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From left, Robbie Huxtable, Megan Brooks, Penny Lewis, Sarah Hissey, Sallie Buschhueter, Jacob Schwerdt, Abi Jardean, Kiara Hadland, Hugo Muecke, Aidan Hamilton, Casey Green, Nikki Jones, Oliver Heaney, Natasha Boxer, Jayden Freitag, Emma Boyle, Georgia Weatherspoon, Hollie Tucknott, Jake Horn, Connor Hall. (Photo: Pete Nash)The Year 12 Formal was held at the Aurora Ozone on Friday March 27, 2015. There were 92 people in attendance and it was a wonderfulevening celebrating the Year 12 class of 2015.
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All the students and their partners were dressed to impressed and looked stunning.

Speeches on the night by students Sallie Buschhueter, Aidan Hamilton and Connor Hall gave thanks to their peers for all their support,their parents for helping and at times forcing them to get up every day to be ready for school and for all their care, and to the teachersfor all their hard work.

Assistant Principal Samantha Cockshell and Principal Ian Kent spoke about putting in 100 per cent effort, nevergiving up and taking hold of every opportunity that comes their way in order to achieve their very best this year.

The school wishes tothank the Ozone for their assistance with preparing for the evening and all those who attended and made the night a real success.

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Ben Cousins: former AFL star told he could face mandatory jail time

Ex-Eagle Ben Cousins had reportedly handed himself in to Fremantle police. Photo: Rebecca HallasFormer West Coast captain Ben Cousins has been warned he will face a mandatory jail term if he is found guilty of driving offences.
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The troubled star was released on bail, set at $5000, after his court hearing on Thursday afternoon was adjourned until May 13.

He arrived at Fremantle Magistrates Court to face traffic charges after a warrant for his arrest was issued over his failure to show up for an earlier appearance over the same offence.

Cousins handed himself in at Fremantle Police Station on Thursday morning following the warrant, and the magistrate told him on Thursday the offence would carry a mandatory jail term, if found guilty.

Accompanied by a man presumed to be his lawyer, he walked past waiting media into the station without answering questions earlier and again refused to comment when leaving court on Thursday afternoon. Ben Cousins on his way to court after handing himself into police this morning. #perthnewspic.twitter南京夜网/vLLBfHnCO3 — Grant Wynne (@Grant_Wynne) April 9, 2015

Police say Cousins drove erratically along Preston Point Road on March 11 and was later arrested at the intersection of Gill and Solomon Streets in Mosman Park. At the time, Cousins told police he was attending a family emergency.

He faces three charges including reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to provide a sample of breath.

Following that incident, Cousins was allegedly detained inside the perimeter fences of Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, the home of the elite Special Air Service Regiment, and was again detained by police in Canning Vale after an incident at a Sikh temple.

Cousins was admitted to hospital several times after the incidents to assess his mental health, as he continues to battle a drug addiction. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Touch Football | Photos Under 8s: Emma Johnston, Phoebe Harris, Hannah Ord, Emelia Bailey, Ella Hamson, Georgie Constable, Yani Burgess, Emmerson Harris, Hollie Twoomey, Sophie Geale, Chloe Oliver and Keira Gradwell.
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Singleton Touch Football

Under 8s: Evie Harris, hayley Willimason, Nellie Nagall, Oceania Matthews and Chloe Edwards, Ava Newton, Chloe Donehue and Milan Davis.

Under 8s: Elke Tanzer, Chloe Jones, Sophia Slater, Chelsey Chesworth, Amelia Davy, Ashlyn Burley and Jemma O’Shea, Lilli Proctor, Molly Thomas and Alex Neyland.

Singleton Touch boys

Singleton Touch boys

Under 8s: Don Patton, Mason Konieczny, Riley Fitzsimmons, Nate Simpson, Taj Vesper, Kaiden Larkham, Harrison Rowe and Jack Slattery.

Touch girls

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Under 10 runners up: Julia Slataer, Ruby Bennett, Cally Howlett, Danika Gohl, Jemma Earnshaw and Laura Croucher, Demi Ford, Kyra Rose.

Under 10 winners: Lilly McNamara, Olivia Davidson, Chloe Lee Moore, Grace Constable, Kimberley Pease, and Luka Neyland, Madison Crawford, Annaliese Crawford, Luchia Burgess and Julia Cradwell.

Under 10 winners: Aidan Castledine, Cooper Burgess, Tom Donehue, Eli Foote and Jesse Burley, Blake Jones, Declan Stamp.

Vince and Betty Bailey Memorial: Elliot Earnshawa receives the award from Kyle and Cooper Bailey.

Under 14s: Amiee Ford, Natalie Lear, Ruby Eade, Sarah Wiggins, Caitlin Warren, Anika Smith and Jorja Warren, Campbell Stamp, Tori Newton and Tess Orton.

Under 14s: Harrison Geale, Isaac Martin, Kobe Davies, Tom Kaitamandra, Zac Cull and Teal Stewart, Cooper Toshack, Bailey Schulz and Blake Trees.

Back: Logan Rutter, Dale Cox, Connor Mulholland, Lachlan Earnshaw, Luke Fishpool, Josh Greedy, Morgan AmidyFront: Leyton Ward, Isaac Daniel, Cade Hunter, James Bradley

Under 16s: Mikayla Matthews, Paige McHattie, Rihnna Eather, Aalyah Manns and Grace Johnson, Emma Johnson, Lexi Scott, Emmerson Harris.

Under 10 runners up: Ryan O’Shea, Oliver Paynter, Saxon Smith, Nick Johnson, Eligh Hethrington, Riley Jupp and Nick Whalan, Dalton Davis and Jagger Wholert.

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Say naarrrrrr to online piracy

PERHAPS we should have a peg-legged, bandanna- and eyepatch-wearing bloke with a parrot perched on his shoulder bellowing, “AARRRRRRRRRRRGH!” for our national symbol instead of Skippy.
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For we are a nation of pirates, albeit of the online variety. And our favourite show with which to abscond, Game of Thrones, is about to begin.

Worldwide, the Season 4 finale of GoT last June was downloaded illegally 1.5 million times in the 12 hours after it went to air, according to file-sharing-site monitor TorrentFreak. Australia was the only country to reach double digits (11.6 per cent) in thefts of the episode.

Being a world leader is certainly a distinction, but this honour is not on par with, say, winning gold medals in Olympic swimming.

However, this column is not a pity party for Foxtel, which makes gobs of money off entertainment-hungry Aussies.

Nor am I trying to stir up fear in people whose Internet service providers were ordered by a Federal Court judge this week to turn over the identities of thousands of account holders whose connections allegedly were used to illegally share the movie Dallas Buyers Club.

But the crackdown serves as a timely reminder that piracy is stealing, which any small child will tell you is bad. And there are consequences for all actions, as Robb Stark learnt when he chose the wrong bride.

People have become used to free content on the Internet, and in many ways that is good. But some programming is certainly worth paying for.

When I watch GoT, I am impressed by the production design, the sheer lavishness and meticulous detail that grace every scene. Each episode costs millions of dollars to make, and all that money has to come from somewhere.

Episodic television has come a long way in recent years, and its all-embracing, big-budget quality is a major reason why it has so many devoted fans. If only half of Australian viewers pay for GoT and the other half steal each episode, as Foxtel claims, the funding dries up.

Then we are stuck with nothing but the lame reality shows free-to-air stations foist upon viewers because such rubbish is so cheap to make. And that’s too high price to pay.

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Barry Manilow marries boyfriend

Barry Manilow, on stage in 2012, has reportedly married his long-term boyfriend Garry Kief.
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Barry Manilow, on stage in 2012, has reportedly married his long-term boyfriend Garry Kief.

Barry Manilow, on stage in 2012, has reportedly married his long-term boyfriend Garry Kief.

It looks like they made it. American singer Barry Manilow reportedly married his long-term boyfriend and manager, Garry Kief, in a private ceremony last year.

The 71-year-old crooner invited about 20 to 30 guests to his Palm Springs, California mansion for a “lunch”, People magazine reported. The event turned out to be a wedding ceremony.

“Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different,” a person close to Manilow told the US National Enquirer, which first reported the story. “It was a beautiful wedding and consummated their lifelong love affair.”

Manilow, whose hits include Mandy, Copacabana and Can’t Smile Without You, has always maintained a thick veil of secrecy over his private life. He married his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler in 1964 but it was annulled within two years. Despite speculation he has never discussed his sexuality publicly, and a spokesperson declined to comment on the marriage reports.

The Looks Like We Made It singer is currently undertaking a US tour, called “One Last Time”, due to conclude in New York in June. It is estimated he has sold in excess of 80 million albums since the start of his recording career in the 1970s.

In 2006, Rockdale Council announced it would deploy Manilow’s music as a secret weapon against “troublesome teens” loitering in the car parks of Brighton Le Sands. Then-councillor Gary Green, who has since died, was asked by a fellow councillor to provide an example of music that would be a particular deterrent to young hoons.

“I don’t know why, but Barry Manilow popped into my head,” he said.

People reported Manilow and Kief have not signed any official paperwork but wear wedding bands. A source told the magazine: “They have a great relationship [and] are committed to one another and have been for a very long time.”

According to the National Enquirer, actress Suzanne Somers – a longtime Manilow friend and neighbour – was the best man, and Marc Hulett – Manilow’s assistant since the 1980s – performed the ceremony. Barry Manilow married his manager Garry and his best man was Suzanne Somers. What a time to be alive! – Beard Czar (@jiggatravels) April 9, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Police disappointed with Operation Tortoise results

Hawkesbury police conducted 3874 random breath tests over the Easter weekend road safety operation which ran from Thursday, April 2 to Monday, April 6.
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The results of Operation Tortoise saw six drivers arrested and charged with drink-driving-related matters, 35 driversdetected speeding and 17charged with various traffic-related matters.

Four drivers were detected driving without a licence and 12 cars were unregistered.

Senior Sergeant Scott Walker from the Hawkesbury Highway Patrol said the roads over the weekend were a lot quieter because of the rain.

“Even though the roads were quieter,people still chose to speed and drink and drive,” Sergeant Walker said.

“There werewarnings aboutincreased police presence anddouble demerit points, but people still chose to do the wrong thing.Drivers need to think twice about the consequences of their actions before getting behind the wheel.

He said poor decisions can result in significant consequences for drivers and other innocent road users.

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‘This is their first offer’: Tony Abbott puts pressure back on Labor over renewable energy target

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Photo: Joe Armao Industry is eager for a bipartisan deal to ensure certainty for renewable energy in Australia. Photo: Graham Tidy
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Photo: Joe Armao

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Photo: Joe Armao

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Photo: Joe Armao

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded the ongoing deadlock over Australia’s renewable energy target must end, but has appeared to indicate the Labor Party should shift further before a compromise can be reached.

But Labor has rejected any suggestion it needs to budge further, having given significant political ground to the government in an offer on Wednesday.

Mr Abbott indicated on Thursday that he was looking to reach a deal with the opposition, saying: “I accept this matter is going to have to be resolved.”

On Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would agree to a compromise put forward by the Clean Energy Council that would reduce the target from 41,000 gigawatt hours of annual renewable energy production by 2020, to 33,500.

Labor had previously said it would not accept any cut below the mid-to-high 30s.

But while Mr Abbott acknowledged it was important to bring the stalemate to an end, he appeared to back Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, who is refusing to budge beyond 32,000 gigawatt hours.

He also repeated the government’s line that Australia’s renewable energy target – also known as the RET – was only ever intended to be 20 per cent of electricity production by 2020.

Australia’s target has never been legislated as a percentage – it has always been a specified gigawatt hour figure.

When the 41,000 figure was agreed to by both major parties, it was believed that would equate to roughly 20 per cent by 2020.

“I accept that this matter is going to have to be resolved. I absolutely accept that. But it’s important to get it right,” Mr Abbott said.

“You might remember that the Parliament committed on a bipartisan basis to a 20 per cent renewable energy target. As things stand, we are headed for a 26 per cent renewable energy target.

“With the position that the Clean Energy Council put forward yesterday, it will still be over a 23 per cent renewable energy target and the position we all agreed upon some time ago was a 20 per cent renewable energy target.”

The Clean Energy Council put its proposal in a letter to the Prime Minister more than two weeks ago.

Mr Abbott said talks would continue and the matter was in the “capable hands” of Mr Macfarlane and Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

He indicated Labor would need to concede further ground to the government if it wanted to reach the bipartisan agreement sought by industry.

“This is not the latest offer, this is the first offer and it is good that finally the opposition in the Federal Parliament have actually come up with a position,” Mr Abbott said.

“The position of this government is that we want to get power prices down and we want to protect jobs. That’s what we want to do.”

Investment in renewable energy in Australia dived by 88 per cent in 2014 after the government launched its review of the target.

Labor rejected any suggestion from the government that the opposition should reduce its offer further.

Labor’s environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government should accept a compromise that had support from major business groups including the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Aluminium Council.

“He says he wants to protect jobs – but hundreds of jobs have already been lost because of the Tony Abbott’s determination to destroy the renewable energy sector,” Mr Butler said.

“Every day this drags on more and more jobs will go overseas until Tony Abbott instructs his Environment and Industry Ministers to accept the renewable energy industry’s compromise position, Labor has.

“The only conclusion from Tony Abbott’s inaction on this matter is that he’s happy to see the renewable energy industry, and billions of dollars in investment it attracts and thousands of jobs it creates, go overseas.” WHAT THEY WANT

GOVERNMENT  Initially wanted to reduce the 41,000GWh target to 27,000GWh.Compromised to 32,000GWh but insists this is its final offer.

LABOR Compromised to 33,500GWh.

GREENS Wants to keep the original target of 41,000GWh.

CROSSBENCH Glenn Lazarus: wants original RET target.Jacqui Lambie: wants hydro power included.Ricky Muir: wants original RET target but with wood waste included as a source of renewable energy.Leyonhjelm, Day, Madigan, Xenophon: appear willing to negotiate.Palmer United Party’s Dio Wang: wants original RET target.

INDUSTRY Renewables industry: 32,500Gwh.

Source: AAP

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LNP’s boot camp operator decision open to accusations of favouritism: Auditor-General

Former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. Photo: Glenn HuntFormer Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has “rejected” the Auditor-General’s finding, saying he was “proud” of his decision on boot camps because he concentrated on outcomes, not what was cheapest.
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Mr Bleijie said he stood by his decision and was not a “tick and flick” minister, who just approved what his department presented.

While not going as far to say the Auditor-General got it wrong, he said he “made the call” and “I’m glad I did”.

“Because they have shown and they have proven they had the runs on the board, they have proven results with the successors of turning young kids around,” he said on Thursday afternoon.

He said he did not re-open the tender process to others when the decision was made to make a”super” boot camp, as it was “about timing” and too much had been “wasted” already.

“The Auditor-General has essentially said there were cheaper options available,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Well, I’m sorry, when you are in government, when you are spending tax-payer’s money, cheaper is not always best.”

The Auditor-General said the other options were “suitable”, which Mr Bleijie also rejected.

“Because, the Auditor-General, they look at sums and money and figures, the Auditor-General’s office don’t run youth justice programs, many Queensland organisations do, particularly the groups which are running our programs, quite successfully I might add.”

However Mr Bleijie did draw attention to the Auditor-General’s reports into Labor’s health programs, including the $2.2 billion hospital cost blow out, which he said the Auditor-General got right.


Newman Government Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie’s decision to over-rule his department’s recommendations for boot camp operators and instead award the multi-million contract to a company of his own choice not only cost the state extra money, it “weakened” accountability, failed in transparency and was open “to accusations of favouritism”.

In his 13th report for the 2014-15 financial year, Auditor-General Andrew Greaves also found that those accusations of favouritism “cannot be readily rebutted” because Mr Bleijie and his staff were unable to provide a “clear documentation trail” which led to the decision to award Beyond Billabong the $2.2 million contract despite other proven operators offering a more cost-effective service.

Mr Greaves found Mr Bleijie’s decisions for the Fraser Coast and Lincoln Springs boot camps “does not demonstrate that economy in procurement was achieved”.

“The evidence indicates that suitable, lower cost service providers were available,” the Auditor-General reported.

“The lack of any other evidence to support the final position taken for these boot camps, itself a failure to adhere to the government’s own documentations standards, serves to weaken accountability for these decisions.

“The lack of transparency also weakened program administration as it clouded which part was responsible for what costs.

“…Actual experience since the two contracts were awarded serves to reinforce our view particularly for the sentenced youth boot camp.

“Contract variations and payments were made to the service provider in excess of contracted amounts.

“Capital improvements for, and payments to, the sublessors of the sentenced boot camp facility were made on very favourable commercial terms.

“These all represent value transfers with little certainty that the state has received equivalent value in exchange.

“These extra costs also raise significant doubt about whether the full cost of the program was understood when it was approved, and whether the state is unnecessarily subsiding the sentenced boot camp service provider for the costs the provider is, or should have been, contractually bound to absorb.”

Mr Greaves and his audit team found that the original budget for the boot camp trail of $4.9 million would blow out over the two years to $12.3 million, while the two-year full cost of the sentenced boot camp program has grown by $7 million over the two years to $10 million.

“This includes variations to the contract in favour of the service provider, with no clear rationale,” he found.

“It also includes the need to invest heavily in supporting infrastructure and security services. Payments have also been made to service providers which are in excess of amounts contracted and outside the terms of the respective contracts.

“It is clear from experience to date that the project for the extended boot camp trial was not fully costed, or that the costs were not fully understood by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, prior to its approval.”

As revealed by Fairfax Media in May last year, the audit also found the state was providing Queensland Corrections staff help with the Lincoln Springs sentenced youth boot camp’s security services, as well as paying $240,410 to upgrade the camp’s private residence and existing farm infrastructure, despite the camp only utilising part of the land.

Mr Greave’s office found the contracts for the Fraser Coast camp and the combined super Lincoln Springs camp did not provide taxpayers with the best value for money.

“For Fraser Coast, the state is paying $2900 more per participant than for the Rockhampton [camp] and $5500 more per participant than the evaluation panel’s preferred tender.”

The audit revealed no issues with the department’s expression of interest process that could have led to the Attorney-General over-ruling the panel’s decisions, and neither Mr Bleijie nor his director-general could provide documentation to show why they made the decision.

“The Attorney-General rejected the panel recommendations for the Cairns and Townsville sentenced youth boot camp and made his own decision to combine these camps into a super boot camp,” the audit found.

“The super boot camp was not subject to a new EOI process and the Attorney-General advised us that he awarded the contract based on his own review of the original tenders, which were for two separate boot camps.”

Mr Greaves found that method was “unsafe”.

“None of the tenderers for wither the Townsville or Cairns camps were given the opportunity to resubmit offers to run a combined camp.

“It was also not made clear to prospective tenderers that the government, as it has now done, was willing to provide and fund a suitable facility for the sentenced youth boot camp and also to provide Queensland Corrective Services staff to augment security at the facility.”

Had they known what the state was prepared to offer, Mr Greaves found, their own offers may have been even more cost effective.

In May last year, Mr Bleijie defended his decision.

“The people who were recommended by the evaluation team were not in my view – and this is about government taking responsibility – they weren’t in my view able to run it because we had similar experiences with a similar organisation in Cairns that started this whole debate about the boot camps,” he said then.

“We wanted an organisation that could get a cattle station up and running, that could get young kids on horses, mustering cattle, all sorts of things, which they are doing.

“We took personal responsibility to make sure the government had the best people to run the boot camp.”

Seven News revealed Mr Bleijie’s choice, Beyond Billabong, made a $5500 donation to the LNP shortly after winning the contract.

Mr Bleijie, who also said he was “glad” he made the decision he did, said he was unaware of any donations.

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Business site offers all amenities and location

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Longford Mitre 10 is a $2.7 million Hardware business, located in the heart of the rich rural Northern Midlands agricultural district of Northern Tasmania.

The 9215 sqm business includes a heritage commercial building (circa 1889), and incorporates a garden centre, landscape supplies business, timber store and workshop.

Commercial premises in Longford includesamodern shopping centre with independent supermarket, strip retail shops, service stations, licensed premises, a caravan park and a number of accommodation/tourist premises.

The business is situated within the village commercial precinct with properties in the area incorporating a wide range of commercial uses including the adjoining hotel, offices, shops, warehousing/workshops and residential dwellings.

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Vincent Stanford, charged with murdering Leeton teacher Stephanie Scott, underwent criminal checks, cleaning company says

Life cut short: Stephanie Scott. Photo: Facebook Stephanie Scott’s car on the side of the road in a wheat field about eight kilometres from Leeton. Photo: Channel Nine
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Leeton teacher Stephanie Scott and her partner Aaron Leeson-Woolley. Photo: Facebook

Cleaner charged with murderArrest rocks town to its core

The cleaner accused of killing  at Leeton High School teacher Stephanie Scott has no criminal history and underwent standard police checks by the company that employed him.

Vincent Stanford, 24, has been charged with the murder of bride-to-be Stephanie Scott, 26, after police allegedly found blood in a vehicle and a photograph on a camera of what is believed to be a burnt body.

Police arrested Mr Stanford on Wednesday night at his home in Maiden Avenue, where it is believed he lives with his mother.

Mr Stanford was not brought into Griffith Local Court when his matter was briefly mentioned on Thursday afternoon.

His solicitor did not apply for bail and it was formally refused with the matter adjourned until June 4.

Officers said they believed he had been living in the close-knit Riverina town for only the past 13 months and would not elaborate on how well he knew Ms Scott.

Colin Joss & Co cleaning division manager Fleur Dooley said the suspect had worked for the Albury based company since October 2014.

“Our thoughts are with Stephanie’s friends, family and the Leeton community during this difficult time,” Ms Dooley said.

“We are currently seeking further information in regards to this matter and are assisting the police with their investigations,” she said.

The company is contracted by the Education Department to clean more than 1000 schools across NSW.

Ms Scott was last seen at the school on Easter Sunday, six days before she was due to marry her partner of five years, Aaron Leeson-Woolley.

Ms Scott had gone to the school to prepare lessons for a replacement teacher who was to take over her English and drama classes while she was on honeymoon in Tahiti.

Police said Ms Scott’s body had not been found but they believe she was killed between 11am and 7.20pm on April 5.

However, her car, a red Mazda 3 sedan with registration BZ-19-CD, was spotted by a helicopter on Thursday morning, abandoned in a wheat field about eight kilometres outside Leeton. Two police officers are guarding the car.

Paul Maytom, the mayor of Leeton Shire, said news of Ms Scott’s suspected murder was “absolutely devastating”.

“I’m still trying to come to terms with it,” he said on Thursday.

“The last few days everyone’s been talking about it in the town. For her to mysteriously disappear like that, everyone was hoping she was going to be found, and found alive. We didn’t know what could have happened.

“I was not considering it would end up like this. We have a small community, most people know each other or know the families in our shire, and to have someone like Stephanie, who’s such a well-liked person, just about to be married next weekend …  it’s just devastating.”

Cr Maytom said Ms Scott’s fiance had been “absolutely worried sick” since her disappearance.

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