Monthly archive for ‘ June, 2019 ’

Nothing in the plans

20th June 2019 | Closed

CLOSURE: Hydrotherapy pool not included in plans for Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment. Above, is Bourke Street Health Service, which is scheduled to close. The Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) has revealed the hydrotherapy poolwill not be included in current redevelopment plans for Goulburn Base Hospital.
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This includes any inclusion withplanned rehabilitation units on the future Goulburn Base site.

A spokesperson for Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) said the hydrotherapy pool wasconsidered to be “more a community service than a health service”.

“Less than five per centof patients admitted to Bourke Street Health Serviceand Goulburn Base Hospital access the hydrotherapy pool,” the spokesperson said. “There are many other therapeutic options for rehabilitation that do not require access to a hydrotherapy pool and result in positive patient outcomes.”

More than 80 representatives from different health departments, including Goulburn Mulwaree Council, project managers and architects, met over two Value Management Workshops in February and December last year to discuss included services for theredeveloped hospital.

“The Local Health District will continue to operate the BourkeStreet hydrotherapy pool while it engages with the wider Goulburn community about the future operations of the pool,” the LHD spokesperson said. “[We] acknowledge the pool is a community resource.”

Director of Optimum Health Solution, Marc Seymour, who has signed a 15-year lease for the hydrotherapy pool in the Goulburn Health Hub, said no one approached him about the redevelopments.

“If the hydrotherapy pool does close earlier than expected, I’m more than happy to talk about partnerships,” Mr Seymour said.

“My main message is that we’re doing what we do well and I’m confident in our service. We never knew it was shutting down.”

A Goulburn Mulwaree Councilspokesperson has acknowledged the upgraded Aquatic centre could collaborate with Goulburn Base Hospital down the track. “Everything is on the table for the future,” the spokesperson said.“[The council has] not been formally approached by the NSW Local Health district about this option, but discussions with the State and Federal governments will occur.”

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Stalker destroys life of woman

20th June 2019 | Closed

A woman who said her life had been ‘destroyed’ sobbed in Griffith Local Courtas her stalker pleaded guilty.
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Her stalker pleaded guilty to thecharge of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm on Monday, November 28.

The woman had become trapped in her own home, terrified to leave for shopping or work after months of the manfollowing her.

Magistrate Erin Kennedywarned the man his behaviour must stop and continued AVO orders to prevent him from harming, contacting or approaching the woman in the future.

“This person’s life has been upset considerably,” she said.

“In my view if these orders cannot protect this person…a jail sentence is likely.”

The victim’s ordeal beganat her Griffith home in September 2015 when the phone rang.

Answering the phone, she spoke with the man, who identified himself and told her he liked her.

She told him she was married with children but in response hetold her he had gone to her car and left his number there.

She asked him not to call again.

But the man called again twice more and when the woman attended the Indian Festival of the Lights she noticed him following her, and turned around a number of times tofind him watching her.

The following weekend the woman and her familywereat Griffith’s Central Plaza when she again noticed the man follow her to Target, Chemist Warehouse and the IGA.

He stood, just three metres away, again watching her.

The woman’s worry increased as over the next few months the man continued to watch and follow herat a number of locations including shopping centres and the Sikh temple.

He then began to go to her workplace.

The man waited in the carpark on a number of occasions as the victim arrived at work, he would remain until she left for the day and would follow her home in his car. She would drive home, with difficulty, terrified.

The months of uncertainty caused the woman to only leave her home for friend’s houses when she knew she would be safe. She eventually went to police to complain of the man’s actions, she said she had hesitated to do so previously because she felt it would bring shame upon her within the Indian community. The man will be sentenced on Friday, February 3 2017.

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Squash doubles

20th June 2019 | Closed

Great fun!: The spring squash competition players enjoy the competition offered at the Crookwell Squash Centre.
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We know that playing squash is fun, but have a thought about those playing squash doublesthis past weekend at Crookwell Squash Centre.

This means that there are four players on the court instead of two!

DOUBLES: Players, Richard Gatty, Kathryn Nagle, Stephen Fry and Meg Thomas.

These players were from the higher grades to the lower, and ages from nearly 70-years down to just 10-years.

This year the Centre hosted the Crookwell Xmas Doubles Squash Tournament for the 13th year.

It was the biggest Doubles Tournament ever held in Crookwell, with 64 teams from 85 players, who participated in men’s, ladiesand mixed events.

As well as locals from Crookwell and Goulburn, there were over 70 players from Canberra, Bathurst Grenfell, Queensland and Sydney areas; all here for a physical weekend with lots of fun.

The Squash Centre was transformed into ‘tent city’ which only added to the atmosphere.

Other players stayed at local accommodation to which they return year-after-year.

As Xmas is so close, this Tournament is always a special one where players get into the spirit by playing in fancy dress. The special prize went to ‘Marvellous’ Tim Toohey and Davina Harding (Syd and Dapto) followed closely by ‘Turtle Recall’ – Mick Bayley and Simon Hine (ACT & Bathurst).

Everyone enjoyed a ‘big barbecue’ on Saturday night at the Crookwell Bowling Club with exciting matches continuing on Sunday. Players battled through the rain (squash is an all weather sport) with matches culminating in Finals on Sunday.

The Mens Open winners were ‘The 3 Wall Boast’ – Victor Hulubinskyj (Sydney) and Robert Frew (Sydney).

The Ladies Open winners were ‘Diasies’ – Carolyn Bouk (QLD) and Rhonda Bottacia (QLD).

The Mixed Open winners were ‘Batman Returns’ Mick Bayley (ACT) and Lorraine Rae (ACT).

Matthew and Karen Benjamin would like to thank all the players and spectators for their support.

And another thank you to local Hotel, Motels and Bed and Breakfasts, local cafes andthe Crookwell people in general for making our guests feel very welcome.

They look forward to the first of three squash tournaments of the year to be held at the end of February.

Most grades are catered for and there is also an event for novices.

They will commence the new competitions for experienced and new players.

If you would like to give it a go contact Karen on 48321355.

In the meantime, “we wish all a very merry Christmas and safe 2017.”

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Court closed to view child porn videos

20th June 2019 | Closed

Wagga District CourtA JUDGE closed Wagga District Court to the public on Tuesday in order to view two graphic child abuse videos of an infant produced by the baby’sgrandmother.
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Even a co-accused man was removed from the court so two Corrective Services officers guarding him did not have to watch the disturbing videos shot while the baby was on a change table and while on the back seat of a car.

The accused woman, appearing in court via videolink with a prison, was disconnected for Judge Deborah Payne to view the videos.

The woman and man, both from Young, have pleaded guilty to a raft of charges relating toproducing, disseminating or possessing child abuse material.

The woman has also pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a person aged under 16.

The pair cannot be named for legal reasons.

The accused man’s mother and two sisters of the accused woman were in court as sentencing submissions that began on Monday continued.

After barrister Colin Heazlewood tendered some subjective material for the man, Judge Payne made it clear a jail term was the only option.

“You are looking at a number of years at least,” Judge Payne said.

Mr Heazlewood, though, knew that was the situation facing his client.

“I was not going to ask for anything non-custodial,” he replied.

Barrister Christine Mendes tendered subjective material for her client, including a psychological report and personal references.

“Do they know what (the accused) physically did to the child?” Judge Payne asked about the referees.

She was told the referees had been advised of the agreed facts.

The court heard that neither offender had any criminal record before these offences.

The man has been in custody on remand since February 19 and the woman has been behind bars since February 25.

Agreed facts tendered to Wagga Local Court in September when the woman pleaded guilty to seven offences said one video of the woman interfering with her grandchild was found on her laptop.

Up to 1500 images of other abused children were found in another folder on the laptop.

The sentencing hearing continues today.

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Tamworth emergency services train for airplane accident | Photos & Video

20th June 2019 | Closed

Tamworth emergency services train for airplane accident | Photos & Video TweetFacebookUPDATE: Emergency crews train for plane fuel leakTAMWORTH’s emergency services flocked to the airport on Wednesday morning as a situation evolved on the tarmac.
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Fire and Rescue, NSW Ambulance and Oxley Police, State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service and council staffhad to coordinate action at the scene.

Fortunately, no one was injured and there was no damage, as it was onlya training run for local services to work on their coordination should a real emergency occur.

The training scenario–dubbed Operation Seashell–was part of a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirement for the Tamworth Regional Airport.

Airport management consultant Michael Dubois said the exercise was aimed to help emergency services to better coordinate their activity in an airport situation.

“The coordination of it gets a little bit more difficult in the airport,” Mr Dubois said.

“You’ve got more restricted areas and there are other parties involved.”

In this scenario, a BAE college aircraft inadvertently taxied into the wing of a dash 8, causing a a large fuel spill.

Fire and Rescue were first on the scene to pour retardant on the fuel spill and make the site safe for further services to enter.

Police manned the site’s command centre while paramedics removed people from the emergency scene.

Mr Dubois was happy with how the services joined together in their response to the scenarioand said an exercise like this was a learning experience for all parties involved.

Earlier:EMERGENCY responsecrews will undertake training in Tamworth today, simulating an aircraft fuel leak.

The exercise is undertaken as part of Civil Aviation and Safety Authority requirements. It is carried out in the field every two years with the alternating year completed as a desktop exercise.

Airport consultant Michael Dubois is the exercise director and is expected to speak with media at the end of the exercise at about 11.30am.

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