Nicholas a 2016 calendar boy

ONE DAY AT A TIME: Nicholas with his big sister Kaitlin. Proceeds from the sale of Nicholas’ calendar will go towards his therapy expenses.VICTORIA Point’s Nicholas Randall is a little boy with big needs, and his mother Kim Braddock has produced a 2016 calendar to help raise funds for his therapy.
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Nicholas is all smiles.

Born 10weeks premature, Nicholas has quadriplegia cerebral palsy, which affects his limbs, breathing and vision.Just after his fifth birthday, he suffered his first seizure and was also diagnosed with epilepsy.

Ms Braddock said her sonrequired intense therapy, some of which had been undertaken overseas, and he neededthe community’s help to keep up his treatment. She said next year, funds raised by the calendar would go towards his speech therapy.

Ms Braddock thanked the many local businesses that had supported thecalendar,which has photos of Nicholas enjoying life like any little boy wants to, only with the aid of multiple pieces of equipment, including standers, walkers, wheelchairs and more.

The calendar ($5) is available from Victoria Point businessesDrift In,Sharks Sporting Club andRay White,or by calling Ms Braddock on 0422 025 931.

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PM pledges $300m for drug treatment

Former addict Jake has got his life back on track through residential rehab. Photo: Wolter PeetersAlmost $300 million will be invested in the drug treatment sector as part of a new national plan that shifts focus from policing to prevention.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will unveil the federal government’s National Ice Taskforce report on Sunday, rolling out a four-year strategy of improved treatment, aftercare, education, prevention, support and community engagement to tackle the crystal meth issue.

The new prevention focus marks a significant shift away from the hardline law-and-order strategy that has long failed to stifle supply.

The minister responsible for drug and alcohol policy,Fiona Nash, said that after “significant investment” in policing borders and streets to combat ice supply, work was needed to “reduce demand” for the drug.

In April last year, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a new taskforce which, headed by former former Victoria Police commissioner Ken Lay, united state and territory authorities in the ice strategy.

The response is a $241 million “boost” to the alcohol and drug treatment sector, with funding to be managed by the 31 Primary Health Networks set up by the Abbott government last year.

Asked if the funding was all new money, the minister’s spokesman said there was $297 “odd million” in fresh funding plus $15 million for advertising.

Matt Noffs, who as chief executive of the Noffs Foundation was part of the consultations, paid tribute to taskforce head Mr Lay, who he said was given “oxygen” by Malcolm Turnbull to take a “giant step forward.”

As the taskforce toured ice-ravaged communities starved of rehab services earlier this year, Mr Abbott’s own battle plan saw him announce the now infamous ‘dob-in-a-dealer hotline’ estimated to cost $1 million a year.

“It is my belief that Tony Abbott expected Ken Lay to say ‘we need more police’,” said Mr Noffs who added: “With Mr Turnbull as a conduit, Ken was far braver than that.”

Mr Lay has previous said: “Ice has been on the scene for over a decade and we’ve had a really strong law enforcement approach and it hasn’t resolved the problem. The time’s right now to look at the other options.”

“For social problems like these, law enforcement isn’t the answer. Unless you get into the primary prevention end, unless you stop the problem occurring you simply won’t arrest your way out of this.”

Almost $25 million will be set aside to arm families and communities with resources, information and support when ice issues emerge. A “key priority” of the plan will ensure that “indigenous-specific” and “culturally appropriate” mainstream treatment services are more widely available.

The action plan also includes significant investment in rural and regional areas, where the taskforce found specialist treatment services were few to non-existent.

Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch, executive officer of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association, expressed concern that the Government had chosen to distribute money through the PHNs which she described as “incredibly patchy”.

“Many are still in a changeover state from medicare locals and not properly developed,” she said, adding: “How are those resources going to flow through the PHNs when many would not even have relationships with the community organisations that are doing alcohol and other drug work?”

Drug treatment the key to young lives at crossroadsA fortnight ago, a Melbourne-based father was advisedthat if his 15-year-oldice-addicted son wanted professional treatment, he would be better off committing a crime in NSW – where a judge could at least offer him options.

“David has always suffered terrible anxiety issues and the drug issue became a way of self-medicating,” said Adam, whose real name has been withheld along with his son’s to protect theiridentities.

“This year, he stopped coming home. It started off as one night. Then became a week, two weeks. The police would locate him but as long as he claims he is OK, they are not permitted to bring him home. Even though he is still a child whose drug abuse is escalating.”

In recent times, David has been charged as an accessory to car theft, accessory to serious assault and broken police bail on 13 occasions.

“If there was any sort of mandatory treatment system in Victoria, Davidwould already have been directed to a facility tailored to help him. Instead, he is trapped in a cycle of abuse. This federal government funding announcement is fantastic news.”

Adam is currently trying to find a way of funnelling his son to an interstate residential treatment centre such asthe Sydney-based Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM) run by the Matt Noffs Foundation.

In the coming years, government spending will be ploughed into a host of such programs tailored not only to youngsters hooked on ice, but across-the-board drug addiction.

Under an announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,almost $300 million will be invested in the drug treatment sectoras part of a new national plan that shifts focus from policing to prevention.

On Friday,The Sun-Heraldmet Jake, an indigenous teenager whose life is back on track after two stints of residential therapy at PALM.

“I was in DOCS as a child because my mum and dad couldn’t look after me. I was exposed to smoking, alcohol and domestic violence. It wasn’t a great upbringing. By year 8, I wasn’t having such a great time. I experimented a little too much with drugs and fell into addiction.”

Like most kids in that position, he had “no real understanding” of what rehab was before he arrived.

“I pictured a white hospital with white corridors and beds, that type of scenery. It could not have been more different. It felt like a home.”

Jake, whose real name has been withheld,completed a three month stint at PALM last year. After falling back down the same path, he returned to the centre in early April. While he is the first to admit that rehab is no magic wand, he is proud of the changes and “improvements” in himself. Now 18, he has found a passion for public speaking and volunteering with indigenous children in primary schools.

“You learn a lot about yourself in therapy,” said Jake who added: “It’s given me a big boost.”

“When I’m about to fall into old habits, I have a reason to control it. I recognise the triggers. I also realise what my addiction was doing to those around me.”

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Quirky contest to decide names of new Nowra waterslides

The new slides are expected to open within the next three weeks. Picture: contributedShoalhaven council is offering a year’s worth of free rides to whoever can come up with the best names for Nowra’s new waterslides.
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Councilconstructed the slides as part of an upgrade toNowra Aquatic Park. They are due to open before Christmas.

MayorJoanna Gash has called on the community to put forward names foreach of the slides.

“The redeveloped Nowra Aquatic Park has proven to be extremely popular with the local communitysince being re-opened in September,” Cr Gash said.

“The new open tube and closed tube waterslides will provide yet another level of enjoyment.

“We are looking for original and fun names to help capture the vibrancy of the new slides.

“The winning entry will receive free slides for a year, giving the local community plenty of reasons to enter.”

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Parks chief will walk Grampians Peak Trail

HONOURED: Bradley Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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NEW Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux will visit Halls Gap and the Grampians on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of western and southern areas of the state.

Mr Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap about midday before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail.

Mr Fauteux is the former managing director of Ontario Parks and a former chair and board member at the Canadian Parks Council.

He has extensive experience in park management, environmental issues and stakeholder relations andhas also developed and implemented digital technologies which have played a vital role in transforming the communication of park experiences for Ontarian park users.

Mr Fauteux is a champion of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach to park management, which originated in Victoria and has since been adopted around the world.

“I have been blessed to serve as a leader in the public service for the last 13 years and I am honoured to continue that service in the great state of Victoria as the chief executive of Parks Victoria,” he said.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and dedicated group of colleagues, who are caring for the environment and combating the effects of climate change, is humbling.”

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Trio tight at top of A Grade ladder

BRIM-Kellelac-Sheep Hills, Donald and Jeffcott cannot be separated at the top of the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association ladder.
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TON: Liam Leith, right, scored an impressive century at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

The trio of sides are all log-jammed on 36 points after round eight, which saw Donald move within striking distance and Jeffcott blow its chance of taking poll position.

Donald’s Jake Leith fired 100 not out on Saturday as his side posted 5-172 before bowling out St Arnaud for 62.

Jeffcott could have moved into first alone with a win against St Mary’s at the weekend, and looked to have it on the ropes after bowling it out for 50.

But an equally poor effort in the middle saw Jeffcott make just 44.

Birchip lost just one wicket on its way to 130, chasing down Marnoo’s total of 125.

Wycheproof-Narraport took on Hopetoun, but no results were provided.

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Goulburn prison officers back at work after strike

Prison officers in Goulburn have returned to work after a 24 hour strike. Photo Darryl Fernance.Goulburn jail in lockdown: 24 hour strikePRISON officers at Goulburn have returned to work on Sunday morning following lengthy negotiations with management.
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Chairman of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch of the PSA, Steve McMahon said his union had secured undertakings that the types of decisions that sparked Saturday’s 24-hour strike would not happen again without consultation with officers.

The Union has also scored more officers inside the jail and other visible areas to address “poor behaviour” of inmates.

“After protracted discussions, management has agreed to take action and address our concerns,” Mr McMahon said.

“Some of these measures will take time but members have voted to return to work.”

In future, there will be “zero tolerance” of inmates refusing to muster and other “defiant” behaviour.

The union was satisfied with the interim measures until the longer-term issues were thrashed out.

Some 100 members and union representatives met with Corrective Services acting regional director Ian Farquhar at the jail at 8am. Before the meeting, Mr McMahon also had lengthy discussions with assistant Commissioner for Custodial Corrections, Kevin Corcoran.

He said officers were very angry at Sunday’s gathering.

“They take their roles and their safety very seriously, as we all do. Ultimately, these types of decisions undermine their authority and put their safety at risk.”

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Circular Head Show 2015pictures, photos

Circular Head Show 2015 | pictures, photos Side show alley in full force. Picture: Ed Jones.
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Woodchopping in full swing at the Circular Head Show Picture: Ed Jones.

Kade Hardy and Bronsen Sutton-Collins enjoying the traditional show food. Picture: Ed Jones.

Competition heating up with the Dog Showing at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Stanley Primary School doing a great job with their cupcakes at the Circular Head Show Picture: Ed Jones.

Family fun at the Circular Head show, (front, from left) Naite Barker, Charlotte Allen, Bentley Allen with (back, right) Danny Allen and John Barker. Picture: Ed Jones.

Sophia Hardy, 2 tries her hand at fishing at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Bill Von Stieglitz, 8, Lucas Marshal, 8, and Sienna Vons pretty happy with their showbags. Picture: Ed Jones.

Kelsey Williams, 10, with a spiny leaf insect at the animal nursery at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Cakes getting in the seasonal mood at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Circus Anywhere putting on a show at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Leon, 4, and Tarik, 2, Macdonald meeting a lamb with Zoe Newman at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Angus Webb gets up close to a lamb at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

Rubee Korpershoek gets up close with some kids in the Animal Nursery at the Circular Head Show. Picture: Ed Jones.

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All ready for NDIS roll out

Fusion Building and Maintenance ison the front foot with the early roll out of the NSW Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), bringing access to services for young people with a disability and their families in the Nepean, Blue Mountains area.
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Ready and willing: Joshua Shelley (front row and second from the right) Manager of Fusion Building and Maintenance, with his team from Fusion Building and Maintenance.

The NDIS will provide a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue the goals and aspirations of people living with a disability,including independence, involvement in community, education, employment and health and well-being. It will provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualized plans and where necessary, supports over a lifetime.

Fusion Building and Maintenance is registered to provide supports for NDIS across the Nepean, Blue Mountains including home modification design and construction, therapeutic supports, assistive technology specialist assessments, set up and training, personal mobility equipment, assistive products for personal care and safety.

Fusion Building andMaintenance has more than15 years experience as a provider of home modifications and maintenance services.

A social enterprise, Fusion Building andMaintenance is dedicated to developing the potential of individuals, while providing best practice in all building work.The team works together with clients in planning for and accomplishing the transformation of their home, whilst delivering a high quality product with integrity and reliability.

The newest member of the FBM team is occupational therapist, Damien Davies. Hisrole is to provide functional assessments of how people undertake the activities of daily living in their home, including showering, mobility and cooking.

All surplus income from Fusion Building and Maintenance is directed back into the community through Fusion Western Sydney, a youth and community development organisation caring for vulnerable young people and families in western Sydney.

For details call 8805 5900 or visit the website http://梧桐夜网fusionbuilding南京夜网419论坛. For more information about the NDIS services visit 梧桐夜网ndis.gov419论坛 or call 1800 800 110.

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Shooting fires up former pollie

WARNING: Tim Fischer has called on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to “muscle up” its travel warnings for the United States in the wake of the latest mass shooting there that left more than a dozen people dead.AUSTRALIA’S deputy Prime Minister at the time of the Port Arthur massacre, Tim Fischer, has bemoaned the United States’s gun laws in the wake of the latest mass shooting.
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Mr Fischer, a former Riverina politician,called on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to “muscle up” its travel advice for Australians headed to the US to include warnings about guns.

“You are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA per capita than in Australia,” Mr Fischer said.

He made the comment hours after 14 people were shot dead and another 21 wounded in a community centre in San Bernadino, California.

“The DFAT site is good, but it needs to muscle up for travel to the USA,” Mr Fischer said.“I simply make the point Australians should think carefully about their travel to the USA and where they go to within the USA because statistics show there have been 352 gun massacres so far this year involving four or more people.”

Mr Fischer said overseastravel warnings issued by the US Government after last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris had led to delegates cancelling plans to attend conferences in Australia.

“If they have muscled up their travel advice then it’s time we muscled up,” he said.

Mr Fischer was part of the agovernment that cracked down on gun ownership in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre which claimed the lives of 35 people in 1996.

“It was a difficult time,” Mr Fischer said.

“I will defend the rights of farmers and Wagga sporting shooters and Olympic shooters to have guns to use responsibly, but I equally feel the suburbs should be drained of automatic and semi-automatics.”

Riverina resident Diane Mortimer grew up about an hour away from San Bernadino and was shocked to hear of the massacre just a week or so after returning from a trip to the region.

Mrs Mortimer said she thought it a bit harsh to beef up travel warnings for her country of birth but is critical of the US gun laws, describing them as ridiculous.

“President Obama is on the right track and is doing all he can to reduce the number of guns, but the gun lobby is too strong and there is so much ignorance,” Mrs Mortimer said.

“There is nothing he can do and he knows it.

“I feel sad, and also I think, as Obama says, these massacres could be lessened if they had better gun control.”

Despite the grim statistics, Mrs Mortimer still regards the US as a safe place for visitors.

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2015 radio graduates all employed

ON AIR: CSU graduate Hannah Mayjor with fellow students and radio presenter Tim Ross (left).The 10th year of the revised radio course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been celebrated by 100 per cent of 2015 graduates gaining jobs in the radio and media industries.
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Lecturer and radio discipline group leader in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst, David Maxwell said graduates of the Bachelor of Communication (Radio) can be found in diverse roles in the radio industry.

“All of this year’s graduates now have jobs in the radio industry or related media organisations,” Mr Maxwell said. “These students join the more than 100 graduates from the course since it was first established under the sponsorship of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) in 2000.”

Of the 2015 graduates, Nick Robins has joined Macquarie Media, Sarah Heslop and Gemma Prendergast have joined Nova Entertainment, and Hannah Mayjor has joined Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Melbourne.

Graduates Frankie White and Tilly Allard have joined the multimedia sections of News Corp.

“A key component of the three-year course is the students’ 10-week internship with CRA members,” Mr Maxwell said.

“During the internship the students not only broaden their industry experience but also demonstrate their learning and ability to contribute from day one.”

Ms Mayjor said CSU’s radio lecturers were not only educators, they were also industry professionals.

“During my final year, it became especially apparent that this point of difference is our strongest asset as Charles Sturt University graduates,” she said.

“We gain not only theory but arguably the more important practical knowledge and connections within the industry that give us an advantage.”

“Every single element of this course was applicable during my internship. I was excited to be an intern, and once the radio station discovered how competent I was, I was given a full-time role. I couldn’t be happier!”

Mr Maxwell said 25 new students will enrol in the course in 2016. Fourteen of these students will come from regional markets through the CSU/Southern Cross Austereo Regional Radio Endorsement Program which is in its second year.

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Goulburn prison officers back at work

Prison officers in Goulburn have returned to work after a 24 hour strike. Photo Darryl Fernance.Goulburn jail in lockdown: 24 hour strikePRISON officers at Goulburn returned to work on Sunday morning following lengthy negotiations with management.
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Chairman of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch of the PSA, Steve McMahon said his union had secured undertakings that the types of decisions that sparked Saturday’s 24-hour strike would not happen again without consultation with officers.

The Union has also scored more officers inside the jail and other visible areas to address “poor behaviour” of inmates.

“After protracted discussions, management has agreed to take action and address our concerns,” Mr McMahon said.

“Some of these measures will take time but members have voted to return to work.”

In future, there will be “zero tolerance” of inmates refusing to muster and other “defiant” behaviour.

The union was satisfied with the interim measures until the longer-term issues were thrashed out.

Some 100 members and union representatives met with Corrective Services acting regional director Ian Farquhar at the jail at 8am. Before the meeting, Mr McMahon also had lengthy discussions with assistant Commissioner for Custodial Corrections, Kevin Corcoran.

He said officers were very angry at Sunday’s gathering.

“They take their roles and their safety very seriously, as we all do. Ultimately, these types of decisions undermine their authority and put their safety at risk.”

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Two dominant days sees Homers triumph

Two dominant days sees Homers triumph Eddie Landwehr, Homers. Homers v Laharum.
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Homers v Laharum.

Will Marks, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Siphe Mzayidume, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Adam Atwood, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Mal Adams, Laharum. Homers v Laharum.

Dan Mibus, Laharum, Homers v Laharum.

Robbie Miller, Laharum, Adam Atwood, Homers, Homers v Laharum.

Mal Adams, Laharum. Homers v Laharum.

Mal Adams, Laharum. Homers v Laharum.

Robbie Miller, Laharum, Adam Atwood, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Lachie Johns, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Jason Kannar, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Robbie Miller and Dan Mibus, Laharum, Homers v Laharum.

Robbie Miller, Laharum, Adam Atwood, Homers. Homers v Laharum.

Jarred Combe, Homers, Homers v Laharum.

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Danny nails five-star score to front door

FIVE STARS: Danny Chan from the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant puts up his latest official five star food and health safety Scores on Doors certificate which he received from Bathurst Regional Council. 120115fivestarsWHEN it comes to Scores on Doors ratings from Bathurst Regional Council, five stars is as good as it gets.
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Danny Chan from the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant was busy putting up his official certificate for excellence in food hygiene and safety for all to see.

It arrived in the mail last week after the latest round of inspections of local food outlets by council’s environmental health officers.

The state government initiative is aimed at letting residents and diners see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements.

Deputy mayor Ian North said the result of the inspection determined if an award was warranted.

“If a premises is awarded a five-star certificate it is forwarded to the owner of the business soon after the inspection,” Cr North said. “It is not mandated or necessary for the certificate to be displayed.

“However, if any subsequent inspection reveals the premises not to be of a five-star standard, the existing certificate is usually removed from the premises by council’s environment health officer.

“If you see a restaurant displaying the purple and green poster you can dine there safe in the knowledge it has met hygiene and food safety standards during the last inspection and if it’s not displaying one, you can ask why.”

A council spokeperson said its officers inspect businesses and rate their hygiene and food safety standards, taking into account such things as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.

Mr Chan said Scores on Doors offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to show customers just how seriously they take food hygiene and the results they have achieved by displaying a rating certificate on their door.

“Here at the Great Wall we are proud to be part of Scores on Doors and it shows we are doing our part to ensure everyone has a memorable dining experience here,” he said.

“We have been in business at the same location in George Street since 1989 and are one of Bathurst’s pioneering Chinese restaurants.

“At present we are undergoing major renovations, including special attention to our kitchen with new appliances to ensure we maintain that five star Scores on Doors rating.

“The inspectors from council came through the restaurant about two weeks ago and we received our certificate last week.”

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