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Driver caught the day after

A SOUTH Nowra man had had a few too many the night before when he was caught drink driving a truck in Sussex Inlet.
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Virgil Vasco Francis Rodrigoes, 50, of Prosperity Road, who pleaded guilty to the charge in Nowra Local Court, was given a 12-month suspended sentence.

Police arrested Rodrigoes at 1pm on May 28 last year after they received reports the driver of a four-tonne truck was drunk.

They found him in Ellmoos Avenue where he stumbled into the middle of the road after he stopped.

Rodrigoes was taken to Sussex Inlet Police Station where a breathalyser gave him a .084 reading.

He told police he had drunk two schooners and a middy of beer the night before, followed by a half a bottle of bourbon at midnight.

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Darts Association results

Results round two Imlay Darts Association
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Mean Machine 4, Bowlo 7; Foxes 7, Grand 4; Bullets 11, Steeplechasers 0; Bank Robbers 6, Pacers 5; Gallopers 6, Leftovers 5; Big Jacks 7, Rabbits 4; One Toners bye; Housewives no score; Bushrangers no score.

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On course to join the force

MOTIVATED: 2012 IPROWD students at TAFE Illawarra’s Nowra Campus, (back) Bruce Smart from St Georges Basin, Breeanna Sanderson from Leeton, Cliff Caines from Robertson, Laura Jane from Nowra, (middle) Bianca Higgins from Jervis Bay, Matthew Coelli from Leeton, Chris Harrison from Nowra, Mahalia Murphy from Doonside, Claire Freeman from Mogo and (front) Christine George from Nowra.A DESIRE to become positive role models for the community, finding a sense of purpose and the hope of honouring friends and family were important motivations for 10 Aboriginal men and women starting a police recruitment course at TAFE on Monday.
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The Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) course began in seven locations across NSW in early February with 95 students.

The 10 students at TAFE Illawarra’s Nowra Campus were welcomed into the course, designed to help them gain entry to the NSW Police College at Goulburn.

The 2012 IPROWD program builds on the success of 2011. Last year, 104 students completed the course which has proven to be an effective pathway for Aboriginal people to either become NSW police officers or benefit from employment in a variety of roles.

Bruce Smart from St Georges Basin said he didn’t really have a direction before enrolling in IPROWD.

“I looked into this and thought, ‘This could be something for me.’ Now I have a goal in life,” he said.

Chris Harrison, 24, from Nowra said a police officer saved his life at age six, after which he became a ward of the state and later a foster child.

After high school, Mr Harrison travelled to the US and has now returned to Nowra to fulfil his dream of becoming a police officer and giving back, in thanks to the officer who helped him years ago.

Bianca Higgins, 18, grew up in the Jervis Bay and Wreck Bay area and started a Bachelor of Policing in Criminology after high school.

“But I decided I didn’t want to go about it that way. I ended up leaving and travelling. After I got the travel bug out of my system I applied to IPROWD,” she said.

Ms Higgins hopes to one day be involved in detective work or a drug squad.

While the students are from varied tribal, social and career backgrounds, the one thing they all shared was the aspiration to make their people proud and be positive role models.

All the students spoke of a strong determination to succeed in their chosen path.

Relieving Institute Director, TAFE Illawarra Lucy Arundell said: “IPROWD is a life-changing experience for the people who have taken part.

“TAFE Illawarra is committed to closing the gap on the disadvantage Aboriginal people experience in education. I congratulate the students who have taken up this opportunity.”

The IPROWD training program includes a Certificate III in Vocation and Study pathways to meet the entry requirements of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice offered by Charles Sturt University at the NSW Police College.

The program is tailored to give Aboriginal people the confidence, skills and knowledge to join the police.

To achieve this, members of the NSW Police from the Local Area Police Commands work collaboratively with TAFE teachers to provide assistance and mentoring to the students.

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Tathra Minor Rugby League

ON Saturday, March 24, four teams travelled to Bibbenluke for the 37th carnival.
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It turned out to be a very successful day for all teams with the Under 9s winning their division and the 7s, 10s and 12s all making the final.

Congratulations to all team members and their coaches.

Under 7s:

The Under 7s reached the Grand Final in this year’s carnival. They went to a 12-nil lead by the end of the first half having scored two tries and one conversion.

Unfortunately, Pambula-Merimbula scored three tries in the second half and won 15-12.

Congratulations to the Under 7s who received a Pennant as runners-up.

Try scorers in our fours games were Max Harris, Tyran Stevenson, Tom Waterson, Adam Elliott, Jessie Jamieson and Chloe Jamieson

They were ably supported with tackling by Justin McGarrity, Kye Dixon and Conor Finucane.

Under 9s:

To start the season off, Tathra Under 9s had a very successful day winning the Bibbenluke Carnival.

Two Under 8s Jeremy Luff and tough little Jared Cole laid the foundation for our elusive halves with their strong running and hard tackling.

Todd Dixon, Cameron Strickland and Jim Marshman played their normal great footy all day bagging 15-tries between them.

Two newcomers Jordie Neville and Patrick Macfetters showed talent kicking a goal each and getting involved with play.

The two boys will be a big asset to the team this year.

Michael Waterson helped in defence and made good ground in attack while Ben Leslighter played his honest game at dummy half.

Under 10s:

Overall the boys had a great start to the 2001 season at the Bibbenluke Carnival.

Tathra had a loss to Bega in the first match, however the next match against Cooma/Bombala Tathra won which got the team through to the semi-finals.

All the boys settled back into their game this season with ease giving 100% all the way which was great to see.

Tathra won first semi-final against Bega, however, lost the final against Eden giving us the runners-up title.

Under 12s:

The Under 12s had their first hit out of the season at the Bibbenluke Carnival.

The team was short on numbers but had plenty of skill, courage and support from the Under 11s.

Playing nine and ten on thirteen, the team showed the others how teamwork and skill can come through making the final and only just being beaten.

There were a number of highlights from the carnival the standout being the combination, speed and try scoring ability of our backline.

The backline were given these opportunities by the good work of the forwards that had a couple of debutantes that performed terrifically.

Sponsors: The Club is in need of sponsors should you be able to assist in any way please contact Peter Finucane on 6494-1503.

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Move to head off a rate increase

THE possibility of a zero rate rise was flagged at Shoalhaven City Council’s meeting last night.
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Cr Greg Watson called for “restraint” in council’s taxing and charges policy, saying leaving fees and costs unchanged would ensure council played its part in helping residents during tough economic times.

Cr Watson said council charges had increased rapidly in recent years, because “they are not covered by any fiscal restraint such as the rate pegging policy of the state government, and this is a relatively easy way of increasing council’s revenue stream”.

General manager Russ Pigg warned council stood to lose about $1.76 million if it left rates unchanged, and by not increasing fees and charges “the amount of revenue foregone would increase significantly”.

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Volleyball starting again

BEGA Volleyball will commence this year’s season on Thursday, May 3.
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Volleyball is played on a Thursday night only.

There are two grades, so no matter whether you are a novice or an experienced player, Bega Volleyball can cater for you.

For the next two Thursdays the stadium will be open for anybody who would like to come down and have a social game of volleyball.

This will be starting at 7.00pm.

Any teams or individuals wishing to play volleyball in the 2001 competition contact the Bega Sports Stadium on 6492-3310 or come along to the Stadium this Thursday at 7.00pm.

The annual general meeting will be held in the Bega Sports Stadium this Thursday at 7.00pm.

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Whopping bill to get roads up to scratch

$36 MILLION – that is the backlog of road work in the Shoalhaven.
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Shoalhaven City Council spends between $8 and $9 million a year on building and repairing roads throughout the district, but staff have been pushing for that figure to be increased to $15 million.

However bringing all council’s roads up to the required standard within one year would cost $36 million, according to council staff.

Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green said the answer lay in council attracting additional funding.

“We could really do with some more government funding just to help with our roads,” he said.

Council strategic planning director, Peter Adams, confirmed, “There’s a big gap between what we spend each year and what we need to spend to keep the roads up to scratch – and a big catch-up.”

Mr Adams said staff had spent a year assessing the condition of all council roads, to calculate the gap between where funding should be and where it was.

Staff also looked at needs for preventative maintenance and rehabilitation of failed pavements, he said.

In recent weeks council has come under increasing fire over the state of roads it maintains.

Former Shoalhaven mayor Greg Watson has led the charge, regularly pointing out the parlous state of the region’s roads.

Cr Watson said a massive injection of funds might not be the answer, as several council road projects had failed soon after completion.

“This sort of thing’s not good enough,” he said.

“When we construct a new pavement, it’s totally unacceptable to see it fail almost immediately.”

Cr Watson said problems with the quality of road projects could be traced back to earlier decisions to reduce standards and stop testing road base materials.

When council opened a quarry at Comberton Grange, “There was a decision to reduce council standards for road base at that time because the material we were taking from the quarry didn’t measure up to contemporary standards,” Cr Watson said.

In addition council has closed its roads materials testing laboratory as a cost-saving measure, he added, so there was no way of testing whether the road material it was receiving met Australian standards.

Mayoral hopeful Joanna Gash has also called for more use to be made of contractors to repair roads.

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Paul Lawler is club champ

The final Bega Rifle Club shoot for the 2000-01 championship and handicap championship year was held on Saturday, with the club championship going to Paul Lawler.
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The shoot consisted of two 10 shot matches with a total possible of 200 for the day.

The fickle wind mainly from the north-east, proved to be the dominate contender.

Peter Chote of Bemboka was welcomed to the range and he had an excellent first attempt at long range target shooting under the guidance of Phil Donoghue.

Scores for the day: (Scratch) Robert Lawler 95.2+93=188.2; Ole Ersvaer 92.2+93=185.2; Phil Donoghue 88+93.2=181.2; Janice Robinson 86.2+94.2=180.4; Frank Quint 86+94.3=180.3; Paul Lawler 86+94.1=180.1; Peter Chote 79+74=153.

(Handicap) Frank Quint 99.3, Robert Lawler 99, Ole Ersvaer 98.5, Janice Robinson 98, Phil Donoghue 96.1, Paul Lawler 94.3.

On Saturday, April 7, Bega Rifle Club will be hosting the Far South District Rifle Association annual general meeting as well as the Champion of Champions Shoot to decide who will represent the district in Sydney for the State Champion.

The shoot will be conducted over 300, 500 and 600 yards ten shots per range.

The day’s activities will commence at 11am with the annual general meeting, then the shoot.

For more information phone Robert Lawler on 6492-3612 Mobile 0417 096 47.

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Top consultants here for computer show in Bega

SOME of Sydney’ leading computer consultants will be in Bega this weekend for a computer show to be held at the Bega Telecottage on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.
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The consultants include Phil Gibbs representing Epson Australia, Canon and Agfa, Kyle McMillan from GCC & Maxwell Electronics, Scott Barnham – systems engineer at Apple Computer Australia, Mark Jackson from Allied Telesyn, Murray Nicholas from Edirol (Roland) and Leigh Finney from Apple Education.

Together with local Apple reseller, Lee Cross, they will showcase the latest in Apple computer technology including photo quality colour inkjet printers, colour laser printers, digital still and video cameras, scanners, wireless networking, and provide in depth information and demonstrations of The Internet.

There will be demonstrations of the latest software including Apple’s new operating system Mac OSX, MYOB accounting, desktop publishing, desktop video production and scanning and imaging software.

For the first time this year there will be a large range of Mac computer software available on sale.

There will also be some show specials offering savings to visitors to the expo.

Free seminars

A series of free seminars will be run in conjunction with the show.

The program is as follows: Saturday March 31: 9.15am The Internet web browsers.

Getting the most from your web browser. Beginners to intermediate. Ideal for people wanting to get a better understanding of the internet. Presenter: David Fisher – ACRNet

10.45am: Digital movie editing. The easy way to make and edit your own videos. Home movies have never been so much fun. Presenter: Scott Barnham (Apple Computer).

12.30pm: Making music on the Mac. Discover how to make music on your Macintosh. An in-depth look at MIDI, Roland Keyboards and music software for the Mac. Presenter: Murray Nicholas (Edirol Australia).

2.00pm: Mac OSX. Apple has just released the latest version of its new operating system, Mac OSX. Take a look at its ease of use and outstanding new features. Presenter: Scott Barnham (Apple Computer).

3.30pm: Colour laser printers in the office. Colour laser printers have dropped in price and now offer an economic alternative for in-house short-run colour printing. Presenter: Phil Gibbs.

Sunday, April 1:

9.45am: Mac OSX. Apple has just released the latest version of its new operating system, Mac OSX. Take a look at its ease of use and outstanding new features. Presenter: Scott Barnham (Apple Computer).

11.15am: Wireless networking. Forget the blue spaghetti. Wireless is gaining in popularity and this session looks at how to install and set-up wireless networks using the Apple Airport Base Station. Presenter: Leigh Finney (Apple Education).

12.45pm: Network documentation. What you need to let others know about your network. Presenter: Leigh Finney (Apple Education).

2.15pm: Getting more out of your Mac. Macintosh basics. Bring along your questions and presenter Lee Cross will provide the answers. Ideal for beginners to intermediate. Presentation includes basic troubleshooting.

Bookings for the seminars is recommended as seating is limited and priority wil be given topeople who have booked.

Phone 6492 5772 for bookings or futher information.

Internet expo

In conjunction with the Computer Expo, ACRNet staff will be on hand for the benefit of people wanting to get on to the Internet for the first time.

They will be able to answer questions and demonstrate the many facets of the Internet, including Email and the World Wide Web.

The expo hours are Saturday from 9am to 5pm; Sunday 9.30am to 4pm.

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Bermi men’s golf

BERMAGUI Country Club Men’s Golf results from last Saturday.
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Irish 6’s 4BBB winners: Peter Goodsall (19), Ross Allen (8); Bill Butler (13), Glenn Roberts (16) – 127 points. Par 72.

Results for Thursday, March 22 are: 4BBB winners – Bill McKenzie (10); Stuart Robertson, Wodonga (2) – net 62 points. Par 72.

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