Timber mill fined

Dongwha sawmill.
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Dongwha Timbers’ sawmill has been issued with a Penalty Notice for $15,000 by compliance officers from the Department of Planning and Environment.

Dongwha Timbers were penalised for tracking mud and dirt onto public roads after failing to seal an internal road within the site.

Theinvestigation was carried out following complaints to the department by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

Manager of General Affairs at Dongwha Timbers, Michael Dyer confirmed the company had been fined $15,000 for allowing mud and debris to exit the site.

“Dongwha Timbers has been conscious of mud and debris exiting our site especially this year with the high rainfall.

“We are now working the the department to ensure this issue is rectified in a timely manner,” he said.

Department of Planning and Environment compliance officer issued five penalties worth $75,000 to quarry, timber and waste management facility operators in southern NSW for breaching approval conditions.

During October they inspected 57 sites throughout NSW and 12 in the southern region where they issued five $15,000 fines –the highest possible fine the department can issue.

Executive director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, Oliver Holm said the department actively inspected sites, did spot checks and undertook unannounced visits to ensure companies were complying with their conditions.

“We take breaches seriously and the community has an expectation that any breach will result in the appropriate action,” he said.

Penalty’s of $15,000 were also issued to Holcim’s Cooma Road Quarry in Queanbeyan; CEAL’s Ardmore Park Quarry in Bungonia with two fines going to Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn Waste Facility in Tarago.

Compliance enforcement can include warning letters and orders, fines of up to$15,000 and prosecutions for the most serous offences with penalties of up to $5 million.

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Rules changes for juniors

SIX-A-SIDE, one pass, six-tackle sets and quarters, rather than thirds, are just some of the changes set to be introduced to junior footy in a bid to boost participation rates across the region.
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Country Rugby League regional manager Western, Peter Clarke said the changes, which will be implemented from the under 6s age group right across the state, have been backed by the Rams region.

Cominginto play in 2017, junior league stars of the future will get the benefit of longer periods of time with the ball in hand with little consequence for mistakes – a chance rule is also being introduced for forward passes, knock-ons and running into touch at an under 6s level.

Clarke said the main focus on the changes was to make the game more enjoyable for junior age groupswith the non-competitive nature of the competitions across the Western Division extending from under 6s through to under 9s.

“And in Group 14, they’re stretching it to include under 10s next season,” Clarke added.

MAJOR CHANGES for under 6s and under 7s:

Six players per team, not eight;Eight minute quarters, not 10 minute thirds;One pass requirement, not two;Six tackles per set, not four;No scrums;Defenders stand 5m back;No conversions, no kicks in general play; Knock-on, forward pass, run into touch –chance rule (under 6s only);

“It’s more about encouraging kids to be part of our game at an early age, and making sure that time in the game is an enjoyable experience so the pathway into older age groups is clear.”

Clarke said making the changes to junior league known now, five months out from the start of the season, would ensure there’s no excuses come kick-off.

The NRL added it will continue its policy of positive and appropriate off-field behaviour amongst parents, spectators and participants.

“Children and young adults learn from those around them and we are committed to ensuring that those in our game, no matter what level and age, are respectful at all times,” NRL chief of football Brian Canavan said.

Clarke agreed.

“(Parents) can be (an issue). A lot of the time the trouble from the sidelines is because parents don’t know the rules. This is a means of making sure the communication is there,” he added.

Clarke was confident the changes, which filter up through the grades –at varied degrees -until international rules are applied in full foe the under 13s, would help facilitate junior league participation, which is still strong in thearea.

“In general, our numbers are steady, and certainly the growth of league tag has helped those numbers.”

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Perfect location but it needs a freshen up

It’s one of the most recgonisable scenes in Tasmania, and even on a national scale it’s a big one for tourists.
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But the introduction to Cradle Mountain is pretty second-rate.

The comparison between Cradle Mountain’s current visitor centre and a truck stop is pretty spot on.

In fact I’ve seen a few truck stops around the country which would leave the Cradle Mountain centrein theirwake quite comfortably.

As a first impression for visitors from around the globe, it’s pretty abysmal.

And quite rightly Cradle Mountain should be one of the major tourist drawcards for visitors from every corner of the earth.

If it was the truckstop crowd you weretargeting then it may not be a big deal. But at Cradle Mountain we should have something fitting of one of the State’s premier tourist attractions.

But the pace to make progressfor a new master plan to bring the visitor experience at Cradle Mountain into the 21st century,from some quarters, has been pedestrian to say the least.

This is despite a lot of work going into the creation of the Cradle Mountain Master Plan to provide a strong case for the overall project to take the experience to the next level.

It includes a major new visitor experience to welcome people, a major new commercial hub, a cable car to increase access to the park, and a new viewing centre on the shores of the iconic Dove Lake.

Despite a great amount of enthusiasm and praise for the plan, it appears to have all but stalled.

It was quite a contrast at the weekend to see the effusive support from our state and federalgovernments for the new proposal for Macquarie Point –a stone’s throw from central Hobart -compared to the glacial pace to act onCradle Mountain.

Standing alongside the brains trust from MONA, the government representatives were like a group of kids at Christmas.

But it was like getting blood from a stone to get the Turnbull Government behind the project at the Federal Election, with a paltry $1 million committed to further work to provide more paper to back the project.

Many other projects in the past have been given big buckets of Federal money in the past with a lot less on paper –one involving chocolate just north of the capital immediately springs to mind.

The Tasmanian Government has been more forthcoming from a funding point of view, but concerns were raised at the weekend when the Parks and Wildlife Service advertised for a project manager for the visitor centre.

The master plan for Cradle Mountain is a whole lot broader than just avisitor centre.

That’s why the weekend’s advertising raised a red flag with the tourism industry.

It needs to have the same sort of entrepreneurial input as Macquarie Point and other key projects in the state.

Getting it right at Cradle Mountain is a once in a generation opportunity for the North-West of the state.

It will hopefully give the region a new lease on life and drive a spike in tourism like MONA has done for the south of the state.

Not everyone can be lucky enough to have the vision and commitment of David Walsh.

Which is why a clear commitment from both governments is critical.

The Federal Government needs to rethink its reluctant approach, while their state colleagues need to quickly lift its status within the halls of power.

Too much has happened to let it stagnate.

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Volunteering: ‘The cornerstone of what makes communities successful’

BORN TO HELP: Bega Rotary’s Fay Steward said volunteering was just part of growing up in her family environment. Picture: Alasdair McDonaldFor Fay Steward, volunteering is in her blood, and was just part of growing up in her family environment.
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”When we volunteer our time, money, or talents, we help make the world a better place,” the Tarraganda resident said ahead of many volunteer’s busiest times –Christmas.

“I think it’s the cornerstone of what makes communities successful.

Pitching in to help others in need, sharing knowledge and experiences andempowering others to get ahead in life, are all aspects of volunteering that have become part of Ms Steward throughout the years.

“I was also inspired by a few teachers during high school about the importance of using my education to benefit the broader community,” she said.

“So I guess there was never any doubt in my mind that volunteering would be something I’d do throughout life whenever I could.”

She still holds fond memories of her first day as a volunteer with the SES at the tender age of 15.

“My biggest worry was not being able to complete the rescue training courses, and that I would be assigned permanent kitchen duties…luckily this didn’t happen,” she said with a smile.

“It’s a bit like your first day in school; you don’t know anyone, everything is new, you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to be doing, and you don’t know if you’re going to fit it – but you think it’s a good idea – so you stick at it.”

Since moving to the area Ms Steward has become a member of Bega Rotary.

“I was a bit nervous fronting up to my first meeting; but that only lasted 5 minutes,” she said.

“It’s been great joining a local club which has such an enormous depth of experience, and a level of enthusiasm and commitment to community that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.

“There was no sense of ‘having to gain your stripes’ before getting involved in some really interesting projects – they were more interested in what my skills and interests were and how I’d like to apply them.

Some of the projects include support for the Community Care Accommodation, Rotary Driver Awareness and the Book Fair.

“What really interested me most was the Science and Engineering Challenge event that Rotary is running with the University of Newcastle in March next year,” she said.

“It’s an annual nation-wide competition and 2017 will be the first time it’s held in our area.

It will give 256 students in Year9 and 10, from eightschools across the region the chance to showcase innovation and academic achievement in science, engineering and technology.

“We’re hoping it will inspire local young people to aim for a career in science or engineering, which in turn could result in making a real difference to their own future and the well-being of the community overall.”

Bega Rotary’s involvement in the Bega Toy Drive is about expressing the importance of a sharing society, she said.

“Christmas is a wonderful time of the year; but it’s also a time that shows up the sharp contrast between those who have and those who are less fortunate,” Ms Steward said.

“In many ways it’s seeing children being happy that makes Christmas special, and there’s something about being around happy kids that brings families together.

“So anyone who donates toys, as well as the volunteers who collect and arrange distribution of toys are doing everyone a great service.

“It sends a message about the importance of sharing and giving within our community.”

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Letters to the editor

Congratulations, Bruce and OliveWonderful pictures and story. Congratulations Bruce and Olive on 50 years withguide dogs.
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What a privilege to call you both our friends for many decades through pipe bands, dancing, church, meals on wheelsto name a few of your interests and still time to educate those lovely guide dogs.

Best wishes into the future.

Noel and Greg RankinCall for ring roadGreat to see the proposed plans for the widening of Napier Street are now starting to take shape, all this should have happened 20 years ago.

I personally believe that Bendigo would be far better offwith a ring road to remove all those vehicles that travel needlessly through our great city causing undue traffic problems.

As was quoted to me the other day, ”tomorrow’s infrastructure is cheapertoday” something the current transport minister seems to have missed.

One can only hope that her attempt at road widening is a lot better than her parties attempt at giving us a fast train with only asingle track to Melbourne that has be plagued with problems from day one.

Robert K Smallpage,HuntlyBe safe on the roadsEvery year we look forward to the festive season – it is a time to relax, celebrate and be with those we love.

It is also a busy time – a time of travel, parties and distractions which makes it a dangerous time on our roads.

Already this year we have seen 270* lives lost on Victorian roads, 36* more than this time last year.

This not only represents the lives lost, but also the families, friends and communities left mourning their loved ones.

As a motor vehicle accident lawyer, I have represented many families and have unfortunately seen the widespread devastation caused by road accidents.

By being patient, prepared and responsible behind the wheel this festive season, we can all enjoy a safe, well deserved break with our loved ones.

Joanne Panagakis,Slater and Gordon Practice Group LeaderCountry in troubleAfter the latest economic news, the R word has surfaced in regards to the economy.

I don’t think anybody seriously thinks that December spending will be negative, but if it is, Australia is in real trouble.

Assuming that Christmas comes and goes as normal, February next year and onwards will tell a very different story.

Traditionally, spending in these early months is slow, but with an economy already slipping further into the mire, the rate of spending is likely to flat line longer, keeping the LNP spin doctors burning the midnight oil, trying to think up more excuses to hoodwink the public into believing that all is well, and any way, if not, it is Labors fault, that the LNP have tripled the debt and doubled the budget deficit.

The minister, Mathias Cormann, continues to parrot the rehearsed lines of wibble wobbling, that we have been accustomed to for the past four-and-a-half years.

Will Australia slip into recession, well we wont have to wait long.

All indications point to MYEFO continuing to show a spending problem, caused by falling revenue.

Early next year and onwards, will tell us if we are going to fall off the financial cliff – for the first time in 25 years.

And who is in government – the superior economic managers.

Ken Price, Eaglehawk Have you got an opinion? Send a letter to the editor to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Taree High’s Toni Fatherley retires

Farewell: Teacher Toni Fatherley is retiring. With excitement in her eyes she said she will focus on “Reading! Reading without feeling guilty!”.TONI Fatherley sits in her classroom in theA Block of Taree High School.
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The walls are dotted with memoriesfrom decades of teaching –quotes and students’ names remain as a lasting impression of the jokes and struggles shared with theirteacher.After 42 years of teaching and countless hours in this room,Toni will retire this week.

From teaching English, directing and producing drama productions, editing the school’s magazine The Torch, to steering the school’s Student Representative Council (SRC) –Toni has influenced thelives of many.

To honourtheir favourite teacher former students sent video messagesto past vice-captain Amani Jensen-Bentley, who created a video that was shown at Toni’sfarewell.The video featuredtears, poems and updates from students now living and suceeding across the world.

Past student Tim Young said, “the way that you teach and the motivation you provide to all of your students genuinely makes the world a better place”.

Born in Taree, Toni first taughtat Warner’s Bay High School after completing studies in Newcastle.Duringher career she receivedan Excellence in Teaching Award whichshe considers “very special” as she was nominated by Taree High’s P&C (Parents and Citizens). She transferred to Taree High from Warners Bay in 1985.

At Warners Bay Toni taughtAllison Alliston– now Taree High’sprincipal.Toni taught English, history, drama andlater focused on senior English.

In recent years Toni mentored staff who tookover her roles with the SRC and directing student musicals. Thelargest musicalshe directed wasRag Time to Rap in 1991 which was written by students and performed on stage at the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree.

Toni said what she loved most about teaching “was guiding student’s potential in whatever area they choose”.

“It’ not just about exams or reports,” she said. In the last video to Toni, Amani said, “Taree High is going to miss you but you’ll never really be gone because you are such a massive part of this school and thewhole community”.

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Women’s football face-lift

Women’s football in Tasmania is set for a complete face-lift with the aim to produce more high performance players in the future.
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NORTH-WEST ACADEMY: The Burnie Dockers will become the High Performance Academy for female players on the Coast. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Following a state-wide forum with key stakeholders,AFL Tasmania announcedfive teams to contest the 2017 Tasmanian Women’s League Premier League Season.

The five clubs selected to be part of the inaugural premier league areBurnie, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough Tigers and Launceston.

All Tasmanian State League clubs were invited to submit an application for a TWL premier league licence in November and were asked toaddress key selection criteria,includingfinancial support, player andcoach development and links to regional/zone academy models to name a few.

The aim for the new high performance division will be to complimentthe AFL Women’s League and provideTasmanian womena critical talent pathway.

The new Premier League competition will act as the state’s high performance division with remaining clubs from the 2016 TWL season invited to express interest in aNorth/North-West and South regional competition.

Football Development Manager Leigh Elder said the uptake from clubs to be part of the new level of competition has been overwhelming.

“We congratulate the five TSL clubs on their selection as we push forward with preparations to kick off the competitions next year but also thank all clubs that applied as part of the process,” Mr. Elder said.

Female football is on a massive upward trajectory in Tasmania, the recently released AFL Census showed a 395 percent increase in female club participation in the state.

Elder said the restructure was all about aligning with a high performance model and keep elite players in the state.

“With the talent base we have the decided a four to six team competition would suit but the model will expand with time.

“It will be a five team roster with 15 rounds and what we want to do is align with a high performance model and Burnie will become the North-West Academy and service everyone in the North-West.”

For remaining and new clubshoping to play women’s football on the Coast, a regional competition will be set up for 2017.

Elder said the outcome of the expression of interest for new Regional Women’s Competition will be known later this week, with plans for Lightning Carnivals on March 4-5 to assist clubs with their preparations for 2017.

“It will help grow football in the state with more teams playing across the regional and high performance divisions.

“Those who want to play the elite standard have the high performance model andthose who want to just enjoy footycan play in the regional competition.”

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Sirtex bear still wary despite share price dive

The warning signs were there for all to see ahead of a trading update last week that slashed hundreds of millions of dollars off the market worth of biotech outfit Sirtex​ Medical.
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And even its 37 per cent share price fall on Friday hasn’t encouraged Marc Sinatra, analyst at Lodge Partners, to shift from his long-standing “sell” recommendation on the company’s shares.

“I’ve been bearish on the stock for a long, long time,” said Mr Sinatra, who argued the primary market that Sirtex serves – cancer that has spread to the liver from the colon – was a small one.

“The failure of the SIRFLOX study last year is starting to bite,” he said, referring to a disappointing research study that resulted in the halving of the Sirtex share price from more than $40 to below $20 for a time. That study showed no overall improvement in the survival rate for cancer patients from the company’s cancer treatment.

Sirtex has three additional research studies, with the results due for release early next year.

“I don’t think we have another Acrux​,” Mr Sinatra said, referring to the loss by another one-time popular biotech company of much of its business, “but it really needs most things to go in its favour to regain its former glory.”

Acrux, which makes a testosterone treatment, has a sharemarket worth of just $50 million, down from more than $750 million a few years back due to regulatory changes in the US, its key market.

On Friday, Sirtex warned of weak sales, reversing investor expectations of continued double-digit growth.

One investor not spooked by Friday’s warning was Peter Hall, the founder of Hunter Hall Investments, who has made tens of millions of dollars from Sirtex shares over the years. He stepped into the sharemarket on Friday to top up his holding of Sirtex shares for his investment funds.

“We bought at $15.57 on Friday. At that price, it is not a value stock, but it is quite cheap,” Mr Hall told BusinessDay.

Sirtex shares bounced on Monday and closed 3.75 per cent higher at $16.60, well clear of the day’s high of $17.33.

Sirtex has developed radioactive spheres to treat cancer and has built up a sizeable business as a so-called salvage or last-line treatment for patients who have few treatment alternatives. However, rival products are cutting into its market, primarily Lonsurf, which is a pill from Japanese drug maker Taiho Pharmaceutical.

“There are plausible reasons for the [sales] slowdown,” Mr Hall said. “Medical oncologists prefer to give pills rather than radioactive therapy.”

Like other investors, he is looking to the outcome of further research results that are due in the next few months to help strengthen the position of Sirtex’s treatment in the cancer treatment market.

Analysts were wary that the company’s decision to hold a briefing late last month on other research initiatives after it had earlier indicated slowing sales was a possible sign that all wasn’t well at the company.

“It is a fairly common ‘pea and thimble’ trick,” another analyst said, who did not wish to be named. “Holding a R&D day for the first time ever, helps to shift the focus away from the basic business as sales slow.

“That may have been a trigger for Goldman Sachs to sell down its substantial shareholding in the company.”

Goldman Sachs announced last Thursday that it had sold down its stake in Sirtex to below 5 per cent.

Sirtex chief executive Gilman Wong sold more than $2 million of Sirtex shares a month ago, reducing his stake in the company by 27 per cent.

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Sydney Story Factory takes teens from playground to published authors

Young talent time: First time published students (L to R) Finbar Clayton, Phoebe Lu, Briana Terman, Bindi Mutiara; (Back) Grace Chen, Lisa Choi, Sebastian Wooldridge and Luka Bakota. Photo: Steven SiewertA published book for any first-time author is a bright and shiny thing.
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To the graduates of the inaugural year-long novella workshop of the Sydney Story Factory, the not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people, it is playground bragging rights and career possibility all rolled into one.

Since February, nine students have met weekly to develop original story ideas and seven of them – the youngest 12 and the oldest 16 – have become published authors with their finished novellas printed for sale.

Looking back on the year of Thursdays, the Story Factory’s storyteller-in-chief, Richard Short, feels much like an embarrassingly proud uncle. “It just makes me wildly, wildly happy to celebrate these works,” he said at the launch.

“I think we all know that it’s got more to do with hard work than miracles. What we saw all do was struggle through the early attempts to come up with the ideas rich enough to develop and to get through to the final phase of editing that was so difficult, heart-rending but necessary to create a good piece of writing.”

The goal was to extend the young writers, many of whom had been coming to the Story Factory since it opened four years ago.

At the finish line the novellas are of varying lengths and genres, ranging from a fast-paced, military adventure to a witch’s magical quest in ancient Egypt and gritty tales of teens losing their way.

Students had been selected less for their sophisticated writing skills than because they would stick with the challenge.

Editorial teams from Penguin Random House and Allen & Unwin took the manuscripts from drafts to the polished, published copy.

For Year 7 Newtown Performing Arts student Finbar Clayton, 13, writing a novella proved way harder than he thought.

His first idea was to write a story of magical powers and cliched villains but he got bored so switched to a story featuring vampires and ghouls. “I thought it was brilliant and I wrote a page of that until I realised it was terrible and I hated that.”

He finally settled on the idea of a “plain old, run-of-the mill mouse”.

“As I was writing all these other fantastical stories I started realising that I was writing the same stuff I always write, and I had this idea what if I write something I have no experience of, something outside my comfort zone that would keep me engaged to the end.”

The youngest author Phoebe Lu, 12, took her inspiration from a class history lesson on ancient Egypt to write her novella of a witch who brews a potion and finds herself a key ingredient short.

Luka Bakota, a Year 7 student from Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts, had the toughest learning curve of the group. He lost 20,000 words of his draft science fiction story when his computer died.

“I lost all of it and I had no back up.” Bakota started again and his darkly humoured portrait of a cussing 15-year-old teen, Danny, carries the only “mature content” warning.

Sebastian Wooldridge was in Year 4 when his mother forced him to attend the Story Factory’s very first workshop.  “I was good at comprehension, my writing was terrible. I used to hate reading, now I love it.” His action packed novella was inspired by a viewing of American Sniper.

The quality of writing is, says volunteer proofreader Alison Lyssa, impressive. “There’s a freedom to the young people’s work – vivid, rich vocabulary, rich imagery.

The Story Factory’s primary aim is to help children from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds find their writing voices. Whether these students become full-time writers is beside the point, says Short.

“Some of these kids have gone from being interested in writing, to people who identify themselves as writers. That’s a massive leap as well as a difficult leap. Even novellas are big and imposing things.”

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Banned Pies Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas resume training

Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas back on the track at Collingwood on Monday. Photo: Eddie Jim Lachie Keeffe finished second in the time trial. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Josh Thomas finished the time trial in the middle of the pack. Photo: Eddie Jim

Lachie Keeffe hasn’t played a game of football for more than two years. But as the suspended key defender resumes training with his Collingwood teammates, he’s looming as a pivotal part of the Magpies’ plans for 2017.

Keeffe and suspended colleague Josh Thomas had their first proper pre-season training session on Monday since the end of 2014, with two months left to run on their two-year suspensions for ingesting the banned drug Clenbuterol.

​Both have been isolated from the club during their suspensions, delisted then picked up again as rookies as Collingwood committed to giving them another chance. Their suspensions don’t end until February 10, which means they can’t participate in any promotional or commercial activities or give any media interviews until then.

But while you won’t be hearing anything from either until then, the Magpies will be pumping as much fitness work and, particularly, game simulation into the pair as possible. And will have their fingers crossed about Keeffe’s progress, in particular.

The selection door is definitely open for Keeffe, as indicated recently when Collingwood upgraded him once again from the rookie to the senior list.

While busting back into the Magpies’ best 22 might be problematic for Thomas, Keeffe, the 204-centimetre backman, looks very likely to fill what threatens to be a hole in the Collingwood structure, namely defensive height. He looks a readymade replacement for the departed Nathan Brown, Jack Frost and Jonathon Marsh.

Ben Reid is the Pies’ only remaining proven key defender, and will be relying heavily on support from the shorter Melbourne recruit Lynden Dunn, along with Jeremy Howe and Tyson Goldsack. Key forward Jesse White is another option to play in defence.

Already, however, Keeffe shapes as the No.1 choice to play on the AFL’s genuine forward beasts. Collingwood, certainly, will be recalling his form during  2014, when he played 18 of his 40 senior games, holding down the key defensive post nearly all season after long-term injuries to Reid and Brown.

Things are going to be a lot tougher for Thomas, who had played 32 games over two seasons in 2013-14 before the suspension.

He will have his work cut out fighting his way back into the senior line-up. Statistics provider Champion Data last week ranked the Magpie midfield as the best in the AFL, with six players – Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar, Steele Sidebottom, recruit Daniel Wells, Taylor Adams and Jack Crisp – rated among the AFL’s top 50 mids.

But both Thomas  and Keeffe seemed happy enough on Monday just being back  with the teammates with whom they hadn’t been able to meaningfully interact for two years.

Collingwood had issued a statement confirming the return of Thomas and Keeffe on Sunday evening. “The players will enter a two-month transition period, where they are able to take part in training, coaching, football meetings and receive medical treatment in preparation for their return to professional sport once their sanctions are complete,” the club said.

Both competed in a two-kilometre time trial, Keeffe finishing second, behind rookie ruckman Max Lynch. Travis Varcoe, who missed the Magpies’ first time trial three weeks ago, came in third, while Thomas finished mid-pack.

Keeffe was welcomed over the finish line by a round of applause from his teammates and smiles from coach Nathan Buckley, who made a point of congratulating the 26-year-old, perhaps in recognition not only of that achievement, but his potential importance.

Keeffe, will be far from the best player in Collingwood’s line-up next season. But when it comes to curbing the big, goalkicking forwards from the Magpies’ rivals, he may end up being one of the most critical.

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