.