Once in two-year weather event hits Mid-North Coast

GARDENS around the Mid-North Coast received a much-needed drink duringa prolonged period of consistent rainfall on Tuesday.
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Over a24-hour period from 9am Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday a staggering 145 millimetres fell in Port Macquarie.

By comparison, surrounding areas such as Forster received 77 millimetres, Kempsey 37, Dorrigo 25, Taree 9 and Coffs Harbour just 0.2 millimetres.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said it was a once in two or three year event.

“It’s the heaviest rainfall in Port Macquarie since January 2013 when 144 millimetres fell on January 29,” he said.

“It doesn’t happen often.”

But could it be attributed to climate change?

“It’s just weather being weather,” he said.

State Emergency Services were also kept busy with 11 jobs requiring their assistance, with sandbagging required and homes inundated.

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Property entered, items stolen in Murray Bridge

Police want residents to lock up their homes, hide valuables and engrave expensive items after a number of reported break-ins in Murray BridgePolice are reminding residents to lock up their homes, hide valuables and engrave expensive items after a number of break-ins in Murray Bridge recently.
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Between 11.40am and 3.30pm on Friday, January 16, someone broke into a garden shed at a property on Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge, and stole a red Masport four-stroke petrol lawnmower, an orange-coloured electric hedge trimmer, two black-coloured petrol garden blowers and an orange-coloured Stihl petrol whipper snipper.

Police have also been advised that sometime between 10.15pm on Friday night and 1.30am on Saturday, January 17, someone gained entry to a business premises on the Old Princes Highway, Murray Bridge.

The thief then entered sleeping quarters at the property and removed a cash register and a computer.

Also at Murray Bridge, between 9am on Thursday, January 15, and 1pm on Saturday, January 17, someone entered a garden shed at a Willow Avenue property and removed an engine motor which was left in the rear yard of the property.

Between December 28 and Saturday, January 17, a property on Doecke Road was entered through an unlocked room.

Thieves removed a yellow coloured Karcher (K2.180 model) pressure/steam cleaner.

Police urge homeowners to ensure appropriate keyed locks are fitted to doors and windows; gates, garages and sheds are locked when not in use; garden tools and ladders are securely locked away so they cannot be used to break in; valuables are hidden; gardens are kept trimmed to avoid being used as a hiding place; packaging of expensive items are broken down and placed in a bin and valuables are engraved or marked with a driver’s licence number.

-?Details: Anyone with information about any of the incidents, or the whereabouts of the stolen property, should call Crime on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://sa.crimestoppers南京夜网.au/ You can remain anonymous.

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Speeding drivers top fines list

Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.Drivers in the Murray and Mallee evidently feel the need for speed.
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Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.

A total of 690 were issued, most for speeding by up to 20 kilometres per hour over the limit, though four drivers were clocked at more than 160kph in a 100kph zone.

Murraylands operations manager Senior Sergeant Peter Sims said police would go on issuing fines until drivers stopped choosing to break speed limits.

“The speed limits are put there for a reason,” he said.

“Police will continue to detect speeding motorists – be it by camera, radar or hand-held laser – in an effort to reduce (speeding) and make our roads safer for all motorists to use.

“The message has been around for a long time … only those who speed and are detected end up with a substantial expiation notice and loss of demerit points.”

Next most common were fines for absent-mindedness: driving with an expired license (206) or while unregistered (205) or uninsured (85).

More fines were issued for drug driving (78) than drink driving (26).

Senior Sergeant Sims attributed the high drug driving numbers to improved detection methods.

“There is an element of concern in the amount of drivers being detected with them,” he said.

“Drug driving is certainly on a par with drink driving.

“Emphasis is placed on the detection of both.”

A handful of fines were also given out for plain bad driving: going the wrong way on a one-way road, failing to give way or stop at a stop sign, tailgating, turning right from a left-hand lane and overtaking on the left.

SA Police published the statistics on fines for the first time last month and will update them quarterly.

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Youth value family, friends – unsure of future path

Young South Australians value friends and family more than jobs, study or even their own health, a survey has revealed.Young South Australians value friends and family more than jobs, study or even their own health, a survey has revealed.
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The 2014 Mission Australia youth survey gathered responses from almost 14,000 teenagers around Australia, including 1500 in South Australia.

Three quarters rated friends and family as very or extremely important, while about 16 per cent rated getting a job and financial security as not at all important.

At the same time, achieving career success and being financially independent were the most important long-term goals in their lives, though only about 60 per cent thought they were very likely to reach those goals.

Frauke Hobbs, manager of youth counselling service Headspace in Murray Bridge, said such disconnect was common before young people reached their early 20s.

“At 15 years of age, young people still aren’t clear about how they’d go about having a career and a good income,” she said.

“It takes a young person until they’re 21 to know what career path they want to undergo.

“They’re interested in other stuff, not working, earning and studying.”

Even at the ages of 15 to 19, the survey found, politics and the economy were the two most important issues for respondents, along with drugs, alcohol and mental health.

Stress and study were the biggest problems they highlighted, followed by body image for girls and depression for boys.

Most said they would go to friends and family for help or search the internet; only about one in eight said they would contact a community agency such as Headspace.

Mission Australia chief executive officer Catherine Yeomans said it was important to listen to young voices and tailor youth services accordingly.

“When young people dream big and believe they can achieve those dreams, the possibilities for our country are endless,” she said.

“But when our youth feel their dreams are out of reach and limit their goals for adulthood, Australia’s future prosperity is at risk.”

– Details: If you are aged 12 to 25years and struggling with life’s problems, visit Murraylands Headspace on Railway Terrace, Murray Bridge or go to www.headspace.org.au.

For help with depression and anxiety, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Child/Adolescent Mental Health Service on 8531 3901 or the Murray Mallee Community Health Service on 8535 6800.

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Yass Piranhas devour locals

As their name suggests, the Yass Golf Club Piranhas made a meal out of the local’s cricketers taking victory by 164 runs over Boorowa at the Boorowa Recreation ground last Saturday. On a perfect day weatherwise for cricket, the locals again showed plenty of spirit in the field but just lacked that bit of bowling penetration to get through the stronger batting line ups. It’s been a steep learning curve for the locals going into a tougher grade this season but they certainly aren’t about to throw in the towel, still hoping to win a couple this season and go into next year’s competition with some momentum.
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The Piranhas began strongly taking 30 off the first three overs and reached 58 before the opening stand was broken. Boorowa managed to apply the brakes but Yass had reached 2/107 at the halfway stage of the innings with 23 overs gone. Having built a platform the middle order launched and despite some reasonably tight bowling for medium pacer Rick Bennett and slow man Phil Coggins the Piranhas still reached 5/262 in their forty five overs. The most successful of the Boorowa bowlers was Chris Turner with 2/41, Rick Bennett 2/30 and Russell George 1/61.

In reply, Boorowa began steadily reaching twenty before the first wicket went down. They reached 2/40 in the 13th over before losing 5/18 as the middle order crumbled to be 7/58 before cameo knocks by Jacob Carmody 16 and Sam Beath 14 pushed the score to a modest 98 All out. Brendan Shean made a handy 21 at the top of the order. There is not a lot of difference between the bowling attacks of Boorowa and other teams in regard to pace, however the main difference is the ability to bowl consistently along the same line and length. If Boorowa can improve on the basic areas of their game they will be a force in the future of Yass cricket, a fact not lost on opposing sides who have said we are not far off.

This Saturday sees Boorowa at home again, this time hosting Harden which was a deferred match from round one when the Harden picnics took place. Both sides have struggled this year and it’s a great chance for both teams to notch a rare win.

There’s still plenty to play for even though neither side is semi-final bound.

It is great to see a few locals getting down to the rec ground for the home games and your support in what has been a tough season so far is much appreciated by the players.

Don’t forget to join the players at the Courthouse Hotel after each and every game for a drink or two and some good social banter.

To the Boorowa sides credit, the visiting teams have commented on the spirit and fairness the Boorowa team has shown even though wins are proving hard to come by. At the end of the day, that’s what it is all about, having a good time.

See you at the cricket.

-Third Man.

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