City life comes to Windsor

An elevation of the apartment block to begin construction on Macquarie Street soon. It is located opposite Fitzgerald Street.GOT a spare half mil in the kick? It will secure you a two-bedroom apartment in a block about to be built on Macquarie Street in central Windsor.
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The 12-metre high block, between the new zone substation and the soup kitchen, and across the road from Fitzgerald Street, is expected to begin construction soon. It is selling off the plan on online sites already.

The block at 52 Macquarie Streetwill have 18 two-bedroom apartments, two one-bedders, two three-bedders and two “two-bedroom adaptable” units. The adaptable units will be built as accessible units, with such modifications as wider doorways for wheelchairs.

The 24 apartmentsare marketed as “luxury” and all will have air-conditioning and secure parking.

The owner is listed as Armada Property Investments at Crows Nest but the company putting the DAs and modifications through Council was Universal Property Group at Girraween.

Hawkesbury Chamber of Commerce president Kerry Spindler did not know of the development but said “I think it’s what needs to happen”. “I think it’s a good thing, and will bring business back to the centre of Windsor.”

“To have 24 new families within walking distance of Windsor’s shops, it will bring people to the restaurants at night and to the supermarket.

“I hope it will be a mixture of rental and owners. There’s always a need for this sort of housing. It would be great for hospital staff.”

The original DA was submitted in 2009 with a deferred commencement granted and three modifications approved since then.

The Gazette contacted the developers for a construction commencement date and is awaiting their reply.

Another new developmenttaking shape nearby isthe Stoney Creek Active Lifestyles estate on Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park.

Developed for over 55s, the estateis offering two-bedroom homes from $285,000 and three bedroom from $375,000and boasts that stage one is almost sold out. The 243-lot division, situated behind IKEA on Richmond Road,offers non-brick homes, a community centre with pool, a garden andpark.

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A new era for Merrylands

Sneak peek: Stockland has proposed laneways and an international Eat Street precinct as part of its Merrylands Court proposal.More plans to breathe new life into Merrylands have been revealed.
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Following the Sun’s storythis week about thecouncil’s recent submission ofitsamended CBD rezoning proposal to gateway (http://梧桐夜网parramattasun南京夜网419论坛/story/3911824/skys-the-limit-for-merrylands-cbd/?cs=993,)Stockland has released new details about itsMerrylands Court development.

The proposalwill occupy a 1.2 hectare site adjacent to Stockland Merrylandsbordered by Merrylands Road, McFarlane and Treves Street.

Stockland plansplans to build 542 unit apartments across five buildings, rangingfrom 11 to 17 storeys.

There willbe an activated laneway precinct withretail, restaurants and cafes to be incorporated into the mixed use development.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to regenerate the heart of Merrylands by creating a vibrant new focal point, which will benefit the residents of our new apartments and the entire community,”Stockland apartments and mixed use development national headGavin Tonnet said.

“It willprovide the vital missing link between Merrylands Road and McFarlane Street, with overall trade and the aesthetic of both streets to benefit significantly from the redevelopment.Our vision is to create a new city centre that will become a destination in its own right for the community to socialise, enjoy international cuisine in the new restaurants that will be established and come together for festivals and special occasions to celebrate life and culture.”

Merrylands Chamber of Commerce president John Perry welcomed the proposal.

“It’s fantastic news, it’s exactly what the area needs,” he said.

“The last thing built on Merrylands Road was Red Rooster and that was 35 years ago.”

Stockland has lodged a development application, which is onpublic display until June 17at Cumberland Counciloffices.

Stockland willholda drop-in session for thecommunity on June 2, 6pm-8.30pmat the Community Room on Level 1 of Stockland Merrylands, near centre management.

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Tell us what you think of the proposal.

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EgyptAir wreckage found in Mediterranean

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Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo went missing over the Mediterranean Sea at 0.45 GMT on Thursday morning with 66 people on board.

The Egyptian government said it was more likely the result of terrorism than a technical failure. So far no-one has claimed responsibility. The Greek government said the plane swerved 90 degrees to the left, 360 degrees to the right, plunged 37,000 to 15,000 before vanishing from radar screens. 2. Trump suggests terrorism

The Republican presumptive Presidential nominee was quick to join speculation that the plane was brought down by terrorism, tweeting that it looked like an attack several hours before investigators had found the wreckage.  Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2016

In contrast, Hillary Clinton was interviewed on CNN after the airline confirmed the wreckage was found. She said it did appear to be an “act of terrorism” and said it showed the need for “steady” leadership in the United States.

The White House refused to buy into any speculation and said it was “too early” while US Secretary John Kerry said he would not speculate for as long as he did not have the information.

They obviously listened to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the need for politicians with responsibility to show some discipline against the media frenzy. 3. ‘Extraordinary’ police raids

Now to a massive development in the federal election campaign.

Make no mistake: with these raids the otherwise dull and gentlemanly campaign just got a whole lot of serious.

Questions will certainly be asked of the federal police about its decision to raid a Labor Senator’s office, as well as the homes of Labor staffers, in the middle of an election campaign about a leaked report to The Sydney Morning Herald about the state of the National Broadband Network.

The article published in February said the NBN was facing “mounting delays and rising costs.” Pretty ho-hum. Usually a story showing a government program blowing out is read with an “as you’d expect” attitude by readers who have come to expect incompetence from their elected officials. Malcolm Turnbull was, until he became Prime Minister, the Communications Minister presiding over said blowout.  Mr Turnbull not taking any questions on NBN raids as he leaves Bankstown Sports Club #ausvotes— Rob Harris (@rharris334) May 19, 2016

The government sought to distance itself from the police raids, saying the AFP acts entirely independently of the Coalition or government of the day, and said the raids were the result of an NBN Co complaint. The raids continued overnight and were due to resume on Friday.

But the optics of this are: Tony Abbott’s cabinet leaked like a sieve, especially over citizenship laws in moves designed to undermine the former PM – yet no police were called into to raid the offices and homes of Coalition cabinet ministers and their staff.Recently, The Australian reported it had obtained sections of the Defence White paper – a major national security issue. So far no raids have been conducted over those.The raids relate to a political leak – raising questions about whether this the best use of federal police resources.

Bill Shorten called the raids an “extraordinary development.” Rightly so. Shorten says raids relate to Turnbull’s embarrassment over multi-billion dollar blow-outs and delays on NBN pic.twitter南京夜网/mVypEWQl7x— Adam Todd (@_AdamTodd) May 19, 2016

Much, much more to come on this. 4. Focus off Dutton

Latest read on the election is the number of seats required for Labor to win are now very much in play.  A couple of weeks ago that wasn’t the case. Turnbull is still favourite but a mistake would be fatal. Labor now thinks the government’s continued focus on borders and not the economy is a sign of how spooked they are. (Can you just imagine the internal payback against the plotters should the unthinkable happen and Turnbull loses?)

Today Malcolm Turnbull has taken to the Fairfax opinion pages to warn, not about the economy but about borders. And just days after backing his Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s “illiterate and innumerate refugees” comments, he reckons it’s Bill Shorten who would put multicultural Australia at risk.

After yesterday’s damaging David Feeney revelations regarding his double-dipping an undeclared $2.3 million property, it turns out the Greens, who often act holier-than-thou in federal politics, have a scandal of their own to deal with.

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who is stalking David Feeney’s Melbourne seat of Batman, failed to declare his farm. Just like Mr Feeney, this makes him potentially in “serious contempt” of the parliament. 

Senator Natale was a vocal critic of David Feeney over his failure to declare. Photo: Andrew Meares

It’s not hard to see why a common public refrain of voters is that at the end of the day, politicians are just all the same. 5. Boko Haram fears

This is such a sad piece about how the girls being rescued from Boko Haram, since their mass abduction two years ago have become cause for suspicion rather than celebration, with fears of Stockholm Syndrome and would-be suicide bombers.

Even sadder is the stigma and fate that awaits the girls’ babies, which were fathered by their captors. 6. NYT fears Australia is becoming America

The Sydney Opera House lit up for the Vivid festival. Photo: James Horan

Say it ain’t so!

I couldn’t go past this piece in the New York Times from Roger Cohen who just landed in Sydney to find it looking a little too much like America.

“I left an America raging about refugees and immigration and came to find the Australian immigration minister, Peter Dutton, fuming about “illiterate and innumerate” refugees intent on taking ‘Australian jobs,'” he writes.

Who can argue with the man?

That’s it for this week, you can follow me on Facebook for more. Have a great weekend.

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Local heritage on show for History Festival | PHOTOS

Local heritage on show for History Festival | PHOTOS Margaret and Peter Harden in costume in front of the incredible views at The Roundhouse.
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Margaret and Peter Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

Margaret and Peter Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

Margaret and Peter Harden, Lynette Thacker, Lloyd Pearson, Elaine Gurr and Sue Job are volunteers at The Roundhouse.

Peter and Margaret Harden, Elaine Gurr, Lynette Thacker, Lloyd Pearson, and Sue Job are volunteers at The Roundhouse.

Margaret and Peter Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

Margaret and Peter Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

Peter Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

Peter and Margaret Harden in costume at The Roundhouse.

The pantry filled with antique items.

The pantry filled with antique items.

The Roundhouse

Neville Brown and Manual Szewczyk, volunteers from the Captains Cottage Museum

Maurice Fry at the Captains Cottage.

Roger Waldhuter and Ivan Frahn.

Ivan Frahn and Manual Szewczyk.

Ivan Frahn, Manual Szewczyk, Maurice Fry, Neville Brown and Roger Waldhuter.

The Captains Cottage Museum.

Peter Harden with the largest engine at the museum.

Maurice Fry, Ivan Frahn, Roger Waldhuter, Peter Harden, Neville Brown and Manual Szewczyk. Absent: John Klau.

Peter Harden with two off the permanent residents of the Captains Cottage.

Ivan Frahn, Peter Harden, Maurice Fry, Roger Waldhuter, Neville Brown and Manual Szewczyk.

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Wollongong’s gift to Branson

Loving the Gong: Donatella D’Amico and Lisa Burling are hoping Sir Richard Branson will wear an I Love The Gong shirt on Wednesday and then visit Wollongong. Advantage Wollongong is showingSir Richard Branson how good the City of Innovation is when Wollongongbecomes thefirst regional city to exhibit at the World Business Forum in Sydney.
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The Virgin Group founder is speaking atthe forum on WednesdayNSW Department of IndustryOffice of Regional Development business development managerDonatella D’Amico hasbeen told it can present him with a We Love the Gong gift.

Mrs D’Amico saidWollongong was being actively promoted as a business location to more than 2300 CEOs and CFOs from around the world. Shesaid when sheheard of Lisa Burling’s invitation for Sir Richard Branson to visit shethought why not present him with agift from the Wollongong community.“I have been told I can give it to his PA. Our stand will be there and he will see it.”

Wollongong City Council, the University of Wollongong and the department are allpromoting the city as a place to do business andMrsD’Amico was involved in getting Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery to support Mrs Burling, of LBPR, in her quest.

Destination Wollongonghelped the#richardbransonvisitsthegong campaign by putting a gift pack together.Ms Burling said if heput an I Love the Gong shirt on it would be amazing.

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Sides rev up for top-of-table battle

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LowesMount Road is set to erupt on Sunday as the two feel-good stories of the Group 10 premier league competition converge for a top-of-the-table clash between Oberon and Blayney.

The Tigers will host Blayney as they look to make it seven wins on the trot to open their season, while the Bears can stake their own claim for top spot on the ladder if they can cause an upset.

Given some of the names they had attracted during the off-season, Oberon probably haven’t surprised a lot of people with their improvement, but to be six from six is above expectations no matter who was coming into their side.

Blayney’s pre-season troubles were well documented with the disappearance of popular star half-back Terry Brown, but they have defied the hardship to claim four wins from five matches.

Their only loss came against Mudgee, while they have had a bye as well.

“After what happened with Terry I was a bit surprised to see how well they were doing,” Oberon captain-coach Zac Rowlandson said of the Bears.

“But having seen how well they’ve done in the time since, we have to be very wary of them.

“I think we can potentially expose them a little bit out wide, but they have a very good forward pack at the moment and they have a lot of points in them through that middle third of the field. It will be a tough contest.”

While Rowlandson and his team understand implicitly that nothing is won in May or June, he says that the idea of going through an entire round of matches undefeated is a major goal for his club because of what it could offer further down the track.

They play St Pat’s in their last match of the first half of the season.

“If we can get to the second half of the competition without a loss it would be huge. It just means that if you get a few injuries, or something happens that you haven’t factored in, it isn’t panic stations,” the coach said.

“You can manage things a bit better if you’ve got some points to play with.”

It isn’t as though the Tigers haven’t been tested yet either.

So far Rowlandson rates Bathurst Panthers, who went down by two against the Tigers, as the toughest opponent he’s seen given that they pushed them for 80 minutes without Jeremy and Claude Gordon.

But as they have done each week, his team did what was required and secured the result.

It is something he attributes not to any particular star power, but to the attitude of his entire squad.

“It is difficult to explain how and why we’ve been winning, it is no single factor,” he said.

“If I’m praising the local boys it probably doesn’t do the likes of Matt, Trent and George Rose justice, and if I praise those three it probably seems like I’m ignoring how well the Oberon boys have played.

“Matt has made a huge difference for sure, his control and structure at half-back is a big influence. But he and his brothers have come into a squad that was ready to go, that was fit and committed.

“We haven’t had anyone playing bad football, no-one isn’t playing to, or above their potential and that’s making all the difference.”

George Rose will return to action this weekend, while Blake Miller and Jason Ferris will remain on the sidelines with injury, but they are expected back in the next few weeks.

Kick-off is at 2pm in Oberon.

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PTIC cows top at $1210 at Dubbo

Malcolm Leader, “Ringwood”, Binnaway, with his agent, Bill Tatt, Christie and Hood, Binnaway and Dubbo, and the drafts of PTIC Hereford and Poll Hereford cows Mr Leader sold for $1210 and $1180.PTIC Hereford cows six to eight years of age sold to $1210 while Droughtmaster cross cows with calves topped at $1630 from a yarding of 1600 head at the Dubbo store cattle sale today.
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Steer and heifer markets were slightly cheaper than the previous fortnight sale with weaner steers making from $360 for lightweight Angus calves to $935 for quality Charolais/Angus cross steers.

Weaner steers averaged $665 or 308 cents per kilogram live.

Yearling steers topped at $1035 for a good line of Santa Gertrudis in forward condition.

Heifer weaners sold from $300 to $810 with the tops being quality Angus in very good condition.

Heifers weaners averaged $611 or 275c/kg.

Cows with calves were also a little cheaper topping at $1630 for the Droughtmaster cross line while the remainder sold from $810 to $1380 a unit.

The top-priced PTIC Herefords offered by Malcolm Leader, “Ringwood”, Binnaway, were in a consignment of 36 head of red taggers due to calve by the end of July while nine to11 month-old Poll Hereford cast for age cows also red taggers and joined to Tycolah and Grathlyn bulls sold at $1180 a head.

The calves off those cows sold at the prime sale the day prior with steers averaging $917 and heifers $830.

Other PTIC cows sold from $800 to $1100.

Full report in The Land next week.

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Grey no longer a nomad for Fishies this season

John Grey, pictured in action last season, will make his return from a near year-long absence on Sunday. Photo: FILEJOHN Grey admits it was tough at times to stay motivated during his comeback from injury but all the work will be worth it when he makes his long-awaited return on Sunday.
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Grey suffered a knee injury in June of last year against Narromine and while it seemed innocuous enough at first it led to two bouts of surgery and almost a year on the sidelines.

The winger will return for the Fishies against the Wellington Cowboys and stated he was extremely thankful for the support coach Tim Ryan and the players have given him during his recovery.

“He (Ryan) is very transparent about what he requires from his players, particularly those who are injured,” Grey said.

“Commitment to the club and commitment to rehab so when they come back they can slot back in.

“It’s difficult to stay motivated but he keeps you involved and the players are there to encourage you as well so I’m really thankful to the coaches and the players.”

While he never feared his career may be over, Grey admitted there were concerns over his body.

But he was thankful for the second bout of surgery, which removed floating cartilage.

“Body preservation was the largest thing that came to the forefront and would this become a recurring thing,” he said.

“Particularly when I first did it and then did it a couple times again in the next six or eight weeks you do start to doubt your body a bit.

“But it’s all good now and I am thankful for that second operation because it could have put me even further behind.”

CYMS are the only undefeated team after three rounds and last weekend’s general bye.

Heading into the clash with the winless Cowboys, Grey said he had been pleased with the Fishies form but knows there was a whole lot more to come from the two-time defending premiers.

“We’re a fresh sort of an outfit and I think that shows and there’s a lot to work on,” he said.

“We haven’t clicked as well as we could have.”

Former Cronulla Shark Isaac Gordon is out this weekend but Western Rams trio Jyie Chapman, Colby Pellow and Jarryn Powyer have all been named to back up after their match against the Southern Stars at Camden on Saturday.

The day at Caltex Park begins with the League Tag at 11am on Sunday while first grade is expected to kick off at 2.30pm.

CYMS: 1 Kieran Cubby-Shipp, 2 Hayden Howell, 3 Jyie Chapman, 4 Colby Pellow, 5 John Grey, 6 Alex Bonham, 7 Matt Toole, 8 Jarryn Powyer, 9 Luke Jenkins, 10 Lincoln Kavanagh, 11 Alex Ronayne, 12 Jordan Reynolds, 13 Ben Marlin, 14 Billy Sing, 15 Shaquille Gordon, 16 Wade Kavanagh

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Help for youth centre

A place to go: Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney is asking for donations to help develop the youth centre and make it more inviting.There is now a place to go for the youth of Meningie and surrounding areas.
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Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney with the help of elders and community members,has been working tirelessly to get a new Meningie Community Youth Centre up and running.

“Our purpose is to support young people to make positive choices towards their goals.”

“It includes strengtheningsocial and environmental wellbeing andalso community and cultural connections,” she said.

Although the centre has not had an official opening, children have been coming to the centre since January.

“It started small but is growing, so far on a good week we have seen around 40-50 kids visit per week so around 15 per night.”

“The kids love it, sometime when I do close, they’re wondering where I am.”

She said kids are coming to the centre to do things that they could be doing at home but the choose to come to the centre and mingle with others.

Itis open after school and on alternate weekends, it provides a safe place for youth to go and students often head there after school and use it as a place to wait for football or netball training if they live out of town.

Ms Rigney said she focuses on helping the children with their goal setting, especially short term so she can work with them to achieve them, she is also looking to start a homework group.

She is the only paid worker at the centre and is only part time but she does put in a lot of voluntary hours and receives help from other parents and elders who volunteer their time.

Currently, the centre needs some work, Ms Rigney said they are looking for any donations.

“We need things like board games, gardening tools, sports equipment, educational games, food donations, anything really.”

“We don’t get a lot of money and what we do mostly goes towards the rent.”

Ms Rigney said they have to look into a few tweaks around the place to make it more inviting and exciting.

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Panthers hope to consolidate position

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Bathurst Panthers can consolidate their top five position this weekend when they head to Cowra to take on the Magpies in a Group 10 premier league danger game.

The Magpies are not the side they were a couple of years ago when they hosted the grand final and their season so far in 2016 has been a reflection of that.

They have won only one of their five matches, and conceded more than 40 points in three of their four defeats.

Lithgow Workies, who at the moment are locked in a battle with Orange Hawks for the wooden spoon, have provided the Magpies’ only relief courtesy of a 28-6 win two rounds ago.

Their predicament has Panthers manager Danny Dwyer scratching his head.

“Before the season I thought their team on paper looked like a top-five side. The results certainly haven’t gone that way, though,” he said.

“Based on their signings and the trial match they won against us I assumed they would be in for a good season.”

After six rounds, the competition ladder is beginning to take some shape, though Orange CYMS’ match against Lithgow – which Workies forfeited – has not yet been added into calculations.

It looks, for now, as though six teams – Oberon, Blayney, St Pat’s, Panthers, CYMS and Mudgee are trying to squeeze into five spots.

Oberon already look all but safe having won six from six.

It puts pressure on an aspirant like Panthers to make sure they get maximum points from playing the lower teams like Hawks and Lithgow, and the fringe teams like Cowra and sixth-placed Mudgee.

They’ve already done it with Workies and Hawks, and in their next two games they get the chance with the Magpies and Dragons.

“You have to win all your home games against those sort of teams and certainly a high percentage of your away matches, too,” Dwyer said.

“Cowra are dangerous. They have some good players aside from just [Western Division representative] Warren Williams. Tim Bassman and Cameron Breust are both very good at creating opportunities.

“With Warren, you kind of know what he’s going to do a long time before he does it, but stopping it is another thing altogether. From 20 metres out from the try-line he’s nearly unstoppable.

“I’m sure there will be plenty of things we have to be conscious of in defence, not just Warren.”

Panthers did what they had to do in an easy dismantling of Workies last Sunday but were guilty of pushing passes too often and chancing their hand once they had the game under control.

“We made a lot of unforced errors which was disappointing, it isn’t something that had been a problem in the previous matches,” Dwyer said.

“The defensive side of things was very strong, though. We only missed 10 tackles all game. We created enough opportunities to put 60 points on the board, but we started trying to score every play.

“The guys didn’t underrate Lithgow at all, but as the game opened up and the opportunities started to come, they almost tried a bit too hard.”

Panthers will be boosted by the return of winger Mitch Davis who was a late withdrawal against Lithgow.

Tomorrow’s match starts at 2pm at Sid Kallas Oval.

BATHURST PANTHERS: 1 Jeremy Gordon, 2 Bradyn Cassidy, 3 Blake Lawson, 4 Jye Barrow, 5 Mitch Davis, 6 Trent Hotham, 7 Claude Gordon, 8 Brent Seager, 9 Nick Loader, 10 Jed Betts, 11 Leigh Monaghan, 12 Todd Barrow, 13 Jake Betts, 14 Ben Gunn, 15 Kyle Byrnes, 16 Jason Hewitt, 17 Jay McClintock

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