Nick Kyrgios’ biggest win hurt him, says Rod Laver

Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times. Photo: Max RossiShanghai Australian tennis legend Rod Laver believes the biggest win of Nick Kyrgios’ career encouraged a low-percentage style of play that is now damaging his ability to win major titles, and regards part-time mentor Lleyton Hewitt as the wise head capable of overseeing his reform.
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Laver said Kyrgios’ stunning 2014 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal appeared to have contributed to outrageous shot selection at times from the young Canberran, who meets sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday.

“His charisma is that he likes to show off all the shots he’s got, and his great forehand and big serve, and I think because he won at Wimbledon against Nadal he feels that it’s gone up a little further, and that’s where he’s got to try and understand that that type of showmanship doesn’t win matches,” Laver said at Tuesday’s Australian Open launch.

“You need a whole range of different shots to win a match, and I think that’s potentially in my mind where he’s vulnerable; he’s got a lot to learn [such as] how do you win a point without exploring every shot that you’ve got. How about just keeping the ball in the court and making sure it’s a nice deep shot, and if I want to come to the net, don’t try and hit it like you’ve got to bust the ball, and hit the ground and put it over the stand somewhere, that sort of showmanship gets him in trouble.

“This last US Open, he could have won the tournament but he comes to the net [against Andy Murray] and he’s half-volleying it between his legs, and you figure well, ‘yes, if you don’t have any other way of hitting it, then you have to do it that way’.

“Maybe it’s boring for him, to be on the court not being able to show all the shots he has, but that’s not going to make him a champion and he does have the ability to be a champion, and I think it’d be a shame if he doesn’t allow himself to be that much better.”

While Laver predicts Hewitt, the soon-to-be Davis Cup captain, “could heal a lot of the things Nick has been doing”, Kyrgios believes his attitude has already been improved by his recent period of turbulence, the lowlight of which was the Montreal sledging incident involving Stan Wawrinka.

“I feel as if it’s helped me a little bit, everything that’s happened in the last couple of months,” Kyrgios said after an opening round 6-3, 6-2 win over Austrian world No.60 Andreas Haider-Maurer here. “I feel like I’ve definitely picked up my act a little bit. But I’m playing well and I’m enjoying myself, so that’s what matters.”

The 20-year-old was also defended by his friend Thanasi Kokkinakis, the day after the bizarre match against Haider-Maurer in which Kyrgios — who is on a six-month probation period from the ATP — received his second code violation warning in a week.

“To be fair, I’ve been watching him and he’s playing well and he’s probably a bit more switched on then I’ve seen him before,” Kokkinakis said. “He’s not going to change completely and not get frustrated. But he’s toning it down a bit.”

A semi-finalist in Kuala Lumpur and quarter-finalist last week in Japan, Kyrgios remains without a coach, but is in no great hurry to appoint one. He believes the mutual agreement to leave him out of last month’s Davis Cup semi-final after a controversial stretch in the headlines was “the best decision” for his welfare.

“I know what I need to get better at in my game. I don’t think a coach is necessary right now. I don’t think there’s any rush to get one,” he said. “The last few weeks have been really good. I think I’ve played some good tennis. I think I’m going OK at the moment.”

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Bill Shorten’s AWU ‘sold out’ workers for $300,000

Bill Shorten in Canberra on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares Witness Julian Rzesniowiecki outside the royal commission. Photo: Edwina Pickles
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Ex-Thiess manager admits company issued bogus invoices

A serious cloud hangs over Bill Shorten’s record as a union leader. He ran a union that took $300,000 from an employer in disguised payments based on fraudulent invoices as part of a deal that hugely benefited that employer.

That’s the damning conclusion from Tuesday’s evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, and documentary records, of former Thiess John Holland senior executive Julian Rzesniowiecki.

Unfortunately for Shorten and his then AWU sidekick, Cesar Melhem, Rzesniowiecki kept a detailed diary from his mid-2000s dealings with the AWU duo over the $2.5billion EastLink tollway in Melbourne.

In the diary he records that Shorten, now Opposition Leader, proposed in December 2004 that builder Thiess John Holland pay for four AWU staff on site at the tollway project.

That would have equated to at least $1 million to the AWU over the three years it would take to build the road through Melbourne’s south-east.

That figure was later negotiated down to $300,000 to, ostensibly, pay for one union organiser.

The diaries also show that Shorten’s proposal came at a time when the parties were negotiating an industrial agreement that halved the number of mandatory rostered days off for workers.

“Politically the AWU has sold out the 36 day [hour] week,” Rzesniowiecki wrote in his diary, noting also questions about how to publicly “package” the workplace deal to avoid criticism and how to “pay it out”.

There is no doubt the workers were paid well on the project, their actual pay being above then current rates.

But the ground-breaking “flexibility” around weekend work and rosters was worth huge money to Thiess John Holland, tens of millions of dollars in fact, and possibly as much as $100 million.

The project was completed as much as six months ahead of time.

EastLink was celebrated by employers and conservative institutions like the Institute of Public Affairs because the builder had been able to minimise the influence on site of militant union the CFMEU, and reduce the conditions it had gained over many years.

In return the AWU got its kickbacks.

As Rzesniowiecki admitted on Tuesday, Thiess John Holland was prepared to receive and pay false or inflated invoices from the AWU for work either the company did not need or was not done.

That included for seminars and forums organised by the union, for AWU magazine advertisements and back strain research.

The true purpose was to disguise payments for an AWU organiser on the project.

Yet the builder had so little interest in what it got for its $300,000 it did not care if an organiser even turned up on EastLink.  “It wasn’t a concern to me,” Rzesniowiecki admitted.

The AWU could spend the $300,000 as it saw fit, he told the royal commission.

From Rzesniowiecki’s evidence and records, the payments were suggested by Shorten but implemented by Cesar Melhem, now an embattled Victorian MP.

Shorten on Tuesday said he struck no such deal for payments. True there is no document headlined “deal for dodgy payments”.

Yet it was Shorten who ran the union as its state and national secretary when the money started to pour in from Thiess John Holland. His denials, and failing memory, are becoming harder to believe.

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Throat and tongue cancers linked to sexually transmitted virus on the rise

Dr Matthew Magarey, a surgeon who uses robotic technology to remove cancer from people’s throats. Photo: Simon O’DwyerThe sexual revolution is producing a new wave of throat and tongue cancers among middle-aged people, who are falling victim to a rare side effect of the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections”.
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A growing number of Australians with oropharyngeal cancer are testing positive to the human papillomavirus (HPV), suggesting it has caused their disease rather than smoking or heavy drinking – factors responsible for many head and neck cancers in the past.

Oropharyngeal cancer is usually found in the back third of the tongue or the tonsils. In 2014, about 125 Victorians were diagnosed with it. Most were men.

An Australian study of 515 patients diagnosed with the condition between 1987 and 2010 found that the proportion of people with an HPV-related diagnosis increased from 20 per cent between 1987 and 1995 to 64 per cent between 2006 and 2010.

Over the same period, the proportion of people diagnosed with throat cancer who had never smoked increased from 19 per cent to 34 per cent, suggesting HPV may overtake smoking and drinking as a cause of the cancer in future.

American doctors say more oral sex following the sexual revolution of the 1960s probably spread HPV to more people’s mouths and throats. Actor Michael Douglas said he believed oral sex was to blame for his HPV-related throat cancer in 2013. 

But Dr Matthew Magarey​, an ear nose and throat surgeon at Epworth and Peter MacCallum hospitals in Melbourne, said while HPV-related throat cancers were occurring in more people aged 40 to 60, it should not necessarily be associated with oral sex because scientists believe HPV may be transmitted through kissing or simple hand to mouth contact as well.

Up to 80 per cent of the adult population is thought to have had some sort of HPV infection during their life (there are more than 100 strains) and most of them will not have experience any symptoms. Many people clear the virus within months of getting it.

Dr Magarey said a tiny proportion of people will get an HPV-related cancer, such as cervical, anal, or throat cancer. He said HPV in the throat probably took 30 to 40 years to turn into a cancer in the minority of people it affects in that way.

He said treatments were getting better for the cancer, which has a high survival rate if found early. Depending on the circumstances of the cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and sometimes surgery are used to treat it.

While the surgery has been long and complicated in the past, Dr Magarey said a new robotic procedure available at Peter Mac and Epworth was helping surgeons remove cancers more precisely and in less time. This was reducing long-term recovery problems such as difficulty eating and drinking and swallowing.

Dr Magarey said the most common first sign of throat cancer was a lump in the neck that persists for more than two or three weeks. Symptoms can also include a sore throat that persists for more than three weeks and difficulty swallowing.

“If you have these symptoms, see your GP and get a referral to a qualified ENT surgeon who can properly examine the throat. Just looking in the mouth is not enough,” he said.

Dr Marcus Chen, a sexual health specialist with Alfred Health, said the Australian government’s HPV Gardasil vaccination program for young people will reduce such cancers in future. In the meantime, he said testing for HPV – the “common cold of sexually transmitted infections” – was not recommended because there is no way of treating the virus or preventing it from being passed on to others.

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Welcome to Australia

CITIZENSHIP: Cr Anne Napoli, Sanjay Devji Devalia, Arti Sanjay Devalia and deputy mayor Cr Doug Curran. Picture: Stephen Mudd.An eager group of new Australians took their citizenship oaths on Tuesday, October 13 at Griffith’s council chambers.
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More than 25 people joined “the Australian family” in the citizenship ceremony, conducted by deputy mayor Doug Curran.

Australia’s newest citizens came from diverse cultural backgrounds and nations including Fiji, Ghana, India, Pakistan, thePhilippines, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

RogerPenrith, council’sAboriginal liaison officer, opened the ceremony with a Welcome to Country which included a greeting in the Wiradjuri language.

Councillor Curran then congratulated the people who had taken the important step of becoming Australians.

Peta Dummett,council’s community development co-ordinator, said it was heart-warming to see so many people recite the oath.

“It’s thrilling to see people wanting to make Australia their home,” Ms Dummett said.

“You can see the excitement on their faces.”

In addition to the annual Australia Day citizinship ceremony, Griffith hosts another two or three ceremonies each year.

TheDepartmentofImmigrationand Border Protection notifies local councils around the country when enough people are ready for the ceremony. Councils are then sent the certificates and electoral roll paperwork to be filled out.

Sunita Patel was one of the people who became a citizen on Tuesday night. The nursing student said she had come to Australia eight years ago seeking a better life and future for her family.

Another new Australian, Sanjay Devalia, said he wanted to make his home in Australia because it was “a good country”.

Cr Anne Napoli helped with the proceedings.

As a 15-year-old girl, Cr Napoli took her oath at the former council chamber. She said it felt “strangely appropriate” to be on the other side of the ceremony years later.

“It closes the circle,” Cr Napoli said.

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Ejected: credits roll as last video store in Wagga set to close

IT’S CLOSING TIME: Blockbuster Kooringal owner Brian Judd is calling it quits in Wagga and closing down his video store. Picture: Les SmithA DECADE ago, on-demand video meant getting off the couch and paying a visit to the video rental store.These days, it’s all about buffer speeds and how many seasons of The Walking Dead you can soak upin one day.
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Just as Daryl Dixon systematically kills off the walking dead with his crossbow, the final blow has also been delivered to brick and mortar video storesin Wagga.

The city’s last remaining video store at Kooringal Mall will shut its doors at the end of the month. It follows a processionof once-buzzing video outlets, with two other stores shutting down last year.

Until now, Blockbuster Kooringal owner Brian Judd was last man standing. He boasted 10 employees and had more than 20,000 movies under his belt.

“It’s really, really sad,” Mr Judd said.

“It’s sad not only for my employees, but the people of Wagga. If people want a movie, they will have to turn to the internet or they will have to buy it.It’s the end of an era.”

The store fought for its survival in an internet-dominated landscape and as recently as last month moved to subscription-based rentals–the same pricing method used by streaming giants.

Mr Juddsaid he had seen some success with subscriptions, and the store remained profitable, but cited family as the ultimate reason for the store’s closure.

“It’s been a hard decision, but I need to get home to Albury and spend time with my family,” Mr Judd said.“We just want to say thanks to all the people that did support us.”

Reflecting on industry changes, Mr Judd recalled a time when Wagga boasted eight video rental stores.He singled out illegal downloads as one of the industry’s biggest killers.

“It’s the fact that people don’t believe downloading is illegal, and it’s not treated as illegal,” Mr Judd said.“It’s wiped out an entire industry.”

The storewill cease trade on October 25 –and will from then hold a two-week DVD fire sale to clear stock.

There are an estimated 650 video stores nationwide –down from more than 2000 in 2009.

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People in WA underprepared for the threat of bushfire

People in WA underprepared for the threat of bushfire Be prepared: DFES are warning residents in or near bushfire-prone areas to begin preparing now.
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TweetFacebookStartling new research has found three quarters of Western Australians believe they are not at risk of bushfire and are likely to be underprepared.

The survey of people living in WA’s south is being released as part of the State Government ‘Are You Ready?’ campaign which was launched yesterday.

The campaign calls upon the community to play their part in preparing for bushfires.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Steve Fewster said the Western Australia summer and searing temperatures bring with them the threat of bushfire.

“Western Australia is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world and part of residing here is living with the bushfire threat,” Mr Fewster said.

“It is concerning to think that nearly three quarters of respondents don’t have a bushfire survival plan, but the good news is that you can sit down tonight with your family and write one up.

“I encourage everyone to get on board and do more than ever this year to prepare your home and family.”

Mr Fewster also warned that people should take the time to prepare for the one in a life time catastrophe.

“Once every century or so a big event comes along that fundamentally changes us as a community – this could be a fire, storm, earthquake, flood or any other natural disaster,” he said.

“Changing weather patterns and history all point towards the fact that this event could hit Western Australia at any stage and we all need to be ready.”

DFES recommends creating a bushfire plan, writing it down and practicing it with your family.

Simple actions you can take around your home include cutting long grass, ensuring trees are well away from buildings and clearing roof gutters.

Red Cross WA executive director Steve Joske said that while we can’t change the fact that bushfires and other emergencies happen, we can change how they affect our lives.

“Being prepared isn’t complicated, it’s about four things: knowing the local risks, knowing your community, making a plan and having an emergency kit,” he said.

“And it is about developing a mindset that will help you deal with the emotional and psychological impact of a disaster.

“It isn’t just about how to survive a disaster, it’s also about how to recover from one.

“Recovery can take years, but people who have prepared are more likely to get their lives back on track faster, with less stress and anxiety.

“A key part of that is a plan to protect those irreplacable things that matter most to you, that shape who you are – that 80s vinyl collection, your kid’s teddy bear, your high school diary.”

Mr Joske said it was important to take practical steps now to protect the things that are important to you, if you live in a bushfire-prone area.

“You will never get the chance to go back afterwards to reclaim what you’ve lost,” he said.

“Plan not just to survive, but to recover.”

Of the 695 respondents to the survey, more than half said they didn’t know exactly what to do during a bushfire, and more than two thirds admitted they hadn’t done enough to prepare.

Mr Fewster said that during an emergency your ability to think clearly can be affected, so it’s important to do as much as possible now to prepare.

“Many things can go wrong, such as losing power and water, having roads cut off, becoming trapped and not being able to reach family members,” he said.

“Having a bushfire plan, writing it down and practicing it with your family will help you know what to do. Build your plan around your family’s day, and make sure you follow it.”

Last season, more than 3,900 bushfires occurred across Western Australia including major fires in Boddington, Bullsbrook, Northcliffe and Waroona.

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Baiting permits now available online

Baiting permits now available online Take the bait: Full information, iincluding manuals, on how to use 1080 bait is now available on the DAFWA website.
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TweetFacebookLandholders looking to obtain 1080 or strychnine to control wild dogs, rabbits or foxes can look forward to a more streamlined and efficient service.

The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) has centralised the procedure to obtain a permit for the use of Restricted Chemical Products (RCP).

Senior policy officer Malcolm Kennedy said landholders would be able to lodge their application for a RCP permit online from 15 October 2015.

All applications would be required to go through the centralised system from 26 October 2015.

Dr Kennedy urged landholders intending to apply for a RCP permit in coming months to make an application as early as possible.

“Landholders simply need to go to the department’s website to get all the information they need,” he said.

“Those landholders who do not have access to the internet can still get a form from the department’s regional offices, however, the application will be sent for centralised processing.

“This new method aims to accelerate application approvals and to maintain more comprehensive records about the use of RCP’s in Western Australia to ensure responsible land use management.”

Applications for RCP permits require details about the baiting period, timeframes, bait requirements, as well as a map of the property showing details about the intended bait location.

Landholders intending to use RCP’s for the first time will be required to undertake the relevant product training to comply with all relevant Acts, Regulations and Codes of Practice.

“The information to complete the online training, including a training manual, is available on the department’s website,” Dr Kennedy said.

“If a landholder is unable to undertake the training online, they can contact their local DAFWA office to request a copy of the required information and can be assessed by a local biosecurity officer.

“A RCP permit cannot be issued without completing the training requirement.”

Dr Kennedy said the RCP permit process would continue to be reviewed and refined.

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Mercury readers can name this lovely pupPHOTOS

This gorgeous little assistance dog has not been named and Mercury readers have a chance to name the puppy.
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Assistance Dogs NSW in Maitland bought the Australian labradoodle with the help of the East Maitland Lions Club.

He is just eight weeks old and a very friendly puppy.

He will go into a carer’s home until he is named, and then he will be speciallytrained for a local person in need ofassistance.

“It was really important to our club to do this,” East Maitland Lions Club formerpresident Kathy Barkley said.

“When you hear the stories and see the pictures and the kids that assistance dogs help it is just so special.”

The club raised $3000 towards the puppy, on the condition he would go to someone local.

The puppies are chosen based on a special personality test to make sure they have the right nature to be an assistance dog.

Mercury readers can name this lovely pup | PHOTOS Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

Do you have a good name for the as yet to be named assistance puppy?

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Council’s conduct complaints the focus of local government conference

ORANGE councillors’ concerns about the cost of code of conduct complaints have received support at the Local Government NSW conference.
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The LGNSW board put forward a motion onTuesday encompassing motions submitted by Orange City, North Sydney and Tenterfield Shire councils, which delegates passed.

Councillor Jason Hamling said the motion asked for councils’ concerns to be taken on board and for the association to come up with possible improvements to refer to the state government.

“Things like penalties for breaches of confidentiality and finding resolutions without referral to a conduct reviewer,” he said.

Orange councillors asked to take the issue to the conference after a series of 24 unfounded complaints were made earlier this year, costing the council more than $26,000 in staff time.

A government information public access (GIPA) request to reveal the complainant’s identity was refused.

Cr Hamling said Local Government Minister Paul Toole also addressed the conference delegates on Tuesday morning, who reiterated Premier Mike Baird’s comments on possible amalgamations on Monday.

“He said he had met with 80 councils and there was a lot of evidence to reform local government and making the changes would strengthen councils financially,” Cr Hamling said.

While Orange ratepayers will vote for the mayor directly at the next election, he said those councils who kept councillor elections could have them reduced to every two years rather than annually to ensure they had a chance to make a difference.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal will pass its Fit for the Future recommendations to Mr Toole on Friday.

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For whom the bell tolls after all these yearsVIDEO

Heather Farnham rings the old Telarah Public School bell.Heather Farnham made ­history for the second time on Tuesday when she rang a special ship’s bell to celebrate the 125th birthday of Telarah Public School.
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The last time Mrs Farnham clanged out a message, it was on the same bell at the same school – to celebrate the end of World War ll.

A Rutherford resident, Mrs Farnham was an 11-year-old pupil then and she notched up another claim to fame: she was the first girl ever to ring the bell at Telarah Public School.

Approaching her 82ndbirthday this Sunday, Mrs Farnham was asked by the school to ring their bell to signal the opening of its 125th birthday celebration yesterday.

“It was such an honour and it brought back so many memories,” the great-grandmother told The Mercury.

“I was only 11 when I was asked to ring the bell at the end of the last war and I still don’t know why I was chosen,” Mrs Farnham said.

“Before this, only the boys had ever rung it – as girls, we were not allowed to touch it.

“I have no doubt some of them were a bit put out that a girl was ringing the bell, but this was one of so many things since then that have changed for women.”

Mrs Farnham said she was aware at her young age that the end of the war was a wonderful thing for so many people and that so many had also suffered.

When the big moment arrived at Telarah Public School yesterday, Mrs Farnham stepped smartly up to the bell and on the command, began whirling the hand wheel which rocked it back and forth.

“It was much easier than the old bell, which had to be rung by pulling hard on a rope,” she said.

“On the day the war ended, I rang that bell as hard as I could, because I knew it was an important occasion.

“And what made it extra special was knowing I had beaten the boys.”

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Karadoc cuts go ahead

TREASURY Wine Estates, the parent company of Lindeman’s Winery at Karadoc, is moving to a second phase of supply chain optimisation.
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Warehousing and packaging operations at Karadoc will move to the Barossa Valley.

Touted as a “supply chain optimisation” by the company, the consolidation is aimed at removing costs deemed excess to the company’s needs and simplifies its processes, including the sale of vineyards and packaging and warehousing operations.

A statement by TWE said getting rid of assets and making most of each of its facilities and simplifying logistics, warehousing and freight arrangements and reduce costs, would help realise the companya non-cash asset write-down of $20-30 million.

In March, TWE announced Karadoc winery’s warehousing and packaging operations would be moved to the Barossa Valley.

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Public art at dam to get people talking: Photos

Public art at dam to get people talking: Photos Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe is pictured with his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming at the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.
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Rob Overell and Pietro Agnoletto from the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project help on installation day at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Tamborine Mountain artist Jacques van der Merwe prepares to install his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming.

Pietro Agnoletto and Rob Overell from the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project help on installation day.

Radha Pedersen with his sculpture collection titled Happy Times before installation at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Silvio Apponyi of Adelaide puts the finishing touches on Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work crafted with Kooralbyn spotted gum.

Birgit Grapentin of Laidley supervises while her work Resonance is lifted into place.

Beaudesert and District Community Art Project vice-president Sue Overell and secretary Chris Grimmett at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park installation day.

Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe is pictured with his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming at the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat with his work Water Dragon Skull, which looks towards Mt Joyce over Wyaralong Dam.

Night Swimming is a silky oak and steel sculpture by Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe.

Night Swimming is a silky oak and steel sculpture by Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe.

Water Dragon Skull by Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat is transported to be installed atop a hill overlooking Wyaralong Dam.

German sculptor Thomas Riefferscheid crafted a sandstone piece titled Balance.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project member Debbie Oberhardt and president Andy Grodecki at the installation day.

Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat with his work Water Dragon Skull, which looks towards Mt Joyce over Wyaralong Dam.

TweetFacebookNight Swimmingby Tamborine Mountain sculpture Jacques van der Merwe, a compelling metaphor for doing battlewith one’semotions,is one of seven sculptures which form the newLake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Mr van der Merwe used Tamborine Mountain silky oak and steel to craft Night Swimmerover two weeks at theWyaralongSculptureFestival andSymposium, which ended on Sunday.

Organisers the Beaudesert and Community Arts Project (BADCAP)had to persistfor permission to install the work because of its nudity but Mr van der Merwe encouraged onlookers to consider its deeper meaning.

“It’s got nothing to do with the fact that he’s nude or not –it’s just a metaphor for when you have a lot of feelings and sometimes you feel like you’re swimming in them,” he said.

“It’s like swimming through that emotion –dealing with your emotions –and I called it night swimming because it’s not always easy.

“It’s kind of a mysterious sculpture in a way –because of the steel bathing cap the sculpture became not just a swimmer but almost like a soldier.”

BalancebyThomas Riefferscheid of Germany, Water DragonbyPaul Stumkat of Killarney, Humming Stone byBirgit Grapentin of Laidley, Spirallel Geometry byLuke Zwolsman of the Gold Coast and Good Times by Radha Pedersen of Victoria Point were also installed on Saturday atop the hill overlooking Wyaralong Dam.

Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work by Adelaide sculptorSilvio Apponi is expected to be installed in the coming week after it receives approval from engineers.

The Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park is estimated to be worth about $180,000 including in-kind donations.

BADCAP raised most of the money through the annual Arts in the Olives festival in the Lost World Valley and also drew support from the federalRegional Arts Fund, the state Regional Arts Development Fund, Arts Queensland and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

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Land reform issue lingers

MEMBER for Murray Adrian Piccoli says reform into land locked by Western Lands leases (WLL) and Crown Land freeholds was progressing with the state’s Minister for Primary Industries, Land and Water Niall Blair.
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Wentworth Shire councillor Bob Wheeldon says land locked by government leases and freeholds was hurting the prospects of the New South Wales shire.

“There is a bit of legislative red tape to work through and Wentworth Shire Council will be kept informed of its progress,” he said.

Mr Piccoli further outlined his approach to the 900 lots development stalemate Wentworth Shire Council finds itself in.

“You don’t just approve a lease to freehold land – it’s not a simple process to do across our geographic area and it’s not just about ticking off developments.”

Mr Piccoli said he would continue to work through WLL and Crown Land arrangements with Wentworth Shire in coming weeks.

He said an impending Crown Land White Paper – a document that will help inform New South Wales Government policy when deciding how to protect and release Crown Land – would simplify the process to release freehold land and leases.

However, Wentworth Shire Councillor Bob Wheeldon said the government’s Crown Land White Paper had taken the government since 2012 to work through and it wasn’t yet finished, calling it “slow”.

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