Parking impasse ‘food for thought’

WAGGA’S new “entertainement precinct” in Fitzmaurice Street has attracted two new eateries, aggravating the street’s crippling parking shortage.
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Business owners and managers have been losing tradebecause their customers have not been able to secure parks, which is set to worsen with the imminent establishmentof yet more cafes and restaurants.

Griffith restaurateur and bar owner Joe Barbarowill open anew 300-seat Italian restaurant in Kincaid Street, at the old Thirsty Crow site.

Mr Barbaro saidhe would be forced to rely on private off-street parking at the back of the premises to attract diners.

A Wagga barista is preparing toopen a new cafe on Fitzmaurice Street within months, taking the place of the formerThree Chefs bar, cafe and restaurant.

Business owners and managers of Carpet Court, The Duke of Kent Hotel, Nemo’s Fish and Chips, Smiley’s Hairdresser and Uneke Lounge have all toldThe Daily Advertiser the chronicshortage of parking spaces and restrictive time limits have hit their bottom lines and in some cases was “running us broke”.

Thirsty Crow head brewerCraig Wealands welcomed the increased Fitzmaurice Street trade, buturged council toalleviate the growing painswith better public transport.

“A decent public transport system would take the heat off the main street,” Mr Wealands said.

“People would feel more comfortable to drink, which would be good for business and thefollowing morning there wouldn’t be cars parked on the street fromthe night before.

“People travelling to licensed venues on a Saturday could leave their cars at home, instead ofleaving theircar at the pub, which requires them tomove it by 8am to avoid a fine.

“The lack ofpublic transport is our biggestdrama.”

Despite the handbrake on trade,Mr Wealands said parking paralysis was a sign Wagga was becoming a thriving metropolis.

“It’s incouncil’s best interests to work out a solution for growth,” he said.

Council will issue itsIntegrated Transport Studyin June, which mayor Rod Kendall promised would result in “decisions to give comfort to those businesses”.

Previous council parking studies in 2003 and 2008 both concluded Wagga needed a multi-storey carpark, whichWagga Business Chamber has consistently maintained is the preferred solution.

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Two rugby greats enjoy a catch up at Wellington

Wallaby greats Jon White and Ken Catchpole together in Wellington on Thursday. Photo: FARREN HOTHAMWELLINGTON was graced by the presence of two of the greats of 1960s rugby union this week.
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While at Wellington, Ken Catchpole, the man regarded by many as Australia’s greatest ever scrumhalf, and the equally revered Jon White said their wins in South Africa during the 1963 tour was one of their finest memories.

Jon White, who played most of his football at Yeoval and was elevated into the Australian side from central west and NSW Country, remembers a brutal and exciting series.

“It was an absolutely grand era,” he said.

“Those two test wins in South Africa were fantastic. The second win put us in a position to win the series at Ellis Park down below the mountains at Bloemfontein.

“It was an extreme altitude and not many have done it since.”

Catchpole captained Australia 13 times and with Phil Hawthorne at flyhalf helped revive Australian rugby when it had gone through tough times.

“It is wonderful to catch up with Jon again, great times,” he said

Illness has stopped the Hall of Fame legend in the sport from going out much these days but Catchpole still keeps a close eye on his beloved Wallabies

“I watch on television, I go to one match or two a year,” he stated.

White stayed with rugby as a selector and cherishes his bush experience and still lives in the Wellington/Yeoval area now.

Australian Rugby Union, he said, has blessed with bush stars such as Cumnock’s Tim Gavin, Dubbo’s Beau Robinson and Bathurst’s Marty Roebuck as well as many more.

But despite that he is concerned the rugby nursery in the country doesn’t have the same opportunity as it did when he was running around.

“There isn’t any pathway anymore,” he said.

“We played for Central West, then NSW Country against City and then NSW. So there was a pathway.

“You’ve got to play in Sydney for you to get noticed, nobody gets looked at it in the country.”

White, who played 25 times for the Wallabies in the second and front rows, also believes the game needs to open up more.

“It’s a defensive game, the defence is spot on but I think they should stand back and make the game from free running,” he said, before adding the duo were in agreement that while the amateur days and players are now a bygone era, rugby hasn’t changed that much.

“If you don’t have a front row you struggle and things to make good football then are the same now, the ability to gather the highball, these never change,” White added.

The pair also shared a laugh when discussing something else they agreed on – forwards finding themselves in the backline usually leads to things going awfully wrong.

“I tear my hair out when I see a fat forward out there stuffing up a good backline movement,” White said.

“They lumber in the backline and muck it up.”

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TAFE students brighten up Dubbo hospital

TAFE Western students put up their works in the clinical services building of Dubbo Hospital. They are (from left) Monique Harmer, Judi Unger and Merv Bishop with Base Art Inc member Brigid Palin. Photo: BELINDA SOOLETHE Arts in Health program at Dubbo Hospital is broadening the skills of TAFE Western students in the city.
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A partnership between TAFE Western Creative Industries and the hospital has allowed the students to display their work in a designated area within its new clinical services building.

New works went up earlier this month for the benefit of hospital patients, their carers and staff.

Head teacher of TAFE Western Creative Industries Vicki Vance said the partnership had given students experience and knowledge of arts in a health context as part of the Arts in Health program at the hospital.

“Students also gain experience in curatorial practice, installation and the de-installation of art exhibitions through this unique exposure opportunity,” she said.

The Arts in Health program was established as part of the $91.3 million stage one and two redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital with the help of a voluntary committee called Base Art Inc.

The program will extend into stages three and four redevelopment, currently in the planning phase.

Base Art Inc president Melanie Moeller said the TAFE Western exhibition space at Dubbo Hospital encouraged strong community engagement.

“We are incredibly proud and pleased to see a dedicated space in Dubbo Hospital for art produced by local TAFE Western Creative Industries students,” she said.

“The designated TAFE exhibition area in the entry foyer and day surgery waiting rooms of the new clinical services building provides a real connection to the community.”

Dubbo Hospital general manager Debbie Bickerton said the Arts in Health program aimed to improve the hospital environment and experience for patients, carers and staff.

“Arts in our new clinical services building is a real highlight for us because the art brightens the hospital environment, giving patients much-needed distraction when ill,” she said.

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Flags raised for a Fresh Start

Official: Claire McGuire, who gave the welcome to country, hoists the Aboriginal flag as Fresh Start chief executive Jeff Claughton looks on. Mr Claughton raised the Australian flag earlier as a reminder for people to be good citizens.
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FRESH Start Recovery Program’snew facility, The Hill, was officially opened last Friday afternoon beforea large gathering of politicians and community members.

Fresh Start chief executive Jeff Claughton said the transaction for the Spencers Brook Roadproperty went through in December last year.

“Since then we have had an army of volunteers turning this facilityinto what yousee today,” he said.

The three storeyold nurses’ quarters in the middle oftown isstill in their possession, and it will continue to be used for an introductory phase of treatment.

“As people go through thatphase of getting their head clear, they will then graduate out to The Hill after about 10 weeks,” he said.

Across the two facilities there are 135 beds at Fresh Start’sdisposal which will prove to be beneficial.

“This facility is our response to the scourge of methylamphetamine,” he said.

“We haven’t acquired thispropertybecause we are building an empire –we now have ample accommodation for staff and clients.”

The buildings were constructed during the second World War.

Later, the buildings weresold and turned into a holiday camp, and weresubsequently sold to a Christian group.

“We were blessed to purchase this property from them,” he said.

Fresh Start manager Darrylin Brain said the story for her was about recovery.

“I can look around and see the faces of so many men that have done amazingly well, some past residents that have changed their lives and then others here that are still part of the rehab,” she said.

“Saying thank you is really difficult because every one of the men that have been here have put in an amazing amount of work, working tirelessly, both coming out of the hospital, into Northam, getting all that ready and then coming in to The Hill and preparing this place.

“It’s been incredible for them.”

At the end of proceedings the Australian and Aboriginal flags were raised as a reminder to be good citizens.

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Orange medical professionals request review in hospital dispute

MEDICOS CONCERNS: Orange clinicians (back) Paul Bloomfield, Martyn Patfield, Tony Kirkwood, Peter Holmes, Ivan Srzich, Tristan Duncan and John Kerdic and (front) Ming Chan, Sharon Brennan, Fran Gearon, Ron Vaughan, Ruth Arnold and Peter Bryan who are concerned at the lack of transparency and procedural fairness at Orange hospital in relation to the Cardiology Department at the hospital. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 0520pbdoctors5ORANGE’S medical professionals are rallying behind the Cardiology Department at Orange hospital, which is in dispute with hospital management and the Western Local Health District (WLHD).
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It is claiming a failure on behalf of management to follow protocols and procedural fairness in dealing with complaints from staff from the department.

Cardiologist Dr Ruth Arnold said she is calling on NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to conduct a full investigation into the way management of Orange Health Service (OHS) and the WLHD has handled the complaints of senior cardiology and nursing staff, and a subsequent review carried out by the hospital.

Dr Arnold said she fears for the viability of the Cardiology Department in the current situation.

The conflict began late last year according to Dr Arnold, when the hospital threatened to stand down one of the team of cardiologists resulting in complaints by cardiologists and senior nurses. She claims department staff were then singled out by hospital management.

Orange’s Medical Staff Council (MSC) became involved in the conflict, passing resolutions at a recent extraordinary meeting supporting the cardiologists in their complaint and calling for an independent review free of any conflict of interest by OHS and WLHD.

Member for Orange Andrew Gee is supporting the doctors by writing to NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and chief executive officer of the WLHD Scott McLachlan earlier this week, asking for a clarification of the doctors’ concerns saying he wants their claims investigated as a matter of urgency.

Mr Gee told Ms Skinner and Mr McLachlan he was concerned Orange doctors felt they had to take the action they have and said it highlighted the high degree of concern medical professionals within the OHS have regarding the manner in which the issue surrounding one of the cardiologists was handled.

WLHD Medical Services director Clayton Spencer said the WLHD and OHS are communicating with all parties involved as appropriate including responding directly to the MSC about their concerns.

“Patient safety remains the priority throughout this process and is at the forefront of any decisions made,” he said.

“Due to the confidential nature of our discussions, we cannot make further comment at this stage.”

The MSC has about 50 clinicians across a variety of medical disciplines in Orange.

“Orange’s medical professionals are very appreciative of the support shown to us by Mr Gee,” Dr Arnold said.

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Ness honoured by Jersey breed

JERSEY breed stalwart Peter Ness has been honoured with life membership of Jersey Australia.
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TIME RECOGNISED: Peter and Wendy Ness, Nyowee, Mount Compass, at the Jersey Australia national conference dinner where Mr Ness was honoured with life membership.

Mr Ness, who farms at Nyowee, Mount Compass, with wife Wendy, is also the president of Jersey Australia.

He was surprised with announcement at the Jersey Australia national conference, held this year in the Barossa Valley.

Jersey Australia board member Trevor Saunders said the membership was “not something we give lightly”.

He said honourees typically demonstrated years of work for the breed and, while putting in those years, display an integrity.

“(Mr Ness) has played a major role in building the structure of Jersey Australia and helped significantly in its gaining acceptance,” he said.

Mr Saunders said it can be difficult for farmers to find the time to make a significant contribution but Mr Ness, with the support of his wife, was heavily involved in the shaping the governance of the organisation, as well as being involved in classification of animals.

He has also served as the vice president on the Oceania region of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau.

Mr Ness was visibly shocked by the announcement.

“It’s been a privilege to be able to help the Jersey breed,” he said.

“It was great to be there and be part of the group setting Jersey Australia up.”

He noted the influence of the Mount Compass Jersey Cattle Club, which recently celebrated 50 years.

“There were a lot of state members on the cattle club thatmentored me along,” he said.

“It’s been a great journey, I’ve met a lot of really nice people and seen some great cows, not only here but overseas.”

On the same night the Ness family was also awarded with a gold membership award, for using services of the organisation, and a silver production award.

Nyowee milks 169 cows, produces 5767 litres of milk with 269 kilograms of fat and 210kg of protein.

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OUR SAY: Changes in store as Myer departs … but it’s not all bad news

ORANGE has withstood losing several businesses in recent times, but rarely has a landholder been so prepared as yesterday when Myer announced its January departure.
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Rumblings circulated for some months that the major department store might close and it seems the lead time was put to good use and a development application for the building’s redesign is already being considered.

The DA addresses a number of bugbears with the historic building – an access will be added to the rest of Orange City Centre, giving customers direct access rather than the current, somewhat unorthodox arrangement of having to walk through Myer first from Summer Street.

It also provides a solution to troubles with Post Office Lane.

Orange City Council has grappled for years with antisocial behaviour and the design’s potential to open the area up to alfresco dining provides the best solution yet to improving the situation.

While there are 50 more people in Orange who now face the uncertainty of the job market, Myer’s vacancy has already been addressed where other sites’ futures like Electrolux and Bunnings are still unclear.

But key to keeping Summer Street vibrant will be completing the work quickly and concerns have been raised about the mooted three-month gap between Myer’s departure and redevelopment work starting.

The more this can be minimised, the better the result will be.

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Cox hit with 13 serious charges

CHARGED: Wodonga trainer Brian Cox faces 13 charges.
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Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has been slapped with 13 serious charges from Racing Victoria stewards.

The charges were handed down on Friday and allege he possessed and administereda prohibited substance and man handled two stewards during a routine inspection of his Wodonga stables on March 10.

Stewards discovered an Ulcerguard container with a substance identified as Nitrotrain following analysis by Racing Analytical Services Limited.

Nitrotraincontains Ethylestrenol,which is an anabolic steroid, and stewards allege Cox administered it to horses,Minnie Downs and Baby Jack, twice last year.

A minimum mandatory disqualification period of three years is in play if Cox is found guilty on any of the charges relating to the administration of the steroid.

Cox is also facing a charge of giving false or misleading evidence at a stewards’ inquiry.

Stewards Dion Villella and Rhys Melville attended the stable in Marchand stewards have alleged Cox manhandled Villella in an attempt to remove the prohibited substance from him and also forcibly pushed Melville.

In a separate development,Cox has alsobeen hit with an animal cruelty charge.

Stewards allegeCox was provided with veterinary advice on December 8 last yearto rest and confine another stable member,Cochrane’s Gap, fortwo to three months to overcome a serious leg wound.

But a day laterthe horse was presented for a jump-out at Wangarattato gain approval to race.

It subsequently failed to do so withstewards allegingCox failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty.

The charges will beheard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed.

Cox has runners engaged at theWodonga race meetingon Saturday.

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Gettin’ your groove on

I SAWBaron Greenback perform for the first time at Taylors Beach Bar and Caféin early March. I held high expectations for the band given the calibre ofmusicians involved. March can be a little hit and miss in regard to the weatherthough this balmy Esperance evening turned on the goods with a temperaturethat in itself would inspire you to dance. As I get older I find the urge to pull onthe shuffling shoes elusive at best. Usually I prefer to kick back and appreciatethe music, though listening to the Baron I found myself contemplating the idea ofdancing and then reconsidering some wild moves I thought I’d placed on theshelf. Needless to say by the second set I found myself amongthe groovers.
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Greenback are a fantastically tight unit, playing a brilliant mix of old andcontemporary songs. All of the musicians involved are at the height of theirindividual talent, which culminates in an exceptionally high-energy performance.Songs that really shone for me were Valerie by Amy Winehouse, Kat Greyshowing fantastic range on the vocals, followed closely by Paint It Black by TheRolling Stones. Paint It Black came late in the night and was a surprise as BaronGreenback shifted momentarily from their funk/jazz inspired covers. Even withthe variation the crowd continued to dance.

Baron Greenback is a seven-piece band made up of the remnants of local actSould Out. The name change came about a year ago and they have been jammingregularly since. Each individual brings a unique talent to the group they are, KatGrey (vocals), Digby Ho Leong (vocals), Damien Gale (bass), Geoff Collins(trumpet), Tony Connor (keyboard), Brendan Franzone (guitar) and behind thedrum kit Joe Franzone. They played their first gig in 2015 at the Yellow Dot Balland remained fairlyquiet until their March show at the Tearooms. Icaught up with Joe Franzone who described the band’s major influences as TheBlues Brothers, Amy Winehouse, and a clear and undeniable passion for funk, soul and jazz.

Baron Greenback are gearing up for their second outing this yearonMay28,kicking off at 7pm. For venuedetails check the Esperance Music Facebook page. If you’re interested in BaronGreenback playing at your function you can contact Joe Franzone, Tony Connoror Damien Gale via Facebook.

Seven-piece band: Baron Greenback grew out of the remnants of local act Sould Out and have been jamming regularly for about a year.

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Rams must ramp it up to reach first win: Reid

Shayne Brown and the Rams will be focused on attack when they host Shoalhaven on Saturday. Photo: BROOK KELLEHEAR-SMITHDUBBO Rams coach Damien Reid wants more commitment from his side when they host the Shoalhaven Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
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The Rams remain winless on the bottom of the Waratah State League ladder but continually show glimpses of brilliance and the kind of style Reid wants to implement.

In last week’s loss to Lithgow the Rams produced one of their best quarters of the season but it wasn’t enough as the visitors ran over the top of them for the rest of the match.

Reid believes it comes down to attitude and concentration, something he hopes will improve this round.

“It’s about commitment to the offence,” he said.

“Sometimes we stray away and start playing a bit of jungle ball where anything goes and it’s a bit ordinary.

“But there are signs of some really good stuff.”

According to Reid, who took over the coach’s reins this season, the main issue with his side currently is inexperience.

While the likes of recent opponents Wagga and Lithgow have import players who have played in various countries across the world, the Rams only, have mainly local players.

“We are carrying a few juniors and guys who have only played two or three seasons of State League,” he said.

“That inexperience shows but we are building for the future.

“The young kids are getting good court time and they’re doing a job but sometimes that concentration and commitment that we need, they can lose track.”

The Rams were boosted by the return of Kristjan Reinhold last week, who is now back in Dubbo after a stint back in his homeland of Estonia sorting out visa issues.

His match fitness was lacking last week but Reid is hopeful he will be back to his best on Saturday in a match which is expected to be physical.

When the two sides met back in April at Shoalhaven, a match the hosts won 73-39, the Rams were battered around by the large Tigers lineup.

While Reid admits his side still don’t have the size to match the visitors physically, this time his side is ready for the contest.

“Mentally I think we’re as prepared as we can be but with the lack of size and bulk they’ll still push us around a bit,” he said.

“But we’re a bit more prepared to take those hits and we know what to expect.”

The action gets under way at 5pm at the Woolshed.

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