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Townsville Bulletin - - Weekend Extra - IN­N­IS­FAIL ING­HAM

Sus­pended John­stone Shire coun­cil­lor Tom Mauloni has branded his col­leagues ‘ex­e­cu­tion­ers’ af­ter they voted to ban­ish him for two months. A three-per­son in­de­pen­dent re­view panel, which cost close to $10,000 to con­vene, up­held a ha­rass­ment com­plaint made by a coun­cil en­gi­neer.


Po­lice used cap­sicum spray to con­trol a man about 1am on Thurs­day. They had been called to a Church St res­i­dence to in­ves­ti­gate al­leged dam­age to the prop­erty. When po­lice tried to talk to the 19-year-old man he al­legedly re­peat­edly lunged at po­lice and the cap­sicum spray was used.


Kinder­garten places are in hot de­mand af­ter All Souls St Gabriels School and Black­heath and Thorn­burgh Col­lege stopped their kinder­garten pro­grams to phase in the new Prep year. Chil­dren who turn five be­tween Jan­uary 1 and June 30 next year are el­i­gi­ble for Prep year, which starts in schools across Queens­land next year.


All Bowen and Collinsville hospi­tal den­tal pa­tients tested for HIV af­ter po­ten­tial ex­po­sure ear­lier this year have been given the all clear. A to­tal of 549 peo­ple were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing been treated by a den­tist con­firmed with HIV. Only 46 could not be con­tacted and 78 de­clined test­ing.


In­n­is­fail meat­work­ers could be left out in the cold, with no guar­an­tee the town’s abat­toir will re­open in 2007. Meat­works owner Bradley Teys says a de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of the In­n­is­fail works will be made in Fe­bru­ary. The works closed in Septem­ber, three months short of its usual sea­son end. The 12 Amer­i­can ser­vice­men killed in the in­fa­mous Texas Ter­ror plane crash on Hinch­in­brook Is­land 64 years ago were re­mem­bered on Mon­day. On De­cem­ber 18, 1942, the Amer­i­can B24 Lib­er­a­tor bomber hit bad weather and slammed into Mount Straloch, killing all those on board.


‘‘We’ve been in trou­ble worse than this and we’ve man­aged to get out of it,’’ grower Lex Ex­elby said af­ter the Her­bert’s sec­ond case of sug­ar­cane smut dis­ease was con­firmed at his Up­per Stone prop­erty on Tues­day. Mr Ex­elby’s farm is about 20km from the dis­trict’s first in­cur­sion at Lan­ner­cost Ex­ten­sion, con­firmed on Fri­day last week.


One stu­dent from each of the three Bur­dekin high schools re­ceived the top ter­tiary en­trance score, an OP1. Sally Dun­can (Ayr State High), Heath Arm­strong (Bur­dekin Catholic High) and Sarah Pont (Home Hill State High) got OP1s, plac­ing them in the top 2 per cent of Queens­land Year 12 stu­dents.


Po­lice have charged 16 peo­ple with drugs, weapons and prop­erty of­fences af­ter a se­ries of week­end raids. The Op­er­a­tion San­dal­wood raids were on 19 houses in Ayr and Home Hill. Ayr CIB was as­sisted by of­fi­cers from the State Fly­ing Squad and the Townsvil­lle Tac­ti­cal Squad.

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