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Horse lovers unite

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Photo: Dave ManningThe annual Menangle Park Show is back onSunday, September 25.

The event will be held from 9am at Club Menangle in the middle of theTabcorp Park harness racing track.

More than200 competitors are expected to participate in horse riding events to qualify for next year’sSydney Royal Easter Show.

Organiser Julie Butler is confident of another successful year.

“We are happy to slowly but surely grow this show over the next few years,” she said.

“Lots of horse competitors like the fact that there isn’t the distraction and noise of a show with rides and sideshow alley, they realise we are serious about it being a horse show.”

The free event will also feature photography, art, crafts, quilting andfloral displays.

Camden business owner Steve Wisbey has been helping with the organisation of the event.

“A nice way to spend Sunday is having a browse through some beautiful Art and then watching the horse competition,” he said.

. “It’s humble beginnings for the pavilion categories but we have some marvelous artists and photographers in Macarthur so those exhibits on their own are worth a peak.

Artists can submit their work for the competitionsuntilFriday, September23.

For more information find the event on Facebookor call Steve on 0429 122 557. ​

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Adult store appeal upheld

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A bid to stop an Ulverstone adult store was made to appease concerned residents, says a councillor.

The adult store,Ooh La La for Adulte’s [sic] was officiallydenied development approval as it did not comply with the provision of parking.

However, Councillor Tony van Rooyen said he raised the motion to refuse the application, which was carried by four councillors, due to the “amount of correspondence against the proposal”.

CLOSED: Marcia Goldsworthy’s store was closed after two days of operation and has remained closed for six months. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

On Monday,an appeal to the Resource Management andPlanning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) on the basis that there are adequate parking facilities surrounding the premise and other businesses operate with an exemption, was upheld.

Twenty-three representations were made to council opposing the development, the vast majority of which expressed moral opposition.

“I believe it is my duty to represent the people and there was a lot forconcern in the town,” Cr van Rooyen said.

Councillor Tony van Rooyen

In its reasons for decision document, RMPAT reported that“moral judgements are beyond the scope of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction.”

Cr van Rooyen said morals can’t be taken into account under planning grounds.

“They fell short on parking provisions and the length of the wall and that was the only thing we could vote against the proposal on,” he said.

“We are their [the public] voice and the only opportunity they had of expressing their disapproval was through us.”

Cr van Rooyen said he believed the majority of the people who were against the development, would also be against the council making planningvariations.

Store owner, Marcia Goldsworthy, said she was “ecstatic” about the decision after the six month process.

Cr van Rooyen said he was not opposed to the idea of the shop in general, but its centrallocation.

“I have designed it [the shop] like a parent. It is locked off and you can’t see anything from the outside,” Ms Goldworthy said.

Ms Goldsworthy said she believed opposition to the adult novelty and clotheshireshop was not indicative most Ulverstone residents’ views.

Financial pressures: A sign Ms Goldsworthy placed in the window of her shop.

Ms Goldworthy has been paying rent on the closed shop.

“It has put huge financial pressure on me and my children,” she said.

“I am just happy to have the doors open.”

Ms Goldworthy said she was undecided whether to pursue the council for costs.

The shop can commence operation within ten days.

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mine spill

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Big plans: Map and footprint of the proposed Wambo-United open-cut mine in the Hunter Valley. The plans are presently on public exhibition. FROM P1The Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment for new open-cut coal mines was first initiated by the former Labor federalgovernment in 2012.

It was intended as a “one-stop shop” to “streamline” theassessment ofsimilar biodiversity concerns from new coal mining applications.

The Baird government had hoped to have the chance to sign-off on the new document before the last election, but its progress has been held up for months.Aspokesman from the Department of Planning said on Wednesday hat the planwas “well-progressed”, but did not give a timeline for its release.

“It is based on a thorough science-based process which will take time to properly complete,” the spokesman said.

“The Assessment will be subject to community consultation before it is finalised.”

But activists are angry that the Wambo United mine seeks to use the document to assess its biodiversity impacts before it has been released to the public.

Environment assessment documentscurrently on exhibition with the department of planning state that advice from the Office of Environment suggests the Assessment will be “finalised in time to include this project”. It also states that there are “no residual impacts not addressed” by the Assessment.

“The [Assessment] pathway is the preferred option for the project,” the documents, lodged on behalf of Glencore by consultants firm Umwelt state.

“It is anticipated that the [Assessment] should be formally endorsed by the NSW state government in a timeframe that will make this pathway available for the project.”

The Department of Planning spokesman said theproject “will be assessed under current laws and policies”, but Ms Woods questioned how the Department of Planning could place the expansion on exhibition when the Assessment was not available to thepublic.

“How are the community supposed to make a judgement on the mine when we haven’t got access to the same information that the mine operatorshave?,” she said.

“We have no idea whether the methods used in creating this assessment are rigorous or legitimate or not.

“At the very least the Department of Planning needs to delay the exhibition period so that there can be a legitimate opportunity to review the project.”

Fairfax Media has previously reported thatmining companies that werepart of the assessment process –including BHP, Rio Tinto and Glencore,paid $93,000 to help cover the costs of the assessment.

A spokesman for Glencore said the approval was a decision for the department.

File image.TheNew England Weeds Authority (NEWA) recentlyreceived a report which highlighted the council’ssuccess in achieving its four year delivery program in weed management and control across the 18,255 square kilometers of its area, comprising the constituent member Councils of Walcha, Uralla and Armidale Regional (formerly Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra).

NEWA outgoing Chair, Councillor Maria Woods said NEWAcan be justly proud of the effectiveness of its delivery program over the past four years in achieving or exceeding all of the performance measures set under the plan.

“Coupled with this has been a very pleasing economic result, leaving usin in a very stable and sound financial position,” she said.

Councillor Woods also expressed her appreciation to Councillors for their leadership and sense of teamwork as well as to staff for their professional approach and dedication to achieving the excellent results over the past four years.

Highlights have included over 3,700 property inspections covering an area of approximately 1,400,000 hectares over the last four years as well as weed control programs along some 4,000 kilometers of road corridors each year.

Community engagement activities have included: 22 field days;attendance at 17 agricultural shows;7 joint Landcare events and 6 presentations to University of New England students, together with over 40 media releases issued.

NEWA was also selected to host the NSW State Weeds Conference in Armidale next October.

More than $690,000 in external grant funding for projects such as Tropical soda Apple control in the Macleay Valley, Gorse and Willows eradication along the Boorolong Creek, Regional Weeds tours and the preparation of a Feasibility Study into the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for weed surveillance has been secured by NEWA.

Local councils across NSW were required to report on their progress in meeting their performance measures prior to the local government elections.

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Margaret flies flag for MND

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BLUE FOR MND: Margaret Flagg with the Patches of Blue for MND exhibition, which opens in Wagga this week. Picture: Les SmithMargaret and John Flagg did not allow themselves much time to grieve after John’s diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

They spent what time he had left making memories and reminiscing about their life together.

“It was emotional, as things are when you are issued a death sentence,” Mrs Flagg said.

“He was very strong, once he set everything he wanted to happen with the rest of his life, it was acceptance.

“Welaughed, we argued, we just continued on.”

Mr Flagg lived at home until Mrs Flagg could no longer care for him alone.

He spent 18 months in a nursing home before hedied in November, 2014.

Mrs Flagg watched her husband fight a brave battle for three-and-a-half years and she has spent her time since trying to help other families.

Sheand Judy-Ann Emberson are hosting Patches of Blue for MND, an exhibition of 69 patches of fabric, all featuring cornflour blue.

Mrs Flagg used to stitch with her husband so she wanted to continue the theme.

The exhibition opens September 23 at 6pm at the E3 Art Space at Wagga Art Gallery.

Attendees can pay $1 per vote for their favourite square and all money will be donated to MND research.

It will open daily from 10am to 3pm until the following Sunday.

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