Be careful on water over holidays

IF you are enjoying Easter on the river this weekend, the The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is reminding boat operators to adhere to safety requirements and obey speed limits.
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DPTI marine operations and response officer Peter Thomas said there were often reports of high speed vessels passing close to smaller vessels such as canoes, kayaks and open boats, creating dangerous wash.

“You should always consider the impact the speed of your vessel has on other river users,” he said.

“Penalties apply to anyone who decides to ignore the speed limits, and if you do not consider the safety of other river users as important to you then maybe the risk of the maximum penalty of two years imprisonment if you are convicted of operating a vessel at a dangerous speed or in a dangerous manner may convince you otherwise.”

DPTI also encourages boat operators and river users to report any hazards, offences/incidents which they have witnessed occurring

along the river, to Murray Watch hotline on 8531 0710.

For a free copy of the South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook or the Kayaks and Canoes Safety Reference Guide phone 1300 183 046, or email [email protected]

There is also nothing like grabbing a fishing rod and bait and hitting the river or ocean over the holidays, especially with the kids.

That is why the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is warning people to be careful and monitor their catches.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture operations director Peter Dietman said most recreational fishers kept to the rules while enjoying a spot of fishing, but there were some who ignored the laws.

“Fisheries officers will be monitoring waters during the break and if you flout the rules the chances are that you will get caught,” he said.

“The taking of fish in excess of daily bag limits or illegally poaching abalone places additional pressure on stocks and will not be tolerated.

“Fishing rules and regulations are in place to not only ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries, but to ensure all fishers have equal access to the State’s resources.”

Mr Dietman said recent prosecutions of illegal activity had resulted in large fines and seizures of assets adding up to tens of thousands of dollars.

– Details: Any person who spots illegal fishing activity can report it on the 24-hour Fishwatch number 1800 065 522.

Callers can speak to a fisheries officer and may choose to remain anonymous. For details on fishing regulations visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries or through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app.

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Delegation to meet with surviving POWs

The Cowra/Japan relationship will be strengthened this week, with a local delegation visiting Japan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout.
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Cowra Mayor Bill West heads the group which includes Deputy Mayor, Judi Smith; General Manager, Paul Devery; and Council’s Grants and Executive Projects Officer and Chair of the Breakout 70th Anniversary Committee, Lawrance Ryan.

Accompanying the delegation is the President of the Cowra Breakout Association, Gordon Rolls.

“During the stay, we will meet the Deputy Head of Mission, Tom Connor at the Australian embassy in Tokyo and visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Yokohama where we will lay a wreath at the grave of former Cowra resident, Private Alan Healy,” said Cr West.

Following their Tokyo visit, the group will head to Joetsu City, which has a staff exchange program with Cowra Council. On Monday, April 14, the party visited the Naoetsu Peace Memorial Park to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Peace and Friendship Agreement between Cowra Council and Joetsu Council.

“The people of Joetsu were so impressed with the respect shown to the Japanese war dead at the Cowra War Cemetery, that it prompted them to purchase part of the former Naoetsu Camp and turn I into a permanent memorial to peace and reconciliation,” said Cr West.

While in Joetsu, the delegation will meet with mayor and take in the city’s famous cherry Blossom festivities.

They will then head to Hiroshima, to meet two former Prisoners of War who were held at Cowra during the 1944 Breakout.

One of the POWs, Mr Teruo Murakami, visited Cowra in 2012 and 2004.

“This an opportunity for us to meet former POWs on their home soil and to extend an invitation for them and the families of other former POWs to visit Cowra In August for the 70th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout,” said Cr West.

The tour will conclude with a farewell dinner hosted by the Nagakura Foundation, who work closely with Cowra Council to develop and maintain Saburo Nagakura Park in Binni Creek Road.

Former POW at the Cowra World War II camp Teruo Murakami (left) in 2004, as a special guest of the Cowra Breakout’s 60th anniversary. He is one of two Japanese POWs meeting with a delegation from Cowra this week.

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Twins take top spots

TWIN brothers Matt and Jake Moss performed a clean sweep of the Monster Energy MX Nationals in Appin on Sunday.
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Both brothers displayed their best skills at the motocross track in a top field of riders in two exciting races. Appin was the second round in this year’s championship.

Team Motul Suzuki rider and defending series champion Matt Moss won each of the 30-minute races. His brother Jake, riding a National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki, was second in each race .

The brothers are no strangers to sibling rivalry, having battled each other on motocross tracks around the world since they were just five years old.

“As much as I wanted to win this weekend, it was still good to get myself onto the podium for the first time this year,” Jake Moss said.

“I plan on knocking my brother of that top step really soon.”

After just two rounds, Matt already has a commanding lead in the MX Nationals title hunt, with 173 points, in front of South Australian Kirk Gibbs with 153 points and Adam Monea with 140 points.

Jake Moss is fourth with 139 points after failing to finish the first race of the year in Broadford, Victoria. The third round is at Wonthaggi, Victoria in a fortnight.

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Jets land tough win

NARELLAN Jets returned to the winners’ list with a hard-fought Group 6 rugby league 34-20 win over The Oaks at Crane Oval on Sunday.
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A minute’s silence was observed before the game to mark the recent passing of the father of Narellan coach Daryn Fallshaw.

The Jets led 12-4 at halftime, with tries to captain Rocky Trimarchi and David MacDonald. The Tigers’ points came from a try to Matt Brasington.

Ben Baker scored the first of his three tries shortly after half-time, with the Jets soaring to a 14-point lead.

But the Tigers hit back with tries to Neil Begovich and Blake Ritchie as the visitors reduced the margin to 18-16 with 15 minutes remaining.

Baker scored his last two tries in the space of seven minutes, with Cameron Graham and Rodney Merritt also scoring.

Narellan coach Daryn Fallshaw said he was pleased with his team’s efforts.

The Oaks coach Leo Dynevor was also pleased, considering this was their first match of the season.

In other round three results, Picton defeated Camden 32-16 on Saturday night at Kirkham Park and Mittagong scraped home against Campbelltown City 30-26 at Fullwood Reserve on Sunday. There are no games over Easter.

In round four on April 27, Camden meet Appin; Narellan tackle Campbelltown City; Thirlmere play Mittagong; and Picton tackle The Oaks.

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GALLERY: Skate park revamp aims to build community spirit

The working party behind the planned revamp and upgrade of the Eden skate park says the project will create a greater sense of community among the town’s young people.
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Spearheaded by local not-for-profit agency Campbell Page, the working party held a community feedback forum last Thursday as part of National Youth Week, in order to gather information from all parties as it works towards preparing a proposal for the Bega Valley Shire Council.

Members of the working party, (from left) skater and tradesperson Zac Robin, skater Reece Warren and skate park designer Finn Askew at last Thursday’s community feedback forum.

The ideas sheet provided (from left) Jack O’Connell, Kyle Sorrell, David Henson, Kayla O’Dell and Bronwyn Crofton a chance to voice their thoughts on what should be included in a revamped Eden skate park.

Surveys were provided to all in attendance at last Thursday’s community feedback forum to ensure the needs of all are met by the planned revamp of the Eden skate park.

Young Edenites (from left) Kyle Sorrell, Jack O’Connell and David Henson at the community feedback forum last Thursday.

There was a huge turnout for last Thursday’s community feedback forum, including (back, from left) local skater Reece Warren, skate park designer Finn Askew, builder Kel Williams, tradesperson Zac Robin and ESSCI volunteer Harry Weatherman, along with (front, from left) Campbell Page youth worker Alex Dalton, ESSCI volunteer Jim Chenhall, Campbell Page Eden team leader Kaye Bullen, Campbell Page youth worker Margaret Furniss and ESSCI volunteer Mick Wood.

Campbell Page youth workers (from left) Margaret Furniss, Alex Dalton and Kaye Bullen with plans for the planned revamp of the Eden skate park at last Thursday’s community feedback forum.

Plenty of local youths, including (from left) Issac Smith, Emily Jardine, Michael Pearce, Cheyenne Dewberry and Daniel Cumberland gave their feedback on the planned skate park revamp at last Thursday’s community feedback forum.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

The former tuna cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing Eden skate park for many young people.

Among the issues discussed was the need to nail down exact dimensions for the revamped park and a funding commitment from Council, with one of the major objectives of the project being to steer youth away from the old tuna cannery site.

Local skater Reece Warren said the cannery site is a more popular alternative to the existing park for many young people, but poses significant dangers including broken glass, fragments of rocks and broken piping.

Campbell Page Eden team leader Kaye Bullen agreed, and said the new park would create a more positive culture.

“The aim of this community forum is to look at the old plan, get community input from the locals and some professional skaters, as well as the local tradies and Finn Askew, who has designed skate parks including the one at Pambula,” she said.

“This is just about getting everyone’s ideas together through our surveys, support list and ideas sheet, so that we can get the new plans drawn up.”

The group agreed that the planned park would need to cater for the whole community, and said that the revamp does not necessarily involve demolishing the existing skate park.

The skaters said some of the most popular parks around Australia have been added to over time, creating a safer environment where skaters of different skill levels each have a section suited to their needs.

Reece said he has spoken to renowned skate park designers including Luke Brown and Finn Askew about the project, and also believes the long-term prospects for a new park are illustrated by the continued success of the Pambula skate park.

“We don’t want some big, crazy park where everything is huge and built for professional skateboarders; it needs to be for the whole community to use,” Reece said.

“We normally head up to Pambula about an hour-and-a-half before dark when there aren’t as many people, but the other day it was absolutely chock-a-block with kids, families and older guys.

“It’s been there for eight years but it’s still getting used so much, and people come from all over the place and stay at the caravan park just to skate there.

“Skateboarding Australia also do coaching clinics, where they get the Council to pay a small fee to have professional teachers come to the park with all the gear.

“I’ve been to a few and helped out, and they’re absolutely packed out, and the kids love it.”

Kaye echoed his sentiments.

“We’ll have a central place that is going to appeal to young people and families, where we can hold events, opening the door to future possibilities such as a beach cafe,” she said.

“We could end up with a community mural or youth-friendly graffiti wall; just a really good place for people to go.”

She also said Campbell Page and Eden Marine High School may connect young people to the project to encourage greater ownership and community involvement.

“There are a lot of things that can go into it, which will make it a really community supported place,” she said.

Eden tradesperson Zac Robin also volunteered his services in helping to carry out building, and said finding labour would not be an issue for the working party, with several local builders keen to lend a hand.

A Council spokesperson said on Tuesday that the existing skate park site has been approved for development, with the door open to extending the current structure, but the exact dimensions and level of funding are yet to be determined.

Councillor Sharon Tapscott has lent her support to the working party, and said she is happy to advocate for them with Council.

“I’ve had conversations with (the working party) in the past, and I’m definitely on board with trying to help out,” she said.

“Clearly skate parks have been well-received wherever they go, and they definitely get used a lot.

“It would just be a matter of working to make sure it meets the requirements of what is needed and that it is well-maintained.”

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Interim NBN expansion welcomed

The announcement to expand the interim NBN (National Broadband Network) satellite has been well received by the local federal member.
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Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the $34 million expansion is an expensive but necessary move to meet the current demand for broadband services in regional Australia.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed the interim NBN expansion.

“Pressure has been building on Labor’s interim service which was supposed to bridge the gap until the new dedicated NBN satellites come on stream in 2015,” Mr Ramsey said.

“…the service has become first overloaded and then completely unavailable for Australians with no access at all to fast broadband.

“The $34 million will boost speeds for current users of the NBN’s Interim Satellite Service (ISS) and provide access for another 9000 consumers.

“Good, reliable internet is an expectation and people in the regional Australia need broadband as much as those in the city, and as much as I welcome this upgrading of the interim service, I am really looking forward to the second half of next year when the dedicated NBN satellites come on stream.

“The anticipated download speed of 25 Mbps with uploads at five Mbps are so far in excess of anything available today and will bring a surge of accompanying applications”.

The measures announced by the NBN Co include:

– $18.4 million worth of additional capacity for the 44,000 existing users of the ISS. Each user will receive around a third more capacity, which will enable them to carry out tasks like email, internet banking and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services, such as Skype, during peak periods. NBN Co and retail service providers continue to work together to ensure that the end user experience is consistent with expected outcomes.

– In addition, the NBN Co has agreed to establish a subsidy scheme to allow up to 9,000 homes, farms and small businesses unable to access the ISS to access commercial satellite services. Similar to the Australian Broadband Guarantee, the new scheme will subsidise the cost of in-premises equipment and its installation. Retail service providers will set the price of the broadband packages available to consumers.

– New monitoring tools are also being put in place to allow the NBN Co to better manage existing capacity. This means that retail providers will be better able to manage ‘high end’ users unfairly slowing the service levels of all other users.

– The first of two Ka-Band satellites that the NBN Co will use for the LTSS is expected to be operational in the second half of 2015. The NBN Co is conducting a strategic review into the fixed wireless and satellite programs which will be publicly released this month.

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Run stretches a lifeline

On your mark: (From left) Macarthur Lions’ Ted Gillroy, Ron Gunn and Alan Dean gear up for the Anzac Run in Camden next week. Picture: Luke FudaTHE Macarthur Lions 2014 Anzac Run is bringing people together to celebrate life and community on Sunday, April 27.
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The annual event is held to support Macarthur Lifeline and its work with young people.

Macarthur Lions Club president Alan Dean said of the event: “It started some years ago when the son of the president at the time committed suicide.

“And Lifeline Macarthur has always focused on youth suicide.”

People can take part in a five-kilometre or 10-kilometre walk or run.

Mr Dean said the day was a hit with everyone from professional runners to mothers with young children.

“We have a guy that comes along who is 93 now and last year the youngest person who took part was under one,” he said.

“It’s becoming a part of the running calendar now as runners say the course is really challenging.

“So some people will enjoy the challenge and other people will enjoy the community event and in that respect it is always a great day.”

The event will also feature stalls for food and drink.

Macarthur Lions works on several events to raise money for the community and help people in need.

“We are really committed to supporting the community,” Mr Dean said.

More than 800 people regularly attend the event, which is sponsored by the Camden-Narellan Advertiser.

The run will start at 9.15am and $700 in prizes will be given away on the day.

Cost is $10 (children), $25 (adults) and $60 (family, two adults and two children).

Details: macarthur.nsw.lions.org.au.

Wanderers finish second

Pirtek Stadium at Parramatta will get the flick if the Western Sydney Wanderers meet Sydney FC in a grand final qualifying match in two weeks’ time.
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The game will most likely be moved to ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.

But Sydney first have to beat Melbourne Victory in a sudden death semi-final this Friday night.

Bowlers in Aussie squads

Middleton Grange lawn bowler Anne Johns, 33, and Kemps Creek’s Matthew Pietersen, 25, have both been named in the Bowls Australia Jackaroos’ squads for the next 15 months.

Bulldogs topple Giants

Greater Western Sydney Giants play Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on Easter Sunday.

The Giants lost 17.10 (110) to 12.11 (83), against the Western Bulldogs at Startrack Oval, Canberra, on Saturday.

Farah sidelined

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah suffered a dislocated elbow in his team’s 16-4 win over North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown on Saturday.

Bombers battle past determined Centrals

Riddell flexed its muscles in a destructive performance to defeat Melton Centrals by 35 points at Gisborne’s Gardiner Reserve on Saturday in round two action of the Riddell District Football Netball League. The reigning premiers were all class in their win against a determined opposition.
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Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

Action from Riddell v Melton Centrals at Gardiner Reserve. Photo: Jasper Carn

The Sunbury Kangaroos launched on a scoring spree after half time as they kicked away to a 107 point over Macedon. The Roos led by 29 points at the half way mark of the game.

Woodend/Hesket celebrated the first win of the season with an 11 point win over a gutsy Kilmore. The Hawks trailed early before kicking away to victory.

Lancefield pinched a thriller at the Harley Hammond Reserve when they defeated the home side Broadford by three points in a cliff hanger. Romsey came from behind at three quarter time to defeat Diggers Rest by 16 points in a genuine arm wrestle. Nine final term goals was enough for Rupertswood to sink the Rams at the Ian Cowie Reserve to win by 98 points.

Bombers v Centrals

At the Gardiner Reserve, Riddell took on the highly fancied Melton Centrals who were fresh off a 40 point win over Rockbank in round one. The game was relocated to the venue as Riddell’s surface was not ready to be played on.

Centrals coachm Brian Wheelahanm said before the game he would hope his team would be in the contest at three quarter time and really challenge the Bombers in the final term.

Riddell burst out of the blocks with the opening goal through Brian Ruffell. James Nolan worked well at half forward while Matt Darby sprung to life in the backline with several strong marks for the Bombers down back.

The Centrals had a change to kick a goal inside the opening stages when leading forward, Adam Fenton, marked strongly inside 15 metres. His kick sprayed to the left and handed the momentum back to the Bombers. Kane Bulleen was determined to keep his team in the game as the Centrals would not back down from Riddell’s pressure. Andrew Hunter opened up the goal scoring account for the visitors with a standing snap shot from 45 metres out that sailed through for a brilliant goal. Riddell led by four points at quarter time.

Nathan Richardson began to lift in the midfield while Andrew Lorimer was solid in the ruck as the Centrals challenged the Bombers in the opening stages of the second term. Fenton, who missed several kickable chances, sprung to life with three goals in the opening 11 minutes to hand them the lead. That was where it ended for the Centrals as the Bomber machine kicked away. Pat Cariss stepped it up in the ruck while Anthony Sammut worked hard in the middle as Riddell kicked away to a six point half time lead.

Bombers dominate

In round one, Lancefield took the game up to the Bombers in the first half, only to be blown away in the third term. This was no different. Riddell opened up the forward line leaving Pete Robertson in the goal square, manned by Paul McNamara. Robertson turned the game on its head with several strong marks and great goals. The lead really started to grow before the Centrals dropped a man back to stem the bleeding. The visitors kicked their only score of the term, a behind, at the 11 minute mark of the term, to make it a full quarter between scores. Riddell kicked away to a 47 point lead. Rhys Lowry dominated Adam Fenton as the Centrals couldn’t gain any forward line dominance. Jake Thomas stepped it up in the final term with two goals for the visitors as Riddell ran out 35 point winners, Centrals coach Wheelahan was left to ponder what might have been if not for a disasterous third term.

Highlights

Simon Crump kicked five goals for Kilmore to lead the league goal kicking after two rounds while Matt Bourke starred for Woodend/Hesket in the win. Riley Kindred kicked four goals and Lyndon Thompson kicked three in a highly entertaining match at Harley Hammond Reserve. Broadford ruckman Adam Svarc was best on the ground in the loss. Rupertswood’s Leigh Brennan went goalless in round one against Sunbury but sprung to life with six goals in the win over Rockbank. John Baker kicked six of the best for the Sunbury Kangaroos in the 17 goal demolition of Macedon. Diggers Rest kicked seven goals to one in the third term to hit the front against Romsey, only to be kicked out of the game in the final term by Matt Davidson who finished the day with three for the winners.

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Community asked to look after its own

Food for thought: Food drive volunteers and donors celebrate a successful campaign with a fund-raising barbecue. CWT Food Drive coverage 2013
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CWT Food Drive coverage 2013

CWT Food Drive coverage 2013

THE Wollondilly Community Food Drive is on again this year after a successful campaign in 2013.

Organiser Joan Derks said the drive aimed to help those in need, particularly heading in winter.

“I struggled when I was young so I know what it’s like,” she said.

Non-perishable food and toiletries are most needed.

Mrs Derks said anyone wanting to donate could drop off products at either of the Derks stores — 17/15 Henry Street, Picton or 110 Cedar Creek Road, Thirlmere.

She also urged anyone in need of assistance to contact Wollondilly Community Links.

“They are out there to help people,” she said.

Last year several local organisations including Wollondilly Community Links, Picton Rotary Club, Derks Produce, Picton District Community Bank, Wollondilly Council and the Advertiser got behind the cause.

Thirlmere Public School was responsible for one of the biggest donations.

“I just picked up over 1000 items from Thirlmere Public School,” fellow organiser Linda Difrancesco told the Advertiser days after visiting the school during the drive last year.

“I have a Holden Rodeo [utility] and it was chock-a-block.”

Mrs Derks said as well as non-perishable items and toiletries, pet food was also high on the wish list of items.

“The first things that get put aside are pets because people can’t afford to feed them,” she said.

“Cats and dogs then end up starving.

“Animals suffer as well.”

To donate, get involved or seek assistance contact Joan Derks on 4681 8251 or Wollondilly Community Link on 4683 2776.

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