Fake council website taken down as merger hostilities intensify

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North Shore Council does not exist.
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But for almost a year, a website for the fake council had been informing residents of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai their local councils had been abolished and replaced with the new super council.

In a bizarre twist, the fake council – North Shore Council – was cooked up by the communications department of Hornsby Shire council, and unleashed upon the internet even though no such merger had yet taken place between the two councils.

By Monday morning, the website had been taken down, leaving Hornsby Shire council red-faced and claiming it was unaware the site was live until it received media inquiries that morning.

“The website was not meant to be public. That was a simple mistake which has now been rectified,” a council spokesman said.

The domain, northshorecouncil南京夜网, was registered by Hornsby Shire Council last year, shortly after the NSW government announced in May their intention to amalgamate Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai councils.

The new council’s name, a decision which ultimately resides with the NSW government, was “simply a guess” by Hornsby Shire’s PR department.

“Hornsby Council has no information that North Shore Council will be the name of the new merged council,” the spokesman said.

“This was simply a guess by our communications team so that a domain name could be registered and work commenced on drafting a site.”

The website remained live, declaring the existence of the new council even as Ku-ring-gai council launched legal action to fight the forced merger last year, indefinitely prolonging the creation of a new merged entity.

It is understood that neither the mayor nor the executive of Hornsby Shire council were aware of the existence of the website until Monday morning.

However, the issue has intensified hostilities between the two councils, which have fermented around Ku-ring-gai’s vehement opposition to the merger and Hornsby’s support for the amalgamation to occur as quickly as possible.

Ku-ring-gai council confirmed on Monday it was not consulted about the website, and was only made aware of its existence after receiving inquiries from confused residents as to whether the merger had already occurred.

“This action by Hornsby council is another appalling example of the arrogance with which they have approached the merger issue all along,” Ku-ring-gai mayor Jennifer Anderson said.

“To make this website live shows a level of disdain for Ku-ring-gai and does not bode well for any future merger.”

Cr Anderson she had lodged a formal complaint with Premier Gladys Berejiklian over the issue, and said council lawyers would examine whether it had potentially prejudiced the council’s Supreme Court of Appeal case.

But Hornsby Shire defended the move as “just one example of the preparations” the council was undertaking to prepare for the merger.

“If the merger goes ahead, we want to be in a position to deliver the full level of service to ratepayers from day one. This includes keeping everybody fully informed,” the spokesman said.

The website debacle is the latest example of bad blood between the two councils, foreshadowing the potential difficulties which will confront a newly merged entity.

Earlier this year, Hornsby Shire mayor Steve Russell accused Ku-ring-gai councillors of “clinging to the selfish fiefdoms they’ve carved out using ratepayers’ money” by resisting the merger.

It prompted a stern response from Cr Anderson, who maintained ratepayers were opposed to “propping up Hornsby” with Ku-ring-gai’s assets.

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Knights utility Dylan Phythian is facing a second reconstruction of the same knee

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IF Knights fullback Dylan Phythian looked distressed as he was helped from the field at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, it was not just because of the pain in his left knee.
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SHATTERED: Dylan Phythian is helped from the field on Sunday by Newcastle’s medical staff. Picture: Getty Images

He was also suffering an unwelcome sense of deja vu.

Two years ago, playing in the NSW Cup, the Belmont-born utility back tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that left him facing six months of rehabilitation and recovery.

Thehealing process was delayedwhen he developed a blood clot.

Now it appears he has sustained basically the same injury to the same knee, after catching a bomb in Sunday’s 26-22 loss to the Warriors and immediately collapsing.

Newcastle’s medical staff believe he has again ruptured his ACL, although they are waiting for the results of scans to confirm the extent of the damage.

It is a cruel blow for the 21-year-old, who appeared in two NRL games last year and trained so well in the pre-season he secured first shot at Newcastle’s fullback vacancy. If his worst fears are realised, he will be unlikely to play again this season.

And by the time he has recovered, star signing Kayln Ponga will have arrived in Newcastle, where the teenage dynamois almost guaranteed the No.1 jersey.

Knights forward Mitch Barnett said Phythian was “really positive’’, considering a situation that would have many others wallowing in self-pity.

“He’s obviously shattered,’’ Barnett said. “It’s a big blow. We’re all here for him, though.

“He’s still walking around with a bit of a smile on his face.

“He’s up in Sydney now seeing a specialist and getting scans.’’

Phythian’s expected absence from Saturday’s clash with Gold Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium leavesKnights coach Nathan Brown pondering his fifth fullback since the start of last season.

Jaelen Feeney, Dane Gagai and Jake Mamo rotatedas custodian in 2016.

Peter Mata’utia switched from centres to replace Phythian against the Warriors, and would appear the likely long-term candidate.

That would open a spot at left-side centre, which could possibly be filled by Brendan Elliot or Cory Denniss.

Denniss scored two tries against the Warriors in NSW Cup, while Elliot was standby player for first grade.

Brown’s other option would be to shuffle Sione Mata’utia from back row to centre, as he did on Sunday.

English import Joe Wardle did not play in round one, as he is still building fitness after knee surgery last year. He is expected to be available between round three and round five.

Gordon Wood’s barrister issues apology to former DPP Nicholas Cowdery

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???Gordon Wood’s barrister has publicly apologised to former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, QC, withdrawing serious allegations of misconduct.
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Mr Wood, who was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne by throwing her off a cliff, is suing the state of NSW for malicious prosecution, and his statement of claim originally accused Mr Cowdery of “misfeasance in public office”.

The document before the NSW Supreme Court claimed Mr Cowdery had “acted in bad faith in carrying out his duties in connection with the prosecution of [Mr Wood] and for the dominant purpose of harming the plaintiff”.

But, on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce McClintock, SC, withdrew those allegations.

“I wish further to apologise to Mr Cowdery,” Mr McClintock said.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton said: “It’s a grave allegation to make in a pleading filed. Mr Cowdery … is a person who gave high public service to this state over many years.

“It was entirely unwarranted, as I see it, that he be named in this litigation at all.”

Mr Wood was found guilty of murdering Ms Byrne by throwing her off a cliff at The Gap, in Watsons Bay, during a high-profile trial in 2008, but was acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2012.

Mr McClintock told the court the police investigation and the prosecution against Mr Wood were “flawed”, driven by malice and conducted under intense political and media pressure.

Peter Neil, SC, for NSW, opened his case, and said the police investigation was “thorough, professional and competent”.

“It was completely devoid of malice or ill will towards the plaintiff and the police were not out to get him,” Mr Neil said.

Mr Neil said the Crown prosecutor at Mr Wood’s trial, Mark Tedeschi, QC, was highly experienced and ran a fair case.

“He always had a genuine, conscientious belief based upon his professional judgment that there was a proper case to be brought.”

Associate Professor Rod Cross, a physicist who testified that Ms Byrne must have been thrown, and who was heavily criticised by the appeals court, was well regarded in his field, Mr Neil said.

“He conducted experiments, he got results, … as far as he is concerned the results were correct and that allowed him to form certain opinions,” Mr Neil said.

“Both the police and prosecution service, in particular Mr Tedeschi???, were entitled to put the evidence before a jury and did so on a proper basis.”

Mr Neil said the police were not negligent in failing to take photographs of Ms Byrne’s body at The Gap, as alleged.

“The police knew this much: the vast majority of people who do leave The Gap do so voluntarily. Their loved ones … are avid for information.

“Police did not consider photos of very badly broken people on the rocks to be necessary.”

The hearing continues.

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Complaint about Bakers Delight ad for mini finger buns with M&Ms upheld

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A complaint that a Bakers Delight billboard was “advertising lollies on bread for school lunches” has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Board.
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The advertisement, which was displayed on signs in shopping centres, depicted three Bakers Delight products beneath the wording: “School lunches? Problem solved.”

Another version in the ad series highlighted that the product was for a “limited time only,” along side the message:”Go on. Make their Day!”

A cheese and Vegemite scroll, a cheese and bacon roll and a four-pack of mini finger buns covered in chocolate M&Ms featured on one of the signs, with the latter forming the focus of the complaint.

“Advertising of lollies on bread for school lunches is appalling. Lunch and healthy food choices is challenging enough for most families and to have this as an acceptable choice is unfathomable,” the complainant said.

“Bakers Delight is specifically targeting children to include M&M finger buns as a day-to-day lunch box item. Such products, should rarely (or preferably never) be eaten by children, let alone promoted and ‘normalised’ as an everyday food …”

The complainant argued that amid Australia’s “obesity crisis,” it seemed “incredibly irresponsible and unethical to market such products to children and their carers”.

The Advertising Standards Board ultimately found the ad series undermined the promotion of healthy balanced diets through “the combination of images and text” and that it did breach a section of the AANA Food Code.

“The reader may interpret the advertisement as being a suggestion of some items to go in the lunch box, however … the text ‘your lunch box solution’ strongly suggests this is all you could have (a scroll and a finger bun),” the judgment said.

The board referred to a similaradvertisement forKellogg LCM Golden Joys, in whichtheitem was in a lunch box alongside “a piece of fruit and a sandwich”, making it clear the sweet itemwas to be a small component of the total lunch.

Elements of the Bakers Delight sign, such as the brightly coloured M&Ms and brightly coloured pencils, were found to be appealing to children, but the board found the overall content was just as likely to appeal to carers and parents.

Therefore it said the advertising Children’s Codedid not apply, as the advertisement was not directed primarily to children.

In response to the finding, Bakers Delight said it was “surprised” and “disappointed in [itself]” that the ad had come to the attention of the board, but acknowledged it would not continue the campaign.

“Specifically, the campaign was designed to only be a special treat for a child; although purchased by a parent, who would make the buying decision,” Bakers Delight said.

“At no point was the finger bun product implied or otherwise as being a lunch replacement for a child. The campaign was a limited-time promotion with a limited quantity product …”

Bakers Delight general managerGerry Gerrard said he was disappointed that the brand had come before the board for the first time in 37 years.

“The product isactually half the length of ourregularfinger buns … a treat for children to put in their lunch. It was never neverintended or implied this would become a lunchsubstitute.”

Mr Gerrard said the company had received two complaints amid the 1 million customers it serves every day, but they were two more than he needed.

“Now we have a protocol, any [advertising] we do for children’s products we will come to the Advertising Standards Board first … we live and learn.”

‘We didn’t talk to any children’: Panel reviewing abuse in detention

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An independent expert panel contracted by the Federal government to examine allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in immigration detention failed to interview any victims, a royal commission has heard.
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The three member Child Protection Panel was convened in 2015 in the wake of two inquiries which raised serious allegations about abuse in detention in Australia and offshore.

Panellist Margaret Allisontold the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse none of the members had recent experience in interviewing children.

“We didn’t talk to any children, except incidentally, as we walked through detention centres,” said the former senior bureaucrat in Queensland’s child protection department.

Ms Allison, former chief executive of the Australian Crime Commission John Lawler??? and former senior Commonwealth public servant Dominic Downie were charged with analysing 214 of the “most serious” alleged incidents involving children in detention between 2008 and 2015.

Ms Allison told the commission the panel was concerned interviewing children might re-traumatise them.

“Some of those incidents would be a long time ago for children and I doubt that some of them would have recollection of things that would have happened when they were very young,” she said.

“For those who did have a memory of things that might have happened to them we were concerned about adding further trauma.

“Also, given the volume of our work, it was fairly clear . . . it would need to be, by and large, a desktop review.”

The panel examined alleged incidents of sexual and physical abuse, neglect and exploitation involving children. The commission heard sexual abuse was involved in about one-quarter of cases in detention centres in Australia and about one-third of cases in community detention and in the regional processing centre in Nauru however Ms Allison said the figures needed to be treated with caution.

“Probably the community detention one was the most concerning,” she said.

“There were matters involving actual sexual assault, grooming and high risk of sexual assault.”

Ms Allison told the commission organisations contracted by the Federal government to support asylum seekers in the community were inadequate.

“The existing service infrastructure for community detention was struggling a bit to deal with the challenges of providing services to children and families,” she said.

The Child Protection Panel finished its report last May but it was not released until December 16 with immigration boss Michael Pezzullo??? telling the commission that its release was delayed while a safeguarding framework was determined.

There are about 240 children in immigration detention in Australia, with the majority in community detention. On Nauru, there are 45 children in the regional processing centre and 130 living in the community on protection visas.

Mr Pezzullo told the commission ensuring the protection of children was one of his “highest priorities”.

The royal commission is holding a four-day hearing into child sexual abuse involving government institutions, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Defence Force as well as state and territory justice and community services departments.

Australian Defence Force vice chief Raymond Griggs told the hearing the cadet organisation had been reformed in the wake of testimony about sex abuse presented at the commission last year.

The hearing, before Justice Peter McClellan, continues.

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UPF leader in court for mock beheading in Bendigo

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Blair Cottrell faces the Melbourne Magistrates Court.THE leader of far-right anti-Islam group United Patriots Front has appeared in court in Melbourne on charges relating to a video stunt in front of the City of Greater Bendigo Council offices.
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Dozens of anti-racism protesters clashed with UPF supporters outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday as Blair Cottrell appeared on offensive behaviour charges.

Cottrell has been charged with helping make a video “with the intention of inciting serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of” Muslims on October 4, 2015.

He has previously said on Facebook he wascharged over an incident in which UPF members filmed themselvesbeheading a dummy with a knife outside the Bendigo council’s office in a protest against plans to build a mosque.

The video reportedly shows the dummy spilling fake blood on to the pavement, and men shouting “Arabic” phrases.

Fellow UPF members Christopher Shortis 45, and Neil Erikson, 32, were also charged over the video.

The High Court last yeardismissed a final legal challengeagainst the council’s approval of the Bendigo mosque, paving the way for it to be built.

Cottrell is also charged with defacing a footpath and the wall of a garden bed next to Bendigo City Council offices, causing $1100 worth of damage to council property and behaving in an offensive manner near the council offices.

On Monday, the anti-facist protesters screamed slogans such as “No Nazis, never again”, “Muslims are welcome, racistsare not” and “You’ll always lose in Melbourne, f— off” and pushed against a police guard surrounding Mr Cottrell and his supporters as they left the court.

About a dozen police officerswere also standingguard outside the court room.

In a rare move usually reserved for cases involving serious violence offences, police required members of the public to register their IDs in order to enter the room.

Police said a magistrate had directed that only 30 people be allowed into the court room at a time and that all of them must be seated.

Cottrell’s court hearing was adjourneduntilMay 23, when he will appear again to contest the charges against him.

Outside court, he told Fairfax Media he would fight the charges, which represented a state government attack against the group, and more broadly “against Australian values”.

“It’s an attempt to silence us, to intimidate us, and also to create a new standard through which they can attack Australian values, break down our free speech, put us all under control.”

He dismissed the court protest as minor, saying there were more police at court than protesters.

Debbie Brennan, a spokeswoman for Campaign Against Racism and Facism, said they had organised the protest to prevent the United Patriots Front forming arumoured”guard of honour” outside court ahead of Mr Cottrell’s hearing.

“We know the importance of exercising our free speech to stop their hate speech,” she said.

“If we weren’t there doing that they would have a public platform and they would be able to grow from people who are suffering from economic crisis and are prepared to look at others to blame instead of the system.”

Leveson’s former boyfriend may avoid giving further evidence at inquest

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The search for the body of Matthew Leveson continues in the Royal National Park south of Sydney. Faye and Mark Leveson, parents of Matthew, also?? did a media conference. Friday 11th November, 2016. Photo: Peter Rae Photo: Peter RaeThe man who led police to the possible burial site of Matthew Leveson’s body may not return to the witness box to face a further grilling about his former boyfriend’s disappearance.
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The parents of 20-year-old Mr Leveson have waited 3453 days to bring their boy home. In November, they were left devastated when a search of the Royal National Park failed to find him and now they face a further delay in finding out what happened to their son.

During a brief mention in the NSW Coroner’s Court on Monday, the inquest into Mr Leveson’s disappearance was adjourned for a further five months.

However police have stressed that detectives on Mr Leveson’s case will use that time to continue searching for the young man’s remains.

Mr Leveson was last seen leaving ARQ Nightclub in Darlinghurst in September 2007.

His former boyfriend, Michael Atkins, 54, gave evidence before the inquest was adjourned following sensational developments last November.

In his evidence, he denied any involvement in Mr Leveson’s suspected death but later led police to the Royal National Park where he claimed Mr Leveson’s body was buried.

Despite searching for days in two different locations in the area south of Sydney, police came away empty handed and Mr Leveson’s determined and unwavering parents were devastated.

It was initially expected that Mr Atkins, who now lives in Queensland, would return to the witness box once the inquest resumed this week.

However, Patrick Saidi, barrister for the NSW Police Commissioner, flagged the possibility that Mr Atkins may not come back.

He said one of the issues expected to arise was whether Mr Atkins “with the threat of perjury hanging over his head” was entitled to fall back on the principle of “self-incrimination”.

Last year, Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott took the unusual step of issuing Mr Atkins with a certificate, granted under section 61 of the Coroner’s Act, under which he would not be prosecuted for evidence he gave during the inquest.

In a bid to find Mr Leveson’s body, his parents Mark and Faye consented with the Attorney-General in offering Mr Atkins a second olive branch.

Mr Atkins agreed to a deal under which he would be granted immunity from a perjury charge if he showed investigators where Mr Leveson’s body was.

The fact that Mr Atkins then pointed police to the Royal National Park as the burial site for Mr Leveson contradicted his earlier evidence in the inquest.

Mr Atkins was charged with Mr Leveson’s murder and manslaughter but found not guilty by a jury in 2009.

It is unclear at this stage whether he will be required to get back in the witness box and whether the section 61 certificate would afford him further protection by way of immunity.

The court heard on Monday there were serious legal issues and complexities at play.

Mr Saidi sought to reassure Mr Leveson’s family that the lengthy inquest adjournment would not have an impact on the police’s resolve to find his body.

“They can be reassured, if it is put over to August, that the detectives in charge will have that further time to … continue to go down the avenue of trying to achieve what we all want to achieve,” he said.

Mark Leveson’s response was a testament to his family’s patience over almost 10 years, he said.

“Matt was last seen 3453 days ago,” he told the court.

“This inquest began 407 days ago.”

Outside court, Faye Leveson added: “We are going to bring him home.”

The inquest will resume in August.

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Record submissions and huge opposition to Jupiter Wind Farm proposal

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SundayTarago resident Graham Hawk is concerned about the proposed wind farm development that will be close to his property. The Canberra Times14 June 2014Photo Jay Cronan Photo: Jay CronanThe Jupiter wind farm proposal has attracted massive opposition and more submissions than any NSW renewables project, including the first formal objection ever made by the Australian Wind Alliance to a wind farm project.
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During the exhibition period, which has now closed, about 600 submissions were received by the NSW Department of Planning.

Among the individual submissions, there were 536 against the wind farm and 38 in support of the joint Australian-Spanish venture which plans to install 88 turbines across 23 rural properties in Tarago.

To put the overwhelming response to the project into perspective, of the NSW wind farm proposals for Bango, Biala, Crookwell, Crudine Ridge and Collector in recent years, none received more than 150 total submissions.

The swathe of submissions was in line with what is typically received for major development projects in Sydney.

During the Jupiter wind farm consultation, 10 of the organisation submissions were neither for nor against the proposal, 12 objected, however none advocated for the project.

Among the objecting organisations were the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and the Australian Wind Alliance, in an unprecedented move formally objecting to a wind farm project.

“It was the first time and I hope the only time we will find ourselves objecting to a wind farm,” AWA National Coordinator Andrew Bray said.

The alliance’s submission stated the proponent’s “lack of flexibility and poor communications have unnecessarily raised the ire of many local residents”.

Flaws in the environmental assessment of noise and visual impacts, lack of consultation and not considering local planning controls plagued the proposal early on.

However Mr Bray said the major deficiency was the standard of consultation which resulted in a lack of trust and unnecessary hostility toward to the project, but also the broader renewables industry.

“To be honest in this case we see the engagement has been poor and it is very difficult to go back and fix a problem like that,” he said.

“Community engagement is done a lot more professionally and transparently these days. To see a project like this where the engagement was being done to a sub-standard level was incredibly disappointing and upsets the prospects for other good projects taking place. We were reluctant to oppose but we made the call. It is a bottom line issue for us.”

NSW Planning and Environment will assess the submissions and determine whether the proposal will be approved to progress in the coming weeks.

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Coralee Wainman as sweet as ever at 105photosvideo

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Coralee Wainman as sweet as ever at 105 | photos | video ENERGY: Mrs Wainman said she never expected to live to 100, let alone 105. She said she was especially proud to receive another birthday letter from the Queen. Picture: David Stewart
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CELEBRATION: Cutting the birthday cake. Picture: David Stewart

FAMILY: Coralee Wainman with daughter Judy Jackson. Picture: David Stewart

PRESENTATION: Residents of Alton Lodge listen as Lindl Webster takes a stroll down memory lane, and recounts significant moments in history that Mrs Wainman has lived through. Picture: David Stewart

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And while she has lived through some of the most momentous events in history, her fondest memories are of her family’s milestone moments.

One of her happiest and most enduring memories was offlying to Sydney from Cooranbong in 1935 with her husband-to-be,prominent local pioneer aviator Franklyn Wainman,in Charles Kingsford Smith’s planeSouthern Cross to buy an engagement ring.

“That’s the planethat just a few years earlier had completed the world’s first trans-Pacific flightfrom California to Australia,” she said.

Pastor Kenn Duke leads birthday celebrations for Coralee WainmanMrs Jackson said her mother had lived through the advent of many life-changing inventionsand technological advances.

“The other day Mum was talking about how she and Dad would get around in a horse and buggy, and she still remembers when they got their first car, and what a big thing that was,” she said.

The Wainmanswere the proprietors of the landmark Wainman’s Garage, in Cooranbong, for 30 years, before Mr Wainman’s death in 1971.

Prior to settling in Cooranbong, Mrs Wainman worked for a time at David Jones, in Sydney, where she added the finishing touches to the hats before they were put on display for sale.

Last year, at her 104thbirthday, Mrs Wainman told the Lakes Mail how “lots of sugar, salt andchocolate, Weet-Bix for breakfast, and no exercise whatsoever” had been the unlikely cornerstones of her longevity.

“I never thought that I’d make it to 100,” she said on Monday. “But you never know…”

Congratulatory letters from the Queen and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have arrived for Mrs Wainman.

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Call to keep Wollombi Public School grounds in community’s hands

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Wollombi Public School grounds.The Wollombi Public School premises should remain in the community’s hands, but the question of upkeep needs to be sorted out before any decisions are made, a Cessnock councillor says.
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It’s still not known whether the state government will sell the grounds of the school, which closed at the end of 2014, or allow it to remain available for community use.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack will hear fromstakeholders and other interested people at a public meetingon March 14, to discuss what the future could look like for the former education facility.

Cr Paul Dunn said he wanted to see the old school remain in the community’s hands, but questions of who would own it and how it would be run needed answers.

“It is a beautiful facility, it deserves to be kept in Cessnock community hands,” he said.

“My concern is Cessnock Council already owns several assets in Wollombi. They are not necessarily in a position to be able to afford to own it themselves.

“An option may there may be out of the question. It’s not an easy one. It would totally come down to how the state government sees this as amoney making venture versuscommunity venture.”

Cr Dunn said a peppercorn lease, for example renting the facility to council or a community organisation for $1 for 100 years, or gifting the facility to the community were among other options that could be explored.

“My concern is if the state government gifted it to a trust, there’s no iron clad guarantee that the trust won’t fold after five or ten years so that’s a concern,” he said.

“In my opinion there are two options–either keep it in community hands or sell it. I would personally like to see the money stay back in Wollombi if it was to be sold.

“But there are lots of options on the table. It’s just a matter of who can afford what and who is prepared to do what.”

Wollombi School Community Education Trust president Frank Ganino said the trust had facilitated about 350 community events at the school grounds since April, 2015.Mr Ganino said the trust was trying to keep the school grounds in community hands.

“We feel that there is a need for it in the community, it’s highly valued in the community and we’ve been able to demonstrate with 300-plus events that it is being used by the community,” he said.

“As far as the[Department of Education]was concerned there were no more community events to be held at the school after January 31.But since then we’ve been able to secure an ongoing short-term lease with the department, which is allowing us to come back into the school.”

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