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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Council seeks more positive spin

“We really need to lift our game here, move with technology and keep our community better informed,” says Councillor Stuart Freudenstein.

The councillor told last week’s monthly council meeting he wanted to see better communication between Young Shire Council and its community.

So he turned to the general manager, in the form of a notice of motion, to investigate their options for improvement and he’s received full support from his fellow councillors.

“I have had this concern for quite some time – that our existing methods of getting messages out to our community is falling well short and that we should be looking at other options,” Cr Freudenstein said.

He cited a column by Young radio announcer Neil Langford published in the The Young Witness on Friday, September 26.

Cr Freudenstein said Mr Langford spoke about a plethora of issues in town – gathered from a radio survey – such as the urgent need for road upgrades, and incomplete and outstanding works.

But Cr Freudenstein said the radio announcer neglected to mention what efforts council had made.

He was particularly concerned council’s LIRS (Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme) application for Lovell, Cloete and Thornhill upgrades wasn’t mentioned.

“The application, if approved, will allow council to borrow $2.5 million, obtain a three per cent interest rate subsidy and do all the works in one program rather than spread over many years, as is the case with current funding.

“Gus Smith Oval car park and Cranfield Oval were highlighted, but no mention of the $1.2 million worth of works for our sporting fields which has been brought forward due to the successful LIRS application of late.”

Cr Freudenstein said the Young Sports Advisory Committee hadbeen deciding the final package of works so funds could be borrowed and work could begin.

“…to see that he and/or his respondents didn’t know of council’s progress exemplifies the fact that we should be trying other methods of connection with our residents,” he said.

Cr Freudenstein suggested newsletters, utilising Facebook or creating an IT and media staff position may be their best solutions.

Cr Ben Cooper said he supported Cr Freudenstein’s notice of motion 100 per cent.

“We do a great job but the message isn’t getting out there,” he said.

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Last-minute call for Moruya Speedway nominations

DIRT DRIFTERS: Dennis Richardson and Todd Baxter cut around Moruya Speedway last season. MORUYA Speedway’s season opening race meeting will be held at the 500-metre race track on Saturday, November 1.

The club was hoping for last-minute entries in super production, Aussie sixes, Ford fours, series production, second drivers and ladies’ divisions before registration closes on Sunday, October 26.

Meetings in October at Nowra and Goulburn were cancelled due to a lack of nominations, and Moruya Speedway secretary Kay Nash strongly encouraged drivers to signal their interest.

“We really need entries and the drivers have had their forms for quite some time,” Nash said.

“It’s tough for us because we don’t get the city drivers.”

Nash said Moruya Speedway drivers Todd Baxter, Grant Lavis, Johnny Ralph and Kiel Rosevear were making changes to their vehicles and some would miss the first weekend of the season.

“Todd is having 12 months off, Grant is fixing his car, Johnny sold his car and he’s getting a new one and Keil is building a new one,” she said.

Nash speculated that drivers were still preparing for the season and it was possible people were waiting for clearance.

“A lot of cars have to go away to be looked at,” she said.

“If there are issues then the drivers have to get them fixed before they can be signed and race.

“There are probably some still finishing off their cars; it’s hard to say.”

In past seasons legend cars and 1600s sedans -now called national fours – raced at Moruya but Nash confirmed they would not be there.

“I’m not quite sure about vintage or formula 500s,” Nash said.

Racing starts at 4pm for a twilight meeting with gates opening at 1.30pm.

Spectators are welcomed with canteen facilities available.

Daytime licenses will be offered and the club encourages people to volunteer at the canteen.

To nominate, or volunteer, phone Nash on 0423 836 851 or register through Moruya Speedway’s website at http://www.moruyaspeedway南京夜网/.

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Move to Parkes highly successful

Pictured are Chemstore’s local staff who operate from the company’s premises in Clarke Street. From left to right are, back row – Rodney Punch, Steven Gillard, Terry McAneney, Guy Parker, Chris Cannon, Jeff Punch, Jay Kross, Adam Harvey, Steve McGonigal, Darren Mann, Aporosa Ada; front Row – Jarrad Punch, Epi Sadrodro, Luke Parker, David Masoe, Ionatana Tino, Aaron Punch.Missing – Tom Anderson, Jonathan Henry, Wayne Jordan, Aaron Kingham, Ryan McLuckie and Allan Cannon.Many Parkes residents may not know Chemstore even exists – but it is one of Parkes’ largest employers.

Located in Clarke Street in the Parkes Industrial Estate, the tank business was started in Penrith in 1972

It relocated the entire manufacturing facility and head office to Parkes in 2003 – and has not looked back since, expanding to such an extent that at one point, more than 50 people were employed.

The Chemstore Group is a family owned company, operated by Nelson Pridham and his sons, Jerry and Sam.

The move was because Parkes is conveniently situated at the centre of the road and rail link between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and is also positioned on the main rail line from Sydney to Perth and Adelaide to Darwin.

This provides a prime location and accessibility to all of Australia’s capital cities, managing director, Jerry Pridham explained.

Chemstore has developed vast knowledge in the industry through three generations of family.

They have more than 100 years of combined experience in the design, manufacture and supply of fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) chemical storage, transport and process tanks, plus other specialized composite products.

More recently, the company has signed exclusive rights to become the sole Australian distributor for the world-renowned Permastore range of Glass-Fused-to-Steel tanks and silos.

Through dedication to delivering the highest quality products and 100% customer satisfaction, the company has gone from strength to strength, and doubled in size since the move to Parkes.

Chemstore now employees a total number of 37 employees; 33 of which are local residents.

Some work in the office in management, administrative, marketing, sales and project management roles, but the majority work in the manufacturing process of the tanks.

The company continually invests in research and development to remain at the forefront of the industry, and to offer new products and solutions to emerging markets and needs.

A couple of new products recently developed are FRP water cartage/spray tanks, and industrial water tanks.

With the bushfire season approaching, these tanks will no doubt prove valuable and useful assets locally.

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“War-to-end war” remembered

REMEMBERING HEROES: Batemans Bay RSL Sub-Branch honorary secretary Peter Watson at the honour stone in Clyde Street, where the Remembrance Day service will be held on November 11.Eurobodallaresidents will pause to remember Australia’s extraordinary sacrifice in World War I at Remembrance Day services in Moruya and Batemans Bay on November 11.

Batemans Bay RSL Sub-Branch honorary secretary Peter Watson said the war took a huge toll on a small population.

“Australia lost 60,000 dead in World War I, from a population of five million, which would be the equivalent of losing 276, 000 today,” Mr Watson said.

Remembrance Day marks the armistice signed to end the carnage on November 11, 1918.

“It remembers a time when people thought something was so horrific, we could never do it again, and said ‘we’ve got to stop this’,” Mr Watson said.

“So many thousands died to protect the rights we have today.”

Participants will form up for the Batemans Bay service at 10.45am at the Honour Stone in Clyde Street, and the service will get underway shortly before 11am.

Reverend Tom Slockee will read the official prayer.

Participants will form up for the Moruya service at 10.40am outside the RSL Memorial Hall in Page Street, and the service will get underway shortly before 11am.

Mr Watson expects plenty of support from the community on Remembrance Day.

“The school kids and community organisations around here are very switched on with Remembrance Day, Anzac Day and other services,” he said.

Mr Watson, who recently took over as secretary of the Batemans Bay Sub-Branch from Les Arnould, is, like Arnould, a Vietnam veteran.

He served with the Second Battalion Royal Australian and New Zealand regiment in 1970 and 1971, and is a member of the Eurobodalla Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers.

“Vietnam veterans and the RSL have a history of not getting on, but in the Eurobodalla, relations between Vietnam veterans and the RSL are terrific,” he said.

“Part of my job is to make sure they continue to get on.”

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Total fire ban for Flinders region

TOTAL FIRE BANS have been declared for Wednesday, 22 October 2014 in the Northeast Pastoral and Flinders regions.

Both regions have a fire danger rating of severe.

Where Total Fire Bans have been declared, very hazardous fire weather conditions are predicted.

The Total Fire Ban will apply for 24 hours from midnight to midnight.

The CFS recommends that you implement your Bushfire Survival Plan.


Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of Severe, well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

If you don’t have a plan to ensure your survival, leaving early before a fire starts is your safest option.

In making your plan, you should be aware that in high fire danger conditions, essential services including mains-fed electricity and water supply may not be available due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Landowners are asked to adhere to local harvest codes of practice which are available from your local council.

Landowners are also asked to ensure that any burn-off activities conducted today are fully extinguished before midnight tonight.

Agencies are advised to activate their Total Fire Ban procedures in preparation for these predicted fire weather conditions.

For further information contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visitwww.cfs.sa.gov.au

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