Berger brothers win card competition

The artistic talents of two Narromine brothers have won them awards in Dubbo MP Troy Grant’s Christmas Card Competition.
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Zamael and Zerek Berger with their winning drawings and Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.

Mr Grant arrived at St Augustine’s to award Zerek and Zamael Berger with their prizes.

Zerek won the premier’s competition so his card will now be sent out to all the National MPs around the state as Mr Grant’s Christmas Card.

Zamael received a highly commended.

Mr Grant thanked the hundreds of students who entered the competition.

“It’s never an easy decision, with so many wonderful entries. Everyone did an amazing job and I want to thank each and every student that took the time to colour in,” he said.

First place went to a student from Geurie Public School, second place went to a student from Parkes Public School and third place went to a student from Mudgee Public School

Zamael was one of seven highly commendeds awarded around the electorate.

Both he and his brother are now proud owners of an Eftpos Gift Card.

Zamael said he would buy Lego with his gift card.

Zerek said he’ll just hold onto his.

To see the Berger brothers’ competition entries, along with some of the other amazing pictures, visit Mr Grant’s office at 1/18 Talbragar Street, Dubbo.

“I wish everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year,” Mr Grant said.

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Bunbury walking group achieves milestone

Pictured are Nicole Kinniard, Ann Mackay, Marg Nicholson, Barbara Davis, Elaine Bartels, Kean Griffiths, Shatha Tarish, Kerry Lowe, Sylvia Griffin, Marg Davey, Lynn Millar, Grace Dykstra and Trisha Love.TWO years ago, walking just 400 metres was a struggle for Bunbury woman Shatha Tarish.
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But a passionate Bunbury walking group has helped her overcome her physical disability and now she can easily tackle five kilometres.

She was awarded the Golden Shoe Award for the state which recognises walkers who have achieved significant milestones.

She took her first steps with the South West Women’s Health and Information Centres Walk and Talk Bunbury group and this has sparked a new found motivation within the group. Spokesperson Kerry Lowe said their motto is “Just Do It”.

They come together to get a bit of exercise and look out for each other, as well as promoting heart health and taking part in local fun runs. Ms Lowe said the group was important for creating a sense of belonging and commitment.

One of Shatha’s favourite things about being in the walking group is getting her hot chocolate and marshmallows at the end of the session.

The group meets every Wednesday morning and would love new faces to attend.

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Fishing report Far South Coast NSW: Dec. 17

Fishing report Far South Coast NSW: Dec. 17 Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.
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Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.

EP BOYS: Nick Cowley and Alex Krantz had a great session on the Tuross getting estuary perch to 50cm.

Nick Cowley had a great session on the Tuross getting estuary perch to 50cm.

Nick Cowley and Alex Krantz had a great session on the Tuross getting estuary perch to 50cm.

MILKO FLATHEAD: Andrew “Milko” Cowley got this beauty 85cm flathead in Mummaga Lake over the weekend.

Local “mad keen” fisho Hippie, got a cracking 81cm croc from the murky waters of Mummaga Lake. Notice the Shad’s lure that did the damage has got the perfect colourings for these murky waters.

Local “mad keen” fisho Hippie, got a cracking 81cm croc from the murky waters of Mummaga Lake. Notice the Shad’s lure that did the damage has got the perfect colourings for these murky waters.

BREAMBO: Andrew “Milko” Cowley and a nice recent bream from the Dalmeny Lake.

Brandon Cowley last night caught this mulloway in Mummaga Lake on 6lb braid and 8lb leader on a soft plastic.

Brandon Cowley last night caught this mulloway in Mummaga Lake on 6lb braid and 8lb leader on a soft plastic.

Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.

Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.

Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.

TONGA DOLPHIN: Narooma’s Andrew “Macca” McAughtrie got a few nice dolphinfish or mahi mahi while on holiday in Tonga with the family.

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Estuary fishing report: after the rains

DESPITE the water still being stirred after the recent rain events, there were some excellent fishing catches over the weekend in the estuaries and rivers in the Narooma district on the Far South Coast.

Nick Cowley and Alex Krantz had a great session on the Tuross.

Nick reports that after all the rain, fishing locations where limited, yet Tuross has produced some good fish as they found up the back, fishing from the bank where small creeks of fresh water flowed out into the salt.

They got some great sized estuary perch catching fish close to the 50cm mark with the majority of fish in the 40cm range taking hard-bodies and 2.5inch Zman Grubs.

Also Coopers Island fished well for bream and whiting.

“I was surprised all the EPs we got where all solid big fish photos didn’t do them a lot of justice of their size.”

Local estuary fishing guide Stuart Hindson meanwhile reports having a great couple days with his clients Dazza, Mark and David on the local waters.

The jewfish were tough, but they managed a pup on the weekend, plus some nice flats to 74cm and finished the day off with 15 whiting and bream on surface

“Had to work hard for them in the chocolate water, managed a few though was hard going….. Thanks boys had a blast as usual….”

Closer the Narooma, Mummaga Lake has been firing post rain for the locals.

The Ocean Hut Compleat Angler reports that while some fishos are sitting around waiting for the water to clear up from all the recent rains, “die hard extremists” are out there making the most of what the dirty water have to offer.

Local “mad keen” fisho Hippie, got a cracking 81cm croc from the murky waters of Mummaga Lake. Notice the Shad’s lure that did the damage has got the perfect colourings for these murky waters.

Going one better, fellow Narooma local Andrew “Milko” Cowley got this beauty 85cm flathead in Mummaga Lake over the weekend.

Breaking News – Andrew and his son last night caught a mulloway on the lake – this is unheard of and a great catch! See the full story here…

Prawn stocking a go

MINISTER for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, today announced the commencement of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s new Marine Fish Stocking Program in 10 estuaries along the State’s coastline.

Prawn stocking locations this month include: Khappinghat Creek, Wamberal Lagoon, Narrabeen Lagoon, Swan Lake, Burrill Lake, Lake Tabourie, Bega River, Back Lake, Wallagoot Lake and Curalo Lagoon.

Previously prawns had only been released in closed systems, but the Bega River is open to the ocean so this is something new.

The popular Eastern king prawns were bred in Queensland and are being carefully transported and stocked by the Department of Primary Industries in sites from Taree to Eden, ready for harvesting in about three months. Click here for the full story and pics…

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Girl, 8, approached by man

INVESTIGATORS are seeking information after man approached a a young girl at North Gosford.
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The girl, 8, was walking along Dwyer Street about 8.20am on Tuesday when a man heading in the opposite direction approached her near a laneway off Dunbar Way.

Police were told the man grabbed her left arm before she pushed him away, yelling for help.

He continued to grab her shoulder before releasing her.

The eight-year-old walked to a bus stop and proceeded to school.

Brisbane Water police were notified in the afternoon, searching the area unsuccessfully for the man.

Officers would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist them with inquiries.

He is described as being of Asian appearance with a thin build and black hair, standing about 183cm tall

He was reported to be wearing a blue jumper and grey pants.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://nsw.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/

Iran claims to have sought siege gunman’s extradition in 2000

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Iranian police had requested the extradition of Man Haron Monis, the gunman who was shot dead in the Martin Place siege, 14 years ago but Australian authorities would not hand him over, Iran’s police chief has claimed in a statement.

Monis had committed a number of “violent” and fraud-related offences before he fled the country “in disguise” in 1996, according to Iran’s chief of police, General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam.

At the time, Monis went by the name of Mohammad Hassan Manteqi. He fled first to Malaysia in 1996 and then to Australia, where he was granted political asylum, GeneralMoghaddam claimed.

He told the Iranian Mehr News Agency that Monis posed as a cleric at the time to gain political asylum. Earlier Monis has been themanager of a travel agency in Iran, authorities there said.

GeneralMoghaddamsaid Iranian police spent four years collecting evidence against Monis, before seeking his extradition to Iran from Australia.

But that request was knocked back, GeneralMoghaddam claimed.

“It lasted four years to collect evidence on Manteqi’s [Monis’] identification documents and we reported this to the Australian police but since Australia has no extradition treaty with Iran, they didn’t extradite him to Iran,” GeneralMoghaddam told the Mehr News Agency.

Monis, 50, was shot dead when police stormed into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe just after 2am on Tuesday, more than 16 hours after he entered the cafe armed with a gun and held 17 customers and staff hostage.

At the time, Monis waswasbefore the courts on two separate and serious matters: more than 40 sexual assault charges involving seven alleged victims and as an accessory to the murder of his former wife.

The NSW government has called for an investigation into why Monis “slipped through the cracks” of the judicial system and was released from custody.

GeneralMoghaddam said Iranian authorities were prepared to work with Australian police to investigate his past.

“Our position is clear in this regard; all countries should cooperate to avoid such issues if there is international organised crime today,” GeneralMoghaddam told the news agency.

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