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Morris brothers ready for All Stars

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April 21, 2019 by admin

Lone Dragon Brett Morris might be the only St George Illawarra player headed for rugby league’s now traditional pipe-opener, but it will carry extra significance.
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The Dragons flyer will make his second NRL All Stars appearance against the Indigenous All Stars, meaning he and twin Josh will play alongside each other in the last representative jumper they haven’t worn at the same time.

The Kiama juniors have already run on together for Country Origin, NSW and Australia.

Morris, a one-time All Star in 2011, said he was relishing the opportunity to feature alongside some superstars usually marked as Queensland or New Zealand adversaries.

‘‘You play enough footy against those guys, but an opportunity to play with them is always good,’’ he said ahead of the February 9 showdown at Suncorp Stadium.

‘‘It’s the first game of the year and everyone is pumped and ready to play. It’s a great game to be a part of and not only that, it’s the activities you do throughout the week in the community which is also very rewarding and very enjoyable.’’

Premiership-winning five-eighth Jamie Soward, a contender for an Indigenous All Stars spot, was outpolled by Brisbane recruit Scott Prince for a halves spot.

In the midst of what he described as one of the toughest pre-season regimes in years, Morris suggested the All Stars concept had gathered momentum since its 2010 inception.

‘‘I think that’s evidenced by the fact they’ve moved the game to Suncorp [Stadium] so they can get more people to watch it,’’ he said. ‘‘I think it’s become a showcase event and I think everyone really looks forward to the All Stars weekend.’’

NRL All Stars V Indigenous All Stars

Saturday, February 9, Suncorp Stadium

NRL All Stars

Billy Slater (Storm), Akuila Uate (Knights), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), Brett Morris (Dragons), Benji Marshall (capt) (automatic selection) (Wests Tigers), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), James Tamou (Cowboys), Cameron Smith (automatic selection) (Storm), Ben Hannant (Broncos), David Taylor (Titans), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Paul Gallen (Sharks). Interchange: Robbie Farah (Tigers), Tim Grant (Panthers), David Shillington (Raiders), Feleti Mateo (Warriors), Jarryd Hayne (Eels). Coach’s selections: Willie Mason (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm).

Indigenous All Stars

Ben Barba (Bulldogs), Reece Robinson (Raiders), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs), Blake Ferguson (Raiders), Johnathan Thurston (capt) (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Broncos), George Rose (Sea Eagles), Travis Waddell (not contracted), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Joel Thompson (Raiders), Greg Bird (Titans), Nathan Peats (Rabbitohs). Interchange: Ryan James (Titans), Aidan Sezer (Titans), Joel Romelo (Bulldogs), Jake Foster (Raiders). Coach’s selections: Dane Nielsen (Warriors), Timana Tahu (Knights), Jack Wighton (Raiders)

Brett Morris, who plays for the Dragons, and his brother Josh, who plays for the Bulldogs. Picture: DAVE TEASE

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Hungry Rein eyes spot in 2013 Origin

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April 21, 2019 by admin

Trent Merrin’s representative rise has fuelled Dragons hooker Mitch Rein’s desire to stake a representative claim ahead of this weekend’s Emerging Blues camp in Sydney.
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Rein will be one of 22 players to bunker down in a development camp for NSW’s highly touted prospects this weekend, and has consulted his St George Illawarra teammate on the benefits.

‘‘I had a bit of a word to Trent and he said it was a really good camp and they learnt a lot,’’ the 22-year-old rake said.

‘‘As you can see now, Trent’s played a couple of games. He must have got a lot out of the camp and hopefully I’ll be able to learn a few things and improve my game.’’

Merrin has since made four State Of Origin appearances for the Blues, despite his controversial axing for the last two series-deciding matches.

Rein’s path to rugby league’s fiercest cauldron may be blocked, with incumbent Robbie Farah having seemingly cemented his spot as the Blues No9. But Rein is not completely out of the picture.

He proved he was at the forefront of the selectors’ thoughts after coming into contention for a Country Origin spot last year.

The Kiama junior was to be called into the squad to cover for Danny Buderus in the annual trial, but had to withdraw with a pectoral muscle strain.

He excelled in an otherwise deflating end to the Dragons’ season and shrugged off concerns that opposition defences would clamp down on his dummy-half running as he becomes a key part of the Red V’s attack.

‘‘That’s just more motivation for me to work harder and try to bring the things I’ve been working on this whole pre-season and implement them into the game,’’ he said.

‘‘If I’m playing my best footy, I’m playing with confidence and everything will be fine.’’

The workaholic Rein, who topped the Dragons’ tackle count last year with 769, is the first-choice hooking option for coach Steve Price.

Former Australian Schoolboy Cameron King is jockeying for inclusion in the top 17, and Damien Cook is training full-time with the squad after a standout year with the Illawarra Cutters.

‘‘You come in there as a young guy and you’ve got to tell a lot of older and more experienced players what to do,’’ Rein said.

‘‘That’s pretty hard to handle and do when you first come in.

‘‘I’m sure that Damien will get a lot out of this pre-season and he’ll improve his game.

‘‘Everyone’s really been pushing each other for spots, and I’m sure when it comes to trial time everyone will keep working hard. There’s that many spots up for grabs.’’

St George Illawarra’s campaign begins in a pre-season trial against the Cowboys in Cairns on February16.

Mitch Rein enjoys the Dragons’ pre-season training. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

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Saville feels the pressure ahead of NZ clash

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April 21, 2019 by admin

They’re about to embark on a frequent-flying binge but Glen Saville says it’s the ability to cope with New Zealand’s high-octane defensive press and not the travel that will determine the Hawks’ immediate fate.
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Jetting out of the country yesterday on a gruelling road double against the Breakers and then Townsville (on Saturday) that will cover more than 7000kilometres, a weary Wollongong have the hardest task in the NBL tonight.

Spearheaded by MVP-in-waiting Cedric Jackson and a slew of support acts, the Breakers have stormed to the top of the standings in search of a championship three-peat.

And they have home court advantage against a Hawks side lacking last week’s starting backcourt, Rhys Martin and Lance Hurdle, who both require season-ending knee reconstructions.

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Saville, who celebrates a 37th birthday today on the occasion when he will be crowned as the Hawks’ all-time games leader (525), said nullifying the Breakers’ up-tempo full court press would be crucial.

‘‘What makes things difficult is they press up the floor and disrupt you so well and the fact we’ve lost two guards, it does make things very difficult for us,’’ he said. ‘‘The reason they’ve won three titles in a row is their ability to disrupt teams defensively, and they put pressure on the ring with their shooters as well.

‘‘I think the key is being able to beat that pressure for a start.’’

It’s something Wollongong, like few other teams, have managed to do in the past.

Only this time the ball-handling responsibility will fall to back-up guards Adris Deleon and Tyson Demos instead of Martin, who has slayed the Breakers in the past.

Despite being savaged with injuries that have almost ground their season to a standstill, the Hawks need look no further than last season for inspiration on how to beat their rivals in Auckland.

In what proved to be a 2011-12 season of frustration for the Hawks, their highlight undoubtedly came in a Martin-inspired 18-point drubbing of the Breakers in New Zealand.

Coach Gordie McLeod knows this task is very different as the Hawks (8-7) threaten to slip to a .500 mark for the first time this campaign.

‘‘That’s just the unpredictability of professional sport and the unpredictability of life,’’ the 2009-10 coach of the year said of the side’s crippling injury toll.

‘‘It’s a reality check, you just don’t know what’s around the corner. It’s obviously very disappointing and disheartening, but the reality is we have to play some games this week,’’ he said.

Glen Saville will be crowned the Hawks’ all-time games leader today. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

‘‘You’ve got to try to regroup and have a plan for that.’’

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Chid sex abuse inquiry to ignore gag deals

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April 21, 2019 by admin

The head of the royal commission into child sex abuse says he will not hesitate to investigate alleged assaults that are the subject of confidentiality agreements.
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Speaking alongside his five co-commissioners in Sydney, Justice Peter McClellan said non-disclosure agreements would not stop the commission inquiring into institutional responses to child sex assault.

‘‘The commission is aware that there has been considerable public discussion about the powers the commission has to inquire into matters which are the subject of confidential agreements,’’ Justice McClellan said.

‘‘We wish to emphasise that under the Royal Commission Act, the commission has powers to compel the production of evidence, including documents.

‘‘We will not hesitate in an appropriate case to exercise those powers.’’

Justice McClellan said the task facing the commission was large and complex.

He could not put a timeframe on when public hearings would commence.

‘‘Our task is complex and it will take significant time.’’

He said the commission would be based in Sydney but that the six commissioners would sit in different parts of the country.

He reminded those present that the commission was not a prosecuting body.

Nor, he said, was it able to award compensation to victims.

‘‘Our investigative processes will be utilised to receive and consider what we expect to be accounts by individuals that tell of their experience.’’

He said that given the sensitivity of the issues involved, there could at times have to be ‘‘constraints’’ on the inquiry.

‘‘This may mean that proceedings will take place in private, and real names may not be used.’’

However, Justice McClellan said, where possible the commission would carry out proceedings in public.

The commission had set up a phone hotline for victims of sex abuse to call and leave their personal details.

Even so, Justice McClellan said, the process of gathering evidence would take months.

‘‘It may be some months before the progress of the commission is apparent to the public.’’

Justice Peter McClellan. Picture: NIC GIBSON

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Boral to cut 700 jobs from Aust operations

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April 21, 2019 by admin

Hundreds of workers at Boral face an uncertain future after the building products maker announced it would cut 700 staff from its Australian operations.
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The announcement comes on the same day that Vodafone revealed it would shut down its Crazy John’s mobile phone operation, resulting in up to 300 job losses, and two days after steelmaker BlueScope announced it was shedding 170 jobs in Victoria.

Australian Workers Union (AWU) national secretary Paul Howes said the job cuts at Boral were a ‘‘shocking start’’ to 2013 for the local manufacturing sector.

Boral said yesterday the 700 redundancies would be made at all levels of its business, with the majority expected to come from managerial and office staff ranks, in a move predicted to save the company $90million a year.

Chief executive Mike Kane said the cuts were needed because Boral had become burdened with excessive overhead costs.

‘‘The review is purposely not focused on sales functions or operational roles and therefore will have no impact on the level or type of services provided to customers.’’

He said the review identified managerial and functional support areas where inefficiencies and duplication have crept in over time.

Of the 700 redundancies, Boral said 200 had already occurred, and the remainder were expected to be completed by March. Boral’s head office in Sydney would bear the brunt of the cuts.

Jobs losses in NSW will make up 40 per cent of the total, with Victoria and Queensland each bearing 20per cent.

Another 12 per cent will come from South Australia, 8 per cent from Western Australia and the rest from Tasmania.

The AWU’s Mr Howes said he suspected the decision was an attempt by the company’s new CEO to impress the board and shareholders by getting a short-term bounce in its share price.

Boral shares surged by more than 10per cent after the announcement.

Federal opposition industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella blamed the federal government for the job losses.

She said ‘‘red tape, higher taxes and increased business burdens’’ had added to costs on the manufacturing sector.

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Boral has announced plans to cut 700 employees. Picture: PAUL HARRIS

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Obama announces sweeping gun control 

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March 22, 2019 by admin

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announce the measures. Picture: REUTERSWASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announcedsweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.
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Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed23 executive actions– orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

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He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

“Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

“I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

“I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

“I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

There was also much discussion today of anew advertisement released by the National Rifle Associationwhich calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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‘It is how we will be judged’: Obama announces widest gun control measures in 18 years

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March 22, 2019 by admin

Sweeping measures: US President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, announces his proposals to reduce gun violence. President Obama high-fives eight-year-old Hinna Zejah, one of four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre.
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Chris, left, and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School student victim Grace McDonnell, attended President Obama’s announcement at the White House.

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WASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announced sweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.

Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed 23 executive actions – orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

“Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

“I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

“I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

“I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

There was also much discussion today of a new advertisement released by the National Rifle Association which calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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Cycling etiquette and walking zones: council reveals active transport strategy

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March 22, 2019 by admin

Brisbane City Council wants to make the CityCycle scheme more attractive to potential users.A campaign to promote better cycling etiquette, a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance facilities along major bike routes, and “finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive” are key themes of a new active transport strategy for Brisbane.
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Thefive-point plan outlined by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Wednesday comes on top of the $120 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program announced late last year.

In unveiling the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012 – 2026, Cr Quirk said he hoped the next decade would see one walking or cycling trip made in Brisbane for every five powered journeys.

It’s a big ask considering the latest census data shows only 1.2 per cent of all trips to work are made on bicycles and 3.7 per cent are on foot.

“This strategy is about making walking and cycling an easy choice for Brisbane people,” Cr Quirk said.

“After all, active travel has health, congestion reduction, environmental and money-saving benefits for the individual and the city, so there are plenty of reasons to get active.”

Each priority outlined in the strategy comprises a range of actions which were determined through a community consultation process last year.

Top priorities include making information available in various languages, improving safety by launching a shared pathway “rules and etiquette” campaign, extending the Active School Travel program to high schools and continuing to support events such as Bicycle Queensland’s Bike Week.

Secondary priorities include Brisbane City Council looking for suburbs to become “model active communities”, reducing short car trips by creating “walking and cycling zones” around public transport stations, and making sure the city’s transport modes comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by 2022.

Creating a network of pathways along roads and rail lines are two of the six actions categorised as Priority Three, along with the completion of the Brisbane Bicycle Infrastructure Plan which will outline Brisbane’s primary cycle infrastructure requirements.

The council will also install better signage, trial mid-commute facilities such as bicycle pump and maintenance stands, and find ways to make CityCycle “more attractive to community, business and visitors.”

Meanwhile, Priority Four contains seven actions focusing primarily on safety, with council looking to separate pedestrians from cyclists on the city’s busiest shared paths and improving flows at notorious “black-spot intersections”.

Priority Five is all about information, with plans to make trip information accessible on smartphones and roll out more electric counters to capture user data.

Cr Quirk said multiple projects outlined in the strategy were already underway.

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CSG project triggers community hostility

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March 22, 2019 by admin

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission will hold a public meeting in Helensburgh next month to hear community feedback on an application to extend drilling approval for 16 coal seam gas exploration wells on water catchment land in the area.
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Apex Energy received planning permission to drill the holes around Darkes Forest and Maddens Plains in September 2009. However, the consent carried a three-year time-limit.

Apex lodged a request with NSW Planning for a three-year extension of the expiry date in August last year, a month before the original approval period ended.

The application triggered 237 public submissions, the majority of which objected to the proposal. Many residents expressed concerns that gas mining in sensitive water catchment areas could affect the region’s drinking water.

NSW Planning has recommended the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approve the extension despite the community objections.

A notice posted on the commission’s website this week confirmed a public meeting would be held in Helensburgh on Wednesday, February 13, ‘‘due to the level of public interest’’ in the application.

Wollongong councillor Greg Petty told the Mercury he planned to lodge a notice of motion at the first council meeting of the year to have council staff address the two-man assessment panel on behalf of ratepayers.

He said the council had previously voted to oppose any CSG exploration or mining in water catchment areas.

‘‘Making a public statement to this meeting will reinforce the council’s previous stand against mining in water catchment areas,’’ he said.

‘‘The community has been vocal and proactive in showing its opposition to CSG mining, through the Sea Cliff Bridge walk and the human sign on Austinmer Beach.

‘‘[The] council needs to show it supports the community’s stance, and will stand up and speak out on behalf of ratepayers.’’

Cr Petty said he hoped neighbouring councils would also have speakers.

The meeting is at Helensburgh Workers Club at 2pm. To register to speak, visit www.pac.nsw.gov.au.

Thousands took part in a protest against CSG mining on Sea Cliff Bridge in 2011. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Novices hit right note in festival workshop

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March 22, 2019 by admin

In the wrong hands the Irish tin whistle can be a weapon of mass disruption.
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But these aspiring players have started on the right foot, learning the basics yesterday from skilled player Johnnie Spillane at the Illawarra Folk Festival Summer School.

Under Spillane’s guidance, the workshop class of 13 novices was soon hitting all the right notes – and in unison.

Ken Bates of St Georges Basin is already a master of the harmonica and the ukulele, but yesterday took a walk on the Celtic side.

Mr Bates said the tin whistle had proved a challenge as it involved a completely different skill set to his usual instruments of choice.

‘‘I find it a very difficult instrument to play. I’ve tried many times to learn to play it,’’ he said.

‘‘You don’t have to blow as hard with the tin whistle as with the harmonica.’’

Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, was passing by the Northern Illawarra Uniting Church at Bulli when a sign for the festival workshops caught her eye.

She admired Celtic music and gravitated towards modern musicians with a folk style.

The Illawarra Folk Festival officially kicks off today, starting with a Mediterranean Lunch Concert.

A nine-act charity concert starts at 3.30pm.

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FOLK FEST HIGHLIGHTS

Today

Australian folk music legend Mike McClellan.

Tomorrow

■ The Woohoo Revue, influenced by the likes of Balkan folk music, gypsy, jazz and swing.

■ Acclaimed Australian blues guitarist Fiona Boyes.

Saturday

■ ARIA-winning bluesman Jeff Lang.

■ Shameless Seamus and the Tullamore Dews, headed by Midnight Oil guitarist and songwriter Jim Moginie, with friends.

Sunday

■ Award-winning indigenous singer Christine Anu performing in the build-up to the festival finale at 5.45pm.

■ Celebrated English one-man band Rory McLeod.

Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, and Ken Bates, of St Georges Basin, learn the art of tin whistling. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

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