A TEENAGER who spent his 18th birthday facing a long stint in a juvenile justice centre for stealing from cars and trying to break into a Wagga house was told yesterday not to throw his life away.

Solicitor Joy Kirby told Wagga Children’s Court her client was an intelligent person with aspirations of a career in mechanics, but had a dysfunctional childhood.

The teenager cannot be named because he was 17 when he committed the crimes.

He had pleaded guilty to eight offences, including two counts of larceny, two counts of dishonestly obtaining property deception and breaking and entering a house with intent to steal.

The teenager used a chisel to smash the window of one car to get to a wallet that was sitting on a seat.

He used a credit card in the wallet to buy food from a convenience store and cigarettes from a service station.

The teenager also stole loose change and an eftpos card from another vehicle.

He was given 12-month good behaviour bonds for those offences.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood said that by far the teenager’s most serious offence was breaking into an Edward Street house on October 31 last year when a resident was at home.

She sentenced him to 12 months detention in a juvenile justice centre, with six months non-parole from January 19, for that offence.

Ms Greenwood took into account the teenager’s special circumstances, which included good prospects for rehabilitation and his bad upbringing.

“No child should grow up in these circumstances, and I fully recognise the great dysfunction you have suffered in your life,” Ms Greenwood said.

But she warned the teenager to put a brake on his drinking and offending.

“You don’t want to throw your life away by spending it in prison,” Ms Greenwood said.

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BENDIGO’S Melbourne Country Week campaign started with a defeat yesterday, but all is not lost according to coach Max Taylor.

Pre-tournament favourite Geelong inflicted a 51-run loss on Bendigo at Altona.

Batting first, Bendigo made 7-167 off 50 overs before Geelong replied with 7-218.

“We didn’t play poorly and Geelong is a very good side,’’ Taylor said.

“We’ve got something to build on for the rest of the week.

“The wicket today did a bit early and we lost a couple of early wickets which put us on the back foot.

“Geelong bowled really well through the middle of the innings and in the end we probably did well to get 167.”

Strathdale’s Cam Taylor was the mainstay of the Suns’ innings, compiling a hard-fought 61.

His Suns’ skipper Linton Jacobs added 38 not out in the latter overs to ensure Bendigo had something to bowl at.

Bendigo needed to take early wickets to put pressure on Geelong, but two dropped catches proved costly.

Opener Sam Hall (48), skipper Chris Bambury (72) and Mark Hanley (56 not out) guided Geelong past Bendigo’s total for the loss of three wickets.

“I thought we bowled okay throughout, it was just the odd loose ball that hurt us,’’ Taylor said. “The dropped catches early on didn’t help, either.”

Richard Tibbett and Aaron Monro were the most successful Bendigo bowlers with two wickets each.

Cam Taylor rounded out a good game with 1-38 off 10 overs bowling leg-spin.

Bendigo plays South West at Kew in today’s second round.


at Altona

Geelong won toss and bowled

Bendigo innings

A. Monro b J. Harrison21

R. Grundy lbw N. Yates0

A. West c J. Casey b N Yates4

C Taylor c E. Vines b B. Haunestein61

C. McGlashan c Casey C Bambury15

S. Johnston b Haunstein7

L. Jacobs not out38

L. McDermott lbw C. Bambury0

A. Burns not out19


Seven wickets for167

Fall: 0, 8, 38, 90, 99, 116, 118.

Bowling: J. Vrbovski 6-2-0-17, N. Yates 10-1-2-37, J. Foss 9-1-0-42, J. Harrison 5-0-1-22, C. Bambury 10-0-2-24, B. Haunstein 10-3-2-24.

Geelong innings

S. Hall lbw L. McDemott48

E. Vines c R. Grundy b B. Hamblin15

C. Bambury c and b A Monro72

N. Yates b C. Taylor4

M. Hanley not out56

S. O’Neill c L. Jacobs b R. Tibbett5

J. Foss c L. Jacobs b A. Monro0

J. Vrbo b R. Tibbett5

B. Haunstein not out7


Seven wickets for218

Fall: 41, 108, 115, 184, 199, 202, 207.

Bowling: R. Tibbett 10-0-2-36, A. Burns 8-2-0-44, B. Hamblin 5-0-1-27, M. Podosky 7-2-0-17, C. Taylor 10-2-1-38, L. McDermott 6-1-1-23, A. Monro 4-0-2-27.

Geelong won by 51 runs.

IN FORM: Richard Tibbett took two wickets for Bendigo yesterday.

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WAGGA peace activist Ray Goodlass is using his knowledge of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to remind the public there is something they can do.

Fulfilling his dream of becoming a peace volunteer in retirement, Mr Goodlass flew out to Palestine in December to volunteer and further educate himself on the conflict.

For two weeks he worked with the International Peace Volunteer Movement and the International Peace Youth League to assist Palestinians trying to rebuild their home land.

Part of the work included cleaning out a house in Bethlehem shelled by the Israelis in 2002 and clearing the land of a Bethlehem olive farmer whose land was surrounded by Israeli settlers which threatened to take over his land if he left it unoccupied.

What he took away from the experience was a better understanding of the conflict and its impact on the Palestinian people, which he now wants to share with Wagga.

“What the Israelis are doing is taking away the memories, culture and history of the Palestinian people,” Mr Goodlass said.

“The most frightening thing is how the original refugee tents turned into concrete houses giving a sense of permanence to their situation.”

“It made you think there was almost no hope for these people and feel the sense of hopelessness that exists.”

Following his volunteer work, Mr Goodlass took it upon himself to track down a number of non-government organisations working to bring about a peaceful resolution and explore cultural landmarks to gain a greater sense of the nation.

“One of the things we discussed was what we were going to do when we got home,” Mr Goodlass said.

“I want to be an ambassador of Palestine to get the word out there so the conflict doesn’t fall off people’s radars.”

He already plans to return to Palestine in 2014 to take part in a peaceful demonstration in Bethlehem before returning again in 2015 for the Istanbul Peace Conference which falls around the time of the 100 year anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.

He also plans to begin volunteering to assist refugees resettling in the Wagga area.

Ray Goodlass in the old city of East Jerusalem during a recent volunteering expedition.

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THE tactics employed by operators of mobile speed cameras in Wagga at the weekend has left some motorists convinced their presence isn’t about road safety but raising revenue.

On at least two occasions, signs warning motorists of the presence of the mobile speed camera were obscured by parked vehicles which has prompted member for Wagga Daryl Maguire to raise the issue with Roads Minister Duncan Gay.

The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) is conducting an urgent investigation into the matter.

Under the NSW Speed Camera Strategy released in June last year, mobile speed camera signs and vehicle markings were enhanced and the number of warning signs doubled to make enforcement more visible to motorists.

But close inspection and documentation by a number of Wagga motorists at the weekend has highlighted the fact the warning signs were placed in locations not readily visible by approaching motorists.

“There are clear key protocols for the placement of the signs put into place after we came into government,” Mr Maguire said.

“I have been in touch with the minister to raise the issue and if there are breaches to have occurred the people putting the signs out will be set straight.

“I’m well aware it was an issue and motorists want to be given a fair warning and for the signs to be visible.”

Just after 6pm last night, the RMS was unable to provide answers about the sign placements and were committed to providing a response today.

A spokeswoman was able to confirm the operations of the camera are contracted to Redflex, which only received an agreed contract rate per hour of enforcement, not a commission for the number of speeding incidents detected, debunking concerns by motorists operators were hiding signs for their own benefit.

Rod Donkin is one of the Wagga residents who at the weekend took evidence of the speed camera vehicle set up on Tarcutta Street after reading the concerns of former head of Wagga police Kevin Wales.

He agreed with the need for the cameras, but said it was questionable as to why the signs were hidden.

“Fair enough if you speed and you get caught, but they need to be fair about it,” Mr Donkin said.

“I am sure that any person on the road will say they don’t like it.”

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Next time a cricket coach barks at a player for catching ”like a girl”, it ought to be taken as a high compliment. After Australia’s women’s team won its sixth one-day World Cup title in Mumbai on Sunday, the men’s team, warming up in Chennai for their four-Test series against India, will be hoping that they too can play like girls.

The thoroughness of Australia’s win – 7/259 to the West Indies’ 145 all out – belied a tournament that set new standards for exciting, hard-fought women’s cricket. Jess Cameron’s muscular run-a-ball 75 was one of many performances to open the eyes of antediluvian types expecting a game of pat ball. Dual international Ellyse Perry, coming back into the Australian team after missing much of the tournament with illness and an ankle injury, scored 25 not out and turned the match with a three-wicket spell of fast bowling. Shane Watson take note.

Most significantly, whereas Australia’s previous World Cup wins had come in tournaments that were de facto three-cornered battles with England and New Zealand, this was a world event.

The beaten finalists had defeated Australia a few days earlier, and Sri Lanka broke through during this event, beating England and India. Numerous nail-biting finishes put the argument that the international women’s game is in a better, more expansive state than the men’s.

The West Indians, with Stafanie Taylor scoring 171 from 137 balls against Sri Lanka and Deandra Dottin smiting two big sixes in the final, promise a breakthrough reminiscent of their male counterparts back in the World Cup of 1975.

Lisa Sthalekar, Australia’s veteran spin-bowling all rounder, finished the final with a spectacular full-length one-handed catch.

Sthalekar’s spin bowling had been inspirational, in part prompting former Indian Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar to comment: ”It has been truly gratifying for me as a cricket follower to see some real spin and swing being bowled … This, of course, is not to demean the men in any way, but it raises the point of how swing and spin are less and less evident in the men’s game now.”

Australia’s coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, said it was ”fantastic” to have won the one-day World Cup to follow Australia’s win in the Twenty20 World Cup late last year.

”We’re the No.1 team in the world, so these girls deserve to celebrate hard and be really pleased with what they’ve done.” Their next assignment is to go to England and give Australia hope of winning at least one version of the Ashes.

The Australians disappeared into the Mumbai night to celebrate, which was noted, and perhaps even heard, across on the east coast, where the men are vying to win in India for just the second time in 44 years.

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Wagga Business Chamber event co-ordinator Casey Wilson and manager Larry Buete are keen to hear from interested entrants and charities for the 2014 Miss Wagga Quest. Picture: Michael FrogleyWAGGA women looking to make a difference in the community have four more days to complete their entry forms for the 2014 Miss Wagga Quest.


Entries have been extended by one week to this Friday to give potential entrants a little more time in coming forward.

Wagga Business Chamber manager Larry Buete said so far four applications have been received, but he knew other girls who have expressed interest are getting their applications in.

“We’re hopeful of having around eight girls this year which is a good number considering we are in the rebuilding stage of the quest,” Mr Buete said.

“We would urge girls who have got their application forms, or are thinking about entering, to get in this week.”

A personal development day will be held for entrants on March 16 going through everything from deportment to public speaking.

The day will prepare entrants for the launch and their introduction to the community which is scheduled for April.

Every year the entrants run a series of fund-raising events with the money handed out at the end of the quest.

According to business chamber events co-ordinator Casey Wilson only one charity has so far stepped forward to request being a beneficiary.

Submission forms to be a beneficiary of the 2014 Miss Wagga Quest can be found on the business chamber website at www.wwbc苏州美甲美睫培训.au.

Submissions must be completed by April 1.

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A STRATHDALE grandfather who has used the same TattsLotto numbers for 40 years became an instant millionaire after winning $1.4 million in Saturday’s draw.

The winner was one of three to share in the $4.2 million first division jackpot after buying his regular System 8 ticket from Strath Lotteries in Strath Village.

The other winners to pick the winning numbers of 34, 16, 18, 1, 17 and 6 were from Mildura and Fawkner.

The man, who chooses to remain anonymous, said he knew he had won the instant he saw the winning six numbers in the newspaper.

“I recognised them because I’ve been playing the same ones for 40 years,” he said. “I was a bit shaky after that.”

He said he would share his $1,417,314.57 windfall with his family.

“I’ll help my children and grandchildren with some of the money, and also invest some for the future,” he said.

“This kind of money can change your life a lot.”

Strath Lotteries owner Peter Minehan said it was not the first time the store had sold a winning first division ticket. “We’ve sold numerous winners through lotto and scratchies on a regular basis over the last eight or nine years,” he said.

“We’re always very excited to join in and celebrate their win with them.”

Mr Minehan said a big lotto win benefitted everyone.

“Everyone here is quite excited about it.

“There is a bit of a buzz this morning. It’s good for everyone; good for the winner, good for Strath Village, and it keeps people interested.

“People always look at us like a lucky agency.”

The winning man would have spent $38,168 over the past 40 years on Lotto tickets going on today’s rate of $18.35 for a System 8 ticket.

CELEBRATIONS: Peter and Barb Minehan are the owners of the shop that sold a $1.4 million lotto ticket this week. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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AFTER agonising over an injury that almost cost him the chance to play in a premiership side, Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford is unconcerned about dealing with the pressure that comes with defending the flag.

Instead, the 26-year-old reckons the Swans will be liberated this year by being once again written off by experts and the wider public.

Mumford’s moment almost never came, when he was only cleared of a hamstring problem just 40 minutes before last year’s grand final victory over raging favourites Hawthorn.

He will miss the start to the Swans NAB Cup pre-season campaign against fledgling crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney and a Carlton team under the direction of master coach Mick Malthouse because of an ankle injury.

But determined to cement his place among the premier ruckmen in the competition this season, Mumford said perennial underdog status would continue to work in the Swans’ favour.

“The media and everyone is going to write us off like they do every year,” he said. “Which is not such a bad thing, being the underdog.”

September’s triumph ended a run of heartbreak and near misses for the No. 57 draft pick of 2007.

Recruited by Geelong, Mumford was forced out of the VFL grand final that year when replaced by Steven King and then dropped when the Cats won the 2009 AFL flag, after playing 18 of the 22 home-and-away rounds.

Lured to Sydney, Mumford again appeared destined to be a despairing spectator last season, battling a hamstring complaint throughout the grand final build-up, before being confirmed to play 40 minutes before running on to the MCG.

Following an impressive pre-season, Mumford has again been struck down by injury, rolling his ankle at training three weeks ago.

While he will miss the opening hitout against GWS and Carlton, Mumford is hopeful of a return for next week’s trip to Melbourne to take on St Kilda.

Mumford said his first goal was to remain injury-free this year to be at his peak when taking on the likes of towering Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands and the class of West Coast’s Dean Cox.

“Getting through the year without being injured at all would be nice,” he said. “I was on track to do that, I’d had a really good pre-season, I was running PBs before it happened. But I’d got a good base behind me and I’m looking forward to a big year.”

Mumford admitted the Swans’ premiership came at an important time for the club last year as they battle newcomers GWS to win the hearts and minds of the NSW public.

“In the last 10 years, we’ve made the finals nine times,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect it to be any different this year, we’ve still got the same focus to play the same kind of footy we always have.”

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OVERLOOKED: Clubs Victoria say VCAT ruling on gaming licenses ignored needs of Castlemaine communityA proposed pokies venue in Castlemaine that was blocked by the state’s administrative tribunal would have been a vibrant social hub, the peak body for licensed clubs says.

Clubs Victoria executive director Richard Evans said the needs of local residents who wanted somewhere to socialise were ignored in the VCAT decision.

Mr Evans said the 1560 members Castlemaine Sports and Community Club made up a strong proportion of the local community and that their views were overlooked.

“We’re disappointed with the recent VCAT decision,” he said.

“We know that there is strong community support for the not-for-profit clubs model where profits go back into the community.”

VCAT deputy president Mark Dwyer ruled the negative social impact of poker machines outweighed any “moderate economic benefits” to the town.

Maryborough Highland Society – which was planning to develop a disused railway shed into a function centre complete with 65 poker machines – has withdrawn all planning applications for the site.

Maryborough Highland Society general manager Malcolm Blandthorn said a fund-raiser night would be held to raise money for the Castlemaine Sports and Community Club.

“I’m sure they want to get a club going, with or without pokies,” he said.

“They’ll start putting their heads together for ideas for a venue.”

Clubs Victoria government relations manager Shannon Gill said without the proposed venue Castlemaine residents would be left with a shortage of entertainment options.

“They’re the sort of places where people come together for a community reason,” he said.

“They provide a great alternative spot where people can meet up.

“I just hope those people in Castlemaine who wanted this club aren’t forgotten in all this.”

The Castlemaine Sports and Community Club are holding a general meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the future direction of the club.

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FIREFIGHTERS are more susceptible to disease and have a higher chance of committing suicide due to the nature of their job, a new report commissioned by the United Firefighters Union (UFU) Victorian branch says.

The report, prepared by the University of Newcastle’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity, says studies prove firefighters are more susceptible to heart and respiratory diseases and a range of cancers. It says high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health issues, plus a reluctance to use support and welfare programs due to the culture of the workplace, could lead to suicide.

“Given the psychological impact of firefighting – higher prevalence of PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol or drug use – there is a probability that firefighters may be more likely to commit suicide,” the report said.

“One of the major obstacles to the success of support and welfare programs identified… is the reluctance of firefighters to use the programs.

“Reasons… included the macho nature of the job and the ‘rescue mindset’ of concentrating on helping others.”

CFA spokesman Gerard Scholten said the CFA provided a strong set of support services for its workers.

“We have got a really strong peer support network in place and a safety-first culture,” he said. “If you go out to the fire grounds and watch them get a briefing, one of the things they are told is to look out for their mates and also look after themselves.”

Mr Scholten said the CFA endeavoured to ensure its workers’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“They are operating in high-stress situations, and that’s why we spent so much time training and preparing them for those situations,” he said.

SUSCEPTIBLE: Firefighters have a higher risk of committing suicide because of their job a report has found.

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