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    Men arrested at Wolli Creek face drug supply charges

    2019 - 09.16

    Two men will face Sutherland Local Court today after they were arrested at Wolli Creek following a police investigation into a drug supply syndicate.

    Just after noon on Tuesday, police went to a Wolli Creek park and found two men involved in the supply of cocaine.

    The men attempted to flee in a car but were stopped and arrested after they crashed into a police vehicle.

    Police seized 112 grams of cocaine and cash during the arrests.

    One of the men, an 18-year-old from Canterbury, was taken to St George Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained during the crash.

    He was then taken to St George police station and charged with nine drug supply offences.

    The other man, a 23-year-old from Canterbury, was taken to St George police station and charged with 10 drug supply offences.

    The men were refused bail to appear in court today.

    Investigators searched two properties at Canterbury.

    Officers seized property suspected to have been stolen including a boat, jet-ski and appliances.

    At one of the properties in Cooks Avenue, police arrested a 43-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant for traffic and drug possession offences.

    He was taken to Campsie police station, charged and refused bail to appear in Burwood Local Court today.

    Surry Hills Region Enforcement Squad officers formed Strike Force Schuter last year to investigate a syndicate involved in cocaine supply in Sydney’s south.

    Investigation are continuing.

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    Moruya oncology ward target draws closer

    2019 - 09.16

    Moruya oncology ward target draws closer MARKET RAFFLE: State treasurer Andrew Constance, Kay Crisp, Moruya Market president Harold Nash, Max Crisp and deputy mayor Rob Pollock at the raffle draw at the Moruya Markets.

    MARKET RAFFLE: State treasurer Andrew Constance, Kay Crisp, Max Crisp and deputy mayor Rob Pollock getting ready to draw the raffle at the Moruya Markets.

    BEHIND YOUR BACK: Rob Pollock draws the raffle ‘behind his back’ helped by Max Crisp his wife Kay and state treasurer Andrew Constance.

    BEHIND YOUR BACK: Rob Pollock draws the raffle ‘behind his back’ helped by Max Crisp his wife Kay and state treasurer Andrew Constance.

    BEHIND YOUR BACK: Rob Pollock draws the raffle ‘behind his back’ helped by Max Crisp.

    And the winner was Maggie Brennon of Malua Bay…

    State Treasurer Andrew Constance draws the second prize… a $50 dollars cheese voucher from South Coast Cheese….

    MARKET RAFFLE: State treasurer Andrew Constance, Kay Crisp, Max Crisp and deputy mayor Rob Pollock with the winning tickets at Moruya Markets.

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    Pool re-opening makes splash for Quorn swimmers

    2019 - 09.16

    DIVING IN…At the Quorn Pool’s official reopening were Deputy Mayor Ken Anderson, Chair RDA Far North Dr Jen Cleary and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.Quorn residents are excited about their newly refurbished pool and were out in force on Australia Day to join in the opening.

    Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey opened the pool and surrounds and said, “ The pool presents a lovely entrance to the town from Port Augusta and many young families told me how much they have been using it already.”

    The refurbishment was jointly funded by Federal, State and Local Governments.

    Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said works included major pool renovations including installing new tiles, a one-metre diving springboard and starting blocks.

    “Renewing and building infrastructure in country towns like Quorn is vital to our economic health,” he said.

    “The regional areas provide the best opportunities for the State to re-energise itself economically, it is important we build the best possible services to attract people to live in our towns.

    “Quorn’s pool redevelopment including filters, plant, fencing, sheds, toddler’s pool, disabled access and signage all add to the amenity of the town.”

    Flinders Ranges Council Deputy Mayor Peter Slattery, who could not be present on the day said “The pool is well used by the community, not only for social and recreational swimming but for water aerobics and fitness activities, VacSwim lessons, Quorn Area School swimming programs and is home to the Quorn Amateur Swimming Club”.

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    Geoff Handbury donates $150,000 to the Nationals in 2013-14

    2019 - 09.16

    FILE PICTHE owner of ACE Radio and the Weekly Advertiser donated $150,000 to the Nationals in the 2013-2014 financial year.

    Former Balmoral farmer and philanthropist Geoff Handbury made two donations to the Victorian branch of the party – one of $100,000 and one of $50,000.

    Mr Handbury said he decided to back the Nationals because of the performance of Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and former Nationals leader Peter Ryan.

    ‘‘I found them very open about their beliefs and their beliefs for the future of Victoria,’’ he said.

    ‘‘I was a great admirer of Hugh Delahunty and Peter Ryan and that opinion made me keen on supporting their party.

    ‘‘They gave me the impression that the National Party was the party to back.’’

    The Australian Electoral Commission published donation disclosure forms for the last financial year on Monday.

    Mr Handbury said he did not have a problem with media proprietors donating to political parties.

    ‘‘If they own the newspaper and they’ve got a certain belief, they should get behind it and let the public know,’’ he said.

    ‘‘My father-in-law was Sir Keith Murdoch. He was one of the greatest journalists and media proprietors of the time.

    ‘‘I remember when I first met him and got to know him, he would always say ‘why does that paper sit on the fence, why don’t they get up and say what they believe in?’ That really stayed with me.’’

    Mr Handbury’s late wife Helen was media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s sister.

    Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said she did not receive any favourable treatment from Mr Handbury’s media outlets during the election campaign.

    ‘‘We paid for all of our political advertisements and they were all at normal rates,’’ she said.

    ‘‘There wasn’t any favouritism in terms of any media that I received during the campaign.’’

    She said she did not believe Mr Handbury influenced editorial decisions during the campaign.

    Mr Handbury also donated $20,000 to the Liberal Party in 2013-2014.

    In 2010-2011, Mr Handbury donated $30,000 to the Liberal Party and $20,000 to the Nationals.

    In 2009-2010 he donated $70,000 to the Liberal Party.

    ACE Radio broadcasts in the Wimmera through Mixx FM and 3WM.

    Mr Handbury said he did not have a rigid party bias, and while he was not a Labor supporter he was impressed by the new government’s commitment to the National Centre for Farmer Health, which he helped establish through donations.

    He said he loved giving his money away.

    ‘‘I’m in a position to give money away and I enjoy looking for the causes I want to back – it gives me great pleasure,’’ he said.

    ‘‘Most of the things I’ve backed – health, education and sport – where I’ve backed them I’ve had a personal reward for what I’ve done and just a lovely feeling of satisfaction.’’

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    Rain brings hope to North

    2019 - 09.16

    Fresh river water mixes with the muddy banks of the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline.THE Gulf is still waiting for its Big Wet but already talk is that the people who live there have started off 2015 in a better frame of mind than the previous two seasons, thanks to the surge in cattle prices.

    The economy of scale offered by the big country up north means that many of the calf factories are still stocked up and looking to both restocker interest further south and overseas live export markets to come shopping.

    The Gulf rivers in full flow over Normanton

    Queensland Country Life paid a quick visit to the region last week to talk to mayors and cattle producers at Camooweal, Burketown, Normanton and Georgetown.

    The scene at the million-acre Thorntonia station, 100km north east of Camooweal, is one being repeated all across the Gulf – green pick in some paddocks, waiting for February and the hope of general rain, and good numbers of young cattle putting on weight.

    An aerial view of the rivers around Burketown.

    Lloyd and Wendy Hick own the property on the Queensland-Northern Territory border and say 30mm received a couple of weeks ago had been their biggest fall.

    “It’s a good start if we get rain in February,” Lloyd said.

    “We’ve had three ordinary seasons in a row and the country needs a good soak. We were in a similar situation last year and it didn’t turn up.”

    Lloyd says he hears a similar story to the north in Burketown – all have had some rain but are still experiencing a light January.

    The Albert River in flow

    On the eastern side of the Gulf, Barry Hughes tells a story of patchy rain around Georgetown and erosion and seed bank losses in places where big falls were recorded at the start of the year.

    “In places like Forsyth, Einasleigh, Kidston, where they had 70, 80, 90mm – you welcome the moisture but it can add to your woes.

    “With the variable soil types in our part of the world, the hard clays don’t handle that sort of rain and had little grass cover to hold anything up.

    “In a lot of cases the ground is baked and, when water hits, it runs off at a million miles an hour.”

    Barry says it will be important for producers to keep up the practice of matching stocking rates to rainfall, especially with not a lot of rain projected for coming months.

    Sally Cripps is a journalist for Queensland Country Life at Blackall

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