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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#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 1Photos

#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 1 | Photos A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.
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A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

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A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

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A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

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A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

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A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

A selection of photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.

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Rebels on winning roll

TIGHT DISPLAY: Heytesbury Rebels bowler Chris Vogels sends one down the pitch at Camperdown Turf on Saturday. Picture: Vicky HughsonHEYTESBURY Rebels captain Jeff Rosolin says his side is reaping the rewards from a strong commitment to training.
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He highlighted the work ethic of the side as the Rebels moved to the top of the South West Cricket ladder with a comfortable away win over Camperdown on Saturday.

“We’ve got a good blend of experience and youth, and everyone loves training and working hard at training,” Rosolin said.

“Their approach to the game is really good this year …they’re keen to learn.

“Our effort at training is reflective of how our games are going.”

After Camperdown won the toss and elected to bat,Rosolin said there was “a little bit in the deck with the new ball”, but it did not last long.

“It was just a really good batting deck for the rest of the day,” he said.

The Rebels removed Camperdown’s top three batsmen early, before brothers Mitch and Troy McLaughlin steadied the ship, making 37 not out and 27 respectively.

Sitting on about100 runs 40 overs in, the Lakers upped the ante in the final 10 to lift their score to 8-153.

Rosolin praised the efforts of his bowlers, with tight displays from Daniel Balcombe (1-10 off 10 overs), Chris Vogels (2-14 off seven) and Paul Vogels (1-18 off nine) limiting Camperdown’s scoring capacity, while Michael Vogels snared 3-31.

The Rebels started strongly in their chase, making 50 runs in the first 10 overs, before passing Camperdown’s target three wickets down and with 10 overs to spare.

Rosolin made 53 runs, teaming with Travis Brown (40) in the match-winning 70-run fourth wicket partnership.

Chris Dendle made 38 before being run out, while Shaun Drayton,AnthonyVogels and Simon Harkness all made good starts.

Camperdown captain Mitch McLaughlin said he was pleased with his side’s efforts with the bat, considering the quality of bowling attack they were up against.

“I was happy with the boys –153 was reasonably good considering the bowlers they had,” he said.

“It was a bit tighter than the scoreboard looked…we just didn’t have the bowlers to get the job done.”

Meanwhile, another top order batting collapse saw Mortlake lose to Bookaar by 37 runs at D.C. Farran Oval.

Bookaar opening batsman Simon Baker made a century as the visitors posted 8-217 batting first, with Mortlake restricted to 9-180 in reply after losing 3-19 early in the chase.By contrast, the Pelicans had been 3-192 late in their innings.

A tight bowling display and solid batting from its top order set Cobden up for a 115-run win over Noorat, while Pomborneit held strong to defeat Terang by eight runs.

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Tasmanian Cricket LeaguePhotos

Tasmanian Cricket League | Photos Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.
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Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

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Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

Pictures from the Tasmanian Cricket League on Saturday. Pictures PHILLIP BIGGS.

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Christmas in the Eastpictures, photos

Christmas in the East | pictures, photos Damien Thorn and Jessica Menzies, both of Ambleside. Picture: Brodie Weeding.
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Danielle O’Brien, of Devonport Council, Annette Rockliff, Deputy Devonport Mayor, James O’Malley, of Mission Australia, Jenny Mountney and Sue Horton, both of the Child and Family Centre and Toni Muir, of St. Vincent de Paul. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Elbie, 3 and Payton Roberts, 4, both of East Devonport. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Peter O’Neill, Zoe, 10, and Lydia Bramich, all of Devonport. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Rheese Hind, 14, Kaelen Snooks-Broomhall, 2, and Jenna Snooks, all of East Devonport. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Jack Williams, 8, Tamika Steven, Cobi Williams, 8 and Judy Steven, all of East Devonport and Logan Burden, 10, of Spreyton. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Sarah, 2, and Lynda Robinson, both of King Island. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

John Milbourne and Chas Kelly, 4, both of Devonport. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Minister John Tongue, of the Devonport parish. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

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#GreatVic Bike Ride day nine | Your photos

#GreatVic Bike Ride day nine | Your photos @tyrhannahsaurusrex_ Last day! About to hit the 500kms!
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@frunobulax1964 Town Hall in #castlemaine #GreatVic #explorecastlemaine #experiencecastlemaine

@frunobulax1964 First signs of wine #GreatVic #exploreheathcote #experienceheathcote

@tyrhannahsaurusrex_ Team Gerolsteiner makes another appearance!

@toorak_college The veterans of the year team go #teamtoorak at #greatvic

@russelljchapman The steeds take their final sleep of the 2015

@jacs128 The water was cold – perfect on a 33 degree day #heathcote #greatvic #gvbr

@jacs128 Old church in Toolleen #greatvic #gvbr #goldfields

@frunobulax1964 Impressive architecture in Castlemaine #GreatVic #explorecastlemaine #experiencecastlemaine

@toorak_college Go #teamtoorak, taking on the last leg of the #greatvic

@meganjanept 3 days, 14+ hours ride time, 279km Mental & Physical challenge There was sweat, tears, cramps, sore crutches, legs & butts, heat, huge climbs.

@meganjanept #lastnight #camping #greatvic #greatvicbikeride #creatingmemories #thisislivin #tentcity #challengeyourself

@kristen.daisy It’s been another year of the RACV Great Vic. Some old faces, some fresh ones. Thanks to all the people who got us through it

@jacs128 Looks interesting…didn’t get a chance to go inside though #goldfields #gvbr #greatvic

@jacs128 So it turns out #hayrides are illegal #boo #heathcote #gvbr #greatvic

@denidrmusic Last #night in #camp tonight after a #hot 68km #ride #roadride to #castlemaine #greatvic

@blakeoh86 Sunset over the final night of #GreatVic

@jaynedarcy That morning on the #GreatVic when I met another #aeropress camper. He even brought a grinder. Today’s the final day for those on the 9-day Great Victorian Bike Ride.

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@jacs128 Merry Christmas from #heathcote #greatvic #gvbr

@jacs128 Mechanics Institute #heathcote #gvbr #greatvic

@petitberry11 #greatvic. Day8 I think I m going to miss this.

@hub_cycling We are back at the Great VIctorian Bike Ride tomorrow

@jacs128 Bike eater bridge! #gvbr #greatvic

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Deadline looms for workers

CLAIMS: Workers underpaid by Baiada labour hire contractors have until December 31 to lodge claims with the company. Picture: Anthony Stipo.The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is urging workers who believe they may have been underpaid by labour hire contractors for work at Baiada to lodge their claims before a December 31 deadline.
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Under a deal with the FWO, Baiada agreed to rectify any underpayment of wages by its labour hire contractors from January 1 this year.

Baiada set aside $500,000 to reimburse the workers, with any funds remaining to be distributed to charity.

To a lodge a claim, workers should call the dedicated1300 304 550hotline or email [email protected]南京夜网established by Baiada under the terms of its Proactive Compliance Deed.A free interpreter service for those from non-English speaking backgrounds is available by calling13 14 50.

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Panthers announce Youth League squads

The Penrith Basketball Association has announced its three Youth League teams for 2016, bolstered by 10players from the Blue Mountains region.
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There are a number of exciting selections in the women’s team, including Bryden’s Sydney Uni Flames WNBL point guard Tahlia Tupaea (Glenmore Park) and towering youngster Ashling O’Doherty (Leura).

Both Tupaea and O’Doherty will offer the Youth League unique skills, with Tupaea now a seasoned WNBL player and also a three-time Australian representative at World Championships – two at Under 19 level and once at Under 17s.

O’Doherty is currently playing her first season in the United States in the renowned NCAA, with Trinidad Junior College, Colorado, and will return a vastly more experienced player than when she left Australia’s shores midway through 2015.

The women’s squad is also bolstered by several other senior players, who are dropping down from the Championship League after the Penrith Association elected to bypass that competition in 2016.

Point guard Dominka Offner (Springwood); shooting guard Emily Potts; centres Natalia Beaumont (Emu Heights) and Rhiannon Pope and power forward Ella Tofaeono all played WCL in 2015 and their experience will be invaluable in Youth League.

In form: Ashling O’Doherty (Leura) is expected to suit up for the Panthers Youth League team during the off-season of the NCAA Photo courtesy of Noel Rowsell (梧桐夜网photoexcellence南京夜网419论坛).

The men’s program has not benefited from any players returning from the WCL but there is a solid core of players who led the Panthers to the playoffs in 2015.

These include State representative Adam Lulka (Blaxland), Tom Lewer (Winmalee and Tim Kirkwood (Faulconbridge).

The full squads are as follows:Division One Men:Mark Isichei (Springwood), Adam Lulka (Blaxland), Tom Lewer (Winmalee), Tim Kirkwood (Faulconbridge), Sean Weekes, Corey Wright, Ben Zalac, Bryden Albertyn, Nathaniel Bennett, Bryce Field, Josef Flores, Shol Meshwang.

Division Two Men:Gabrielle Alvarez, Rob Ingleton, Joel Klein, Josh Lillas, Brad McGrath, Marshal Ndebele, Chris Nicholson, Kevin Rutemba, Josh Shephard, Joshua Wagenfeller, Ru Daniel, Alex Bates-Lynn.

Division One Women:Madeline Fox (Glenbrook), Ashling O’Doherty (Leura), Dominika Offner (Springwood), Rhiannon Pope, Emily Potts, Ella Tofaeono, Junior Development Players: Binta Salawu, Natalia Beaumont (Emu Heights), Tatiana Beaumont (Emu Heights), Meg Jefferson (Springwood), Chloe Bloom, Crystal Ignacio, Eliza Jurd, Hannah Brown, Lara Camenzuli, Jaimee Clark, Meg Creanor.

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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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Slammin’ Sam drops the tempo – for a day

AS Sam Groth strolled around Wodonga Tennis Centre on Sunday, one budding tennis player turned to his mate and asked: “Does he really serve at 150 miles an hour?”
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ALL SMILES: Oscar Moodley, Cooper McIntosh, Josh Still and Harry Grigg caught up with Sam Groth at Wodonga Tennis Centre on Sunday. Picture: MARK JESSER

It was a fair question.

The laidback country boywas in no hurry as hecasually stopped for a chat here and there before finding some shade to signautographs.

“It’s great to see a goodturnout ofkids considering the heat,” Groth said.

“Hopefully we have our next Davis Cup and Fed Cup player out there.

“It would be nice to find a few more kids from the country as you don’t see it too often.”

About 180 youngsters braved the searing heat to come for a hit at Groth’s camp with Griffith particularly well represented.

“It’s great to get back here,” he said.

“I hadn’tseen the new courts before and they are fantastic.

“I wish we had them when I was growing up.”

Groth rocketed to number 53 in the world before suffering a serious foot injury in October.

But it hasn’t been all bad news for the Narrandera-born star who was a surprise winner of theNewcombe Medal, Australia’s top annual prize, last month.

Groth won two second-tier Challenger events, in Taipei and Manchester, and helped Australia to the Davis Cup semi-finals.

He also reached the third-round of a major for the first time at the Australian Open.

Groth repeated the feat at Wimbledon, losing to Roger Federer in four sets.

“It was nice,” he said.

“For us it’s the biggest award in Australian tennis.

“It’s differentto producing results on the court, but to be honoured in front of the tennis community is terrific.”

Along with outstanding performance, the medal also includes a ‘best ambassador’ component.

“I had a great year on the court but off the court you try and give something back as well,” he said.

“Once you get to a certain level you should do that.

“As tennis players I feel that is part of the job.

“’Newk’ is a legend of the game so it was great to win the medal named after him.”

Groth is pleased with his recovery following foot surgery and will launch his comeback in the Brisbane International in early January.

He will then turn his attention to the Australian Open.

“My training is going well,” he said.

“I feel as thoughI’m on schedule.

“I’ll head up to Brisbane a week early to prepare.

“I made the quarters last year and hopefully I can go a little deeper.

“It’s one of my favourite tournaments.”

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A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH

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