Hang it: new wall for old art

PIECE OF WORK: Russel Glover does some last-minute sorting before tomorrow’s pre-loved art sale begins.

THE ROTARY Club of Armidale AM and Armidale Uniting Church are busy putting the finishing touches to their pre-loved art sale, which starts tomorrow night.

Convenor and Rotary member Russel Glover said the drive had managed to collect several hundred pieces of art.

“It’s in excess of 400 and there’s still more stuff coming in,” he said.

The art sale will feature a variety of artworks, from reproductions starting at $1 to original works by local artists sold on commission. “Nearly 200 of the art will be under $30,” Mr Glover said. “

Money raised from the sale will go towards supporting the club and church’s projects.

The sale will also include a raffle for a watercolour by Lucy McCann, tea and coffee, and a photography exhibition from the University of the Third Age.

The event will be at the Uniting Church Hall with entry via gold coin donation.

The sale will open from 6.30pm tomorrow night, and 9am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday.

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On watch

Notorious South Coast cult leader and sex offender William Kamm, known as Little Pebble, will remain under the supervision of Corrective Services NSW for at least the next 28 days,despite his parole expiring.

William Kamm, aka Little Pebble, at the Downing Centre court during his trial on sexual assault charges in June 2005.

The self-professed religious leader, who founded the Order of Saint Charbel near Nowra, officially finished hisdecade-long sentence on Tuesday forhaving sex with two teenage girls he claimed were there to help him re-populate the earth.

But the Supreme Court has ordered that he continue to be monitored by way of an interim supervision order, after hearinghis “manipulative and deceitful manner as well as intense egocentrism’”meant he was at high risk of re-offending.

The NSW government made the application for the supervision order, seeking to have Kamm’s supervision extended by another five years.

Lawyers for the Crown told the court psychiatric and psychological reports showed that Kamm hada narcissistic personality disorder and was able to exert influence over vulnerable devotees.

Psychologist Dr Christopher Lennings, who assessed Kamm in February, surmised: “If he is able to avoid supervision of his behaviour, his manipulative and deceitful manner as well as intense egocentrism and narcissism will likely lead to further attempts at offending”.

As part of the ongoing supervision, Kamm must adhere to 37 conditions including that he wear electronic monitoring equipment, stay out of Nowra and have no contact with any person under the age of 16 without permission from his supervising officer.

Two psychiatrists will interview Kamm in the next month and prepare individualreports assessing his risk to the community.

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Food for thought as panel rejects land rezoning on Telopea Way

TRAFFIC CONCERNS: The intersections at Telopea Way, Farrell Road and the Northern Distributor Road.COMMUNITY concerns have been vindicated after traffic issues, like development in other locations and the suitability of the current zoning prompted the Western Joint Regional Planning Panelto reject a land rezoning on Telopea Way.

Panel chair Gordon Kirkby and members Mark Grayson, Ruth Fagan and Orange’s representative Michael Ryan decided on Monday to keep the site at the corner of Farrell Roadzoned general residential, despite a recommendation from the NSW Department of Planning and Environmentto rezone it to a local centre.

The panel was not satisfied the combination of intersections at Telopea Way, Farrell Road and the Northern Distributor Road would be able to perform adequately if the Woolworths shopping centre, McDonald’s restaurant, childcare centres and houses were joined by the site’s proposed land use as a fast-food outlet and service station, and future residential development.

“The panel does not accept that traffic issues associated with the development should be resolved at development application stage given the complex geometry of the intersections,” Mr Kirkby’s report said.

The report contended the existing zoning would still permit a range of neighbourhood retail and service options on the site and noted the council had approved a service station and six food and drink premises at a site at Leeds Parade.

The decision has vindicated Orange City Council’s earlier rejection in 2012 and Orange mayor John Davis welcomed the decision.

“The JRPP’s decision is in line with Orange City Council’s consistent opposition to this proposal,” he said.

“The JRPP’s finding that the current zoning allows for some neighbourhood retail activity gets the balance right with allowing appropriate uses for the site.”

Farrell Road resident Kay Fitzgerald, who spoke at last week’s public hearing, said the panel had shown vision and the task was now to improve existing traffic conditions.

“The intersection of Clergate Road and the Northern Distributor Road definitely needs a turning lane and a [street] light,” she said.

“We need someone to have an honest look at the whole picture before anything else is added.”

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AWB ‘evil’ Iraq deals in court

A former chairman of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) failed to blow the whistle on its contributions of $300 million in cash to Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, a trial has been told.

PAYMENTS: Former Australian Wheat Board chairman Trevor Flugge (arriving at the Victorian Supreme Court with his legal team) is accused of hiding payments to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Trevor Flugge was obliged to report the exporter was making secret payments under the guise of trucking and service fees between 1999 and 2003, when he knew the money was going to the Iraqi regime but failed to do so, the Supreme Court of Victoria heard on Monday.

Mr Flugge, AWB’s chairman between 1995 and 2002, and Peter Geary, the company’s former general manager for trading, are alleged to have breached their duties by allowing the payments to occur at a time when Iraq was one of Australia’s biggest export markets for wheat.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has brought the civil case against Mr Flugge, who faces four allegations of breaching his duties, and Mr Geary, who faces 13 allegations. Each breach carries a maximum fine of $200,000.

Norman O’Bryan, SC, for ASIC, said the AWB and the Iraqi Grain Board agreed to inflate the price of Australian wheat by 25 per cent to disguise the secret fees, which were paid to a Jordanian trucking company.

The price the AWB accepted for its wheat was lower than that of what its international competitors wanted, the court heard, which helped the AWB maintain its lucrative contracts.

“The AWB became an exporter of two commodities from Australia – wheat and cash,” Mr O’Bryan said.

Lawyers for Mr Flugge and Mr Geary are yet to address the court. Mr Flugge said in a statement on Monday “I fervently believe now, as I did from day one, that I have done nothing wrong”.

Mr O’Bryan said Mr Flugge was a “hands-on” chairman who regularly visited Iraq and who regularly spoke of the importance of the Iraqi market to successive federal trade ministers Tim Fischer and Mark Vaile.

“His obligation was to stand up and say to those in authority in the company, ‘We must not do this, this must stop. It is wrong, it is evil, it is improper and most importantly … there is a serious risk we will get caught,”‘ Mr O’Bryan said.

The court heard the transport company steadily raised its trucking fees from $US12 per tonne of wheat to $US51 a tonne.

He said emails showed Mr Geary had knowledge of the secret payments and did nothing to prevent the AWB entering the contracts.

In his statement Mr Flugge said: “My family and I have had to live with untested allegations, rumours and innuendo levelled over the years. For the sake of my family I trust that these will finally be put to rest.”

The trial, before Justice Ross Robson, is expected to run for up to 10 weeks.

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Domestic violence advocacy service stretched to the limit

MORE FUNDING NEEDED: Helen West at the Wagga courthouse. Picture: Kieren L TillyA VITAL advocate for victims of domestic violence is facing a funding crisis because of increased service demands created by a successful new program.

Under the program, introduced on July 1, the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service receives a referral every time police attend a domestic violence incident.

Service workers must contact women who are reported to them within one working day to offer them safety contacts.

In the first two months of the new program, the number of police referrals to the service in Wagga more than doubled last year’s figure –up from165to 357.

In Griffith, the referrals nearly tripled from 55 to 146.

Across NSW, the increase was 45 per cent.

But there has been no extra funding for the massive increase in workload.

“We appreciate getting the extra numbers because we are now able to do some early intervention, because a lot of these matters are not yet at a court or an apprehended violence order stage, and hopefully we can assist couples get the help they need,” said Helen West, co-ordinator of the advocacy service in Wagga.

“But as we are doing this without extra funding we are afraid we may burn out, as well, because you can only do all this extra work for so long before it starts affecting the service.”

The service has nine full and part-time staff in Wagga and two full and part-time staff in Griffith.

There are 28Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services in NSW covering 110 courts.

The federal government earlier this month announced an extra $100 million for a women’s safety package, but not one cent has been earmarked for the domestic violence court advocacy service.

“There is no point in setting up a new system if there is no resources for workers to provide the desperately-needed support to victims,” said Tanya Whitehouse, chairwoman of NSW Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

The service’s executive director, Helen Brereton, acknowledged the federal government’s new funding to protect women from violent partners.

“We now need to see specific commitmentsto funding existing underfunded domestic violence specialist services who work tirelessly every day to help women and their children escaping violence,” Ms Brereton said.

Legal Aid NSW, which has funded the service for more than 20 years, was not able to provide immediate comment.

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Still thriving after half a century

CELEBRATING 50 years of the Australian College of Educators’ New England Regional Group has been made all the more special after members picked up a top award last week.

ACE EDUCATION: Frederick Osman (Past President, ACE NSW), Phil Jones, Warren Halloway, Marguerite Jones, Dan Riley and Heather Causley.

Executive members of the group were presented with the Outstanding Service Award at the ACE NSW Sir Harold Wyndham Medal and Awards Dinner in Sydney on October 9.

Each member of the executive received an ACE NSW Branch Outstanding Service Award 2015 for their commitment to the ACE New England Regional Group, which is celebrating 50 years of service.

The New England Regional Group was the first regional group of the college to be established in 1965.

Celebrations will take place at Armidale City Bowling Club on Friday, October 30.

To book tickets for the event, click here.

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A dog’s life

DOG GONE: Dudley is one of the Bruisers in Legally Blonde The Musical.At the theatreIsobel MacCallumIT HAS been an interesting process to cast the furry actors required for Legally Blonde The Musical.

Bruiser Woods is Elle’s dog, more of a trusty sidekick than a pet.

Elle likes to dress Bruiser up in different outfits and put him in her purse.

Rufus is Paulette’s dog, he is a macho pooch with a sweet disposition.

Rufus gets rescued from Paulette’s ex-boyfriend.

The role of Bruiser in Legally Blonde The Musical will be shared between two dogs: Dudley and Chloe.

Dudley turned two years old in July.

He lives with Brittney Royle and her fiancée Stephen Turner.

The pair have another dog at home called Pixie who Brittney thinks is enjoying the solitude while Dudley is at rehearsals.

Stephen is working away from town at the moment and is missing his fur children.

Brittney says Dudley is a little dog with a big personality who loves attention, loves his toys and is incredibly playful.

Dudley is not a fussy eater, although he’s partial to beef Schmackos, and the leftover bird feed!

BRUISER TWO: Chloe’s favourite activity is riding in the car staring at the passing trees and wagging her tail.

Chloe will share the role of Bruiser, she three years old and lives in the Ross household with Ashlee who is nine years old, her older brother Bailey and her mum Tracey.

Two other dogs also live in the household but Matilda and Natis won’t be enjoying any on stage moments.

Ashlee says Chloe is outgoing and very protective of her family although she has crazy moments where she runs about and whips her favourite toy, a pretend dumbbell from side to side.

Leftovers from dinner and gourmet beef My Dog are Chloe’s favourite treats, and she refuses to eat vegetables.

Her favourite activity is riding in the car staring at the passing trees and wagging her tail.

Dudley and Chloe are both enjoying the attention from the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical.

Both dogs will work on their stagecraft with Lindy Eyles, who is a local dog trainer.

Lindy has been training dogs for 24 years, she’s actively involved with Kyeamba Kennels and Training Club which is based at San Isidore.

She also runs regular classes with her business Out and About.

Lindy will be helping the dogs and their owners develop strategies for coping with the overwhelming nature of being on stage with music, lights and other noises providing lots of doggy distractions.

Legally Blonde plays Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre from Saturday,November 7 until Saturday,November 21 with both matinees and evening performances.

It is a Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre community production.

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Swim club rallies for Tom Berryman

Vital cause: Swimmers will raise money for champion Tom Berryman on Wednesday night.PORT Macquarie’s close-knit swimming community will rally around one of its own on Wednesday night.

The swimmers are urging as many people as possible to head to the Port Macquarie Olympic Pool to raise some vital funds for emerging star Tom Berryman, who is doing it tough.

Berryman, a national age swimming champion, is undergoing treatment for non-hodgkins lymphoma.

A family fun night is planned, with a barbecue and aqua scrambles at the pool.

Bring your togs and take part in Tom’s 1 Kilometre Backstroke Challenge. It involves swimming 1km of continuous backstroke.

The 15-year-old Berryman won his Australian Age medals in the backstroke.

A Progear fat tyre bike will be raffled.

The St Paul’s/Mackillop band will provide tunes on the night.

Berryman’s head coach, Michael Mullens, said the club was there to help. The pool staff are donating their time to the cause. All admission fees are going into the kitty.

Mullens was confident of raising plenty of vital cash for the Berrymans.

“I’m hoping we can raise a couple of thousand bucks for them,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we’d do it for anyone within our community.”

The diagnosis was a shock to the club.

“You just don’t expect things like that to happen,” Mullens said.

“All these kids are bullet proof. You just don’t expect things like that.

“He’s one of the nicest guys, and this is one of the most upsetting things.”

Berryman began swimming at the club three years ago.

He began to think something was wrong in January, when he experienced pain in his right arm.

He stopped swimming in May and underwent surgery in Sydney to remove a six centimetre tumour. He’s also undergone chemotherapy.

Berryman is due to finish treatment at the end of the month.

If you can’t make it to the night, but still want to help out, donate to the PMASC account. The BSB is 124001. Account number 2237 8627.

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Regional areas top abuse list

A UNIVERSITY of New England scholar is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to keep regional and rural women in mind when tackling domestic violence.

In a recent study, Gina Dillon found that regional and rural women are more likely to report having experienced partner violence compared to women living in metropolitan areas.

Using data sourced from more than 7000 women, aged between 32-40 years, Ms Dillon found approximately one in every five women reported having been in a violent relationship at some time in their adult lives.

The study showed that a history of partner abuse was also linked to women having difficulty managing their income, lower levels of education and having poor levels of social support.

“It is well known that experiencing partner abuse can have serious long-term physical and mental health effects for its victims,” Ms Dillon said.

“These effects can remain for a long time even after the abuse has ceased, with increased problems related to depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There are also increased risks of physical problems such as chronic pain and breathing and cardiovascular problems in people who have been exposed to partner violence.”

Approximately 20 per cent of women living in capital cities reported partner abuse, while 24 per cent of women from regional areas and 26 per cent of women from rural and remote areas reported experiences of partner abuse.

“As residents in non-metropolitan areas it is important for us to be aware that partner violence occurs in our local area, and at alarmingly high rates,” Ms Dillon said.

If you are experiencing partner abuse help is available at 1800Respect on 1800 737 732.

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No easy solution either way to Syrian refugee crisis

WE’VE all the seen the meme on Facebook with an elderly Aboriginal man and the words “Got a problem with boat people? So did we! Not so ****ing funny now is it?”

While this doesn’t offer any solutions, and uses at least one unnecessary word, itoffers an timely perspective on therefugee crisisthat has gripped Australia since the Tampa incident in 2001.

I have an imagein my head of an early settler in Australia complaining aboutabout the heatand flies and an Aborigine saying to him, “Hey, love it or leave.”

Our culture was foisted without invitation the original Australians, and some may feel the same is happening to us now.

Sincehumanity’s greatest enemy, Islamic State (ISIL, ISISetc), started its murderous, genocidal rampage through theMiddle East, the refugee crisis has boomed to thepoint where faraway Australia is in line to take thousands displaced from Syria.

The photo of a Syrian boy drowned on a Turkish beach put a human face on the crisis, leading to calls to open the gates to refugees, and, counter-calls describing the flood of them as an “unarmed invasion” and claims that most of them are opportunists rather than genuine asylum seekers.

We’ve even had a certain dimwitted red-headed politician jumping up and down saying “I told you so,” and her misguided supporters unleashing an avalanche of dodgy dribble on social media.

Those who think there is an easy solution are mistaken.

People’s fears are at least partly justified. Every person who arrives means at least one job (or welfare payment) that won’t be going to someone already living here.

When Labor was in power, there would be reports of an asylum seeker boat arriving every day, and this simply couldn’t continue.

It was “stop the boats or lose the votes”.

However, Refugee Action Collective Eurobodalla are campaigning for our shire to becomea refugee welcome zone, and in this they deserveour support.

The last word should go to NSW premier Mike Baird, possibly the best politician Australia has produced.

“We cannot see the images we have seen, and feel the things we have felt, and then go back to business as usual.”

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