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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    Young highway patrolman Senior Constable Mathew Dreverman is being honoured alongside five of his NSW Police colleagues in receiving a national award for bravery.
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    Senior Constable Mathew Dreverman is today receiving a national award for bravery.

    A scene from the December 26, 2001 fire at Heathcote. Photo courtesy St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

    The Australian Bravery Decorations were announced this morning by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, which is attached to Government House in Canberra.

    The five officers will be conferred with a Group Bravery Citation at an official ceremony to be held at Government House later in the year.

    The award acknowledges their endeavours amid the Black Christmas bushfires which burnt for almost three weeks from 25 December 2001 across NSW – it has been labeled the longest continuous bushfire emergency in NSW history.

    During the evening of December 26, 2011 Mathew attended the area of Garvan Road in Heathcote, south of Sydney in response to an intense bushfire that was beginning to threaten homes.

    The police drove their vehicles through nearby streets to evacuate the area. After the initial evacuation the officers returned and saw that some residents had remained.

    Shortly after midnight the wind changed direction and the fire began to impact on properties – the police drove through heavy smoke to identify spot fires and were, at times, within metres of the fire front.

    The officers requested once again for the residents to leave, however they refused so the officers remained to provide assistance.

    When the situation became desperate, due to the intense heat and smoke, they were forced to retreat into backyards. The officers grabbed hold of garden hoses and attempted to attack the fire.

    Soon after a number of fire trucks arrived and the blaze was able to be subdued.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    IT’S a little unusual and certainly a first. Local woman Lou Reeve said she was overjoyed after Council approved her unique request – a ‘chopper’ motorcycle monument to her late husband, Buzz, to be built at the General Cemetery.
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    The monument is an exactly to scale 2.8 metre replica of a ‘chopper’ motorcycle that Buzz had started building but never finished after a tragic microlight accident took his life in 2010.

    Though an unusual request, councillors approved the memorial six votes to one at last Tuesday’s meeting. Crs Margaret O’Neill and Alfie Walker were apologies for the meeting.

    Buzz Reeve

    With no guideline forbidding the monument, councillors had little option.

    The only proviso is that it be designed and built in accordance with “sound engineering principles,” that it is stable, durable and serviceable.”

    The finished product weighs in at about 3.5 tonnes. Mrs Reeve has had a ‘super slab’ of concrete poured at the grave site to support it. The slab is 30cm thick and reinforced with ‘freeway’ grade steel grid.

    The monument will be placed in the north-western corner of the cemetery in an area designated for monuments.

    But not everyone was enamoured with the idea.

    Cr Robin Saville said he was in two minds.

    “I know people want to remember loved ones in a special way but this is a departure,” he said.

    “…I’m concerned about what this initiates. If a child passes, for example, do we allow a teddy bear? If someone else wants a horse do we allow that?…It does open the floodgates and for that reason I’m against.”

    Cr Denzil Sturgiss said he understood Cr Saville’s point but argued such requests could be considered on a case by case basis.

    “I have no problem with it,” he said.

    Mrs Reeve said she was working with Council to ensure the monument met all standards.

    “I would like to thank the people of Goulburn and the Goulburn Mulwaree Council for being so supportive of this,” she said.

    Mrs Reeve also sought approval from the family associated with the adjacent grave for the monument.

    She has also made an allowance in the bike’s tank for her own ashes to be housed there when her time comes.

    Mrs Reeve recently told the Post she believed a grave was testament to a person’s existence and should emanate the same. She and Buzz were married for 30 years and enjoyed living life to its fullest.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    MEMBERS of the Goulburn Locomotive Roundhouse Preservation Society (GLRPS) are frustrated that progress on repairs to the facility’s turntable has stalled.
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    John Proctor, Colin Grose, Terence Carpenter and Dale Wake say the turntable still needs urgent repairs after an Aurizon grain train derailed in the complex on June 30 last year.

    More than 105 metres of railway track was ripped up when three grain wagons smashed through the turntable gates, knocking over the turntable’s operating cab. One of the wagons then overturned into the turntable pit and sent the locking pin flying, severing the wagon’s brake lines and causing the train to come to a standstill.

    There was also significant damage done to timber supporting the turntable.

    The GLRPS leases the site from Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), and due to the roundhouse’s heritage status, is also the responsibility of the NSW Heritage Council. The owner of the grain train, Aurizon, is also responsible for funding repair work.

    “ARTC had price estimates done for repairs as far back as November,” GLRPS member John Proctor said.

    “They also understood there were contamination issues due to the grain spilling into the turntable, which we actually believe is a delaying tactic. Nothing at all has been done for the last nine months by ARTC, who are our landlords. Aurizon’s insurers are also responsible for the cost of the repairs (estimated at over $500,000).”

    Mr Proctor says this has stopped any movement of rail infrastructure within the complex and tarnishes their reputation in regard to having any rail movements carried out.

    The turntable is the only one between Moss Vale and Cootamundra for trains to be turned, and the men have been approached by several organisations wanting to use it.

    “We would like to have steam trains utilising the roundhouse for servicing, and when any of these types of trains pass through Goulburn, at the moment we’re missing out,” Mr Grose said.

    “We sent a letter to ARTC on January 29 this year to seek advice as to when the turntable would be open again, and as yet we have heard nothing. It therefore impedes the viability and action within the complex.

    We’re at our wit’s end as to where we should go next to get something done about this.”

    Despite the damage to the turntable, tourist operations are running well, with regular busloads coming to tour the site.

    “We’re the only operation of this type that is open six days a week,” Mr Grose said.

    “Goulburn has always been a major railway hub and contributes substantially towards the city’s tourism dollar. We’re still very much open for business and running regular tours.”

    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was also notified shortly after the incident, and classified it as ‘Class B’, meaning it was left up to both Aurizon and the Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) to conduct internal investigations.

    FRUSTRATED: Goulburn Loco Roundhouse Preservation Society (GLRPS) volunteers John Proctor and Terence Carpenter inspect the damage to the turntable, which has still not been repaired after a derailment there nine months ago.

    THE organisation responsible for the lease of the Goulburn Locomotive Roundhouse site, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says repairs to the site are ‘complicated’.

    The turntable at the roundhouse was extensively damaged when three wagons of an Aurizon grain train derailed on it on June 30 last year.

    “The repair process is a complicated one. It involves both repairs to the track and to the turntable in what is an aged building and a heritage site and there are a number of parties involved, in addition to the Preservation Society,” an ARTC spokesperson said.

    “At this stage, given the scope of the works required, it cannot be delivered as a standard maintenance project, and will need to be delivered as a construction project which requires a wider planning and an environmental assessment process to ensure it meets necessary standards. Unfortunately, these matters do take time to go through, but we hope to progress the matter in coming weeks.”

    An Aurizon spokesperson told the Post that ARTC owned the turntable and the newspaper should contact that organisation regarding the status of repairs.

    The Goulburn Post posed further questions to Aurizon on this point, but the company said it would not be commenting further.

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    He’s lost Test matches and even Origin games, but Parramatta centre Willie Tonga insists last Sunday’s loss to Manly was the most gut-wrenching of his career.
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    As captain Jarryd Hayne was unleashing on the match officials for a below-par performance with the whistle, a heartbroken Tonga sat in the dilapidated sheds at Brookvale Oval trying to hold back tears.

    But there was little he could do to control his emotions after the reality of their last-second loss to the grand finalists sunk in.

    “I was shattered,” Tonga said.

    “I’ve honestly never felt like that after a loss in my life. I’ll be a man about it – I was tearing up in the sheds. To be so close and to put in so much effort, to get that result was heartbreaking.”

    The 22-18 loss is Parramatta’s 56th defeat in their last 75 games played, although it will carry far greater significance than the 56-4 loss to the Sydney Roosters just a week earlier.

    While their spirited performance against Manly indicates this isn’t the same football team that has picked up the wooden spoon for the past two years, Tonga admits Sunday’s emotional reaction to the loss against Manly was a culmination of two years of pain.

    “It is [a build up],” he said.

    “It gets tough, the people out there that don’t really go through this wouldn’t realise. We’re out there busting ourselves trying to do our best every week. It just wasn’t meant to be.

    “A lot of heads [were] down, but [coach Brad Arthur has] been so positive, saying ‘look, it’s a positive step ahead from where we were last week’. Considering they were the grand finalists, the game was there to be won for us but we didn’t take our opportunities.”

    Last Sunday’s effort against Manly was a stark contrast to the performance they dished out against the premiers just eight days earlier.

    Consistency was always going to be the issue for Arthur’s relatively inexperienced side but Tonga believes once the players realise their potential they will find the right balance.

    “Our boys are young and raw and are still learning the game,” Tonga said.

    “I don’t think people realise how raw these boys are. As soon as they realise their potential and what they can do, the belief that the boys can have within themselves, we’ll surprise some teams and a lot of people.”

    One of those players is Fijian winger Semi Radradra, who has scored six tries in the first three games of the year.

    “I couldn’t speak more highly of him,” Tonga said.

    “He’s one of the first to be at training and one of the last to leave training. He’s always asking questions … I think last year might have been his first year of rugby league. He’s worked really hard on his game. It’s no fluke to see what you’re seeing at the moment. He’s worked really hard and he’s going to be something special in the future.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala
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    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala

    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala

    Reigning Jack Dyer medallist Daniel Jackson is no certainty to return for Richmond in Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with Carlton at the MCG.

    Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was non-committal on Jackson’s availability before training on Tuesday. “He’ll train today, he’s probably touch and go at this stage,” he said.

    “Has he done enough work, he’s probably done thereabouts, it’s just whether we think one more week in the VFL will put him in good stead for round three, or we try and throw him in early.”

    Hardwick said forwards Aaron Edwards and Jake King were also in contention toplay against the Blues.

    “Jake, he’s a chance, he’s done a truckload of work over the past three to four weeks and had a rest last week just in case we did need him for this week’s game,” he said.

    “Aaron Edwards played a lot of VFL footy and kicked six goals in his previous game so he’s put his hand up for selection.”

    The Richmond coach, yet to win a final entering his fifth season at the helm, did not downplay the challenge posed by Carlton, but was adamant the loss to the Blues in an elimination final last season would not provide added motivation this week.

    “It seems a lifetime ago for me, we’ve just got to go about our business and worry about the way we play.

    “It’s a big game, one we’ve certainly been looking forward to.

    “They’re a formidable foe … we’ve had some really close games over the past 12 to 24 months.”

    The Tigers lost two out of three clashes against Carlton last season, and have beaten their traditional rivals just once since the middle of 2008.

    Pressed on just why the Tigers had such a poor record against the Blues, Hardwick was reluctant to pinpoint one particular cause.

    “Things have let us down that haven’t normally let us down,” he said.

    Hardwick said young duo Reece Conca and Brandon Ellis had both responded well to his public criticism of them following the side’s disappointing round one loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

    “Yeah they’re fine, it’s a performance-based industry and nothing I said in the media they haven’t heard five times worse in this room right here, so they’re resilient young lads, they’re very good players and I’m sure they’ll put their best foot forward,” he said.

    Hardwick said it was crucial that his charges respond after the deflating loss of a fortnight ago.

    “It’s an opportunity for our players to step up and play in front of big crowds … we’ve got to make sure we start nailing these big games, and that way gain the momentum that takes us into the season. We don’t want to go back 0-2. We have to make sure we’re 1-1 and then attack the season from there.”

    Hardwick said Jack Riewoldt was unlikely to play closer to goal against Carlton, despite many in the media questioning why the dual Coleman medallist had played so much up the ground.

    “Jack will be playing exactly the same role as he played last year, in the forward half,” Hardwick said.

    Former Blue Shaun Hampson is set to line up against his old side for the first time, and Hardwick said that he had been picking the ruckman’s brain for intelligence on the Carlton game plan.

    “We spent some time over summer getting some information out of him.”

    The coach said he had been impressed with Hampson’s first-up effort in yellow and black.

    “There weren’t many shining lights last week but there was definitely an advantage with him, his dominance out of the ruck and we’ve just got to start to use him around the ground.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    OF all the unusual sights to have graced Newtown’s King Street, the vision of two runaway buffalo competing with cars for right of way is surely unique.
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    One of the buffalo trapped in a front yard. Pic: Channel Nine

    Having escaped from a film set for a commercial at Sydney Park, the pair of buffalo ran two kilometres down King Street, before taking a turn up Missenden Road and ending up in front of the University of Sydney.

    There, students of Moore College were granted the sight of a fully dressed cowboy, complete with lasso, out in their front yard capturing the beasts, who weren’t going without a fight.

    “There were cops and firemen everywhere and the guy who owns them was running around putting up barriers everywhere, it was crazy,” student Talitha Salier told Fairfax Media radio station 2UE.

    “[The buffalo] looked like, scared. One of them got mad agitated and went to go at them and then went back.”

    Miss Salier said one of the buffalo attempted to charge at the animal handler before “it got spooked” and ran into the truck.

    Once handlers quickly closed the back door of the vehicle, she said one buffalo could be heard “banging around”.

    One onlooker said the buffalo broke out from a make-shift pen in a car park off Sydney Park Road about 10am.

    “When it happened the crew cleared out pretty quick,” the onlooker said.

    A City of Sydney spokeswoman said a filming permit had been issued to film a commercial at Sydney Park.

    “The City was assured by filmmakers there would be two experienced stock handlers on the set at all times, from an animal-wrangling company with more than 25 years’ experience,” she said.

    “The company also advised that the two water buffalo were both halter- and lead-trained and on the day of the shoot would be entirely enclosed with mobile fencing, or securely tethered.”

    An investigation has begun into the incident and whether the filmmakers had the appropriate safeguards in place, the spokeswoman said.

    Before the beasts ran free, crew members were seen setting up giant-sized ten pins on a hill in preparation for the day’s shoot.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said firefighters returning from an earlier call got a surprise when the animals ran in front of them.

    He said firefighters showed great initiative, using their ladders as a portable fence and coaxing the animals into a front yard.

    A spokesman from NSW Fire and Rescue said crews “used a variety of ladders, a jumbo ladder and normal ladder from the truck, and used a stokes litter, which is a yellow long stretcher…to make a mobile pen and keep the animals cornered in”.

    With thousands of witnesses, news of the roaming buffalo spread like wildfire on social media.

    By lunchtime, a Twitter handle had already been created for @NewtownBuffalo.

    Sydney University student Rachel Murdolo said she was walking to class when she saw two of the beasts charging down King Street.

    “I was walking down King Street towards the city and these two big bulls were running along the inner side lane towards the city,” Ms Murdolo said.

    “It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn’t think it was that unusual,” she said.

    Ms Murdolo said she saw a buggy filming the animals as they ran down King Street towards Sydney University.

    Two minutes later she saw a police car speeding down the road in the same direction, followed by a fire truck.

    Another Sydney University student Abril Felman was sitting at a bus stop on the corner of Holt and King streets when she saw what she thought were two bulls.

    “I just saw what I thought were two bulls sprinting down King Street followed by a jeep rigged up with filming equipment. It had camera equipment and was following them,” Ms Felman said.

    “We were a bit shocked that the road wasn’t blocked off,” she said.

    “I’ve seen some pretty strange things but this definitely takes the cake.”

    Having escaped from a film set for a commercial at Sydney Park, the pair of buffalo ran two kilometres down King Street, before taking a turn up Missenden Road and ending up in front of the University of Sydney.

    There, students of Moore College were granted the sight of a fully dressed cowboy, complete with lasso, out in their front yard capturing the beasts, who weren’t going without a fight.

    “There were cops and firemen everywhere and the guy who owns them was running around putting up barriers everywhere, it was crazy,” student Talitha Salier told Fairfax Media radio station 2UE.

    “[The buffalo] looked like, scared. One of them got mad agitated and went to go at them and then went back.”

    Miss Salier said one of the buffalo attempted to charge at the animal handler before “it got spooked” and ran into the truck.

    Once handlers quickly closed the back door of the vehicle, she said one buffalo could be heard “banging around”.

    One onlooker said the buffalo broke out from a make-shift pen in a car park off Sydney Park Road about 10am.

    “When it happened the crew cleared out pretty quick,” the onlooker said.

    A City of Sydney spokeswoman said a filming permit had been issued to film a commercial at Sydney Park.

    “The City was assured by filmmakers there would be two experienced stock handlers on the set at all times, from an animal-wrangling company with more than 25 years’ experience,” she said.

    “The company also advised that the two water buffalo were both halter- and lead-trained and on the day of the shoot would be entirely enclosed with mobile fencing, or securely tethered.”

    An investigation has begun into the incident and whether the filmmakers had the appropriate safeguards in place, the spokeswoman said.

    Before the beasts ran free, crew members were seen setting up giant-sized ten pins on a hill in preparation for the day’s shoot.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said firefighters returning from an earlier call got a surprise when the animals ran in front of them.

    He said firefighters showed great initiative, using their ladders as a portable fence and coaxing the animals into a front yard.

    A spokesman from NSW Fire and Rescue said crews “used a variety of ladders, a jumbo ladder and normal ladder from the truck, and used a stokes litter, which is a yellow long stretcher…to make a mobile pen and keep the animals cornered in”.

    With thousands of witnesses, news of the roaming buffalo spread like wildfire on social media.

    By lunchtime, a Twitter handle had already been created for @NewtownBuffalo.

    Sydney University student Rachel Murdolo said she was walking to class when she saw two of the beasts charging down King Street.

    “I was walking down King Street towards the city and these two big bulls were running along the inner side lane towards the city,” Ms Murdolo said.

    “It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn’t think it was that unusual,” she said.

    Ms Murdolo said she saw a buggy filming the animals as they ran down King Street towards Sydney University.

    Two minutes later she saw a police car speeding down the road in the same direction, followed by a fire truck.

    Another Sydney University student Abril Felman was sitting at a bus stop on the corner of Holt and King streets when she saw what she thought were two bulls.

    “I just saw what I thought were two bulls sprinting down King Street followed by a jeep rigged up with filming equipment. It had camera equipment and was following them,” Ms Felman said.

    “We were a bit shocked that the road wasn’t blocked off,” she said.

    “I’ve seen some pretty strange things but this definitely takes the cake.”

     
  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    Christine and Charlie Galea with their latest crop. Christine showcasing the Woodstock Honey to be taken to the Farmer’s and Craft Markets in Cowra.
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    Emma and Christine Galea, with their locally grown produce at theJapanese Garden’s Garden Expo in 2009.

    Christine Galea with some tomatoes damaged by early March rain in 2012.

    Christine Galea preparing produce for the Farmers Market in 2007.

    2014 marks the International Year of the Farming Family.

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    Each day we have contact with a farmer, though we may not realise it.

    Through the milk we enjoy on our breakfast, the meat we have for dinner, to theclothes we wear, a farmer has had something to do with our daily lives.

    This year we honour our farming families across the Central West and Western NSW,bringing you their stories in the paper and online each week.

    After their agent suggested Cowra as the place to be for all things vegetable related, Charlie and ChristineGaleapacked up their Sydney farm and headed west.

    Twenty-five years on and their roots are now firmly planted at ‘Rosewood,’ just outside Cowra.

    “Both our parents were vegetable farmers and we used to sell to the Sydney market before we moved here,” MrsGaleasaid.

    “We needed more land and our agent told us about Cowra so we came over, had a look and moved within three months- and that was a while ago now.”

    With ‘Rosewood’ originally a goat farm, theGalea’sspent many months turning it into a viable vegetable farm.

    “We had to put in a bore for irrigation, set it all up and put the main in,” MrGaleasaid.

    As with all farming, MrGaleasaid the venture hasn’t always been easy.

    “The weather is the biggest challenge- and pests,” he said.

    “Too wet is probably the worst for us because when it’s dry you can irrigate but you can’t stop the rain.”

    Selling at the Cowra Farmers Month every third Saturday of the month, MrsGaleais also the manager of the event.

    “We produce all kinds ofvegesbut Cowra in particular is getting quite a reputation for its watermelons and pumpkins,” she said.

    Growing everything from lettuce and tomatoes to dealing with diamond moths in the cabbage, MrGaleasaid the farm is in their blood.

    “It’s a bit of a gamble just like all farming but we’re used to it,” he said.

    “There’s never a dull moment.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    9AM (WEDNESDAY): A TRUCK carrying a crate laden with furniture has crashed on the Thunderbolts Way at Giro.
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    Thunderbolts Way was closed to traffic for a short time on Tuesday afternoon but re-opened at 7pm that night.

    Police, the NSW Ambulance Service,the RFS,SES and Gloucester Shire Council all attended the crash scene.

    Senior Constable John Broadley from Gloucester Policesaid the male driver of the truck suffered a serious leg injury in the accident and was transported by ambulance to hospital.

    A passenger in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

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  • admin 13:41 on 15/08/2019  

    A bureaucrat charged with monitoring the home insulation scheme’s rollout cannot recall what was specifically done to ensure installers were properly trained.
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    Simon Cox was seconded to the co-ordinator general’s office to oversee the home insulation program being devised by federal environment department staffers.

    Mr Cox told a royal commission into the troubled Rudd government scheme that while training was taken seriously, he couldn’t recall what was done to monitor its development.

    Under cross-examination by Counsel Assisting Keith Wilson, Mr Cox agreed training was a fundamental component of the program but said he could not remember what he did to follow it up with the department.

    “It’s still vague,” Mr Cox said of his recollection.

    But Mr Cox did say he had a general sense that he and another public servant were monitoring what the environment department was doing in regards to training.

    Mr Cox also told the inquiry on Tuesday that bureaucrats were relieved to learn that the National Code of Practice for the construction industry was not applicable to the home insulation scheme.

    It was good news, he said, because if the code applied then the program would have come to an “immediate halt”.

    This was because insulation providers would have been required to undergo checks to determine whether they complied with the code and union officials may have got involved.

    “It [the code] would have been an impediment in terms of timing,” Mr Cox told the inquiry.

    The royal commission before Ian Hanger QC continues.

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  • admin 13:41 on 15/08/2019  

    NSW captain Steve Smith says winning the Sheffield Shield caps a whirlwind 12 months, where he’s come from the international wilderness to be part of Australia’s Ashes clean sweep and a series win over South Africa.
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    NSW won its first shield title in six years at Manuka Oval on Tuesday, with Smith producing an unbeaten century.

    Western Australia was unable to produce a miracle, with NSW losing just one wicket in the 1½  sessions played before both teams agreed to end play early on the fifth and final day, with NSW 4-197.

    WA had no chance of getting a result, trailing by 464 runs.

    As the home side, NSW just needed a draw to win its first shield title since 2007-08. Moises Henriques was named man of the match for his 140 in the first innings that helped NSW post a dominant total of 447, before skittling WA for just 180.

    NSW resumed at 3-59 on Tuesday and Smith (103 not out) and Kurtis Patterson (52) brought up their half centuries before lunch.

    Patterson was caught by Jason Behrendorff at gully off the bowling of Marcus North almost immediately after bringing up his milestone.

    With an end in sight, Smith opened his shoulders against former Australian teammate Ashton Agar, smashing him straight down the ground for a couple of sixes.

    A century in a victorious shield final capped a stunning 12 months for Smith that began with his Test recall against India in March last year.

    He had spent two years out of the Test side, but has since established himself as an important cog in the middle order.

    “It’s very special,” he said. “It’s the first shield final I’ve been a part of and to captain it and to win the shield, it’s just been an amazing 12 months for me. The whole thing’s still a bit of a blur.

    “I’ve always dreamt of playing in a shield final with NSW and to win it and to be captain of the side, it’s a great thrill.”

    Smith credited Henriques for setting up the win with his first-innings ton, especially as the Blues were 6-189 shortly after he arrived at the crease.

    He also praised Josh Hazlewood’s 6-50, who was one of the few bowlers able to extract anything from the Manuka pitch.

    “It’s been an amazing journey so far, but to come back here with NSW, and especially with close mate Ryan Carters … and to bring the shield home, it’s been fantastic. It’s been an unbelievable season,” he said.

    WA captain Adam Voges was left feeling empty after his team was dominated for five days by the home side. But he praised the way his team toiled, even though the writing was on the wall going into the final day.

    He was confident it was in a strong position for the future with Justin Langer as coach.

    Voges said WA was at “rock bottom” when the former Australian opening batsman took over the reins, but had managed to turn the side around with his work ethic.

    And he also felt the emergence of Canberra quick Jason Behrendorff would stand the state in good stead.

    “I honestly think we’ve exceeded a few expectations,” he said. “With such a young squad that we’ve got, there’s some really positive signs for West Australian cricket.

    “Over the course of the next five years, hopefully we can become a real force.

    “I’ve been really excited by the development of [wicketkeeper] Sam Whiteman, Jason Behrendorff, and a few of our younger guys have come through as well. Hopefully we can keep our group together over the next few years and really challenge for some silverware.”

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    Automotive Holdings will extend its car and truck dealerships and logistics business in two deals worth $184 million.
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    The Perth-based company, which entered a trading halt on Tuesday, has struck a deal to buy Scott’s Refrigerated Freightways for $116 million and NSW car dealership Bradstreet Motor Group for $68 million.

    The Scott’s deal will be funded from $71 million cash, $15 million of AHG shares and $30 million of finance leases, the company said in a statement to the ASX.

    AHG managing director Bronte Howson said the acquisition would deliver $4 million a year in savings by the end of 2016 and make the company the biggest temperature controlled carrier in Australia.

    Sydney-based Scott’s is forecast to generate sales worth $237 million this year and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of $25 million.

    The Bradstreet deal will lift AHG’s network to 169 franchises across 96 dealerships in Australia and New Zealand.

    Bradstreet’s dealerships are mainly in Newcastle and represent seven car makers: Toyota, Mazda, Holden, Nissan, Kia, Subaru and Great Wall.

    “This is a strategic addition to our NSW dealership network,” Mr Howson said. “The dealerships operate from well-maintained properties on long-term leases and require no significant capital expenditure.

    “They also complement our established Newcastle truck hub, giving AHG a very strong presence in the Newcastle region.”

    The Bradstreet deal will be funded in cash. Both acquisitions are subject to the completion of due diligence.

    AHG employs about 5000 people across Australia and New Zealand. Its shares closed flat on Monday at $3.60.

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  • admin 13:41 on 15/08/2019  

    La Madre’s choc cherry buns. Photo: Supplied La Madre’s choc cherry buns. Photo: SUpplied
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    La Madre’s choc cherry buns. Photo: Supplied

    Burch and Purchese’s hot cross buns. Photo: Supplied

    Artisan bakers and confectioners are bringing out the big buns this Easter and putting their spin on the spice-laden, fruity bread synonymous with this time of year. While the bun police may frown upon choc chip and fruit-free offerings, if a bun fits into the bad-but-good category is it really such a crime?

    It takes a steely resolve to hold out until Good Friday for your first butter-slathered bun – especially when some supermarket chains start stocking them a week after Christmas. The Dictionary of Food explains that traditionally “cross buns” can be eaten on Good Friday without breaking the Lenten fast. Superstition also has it that buns baked on this day don’t go mouldy. To Christians, the cross symbolises Jesus’s crucifixion, however crossed buns can be traced back to ancient civilisations. Saxons honoured the goddess Eostre, whose name was transferred to Easter, according to The Oxford Companion to Food, and the ancient Egyptians and Greeks also scored baked religious offerings with a cross.

    Nowadays, it seems there’s no limit to bun experimentation, with Sydney publicans Mitchell Davis and Jamie Thomas duelling over hot cross bun burgers last Easter with their #hotcrosschallenge. Who knew a simple fruit bun could be so fun? Here are some inventive interpretations spotted in bakeries, supermarkets and patisseries this year:

    Hot cross doughnutsIn Melbourne, Tivoli Road Bakery’s hot cross doughnuts have reappeared. They’re available from the South Yarra bakery on weekends leading up to the holiday. Spices and orange-soaked currants, raisins and sultanas are added to a pastry cream filling. Baker Michael James says the dough itself is “freshened up” with lemon oil and zest, to replicate traditional peel pieces. Once filled, the plump doughy balls are rolled in cinnamon sugar for extra spice.

    Details: $4 each, available weekends, Tivoli Road Bakery, 3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra, 03 9041 4345, tivoliroad南京夜网.au

    Hot cross eclairs?In Sydney, Bondi sweet and savoury eclair patisserie La Maison de l’Eclair has developed an extravagantly decorated Easter egg themed eclair and they’re working on a bun/chocolate egg/eclair hybrid, said to include “cinnamon and apple with calvados, chocolate crunch and easter egg”. Stay tuned…

    Details: La Maison de l’Eclair, 91 Bondi Road, Sydney, 02 9386 1265, lamaisondeleclair南京夜网.au

    Hot cross bun smashThe Gelato Messina team is developing another Easter-themed gelato, likely to feature smashed hot cross buns and a spiced gelato base. The festive flavour will be in stores from Easter Thursday. Previous incarnations included the cheekily titled “Lick my buns”, a spiced egg custard gelato with buttered hot cross buns.

    Details: Various stores, see gelatomessina南京夜网

    Hot cross macs Albury-based patissier Geoffrey Michael’s dainty hot cross macs embody sugar and spice and all things nice. A plumped-up vanilla syrup-soaked raisin dots the centre, sandwiched with a spiced buttercream and encased in a cute criss-crossed shell.

    Details: $2.70 each, Geoffrey Michael Patissier, 669 Dean Street, Albury, 02 6021 6733, geoffreymichaelpatissier南京夜网.au

    Also try: Celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo sells a seasonal hot cross “Zumbaron”. See adrianozumbo南京夜网 for locations in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Haigh’s hot cross bun chocolates

    These rich round balls of fruit, peel and spice-spiked chocolate fudge, covered in dark chocolate and drizzled with a white chocolate are an indulgent morsel for the chocoholic.

    Details: $2.95 each or $22.50 for six, see haighschocolates南京夜网.au for stockists and stores in South Australia, NSW and Victoria.

    La Madre choc cherry buns

    The Geelong-based bakery’s dark and dense sourdough buns evoke a Black Forest gateau. Studded with sour Persian cherries and dark Belgian chocolate, these buns are a grown-up choc-chip version. Splash with a dash of kirsch for a boozy hit.

    Details: $2.60 each or $15.90 for six, stockists include Thomas Dux, see lamadre南京夜网.au.

    Traditional-ish

    Melbourne sweet purveyors Burch & Purchese are keeping it traditional. Darren Purchese concedes that the buns go against their usual “out of the box” approach. The plump yeasted buns’ signature is a thinned “cross” solution, painted on in artistic swipes. “It’s probably the only thing we sell in store that doesn’t have chocolate,” says Purchese.

    Sydney’s Bourke Street Bakery bakes round hot cross loaves each Easter. The yeasted dough features spices and peel, and comes complete with a large cross and glaze. Try it for toast, with a diameter of about 15cm, you’ll get enough slices for three or four people.

    Details: Burch & Purchese, $3 each or $15 for six, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, South Yarra, 03 9827 7060, burchandpurchese南京夜网

    Details: Bourke Street Bakery, $6.50, available at all Bourke Street Bakery outlets, see bourkestreetbakery南京夜网.

    Big brand buns

    Coles has brought in British chef Heston Blumenthal for their “hero” buns. Featuring a hint of native lemon myrtle, the uniformly circular buns are made with a buttery brioche dough.

    Brumby’s bakeries boast a white bread Nutella-centred bun. Bun purists will scoff, but the squat finger bun has a cross so surely it counts?

    Bakers Delight’s stable of chocolate chip stalwarts includes a mocha bun, promising more than 100 choc chips apiece.

    Traditionalist or adventure lover: what side of the hot cross bun fence do you fall? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’ve spotted any HCB’s with a twist this year, we’d love to hear about them too.

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  • admin 13:41 on 15/08/2019  

    Joe Tripodi allegedly doctored a cabinet minute in 2010. Photo: Janie Barrett Eddie Obeid allegedly had a secret 30 per cent stake in AWH. Photo: Kate Geraghty
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    Former Premier Kristina Keneally’s office was warned it needed to “drive a stake through the heart” of a doctored cabinet minute supporting a proposal by the Obeid-linked company Australian Water Holdings, a corruption inquiry has heard.

    Tom Parry, then chairman of Sydney Water, told the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday he cautioned an adviser to Ms Keneally, Pat Garcia, that he would consider making a corruption complaint if the cabinet minute was approved.

    The commission is examining allegations that the family of corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid had a secret 30 per cent stake in AWH.

    Mr Obeid’s political allies, Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly, allegedly doctored a cabinet minute in 2010 so that it was “completely opposite” to the recommendations of experts from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to reject a proposal by AWH.

    The inquiry has heard that if the minute was accepted, the Obeid family stood to make up to $60 million.

    Mr Parry said the company was “a commercial albatross around our neck”.

    The premier’s department took steps to have the draft minute withdrawn around May 2010.

    Mr Kelly allegedly tried to bypass cabinet by submitting the minute to its powerful budget subcommittee, before re-submitting it to cabinet in August 2010.

    “I thought this had been killed off,” Mr Parry said he told Ms Keneally’s office when the minute re-emerged.

    “Obviously we need to put a stake through the heart.”

    Ms Keneally, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, subsequently advised Mr Kelly to withdraw the minute and not to resubmit it.

    Earlier, the barrister for Liberal heavyweight and former AWH chairman Arthur Sinodinos challenged the evidence of a key witness.

    Tony Bannon, SC, put it to former Sydney Water boss Kerry Schott that she did not warn Senator Sinodinos, after he joined the board of AWH, that the company “may have been dishonest”.

    Dr Schott conceded she may not have used the word “dishonest” but said she would have used another term conveying the “same meaning”.

    “It was a personal warning to Mr Sinodinos, who I thought very highly of,” Dr Schott said.

    “I hope I left him with the impression that there may be dishonest behaviour going on.”

    Dr Schott said she was “voicing a suspicion” based on the fact AWH was charging excessive costs to Sydney Water and stonewalling attempts by the public utility to inspect its books.

    Sydney Water had contracted AWH to manage the installation of water and sewerage infrastructure in the north-west and had agreed to cover its administration costs.

    The commission has previously heard it was secretly charging Sydney Water for millions of dollars, including for limousines, donations to the NSW Liberal Party and legal fees.

    Senator Sinodinos, who stepped down as Assistant Federal Treasurer last week, has denied any wrongdoing.

    Mr Bannon suggested on Tuesday that the meeting between Dr Schott and Senator Sinodinos may have taken place in early 2009, after he was appointed deputy chairman of AWH, rather than after November 2010, when he became chairman.

    Despite the warnings, Senator Sinodinos remained as chairman until November 2011.

    Mr Bannon asked why Sydney Water considered it “entirely appropriate” to do business with AWH when it believed the company could be dishonest. It had signed a fresh agreement with AWH in November 2008.

    “I had a contractual relationship … to continue to deal with Australian Water Holdings,” Dr Schott said.

    The inquiry heard that disgruntled AWH investor Rod De Aboitiz, a former chief financial officer of Rothschild Australia, will be recalled to be questioned by Mr Bannon.

    Mr De Aboitiz gave damaging evidence last week that he warned Senator Sinodinos in 2010 that the company was racking up millions in expenses, including donations to the Liberal Party.

    The lawyer for Mr De Aboitiz said it would cause his client “enormous stress” to return to the witness box but Commissioner Megan Latham ruled it was necessary.

    Senator Sinodinos has denied he was aware of the donations. He also maintains he was unaware of the Obeids’ alleged financial involvement.

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