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  1. Hawkesbury parents feel the pinch of childcare fees

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    May 21, 2019 by admin

    HAWKESBURY parents have welcomed the new year with a stinging rate rise in childcare fees.
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    Childcare centre rates around the district have risen an estimated $6 per day.

    Oakville Preschool Learning Centre’s teacher Elizabeth, confirmed last week with the Gazette, the centre’s rates had increased by $3 per day — as they did every year.

    An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABBS) report released last week showed 6161 families throughout NSW are now being charged between $60 and $79 per child each week for preschool, while 5760 parents are paying between $100 and $249.

    The report released by the ABBS also found that 335 families are paying out-of-pocket expenses of more than $250 per day.

    The Gazette’s Facebook followers confirmed the hike in fees in centres across the Hawkesbury.

    Jessica Day wrote that her child’s fees had gone up $5 per day.

    ‘‘I am now paying $75 per child, per day,’’ she wrote.

    While Ms Day pays $75, Sarah Aldridge was paying $17 more.

    ‘‘My son just started childcare. I am paying $92 a day…I almost chocked,’’ she posted on the Gazette’s Facebook.

    However, most Facebookers weren’t shocked by the announced price rise.

    ‘‘Of course child care fees increase every year. Most workers have an annual wage incre-

    ase or review of conditions. Early childhood education and care centres also have to contend with the same increases in electricity, water, rent, groceries etc as households do. If fees didn’t increase how would the centres keep their heads above water?’’ Melissa Cole posted.

    But with the increase in child-

    care rates occurring every few months, fewer children are being sent to childcare centres and preschool’s before they are sent to begin school.

    Research conducted by the ABBS states the first five years of a child’s life are vital to the development of life-long learning habits.

    It also found that children who attend a childcare or preschool before they attend school have an easier transition into school.

    Preschools differ from childcare centres and long daycare centres, as parents who send their child to a childcare centre cannot claim federal government rebates.

    Nominated Supervision, Margaret Hardy from Windsor Presbyterian Preschool Kindergarten said families at her preschool pay $36 per day.

    ‘‘We are a traditional preschool; we are on a different payment system than childcare centres, as our families receive a rebate from Centrelink — depending on their current circumstances,’’ she said.

    ‘‘We charge a lot less than childcare centres because we do not provide food, they do. They provide care while we provide an educational program for the children before they head off to school.’’

    Parents who send their child to a preschool can claim as little as 65 cents for every hour their child has spent at the centre.

    Parents who have their child/ren in a preschool have started a Facebook campaign called Fund NSW Preschools Now, which demands answers from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli about why children in NSW are missing out on government payments or help.

    But according to the NSW government their Preschool Investment and Reform Plan provides $29.8 million in new yearly fundings to preschools and childcare centres each year.

    Mr Piccoli said real expenditure by the state on children’s services increased by 5.6 per cent between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 but they await ‘‘clear commitment’’ from the Commonwealth on further NSW funding.

    “Ongoing Commonwealth funding will be essential.”

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    Linda Bates of Bligh Park, with children Lucas Wilson, 16 months; Jessie Wilson, 5; James Wilson, 3 weeks, and Emily Wilson, 7. Photo: Kylie Pitt

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  2. Squadron flies again

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    May 21, 2019 by admin

    NO.35 SQUADRON, which dates back to 1942, will accommodate 10 new Alenia C-27J Spartan Battlefield aircraft which are due to arrive at Richmond RAAF in 2015.
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    The announcement of the squadron being re-established allays widespread fears the Richmond base was winding down operations with the recent loss of jobs as well as the departure of the Hercules.

    The re-established No.35 Squadron will make Richmond base its home for the foreseeable future.

    Macquarie Labor candidate Susan Templemann told the Gazette she believes this will give local businesses confidence in the continuing presence of the RAAF operations which are so important to the local economy.

    ‘‘It’s great that the squadron will be returning to Richmond and it will grow to its full capacity over the next few years,’’ she said. ‘‘This is a demonstration of the important role which Richmond RAAF base plays in the Australia’s defence and peacekeeping activities.’’

    The squadron will be re-established under the leadership of Wing Commander Brad Clarke.

    It will firstly be re-established with 25 personnel but will continue to grow in the upcoming years to reach about 250 members.

    ‘‘The re-establishment of No.35 squadron will see it prepare for our fleet of 10 C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlift aircraft,’’ Air-Marshal Geoff Brown said.

    The aircraft were bought to replace the Caribou aircraft which retired from service in 2009.

    Wing Commander Clarke said their first tasks were to work with the Battlefield Airlift Transition Office to map the required workforce structure, operating procedures and introduction plan for the C-27J Spartan.

    “No.35 squadron will send their first aircrew and maintenance personnel to train on the C-27J in the United States next year, 2014,’’ he said. “Once in service, the C-27Js will greatly increase the number of airfields Defence can operate in and they will increase the level of fixed-wing support available on the battlefield.’’

    In Australia, the C-27Js will be able to access over 1900 airfields, where the retired C-130 Hercules were only able to access 500.

    Air-Marshal Brown said the No.35 squadron has provided combat airlift for Australia in several conflicts. “The C-27J is ideally suited to continue this legacy of support for personnel deployed on combat, peacekeeping, or disaster relief operations,” he said.

    The purchase of the C-27Js will help improve the Australian Defence Force’s ability to move troops, equipment and everyday supplies in tough and smaller areas — areas in which the late C-130 Hercules were unable to reach.

    The government agreed to the purchase of the new aircraft last May, costing $1.4billion.

    The C-27J complements the capabilities of the C-130H and C-17 aircraft as it uses common infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo-handling systems.

    Ms Templeman said she had great respect for the squadron.

    ‘‘From humble beginnings with only two aircraft in World War II, No.35 squadron earned a proud place during the Vietnam War as an efficient and effective operation,’’ she said.

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  3. Super-fit Wright eyes world title

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    May 21, 2019 by admin

    Owen Wright at Bell’s Beach. Picture: ANGELA WYLIEIn surfing, a “slob air grab” is one of the most difficult and spectacular moves to pull off.
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    Taking its cue from skateboarding, the rider cuts back into the lip of the wave, using its force to launch skyward as he pirouettes almost 360 degrees in the air, then drops back into the crest of the wave and powers on.

    It requires explosive power, tremendous strength and phenomenal balance. Owen Wright executed two of them in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the New York Quiksilver Pro in 2011 to beat 11- time world champion Kelly Slater.

    Even more impressive than besting the legendary American was that Wright was only 20 at the time and in just his second year on the tour.

    But it came as no surprise to those who know the laid-back goofy-footer well: Wright, now 22, is super-fit. He has a dedicated work ethic and comprehensive understanding of how his body works and what it can do. He also wants to win a world title. Badly.

    In 2010, he was the tour’s Rookie of the Year, and in 2011, his breakout year, he finished third, trumping experienced riders with his smooth, aerial-based brand of surfing. Last year, he ended the season in 10th position.

    “It’s about gaining experience,” he says. “In 2011 I had a great year and it showed me that winning the big one is possible. I would really love to win a title.”

    Wright lives with his girlfriend Sam in Thirroul – about an hour’s drive from Culburra, the seaside town on the NSW south coast where he grew up.

    He and trainer Blake Thomas from Pulse Fitness in Wollongong have devised a fitness and nutrition program that enables him to surf massive barrels and perform the cutting-edge aerial moves that the judges love. He starts every morning with a surf, then runs for 15 minutes at 75per cent full pace.

    “I’m puffing by the end of it – it’s basically a warm-up,” he says. Two days a week it leads into hardcore paddle- and stability-training sessions.


    I paddle twice a week on a regular surfboard. I do 60 seconds flat out, then 90 seconds at 80per cent effort. I’ll do this eight times with a 30-second break, keeping my heart rate at 150bpm. If I’m doing it on a lake, I’ll do non-stop squats during the 30-second breaks. It simulates the intensity needed to paddle out the back, then catch the wave. I’ll then practise getting my heart rate down to 120 so I’m calm and relaxed.


    Before the gym I do half an hour with the fit [Swiss] ball. I stand on it and Blake throws a medicine ball over my head and side to side. It switches on your whole body. It’s great for balance and it replicates the kind of moves you have to make in the surf. To strengthen my core, I do cable-pull sit-ups holding onto a cable behind my head, and jack-knife sit-ups.


    I do two explosive gym sessions with low reps and heavy weights. I don’t have to lift much – it’s about generating power out of nothing so that I can do airs [aerial manoeuvres] and turns without problems. I’ll do cleans and clean and presses with 60-80kg. Being 191cm tall, I don’t have to stretch as much, but I have to work on my strength to be able to control my limbs.


    Gather a lot of speed, which will allow you to stay over the top of the board. Then, when you’re in the air, don’t push the board away, as you want to have a platform to land on.


    For me, fitness really pumps up the mental side. At Teahupoo [in Tahiti], you can have these long, challenging waves and I know I can get through them because I’m fit – it gives me confidence. I know I can catch non-stop waves if I have to, or handle a wipe-out. And paddling fitness means I can get into the wave quicker. I’d say fitness adds a 20per cent benefit to my performance.


    I feel much more energised, but I really had to sort out my cooking, which is pretty hard for a 22-year-old guy. Now I find it fun. My best dish is chicken pesto pasta with avocados and olives.

    My breakfasts tend to be light – oats and fruit – and I’ll have meat every lunch and dinner, which I balance with lots of carbs and vegies. My trainer constantly monitors what I eat and helps me organise my diet.


    “I’ll get warm with five minutes on a bike – 30 seconds fast, 30 seconds relaxed – and follow that with explosive jumps and continuous low squat jumps. On the bike I’ll have my iPod on and listen to anything from Florence and the Machine to Grinspoon – that helps block out the sound of the competition. Then I’ll do a lot of deep breathing to bring down my heart rate. I follow that with positive self-talk: going over my strong points and how I’m going to attack the waves.


    Mainly the guys in the Rip Curl team, such as Kai Otton, who’s also from the South Coast.

    I’ve known Matt Wilkinson since I was 10 – we travel together – and then there’s Brazilian Gabriel Medina. Everyone’s very professional these days, but whatever city we’re in we’ll make sure we sightsee and do fun stuff such as bungee jumping.


    Checking in your luggage. Seriously. You have so much gear to take and you’e always worried about how much the airline is going to charge for going over the weight limit.


    It’s all about getting experience and ironing out little mistakes. In the first year I was trying not to drop off the tour, and finishing third in my second year was great. In 2012 it came down to injuries and Mother Nature not being on my side – sometimes the waves you want aren’t there.

    At somewhere like Santa Cruz, it was hard to work out how and where the waves were forming. What I have to do is go bigger and harder in the first wave, and not let guys have the waves I don’t believe have potential.

    With the air manoeuvres we can do now, every wave has potential.


    He’s dominated for so long, but he is a great guy and very friendly. I have to say he’s really lived up to everything I thought he would be.


    Touch footy, tennis and beach cricket. I like [Aussie Test captain] Michael Clarke – he carries himself well and is very professional.

    When I was younger I was into ironman racing – I used to compete with Ali Day [2012 Coolangatta Gold winner]. It was something I could have gone on with – but not to the same level.


    In 2011 at Desert Point, on Lombok in Indonesia, I stayed on a barrel too long and went head-first into the rocks.

    There was blood all over my board and I could stick my fingers inside my head. When I looked in the mirror it was, like, “Holy shit!” I went to a hospital to get it stitched up – I wanted to surf the next day – but the needles were rusty and dripping with blood and there was a risk of getting staph [staphylococcal infection].

    I eventually got it done, but it started to swell and had to be drained. Now I’ve got a good Harry Potter scar.


    I’ve been scorpioned twice in 6-8ft surf. It’s when you dive under a big wave and the lip lands in the middle of your back and whips your legs over your head.

    You get stuck in it and there’s nothing you can do.

    I got micro-tears through my abdominals and an inflamed disc in my back. It took three weeks to recover.


    Aussie Pipe on the South Coast. I have a lot of good memories of surfing with mates, and it breaks left and right – a goofy footer’s dream.


    My former team manager, Gary Dunne, said to listen to your body. If I’m tired or injured, I won’t surf – I never come back too early.


    I’d like to coach – and I’d like to help my brother, Mikey, who is 16, and share my knowledge with him. I’d like to give back to the grommets.

    This is an edited article featuring Wollongong surfer Owen Wright that appears in the current edition of Australian Men’s Fitness Magazine.

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  4. Bellamy tight-lipped over contract decision

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    May 21, 2019 by admin

    Craig Bellamy has refused to discuss his future with the Melbourne Storm. Picture: MICK TSIKASCraig Bellamy has refused to give any guarantees about his future as Melbourne coach, with the NRL premiership-winning mentor strongly tipped to take over as St George Illawarra coach next season.
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    Bellamy and current Dragons coach Steve Price were both present at yesterday’s meeting with newly-appointed referees boss Daniel Anderson at Rugby League Central, but left the building separately.

    Price refused to talk to the waiting media and Bellamy reluctantly reiterated his intention to make a decision on his future before the Storm travel to England to take part in the World Club Challenge against Leeds next month.

    ‘‘I hope to have something to say then,’’ Bellamy said. ‘‘I still have a few decisions to make before I decide.’’

    MORE:Craig Bellamy: the Dragons’ next headcoach?

    Bellamy refused to comment on if he felt awkward being in the same room as Price, also off-contract and under pressure after failing to take the Dragons to the finals last season in his first year in charge.

    However, he said speculation that Storm skipper Cameron Smith could one day take over as captain-coach of the Storm was wide of the mark.

    ‘‘No, I don’t think he can do that, it would be too hard,’’ he said.

    Smith, who has only just returned to training following a heavy workload in 2012, joked that his teammates would like him to be given the role, but said the demands of the current game wouldn’t allow for it.

    ‘‘All the boys are on to Bellyache [Bellamy] about moving on and making me captain-coach and make training a bit easier,’’ the Queensland and Australia skipper said yesterday.

    ‘‘But if we’re all honest with each other… you can’t have a captain-coach. I see how many hours he puts into his work.

    ‘‘Being captain of this club and captaining two other sides, I don’t think it is humanly possible.

    ‘‘It would put a lot of stress on my family and I don’t want that to happen.’’

    Despite being one of his closest confidants, Smith said he had no idea if Bellamy would stay with the club he joined in 2003.

    ‘‘I have no gut feeling at all. I’d like to see him stay, I spoke to his son earlier and he has no idea either.

    ‘‘But if he does decide to move on then good luck to him.’’


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  5. Shattered Stosur knocked out of Open

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    May 21, 2019 by admin

    A brutallyhonest Samantha Stosur confessed to a mental meltdown after suffering yet more Australian Open heartache at Melbourne Park.
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    In a dramatic and devastating collapse, Stosur capitulated from 5-2 up in the deciding set to crash out of the Open with a 6-4 1-6 7-5 loss to China’s former semi-finalist Zheng Jie yesterday.

    The shattering defeat continued Stosur’s nightmare run at her home grand slam, the 2011 US Open champion having never progressed beyond the fourth round in 11 visits to Melbourne.

    After battling back from a set down to seize control of the second-round contest, Stosur committed tennis suicide, ultimately falling on her sword with her ninth double fault after two hours and 42 tension-filled minutes.

    ‘‘At 5-2 up in the third, [with a] double break, probably is a bit of a choke, yeah,’’ Stosur said.

    Stosur readily admitted to freezing under the weight of home pressure in her first-round loss last year to Sorana Cirstea, but felt she was managing her nerves better this summer.

    Alas, the 28-year-old conceded her latest collapse was ‘‘100per cent’’ mental.

    ‘‘I got tight and then you start missing some balls,’’ she said.

    ‘‘You probably think a little bit too much. You do it over and over and over again and then you start not wanting to miss rather than wanting to make the winner.’’

    Stosur said ‘‘crazy things’’ first started popping into her head when she failed to serve out the match on her first chance at 5-2.

    From there, the 28-year-old was unable to recover as Zheng for the second time in a week fought back to defeat the Australian in three sets.

    ‘‘It’s a pretty hard one to take when you get yourself well and truly into a winning position,’’ Stosur said.

    ‘‘I was playing really quite well. Then all of a sudden you get to 5-2 and you lose five games straight.

    ‘‘I’ll do what I always do and keep playing and keep trying hard. I mean, I know I’m going to get over it. It’s just you want it now, not tomorrow.’’

    Zheng, also a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, said Stosur was playing much better than in their Sydney clash last Monday.

    But the world No40 knew she could beat Stosur if she stayed with her.

    ‘‘Her kick serve and the big forehand, also backhand slice gave me the big trouble,’’ Zheng said.

    ‘‘But today I try to play more aggressive. I try to go to the net, give her some pressure.

    ‘‘This is what my coaches tell me – give her some pressure – and this way is the key to win this match.’’

    Despite reigning supreme in New York 16 months ago and reaching a French Open final and three semis in Paris, Stosur has faltered in the early rounds nine times in Melbourne.

    Her exit completes Australia’s worst-ever showing in the women’s singles, with the world No 9 the only local to make the second round.

    Bernard Tomic, who plays German qualifier Daniel Brands today for a likely shot at Roger Federer, and fellow 20-year-old James Duckworth, up against world No93 Blaz Kavcic, are the only Australians left after 16 started on Monday.

    Russian powerhouse Maria Sharapova has made the most devastating start to a grand slam in 28 years.

    The second seed stormed into the third round of the Australian Open, notching her second consecutive double bagel result.

    She crushed Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-0 6-0 to send out a grim warning to her rivals.

    The former champion won her first round match against compatriot Olga Puchkova by the same scoreline.

    It is the first time a player has started a women’s grand slam without conceding a game in their first two matches since Australia’s Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985.

    Sharapova took just 47 minutes to complete her rout yesterday.

    She never faced a game point or a break point from the Japanese, who was allowed just 15 points in total.

    Sharapova said later she had to concentrate intensely even though she was cruising through the match.

    ‘‘I’ve been playing really aggressively and doing the right things,’’ she said.

    ‘‘But it’s always tough, especially when you’re up a set and a couple of breaks to keep that momentum.

    ‘‘I really forced myself to concentrate and just get the job done today.’’

    She said she was never tempted to ease up the pressure, despite building a massive lead.

    ‘‘My focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible.’’

    Sharapova said the scoreline was irrelevant.

    ‘‘It’s not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning grand slam titles, not that I won two matches 6-0 6-0,’’ she said.

    ‘‘I’m just happy that I won the match and I get to go through and I’m in the next round.’’

    Sharapova joined a group of seeds in the third round, led by in-form Pole Agnieszka Radwanska who defeated Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-3.

    Sixth seed Li Na overcame Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-2 7-5 while fifth seeded German Angelique Kerber cruised past Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3 6-1.

    Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, seeded 15, was upset by Russian qualifier Valeria Savinykh 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.


    Samantha Stosur in action against Jie Zheng at Rod Laver Arena. Picture: JOE ARMAO

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