Police hunt two men after Ballan Train Station burglary

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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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$30,000 fails to secure bail

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PEOPLE who know a Wagga man facing serious firearm charges were prepared to deposit $30,000 to secure his freedom on bail.
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And a friend of the accused was also prepared to forfeit $30,000 if he breached the bail.

But it was not enough to convince the registrar of Wagga Local Court to release Anthony Charles Debnam on his second bid for bail on Monday.

Debnam, 46, of Kooringal faces four charges after a .357 revolving rifle was allegedly found in a stereo speaker at his parents’ home.

He was arrested on December 18 and charged with acquiring a firearm while subject to a firearm prohibition order, possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, possessing a shortened firearm without authority and possessing ammunition without a permit.

Debnam’s first bail application before the court’s deputy registrar last Friday was refused and the case was adjourned until Mondaywith an expectation a magistrate would hear a second application.

But a magistrate was not available and Debnam’s application was heard by the court registrar.

Debnam appeared in court via an audio-visual link with the Junee Correctional Centre.

For much of the proceedings he slumped forward in his chair and coughed and wheezed.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Priscilla Jones opposed the bail application, saying Debnam had a long history of firearm offences, including some for which he had been jailed.

She said police held fears for the safety of witnesses and the community and believed there was an unacceptable risk Debnam would not front court if released.

She said DNA found on the loaded rifle’s trigger and trigger guard matched Debnman.

Debnam’s solicitor Zac Tankard opened his submission by saying the defence disagreed with “pretty much all” of Sgt Jones’s argument.

He said there was simply no evidence Debnam would not appear in court.

He said there were no witnesses in the case apart from police.

“I would say there is no unacceptable risk in relation to interfering with witnesses,” Mr Tankard said.

While conceding Debnam had a “terrible” criminal record, there was nothing significant since being released on parole in 2011, and there had been no breaches of bail for 13 years, Mr Tankard argued.

Mr Tankard said the presence of Debnam’s DNA on the rifle did not prove his client possessed the weapon, which was found in a spare room of his parents’ house.

“It’s not a knock out blow,” Mr Tankard said.

“I don’t believe it is a strong case, at the end of the day it’s a neutral case.”

The registrar refused Debnam bail, saying the alleged offences were extremely serious and there were significant unacceptable risks to the community that could not be mitigated by bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to Wagga Local Court on January 5 at which time Debnman is expected to make a fresh bail application before a magistrate.

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Don’t spoil Christmas, observe food guidelines

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EVERY year about 1.5 million Australians suffer from food related illnesses.
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Murrumbidgee Local Health District has issued a warning to consumers and caterers to observe strict food handling, serving and storage guidelines throughout summer.

“Storing and serving food at incorrect temperatures or keeping it for too long at room temperature, increases the likelihood of food poisoning,” director for public health Tracey Oakman said.

“Many households and businesses have the important job of catering safely for large numbers of guests in the weeks ahead. This means that hosts have the responsibility to ensure guidelines for safe food handling and storage are implemented.

“Raw meat, fish, poultry as well as – and this may surprise some – raw vegetables can contain large numbers of bacteria that can readily contaminate other food if they are not stored or handled carefully.

“It’s a good idea to check that all your refrigerators are chilled to lower than 5C and that they are not overstocked.

“Hot foods need to be hot. Make sure hot foods are kept at least at 60C, and if you’re reheating leftovers, all parts of the food need to reach 75C before it can be safe to serve. If you’re unsure of the quality of any food, remember the old saying, if in doubt, throw it out,” Ms Oakman said.

Guidelines for the safe handling, storage and serving of food include:

– The safest way to thaw frozen food is either in a clean refrigerator or microwave; otherwise the longer it is left out at room temperature the more bacteria can multiply.

– Refrigerator temperature should be lower than 5C. Chilled food needs to bestored below this temperature, any higher and bacteria start to grow.

– Don’t overstock your fridge. There needs to be good airflow around food ensuring even distribution of temperature.

– Hot foods need to be kept at a temperature of 60C at which bacteria can¡¦t survive.

– Reheated foods should be quickly reheated until all parts of the food reach 75C.

– Use different cutting boards and knifes for raw and cooked food.

– Wash dirty hands thoroughly to stop the spread of bacteria.

For more information on food safety in NSW contact your local Public Health Unit or visit the NSW Health website:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Foodborne-Disease.aspx

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WWI in the Herald: December 16, 1914

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WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER 1914

While it is possible that the reports that have been received of German and Austrian officers forcing their soldiers to advance in some instances at the sword point are not correct, in view of their bravery, there appears to be no doubt that a restless spirit exists among the great armies which the two enemy countries are pouring on to their frontiers.

But there is undoubtedly truth in the statements that there is a very strong feeling of dissatisfaction, not only at the present outcome of the war, but at its origination, both in Germany and Austria.

The Hungarians have fallen out with both the Austrians and Germans, and in some cases whole regiments are reported to have surrendered to their foes.

The Bavarians have also fallen out with their German leaders, although they are still fighting bravely. It is not surprising that this should have occurred, as while the Bavarians are Germans, they are by no means enamoured of Prussian militancy.

Bavaria is the second State of Germany, and its industries and commerce are very great.

The injury inflicted upon it by a war which was wholly unnecessary, which was deliberately fostered and brought about to serve the purpose of a militancy whose aims were impossible, cannot be expressed in figures.

Its precise result, indeed, will not be available until after the war closes, and it is possible to estimate how much of Bavaria’s flourishing trade has been lost to it for ever.

The members of the Bavarian Parliament are naturally not all of the same opinion. But the views of a considerable section are that the neutrality of Belgium should not have been violated.

They say that by this course of attack they have lost many soldiers, much precious time, and have had no real profit by it. How true this view is can be better estimated today than five weeks ago, when this statement was made.

The forcing back of the Germans in Belgium, and the gradual but certain command of the coast line which the Allies are gaining, speak for themselves.

And further proof is found in the reports of the train loads of wounded soldiers which are making their way through Belgium to German territory.

The Bavarian spokesman added:- “I repeat, it was a mistake to attack Belgium, and also it has had the consequence that many of the neutral States are in their hearts against us because they are afraid that we may do the same to them. It is the Prussian military party which committed this fault.

The Prussian generals are the best generals in the world, but they are not diplomatists. I don’t reproach them for that, but the Imperial Chancellor should not have let them take control in this matter.

There are other considerations besides military; moreover it is now obvious that from a military point of view also it would have been more prudent not to touch Belgium. That military party in Prussia has done much harm to Germany.

It was that party which made the great mistake in 1870 of taking Alsace and Lorraine from France. We have never had any profit out of it, only trouble, and it has always been a hindrance to our getting on good terms with France.

The German generals are a great danger to our nation. We Bavarians like them only as generals; otherwise we don’t like them at all. Of course, they are Germans, but they are of a tribe very different from our own.

But now the die is cast, and we are forced to take the chances as they come.” With France driving back the enemy in Alsace and taking cities which for forty odd years have flown the German flag, these words seem prophetic.

The idea of the Bavarians was that if they had not attacked Belgium Britain would not have taken part in the war, France would have been overcome in a week or two, and then only Russia would have remained.

The Germans believe that in that case they could easily have overcome the Muscovite troops. This argument is faulty, inasmuch as it is by no means certain that Britain would not have found herself compelled to fight even if Belgium had been spared by the Germans.

That view was most clearly put forward by Sir Edward Grey in replying to the German proposals. But the assertion that they would have been able to get to Paris in a fortnight or so is even more distinctly disproven by the facts.

It is perfectly true that the Germans during the first few weeks of the war did fight their way quickly until they were not many miles from the outskirts of Paris.

But it has now been made clear that to a large extent this advance was conceded by the Allies for motives of their own. An illuminating light is thrown upon those motives by the steady if slow manner in which the Germans have been forced back on nearly their whole line.

As to capturing the French fortresses within two weeks, they have not yet taken Verdun, although more than twenty weeks have elapsed, and it is now the opinion of military experts that they never will.

At all events the position today is that in Belgium the Germans are fighting a retreating battle, while the French are slowly driving them across the frontier, and are advancing in Alsace and Lorraine.

“We should not have taken this risk,” says the Bavarian spokesman.

“We could have attained what we desired without this risk if we only had not attacked Belgium. Afterwards, perhaps, we could have found a modus vivendi with England; that would have been the best.

But in the worst case a later war against England would have been less risky – indeed no risk at all.

“When one thinks of the splendid response of Britain itself to the call of arms, of that of India, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, it is reasonable to assert that the latter impression is somewhat doubtful.

Paris, Tuesday.

The latest communique states:- We have progressed on the Yser Canal and west of Hollebeke. We repulsed several violent counter-attacks.

The German offensive north-west of Carney was repulsed.

A previous communique stated:- The enemy violently bombarded the trenches north-west of Sonpir, in the Aisne region.

We replied, throwing their trenches into disorder. Our artillery destroyed important earthworks on the outskirts.

The Allies carried 500 metres of their trenches.

We repelled two violent attacks in Mont Marie wood, and have made appreciable progress at Aspach and at other points.

London, Tuesday.

The correspondent of the “Daily Chronicle” at Dunkirk says that the weakening of the German cannonade and infantry demonstrations are noticeable in Flanders.

The enemy has abandoned many trenches, and a constant reshuffling is apparent behind the enemy’s lines.

Some of the native troops from the Belgian Congo co-operated in the repulse of the German attack on the Yser.

London, Tuesday.

The “Daily Chronicle’s” correspondent in Amsterdam states that there has been an important concentration of German troops near Courtrai, almost opposite Ypres, which is interpreted to mean that their recent plans to advance on Calais have been abandoned in favour of an attempt to break the Allies’ line further.

The German wounded at Bruges are being hurriedly transferred to the interior of Belgium.

The German authorities at Thielt announce that anybody carrying arms in East Flanders after the 15th instant will be summarily shot.

The whole of the public and historical buildings in Ghent have been mined.

London, Tuesday.

An officer of H.M.A.S. Sydney relates that when last in Sydney three Tingira boys volunteered. The captain didn’t want them, but took them because they were so keen.

Two belonged to the officer’s gun crew, and were perfectly splendid. One didn’t turn a hair, and the other carried projectiles to the gun without thinking to take cover.

“The Emden was nothing but a shambles from end to end,” adds the officer. “One of the officers of the Emden accused the Sydney of firing on the white flag, but Captain von Muller assembled them and they formally denied this statement.

At one stage of the fight the Sydney was deceived by peculiar smoke, and believed that the Emden had sunk. The Sydney ceased fire, and began lowering boats.

Captain von Muller considered himself unlucky, as all his voice pipes were shot away at the start of the engagement.

London, Monday.

The British submarine B11 entered the Dardanelles, and sunk the Turkish battleship Messoudieh, of 9120 tons.

The Press Bureau states that Commander Norman Holbrook, in charge of the B 11, entered the Dardanelles on Sunday. In spite of the difficult currents he dived under five rows of mines, and torpedoed the Messoudieh, which was guarding the minefield.

When last seen the battleship was sinking by the stern.

The submarine returned safely, although pursued by gunfire and by destroyers. On one occasion she was submerged for nine hours.

Melbourne, Tuesday.

The following message was received today from the Secretary of State for the Colonies:-

The enemy have evacuated the west bank of the Yser Canal. Three violent infantry attacks made by the enemy south-east of Ypres were repulsed.

The Russians have captured the enemy’s positions in the region of Przasnysz and Czechazow. Enormous losses were inflicted on the enemy.

In the region of Ilowa, south of Cracow, four guns, seven machine guns, and four thousand prisoners were captured on Thursday.

The Secretary of State confirms the report of the sinking of the Turkish battleship by a British submarine in the Dardanelles.

Some years ago German military authorities predicted that the next European war would be a war of artillery.

They went further.

They affirmed that the gun would be the decisive factor in all future wars, just as the longbow decided the battle of Agincourt, and bayonet and sabre that of Waterloo.

Events in Europe have to a large extent borne out that view, artillery having played a greater part in battle than has ever been the case in the past. Germany and France seem to have realised the fact to a rather greater extent than Britain, and the question is one of importance to Australia, both as regards the expeditionary forces and in reference to home defence.

In Egypt, at the present moment, there are three field artillery brigades (says the Melbourne “Argus”) with their supplementary ammunition columns, to which will be added the Motor Divisional Ammunition Park now encamped at the Domain.

The brigades are the first from New South Wales, under Colonel Hobbs, V.D.; the second from Victoria, under Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson; and the third from Queensland, under Lieutenant-Colonel Rosenthal.

Taking them all round there are probably no keener men in the division than the artillery men, as their work when in training showed; and in the next few weeks they will have opportunities for range firing, and for training upon a larger scale than has hitherto been possible. But the total of guns is not excessive.

The weapons are of the latest 18 pounder type, and are thoroughly efficient; but, compared with many of the guns now in use on the Continent, they are somewhat on the light side, and cannot compare in smashing power with much of the enemy’s heavy ordnance.

“Supposing the Turks should go into action in Egypt,” said an officer yesterday, “it will be interesting to see what guns they have available.

There is certainly a possibility that the Germans have furnished them with up-to-date heavy artillery; this is likely, inasmuch as the Turkish army has been trained by the German school. Compared with such weapons the Australian field gun may be a little light.

But I have no doubt that in other respects the Australian artillery will prove themselves far superior.”

The removal of these batteries from Australia, however, suggests that in the future the Commonwealth will have to pay more attention to gun manufacture. Hitherto artillery has been imported.

At present, however, the workshops of Great Britain are far too busy with home orders to export freely. They have to repair the wastage of battle and to furnish arms for new batteries. Subsequently they will be repairing the wastage of war, turning out both military and naval weapons.

Australia will have to lay down ordnance plant in the near future. To some extent guns can be manufactured already in the Commonwealth.

At Newport Railway Works it is possible to repair ordnance, and the large machinery plant there can be utilised for the manufacture of modern wire-wound guns up to the 8-inch weapon.

Accommodation is necessarily limited, however, and the process of manufacture would be on the slow side.

For defence purposes a large ordnance plant should be laid down as soon as possible, for it would be a rash man who would argue that the present calamitous war is the last that Australia will take part in.

Australia is beginning to make her own aeroplanes for the army; she will have to make guns for her army, and maybe for the navy as well. Particularly is this the case with regard to machine guns.

When questioned as regards the Caldwell machine guns recently, the Minister for Defence announced that it would not be taken over by the Commonwealth, because Australia had no facilities for making machine guns.

Almost every day, however, a study of the war news will bring home to the reader the importance of these deadly weapons in modern warfare, and it may be authoritatively stated that certain recent events have shown that the Australian military authorities are fully alive to this importance.

Australia will have to make machine guns, for there is a possibility that for many years England will have to face some sort of universal military service, and will find the resources of her armament manufactories heavily taxed.

That the Commonwealth can turn out weapons has been proved in regard to the rifles made at Lithgow. It is a step from rifles to machine guns, and from machine guns to heavy ordnance, and probably in the future Australia will be protected not only by Australian soldiers but by Australian heavy artillery.

In view of the applications to the Defence Department from insurance and other societies for information regarding the arrangements to be made for documentary evidence as to the death or disablement of members of the expeditionary forces, it has been decided that societies or institutions requiring certificates in connection with their dealings with next-of-kin or other beneficiaries shall, upon formal application to the secretary of the Defence Department, Melbourne, be furnished with them after the receipt of the usual documentary evidence from the headquarters of the forces.

The wireless station which has been erected at Government House, Rabaul, is now working very satisfactorily. It is interesting to know that most of the apparatus was previously the property of the German Government, and was being used by a high-power station at Bitapaka, which was captured after a sharp encounter during which the late Captain Pockley and others lost their lives.

The whole of the installation has been carried out, and is now being operated by members of the naval and military expeditionary force.

The station, which is comprised of Telefunken and Marconi instruments, is under the charge of the senior operator, Corporal G. Smith, signaller, “A” Company, assisted by W. Shaw, Marconi operator, and J. Fitzpatrick, telegraphist of H.M.A.S. Australia, and two junior ratings. The power is supplied by a captured German A.E.G. dynamo and converter, driven by a Bolinger oil engine.

Arrangements have been made for a limited amount of private correspondence to be despatched by wireless to Australia, at the rate of 3d per word, plus Commonwealth land line charges.

Telegrams are to be sent through the postmaster in the usual way, and they will be forwarded as opportunity offers. No responsibility will be taken.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Lieut William George Board, Hamilton, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Private William Marshall Cook, Wallsend, 14th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements

CYMS and Orange City strengthen grip on ODCA second grade quinella

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KOCH YA: Grant Koch scored 27 as CYMS beat Wanderers by seven wickets on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1220sgcrick9CYMSand Orange Cityenter the Orange District Cricket Association’s Christmas break as the form second grade sides after both recorded convincing wins over Wanderers and Kinross respectively on Saturday.
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Bowling first at Country Club Oval, CYMS ran through a strong Wanderers batting line-up for just 110, with five green and golds bowlers claiming multiple wickets in a complete team performance with the ball.

Todd Murphy (2-14) and Cam Thomas (2-7) managed to pick up the best figures before Josh Dunn hit 44 to guide the green and golds past the modest first innings total for the loss of just three wickets.

The Warriors did it a little tougher at Kinross’s Main Oval but still managed a five-wicket victory to remain unbeaten throughout the opening half of the 2014-15 season.

Opener Jamie Stedman (63) was the rock in City’s pursuit of the students’ 8-167 total, with Ryan Milham (3-30) and David Langston (3-33) doing the majority of the damage with the ball for the Warriors.

The win keeps City on top of the overall second grade ladder, with CYMS the next best side having won four of their six matches this summer.

At present, Wanderers are third with Centrals fourth.

But the gap between Centrals and the two sides currently challenging for the fourth and final place in the semi-finals – Cavaliers and Kinross – was significantly shortened after the maroons hammered the red and blacks at Jack Brabham (1) on Saturday.

Cavaliersran rampant with the ball, at one stage having Centrals 2-0 off the first two balls of the match.

Centrals never recovered, mimicking a train wreck as the side crashed from 3-3 to 5-15 then 8-38 before tail-enders Anthony Salmon (12) and Barney Davis (eight) managed a 28-run ninth-wicket partnership, the latter removed by Terrence Strong (2-3) before he too nabbed number 11 Roshan Eiseman for a golden duck.

Predictably, Centrals’ target of 65 proved little obstacle for Cavaliers openers Will Currall (23) and Marcus Burrell (35), the pair doing the majority of the damage as Cavaliers picked up a seven-wicket victory and moved to within a win of Centrals on the ODCA second grade ladder.

Anthony Salmon capped an all-round performance with 2-20 off six overs.

The 2014-15 ODCA season will resume on Saturday, January 10.

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Sam ‘not sacked’

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MILDURA community radio station Hot FM has denied it sacked popular presenter and sports commentator Sam Smythe.
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Volunteer Sam Smythe has parted ways with Hot FM after 14 years.

Social media was rife at the weekend that Mr Smythe — a volunteer of 14 years at the station — had been axed by management, however station president and manager Bernard Denner yesterday said that was not the case.

“I didn’t sack Sam,” Mr Denner emphatically said.

“We love Sam … he’s an absolutely fantastic sports commentator and we’d love to have him back in that role, but it’s been made quite clear to me by some that he’s not coming back,” he said.

Mr Denner said Mr Smythe’s departure followed an altercation between the pair last Thursday when the latter was hosting the station’s 5pm to 7pm “flagship” shift.

He said he became upset by Mr Smythe’s inability to manage new technology and which may have had the potential to cause some concern for station sponsors.

“We have provided numerous training sessions for Sam and all new presenters go through a four-week training program — we simply want to be a better community radio station for the volunteers and the listeners,” Mr Denner said.

“I may have been crosser than I should have been with Sam, but my frustrations boiled over,” he said.

“He has to get it right …. that’s all.”

Mr Denner also denied that staff had left the station en masse since he took over as president in December last year.

“One person has been asked to leave and all others have left for personal reasons and have been replaced,” he said.

“Currently, the station is owned by the community, not individuals, and we have 37 community presenters who volunteer their services.

“When I came to this radio station it was a huge mess and if it hadn’t received federal funding in the last budget the station would have been teetering on the brink.

“Now we have new presenters, new programming and have spent $50,000 on new technology to get us out of the 1960s.

“In the past six months the state of the station has improved out of sight.”

Mr Denner said he yesterday invited Mr Smythe back to the station during his own on-air morning program following the weekend flurry of social media.

“I was a hoping Sam might be listening,” Mr Denner said.

“I made it clear that he would be welcomed back with open arms as a sporting commentator — he does that so well and has a great knowledge of local sport,” he said.

“That offer is there, if he chooses not to, then I wish him well.”

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Dry zones for New Year’s Eve

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DRY zones will apply across Eyre Peninsula for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
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Dry zones will apply across Eyre Peninsula for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Along with the permanent central business district dry zone in Port Lincoln and township dry zones in Ceduna and Thevenard, there will be dry zones at the foreshore and business precincts in Coffin Bay, Cummins, Streaky Bay, Elliston, Port Kenny, Venus Bay, Kimba, Arno Bay and Cowell.

Port Lincoln City Council community development manager Janet Grocke said the onus was on licensed premises as well as individuals to keep New Year’s Eve safe.

“Responsible use and service of alcohol plays a part in everyone enjoying their New Year’s Eve festivities.”

Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan said the dry zones in Elliston, Port Kenny and Venus Bay would be in place from 9pm New Year’s Eve to 8am on January 1.

He said dry zones had proven effective in the past.

“This is the fourth year that council has had dry zones operating in consultation with SAPOL and they have operated without incident,” he said.

“On behalf of all elected members and council staff, we hope that all our residents and visitors have a safe and happy holidays and take care of each other on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holidays.”

Cummins and Coffin Bay dry zones will apply from 9pm to 8am, with the Streaky Bay foreshore dry zone applying from 6pm to 8am.

The Kimba township dry zone and Cowell foreshore dry zone will apply from 9pm to 8am, and the Arno Bay foreshore dry zone will apply from 11pm to 8am.

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Family saves stranded dolphin

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DOLPHIN: Mathew Christian saved this dolphin at Coffin Bay National Park on Sunday.A FISHING trip turned into an unexpected adventure for a Coomunga family on Sunday when they came across a stranded dolphin at The Pool in Coffin Bay National Park.
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Mathew, Chelsea and one-and-a-half-year-old Destiny Christian embarked on a mission to save the dolphin from a crop of seaweed.

Mrs Christian said the family had just come in from fishing when they saw the dolphin.

“As we were getting closer we could hear the squeals, so we thought it was definitely stressed,” she said.

Another dolphin was in open water nearby calling to the stranded dolphin.

Mr Christian tied rope around his waist to keep himself anchored to his tinny where Mrs Christian and Destiny were watching the rescue, while he guided the dolphin out of the seaweed and into a clear, deeper sinkhole.

Mrs Christian said he wanted to tow the dolphin out further but could not keep a grip on it once it reached the sinkhole.

However Mr Christian was confident once the tide came in, it would clear the path for the dolphin to reach open water.

The family watched from their campsite as the dolphin frolicked in the pool and then a few hours later, disappeared, most likely out to sea.

“We could see him jumping around and getting more excited, and then he was gone.”

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Three-month deadline for RSPCA to address noise

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THE RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise coming from its Port Lincoln facility on Happy Valley Road.
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The RSPCA has another three months to do something to reduce the noise from barking dogs coming from its Port Lincoln facility.

In a report to the Port Lincoln City Council meeting last week, council staff recommended taking action against the RSPCA under the Development Act for the unlawful use of the dwelling as an office at the facility, and making an order under the Local Government Act requiring the RSPCA to refrain from keeping animals on the property to abate the noise nuisance.

However councillors voted not to take action at this stage.

A report will be provided to the council within three months outlining the outcome of investigations and action by the RSPCA to reduce the noise.

The RSPCA’s chief executive officer Tim Vasudeva will also be invited to meet with councillors to discuss how to resolve the noise issue.

The council’s development and environment executive director Rosa Gagetti said it appeared short term measures proposed by the RSPCA earlier this year had either not been implemented or had been unsuccessful because there had been frequent ongoing complaints and an Environmental Protection Authority noise audit conducted in October showed an unacceptable level of noise.

A report commissioned by the RSPCA recommends certain measures could be taken to alleviate the noise such as planting along the western boundary next to the neighbouring fence and placing a carport over the boarding kennels and adoption kennels with the sides covered in.

However it went on to state that even with these measures in place it was unlikely the noise levels would meet the EPA requirements.

Another option could be for the RSPCA to relocate to a more suitable premises such as Hassell Road where the council’s pound is located.

“The RSPCA has expressed an interest in this option however has been slow on the uptake despite several attempts by staff to initiate discussion,” Ms Gagetti said.

“In the meantime the residents continue to be impacted by the noise level with little or no relief on the horizon.”

Councillor Diana Mislov said the RSPCA provided a valuable service to the community and the council should work with the organisation.

She suggested giving the RSPCA a three month deadline to report back to the council on what it was doing to reduce the noise.

Councillor Danny Bartlett said councillors needed to put aside their feelings about the good work done by the RSPCA.

“Ultimately it’s a planning and development issue.

“Consulting with them hasn’t worked yet.

“Really we need to be in a position to force the issue.”

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City gives reward to catch vandals

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City gives reward to catch vandals The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.
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The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

The City of Busselton is offering a $500 reward to any person who can provide information which leads to the successful conviction of a vandal who destroyed Barnard Park on December 20.

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WWI in the Herald: December 15, 1914

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TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 1914

A question of much interest and of very great importance to Australia is now being raised in regard to contracts with the enemy.

This arises out of the fact that the Germans have contracted with Broken Hill mining companies to purchase their base metals for a term of years which extends considerably beyond the present period.

It is held that the effect of the war is merely to suspend these contracts, to introduce therefore a moratorium period, to terminate at the conclusion of hostilities, and that thereafter the contract should continue for its full period, adding to it the term of suspension.

The Federal Government has urged that the Imperial Government should take some action to guard against the continuation of these contracts.

This is advocated from two points of view. In the first place, the suspension of the contracts and the inability to deal with the metals is creating a financial and labour loss to Australia, while British shareholders in the companies are also being deprived of dividends.

The second ground is that it is undesirable that a foreign country should ever be allowed again to control the output of the baser metals of Australia or of any other British country.

From a commercial and political point of view this is highly unsatisfactory, while from its strategical aspect it is still more so. A

n English financial paper, without entering into the details of the laws relating to private international contracts, urges that “the Imperial Government should declare all contracts with Germans closed.

Then, if the English courts were against them, then the House of Lords should take the bold action of abrogating contracts.

The Imperial Government should also give a guarantee against any loss until the installation of the smelting company was completed.”

This is an advocacy of that force majeure, which could only be maintained so long as the balance of power in Europe was not against Britain. But before adopting so drastic a measure it is certain that the British authorities and the most able jurists will consider the whole question critically in all its aspects. In the first place the honour of Britain has to be maintained. Much is said about German dishonesty at the present day, but that would not justify Britain in resorting to similar practices.

Speaking broadly, it may be said that international law, so far at all events as it affects private contracts, rests not upon the right of the State which concedes it, but on that of the State to which it is conceded.

Prior to this dictum being laid down it was contended that such contracts or agreements were founded merely upon the reciprocal good will of the nations.

They could, even in that view, be voided, but the State exercising this right must justify herself to the world. This brings one really to the issue as to how contracts can be voided without mere repudiation or annulment by virtue of a Parliamentary declaration.

In the standard work “Chitty on Contracts,” it is held that private contracts of any kind, whether international or otherwise, can be voided by impossibility of execution, that is, a change in the law of the country which supervenes upon and contradicts a private agreement.

A law might be passed for instance declaring that no Australian base metals should be exported to other than British dominions, and that only under guarantees that they would not be passed on in a crude state to foreign countries.

It would be within the power of the Federal Parliament to enforce such a condition of affairs by imposing export duties on base metals exported to other countries so heavy as to stop this trade, while there would be no duty on the metals exported to England or to British Dominions. Such an impost would necessarily require that the fullest arrangements should have been made for the establishment of works on a sufficient scale in Britain.

But after all this would merely be an expedient to break a contract which, however unsatisfactory from its natural aspect, was entered into willingly and carried out honourably on both sides until the outbreak of war.

The real issue is as to whether it would not be more to the credit and honour of Great Britain to allow the contracts to be completed after the war, and in the meantime to start works for dealing with the metals which can at first be on a small scale and subsequently can expand when the whole output falls into British hands.

There is no reason why such works should not be established in Australia as well as in Britain if the necessary capital is forthcoming.

A large company might find it to its advantage to work in both countries.

Whether the Imperial or Federal Governments should give assistance to such a project is a matter which might very well be taken into consideration.

Paris, Monday.

The following official communique has been received:-

We repelled three violent attacks which were made by the enemy’s infantry south-east of Ypres.

Attacks north-west of Senones have also been foiled.

Substantial progress has been made in the vicinity of La Pretre wood.

A previous communique states:- A German attack north-east of Ypres and another against the railway station at Aspach were repulsed.

London, Monday.

The correspondent of the London “Daily Telegraph” at Calais states that the Allies are vigorously and successfully pushing the offensive in Flanders.

The superiority of their artillery is incontestable, giving them marked advantages. The daring strategy of the French is one initial cause of success.

The line of battle forms a zig-zag from Ostend to Lys, along which the Allies are gradually advancing. They also hold a strong position north-east of Armentieres.

The inundations extend from several miles south of Nieuport to the south of Dixmude.

As the Germans are clearly incapable of taking a serious offensive, they renewed the bombardment, relatively unimportant, of localities like Ypres, Nieuport, and Pervyse. This is interpreted as a desire to mislead the Allies.

London, Monday.

The correspondent of the “Daily Chronicle” at Calais says that he passed three days between Ypres and La Bassee.

The Anglo-French troops bore the brunt of repeated German assaults, and getting in the trenches began simultaneously, from Menin to Warneton on the one wing, and from Armentieres to La Bassee on the other, leaving the supporting forces between Warneton and Armentieres to await the result.

Houthem, where thousands of Germans perished in November, marks the northern limit of the battle. The country towards Warneton is very open, gentle undulations facilitating artillery fire, to support advancing infantry, while the hills on the southern wing offer good cover to the defenders, owing to the numerous copses, thickets, and woods.

Here, where the natural obstacles wherewith we have been contending for the past two months, were infinitely more formidable than elsewhere, we achieved the greater success, as a prelude to the capture of La Bassee itself.

The Germans on the northern wing, suddenly abandoning defence tactics, made wild onslaughts with the bayonet on our positions. They suffered heavily, and had been within an ace of piercing the front lines.

They came in loose order at a steady but brisk walk, every man firing at random, and often advancing regardless of casualties.

They succeeded in driving back the first line of the Allies’ trenches.

These were eastward of Messines, which was also the scene of brilliant charges in the last stage of the battle of Ypres.

The triumph was short lived, inasmuch as the Allies’ troops, supporting the trenches, hurled them yards to the rear, and poured deadly volleys into their confused ranks.

They were eventually pursued by the bayonet to the won trenches.

A bloodier encounter followed northward in the forest, where the British position had been made almost impregnable by means of felled trees, stones, earth, and barbed-wire entanglements.

The Germans shelled the obstructions with smashing effect, our guns responding.

Waves upon waves of the enemy rushed upon the entanglements, courting speedy destruction, inasmuch as the Allies’ positions bristled with artillery.

The Germans by sheer weight of numbers removed the obstructions, although they mere mauled and mowed down in the act, several falling into our trenches without rifles, and without caps or uniform, and with torn bodies.

The attacks ended abruptly. They were flung back into sickening losses.

A regiment of Uhlans, charging a battalion of our men pursuing a broken infantry detachment, became entangled in the underwood, and their horses were shot.

Some of the Uhlans fought on foot, and others fled with the infantry.

Several battalions of British Territorials participated in the battle. The sixth battalion of the Welsh Territorials held their trench as unflinchingly as any line regiment.

The regulars do not conceal their admiration of the Territorials generally, and the Allies are delighted.

Many appropriated German entrenching tools, which are admirably adapted to slicing soft clay soils with the minimum of physical strain.

Sofia, Monday.

The Turks have informed the Libyans that the “holy war” is exclusively against Britain, France and Russia.

Petrograd, Sunday.

The manifesto issued by the Aga Khan, head of the Ismaili Mahommedans, is being circulated through Central Asia by the Mufti of Orenburg, the most eastern of the Russian governments in Europe. It urges all Russian Moslems to fight for Russia.

Cairo, Monday.

Refugees report that the Germans were testing a bridge at Lake Tiberias (the Sea of Galilee), which is intended for use in the Suez Canal.

The Arabs in Syria are displaying unwillingness to invade Egypt, and have been replaced by Turks.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Thomas William Blayden, Scone, 4th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Private John Everett Bore, Bellbird, 4th Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements

Private John Chamberlain, Hamilton, 4th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements