Aug 24

City to farewell 2016 in big way

Wagga Live 2015.The cityis set to farewell 2016 with a bang when Wagga Live kicks off at the Victory Memorial Gardens and Civic Precinct on Saturday.
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The fourth annual New Year’s Eve celebration,presented by Committee4Wagga (C4W), will open its gates at 5pm with the action on both stages kicking off at 6pm.

Fireworks will light up the Wagga sky at 9.15pm and again at midnight.

Event coordinator Richie Robinson said the display would blow onlookers away.

“The fireworks always exceed people’s expectations,” he said.

“People often think it will be a little bit lacklustre compared to some of the bigger cities but that is never the case.”

The event will feature about 20 food stalls providing offerings from all over the world and host of rides.

Mr Robinson said it would be a night to remember.

“It’s a very family friendly event and it’ll be a great atmosphere in the park,” he said.

“It will be a reflection of all the things that are great about Wagga,the open spaces, the great people and the community as a whole.”

PROGRAMSTAGE 16.00pm – 8.00pm: Darren Coggan, Catherine Alcorn and The Groove Factorie8.00 – 8.15pm: Welcome: Judy Galloway8.15 – 9.15pm: The Convicts9.15 – 9.20pm Fireworks9.20 – 9.45pm: The Convicts10.00 – 11.30pm The Mighty Yak11.45 – Midnight: Catherine Alcorn and Darren CogganMidnight – 12.10am Fireworks12.10 – 12.30 am: Catherine Alcorn and Darren CogganSTAGE 26.00 – 6.20pm: Ivy Simpson6.30 – 6.50pm: Alice Egan7.00 – 7.20pm: Maddy Popple7.30 – 7.50pm: Wagga Academy of Ballet8.05 – 9.15pm: Kooringal High School9.20 – 10.00pm: Darren Coggan, Catherine Alcorn and Jamie WayNYE PUB GUIDEBirdhouse Bar: DJ Deane Weston playing all night.

Victoria Hotel:Jason Rossi at Envy, Cent & Recoyle in the front bar and The Morning After in the back room. From 9pm – 3am.

Romano’s Hotel:Social Hand Grenade in the laneway 8pm onwards, DJ from8pm.

Rules Club:Tom & Patsy Routledge playing from 8.15pm.

Beer Deluxe:Nightclub event hosted by MC Snazing, featuring JL The Barber, A-Dub, Arkitek, +Plusone, Coco, Kennyon Brown 9-3.Drink specials 9-11. Doors open 9pm. $30 at door, $25 presale.

Black Swan Hotel:Open until midnight.

Home Tavern:Done Deal playing from 9.30pm.

Wagga RSL:Outta the Blue playing from 8.30pm.

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Aug 24

YOUR SAY

Cultural IdentityMARILYN Quirk (The Examiner, December 29) needs to understand that Aborigines are the first nation peoples. It was the British that invaded this country and failed to acknowledge our way of life and our sovereignty under their scientific racial theories. They spread their diseases, stole our lands and our children, committed acts of genocide upon us, and placed us in exile. Having endured these heinous crimes against humanity, we are not even recognised in the Australian constitution which still permits discrimination on the basis of race. Yet as a people we are forgiving of the sins committed against us by your forebears, and to ask for some small concessions, we are termed the enemy in our own country. Please forgive me, but I thought we lived in a democracy, that also embraces respectful diversity.
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Ricky J. Maynard, Youngtown.Australia PostAUSTRALIA Post has gone from bad to worse. I have been waiting now for a parcel of CDs from Germany that was sent airmail from Osnabruck on December 9 and still no sign of arrival. No, there is no tracking number which lets Australia Post off from copping any responsibility. I’ve been buying stuff from the UK and Germany for 15 years or so and the the time lapse has become progressively worse. No apologies, no explanation, nothing. Do these parcels go through Melbourne then to Hobart? I suspect the problem is at the Australian end. I’ve had better service from the Indian Post Office and they are one of the worst.

Peter O’Malley, St Marys.Ant SchemeTASMANIA has contributed $3.7 million to the National Red Imported Fire Ant scheme that has seen Biosecurity Queensland at the frontof trying to eliminate another invasive pest. This fiery little beast (a native of South Africa) deserves our full attention on a national level. They are aggressive, and it’s staggering that one colony may hold some 400,000 of the blighters, and if they get a hold, there can be up to 400 nests per hectare. That’s 160 million we don’t want in Australia’s pants.

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Aug 24

Rouse Hill’s top 10 stories for 2016Photos

Rouse Hill’s top 10 stories for 2016 | Photos APPEAL: Distressed family members of former NRL player Chad Robinson appeal to the public, after Chad’s disapearance, at a press conference at Castle Hill Police Station. Picture: Geoff Jones
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State honour: The Ponds Shopping Centre has been named the best new retail development at the UDIA state awards. Picture: Supplied

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

Keane vs Rowland: A tight contest emerged between the major parties in the marginal seat of Greenway.

Sold: The iconic Parklea Markets has been sold to development company Dyldam. The markets will still operate in its current form for the next three to five years. Picture: Wolter Peeters

2016 Anzac Day – Kellyville Dawn Service. Picture: Geoff Jones

A man died following a two car crash in Schofields in September.

Last weeks: Rouse Hill Gloria Jeans worjkers Amee Bachel, Madeleine Byrne and franchisee Harvey Pembroke. Picture: Andrew Brown

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

Local youths jumping off the rocks into Bents Basin late on a hot Western Sydney afternoon. Picture: Simon Bennett

TweetFacebookRouse Hill Courier’stop 10 online stories for 2016 (rankings based on most page views on our website):

1. Parklea Markets sold to developers Sold: The iconic Parklea Markets has been sold to development company Dyldam. The markets will still operate in its current form for the next three to five years. Picture: Wolter Peeters

Parklea Markets wassold to development company Dyldam in April.

The 22-hectare property was set to become home to a planned $1 billion redevelopment.

Full story here.

2. Fatal crash in Schofields A man died following a two car crash in Schofields in September.

A mandied following a two carcrash in Schofields in September.

Emergency services were called to Grange Avenue inSchofields, following reports of a two-vehicle crash at about 3pm.

Read the full story here.

3. Second Gloria Jeans franchise ordered to closeAlmost a week after the Gloria Jeans franchise at Kellyville Village was ordered to close by centre management, a nearby store was given its marching orders in August.

The franchise at Rouse Hill Town Centre was forced to close, after the centre’s owners GPT failed to renew the lease despite negotiations.

Full story here.

Store anger: Workers at Kellyville Gloria Jeans voice their dismay at the decision by Kellyville Village’s owners to close the store. Picture: Isabella Lettini

4. Family plea for public assistance in finding Chad RobinsonThe family of Chad Robinson appealed for the community’s help bring their missing loved one home in late November.

The former NRL player, 36, was last seen leaving his Crestview Avenue home at about 9.30pm on Saturday, November 26.

Read the full story here.

APPEAL: Distressed family members of former NRL player Chad Robinson appeal to the public, after Chad’s disapearance, at a press conference at Castle Hill Police Station. Picture: Geoff Jones

5. PHOTOS & VIDEO | 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service KellyvilleThe Kellyville Anzac Day dawn service was well attended in 2016.

Check out a gallery of photos here.

2016 Anzac Day – Kellyville Dawn Service. Picture: Geoff Jones

6. Woman sexually assaulted in GlenwoodPolice are appealing for information after a woman wassexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

Thewoman, 18,was at a party on Park Road in Auburn when she was collected by a man in a car and taken to a house in Glenwood at about 1am on November 9.

Full story here.

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

7. Ponds Shopping Centre named state’s best State honour: The Ponds Shopping Centre has been named the best new retail development at the UDIA state awards. Picture: Supplied

The Ponds Shopping Centre was named the state’s best new shopping centre at a 2016award ceremony.

The centre was crowned Best Retail Development at the state finals of the Urban Development Institute of Australia(UDIA) awards.

Read the full story here.

8. Election 2016: Labor retains Greenway | Live resultsIn July, the Rouse Hill Courier provided live coverage of the 2016 federal election.

Read the full blog here.

Keane vs Rowland: A tight contest emerged between the major parties in the marginal seat of Greenway.

9. Summer’s last blast Playing in the fountains at Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Sydney sweltered through 40-plus degree heat one day in February, and the Rouse Hill Courier photographers were out there capturing the various ways to keep cool.

Check out a gallery of photos here.

10. Centre officially openedThe Lake Neighbourhood Centre, which is the brainchild of Blacktown City Council and UrbanGrowth NSW, officially opened its doors to the community.

Read the full story here.

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

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Aug 24

Advocate calls for inquiry

Advocate: David Roy said he was “concerned that the department seemed unable to immediately explain the legislation that protects children in their schools. This is a concern for every parent in NSW.” Picture: Max Mason-HubersA UNIVERSITY of Newcastle academic has called for a formal investigation into how Hunter public schools treat children with disabilities, saying the government has “failed in its duty of care” to the most vulnerable members of society.
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School of Education lecturer and advocate David Roy has been embroiled in a three-year dispute with the Department of Education centered on allegationsthatchildren at Kotara South Public School’s early intervention classpreschool program were subject to abuse.

“If we’ve got one form of abuse here, as heard in the Royal Commission, there could be others,” Dr Roy said.“There are so many questions to be asked –are our children safe? Or are our schools closet embassies for abuse?”

A department spokesman said it was unable to respond to the Herald’s questions about Dr Roy’s case as “those matters are currently the subject of legal proceedings”.

Dr Roy said hecontacted the department about the class and staff members in September 2013, after allegations a non-violent, non-verbal child had returned home withunexplained bruising.

The following month, the Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate regional operations manager wrote in an email seen by theHerald‘interventionservices falls outside the legislation so therefore we are not required to investigate the matter’.

The department’sEmployee Performance and Conduct Unitwas required to conduct an investigation but determined it could be managed locally,with its oversight.

Deputy Ombudsman andCommunity and Disability Services CommissionerSteve Kinmond is reviewing this decision and the subsequent conclusion to not take further action.Dr Roy said the family was told there was a lack of evidence to support the allegation, despiteparents, students and witnesses not being interviewed.

Dr Roy said he has since also heardreports of children in the class being hit, locked in cupboards, force-fed and pulled across the playground. He inquired on December 7 and 21 last year and five times this year what legislation and policies applied to the class. The department advised onSeptember 9 this year the unit was covered by Part 3A of theOmbudsman Act1974 – which defines reportable conduct as including “anyassault, ill-treatment or neglect of achild, orany behaviour that causes psychological harm to achild” – and two other acts. The department advised on October 28 theDisability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) applies to schoolsas does theAnti-Discrimination Act 1977(NSW), and “by implication” applied to early intervention units.

“As far as we’re aware the department is not investigating the 2013 incident any further, meaning they are in breach of these laws.”

“I have a minimum of 100 cases involving 300 families where they haven’t been told why the legislation has not been applied and their cases listed as reportable conduct.”

Arecent federal Senate inquiryfound children with disabilities were routinely refused enrolment, bullied and abused in schools.

The Auditor-General reportin May found that standards of care for children with a disability in state schools was uneven and teachers needed more skills to support them.

Aug 24

Get the best from your new telescope

The whole family can enjoy the wonders of the night sky with a new telescope. Picture: CelestronDid you get a telescope for Christmas? Lucky you!
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The New Year in Australia is great for sky gazers. The sky is full of bright stars, prominent constellations and fascinating celestial sights. Lots of budding astronomers get their start in January using telescopes they got for a Christmas present.

While it is true that many have beenhooked on skywatchingfor life by viewing the wonders of the night sky through their first scope, it is also true that many others have had their initial enthusiasm for astronomydampened, particularly if they didn’t know how to properly use it.

“Was your new instrument advertised by the manufacturer as promising “spectacular views” of the moon or the rings of Saturn at magnifications of, say, 500-power or more?” said Dave Reneke from Australasian Science Magazine.

“Unfortunately, it won’t happen. High power dilutes the brightness of an image, as well as aggravates any unsteadiness of detail.”

You’ll probably be surprised to discover that your most pleasing views with your new scope will come at much lower powers, that is using eyepieces of around 25 mm.

Low power, in fact, makes a telescope much more convenient to handle.

Wow, with so many inviting targets overhead what can you expect to see in your new telescope?

The Moon of course is one object that never fails to impress.

During early January, the Moon is up early evenings and is a perfect target!

If you’ve got a camera in your smart phone hold it up close to the eyepiece, move it around till you see the Moon’s disc and click! You might get a neat photo out of it. Your first astro pic!

Here’s a surprise we can’t wait to tell new telescope owners. Go and find the familiar constellation we call the ‘Saucepan’ and find the middle ‘star’ of the handle.

It’s not a star it’s the famous Orion Nebula, a luminous, swirling cloud of gas and dust 1500 light years away where stars are being born.

“This nebula is obvious in any telescope, and always gives me a buzz,” Dave said.

“Oh, I almost forgot, check out the Southern Cross as well tonight. It’s lying low down on its side in the south east all this month.”

Despite its tremendous brilliance, Venus is brilliant right now appearing as a‘bright star’ in the western sky.

“A telescope can keep you busy on the Moon forever. I’m living proof of that,” Dave said.

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