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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Dubbo crews battle fire in roofPhotos

Dubbo crews battle fire in roof | Photos A WEEKEND fire at Western College prompted the evacuation of more than 20 people. Photos: KEN SMITH
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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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