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Singing in the rain

DEEP pud­dles, flooded soc­cer fields, a swollen Mac­quarie River, a tor­rent in Troy Gully; th­ese were the sights to see around Dubbo this week when the heav­ens opened across the cen­tral west for a sat­u­rat­ing the likes of which the re­gion has not seen for a very long time.

Be­tween 6-9am on Wed­nes­day, on­line weather chan­nel Weath­er­zone, re­ported 24 milime­tres of rain, which by 6pm and af­ter the con­stant down­fall, jumped to a slosh­ing 64 mm.

The only phe­nom­e­non big­ger than the wet in north western NSW, par­tic­u­larly around Wal­gett, were the smiles.

Gripped by years of drought and still truck­ing in hay for the lack of feed, lo­cals were lament­ing only last week in a lo­cal news re­port that only 5mm of rain had fallen in the first three weeks of 2016.

Seven days later, Mother Na­ture seemed to make up for lost time. Of­fi­cial guage mea­sure­ments show that in one 90-minute pe­riod alone, the monthly av­er­age in Wal­gett for Jan­uary was ex­ceeded.

By day’s end, gauges were mea­sur­ing 83mm and in­de­pen­dent re­ports from around the area con­firmed rain­fall was patchy.

Weather ser­vice Hig­gins Storm Chasers, were ad­vised of a 99mm fall near Wal­gett and over­all it was the heav­i­est recorded fall in seven years.

Not enough to be a drought breaker how­ever, the day put smiles on some drought-weary faces.

Other rain­fall around the re­gion in­cluded an of­fi­cial mea­sure­ment of 64mm in Dubbo, al­though anec­do­tal re­ports from around the city’s out­skirts say nearly 100mm fell in cer­tain ar­eas.

In the 24 hour pe­riod, Nyn­gan recorded a healthy 45mm, while Parkes had 24mm and Mudgee man­aged 21mm. Mudgee’s gauges showed 21mm and Bourke had to set­tle for 19mm, while Coon­abarabran mea­sured just 16mm and poor old Co­bar’s rain gauge held just 7mm.

Coun­cil merger up­date

AHEAD of Dubbo and Welling­ton’s pub­lic in­quiry meet­ings in a pro­posed coun­cil merger, on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, 2016, Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment Paul Toole has an­nounced that rate struc­tures for any coun­cil will re­main un­changed for four years.

Rates would only be in­creased by the per­cent­age adopted by a new coun­cil un­der the state govern­ment’s rate peg­ging regime for four years.

In fur­ther news Shadow Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment Peter Prim­rose has stated the prom­ise of $2 bil­lion worth of sav­ings through forced coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions has been cal­cu­lated us­ing the wrong for­mu­las and could see tens of mil­lions of dol­lars un­ac­counted for.

In­stead of us­ing the cor­rect Lo­cal Govern­ment Award (State) 2014 to cal­cu­late the po­ten­tial sav­ings, the Fair­work Act 2009 Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Stan­dards ter­mi­na­tion pay sched­ule has been used.

The mis­take has been un­cov­ered in the re­cently re­leased tech­ni­cal pa­per from KPMG, “Out­line of Fi­nan­cial Modelling As­sump­tions for Lo­cal Govern­ment Merger Pro­pos­als”.

The Lo­cal Govern­ment (State) Award 2014 has a more gen­er­ous re­dun­dancy pay­out that would cause the $2 bil­lion in sav­ings to be con­sid­er­ably less when em­ploy­ees are paid the ap­pro­pri­ate amount.

The NSW Op­po­si­tion is urg­ing the Govern­ment to re­lease the full KPMG re­port to the pub­lic to re­move any con­cerns about the method­ol­ogy and de­liver greater trans­parency about the con­tro­ver­sial lo­cal govern­ment re­forms.

The Govern­ment paid KPMG $400,000 to pro­duce the re­port, which took less than two months to write.

New in­terns off to a healthy start

TWO for­mer Dubbo School of Ru­ral Health stu­dents and one stu­dent from Bourke have been suc­cess­ful in be­ing se­lected through the NSW Health’s Ru­ral Pref­er­en­tial Re­cruit­ment pro­gram, co­or­di­nated by Health Education and Train­ing In­sti­tute (HETI) to be in­terns at Dubbo Hos­pi­tal.

One of the new in­terns is a cadet from the NSW Ru­ral Doc­tors Net­work.

The Mem­ber for the Dubbo elec­torate and Deputy Premier Troy Grant, in wel­com­ing the new doc­tors to Dubbo, said he was pleased to see the in­terns choose Dubbo to fur­ther their med­i­cal train­ing.

“What bet­ter place in NSW to fur­ther med­i­cal stud­ies then here at Dubbo, we have a fan­tas­tic Hos­pi­tal that is com­mit­ted to car­ing for this com­mu­nity,” said Grant.

Di­rec­tor of Pre­vo­ca­tional Education and Train­ing at Dubbo Hos­pi­tal, Dr Jen­nifer Fiore-chapman, said: “We in­ter­viewed 34 med­i­cal stu­dents for eight posts - our high­est ever num­ber of ap­pli­cants in­di­cat­ing the highly com­pet­i­tive na­ture of our po­si­tions.”

The in­terns will com­plete two years of train­ing at the hos­pi­tal, which is able to of­fer them a breadth of clin­i­cal spe­cial­ties on the one cam­pus.

Burn-out bloke charged af­ter ci­ti­zen’s ar­rest

A CI­TI­ZEN’S ar­rest brought an end to a dra­matic dis­play of frus­tra­tion from a man re­fused more al­co­hol by staff at the Mac­quarie Inn, Dubbo when he con­ducted burn-outs while drunk.

a man re­fused more al­co­hol by staff at the Mac­quarie Inn, Dubbo when he con­ducted burn-outs while drunk. About 7.15pm on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 21, the 33-year-old Dubbo man was asked to leave the Mac­quarie Inn af­ter which he climbed be­hind the wheel of his Ford Fal­con, parked in the car park, and pro­ceeded to do burn outs.

He col­lided with a me­dian strip, be­fore cross­ing onto the in­cor­rect side of the road.

The front tyre of the car burst, dam­ag­ing the un­der­car­riage and spilling oil onto the road. The man then drove the car back into the car park and did an­other large burn out. The ve­hi­cle nearly hit a num­ber of parked cars be­fore com­ing to a stop and he was de­tained by by­standers. Po­lice ar­rived and the man was ar­rested. He was taken to Dubbo Po­lice Sta­tion where he al­legedly re­fused to con­duct a breath anal­y­sis.

He was charged with high range PCA, drive in a man­ner dan­ger­ous, drive while sus­pended, and use of­fen­sive

lan­guage.

White van scam prompts warn­ing

ORANA Po­lice would like to warn the com­mu­nity about what is dubbed at the White Van Scam, where a per­son, or peo­ple, ap­proach un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity of­fer­ing to sell prod­ucts to them at greatly re­duced prices from the back of the van.

Two men ap­proached a driver in the car park of Orana Mall last week, at­tempt­ing to sell heav­ily dis­counted elec­tronic equip­ment.

Driv­ing a white van, the men showed re­ceipts for all the equip­ment and said it was worth $3000.

The per­son paid the men $1000 in cash for the equip­ment but later found it to be de­fec­tive, of very poor qual­ity and dam­aged.

Hav­ing no con­tact de­tails for the men, the scam vic­tim is out pocket with equip­ment which is not war­rantable, or able to be used safely.

Usu­ally the prod­ucts the scam­mers try to sell are elec­tronic goods such as stereo units, home pro­jec­tors, and sim­i­lar.

The scam­mers over­state the qual­ity and mar­ket value of the prod­ucts and of­fer to sell the equip­ment, in some in­stances, un­der the stated mar­ket value.

The prod­ucts ap­pear to be pack­aged pro­fes­sion­ally, come with in­struc­tions and book­lets.

In most cases, the prod­ucts are cheap in­ter­na­tional im­ports, of very low qual­ity, of­ten not suit­able for use in Aus­tralia, can pose a safety risk to the user, and not worth any­thing like the “dis­counted” price be­ing asked for the prod­uct.

On this oc­ca­sion the equip­ment is not

sus­pected of be­ing stolen and the per­son is a vic­tim to a “rip-off scam”.

The ac­tual value of the equip­ment is prob­a­bly around a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars, which is most likely the price paid by the scam­mers. Po­lice can­not as­sist vic­tims of this type of ac­tiv­ity as the vic­tim has en­tered into a com­mer­cial con­tract with the seller.

The per­son was not forced into the pur­chased, and had am­ple time to ex­am­ine the prod­uct, and de­ter­mine for them­selves the ac­tual worth and qual­ity of the prod­uct.

It is the case that a com­plaint to Fair Trad­ing would be ap­pro­pri­ate, how­ever with­out the de­tails of the per­son/s sell­ing the prod­uct it would be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult or im­pos­si­ble to bring them to ac­count.

Boost for men’s can­cer treat­ment

THE Dubbo Prostate Can­cer Sup­port Group with the sup­port Club Dubbo, Spor­ties Dubbo, Bun­nings, and the Bin­n­away Can­cer Fund have con­trib­uted $16,000 to the Dubbo Health Ser­vice for the pur­chase a Blad­der Scan­ner.

The Blad­der Scan­ner is a vi­tal non­in­va­sive di­ag­nos­tic tool, which will be used by Urol­ogy Staff Spe­cial­ist, Dr In­dra­jit, in as­sess­ing blad­der ca­pac­ity and func­tion for peo­ple with prostate can­cer and other uri­nary tract dis­or­ders.

The Dubbo Prostate Can­cer Sup­port Group has pre­vi­ously as­sisted with the pur­chase of a TUR tray with the Marty Gor­don Me­mo­rial Com­mit­tee in 2013.

Record en­tries for Aus­tralian Kart Cham­pi­onship

HUN­DREDS of vis­i­tors from Aus­tralia and New Zealand are ex­pected to visit Dubbo for the open­ing round of the Aus­tralian Kart Cham­pi­onship at the Lin­coln County Race­way.

A record 250 en­tries hav­ing been re­ceived for the 2016 opener in­clud­ing a ca­pac­ity field of 44 driv­ers in both the Cadet 12 and KA4 Ju­nior fields where com­peti­tors are aged from nine and 12 years of age re­spec­tively.

They will reach speeds close to 100 km/h while rac­ing cen­time­tres apart and learn­ing sig­nif­i­cant lessons about car con­trol and driv­ing tech­niques well be­fore they are old enough to ob­tain their road li­cence.

V8 Su­per­cars Cham­pion Mark Win­ter­bot­tom was vic­to­ri­ous in the KA4 Ju­nior class (for­merly known as Ju­nior Na­tional Light) dur­ing the stand-alone Na­tional Cham­pi­onship event the first time it was con­tested in Dubbo in 1995.

“The Dubbo Kart Club has been work­ing hard over the past few months to en­sure ev­ery­thing is in readi­ness for what is gear­ing up to be a huge event,” said Dubbo Kart Club pres­i­dent, Se­bas­tian Jones.

“There will be Aus­tralian and State Cham­pi­ons all through­out the dif­fer­ent classes, so the rac­ing will be of the high­est qual­ity and who knows we may just be wit­ness­ing the next V8 Supercar Cham­pion such as Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, Jamie Whin­cup or James Court­ney in ac­tion.”

The 2016 Aus­tralian Kart Cham­pi­onship, round 1 will be held at the Lin­coln County Race­way from Fe­bru­ary 5 to 7, 2016.

High rank­ing for lo­cal stu­dent

DUBBO’S Adam Mcfarlane, a stu­dent of the Ter­tiary Prepa­ra­tion Course (TPC) has fin­ished 27th ahead of thou­sands of stu­dents com­plet­ing the skills-based learn­ing course for stu­dents want­ing to go to univer­sity, the Po­lice Force or De­fence Force but have left school and not re­ceived their HSC.

“Adam works at Fletch­ers Abat­toirs and fit­ted in his classes around work. His hard work cer­tainly paid off – he fin­ished 27th over­all with a com­bined to­tal of 283 out of 300,” said head teacher of Path­ways for TAFE Western, Cathy Zajac.

Four TAFE Western stu­dents fin­ished in the top 60 for the state.

“The course is a Year 12 equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion, with stu­dents get­ting a Ter­tiary En­trance Score (TES) out of 300.

“TPC is suit­able for stu­dents who want a flex­i­ble pro­gram of study,” Zajac said. “Stu­dents can elect to study over one year, full-time, or over longer pe­ri­ods part-time, with on­line study also an op­tion,” she said.

Chance for youth to tread the boards

A 30-minute in­tro­duc­tory ses­sion for the Mac­quarie Conservatorium Youth Mu­sic Theatre Work­shops for 7 to 12 year olds will be held on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, at 4pm at the Mac­quarie Conservatorium.

The youth theatre com­bines mu­sic and drama, and mu­sic theatre. Par­tic­i­pants learn about singing, act­ing and move­ment, as well as per­form in their own mu­si­cal shows. No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired: any­one can join if places are avail­able.

Rainy­days by Kim Gold­smith

El Nino Car­toon by Paul Dorin

Wal­gett Lake by Wal­gett Sports Club

Drain over­flow by Phil Lalor

Mem­ber for Dubbo, Troy Grant, wel­comes the in­terns to Dubbo Hos­pi­tal.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Parkes, Mark Coul­ton was on hand to con­grat­u­late the Dubbo Prostate Can­cer Sup­port Group on their gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

PHOTO BY COOP­ERS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The driv­ers in the KZ2 class will reach speeds in ex­cess of 120 km/h around the Dubbo cir­cuit

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