26/09/2019

De Goey to learn from AFL ban: Treloar

Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey received his second club-imposed ban in the past 12 months.Provided Jordan De Goey shows he’s learned his lessons, Collingwood teammate Adam Treloar thinks he could return from AFL exile for round one.
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De Goey is serving an indefiniteAFL ban after he was caught drink driving.

He is working in landscaping and must train in the evenings with the Magpies’ VFL squad for at least four weeks as part of the club-imposed suspension.

It is the second time within a year the talented 21-year-old has been in trouble for off-field misbehaviour.

The month-long work stint is only part of a range of measures Collingwood imposed and ends just before the regular season starts.

De Goey is also on a season-long booze ban.

He again showed his value to the Magpies with a strong game in last Thursday’s intra-club hitout.

De Goey played because it was a combined AFL/VFL scratch match.

Asked if he could see any reason why De Goey would not play in round one of the AFL, Treloar said: “If he’s available, no … (it’s whether) he’s really gone back and assessed where he’s at as a person and I suppose putting the club first, I reckon.

“That’s the thing he’s missed the last couple of times he’s stuffed up.

“In saying that, he’s a great person, a great character and he’s one of our favourite people at the club because of the way he is as a person.

“In terms of his footy, if he’s up for selection, I wouldn’t have any doubt he’d be in the team because he’s an absolute star.”

Treloar also had no doubt De Goey will be the better for his enforced time away from the club.

“You can really see how lucky we are as athletes and footy players, that we don’t have to do that,” Treloar said.

“Him missing it, he realises he takes it a bit for granted.

“I know he’d be missing playing, missing being here and I know once it’s done, he’ll come back with a much better attitude and he’ll be (better) for it.”

Treloar and teammates Jeremy Howe and Mason Cox welcomed Harlem Globetrotters Corey “Thunder” Law and Scott “Scooter” Christensen to the club for a promotion.

Treloar is a massive basketball fan.

“I’ve actually said, if I had the opportunity to trade my AFL career, just to be a bench player in the NBA, I would well and truly do it,” he said.

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26/09/2019

NBL’s Kings retain Andrew Gaze as coach

Andrew Gaze has been reappointed coach of the Sydney Kings despite their poor NBL form.Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze has been put on notice after retaining his job despite his team finishing second-last in his first two NBL campaigns.
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Kings owner Harvey Lister said on Tuesday Boomers great Gaze had been reappointed for next season following a review.

Lister said key injuries had hampered the team this season – they were without captain Kevin Lisch for much of it and improved markedly when he returned to combine with gun mid-season signing Jerome Randle in the back court.

But he has stressed to managing director Jeff Van Groningen and Gaze that only a play-offs berth will do next season.

“We always anticipated it would take three years to stabilise this club and find success and I believe that we are on track to do that,” Lister said.

“However, I have made it clear to the managing director and head coach heading into the 2018-19 season that anything other than reaching the play-offs will not be acceptable.

“I am very encouraged by the retention and recruitment plans that they have outlined and look forward to the season ahead.

“We always anticipated it would take three years to stabilise this club and find success and I believe that we are on track to do that.”

The Kings record in the past season – 11 wins and 17 losses – was slightly worse than the previous year when they were 13-15.

But six wins from their last seven games plus the strong late season form of shooting guard Jason Cadee, veteran Brad Newley and import forward Perry Ellis and the development of young big men Isaac Humphries and Dane Pineau were seen as factors to support the current regime.

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26/09/2019

Labor pounces on NSW stadiums reports

Gladys Berejiklian is under pressure over plans to rebuild Olympic Park and Moore Park stadiums.Labor says it will consider a royal commission-like inquiry into the NSW government’s $2.5 billion splurge on sporting stadiums if elected in 2019.
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Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Tuesday declared he was putting Premier Gladys Berejiklian “on notice” over plans to knock down and rebuild stadiums at Sydney’s Olympic Park and Moore Park.

It follows a leaked cost-benefit analysis by consultants KPMG that suggests demolishing and rebuilding Allianz Stadium would merely “break-even”.

While a simple refurbishment would deliver “significantly negative net economic outcomes”, the economic return on a rebuild would be no greater than the investment, according to the analysis obtained by News Corp Australia.

Mr Foley said the proposal was untenable and questioned the government’s haste to commit to the projects ahead of the state election in March 2019.

“If you want to rush indecently here and bypass public scrutiny, parliamentary scrutiny, the proper planning system, proper due process, then an incoming Labor government will reserve the right to establish a special commission of inquiry with royal commission powers into this stadium scandal,” he said.

“I’ve just put the government on notice.”

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres in a statement said: “The NSW government is awaiting the final business case for Allianz Stadium and Infrastructure NSW is developing a strategic business case for ANZ Stadium.”

Meanwhile, Liberal MP Matthew Mason-Cox criticised the government for prioritising “a couple of sporting stadiums before the welfare of the most vulnerable children and families in our community”.

The former Baird-government minister said the party room hadn’t yet been told where the business case stood but “all the evidence points to it being difficult to justify”.

“The party room hasn’t had time to reflect on this, we haven’t seen a business case, and I think the government needs to be more transparent in its decision-making,” he told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

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26/09/2019

Tax cuts would hit welfare: SA premier

South Australia’s three main political leaders will debate social welfare issues.The social services sector will bear the brunt of tax cuts promised during the South Australian election campaign, Premier Jay Weatherill says.
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At a debate focused on social issues on Tuesday, Mr Weatherill said the sector was not “industrially strong” enough to fight off cuts promised by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall and SA-BEST leader Nick Xenophon.

He referred to a commitment by Mr Marshall to scrap payroll tax for some businesses Mr Xenophon’s promise to reduce the state’s land tax.

“With razor think surpluses and presumably they don’t want deficits, we’re going to see cuts and it’s going to fall on the social services,” Mr Weatherill said.

The debate was hosted by the South Australian Council of Social Services, and focused largely on the living standards of South Australians.

Other issues raised included digital inclusion, energy prices and child protection laws.

The premier said Mr Marshall’s promised state-based productivity commission and Mr Xenopon’s proposed royal commission into the state’s health system would also jeopardise funding to the welfare sector.

“That’s what’s happened at the national level and that’s what’s going to happen at the state level,” he said.

But Mr Xenophon and Mr Marshall found common ground refuting the comments, both leaders accusing the premier of running a scare campaign.

Mr Xenophon defended his health investigation which he said would focus on how to better harness the power of the public and not-for-government sector to better deliver services.

“These are the sorts of things a government ought to be able to do,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the premier could rethink Labor’s advertising campaigns and proposed tram lines to direct funds into programs that supported disadvantaged South Australians.

He also assured those at the debate, many employed in the industry, an effective social services sector would be a measure of success if his party were to win government in March.

“I know we talk a lot about economic growth, and I make no apology for that,” he said.

“But I make this commitment to each and every one of you today. If we are elected on March 17… we will not consider ourselves successful unless we address the entrenched disadvantage.”

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26/09/2019

Stats paint a violent picture of the impact and occurrence of abuse

University of Newcastle Associate Professor Deb Loxton, who is also the deputy director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and the co-director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, praised the report that showed the impact and occurrence of violence in the community.THE effectsof abuse can last a lifetime, but a new report showing the occurrence and impact of violence could help trigger change, a Newcastle academic says.
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report,Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018, has found that on average, onewoman a week and oneman a month is killed by a current or former partner.

It found women weremore likely to experience violence from a known personin their home, while men were more likely to face it from strangersin a public place.

Related reading: Domestic violence victims face catch 22 The report, released on Wednesday, pooled information from 20major data sources to paint a picture of what is known about family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.

University of Newcastle associate professor Deb Loxtoncontributed to the report via data from theAustralian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

“The statistics are very upsetting,” she said.“This sort of information can guide the delivery of practice, and policies to prevent violence,tohelp women, and men and children, to recover from violence that has occurred inthe short and long term.”

The report found one-in-six girls, and one-in-nine boys, had been physically or sexually assaulted, while one-in-sixAustralian women, and one-in-16 men, had been subjected –since the age of 15 –to physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner.

Related reading: Hunter to trial new domestic violence app One-in-two women, and one-in-four men, had experienced sexual harassment, and one-in-20 Australians believe violence against women may be justified.

The report estimated the cost of violence against women and children in Australia in 2015–16 was$22 billion.

For women aged 25-to-44, domestic violence causedmore illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor, such as smoking, alcohol use, overweight, or inactivity.

In 2016–17, about 72,000 women, 34,000 children and 9,000 men seeking refuge services reported that family and domestic violence caused or contributed to their homelessness.

The report showed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young women, pregnant women, andthosewho had experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence as children,were most at risk of family violence.

“Despite the fact some groups are more vulnerable to experience abuse at different life stages, abuse does cross all of those socioeconomic and cultural boundaries,” Associate Professor Loxton said.

“It’s important to have targeted interventions for particular groups at risk, but it’s important to remember it crosses all boundaries, it’s not limited to those groups singled out at different points in time.”

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26/09/2019

Matt Canavan speaking at Hunter Coal Festival in April

INDUSTRY ADVOCATE: Queensland National Party Senator Matt Canavan in question time late last year in parliament. FEDERAL Resources Minister Matt Canavan andGlencore executive Peter Freyberg are theguest speakers at a mining leaders’ lunch on the first day of this year’sHunter Coal Festival.
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Senator Canavan –one of a number of federal parliamentarians caught up in the dual citizenship saga –has maintained his support for the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland at a time when other politicians have had a change of heart.

Singleton Business Chamber president Sue Gilroy said the mining leaders’ lunch at Club Singleton had attracted two powerful speakers.

“Senator Canavan is a senior and very important figure in the Turnbull Government,” Ms Gilroy said. “He has direct involvement in government decisions and policies and is a strong advocate for regional employment and economies.

“Likewise as head of Glencore’s global coal assets, Peter Freyberg is one of the most important men in the coal industry. His insight into the state of the coal industry – both in Australia and world-wide – should be of vital interest to anyone who has an involvement in the mining industry.”

The festival kicks off with the lunch on Friday, April 6, with a broad program of of social and mining-related events to followuntil Sunday, April 15.

Previous festivals were held in 2015 and 2016 and Ms Gilroy said this year’s program would be a “celebration of the co-existence between community and the mining industry” under the banner of“community + co-existence + innovation + education”.

Ms Gilroy said the social side of the festival included a touch football competition, a community day and street parade in Singleton on Saturday, April 7, followed the next day by a mountain bike race –the Kurri Coalface Pedal –to raise money for the Westpac rescue helicopter.

On the second weekend, Singleton Civic Precinct will play host to the Singleton Firelight Festival on Saturday, April 14, with a charity golf day at Singleton Golf Club on Sunday, April 15.

NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee will speak at industry breakfasts in Singleton onMonday, April 9, and at Muswellbrook the following day.

Mr Galilee applauded the festival on Tuesday, saying it was “a fantastic community event that we are proud to support”.

“The Hunter coal industry has been doing well over the last twelve months with more local activity and more jobs, so it’s a good time to celebrate and support everyone in our local mining industry and the contribution they make to the Hunter and to NSW,” Mr Galilee said.

Full details are available at the festival website.

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26/09/2019

Big prospect for Garden Suburb

Big prospect for Garden Suburb A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.
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SPACE: The four-bedroom home enjoys position on 1461 square metres of land.

FLAWLESS FINISH: The home has a Ceasarstone island kitchen with a range of Miele appliances.

BUSH OUTLOOK: The residence in Prospect Road, Garden Suburb, is surrounded by nature.

VERSATILE: Expansive decks on both levels make the home perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

TRANQUIL: Spotted gum floors are a feature throughout and floor-to-ceiling glass brings the outdoors in.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

A home in Prospect Road is poised to set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

TweetFacebook Garden Suburb poised for new benchmarkA home in Prospect Road could eclipse previous sales for Garden Suburb.Garden Suburb had its first sale over $1 million last year.

Its second came last month and a near-new home in Prospect Road on a large block which has been listed for sale for the first time is expected to set a new suburb high.

Cveta Kolarovski, ofRobinson Property,sold a four-bedroomhome in Ewing Street for $1.025 million last May.

She sold a five-bedroom home in Via Rossi Close on February 2 for $1.1 million.

Read more: $1.1m ceiling for Garden Suburb

There was no doubt in her mind that47A Prospect Road would eclipse those.

Ms Kolarovskihas seen increased interest in the suburb and expects this residence will set a new benchmark for Garden Suburb.

“It’s a magnificent home and it’s a large block of land,” Ms Kolarovski said.

“I think it’s another record,it has to be. Via Rossisold for $1.1 million. This is a newer home with a bigger block of land and, the way it has been designed, it’s beautiful.

“I’ve had a strong amount of enquiry, especially from Sydney.

“A lot of professionals have discovered Garden Suburb and are moving into this area.”

Read more: $3.6 million waterfront record in Salamander Bay

The suburbexperienced strong growth in 2017.

According to Australian Property Monitors, the median sale price rose from $582,000 for 26 sales in 2016 to $750,000 for 23 sales last year for growth of 28.9 per cent.

Graeme Knight was living in Merewether when he bought a vacant block of land in Garden Suburb, nearly 1500 square metres in size.

He had a sizeable Montgomery Homes residence built there six years ago.

Read more: More million-dollar sales for Mayfield expected

“I wanted a bit more room around the house to store extra motor vehicles, so hence there is garaging for four cars,” he said.

“Wedidn’t want to be too far from the coast andwithin 10 minutes’drive we could be at Merewether.

“It was a case of we had a bushy outlook andyou’re sitting amongst the trees then 15 minutes later you’re on Merewether beach.

“You’re pretty much halfway between the lake and beach, and the other thing that was a real bonus was that you’re right on the Charlestown Bypass. You don’t have to listen to it, but you’ve got all points of the compass covered and they are all very accessible.”

Read more: Islington’s popularity continues to grow

The four-bedroom residenceis bordered by reserve on one side and has a bush outlook.

The home itself isgenerous in its proportions.

It has a split-level layout and offers a choice of three separate living spaces with alfresco retreats.

The lower level features three bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry and lounge room which opens to a covered deck.

Upstairs is the large master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite.

Open plan living and kitchen extends to a choice of alfresco dining options, and there is a separate media room.

TheCaesarstone island kitchen features Miele appliances and there are spotted gum floorboards throughout.

There is a double automatic garage with internal access as well as an additionalfreestanding double garage.

An open house inspection is scheduled for midday on March 3.

Read more: Renewed interest for inner city living

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26/09/2019

Vic man denies shooting teens in feud

Zakaria Zaatiti (left) is accused of shooting two teenagers in Melbourne.A witness recounted how his mate was shot in the legs by a hooded and bearded assailant wielding a “cowboy” gun after he was followed by a car, a Melbourne court has heard.
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Zakaria Zaatiti, 23, is accused of shooting Suhayl Omran, 19, and a 16-year-old at Roxburgh Park on August 11 as part of an ongoing family feud.

Mr Omran told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday a car followed him and his friends before they were attacked, and at one stage rammed their vehicle.

He said he had a phone conversation with Zaatiti’s cousin Omar Zaatiti before the shooting, demanding $4000 over a family dispute.

The teenager became agitated during cross-examination from Zakaria Zaatiti’s lawyer Shaun Ginsbourg, saying his questions were “stupid”.

He said he was concerned when he realised he and his friends were being followed.

“I was worried. Why wouldn’t I be worried if a car is following me?” he said.

In his statement to police, Mr Omran said he heard three or four shots and that he started “bleeding out” before being collected by an ambulance.

“I don’t want to say who they are because I don’t want to put my family in danger,” he said of his alleged assailant.

According to court documents, one of the boys’ friends told police he was in “disbelief” when a man came towards the group armed with what looked like a revolver.

“All of a sudden I see a man with a white hoodie, and a big beard carrying a cowboy gun,” the man said in a statement.

Zaatiti faces five charges including intentionally causing serious injury, being a prohibited person possessing a firearm and handling stolen goods – a BMW M4 coupe.

The father-of-two allegedly made terrorism-related Google searches, including for “rocket propelled grenade launcher” and “Islamic State” in the days before the shooting.

It’s also claimed he visited his victims in hospital and offered them money to withdraw their police statements.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was directed to appear in the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday for a directions hearing.

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26/09/2019

Massive blaze destroys Perth Bunnings

The arson squad is investigating the cause of a blaze at a Bunnings in Perth that’s been destroyed.A massive fire has ripped through a Bunnings warehouse in Perth, collapsing the roof and setting off a series of explosions, forcing residents to evacuate as toxic smoke billowed over the area.
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The fire is estimated to have caused about $5 million in damage.

Arson squad detectives are investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out in the northeastern suburb of Inglewood broke at about 9pm on Monday.

The inferno ignited several explosions as LPG gas cylinders burst and aerosol cans flew with large flames licking high into the night sky.

Houses along Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue were evacuated due to structural damage to the warehouse.

Residents from an adjacent group of units remain unable to go home due to a large, leaning concrete wall which is threatening collapse, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Other nearby residents have been told to stay indoors, turn off air conditioners and close windows to block the thick, black smoke.

“The fire in the hardware store is contained and controlled however people in an area … may still be impacted by smoke or fumes,” DFES said.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor hot spots and the pollution response team is testing air quality.

“Air monitoring in the area has found no toxins over health criteria levels however the density of smoke would be likely to cause respiratory irritation,” DFES said.

Perth firefighter Clint Kuchel told Nine Network further flare-ups could occur.

“There’s LPG cylinders, pesticides, all sorts of things in the building itself so there is potential for flare-ups,” Mr Kuchel said.

“We have also got a structural issue. There is potential for structural collapse. So across are still in defensive mode at this point of time.”

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26/09/2019

Court told man denied abuse by George Pell

Cardinal George Pell is due to face a four-week committal hearing from Monday (file).One of Cardinal George Pell’s alleged victims denied being sexually abused, a court has heard.
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The man is dead but is central to one of the allegations in Pell’s historical sexual offences case, the defence argues.

The man made no allegation against Pell when it would have been in his interests to disclose it while arguing for a reduced sentence in a criminal proceeding, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Defence barrister Robert Richter QC argued it was a critical issue, as he unsuccessfully sought material from Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) about a document prepared for the man’s sentencing.

“(He) is central to one of the allegations and it is a very serious allegation,” Mr Richter told the court.

“If the situation is that there is a report back in 2012 which is intended to mitigate penalty … for him not to have mentioned any allegation or any interference by the defendant speaks volumes in the context of this prosecution.

“It is critical … whether back in 2012 when it was entirely in (his) interests to make the allegation of sexual abuse by the cardinal that no allegation was made.”

Mr Richter said the document and issue of disclosure were relevant to the credibility of particular allegations in the case.

“There’s evidence of that person denying that there was abuse,” he said.

“But in the context of trying to mitigate sentence and giving a psychological history, the context of it is of far greater significance than saying to mother ‘no I haven’t been abused’.”

Mr Richter referred to a 2012 sentencing for the man on charges including heroin trafficking.

VLA barrister Peter Hanks QC, who opposed the defence request, noted the document was dated 2006.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington ruled against the defence because of legal prohibitions on the production of VLA material.

The dead man is not one of the multiple complainants in the case but there is a charge relating to him.

In relation to a different person, the court has previously heard a charge involving a complainant who has died is likely to be withdrawn.

Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse and denies all the allegations.

His lawyers want to be able to question some of the accusers about the timing of their complaints, with the court hearing there is overlap with disclosures made about alleged abuse by other people.

Pell’s barrister Ruth Shann said the defence should be able to ask about disclosures made about Pell or the absence of disclosure.

“We do not seek leave to ask personal or distressing questions about the contents of those allegations, but it is about disclosures.”

The issue will be considered further at another administrative update on Friday.

Pell was not in court on Tuesday.

He will be there on Monday for the start of a four-week committal hearing that will determine if he stands trial on multiple historical sexual offence charges.

The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop and Ballarat priest has taken leave from his position as Vatican treasurer to fight the charges.

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