Tweed Foodie Fest kicks off

Celebrating the region’s diverse food culture is the aim of this year’s Tweed Foodie Fest, launched on Friday at Saltbar.
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The festival has been expanded to a five day affair after strong support from the local food industry.

“This will be our third year of running the Tweed Foodie Fest,” festival director Kerry Turner said.

“It started out as a one-night only event in 2011 and we are absolutely thrilled to be launching a jam-packed five day program for 2013.

“This growth has been driven by the positive response from festival-goers whose attendance has increased exponentially every year, as well as the generous backing of our local business sponsors and Tweed Shire Council.”

Read more at The Tweed Daily News

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Emergency Essendon meeting planned

Tim and Susie Watson, parents of Essendon skipper Jobe, arrive for a management meeting at Essendon in February. Photo: Joe Armao Essendon captain Jobe Watson. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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Essendon has called another emergency meeting of parents and partners of the club’s playing group in the wake of the latest drug revelations surrounding the Bombers.

The club is facing a backlash from concerned families of players – particularly from a number of partners who have become pregnant over the past two seasons.

According to a former senior club figure, a number of players have kept some of their medical records – including blood tests – and are now seeking independent medical advice.

“I know of several players who have taken blood tests outside of the club in the past few months,” said the individual, who has been closely involved with Essendon for more than a decade.

“One player has a had a fertility test, a sperm count, and that will be monitored over coming years. The players are concerned with reports that some of the substances that have been given to them may impact their fertility in the next five, 10 or even 15 years from now.”

The meeting – to be held at Windy Hill at 6pm on Tuesday – follows a Fairfax Media report that club officials have been unable to tell either their players or ASADA exactly what drugs they were given when they were injected with a substance bought overseas by a Melbourne man suffering from muscular dystrophy.

It is believed the club will tell concerned parents the mystery drug was sourced from New Mexico, not Mexico, as reported.

The club cannot, however establish exactly what was injected and whether there are long-term health concerns or the substance illegal for use in sport.

The email sent to the families of past and present players states: “The club executive would like to welcome back parents, partners and players from the 2012-2013 season.”

It also states: “We are once again seeking your support in recognising the importance of keeping this meeting confidential.”

It has been widely reported that a number of Essendon players were “shaken” after their initial ASADA interviews.

During these interviews some players enquired about the potential long-term health impacts, including infertility and possible birth defects in children.

ASADA has told players it cannot comment on potential health impacts because it does not know all the details about what players were given.

With a number of players now keeping private medical records, Essendon faces the possibility of future legal action from the playing group if such health impacts materialise.

“There are a lot of questions from some very angry and upset family members that need to be answered,” said one individual, who allowed Fairfax to read the club email. “This is the real human tragedy that may emerge from all this.”

Fairfax Media has also learned that a group of former club players and officials is considering calling an extraordinary general meeting of members to vote on a spill of the club’s board.

It believed that the signatures of 100 members are needed to call the EGM.

“It’s very difficult at Essendon,” said the former senior official. “A very small selection of coterie groups actually controls the club and the board as many regular members never vote.

“We would need the support of a very large number of everyday members to bring some real change to the place, and take it out of the control of the hands of a very small number of people who are the powerbrokers at the club.”

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MCG car park closure likely to create Friday night squeeze

Football fans are being urged to leave their cars at home with recent heavy rains forcing the closure of the MCG car park this weekend.
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The car park in Yarra Park will be closed for all events from Friday until Sunday, meaning thousands of football fans should rethink their plans to drive.

The carpark has the capacity for 3,500 vehicles.

Public Transport Victoria’s Director of Communications Matt Phelan said people should take public transport as they are unlikely to find parking around the MCG.

“The MCG car park is closed all weekend which means there will be a large number of cars on the road looking for an extremely limited number of parking spots,” he said.

“The easiest option is to leave the car at home and catch one of the dozens of extra train and tram services to the MCG,” he said.

For tonight’s clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood, football fans should plan ahead to ensure they make the first bounce at 7.50pm.

Metro are running three extra trains before tonight’s game departing from Dandenong, Mordialloc and Sunbury.

Before and after the game, extra trams will run frequently between the city and the MCG via Melbourne Park and Wellington Parade.

Metro confirmed extra trains will run on the Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Hurstbridge, Lilydale, Pakenham, Sandringham, South Morang and Sunbury lines to cope with the extra demand all weekend.

There is also a Pink concert at Rod Laver Arena, meaning a huge number of people will be converging on the area at the same time.

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Adrian Franze jailed for 17 years over drug importation

A Melbourne property developer and bar owner who attempted to possess 14 kilograms of cocaine and 133 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $14 million has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
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Adrian Franze, 33, co-owned Chapel Street venue the Destino Latin Bar along with a friend called Anthony Sitar, who is on an Interpol watch list after fleeing the country when he was charged over the plot to import the drugs, which were liquefied and hidden inside beer bottles from Mexico.

The Supreme Court heard during the trial that in October 2011, authorities checked a shipment of 672 boxes of Cucapa beer imported from Mexico and found traces of cocaine and methamphetamine. Listening devices were then hidden in the boxes.

Sitar and Franze then arranged for the boxes to be stored at a property in Sunshine leased by an employee of Sitar’s.

Australian Federal Police had the property under surveillance, and the co-conspirators became suspicious. They dumped the van in which they transported the beer in Toorak Road, South Yarra, and checked into a serviced apartment in Brighton.

Another man, who cannot be named, later went to the Sunshine property in the early hours of October 26, loaded the beer into another vehicle and took it to a property in Yarraville.

By this stage, the co-conspirators were becoming increasingly convinced they were under surveillance, and when police finally arrested the other man at the Yarraville property, he was trying to pour the beer down a drain.

Franze handed himself into the Australian Federal Police the next day, while Sitar fled.

During his trial, Franze claimed he only became aware the bottles contained drugs when Sitar told him while they moved the bottles to the Sunshine property. He said Sitar had gambling debts, and that he only helped him out of loyalty to a friend.

In sentencing, Justice Stephen Kaye said he accepted that Sitar was the organiser of the importation but said that Franze played “an important, and substantial, role in the enterprise”.

“No reason was proffered on your plea as to why you might have become involved in the enterprise. The inevitable inference is that you succumbed to the lure of the potentially enormous profits, which might be derived from dealing with the substantial amounts of the substances that were involved in the enterprise,” Justice Kaye said.

Justice Kaye sentenced Franze to a minimum of 13 years, taking into account the fact Franze’s wife suffers from depression, anxiety and severe panic attacks, and that Franze is hard-working, industrious and has only a minor criminal record.

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Knife-wielding robber holds up Albert Park milk bar

Police wish to speak with this man over the robbery in Albert Park. Photo: Courtesy Victoria PoliceA man who robbed a convenience store while armed with a large kitchen knife in Melbourne’s inner south is wanted by the police.
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Victoria Police believe the man entered the small shop in Albert Park just after 9pm on Monday brandishing a large knife, and demanding the employee hand over cash and cigarettes.

After the robbery, the offender fled along Victoria Avenue towards Richardson Street.

He is described as of medium built, Caucasian, mid-to-late 20s and about 180 centimetres tall.

At the time of the offence, he was wearing a black beanie, grey jumper, blue jeans and white sneakers. Police have released CCTV footage of a person they wish to speak to.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or visit www.crimestoppers南京夜网.au.

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Harden Pony Club One Day Event a great day

THE Harden Pony Club held its One Day Event last Sunday with more than 100 entries, which is a large number to compete on one day.
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All riders did a dressage test, a round of showjumping and finished with the cross country course.

The arenas were all set up from the Harden Horse Trials the previous weekend. It is great that Harden Horse Trials and Harden Pony Club can work well together in running these big events back to back and to buy new equipment to share for the benefit all riders.

The new dressage arenas and showjump wings looked fantastic. The new yards still bring praise with one rider describing them as a ‘pony resort’. The new toilet block is just so much better than the old one. Thank you to the Showground Trust for organising them.

Harden Pony Club would like to thank the Harden Horse Trials Committee for all the help they give to the club. They have expertise in areas the Pony Club doesn’t and they give their time willingly to help the young riders. Thankyou also to Terry Howe, Glen and Michelle Howe, Joe and Lin Blundell, Judy Stewart, Marg Pestell, Jean Chapman and Fabio Giacomin; without you the weekend would not be possible.

Many people came from Young and Cowra to help out on the day. Also thanks to the wonderful canteen workers who provided great food and a friendly face all day.

We had Harden Pony Club riders in nearly all grades. Olivia Howe on King Thing had a great weekend, being placed third in the A Grade Associate section.

Meg Perceval on Steele the Limelight had her first attempt in the B grade. Alyssa Brown on Iamspringsteen is improving all the time and maintained 10th position in C Grade. Brittanny Grovenor is back riding after a break and did well in the C Grade Associate class.

In E Grade Karissa Guest was very pleased to achieve third place and Natalie Trethowan was fourth. Melinda Trethowan, Emily Dawe, Sheya Grovenor and Abby Davis were very proud to complete all phases of the event.

Harden Pony Club riders are now looking forward to the Harden Show on September 6 and 7 and the Pony Club Gymkhana on the September 15.

Then the big event of the year follows with the Pony Club of NSW State One Day Event, which will be held in Harden on October 12 and 13. This event will have about 150 of the top Pony Club eventing riders in NSW competing.

The Harden Pony Club riders nominating to compete are Olivia Howe, Meg Perceval and Alyssa Brown. Everyone is very welcome to come and watch.

Melinda Trethowan is pictured competing in last weekend’s Harden Pony Club One Day Event.

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FEDERAL ELECTION: $3.1 million to reduce emissions and improve manufacturing

A press release from Michelle Rowland ahead of the September 7 federal election.
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The Rudd Labor Government is helping one of New South Wales’ oldest and most successful family owned meat industry businesses modernise its operations to reduce emissions and upgrade its Riverstone site.

AJ Bush and Sons will use a $3.1 million grant funded by the carbon price from Labor’s Clean Technology Investment Program for a project that is expected to eliminate the company’s direct carbon price liability, reduce the carbon emissions intensity of the site by 43 per cent and result in savings of over $1 million in energy costs per year.

The project will involve the installation of a second covered anaerobic lagoon to capture all remaining methane biogas emitted from the plant for use as a bio-fuel in site boilers, upgrade to a high efficiency hydrolyser and dryer in the feather rendering line and upgrading the site’s wastewater treatment.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said that these changes are exactly the sort of practical improvements that the Rudd Labor Government wants to see as part of its plan to create jobs and industries for the future.

“Labor’s Clean Technology Investment Programs have helped achieve real change with over 580 grants, supported by over $300 million in Federal Government funding approved to date, meaning total new project investment of over $1 billion in clean technology around Australia,” Senator Carr said.

“The upgrades that AJ Bush and Sons are undertaking here in Riverstone with support from the Rudd Labor Government will deliver ongoing benefits to strengthen their business operations for years to come.

“This business has been creating Australian jobs and boosting local economies since 1909 – Federal Labor wants to see that success continue and we welcome their commitment to revitalising their operations for a sustainable future.”

Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland said the grant would help them reduce both their power bills and carbon emissions.

“By helping manufacturers invest in energy efficient capital equipment, low emissions technologies, processes and products, Labor is supporting projects that are good for businesses, good for the environment and good for the local economy,” Ms Rowland said.

The Clean Technology Investment Programs include the Clean Technology Investment Program and the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program.

Funding for this grant is already provided for in the Budget.

Green Cape lighthouse to shine for 130th 

The lighting of Green Cape’s lighthouse will be the highlight of two days of celebrations to mark the maritime precinct’s 130th anniversary this weekend.
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From 10am each day, tours and nature-based science activates will be held in and around the site to celebrate, coinciding with National Science Week and the International Lighthouse Lightship weekend.

On Friday and Saturday nights the light house’s million candela beam will be a spectacular sight as it sweeps the Pacific Ocean and land for the first time in five years.

Saturday night is the big event and along with the official lighting there will be lighthouse tours, hot food and refreshments until at least 9pm.

Vice president of Lighthouses Australia Inc, Ian Clifford will officially light the light on Saturday at 5pm after ensuring everything is in working order during a test light at dusk on Friday.

Green Cape lies in a rugged, wild and spectacular heritage site in Ben Boyd National Park, just south of Eden.

Along with its architectural and social heritage it is rich in biodiversity with sea birds, resident seals, migrating whales, occasional orcas and even rare species like tiger quolls in the heathland.

Two days of tours, nature-based science activities, radio and telegraph communications have been organised by rangers and educators from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Auswide Services, the Sapphire Coast Marine Society and Lighthouses of Australia.

Senior NPWS ranger Dave Costello encourages readers to visit the iconic peninsular and immerse themselves in its architectural, social and environmental heritage.

“The uniqueness of both the design and construction of the building represents something very significant in engineering and architectural heritage, but the social and environmental issues around it are also as important,” he said.

“The cape on which this icon sits is little changed since the sea level rose and it was and remains a very important stretch of coastline for the local Aboriginal community.

“Its rich social heritage harks back to early seafaring days and the people who stayed there to build and keep the light.”

Interwoven with that social fabric is remembrance for the lives lost at sea near Green Cape including the Lyee Moon (May 30, 1886) and the trawlers Shiralee (August 10, 1978) and Terrace Star (August 10, 1994).

PROGRAM

Saturday

10am open.

10am – 4pm: Tours of lighthouse and keeper’s residence.

10.30am – 6pm:Rotary Club food caravan.

10.30am – noon: Atlas of Life Workshops Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Rock platform survey.

11am Official ceremony.

11am – 3pm: Morse code telegraphy.

11am – 4pm: International Lighthouse Weekend radio operations.

1pm – 2.30pm: Atlas of Life workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Flora and heathland walk.

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Music by The Blue Savannahs.

4pm – 6pm: Atlas of Life workshop, Heathland birds surveying.

4.30pm: Lighting of the light.

5.30pm – 9pm: Night tours of lighthouse and refreshments.

Sunday

10am open.

10am – 3.30pm: Tours of lighthouse and keepers residence.

10.30pm – 3pm: Rotary Club food caravan.

10.30am: Shuttle bus to Bittangabee Bay.

10.30am – noon: Atlas of Life workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity, Rock platform survey.

11am – noon: Seabird survey.

11am – 2.30pm: Guided walk (8.5km) from Bitangabee to Green Cape.

11am – 4pm: International Lighthouse Weekend radio operations.

1pm -2.30pm: Atlas of Life Workshops, Whale watching training, Faunal biodiversity.

4pm close.

Greencape at night by Tom Mason.

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Police hunt ‘chubby’ thief, WPY431 getaway car

Police are searching for a chubby thief in a light Ford sedan after a central Wagga motel was robbed last night and a North Wagga cafe was held up this morning.
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A man walked into the main entrance of the Tarcutta Street motel at 9.25pm last night and reached over the reception desk, grabbed some cash and ran away.

The owner of the motel chased the man, who was seen getting into a light-coloured Ford Falcon sedan bearing registration plates reading WPY431.

He was described as having light-coloured hair, between 170cm and 180cm tall, clean-shaven, chubby build and might have been missing a front tooth. At the time of the theft, the offender was wearing light blue jeans and red shirt.

This morning, a man entered a North Wagga cafe and demanded money from a staff member before he reached over the counter and snatched cash from the till.

A scuffle between thecafe worker and the offender ensued before the thief made off with a small amount of cash.

Again, the thief jumped into the Ford Falcon with registration plates reading WPY431. This time, the robber was described as being 5’10” and of a solid build, wearing a black cover over his face, a dark flannelette jacket and dark tracksuit pants.

Police are urging local businesses to take extra precautions and keep minimal amounts of money in their cash registers, while also asking members of the public with any information related to these two incidentsto contact the station on 6922 2599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Bathurst High in line for twin titles

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THE fairytale run of the Bathurst High School boys and girls soccer sides continued on Wednesday as both progressed through to the grand final of the NSW CHS knock-out competition.

The boys team defeated Turramurra 3-1 in a dominant performance although they owed a lot to goalkeeper Jack Sargent. The girls side produced one of their best efforts of the entire campaign to defeat Gosford High 2-0.

In the first match the boys were on top for the majority and coach Matt Baillie would have been delighted with the form shown by Damien Booth, who found the back of the net twice along with a goal from Jayden Colbert.

“Damien got a couple and Jayden added another, it was a really good performance in terms of our attack,” Baillie said.

“It is a great feeling to make it to the grand final.

“There was some great keeping from Jack Sargent too, he kept us in the game at times and we can certainly thank him a lot for getting us as far as we have.”

In the girls match, Bathurst showed far more convincing form than they had in their quarter-final, where by their own admission it was only the saves of Kandy Kennedy that helped them beat a more dominant opponent.

This time the shoe was on the other foot as the Gosford custodian made countless impressive stops to deny an in-form Bathurst attack.

“Their ’keeper was excellent, we would have put a heap on them if it wasn’t for her,” Bathurst captain Hailee Provest said.

“We were really dominant in the middle and had about 85 per cent of the ball, we just couldn’t turn it into as many goals as we’d have liked.

“Annabelle Meadley in the midfield was outstanding, she got fairly badly injured at one stage but played on and did a sensational job.”

Provest herself had a hand in both goals, crossing to Haley Cheney for the first and finding Blair Rankin for the second.

Both teams now go on to the final to be played in two weeks, with the girls facing Kirrawee and the boys taking on Homebush.

Each of those sides were in action at Cronulla on Wednesday, giving each of the grand finalists a look at each other.

“It is going to be a scary proposition, they looked very good and well structured and they have a huge ’keeper who’s head just about reaches the bar,” Provest said. “I’m very excited about it though and very proud that we have made it this far.”

STAR: Damien Booth (left) booted two of his side’s three goals as Bathurst High progressed to the final of the state CHS Knock-out on Wednesday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 040311pfooty7

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