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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

SUPPORT FOR PAULINEPauline Hanson is no fool. (re ABC QandA, Monday, 18 July.)
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She is well groomed, polite and adept at answering the loaded questions.

Only the inner Cabinet would be informed about pending legislation. Not Pauline, who doesn’t even have her Parliamentary office and has not been briefed.

Pauline expresses the thoughts of the silent majority, of whom I am one.

I congratulate Pauline for the strength and courage of her convictions and wish her “Godspeed” as she commences this term in the Senate.

Helen Keller is quoted as saying: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Lois Edlington

DURI

RACING INJUSTICEMy reason for writing this letter is because of what I consider to the gross unfairness of the treatment handed out to Mr Cody Morgan and Mr Robert Clement in the recent judicial hearing in Tamworth.

I am not saying they are not guilty of the charges. I don’t know Mr Clement or Mr Morgan personally but the treatment handed out them has been grossly unfair. Racing NSW also has a lot to answer for the way this has been handled.

Code named Trentbridge Mr Morgan and Mr Clement are the first people to be charged under the race fixing laws introduced in 2012.

They have been found guilty of engaging in conduct to corrupt the betting outcome of the 2013 Tamworth Cup.

It is the first major test of the landmark legislation.

They have been found guilty of drenching a horse to corrupt the betting outcome of the Tamworth Cup in 2013 and gain a financial windfall.

However, Mr Morgan was only betting $100 each way.The crown had no evidence that Mr Clement had a bet on the race.Acting Judge Charteris said the charges were not easily detectable offences.

Racing NSW chairman of stewards, Mr Mark Van Gestel said there was no formal policy around the “new legislation” concerning Mr Morgan and Mr Clement.

Over three years of intense financial and emotional hardship, estimated at $250,000, they still have imprisonment hanging over their head.They have already served a year of disqualification.Mr Morgan wasn’t able to train for 18 months before being given his licence back.

Why has he been given his full licence back?Why has he had to go through this awful process when other trainers may still be doing the same thing.

In one of the court hearings a legal representative for Mr Morgan presented a letter purportedly showing that samples (blood and urine) taken from the horse (Prussian Secret) had returned an all clear reading.

How can they regard it as corruption and race fixing when they were only trying to ensure Prussian Secret ran at his best.

They weren’t administering any enhancing drugs. They weren’t influencing any other horses in the race. And they were only betting a small amount on the race. I cannot help but think Racing NSW, through its inaction, has let the legal system make an example of two men who deserve much more than what they have received.

Dudley Tickle

Tamworth

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SHE’S NO FOOL: Pauline Hanson is one of Australia’s most well known politicians. Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald

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Grants help improve lives of older residents

Enterprising: Wild Rumpus art tutor Ann Clarke with IRTs Megan Overton and Wild Rumpus co-founder Lizzie Rose. The skill-sharing enterprise will share in this year’s IRT Foundation community grants. Picture: Kirk GilmourHomegrown skills-sharing enterprise Wild Rumpus will engage older community members in a new initiative thanks toa welcome funding boost.
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Wild Rumpus is one of 12 successful recipients of theIRT Foundation’s 2016 community grants, which this year totalled $150,000.

Lizzie Rose, co-founder of the Wollongong-based non-profit organisation, said it would use its $19,000 grant to develop a range of courses run by older residents.

‘’We run skill-share classes from Helensburgh to Kiama with the overall aim of building resourceful, sustainable, creative communities,’’ she said.

‘’This grant will help build ourPass it On project, where we work with senior members of our community to share their skills in cooking, craft, building and general knowledge.

‘’It’s about empoweringpeople, it works on brain development and in some cases it canhelpcombat isolation, depression and loneliness.’’

For people like Ann Clarke, a TAFE teacher of 40 years who’s recently retired, it’s a chance to keep doing what she loves.

‘’Being able to share their skills gives older people a sense of worth, it’svalidating them as a person and validatingtheir creativity,’’ she said.

IRTFoundation manager Toby Dawson said the grants program, nowinits second year, had receivedmore than 80 applications.

The 12 successful projects were based across IRT’s communities in NSW, the ACT and Queensland. That included five Illawarra projects, whichhad shared in$75,000.

‘’The aim of the grants is to partner with local community organisations to deliver projects that will provide practical solutions to achieve age-friendly communities,’’ Mr Dawson said.

‘’We asked for applications that provided respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment and social participation for older residents.’’

Other Illawarra projects to be funded include Kiama Council’s dementia-friendly schemewhich will receive $20,000. This will include inter-generational programs such as play groups for pre-school children in aged care facilities.

The Illawarra’s OWN (Older Women’s Network) will get $1190 for workshops, meditation sessions andtherapeutic art;while CareSouth will get $20,000 to start a grandparents program for children from vulnerable backgrounds.

Cancer Council NSW’s grant of $15,393 will establish an expo to help volunteers develop skills and explore new opportunities.

Mr Dawson said the community grants program was part of IRT Group’s commitment to give back$20 million in community dividends by 2020.

‘’The IRT Foundation is creating opportunities for people to age positively,’’ he said.

‘’The grants program is one of the vehicles we use to do that; we have also invested $1.9 million into research since 2009 and we deliver a range of educational and advocacy initiatives.’’

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Tigers a whisker from win

The mighty tigers went within a whisker of downing the undefeated Dubbo CYMS in the best game of bush footy I have ever witnessed.
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In an age where big scorelines are common, these two sides wound back the clock to the days where games were built on defence and this one certainly was.

Both sides were aggressive and fast and it was definitely no race for the faint hearted.

The Tigers went to half-time holding a 7-6 lead courtesy of a Brad Pickering field goal on the bell.

CYMS came out of the second session expecting the gas to run out of our boys but it didn’t happen with both teams defending like their lives depended on it.

The only points of the second half was a penalty goal to CYMS to take and 8-7 lead which ended up being the score at full-time.

We had a chance to take the lead with a late shot at penalty goal but the ball sailed wide of the posts.

There was not a bad player on the paddock.The match up between Rob Gudgeon and Western Rams centre Jai Chapman was a beauty. These two blokes are similar types of players and they went at it from the get-go.

Neither player gave an inch. But I think our main man might have won apoints decision with his aggressive defence levelling his opponent on several occasions.

Captain-coach Byron Warren in only his second game back from injury was outstanding, you forget how good a footballer this bloke is with a couple more runs under his belt he could be the difference come semi-finals.

The defensive efforts of Loma, Troy Evans and Luke Moodyhad to be seen to be believed.

They have been as good as the best we have ever had.

Super effort boys, we may not have gotten the cash but we have definitely got CYMS thinking and they would have known they had a game of footy as they headed back over the levee.

The reserve grade game saw Dek’s men stand tall once again to grind out a 14 to 10 victory over CYMS. Dek has got these blokes working hard for each other and the results are showing.

The fowards keep turning up for each other in defence. Matty Selfe tackled himself silly as did Luke Matheson.In the backs Dom Kennedy was the difference.Little winger Irish Pete was also solid.Good effort boys.

The under-18s clash saw both sides field depleted teams because of representative commitments.But the boys still produced a good showing with the game going down to the wire.

The Tigers held an 18 to eight lead with 12 minutes to go but faded at the finish to go down 26 to 18.

Frontrower Owen Kennedy was the best for the Tigers. He received good support from Tom Harris and Dave Casey.

NAIL-BITER: Captain-Coach Byron Warren gets heated in the Tigers’ clash against the undefeated defending premiers Dubbo CYMS. Points were hard to come by in one of the most gruelling matches of the season.

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Navy cadets in the money

ON THE MONEY: Petty officer Caleb Smith with CommBank Cleveland branch manager Samantha Coglan-Laws.THEAustralian Navy Cadets Norfolk have been awarded a $9064 Community Grant for their work supporting local youth.
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The Australian Navy Cadets Norfolk is one of 229 youth-focused organisations around Australiathat havereceived a 2016 community grant.

Each grant is funded by CommonwealthBank staff through the bank’s workplace giving program, the Staff Community Fund.

The cadets aimto build teamwork and leadership in young people aged12 to19 years of age.

The Norfolk unit had insufficient lockers for the 70 localcadets, with up to threesharing eachlocker.With the grant each cadet will have alocker.

Cleveland CommBank branch manager Samantha Coglan-Lawssaid it was a great source of pride for staff and the bank to support worthyprograms.

“We are grateful for the generosity of more than 13,000 currentand retired staff who donate to the Staff Community Fund to make this possible,’’ she said.

Since the grants startedin 2007, $13.7 million hasbeen awarded to more than 1600 youth-focused organisations.

The fund is one of Australia’s longest workplace giving programs with staffcontributing a nominal amount from their salary towards the fund, which is matched dollar fordollar by the bank.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Bank Community Grant, organisations must support the healthand wellbeing of Australians up to 21 years of age.

Navy cadets in the money ON THE MONEY: Petty officer Caleb Smith with CommBank Cleveland branch manager Samantha Coglan-Laws.

ALL SMILE: The Norfolk team.

Norfolk cadets celebrate a little CommBank help.

Norfolk cadets on parade.

Cadets on the parade ground.

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Flag half mast after turmoil across globe

NICE: People gather to lay tributes on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images
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Maitland City Council has lowered its flag to half mast as a tribute to the lives lost across the world in the past week.

InNice,France on July 14 more than 80 people were killed when a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. There was more tragic news on the weekend in Turkey where the military attempted a bloody coup and more than 100 people were killed.Maitland mayor, councillorPeter Blackmore, requested the flag be lowered.

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“The sad and unnecessary loss of life has commanded time on our television screen since it occurred,” Cr Blackmore said.

“This is a tribute to those people who lost their lives. It is the least we can do.”

News of the attacks hit close to home for Cr Blackmore. His wife Robyn Blackmoreisa surviver of the Port Arthur massacre.

“Most of us can only imagine what it would have been like,” he said.

“But those families and so many little children who had their whole life ahead of them, it is just tragic.The residents of the city of Maitland want to pay tribute to those who lost their life in the carnage that has occurred.”

The mayor could only order the city flag be lowered, as thenational flag can only be changed by order of the Prime Minister.Cr Blackmore said he was happy for Maitland to lead the way with thisgesture of unity.

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