Taskforce Orion training to crack down on child exploitation offenders

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Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said the age, occupation and location of each child exploitation offender was varied. Photo: Phil CarrickA pilot training program for detectives aimed at cracking down on child exploitation offences across Queensland has wrapped up on the Gold Coast and Logan, with six people arrested since it the program began.
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Gold Coast and Logan detectives completed a pilot training program under Taskforce Orion aimed at improving response times to child exploitation investigations pushed out by the Child Protection and Investigation Unit.

Child Safety and Sexual Crimes Group Detective Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said officers who had gone through the pilot training were provided with equipment that would increase their capability to deal with offenders involved in child exploitation material.

“What Taskforce Orion has allowed us to do is take specialised training teams region to region, travelling around the state to increase not only the equipment that is needed to retrieve material from people who are offending online, but also to conduct investigations around possession, distribution and manufacturing of child exploitation material,” she said.

“The training course is quite intensive, people need to have good skills in the technology space, it is obviously quite difficult work, when you are dealing with images of children and they are child exploitation images.”

Superintendent Scanlon said, since January 1, 44 people had been arrested on over 170 offences of child exploitation, possession, distribution and contact offences across Queensland.

Their ages ranged from 16 to 64 and occupations included a landscape gardener, a student, a bottle shop attendee, a teacher and a retiree.

“This work is the sort of investigation that is not isolated to any particular group in our community, it happens in all parts of community, across all walks of life,” she said.

The Orion team worked alongside the existing Taskforce Argos and focused on people who used peer-to-peer networks, or the so-called Darknet, to share child pornography.

Superintendent Scanlon said the training was integral to ensuring same-day responses to time sensitive investigations and confirmed two international specialists were brought in to help classify child exploitation images.

“It might be that we receive a job, it will be pushed out to a region, we can have detectives out the same day, same day response if they have the ability and training and technology to be able to progress the investigation immediately,” she said.

“The timeliness of that is critical, particularly when you have children in a house it gives us greater footprint across the state to do that work.

“It is allowing us to create a footprint into the future to give us better capability to respond quicker and if there are children in those houses that we locate those children and maintain their safety.

“Out of the Orion funding we have recruited some international specialists from Europe and America to come on board to be additional image classifiers, to classify if an image is child exploitation material.”

Regional Crime Coordinator Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said 20 detectives from Gold Coast and Logan had been involved in the Taskforce Orion pilot training program that resulted in the arrest of six offenders.

“Those people are attached to our Child Protection Units both here on Gold Coast and Logan,” he said.

“Working in conjunction with State Crime Command, so far since training was given in early April, we have arrested six offenders on 21 charges.”

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Hampton Park schools in lockdown as police hunt four robbers

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Hampton schools were in lockdown as police hunted four men. Photo: Nine News Hampton Park schools were in lockdown on Tuesday morning as police hunted four men who robbed a Pakenham family while they were home.
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Police phoned to alert Hampton Park Secondary School after the four men stormed the home on Ahern Road about 10.30am.

A woman and child were inside at the time. Hampton Park Primary and Secondary in lockdown due to a @VictoriaPolice investigation which begun in Pakenham #9Newspic.twitter南京夜网/LBTlSKsNRr— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) May 31, 2016

Two men fled the home in a stolen Suzuki Swift, while the other two left in a white Ford Territory.

Police located the Suzuki in Pride Court, Hampton Park.

Sniffer dogs then helped in the arrest of one man in nearby in Andrew Court.

The other men are still wanted.

Hampton Secondary principal David Finnerty said he alerted nearby Hampton Park Primary School after receiving the call from police.

Both schools were in lockdown for around an hour from about 11.30am.

“We received a phone call from police that there was a police incident in the area,” Mr Finnerty said.

“On the basis on that, the school went into lockdown.”

Hampton Primary assistant principal Liz Davey said that school was also closed as a precaution.

“We have sent a letter to parents congratulating students and staff on their calm handling of the situation that was out of our control,” she said.

It is understood River Gum Primary School was also in lockdown.

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Darts champion hits target

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Bull’s eye: Collie Eagles darts player Lee Chapman has qualified for this year’s Australian Darts Championships.
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COLLIE EAGLES darts playerLee Chapman has been selected for the Western Australian state team to compete inthe Australian Darts Championships 2016.

Mr Chapman placed within the top 16 averages in the state championships, earning him the chance tocompete in the state side trials last month.

He played seven gamesin the state trials doubles tournament on Saturday, May 28 and 15 games inthesingles eventon May 29.

Mr Chapman was selected for the side, featuring eight players and a reserve,byplacing the seventh highest average in the trials.

Mr Chapman said he was overwhelmed byhis selection for theside and the chance to representWA.

“I’m just over the moon, to get Western Australia on my back and to represent my state,” he said.

“I’ve given it all I’ve got this year and my darts are really starting to pay off for me.

“I’ve been putting in a few extra hours on the board and it’s just working for me, I seem to have found a nice rhythm and flow with the board and it’s going well.

“I’m just stoked to get a chance to represent the state, it means everything.”

Mr Chapman said darts has turned from a hobby into a passion over the past few years.

“It was about ten years ago I started playing, a lot of my friends played and they were always playing on Wednesday nights,” he said.

“I’ve played since I was a young fella,I’ve always had a dart board up at home, but I had never played competitively before andI found out that I wasn’t too bad at it so I took it up.

“It started off In B-grade in Collie playing for the Premier Hotel and I spent a couple of years at that and then I switched over to the Workers Club for a couple of years in A-grade.

“We formed a team that wanted to travel up to Mandurah because we wanted to expose ourselves as better competition.”

Mr Chapman has playedin the Mandurah, Port Kennedy, and Rockingham leagues in six of the past seven years.

He and darts partner Peter Rowe were required tocompete in the leagues to be recognised forthe state championships.

Mr Chapman had averaged 93 over a four week period in the Rockingham league this season.

The nationalchampionships willtake place from July 28 to August 6 in Bendigo, Victoria.

Mr Chapman said Collie has developed a proud darts culture that accepts people of all skill sets.

“You just need to go down to one of your local clubs on Wednesday nightif you’re a manorif you’re a lady go down to one of your local clubs Tuesday night, there’s about seven or eight clubs in Collie for both,” he said.

“There is always spots,Collie’s got a really healthy darts league –there is aboutfive A-grade sides, about eightB-grade sides and about 10 C-grade sides.

“There’s like 220 people that have played for the Collie Darts Association this year, that’s just men –Collie has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, darts associations in WA.

“Our club, the Collie Eagles, we’re actually short of players so if anyone wants to come down and have a go they’re guaranteed to get a game.”

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Students embrace culture

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Students embrace culture Uncle Jack Charles, Trent Nelson and Rebecca Phillips answer questions from students after their performance. Picture: DARREN HOWE
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Trent Nelson, Uncle Jack Charles and Rebecca Phillips. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Uncle Jack Charles, Trent Nelson and Rebecca Phillips answer questions from students after their performance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Rebecca Phillips, Uncle Jack Charles and Trent Nelson. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Uncle Jack Charles, Trent Nelson and Rebecca Phillips answer questions from students after their performance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Uncle Jack Charles, Trent Nelson and Rebecca Phillips answer questions from students after their performance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Uncle Jack Charles. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Lockwood Primary School students learn about Aboriginal artwork with Damian Saunders and Margot Feast at Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

Lockwood Primary School students learn about Aboriginal artwork with Damian Saunders and Margot Feast at Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

Lockwood Primary School students learn about Aboriginal artwork with Damian Saunders and Margot Feast at Bendigo Art Gallery. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

Quarry Hills Primary School students learn Indigenous Dance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Quarry Hills Primary School students learn Indigenous Dance. Picture: DARREN HOWE

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Damian SaundersUlumbarra show returns to theatreBendigo’s newest theatre hosted a show for students as part of Reconciliation Week yesterday.

The performance–called Ulumbarra:Gather Together–is acollection of Indigenous performers, artists and musicians gathered together to present a work dedicated theDja Dja Wurrung story and song.

It was commissionedfor the opening of Ulumbarra Theatre in 2015 and has returned this year by popular demand.

Trent Nelson, Uncle Jack Charles and Rebecca Phillips perform together in Ulumbarra: Gather Together at Ulumbarra Theatre. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Starring Uncle Jack Charles, Ulumbarra will be performed during the day for groups of school children as well as Thursday and Friday night for thepublic at Ulumbarra.

“We have done small events before butthis one is unprecedented,”Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloydsaid.

“It’s not just local schools, they are coming fromMaryborough and Echuca, schools from different regions are coming together across clan lines and living the Ulumbarra name by comingto one spot.”

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Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reviewing child pornography case

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No jail time for child porn guilty pleaThe Office of theDirector of Public Prosecutions NSW has confirmed it is reviewing the decision of one of its solicitors not to push for full-time jail for a man who pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.

Joel Adam Fletcher narrowly avoided a custodial sentence last week in Bega Local Court after he was found in the possession of 148 images portraying the exploitation of childrenbelieved to be aged between 10 and 13.

The 29-year-old was handeda two year suspended sentence and ordered to pay $5000 by a bewilderedMagistrate Doug Dick on Tuesday, May 24 after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) solicitor Brett Diggins did not request Fletcher be placed in full-time custody.

“I am going to be honest, I came here prepared to send you to full-time jail, the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) is not asking for that,” Magistrate Dick said during his sentencing of Fletcher.

“Material such as this can’t come into existence without the exploitation of children.

“It surprises me that the DPP aren’t asking for full-time jail, but they’re not.”

Despite not requesting a full-time sentence, DPP solicitor Brett Diggins did state the offence called for a “strong message from the courts”, and hequestioned the man’s denialsof any sexual gratification from the images.

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No more hibernation as gym opens doors for fun

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PUMPING IRON: Junee fitness trainers Ben Brown and Cam Hands are ready to welcome locals to the rec centre now that winter has arrived. Picture: Declan Rurenga
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Instead of hibernating in front of Netflix and the heater, Junee recreation centre staff have kicked off a program to encourage members to get inside and get active.

With winter finally here, the centre is setting down the challenge for locals to maintain and improve their fitness as well as rewarding their members.

Aneight-week fitness challenge started this week and is just one of the ideas as well as a free movie, a seminar on healthy eatingand a social media challenge.

“Winter is here and we want to help people stay motivated,active and social,” council’scommunity development manager David Koren said.

“The person who attends the most group fitness classes wins a prize.”

For Junee Junction members, the entire program –even the movie night -is free.

Mr Koren said with 24 classes run across a week –it would be tough to win the eight-week challenge but there are other prizes as well.

As part of the program the ever-popular Zumba class will be held at the recreation centre for the first time.Mr Koren said it could potentially become a permanent fixture.

“We’ve got three new group fitness classes, and fitness and aquatic bootcamps,” he said.

“It’s not all health and fitness,it’s about fun.”

Mr Koren said the exact dates of the program would be revealed over the next eight weeks.

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Robbo helps Crows turn pink for a big footy day

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STAR: Former AFL player Russell Roberston attempts a screamer for Burnie in a TSL match against Launceston. Robertson will line up for the Scottsdale Crows with Brodie Holland for their pink sports day in the NEFU on Saturday.
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Former AFL players Russell Robertson and Brodie Holland will line-up for the Scottsdale Crows against Winnaleah in their home NEFU clash on Saturday on a big “Pink Sports” day for the club.

The marquee players will conduct a junior footy clinic at noon and will stay on for a sports night function from 7.30pm, with a $20 entry fee and a lucky door prize voucher of a Tamar River cruise for two.

An auction will held for memorabilia items including a 2016 full-team signed Melbourne jumper, Jesse Hogan boots, a Josh Gibson-signed football and a Hawks jumper signed by Sam Mitchell.

A gold coin donation at gate entry will put patrons into a draw for a prize of two nights accommodation at White Sands, Scamander, valued at $500, which will be drawn at three-quarter time.

A chocolate wheel will be held during the day with prizesalong with a silent auction and pink tins will be taken around the ground for donations for the cancer foundation.

“Two cancer survivors involved with our club inPat Westlake and life member Toni Harris will toss the coin at the start of the reserves and senior games,”Crows president DarrenBreen said.

“We hope to get some people in and raise some money for cancer and obviously for the footy club.”

The best player will receive the Shane Makinen Medal.

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Cloncurry Winter Races | Photos

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Cloncurry Winter Races | Photos UP CLOSE: Dan Van Liessum, Abby Tapp, 3, and Amelia Robertson.
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RED CARPET TREATMENT: Kim Walden, Eloise Kippers, Lisa Monks, Matthew Chambers, Malissa Tapp, Tanya Brown, Robyn Jenkins, Kristy Hows.

OUTING: Kit Rix, Alannah Smith, Ella Scanlan, 3, Haylee Scanlan, Liam Scanlan, Abbie Lewanownsky, Trent Stanyer, Harvey Stanyer, 1.

SMILES: Cody Young, Tammy Young, Fallon Taylor, and Sarah Hoare.

PHOTOGENIC: Jodie Mara with Rory, 10 months.

AT THE TRACK: Kye Wehrman and Andrew Gertz.

WELL BEHAVED: Kieran Weller, Ashley Speidel, and Warren Weller have a good time.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Edie Harrison, Archie Harrison, Ryan Young, 6, Mary Harrison, who turned 80 years old last Friday night, Scott Harrison, Erin Harrison, and Rachel Brand.

CATCH-UPS: Zane Donavan, Sparrow Harrison, and Scott Harrison.

GOOD TIMES: Erin Harrison, Emily Bosnjak, Archie Harrison, and Bianka Bosnjak.

PUNTERS: Drew Alexion and Matt Said.

DAY OUT: Mikaela Tapp, Ann-louise Connelly and Monique Tapp.

BEST DRESSED JUNIOR GIRL: Skye Wehrman presented her award by Dale Grobler, from the Leichhardt Hotel.

BEST DRESSED BOY: Cade Ferguson.

BEST DRESSED MALE: Peter Bakker presented his award by Brad Edgar.

COMPETITIVE: The line-up of Fashions on the Field lady entrants at the Cloncurry Winter Races last Saturday.

BEST DRESSED CLASSIC LADY: Dale Gobler presents the award to Lucy Whitbread.

CONTEMPORARY LADY: Fashions on the Field winner Chauney Dodd, and Brad Edgar.

FINAL RACE: The fifth race of the Cloncurry Winter Races was the Sparrow Harrison Snr Memorial. Tamara Tincknell rides Larabee to victory.

FRIENDLY SERVICE: Colin Ferguson serves professional bullrider Troy Mara a beer. Mr Mara was in Cloncurry for his grandmother’s 80th birthday.

GOOD TIMES: Chris Moren and Shannon Moren.

ENTERTAINING: Jasper Robertson, 22 months, and Lacey Moren, 1, enjoy some play time between races.

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Narooma area police reportJune 1

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The new Bermagui police vehicle. A stolen runabout fishing boat was located atAkolele on Wallaga Lake in the last week. The small fishing vessel was stolen from Sydney back in 2013. Police charged one local man in relation to the matter and investigations are ongoing.
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Car rolls –A blue Kia was involved in a single vehicle accident on Wallaga Lake Road at 11.10am on Friday. The vehicle was being driven in an easterly direction by a local teenage girl when it left the roadway. She attempted to steer back onto the road but over-corrected, crossing the road and hitting the embankment on the opposite side. The car then rolled onto its roof. The driver suffered only minor injuries but she was issued with a ticket for negligent driving.

Phone lost –A local delivery driver lost his Samsung mobile phone somewhere on his route around Narooma atmidday on Friday. Police are hoping someone located the phone so that it can be returned to its owner.

Watch recovered –Police still have a valuable men’s watch found at Bar Beach, Narooma on Monday, May 23. The watch can be claimed at the Narooma police station if correctly identified.

Drink driving –About 9.40pm on Saturday, police observed a Subaru Forester travelling north on the Princes Highway, Bega with the high beam on. Police were travelling south at the time and completed a U-turn and stopped the vehicle. The 64-year-old driver from the ACT was breath tested and a positive result recorded. He was arrested and taken to Bega police station. He was subsequently issued a field court attendance notice for Low Range PCA. He will appear at Bega Local Court. He was issued a warning for the high beam offence.

Bonsai stolen –Three bonsai plants worth $400 have been stolen from a garden area outside a unit in Imlay Street, Eden. The theft occurred sometime overnight Friday. The plants were in ceramic pots. Eden police are investigating.

Car vandalised –Sometime between 3pm Saturdayand midnight, a Honda Accord was damaged in Orient Street, Batemans Bay. The vehicle was parked and unattended during that period. Several thousands of dollars of damage was caused to the vehicle including scratches to the bonnet, drivers front guard and door, passenger front guard, front and rear doors. The boot was dented as well.Anyone with information on any of these mattersis urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or local police on 4476 2044.

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Cloncurry Winter Races | Photos

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Cloncurry Winter Races | Photos UP CLOSE: Dan Van Liessum, Abby Tapp, 3, and Amelia Robertson.
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RED CARPET TREATMENT: Kim Walden, Eloise Kippers, Lisa Monks, Matthew Chambers, Malissa Tapp, Tanya Brown, Robyn Jenkins, Kristy Hows.

OUTING: Kit Rix, Alannah Smith, Ella Scanlan, 3, Haylee Scanlan, Liam Scanlan, Abbie Lewanownsky, Trent Stanyer, Harvey Stanyer, 1.

SMILES: Cody Young, Tammy Young, Fallon Taylor, and Sarah Hoare.

PHOTOGENIC: Jodie Mara with Rory, 10 months.

AT THE TRACK: Kye Wehrman and Andrew Gertz.

WELL BEHAVED: Kieran Weller, Ashley Speidel, and Warren Weller have a good time.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Edie Harrison, Archie Harrison, Ryan Young, 6, Mary Harrison, who turned 80 years old last Friday night, Scott Harrison, Erin Harrison, and Rachel Brand.

CATCH-UPS: Zane Donavan, Sparrow Harrison, and Scott Harrison.

GOOD TIMES: Erin Harrison, Emily Bosnjak, Archie Harrison, and Bianka Bosnjak.

PUNTERS: Drew Alexion and Matt Said.

DAY OUT: Mikaela Tapp, Ann-louise Connelly and Monique Tapp.

BEST DRESSED JUNIOR GIRL: Skye Wehrman presented her award by Dale Grobler, from the Leichhardt Hotel.

BEST DRESSED BOY: Cade Ferguson.

BEST DRESSED MALE: Peter Bakker presented his award by Brad Edgar.

COMPETITIVE: The line-up of Fashions on the Field lady entrants at the Cloncurry Winter Races last Saturday.

BEST DRESSED CLASSIC LADY: Dale Gobler presents the award to Lucy Whitbread.

CONTEMPORARY LADY: Fashions on the Field winner Chauney Dodd, and Brad Edgar.

FINAL RACE: The fifth race of the Cloncurry Winter Races was the Sparrow Harrison Snr Memorial. Tamara Tincknell rides Larabee to victory.

FRIENDLY SERVICE: Colin Ferguson serves professional bullrider Troy Mara a beer. Mr Mara was in Cloncurry for his grandmother’s 80th birthday.

GOOD TIMES: Chris Moren and Shannon Moren.

ENTERTAINING: Jasper Robertson, 22 months, and Lacey Moren, 1, enjoy some play time between races.

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Pantry gets food truck

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Food pantry advocates: Operations manager Bec Levett, job seeker Renee Cavell, Bendigo Bank Picton’s Tia Veech and founder Paula Zrilic. Picture: Anna WarrPaula Zrilicknows first-hand how hard putting food on the table can be.
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After leaving an abusive relationship, she struggled to make ends meet for her children.

With this hardship now behind her, MsZrilicis determined to ensure no one else will go without food.

She started the community pantry at Community Links Wollondilly last year and it was an immediate success.

“It is amazing to hear people’sstories and it has been a thrill to see how far the pantry has expanded,”MsZrilicsaid.

“No one is above anyone else and no one looks down on anyone.I founded the pantry becauseI needed a service like itso I know the pantryneeds to remain human and dignified.”

The pantry provides affordable groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, bread,hygiene and sanitary products at a low cost to its members.

Bendigo Bank Picton has recently come on board and provided the food pantry with $5000 to buy another truck.

MsZrilicsaid with the addition of anothertruck, food could be collected from Foodbank NSW.The pantry’s existing truck could then be used to transport clients to the pantry fora shopping trip.

Bendigo Bank boardchairwoman Tia Veech said she had seen the pantry grow in the last six months.

“MsZrilicmade a proposal to the bank and the whole board agreed it was a good community service to support,” she said.

“The pantry members are amazing people. They are out there trying to rebuild their lives. It is inspiring.”

Ms Veech said she was pleased the bank could help with the purchase of a new truck.

The pantry service helps the homeless, families, women and children in crisis, youth in crisis, indigenous communities, elderly people, new arrivals and low income earners.

The pantry has 350 members.

The pantry also hosts demonstrations to show locals how to prepare and cook food. Members can have morning tea, a hand massage and listen to live music.

MsZrilicis encouraging membersto buy a family bundle meal for $10 which includes meat, vegetables, sauce and a recipe card so they can cook a nutritiousmeal.

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Pantry gets food truck

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Food pantry advocates: Operations manager Bec Levett, job seeker Renee Cavell, Bendigo Bank Picton’s Tia Veech and founder Paula Zrilic. Picture: Anna WarrPaula Zrilicknows first-hand how hard putting food on the table can be.
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After leaving an abusive relationship, she struggled to make ends meet for her children.

With this hardship now behind her, MsZrilicis determined to ensure no one else will go without food.

She started the community pantry at Community Links Wollondilly last year and it was an immediate success.

“It is amazing to hear people’sstories and it has been a thrill to see how far the pantry has expanded,”MsZrilicsaid.

“No one is above anyone else and no one looks down on anyone.I founded the pantry becauseI needed a service like itso I know the pantryneeds to remain human and dignified.”

The pantry provides affordable groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, bread,hygiene and sanitary products at a low cost to its members.

Bendigo Bank Picton has recently come on board and provided the food pantry with $5000 to buy another truck.

MsZrilicsaid with the addition of anothertruck, food could be collected from Foodbank NSW.The pantry’s existing truck could then be used to transport clients to the pantry fora shopping trip.

Bendigo Bank boardchairwoman Tia Veech said she had seen the pantry grow in the last six months.

“MsZrilicmade a proposal to the bank and the whole board agreed it was a good community service to support,” she said.

“The pantry members are amazing people. They are out there trying to rebuild their lives. It is inspiring.”

Ms Veech said she was pleased the bank could help with the purchase of a new truck.

The pantry service helps the homeless, families, women and children in crisis, youth in crisis, indigenous communities, elderly people, new arrivals and low income earners.

The pantry has 350 members.

The pantry also hosts demonstrations to show locals how to prepare and cook food. Members can have morning tea, a hand massage and listen to live music.

MsZrilicis encouraging membersto buy a family bundle meal for $10 which includes meat, vegetables, sauce and a recipe card so they can cook a nutritiousmeal.

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Saints rain on Tamworth Swans’ parade

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IT WASN’T the result they had dreamed of but the Tamworth Swans celebrated a 10-year premiership reunion and the 250th game of club stalwart Dean Finlay at Oxley Bowling Club on Saturday night.
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Dean Finlay kicks the Swans out of trouble against Inverell Saints on Saturday (from left) Finlay, Beau Coles (Saints), Brennan Cosgrove (Saints) and Harrison Tibbles (Swans). Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280516GOE02

The Swans lost to Inverell Saints by 43 points at No 1 Oval after the Saints struck early and often to take a stranglehold on the special Swans day and lead by 42 points points at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third quarter too as the visitors extended their lead to 74-17 before the Swans replied with a determined final quarter, kicking four goals to two in what was a 12.16 88-6.9 45 scoreline.

Saints coach Dick Gleeson paid tribute to the Swans’ persistence and pluck to win the final quarter as well as the individual effort by Finlay to log 250 games.

He and his team knew the Swans, despite their lowly position on the table, would provide stiff resistance and he said his side had to produce some gritty football in bleak conditions.

“It was a big day for the Swans, with their 10-year premiership reunion and Deano’s 250th,” Gleeson said.

“He did play well too. He always plays hard.

“It’s a big effort too, 250 games.”

For Finlay, the excitement of sharing a milestone with a lot of former premiership-winning mates made it an extra special day.

Some of the players from the 2006 premiership-winning side had travelled long distances to remember and rekindle some winning memories at the Oxley Bowlo on Saturday night.

“It was a good day,”Finlay said.

“It was good to have a lot of the boys back. Unfortunately we couldn’t win for them but we did play well in the final quarter at least.”

Finlay is 44 and in his 19th season with the Swans.

He’s won three premierships in that time –1999, 2006 and 2009.

“I’m very proud,” he said.

“They let me run out with the kids and then chaired me off at the end.”

He said the highlight for him of his 250-game journey “was probably the 2009 premiership”.

“It was the year after we didn’t make the semi-finals in 2008.

“And we went up to Inverell and won up there.

“Unfortunately we have struggled since then but we are getting better and we do have some good kids coming through like Tom Kelly, Julian Jasper and AlexStewart.”

One thing is for certain though.

“There isn’t going to be a 300,” he grinned.

THIS WEEK (Round 9 – Saturday, June 4): Tamworth Swans v Narrabri Eagles (No 1 Oval, Tamworth), Moree Suns v New England Nomads (Taylor Oval, Moree), Inverell Saints v Tamworth Kangaroos (Varley Oval, Inverell). Gunnedah Bulldogs bye.

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