Illegal dumping a filthy habit

THE realisation that several bags of general household waste had been thrown along Mayfield Road near the Mugga Hill travelling stock reserve was shocking indeed.
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Despite it being made an offence to dump rubbish on any public land such as council roadsides, state forests or any park land, people still left paper waste, plastic food packaging and things like remote controls and other electronic devices for scavenging animals and birds to pick through.

The Central West Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) were right to set up remote cameras at the Mugga Hill reserve, as it should not be happening at all.

Good Samaritans like Clean Up Australia Day volunteers should not have to clean up large piles of rubbish left on the side of the road, because dangerous items such as syringes or worse could be in there.

The LHPA issued fines up to the amount of $3000 to several offenders in the past month who were caught because they were seen driving onto the Mugga Hill reserve with rubbish in their vehicle and leaving moments later without the rubbish.

It isn’t hard to dispose of rubbish the old-fashioned way, in a rubbish or recycle bin on your own property, which would be emptied on a weekly basis, or by taking it to the tip.

Despite the issuing of fines and signs propped up along the stretch of Mayfield Road, it seems the dumping of rubbish at the Mugga Hill reserve won’t go away overnight, but a general community awareness of the issue may attract attention to people even remotely interested in disposing of rubbish illegally.

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Woman hit by truck on Hume Highway

A woman has died after being hit by a semi-trailer on the Hume Highway in the Southern Highlands.
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The woman pulled over to the side of the road around 4pm today and was hit by the B-Double truck after stepping out of her vehicle. The truck was travelling north towards Sydney and collided with the woman near the intersection of Hume Highway and Golden Vale Rd at Sutton Forrest.

Police have established a crime scene and are yet to identify the deceased.

More to come.

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Evans eases to state title

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LAUNCESTON’S Dylan Evans won the open men’s state duathlon title at the state championships held at Symmons Plains raceway yesterday.

Evans was impressive in completing the 2.4-kilometre run, 19.6km bike ride and 2.4km run to record a comfortable victory.

He crossed the finish line ahead of Hobart’s Kim Gillard and Brady Butcher.

Launceston’s Holly Claridge won the open women’s event over the same distances, beating home Hobart’s Sarah Fitzgerald and Launceston’s Sarah Ellis.

The junior men’s race went to Launceston’s Jonathan Butler with Devonport’s Fraser Lyon second and Zach Harris third.

The veteran male category winner was George Town’s Damon Sherrif from Stephen Eastwood and Andrew Flanagan.

The men’s novice category – raced over a 1.6-kilometre run, 9.6km ride and 1.6km run- was won by Launceston’s Damien Kearney from James Dalton and Andrew Butler.

The women’s novice winner was Imighion Quinn who showed her future potential in a promising performance. Hayley Treloar was second and Kate Boxhall third.

A total of 45 competitors took part in the state championships in testing conditions.

“The track was wet with a few puddles but it only rained for about 10 minutes during the open race,” Launceston Triathlon Club co-ordinator Casey Mainsbridge said.

State open duathlon title winner Dylan Evans, of Launceston, powers to victory yesterday. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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Spuds on the boil at Tingha

GUYRA wrapped up another Group 19 minor premiership with a 38-16 win over Tingha at Tingha on Saturday and now the Super Spuds are taking aim at Glen Innes.
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The Spuds were under-manned for the trip to Tingha and started to flag late in the game.

But the damage was done by then.

“It was a pretty ordinary game,” Guyra coach Jamie Youman said.

“There was a lot of dropped ball.

“We only had about 20 players for both grades so about seven blokes doubled up in A grade.

“We had a few away and a few injuries.”

The Spuds were never in any real danger.

Two of Tingha’s three tries came late in the match.

“We led all game,”Youman said. “It was 18-nil at halftime.

“Then we got out to a good lead but in the second half we knocked up.

“They scored a couple late.”

Apakuki Mate led the scoring with three tries for the Spuds while Sam Mulligan scored two and was one of the standouts.

“Sam Mulligan and Jason Rolff were good and Shaun Cox was awesome in defence,” Youman said.

“Apakuki scored three tries, but those other three, Shaun, Rollfy and Sam Mulligan were our best.

“They took it up all day.”

Teenage half Jayden Connors scored two for the Tigers and prop Scott Fitzgerald tried his hardest.

The win keeps Guyra four points clear of Glen and Inverell with just one week to play and that means it can’t be caught.

“We get the minor premiership so that helps,” Youman said. “We’ll get the major semi final at home.

“We’ll try and get over Glen next week now.”

That last round game against Glen could be a preview to the major semi, or it could bump the Magpies out of the top two and give Inverell a leg up.

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UNE Barbarians wrap up minor premiership

UNE Barbarians wrapped up an historic New England minor premiership with a 25-14 win over Armidale on Saturday.
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With only two rounds remaining, the Baa Baas can’t be caught.

It’s the first time they have finished on top of the table and it came with another first.

“We’d never beaten Armidale in first grade at Moran before,” Baa Baas coach Dan Dooner said.

He said they were pretty happy about the result and what it means, but his thoughts were mixed about their

performance.

“The second half was a bit disappointing. We led 22-nil at half-time,” he said.

“The first half we played

very well and were very

disciplined.”

Discipline hasn’t been the strongest area of their game this season and their illdiscipline has got them into trouble on several occasions.

But the shoe was on the other foot on Saturday, with the Blues having two players binned and being reduced to 13 for a period of the first half.

Dooner said they probably didn’t capitalise on their advantage as much as they should have, although they didn’t really put themselves in a position to score.

But he was pretty happy heading into the break.

“What I wanted to see in the second half was us play a grand final type of football,” Dooner said.

“But we switched off and fell off a couple of one-on-one tackles.”

They could only manage a penalty, although they did have a couple of other opportunities to kick points that they opted not to take.

“We let it get away,” Dooner said.

“They had no ball in the first half. We virtually didn’t give them any.

“We just controlled the ball, didn’t do anything silly, didn’t push those passes and played with a fair bit of structure.

“We didn’t do that in the second half.”

He said the forwards were very strong around the park, particularly Mick Byrne, Rob Ivey and Jared Snook in the backrow.

“They were very strong,” Dooner said.

“Bids (Damien Biddle) and Josh (Coulthurst) were very strong both in attack and defence, and Keith (Ellis) played well at fullback.”

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Gibson is on the board

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Westbury basketballer Adam Gibson achieved his dream of registering on an Olympic scoreboard and in the process helped Australia to a comfortable 106-75 win over Great Britain.

Gibson couldn’t get his subs vest off quick enough when coach Brett Brown gave him the nod in the final quarter and managed to squeeze in two precise three-pointers in less than three minutes of game time.

“It’s always good to get some time and to get a couple of shots away was unreal. I made sure I got a few in there,” he said.

“I definitely wanted to score at an Olympics and now I’ve done that.

“I play my role in making sure I do what I can in helping out the team and when I get game time I definitely want to take it.”

The 25-year-olds late contribution completed a major turnaround as the Boomers, inspired by a stunning 39-point contribution from Patty Mills, came back from a 10-point half-time deficit.

“It wasn’t looking too good at half-time but we dug in, came back and are back on track.

“The third quarter was unreal and we really kicked on in the fourth.

“To be down by 10 and come back with a 40-point turnaround is huge”.

Despite losses to Brazil and Spain in their opening two games, the Aussies sit fourth in Group B with a pivotal match coming up against unbeaten surprise package Russia, which has beaten China, Brazil by a point and group favourite Spain by three points.

“It’s looking a lot more positive than it was after two games. We’ve got two good wins,” Gibson said.

“The Brazil loss makes it a lot harder. Obviously there were a few nerves to start out and a few turnovers cost us but we can’t dwell on that now and its more about the next game against Russia.”

Great Britain’s Drew Sullivan goes to the basket in yesterday’s clash against Australia.

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Raiders keep finals dream alive

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 05: Shaun Fensom of the Raiders celebrates his try with team mate Josh McCrone during the round 22 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos at Canberra Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)Match stats
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Sometime this week, a hotel bill Don Furner didn’t budget for will land on his desk.

But the Canberra Raiders boss won’t care less after it helped them earn two priceless points against Brisbane this afternoon to keep their finals hopes alive.

After the Raiders’ gritty 28-12 win at Canberra Stadium, just their fourth at home this year, it emerged the players spent Saturday night at Eagle Hawk Rydges to give the clash an away feel.

It was only a 10km round trip, but it proved a team that bonds together, wins together.

In recent weeks Canberra has been outstanding on the road and horrible at home.

Incredibly, the Raiders are now outside the top eight on points difference after a number of other favourable results this weekend.

Canberra has found it difficult to grind out wins this season, but yesterday showed the grit and determination it will need to launch a late run to September.

‘‘We finished our captain’s run [on Saturday] and just decided to book a hotel,’’ Raiders coach David Furner said.

‘‘I don’t know if we’d do that all the time, it’s about picking the moments.

‘‘That was a committed side we played against and I thought it was a really good game.

‘‘I praised the players defensively, it was a good effort.’’

Canberra skipper David Shillington said the move helped the Raiders “cocoon” themselves and develop a seige mentality ahead of a must-win game.

‘‘I think it was a great idea. We’ve been playing so well away and so poorly at home and it was worth a try,’’ he said.

‘‘It takes out a lot of external factors and distractions, the boys just hung out and played cards, and enjoyed each other’s company.’’

While the end margin was comfortable, the win was one of Canberra’s most satisfying, because it needed to play desperate football for 80 minutes to get the result.

After enjoying plenty of field position in the opening quarter, the Broncos scored first after 21 minutes when five-eighth Ben Hunt ran the ball on the last, leading to a try out wide to centre Alex Glenn.

But the Raiders responded soon afterward when hooker Travis Waddell barged over from dummy-half for just the third try of his 51-game career.

On the first set of the second half, Raiders centre Jarrod Croker put the hosts ahead for the first time with a miraculous try, his 15th of the season.

At full speed, Croker plucked a Sam Williams bomb from the grasp of Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman to give Canberra a 10-6 lead.

In the 57th minute, the crucial turning point in the match arrived when Brisbane failed to find touch off a penalty coming out of their own danger end.

From the next set lock Shaun Fensom, outstanding again for the Raiders, steamed onto a short ball from Williams to extend the lead to 16-6.

But seven minutes later the Raiders delivered a ‘coach killer’ of their own when a clearing kick from fullback Josh Dugan went out on the full.

The Broncos capitalised through Glenn’s second try of the game, allowing the Queenslanders to reduce the deficit to 16-12.

But Dugan more than atoned for his error with two brilliant individual late tries to seal the win.

Even without key prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Canberra’s forwards were collectively superb against one of the  star-studded packs in the NRL.

Lock Fensom was again a colossus, churning through 50 tackles and 179 metres off 23 hit-ups.

Shillington (164m, 24 tackles) and fellow prop Dane Tilse (135m, 25 tackles) were also outstanding, as were back-rowers Joel Thompson and Josh Papalii.

Furner issued a guarantee this week his troops would play aggressively, and they duly delivered.

‘‘Instead of having three field sessions this week we had two. It was a good call because we had a few bumps and bruises and some of the young players were fatigued,’’ Shillington said.

‘‘A couple of good moves paid off for us there, so it was nice to thank the coaches with a win.’’

Canberra is now locked in equal eighth spot with Gold Coast, Newcastle, St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers (who play Parramatta tomorrow night), setting up a grandstand final month of the regular season.

The Raiders will start favourites against strugglers Penrith (away) and Roosters (home) their next two matches.

An unlikely place in September is no longer just a mathematical possibility, but a very real one.

CANBERRA RAIDERS 28 (Josh Dugan 2, Travis Waddell, Jarrod Croker, Shaun Fensom tries; Croker 4 goals) bt BRISBANE BRONCOS 12 (Alex Glenn 2 tries; Peter Wallace 2 goals) at Canberra Stadium yesterday. Referees: Gavin Badger, Chris James. Crowd: 9850.

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Women struggling but Thunderbolt men on fire

THERE were ups and downs for the Tamworth Thunderbolts at the Sports Dome on Saturday night with results that reflected the fortunes of the two local teams.
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The women are out of contention and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a strong Coffs Harbour side, while the Bolts men are flying high and enjoyed a great victory.

The women tipped off first but were never a chance.

Coffs took advantage of an underdone Tamworth side and won it 100-41.

“They’re the defending champions and they’ve given us a touch-up every time we’ve played them this year,” Bolts women’s coach Greg Irwin said.

“We’ve hardly trained lately because of junior league and with the stadium being closed for nationals and that sort of thing.

“We’ve hardly played together and this would be the first time some of them have touched a basketball in a few weeks.”

That lack of preparation and recent game time was evident from the start.

Coffs were hitting almost every shot and there was no way back for Tamworth once the visitors built a big lead.

“We got off to a bad start,” Irwin said.

“They came out firing.

“Their shooting percentage was high and I think it was 31-6 at quarter time.

“The defensive intensity was pretty poor and after that bad start we were on the back foot.”

The second and third quarters were better but Coffs still scored freely.

Emily Staunton was Tamworth’s top scorer with 11 while Sarah Westman, Ally Kay and Kelsey Strasek-Barker added six each.

The girls just want to finish the season well next week after falling out of finals contention, but may have to call on

reinforcements.

“We’ve played 11 games and I haven’t had the same side in any of those 11 games,” Irwin.

“We play next week and I could have six who played tonight missing.

“In our last game we played Newcastle and lost by a point. They needed to win that to play for a finals spot.

“We’ll just try and get a win to finish next week.”

The men are in a completely different situation.

They are vying for top spot in the northern section of the state league and helped that cause with an impressive 87-68 win over Coffs following the women’s game on Saturday night.

“I’m over the moon, ecstatic,” men’s coach John Ireland said.

“We really showed up to play. But we had to get the job done.

“It was crucial for us down the stretch after a couple of close losses to Port.

“We needed to win our last three to secure first and get two bites of the cherry in the finals.”

Chris Skilton was the standout again for Tamworth with a 33-point haul.

Reece Craigie was also good with 22, Justin Leegy added 14 and Ireland said Ben Monckton was the other exceptional performer for his side.

The last two games for the men are in Tamworth next week and then it’s off to the finals.

Tamworth’s Ben Monckton keeps Coffs Harbour’s Jesse Browning away from the ball during Saturday night’s game at the Sports Dome. 040812GRB05

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Bathurst CSU v Orange

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Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

Bathurst CSU v Orange rugby union. Photo by Zenio Lapka.

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Funding boost easy to swallow

IT’s good to see Orange City Council continue its ongoing support for Taste Orange.
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Last week council staff recommenced the marketing organisation be given an additional funding boost of $81,384 in recognition of the important role it plays in marketing the city and the flow-on financial benefits those marketing efforts bring.

Council estimates the four key events on Taste Orange’s calender bring a minimum of 12,000 overnight visitors to Orange every year, with these visitors staying a total of 30,000 nights a year, equating to millions of dollars spent on accommodation alone.

These overnight visitors spend an estimated $206 a day on a range of different goods and services ranging from meals out, to new clothes or winery visits.

In these tough economic times, the retail and hospitality industries can do with the extra influx of consumers so every effort should be given to support the work Taste Orange does in drawing people to the region.

However, despite the economic benefits to the community, a lack of resources means Taste Orange is increasingly being forced to rely on the kindness of its many volunteers to help it continue to stage these events.

Over the years as events have grown more successful, the expectations placed on our volunteers has also grown, making it increasingly difficult for them to juggle their volunteering commitments with their personal and professional lives.

Lets hope the additional funding will help ease just a little of the pressure placed on Taste Orange and, in turn, its volunteers.

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