Feb 20

UPDATEDMan dies at Mermaid Pools today, December 30

A photo of Mermaid Pools. File photoUpdated story (Today, 4.19pm):
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The fatality at Mermaid Pools today, December 30 means there has been 11 people diefrom drowning in NSW since Christmas, while one man remains missing.

Updated story (Today, 3.15pm):

NSW Police Media have confirmed a 27-year-old man has drowned at Mermaid Pools this afternoon, December 30.

Police from the Camden Local Area Command are preparing a report for the Coroner following the death of a Pakistani man, aged 27.

About12.30pm today, the man was swimming with friends in Mermaid Pools near Tahmoorwhen he dived into the water and signaled for assistance.

He was pulled unconscious from the water and emergency services were called to the incident.

The man died at the scene.

A police investigation into the incident is underway.

Mermaid Pools: Police say 27-yr-old swimmer dived into the water, then signalled for assistance. He was pulled out unconscious before dying. pic.twitter南京夜网/cVpxjTWLKD

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Tahmoor: Paramedics winched down to a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest at the Mermaid Pools. https://t.co/uVSCUg5uGg#7Newspic.twitter南京夜网/8oGAJpYpSO

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Paramedics are doing CPR on a man at Mermaid Pools at Tahmoor. #WINNews6pmhttps://t.co/a3sdq5rLv6

— WIN News Illawarra (@WINNews_Woll) December 30, 2016Tahmoor: Swimmers exiting the waterhole at Mermaid Pools after a man was pulled unconscious from the water. #Tahmoor#7Newspic.twitter南京夜网/b1iEibCLPp

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 30, 2016Paramedics are performing CPR on a man at Mermaid Pools at Tahmoor. @SydneyPead on the scene. Details to come #WINNews6pm

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Feb 20

COMMUNITY: ‘There was no warning’

Mike Brown was lucky his house didn’t burn down in the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop fires. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.Related content:
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COMMUNITY: “There was nothing I could do”COMMUNITY: “We need to thank Australia”COMMUNITY: “It was too late”COMMUNITY: “My daughter and granddaughter lost everything”“I’d never seen anything like it in all my years and I hope I never have to again,” Yarloop resident Mike Brown said.

“There was just utter devastation in the whole town.”

Mr Brown has been living in his house on Yarloop’s Railway Parade for more than ten years.

He was living in the city when he fell in love with Yarloop’s heritage, privileged locationand its small charming community, and decided to leave everything behind and buy a property in town.

“I used to come down here every weekend, that’s why I moved down here, I loved the place so much,” he said.

The evening Mr Brown’s beloved Yarloop went up in flames, he waswith his family at his home on Railway Parade.

They were aware a fire was burning nearby threatening properties near Waroona,but they hadn’t received any formal warning to leave the town yet.

“Apart from word of mouth at the station we got no warning, it was really up to yourself to make the decision [to leave],” Mr Brown said.

“I was on the roof, I was looking up that hill, and if you saw what was coming down you would’ve gone out as well.

“A lot of people made the decision to leave but some got caught totally unaware and didn’t even get the chance to leave.

“Four friends of mine ended up in the carpark at the hotel sheltering between cars with flames going over their heads.

“They are still traumatised.”

Mr Brown had been preparingfor the worst, wettingdown his property and hisneighbours’, who had already left.

But then the water ran out.

“When the water runs out there’s not much you can do,” he said.

“My partner said ‘come on, no point staying when there’s no water, you can’t fight’, so we moved out.

“It was just pointless really.”

Mike Brown’s new tattoo – Yarloop’s postcode and the date the historic town burnt down. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

When Mr Brown and his family decided to leave the only way to get out of townwas through Clifton Road.

They jumped inside the family’s caravanand fled the town towards the emergency shelter in Australind, where they would spend then next ten days living inside the caravan before coming back to Yarloop.

“The first indications were that everything had gone,” he said.

Mr Brown said he expected the worst, but through family friends he found out his house had miraculously survived the ordeal, with the exception of some side buildings, fencingand a couple of sheds.

“We were happy we still had a house, but then you felt a little bit guilty that you had been spared when so many people lost everything,” he said.

“Seeing people lose everything, seeing people lose so much, seeing the town destroyed, it was hard.

“It was hard for everybody.

“We may not have lost a house but we lost a community, and a lot of people we knew have moved out.”

Mr Brown said it’s hard to describe what Yarloop looked like in the aftermath of the fires that destroyed more than 160 housesand nearly 70,000hectares.

“There was telephone poles just held up, the bottom completely gone, just masses of bent tin and rubble,” he said.

“You couldn’t even recognise some streets.”

He said a year later it isstill devastating to walk around town and​see sandpits where known buildings and homes used to stand.

“It’s just the overrating feeling that you just want the town to come back, and it deserves to come back,” he said.

“The people deserve it to come back.”

He said Yarloopis slowly recovering, with new homes being built and the school reopening ahead of the next school year, but there is still a lot of work to be done to bring people back to town.

He said he would like a new caravan park openingand new young families coming to live in Yarloop.

“Iwant to see the town move forward, and people getting their lives together again,” he said.

“I really believe it [Yarloop] isan undiscovered gem still.”

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Feb 20

Spinner turns focus to country week duties

SPINNING AWAY: Nick Robertson will suit up as a bottom-aged player in Warrnambool’s division one Blue country week side. Picture: Amy PatonBOTTOM-AGE leg-spinnerNick Robertson will bear a measured, learn-first mentality for his inaugural under 17 country week carnival.
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Robertson, who was hand-picked to feature in Warrnambool Blue –one of two Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one teams –will join fellow Russells Creek batsman Dominic Bandara in the side.

He earned selection through strong batting efforts, including a host of half centuries in both division three and under 17s.

However, Robertson said he believed himself to be more valuable as a spin bowler and was working to improve his consistency with the ball.

A veteran of “five or six” junior country week carnivals, Robertson, 16, admitted he was eager to test his growing game against western Victoria’s finest country cricketers.

“It’s good to play against the harder opposition that travel in and to test yourself against the best players in the region in a week like this,” Robertson said.

“The cricket is a good standard, and the quality of everything is good. It’s really just good to be around the boys too.

“I’ve played with all of the boys before so I know what they can do and what we can bring to the team. We know each other well.”

Due to his age as a bottom-age prospect, Robertson said he was avoiding self-imposed pressure and would instead focus on gaining more experience at under 17 level.

“It (country week) is a good opportunity to get picked for Western Waves squads, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself or expecting too much,” he said.

“I’ll try to play my role for the team and do what I can to help.”

A number three batsman in the Eddie Evans-captained division three outfit for Russells Creek, Robertson has blasted210 runs from six outings in blue and white this year.

His form with the bat remained true in under 17s, with the Emmanuel College student averaging73.5 runs an innings.

He has left the crease unbeaten four times from six innings’ and hit 147 runs.

Robertson said he was enjoying “more time in the middle” but was still focused on improving his placement with the ball.

“I’m batting a lot more this year but I’m putting the most work into my bowling, because I think that is my best area,” he said.

“For my bowling it’s been about getting more consistent. Bowling less bad balls, getting it in the right areas.

“I’ve spent a lot more time in the middle and that has given me more confidence (with the bat) at the crease.”

Robertson’s Warrnambool Blue will face Colac in its opening game of the under 17s country week carnival.

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Feb 20

Youth reveal aspirations

A national survey showing the entrepreneurial spiritof young Australiansis no surprise to Tasmanian youth advocateJoanna Siejka.
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Ms Siejka, chief executive of the Youth Network of Tasmania, said the state’s young people were aware of their challenges –including unemployment -but had ideas to help solve them.

“This is an area where I regularly witness their aspirations and entrepreneurial thinking,” she said.

A poll of 1006 young people aged between 16 and 25, commissioned by conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, showed 60 per cent of respondents would like to start their own business.

The survey revealed optimism among Australian youth as 71 per cent said they werepositive about the future.

While 49 per cent said they would be worse off than their parents’ generation, 69 per cent said their standard of living would be better in 10 years’ time.

“I’m not at all surprised that young people have once again shown to be an aspirational cohort,” Ms Siejka said.

“We know from a number of surveys and consultations that young people do generally feel positive about what they can achieve in the future.

“That said, they are also very aware of what they need in terms of supports, networks and other structures in order to achieve their goals.”

In other findings, the survey showed that a majority (40 per cent) of young people believed the federal budget deficit and national debt were major problems that needed addressing immediately, and 66 per cent believed cutting government spending would help the economy.

Among their greatest fears for the future were terrorism (28 per cent), economic collapse (24per cent) and climate change (24 per cent).

Young people were acutely aware of the issues that affected them, Ms Siejka said.

“Perhaps not always to an incredibly detailed level, but certainly when it comes to the direct impacts such as their future ability to own their own home, and helping others less fortunate.”

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Feb 20

Bendigo paddlers shine at wildwater championships

Bendigo paddlers Maddie Batters, Ashlee Illott , Meg Ritchie and Imogen Douglass are pictured at the National Wildwater Championships. on the Goulburn River.​YOUNG Bendigo paddlers have excelled in challenging conditions to secure a swag of medals at the 2017 National Wildwater Championships at Eildon.
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Bendigo Canoe Club’s Tom Misson said not only did paddlers have to cope with rapids, but also thick fog and rain which added to the challenge.

“Wildwater racing is all about racing the clock, trying to meet national standards and age group classes,” he said.

“All paddlers excelled which was pleasing for the club as many had only been paddling for 12 months.”

Reigning Victorian sprint champions Imogen Douglass and Maddie Batters dominated the open women sprints and classic and enhanced their chances of national team selection.

Douglass won all her events in the under-16 girls.

Newcomer James Humphry won his under-16 events and also was fastest junior male in the classic.

He combined with Max McDonald and James O`Donohue Hayes to be the fastest boys teams in both the classic and sprints.

Marathon star Casey Haynes had some runs in the classics to be fastest under-23 male, and combined with Rob Mcintyre and Al Anderson to win the sprints .

Ashlee Ilott, also a newcomer to the sport, pushed club-mate Douglass in the sprints to win the silvers.

Her and Douglass combined with Western Australian paddler Demi O’Brien to be the fastest girls team.

Meg Ritchie had great runs in the Southern Cup sprints in Eildon to score a pair of fourth placings.

Cara Humphry, who is new to kayaking and especially whitewater, used the couple of sessions to stay upright in preparation for the nationals events in which she completed.

Misson said the success of the junior program reflected the combined efforts of the canoe club, Bendigo Academy of Sport and coaches Maddie Batters, Greg Cowling and Casey Haynes.

The canoe club has operated since 1974 and is on the lookout for new members.

“For kids, kayaking is a great sport and what we try to do is provide a whole lot of different opportunities for them,” he said.

“We have anew program next year with Girton (Grammar), which is going to be exciting and we have other programs.

“With the changes to the Olympic program there is more opportunities for girls and more opportunities for canoeists.”

People interested in joining one of the club programs should email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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