Here comes the three o’ clock swill

“Recipe for trouble”: George Souris’ revelations regarding Sydney’s lockout laws have been criticised by experts studying Australia’s drinking culture.Customers of pubs and nightclubs in central Sydney will be allowed to buy four drinks per person shortly before a 3am alcohol curfew comes into force, allowing them to drink well beyond the cut-off time.
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The revelation by Hospitality Minister George Souris has been slammed as a ”recipe for trouble” and a sop to the hotels industry which undermines the intent of the laws designed to counter alcohol-related violence.

Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, said ”hoarding” of drinks was ”an obvious risk”.

New rules came into force on Monday imposing a 1.30am lockout and 3am curfew for alcohol service for venues across a newly-defined CBD entertainment precinct.

Explaining the regime on Monday, Mr Souris revealed a purchase limit of four drinks per person will apply right up to the 3am cut-off. This was in part to avoid having all patrons leaving the venue at once.

”You can buy four drinks per person just before 3am,” he said. ”Our entire plan is that we spread the departures.”

While venues are required to cease alcohol service at 3am, they will be allowed to remain open for as long as their trading hours permit, Mr Souris explained.

”After 3am the venue may stay open, of course, until its normal trading hours and then 5am is when a new day starts and alcohol may be commenced again at 5am.”

Later, a spokesman for Mr Souris said the decision to allow a four drinks per person limit before 3am was based on existing restrictions on pubs and clubs in Kings Cross. The spokesman said the four-drink per person limit was the ”recommended benchmark” for responsible service of alcohol guidelines in NSW.

But Mr Thorn said: ”Four drinks per person is the National Health and Medical Research Council’s recommendation of the total for the day for minimising short term risk. If that’s what the government is proposing, I think that is quite extraoardinary and highly problematic.”

Mr Thorn said the announcement was ”not what the public expected” from the new laws and ”runs counter to what the Premier [Barry O’Farrell] is trying to achieve”.

”Selling four drinks to an individual may be a fair thing if you’re thinking about it at midnight in Kings Cross, but at 3am I’d question whether that’s a responsible action on the part of a proprietor,” he said.

Associate professor Peter Miller, author of Australia’s two largest studies on drinking culture, said allowing the four-drink rule was a ”recipe for trouble”.

Professor Miller, with the school of psychology at Deakin University, said ”generally” pubs kick people out when alcohol service ends.

”This is an interesting twist on it and it’s hard to imagine why, other than some people have advocated to say if you do it this way you won’t hurt us as much,” he said. ”Realistically they’re not trading until three; realistically they’re trading until four if you can buy four drinks and don’t have to leave.”

A manager of a Sydney bar with a late licence told Fairfax Media that hoarding drinks was a Responsible Service of Alcohol issue.

”Hoarding drinks is a risk but it’s one of those commonsense things,” Phil Gannon, General Manager at Frankie’s Bar and Pizza, said. ”The bartender will have to make a decision … is [the customer] buying four drinks for himself or for his friends?”

Jimmy Sing, owner of Goodgod Small Club, said serving a large number of drinks just before 3am means judging the levels of intoxication of the person coming to the bar, and any of their friends.

“As it approached that time we’d be reluctant to serve that many drinks.

“But if they’ve got their friends around them – and we’ve judged them all to not be intoxicated – then we’d be happy to serve them.”

Mr Sing said it was about what was responsible service of alcohol in the circumstances.

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Domestic violence: mandatory sentencing laws may make victims reluctant to give evidence

Proposed new mandatory sentencing laws may have the unintended consequence of reducing the number of people convicted of domestic assault because witnesses may become more reluctant to provide evidence, women’s services and lawyers have warned.
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The president of the NSW Bar Association, Phillip Boulten, said women were often reluctant to take part in domestic violence prosecutions for a range of emotional and economic reasons.

”If people must receive a minimum of two years for domestic violence style assaults, it won’t take long before the victims will become reluctant to complain or will be reluctant to co-operate with the prosecution,” Mr Boulten said.

”If they thought their breadwinner was going to be in prison for two years they would pause before saying anything to anybody about their plight.”

Mr Boulten said police have become more proactive in charging people with domestic violence over the past five to 10 years.

”The prosecution has become more insistent on pressing charges,” he said.

”If mandatory sentencing, which was designed to reduce the level of drunken street violence results in less action being taken against domestic violence offenders, this is another unforeseen consequence of mandatory sentencing.”

The O’Farrell government has introduced mandatory sentences for alcohol-fuelled assault that leads to death and will soon introduce more mandatory sentences for assaults that lead to serious injury.

The executive officer for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, Karen Willis, said she was generally opposed to mandatory sentencing because it was ”the role of the courts to look at the circumstances of each case and make appropriate decisions”.

”If we keep going down this track there will be no point having a court,” she said.

Ms Willis said that when people are experiencing physical violence it was unlikely they would think about the consequences of a mandatory sentence for the perpetrator. But they may reconsider giving evidence after the event.

”I think at that point in time they are incredibly afraid, they are fearing for their life and they need help to get the violence to stop right now,” she said. ”Where the problem will kick in is if police lay charges and if they are relying on the evidence of the person who experienced the violence, it may be that the witness says I am not going to be a witness or I am not going to come to court.”

Ms Willis said one in three women experience domestic violence and one in five experience sexual assault, but more than 80 per cent of victims don’t report the violence.

”Men are often involved in violence in the public domain. But the violence that women experience is much more likely to be in their home and by their partner and ongoing over a long period.”

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said the government’s package of mandatory sentencing reforms are focused on alcohol-related violence in public places such as Kings Cross and the CBD.

”No one in the government has given any thought to how it will impact on the far more prevalent violence that is happening in people’s homes,” Mr Shoebridge said.

A spokeswoman for NSW Attorney General Greg Smith declined to address the concerns raised about the future of domestic violence prosecutions.

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‘Worst nightmare’: Robert Hughes sex assaults trial begins

On trial: Robert Hughes leaves court on Monday after a jury heard about alleged sexual and indecent assaults on several girls. robert-hughes
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On trial: Robert Hughes leaves court on Monday after a jury heard about alleged sexual and indecent assaults on several girls. Photo: Tamara Dean

Being tried for sexually and indecently assaulting young girls is the ”worst nightmare” of television star Robert Hughes, a man who was once ”as popular as the current prime minister of the day”, his lawyer has told a Sydney court.

The prosecution says the 65-year-old former Hey Dad! star is guilty of 11 child-sex charges in relation to multiple incidents in the mid- to late-1980s.

At the opening of his trial in Downing Centre District Court on Monday, Crown prosecutor Gina O’Rourke said that, on two separate occasions between January 1984 and April 1985, Hughes had non-consensual sexual intercourse with a girl aged 14 or 15, who was sleeping over at the star’s North Shore home.

On both occasions Hughes allegedly came into the room late at night, knelt down beside the young girl’s bed and digitally penetrated her. The jury heard that the actor licked the side of his victim’s face on the first occasion, before leaving her crying in the bed.

Ms O’Rourke said the second alleged victim was a girl between six and eight years old who says she was indecently assaulted by Hughes on four separate occasions between March 1985 and May 1986.

One incident allegedly involved Hughes coming into the room where the child and another girl were sleeping, walking between their two beds and whispering to the first child ”c’mon”.

The girl rolled over and Hughes allegedly pulled down the doona, took her hand and forced her to masturbate him.

Afterwards, Hughes allegedly told his victim she was a ”good girl”.

”He then handed her her teddy and said, ‘Here’s your teddy, go back to sleep’,” Ms O’Rourke told the court.

Approximately seven months later, Hughes allegedly struck again, indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl twice during a trip to Manly by forcing her to swim between his legs while deliberately exposing his penis.

The 10th charge involved a 15-year-old girl who allegedly came to Hughes seeking advice about becoming an actor.

Hughes indecently assaulted the girl during the course of an alleged infatuation that lasted some months and included sending her a dozen long-stemmed red roses on her 16th birthday.

The remaining charge related to an indecent assault that allegedly took place behind the set of Hey Dad!, when Hughes allegedly exposed his penis to a young actor.

Ms O’Rourke said the actor was lying on the ground behind the wall of the set, drawing, when Hughes came behind the same wall, looked at her and faced a full-length mirror.

”The accused made eye contact with the complainant, unbuckled and pulled down his pants and pulled down his underpants over his buttocks, exposing his penis,” Ms O’Rourke said.

”He then swayed his hips from side to side, making his penis sway. A short time later he pulled his shorts and underpants up before the complainant ran from the area and complained to another actor.”

The court heard that a number of the young girls who were indecently or sexually assaulted complained to their parents about what had happened.

However, it was not until March 2010, when one of the women made a number of allegations on commercial television and in a popular women’s magazine, that a police strike force was set up, leading to Hughes being charged and extradited to Australia from his home in London.

”Ladies and gentlemen, this is Robert Lindsay Hughes’ worst nightmare,” the actor’s solicitor Greg Walsh said.

”You can readily ascertain that these people [who have made the allegations] have been paid large sums for publicly making the allegations against Mr Hughes.

”You have heard the terms ‘rumour’ and ‘innuendo.’ What about this man who was probably as popular as the current prime minister of the day? Everybody knew him. It is important that you don’t make up your mind until you have all the evidence.”

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Cate McGregor on leaving Malcolm McGregor behind and becoming a woman

At ease: Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor is comfortable in her skin. Below, as Malcolm. 12345
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Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor is describing her first encounters with Tony Abbott in the early 1980s – on the rugby field and at a bar at Sydney University where the young leftie and the ‘‘coming man’’ of the right locked horns in a testosterone-fuelled game of one-upmanship.

‘‘We were taking a rise out of one another, niggling one another politically,’’ McGregor recalls. ‘‘And I really thought, ‘This guy’s such a schmuck. He’ll want a fight.’  I was goading him and he was goading me. But I soon discovered he was just a really good-natured bloke.’’

She and Abbott have been great mates ever since. Back then, though, she was he.  She was Malcolm McGregor, the boy from Toowoomba, cricketer, rugby player, Duntroon graduate, precocious political warrior and a coming man of the Australian Labor Party. Malcolm had no inkling then that, in his mid-50s, he would be overwhelmed by a seismic and agonising realisation: ‘‘That unless I  lived as a woman it would be futile going on.’’

On Monday night, Prime Minister Abbott introduced ABC television’s Australian Story and its feature on the remarkable life of Cate McGregor, AM.

‘‘Tony has never allowed ideology to filter his friendships,’’ McGregor tells Fairfax Media over lunch in Sydney. Nor did Abbott’s social conservatism become a filter when McGregor, the speechwriter for Chief of Army David Morrison, decided to transition to womanhood in 2012.

Malcolm McGregor had worked as an adviser to NSW Labor leader Bob Carr before becoming a Labor ‘‘rat’’ and walking out of the party in the early 1990s. He then worked for federal Liberal leader John Hewson, as did Abbott, before blowing up his bridges there, too, with columns attacking the Libs in The Australian Financial Review.

‘‘I wrote a column in September 1994 foreshadowing that John Howard would return to the leadership, and I was the only person in the country who said it. And Tony Abbott always said, ‘I reckon you belled the cat.’ It just gave it a legitimacy – and he thought it was a seminal column.’’

Cate McGregor, the woman in uniform and lipstick, suddenly gears down her voice to a faultless impression of Abbott that  turns the head of the gentleman at a nearby  table.

‘‘And so he said to me – y’know Tony’s got that mad axe-murderer laugh: ‘Heh-heh, mate, heh-heh-hah, for your services to the Liberal Party, mate, with the liquidation of – heh-heh-heh – John Hewson and to ensuring the return of truth and light to the leadership, mate – hah-hah – for all this, as we say in Rome, mate: You’re absolved!’’’

McGregor was not so readily absolved for the aerial bombing of Labor. ALP powerbroker Laurie Brereton had told McGregor: ‘‘We’re gonna rub you out.’’  ‘‘I went on Four Corners and looked down the barrel of the camera and said Brereton was a dingo. Bring it on! I said he’ll be too old before he’s good enough. He’s never been in a fight … And I said, like the rest of the NSW Right, they’re all hard men in the way that a teenage gang kicking a wino are hard men. And I said there’s not one of ’em I wouldn’t mind going down a dark alley way with – unless Tom Domican [a truly hard Labor man] was in tow with them. I was insane, crazy-brave.’’

McGregor realises now that Malcolm’s  macho aggression was masking something much deeper, much more disturbing.  ‘‘A death wish was driving me.’’

She refers to a study of 150 trans women over 30 years. ‘‘They were massively over-represented in alpha-male professions, risk-taking, hyper-masculine pursuits. Probably the three most obvious trans military women in the world are myself, Ayla Holdom, who was a jet fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force and now flies helicopters, and Kristin Beck, the former US navy seal. She was in the team [as Christopher Beck] that busted Osama Bin Laden.’’

McGregor, the woman, can declare now: ‘‘It’s amazing the bliss and ease in my own skin.’’

On Wednesday night she and Chaz Bono – formerly Chastity, Sonny and Cher’s only child – will feature at the Seymour Centre in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras event ‘‘Queer Thinking: Gender Trailblazers’’. On Friday night McGregor will join a feminist forum, ‘‘Women Say Something’’, at Sydney Town Hall. She has arrived as a woman.  But only two  years ago she was a mess: depressed, battling an eating disorder and resisting the persistent voice in her head  telling  her she could no longer live as Malcolm.

‘‘It was chaos. I thought, ‘Am I going mad? There’s no upside to becoming a woman. I’ll be a laughing stock. I’m going to hurt the person I love most in the world. I’ll lose my marriage. I’ll lose my job, my career, my house.’ I probably didn’t get more than two hours sleep on any given night for six months.’’

Malcolm McGregor was born in 1956, one of four children in a devoutly Catholic family in Toowoomba in southern Queensland.  He recalls a life of Arcadian simplicity, the long summers of backyard cricket, two kids to a bedroom, the wood-burning stove. ‘‘We  were very religious.

One sister became a nun.’’Malcolm was a small boy when his father, a World War II veteran, died in 1964. Malcolm was in second grade, about seven, when he first became curious about his sexuality.

‘‘I physically tried on my mother’s clothes when I was eight, going on nine. I remember thinking I just wanted to experience it …  to see how it felt to be a girl. And I remember it felt quite right.’’

Young Malcolm’s mother caught him, and to her it was just wrong. ‘‘She really flew at me. So I just didn’t do it again, until four years later. I had broken my ribs and I had the house to myself, so I experimented again. But there was some tell-tale sign. I left a lipstick stain or something. My mum was just extreme in her response.

“I’d had a really rigid upbringing. And I was a real goody two-shoes: academically strong, good at sport.’’ Malcolm was vice-captain at his Christian Brothers high school.  ‘‘And then straight into Duntroon, which in the 1970 was run like a moderately enlightened Cistercian community from the medieval era.’’He had never considered any other career but the army. ‘‘I’m sure it was a kind of maladroit attempt to win my father’s approval or to connect with him in some way. And I was probably trying to quell my disquiet about my gender, as well.’’

Out of Duntroon, McGregor’s delayed political awakening came in a rush from the left.  ‘‘I channelled a lot of intensity into external causes for a long time because I didn’t know what was going on inside.’’

He also took to the drink with a vengeance. In 1985, a counsellor diagnosed  McGregor as transgender, but Malcolm repressed those feelings for the next 26 years. He would quit drinking in 1990 and get on with his life as a man. He had been with his wife, Tritia – ‘‘the love of my life’’ – for about 15 years when, in 2010, he went into therapy for what he assumed was a typical male mid-life crisis: lethargy, depression, ‘‘loss of animation and volition’’.

Always fit, his body weight hadn’t deviated in 25 years, but suddenly he gained 16 kilograms and peaked at 85kg. Then followed an eating disorder and McGregor’s weight plummeted to 63kg.On the last Sunday in October, 2011, he was rocked by a story in The Sun-Herald about the former champion surfer Peter Drouyn who, after reassignment surgery in 2008, was living happily as Westerly Windina. ‘‘It really was the detonator event,’’ says McGregor.

Malcolm was working on a book, An Indian Summer of Cricket, but ‘‘I literally couldn’t expel the thought that I was really female. It was like a fly wheel inside my psyche, and it just seemed to keep whirring.’’

On the  last full day of the Adelaide Test in January 2012, McGregor was in the grandstand. ‘‘I’d been awarded the Order of Australia the day before,’’ he says.

‘‘They’d announced it at the Adelaide Oval. Ricky Ponting and I were both in the same list. And I’m sitting in the grandstand thinking I’d rather be dead.’’

McGregor broke down with an anxiety attack. It was the Indian team doctor, as she recalls, who came to his aid. By mid-year McGregor had made the final decision to transition.  Her  sole regret is that it ended  her marriage.

‘‘I never entered that marriage with the slightest doubt that I would get old with her, the woman I love. But she got through her grief and anger and sense of betrayal in the most extraordinarily courageous and dignified way. And we remain really, really close. She now sees me as a woman, which is incredibly affirming.’’

So does Lieutenant General David Morrison, McGregor’s boss. He refused her offer to resign and she is among 15 transgender people in the defence forces.

McGregor left it to the last chapter of her book, written as Malcolm, to tell readers she would be a woman by the time they were reading it. Tony Abbott wrote a review in which he lauded her courage.

McGregor voted for Abbott’s government, though some differences remain between  them. But she says it would be ‘‘churlish and incredibly disloyal’’ to attack him publicly on matters such as gay marriage ‘‘when he’s been so supportive of me’’.

‘‘He’s done it at some risk to his core constituency. Cory Bernardi would tar and feather me, I suspect. There’s a large slab of conservative opinion that would think I’m utterly repulsive.  Tony’s support for me, overtly, comes at some cost [to him], while it will get him cheap applause from people who will never vote for him. He’s made a sacrifice in the name of friendship, and if my sacrifice is not to run around crusading against him, then I think it’s a fair bargain.’’

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NRL boss unfazed by drawn-out doping probe

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NRL chief executive Dave Smith isn’t surprised the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation has dragged on for more than a year.

More than 12 months after Smith and the heads of six other codes attended the news conference in Canberra branded ”the darkest day in Australian sport”, no player has been suspended and the investigation into the use of banned substances continues.

Smith said he knew at the time that any outcome was a long way off and the NRL had acted carefully as a result. ”I am not surprised, given the complexity and the amount of work involved,” Smith said. ”I can remember as part of that process, as difficult as it was, that the allegations were incredibly serious and really complicated. It felt that it was just at the start, rather than halfway through it, so I felt that it would take a while for the investigators to investigate and for the facts to become clear. That is exactly why I have managed it the way I have because it wasn’t clear and it is becoming clearer as we have managed to establish the facts.”

Former Canberra back Sandor Earl is so far the only player in any code to receive an infraction notice after admitting to using the banned peptide CJC-1295 to treat a shoulder injury in 2011. Earl is facing a ban of up to four years for use and trafficking of a prohibited substance, but is seeking a 75 per cent reduction for providing ”substantial assistance” to the investigation. However, he remains in limbo and NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said he didn’t know when Earl would learn his fate.

”At the moment, Sandor and his legal team are obviously still working with ASADA in regards to the level of substantial assistance,” Doyle said. ”It is out of our hands until they have concluded all their discussions and then, obviously, we will take that forward.”

Smith said the NRL was still awaiting a submission from Parramatta trainer Trent Elkin to support his appeal against a minimum two-year ban announced before Christmas over his role in the supplements program at Cronulla in 2011.

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West Wyalong to react to inquiry

Bland Shire Council mayor Neil Pokoney has responded to reports a triple-0 call went unanswered in West Wyalong.
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The Police Integrity Commission (PIC) is investigating the police response to a call made before the killing of a West Wyalong man, with revelations that it wasn’t responded to for at least an hour.

NSW Police have reported problems with radios dropping out of reception in the southern region and at the time of the alleged murder.

It is believed the PIC will focus its investigation on the operation of the radios.

Bland mayor Neil Pokoney raised the case at council’s last meeting and has said council will respond to the findings of the PIC investigation.

“When you ring triple-0 there is a clear expectation that help is on the way,” he said.

“We would be looking for an assurance about what transpired on that day to create the delay if it is proven.”

Councillor Pokoney said a “set of circumstances” would have had to contributed to a delayed police response to a triple-0 call.

“It’s all in the context of that investigation,” he said.

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Vikings aim for inaugural Football Federation Australia tournament

SEBASTOPOL-based soccer club Vikings is one of many at grassroots level that can look to take its game to the big stage through the FFA Cup.
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Football Federation Australia yesterday launched the inaugural tournament – modelled on England’s FA Cup – with the final to be played on December 16.

More than 600 teams from eight state and territory federations across the country will battle it out for 22 spots in the competition, where they’ll be pitted against the 10 A-League teams in the knock-out stage.

It is believed Victoria’s four representative semi-professional/amateur clubs will be derived from the state-based Dockerty Cup this year.

Vikings president Rod Oppenhuis said he was a supporter of the cup system, which his club has been involved in at state level in the past few years.

“I think the concept is good because it gives opportunities for lower-ranked sides to play against sides in other states, potentially, if you go through,” he said.

Oppenhuis said the club always aimed to progress as far as it could in the state-based cup, giving it the opportunity to play against top-level teams.

The FFA Cup is just an expansion on that.

“Upsets happen, don’t they?” he said.

“As long as it’s going, we will be playing in the cup system.”

Vikings will play in state league four this season, following the restructure of Victorian soccer that took place after the establishment of the National Premier Leagues competition, where the Ballarat Red Devils will play.

FFA boss David Gallop admitted the competition would be a “seven-figure exercise” for the FFA, which has committed to covering travel expenses for the away sides.

But Gallop said the governing body had secured sponsors, who would take some of the sting out of the bill.

“We’ve got it to a point where it’s affordable,” he said.

“The holy grail for football is making a connection between the grassroots and the professional level, and there’s no better way to do that than to create a cup knock-out competition like this.

“We see it as a very important investment for the game’s future.”

Gallop said a promotion and relegation system and expansion of the A-League were still some years away, but the FFA Cup was an important step in making them viable.

Sides from Queensland, NSW, Northern New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia will all be participating in this year’s competition. The Northern Territory will join in 2015.

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Council plans gradual replacement of coastal shrubs

COASTAL wattle and tea-trees along Warrnambool’s foreshore could progressively be replaced by indigenous seaside species under new management plans adopted by the city council last night.
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Controlled burning is also considered as a viable option under the new 10-year policy documents approved on a 4-3 vote.

However, there is little likelihood of a major relaxation of guidelines around trimming of vegetation blocking views from the popular McGennan car park.

Work will also be done to restrict vehicles and horses from sensitive environmental areas, particularly at Levys Point. Better rabbit control is also recommended.

Wattles, tea-trees and marram grass were listed among several invasive weed species, many of which will be removed.

Work will also be done to restrict vehicles and horses from sensitive environmental areas, particularly at Levys Point. Better rabbit control is also recommended.

In two of the most detailed reports to come to the council table in many years the raft of revised guidelines were outlined along with extensive community feedback late last year.

City growth director Bill Millard said the plans would provide more consistency with less bureacracy for the council in undertaking work on coastal Crown land for which is it the local manager.

“It gives us a framework to operate in, but if we vary from that we would have to seek permission from government departments,” he said.

A total of 98 indigenous and 105 introduced species are recorded along the Warrnambool coastline. Six species are listed as rare or threatened and have state significance.

While the new guidelines indicate coastal wattle and tea-trees will be removed from the Granny’s Grave area, there is no push for urgent removal of these species from the main promenade closer to the main beach.

Instead the tea-tree will be left to stabilise the dunes and replaced as it deteriorates.

“Although coastal tea-tree is not indigenous, it does provide some habitat values and significant physical structure,” the strategy report says.

“A large investment in revegetation is not desirable in the long term.”

Instead, the strategy says as tea-tree falls over it should be replaced with coastal dune scrub, while drooping sheoak and boobialla should be added where tall vegetation was appropriate.

“Current” views of the beach from the car park and pedestrian walk should be maintained through annual trimming, it says.

It was use of the term “current” that prompted councillors Peter Sycopoulis, Peter Hulin and Brian Kelson to vote against the plans, arguing that residents were still wanting the view restored to what it was years ago.

Other councillors noted contradictions about tea-tree, but said the new management plans were a step in the right direction to give more consistency and local autonomy.

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Turn Back Time Tuesday #4Photos

Click or flick across to see what made the headlines inThe Timesthis week inFebruary 2008.
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Turn Back TimeTuesdayis here to take readers back to the events of yesteryear.

Each week, we’ll bring you new photos of the news from years gone by.

The Times’front page story:House prices along the south coast were increasing, with several properties notably cracking the million-dollar mark across Spring 2007 and Summer 2008.

Nationalnews:Melbourne based artist Sam Leach raised eyebrows with his self portrait Self in Uniform, which was inspired by a poster of Adolf Hitler. The work was a finalist in the 2008 Archibald Prize.

Number one song in Australia:Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love

PLAYTIME: City of Victor Harbor Mary-Lou Corcoran was excited about the start of Whaletime Playtime in June 2008.

ON TOP: The Times won the best newspaper award in the over 6000 copies per week category at the Country Press Awards. Pictured celebrating the award are The Times’ then managing editor Carolyn Jeffrey and BankSA regional manager South East Rural Kevin Sorrell, and The Times’ staff of the day: journalists Brooke DuBois, Claire Thwaites, Amie Brokenshire, Michael Simmons; photographer Michael Oakes; admin staff Jan Wood, Jenny Telford and Sue Flynn. Production staff Julie Lucht de Freibruch, Graeme Lavis, Delrae Galpin and Ellen Wheaton; sales staff Tanya Schafer, Tamera Dowsett, Nola Schulz, Karyn Reynolds, Jacqueline Stam and Rob Wood. Missing were Venitta Williams, Cassandra Pennycook, Julia Beckett, Judy Pinson and Drew Evers.

MAKE IT RAIN: Fleurieu properties valued at more than a million dollars were becoming increasingly popular with buyers. Pictured are Toop&Toop real estate agent Mark Thwaites with new home owner Sharon Couper, who bought a Bridge Terrace house for more than $1.4 million.

NOT A SCRATCH: Laurie Taylor escaped with minor cuts and bruises after he collided with a kangaroo on Victor Harbor Road between Willunga and Mount Compass on February 19, 2008.

OFF YOU GO: Mount Compass A1 player Alex Num drives a ball hard at the weekend’s cricket match against Encounter Bay.

ON THE MOVE: Under 16 Slammers player Ayden Bartlett heads down the court in an attempt to score in the grand final of the match in the Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association carnival.

LOW: Goolwa White division three player Morgan Stanley gets his racket to the ground to make a swift shot during the weekend tennis.

YOU CAN’T STOP ME: Sam Stevanovic is surrounded in the under 16 boys finals against Strathalbyn at the Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association’s association carnival.

STAYING ALIVE: South Coast SES’ Bob Suba shows Adelaide’s Rachael Schubert and Encounter Bay’s Dawn Miller the jaws of life at Port Elliot CFS’ 50th birthday celebrations.

TOO CUTE: Chelsea Miller from Port Elliot shows Victor Harbor’s Matthew Miller the original trailer pump used by the Port Elliot CFS at its 50th anniversary celebrations.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: ANZ Victor Harbor opened at its new building on the corner of Coral Street and Torrens Road. Pictured are ANZ managing director of rural banking Rob Goudsward, City of Victor Harbor mayor Mary-Lou Corcoran, Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly and ANZ Victor Harbor branch manager Matt Cousins.

NOT LONG TO GO: Efforts to fund-raise for the Fleurieu’s Relay for Life 2008 event were ramping up with garage sales, morning teas and more. Pictured are the Odd Bods team members Judy Bray, Michelle and Simon Fuller, Squizzy, Claire Fuller, Brenda Brown and Shirley Binsted.

FINISHING TOUCH: City of Victor Harbor city manager Graeme Maxwell was happy to be at the unveiling of the town Civic Centre’s mosaic unveiling. The work was designed by Jeff Kropinyeri.

PLANTING THE FUTURE: VIctor Harbor R-7 School students Katrina, Harmony, Lena, Kalib, Ashlee, Mitchell, Jake and Maria helped establish the Yntuwallin Community Garden at the Southern Fleurieu Health Service.

WHAT A MILESTONE: Port Elliot CFS celebrated its 50th birthday and acknowledged the efforts put in by many of its members. Pictured receiving National Service Medals for their outstanding levels of service are Terry Vivian, Darren Van Rens, Oliver Modra, Edward Vivian, Allan Pomery, Deane Perry and Paul Freebairn.

GRIND: Peter Inkster and Marshall Watson were excited to use the new Port Elliot skate park, which opened on February 11, 2008.

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Mixed challenge results for croquet team

BALLARAT has emerged from last week’s Ballarat-Geelong Intercity Association Croquet Challenge with mixed results.
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The Ballarat district was strengthened by the influence of world champion Robert Fletcher and his brother Malcolm, with the pair helping the team lay claim to the coveted Austin Cup during the tournament’s second day at the Alexandra Croquet Club.

Meanwhile, the Geelong region was able to retain its grip on the Engleby Cup, eventually winning it five-and-a-half games to two.

Ballarat’s 6-2 win for the Austin Cup was set up by a 4-0 lead on the first day, held in Geelong last December, with the Fletcher brothers contributing to the overall victory with one win and one loss.

They opened their account with a loss to Geelong pair Stephen Forster and Kerri-Ann Organ before ousting Gareth Bushill and Eric Miller.

In the other game, Ballarat’s Brian Wreither and Tony Chew lost to Miller and Bushill before beating Organ and Forster.

Ballarat’s Tony Chew during the Ballarat-Geelong Intercity Association Croquet Challenge.

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