Action week about information

INFORMING: Julie McNeil, left, Lynette Bullen and Kerryn Griffin staffed an information display at Centrelink yesterday for Drug and Alcohol Action Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHAN information display was set up at Centrelink yesterday to mark the beginning of national Drug and Alcohol Action Week.
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Representatives from the Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, the Magistrates for Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program and Kite Street Community Health informed Orange residents about the city’s drug and alcohol programs.

“It’s all about bringing our programs out to the community. The Lyndon unit is the only detox unit west of the Blue Mountains,” said Lyndon Withdrawal Unit drugs and alcohol counsellor Lynette Bullen.

“I think it’s extremely important to let people know what programs are out there and what certain substances are doing to us. We don’t want to hound people today, it’s just a nice and relaxed way to get the information across.”

MERIT case worker Julie McNeil promoted MERIT’s positive role in helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

“MERIT is aimed at getting people out of the criminal justice system and into help, so they can get their lives back together,” she said.

Community Health drug and alcohol counsellor Kerryn Griffin said she wanted to publicise the centre’s drug and alcohol helpline.

“We want people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol to call 1300 887 000,” she said.

“When they call they will receive an assessment and be referred to the most appropriate service for them.”

Ms Bullen, Ms McNeil and Ms Griffin agreed that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance in Orange.

“People don’t realise that alcohol is the main killer, through binge-drinking and the likelihood of accidents,” Ms McNeil said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Civic plan go ahead

NOT FOR SALE … YET: Cr Pam Ryan argued that connecting the sale of the Function Centre to refurbishment of the civic precinct was “putting the cart before the horse”. Photo: BETHANY HALLORANGE City Council will push ahead with a plan to redevelop the Civic Square but the sale of the Function Centre has been taken off the agenda in the short term.
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Last week’s council meeting voted to develop a five-year master plan for the block bounded by Lords Place and Byng, Peisley and March streets. The plan will look at consolidating council services to the civic precinct and to provide space for growth.

Support for the master plan killed off a $633,800 proposal to refurbish the council chamber and associated administration areas.

About $100,000 of that will be used almost immediately to convert two committee rooms into office space and $300,000 will employ additional planning staff to deal with increased development activity. The funds will also be used to develop the master plan.

A report by general manager Allen Dwyer was tabled at Thursday night’s meeting.

“Council should be considering, say a five year plan to create a Civic Square precinct and consolidate operations for the next 30 years,” it said.

Cr Pam Ryan told the meeting that including the sale of the Function Centre and council buildings in Kite Street in the development of the master plan was “putting the cart before the horse”.

She said the development of the master plan should determine what was needed in the civic precinct redevelopment.

Cr Jeremy Buckingham said a master plan was a good idea but the sale of the Function Centre should be dealt with as a separate matter.

While a reference to selling the Function Centre was removed from the master plan investigation, general manager Allen Dwyer told the meeting the sale was pivotal to future expansion.

He said without selling the Function Centre and Kite Street buildings, council would need to win Tatts Lotto for the Civic Square redevelopment to go ahead.

Mr Dwyer said the intention was to retain the Function Centre until there was a suitable replacement.

Cr John Miller told the meeting the Function Centre was outdated and had become a burden on the council and community.

“The key here is that we are looking to replace the Function Centre with something that is more workable,” he said.

Cr Dick Niven said the Function Centre was built 40 years ago as a result of a great community effort.

“[But] it’s outlived its original purpose. It was a great thing. Amoco contributed to it, the Tilston family, the Glenroi people and a great number of people contributed … But we mustn’t have this attitude that it is there forever,” he said.

Cr Niven agreed the sale reference could be removed from the formal recommendation but council staff should not be forbidden from including the sell off in a master plan investigation.

Cr Niven also said the addition of a third floor should be part of the investigation.

“I can recall the time in 1976 when this [Civic Centre] was being built. Kell and Rigby were the contractors and the council at the time had absolutely stretched their budget as far as they could.

“Kell and Rigby were on site and said ‘for another $200,000 we can put the third storey on’. But council couldn’t stretch any further … It could be a solution now,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Keeping up with kids no easy task

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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CABONNE Council received seven letters from students in recent weeks.

The year 9 students from Molong Central School are learning about government and community action.

The letters all expressed a similar sentiment – the students were concerned about a lack of activities for young people in their local communities.

Suggestions for possible solutions to the problem included a heated pool, skate park, cinema, more discos, a youth centre with a games room, cycle paths and more sports events.

Some of the suggestions fall well outside the council’s jurisdiction – for example, it is not for the council to organise local sporting activities, build cinemas or run youth discos.

However, it is certainly within council’s capabilities to help fund and develop infrastructure such as skate parks and cycle paths. The question for the council to consider is – can the development of these sorts of facilities be justified, given they will cost tens of thousands of dollars?

The council has decided to undertake a review of the needs of the youth within the shire. It will consult with young people at community meetings and organise visits to the shire’s 18 schools.

Mayor John Farr observed that times had changed and the needs of young people had changed too. He said our young people were a product of a computer age and many were no longer satisfied with activities previous generations enjoyed.

Cr Peter Carman said the needs of youth appeared to be cyclical and the length of the cycles getting shorter – they were constantly needing something new to keep them entertained.

The council has adopted a sound course in undertaking the review. But as all 12 councillors recognised yesterday – it will not be easy.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Lengthy jail term for former Orange man

SHAWN Ellul’s mother admits her 19-year-old son was no angel.
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But Carmen Turner said nobody deserved to die like the teenager, who was stabbed more than 30 times and had his throat slit by the man with whom he escaped from Bathurst jail in 2001.

Cradling a photograph of her son, Ms Turner whispered “Yes!” as his killer, Bradley John Holland, formerly from Orange, was jailed on Friday for a maximum 30 years.

Outside the NSW Supreme Court, Ms Turner said she was pleased Holland, 24, would spend so long behind bars.

“Shawn was no angel. He ended up doing stupid things and ended up in stupid places, but he wouldn’t have it in him to hurt someone like the harm that (came) to him,” she said.

“Nobody deserved to go that way … nobody.”

Ellul was murdered about a week after he and Holland, a convicted violent offender, escaped from jail with the help of Holland’s girlfriend, Toni Cordwell, on December 3, 2001.

His body was discovered at Turondale, near Bathurst on December 17.

Holland, who had been serving time in Bathurst jail for assault before his escape, was arrested in Adelaide 10 days after Ellul’s body was found and extradited to NSW.

The three were camping when Holland attacked Ellul, stabbing him more than 30 times and slitting his throat after he called Ms Cordwell a “silly old bitch”.

Ellul was disabled by the first blow but Holland ignored his cries for mercy.

Justice John Dowd said it was a slow and painful death, with Holland complaining that Ellul was “a hard bastard to kill” during an attack that lasted up to 20 minutes.

The victim also was humiliated during the assault, forced to apologise for the trivial insult, Justice Dowd said.

According to Ms Cordwell, who testified at the trial, Holland said: “The bastard won’t be talking now because I’ve cut out his tongue.”

The prosecution argued that Holland deserved a life sentence for the sustained, extremely violent and premeditated attack.

But Justice Dowd said the murder was not premeditated but a spontaneous, disproportionate reaction to the insult.

“There was no basis to the violence and no insult that could justify the behaviour of the prisoner,” he said.

The judge said the duration and violence of the attack amounted to physical torture, with Holland inflicting “totally unwarranted gratuitous cruelty” on his victim, as well as “terrifying emotional harm”.

He said the crime was aggravated by Holland’s lack of remorse and the fact it was committed after his escape from prison, where he had been serving time for violent offences.

The diminutive Holland, who once aspired to be a jockey, showed no emotion as Justice Dowd jailed him for at least 23 years.

He will undergo psychiatric treatment while in prison and will be eligible for parole in May 2026.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Snow falls on district

BLANKET OF SNOW: Justine Ringbauer and Katia Ringbauer (front) Dan, Sam and Bethany Kennedy take a walk through the winter wonderland at the Pinnacle yesterday. Photos: JUDE KEOGHMINIMUM temperatures were below freezing on the weekend as the first significant snow of the season coated the summit of Mount Canobolas.
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Gusting southerly winds caused Orange residents to rug up with coats and beanies yesterday and Saturday. Roads around Mount Canobolas were closed yesterday but some residents ventured to other snow-covered areas around Orange to build snowmen.

Orange’s minimum temperature fell to -2C on Saturday night and climbed to a mere 3C maximum during the day. Orange’s mean minimum temperature for July so far is 2.2C. The mean maximum temperature is 10.2C.

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Council rolls out tough stand on abandoned trolleys

ON THE LOOSE: Council ranger Dennis Hines with some abandoned shopping trolleys that have been impounded at the council depot. Photo: BETHANY HALLORANGE City Council will take a tougher stance on abandoned shopping trolleys but has stopped short of increasing impounding fees.
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Supermarkets are currently forced to pay $60 per trolley to release trolleys impounded by council rangers.

At last week’s council meeting several councillors attempted to have that fee increased to $300.

However, council is likely to increase the number of trolleys being impounded and will run an education program to address the problem.

At last Thursday’s council meeting, Cr Reg Kidd said the only way to solve the problem of abandoned trolleys was a coin operated system, as was used by Aldi.

He said an agreement would be reached with supermarkets to reduce the number of abandoned trolleys.

“But within a month we’ll go back to shopping trolleys being all over the place, running into people’s cars and kids putting a few mates in them and pushing them around town,” he said.

Cr Fiona Rossiter agreed.

With three councillors absent, the vote was six to five against increasing the impounding fee.

It was also pointed out at the meeting that people who leave trolleys in the street can be fined $110 for abandoning property in a public place.

Council rangers can issue that infringement notice.

Cr Chris Gryllis said if the number of abandoned trolleys was not reduced, the issue should be reviewed in three to six months’ time.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Orange uni hosts global water forum

EXPERTS in sustainable water use will visit Orange this week to take part in an international forum hosted by the University of Sydney’s Orange campus.
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The theme of the AC21 forum is Universities, Cities, and Societies.

The conference is being hosted by the University of Sydney, but the Orange campus has been selected to hold the Water and Sustainable Development satellite forum on Wednesday.

Dean and campus director Professor Kevin Parton said the Orange campus was chosen because it was becoming well-known for its research into issues of sustainability.

“Researchers from around the world are recognising our importance and the importance of water as a national issue in Australia,” he said.

“This will move the University of Sydney, Orange campus further towards having a more dramatic impact on water issues in Australia.”

Leading researchers and field specialists at the forum will discuss water related topics including ground water decontamination, wildlife conservation and civil engineering.

Associate Dean of the Faculty of Rural Management, Associate Professor Geoff Gurr, said the forum was designed to encourage collaborative research and development opportunities for AC21 members.

“With ever stronger competition for water in Australia from industry, domestic users, agriculture and the environment, the importance of collaborative relationships and inter-disciplinary research should not be underestimated,” he said.

AC21 is based in Japan and comprises of 26 member institutions including international universities and non-academic organisations.

It is aimed at creating an international network to further cooperation on higher education issues by promoting research and collaboration.

The keynote address of the forum will be delivered by Dr Paul Taylor, the director of a United Nations organisation involved in capacity building for integrated water management.

He will discuss the topic ‘education networks and sustainable water management’, a talk focused on how water resources should be best managed by competing users and stakeholders.

Other speakers include Sydney Water chair Gabrielle Kibble and NSW Agriculture’s professor David Michalk.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Cinema opens door to eisteddfod

GOOD OPTION: City of Orange Eisteddfod president Pam Johnson believes children will enjoy performing in Cinema 2 during the vocals and piano section of this year’s eisteddfod. Photo: MICHAEL STEVENSONE section of this year’s City of Orange Eisteddfod will be held at Metro Cinemas for the first time.
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City of Orange Eisteddfod Society president Pam Johnson said Metro Cinemas offered Cinema 2 for use when sponsorship letters were sent out earlier this year.

She said the six-year-old vocals and piano section would perform in the cinema on September 6.

“For younger children it can be a bit daunting performing in the big Orange Civic Theatre,” she said.

“But here at the cinema it will not be so intimidating for them.”

She said the society would save between $700 and $800 by holding the section at the cinema.

A similar offer was made by Metro Cinemas for last year’s eisteddfod and the speech and drama committee considered the option.

However, the committee decided not to use the cinema because of problems with moving between venues and uncertainty about whether the cinema stage was suitable for dancing.

Ms Johnson said the acoustics in Cinema 2 were perfect for the vocals and piano section and the cinema had easy backstage access to enable the piano to be brought onto the stage.

She said parents’ responses to the move to Metro Cinemas had been positive and the society would like to use the cinema next year if this year’s event was a success.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Water propspect tainted

ON A GOLD MINE: Lucknow, once coveted for its gold, now for its water. Photo: JUDE KEOGHARSENIC levels in Lucknow mine water are 10 times over World Health Organisation safety limits but an investigation into uses for the resource will continue.
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The kilometres of old mine tunnels, which drop 300m, have been eyed off as a potential water source for Orange for a number of years.

But the arsenic is not the only impediment to using the water.

Earlier this month Orange City Council began a preliminary investigation into using the village’s vast network of tunnels to augment the city’s water supply.

A test carried out by a Sydney laboratory found there were .07 milligrams of arsenic per litre of water.

World Health Organisation guidelines state water is safe up to .007 milligrams per litre.

The arsenic is naturally occurring in the ore bodies deep in the mines.

For close to a century miners battled rising water and when operations stopped in the 1950s, the tunnels filled.

The extent of the tunnels is unknown because the last accurate map of the system was charted in the 1920s. (See map above)

Despite the arsenic finding, council will continue an investigation into using the water.

Council has raised the issue with the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Primary Industries and NSW Health.

“We are waiting on a bit of input from them as to what licence requirements are needed to pump water out and generally from the point of view of the [Department of Environment and Conservation], can the water be pumped into a stream,” council water manager Wayne Beatty said.

“My opinion is no but I want to get something officially from them.”

He said it might be possible to treat the water at Lucknow before it was released into a stream but the cost could be prohibitive.

“The other thing is we don’t know how much water is there. We don’t know what the sustainability of the supply is. We could set up all this stuff but we don’t know the yield. We don’t know the recovery rate,” he said.

Mr Beatty said an investigation into the geological effects of removing water from the mines would also have to be carried out before any pumping began.

He said there could be potential for subsidence.

Council’s planning and design coordinator Heather Nicholls, an authority on the mining history of the village, said there were dangers with changing the water level.

“The timbers that are permanently immersed will last a very, very long time. And the timbers that are out in the air will last a considerably long time. In the zone where the water is going up and down and around about that is where it will weaken first,” she said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Country health deserves more care

Monday, JULY19, 2004
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A report released yesterday is yet another indication of the widening gap between the metropolitan ‘haves’ and the rural and regional ‘have-nots’.

A national survey of 1400 carers has found that country people are more likely to be left caring for their chronically ill loved ones than their city counterparts.

The main reason is a lack of support services such as daycare and respite care.

It can be added to the growing list of health related issues where regional and rural Australians are missing out.

Earlier this year a study was released that found cancer sufferers in regional Australia have outcomes inferior to people fighting the disease in capital cities.

It is a case that has been argued using the statistics from a number of ailments.

Country people deserve better. Yet this is not to say that people living in places like Orange are unhappy with their lot.

By and large the opposite is the case.

Orange has one of the longest lists of health professionals and specialists of any regional city in NSW and a new hospital is on the way.

The existing hospital, although outdated and down at heel, has a growing reputation as the region’s principle medical centre, undertaking procedures that cannot be done in places like Dubbo, Bathurst and towns further afield.

But if the growing number of reports on the health of rural citizens is accurate then the pressure on this city’s hospital will continue to grow.

Country people are renowned for getting on with things and making the best of a bad situation.

But it is no longer good enough that rural and regional health issues are second on the list.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Christmas pairs to test reputations

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MEMBERS and guests will enjoy a four person best ball event at Duntryleague tomorrow for the annual Christmas in July celebration.

A popular day sponsored by Bob Lewis, builder of homes of distinction and Bob Russell, outfitter of the elite athlete, will have two shotgun starts.

Overall nearest the pin is courtesy of the Duntryleague Guesthouse where the diner experiences exquisite cuisine in the ambience of a magnificent Victorian mansion.

The format of the day relies on members of a pairing to perform and teams are often selected on the basis of reputation and not necessarily form.

As such the Fogarty and McWhirter grouping will take a power of beating. Often referred to as the Mafioso for their family loyalty, they will be led by “the Don”, Jim senior with his able consigliore John, little Jim and the man they call Brando, son-in-law Scott McWhiter.

The chances of Tony Fisher, Kevin Fraser and Dan Benton gracing the winner’s podium rely solely on the performance of the St George Dragons in the match of the round this evening against Easts.

If the Saints win Jack Benton will be sparking, if they lose he will be like baggage left on a tarmac. Big Jack has recently graduated to the afternoon field and a well protected handicap reflects on the counsel and tutelage of his mentor Tiger Tom Commins.

Former schoolboy sprint sensation Roger ‘the Flash’ McKenna partners Don E Gorton, Peter Andreas and Ian Lynch in a balanced, motivated and capable line up.

McKenna wisely gave up athletics with the advent of the bodysuit and increased television coverage of the sport. For that millions of Australians are extremely grateful.

It is worth noting that Big Roger was number one qualifier in the 1996 C grade world championships, not to mention the magnificent record of Gorton in pennants over many years.

Andreas always has beautifully polished shoes (in the Peter Mitchell tradition) and Lynch is a power walker and exercise guru. These add up to a combination sure to be in contention at presentation.

Last weekend the 4BBB stroke championship was contested with Rob Payne and Dennis Schultz triumphing over the 36 holes ahead of the Andrew and Michael Campbell.

John Slade and John Cook played consistent golf over the two days to take the B grade honours.

A highlight of Saturday’s competition was the effort of Ewen Cameron Junior in recording two eagles on the front nine. A popular winner of the La Porchetta nearest the pin was sponsor of the day, Easy Listening Ray Wilson.

Time sheets are displayed for the annual clash with the Bathurst golf club for the men’s Williams and Colvin cups and the mixed Bouffler cup to be staged at Duntryleague on August 8.

The members 27-hole foursomes championship will be played on August 1. Happy birthday to Lonhro and Ted Kelly on that day.

All players are asked to be mindful of the traffic control tapes and signs in place to protect the course in the winter months and to leave the course as they would like to find it themselves by repairing pitch marks, raking bunkers and using sand buckets.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Last chance for Finley partners

IN SWING: Charles Lane strikes a blow during the fourball championships at Duntryleague. Photo ADAM TUDORWENTWORTH GOLF
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THE pairs return to Wentworth tomorrow for the Western Mini Mix sponsored TW Finley Shield.

The sponsors group, made up of Tony and Mick Ford along with Wayne Matthews and Mick McGovern, are off the front tee at 11.43.

As this is the second qualifying round they will be looking for a berth in the top 16 pairs for the match play elimination rounds.

These will be played on successive Sundays to start on July 25. If unavailable for match play note same on your card.

At 12.30pm off tee one are Paul Wettin and Peter Heffernan. They are sitting in pole after a nett 57 in the first round.

They have plenty nipping at their heels including Mick Curran and Damien Gersbach who are only one shot away.

And just off the pace are some strong combinations such as Kevin Wright and Dominic Connaughton (69) and on the same score Craig Coles and Glen Atkinson.

Steve Fulmer and Mark Fardell are a big chance to make their presence felt as are Phil White and Lachlan Bunting.

For those of us languishing off the pace take heart as tomorrow is a new day and separate event.

The trip to Dubbo is on Saturday, August 28 with the Neville Hawke Trophy against Dubbo on Sunday, August 29. A few more C graders are wanted to travel.

Looking ahead to Saturday, July 24 and the Alpine IGA and Jack’s Corner Store are the sponsors of an 18 hole stableford.

Now is the time to enter the Mellview Apartments masters match play.

To Thursday golf and last week Frank O’Neil on 34/69 took out both sides with Jon Guyver the runner-up. Nearest the pin in this one went to G McCumstie, D Wright, Joe Commins and Geoff Smith.

The other popular open midweek event is on Tuesday, it is a stableford with three spots at a prize. This week Norm Slattery over nine holes was best on 23 points, the cut 20 on a countback.

Not letting up for a second Norm carded 35 points for 14, the cut 29 on countback.

The fit Joe Perry then asserted himself over the 18 holes, netting 40 on a countback, the cut on 39.

Tuesday nearest pins to John Farrimond, Bede Hiney with two and Joe Perry.

The associates enjoyed pleasant July weather so much they found at round’s end only the consistent Jenny Maxworthy on 37 points could match her handicap to win the top grade.

In division two a blanket finish on 31 points featured Daisy Baird getting the countback nod while Joyce Graham continued on her winning ways in division three with 35 points.

Links Villa Development awards to Val Pollack, Peg Madden, Iris Dwyer and Robyn Moore.

The Domino’s sponsored drive and pitch to Daisy Baird.

Next Wednesday’s round will be on individual stroke play. The beginners ball to Kerry Rosetto.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Many cautioned but no water fines

ALL GOOD: Orange City Council ranger Dennis Hines has given cautions about breaches of the city’s water restrictions but no-one has yet been fined. Photo: BETHANY HALLCAUTIONS for breaches of the city’s water restrictions have been issued to 91 people in Orange since the start of this year.
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Orange is currently on level 3 water restrictions. The city was subject to Level 2 restrictions before the beginning of June.

Orange City Council’s water manager Wayne Beatty said no-one had yet been fined for breaking water restrictions which limit outdoor water use.

“We have a reactive system. Once we get a complaint, our rangers see the people involved and issue a warning. If we get a second complaint [about an individual] we’ll go further,” he said.

“A lot of people aren’t too happy, but they just have to make some changes.”

No individual in Orange has been the subject of a second complaint since Level 2 restrictions came in last year.

Mr Beatty said Orange was currently using about 10 Megalitres of water per day, which is the normal winter consumption rate.

Under level 3 restrictions cars can only be washed with a bucket and not a running hose. The limitation has helped the city’s commercial car washes

‘Pete’s Car Wash’ owner Peter Mueller said water restrictions and the recent locust plague had seen his business increase.

The Top Wash in Summer Street has seen business increase considerably since water restrictions were imposed, owner Geoff Naughton said.

He said it also meant better business when water restrictions were over.

“People have come out of necessity, but after a couple of washes here some of them say it’s not worth dragging out the hoses and equipment at home to wash it there,” he said.

Car washes in Orange use recycled water.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.