Illawarra couple loses battle for $7000 relocation grant

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AnIllawarra couple who hoped to claim $7000 from the NSW government when they moved from Horsley to Albion Park have taken the state to court over a rule change that caused them to miss out on the money.

Phillip and Donna Spargo sold their Horsley home and moved about 10kilometres to Propane Street, Albion Park, believing they would receive a grant under the government’s regional relocation scheme, according to a judgment handed down this week in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The grants program has since been deemed unsuccessful and will be officially axed at the end of this month.

Under the original terms of the scheme, residents from ‘‘metropolitan’’ areas in Wollongong could claim the grant if they moved to any regional area – such as Shellharbour or Kiama.

However, due to criticism that some people were claiming money for moving just a few kilometres into neighbouring areas, the government amended the laws to require grant recipients to move at least 100kilometres.

The changes were passed in October 2013, and came into force on January 1 this year.

The Spargos told the court they exchanged contracts for the Albion Park home on December 16, last year, before completing their purchase on January 17.

The chief commissioner of state revenue received their grant application on January 31, after which the application was refused.

The Spargos claimed these circumstances were unfair and had left them out of pocket, with Mr Spargo saying the application form did not include any reference to the 100kilometres rule and he could not find any mention on the new requirement in online searches.

Thus he bought the new home believing he would receive $7000, the court heard.

But the tribunal upheld the commissioner’s decision, saying the date the sale was completed, January 17, was relevant to the application, and was after the new 100kilometres requirements had come into effect.

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Teams set for Relay

MORE than 300 Mount Isans will lace up and take to the track at Relay for Life in an effort to grow hope for a cancer-free future.
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Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight, to raise vital funds for the one in two Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

The Cancer Council Queensland event will start at the Rugby Union grounds with the opening ceremony at 3pm tomorrow followed by 18 hours of fun and festivities, before the event comes to a close at 9am Sunday.

More than 20 teams will participate.

Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life Coordinator Amanda Power invited the community to take part in the event.

“By taking part, you can help us create hope for cancer survivors, hope for those who have lost loved ones, and hope for a cancer-free future,” Ms Power said.

“Hope lives in all of us – so this weekend, join us as we rally together to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in cancer research, education and patient support programs.”

Cancer Council Queensland hopes Mount Isa Relay For Life will raise around $50,000 for the fight against cancer throughout 2014.

Mount Isa’s leading banks have led the way as local businesses band together to support the city’s Relay for Life efforts. The Battle of the Banks has seen the Suncorp Green Diamonds, NAB Mount Isa and the Commbank Diamonds engage in a friendly competition to get behind Relay.

Relay for Life Mount Isa chairman Ben MacRae said the banks’ support had helped lift the profile of the event within the community.

‘‘It’s great to see some friendly rivalry among the teams as it adds another element to the day,” he said. “It’s also great to see more local businesses banding together to get behind a great cause.”

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Armed robbery suspects at large

POLICE will continue their search today for two men after an armed aggravated burglary at a Mildura home in broad daylight yesterday.
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On the scene: Police scour a Benetook Avenue property for evidence after two armed robbers fled when the home’s owner caught them in the act. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Mildura police Acting Inspector Rebecca Olsen said a Mildura woman returned to her Benetook Avenue house about 2.15pm with friends, when she was confronted by two men inside who produced a weapon and threatened her.

Insp Olsen said the woman called out to her friends for assistance, causing the alleged offenders to flee on foot.

“The victim is certainly alarmed and frightened by the experience,” Insp Olsen said.

She said after police investigations, it was found the incident was linked to a second burglary at a neighbouring property where property was stolen.

She said the two men were sighted at nearby Hector Street and last seen in the vicinity of Scott Crescent near the railway line and travelling on foot towards Ambleside Crescent.

Police are appealing for information to the thefts and have released a description of two men they wish to speak to.

Insp Olsen described the two males aged between 17 and 27, of Aboriginal descent, with one wearing a red top and the second man wearing a bluish/greyish hooded jumper.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Mildura Police Station on 5018 5300 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Link crucial for western businesses

An artist’s impression of the East West Link earth mound design.A BALLARAT-BASED company has come out in support of the controversial East West Link project saying it will be very important for businesses in western Victoria.
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Findlay Engineering managing director Chris Findlay said he was surprised by Labor’s recent announcement it would scrap the

multibillion-dollar project if it was to win November’s election.

“It would definitely be a plus for everyone in the Western region,” he said.

“The trouble is you get from here to the (West Gate) Bridge in an hour, then you come to a stop.

“A lot of industry is done on the other side of town.”

Mr Findlay highlighted similar issues before the construction of the Deer Park Bypass and the Burnley Tunnel that had impacted on business.

The project is already a huge issue across multiple metropolitan electorates with a divide on the importance of the project.

At a Ballarat level, candidates from Buninyong weighed in on the issue.

Ballarat East MP Geoff Howard said the majority of Ballarat people did not support the construction of the East West Link tunnel. “With an $8 billion price tag we need to decide if the East West Link is a priority,” he said.

“We think country roads and public transport are the priorities.

“It is about getting the balance right and we don’t believe the government has got the balance right.”

Liberal candidate for Buninyong Ben Taylor hit out at claims the problem was Melbourne-focused.

“From a transport point of view it is the most important project for Ballarat and western Victoria,” he said.

“We need to do this and it needs to be done now.”

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Seniors: Horsham Saints v Horsham DemonsPhotos and scores

Seniors: Horsham Saints v Horsham Demons | Photos and scores Horsham Saints line up before the game, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.
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Horsham line up before the game, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Lakin with a bloodied face. Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Michael Rowe, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Jake McIntyre under pressure from Mick O’Callaghan, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Garry Hallam tackles Mick O’Callaghan, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

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Kyle O’Connor and Harry Young, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Joel Geue tackled by Alex McRae, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Mick O’Callaghan Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Beau Nelson spoils Kyle O’Connor, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Gavin Kelm marks in front of Rhona Conboy, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Jacob Cooke-Harrison flies over Ben Lakin and Jordy Schmidt, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Pat Knott tackles Simon Hobbs, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Nathan Kelly tackles Keegan Mellington, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Pat Knott evades Darcy Taylor, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Brendan Bryan, Shayne Breuer and Ben Knott, at 3qt, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Jordyn Burke at 3qt, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Shayne Breuer at 3qt, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Nathan Kelly, Sean Christopher and Simon Hobbs, Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

Scott and Baillie Batchelor have won premierships for Horsham. Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers. Scott has won many football premierships.

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Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

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Ben Lakin, best u21 player, Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

An emotional Gavin Kelm accepts the Greg Binns Medal for best on the ground from Hugh Delahunty. Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

An emotional Gavin Kelm is comforted by his daughter Pippa. Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

Michael Rowe with his daughter Evie. Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

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Jordyn Burke celebrates, Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

Beau Nelson is congratulated by his sister Alana Nelson. Horsham defeated Horsham Saints, WFL 2014 Grand Final premiers.

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Johnston hits town

AUSTRALIAN Idol 2009 finalist and X Factor Australia 2014 star James Johnston lands in town this weekend for performances at the Overlander and a special guest appearance at Relay for life.
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Australian Idol 2009 finalist and X Factor Australia 2014 star James Johnston. – Picture: SUPPLIED

It has been a remarkable year for the singer, songwriter and live performer who has been a big feature on this year’s X Factor.

Since his elimination last month Johnston is now en route around the country as part of a massive national tour.

Having visited Mount Isa a couple of times before, the country-born New South Wales performer said the city reminded him of home.

In town for two performances at the Overlander hotel, Johnston said Relay for Life participants could also expect a performance from him including a couple of laps at the Mount Isa Rugby Ground.

Since his first appearance on Idol five years ago, Johnston has racked up more than 1000 live shows, traversing venues across the country, alongside a series of international shows, including in London and Las Vegas.

His biggest tour was the 50in50 Tour, which raised money for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.

Johnstone is set to release a new single next month called How am I to Know with an album to follow.

Catch James Johnston performing live at the Overlander Hotel tonight and tomorrow night from 8pm.

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Not screened: Up to a million Rex Airline passengers could be flying without security checks

MILDURA Airport could be one of 32 regional airports in Australia victim to a security loophole due to aircraft weight regulations set by the Federal Government.
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In the past year about 1,020,000 passengers flying Regional Express (Rex) Airline across Australia, as well as those flying on charter planes, could potentially be going unscreened.

Yesterday, Sunraysia Daily reported concerns among Mildura residents that specific flights under 20,000kg take-off weight leaving Mildura Airport do not require passengers and their hand luggage to be security screened.

Some said while on an early evening flight from Mildura to Melbourne recently they were not screened at either end.

More residents came forward on social media to raise their concerns about the sporadic security screening.

This is just days after Prime Minister Tony Abbott upgraded Australia’s terrorist threat level to high, which means an attack is likely.

Those concerns were increased following news reports yesterday of police anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane, where one person was charged and 15 detained for terrorist-related offences on home soil.

This comes just nine days after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, where the training of pilots involved in the mass killings came fromregional airports.

“Mildura Airport definitely need to improve on security and screening. From my experience there have been times that proper screening hasn’t been conducted until arrival at Melbourne airport,” Funda Zach wrote on Sunraysia Daily’s Facebook page.

Rex Airline is operating in compliance with the Office of Transport Security (OTS), Air Transport Safety Regulations (ATSR) within the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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Hopeful voices

NEW research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms.
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The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be devastating when not adequately managed, says C. Robert Cloninger, co-author of the study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

“We are really opening a new era of psychiatric diagnosis,” says Cloninger, professor of psychiatry and genetics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Cloninger hopes his work will “allow for the development of a personalised diagnosis, opening the door to treating the cause, rather than just the symptoms, of schizophrenia”.

Cloninger and colleagues found that certain genetic profiles matched particular symptoms. While people with one genetic cluster have odd and disorganised speech – what is sometimes called “word salad” – people with another genetic profile hear voices, according to the study.

Some genetic clusters gave people higher risks of the disease than others, according to the study, which compared the DNA of 4200 people with schizophrenia to that of 3800 healthy people.

One set of genetic changes, for example, confers a 95 per cent chance of developing schizophrenia. In the new study, researchers describe a woman with this genetic profile who developed signs of the disorder by age 5, when she taped over the mouths of her dolls to make them stop whispering to her and calling her name. Another patient – whose genetic profile gave her a 71 per cent risk of schizophrenia – experienced a more typical disease course and began hearing voices at 17.

The average person has less than a 1 per cent risk of developing schizophrenia, Cloninger says.

Psychiatrists such as Stephen Marder describe the study as a step forward. Today, doctors diagnose patients with mental illness with a process akin to a survey, asking about the person’s family history and symptoms, says Marder, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles.

“It underlines that the way we diagnose schizophrenia is relatively primitive,” Marder says.

Patients may wait years for an accurate diagnosis, and even longer to find treatments that help them without causing intolerable side effects.

Doctors have long known that schizophrenia can run in families, says Robert Freedman, editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry and chair of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. If one identical twin has schizophrenia, for example, there is an 80 per cent chance that the other twin has the disease, as well.

In the past, doctors looked for single genes that might cause schizophrenia, without real success, Freedman says.

The new paper suggests that genes work together like a winning or losing combination of cards in poker, Freedman says. “This shows us that there are some very bad hands out there,” Freedman says.

In some cases – in which a genetic profile conveys close to a 100 per cent risk of schizophrenia – people may not be able to escape the disease, Cloninger says. But if doctors could predict who is at high risk, they might also be able to tailor an early intervention to help a patient better manage their condition, such as by managing stress.

Doctors don’t yet know why one person with a 70 per cent risk of schizophrenia develops the disease and others don’t, Cloninger says. It’s possible that environment plays a key role, so that a child with a supportive family and good nutrition might escape the diagnosis, while someone who experiences great trauma or deprivation might become very ill.

The study also reflects how much has changed in the way that scientists think about the genetic causes of common diseases, Marder says. He notes that diseases caused by a single gene – such as sickle-cell anaemia and cystic fibrosis – affect very few people. Most common diseases, such as cancer, are caused by combinations of genes. Even something as apparently simple as height is caused by combinations of genes, he says.

Doctors have known for years that breast cancer is not one disease, for example, but at least half a dozen diseases driven by different genes, says study co-author Igor Zwir, research associate in psychiatry at Washington University. Doctors today have tests to predict a woman’s risk of some types of breast cancer, and other tests that help them select the most effective drugs.

Those sorts of tests could be extremely helpful for people with schizophrenia, who often try two or three drugs before finding one that’s effective, Cloninger says. “Most treatment today is trial and error.”

If doctors could pinpoint which drugs could be the most effective, they might be able to use lower doses, producing fewer of the bothersome side effects.

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Young star delighted to drop The Voice subterfuge

ROBBIE ANDERSONWHEN Robbie Anderson comes to Newcastle as part of The Voice Kids school holiday spectacular next weekend, he won’t have to make an excuse for where he’s going.
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It will be a welcome change for the 13-year-old, who had to invent elaborate stories for his friends when he auditioned for the The Voice Kids early this year and travelled to Sydney from his native Perth for auditions and eventually to record parts of the show.

“That was the worst part of it all,” Anderson tells Weekender.

“You have to make up something about where you’re going, so I had to say I’m going to Sydney on a holiday the first time, then on the fourth time, they obviously started getting suspicious, so I just kinda winged it really.”

The smoke and mirrors was worth it in the end.

His first appearance on The Voice Kids launched Anderson into the headlines, with his voice, cheeky banter and charisma during the blind auditions impressing far more than Mel B, who offered to mentor him and Delta Goodrem, whom he eventually chose as his mentor.

“I was actually just emailing her last week,” Anderson says from his home in Perth as he got ready to go to school.

“Having Delta as a mentor was honestly unbelievable. She’s such a talent and been across the world for what she does, so to work with her face to face is a dream come true,” he said.

Even after he was eliminated in the sing-off portion of the show, he says he’s kept touch with other contestants.

He looks forward to reuniting with them for the tour, which drops in at the Civic Theatre next Saturday, September 27.

Anderson will host the show alongside special guest Harrison Craig, who won The Voice in 2013, and may sing his signature song, Hey Soul Sister, as well as taking part in group songs.

The two will be joined by 10-year-old Alexa, who won the series, plus Ethan, Maddison, Ruhi, Chris and Bella, for a two-hour spectacular.

“To get back together and tour Australia and sing some songs together, I can’t wait for that,” he says.

And though his schedule has been hectic since he became a household name, Anderson says he loves it. After the tour is over, he’s headed back to school in Perth, but he promises Australia won’t get rid of him that easily.

“I want to be a singer, presenter and an actor. I want to be in the acting business,” he says.

“So I don’t know where I’m going from here, but you’re definitely not going to see the last of me after The Voice.”

Green Mohair Suits loving the country life

SUCCESSFUL: Jason Mannell, Brian Campeau, Richard Cuthbert and Ben Romalis are the Green Mohair Suits.THEY may have started as a tribute act, but the Green Mohair Suits have carved out their own slice of Australia’s bluegrass and folk scene.
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The four-piece consisting of Jason Mannell, Brian Campeau, Richard Cuthbert and Ben Romalis met when Campeau moved to Sydney from Canada 10 years ago. The group bonded over a love of country pioneers Gram Parsons and Hank Williams, a bond strong enough for them to start a band that’s still going strong after seven years.

Campeau says he wasn’t really a fan of country until high school, when the sincerity of classic country his friends were listening to appealed to him.

“So when I was introduced to Hank Williams and Gram Parsons, that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.”

Doors that no doubt had banjos, mandolins and a whole lot of harmonies behind them.

Their latest album, the largely autobiographical Wooden Duck, was released on September 5.

Campeau, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, says the key to their enduring time together was not taking themselves too seriously.

“A lot of bands have this vision in their minds that they’re going to get together, record an album, shop it around, get a crowd, get famous, blah blah blah,” Campeau says.

“For us it was more about having fun, getting together and playing songs.”

The band has also given its members space to pursue individual projects.

Campeau runs a recording studio, recently recorded his own album and has worked as a sound engineer for high-profile Australian artists, while Richie, Jason and Ben also have their own projects in the background.

The band started touring heavily around two years ago, immersing themselves in the Sydney folk scene with a mix of underground, invitation-only gigs and some in normal pubs and venues.

In that time, with the help of bands like Mumford and Sons, a love for their brand of music has burgeoned.

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but in the past five years the bluegrass thing’s really blown up and the appreciation for it’s really come out,” Campeau says.

The popularity is music to the band’s ears. Last night, they kicked off an interstate tour of 13 dates to launch Wooden Duck.

Campeau specifically chose to include the Lass O’Gowrie and Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel in the schedule because of their atmosphere.

“I myself have played both those venues, and I remember it being a blast,” he says. “Everyone just wants to hang out and listen to music and dance.”