Have your say on NBN wireless roll-out

SAY ON WIRELESS: Maitland people will be invited to have their say on which suburbs should have access to the NBN wireless network.Maitland residents will have a say about where the federal ­government’s high-speed fixed wireless internet should be rolled out next.
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NBN Co has announced it will ask the public where it should install wireless NBN infrastructure in the Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Singleton and Dungog local government areas.

Public consultation will involve telephone surveys, letter box drops and plans for the infrastructure will go on exhibition through Maitland City Council.

While it is unknown which locations will benefit from the high-speed internet service, it is understood that NBN Co aims to have viable connections within 18 months.

NBN Co spokesman Tony Gibbs said the rollout was gathering momentum and would provide new social and economic opportunities to regional areas including the Hunter.

“Fast broadband helps give residents access to e-health services, distance education and entertainment on demand and we have seen examples of businesses demonstrating an increase in productivity, reduction of costs and access of new markets,” he said.

Council areas in the Snowy Mountains and southern inland regions have also been earmarked for public consultation.

The fixed wireless service is expected to be capable of download speeds up to 25 megabits a second.

An NBN Co statement said that its download speeds would not be affected by the number of people using a connection in a given area and would provide a consistent connection to nearby premises.

The wireless service would be another NBN presence in Maitland, with work to provide fibre-based internet in parts of East Maitland, Tenambit, Raworth and Morpeth.

Many residents across the Maitland region have been concerned about slow download speeds and a lack of ADSL and satellite internet service across the city.

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Getting funky with jazz

JESS Browne and Anna Walsh have made music together for years and the pair is excited to put on a show for their local community.
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Showtime: Jess Browne on flute and Anna Walsh with trumpet, both year 11, are looking forward to Red Hot Jazz evening. Picture: Louise Donges

The Red Cliffs Secondary College students are talented musicians and both will perform at the school’s Red Hot Jazz night on Friday.

The event, which is part of the Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, is now in its third year and has grown significantly since it began.

“Last year was quite an improvement because word got out and the number of people who turned out tripled,” Jess said.

Both girls expected more people to attend this year’s performance and they were doing their best to drive support.

“I am the current record holder in terms of tickets sold with 17,” Anna said.

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Coalition MP Sarah Henderson breaks chamber rules with ‘extra strong, extra hot’ takeaway coffee

In hand: MP Sarah Henderson speaks to colleagues…with a cup of coffee in hand. Photo: Andrew Meares The culprit: The offending coffee cup, hidden behind Christopher Pyne’s feet. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Admonished: Henderson departs with her takeaway flat white. Photo: Andrew Meares

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A Coalition MP was left sipping from the cup of remorse after she was caught handling a takeaway coffee in the House of Representatives.

As the Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson rushed into the chamber for a division on Wednesday, she forgot to leave her flat white behind.

As she held the cup, the former journalist and lawyer was unaware that she had contravened a rule clearly set out on page 159 of the sixth edition of the House of Representatives Practice.

“Refreshments (apart from water) may not be brought into, or consumed in, the Chamber,” it states.

Ms Henderson has the freedom to wear a tailored safari suit without a tie, to keep her hands in her pockets while she speaks and to discreetly read a newspaper – but a takeaway cup of coffee is a brew too far.

Labor MP Tony Burke quite frankly wasn’t going to let this erroneous breach slide.

He questioned Speaker Bronwyn Bishop about the rules regarding takeaway beverages and she in turn confirmed they were not allowed.

Lucky for Ms Henderson, her colleague Education Minister Christopher Pyne was available to conceal the cup behind his feet.

Ms Henderson said when the division was finished she was able to dash out and finish her “extra strong, extra hot” skim-milk coffee before returning for the next vote.

“There was a genuine oversight in entering the house with my coffee,” Ms Henderson said.

“I was very anxious to get in and vote on our red tape repeal today … I inadvertently carried my coffee in.”

Ms Henderson said she was at least glad her transgression had promoted the “very important small business” Aussies Cafe, which is inside Parliament House.

But perhaps the most infamous breach of the no food and drink rule, was when then Tasmanian MP Harry Quick brought apples into parliament in celebration of National Apple and Pear Day.

He placed a pink lady on the desk of each of his colleagues before Question Time, only to have them returned to his office by the Speaker. He then returned, with a single apple for himself.

“In defiance of what I specifically instructed, he chose to bring an apple into the chamber, and I have asked him, in a lenient act on the part of the Chair, to apologise. His failure to do so will leave me with no choice,” the perturbed speaker announced.

Mr Quick was suspended for 24 hours.

His non-compliance led to the introduction of a specific rule that: “a Member may not distribute apples to other Members in the Chamber”.

Other rules regarding the dress and conduct of members in the chamber include: “climbing over the seats is not fitting behaviour” and one who chooses to toss a piece of paper, must also retrieve it.

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Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and the Rumble in the Jungle 40 years on

Fight time … Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during the Rumble in the Jungle Fight time … Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during the Rumble in the Jungle
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Muhammad Ali with adoring fans in Zaire before the fight.

Fight time … Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during the Rumble in the Jungle

Fight time … Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during the Rumble in the Jungle

Back in the day, it was everything you ever wanted in a sporting event: the power and the passion, the agony and the ecstasy, the staggering saga with the twist in the tale and the staggering denouement.

See, it was 40 years ago today, that the boxing world reached its pinnacle of world interest, when the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” took place in Kinshasa, Zaire, in the early hours of the morning, perfectly suited for American prime time television, carried by new-fangled satellites to 100 countries around the world.

In the blue corner, the most beloved if controversial man on the planet, the one-time heavyweight champeen champion of all the world, famous and infamous alike – Muhammad Ali – who had become a Muslim, changed his name, and refused the Vietnam draft, only to be stripped of his titles and be sentenced to jail, then saved on appeal.

In the red corner, the incumbent World Champion, George Foreman, pretty much the hardest hitter that ever lived – legendary for his “anything punch,” because “anything I hits wit’ it, I breaks.” Joe Frazier could have told you about it, but after being knocked down a staggering six times in two rounds before the ref stopped the fight to make Foreman champion, he probably wouldn’t remember.

But Ali is not intimidated.

“George Foreman is nothing but a big mummy” he told the press before the fight. “I’ve officially named him ‘The Mummy.’ He moves like a slow mummy, and there ain’t no mummy gonna whup the great Muhammad Ali.”

Few experts give Muhammad a chance for all that, but the Zairean crowd is with him from the first, as the man who “floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee,” dances around the ring in the steamy night.

“Ali bomaye!” they roar again and again. “Ali, kill him!”

But from the second round on, it looks like it’s Muhammad that’s getting killed. For as the crowd groans, Ali leans back on the ropes, his forearms covering his head and much of his torso, as Foreman unleashes punch after punch . . . not realising that it is those very ropes that are taking much of the force. For in a deliberate tactic, as brilliant as it is innovative, Ali is doing “rope-a-dope,” inviting to Foreman to expend all his energy. To encourage him to keep going, Ali keeps taunting his opponent: “Didn’t hurt, George.” “Try again, George, I barely felt that one.” “Hit harder! Show me something, George,” and “That don’t hurt. I thought you were supposed to be bad.”

After seven rounds, both fighters are exhausted and retreat to their corners, but in a moment of inspiration, Ali jumps up and away from trainer Angelo Dundee, to stand on his stool and lead the crowd in the chant!

“Ali . . . bomaye! Ali . . . bomaye!”

Foreman looks up, and groans. Where is this man getting the energy from?

At the beginning of the 8th round, Ali comes out, and after the first few exhausted punches from Foreman, leans in close and says, “is that all you got, George? Is THAT all you got? You done now?”

“Yup,” Foreman told me he replied to Ali, “that’s pretty much it.”

And so it is. Ali unleashes.  After a flurry of blows right on Foreman’s noggin, finally, the denouement, as so evocatively described by the great American writer, Norman Mailer, in his book, The Fight. Tell ’em what happened then, Norm.

“Then a big projectile exactly the size of a fist in a glove drove into the middle of Foreman’s mind, the best punch of the startled night, the blow Ali saved for a career. Foreman’s arms flew out to the side like a man with a parachute jumping out of plane, and in this doubled-over position he tried to wander out the centre of the ring. All the while his eyes were on Ali and he looked up with no anger as if Ali, indeed, was the man he knew best in the world, would see him on his dying days. Vertigo took George Foreman and revolved him. Still bowing from the waist in this uncomprehending position, eyes on Muhammad Ali all the way, he started to tumble and topple and fall even as he did not wish to go down. His mind was held with magnets high as his championship and his body was seeking the ground.”

Foreman fell, and Ali won, a greater legend than ever before.

Forty years on, however, the true twist in the tail.

While Foreman, amazingly, seems all but untroubled by his long years in the ring, and remains as a preacher and flogger of barbecue grills, still one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever interviewed, Ali is the most tragic figure in world sport – a man the rest of us loved to near-death, as we so loved seeing him box, he kept going to the point of being a shambling wreck.

And yet no-one is a bigger fan than Foreman himself.

“Ali transcends boxing,” Foreman said last month. “Muhammad Ali has always been bigger than boxing. I say Ali was the greatest man because there has never been a man so young and so good at what he did, give up so much. I say boxing is too small for Muhammad Ali. He changes the very world. No other boxer could do that.”

True enough. One of the strangest and saddest sagas in sport.

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Young Jets defy age gap to make Asian qualifiers

BRIGHT FUTURES: Young Matildas Hannah Southwell, left, and Kobie Ferguson at Adamstown Oval on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNEWCASTLE Jets women’s coach Peter McGuinness believes teenagers Hannah Southwell and Kobie Ferguson will not be just making up the numbers when they travel to Vietnam with the Young Matildas next week.
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The 15-year-old Jets W-League players were named on Wednesday in Australia’s squad of 23 for the Asian Football Confederation under-19 championship qualifiers in Hanoi between November 5 and 9.

Having already represented Australia’s Mini Matildas at the AFC under-16 women’s championship qualifiers in Malaysia last month, Southwell and Ferguson spent last week in a training camp in Canberra as part of a 26-player Young Matildas squad.

That group was trimmed to 23 for the AFC qualifiers against Hong Kong on Wednesday, Singapore on November 7 and host nation Vietnam on November 9.

‘‘For a couple of 15-year-olds making it into the under-19 national side, it’s a great achievement for them, and I would envisage that both of them will get game time,’’ McGuinness said.

Young Matildas coach Ante Juric included Southwell and Ferguson alongside Mini Matildas teammates Ellie Carpenter, Alex Chidiac and Princess Ibini-Isei.

‘‘We’ve had a number of high-quality training camps in Canberra recently, with the majority of players currently involved in the Westfield W-League,’’ Juric said.

‘‘In addition, I have included a number of the mini-Matildas who recently performed well at the AFC under-16 championship qualifiers in Malaysia.

‘‘We are all looking forward to the challenge of the upcoming three matches with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the AFC under-19 women’s championship next year,’’ Juric said.

‘‘I am very confident that this group of players have the necessary qualities to be successful.’’

Southwell made her senior debut in Newcastle’s 5-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at Marconi Stadium on October 19 as the youngest goalkeeper in W-League history.

She was listed to back up against Brisbane Roar at Magic Park last Saturday but was ruled out in the warm-up due to tight hip flexors and fatigue after last week’s Young Matildas camp.

A central midfielder, Ferguson is yet to play a W-League game, but McGuinness has been impressed with her performance and attitude at training against more experienced players.

‘‘Kobie has got very good feet, a very good passing range and understands the game quite well, and she’ll fit in quite nicely,’’ he said.

‘‘She trains with our group and is doing quite well in and around and against some of the more seasoned players.

‘‘She’s a train-on player, so she’s not registered, but she can be called on if required.’’

The top team from the qualifiers in Hanoi advance to next year’s AFC under-19 women’s championship in Nanjing, China, from August 19 to 30.

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NHRU: Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union boss Phil Payne stands down

BREAK: Phil Payne.NEWCASTLE and Hunter Rugby Union will start next season with a new president and general manager after Phil Payne’s decision not to seek re-election.
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Payne told the board this week that he was standing down as president after 14 years at the helm.

The former Hamilton second-rower will also relinquish his position on the NSW Country Rugby Union board.

Payne’s decision follows the sudden resignation of general manager Shelley Youman in September after less than five months in the job.

Her predecessor, Fenton Coull, who retired in April, has been acting in a caretaker role.

The board will advertise the position, which is primarily an administration role, from this weekend.

Payne was one of four board members up for election.

Board members serve two-year terms with half the board up for election each year.

Greg Sellers, Ray Warry and John Tate are expected to stand again.

Nominations for the board, including president, close on Friday. Club delegates will vote on the board positions at the annual general meeting at No.2 Sportsground on November 24.

Payne was elected as president in 2000 after serving as vice-president of the Newcastle Wildfires before their axing from the Sydney competition.

‘‘I have had 14 years in the job and I think it is time to hand over to someone else,’’ Payne said.

‘‘Adding to the decision is that fact I am travelling overseas for three months from January. You can’t be president and be away for a quarter of the season at an important time of the year.

‘‘I have offered to assist in any way.

‘‘At the moment I am acting GM because Fenton is away.

‘‘In terms of the board I will be taking a total break. Same with Country.’’

Payne was ‘‘proud’’ of the growth and improved financial position of the union under his charge.

‘‘We have achieved an enormous amount of things,’’ he said. ‘‘The first Test match in Newcastle, the redevelopment of No.2, the British and Irish Lions visit, six straight Country championships, we have an increase in sponsorship, the introduction of a full-time general manager … all those sorts of things are the positives which I am proud of.’’

The low point of Payne’s term was the board’s four-year battle with Easts over their relegation from Premier Rugby in 2009, eventually resolved in 2013 through court-ordered mediation.

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Three new directors walk onto Real NRL board

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NO ballot was required for the Newcastle Rugby League board on Tuesday night after only three nominations were received for the 10-person committee.

Former Cessnock president Kane Bradley, ex-Lakes United president Jason Allen and Newcastle league life member Brad Morgan nominated for the board to join existing directors Trevor Crow, Mal Graham, Anthony Rodwell, Mark Singleton, John Crooks, Mark Hanlon and Charlie Haggett.

Former general manager John Fahey considered nominating for the board but opted out due to work commitments.

Three vacancies were created by the loss of vice-chairman Steve Doran, Doug Gall and Matt Harris.

There has been a casual vacancy since Harris stood down late last year to apply for the chief executive’s position, which he was appointed to.

Asked if he was disappointed to receive the minimum three nominations for the board, Harris said: ‘‘There’s a couple of different ways to look at it. I’ve been very happy with the current board and they’ve obviously embraced the need to move forward and make some change.

‘‘I would have been disappointed if there had been too many changes, obviously, because there was one vacant position and we had another two guys who were not standing again.

‘‘There was always going to be potentially three new faces on the board, which I think is a good number.

‘‘The three guys that will join the board have plenty to bring.’’

The new board of directors will be officially appointed at the annual general meeting on November 18.

Bradley won a premiership with the Goannas in 2003 and later captained the club and served as president.

Allen was a two-try hero in Lakes’ 2006 premiership victory over Nelson Bay and also later became club president.

The centre or fullback earlier played with Western Suburbs and in the lower grades at the Knights.

Morgan has had more than 40 years of involvement in Newcastle Rugby League as a player, coach and junior administrator.

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Darius Boyd deal crucial to Knights’ new crew

GOODNIGHT: Darius Boyd won’t be in Knights livery much longer. DARIUS Boyd is expected to be an ex-Newcastle Knight before the end of the week, sparing him from joining them at pre-season training on Monday and freeing him to link with Brisbane.
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Knights chief executive Matt Gidley was reluctant to comment yesterday, other than to confirm there have been further negotiations with Boyd’s management and he was hopeful of a resolution ‘‘within coming days’’.

Asked whether Boyd would be required at training on Monday if no release had been granted, Gidley replied: ‘‘We’re working through that.’’

The Test and Queensland representative has appeared certain to part company with Newcastle since a much-reported dispute over a $200,000 shortfall in his salary, widely attributed to a defunct third-party sponsorship.

He has one more year to run on his deal with the Knights but has a contractual option in his favour that entitles him to a release.

After the return of his long-time mentor Wayne Bennett to Brisbane, it has been seemingly inevitable that Boyd would follow him, but his management have been at loggerheads with the Knights for the past two months, seeking a parting payout.

Reaching a settlement with Boyd is crucial for Newcastle because their hopes of retaining and signing other players hinge on the cash his departure would free up.

Experienced Knights forwards Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo remain out of contract and in limbo.

Fa’alogo is on duty with the Samoan side at the Four Nations tournament but Houston’s appearance at training on Monday is likely to depend on whether he has re-signed.

The Knights are also poised to announce the signing of young prop Jack Stockwell from St George Illawarra.

Newcastle’s pre-season preparations will be overseen by English sports science expert Colin Sanctuary, who for the past two years has headed the club’s junior high-performance unit.

Sanctuary will replace Jeremy Hickmans, who has followed Bennett back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Bennett has continued his cleanout at the Broncos with front-rowers Martin Kennedy and David Hala released from their existing contracts.

The Broncos announced on Wednesday that Kennedy, who arrived at Red Hill 12 months ago as a big-money recruit, and bench weapon Hala were permitted to seek out new deals with rival clubs.

Kennedy is reportedly eyeing a return to the Sydney Roosters, and is also in English Super League sights, while the Gold Coast Titans are interested in signing Hala.

‘‘Both Martin Kennedy and Dave Hala have been given permission to explore other options through a mutually-agreed release requested by their respective managements,’’ the Broncos said.

The news, which further depletes the Broncos already-thin forward stocks, comes as Brisbane prepare to start their 2015 pre-season training under Bennett next week.

Brisbane have lost representative prop Ben Hannant to North Queensland, while fullbacks Josh Hoffman and Ben Barba may also move on to make room for Boyd.

The Broncos have added former Melbourne Storm player Mitch Garbutt and ex-Wests Tiger James Gavet to their forwards with least another signing expected to beef up the pack. – with AAP

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START OFSOMETHING SPECIAL

A FORMER Mount Isa BMX star is making a name for himself as one of the strongest young riders in the country.
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Colton Blyth, who now rides for the Maryborough BMX Club, travelled to New Zealand at the weekend to represent Australia in the under 7s class.

After two solid days on the track, Colton finished fifth in the semi-finals, meaning he didn’t make the final but still achieved a strong overall rank of 17th out of 36 riders.

His grandfather and Mount Isa resident Jim Polkinghorne couldn’t be prouder of the achievements six-year-old Colton has already recorded.

“I’m proud as punch of the young fella, and despite him being young, the family has high hopes for him,” Polkinghorne said.

“For a kid that young, he is very determined to succeed and knows what he has to do achieve his goals.”

Colton’s family moved to the coast in recent years to allow the sprocket rider a greater chance to improve his skills, by consistently riding against stronger competition.

The move allowed Colton to compete at September’s state titles in Brisbane, where he claimed a fourth, second and first after crashing on his first two runs, as well as competing in events at Gympie, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

It is because of these strong results that Colton is now ranked in the top sprocket riders in south-east Queensland.

“Colton has come a long way since he first started the sport with Tory Midgley, who was the president of the Mount Isa BMX Club back then,” Polkinghorne said. “None of this would have been possible without his encouragement and coaching.”

Colton has been so dominant in his own age group, that he has been competing in the under-8s division.

“Colton’s current coaches have very high hopes for him and think this New Zealand trip is only the start of something special,” Polkinghorne said.

“If he continues to work hard, there is no reason why he can’t go all the way to the top.”

SPEEDSTER: Colton Blyth is turning heads in the BMX world.

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The best pitch wins at Innovation Campus

Social Status CEO Tim Hill and CTO Robert O’Farrell at the iAccelerate Pitch and Demo Day at the Innovation Campus. Picture: ROBERT PEETTwenty-somethingCEOs took the floor at the Innovation Campus on Wednesday as potential investors came to seek out the next big thing in start-up land.
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Among the new ideas being pitched were an F1 motorsport game for mobile phones and Social Status, an app that compares the extent to which audiences engage with social media posts.

The app takes publicly available data from Facebook and other sources and aggregates it, so subscribers can easily compare how posts in social media are performing in terms of clicks, comments and shares.

The brainchild of 29-year-old ad agency alumni Tim Hill, it was intended for the marketing world.

“[Market researcher] Neilsen recently released statistics showing some markets are spending more on digital than TV advertising,” said Mr Hill, Social Status’ CEO.

“With all those ad dollars moving to social media, this kind of analytics tool can help businesses to really see the value.

Mr Hill’s pitch, at UOW’s iAccelerate Pitch and Demo Day, was aimed more at attracting skilled staff than dollars. Chief technical officer Robert O’Farrell is to date Social Status’ only other employee.

“[The pitch] is to help us move faster,” Mr Hill said. “In this space of social media there’s so much competition, there’s change all the time. If we could double our workforce . . . it would help us gain traction.”

The pitch event is the third run by iAccelerate, UOW’s business incubator and accelerator.

It drew potential investors from Artesian Capital Management, Tank Stream Ventures, M H Carnegie, OneVentures, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, KPMG, plus angel investors.

Seven entrepreneurs were chosen to present after a long process of whittling down the best ideas to come out of the incubator.

UOW Innovation Development senior manager Melissa Ryan said speaking spots were valued by new entrepreneurs.

“More than anything it’s about connections,” she said.

“Connections they would be unable to make on their own, or take months or years, are formed very quickly in this room.”

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Tiny potoroo bounces back in Booderee

Forestry Corporations senior field ecologist Peter Kambouris with a long-nosed potoroo.After a lengthy absence, the tiny long-nosed potoroo returned to Jervis Bay’s Booderee National Park this week.
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Fifteen potoroos were reintroduced into the park on Tuesday night, and a further eight were to be released on Wednesday night.

Parks Australia has been planning the reintroduction of potoroos to the area for 10 years, and worked with the Forestry Corporation of NSW on the project.

The potoroos were captured from state forests near Eden and were checked and released into Booderee on the same day to minimise any stress on the animals.

“After all the gloomy stories about the extinction of small mammals, we’re proud to be reversing the trend for this species.”

Parks Australia senior project officer Dr Nick Dexter said the release of the native species was made possible by Booderee’s extensive fox control program.

“After all the gloomy stories about the extinction of small mammals, we’re proud to be reversing the trend for this species,” Dr Dexter said.

“Small mammals are vulnerable to predators like the introduced red fox. Our intensive fox control program over the past 10 years has paid off ,” he said.

Over the next three years, up to 36 long-nosed potoroos will be reintroduced into Booderee National Park.

It is unclear when the long-nosed potoroo disappeared from the Jervis Bay region, although it is known they were present in the area for thousands of years before the introduction of foxes because of their abundant presence in Aboriginal middens dating back to historic times.

The potoroo is a member of the kangaroo family.

Adult long-nosed potoroos weigh up to 1.6kg.

Their fur is greyish brown on their backs and light brown on the belly.

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Moyne councillor Jim Doukas critical of Macarthur wind farm report

A large gallery of wind farm critics cheered on Jim Doukas when he criticised the Moyne Shire Council’s response to complaints about noise issues relating to the giant Macarthur wind farm.A DEFIANT Moyne Shire councillor angered his fellow councillors but delighted the wind farm critics during a heated exchange in the council chambers this week.
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A large gallery of wind farm critics cheered on Jim Doukas when he criticised the council’s response to complaints about noise issues relating to the giant Macarthur wind farm.

Cr Doukas was the only councillor to oppose the passing of a report approving the council’s handling of the complaints.

Cr Doukas claimed the report was biased and weak and brought into question the council’s relationship with wind farm owner AGL.

“The report is so light on information and facts it seems like it is bias. Is AGL doing something for us we don’t know about, because it looks that way.”

This comment brought an indignant response from mayor James Purcell.

“I may have misheard your representation, it appeared you were insinuating that this council, the integrity of councillors, was at risk here,” Cr Purcell said.

“This council has the highest integrity of any council any where in the world,” the mayor said.

Cr Doukas denied he had questioned the integrity of his fellow councillors but remained strong in his attack of the report.

He said council should do the right thing by the community and revisit this issue by conducting another investigation to come up with an “unbiased” outcome.

“It is not treating the people being affected fairly and not treating the other residents of the Moyne Shire fairly, because it’s the rate money we are going to have to spend when it goes to court.

“It’s all very well for us to sit here and act tough because we have ratepayers’ money, but if we had to defend ourselves with our own money maybe we’d have a different outlook.”

Earlier in the meeting Macarthur resident Jan Hetherington addressed the councillors, warning them of dire consequences should they approve the report.

“It is the opinion of the residents you may put yourselves in a position where you may be held accountable under the Australian Criminal Act,” Ms Hetherington said.

“Of which you have been made fully aware and in which case you most probably will not be covered by Moyne Shire’s insurance policies.”

She labelled information from the council’s solicitors that noise from the wind farm is not substantial and unreasonable as “utter rubbish” and said council should be ashamed of itself if it accepts such a poorly presented report.

“Should you approve of this report and its totally wrong conclusion you, through your continual ignorance and seeming willingness to hide and ignore all the evidence of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, will be knowingly allowing ongoing torture in the form of sleep deprivation.”

Cr Ralph Leutton caused a stir in his address supporting the report when he put forward his own scenario to Cr Doukas’ suggestion that wind farms should be turned off at night time.

He asked Moyne CEO David Madden if he could turn off the waves crashing on the beach in Port Fairy at night if that noise was causing a lack of sleep for residents.

A member of the gallery injected loudly that she had not chosen to live next to wind farms and that councillors had no idea of what residents are going through.

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Man, son injured as car hits tree near Tyrendarra

A man was airlifted to The Alfred while his 0son was also injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment.A MAN was yesterday airlifted to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne with head and internal injuries after his vehicle ran off the Princes Highway west of Tyrendarra and hit a tree.
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Leading Senior Constable Andrew Payne of Portland police said the man’s son was also injured in the crash and was taken to hospital for treatment.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the man, who was aged in his forties, suffered facial, arm and neck injuries and was in a serious but stable condition.

The spokesman said the school-aged child suffered cuts and abrasions and was taken to Portland hospital in a stable condition.

Leading Senior Constable Payne said the father was believed to be from the south-west.

He said no other vehicle was involved in the accident and police were investigating whether the father suffered a medical condition before the crash.

The accident happened as the man was travelling east between the Tyrendarra-Ettrick and Mount Clay roads shortly before 2.30pm yesterday.

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