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   May 21

Red Gum Preschool officially opens doors

Aiden McCarthy and Deanna McCarthy tucking in to some cake. Photo: CHERYL BURKE HUNDREDS of Dubbo residents walked through the doors of Red Gum Childcare and Preschool on Saturday.
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After a busy four months of work, owners Nick and Danielle Sykes, along with director Deanna McCarthy and 20 other staff members, welcomed enrolled families and curious community members to view their hard work.

Located on 252-256 Fitzroy Street, the building was first built as the old private hospital.

Mr Sykes said the only thing that had been kept the same in the renovations, apart from the external walls, was the downstairs kitchen.

What was once a building which catered for the sick and injured, now offers five separate play rooms to its enrolments.

Mr Sykes said he and his wife were both thrilled with the turnout from the open day.

They were unable to place an exact number on visitors, but Mr Sykes said more than 200 bacon and egg rolls had been demolished by the crowd.

Mr Sykes said more than 50 enrolments out of the maximum 100 spots per day had been filled already.

The new facility will cater for children aged from six weeks to six years old.

Director Deanna McCarthy said a number of parents had expressed interest in enrolling their child at Red Gum during the open day.

“It’s been a great, family fun day for the community,” she said.

“I’m glad people have enjoyed peeking around the rooms and seeing what we have to offer.”

Staff members Sonya Bell and Amanda Brown said they were excited to officially start work on Monday.

“The set up of the place is what sets Red Gum apart from others in Dubbo,” Ms Bell said.

“Particularly the playground areas which cater for specific age groups.”

Ms Brown said she was pleased with the safety elements of the building.

“Everything has just been so well thought out,” she said.

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   May 21

Dubbo’s ice issues are far from over: Lynn Field

THE National Ice Taskforce has wrapped up its community consultations, but a solution to the region’s ice woes may still be a while off, according to Nguumambiny Indigenous Corporation CEO Manager Lynn Field. Breaking the iceTHE National Ice Taskforce has wrapped up its community consultations, but a solution to the region’s ice woes may still be a while off, according to Nguumambiny Indigenous Corporation CEO Manager Lynn Field.
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Taskforce members spent eight weeks meeting with stakeholders in communities across Australia, including a visit to Dubbo in May, and finalised the process on Friday.

A report will be provided to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the coming weeks, with a National Ice Action Strategy to be developed alongside the states and territories by the end of the year.

But Mrs Field, who works closely with those affected by drugs, feared implementing a solution would be easier said than done.

“I’m not confident, unfortunately. While the problem is Australia-wide, the states are responsible for the implementation of it and the federal government has only come in because the states haven’t dealt with it,” Mrs Field said.

“The problem with drug addiction of any sort – people are taking ice to feel numb. They’re not taking it to get a buzz. This is an awful reflection of our society, when people are taking drugs so they don’t feel, because they can’t cope with what‘s going on in their life.”

“Drug addiction means that there’s life skills issues – you don’t take drugs without a reason. There’s community services that could assist in some way, then you have the health side of it that could deal with the detox bit and we have the police who are attempting to slow the flow of the drugs in the area and get the dealers off the street – it needs to be a three-pronged process. Justice, health and community services need to work together, but everybody is so busy trying to own it that nobody’s prepared to work with each other to get the solution.”

Taskforce lead Ken Lay said the need for more services in rural areas became apparent during the consultations.

“There’s a real thirst for better treatment for people that are affected by ice,” Mr Lay said.

“At many of the rural consultations we heard of people with addictions that needed help having to travel hundreds and hundreds of kilometres to get into detox facilities or rehab facilities.”

Mrs Field has a client based in Warren who was on an intensive corrections order which requires him to undergo rehabilitation.

“This gentleman at Warren has a job, has a family, but he has to go into rehab. If we had a rehab here that would make his life so much easier,” she said.

“It’s beyond comprehension that the need for a rehab can be ignored in this area. We service so many areas, I mean people who get pregnant in Walgett have to travel to Dubbo to give birth.”

“This is where we need it. [But] I understand if anyone got a rehab that needed it, we’d be putting them up like windfarms.”

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   Apr 21

The Dogs’ bite is back: Kurri Kurri despatch Lakes to lift finals hopes

The Kurri Kurri Bulldogs have knocked over Newcastle Rugby League leaders Lakes to reignite their finals aspirations for 2015.
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Bulldogs five-eighth Ryan Walker crossed for a double in the match with Lakes.

The Bulldogs defeated the Seagulls 34-28 at Cahill Oval on Saturday for their second win on the trot.

It follows last weekend’s 22-18 victory against fourth-placed South Newcastle after winning just one match in the first half of the season.

The back-to-back results put the Bulldogs(6 points) ahead of the Maitland Pickers (5) on the overall standings and in touch with the top five with five rounds remaining.

“We could be knocking on the door now,” Bulldogs coach Phil Williams said.

“The most pleasing thing was that everybody dug deep and played well for each other.”

The Bulldogs were without star playmaker Terence Seu Seu, who was unavailable for the round-nine clash, and Williams said that “made it an even better performance”.

Seu Seu’s replacement Hayden Grainger was stretchered off midway through the second half after he was kneed in the back by Lakes winger Marcel Ikinofo.

Grainger escaped serious injury, but was unable to finish the game. Ikinofo was sent off, reducing the hosts to 12 men for the rest of the fixture.

Lakes were leading by four points at that stage after being 22-14 up at the main break, which included a try from the opening play of the match.

Kurri Kurri finished stronger and piled on 20 points in the second half.

Bulldogs fullback Bradley Manton, described by Williams as an X-factor, scored a hat-trick of tries with five-eighth Ryan Walker crossing for a double.

Prop Mick Campton and winger Kyle Smith also grabbed four pointers for Kurri Kurri. Lock Mitch Cullen kicked three conversions.

Williams said Walker, Manton, Ben Wyborn, Jay Stevens and Daniel Abraham were his best performers.

Bulldogs forward Peter Cronin and Lakes hooker Chris Adams both spent 10 minutes in the sin bin for separate incidents toward the end of the game.

It was a different story for the Pickers on Saturday afternoon, going down 23-16 to the Goannas at Cessnock Sportsground.

Maitland opened the scoring with a try to Billy Towers but Cessnock replied twice from kicks to take a 12-6 lead into half-time.

Pickers fullback Matt Soper-Lawler then scored two of the next three tries and Maitland were back within two points but a fourth try to Cessnock and a field goal saw them home.

“I can’t fault out effort at all, but our execution probably let us down,” Pickers coach Trevor Ott said.

“We were right in it and were probably the ­better team for most of the game, but we just ran out of troops.”

Pickers trio Callen Edwards, Pat Robards and Jayden Rosberg all suffered injuries and were forced from the field.

In Saturday’s other real NRL matches, three-time defending champions and competition frontrunners Western Suburbs defeated Souths 20-10.

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   Apr 21

Thousands brave rain in support of same-sex marriage at Perth ‘Love Rally’

Thousands flock to Northbridge for Perth’s “love Rally” in support of marriage equality Photo: Ray Sparvell Despite the rain supporters of same sex marriage chanted ‘love is love’ on Sunday Photo: Ray Sparvell
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Supporters at the ‘Love Rally’ create hearts with their hands to show backing of same sex marriage

Tearne Harrison, left, and Alex Bennett at the Perth ‘Love Rally’ Photo: Ray Sparvell

Mark McGowan and Alannah MacTiernan were among those to show their support at the rally

Perth expected to break love rally record

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of supporters at Australia’s largest turn out of people behind marriage equality in Northbridge’s Russell Square on Sunday.

Organisers initial claimed the Perth “Love Rally” was greater than that of the Sydney, Melboune and Canberra rallies combined.

Recent Sydney and Melbourne rallies attracted around 2500 each while Canberra broke the 3000 mark, but in the lead up to Perth’s own rally as many as 16,000 had pledged their intention to attend on Facebook.

Just after 1pm the crowds were continuing to build while those under umbrellas chanted “Love is love”.

The rain, however, dented the enthusiasm of some of those pledges and organisers and police agreed that around 5000 had turned up to the peaceful, but enthusiastic rally.

Speakers included organisers, politicians, clergy, parents and grandparents of same sex partners and couples themselves.

The rally cry was to create the momentum for a cross-party, free conscience, vote after federal politicians return to Canberra in August after their winter break. They were encouraged to leave a message for their politicans on 1300 663 679

“Let’s break the telephone system,” co-organiser and deputy director of Australian Marriage Equality, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, told the crowd as they they all keyed the number into their smartphones.

Among the turn out was Perth federal MP Alannah MacTiernan, who said the rally was “brilliant” and that it was great to see such a big response from all sections of the community in support of the marriage equality cause.

“Australia once led the way in social inclusiveness including the woman’s vote. Now we’re dragging the chain – we’re way behind,” she said.

Ms MacTiernan said the rally sent a strong message to politicians who were either too scared to take a stand, sitting on the fence or out to be divisive.

“This rally shows them the depth of support for this cause. History shows whenever our society has embraced change – it has become better for it,” she said.

Tearne Harrison, 23, of Midland said she and partner Alex Bennett, 28, were at the rally because it was a great cause.

“Everyone deserves their say on marriage equality,” Ms Harrison, a sales representative, said.

“Same sex couples should have the same rights and their relationship should have the same legitimacy as everybody else’s.”

State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said that marriage equality’s time had come.

“Ten years ago Australians would have said ‘no’ [to marriage equality], today they’d say ‘yes’. That’s because Australians are tolerant, fair-minded people who want everybody to have every opportunity in life. Gay and lesbian people should have the same opportunities as everybody else,” he said.

“I call on Mr Abbott and the federal government to allow a conscience vote and to allow this vote to come on. Listen to the people of Australia.”.

Mr Hinton-Teoh said the turn-out was fantastic despite the weather.

“It shows the nation how strong the support for marriage equality really is. People came out in the rain in their thousands to support the cause and make sure their voices are heard. Canberra is going to hear this.

“We want to ensure our rallies reflect the diversity of support that we have – mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, colleagues.”

Mr Hinton-Teoh said while Labor and Greens politicians spoke at the rally, the Coalition was absent.

“It must be difficult to be champions of marriage equality in the Coalition, to be able to speak out while they are still bound by party policy,” he said.

“I can only imagine the energy we are going to generate with a cross-party free vote in support of marriage equality. We’re hoping that’s going to come in August.”

“Perth – thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s a beautiful thing to experience,” Mr Hinton-Teoh said.

Further love rallies will be held in Brisbane and Adelaide with encore visits to Sydney and Melbourne over the next four weeks. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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   Apr 21

Gib tunnel supervisor Eli Beer was early Bowral pioneer

BEER FAMILY: Elizabeth and Eli (front right) with several of their children and daughters-in-law. Photo: BDH&FHS UNDER THE GIB: Steam train emerges from the tunnel which was built in the 1860s, supervised by Eli Beer. Photo: BDH&FHS
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Part One of a 3-part series

ELI and Elizabeth Beer came to the district in 1863.

They raised four sons and two daughters at ‘Mount Gibraltar’, a property they purchased in 1866, and were prominent in early local communities at Bowral and Mittagong.

Eli Beer was born in Somerset, England in 1835 and took up the trade of bricklayer.

In early 1854 he married Elizabeth Offord and a son William was born in November that year.

In early 1856 they left England for Australia, sailing on the vessel Robert Small.

Shortly after their arrival, a second son, Henry, was born and a daughter, Emily, in 1858. Being a competent tradesman, Eli soon found employment on the Great Southern Railway’s first stage of construction between Campbelltown and Picton.

This section of the single-line railway opened in 1863 and construction continued southward from Picton in stages, opening through to Mittagong in 1867.

For the line to progress from there to Bowral and beyond, a tunnel under the western slopes of Mount Gibraltar was required.

The firm of Wolf & Humphries undertook the tunnel contract and excavation commenced in 1863.

To supervise the tunnel’s brickwork, a person of experience was required.

The conscientious work of Eli Beer had attracted the attention of his superiors and he was appointed to the task as Government Inspector of Brickwork.

Eli came to the district in early 1863 to take up the position and his wife Elizabeth and their children soon joined him. They stayed at first in Mittagong and then for the following three years in Bowral.

Two more sons were born: Daniel Luther (1863) and Robert (1864) and another daughter, Miriam (1866).

The tunnel where Eli worked was over half a kilometre in length and up to 70 metres below ground level. Excavation occupied more than two years and another year was required to line the tunnel with bricks.

The hundreds of men engaged in these tasks lived nearby in tents.

The tunnel was completed in 1867, ready to take the railway line through to Bowral.

Eli is said to have later referred with pride to the fact that practically no repairs had afterwards been necessary to this complex undertaking.

This tunnel served until 1919 when a new double-line tunnel, excavated alongside, was opened as part of the southern line’s duplication.

The old tunnel was used as a munitions dump during World War Two and is now utilised for edible mushroom cultivation.

Eli and family must have taken a liking to the district for in 1866 he purchased a sizeable acreage which he called ‘Mount Gibraltar’ and had a family home built.

This property was on the western slopes of Mount Gibraltar near the northern entrance of the tunnel. It occupied the area that today slopes down from the Bowral-Mittagong Road to the railway line, as far north as Old Bowral Road.

AT the time, the Fitzroy Iron Mines at Nattai (now Mittagong) were in full swing and Bowral and Moss Vale were just being established in anticipation of the opening of the railway.

Eli and Elizabeth, being staunch Methodists, would soon have felt at home as several other Methodist families moved into the area with the aim of making Bowral a Wesleyan town.

The early business people of Bowral were strongly connected to the church, including the Harrisons who ran the first store, and the Ward and Duprez families.

The Wesleyan cemetery in Burradoo Road is the resting place of many of Bowral’s early pioneers including the Beers.

Moss Vale, which became the major rail centre, was the premier town in terms of commerce by the 1880s, but Bowral became the residential and social heart of the district.

In 1884, two of Eli’s sons, William and Daniel, became joint proprietors of the Bowral Free Press, a weekly newspaper that had started in 1883. It and the Moss Vale Scrutineer were the main two local papers at that time.

The history of the Beer’s involvement with newspapers will be presented in a subsequent series.

Once the tunnel was completed, Eli continued his railway career and was further promoted. He worked on successive sections of the southern line as far as Albury, as well as on the Muswellbrook-Murrurundi section of the great northern railway line.

He also spent a few years in the Queensland railway service.

His working career unexpectedly came to an end in September 1885.

Aged 50, he slipped and fell nearly 20 feet from scaffolding at Woy Woy Tunnel, fracturing several ribs and otherwise injuring himself severely.

He then turned to orcharding.

* To be continued

This article compiled by Phillip Morton is sourced fromthe archives of the Berrima District Historical & Family Society. For more information, phone 4872 2169, [email protected]南京夜网 or visit梧桐夜网berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org419论坛

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   Apr 21

Darren Gauci rolls back the years and will not go quietly into the night

Veteran jockey Darren Gauci is one of the softly spoken, quiet men of the weighing room.
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There are few theatrical gestures and no whoops, shouts or exhortations when he returns to scale.

Not even when he rides what is nowadays a rarity for him: not one, but two metropolitan winners on the same Saturday afternoon, as he did at Caulfield this weekend when he booted home two gallopers in contrasting fashion.

Gauci’s opportunities have been few and far between in recent years, but the one-time superstar of the track is philosophical about the way a jockey’s life ebbs and flows.

He has been to the very summit – a prodigy as an apprentice, a four-time champion rider, partnerships with the big stables – and he has felt the lows of serious injury and career-threatening falls.

And now, rising 50, he is determined to rage against the dying of the light and for the man known universally as “The Gauch” there will be no quiet, slow steady decline into obscurity.

He showed on Saturday at Caulfield that he can still get the job done  on the right horse in the right race, landing a double on Rich Jack and Lord Durante for two small-scale women trainers, Carole Heffernan and Simone Ferchie.

Gauci showed the full repertoire of riding skills, making all the running on the promising youngster Rich Jack, and coming from off the pace on the old gelding Lord Durante.

The latter triumph was especially sweet as it was the jockey who had recommended that the rising seven-year-old would be improved by a step up to Saturday’s 2000-metre trip having been running consistently but without success over 1400 and 1600 metres.

And that is what you get with older, more experienced men such as  Gauci – an understanding of the wider nuances of the sport. He has ridden so many horses, in so many conditions, over so many distances, that he, like his fortysomething contemporaries currently battling for the jockeys’ premiership, Damien Oliver and Dwayne Dunn,  has an intuitive understanding of how a horse might be going, what might suit it and where it would be well placed to win next time.

Gauci couldn’t remember the last time he rode a city double, preferring  to take a bigger book of rides at the country meetings  on big Saturday racedays than taking one mount on a long shot in town.

But he rode a winner at Mornington last Thursday for the powerful Godolphin stable and he is hopeful that, along with this  double, he will be back on the radar with spring just round the corner.  He was particularly pleased to have won from off the pace on Lord Durante, as he feels he has been unfairly labelled a front-running jockey in the latter years of his career.

“I hope this puts me back in the shop window. I have ridden doubles and trebles before but people seem to think when you get to my age you are over the hill,” he said.

“I don’t think I am, if anything I have been training harder the last six months, and I have just been hoping for the opportunity not to just be a front runner, which you are labelled.

“I am going on 50 this year. How much time I have got left I don’t know. As long as my body feels well.

“More so than never, right now, I really want to have a real go. I don’t want to go out of the game just fading out. I am not going to set the world on fire, but I still want to be going good when I retire.

“It isn’t easy because there’s a lot of good jockeys, a lot of young jockeys coming through with great potential. The apprentice school has got things right now, it’s much better for those kids coming through, the system seems to work a lot better.

“I am lucky enough to feel fit and am still able to ride. I have had a lot of friends helping me training with different parts of my body to keep me fit. But I am still really keen. I might ride for another five or 10 years, who knows.”

Age has not wearied them: top Jockeys pushing into middle age

Damien Oliver (43)

Dwayne Dunn (42)

Glen Boss (45)

Jim Cassidy (52)

Robert Thompson (56)

Overseas:

Frankie Dettori (44, won this year’s Epsom Derby on Golden Horn)

Kieron Fallon (50, last year won English 2000 Guineas on Night of Thunder)

Richard Hughes (42, reigning British champion jockey)

Douglas Whyte (43, multiple Hong Kong champion)

Gerald Mosse  (48, won 2010 Melbourne Cup on Americain)

Thierry Jarnet (48, won the past two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes on Treve)

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   Apr 21

Wimbledon 2015: Nick Kyrgios’ agent tells Australia ‘he’s a good kid, cut him some slack’

Brash: Nick Kyrgios celebrates victory against Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. Photo: Clive BrunskillClick here for full coverage of Wimbledon 2015The lowdown: Wimbledon 2015
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As the Nick Kyrgios production show continues to roll around Wimbledon causing mayhem in its path, his agent and stand-in coach, John Morris, has called for the Australian public to cut the 20-year-old some slack.

The Englishman, who scouted Kyrgios as a 15-year-old, has urged his superstar client to stay true to himself despite admitting there were lessons to be learnt along the way.

The world No.26, who takes on Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the fourth round on Monday, has been in the headlines all week at the All England Club, dividing opinion over his unorthodox approach to the game.

Some call it swagger – part of his NBA-like bravado – others say it’s disrespectful.

But his agent, who has taken over the short-term coaching duties after Kyrgios departed from childhood coach Todd Larkham on the eve of Wimbledon, says it’s too early to judge.

“It’s tough for him growing up in the spotlight with so much expectation,” Morris told Fairfax Media.

“Especially from a sporting country like Australia who love and adore their sportsmen and want them to do well and actually put them on pedestals more so than any other country.

“There’s a high expectation for him to meet on court with his performances and also with his behaviour. And he will slip up, he’s young. But he’s not the finished article yet. I think it’s best to judge him at the end of it and what he’s been like on court and with his behaviour. He’s 20 years of age, I think we just need to cut him some slack.”

The 20-year-old, who in January last year had less than 4000 Twitter followers, is now the most marketable athlete in the country ahead of Socceroos star Tim Cahill and Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, says sports market researchers Repucom.

That’s quite an adjustment change for someone who 18 months ago wasn’t known outside of Melbourne Park.

His disagreements with two separate umpires in the opening rounds of Wimbledon hasn’t sat well with the Australian public, but there are still those who admire his roadshow antics, his cocky demeanour and his schoolboy charm.

Morris understands Kyrgios’ personality will rub some up the wrong way, but he won’t be telling him to change.

“He has just got to keep being him,” Morris said.

“He can’t be anyone else. People are going to love him or hate him. [On Friday] it was all about the tennis, there was no BS. He needs to keep being himself and put in performances like that. He’s a good person. He’s a good kid. Some of the treatment of him in the press has been unfair but that’s life, that’s what happens. He needs to learn from it, and all of it really is a big learning process for him. From my perspective, I know him probably better than anyone on tour, we’re super close – he’s a really good person.

“He just gets on with it. He’s got pretty thick skin but he’s human. People saying crap about you is going to hurt. But it’s not going to hurt to the extent where it will stop him from doing his job. He’ll learn from it. People have been doing it for 40 or 50 years in tennis. He’s not the first, he won’t be the last. It just happens.”

Since parting with his coach, it is understood Kyrgios has shouldered the responsibility of self-coaching.

Morris said he noticed a maturity before Kyrgios split with Larkham, but thinks he’s relished the added task of assessing his own performance.

“I’d say it’s helped him the extra responsibility,” Morris said.

“The last few months, his ability to self correct and auto correct has gone through the roof. I’d say he’s definitely enjoyed the responsibility. To be honest Todd Larkham did a really good job with Nick. It was literally a relationship that ran its course. I’ve not come in with a magic wand or magic dust and changed things overnight. Nick’s doing a lot of what he’s doing based on what Todd did with him. It’s not a question of night and day and me having a packet of magic dust in my pocket. If I did I would sell it.

“It’s been a real team effort to be honest. Everyone’s helped. James Frawley the hitter has come over as well and he has helped be a calming influence on Nick. We both discuss tactics with him. The fitness trainer, obviously his work is paying off. Nick could have kept going another four or five sets today if needed.”

Several candidates have thrown their name in the hat to coach Kyrgios, but he is no closer to deciding who that will be despite indicating he was after someone who had reached the lofty heights he is chasing.

“He’s probably looking for someone who is experienced and been there and done it,” Morris said.

“He’s probably looking for someone who is harsh but fair. He’s not being particularly clear, he’s not at that stage where he’s nailing down a name and saying ‘this is what I want’ or ‘this is who I want’. There’s a few names floating around and we’ll deal with them when they come up.”

Kyrgios has drawn comparisons to Bernard Tomic given they both dominated the headlines for their off-court antics as much as on court when they burst on the scene.

Even Tomic, who revealed Kyrgios volunteered to sit out of this month’s Davis Cup tie if he didn’t play because of a rift between Tennis Australia and his family, admits they are very much alike.

“Oh, man, I think Nick and I are the same,” Tomic said.

“We’re strange, in different ways. He’s a great kid. I love him a lot. We are good off court and we practise well. Sometimes the practice is a bit unusual, you know. We are all serving aces and it’s not even practice, you know. It’s just go through the motions.”

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   Mar 21

Rohan Dennis is ‘the guy who can most challenge’ for Bradley Wiggins’ world hour record

Stage by stage coverageMore Tour de France
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After stage 1: 13.8km time trial in Utrecht

UTRECHT: It was only a matter of time before Rohan Dennis pulled off a ride like the one he produced in the first stage of this year’s Tour de France on Saturday.

Not only did he win, but in record speed to also take the yellow race leader’s jersey.

Rohan has been second so many times in time trials since he turned professional in 2013, so a breakthrough win like his in the 13.8-kilometre race time trial in Utrecht was not that much of a surprise.

But boy … it was an impressive performance, even if it initially demoralised me.

When I went through halfway and I was 22 seconds down already, I thought I was on a shocker, but then a lot of riders struggled so I wasn’t that far off by finishing 1 minute, 6 seconds down … at least compared to the general classification guys like Rohan’s leader at BMC, the American Tejay Van Garderen, who was at 42s, or the Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) at 43s, our ace in the deck, Briton Chris Froome (Sky) at 50s, Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) at 58s, and Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at 1:01s.

I am not the big, explosive power rider you needed to be for a course like Saturday’s. That let me down, but then the heat played a big role. It was so hot. You couldn’t breath, not properly anyhow.

When I heard that Rohan had trained specifically in the heat between 2pm-5pm in readiness for what Saturday dished out it all made sense – and good on him for actually doing that.

Rohan has come on in so many ways this season. We all knew he had buckets of talent and class, but now his commitment to work and his maturity is paying off in a big way – as it should too.

I had to really earn my national time-trial title back in January, in which Rohan was second, but then it’s all happened for him since.

Rohan had a brilliant Tour Down Under the week after that, winning that World Tour race overall. And then, we all saw Rohan back-up in February with his word hour record ride in Switzerland.

Maybe he will go back and make another hour record sometime in his career?

Bradley Wiggins’ current record of 54.526km will be hard to beat, but if Rohan can continue on from how he rode on Saturday, I reckon he is the guy who can most challenge it.

There is also a lot of talk now about Rohan’s potential to become a grand tour rider.

Firstly, apart from being able to time trial, he can climb, which is a must for a grand tour rider.

I’ve seen how well he can climb first-hand. On the stage I won up Old Willunga Hill in this year’s Tour Down Under, I didn’t put that much time into him on the climb with my stage-winning attack.

But for a better marker, I still go back to the 2013 Criterium du Dauphine race after Rohan took the leader’s yellow jersey on the stage-four time trial

The next day, Froome and I gave it to him on the climb up to the finish at Valmorel, where Froome won the stage to take the leader’s jersey off Rohan who hung in there to the bitter end, despite how hard we rode against him. We only just managed to drop him – and that was two years ago

Glimpses like that show he has got the horsepower. With age he will climb better, and by time-trialling like he does, he should be a contender – if not for grand tours then definitely for eight-day races.

* Australian Team Sky rider Richie Porte is racing his fourth Tour de France

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   Mar 21

Neighbourhood fence laws under review

Laws surrounding dividing fences are under review in Queensland. Photo: Steven SiewertIt is perhaps the most likely of legal disputes in which many people would find themselves.
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The policing of the property boundary, the root cause of so many neighbourhood disputes, is in the midst of a legal review.

Queensland Law Reform Commission chairman David Jackson said the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act, which passed Parliament in 2011, had been operating for three years.

Former attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie referred the legislation to the QLRC last October.

As such, the QLRC had been asked to review its operation and effectiveness and its discussion paper has since been published for public comment.

“The commission wants to hear the views of the community about how the Act is working in practice and whether it can be improved,” Justice Jackson said.

Justice Jackson said the Act clearly set out what neighbours can and cannot do if a dispute arose.

“The Act provides rules about each neighbour’s responsibility for dividing fences and for trees so that neighbours are able to resolve any issues about dividing fences and trees without a dispute arising,” he said.

“Where neighbours are not able to resolve those issues, the Act has different mechanisms to help neighbours facilitate the resolution of any disputes about dividing fences or trees.”

Among the review’s terms of reference were: Whether the allocation of responsibilities, liabilities and rights under the Act promoted resolution by neighbours of issues relating to dividing fences and trees;Whether dispute resolution processes under the Act were fair, just and effective;The simplicity and ease of use of the Act for members of the community;Whether the Act provided the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal with sufficient powers to resolve issues;The remedies and penalties provided in the Act;QCAT’s power to make orders to protect the severe obstruction of a view;The ability of a neighbour to serve a notice on a tree owner to prune overhanging branches; and Whether the scope of the Act should be expanded to include disputes about retaining walls built on neighbouring properties’ boundaries.

The deadline for public submissions is Monday, August 10.

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   Mar 21

Racially abused Aboriginal girl finally meets Queen Elsa

Three-year-old Samara Muir, who was racially vilified at a Disney Frozen event in May, attends a Melbourne high tea to meet the Norwegian sisters she adores, ‘Anna’ and ‘Elsa’. Photo: Arsineh HouspianA three-year-old Aboriginalgirlwho was racially vilified at a Frozen-themedchildren’sfunction last month had one thing she wantedto say to her favourite film character, Queen Elsa ofArendelle, when she finally got to meet her: “I love you”.
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After being specially invited toa Frozenhigh tea at the Langham hotel, Samara Muir was excited to meet a “real-life”Queen Elsa, telling the ruler thatshe admired her strength and her magical ability to manipulate ice from her hands.

The experience comes afterSamara was racially abused at aDisney princess event at ashopping centre in Taylors Lakes in May. The girl’s mother, RachelMuir, said her daughterwas dressed up in a sparkling blue Elsa costume while they waited in thequeueto go into the centre’s snow-pit installationwhen awoman in the line aheadturned to them and said:”‘I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black”.

Three-year-old Samara Muir, who was racially vilified at a Disney Frozen event in May, attends a Melbourne high tea to meet the Norwegian sisters she adores, ‘Anna’ and ‘Elsa’. Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Samara began to cry and, after the event, Ms Muir said she startedto refuse to attend herAboriginal dance classes and starting trying to “scrub off her black skin”. Saddened by her little girl’s dramatic change in behaviour,Ms Muir shared the experienceon Facebook, quickly receivingthousands of messages of support from across the country.

“It was heartbreaking for me,” recalls Ms Muir. “But withall the messages from everybody it hasbeen overwhelming. She’s not scrubbing her skin any more. I read her all the messages she receives, including a messagefrom Queen Elsa, messages frompeople telling her not to be ashamed of who she is and to be proud.

“I thinkall those those messages have sunk in.”

Samara has also been invited to several events, including being asked to perform in the Disney On Ice Dare to Dreamperformance at Hisense arena on Friday, where she met PrincessCinderellaand helped PrincessRapunzellift a lantern into the air as part of the show. But absent at the performance was Samara’s favourite characters, Norwegian sisters Elsa and Anna.

On Sunday afternoon, after being invited to the high tea when staff heard of her experiences, Samara again donned her blue Elsa costume and set out to meet her idol.

“She makes magic and turns everything to ice,” Samara said of Elsa. “I love her. And Anna.”

Samara joinedmore than 240 other Frozen-obsessed pre-schoolers for the high teaparty.At a hefty $79 a ticket, the event included a high tea frosty feast ofsnowflake cookies, reindeer cupcakes,white chocolate crackles and more traditional fare such asfluffyscones and fairy bread.

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