Goulburn arrest for child grooming

A man has been arrested at Goulburn following undercover online investigations by detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU).A man has been arrested at Goulburn following undercover online investigations by detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU).
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Earlier this year, police were told a man conducted a number of online conversations with a 14-year-old girl via a social networking site before allegedly inviting the teenager to meet him.

Police launched an investigation.

A CEIU detective posing as a 14-year-old girl subsequently took part in a number of online conversations with a man during May, June and early July.

Police will allege the conversations were sexually explicit and that plans were made for the man and the ‘teenager’ to meet in person.

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About 3.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 10 July 2012) a 38-year-old man was arrested after detectives stopped a car at Towrang, near Goulburn.

A search warrant was also conducted at a home in Goulburn where a number of items were seized for forensic examination.

The man, from Goulburn, was charged with using a carriage service to procure person under 16; using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16 (x2); and being a disqualified driver.

He was refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court tomorrow.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing Child Exploitation Internet Unit investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

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Gill’s more comfortable palliative care

GILL Waminda aged care centre has thanked the Goulburn Community and Palliative Care and Oncology Group for a generous donation towards the centre’s Palliative Care Unit.
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The group donated a sofa bed and $2500 towards setting up a comfortable Palliative Care Unit.

Manager, Richard Shoppee, said the donation would provide families of residents with a comfortable place to stay and rest during difficult times when their elderly loved ones are unwell or in the final stages of life.

“Having a purpose built area makes critical times that bit easier for families and residents. Families can stay overnight knowing they are only a minute away from their loved one in times of bad health,” he said.

The establishment of a Palliative Care Unit at Gill Waminda fitted in with the Aged Care Plus commitment to wellness and quality of life for all residents.

“We aim to give our residents the best possible quality of life, reducing the need to move them to another location such as a hospital,” Mr Shoppee said.

Secretary of the Goulburn District Community Palliative Care and Oncology Support Group, Sue Hannan, said palliative care was about

“improving the quality of the time the elderly have left by ensuring comfort, dignity and freedom from pain.

“As a support group we are honoured to be supporting Gill Waminda Aged Care Plus Centre to meet these crucial needs in the Goulburn community,” she said.

Gill Waminda aged care centre has an extensive and ongoing rebuilding program, continually modernising and purpose- designing the centre to stay at the forefront of aged care standards.

“We are very lucky to have the backing and supportive fundraising of the Community Palliative Care and Oncology Support Group,” Mr Shoppee said.

“Their donation will go a long way for our residents and families.”

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Putting up the barriers

MEMBER for Goulburn Pru Goward says work has started to replace safety barriers on the Goulburn to Crookwell Road at various locations between Woodhouselee Road and Marsden Bridge.
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“The $140,000 project funded by the NSW Government aims to improve safety on this section of road,” she said.

Work to install the barriers is being carried out on weekdays from 8am to 4pm.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council is carrying out the work on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services. One lane will be closed to traffic on Crookwell Rd, however, access to properties will be maintained. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and obey all temporary traffic control measures.

“Road work speed limits are enforceable,” Ms Goward said.

Work is expected to be completed by July 20, weather permitting.

For information on traffic conditions phone 132 701 or visit www.livetraffic南京夜网.

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Emergency response

Full caption below the story.Staff, volunteers roll up their sleeves
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LOCAL emergency services workers and volunteers rolled up their sleeves last week to take part in an eight week blood drive.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s National Emergency Services Challenge began on July 1 and is the ultimate lifesaving competition.

It sees police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency response volunteers go head to head to see who can donate the most.

Goulburn’s Inspector John Sheehan will take part in the challenge and hoped it would more people to follow in their footsteps.

“We’re asking emergency service workers and volunteers to ‘bleed by example’ this July and August,” he said.

“Our emergency services are already in the business of saving lives on a daily basis.

“We know that they can further inspire others to give blood by taking the lead during the National Emergency Services Challenge.”

The local SES currently has the smallest team with just two members – deputy region controller Kevin Anderson and region business manager Jo Humphries – however, they still believe they will fare well overall, with both being regular blood donors. In fact, the team’s first donation will be Anderson’s 100th.

Goulburn Blood Service community relations officer Linus Nesbitt said giving blood took just an hour of your time.

“Every donation helps to save three lives,” she said.

“With one in three Australians needing blood in their lifetime, there’s every chance that the lives saved could one day be yours or that of a close friend of family member. Yet only one in 30 Australians give blood, and with demand set to double in the next decade, we need to ensure that Australia has enough blood donors going forward.”

The challenge will run for eight weeks and, as an added incentive, the Blood Service is issuing the challenge for the services to reach a combined national tally of at least 2000 donations.

To donate as part of the challenge or to help save lives visit donateblood南京夜网.au or call 13 14 95.

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Born educator leaves legacy

ONE OF A KIND: Former Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery (right) presented Jack Plews with his Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in April, 2006 for services to education. Mr Plews passed away on Saturday night. HELPING to take more than 300 students camping on a weekend was nothing for Jack Plews.
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In fact it was one of life’s joys for the man who devoted nearly 40 years of service to Goulburn High School.

Developing children to be their best was a hallmark of his teaching approach, friends and former colleagues recalled yesterday. Mr Plews passed away, aged 89, in Canberra on Saturday night. He was an English and History teacher and master, deputy principal and principal of the school from 1948 to 1987, and was awarded numerous honours for his service.

Mr Plews was renowned for his encyclopaedic memory for students’ names, which was surely tested among more than 18,000 children he educated.

Former colleague Ross Banwell, who worked with Mr Plews as industrial arts teacher for 37 years, described him as a disciplinarian. But he also had an eye on students’ social development.

“We’d take 300 kids camping out at Oallen Ford on weekends and that was interesting,” Mr Banwell said.

“He joined us for a lot of bushwalking, gold panning and other activities with the kids and even kept it going four years after retiring.” “As a principal he was beaut – always very friendly and helpful to everyone.”

Mr Plews started the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in Goulburn in 1971.

Mr Banwell also recalled Mr Plews’ athleticism, continued from his younger years. At the age of 53 he learnt canoeing and started a canoe polo competition at Goulburn pool. Not only did he make his own canoe but became adept at the “Eskimo roll” – turning full circle while staying seated. Former Goulburn Post editor Ray Leeson said it was unique that Mr Plews had been a student, teacher and principal at Goulburn High.

“He was a brilliant student and was dux of every class,” he said. “I was two years behind him and we got to know each other well.”

He remembered Jack as a fast runner who excelled as a centre in the school rugby league team, in which Mr Leeson also played. “He was a great fellow and a good mate to everyone,” Mr Leeson said.

Education was a great driver in his life.

Born at Gunning in 1923, one of 10 children, he was educated at the local public school and became dux in 1935. He won a scholarship to Goulburn High from 1936 to 1940, later counting himself lucky he was able to continue his schooling during the Depression years.

He began a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University in 1940 but this was interrupted by the war and his enlistment in the AIF’s 12th field regiment.

On his return, Mr Plews recommenced study, and graduated with an Arts degree and Diploma of Education.

His first appointment was back at Goulburn High School as English and History teacher. He held this post from 1948-57 and then appointed master from 1958-1964. In 1965 Mr Plews was appointed deputy principal, a role he held until 1980 when he became principal.

He oversaw a massive growth in enrolments from 450 in the 1940s to over 1450 in 1972 when Mulwaree High School opened. Mr Plews told the Goulburn Evening Post in a 1982 interview that commonsense and humanity were key qualities in leadership roles.

Former student Leon Oberg, who attended the school in the mid-1950s, remembered his approach well.

“He was fierce, firm and fair and I admired the work he did for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme,” Mr Oberg said yesterday.

“He helped a lot of kids that went off track a bit.”

He recalled one look from Mr Plews was enough to silence an unruly classroom.

During the 1962 Catholic school protest, the then master won plaudits for his handling of the influx of students. It was only for a week but he welcomed the newcomers with open arms and diplomacy.

On his retirement, he had not taken one day’s leave of absence. Mr Plews’ association with Goulburn High was also the longest continuous service of any teacher within the NSW Education Department.

Not surprisingly, he won plenty of honours, including appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to education and the community, the Governor General’s Centenary Medal in 2001.

He also won the NSW State Service Medallion in 1991, the NSW Premier’s Award in 1989, the State’s Service to Children Award in 1987, NSW Police Award in 1986 and took out Goulburn Citizen of the Year in 1982.

Mr Plews also had a strong association with many of Goulburn’s sporting and community organisations.

Goulburn residents will fondly remember the pride he and wife, Joyce took in their Montague St home’s garden and their success in the annual Lilac Time festival competition.

Some time after Joyce passed away in September, 2007, he moved to Canberra but maintained strong links with Goulburn.

He passed away in Canberra following illness.

Mr Plews is survived by his children Anne, Jennifer, John and David.

Funeral arrangements will be published in Wednesday’s Goulburn Post.

* The author acknowledges the assistance of John Plews and information compiled by Leon Oberg and Ray Leeson.

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Bounce for our buck

IN THE GAME: Goulburn Basketball Association president Steve Ruddell believes too much negativity is surrounding the multiuse complex debate. He says with more professional facilities, Goulburn will draw more state tournaments and vital money for its economy. GOULBURN’S basketballers are looking for a bounce in their sport with a planned new multiuse centre.
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The city should not be turning its back on the chance to snare state and country tournaments and an economic boost, local Association president Steve Ruddell says. He’s weighed into debate about the $5.7 million centre, saying there’s too much focus on its so called inadequacy for performing arts and not enough recognition of its benefits.

He and many of the sport’s 500 local members have been frequently embarrassed by the state of the Recreation Area courts.

“I remember when the new court was added in 1984, but really we’ve had nothing since,” Mr Ruddell told the Post.

“You walk into other complexes in places smaller than Goulburn and this looks like a chook shed compared to them.”

The council has engaged Bathurst based Hines Constructions to build the multiuse complex at the Recreation Area. The first stage, to be constructed on the northern side of the current courts, includes an indoor sports facility and a limited performance space.

It will accommodate two basketball courts, room for netball, indoor soccer, gymnastics, karate and more. All up, the Association will have five courts. Mr Ruddell acknowledges it won’t be ideal for all musical events but indoor sports will take off. Currently the Rec Area has three courts, two of which are under standard size. Basketball NSW demands four standard size courts to run championship events and for this reason, Goulburn isn’t attracting the big tournaments. “We are being told that with this facility, Goulburn will get some of the tournaments now going to the ACT area,” Mr Ruddell.

“The other advantage is that being located between Sydney and Canberra, we’re a central point to gain more basketball clinics and the like. As Kevin Costner said in Field of Dreams, ‘build it and they will come.’ I think this will really reinvigorate the local competition.” From October 27-28 Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School will host the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Championships.

The school, which also hosted the event in 2008, is expecting 115 teams and 3300 people to visit the city. But games are spread around seven local venues, including the Rec Area, Police College and PCYC.

Mr Ruddell said holding the event in one place would be logistically easier.

Tournaments like this are bringing in big money. In 2008 Ss Peter and Paul’s School made a $26,000 profit, which is being spent on playground equipment.

“NSW Basketball CEO Kim Murphy has guaranteed us state events, training and the NSW Country Championships if we can get the indoor facility here,” Mr Ruddell said.

“The country championships were held in Maitland this year and about 35 teams converged on the town.

“It also brings in parents, managers, referees and that’s the big advantage. It’s bringing a lot of money into the city.” He believes Goulburn will host more state basketball teams, like the Sydney Flames with the new complex.

Although great for indoor sport, Mr Ruddell says just like other facilities in Sydney, Wollongong and Wodonga, the centre will still be ideal for concerts and some eisteddfod categories.

In his 30-year involvement in local basketball he says the facility is an overdue boost for the sport which has a 52-year history in Goulburn.

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A canvas of life and love

THE many themes of artist Carlos Barrios’ work were on display at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on Friday night. Originally from El Salvador, he now lives and works in RobertsonTHE many themes of artist Carlos Barrios’ work were on display at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on Friday night. Originally from El Salvador, he now lives and works in Robertson. His paintings are usually about his personal life, with issues including family, love, conflict, spirituality and death.
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During the exhibition, he will create a completely new and original art work ‘in house’ at the gallery, as he paints to the sounds of guitarist, Terry Kaczerepa this Thursday, July 12, from 12:30pm.

Barrios showed his children Manu (left) and Luna one of the finished products on Friday. More details of this and other exhibitions that opened at the GRAG in Wednesday’s Post.

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Basketball boon for Goulburn

Ss Peter & Paul’s Primary School created a spectacle hosting the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball tournament in 2008. The event is on again in October. Blue Senior Girls basketball team members (front) Emily Mills, (behind l-r) Kate Ryan, Naomi Jale, Charley Micallef, Monique George and Maddie Hedley got into the spirit of the 2008 tournament with the promotion hummer. Photo-DARRYL FERNANCEORGANISERS of any event that fills Goulburn and district’s motels should be “seriously congratulated,” says Cr Neil Penning.
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He led the charge at Tuesday’s Council meeting in giving Ss Peter and Paul’s School a helping hand with an upcoming basketball tournament.

The school beat two other bids to host October’s NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Championships.

The last time they did so, in 2008, the tournament drew 900 players, 2000 supporters and booked out every motel in Goulburn and district, coconvenor Matt Chilko told councillors.

Organisers had requested $3000 under Council’s community grants and donations scheme. Staff recommended $1400 only, to cover the Recreation Area hire fee.

Mr Chilko urged councillors to reconsider given the event’s importance. This year he’s expecting 115 teams and 3300 visitors from as far afield as Wagga Wagga, Nowra, Young and Albury. Some 150 volunteers spend a year organising the tournament.

“This event is most beneficial to the city in more ways than just financial,” Mr Chilko said.

Cr Penning moved the full amount $3000 be granted. “This is a big event that comes here fairly rarely and if you spread that money out over four years, it’s not much. It’s a reasonable thing to do,” he said.

“I think any institution that brings in so many people and fills Goulburn’s accommodation for a weekend should be seriously congratulated.”

Cr Geoff Peterson went a step further. Councillors supported his move to allocate an extra $1400 to the Recreation Area budget to cover the hire fee.

Cr Andrew Banfield voted against, saying the event had made a “tidy profit” in 2008 and was expected to do so again.

The tournament is the school’s major fundraiser. Co-convenor John Thomas said all funds went back to the school for improvements.

“We’re pleased to have the assistance because, being spread across seven venues, it helps us pay for things like scoreboards and hire fees,” he said.

“If we could have it all in one place, at the multi-use centre, how much better could it be?”

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Rawlinson takes over yellow

FIRST HOME: Jake Magee (left of photo) claimed A grade honours in the second round of ‘Le Tour’, while Jeremy Gilchrist (right) was charged with the task of determining the pecking order. ALMOST spring-like conditions greeted the first 20 riders who turned out for Stage 2 of the local ‘Tour de France’ at Breadalbane on Saturday.
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Jeremy Gilchrist had engaged the entire ANU Maths Faculty and some serious computing time to determine the Tour leader after Stage 1.

Ricky Brooker was awarded the yellow jersey following last week’s run away victory. Unfortunately he left the jersey in Goulburn.

C Grade rolled out first and the bunch kept together until the rolling hills of Cullern.

A small group, including Canberra Vikings rider Ross McPherson and locals Jim Hoskings, Craig Johnson and Chris Berry escaped and worked together to lead at the turn just past Fish River at Gunning.

Ross McPherson was too strong on the hills and rode solo off the front leaving Hoskins and Berry to tussle for second. In a great ride, McPherson crossed the line first ahead of B Grade. Special mention to Josh Allbon, not yet 14-years-old, who finished a creditable fifth in C Grade.

Six riders in B Grade this week, including the not so yellow jersey of Ricky Brooker, set off five minutes after C Grade. Catching C Grade on the hills after the turn, Ricky Brooker, Mark Howard and Mick Hall worked together to chase down the lone Vikings rider.

Andy Cartwright, who many thought was a big chance to take out the Tour after last week’s effort, punctured in Poplar Straight and it looks like his Tour is over.

In the end it was Brooker who out sprinted Howard to take B Grade honours. A Grade off 10 minutes was another tight contest.

They gradually worked their way through the field with Jake Magee and Graeme Allbon nearly catching B Grade in the Breadalbane straight.

This week Magee pipped Graeme Allbon at the post with Adam Kiss a fast finishing third.

Next week is a rest day for the Tour but Club riders will be competing in the next round of the Interclub Series at Macarthur.

Hopefully series leader Jarrod Coveney recovers from injury in time.

The final stage of the Tour is in two weeks at Range Road (start at Chinamans Lane corner). New riders welcome.

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1: Jake Magee

2: Greame Allbon

3: Adam Kiss

B Grade

1: Ricky Brooker

2: Mark Howard

3: Mick Hall

C Grade

1: Ross McPherson (Vikings)

2: Jim Hoskins and Chris Berry (dead heat)

3: Craig Johnson

Barb Beard

Tour leaders after Stage 2:

1: Brian Rawlinson 2:28:34

2: Ricky Brooker 2:30:51.

3: Jim Hoskins 2:31:25

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Reds increase the tempo

ROLL ON: Number eight Jordan Wilcox carries the ball over the advantage line. Photo: Chris Gordon. IT was a fresh month, new opponent and foreign ground, yet little else differed from the norm on Saturday.
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The Goulburn Dirty Reds again showed why they’re the benchmark of the Monaro Cup competition in a bonus-point win over rivals Hall, while their second grade counterparts were tenacious despite another narrow defeat.

The ones’ 26-19 win secures a top two position – and with it, a home play-off – and reaffirms their status as top dog. The Bushrangers, the only side to outmuscle the Reds in 2012, asked questions of the visitors on their home patch. But not even an awkwardly positioned sun, swirling wind, passionate home crowd and prickly opponents could prevent the Reds from trekking back down the Federal Highway with a full complement of competition points.

The hosts got under the skin of their opposition in the opening quarter and were first to score at the 19-minute mark. The damage could have been worse for the Dirty Reds, who failed to assert themselves early.

Fullback Rob Sheekey seemed to have turned the tide six minutes later with a try, converted by Mik Webber, but the home side wouldn’t budge. They regained their seven-point lead soon after and looked certain to take that buffer to the oranges.

The winning culture of the men from Goulburn emerged in the dying stages of the half when Luke Shaw crashed over for a try in the corner – a play that proved pivotal in the context of the match.

A new-look Goulburn outfit emerged for the second half, and aided by the wind, placement of the sun and a pep-talk from coach Dave Anable, set about restoring natural order.

Centre Mitch Hogan and breakaway Peter Altona notched second half five-pointers, which Webber obligingly converted, to bury the Bushrangers.

The home side pilfered a bonus point of their own in the dying moments of the match.

Victorious skipper Boyd Newby sang his team’s praises, but admitted there was much to work on ahead of a July 21 showdown with historic – and in-form – rivals, Yass.

“To get ourselves back into it like we did was good to see,” the lock, who’ll join teammates Altona, Webber and Simon Hegarty in Brumbies Country colours for a match with the Police Force at Canberra Stadium this week, said.

“In the first half, early on, we got caught up in a lot of their rubbish. They’re pretty physical and scrappy in the way they play and it’s easy to get sucked into it.

“Fortunately we got above that and played to our own standards.” The Reds’ backrow was again critical in the hunt for victory. Number eight Jordan Wilcox secured players’ player honours for the fourth time this season. He was backed up at every turn by openside flanker Toby White, who overcame injury to take the field.

“In the physical games, our backrow stands out. They’ve been terrific,” Newby said.

The second grade side, meantime, didn’t walk away quite so content with proceedings.

Robbie Cosgrove and Zac Weir were standouts for the Twos in their 21-19 loss to the Bushrangers – their fourth by seven-or-less in the past month.

Newby is confident the Twos can vie for the title – provided they scrounge together enough points to qualify.

“They’ve got the making of a very good team,” he said.

“They’ll cause some problems come finals – they just have to get there.”

The Twos weren’t helped by a referee’s decision to opt for uncontested scrums – the by-product of a Bushrangers injury. Free-ball at the scrum contest allowed Hall’s speedy backline to utilise the space on offer.

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