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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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