North bundled out

BRAGGINGrights from the inaugural Northern Inland Premier League All Stars match went to the Southern Conference after a 3-1 victory over their northern opponents at Doody Park on Saturday.

TUMBLED OVER: Northern Conference’s Heath Milne outmuscles Southern Conference oppenent Ryan Searle on Saturday. Searle and his teammates would have the last laugh however, winning the match 3-1.

That match and the earlier Rising Stars game raised $3000 for Ronald McDonald House.

Southern Conference found themselves up 1-nil after only five minutes after a mistake at the back by the Northern Conference defence.

The match evened out after that early goal and mid-way through the opening half Northern Conference were pushing hard for an equaliser.

But South scored a goal against the run of play to go up 2-nil.

A Josh Quaife penalty just before the break reduced the deficit to one.

Northern Conference coach Andy Lennon thought his side had the upper hand in the second half, but they were unable to find an equaliser and pushed everyone forward in the dying minutes, allowing Southern Conference to nab a late goal for a 3-1 win.

“It was a little diapointing,” Lennon said.

“We didn’t start well, but once we settled in we didn’t look too bad.”

Lennon had nothing but praise for the new concept and believes it will be bigger and better in 2015. “The main thing about the day was to pit the best against the best and we did that,” he said.

“The boys loved the concept.

“To raise $3000 for Ronald McDonald House was great as well.”

Lennon thought 2014 golden boot winner Jake Davies was close to the best on the park and was also impressed with midfielders Rhys Andrews and Willow Grieves as well as back Brendan Hatte.

The Rising Stars match finished at 1-all after Callan Macgregor scored in the dying seconds for Northern Conference. “It was a good game,” Northern Conference coach Mark Gwynne said.

“It was a very entertaining game.”

Southern Conference scored from a free kick deflection in the first half.

Northern Conference had plenty of chances to equalise throughout the match, but were unable to hit the back of the net until Macgregor finished off a beautiful Naran Singh through ball in the final minutes.

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New look for Tamworth in Country Cup

AN ENGLISHMAN, a miner and teenage spinner are the new faces in Tamworth’s Country Cup team to tackle a Newcastle adversary first up in Sunday’s Country Cup clash at Tamworth’s No 1 Oval.

Adam Jones plays a back foot drive for his Bective-East side against South Tamworth and wicketkeeper Tom Groth. The pair will be united in the Tamworth side on Sunday for a Country Cup clash with Toronto, with Groth to skipper the side. hoto: Geoff O’Neill 191014GOF03

Tamworth selectors named one of North Tamworth’s two English recruits, Adam Mansfield, in their side to play Toronto on Sunday as well as Boggabri-based miner Brad Jenkinson and young Old Boys spinner WillChesterfield.

Mansfield was in sparkling form with the bat and gloves in Sunday’s War Veterans Cup run chase against Namoi at No 1 Oval.

He struck a fine 45, including some spanking off drives against left-arm Gunnedah seamer Troy Sands.

He and Redback teammate Kris Halloran (75) added 105 for the fourth wicket on a dying wicket to snare North Tamworth a six wicket win and a War Veterans Cup semi-final berth.

With Halloran playing for Gwydir in the Country Plate and Connolly Cup, it enables Mansfield to fill his spot in the Tamworth top order.

“He’s been pretty exciting so far,” said Tamworth selector and fellow top order batsman Adam Jones of the English Redback.

“He hasn’t missed out yet with the bat – he’s scored two or three 40s and a half century in the trial we had.

“He’s earned a spot in the top order and will open the batting with Simon (Norvill).

“That’s a pretty exciting pairing too.

“Adam’s got a pretty tight defensive technique too and I think he and Simon will make a very good opening partnership – I think they’ll be the perfect fit.”

Jenkinson, who plays with Jones at Bective-East, has made an immediate impression on his Bulls teammates with both bat and ball.

He took wickets and scored runs for the Bulls in their two WVC wins on the weekend and will form a four-man pace attack with Angus McNeill, Jack McVey and left-armer Col Smyth.

That leaves Chesterfield as the main spin option, with James Psarakis and Michael Rixon also quite capable of bowling tight off-spin.

“Will’s in good form and been doing all the right things,” Jones added.

“Last year he was one reason why Old Boys won the first grade premiership and has shown that talent all the way through the juniors as a 15 and 16-year-old.

“He is our main spin option but Jimmie and Ricko are also handy.

“This is the best-balanced Tamworth side I’ve seen for a while.”

Tamworth selectors have also come up with a strong Second XI to play Armidale in their Country Shield clash in Armidale on Sunday.

Matt Everett, Will Howard and English teenager Jack Beaumont drop back from the Tamworth First XI squad to bolster a side to be captained by Ben Middlebrook and containing the likes of Aaron Hazlewood and Adam Lole.

Hazlewood and Lole have been long- term members of the First XI and the pair of left-handers ensure there is a strong batting lineup, with Everett in the top order with Middlebrook.

“It was hard on Matt but we couldn’t fit him in with Grothy to keep and Adam his backup,” Jones said.

“With Ben to captain the side, Matty can concentrate on his keeping and batting.

“Will (Howard) just missed out as well and he and Jack (Beaumont) will be very handy in the bowling.

“It’s a very good side too.”

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‘It was definitely satisfying’: Kate Pulbrook looks back on undefeated national hockey title with NSW

ORANGE BORN AND BRED: Eva Reith-Snare (left) and Kate Pulbrook (right) with Edwina and Meredith Bone in Brisbane two weekends ago.AFTER the Hockey Australia Under 13s Girls’ National Championships in Brisbane earlier this month, Hockey NSW western region coaching coordinator Kate Pulbrook has found herself boasting a forgotten sporting success story.

It’s become common knowledge Orange guns Bailey Ferguson and Eva Reith-Snare were a part of their respective boys’ and girls’ undefeated national title winning NSW teams.

However, few are aware Pulbrook coached the girls’ side to the championship – in her first crack at the job. Despite having a wealth of coaching experience, Pulbrook acknowledged mentoring a young side at the national level presented a welcome challenge, which turned into a wonderful success story.

“It was definitely satisfying,” Pulbrook said.

“The girls did an incredible job. [Winning] was definitely an aim, but with a group of girls from all over the state you never really know.”

Pulbrook’s side’s title was NSW’s second in as many years, and the sky blues’ mentor said the expectation from outside and within the camp posed a problem for her side, one the players dealt with exceptionally.

“There was a bit of expectation,” she said.

“In fact, the girls who played last year had that expectation on themselves for this year, so we had to try and get them to just focus on our game rather than that, which they did well.”

NSW won nine of its 11 games and drew the other two to secure the title, and had the added advantage of being able to learn from, and mingle with, several Australian Hockey League (AHL) teams.

Pulbrook said she had personally made a huge effort to watch the ACT Strikers’ games, to have the chance to watch and catch up with Orange’s Edwina and Meredith Bone.

“Yeah that was great, the NSW AHL came and worked with our under 13s, and I’m sure they learned plenty,” Pulbrook said.

“We had pool sessions, and some of them answered questions for the girls if they asked. It was great.

“And I’m pretty good friends with Eddie and Mere (Bone) so we caught up with them and always made sure to watch their games. More for me, but Eva knows they’re from Orange and wanted to see them in action.”

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Whitlam: In mourning … badges in full view

Fiona Ferguson is in mourning for Gough Whitlam but definitely not in hiding. Her old “It’s time” badge has come out of the drawer, along with a friend’s “We want Gough” badge.

Gough Whitlam’s deathhas saddened and inspired some in the Eurobodalla to wear their hearts on their sleeves – or at least their badges in full view.

A visibly moved Fiona Ferguson was on Tuesday proudly wearing her original “It’s time” badge in a Batemans Bay cafe, along with a friend’s “We want Gough” badge.

The former was a memento of the elation of 1972, when the then leader of the opposition’s campaign was in full flight.

The latter was a memento of a more defiant mood, after the Prime Minister was dismissed in 1975.

Ms Ferguson, of Mossy Point, will never forget the atmosphere when Whitlam was swept to power – even if she could not vote.

“I remember the excitment of the “It’s time” campaign and not being old enough to vote, because the age was 21, and I was 18.

“I was still caught up with the excitement of the campaign and had a badge and went to the opera house and heard the launch.”

For Ms Ferguson, Whitlam’s election meant an opportunity to excel.

“It meant I had the opporunity to go to university, which I would never otherwise have done,” she said.

“It meant the same to many of my friends.

“There are so many of us who talk about how we would not have achieved what we have done, academically and in social justice areas, without that opportunity.”

Ms Ferguson said Whitlam pushed Australia into the wider world.

“I was proud to have an Australian prime minister of such towering intellect,” she said.

“On the world stage, he was pushing Australia.”

Ms Ferguson also said Whitlam championed the rights of women, creating a dedicated role in his government.

“It was unheard of,” she said.

Moruya’s Penny Ryan also pulled out a cherished badge to wear to the gym on Tuesday.

She said she came from a rural community where ALP membership was not the norm.

“I started handing out for the ALP when I was 12 years old,” Ms Ryan said.

“My dad was farmer out at Forbes, so it was not very fashionable to be an ALP member.

“He had a longstanding concern for social justice and for the rights of workers.”

However, she did not join the party herself until mid-life, upset by Whitlam’s dismissal.

“I was coming back from child birth classes and walked into the office to thenews,” she said.

“That was huge.”

Ms Ryan credits Whitlam with supporting “the arts, making people interested in politics, supporting education, culture, the environment and urban and regionaldevelopment.

“That was big in country areas,” she said.

Moruya’s Olgamary Savage said Whitlam “brought the troops home from Vietnam, which was what most of us wanted”.

She said he opened up politics and Australia.

“I came from a family of nine and a whole lot of us were able to become qualified by free tertiary education,” Ms Savage said.

“Australian film came of age, there was Medibank – it piles up when you think of it.

“I am quite upset, and the more I watch the more upset I get.”

Ms Savage acknowledged Whitlam had made “poor economic choices and that has hung over the ALP for years”.

“They had been in opposition so long, they wanted to do everything at once,” she said.

“He wanted a place for Australia on the international stage.

“He was the first Western leader to go to China.

“So much has died, but so much remains.”

Batemans Bay’s Ewan Morrison joined the party the day in either 1973 or 74 he met Whitlam by chance at Sydney Airport.

“I was working for Ansett Airlines and was in the job where you park the aeroplane,” Mr Morrison said.

“Gough was first off a plane and I asked him why he was interested in being more involved with China.

“He took me to the departure lounge, sat me down and spoke to me for 10 minutes about it.

“I was 22 years old.

“I immediately went out and joined the party.

“He was that sort of guy.

“He took the time to explain issues and policies and was happy to do it one-on-one or in a group.

“He was an inspiration.”

He said Whitlam inspired a generation, “not only on our side of politics, but on the other side too”.

“He saw a vision for the nation, that it needed to change.

“He put in place a series of reforms and went ahead and did it.”

However, he acknowledged there were “too many reforms, too fast”.

Richard Strong, of Batehaven, yesterday remembered how his late mother, Joan Redshaw, was invited by Whitlam to be a delegate to an international women’s conference inMexico.

“He was a remarkable man and a great loss,” Mr Strong said.

“Malcom Fraser (Whitlam’s political nemesis in 1975, but later a friend) summed it up today: Whitlam had great aspirations for this country, when the country perhaps could not afford them.”


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Hidden cricket treasure found under old carpetPHOTOS

A 78-year-old cricket score sheet featuring the name Bradman was the last thing Anthony Bloomfield expected to find when renovating his Weston home.

Don Bradman’s name features boldly in an historic score sheet found during renovations of a Weston house.

But on Thursday night as Bloomfield ripped up carpet he made the discovery among layers of old newspapers.

“I was amazed,” he said.

“I knew it was a cricket thing and then I saw Bradman on it.”

Hidden cricket treasure found under old carpet | PHOTOS The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

The Wrigley Scoring Sheet discovered under old carpet.

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Dubbo lawyer sounds challenge for ‘safe seat’

Dubbo lawyer Stephen Lawrence has announced his decision to stand as a Country Labor candidate at the state election in March. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDDubbo lawyer Stephen Lawrence has announced he will stand as a Country Labor candidate in the seat of Dubbo at next year’s state election.

The decision will see a contest for the electorate held by the Nationals’ Troy Grant, who last week became the NSW deputy premier when he was elevated to the leadership of his party.

Mr Lawrence’s announcement of his endorsement by Labor also ends silence at both a branch and state level about the party’s plans for the area.

Mr Lawrence, a first-time candidate, acknowledged he had ground to cover in just six months – the election is set for March.

Mr Grant, still in his first term in Parliament, gained 63.7 per cent of the votes on a two candidate preferred basis at the 2011 election.

His election took the seat away from an independent candidate for the first time since 1999.

The new hopeful pointed to the seat’s history as he made his case.

“It’s going to be really hard and a really big challenge,” Mr Lawrence said.

“I think the electorate in Dubbo is unpredictable.

“This seat returned to independent for four terms, I think it was, and now Troy Grant.

“But I’m sensing there’s concerns in the electorate.”

Mr Lawrence, 39, contested that being a safe seat was no win for the community.

“It’s my view that this is not a good situation to have such a high margin for a sitting member in a country seat, it’s not healthy for the electorate,” he said.

“The best thing for the electorate in my view would be to turn this seat either into a Country Labor seat or marginal seat.”

Mr Lawrence, born at Griffith and raised at Wollongong and Sydney, has lived at Dubbo since 2010.

He currently works as the principal legal officer in the western region for the Aboriginal Legal Service at Dubbo.

When asked how he would reach the people who relied on Dubbo’s public schools and health services, bought their homes in the city and employed workers in their businesses, he said: “not through media grabs, not through mouthing slogans”.

“I think people sort of see through that these days,” he said.

“The only way I’m going to attract a significant vote and a significant vote of people who haven’t voted Labor before is to get out there and meet people and listen to their concerns.

“So, I’ve got six months and it’s mainly going to be about listening and meeting people and trying to convey to people on a personal level that I’m a serious contender for the position and that if I’m there, I’ll be a 100 per cent focused on their concerns.

“I don’t do that through a media interview, I don’t think, I think I do that by standing in the street, meeting people.”

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Quest nominates local executive for top honour

Property manager Steve Hornby.Photo: BELINDA SOOLEQUEST Serviced Apartments property manager Steve Hornby is one out of three people in Australia nominated for the Business Development Executive of the year award.

Quest will be holding their annual conference in Melbourne on Saturday, October 25, which Mr Hornby said would be attended by more than 150 franchisees.

Since moving to Dubbo 16 months ago, Mr Hornby said he is pleased with how far the business has come.

“I’m born and bred in Sydney, mainly from a property manager role,” he said.

Mr Hornby said Quest Dubbo had “fantastic numbers” during the past 12 months, with a 50 per cent increase recorded in guest numbers.

“The number of people coming in and out the door has been phenomenal.”

“This is the first time in my career I’ve had to deal with the sales side of the industry as well,” he said.

“It’s a humbling feeling to be recognised for this.”

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Love or hate him, Whitlam’s legacy lives on| OUR VIEW

THE legacy of Gough Whitlam’s term as Prime Minister still influences national life today – almost 40 years later – and will do so well into the future.

Tributes to Whitlam poured in yesterday from both sides of politics.

He will be remembered for leading the Labor Party back to government in 1972 after 23 years in the political wilderness and immediately embarking on changes that would modernise Australia.

He started universal health care with Medibank (later Medicare) in 1975.

Education was a priority with more funds for state and other schools and free university study.

Whitlam elevated Aboriginal affairs and land rights.

He was way out in front of other Western leaders in engaging with China. Advance Australia Fair became the national anthem. Conscription ended.

The arts, family relationships, environmental protection laws – the list of areas given much-needed attention was extensive.

The country changed, it developed a new identity.

Whitlam’s impact on the nation’s social affairs and thinking was enormous.

Economics was a blind spot.

Whitlam and his government ultimately paid dearly for it with the historic and bitterly controversial dismissal at the end of 1975 and a subsequent election loss.

The dismissal created its own legacy which often cloaked the successes.

Agree or disagree with him, Whitlam was forward-looking and committed to improving life for all Australians. He did so.

His 1972 campaign message was It’s Time. It was and in short time he transformed a nation.

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All together now: Orange councillors weigh in on local government amalgamation debate

OPTIONS: Councillors Kevin Duffy, Ron Gander and Reg Kidd at the NSW Local Government Conference held in Coffs HarbourNSW Premier Mike Baird says the time to amalgamate local councils is now and while Orange councillors agree, there is not a lot they can do about it.

At The NSW Local Government Conference held in Coffs Harbour over the last two days, Mr Baird told councils they needed to put “pride into the back seat” and consider mergers.

Noticeably missing from Mr Baird’s speech was the government’s oft-repeated assurance that it would not force councils to merge if they refused to do so.

But until forced amalgamations are considered the regions’ councils will miss out on millions of dollars in incentives.

Orange councillors Reg Kidd, Kevin Duffy and Ron Gander attended the conference which was held weeks after the government unveiled its $1 billion policy package called Fit for the Future, that included $258 million in incentives for councils to amalgamate.

Cr Kidd said he believed the government would stick to its “no forced amalgamation” policy and said it was a matter of bringing Cabonne and Blayney councils “to the table” to discuss ways in which the three could merge.

“It’s critical no one takes the upper hand,” he said.

“It’s easy to say just amalgamate.. it’s about community expectations, social expectations and all of that sort of stuff.”

Cr Duffy, who was formally on Cabonne Council, said it was no secret he thought Cabonne should be divided up but he believed it was not a matter of getting Cabonne, Orange and Blayney to the table but the whole region including Bathurst, Cowra and Wellington.

“Basically what the premier was trying to say was put pride behind you and try and work through the issues, They got facilitators in place to help councils work through those issues and there’s incentives,” he said.

“For example if Orange and Blayney amalgamated there could be $5 million there.”

Councils have until June 30 to lodge their submissions, which will be assessed by an independent panel.

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Council slams graffiti attack in Margaret River

AUGUSTA-Margaret River Shire councillors were reportedly appalled by the vandalism attack on a Margaret River veterinary hospital on October 10.

The graffiti act was believed to be a response to a letter published in the local newspaper about Shire plans to convert the Margaret River squash courts into a community art gallery.

Shire president and councillor Mike Smart spoke on behalf of the council.

“Individuals are entitled to express their views without being subject to such senseless acts,” he said.

The squash court conversion is part of a major redevelopment plan to transform the Margaret River Cultural Centre and squash courts into a Cultural and Business Events centre.

Cr Smart said Shire executive officer Gary Evershed had worked diligently to implement the idea since the council decision in August last year authorised him to apply for grant funding from the state government.

While there appears to be a mixed reaction from the public, the plans are still moving forward, but Cr Smart said councillors would eventually be in a position to seek further community input and make an informed decision with regards to future direction.

“At this stage, costings and a business case have not been finalised,” Cr Smart said.

“When they are, the CEO will hold an open councillor briefing, before seeking council endorsement to make applications to both state and federal governments for funding.

“There are additional considerations, with uncertainty about who will fund the necessary upgrades to the Main Street and the construction of John Archibald Drive, now that the Perimeter Road funding and construction appear imminent.

“Once councillors have greater clarity on these issues they will be in a position to seek further community input.”

Cr Smart said some appealing conceptual drawings had just been completed.

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Concerns raised on scenic road to lookout

CAUTION: Ben Harrison wants council to complete works on Edwards Road, the road to the One Tree Hill lookout, before reopening it to traffic. Picture: JODIE DONNELLANA FLORA Hill resident is calling on the City of Greater Bendigo to take another look at Edwards Road leading up to the One Tree Hill lookout.

Ben Harrison believes the remaining loose bitumen on the road could cause accidents among both cyclists and motorists.

Contractors recently carried out works widening Edwards Road, from near the base towards the lookout, installing safety barriers as part of a Black Spot improvement program.

The section of road had been blocked for a period when most of the work took place, but was recently reopened.

Mr Harrison said it appeared the work had been left incomplete in sections.

“Every corner is covered with loose bitumen,” he said.

“The work started off really good, you could see the difference it was doing to the road. But towards the end, it’s become a lot worse.

“The last bit has been put together very quickly.”

Dozens of cyclists use the stretch of road, reaching relatively high speeds on the descent from the lookout. Cyclists currently drift onto the opposite side of the road to avoid the loose bitumen.

Mr Harrison regularly cycles on the road, and also rides his motorcycle on the region’s picturesque roads. He said the corners could also be an issue for descending motorcyclists.

“If it’s going to be reopened in this sort of state, they really need to put up safety signage warning people of loose bitumen on the road,” Mr Harrison said.

“The scariest part is definitely the corners. As you can see, cyclists are going on to the wrong side of the road.”

The City of Greater Bendigo reopened the section of road and plans to carry out additional works in the coming weeks.

Manager of engineering and public space Brett Martini said final works would be completed in “between one and two weeks”.

“The works haven’t been finished yet,” he said.

“There is an element of loose aggregate on the road, which will be swept off before more lining work takes place.

“This type of sealing work is quite common.”

Edwards Road remained the only major route to the lookout for vehiclesafter One Tree Hill Road was closed to traffic in March.

Mr Martini said the road would not remain in its current state and assured residents safety would be a priority before it was permanently reopened.

“Future works will make a bit more aggregate become loose, but that will also be swept away,” he said.

“Council is aware that a lot of cyclists and pedestrians use that section of Edwards Road.

“In the meantime, users of the road should be aware that there may be some loose stones and to show a degree of caution.”

The City of Greater Bendigo chose to close One Tree Hill Road in March after it was the site of two accidents in five years.

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WA residents allowed to kill snakes if they feel threatened

Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake. Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake.

Snake expert Mitchell Ladyman.

Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake.

Tiger snakes are said to be in strong supply around Herdsman Lake.

The Department of Park and Wildlife has confirmed WA residents can kill snakes without penalty – so long as they feel immediately threatened by the slithery customer.

Snake bite incidents are very much in the news in WA, with five in rural and remote areas in the past two weeks, including the death of a 41-year-old Laverton man.

Three Wheatbelt residents from Watheroo, Dandaragan and Moora were bitten by snakes within a week of each other.

On Sunday October 12 a six-year-old Watheroo boy was flown to Princess Margaret Hospital and discharged that night after being bitten by an unknown species of snake, while the next day a three-year-old  Dandaragan boy was also bitten.

He was flown to PMH on Monday and discharged a day later.

A 30-year-old Moora woman was also bitten on Friday and flown to Royal Perth Hospital before being discharged on Saturday.

In Laverton, a 41-year-old man picked up what was believed to be a western brown snake on Wednesday October 8 and was bitten several times on the hand and arm. He then collapsed a short time later after he failed to seek medical assistance.

On Monday night, a 67-year-old Beverley woman was air-lifted to Royal Perth Hospital from Beverley Hospital after being bitten by a snake.

She was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning.

DPAW wildlife officer Emma Lipianin said despite the fact snakes were protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act, there was a clause that would allow a person who feared for their life to take matters into their own hands.

The clause applies to people on their own property or in public spaces but not on nature reserves.

“Snakes are protected fauna…they’re all protected so it is illegal to kill them,” Ms Lipianin said.

“However there is a government gazette notice that declared open season on snakes when you feel your life is in immediate danger.

“So if there was a snake threatening you around your house, it’s not technically illegal to kill it because of that open season gazette.”

However Ms Lipianin said the majority of snake bite victims were bitten when trying to kill a reptile and pointed out the “open season” status should only be used as a last resort.

Snake expert Doctor Mitchell Ladyman said he fully supported anyone in their own home who feared for their life and killed a snake.

He added Perth had many suburbs where residents could almost expect to find snakes in their homes.

“I’m not a naive person, if someone was genuinely threatened, I would fully support that snake being dispatched,” he said.

“I think it’s reasonable, if you’re in your home and you or your children or even your pets are immediately threatened by a snake and you fear for your safety. It’s unfortunate, but it’s life.

“The thing you need to understand about snakes is that they’re always on the move

“Snakes are really timid, and they just want to hide when they’re confronted. When they’re in that built environment their retreat is constrained, they’re fish out of water and their response is a defensive response.

“They can also sense food from a long way away, and in areas where the fence-line might butt up against bush, in an area like Ballajura, they’re going to come looking for that food and there’s no real way to combat that.

“Herdsman Lake would be absolutely chockablock full of tiger snakes, they love that swampy environment and there are homes that have back gates backing up to Herdsman.”

He also warned that while there were widespread reports of snakes being more active during hot summer days, this was not technically accurate.

“People assume snakes are cold-blooded and love the summer heat, and that’s complete crap,” he said.

“All reptiles are ectothermic, so they use external heat to charge and power their body.

“They don’t want to cook themselves, so they prefer to select a body temperature within a certain range.

“So on a hot winter’s day, a snake can be active. On a cold summer’s day, a snake can be active in the middle of the day. On a hot summer’s day, they generally won’t come out until night-time. So people need to be snake aware all the time” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Game of Thrones season 5: Sand Snakes’ attire will certainly draw the eye

It’s not the offspring of Oberyn Martell (above) that’s raising eyebrows, rather it’s their body armour.Game of Thrones has been splashing nipples liberally onto our screens for four years, but it seems the prospect of fake armoured versions has the internet standing to attention.

Pictures from the set of season five (oh, how far away it seems) have revealed the Sand Snakes, warrior daughters of Oberyn Martell, will wear breastplates that are rather distinctly, ahem, accessorised.

As a person trying to avoid spoilers for the TV show, I was of course delighted with how delicately this information was communicated to me. A cricket bat bearing the words “Have You Seen These Nipples?” swung at my face by David Boon after that infamous flight to London would have been more subtle.

But now that I am aware, I am more than happy to investigate this issue. I will extract the milk of truth from the udders of gossip via the teats of careful logic. I will be a high-beaming beacon of common sense. And yes, I will make every nipple joke I possibly can.

Oberyn Martell (sob, how we miss him) revealed in Season Four that he had many, many daughters. The Red Viper liked to shed his skin around a bit, and so it’s not surprising given their dadwas such a badass fighting type that his neonates would follow suit.

What Daddy Obey didn’t have were nipples constructed into the leathery-looking armour he wore to fight The Mountain (Boo! Hiss! Rematch!).

The first images of Sand Snakes Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) show them in full Dornish armour, including moulded breastplates tipped with a pair of brass nipples.

This inclusion of a representation of a perfectly natural physical characteristic immediately set pop culture commentators into squawks of anguish, followed by an immediate play of the “Joel Schumacher” card.

Now none of us needing reminding about the Batman & Robin director’s infamous mammillation of the bat suit, but thanks to our seemingly incurable fascination with/terror of nipples, that mental image is back in our brain.

Why @GRRMspeaking is not going to be happy with the @GameofThrones costume department:老域名出售/C0EPLKBTsY— Vulture (@vulture) October 21, 2014

But in the Big Book of Nipple Slips, Schumacher does not stand alone.

The entire US condemned Janet Jackson in 2004 when her pierced right nipple malfunction its way out of her wardrobe just when they were enjoying Justin Timberlake’s Superbowl singing.

Actor Anne Greene is being sued for allegedly breaching the “nudity rider” in her contract by not exposing her nipples in the TV show Femme Fatales.

And various celebrities have put their nipples where their mouths are (wait, what?) in support of the growing “Free the Nipple” movement, which argues that a woman going topless should be just as acceptable as Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer playing volleyball in Top Gun.

Now as someone who thought “Areola” was the princess from The Little Mermaid until she was 23, I’m perhaps not best placed to argue to pros and cons of consenting female bare-chestedness. I do find, as I’m sure most women will agree, that bras can be a tremendous pain in the arse (the arse being, in this case, the chest). There’s fewer more satisfying moments than that time of day when one can free oneself from those bonds… or Triumph, or Pleasure State, whichever brand you prefer.

Having said that, if one’s nipples were to be unleashed in a crowded public space or elevator, then they could pose a serious risk to one’s fellow citizens/colleagues/supermarket shoppers/dentist.

And it is for this reason that I return to Game of Thrones and state that perhaps it is for a specific design purpose that nipples have been bestowed on the Sand Snakes’ armoured chest bumps.

Twin metal stabbing devices at chest level would be very handy for close-quarters fighting. You wouldn’t see it coming. Well, you probably would, they’re big brass nipples, but you certainly wouldn’t see them going. Or anything else, ever again.

Sigmund Freud would probably say our obsession with the covering/revealing of nipples had its routes in an oral fixation based on unresolved mother issues. But Freud was a cokehead with a couch fixation so let’s not take any notice of him. Whatever the reason, I know it makes me wish there was a bunch of illegitimate boys running around all spawned by House Trouser to finally have the discussion as to why we see more girls’ bits than boys’ bits on Game of Thrones.

At the very least, maybe we can simply apply this same rule about keeping nipples under clothes to the men as well, particularly the hard-core gym bros who gradually decrease the size of their singlets until their nipples are poking out either side like two apples hiding behind a pencil.

As far as Game of Thrones goes, this would mean Jon Snow would remain covered in animal furs, with no further chances for his loyal lady fans (as well as the gay ones and straight men interested in experimenting) to catch a glimpse of his nipples, nestled as they are above his smooth, well-defined, walnut-cracking abs…

Seriously people, let’s sit down together and flesh this out properly. I’ve brought the whisky. Now, one nip or two?

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