Giants flying visit

Big visit: GWS Giants players Lachie Whitfield, Tom Downie and Devon Smith visited Liverpool Eagles AFL club at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm last week. Picture: Chris LaneThe Liverpool EaglesJunior AFL Club had some extra motivation heading into the opening round on the weekend.
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GWS Giants players Lachie Whitfield, Tom Downie and Devon Smith made a special visit to their home base atRosedale Oval.

The trio met players from the club and ran a mini coaching clinic.

The club has come a long way.Two years ago it was on the verge of folding, now they have three teams –under-9s, under-11s and under-13s – and they also run an Auskick program.

This Friday the Paul Kelly Cup school competitionwill be held at Ash Road Sports Complex inPrestons.

Fun: Liverpool Eagles enjoying the activites run by GWS. Picture: Chris Lane

Game one: Liverpool Eagles’ players participate in activities.

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‘Our whole family has been amazed’: Steph Scott’s family comforted by Leeton’s love

DEARLY MISSED: Steph Scott.THE pain of Stephanie Scott’s death is still incredibly raw for her family.
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But one thing that does give her loved onesnursing broken hearts strength is the support and love shown by the Leeton community.

One year after her death,the impact of her short life is still felt far and wide.

Her father, Robert Scott, said as time went on, the depth of their loss became clearer.

“It takes time to sink in what you’ve actually lost,” Mr Scott said.

“When it all happened in a bit of a hurry it was very sad and very distressing, but as time progresses you realise just how deep the loss is because of the way she’s impacted on your life.

“(The pain) is not just going to disappear,grieving is an ongoing process and when you’ve got someone who was such a delight to have in your life there’s a lot to miss.”

The Scott family still receives cards and letters filled with words of support and in return they attend events held in Stephanie’s honour and meet with people touched by their daughter.

In February, Mr Scott visited Leeton High School to see an amphitheatre being built in his daughter’s memory. When he was introduced as “Steph’s dad”, the students’ faces lit up.

On Saturday, Mr Scott and his wife, Merrilyn, were inAlbury to presentthe Stephanie Scott Cup at awomen’s league tag competition. Fittingly, the Leeton Greenieswon the event.

“Our whole family has been amazed at the way she’s been received,” Mr Scott said.

“It didn’t matter whether you met her for a day or she’d been part of your life for an extended period, she just had an impact on you.

“Shewas very vivacious, very genuine in what she said and the way she formed relationships with people.

“She was just an absolute joy, a happy girl who enjoyed her part in sports and the teaching life and being part of the Leeton community gave her a lot of pleasure.”

Mr Scott said his daughterhad coached Leeton High School’s girls soccer team. He said the winning teams in the Bill Turner Cup, an inter-school soccer competition, would be presented with Stephanie Scott Memorial Shields.

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‘Our whole family has been amazed’: Steph Scott’s family comforted by Leeton’s love

DEARLY MISSED: Steph Scott.THE pain of Stephanie Scott’s death is still incredibly raw for her family.
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But one thing that does give her loved onesnursing broken hearts strength is the support and love shown by the Leeton community.

One year after her death,the impact of her short life is still felt far and wide.

Her father, Robert Scott, said as time went on, the depth of their loss became clearer.

“It takes time to sink in what you’ve actually lost,” Mr Scott said.

“When it all happened in a bit of a hurry it was very sad and very distressing, but as time progresses you realise just how deep the loss is because of the way she’s impacted on your life.

“(The pain) is not just going to disappear,grieving is an ongoing process and when you’ve got someone who was such a delight to have in your life there’s a lot to miss.”

The Scott family still receives cards and letters filled with words of support and in return they attend events held in Stephanie’s honour and meet with people touched by their daughter.

In February, Mr Scott visited Leeton High School to see an amphitheatre being built in his daughter’s memory. When he was introduced as “Steph’s dad”, the students’ faces lit up.

On Saturday, Mr Scott and his wife, Merrilyn, were inAlbury to presentthe Stephanie Scott Cup at awomen’s league tag competition. Fittingly, the Leeton Greenieswon the event.

“Our whole family has been amazed at the way she’s been received,” Mr Scott said.

“It didn’t matter whether you met her for a day or she’d been part of your life for an extended period, she just had an impact on you.

“Shewas very vivacious, very genuine in what she said and the way she formed relationships with people.

“She was just an absolute joy, a happy girl who enjoyed her part in sports and the teaching life and being part of the Leeton community gave her a lot of pleasure.”

Mr Scott said his daughterhad coached Leeton High School’s girls soccer team. He said the winning teams in the Bill Turner Cup, an inter-school soccer competition, would be presented with Stephanie Scott Memorial Shields.

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Happy New Year

Thousands of people attended theAssyrian New Year Festival at Fairfield Showground on Sunday.Hermiz Shahen from theAssyrianUniversal Alliance said it was an “unbelievable’’ celebration enjoyed by all.
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Big turnout: Official numbers are not through but it is believed nearly 10,000 people attended the Assyrian New Year Festival.

Entertainment: The festival featured a range of entertainment including live musical performances by an assortment of Assyrian singers.

Theatre: A dramatic art piece based on Assyrian historical records of the New Year’s Festival in ancient times was performed by a collaboration of Assyrian youth groups.

Guests: The event was attended by local, state and federal politicians, as well as special guests from overseas and community organisations.

Party: The event was full of great food, variety stall and rides for the children. It finished with a fireworks display.

Past: For the fifth successive year, an exhibition was organised by The Young Assyrians of The Assyrian.

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Police finds four cannabis plants

A police search has reveals four cannabis plants and 1.5 kilograms of marijuana.
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On March 31, at about 4pm on Thursday afternoon,Kangaroo Island police attended a house on Kangaroo Island where they found four hydroponically grown cannabis plants along withapproximately 1.5 kilograms of cannabis.

A 51-year-old Island Beach man was reported for cultivatingcannabis and possessing cannabis for sale and the Island Beach man will appear in the Kangaroo Island Magistrates Court at a later date.

“While police haven’t noticed any increase in drug activity in the Hills Fleurieu Local Service Area, police have noticed an increase in the willingness of members of the public to report drug activity to police,” said South Australian PoliceHills Fleurieu Local Service Area officer in chargeInspector Glen Sickerdick.

“We encourage anyone with information about the growing, manufacturing, sale or supply of illicit drugs in their community to report it to police.

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$5b bonanza for state by dumping stamp duty

There has been a call for stamp duty on property sales to be dumped and replaced by a newly designed land tax. Photo: DAVID GRAYThe Baird Government could boostthe state economy by $5 billion by eliminating stamp dutyand substitutingit with a broad-based land tax, new modelling shows.
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The NSW Business Chamber, the NSW Council of Social Services and the NSW Branch of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union have combinedtocall forstamp duty on property purchases to be dumped andreplaced by a newly designed land tax.

Modelling by KPMG for the State Chamber and NCOSSshowsthetax switch could increase Gross State Product by more than 1 per cent – currently equivalent toabout $5 billion -and create up to 10,000 jobs.

The findings ramp uppressure on the NSW government to introduce significant state tax reforms amid a nationaldebate about how states will cover theballooningcostofhealth and education services.

The newcall for property tax reform, whichunites a peak business lobby, a peakwelfare group and alarge union,comes days after premiers and chief ministers rejected a federal government proposal for them to levy their own income tax.

NSW already has anarrowland tax system but it does not apply to owner occupied land. Under the proposed tax switch, property buyers would no longer pay stamp duty but a broadland tax would be applied to allowner occupied land toeventuallyraise a similar amount of revenue.

NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Cartwright, said the modelling made it clear that stamp duty is not serving the people of NSW.

“Business, unions and the community sector have found common ground on the urgent need to abolish stamp duty in favour of a more efficient system of tax; it is now time for the NSW Government to put stamp duty on the table if it is genuine about tax reform,” he said.

The NSW government expects to collect more than $8 billion in stamp duty on property transfers this financial year making it one of the state’s biggest sources of tax revenue.

But it is a highly inefficient tax that has been blamed for pushing upproperty prices and unnecessarily discouraging people from moving house.

Recent officialmodelling found the economic cost of collecting eachadditional dollar of revenue through stamp duty on property is 72 cents in the dollar, compared with 19 cents for the GST and virtually zero for a broad-based land tax.

A 2011 auditof NSW’s finances by former Treasury Secretary, Michael Lambert, declared stamp duty on property to be the state’s worst tax. He proposed a broad-based land tax to replace itbut therecommendation was shelved bythe Coalitiongovernment now led by Mike Baird.

Last month the McKell Institute called forstamp duty to bereplaced by a annualland tax of 0.75 per cent of land value. Under the plan atransitionalarrangementwouldprotect those who had recently paid stamp duty and asset rich,cash poor retirees would be entitled to adeferral scheme.

Mr Cartwright said stamp duty reform should not be an opportunity for the Government to lock-in a higher overall tax burden, but to create a more efficient tax system.

“By distorting buyer behaviour in the property market and limiting the ability for skilled workers to re-locate to meet employer demand and live closer to where they work, the exorbitant cost of stamp duty in NSW puts employees and businesses at a competitive disadvantage and harms the long term growth prospects of the state economy,” he said.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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No state funding lifeline for Indigenous telephone counselling service

AFTER a lukewarm federal government response to a proposal for an Indigenous-specific Lifeline service to combat soaring suicide rates, NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said she was satisfied with the progress being made as part of existing state programs.
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Lifeline Central West executive director Alex Ferguson has so far been unsuccessful in securing federal funding for YarnUp Confidential, which would employ 118 Indigenous telephone crisis support personnel answering calls related to depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, problem gambling, financial counselling, health, trauma and abuse.

Ms Williams visited Orange on Friday for the Recognise Relay in relation to constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and said the state government already contributed $10.5 million to Lifeline during a four-year period and encouraged Lifeline to continue its work, but she would speak with member for Parkes Mark Coulton about the proposal.

“Aboriginal issues have been there for generations and when you look at the Closing the Gap report, we’ve had small gains, but these are quite entrenched issues – they’re over-represented in the justice system and there’s poorer outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of health and education,” she said.

“We’re certainly moving along and we’re very supportive of working with the Aboriginal community at a local level on issues they see as a priority.”

Her comments did not surprise Mr Ferguson, who said evidence indicated progress had been minor and no more would be made unless the Indigenous community played a major role.

“It’s about Aboriginal people and training Aboriginal people and getting some outcomes. It’s time to look for a new model that creates a degree of discussion in the Aboriginal community and it has to come from the Aboriginal community,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said the proposal would remain on the table.

If you are experiencing troubling thoughts, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Herald Breakfast – April 5

Instagram’s @soojiskyekim shared this shot from Scone.Weather: Sunny in Newcastle (26 degrees) and Maitland (32 degrees), with a mostly sunny day in Scone (32 degrees).
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Traffic:Fog has blanketed parts of the M1 between Mooney Mooney Creek and Mt White this morning. Drivers are urged to exercise caution.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Beachwatch: It’s going to be a fabulous day beachside with plenty of sunshine and a few waves.The wind will start off from the north before heading north-east and freshening during the afternoon.We did have a bit of spike in the swell yesterday but it is expected to drop off as quickly as it picked upand should be around 1 to 1.3 metres from the south-east today but the sets will be inconsistent.

Morning Shot:Instagram’s @soojiskyekim shared this shot from Scone.

Tuesday’s headlinesLight rail vision taking shape as new detail unfolds EXCLUSIVE NOVOCASTRIANS will be catchinglight raildown Hunter Street by 2019, says the state government, but the city council’s push for the line to run through the mall appears to be dead in the water.

Freight bypass stuck in slow lane:A DEDICATED freightrail corridor is still “one to two years” awaydespite more than a decadein the pipeline, the state’s transport authority says.

Refugees on the way:A “HANDFUL”of the Syrian refugees who will call Newcastle home are expected to trickle into the region within the next two months, according to the region’s refugee support services.

Mayor threatens retirement if merger proceeds:PORT Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie has declared he will close the curtain on his lengthy career in local governmentif the proposed merger betweenPort Stephens and Newcastle councils goes ahead.

‘It scared the hell out of me’:MURDER accused Ricky Whelan told police the sight of Stephen MacLeod being repeatedly kicked in the head “scared the hell out of me” and that he felt physically sickand “like spewing”when he later heard the alleged bashing victim had taken a turn for the worse.

Sky’s the limit for Harradine in Rio:NEWCASTLE discus thrower Benn Harradine is primed for the performance of a lifetime in Rio after confirmation that he will represent Australia at his third Olympics.

Jets back skipper to the hilt:NEWCASTLE Jets have given unequivocal support to besieged skipper Nigel Boogaard.

Returning Tariq Sims a sight for sore eyes:TRENT Hodkinson knows from painful first-hand experience what a formidable opponent Tariq Sims can be.