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Strelec qualities are rare today

PEOPLE should be showing more empathy to Amanda Duncan-Strelec.
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A person who has always demonstrated excellent moral ethics and who fights hard for her constituents.

There is no double standard with her.

It’s a rare quality that is lacking in today’s world.

Sure she has said some very unbecoming remarks but don’t forget there are always two sides to every coin and we have only heard Darren Cameron’s and Graeme Richardson’s version of events.

What about what exactly did they write to her.

They must have sent some very explosive emails for Amanda to “break” the way she has.

Let’s face it, we all have a breaking point.

So all you people out there who are so quick to judge her, get down off your high horse and find out the true picture before you judge.

See her for the dedicated and loyal person that she is.

I am not a relation nor have any connection to her but just a person who has been sitting back listening and looking and I am so utterly disgusted by the attitude of these two men, narrow-minded people on council and the public.

— ELAYNE SULLIVAN,

Wodonga

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Refugee system illegal, immoral

WHAT do we have to do to get shot of the crowd who are destroying our country?
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Now we have the debacle of the asylum seekers.

Anyone who will risk everything to get here needs help, so why don’t we clear them all from those concentration camps, give them temporary visas and let them settle.

They can still be counselled at a much smaller cost to us.

Who knows, we might even get an Australian of the year out of it.

As for the future, let any refugee be given access to the nearest Australian embassy where they can get help in getting here legally.

This will stop the people smugglers because there will not be any customers.

If these refugees don’t go along with our laws, customs, language, then send them back.

What we are doing now is illegal, immoral, and only our PM knows how much we are borrowing to pay for it all.

— P. CHOWNS,

Albury

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Different ways to show love

IN reference to Mick Rooney’s letter “Tattoos don’t signify love” (The Border Mail, September 2), people all express themselves differently when it comes to loss.
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Some people make art, some people write songs, some people drink their feelings away.

Who are you to say that getting a tattoo to represent something important is the wrong way to do it?

I have a tattoo on my foot for my brother who passed away in 2007, and I could not think of a better way to represent both my love for him and my great feelings of loss.

My tattoo gave me some closure, and now every time I look down on it I can remember him and smile.

Everyone does things differently, and I am sure that people who have tattoos don’t judge you for things that you do differently, so what gives anyone the right to say that us tattooed people are wrong for wanting beautiful art permanently on our bodies?

— B. CAMPBELL,

Albury

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Lucky to live in Australia

AUSTRALIANS with home loans should be able to breathe easily again after today.
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The Reserve Bank is expected to hold off on any change in official rates.

The domestic financial market is still fragile but not so bad that the bank needs to take any drastic action right now.

Indeed, there are some signs of improvement as long as the US and European debt crises don’t worsen.

Progress in the US may become clearer when President Barack Obama makes a key speech this week, but the European debt crisis is far from over.

Australia’s mining sector is still going strong and national accounts due out tomorrow are expected to show that our economy grew 0.9 per cent in the second quarter.

That would be a turnaround on the 1.2 per cent decline in early 2011 when Queensland’s floods hit coal exports.

Unfortunately the high Aussie dollar continues to have a negative impact on exports.

On the jobs front, figures due out on Thursday might not please many, but at least the national jobless rate at 5.1 per cent is favourable compared to many other countries and, to that extent, we are still a lucky country.

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SES deserves a new home

AND about time, too!
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The Tallangatta State Emergency Service has at last been promised a brand-new home by 2013.

Its patient volunteers have been trying for seven years to get a new home.

Member for Benambra Bill Tilley announced yesterday the Victorian government would build a hub to be shared by the SES and the Country Fire Authority.

It still has to confirm a location.

Mr Tilley has long been aware of the appalling conditions the SES continue to endure in a rundown, leaky, old building and he has at last succeeded in getting action.

Ironically, the volunteers who fix up properties that have lost their roofs in a storm could do little to fix their own.

Towong Council, which owns the building, pleaded it didn’t have money to weatherproof the structure and even if it did, wouldn’t want to spend cash on something that might be replaced soon anyway.

The saga demonstrates the flaw in a system in which SES Victoria doesn’t fund unit buildings and relies mostly on hard-up local councils to give each unit a home.

The volunteers who man this essential serviced deserve better.

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Parents plea for road safety

IT has probably happened to every parent at some point.
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One moment your child is by your side as you cross a busy street.

The next moment the youngster makes a dash, gaining a couple of steps on you.

That was the scenario captured on Mate Street, outside Albury North Public School, yesterday afternoon.

Although the child stumbled and crashed to the road, fortunately there was never a risk of catastrophe, with the nearest car 50 metres away.

But it illustrates the dangers raised by member for Albury Greg Aplin in yesterday’s

Mr Aplin will chair a bipartisan parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the blanket approach to 40km/h zones outside schools.

He cited the North Albury school as a prime example of a need for change, saying it was unacceptable for primary school-aged children to have to cross the busy four-lane road.

MUMS AND DADS PLEA TO DRIVES

PARENTS of students at a Border primary school have a wishlist of road safety measures to protect their children but most of all they just want drivers to slow down.

They say in an ideal world Albury North Public School would have an extra lollipop lady and a service lane for picking up and dropping off children on the four-lane, former highway, Mate Street.

But yesterday they said their greatest concern was motorists who ignore the 40km/h speed limit.

Belinda Ashworth, a mother of a year 5 student, says she fears for the safety of the children.

“Some cars slow down during school pick-up and drop-off but most just go through at 60km/h to 70km/h,” she said.

Her comments came on the same day The Border Mail reported Greg Aplin’s concern over students running across the road to waiting parents.

The member for ­Albury will chair a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the present “one-size fits all” approach to the 40km/h zones.

He suggested a fence on the median strip on Mate Street would prevent the crossings and even suggested a road safety education program of parents.

But P and C president Sandra Daly said the school community was well aware of the dangers on Mate Street.

“In a perfect world we would have a supervised crossing on Mate Street, a service road for parents and get all cars to slow down,” she said.

“We continue to push the message through the school newsletter with an emphasis on crossing at the traffic lights.

“On any given afternoon the principal will be on the Mate Street side of the school ­ensuring kids cross at the lights.”

Kelly Law’s son is in year 2 and she has another child starting school next year.

She gets to school early so that she can park on the school side of Mate Street.

“It is a dangerous road, very few cars slow down to 40km/h,” she said.

“Some of the older kids, year 5s and year 6s, sometimes come out of the big gates and dart across the road by themselves.

“One of the other problems is that we have only one lollipop crossing and that’s in Fallon Street, we could do with another on Mate Street.”

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Man dies on bedroom floor

Police set up a crime scene at the house in Mount Austin after the man collapsed and died. PICTURE: Daily Advertiser.A WAGGA man was found dead on the floor of his mother’s Mount Austin house yesterday morning, sparking a police investigation at two homes.
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Wagga police said the death was being treated as suspicious after the man, 34, was found collapsed on the floor of his bedroom.

A crime scene was established at the Northcott Parade home and also at a Phillip Avenue house nearby.

“About 11 o’clock this morning the man’s mother entered his room to find her son collapsed on the floor,” police said yesterday.

“Emergency services were contacted; however, the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Forensics officers were at the site yesterday to sift through the scene.

It is believed the man had been out the night before and was seen by family coming home before going to his room.

Detective Insp Rod Smith, of Wagga police, said the investigation was looking into where the man had been the night before his death.

“Based on inquiries we’ve made so far, we believe the house in Phillip Avenue may have some relevance to the investigation,” he said.

“We believe he may have been at that house the night before.”

Insp Smith declined to comment on whether there were any visible wounds to the man’s body; he was believed to be in good health prior to his death.

However, he ruled out any link to the unresolved murder of Sam Rizvic in his Edward Street unit in July.

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Farmers want rate cut

Beef farmers Colin and Jean Teek believe increasing rates on farmland should be abolished because they are one factor deterring younger people from farming. Picture: BEN EYLESRATES on farming land are deterring the next generation of farmers, a Border beef farmer says.
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Concerned about the future of the agricultural industry, Colin Teek believes land rates on productive farmland should be abolished.

Mr Teek aired his concerns at a Towong Council meeting yesterday morning, telling councillors that the change needed to be made to ensure farmers continued to have a bright future in the Upper Murray.

He asked the council to consider a Victorian Farmers Federation report, which states farming land rates should be abolished like in Britain because farmland is a means to production and has no bearing on the farmers’ ability to pay.

While he said he was happy to pay residential rates, he took issue with increasing farming rates which he believed were helping to drive young people from farming.

Calling the situation a “ticking time bomb”, Mr Teek believed it was only a matter of time until older farmers were forced to retire when there was not a younger generation to pick up from where they left off.

Experiencing the time bomb himself, Mr Teek said he and his wife, Jean, should probably have already retired, but hard work and little money is no encouragement for their son Ben to return from Sydney to work on the farm.

“There is no incentive for them and I really don’t blame them,” Mr Teek said.

“You look up and down the road here, there are empty houses and there are just no young people around because they simply can’t make a living here.”

When Mr Teek purchased his Tallangatta farm in 1988, he said he was paying about $1200 in residential and farming land rates.

Now he pays about $5700.

Mr Teek’s neighbours, John and Judy Paterson, also farm beef farmers, said their residential and land rates had climbed to about $9000.

With more rate rises flagged by Towong mayor Peter Joyce in June, Mr Teek is concerned the situation will only get worse.

He told the council yesterday he believed state funding from ineffective government programs could be reallocated to make the changes to the rating system possible.

In response to Mr Teek’s request, the council said while a change to the rating system would be a slow process, it would discuss the issue at a workshop and give a report to the community.

Mr Teek said it was the response he was looking for, and he looked forward to open discussion on the issue.

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Sister shooting charges

A COROWA man has been charged after his 14-year-old daughter shot her sister, 16, in the leg last week.
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The man, 42, was charged with possess an unauthorised firearm and not keeping a firearm safe.

The girls were helping him remove a rifle from the roof cavity of their Pinot Crescent home when the incident occurred a week ago.

Police have been told the 14-year-old was climbing down a ladder when the gun went off.

Her sister, who was holding the base of the ladder, suffered a gunshot wound to her right leg.

The man will face Corowa Local Court on October 26.

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Drug mum loses appeal

AN Albury mother of seven, a cannabis user and dealer, yesterday had a five-month jail term confirmed in a severity appeal in the District Court at Albury.
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Judge Martin Blackmore said he could see no real basis for Kathy May Miller’s appeal with no error in a judgment handed down by magistrate Gordon Lerve.

Miller’s jail term of five months with a further seven months on parole was confirmed by Judge Blackmore and she was immediately taken into custody.

Solicitor Chris Day submitted a suspended sentence would be an appropriate penalty.

Miller was sentenced on August 5 by Mr Lerve and immediately lodged a severity appeal being released on bail.

The circumstances of her being caught in a surprise police raid selling cannabis from her home were outlined by police.

When police raided her Hume Street home about 9.30am on October 6 last year, Miller told them: “You have got me a beauty.”

“I’m trying to make a living that’s all.

“I’m trying to do my secretly private stuff and the boys have brought me undone now unless you turn a blind eye.”

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