Archive for September, 2018

  • Gee backs Forbes

    Date: 2018.09.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Member for Orange Andrew Gee attended the public meeting on Monday. 1115fitmeeting(20)Member for Orange Andrew Gee said that the community meeting at the Forbes Town Hall was very positive, and although there were some voices in favour of an amalgamation with Weddin Shire, the vast majority of people were opposed to a forced amalgamation.
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    “The meeting gave me a really good opportunity to see how the community of Forbes was feeling about the issue of council amalgamations – it is clear that most don’t like it, and it’s my intention to support them tooth and nail,” Mr Gee said.

    “There is no question it will be a tough fight, but in my four years in politics I’ve had a number of those fights that people said couldn’t be won – from the 24-hour rescue helicopter, to new radiotherapy machines, to Gulgong hospital.

    “Politics is about taking up the difficult causes. It’s certainly not about running up the white flag and blindly accepting a report written by Sydney bureaucrats against the wishes of the community.

    “I want the people of Forbes to know that I’ll be going in as hard as I can on this for them. It’s a big test and it’s game on.”

    Mr Gee said he was now waiting for Forbes Council to state its position on the issue.

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  • Garden expo in Canowindra

    Date: 2018.09.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Elizabeth Swane. Photo supplied.
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    The Canowindra Garden Club will be hosting a Garden Expo on Saturday, November 7, at ‘Gayton’ on Rivers Rd, with the proceeds going to two very worthy causes.

    The money raised on the day will be split and go towards helping the Read family with house and garden modifications for their triplets Anwen, Mahalah and Gideon and another community facility that has yet to be decided.

    There will also be two special guests, Horticulturist and media identity Elizabeth Swane and landscape designer Sally Bourne.

    Elizabeth will be giving a talk on growing Roses and Perennials at 2pm, while Sally will discuss basic garden design, preparation and planning and tips to reduce maintenance.

    Anne Ward, who owns “Gayton” with husband Mark, says they had 250 people last year and hope more people will come along for an afternoon in their garden. “I am very excited that we have so much gardening expertise in this area and that we can take advantage of this to give people a lovely afternoon out and raise money for a good cause.”

    Anne says hearing both Elizabeth and Sally will be a valuable experience for any gardener.

    “Elizabeth has devoted her life to promoting gardening and is very generous with her time and expertise,” Anne said.

    “Sally lives locally and likewise is always happy to educate people about gardening. I have learnt so much from Sally on previous occasions that have really helped me make my garden easier to manage.”

    There will also be market stalls with a variety of plants, mulch and gifts such as candles for sale on the day.

    The Garden Expo starts at 1.30pm with $12 entry, which includes a Devonshire Tea.

    Anyone interested must RSVP by November 1 to Robyn Cleary on 6344 3103, Paula Gray on 6344 8261 or Anne Ward on 6344 3262.

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  • Sporting Clays Championships

    Date: 2018.09.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    The popularity of Sporting Clays was evident with around 70 shooters competing over each of two days on October 31 and November 1, 2015.
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    Champion Clay ShootersBack Row, l to r: Joseph Clifford, Amy Buys, Jack Roth, Helen Overton, Rod McCloyFront, l to r: Dave Newberry, Craig Hayes, Alan Bauer, Fred McCloy

    Shooters travelled from the Central Coast, Mudgee, Brisbane and Quirindi as well as several local New England Clubs to compete for healthy prizes.

    On Saturday, shooters competed for the 100 Target Sporting Clays.

    Rod McCloy (Newcastle Lake Macquarie) won the Championship with a score of 86/100.

    Justin Barton from Allora Qld was first in AA Grade with 102/120 and Alan Bauer (Kariong) took second place with his score of 101/120.

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  • Virginia Morse’s killer Kevin Crump pleads for chance of parole

    Date: 2018.09.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    At left, police escort handcuffed Cessnock resident Kevin Crump after his arrest in 1973. He is serving a life sentence for the torture and murder of Virginia Morse, right.With his oversized spectacles, balding head and stubby hands, Kevin Crump bore little resemblance to someone described by former premier Bob Carr as “evil incarnate”.
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    As he rifled through reams of paperwork and struggled to enunciate his arguments, Crump, 66, looked quite ordinary.

    Crump,formerly of Cessnock,is one of the state’s current longest-serving prisoners, having been in jail for more than 42 years for the callous rape, torture and murder of housewife Virginia Morse, 35, and shooting murder of itinerant worker Ian Lamb, 43, in 1973.

    In sentencing Crump and his co-offender Allan Baker in 1974, Justice Robert Taylor said the pair should never be released.

    “If ever there was a case where life imprisonment should mean what it says – imprisonment for the whole of your lives – this is it.”

    However, prior to “truth in sentencing” reforms in 1990, life did not mean life and people sentenced to life imprisonment were released on parole after serving an average of 11 to12 years.

    In 1997,Crump’s sentence was re-determined to a minimum of 30 years, expiring on November 12, 2003, with a maximum of life imprisonment.

    Justice Peter McInerney said expert psychiatric reports found he was largely rehabilitated and would not be a danger if released.

    Following a public outcry, the NSW government made several legislative changes to ensure Crump and nine others – the men who killed Anita Cobby and Janine Balding – are virtually never released on parole.

    In introducing the laws, Mr Carr said the changes would “cement them to their cells”.

    In 2012,Crump lost aHigh Court challenge to the laws, meaning he will remain behind bars until he is so physically incapacitated or close to death that he poses no risk to the community.

    As a result, he remains in Wellington Correctional Centre in protective custody despite becoming eligible for parole almost 12 years ago.

    Appearing via video-link in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Wednesday, Crump pleaded for another chance to appeal against his life sentence.

    He said he was representing himself in court because he was unable to get Legal Aid assistance and apologised several times for “not having me paperwork in order”.

    He told Justices Anthony Meagher, Geoffrey Bellew and Stephen Rothman: “I believe the sentence I received is over the limit of what I should have received.

    “I believe that I should never have received a life sentence because it was not in the worst category of murder cases.”

    Crown AdvocateNatalie Adams, SC, opposed Crump’s application.

    Ms Adams said that, even if Crump won the right to be re-sentenced, the only available sentence for him was life imprisonment because he was part of a small group of prisoners recommended to die in jail under the old, pre-1990 system.

    Crump and Baker killed Mr Lamb at Narrabri on November 4, 1973, by shooting him four times to the head. Soon after, they abducted Mrs Morse, amother of three,at her homestead, subjected her to 22 hours of atrocities including sexual assault, before shooting her once they were across the border in southern Queensland. They threw her body into a billabong.

    Crump was convicted of conspiracy to murderMrs Morse in NSW and in theory could still be tried in Queensland for her murder, although that is unlikely to eventuate.

    The court reserved its decision and told Crump to expect a judgment in two to three weeks.