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Warrack Eagles v Horsham

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LIKELY TO PLAY: Warrack Eagle Jason Hinkley. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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Ground: Brim Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round 8, 2014. Warrack Eagles 17.20 (122) d Horsham 10.15 (75).

WARRACK Eagles coach Tim Inkster has called for his players to lift ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Horsham Demons.

A lacklustre Eagles outfit was downed by lower-ranked Minyip-Murtoa by five points at the weekend.

“We were pretty ordinary with our effort and ball use,” Inkster said.

“Horsham is in red-hot form – its key players are performing well. It’s going to be a tough one.”

Inkster said the team could not afford to rely on the likes of defender Ben Harrison and midfielder Ben Spicer to shoulder the workload each week.

He said forwards Jae McGrath and Peter Weir needed to fire.

“They’ve been a bit down, so they need to lift their game a bit,” he said.

“If they don’t start performing we’ll probably have to chuck them down back again.

“Brad Krahe is another bloke I hope finds some form pretty quickly.”

The Eagles will be without Jesse Murphy, hamstring, and Jayden Werner and Jack Wilson, who are unavailable.

Spicer and Jason Hinkley returned from injury through the reserves at the weekend and are likely to receive a call-up to seniors.

“We’ve got a few blokes back so there is some competition for spots, which is good,” Inkster said.

“Hopefully we’ll put in a strong, consistent performance.

“You can’t stop Horsham unless you’re playing your own game, winning your own footy and making the most of it.”

The Eagles need to win on Saturday to retain a chance at the minor premiership.

Demons coach Jordyn Burke said his side would look to continue its strong form.

“We lost to them last time and we don’t want to do that again,” he said.

“There’s a fair bit on the line and we’re looking forward to it.”

Burke said consistency and winning the midfield would be important.

“They beat is in the middle last time, so we’ll be focusing on having our on-ballers win the footy and then doing the right thing with it,” he said.

Burke said Nick Pekin and Brad Hartigan would need to work hard to combat the Eagles’ on-ball unit.

“Ben Lakin is doing well down back and Nath Kelly is in good form, so they’ll have a job to do – especially as their forwards were in pretty good touch last time and kicked a few,” he said.

The Demons will miss Billy Lloyd and Rhona Conboy with Rebels commitments, but are likely to regain the services of ruckman Michael O’Callaghan, who kicked four goals in the reserves at the weekend.

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Chedid: Land sale nets almost $130 million

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Melrose Park site in Sydney Acqualand?s biggest Australian buy.Parramatta council has received a windfall of almost $130 million for new community assetsfrom the sale of a large site in Melrose Park where a new apartment complex will be built, claimed lord mayor John Chedid.
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Cr Chedidsaid the 4.8ha site, bounded by Victoria Rd andWharf Rd, has been bought by property group Aqualand Australia in western Sydney’s biggestdevelopment site sale of 2014.

“This is a great win for our community,” Cr Chedidsaid.

“The site is a key eastern gateway to Parramattanear excellent public transport links and the Parramatta riverfront with Sydney-wide views.

“For many years, this site has been under-utilised and surplus to community needs. The saleprovides a financial windfall for our community and will deliver high quality new housing in asought-after location.”

The council CEO, Greg Dyer, said the council had taken advantage of thecurrent strong market for apartment development sites in Sydney’s west.

“We have achieved a great result for our City,” he said “The sale will allow us to invest in newassets that will better meet future community needs. It’s about maximising the value of our assetsfor the benefit of our ratepayers and residents.”

The site, which includes a mini-golf amusement park and vacant land, is partially owned by NSWRoads and Maritime Services.

While the site has already been rezoned for apartments, Aqualand Australia will need to submit adevelopment application detailing the proposal.

All relevant planning issues will be carefully considered and there will be a focus on high qualityand environmentally sustainable design.

The sale was hotly contested by 11 parties, including both local and offshore developers, in anopen expression of interest process. A decision to exchange contracts with Aqualand Australia was made at Monday’s council meeting. The sale has a 100-day settlement period.

Cr Chedid said the new development would help to revitalise Melrose Park and provide muchneeded new apartments in the fast-growing suburb.

“It will also provide greater housing choice in the area – for empty-nesters looking to downsizeand young couples seeking to enter the property market,” he said.

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Extra weekday train for Ballarat peak times

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Ballarat train commuters will gain access to an extra weekday peak period from April next year. Ballarat train commuters will gain access to an extra weekday peak period service from April next year.
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The extra service will run during both peak periods.

The announcement came from Public Transport Minister Terry Mulderon Thursdayand was expected to be one of the major outcomes from the completion of the Regional Rail Link project.

“The extra morning and afternoon peak period trains will add hundreds of seats for Ballarat’s growing number of peak period travellers,” Mr Mulder said.

“Passengers are already benefiting from the newly built Sunshine and Footscray stations.

“V/Line trains now travel between Sunshine and Southern Cross free of Metro’s suburban trains thanks to the two new dedicated Regional Rail Link tracks.”

Ballarat train commuters have previously expressed frustration at the delays caused by Metro trains which impact on the V/Line services.

While RRL is expected cut down on these delays an announcement earlier this year to build another passing loop is seen as a possible solution to the growing number of delays which occur between Ballarat and Sunshine.

The RRL project is currently under budget and ahead of schedule with the Ballarat portion of the project basically complete.

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Council freezes rates bills, seeks NSW Govt help

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Manager of HOME in Queanbeyan, Anne Pratt (front), is facing a bill of $23,000 in retrospective rates (Photo: Jay Cronan).QUEANBEYAN Councillors have voted to freeze backdated rates notices while Mayor Tim Overall seeks assistance from the NSW Minister for Local Government to legislate away $3.7 million in backdated rates charges.
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And Councillors also approved a secondary motion put by Cr Jamie Cregan not to seek legal costs from any ratepayers who seek to challenge their invoices in court should they lose that case.

Around 80 angry ratepayers waited outside Council Chambers for 40 minutes on Wednesday night for a planning meeting to finish before filling the gallery for what became a passionate and heated debate on the ongoing rates saga.

Mayor Overall kicked things off with a list of prohibited behaviours under the meeting code of conduct- no booing, hissing, insults, applause.

“It’s all about respecting and listening to one another in a polite manner,” Cr Overall told the crowd.

Next came thirteen separate presentations to Councillors from affected ratepayers, including representatives from the not-for-profit mental health residence HOME, which received a retrospective rates bill for $23,000 this week.

HOME board member Father Peter Day told the meeting that the decision to issue backdated invoices for undercharged water, sewer and waste access charges was “disturbing.”

“HOME is the first of its kind in Australia, which says a lot of this community and its willingness to deal with the vexed issue of mental health.

“What has been done may be legally viable, but it’s on shaky ground ethically and morally,” he said.

Next followed a long explanation from general manager Gary Chapman on how the backdated charges had come to be issued following an audit of Council’s rates records.

Mr Chapman said Council legally had no choice but to issue the invoices, many of which run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

“The Council does not have the ability to not issue the rates and charges under the local government act; that’s what makes this so difficulty for the Council,” Mr Chapman said. “Staff are simply acting in accordance with the law.”

The meeting then turned to the matter at hand, with councillors Brian Brown and Kenrick Winchester angrily speaking out against the financial hardship caused to small businesses and community groups as a result of the rates being issued.

Cr Winchester said he was “deeply embarrassed” by the difficulty caused to ratepayers, while Cr Brown labelled the situation a “bloody mess.”

“I believe it’s greatly unfair … and an outrageous impost on our ratepayers, many of who are stalwarts of the community,” he said.

However Cr Toni McLennan noted all councillors were in favour of the motion to put the invoices on hold and seek assistance from the NSW Government, and defended the Council staff involved in the rates audit and subsequent issuing of invoices.

“The people in Council that I know are just as concerned about this as the community are,” she said. “The Council is not an evil entity here to ruin your lives.”

Councillors unanimously approved Cr Overall’s initial motion, and also supported another two: Cr Cregan’s motion not to seek legal costs from any ratepayers who unsuccessfully challenge the notices, and a foreshadowed motion from Cr Sue Whelan to set up an advisory committee to review any future Council policies regarding rates.

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Cupcake Day for Hunter RSPCA shelter

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HALF PRICE ADOPTIONS: RSPCA Hunter shelter animal attendant Abby Waters with Vinadaloo and Eadie. Photo: SAM NORRIS
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The humble cupcake has the power to save neglected and abandoned pets like Vindaloo and Eadie at the RSPCA Hunter shelter.

Supporters of the RSPCA Cupcake Day will whip up a batch and sell them through the Hunter shelter in the countdown to Monday’s event.

As part of the initiative the Hunter shelter will also have a special on adoptions this weekend.

“The half price adoptions for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will hopefully find these pets a new home,” customer service officer Julie Askew said.

“The cupcakes are a tasty way for people to support the shelter too.”

Vindaloo is a sweet and playful mastiff-cross pup available for $185 this weekend which is half his normal $370 adoption fee.

Eadie, a border collie cross, just turned one year old and is also up for adoption.

She loves company and a game of tug-of-war.

A modest $30 donation is enough to shelter and care for a dog.

A further $50 will heat a shelter in the cold winter months and $150 will help de-sex a kitten.

The national event will help the 56,000 animals that the RSPCA rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes each year.

To donate or register head to www.rspcacupcakeday老域名.au.

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