People attacked as wild dog problem escalates

North-eastern NSW wild dog facilitator, Dave Worsley, with a wild dog he trapped in the Upper Hunter where the wild dog problem is just as bad as in the New England.As landowners in the Northern Tablelands are set to be surveyed on wild dog management it’s been revealed that at least 3870 head of livestock were killed by wild dogs in the New England area in the pasttwo financial years.
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Experts say the reported number of losses is only the tip of the iceberg as many landowners don’t report losses to Local Land Services.

Also, two New England farmers have been attacked by wild dogs recently,a farmer from Ebor bailed up by a pack of wild dogs as he tried to protect his farm dog, while a dog owner at Mummulgum,near Casino, was injured as she tried to save her fox terriers as wild dogs attacked, killing nine of her pet dogs.

The attacks come as the Department of Primary Industries and LLS try to get a better picture of how the “significant” wild dog problem in the New England should be handled.

The DPI announced this week it was starting a survey of at least 800 farmers and residents over two weeks, starting from early November.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) economist, Salahadin Khairo, said the survey was designed to find areas where wild dogs impact on local communities and identify the best management options.

“We are targeting a diverse community of producers, small landholders and people living in peri-urban areaswhere wild dogs are found,” Mr Khairo said.

“Up to 800 local residents will be contacted by email, mobile and landline telephone services and by post to ensure we reach people whose lives are affected by wild dogs.”

Dave Worsley with land owners learning how to trap wild dogs.

The survey is being conducted through a University of New England research project in collaboration with north-eastern NSW wild dog facilitator, David Worsley.

Mr Worsley revealed that there were 3870 head of livestock killed by wild dog attacks from June 2015 to June 2017.

Of these 3814 were sheep and 56 were cattle.

“These figures are obviously less than the actual losses. Becauseof what happens we are not getting the full picture,” he said.

Dave Worsley with a dead wild dog.

Mr Worsley works independently, funded by industry but working with all stakeholders to achieve consensus on wild dog control.

He said baiting was still the bread and butter way to control wild dogs. Farmers had to look outwards as much as inside their boundaries to control wild dogs. The recent attacks on people were alarming and the farmer at Ebor was “lucky”when bailed up by the wild dogs, which are getting more adventurous, entering peri-urban areas.

Mr Worsley was also concerned that regional manager cutbacks inside the National Parks and Wildlife Service would impacton wild dog controls, with less people on the ground in parks.

A great step forward has been the creation of 40 wild dog management groups in the New England area, each with their own chain of command, able to adapt to local issues.

Regional pest control plans were also due to be developed under new NSW Biosecurity legislation, which would allow regions to respond to specific issues in their area..

The normal wild dog was about 60 per cent dingo. Many were solitary but they also sometimes roamed in packs.

NSW Northern Tablelands and North Coast residents who would like to take the survey or get more information on the project should contact Salahadin Khairo(02) 6391 3753.

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Clean up your act, recycle

National Recycling Week will be heldon November 13-19, 2017 and Planet Ark is encouraging everyone to be a good sort by recycling at their home, school or workplace.
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Now in its 22nd year, Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week was founded to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Recycling has become part of our everyday lives and it’s an industry that is continually evolving with new technology and innovations that manage our waste and help protect the environment.

This year’s theme, ‘What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters’, highlights why it’s so important to close the recycling loop.

When items are recycled, they are turned into new products (or base materials that can be made into new products), which reduces waste and saves resources.

The key to closing the recycling loop is for consumers and businesses to give their recycling another life by buying products made from recycled materials.

The good news is we are surrounded by these products; from drink bottles, shoesand clothing to chopping boards, toilet paper, furniture, carpet underlay, newspapers and many more.

National Recycling Week is a great opportunity to find out what and where to recycle, what happens during the recycling process, and how to support the circular economy.

Popular National Recycling Week activities include:

Friday File Fling– This is an opportunity to give your unwanted files the flick. Tonnes of high-quality office paper are currently stored away in the unused files of Australian workplaces, just waiting to be recycled and put back into circulation.

Set some time aside on Friday November 17 to declutter your filing cabinets, give used paper another life and raise office paper recycling rates.

Big Aussie Swap– Don’t want it? Swap it! The Big Aussie Swap is a fun and free way to help the environment. Bring along items you no longerwant, exchange each item for a token, then swap the token for pre-loved items brought in by others.

Schools Recycle Right –Schools around the country are invited to join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, which offers a wide range of recycling-themed activities, lesson plans and event ideas with a particular focus on the journey of old mobiles and printer cartridges and the process of recycling paper. Resources have been developed to enable learning in afun way.

These initiatives are designed to get schools, social or community groups and businesses recycling, in addition to the recycling actions people take at home.

Visit RecyclingWeek.PlanetArk.org or call the National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712 for further information about any of theNational Recycling Week initiatives.

Buy recycled goods: Designer and National Recycling Week ambassador James Treble is encouraging consumers to close the recycling loop by buying products made from recycled materials.

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Malcolm Turnbull is ‘leader at the moment’: Kevin Andrews

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Former Defence Minister Kevin Andrews during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 25 February 2016. Photo: Alex EllinghausenFormer cabinet minister Kevin Andrews has described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “leader at the moment” and suggested the government is failing to provide strong and decisive leadership.
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Mr Andrews, a staunch conservative ally of former prime minister Tony Abbott who helped end Mr Turnbull’s first stint as leader of the Liberal Party in 2009, said there was “no move to change him that I’m aware of”.

Asked by ABC what he meant when he described Mr Turnbull as “leader at the moment”, Mr Andrews said: “He’s the leader, he’s the Prime Minister. I’m simply saying he’s the Prime Minister. But what we have at the moment is a clear frustration on the part of the Australian public that they’re not getting what they want and whoever the leader is, they need to be responding to this.”

Mr Andrews was dumped by Mr Turnbull from the defence portfolio in 2015.

Last year he sparked a fresh outbreak of Liberal Party disunity after suggesting he was prepared to challenge Mr Turnbull for the leadership, and then claimed to have been taken out of context in an interview with his local paper.

But even as he played down the report in the Manningham Leader, Mr Andrews raised eyebrows in Liberal ranks as he declared “at the present time, Mr Turnbull is the Prime Minister”.

At the time, a Coalition MP told Fairfax Media that Mr Andrews should “just f— off”.

Mr Andrews’ latest comments, responding to the Prime Minister’s handling of the ongoing citizenship crisis gripping the Parliament, are the second time in as many days he has openly criticised Mr Turnbull’s leadership.

He told the ABC on Friday morning that “people are feeling frustrated” with the Prime Minister’s leadership but also lamented the “merry-go-round” approach to ousting Australian leaders in recent years.

Asked if he might play a role in ousting Mr Turnbull again, Mr Andrews said: “There isn’t a vacancy at the moment. The Prime Minister’s there. There’s no mood or appetite on the basis of this merry-go-round we’ve had for years for yet another change. But we’ve got to show some leadership and reflect the concerns and frustrations of the people of Australia.”

On Thursday, Mr Andrews used an interview with Sky News to call for “strong and decisive leadership”, and said the government should conduct an audit of parliamentarians’ citizenship status.

The months-long citizenship storm has been revived in recent days, with revelations Senate president Stephen Parry holds dual citizenship – a fact known for weeks by at least one cabinet minister – and new concerns about Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

With the major parties feeling the heat, the opposition is warming to the idea of a Parliament-wide citizenship audit, which has been demanded by the crossbenchers and a handful of backbenchers – including Mr Andrews.

Responding to the comments, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann – a key conservative ally of Mr Turnbull – said the Prime Minister was providing strong leadership.

“He has got the overwhelming support of our party room and let me say all of the difficult policy issues that have been intractable for a long time that we have navigated as a Coalition party room in recent months … they have all been pursued with great skill by the Prime Minister.”

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Pooch pad’s pride of place in Bardon renovation

It’s no longer up for debate that pets are part of the family, and this Bardon homeowner took that to heart while planning the renovation of her Angus Street home, even going as far as to build a dog house into the structure.
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Once Nicole Steffensen bought the property in 2013, she set about planning out the renovation for her new family home. She has three teenaged daughters aged 19, 16, and 13 and two dogs and included all of their needs in the drafting process.

“[My] daughters all wanted to be downstairs, I asked if they wanted big bedrooms or a big lounge but they all wanted big bedrooms,” Ms Steffensen said. Then came the other two kids, Oscar and Milo.

“They’re like my babies. With all of the fencing and the yard, they were a part of the considerations like my daughters as well,” Ms Steffensen said. “[The dogs] come inside as well but they sleep outside at night. The architect who designed the house said there was a void under the house and we can put them there, it’s seamless.”

Ms Steffensen said the built-in dog house under the stairs drew lots of interest from friends and family.

“For me it was just like an obvious thing, but everyone does comment on it,” she said. “It’s like, ‘oh the dogs have got their own little room’.”

Built-in dog house excluded, the renovation itself is still breathtaking. Despite the children deciding to opt for larger personal bedrooms, the house is still filled with huge amounts of living space. The living areas were spaced out so the children could bring friends around without disturbing mum and dad.

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Outdoors, the 822-square-metre block is beautifully landscaped and terraced, with a pool on the upper level.

Ms Steffensen put the house up for sale, because her eldest daughter is planning on moving out, and she’s pre-empting downsizing. She said she loved the renovation process, and may do another.

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Child pornography in Marist home

Sentenced: Former Hamilton Marist Brother Terry Gilsenan pictured at the order’s harbourfront home in Sydney.MARIST Schools Australia saw no problem giving convicted child rapistBrother Terry Gilsenan a prominent position on its website in 2015, as contact person for school resourcesincluding comic books and posters.
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He was only identified as “Brother Terry” when the Newcastle Heraldchecked to confirm he was a former Hamilton Marist Brother who was jailed in 2001 for rapinga 12-year-old boy in the 1980s.

‘‘It is the view of the Marist Brothers that Brothers who have been convicted can be gainfully employed, provided the strictest conditions are met,” Marist Brothers Provincial Leader Brother Jeffrey Crowe said in 2015.

“Brother Terry’s role and these conditions were considered appropriate for someone in his circumstances. They are regularly reviewed.”

Nine months later Gilsenan, 62, was charged with five counts of making and possessing child abuse material while living at theMarists’ harbourfront property in Drummoyne and a second property at Tennison Point.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday aSydney District Court judge was told Gilsenan was still on parole in 2003 when he photoshopped a photo of the head of a 13-year-old girl on to the naked body of a woman and used it as part of a sexual fantasy, for his sexual gratification.

The court was told the Marist order allowed him to remain a Marist Brother after serving his jail sentence, and later approved formal roles for him within the Marist Schools system.

Between August 2015 and February 2016 Gilsenanphotoshopped more images of a teenage girl and a naked woman. During a police search of his belongings at the Marist properties in February 2016, more than 400 images of naked children were found.

Solicitor Greg Walsh argued Gilsenan’s crimes were serious but he had not disseminated the images and there was no physical harm or cruelty, although he conceded they were “not victimless crimes”.

Gilsenan hasbeen removed from the Marist order and is no longer a Brother after the Marists adopted “a much more vigorous and rigorous regime” of responding to its convicted child sex offenders because of the Gilsenan case, Mr Walsh told the court.

He argued Gilsenan had already served 20 months’ in custody and “never wants to offend again because he just doesn’t want to go back to jail”.

The court was told Gilsenan will be supported by the order when he leaves jail.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Gilsenan was a teacher at Hamilton Marist Brothers in 1995-96.