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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Naracoorte High School presentationsPHOTOS

Naracoorte High School presentations | PHOTOS Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.
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Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9. All photos taken by Deb Kloeden, Naracoorte High School

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

Naracoorte High School’s top students in academic, sporting and community fields were recognised at the annual presentation assembly on December 9.

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Zone success for little athletes

MARCH AHEAD: The Milton Ulladulla Little Athletics team display the winning March past trophy. LAST weekend 24 athletes from Milton Ulladulla Little Athleticsrepresented the club at the Mid South Coast Zone competition, which was held at Kiama.
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Representatives were Soloman, Lane, Ella, Harrison, Olivia, Hudson, Keeley, Neeve, Kaden, Ryan, Mel, Lily, Ben, Ruby F, Danielle, Lachlan S, Ruby C, Takesa, Daniel, Haydn, Tarje, Alivia, Melissa and Brea.

After the wet weather of the past couple of weeks it was great to see the sun shining for the entire weekend.

The track and field was still wet in parts, however it did dry out more as the weekend progressed, allowing for some great results to be achieved including lots of personal bests and Lachlan S. broke the u12 zone javelin record, throwing a huge 31 metres.

The club also took out the MSC zone annual march past trophy.

Many of the athletes have now automatically qualified for regionals, which are being held at Leeton in February with the possibility of more qualifying after the results from all zones in the South Coast region have been finalised.

If you are not intending to attend regionals at Leeton please advise Sharon immediately as this could allow another athlete to qualify.

Yesterday the club closed 2014 with some fun activities and a family barbecue and party.

Everyone who attended had a great time and thank you to all the parent helpers.

Unfortunately it did clash with the Ulladulla Public School graduation and the club did miss its fellow athletes and their families.

The club resumes on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4.30pm.

If you have family or friends who belong to another Little Athletics club, they are welcome to join us while they are holidaying in the area.

Do not forgot about the Lake Illawarra Summer carnival on Sunday,January 11.

It is the third round of the grand prix series with lots of visitors from clubs far afield who are visiting the area making for some good competition.

Milton Ulladulla Little Athletics would like to thank Mollymook Golf Club for their most generous sponsorship this season.

Please have a happy and safe Christmas and new year with your family and friends.

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Blacks and Bulls to battle again

FLASHBACK: Maitland and Singleton will do battle once more after the Bulls were re-instated to next year’s Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union premier competition. Maitland and Singleton will re-ignite their traditional rugby union rivalry in Newcastle and Hunter premier division next year.
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The Sarroff-Gresham Shield will be back up for grabs in 2015 after the Singleton Bulls were granted re-entry into next year’s top tier competition.

The Bulls were officially confirmed as starters this morning after two seasons in lower divisions, which means Singleton will once again come up against traditional rivals the Maitland Blacks.

Maitland and Singleton had played for the Sarroff-Gresham Shield annually when they were both part of the same competition.

Maitland won the last encounter between the two clubs 58-5 at Marcellin Park on August 18, 2012.

The silverware will be on offer again when Maitland hosts Singleton next year.

The new-look 11-team draw is set to be finalised this week with the season to commence on April 11.

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Democracy broken: Weinmann

THOUSANDS of ratepayers missed out on voting in this year’s council elections because of a change to electoral laws.THOUSANDS of ratepayers missed out on voting in this year’s council elections because of a change to electoral laws.
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Only 54 property owners living outside Murray Bridge voted in the election last month, down from 2500 eight years ago, despite a targeted public awareness campaign.

The drop was due to a change in voting laws: property owners, business lessees and non-citizens are now removed from the electoral roll on January 1 of an election year and have to re-apply to vote.

At its meeting on December 8, the council called on the Local Government Association to assess the State-wide impact of the laws and lobby for a return to the old rules.

Cr Jerry Wilson said the current system was not conducive to getting a proper election result, and Cr Theo Weinmann said he was surprised at how many permanent residents of Murray Bridge were unable to vote.

“The Electoral Commission or somebody’s not doing their job,” Cr Weinmann said.

“It needs fixing urgently.

“They should automatically have the right to vote if they’re paying rates.”

The full impact of the changed electoral law first became evident in 2010, when non-resident property owner votes fell by 94 per cent, but it took a second poor showing this year to bring the council to act.

The original argument for the laws, outlined in a 2007 report to the State Government, was “one person, one vote” – South Australians should only get to vote once in one council election, no matter how much property they owned.

The extra expense of maintaining two electoral rolls – one for voters in State and Federal elections, another for property owners – was also a factor.

On the other side of the argument was the catch phrase “no taxation without representation” – because a majority of council income comes from property rates, property owners should have more say.

The two ideas will clash again if the State Government considers whether to change electoral laws again next year.

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Best of sport from 2014

Best of sport from 2014 Football 2014: Ryan Darling of Blyth/Snowtown
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Footbal 2014: Daniel Schell of BBH

Football 2014: Jamie Howcroft of South Clare

Football 2014: South Clare v Eudunda/Robertstown

Football 2014: Brodie Murphy takes a speccy

Football 2014: Eudunda/Robertstown v North Clare

Bowls 2014

Bowls 2014

Bowls 2014

Bowls 2014

Bowls 2014

Netball 2014: BSR v Blyth/Snowtown

Netball 2014: Blyth/Snowtown

Netball 2014: BSR v BBH

Netball 2014: South Clare v North Clare

Netball 2014: Min Man v Blyth/Snowtown

Cricket 2014

Cricket 2014: BJ Whiting

Cricket 2014

Cricket 2014

Cricket 2014

Tennis 2014

Tennis 2014

Tennis 2014

Tennis 2014

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SES work honoured

TheNSW State Emergency Service Penrith unit has held a presentation night to acknowledge the work of its volunteers this year.
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Deputy Commissioner Steve Pearce, deputy region controller George Jeffereys and region controller Allison Flaxman attended the celebration on December 3.

Penrith unit spokesman Michael Faccin said it was great to recognise the achievements and contributions of the volunteers.

“The past year has seen a significant amount of jobs and volunteers each week have been out away from families and work assisting in whatever way we can,” he said.

This year the Penrith unit responded to more 400 requests for help, with a particularly stormy past couple of months keeping the team extremely busy.

Three members were awarded the national medal for 15 years of service: John Burns, John Vickers and William Ross.

John Vickers, who became the Penrith deputy controller this year, said the team was great to work with.

“It’s an excellent team and we all have a good working relationship,” he said.

“Most of the Penrith guys are pretty close; we see a lot of each other — particularly over the last few months.”

As a trained SES air observer, Mr Vickers assisted in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean.

“We spent five days doing it, with three days of full searching,” Mr Vickers said.

“It would take about three or four hours to get out to the search area and then three or four to get back.”

The unit was also commended on their work setting up a staging ground for firefighters in the 2013 Blue Mountains fires.

“We were called on Monday night and they asked for a staging area to be set up by Tuesday morning and they used it for three days,” Mr Vickers said.

Damien Baker, Claire Cross, Steve Durrant, Ray Filby and Mars Hernandez received NSW SES long service medals.

Members were presented with certificates that recognised their training achievements with 17 new members being formally recognised.

Retiring members Mars Hernandez, Peter Todd (26 years’ service), Dean Asher and former deputy controller Darryl Jones were also recognised for their tireless contributions over the years.

Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, the presentation night was cut short due to a strong storm cell that passed over Penrith, meaning the volunteers were activated.

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