Pay up for your poo

LOW ACT: Brad and Adam Ison from Terara are sick of people stealing their bags of manure.ADAM and Brad Ison from Terara have learnt a lot about earning money in the past year.Unfortunately, they’ve also discovered people can’t be trusted.The pair, who are 14 and 15 years old respectively, have been bagging and selling cow manure from the side of the road.Like many roadside produce stalls in the region’s rural areas they rely on an honesty box system for payment.In recent weeks an increasing number of bags of manure have been stolen.“A few weeks ago, 12 bags were taken and no money was left,” Brad said.“Now as soon as we see someone pull up we race out there to help them and make sure they pay for it.“If people think it’s funny, it’s not.“To whoever you are if you don’t have the money, come back when you do before just taking our bags.”Adam said their father Les Ison was teaching them how to work for their money.“We buy the bags out of our money and fill them with manure. We’re not ripping people off – $4 is what most people charge for the same thing.“We’re trying to save up for a car,” Adam said.The boys’ father said the family was getting sick of people either short changing them or just stealing the bags and leaving no money.“It’s their pocket money,” Mr Ison said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

KEPT IN THE DARK – Dirt digger deal done dirt cheap: councillor furious

SHOALHAVEN City Council faces more embarrassment in the wake of a scandal over the way an excavator was sold to the son of a senior manager for about half the best tender.While council has moved into damage control following revelations one of its senior staff members manipulated the tender process, its senior managers are under increasing pressure to explain why they kept the scandal, and results of the ICAC investigation, from elected councillors.Cr Gareth Ward became aware of the situation in recent months through a third party and lashed out at council general manager Russ Pigg for not disclosing it.He immediately moved to ensure elected councillors were notified of any future ICAC findings against council or its staff.“The general manager has no right to withhold this from the councillors and public,” Cr Ward said.“I am deeply disturbed that that the elected members of the community were not informed about this, particularly after ICAC investigated and found the complaints were substantiated.”Cr Ward was aghast that senior staff members had decided not to report the matter to councillors.While council managers had responsibility to handle routine staff matters, “this is a matter of corrupt activity that should have seen the light of day rather than being kept quiet”, Cr Ward said.The ICAC findings were based on an internal council investigation into the matter, and Cr Ward said he would be pushing for that report to be made public.While that report had the potential to cause further embarrassment for council, Cr Ward said he was not concerned.“Sunlight is the best antiseptic,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr Pigg has released a statement to try to clarify the situation with the excavator’s sale.Mr Pigg said while it was not normal practice to make public comment on staff related matters, he felt he must do so given the public statements made by Grant Schultz.“Council was first notified of an allegation concerning a staff member in relation to the disposal/sale of an impounded plant item on September 21, 2010,” Mr Pigg said.This was the day before ICAC was notified of the situation.“After the allegation was made, the ICAC was advised and consulted prior, during and after a comprehensive investigation of the allegations was conducted,” Mr Pigg said.Mr Pigg said while he was obviously concerned with the nature of the allegations he was “extremely confident” council had followed the proper processes in dealing with the matter.“Council promotes ethical conduct and honesty to the highest order and any breaches are dealt with severely.”Further to this, council staff were instructed to amend the procedures involved in the disposal of impounded articles and vehicles.Mr Pigg confirmed Mr Martin had resigned following the investigation.However, questions remain unanswered about why no moves have been undertaken to recover the excavator, why the issue has not been reported to police for possible further investigation, and why no punitive action has been taken against former ranger services manager David Martin.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Highway upgrade gets under way

The project’s first stageWORK upgrading the Princes Highway between Gerringong and Bomaderry has finally started, with NSW Road Minister Duncan Gay and Kiama MP Gareth Ward yesterday tuning sods to start the project’s first stage. Stretching from Mount Pleasant to Toolijooa, the $350 million stage is, “the largest ever single investment in the history of the highway”, according to Mr Ward. Work is being undertaken by Fulton Hogan, and is due for completion in January 2015, weather permitting. Fulton Hogan Construction general manager Pushpa Nadanapathan is pictured watching as Mr Ward and Mr Gay turn the first sods for the project.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Group 7 Live Blog (Round 13)

Each week we’ll source what people are saying about the weekend’s local league. Previews, mid-game commentary and post-match reflections from the entire round – if it’s being said on Twitter using the hashtag #CRLgroup7, you’ll find it here.If you are going to be at any Group 7 games, or even if you just want to join the conversation, you can do so using the hashtag #CRLgroup7 on twitter or by just adding your comments below.If tweeting, you can also add a hashtag for the team you follow or game you are at (#Berry, #Gerringong, #Kiama, #Jamberoo, #Milton #Ulladulla, #BatemansBay, #Warilla, #AlbionPark, #OakFlats, #Nowra).NoneFollow @SCRegisterNoneNoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

GM responds to tender story

SHOALHAVEN City Council general manager Russ Pigg has responded to reports about the sale of an impounded excavator in July 2010.In his statement Mr Pigg said while it was not normal practice to make public comment on staff related matters, he felt he must do so given the public statements made by Grant Shultz.“Council was first notified of an allegation concerning a staff member in relation to the disposal/sale of an impounded plant item on September 21, 2010,” Mr Pigg said.This was the day before ICAC was notified of the situation.“After the allegation was made, the ICAC was advised and consulted prior, during and after a comprehensive investigation of the allegations was conducted,” Mr Pigg said.Mr Pigg said while he was obviously concerned with the nature of the allegations he was “extremely confident” council had followed the proper processes in dealing with the matter.“Shoalhaven City Council staff are well aware and constantly reminded of their responsibilities to make ‘protected disclosures’ to the public officer or myself, if they believe something wrong is occurring in the workplace,” Mr Pigg said.“I cannot recall Mr Schultz making any reports of wrong-doing to council, though I note he appears to have made a complaint direct to ICAC on September 22, 2010, which no doubt the ICAC has appropriately considered and responded.“Council promotes ethical conduct and honesty to the highest order and any breaches are dealt with severely.”Mr Pigg confirmed that Mr Martin had resigned following the investigation.Further to this, council staff were instructed to amend the procedures involved in the disposal of impounded articles and vehicles.However, questions remain unanswered about why no moves have been undertaken to recover the excavator, why the issue has not been reported to police for possible further investigation, and why no punitive action has been taken against former ranger services manager David Martin.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Styke at it again

VICTORY: Styke hammers his way through a Hervey Bay berm on his way to victory. JERVIS Bay rider Luke Styke has started the second half of the national MX2 motocross championship by hammering his way to an impressive round win at Hervey Bay, further increasing his championship lead.Styke dominated round six of the 10 round series by winning the first two motos of the three moto final, then cruised to fourth place in the third moto to claim the overall round for his Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing Team.Styke used great starts, smart race craft and good speed to put the squeeze on his opponents and stretch his lead in the championship to 46 points.“Today was all about the start and getting good track position in the first couple of turns,” Styke said after the race.“I focused heavily on the start and used a Pirelli tyre that would get me good drive off the line and it worked every time.”Styke agreed that his performance in the last race could have been better.“I did what was needed and it’s hard to be angry about a round win and increasing my lead in the championship,” he said.Styke’s Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing teammate, Kirk Gibbs, showed the five week break had done little to slow his speed. Two thirds and a sixth place in the three moto final saw him stand alongside Styke on the podium in second place.Still not 100 per cent over his wrist injury, Gibbs was at least able to grip the bike and fight for position much stronger than in the opening half of the series.Team manager, Michael Marty applauded his team on a successful day and said it was a significant result for the team.“The track was tough today, and the riders did an exceptional job,” he said.“The mechanics put in a huge effort to keep the bikes in top shape and achieve the results we did.”Styke will now turn his attention to Horsham in Victoria for round seven of the MX Nationals in two weeks time.Championship standings after Round Six1st Luke Styke – 374, 2nd Ford Dale – 328, 3rd Cheyne Boyd – 297, 4th Josh Cachia – 296, 5th Kirk Gibbs – 284.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Pattie in state side

HIGHEST HONOR: Caitlyn Pattie proves she is one to watch in Australian women’s football making her mark in the sport and demonstrating her incredible skill.SHOALHAVEN High School student, Caitlyn Pattie, has been selected as shadow player for the NSW Combined High Schools State Football Team following an outstanding performance at the state titles in Nelson Bay.Caitlyn represented the South Coast as co-captain of her team, proving her football capabilities by kicking three of the four goals for the team.This will be the second consecutive year Caitlyn has been selected into the combined state teams which is the highest sporting honor a high school student could achieve.From this selection Caitlyn played in the NSW All Schools State Trials held in Sydney for selection in the team. Caitlyn’s team finished with two wins and one loss to finish on equal first.Caitlyn efforts over the last month did not go unnoticed with her selection in the NSW representative all schools team in Townsville next month.Caitlyn follows on from last years superb achievements, where she co-captained Southern NSW under 16 in the premier league grand final and played in the Culburra ladies first grade grand final. Caitlyn was awarded the Shoalhaven Football Leagues’ Phil Webb Medal for the second year in a row.Caitlyn has displayed remarkable skill and aptitude in football over the last 12 months receiving assignment into the NSW Women’s Premier League. Caitlyn is currently playing right back in their first grade team which sits top of the premier league first grade ladder.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Maddison injured

RECOVERING: Maddison is receiving specialist care in a LA hospital after crashing at this years X games.LOCAL motocross daredevil, Robbie Maddison, is in intensive care in Los Angeles after a major crash that has left him with a collapsed lung and broken ribs. The local motocross world champion will be forced to forfeit this year’s X Games event again.Maddison received his injuries after coming off his bike during a training session. In practise for the Moto X Speed and style competition Maddison was launched over his handlebars, hitting the ground and his bike which then flipped to land on top of him.Even in intensive care Maddison still managed to tweet to his fans yesterday, “Mental note: don’t decide to back off and take a breather until after the woops, slowing down equals out of sync equals, will get you front end buried.”The 30-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors initially had trouble distinguishing his injuries from pre-existing bone breaks.He was originally treated for a collapsed lung and cuts to his right leg, and has now been re-located into the intensive care unit. He looks to miss the X Games for the second year in a row. He was unable to compete last due year to a compressed vertebrae in his lower back, and also missed the games in 2007 and 2009 due to injury.Injury is not unfamiliar terrain for Maddison, who has broken almost every bone in his body and still managed to perform as one of the world’s most spectacular extreme motocross daredevils.“It’s not like I’m scared of riding injured, I’m a hard charger. I got silver for the best trick with a broken hand,” said Maddison earlier this year.Although in intensive care, Maddison possesses his usual positive attitude and is expecting another speedy recovery to get back on the track.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

GOLDEN RUN

YOUNG AND FAST: Harry Scouller from Culburra Beach stands on the top step of the podium proudly draped in the Australian flag after receiving his 800m gold medal.LOCAL young athlete Harry Scouller has won gold for Australia at the International Oceania Athletic Championships in Cairns.Competing in the open men’s 800m track and field event, Scouller claimed victory with an impressive time of 1:52:76.Scouller battled hot and humid conditions throughout the fast- paced race but managed to stay ahead of his rivals to stand on the top step of the podium.The Oceania championships played host to over 400 competitors from 22 countries all competing for titles in numerous athletic categories.Scouller, 17, has been competing as a member of the Nowra athletics club since he was just four years old and rates his gold medal victory at the championships as the highlight of his athletics career so far.Scouller also represented Australia in the four by 400 relay event with the Australian B team.The gold medal performance continues a great year for Scouller who won a gold medal at the Australia junior championships earlier this year.Read the full story behind Scouller’s gold medal performance on page 93.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Local LPG pricesare a big ripoff

PRIOR to travelling from Sydney to Callala Bay last Tuesday, I filled my tank with LPG at BP Caringbah North for 55.9 cents per litre (57.9c pump price minus 2c discount).The price of LPG at East Nowra Mobil was 80.9 cents per litre – over 44 per cent dearer.What possible reason/excuse do oil companies have for ripping off Nowra residents to this extent?B. Stenhouse,Callala Bay.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.