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February, 2019

Bus tragedy averted

A Cowra school bus became stuck in a ditch on Chiverton Road, eight kilometres from Cowra off the Grenfell Road on Wednesday afternoon.The driver of the school bus that was stuckonan embankmenton Wednesday afternoon has been praised for averting what could have been a serious accident.
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A member of the public said:“[the driver]is a great man and an excellent bus driver, this is no fault of his, just an accident.”

The busexitedChiverton Road, eight kilometres from Cowra off the Mid Western Highway towards Grenfell, and became stuck in a ditch.

Police Inspector Adam Beard said eight kids were on board at the time the bus veered off the road, they got outsafely without any injury.

“We went and assessed the situation. The bus left the road from amomentary loss of control by the driver,” Inspector Adam Beard said.

“There was no damage to the bus. It was stuck and caught in the situation it was in.”

Cowra police attend the scene at Chiverton Road where a school bus became stuck in a ditch.

Cowra Towing’s Dave Young pulledthe bus out in what he described as a major job.

“It probably weighs 12 tonne, I was so conscious about not hurting it,” Dave Young said.

Mr Young said he received a call from the owner of the bus at 4.30pm, arrived at the site at 5pm and eventually rescued thebus about 7pm.

“I think I’ve done well, I had a little bit of help from the police, they were my eyes,” he said.

“It was well and truly stuck in the mud.I had to move the truck three or four times. We got it done, nothing got broken it was very, very lucky,” Young said.

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Barnaby delivers for Armidale, not New England

THE “Brexit” may be bad for England, but if we elect Barnaby Joyce, it’ll be “Texit” for Tamworth, as Barnaby becomes the member for Armidale.
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Oh, yes, I know that he is the member for New England, but he seems to consider Tamworth as being comparatively unimportant in his electorate.

Instead, he sees Armidale as the hub of New England.

That much smaller city has had the NBN since the Abbott government, and Barnaby Joyce is promising Armidale even more sweet- eners while he just about ignores Tamworth.

Since Barnaby quit being an independent and began toeing the Liberal/National party line and becoming the Deputy PM, he’s barely bothered about us.

Having once been a rebel, he now preaches the Turnbull line about the excitingly clever age of new technology which the Coalition is going to deliver.

A technology-savvy and nimble new nation which will trade with the world.

However, it won’t be via the NBN, which every other developed nation has had for years – no, it will be via the mobile phone.

Yes, that’s what will make us a technologically nimble and clever nation, according to Barnaby, the good old mobile phone.

Barnaby boasts that the Coalition is going to build lots of new mobile towers, which, like the NBN, should have been built years ago, during the Howard government, or at least during the Abbott government, when Turnbull was communications minister.

However, we can’t even count on new towers being delivered, when we consider the failure of delivery of so many services to Tamworth, not the least being the NBN.

David Foster

Tamworth

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Australia is in the hands of the voters this election

Carmel Metcalf of Moonbi urges readers to vote for the greater good of Australia.
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I believe we should look closely at some of the issues that affect our country, before we vote this election day.

We must look at what we cherish above all other aspects of our daily living conditions.

Australia is a democratic country – we should keep this part of our constitution as vital to our way of life.

Australian law covers us for all our daily social and justice requirements. It is the only law we must recognise and allow to operate in our country.

Freedom of speech is another right we use on a daily basis.

It is part of our society, our cultural way of life.

We need this to continue, so we are kept informed of all matters relating to daily events that happen locally and nationally, to know of changes that will affect our living standards, to be aware of threats to our existence, so we can defend ourselves and our great nation.

Australia is a kind and passionate nation, however, we need to look more inside our borders than outside them.

Our nation has been, and still is, under threat by the very fact that our compassion to help others may see us being less vigilant than we should be, to whom we let into our country.

We need strong representation in government to secure our borders, vet all we allow in, keep those out who do not share our way of life and would work to outnumber us at home and remove all traces of who we now are, and where we have been in the past.

This coming election is a time to look at the people wanting to govern and rule over us, and why that may be so, what they stand for, and who they support outside of their parties.

The PM told us to embrace Islam – why would we do that?

We are not compatible with their beliefs in any way. We are not an Islamic nation and I would pray we never become one.

So check out the person(s) you think you know.

Australia is in our hands at this election time. Let’s keep it that way.

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Black ice social media campaign goes viral

BE AWARE: Shannon Graham has created a social media page to inform people where black ice is located. A SOCIAL media campaign startedto raise public awareness of winter’s killer –black ice –has reached thousands.
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Former road rescue workerShannon Graham started the pagedays ago because hefelt certain motorists did not realise the dangers of black ice and that it impacteddrivers on all roads –not just on highways.

In the wake of Saturday’sdouble fatality at Daylesford that left four children orphaned, Mr Graham established Ballarat Black Ice Reports so heand other community members could inform drivers where black ice was located and, most importantly, remind them to remain vigilant when driving.

The Facebook group has since garnered more than 3000 ‘likes’, reached more than 60,000 people and made people aware of the prevalence of ice in cold conditions.

“I’m ex-road accident rescue and grew up on a farm and I learnt how to deal with black ice, but far too often people don’t understand the dangers,” Mr Graham said.

“I’ve seen the worst of what road trauma can do.

“(On Saturday) there were all these posts popping up online about black ice –I wanted to create one centralised location where people can be informed. Knowledge is power.”

VicRoads regional director Ewen Nevett said black ice occurredin freezing temperatures when heavy dew, rain or pooled water was present across the road.

“With the harsh winter conditions again upon us, it is timely to remind people that they should always drive to the conditions on allroads,” Mr Nevett said.

“We urge motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving, particularly in frosty,icyweather, because even though theroadmight appear to be clear,blackiceis invisible and poses serious risks to safety.”

Weatherzone meteorologist Tristan Meyers said conditions were mainly warmer next week, however residents could expect black ice to form on Friday morning.

He said clear conditions after showers made frost and ice more likely to occur.Residents can expect to feel the chill on Thursday –with temperatures reaching a maximum of 9.

Mr Graham said drivers needed to adapt to conditions and urged them not to use cruise control in icyconditions.

“There are so many different tips, but I just stick to the basic stuff. Ease off the throttle, don’t jump onthe brakeand steer firmly but gently.”

He hopes the Facebook page will provide another avenue for the community to understand the need to drive safely and help prevent anymore road tragedies from occurring because of black ice.

Visit the page at:https://梧桐夜网facebook南京夜网/BallaratBlackIce/

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Knights call up Chris Adams to NRL squad

The man who helped get Chris Adams his first shot at NRL believes he isbetter equipped to take an unexpected second chance with the Newcastle Knights.
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BACK IN THE BIG TIME: Chris Adams training with the Knights in 2012. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The Lakes premiership-winning captain has been called up from the local competitionjust a few days after being named in the NSW Country team and leading the Newcastle Rebels representative sideto thetitlewith a man-of-the-match performance.

The Knights confirmed signing the29-year-old hooker, who played three NRL games for Newcastlein 2012, on Wednesday as cover for first-choice No.9Danny Levi and togivethe squad more depth ahead of the June 30 transfer deadline.Levi is dealing withback issues and may require surgery.

Rebels coach Todd Edwards, who first mentored Adams at Cessnockin 2009, said the time was right for another crack at the big time.

“He has beenthere before, but he is much more mature now,” Edwards said. “He’sa phenomenal talent, has been in tremendous form and deserves the reward. Now he has nothing to lose.”

Knights football manager Darren Mooney confirmed Leviwas “managing” a back injury but was still set to start for last-placed Newcastle against the Raiders in Canberra on Sunday. At the same time, Adamswill playNSW Cup against Canterbury at No.2 Sportsground. Next week hestarts training full-time with the top squad for the rest of the season.

“We wouldn’t be doing that if we didn’t think he was up to playing first grade,” Mooney said.

Full report, P28