Good Samaritans tow crashed cars off busy road

One of the vehicles involved in a crash on Old Cleveland Road on Thursday morning. Photo: John ShinnersMotorists were saved from lengthy delays on Thursday morning by two good Samaritans who rushed to clean up a car crash
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John Shinners was driving on Old Cleveland Road, near the Gateway Motorway, when he saw a white Toyota Corolla collide with the driver’s door of another Corolla.

“I pulled to the side thinking someone was going to be injured,” Mr Shinners said.

“No one was, not even a scratch.”

The front of the white Corolla however was badly damaged.

The driver and his passenger were both backpackers.

“It wasn’t even their car, they were completely distraught,” Mr Shinners said.

Lee Lovett, who was driving a four-wheel drive, also pulled over and together he and Mr Shinners moved the crashed cars off the road.

“We got a tow strap and drove it off the road so it didn’t cause congestion,” Mr Shinners said.

“[Mr Lovett pulled] and I steered.

“Afterwards [Mr Lovett] got his broom out and swept the road.”

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Future of Shoalhaven racing under a cloud

Tessa De Mestre and former jockey John Letts at Shoalhaven City Turf Club Nowra in 2008 when the Melbourne Cup was on tour. Picture: MELANIE RUSSELLShoalhaven City Turf Club cheif executive officer Lynn Locke has questioned the future of racing in the Shoalhaven after another local meeting was cancelled on Easter Sunday.
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The club was to stage a seven-race meeting, including the $25,000 Greenwell Point Cup, but the race day was called off before a horse could even be taken onto the course.

This time it was the jockeys who made the decision not to take to the track.

It’s been a horror time for the local club, which hasn’t raced since December 31 last year.

The Archer layout underwent $250,000 worth of drainage work following that meeting and had to reschedule one February meeting until June and lost another to a fellow race club within the south east region to allow that work to be undertaken.

It had already lost three race meetings for the season.

It’s previously scheduled race day on March 15, the Hats and High Tea Race Day was also cancelled.

“Sunday was perhaps one of the most disappointing race days when prior to the first race the jockeys decided to call off the races,” Mrs Locke said.

“I really wonder what the future holds for the Shoalhaven City

Turf Club and racing in the Shoalhaven.”

Mrs Locke said all the correct protocols were followed to ensure the track was safe for racing.

“Racecourse manager David Sharp worked up to 15 hours a day the week prior to the meeting to ensure that the return to racing would not only be safe but a great experience for all concerned,” she said.

“A track gallop was undertaken on Saturday and again on Sunday morning, after 12mm of rain on Saturday, just to ensure the racing surface was up to standard.

“The Sunday morning gallop was supervised by stewards and it was agreed by all that racing could safely return to Nowra, albeit on a heavy track.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to have the jockeys decide to call off the races without even racing on the track for one race.

“Obviously jockey and horse safety is our paramount concern and we would never jeopardise anyone’s safety.

“I’m unsure how we proceed and move forward from here.”

Mrs Locke said it would be a long road back for the club.

“Not only is the club struggling to make ends meet but it is now in a position where it needs to win back the confidence of trainers, owners and all participants,” she said.

“The board are all voluntary and spend many hours at the club, not only on race days but throughout the year ensuring it continues to offer a great racing venue to the community, visitors to the area and of course industry participants.”

On Sunday the club refunded entry to those who had come to enjoy a day of racing and despite there being no action on the track the many other attractions that had been advertised including the farmyard nursery, magician and jumping castle went ahead.

The club is scheduled to race again next Tuesday, April 14.


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Letters to the Editor 09/04/2015 – Young hands take on restoration

Letters to the Editor 09/04/2015 – Young hands take on restoration. The Islander, Thursday April 9, 2015Dear Editor,
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Regarding your article on the CORJAN(February 19, 2015) .

The boat was built by my father-in-law,Harry Alexander Frank Ewen, a VictorHarbor cray fisherman and grandson ofAlexander Ewen who was the last managerof the Encounter Bay whaling station.Corjan was built in the mid-1950s andnamed after Harry’s daughters Coralie(my wife) and Janet.

Harry fished from Victor Harbor toKangaroo Island on Corjan up to the late1960s when he sold her and purchased alarger boat “John Edwin”.

I spent many enjoyable Christmas holidaysfishing with Harry on the Corjanfrom Victor to Kangaroo Island and around“the pages”.

I hope Corjan can be restored to her formerglory, and would love to know of herfate.

Bill MoseleyMentone, Victoria

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Lawyer Alan Munt jailed for swindling $5m from clients, police slammed for not investigating case

A Supreme Court judge has savaged Victoria Police over its refusal, because of a lack of resources, to investigate a lawyer who swindled nearly $5 million from clients.
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Justice Betty King, when jailing Alan Munt for eight-and-a-half years on Thursday, said police had failed the many victims duped by the trusted lawyer and former Victoria Hockey Association president.

Munt, 61, an undischarged bankrupt, confessed to his crimes in September 2009 but police refused repeated requests from the Legal Services Board to investigate him until the Office of Public Prosecutions intervened and he was finally charged in 2014.

“It is a sad indictment on the priorities of a policing organisation that they claim they cannot conduct an investigation into large sums of money stolen by a solicitor from members of the public, due to having inadequate resources …” Justice King said.

The judge described the long delay in having the case finalised as entirely unacceptable.

“It is patently clear that Victoria Police despite being aware that serious offences of theft and deception had occurred … consistently refused to investigate or assist the investigation of this offending, and the investigation had to be outsourced to a private investigation company.

“That was a wholly inefficient, time consuming, time wasting unnecessary process, that could have been alleviated by the police doing their job.”

Justice King said Munt’s crimes had been appalling and involved predatory, manipulative and scheming behaviour.

“There is no doubt that you have abused the trust of so many of your clients, family, friends and even your staff,” the judge told Munt.

“You have left in your wake pain and suffering, feelings of loss, distrust, in some cases financial deprivation and heartache.

“For a number of the people from whom you stole or defrauded significant sums of money, this has been a long, slow and agonising process to get to this point.”

Munt, a father of three who pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft, eight counts of obtaining property by deception, eight counts of causing a deficiency in trust accounts and two counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of five-and-a-half years.

He confessed to the Law Institute of Victoria in September 2009 to having set up a Ponzi scheme and siphoning more than $4.8 million from clients between 1998-2009. The case was passed on to the Legal Services Board.

The former Mentone Grammar and Monash University student, who began practising law in 1980,  admitted creating false mortgage documents and forged clients’ signatures, which he would then witness himself.

Detectives from the fraud and extortion squad finally interviewed Munt in December 2012, when he made full admissions, but he was not charged until March 11, 2014.

“The public have been very poorly served by all of the organisations involved in this investigation, but I am particularly critical of the Victoria Police for putting resourcing issues ahead of the investigation of very serious criminal offending,” the judge said.

“This offending related to numerous citizens, some wealthy, some not at all wealthy, and placing all of their available funds at the disposal of the prisoner.

“I can only hope that this sorry episode is never repeated. It is grossly unfair that all of the complainants in this matter have had to wait so long for this matter to be heard and determined.

“The Legal Services Board says that it has put in place processes to ensure that it never happens again, I would hope that Victoria Police have also done the same.”

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Regional universities push for medical school

Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University are seeking to address medical staff shortages in their regions through the proposed establishment of the Murray Darling Medical School. Photo: FileTHE MAN charged with convincing the federal government of the need for the proposed Murray Darling Medical School argues that it would breath new life into inland northern Victoria and western NSW.
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Charles Sturt University (CSU) and La Trobe University have appointed Mark Burdack to lead the next stage of their bid for a medical school, noting he played a key role in securing cash for the CSU School of Dentistry and Health Sciences and community dental clinics in five communities including Dubbo.

The universities are seeking approval for a new medical school at Orange, Bendigo and Wagga Wagga campuses in an effort to address rural medical workforce shortages in the regions.

It would allow rural students an opportunity to study medicine without having to leave the regions for a metropolitan university.

Mr Burdack has taken up the reins of the bid with enthusiastic argument as to why inland northern Victoria and western NSW “must have their own medical school”.

Firstly, he thinks it’s unfair that students in major cities have a broad range of choices to study medicine on their home turf, as opposed to rural students who have “no local options”.

“If we want a rural health and medical workforce, we need to give rural and Indigenous students more options closer to home,” he said.

Mr Burdack said major research indicated the need to break down silos between doctors, nurses and allied health professions to support team-based health care in rural areas.

“We need to urgently bring medical and health education together in rural areas if we are to deliver effective team-based care in the future,” he said.

The former CSU university secretary and head of corporate governance and regional and government relations said regional campuses generated jobs and economic growth with the proposed medical school sure to stimulate “significant” opportunities.

He said residents of the regions wanted their taxes spent locally and not “sent off to major cities to grow their economies and create jobs at the expense of our communities”.

Mr Burdack said CSU and La Trobe University could prove that 75 per cent of their rural campus health graduates chose to work in rural areas after graduating.

“We need real rural medical schools that deliver the whole of their programs in rural areas, and that is not what we have at the moment,” he said.

“A rural medical school is the right health decision, it is the right economic decision, and it is the only way to ensure equity and a fair go for our regions.”

Gates open – Edgar’s Mission at home in the Ranges

Edgar’s Mission opened its farm gates to inquisitive kids from Carlsruhe Primary School recently. They were greeted by friendly residents including Hip Hop Bob, pictured.With much anticipation, Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary opened its new farm gates to the public two weeks ago.
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Edgar’s Mission began fundraising more than a year ago to bring the increasingly popular sanctuary to a larger and more central location.

After quickly raising $163,000, the task of relocating the sanctuary and its hundreds of rescued farm animals began. From Willowmavin to Lancefield, slowly but surely, pigs, cows, ducks, dogs, sheep, chickens, goats and more were moved to their happy new home – all 153 acres of it.

Late last month, Edgar’s Mission welcomed its first public visitors and its first school student group to the new location, hailing from Carlsruhe Primary.

The 50 inquisitive students listened to thought-provoking presentations, walked the kindness trail and watched smart pigs and clever chickens.

Recently granted council approval for farm visitations means the not-for-profit sanctuary can now welcome the public to the picturesque Lancefield property.

“Our humane education program, Joining the Dots, takes participants on a thought-provoking, non-judgmental journey that

touches on the key issues of social justice, animal welfare and cruelty, sustainability and human health. It takes a look at the complex web of connections that cause people to make the choices they do and encourages individuals to develop their own sets of values regarding how they should live,” said Edgar’s Mission founder, Pam Ahearn.

For more information or to arrange a visit, contact Edgar’s Mission. Tours to Edgar’s Mission are strictly by appointment only.

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Medical student’s passion for rural health

RURAL PRACTISE: Rebecca Irwin is undertaking her long term placement in Batemans Bay to become a doctor. THE Eurobodalla has become the perfect training ground for aspiring doctors and medical staff who want experience in rural health.
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Long-term placement student Rebecca Irwin is putting two years of theory into practice in the shire.

Mrs Irwin is a third-year medical student now studying at the Batemans Bay campus of the Australian National University (ANU) Rural Clinical School.

She is dividing her time this year between Batemans Bay Hospital emergency department, the Queen Street Medical Centre in Moruya and another GP.

She will also gain surgical experience.

The former Central Coast resident has relished her time here.

“It has been absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“I am in the Batemans Bay emergency department and it has been hands-on straight away,” she said.

“I have got to see patients and practise clinical skills.

“It is so great to finally be doing clinical (work) and practising all the theory.”

As vice-chairperson of the National Rural Student Health Network, Mrs Irwin is passionate about the sector.

“I am on a medical rural bonded scholarship, so I have to give six years back in a rural area, but I chose to do that because I was already going to go to a rural area,” she said.

“I am passionate about introducing those from urban areas, who are interested in medicine, to the rural side of it.

“We expose the urban students to a rural lifestyle, hoping to get them engaged.”

Mrs Irwin decided in year 11 she wanted to study medicine and, after her HSC, studied nursing.

“I was a registered nurse working primarily in a clinical environment, so getting out of lecture theatres has been fantastic,” she said.

“I did achieve the results I needed in the HSC, however I didn’t get the undergraduate Medical Admissions Test results required.

“Once I started nursing, I realised it was the best decision I ever made.

“Nursing made me go, ‘yes, this is what I want to do’.”

“I did my new graduate year in nursing and then applied to the ANU and got in on a scholarship.”

Mrs Irwin felt lucky to be having such a positive experience.

“I already feel a part of the team,” she said.

“As soon as I walk in, everyone is like ‘hey, how are you going?’.

“I guess that is the difference between regional and city.”

The highlight so far of her time at Batemans Bay Hospital has been learning how to insert an intravenous catheter.

“That has been the most awesome thing I have learnt,” she said.

“Being able to practise all my examinations on real people has been fantastic.

“Learning how to adapt procedures, depending on the circumstances, has been good too.”

After two years of clinical work, Rebecca Irwin hopes to work as a doctor in a rural general practice – but it does not look as though the Eurobodalla will get to keep her.

“Leaving Batemans Bay will be hard,” she said.

“My husband and I have really settled in here and love it.

“After this year we go back to Canberra for one year and then we (students) start applying for internships.

“ANU graduates are guaranteed an internship with ACT Health and Batemans Bay Hospital doesn’t take internships, so here isn’t an option.

“I want to do a rural internship, so I am looking up the coast.”

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Waterbird project goes global with revegetation volunteers

Conservation Volunteers Australia, Richard from England and Tim from France, are busily planting Baumea Articulta reeds for the Schwenkes Dam Waterbird project. REVEGETATION works at Schwenkes Dam were in full swing in the final weeks of March with multi-cultural planters hard at work.
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With the first planting this year of 10,000 Baumea Articulta reeds, the Blackwood Basin Group’s Project Officer called on the services of ‘Conservation Volunteers Australia’ to get the seedlings planted in a timely matter when the water level was at a height for optimal plant survival.

Team leader Klara, who originates from the Czech Republic and who has been with ‘Conservation Volunteers Australia’ as team leader for the past two years, had a team of an additional seven volunteer planters hailing from countries such as England, Japan, France, Costa Rica and South Africa.

The team was so enthusiastic and efficient that an additional 600 seedlings were planted on top of the 10,000 Baumea originally planned as well as some weeding of Stinkwort and a little bit of fencing to protect seedlings at the site.

“The CVA team were an absolute dream to work with, not only were their seedlings planted perfectly to endure maximum survival but they were a great bunch that connected on the base that they were all there for the same reason – to plant and create a better environment and to have fun and meet people,” Project Officer Sara Dulex said.

The planting is part of a holistic plan to create a habitat that will offer protection and a breeding site for water and migratory birds. More plantings are on the agenda in the coming months with various species.

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Perfect size, ideal location

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This low-maintenance brick home is placed for convenience and priced to sell.

Located in Newnham, the home is close to all services including the university and Maritime College.

This proximity to tertiary education options makes it a great opportunity for an investor.

The generous lounge room features a wood heater and is centrally located, conveniently connecting to the kitchen and dining areas and flowing to an outdoor entertaining area.

The kitchen offers stainles s steel appliances and stone bench tops.

The home provides thre e bedrooms.

The master is generous in size and includes a well appointed ensuite.

The yard is large enough to keep children and pets entertained and offers plenty of room for a gardener to enjoy as well.

The home includes two garden sheds.

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House of the Week: The Anchorage, Port Macquarie

House of the Week: The Anchorage, Port Macquarie TweetFacebookPrestige homesituated onwaterfrontTHIS stunning luxury home is situated in theexclusive Anchorage.
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An open plan design takes full advantageof the waterfront location.

This home features five bedrooms,highlighted by a brilliant resort-style masterbedroom.

As you enter the extra wide grand frontdoor you will see the first bedroom nestednicely at the front of the home.

Recycled timber floors escort you throughto the formal lounge room that isaccompanied by a small atrium.

There is also a bathroom and powder roomdownstairs with a shower and toilet.

A grand spiral staircase leads upstairs butnot before you spend time in the main loungeroom that features a double gas heater and astunning views of the outstanding wet edgepool and river views.

The kitchen features a huge amount ofstorage, a large benchtop and integrateddishwashers and fridge.

Opening up from the kitchen is animpressive alfresco area for entertaining withteppanyaki bar.

There is an added bonus of central air-conditioning and security system.

Upstairs is carpeted with the masterbedroom the stand out. The walk-in wardrobeis big enough to fit a bed in while the high 12-foot ceilings scream luxury living.

You will make up with frontage views andperhaps be lucky enough to sport a dolphinswimming past.

The master bathroom is large and featuresa double shower and bath over looking theriver.

This home is not to be missed so call todayfor an inspection.

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