November, 2018

Fraudsters posing as tax agents

Margaret Purss has been getting fraud phone calls claiming to be the tax office. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN
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INTERNATIONAL conmen are targeting elderly residents on the Border by calling them and posing as tax agents.

Police have seen a spike in the number of reports from residents who say callers have tried to gain bank details and personal information over the phone.

Margaret Purss said she had received four of the scam calls in the past month and was warning people not to fall for it.

“They said Tony Abbott brought in some new regulations and part of our pension went into tax and that now I’m owed back $7600,” Mrs Purss said.

“I knew straight away that it was a scam call.

“They give a number you’re supposed to ring and they give you a reference number you’re supposed to give them.

“I’m just worried about all the people who think they are in the right and give them their bank details and then have all their money taken off them.”

Mrs Purss said she has had both men and women call her and they called at any time of the day.

She said she believed they spoke with an accent.

“I want to warn people not to fall for them because it is a scam, particularly elderly people who think it’s alright,” she said

“They will take every cent they can get off them out of their bank account if they give their numbers out.”

Detective Sen-Constable Ray Causer, of Wodonga CIU, said the issue had come to the attention of police earlier this month.

“The other one they are using is they are finding out people who have been defrauded in the past,” Sen-Constable Causer said.

“They say they have found the offenders and are going to target them, then ask people to transfer more money so the bogus tax agent can track it, which is all fake.

“If people are contacted they are not to supply personal details including bank account details.”

The Australian Taxation Office released a warning about a similar scam midway through last year.

Their advice was to ask the caller for their name and then phone them back through the tax office’s switchboard on 13 28 69.

If people think they may have fallen victim to a phone scam, they should contact the tax office on 1800 060 062.

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Brodie looks to show ability

Brodie Loy
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BRODIE Loy is treating tomorrow like any other race day.

In reality it is anything but.

Golden Slipper bound two-year-olds begin their campaigns in the time-honoured Cannonbury and Widen Stakes while a host of group1 gallopers resume in the Expressway.

It will also be the highly regarded former Albury apprentice’s first ride for the Gai Waterhouse stable.

Loy, 18, will partner Greatwood ($4.80) when the imported stakes winner resumes over 1500metres at Rosehill.

“It’s a big name in racing and I’m glad to ride one of her horses,” Loy said yesterday.

“But I’ve got to go about it in the same way I would any other race day, whether I’m riding for Brett Cavanough at Albury or anyone else.

“I’m trying to keep a level head and hopefully ride a winner for Gai.

“Sydney racing is dominated by big stables and so the reality is if you aren’t riding for them you are probably on the sidelines when it comes to carnival time.”

It is one of four rides on the major race day for the son of another Border racing identity Norm Loy.

The three-kilogram claiming apprentice will ride Tetsuko ($26) for the Gerald Ryan stable, Choice Bro ($17) for John Sargeant and the Michael Moroney trained Devonshire Duke ($31) in the last.

The 178centimetre-tall Loy has been wasting to get down to 52kilograms for recent meetings and said the hard work was beginning to pay off.

“You have to work hard in this game and particularly in Sydney where there are so many good jockeys,” he said.

“It’s a hard place to crack as an apprentice.

“But I approached Gai’s stable foreman about riding trackwork and now I go into Randwick every Thursday riding 10 or 12 for the stable from fast work to a canter.

“After that I sometimes ride a few for Anthony Cummings.”

While yet to ride Greatwood in trackwork Loy said the feedback from others had been positive.

“They say he is flying,” he said.

“He’ll also benefit if the track is a bit soft and it has been raining up here all week.

“I’ve ridden on group1 days before but I don’t think I have ever had as good a book of rides on a major race day before.”

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Big Wheeler kept on growing

STANDING at 200 centimetres, Otago Highlanders lock Ben Wheeler is sure to stand out when he arrives in Wagga for the trial match against the ACT Brumbies tomorrow.
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While his height is a great asset in the Highlanders’ lineout, growing into his big frame caused plenty of pains.

Wheeler, 27, had a slow start to his Super Rugby career before overcoming a serious back injury to find his feet with the Highlanders.

He had three injury-riddled years with the Canterbury Crusaders before moving to Dunedin.

He spent 18 months on the sidelines after undergoing back surgery on a prolapsed disc in 2012, with a lot of his problems put down to him slowly developing into his body.

“It was a bit scary as you’re never sure how you are going to recover and come back from something like that,” he said.

“Thankfully it was successful, it took a good 18 months to get back to the norm in terms of fitness and strength, but once it came back it was all guns blazing.”

It wasn’t just his back that caused plenty of time on the sidelines, with a shoulder injury also preventing his career from gaining momentum.

Wheeler admitted it was a frustrating time, but thought being able to overcome the injuries had been a big life lesson.

“You don’t take anything for granted in terms on what you do and I think it was a good lesson,” he said.

“It’s probably made me stronger as a person and a rugby player.”

After playing just three Super Rugby games in three seasons for the Crusaders, Wheeler has played 26 for the Highlanders, including 16 last year.

Still, he wants to continue establishing himself this year.

“Last year was a good year for us, the team performed reasonably well in making the playoffs, but unfortunately we couldn’t push on from that,” Wheeler said.

“For me personally, hopefully I can build on what we did and get some regular game time.

“We have a lot of competition for spots so it’s going to be a competitive year for everyone.”

The Highlanders arrive in Wagga this evening and will stay until Tuesday.

Wheeler is looking forward to the game at Equex Centre.

“It’s going to be huge as the Brumbies were one of the teams setting the pace last year and it will be a really good gauge of where we are at,” he said.

“We had a good start to our pre-season program last week against the Crusaders, but there are still some areas of our game we need to scrub up a little bit.”

The Highlanders are looking to continue to work on their set-piece before the season starts on February 13.

Wheeler said the defensive systems were another focus, and against a Wallabies-studded Brumbies outfit the Dunedin team would get plenty of opportunities.

He was also keen to get to know Wagga in his brief time in the city.

“I’m looking forward to getting out among the community and seeing what Wagga Wagga has to offer,” Wheeler said.

“None of us boys have been there before so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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City celebrates centre’s 21st

Ava Beall, 4, shows Rodney Wangman and Lou Lieberman, who originally opened the centre 21 years ago, how to fish at the anniversary party at Felltimber Community Centre. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN
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A CELEBRATION has been held to mark the 21st anniversary of the Felltimber Community Centre.

About 100 people gathered yesterday at the venue to remember its opening in 1994.

Margaret Crisp launched her book, A Brief History of the Felltimber Community Centre, to coincide with the celebrations.

The Felltimber advisory committee member said the venue had often been a place for new residents to gather.

“It’s been an interesting journey,” she said.

“I still think there’s more we can do to improve things yet.”

Mayor Rodney Wangman said the centre once on the outskirts of Wodonga was now in the centre of the city as its population had grown.

Service awards were handed out to Debbie MacKinlay, David Robinson and Barb Stieber for their involvement in the centre’s operation.

The event featured a free barbecue, face painting, children’s activities and a visit from the Wodonga CFA.

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Stanley water bid still a goer

A LANDOWNER will continue with plans to extract water at a Stanley property despite a setback from a VCAT decision on Tuesday.
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The tribunal dismissed an appeal by Stanley Pastoral on the basis it didn’t have a Cultural Heritage Management Plan as a part of its original application to Indigo Council.

The company applied to use an existing groundwater bore and to develop a water transfer station where water would be transported and bottled for commercial sale.

Property owner Tim Carey said the decision was a “delay” in the process.

“We will keep pursuing it and we are determined to make sure it happens,” Mr Carey said.

“The bore has always been there, the same as what every farmer in the district has got and it is fully licensed, so we just need council approval.

“It’s a simple matter of putting up a shed and some tanks.

“This is a delay, we put forward our application saying a cultural plan wasn’t required, but VCAT says it is, so we will do that.

“Then we go back to council and start the whole process again.”

The company appealed to VCAT last year on the grounds that Indigo Shire Council had failed to determine its application within the required time.

However, VCAT deputy president Mark Dwyer found that because the “activity area” of the operation was within 200 metres of Myrtle Creek, it was an area of “cultural heritage sensitivity” and would require a cultural heritage management plan.

Indigo Shire chief executive Gerry Smith said this effectively meant the first application by Stanley Pastoral was incomplete and remained to be decided by the council on receipt of such a plan.

“We will write to Stanley Pastoral informing them that council will look at this issue again once we receive a cultural heritage management plan,” Mr Smith said.

“We will also write to the objectors to the planning application confirming VCAT has said their objections still stand and that they do not have to re-submit them unless the application is amended.

“It is clear from the VCAT decision that council is free to make a fresh decision on this matter.”

Indigo mayor Bernard Gaffney said the council believed it had a strong case for refusing the application.

“This vindicates the decision of council to refuse the application for a permit, which was in line with community concerns,” Cr Gaffney said.

“We were confident we would succeed and the decision is a win for the community.”

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