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Take your picture, mister

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Barry O’Brien.
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Celebrated Advertiser photographer and journalist Barry O’Brien will be the guest speaker at this week’s Gawler History Team meeting on September 4.

O’Brien, who has 46 years of experience and is a multi-award winner, covered many high profile cases for newspapers around Australia, including the Azaria Chamberlain inquest in Alice Springs and the trial of Lindy and Michael in Darwin.

He has written several sought-after books, is a freelance award-winning travel writer and travel photographer representing News Ltd, past chairman of the Trainers Association relating to horse training at Gawler Racecourse, and is a baseball life member.

O’Brien was 2012 Australian Society of Travel Writers Photographer of the Year and Travel writer of the year in 2007.

The public are asked to indicate their interest in attending at 7.15pm at Zion Lutheran Hall, rear of 22 Cowan Street, Gawler by emailing chairman Brian Thom on [email protected]南京夜网 or by ringing 0412 015 990.

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Hunter Medicare Local chief resigns

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THE chair of Hunter Medicare Local, Karen Howard, has resigned from the board of the embattled primary healthcare organisation.
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A statement issued on Tuesday said her decision was made “due to her need to focus on other commitments and imminent new directions”.

Her shock departure comes two months after the resignation of former CEO, Carol Bennett.

Ms Bennett was the third chief in less than 12 months.

It is a critical time for Hunter Medicare Local, which has no funding guaranteed past June 30 next year as they transition into ‘‘primary health networks’’.

“I am very honoured to have had this opportunity to serve the Hunter community as the HMLBoard Chair,” Ms Howard said.

“The past five years have been a challenging and dynamic time in primary health care and it has been my privilege to have played a part in Australia’s healthcare reforms.

“It is also pleasing to leave behind an organisation that has been found, by a recent review by the Department of Health, to have exemplary practices in the areas of finance and governance.

“I am particularly grateful for having had the opportunity to work with a very dedicated and committed staff, who have the best interest of the health of the Hunter at heart and who work tirelessly to make improvements to the way services are delivered.

“Further, I am confident that the strength of both the Board and the Executive team will ensure the great work will continue,”

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Tanunda Caravan Park sold

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Discovery Holiday Parks has purchased the Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park for $5.25 million.
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The seven plus hectare site is located on Barossa Valley Way, Tanunda and currently consists of 273 sites, made up of three luxury villas, 35 cabins and 218 caravan and camping sites, 121 of which are powered.

Tanunda’s only caravan park will be renamed Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley and Discovery Holiday Parks has plans to upgrade the facility through significant infrastructure investment.

Grant Wilckens, CEO of Adelaide-based Discovery Holiday Parks, said the Tanunda park meets all the criteria of the company’s growth strategy and is a significant addition to its portfolio that now stands at 33 parks – and more than 6,500 accommodation sites – located in some of the country’s most spectacular settings.

“As the country’s largest holiday park accommodation owner and operator, we’re committed to further growth and are always on the lookout for parks in key locations,” Mr Wilckens said.

“We wish to build on the current mix of park accommodation options available, enhance the tourism experience for our customers and grow tourist numbers.

“In Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley, we have a facility that ticks all the boxes.

“It lies in the heart of the country’s most famous and celebrated wine region and its mix of luxury and standard accommodation options, powered and unpowered sites, and recreational facilities have long appealed to our core target markets of families, touring couples and the so-called grey nomads.

“Our next step is to invest in the park through general facility improvements and develop more cabin accommodation to further capitalise on the area’s enormous tourism opportunities.”

The purchase of the Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park is in line with Discovery Holiday Parks strategy to have Australia’s most desirable caravan park locations that offer the best possible visitor experience for the caravanning, camping and holidaymaking communities in its portfolio.

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Our Lady of Mercy College marks 125 years

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Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta celebrated its 125-year anniversary last week with a civic event at town hall.
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OLMC Parramatta Principal Stephen Walsh said the reception was a highlight of this significant year for the college.

“I would like to thank all who supported the college by joining us for this very special occasion, a celebration of 125 years of Mercy education at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta,” Mr Walsh said.

“The college today is a vibrant and dynamic community meeting the contemporary learning needs of more than 850 girls. It continues to be inspired by the legacy of the Mercy Sisters and the values and vision of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.”

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid congratulated the Catholic girls’ school for its outstanding work in the education sector and in the community since 1889.

“Our Lady of Mercy College has long been an integral part of Parramatta and the civic event was a great opportunity to pay tribute to the school and all those who have been involved in its success including the Sisters of Mercy, principals, teachers and of course the students,” Cr Chedid said.

“Inspired by the vision of Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Sisters, the school has not just demonstrated a focus on high quality education, but also values of faith, compassion and leadership.”

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Smoke detector check over lunch in Dungog

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Dungog and District Neighbourcare volunteer Libby Alison with client Darryl Sullivan and NSW Fire and Rescue Dungog member Matt Thompson.Dungog Shire residents who own their own homes had extra visitors when they received their meals on wheels last Wednesday.
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NSW Fire and Rescue Dungog personnel Matt and Renee Thompson went along with the fire truck and checked all the smoke alarms in the homes.

In the other villages in the shire Rural Fire Service volunteers checked other homes to make sure they were all working correctly and installed new batteries.

Meals on Wheels coordinator Kim Windebank said there were a number of homes who needed to have new alarms installed, and in one case, there were none in the house at all.

Neighbourcare client Vida Mudford, volunteer Bev Irwin and firie Renee Thompson

Darryl Sullivan said he wasn’t as young as he used to be and wasn’t confident in getting up the ladder.

“The kids will get up and change the battery when they come home at Christmas, but this service is great,” he said.

“There are a lot of people around who don’t have family to help and it’s nice to know that Neighbourcare and the firies are able to do it for us.”

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Camden councillors back Currans Hill childcare centre

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CURRANS Hill is set to receive a new 64-place childcare centre, despite opposition from surrounding residents.
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Camden Council approved the scaled-back development at a council meeting earlier this month.

Several councillors congratulated the applicant, Bill Jelenkovic, for working with council officers to reduce the original two-storey development to a single storey.

However, residents in the surrounding homes said the development was out of place.

Carlene Summers told the councillors the development would choke the narrow roads with traffic and would lead to increased noise.

“I am opposed to a commercial development so deep down a residential area,” she said.

“Turner Road is narrow and at times congested with two lanes drawing into one.”

Ms Summers said the location would mean possibly 64 more cars using Turner Road in the morning and in the evening.

Councillor Peter Sidgreaves said the centre would not have too much of an impact on residents.

“Council officers believe this will be a low-impact development and that the road has sufficient capacity to handle this,” he said.

Cr Debby Dewbery said childcare centres would become more common as more new residents increased the need for childcare.

The spokesman for the applicant, Graham Pascoe, said Mr Jelenkovic believed the result was “a balanced planning outcome”.

“The proponent is of the view the development as approved by council on August 26 is capable of co-existing with the evolving residential neighbourhood,” he said.

“[The development] balances a whole series of issues and provides an acceptable planning outcome.”

Mr Pascoe said the applicant had reduced the size of the development “to achieve full compliance with council’s code requirements, apart from the accepted minor increase in operational hours, in a design configuration of enhanced operational and neighbourhood sensitivity”.

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Outback SA tops youth unemployment rate figures

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Youth unemployment (those aged 15-24) across the whole country is at crisis point. Alarming new figures reveal outback South Australia has topped the list for the highest rate of youth unemployment, coming in at first place across the nation.
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The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) released the data earlier this month, which revealed outback South Australia has a staggering youth unemployment rate of 29.8 per cent.

CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor said youth unemployment (15-24 year-olds) across the whole country was at a crisis point.

“The national youth unemployment rate is currently at its highest levels in 13 years, and in many regions the picture is even bleaker,” he said.

While labelling outback SA’s result “disappointing”, Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey defended the SA region, suggesting the figures could be attributed to the large percentage of unemployed youth based in remote Aboriginal communities.

“Providing jobs in remote communities where there is no natural economic base is a problem faced by many remote indigenous communities and requires different solutions to urban employment,” he said.

“That is a problem, but not necessarily the same problem.”

Echoing the recurring theme of the 2014 federal budget, Mr Ramsey suggested young people who are looking for work need to be a little more open-minded.

“What I would like to see is our workforce and our unemployed to be suitably skilled and willing to go to where the work is,” he said.

“If you’re able, young, not too many ties, you are able to go where the work is – and we will help you to do that.

“And if you’re not suitably trained, well you’ll be able to get a loan to help you get the training, so I think that’s what we’re trying to focus on – making sure we can marry up those people that don’t have jobs with the positions that are available.”

The CFMEU has since pointed the finger at federal policies which allow employers to access exploited overseas labour in favour of young jobseekers; ie ‘457’ Visas.

Mr O’Connor said the government’s plan to expand the 457 Visa program by watering down the requirement on employers to first seek locally qualified workers would have a direct impact on young people.

An analysis of six months of the 457 Visa program by the CFMEU found that 55 per cent of 457 Visa approvals were for employees aged 30 and under.

“..with youth unemployment at crisis point, it cannot possibly justify caving in to big business by expanding access to overseas labour at the expense of young local jobseekers,” Mr O’Connor said.

Currently the criteria for sourcing a worker under a 457 Visa requires the employer to prove they were unable to fill the position locally.

But the federal member believes the fact that employers are having to source these employees to keep their businesses alive is actually the symptom rather than the cause.

He said employers shouldn’t have to import workers under 457 Visas, but they are currently left with no choice.

“At the moment if a business cannot fill a position, they need to keep operating, that’s what we fall back on,” he said.

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Long time fan meets Crocodile Dundee

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Local Ros Trott had a brush with fame recently as she met Paul hogan at his performance in Port Pirie.A local woman was lucky enough to enjoy a beer, a chat and a brush with fame when Australian icon Paul Hogan visited the region recently.
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Ros Trott attended the Port Pirie show which was based on his life in general and how he got to where he is today with some comedy thrown in.

A long-time fan of Paul Hogan, Ms Trott said the show was really funny and the opportunity to meet Paul Hogan was fantastic.

“I was totally stunned to have a beer with a movie star, he is a fantastic bloke,” she said.

“I have been a fan of his all my life, I love his crocodile movies.”

Ms Trott asked Paul Hogan why he did not perform in Port Augusta and he said he would have loved to come here but there was no suitable or available venue.

A Port Augusta City Council representative said the management groups for Paul Hogan’s performance did not contact council to ask about venues as can happen with events that tour the region.

“We offer a venue at a fee for hire and then the group makes its money from ticket sales,” the representative said.

“Often because they are performing in Whyalla and Port Pirie, Port Augusta is seen by the booking group to be too close to both venues to host a third performance in the region.”

Port Augusta has multiple venues for hosting events and performances, including the 420 seat Lea Memorial Theatre, the Barracks which can hold 500 people and the institute theatre which has the capacity to seat 122 people.

Previously, Port Augusta has hosted well-known acts such as Kitty Flannagan, Jimoen, Rhythms of Ireland and Diesel.

The new Port Augusta Community and Sporting Hub will offer another alternative venue for indoor and outdoor events.

“We’ve also had some fantastic performers that visit Port Augusta, and some of the shows have not been strongly supported,” the council representative said.

“These groups need people to pre-purchase tickets and if we can get strong attendance at shows, Port Augusta will gain a reputation for being able to draw an audience and this in turn will attract more acts to the city.”

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Free family law information session to be held in Port Augusta

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LEGAL ADVICE: Legal Services Commission family law specialist Christine McCappin and legal adviser/ community education officer Tahlia Wanganeen will be happy to answer any questions at a free Australian Family Law session this Thursday.The Legal Services Commission of South Australia is holding a free public information session focussing on aspects of Australian Family Law this Thursday, September 4.
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The information session will tackle a variety of topics including divorce, relationships, children, property settlement, family dispute resolution, recovery Orders, Commonwealth Location Orders and Hague Convention Orders.

Legal Services Commission family law specialist Christine McCappin and legal adviser/ community education officer Tahlia Wanganeen will head the session, providing ample information about this complicated area of law.

The experts will also be happy to answer any further questions participants may have in relation to any other areas of law.

Ms Wanganeen said many people may not be aware of the formal processes within Australian Family Law, and this session will be a great opportunity for the community to seek help.

“The more we inform people about those kinds of [legal] requirements, I think it will help them with their legal issue, if and when that arises,” she said.

“It’s a bit preemptive, but if they have the information before the event arises, then they can actually deal better with the situation they’re in.”

Ms McCappin said the educational program is designed to help people who might have some misconceptions about what to expect with regard to family law matters.

She said the free session will also provide information about how to access legal advice or legal aid through the Legal Services Commission.

“There may be some questions about legal aid and what we are able to provide,” Ms McCappin said.

“It’s to let people know we have experienced lawyers here, so we can act for people, we don’t just give general advice – we can go in to bat for people if required.”

The Legal Services Commission is encouraging anyone to come along to the session, which is being held this Thursday from 2-3pm at the Cooinda conference room, Flinders Terrace.

Previous sessions of a similar nature have been very popular and well-received by participants.

For further information, feel free to contact Tahlia Wanganeen on 8686 2200.

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Aussie thriller an arresting tale

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Joel Edgerton wrote and stars in the police drama Felony, directed by Matthew Saville. Ethan Hawke in the film Predestination.
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Felony

FELONY will likely become the best Australian film of 2014.

Joel Edgerton (pictured) is still strangely relatively unknown to many Australian audiences, but he has starred in great films such as Animal Kingdom, The Square, The Great Gatsby and more.

Edgerton also wrote Felony, which is a tense morality tale about three Sydney policemen battling to protect themselves, their careers and their families.

When Edgerton’s Malcolm Toohey drives home after celebrating a victorious case development, a tragic accident ends up leaving a young boy in a coma.

From here, a series of small lies leads to quite an extensive cover-up, but karma is not far behind.

The other lead characters are Britain’s Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jai Courtney (Die Hard 5 and the upcoming Terminator film).

Melissa George also returns to Australia for this film as the strong wife entangled in the middle of the situation.

This is a serious drama centred on an intriguing moral dilemma, with regular injections of the stark Aussie sense of humour. Wilkinson is outstanding in his role as the hard-nosed senior cop with a heavy larrikin streak; he gets all the best lines and steals every scene.

This film is only currently screening in some Sydney CBD cinemas, but it is truly a must-see. The narrative is innovative, the acting is first class, and it is a brilliant example of Australian film industry talent.

■ Rating: 4.5/5

Predestination

TEMPORAL Agent (Ethan Hawke — pictured) is on his final time-travelling mission to stop a terrorist dubbed the “Fizzle Bomber” from blowing up New York City.

Along the way he befriends a man in a bar who tells him that his life story is the most incredible he’ll ever hear.

Hawke’s character becomes increasingly intrigued — but who is this man and could he be the Fizzle Bomber?

The movie is in the rarest film genre: an Australian science-fiction thriller. Shot in Melbourne, the film stars the impressive and impossibly versatile Sarah Snook.

It was written, directed and composed by twin brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, best known for their 2009 cult hit Daybreakers.

Original, complex and thought-provoking this flick mostly accomplishes what it sets out to achieve albeit a little slowly at times.

■ Rating: 3/5

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