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Commercial fisherman left high and dry

Mar 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Bec Penno and Des Poberts.
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Original story:Commercial fisherman claims Greenwell Point Wharf on verge of collapseAdecision to condemn the crumbling Greenwell Point Fisherman’s Wharf has left commercial fishermanDes Roberts without a mooring for his boat and struggling to supply his seafood business with fresh fish.

Mr Robertsmade the original complaints about the deterioration of the jettyfollowing a fall on the wharf which left him with a crushed testicle and damaged Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his knee.

“Iwas told by council they hadno obligation to find us a new berthing even though I’ve paid until the end of the financial year,” Mr Robertssaid.

“It’s like paying rent on a house for the whole year and then beingkickingout without notice.

“We’ve got nowhere to go.”

Mr Roberts partner Bec Penno attended an at times heatedmeeting with the thenwharf committee prior to the announcement the wharf would be closed.

“I asked them if the wharf wasknocked down what wouldhappento our boat,” she said.

“They said to go to Ulladulla,Des has never fished out of Ulladulla. He’s fished from Greenwell Pointfor 20 years,the knowledge he knows is in this area.

“They’re so big and we’re just two little people.”

Arecentengineering reportsuggestedthe wharf be condemned;it also claimedthe only fishing vesselwhich would be impacted by it’s removal wasthat of a trailerable boat, which could launch ata nearby boat ramp.

This is a suggestion Des Roberts vehemently denies.

“I’m an eight metre boat, I don’t know how I’m a trailer boat,” Mr Roberts said.

“It weighs six tonne, I do have trailer for it, it’s illegal it’s too wide for the road. It is just to pull it out to do maintenance,it’s always gone on a truck.

“It has a keel, if it didn’t have that it could be a trailer boat,but I need two-metres of water to get the boat to come off the trailer. So it has to be top of the tide, I’ve got 20 minutes to get it off or on before it’s too lowand I need two four-wheel-drives to tow it out.”

Mr Roberts was furious to hear Ulladulla Harbour is set to receive a six-figurefunding boost and suggested Greenwell Point could benefit from an upgrade.

“Joanna Gash is going to give Ulladulla Harbour $1million to put in 21 new berthsso vessels can pull in,” Mr Roberts said.

“If it’s big ocean out there and you have to come into Greenwell Point, there is nowhere for any boat to park if you’re over ten metres.”

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Isn’t it time for grown men to grow up?

Mar 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

It is inconceivable that an AFL club president of Eddie McGuire’s standing hasescaped punishment for his inexcusable comments during a radio broadcast.
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McGuire, who is certainly no stranger to making the odd offensive comment, along with North Melbourne president James Brayshaw and former Richmond coach Danny Frawley recently joked about holding Fairfax football columnist Caroline Wilson’s head under water.

When the proverbial hit the fan soon after, the trio held up their hands in self-defence and claimed it was all just a joke.

Unfortunately, most fair-minded, modern-thinking people simply didn’t get the punchline, obviously.

To put it mildly, the pretty clear insinuationof violence made against Wilsonwasutterly disgusting and offensive.

Have we somehow magically been transported back to the 18thcentury, to a time when misogynyand chauvinismwas rampant? Because that’s certainly how it all felt when certain quarters came out in defence of McGuire and his bumbling mob.

Promoting violence against anyone, particularly women given the strong focus against domestic violence, is inexcusable and cannot go unchallenged.

How the AFL has failed to act against both McGuire and, to a lesser extent Brayshaw, is astounding given the fact they represent senior clubs.

What made the incident even more perplexing was the league’s harsh stance taken against Kangaroos coach Brad Scott, who was fined $30,000 and the club $50,000 for comments he made accusing umpires of bias.

Inother words, it’s fine to joke about drowning a woman, but simply inexcusable to question an umpire.

What a farce.

But even as McGuire fumbled around an almost apology, there was still one final twist in thissorry saga when the Collingwood honcho’s former media mate Sam Newman rushed to McGuire’s defence.

During a segment on Channel Nine’s The Footy Show, Newman called Wilson an “embarrassment”.

Pardon, Sam? She’s an embarrassment because three men joked about holding her head under water?What a disgrace.

Sadly, it would appear that in some circles of the male-dominated media, when it comes to matters of equality and enlightenment, we still have a long way to go.A very long way indeed.

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A Blue Derby experiencePhotos

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WILDERNESS: Dorset Council project manager Stuart Worker admires the scenery. Pictures: Scott Gelston The Blue Derby trails, sprawling behindsmall North-East town Derby, are quite the experience on a crispwinter’s day.
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As a novice mountain biker, the network initially appeared daunting, undulating through the region’s lush forestand cascading waterfalls.

Venturing out with Dorset Council project manager Stuart Worker was a huge help.

WELCOME: Sunday Examiner reporter Tamara McDonald ventures into the trails.

His knowledgeable commentary onthe trails, which have revolutionised the town’s economy, and their constructionwas fascinating.

Mr Worker came on board with the Blue Derby trails at theirinception, and said he’s been in project managing roles at the Dorset Council for about 12 years.

“I work hand in hand with World Trail, just with any variances and that type of things, and with the structures – we’ve got a few bridges and that kind of thing,” Mr Worker said.

“Council’s taken that on board and just used our expertise if you like.”

Building the trails is a technical task.

The World Trail team create a concept plan, and then venture through the forest to map out a corridor andexecute a “ground proof” on foot.

“I was really keen on being on the project, but I had no idea what was involved yet [at the start],” Mr Worker said.

“It surprised me, big surprise on how they built the trails and how you actually need to be a mountain biker to build proper trails.”

CRUISING: Tamara McDonald gets the hang of things.

The trails are initiallyhand cut first, beforeasmall 1.6 tonne excavator is carefully used to removefoliageto create the trail’s corridor.

“They’re really good mountain bike riders themselves, so they know what they’re up to,” Mr Worker said.

Once the trails are set, any necessary rock walls are added.

The trails’ installation instigated Mr Worker’s love of mountain biking, which has become a common hobby in the North-East region.

He had previous experience with motorbikes, but has truly converted into a mountain biking devotee.

Riding along behindMr Worker as he weavedhis way through the trails, you’d think he’d been a lifelongmountain biker.

“Pedalling up hills isn’t that great, but it’s where you get your exercise I suppose,” he laughed.

NEED FOR SPEED: Cyclists from Launceston and Kalgoorlie hit the tracks.

“I really enjoy the descending, it’s awesome.

“You get a bit hooked on it.”

The trails are accessible directly from the town, and we departed from the Corner Store cafe, riding along the river briefly before meeting the trails.

We cycledthrough a section of the extensive network including theRusty Crusty, Axehead and Howler trails,before descending back into Derby.

Our ride explored routesamong the easier of the trails’ offerings, graded easy and intermediate.

Rides of varying degrees of difficulty and steepnessdisperse off the network’s tracks, colour coded green, blue and black to connote easy, intermediate and difficult levels respectively.

During our ride, westopped to see the gushingTasty Trout Falls.

The tracks were briefly closed after recent flooding, but the only evidence of the huge downpour left were a few puddles,a well-watered trackwhich luckily improved the bicycles’ grip and swiftly streaming falls.

Mr Worker saidescapingsignificant or lasting damage after recent flooding was a huge relief.

The trails require maintenance, both routine and required after such weather incidents.

The fourth and final stage of the trails’ infrastructure is currently underway.

A predominantly descendant new trailspanning from theBlue Tierinto the township of Weldborough will be completed inOctober.

“It’ll be pretty big, some of the trail we’re opening is pretty special,” Mr Worker said.

FALLS: Mr Worker chats with Marisol Sweet, of WA, at Tasty Trout Falls.

Properly mountain bike riding for the first time on the Blue Derby trails wasdaunting, but any anxiety wasn’twarranted.

All the trails are one-way, and on a winter’s day passers-by were few and far between.

The interconnecting networks allow riders to pick the length of their trip.

There were scenic spots which were fine to pull over to have a stretch and cool down while observingthe lush surrounds.

Mountain biking combines the skills of regular cycling with coordinating switching gears in accordance with the topography.

Although speeding through streams initially seemed daunting, mountain bikes cruise through bodies of water with ease.

Being a beginner meantclutchingthe brake most descents to eliminate the fear factor.

It was clear mountain biking keeps its devotees very fit–Mr Worker was speeding along with ease, as I realised being a committedmountain biker would probably be a wise decision, and onemuch more scenic than the gym.

Mr Worker, of Scottsdale,said he felt grateful to be living so close to the diverse network oftrails.

“I can see why people travel so far for it,” Mr Worker said.

“They definitely are [unique]…it depends on the area it’s built in, whether it’s soil, rock or just a plain corridor, whether it’s a green or blue.”

The radical change inflicted on Derby by the trails is understandable once one rides the trails, and has such an experiential encounter with the natural beauty while producingexercise-induced endorphins.

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Refugees debate rages

Mar 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

CONTEST OF IDEAS: Two of the four Wagga-based Riverina federal election candidates are probed about their social issues by retirees on Friday. Nationals’ Michael McCormack and the Greens’ Kevin Poynter pulled out of the debate.RETIREES have grilled Riverina federal election candidates on refugees, disability insurance and climate change policy.
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Members ofthe local U3A (University of the Third Age) demanded substantiveanswers to questions aboutsocial issues at a debate between Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz and independent Richard Foley in Wagga on Friday.

Mr Kurylowicz observed the retirees’line of questioning shied away fromhip-pocket issues, saying “people who’ve lived a little longer have a more long term focus and good on them for it.”

Asked about his stance on Australia’s border control, Mr Kurylowicz towed the party line.

“I support the ALP’s present position, which is ensuring we have secure borders and a generous refugee intake,” Mr Kurylowicz said.

“We should continue to deter people from making the boat journey.

“But once we secure the borders we shouldincrease our work through the United Nations refugee programto get people who have been in refugee camps,for some cases decades, and give them opportunity to start their life in Australia.

“A successful refugee resettlement program in Waggaadds to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

“A lot of thepeople fleeing places like Syriamake great Australians and arehighly skilled, hard working family people.”

Local construction workerRichardFoley said Serco, the British-owned multinational security firm in charge of Australia’s detention centres,should be “sacked”.

“We need to put refugees in rural areas so they can work in horticulture,” Mr Foleysaid.

“We shouldcontinue strong border protection with extra patrol boats, but qualified refugees need to go into theprofessions where they have training, like law or medicine.”

Asked for his take on climate change, union organiser RichardFoley said farmers were central to curbing global greenhouse emissions.

“Instead of paying corporations and other countries, we should be paying our farmers to sequester carbon and$10-15 per tonne,” Mr Foley said.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack and Greens candidate Kevin Poynter both pulled out of the debate.

Refugees debate rages Independent Richard Foley and Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz at the U3A federal candidate’s debate on Friday at Wagga’s historic council chambers.

Independent Richard Foley and Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz at the U3A federal candidate’s debate on Friday at Wagga’s historic council chambers.

Labor candidate Tim Kurylowicz

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New coffee shop opens in Mount Isa

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TASTE TEST: Brew & Scoop owner Vipul Gupta tries out an ice-cream served by Sonia Martinez. Photo: Chris Burns. MOUNT Isa entrepreneur Vipul Gupta has lately been sleepingas little as two hours between long working days, making sure his new business is a success.
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Fortunately for him his new investment,Brew & Scoop, serves a strong coffee.

TEAM EFFORT: Brew & Scoop staff celebrate the opening of the business. Photo: Mel Tribolet.

The new coffee and ice-cream shop in West Street officially opened last Friday, although Mr Gupta invited a small gathering of family and friends to celebrate the opening of his sixth business the evening before opening.

Attendee Irene Posadas said she loved the effect the new store would have in the central business district.

“We would like to see West Street come back to its former glory,” she said.

Another attendee, Glenda Pastoor, was impressed with the coffee she was served.

“I do not drink coffee. I hate coffee but that coffee is beautiful,” she said.

Mr Gupta decided to buy a coffee shop because he moved to Mount Isa about six years ago as the manager for the then existing Gloria Jeans.

“Since then I knew that with the personality I had and the customers I had when I leave I would miss those times and miss those experiences,” he said.

“Since then the customers who I served when I left Gloria Jeans, they always used to remind me how good the services used to be, how good the coffees used to be and how good the atmosphere used to be.

“I said to myself that day I will one day own my coffee shop, where they will get the same when I was at Gloria Jeans; best atmosphere, best coffee and best customer service in town.”

Mr Gupta bought the business Sweet Tooth Gelato,which was in Miles Street. He wanted the store to be more visible so he moved it to West Street.

He then spent close to$100,000 on renovations to give Brew & Scoop a “rustic” appearance, putting care into the seating arrangements to suit all types of customers, whether it be for a gathering place, closed in nook, or a traditional eating space.

Mr Gupta’s aim in the design was to make it casual and calming.

He acknowledged there were an increased number of coffee stores in Mount Isa recently. Such places includethe second Bambino store and the more recent Caffeine Nook, at Bella Duck.

But he believed there were enough customers for all the coffee shops if they focused on quality, customer service, and delivery.

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