Frustration over new fitness fees

Gerringong fitness trainer Joel Roberts at South Werri Reserve. Picture: BRENDAN CRABBA GERRINGONG fitness trainer believes they are being ‘‘punished’’ for promoting fitness and healthy lifestyle by proposed new fees.
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Community views are being sought to help develop a policy for the use of Kiama’s public reserves for commercial fitness activities and personal training.

In August, Kiama council considered a report regarding commercial/personal fitness trainers using public reserves.

At the March meeting, councillors agreed to seek the public’s feedback on the draft policy for the use of public reserves for commercial fitness activities and personal training.

Gerringong personal trainer Joel Roberts often uses South Werri Reserve four days a week for an afternoon class.

He expressed his frustration with the proposed policy.

‘‘They are looking at charging up to $2400 per annum to use a designated public reserve.

‘‘This is not including the $200 initial permit fee they want to charge.

‘‘As a local personal trainer, I for one, think this is ridiculous.’’

According to the proposal, ‘‘in order to balance the needs of the general public in their passive and recreational pursuits with opportunities to allow commercial fitness trainers/groups, this policy nominates an individual maximum class size (participants) of 30’’.

The proposed fee structure suggests annual usage fees for class sizes of one-two participants $250; three-10 $1200; 11-20 $1600; and 21-30 $2400.

Mr Roberts said his groups ranged between 20-30 people a session.

‘‘Two-and-a-half grand a year is a lot of money; I didn’t expect it to be that much,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s frustrating, because all my (personal trainer) mates in other (local government) areas are paying so much less… And we’re only a small community.

‘‘I don’t mind paying a fee; we’re making money off public reserves.

‘‘It’s the cost, putting a limit on how many people we can have, they’ve also got time-frames when we can and cannot train.

‘‘We’ve also got Fitness Australia registration, our own insurance, we’ve got to update our equipment every year, we’ve got to continue to learn and do courses every two years.’’

According to the council’s report, ‘‘public reserve areas have been used for some time by commercial fitness training groups and personal trainers for commercial gain and council needs to ensure that there is a mechanism (by way of a policy) to permit such activities and impose reasonable requirements for the use of public reserves for such purpose’’.

‘‘The main issues to arise from the consultation included the need for a diversity/number of possible sites for trainers to conduct activities and also to carefully consider the fee structure particularly for the smaller/one-on-one groups where unreasonable fee structures are suggested to be commercially unsustainable.

‘‘The objective of the proposed policy is to provide for the effective management of commercial fitness trainers/groups occupying designated public land in the Kiama municipality to ensure open space areas can continue to be enjoyed and accessed by the community for general use and without adverse impact to surrounding residents, public risk and public infrastructure.’’

Submissions will be accepted until April 29.

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Special Anzac award for Bill Wilcox

HONOUR: Federal Member for Calare John Cobb, right, was in Oberon last week to present Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox with the Anzac Spirit Award.
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Federal Member for Calare John Cobb was in Oberon last week to present Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox with an Anzac Spirit Award.

Mr Cobb said the Anzac Spirit Awards were relevant as Australia celebrates 100 years since World War 1.

He said the war touched the lives of nearly every Australian and the impacts are still felt today.

For Australia, the war remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties.

“It is essential to commemorate, remember and learn from those who sacrificed their lives during years of conflict,” he said.

The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

The Anzac Spirit Award is presented to sub branch members who are nominated by their peers for their ongoing contribution to the local community and sub branch members.

“I have known Bill for many years and I feel he is a deserving recipient of this award for his dedication to his RSL Sub Branch members,” Mr Cobb said.

Mr Cobb said there are about 40 RSL Sub Branches in NSW and all have nominated a member for the Anzac Spirit Award.

Bill Wilcox said he was proud to receive the award and it was a fitting time as Oberon’s commemoration of those who served in World War 1 is this Saturday.

All community members are invited to join in the street parade, which starts at 10.30am and concludes at the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Military Museum, where there will be a military memorabilia display, food and activities.

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Smith shines at Easter Bega shoot

• Dual AA grade winner, ball trap runner-up and high gun Charlie Smith collects a meat tray for his efforts.
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ORGANISERS of the Bega Gun Club’s latest shoot said it was hard to beat a combined continental and ball trap round on a fantastic autumn day.

With excellent conditions despite forecast showers, a solid field of 29 shooters turned out to take on the challenge.

The day began with a 25-target continental with Charlie Smith shooting one of the few best-possible scores for the day to win AA grade.

Phil Body took second with a score of 38/39 after a shoot-off.

Alf Niesar collected 24/25 to win A grade with John Siede needing another six targets to take second, 29/31.

B grade went to veteran, Doug Blewitt with a score of 24/25 with another veteran Brian Smith finishing second on 24/26.

In C grade, Tim Collins displayed good form to win with a 24/25 with Warren Packer on 21/25 in second place.

The second round was another continental with the “added spice” of point-score, organisers said.

Steve McIntyre from Cooma posted the second clean round of the day to win A grade on 75/75.

Runner-up was Alf Niesar with 69/75.

Robert Taylor continued his recent consistent form to claim B grade, 73/75.

Robert Secker shot 70/75 for second place.

Tim Collins did it again in C grade, scoring 64/75 for first place with George Toyne second on 58/75.

Smith dropped just one shot in the second round to win AA grade again with 74/75.

Body was consistent to finish in the runner-up spot on 72/75.

The day wrapped up with a 50-target ball trap round after a lunch break.

Organisers joked they should have shot this first.

“Many thought we should have shot this first as I’m sure lunch slowed the movements of many,” a spokesman said with a laugh.

Ray Welch cleaned up A grade with a fine score of 46/50.

Charlie Smith again featured with his 42/50 scoring him the runner-up spot.

In B grade, Bert Deacon and James Body finished the main round tied.

A brief shoot off, saw Deacon victorious 43/52 to James’ 42/52.

Simon Buckley managed to hold off Mick Diss to win C grade, with a score of 33/50 to Mick’s 32/50.

The club’s shoot raffle was finally won on the day.

Brian Smith took his mark and displaying great skill shot the five targets necessary to collect the $421.50 prize.

He only used his second barrel on the final target and members congraulated him on the win.

With two round wins and a runner-up spot in the third Charlie Smith was named the high gun for the day.

Smith has been in strong recent form at the local range and on away trips.

He recently took on the Veterans Games and won three gold medals from the three events he entered.

He topped the podium in the point-score, double barrel and champion of champions.

Next month sees shooters compete in the second round of the 25-target Fimac Engineering Shield Handicap sponsored by club president Shane Platts.

The day will also feature a 25-target double barrel and 50-target point-score.

Practice is from 9am with competition from 10am.

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Search for missing Coogee mum intensifies

Missing since Wednesday morning: Jessica Bialek. Picture: FacebookPolice are scouring hotels, parks and reserves throughout Sydney as the search intensifies for a young mother who vanished from her Coogee home.
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Jessica Bialek, an accomplished photographer who has worked for the Australian Ballet and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, left her home on Dudley Street in Coogee just after 8.30am on Wednesday to walk to a nearby bank.

Detectives have visited the bank on Thursday morning in an effort to determine whether bank transactions showing up on her account recently were made in the past 24 hours.

The 37-year-old failed to return home to her husband and young daughter on Wednesday morning, alarming family and friends who have mounted a search to find her.

Ms Bialek’s husband, Sabino Matera, said he had been unable to reach his wife since he last spoke to her when she left home.

He posted a desperate message on Facebook around 8pm on Wednesday night, asking people to help him find her.

“She left home without her car and [has] not made contact nor returned home. Her phone is off. This is a real alarm,” he wrote on Facebook, where he is also circulating his wife’s photograph.

Eastern Beaches police commander, Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate, said police were looking in “all public places, canvassing through motels within the area and speaking to relatives, friends and loved ones”.

Ms Bialek, who has a background in dance and singing, is a freelance photographer specialising in performing arts photography, as well as fashion.

Other companies she has worked for include Opera Victoria, Circus Oz and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Police have launched an investigation into her disappearance, and say they hold concerns for her welfare.

Ms Bialek is described as being between 170-175 centimetres tall, with a slim build and dark hair.

Anyone who has seen her in the past day, or who has any information that could assist investigators, has been urged to contact Maroubra police on (02) 9349 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Fountain restored

THANKS to members of the Rotary Club of Singleton, the Munro Fountain has been, once again, restored.
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Rotary Club of Singleton president Warren Deaves,Dennis Allen and John Henderson

The water feature was originally a horse watering fountain donated to the town by the first mayor of the municipality, Alexander Munro.

“It was built in a foundry in Glasgow, transported to Australia and erected in the centre of George Street,” club president Warren Deaves said.

“It served its purpose for many years in the horse drawn era.

“However, it was removed when motor cars took over and, unfortunately, parts of the fountain werescattered around town.”

It wasn’t until 1982 that the Rotary Club of Singleton decided to retrieve the parts, restore the fountain and re-erect it in front of the Singleton Museum where it stands today.

This year’srestoration is, in fact, the third in the past three decades thatthe Rotary club has undertaken.

Mr Deaves felt that given the significance of this Singletonlandmark, he wanted to make the restoration one of his projects in 2015.

“Many hands make light work,” he said.

“Other willing helpers from the club were Dennis Allen, who was heavily involved in the previous two restorations, Bill Gee, Kerrie Bartrim, Marty Pall and John Henderson.

“Wonderful support was also provided by Tutt Bryant and Bunnings.”

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New Cats purring

MUSWELLBROOK Cats will come up against one of the early favourites for the Black Diamond AFL premiership in their first round match at Weeraman Oval on Saturday.
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The Cats finished ninth last season but several new recruits have strengthened the squad ahead of their clash with The Entrance Bateau Bay.

Captain Bryan Martin said the addition of players like Adam Highnam, Jedd Stojakovic, Nigel Smith, Jake Parker and Tate Berry had added much-needed experience and depth.

“Some of the new blokes haven’t played for a while but they’ve got the skill and grew up with the sport so they know it,” he said.

“Once you get over 50 games of experience you really have an understanding of the game, so it helps us out a lot already.

“We’re all relatively fit but in this competition you don’t have to be a super athlete, so you can fit in well if you know the game.”

Martin said Bateau Bay would be tough opponents given their strong recruitment of players over the past few years.

“They’re in a great area down on the Central Coast and they’ve got around 200-plus registered juniors in their camp,” he said.

“They’ll be pretty pacey but I think with what we’ve got, learned and built on from last year that we’ll be alright.”

Martin also praised the work of coach Brian Scott and his assistant Troy Garling over the course of the pre-season.

The Cats head into the game on the back of several indifferent results but Martin said it was all part of the learning process.

Muswellbrook played in the inaugural pre-season carnival, which saw Tamworth, Newcastle City, Maitland and Singleton compete for the first trophy on offer this year.

While the Cats failed to win a match during the carnival, they were able to give players valuable game time.

Tomorrow’s match will start at 1pm and entry is free.

CONTEST: New Cats recruits Jedd Stojakovic and Adam Highnam challenge for the ball on Wednesday.

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Tatyoon’s golden prospect

Navarre Minerals’ exploration manager Wess Edgar surveying the Tatyoon area. Navarre Minerals diagram showing confi rmed basalt dome targets in the region (highlighted in red) including at Tatyoon where drilling commenced this week.
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TATYOON could be the source of the region’s next gold boom with Navarre Minerals commencing a drilling project this week in search of the precious commodity.

The project includes a reverse circulation and diamond drilling program totalling up to 2000 metres across a stretch of land about 1.5 kilometres long near Tatyoon.

The focus will be to collect samples for testing from an interpreted basalt dome structure deep below the surface, with studies suggesting the potential of mineralised sediments which lead to the formation of gold.

Navarre Minerals managing director Geoff McDermott said the exploration project should last three to four weeks.

“We are trying to have it all done before the cropping season begins, so we are working in with the farmers of the area to make sure we are off the ground and have everything tidied up before they start their operations,” he said.

“We will be doing roughly 2000 metres of drilling over about 10 to 15 holes. Individual holes will be anywhere from about 60 metres deep through to about 300.”

Mr McDermott said percussion drilling is a quick process which sees the equipment hammer through rock to the basalt dome where the sample will be collected and logged with geologists.

While Navarre Minerals is hoping to emulate similar grades of gold that have been discovered at Stawell, Mr McDermott ensured that this is not a mining project.

“We’re not allowed to mine, we have an exploration license and our aim is to prove that there is or isn’t gold in the rocks below,” he said.

“We have done all the groundwork to believe that we have a target there. Stawell is the model that we have been using, the Magdala mine, and they are currently mining at roughly four grams of gold per tonne.

“So if we could see four grams over a distance of four or five metres down that would be pretty good. We are hoping to see not only the gold grade, but rock alteration, so minerals such as sulphide.”

Navarre Minerals held a community consultation meeting last month where representatives informed local residents of the exploration procedure.

If enough gold is discovered in thesamples collected at Tatyoon thatmining is warranted, one suggestionis transporting potential ore by railor road to the Stawell Gold Mines forprocessing.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals, based in Stawell, andlandholders at Tatyoon had cooperatedwell during the testing phaseand hoped that continued as drillingcommenced.

“We had some really good discussionswith the Tatyoon people andwhile they are concerned that explorationis going to lead to a mine, wehave been able to allay a lot of theirfears about what we are trying to do.We have been working very closelywith one of the key landholders thatwe plan to drill on,” he said.

“I think one of the importantpoints is that Navarre Minerals is alocal company that lives and worksin the area. We are not from Perthor Melbourne, we are a part of thecommunity and I think they takecomfort from that fact and that ourreputation means a lot to us.

“Without the landholder consentand them being happy, we can’t doour business. That is what we prideourselves on.”

Ancient seafl oor basalt domes arewhere elements in the Earth’s crustare mineralised into gold.

A large section of WesternVictoria, including Stawell andArarat, sits along a major structurefault which houses a number basaltdomes with potential gold in them.

Mr McDermott said NavarreMinerals was keen to explore anumber of sites in the area to seewhat lies beneath.

“We have just been granted anexploration license that coversfrom Ararat to Great Western andwe believe we have another coupleof these types of targets (similarto Tatyoon) that sit around there,which we will be looking into over thecoming weeks and months,” he said.

“We are excited and have ourfingers crossed. We call the drillrig the ‘truth machine’ and we arehoping that it comes up with somegood results.”

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Staph infection rate high at Calvary Mater hospital

THE Hunter’s second biggest hospital has recorded higher rates of the potentially deadly golden staph infection than any other hospital in Australia.
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The Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital had 15 cases of staph in 2013/14, at a rate of 2.48 cases per 10,000 bed stays.

There were 43 cases at the John Hunter Hospital, the third highest number of cases recorded at a major hospital nationally but with rate of 1.61 per 10,000 bed stays, it fell below the benchmark limit of 2 per 10,000 bed stays.

The results, released by the National Health and Performance Authority on Thursday, highlight the fact that patients are up to three times more likely to catch the bloodstream infection depending on the hospital where they receive care.

Estimates suggest that up to one in three people who experience healthcare-associated Golden Staph, otherwise known as Staphylococcus aureus, die from it or a related cause.

Maitland Hospital recorded an infection rate of 1.52 per 10,000 bed stays, against the peer average of 1.15.

The director of clinical services at the Calvary Mater Newcastle, Roslyn Everingham, said the report must be read in context.

‘‘Calvary Mater Newcastle cares for a very high proportion of highly vulnerable patients with compromised immune systems, which puts them at greater risk of infection,’’ she said.

One-third of the hospital’s acute patients are oncology patients, and three-quarters of the reported cases involved medical oncology or haematology patients, she said.

‘‘Of the 15 reported cases, eight were admitted to the hospital as inpatients with the others receiving care as outpatients.’’

The hospital had worked hard to lower rates of infection, she said.

‘‘Calvary Mater Newcastle has a rigorous policy of surveillance testing, which highlights early signs of infection to allow prompt intervention and lessens the risk of morbidity and mortality.’’

Business awards fast approaching

Tickets to the Fairfield City Local Business Awards where the 2015 category winners will be announced are selling fast.
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The Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Channel Nine’s Paul Hancock, features on Mornings with Sonia Kruger and David Campbell.

Sponsors who have made the awards program possible and successful include the major sponsors Fairfield City Council, Club Marconi and TrueLocal and support sponsors Stockland Wetherill Park, Neeta City Shopping Centre, Bonnyrigg Plaza, Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre, Siena Events and Fairfield city Chamber of Commerce.

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Program for Anzac commemorative events during April

Saturday April 18
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Centenary of ANZAC Sports Service

2.30pm Wingham Sporting Complex, Centenary of Anzac Service prior to 1st Grade rugby league game, Wingham v Port City.

Bugler: John Thompson. Program as arranged with Wingham Rugby League Club. MC: Craig Martin and Allan Skinner.

RSL to conduct Anzac service on behalf of the Wingham Tigers. All welcome.

Sunday April 19

9am Anzac Commemoration Service at Wingham Uniting Church, morning tea to follow at the Church Hall.

2pm Wingham Memorial Town Hall: Centenary of Anzac combined church service.

The Ministers Fraternal will be conducting this service for the Sub Branch and the community.

Bugler: John Thompson. Ode: Eric Richardson OAM.

Monday April 20

10am Brush Day Club: Tony Ryan.

Friday April 24

5.30pm Anzac service at Wingham Cemetery gates.

Bugler: John Thompson. All members and public welcome.

Flag, Cenotaph: Ted Bowen.

Saturday April 25

Dawn Service

5am: muster at the corner of Isabella and Queen Streets.

5.25am:short march to the Wingham Town Hall, led by cadets.

5.35am: dawn service at cenotaph. Speaker: Wingham High School captain Mathew Niksic accompanied by Mikayla Peckett.

Chaplain: Rev Darrel McKeough.

Upon completion at approximately 6am: Gunfire breakfast at the Wingham & District Memorial Services Club.

Anzac Day march and service

9am: muster Bent Street outside Wingham Services Club, schools by the big log in Central Park.

9.30am: parade to commence to march to the Wingham Town Hall via Bent and Farquhar Streets. Colour Party: Denham Callanan, Jannah Gillet, Emily Page, Tahlia Gill.

10.15am: Anzac service at the Wingham Town Hall. Speaker: Wingham High School Captain Maitlin Brown accompanied by Jake Irvine. Chaplain: Rev Darrel McKeough. Cenotaph Flag: Ted Bowen.

11.15am service concludes followed by the Diggers lunch at the Wingham Services Club 11.30am to 1.30pm. Non Sub Branch members cost $20 for two course meal and drink ticket.

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Touch of Italy in our backyard

THE beautiful Broke Fordwich area will once again be on show for the annual Little Bit of Italy Festival this weekend.
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Anne-Maree McLoughlin and Catherine Boulton

It started off as an intimate dinner party catered by an Italian chef but has now grown into a burgeoning festival attracting more than 3000people to area every year.

“It’s been brilliant and really put the Broke region on the map,” Broke Tourism’s Eden Anthony said.

“We want people to discover all we have to offer including some of the best wines in the Hunter Valley.

“It’s not just great food, wine and activities inspired by la dolce vita but also the fantastic views.”

The format hasn’t changed for this weekend with people encouraged to go on a journey from one vineyard to the next.

First stop is the passport office at the Broke Fire Station, opposite the general store, where you can pick up apassport, map and winetasting glass.

The passport is stamped when you visit participating venues and if you visit more than four venues you can go into a $2000 prize draw.

The festival is on both Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm.

Shuttle buses will available every day from only $5.

Participating venues this year are Ascella Pure Wines, River Flats Estate & Bare Nature’s Kin, Catherine Vale Wines, Glenguin Estate, Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Lavender Ridge, Margan Family Winegrowers, Mount Broke Wines, Nightingale Wines, Somerville Wines, Stomp! Wines, and Whispering Brook.

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GALLERY: The Hills Centenary of Anzac cannon dedication

GALLERY: The Hills Centenary of Anzac cannon dedication Buglar Lachie Day
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Piper Bob Whitson.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

Group president Warren Glenny addresses the crowd.

Antoinette Sarkis; whose family donated the cannon.

His Excellency Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay

Antoinette & George Sarkis; donators of the cannon

Piper Bob Whitson & Bugler Lachie Day

Dominic Perrottet MP lays a wreath

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

The Dedication of the Anzac Centenary Cannon at Castle Hill RSL.

Buglar Lachie Day; The Last Post

Director Smith recites The Ode.

Piper Bob Whitson & Buglar Lachie Day. Lest We Forget.

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Driver behaviour praised

Heavy traffic on Ararat s eastern entry last Friday. Picture: PETER PICKERINGPOLICE have praised the behaviour of road users across the Northern Grampians Police Service Area (PSA) during the busy Easter period.
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More than 150 offences were detected during the five day Operation Crossroads. Speeding drivers accounted for more than three quarters of all offences detected.

Northern Grampians PSA Inspector Ian Lindsay said most motorists exercised patience and followed the road rules.

“It was very encouraging for the Northern Grampians PSA in that there was no fatalities recorded and serious road trauma was down significantly,” he said.

“There was a lot of vehicle traffic right up until Friday evening, the traffic was quite heavy up towards Halls Gap and into Stawell and Ararat.

“Considering the large attendance and vehicle traffic and movement within the area, people have listened to the message and understood about planning their trip.

“Messages about tolerance and respect on the roads seem to have got across.”

Insp Lindsay said police conducted almost 3000 road side breath tests over the five day holiday period with just 12 positive results.

“It was a good weekend, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation for the community and travellers that have heeded the road safety message,” he said.

Offences detected across the Northern Grampians PSA during Operation Crossroads included:

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