Huntly makes the grade

Three years ago Brett Fitzpatrick dragged a 16-year-old Kalan Huntly from obscurity to hand him his first senior game with Castlemaine.
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On Saturday, Fitzpatrick will hand Huntly his first BFNL senior inter-league jumper.

BFNL ROOKIE: Castlemaine’s Kalan Huntly is one of the young guns in the inter-league squad.

“He was quite young at the time he played for Castlemaine, but he showed us plenty of ability,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“He’s gone on to become a very good player.”

Huntly has been one of Castlemaine’s most consistent players in the past 18 months.

“It’s a privilege to be picked to play inter-league footy,’’ Huntly said.

“I can’t wait to play with some of the best players in the league.”

For Castlemaine fans, and those who follow the BFNL closely, it’s no surprise to see Huntly make the inter-league grade.

The 19-year-old has good balance, is a good size,a beautiful kick and can play multiple positions –with the Magpies he’s played pretty much everywhere except the ruck.

“In a perfect world I’d love to play in the midfield,’’ Huntly said.

“I don’t mind playing across half-back… but in the midfield iswhere I play my best footy.”

Huntly is likely to spend plenty of time on the wing against Gippsland.

He’d love nothing more than to cap his first inter-league game with a victory.

“Everyone is up and about and ready to go,’’ Huntly said.

“The mood is good and everyone is positive. We’re ready to play a big game.”

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Macquarie looking to keep the momentum going

Chris Daley returns this week from injury for Macquarie. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVANTHERE is a positive feeling around the Dubbo Macquarie camp at the moment and coach Steve McLellan wants to keep that going on Saturday when his side hosts the Nyngan Tigers.
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The Raiders currently sit second on the Group 11 ladder, having won two of three matches so far this season.

This weekend they welcome the Nyngan Tigers to Caltex Park and McLellan is hopeful to see more of the same from his confident squad.

“Attitude is the thing I look for and there’s a really good buzz around at the moment,” he said.

“Everyone is happy, winning helps that, but in first and reserve grade they play for each other and there’s good camaraderie.”

Following a number of big off-season recruits there was plenty of hype around the Nyngan Tigers but they were yet to see the world alight in 2016.

Losses to Narromine and Parkes were followed by a win over Westside last time out but McLellan knows better than to underestimate a side which the Raiders have struggled against in the past.

“I thought they would get over Narromine, but credit to Narromine for that, but when we played Nyngan in the trial they impressed me,” he said.

“They had all the key spots covered well, their full-back, five-eighth and hooker all went on to play Group and that’s the spine.

“I’m not sure why but they’ve been a bit of a bogey side for us and we’ve got to be at our best to beat them.”

After such a poor run with injuries early in the season the Raiders receive a boost this weekend with Chris Daley returning from a broken hand.

He will replace Kiyan Shaw, who looks set to miss the match due to an ankle injury.

While Daley started the season in the halves, his replacement during the last two weeks, Damien Wells, has been in scintillating form.

McLellan admitted Daley approached him and offered to start off the bench so there is no interruption to the combination between Wells and Josh Merritt.

While the dangerous trio all have the capabilities of piling on the points, McLellan wants his team to continue focusing on defence.

“For two weeks in a row to keep teams to 16 points is pleasing,” he said of the recent wins over Westside and Parkes.

“Our defence is key again, Macquarie teams have always been able to put on points so it’s just about denying the opposition opportunities.”

The action at Caltex Park on Saturday begins with the League Tag at 11am while the main game is expected to kick off at roughly 3pm.

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White Island volcano tour New Zealand

White Island: Take a walk on one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes. Photo: Antonio Aguera Flying over White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland
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Landing in the crater on White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland

Mud pools on White Island. Photo: Rob McFarland

“See that hole,” says Ross, pointing at a steaming chasm in the rock face a few metres away. “That wasn’t there yesterday. Which is why we don’t walk that way.”

“That way” is a bubbling maze of mud pools and steam vents – an alien, sherbet yellow landscape that’s gurgling and fidgeting like it’s alive. Which, in a way, it is. We’re standing in the crater of White Island, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes, and, frankly, I’m astonished we’re allowed to be here at all.

Ross, our pilot and guide from Frontier Helicopters, assures us he checked the volcanic activity on the island’s seismic sensors before we left. On a scale of one to five, it’s currently at one, indicating a low level of background activity. Once it gets to three, they’re no longer allowed to visit.

It takes us precisely 11 minutes to cover the 48 kilometres from Frontier’s base in Whakatane on the east coast of the North Island to White Island. At first all we can see is a towering plume of steam on the horizon. It’s a similar view to the one Captain Cook would have had in 1769, except he mistook the steam for smoke from Maori fires. Not wishing to get into an altercation, he gave it a wide birth but named it White Island.

Today, the island is privately owned by the Buttle family after a canny ancestor allegedly purchased it from the local Maori for two barrels of rum.

From a distance the island looks like a solid dome of rock but as we draw closer it’s revealed to be a dramatic crater roughly two kilometres in diameter. The steep-sided rim rises 321 metres above sea level, but that’s only the top 12 per cent. There’s another 1280 metres beneath the surface, a vast cone that measures 16 kilometres by 18 kilometres at the sea floor.

After a scenic fly-by we land on the crater floor and tentatively get out to explore. Equipped with hard hats and gas marks (“for insurance purposes only,” says Ross), we follow him as he carefully picks his way across the belching terrain.

The surface is littered with scoria, a light, honeycombed volcanic rock in a kaleidoscope of colours – from rust red to lemon yellow to bottle green. Many areas are covered in a thin white crust of calcium sulphate indicating there’s scalding gas trapped beneath the surface.

We cross a small stream and Ross encourages us to try the water. It tastes disturbingly like blood – warm, salty and metallic thanks to the high iron content.

Continuing towards the source of the billowing steam, we find ourselves on the edge of a large crater filled with water. Occasionally the steam clears and we catch a glimpse of its murky green surface. The water has a pH of around 0.3, making it more corrosive than battery acid. Ross says it’s one of the most acidic crater lakes in the world.

We pause for a minute, the pungent, acid-infused steam catching the back of our throats, and listen to the steady roar coming from the other side of the lake. It sounds uncannily like a plane, but is actually the ominous grumbling of the volcano beneath us.

Unsurprisingly, wildlife is sparse. There’s a colony of Australasian gannets on the southern edge of the island but other than that it’s just flies, flax and a few hardy ice plants.

We walk towards the shore and explore the corroded remains of a sulphur mining factory that operated in the early 1900s. The sulphur was extracted from rocks and sent back to the mainland to be used in fertiliser, explosives and medicine. Before the days of antibiotics, it was used as an antibacterial agent and Ross has had guests who can remember buying bags of it from the pharmacy.

Mining eventually ceased after part of the western rim collapsed in September 1914. The resulting landslide killed 10 miners; only the camp cat survived.

Despite visiting more than 700 times, Ross says every trip is different. He recalls bringing a fellow pilot back after eight years who said that the yellow vents we examined earlier used to be hundreds of metres away on the other side of the crater.

It’s difficult to imagine such dramatic transformations in such a short time span. But then I watch a YouTube video of the island’s most recent eruption in 2013. Thankfully no one was there but it’s powerful proof of why Maori call this place “Te Puia o Whakaari” – the dramatic volcano. TRIP NOTESMORE INFORMATION

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Rob McFarland was a guest of Frontier Helicopters.

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Rabbitohs hoping to dig up win

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TWO teams looking for that winning feeling will meet on Sunday when the Parkes Spacemen play host to Dubbo Westside.

After three rounds of the competition, and following last weekend’s general bye, Westside find themselves at the bottom of the ladder without a win to their name.

The Spacemen, runners-up in both of the past two seasons, are fourth on the ladder but are coming off a disappointing loss to Macquarie last time out.

The Rabbitohs went down to Nyngan by 26 points last round and there was no doubt coach Robbie Dunn had been hard at work on the training paddock as his side sought a breakthrough win.

The men in red and green have a number of new faces in their side and Dunn has said repeatedly in 2016 it will take time before the best of Westside is on show.

Parkes captain-coach Dennis Moran, still out due to his ongoing recovery from an Achilles injury, is aware the Rabbitohs have a new look in 2016 but isn’t looking too closely at them.

“Westside are a bit of an unknown quantity, but we really are not thinking about them, we are more concerned about us being competitive,” he said.

“If we are competitive for the entire game, the win will come.”

Moran is yet to play so far in 2016 due to the injury he suffered in last year’s Koori Knockout at Dubbo but is hopeful of returning in roughly a month’s time. Parkes will also be without half-back Alex Prout on Sunday, who is recovering from a rib cartilage injury. In a boost for Westside, two Parkes players may be battling fatigue due to Western Rams commitment on Saturday.

Full-back Sam Dwyer and barnstorming forward Brendan Tago will both be in Camden on Saturday but are expected to line up again on Sunday.

Westside will no doubt be looking to get the ball in the hands of CJ Ralph, who has crossed the tryline in two of the three matches this season. He, and the likes of EJ Fernando and Kurt Fuller will be key to the Rabbitohs chances of returning home from Northparkes Oval with the points.

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Fundraising, food and fun at Biggest Morning Tea

FUNDRAISER: Raelene Clifford, Maria Day, Mayette Briggs, Shirley Waters, Sandra Tierney and Helen Turner are looking forward to hosting a Biggest Morning Tea in Naracoorte on Thursday to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Delicious cakes, biscuits, coffee and tea will be on offer next Thursday morning at the Naracoorte Bowling Club as part of a Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
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Cancer Council SA Naracoorte branch president Chris Gale said the event is one of the group’s major fundraisers for the year.

“It is a greatmorning to get a group of friends together and enjoy a cuppa and a chat,” she said.

“People will be treated to tea or coffee and a selection of delicious homemade goodies for morning tea.

“This year we have been very lucky to have George the Farmer creatorBen Hoodas our guest speaker, who is very entertaining.”

Mrs Gale said parents with young children are more than welcome to attend the Biggest Morning Tea as well.

“We will have an activity area for small children, so young parents can come along and enjoy the morning,” she said.

“We are very fortunate to be able to hold the event at the Naracoorte Bowling Club on Smith St.It’s a wonderful venue with plenty of room and perfect for our fundraiser.”

The fundraiser kicks off at 10am with $10 entry per person, which includes morning tea and a chance to win the lucky door prize.

Mrs Gale said other fundraisers on the day will include a raffle and a trading table.

“Funds raised go towards much needed research, development, education, prevention and support services for families going through cancer,” she explained

“All of this good work is only made possible through money raised by days like the Biggest Morning Tea.”

The Cancer Council SA Naracoorte branch meet on the second Monday of each month and invite anyone interested to attend.

To find out more information about theCancer Council SA Naracoorte branch or the Biggest Morning Tea, contact presidentChris Gale on 0438 654 200 or secretary Judy Johnson on 0429 876 364.

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Exhibits weave as one

FASHIONS ALIGN: Penny Vine with a traditional kente cloth ceremonial dress, part of a Border exhibition that combines Australian and African garments. Picture: MARK JESSER
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A WORLD of colour that embracestwo continents can be seen, for a few weeks, in a Border display.

Colour Me Beautifulaims to compare and contrast Australian fashions from the past century with the materials and design ofclothes from central Africa.

The latter is a region close to the hearts of Albury-Wodonga members of Organisation for the Development of the Socially Vulnerable, or ODASOV in its French origins.

Money raised through the entry fee will support an education project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Border group’s secretary Penny Vine said the organisation’s work in the war-ravaged countryincluded teaching children and offeringtraining or interest-free loans towomen looking to start businesses.

“They are interested in re-establishing and maintaining the social fabric of the community,” she said.

The exhibition now open at Creators Artspace includes items supplied from 150 Border and North East residents who came from central Africa as well as the Australian fashion collection of curator Rhonda Diffey, who is based in Wangaratta.

Dr Vine said the two strands of fashion wove together well.

“The love of colour is universal and the enjoyment of fashion and beauty is also universal,” she said.

“The interest in patterns is very much there.”

Exhibition items are grouped according to huerather than culture or era, with earthy tones, oranges, reds, greens, browns, blacks andbeige all mingled together.

“When you come into the room the colour is what strikes you,” Dr Vine said.

Among the Australian exhibits are dresses from the 1890s, riding habits from the Edwardian era and intricate 1920s garments sewn by hand.

“Even now, looking at the African gear you find that same attention to detail, done by people not by machines,” she said.

“One dress has got smocking on it, which would have come from the influence of the European women wearing their clothes a hundred years ago.

“We’ve got some amazing Nigerian shoes that are works of art in themselves, a combination of western high heels and Nigerian bling, just amazing to look at,” she said.

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Leeton girl’s voice shines over the rest

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: Leeton’s 16-year-old Elli Gill took out the first ever Coro Idol recently. Picture: Supplied.
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Griffith’s first ever Coro Idol couldn’t keep the prize in town, as Leeton’sElli Gill stole the show to claim the title.

She had to beat out dozens of competitors through her three rounds and when it came time for the grand final, she knew it would be a tight finish.

“Your competition was really really high,” Elli said.

“Everyone was up there and it was close competition the whole way through.

“I knew one of the ladies in the final as well and I was like ‘oh god’.”

Her song choices wowed both judges and audience alike.

“My first song was ‘Sugar pie honey bunch’ from The Sapphires and the second one was ‘Young and beautiful’ by Lana Del Rae.

“The first one was fun and they were both me in a way, they suited my tone and all that.

“The crowd was really good, a bit distracting but good.”

“Considering it was at a pub and there were pool tables all over the room.”

Event organiser Tracey Howard said the event was undoubtedly a success.

“The night was packed and they were treated to some great music,” she said.

“It was a very close contest which is a credit to all the talent we have in our region.”

She said it was likely the event would be up and running again in years to come a way to help musicians show off their talent.

Elli said she’d probably put her hand up to defend her crown.

“I’d like to say that I could (defend my crown),” she said.

“I’d still go in it and see how I go because there’ll be new competition as well.”

It wasn’t just the bragging rights that Elli got to take home.

For the win, she took home $1000.

She said the options were still open as to what she was going to spend the money on.

“It’s in the bank at the moment because I’m not too sure what I want to do with it,” she said.

“But I do want to use it towards singing stuff, just when and what still have to be figured out.”

Teresa Nardi and John Lolohea were the other two finalists.

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Multiculturalism at risk under Labor: PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has supported Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Australia’s success as a high-migration, multicultural success story was based on strong border protection policies that would be at risk if Labor won the July 2 election, Malcolm Turnbull has warned.

The Prime Minister accused Labor leader Bill Shorten of not being committed to “strong borders” and warned that Labor and the Greens had to “face the natural consequences of the soft border policies they propose”.

These included the prospect of families drowning at sea, asylum seekers being placed in detention and an erosion of support for high levels of immigration and multiculturalism.

“Barely a day goes past when I don’t celebrate that we are the most successful and harmonious multicultural nation in the world. But we cannot be under any illusions about what our multicultural success is built upon,” Mr Turnbull has written in an opinion piece exclusively for Fairfax Media.

“Strong borders are the foundation of our high-immigration multicultural success. This is not a hypothetical proposition.

“We’ve seen elsewhere what happens when nations lose control of their borders and fail to invest in the integration of migrants who arrive.”

Mr Turnbull said this also happened in Australia under the previous Labor government “when a collapse of border security emboldened 50,000 individuals to entrust their lives to people smugglers”.

Mr Turnbull also defended Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who stood by his claim that refugees accepted under separate Labor and Greens commitments to a higher intake would be “taking Australian jobs” and “languish in unemployment queues”.

“I very strongly believe that the threat coming across our borders, when you look at what’s happened in Brussels and Paris, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, this is a bigger issue at this election than it has ever been,” Mr Dutton said on commercial radio.

Labor and the Greens have accused the Coalition of ramping up debate on border protection to win votes, with Mr Shorten claiming Mr Turnbull is running a scare campaign based on “pathetic lies”.

Labor has also dismissed Mr Dutton’s claims that Labor planned to double the intake immediately, at a cost of $2.5 billion. It maintains its proposal would not ramp up refugee resettlement beyond the government’s own proposed intake until 2019-20, at an additional cost over the forward estimates of just $17.2 million.

Under Labor’s policy, it final target of 27,000 a year would not be reached for a decade, costing $1.87 billion over seven years, according to the figures.

The Greens propose increasing the intake to 50,000 next financial year but say their border protection policies would save $160 million over the next four years because billions of dollars would be saved by closing the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres and limiting onshore detention to 30 days.

Mr Turnbull claims divisions within Labor over the party’s support for turn-backs and offshore processing are driving the party towards a partnership with the Greens.

“But those who trade in gesture politics, who claim a monopoly on empathy, have to face the natural consequences of the soft border policies they propose,” he writes.

“There is nothing generous about policies that lead families to drown at sea. There is nothing humane about gestures that lead to young women, men and their children in detention.”

Labor has ruled out an alliance in government with the Greens and has vowed to move quickly to find third countries to resettle those who have been found to be refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

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Michael Atkins forced to testify in inquest over Matthew Leveson’s death

Michael Atkins and Matthew Leveson at the ARQ nightclub in the hours before Mr Leveson went missing in September 2007.LevesonAtkins.jpg Photo: Supplied Matthew Leveson’s parents, Faye and Mark Leveson, leave the NSW Coroner’s Court in Glebe on Friday. Photo: Janie Barrett
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Almost seven years after Michael Atkins was acquitted of murdering his 20-year-old boyfriend, he will be compelled to give evidence for the first time, following a groundbreaking development in the NSW Coroner’s Court.

Confronted with circumstances she described as “exceptional and compelling”, Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott ruled on Friday she was “satisfied it is in the interest of justice” that Mr Atkins be compelled to take the stand at the inquest into Matthew Leveson’s death.

In a detailed and complex legal decision, Ms Truscott said her statutory duty to record findings as to Mr Leveson’s death would be frustrated if Mr Atkins did not give evidence.

She concluded he had “not given a full account of what he knows about what happened to Matthew” and was “likely to be able to give important evidence about the manner and cause of Matthew’s death”.

The decision means Mr Atkins, who was the last known person to see Mr Leveson alive, will endure five days of questioning under oath over his knowledge of Mr Leveson’s death when he takes the stand on October 31.

Mr Leveson, 20, was last seen leaving Sydney’s ARQ nightclub with Mr Atkins, then 44, about 2.11am on September 23, 2007.

Mr Atkins was charged with murder over Mr Leveson’s death in 2008, but exercised his right to silence during his 2009 Supreme Court trial.

He was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.

Though the coroner’s decision effectively brings to an end Mr Atkins’ resolute silence, his evidence will be under the protection of immunity, meaning it cannot be used against him in any future criminal proceeding, in accordance with s61 of the Coroner’s Act.

For the Leveson family, Friday’s decision was a hollow victory in their nine-year search for answers as to what happened to their son and where his body is located.

“This is what the system has forced us to do. We had to decide whether we wanted to bring Matt home or get a murder conviction,” Matthew’s father Mark Leveson said outside the courtroom.

“We’ve always said from the start we want to bring Matt home.”

In her published findings, Ms Truscott detailed the evidence connecting Mr Atkins to Mr Leveson’s death, including the fact that he was captured on CCTV footage purchasing a garden mattock and gaffer tape at a Bunnings Store about midday on September 23, about 10 hours after the couple left the nightclub.

When interviewed by police, he denied having gone to Bunnings.

Two days after he was reported missing, Mr Leveson’s car was found parked at Waratah Oval in Sutherland. Inside the car, police found a Bunnings Warehouse receipt, containing Mr Atkins’ fingerprint, for a mattock and gaffer tape, the inquest heard. A large speaker system had been removed from Mr Leveson’s car and was found in the couple’s garage by police.

Ms Truscott said there was “no alternative person of interest” but the prospect of Mr Atkins being tried again for murder was “extremely remote” as there had been no fresh and compelling evidence since his acquittal and the police investigation had been exhausted.

Among the challenges weighed by Ms Truscott was the possible damage to confidence in the justice system by shielding a witness from prosecution for murder, which was argued by Mr Atkins’ lawyer Claire Wasley.

Ms Wasley also submitted that any cross-examination of Mr Atkins which suggested he was responsible for Mr Leveson’s death would undermine the jury’s 2009 verdict of not guilty.

However, Ms Truscott ruled the inquest was not bound by the adversarial rules of a criminal trial and was “not concerned with whether Mr Atkins has committed a criminal offence”.

“It is finding of truth, in this inquest about the manner and cause of Matthew’s death and not the determination of the criminal guilt which is the task at hand,” she wrote in her decision.

Ms Truscott also dismissed the defence’s submission that Mr Atkins’ evidence would be unreliable because he had lied to police during the criminal investigation and had given his friends differing versions as to when he had last seen Mr Leveson leave their apartment in Cronulla.

She ruled the testimony would be given in vastly different circumstance this time, during which he would be under “oath or affirmation before a judicial officer in a courtroom” and with the protection of immunity.

The Leveson family are preparing to fight to ensure Mr Atkins makes it to the stand in October after Ms Wasley told the court her client would appeal against the decision to the NSW Supreme Court.

“Although they are macabre questions, we want to know why was Matt killed, where was he killed, how was he killed, where are his remains now,” Mark Leveson said.

“But the main objective is to bring Matt home, to say our goodbyes and to lay him to rest,” Faye Leveson added.

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WorkSafe issues notices for 112 Horsham infringements

Picture: FILE IMAGEWORKSAFE has issued more than 100 improvement notices toHorsham businesses after a series of inspections this month.
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Authority inspectors visited more than 200 businesses in the city from May 9 to 13.

The group released the findings from its inspections on Thursday.

WorkSafe regional operations managerTrevor Butler said the authority issued 112 improvement notices for workplaces found to have risks or hazards that needed to be addressed.

“Additionally, there were 36 instances where an employer resolved the situation at the time of our visit,” he said.

“Our inspections revealed that slips, trips and falls remain an issue for some employers due to poor housekeeping, damaged or inappropriate ladders and a lack of safety railing on mezzanine levels.

“Our inspectors also saw machinery that was inadequately guarded or damaged and workplaces that had no register for chemicals.”

Mr Butler said complying with occupational health and safety laws must be an ongoing commitment for employers.

“The safest workplaces are those where employers and workers exchange information and ideas about risks to health and safety, and together come up with measures that can eliminate or reduce those risks,” he said.

WorkSafestatistics released in MarchshowHorsham had the most workplace injury claimsof any Wimmera municipalitylast year, with 81.

The inspections in May came after WorkSafe ran an information briefing for employers in the city in mid-April.

Both the session and the inspections were part of theSafeTowns program, which aims to improve health and safety in Victorian workplaces.

The briefing included information aboutsafety issuesand obligations, employees returning to work after injuries, workplace bullying, and dangerous goods handling.

Mr Butler said he was pleased about 50 employers took part.

“We had inspectors there to provide information and guidance on a number of practical topics such as identifying hazards in the workplace, the types of controls employers could implement to minimise risks to employees, and their return to work obligations,” he said.

“Our inspectors were also able to provide advice on issues such as poor manual handling, which is still the cause of almost 40 per cent of all workplace injuries.

“The session provided a really good opportunity for employers to speak one-on-one with our inspectors about health and safety in their workplaces.”

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