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Bendigo puts on another great show

Written on July 10, 2018 at 20:13, by

WHEN it comesto major events, Bendigo always puts on a greatshow.
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Convener Steve Pate’s comments in the wake of the four-day 20th annual Alpaca National Show and Auction at Bendigo Showgrounds last week should haveall in the city pretty chuffed.

More than 170 breeders from across Australia.About 670 animals on show.Near record numbers that it’s worthy to note surpassed last year’s show held inAdelaide.

The communityshould also note Mr Pate’s statement that state-of-the-art facilities at the showgrounds helped bringthe show to the city – due reward for all those who worked hard to attract funding to improve this precinct.

Finally, we should be encouraged by thefeedback from participants who clearly enjoyed their timein Bendigo.

Such was the positivity around this event that it’s fair to expect thoseinvolvedwill surely returnhome and talk up boththe wonderful experience they had visiting this fine city and Bendigo’s great ability to hostsuccessful major events.

There is no greater marketing tool than word of mouth.

Well done organisers, well done Bendigo.

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Kek takes two-shot lead into final round of Dubbo championship

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ANTHONY Kek will take a two-shot lead into the final 36 holes of the Dubbo Golf Club championships after negating Sunday’s windy conditions.
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Kek was among a trio of players to fire 72 on the 19-9 course on Saturday but took the lead courtesy of an excellent 74 on Sunday.

It leaves him two shots off club trainee professional Jake O’Brien, who had 76 on Sunday to sit on a combined two-day total of 148.

Errol Toomey (150) is third after consecutive rounds of 75 while James Morrow (151) is also in contention.

Kek’s second round ultimately was the top score of the day but was punctuated by bogies in the difficult conditions.

A double-bogie on the sixth was followed up by further dropped shots on the 8th, 9th, 13th, 16th and 18th holes but he managed to fight back with birdies on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and 12th holes.

Only five players managed to break 80 on day two, with Grahame Allan actually improving his score to fire 77 a day after shooting 81.

Peter Allan is leading the way in the A-reserve division after firing 74 and 84 over the first two rounds.

He has a three-shot lead over Aaron Etcell and Alex Haylock, with Jesse Carolan also looming.

Jeremy Tooth’s 36-hole total of 170 is enough to have him holding a three-shot lead over Marc Foley and Paul Houston in B-grade while Kayden Barker holds the box seat in C-grade.

He shot rounds of 86 and 92 over the weekend and has a commanding 11-shot break over his nearest rival Phillip Reynolds, who had scores of 91 and 98.

The final two rounds of the event will be played this weekend.

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Non-stop action for Muller Park club

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OCTOBER is proving a very busy month for the Muller Park Tennis Club.
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The penultimate round of the Tom Toohey Monthly Tournament was played recently and there was clear winners in both the mens and womens divisions.

Mick McDonagh dominated with 24 points, ahead of Paul Roe (18) in the mens while Robyn Rawlinson, on 21 points, was out ahead of a close group of ladies, with Gladys Thornbury runner-up on 19 points.

The court resurfacing is currently under way with the three courts due to be completed this week.

Some of the first games on the new surfaces will be the mixed championships which are on this Sunday, October 20.

A reminder for members that nominations are open now and will also be taken on the day.

It will be interesting to see if the new surface influences the game as players adjust.

Members are also advised that a committee meeting will be held after the championship rounds on Sunday.

A grand total of $3325 was raised for Camp Quality Western Region at our recent Grahame Priest and Warren McLennan Memorial Charity Day.

We could not do this without the support of the community and the following sponsors – the Daily Liberal, Tom Toohey Financial Planning, Dubbo RSL Club, Orana Quilting, Westside Hotel, Big on Style Fashions, Snares Talbragar Newsagency, Bunnings Warehouse Dubbo, Sportsmans Warehouse, Bourke Street Butchery, EmbroidMe Dubbo, MLC, CommSec, Challenger Financial, Franklin Templeton Investments, Zurich and Tennis NSW.

Thank you also to the many people who made private donations for this worthy cause.

Muller Park Tennis Club is located in Brisbane Street, North Dubbo.

Everyone is welcome for social tennis each Sunday from 1pm.

Ladies tennis is also played on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am.

Contact [email protected]杭州夜网 for more information.

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McGowan backs new leadership rules for WA Labor

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West Australian Opposition Leader Mark McGowan says he would like to adopt the federal party’s method of letting the rank-and-file members help choose future leaders.
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Mr McGowan declared himself “warm” towards the idea of opening up leadership ballots to the ALP’s 4000 WA members.

He said he would take the idea to Labor’s next state party conference.

The new federal model, which gives equal weighting to two separate elections in the caucus and among the wider party, has been hailed as a fresh democratic experiment.

As a result Bill Shorten was elected federal party leader at the weekend, although critics point out that he was soundly defeated in the rank-and-file side of the vote.

Mr McGowan said he felt the process had been “well received”.

“Not all of the wisdom is with the elected members of parliament; there’s a lot of wisdom among party members in the broader community and I’d like to tap into this,” he said.

“What I would like to do is consult members of the party across Western Australia as to whether they would like it installed here, and what sort of model they would like to put in place.”

Mr McGowan said several issues would need to be worked out, including possible capping of campaign expenditures, drafting a code of conduct for candidates and establishing whether a certain level of support was required before candidates could stand.

He said it could also potentially boost member numbers across the state. The federal ALP had thousands of new membership enquiries during the leadership contest between Mr Shorten and his opponent Anthony Albanese.

Mr McGowan said he wanted to make sure that others in the WA party shared his enthusiasm before pressing the idea through.

“All I want to do is make sure my views are not forced on others without asking them first,” he said.

“I think this has been watched carefully across Australia by people in all political parties, because I think it’s been novel, it’s been interesting, it’s been handled reasonably well, and I think it’s engaged people.”Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Mother-daughter pair nail win

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A BALLARAT mother-daughter pair claimed the 2013 Dot Jenkinson Classic in a thrilling final against Boort last Friday.
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Jenny Shepherd (skip) and Glad Gullock proved too strong for Boort duo of Thelma Moresi (s) and Roma Cain, claiming the final six shots to four.

Gullock drew the first close bowl followed by her skip Shepherd.

Moresi came down with her first, drawing a close second.

It would come down to the last bowl by Moresi that trailed the jack for two shots and the first end.

Shepherd held shot at the first change after drawing within centimetres of the jack for two.

Gullock produced another good lead bowl onto the jack.

Going into the third end, Shepherd had a 3-2 lead.

Gullock once again tuned in with the shot at the change with her skip adding a further two shots.

Moresi attempted to run the jack back but failed with both attempts.

Cain drew the shot, however it was quickly out drawn by Shepherd, which remained the shot.

Scores were close going into the fourth end at 4-2.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Tuesday’s Sunraysia Daily 15/10/2013.

STYLISH: Bendigo’s Carol McEwin sends down a bowl during the quarter-finals of the Dot Jenkinson Classic.Picture: Luke Birch

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Undercover: Book News

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Keysar Trad, the well-known spokesman for Islam in Australia, has published his first book of poetry. Photo: Jacky GhosseinPOETS AND POLLIES
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Here are five words you would not expect to see in one cosy sentence: Keysar Trad, Philip Ruddock and poetry. But last Sunday at Gleebooks in Glebe, Ruddock – who was Immigration Minister and Attorney-General in the Howard Government – launched Forays of the Heart, a book of poems by Trad, the well-known spokesman for Islam in Australia. Both men have been controversial and at times fought over refugees. They were brought together by John Stapleton, who has published Trad’s collection through his small press, A Sense of Place Publishing. Stapleton met Trad and worked with his daughter Sanna when he was a reporter at The Australian. When he asked Sanna if she had a book to publish she said ”No, but my father writes poetry”. Stapleton says the poems about unrequited love are intense, passionate, well written – and embarrassing to Trad’s nine children and perhaps his wife. The man who has argued for polygamy writes about the ”messiness of his own earthly longings”, as ethicist Simon Longstaff puts it. See asenseofplacepublishing杭州夜网.


Not every debut author is noticed so easily. Freelance writer and editor Kirsten Krauth, who lives in Castlemaine, Victoria, and helped judge our Best Young Australian Novelists awards this year, recently published her own first novel, just_a_girl. Grateful to writers who have championed her, she has begun Friday Night Fictions on her blog, each month featuring new writers and encouraging readers to review or link to information about the books. Those who really excite her have a chance to be interviewed; the first is Nina Smith, a WA writer, journalist and ”gothic bellydancer” whose novel Hailstone is self-published as an e-book. See wildcolonialgirl.wordpress杭州夜网.


Among its 10 ”books to watch out for” in October, The New Yorker online lists books by Margaret Drabble, Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell – and the Australian debut novelist Fiona McFarlane. McFarlane, 35, lives in Sydney but did her PhD on contemporary American fiction at Cambridge, and worked on her novel The Night Guest while at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. None of which reduces her achievement but would have helped bring her to the attention of The New Yorker, which ran her short story Art Appreciation and an interview in May.


Here’s another unexpected juxtaposition: Andy Griffiths, the best-selling children’s author and lover of bum jokes, has written an introduction to the Text Classics edition of A Lifetime on Clouds by Gerald Murnane, one of Australia’s most original and often opaque writers. Griffiths, a former teacher, is a learned reader whose most loved books include Franz Kafka’sThe Metamorphosis (which inspired the opening of The Day My Bum Went Psycho). He says Murnane’s 1976 novel is ”the funniest and most accessible of all his works” and ”a moving and fearless account of adolescent angst”. Adrian Sherd, a Catholic teenager in the 1950s, builds an elaborate fantasy life in which he runs his model train over a US map to choose the state where he will picture his latest escapade with a Hollywood starlet while masturbating. Reviewing the novel for the Herald when it first appeared, poet Les Murray said it was ”as funny as Portnoy”. Thanks to Griffiths, it’s easy to imagine his young readers graduating easily to Murnane and even Kafka.

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Women road cyclists click into gear

Written on April 29, 2019 at 02:34, by

Road warriors: (from left) Australian teammates Tiffany Cromwell, Amanda Spratt and Rachel Neylan at the national titles in Ballarat in 2012.Last week Rupert Guinness looked at the pluses and minuses of Australia’s top male road riders on the world circuit this season.
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Now he reflects on the performances of some of Australia’s top women road cyclists – and the challenge still facing women’s road racing.


Tiffany Cromwell

An impressive ninth place in last month’s elite road race world championship in Florence, Italy, was great return for her candid pre-race pledge to attack for the best result. It capped off a top season for the Orica-AIS rider that included a win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February, a second and third in two stages of the Tour d’Ardeche in France last month and ninth in April’s Fleche Wallonne, in Belgium.

Shara Gillow

Victory in stage two of the Giro del Trentino in Italy was a breakthrough for the Orica-AIS rider, winning off a gutsy solo attack near the end from her breakaway companions, who were caught by the peloton. Her performance smacked of some impressive self-confidence that would continue to show throughout the season, which also included a brilliant stage four time-trial win in the Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen and a bronze medal in the world championship team time trial.


A bronze medal in team time-trial world championship last month was one place down from their silver of last year; but still showed they are top ranked with three of last year’s line-up – Australians Shara Gillow and Melissa Hoskins and Loes Gunnewijk from the Netherlands – racing this year along with Australians Annette Edmondson and Amanda Spratt and Sweden’s Emma Johansson. This year’s result indicated they should remain a force in the discipline for some time to come.

Chloe Hosking

The first major win of any European season can be hard for a rider, especially when they are an established name such as Hosking (Hitec Products) and that win is taking some time to come. She showed her mental resilience – and physical prowess as a sprinter – by ending her drought with a stage five win in a top field at the Boels Ladies Tour in Holland last month, beating Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Argos Shimano) and American Shelley Olds (Tibco).

Annette Edmondson

The 2012 Olympic omnium bronze medallist has made a brilliant switch from the track to the road this year, highlighted with her recent stage four victory in the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour. Add to that, her stage win and overall win in the Tour of Chongming Island in May, and several other top places such as the third with Orica-AIS in the team time trial world championship.

Special mentions

Former track cyclist and road rookie, Amy Cure, 20, for her two stage wins and overall victory in the Krasna Lipa tour in the Czech Republic in July; Alexandria Nicholls and Alexandra Manly for their respective silver and bronze medals in the women’s junior time trial at the world road championships, and Manly again for her eighth place in the junior world title road race.Minuses

Rachel Neylan

A silver medal in last year’s world road championship in the Netherlands led many to justifiably believe that Neylan (Hitec Products) was destined for great things this year. But a complicated knee injury changed all that. By the time she recovered, she was short of the condition needed for this year’s world titles on a suitably hilly course she knew well because she lives in Tuscany.

Shara Gillow

After all her progress this season, hopes were that Gillow would place in the top six of the 20.5 kilometre individual time trial at the world road championships. Her 12th place at one minute, 20.39 seconds to the winner, Ellen Van Dijk of the Netherlands, was disappointing. As Gillow said afterwards, it was a “bad day”.

Australian road team

Tiffany Cromwell’s ninth place in the world road championship was superb. But she was isolated without support for the crucial last laps of the circuit as her teammates had dropped off the pace, despite their early efforts. Of the other Australians, Carlee Taylor was next best in 25th place and about four minutes behind Cromwell, then Gillow in 31st. Amanda Spratt, Amy Cure and Gracie Elvin failed to finish. Which raises the question: Did Australian head coach Martin Barras and the selectors pick the best team?

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

No jail for woman who had sex with 15-year-old

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A woman who had sex with a 15-year-old friend of her cousin’s has walked free from court after a judge found she had been motivated by “an unmet need for love and affection”.
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County Court judge Duncan Allen said on Monday he had agonised over what sentence to impose on the woman, 26, before deciding a jail term was not warranted.

Judge Allen said a psychological report revealed the woman was not a paedophile and was a low risk of re-offending.

Her offending had been caused by her long-standing poor self-esteem and feelings of being inconsequential and isolated when a single parent with a special needs child.

The woman, who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child aged under 16 and one count of performing an indecent act in front of a child aged under 16 in July last year, was placed on a three-year community-based corrections order and must perform 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Judge Allen said the woman, who cannot be named, met the 15-year-old boy when he went to her home to visit her 14-year-old cousin who was babysitting her then two-year-old boy.

She hugged, touched and kissed the boy on the cheek before he left the house.

About a fortnight later the boy returned with the woman’s cousin and she led him into the bedroom where they had sex with the lights turned off. She thought he was 16.

The woman’s cousin was in the same room sitting on the floor in the ensuite but did not see the woman and the boy having sex. They had been separated by a curtain.

When the woman later found out the boy was 15 she told a worker at a child health care centre who notified police.

The woman told police she was ashamed of herself and police cautioned her to stay away from the boy.

The boy began sending the woman numerous text messages saying he wanted to see her again and she eventually relented, allowing him to visit her again but she told him nothing would happen.

The woman later told police the boy urged her to have sex with him and “one thing led to another” and she gave in.

She had been feeling unstable and vulnerable after her partner left her when she was pregnant and her grandfather and a cousin had recently passed away.

The woman told police that if “someone shows me affection, I guess I enjoy it, so to speak”.

She ended up having sex with the boy on three separate occasions.

Judge Allen said it was quite appalling what had happened and society condemned such conduct because the boy was a child and irrespective of what he wanted, the woman’s duty was to protect him.

The judge said the woman’s conduct was “heinous” and had devastated the boy’s family but her remorse, guilt and shame showed she was a low risk of re-offending.

Judge Allen said the fact the boy was a willing participant was no defence but it was relevant in assessing the seriousness of the offending.

The woman, who gave birth to her second child five weeks ago, would be vulnerable to mistreatment and exploitation by other prisoners if jailed and her children needed her to care for them, the judge added.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Ex-teacher allocated school’s most unruly students

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A former teacher says he suffered a mental breakdown after being allocated too many classes of unruly students, whose behaviour included making flame-throwers out of aerosol cans and cracking classmates’ heads open.
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Peter Doulis, 47, says he became suicidal after he was made to teach an “unfair” proportion of Werribee Secondary College’s lowest-achieving and most badly behaved students from 2000 to 2004.

He is suing the Victorian government, the operator of the state’s public schools, for negligence and failing to provide a safe workplace.

The Supreme Court heard that in 2000, Werribee Secondary College introduced a “streaming” system for its years 8, 9 and 10 classes, which divided students into five streams – accelerated, high achievers, medium achievers, low achievers and foundation.

John Richards, SC, representing the former teacher, said the school’s management had promised that staff would not be made to teach more than two of the low achievers and foundation classes each term, and that the load would be spread fairly.

But the jury was told that Mr Doulis had been assigned between three and six classes of the bottom two streams for four years.

Mr Doulis believes this was because several events had landed him on the “wrong side” of some of the school’s senior staff who were in charge of timetabling.

In one instance, he said, his relationship soured with soon-to-be assistant principal who had taken him to a topless bar for an after-work drink against his will.

Mr Doulis had also raised alarm after finding a large amount of pornography on the school’s computer sever, and had brought up safety concerns about a year 7 camp that had been organised by a year-level coordinator.

After these events, Mr Doulis said, he felt hostility from the school’s management and senior staff.

The court also heard that the school had provided training sessions on how to teach the accelerated and high-achieving classes, but no training on how to teach the lowest streams.

Mr Doulis told the court his classes included students who had ADHD, autism, dyslexia and acquired brain injuries, while the majority of the other students were very badly behaved. Many students fought each other, broke windows, wrote racist and sexual comments on the whiteboard, made threats towards Mr Doulis, and tore up detention notes in front of him.

The classes were “very difficult to discipline, impossible to teach”, Mr Doulis said.

The jury was told Mr Doulis approached school leaders several times complaining that he was stressed and asked for fewer difficult classes, but his pleas fell on “deaf ears”‘.

Mr Richards said the workload had turned his once active and capable client into a “shell of a man” who was unlikely to work again.

Mr Doulis had been hospitalised three times due to severe “suicidal ideation”. Mr Richards said a psychologist had diagnosed his client with a major depressive illness as a result of overwork and the father-of-two has shown signs of post-traumatic stress and agoraphobia (an anxiety about leaving the house).

Claims for past loss of earnings are estimated by Mr Doulis’ legal team to be about $440,000, while he could be eligible for more than $1 million in future lost wages and superannuation.

Mr Doulis will be cross-examined by counsel representing the state government, Jack Rush, QC, on Tuesday.

The trial before Justice Timothy Ginnane continues.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Party drugs traded in city’s car parks

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The Salvation Army is concerned about drugs being dealt in city carparks. Photo: Justin McManus The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle is worried about overdoses in city car parks. Photo: Justin McManus
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Melbourne’s multi-storey car parks have become a scene of drug trading and a danger spot for overdoses, according to the professionals who monitor the city’s weekend party haunts.

Salvation Army commanding officer Major Brendan Nottle said staff and volunteers had been regularly discovering unconscious and fitting teenagers on the concrete floors of car parks after they had taken GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy. Often lurking nearby were those who had sold them the drug.

Major Nottle said dealers were often spotted at the car park’s boom gates handing the party drug over in fish-shaped soy sauce containers.

“The really concerning thing for us is that we’ve seen some quite young people purchasing drugs, around 17, 18 or 19 years of age,” he said.

“Some of the people that we’ve seen dealing drugs are quite heavy-handed, intimidating characters.”

This year police have run a number of operations cracking down on illicit drugs activity in clubs, laneways and car parks in the King Street area, charging 17 people with drug trafficking.

Between late March and last weekend there have been 30 non-fatal overdoses in young people aged between 17 and 25. All but four were blamed on GHB.

Short for gamma hydroxybutyrate, GHB was originally developed as an anaesthetic and can be easily manufactured in backyard operations.

Ambulance Victoria paramedic Lindsay Bent said, for those who take liquid ecstasy, there was a very fine line between being in a euphoric state and life-threatening overdose.

“They often stop breathing, requiring very rapid intervention,” the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance group manager said.

At a recent gathering of about 30 drug and alcohol experts organised by the Melbourne City Council, the city’s car parks were named as a trouble spot.

Councillor Richard Foster said there were reports of young people returning to their parked cars after a night drinking, planning to drive home in the morning. Some had overdosed.

The Salvation Army has been given passes to the car parks by their operators. During a bad period around the Queen’s Birthday weekend this year, teams were discovering one or two people who had overdosed every weekend.

In winter they found a 19-year-old man unconscious and alone in the car park who would have been unlikely to survive without medical attention.

Major Nottle said the situation appears to have improved recently, with incidences dispersing to other areas in the city including Russell Street.

A major car park operator who spoke to The Age said they had been working closely with the authorities to improve the situation and pointed out that car parks were only one of many locations experiencing drug problems.

Sergeant Glen Finlay, with the divisional licensing unit, said some club goers get a pass out to buy drugs in a car park or back lane before returning to the venue. He said some used mobile phones and social media, including Facebook, to contact dealers.

“They might be aware of a particular dealer and they might be directed to a particular level or a stairwell or vehicle,” he said.

Sergeant Finlay said in a small but concerning number of cases they had found overdose victims who had been thrown out of clubs and abandoned without medical attention.

He said in most cases of GHB overdose patients would show signs of sleepiness and losing consciousness.

Sometimes testing reveals a different drug is being falsely sold under the GHB name.

Police warn revellers they are putting themselves at real risk of death, hospitalisation and disability by taking party drugs.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Gunston will not stay on as Dons CEO

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Interim Essendon CEO Ray Gunston has announced that he does not want the position full time.
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Gunston advised the board of his decision on Monday.

He took up the role after Ian Robson left mid-season, and has led the club through the ASADA/AFL investigation and the supplements scandal.

In a statement on the club’s website, Essendon chairman Paul Little confirmed that Gunston would be stepping down after he helps the club fill the position of permanent CEO.

Little thanked Gunston for his service at Essendon and said the “requirements of the interim role are largely fulfilled”.

“Although obviously joining us at a very challenging time earlier this year in the middle of the investigation, Ray has assisted to lead the club through this and to provide the sound base for the future success of the club in the short time he has been in the role,” Little said.

“On behalf of the board, the Essendon staff and the playing group, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ray for his outstanding leadership and loyal support to Essendon over the last six months and also to wish him the very best for his future endeavours.”

Little said Gunston thanked the board, staff, players, sponsors members and Essendon stakeholders for “their wonderful support in his interim role”.

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Planning loophole to be shut

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A planning loophole that exposed rural-zoned land at Lorn to development is coming to a close.
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Developers will no longer be able to erect dual occupancy homes on ­certain rural zoned land where houses are otherwise not permitted once the planning rule is amended.

The loophole allowed Maitland developer Hilton Grugeon to have 12 units for Lorn approved that Maitland City Council ­previously rejected.

Having received no objections to closing the loophole council completed the draft changes to the Maitland local environment plan 2011 by way of a vote last week.

The amendment to clause four of the Maitland LEP 2011 will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and will be gazetted within nine months.

The Glenarvon Road units met planning guidelines with the addition of an undercover walkway.

The walkway, linking the units, satisfied council they were attached because they shared the same roofline.

The development was approved despite community opposition and fears it would set a precedent to allow more homes on the fringe of Lorn and the floodplain.

The developer argued the lots were too small to turn a tractor around on to have any agricultural value.

Council moved to close the loophole on July 9 on the same night it approved the units.

LOOPHOLE: Hilton Grugeon.

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GALLERY: Whale tails off Wollongong

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Three whales were spotted off Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong this afternoon.
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Photographer Kirk Gilmour was there to snap some great pics of tails slapping the water.

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

Three whales splashed their tails off Flagstaff Hill this afternoon. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

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