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Taskforce Orion training to crack down on child exploitation offenders

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

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

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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Narooma area police reportJune 1

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

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

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

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

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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Big day’s play at the Bay

Big day’s play at the Bay Bombala playing rugby league against the Bay Tigers at the Bay on Sunday, May 29.
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Bombala playing rugby league against the Bay Tigers at the Bay on Sunday, May 29.

Bombala playing rugby league against the Bay Tigers at the Bay on Sunday, May 29.

Bombala playing rugby league against the Bay Tigers at the Bay on Sunday, May 29.

TweetFacebookHigh HeelersThe High Heelers were excited for a big game after the Bay forfeited to the High Heelers in Round 1.

There were early points scored by the High Heelers, setting the scene for the game by Tash Stewart (sponsored by Raw Strength Bombala) and converted by Kayley Keavey. With some great field position it wasn’t long before captain Patrice Clear was in for a try, converted by Keavey. The High Heelers side were still a tad light on, with some key players still out this week, which gave the rest of the girls the opportunity to experience more game time in some unfamiliar positions. The High Heelers rose to the challenge and set plays allowed Lucy Sellers (sponsored by Bendoc Park Poll Herefords) in for a try, as well as Kayley Keavey and Janine Jamieson (sponsored by Jamieson Bros Sawmill) out wide. The halftime score was a comfortable 24-0. The second half saw some quick play and some handy passing to put Kristy Nichols (sponsored by One Agency Bombala) over the line. Abbey Kimber showed some quick thinking to get on a loose in goal ball to get a try herself.

Then with field position again in the High Heelers favour it was a great pass from Katie Peisley (sponsored by D and M Automotive) to Katrina Brownlie (sponsored by Monaro Business and Financial Services) to score her first points for the season.

With a great effort put in by all the High Heelers the girls ran out winners 36-0. Players player and 3 points went to Abbey Kimber (sponsored by J & J Exterior & Interior Design), 2 points went to Georgie Clarke and one point was shared between Patrice Clear (sponsored by Clear Cut Electrical) and Kayley Keavey (sponsored by Dommos Shearing).

Reserve GradeThe Heelers ran out with confidence led by captain coach Clay Stewart. First points were made by Raymond Kading and Mick Sullivan with Clay Stewart converting. Solid hit-ups by Raymond Kading, Nathan Jennings and Matthew Stone continued to lift the reserve grade side. Alex Rosten put his body on the line in defence only to have points scored by the Bay. The halftime score was 12-4. Clay Stewart, leading by example made a line break not long after half time, Nathan Jennings continued the momentum down the field, but it was back to Clay Stewart to score an impressive try in the same set making the score 16-4. The game was proving to be very physical with big hits and tough defence. With good field position and a seamless set play, Nathan Jennings went over the line to bag his own try under the posts. With the try converted by Clay Stewart, the score pushed out 22-4.

With frustrations mounting for the Bay, two players ended up being sin binned for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Nic Rosten captialised on this, demonstrating great pace out wide to score. Shortly after it was Mick Sullivan who put on a lightning run from halfway to score a stunning try out to the left.

With players returning from the sin bin, the Bay put pressure on the line but were held out by the Heelers. Kitt Bryce had the crowd on their feet when he made an impressive one on one tackle to force a loose ball from the Bay. The game continued with physical plays until the siren sounded, the score rewarded the Heelers for their solid game, 30-4.

Players Player and three points went to Raymond Kading, 2 points went to Kitt Bryce and 1 point went to Mick Sullivan.

First GradeThe Bombala First grade team took the field, still with key players out to injury, the boys continue to prove the depth and ability of Reserve Grade players to back up for Firsts is a testament to the clubs dedication and team camaraderie. The Heelers received the kick off and made some great metres through Samioni and the forward pack. Murray Jackson kicked a good ball and put pressure on the Bay and forced an error to regain position. It was Tyler Jones running from dummy half who put the first points on the board. Continued hard runs by Saimoni and Tuwame as well as solid defence by Chris Anderson got the Heelers into optimal field position. Chris Anderson pushed over the line in the corner and put the score to 8-0. Strong runs by Malcolm Stone and Saimoni helped gain field possession and Tyler Jones’s quick thinking to jump on a loose ball made good metres for the Bombala team. Tuwame pushing through multiple defenders, threw a very unselfish ball out to Nic Rosten to score in the corner. Tuwarme converted the try to make the score 14-0. However the Bombala boys soon seemed plagued by unforced errors and continued to let the Batemans Bay team back into the game giving away multiple penalties and putting unwanted pressure on themselves. A short kick off and regather by the Bay had them in for a try shortly after. Malcolm Stone continued his relentless defence and Tuwame followed suit with some great defensive hits along with Charlie Lomas. However Batemans Bay would score again just before half time, taking the score 14-10 in the Heelers favour.

The Bay took the field with momentum all in their favour after halftime and it wasn’t long before they ran in a few unanswered tries blowing the score out to 14-26. The Heelers were really feeling the brunt of their mistake-riddled football. The likes of Malcolm Stone and Chris Anderson were instrumental in getting the boys into decent field position, this allowed the classy football skills of Andrew Anderson to show and go to score just to the right of the posts, Tuwarme converted to bring the score to 20-26. The Heelers would score again to level things up 26-26 but the Bay would have answers and strike back again when allowed too much space to spread the ball, the score was 32-26 in favour of the home team. A converted try behind on the scoreboard and only minutes until full time, the Heelers were not finished yet. Paul Perkins was instrumental in directing a well-executed set play where the Heelers Saimoni would score out wide virtually untouched. With the fulltime siren sounding, the fate of the game lay with Tuwame’s conversion attempt from out wide. As the crowd all drew breath as he closed in on the ball, his strike was sweet and he nailed the two points, locking the final score up at full time at a draw, 32-32.

Three points went to Chris Anderson, 2 points went to Malcolm Stone and 1 point was shared between Saimoni and Andrew Guthrie.

The club would like to thank all the Bombala supporters and those that assisted the players on the day at Batemans Bay. Also the club thanks the major sponsor, Bombala RSL and to all the Jersey sponsors for their continued support of the Bombala players. It will be a home game next Sunday, June 5 against Moruya and the club hopes that the Bombala community will come out and support the hard work of the football club.

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Rain brings hope for crops and run off

Both soil profiles and farmers’ confidence are on the up after rainfall across the state. Some areas still desperately need rain, but weekend forecasts seem promising.
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RAIN fell across the state last week, which boosted farmers’ soil profiles and confidence for the season.

Others are still desperately needing follow up rain to get dry sown crops established and potentially, a run-off event.

Welcomed falls of rain hit the North West late last week, however, showers were reported patchy.

B&W agronomist, Luke Find, North Star, said the Moree region received between 8 to 20mm, with most farmers receiving about 10mm.

Mr Fing said the rain certainly helped crops that were out of the ground, but didn’t do a lot of good for crops that were dry sown.

With more rain predicted for the end of the week in the area, Mr Fing said people are taking a gamble and planting chickpeas on the back of a promising forecast.

“The rain was good, it got confidence up for this bit of predicted rain to come through,” he said.

The beaureau of meteorology (BOM) recorded falls of 17.4mm for Narrabri, 9.4mm for Gunnedah and 16.8mm for Tamworth late last week.

This month, Deniliquin has received 99.8mm of rain and Wagga Wagga has had 90mm, with a most recent fall of 15mm last week.

After a couple of good frosts the winter herbage is kicking in around Coonabarabran.

Agronomist Bob Freebairn said if forecasts for weekend rain proved to be correct,as much as 90 per cent of the state could be well set for winter.

“What we’re really looking for is a good run-off event, it’s been three years out here and in some places there has not been a lot off run off since 2011.”

Mr Freebairn said theCoonamble and Walgett region wasstill looking “pretty iffy”.

TheCentral and Central West Tablelands region have finished the month of May with solid rainfall.

Late last week,Orange received 35mm,Hargraves topped the region with 37mm, and Bigga had a fall of 36mm.

Cowra had a fall of 19mm, Dubbo and Wellington received falls of 19 to 22mm.

Elders agronomist Peter Watt, Cowra, said the local area wouldendthe month withabout 120mm.

Given the area has received double the monthly rainfall average, Mr Watt saidgrowers wouldnot be looking for further soakings.

“It’s all coming up beautifully,” hesaid.

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Doctors have a bone to pick over absence of lymphedema specialist at hospital

CONCERNS have been raised with Orange Health Service management that patients who no longer have access to a lymphedema treating physiotherapist at Orange hospital will suffer long-term and irreversible effects.
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Retired cancer surgeon Dr Stuart Porges and chairman of Cancer Care Western NSW John Carpenter said they have twice met with management at the hospital in April and again earlier this month to express concerns the position of lymphedema physiotherapist was vacant and hadn’t been filled.

Dr Porges said specialist lymphedema physiotherapy is vital to prevent swelling in the limbs of cancer patients who have undergone the removal of lymph glands or other surgery where a limb can be affected.

“Unfortunately lymphedema is a fairly frequent complication of any procedure where the lymph glands are removed and is particularly common after breast cancer treatment,” Dr Porges said.

“Ideally the out of town patients staying in Orange for radiotherapy should be having this preventative lymphedema care at the same time as they are having their radiotherapy in Orange, rather than having to make special trips for the occasional and insufficient lymphedema treatments,” Dr Porges said.

Orange Health Service general manager Catherine Nowlan said the physiotherapist previously fulfilling the role has retired.

“We were very fortunate this physiotherapist had the required training to provide this important service, and we are looking at options for up-skilling more allied health clinicians to provide this service,” Ms Nowlan said.

“Orange Health Service is currently undertaking recruitment to fill the musculoskeletal physiotherapist position and the physiotherapy department at Orange Health Service is continuing to accept referrals from the cancer care team to ensure we provide this service to lymphedema patients,” Ms Nowlan said.

Mr Carpenter said he and Dr Porges are pushing for the appointment immediately.

“As part of Cancer Care Western NSW we see our role very much as an advocacy one,” Mr Carpenter said.

“Unfortunately we have a family friend who has recently developed cellulitis as a result of lymphedema and while something can be done to ease the situation, it is now irreversible,” he said.

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More federal oyster funding

Tasmania’scrippled oyster industry has received further federal assistance as it attempts to recover from the outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS).
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Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister Anne Ruston announced funding of up to $984,000 for theAustralian Seafood Industriesto continue its Pacific oysters selective breeding program.

The programseeks to advance the industry with POMS-resistant oysters.

Senator Ruston said the funding was on top of earlier assistance of $1.47 million provided to the state government in April, as well asalmost $8 million of state assistance.

The funding announcement was welcomed by Oysters TasmaniaExecutive Officer Neil Stump.

“It’s one of the four key points in the Oyster TasmaniaPOMSresponse plan that we put to state and federal governments,” Mr Stump said.

“We’rereally pleased to see that need has been recognised and that the the fundingto support theprogram over the next 12 months has been provided,” he said.

“The only way we can efficiently combat the presenceof a disease like POMSis to breed family lines of oyster that are resistant to the disease,so we have no other option thanto go down this path anyway.”

The disease has affected six oyster growing regions in South-Eastern Tasmania, as well as a population of wild oysters in the Derwent estuary.

The Tasmanian state government’s efforts focused on immediate financial help anddeveloping a financial assistance package to ensure the long-term future of the industry in the state.

In February, the Tasmanian Government announced provision of immediate fee relief for all Tasmanian Pacific Oyster growers, which included waiving this year’s licence fees, the next lease rental fees, the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program levy and the Primary Produce Food Safety Accreditation Scheme fees worth about $1.6 million,” Primary Industries MinisterJeremy Rockliff said.

“We have also established a $5 million Oyster Recovery Loan Scheme to provide funding for stock recovery and clean-up of affected farms; to help re-start and re-develop hatcheries;provide POMS related infrastructure modifications and re-stock affected oyster farms.”

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State of Origin battle sparks a border war

A campaign to decide State borders, via State Of Origin, has been launched on social media by UBET.
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Queenslander Trevor Gillmeister (left) and New South Welshman Anthony Minichiello are lobbying for State border changes via State of Origin

The novel campaign is calling for the State border to be pushed back 10km either way with the victorious state claiming additional enemy territory.

Former Origin legends Anthony Minichiello (NSW) and Trevor Gillmeister (Queensland) are on board, with Minichiello calling on footy fans and power brokers alike to up the ante.

“There’s no doubt Origin is the most passionate sporting contest in the country – we already know that – so imagine putting the state line on the line,” Minichiello said.

“Everyone has a punt on Origin.

“Even the pollies switch jerseys or fly the opposition flag over parliament.

“But let’s be honest, that’s all a bit lame – it’s time to make it a contest really worth fighting for.”

Gillmeister said after dominating the competition for the past decade, the Queenslanders deserved an extra slice of enemy territory.

“Ignoring 2014, we’ve absolutely smashed them for a decade – those guys would probably be relieved to get to barrack for the Maroons for a change,” Gillmeister said.

“Ideally though, whichever side of the border you’re from – whether you drink XXXX or Tooheys, worship at the altar of Lewis or Daley – you should rally behind this campaign to make Origin even more thrilling.”

UBET has launched a video centring on the border town communities of Wallangarra (Queensland) and Jennings (NSW).

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