Wollondilly on gaol shortlist

The state government hasconfirmed that amega gaol housing 5000prisoners is on the cards for Wollondilly Shire.
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The mayor, councillors and council staff were briefed about the proposal on Monday.

Officers from the NSW Department of Justice told those at the meeting the shire was one of three potential locations for the prison.

They refused to provide any detail about what potential sites within Wollondilly were under consideration.

They also declined to specify which other two locations were shortlisted for the gaol.

The department officers told the council the decision on the preferred location was likely to be made as early as 2017.

Mayor Judith Hannan was concerneda gaol would cause angstfor residents.

“A gaol facility of this scale will change the character of our shire and is not consistent with our vision for the future,” she said.

“We expect that the proposal will be met with very strong community opposition.”

Cr Hannan is calling on residents to tell her their opinion bysending her an email.

“I am quite concerned that the community needs to be heard and the councilneeds to be on the same page,” she said.

General manager Luke Johnson said the council would hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday night to discuss the idea andestablish a strategic plan.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell wanted to reassure residents that the gaol would not be built in the shire while he was the MP.

“Wollondilly will not become the dumping ground for Sydney’s criminals,” he said.

“We do not have the infrastructure and we are a growing area.

“I have fought for other campaigns but that wasnothing compared to the way I will fight to stop a gaol coming to the shire.

“The department had to narrow down potential sites but the state government has not considered the sites yet. No decision has been made.”

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The timeline: How Dubbo CYMS’ failed transfer bid played out

NO DEAL: Colby Pellow and his Dubbo CYMS teammates won’t be playing in Group 10 next year, after their bid was vetoed by the clubs. Photo digitally altered.It’s now –very appropriately – being labelled the Dubbo CYMS saga, mainly because for Fishies’chairman, the club itself, the general footy fanand the entire Western Rams region it seems like the club’s proposal toswitch from Group 11 to Group 10 has dragged on for the entire off-season thus far.
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To be fair, it just about has.

The bid was kick-started just a month after both competitions’ respective grand finals and came to a close, officially, on Wednesday night.

The proposal was officially vetoed by Group 10 clubs at a special general meeting, leaving Fishies to re-apply to play in Group 11 in 2017, however the proposal sparked discussions of change which Country Rugby League look to be taking very seriously.

Change is afoot in the region, that much is clear.

Here’s how thesaga played out, from start to finish.

OCTOBER 31, 2016:

Dubbo CYMS take a vote at annual general meeting (AGM) where the club officially decides to proceed with a proposal to switch to the Group 10 competition in 2017.Following the AGM the CYMS board members meet with the Group 11 to signal intention to put forward the proposal.

Huge news. A 10-team #Group10 comp with Dubbo CYMS … best #bush#footy comp in NSW https://t.co/gcBcfAQ9sl

— Nick McGrath (@nickmcgrath4) November 8, 2016Dubbo CYMS will continue to fight for a switch to #Group10 despite the move being rejected at today’s #Group11 AGM https://t.co/Gljo8s6y6S

— Nick Guthrie (@Nj_Guthrie) November 13, [email protected] backed #Group11’s block of Dubbo CYMS’ move. Now #Group10 gets to have its say on the matter #bushfootyhttps://t.co/bLADOp0P4J

— Nick McGrath (@nickmcgrath4) November 16, 2016BREAKING: Group 10 clubs have voted against allowing Dubbo CYMS join their competition in 2017. @[email protected][email protected]

— Ben Walker (@walkerb83) November 30, 2016EXCLUSIVE: Footage from last night’s #Group10 meeting, rejecting #DubboCYMS bid to move competitions – https://t.co/MTrRH8AtTz. #Group11

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More games needed: Sanders

TOUGH TIMES: State Academy coach Adam Sanders believes Tasmania’s talented youngsters need more exposure to the elite level.Tasmania’s young footballers need more exposure on the national stage, says state academy coach Adam Sanders after the poor showing at the national draft last Friday.
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No players from Tasmania were selected after 14had been taken in the four years prior. According to Sanders“things need to change”.

“We need to look at what we need to change to keep things relevant and we need to get more high level games for the boys, so they can understand the level they need to be at,’’ he told Fairfax Media.

“It is not a level playing field at the moment.

“The exposure to AFL environments that the boys in the northern (New South Wales and Queensland) academies, that is a great advantage.

“But more high level games, that is really important. You can train as much as you want, but the assessment comes in the games, as that is where they are judged by recruiters.

“That is where most of their learning will come from as far as being able to assess what they are doing well and what they are not doing well.

“Our schedule was very ordinary for the boys really. They (the Mariners)had five games to impress, where a boy in the TAC Cup can get 15 or 16 games.

“But we are fighting hard to make sure our boys get enough games in the future to show everything that they have got.

“At the moment if our kids have one or two bad games, they can have big cross put through their name quite quickly.

“Justlook at Clayton Oliver last year in the TAC Cup, where he didn’t make the Vic Country side, but had a great back-half of the year and won the Morrish Medal and got drafted at four (to Melbourne).

“I’m not sure if he was a Tassie kid, he would have got the same chance.

“Hopefully through North Melbourne, both through the Next Gen Academy and beyond, there can be that exposure to the elite environment.’’

The doom and gloom may not be long-term though with Sanders saying this year’sunder 16 group was the ‘’best he had ever coached”.

Tarryn Thomas and ChayceJones from North Launceston and Launcestonare two who could be drafted in 2018.

Former Burnie midfielder Robbie Fox was picked up by Sydney in the rookie draft.

Burnie’s Brady Grey (Fremantle) and North Hobart’s Henry Schade (Collingwood) were given second chances.

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‘Perfect festival band’

King Social: (from left) Jason Baillie, Constantine Hagiaglou, Angus Milne, Stevie Mitchell and Waqa Vananalagi.After making it to the final of Australia’s Got Talent earlier this year”city meets country” band King Social have spent a whirlwind past few months on the road.
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On the back of their national TV success, the Townsville band comprising Angus Milne (lead vocal), Stevie Mitchell (hip hop artist), Jason Baillie (lead guitar), Constantine Hagiaglou (drums), and Waqa Vananalagi (bass) have been in demand.

Apart from their pick of gigs, their songs shot up the Australian iTunes music charts following their grand final performance.

Two of their albums Big Man and It Goes Around also shot into the top 10.

The Australia’s Got Talent judges had showered the band with compliments throughout their performances on the series.

Jack Black was amazed by their ‘‘eclectic mix of styles’’.

‘‘I’ve never really heard that combo before; it’s like start off with a little Pink Floyd, then it went into a little Linkin Park and a little Bob Marley. Very cool, man – very original,” Black said.

Kelly Osbourne dubbed them ‘‘a motley crew of amazingness’’, Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson saying they’d be a “perfect festival band” on the international stage and Sophie Monk declaring her love for resident hip-hop artist Stevie Mitchell.

‘‘It’s a great thing to feel so much love and enthusiasm coming from something we’ve created,” Mitchell said.

‘‘We’ve felt it from audiences in north Queensland for a few years now, but to know that it transcends our region and resonates with listeners all over the country is just awesome.’’

Front man Angus Milne said there had been huge demand for King Social to mount a national tour.

‘‘We’ve been invited to perform at dozens of festivals, our social media has blown up and we can’t keep up with the orders for CDs. It’s crazy,’’ he said.

Mitchell admitted he was initially reluctant to audition for the show.

“I actually had an argument with Angus about going on it at the start, but at the end of the day I really enjoyed it and it’s been nothing but positivity from everybody,” he said.

Since forming in 2013, the five-piece outfit has been gaining traction. Their first EP and music video It Goes Around was released in 2013; with the title track and Whiskey and my Gun both topping the Triple J Unearthed charts.

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