Sick of the stench

This stinks: Cabramatta Rugby League Club is calling on Sydney Water to relocate its wastewater pumping station. Picture: Wesley LonerganAFTER years of putting up with the stench and the seeming chemical bleaching of one of its fields, Cabramatta Rugby League Club has called on Sydney Water to shut down its wastewater pumping station.
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Club representatives fear the station, which is close to one of its playing fields, poses a serious health threat to its 8000-plus membership.

Despite this, Sydney Water continues to back its decision to carry out renewal works at the site, saying relocation would be impracticable.

The facility, which was built at the back of Cabramatta Rugby League Club in the 1960s, contains chemicals including ferrous chloride and hydrochloric acid to reduce odours.

The club’s liveable community manager and former Sydney Water area manager, Paul Fox, said the chemicals had overflowed and discharged onto an adjoining mod-playing field — leaving numerous bare patches where grass will not grow.

He said this was a safety hazard.

“The facility is located less than 13 metres from our mod-playing field,” Mr Fox said.

“We’ve got four-year-old children playing on that field. We think it’s pretty outrageous.”

Mr Fox said the station also had an overflow pipe that entered into Cabramatta Creek.

He said that as the site didn’t have a detention tank, sewage and chemicals also overflowed into the creek whenever there was heavy rain or an electrical failure.

“The overflow pipe is adjacent to the club’s undercover car park, so when the overflows cease and the creek dries out, our patrons are left with the pungent stench of sewage coming from the creek,” Mr Fox said.

“The odour has been so severe that young people training and playing at the grounds have had to leave, complaining they were ill.”

Mr Fox said the club has called on Sydney Water to relocate the wastewater pumping station to a site where it didn’t affect the community or the environment.

A Sydney Water spokesman said the club’s request posed several difficulties.

“A relocation would be costly and the time taken to identify a suitable alternative site, purchase the land, acquire relevant approvals, construct the necessary infrastructure and decommission the existing pumping station would take years,” he said.

“In the meantime, vital renewal work on the wastewater pumping station will continue, as planned, to ensure that the community has a reliable wastewater system and EPA licence conditions are met.

“This $4.8 million investment is expected to take six months to complete and should resolve the majority of the club’s concerns.”

Mr Fox raised his concerns at a forum attended by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and several cabinet ministers at Hunts Comfort Inn Casula two weeks ago.

Finance and Services Minister Andrew Constance said he was concerned Sydney Water was not meeting its EPA licence provisions and therefore would be looking into it.

“That’s where the alarm bells start to ring for me,” he said.

“I can’t promise anything but I will go away and have a look at it because ultimately, anything that’s involving this degree of required capital coupled with the fact that it has been an ongoing problem would suggest that there are some very, very serious concerns.”

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Police hunt sex attackers

Scene of crime: Two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by three young men behind a grandstand at Fairfield Park last week. Picture: Rachel Olding
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FAIRFIELD police are looking for three men who sexually assaulted two schoolgirls in Fairfield Park last week.

Police said the girls, each aged 16, met the boys on a train from Blacktown after they had skipped school to go shopping at Castle Hill on Tuesday, April 8.

Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon said the girls asked the men for directions and were promised they would be taken to a bus terminal.

Instead, they were taken to Fairfield.

The group walked to Fairfield Park about 2pm, where the sexual assaults took place.

“It’s a very brazen attack,” Detective Superintendent Lennon said.

“It’s something that is absolutely unforgivable in the local area.

“They’re just young girls that were trying to make their way to Castle Hill and got convinced to [travel] via Fairfield.

“It’s pretty sad that this sort of thing is going on.”

The girls were taken to hospital for medical examination.

“They are obviously very emotionally upset,” Detective Superintendent Lennon said.

“They were treated at hospital and provided with ongoing counselling, and we will be talking with them again.

Fairfield police are working with public and private organisations to gather security camera footage.

The three males are described as being Mediterranean or Middle Eastern in appearance.

Police said the first male was described as being aged between 19 and 21 with a dark complexion and about 178 centimetres tall. He had a thin build and dark hair.

The second male is thought to be about 175 centimetres tall, and of thin build. He had black hair.

The third male is possibly aged between 17 and 19, about 175 centimetres.

One of the attackers wore a white shirt and cargo pants; another was wearing a white shirt and tan trousers.

■ Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Casualties of progress

Business at risk: Charlie and Doris Borg, pictured with grandsons Noah and Nathaniel, may have to close the chicken farm when the government acquires part of their land — including the house — to widen Bringelly Road. Picture: Wesley LonerganWHEN she heard that she would lose the chicken farm she and her husband had been running for almost 40 years, Doris Borg’s heart sank.
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“I was sick when I found out,” Mrs Borg said. “It’s a horrible feeling — it really affects you.”

The state government plans to partially acquire the Borg family’s Austral property for the upgrade of Bringelly Road.

The land to be acquired will include the family home which Mrs Borg and her husband moved into in 1977 and where they raised their two daughters.

“We heard about this in August and I was just shocked.

“I have asthma and a bronchial cough and it’s flared up recently because of the stress.

“It’s just heartbreaking. Both of our daughters grew up here; the second one was born just a week after we moved in.

“It’s just such a shame to leave because we have so many memories here.

“We’ve been coming to work on this property for 41 years and have lived here for 37 years.”

The couple run C and D Borg Chickens from the property and keep 66,000 meat chickens on the site.

“When we heard that the house would have to be demolished we knew that would be the end of the business, because you couldn’t run the farm without being here.

“I just hope we get compensated for the earnings we will lose.

“We also own land next door and have two houses there which we rent out, so I hope they compensate us for that, too.”

She said she had known that she would probably have to move out of the area soon, but didn’t expect that it would happen so quickly.

“We knew development was coming, but we thought it would still be a few years away.”

Mrs Borg said the government had presented them with one offer, but they considered it unacceptable.

“We’re thinking of retirement now, but we would not have been retiring yet if this hadn’t happened, the least they could do is compensate us fairly.”

A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman confirmed that land from the Borg’s two Austral properties, including the section their house is on, will be acquired.

“The road widening generally requires partial acquisitions at the front of 133 affected properties but full acquisition of others,” she said.

She said the project aimed to increase capacity for future growth by upgrading Bringelly Road, which is currently two lanes, to a six-lane divided road.

“Compensation is based on market value and, where appropriate, additional business impact costs are paid in accordance with legislation.

“The majority of offers to landowners have been made and acquisitions are expected to be completed in time for work to start in early 2015.

“A community update will be mailed to residents next month and placed on the Roads and Maritime website.”

Brent’s Briefs, April 16

Communion and Conformation
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Catholic children’s parents are advised that the Sacraments of the First Communion and Conformation will be held in St Dominic’s Church, Kandos on August 3. Organisers are planning to start preparation lessons for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation soon. Catholic children in Year 3 and above will receive First Communion and those in Year 6 and above will prepare for Confirmation. Parents are asked to please contact Sister Kath on 6379 4679 by April 30.

Easter services

Anglican parish Easter services are as follows:

– Today, Wednesday April 16 – 5pm at St Augustine’ Capertee.

– 17 April – Maundy Thursday, 7pm at St James’ Rylstone.

– 18 April – Good Friday – 8am at St Laurence’ Kandos, 10am Rylstone Ecumenical Pilgrimage incorporating the Stations of The Cross commencing at St Malachy’s Catholic Church, then Uniting Church, and concluding at St James’ Anglican Church followed by morning tea with hot cross buns, 3pm at St Stephen’s Bylong.

– 20 April – Easter Sunday, 6.15am Rylstone Sunrise service at St James’. This is an Ecumenical service followed by a shared breakfast, 9am at St Laurence’ Kandos, 11.30am at St Paul’s Ilford, 4pm at St Luke’s Lue.

Kandos-Rylstone Catholic Parish Services for the Easter period are:

– Holy Thursday – Mass at St Malachy’s Rylstone at 5pm.

– Good Friday – Ecumenical Stations of the Cross beginning at St Malachy’s Rylstone at 10am.

– Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass at St Dominic’s Kandos at 5pm.

– Easter Sunday – Easter Mass at St Malachy’s Rylstone at 9am.

Artisan and Producer’s Market

A reminder that the Rylstone Artisan and Producer’s Market is on the third Saturday this month instead of the second. Come along for some great bargains and an Easter atmosphere this Saturday, April 19. It’s at the Rylstone Memorial Hall from 9am to 1.30pm. There’ll be lots of stalls, food and drinks. To join the association or to have a stall at the market, please phone the secretary, Carmel Spark on 6379 6202 or email [email protected]南京夜网

Kandos Community Markets

Kandos Community Markets will be held in the grounds of St Laurence Church, Kandos this Easter Saturday, April 19 from 9am to 1pm. Come along for some great bargains and interesting gifts, enjoy a cuppa and have a bite to eat. There’ll be all the usual stalls, Devonshire teas, and a barbecue. For stall bookings, phone Rose on 6379 4179 or Joy on 6379 6097.

Anzac Day services

Anzac Day services will be held in both Kandos and Rylstone again this year on Friday, April 25. The dawn service will be held in Rylstone at 6am and in Kandos at 6.30am, with 11am commemorative services also being held in both towns. The ANZAC Day march will take place in Kandos with marchers to assemble at the Rotunda at 10.30am for a 10.45am march to the Kandos Community Hall for the 11am service.

Centenary Gala Ball tickets

Tickets for the Kandos Centenary Gala Ball on Saturday, October 4 will be on sale from Saturday, May 3. Come along for welcome drinks on the Town Square from 7pm. Dress in your best and be prepared for an evening of fine food, and classy entertainment. Dinner is by local chef, Rebecca Sutton of olive.a.twist and music is by the Rachel Hannan Quartet. Tickets are $90 each and they are limited to 200. Check out the website at www.kandocentenary南京夜网 or phone Colleen O’Sullivan for more information on 6379 6902 or 0428 518 380.

You are also invited to join in the Centenary Parade in Kandos on Saturday, October 4. Build a float, march as a group, dress in period costume, drive an interesting vehicle or parade some interesting machinery. Register or ask the parade coordinator for further information by email at [email protected]南京夜网, by mail to C/- Kandos Post Office or check out the website at www.kandoscentenary南京夜网.

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The EditorAnother act of cruelty

In recent months, even weeks, we have heard too many horrific stories about animals being neglected or treated with disregard.
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To think that after poor Chance was found neglected and malnourished, another dog has been found in the same condition.

This time much worse; left to die in a rubbish bin.

This is disgusting and the person responsible for subjecting this poor animal to such treatment should be punished.

The council is currently undertaking a review of its animal management processes, but can these people be stopped?

If the council enforces harsher penalties for people not acting responsibly with their pet, will the cycle stop?

I for one, don’t think so.

And ratepayers shouldn’t be held responsible for the cruel actions of others.

The people who have such little regard for the lives of other living things will get away with these things, simply because they don’t care.

They don’t have a conscience and won’t feel a single pang of guilt when reading the vet’s words about the dog’s ill health in this newspaper.

It takes a certain kind of person not to care when they hear that an animal has been wronged, and while not everyone will be a lover of dogs, cruelty to any sort of animal is never okay.

The life of an animal is just as important as that of a human.

There are alternatives to dropping a dog in a bin, be a responsible person and do the right thing.

It is not only the animal that suffers, but those who take responsibility for you and your actions when caring for it and trying to right your wrongs.

To those people who believe treating a living animal in such a way is acceptable, I say don’t be so heartless.

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Bendigo police to trial futuristic new camera

BENDIGO police will trial afuturistic new camera that can detect drivers who tweet, text or talk on their mobile phones from 700 metres away.
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DETECTION: The new camera will spot people using their mobile phones.

The “Ranger” is Australia’s firstmobile cameraand can be used to nab drivers using phones or not wearing seat belts long before they spot the camera.

The camera will also detectmotorists who drive carelessly while applying make-up or eating at the wheel.

Acting Senior Sergeant Dale Simm from Bendigo’s highway patrol said anything designed to assist in lowering the road toll was a good thing.

“We’ll be trialing the new cameras so they should be in Bendigo at some stage,” he said.

“I’m not sure when they’re actually coming here but they should bea good instrument to use.

“It’s just another tool we can use to detect people who are on their mobile phones and who are not using their seat belts.”

Under penalties introduced late last year, drivers caught using mobile phones will be hit with hefty fines of $433 and four demerit points.

Drivers on a full licence who accumulate 12 demerit points in three years can lose their licence.

“Using mobile phones is one of the major ones with distractions and that’s what we’re targeting,” Acting Senior Sergeant Simm said.

“Impaired driving is one of the major things causing accidents in the area so if we can get people to put their mobile phones down and not use them and just concentrate on the driving that would be really good.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Simm said people should avoid distractions, including eating, while driving.

“Youprobably are better off if you’re going to have something to eat, to pull over, have something to eat, have a bit of a walk around, take a bit of time and then continue your journey,” he said.

“Depending on the situation you may get charged with careless driving, you may get a fine.

“Itdependson what the circumstances are and what you’re actually doing.”

Police at various locations around the state are expected touse the 13-day Easter and Anzac Day holiday period to trial the “Ranger”.

Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said this was one of the “most significant road policing operations conducted in this state over the Easter period”.

“We know motorists are quick to put their phone down and put their seatbelt on when they see a police car,” he said.

“With this long-lens camera, we will see them first.”

– with The Age

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Try croquet with a difference at Fern Tree Gully

Get ready to negotiate obstacles at Fern Tree Gully Bush Croquet Fundraiser.
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The annual Fern Tree Gully Bush Croquet fundraiser in on Sunday, May 4. This is a game with a difference, played in the bush, negotiating thorny bushes, wombat holes, tree trunks and ant heaps.

Fern Tree Gully near Rylstone is a unique area enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The sub-tropical rainforest is home to fascinating plant animal and bird life and the fundraising day helps to maintain and improve access, tracks and facilities in the trust area,

The venue is the top of Growee Gulph, off Bylong Valley Way near the look out.

It’s around 20km from Rylstone – just follow the signs. Bring a picnic lunch and be prepared for a lot of fun and laughter.

Entry to play is $10 and all proceeds go to the maintenance of this beautiful area. The first heat starts at 10am. For enquiries, phone 6379 1453.

TRICKY SHOT: Last year’s Fern Tree Gully Bush Croquet winner, Jim Linton-Smith negotiates a difficult hoop in a hollow log. Participants in this year’s fundraiser can expect another testing course.

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Mobile microchipper at Rylstone markets

President of the Rylstone Artisans and Producers Market Jo Brown is a registered micro chipper and you can find her at the monthly Rylstone Markets with plenty of information on microchipping your animal. Her stall abounds with advice and information to help you meet your responsibilities as a pet owner in NSW.
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READY TO MICROCHIP: Jo Brown with daughters Amelia (and her dog) and Charlotte (holding the sign) at last month’s Rylstone market day.

Mrs Brown feels really strongly about her job and she travels everywhere across the region from Orange to Gulgong, Bathurst Mudgee and Lithgow helping people to microchip their animals.

“This is the only way that you can legally show that your dog, for instance, belongs to you. It’s so important to me because it’s the best system we have of identifying your animal.

Dogs need to be microchipped before they are 12 weeks old, or earlier if they are sold or change owners. You also need to microchip your cat if it was born after July 1, 1999.

“Microchipping uniquely identifies your pet and helps you find it if it is lost or stolen. I actually do a lot of promotion for Council because of my interest in my work. A lot of people think that because they live on the land they are exempt. This is not true, though some work dogs are exempt,” she added.

In NSW, microchipping is only the first step. You also need to lifetime register you dog or cat with your local council before it is six months old. This is a once only payment for your dog or cat. Lifetime registrations for desexed animals are much cheaper.

Mrs Brown uses a smaller and finer needle to microchip animals so that it is not as intrusive, especially to smaller animals. She also travels to her clients using her mobile service. It costs $20 per pet.

If you want some more information or advice call into her stall at this Saturday’s (April 19) Rylstone markets or you can give her a call on 0437 822 660.

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PHOTOS: Trivia night pits youth against experience

The Youth Week Trivia Night was a test of youth over experience, as young teams pitted their trivia skills against teachers and Mid-Western Regional Council workers.
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Ryan Kurtz, Lauren Coombes, Vilja Werkmann, Laura Fergus, Hollie Menzies, Grace Jones, Padraigh Hickey and G.J. Tioseco put their trivia skills to the test.

Mid-Western Regional Council team Paul Blackwell, Jo Blackwell, Kate Power, Daniel Power, Adam Hall, Fiona Turner and Carolyn Atkins took on the kids and teachers.

Rose Mortensen, Bronte Cox and Caitlin Devenish came up with the answers.

George Curan, Heather Wilson, Josh Marshall, Claudia Fuller, Nikita Marshall, James Keeley and Galen Cole wrestle with tricky trivia questions.

Youth Council members Jye Cork and Emily Cole keep an eye on the competition.

Youth Council members Jessica Maclennan, Jessica Foote, Henry Van Laeren and Dylan Hayes-Webber kept the trivia night running smoothly.

Ben Buckley ponders the mysteries of life.

Callum Sibley and Isaac Canellis took on the trivial opposition.

Yasman Page, Thomas McCabe, Nathaniel Leatherby, Tameka Blowes, Nathen Mullette, Charlotte Moran and Liberty McManus found strength in numbers.

Trivia buffs Archie Roberts, Duncan McNeill and Connor McNeill.

Levi Leighton, Jazmyn Hanson-Yeats and Sam Bambrick, Matthew Allen, Aillie McNeill and Ashley Whittington tackled the tough questions.

Robert Westwood, Dane Kelley and William Bates put their heads together.

Quiz master Melanie Heldon kept the teams puzzling over questions such as “Name Tom Cruise’s ex-wives” (there are three of them) and “What is the name of the college which is the setting for the television show Community?” The Trivia Night in the Mudgee Town Hall was part of the Youth Council’s Youth Week program, which also started with the Big Air School demonstration at Kandos and finished with a flash mob at Lawson Park on Sunday.

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WINNER: Stephen Nichols wins $100 in The Rural’s top photos competition

Stephen Nichols has won $100 in The Rural’s top photos competition. Readers voted on the images in this gallery which they thought were the best.
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The most popular photo after all of the votes were counted was number 84. Thanks to everyone who participated.

1. Leo Mackinlay.

2. Simon Coddington.

3. Jimmy Delaney.

4. Bernie the Firefighter and Lauren Stone.

5. Dylan Lloyd and Harley Allen.

6. John and Norm Haeusler.

7. Lachlan and Lucy Smirl.

8. Tom Armstrong.

9. Ashley Nelson.

10. Ross Edwards.

11. Michael McCormick.

12. Lily McKenzie and Hayley King.

13. Sam Maclure.

14. Ruby Riethmuller.

15. Al Crane and Yo Jarvis.

16. Lachie Cossor.

17. Rebecca Wyper.

18. Peter Power.

19. Kasey Franks.

20. Maggie Hogg.

21. Brian Simpson.

22. Paul Martin and Andrew Negline.

23. Elders Wagga.

24. Michael Hopwood.

25. Henwood family.

26. Bob Holder.

27. Cheryl Drummond and Arthur Heckman.

28. James Kennedy, Lincoln Smith and Tom Boyle.

29. Kerrie and Bob Holder.

30. Paul Kelly and Brendan Gaynor.

31. Aaron Mackay and David McKinley.

32. John Stanley and Neil Bahr.

33. James Robertson, Amy Brown and Emma Farrington.

34. Jane Yates, Linda Coombes and Jane Hunter.

35. Will Stoddart and Joe Wilks.

36. Billy Sheridan.

The winner will be drawn on Monday June 2 2014 and the judges decision is final.

37. Ross Smith.

38. Jody Batchelor and Jake Schiller.

39. Sam Sutton and Ryan Burden.

40. Greg Lashbrook and Alex Glen of Leeton and Andrew Hamilton.

41. John and Margaret Gill.

42. Michelle Makeham.

43. Garry Amrstrong.

44. Pat Cleaver, Tristan Halden and Tom Pattison.

45. Shelton Smith.

46. Craig Wilson.

47. John Serong and George Wilson.

48. Arthur Stacey and Travis Lewis.

49. Brad and Katie Collins.

50. David and Naomi Ralston.

51. Brenden Halden, James Tierney and Tim Drum.

52. Tom Boyle and Chris Maher.

53. Bernie and Mick Noonan.

54. Bill Green and Jeff Macaulay.

55. Ken Cuell.

56. Peter Cabot.

57. Anne and Jack McDonnell and Doug Tozer.

58. Jamison George, Montana McKenzie and Dione George.

59. RH Blake and Co livestock agents.

60. Nathanial and Brian Hewitt.

61. Cheryl Drummond and Aaron Day.

62. Steve McKay and George Harrison.

63. Tammie Driscoll.

64. Bill Green from and Jeff Macaulay.

65. Angus McHattan.

66. Alex McGrath.

67. James Wang, Jason and John Gill.

68. Vicki Schiller.

69. Sally Moore and Molly Harper.

70. Terry Hillier.

71. Luke Roberts.

72. Penny MacIntosh.

73. Todd Hensley and Lance Keenan.

74. Brett Aitchison and Ben Smart.

75. Brad Pierce.

76. Nigel Curtis and Spud Parker.

77. John Serong (centre), Angela Serong and Gabrielle Giddens and Gabrielle and Thomas Giddens.

78. Amanda and Gavin Pincott.

79. Doug Millward.

80. Patrick O’brien, Wendy Harper and Peter O’brien, Alex Harper and Sarah Harper.

81. Delta HLB livestock agents.

82. Peter Douglas and Laura Douglas, Jessica Klemke, Emma Klemke and Kate and Graham Klemke.

83. Russ Meyers, John Meyers and Bruce O’Reilly.

84. Greg, Andrew, Martha, Hayley, Rachael and Aiden Plum.

85. David and Syd Brockwell.

86. Greg Lashbrook, Alex Glen and Andrew Hamilton.

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