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HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you have something to get off your chest? Send your letter to the editor to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛.Transparency refreshingThe transparent declaration of the fundraising and expenditure by Cathy McGowan was refreshing and is another insight to the strong and well supported grassroots campaign across Indi.
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However, this transparent reporting to the community is not required of the major political parties.

This may not mean much in the usual political contests between Liberal and Labor, but the distinction becomes significant when there is a competitive independent candidate and the local media cannot apply equal analysis or scrutiny.

Under the current AEC reporting, we will not see any financial detail of the almost three-year campaign by the Liberal Party candidate in Indi, which would be significant.

However, the more curious declaration was from the National Party candidate in Indi who reported to The Border Mail that he only spent $10,478 on a “shoestring” campaign and that donations received equaled zero.

While not doubting the details of this declaration, it serves as a distraction from the key fact that the National Party does not need to be transparent under the AEC rules.

Also consider the evidence provided by the leader of the National Party,Barnaby Joyce.

Following a very high-profile contest in the electorate of New England he declared to the AEC that expenditure and donations were both zero.

Apparently there is nothing wrong with this under current rules as political donations and expenditure are channeled through far away party headquarters.

If this unequal situation needs closer investigation, I suggest taking a look at the Annual Returns of Political Parties to the AEC. Let us all know if you can find anything transparent at the electorate level, but the likely answer will be zero.

Tony Lane, WangandaryMake your vote countWhen it comes to voting it’s amazing how many sheep there are who blindly follow and look where it has got us.

We are going backwards with education, finance and health and what do our politicians do about it?Nothing useful.

It’s time you woke up to the fact that the politicians are telling the citizens what they will get, it should be us telling the politicians what we want.

Why not nationalise health and get a decent system?It’s worked well in the UK, France and a lot of other countries, just remove the compulsory private health insurance, put all the rebates etc into public health and even increase the Medicare rate by one per centand we might get a decent health system.

The way we are going with privatising health we will end up like the US, where if you do not have the money you will die.

Think about your vote next election and we might get decent and honest politicians?

Breck Scott-Young, East AlburyThanks for job well doneWell done to Albury City Council for another great night last week at the Glenmorus Christmas Remembrance Service.

A lot of thought and consideration went into the event and the staff, presenters and organisers did a great job.

Thank you to everyone and keep up the good work.

Lyn Maclean, LavingtonCelebrate time of givingThere but for the grace of God go I.

We need to thank God every day that we live in a wonderful Christian-based democracy.

We need to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves firstly.

We need to give to overseas charities and help the law abiding refugees.

Christmas is a time of giving and there’s no better time than now.

Merry Christmas everyone and happy new year.

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Deer reduction proving to be difficult

Deer hazard: There are two options for culling methods of the animal either by shooting them or by capture. The Hastings Wild Deer Strategy came into effect in May 2016 but it is still too early to assess the impact of the project.
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The aim of the two year strategy is to reduce the adverse impact of wild deer in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, to improve available resources to reduce their numbers and to ascertain priority areas where the issue needs to be addressed.

“It’s very difficult to ascertain whether the population of wild deer has been reduced as there hasn’t been any study to assess their numbers,” North Coast Local Land Services senior lands service officer Geoff LeMessurier said.

“The cost of doing such a study would be of great expense and very time consuming.”

Wild deer have been a concern in the Port Macquarie area since the 1980s and as the Hastings region continues to develop, the negative impacts of wild deer have increased.

Deer are classified as a game animal but the Natural Resource Commission of NSW submitted a report in August 2016 to the state government recommending that the classification changes to pest.

Mr LeMessurier said there a a number of stakeholders who are working together in an effort to reduce the number of wild deer in the area.

He said they are causing the biggest impact in peri-urban areas. The deer trample residential gardens, damage fences and walk on to roads.

Due to the size of the animal, Mr LeMessurier said they pose a big risk to people driving vehicles and there have been a number of collisions.

Mr LeMessurier said stakeholders were working on priority areas and culling in a manner that is safe and professional.

He said wild deer have proven themselves to be a very successful invasive species and hard to control.

For culling methods he said there are two options either by shooting the animal or by capture.

Mr LeMessurier stated that any potential hunters are only allowed on land where there has been approved permission by the landholder and the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure the practice is safe and controlled.

Currently he said there is still more research being done on other methods of control.

Mr LeMessurier said if deers do become classified as a pest then control methods will become easier for farmers to access.

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Deer reduction proving to be difficult

Deer hazard: There are two options for culling methods of the animal either by shooting them or by capture. The Hastings Wild Deer Strategy came into effect in May 2016 but it is still too early to assess the impact of the project.
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The aim of the two year strategy is to reduce the adverse impact of wild deer in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, to improve available resources to reduce their numbers and to ascertain priority areas where the issue needs to be addressed.

“It’s very difficult to ascertain whether the population of wild deer has been reduced as there hasn’t been any study to assess their numbers,” North Coast Local Land Services senior lands service officer Geoff LeMessurier said.

“The cost of doing such a study would be of great expense and very time consuming.”

Wild deer have been a concern in the Port Macquarie area since the 1980s and as the Hastings region continues to develop, the negative impacts of wild deer have increased.

Deer are classified as a game animal but the Natural Resource Commission of NSW submitted a report in August 2016 to the state government recommending that the classification changes to pest.

Mr LeMessurier said there a a number of stakeholders who are working together in an effort to reduce the number of wild deer in the area.

He said they are causing the biggest impact in peri-urban areas. The deer trample residential gardens, damage fences and walk on to roads.

Due to the size of the animal, Mr LeMessurier said they pose a big risk to people driving vehicles and there have been a number of collisions.

Mr LeMessurier said stakeholders were working on priority areas and culling in a manner that is safe and professional.

He said wild deer have proven themselves to be a very successful invasive species and hard to control.

For culling methods he said there are two options either by shooting the animal or by capture.

Mr LeMessurier stated that any potential hunters are only allowed on land where there has been approved permission by the landholder and the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure the practice is safe and controlled.

Currently he said there is still more research being done on other methods of control.

Mr LeMessurier said if deers do become classified as a pest then control methods will become easier for farmers to access.

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Belmont North water catchment labelled ‘high risk’

Full: Grahamstown Dam at capacity after the April, 2015 storm event. The dam had major works in 2001 and 2005 to reduce its flood risk. Lake Macquarie’s Floraville water detention basin is the only Hunter catchment on a high risk list.A LAKE Macquarie City Council water detention basin has been assessed as high risk by the state’s dam safety regulator, making it one of only 17 high risk dams or water catchments in NSW.
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Belmont North’s Floraville Road detention basin was added to the Dams Safety Committee’s annual high risk list in 2016 after it was assessed as having inadequate flood capacity, running against a trend of a decreasing number of high risk water catchments in NSW.

Dams or water catchments are classed as high risk based on the probability of failure under circumstances including extreme flooding or earthquake.

The Floraville Road basin, identified as a possible problem in 2015, was one of only three new water catchments added to the high risk list in 2016, and is the only Hunter water catchment on the list.

In its annual report the Dams Safety Committee noted a dam break assessment had been completed and Lake Macquarie Council had committed to upgrading the detention basin, in the growing Belmont North area, with work expected to start in late 2017.

The committee has overseen work on 46 high risk dams since 2001, including Grahamstown Dam in 2001 and 2005 which led to a spillway upgrade, and Chichester Dam in 1995 and 2004.

A Lake Macquarie Council spokesperson said the Floraville Road detention basin was designed to temporarily store water during rainfall events and release it in a controlled manner through a pipe network.

“Council is planning to upgrade the discharge capacity of the basin to comply with the NSW Dams Safety Committee recommendations,” the spokesperson said.

A Dams Safety Committee spokesman said the committee worked with dam owners, but if they didnot respond positively it issued notices requiring work to be completed.

Mid-Western Regional Council was issued a notice in 2011 to make its Redbank Creek dam safe by completing work on the dam’s concrete wall.

The committee said it maintainsa particular focus on mine tailings dams after the disastrous Brazilian tailings dam failure in November 2015 which killed 19 people and caused significant environmental and social damage.

Big break for the girls

Hot shots: Jayne Dunn and Leanne Presnell made a special piece of history when they became the first females to complete in an open snooker final at the Ex Services Club on Sunday. A UNIQUE Snooker final was played at the Ex Services Club last Sunday afternoon when Jayne Dunn and Leanne Presnell were the first females to complete in an open competition decider in the history of the snooker club. Jayne became the first female champion when she defeated Leanne Presnell in the Handicap Singles final 2-0. Jayne defeated Ray “Choom’ Foster in one semi-final while Leanne rounded up Jamie Wall in the other.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Sweeney who has now won the most Walcha Squash Club A Grade Championships after he defeated Michael Boyd in the 2016 final.

‘Sween’ took his overall tally to 11, one more than Michael Gibson who ruled the roost through the 1990s after winning his maiden title in 1989.

THERE were four grand finals decided at the Squash Courts where Kevin Mathews came from 1-0 down to defeat Scott Kermode in the B Grade decider 3-1. In C Grade James Norton downed Charlie Brown 3-1 while Michael Hoy trailled 2-1 before bouncing back to win 3-2 against Andy McCormack.

WHAT a sterling performance by teenage bowler Beau Abraham who captured 5/18 against Round Swamp including the prize scalp of Barry Hoy for a duck who he trapped L.B.W. Beau snared his first three victims with a space of nine deliveries and after five overs had 5/5 before he went for 13 runs in his final two overs. Good on ya Beau.

SO CLOSE but yet so far for Colts top order batsman. Jacob Sherrin who went within three of posting a century against Uralla last Saturday before Jay Grills grabbed a good sliding catch to dismiss him. Jacob cracked 15 boundaries on his way to 97.

BIG WIGS of the week. Jacob Sherrin 97 Dan Hunt 42 n.o. Luke Wellings 25 and 3/10 Beau Abraham 5/18 Brett Woodward 5/35 Troy Yarnold 3/10

POULTRYFarmers of the week – Troy Yarnold, Barry Hoy, Ben France, Neil Dunn, Stephen Haslem, Mitch Scriverner, Dougal Eliott, Will Fletcher, Stu Hobbs, Andrew Ed, James McGuffog while Cameron LIttle remained 0 n.o. Enough players for a full team with a 12th man.

WALCHA News Cup Points Score – Round Swamp 42 Colts 38 Uralla 34 Rugby League 26 Kentucky 20. Play is scheduled to resume on January 7th where Colts take on Round Swamp at John Oxley Sportsground in a top of the ladder clash and Rugby League lost to Kentucky at the Park.

Cricket ReportCompetition leaders Round Swamp were lucky to defeat Kentucky at the Park last Saturday while the game between Uralla and Colts at Uralla was washed out.

Kentucky went within an ace of pulling off the upset of the season when after setting Swamp a very modest total of 49 had their opponents 7/26 before player of the Match Luke Wellings came to the rescue.

Wellings remained unbeaten on 25 while the only other batsman to reach double figures was Lee Harrison on 12.

Teenager Beau Abraham was the destroyer snaring 5/18 off his seven overs whereas veteran opener Greg Buckland took the first two wickets to fall before finishing with 2/23.

Just two Kentucky batsmen bothered the scorers, Dan Micallef with an unconquered 15 and young opener Daniel Boyd 11.

Both Wellings and spinner Troy Yarnold took 3/10 while Harrison, Ben France, Ben Cross and Brian Wellings all picked up a wicket each.

Up at the Uralla Sports Complex Colts number three batsman Jacob Sherrin just missed out on a century when he was out to a sharp running catch by Jay Grills off the bowling of Gary Aulakh.

Colts finished on 8/214 before the rain came after Dan Hunt 42 not out, Brad Dade 21 along with openers Josh Wellings 18 and Ed Blomfield 16 had contributed to the total. ​

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