Monthly Archives: October 2018

Son threatens to blow up house

A Young man threatened to blow up a house with a gas bottle after a physical altercation with his father and damaging a fridge, TV and picture frame.
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Richard Sutherland of Watson Street, Young pleaded guilty in Young Local Court on February 16 to common assault, damaging property and intimidation intending to cause fear of physical harm.

He was also convicted of driving with a middle range PCA and never licenced person drive vehicle in a separate incident.

According to police facts tendered in court, the 34-year-old drank a large amount of alcohol between 5pm and 10.30pm on November 2 last year and began arguing with the victim.

Sutherland lost his temper and ran towards the fridge, headbutting it and damaging it.

He fell backwards, landing on the floor and hitting his head on the stove.

The victim tried to retrain him and called emergency services but Sutherland got up and walked into the lounge room, still shouting abuse at the victim.

Sutherland threw his mobile phone at the TV, punched the screen and damaged it.

He also punched a picture frame, causing the glass to fly around the kitchen and lounge room.

The victim tried to restrain him again but Sutherland punched him in the face, bruising his eye.

Sutherland walked outside onto the veranda and attempted to unscrew the barbecue gas bottle, telling the victim he was going to light it and blow up the house.

In a police interview later on, Sutherland admitted to the offences.

He was given a 12 month good behaviour bond.

He was also fined $200 and disqualified from driving for six months after he blew a 0.086 reading at a random breath test site in Queanbeyan on March 28 last year.

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Sand mining report to go to Parliament

Report due: The Finance and Administration Committee is expected to report on its inquiry next Tuesday. Photo: Robert RoughA report on proposed legislation toendsand mining on North Stradbroke Island is due to be submitted to the Queensland Parliament nextTuesday.
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The report is based on a Finance and Administration Committee inquiry into two bills.

The inquiry was extended last monthto includea draft economic transition strategy and worker transition plans.

One bill, introduced by Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth in October, proposes sand mining ceaseby the end of 2024, but allows for rehabilitation until the end of 2029.

The other bill, introduced by Environment Minister Steven Miles in December,aims to substantially phase out sand mining by 2019.

The committee has received more than2000 submissions andheard from more than100 witnesses plus speakersat public forms.

At a departmental briefing earlier this month, theDepartment of State Development’s Matthew Andrew said an analysis had sought to quantify the direct economic and employment impactsof ending sand mining.

“The analysis found approximately 141 people are employed in sand mining operations on North Stradbroke Island and of these approximately 95 reside on the island,” Mr Andrewsaid.

The draft strategy focused on boosting tourism, education and trainingand the local business sector.

Proposedinitiativesincluded a ferry from Brisbane CBD to North Stradbroke Island and the integration of the island’s public transport with Translink.

Improved pedestrian and cycling trails and infrastructure, expandingthemarket for school camps, field studies and tertiary research, the development of a dayvisitor precinct at Dunwich and the expansion of existing aged-care facilities were also among draft proposals.

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Beryl the cheeky BrahmanVideo

Beryl is often found sleeping on the bath mats thanks to her love of rugs. Photo: Beryl the Brahman/FacebookBeryllives a life of luxury, flitting between snoozing in the living room and eating mangoes with dad in the backyard.
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Beryl is an eight-month-old Brahman calf.

Sally Webster wasin the cattle yard at her 2000-head cattle property near Georgetown, north Queensland, when she spotted the newborn.

Beryl was struggling to suckle because her mum was over-producing milk, which meanther teats were too big for the tiny calf to gether mouth around.

Mrs Webstersaid she reluctantly stepped in totry andhelp feed the calf, who if left in the yard with her mother, would have starved.

“I put my fingers in her mouth and dripped some water near her mouthand she drank straight away,” she said.

“It is one of those things that even though we took her from her mother we saved her life. It was a hard decision.

“Sometimes living on a station you have to interfere to save their lives.”

Ms Webster said the next day she and her husband Jake went into town and bought calf-feeding equipment and “that was it, she was part of the family”.

Beryl the Brahman loves cuddles on the lawn. Photo: Beryl the Brahman/Facebook

The 24-year-old couple had both grewup loving and living on the land and fell in love with Beryl straight away.

“Beryl is our first child, we are just recently married, hopefully kids will come along one day,” Mrs Webster said.

“She leads a pretty unique life, not many cows would have the life she has.”

While Beryl lives in her own small paddock right next to the house, she takes any opportunity to sneak into the house and hang out.

“She has a small paddock right near the house she can live in but she doesn’t go far way, she pretty much lives in our house yard and eats our lawn,” Mrs Webster said.

“I don’t think she thinks she is a cow, she is so human like, I think she thinks she is a dog.

“She is weaned now, but she knows where the powdered milk is that we fed her, so she tries to get into the house all the time, if we accidently leave the door open and we can hear a rustle and we know Beryl is probably inside.”

While she may look like the other cattle on the property, she is treated very differently.

“She loves eating fruit, bananas and mangoes, she loves sitting down with us on the lawn, she just wants to sit down with us, she sits on us all the time,” Mrs Webster said.

“If we can’t see her and we sing out ‘Beryl!’ she will moo back to us.

“We have six working dogs, they know the rules with Beryl -two of the pups used to snuggle up with Beryl, they used to curl up next to her.

“They are working dogs, they have to herd cattle but they know Beryl is not a normal cow, they know they can’t bark at her.”

While Beryl is likely to grow considerably -Brahman cows can reach a whopping 700 kilograms -Mrs Webster said she will likely remain a well-mannered lady.

“As long as she has manners we are happy, she knows when we are rousing, she is very placid,” she said.

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Funding boost for RSL

Respect: Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone attended three Anzac Day services across Fairfield. Picture: Anna WarrFairfield Mayor Frank Carbone has championeda donation by Fairfield City Council to support local RSL clubs in future Anzac Day commemorations.
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Mayor Carbone made the proposal in this week’s Council meetingto assist local clubsto buy equipment and pay for future Anzac Day services to commemorate the fallen.

The proposalwas unanimously approved by Council.

Under the proposal,$1000 will be donated to four local RSL sub branches –Canley Heights RSL, Smithfield RSL, Cabra Vale Diggers and Fairfield RSL.

The donationswill be sourced from the Mayoral Community Benefit Fund.

This year Mayor Carbone attended the Cabra Vale Diggers Dawn Service on Anzac Day, followed by services at Canley Heights RSL and Mounties.

He said that the number of local residents attending the ceremoniesshowed the continued importance of Anzac Day to the local community.

“Anzac Day is a very patriotic day, a day to remember those that have given so much for all of us as individuals but also as a nation,” Mayor Carbonesaid.

“I was very proud to attend numerous ceremonies and to see many community memberspay their respects to those that fought so hard to give us the way of life we have today.”

“There were a lot of people that attended.

“I think that just goes to show that the Anzac spirit is alive and well and it truly does have a connection with local residents.”

Meanwhile, Fairfield will go to the polls on September 10 for the scheduled ordinarylocal government elections.

Councils that are subject to the merger proposal, which does not include Fairfield,will wait for the outcome of the review process before going to the polls in March 2017.

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Sign up, join the Army

KINDNESS: Major Phillip Pleffer has relocated to Albury with his wife Irene after working with the Salvos in the Sydney suburb of Newtown. Picture: DERRICK KRUSCHE
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The SalvationArmy is calling on Border residents to register for the Red Shield Appeal later this month.

Major Phillip Pleffer, who has been a Salvation Army officer for the past 33 years,said they needed as many volunteers as they could get.

“The Red Shield Appeal is our annual doorknock that the Salvation Army conducts Australia-wide,” he said. “It’s to raise money to help in the local community and also in the wider community with our programs such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

“So it’s very important that we have the finances to be able to do that.”

The Salvation Army is hoping to recruit100,000 volunteer collectors nationwide to help make the doorknock a success.

The Red Shield Appeal runs over the weekend beginningMay 28,culminating with Doorknock Sunday on May 29.This dateis timely given the weather, according toMajor Pleffer.“If anyone’s sleeping rough, winter is a time when it’s more difficult,” he said.

Major Pleffer saidhomelessness did not just comprise of people sleeping on the streets but also thosewithout steady accommodation.

Before the doorknock, volunteer collectorswill get a kit that includes a charity identification tag and a receipt tag.Afterwards, participantsreceive an appreciation certificate that children and teenagers can use on their resume. A food voucher is also gifted.

Puttinga number on the amount of homelessin Albury-Wodonga was difficult.

“We get quite a number of people here coming for assistance,” Major Pleffer said. “So if that’s anything to go on, there’s still people around who have fallen between the cracks.”

Major Pleffer said people should volunteer because it wouldinstila sense of community belonging.

“I think it gives people a spirit of being community-minded by helping out those in less fortunate circumstances,” he said. “You get the joy knowing that you’ve helped someone else.”

Major Pleffer dismissed perceptions of homeless people as drug addicts or lazy.

“Nobody knows what’s ahead of them,” he said. “Sometimes things happen and people find themselves in situations like that through no fault of their own.”

The community can register to volunteer online at salvos.org419论坛 or call (02) 6025 4996.

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