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  • DCC seeking interest in running civic centre

    2018 - 07.03

    EXPRESSIONS of interest to manage the multi-purpose civic centre developed as part of stage one of Living City are being sought by the Devonport City Council.
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    It’s believed the Devonport Gateway Church has expressed some interest in the management of the centre and will submit a proposal.

    The Gateway Church runs a small facility on Don Road in Devonport called the Don Centre that frequently hosts functions and music acts.

    Comment was sought from the Gateway Church.

    Stage one of the $250 million Living City project includes the construction of the multi-purpose building that will house a civic centre with up to 800 seats.

    It will be run in conjunction and complimentary to the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

    In addition its understood the multi-purpose building will also house the Devonport City Council chambers, the Devonport LINC and Service Tasmania.

    Stage one also includes the construction of the food market space as well as two storeys of the multi-storey car park.

    Devonport general manager Paul West said the council had received some informal interest in the management of the civic centre and said expressions of interest would involve a two-part process.

    PUTTING OUT FEELERS: Expressions of interest for the management of the Living City multi-purpose civic centre (pictured) are being sought by the Devonport City Council.

    “We have had some informal interest that’s come about as part of the planning phase, ” Mr West said.

    Mr West said advertising for the expressions of interest were likely to be published in Saturday’s Advocate and said the process would run for about three to four weeks.

    Following that, any groups who had expressed interest would be invited to send in a more formal proposal.

    “We will be able to seek any interested parties and assess what they have to offer,” Mr West said.

    “We want to see how they could value add and compliment the existing DECC.”

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    Man sold guns to buy drugs

    2018 - 07.03

    A SOMERSET ice addict trafficked unregistered guns to fuel his addiction, a court heard yesterday.
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    Benjamin Shane Moran sold a 12-gauge and a .22 rifle to fund his habit, and used Facebook to try to arrange more gun sales.

    Moran pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully trafficking a firearm.

    In the Supreme Court, in Burnie, yesterday, crown prosecutor Jody Dennison told Justice Helen Wood police stopped a car at East Devonport on June 26 last year.

    They searched the car after seeing drug-related items.

    Mr Dennison said they found messages on Moran’s phone and his Facebook account about selling firearms and attempting to arrange more gun deals.

    On Facebook, Moran asked one man: “Wanna buy a 12-gauge shottie?”, meaning a shotgun.

    He offered it for $500 and accepted $450 cash.

    He also sold a .22, and messages were found about other potential sales.

    Defence counsel Steve Wright said Moran had only ever been in possession of two guns; the .22 and the 12-gauge.

    He said Moran was an introverted person who had used drugs, including ice, to try to overcome his shyness and make him more gregarious in social environments.

    Ice use caused significant issues, including the firearms charge, Mr Wright said.

    He said Moran had been seriously addicted to ice and all his money went towards buying the drug.

    Moran was in a haze from ice use, Mr Wright said.

    Moran’s uncle had left a .22 with him and he became aware other people would want it.

    He sold the .22, then took possession of the 12-gauge and sold that too.

    Moran was then approached by people wanting guns and he sent “random postings” to people he thought had them, Mr Wright said.

    Mr Wright said Moran could not now believe he acted the way he did.

    He said Moran had since weaned himself off ice and wanted to work and take care of his partner.

    Mr Wright said the incident “showed the insidious nature of what this particular drug can do to people”.

    Mr Wright said anecdotal evidence suggested ice was highly addictive.

    Moran accepted trafficking illegal firearms was a grave evil, Mr Wright said.

    “The risk of re-offending, on my instructions, is absolutely nil.”

    Justice Wood bailed Moran to next appear tomorrow.

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    Cats tipped to win flag

    2018 - 07.03

    IT’S official.
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    Wynyard will claim back-to-back premierships for the first time in their 130-year history, according to an annual poll of the NWFL club coaches.

    COACHES CALL: At yesterday’s NWFL 2015 season launch at the Wynyard Football Club were senior coaches Dale Perry (East Devonport), Ryland Coombe (Smithton assistant coach), Justin Rodman (Ulverstone), Andrew Bacon (Burnie), Errol Bourn (Wynyard), Mark Lowe (Devonport), Wade Anthony (Latrobe) and Peter Templeton (Penguin). Picture: Stuart Wilson.

    League officials and sponsors as well as representatives from the eight clubs gathered in Wynyard last night for the launch of the 2015 NWFL season and the consensus on who were flag favourites was clear-cut.

    All but one of the seven opposition coaches picked the Cats to hold aloft the silverware for a second consecutive year such was the landslide prediction.

    The only man not to do so was Latrobe’s Wade Anthony, who believes Ulverstone will go one step further than last year’s grand final appearance.

    NWFL president Andrew Richardson also thinks the premiership race is far from a one-horse show.

    “Don’t get me wrong I think Wynyard will still be strong but I think it’s wide open,” Richardson said.

    “I think Ulverstone and Penguin would have to be right up there.

    “Both of those clubs are sneaking under the radar a little bit.

    “Latrobe, with Anthony leading the charge, will be a test and then of course no one really knows what the two new clubs, Devonport and Burnie, are going to be like.

    “East [Devonport] won’t be world-beaters but they’ll see improvement as will Smithton.

    “I think it’s going to be an exciting season and one that creates plenty of interest.”

    Richardson said having Burnie and Devonport back in the Coast’s premier football competition made the league complete.

    “Having a city the size of Burnie without any representation at all just wasn’t right so I think with them and the Magpies back in, it just makes us truly Coastal,” he said.

    The poll also forecast Cats on-baller Zane Murphy to win his first Baldock Medal.

    Three club coaches said Murphy would take home the medal.

    Penguin’s Jack Templeton was selected by two coaches for the Baldock, while other players to be chosen were Ulverstone smooth mover Jeremy Soden, Wynyard co-skipper Zac Smith and Robins’ playing-coach Justin Rodman.

    Coaches were not allowed to nominate their own team or players.

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    Top 10 ways to survive in a big city

    2018 - 09.22

    Where do you even start in a big city? Photo: iStock Where do you even start in a big city? Photo: iStock
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    Where do you even start in a big city? Photo: iStock

    Where do you even start in a big city? Photo: iStock

    It can be daunting at first. Saying you’re visiting a megalopolis like Mexico City, or Moscow, or Tokyo. Where do you even start?

    How do you survive in a city with a population the size of Australia’s? How do you know where to stay, or what to do, or how to get around? How do you fit everything in?

    It doesn’t have to be that scary, however. There are a few tricks of the trade that will have you living like a local in the megalopolis of your choice in no time.

    Stay local

    There’s no point attempting to see an entire city in just a short stay. The best idea is to choose a neighbourhood you think you’ll like, where there’s plenty to see, and get to know it like a local. Stay in an apartment from a website like Airbnb; become a regular at a café; soak up life on the streets and see all of the sights in your own little part of town. You can take excursions to other areas of the city, but for the most part it’s best to find yourself a smaller circle to move in and reduce the time you’ll waste getting from place to place.

    Use a guidebook

    Not for everything. It’s not the Bible. But if you want to orientate yourself in a new town, to find the must-see attractions and figure out the best neighbourhood to stay in, then the basic information a guidebook can provide will be invaluable. Use it for research before you go, and ditch it once you begin wandering the streets.

    Plan your stay…

    In a huge city, time is of the essence. You don’t want to waste too much of your holiday deciding where to go next and how you should get there. If you’re travelling to a big city, do your research beforehand and figure out the places you want to visit, and what order you’re going to visit them in. This will cut down excess time battling public transport, and minimise the risk of missing out on the good stuff.

    …But don’t over-plan

    The great thing about the true megalopolises of the world is that they’re unpredictable – things just happen. Festivals pop up; cool bars appear; shops catch your eye; strangers invite you to do things. You don’t want to have your visit so strictly planned that you can’t embrace any or all of these things.

    Embrace public transport

    The metro system or the bus network or even the rickshaws might seem a little daunting at first, but if you want to get around the city in the most efficient (and cheapest) way, public transport is your friend. You might wind up in the wrong place every now and again, but that’s all part of the experience.

    Avoid rush hour

    You don’t have a job, so there’s no need to battle the crowds in the early morning and late afternoon. If you plan your stay right you can do most of your commuting in the middle of the day or late at night, when there are fewer people to deal with. During the rush hours you can be safely inside a museum, or at a restaurant, or just relaxing in a park.

    Get lost

    The idea of being lost in a big city might seem frightening, but really, this is the only way to discover what’s really out there. Ditch the guidebook, fold up the map, and just wander. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover. (NB: In certain cities, it’s best not to do this at night.)

    Go it alone

    Maybe you’re uncomfortable with going to bars or restaurants or even concerts on your own back home. But this is the big city – a big foreign city. It’s time to embrace the anonymity and get out there on your own. Eat at a table for one. Drink at a bar by yourself. Go to a club and dance like nobody’s watching – because the truth is, they probably aren’t.

    Get those elbows out

    Here it is: a huge crowd of people in Mumbai, or Sao Paulo, or Hanoi. They’re all trying to do what you’re trying to do. They’re ordering food, or getting on a train, or lining up at a bar. It’s intimidating, but the only thing to do is watch the way they behave, and do the same thing. Is everyone pushing in line? Do the same. Is everyone yelling their orders out? Do the same. You’ll feel like a local in no time.

    Get out of town

    Ask around – where do the locals go when the city is driving them crazy? It’s probably only a short train ride to get to somewhere completely different in the surrounding countryside, somewhere you can relax for a day away from the hustle and bustle of city life and see another side to your adopted home.

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    Federal Court may find overseas-sourced offshore workers illegal

    2018 - 09.22

    Senator Michaelia Cash. Photo: Alex EllinghausenHundreds of overseas sourced workers in Australia’s booming off-shore oil and gas sector could be plunged into illegal status from Thursday when the Federal Court is due to rule on the application of law governing their employment.
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    The case could have major implications for the offshore slice of the $200 billion sector which, according to the government, accounts for some $28 billion of economic activity.

    And it could also set new limits on the power of ministers to make rules outside of parliament.

    An action brought on appeal to the full bench of the Federal Court by the industrially aggressive Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Maritime Officers Union, has argued a Ministerial Determination used by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Minister, Michaelia Cash, last year granting work rights to the employees is unlawful.

    The determination, which followed one day after the Senate rejected proposed government regulations, was used to make it easier for oil and gas projects to attract and hire overseas labour.

    The unions had opposed the widespread use of overseas labour in the offshore sector and secured support from the former Labor government to require employers to prove they had made all reasonable efforts to find Australian employees first.

    If successful, the union appeal could see more than 400 employees currently engaged in laying undersea pipes and in the building and maintenance of other structures, who are not Australian citizens, forced to down tools.

    As a contingency plan, the government is understood to be considering another temporary legal instrument to give the employees protection and allow them to remain insured.

    The legal dispute has become a crucial test of the powers of the executive to make rules which, in effect, run counter to the intent of the legislature.

    The unions say the Abbott government failed in its attempt to repeal Labor legislation roping in workers employed at sea and beyond the migration zone, and so has tried to achieve the same result by use of ministerial determination.

    While the MUA hopes to regain the full protection of Australian employment law for all employees engaged in the sector, not everyone in the broader labour movement is happy with the action.

    A spokesman for Senator Cash said the Federal Court had already validated government actions once.

    “On 15 September 2014, the Federal Court upheld the validity of the Determination used by Minister Cash to provide certainty to the offshore oil and gas industry,” he said.

    “Contrary to the efforts of the MUA, the Coalition government will protect this vital industry – a $200 billion sector which generates $28 billion in revenue and supports thousands of Australian jobs.

    “The MUA’s ongoing industrial relations tantrum at the sector employing a small number of highly specialised foreign workers ironically ignores the fact that these specialists help create jobs for Australians.

    “We await the judgment of the Full Federal Court tomorrow morning.”

    The government believes the offshore component of the oil and gas sector is vital to the national interest and that the union action threatens future investment.

    Studies have shown that in addition to the 2500 jobs in the offshore sector, another 10,000 are supported across the economy.

    For the entire oil and gas sector, those numbers are considerably greater with some $200 billion already invested helping to underpin up to 100,000 jobs, according to work by the firm Deloitte Access Economics.

    A successful appeal could see the matter referred to the High Court, this time by the government.

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    Police arrest 61-year-old employee of multinational company in Macquarie Park for corruption

    2018 - 09.22

    61-year-old arrested for receiving corrupt commissions and money laundering Photo: NSW PolicePolice have arrested an employee of a prominent multinational company based in Macquarie Park for allegedly receiving corrupt commissions and laundering the money.
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    The company alerted the police last year alleging the 61-year-old employee, who was managing its $30 million vehicle fleet, was receiving commissions from a vehicle supplier for leasing its cars.

    The police alleged the employee had set up a bank account in July 2013 to receive the commissions and that the vehicle supplier made four deposits worth $504,900 into the bank account in June 2014 and February 2015.

    Fraud and Cybercrime Squad detectives arrested the man at the company’s Macquarie Park offices at midday on Wednesday.

    The Adelaide man was charged at Ryde Police Station and granted conditional bail. He will appear at Burwood Local Court on April 14.

    Police also searched the company’s offices and seized numerous documents. They are investigating if there were more payments made dating back several years.

    Police said they expect to make further arrests related to the matter.

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    Child sex abuse survivors angry at Federal Government’s opposition to redress scheme

    2018 - 09.22

    The Federal Government’s opposition to a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse was an attempt to avoid paying compensation to victims and is akin to telling them “we don’t want you to recover”, abuse victims have told the Royal Commission.
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    “I think that what the government is saying to survivors is that they would prefer [them] to suffer in silence …” abuse victims advocate Nicky Davis told the Royal Commission into child sex abuse on Wednesday

    “They don’t want us to reveal their shortcomings, to make them face their financial responsibilities and that’s just not acceptable.”

    Ms Davis was one of a number of abuse survivors who expressed their anger at a Federal Government submission to the Commission as it examined the question of how to assist and compensate those who had experienced child sexual abuse.

    In a blunt two-page submission, the Australian Government solicitor said a national scheme would be too complex and require too much time and resources to establish.

    It rejected proposals that the government co-ordinate the scheme and provide financial compensation to abuse survivors if the institution responsible was unable to pay.

    “Institutions must accept the legal, financial and moral responsibility for failing to protect children,” the submission stated.

    “Such recommendations would send a clear message to those institutions that they have no choice, for the future, but to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of those children entrusted to their care.”

    It also rejected the proposal for counselling and support services for abuse victims, stating that existing services provided support for anyone who needed it.

    The chair of the Commission, Justice Peter McClellan expressed disappointment that a scheme which was “overwhelmingly supported by survivor advocacy and support groups and many institutions as being the most likely to ensure a just, fair and consistent outcome for all victims where they may have suffered abuse, is not presently supported by the Commonwealth”.

    All of the survivor support advocates who addressed the commission on Wednesday, and many of the institutional witnesses, indicated that they continued to support a national redress scheme.

    A number argued that abuse survivors should only be required to demonstrate that their stories were “plausible” in order to be eligible for compensation.

    Others asserted that any apology to survivors provided under the scheme needed to acknowledge that institutions and not just individuals were responsible for child sexual abuse.

    In a similar vein, the Coalition of Aboriginal Services said that any redress scheme needed to acknowledge not only the abuse inflicted on Aboriginal children but the fact that they were unjustly removed from their communities in the first place because they were indigenous.

    Maurice Ryan from the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Corporation said this racist policy of removal was still taking place.

    “I can tell you exactly what’s going to happen to the 600 children who are in custody today,” Mr Ryan said.

    “Some will be abused … they will lose their culture, they will lose their identity, they will lose their language, their law, their customs their family.”

    The hearing continues.

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    Langer urges better pitches for shield finals after Vics win by drawing

    2018 - 09.22

    WA coach Langer’s main gripe was the pitch that overwhelmingly favoured batting.HOBART: Key figures on either side of this season’s Sheffield Shield final, Victoria veteran David Hussey and Western Australia Justin Langer, have expressed different gripes at the way the domestic first-class season concluded, with the Bushrangers holding on for a draw to secure the title.
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    Hussey’s 37 not-out from 169 deliveries was pivotal in the Bushrangers comfortably surviving for 95 overs on the fifth day at Blundstone Arena. He and captain Matthew Wade (9 not out from 99 balls), who after the match proudly demonstrated a new tattoo depicting the late Phillip Hughes, batted for the last 30 overs of the final day in their total of 4-158.

    While Hussey was delighted to be part of his fourth title-winning team he said he had been more satisfied with the victory in 2009-10 because it involved winning the final, rather than drawing it to claim the shield.

    “I really enjoyed the Queensland win at the MCG [in 2009-10] . . . that was the ultimate because you actually won the game. Fighting out for a hard-fought draw is equally as good, but you want to win the game,” he said.

    “I’ve got a foot in both camps. I don’t understand why it’s a five-day game when we play four-day cricket. I [also] don’t understand why you just have to draw the game to win the shield. I truly believe you have to play the game to win the game and sadly if you get a draw because you finish on top you get to hold it up. Maybe a bit of tinkering needs to be done.”

    WA coach Langer’s main gripe was the pitch that overwhelmingly favoured batting, to the extent that only six wickets fell in the last day and a half of the match.

    “It was really disappointing. We’ve had it two years in a row now,” said Langer, in reference to the 2013-14 final against NSW in Canberra that also ended in a draw.

    “Whilst I’m sure Victoria will have a different opinion, I love the game of cricket – I have since I was a little kid – but watching cricket like that over five days it’s not great cricket . . . when you arrive and basically know it’s going to be almost impossible to get 20 wickets to win the game on a one-day [type] wicket in a neutral venue it’s pretty disappointing. That might sound like sour grapes but that’s just me being as honest as I can be.

    “When we got here there wasn’t a blade of grass on it. When it’s such a one-sided contest, whether it’s throughout the season or the showcase game of the season, for me that’s very disappointing.

    “Cricket Australia are hell-bent on, and made a big deal of it a couple of years ago, playing cricket on really good cricket wickets, and for the majority of domestic cricket we’ve been seeing that. It’s a shame when you play the shield final [it changes].

    “We would never play Test cricket on these kind of wickets so if we’re trying to create a nursery to help guys turn into really good Test cricketers, in my view these wickets, and the one last year at Manuka [Oval in Canberra], are too one-sided. It doesn’t happen throughout the season, and in my opinion it shouldn’t happen in the shield final either. Yes, that team that finishes on top should have an advantage but if they’re the best team in the competition they should win on good wickets, rather than [the type of] wickets we’ve just played on.”

    Langer’s admission of how difficult it was to take wickets seemed in contrast with the team’s decision to bat on at the start of day five, when they already had a lead of 280, because his bowlers would otherwise have had eight more overs at the Bushrangers if they declared overnight. The coach defended the strategy.

    “There were two sides of it. One, we felt that if we got a few more runs then Victoria would just have to go defensive all day, and [two] we were expecting the wicket to deteriorate a lot more and perhaps spin. We saw a couple kept a little bit low but it was so slow that it made it almost impossible to get those wickets,” he said.

    “It was a grind in the first innings . . . and yesterday, even though we batted very positively, we saw it was very hard to get six wickets in the last two days.

    “The wicket didn’t deteriorate like we were expecting it to.”

    Langer hailed his players for their “magnificent” season, in which the teams he coached on the Matador Cup and Big Bash League and were all ahead in the shield final.

    His biggest praise was for captain Adam Voges, whose season average of 104.46 from 11 matches was the highest in history from someone who played at least eight matches in a shield season. The coach urged national selectors to give the 35-year-old a maiden Test call-up in this coming winter.

    “I said to Rod [Marsh, chief selector] and Darren [Lehmann, coach], before they picked Joe Burns [to debut on Boxing Day], that if anyone deserved to get selected he did. He’s just got back-to-back hundreds in a shield game,” Langer said of his captain, who scored a superb 107 in the first innings of the shield final.

    “He’s got 1300-odd shield runs this year, he’s a fantastic person, he’s done well in international cricket before. He’s had a great year, and someone like Chris Rogers has shown that age should be a barrier. Chris Rogers has had a good really good international career now and helped Australia’s success over the past few years coming in late.

    “I think Adam Voges has to get selected for if not the West Indies then the Ashes tour. No-one deserves it more. Not only has he had a great year this year he’s had two great years, and he’s the captain of a very successful team. You like to have leaders in any team, don’t you? And he’s a great leader.”

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    Legacy Way named 2015 top project by infrastructure group

    2018 - 08.24

    The eastern portal to the Legacy Way tunnel in Kelvin Grove. Photo: SuppliedBrisbane’s Legacy Way has been named Australia’s most outstanding new infrastructure project of 2015 by a major construction lobby group.
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    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia named the $1.5 billion tunnel as it’s 2015 “project of the year” on Wednesday night, with the Gold Coast’s Light Rail and Queensland’s Australia Pacific LNG project listed as finalists.

    The other finalist in the category was Sydney’s 11.4 kilometre South West Rail Link.

    An IPA spokeswoman said the award recognised a combination financial, advisory, contractor and government partnership excellence.

    “Legacy Way’s real legacy is that it has permanently changed Australia’s approach to tunnelling projects,” chief executive Brendan Lyon said.

    “Legacy Way has used world-leading tunnelling technologies that are now being applied to other projects across the East Coast, including the North West Rail Link in Sydney.”

    The tunnel, which connects Toowong and Kelvin Grove, was a pet project of former Brisbane lord mayor and Queensland premier Campbell Newman.

    It is set to open by the middle of the year and is being built by a consortium including Brisbane-based BMD, Italian company Ghella and Spanish business Acciona Infrastructure.

    The council predicts 24,000 motorists a day will use the road, however road operators Transurban (formerly Queensland Motorways) have predicted it could be as low as 16,700.

    About 42 per cent of residents in Brisbane’s western suburbs said they were likely to use the tunnel, according to a council-commissioned survey carried out by independent researchers Roy Morgan in 2014.

    Motorists are also yet to find out how high the tolls will be, although Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said they could be as high as $5.

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    Tough talk on animal cruelty

    2018 - 08.24

    THE state’s $15 million greyhound industry is set for a major shake-up, with the government set to toughen its own animal cruelty laws.
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    Animal inspectors will be given the power to search and enter properties to obtain evidence, after a review of animal cruelty provisions within the industry was tabled in Parliament yesterday.

    The review found 486 dogs were destroyed in the 2013-14 racing season, and a further 267 so far this season, with many never having a racing career.

    Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff said he had already acted on some issues raised in the report, but would now make further amendments to animal cruelty laws before Parliament.

    ‘‘These amendments relate to the powers of animal welfare officers to enter, search and inspect premises and to collect evidence of an offence, and to better define aggravated cruelty,’’ Mr Rockliff said.

    Tasracing chief executive Elliot Forbes said the organisation would this year review the Greyhound Adoption Program, looking at funding and staffing levels.

    ‘‘Tasracing acknowledges that GAP provides an important service to the industry, however, this does not diminish the requirement that owners must take life-long responsibility for their dogs,’’ Dr Forbes said.

    The report said GAP had rehomed 62 dogs last year, and 53 this year.

    It recommended races be programmed specifically for mature-aged and less able dogs to reduce ‘‘wastage’’.

    The report also recommended that incentives to breed be properly balanced with responsible breeding and welfare considerations.

    Under the changes announced yesterday, Racing Services will now be housed within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment rather than State Growth.

    ‘‘This will ensure Racing Services Tasmania, as the racing regulator, can leverage off the animal welfare and veterinary skills available within DPIPWE to achieve better animal welfare and integrity outcomes,’’ Mr Rockliff said.

    Mr Rockliff said the report would inform the parliamentary inquiry proposed by Denison Greens MHA Cassy O’Connor, which passed the House of Assembly last week.

    The report said no evidence of live baiting was found, but could not rule it out.

    ‘‘For this reason some controls are recommended for training facilities, particularly bullrings, so that there can be additional confidence in the welfare practices in the industry,’’ it said.

    Ms O’Connor said the report was a ‘‘good sign departments were taking the issue seriously’’ but there was a major task ahead.

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    Snowden may miss Penrith clash

    2018 - 08.24

    Kade SnowdenTHE Knights are bracing for the prospect of losing both starting props for their game against Penrith at Hunter Stadium on Saturday as Kade Snowdenis battling a painful corked thigh.
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    Korbin Sims will miss home games against the Panthers and Dragons to serve a two-match suspension arising from two grade-one dangerous-throw charges in Newcastle’s 20-18 victory over Gold Coast at Robina on Sunday.

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    Snowden, voted players’ player against the Titans, has been named but could not train on Wednesday because of the injury and he instead received treatment.

    Knights coach Rick Stone chose veteran David Fa’alogo to replace Sims and added 23-year-old Paterika Vaivai to the bench for the game against the Panthers.

    Stone could have to dig deeper into the club’s pool of reserves if Snowden cannot participate in training on Friday, but he is confident his pack leader will play.

    NSW and Australian back-rower Beau Scott (ankle), playmaker Jarrod Mullen (neck) and international centre Joey Leilua (hand) are also being monitored by the club’s medical staff, though Mullen and Leilua trained on Wednesday and are considered likely to play.

    ‘‘A couple of those boys had a lighter day,’’ Stone said.

    ‘‘Beau’s ankle is still a bit sore and he was off legs today, and obviously so was Kade Snowden. He’s got a bit of a cork there.

    ‘‘Mullo’s had some scans, and he’s got a few more to have, but I think he’s pretty clear.

    ‘‘He trained without doing contact today, but he looked like he’s moving around all right to play, and BJ’s hand has come down pretty good and he looks like he’s going to be all right.

    ‘‘There’s a few bumps and bruises there but, overall, I think everyone will take their place.’’

    Snowden was a colossus against the Titans, running 21 times for 171metres and making 35 tackles in 59 minutes in the middle.

    In the wins against the Warriors, Cowboys and Titans he has averaged 17 runs for 140metres and 34 tackles in 51 minutes, and tallied four offloads, three tackle breaks and a line break.

    Winger James McManus and his NSW Cup counterpart Chanel Mata’utia did not complete training on Wednesday after accidentally banging heads during a drill and spilling blood.

    Stone was confident McManus would take his place on the left wing but Mata’utia was being checked for a broken nose and is in doubt for the NSW Cup curtain-raiser on Saturday.

    ‘‘When you’re training, particularly in the middle of the week, you’ve got to have some intensity and quality in your session,’’ Stone said.

    ‘‘We had a bit of a collision between James and young Chanel Mata’utia there, and there was a little bit of blood … but at the same time, to train on the edge and play with that sort of intensity and quality, you need to practise like that as well.

    Stone indicated utility Tyler Randell, one of five players named on the bench, could be the player to drop back to NSW Cup after being 18th man for the games against the Cowboys and Titans.

    Randell scored the go-ahead try and kicked a sideline conversion in the first half of Newcastle’s 24-14 victory over the Warriors three weeks ago, but Stone has preferred using skipper Kurt Gidley to give Adam Clydsdale a breather at dummy-half and introducing Sione Mata’utia off the bench to fill in for Gidley at fullback.

    ‘‘He’ll be right in the mix until Friday, until we make a decision on a few of those injured boys, but we probably do need to get him some footy if he doesn’t get a chance to play,’’ Stone said.

    ‘‘Obviously the rotation with Kurt and Sione at fullback, and Kurt and Clydsy at hooker, it’s worked OK for us.

    He said Randell had been patient after playing just one game.

    ‘‘He’s been a travelling reserve all the way up to Townsville and up to the Gold Coast, so he’s itching for some footy, and we’ll sort that out a little bit later in the week.’’

    Homes tarped up after hail

    2018 - 08.24

    THE State Emergency Service (SES) should finish tarping 85 houses around Narrabri today in the wake of Saturday’s supercell storm, described as one of the worst in the state’s history for hail.
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    Moree Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) officer Michael Glasson said he’d been told by BoM NSW regional director Barry Hanstrum that it was “one of the worst severe storms ever seen in NSW … in terms of large hail”.

    Hail bigger than cricket balls wreaked havoc on summer crops, particularly cotton, in the final stages of development across the North West.

    But reports 30 per cent of the cotton and dryland crops had been destroyed in the lower Namoi were dismissed by Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers’ Association president Sean Boland as “crazy talk”.

    Cotton Seed Distributors extension and development agronomist Rob Eveleigh, at Wee Waa, estimated the damage for farmers at $6 million around the Narrabri area alone.

    “There are 500-600 hectares of cotton with varying degrees of damage within 20km of Narrabri,” Mr Eveleigh said.

    He’d heard reports of “softball-sized hail” from several farmers who said the stones had been equal in size to the largest hail ever recorded in the Narrabri district – 7.5cm in diameter.

    The hail also killed at least two horses and many birds near Narrabri, destroyed farmhouse roofs, sheds, chaser bins, augers and cars, and blew over centre-pivot irrigation equipment as wind gusts reached 76km/h.

    Moree experienced wind gusts of up to 94km/h.

    Hail also smashed cotton crops 35km east of Moree – and, although there was no hail in the town itself, there were callouts to three houses there, SES Namoi region controller Andrew Galvin said.

    At least six houses at Bingara were also smashed by hail, with two requiring SES assistance.

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    Region’s stars in running

    2018 - 08.24

    THE North West’s top sport stars are in the running to be labelled the best in the region at this weekend’s North Queensland Sport Star Awards.
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    Mount Isa Athletic Club president and award nominee David Scott and club coach Ken Dickson show off their medals from the 2014 Pan Pacific Masters Games.

    Mount Isa athletes David Scott and young gun Denzil Perkins will head a group of 15 of the region’s best sports stars in line for the awards.

    Scott has enjoyed a standout period in the sport in recent times, with the man known as ‘‘Coach Awesome’’ last year awarded the Athletics North Queensland master athlete of the year for his performances throughout the 2014 season.

    Scott was selected from master athletes from the 34 ANQ clubs, which include an area from Rockhampton in the south, Cairns in the north and out to our very own Mount Isa in the west.

    Scott was one of the main drivers of the success of the Mount Isa Athletics club.

    He was also awarded the 2015 senior sports star of the year award at the Mount Isa Australia Day awards.

    Fellow Mount Isa athlete Denzil Perkins is one of the club’s star sprinters and is a major player in the junior sports star category.

    The 10-year-old recently returned from Tasmania where he competed at the Australian primary schools’ national track and field championships and emerged as the sixth fastest 10-year-old in the nation.

    Cloncurry has three nominees with women’s cricketer Katie McDonald, rodeo guru Colin Ferguson and cyclist and triathlete David Atkinson all nominated for awards.

    The North Queensland Sports Foundation runs the awards, which have reached the 25-year milestone since the first awards night was held in 1991, with world champion triathlete Brad Beven winning the senior award that year.

    The 2015 awards will be held at the Diggers Entertainment Centre in Hughenden, and will be hosted by the Flinders Shire Council in conjunction with the North Queensland Sports Foundation.

    In a total of four categories of awards (senior, junior, athlete with a disability and service to North Queensland sport), the North Queensland Sports Foundation has received a record total of 37 nominations.

    Acting president of the North Queensland Sports Foundation Pat Ernst is delighted with the high standard of nominees that have been received.

    “It is once again very pleasing that we have received a large number of nominees and in a varied range of sporting achievements,” Ernst said.

    The senior winner will receive $2000 and will also go on to represent North Queensland at the state awards in Brisbane later this year in December.

    The winner of the junior and athlete with a disability award will receive $1000.

    The award for Service to North Queensland Sport, which was initiated to honour the unsung hero, the person who tends to be the back bone of their sport, continues to be well supported by a large number of nominees.

    The winner of this category takes home a gift and commemorative jacket with a value in excess of $500.

    The awards this year will be hosted by Emma Cillekens from ABC North West, who will be joined by special guest Petro Civoniceva on March 28 in Hughenden.

    Tickets are $60, which includes pre-dinner drinks, dinner, and the awards show.

    These can be bought from Flinders Shire Council by contacting 47412900.

    Here is a full list of all nominees from the North West:


    Lawsen Ford (Flinders Shire) – Swimming, Rugby League, Athletics

    Caleb Henry (Richmond Shire) – Tennis

    Darcy Kersh (Charters Towers Region – Roping

    Clay Malone (McKinlay Shire) – Rugby Union, Team Roping

    Katie McDonald (Cloncurry Shire) – Cricket

    Denzil Perkins (Mount Isa City) – Athletics


    Jane Charuba (Flinders Shire) – Swimming

    Colin Ferguson (Cloncurry Shire) – Team Roping

    Craig O’Keeffe (Richmond Shire) – Golf

    David Scott (Mount Isa City) – Athletics

    Athlete With A Disability

    Raymond Abdy (Charter Towers Region) – Athletics

    Sky Isaac (Flinders Shire) – Equestrian

    Service to North Queensland Sport

    Damian Aspinall (Richmond Shire) – Junior Rugby League

    David Atkinson (Cloncurry Shire) – Cycling, Triathlon

    Alison Read (Flinders Shire) – Pony Club, Horse Sports

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