Senior Prosecutor Kara Shead and defamation barrister Sandy Dawson among the latest crop of silks

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Sandy Dawson has acted for many media outlets, and 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley. Photo: Ben Rushton Kara Shead representing Glen McNamara during his trial with Roger Rogerson. Photo: Peter Rae
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One of the state’s top prosecutors and a leading Sydney defamation barrister are among the high-profile barristers appointed this year to the coveted rank of silk.

Kara Shead, a deputy director of the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions, is one of three women and 12 men to have been appointed as senior counsel this year from a pool of 101 applicants.

Prominent defamation barrister Sandy Dawson, who has acted for a host of media outlets including Fairfax Media and the ABC, was also appointed silk.

“It’s a very heartening experience at a personal level and it reminds you that the bar is a collegiate profession above everything else,” Mr Dawson said.

He pointed to “the warmth of the reaction from colleagues, judges, opponents and clients” and said it was “very special” to share the moment with his contemporaries, including Sydney barrister and fellow appointee Katherine Richardson, who specialises in public and administrative law.

The state’s new Crown Advocate, David Kell, who appears in some criminal proceedings for the state and provides advice to the Attorney-General, has also joined the ranks of senior counsel.

Dr Kell appeared as counsel assisting the special commission of inquiry into greyhound racing in NSW and was appointed Crown Advocate in September.

Appointments as Senior Counsel – or silk – are made annually by the NSW Bar Association and the title is highly prized by barristers on Phillip Street in the heart of Sydney’s legal district.

The title sets barristers apart from their peers as experts in their field and also allows them to charge more for their work.

In a career spanning more than a decade, Ms Shead has acted as prosecutor in a string of high-profile trials including the so-called “honour killing” case in which Sydney man Hazairin Iskandar murdered his wife’s lover and colleague Mohd Shah Saemin.

As a deputy senior public defender she also acted for a time for Glen McNamara in his murder trial with Roger Rogerson.

Mr Dawson, who was called to the bar in 2003, appeared for Fairfax with Matthew Collins, QC, in the high-profile defamation battle launched by federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.

He also acted with Tom Blackburn, SC, for Fairfax in its defamation battle with lawyer and Obeid family associate Nick Di Girolamo, who ultimately dropped the case.

There are now 395 silks – 7.95 per cent of them women – out of 2322 practising barristers in NSW, of whom 21.66 per cent are women.

The number of successful applicants for silk this year was slightly lower than in previous years.

There were 26 appointments last year, from a pool of 113 aspirants, and 18 in 2014 from a pool of 102 applicants.

Sydney barrister Christopher O’Donnell, who has appeared in criminal trials and appeals, was also appointed silk.

But it was barristers practising commercial law who took out most of the honours, with Sydney barristers Roger Marshall, Victor Kerr, Nicholas Chen, Adam Casselden, Scott Goodman, Kate Williams, Jason Potts, Scott Nixon, Nicholas Owens and Doran Cook all making the cut.

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Millions in taxpayer dollars spent on training staff at McDonalds and other corporations

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The NSW government has awarded Mcdonald’s Australia $1,809,485.67 in funding for vocational education. Photo: Glenn Hunt NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro. Photo: Louise Kennerley
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The NSW government has given tens of millions in taxpayer dollars to help train staff at private corporations including global giant McDonalds.

A freedom of information request by the NSW Greens reveals the state government has awarded Mcdonald’s Australia $1,809,485 in funding for vocational education and training.

Other private providers to receive state government funding for the 2015-16 financial year include Vision Training Institute ($4.68 million), Wise Education Group ($4.48 million). Government departments including Primary Industries has also obtained $2.59 million and NSW Health, $1.029 million.

Government funding for vocational training is contestable, meaning the public provider TAFE has to compete with private providers for government funding. NSW embraced the funding model after it was introduced in Victoria.

A spokesman for the Minister for Skills, John Barilaro said the NSW government funds traineeships and under its Smart and Skilled program which allows students to choose their preferred training provider.

“More than 80 per cent of these courses are undertaken through TAFE NSW,” he said.

“McDonald’s, as a long established non-TAFE provider with its own training company, conducts training specific to its jobs.

“The program has proven to be extremely successful with trainee student numbers on the rise – and to reinforce this point, the NSW Trainee of the Year 2015, Bethany Spoor, was a McDonald’s employee and was trained at the McDonald’s training company.”

Other states also make similar payments. In Victoria, for example, casino company Crown receives a government subsidy to train its staff including crupiers.

But NSW Teachers Federation president Maurie Mulheron said it was time to put a cap on the amount of public money being handed to for-profit companies so that it could be reinvested in the public provider, TAFE.

“At the same time it is cutting funding to TAFE, the state government is providing substantial subsidies to big corporations like McDonalds,” Mr Mulheron said.

“This is the first time we have heard of the NSW government providing significant sums of public money to very large global corporations at the same it is cutting funding from TAFE.

“We have seen courses shut and and over 3000 teachers an support staff lose their jobs.”

Labor spokeswoman for skills and training Prue Car said if the government could afford to provide money to McDonalds to train its employees “surely they can afford to stop sacking our TAFE teachers, cutting courses and threatening the sale of TAFE colleges”.

“It tells you something about this government that while they are handing over more than $1 million to McDonalds they are presiding over the destruction of TAFE NSW,” Ms Carr said. Private Provider payments for contestable vocational education and training in the 2015/16 financial year:

Vision Training Institute Pty Ltd: $4,680,901.44

Wise Education Group Limited: $4,488,566.77

Benchmark Resources Pty Ltd: $3,149,824.14

ASH Pty Ltd: $3,141,455.59

United World College Pty Ltd: $3,063,138.15

Reach for Training Pty Ltd: $3,050,883.26

Tactical Training Group Pty Ltd: $2,736,018.92

NSW Dept of Primary Industries: $2,596,405.23

Australian College of Commerce: $2,425,203.79

Training Specialists (Australia): $1,991,110.47

Train Australia Pty Ltd: $1,903,039.18

Mcdonald’s Australia Ltd: $1,809,485.67

Verto Ltd: $1,701,285.84

Australian Retailers Association: $1,622,800.61

Novaskil I: $1,606,382.27

Applied Training Solutions Pty Ltd: $1,555,209.26

TSA The Training Company: $1,531,804.64

Acacia Group Ltd: $1,495,635.61

Enterprise & Training Company Ltd: $1,469,517.27

Masters in Building Training P/L: $1,398,161.54

Learning Sphere Training Solutions: $1,340,497.03

Hume Learning Institute Pty Ltd: $1,275,917.73

Response Consulting Australia: $1,263,049.14

Illawarra Area Child Care Ltd: $1,214,463.32

Macquarie Employment Training: $1,110,941.36

The Quality Training Company Pty: $1,079,123.78

NSW Health: $1,029,974.01

Source: NSW Government figures obtained by NSW Greens through freedom of information

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Racing: John O’Shea rues good weather but still rates his Metropolitan chances

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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Chasing the Metrop: Jockey James McDonald rides Allergic. Photo: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛Wizard of Odds: Live odds, form and alerts for all racing
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Godolphin trainer John O’Shea was hoping for the usual weather pattern heading into a major Randwick meeting for his Metropolitan hopes Allergic and defending champion Magic Hurricane.

Instead of the rain that has cursed Randwick big days in recent times, a good -4 rated track will greet the runners in the three group 1s on Saturday.

“You can usually depend on rain when Randwick is on and there was some forecasted on Thursday but it didn’t come,” O’Shea said. “My pair in the Metrop would both be better with a little toe in the ground but they are both good stayers looking for this trip [of 2400m].

“Magic Hurricane is going as well as last year when he won the race and Allergic showed last weekend what he can do at the trip [in the Queen’s Cup].

“So we can be confident they are chances but it would have been better for them if the track got a bit of rain.”

It is an important weekend for the Godolphin, Golden Rose winner Astern returns after a little setback in the Roman Consul Stakes, Hartnell steps up to group 1 level in Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and Hauraki is favourite for the Epsom.

O’Shea offers little in terms of Astern because he doesn’t need to talk him up after a comprehensive win in the Golden Rose.

“He does all the talking for us when he gets on the track. We are happy with him,” O’Shea said.

Hauraki will look to break from his group 1 bridesmaid role in the Epsom and is coming off a Tramway Stakes win before pushing the mighty Winx in the George Main Stakes.

“He has had a good preparation and continue to take the steps required,” the trainer said.

Hartnell will look to add a Turnbull Stakes to his spring haul as he begins his Melbourne campaign. The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker’s Australian bid in doubt as he battles knee injury

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Canberra Raiders’ skipper Jarrod Croker’s Australian Kangaroos ambitions hinge on the results of a scan on his knee as the inspirational leader fights to prove he is fit for international duties.
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Five Raiders are set to join the Kangaroos’ train-on squad next week in a bid to impress coach Mal Meninga to earn selection for the Test against New Zealand on October 15.

Croker looms as an unlikely starter after scans on Friday and wearing a knee brace for the past week while Joey Leilua’s partner, Tiana Faapoi, is expected to give birth to the pair’s first child in the same week as the Test.

Former Raiders captain Alan Tongue lauded Croker as one of the best in the NRL this year and said it would be “absolutely devastating” if his Test hopes were crushed by a medial ligament injury.

Croker is back in the Kangaroos’ squad for the first time since 2010 and was one of the form centres in the competition as he spearheaded Canberra’s best season in 21 years.

“It would be absolutely devastating if injury pops up now and stops him playing,” Tongue said.

“That’s not saying he won’t be able to get back there in the future. But you’ve got to make the most here and now and Crokes absolutely deserves a spot in that Kangaroos team.

“The way he has played right from his first day in the NRL, there’s not too much between his best and worst. He’s Mr Consistent, he scores tries, kicks pressure goals and is the one who steps up when they need him most.

“I think Mal’s going to pick the side on form, and if there are Raiders in there he won’t be taking a risk. They will have deserved their spots.”

The Raiders have been starved of international representatives in the past 10 years, with only five Green Machine players – Terry Campese, Joel Monaghan, David Shillington, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Josh Papalii – earning Test caps since 2008.

Tongue believes the new generation Raiders have changed the perception of rugby league in Canberra and have played well enough to warrant Test jerseys.

Croker fell just four points short of the 300-point milestone when his knee injury prevented him from kicking goals in the Raiders’ heartbreaking preliminary final loss last weekend.

Croker and the Raiders gathered on Friday for their final review of the season before being sent on holidays to recuperate following their best campaign in 21 years.

The Raiders’ representative influx is an indication of the squad’s turnaround in the past 12 months.

The Raiders started the year with only three players boasting State of Origin or international experience. They now have five in the Australian squad, two in the New Zealand team and two in England’s squad.

Croker has played two games for the Prime Minister’s XII as well as the NRL All Stars and NSW Country.

However, the NRL’s top point scorer this year and the most prolific scorer in Raiders history is still waiting for a NSW State of Origin call-up or Australian jersey.

Croker was honoured as the NRL’s captain of the year at the Dally M awards on Monday night and winger Jordan Rapana said it was an indication of the respect he had earned.

“I was stoked for Crokes and for [coach of the year] Ricky [Stuart],” Rapana said.

“Those sorts of awards don’t lie and I’m so happy for them because you see all of the hard work that they’re putting in.

“They’ve been the most consistent in those areas … and they deserve every accolade they get. It shows that the club is going in the right direction.”

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AFL grand final 2016: Experts’ view – Who will win & why

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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GREG BAUM
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The Swans are custom-made for finals footy, they’ve been here before and they know what it takes. They will settle quicker, and that might make all the difference.

Sydney by 15 points.

Norm Smith: Caleb Daniel (WB).

JAMES BUCKLEY

Sydney. The midfield is in superb form, Buddy is almost unstoppable and the 2014 grand final defeat still rankles.

Sydney by 25 points.

Norm Smith: Luke Parker (Syd).

TIM BOYLE

Western Bulldogs, to quote Updike: “There will always lurk, around a corner in a pocket of our knowledge of the odds, an indefensible hope, which you now and then find in sports, when a density of expectation hangs in the air and plucks an event out of the future.”

Western Bulldogs by 2 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

WAYNE CAREY

Western Bulldogs, because they won’t be denied.

Western Bulldogs by  5 points.

Norm Smith: N/A (judging medal).

DANIEL CHERNY

Few sides have the midfield depth to match it with the Swans, but the Bulldogs are capable of doing so.

Western Bulldogs by 3 points.

Norm Smith: Jason Johannisen (WB).

​ROHAN CONNOLLY

Sydney, best defence in the AFL, best midfield, a more than capable attack and motivation to spare after what happened on this day two years ago.

Sydney by 24 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

MICHAEL GLEESON

Western Bulldogs are just as good inside as Swans and are quicker on the outside. But more so it is the irresistible romantic momentum.

Western Bulldogs by 7 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

SAMANTHA LANE

Western Bulldogs. Because it’s magic and they believe it.

Western Bulldogs by 2 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

TIM LANE

The Bulldogs can neutralise the Swans’ powerful midfield, they’re battle-hardened, and they’re ready.

Western Bulldogs by 8 points.

Norm Smith: Liam Picken (WB).

​RONNY LERNER

Western Bulldogs are riding an incredible wave of emotion and have taken all before them. There’s no reason why it won’t continue on Saturday.

Western Bulldogs by 7 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

MATTHEW LLOYD

Sydney have the best defence, the deepest midfield and a man called Buddy Franklin.

Sydney by 23 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

SAM McCLURE

Hard to write off the Dogs, but Sydney’s physical dismantlement of Geelong was too overwhelming to overlook.

Sydney by 12 points.

Norm Smith: Dan Hannebery (Syd).

LARA NICHOLSON

The Western Bulldogs, carried by the well wishes of every Victorian, have the drive and courage to go all the way.

Western Bulldogs by 8 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

JON PIERIK

Sydney’s  midfield depth – and ferocity at the man and ball – will provide their second flag under Longmire.

Sydney by 17 points.

Norm Smith: Tom Mitchell (Syd).

ASHLEY PORTER

Both teams can move the ball around quickly and play with incredible intensity – but only the Swans know what to expect on grand final day.

Sydney by 32 points.

Norm Smith: Josh Kennedy (Syd).

EMMA QUAYLE

The logical tip in many ways is Sydney, the steadiest team all season. But the Bulldogs have defied logic all year long. They’re on a roll and have already shown they know how to beat these Swans.

Western Bulldogs by 6 points.

Norm Smith: N/A (judging medal).

SCOTT SPITS

Last Friday night against the Cats showed that hunger was a driving force for the Swans. And I’m tipping a big game from one of the best in the competition, Lance Franklin.

Sydney by 14 points.

Norm Smith: Lance Franklin (Syd).

ANDREW STAFFORD

The head says Sydney, but the heart says the Western Bulldogs, and they’re playing like they have Dog (sorry) on their side, with unshakeable belief. My tip is Western Bulldogs.

Western Bulldogs by 3 points.

Norm Smith: Marcus Bontempelli (WB).

CAROLINE WILSON

The Swans have worked too hard to atone for its 2014 capitulation to not perform at their best now and their best should win.

Sydney by 11 points.

Norm Smith: Isaac Heeney (Syd).

ANDREW WU

Making the grand final is a big deal for the Bulldogs but not so the Swans, who are still burning from the pain of 2014.

Sydney by 17 points.

Norm Smith: Lance Franklin (Syd).

THE TOTALS

PREMIERS

Sydney  10

Western Bulldogs  10

NORM SMITH MEDAL

Liam Picken (WB)  4

Josh Kennedy (Syd)  3

Marcus Bontempelli (WB)  3

Lance Franklin (Syd)  2

Caleb Daniel (WB)  1

Jason Johannisen (WB)  1

Dan Hannebery (Syd)  1

Tom Mitchell (Syd)  1

Isaac Heeney (Syd)  1

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AFL finals 2016: Western Bulldog Clay Smith got leave pass to farewell lost friend

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Bulldog Clay Smith at training this week. Photo: Darrian TraynorPreliminary final hero Clay Smith got a leave pass from the Bulldogs this week to make a 600-kilometre round trip and deliver a eulogy for his close friend who lost his life in a road accident.
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The entire Western Bulldogs team wore black armbands last weekend in Sydney in a show of support for Smith and to pay their respects after the death of the footballer’s high school prankster mate Dale Walkinshaw.

Smith kicked a match-winning four goals against Greater Western Sydney but was overcome by emotion afterwards and told Fairfax Media how he was grieving for a friend who had been in a coma for five days but lost his fight.

On Tuesday this week Smith travelled to Bairnsdale and back for Walkinshaw’s funeral. Walkinshaw passed away in Darwin but his body was transported to Gippsland, where he and Smith grew up, for the funeral.

​ The pair were such good friends that Smith has Walkinshaw’s initials tattooed on his body, albeit as a result of losing a friendly bet.​

“I went with my partner,” Smith said before Friday’s grand final parade.

“It was a tough day but it was good just to see how many people he touched during his life. His family, his friends, it was a good turn out, and it was good to be able to say goodbye I guess.”

Though Smith could not stay in Bairnsdale long, needing to return to Melbourne to re-set his focus on the Dogs’ historic third tilt at a premiership, he left items put to good use in the days that have followed.

“There was a raffle last night and I think we raised about $60,000 for Dale’s family,” he said.

“It was just great support from a small community that can get around a family.

“Obviously it was a difficult day Tuesday, but I was back here that night and got around the boys and tried to get my mind back on football because that was going to be the best thing for me leading into the weekend.

“It definitely puts things into perspective, but I know Dale would want me being out there on Saturday playing good football.”

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Devotion shows AFL is ‘more than a game’

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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SO IT comes down to this.
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After 206 matches, the climax to the AFL season will unfold this afternoon before 90,000-plus people at the MCG, with millions more watching on television.

For AFL fans, it is the biggest and best day of the year. Forget birthdays, forget Christmas, forget New Year’s Day –this is the one that really matters.

The build up to every grand final is dominated by a unique narrative, but this year’s decider has something special about it.

Australia is often criticised for its“tall poppy syndrome”, but this flaw in the national psyche is more than made up for by our love of an underdog.

There are few bigger underdogs in this country’sprofessional sporting landscape than the Western Bulldogs.

The side dubbed “everyone’s second favourite team” last week broke its preliminary final curse to reach a grand final for the first time in 55 years.

Now, despite being given little hope at the start of the year, this resilient and skilful team is aiming to win its firstAFL/VFL premiership since 1954.

Standing in its way is a formidable team, the Sydney Swans, that until recentlyheld the unwanted mantle of the longest premiership drought –72 years.

Since winning the 2005 decider, the Swans –formerly South Melbourne –have appeared in three grand finals, winning one.

Victory today will see themjoin the Brisbane Lions, Geelong and Hawthorn as the greatest teams of the AFL-era.

They say success breeds success and, win or lose, the Western Bulldogs will be hoping this season signalsa permanent change in fortunes.

Of course, nothing less than victory today will satisfy the band of success-starved Bulldogs supporters scatteredacross the country.

Bendigo’s own Bulldogs fanatic Betty Ready was at the ground in 1954 when they won their first and only premiership.

The 90-year-old lives and breathes the Doggies, but today will inevitably carry a tinge of sadness following the passing in July of her husband and fellow Bulldogs supporter, Max.

But stories such as Mrs Ready’s, as well as countless others that have been told this week in the media, show just what AFL means to so many people.

It is truly is “more than a game”.

– Ross Tyson, deputy editor

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Businesses find a way

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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BOXED: Bruce Zippel with oysters getting sent to Ceduna to meet the demand for oysters following the cancellation of Oysterfest.WHILEthe cancellation of Oysterfest was a disappointment for the Ceduna community, many businesses did their best to meet demands and requests put on them late last week.
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Zippel’s Smoky Bay Oysters had been planning to open 1500 dozen oysters for the annual event.

Part owner Bruce Zippel said 750 dozen oysters had been processed when news came that the festival was cancelled, prompting immediate action.

“We immediately contacted a buyer in Adelaide who said they would happily take them,” he said.

With the lack of phone coverage, growers were left uncertain as to how many oysters needed to be processed.

Mr Zippel said there was a mix of sadness but relief once the news was known.

“We all believe the council made the correct decision considering the circumstances,” he said.

Smoky Bay growers were still kept busy as businesses selling oysters were faced with an increasing demand from visitors hoping to try the local product.

This included the Ceduna Oyster Bar which promoted ‘Oysterfest Rebooted’ as it served oysters to customers until about 5pm on Saturday.

Owner John Hill said the business struggled with the demand for oysters on Thursday and Friday but was restocked and ready for Saturday.

“People are happy in an unhappy kind of way and we are trying our best to accommodate them,” he said.

Mr Hill said Trent Stott and Dallas Power deserved thanks for helping the Oyster Bar meet customer demand.

The cancellation was hard news for Ceduna’s accommodation facilities which normally haspeople book months in advance to attend the Oysterfest.

The Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park experienced cancellations of 15 per cent of its bookings within four hours of the news breaking.

Co-manager Marty Andrews said if phone lines were working it would’ve been higher, but the park still worked to meet the needs of its guests.

“Overall everyone is safe and well and we are trading as normal,” he said.

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Killer roads and the endangered species

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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DOUBLE DEMERITS: Highway patrol will be out in force on Hunter roads during the long weekend. Picture: Simone De Peak.TIRED, middle-aged men driving utilities late at night and early in the morning have become the endangered species on Hunter roads.
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More than a third of all people killed on the region’s roads this year were men aged between 30 and 59, mirroring a worrying statewide trend which has seen 61 men dead compared to 38 for the same period last year.

At least 14 of those have been killed in the Hunter.

And men aged in their 40s also remain over-represented in the rising road toll.

“We always think fatigue comes fromdriving long distances, but a lot of fatigue in the Hunter Valley ispeople working all day, and after their 10 to 12 hours on the tools they are driving home,’’ Northern Region traffic tactician, Chief Inspector Trent Le-Merton said.

Fatigue had become the second biggest factorin road fatalities across the state, with 21% of all deaths now attributed to tired drivers.

Only speed (43%) was higher.

It came at the same time as a spike in the number of deaths involving light trucks, including utilities, with 66 fatalities, up 16 from last year.

And there have been 26 more people (90), killed in fatal single-vehicle accidents where the first impact was with a tree or power pole, suggesting fatigue.

The Hunter’s official road toll, according to police, is 38 this year –eight more than last year –although they do not include deaths in the Manning-Great Lakes command, which includes towns such as Gloucester and Bulahdelah.

It includes a significant increase in the Central Hunter command, which includes Maitland and Cessnock, where 11 people have been killed compared to three for the same period last year.

“There has been a run in Central Hunter, a lot of then are at night and early in the morning, a lot on rural roads and a lot involving utilities which have gone off the road and hit a tree or pole,’’ Chief Inspector Le-Merton said.

As the October long weekend on the roads began on Friday, with the threat of losing double demerit points until Monday night, police have bolstered their presence on the roads.

More than 25 Sydney-based highway patrol cars have been sent from Sydney to north of the Hunter to help keep school holidaymakers in check.

Chief Inspector Le-Merton said police would be cracking down on speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones –a phenomenon which may be linked to fatigue crashes.

He said “distraction offences”, such as using a phone while driving, can appear to be a fatigued driver because it includes the car drifting before sudden corrections.

Olympic dreams

by admin on July 22nd, 2018

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Shark attack survivor Sean Pollard is aiming to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics. The Bunbury local survived the attack at Kelps Beds beach near Wylie Bay.Two years after being mauled by not one but twoGreat White Sharks, resulting in the loss of both arms,surfer Sean Pollard is gunning to attend the 2018Winter Paralympics.
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Mr Pollard’s mother, Kylieis calling on thecommunity to rallybehind the surfer-come-snowboarder’s latest athletic undertaking.

The Bunbury local was attacked while surfing off at Kelps Beds beach near Wylie Bay,Esperance in October 2014.

He was flown to hospital by the Royal Flying Doctors Service and had his life miraculously saved.

A number ofbystanders on the beach were creditedwith providing vital first aid which saved Mr Pollard’s life.

By a stroke of luck anoff-duty paramedic on holidayfrom Albany was ableto assist at the scene and wasintegral in saving Mr Pollard’s life.

Ms Pollard wrote in the bio on the GoFundMe page that Seanhas always been a keen, talentedathlete and this past winter has been working with theWinter Paralympics development squad.

“He has excelled in snowboarding and this has led to an invitation to participate in elite level events across the world,” Ms Pollard writes.

The funds will beused to cover flights, accommodation and equipment to enable Seanto compete in events leading into the 2018Winter Paralympics.

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