December, 2018

Keeping fit, and making their mark

Back after their success at the country championships are Samantha Little, Rachel Little, Lachy Steain, Abbie Little, Campbell Chesset, Maddie Hedderwick, Sophy Sirr, Jaxon Crowe, Lisa Ryan and Damon Poole. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSONKEEPING young sports-people fit during their summer break is paying dividends for the Border Track and Field club, which brought 29 medals home from the Victorian Country Championships.
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Eleven of those 29 medals were gold, and team strength and conditioning coach Rachel Little said it was a huge effort from an area with a smaller pool of talent.

“Some of these kids put in absolutely dominant performances, and it’s really exciting to see them go toe to toe with people from much bigger clubs like Bendigo,” Little said.

Jackon Crowe defended his 100 and 200 metre title in the under 16 category, while Campbell Chesser and Harry Hazard had a one-two finish in the under-14 100metre sprint.

Tim Miles was untouchable in the under-16 long jump, winning the event by nearly a metre, according to Little.

Many of the club’s athletes are footballers, netballers and junior soccer players according to Little, and she credited their motivation to improve their performance in their chosen sports for their success at the championships.

“The vision we have for the club is to take players from football clubs and the like, and help them work on their athleticism while they’re away from the game,” Little said.

“As well as working on the fitness and athletic skills, we work with them on their nutrition and on the psychological aspects of high level sports.

“The ultimate goal is for them to have a much higher awareness of player and athlete management, so that when they go back to the sport they play, they’re giving themselves a much better chance of performing at their best.”

Little said the club had ambitious plans for the future.

“We think there’s a huge amount of athletic potential around here,” she said.

“We want to take four times as many athlete to the country championships next time around, and really give the bigger clubs a run for their money.”

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Make-do classrooms will be axed, says Labor

Demountables, like this one at Table Top, will be things of the past under Labor’s policy. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYNDEMOUNTABLE classrooms could soon be scrapped in NSW schools if Labor wins government in March.
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The party’s candidate for Albury Ross Jackson said demountables would be replaced with permanent air-conditioned learning spaces.

Billabong and Corowa high schools and Thurgoona and Table Top public school all have demountables, which Mr Jackson said were a “temporary fix”.

“Students in many schools have been stuck in demountables for years,” he said.

About 100,000 NSW students returned to class in demountables this year and Mr Jackson said they made up the learning environment for one in 10 the state’s schools.

“We must provide the best-possible learning environment, including modern and permanent classrooms, to ensure our kids get the best education and start in life,” Mr Jackson said.

He said the Liberal government had rolled the Labor’s replacement program into the school works budget before removing $280million.

“Thousands of students have been left in demountables with little prospect of them being replaced,” he said.

The state’s 4500 demountable classrooms makes up 10per cent of all teaching spaces.

And more than 1000 of them have been at the same school for at least 10 years.

Mr Jackson said Labor was taking a long-term view of school needs to deliver the best educational opportunities.

The party plans to spend $100million over 10 years — on top of the existing works budget — to replace so-called temporary demountable classrooms, libraries and administrative areas.

The member for Albury Greg Aplin said Labor had had 16 years to carry out its demountable replacement plan, so it was “not undertaken with any great rush”.

“In the past four years, this government has spent $30million creating another 694 classrooms,” he said.

“And I announced $235,000 of maintenance for our schools and that was completed in the school holidays, along with flashing lights in school zones.”

Mr Aplin said the Liberals planned to spend $1billion for school infrastructure and had a long-term aim of replacing demountables with permanent classrooms.

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$200,000 big lift to James McQuillan

RIGHT: Albury SS&A Club chief executive Tim Levesque and James McQuillan Future Fund chairman Mick Blomeley show off the first prize in a raffle to be drawn tonight. Picture: JOHN RUSSELLTHE sell-out raffle of a Holden Colorado LTZ dual cab, which has raised $200,000 for the James McQuillan Future Fund, will be drawn at Albury’s SS&A Club tonight.
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The prospect of winning the $75,000 vehicle has wooed 20,000 ticket buyers from as far afield as Perth and Sydney.

The last ticket available was sold just a week ago.

The money raised from the ticket sales will support James McQuillan, an injured Albury Tigers footballer, as he recovers from a spinal injury suffered on-field during last year’s OandM season.

Fund chairman Mick Blomeley said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Border community.

“There are so many people to acknowledge for their efforts and it has just been a fantastic result,” he said.

“It’s a great reflection of the support from this community.”

The raffle will be drawn at the Albury SS&A Club at 8pm and chief executive Tim Levesque said the club was committed to James McQuillan’s cause for at least three years.

“We’re in it to support James and make sure it continues,” he said.

“We keep thinking about him and we’ll keep up the fund-raising.”

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Tom Uren was a political giant

TOM Uren should be remembered as one of the most successful ministers in the Whitlam government, a quality no doubt built on the many other attributes for which he is rightly remembered and praised.
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As shadow minister, Tom had prepared himself thoroughly for his government portfolio and the creation of the department of urban and regional development.

Well-developed policies and the appointment of top quality people to the new department and in his private ministerial office led to successful implementation, transforming outer suburbs and decentralised cities (eg Albury-Wodonga, where I knew him).

He was a gentle giant who treated those he dealt with courteously, intelligently and on the merits of their capacities and performance, whether public servants offering frank and fearless advice or ALP or Liberal politicians, winning their respect and co-operation.

His new department functioned as if led by a minister with great experience in administering complex portfolios.

Tom’s history was as one of the great success stories of the Whitlam government.


Former councillor, Rural City of Wodonga

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Extra magistrate will come off bench to shrink hearings backlog

ALMOST three weeks of additional court time has been allocated to Albury Local Court to ease delays that have seen a backlog of hearing matters before magistrate Tony Murray.
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The assistance from a second magistrate in March, May and July was yesterday announced by the member for Albury, Greg Aplin.

Mr Aplin said the state’s chief magistrate, Judge Graeme Henson, wrote to Mr Murray offering help that was accepted and the dates confirmed.

A second magistrate will sit in Albury for four days from March 30, five days from May 11 and five days from July 6.

“I am pleased that the Attorney-General’s office and the chief magistrate have responded so positively and effectively once the matter was raised,” Mr Aplin said.

The backlog in hearing matters was first raised by Labor’s candidate in the Albury electorate, Ross Jackson.

“I am happy to see the issue addressed, but it is only a temporary solution,” Mr Jackson said yesterday.

“Albury needs a second magistrate for at least 20 weeks each year to ensure the prompt and efficient handling of defended hearings.”

Three long-time Albury solicitors who handle criminal matters — Paul Robb, Mark Cronin and Tim Hemsley — all welcomed the news yesterday.

“That’s good news. It will certainly make a difference with delays which were starting to be a difficulty,” Mr Robb said.

He said when hearing dates were now being allocated in June, the evidence of a blowout was obvious.

Mr Robb had an assault case listed for hearing last week, but it was not reached and a new date was set.

He said the matter, which will take two or three hours, had been listed for June 5.

Mr Hemsley said the additional dates provided almost three weeks of court time and would certainly assist.

“Justice will be done more efficiently. It will also relieve some of the pressure on our existing magistrate,” he said.

Mr Hemsley said it was pleasing the chief magistrate had responded to the delays and what was happening with the Albury list.

Mr Cronin’s response was: “That’s great. It is good news.”

He said the hearing delays were compounding and had started to “blow right out”.

Mr Cronin last week told visiting magistrate Margaret Quinn that previously a second magistrate had provided assistance at Albury for something like 20 weeks each year.

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