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July, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Photo: BELINDA SOOLETHE Christmas spirit is well and truly alive after yesterday morning’s a six metre tall Christmas tree was put up at the Church Street Rotunda.
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This is the 10th year the tree has been sat proudly on the main street- decorated by mayor of Dubbo Mathew Dickerson, community services director David Dwyer and Dubbo City Council parks and landcare staff.

Parks and landcare staff spent an estimated four hours putting up the tree.

Festive-themed flags featuring local faces were also put up last night on sections of Macquarie Street, which closed the street temporarily.

Cr Dickerson said the tree and other decorations have made the street an attractive sight and brought Christmas cheer to the area.

“It lifts the spirit of locals and gets people in the Christmas mood,” he said.

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Charlie Lovett cafe looks set to keep doors open

Forced closure? Charlie Lovett staff feared for their jobs believing Hurstville Council was shutting the shop. Staff Tom Hunt, Jmaie Djambazov and Nick Alafogianis. Picture Chris Lane. THE word around Charlie Lovett cafe in Peakhurst was that Hurstville Council was closing it down.
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A Facebook campaign attracted close to 4000 fans of this popular cafe and coffee roaster in industrial Stanley Street to keep it open.

They stacked the council meeting on November 19, becoming loud and emotional as owner Sam Nasser and the councillors tried to reach an understanding.

The councillors said closure was never their intention.

Councillors urged Mr Nasser to more or less start again with the paperwork to get the official seal of approval.

Mayor Con Hindi said: “We have no intention of closing it down but we want it to comply — they need two things: a new section 96 for the trading hours to become permanent and another development application for the next-door site.”

In the meantime, the business could continue to trade.

But an angry Mr Nasser said if the council was so adamant about not closing Charlie Lovett down, he asked why did he have to go to court on the day after the meeting to fight against closure. (The case was adjourned.)

And he wanted to know how the matter got to a stage where both sides were wasting money in court.

Problems appear to revolve around a mistake by council officers in a councillor resolution that approved the development application in November 2011.

But even before the application went to a council meeting the Nassers said they were made to “jump through hoops for 15 months”.

“Our [application] was only approved after we lodged with the Land and Environment Court,” he said.

The approval came with a 12-month trial period for their opening hours — 7am to 9pm for the cafe and 7am to 7pm for the roaster part — but council staff interpreted that as the business itself being on trial for 12 months.

Unaware of this condition, the Nassers continued to build up the business before going back to the council in May last year with a section 96 application to extend the hours to midnight and to extend the cafe by removing a gyprock wall between Charlie Lovett and an empty room.

Mr Nasser said the original application had included the adjoining room which was going to be a fish cafe but was unable to trade because the council imposed a “no frying” condition.

The Nassers again went to the Land and Environment Court after waiting 10 months for the application to be assessed.

Mr Nasser said that when the report finally made it to council it was refused and they were told that their consent had lapsed and they were in breach of the condition which said the business was on a 12 month trial.

“They fined us $3000 for being open for business and we appealed the fine in court,” Mr Nasser said.

“The simple fact is, the council resolved that in their meeting on November 16, 2011, the hours are to be on trial,” he said.

“The council officers . . . issued a development consent that is entirely at odds with the council resolution stating in that consent that the actual businesses were on trial.

“That is incorrect, and we have spent 18 months going through the courts to rectify a problem that didn’t exist.”

Have the Nassers been treated unfairly?

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New doctor joins Collie practice

Welcome: Dr Pooja Bisht in her new office at the Collie Medical Group.THE Collie Medical Group has welcomed new doctor Pooja Bisht to the practice.
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Having a sister with epilepsy is what motivated Dr Bisht to pursue a career in medicine.

“It was a chronic disease, so we were always going to doctors and I had some certain kind of feelings that I wanted to become a doctor because there wasn’t one in our family,” she said.

Originally from India, she studied medicine for more than five years at the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi.

Along with her husband, Dr Bisht relocated to Hobart earlier this year.

“I wanted to pursue my general practice and he wanted to pursue his master’s degree so we chose Australia to do it,” Dr Bisht said.

However, the chill of Tasmania was too much for the couple, who were used to the Indian heat.

They moved to Collie at the start of November.

“The temperature of Western Australia suits me. When I went to Hobart the temperature was always cold.”

Dr Bisht’s husband will now apply to do his master’s in information technology at the Uni vers ity of Western Aus tralia.

The change to Collie has brought a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of a sprawling metropolis like Delhi.

“I was brought up in the city and I’ve always wanted to work in a country place because I really like the relaxed lifestyle city life is always on the move,” Dr Bisht said.

She said she loved Australia because it was open to all different types of cultures and was very accepting.

“Also, Australia and India share a common love of sports like cricket.

“I really like the fact that Collie is a tight-knit place and people know each other.”

Dr Bisht’s main goal now is to establish herself as a trusted GP in Collie.

“I want to develop a relationship between me and my patients on a human basis, so I can interact more with them rather than just dealing with a disease,” she said.

“I can’t wait to get to know the culture because I’m totally new here and also the values of how people see the place.”

Phone 9734 1233 for inquiries to the Collie Medical Group.

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THE MORNING GRILL: Two dead at Cobar Shooting

9am:That’s all we’ve got time for here today, I hope you’ve enjoyed your Thursday morning Grill.
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8.55:Taking a look at entertainment news this morning:

GAMING:Target Australia has pulled R-rated video gameGrand Theft Auto Vfrom its shelves and says it will no longer sell it following feedback from customers about the game’s depictions of violence against women.READ MORE HERE

DAVID JONES WINDOWS:Visiting the David Jones windows in the city has been a Christmas tradition in Ursula Dubosarsky’s family since she was a child, and she’s continued it with her own three children. So the award-winning Sydney children’s author was thrilled when asked to write an original story with an Australian flavour for the windows this year. The advertising agency behind the idea chose her partly because two of its staff had small children who loved her 2009 book,The Terrible Plop. When she met with the agency to talk about the concept, their brief was an open one – until they produced the toy reindeer, which they wanted as the main character.READ MORE HERE

CELEBRITY NEWS:Angelina Jolie has made it home unscathed from a screening of her new film despite being involved in a car accident.The 39-year-oldUnbrokendirector was left shaken when a car she was travelling in skidded out of control and into a curb, causing two of the tyres to blow out.READ MORE HERE

8.50:Check out what’s making front pages around the region in the gallery below:

THE MORNING GRILL: Two dead at Cobar Shooting Western Advocate, Bathurst

Daily Liberal, Dubbo

Central Western Daily, Orange

Forbes Advocate, Forbes

Lithgow Mercury, Lithgow

The Land, NSW

The Ridge News, Lightning Ridge

TweetFacebook8.10:Yesterday was a significant day in Australian Cricket.

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke ‘dug in’ through tears to celebrate the spirit of his fallen teammate Phillip Hughes in a tribute applauded for its courage.

Speaking to mourners at Hughes’ funeral in his home town of Macksville, Clarke was overcome with grief only once as he delivered a tribute to the batsman he referred to as his little brother.Read more here

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke pays his respect to Phillip Hughes. Pic: Cameron Spencer, Getty Spencer

You can leave your tributes to the cricketer here.

8am:It’s almost the weekend. We hope you can bust some moves like this guy!

7.49:It’s Throwback Thursday today, why don’t you check out what was happening back in the day?

DUBBOtravelled back to December 1979. Check the pics out here.

NARROMINEhas travelled back to December 2006.Check out all the pics here.

7.35:News in this morning:

Police have arrested a man after two bodies were discovered at a home in Cobar.

About 8.30pm Wednesdaypolice and emergency services were called to the homeafterreports of a shooting.

On arrival at the house officers from Darling River Local Area Command found the bodies of a man and a woman.

While the bodies are yet to be formally identified, they are believed to be a 69-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man.

A man, aged 46, who was known to the couple, was arrested nearby. He was taken to Cobar Police Station where he is assisting with inquiries.

A crime scene was set upwhich will be examined by specialist police.

While a post mortem will be conducted to formally establish the cause of their deaths, they are believed to have suffered gunshot wounds.

Investigators are appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to contact Cobar Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

7.33:Taking a look at what’s happening around the nation and around the world:

SYDNEY STORMS:Sydney may not have felt the full fury of the severe storm predicted for Wednesday evening but the heavy rain and damaging winds wreaked havoc from the lower Blue Mountains to the heart of the city.More than 20mm of rain was dumped in the CBD in just over half an hour from 6pm. Horsley Park received 43mm of rain and Olympic Park collected 34mm.

CLIMATE:The world remains on course for its hottest year on record in 2014 with the potential for more heat extremes to come as greenhouse gases continue to climb, the World Meteorological Organisation told UN climate talks in Peru.If November and December maintain the year-to-date trend, this year will eclipse 2010, 2005 and 1998 as the warmest year, the UN agency said in a statement released to delegates.

The World Meteorological Organisation told UN climate talks in Peru that 2014 is on course to be the hottest year on record.

US TAX:The United States won’t give up its right to tax multinationals, and nations will go to war soon with countries like China on taxing rights, a US tax head says.Grant Thornton’s national managing partner of tax in the United States, Randy Robason, is in Australia this week for a conference where tax heads will be discussing the G20 and OECD plan to get more tax out of multinationals, known as base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

SPACE NEWS:For the first time since Apollo 17 returned from the moon in 1972, NASA is on Thursday scheduled on to send an astronaut capsule beyond low Earth orbit.No one will be aboard this flight test of the new capsule, Orion, but NASA hopes it is the first step toward human exploration of the solar system, including an eventual landing on Mars. Orion’s first manned mission is planned for the early 2020s.

NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: An accident at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya in southeastern Ukraine poses no danger, Ukrainian energy authorities said on Wednesday, an assessment later corroborated by the French nuclear institute IRSN.Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said the accident occurred on Friday in one of the six blocks at Zaporizhzhya, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, and was caused by a short circuit in its power outlet system. The incident was “in no way” linked to power production, he told a news conference.

WAR AGAINST IS:US Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon said Tehran had carried out air strikes against the group.Mr Kerry, hosting a meeting of an anti-IS coalition in Brussels, on Wednesday said international air strikes were finally stopping the advance of the jihadists across Iraq and Syria, however, warned it could take years to finally defeat them.

7.28:Checking out news in regional NSW today:

CRIME:A Waggapub worker stole more than $200,000 from her workplace over a three-year period, police allege. Debra June Price, 51, of Ashmont, has been charged with 41 counts of stealing property as a clerk or servant.It is alleged Price stole $201,061 from the Ashmont Inn between June 1, 2011, and May 31 this year.

DRIVING CRIMES:A mancaught drink- driving after being pulled over by police for speeding has been fined and disqualified from driving for six months.Bernard Kevin Auld, 47, of Arnold Court in Kelso, appeared before Bathurst Local Court last week charged with drink-driving in the mid range.

DRUGS:A largedrug ring in Launceston has been scuppered, according to Northern CIB, which seized nearly $600,000 worth of ice and charged a man with major trafficking. The three-month investigation, code-named Operation Courier, has netted more than 650 grams of methamphetamine and $200,000 worth of stolen property.

BOCSAR IN BATHURST:Incidentsof shoplifting and sexual assault have jumped by more than 50 per cent in Bathurst over the past 12 months.The latest NSW Recorded Crime Statistics report released yesterday, revealed a worrying increase in those two crime categories.

ORANGE STUDENTS GOING TOGALLIPOLI:FourCanobolas Rural Technology High School students will embark on the experience of a lifetimeafter being hand-picked to attendtheGallipoli commemorations in Turkey in April 2015.

YOUNG AMBASSADORS: Alissa Meagher, Rebecca Steedman, teacher Kirsten Hutchinson, member for Orange Andrew Gee and Canobolas Rural Tecnology High School principal Chad Bliss at yesterday’s annoucement at the school. Absent: Andrew Gray and Jacinta Percival were also chosen to go to Gallipoli. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

BOCSAR IN ORANGE:Theftis an ongoing problem in Orange with the number of frauds, thefts from motor vehicles and break and enters rising significantly in the past 12 months, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

DRUGS:A numberof young people have been hospitalised in Bathurst and Oberon after taking what police believe is a bad batch of ecstasy.Police confirmed yesterday that a number of people had been treated after suffering a bad reaction to the illegal drugs.

7.15:Checking out what’s happening around the region today:

CRIME:Break-insto non-dwellings in Dubbo have soared, with latest crime figures showing they have nearly doubled in the two years to September.The 96.2 per cent spike was the second-biggest increase recorded in that category across all of NSW, second only to the neighbouring Wellington local government area, which recorded a whopping 141.7 per cent increase in the same period.

HOSPITAL BOOST:The final meeting for the year for the Nyngan Hospital Auxiliary was held on November 21 with Rhonda Baden (chair), Mary Lamph secretary, and Mary Anne Bourke deputy treasurer, (get well wishes to Sue Bourke), other members and hospital staff.Read more here.

LOCAL RECREATION:Dubbo is a city with “an extensive interest in recreation” and the community has aspirations for improved sports grounds and embellishment of the Macquarie River corridor, among others, a survey has shown.Now a formal plan has received the tick of approval to “guide the sustainable planning, development and management of recreation facilities and programs”.

WELLINGTON MO’s:Hoping their moustaches might trigger an important conversation and save a life, the Federal Hotel Mo Bros finished Movember celebrations with a shave off at the weekend, raising $2300 (double that of last year).

The Federal Hotel Mo Bros before their shave.

POLITICS:Clive Palmer has revived hopes a $7 co-payment for GP visits will not be introduced at Dubbo and across Australia.The leader of the Palmer United Party, which holds crucial seats in the Senate, yesterday declared the charge was “gone and buried” in “any form”.His prediction is likely to be welcomed by regionally-based doctors even as he seemingly dashed federal government hopes of negotiating its introduction.

FUEL PRICES:A new report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found petrol prices for the 2013-14 financial year were the third highest on record.

WOMEN OUT WEST AWARDS:Women from across the region were recognised for a variety of amazing stories and achievements at the Women Out West Gala Presentation Dinner last weekend.About 250 people attended the gala dinner, hosted by Tamworth-born The Morning Show presenter Kylie Gillies.

LOCAL ECONOMY:More than $180 million was injected into the Dubbo economy from tourism in the 2012-13 financial year, an increase of about $5 million from the previous 12 months.In addition to the direct spending from the city’s visitors, the Australian Bureau of Statistics calculated tourism was responsible for $48 million in wages and salaries in Dubbo.

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DUBBO / TRANGIE / NYNGAN:will all have thunderstorms today. Dubbo has a 90 per cent chance of 10 to 20 mils reaching 32. Trangie and Nyngan will get to 34 and there’s a 90 per cent chance of five to 10 mils.

COBAR / BOURKE:will have thunderstorms too. Cobar will get to 36 degrees with a 70 per cent of one to five mils. Bourke will get to 37 and there is 90 per cent chance of five to 10 mils.

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Woman cut from car after hitting tree

A woman was cut free from a car on Wednesday after crashing into a tree on Brisbane Street in Beaudesert.A WOMAN had to be cut from her car on Wednesday afternoon aftercrashing into a tree at Beaudesert.
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The single-vehicle accidentoccurredat 1.50pm on the Mt Lindesay Highway, just south of Beaudesert State HighSchool.

Initial investigations by police indicated the woman was traveling south in a white Mitsubishi Lancer and may have fallen asleep at the wheel and veered off the road into a large tree.

Beaudesert Fire Captain Andy Rose said the woman was trapped and remained in the vehicle until firefighters removed the driver’s side door.

“The occupant had to be cut from the vehicle and was then handed over to ambulance crews for treatment,” he said.

The woman was taken to Beaudesert hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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Orana continues to care

The 30th anniversary of Orana.Co-founders (L-R) Robyn Roland, Norma Jamieson and Muriel Hubbard. Baptcare general Manager Michael Wilson speaking at The 30th anniversary of Orana.
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NEVER underestimate what can be achieved by three capable women over a daily cuppa and chat.

The women were Norma Jamieson, Muriel Hubbard and Robyn Roland who talked about the need for a respite centre.

The determined trio founded the Orana Respite Centre at East Devonport in 1984.

Over three decades the centre has taken care of thousands of people and is still taking care of those in need.

Now run by Baptcare, Orana celebrated 30 years of service to the community yesterday with a well-attended community party.

Michael Wilson, Baptcare general manager for aged care operations in Victoria and Tasmania, paid tribute to Orana’s founders.

“The history of Orana is one that is very close to Baptcare’s heart. With similar beginnings, it was a great fit for Baptcare to take over operation of the centre in 2008,” Mr Wilson said.

He spoke of how Baptcare was founded by four Baptist women in war time 1945 using £4000.

Orana was started in 1984 by its three driving forces: Norma Jamieson, Muriel Hubbard and Robyn Roland as a three-bedroom home with one volunteer staff member and began offering community-based respite care services.

Orana tailored its services to suit the community and began offering day care and overnight care.

Orana manager Nita Bassett said yesterday that she has felt privileged to work in the culture at Orana that was established all those years ago by Mrs Jamieson and her dedicated team.

“Orana still operates like a big family,” Mrs Bassett said.

Mrs Jamieson said Orana began as a place to provide somewhere for people living in nursing homes who did not need to be there.

“We thought about the carers who were being forgotten and needed help to do what they were doing,” Mrs Jamieson said.

“The bureaucracy did not have much understanding of what we were doing.

“It was only because of the huge amount of support we received from the community and so many individuals that we could do what we were doing.”

Mrs Jamieson said volunteers came to wash dishes and do the ironing and to paint the walls and everything else.

“I can assure you that while we did not meet the (official) standards we were happy to work together – and the auxiliary worked so hard to raise the money and make important community connections that were so valuable.

“Orana was very flexible to community need and if we didn’t meet all the rules and regulations we were far enough away from Hobart and even further away from Canberra that they didn’t care . . . until we started asking for more money.”

Baptcare assumed responsibility for Orana after it merged with Karingal Care Services in Devonport in 2008.

Today Baptcare Orana operates five days a week with activities including music therapy, walking club, bingo, craft, art, men’s shed, fishing and gardening.

Using Home and Community Care funding Orana offers a fortnightly Sunday luncheon, a weekly evening cafe, shopping support and social outings in the community as well as general information and support to carers and clients.

“Through state and federal funding, Baptcare also offers afternoon respite and overnight respite for the aged and younger people with disability. Overall, about 200 people receive services from our centre annually,” Mr Wilson said

Mrs Jamieson said Orana would always be close to her heart.

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Busselton Sunsmart Ironman honours wife

Nick Fitzpatrick has spent the past ten months training for the Sunsmart Ironman.
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In honour of his late wife Nick Fitzpatrick has spent the past ten months training for the grueling Sunsmart Ironman.

The ultimate challenge for triathletes will see him swim 3.9km around Busselton Jetty, cycle 180km and run 42.2km.

While spending up to 20 hours per week training for the event, he has been raising vital funds for Silver Chain’s home-based palliative care service that kept his wife comfortable and as pain free as possible in her final days.

“In the final days of her life, my wife Lisa was able to be in the comfort of her own home, being cared for and loved by her family and ultimately when she took her last breath, we were all present, holding her hands and being with her,” Fitzpatrick said.

“None of this would have been possible without Silver Chain providing home-based palliative care.

Thanks to the service we had 24 hour access to nurses who were always there to help if we needed them and to ensure Lisa was as pain free as possible.

“That palliative service was priceless to us, it truly was. I could never thank the nurses enough.”

Fitzpatrick decided to take part in the Busselton Ironman to give himself another positive focus that was outside of his duties as a dad to his two girls.

The training helped Fitzpatrick realise that when he is fit, he is actually a better dad and that’s what is most important of all.

Since he started training he has logged over 300 sessions, over 430 hours of training, travelled more than 7000 km on bike and foot, burned more than 310,000 calories and lost about five kilograms.

“It’s a huge challenge for me and not one that I could contemplate without a lot of hard work to prepare. I’ve been training for most of this year, starting in February to get consistent hours in before I started on a more formal schedule with a coach in May.

“My goal is to finish and to be strong enough that I can appreciate every moment of the race, with Lisa and our daughters in my head and heart,” he said.

This will probably be the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done but I want to do it justice by giving it my all.

To show your support for Nick and help him raise vital funds visit https://give.everydayhero南京夜网/au/nick-45.

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Plan for $30m store at Fairy Meadow

Masters is a joint venture between Woolworths and US retailer Lowe’s.Hardwarebusiness Masters has plans to open a new $30 million Fairy Meadow store.
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The proposed store, catering for DIYers and tradies, is proposed for the corner of Jardine Street and the Princes Highway.

Masters NSW state development managerTroy Bryant said the planned store would create more than 300 new local job opportunities including more than 100 full time, part time and casual retail positions once the store is complete.

“Masters has partnered with local businessman John Williams to deliver this project and is looking forward to providing local customers with more than 35,000 products including paint, garden, hardware, tools, complete kitchens and bathrooms all at Australia’s best prices,” he said.

Masters stores also have an extensive drive-through trade area that will cater to the needs of tradies.

The proposed store will be 13,500 square metres and will have more than 300 car park spaces for customers.

Subject to development application approval, Masters is hoping to open the store in 2016.

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Off the road for the next six months

OFF THE ROAD: A man caught drink- driving after being pulled over by police for speeding has been fined and disqualified from driving for six months.A MAN caught drink- driving after being pulled over by police for speeding has been fined and disqualified from driving for six months.
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Bernard Kevin Auld, 47, of Arnold Court in Kelso, appeared before Bathurst Local Court last week charged with drink-driving in the mid range.

Police facts tendered to the court told how police observed Auld driving a Kia Cerato east along Church Lane on September 10 this year. He caught the attention of police because of the dust being thrown up as the vehicle turned onto Church Lane.

A radar check of his vehicle revealed Auld’s car was doing 91 kilometres an hour in a 50km/hr zone.

A subsequent radar check of Auld’s car’s speed showed an initial speed of 91km/hr dropping to 81km/hr during the speed check.

Police stopped Auld for the initial offence of exceeding the speed limit and for the purpose of a roadside breath test, due to his manner of driving.

As they were speaking to Auld, they noticed the smell of liquor on his breath, and he told police he had just left the Panorama Hotel, where he had four drinks.

A roadside breath test produced a positive result and Auld was arrested and taken to Bathurst Police Station.

While at the police station in custody, he told officers he had consumed eight to 10 schooners of XXXX beer between 2.30pm and 5.20pm, and had not eaten during that period.

His breath analysis returned a reading of 0.138.

Police formed the opinion he was well-affected by alcohol.

Mr Allen convicted Auld on the drink-driving matter, fining him $600 and disqualifying him from driving for six months, with Section 225 93) of the Roads and Transport Act to apply.

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Who offers TAFE the best protection?

I note the warnings from Katherine Nicholson (Letters, NDL, December 1 ) about the economic and social impacts of Baird government cuts to TAFE that will start to bite in less than a month.
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If only voters could take at face value the assurances of Mr Peter Heilbruth that it will be “business as usual” for TAFE New England come January 2015.

But in fact the new operating contract extends for only 12 months, safely past the NSW election. After that, who knows?

Voters next March will have a clear choice about which party offers the best protection for our irreplaceable TAFE system.

Whereas the Baird government is determined to funnel taxpayer money into the pocket of for-profit “edu-businesses”, the Greens will instead seek a guaranteed 80 per cent of public funds for TAFE (more than any other party) and move to restore course fees to the affordable levels of previous years.

Greens will also fight to maintain the employment and economic security that TAFE provides to many communities throughout our region.

We have already seen Quirindi and Boggabilla TAFEs close their doors a couple of days a week under the Baird government, along with the loss of fine arts courses in Armidale and Glen Innes.

How many more campuses and courses will we lose if the current policies are allowed to continue?

Well-informed voters will find that no other party’s policies can match the Greens when it comes to keeping TAFE safe in New England, not only for next year, but for the next generation.

Mercurius Goldstein

Northern Tablelands

Greens candidate

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