Gorilla joy for Gisborne keeper

New mum at Melbourne Zoo, Kimya, is continuing to bond well with her new baby. Photo: Chris Fleming Zookeeper, Ulli Weiher, keeps an eye on mother and baby. Photo: Chris Fleming
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Gisborne’s Ulrike (Ulli) Weiher is among the zoo keepers monitoring Melbourne Zoo’s exciting new gorilla arrival.

Ulli’s history with primates dates back to that significant time when Australia welcomed not only the nation’s first-born gorilla, but the world’s first surviving AI (artificial insemination) gorilla. Ulli helped raise Mzuri in 1984, after he was rejected by his mother.

“It was hard work,” Ulli admits, with relief that the zoo’s newest primate is being well looked after by her mother.

“It’s great to see a baby being mother-raised. There’s nothing more joyful than seeing the gorilla take care of its own baby. That’s the ultimate when you work with animals as a zoo keeper,” Ulli says.

She says the mother, Kimya seems to have learnt about how to be a mum from observing other gorilla mums in her group.

This is the seventh gorilla to be born at Melbourne Zoo, all which have been in Ulli’s care.

Ulli, a senior primate keeper, told theGuardianthe baby girl and Kimya are continuing to bond well and are in good health.

She says they are resting regularly – much to the dismay of the curious public visitors.

Ulli says the baby is growing very quickly and seems content.

Kimya, a western lowland gorilla, delivered the baby, her first, at about 6.05pm on March 14.

Ulli was there for the birth and said it was a very exciting time.

The baby’s father is fellow Melbourne Zoo resident, Otana.

The baby gorilla will be named on Monday.

The Melbourne Zoo gorillas are ambassadors for mobile phone recycling campaign, They’re Calling on You. A component of mobile phones is harvested from gorillas habitats, seriously threatening the endangered species. To help, search ‘phone cycle’ online and donate your old phone.

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Business: Ex-cop pulls gym together

Vision fulfilled: Matt Hamilton at his North Richmond gym. Picture: Geoff JonesWith a small budget and a bucket load of determination, Matt Hamilton of North Richmond has been able to turn an old auto-wrecker’s into a state-of-the-art training facility.
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Six months of hard yakka using second-hand materials and equipment saw the North Richmond gym open on March 28.

The former tactical response police officer said he had one goal in mind and was determined to achieve it regardless of the challenges.

‘‘It took a lot of sacrifice, dedication and hard work,’’ Mr Hamilton said. ‘‘I gave up my job to focus on the project and the end result is incredible. There were many times where I wanted to give up, but I’m glad I kept on pushing.’’

Mr Hamilton said he was confident he had created a training facility which catered to people of all levels of fitness.

The gym includes an obstacle course, similar to the ones used at training in the police force.

‘‘I have designed it to be a fun and different way of exercising. I aimed to make it a challenging and functional military style of training.’’

His passion for personal training started two years ago, when he offered boot camp lessons to four people at Turnbull Oval in North Richmond.

Since then he has attracted more than 70 people to train with him. He said this was the catalyst for creating the new training facility.

‘‘We have seen an increase of families training together which gives it that real community feel,’’ he said. ‘‘Anyone who comes to train will get something out of it.’’

Mr Hamilton said he was proud of his accomplishment and encouraged anyone with a vision to pursue it.

‘‘It’s a gym that cultivates team spirit, encourages each other to get fit, and reach new levels each time.’’

The 550 square metre gym includes a boxing area, indoor and outdoor running track, indoor climbing wall, obstacle course and various fitness machines.

Details: Last Ground is at 8/26 Terrace Road, North Richmond.

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Bush medicine and herbal remedies for women

Eucalyptus leaves and twigs can be used to treat a variety of ailments if prepared correctly. THE Blackwood Basin Group (BBG) is holding a free Bush Medicine and Herbal Remedies workshop in Greenbushes on Thursday April 30, 2015.
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Following up from the hugely popular Bush Tucker Walk featured at their Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Enhancement Project site open day in November, this workshop will feature expert speakers to show participants how to use native plants and herbs to make their very own ointments, balms and aromatherapy blends to use for natural healing.

Focused on women, there will be hands-on activities to concoct remedies using common garden plants, which participants get to take home.

The day features Vivienne Hansen, a Noongar woman from Brookton whose family belong to the Balladong and Wadjuk people. She is passionate about understanding traditional bush medicine, and has undertaken formal training at the Marr Moorditj Foundation, completing a certificate IV in Bush and Western Herbal Medicine. Vivienne will focus on using native plants to make ointments and bath salts with participants.

After lunch, the Toobaboo African Drummers will bring their lively performance to the day, followed up by Tracy Lansdell from Green Tree Naturopathy to show participants how to grow and use herbs to treat a variety of ailments and common complaints. Tracy is the coordinator of the Greenbushes Community Garden Centre and has a wealth of knowledge on the complete cycle of growing, nurturing and using garden plants to their full extent.

“We had such great feedback from our Bush Tucker Walk run by Zac Webb that we wanted to continue the community’s learning about the many aspects of our wonderful native bushland,” BBG Program Coordinator Felicity Willett said. “This day promises to be just as interesting with take-home goodies for all participants.”

The workshop will run from 9am-3pm at the Greenbushes Community Garden Centre and is completely free, with all food and materials provided.

Please register your interest for catering purposes to the BBG on 9765 1555 or [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

This activity is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Landcare Facilitator initiative.

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Front End Loader ready to unload on Maitland

LOAD UP: Front End Loader are returning to the Grand Junction Hotel on Saturday night.There’s an infectious sense of excitement descending like a fog on the railway end of town that shows signs of intensifying on Saturday around eight in the evening.
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Early indications say the Grand Junction will be ground-zero for a superstorm of rock with Front End Loader.

The hype has started at the top and trickled down with the band themselves lumping praise on The Junkyard.

“The only pub where we are happy to set up on the floor in the corner, the only pub where we are happy to play more than one set on the same night,” Front End Loader posted online.

“The only pub that we can remember where tequila is poured directly from the bottle into our mouths while we play a song.”

Critically acclaimed, both live and recorded, the hard rock quartet includes Peter Kostic of Regurgitator/Nazxul fame on drums.

Their 2011 release, Ritardando, won the ARIA for best hard rock/heavy metal album as well as resounding praise for maintaining their musical integrity in the face of success.

Their latest EP, Fresh Six, dropped in 2012, was marketed with a beer ­produced in a microbrewery.

The band said making the beer was more exciting than winning the ARIA.

“I know you guys are fond of tequila on stage so we should include some dark agave syrup in the beer,” the brewersaid.

If you’re still reading this story and haven’t yet called your mates to confirm your spot at The Junkyard on Saturday, let the words of the publicans let you know what you’ll be missing.

“These cuddly evergreens are Junko legends and one of the best live acts in the history of rock’n’roll. Organise your babysitters and anything else you might require and get your arses down here for one of the gigs we live for,” The Junkyard posted online.

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No bail for Unanderra shooting accused

Lake Illawarra Police Forensic Services at the Graham Street home in Unanderra on Wednesday where a man was shot in the face. Picture: ANDY ZAKELIShots in suburbia: attempted mrder charge laidPolice search for car linked to Unanderra shootingPolice are appealing to the public to help locatea vehicle connected to a shooting at Unanderra.
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Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen a gold or silver-coloured 1993 model Nissan Pulsar bearing registration QGC-948, in the vicinity of Graham Street at the time of the shooting, to come forward.

Investigators are yet to locate the vehicle and believe it may still be in either the Unanderra or Berkeley areas.Anyone with information is urged to contact Lake Illawarra Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

No bail for Unanderra shooting accusedA Berkeley man accused of the attempted murder of another man at Unanderra on Wednesday has been identified in court as Jason Speelman.

The 41-year-old faced Port Kembla Local Court on Thursday on two charges relating to the alleged shooting of a 36-year-old man in the face at a Graham Street house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The wounded man was later taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition and is expected to survive his injuries.

Speelman was arrested on Northcliffe Drive at 9.30am on Wednesday after a brief stand-off with police, who were forced to use a taser to subdue him.

He was charged with attempting to discharge a loaded firearm with intent to murder and resisting police.

Speelman did not apply for bail or enter pleas to either offence when he appeared before the court just after 11 am on Thursday, only speaking once to answer “yep” when asked by Magistrate Michael Stoddart if he understood what had occured during the brief proceedings.

Speelman will remain behind bars ahead of the next mention of his case in June.

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Heeding the call

POWER PAIR: Kristen and Renae Glanville have both been selected for the Group Nine leaguetag side. Picture: Harrison Vesey
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It’s never something you take for granted, but it’s nota big surprise either when the Glanvillegirls get a representative call-up.

Whether they’re competing against each other in touch or side by side throughout theleaguetagseason, the sisters are an indomitable force in local and regional competition.

Following another successful challenge at the Gundagai tournamentboth Kristen, 22, and Renae, 19, have been selected for the Group Nineleaguetag side for a third time.

They’re not alonein doing our local club proud.

Haydn Cowled, Jared Prosser and James Smith have alsobeen selected for the under 18s side.

Each athlete will now have the opportunity to train and compete with the best of the bestagainst other groups from the region.

For Kristen, who is co-coaching the Bullettes this year with Danni Visser, it’s alsoan opportunity to pick up some new training techniques and drills to bring back to the season.

“We’d love to win it, we’ve come so close the past four years and this time we’d loveto take it one step further,” Kristen said.

“We’ve got a prettyyoung, fit side so we’re happy with that and hopefully we can do it.”

Group Nine will have two or three training sessions in Wagga before they take on Group 20.

“They’re a whole different level of leaguetag compared to us, they’re pretty good,” Kristen said.

“You can bring back heaps to training from the way that they play; they play quicker and tougher.

“It’s a good experience for us though and it’s a lot of fun.”

The girlshave just the one clash to train for, but for the under 18s boys there are opportunities to advance further.

They will head to Wagga to take on Group Eight and Group 20 in the Bidgee Bulls trials.

The boys all played Bidgee together in the under 16s and won the championship in Dubbo.

They are allare hoping to prove themselves again as more mature playersthis year.

If selected for the Bulls, they will then take on representative teams from around NSW and attempt to qualify for the Country NSW side.

Haydn has previously been selected for this side, taking on Country Queensland and New Zealand at the next level.

“It’s a few steps up from normal Group Nine footy, it’s real tough,” Haydn said.

Looking closer to home, the boys are aiming this year to reach the semi-finals in Group Nine and sayconsistency is key to their season.

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M8s book eight ball grand final berth with 7-4 win

RED-HOT RICKY: Ricky led the way for M8s at the table last week with an undefeated showing during the Katherine Eight Ball Association semi-finals.THE Katherine Eight Ball Association wet season finals series got underway at the Katherine Club on April 2.
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In the first match, Kirby’s Kings were up against Zenith in the elimination final.

The Kings dominated from the outset, with John, Reggie and Willy all playing well to claim a singles and double frame each, as Rob and William both picked up a singles frame.

Franko pitched in with a doubles win to bag a 7-nil victory and book the Kings a spot in this week’s preliminary final.

Zenith had no luck throughout the match and had no response to the Kings’ determination in the clean sweep.

In the qualifying final, M8s and Gangers went head to head, with the former getting off to a strong start to lead 4-2 by the halfway mark of the game.

M8s then went frame for frame until the 11th, when Guy and Ricky chalked up a supreme seven-ball victory to ensure the line-up put its name on the first spot in the wet season decider on April 11.

The result could have been different but for a couple of Gangers following in the black ball, but the team still has a second bite at grand final glory.

Matty was best for Gangers and won two singles, and teamed to take a doubles frame with Michael, who was stoked to take a singles frame from the in-form Dave.

For M8s, Ricky was unbeaten, winning two singles and two doubles, Guy continued to be consistent by winning two singles and a doubles, and Kegz kicked in a singles and a doubles as part of the 7-4 win.

The preliminary final will be played between Gangers and the Kings at the Katherine Club at 7pm on April 9, with the winner backing up on April 11 at 1pm tobattle M8s for the premiershipsilverware.

The trophy presentation and annual general meeting will follow the grand final.

Michael lines up his shot for Gangers.

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Coroner’s findings released on Encounter Bay drownings

Deputy state coroner Anthony Schapel has handed down his findings on an inquest into the drownings of three men in south coast waters. He is pictured at Petrel Cove March 10.A decision about the future of twoEncounter Bay beaches that have claimed three livesin as many years has been placed in the Victor Harborcouncil’s hands.
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It follows the findings of a coronial inquest intothe drownings of men at Depledge Beach and PetrelCove.

The inquest, that took place over six days in March- led by state deputy coroner Anthony Schapel -investigated the drowning deaths of David RussellGadd, Kamran Bimal Gujari and Nasir Ali Anwari.

Mr Gadd, 28, of Encounter Bay drowned atDepledge Beach on February 9, 2012.Mr Gujari, 19, from Seaton disappeared fromPetrel Cove Beach on April 25, 2014. His body wasnever found.

Mr Anwari, 18, from Paralowie drowned at PetrelCove on December 24, 2014.

Mr Schapel handed down his findings andrecommendations on April 2.

On the matter of closing the beach Mr Schapel saidit “had troubled the court considerably” and it “isclearly a matter that the council has to consider anddecide for itself”.

He said “having considered the matter carefully”the court was not prepared to make arecommendation on closing the beaches, if anenforceable ban of swimming at the beaches shouldbe imposed, or if the stairwell to Petrel Cove shouldbe removed.

“The Victor Harbor Council has indicated a beliefthat public sentiment is not favourably disposedtoward either of those measures,” he said.

“On the other hand, closure of the beaches is ameasure that would be strongly supported by thefamilies of Mr Gujari and Mr Anwari.”

He also spoke of the “unintended adverseconsequences” of closing or banning swimming atthe beaches, which might send swimmers to Parsonsand Waitpinga, which have a higher hazard rating andare “significantly more distant in terms of the abilityof emergency services to attend those locationsquickly”.

At the conclusion of the inquest on March 19, MrSchapel recommended to council that it immediatelyinstall signs at the beach to reference drowningdeaths and that swimming is not advised.

These calls were acted upon by council, butcouncil suggests that action and investigation on thefinal recommendations will take longer.

Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell told TheTimes “the recommendations within the coroner’sfinal findings are more extensive and complex innature and require further investigation, consultationand consideration by council before action is taken”.

Mr Maxwell said a report relating to the coroner’sfindings and recommendations will be presented tocouncil at its April or May meeting.

“The report will seek direction from the councilregarding the recommendations, and will alsoincorporate a draft action plan for consideration,” hesaid.

“It is really important for the council to establishwho is responsible for each of the recommendationsbefore making a decision on the way forward.

“The release of the inquest findings is also a timelyreminder for people to be aware of dangers in theirsurroundings, take note of warning signs and exercisecaution where necessary.”

The deputy coroner’s recommendations weredirected to the Victor Harbor council, Surf LifeSaving SA, SA Police, and state and federalgovernments.

His other recommendations called for theplacement of more signage, including in the sheltersat the western end of the Petrel Cove car park and onthe heritage trail that descends onto Depledge Beach;that emergency floatation devices such as buoys areavailable; and a surf lifesaving rescue centre on thesouth coast be established.

Mr Schapel also wants an Emergency ResponseBeacon System at Petrel Cove – a two-way radiosystem that connects directly to emergency services;and a survey of mobile phone coverage undertaken atthe beaches.

Rounding out his calls, MrSchapel asked for an examination ofwhether a rescue helicopter shouldbe stationed at Goolwa Airport, andthat a public education campaign runbefore the next swimming seasonexplaining how danger can beavoided at certain beaches.

The inquest began on March 6 andwas held in Victor Harbor on March10 and 11. The inquest heardevidence from South Australian SurfLife Saving services manager ShaneDaw, witnesses of the drownings,friends of the victims, members ofSAPOL’s Water Operations Unit,and Victor Harbor council’s managerof environment and recreation BrianDoman.

City of Victor Harbor mayorGraham Philp said the coroner’sinquest was an initiative of councilafter the drownings, and council willinvestigate the results from therecommendations and consult withSurf Life Saving SA and the SeaRescue Squadron.

What the inquestfound out about thevictims

Mr Schapel said in each case theyoung men appeared to “haveencountered difficulties”, and “thensuccumbed to powerful currents inthe waters”.

Cynthia Clarke, Mr Gadd’smother, told the court her son couldswim, but was not a “strongswimmer”.

According to the statement ofKamran’s father, Kasem Gujari,Kamran did not particularly likeswimming. Mr Gujari had neverknown his son to swim. He saidKamran had never taken anyswimming lessons.

Mr Schapel said it is believed thatMr Anwari had not experiencedaccess to the sea in Afghanistan,which is a land-locked country, norin Pakistan – where he lived until2013.

He had also not taken part in wateractivities, water sports or undertakenformal swimming lessons.

Mr Schapel said the court hasconcluded that all three deceasedpersons died from drowning as aresult of being caught in rips situatedat the respective beaches, and “ineach case each man did not have afull appreciation of the dangers thatwere posed by swimming at thesebeaches”.

He said in the case of Mr Gadd,there were no warning signs atDepledge Beach which may havealerted him to the dangers ofswimming, and may have preventedhis death if appropriate signage wasin place.

In respect of Mr Gujari and MrAnwari’s deaths, “the court hasconcluded that they entered thewater at Petrel Cove either havingignored the information depicted onsignage erected at that beach or notfully appreciating the dangers thatwere described on that signage. Tomy mind, the former scenario is themore likely in each case,” he said.

Mr Schapel said that “there is nosuggestion in any of the three casesthat emergency services were notappropriately deployed.”

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As game as Ned Kelly

Charles Nettleton: Ned Kelly the day before he was hanged 1880, silver gelatin print. Picture: STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
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IN ADDITION to an intriguing collection of artworks depicting the many faces of Ned Kelly, the current exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, Imagining Ned, brings together some incredible artefacts from Australian history for visitors to view first hand.

In the first room of the exhibition is of course Ned Kelly’s iconic armour, central to the Kelly mythology that has inspired so many artists.

There are several theories regarding its origins, including that Ned came across the idea while reading RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone (1869), which described the novel’s outlaws as wearing “iron plates on breast and head”.

Made from mouldboard ploughs, mostly donated by supporters, it’s believed that the pieces were likely beaten into shape around a freshly stripped log in a forge. Intended for use at close range, it would have been possible to mount a horse but the individual weight of more than 41 kilogramsper suit would have made this feat challenging for members of the gang.

In a nearby case, one of the few surviving photographs of Ned Kelly is displayed. Taken by Charles Nettleton the day before Ned was hanged, this photograph was requested by Ned, to be provided to his family.

Staring out past the camera, Ned’s expression reveals little of the pain he was suffering from his injuries or his thoughts as he faced the consequences of his actions.

A professional photographer credited with documenting Melbourne’s growth from settlement to city, Charles Nettleton was also the police photographer for 25 years. Two photographs were taken by Nettleton of Ned prior to his execution; this portrait and a full length study, likely taken in the exercise yard of the Melbourne Gaol.

Displayed next to the portrait is the rifle owned by Ned. There are several inscriptions on the rifle, the firstof these is on the right hand side of the butt and reads: NK son of RED.

The conjoined NK is reminiscent of Ned’s brand (used on horses) which was a K reversed and an E conjoined.The second inscription, on the left hand side of the rifle butt, isa cryptogram which reads: Dear / Kate / you are / in my heart. It is now acknowledged thatNed’s sweetheart was Kate Lloyd, daughter of Tom Lloyd, but at the time this would nothave been widely known.

Ned’s own words have been included in the exhibition through the display of the JerilderieLetter. Composed by Ned Kelly and written by Joe Byrne in suitable copperplate, the 56page letter was an attempt to communicate Ned’s own account of events, and expressed hisoutrage and indignation at the injustice of his experiences and of the hardships endured byhis family at the hands of police. Copies were made of the letter by Joe, for the purpose ofhaving it published, however this plan was thwarted. There was talk of the letter beingpresented at the trial of Ned Kelly, however his own (inexperienced) defence lawyerquashed it as it was a police copy. The contents ofthe letter only became public for the first time in 1930.

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Harmonic a class act: Waugh

Class act: Tim Clark riding Harmonic to victory in The Championships Provincial heat at Hawkesbury last month. Picture: Geoff JonesKim Waugh has labelled Hawkesbury-trained galloper Harmonic the class horse of the field heading into Saturday’s The Championships Provincial final at Royal Randwick.
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Harmonic, from Tony McEvoy’s Hawkesbury stables, won the fourth heat of the series on his home track last month and will lead the Hawkesbury charge alongside Unequivocal and Radical Impact in the $300,000 final.

Tim Clark is again listed to ride Harmonic in a field that includes six horses from Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Wyong trainer Waugh also has a pair of horses in the final, Oxford Poet and Supreme Effort, and said it would be a tough race while praising McEvoy’s charger.

“Harmonic is the class horse of the field and Kris Lees has quite a few that are more than handy so it will be a tough race,” she said.

“But I’m very happy with my two, they’re going well.”

The Championships Provincial final is in race three at Randwick and jumps at 12.45pm.

See Wednesday’s Gazette for a full wrap.

Racing returns to the Hawkesbury Race Club on Thursdaywith almost $200,000 in prizemoney on offer.

The feature event comes in race one with the $45,000 Hawkesbury Stayers Prelude – a Benchmark 75 Handicap over 2000 metres.

The club will also run a $22,000 Maiden over 1300 that is restricted to provincial and country-trained gallopers.

Gates open at 11am with free entry for Blacktown Workers Club, Richmond Club and Panthers members.

The meeting will be the club’s last until one of their biggest events of the year – the Hawkesbury Race Club Stand Alone Saturday on May 2.

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