LETTERS: Prominent signs needed at Eraring 

I WANT to expand on my suggestion that Fisheries NSW erect sensible information signs at the Eraring Power Station outlet canal (“Eraring outlet disgusts as fishing filth is left behind” Lakes Mail April 18).

These signs should be put at places where they’ll be easily seen.

Their other main purpose is to convey their message in other languages, such as Chinese.

They should explain the fish bag and size limits, plus other vital information, and contain the line: “Please consider the environment and put rubbish in bins provided”.

A sign with this exact message has been erected at Stingaree Point, where the inlet canal starts.

I would also like to see Fisheries NSW complete, say, a six-month survey to gather information to determine what key messages need to be effectively shown on signs for the future.

Craig Aungle, Morisset Park

SIGN UP: An angler tries his luck at the Eraring power station outlet. Picture: Marina Neil

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Council to explain sea level policy

HAS the cost of your home insurance gone through the roof because sea levels are predicted to come through the floor?

Premier Barry O’Farrell and the NSW government last year dumped the former (Labor) government’s sea level planning requirements imposed on councils.

Wyong Council moved quickly to sever its policy ties to those sea level rise projections.

But Lake Macquarie City Council elected to keep its development policy, a move which residents argue led to massive premium rises.

Your opportunity to discover first hand the reasoning behind LMCC’s decision will be on Tuesday, May 7, at Bonnells Bay Youth and Community Centre (BBYCC).

That’s when council’s sustainability manager, Dr Alice Howe, will be guest speaker at the Bonnells Bay Progress Association meeting.

“Being sustainability manager of the fourth-largest council in NSW is somewhat of a challenge,” association president Col Roach said. “Dr Howe’s special activities are many and varied and include promoting sustainable transport across the city and the provision of recycling and green waste services (green bins) as well as reducing emissions from council’s vehicle fleet.

“She is a very knowledgeable person and everybody is welcome to attend,” he said.

“There is currently limited parking at BBYCC because of redevelopment works.

“Those attending the meeting should consider parking at the Bay Shopping Centre,” Mr Roach said.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Alice Howe. Picture: Phillip Hearne

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Seagulls face up to Magpies

Steff LovellLEAGUE powerhouse Camperdown awaits Port Fairy’s A grade netballers this Saturday as the Seagulls look to bounce back from their first loss of the season.

Last Saturday Port Fairy had an unexpected loss when it went down to Warrnambool 24-23 in a thrilling game at the Reid Oval courts.

The loss has brought the Seagulls back to the field after they had flew out of the blocks with two wins in the first two rounds.

The Seagulls will have an important inclusion for their game against the Magpies with coach Emma O’Keeffe back in the team.

O’Keeffe missed last week’s game against her former club Warrnambool through work commitments and her absence hurt badly as it took away a lot of experience in defence for the Seagulls.

She will be needed this week against the Magpies who have the league’s best goal shooter, Narelle Welsh, as their spearhead.

O’Keeffe said she was looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Magpies.

“They are a good team. They are very physical and that is what we will concentrate on working at training tomorrow night,” O’Keeffe said.

“We know they are very strong in goals so we need to try and break them down in the mid court to cut off that supply.”

O’Keeffe said the loss to Warrnambool was another step in the development of her team.

She said the Seagulls were one of the most skilful and fittest teams in the competition and one of her biggest challenges as coach was to build a mentality in the team that they were capable of matching it with the best.

The Seagulls have some strong depth at the club this season with the A1 team having a 18-16 win over Warrnambool, their second win of the season.

The Seagulls had a good spread of goal shooters with Amy King (7), Grace White (6) and Annie Forrest (5) all getting on the scoreboard. The A2 team is undefeated and on top of the ladder after three rounds thanks to a 42-7 win over Warrnambool.

Steff Lovell and Gina Canfield were lethal in front of goals as they both shot 21 to steer their team to victory.

One of the highlights of last weekend for the junior teams was an 18-16 win to the Seagulls under 15 team last Saturday over the Blues. Josephine Barker was the star in the team’s second win for the season. In the under 17s, the Blues won 36-17 with Katherine Barker the Seagull’s best player. In the under 13s it was a 26-10 win to Warrnambool with Eloise Swarbrick the best for Port Fairy.

Last Sunday the under 16 team defeated Warrnambool 20-19 in a heart stopper with Whitney McNamara the best on court. In the under 14s, the Blues won 48-8, with Lucy Sinnott the Seagull’s best.

St Vinnies back from the shed

Mudgee St Vincent de Paul is back home again and opened shop in their freshly renovated premises for the first time on Monday.

The refurbished retail section features more floor space and a more functional layout.

The new premises also now have a private entry and waiting room for welfare recipients.

For over three months Mudgee St Vincent de Paul worked out of a shed at the back of their premises while renovation work took place.

Mudgee St Vincent de Paul President Carol Jones said that they have “gone from the back shed to our beautiful new premises”.

“We’re looking forward to moving on into the future in the new store,” she said.

“We’ve been very busy already and by all reports everyone has been very happy with how it’s turned out.

“We’re very excited and would once again like to say a big thanks to everyone for being so patient with our renovations, and to all of our volunteers for all their hard work.”

The move means a return to the previous opening hours of 9am to 4pm on Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12pm on Saturday, after the opening hours were shortened during the renovations.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer of St Vincent de Paul can contact Carol Jones at Vinnies on the phone number 6372 2232.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Mudgee St Vincent de Paul opened their refurbished premises on Monday. (From left) Lyn Bull, Carol Jones, Greg Day, Gail Farrar, Dawn Baker, Pam Tuck-Lee, Kathy Stanmore, Chris Blake, Thomas Barclay, and Ava Baskerville (at counter).

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LETTERS: Piper praised for euthanasia stance

I WAS delighted to read that Greg Piper supports the effort to obtain legislation for voluntary euthanasia (“MP backs ‘right to die’ law push”, Lakes Mail, April 25).

As 70 to 80 per cent of the population is in favour of it, surely it can only be a matter of time before Australia has laws in all states and territories allowing people the right to die, just as we have the right to live.

As Exit International says: “I’d rather die like a dog than be forced to extend my life artificially”.

Congratulations, Greg!

– J MacCallum,


RIGHT MOVE: Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, right, with, from left, Jamie Parker, Alex Greenwich and Cate Faehrmann. The four have formed an historic alliance of crossbench MPs campaigning for voluntary euthanasia.

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Seagulls lose Rudolph to injury

PORT Fairy will go into its home game against Camperdown this Saturday without the considerable skills of its playing coach Sam Rudolph.

The Seagulls’ 57-point loss to Warrnambool last week proved to be costly on the injury front as well with Rudolph dislocating his shoulder.

Rudolph said it was the first time he had a dislocated shoulder and he said he was able to work it back into place not long after it popped out.

“I got it checked by the doctor on Monday and there is some muscle damage but nothing too major,” Rudolph said.

“I just have to get those muscles strengthened up a bit and I should only miss a couple of games.”

While Jeremy Sheehan will also miss a number of weeks after tearing a hamstring, star ruckman Sandy Robinson will be available to play against the Magpies.

Robinson copped a knock on the ribs but has come up well. Rudolph said Sam McCartney was likely to return from a knee injury and Jason Leddin would also come back into the team.

Morisset CWA in step with world

MORISSET Country Women’s Association members joined CWA colleagues around the globe for the Women Walk The World project on Monday.

The women raised $300 in sponsorship by walking laps of Auston Oval, Morisset.

The aim of the international project is to raise money to improve the standard of living of rural women and families.

GLOBAL WALK: Pictured putting their best foot forward were (from left) Margaret Hunter, Janette Coulter, Ariana Plesums, Roslyn Plesums, Therese Alexander, Melissa Hopkins, Helen Wotton and Jean Broadhead. Picture: David Stewart 

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Cricket presentation this month

Former Young District cricketer Nathan Lyon achieved every cricketer’s dream last week when he was selected in the Australian touring party for the upcoming Ashes series in England.

Nathan, who formerly played in Young District Cricket was selected as the only specialist spinner in the squad and will no doubt be required to make a significant contribution if Australia is to bring back the Ashes.

Nathan recently returned home to speak at the Young Presentation night where he gave a good insight into what life was like in the Australian team. He is living proof that any kid in Country cricket can make it to the big time if they have the determination.

On the local scene Boorowa’s senior presentation will be held on Saturday May 11 at the Courthouse commencing at 7.30pm.

At this night, the Australian Team signed bat raffle will be drawn. This is a sensational prize and it’s not too late to get a ticket at various venues around town.

This was kindly donated by Nathan to Boorowa cricket and is a one off collector’s item.

We wish Nathan and the Aussie team well in their quest to rest back the Ashes urn from the old enemy, England.

-Third Man

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Coast trainees rewarded for effort

TWO young Central Coast employees have won major awards at the Manufacturing Industries Group Apprenticeship Scheme (MIGAS) NSW and Victoria awards night.

Corey Merrin, of Buff Point, was named 2012 Automotive Apprentice of the Year, with Jessica Fleming, of Blue Haven, 2012 Business Trainee of the Year.

MIGAS spokeswoman Hayley Smith said Mr Merrin excelled at his TAFE studies and at work to become the leading apprentice at Central Coast Automatics, West Gosford.

“After completing his TAFE studies in just 2½ years, the 20-year-old has been taking on tradesman duties since his second year as an apprentice,” Ms Smith said.

Ms Fleming, meanwhile, was rewarded for showing “strong initiative, leadership and consistent ability to meet deadlines” throughout her Certificate III in Business at SICO South Pacific, at Berkeley Vale.

“Renowned for showing maturity beyond her years, Jessica’s supervisors were also impressed by her ability to identify hazards around the workplace with ease,” Ms Smith said.

MIGAS recruits and employs apprentices and trainees, then places them with participating training companies (hosts) for their training period.

LEADING APPRENTICE: Corey Merrin, of Buff Point, receives his award from Chris Eccleston. Pictures: Susan Gruber Photography

BUSINESS TRAINEE: Jessica Fleming, of Blue Haven, with Helen Harvey, of Hunter TAFE.

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Wallarah 2 mine EIS on public display

PUBLIC comment is being sought on a new proposal for the Wallarah 2 coalmine.

The project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) and associated documents went public on Friday with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The department said the mining proposal would undergo a comprehensive assessment for issues including water and biodiversity impacts.

The documents will remain on public exhibition until June 21.

The applicant, Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture, proposes to:

● extract up to 5 million tonnes of coal per year for up to 28 years, using underground longwall mining methods;

● construct and operate a range of associated infrastructure, including rail spur, coal stockpiles, ventilation shafts, and a gas drainage and capture system;

● transport coal from the mine by rail; and

● progressively rehabilitate the site.

The proposed underground mine is about 5km north-west of Wyong, with surface facilities at Tooheys and Hue Hue roads.

For more information on the project, and how to make a submission, visit major projects.planning.nsw.gov.au and search for Wallarah 2.

MINE PLAN: The EIS and other documents will remain on public exhibition until June 21. Picture: Robert Rough

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