Garness returns, but still doubts over team

St Michaels have been buoyed by the return of fast bowler Dave Garness for the 2016-17 season.
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Dave Garness, pictured bowling for St Michaels in 2014, will be back at the Wagga club for the upcoming season.

Garness has returned to the club following a year in Cootamundra with Ex-Servicemans.

He can’t wait to get back involved in a higher standard of cricket.

“I am pretty keen to get back over and started,”Garness said.“I missed the competitiveness of it.

“I enjoy the boys at St Micks and while I enjoyed playing in Coota it wasn’t as strong as Wagga.”

Garnessis looking to help the team go on step further after they were beaten by Lake Albert in last season’s grand final.

Coach Ryan Forsyth expects he will be a big boost for the team’s bowling ranks.

“He decided to stay in Cootamundra last year with some family commitments he hadbut he is really excited and keen to come back, make an impact,” Forsyth said.

Doubt remains over the availability of Angus Le Lievre, who is weighing up a move to Canberra, after making a big impact in the second half of last season.

Forsyth believes Garness would be an ideal replacement in the bowling ranks ifLe Lievre doesn’t play.

“The fact that we have Dave would almost replaceAngus in terms of his bowling,” Forsyth said.

“In terms of his batting we’d just have to find a couple of bats to fill the void.”

With the seasondelayed dueto the wet weather, there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding who will line up for last season’s grand finalists.

Chase Grintell has moved to South Wagga while Fraser Noack and Rhys Lloyd have both left with university commitments.

Another with uni commitments is Tom Byrnes, but he is expected to return.

“I am confident we will get him back,” Forsyth said.

“He is a junior and has really enjoyed his time here, particularly last year but first are foremost are his commitments in Sydney.

“He travels back for footy and it is a huge commitment for him.”

Despite uncertainty over the team,Forsyth is confident the Saints will once again be pushing their claims for the title.

With a number of changesthis year, Forsyth expects a fairly even competition.

“I reckon it will be a really even comp this year from what I’ve heard in terms of player movements,” he said.

“That is pretty exciting and the fact that the association has got together and revamped the draw, the Twenty20, which won’t be happening this year, the one-day final and the points system just makes it exciting.”

The club is yet to lock in a captain for the season, with James Elliott yet to commit to the role again.

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Racing NSW to the rescue

TOUGH TIMES: Wagga trainer Gary Colvin and his staff evacuate horses from his stables over the October long weekend as flood waters hit. Picture: Colvin RacingRACING NSW have come to the rescue of Southern District racing participants and delivered an emergency funding relief package as a form of compensation for washed out meetings.
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Southern District experienced a month like no other when it went through September without a single meeting, with nine consecutive wash outs as constant rain wreaked havoc on the region.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys AM announced on Tuesday an emergency funding relief package of up to $500,000 for trainers and owners in the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA).

This comes on top of additional race meetings that have been scheduled where possible.

V’Landys, who is on a working holiday in the United States, said Racing NSW wanted to help where they can.

“The funding relief is a response to the uncharacteristically high rate of abandoned race meetings in the Southern and Western regions in the past six weeks,” V’Landys said.

“The incredibly high rate of abandonments has affected trainers in particular, who have to pay their staff and continue running costs.

“Racing NSW is fully committed to our participants and this was the appropriate action to compensate the trainers and their owners.”

Racing NSW have identified horses that had accepted in cancelled meetings and will contact trainers in coming weeks to organise relief.

A $1000 payment will be made with $500 going to the owner, and $500 to the trainer.

There is also funding available on application for any significant storm damage caused to a trainer’s property or supplies by the rain, wind or flooding.

Wagga trainer Gary Colvin has been out his stables for the past week and will soon start the clean up after flood waters forced he and his team out.

He was pleased to hear about Racing NSW’s funding package.

“It’s bloody great,” Colvin said.

“It’s great to see them do that sort of stuff.

“It’s hard on the owners too, not just the trainers, because their horses aren’t running. We’ve been poking around for a couple of months without racing and they have got to pay the bills. We miss out on the cream because we’re missing out on percentages.

“Both parties have suffered pretty bad.”

Colvin said relief packages like these help give owners confidence in the racing industry.

“We’ve got to keep people involved in racing,” he said.

“Calling off these races, people start shaking their heads and it’s hard on everyone.”

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Wet weathers adds fuel to fire

Central Victoria is likely to experience rapidly escalating fire behaviour in late summer fuelled by excessive growth, predicted thunderstorms and late heat waves.
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Emergency Management Victoria is preparing for a shorter but more intense fire season, with fire agencies currently planning fuel control.

Ballarat’s wettest September on record has fuelled extreme growth in the area which is expected to dry out in mid-summer causing extreme concern for fire authorities.

The Bureau of Meteorology’smanager of climate prediction Dr Andrew Watkins toldThe Courierabove average bushfire potential was predicted for the whole of Victoria –particularly Central and Western Victoria.

“We’ve actually had very good rainfall into winter and early spring temperatures have been a bit warmer than normal causing good vegetation growth,” Dr Watkins said.

While cooler weather is expected to continue for a few months the excess growth will start to dry out mid summer.

“We have had more growth than usual,and as we head into summer the rainfall and cooler temperatures mean the fire season might start later than normal,” Dr Watkins said.

“Last year we had fires in October, we haven’t seen any so far but we can expect the season to start much closer to the start of summer.”

The Southern Australia Season Bushfire outlook, published before the major rainfall, says the areas above average rainfall coupled with an 80 per cent chance of above average temperatures indicates strong late spring drying is likely in forest areas including the Wombat Forest and Otway Range.

“When we get into mid to late summer the warm temperatures and less rainfall may mean that extra growth will start to dry out,” Dr Watkins said.

A spokeswoman for the state’s emergency services commissioner Craig Lapsley said the next outlook would be released in November.

“The Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC Seasonal Outlook has predicted an above average fire season for Victoria,” she said.

“Even with the recent and continuing rainfall an above average season is still a chance though the season is likely to be later and a little shorter.

“The areas of Victoria not under water will start to dry out as the weather warms, promoting growth and potential fire risk across the State. Traditionally, Victoria’s worst period for fire is in January and February. It is something the fire agencies are aware of and continuing to plan for.”

DELWP has been contacted for comment.

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Dragon boaters enjoy day on Burrendong

Lachlan Dragons dragon boaters Warren Edwards, Claire Davis, Canadian coach Kamini Jain and Donna Edwards.Three of our Lachlan Dragons, Warren and Donna Edwards and Claire Davis, experienced a fantastic weekend at Burrendong Dam, where they were welcomed by Pinnacle Dragons of Orange, along with representatives from many other NSW clubs for two days of camping and coaching over the October long weekend.
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Dragon boating is one of those sports where many different teams can come together in a situation of real friendship and connection – and Burrendong was certainly conducive to such bonding.

Among the crews were members from Dubbo, Forbes, Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

Renowned Canadian coach, Kamini Jain, provided each of the 39 paddlers with individual tuition and guidance, with hints on how to correct any faults and improve their paddling techniques.

“We were a little concerned about the weather forecast when we headed out of Parkes in rain on Friday afternoon,” Donna admitted, “but we were on the water by nine o’clock on Saturday morning and, although the day was yet quite brisk, the waters were calm and Lake Burrendong, at 126 per cent capacity, looked magnificent.”

Under Kamini’s excellent coaching the paddlers could feel their techniques improving, and each paddler’s performance was filmed for individual evaluation and discussion.

“The afternoon paddle was smooth and surreal,” stated Warren,“It was the most peaceful and relaxing feeling, with us being the only ones on the Lake, apart from the birdlife and an occasional fish breaking the calm surface.”

After the paddling each day, the paddlers enjoyed the camaraderie of camping experiences in a welcoming and cosy atmosphere, with all meals provided, a roaring outdoor fire and the fun of camping games.

On Sunday morning, with daylight saving just ushered in, the keen paddlers were on the water by half past eight for further drills to enhance their newly acquired skills.

Although this mixed bunch of paddlers had at first seemed a bit of a motley crew, by Sunday they had come to resemble something close to two professional crews.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the skills passed onto us by Kamini,” said Warren, “The results, by Sunday, were spectacular and I really feel that Kamini was proud of her efforts and success.”

“It was a great weekend of learning from Kamini,” agreed Claire, “as well as from each other.

“And it was a real joy to feel part of this group as we watched each other’s skills develop.”

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In council this week…

NEW TERM: Council will sit to address its first full business agenda since the election of Ken Halstead as mayor and Ian Scandrett as deputy mayor, pictured with general manager Ann Prendergast. Photo: Victoria LeeCoal miningTWO notices of motion will address community concerns about coal mining in the Southern Highlands.
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Councillors Garry Turland, Duncan Gair and Peter Nelson will put forward that council request the state government to buy back Hume Coal’s lease and implement a moratorium on further activities by prospective mining companies.

Councillor Larry Whipper has submitted a separate motion that council reconfirm its position as being a “coal mine free shire”. The motion also asks council to contact the minister for planning and amend the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan (LEP) to prohibit future mining activity and lobby the state government for “a prohibition on coal mining, coal extraction and coal exploration”.

Bowral hospitalCOUNCILLOR Gordon Markwart has called for a meeting with key health industry representatives to address the proposed privatisation of Bowral and District Hospital.

His notice of motion requests council seek assurances that staff numbers will not be reduced andservices will not suffer. He has suggested council hold a meeting with Minister for Health Jillian Skinner, Goulburn MP Pru Goward and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell.

Council recordingTHE cost to buy a recording of a council meeting is expected to be confirmed at $5.

This follows a motion in the last term of council to reduce the fee from $50 as in the 2016/17 fees and charges schedule, to $5.

A report prepared by council staff recommends the price reduction be accepted.

Fitzroy InnA COUNCIL report recommends approval of changes to the Fitzroy Inn development in Mittagong.

The development application includes construction of six new buildings containing four hotel suites, car parking, driveways, drainage and landscaping.

A modification of consent has been requested for changes to thelocation of severalbuildings andthe driveway and car park.

As the development is compliant, councillors are recommended to approve it.

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‘I got it wrong’: Baird gives greyhound industry ‘one last chance’

‘I got it wrong’: Premier Mike Baird with Deputy Premier Troy Grant on Tuesday. Photo: Nine NewsPremier backs down on greyhound racing banThe NSW greyhound industry will be given “one final chance” by the Baird government under a new regime being touted as “the strictest regulations that exist anywhere in the country”.
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Premier Mike Baird declared “I got it wrong” while confirming he would back down on his original promise to close down the industry from July next year.

Instead, Mr Baird said the industry would need to sign up to mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and registering greyhounds for their entire lives.

A new independent regulator will be headed by former Labor premierMorris Iemma. There will be more resources for enforcement and prosecution and animal welfare.

“I got it wrong, we got it wrong, the cabinet got it wrong and the government got it wrong,” Mr Baird said.

Premier Mike Baird announced a backdown over his greyhound racing ban on Tuesday. Photo: Christopher Pearce

Mr Baird said he knew a lot of people will be disappointed by the back down but said “we are listening”.

Cabinet revisited the decision to ban greyhound racing on Tuesday morning.

The move followed a sustained media and industry campaign since it was announced in July and amid expectations of a large swing against the government at the November 12 byelection in Orange.

The decision to ban the industry from July 1 next year followed the report of a special commission of inquiry headed by retired judge Michael McHugh.

It found up to 68,000 greyhounds had been euthanised in the past 12 years because they were too slow or unable to race.

The inquiry was prompted by revelations aired by the ABC’sFour Cornersprogram about live baiting in the greyhound industry.

The back-down comes despite Mr Baird having argued for months that closing the industry is “the right thing to do”.

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South West chefs surfing new turf

Wave of support: A team of surfing chefs from the South West will land at Bib & Tucker this month to raise money for SurfAid’s work in remote Indonesian villages. Photo: Supplied.A group of award-winning chefs from the South West will venture north to Perth this month for a special event to raise money for SurfAid.
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Two time world champion Tom Carroll and Yallingup surf legend Taj Burrow will join Aaron Carr (Vasse Felix), Tony Howell (Margaret River Hospitality Group), Dany Angove (Leeuwin Estate) and Paul Iskov (Fervor) at Bib & Tucker in North Fremantle.

Billed as ‘more than a cocktail party but not quite asit down dinner’, SurfingChefsfor SurfAid will feature dishes prepared by the guest chefs alongside McHenry Hohnen and Bunkerswines.

The evening is the brainchild of Must Winebar chef Russell Blaikie, who began calling on his chef-mates to cook for free to support the cause.

“SurfingChefsfor SurfAidis about partnering a line-up of amazingchefswhosurfwith some of the greatestsurfersin the world to cook, party, and raise funds for the important work of SurfAid,” Mr Blaikie said.

Chef Paul Iskov. Photo: Offshoot Creative

“Over the years, we’ve raised close to $300,000 for SurfAid’swork in the remote islands of Indonesia.”

The SurfAid organisation works to assist remote villages in programs toprovide clean water, access to basic health care, and improved nutrition all with a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy.

Local chef Paul Iskov will take part in the event for the second time and said he was looking forward to the spirited ambience of the SurfAid kitchen.

“It’s a fantastic experience, everyone jumps in and helps out and because we are all together working it gives each chef more of a chance to engage with the diners and talk about what they’re making,” Mr Iskov said.

“I remember the first time I went up for the event a couple of years ago, the first thing I saw when I walked in was Tom Carroll behind a huge pile of prawns, prepping and getting involved.”

Mr Iskov said as a keen surfer who had spent many weeks surfing Indonesia’s best breaks it was important to give back to the remote villages.

“To know that all we need to do is give up buying a coffee a few times a week, or donate a few days of our time to make a massive difference to those communities is incredible.”

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‘Morale boost’ for CFA

HANDS OFF: Wangaratta volunteers protested the Victorian government involvement in EBA negotiations, now the CFA is celebrating the federal Senate decision.
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An intervention by the federal Senate to protect firefighters has been welcomed as “great news for volunteers” in the North East.

The amendment, passed37 to 31late Monday night,will make it unlawful for enterprise agreements to “undermine”volunteers in favour of professional, unionised workers.

Oneissue with the CFA agreementwas the influence of the United Firefighters Union, which had the power to sign off on changes to CFA policy.

But the organisation’s 60,000 volunteers had no say.

Rutherglen group officer Andrew Russell said the Senate decision was a step towards repairing damage caused to volunteers.

“I’m hoping this news might boost a bit of morale,” he said.

“There’s a lack of engagement among volunteers at the moment and it’s a bit because of the issues.”

Volunteers were still busy in the wet season, helping SES crews with flood relief.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to CFA volunteers about a federal intervention when they rallied at Parliament house in Melbourne in June.

“That to me means a hell of a lot because it means he’s delivered his promise,” Mr Russellsaid.

“All I want now, more than anything, is a resolution because we’ve got really good relationships with our paid staff.”

Senator Bridget McKenzie

Senator Bridget McKenzie spoke in the Senate on Monday to thank CFA volunteers from Wangaratta and other parts of Victoria for travelling toMacedon in recent weeks for theinquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill.

“There are specific clauses right throughout the EBA which affect and impact on the CFA and their volunteers’ ability to do their job,”she said.

“The state legislation that sets up the CFA defines it as a volunteer organisation supported by employees, and that is rare and that takes unique management.

“It takes a unique approach to industrial relations –well, it should.”

She said UFUbossPeterMarshall claimed the agreement would not impact volunteers, but could not give her any evidence.

She said the bill was deliberately narrow so it would help the CFA, but not affect police, paramedics or other volunteers.

“Currently in Victoria, the CFA are in crisis with this EBA,” Senator McKenzie said.

“We on this side respect the role of both volunteer firefighters and paid firefighters and the courage that they all display in keeping us safe in emergencies.”

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Munch on good mental health

MAKE A PLAN: Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey said it’s important to have a starting point when addressing mental health issues.
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Mental health is not the same as mental illness, and people should endeavour to maintain the wellbeing of their mind as they do (or should do) their body. A business breakfast at the Tenterfield Golf Club this Friday, October 14 will feature a presentation byRural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinator Stacey Doosey with some basic mental health concepts to consider and implement.

“We’ll talk about what mental health means, and some tips and strategies to maintain it,” Miss Doosey said.“We’ll also look at how to help someone else, and how to approach doing that.

“It’s a short and punchy presentation, and there are some great videos in it produced especially for the presentation, and it’s rural-based.”

Miss Doosey said there are some particular strategies for seeking mental health support in rural areas, such as when living in a small town like Tenterfield where you may not want to air your concerns to health professionals you may later meet on the golf course.

She said people can feel isolated in these situations, but as well as resources in the community there are other options such as online support and phone services.

She said there are misconceptions around therapy, but there are online, self-paced programs thatmay not be as confronting.

“It’s important to have a starting point,” Miss Doosey said.

She said sometimes people don’t seek help because they don’t recognise that what they’re feeling is a mental health issue that can be addressed.

“They accept that how they’re feeling now is how it’s always going to be.”

This can lead to the higher rates of suicide in rural and remote areas.

In milder cases the solution can be as simple as becoming more active, improving sleeping patterns, or even becoming more socially-connected.

“You don’t even have to share your problems,” Miss Doosey said.“Just having people around can help.”

To attend the business breakfast contact Caitlin Reid at [email protected]论坛. It costs$15 including buffet breakfast, and runs from 6.45am to 8.30am.

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Water Week makes a splash

Use water wisely: A catchment to tap water tour on October 22, as part of National Water Week, will give people a chance to learn more about our water supply.PORTMacquarie-Hastings Council is encouraging the community to get involved and celebrate National Water Week.
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Water Week makes its splash between October 16 and 22, and aims to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together in building awareness and understanding around water.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council director Jeffery Sharp said the week-long celebration was filled with programs and activities that werenot only educational, they werefun.

“The week is dedicated to encouraging us all to protect this vital resource, and highlights that we need to use water wisely today if we are protect it for future generations,” Mr Sharp said.

The community is invited to enjoyfree activities, tours and events.

Osmosis Photography Exhibition ‘Retrospective 2004 – 2016’The exhibition profiles the work of local photographers, taking their inspiration from water in the Hastings and linking community, art and the environment.

It’s a selection from the hundreds of images contributed to the Osmosis photography competition since 2004.

15 – 22 October 2016,Ross Family Studio – Glasshouse Port Macquarie

Monday toFriday, 9am to5pm : Saturday andSunday 10am to4pm.

Water Stories at the Library Free storytime sessions, craft and a visit from Whizzy the Waterdrop.

Targeted at pre-school aged children. (No bookings required)

Monday October 17, 10.30am – Wauchope Library

Tuesday October 18, 10.30am – Port Macquarie Library

WednesdayOctober 19, 10.30am – Laurieton Library

Catchment to Tap Water Tour Learn more about our water supply on this informative bus tour onSaturday October 22, 8.45am for 9am departure from Players Theatre.

Return about 1pm.

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Access all abilities netballers win praise

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GOLDEN City access all abilities netballers have given their all at the State Netball Titles in Melbourne.

The club had two teams participating across two divisions, against six other clubs, including Geelong, Gippsland, Goulburn, Latrobe and Melbourne.

AAA is a mixed competition with each team having a maximum of three male players in each team on the court at the one time.

Golden City had 14 players involved and had a team in both division one and two.

Division one coach Ros Comer said the division one side took to the court without any male competitors.

“Despite being undermanned all the girls gave 100 per cent for all five matches,” she said.

They finished with one win, one draw and three losses.

Their win came against Chisholm Spiders by five goals, while the team drew 9-9 with Elmer.

Golden City was unlucky not win a second match, losing their final match against Gippsland in a nail-biter by one goal.

Kath Lakey was team manager and Maree Seary their umpire.

The reserve team, under coach Tracy Rigney, won three of its five matches to reach the semi-finals before being beaten by Barwon.

Golden City defeated Goulburn 4-2 and Latrobe Valley 11-2, before falling to eventual champions Barwon, who also beat Golden City in the semi-final.

A thrilling one goal win over Doncaster followed before a final round loss to Chisholm.

“Both coaches were proud of their players efforts and good sportsmanship,” Comer said.

“Thanks to Tracy Rigney from Strathdale Netball Association who stepped in at the last minute to coach the reserve team and get them to a final.”

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Pizza hold-up ends in prison term

THE fourth gang member captured when police stormed a local pizza shop has been jailed for more than three-and-a-half years.
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Robert Gordon was sentenced to threeyearsandninemonths in prison for his part in the hold-up of the Domino’s Pizza shop in Armidalein October, last year.

Judge Stephen Hanley imposed a minimum of one year and nine months in jail for two counts of robbery armed with an offensive weapon, finding special circumstances in the case after specialist reports were tendered in court.

During sentencing last week in Penrith District Court, Judge Hanley also recommended Gordon be offered access to a specialist program while in custody, and ordered the sentence be served concurrently with other sentences that Gordon remains behind bars for.

The court had earlier heard Gordon had a significant criminal history and dysfunctional background.

After time served, he willbe eligible for parole in July, 2017.

Gordon’s three co-accused, including a 17-year-old boy, remain in custody for their part in the armed robbery on October 8, 2015.

The gang of four were caught inside the pizza shop during a coordinated police sting by Armidale detectives and the Target Action Group (TAG).

On the night of the hold-up, the investigators wereworking as part of an operation, code-named Strike Force Inga, and were carrying out undercover surveillance of the Girraween shopping complex after a spate of robberies at the centre.

Police saw a 17-year-old juvenile, along with three other men acting suspiciously shortly after 11.30pm.

The group ran into the shop armed with a concrete block, pieces of timber and a knife.

Moments later police surrounded the store, blocking the front and back entrances, before they stormed inside and captured the gang in the shopfront.

All four members were arrested and charged with robbery armed with offensive weapons.

The 17-year-old was sentenced to two years in juvenile detention for his role in the hold-up, while Christopher Andrews was sentenced to a head sentence of three years and six months, after he received a discount for his early guilty plea.He will be eligible for parole in April, 2017.

Cutmore was handed a four year sentence with a minimum of two years behind bars, making him eligible for parole in 2018.

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Baird backflip on greyhounds racing ban

Major backflip: Mike Baird defends the ban in Parliament earlier this year. Picture: Edwina PicklesGreyhound racing is up and running again after a monumental backflip by the state government.
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“I got it wrong,” Premier Mike Baird said today, announcing the industry would be given“one more chance”.

Mr Baird said former premier Morris Iemma would chair a panel that would oversee “anew regime, and ensure NSW greyhound racing is the cleanest in the country”.

He said there would be mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and greyhounds would have to be registered for their entire lives, so they could be monitored.

The decision follows growing unrest amogNational Party MPs, who were threatening to dump their leader Troy Grant.

“I know a lot of people will be disappointed,” Mr Baird said.

However, there were two basis on which the new decision had been made.

The first was “a crescendo of feedback” from the community opposed to a ban, and the second was a report which found the industry was prepared to make a strong attempt to reform.

Mr Baird said no individual, government or other organisation was infallible.

“Sometimes you will get it wrong,” he said.

”We are listening.

“Any good government needs to ensure it does exactly that –thatit does listen.

“While we always will be prepared totake strong decisions, we also have to be prepared to listen.”

Mr Baird said the initial principles upon which the ban was based had not changed.

“The animal cruelty we saw cannot continue,” he said.

”The first path we chose was wrong, but there is a new path and I can assure you that our determination [is just as strong].

”The industryhas been given another chance.”

Mr Baird said the RSPCA had been invited to join the panel to be headed by Mr Iemma, which would also include industry and government representatives.

The panel would report back to the government by the end of this year.

Subject to the panel’s recommendations, legislation would be introduced early in 2017 to repeal the ban.

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