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Older citizens stand up and be counted

We have a Motoring Enthusiast’s Party in the Senate for those who like cars; we have incompetents like Jaqui Lambie taking up a seat; and we have a host of other fringe groups seeking seats so they can advocate sex and cannabis and God knows what else.
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With millions of people now in the upper-age bracket, who are regularly relegated by governments to a status of uselessness, if not abject liability as far as society is concerned, why, oh why has a party not arisen to represent older citizens in the Senate and use the balance of power to protect older citizens?

With so many potential voters, it is the best and easiest way to influence government policy and cease this campaign of denigration that has been used to justify driving older folk into poverty.

Surely the marginalisation and impoverishment of those who have carried the burden of developing the society we now enjoy, is a little more important than cars.

When will we stand up and be counted?

Howard Smith

Tamworth

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Illawarra Opal card retailers few and far

The NSW government has declined to commit to placing Opal card machines on hub stations such as Thirroul and Helensburgh.
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On Monday, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian officially launched the 1000 new Opal retail outlets announced last week.

The Illawarra appears to have received just one of those 1000 – at the University of Wollongong Unicentre.

In Monday’s announcement, Mrs Berejiklian also mentioned cards would be sold via machines on station platforms as part of the rollout.

The Illawarra is sadly lacking card retailers – from Helensburgh to Kiama there are just 17.

Most of them are in Wollongong; Shellharbour has just two and Kiama one.

The most curious omissions are at Helensburgh and Thirroul, which feature as hub stations in the new timetable – stations where commuters can catch faster services to Sydney.

Despite funnelling more commuters to these stations, to date there are no Opal retailers nearby.

At Helensburgh, it’s 2.6 kilometres from the station, while the closest to Thirroul is actually two suburbs away in Woonona.

A Transport for NSW spokesman could not confirm whether either station would be prioritised for the machines.

The spokesman also said the machines would not sell Opal cards but rather just enable commuters to add money to it.

“Top-up machines will be available later in the rollout and the final locations and number of machines across the network is yet to be finalised,” he said.

He also said the government was working with Woolworths to sell the cards at their stores and petrol stations.

Meanwhile, the jobs of ticket sellers on the South Coast line appear to be safe, according to the NSW Rail Tram and Bus Union.

A union spokeswoman said 97 ticket seller positions have gone on the Sydney network in the wake of the Opal rollout, with another 60 expected to disappear soon.

However, she said the union understood it was only ticket seller jobs on the Sydney network that had been “earmarked” and Illawarra stations won’t be affected at this stage.

A NSW TrainLink spokeswoman confirmed this, saying there are no plans to reassign current customer service station staff.

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Kickstart in Corrimal aims to put mall in shade

Paul Boultwood and Annelies Voorthuis walk the talk. Picture: KIRK GILMOURBusinesses in Corrimal have a battle on their hands trying to draw attention away from the Wollongong CBD.
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Corrimal Chamber of Commerce president Paul Boultwood said the suburb had great businesses but so often focus seemed to be on the mall, including the new GPT development.

“We’ve got to deal with the mall – everything’s always in Wollongong,” Mr Boultwood said.

“Corrimal has been left to its own devices for the last 15-20 years. We’re not waiting for council any more. We’ve been waiting 20-odd years for the council to do something for the northern suburbs, we’re not waiting any more, we’re doing it ourselves.”

What that means is Energise Corrimal Week, where small businesses can receive a share of $15,000 worth of advice, mentoring and training from Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) through the NSW government’s Small Biz Connect program.

ETC will occupy a shopfront in Corrimal Park Mall where businesses can get more information on the range of workshops and services available.

Annelies Voorthuis, Illawarra co-ordinator for ETC, said the idea behind the week was to help small business get a little bit bigger by improving their performance, profitability and productivity. ” During Energise Corrimal Week, our team of experienced business consultants will be delivering workshops, offering free business health checks and raising awareness generally about the business support services available to small businesses in the Illawarra,” she said.

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After 166 AFL games, Brent Moloney wants to be remembered as an honest, loyal playerVideo

Brent Moloney considers his attacking options in an AFL pre-season cup game with Brisbane. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
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BRENT Moloney is not ruling out a return to his home club South Warrnambool after yesterday announcing his AFL retirement.

The 30-year-old will come home to see family and friends in Warrnambool today where he considers the next phase in his life.

Top of the discussion list will be whether he is interested in South Warrnambool’s soon-to-be vacant coaching job.

“I’ve had a chat to them,” Moloney said.

“I will have to work out a few things, whether it’s the right thing for me now.

“I will never say never to anything, I’ll wait and see what happens and weigh it up.”

What should dominate Moloney’s chats with family and friends is his decorated career at the highest level that stretched 166 games with three clubs over 12 seasons.

The uncompromising midfielder will be remembered for his bullocking work at stoppages and bullet-like kicking that helped him finish with 46 goals.

Moloney’s influence on matches was sometimes underrated because his tireless work in close at clearances went largely unnoticed, not that it bothered him.

“I don’t look at what people say about you and what they write. You are who you are. I wasn’t one to try and be in the media, I just wanted to focus on what I had to do.”

Like his South Warrnambool teammate Jonathan Brown, who also retired from the Lions this season, Moloney has always been keen to promote his home town and support the club where his career started.

“You have to remember where you have come from,” Moloney said.

“I hope I’ve done the South Warrnambool club proud. I have had great support from people in Warrnambool my whole career.”

Moloney had almost given up hope of an AFL career after shoulder injuries cruelled his 2002 season with TAC Cup side Geelong Falcons. But he got a surprise invitation to a state draft camp and then with pick four in the 2003 pre-season draft, Geelong gave him the opportunity he had craved as a schoolboy.

He played 23 matches with the Cats, including the only three finals games of his career, before being famously traded by Geelong to Melbourne in a deal that enabled Richmond big man Brad Otten’s move to Kardinia Park.

The deal was a win/win. Moloney joined the club he barracked for as a boy in 2005 and the Cats got the ruckman/forward they felt they needed to win a premiership.

Moloney played 122 games with the Demons, won the club’s 2011 best and fairest award, was runner-up in 2009 and was elevated to vice-captain.

But he became the AFL’s first free agent in 2012 and joined Brisbane last year, where he brought up his 150th senior AFL game. He was part of the Lions’ 2013 pre-season cup victory.

Moloney said he had fond memories of all three clubs.

“You play to win. The big games and the finals, they are the memories.

“The things I will miss most are running up the race with 21 of your best mates and that feeling of the unknown, that’s a feeling you can’t describe to people.

“And after the game, singing the song together.

“If you ask how I want to be remembered, I would say as an honest bloke and good teammate. I always put my teammates before myself and played my heart out.”

Moloney had no intentions of 2014 being his final year in the AFL. He had contemplated seeking a return to Melbourne at season’s end, but an Achilles injury changed his plans.

“In the end the body made the decision for me,” he said.

The injury restricted him in the pre-season. After 16 matches with the Lions in 2013, he managed just five this season.

“My form dropped off because of it and I found myself retiring prematurely but you can’t do anything about it. That’s footy.”

Moloney said he had reached the decision a week ago.

“It’s not a rash decision, it is something I have been thinking about for a while. Last Monday I was on the bike doing a bike session and about 20 minutes in I just had to jump off and go and tell the club I was retiring. It just sort of hit me.

“They said ‘have a think about it’. They said they were keen for me to get fit and have a farewell game but I tried to run last Thursday and I couldn’t. The body needs a big rest and in-season you don’t get time to rest. The Achilles was my Achilles heel.”

Moloney is keen to pursue a coaching career.

“I love seeing kids develop and turn into men and see them day-in, day-out and improve. I love working with people, I run a mentor program up here and I love coaching.”

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Talks on options for bus stops

FOUR proposed options to move Launceston’s central business district bus stops will be up for discussion tomorrow.
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The Launceston City Council will hold a “pop-up” community consultation at 74-82 St John Street, from 1-5pm, to gauge the thoughts of bus commuters.

The consultation comes after a request by city businesses seeking the relocation of some stops.

Seven options were initially canvassed against a set criteria and four options are now being considered.

They include:

● Keep the current location but update the bus stops.

● Stay in St John Street between York and Paterson streets, but St John Street would become one-way with improved bus stops further away from businesses.

● Move the St John Street bus stop from opposite the Quadrant to outside the church between Paterson and Cameron streets.

● Paterson Street between Charles and St John streets would become two-way with bus stops on both sides of the street.

Council acting general manager Rod Sweetnam said the pop-up community consultation was a good opportunity for people to talk to council staff about the proposal.

He said the council had established a project team to look at moving the bus stops, made up of the State Growth Department, Metro, Cityprom and the Tasmanian Bus Association.

“Over a period of some months we have overseen a study into the CBD bus interchange, and this study has resulted in several potential options,” he said.

“The idea of moving the bus interchanges has also been a part of the City Heart consultation sessions, and we’ll be collating all the feedback on both these initiatives in coming weeks.”

In June, then Metro chief executive Heather Haselgrove said the company opposed such a move and warned it would be detrimental to commuters and may actually hurt businesses.

She said there was a need for broad consultation to hear the needs of everyone.

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WA stance on GST carve-up ‘arrogant’

OPPOSITION finance spokesman Scott Bacon says claims Western Australia is being “scandalously” deprived of GST revenues are an “extraordinary display of arrogance”.
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West Australian Liberal Senator David Johnston and Premier Colin Barnett are the latest to lament the handling of revenues from the federal tax, following similar calls from WA Treasurer Mike Nahan last week.

The three have voiced their outrage that Western Australia parts with billions of dollars in GST revenues raised in their state each year, with a large chunk ending up in Tasmania.

The WA government wants the GST distribution formula changed to a straight population share, which would cost Tasmania about $700 million a year.

The trio’s complaints have been rebuked by their Tasmanian Liberal colleagues, who vowed to fight any changes to the carve-up.

Mr Bacon said yesterday Labor was also opposed to any changes to the formula.

He said the West Australian politicians failed to recognise while the mining boom had benefited their state enormously, it had significantly disadvantaged states with less mining activity.

“The mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs and created a two-speed economy,” Mr Bacon said.

“The surging Australian dollar has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed states such as Tasmania and reduced our competitiveness.”

Mr Bacon said Tasmanian primary producers, manufacturers and tourism operators were among those hardest hit by the soaring dollar.

He said wealth generated by natural resources in Western Australia belonged to all Australians, not just those living in the state.

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Caring for calves fun and educational for students

CAREER MOOOVES: Ulverstone High School students prepare to feed their calves. Picture: Grant Wells.FOUR calves on loan to Ulverstone High School are helping year seven students to learn in a hands-on way.
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DairyTas and several private enterprises are funding the Cows Create Careers – Farm Module at 10 North-West Coast schools.

Students were learning valuable skills, while enjoying themselves, Ulverstone High School grade seven coordinator Wade Symmons said.

“The kids are responsible for looking after them, AM and PM,” he said.

“It’s like looking after a baby. It’s a big responsibility.”

Grade seven student, Derrick Murfet, said caring for the animals was fun.

“They can get a bit playful,” Derrick said.

“I reckon it’s a fun, enjoyable thing.”

The program has paid for the calves, their food and other expenses.

The school would not have the resources to get the calves in without the funding, Mr Symmons said.

The program started in 2004 in Victoria, but is now available in 180 schools nation-wide.

Dairy Australia’s Industry capability program manager, Tracy Lloyd, said the program built awareness of dairy industry careers.

“By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry,” Ms Lloyd said.

As part of the module, students make dairy industry-related videos.

A grand presentation will recognise volunteers, students and teachers at Burnie on October 30.

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Minister urges public to heed rail message

Infrastructure minister Rene Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.INFRASTRACTURE Minister Rene Hidding has urged Tasmanians to heed the messages of National Rail Safety Week and take extra care at level crossings.
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“Over the last two financial years, TasRail recorded more than 200 near misses at level crossings, a breathtaking figure by any standards,” Mr Hidding said.

Mr Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.

“All too often train drivers witness dangerous or risky behaviour that puts the lives of many Tasmanians at risk.

“Every time a motorist or pedestrian decides to risk crossing the tracks in front of an oncoming train, there is a train driver fearing the worst.

“And when this unnecessary and illegal risk-taking results in inevitable serious injury or even death, train drivers are understandably left scarred by the experience.”

Mr Hidding said the state government wholeheartedly supported TasRail’s push to improve rail safety.

“The message to all road users is clear: when you approach a level crossing and a train is anywhere in the area, stop immediately,” he said.

“You might lose a minute but you will save your life, and you will certainly save a train driver a great deal of worry.”

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Near misses by pedestrians on railway lines: video

A man narrowly avoids being struck by a speeding train at Warnervale. Pic: TrainLink NSWNEWCASTLE is the proud owner of regional NSW’s most dangerous rail crossing, according to state transit figures.
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NSW TrainLink reveals that Hamilton station had eight recorded crossing trespasses last financial year, making it the worst rail crossing in the state outside of Sydney.

Last year the Hunter and Central Coast boasted three of the worst five crossings in the state, with Wickham and Woy Woy also at the top. Each recorded five incidents, the majority caused by pedestrians not following the safety signals.

WATCH three of the worst near-misses below:

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoNSW TrainLink chief executive Rob Mason said the consequences of rail trespass ‘‘can be deadly’’.

“It takes up to 570metres for a passenger train travelling at 100kilometres an hour to stop – that’s the length of more than three football fields. A train cannot simply swerve to miss a pedestrian on a level crossing,’’ he said.

In 2010 the Beaumont Street crossing was named the third worst in the state, and little has changed.

In 2007 the state government spent $18.5million on Newcastle crossings, which it said reduced waiting times.

Motorists caught disobeying signals at a level crossing will receive three demerit points and a $405 fine.

The figures were released as part of rail safety week, which brings together rail operators from Australia and New Zealand to raise awareness about rail safety for one week every year.

“We are urging pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to take care and remain alert when approaching level crossings,’’ Mr Mason said.

Warrnambool junior footballers aim for state school titles

St Joseph’s Primary School boys are aiming for back-to-back School Sport Victoria titles. Their next step is quarter-finals.SCHOOL footballers from across Warrnambool will attempt to keep their state title hopes alive in Ballarat this week.
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The coastal city will be represented at primary, year 7, year 8 and intermediate levels at the School Sport Victoria quarter-finals.

The fixtures start with Warrnambool College taking on Maribyrnong Sports Academy at year 7 boys’ level today.

St Joseph’s Primary School will carry the flag in the primary mixed and primary girls’ matches tomorrow.

The Joeys meet Clairvaux Catholic in the mixed clash, the latest step in their bid to claim back-to-back state crowns.

The girls take on Ballarat Grammar and should they win, Christian College Geelong. Fielding a girls’ side is a first for the school.

Emmanuel College’s year 8 boys and intermediate boys are also in action tomorrow.

The year 8s take on Essendon Keilor College while the intermediate boys play Maribyrnong Sports Academy.

St Joseph’s PS sports co-ordinator Mark Gercovich said the mixed side booked its spot by winning at greater western region level on Friday.

The school defeated Ararat West PS, Pleasant Street PS and St Francis Xavier PS.

“They’re a good team. They’re quite capable of matching it with last year’s team (which won the state title),” he said.

“I know we’ve got a couple of injuries and absentees which might not help but I’m sure they’ll give a good account of themselves.”

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Craig answers call of the pipes

WHEN commercial lawyer Craig Doherty was considering moving from Hobart last year, one of the big factors that influenced his decision to practise in Warrnambool was it’s plethora of piped organs.
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Warrnambool Organ Festival chairman, and pipe organ enthusiast, Craig Doherty in St John’s Presbyterian Church, one of the venues to be used. 140808RG18 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Apart from his legal work, Mr Doherty was also director of music and organist at the Hobart’s St David’s Anglican Cathedral and regularly gave its large three-bay organ a robust workout.

Mr Doherty, 45, has been a church organist since he was a teenager and said he was drawn to the pipe organ by its power, grandeur and variety of sounds.

Mr Doherty will show his talent with the instrument when he performs with other local organists and international performer and tutor Brendon Lukin of Geelong as part of Warrnambool’s inaugural organ festival in October.

The festival will highlight not only the growing local interest in the pipe organ but showcase the different instruments Warrnambool has, with concerts in St Joseph’s, St John’s and Christ Church.

Mr Doherty will be among those to play at St John’s on the night of Friday, October 17, and at an afternoon concert at Christ Church on Saturday, October 18.

He said the Christ Church organ lent itself to baroque and classical music and the concert there would will include a piece by Mozart for both organ and strings and work by Johann Sebastian Bach, a favourite of Mr Doherty’s.

A concert at St Joseph’s with its mighty organ on the evening of Saturday, October 18, will round out the festival.

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Boy, 10, describes teacher’s “weird” touching

Crown prosecutor Patrick Bourke yesterday recounted evidence by the complainant during final addresses in the trial of Hamilton mother-of-eight Diane Marie Brimble, 47.A 10-year-old boy has described physical contact with a female teacher accused of committing indecent acts with a child under 16 as “weird”.
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Crown prosecutor Patrick Bourke yesterday recounted evidence by the complainant — given in a closed court — during final addresses in the trial of Hamilton mother-of-eight Diane Marie Brimble, 47.

Ms Brimble has pleaded not guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to six charges, including five counts of committing an indecent act with a child aged under 16 years and one count of using a telecommunications device to groom a child.

Mr Bourke went through each of the charges and claimed Ms Brimble told the boy she loved him, called him her boyfriend, said she wanted to sleep with the boy and have sex with him, offered him vodka, showed him a suitcase which contained sex toys and exposed her breast to him.

He said the boy claimed Ms Brimble changed her behaviour towards him and he didn’t like her as much because she was saying “weird things”.

The prosecutor said the boy had withstood cross-examination and was adamant he was telling the truth and Ms Brimble was lying.

Mr Bourke said there was other evidence indicated that Ms Brimble had feelings or an infatuation for the boy.

The evidence included a tattoo Ms Brimble had designed and got which said “Love for …”, the boy’s name with an infinity symbol. She also wrote letters, poetry and sent other messages to him.

The prosecutor said Ms Brimble had a framed photograph of the boy on her bedside table, his image was her mobile phone screen saver, there were three photos of the boy in her wallet, more than 20 photos of him on her mobile phone and she had a photo of the boy in a locket.

Mr Bourke said Ms Brimble told police she wore a pipe cleaner ring given to her by the boy and that she took it off but decided to put it back on because she couldn’t leave it off. The prosecutor said all that evidence, including the tattoo, was “pretty extreme stuff” and when the boy moved schools Ms Brimble tried to enrol her own children there.

Barrister Jennifer Clark said Ms Brimble denied doing anything indecent or sexual and explained her client had taken on a mothering role to assist the boy when he was upset by his family’s issues.

Ms Clark will continue her closing address today before Judge Mark Taft gives his charge and the jury retires to consider a verdict.

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Talented Koroit teen Jarrod Korewha chosen for AFL Academy

The future looks brighter for young Koroit footballer Jarrod Korewha, who has been chosen to join the AFL Academy. The 16-year-old earned his chance to be fast tracked as a potential AFL player with an encouraging performance at the national under 16 championships. JARROD Korewha’s hopes of becoming an AFL player are about to be turbocharged.
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The Koroit teenager is one of 25 juniors chosen in the AFL Academy, a program which grooms youngsters for careers at the highest level.

Jarrod, who represented Victoria Country at the national under 16 championships earlier this year, was lost for words when North Ballarat Rebels talent manager Phil Partington called.

“Parto rang me after school and said to me ‘I’ve got some news that will change your life’,” he said.

“I was thinking hopefully it’s something pretty good … it turned out to be pretty good.

“It still hasn’t kicked in that I’m in it. It won’t until we get right into it. I’m pretty honoured.”

Jarrod finds out more about the academy in Melbourne tomorrow. He knows those lucky enough to be included in it have an increased chance of being drafted.

“My whole life, since I was eight, all I have wanted to do is play AFL,” he said.

“Since then I’ve tried to dedicate my life to trying to get there and do what I can to get there. This is a good step.”

The 16-year-old’s dedication to his sport is unwavering.

In a bid to learn more about the game, he became a water boy for Koroit in 2012. Every match he would run drinks to the players in each of the under 18s, reserves and senior matches and then play under 16s the following day. His elevation to the under 18½s this season, plus two senior matches, ended his days as a water carrier.

“I got to watch the game pretty closely from on the ground,” he said.

That learning will be ramped up with the AFL Academy.

He will be exposed to specialist training, experience life at AFL clubs and in April next year attend a training camp in New Zealand where he will play in a curtain-raiser match to the Anzac Day clash involving St Kilda.

Jarrod, whose father is from New Zealand, is a St Kilda fan.

Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Dartmoor recruit Jeremy Cameron and Terang Mortlake’s Lewis Taylor, now at Brisbane, were members of the academy before being drafted.

Jarrod is keen to further his football education this season with Koroit. After making his senior debut against North Warrnambool Eagles in round 14, he played against Warrnambool in round 15 before returning to the under 18½s last Saturday.

“I want to try and keep my spot but obviously the seniors is a pretty good team,” he said.

Partington said Jarrod’s effort to make the Vic Country under 16 team and play well at the national championships had been significant, let alone win selection in the AFL Academy.

“It’s a great achievement,” he said.

“It doesn’t guarantee a boy will get drafted but it gives them a very good grounding. The AFL is trying to give these kids the tools to make it to the AFL.”

Partington said Jarrod was expected to be part of the Rebels’ under 18 TAC Cup squad next year.

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