Monthly Archives: April 2019

Apr
21
  • ‘World of difference’ between Syrians to be resettled in Australia and those on Manus Island and Nauru: Tony Abbott

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    Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea before attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre) at the Pacific Island Leaders Forum. Photo: Andrew Meares
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    Prime Minister Tony Abbott after the leaders photo for the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, PNG. Photo: Andrew Meares

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    PORT MORESBY. Tony Abbott has declared there is a “world of difference” between refugees from Syria and Iraq who will now be resettled in Australia and those from the same countries and have been languishing in detention for more than two years in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru.

    The Prime Minister said he was very encouraged by the “big-hearted, generous response” of the Australian people to the government’s decision to accept 12,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.

    While these people had sought refuge near Syria’s borders, Mr Abbott said those on PNG’s Manus Island and in detention on Nauru had “done a deal with people smugglers to go way beyond the country of first asylum”.

    “We will never ever do anything that encourages the evil trade of people smuggling and all of those who have come to Australia by boat are here as a result of people smuggling,” he said.

    Refugee advocates argue that asylum seekers should not be treated according to the way they fled persecution and that the international protection system would break down if all countries adopted the Australian approach.

    Mr Abbott was speaking after meeting with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and thanking him for hosting the detention centre on Manus Island, where nearly 1000 asylum seekers remain in detention.

    He told Mr O’Neill Australia was “very grateful” for PNG’s assistance in “processing illegal boat arrivals”.

    Federal and state officials would meet early next week to discuss the mechanics of the resettlement of the 12,000 refugees, Mr Abbott said.

    The Prime Minister returns from Port Moresby to Canberra on Thursday night and will meet community leaders and service providers on Friday to discuss “exactly what we need to do to ensure that people coming to Australia from the conflict zone can swiftly and effectively integrate into our country”.

    Mr Abbott promised that Australia would cooperate with PNG authorities in the investigation of rape allegations against three Australians who left Manus island after the alleged incident took place last month.

    Mr O’Neill has backed the call by PNG police for the alleged offenders to be brought back to face questioning.

    “There are due processes of law and they must always be followed but crime is crime is crime,” Mr Abbott said.

    “Where there are credible allegations, they must be investigated. Where there is strong evidence, it should be prosecuted. Where people have done wrong thing, they should be convicted and punished.”

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Apr
21
  • Cool customer fits right in

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    KING OF THE KIDS: The Rock-Yerong Creek forward Andy Carey gets some encouragement from son Chad (4) during a quarter-time huddle this year. Picture: Peter Doherty
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    With four Ovens and Murray League premierships to his name, The Rock-Yerong Creek forwardAndy Carey knows how to prepare for a big game.

    “Itry not to think about it too much before the day because you can play the game before you’ve had the game,” Carey said.

    “I try to take it as another week and another game.”

    Carey joined the club at the start of the year sayinghe didn’t have any expectationsother than to have some fun.

    Eighty goals later, and gearing up for a grand final, it’s safe to say he’s done that.

    “It’s been a really good year,” Carey said.

    “It’s a fantastic footy club and everyone’s really welcomed me in there.”

    Fellow Pies forward Mitch Ward will tell you why:

    “What he does that people don’t see is probably more than what they do see,” Ward said.

    “The amount of blocks he puts on, the direction that he gives, it’s unreal.

    “And not all his goals are from marks…last time we played (East Wagga-Kooringal)he got a goal from a run-down tackle.”

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Apr
21
  • Tigers ready to meet their match

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    LET’S GO AGAIN: Wagga Tigers captain-coach Matt Rava addresses his players at Wednesday night’s training session. Picture: Les SmithWAGGA Tigers captain-coach Matt Rava can see a lot of similarities between his team and their opponents, Collingullie-Glenfield Park, ahead of Sunday’s preliminary final.
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    Rava was on hand to watch the Demons overrun Leeton-Whitton last Sunday to set up a clash with Tigers at Robertson Oval.

    Rava is fully aware of howdangerous the Demons are.

    “We’ve got to control our own game plan first and foremost, but Gullie are certainly a dangerous side,” Rava said.

    “Similar to when we’ve been challenged, no matter where they are in a game, and Leeton were in total control at half-time on the weekend, they’re able to get themselves going, and they run out games really well.”

    Tigers, renowned as a hard-running side, ran out of legs in last week’s second semi-final loss to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.

    Rava has had time to dissect the loss and believes the problem may have been above the shoulders.

    “We’ve changed our training nights, did some yoga on Monday and had shorter sessions but higher intensity,” Rava said.

    “I’ve had a chat to the boys and I think (last week) was more of a mental thing, a, mental lapse more than a physical thing.”

    Shaun Flanigan remains no certainty to return for Tigers on Sunday.

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Apr
21
  • A step in the right direction

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    Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals and organisations, alternative pedestrian beach access at Hungry Head has been established in time to enable the beach to be patrolled and enjoyed for the start of the summer season on 19 September.

    The recent altered flow of Dalhousie Creek has impeded the access not only for the general public, but for members of the Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club and the Australian Lifeguard Services who rely on easy access for patrols and training duties.

    In order to allow safe pedestrian access, it was determined by the working party of Bellingen Shire Council, Bellinger Heads State Park Trust, Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club and Australian Lifeguard Services to erect temporary stairs in a preferred location after a review of environmental factors and the resulting final environmental approval.

    The stairs were built in the proposed location by Bellingen Shire Council, a project funded and approved by the Bellinger Heads State Park Trust.

    Signage to redirect pedestrians to the alternative and safest beach access will be erected at various points near the car park and at previous access points in time for the start of the season. Additional signage depicting the risk of submerged objects and possible deep water in the lagoon will be erected.

    Mayor Mark Troy said “the natural phenomenon of the altered creek flow at Hungry Head impacted normal beach access. It was imperative that a solution was found in time for the summer season. The project has been a strong collaborative effort and I would like to extend my thanks to all those involved including Vanessa Nugent from Urunga Surf Lifesaving Club, Australian Lifeguard Services, council staff and representatives of the Bellinger Heads State Park Trust”

    For any further information, contact Bellingen Shire Council on 66557300.

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Apr
21
  • TALK, TEXT and TWEET – R U OK?

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    MINISTER for Mental Health Pru Goward and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall marked R U OK? Day and World Suicide Prevention Day today by calling on everyone in the local community to check in with their friends and loved ones.
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    Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians under the age of 44 and the statistics are even more disturbing in rural areas.

    “Suicide and attempted suicide are human tragedies that can affect anyone and prevention requires a whole of community response with early detection and treatment,” Mr Marshall said.

    “R U OK? is such a simple message, but such an important one – if more people asked this question it could make a real difference.

    “Whether you tweet, text or telephone, just start the conversation and let someone know that help is available and they are not alone.”

    Mr Marshall is encouraging the community to:

    · Ask someone if they are ok;

    · Listen to them without judgement;

    · Encourage them to seek help; and

    · Follow up to make sure they are receiving support.

    Lifeline offers vital crisis support and suicide prevention services to more than 2,000 callers every day across the country.

    The NSW Government has committed $10.5 million over four years to Lifeline Australia to help them in the important work of saving lives.

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