THE next chapter in Strike Force Croci, the crackdown on illegal drugs in the Shoalhaven, played out in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday.
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Twenty-two people, facing a variety of drug related offences, charged as part of the seven-month operation, appeared before Magistrate Dr Gabriel Fleming.

The charges include the supply a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis which is strictly indictable, supply a prohibited drug indictable quantity (not cannabis) and with taking part in the supply of prohibited drugs a commercial quantity strictly indictable – some of these charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Edward Cruickshank, 46, of Socrates Place, Worrigee; Jason Keith Aitken, 38, of the Gateway Caravan Park, Pleasant Way, Nowra; Danny Alexander Goodwin, 45, of Cockbourne Place, Vincentia; and Jason Gerald Murray, 42, of Torridon Street, East Nowra were all refused bail and will reappear in Nowra Local Court on December 8.

Megan Maree Brown, 39, of McKay Street, Nowra; Khan Daniel Paap, 28, of Lumea Street, Sanctuary Point; Arthur David McLeod, 40, of Parnell Road, Tomerong; and Pierre Davaine, 32, of Paluma Way, Nowra each had their bail continued and will return to court on December 8.

Robert Lindon Smith, 49, of Wallace Street, Nowra; Katherine Jane Davison, 24, of Katela Avenue, Bomaderry; Terry Wayne Acton, 40, of Sanctuary Point Road, Sanctuary Point; Lupco Iloiski, 44, of Platypus Way, Blackbutt; Clint Usher, 33, of Pleasant Way, Nowra; Michael Dennis Healy, 49, of North Street, Nowra; Jamie William Pierce, 30, of Carver Circuit, St Georges Basin; Thomas Martin Smith, 28, of Quiberon Street, Nowra; Brett Edward George, 46, of Oxford Street, South Nowra; Jesse Raymond Craig, 45, of Oxford Street, South Nowra; andDean James Collier, 36, of no fixed place of abode were all refused bail and will reappear in Nowra Local Court on January 19, 2016.

Brian Arthur Braddick, 35, of Quiberon Street, Nowra; Trevor Braddick, 32, of Hillcrest Avenue, Nowra; and Chad Oxford, 35, of Leumeah Street, Sanctuary Point each had their bail continued and will return to court on January 19.

A total of 44 people have been charged as a result of Strike Force Croci’s operation.

Eleven of those charged have either entered guilty pleas or been found guilty, with nine now sentenced.

They have received various sentences including fines, good behaviour bonds and ordered to undertake community service orders.

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LOW scoreswere the theme of theweekend’s Far South Cricket Association A grade competition.
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QUICK WICKETS: Tyrone Thomas picked up 3/27 with the ball in Eden’s three wicket win over the Bega/Angledale Bulls on Saturday.

Eden’sIsaac Walker demolished the Bega/Angledale batsmen andfollowed up his 5/19 last week with a stunning 4/6 off just four overs, including one maiden.

The Bega/Angledale Bulls batted first at Eden Cricket Ground andslumped to be all out for 77 off just 26 overs.

Walker has an outstanding strike rate this season and has picked up a wicket with every 10 balls bowled.

Bega’s Glen Willcox top scored with a more-than-crucial 30, with the next highest scorer Lachlan Sims with 13 – and sundries with 12.

The Bulls were in trouble early at 3/19 before Willcox dragged the Bulls out of serious trouble.

For Eden, Tyrone Thomas picked up 3/27 with the ball and Reece Wheeler snagged 2/16.

Chasing a small target is not always easy and in response the Bulls quickly had Eden 3/23 before the match-savingWheeler came to the crease.

When he was run out, Eden was cruising to victory at3/64 before losing four wickets for no run and staggering to a much-needed victory by just threewickets.

The Merimbula Knights Cricket Clubheld on to top spot on the Far South Cricket Association ladder with a victory against Pambula on Saturday.

Knights opening bowler Brayden MacDonald claimed six Pambula wickets for just 17 runs to insure victory.

Batting first at the Pambula Beach Ground Merimbula were in a strong position at 3/125 before losing five wickets for just 23 runs late in the inningsandcrawling to 9/184 off their 40 overs.

Dylan Jordan playing his first game of the season topped scored with 37 at the top of the order, before being caught and bowled by Charlie Baker.

Bakerpicked up 3/42 off seven overs whileBrendon Gordon was the pick of the bowlers with 3/27.

A number of Merimbula batsman got starts with none able to convert that into a big score.

Ashley Postance with 32,Jacob MacDonald with 27 andLincoln Rixon-Petty with 29 all made contributions.

The Bluedogs were set a task of 4.6 runs per over for victory and captain Tom Hammond looked to settle the innings with 29.

When he fell to Braydenthe Bluedogs 141 runs were still required for victory.

Brayden was unstoppable claiming the first six Bluedogswickets to fall, leaving Pambula reeling at 6/53.

Postance picked up 2/4 late in the innings to have Pambula all out for 92 off just 28 overs.

Brayden now has 12 wickets from four games this season at an average of 5.92, an economy rate of just 2.22 and the team captain claims a wicket with every 16 deliveries.

Merimbula now sits on top of the ladder with 46 points.

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Hot weather advice from St John Ambulance. Video: SMH
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4.45pm:Temperatures hit the mid 30s across the Illawarra onWednesday, surpassing forecast maximums and delivering a taste of what’s to come.

After a warm start to the day, themercury climbedto a high of36.4degrees in Albion Park at 4.25pm.

Coastal temperatures weren’t far behind, with a top of36.1degrees recordedat the Bellambi Point weather station just minutes earlier.

A gusty southerly change is expected to movethrough the region on Wednesday evening, cooling Thursday temperatures to 29degrees on the coast and 32 inland.

Friday will be a hot and sunny 38 degrees in Wollongong and a degree warmer at Albion Park.

The above-average temperaturesarebeing caused bydry and increasingly hot air from central Australia being drawn into NSW.

University of Wollongong students beat the heat with a dip in the ocean off City Beach on Wednesday. Picture: Adam McLean

2.30pm:Temperatures have surpassed 35 degrees across the Illawarra early Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the mercury climbed to 35.8degrees in Albion Park at 2.25pm.

On the coast, the temperature hit 35.3at the Bellambi Point weather station about 2.15pm.

10.45am:Illawarra, are you starting to feel the heat?

The mercury isrising across the region on Wednesday morning –a sign of what’s to come overthe next few days.

By 10.30am, temperatures havealready reached 31.3 degrees inAlbion Park and 29.5 degreesat Bellambi Pointon the coast.

The temperatures are nudging Wednesday’s forecast maximums of 34 and 32 degrees, respectively.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Wollongong can expect a sunny Wednesday.

Light winds will become west to northwesterly in the late morning.

Afternoon north-easterly seabreezes are possible before a gusty southerly change.

The changewill keep a lid on Thursday’s temperatures, with29 degrees the expected top in Wollongong.

Friday will be a hot and sunny 38 degrees on the coast and 39 inland.

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Walking path aliabilityI write in regard to works carried out at Russell Square, Brown Hill. Council has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade facilities. New Soccer rooms used 6 months a year at most, new Netball court used infrequently, new cricket pitches again occasional use and now I see $250,000 to be spent on training lights.The Council can mow the ovals weekly and sometimes twice weekly for these activities to occur.
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But despite frequent contact with Council about the state of the walking track that runs around Russell Square and the dangerous situation, I can get no response. The track is used daily by dozens of people but Council has allowed it to deteriorate to a narrow excuse of a path.

Inaddition the above mentioned works have taken their toll with heavy machinery chewing it up continually. It is now a sunken walking trap. Recently a lady was badly injured when trying to step aside to allow runners to go past and tripped on the raised edges. She suffered substantial injuries including massive facial contusions, broken facial bones and cracked ribs, and she is not the only casualty. Still Council have not even the courtesy to reply and arrogantly do nothing about the danger. Wash-aways, exposed rocks and overgrown edges show Councils lack of maintenance, and all together make a recipe for disaster. Come on Council, do your job.

NEGLECT: Despite a small fortune poured into the upgrade of Russell Square, the walking track continues to deteriorate.

Kevin Holloway,Brown Hill.​

We pay taxes for a reasonI don’t mind paying tax. Part of a civilised society is the community at large contributing to governments carrying out projects and providing services for that community. Generally, the prevailing attitude is to denigrate governments and the fact that we are required to pay taxes to those governments – this is a very dangerous and damaging attitude to adopt in a society that regards itself as democratic. Much of our financial advice is based on how to minimise tax payments; e.g.: witness the current debate on reducing the tax minimisation approach to the use of superannuation – clearly an unintended consequence behind the whole concept of superannuation. The tax avoidance ‘industry’ is a very pointed example of people’s and companies’ disdain for meeting their obligations to contribute to the welfare of and provision of services to the broader community. The real issue about paying taxes is whether or not the revenue is being well used; this is where people can use their influence: letting parliamentarians and governments know how they would like their money used.

Hedley Thomson, Canadian

Tourist centre needs accessI do agree wholeheartedly with the expressions of Gerald Jenzen and Lorraine Collishaw with comments on 12/11/2015 with the idea the Civic Hall is ideal central place for this facility to be situated. We all know this, so why not let it happen. We have other venues for major events, as we know, sport, conferences, conventions and business major facilities available.Please let this facility be adapted for use of our minor needs but let it it be our hub for ‘Tourist Ballarat’ and our most accessible tourist friendly centre for visitors.

Anne Smail. Alfredton

Halting radicalisation through workA key tool could be more job opportunities for the unskilled and the poorly educated. Regrettably, the minds in treasury, conservative think tanks and government extend no further than Classical Free Market Economics 101, and have driven the shutdown of nearly all our manufacturing industry. With that shutdown, opportunities for meaningful work for thousands also went out the door. The government now needs a”knowledge economy” bolstered with more jobs for those with limited skills and education. .

Colin Simmons, Woodend

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Tears of joy: Harold and Joy Bultin have sponsored more than 20 children over the years, but share a special bond with Milton Das, who they were reunited with last week.Rawemotion erupted when local couple Harold and Joy Butlin finally got to meet the Bangladeshi “boy” they had sponsored since age four last week.
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Nearly 40 years later, the Butlins got to hold the boy “from the other side of the world” who they watched grow up through photos and school reports.

“Never in a million years” did the lifelong friends think they would get to meet.

“It was a very emotional greeting,” Mrs Butlin admitted.

“Milton just put his arms out and said “Hello ma” (Bangladesh for mother).”

Milton Das agreed it was a “surreal and happy moment”.

“I re-tell the story (of his sponsorship) often because I am so grateful to Australians,” he said.

“There were lots of children in the same village as me growing up who didn’t have any opportunities in their lives.”

When Milton was just four, his father died of liver cancer, leaving his heavily pregnant mother to care for him and his two-year-old brother.

Wanting to ensure he was educated, Milton’s mother sought help at a local Seventh Day Adventist school, where Asian Aid Organisation’s sponsors offered a lifeline.

It was here that Milton’s sponsorship story began.

The special bond between the Butlins and their Bangladeshi sponsor child continued right through his schooling.

Milton not only completed a degree in education, but went on to gain his Masters in Education through distance learning.

During all of this, Milton and the Butlins had intermittent contact and updates through Asian Aid.

Milton even sent the Butlins an invite to his wedding.

These momentos, along with hundreds of black and white photos of Milton growing up, are preserved in a photo album treasured by the Butlins.

More recently, the power of social media has allowed them to keep in touch, share family photos and plan their Aussie reunion.

Milton is now the director of Bangladesh Children’s Sponsorship Services (BCSS), Asian Aid’s implementing partner in Bangladesh.

His own experiences have driven him to devote his life to serving young people through education, and he finds joy in working with underprivileged children despite attractive work opportunities and salaries in other places.

“Visiting our schools, and seeing the childrens’ smiles of gratitude and thankfulness, is the most enjoyable part about working in this field,” he said.

“Investing in education is the greatest medium to change people’s lives, positively and permanently.

“Asian Aid is planting the seed of love and care for children and young people’s education that will bear fruit tomorrow.”

Indeed, there could be no better endorsement for Asian Aid than Milton himself.

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