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Junior Eels earn Blues cap

Junior Eels earn Blues cap BLUE AND GOLD: Parramatta juniors Harry Duggan, Cliff Lea’Aetoa, Kyle Schneider, William Kei and John Paul Nohra in their Blues kit. Picture: NSW Rugby League
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BLUE AND GOLD: Parramatta Eels under 16s celebrate their national title win in Queensland. Picture: NSW Rugby League

John Paul Nohra. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Kyle Schneider. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Harry Duggan. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Cliff Lea’Aetoa. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

William Kei

TweetFacebookParramatta Sunspoke to Jones about each of the five Eels juniors selected for the NSW Blues under 16s.

John Paul Nohra. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

John Paul Nohra

“JP isa real senior player, very mature. He reads the play very well. He’s one of the smartest fullbacks I’ve had the pleasure of coaching. He saves more tries than he scores, which is rare for a fullback his age.”

William Kei.

William Kei

“William is a lovely kid, a real gentleman. He’s deceptively fast, has great footwork. He scored 20 tries in nine games for us. He’s a real team bloke, he brings energy and enthusiasm. You need a muzzle for him but his energy improved our whole squad.”

Cliff Lea’Aetoa. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Cliff Lea’Aetoa

“Cliff is very strong, one of the strongest 15-year-olds I’ve ever met. He’s a powerhouse runner. Week in, week out he was working hard to improve his game.”

Kyle Schneider. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Kyle Schneider

“All I can say about Kyle is he is aborn leader. He’s the best captain I’ve ever seen at his age. He made my job as a coach very easy and he deserves a lot of credit as a player and a leader. He’s level-headed, calm, collected, and direct with what he wants. Players want to play with him and play for him.”

Harry Duggan. Picture: Bryden Sharp Photography

Harry Duggan

“Harry came from Aberdeen very raw and improved week in, week out. He’s a sponge, he learns well and works hard. Each week he’d drive three hours to training after school and three hours home, stopping to get out and stretch. That’s indicative of the effort he makes. He’s a true professional.”

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Lambie’s dairy demands just milking political outcomes

Australian Dairy Farmers President David Basham says his members are not asking for a return to past days of highly-regulated markets.ANYONE hoping for improved standards of political representation in Canberra would feel somewhat deflated but maybe not shocked after reading Tasmanian Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie’s proposed resolution to the current dairy crisis.
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Senator Lambie profited from mining billionaire Clive Palmer’s cheque book to be elected to the Senate for the Palmer United Party at the last federal election but quit that team in a fit of pique after not getting her way, to establish a self-named political outfit.

Today, hot on the trail of this year’s election, with a more restrained advertising budget than the PUP’s bonanza in 2013, she issued a conspiracy riddled media statement attacking the government’s response to the dairy crisis while pouring scorn on Barnaby Joyce’s approach, like it was a political hobby.

Senator Lambie said if her party held the balance of power in the Senate after the July 2 election “we’ll do whatever it takes” to ensure a national dairy levy of 50c per litre is established and “our dairy families are saved”.

However, the simplistic solution Senator Lambie proposes for the dairy sector isn’t one that’s supported by most participants who live with the practical reality of its every-day challenges or a government that’s looked at the details, beyond superficial reasoning.

Senator Lambie’s fix merely proposes to reinvent the past by returning to industry regulation where government controlled markets and commodity levies merely empower external stakeholders to run political interference at will, in commercial operations.

In other words, she’d like milk producers to drive forward while gazing into their rear-view mirrors with their hands off the wheel, to postfan messages on the Communist Party web page, as they accelerate blindly towards a horror-smash, when another cliff-face inevitably arrives.

It seems her position – that’s ignorant of history and lacking any hint of rigorous economic analysis – demands dairy farmers effectively become government employed workers beholden to every minister’s statement, regardless of their political colours.

That type of scenario would merely exacerbate existing anxieties caused by fluctuating weather patterns and the pricing volatility of international markets.

But of course if Barnaby Joyce had an endless bucket of taxpayer money and the exact opposite supply of political conscience, Senator Lambie’s wish could well be granted.

Responding to Senator Lambie’s media statement, national representative body Australian Dairy Farmers President David Basham called for a balanced approach saying dairy farmers across all regions were not asking for a return to past days of a highly-regulated market or for consumers to be “punished with a tax as proposed by some on the fringe of our industry”.

“We operate in a global market place – we accept this – and work to adapt our practices to accommodate its volatility,” he said.

“But the farmer must not always have to bear the risk and financial fall-out of this volatility – we want fairness to prevail.”

Mr Basham pointed a finger squarely at the milk processors saying they were the ones that must address the unfairness of their actions.

“ADF is doing everything possible right now to make sure dairy farmers are never put in this position again,” they said.

“This includes working in particular with processors and the ACCC, ASIC and the federal government to address unfair contracts, improve supply chain transparency and better balance the risk between retailer, processor and supplier.

“The assistance measures recently announced by State and federal governments are broadly positive and reflect the immediate needs of the most affected dairy farmers.

“It is vital that this support is made available to farmers across all dairying regions now.

“ADF continues to push for greater detail regarding the eligibility criteria which has not been released to date.”

For his part, Mr Joyce recently met and listened to dairy farmers hit by the price cuts, as did Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon who strongly urged the banks to step up, where they could, to relieve immediate pressures.

Shortly afterwards, the major banks detailed their stream of direct business support measures for milk producers who are dealing with debt pressures caused by the unexpected price cuts.

Mr Joyce also seems to have utilised some of the agricultural, commercial expertise available within the Coalition’s ranks by including a $2 million commitment to increase milk pricing transparency, in the dairy support package unveiled last week that was largely underpinned by concessional loans.

Liberal MP Angus Taylor wants to see a milk pricing index introduced into the Australian market, to improve transparency measures and market signals to help farmers make better on-farm decisions, like the one used in NZ which he helped implement.

“The New Zealanders spent a lot of time working on what’s effectively a price index that allows farmers to understand how skim milk powder, whole milk powder, cheese and butter prices translate back to a price for milk, on a regular basis,” he said.

At last week’s regional leaders’ debate, Mr Joyce also poured instant cold water on Greens leader Richard Di Natale’s support for introducing a floor price on milk, saying it would cause over-supply and market collapse to create a crisis all of its own.

The previous week during talks with dairy farmers and industry members hurt by the pricing crisis, Mr Joyce said not one person asked him for a 50c milk levy and they’d also said “please” don’t re-regulate the dairy industry.

He praised Coles for supporting farmers with a new branded milk product selling for an extra 20 cent per litre and urged other retailers to move on from $1 per litre milk.

In other media comments, Mr Joyce has sought to broaden the public’s understanding of the dairy crisis by stressing the industry’s long- term outlook remains strong, despite a current over-supply of milk on the global stage that’s hurting local prices.

“I don’t want to start sending messages that we have a systemic problem and a complete change in culture around the consumption of dairy products – we don’t,” he said.

However, Senator Lambie’s approach in firing errant political bullets at high profile political targets seems to be of little help to anyone apart from seeking to boost her political aspirations and hopes of re-election.

A closer look at the media release also shows who she may be competing against for those votes and underlying intent for supposedly sticking up for dairy farmers.

In accusing Mr Joyce and the Nationals of betraying farmers, she points to the “Chinese coal mine” established “in the middle of some of Australia’s best agricultural and cropping land in the Liverpool Plains”.

Why the Tasmanian Senator chose not to call it the rightly titled Shenhua Watermark coal mine, that’s no longer located in Mr Joyce’s NSW based New England electorate and started in 2008 after the former NSW Labor government granted an exploration licence for $300 million, is for others to decide.

Senator’s Lambie’s media release accusation that Victorian Dairy Producer and acting CEO of National Dairy Products Darryl Cardona was bullied into silence over the dairy issue by someone in Mr Joyce’s office, was also dismissed as a complete fabrication.

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Bikes and karts in action at Kurri Kurri

LOCAL HOPE: Josh Pickering is winning fans with his “leave nothing in the bank” style of riding. He will be in action at Kurri Kurri Speedway on Sunday. Picture: PAUL GALLOWAYBikes and karts are in action in a huge weekend at Kurri Kurri Speedway.
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On Saturday, the LoxfordPark facility hosts the2016 NSW State Speedway Kart Championships and on Sunday its the fourth round of the 2016 Speedway Solos Winter Series.

Local speedway riders will be keen to haul back the leading point scorers at Kurri Kurri on Sunday.

The eight round series is being held at Undera in Victoria as well Albury, Napean and Kurri Kurri inNSW with each venue hosting two rounds during the autumn/winter months.

The series is beingcontested in three divisions – senior 500 solos, junior 250 solos and junior 125 solos.

In the senior solo division, local riders Josh Pickering (Heddon Greta) and Alan MacDonald (Cessnock)are well placed behind current series leader Ty Proctor (Victoria).

Both Pickering and MacDonaldshared top points at the second round in Albury to edge closer to Proctor who took top points in theopening round at Undera.

Proctor heads the leader board with 35 points, just three points clear of Pickering on 32 points.

Pickering is sure to take home track advantage on Sunday. He has set some very fast times in recentcompetition and his “leave nothing in the bank” style of riding seems certain to make him one of thefavourites this weekend.

Both the junior solo divisions are being dominated by Cowra riders.

Current World Junior Champion,Mathew Gilmore leads the junior 250 solo series and Maurice Brown tops the junior 125 solo series.

Racing starts at 11am on Sunday.

The 2016 NSW State Speedway Kart Championships will precede the speedway solos winter serieson Saturday.

The NSW Speedway Kart Club is conducting the event with State titles in anumber of divisions to be decided.

The championship qualifying races will get underway from9.30am with the championship finals to be decided as twilight races.

Meanwhile, Pelaw Main’sRohanTungate had to nurse his shoulder through thenSwindon Robins thrilling draw at King’s Lynn Stars.

The Robins rider, who is back in the main body of the team after a spell at reserves, damaged his shoulder during last week’s victory over the Stars.

However, Tungatestrapped himself up for Thursday night’s return meet to contribute a valuable five points, after failing to register in his opening two heats, in the 45-45 dramatic draw.

The 26-year-old was not sure whether he would have been able to compete.

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‘Our economy depends on it’

RECENTLY formed regional SA bodyRecFishCENTRAL recently called on the SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to commit to a full economic assessment of the value of the recreational fishing industry to the state’s economy.
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RecFishCENTRAL, which represents more than 300,000 recreational fishers in the state,small businesses, and the tourism and charter industries saidrecreational fishing is worth more than $1.82 billion to the state.

The body was formedin response to the state government’s proposed changes to size, bag and boat limits and will represent members on all recreational fishing issues.

RecFishCENTRAL spokesperson Les Rochester said the figures are based on an extensive survey of recreational fishing in SA undertaken by the University of South Australia.

“This study showed the capital investment in recreational fishing boats and tackle was $1.12 billion and the annual recurrent expenditure of recreational fishers was $350 million,” Rochester said.

“Using the Australian Bureau ofStatistics CPI calculator from 1997 until today those investments in the state are now worth $1.82 billion and $570 million annually.

“State governments around Australia have this information at their fingertips, and it’s continually updated but not here in South Australia.

“When you are about to implement major changes to an industry, you need to know the economic impacts those decisions will have.

State Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell recently said public consultation will determine what new changes the government will impose.

“We all want our grand kids to be able to take their grand kids fishing,” Mr Bignell said.

“The government mustmake regular assessments and listen to the community to ensure the future of this popularpastime.

“We want the valuable insight from people who are out on the water on a regular basis and caninform the government on issues specific to their region.”

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Rugby League – Bunker Not Helping Itself

Canberra Raiders v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Canberra sees Tyrone Phillips tackled by Shannon Boyd and Sia Soliola. Photo: Rohan Thomson The Canberra TimesThe NRL’s Bunker has copped all kinds of criticism so far this season, but over the weekend, all I could do was shake my head.
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At that stage, a ball hadn’t even been kicked in anger!

Sunday footy at Canberra saw the up-and-down Raiders against the up-and-down Bulldogs.

Since you couldn’t really say with much confidence what either team was going to do, it looked like a pretty good game to watch.

And then, we found out who was in the hot seat in the Bunker.

I was blown away!

Here we have a game involving the Canterbury Bulldogs and we have one of the best Bulldogs players of the modern era holding down the fort inside the Bunker.

I speak of none other than Luke “The General” Patten.

Patten played for the Doggies for many years, even winning the 2004 Grand Final for the “Family Club” from Belmore.

So, with this knowledge, I wondered whether the NRL had ever heard the phrase “perception is reality”?

You see, if Patten is asked to adjudicate on a contentious call and goes against the Raiders, despite the final decision being the correct one or not, he could be hauled over the coals simply because the “perception” would be that he has given his old team a helping hand.

And sure enough, there was one.

Halfway through the second half, Raiders excitement machine Blake Austin made a break and was eventually brought down right at the tryline.

In my opinion, Austin appeared to lose possession of the ball before he got to the in-goal, but the slo-mo replays suggest there may be more to it.

Is he actually short? When did he actually lose the ball? Is there still some form of contact when he gets to the line?

The on-field referee has said that he thinks it is a try (considering I don’t think it’s a try I think the on-field ref is having a guess) before sending the decision to “The General” to have a closer look.

In these cases, the man in the Bunker needs conclusive evidence to overrule the on-field referee.

So, “The General” looks at several angles. The slo-mo frames go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

After a minute or so, The General has come up with his decision – NO TRY!

Now, I actually agree with his decision to call it a no try, but incredibly that isn’t the point in this case.

The point is that Luke Patten should not be put into any position where he is forced to adjudicate on any team that he once played for.

In the interests of not only protecting Patten from unwarranted attacks on his credibility, the NRL should have the political nous to understand that if they keep Patten away from Doggies games (and Dragons games as he started his career at the Steelers/Dragons) they are actually protecting themselves as well.

You know, for an organisation as big as it is, you really have to wonder what’s going on when something as simple as this is being overlooked.

Luckily for Patten and the NRL, the Raiders ended up winning the game. Otherwise, we would’ve heard a lot more about “The General” seemingly protecting his own.

And if we’ve learned anything over the years, Ricky Stuart is one of the best when it comes to airing grievances during a press conference.

So I guess, this time, it ended up being a win/win.

The Raiders eventually went on to win the game, and Sticky kept his $10,000 for a change.

But it could have been very different.

In this day and age, perception truly is reality.

And the NRL needs to smarten up before this really blows up in their face.

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At heart of Power

At heart of Power ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Port Power celebrate after they defeated the Demons during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Fans look to get a vantage point of the match during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Darcy Byrne-Jones of Port Adelaide is tackled by Bernie Vince of the Demons during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: A general view during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Oscar McDonald of the Demons is challenged by Jarman Impey of Port Adelaide during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Alex Neal-Bullen of the Demons is challenged by Travis Boak of Port Adelaide during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Port Power celebrate after they defeated the Demons during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Brad Ebert of Port Adelaide is challenged by Max Gawn of the Demons during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Hamish Hartlett of Port Adelaide kicks the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: A general view during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Alex Neal-Bullen of the Demons looks to control the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Christian Petracca of the Demons handballs during the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Traeger Park on May 28, 2016 in Alice Springs, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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The Barton needs you

Greens candidate, Tamara Ryan, Residents and political figures willgatheron the grounds at the Hall interchangejust outside the ACT tomorrow at 7.45am,to launch the much anticipated social media campaign for the Barton Highway Community Action Group.
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In the lead up to the launch, Sophie Wade of the Duplicate the Barton Highway Community Action Group and her family organised a drone to capture footage and aerial shots of traffic on the Barton Highway’s ‘mad mile’ – the place where around 12,000 motorists take to the road each day.

Rory and Sophie Wade with John Flemming. Photo: Jessica Cole.

The footage will be used in the intense media campaign to bring the ‘Barton issue’ into the gaze of the Eden-Monaro’s federal candidates.

The Barton Action Group has been crowdfunding for months, all in an attempt to make the Barton Highway a forefront issue in the July election.

Over $3000 has been raised for the campaign and, since the launch this morning, residents will begin to see the tag ‘Duplicate the Barton Highway’ on the bumper of thousands of cars as well as posters dotted along the stretch of road.

Ms Wade said the efforts made by the community is to make the federal government take the Barton Highway seriously.

“We’ve been a safe seat for 20 years and we have got nothing but idle promises. Eden Monaro is only held by 1000 votes,” Ms Wade told Fairfax.

“It’s trench warfare and the trench for Eden Monaro is definitely the Barton Highway. If they don’t address the Barton Highway they’re conceding defeat.”

Only weeks ago, Mike Kelly was favoured to win the bellwether seat, the latest polling, however, has showed Peter Hendy closing into equal favourite with Kelly to win Eden Monaro, according to sportsbet南京夜网419论坛.

Last Monday, May 23, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Mike Baird flew into the seat of Eden-Monaro with bags of cash to splash on local projects, which has helped boost Hendy’s chances of retaining the seat. The Barton is yet to see a penny.

“Mike Kelly is the punter’s choice to win Eden Monaro, but the high profile visit from the Prime Minister and Premier shows the Liberal Party will not let this seat go lightly, with both candidates now neck and neck at $1.87,” sportsbet南京夜网419论坛’s Ben Bulmer said.

Both heavyweight parties are yet to commit any funding for the highway despite being described by Mr Kelly as the ‘link’ for the Eden-Monaro.

Greens candidate, Tamara Ryan, in a surprising announcement on Monday, has declared her commitment to fully duplicate the Barton Highway and to investigate long-term public transport additions along the route.

Greens candidate, Tamara Ryan, is ready to duplicate the Barton Highway.

The 26-year-old Candello woman told the Tribune that a real solution is needed to save lives, not more band-aid fixes.

“More and more commuters and heavy vehicles are using the Barton each year, yet under successive Labor and Coalition governments, much has been promised but we only ever see piecemeal solutions at best,” Ms Ryan said.

“Patchy fixes on dangerous stretches have happened but the real solution – a full duplication and the inclusion of good public transport linkages with the ACT – seem to have been repeatedly put in the too hard basket.”

Ms Ryan believes taxing high income earners more would ensure funding for projects such as the Barton.

“Greens continue to call on the LNP and ALP to commit to the $284 million [now $800 million] for full duplication promised by Howard in 2007, not merely the ‘upgrades’ suggested by Mike Kelly. Those who commute between Canberra and surrounds are fed up with being told we can’t afford to invest in their safety. Greens say, we can’t afford not to!

“I support the impressive grassroots work done by the Barton Highway Action Group, and stand in solidarity with their launch this week,” concluded Ms Ryan.

John Flemming’sl drone out in full force on Tuesday. Photo: Jessica Cole.

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Local housing crisis

The Yass housing crisis is shutting almost all people on income support out of the private rental market. Photo: Getty. The Yass housing crisis is shutting almost all people on income support out of the private rental market, according to a snapshot from Anglicare’s annual Rental Affordability survey.
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The study, in its seventh year, surveyed 34 properties advertised for rent in the Yass region in terms of affordability, which is up to 30 per cent of disposable income. It also looked at the appropriateness to accommodate the required number of people.

The survey found only 18 properties that were affordable and suitable for couples receiving benefits for two children. Most distressingly, singles and single parents were completely locked out of the private rental market.

Anglicare Manager of Housing and Social Services, Toni Reay, said the undersupply of affordable rentals in Yass was very concerning, particularly as it affected single parents and their children who were struggling with the threat and stress of homelessness.

“The housing affordability crisis is taking a huge toll on individuals and families in our community. It’s a problem that can no longer be ignored,” she said.

“What we are seeing is young people and single parent families severely impacted by the lack of suitable housing options across our region. Our work with single women, single men and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness shows us that appropriate, secure and affordable housing is the basic foundation for their well-being.”

Comparing 2015 data to 2016, there was such a decrease in the affordability for singles on aged pensions and couples on aged pensions that unlike previous years, they are now no longer able to find accommodation.

Ms Reay fears the number of people living in poverty and crisis in the Yass region will continue to rise if the issue is not addressed.

“We continue to see community members – in particular single parents receiving parenting payments and couples with one or two children on low incomes – severely impacted by the lack of suitable housing options. There is an urgent need for an effective approach towards funding affordable housing in Australia,” she said.

Alfred McCarthy from the Rae Burgess Centre in Yass said the housing situation has been the same for many years.

“The cost of housing in Canberra has a huge effect on Yass,” he said.

“The problem is that rental properties cost more because of the proximity to Canberra, which reflects back on people being unable to meet the rental costs because of demand. This then creates challenges for the Rae Burgess Centre.”

The Rae Burgess Centre assists with accommodation options for women, men and families who reside in Yass or the catchment area and have become homeless due to domestic violence or other reasons.

The centre advocates and negotiates on behalf of people facing homelessness due to domestic violence or other issues including representation to Centrelink or landlords, court support and referral to other agencies.

“There are two sources of accommodation options we work with. The Argyle housing is a not-for-profit, which helps to find properties for housing commission. We also work closely with local agents who are really helpful,” he continued.

The Rae Burgess Centre, based in Banjo Paterson Park, operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 4pm. There is no on-call service outside these hours.

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Author’s tips for reading to children

SPECIAL GUEST: Children’s author Ursula Dubosarsky visited Kurri Preschool last week.The Kurri Kurri community was treated to a visit from award-winning children’s author Ursula Dubosarsky last week.
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Dubosarsky visitedKurri Preschool and a number ofother schools in the area.

The visit was organised by Karen Bruce from Kurri Library, using funding from the Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

Dubosarsky was also the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner for Kurri Preschool, held at KurriBowling Club on May 24.

She spoke on the topic“Why do children want to read?… And what you can do to help”.

Her main points were:

– Children want to spend time with you, their parent, and a story generally gives them your undivided attention for the time it takes.

– Reading aloud to your children does pay off in the long run. Even if the child is slow learning to read, once they do start,they will rapidly improve, so stick with it!

– Don’t feel you have to read every word if the child doesn’t have the patience for it – ad-lib or talk about the pictures.

– Choose books with fewer words – often this is a sign that the author has thought deeply about their message and condensed it into fewer words.

– Let children choose their own books on topics they are interested in. The best way to do this is through regular visits to the local library.

– You can also choose some books for your child – books that you loved as a child, or “classics”, beautifully illustrated books, books that address something that is happening in their life or books that you know you will enjoy reading.

The dinner provided a great opportunity for preschool, school, health services and community to discuss reading and how to foster it in Kurri.

“It was so much fun, we’re planning to do it all again in twoyears’ time,” Kurri Preschool directorJannelle Gallagher said.

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Coastal students take win in finals

WINNERS: Division one boys Grand Final – Don College defeated St Patrick’s College. Picture: Basketball Tasmania. Two North-West basketball teams have taken out a statewide competition on the weekend, showing the dominance of Coastal talent once again.
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Don College and Marist Regional College were the two most successful teams, taking out the boys and girls championship.

Don College went up against St Patrick’s College in the Division one boys final on Sunday.

The Coastal side were too strong for the Launceston based school in an exciting and high quality game.

Marist Regional College were the victorious team in the Division one girls final.

They went up against Guilford Young College in the decider with the Hobart based side proving to be a challenge.

But the Coastal girls were too strong, making it two wins for the North-West in Division one.

The North-West also had success in the Division two competition as St Brendan Shaw College were victorious in the girls championship.

CHAMPS: Division one girls Grand Final – Marist Regional College defeated Guilford Young College. Picture: Basketball Tasmania.

The girls went up against Launceston’sNewstead College in the final on Sunday and made it three wins out of four for the Coast.

It was all Launceston in the Division two boys competition as Launceston College took the win over Newstead College in the decider which was surely a great rivalry.

Devonport hosted theTasmanian Secondary College Basketball Championships last Saturday and Sunday, with 31 teams competing in 64 games of basketball.

Held by Basketball Tasmania, itinvolved 15 schools from across the state.

They wenthead-to-head for the chance to compete as a state representative side at the National Schools Basketball Tournament held in Melbourne during December.

Representing the North-West wereDon College, Hellyer College, Marist Regional College, St Brendan-Shaw College and Burnie High School.

The two day event gavean insight into national and international basketball leagues, and gave playersthe chanceto improve their skill set.

The championship event wasshared between Coastal venues at the Devonport Basketball Stadium and at the East Devonport Recreation Centre.

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