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 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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Quartet combines for victory

LADIES at Horsham Golf Club got into the Christmas spirit on Thursday, taking part in the annual Christmas ambrose competition.
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In what is one of the most popular golfing events of the season, 81 players hit the links, making the most of perfect weather conditions.

Lorraine Melville, Donna O’Connor, Heather Greenaway and Kerrin Smith combined for an outstanding nett score of 58.5, which saw them ascend to the top of the leaderboard.

WINNERS: Lorraine Melville, Donna O’Connor, Heather Greenaway and Kerrin Smith. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The partnership of Joyce Mills, Kerri Chamberlain and Leaane Taylor finished second, after it put together some solid golf to return a score of 60.37.

Bev Reynolds was dialled in on the difficult par-three second hole, finishing nearest-the-pin for the day.

Trudy Parker avoided bunkers guarding all four sides of the par-three fourth hole to claim bragging rights there.

Marg Moore navigated her way onto the putting surface on the 11thand was closest for the day, while Lil Payer fired a dart into the par-three 15th to win nearest-the-pin honours at the final par-three.

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Camperdown veteran takes out elite class

TOP RIDE: Lakes and Craters three-day event CCI three-star winner Seumas Marwood with 15-year-old Wild Oats. Picture: Vicky Hughson
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SEUMAS Marwood is more than familiar with Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters three-day event.

ThePakenham-based rider hasbeen making the trek to Camperdown “on and off” over the past 30 years, and over the weekend put in a strong showing to take out the CCI three-star class on his mount Wild Oats.

The pair have previously won the one-star class–going back “six or seven” years ago –and more recently finished runner-up in the three-star class in the Camperdown Horse Trials.

Marwood had not previously competed in the three-star class at the Lakes and Cratersevent, but went into the weekend’s competition with a clear plan of attack.

“I went there with three goals in mind,” he said.

“First, to win the class.

“Second, to win it with a score of under 60 –that puts you automatically on the nationals selection squad.

“Third, to get a score that would win it regardless of the size of the field.”

Marwood ticked all the boxes, finishing with a score of 50.8 –50.4 coming from his dressage, while he finished one second over in cross country and had clean jumps in the showjumping.

In his first competitionat Camperdown in 1986, Marwood –now 53 years old –said he had been inspired by Camperdown great and former Olympian Bill Roycroft.

“That was the last event Bill Roycroft rode in,” he said.

“He was 60 at the time. I’ve always drawn inspiration from Bill riding at that age. I’m not that old yet, but watching him compete still and be such strong rider at that age was inspiring.”

In other major classes, Tarryn Proctor won the CIC three-star class on ESB Irish Quest, Jacqui Bladier took out the CIC two-star on Ramirus and Callum Buczak won the CCI one-star on Joie du Lys.

Madeleine O’Callaghan won the CCI young rider one-star on Fernloch Allemande, Edith Kane took out the CCN105 on Maxicat and Hannah McLean won the CCN junior 105 on Incy Wincy Spider.

Lakes and Craters joint event secretary Jen Best said, with the introduction of a new 80-centimetre class to the international event, numbers were high over the four days.

“We had a very, very successful weekend,” she said.

“We were closer to record entries –there were 320 horses entered for the weekend.

“By adding that 80-centimetre class, we added an extra 110 riders.

“Barry Roycroft designed and built the new course for them. They had an absolute blast.”

Best said organisers had worked hard to incorporate the local community in the Lakes and Craters event.

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Letters to the editor

CULTURE: The Wagga land council understood the spiritual significance of the Wiradjuri Regional Aboriginal Land Council site.Be part of solution, not part of the problemIf Jason Jolley is prepared to look beyond the façade of the Wagga Wagga LocalAboriginal Land Council, he will quickly learn how land and connection is the key tohealing our young people (“Board has lost touch with city’s Indigenous issues”,December 2).
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The Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal Land Council is more than just a physicalbuilding.

It has long been a meeting place for Wiradjuri people and is the spiritualhome of our Land Rights legends.

As a former Chair of the disbanded Wiradjuri Regional Aboriginal Land Council, I amwell-aware of the significance of that place to Aboriginal people in the region.

At the last meeting of the Wiradjuri Regional Aboriginal Land Council, I rememberwalking away from that building feeling as though we had lost a sense of belongingand community.

But the Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal Land Council understood the cultural andspiritual significance of the land and put their heart and soul into revitalising the siteas a youth and community hub informed by history and culture.

CEO Lorraine Lyons has an open-door policy and anyone who steps inside thebuilding cannot help but be inspired by the memory of past Land Rights legends andthe vision the Local Aboriginal Land Council has for young Aboriginal people.

Lorraine Lyons is a passionate member of our community who came to the WaggaWagga Local Aboriginal Land Council with a strong track record in communityhousing.

She is not someone to turn her back on people in need, which makes ill-informedand personal attacks on her and the Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal Land Councilso dispiriting.

Despite limited funding and with just two staff members to deliver programs andservices to members and the community, Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal LandCouncil has established a number of initiatives including the BoxingCentre to keep our youth engaged and on a pathway to education.

Instead of negatively sniping from the sidelines, James Jolley should be a part of thesolution and support the Wagga Wagga Local Aboriginal Land Council’s positiveplans to use land, identity and culture to heal our young people.

Cr Craig Cromelin

NSW Aboriginal Land Council

Councillor for Wiradjuri Region

We have lost our freedom while dosing on the couchAshraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet accused of renouncing Islam, was recently sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. He has no legal representation.

Twenty-sevenmembers of a minor Islamic breakaway group within Islam are also awaiting probable death sentence in Sudan.

The prophet Muhammad favoured ruthless punishments –including amputations and death –for so-called apostasy.

So is Islam the outstanding example of suppression of freedom of thought?

No, there are others.

For example, see recent reports of death-for-conversion-away-from-Hinduism in modern India.

And also Tasmania….

Yes, Tasmania, where at this very moment the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart is looking at being dragged through an “anti-discrimination” tribunal for the crime of distributing to Catholic school parents a document explaining the Catholic understanding of marriage.

Australians tend to think of our culture being one of freedom of expression.

Sorry.

That changed a while ago while most of us were dosing in front of our TV set.

Arnold Jago

Nichols Point

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