Family violence leave needed

TASMANIAN anti-domestic violence advocates have claimed that existing modern award leave entitlements inadequately deal with the issue and may keep victims locked intoharmful relationships.
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The Fair Work Commission is reviewing whether 10 days of paid leave specifically for domestic violence should be included in all modern awards, above sick and personal leave entitlements.

The issue was broachedbyFinance Minister Mathias Cormann over the weekend who told Sky News that leave would be too expensive for businesses and could have “counterproductive consequences”.

Women’s Legal Service Tasmania chief executive Susan Fahey said it was potentially more costly and counterproductiveto a workplace tonot havethe entitlement.

She said the adverse impacts that stresses fromdomestic violence had on a person’s health could lead to higher instances of sick leave, and unwell employees, forced to turn up to work, could impact on a business’ workplace productivity or injury measures.

In a submission to Fair Work’s investigation, Women’s Health Tasmania acting-executive officerJen Van-Achterensaid economic factors influenced whether a person who experienced domestic violence remained in, left, or returned to that relationship.

She saidleave allowed victims to attendlegal, financial or medical appointments without being financially disadvantaged.

Ms Van-Achterensaid workplaces that provided family violence leave only reported a small amount of requests.

Community Public Sector Union national secretaryNadine Flood said a senate inquiry into public sector bargaining revealed a lack of understanding from department bosses of domestic violence issues.

“I’ve personally spoken to a woman in the Department of Human Services who needed support to escape an abusive partner, but was instead placed on performance management for taking too much sick leave and then demoted,” she said.

“She then couldn’t afford to leave her partner as her pay had dropped.”

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey said while business hada part to play in supporting domestic violence victims and fighting against the issue,education was still the most important element in reducing itsprevalence.

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WOO hoo. This is by far a better street layout for the Supercars than the original proposal. However, it will still not appease some of the Eastenders. As for the waffle about interruption to those wanting to go to Nobbys etc, we still have plenty of other beautiful beaches within five minutes, unless they have forgotten.
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Tony Mansfield, LambtonI WOULD rather have a share in the Old Post Office than a football team.

Dean Briggs, NewcastleCAN anything happen in this city without some small group trying to derail it? We have people in the East End who seem to think the city belongs to them that don’t want the Supercars for one weekend a year. We have a grand total of 70 cyclists who want the inner-city bypass redesigned so they don’t have to go through the inconvenience of pressing a pedestrian crossing button. If you hate progress, move somewhere else.

Philip Niddrie, KotaraFOR 68 years the bride and I discussed every issue and together decided what action needed to be taken. When agreement could not be reached, it went to a majority vote. It worked for us. Eh? Coming up, luv. The kettle’s on.

Ron Elphick,Buff PointWHY would a young Australian choose to study science when our Prime Minister ignores the advice of our Chief Scientist on the most important scientific issue facing mankind?

Nev Williams, WallsendOUR pensioners who have mostly worked hard until retirement are having their pensions reduced while some families are claiming extra benefits because they have “multiple wives”. They must be silently laughing at how stupid our government is. Then we had the farce of the Parliament arguing for a week about what to tax backpackers doing the work Australian bludgers are too lazy to do. When I was young I lost my job, my father made me walk up our main street and ask every business if they had any jobs. How times have changed.

Jim Gardiner,New LambtonMR Baird, in relation to residents renting “their places out for a fortune” for the Supercars race, these are our homes, not commercial properties.

Susan Gray, Newcastle EastAS a loyal Knights supporter I would like to ask some questions. What do people get for $500? Is the $500 just a gift from the community? How much discount on season tickets? If it is a board of seven people, will it be volunteers or paid board members? Is this just a business opportunity financed by loyal fans? Is this business plan based on the same plan that was introduced in 1988 which eventually failed? Why did the 1988 plan fail?

Bill Slicer, Tighes HillTHE POLLSDO you prefer the new Supercars circuit?

Yes 72.54%, No 6.93%, I do not support the event 20.53%ARE you a blood donor?

Yes 62.07%, No 37.93%


Bushrangers keep winning

Jimboomba Bushrangers seniors continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon at Glen Logan Park against Bethania Bullsharks Cricket Club.
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Jimboomba won the toss and chose to bat first.

Jimboomba openers Phil Hayes (39) and Rodney Teese (32) got the team off to a stable start of 57 for the first wicket.

Reid Breeze continued his good form and contributed 38 which included twosixes.

Other good contributions came from Ben Holley 24, Joe Plater 15 and Tony Bear making his debut for Jimboomba with a promising 20.

Jimboomba finished their 40 overs at ninefor 207.

Jimboomba took to field knowing they had to bowl well to defend this total.

Veteran Paul Lorenti led the way for the team and took twoearly wickets to have Bethania twofor sixafter threeovers.

Bethania then steadied the innings throughBill and Nathan until Kel Maguire claimed the third wicket with the total on 45.

Jimboomba continued to take wickets regularly and were in control of the game at the 20 over mark to have Bethania sevenfor 81.

Bethania were dismissed in the 28th over for 122.

Best bowlers for Jimboomba were Rob Lose twofor one, Kel Maguire twofor 21, Tony Bear twofor 22, Paul Lorenti twofor 26.

Both Ben Holley and Braeden Lose each claimed a wicket.

Under 12s Gold

Under 12s Gold hosted Beaudesert Under 12s at Logan Village on Saturday.

Jimboomba won the toss and elected to bat.

Beaudesert started well removing Hayden Steinhardt for four.

Joel Mitchellretired not out on 33 and Noah Plater 62 (also retired not out) then put on a 72 run partnership to get the innings back on track.

Beaudesert were able to take twoquick wickets before 15 over drinks break to have Jimboomba threefor 94.

Claye Wearing 27 not out and Darcy Shelley 18 batted well to have Jimboomba finish fivefor 203 after 28 overs.

Jimboomba took to the field and took regular wickets throughthe first 15 overs to have Beaudesert fivefor 42.

Beaudesert were dismissed after 20 overs for 45 runs.

Bowler of the day for Jimboomba was Ellaura Carlisle twofor oneoff twoovers.

Joel Mitchell, Noah Plater, Hayden Steinhardt, Darcy Shelley and Connor Mills all claimed onewicket.

Under 12s Green

Jimboomba under 12s division 3 green played Springwood at Chatswood Hills State School.

Springwood won the toss and elected to bowl, Jimboomba went to the field with great enthusiasm and displayed some of their tightest bowling of the season so far to dismiss Springwood for 114 in the 28th over.

Best bowlers were Benny Tattersall two for 20 Huntah Cresswell one for nine, Jack Anning one for sevenand Will Whatmore one for 14.

Jimboomba then took to the crease where they made their intentions clear and sent out a message to the rest of the competition that they will be the team to beat this season.

Jimboomba finished their 28 overs at two for 200,top scorers were Huntah Cresswell 66 not out, Jack Anning 40 not outand Tom Anning 27 not out.

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Anxious wait is over

Maffra Secondary College Dux Molly Angliss obtained an ATAR Score of 96.75, and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.FOR those that didn’t receive their VCE results early this year, the anxious wait is finally over.
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After 2000 students saw their results five days ahead of schedule following an embarrassing technical glitch, the majority of the class of 2016 found out their results yesterday morning, with local schools thrilled at their students’ hard work and dedication over the year.

Gippsland Grammar’s Dux was Anna Morscheck, who obtained an ATAR score of 98.95, with a perfect score of 50 for English language.

Gippsland Grammar’s median ATAR score was 73.2, and 8 per cent of the students achieved a score above 95, placing them in the top 5 per cent of the state.

Of the entire year level, 19 per cent of students obtained an ATAR score of over 90 putting them in the top 10 per cent of the state, whilst 39 per cent per cent obtained an ATAR score over 80, placing them in the top 20 per cent.

The school’s average study score was 31.4, and as 8.3 per cent of the study scores were over 40, the school will be published on the VCE High Achiever’s list.

The school noted that seven out of their top ten ATARs were scored by girls.

Gippsland Grammar Dux Anna Morscheck is congratulated by Gippsland Grammar principal David Baker.

Gippsland Grammar principal David Baker said the school was thrilled with the outstanding results attained by their high achieving students.

“We would like to congratulate all of our students who successfully obtained their VCE or VCAL certificates and also our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly to assist these students for many years,” Mr Baker said.

“Another outstanding result for Gippsland Grammar, we’re very proud of all of our students.”

The Dux of Catholic College Sale this year was Sean Duivenvoorden, with a score of 98.05.

Just behind Sean was Serena Lees, who obtained a score of 95.2, Stephanie Howson 94.4, Johanna Allman 95.9, Priyansha Narayan 92.85 and Carly Durrant 91.9.

The school commended Stephanie Howson on her perfect score of 50 in psychology, allowing her to join the other 64 study scores of 40 or above across 15 subject areas, and the 13 per cent of students receiving an ATAR of 90 or above.

Catholic College Sale principal Chris Randell said he was very excited about this year’s VCE results, as well as celebrating the students who have already received their apprenticeships and traineeships.

“These are wonderful results for our students and reinforces our commitment to assisting all students to achieve their chosen pathway,” Mr Randell said.

Maffra Secondary College announced its Dux of 2016 as Molly Angliss, with an ATAR result of 96.75.

The school was thrilled with Molly’s performance, applauding her great commitment and dedication to her studies throughout the year.

“I’m completely surprised and relieved with my score, I can’t believe it,” Molly said.

Molly is looking to pursue a career in medicine, and was fortunate to receive an early conditional offer from a major university.

“I’m going to wait and see what other offers come, but I’m really excited that I’m one step closer to my dream of becoming a GP in a rural community like ours,” she said.

Maffra Secondary College had 58 students complete their year 12 studies this year, and principal Adam Hogan said the year level was a really unique group that had been very close over their six years together.

“They’ve supported and challenged each other all the way through, and we believe this is reflected in their impressive results this year”, said Mr Hogan.

“We’re very proud of all of our students this year, who will go on to access a range of pathways.

“We’re really proud of Molly, who has shown such dedication to her studies this year, and has been a very genuine and passionate individual who has been a great role model across the college.”

Sale College Dux Luka Corrigan obtained an ATAR score of 91.75, and aims to study computer engineering.

Sale College’s Dux was Luka Corrigan, who obtained an ATAR of 91.75, and aims to study Computer Engineering at a tertiary level.

Close behind Luka were Melinda Booth with a score of 90.15, who is considering studying Arts Law, and Amy Purdon with a score of 88.9, who would like to study Commerce IT, and Alex Downie with a score of 87.65, who intends to study Biomedical Science.

Sale College principal Brendan Staple congratulated all the school’s students and staff who worked hard all year to achieve some outstanding results.

“We have had a lot of highlights this year that have been rewarded with many successful stories at this end of the year,” Mr Staple said.

“Our VCAL program has set records for the number of students participating and successfully completing foundation, intermediate and senior levels.

“Many of these students have gained apprenticeships or will go on to further training opportunities.

“In VCE, we have once again got the majority of students through to the end of the year with solid pathways plans that can be achieved with their results.

“The most important thing now is not what you got in terms of results but where they will take you.

“I would like to congratulate all students from our Wellington District schools for their efforts and wish them all the best for their futures.”

Yarram Secondary College had seven students achieve an ATAR of 70 or above, with two students receiving ATAR scores above 90.

In individual subjects, the school had six students achieve a study score of 40 or above, and 19 students achieve subject study scores of 35 or above, with maths and sciences being strong subject areas.

Yarram Secondary College principal David Mowbray said he was extremely pleased with the efforts and results achieved by the school’s Year 12 students this year.

“I’m completely surprised and relieved with my score, I can’t believe it,” Molly said.

Molly is looking to pursue a career in medicine, and was fortunate to receive an early conditional offer from a major university.

“I’m going to wait and see what other offers come, but I’m really excited that I’m one step closer to my dream of becoming a GP in a rural community like ours,” she said.

Maffra Secondary College had 58 students complete their year 12 studies this year, and principal Adam Hogan said the year level was a unique group that had been very close over their six years together.

“They’ve supported and challenged each other all the way through, and we believe this is reflected in their impressive results this year”, said Mr Hogan.

“We’re very proud of all of our students this year, who will go on to access a range of pathways.

“We’re really proud of Molly, who has shown such dedication to her studies this year, and has been a very genuine and passionate individual who has been a great role model across the college.”

Sale College’s Dux was Luka Corrigan, who obtained an ATAR of 91.75, and aims to study computer engineering at a tertiary level.

Close behind Luka were Melinda Booth with a score of 90.15, who is considering studying arts law, and Amy Purdon with a score of 88.9, who would like to study commerce IT, and Alex Downie with a score of 87.65, who intends to study biomedical science.

Sale College principal Brendan Staple congratulated all the school’s students and staff who worked hard all year to achieve some outstanding results.

“We have had a lot of highlights this year that have been rewarded with many successful stories at this end of the year,” Mr Staple said.

“Our VCAL program has set records for the number of students participating and successfully completing foundation, intermediate and senior levels.

“Many of these students have gained apprenticeships or will go on to further training opportunities.

“In VCE, we have once again got the majority of students through to the end of the year with solid pathways plans that can be achieved with their results.

“The most important thing now is not what you got in terms of results but where they will take you.

“I would like to congratulate all students from our Wellington district schools for their efforts and wish them all the best for their futures.”

Yarram Secondary College had seven students achieve an ATAR of 70 or above, with two students receiving ATAR scores above 90.

In individual subjects, the school had six students achieve a study score of 40 or above, and 19 students achieve subject study scores of 35 or above, with maths and sciences being strong subject areas.

Yarram Secondary College principal David Mowbray said he was extremely pleased with the efforts and results achieved by the school’s year 12 students this year.

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CONGRATULATIONS Alan Squirefor so eloquently expressing the case for running the proposed Newcastle light rail along the existing rail corridor and not along Hunter Street (‘Running light rail in corridor a win for all stakeholders’,Herald, 8/12). We who live here know only too well that you are correct. Newcastle council should listen to you (and us).
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Kerry Fagan,NewcastleI HAVEN’T been this excited about the Knights’ future for many years. For me it’s not a question of whether to buy shares but rather of how many I can afford. With the repayment scheme and a little budgeting such as Home Brand toilet paper and Aldi beer I’ll be able to buy enough to leave to each of the grandkids when I kick the bucket.

Dave McTaggart, EdgeworthI THINK MrBaird and Michael Cassel are not listening to Novocastrians. You have been told before by the people of the Hunter there is no room down Hunter Street and Scott Street. You don’t live here or drive here. Melbourne and the GoldCoast havewide streets for trams, cars and bicycles. If you want trams, think about it and put them on the corridor where the Hunter people want it, not people from out of town. You are looking after the developers, not us.

George Tattersell,New LambtonREGARDING Mark Burslem’s letter about the proposed V8 race in a heritage precinct (Letters, 12/12), I observe the published “in favour” letter writers live in areas other than the intended venue. If the races eventuate, how about the owners of affected properties not having to pay council rates for the five years as some compensation for their loss of quality of life and possible devaluation of their properties?

June Porter, Warners BayI FIND it strange that food business are hit with stringent food handling laws, which is a good thing, only to have people seated with dogs under tables. What a joke.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayBLIND Freddy could foresee this parking fiasco in Newcastle when our rail line was cut so quickly and light rail plans were still up in the air.

Trixee Davidson, KotaraDRIVING in Honeysuckle at 7pm on Friday I was thankful I was just dropping someone off. Traffic bumper to bumper looking for a park. The main parking area, which in the near future will no longer be there, was chockers. When this goes, God help us. I am sure all the experts will point out that public transport will save us, but given all the development coming at us, I shudder to think what Band Aid fix will be applied. Traffic plan? Parking plan? Council and state government have no idea.

Tony Morley, WaratahCONGRATULATIONS Newcastle Jets. Well done.

Bill Slicer, Tighes HillTHE POLLSWOULD you buy a $500 stake in the Knights?

Yes 55.27%, No 26.62%, I need more information before I decide18.11%


Ramp up the competition in summer crops

Weed reduction: Dr Bhagirath Chauhan measured a 30 per cent reduction in weed biomass when cotton was planted at 50 cm row spacing compared to 100 cm, and also recorded a yield improvement of up to 28 per cent, depending on the crop stage when weeds were removed. Photo: supplied.The higher rainfall across many grain growing regions in 2016 is providing farmers with more opportunities for summer cropping.Weeds also stand to gain from the additional soil moisture putting additional pressure on summer fallow spraying programs.
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Dr Bhagirath Chauhan, Principal Research Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) says agronomic trials measuring the effect of early canopy closure in summer crops are consistently resulting in lower weed biomass and higher crop yield.

“Our research in mungbean, cotton and soybean have shown that more even plant spacing across the paddock is more important for weed suppression than increased seeding rate, and this is best achieved through narrower row spacing,” he says.

“In cotton, we demonstrated a clear benefit in planting at 50 cm row spacing rather than the conventional 100 cm spacing however, the limitation for growers is the inflexibility of the current harvesting equipment.”

One configuration that has shown promise internationally but not yet fully investigated in Australia is the ultra-narrow row (UNR) concept where the beds remain at 100 cm spacing to suit the harvester but two rows of cotton are planted either side of the bed, effectively shading the inter-row earlier than a single row planting. The ultra-narrow rows are planted 19 to 38 cm apart on the bed and seeding rate is usually increased slightly.

With limited options to increase crop competition in cotton, and the widespread adoption of Roundup-Ready (RR) technology in the industry, there is now a focus on finding alternative herbicide chemistry to manage the risk of glyphosate resistant weeds in cotton systems.

Dr Chauhan says growers are achieving good weed control with the pre-emergence herbicides recently registered for use in cotton. “The biggest challenge with these herbicides is getting the application right, taking into account the effect of rainfall, irrigation type and timing and the soil type,” he says. “There are emerging weeds such as feathertop Rhodes grass, sesbania and amaranth that are challenging the Roundup-Ready cropping system and so growers need to have other weed management tactics in place early.”

The cotton industry is promoting the adoption of the 2 + 2 + 0 weed management system to protect glyphosate and the Round-Up Ready hybrids. This entails the use of two non-glyphosate herbicide options, two non-herbicide tactics and zero weed survivors. Re-introducing the use of pre-emergent herbicides in cotton farming is an important part of this weed management program. Increasing crop competition is also worth further investigation given the potential weed control and crop yield benefits to be gained if the limitations of current harvesting equipment can be addressed.

To maintain yield in cotton it is important to restrict all weed management operations to the early stages of crop growth, a distinct advantage of using pre-emergent herbicides to minimise weed growth prior to crop canopy closure.

Peter Newman, communication lead with Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, has long been an enthusiastic advocate of crop competition in cereals. He saysthe recent findings in summer crops provides growers with a valuable non-herbicide tool they can use to help suppress weeds.

“Over and over we are seeing results come from crop competition trials showing suppression of weed biomass in competitive crops, and usually a yield benefit,” he says. “This is a win win for growers and needs to become standard practice in all crops – not only regarding row width but all agronomic practices that boost early crop growth and result in early canopy closure.”

For more information about achieving crop competition in summer crops to help manage herbicide resistance, visit the Weedsmart website:梧桐夜网weedsmart.org419论坛This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


Trailer denied for parade

For the family of Natalie Daley it is symbolic of the most important thing at Christmas –love for family, but for the Apex Club of Ulverstone it represents a political standpoint notfit for its annual Christmas parade.
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In support: Leonie Hiscutt MLC, Natasha Hutton, Roger Daley, Senator Anne Urquhart and opposition leader Bryan Green at the launch of the trailer on Sunday. Picture: Paul Scambler.

The Little Green trailer, which was launched at the weekend, bears the name and face of medicinal cannabis advocate Natalie Daley, who died in May 2016.

Mrs Daley’s sister Tash Hutton filed an application to enter the trailer into the Apexs Club of Ulverstone’s annual Christmas parade, only to be denied.

“I was not impressed,” Mrs Hutton said.

Mrs Hutton said the reasoning that was given by the organisers was the leaf could be seen as creating a “political statement”.

The APEX Club of Ulverstone’s Christmas Parade coordinator Matthew Sulzberger said the main point behind the decision,which was made by group consensus, was not the “iconography” but about the trailer being in memorium.

“The overarching theme [of the parade] is light, cheerful and festive and having what is essentially a memorial for people who passed away, it is probably not the time and place for it,” Mr Sulzberger.

Mr Sulzberger said the entry was given a “pretty decent hearing” and an amount of discussion among the 12 members present.

Furthermore he said other issues raised were insurance requirements and that a “long standing requirement” from the council states there is to be “no politicising of entries” .

He said the club was concerned the council may react negatively to the entry and interpret it as making an “overt political statement”.

Mrs Daley’s dad Ian Faulsaid he was disappointed.

“Some of their family may be sick one day and they might be begging for medicinal cannabis,” Mr Faul said.

Mrs Hutton said she believed the trailer did embody the spirit of Christmas.

“At Christmas the most important thing is to have family, and her being a local Ulverstone woman, it is in memory of her,” she said.

“It is not about the leaf it is tribute to Nat.”

Senator Anne Urquhart, a supporter of Mrs Daley’s cause, said she believed the Apex club should reconsider their position.

“People have said there is nothing Christmassy about medicinal cannabis, but that is a pretty narrow sort of view,” Senator Urquhart said.

“There is broader Christmas message about helping people and people’s ability to live in our society in a pain free way.”

SenatorUrquhart said the organisersshould consider the educational benefit of the float.

“The community should embrace it and learn about it before they close their mind to it,” she said.

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BHS raises the house

Students raise funds for Veritas Good cause: Year 9 students at Blayney High School presented Veritas House representatives Sarah Luff and Tiffany Stonestreet with $1276.
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Year 9 students from Blayney High School have been out and about over the past two weeks raising funds for Veritas House as part of their Social Issues -Disadvantaged Youth and Homelessness studies in English.

The students developed their ideas and after some tweaking,advertised and campaigned them around the community.

A cake stall and aclothes, linen and canned food drive as well as collecting presents resulted in the students collectingover 30 christmas presents and many bags of clothes, linen and canned food for distribution.

The cake stall raised $323, the raffle raised $600 and the barbecue raised $353. In total the year 9 English students at Blayney High School raised $1276.

Farmers’ Market this SundayBlayney Farmers’Market will be celebrating in Christmas spirit this month. Themarketswill be a Christmasshopping haven and is perfectly timed forthe Sunday before Christmas. It will be the lastminute stop off to grab that original, never been seen before gift.We have a wide selection of stall holders that will also help you prepare for thebig day.

Millfest MarketsThe second annual John Davis Motors’ ‘MillFest’ on Saturday, December 17 will be a party like noother with live music in Pym StreetMillthorpe for five hours.

The street will be closed from 2pm until 8pm with at least 50 market stalls, food stalls, three localcellar door outlets, two craft beer stands and a jumping castle and face painting for theyoungsters. Of course, the very special Millthorpe boutique shops, cafes and restaurants will all beopen for business well into the evening.

View Club ChristmasThe Christmas Dinner will be held next Tuesday 20th December at the Commercial Hotel in Millthorpe, $30 per head includes a delicious Christmas dinner. All replies to Cazzie, regardless of whether or not you are on the permanent list of acceptances.

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Program ‘going to change Bellambi’

GRADUATES: (Front) Ann Burbrook, Senior Constable Josie Kolts, TAFE teacher Peter Bradbury, Senior Constable Elizabeth Catto, Roslyn Williams, (back) Donna Stewart, Dell Cotter, Jean Barham, Rebecca Hinder, Tracy Stephens-Wood, Dayne Morris, Emma Belgrove and Emma Jane Stephens. Picture: Brad LiberAnn Burbrook isone of the ‘’champions’’ chosen to advocate for social change within the Bellambi community.
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But the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre manager is adamant Wollongong Police and TAFE Illawarra truly deserve the champions tag for designing and running a program educatingcommunity leaders about domestic violence issues.

Ms Burbrook was one of the 15 Bellambi Mentors whograduated with a TAFE NSW Statement of Attainment in Mentoring at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, December 12.

She was delighted with the program outcomes.

‘’I’d really like to thank TAFEand Wollongong police for putting this course together because these sort of things really help break down barriers in the community,’’ Ms Burbrook said.

‘’The course was brilliant! It is going to change Bellambi.

‘’It absolutely set out to achieve what it was intended to achieve. We were told exactly what the police do around domestic violence and how the community can work with them.’’

Police and TAFEdid a similar project last year with the multicultural communities in Wollongong.

With acombination of mentoring from TAFE teachers and an understanding of the role that Police play in domestic violence, Ms Burbrookthought the information dovetailed really well.

‘’The Police spokespeople broke down those barriers and humanised their role. It engaged everyone in a diverse group of different ages, genders, social and cultural backgrounds,’’ she said.

‘The light has been shone on Bellambi recently and this is apositive outcome.

‘’The members of our community are standing up and going to run this group.’’

Program teacher and coordinator Katie Carroll said the course was delivered over four days and was designed to givecommunity leaders skills and information to deal with a range of social community issues including domestic violence situations.

‘’Domestic violence matters do not always get reported to police for a number of reasons, leaving victims at risk and without support,’’ she said.

‘’The course content provides advice in relation to reporting domestic violence and information about access to support services.’’

Identified as having a strong presence and connection with families in their local community, it’s often these leaders that victims will turn to.

‘’It also provides a gentle opportunity to introduce community members back into a study environment and give information to them about available pathways if they want to continue their learning,’’ Ms Carroll said.

‘’They [leaders] have the ability to improve their community and work with other members of the community.’’

Ms Burbrook added the courseenabled leaders to encouragepeople to stand up against domestic violence and‘’help them understand that it’s just not on.’’

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Dubbo on the world stage

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It’s been a stellar year for Dubbo College, thanks to the students, teachers, administrative staff, parents and members of this very special community.

The innovationof five Dubbo College Year 12 boys and their teacher have been globally recognised after their remote-controlled miniature four-wheel drive was awarded best engineered vehicle at the World 4×4 in Schools championships in Britain this year.

Bryce Cronin, Sharik Burgess-Stride, Shiv Ram, Chayan Deb Nath and Lucas Blattman, together with Dubbo College teacher John Miller, travelled to Coventry in the UK after being awarded a wild card entry to the world event.

Team Zircon, as they were known, not only took out the best engineered vehicle, but came second overall in the world wide competition, giving them the podium finish they had sought.

The Dubbo College team made the World 4×4 in Schools championships a winning double for Australia, with the Wombat Warriors from Queensland’s Pine Rivers State High School winning first place and Portugal third.

Team Zircon placed second for the portfolio and pit display, research and design process and verbal presentation.

The team, which was accompanied to Coventry in England by Dubbo College teachers Jayne Ainsworth and Stan Zajac, created considerable interest in their vehicle by manufacturing their own wheels, a unique feat in the competition.

“The Team Zircon four-wheel drive completed a course involving three sections of driving, including tackling obstacles.”

The boys not only constructed the best engineered vehicle in the world, but came second overall in the prestigious contest.

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“Before we left we talked about stamping Dubbo on the world map and I think we can safely say we’ve pulled out all stops to represent our school and our community to the very best of our ability.”

Innovative leaders: Bryce Cronin, Sharik Burgess-Stride, Shiv Ram, Chayan Deb Nath and Lucas Blattman win a top prize at the World 4×4 in schools championship held in the UK.

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