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Final call

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THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a final public hearing into the Catholic Church in February 2017.
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The commission has called for submissions until July about any factors which may have contributed to why thousands of children were sexually abusedwithin the church, including the role of canon law and mandatory celibacy, and the processes by which priests and other religious were selected.

It is also considering factors contributing to how the church responded to allegations of abuse.

Final call: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has called for public submissions into a final public hearing into the Catholic Church and child sexual abuse, to be held in February 2017.

Royal Commission chief executive officer Philip Reed said previouscase studies and hearings hadconsidered Catholic institutionsincluding the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide, the Dioceses of Ballarat, Wollongong and Rockhampton, Catholic Education offices, the Marist Brothers, the Christian Brothers, and the Sisters of Mercy. Case studies hadalso considered the Towards Healing process and the Melbourne Response.

“The Royal Commission is inviting submissions on a number of factors identified through our work including canon law, mandatory celibacy and the selection, screening, training and ongoing support and supervision of working priests and religious,” Mr Reed said.

“We wish to examine to what extent these and other factors have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, or whether these issues have affected the institutional response to child sexual abuse,” Mr Reed said.

The Royal Commission is also seeking comment and submissions on the current and future proposed approaches of Catholic Church authorities to responding to survivors of child sexual abuse, individuals subject to allegations of child sexual abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse.

A copy of Issues Paper 11: Catholic Church Final Hearing, is available at the Royal Commissionwebsite athttp://梧桐夜网childabuseroyalcommission.gov419论坛/research/issues-papers-submissions.

Submissions are invited until July 1 either in writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney, NSW, 2001 or via email [email protected]论坛. Submissions can be anonymous.

Boggabri the mouse that roared in spring of ’63

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On a balmy Sunday night of the October holiday weekend in 1963, Tony and Genevieve Hassab were hosting a 21st birthday party for son Paul at their Laidlaw St property in Boggabri but the birthday boy was late.
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Boggabri captain-coach and half Barry Kellam fires a pass away to centre Robert Heiler before West centre Ken Thompson can effect the tackle. Others in the picture include (from left) Boggabri five-eighth Bill Robinson, prop Michael Nelson, referee Ted McAlpine, West hooker Denny Dewhurst (behind Kellam), prop Fred Mitchell, second-rower and coach Brian Fletcher, five-eighth Bill Walton and lock Harry Marcellos.

Not that anyone wasworried.

Paul Hassab was otherwise engaged, helping create history for Boggabri that afternoon.

He was a second-rower in the brilliant Boggabri side that won the club’s first Group 4 premiership by beating West Tamworth 22-10 in the grand final at Scully Park inTamworth.

“We didn’t get back to Boggabri until about 8 o’clock,” Hassab recalled.

“They started the party without us.

“It was a big celebration. Half the town turned up.

“The whole team went and it didn’t finish up until the early hours in the morning.”

That tiny Boggabri with a population then of 850 even made the grand final was a feat in itself.

The team had to come from the minor semi-final against Werris Creek and then a replayed final against Tamworth City just to reach the decider.

But they had good reason to be confident against the West Tamworth Robins (as they were then known) who had not played for three weeks since beating Tamworth City 12-11 in the major semi-final.

“After playing the minor semi at home and then two finals we were rock-hard with no injuries,” Hassab said.

“We knew we had the wood on West purely on the basis of fitness.”

A point with which West Tamworth second-rower Kevin O’Toole agreed.

“We thought we were pretty well-matched,” he said.

“But the extra week off and the hot weekend killed us.

“They were a very good side though.

“It was always hard against them.”

Barry Kellam, now living at Coffs Harbour, was in his first year as captain-coach of Boggabri at 26 after playing his early football at Tumbarumba in south-west NSW .

Don Furner, a former Kangaroo and coach of the Canberra Raiders, had coached at Tumbarumba early in his career and recommended Kellam for the Boggabri job.

“I decided to take the chance though Val (wife) wasn’t real keen at first,” Kellam said.

“Boggabri secretary Bill Hanton gave me work at the Royal Hotel.”

Kellam was happy to find a lot of young blokes at the club.

“If you get a young team you can tell them what to do.

“Old blokes know more than you.

“I told them ‘I’m the boss, what I say goes’.

“They all took it well. You can only have one captain.”

Kellam went into the grand final confident.

“I thought our backline was as good as any in the group and the forwards were the equal of any – they didn’t get on top of other sides but held their own.

“It was a good night of celebrations at Paul’s party. There were a lot of supporters there.”

Hassab remembers Kellam as a “terrific coach who led by example”.

“He was a strong, solid player and I’ve never seen a player strip a ball (which was legal then) better than Barry.

“Barry wanted everybody fit. Everybody had a job where they were physically required to work hard.

“Tom Sutherland (prop) was the anchor of the side.

“He was a big, strong bloke, a good pug who didn’t take a backward step.

“It was a tough grand final. The scrums were ferocious.

“We had a top front row in Tom, Bill Urquhart (hooker) and Michael Nelson who stood up to West.”

Remarkably, Hassab was in just his first year of rugby league after playing rugby union at Waverley College in Sydney, where he was a boarder, and at Gatton Ag College while completing a diploma inagriculture.

He came back home for a year in 1963 before being recruited by the Canterbury-Bankstown Berries (as they were then known) in 1964.

He was actually training with South Sydney at the start of the 1964 season with old schoolmate Michael Cleary (who represented Australia in both rugby codes as well as athletics) but a wrangle with Boggabri over a 600 pounds transfer fee wasn’t resolved before the Rabbitohs completed their gradings.

“Mick rang up Clive Churchill who was coach at Canterbury at the time so I trialled with them and was lucky enough to make the side.”

Hassab had two years with the Berries, playing 22 first grade games, before leaving Sydney for Grafton to focus on his career in the Department ofAgriculture.

He played and coached South Grafton and then Smithtown before returning to the north-west at Gunnedah for three seasons including a 1973 grand final win against WestTamworth.

He later returned to rugby as coach of Gunnedah’s Red Devils from 1982 until 1988.

He now has a rural supply business in Port Macquarie where he has lived for 20 years.

He looks back fondly on his time at Boggabri and went to the club’s 100th anniversary in March.

“They did a great job,” he said of the Boggabri club committee.

“I thought rugby league was dying in the country but not from what I saw there.”

Current club president Greg Haire would agree and says mining in the area has helped.

He is in charge of a thriving club with a committee of 22.

“With the mines, there’s jobs and we can keep the young blokes here,” Haire said.

Hassab says in 1963 farm work was the main occupation in the area.

“Back then the town of Boggabri had a population of about 850 and we had no more than about 35 seniors registered and about 20 juniors.

“The reserves and juniors also did well that year.

“It was a very close-knit club.”

As it is now after 100 years and still going strong.

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Marathon game fisher worried about economic impact of Geelong Star

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Marathon game fisher worried about economic impact of Geelong Star SPOTTED: Bermagui based commercial fisherman Jason Moyce spotted the Geelong Star working the bait grounds at 12-Mile Reef on the morning of Friday, May 13.
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MARLIN CAPTURE: Tyrone O’Connor this year fished 40 out of the 56 days he was in Bermagui and often by himself in his new 30-foot game boat ‘She Left’.

RARE KILL: Tyrone O’Connor with one of the only fish he kept this season, tagging and releasing all his marlin.

The factory trawler Geelong Star. Photo supplied by Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association.

TweetFacebookNarooma News on Friday said the vessel was fishingat least 20 nautical miles from Bermagui.

Bermagui-based commercial fisherman Jason Moyce spotted the Geelong Star working the bait grounds at 12-Mile Reef on the morning of Friday, May 13.

Mr Moyceposted a photo of the trawler on social media commenting: “Doing its fourthlap of the 12… Doing 1-mile shots and then winching up!Smashing it!”.

The vessel is working the productive grounds off Bermagui on theday before the Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament begins, contrary to the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association’spromise to keep away from game fishing tournaments.

Andthe continued focus of the trawler on the bait grounds off Bermagui and Narooma is raising concerns among game fishermen worried about localised depletion of fish stocks and also the economic impact of the vessel on local small towns reliant on game fishing.

The Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association spokesman however has dismissed these claims saying baitfish were not beingdepleted, even thoughthe vessel had concentratedall of its efforts off the South Coast in recent weeks and months.

One dedicated big game fisherman disagrees andbrushed shoulders with the controversialtrawleron an almostdaily basis during his recent eight-week annual fishing marathon out of Bermagui.

Tyrone O’Connoris fearful of the long-term impact the trawler will haveon fish stocks if it keeps up its concentrated effort in Narooma and Bermagui watersand therefore the impact on the economy of fishing towns that rely on visiting recreational anglers and their perception of a healthy fishery.

He is not against professional fishing but said there needed to be greater oversight on the Geelong Star and where exactly the 95m vessel was allowed to fish within the zones and sectors approved by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

He is alleging the vessel has been put on hold from nettingwaters north of Sydney and hence was spending all its time off Narooma, Bermagui and Eden in what was known as Sector 6, magnifying the effect of local bait stock depletion.

Mr O’Connor, a financial planner from Melbourne, spends his annual holiday fishing out of Bermagui and has done so for the last 30years.

This year he fished 40 out of the 56 days he was in Bermagui and often by himself in his new 30-foot game boat ‘She Left’.

His observations were that the Geelong Star in the time he was on the water this year seemed to be focussing on waters off Tuross Head, Narooma and Bermagui, travelling wherever the bait school were, often along the edge of the Continental Shelf and12-Mile Reef and as far south as Eden.

At the end of his stint, he said the Geelong Star had ventured further north to Batemans Bay and Jervis Bay because that is where the bait was and the currents were slack.

He acknowledged that this year was a very good year for marlin but that was at the beginning of the season and things dropped off quite quickly, which seemed to be timed to the lack of bait.

“Sure you can’t claim that all thebait disappeared because of the Geelong Star because there are all kinds of factors like the current, but I’mworried about the long-term impact this and any other mid-watertrawler will have,” he said.

Game fishermen and the Geelong Star were bound to be thrown together as they were both chasing the same thing along the samewater on the edge of the Continental Shelf. The Geelong Star was after bait species such as Cowan Young and slimy mackerel and there were the same fish being chased by the marlin.

“It was a regular event to see the Geelong Star turn up when ever bait reappeared on the edge, It was hard for anglers to catch consistent slimy mackerel on the edge throughout March and April,” he said.“The Geelong Star is already having an effect in this area, it has continually netted day in and day out along the edge mainly from Tuross Canyons to Eden and has reduced bait numbers thus reducing the chances of marlin etc staying in the area due to insufficient preferred food.

“The long term effect of this type of fishing practice will have tremendous impacts on marine life, our way of life and economic pressure for towns and businesses that rely on recreational fishing.

“This netting technique that is concentrating all its efforts on the edge needs to be stopped much sooner than later. The fact that the area available to netting has recently been widened, in my view,will not lessen the pressure on bait stocks found on the edge, i have no doubt that the net will still be worked up and down the edge for a very high percentage of its time. We need to act very strongly now to protect. We need to unite as one.”

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The Narooma News has contacted and asked boththe sitting Federal Member Dr Peter Hendy and Labor candidate Dr Mike Kelly for their view on the Geelong Star’s continued focus of fishing activity on the Far South Coast and its impact on the economies of local towns and sustainability of the its fishing practices.

Dr Mike Kelly said:”When I was the member I worked hard to ensure that our local fishing industry and marine environment were adequately protected. This included close involvement in the roll-out of the marine bio regional planning process. I also ensured the proper protection of our abalone industry by winning reforms to anti-poaching laws to make the work of our marine police worthwhile and effective. I delivered on my commitments to local recreation and commercial fishers and would continue to remain vigilant in defending our resources and environment. If elected I will rigorously investigate the trawler issue and act as needed.”

Dr Peter Hendy also replied that he wasaware that many people have a strongly held view that this ship’s activities pose a threat to recreational fishing and the whale watching industry.

“My aim is to find a way forward that allows co-existence of recreational fishing, commercial fishing, a sustainable environment and the whale watching industry. A workable compromise needs to be made,” Dr Hendy said.

“In recent months I have had detailed discussions with the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, and concerned constituents.

“That has led to Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) engaging directly with stakeholder groups in Eden-Monaro. There is currently very detailed and active consultation going on to get to a balanced decision on how to proceed. They are looking at a whole array of issues such as area of operations, time of operations, and solving conflicts with recreational fishing and tourism activities.

“AFMA is tasked to manage and monitor commercial Commonwealth fisheries and ensure Australian fish stocks and our fishing industry are viable now and in the future. Australia’s fisheries are world class, sustainably managed and decisions are made using the best available science – this will continue under this Government’s watch.I will encourage AFMA to continue discussions with stakeholders.”

A spokesman for the Small Pelagic Fishing Industry Association however has dismissed the concerns of game fishermen about localised depletion and the impact on local economies.

“There is no evidence of localised depletion of bait fish stocks or impact on game fishing,” the spokesman said.“In fact, game fishers and tackle shops report the most recent tournaments have been hugely successful with plenty of game fish on offer. The ‘fish and move on’ rules that apply to the Geelong Star, and conservative quota management, are working.This fishery has been commercially fished for 25 years.”

The SPFIA spokesman went onto to say: “The operators of the Geelong Star have made voluntary undertakings in relation to fishing on the NSW South Coast, including not fishing within 20 nautical miles of Bermagui from Mid-December till Anzac Day, not fishing within 20nm of the following ports the week before and during the GFAA and/or ANSA sanctioned tournaments at Kiama, Ulladulla, Bateman’s Bay, Merimbula, Eden, as well as the Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament held at Bermagui in May.The vessel will not fish within 20nm of Eden during the week before and during the three-day Eden Whale Festival held in October each year.These are significant concessions from the vessel operators that directly address the concerns raised by recreational fishers.”

The Merimbula Big Game andLakes Angling Club(MBGALAC) meanwhile hassupported the regulation change, which came into effect on May 1, thatgives the Geelong Star more water with the understanding that this could mean less time in local waters. Read more

Related stories:AFMA expands fishing grounds for Geelong Star

AFMA confirms whale shark brought on board Geelong Star

Geelong Star confirmed fishing off Bermagui Narooma

Dr Peter Hendy encourages discussion in factory trawler Geelong Star debate

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Contours exhibition on show at Gunnedah gallery

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Artist Kay Norton-Knight visited Work of Art Community Gallery on Wednesday for a preview of her exhibition Contours.
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Mudgee artist Kay Norton-Knight with Jackie Weston and Philippa Murray.

This is the first time the Mudgee artist has displayed her works in Gunnedah, with great interest shown by those who attended the preview.

“We have a group of print makers in Gunnedah, however, I think this work is really very impressive. The viscosity and the woodcuts are very interesting,” Shirley Urquhart said.

“It’s a little different in printmaking compared to what we’re used to, and very attractive.”

Curved lines are a recurrent theme throughout Mrs Norton Knight work and many feature the landscape of Alice Springs where she completed her artist’s residence.

“I used to have to cycle past the West McDonnell Ranges to get to my studio every day,” Mrs Norton-Knight said.

The artist said she found lines to be “very therapeutic”.

“I find that they are more relaxing and calming to the eye, more so than the severe. I prefer working with the curves rather than the sharp edges,” she said.

When she does woodcuts, Mrs Norton-Knight said she likes to leave the wood exposed and work with the grain.

Enjoying an afternoon preview. From left, Anne Pickett, Felicity Baker, Judy Baker and Shirley Urquhart.

Gallery owner Chris Burgess said the artist’s works were reasonably priced and a “great investment”.

“The exhibition is absolutely fantastic. It’s different but by the same token it’s very warming. Those earthy tones of Kay’s are very welcoming,” he said.

Gallery co-ordinator Philippa Murray said the exhibition was a great contrast to the previous exhibition on show, Art from the New England.

“It’s such an impressive body of work and so many hours of work went into it,” she said.

“It’s tremendous to see such good support from the local area.

“I really urge everyone to come and have a look.”

The Work of Art Community Gallery will exhibit printmaking and sculptures by the artist until early June, with all works for sale.

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Riley earns a 30-run shirt

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30 RUNS: Ashlee, Michelle, Daniel, Mitchell and Riley Beby. Riley received his thirty run shirt, making him the third member of the family to achieve this target.
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The Broulee Runners’ 64 starters enjoyed great conditions on Wednesday, May 4 and14 personal best times were recorded.Maureen and Paul Searson and Lily McCloud enjoyedtheir first run.

Outstanding young athletes Jaylah Hancock-Cameron and Rhys Flood showed the benefit of their intensive coaching program over the past month.

Jaylah set a new record for the women inthe 3.5 kilometres.Both of their previous times were recorded before they had to run extra distance around the bridge construction site.

Riley Beby was awarded his thirty-run shirt, joining two other members of his familyto achieve the target.

A number the runners are planning to go in the Batemans Bay first Park Run on Saturday.

May 4 results:Two kilometres

Jakeesa Smith 7.48 PB

Oliver Dyason 8.06

Riley Beby 8.08

Piccola Bayley8.59

Lily McCloud 9.03

Flynn Pratt 9.11

Jake Pratt 9.36 PB

Sean Pratt 9.36 PB

Sandra Lunn 10.21

Lara Elliott 10.35

Scott Elliott 10.36

Jill Brown 10.37

Sue Hargraves 12.20 PB

Bradley Lunn 12.45

Mitchell Beby 13.00

Pauline Hicks 13.19

Carissa Morgan 14.05

Steve Morgan 14.06

Makayla Wade15.51

Maureen Searson 15.54

Patrick Wade 16.05

Alba Van Der Meulen 16.06

Roz Hayward 17.44

Karee Van Der Meulen 17.51

Elani Van Der Meulen 17.53

Rachael Wade 20.23

Ashlee Beby 21.00

Michelle Beby 21.01

3.5 kilometres

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron 13.24 PB

Rhys Flood 13.54

Marty Jones 15.06 PB

Lucy Jones 17.12 PB

Shayne Hargraves 17.15

Callum Elliott19.02

Cameron Lunn 19.17

Ross Hayward 20.09

Paul Searson 20.42

Kim Young 21.13

Millie Preston 21.46

Libby Buttress 22.34 PB

Bridget Doherty 22.39 PB

Charlie Jones 24.48

Ben Turner-Collins 24.50 PB

Richard Fisher 27.50

David McCann 28.41

Five kilometres

Daniel Beby 18.36

Scott Carver 19.56

Andrew McPherson 21.57

Dylan Van Der Meulen 22.08

Gary Ashton22.55

Nev Madden 24.21

Dave Connaughton 24.48

Greg Flood25.31

Jasper Motyka 26.02

Deb Connaughton 28.51

Stephanie Lunn 28.02PB

Marlin Bayley 28.02

Nina Thorne 28.19 PB

John Hicks 28.39

Damia O’Loughlin 31.21 PB

Kirsty Campbell32.46

Zed Clare 33.03

Elijah Turner-Collins 33.03 PB

Robyn Kennedy 44.06

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Company to seize power of the sun

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AN ALBURY manufacturer plans a future free of power bills after an off-grid solar system with 150 roof panels took effect on Thursday.
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CHECKING IT OUT: Bourgault Australia managing director Denis Dorval with Energis commercial energy consultant Jake Bruce and installer Dai Jenkins.

Thecommercial projectmeansthe company is nowself-sufficient for its energy requirements.

SPACE FOR MORE: Some of the 150 solar panels, each of them 260 watts, on the roof of Bourgault’s main building. They use about 15 per cent of the available area.

Bourgault Australia’s operations at Ettamogah had been running off a diesel generator since the farm machinery specialist opened its temporary shedtwo-and-a-half years ago.

Managing director Denis Dorval said attempts to connect to the grid became complicated and it appeared the power lines would need to go underground, at considerable expense.

STREAMLINED: The off-grid solar system requires little floor space.

“And Jake just happened to stopin here as a cold sales call at just the right time,” Mr Dorval said.

Energis commercial energy consultant Jake Bruceand electrician Dai Jenkins, an Energis installer, put the systemintoBourgault’s newly builtmain building this week.

Mr Dorval said the generator had served its purposebut was only ever short-term, given the bigger building and energy demands such ascranes to be installed and air conditioning.

“We were going through about 2500 litres of fuel every six or seven weeks,” he said.

“It was probably $1200, $1300 a month, I suppose; it will be reduced to probably $130 a month if that.”

Mr Bruce said the system, the first he hadinstalled forEnergis on the Border, includedthe 260-watt panels, 40 large batteries that hold two days’ power and a back-up generator.

“Being so new, we just needed to take our time and make sure we got it all right,” he said.

Mr Dorval said improvements in technology meantthe installation required onlywall space and about two square metres of floor for the battery box.

“The older solar systems that we used to see, they had massive, just about separate, sheds to store batteries and components.

“Power bills never go down, theykeep going up and up;this (system) isn’t going to change, the sun’s going to keep shining.

“We have lots of roof and we can add a lot of panels;we’re not married to the system as it is, it can be expanded upon quite easily.”

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Insurers change name

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NAME GAME: MIIC Financial Planning Manager Jim Wirth with employees Kerry Mitchell and Tracey Kitson. Photo: supplied A local company is undergoing a name changeafter almost 40 years in the city.
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Mount Isa Insurance Consultants will now be known as MIIC Financial Planning, after the business was sold to new manager Jim Wirth.

Mr Wirth said he had been working under Garry and Sandra Collins since 1997.

“Garry Collins and Sandra Collins, who happen to be my in-laws, they’ve been in the business since 1977,” Mr Wirth said.

“Recently they’ve retired and I’ve taken the business over from them.”

Mr Wirth said it was essential that the business had a name that reflected the direction the company was moving in.

“We’ve always been called Mount Isa Insurance Consultants, and we’ve changed that to MIIC Financial Planning,” he said.

The change in name will also see a shift in service focus.

Mr Wirth said while the company will still deal in mining insurance, they will also be putting more time into superannuation and finance planning in both Mount Isa and surrounding towns.

“We go down to Cloncurry once a month, and we want people to recognise that we don’t just do mining insurance,” he said.

Previous owner Garry Collins said he left his job as a shift supervisor at the mines to start the business.

“At that time Mount Isa had 52 insurance consultants, and oddly enough people in the mining industry couldn’t get insurance,” Mr Collins said.

“When I left the mines and went to insurance school, I didn’t know at the time that miners couldn’t get insurance.

“When I found that out I spent about the next decade pushing the insurance companies into looking seriously at the mining industry.”

As for passing on the company, Mr Collins said Mr Wirth was always the obvious choice.

“Jimmy [Wirth] has been with me for 20 years, at the company, as an adviser, so he was always the heir apparent.”

The company will make the official switch to MIIC Financial Planning in the near future.

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Infantile fun which always has a cost

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Many readers will sympathise with the plight of Natasha Thomas who has lost her car through no fault of her own. A great many more will metaphorically grind their teeth in rage at our seeming powerlessness to stop the idiot behavior on our streets which leads to this kind of pointless destruction.Despite the xBox-derived delusions of invulnerability of the hoons, the very act of hooning often involves a loss of traction and hence control. The behavior, as the police wearily repeat, is inherently dangerous and while yesterday it was only a car lost it could easily have been a limb or a life.
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If the buffoons who have a puerile fixation with erasing rubber on asphalt want to do so on distant country lanesthen at least they disturb few. When something goes wrong, as it invariably does, they will hopefully kill none but the culpable. Those who have their sleep regularly disturbed by the midnight squeal will not lose any more sleep over it, no matter how many online posts lament “a beautiful life cut short”. But as Ms Thomas’s incidentproves the damage done is never solely their own and they cravenly flee the moment there is any hint of answering for their “fun”.

To be realistic, it is simply impractical to consider police can preempt this kind of behavior and simply impossible that they will be patrolling every street at every hour. The need for residents to have factual evidence including number plates is also problematic when getting details like this late at night with cars spinning about is no simple task. Ten years on from the introduction of tough legislation on hoons we do know that it has not eradicated the behavior. The initial delight of authority in impoundingand even crushing hoons cars caught in the act loses its sting when the cars are so worthless that the drivers care little if they lose them. Even when these youths are caught they rarely have the means to make restitution and despite the dreary excuses of underpaid lawyers their remorse is paper thin and their bovine proclivity is to simple do it all again.

But residents need to reclaim their own streets. Detection and punishment must play a part in deterring individuals so a combined and coordinated response from the community, crime stoppers and police is vital. Perhaps equally important for every parent who rears these dopes is a cultural change;countering the sense of entitlement which through boredom and misplaced machismo leads to this abuse and carelessness. Stemming the “fun” may prevent a tragedy.

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Kuro Kin Wagyu property purchased

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THE Bishop family’s Kuro Kin Wagyu property at Bunnan in the Upper Hunter has been acquired by the Chinese owners of‘Glenrock Station’ near Scone.
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Making an impact in the region, the buyers are one of China’s largest supermarket and department store retailers.

Dashang Group’s Australian operations are conducted through its entity – Australia Aulong Auniu Wang Pty Ltd (AAAW).

Stud cattle and quality beef has been produced by the Bishop family in the area since 1906. The original property‘Wootton’ was purchased from James Brindley Bettington as part of Terragong.

For many years, the property was home to the Wootton Poll Hereford stud founded by the late Bill Bishop senior.

Wagyu cattle were introduced 20 years ago, and‘Kuro Kin Wagyu’ then became a major contributor to the Wagyu beef industry both domestically and internationally.

INVESTMENT: Peter Bishop with AAAW general manager Michael Wang and Jenny Wang at the Kuro Kin Wagyu property near Bunnan on Thursday.

“We are pleased to announce AAAW has acquired Kuro Kin Wagyu, along with all of its corresponding assets,” Peter Bishop said.

“The Wagyu herd on Kuro Kin has been developed over 20 years and represents some of the best performing genetics available outside Japan to date.

“The management and running of KKW will remain under the same family structure along with its loyal and competent staff.

“AAAW’s acquisition of Kuro Kin Wagyu is clear confirmation of the excellent position Wagyu and the generalbeef industry is in at the moment in Australia.

“This investment will help boost the growth of our industry andstimulate further investment that will drive the Australian economy, which will create jobs and opportunities in the process.”

The construction of the portfolio has several aims:

POSITIVE: Peter Bishop says Wagyu, and the Australian beef industry in general, is in an excellent position.

– To establish important supply lines of high-quality Australian beef.

– In a country where providence and food security is the number one priority for the consumer, AAAW aims to establish a fully integrated beef supply network in Australia.

This will enable a traceable, clean and green Australian product to be delivered to discerning markets both domestically and overseas.

– AAAW aims to produce Angus cattle for the live export trade into China, along with a high quality Wagyu F1 boxed beef trade. Kuro Kin Wagyu genetics will allow AAAW to have a point of difference when it comes to providing the market with high-end Wagyu beef.

– AAAW’s competitive advantage is its sales distribution network–which no other Chinese company is currently investing in Australia. There are about 300 supermarkets across China with a mature and local customer base.

– AAAW and KKW propose to develop relationships with current and future clients in order to contribute to the supply component of the business.

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Flash Fibian collects $50,000 Inglis bonus

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DOMINANT: Flash Fibian, with Tye Angland in the saddle, races away to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2YO Handicap (1200m). Picture: Les SmithTHE $50,000 Inglis bonus went off as Flash Fibian claimed a popular victory in the two-year-old feature at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday.
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The late Bede Murray dominated the two-year-old race in recent years so it was only fitting that his son Paul prepared Flash Fibian ($3.80) to win the Harrison’s Joinery 2016 Inglis Bonus 2YO Handcap (1200m).

Flash Fibian, runner up in the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra, made light work of his 61 kilograms to post a dominant 1¾length victory.

Given he was purchased at an Inglis sale, not only did Flash Fibian pick up the$11,360 first-place cheque but also won his connections the $50,000 Inglis bonus.

Paul Murray was pleased to see Flash Fibian get the job done.

“It was a really good win,” Murray said.

“He will go for a spell now, he’s done a great job.

“He will come back for the three-year-old races.”

The Murray stable has now claimed the Inglis bonus three times in the past four years, after Chosen Song (2013) and Sure And Fast (2014) won the race in previous years.

Murray brought two two-year-olds to Wagga for the race and grabbed first and third, with Can’t Find Snippy ($8.00) grabbing the minor placing.

Ever-consistent Queanbeyan two-year-old No When To Hold Em ($13.00) split the pair to finish second.

Bede Murray trained Flash Fibian up until his passing and it was his last runner when second in the Black Opal at Canberra.

Paul recalled how his dad always had a lot of time for the horse.

“He really liked him. We picked him out of the paddock as a yearling at Stuart Lamont’s when we were down here one year,” Paul said.

“So it’s really good to win this race.”

Stuart Lamont’s Kooringal Stud remained in the ownership and the MTC president was on hand to enjoy the victory.

Lamont brought the mare, Langfibian, in foal and bred the son of Ready’s Image.

Murray believes he will return a better three-year-old.

“He will come back and make a better three-year-old,” he said.

“He’s city class and will get a bit further.”

Tye Angland guided Flash Fibian to victory and it was the second leg of a winning double on Town Plate day.

Angland was impressed by the performance.

“It was a big win with that sort of weight,” Angland said.

“Everything went perfect. He jumped well, got in a great spot and let down well.”

The Murray stable almost grabbed the following race on Town Plate day when Onemore Bopa ($4.60) was edged out when second in the Hillis Motor Group Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m) behind Croix De Vie ($17.00).

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