JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Caitlin Jones, Keata-Jade Clare, Angus Williams, Max Patteson, George Patteson, Fletcher Williams, and Ethan Jones are regulars at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre for club training.TIME is running out to have your say.
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Muswellbrook Shire Counicl is encouraging the community to complete the online survey for theproposed Special Rate Variation.

If approved, the Special Rate Variation will allow for a greater upgrade of facilities in the shire.

The program proposal includes a range of updates around the shire, includinga Regional Convention and Performance Centre – a major component of the Muswellbrook Town Centre Plan;an expansion and upgrade to the facilities at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre; andthe full delivery of the Denman Town Centre revitalisation plan.

Muswellbrook Swimming Club committee member Russell Hartin said the group was excited about the prospect of an upgrade to the aquatic centre facilities.

The plans include replacement of the 87-year-old 50 metre swimming pool; construction of a dry/wet or water park for children, adjoining the indoor facility; and, additional café space.

“Obviously the committee would like to see a pool that gives us the ability to run carnivals and those sorts of things in the area and draw people to the area through that,” Mr Hartin said.

“The pool needs to be built to certain standards and that’s what we’ve put forward as a committee to the council as to what we would like to see as the upgrade goes ahead.

“We promoted, through the club, for people to have their say on what they thought would be the best outcome for the facility as a whole, for the community.”

Mr Hartin said newer pools had better technology, like level gutters, which allowed their towns to host meets of a higher standard, and the Muswellbrook group was enthusiastic about having that potential in town.

“It allows you to draw bigger carnivals to the area and host regional type events, rather than just area events,” he said.

He said the local club would have access to the indoor pool during the construction phase, which would allow them to still host short course meets and club training.

“We don’t see it as a major issue during the construction period because we’ve still got another facility that can be used by the community as well,” he said.

“As members of the community we’re keen for everybody to have theirsay so we end up with the best facility for the town that serves the needs of the town for the next 80 years.

“It needs to be a facility that can be used for a number of things, not just swimming, but also hydrotherapy and things like that.

“The overall design allows for those sorts of things.

“It’s not just about swimming; its about a community facility that more people can use.

“We just think it’s exciting for the town the prospect of having a new facility that will be to a standard that a lot of other places would love to have.”

The online survey of residents closes on Friday, February 3.

Residents can also write (PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333) or email ([email protected]论坛) to express views to the general manager.

For more information, or to complete thesurvey about the proposed Special Rate Variation,visit https://muswellbrook.nsw.gov419论坛/index.php/2015-05-29-01-29-46/2584-srv

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‘Beautiful soulmate’ | PHOTOS, VIDEO Special friendship: Sam Bloom with her confidant, Penguin the Magpie, who helped her through one of the darkest times of her life. Photo: supplied
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penguinthemagpie After more than 14000 images and 2 years documenting my life with these beautiful kids, the first advance copies of ‘Penguin Bloom’ arrived home. So many tears of joy and pain went into writing and producing this book which we are all now so proud of. Published by ABC Books and beautifully written by Bradley Trevor Greive, you can pre order copies now online or wait to pick one up in all good bookstores from 21st March.

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penguinthemagpie Sam, the boys and I are so excited to finally announce that our book, Penguin Bloom written by Bradley Trevor Greive will be made into a Hollywood film staring Naomi Watts as Sam. “Sam’s undeniable spirit and the intense physical and emotional journey she and her family embraced resonated with me both as a storyteller and as a mother,” Naomi will co produce alongside Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Emma Cooper.

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penguinthemagpie Love when they leave the light on.

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penguinthemagpie I’ve been gone 8 days and this morning thought I’d better come home and say hi.

penguinthemagpie All babies love a kiss and cuddle before bedtime.

penguinthemagpie We all grow up eventually… I’ve been seen dating some magpie boys in Newport. Don’t worry I’ll keep sharing my life with you….

penguinthemagpie Brown eyes run in the family.

penguinthemagpie Front row seats.

penguinthemagpie Loving their first shower of the summer.

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penguinthemagpie What we learn from Mother Nature is priceless.

TweetFacebookPenguin Bloom: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family, which tells the story of how a baby magpie helped Sam through the darkest struggle of her life.

Sam fell from a balcony in Thailand on a holiday in 2013. As a result, she was paralysed. At the time, her three sons were 11, 10 and eight years old.

Cam said Sam was an incredibly active person, who loved surfing and mountain biking.

“She basically lost all independence,” he said.

“When Penguin arrived, Sam was at her lowest point. Penguin had been injured after she had fallen out of the nest, and we looked after her.”

Penguin was named by Cam and Sam’s children, as she had big feet. She became part of the family, running down the hall, talking with the boys and singing in the house.

“She was like a pet dog,” Cam said.

But it was her relationship with Sam that was most special.

“Penguin was a companion for Sam when the kids were at school, and I was at work,” Cam said.

“She was her beautiful soulmate. She would often sit on Sam’s shoulder or head, and Sam would talk to her. Penguin was always a good listener.”

Penguin was always free to leave, but she continually came back to spend time with the family.

Over the course of her stay with the Blooms, Cam took about 2000 pictures of the bird, which helped form the arc of the book. Cam and Sam were interviewed by writer Bradley Trevor Grieve for five months for the book, and he also used the photographs.

Cameron Bloom Penguin Bloom sales go to help people with life-changing injuries.

The Bloom family are currently looking after two new magpies, Panda and Puffin.

You can follow theiradventures and explorationson Instagram by searching ‘penguinthemagpie’.

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Moree Show Society president Brendan Munn, worker Kon Buliopoulos, Work for the Dole supervisor Luke Hook, worker Brett Draper and Jobs Australia’s Adam Gordon and Trish Atkins in the much-improved stables at Moree Showground.Horse owners will be lining up for a spot in Moree Showground’snew and improved stables at this year’s show thanks to some very hard workers.
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Over the past 18 months, Moree Showground has undergone a much-needed facelift aspart of the Department of Employment’s jobactive Work for the Dole program.

For five hours a day, five days a week since August 2015, local Work for the Dole clients have worked hard building, painting, sanding, welding, fencing, concreting, plumbing and more to get the showground facilities up-to-scratch. During this time they have fixed the grandstand, bar, toilets, main arena fence and completed a number of other odd jobs.

This week will see the completion of the third project at the showground – fixing oneof the horse stables which was in a significant state of disrepair.

About 15 workers, under the guidance of Work for the Dole supervisor Luke Hook, spent the past three months straightening the foundation of the building andreplacing the old wooden posts and railings with new steel ones.

Mr Hook saidhis workers have been fantastic.

“It’s been a great experience working with the blokes from Work for the Dole,” he said. “I’m teaching them what I know and learning new things as well.”

BEFORE: The stables at Moree Showground were in a serious state of disrepair prior to the upgrades that were undertaken by Work for the Dole clients.

Moree Show Society is very grateful for the Work for the Dole program, which president Brendan Munn said has saved them valuable time and money.

“The amount of work the guys have been doing over a six-month period, there’s no way the show society would be able to do it,” Mr Munn said. “[The workers] are getting a big tick from the show society.”

The program also has significant benefits for the workers who gain valuable skills, training and on-the-job experience.

Work for the Dole client Brett Draper saidhe looks forward to coming to the Moree Show in April and seeing all his hard work paid off.

“It gives you a bit of pride coming to the show and saying, ‘I did that’,” he said.

Jobs Australia Enterprises is the lead provider for this particular Work for the Dole activity, providing the budget and ensuring the project is running smoothly. Regional managerAdam Gordon, said the guys have done a great job at the showground.

“This activity is a fantastic example of what can be accomplished through the Department of Employment’s jobactive initiative,” he said.

“There’s lots of work which has been undertaken for the betterment of the community that wouldn’t have been done otherwise.”

The showground project is ongoing and work will soon begin to fix another of the old stables.

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Having recently moved to the Shire I was surprised by T Walker’s claim in the Courier Sun (25 January 2017) that 80% of our rate payments are spent on wages. I rushed to the BSC’s website and looked at their most recent Annual Report.
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According to the financial statements, employee benefits and on-costs total $10.3m while rates and annual charges bring in $12.7m – which I presume is where Mr Walker gets his 80% figure. I note the latter figure includes both annual charges and rates; if you were dealing with just rates they make up 22% of operating income or $7.5m. In which case, Council employees’ costs are actually more than what Council collects in just rates.

But employee benefits and on-costs is more than just wages: this operating expense can include liabilities such as superannuation, workers compensation, FBT, leave payments and eligible termination payments. The costs of these liabilities into the future is what scares me.

Regardless, the $10.3m employee costs makes up just over 30% of total expenses of almost $30m. My question is, are other sources of revenue (user fees and charges, grants, interest and investment revenue, etc) used to pay employees? Is Council’s overall income one big melting pot (ie. are line items fungible) or are various income streams tied to certain expenses that preclude paying wages, etc? This, to me, would be an important starting point in informing ratepayers exactly what employees cost us.

I am told that over 50% of our Shire is non-rateable and that the majority of non-rateable land is owned by state and federal governments. Do these tiers of government contribute to our fiscal imbalance?

It is stated that the special rate variation is intended for transport infrastructure works – and I have no reason to doubt that. But it seems to me that unless Council starts decreasing staff numbers, we are heading towards a tipping point in terms of funding future liabilities if we stick with current staffing levels.

Like any ratepayer I am interested in keeping rates to a viable minimum. And probably like most ratepayers I am not an accountant so I am happy to be corrected on any of the above. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the info sessions where I could have had my questions answered, so apologies if this was all discussed.

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ABSTRACT: One of the monoprints by Alice Hope which is on exhibtion at Front Room Gallery.Printmaker Alice Hope currently has an exhibition of monoprints at The Front Room Gallery, Hunter Street.
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Hope, who moved to Newcastle 18 months ago from the UK, has produced 20 works for the exhibition simply titled Recent Monoprints. It is her first solo show in Australia.

The artist has been working in the printmaking medium since high school where she was taught by “a really inspirational teacher”.

The works draw on her love of abstract expressionism.

“I love the surprise element of print making, you don’t know what you are going to end up with until it has come out the other side of the press,” she said.

“Using that surprise to work on the next piece, using the mistake that worked really well in the end.

“I’ve built up a body of work based on losing myself in the technique and it’s something I really enjoy.

Monoprints are one-off works.

“It’s quiteunusual with printmaking,” Hope said.

“The main reason people use printmaking is because you can get lots of prints.

“I just really enjoy having a one-off piece and how each one is different.

“I enjoy drawing and painting as well, but printmaking is what I do most in terms of making art.”

Hope is also a primary school teacher, she trained at the University College of London. Shesaid the role of art in education was “undervalued” in Australia.

“Funding is being cut from art in education,” Hope said.

“[Art]isan amazing way, especially for young children before they have learnt to read and write,for them to be able to communicate and represent their thinking.”

Hope said making art in Newcastle became possible for her when she discovered Newcastle Art Schools’ Art Access. The scheme allows artists to pay to use the school’s facilities or to attend art classes.

“They have got really great facilities, I’d just go in once a week and make art. It’s fantastic.” she said.

Front Room Gallery is located at 590 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The exhibition runs until February 10.

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Local nurse Carol Crasta is bound for the Greek Island of Chios where she will offer her services to a refugee camp holding nearly 850 Syrian refugees. Photo: Ivy James Nurse Carol Crasta is gearing up to offer humanitarian aid to hundreds of displaced Syrians at a refugee camp in the Greek island of Chios for two weeks in February.
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Making the trip with herfriend Michelle Vee from Perth, Carol is volunteering with A Drop in the Ocean, a Norwegian not-for-profit humanitarian organisation which provides aid to refugees, especially women and children.

To date, nearly 12 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes as the ongoing civil war in Syria continues to rage, with many fleeingto neighboring countries and overseas to escape the dangers and violence of the conflicts.

Carol, who also volunteers with St Johns Ambulance, hopes to bring her medical background to the experience and make a positive contribution towards the lives of people affected by war.

Some of the tasks Carol will undertake at the camp include food distribution to approximately 850 refugees at the Souda refugee camp, organising activities for the children and packing clothes for refugees in the warehouse.

“We need to be kind,” she said. “It’s not fun for these refugees to have to leave home because their lives are at stake and have to find ways to survive without shelter, electricity, food and water.

“My journey is about raising awareness and doing what I can to help. We are very lucky and veryprivileged to be living in Australia.”

Besides volunteering, Carol and Michelle are calling on the community to support their efforts with donations.

“For example, AUD$4 typically spent on a coffee could go towards the purchase of a toothbrush and toothpaste for someone in need of such basic essentials,” Michelle wrote.

“We intend to use the funds to purchase essential items such as clothes, headlamps, footwear and whatever is urgently needed.

“Any remaining funds will be donated to A Drop in the Ocean so they can continue with their dedicated work in refugee aid.”

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RED GOLD: Orchadists Ian Pearce and Fiona Hall with NSW Farmers’ Bruce Reynolds holding cherries bound for Asia. Photo: PHIL BLATCHTHE future growth of the $60 million Orange cherry industry could rest with a batch of 17,000 cherries sent from a local packing shed in January.
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The first trial shipment of cherries wassent to Brisbane to be irradiated to eliminate any trace of fruit fly before being flown to Indonesia.

It is the first step in a $340,000 two-year pilot project that could open markets throughout south-east Asia.

NSW Farmers Orange branch chairman Bruce Reynolds said the local industry had been trying for two years to crack new Asian markets.

“One of our biggest challenges is Queensland fruit fly. It’s a real problem for our local industry as we are not permitted to export into a number of countries because of (it),” he said.

“The monitoring is showing there is no Queensland fruit flyin this area but we are trying to make sure.

“Those fruit that are leaving this packing house today here in Orange will arrive in Indonesia in about two days time. They will be flying out of Brisbane airport.

“A lot rides on this trial. If we can succeedwith this trial then we will potentially open up several other south-eastAsian markets which could be quite substantial when it comes to the value of exports.

“Potentially in this area over the next decade it could lead to a doubling in the amount of fruit that is sent out of this area, a number of trees would be planted if we are able to open these markets.”

He said too many cherries were grown in NSW for the domestic market and overseas business was needed to keep local growers afloat.

“We have a glut in a lot of years. We also have a high demand from a lot of these Asian countries for cherries so what we are trying to do is marry up the demand withthe excess fruit we have on the domestic market.”

NSW Cherry Growers Association president and Orange orchardist Fiona Hall saidIndonesia was a growing market for local producers.

“There is a lot of growing middle class in Indonesia and they’re wanting western-style culture, western-style foods. Cherries are very renowned over there as a gift. It’s quite prestigious. As that middle class keeps growing then there’s a lot more opportunities for cherries.”

Mrs Hall said they also wanted to capitaliseon the Chinese New Year being earlier than normalin 2017while Orange growers werestill picking late fruit.

“This area is getting quite renowned for its good quality fruit and there are lot of Chinese exporters that havebeen around this district for the last few weeks and they are going into every shed and offering to buy fruit,” shesaid.

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Manjimup producers Jim Bogoias (left) and Bob Pessotto, were both at last week’s combined Elders-Primaries weaner sale. The Pessotto family sold steers to $1286 while Mr Bogoias bought two pens of heifers, paying to $1174 and the sale top of 362c/kg.NUMBERS were well down on the expected yarding when 408 weaner calves were offered at the combined Elders-Primaries Manjimup sale last week.
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This was partly due to some being unable to muster because of fire and vehicle movement bans.

The quality of the yarding was very mixed ranging from some very good lines to below average drafts.

Steer calves sold to $1428 for the heavy end while lightweights topped at 400c/kg.

Heifers were more consistent, reaching $1293 and 362c/kg.

Kevin Armstrong, Willowbank, was the most active buyer, with Elders Manjimup representative Cameron Harris and Rodney Galati, Brunswick, also multiple pen buyers.

Mr Armstrong snapped up the first four pens sold, for Kalgrains, including the top-priced steer pen in the Primaries section, paying $1344 at 320c/kg for the 13 sleek Angus steers from Rim Rock Grazing, Boyup Brook.

Four similar steers weighing 421kg from RH & LM Rose & Son cost $1306 at 310c/kg and a line of 13 sold by WD & IM Phillips & Son weighing 372kg were purchased at 340c/kg and $1265.

Five averaging 386kg offered by Marrivale Downs joined them at $1266 and 328c/kg.

Two more pens of Marrivale Angus steers were bought by Cameron Harris, Elders Manjimup, with two weighing 335kg making $1139 and 340c/kg and four averaging 254kg made $994 at 392c/kg.

The three pens of Angus heifers from WD & IM Phillips attracted buyers keen to buy future breeders, with Kevin Armstrong securing the first pen for $1276 when the 365kg heifers sold at 350c/kg.

Losing bidder, Jim Bogoias, Manjimup, then upped the effort to buy the next two pens for the top of 362c/kg for 13 weighing 324kg to cost $1174 and another 13 selling for $1106.

The top steer price in the Elders pens went to a single Murray Grey steer weighing 510kg from JA Longwood that was bought for Harvey Beef Farms (HBF) costing $1428 at 280c/kg.

In the same pen, two weighing 407kg made $1280 at 314c/kg,

A single Simmental weighing 495kg sold for $1336 and 270c/kg with the last Angus steer weighing 470kg making 280c/kg and $1316, with these all sold by JA Longwood and bought by HBF.

G & J Stoichev sold five Angus averaging 436kg for $1334 and these were snapped up by Mr Harris.

Kalgrains went into the clerking sheets for a Limousin steer weighing 375kg from GM Flannagan, returning $1207 while four Angus weighing 420kg offered by Clovermia Grazing, sold for $1344.

At the higher end of quality, a pen of seven Angus weighing 416kg returned $1374 for KL Edwards when Elders Capel representative Rob Gibbings bid to 330c/kg.

Another of the better pens were the 11 steers weighing 372kg from F Pessotto & Sons that sold to JL Piscioneri for 346c/kg to cost $1286, who had earlier paid $1253 for seven sold by KL Edwards.

A line of 10 steers from GM & F Jones appealed to John Kezich who bid to 365c/kg for the 303kg cattle that cost $1108, and then later added seven from M & L Herceg for $1109.

Mr Harris was strong on the lighter calves buying several pens to $1172.

Rodney Galati also put together several pens for up to $1064, paid for two Simmental weighing 315kg from I & H Panzich.

JIG Grazing bought the first pen of heifers in the Elders offering, paying the top of $1293 at 318c/kg for the heifers weighing 407kg from I & H Panzich.

Other heifers bought by JIG Grazing included five from Clovermia for $1138 and four of the Flannagan heifers at $1042.

The top of 334c/kg was for a single heifer sold by Chateau June Jerome, one of the many heifers going to Mr Harris.

Westbeef Holdings and Galati Family Trust secured numerous pens each towards the back end of the sale for up to $1024 and $1060 respectively.

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READY: Harvey Keilar, Milla Harris and Billy Walker are starting prep at Ararat West Primary this year. Picture: Peter PickeringShare your back to school photos –inbox us on Facebook, tag @araratadvertiser on Instagram, or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛
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Ararat district schools will return for term one as they welcome their newest, and youngest pupils for the first time this year.

Prep pupils will be pulling on their uniforms and heading into the classroom this week.

Most schools across the district will return on Thursday, while some start on Tuesday.

Ararat West Primary Schoolhas 32 children preparing for their first day on February 2.

The school has three preps attending who are also the childrenof teachers at Ararat West.

Principal Terry Keilar’s son Harvey Keilar will be joined by Milla Harris, the daughter of teacher Bree and Billy Walker, the son of Tahnee.

The three children said they were looking forward to starting school with their friends.

“I like learning to read the most,” Harvey said.

Billy also said he was looking forward to reading and writing, while Milla nominated drawing as her favourite classroom activity.

Beyond the classroom however, all three pupils said they would enjoy using the playground with their friends.

Mr Keilar said Ararat West teachers have been going through their normal preparations to get classrooms ready for their pupils’ arrival.

“It has been routine stuff over the break to get everything organised,” he said.

Other primary and high schools across the district are also returning this week.

Ararat Primary School has 30 pupils who will start on Thursday.

St Mary’s Primary School inArarat has a full class of 26 preps starting.

Outside of the city, Buangor Primary School’s prep class has seen a jump from one prep pupil in 2016, to four in 2017.

Pomonal Primary and Moyston Primary School have three and four new pupils respectively.

Both schools, along with Buangor, will return for their first day on Tuesday, with preps having the Wednesday off before Thursday and Friday classes.

Lake Bolac College’s six prep pupils will start their first day on Wednesday.

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Australia Day. A day of history in what is today a place named Australia. Before the Englishcame to this country and named it, it was inhabited by Aboriginals who have an abundance of history toshare in their own right. The naming of Australia is sometimes referred to as an invasion.

Since Australia was named its history has been made up of many peoples. This country, since being named Australia, has had many new arrivals of peoples from countries across the world.

My Mother talked of the Chinese who lived along the River Murray and the local Aboriginals as wellwhen she was a child. I have read about the Chinese who settled in the Kimberleys. We all have history. Some good and some bad. It’s a journey we each take and experience in ourlifetime. It is different for each of us just as our individual lives are different. There are pages in history books that make me sad but what I do each day is strive for abetter life for those of us who are here today and for the generations ahead. I can’t undo the tragedy ofpast history just in the same way I can’t undo the tragedy I have faced in my personal life but I canlearn from it and be a better person because of it.

As I celebratethe good things in my past I also embrace the positives in the pages of history. The Dreamtime stories ofthe Aboriginal past, the lifestyle of many tribes and their values, along with their hunting and gathering Ihold in a special place with great respect.

I think of the attempted World War II invasion by the Japanese into Australia. I wonder if I wouldhave even been born. I wonder what life would have been like for us all under Japan’s leadership.

At the re-enactment of the signing of the Muroto Friendship Agreement on ThursdayI looked into thefaces of the Japanese people there and know they value our friendship with our community. It was agood feeling.

This will be the last time I write my column for the PortLincoln Times. I was humbled to be invited to write this column when itwas established about nineyears ago. I have enjoyed it and hope you have too. I thank those of youwho have contacted me or stopped me to tell me how much you haveenjoyed and appreciated what I have written over the years. You have all given me much joy.

I am handing over to someone I have great respect for and has lots of life experiences to share and stories to tell –Tony Perks.

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OFF-FIELD HURDLES: Tony Popovic said his side would not be distracted by the court case surrounding midfielder Kearyn Baccus ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brisbane Roar. Picture: Getty ImagesWanderers coach Tony Popovic said his side would not be distracted by apolice investigation into midfielder Kearyn Baccus.
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Western Sydney willlookto claim back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign on Saturday,with a crucial trip to Brisbane Roar at SuncorpStadium.

Baccus, 25, was charged with common assault on Wednesday, after he allegedly punched a man in the chest near Sydney Airport on January 5.

Popovic said the club would stand behind the embattled Kings Park resident, who has so far escaped sanction from the FFA.

“He’s available for selection. He’s an important player in this squad,” Popovic said on Friday.

“It’s been dealtwith. The club’s made a statement and we certainly back the integrityof the player.

“We’re clearly focused on the game.”

Baccus has flourished for the Red and Black this season.

The former Blacktown City player has traded the bench for a regular starting berththis year, after his coach challenged himto take on leadership role at the club.

“We’ve always held Kearynin high regard in terms of his ability,” Popovic said.

“We feel he’s maturing more and more as a footballer. He’s shown that in the last few appearances.

“The ability has always been there. He just needs some nurturing, some improvements and it’s all slowly coming together for him.”

Western Sydney’s last match against Brisbane finished in a 1-alldraw at the same venue in December.

Popovic said that result, and Sunday’s long-awaited home win against Newcastle Jets, gave his players confidence headinginto the match.

“It’s good to win a game at home. And obviously in an important match,” he said. “The players did a very good job in that type of pressure.

“Suncorp’s not an easy place [to visit] but we can draw confidence from our last appearance there and how we played in the second half.”

Brisbane Roar host Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, January 28 at Suncorp Stadium. Kick off is at 7.50pm.

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A study has found the Wingecarribeein the top tenleast affordable housing markets across the world.
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Demographia’s 13thannual International Housing Affordability Survey revealedWingecarribee as the seventh least affordable market based on itsmedian multiple (house price to income ratio), behind Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Auckland.

Australia had four regions represented in the top 10 when all housing markets (including regional areas) were considered. Sydney was rated the second least affordable, beaten only by Hong Kong.

Ranked among some of the world’s most in-demand locations, Wingecarribee was joined by fellow Australian cities Sydney, Tweed Heads and Melbourne in the top 10 least affordable, labelled “severely unaffordable” by the survey.

Demographia’s 13th annual International Housing Affordability Survey found Wingecarribee to be the seventh least affordable housing market of all the markets considered by the survey, which includes regional areas. (Image: Table 10, Demographia 2017 report, pg 17).

It said there had been broad affordability in Australia prior tothe introduction of urban containment policies, designed to limit the development of land outside of a specified urban area.Such policies encourage growth and development within an urban area, allowing for undeveloped green spaces between urban regions.

Demographia: The Top 10 least affordable markets of the 92 ‘major’ housing markets identified across the world by the survey. (Image: Table 7, Demographia 2017 report, pg 14).

The concept of “the green in-between” is a notion regularly discussed at Wingecarribee Shire Council meetings during debates about development issues in the shire.

Deputy mayor councillor Ian Scandrett said although green space was part of the shire’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) aims, that wasn’t necessarily the main problem where housing affordability was concerned.

”Our problem is not the green between. It’sthat we have more than 30 years of approved rezoned residential land in this shire and it’s all land banked,” he said.

Land banking, the process of collecting land for future sale, means land appropriately zoned for residential development is otherwise unavailable.

“We need to unlock the land that’s been rezoned to residential,” Cr Scandrett said.“I personally wonder if we shouldn’t have a ‘use it or lose’ clause for residential land. I would hope the new premier will examine this issue carefully.”

Across the nation, figures demonstrate an upwards trend in housing cost, and decreasing affordability.Newly-appointed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian listed housing affordability as one of her key priorities.”It’s the biggest concern people have across the state,” she said.

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Selling it: Tamworth Real Estate’s Graeme Elmes is sold on Barnaby Joyce’s comments regarding housing affordability this week. Photo: Chris Bath 270117CBA
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It may come asno surprise that a local real estate agent agrees with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s much publicisedcomments about housing affordability, although Graeme Mills believes that those looking to buy property may not have an alternative.

Mr Joyce caused a huge stir on Wednesday when he told ABC Radiothat he was fed up with the housing debate being centred around Sydney and Melbournefollowing a report that ranked Sydney as second and Melbourne as fifth on an index of the world’s most expensive cities for affordability.

“I get annoyed when peopletalk about that the only house that youcan buy apparently is in Sydney and it’s too dear,” he told ABC Radio National.

“There are other parts of Australia. I live in one, it’s called Tamworth……if you’ve decided you’ve got the gumption in you and youwant to move [west],you’regoing to have a very affordable house.”

While the comments have drawn outrage from many Mr Mills from Tamworth Real Estate can’t see any other solution without massive changes to the market that couldhave potentially dire consequences.

“If the government steps in and says that a two million dollar property can only be sold for one million then the banks and the people already invested in the market will go broke,” Mr Mills said.

“What Barnaby said was a bit flippant but there is a serious side to it because realistically it is impossible to control the market.”

“At the end of the day buying in Tamworth is a very safeand people have to do what they have to do if they want to own property and if that is moving to a regional area then so be it.”

One incentive that MrMills thought was worth some thought was a change to the structure of the First Home Buyers Grant for regional areas.

Currently, in an effort to thwart centralisation, the grant only extends to buyers of brand new properties.

“Maybe there is some scope to modify the scheme for regional areas and encourage more first home buyers into the market that way,” Mr Mills said.

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