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Fresh five for WodongaFive newcomers will be on Wodonga Council after Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe, Tim Quilty, Libby Hall and Ron Mildren were elected.More here.

Past mayor proves hit for voters at age 80City voters in Wangaratta have turned to an 80-year-old former mayor to help lead the council after three years of administration.More here.

Four new faces voted inBallarat’s new council has been revealed.Previous mayor Des Hudson will retain his seat on south ward, along with fellow incumbent Jim Rinaldi and newcomer Ben Taylor, pushing out Peter Innes.More here.

Contaminants found in railway station soilSections of the Ballarat Railway Station car park have been fenced off amid fears elevated levels of contaminants have been found in the soil.More here.​

New Bendigo council revealedIt hasbeen an exciting weekend for the nine candidates who have been elected to the City of Greater Bendigo council.More here.

Mosquito coil sparks house fire at MandurangPeople have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon.More here.

Man dies in HorshamA Horshanman, aged 32, has died after his four-wheel-drive hit a tree due to losing control on the Urquhart Street andKalkee Road overpass. More here.

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RACV declares Portland roads the worst in VictoriaEvery few minutes a giant freight truck, a bus or a car swerves –often across double lines –to avoid smashing its wheels into cracked-up sections of highway or large potholes jagged enough to shatter rims. More here.

Zombies shuffle their way down Port Fairy streetDozens of zombies shuffled their way down the main street of Port Fairy during what is set to become an annual event. More here.

State of the nationNeed a national news snapshot first thing –well, we have you covered.

► WOLLONGONG:Wollongong has welcomed its first cruise ship with Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas docking in Port Kembla on Sunday. Read all about it.

► NOWRA: A man has died and two people have been hospitalised after a crash near Nowra on Sunday. Full story.

► Mandarang:People have been urged to ensure mosquito coilsare not left unattended after a destructive house fire on Saturday afternoon. Full story.

► BALLARAT:A massive tree fell down along the Ring Road to the west of Ballarat, causing power lines to fall across the Ballarat rail line on Sunday. More details.

► NEWCASTLE:A MAN has been charged with breaking the wrist of one police officer before punching and spitting on a female officer after he attempted to intervene in the eviction of a young woman at the popular Jazz In The Vines festival. Full story.

► EDEN:The annual Eden Whale Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the Far South Coast. See the photos.

National news

► SYDNEY:Once a week, Diane Wilson would take her daughter Bronwyn to a rectangular plot of land, strewn with pipes and machinery, in the gaze of the Mounties club in Sydney’s south-west. Full story.

► EMPLOYEMENT:There is now only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line. Full story.

►DARWIN:Former trade minister Andrew Robb has accepted a job with the Chinese companythat has a 99-year lease of the Darwin Port. Full story.

Former trade minister Andrew Robb at his appointment ceremony. Photo: ABC News

National weather radarInternational news► BEIJING:Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed the detention of a fourth Australian in China in connection with the nationwide blitz on Crown Resorts’ activities on the Chinese mainland. Full story.

► JAKARTA:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century. Full story.

►FRANCE:I’m trying to get through the front door of the biggest and most important scientific experiment of the 21st century.

It’s not working. I wave at the automatic door-opening sensors and the people at reception wave back at me. Eventually they find a button to press to get me in. Full story.

Faces of Australia:Betty Shepherd Betty Shepherd reminiscing in front of the stable where Trevors used to live. Picture: Kriston Harris

AS we head into the heart of the Spring Carnival, 2016 sparks many memories for Scone residentand local icon Betty Shepherd.

This year celebrates the 50th anniversary since Betty was the firstlicensed female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup with her horseTrevors.

Believed to be the first ever woman to be granted a training license in Australia, Betty considered itmore of a hobby, keeping only two or three horses in work at a time. Read all about it.

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Look beyond your comfort zone at work

Options: Federation Training Skills and Jobs Centre project manager Jackson Long said the centre would provide Latrobe Valley residents with ongoing support and skills when finding work. photograph emma watsonA Skills and Jobs Centre has opened at Federation Training’s Morwell campus, available to the young and old seeking a new career path or training option.
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Project manager Jackson Long said the centre was one of many across Gippsland, funded through the State Government to link job seekers to employers.

“We’re about giving people the skills and the ability to look for jobs further afield than what they would normally,” Mr Long said.

“Get them out of the box and let them look beyond what they would normally.”

As part of the centre, two industry engagement coordinators are knocking on industries’ doors to find out what local employers are after.

“They want to know what the employers would like to see come to their door; what sort of skills would you like to see come to your door that could help you improve your company?” Mr Long said.

He said this knowledge could then be transferred into advice for Valley job seekers, who often didn’t realise how employable they were.

“The jobs are pretty thin on the ground here in the Latrobe Valley, but (this is about) the idea of actually giving people the ability to go and get a job when they do find one, or perhaps look further afield than what they have in the past,” Mr Long said.

“They might think their skills are very limited to one job, so (this gives them) the ability to come in and talk to someone who’s got a pretty broad range of skills and knowledge with industry, to actually have a talk with them.

“They might say, ‘well I can only do this or I can only do that’, and after the interview they may think, ‘oh ok, I’ve got all these other skills’.”

FedTraining is holding a series of free workshops at the Morwell campus, covering employability skills, resume writing, where the jobs are and interviews.

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Kids on the ball

Ball kids: Children from the Latrobe Valley helped out at the Traralgon ATP Challenger Tour. photograph hayley millsThey are often overlooked but it’s hard to imagine a successful tennis tournament without them.
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They are the ball children who spend their time chasing down loose balls to ensure matches run smoothly and with minimal delay.

Last week there were about 50 ball children who volunteered their time at the ATP Traralgon Challenger tournament.

Danielle Healey said she relished the opportunity to see the players up close.

“It’s good to be on court with players that you know are going to make it to the Australian Open or have played at Wimbledon,” Danielle said.

“It helps you know that you can use that (the insight gained watching the players) on court and improve your game and know that’s something that the players do.”

She said it was something she intended to continue in years to come.

Ryan O’Brien, who has been a ball child at the tournament for the past three years, said he enjoyed the banter with the players. He shared an experience with a player from this year’s edition.

“He hit a couple of aces and he wanted the same ball and I gave him the ball and he said ‘how do you know that’s it?’ and I said, ‘it’s dirtier’, Ryan said.

“He said ‘if that’s it it’s good’ and then he hit two aces with it.”

Hunter Eenjes said he joined in because he enjoyed helping the Traralgon Tennis Association and the players.

“(It’s) very entertaining, it can be scary sometimes when they crack it,” Hunter said.

Harriet Luders said she enjoyed it because “you get to know some more people and you get to watch some players and you can learn from them”.

“I didn’t get to do the whole week because mum said ‘you have to go to school’,” Harriet said.

“But I did get to do Monday and I’ve really enjoyed it – I’ve done it for the past four years.”

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Cessnock jail: Residents welcome expected closure of Lindsay Street entrance

LOCK THE GATE: Lindsay Street resident Vicki West is among those who have called for the relocation of the Cessnock jail entrance. THE expected closure of the main entrance to Cessnock jail as part of expansion plans has been welcomed by residents who for years have complained about heavy traffic caused by the prison.
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But the city’s mayor, BobPynsent, is yet to receive a formal guarantee from Corrections Minister David Elliott that the state government will close the gate on Lindsay Street, moving the entrance to Wine Country Drive, ahead of Thursday’s release of the Review of Environmental Factors report.

Cr Pynsent described a meeting with Mr Elliott on Monday as “positive”, despite receiving “no detail” on whether the government would address council’s specific concerns about the impact of the expansion on public infrastructure.

“[Mr Elliott] wasn’t giving away very much at all in regard to detail,but he opened the door to discussing issues raised in the REF with him,” he said. “The minister wanted to hear what our main issues over the expansion were.”

The expansion would make Cessnock home to the state’s largest prison, with a population of 1800 maximum and minimum security inmates.

It has been fiercely opposed by the community over safety and infrastructure concerns.

But the latest twist, revealed by theNewcastle Heraldon Sunday, is that the government is prepared to make concessions.

Chief among those is the mootedclosure of the Lindsay Street entrance.

Lindsay Street resident Vicki West said the entrance’s closure would be a win for community pressure.

“It’s good news for our street,” she said.

Cessnock prison guards are also supportive of the Lindsay Street entrance being closed.

Thechairman of the guards’union, Paul Jones, said “everyone is in favour” of a new entry point.

“Not only the local residents want it, butit’s better for us because we don’t want trucks going through suburban streets,” he said.

Mr Jones said he believed the state government was now taking a “wider view” on the expansion by taking on board community feedback.

“They’ve listened to the community, which is a good thing, that’s a plus,” he said. “I know our GM is making every effort to consult with the community.”

The government is unlikely to revise its prison population forecasts for Cessnock.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr told theNewcastleHeraldon Sunday he was not channelling his opposition into securing a reduction in the number of new inmates. Likewise, Cr Pynsent said he was focussed on getting the “best possible deal”, and is not totally opposed to the expansion.

NSW Firefighter Championships action at Norah Head, October 27-29photosvideo

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HOST brigade Wyong achieved its goal of a Top 5 finish at theFire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships at Norah Head this week –but it could have been even better.

The event is described as the Olympics of firefighting, and continues a 100-year-old tradition of athletic and technical competition between firefighters.

TAKING AIM: A firefighter hits his target to complete one of 15 events staged at Norah Head as part of the State Firefighter Championships. Pictures: David Stewart

Held over three days at Norah Head Sports Ground, the championships saw brigades from Fire and Rescue NSW, and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) race against the clock, and rival teams, in a number of challenges designed to test their teamwork, speed and efficiency.

Wyong station commander Captain Jamie Loader said competition across all three days was very close.

“If you look at some of the results, there was less than 0.1 seconds between first place and fourth place,” Captain Loader said.

He said Wyong was hoping for a Top 5 finish, and achieved that goal, finishing fifth overall in the pointscore for theAlfred Webb Cup, which was won comfortably by Bega.

Wyong had a string of unfortunate events derail their campaign.

That included experiencing a knot in their hose, an occurrence Captain Loader said was extremely rare for his well-drilled team.

Hosts Wyong unlucky but still hit Top 5 in NSW Firefighter titles | photos | video SPEED MAN: Action from the four-person hose and hydrant event at the Fire and Rescue NSW State Firefighter Championships, at Norah Head Sports Ground, today. Pictures: David Stewart

HOSTS: Members of the Wyong brigade featured in this presentation.

WELL DONE: Wyong brigade captain Jamie Loader, left.

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Spring Racing Fashion 2016: How to make your make-up go the distance on race day

Choosing the right products will help make your race-day make-up last. Photo: Lintao ZhangA day at the races calls for some pretty stealthy make-up. There is sun, rain, drinking, kissing – the real and air varieties – and, let’s be frank, a little sweating.
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Tony Baumann, head of artistry for Mecca, said his ultimate secret weapon is a setting spray, such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, which at $23 is a very affordable armour for your kit.

“It’s important to be confident your make-up will last the distance,” he said. “Once you have applied your make-up, spray [the product] from an arm’s length away, making sure you work your way across for even coverage. Let it dry, then repeat.”

With Cup Day all about the bold lip, it’s important to choose a “punchy” colour that looks great in photos but doesn’t compromise on moisturising power and longevity, says Baumann.

He recommends exfoliating lips before applying a lip balm, which you tissue off for a perfectly primed pout.

Baumann likes lipstick formulations from By Terry and NARS, which has a matte lip pencil that is still moisturising.

“Red and pink are classic racing colours but don’t save plum for the cooler months, it looks incredibly chic trackside,” he says.

Maintaining a smooth, glowing complexion is the cornerstone of long-stay make-up, so a good primer and powder are absolute must-haves.

Baumann likes Hourglass’ Veil Primer with NARS pressed powder. The combination will set you back about $130 but it’s an investment in your best asset – your face. And it will look much better in all those selfies you’ll take on the day.

As far as what to pack for the track, here are Baumann’s top tips:

1. Lipstick

“It goes without saying, always bring your chosen lip colour with you for any touch-ups throughout the day.”

2. Pressed powder 

“Used to take off excessive oil and add some more pigment to keep make-up looking fresh.”

3. Bronzer or blush

“For instant colour lift to take you from the race track to the after-party.”

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Insulin pumps are changing the lives of the Type 1 diabetics who can afford themVIDEOPHOTOS

LIFE CHANGING: Type 1 diabetics David Pike, Annette Parkes-Considine and Gai Hartwell at Hunter Diabetes Centre holding the insulin pumps that have made managing their disease much easier. Picture: Fairfax MediaADVANCES intechnologyhave helped to change the lives of people livingwith Type 1 diabetes, but without government funding, some treatment options remain unaffordable for many patients, a local expert says.
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Dr Claire Morbey, an endocrinologist at the Hunter Diabetes Centre in Merewether, said new technologies such as insulin pumps were making it much easier for people with Type 1 diabetes to manage their disease.

But at $10,000 a pop, and ongoing costs, the new technology was not an option that every patient could afford.

Price to pay for life quality TweetFacebookDr Claire Morbey from Hunter Diabetes Centre talks us through the developments in diabetes treatment options. pic.twitter南京夜网/i6noytAe42

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“It has been left in the shadows for a long time, and where the money for diabetes goes is with the kids. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation gets a lot of money.

“But what happens to people who have had it for 50 or 60 years who do have the complications, who do have trouble managing their diabetes? There is this big black hole.”

Thanks to apatient assistance program being offered by insulin pump company Medtronic,Dr Moreby was able to secure a complimentary“MiniMed” for one of her patients, David Pike.

Dr Morbeysaid many patients, particularly those without private health insurance, could just not afford to buy the pumps that would improve their quality of life.

Mr Pike, and fellow Hunter Diabetes Centre patientGai Hartwell, said the technology had come a long way since they were first diagnosed.

Mrs Hartwell, who has had the disease for almost 60 years, said she had gone from sharpening her needles on an oil stone, testing her sugar levels with test tubes andbunsen burners, and eating the same foods in the same amounts every day, to now having her insulin drip-fed to her consistently throughout the night and day by her new pump.

The technologyhad stopped her lapsing into comas while she slept.

“Having Type 1 diabetes is like jail, you are a slave to it,” Mrs Hartwell said.

“I’m fairly new on the pump, butI can see it’s going to be an absolute dream. I am broke. Absolutely broke. The ongoing costs are unbelievable.

“The healthier we stay without having to have amputations, without going blind, without getting gangrene or having kidney failure – that added expense on the government would be saved if people could have better access to these pumps.”

Dr Morbey said many of her patients closelyguarded their precious pumps.

“Our older patients, who have had to go through all of this in the past,really know and appreciate what a difference this technology makes, and they guard them with their life,” Dr Morbey said.

Golf: Merewether launches junior academy

ROOM TO MOVE: Merewether director and junior co-ordinator Andy Piggott in the new room in the club house dedicated to children. Picture: Simone De PeakMEREWETHER have launched a new junior academy designed to attract players to the game and develop the next batch of stars.
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The brainchildof director and junior co-ordinator Andy Piggott, the academy is for kids aged five to 13. They enter as white-hat beginners, who complete a 10-week introductory program run by club pros Paul Smith and Adam Cecil.From a white hat, they progressto red hat and eventually green hat.

“We are trying to make it more appealing to kids and better value for money overall,” Piggott said. “Kids get rewards with the hat system and feellike they are progressing. Membership is $50 which allows the junior member to play for free year-round. It also allows their parents or grand parents, if they are not members, to play at members rates.”

As well asthe academy, the club has an elite squad and regular tuition for middle-ground juniors.

“We are trying to develop every kid to jump those levels,” Piggott said.

The academy coincides with the opening of a “juniors room” in the club house.

“We found if juniors were at competition level they would go up into the club house and be around adults,” Piggott said. “The room is somewhere they can hang out and has all the technology that they would normally use. It doubles as a kids room when people are having meals at the club.”

* It might not rank as Nathan Green’s biggest win but it is certainly one of his fondest. Green fired a six-under 66 to be joint winner alongside Leigh McKechnie, Andrew Dodt and Taylor Cooper of the Waratah Pro-am on Saturday. Green started as a 10-year-old cadet at Waratah and was a member there until he turned pro.

* The Vintage’s Dylan Perry narrowly missed out on defending his NSW Country Championship crown at Goulburn Golf Club on Sunday.The 21-year-old shot four-under 66 to lead by three after day one but struggled in the wind on Sunday to card a 73 and finish second behind Anthony Brunero (71-66). Perry’s clubmate Joshua Knott (72-73) was 10th.

Perry and Charlestown’s Blake Windred will play in the NSW Open at Stonecutters Ridge next Thursday.

* Troy Brouwer (Belmont), Andrew Lange (Lorn), Mitchell Bodycote (Rothbury), Joshua Crampton (Cessnock), Camran Walton (Kurri Kurri) and Corey Lamb (Branxton) have been invited to play in a junior pro-am at Stonecutters Ridge on Wednesday afternoon.

* Iain Carthew won his third consecutive club championship at Beresfield on Saturday, shooting a course-record five-under 62.

* Newcastle Golf Club will host the Kloster BMW Newcastle Cup over 36 holes on November 12-13.The club is trialling the new two-day format, which this year will include the Autumn Record vardon event, which was postponed in May due to poor weather.

Young girl fighting for life after suspected GHB overdose in Albury

A YOUNG girl is fighting for life after an apparent GHB overdose.
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Paramedics were called to a home in Schubach Street about 11.30pm on Friday.

The four-year-old girl was choking after reportedly drinking a small amount of the drug from a drink bottle.

She was transported to Albury hospital and was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she remains in a critical condition.

A 30-year-old man was charged with drug possession and wasgranted bail to appear before Albury court on November 22.

A police spokeswoman confirmed officers had seized two plastic bottles containing GHB.

She said the Department of Family and Community Services had been notified.

“Emergency services were called to a home in Alburyon Friday night after the child fell ill after reportedly drinking a small amount of GHB,” the spokeswoman said.

“It’s believed the drug had been stored in a plastic waterbottle.

“The child was taken to hospital by NSW Ambulance paramedicsand remains critical.

“A30-year-old man was arrested by police and taken to Albury Police Station.

“He was chargedwith possessing a prohibited drug.”

According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the drug has a high risk of overdose.

“The chemical composition of GHB is highly variable,” the foundation’s website states.

“It’s very easy to take too much GHB –the difference between the amount needed to get high and the amount that causes an overdose can be hard to judge.”

Overdoses can result in death, and the drug can also cause seizures, unconsciousness, blackouts, hallucinations and irregular breathing.

Albury womanCassandra Harper died three days after taking the drug at an Olive Street house party in

Investigations are continuing.

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JUNIORS: Milly Stevenson to represent NSW at School Sport Australia Athletics Championships

SUCCESS: Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club member Milly Stephenson claimed gold medals in both the 100 and 200 metres at the NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships held in Sydney recently. Picture: Josh Callinan.MILLYStephenson has some new shoes on and they’re already feeling fast.
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Imported direct from the US and arriving on Friday as a surprise from her father Chad, also a sprinter by trade who narrowly missed selection for the Olympics in 1992, the bright coloured spikes won’t be missed at next month’s School Sport Australia Athletics Championships in Canberra.

But while the Adamstown 12-year-oldhastaken a liking to replicas of Jamaican championShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, her old pair had quite the run.

To qualify for the upcoming national competition, being held at the Australian Institute of Sport from December 1 to 4, Stephenson won the state sprint double at the NSW All Schools carnival in Homebush following the most recent holidays.

The year 7 student at Merewether High School recorded personal best times in claiming both the 13-year girls’ 100 and 200 metreevents.

She stopped the clock at 25.83 seconds to win the longer race before backing up two days later to complete her dual gold medal performance with 12.40s in the shorter final,shaving 0.2s off her finest career effort from the semi-final that morning.

SUCCESS: Adamstown 12-year-old Milly Stephenson claimed gold medals in both the 100 and 200 metres at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships held in Sydney recently. Picture: Josh Callinan.

* HUNTER surf life saversBailey Proud (Redhead) and Jack Curran (Caves Beach) recentlyreturned home from the 2016 New Zealand Pool Championships with a combined sevenmedals.

Proud’s best showing was gold in the under-19 male 4×50 metre medley.

The pair then teamed up for silver in theunder-19 male 4x50m obstacle relay but individually Proud (second) finished one podium place ahead of Curran (third) in the under-19 male swim with obstacles.

In addition Curran clinched silver in the under-19 male NSW 50 line throw while Proud was awarded bronze after the open mixed mega relay.

* BASEBALLAustralia has announced the dates and venues for next year’s national Little League Championships. Lismore will host the carnival at Albert Park between June 7 and 12.

* EVER head of the National Danish Performance Team?

If you want to find out more about this non-Olympic but flexible, acrobatic,independent, non-for-profit, sport-for-all crew then Newcastle PCYC is the place to be.

After running workshops with beginners on Monday and seniors on Tuesday afternoon (3.45pm-5.15pm) they will themselves take to the stage at the Broadmeadow centre for a one-time-only show from 7pm.

Operation Silverstone: highway patrol cars new weapons in patrolling motorcyclist haunts such as Putty and Wollombi roads

Lives on the Line: Police aim to turn the corner on bike deaths Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Operation Silverstone press conference at Rutherford. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookTHEY are the remote, out-of-the-way roadsthat attract motorcyclists with an almost endless run ofsnake-like turns and tight corners.

But the same characteristics that suck in riders along the Hunter’s favourite thoroughfares are also killing them.

Police will announce on Tuesday a four-month operation across the Central Hunter, Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie commands targeting riderson their favourite haunts, including Putty and Wollombi roads.

Their weapons will include police helicopters and unmarked cars, allowing them to monitor riders along the remote and tight roads where accidents have occurred.

The Polair helicopters will be used to watch rider behaviour before passing on the information to ground crews in marked, unmarked, and “covert” highway patrol vehicles.

Operation Silverstone will begin on Tuesday and continue to March 1, taking in the summer months where large numbers of motorcyclists hit the roads.

There have already been nine motorcyclists die on Hunter roads this year, including six riders in the 11 weeks since August 12.

Two riders were killed in separate accidents on Putty Road in August last year, just weeks before senior highway patrol officers launched asafety campaign.

Regional highway patrol commander, Superintendent Bob Ryan, said Operation Silverstone was an initiative aimed at “keeping riders and drivers safe and alive on our roads during the peak motorcycle riding season”.

SAFETY: Putty Road (above) is among the most popular rides with motorcyclists and will be targeted in a new police campaign. Picture: Dean Osland.

“We are particularly concerned about the safety of motorcyclists in the Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions, who are over represented in crash statistics this time of year,’’ Superintendent Ryan said.

“All riders should ride to live.

“During the operation, highway patrol police will be patrolling and enforcing the law particularly on motorcycle routes, including the Putty Road and Wollombi Road, to promote the safety of motorcyclists and drivers.

“These officers will also be speaking to riders at popular rest areas and encouraging them to take responsibility and obey the rules in place for their protection.

“The unmarked and covert vehicles we are using will include a variety of vehicles, not normally associated with highway patrol.

“These unmarked and covert vehicles, as well as PolAir, will be used for traffic enforcement on most major roads, with the purpose of reminding motorists that any vehicle could be a police vehicle.

“This operation aims to ensure that motorcyclists ride to the conditions, anticipate the actions of others and obey the road rules.”

World first: Blackheath phases out plastic straws

Plastic straws suck: World first as Blackheath phases out plastic straws in favour of the old fashioned paper variety. Wattle Cafe’s Paul Beavis and Lis Bastian (front) with Victory Cafe’s Terry Tan and the Ivanhoe’s Kerrie Ray.Blackheath has become the world’s first town where all the shopfront businesses have agreed to phase out plastic straws.
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Blackheath magazine editor, Lis Bastian, co-ordinated the phase out over the last fewmonths liaisingwith some 30 businesses. The many cafe owners, the servo, grocers, pubs, takeaway shopand deli in thepopular tourist town are nowall on board.

“Globally billions of straws are thrown out each day and Blackheath alone has been throwing out 40,000 straws a month.It’s a big deal.”

Ms Bastianorganised acommunity paper straw bulk buy and sponsorship from American manufacturer Aardvark and Australian distributorGreen Pack. “Because it wasa whole town response, they gave us a whole town discount.”

When stocks of the cheaper plastic straws run out, businesses in this popular tourist town will only offer the high quality waxedpaper straws, while encouragingshoppers to forgo a straw completely if they don’t really need one.

“When I was a kid they were all paper [straws], in one generation plastic has taken over …plastic pollution is getting so dire.”

Ms Bastian, who is also a lecturer in environmental management,said a town in Canada had almost managed to ban the plastic straws –“but they didn’t quite get there”;another town in India was being forced to do it by government.

“Because plastic straws don’t biodegrade, they are amongthe top plastic pollutants harming our waterways. It’ssuch a small thing wecan do and I’m thrilled the businesses of Blackheath have worked collaboratively to achieve this milestone.”

She said it was also good for children today to see small changes can happen and matter.“We have to show them that things can be changed.”

Participants at Blackheath’s Youth Cafe had told her that “straws suck” and they would be happy to pay an extra 5c to cover the cost of a biodegradable alternative.

Victory Cafe owner Terry Tan, said he “hadn’t worked out the extra cost, but it doesn’t matter, it’s not a big deal”.

Blackheath Chamber of Commerce vice president and the owner of theWattle Cafe, Paul Beavis,said he would look at spreading the message with the other Mountains Chambers. “The chamber is right behind it.”

Ivanhoe co-owner Kerrie Ray has also got on board.“I just go along, it’s easier.”

Ms Bastian said at the moment they were getting a box of 600for the subsidised price of $10, but it was a lot cheaper to buy plastic at $15 for 5000 straws.

“It can’t be that business shoulders the whole cost.The idea is over time we will discourage people from using straws.”

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Royal commission hears The King’s School threatened to send a debt collector to family

The King’s School in North Parramatta. King’s headmaster Tim Hawkes outside the Royal Commission in 2015. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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The King’s School threatened to send a debt collector to the family of a student who was allegedly indecently assaulted on a camp because it had fallen behind in his fees, a royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told that the family owed $25,000 in tuition for their son.

The teenage student, given the pseudonym CLC, was allegedly indecently assaulted by a fellow student while on a cadet camp with the school in April 2013, the inquiry heard.

When The King’s School’s bursar raised the unpaid fees with headmaster Tim Hawkes in September 2013, the commission heard CLC’s father was described as a “bad debtor”.

The inquiry was told Dr Hawkes wrote to the bursar advising: “Failure to pay his debts should result in the usual sanctions including the boy being sent home and him being put in the hands of a collection agent.”

Dr Hawkes told the commission he had a meeting with CLC’s parents in October 2013 which was secretly recorded by CLC’s father, given the pseudonym EAE.

In handwritten notes made before the meeting and tendered the commission, Dr Hawkes writes that CLC should have followed the school’s anti-bullying policy and disclosed the alleged assault and subsequent bullying earlier.

“It was this failure to make an immediate disclosure that contributed to CLC’s alleged harassment,” he wrote.

Dr Hawkes told the commission he did not blame CLC for the alleged bullying he endured.

The inquiry heard the school’s anti-bullying policies failed in relation to CLC, who left the school in October 2013.

CLC’s father compared his son’s experience to a “single chicken being pecked to death” in his evidence to the commission.

Evidence before the inquiry into child-to-child sexual abuse in both public and private schools is that The King’s School has dealt with a number of such allegations.

The North Parramatta school has dealt with four historical allegations of child-to-child sexual abuse and some contemporary claims during Dr Hawkes’ 19 years as headmaster, he wrote in his statement to the commission.

The inquiry continues before Justice Peter McClellan​.

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