Airport gets the green light

After a half-century of abortive studies, plans and statements of intent, the federal government on Monday signed off onwhat it says is the final piece of paper clearing the way for construction to begin on Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher will sign off on the final version of the airport plan and declare construction ready to begin.

“All the approvals are now in place,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “This is the most significant step taken by any government on this project. We can now get on with building the airport”.

The signing makes official changes to a draft airport plan released last year and makes permanent changes made to the conditions of its operation made following therelease of an environmental impact statementfor the site, about 50 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD.

The plans incorporate final changes to the airport’s environmental conditions. After an earlier plan included a single merge-point for planes flying above the foot of the Blue Mountains sparked outrage,revised plans have ruled out single merge points over any residential area.

Blue Mountains MayorCr Mark Greenhill has condemned the Prime Minister’s approval of the airport. “In my view, the approval process has been a box-ticking exercise from day one, said Cr Greenhill.

“To end up with such a flawed, short sighted proposal that offers a 20thCentury solution to a 21stCentury issue after 50 years of debate is frankly, woeful.”

Cr Greenhillsaid the Australian Government has blatantly ignored significant concerns important to the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney community, including the aircraft noise, air quality and greenhouse gases, human health, traffic and transport, airspace architecture and operation, consultation process, social and economic matters and the threat to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Stage one of the airport is expected to be operational by the mid 2020s, catering for up to ten million passengers each year.

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Students’ wait nearly over

BRIGHT FUTURES: Calrossy Anglican School students Demi Ball and James Newcombe are excited to learn the results of their HSC on Thursday and ATAR score on Friday. Photo: Peter Hardin 121216PHB024GRACE Frith will have double the reason to celebrate on Friday.
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The Calrossy Anglican School student is among thousands of locals who will wake to their HSC results on Thursday.

Butshe’s more anxious about the next day.

Not only will Gracebe put out of her misery when she finds out her ATAR score, but she will also turn 18.

“Either way, I’ll be going to the pub,” shesaid.

“I’m very stressed (about results being released). I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep on Thursday night. (The ATAR) is the one number you’ve been waiting for.”

Grace, an all-rounder in science, maths and English,plans to have a gap year before studying a science degree and masters in teaching.

Former Calrossy school captain Chrystal Mills, 18, hopes to go straight to university in Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong to study physiotherapy or exercise physiology–depending on her ATAR.

Students will find out their ATAR –a score that determines what university courses they can study and where –via text message early Friday morning.

“I’m pretty chilled out at the moment, but I’m more of a late stresser,” she said.

BATED BREATH: Calrossy students Lachlan Dunn, Chrystal Mills and Grace Frith anxiously await the results of their HSC. Photo: Peter Hardin

Friend Demi Ball, who’s eyeing of a dual degree of journalism and international studies in Sydney, is nervous about receiving her marks, but the day can’t come soon enough.

It’s a slightly different story for James Newcombe, who isn’t fazed about his results.

“I’m not looking forward to getting results,” he said.

“I might go into the family business or take up a trade.”

Lachlan Dunn, 18,has attended Calrossy since 2005 and has already had eight early-round offers to study at university, so he’s “not too worried about results”.

Lachlan hopes to study a double degree in business/ innovation and entrepreneurship, with a career in the marketing industry.

Eighteen-year-old Gavin Austin has attended Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School since year 7.

Gavin will continue working full-time when he takes a gap year, but hopes to study computer science/computer engineering in Newcastle.

“I’m pretty nervous,” he said. “I’m the last one in my family to get results so we’ll probably have a family dinner.

“It’s a bit sad leaving something you’ve been doing for 13 years, but I’m excited.”

His schoolmate Harrison Clinch doesn’t have much reason to stress, having had early-round offers at Wollongong, Canberra, Lismore and Canberra universities.

“It took a lot of the stress off,” he said. “I was anxious at first, but it is what it is. I put in as much effort as I could.”

Harrison has his sights set on studying a science degree in human geography in Wollongong.

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Thousands scammed by fake ‘missed parcel delivery’ emails

More than 57 per cent of Australians are opting to buy Christmas gifts online this year. Photo: Joe ArmaoAustralians awaitingonline Christmas shopping deliveries have been warned of fake parcel delivery scams, which have tripled since this time last year.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Scamwatch has received more than 4300 complaints about the scam in 2016, with 350 people reporting that they provided personal information, including bank details, to scammers.

“Scammers typically send emails pretending to be from Australia Post or FedEx, to try and trick you into believing you have an ‘undeliverable package’,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.

“In some cases, these emails may include your name and address and include legitimate-looking company information, complete with fake logos.”

Common emails sent by scammers threaten to charge a fee for holding an undelivered item, which can only be retrieved by opening an attachment or clicking a download link that holds a ransomware virus to lock a computer.

“To unlock your computer, scammers demand payment in the form of bitcoins (a form of online currency) or wire transfer,” Ms Rickard said.

“Even if you pay the fee, there is no guarantee that you will be able to access your computer again.”

Ms Rickard said the scam was particularly effective at this time of year, as many Australians would be heading online for their Christmas shopping.

According to a recent survey by Aussie Farmers Direct more than 57 per cent of Australians are opting to buy Christmas gifts online this year.

Online will be the shopping destination of choice for 32 per cent of millennials, 22 per cent of Generations Xers and 14 per cent of baby boomers.

“Australia Post will never call you out of the blue to request payment or send you an email asking you to click on an attachment,” Ms Rickard said.

“If you receive an email about an undeliverable package, don’t open any attachments or download files, delete it straight away.”

On its website, Australia Post advises anyone who receives such an email to “delete it immediately” and to make a report to Scamwatch.

The warning comes just one week after the ACCC announced thatcomplaints on sharing economy platforms, such as Airbnb, had also tripled.

This year, the consumer watchdog has received more than50 reports of scams on sharing economy websites,with $80,000 reported lost to scammersrunning fake websites or requesting payments via third-party wire transfers.

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Obesity rates sitting large

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A PEAK body charged with creating healthy living habits in the south-west is making inroads into the battle against obesity.

The South West Primary Care Partnership (SWPCP) is tackling the weighty issue from the ground up.

Executiveofficer Mark Brennan said SWPCP covers the Warrnambool City, Moyne and Corangamite shire localgovernment areas.

These three municipalitiesare part of the Western District – a region that hasone of the highest obesity rates in the country, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report says.

The report showed 70.1 per cent of the adult population in the Western District are overweight or obese.

These figures backup an earlier report from Victoria University which drilled down into obesity rates by local government area.

The information in the latterreport was gathered in 2011-12 and detailed the obesity rates across Moyne (65.4 per cent), Corangamite (66.5) and Warrnambool (65.9).

Mr Brennan said obesity sits large on the health landscape.

“Obesity is a massive risk factor for seven of the 12 chronic diseases so we have to invest more into prevention. It is bigger than a local issue,” he said.

“The health and community services agencies, local government and not-for-profit agencies are doing a fantastic job in working in partnership and applying multiple strategies across multiple settings.

“These agencies often receive short term non-recurrent funding for projects but what we really need is a long-term and a sustainable injection of funding to these organisations in order for them to make a real difference.”

A SWPCP impact report for 2015-16 shows an upward trend in the amount of programs put in place to encourage good health.

These include a climb in the implementation of healthy eating, water, physical activity, breastfeeding andoral health policies from 77 to 166.

This includes 24 of those policies relating tohealthy food, physical activity andwater in schools across the three local government areas.

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Things are going from bad to worse

LAST week the Liberal/National federal government got itself in an awful tizz about how best to make sure we meet our Paris climate change emission targets as Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg’s announcement that the government was considering introducing either a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme was swiftly contradicted by the Prime Minister (“Malcolm Turnbull scrambles to back away from any prospect of a carbon tax or ETS under Coalition” SMH, December 7).
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If that’s not bad enough, at the same time it and the Queensland government seemed hell-bent on increasing our greenhouse gas emissions by their Adani Carmichael mega coalmine approvals.

Both these events will not only create difficulties with regards to meeting our agreed upon emissions targets, but at the same time they will increase our contribution to global warming and anthropomorphic induced climate change.

Let’s look at the contribution of the Feds first. The Turnbull government has reportedly given “conditional approval” for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the Reef-destroying Adani Carmichael mega coal mine.

“This is in the same year that coal-driven global warming caused the worst ever mass coral bleaching, killing 22% of the Great Barrier Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

The assertion that ‘big coal’ has captured our politics seems to be ringing truer with every passing day.

Now to the Queensland government.The $22-billion Carmichael coal and rail project has secured approval for a permanent rail line and a temporary construction camp.

Queensland’s Coordinator-General has given “the latest, and final, secondary approval” for about 31.5 kilometres of permanent track, as well as the 300-bed camp.

The rail section approved will form part of the 389 kilometre heavy haul railway line from the mine in the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point port.

The mine will consist of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, and will supply Indian power plants with enough coal to generate electricity for up to 100 million people.

The controversial project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land.

News of the mine’s approval sparked protests in across Australia last week. In Melbourne alone more than 250 gathered at the rally, ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Adani.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Paul Sinclair said the project could still be stopped. “Every day that we stop Adani digging that coal is a day this planet is free from its pollution,” he said. Let’s hope so.

As I prepared this column I was wondering if things could get worse, when suddenly they did, with the news that President Elect Trump has appointed a very vocal climate change denier, Scott Pruitt, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a lawyer who in the past has attempted to destroy that very agency.

Then last Friday came the news that at the COAG meeting PM Turnbull not only failed to support the call by the states for the Feds to back a uniform national emissions scheme, but also rejected the call by our Chief Scientist Professor Alan Finkel for Australia to adopt an Emissions Intensity Scheme. Things really are going from bad to worse.

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Great win for Lakes team

GreatLakes Cricket Club’s secondgrade team has moved to the top of the table following an emphatic win against Old Bar on Saturday.
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In the top of the table clash at Tuncurry Oval captain Jay Withers won the toss and decided to have a bat.

The side was in trouble when both openers, Zac Withers and Mick Adams were dismissed in the opening overs leaving Great Lakes 2/2.

When Lincoln Blissett joined the captain they were able to steady the ship putting on a partnership of 18 runs before Withers advanced the Old Bar’s spinner and was stumped for nine.

Blissett was then joined by young Liam Simpson an other partnership was developed before Blissett was caught for 19 with the score on 48.

Simpson fell not long after for 21 well compiled runs.

Wickets continued to fall with the tail managing to get the final score to a defendable 83.

Sadheesh Rathnayake was the best with 11 runs.

Old Bar began their run chase but had no answer to the accurate bowling of the Great Lakes team.

While the catches were going to ground the bowlers held their lines and rattled the stumps on fiveoccasions.

Excellent ground fielding by Will Howard and Adam Lewis saw two great run outs.

Old Bar were dismissed for just 51 runs.

Will Howard produced his best bowling for the season taking 3/17, Sam Whitbread finished with the figures of 3/12 despite many dropped catches off his bowling.

Jay Withers chimed in with 2/4 off just threeovers.

These two teams will go head to head next Saturday in the MRDCA one day final at Tuncurry.

The competition will then recess over Christmas before the start of the two day competition on January 7.

Tuncurry Oval will also see the best of the under 16 cricketers from Northern NSW competing in the Stan Austin Trophy beginning on January 9, 2017.

The Cricket Mid North Coast under 16 Stan Austin Shield will be held from Monday, January 9 until Friday, January 13.

Last year’s Stan Austin Shield under 16 carnival played in Taree was washed out.

Did you know that cricket can be traced back to Tudor times n the early 16th-century England.

However, some historians claim earlier dates from 1301, but their is a lack of evidence to support these claims.

The first test match was between England and Australia in 1876–77at theMelbourne Cricket Ground. The rivalry between the two gave birth toThe Ashesin 1882 and has remained cricket’s most famous contest.

Great Lakes second grade move to the top of the table at picturesque Tuncurry Oval

Great Lakes and Old Bar will go head to head this Saturday in the MRDCA one day final at Tuncurry.

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Ladies day at the golf

Ladies day at the golf ENTERTAINING: From left Garry Phipps, Dave Harwood and Peter Bristol were entertaining trio to watch during last month’s charity golf day at the Parkes Golf Club.
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EYE ON THE BALL: Bernie McCabe and Brian Hogan study Janelle Thompson’s shot during a charity golf day last month, raising awareness of autism.

LEADER: Frankie Cock who led the men a merry chase as she rattled up a mammoth 43 points during Saturday’s 18 hole Stableford.

TweetFacebookWEDNESDAY CHICKEN RUNFirstly, the results from last Wednesdays 9 Hole competition saw Graham Cooke take out the spoils with a solid 24 points.

Graham’s score saw him finish some three points clear of the field while in the Handicap section Troy Thomson led home the field on 21 plus 4 for 25.

This placed him just ahead of John O’Shannessy with 19 plus 5 for 24 points.

In the the minor placing on Wednesday was Tim Lasserre on 20 plus 2 for 22 points.

The days Lucky Card draw saw Tim Baker declared the winner.

This Wednesday the major prize on offer will be ham.

All players are urged to contest the event and don’t forget that the event is played with Preferred Lies applicable through the Green.

MEMBERS PARTY DAYThe annual Atlas Copco Australia sponsored Members party Day will held this Saturday, December 17 with the event being a 3 Person Ambrose.

Members get the chance to decide which of two tees times they can utilise as both 8am and 12.30pm have been allocated as the Shotgun starts.

Players also must do the calculations as to what Division they play in.

Division 1 is for teams off combined handicaps of 35 and less.

Division 2 is for teams off combined handicaps of 35 1/2 and more.

Cost for the day is just $20.00 with the club providing a complimentary Sausage Sizzle during the day.

A Team Nomination sheet is located near the Members Noticeboard and yes the Ladies are welcomed to join in the day’s festivities.

DROUGHTBUSTERS GOLF TRIPThe annual Droughtbusters Golf Tour from the 24 – 26 February, 2017, is rapidly filling.

If you intend visiting the Northbridge, Coast and Asquith Golf Clubs here is your chance.

Unfortunately there are only limited vacancies so it’s the first 24 members who pay the deposit of $200.00 will be able to make the trip withWestern Roadliners Coach with accommodation atthe Aspire Motel in Ultimo.

As part of the package those attendingget to enjoy games of golf at the three reciprocal clubs.

CENTRAL WEST PENNANTSThe club has been notified that the Central West Golf Associations Pennant series will commence in January. Parkes has nominated in all four Divisions.

Division 1 is an Open Division while Division 2 is for players on Handicaps from 6 to 11 whilst Division 3 is for players on handicaps between 12 and 17 and the final Division is for players on Handicaps in excess of 18.

The Club has posted a Nomination Sheet on the Club Noticeboard for all those players who are interested in contesting the series that goes for approximately sixweeks.

THIS WEEKENDThis Saturday members will contest the Atlas Copco Australia Members Party Day. Theevent isa three person Ambrose and Hit Off times will be 8am and 12.30pm with a Shotgun start for both timeslots. Then on Sunday it’s a club sponsored 9 Hole Medley Stableford.

Pathetic golfer

A pretty pathetic golferwas getting frustrated with his lousy game and began blaming his mistakes on his experienced caddie.As the round came to an end, the golfer said, “You have to be the worst caddie in the whole wide world.”To which the caddie replied, “I don’t think so, sir. That would be too much of a coincidence.”

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Kyneton expects big weaner sale results

A POSITIVE season will lead to heavier weights, and increased buying confidence, ahead of Kyneton’s upcoming weaner sales.
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CROWD AT KYNETON: A big crowd was drawn to Kyneton’s annual weaner sale last year.

Landmark, Elders and Rodwells will conduct Kyneton’s weaner sale, held on Wednesday, January 18.

Elders Kyneton livestock manager Brendan Coxon said they’llbe offering 1600 2016-drop weaner cattle.

“They’ll be principally Angus cattle, and 60 per cent will be steers, and 40 per cent heifers,” Mr Coxon said.

“They’re all locally bred cattle, from the Macedon Ranges area.”

He said early weaner sale resultssuggest it willbe a positive selling season.

“Given where the cattle market is at the moment, and the weights that they’ve been achieving, I’m expecting a good result,” he said.

“They’ve been reaching 330 to 370 kilograms, with no calves under 280kg.”

He said the increase in weights was a reflection ofthe good season had throughout the state, and that there’d be numerous benefits buying at Kyneton.

“They’ll do well wherever they go, and a large percentage will be weaned.”

He said there would be local buyers, and hopefully widespread interest.

“We usually have cattle go to Gippsland, to the western district, and even to New South Wales,” he said.

Landmark auctioneer John Robson said calvespresented very well this year, and this hasled to strong prices.

Kyneton held an early weaner sale in early December, and topped $1500 for a yard of 503kg Hereford grown steers.

The sale’s next highest price was paid for a yard of 337kg Angus steer weaners, which realised 450 cents per kilogram.

“So far, all weaners have sold exceptionally well,” Mr Robson said.

“Our best weaner calves made $4.47 per kilogram, which is a very good result.”

He said these good figures were a result of the “phenomenal” season.

“We’re still receiving rain, we received more of it last week,” he said.

“People always buy when there’s feed about.”

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