Debt won’t affect power bills

FEARS that households and small businesses will be forced to bear the brunt of debt lumbered onto power distributor TasNetworks can be categorically dismissed, according to economist Phil Bayley.
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TasNetworks will from today take on $325 million of Hydro debt, in a move the government says will ensure the renewable energy generator remains sustainable.

The transfer takes TasNetwork’s total debt to about $1.64 billion, after it last month gave $30 million to prop up Forestry Tasmania.

Greens leader Kim Booth argued the government was pursuing a dangerous strategy bound to drive up power prices.

‘‘TasNetworks has only got one way of collecting revenue and that’s to charge for transmission of electricity and that ends up on everybody’s power bills, so the Treasurer is just using weasel words,’’ Mr Booth said.

‘‘If TasNetworks has an alternative revenue source by which they will pay down this debt, then please inform us.

‘‘Otherwise clearly it is Tasmanian mum and dad power consumers, and local business consumers, who will be paying.’’

Mr Bayley said the assertion was wrong, arguing TasNetworks was a regulated business with no capacity to alter its prices.

‘‘The mix of debt and equity any regulated business holds has no impact on its pricing … there’s absolutely no relationship there at all,’’ Mr Bayley said.

‘‘There is some evidence having high debt encourages power network businesses to operate efficiently and refrain from gold-plating network assets.’’

His views were echoed by TasNetworks chief executive Lance Balcombe, who said the increased debt level would not impact prices, customer services or capital plans.

Mr Balcombe said the Australian Energy Regulator assumed a debt gearing of 60 per cent among distribution companies and set prices accordingly, irrespective of a company’s financial standing.

He said TasNetworks’ debt loading would increase to 62 per cent after today’s transfer – a level he described as comfortable.

Mr Balcombe said there was no immediate need to pay off the debt, and did not believe it would impact the company’s credit rating.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein this week said Hydro had been forced the shoulder the multimillion–dollar debt when the former government bought the rarely-used Tamar Valley Power Station.

But Labor leader Bryan Green hit back, saying Mr Gutwein supported the purchase while in opposition.

‘‘The reality is that Mr Gutwein’s irresponsible spending spree during the election campaign has resulted in real pressure on our economy,’’ Mr Green said.

‘‘The government is eroding public services and stripping more and more money from our GBEs to pay for election pork barrelling that we cannot afford.’’

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Bail refused: woman held under new laws

THE state’s tough new bail laws that came into effect this week have had their first test in Tamworth.
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In Tamworth Local Court yesterday, a woman charged with three offences was refused bail in an appearance after the court found there was “no evidence as to why detention was not justified”.

The “show cause” hearing was triggered after the court was told the woman was on parole when she allegedly committed a strictly indictable offence.

It was the first “show cause” bail determination in the region under the amended laws, which came into force on Wednesday.

Those charged with serious offences must now prove they should not be held in custody.

Senior Tamworth police were brought up to speed on the new laws this week.

They joined thousands of their counterparts across the state as well as solicitors, the judiciary and Department of Justice staff who have been trained under the legislation.

Those deemed an unacceptable risk will be refused bail under the new laws.

In making bail determinations, magistrates, judges and Supreme Court justices will also have to consider risk factors such as criminal associations, victims’ views and any history of non-compliance with bail and court orders.

“This applies to crimes punishable by life imprisonment, the sexual assault of a child, serious firearm and drug offences, repeat personal violence offences and any serious indictable offence committed while a person is on bail or parole,” Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said.

“This is about keeping the state’s most dangerous criminals off the streets so we can better protect the community.”

The state government is touting the laws, which it maintains should make the community feel safer.

“From now, new laws make it very clear that those who pose an unacceptable risk, as defined in the legislation, should no longer be released on bail,” Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said.

“In the case of certain serious offences, the onus will be on the accused to show why their detention in custody is not justified.”

The state government has confirmed a Bail Monitoring Group, made up of police and representatives from justice agencies, will continue to review the laws to ensure they are operating effectively.

Former attorney-general John Hatzistergos will deliver a final report midway through the year.

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‘Serious charges’: bail denied for Walcha accused

A WALCHA woman will remain behind bars under the state’s tough new bail laws after she allegedly tried to influence a person to pervert the course of justice and coached a child to interfere with the evidence.
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Natasha Beth Darcy-Crossman was arrested in Walcha on Wednesday night and failed in her bid to be released on bail in Tamworth Local Court yesterday, after she couldn’t persuade the court as to why she should not be detained.

“Oh god,” the 39-year-old shrieked, dropping her head into her hands after bail was refused. Darcy-Crossman was one of the first locals to be detained under the new Bail Act, after a “show cause” hearing was triggered by the serious charge, which was allegedly committed while she was on parole.

The court heard Darcy-Crossman had two weeks remaining on a two-year, 11-month sentence, after she was convicted in the district court of damaging property by fire, following an incident in Walcha in 2009.

Solicitor Fiona Hadlington said there were six issues, including “community and family ties” to Walcha, which demonstrated why her client’s detention was not justified.

“There would be a very long delay,” she said, adding that her client might not get to trial before early next year.

“There is no evidence to say she made a false statement … I find that very hard to prove … I do think that it is a very weak prosecution case.”

Ms Hadlington said her client denied enticing someone to change their statement after a meeting at a front gate in Walcha, as well as allegations of text messages.

“As your honour knows, that does not make a strong prosecution case,” she said, adding it was a he-said, she-said situation as it stood.

“She thinks (the complainant) is trying to get her into trouble.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Cynthia Donovan said the charge of coaching a child to assist in criminal activity was a “premeditated and planned act”, while perverting the course of justice was a deliberate attempt “to manipulate theevidence”.

“This defendant has gone to great lengths to interfere with witnesses, which has brought the case today,” she said.

Sergeant Donovan said it was “a strong case” and that Darcy-Crossman was a high risk of reoffending and would “endanger the complainant and victims”.

“The community is at risk of those concerns,” she said.

Darcy-Crossman is facing three charges, including doing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice, making a false representation resulting in police investigation, and recruiting a child to carry out or assist in criminal activity.

“The accused has not provided evidence as to why detention is not justified. Accordingly, bail is refused,” Magistrate Michael Holmes said.

The case will return to court next month.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west

GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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GALLERY: The week that was in the central west ORANGE: Kindergarten students Sasha Green and Mesmin Scaria on their first day. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0127kindy5
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FORBES: The floats in this year’s Australia Day parade wowed the crowd.

PARKES: The 2015 Cars of the Elvis Era Show kept pace with the increasing popularity and spectacle of the Parkes Elvis Festival.

ORANGE: The city received about 100 millimetres of rain on Saturday, causing localised flooding of streets.

COWRA: An Australia Day outing on the Lachlan river turned into a few hours of being stranded after a young family tipped their canoes.

GRENFELL: The community once again got behind the town’s Australia Day celebrations.

CABONNE: Australia Day revellers in Cabonne were able to mix with some of the top people in their respective fields, with rugby commentator Gordon Bray and Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job making appearances.

CANOWINDRA: Canowindra could be playing host to the best female hot air balloon pilots in the world in three years time.

BLAYNEY: When Helen Burton approached the microphone after hearing she had been awarded the Citizen of the Year accolade she reminisced about her community work over the years.

ORANGE: A public housing property in Currong Crescent has sat vacant for months and has become a haven for rodents says Dean Powe who regularly visits relatives in the area.

COWRA: Elias Burke from Bathurst testing out his skills at Wyangla Dam on Australia Day.

FORBES: Robert Parsons was named Forbes Citizen of the Year at Monday’s Australia Day official ceremony at South Circle Oval, along with Mitchell Ashcroft, who was awarded the Junior Citizen of the Year.

ORANGE: The Jim Cobb Gift curator Bradley Hammond with one of the $1m worth of paintings donated to the Orange Regional Gallery by Jim Cobb. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128chroma

PARKES: Hundreds of locals enjoyed free entry to Parkes Aquatic Centre to celebrate Australia Day with a pool party.

COWRA: Some of the countries best wakeboarders will put their skills to the test at Wyangala Dam this Saturday January 31, in the Wakeboard NSW Summer Series Malibu Boats round four.

ORANGE: Shane Lear believes official rainfall figures should be recorded in the Orange township. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0128rain2

DUBBO: Addison and Zali Lovett with Sienna and Harry Cavanagh at their first day of school yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: NSW Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol interim director Adrian Fahy, Western NSW Local Health District chief executive officer Scott McLachlan, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol senior team leader Terry Buckerfield, interim operations manager Jason Crisp and Deputy Premier Troy Grant. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Dubbo Strata Management director Susan Cornish said she has already registered the properties in her care with pools and is awaiting certification. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lachlan Roach, Adrian Eames and Trent Luck from Harvey Norman with Orana Heights Before and After School Care project manager Kellyann Johnson and co-ordinator Cathy Buckley. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Blackouts in and around Dubbo kept Essential Energy crews busy yesterday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

DUBBO: Jackie Bayley, Harrison Butcher, Bethany Ormsby, Adam Lummis, Rowie Bayley and Peter Napper at the Aussie Day Weekend fundraiser barbecue. Photo: JOSH HEARD

NARROMINE: Jim Hamilton chats with Sam Lawler of Trangie Livestock and Property at the Narromine Sheep Sale. Rain has helped lift the prices of sheep.

NARROMINE: Corey (front), Amy, Jayden and Courtney Horcroft with Kristy and Leanne Walsh celebrating Austrlaia Day.

NYNGAN: Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis and Sergeant Tony Wood form Nyngan Police inspect the vandalism caused in Nyngan recently. It’s hard to see what pleasure anyone could get out of committing these crimes.

WELLINGTON: A local firey with a big heart – Peter Conn – is one of seven Australians to this year receive the Austrlaia Dire Service Medal recognising 36 years of tireless volunteer work.

WELLINGTON: The co-ordinator of Noah’s Ark Playgroup, a volunteer organisation which cares for local children, says she is disgusted by another break-in which has caused serious damage.

BATHURST: Australia Day Yard Dog Trials were held in Bathurst this week. Photo: CLARE LEWIS

BATHURST: Neville Goldspink and Samson lead Mervyn Theobald’s funeral procession down Keppel Street with one of Mervyn’s sons Paul riding shotgun. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 012815pmerve

BATHURST: Ron and Dot Jones from Caboolture in Queensland stop for a break at Bathurst Driver Reviver on their way to the mighty Murray River in South Australia. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 012515zreviver1

BATHURST: The sack races were one of the highlights of Eglinton’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: CLARE LEWIS 012615aus30

KANDOS: Thousands of car lovers chose to create some heat rather than escape it at the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod.

LITHGOW: A tanker jackknifed in the rain before ploughing into the front garden of a private home on Wednesday.

LITHGOW: Phil Whittaker has taken casts of what he believes are paw tracks from a very big cat. Possibly the much-debated Lithgow Panther.

MUDGEE: Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee.

OBERON: Australia Day celebrations in Oberon. Photo: Maureen Lawson

BATHURST: A man was trapped from the chest down following a cave in while he was working on a sewer line. He was flown by helicopter to a Sydney hospital.

BATHURST: Five-year-old maltese named Cupcake went missing from her Sydney home. She was found in Bathurst.

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Strong nominations for Taree-Wingham race meeting

TRAINERS and owners looking for racing action with meetings being washed out with rain have “swamped” nominations for Taree Wingham Race Club’s eight-race card at Bushland Drive next Tuesday.
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The club has received 182 nominations from most racing centres north of Sydney, no doubt boosted by wet weather causing the abandonment of the TAB fixture at Port Macquarie on Tuesday. Even Coffs Harbour trainer Anthony Honess has taken the precaution of the Warwick Farm meeting, postponed from Wednesday to Friday, not going ahead by nominating Lizards Lover from the Sydney race to one at Taree. The four-year-old Snippetson mare is in race five over 2200m in Sydney and has also been nominated for the Can Assist Fund Raising on April 4 Benchmark 60 Handicap over 2018m at Taree.

The winner of three races, also placed a further eight, in 17 starts has never started on a heavy track and the Bushland Drive track is famous for recovering quickly from a deluge.

The mare was only a length away from Kempsey gelding Brasileiro Macho over 1900m at Kempsey on January 13 and was carrying the steadier of 59kgs, 7kgs more than the winner.

Brasileiro Macho prior to that had run second to Rigamarole in the Woop Woop Cup at Wauchope on Boxing Day and the winner franked the form by also winning at the Kempsey meeting next start.

The Julie Lynch trained gelding wasn’t disgraced when fourth to promising Coffs four-year-old mare Just Atina, trained by Brett Dodson, at Taree’s last meeting and both of them add spice to the nominations.

Also in form in the race is Shehadtohavehim, trained at Cessnock by Jeremy Sylvester, which won at Taree and Scone at its past three starts.

Taree trainer Bindi Cheers has also nominated three-year-old gelding Zigbee and it showed plenty of pace and cheek to be a half-length behind Just Atina in that Taree race over 2018m.

Taree trainer Ross Stitt has taken mare Shazza’s Bubbles to Sydney for its past two starts and he looks like staying home with nominating her for the Easter Saturday Raceday on April 4 Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1257m. She was eighth first start but then was a good fourth next start, this race maybe more to her liking third up from a spell.

Her likely opposition could be Port Macquarie seven-year-old mare Just Si, trained by John Sprague, which was a most unlucky second at Taree on January 6 when a neck second to Broadmeadow gelding Presaro, a previous winner in Sydney, trained by Paul Perry.

Last start winners also nominated here are Taree’s Jest Mamboo, trained by Bart Dening and Dodson’s Murvate.

Broadmeadow trainer Mick Dwyer had seven-year-old gelding Dubai Dusk looking a picture when fifth behind Just Atina over 2018m at Taree last start but has opted for the 1614m to nominate his charge for this meeting and the distance may prove more suitable.

A turn to finer weather should have the track in great order despite the recent rain.

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New ball game for Taree soccer star

A new ball game: Ricky Campbell will make the switch from soccer with the Taree Wildcats to rugby with the Manning River Ratz this year.SINCE he first started kicking a soccer ball around when he was aged four, Ricky Campbell’s No 1 supporter was there to watch and encourage him.
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Campbell’s mum, Debbie, was at just about every game he played through his junior days and into seniors, when he became an integral member of the Taree Wildcats Football Mid North Coast Premier League side.

In the past few years Campbell has scored something like 60 goals for the Wildcats and his mum was there to witness most of them.

He was a member of Taree’s premiership winning sides of 2009 and 2012. Season 2012 in particular was a stand out when Campbell was the most potent attacking weapon in the league.

But last year Campbell lost his mum – Debbie succumbing to cancer after a long fight. So for that reason he doesn’t want to play soccer, at least for this season.

“It would just be a bit weird playing without mum there watching,” he explained.

Campbell admits his mind wasn’t always on the job with the Wildcats in 2014 in what was personally a mixed year – the exhilaration of the birth of twin boys when Campbell and partner Shannin Wrigley became parents for the first time, contrasting to the devastating loss of his mother. He only scored about 10 goals for the Wildcats, well down on his tally from the previous campaigns.

So this season he’s decided to take on another sporting challenge. He’ll turn out for the Manning River Ratz in the Lower North Coast Rugby Union competition.

Campbell has never played rugby although he dabbled a bit in rugby league while at school.

“It’s going to be a change – but I think I need that,” he said.

“I didn’t want to play another season of soccer and end up hating it. Who knows? Halfway through the year I might go back to soccer, but at this stage I’m keen to test myself in rugby and see how I go.”

Campbell has good mates who play for the Ratz and he said that’s made the transition a bit easier. He told Taree Wildcats coach Ben Sedlen of his plans and he said Sedlen was fully understanding.

“Ben and I have been mates for a long time,” he said.

“He wished me all the best.”

Campbell was at Tuncurry last year to see the Ratz lose the grand final to Forster-Tuncurry while he said he’s watched a lot of rugby on television. But he knows it is a complex game.

“I’m not going to learn all the rules from TV, but I have a bit of an idea,” he said.

Campbell fully realises that getting caught on the bottom of a ruck or maul or being crash tackled or hit high will be totally different to what he’s experienced in soccer. But he’s prepared for the bumps and bruises.

Training at this stage hasn’t been much different to what he’s used to in soccer.

“It’s mainly fitness but I guess that’ll change as the season gets closer,” he said.

Campbell played centre or on the wing in his brief flirtation with schoolboy league and expects that’s where he’ll be required in rugby. He’s also been practicing his goal kicking and he could the answer to a problem area that plagued the Ratz last season.

He has some rugby in his DNA, as his dad, Paul, played in the forwards for many seasons with the now defunct Taree Bulldogs.

The Ratz will play trial games before the start of the season-proper. Campbell expects he’ll be ‘pretty nervous’ before his first run.

He says he has no idea how long he’ll stay with the new code.

“I’m only 23 so I can still go back to soccer whenever I?want, that’s one of the reasons I’m playing rugby,” he said.

“But if I enjoy rugby, I might stay there.

“It’s a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Taree skier stars in Trans-Tasman challenge

Clive Bloomfield from Iguana with this week s sportstar, Kye Cornall.BAREFOOT skier Kye Cornall made a successful transition from juniors to seniors at the Australia/New Zealand Challenge held at Liverpool.
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Making his first appearance as a senior, the 17-year-old Cornall won his three events – tricks, slalom and jumps. He was also part of the winning Australian side in the annual event, avenging a heavy defeat in competition held in Perth last year.

Cornall is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.

He said he was ‘sort of’ confident of success in the three events, but admits to being more nervous than usual before the start of competition.

Cornall will now concentrate on the Australian titles to be contested in the man-made lakes at Mulwala in Victoria – the venue for last year’s world championships in March and then the New Zealand titles in April.

He was rated four in the world as a junior but admits he has some work to do yet now he’s in open ranks.

“I think I around 27,” he said.

However, Cornall is confident he can gain a top five placing in his events at both national championships.

He’ll compete around 10 times this year. His sport takes him around the country, with events in venues including Darwin, Perth, Victoria and NSW.

He’s training every second day at the moment but will step that up to daily sessions as the nationals approach. He currently coached by Ken Derry while he also has weekend sessions with Greg Adams.

Cornall virtually trains 12 months a year battling on through the cold of winter.

His longer term ambition is to gain a place in the Australian team for the world titles to be held in the US next year.

He hopes to qualify by gaining enough points in competition, although an easier path would be to gain selection in the Australian side to be named after the 2016 nationals.

He represented Australia as a junior last year in Mulawa.

It’s been a prosperous few weeks for Cornall as he recently gained a new sponsor, barefootcentral南京夜网.au

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Craftathon new date and new venue

CRAFTATHON 2015 has a great new venue and a new date.
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The long standing annual event will be held in air conditioned comfort at Club Taree in Wingham Road, on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27 which coincides with the September school holidays.

The event is organised by Taree Craft Centre and co-ordinators Gail Robinson and Wendy Gibson are excited to be able to offer a new level of comfort to exhibitors and patrons.

Club Taree is able to offer excellent facilities for meals and refreshments and with lots of convenient parking, everything is in place for an enjoyable experience.

Excellent craft exhibitors are currently being booked for the show and all of the regular, popular features will be in place. Put the date in your diary now for a show not to be missed.

Inquiries to Gail on 0416 078 429 or Wendy on 0410 609 248 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au

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Summerfest: Manning talent showcase

Pictured: Headliners Eleven Eleven performing at Summerfest 2013.SUMMERFEST, an annual outdoor youth music event, is on this Saturday, January 31 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm at Harry Bennett Park on the riverbank at Taree.
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Summerfest is run by the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT), supported by Greater Taree City Council, to showcase the talent of young bands and musicians from across the Manning Valley.

Summerfest was postponed in December due to thunderstorms. MYAT team member, Carly Walker, is hopeful for better luck with the weather this week.

“We were unlucky with the stormy weather last month, but with most people now home from holidays, we’re looking to celebrate summer with a big crowd at Summerfest this Saturday,” Carly said.

All acts have reconfirmed, including Sweet Nothin’, Soar, Featuring and The Respectables, as well as a number of acoustic performers.

Headliners will be Eleven Eleven, who are long-time supporters of MYAT events and were a big drawcard at Taree’s recent New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Summerfest is a family-friendly drug and alcohol-free event. Entry to Summerfest is $5 or $10 per family.

MYAT will also be hosting a barbecue on the night.

All proceeds from the evening go to support MYAT’s activities for young people in the Manning Valley.

For more information about Summerfest go to the Manning Youth Facebook page at facebook南京夜网/ManningYouth, council’s online events calendar at gtcc.nsw.gov.au or contact council’s youth development officer, on 6592 5399.

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Council writes to minister with coal seam gas concerns

GREATER Taree City Council will “write to the minister expressing our concerns with the circumstances that have lead to the voluntary cessation of coal seam gas activities in Gloucester and seek an assurance that no further drilling will occur until the matter is fully investigated by the relevant authorities.”
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Council resolved to write to the Minister for Planning and Environment at its meeting on Wednesday.

Mayor Paul Hogan stated, “council and MidCoast Water have regularly expressed concern about the potential impact of coal seam gas mining in the catchment of the Manning River on the water quality of the area. The latest developments are very concerning and we are requesting that the State government and the Environmental Protection Agency leave no stone unturned in understanding what has happened at the pilot site run by AGL”.

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