Police hunt two men after Ballan Train Station burglary

01/07/2018 Posted by admin

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David JeansPOLICE are hunting two men who broke into the Ballan train station and left empty handed.
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Police were at the scene on Monday to investigate an attempted burglary where it is believed two men broke into the station just after 6am.

It is believed the men forced entry to the station through an entrance door before smashing a counter window.

The train station remained closed on Monday as police investigated the scene.

Police say the men left empty handed and that the Myki machine was not damaged.

Police tape cordoned off the station-side entrance where it appeared the door lock had been damaged.

The station remained closed on Monday and the station master said he could not make any comment on the incident.

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

V/Line spokesperson Ebony Jordan confirmed a break-in had occurred at the station on Monday morning, however said it was not known when the station would reopen.

“V/Line is assisting police with their investigations following a break in at the Ballan Station in the early hours of this morning,” Ms Jordan said.

“We will work with the police to determine when the station reopens.”

Moorabool Police Crime Investigation Unit are urging any witnesses to contact Bacchus Marsh police station on 5366 4500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police tape cordons off area where burglars forced entry. PICTURE: David Jeans

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Oh brother, what a week for Old Boys

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BOY, what a week.Old Boys allrounder Aaron Hazlewood completed an amazing few days by helping his club side to the top of the Tamworth first grade premiership and one-day tables as well as as lifting a War Veterans Cup trophy on Sunday and all after helping celebrate younger brother Josh’s brilliant Test debut against India at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.
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Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook plays forward in Sunday’s War Veterans Cup Final. The victory was part of a big week for the club. 211214GOA02

“It was a pretty good week for us,” Aaron said after Old Boys had beaten North Tamworth by 45 runs to win Sunday’s War Veterans Cup Final at No 1 Oval.

It had all started so well last week when the Australian selectors named former Old Boy player Josh in the 12 to tackle India in the Second Test at the Gabba.

It got better when the 23-year-old former “Bendy Boy” was named in the team and then handed his “baggy green” Australian cap by Test great Glenn McGrath last Tuesday morning.

The Hazlewood family was elated and proud – dad Trevor admitted to “doing handstands in the grandstand”.

Adding to that excitement was Josh taking 5-68 on debut, one of 16 Australians and emulating such greats as Dennis Lillee.

“It was awesome,” Aaron said.

“We had three days in Brisbane, Josh makes his debut, takes five wickets and also scores 32 not out.”

He also added another two wickets in the second innings to make it seven for the match, Australia wins by four wickets as well and he is confirmed in the side to play the Third Test, the famous Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Friday.

It doesn’t get much better than that, Aaron said.

However, it did.

He comes home from Brisbane and opens the batting in Saturday’s one-day first grade clash with North Tamworth and scores 31.

He then takes the new ball and claims 3-14 from his seven overs to help steer Old Boys to a 21-run win over North Tamworth in their top of the table clash and leapfrog the Redbacks in both the premiership and one-day standings.

If that’s not good enough, the umpires award him the three points in the Best and Fairest Award, enabling the allrounder to shoot four points clear at the top of that table.

Then to wash it all down on Sunday, he sits back and watches teammates Simon Norvill (159) and Adam Lole (98) put on a third wicket stand of 280 to steer the side to 3-288 in the War Veterans Cup final.

He then takes 1-39 from his nine overs to celebrate his club’s first War Veterans Cup.

“It was a very good week,” he said.

“Norvs and Lolly set it up today.

“Adam Greentree bowled pretty well for them too early on (2-5 off 10) but we win our first WVC. How good’s that.”

Pretty good, Old Boys skipper Ben Middlebrook reckoned.

“I’m really proud of all the boys,” Middlebrook said after Sunday’s victory.

“It’s been a good week for the club, with Josh making his debut.

“We didn’t bat very well Saturday but were much better today.

“Simon and Adam did bat well to put on 280. They did give a few chances early on but once they got going it was great to watch.”

He also added North Tamworth skipper Michael Rixon also batted extremely well for his 98 from 96 balls.

Young spinner Will Chesterfield also came in for some praise.

North Tamworth had started its WVC Final run chase solidly but Chesterfield’s introduction not only dried up the runs but he claimed the wickets of opener Glenn Lewington (21) and batting star Kris Halloran (7), both caught at slip by Lole, and then had Joe Holt well caught by young Chris Coulton.

Chesterfield finished with the fine figures of 3-39 from his 10 overs.

“He did bowl extremely well during those middle overs,” Middlebrook said.

“Will and Aaron also bowled well but all the boys stuck to their job. Made us all proud today.”

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Steve Rutten is longboarders’ club champion for 2014

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WILL BE MISSED: Neale Ashby said farewell to the Mollymook Longboarders at their last competition for 2014 on Saturday. Photos: LISA HARDWICK MOLLYMOOK Reef was the venue for the Mollymook LongboardersDecember contest, with nothing breaking at HQ at the usual assembly time.
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The Reef wasn’t exactly pumping, but there were enough contestable waves available, and prospects for Sunday didn’t favour a postponement, particularly as the 2014 presentation night was scheduled for Saturday. There was a healthy roll-up that included the club’s first potential junior member in over three years, Louie Pantelic from Broulee, who came with his own supporters group.

The contest also was the last for Neale Ashby, who has been transferred to the mid-North coast.

Young Louie, with grommet enthusiasm to burn, got off to a great start with a clear win in his first round heat.

Rob Maher, Adam Maher, and Steve Rutten were the other heat winners with progression direct to the semis.

In the first repechage round Neale Ashby couldn’t buy a wave in his heat, and he bowed out in his lowest ever finishing position; memorable for the wrong reasons.

Phil Schoer, who suffered similarly in his first round heat, found plenty of waves in his first rep heat and progressed easily to the second round. Tony Loves picked up the highest scored wave of the contest in his first rep round heat, which put him way ahead of the pack.

In the same heat Richard Austen came close to besting Greg Furmage for second place with much improved riding from his earlier heat, but he missed out in a split result, giving Greg passage into the second rep round.

SURF’S UP: Phil Schoer at the Mollymook Longboarders December competition.

In the second rep round, the hard luck stories continued with Ross Tomsen unable to find any decent scoring waves and failing to progress to the semis for the first time since 2012.

Bruce Metham also failed to progress from his heat, but Mike Greentree did, maybe the result of karma after a minor bingle when Bruce’s board skinned Mike Greentree’s leg; the second time in club contests when Mike has come off second best with a fin at the Reef.

In an earlier heat Rod Dale’s dismount in the shore break had shortened his board by about a foot.

Paul Hoyer gave a hint of what was to eventuate when he emulated Tony Loves and scored a “heat winner” wave to easily progress to the semis from his second rep round heat.

Unfortunately Tony couldn’t emulate his earlier self, or Paul, and was eliminated in his heat.

The success story was that of Mike Yule who progressed to his first semi since 2011, and riding a foamy to boot.

The two Phils also made the cut.

The usual late-morning deterioration in conditions that accompanies the finals made its presence felt as the first semi combatants paddled out. The scores in first semi were close with only 1.5 points separating first to sixth, and in a bit of a surprise, both Adam Maher and Steve Rutten were eliminated.

Greg Furmage’s usual waiting strategy paid off and he was clear winner, with Phil Schoer edging out Rod Dale for a berth in the final.

The second semi saw Louie a winner for the second time on the day with another enthusiastic effort and no lack of skill.

Ross Murphy was well ahead of third placed Rob Maher, who just squeezed in ahead of Mike Yule in a split result.

Greg Furmage caught only two waves in the final, but he set the benchmark with a high average score on his first wave, and had a similar score for his second wave that established a lead over the others until Paul Hoyer, in conditions that did not suit his powerful style, managed to find another “heat winner” with his last wave to pip Greg by 0.1 points.

In another blanket finish less than a point separated first to fourth with a wider gap to fifth and sixth.

Louie again went for it but his wave selection let him down.

Thanks to Geoff Barnett for contest administration.

Results: 1. Paul Hoyer, 2. Greg Furmage, 3. Ross Murphy, 4. Phil Schoer, 5. Rob Maher, 6. Louie Pantelic.

WAVE: Mike Greentree at the Mollymook Longboarders December contest.

THE 2014 presentation night was held at the Boardwalk Café in Ulladulla on Saturday, December 20.

Steve Rutten was announced as club champion, winning from Rob Maher by a mere three points, which is the difference between a placing in the top three in one contest final.

The top six for the season were: 1. Steve Rutten, 2. Rob Maher, 3. Ross Tomsen, 4. Neale Ashby, 5. Adam Maher, 6. Phil Cumming.

The Wil Maris memorial trophy for clubman of the year was won by Neale Ashby, who produced many memorable videos of club contests and the Charity Classic.

Southern Man Surf Shop generously donated the prizes, continuing unbroken support for the club since its inception.

THE next contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 after the holiday break.

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Father rationed food to keep sons alive in outback

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Ethan and Timothy Van Lonkhuyzen were missing with their father for 11 days and are recovering in hospital after being found. Photo: Supplied Steven Van Lonkhuyzen and his sons were found at Expedition National Park where they were stranded for 11 days. Photo: Queensland Police
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A Brisbane bayside man stranded for 11 days in outback Queensland with his two young sons has been praised for his resourcefulness in keeping the trio alive.

Steven Van Lonkhuyzen rationed what little food he had packed for an intended four day camping trip to feed Ethan, 7, and Timothy, 5, after his Mitsubishi Pajero became bogged in remote Expedition National Park, south of Emerald, on December 11.

He also used plastic containers to make the most of heavy rainfall, which kept the trio hydrated, a critical element of surviving recent humidity according to police search co-ordinator Acting Superintendent Mick Bianchi.

He said they were down to their last slices of bread when grazier Tom Wagner found them about 3.30pm Sunday, after mounting a one-man search following widespread media reports of their disappearance.

“We were very concerned about their welfare. It was very hot and humid,” Acting Superintendent Bianchi said.

“Steven told me they had some water with them in the car but that they were lucky there was lots of rain while they were stuck out there.

“He put a plastic container out and he thinks he caught about 40 litres of water.”

It was originally intended that the trio would stay at Mr Wagner’s home on Sunday night, however the boys were admitted to Taroom Hospital as a precautionary measure due to starvation.

Acting Superintendent Bianchi said they remained in hospital on Monday.

“The boys have lost some weight and are a bit emaciated but they’ll be nursed back to health within a few days,” he said.

Their father and national park rangers are working to extract the bogged vehicle.

Acting Superintendent Bianchi also praised Mr Wagner for mounting a search for the trio, after remembering seeing the vehicle enter the national park on December 11.

“I would like to thank Mr Wagner, who managed to find them off his own bat,” Acting Supt Bianchi said.

“It’s pretty indicative of the way country people pitch in and help each other.”

Mr Wagner’s discovery of the trio came just hours after police re-issued a plea for outback travellers to keep an eye out for them.

About 1pm on Sunday police said they were contemplating an air search, after an extensive ground search had failed to find a trace of them.

Soon after news of the trio being found alive on Sunday broke, Acting Superintendent Owen Elloy said they were extremely lucky Mr anger went searching for them.

“Somebody’s looking after them,” he said.

He said the area they were discovered in, known as the Tin Hut, was one a human footprint had barely touched and was well outside mobile phone reception areas.

“The Tin Hut, if you searched it on Google you wouldn’t find it, it’s a piece of land normally visited only by cattle. It’s black soil country, very soft, even police officers who are extremely experienced are having trouble getting in there,” he said.

The heavily-forested area would have made even their discovery by air a slim chance, Acting Superintendent Ellory said.

Mr Lonkhuyzen, Ethan and Timothy left their home at Lota, on Brisbane’s bayside, on December 11, intending to arrive in Cairns by December 15, after following an inland route.

The 37-year-old was last seen filling his vehicle at a service station in Miles, 330 kilometres west of Brisbane, that day and became stranded in the national park later that day.

His wife and the boys’ mother raised the alarm when the trio failed to arrive in Cairns by the scheduled date.

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‘Positive outcome’ for popular caravan park

16/06/2019 Posted by admin

MILDURA Rural City Council says the Lake Cullulleraine Caravan Park will continue to operate in the foreseeable future.
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Council confirmed late yesterday that following negotiations with lessees, a “positive outcome” had now been achieved.

Council corporate general manager Mandy Whelan yesterday said council had never issued a notice to close the Lake Cullulleraine Park.

However, she said council had been in discussion with the lessees for many months about a number of issues.

She said some of those related directly to them satisfying their obligations under their lease and to their responsibility as business operators to ensure the safety of their customers and visitors.

“While we still have some issues we are working through with the current lessee, we are confident this important community asset will remain operational and will be a safe and welcoming environment for future generations to enjoy,” Ms Whelan said.

Rhonda Hards, who along with husband Graham have leased the Sturt Highway holiday park from Mildura council for 11 years, told Sunraysia Daily in October that council issued them with a notice of closure two months ago proposing to shut the park permanently on January 1.

Mrs Hards said there was still four years left on the lease.

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Linda celebrates 100th birthday

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CENTURY: Linda Budden celebrated her 100th birthday on December 22.Linda Budden credits a daily dose of porridge to her longevity.
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A resident at Cessnock’s Calvary Retirement Community, Linda (nee Maslen) celebrated her 100thbirthday on Mondaywith friends and family and was overwhelmed with the love and support she received on the day.

Born and raised at Bobs Farm, Nelson Bay, Linda met her husband Keith while visiting a cousin in Muswellbrook and they married soon after.

They had three children – Connie, Fay and Betty – and lived in Muswellbrook where they ran a fruit and vegetable farm for close to six decades.

Linda said that her “clean” lifestyle, including eating lots of fruit and vegetables and breathing in the country air, was maybe why she had enjoyed such a long life.

She also kept fit and was a champion tennis player.

“If there was a game on, I would be playing,” she said.

Up until a year ago, Linda still lived independently at a small unit in Muswellbrook.

Her daughter Betty said that she had she worked very hard with Keith making a living on the farm, but that the hard work had made her a very strong woman.

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Gym’s ‘Quickie’ campaign raises eyebrows

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Fit N Fast Charlestown has come under fire for its “Quickie” campaign.‘‘FANCY a quickie?’’
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It’s the controversial advertising slogan from Charlestown gym Fit N Fast labelled ‘‘irresponsible’’ by at least one critic who says the company is subjecting employees to ‘‘sexual objectification, degradation and harassment’’.

David Leslie said he saw a female employee of the gym wearing a t-shirt with the words ‘‘Quickies 4 Sale’’ emblazoned on it outside Charlestown Square on Tuesday .

Confronted by how suggestive the slogan was, Mr Leslie said he asked the girl if the t-shirt encouraged unwelcome comments or attention. ‘‘Her sad reply was ‘‘I cop it at least three times a day’’,’’ Mr Leslie said.

The franchise’s ‘‘quickie’’ campaign centres around short workouts on varying equipment and the gym is believed to use several other similar slogans to attract new customers, including ‘‘Fancy a quickie… to lose weight?’’.

Representatives from Fit N Fast did not respond to questions from the Newcastle Herald.

Mr Leslie later posted a message on Fit N Fast’s Facebook page, calling on the company to cease using the ‘‘quickie’’ branding to protect its employees from harassment.

‘‘I understand you have a marketing campaign around this whole ‘‘quickie’’ thing but you’ve got to be kidding yourselves by making an employee wear this advertisement branded on their clothes,’’ Mr Leslie’s post read.

‘‘I think it is so irresponsible of Fit N Fast and potentially a failure of your duty of care towards your employees, in particular your female employees. ‘‘I consider it tasteless, tacky and cheap to use a suggestive buzzword to capture business. ‘‘As a concerned social observer I would ask that you cease branding this slogan on your uniforms and remove any other wording that suggests how I can ask for a ‘‘quickie’’. ‘‘This isn’t a case of ‘‘we are all adults’’, this is a case of removing physical objectification.’’

Mr Leslie’s post sparked debate about the issue of misogynistic or sexually suggestive slogans. The majority of people agreed with Mr Leslie, but there were some who thought staff would only wear the shirts if they felt comfortable or said the matter was between the company and it’s employees.

But Mr Leslie disagreed.

‘‘Even if you imagine their employees are genuinely happy to wear this slogan it certainly does not reaffirm the employee duty of care Fit N Fast have to eliminate sexual harassment within the workplace, nor is it socially responsible to promote sexual objectification and place ammunition in the hands of an individual to harass the wearing of such a slogan,’’ he said.

The post also prompted a response from Fit N Fast.

‘‘Thank you so much for taking the time to voice your concern for the welfare of our team members,’’ the reply said. ‘‘It’s great to know that there are caring people in society – especially given the recent events in Sydney.

‘‘We all need to look out for each other. So, thank you!

‘‘We absolutely apologise for any offence caused to you. It was never our intention.’’

Not content with a simple apology, Mr Leslie urged Fit N Fast to change the slogan and protect its employees.

‘‘We would never enforce a team member wear anything that they felt objectified them or potentially exposed them to harassment,’’ Fit N Fast responded.

A healthy pool means healthy summer fun

16/06/2019 Posted by admin

GRIFFITH and district residents have beenreminded to ensure their swimming pools arehealthy.
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Murrumbidgee Local Health District seniorenvironmental officer, Tony Burns, said if poolsweren’t maintained properly they could become asource of infection.

”As the weather heats up so does the opportunityfor bugs and infections to grow at a rapid rate,”Mr Burns said.

”Swimming pools provide the perfect environmentfor this to happen so it’s important to be vigilantin keeping the pool sparkling clean andhealthy.Diseases such as cryptosporidiosis are highlycontagious and are easily spread simply by swallowingcontaminated pool water.

“Many bacteria can be killed simply by usingchlorine and through normal pool filtration.However, diseases such as Giardia and cryptosporidiumare not eliminated so easily.Therefore we encourage people to take care not tointroduce these bugs to the pool in the first place,”Mr Burns said.

Here are some summer pool tips to keep youhealthy:

– Clean pool and filter regularly

– Operate your pool filter between 8 and 12 hoursper day depending on pool use

– Don’t allow pets in the pool.

– Stay out of the pool if you have been feelingunwell

– If you have experienced gastroenteritis, waituntil you have been symptom free for at leastone week before returning to the pool

- Avoid swallowing pool water

– Use disposable swimming nappies forinfants

- Avoid swimmers itch by keeping pools below 26degrees and well disinfected (chlorinated)

– Keep pool gates closed and make sure aresuscitation chart is clearly displayed nearby.

– Avoid using a heated spa bath after consumingalcohol. Alcohol causes blood vessels dilate andvenous pooling can occur resulting in faintingand possible drowning.

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Bang for your buck: Sale of old bricks raises money for Sunflower House

17/05/2019 Posted by admin

GOOD CAUSE: Jenny Mountford with some of the old jail wall bricks for sale at $10 each, with money going to Sunflower House. Picture: Michael Frogley
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SOME people want to use them to build a barbecue.

Others have bought them as “secret Santa” gifts.

And then there are the history buffs who just want to own a piece of Wagga’s past.

The one thing in common among people who have bought bricks from a demolished old Wagga jail wall is their money is going to a great cause – Sunflower House.

The wall has come down to make way for a $17 million redevelopment of the Wagga court precinct.

Wagga court deputy registrar Jenny Mountford said 50 bricks out of the 300 on offer had been sold since last week.

The bricks, estimated to be more than 100 years old, cost $10 each and come with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

“We are doing quite well,” Ms Mountford said of sales so far.

“It’s generated lots of interest from people who want to how about the history of the court house.

“One person bought seven as a secret Santa gift.

“One fellow wants 20 for a barbecue.

“It would be terrific if we could sell all 300.”

Ms Mountford said Sunflower House was “thrilled to bits” with the brick initiative because the donated money – hopefully $3000 – will be donated with no strings attached.

Sunflower House team leader Mary McKenzie described the brick sale as a wonderful initiative.

She said Sunflower House – which assists people with a mental illness – was extending its kitchen, and the money might go towards that project.

She said Sunflower House was also looking to raise money to help retain a part-time staff member who works three days a week.

Bricks can be bought from the court office at 49 Fitzmaurice Street.

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Newcastle earthquake: 25 years onPHOTOS

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THE WORKER CLUB: A couple of poker machines are still standing amid the destruction as a worker inspects the damage.Constable Bob Williams and Sergeant Syd Goodliff were on routine patrol along Beaumont Street, Hamilton when “everything started to explode” with walls and awnings crashing down on shoppers.
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Frightened shoppers ran into the street, some screaming and crying, others wandered around dazed.

Several people were partially buried, others were digging under rubble with their hands to free the unlucky ones.

“All of a sudden everything was falling down everywhere, some partially buried,” Constable Williams said.

“Half a dozen people started to throw rubble off. Then everyone was digging in a mad panic to try to get people out.”

The two police officers joined with others in a frantic attempt to pull people from the rubble.

Newcastle earthquake: 25 years on | PHOTOS The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

The earthquake hit Newcastle on December 28, 1989, at 10.27am.

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WWI in the Herald: December 17, 1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive
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THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER 1914

Lord Cromer states that the defection of the Khedive is of no great political importance, as his personal influence in Egypt is slight. But, he adds, he must cease to be a ruler, and Egypt, as a result of the war, must be freed wholly and irrevocably from the pernicious mortmain of Turkish sovereignty.

Lord Cromer was for several years British Plenipotentiary in Egypt, and understands thoroughly the political, racial, and religious questions which affect that country.

It has nominally been under Turkish suzerainty for many years past, although at one time that was suspended and gave way to Anglo-French control. Since then it has come practically under British tutelage.

At the same time British rule has done much for the defence of Egypt. Britain has also conquered the Soudan and established fine cities, prosperous agricultural settlements, and a happy and free people.

That great work was due in the main to Lord Kitchener, the man who is now conducting Britain’s war for the defence and freedom of a brave European people.

Lord Kitchener not only freed the Soudanese from the murderous attacks of their enemies, but he finally broke the power of the Arabs, whose bloodthirsty rule had rendered the Soudan a plague spot on the earth, and who sold its people into slavery, and its women to worse than slavery.

Today the Soudan, from Khartoum to the Nile, is free and true to British rule. In Egypt the British have done much to help the advancement of what should be a great country.

Not only have they set the finances in order and vastly increased the productions of Egypt by the intelligent scientific use of the flood waters of the Nile, but they have put a stop to all the abuses which existed under Asiatic rule.

The population of Egypt is a mixed one, but under British rule religion has been free. They have also instilled a new spirit into methods of education.

This must work slowly among a people which has for the most part been uncultivated and ignorant for long centuries. But still the work is being accomplished, and it will go on developing every year. The higher class of Egyptians are of course well educated.

Many have added a continental training to their home culture, and their statesmen are men of ability.

The consensus of opinion in Egypt today would be against any relaxation of the British oversight.

There are two classes which are against it.

The first are the politicians who seek self-advancement, and the second men who are led by the Turks and others to regard British rule as grasping monopoly. These classes will always be found in any country under foreign control.

If the Khedive is officially made to relinquish his throne as he has already done by his action in fighting against the British, the question will arise as to what is to be the future of Egypt.

Wholly apart from other questions, there is the paramount importance of maintaining the integrity of the Suez Canal. Britain and France are mainly interested in this.

That the war will ultimately lead to the annexation of Syria, whether by Britain or France, is now almost a certainty.

But Egypt itself will in all probability not see the rule of another Khedive. Whether it shall become wholly British or be ruled by a Government under the benevolent suzerainty of Britain remains to be seen.

But when the war is over there will be only three Powers who will have a voice in settling the future of Egypt.

These will be Britain, France, and Russia. Neither of the two latter will raise the least objection to Britain pursuing whatever policy she may deem best in the interests of Egypt. And the chances are that another fine country will be added to the dominions of the British Empire.

It will not be without some satisfaction to Australia in the years to come to remember that her troops, now encamped under the shadow of the Pyramids near Memphis, will have played their part in this historic change.

Paris, Wednesday.

The latest communique states:-

“The French and Belgians at Nieuport have occupied a line westward of Lombaertsyde to Saint Georges.

The Allies advanced 500 metres south of Ypres towards Klemzillebeke.

A previous communique stated:- “The British have captured a small wood west of Wyteschaete. We retained the ground won on the Ypres west of Hollebeke, notwithstanding a vigorous counter attack.

We made progress in the Argonne.

The enemy violently bombarded Saint Leonard, south of Saint Die.

The enemy’s artillery in Alsace is very active. We held our ground, except at Steinbach, where the German infantry gained a footing.

The Official Press Bureau reports that, after a period of quiet, fighting has been recommenced in northern France.

The Allies made a combined attack on Monday from Hollebeke to Wyteschaete, and captured several trenches and a number of prisoners.

Substantial progress was made.

London, Wednesday.

The Dunkirk correspondent of the London “Dally Chronicle” states that the desperate three days battle at Ypres began with the German bombardment of Saint Eloi.

The Allies replied with heavy artillery, taking cover of which the infantry advanced to Moorslade, where they met with determined resistance.

The Germans were concealed in armoured trucks in the railway sidings, from whence they directed heavy machine gun and rifle fire, forcing the Allies to retire and reform.

Simultaneously the Germans advanced through wooded country near Zonnebeke, and were checked by the Allies’ forces posted on the heights of Cheluvelt. Thereupon a general allied advance took place, and they regained Moorslade .

The artillery, locating the armoured trains, exploded the ammunition, and the enemy retreated, leaving the road to Roulers open.

In the meantime other Germans attacked Pouecapelle, Passchendaele, Langemarck, and Sexschoote. The enemy were trying in weight of numbers to break the line, but nowhere succeeded. There was much hand-to-hand fighting, and the casualties were estimated at 24,000.

The line of battle was a few kilometres long north and south of Ypres.

London, Wednesday.

The War Office announces that no further voluntary hospitals whatever are required at present for the British expeditionary force in France.

Any voluntary hospitals now on the Continent or hereafter proceeding there must work as base hospitals.

Cairo, Tuesday.

The Australian encampment behind the Pyramids of. Cheops and Chephren is a wonderful sight.

There are miles of white tents, intersected by streets. Thousands of white pebbles have been arranged as emblems.

The Government is erecting booths for cafes and shops.

Admiring crowds visit the camp, and watch the men and horses exercising.

Washington, Tuesday.

The Navy Department has learned officially of the arrival at Guam of the German converted cruiser Cormoran, 1614 tons.

The commander of the Cormoran was notified by the United States harbour authorities that he must leave within 24 hours, or be interned.

As it is improbable that the cruiser will be able to secure sufficient coal to take her to the nearest German port, she will probably be interned.

The Cormoran’s whereabouts have been unknown since she left Kiao-Chau.

A later message states that the Cormoran has decided to be interned.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

The following message has been received from the Secretary of State for the Colonies:-

After comparative quiet, fighting has recommenced in Northern France.

Yesterday the Allies made a combined attack on the line Hollebeke-Woteschaete, making substantial progress. Several German trenches were captured and numerous prisoners were taken.

The French Government reports some progress in the Argonne and Woevre districts and in Alsace.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has decided, in view of the destruction of the German Pacific fleet, to reduce the strength of the garrisons guarding the ports and costs of the Commonwealth.

Melbourne, Wednesday.

Instructions relative to the internment and treatment of alien enemies, which have been laid before the Federal Houses, include the following provisions:-

Points to which the attention of censors should be specially directed, being some of the methods by which attempts are being made to evade censorship, include:-

1. Writing inside envelopes and covers.

2. Apparently harmless, but unintelligible, marks or signs inside envelopes and covers.

3. Writing in faint pencil across or between the lines of letters written in ink.

4. Writing underneath postage stamps.

5. Underlining of phrases, words, or letters, which can then be read in a pre-arranged order.

6. Writing in “chemical ink,” which may be revealed by heating in an oven, or with an iron, or by the application of petrol.

Where prisoners of war are interned in a manoeuvre area, and it is found practicable to utilise their services for carrying out improvements in that area, they may be paid at the rate of 1s for each day’s work actually done, as pocket money.

The wives of detained prisoners of war, who are in destitute circumstances, may be paid at the rate of 10s a week, with the addition of 2s 6d a week for each child under 14 years of age.

Officers of the detained enemies’ vessels, if allowed to live outside and apart from the interned prisoners of war, may be granted an allowance for their upkeep at a rate not exceeding the sum of 20s a week each.

Where a number of these officers are domiciled in the one house, an allowance of 15s a week may be granted to the necessary cooks and stewards who accompany their officers. The number of cooks and stewards so employed is to be limited by the district commandant.

Brisbane, Wednesday.

Captain Mortimer, of the steamer Montoro, which arrived in Brisbane today from Singapore, stated that the Montoro met a steamer which had just returned from the scene of the destruction of the Emden, having gone there in response to a wireless message.

She reached the island about three days after the fight. It was found impossible to get near the scene, owing to a terrible stench of corpses which littered the crumpled decks of the Emden. At that time no attempt had been made to dispose of the bodies.

According to stories of eye witnesses, the Emden was battered beyond recognition.

The collier which accompanied the Emden was scuttled by the Germans, and sunk with a thousand tons of coal.

Some of the officers of the Emden are interned at Kuala Lumpur.

Brisbane, Wednesday.

The inquiry into the alleged mutiny on board the troopship Kanowna, when the vessel was on her way back from Port Moresby, was continued today.

Walter Rowlands, a fireman, gave evidence to the effect that, coming on deck on the conclusion of their watch, five firemen forming the watch found there was no water in the washhouse. They saw the captain, from whom, however, they got no satisfaction. One of the men observed that if the men could get no water they could not work. The captain ordered the men off the bridge, but they were subsequently brought back, and were taken down to their quarters, and placed in confinement for mutiny.

Corroborative evidence was given by other firemen.

The inquiry was adjourned until to tomorrow.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Jeremiah James Dwyer, Maitland, 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforceme

Austinmer ocean pool reopens

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Early morning swimmers wasted no time plunging back into the reopened Austinmer pools. Picture: KIRK GILMOURAustinmer’sfamous ocean pool has reopened – but visitors may encounter some heavy duty hazard warning signs on their way to the water.
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Wollongong City Council has scrambled to make the pool available for the busiest period of the year, as locals and hundreds of visitors from Sydney descend on the popular spot for a day in the water.

‘‘Council is completing works today to make the pools as safe as possible for swimming over the summer period,’’ he said on Monday.

‘‘Council erected new signs to ensure the public was aware of the dangers involved in swimming in the pools with works only partially complete.’’

The signs do not hold back, warning swimmers that there are hazards that ‘‘could result in injury or death’’.

That may be the case, but the pool is in significantly better shape than when the council’s former contractor left the job late last month.

Brian Cummins from the Austinmer Early Morning Swimming Club said he and other early morning swimmers were happy with council’s quick action in having thepool reopened.

Brian Cummins updates the notice board at Austinmer pools. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

“We are really pleased council realised how importantfor the community the pool is,” Mr Cummins said.

“It has swimmers from as early as 5am and I’d say up to 30 swimmers would use it prior to 10am.

“Everyone is really pleased to see the pool reopened, especially in time for the holiday break.”

The council was forced to take action after its contractor, Specialised Marine Services, went into voluntary liquidation after receiving more than $500,000 of ratepayers’ money, with the renovation job on the pools far from complete.

Since late last month, when SMS left the job with its equipment, the council first used its own workers to make the site safer, then employed local company Affective Services to get the pool to a standard where it could be used over summer.

Work will resume on the renovation project next year, after council members voted to allow general manager David Farmer to find a company to complete the work without going through the usual tender process.

The remaining work is expected to cost at least another $200,000.

The original tender was for just under half a million dollars.

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No bail application by Coota teen accused of stealing firearms

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ONE of two men accused of breaking into a farm and stealing nine firearms will spend Christmas behind bars thinking about a bail application in the new year.
Nanjing Night Net

Thomas Dowell, 19, faced bail court in Wagga for a second time on Mondayafter his arrest on December 17.

A bail application was expected, but Dowell’s solicitor PC Reddy told the registrar he would make further inquiries into the matter and make a bail application on January 5, the first sittings of Wagga Local Court in 2015.

Dowell, of Cootamundra, is charged with aggravated break, enter and commit a serious indictable offence, possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing ammunition without a permit and not keeping a firearm safely.

Police allege Dowell and a 24-year-old Cootamundra man broke into a farm house on Back Brawlin Road sometime between November 24 and December 12.

It is alleged they found a set of gun safe cabinet keys in the house and then went to a shed, breaking in and then using the keys to unlock the safe and steal firearms and ammunition.

The firearms allegedly taken by the pair include four shotguns.

Police allege one of the firearms was found at a Cootamundra house when officers were investigating a domestic violence complaint on the morning of December 17.

A 38-year-old man at the house was charged with possessing an unauthorised firearm, not keeping a firearm safely, having goods suspected of being stolen and intimidation (domestic violence).

He was granted police bail to the January 5 sittings of Cootamundra Local Court.

Police allege investigations stemming from that incident led them to another house where they inspected a gun safe belonging to the 24-year-old man’s father.

It is alleged more of the stolen firearms were found in the safe.

The 24-year-old was arrested, interviewed and charged.

Dowell was arrested a few hours later.

The 24-year-old has been charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, four counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm and one count of possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm.

He is also on police bail and will face Cootamundra Local Court on January 5.

Police say five of the nine stolen weapons have been recovered.

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