Guards under fire

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Two security guards will never work at Camden Hotel again after a video of a fight went viral on Saturday night.
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The video showedtwo men starting a fight in the car park –located at the back of the hotel –while the two security guards stoodback and watched. After a few seconds several men become involved and three guards came from another part of the venue to break them up.

Camden Hotel licensee Andrew Valciukas said he was “completely disgusted” by the video.

“The two guards are no longeremployees of the hotel,” he said.

“Our responsibility is to protect our patrons and the venue. The video is pretty damning, they didn’t attempt to intercede until three more guards arrived.”

Mr Valciukas said one of the males involved in the fight was kicked out of the hotel andthe other group had comefrom another local venue.

He said security guards were expected to intervene before the fight had escalated.

“It is a bit of a grey area and it is arguable that it is not the venue’s responsibility [as the fight was outside the premises], but that is not how we see it,” he said.

“That is why management has had such a strong response. Management are aghast by the way these security guards conducted themselves –that behaviour is not in keeping with our expectations.

“The issue is ongoing as we are still in discussions with our security company.”

Camden pubs and clubs also have a policy in placewhich allows them to ban people from multiple venuesfor offences including fighting.

Police were called to the Camden Hotel at 10.40pm on Saturday night by staff.

Camden crime manager Detective Inspector Jayne Dougherty said police located a group of people who said they had been the victim of an assault near Argyle Street.

“Police will review the footage of the fight and if they can identify the people involved they will be charged with affray and violent disorder,” she said.

“We were disappointed to hear the cheers and comments people were making in the video telling them to fight.

“We have seen young people killed during fights –sometimes after one punch.”

The crime manager urged people to be responsible for themselves and look after their mates on nights out.

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Swimming well in Sydney

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Wauchope’s Phoebe Bentley got a top ten placing at the Country Championships in Sydney recently.Eighteen Swimming North CoastSwimmers won 33 medals at the country championships in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre from February 24-26.
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21 clubs attended with 104 swimmers qualifying for 511 events.

During these championships a March Past of competitors was held and well attended by all teams. SNC teams were successful in the small teams—Laurieton and the large teams—Trinity Lismore. These two clubs were outstanding in their approach to this and were well turned out.

The club Point score – highest SNC club was Port Macquarie 9th and Trinity Lismore 16th,

The outstanding medallists were Madeline Ewing Summerland Racing Team 2x lst and a 5th and a 7th and Jack Hosking Trinity Lismore 2 x 1st and a 4th and 10th placing.

Port Macquarie—Sam Harris 1st and 2nd x 3; Luke Mapstone 1st and 2x 2nd; Grace Bannon 1st and 2nd and Jessica Grant 2nd.

Trinity Lismore—Jemma Cooper, 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Elsie Cooper 2nd and 3rd; Aidan Jensen 2nd; Max Mulcahy 3rd; Taylah Crabtree 3rd; and Alexander McKenna 2nd.

Macksville—Declan Sutton 2nd x 3 and 3rd.

Murwillumbah Hayley Bendl 2nd and 3rd.

Lismore Workers Declan Young 2nd, Coffs Harbour Riley Andrews 1st, Kingscliff Maverick McCarthy 2nd and Taree Bevan Smith 3rd.

Swimmers who placed in the top ten were–

Trinity—Alexander McKenna, Jemma Cooper, Ella Egan , Natalia Shaw, Ava Brickley, Elsie Cooper, Hamish Torrens, Michaela Brickley, Aiden Jensen, Tylah Crabtree, Suzannah Lack, Alysha Balwin, Mac Mulcahy and 5 relays.

Port Macquarie—Sam Harris, Bianca Jamison, Tom Berryman, Grace Bannon, Hugh Stewart, Harrison Northey, Luke Mapstone, Adam Grant, Iesha Apthorpe Jack Ahgland, Kimberley Gosham, Mitchell Chander, Jessica Grant and 4 relays.

Forster—Claire and Brock Van Kampen, Jesse Wilks, Tyler Jones and Emily Rowell.

Sawtell—Luke Malia; Dorrigo—Rekkii Bryne and Amos Colburn; Coffs Harbour—Rebecca Nicol and Riley Andrews; Kempsey Mark Thurgood and Jossie Charlton; Macksville—Declan Sutton; Mullumbimby—Kalani Bruce; Grafton—Charlie Steele and Jack Leeson; Yamba—Toby Campbell; Waughope—Phoebe Bentley and Morgan Jean; Laurieton—Claire and Sarah McIntosh and Kingscliffe—Maverick McCarthy.

A great result from all clubs and congratulationsto the medal winners and top ten placings.

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Guards under fire

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Two security guards will never work at Camden Hotel again after a video of a fight went viral on Saturday night.
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The video showedtwo men starting a fight in the car park –located at the back of the hotel –while the two security guards stoodback and watched. After a few seconds several men become involved and three guards came from another part of the venue to break them up.

Camden Hotel licensee Andrew Valciukas said he was “completely disgusted” by the video.

“The two guards are no longeremployees of the hotel,” he said.

“Our responsibility is to protect our patrons and the venue. The video is pretty damning, they didn’t attempt to intercede until three more guards arrived.”

Mr Valciukas said one of the males involved in the fight was kicked out of the hotel andthe other group had comefrom another local venue.

He said security guards were expected to intervene before the fight had escalated.

“It is a bit of a grey area and it is arguable that it is not the venue’s responsibility [as the fight was outside the premises], but that is not how we see it,” he said.

“That is why management has had such a strong response. Management are aghast by the way these security guards conducted themselves –that behaviour is not in keeping with our expectations.

“The issue is ongoing as we are still in discussions with our security company.”

Camden pubs and clubs also have a policy in placewhich allows them to ban people from multiple venuesfor offences including fighting.

Police were called to the Camden Hotel at 10.40pm on Saturday night by staff.

Camden crime manager Detective Inspector Jayne Dougherty said police located a group of people who said they had been the victim of an assault near Argyle Street.

“Police will review the footage of the fight and if they can identify the people involved they will be charged with affray and violent disorder,” she said.

“We were disappointed to hear the cheers and comments people were making in the video telling them to fight.

“We have seen young people killed during fights –sometimes after one punch.”

The crime manager urged people to be responsible for themselves and look after their mates on nights out.

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Tamworth latest stop on Melton’s odyssey

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Brad Melton has embarked on a peripatetic journey thanks to basketball.
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In charge: Brad Melton took his first training session on Sunday as coach of the Tamworth Thunderbolts women’s team. Photo: Peter Hardin

Melton always had a love of the game and found his calling in coaching.

He has criss-crossed the globe,enjoying success in his homeland of the United States, Europe and Australia.

The latest chapter of Melton’s career sees him in Tamworth, where he arrived at the weekend to take up his role as head coach of the Thunderbolts women’s team.

“I got here on Saturday and had a chance to watch the men play on Saturday night,” Melton said.

“I visited here in November and it’s great to be here now to get into our preparation for the upcoming season.

“I get a great feeling from the people on the (Tamworth Basketball Association) board.”

Melton wasted little time hitting the floor with his team, putting the Thunderbolts women through a testing session at the Sports Dome on Sunday morning.

A key focus was working on the offence, something the American mentor said was imperative ahead of the season tip-off on March 18.

“We haven’t got a lot of time, so every chance we get to have the girls on the court together is one we need to make full use of,” he said.

“I thought they did an excellent job today to grasp what we’re trying to achieve, this is only the start of things for us.

“We’ll work on the fundamentals, both offensively and defensively, which can provide us with a base.”

Melton has broad experience coaching men’s and women’s teams and is no stranger to title success.

During his first stint Down Under, Melton tasted double title success in Western Australia with Lakeside Lightning’s men’s and women’s teams.

This is his third coaching role in Australia, having also guided the Suncoast Clippers men’s side during the 2015 QBL season.

Meltonhas spent a number of yearsin Luxembourg and coached the Kordall Steelers in the country’s top-flight competition, the Total League.

He also held an assistant coaching role in the American college system earlier in his career at the University of Southern Indiana and was in charge of ABA club Maryland Nighthawks.

In addition to his role with the women’s team, Melton will double as the TBA’s director of coaching, overseeing the next generation of talents.

“I’m excited about the challenges ahead and helping develop players in Tamworth,” he said.

Melton added the awareness of Australian basketball continues to grow stateside due to the influx of players at the elite level in the NBA and WNBA.

“Australian players have been making strides in the States for many years now,” he said.

“Even though the girls could have done a bit better at the Olympics, they have been a force on the international scene for a long time.

“You’re also seeing record numbers of Australians in the NBA and that’s great because it gives those younger players something to aspire to.”

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Rethink trivial triple-0 call-outs

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While someone is suffering a cardiac arrest other residents are regularly calling paramedics to tendto a stubbed toe or a cough, clogging up valuable resources and putting lives on the line.
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A new government campaign aims to slash the number of trivial triple-0 call-outs. In 2015-16 calls for ambulance attendance grew by 5.7 per cent compared to a state-wide population growth of just 1.7 per cent.

Ambulance Union acting secretary Danny Hill said Ballarat paramedics were among those frustrated by the number of non-emergency calls for paramedics.

He said while Ambulance Victoria has improved its triage system –if an ambulance was requested it usually attended and on arrival paramedics would undertake a full assessment, even if the patient was not visibly ill.

“The list (of non emergency call-outs) is pretty long and it includes people who have no clinical reason to be seen by paramedics,” Mr Hill said.

“I have been called because someone is not sleeping, someone can’t get to sleep, someone who has had a cold or has a nightmare.

“Once, someone called –and this was her words –because she thought the ECG machine was cute.”

While these call-outs may seem comical, they could cost lives.

“These might tie-up an ambulance for half and hour and when someone is critically illthe time delayin getting there could be critical,” Mr Hill said.

“In a cardiac arrest case, for example, if they don’t get hands on chest or a defibrillator within 10 to 15 minutes –there is a good chance they won’t survive.”

Recent Ambulance Victoria data revealed the average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 accident or emergency in Ballarat improved, to 11.37 minutes in the December quarter from 11.40 minutes three months earlier.

Over the same period, the proportion of ambulances which arrived within the benchmark 15 minutes for the most time-critical patients – including cardiac arrest, heart attack, major trauma and stroke patients – improved from 83.4 per cent to 84 per cent.

Ambulance services minister Jill Hennessy said it was important community members were educated about when to call an ambulance.

Mr Hill said there were often two ends of the spectrum –and said if people did have an emergency they should call.“If you have a genuine concern … absolutely call triple-0,” Mr Hill said.

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Veteran agency’s new face

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PROUD: Andrew Cant A veteran player of Maitland’s real estate industry has rung in a new era, with Tony Cant Real Estate formally rebranding itself as Starr Partners Maitland.
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CUTTING THE RIBBON: From left, Tony Cant residential sales manager James Rodrick, Starr Partners CEO Douglas Driscoll and Tony Cant directors Tony and Andrew Cant.

The agency –which established itself in the region as an independent nearly four decades ago –announced it was joining the Starr Partners network at a launch party last week.

Director Andrew Cant told those in attendance that while itwas the beginning of a new chapter for the company, the legacy built by his father Tony would live on.

“It will be with us forever, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.“We’ve got a different name and some different colours but at the end of the day it’s the people that make the business.”

MrCant admitted it wasa bittersweet time for Tony, who built the agency from the ground up, but said the decision was about future-proofing the business for another 40 years.

The advent of internet marketing meant independent agencies were struggling to have the same reach as the networks, who were backed by world-class resources.

“I’m sure it’s mixed emotions for him [Tony], but having said that I remember the day I went and saw him about this and honestly he said it was a good idea,” Andrewsaid.“All credit to him for that.”

Mr Cant said the rebrand would put his staff on the front foot in an increasingly competitive environment.

“Our staff will have access to referrals from other StarrPartners offices,in addition to high calibre training programs, technology and marketing materials,” he said.

The company will remained owned by Tony Cant Real Estate Proprietary Limited, of which both Andrew and Tony Cant are shareholders.

StarrPartnerswas named boutique network of the year in 2016 and TonyCantReal Estate has been the recipient of seven community choice awards for most outstanding real estate agencyin the Hunter.

StarrPartnersCEO Douglas Driscoll attended the launch and said he was delighted to be bringing the Tony Cant team on board.

“They are of the highest pedigree, having a proven track record and many years of experience in the Maitland area,” he said.

Will Ireland has podium finish in downhill sightsvideo

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JUMP: Will Ireland, 10, goes into orbit at Thredbo. Picture: SuppliedMedowie mountain bike racer Will Ireland, 10, hopes he can cinch a podium finish in a national downhill series this weekend, March 10-12.
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Ireland has posted two firsts and a fourth so far in the series, holding fourth coming into the fourth and final round of the under 13s DH1 at Towoomba.

“I’m really hopeful of a top three finish,” he said.

Ireland can’t remember a time where he didn’t ride bikes.

Having begun on a balance bike at 18 months of age, who soon took up BMX.

At just three years and 10 months he begun training with national downhill champion Graeme Mudd.

BIG TALENT: Will Ireland, 10, is a big player on the national downhill scene. Picture: Sam Norris

With three golds under his belt he swapped to downhill in 2014.

Besides talent, he’s demonstrated trademark charisma some of the sport’s best are known for.

Like his idol, Claudio Caluori, Ireland has launched his own YouTube channel with a compilation of course previews where he talks viewers through the course before race day.

It might be downhill but it’s still hard work. Especially while commentating.

“Downhill is very physical,” Ireland said.

“You don’t really get to sit down and you get a lot of arm pump [fatigue].”

“He’s very much an all-rounder,” his father Jeremy Ireland said.

The young athlete’s talents have been roundly nurtured.

One mountain bike manufacturer has been so impressed it has loaned him a bike, while Rusty Cycleworks and MyRide Industries are home grown supporters of his talent.

His school is also supportive.

“Medowie Christian School has developed a program for while he’s on the road,” Jeremy Ireland said.

Ireland will also compete in the National Championships –a standalone event –in Canungra, Queensland, March 16.

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Stay away from tuna farming sites

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THE local southern bluefin tuna industry is increasing video and vessel surveillance of its tuna pens after evidence of tuna poaching has been found.
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With the tuna fishing season drawing to a close, pens out at Boston Island are full and the industry isremindingrecreational fishers to stick to the rules around farming sites.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association’sClaire Webber said recent evidence that poaching has been occurring was found on tuna lease sites.

“Since the majority of fish have been transferred into the pens behind Boston Island we have had multiple reports of illegal poaching from tuna farms.

She said recreational vessels needed to obey and keep the rules which applied to farming sites in mind.

All aquaculture zones are designated as multi-use areas but individual lease sites are exclusively occupied by companies undertaking aquaculture operations.

“Vessels recreationally targeting fish are not entitled to enter of fish on lease sites without permission,” Miss Webber said.

It is an offence under the Aquaculture Act to trespass onto lease sites without permission and tough maximum penalties including a $2500 fine or six months imprisonment.

Miss Webber said one of the reasons for the strict rules was because poaching of southern bluefin tuna from ranching pontoons continued to be a problem.

“Unfortunately a small minority of people purposefully choose to do the wrong thing,” Miss Webbersaid.

She said the industry had increased camera and vessel surveillance within the Lincoln Aquaculture Zone in response to the poaching.

Miss Webber said it was an industry priority to protect the welfare of its stock and was confident offenders would not avoid detection.

“Stealing fish from an aquaculture pontoon is exactly the same as stealing livestock from a land farm,” Miss Webber said.

“We hope people take time to familiarise themselves with their obligations when fishing in our local waters.”

Information on rules and regulations can be found on the PIRSA fisheries website.

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Thirty years of caring for our children

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THIRTY YEARS: Judy Albany has celebrated thirty years of caring for the children of Milton Ulladulla Preschool, complete with a Mad Hatters Long Table lunch.Playing a hugerole in our little people’s lives, Milton Ulladulla Preschool’s Judy Albany celebrated a special milestone of 30 years of taking care of the region’schildren.
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Caring for generation on generation of Milton-Ulladulla toddlers, a special celebration day was held at the preschoolcomplete with a Mad Hatters Long Table lunch, presentation and songs.

Mrs Albany said it is the magic of the children which continues to keepher excited to return to work day after day.

“It is all about the children,” she said.

“Just their knowledge and their will to learn. Plus their honesty isalways a lot of fun.

“They certainly make each day go fast because they are constantly changing.”

Love for Judy.

After making the movefrom Sydney to Mollymook, at playgroup Judy met a group of like-minded mothers.

With her friendsshe entered a course to become a child-care workerand re-enter the workforce.

Finding a home quickly at Milton Ulladulla Preschool, she swiftly became a much-loved member of the team by parents and children a like, even getting stopped on the street for a cuddle.

“It is a lovely part of the job,” she said.

“Walking down the street and people come up and give me a hug, and tell me how their children are now going at school.

“It is definitely a whole friendship thing, and in a small town those friendships last forever.”

A celebration wall.

The Mad Hatters Long Table lunch was complete with pizza, fairy bread and of course a spectacularcake to celebrate the special moment.

Judy said she could not have done it without her staff,who describes heras the strength of Milton Ulladulla Preschool.

In the ultimate compliment, children once cared for by Judy are now returning with their own children to be receive the same love.

The community-based, not-for-profit Milton Ulladulla Preschool is area’slongest running preschool.

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Letters to the editor

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With a quarter of 5-17-year-olds overweight, the Confederation of Australian Sport is backing a call to action.Where Old Friends Meet demiseSad to learn of the end of a remarkable feature of Tenterfield community life.
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Especially poignant remembering the splendid item the members staged at last year’s Quota Concert.

It was a delightful and simple but profound recognition of the good values presented by the wonderful people – past and present – who participated over the years.

An understandable decision, quietly and gracefully done as expected of those special women.

Jane I’Ons,TenterfieldCall to actionI am writing to specifically ask readers to demand that more action is taken on promoting exercise in Australia.

Shocking figures show 3.2 million children are not doing enough exercise to meet health guidelines.Twenty-five per centof 5-17 year olds are overweight. My organisation – the not-for-profit Confederation of Australian Sport – is asking the Federal Government to develop a new national campaign to unlock the real potential of Australian sport.

Readers can help by asking their local MP to find out what they are doing about this issue and why more isn’t being done. The reality is 14 million Australians now don’t meet physical activity guidelines.

Conversely, if we saw a 15 per centjump in the number of people meeting guidelines within fiveyears – as the result of a new national campaign – much would change. Thousands of lives would be saved. Millions of dollars to the Australian economy would be saved. A cross-sector approach involving the Health, Education and Sport sectors is needed to ensure success and much of this work has already be completed.

We have been working in the field for 30 years and we know there has been a decline in physical activity in schools. The bottom line is we need leadership from the Government on this issue. We have over 20,000 local community clubs that can be harnessed to make a difference.

We ask readers to back our call that it is time for the Government to act.

Rob BradleyCEO,Confederation of Australian SportRestorative practices benefit everyoneEnsuring the best possible treatment of our young offenders is not only beneficial for young people, but is also in the best interest of the community. Currently the imposition of our criminal justice system is falling short of expectations of justice. I strongly believe that the use of restorative justice as an alternative to punishment is the way forward in reducing harm.

Australia’s criminal justice system does not encourage community growth and acceptance. Of the juvenile offenders released from prison in 2013, 76 per centreoffended within the next two years. How can we expect our young people to improve and become upstanding citizens when we lock them away and doom them to a life of being stuck in a cycle of crime?

Restorative justice treats a crime as a violation of people and relationships, through this justice offenders are forced to acknowledge their actions and the impact it has on victims, society and themselves.

Not only does restorative justice see positive outcomes for the offender as they are rehabilitated, but also the victim – who sees things put right. Restorative justice is the only method that allows the offender to see the impact they have on the victim and the community.

Restorative justice is proven to engage offenders back into education, reduce drug and alcohol use, reduce recidivism, and encourage the community to take part in the justice system. The key to safety in our community is not locking away offenders, but helping them to become productive and valued members of society.

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