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DA for new Tamworth youth centre to be lodged

A DEVELOPMENT application for the proposed Tamworth Regional Youth Centre is expected to be lodged by the end of the month.

Plans, artists’ impressions, 3-D images and elevations for the centre were on public exhibition until Monday.

The building will include a drop-in space, cultural spaces, including an auditorium and stage, space for educational purposes and room for youth workers to help young people.

The Youthie will relocate to the centre, which will also house education, health and recreational services for the area’s young people.

The Youthie’s lease at the PCYC building on Peel St will be renewed on a monthly basis until it is able move into the new centre.

The proposed youth centre is part of the NOW Initiative, a project that aims to rejuvenate the Coledale area.

COMING SOON: A development application for the proposed Tamworth Regional Youth Centre – as seen in this image – will be lodged soon.

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Teen lucky to not kill mates: Girl panicked after pinching Pop’s car

AN unlicenced teenage motorist was lucky not to have killed three of her friends when she crashed a car following a police pursuit, a Children’s Court has been told.

The court was told the 17-year-old female panicked after she took her grandfather’s car without permission and was pulled over at a random breath testing station on April 1 this year.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Cherree Blair said the teen was driving a Ford Falcon sedan in Fifteenth Street about 2.30pm when she was confronted by police between Etiwanda and Benetook avenues.

Sen-Constable Blair said the driver was tested for the presence of alcohol and then gave police false identification details.

She said that after police told her to wait and went to check her claims, the driver told her three teenage passengers to “hold on” and she sped away from the station in an easterly direction.

The court was told that as police pursued the car, the motorist overtook other vehicles, including in between two lanes of traffic, before turning left into Benetook Avenue.

The prosecutor said the driver reached speeds of between 120-130kmh as she approached two cars that were travelling behind a semi trailer.

Sen-Constable Blair said police terminated the pursuit as the vehicles approached the Fourteenth Street roundabout when the teen driver tried to overtake the vehicles in gravel on the left hand side of the road.

She said the female overtook the two cars but lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and crashed into the left hand side of the semi-trailer causing substantial damage to the car.

The court was told passengers helped the accused from the vehicle and a second police unit arrived at the scene and assisted to detain the group a short distance away.

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Teen denied drug lifeline

REID Butler could be going to school, just like most other 16-year-olds. Instead, he is destined to remain bedridden because the medication he needs to simply get around has been suddenly withdrawn from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

‘‘I don’t want my boy stuck in his bed for the rest of his life,’’ his mother Amie said.

‘‘It’s hard enough for kids with disabilities, and even though Reid handles all the pain and everything with a smile, this is just appalling.’’

Reid, from Buchanan near Kurri Kurri, was born with multiple physical and mental disabilities and diagnosed with a rare endocrine condition as a baby.

Part of his treatment has involved a growth hormone.

Now that Reid is deemed to have reached puberty the hormone treatment is no longer available on the PBS and will cost upwards of $10,000 a year to continue.

For Reid, the equation is simple. With the treatment, he will continue to live a long and reasonably happy life, despite his disabilities. Without it, he is bedridden.

Doctors acting for Reid have pleaded for the drug to be returned to the PBS.

They, along with Reid’s family and those of several other sufferers in the Newcastle area, say the growth hormone is needed to treat Reid’s pituitary problems.

Able bodies create their own growth hormones but Reid’s body doesn’t, and never will.

Associate professor Patricia Crock, the head of paediatric diabetes and endocrine services at John Hunter Hospital, said Reid’s condition had ‘‘deteriorated significantly’’ since he was taken off the drug.

She has written to health authorities ‘‘in the hope that there is some mechanism by which Reid can receive a compassionate supply of growth hormone therapy’’.

Before a recent operation, Reid was well enough to go to school.

On March 27 this year, his bone growth reached what the PBS guidelines deemed their limit, and the subsidised treatment was withdrawn that day.

‘‘I had no idea that would happen,’’ mother Amie said. ‘‘I’d love to get a job, but looking after Reid is 24 hours a day.’’ Reid’s stepfather already works long hours to meet other medical and living costs. They can’t find the extra $10,000 each year for Reid’s treatment.

Amie said that during eight weeks without the medication, Reid had gone ‘‘downhill fast’’.

When the family scraped together enough money for a 20-day supply of the growth hormone, the improvement was noticeable.

The Australian Pituitary Foundation, which represents about 20,000 people with conditions similar to Reid, has been lobbying the federal government for two years to change eligibility criteria, but without success. The foundation has argued that Australia is the only country in the first world that withdraws subsidies for Reid’s condition.

LIFE: Amie Shearman-Golledge with her son Reid Butler, 16, who requires a growth hormone. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Bendigo woman with heart of gold helps everyone

CHRISSY Budge is forever lending money or opening her home to people in need.

The Eaglehawk resident was this week recommended by a friend for acknowledgment in the Bendigo Advertiser’s Random Acts of Kindness Month initiative. Her friend Kathie Taintey said Ms Budge was always doing good deeds for people.

“There’s not one of us around this neighbourhood who hasn’t been affected by her love and generosity,” she said.

“This woman has a heart of gold.

“I’ve never met anyone in my life quite like her.

“She lends people money, buys them things like milk if they need it and lets troublesome youths stay with her.

“There have been many occasions when I’ve said to her, ‘You know you shouldn’t be doing that’, but she does it anyway. I really feel she’s deserving of being nominated for the Random Acts of Kindness.”

Ms Budge, 35, said she simply liked to help people.

“I would definitely encourage other people to do what they can to help others, too,” she said.

Chrissy Budge was this week recommended by a friend for her Random Acts of Kindness. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

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Pistorius murder trial postponed

South Africa: A South African court has postponed to August 19 the pre-trial hearing of Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, to give police time to wrap up their investigation.

Magistrate Daniel Thulare also on Tuesday extended bail for Pistorius, South Africa’s Paralympic sprint star.

Earlier, Pistorius arrived at court for the first time since being freed on bail in February over the Valentine’s Day killing of model Reeva Steenkamp.

Sporting a grey suit and blue shirt and tie, and looking tense, the sprinter known as the “Blade Runner” walked through the main front entrance and headed straight to a courtroom packed with media and his family.

Tuesday’s hearing came just days after a British television channel broadcast leaked crime scene pictures showing the blood-spattered bathroom where Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp multiple times through a locked door.

Prosecutors have charged the 26-year-old with premeditated murder.

Conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

But the athlete claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder in a “terrible accident” and the defence wants the charge reduced to culpable homicide, which risks up to 15 years behind bars.

Steenkamp, 29, who had been dating Pistorius for just a few months, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, elbow and hip.Her mother June told Britain’s Channel 5 in a show aired on Monday the couple had been having arguments.

‘”We’ve been fighting, we’ve been fighting a lot,” Reeva once said in a phone call, June Steenkamp remembered.

“She must have been so afraid in the toilet and somebody is firing bullets through the door. And already one bullet had hit her so she must have been in severe pain also,” said June Steenkamp. “We don’t know what happened. There’s only one person that knows what happened.”


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LETTER: Religions escape tax contributions

PERHAPS Rewa Bate (‘‘Church records prove tight ship’’ Letters 21/5) should familiarise herself with Australian tax law, which clearly defines ‘‘the advancement of religion’’ as a charitable cause.

This means that any profits made by a religious organisation, whether it be a soup kitchen run by the Salvos, or a multinational cereal company like Sanitarium, are exempt from paying taxes.

Common sense tells us that feeding the homeless and caring for the elderly are indeed charitable causes.

Promoting religious beliefs is not.

Our local councils, which are struggling to repair our roads and provide services to ratepayers, are foregoing millions of dollars in unpaid rates every year on church properties, often prime real estate. So all ratepayers are, in fact, subsidising the advancement of religion.

Which part of ‘‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s’’ (Mathew 22:20-22) do these tax avoiders not understand?

Blonde or brunette neither hair nor there

BLONDES may have more fun, but brunettes are sexier and the kind of girls you’d most want to introduce your to parents, according to a new survey.

The recent study of 1000 Australians looked at the influence of hair care, colour and style on men and women.

Some of the more interesting findings to come out included that 39 per cent of the men and 60 per cent of the women surveyed preferred brown hair.

According to the survey conducted by Australian hair product supplier Head & Shoulders, Aussie blokes believe brunettes make the best lovers (24 per cent) and are the most suitable to introduce to their parents (38 per cent).

Proud Griffith blonde Alana Villata, 20, said despite the findings she’d never consider going dark.

“I love my blonde hair,” she said.

“I think it makes me who I am and sets me apart from a lot of people.

“I don’t think it really matters what colour your hair is. It’s more about personality and morals.

“It matters what is inside. I’ve got a boyfriend, obviously he prefers blondes.”

Local hairdresser Brittney Colloridi said, in her experience, colour didn’t play a big role in influencing relationships.

“It’s not about the colour. It’s who you are as a person,” she said.

“I do think hair is important. It can make you feel more confident in yourself.

“But women change their hair colour all of the time. You could be lighter when you meet someone but go darker later on.”

Ninety-one per cent of the Australians surveyed claimed hair was a key element to a person’s sex appeal.

Women found dirty hair (79 per cent) and dandruff (64 per cent) two of the biggest turn-offs.

Women are also far less likely than men to pursue a relationship if their potential partner turns up with unclean, unhealthy or unkempt hair.

Foxy Locks hairdresser Richard Brewer said he was surprised people were so superficial.

“I’m actually amazed to tell you the truth,” he said.

“I think it’s pretty shallow that hair colour would make such a difference.

“But then again it’s only an opinion. I have found a lot of blondes have been changing to brunette lately but that’s only to disguise their regrowth.”

“I doubt it has anything to do with a survey.”

Frizzy facts

– 39% of men prefer brown hair.

– 60% of women prefer brown hair.

– 24% of men think brunettes make better lovers.

– 36% of men think blondes are more likely to cheat

– 38% of men think brunettes are the most appropriate to introduce to their parents

– 91% of Australians think hair is a key element to a person’s sex appeal

According to a survey conducted by Australian hair product supplier Head & Shoulders

HAIR APPARENT: Griffith girls Brittney Colloridi, 20, and Alana Villata, 20, believe hair colour isn’t as important as a new survey suggests. Picture: Anthony Stipo

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IT’S NOT OVER: Dumped Soward offered Dragons lifeline


St GeorgeIllawarra skipper Ben Creagh insists Jamie Soward has the full support of the squad’s senior players despite the premiership-winning five-eighth being dumped to the NSW Cup.

The 28-year-old was yesterday axed to the Dragons’ feeder side, the Illawarra Cutters, for the second time in the space of 12 months.

It comes a little more than two years after Soward was preparing to make his State Of Origin debut.

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Dragons coach Steve Price excused Soward from training for a couple of days “to clear his head” after St George Illawarra’s narrow loss to the Bulldogs.

And speaking only hours before the Dragons confirmed Soward was again NSW Cup-bound, Creagh stressed the much-maligned pivot still had the full support of his teammates.

“He does – 100 per cent,” Creagh said. “Pricey has given him a couple of days off to clear his head. I’m sure he’ll be at training [today] and we’ll get on with it.”

Soward, who will turn out for the Cutters in an NRL curtain-raiser against Newcastle on Saturday, has already inked a four-year deal with Penrith from 2014.

His manager Sam Ayoub said Soward hadn’t asked for a mid-season release and would play out the year in Wollongong.

Chase Stanley has been named to replace Soward at five-eighth for the Dragons’ crucial clash against the Knights, with Nathan Green promoted to the centres.

Utility Will Matthews was the only other player to be caught in the selection squeeze, but Price stressed the entire squad needed to take responsibility for the Dragons’ recent run of outs.

“We’re all accountable – myself included – and every player that takes the football field,” he said.

“We’ve got roles to play and it’s important that each individual plays those roles.”

The Dragons named Origin duo Brett Morris and Trent Merrin – pending their fitness after the series opener tonight – with Daniel Vidot relegated to an extended bench.

Prop Dan Hunt is in line to return from a knee injury, but Matt Cooper remains sidelined with a toe complaint. “It’s another big test for us and most of these games are must-win for us,” Creagh said.

“A lot of the guys know that, but we’re not too far away.”

Creagh and Michael Weyman addressed more than 200 teenage boys at an inspiration day for the Top Blokes Foundation at WIN Stadium yesterday.

“We’re giving all these young teenagers a bit of insight in how we achieved our dreams [of playing NRL], about how we got there, goal setting and that’s extremely important – not only in footy but in life as well,” Creagh said.

Jamie Soward, right. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Crawf to roll into Mildura

AFL Hall-of-Famer Shane Crawford will travel through Mildura as part of his gruelling Tour de Crawf later this month.

Crawford will set out on the Tour de Crawf from Melbourne on June 20 as part of a 3600km bike ride across the Nullabor to Perth, where he is scheduled to arrive on July 11.

The ride aims to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Network Australia following his successful 760km walk from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2010, which raised $600,000 for BCNA.

Crawford is scheduled to arrive in Mildura on June 22. He will spend the night in the region following a family-fun day event on the Saturday afternoon at the Mildura Rowing Club lawns.

Event organiser and BCNA member Shirley O’Brien has encouraged the community to get behind the event.

“We’ll have live music, jumping castles, merry-go-rounds, sausage sizzles, hot and cold drinks, face painting and hair colouring,” she said.

“There will be prizes given for the craziest pink outfits and the best ‘Welcome Crawf’ banners.

“We’ll also have a raffle and first prize will be a table for 10 at The Footy Show, second will be a GIANT push bike and third will be a voucher from Focus on Furniture.”

As a measure of Crawford’s ride, he will ride further than the cyclists in the Tour de France in fewer days.

‘LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE’: Shane Crawford will visit Mildura as part of Tour de Crawf later this month.

More than $150,000 has already been raised through corporate sponsorship for the ride.

Crawford, who played 305 games for Hawthorn from 1993- 2008, said in a statement the bike ride would be a life-changing experience.

“But the pain and agony I will go through riding 3600km in 22 days and crossing the Nullabor is nothing compared to the pain Australian women battling breast cancer go through each day,” he said.

Anyone wanting more information on the event can contact Shirley on 0427 273 488, or via email at [email protected]苏州美甲学校

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Leisure centre will be more than just a pool

THE proposed Kangaroo Flat Aquatic and Leisure Centre will bring a range of benefits to the community.

I think when it is constructed it will be more than just a swimming pool, it will be a community hub.

A gym, a creche, an adventure splash park and a wellness centre are all planned for the new facility at Browning Street in Kangaroo Flat.

Just think of all the students, families and community groups that will be able to use it.

The multi-purpose centre will be one of the best-used facilities in the city, in my opinion.

Having a centre where people can learn to swim, meet up with friends, work out in a gym and learn about healthy eating is worth fighting for.

To see the City of Greater Bendigo say this project is its number one priority is great step. To have federal candidates Lisa Chesters and Greg Bickley throw their support behind it is also positive.

All parties involved with this project need to be on the same page to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved.

The price tag for the project is a big one – $28 million – which is why it is important for local, state and federal governments to work together.

Last night, speaking to the people making this project a reality, I came to understand the thinking behind the project.

Everyone involved has a clear direction and a strong passion to get it started.

I can’t wait to see the impact it will have on the community – and to use it myself.


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