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Shoalhaven Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Rob Vergano and Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Anthony Jory present the boots to Missions Australia’s Illawarra South Coast regional leader Brett Fahey.SHOALHAVEN Police have thrown their support behind Mission Australia’s charity drive for people experiencing homelessness, donating a dozen pairs of boots.
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For the past month officers from the local command have been donating their used boots as part of the statewide drive.

Nowra Duty Officer, Inspector Rob Vergano and Shoalhaven Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Anthony Jory presented12 pairs of boots to Missions Australia’s Illawarra South Coast regional leader Brett Fahey.

“Police at Shoalhaven have handed boots in for Mission Australia’s boot drive throughout August and we collected 12 pairs,” Inspector Vergano said.

The boots will be distributed throughout the community.

“It is great to know we are helping people out there and looking after their feet,” he said.

Mr Fahey said thedonation was greatly welcomed.

“It’s a wonderful donation from the Local Area Command in Nowra,”he said.

“It’s an initiative Mission Australia and NSW Police have put together. It started at the beginning of Homelessness Week.

“We are lucky to have such a huge donation of boots in this area. They will be put to good use for a lot of people who are sleeping rough and are homeless across the region.

“In particular, we have a high number of young people who are homeless.”

He said the boots would be distributed through the organisation’s Ulladulla Youth Centre.

“A lot of people take a good pair of shoes for granted,” Mr Fahey said.

“These will be definitely well received by people in our region.

“People are happy to have a good, reliable pair of shoes.

“They often don’t have reliable footwear or only have one pair of shoes, so this donation will make a big difference.”

For the record, the Shoalhaven command’s effort topped the Wollongong police’s collection numbers.

NSW Police Commands across the state have donated 300 pairs of boots.

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Author Gillian Wills with Elvis.
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We’ve all done it. Made an impulsive decision without realising it’s a life changer.

Author Gillian Wills says her folly wasbuyinga skinny, ex-racehorse fresh off the track.

“Elvis is a beginner’s dream horse,”shewas told and somehow believed it.

“When I headed up the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Music, I took up riding as a stress buster. But, I’d never owned a horse, knew nothing about what to feed, let alone halter, saddle or train,” Gillian said. “I had no inkling that restoring the health of an ex-racer could be a rocky road.”

She said reconditioning Elvis was a madcap adventure, a confusion of triumphs and disasters and a bewildering immersion into an alien world of vets, farriers, dentists, chiropractors, fencers, snake catchers and pasture restorers.

As a healthier Elvis’ energy soared, the experts crowed, ‘He’s a bucker, a cold back, jargon for great at dumping riders.

“And he was perverse, a four-legged narcissist yet such a charmer,” Gillian said.

But equestrians disapproved and said, ‘send him to the knackery’.

Traditional methods failed. Instead, a gifted ‘whisperer,’ a natural horsemanship trainer sorted Elvis. But circling ropes, grappling with western saddles and ‘restarting’ (breaking) a spirited horse under a vast outback sky was a stretch for a 56-year-old pianist and lapsed Londoner.

“As a Brisbane based arts writer I lived parallel lives,” she said.

It was jeans and pitchfork by day, black dress and heels at night.

Annoyed at constantly hearing Elvis was ‘a waste of hay’ Gillian traced his history, interviewed his trainer and the jockeys who’d ridden him to victory and discovered Elvis’ grandsire was Bletchingly a legendary sprinter.

Inspired, shebegan to write Elvis’ story but soon it was as much about herself, and, the similarities she had found between teaching music performance and training horses.

“I sent a pitch to Finch, a champion of life-changing stories. Next day, I was thrilled to read, ‘We like this. Please send manuscript,’ which was tricky because I hadn’t written one.

“Three years later, tooling along the New England Highway towards Armidale, I heard Finch wanted to publish ‘Elvis and Me’ which is why I’m very keen to share my story here. Make that ‘our’ story,” she said.

Gillian will be in Armidale on Saturday, September 24, to share that story, when shepresents a ‘Meet The Author Talk’ on between midday and1pm at Readers’ Companion in Beardy Street.

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Skipper John Moore of Narooma Fishing Charters encountered the factory trawler off Tuross in August.The controversial super trawler, Geelong Star, would be “held accountable” to a voluntary undertaking to avoid major game fishing tournaments, the Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association said today.
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This would include major tournaments at Kiama, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Bermagui, Merimbula and Eden, as well as other competitions in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the SPFIA said.

It has also agreed to not come within 20 nautical miles of Eden during the week before and during the three-day EdenWhale Festival.

According to the SPFIA, the Geelong Star would be monitored by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Australian government agency responsible for the efficient management and sustainable use of Commonwealth fish resources..

SPFIA chairman Grahame Turk said the voluntary undertaking was a significant concession and it followed constructive discussions between the recreational fishing sector and the operators of the Geelong Star.

“Voluntarily, the operators of the vessel have agreed to forego months of fishing opportunity in areas they would otherwise be permitted to fish,” Mr Turk said.

“This agreement will be voluntarily monitored by AFMA and reported on at the end of each quarter.

“AFMA has its own positional transponder, cameras and an observer on the vessel at all times, so AFMA is in the best position to monitor this voluntary agreement,” he said.

AFMA monitoring had revealed that the Geelong Star had fished within 20 nautical miles of Bermagui on May 13, 2016, one day before the Canberra Game Fishing Club Annual Yellowfin Tournament, he said.

“The operators acknowledge this was a breach of the agreement, and have taken action to ensure the coordinates of all tournament locations are loaded into the vessel’s navigation system and the skipper is made aware of tournament dates,” he said.

“By asking AFMA to publish this data the operators are asking to be held accountable.”

In addition to avoiding popular recreational fishing areas in peak times, the operators of the Geelong Star also undertook to report data on game fish bycatch.

This was is additional data beyond that published by the Department of Environment in respect of protected species bycatch and other bycatch published by AFMA.

Mr Turk said game fishing tournaments so far this year had been “hugely successful”, with large numbers of fish around and several record catches.

“All the science indicates the Geelong Star has minimal, if any, impact on gamefish species or the abundance of their feed, but we recognise that concerns exist and we have made this offer in the interest of building a harmonious relationship into the future,” he said.

He thanked the AFMA for agreeing to take on this additional reporting role in the interests of transparency and responsiveness to the concerns of recreational fishers”

Mr Turk said the Geelong Star has made significant investments in technology and adapting its fishing plans and methods to limit interactions with non-target species.

The vessel has now fished for 16 months without harming any dolphins, he said.

Geelong Star’s offer was made following consultation with recreational fishing peak bodies and respected recreational fishing experts in 2015 and early 2016.

Full details of the agreement, and the first annual and most recent quarterly monitoring report can be found on the AFMA website:http://梧桐夜网afma.gov419论坛/fisheries/small-pelagic-fishery/seafish-tasmania-voluntary-offer/

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Refugee goals

Refugee goals BELONGING: SydWest Multicultural Services and Western Sydney Wanderers ran a training session for refugee and migrant youth at Loyola Senior High School last week.
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TweetFacebook Western Sydney Wanderers training sessionPictures: Western Sydney WanderersRefugeeyouth are lacing up their boots to find their feet in a new country.

SydWest Multicultural Services launched a soccer program in Februaryfor young people who have been in Australia less than five years. Theweekly gamesquickly grew from eight peopleto 30, with playersfromIran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan.

“Ireally like the passionand the energy the youth have,” youth worker Aaron Piercy said.

“We have a lot of kids who’ve just arrived very recentlywho are learning English at a beginners level.

“We find straight away they’re making friends. You don’t necessarily need English when football is a universal language.”

Mr Piercy said the program helps SydWest connect young people with other services, including education and employment. They are currently looking for more local businesses who can offer work opportunities.

One big name throwing its support behind the initiativeis the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Mr Piercy said the club went “above and beyond” by offering torunquarterly training sessions with professional coaches.

Wanderers community engagement officer Josh Huntersaid programs like this are “very important” to get involved in.

“One of our main objectives at the Wanderers is to use football to connect with refugees and migrants and help them integrate into the new community,” he said.

The community coaches ran their second training session last week, ahead of the ‘Dezire Cup’ Multicultural Football Competition on October 1.

SydWest will be entering two teams in the fourth annual seven-a-side tournamentat Lilys Football Centre.

The youth playatKevin Betts Stadium, Mount Druitt, every Thursday afternoon.

Due to popular demand they have also just started running Saturday sessions at Campbell Reserve, Blacktown, in cooperation with Football United.

A McEnnis?: Sharks hooker Michael Ennis during a promotion at Cronulla Mall this week. Picture: John VeageIf Michael Ennis was a hamburger, what kind of hamburger would he be?
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I guess you’d say small. And not to everyone’s taste. But if you sold it at your shop, you’d love it.

Poor hamburger analogies aside, the Cronulla hooker has been on the end of a fair bit of bad press over the last week.

It all started when Ennis, after helping the Sharks to one of the gutsiest victories in the club’shistory over Canberra in the qualifying final, was accused of mocking the Raiders’ fans viking clapon the field after full-time.

Firstly, a little context.

The Leader was fortunate enough to head south on Saturday to cover the clash at GIO Stadium. About 20kms out of Canberra on the Federal Highway was a bright green banner attached to an overhead bridge.

The target audience was clearly the Sharks fans heading to town from the shire for the game.

It read: “Raiders ‘89, ‘90, ‘94. Sharks HAHAHAHA.”

Another few k’s down the road was another banner. This one was more straight forward and to the point.

“Cronulla SUX.”

On arriving in Canberra it was obvious it was going to be one of those semi-finals to remember.

We knew it was going to be a sellout crowd, but by kick-off there were more than 25,000 fans packed into the ground. The locals and the two bays of travelling Sharks fanshad created one of the most hostile and intimidating atmospheres I can remember at the footy.

It was great.

As part of thatatmosphere, the Sharks players were made to wait on the ground for well over a minute as the Raiders fans produced their viking clap. Of course, when I say ‘their’, I mean the viking clap they shamelessly stole from Icelandic football fans who brought it to global attention at the European Championships earlier this year. And the idea of it was to intimidate and unsettle the Cronulla players.

Then there was the game itself. It was a breathtaking finals match. It had a bit of everything. A couple of great tries, a little bit of controversy, injuries and a grandstand finish.

Ennis said in the presser after the game that earlier in the day on the team’s walk they were heckled on the streetby Canberra fans.

The Sharkies fans singing loud and proud through the Raiders’ viking clap. pic.twitter南京夜网/PSMNIYOXgT

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