Piccolo saddened by Whitlam’s passing

Member of Parliament,Tony Piccolo was saddened by the news that former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had passed away.
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Mr Piccolo said while he was only young at the time, Mr Whitlam’s vision inspired his interest in public life and politics.

“While my friends at school were interested in cars and sport, I became interested in politics,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I couldn’t read enough about the politics in Australia.

“While I have always lived in a conservative electorate, my heart has always been with the Labor Party since I was teenager.

“Despite being only 15 years of age, I can still recall vividly what I was doing when the sacking of the Whitlam Government was announced, I was in Mr Fielding’s physics class in an upstairs classroom in the main block at Gawler High.

“I only met Gough Whitlam on a few occasions, but I remember how his presence just lifted a room – he electrified any gathering and he will forever be remembered as a hero to the Labor movement and I’m certain that history will be kind to him,” Mr Piccolo said.

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Be ready for bushfire alerts

BE READY: Mayor Jodie Harrison encourages everyone to be prepared for bushfire season.ONE of the wonderful things about living in Lake Macquarie is that we have a lot of bushland, and many residents (including me) live in properties that back onto the bush.
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While the bushland provides a beautiful backdrop, it means we need to be prepared for bushfires.

Readiness means creating a bushfire survival plan, not planning to have a plan.

It’s been a year since the devastating bushfires that affected residents in a number of areas across our city.

The community spirit I witnessed during those events, and during the clean-up efforts, was inspiring and demonstrated the resilience in our communities and the dedication of our volunteers.

October is just the beginning of the bushfire season. It is important that you are prepared, stay informed and stay safe during any emergency.

Council encourages everyone to be ready and be safe during extreme weather events. You can sign up for the free alert service at ewn南京夜网.au and click on “Lake Macquarie” to register and receive alerts directly to your mobile phone, email or landline in some cases.

There is also an app alert available, also free through the EWN website, which is just as reliable as SMS alerts, provided you have an always-on internet connection to your phone.

■ For more information about how you can protect your family and property, and help to create an emergency ready Lake Macquarie, go to lakemac南京夜网.au/emergency-ready.

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Fox on killing spree

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LONE SURVIVOR: Amy Ferguson and her children Esha and Archie with Lucky – the only surviving chicken of a fox attack. Picture: Jamieson Murphy

OWNERS of rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and other small animals are being warned to make sure their pets’ cages are secure from foxes.

Arcadia Vale residents Amy and Luke Ferguson recently woke early to a ruckus coming from their chicken pen.

They found a fox had snuck into the pen.

After chasing it away, the pair discovered the fox had killed three chickens.

The Fergusons had taken possession of the chickens a day earlier.

Only one chicken survived by roosting in a nearby tree, so they decided to name it Lucky.

Ms Ferguson said the fox was very bold when they confronted it. It even attempted to come back later for Lucky.

While she is disappointed the chickens were killed by the fox, Ms Ferguson doesn’t want any retribution.

“You can’t blame the fox for wanting to eat dinner,” she said.

“We do want chickens but it makes it hard when the foxes eat them. So we just have to be smarter than the fox.”

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The brains of the business

TWO members of the UNE Business School staff have received prestigious national awards for teaching.
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REWARDED: Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela, left, at the awards ceremony with John Croucher, the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year for 2013.

The pair have been honoured with citations for outstanding contributions to student learning as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Leopold Bayerlein was recognised for successfully motivating and inspiring accounting students “through highly supportive teaching in an immersive, virtual internship environment for blended and online learning”, while colleague Fredy-Roberto Valenzuela received his award for “helping distance education students understand and apply core marketing concepts through the development of resources that allow mental model building”.

UNE vice-chancellor Annabelle Duncan congratulated both.

“On behalf of the whole UNE community I wish to extend my wholehearted congratulations to both Dr Bayerlein and Dr Valenzuela for their innovative approaches and their dedication to teaching and students,” she said.

The pair were among four UNE members of staff recognised by the university back in August and then nominated for the national awards.

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Cleanliness on burglar’s mind

A thiefwith a penchant for cleanliness was nabbed red-handed by police not far from the scene of his crime.
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Charged with break and enter and stealing, Daniel McPherson pleaded guilty before Batemans Bay Local Court on October 13.

The 24-year-old unemployed defendant, a resident of Beach Road, Surf Beach, used rocks to smash a front bedroom window of a house in Surf Beach before removing a security grille and smashing another window to gain entry to the house.

He stole a Playstation and games, a Nintendo and games, one roll of toilet paper, a box of washing detergent and toiletry products before making his getaway.

A member of the public who heard the sound of smashing glass alerted police, who found Mr McPherson some distance from the house.

Magistrate Doug Dick ordered the defendant to pay the house owner compensation of $610.50 for the smashed windows, sentenced him to a 12-month suspended sentence and placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

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