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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 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    A MAN accused of having sex with his teenage daughter was found guilty at Griffith District Court last week.
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    After less than one day of deliberating, the jury returned a guilty verdict on all five charges.

    In a separate trial the week before, the man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was found not guilty of a number of bestiality charges.

    Last week, the court heard that the man exposed himself to his daughter, had sex with her three times when she was aged between 12 and 14, and forced her to perform oral sex on him on another occasion.

    The man allegedly told his daughter to keep his actions their “little secret”.

    The offences took place between August 2005 and September 2007 but remained undiscovered until the man’s daughter told his partner at a family barbecue in September 2011.

    Following the revelations, his partner confronted him and labelled him a “sick pedophile”.

    The man told her he had “only done it a couple of times”, the court heard.

    Prior to the jurors retiring to consider their verdict on Thursday afternoon, they were told by the accused’s counsel that much of the case hinged on the evidence delivered by the accused’s daughter.

    The defence counsel alleged there were inconsistencies between the evidence she tendered to the court and her initial statement.

    In a separate trial heard at Griffith District Court earlier this month, the man was found not guilty of four counts of bestiality, two counts of committing an act of indecency, one count of indecent assault and one count of inciting a person to commit an act of bestiality.

    The man has been remanded into custody and will appear at Parkes District Court on May 4, when a sentencing date will be set.

    A man accused of having sex with his teenage daughter was found guilty at Griffith District Court last week.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    Owners of a Crookwell home were lucky more damage wasn’t done when a truck rolled into the side of the house on Saturday morning. Photo: Andrew Micallef, Wide Area Communications Photo: Andrew Micallef, Wide Area Communications
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    Photo: Andrew Micallef, Wide Area Communications

    THE occupants of a Crookwell home received a rude shock on Saturday morning when a truck crashed into the building.

    A 68-year old Crookwell driver of the empty cattle truck had pulled up on the corner of Laggan Rd and Crown St at about 9am, applied the handbrake and went to get some tools, police said.

    He had been earlier repairing a suspected leak in the vehicle.

    The engine was left running but when the man returned, the truck was not where he left it.

    It had rolled down a slight embankment and into the side of a house.

    Police said no one was injured and the house only sustained minor damage to the fascia and guttering.

    Ambulance services attended as a precaution.

    VIDEO: Andrew Micallef, Wide Area Communications

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    A COALITION row over the state seat of Goulburn is expected to be resolved this week.
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    Well placed party sources have told the Post that four weeks of negotiations between the Liberals and Nationals were reaching an end. They have also confirmed that Nationals Burrinjuck MP Katrina Hodgkinson has ditched her bid to run for the seat against Liberal Pru Goward.

    While talks proceed between the parties’ executives and Coalition leaders, no one is speaking publicly just yet.

    Ms Goward was a visible presence at the Goulburn Show with her party’s stall.

    The Nationals also had a stall but Ms Hodgkinson did not appear.

    However both politicians were at the Yass Show last weekend, territory soon to be part of the redistributed Goulburn electorate.

    Meantime, Mayor Geoff Kettle has told Premier Barry O’Farrell to sort out the dispute, “or else!”

    “Or else what?” the Post wanted to know.

    Cr Kettle said this would become obvious in the future. Asked whether he was considering running as an independent, the mayor said he wouldn’t rule anything out.

    He said he was disgusted by the parties’ behaviour regarding a candidate for the seat.

    Last month Ms Hodgkinson announced her intention to run against Ms Goward, following an electoral redistribution.

    Goulburn MP Pru Goward, supporters John Plews and Cr Sam Rowland an Ms Goward’s daughter Alice at the Liberal’s stall at the Goulburn Show on Saturday.

    It has sparked a war between the parties and secret negotiations, reportedly involving a trade off for more National Party spots in the Upper House.

    “It is ridiculous to pit two Ministers of the Crown against each other,” Cr Kettle said.

    “…The indecision is damaging to both brands.”

    Cr Kettle is also chairman of the Goulburn Liberals Electoral Council. He stood next to Ms Goward in a television interview last month in which she warned about the outcome of a threecornered contest.

    But the mayor says he’s also “great mates” with Ms Hodgkinson, describing her as a very competent Minister.

    Both parties’ executives, the Premier and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner are thrashing out the dispute.

    But as recently as last Thursday, Ms Goward told the Mayor there was still no resolution. Cr Kettle is fed up with the stalemate.

    “Joe Public doesn’t know what’s going on,” he said.

    “We go into every election asking whether there will be a three-cornered contest. Maybe the only way to sort this out is to have one.”

    Labor Senator Ursula Stephens, whose term ends in July, has been floated as a candidate. However she has not confirmed.

    Ms Goward has warned that her nomination could hand the seat to Labor if the conservative vote was split.

    Cr Kettle believed the same but said he wouldn’t have any trouble working with Senator Stephens.

    “She’s genuine, she cares and is old Labor,” he said.

    “I think it would be an interesting contest – Pru versus Katrina versus Ursula.”

    The mayor issued a parting shot to the Premier.

    “I just want this resolved and I want Barry O’Farrell to govern NSW and start making decisions rather than procrastinating.”

    He cited local government reform, Local Land Services, a review of the NSW Planning and Assessment Act as examples where people had been “consulted to death” but nothing had happened.

    NSW was “treading water” and few decisions had been made in his three years of government, he said.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    THE smell of barbecued lamb wafted among hundreds of happy revellers dressed in their finery yesterday to celebrate Eid Nowruz.
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    More than 300 people from Griffith’s Muslim community congregated at Lake Wyangan to celebrate the Farsi new year.

    GLAD RAGS: Jamal Kazemi, Sayeb Mehadi and Sayeb Rohullah don their traditional dress on to see in the Farsi new year.

    Organiser Mohammad Ghaffari said the special day was celebrated at this time each year and this year, they were welcoming in the year 1393. Griffith’s Afghani, Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish families all gathered at the lake for lunch, singing and dancing.

    The day is celebrated each year in Griffith with plenty of food, laughter and good times.

    Mr Ghaffari said a good day was had by all.

    “There was food, lots of food,” he said.

    “After lunch we had singing, dancing and more.”

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull. Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.
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    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the A grade preliminary final between McLaren Districts and Willunga played at Port Elliot on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

    Action from the B grade preliminary final between Port Elliot and Yankalilla played at Goolwa on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Photos by Steve Hull.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    COUNCILLORS will decide who will be the organisation’s general manager at an extraordinary meeting this Wednesday.
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    Some 65 people expressed interest in the job, currently held by Chris Berry, when it was advertised late last year, Mayor Geoff Kettle confirmed.

    In the end, 38 applied from throughout NSW, Australia and overseas.

    All councillors, local government consultant John Kleem, who was appointed to handle the recruitment process, and two independents will interview the shortlisted four candidates this Wednesday, before the meeting.

    Cr Kettle said a decision would be made that night on the successful person and an offer extended. An announcement is not expected that evening. The meeting will be held in closed session due to personnel matters.

    Mr Berry re-applied for the post at Council’s invitation, however it’s not known whether he made the final four. He has been general manager for the past five years and planning director for some six years prior.

    The council decided to advertise the role when Mr Berry asked for his contract to be renewed.

    Cr Kettle said the call attracted a high quality field of candidates.

    “It’s been an exhaustive process for John (Kleem),” he said.

    “He has not stopped, I’ve had numerous phone conversations with him and he has also had talks with the GM’s performance review panel.”

    This panel was set up following a scathing Division of Local Government report on the multifunction centre tendering process. It comprises several councillors, including the Mayor and Mr Berry.

    The mayor said he was happy with the way recommendations were being implemented, as was the Department of Local Government. The council reports to the department every month.

    Two independent people, who Cr Kettle declined to name, are on the interview panel.

    He would only say that they were “well respected, senior local people with professional experience.”

    Whoever snares the role may receive more than the current salary.

    Last year’s annual report revealed a $191,323 package for the general manager, including superannuation and private use of a Council vehicle.

    In seeking reappointment late last year, Mr Berry requested that his remuneration be reviewed.

    Cr Kettle said no specific figure had been finalised.

    “But we do know the range and salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate,” he said.

    “When we were looking to appoint a new CEO for Council we had realised for some time that the pay was below that of group four councils (of which Goulburn Mulwaree is one).

    “When Mr Berry asked for the review we thought it was appropriate to go to the market place.”

    Mr Kleem told the Post he had trawled through more than 600 pages of applications.

    “There has been wide field of candidates with a lot of experience and talent,” he said.

    “…Local government is its own special field so people have to demonstrate to me how good they are. They have to brag a bit.”

    Mr Kleem worked for seven NSW councils before becoming a local government consultant 23 years ago. He also does other work for Goulburn Mulwaree.

    He said he had the benefit of knowing some of the candidates.

    He will brief councillors before Wednesday’s interviews.

    The interviews are expected to take up to five hours.

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  • admin 10:14 on 22/07/2018  

    PREMIERS: Swan Hill Cricket Club has claimed its first premiership in more than 20 years. PICTURES — Pamela Blackman.SWAN Hill Cricket Club claimed its first two-day premiership in more than 20 years when it defeated St Mary’s Tyntynder at the showgrounds at the weekend.
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    It was a nervous Swans outfit that contemplated the task at hand on Saturday night, however, after Daniel Cruickshank’s side set a modest first innings total of 156.

    Ryan Shepherd (28), Tom Lister (21), Cruickshank (23), Kane Griffiths (29) and Brad Cockfield (29) had all managed starts at various points right down the order, but with a St Mary’s attack inspired by young gun Corey Daniels — who finished with five wickets — the Swans were prevented from posting a more imposing target.

    It meant the more experienced side’s attack would need to perform without much margin for error and that’s exactly what it did yesterday.

    Led by Jonny Hirst who snagged 6/30 off 20 or so overs of tight, consistent bowling, the Swans dismissed St Mary’s for 130 to claim the day’s big prize.

    MAN OF THE MATCH: With 6/30, Jonny Hirst was the Swans’ best player.

    Hirst and his fellow bowlers were aided by a strong performance in the field from their teammates, the highlight of which was a classic one-handed catch at point to Stuart Dixon that saw Hirst claim the fifth of his six wickets.

    It was the ninth dismissal of the innings and when Cruickshank’s hands were safe behind the wickets just overs later, Hirst had his sixth and the flag was Swan Hill’s.

    Cruickshank told The Guardian it was a thrill to claim the club’s first Swan Hill District Cricket Association two-day premiership since 1988/89, particularly on the back of the Swans’ Kookaburra Cup success earlier this season.

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