September, 2018

Geographe teacher wins prestigious award

Blake Murdoch with Ally Davis, Ana Nail and Grace Brookes.WA’s MOST passionate and dedicated primary school teacher is right here in Busselton.
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Geographe Primary School teacher, Ana Nail has been awarded the Western AustraliaPremier’s Primary Teacher of the Year.

The awards celebrate the valuable contribution of passionate, dedicated and outstanding teachers, school leaders and school support staff who provide world class education to the children of Western Australia.

Geographe Primary School visual arts teacher Mrs Nail has a passion for creating and helping her students understand Aboriginal art inspired by local places of geographic, historical, artistic and cultural importance.

With nearly 30 Aboriginal students at the school, and a strong Noongar community, Mrs Nail said she knew how important it was to mix the Australian Curriculum’s priority areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures with English, science and history.

Speaking at the breakfast on Monday, Premier Colin Barnett said it was vitally important to honour and reward teachers and other school staff.

“The future of our state is in our classrooms – which is why we want the very best people teaching our children and leading our schools,” he said.

Board chair Peter Davies said Mrs Nail seamlessly developed projects that reflected local historic and contemporary culture.

“Her Year 3 students created an alphabet book using Noongar and English words and drawings, which was published in hardback and digital form,” Mr Davies said.

“Projects like this present opportunities for students to work beyond the confines of classroom walls and have real-life experiences.”

Many of Mrs Nail’s lessons take place in an outdoor classroom that she masterminded after applying successfully for a $17,000 grant and overseeing its construction.

Mrs Nail’s current challenge is to design stimulating art projects for students that can be taught by teachers without visual arts expertise.

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Paws and think, adopt with heart

BEST FRIENDS: Animal foster carer Lisa Loadsman cuddles rescue dog Stella, who she has seen prosper since she has been in her care. Picture: Michael FrogleySNOWY Mountain Animal Rescue Team (SMART) has 90 kittens in its care.
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The centre is packed to the rafters.

In the lead-up to Christmas many families will be looking to add a furry friend to their brood, why not adopt one?

Lisa Loadsman has adopted four pets in recent years.

She is fostering eight-year-old Maltese cross Stella and describes the experience as rewarding.

“They’re so loving,” Ms Loadsman said.

“Stella came to us totally terrified, she’ll roll over and is so loving now.

“She’s a lot more confident and happy to go out now.”

Ms Loadsman said seeing the impact a loving home could have on an animal’s life made adopting all-the-more rewarding.

“She’s my fourth foster and I’ve never had a problem.”

SMART founder Lorene Cross said all animals that went through SMART were de-sexed, vaccinated and temperament tested.

“We put the right dog with the right family,” Ms Cross said.

Ms Cross said at $300 for dogs and $150 for cats complete with vet checks, adopted animals were a much cheaper option for more families.

“A lot come in through the pound and they’ve been in horrible situations, it’s really nice to see them in a new home.”

SMART has a two week settling in period to make sure animals and owners are suited to each other.

“We need to shut down the puppy farms,” Ms Cross said.

“Some animals come through here and they are so frightened.”

SMART sees a variety of animals through its doors, from three to four week olds right up to 10 years of age.

Ms Loadsman encouraged anyone wanting a pet to adopt, but said it was important to remember pets are a long-term commitment.

“Once Christmas ends pets still need looking after,” she said.

To find out how to adopt a pet visit https://www.facebook南京夜网/snowymountainsanimalrescueteam.

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Energex permit applications refused by Logan City Council

Councillor Cherie Dalley.
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LOGAN City Council has firmly refused permit applications for five Logan River crossings of the Loganlea to Jimboomba power line.

Energex made five applications for operational workswhich were assessed against the Prescribed Tidal Works Code and Community Infrastructure Designation (CID) conditions set by Energy Minister Mark McArdle.

Each of the five applications were found to conflict with 13 specific outcomes of the code and three of the Minister’s conditions.

These conflicts included a lack of consideration for visual amenity, a lack of planning for access during floods and inadequate planning for erosion control, drainage and revegetation.

Planning and Development committee chairwoman Councillor Cherie Dalley said the applications simply were not up to scratch.

“They just didn’t meet the standards we require for an approval,” she said.

Cr Dalley also questioned the logic of building critical infrastructure on a flood plain.

“It’s not rocket science… My five-year-old grandson knows you don’t put power and water together,” she said.

The applications were lodged in June, before Energex agreed to resume negotiations on the Logan River section of the power line.

Cr Dalley asked why Energex did not withdraw its applications when they had the chance.

“I can’t see why they didn’t withdraw them,” Cr Dalley said.

“When we’re back in negotiations, why do the opworks applications still apply?”

She said the applications were typical of Energex’s “arrogant” attitude.

“They’ve got to shape up and change that attitude becaues we really need to get this resolved,” she said.

“The community needs comfort and surity. I think there are still numbers of questions to be answered.”

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Hills crime: December 3, 2014

Police said they tried to stop a white Holden sedan seen to be swerving on Pennant Hills Road, West Pennant Hills, about 1am Sunday.
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When the car’s driver didn’t stop, officers gave chase — at 40km/h in an 80km/h zone.

Hills acting crime co-ordinator, Sergeant Steve Andrews, said officers caught up with the driver at traffic lights, where she had to stop because there was a car in front.

She received a penalty notice for not producing an international licence.

A 22-year-old Castle Hill man was hospitalised following a glassing at a Surry Hills hotel on Saturday.

Police were told five men became involved in an argument near the bar of a hotel on Bourke Street about 10.45pm.

A fight followed during which a man was allegedly punched, then struck in the head with a glass.

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he was treated for a 15 centimetre-long cut to his head.

Four men were arrested at the scene.

A 16-year-old Castle Hill boy has been charged with assault following a fight outside Castle Towers on Thursday.

It’s alleged he assaulted another boy, 16, from Wisemans Ferry, near the bus stops on Old Northern Road about 2.05pm.

A day earlier police received calls about the same boy allegedly strangling another boy, 16, of Castle Hill, at the bus stop.

In that incident, police said the second boy fell to the ground, and the first boy kept punching him.

Some members of the public tried to intervene, as did a female security guard who was pushed away.

When police and more security arrived they allegedly found a boy on top of another boy, punching him.

Police are reviewing security footage of the incident and speaking to witnesses.

A 20-year-old Kellyville man was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured eye socket following a fight at the Australian Hotel & Brewery on Friday night.

It turned out to be only bruising.

The Kellyville man is alleged to have begun the fight near the dance floor with a man, 21, from Wilberforce, who suffered a cut to the mouth.

A security guard allegedly tackled one man to the ground, but there is no security video footage.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A 35-year-old Darlington woman was stripped of her licence after returning a 0.306 blood alcohol reading following a minor collision at Northmead on Thursday.

Police said a man called them to Model Farms Road after a woman allegedly hit his trailer about 3pm.

He told officers he suspected the driver was affected by drugs or alcohol.

When officers arrived they found her sitting in the gutter.

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