Man flashes girls in park

A MAN has exposed himself to two teenage girls in a popular park in Bright.
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Police say the 15-year-olds were walking through Centenary Park when a man came out of a shelter while masturbating.

Sen-Sgt Doug Incoll said the man continued even after being confronted by the girls.

“The pair sought help from another couple in the park and man has gone to a car and driven off,” he said.

“We will continue looking for the man today and possibly release a photo-fit later in the day.”

Police say the man was driving a silver four-wheel drive dual cab with a canopy on the back.

A red sticker was also prominent on the rear window.

The alleged offender is described as a man aged in his 40s, between 173cm and 177cm tall, medium build, weathered looking and with greying wavy hair.

He was wearing non-descript grey clothing at the time.

Anyone with information should contact Bright police on (03) 5755 1444 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Beattie plan a gimmick

MANUFACTURING jobs in Australia have been on the decline for years.
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Bluescope’s decision to axe 1000 steelworks jobs is sad but follows a well-established downward trend.

Here on the Border, manufacturing jobs as a proportion of the total have dropped considerably since 2000.

Factories have closed and others have survived by shrinking their workforces.

Now the federal government wants “to train manufacturers like athletes” so they can compete on the world stage.

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie will help coach manufacturers to tackle the resources market.

This seems a political gimmick, as the viability of manufacturing is a complex issue.

It’s nice for the government to run a $50 million “Buy Australian” campaign but our manufacturing sector is largely foreign-owned and goes where the best buck can be made.

As Bluescope’s experience shows, the high Aussie dollar has disadvantaged its exports recently but that’s just one factor among many.

Creating the economic environment for manufacturers to survive requires long-term, multi-pronged strategies.

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Blues hope to go one better

GRETA’S Jack Humphries says his team must contain King Valley’s forward line of Brendan Sessions and co in Sunday’s elimination final at Benalla Showgrounds.
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Roos’ spearhead Sessions has kicked 88 goals this season, the second most in the competition.

“The delivery to the forward line will be crucial,” Humphries said.

“They have some good targets up there.

“Sessions is one of the best forwards in the league so he’s one we need to limit.

“They also have several others who can contribute on the scoreboard.”

The teams finished the regular season with the same win-loss ratio of 11-7, with the Blues claiming sixth on percentage.

Greta is desperate to go one better this season after being knocked out in the first week of finals last year, losing to Whorouly.

King Valley returns to finals action after narrowly missing in 2010 after finishing ninth behind Greta.

Humphries, 28, said he had high hopes now that his team had made the finals.

“As a team, we sat down at the start of the year and said another finals appearance was an achievable goal,” Humphries said.

“But hopefully we can go one step further and win a final this year,

“I’d like to think we could make a bit of a run at it but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Humphries is in his second stint at the Blues.

He returned after two seasons in the Ovens and Murray at Wangaratta Rovers.

He has been one of his team’s most consistent performers, booting 37 goals while featuring in the team’s best 14 times in 18 games.

“I’m happy with my year,” Humphries said.

“It’s been good to have a consistent injury-free run and I’m looking forward continuing on this week.

“It’s going to be a very tough battle.

“I think the game is going to be won in the midfield.

“They have some very good players in there in Jono Rea and Ben Primmer so we will have to watch out for them.”

“But our on-ballers in Dan McLaughlin and Chris Sherrat have had great years so we’ll be hoping they continue on that way.”

Greta has won both encounters against King Valley this year, winning by 27 points in round 1 before claiming a 23-point victory in round 14.

Humphries however doesn’t think it will be as easy this time round.

“The last game against them was really tough and was close all day,” Humphries said.

“They were up at half-time but we came back in the third quarter and got ahead before pushing on in the last.

“Young guys like Zach Cleeland and Shane Graham down back for us have been terrific all year so if those guys keep playing the way they have been, we should have a good chance.

“We don’t have any major injury concerns, although Brendan Van Schaik got knocked out in a contest at the weekend.

“He should be fine to play so we will most likely field a full-strength side.”

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Skier killed after 700m plunge

It is believed the man had been staying near Mount Feathertop. Photo: Jason South Your browser does not support iFrames
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AN extreme skier has been killed after falling 700 metres down an icy slope near the summit of Mount Feathertop.

Dr Graeme Nelson, 56, of Eden, in NSW, was downhill skiing with two friends when he fell at the top of Avalanche Gully, about 150 metres from the summit of Victoria’s second highest mountain, about 1.30pm yesterday.

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The police Air Wing recovered his body about 6pm and members of the search and rescue squad will return to the mountain this morning to examine the scene.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said an off-duty ski patroller was the first on the scene but was unable to find a pulse.

“The air ambulance confirmed the man was dead about 2.30pm,” he said.

The backcountry slope is near the Mount Hotham ski resort but well outside its ski boundary.

Bright Police Sen-Sgt Doug Incoll said it was well-known to extreme skiers.

“It is a known place to ski but it is for highly experienced skiers only,” he said.

“It is known for extreme skiing but is not overly popular.

“It is a south-east facing slope, very steep and known to get icy even when we have this mild weather.”

It is believed the man and his companions had been staying at Federation Hut on the Razorback Ridge walking track to Mount Feathertop where Labor politician and then Victorian minister Tim Holding became lost almost two years ago to the day.

Several ski and snowboard websites preach of the danger of Avalanche Gully.

“The most serious terrain is here, with the biggest cornice, very steep, narrow chutes and cliffs. Be very careful,” one person wrote.

Another said it was not a good idea to ski the area in the afternoon.

“The sun goes off this slope early so it can freeze, making the hike out dangerous.

“I speak from experience after doing one too many runs skiing the Razorback.

“As soon as the sun left the slope, it froze up, making it impossible to dig my boots more than a few centimetres into the snow.”

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100th birthday for a prime minister’s hairdresser

Robert George watches as Irish dancers help celebrate the former hairdresser to a prime minister’s 100th birthday yesterday. Picture: BEN EYLESHE once tended to the hair of prime minister John Gorton but yesterday the spotlight was firmly on Robert George.
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Mr George, of East Albury, celebrated his 100th birthday with Irish dancers and more than 80 family and friends.

Born at Jeparit, Mr George worked at the Kerang post office where he met the love of his life Evelyn, who he married just before World War II.

He enlisted and served in New Britain but was wounded and sent home.

Later he became a hairdresser and operated his own business at Kerang for 47 years.

It was there he regularly gave John Gorton a then fashionable “short back and sides”.

Mr George has lived on the Border for the past 20 years but said his fondest memories are of his time in Victoria’s north-west.

“Probably when I met Evelyn, we went to dances and eventually got married.

“I’ve had a good life when it all boils down.”

Mr George credited his longevity to regular exercise and a light beer before dinner.

“I have one beer before my evening meal and sometimes I’ll have a sherry when I go to bed so I can sleep,” he said.

Mr George’s two children attended the party, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Joss in box seat to build warehouses

The Wadsworth Barracks warehouse will sit between a large warehouse and Whyte’s RoadJOSS Construction and national partner John Holland are well-placed to build an $80 million warehousing project at East Bandiana after winning a contract to design the work.
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The Defence Department has awarded the companies a contract to develop designs for two linked military storage projects, one at Moorebank in Sydney and the small one for Bandiana’s Joint Logistics Unit.

Defence chiefs told tendering companies last year that the combined project would cost $300-$325 million.

It is now believed that Moorebank’s new defence national storage and distribution centre will work cost almost $250 million, while the $80 million for Bandiana would create a third large warehouse, related buildings and hard standing.

Both sites are already major military storage bases.

A defence spokesman in Canberra confirmed the deal yesterday.

“Subject to government approval of the proposed works, contracts for construction are anticipated to be awarded in late 2012,’’ the spokesman said.

Joss group construction manager, Martin Reid, said the Albury-based company, headed by Colin Joss, was rapt at the news.

“We are thrilled to win our third major project with John Holland, having just successfully completed a $90 million join venture with them for the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka,’’ Mr Reid said.

The first Joss-Holland venture was the $70 million project to construct the Woolworths distribution centre at the Logic estate at Barnawartha North in 2004-05. The Kapooka contract was awarded in 2009.

Joss also built the $27 million 15,600 sq m warehouse opened by Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib at Wadsworth Barracks, Bandiana last year.

The proposed warehouse will be built between that building and Whyte’s Road, opposite the saleyards.

The first modern large warehouse at Wadsworth Barracks was built by Albury builder AB and MA Chick in 1994-95.

The site is one of seven long-term logistics centres being developed by the defence force.

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Teen biker killed after three-way crash

The scene of the fatal crash at the intersection of Mate Street and Fallon Street. Picture: BEN EYLESClick play to watch Insp John Peirce’s press conference about the crash today.
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IT has been revealed the ute involved in last night’s crash in North Albury that killed a teenage motorcyclist was hit by two vehicles.

Albury police today confirmed the motorcyclist and a car were travelling south on Mate Street when a utility travelling north attempted a right turn.

The car, travelling in the right-hand lane, hit the rear-end of the ute and the motorcycle connected with the middle of the ute.

The crash occurred at the corner of Fallon and Mate Streets just before 7pm yesterday.

Witnesses rushed to the aid of the unconscious teenage motorcyclist and attempted CPR until emergency services arrived.

He was taken to Albury Base Hospital but later died.

The intersection was closed to traffic until late last night.

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Uiver’s wings set to be clipped

Albury Council is looking for somewhere to store the Uiver plane.THE Uiver memorial plane might soon have its wings clipped.
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Albury Council is at last looking for somewhere to store the Douglas DC2 under cover.

Meanwhile, the Uiver Community Trust led by Howard Hinde is being wound up and Mr Hinde is a disappointed man.

Engineering director Brad Ferris said yesterday that if a big enough hangar could not be found, the wings might have to come off so they could be stored safely with the fuselage in a smaller premises.

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“There wouldn’t be a problem removing the wings as they would be taken off in a restoration anyway,’’ Mr Ferris said.

The silver plane, with a 25.9-metre wingspan, was taken off display pylons outside the airport nine years ago this week after being a landmark for 23 years.

It commemorates the landing in Albury of the Dutch Uiver plane that competed in the London to Melbourne Centenary Air Race in 1934, and is the same type of plane that crashed in the Middle East in late 1934.

Councillors voted in March to decline the Mol family’s offer to restore the DC2 and dropped plans to display it at the airport terminal.

They voted to dispose of it to a museum or other parties interested in preserving it through an expression of interest process “after all other options are explored/exhausted”.

This meant, in effect, that Cr Hull was given an unspecified period in which to explore options, and he doesn’t expect any decision until next year.

Mr Hinde yesterday confirmed holding the trust’s final meeting in July when it asked the council to instruct lawyers to dissolve it.

The trust, formed in 2005, advocated a professional restoration of the plane, the world’s oldest surviving DC2, as the focal point of an airport display.

Mr Hinde held the final meeting with Crs Patricia Gould and Henk van de Ven, John Love and David Nichols.

“I’m disappointed at what the council has done,” Mr Hinde said.

“What’s happened to the plane reflects the malaise in this city towards tourism.”

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Young Border bowlers to represent Victoria

Thomas Webb and Kylie Whitehead will play in the Victorian under-18 teams. Picture: RAY HUNTTWO Border district bowlers have been selected in the Victorian under-18 teams for the national championships.
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Corowa Services’ Thomas Webb and Wodonga’s Kylie Whitehead will compete against the best junior bowlers in Australia in early October.

Each state and the ACT and Northern Territory have a team taking part.

It is the second year that both have played for Victoria.

The championships will be held at the Darebin sports centre from October 3 to 6.

There are five representatives in each of the Victorian teams.

Webb will play lead in the pairs and fours while Whitehead will play third in both the triples and fours.

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Lord of the courts dies at 82

Albury tennis legend Merv Lord’s tennis career spanned more than 60 years.THE Albury tennis community will farewell one of its greats tomorrow.
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Merv Lord, a nine time winner of the Albury singles title, died on Saturday, aged 82.

Lord’s career spanned 60 years and included a swag of NSW and Victorian open titles.

While he did not pursue an international career when young, despite wins against such topliners as Tony Roche, he took his career to the global stage much later, representing Australia at several ITF World Veteran Championships.

Lord also won back-to-back 65 and over Australian titles in 1998-99. He needed five three-set matches in a week to win in 1988.

President of the Albury tennis club, Ken Wurtz, said Lord was among the Border’s tennis greats.

“He was one of the best ones we had in that era,” Wurtz said.

“It was an era when there was a whole heap of really good players.

“Merv was strenuous to play against.

“He wasn’t a belter or anything, he just played the game.”

A service for Lord will be held tomorrow at St David’s Uniting church, corner Wilson and Olive streets at 10.30am.

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