Nov 20

Parvovirus spike calls for warning

IMMEDIATE ACTION: Jimboomba Veterinary Surgery veterinarian Paul McMahon advised residents to seek help if their pets are acting strange, looking unwell and vomiting. Photo: SuppliedA spike in the amount of dogs admitted to the Jimboomba Veterinary Surgery with parvovirus hasveterinarianPaul McMahon cautioning pet owners.

In the last week, 11 canines have been put down at the clinic due to contracting the deadlydisease.

Parvovirus is a life-threatening illness –living in the environment on soil and animal feces for up to a year – which could prove fatal if left untreated.

“You need to vaccinate your dog; that’s the message, clear and simple,” Mr McMahon said.

“It is particularly crucial for puppies to get vaccinated and receive their booster shots, as they’re still growing and developing.

“Their immune systems aren’t as strong; but, that doesn’t mean older dogs can’t get it too.”

Mr McMahon said mature age dogs are susceptible to contracting the disease if vaccinations are skipped or missed.

“If you can see your dog is vomiting, reluctant to eat and is not being their usual happy self, seek veterinary help immediately,” he said.

“It’s not worth the risk to wait to see if they’re okay.”

The life-threatening illness attacksthe gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of dogs.

In young animals, if infected, parvovirus can also damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems.

“We’ve had about 25 dogs admitted to our Jimboomba clinic in December, of which 11 have died in the last week,” Mr McMahon said.

“This time of year always tends to have a high number of parvovirus cases, and it’s because the disease lives in the environment and families are moving about with their pets on holidays.”

To reducethe risk of your dogcontracting the disease, make sureyour pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date andlimit the amount of time your pet has with un-vaccinated cats and dogs.

For more information on how to prevent parvovirus, contact your nearest veterinary clinic.

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Nov 20

Nhill-Jeparit bridge work welcomed

VICROADS hasannounced the Nhill-Jeparit Road bridge will receive a $900,000 upgrade.

Works will start on January 30 and finish in June.

Hindmarsh Shire Mayor Debra Nelson welcomed the investment.

“It’s great to see projects happening and assets being upgraded in Hindmarsh,” she said.

“It’s always good to do before it’s needed, to keep things in good repair.”

Cr Nelson said the investment would ensure the bridge was usable into the future.

“Trucks and farm vehicles are getting bigger every day and the improvements make sure the bridge can cope into the future,” she said.

“A lot has changed since the bridge was originally built I’m sure.”

Cr Nelson said the bridge was an important road for the agricultural industry but also for tourism.

She said while construction detours might have an impact on industry, the timing was beneficial as harvest would be mostly complete by the time works started.

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett said the work would strengthen the bridge deck and upgrade safety barriers.

“Strengthening works allow the bridge to operate without the need for a load limit for heavy vehicles in the future, allowing local freight to be transported efficiently to domestic and international markets” he said.

MrNevett said land closures and traffic signs would be in place to ensure the safety of road users and workers.He said a 3.2-metre vehicle width restriction would apply during construction, with wide vehicles recommended to use the Western Highway and Dimboola-Rainbow Road.

“Drivers need to be alert and remember the changed traffic conditions when travelling in the area,” he said.

MrNevett said an average of 410 vehicles used the bridge each day.

He said it was on the mainroute between Nhill and Jeparit and was the only western entrance to the town.

Mr Nevett said it formedpart of one of two primary routes between the town and the Western Highway and supportedindustry.

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Nov 20

The Mail’s most read of 2016 – number 7: Robber reeling at jail time

Kimberley Louise Reale was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for violently kicking a teenager for her purse in the Bunbury CBD. Photo: Facebook

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July 19, 2016: A woman who brutally kicked a teenager in the head to steal herpurse has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.

Kimberley Louise Reale, 21, frontedBunbury DistrictCourt on July 18after spending 92 days in custody where she pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery.

An enraged Reale yelled out“dog” as she exited the courtroom and proceeded to bash the walls of her holdingcell after her sentence was handed down.

State prosecutor Mark Hunter told the courton the night ofThursday, March 31, the defendant attacked18-year-old Caroline Reimers from behind, outside The Commercial Clubon Wittenoom Street.

Mr Hunter saidRealeyanked her victim to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the back of her head before demanding her purse.

After the purse was handed over, the defendantdealt two more kicks to the victimbefore scampering off.

The purse contained $180 and personal cards.

Police later intercepted Reale in the BunburyCBD where she was found to be in possession of the purse, albeit $130 shortand was later charged.

Mr Hunter told the court Reale’s continued kicking of the victim after the purse was handed over was concerning and the significant violence displayedcalled forimmediate imprisonment.

Reale’s defence lawyer Natasha Earlinsonasked Judge Michael Bowden to consider a term of suspended imprisonment as her client was young, had made an early plea of guilty, was remorseful and had anger management issues.

Judge Bowden said a significant sentence had to be imposed toact as a deterrent and toreflectthe seriousnessof the incident.

“Sentencing is not just about you,” Judge Bowden said to Reale.

“Your behavior was inappropriate and unjustified.

“People are entitled to walk the street and feel safe.”

Judge Bowden also orderedReale to pay $130 in restitution.

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Nov 20

Top 10 Maitland stories of 2016

Top 10 Maitland stories of 2016 TV: Home and Away cast. Picture: Facebook

CRIME SCENE: A critical incident has been launched following the death in custody at Maitland police station. Picture: Perry Duffin.

Wallis Creek crash. Picture: Perry Duffin

Search for missing Metford teen Zac Barnes at Thornton. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

BERESFIELD: Emergency services remain at the scene where one person has reportedly died. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

RESCUER: Marc Grayson came to the aid of a woman being bashed and robbed. Pictures: Perry Duffin.

Slideapalooza preview at Calais Estate, 19/12/16. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Police and SES continue the search for missing horse trainer Bindi Cheers, in bushland at Beresfield. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

KILLED: Liam Reeves, 21, was struck by a train while walking along tracks between East Maitland and Victoria Street stations. Picture: Mark Reeves.

TweetFacebookMaitland Mercurywas there for every moment.

These are the most popular online stories of 2016, from number 10 to number 1.

10) 21 year-old man loses his life when struck by a train at East Maitland.”Liam was a great bloke, he was the most loyal person I’ve ever met,” devastated big brother Mark Reeves said on Sunday.

9. Snake goes shopping in Maitland mall.Staff member Gail Oldis was up in the front window area of the store when the snake came in…. “The clothes didn’t suit him so he left,” Ms Oldis said.

8. Missing woman survives three days in the bush, eluding search parties.It is understood she had all the hallmarks of surviving in the bush since Sunday –she was dazed, confused andhad dirt under her fingernails.

7. Slideapalooza festival coming to the HunterAVIP preview was held at Pokolbin’sCalais Estate on Monday, with the world’s biggest inflatablewaterslide (measuring 400 metres)put to the test.

6. Police launch search for man who attacked a woman in deserted Maitland car parkThe man saw the two alleged offenders as they attempted to flee towards Elgin Street. He gave chase and using his martial arts skills managed to grab one of the attackers and restrain him until police arrived.

5. Fatal truck and car accident at BeresfieldThe crash happened at Beresfield about 8.45am. AMitsubishi rigid truck, a Hilux utility, a Holden Captiva and a Rav4 were involved in the fatal collision.

4. Zac Barnes: Mother of missing teen pleads for information as police and SES search area at Thornton“We need him to know that if he is thinking he might be in trouble, that there is absolutely nothing he could have done that would cause us not to want to help and support him.”

3. Fatal crash ended with car submerged in Wallis Creek at East MaitlandInitial investigations suggest a Ford Falcon, was travelling west on the highway when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence and landed in Wallis Creek.

2. Critical incident investigation launched after woman found dead in Maitland police station cellWithin five hours of being taken to Maitland police station, she wasdead, found by police officersin acell fitted withclosed circuit television cameras.

1. Home and Away filming at Maitland GaolYou could be an extra on the set ofHome and Away. The Channel 7television soap will be in the Hunter next week to film at Maitland Gaol.

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Nov 20

Young women’s scholarship open

Bega Valley Shire Council is calling on young local women to apply for the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD) Young Women’s Scholarship.

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is ‘Be Bold for Change- advance and unleash the limitless potential that women have.’

The $500 IWD Scholarship will be awarded to five local woman aged between 18 and 25.

Anne Cleverley, Council’s Community Development Co-ordinator said there had been an increase in the funds available and in the number of scholarships.

“The five recipients can come from a range of endeavour’s including arts and culture, environment, business, and health,” Ms Cleverly said.

Scholarships will be awarded for individual and community initiatives that aim to create a better, more inclusive, gender equal world.

People of diversity are encouraged to apply including Aboriginal people, those of diverse gender and sexuality, people living with disabilities, and people experiencing financial hardship.

Last year, scholarship recipient Jenny Walker, 23yrs, used the $500 to support her lifelong dream of becoming a paramedic for the Bega community.

“As a person with a minor learning disability, Jenny has faced some trials along the way and aspires to complete a Certificate IV qualification, while inspiring other young women along the way,” Ms Cleverly said.

Applications for the scholarship close at midnight on 27 January 2017. More information can be found on Council’swebsite.

The selected applicants will be asked to attend a presentation at the International Women’s Day event which will be held at Spiral Gallery in Bega in early March.

For more information about the Young Women’s Scholarship pleasecontact Sarah Davis|Place Based Officer | Bega Valley Shire Council T: 02 6499 2192|M: 0438 483 209|E:[email protected]论坛

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