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Community told “If you do nothing, nothing will happen”

Local Area Commander Superintendent Beth Sturton addressed the Henty community last Tuesday regarding their concerns over vandalism. She is pictured with General manager Greater Hume Shire, Steven Pinnuck (left) and Inspector Grant Blanchard of Albury Local Area Command (right).The Henty community is considering setting up regular meetings with police to discuss local community concerns following a recent surge of vandalism in the town.
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Greater Hume Shire mayor Cr Denise Osborne said it would be fantastic if the Henty community set up a similar body to that which operates in Lockhart where community representatives regularly meet with police to discuss local issues.

The recent surge of vandalism in Henty saw more than 100 residents attend a public meeting in the town last Tuesday night where they voiced their concerns.

The meeting was attended by the Local Area Commander Superintendent Beth Sturton from the Albury Local Area Command and Inspector Grant Blanchard.

Cr Osborne said the town had experienced a surge in petty vandalism in recent months and that the vandalism had upset many people in the town, particularly the elderly.

“What has being going on has been petty vandalism, mostly on public property such as the swimming pool, and on some private property as well,” she said

“The community in Henty is not used to that sort of thing.

“Many of the incidents of vandalism have occurred late at night when you would expect children to be under parental control.”

Superintendent Sturton stressed it was very important that residents reported all incidents of vandalism to the police.

Superintendent Sturton also told the meeting that the police would ensure that they kept the community informed of their progress in dealing with reports of

vandalism.

Cr Osborne said the people at the meeting were very pleased to hear that many of the incidents that had been reported had resulted in charges being laid.

She also said that people should report all incidents even when they knew the local police officer was not available as there were seven other police officers in the area who could deal with complaints.

“If you do nothing, nothing will happen,” Cr Osborne said.

She said people at the meeting expressed their genuine support of the local police

officer.

Cr Osborne said that people felt a lot more confident that the spike in vandalism in the town could be addressed following the

meeting.

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Everyone belongs

Back row left to right: Angus Malmo, Hayden Walker, Maddi Damschke, Harry Bahr, Lachie Walker, Nell Malmo. Middle row left to right: Hannah Zweck, Callum Lieschke, Scott Bradshaw, Jessica Toogood, Diaz Willis, Zaid Al-Musawy. Front row left to right: Henry Kilo, Kendra Walker, Shari Brdshaw, Joely Scott, Louise Hasler, Lachlan Fifield, Lily Campbell.Last Wednesday, March 21, Harmony Day was celebrated around Australia by schools and other organisations – and Henty Public School was no exception.
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Everyone participating at Henty Public School last Wednesday wore orange, the Harmony Day colour, as a reminder that ‘everyone belongs’.

Theresa Kane, Assistant Principal at Henty Public School said she was thrilled to see almost the entire school of 116 students wearing orange to acknowledge the day.

“We have been celebrating Harmony Day since its inception in 1999.

“Our school has been covering multi-cultural aspects for some time through our Connected Outcome Groups (COGs) units and our students have a real understanding and empathy for different cultures and have shown they accept and embrace them.

“The theme of multiculturalism is also reinforced by our schools Reconciliation Action Plan. This plan involves the community and school working together to embrace Aboriginal culture.”

Recognising Australia’s cultural diversity, Harmony Day is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Day gives people the opportunity to celebrate what makes each Australian unique and also share what we have in common.

The continuing message for Harmony Day is that “Everyone Belongs”, which means all Australian’s are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background.

It’s a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, recognising the traditional owners of this land. It’s also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

Over the years, Harmony Day has grown in popularity as Australians have made the day their own.

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Flood preparations in full force

Annette Neilsen, Leo Pietsch and Jan Martin sand bagging as they prepare for the major flood. The SES were flat out yesterday as Forbes prepared to endure a major flood.
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Evacuation Orders for a major flood peak are expected to be rolled out around the community from today.

A major flood peak is predicted to hit Forbes between tomorrow night and Thursday morning at a height of 10.65 metres at the Iron Bridge – equivalent to the August 1990 floods.

“We are in the stage for preparing for the major peak of the flood Wednesday night, Thursday morning,” Local Controller Forbes SES Roc (Robert) Walshaw said yesterday.

“There are procedures in place for evacuation warnings to get people out of their homes.

“People should be preparing themselves for the flood now. The people who were here in 1990 know who was affected.

“If you are new to town and don’t know, ask your next door neighbour what happened in that flood.

“Will the water affect me? If it does, how high will it come? Those who got their feet wet then will get their feet wet again,” Mr Walshaw said.

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Although Evacuation Warnings for areas in the north, south, southwest and eastern residential areas were released on Sunday, Mr Walshaw said residents must not confuse an Evacuation Warning with an Evacuation Order.

The warnings rolled out on Sunday are to give residents time to prepare for an evacuation.

“All the warning is to go into your home and gather your personal items and work out where you are going to put them,” Forbes SES Deputy Controller Jordan L’Estrange said.

Personal items include anything which can’t be replaced including bank account documents, deeds to the house, wills, marriage certificates or change of name registration details, outstanding accounts and special photos.

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Holbrook Tennis

The Holbrook Tennis Club will be represented in the Hume Tennis Association Grand Finals this coming Saturday by the Sect 3 team who defeated Bungowannah Possums in the Preliminary Final at Walla last Saturday.
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The Holbrook team got away to a good start and maintained a small lead throughout the Men’s and Ladies sets to be nine games up with the mixed sets to play.

The defining moment was one of the last ladies set with Laura Parker and Sharon Waite winning 6/1 to give the Brooker’s a definite edge.

The first mixed set went Bungo’s way 6/0 to bring the interest back into the three remaining sets on court with Willy Papworth and Sharon winning 6/4 , then Sam Joyce in good form with Judy Smith also winning 6/4 to seal the win with the final result being Holbrook 80 games to Bungo’ Possums 69 games.

The team now play Burrumbuttock who defeated Culcairn in the other final.

The Sect 4 team played Bungowannah Roo’s at the St Pauls courts and were on the back foot from the start as the Bungo ladies dominated proceedings to set up a good lead through the match.

The Holbrook young ones certainly played well but the experienced opposition ladies held the advantage with Bungo 14 up going into the mixed. The match was pretty well decided with the first couple of mixed sets being evenly split to leave Bungo with a good lead with two sets on which they won to run out winners 81 to 61 games. The younger members of the team Emma and Alyce Parker and Harry Dowling and Christopher Papworth played well over the last couple of weeks to have themselves ready for promotion up the grades next season.

Thanks to reserves Gary and Liz for being on hand if required and we wish the Sect 3 team best of luck for the GF this coming Saturday.

Sect 3 team for GF at Jindera , play starts at 1.00 pm sharp – P. and S.Waite, S.Joyce, W.Papworth, T.Emerson, N.Webb, J.Smith, L.Parker.

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Holbrook Lions Club 2012 Annual Triathlon

Junior girls 15-17 winners, Jessica Todd and Emma Parker.There were 190 competitors who enjoyed a perfect day to compete in the annual triathlon.
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Co-ordinator George Mackinlay was pleased with the turn out and the support shown to this local event.

Elite Cyclist Taryn Heather was home for the weekend and on hand to present awards to some of our junior winners. Taryn will head overseas later this month for several months training & competing and should represent Australia again in the World Championships later in the year in the Netherlands. Several former Holbrook residents supported the triathlon again this year, Taryn’s husband Ryan Clifford competed in the open men’s along with her brother Andrew Heather and sister in-law Carly Heather. Others include Jane Duck (Mackinlay), Danny Whitley, Andrew Reichel, Cathy Moore (McKenzie) and Danielle Parr.

The organisers wish to thank all those who assisted in the lead up to the event as we as those who helped on the day as this makes for the running of the day. This annual event was once again made possible through the generous support of local sponsors and we thank them all for their generosity.

Mary and Jordyn Mackinlay were on hand to present the Bruce Mackinlay Memorial Shield for the 2nd year to open winner Caleb Noble. Caleb competed in and won both the junior and open male races.

RESULTS Junior Boys 11 & under 1st 29.45 Tom O’Brien, 2nd 32.42 Patrick north, 3rd 33.57 Jake Murphy. Junior Girls 11 & under 1st 35.33 Chloe Hamblin, 2nd 38 Laura Wall, 3rd 45.53 Freya Mackinlay. Junior Boys 11 & under Team 1st 35.55 Fin North ,Henry Smits, Bridget Smits. 2nd 36.01 Lora Bonetti. Zoe Elgin, William Elgin. 3rd 36.1 Lewis Bowen, Austin Todd, Sam Herbert. Junior Girls 11 & under Team 1st 44.23, Iasbella Plunkett, Angel Durdin-Paul, Sophie Parker. 2nd 48.58, Aylee Jenkyn, Phoebe Emerson, Matilda Preston. Junior Boys 12-14 1st 29.12, Thomas Noble. 2nd 29.46, Hugh Locke. 3rd 30.35, Mitch Murphy. Junior Girls 12-14 1st 35.31, Madeline Winnett. 2nd 36.53, Greta Mackinlay. 3rd 37.45, Maddie Hedderwick. Junior Boys 12-14 Team 1st 32.27, Brad Carman, Kieran McCarthy, Lucas Scobie. Junior Girls 12-14 Team 1st 33.2, Madeline Winnett, Abby Parker, Layne Parker. 2nd 34.46, Zoe Deacon, Claudia Allworth, Alyce Parker. 3rd 37.17, Madeline Hedderwink, Olivia Plunkett, Paige Plunkett. Junior Boys 15-17 1st 24.45, Caleb Noble. 2nd 26.06, Harry Rees. 3rd 26.24, Harrie Weatherall. Junior Girls 15-17 1st 34.45, Emma Parker. 2nd 37.39, Hannah Lenon.

Junior Boys 15-17 teams 1st 30.56, Georgia Homer, Kate Homer, Sean Jones. Junior Girls 15-17 teams 1st 32.4, Emma Parker, Jessica Todd, Vanessa Taylor. Open Male 1st 41.15 Caleb Noble, 2nd 42.2 Paul Hill, 3rd 43.17 Harry Rees. Open Female 1st 42.27, Kristy Deacon, 2nd 45.07 Alessia Orla, 3rd 50.49 Alison Skinner. Open Male Team 1st Harrie Weatherall, Hugh Locke, Tom O’brian. 2nd Hugh Satchell, Andrew Bassingthwaighte, Guy Corvett. 3rd 49.18 George Mackinlay, Kylie Melbourne, Margot Pitzen. Open Female Team 1st 57.17 Abby Paton, Holly Plunkett, Angela Winnett. 2nd Carla Black , Kristy Preston, Sarah King. Veteran Male 1st 43.35 Fabrizio Andreoni, 2nd 45.27 Alan Draper, 3rd 47.18 Jason Hamblin. Veteran Female 1st 51.22 Emma Thompson, 2nd 54.23 Joanne Deacon, 3rd 54.53 Kerrilee Logan. Veteran Male Team 1st 56.48 Simon Plunkett, Fraser Parker. 2nd 1.03.57 Glenda Presutti, Peter Presutti. PO

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HENTY’S BACK TO BACK FLAGS

Henty celebrate their narrow win.HENTY’S BACK TO BACK FLAGS
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Henty completed back to back Holbrook and District Cricket Association premierships on the weekend when they defeated Holbrook Colts at Culcairn.

The match was moved from the turf wicket at Holbrook on Friday after heavy rain made the wicket unplayable and the back up venue at Culcairn was initiated.

The match was one of the best deciders for some time, with the Swampies storming home to win a thriller by 19 runs after Colts looked likely winners late in the game.

Henty all rounder Jimmy Ellis was awarded the man of the match after claiming five wickets and contributing a handy (21) with the bat ion Saturday.

Henty won the toss and batted and got away to a good start before Colts struck back to claim the advantage to have Henty staggering at 4/56.

Jason Weaven was bowling superbly for Colts and with good support from Hayden Webb and Jim Grills they kept the pressure on with key batsmen Grant Forrest (5) dismissed cheaply.

Ellis and a resolute Ben Klemke steadied the innings to take the score along to 4/92 at the tea break and twenty overs remaining.

Weaven struck immediately after tea removing both Klemke (24) and Ellis (21) to have the score at 6/101. William Heriot was bowling tightly from the other end.

The Swampies lower order combined very well with a mixture of good batting and good luck with Brad Hore (26), Mark White (20 no) and Shan Terlich (17) getting the final score to 9/173.

Weaven completed a great bowling performance to take 7/83 off twenty four overs, while Heriot bowled superbly to take 1/42 off sixteen straight overs from the Albury end.

Holbrook Colt’s run chase started disastrously on Sunday with last innings century maker Jack Cookson and Seumas McKillop both out for nought to Ellis.

Hayden Wishart joined Robbie Mackinlay at the crease and with some excellent batting started a Colts fight back that took them to tea at 2/85, needing 89 for victory off twenty overs.

Trouble hit for Colts when Wishart (43) and Mackinlay (65) were dismissed by Terlich to leave Colts 4/114. The pair put on a ninety run stand for the third wicket.

Dylan Fairall looked dangerous, before he Josh Jones (1) and Jim Grills (0) were dismissed in eight balls to make the score 7/128. Brett Strong was run out shortly after to make it 8/136.

Weaven and Heriot made a brief charge before heriot was run out going for a second run and Webb was bowled by Ellis to wrap the innings up and the premiership to Henty.

Ellis finished with 5/43 and together with Shannon Terlich 3/56 took the game right away from Colts after it looked to be slipping away from them mid afternoon.

The game was played in a good competitive spirit and was highlighted by an outstanding umpiring performance from grand final debutantes Simon McLeish and Norm Barlow from Culcairn.

GRAND FINAL SCORES

Henty 9/173 (Brad Hore 26, Ben Klemke 24, Jimmy Ellis 21, Mark White 20 no; Jason Weaven 7/83) defeated Holbrook Colts 154 (Robbie Mackinlay 65, Hayden Wishart 43; Jimmy Ellis 5/43, Shannon Terlich 3/56) by 19 runs

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Oil and gas exploration planned for Urana,

Residents in the Urana and Boree Creek area have been given 28 days to appeal a mining company’s application for an exploration licence for oil and gas for the area.
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This time frame, however, has upset University of NSW scientist Jacinta Green, who grew up in Wagga and has family in the Lockhart region.

Ms Green was quoted in the Daily Advertiser last week as saying farmers should be wary of mining companies “slipping in under the radar”.

She told the paper that despite residents struggling to recover from last week’s crippling floods, they have been given just 28 days to appeal an application for an exploration licence lodged by Energetica Resources.

If approved, the licence would give the company the right to explore more than 9300 square kilometres of land, across 140 properties, and drill two wells where they saw fit.

“Given that the central community (Urana) is currently under flood siege, how realistic is it that the community would even be aware of, or be able to respond to this application by April 5?” Ms Green asked.

“I spoke to friends, family, and local environmental groups in the area, and they were all unaware that a licence was even a possibility for the region.”

Despite Energetica Resources advertising its application for an exploration licence in three newspapers, Urana Shire Council group manager of engineering services Leigh Ashford told the Daily Advertiser that as far as he was aware representatives from the mining firm had not visited the region to consult with residents.

The paper quoted Energetica Resources staff geologist Alex Bayss as saying that consultation process undertaken complied with the regulations set out by the state government.

He said so far the company had received a few inquiries regarding the planned exploration in the Urana area, but there had been no direct feedback from landowners.

As part of the exploration, which is expected to last four to six years, a series of magnetic and aerial summaries would be completed, as well as an analysis of the existing geographical and seismic data.

Based on the results of the tests, Mr Bayss said two coal seam gas (CSG) wells would be drilled in areas that would give the

company the best overview of the minerals present.

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Dear Madam,

Dear Madam,
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It is unfortunate that the Eastern Riverina Chronicle chose to run a story on median rate values in towns in the Greater Hume Shire, (ERC…29/2/2012) purporting to show inequity in town rating, rather than a report on why council altered rate-setting to a fairer method for all towns. Median rates have nothing to do with what individual ratepayers pay.

The major part of Local Government rates in G H Shire is struck on an ad valorem basis. The Concise Oxford Dictionary states that, ad valorem means… “ (of taxes) in proportion to estimated value of goods (L. = according to the value).”

Council is therefore obliged to strike rates on the value of land on values supplied by the Valuer General.

Since 2005, GH Shire has been aligning rates on land in the five towns aiming towards one common figure, according to value. For the year 2011-12, it was decided it was taking too long to arrive at a common rate for land and sewerage rates, therefore change was needed. There is one rate per land value on all residential land, irrespective of location or the Valuer General’s value within the city limits of both Albury and Wagga Wagga.

Rural land rates, whether at Bulgandra, Bungowannah, Carabost or Cookardinia, have been set on one figure of value per hectare since the inception of the shire. There are huge differences in these land values, but all properties pay the same rate based on value per hectare given by the Valuer General. Rural rates provide about 65% of the rate income of the shire.

On the previous rate setting a property at Jindera valued at $175,000 paid

$694-68 ad valorem rate and one at Holbrook, valued at $178,000 paid

$2,033-78 ad valorem rate. Not very fair in most people’s judgement!

Council then decided that something had to change, to be fairer to all town ratepayers and now property of equal value in any town within the shire pay the same ad valorem rate and the same sewerage rate.

Hope this clarifies the matter.

Yours Faithfully,

Councillor John Ross…Greater Hume Shire

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More residents told to prepare to evacuate

Forbes floodsThe State Emergency Service has warned that more Forbes residents should prepared to evacuate over the next 48 hours.
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The warning follows a prediction from the Bureau of Meteorology that flood levels at the Forbes Iron Bridge will peak at 10.65 metres during Thursday.

The SES is asking residents to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when asked to.

“A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the SES if evacuation is required,” a spokesman for the SES said.

“The location of Evacuation Centres will be advised if an Evacuation Order is issued.”

Areas that should prepare to evacuate include:

South West Forbes (Lake Forbes to Newell Hwy) including Elizabeth St, Farnell St, Hilda St, Show St, Forester St, Marcia St, Racecourse Rd, Thelma St, Mona Pl, Margret St, Junction St and Lachlan St

North Forbes and the CBD including Battye St, Bedgerebong Rd, Browne St, Camp St, Clear St, Cross St, Farnell St, Farrand St, Grenfell St, Johnson St, North Circle Dr, Dowling St, Parkes Rd, Rankin St, Renfree St, Sam Street, Sherriff St, Spring St and Templar St.

Eastern residential area including Bandon St, Barwin St, Bridge St, Church St, Clark St, Ferry St, Flint St, Herbert St, Hill St, James St, Ooma St, Orange Rd, Oxford St, Rifle Range Rd, Sandhills Rd, Twogood Ln and Young St

South Forbes including Bathurst St, Blackwood St, Cargo Ln, Church St, Claret St, College Rd, Forbes – Cowra Rd, Mole Ln, Moselle St, Muscat St, Reymond St, River Rd, Stacey St, Wambat St, Koala Pl, and Wandary Ln

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As you evacuate you should:

• Take your important documents, mementos and photos

• Take your spare clothing, medicines and personal hygiene supplies

• If you are going to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows and sleeping mats.

• If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help

• Turn off the electricity and gas

• Not walk ride or drive through floodwater – this is the main cause of death and injury during floods

• Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.

For emergency assistance telephone the SES on 132 500

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Dear Madam

RECENT FLOODS
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We were affected by the floods on 4th March 2012, as were the majority of residents in Boree Creek. We had a foot of water through our whole house.

We contacted our insurance company the afternoon of the 4th on our return home and lodged a claim. After chasing it up many times an assessor finally made it out to our place on 14th March – only to tell us we were not covered for “River Flood”. He attended another property in Boree Creek on the same day which is located next to the creek, so obviously the water that inundated her house did originate from the creek. I don’t know what insurance company she is with but her claim was covered.

After a few phone calls including one to the Rural Fire Service Fire Chief (who organised the evacuations of the town and had first hand experience of the flooding) and to a civil engineer (who has completed Hydrologist reports before) to find that both had the opinion that the flood on our side of the railway tracks was a Flash Flood and did not come from the Creek. Both said I could give their contact details to the assessor so he could confirm their conclusions. The Civil Engineer also commented that he had had dealings with this assessor previously and knew him well.

I gave all of this information to the assessor before he had lodged his report to our insurance company; he still believed that the flood came from the creek so advised them of the same. When the assessor attended our property he advised it would take around four weeks to obtain a Hydrologist’s report.

On Saturday evening we attended the Boree Creek Flood victims’ recovery BBQ, where both our Federal member – Sussan Ley MP and Urana Shire Council Mayor Cr. Margaret Buntin were in attendance – Sussan is going to take up this fight for us.

After speaking with many of the residents we found that we are the ONLY residents in town whose insurance company has questioned our claim, some other residents have already received payouts for contents claims and are on the way to rebuilding their lives, whilst we remain in limbo not knowing what is going to happen.

Darryl and Janet Halliday

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