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Plane trees to remain

Jan 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Mayor Simon Landow said he was pleased the London Plane trees would remain on Argyle Street. Picture: Simon BennettThe fate of Picton’siconic London plane trees has been decided.
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Wollondilly councillors have voted unanimously to keep the trees and allocated fundingfor maintenance work.

Mayor Simon Landow said he was pleased the council listened to the community after months of consultation.

“The trees are a part of Picton and we want them to stay,” he said.

“We now have a management plan in place to maintain the trees.

“We went above and beyond to seek feedback from residents.This is a win for the community.”

The council received 90 survey responsesduring the community consultation period.

About 84 per cent of peoplefelt the street trees were ‘very important’ and approximately 76 per centof people wanted to keep the trees.

Mr Landow said some residents believed the trees were a public safety risk because of the debris they dropped and posed a trip hazard.

Communications officer Julie Shipard said thetreesshed a large amount ofleaves and seedpods in the cooler months.

“They can cause damage to kerbs and paved surfaces from root growth, this can be seen in a number of locations,” she said.

“Their roots have the potential to damage to underground servicesandleaves and seedpods can also fill roof gutters and drains as well as the street drainage network.”

Ms Shipard said maintenance work would be carried out council staff and contactorsunder council direction.

“The most maintenance intensive period is late summer and autumn, while seed pods and leaves are shed,” she said.

Maintenance will include sweeping andblowing of footpaths up to three times per day during the cooler months, cleaning of drains and roads as required, the pruning of branches androotsand repairing kerbs, edging and paved surfaces.

The eight trees have been on Picton’s main street for more than three decades.

Councillor Michael Banasik said he did not want the trees to be removed.

“This is a good outcome forthe community.The trees are a beautiful part of Argyle Street,” he said.“Now we have tomaintain them.”

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Wide barrier won’t bother the Cheeky one

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Drawn wide : Cecil Maxwell holding the trump card Cheeky with jockey Daniel Pitomac A tree which crashed over during the latest storms almost caused serious injury to jockey Daniel Pitomac before the biggest ride of his career at Randwick. ‘’It was a bit of fright but we’re okay,.’’
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Pitomac will be aboard exciting three year old Cheeky in Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap (1200m) his first shot at the big time. The galloper has drawn 15 and bookmakers are quoting the horse at 15-1 in early betting.

The storms hasn’t helped preparations for Cheeky’s Sydney debut but trainer Cecil Maxwell says the flighty gelding is good.

‘’We took him to Dubbo and gave him a swim,’’

The Wellington trained galloperhas hit a purple patch. Three bush wins on end but it hasn’t always been smooth runnings.

‘’We’ve spent a lot of time with him and its taken time for him to mature.When he was young, he was cheeky, he would just walk around and bite ya,’’

The partnership between Daniel Pitomac and Cheeky has been remarkable both their share of trouble, both on the comeback trail.

‘’I was out for just a year, 3 operations on my shoulder, then a horse snapped his leg, broke my big toe in 3 places, did me hip.’’

Cheeky and Pitomac have developed areal mateship all is looking up for their big day at Royal Randwick.

‘’He is improving with every start.. We’re going to come against some harder company now, thankfully only in his own class, this is the time to testing the waters out.’’ Pitomac said.

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Hawks bank on a few late-season surprises

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HELPING HAND: Hawk Viani Falaniko must find form if the two blues are to step it up and pull off a few upsets to end the season. Photo: JUDE KEOGHORANGE Hawks captain-coach Jason Gangaram had one eye on this weekend.
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Not because of the forecast snow or predicted sub-zero temperatures set to great the two blues at Wade Park on Sunday, but because their round 11 clash is, orwas supposed to beagainst the Mudgee Dragons.

Orange City Council closed all of its grounds on Friday afternoon, deeming the state of Wade Park unfit for play,butGangaram was confident should his side have been able to take the field it would have beenable to push the Dragons on home soil.

He’sidentifying the Mudgee club’s weakness as its inability to perform on the road.

“I really think we could have tested them,” Gangaram said, the corresponding fixture in Mudgee resulting in a 60-14 Dragons win at Glen Willow.

They’ve lost games at Oberon and atBathurst’s Carrington Park and Sportsground precincts so far this year.

“They don’t travel too well and I thought this was a good time for us to get them.”

Orange City Council has closed all city-owned fields after record rain fall in June was followed on Friday by snow.

The subsequent postponement of the Hawks-Dragons clash will mean the two blues now have a two-week break before their round 13 clash against Blayney at King George Oval on July 10.

Hawks have a bye in round 12.

Gangaram said the break will do his side the world of good, with illness and injury likely to prevent a number of Hawks stars from taking the field this weekend.

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When they’re all back, though, the two blues mentor was expecting big things.

“We trained really well, twice this week,” he said.

“We’d looked good in the wet and I think the young guys have been able to have a few light-bulb moments over the course of the last couple of weeks.

“They’re getting things now they haven’t in previous weeks, and it’s beginning to show.

“Particularly our young halves (Brodie Christopherson, Jake Blimka, Kyle Robbins), just playing more direct. When you play straighter and the defence plants its feet, it’s then easier for our backs to get around sides.”

He added the key to achieving more than one win this season was remaining positive.

“It’s important we stay enthused and keep our heads up for the rest of the season. A few things go our way and it’ll be a different story,” Gangaram predicted.

Defending Group 10 premiers Orange CYMS enjoy a round 11 bye before hosting Lithgow.

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Brexit stuns Hunter Brits

Jan 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

SAD: Visiting academic Professor Janelle Yorke, from Manchester University, is worried about the future of Great Britain after the vote to leave the European Union. Picture: Marina NeilBRITAIN’S vote to leave the European Union has shocked UK visitors to the Hunter, who say they fear for the ramifications of their nation’s decision.
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Visiting academic Professor Janelle Yorke, from the University of Manchester, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the vote, which had taken Britain, and Europe, into uncharted waters.

”I am surprised that the leave vote was so strong across all walks of life in England and Wales,” Professor Yorke said.

“Against that, there was a very strong vote for staying in Scotland, so my next concern is that Scotland will now seek independence from the UK.”

Professor Yorke, from Manchester University’s school of nursing, midwifery and social work, said most people she knew had beenoverwhelmingly in favour of staying in the EU.

“Being part of the EU allowed us to work more effectively together so I am not sure now what the future will be in that regard,” Professor Yorkesaid.

Sheblamed“a very effective scare campaign by the leave group, mainly in relation to immigration”.

“I don’t think that argument is warranted, I don’t think leaving the EU will impact on UK immigration and the UK is a very multicultural country, which is a very good thing,” shesaid.

She feared that the UK decision might encourage other countries to leave, putting the whole European project at risk.

Newcastle illustrator Liz Anelli said she felt “ashamed to be English today” because the country had taken a “backward step”.

Ms Anelli also blamed the immigration debate for the strength of the vote to leave.

“It’s a bit like the spoilt child at the party who spits the dummy when things don’t go their way,” Ms Anellisaid.

“The fear and scaremongering by the British press had people convinced that migrants and asylum seekers were not good for the country, which is a shame. At the end of the day, we’re all people.”

Ms Anelli said she feared what hercountry would look like in years to come.

“England will suffer trade-wise because we’re only a small country and where our real strength lies is in our relationships with other countries –that’s all going to change,” she said.

Hunter Valley restaurateur Andy Wright said it was a “sad day” for his home country.

Mr Wright believed his country didn’t have an identity problem and there was no need to leave the EU.

“Being in the EU meant we were part of the European community,” he said.

“But England has always been a very proud country, extremely patriotic, and that never changed regardless if we were in the EU or not.”

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