Two charged over alleged assault in Dubbo

A spokesperson for Orana Local Area Command said a cleaner using a blower vac in Macquarie Street was approached by two males about 4am Sunday.POLICE investigating an early-morning assault in Dubbo on Sunday have arrested two men.
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A spokesperson for Orana Local Area Command said a cleaner using a blower vac in Macquarie Street was approached by two males about 4am Sunday.

“It is very concerning, this is a man going about his work who appears to have been the victim of an unprovoked assault,” he said.

“He suffered a large laceration to his face which required medical attention.”

The pair aged 22 and 23 who were arrested face a string of charges between them including common assault, behaving in offensive manner, assault with act of indecency and destroy/damage property.

They will front court at a later date.

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Kooringal Colts bring up first win of season

INCOMING: Kooringal Colts paceman Will Morley fires down a delivery as his team tore through St Michaels on Saturday. Picture: Laura HardwickWagga cricket premiers Kooringal Colts’ title defence has finally picked up some momentum.
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The Colts scored their first win of the season and condemned St Michaels to their first loss at Wagga Cricket Ground on Saturday.

After a lower order resurgence, led by Jeremy Bunn, on the first day of the match Colts were able to set the ladder leaders 235.

It was a target the Saints never looked liked reeling in.

Jordan Lawrence got St Michaels off to a fast start before departing for 34 and coach Ryan Forsyth looked dangerous before being dismissed for 60.

However once Forsyth was dismissed the rest of the St Michaels batting order crumbled, allowing Colts to secure a comfortable win.

Colts captain Keenan Hanigan was relieved to finally get a win on the board, six rounds into the season.

“We needed that win,” Hanigan said.

“Obviously the monkey is off our back now, we were due for it so I’m very happy and very pleased with the way we played that game.”

Off-spinner Andrew Dutton did most of the damage, picking up five wickets and finishing with figures of 5-25 off 12 overs including four maidens.

His skipper thought it was his best performance since returning from England two seasons ago.

“Dutto bowled really good,” Hanigan said.

“It was probably the best I’ve seen him bowl since he got back from England.

“He was real consistent yesterday and I was really pleased with the way he bowled.”

Hanigan’s dismissal of Forsyth was the catalyst for the 86-run win.

When Forsyth was removed, Saints were 4-121 and they lost their next five wickets for 10 runs before being bowled out for 148.

Hanigan thought Forsyth’s dismissal was the key.

“Forsyth got off to a good start and was smashing a few we were looking to get him as soon as possible,” he said.

“We ended up getting him and once he got out the wickets started to tumble.

“To our credit we were pretty patient, just waiting for that wicket to come, and once we got it they just started to tumble.”

The Colts have another big test to finish the season, taking on South Wagga in the two-day clash before the Christmas break.

The Blues have only lost the one match this season, in controversial circumstances, and are coming off a big batting performance against Wagga RSL.

“They are in form, got a lot of runs yesterday and in my eyes they are probably the team to beat this year,” Hanigan said.

“They are always consistent but we are up for the challenge and it would be nice to get another win on the board before Christmas but we know we have a big job ahead of us.”

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“I’m bloody lucky”: Jockey Kody Nestor

Kody Nestor suffered severe shoulder injuries in Friday’s fall at Mudgee. Photo: JANIAN McMILLAN (梧桐夜网racingphotography南京夜网419论坛)DUBBO jockey Kody Nestor will undergo surgery this week on shoulder injuries suffered in Friday’s horrific fall in the Mudgee Gold Cup (1600m).
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The popular rider described the aftermath of the five-horse pile up as being “like a war zone” as riders and animals lay on the ground, but conceded things could have been a whole lot worse.

Nestor was riding Scottish Border for Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer, and was caught in the middle of the carnage that marred the $35,000 feature event, which ultimately saw just seven runners cross the line and Garry McCarney’s gelding Fox Solid first past the post.

Stewards have opened an inquiry into the fall but adjourned it in order to be able to take evidence from the riders involved.

Nestor suffered a dislocated and broken shoulder in the fall, which occurred when Devilgate Road (Aaron Bullock) appeared to clip the heels of the leader Lancelot, ridden by Anthony Cavallo.

It started a chain reaction that saw Scottish Border, Are You Sure (Jay Ford) and Goldstone (Glenn Lynch) all hit the turf.

He was airlifted from the track to Orange hospital, and after being treated he returned home with wife Anna on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m bloody lucky. We all are really because it’s one of the worst falls I’ve seen, let alone been involved in,” he said yesterday.

“I remember the whole thing and when I hit the deck I looked up and there were blokes on the ground and horses everywhere. It was terrible, it was like a war zone.

The fall at Mudgee is one of the worst in recent memory.

“I was following Mick Travers (All Sixes) and then I saw that first horse come down. Mick’s horse got over it but then mine couldn’t and I came down hard on my left shoulder and just rolled with it.

“Once things had settled a bit I got up and looked at my right arm and my legs and thought I was okay but when I looked for my left I couldn’t see it because it was about three inches away from where it should have been.

“That’s when the pain kicked in and I laid back down and started swearing and carrying on. It was excructiating but everyone, from the stewards to the ambulance officers and nurses, were great and they looked after me and gave me some pain drugs to make me as comfortable as possible.”

After a couple of nights with minimal sleep, Nestor will attempt to get to Sydney on either Monday or Wednesday in order to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder.

“I can’t lay down so Anna has propped me up on the couch and I actually got a good couple of hours sleep while sitting up on Saturday night, but I got none on Friday,” he said.

“If I can fly on Monday I’ll try to get down there, otherwise it will be Wednesday, but I’m pretty keen to get the surgery done as soon as possible so I can start the rehab.

“I’ve watched the replay a couple of times and some people would probably be spooked off after a fall like that. I’d ride tomorrow if I could so I’ll do everything I can to be back as soon as possible.

“Now that I’ve had a bit of time to sit back and think about it I’m just glad everyone is okay.

“I know Mark Milton lost his horse, which is terrible, but I just shake my head how that was all.”

THE AFTERMATHJOCKEYS

* Kody Nestor – Dislocated and fractured left shoulder. Will go to Sydney on either Monday or Wednesday for surgery.

* Greg Ryan – Concussion and swelling in knee and ankle. Will assess before determining whether he will ride at Orange on Tuesday.

* Jay Ford – Broken hand. Will be assessed by doctors to determine if surgery is required

* Glenn Lynch – Badly fractured left foot and facial lacerations.

* Aaron Bullock – Fractured collarbone in three places and suffered concussion. Will also be assessed by doctors this week

HORSES

* Sooner Or Later – Suffered a broken leg in the incident and was put down.

* Are You Sure – Swelling and abrasions on hind leg. More will be known when swelling subsides

* Devilgate Road – Stiff and sore around the head and neck. Was knocked out for a short period. Will be retired

* Scottish Border – Jarred up in the legs after doing three laps of the course after the fall. Will be fine.

* Goldstone – Stiff and sore with some skin off nostrils and lips but otherwise fine.

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MIND YOUR BUSINESS: Philip Shaw’s pizza night a supreme option for diners

KICKING BACK: Danny Endersby and Hannah Dunne at the Butter Factory Cafe at Philip Shaw vineyard. Photo: PHIL BLATCHPHILIP Shaw has launched a pizza night on Fridays from 6pm until 10pm.
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Traditional pizzas will be on offer, however the menu is expected to expand in the future.

The pizzas will be served at the Shiralee Road cellar door site. At the same location the Butter Factory Cafe will offer a range of brunch and lunch options on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

Food choices include burgers, salads, bacon and egg rolls and platters.

Garden cafe on Molong RoadKRISTINE and Greg Robbins have opened a new business venture on the Mitchell Highway between Orange and Molong just in time for Christmas.

Garden Restoration Nursery and Cafeoffers a range of services including garden design, landscaping, planting advice and the supply of a plants that have been selected to suit the local environment.

“We’ve got native tube stock and mature trees,” Mrs Robbins said.

”We cater to both the home gardener and the landscaper.”

NEW VENTURE: Kristine Robbins at her new business Garden Restoration Nursery and Cafe. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1203gardencafe1

Mrs Robbins, who is a horticulturist, works alongside manager Robert Waters who is also a horticulturist.

Apart from offering plants there is a range of garden furniture and giftware for sale.

The cafe is due to open soon and will highlight the Robbins’ cooking skills, with both having training to be chefs.

”We’ll be using as much fresh produce as we can, and all of the meals will be prepared here,” she said.

Garden Restoration Nursery and Cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and in the new year it will open daily.

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Premier push for regional voices

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews with local members Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan in Bendigo last week. Picture: NONI HYETTPREMIER Daniel Andrews will strongly urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.
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Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney.

“I’m going to make sure that at COAG, the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo on Friday.

“Whether it’s Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong or smaller regional centres like Shepparton, we need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Shortly after becoming prime minister in September, Mr Turnbull appointedJamie Briggs asthe first Minister for Cities and the Built Environment.

He also signalled he had a greater interest in urban planning projects in capital cities than Tony Abbott, whom he ousted.

Mr Andrews said his government’s position that support for regional cities must be part of the federal government’s planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” Mr Andrewssaid.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe do look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

Mr Andrews believed support for his plan would come from premiers and chief ministers right across the country.

As part of the state government’s own efforts to improve regional areas,Mr Andrews said, senior staff appointed to Regional Development Victoria positions last weekwould help drive a“proper conversation” with regional communities about development.

Amongthem is former City of Greater Bendigo department directorStan Liacos who resigned from the council to take up a position as the Loddon Mallee regional director.

It was now the federalgovernments turn to step up, the premier added.

“If you are truly committed to making sure you govern in the interests of everyone…then you can have a cities ministry,” Mr Andrewssaid.

“What you can’t have is a capital cities ministry.”

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Premier pushes for cities inclusion

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews in Bendigo. Picture: NONI HYETT
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PREMIER Daniel Andrews will urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.

Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney this week.

“I’m going to make sure that the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo last week.

“We need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Mr Andrew said his position that support for regional cities must be part of federal planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” he said.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

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Faith drives health dream

GOAL REALISED: Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie, who unveiled the plaque at the opening of Daintree Allied and Specialist Health on Friday, celebrates with directors Alfeen and Ajit Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn.THE commitment to their goal shown byowners of a Wodonga health clinichas led to another service arising just next door.
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Daintree Allied and Specialist Health opened officially on Friday, with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie unveiling the plaque inthe new building’s entry.

Directors Ajit and Alfeen Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn startedthe adjacent Daintree Medical Centre in 2013 and expected a second stage might evolve in five to seven years.

But as Dr Ajit Varghese told guests at Friday’s opening, the need in the region for a range of services ata single centre brought their plans forward.

“Themedical centre that we saw next door was aleap of faith; the allied health and specialist health centre that you are in now isa bigger leap,” he said.

“(In the Bible) Hebrews 11-12 says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The centre includes cardiology and respiratory services, chiropractic services, counselling and psychotherapy, dentistry and orthodontics as well as diabetic education and management.

In addition will be exercise physiology, a dietitian, myotherapy and Bowen therapy, pathology services, physiotherapy, podiatry and sleep apnoea testing.

Dr Varghese said training and teaching was alsoimportant to himand his wife and Dr and Mrs Syn.

“Thant once said to me that he’s not going to take these skills with him to the grave, he wants to impart them to the next generation and that’s exactly what we strongly believe in,”he said.

Dr Alfeen Varghese said the needs of patients they saw each day highlighted the demand for such a centre in Wodonga.

“There’s no reason why we as regional and rural Australians should have a restricted access to health care professionals,”she said.

“The faith we had in our mission and the potential it had to make a difference in the life of our patients helped us to overcome obstructions and complete this project.

“I dream of the day when facilities such as these are available to every patient of Australia, irrespective of the region they live in.”

The directors thanked groups such asNordcon Land, Connelly Construction and Wodonga Council for their help towards the $1.6 million centre.

Cr Speedie, who also opened the nearby medical centre two years ago, said Daintree was now a major employer with 60 staff members andcongratulated the directors fortheir vision.

“It really is the first time that we’ve seen all of these services in one facility in Wodonga,” she said.

“It will make it easier for our community to actually access health, and access health affordably.”

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Riverina sits on ‘solar riches’

LET’S BUILD THEM: Labor senate candidate says solar farms could be a huge source of revenue for the Riverina.
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A LaborSenate candidate has claimedit’sa “no-brainer” that government and industryshould be building the solar artillery of the Riverina.

Muttama-based Vivien Thomson, a Senate candidate for NSW, is building momentum after more than 100 locals last week marched on Riverina MP Michael McCormack’s office to coincide with the climate talks in Paris.

Ms Thomson said if Germany can build its solar potential, so too can the Riverina – a place with“some of the best sunshine in the world”.

“The sun is anenergy resource that’s not going away,” she said.“A lot of people around here are already building houses off the grid, pretty soon I think we’ll start to see whole towns off the grid.This is an industry that continues to grow and it’s an industry we can be part of.”

Vivien Thomson.

Ms Thomson pointed to California, which has a rapidly expanding solar industry and vast solar farms, as an example of the Riverina’s potential. Theirsolar industry now employs more than 50,000 people after huge investment.

“I’ve been looking at what California has achieved in all those years and it is phenomenal,” Ms Thomson said.

“The money that is generated out of renewable energy in California is mind-blowing.

“Ican’t understand why we’re not going down that path.”

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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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Energy lease due next year

The leasing of Endeavour Energy’s “poles and wires” is not likely to happen before the middle of next year.
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NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced the leasing of Transgrid last month. The leasing process for Endeavour Energy is expected to start in the middle of next year.

This means the network, which services the Illawarra region, will be the last of the three networks to enter the leasing process.

The process is duebe completed by December 2016.

The news comes after the government late last month announced the successful tender of Transgrid, netting gross proceeds of $10.2 billion.

“Thisexcellent outcome is a sign of the market’s confidence in the NSW economy as Australia’s number one state to do business,” Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said.

The Transgrid lessee is aconsortium that includes a Canadian pension fundand investment groups based in Australia andAbu Dhabi.

The government’s long-term leasing of Transgrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour networks is designed to recoup at least $20 billion.

This money will be spent on infrastructure projects, including the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

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