Sweet deal for telehandlers

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith with one of the fleet of seven JCB telehandlers.The versatility of JCB’s telehandlers has made them the perfect choice for a leading sugar cane farm and processor
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The Keith family owned Rocky Point Mulching is Australia’s only family-owned and operated sugar cane farm and mulch processing plant and has put its faith in JCB telehandlers to work in every aspect of their operation.

Counting 13 members of the family working full-time and with an annual turnover of $30 million, they recently launched a new division, Rocky Point Recycling, to turn waste timber into garden mulches.

Rocky Point Mulching operations manager, Josh Keith, says the seven JCB telehandlers the business owns are always hard at work and used across all divisions.

“We’ve been purchasing JCB machinery for the past 10 years and we haven’t looked back as they are so versatile.

“We use them for picking up the large square bales of the mulch, site maintenance and cleaning, and general duties around the operations,” he said.

“JCB is the only brand of telehandler we buy as they are productive, efficient and help us maximise uptime.”

He also likes their versatility and high tech features.

“We especially find the engine upgrades with the speed cooling fan and transmission electronics most helpful, as well as the boom dampening which all add up to operator comfort and machine efficiency,” Mr Keith said.

“The engine speed cooling fan is great in the hot and humid Queensland temperatures, as it reacts to changing temperatures, which maximises our fuel efficiency.

“The all-round visibility with tinted glass is another plus as well,” he said.

Service and support is also a feature.

“Most of the time it feels like the JCB team is working only for us, which is great.

“They are always helpful when it comes to service questions, maintenance or when we are looking to upgrade,” Mr Keith said.

“JCB’s constant product improvements make purchasing a JCB an exciting time, and we try to add a new machine at least every 12 months to keep the fleet up to date with their technology changes.”

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Narooma area police reportFeb. 1

File photo. Illegal campers –Narooma police moved on some illegal campers set up on the Kianga headland off Dalmeny Drive at 8am on Monday. The three young males had allegedly also became abusive at passers-by.
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Accident investigation –Police are investigating an accident involving a Tasmanian registered vehicle that occurred near Black Creek on the Bermagui Cobargo Road at 5.45am last Wednesday. The car skidded off the road and the driver ran off, not being seen again.

Property stolen –A large amount of property was stolen from a shed to the rear of residence on Isabel Street, Narooma sometime between 1.30pm and 9pm last Sunday, January 22.

Items include a Yamaha generator, Husqvarna chainsaw, golf bag and clubs, various tools, a GPS watch, slots cars and drones. Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has been offered items such as these is encouraged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Narooma police on 4476 2044.

Mid-range drink driver–A 42-year-old local Narooma man was stopped on the Princes Highway near Montague Street at 3.40pm on Saturday. He failed a breath test and was charged with mid-range drink driving.

Mystery clothes –Narooma police were concerned for the safety of individuals who left various items including clothes and a beach towel that were found on Carters Beach off Centenary Drive at 7pm last Sunday, January 22. Police monitored the area for a few days later deeming the clothes had just been left there and there was nobody lost at sea.

Hilux damaged –Unknown persons caused damaged to a Hilux parked on Forsters Bay Road scratching the driver’s side panels between 6.30am on Friday and 7.30am on Saturday.

Cannabis found –A local 39-year-old man was caught in Narooma and charged with possessingcannabis on Saturday.

A 38-year-old local man meanwhile was also caught with cannabis on Centenary Drive at 9.30am on Friday and charged with possession.

Scooter found –A child’s MPG scooter found at the Narooma wharf at 9.30am on Friday was handed into police and can be claimed.

Lost iPad –Someone last week reported a missing iPad mini in a yellow magnetic case lost in Narooma near the newsagent in Midtown on December 29.

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Sydney’s $10 million super sprint ‘The Everest’ to trump Melbourne Cup from October 2017

Main contender: Tommy Berry wins the TJ Smith on Chautauqua. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Sydney will host Australia’s first $10 million horse race at Randwick in October, making it worth nearly two Melbourne Cups in terms of stakes.
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The race, to be known as The Everest, will target the best sprinters in the world and be run over 1200m at weight-for-age on October 14.

Owners will be able to buy a spot in the 12-horse field with a three-year commitment for $600,000 a year. It is similar to the Pegasus World Cup concept in America – and spots will be able to be traded.

The Melbourne Cup is worth $6.2 million in prizemoney, a purse dwarfed by the $10 million on offer at Randwick. It will be the richest race on turf in the world.

Racing NSW chairman Russell Balding and Australian Turf Club chairman Laurie Macri made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon after working on the race for the six months.

“It is a game changer for racing in Sydney,” Balding said. “It will be known as ‘The Everest’ and will be the richest 1200m in the world and the richest turf race in the world.”

The race will focus on an area which Australian racing is built on, and will not attempt to compete with the major staying races during the Melbourne spring carnival.

Macri said the sprint journey was chosen because there is not an opportunity to run for that sort of money over 1200m anywhere in the world.

“This is not about Sydney against Melbourne. This is about playing to Sydney’s strength,” Macri said.

“Our sprinting division is the strongest in the world and we think they deserve an opportunity to showcase them to the world.”

While the initial concept is for 12 runners, Racing NSW and the ATC are prepared to extend the field if the interest is there, with the additional entry fees to be added to the purse.

The Everest will sit only under the $US12 million ($15.9 million) Pegasus World Cup over 1800m and $US10 million ($13.2 million) Dubai World Cup over 2000m.

The name was chosen because this will be peak of racing.

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White charge “disappointing”

ILLAWARRA will decide on Thursday whether they’ll challenge a one-game suspension leveled at key guard Kevin White that’s soured their five-point win over competition leaders Adelaide on Saturday.
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The NBL match review panel hit White with the “unduly rough play” charge on Tuesday fora second-quarter collision with Adelaide big-man Eric Jacobsen.

The charge carries a base penalty of a one-game suspension though White could still play against Cairns in Wollongong on Friday if he enters an early guilty plea and cops a $1000 fine.

Currently in second spot, the Hawks remain well in the hunt for a top-two finish and a home finals series and can ill-afford to be without theirhard-nosed back-court leader for the crucial clash with the Taipans.

The incident with Jacobsen came in full view of the three match officials none of whom called a foul. That fact could prove the basis of the Hawks case should they elect to fight the charge. The club has until to 5pm Thursday to notify the NBL.

Coach Rob Beveridge was weighing up his options on Wednesday but said he certainly won’t be asking White to curb his physical style of play.

“I’ll be talking to the league about the review process,” Beveridge said.

“Everyone who knows Whitey knows heputs his heart and soul into his club andhis teammates.

“I’ve never, ever, coached anyone to go out there and hurt anyone or hit anyone, or anything like that butI want my guysto play hard and I’m extremely proud of the way Whitey does that.

“He does it out of being an incredible teammate who puts it all on the line for his team,so for this happen days after the factis very disappointing.”

Brisbane veteran Daniel Kickert sparked a war of words with Adelaide when he referred to the Sixers as “Thirty-Snitchers” on twitter after beingcharged with headbutting in round seven.

Coach Joey Wright bit back with a tweet of his own with he andKickert both fined $500 for the exchange.

Kickert’s charge came after Adelaide brought the headbutting incident to the attention of the NBL but the 36rs played no such role in White being charged.

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Cessnock cricket lower grade results

Cessnock cricket lower grade results and points tables.
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Second GradeGreta/Branxton 7/116 (Pat Andrews 26, Ben Hogan 15, Will Regan 15, Mitch Fallon 13, Alex Walkling 13no, Ryan Maxwell 3-28 off 10, Wayne Harris 2-9 off 4) defeated Wine Country 107 (Shane Morley 30, Ryan Maxwell 23, Mark Peace 5-33 off 10, Mick Regan 2-34 off 7).

Bellbird 150 (Matt Crump 35, Brendan Clark 31, Andrew Howson 31, Joey Millington 15, Nathan King 3-7 off 3.1, Alex Davey 2-13 off 6, Will Watson 2-28 off 7) defeatedMulbring 96 (Daniel King 41, Adam Sheehan 19, Will Watson 15, Brendan Clark 6-17 off 7.3, Wade Attewell 2-16 off 6).

Peden’s Hotel 9/170 (Luke Johnston 52, Brett Hindmarsh 34, Daniel Olsen 26, Ben Reid 14, Tim Goldman 3-26 off 8, Ross O’Connell 3-43 off 7, Luke Sweeney 2-41 off 10) defeated Supporters 140 (Tim Goldman 65, Ross O’Connell 21, Adrian Jones 17, Andrew Fensom 16, Daniel Olsen 4-6 off 2, Ben Reid 3-28 off 9, Ryan Hindmarsh 2-30 off 6).

Third GradeGreta/Branxton 9/146 (Craig Gillings 29, Zac Watkins 19, Dave Seabrook 19, Ben Lahey 18, R. Clark 3-17 off 6, B. Skelton 2-21 off 5) defeated Denman Hotel 94 (L. Turner 25, D. McCarty 19, Paul Walkling 4-17 off 5.2, Steve Peel 2-32 off 7, Steve Peace 2-24 off 8, Zac Watkins 2-10 off 4).

Bellbird 8/233 (Matt Schrieber 71no, Mark Stevens 69, Andrew Chalker 26, Jack Lennard 17, Darren Reed 3-37 off 10, Jesse Smart 2-21 off 4, Pat Jurd 2-56 off 9)defeated Wine Country 86 (Scott Peachman 50no, Luke Meyers 5-11 off 8, Jack Lennard 2-19 off 4, Mark Stevens 2-24 off 7).

Supporters 3/77 (G. Brodie 43no, A. Field 16, Matt Gough 1-23 off 6, Darren Young 1-29 off 3, Jack Kirkham 1-19 off 3) defeated Mulbring 57 (Darren Young 14, Darrell Payne 13, Geoff Browning 12, G. Goldman 3-15 off 9.3, A. Field 2-15 off 5, T. Johnson 2-13 off 9, S. Minter 2-13 off 6).

Peden’s Hotel 6/175 (Craig Beer 57, Dean Campbell 40, Neil Harvey 17no, Adam Williams 17no, Daniel Russell 17, S. Williams 3-40 off 6, G. Kelso 2-40 off 10) defeated Laguna 7/167 (A. Taylor 89no, J. Bailey 39, M. Dixon 17, C. Dodds 2-28 off 10, D. Grills 2-43 off 10, D. Russell 2-22 off 5).

Fourth GradeDenman Hotel 9/139 (Adam Bartley 47, Jakob Bartley 22, David Stothard 18, Brett Bartley 16, Dion Charnock 6-38 off 8, Cory Stephenson 2-32 off 4) defeatedGreta/Branxton Blue 136 (Neil Bird 31, Mitch Bird 18, Jason Stephenson 16, Will Young 15, Jakob Bartley 3-21 off 10, Adam Bartley 2-14 off 4, Hudson Fitzpatrick 2-7 off 2).

Supporters 0/68 (B. Sharpe 43no, A. Sweeney 18no) defeated Greta/Branxton White 60(Will Howden 22, Jason Varley 21, F. Sharpe 5-4 off 6).

Paxton 206 (Brendan Hayes 71, Gary Jai Russell 32, Steve Collins 23, Steve Russell 18, John Cleary 13no, D. Fletcher 4-38 off 9, P. Crocker 2-47 off 6, K. Jordan 2-18 off 4.3) defeated Peden’s Hotel 87 (G. Thorley 67, Campbell Cleary 3-10 off 4.4).

Wine Country 4/172 (B. Sommerville 72, J. Gough 30, B. Meizes 23, E. Harris 22no, D.Stoker 1-43 off 6, A. Schofield 1-31 off 5, D. Newton 1-22 off 4, C. Delaney 1-9 off 2) defeated Bellbird 167 (C. Delaney 58, G. Stoker 44, D. Stoker 23, G. Musgrove 6-29 off 7, B. Meizes 2-42 off 7).

Points TablesFirst Grade Mulbring 78***, Bellbird 59***, Greta/Branxton 58***, Wine Country 47***, Peden’s Hotel 44***. * byes received, 0 points.

Second Grade Bellbird 92, Greta/Branxton 76, Mulbring 69, Supporters 65, Peden’s Hotel 64, Wine Country 61*. * Lost points 29/10/16 for clearance breach.

Third Grade Bellbird 98, Greta/Branxton 86, Laguna 84, Denman Hotel 77, Peden’s Hotel 76, Wine Country 69, Mulbring 64, Supporters 56.

Fourth Grade Greta/Branxton Blue 91, Paxton 91, Denman Hotel 77*, Greta/Branxton White 76, Wine Country 73, Bellbird 65, Supporters 65, Peden’s Hotel 56. * Lost points 5/11/16 for clearance breach.

Club Championship Bellbird 530.20, Greta/Branxton 494.10, Mulbring 481.90, Wine Country 398.10, Peden’s Hotel 392.40.

Club Championship Formula:- First Grade x 3.5, Second Grade x 2.1, Third Grade x 1, Fourth Grade x 0.5.

NB: Only Greta/Branxton Blue fourth grade team contributes to club championship points.

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#datadrought – phone services on the agenda

TheRegional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalitionis concerned reliable home phone services in the bush may be soon put at risk under proposed changes to the Universal Service Obligation (USO).
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Members of the Coalition have today (February 1) appeared at the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the USO in Sydney.

As part of its Inquiry, the Productivity Commission is examining the possibility of transitioning voice services, currently delivered by the existing copper network, to National Broadband Network (nbn) infrastructure. Effectively this would mean voice services would be delivered via satellite for users in rural and remote Australia.

“While we acknowledge the logic in transitioning to more modern infrastructure, this does not escape the fact that geographically a majority of users would be serviced via satellite – including areas that are currently serviced by the existing copper network,” saidAustralian Communications Consumer Action Network(ACCAN) CEO, Teresa Corbin.

“As a coalition we are adamant that a reformed USO must not result in a degradation of existing services.”

National Farmers Federation(NFF) President, Fiona Simson, is also concerned about the development.

“A transition to voice-over-nbn infrastructure could mean many users currently receiving a voice service over copper line would have their service replaced by an inferior, unreliable satellite service,” said Ms Simson.

“The Sky Muster satellite wasn’t designed to deliver universal voice services. A more acceptable long term solution needs to be found before any transition occurs.”

The most significant concern for the Regional, Rural and Remote Communication Coalition is safety during such a transition.

“In emergencies a reliable voice connection can be the difference between life and death,” Ms Simson said.

“There are also issues around how remote businesses are expected to operate in a 21st century economy and meet their workplace health and safety obligations.”

“This issue is of significant concern and we will be appearing at as many hearings as possible over the coming weeks.”

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‘Home approvals still strong’: HIA

A nine per cent dip in home approvals, acrossPort Stephens, was not a reason for concern, according to the Housing Industry Association.
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In the 12 months to November, Port Stephens Council approved 338new homes –a mix of houses and units –compared to 371 in the 12 months prior.

“There was a boom in March 2015 where 100 units were approved and it’s skewed the figures,” HIA Hunter executive director Craig Jennion said.

“The overall pictureis still really strong.”

In the 12 months to November –the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics data –Port Stephens Council still approved 71 attached dwellings (units and townhouses) compared to 119 in the 12 months prior.

“The vibe is still really good in Port Stephens and there’s the perception that it’s a really good value area, much cheaper than Newcastle and especially Sydney.”

Mr Jennion saidhome building approvals suggest activity across the HIA Hunter Region continues to perform strongly

“Like many other areas of Australia the latest ABS building approvals in the Hunter were very strong in November 2016, with the total volume of approvals for new dwellings bouncing to the second highest figure of the year,” he said.

“In total 562 approvals were issued for new dwellings across the Hunter and Central Coast, compared to 423 the month prior, with much of the heavy lifting continuing to occur in the Lower Hunter and Central Coast local government areas (LGAs).

“In total over the twelve months to November 2016 a strong 5,517 approvals have been issued, some of the highest annual totals we have seen in recent years.”

The Hunter Regional Plan states an additional 70,000 dwellings will be needed in the region by 2036, whilst the Central Coast Regional Plan identifies 41,500 dwellings. The combined dwelling target of 111,500, requires an annual average of 5,575 additional dwellings.

Mr Jennion noted the 12 months to Novemberwas still58 home short of the annual target.

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Calling all canine heroes!

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is seeking stories from around Australia of outstanding canine accomplishments ahead of the 2017 NSW Canine Hero Awards.
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So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers and the RAS wants them to gain the recognition they deserve.

Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training and dedication to their human companion.

They may not be able to tell us their incredible stories, but you can.

In 2016 Governor General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC was on hand to present NSW Police German Shepherd “Ulrich” with the inaugural Service Dog Award at the Sydney Royal Easter Show’s Canine Hero Awards.

Ulrich helped police track down an 86-year-old man missing for three days from Maitland Hospital in March 2015.

Ulrich led his handler down a ravine for about 50 metres to where the man was lying at the bottom of the slope.

So often our dogs are more than just our companions, they turn out to be unheralded heroes and lifesavers and the RAS wants them to gain the recognition they deserve. Photo: File

This year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show awards will be presented in two categories;

1. AAR Service Dog Award

Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation.

2. AAR Companion Dog Award

Open to any dog in private ownership that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond.

Judges from The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalists and the ultimate winners who will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on 17 April 2017 to receive their award.

Rules:

The Awards are open to residents of Australian States or Territories who own the nominated dog or are the authorised agent of the owner of the nominated dog.

Entries must include a completed and signed Awards Entry form, photograph and narrative description.

Applications will be judged in the week of 10 April and the winners will be contacted that week. Winners will be invited to attend the Purina Pro Plan Sydney Royal Dog Show as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show to receive their awards on Monday 17 April 2017.

The winners, their stories and photos will be featured in the Dog News Australia paper and the Dogs NSW Journal.

Prize isa$1500 cash prize to the winner of each category sponsored by the Australian Animal Registry (AAR).

How to enter the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Heroes Awards:

Please complete the Awards Entry Form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of yourself and the dog.

Entries can be submitted by;

Completing the entry form.

Emailing your entry [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

Post the entry to –RASNSW, Canine Hero Awards, Locked bag 4317, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

The closing date is Tuesday, February 28,2017

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Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Killer’s bizarre stories

MISSED: Renee Mitchell in a photograph taken in the early 2000s. She was found stabbed to death in Bangalay Reserve in November, 2014. Picture: Supplied
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Murderer’s killer pastSloane found guilty of murderGrand tales of a killerJustice for aged-care workerONLY minutes after he was arrested for the murder of Renee Mitchell, Graham Anthony George Sloane told detectives he was a comedian heading off on the road.

Then during a rambling recorded interview at Charlestown police station, Mr Sloane, now 68, made a series of bizarre statements and allegations, ranging from collaborating with police in Queensland to “set-up” a paedophileto the time he had survived a helicopter crash and another when he’d outlasted “being blown up by a grenade”.

However, he also appeared to try and deflect attention away from himself, telling detectives his blood-covered shoes had been borrowed by a neighbour the night before as well as making disparaging comments about Mrs Mitchell’s family.

A jury of nine women and three men were on Wednesday played the audio recording during Mr Sloane’s roadside arrest at Cardiff on November 12, 2014, and the subsequent electronicallyrecorded interview.

At one point, Mr Sloane tells police how they can catch the killer.

“If you find that wallet, you’ve found the killer,” Mr Sloane said of his wallet, which he said he had given to Mrs Mitchell.

The jury had heard on Tuesday that a wallet was found at Mr Sloane’s premises.“Give me five minutes with him,” Mr Sloane said of Mrs Mitchell’s killer.

“You could look away and I’ll cut his head off.

“Without any hesitation at all. “And I’ll show you how to do it without getting caught.”

Mr Sloane’s police interview and the way he was behaving around the time of Mrs Mitchell’s death is pertinent in the trial because the 68-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of substantial impairment.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday, admitting to stabbing Mrs Mitchell and dumping her in a Windale park on November 11, 2014.The jury will be asked to decide whether Mr Sloane was suffering from an “abnormality of the mind” at the time of the killing, meaning his capacity to understand events, judge right from wrong or control himself wassubstantially impaired by mental illness.

If they make that determination, then the jury will be asked whether his capacity to control himself – the central issue to the case –was so substantially impaired that it would reduce what was otherwise murder to manslaughter.

Graham Anthony George Sloane during his police interview.

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Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Bibblewindi water storage ponds in the Pilliga forest, part of the infrastructure for Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project.AFTER years of delays, gas developer Santos has finally submitted development plans for its Narrabri project in and around the Pilliga forest to NSW government.
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The company saysthe project will deliver supply security and construction jobs to the State.But opponents claim the company is seekingapproval to boost the prospects of the project, givenSantos haswritten down the value of the project by$1 billion.

Santos’ major planning assessment document for the project, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), waslodged with NSW Planning on Wednesday morning.The Department typically reviews EIS documents for several weeksbefore they are made public and submissions are opened.

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher was quoted in a statement on the Australian Securities Exchangewhich said had “spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed”.

The statementsaid CSG be located on about 1000 hectares in and around the Pilliga forest near Narrabri. About 60 per cent of the project area covers landset aside by State government for forestry, the rest on privately held farmland.Santos signed a statement to government and farm groups which committed not force entry on any privately-held land.

“The EIS has concluded the Project can proceed safely with minimal and manageable risk to the environment,” Mr Gallagher said.

“(D)evelopment of new natural gas resources is crucial in assisting Australia’s move towards a clean energy future. In NSW alone, more than one million homes and 33,000 businesses rely on natural gas as a source of energy.”

The project was create 1300 jobs during construction, with around 200 ongoing jobs, and deliver up to $1.2 billion in state royalties over its lifetime, Santos said.

In December 2016 Santos announced it would package its second-tier assets into a separate division, including the Narrabriproject, sparking speculation the projects could be sold.

TheAustralian Financial Reviewreported at the time the”sweat or exit” strategy for assets in the non-core business, may be sold. But the company denied there were plans to sell the Narrabri project.

Australian Petroleum Producers and Exploration Association chief executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said it “is important some fundamental facts are not lost in the post-truth, social media frenzy from activists” –namely the claimed benefits of the project and the rigour of its scientific assessment.

Sale speculationGas consultant for pro renewable energyInstitute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Bruce Robertson said the Narrabri project “is clearly for sale”.

Mr Robertson cited Santos’mid-year statement to the market last year, Santos cited a net impairment loss of $4 millionrelating to Gunnedahexploration and evaluation assets.

“The impairment charges have arisen primarily as a consequence of the reduction or delay in future capital expenditure that diminishes or removes the path to commercialisation,” Santos reported.

According to Mr Robertson, Santos are “trying to pretty it (the Narrabri project) up for sale” with an EIS approval.

“But I doubt anyone will but it. It will be high cost production at a time when people don’t want it. There is a global LNG glut at the moment,” Mr Robertson.

Local reactionsLocal opinion is divided by the Narrabri project. Local lobby groupYes2Gas began two years ago to support Santos.

Spokesperson is Louise Tout professionalfly-in-fly-out protesters“have upset the local residents and have galvanised support for the project”, as residents looked forward to the developments’ economic benefits.

Lock the GateNSW coordinator Georgina Woods said the project“makes no sense economically, socially, politically or environmentally and it is our hope that it soon falls over under the weight of public opposition and economic absurdity.”

Local Lock the Gate spokeswoman Megan Kuhn,Bundella, said

“For years the communities of the North West NSW region have shown we are staunchly opposed to CSG development and the risks it brings to our farms, our livelihoods, and our families’ health. The Government needs to listen to the community and reject this project.”

Political fallout“This is a huge test for Premier Berejiklian who should clarify whether she will support the development,” said Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham.

“The NSW Government were punished for supporting this industry at the last state election and can expect similar electoral pain if they do not change course.”

NSW Labor resources spokesmanAdam Searle said“Labor’s position on CSG is clear”. The company has a Bill before parliament to banonshore gas in sensitive areas, include recharge areas of the Artesian Basin.

“We want an immediate statewide moratorium that is not lifted unless the industry is proven to be safe…Labor in government would never grant a production licence for its Narrabri project.”

Santos sinking a water monitoring bore in the Pilliga.

Pipeline plansPipeline operator APA Group has announced a $500 million deal for a pipleline to connect the Narrabri project to NSW main gas artery, which runs from Moomba in South Australia in Sydney.The deal is contingent on the Narrabri project’s development.

The 450 kilometre pipeline would run south from Narrabri past Nyngan to connect with the Moomba pipeline South West of Condobolin.A fact sheet on the pipleline project said while a proposed route had been identified, the final plan was yet to be finalised.

But APA said it is in the process of identifying all landholders and leaseholders in the vicinity of the proposed route.

“If you are in this category we will be making contact with you in the near future to arrange a detailed briefing,” APA’s factsheet said.

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