WISDOM: A section of the photo of Aunty Gayle Rankine taken by Belinda Mason for The Unfinished Business Exhibition currently travelling around the country.AT A time in life when many are looking to cut back on work,narrowing their focus, Aboriginal Elder Aunty Gayle Rankine has taken on an international role. Earlier this year she was announced as chairperson of the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN), an organisation consisting of members of the seven geopolitical regions of the United Nations.
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This is on top of her already busy role as chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), the peak body in Australia advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.

“All the experience I gain here I take overseas and vice versa,” Aunty Gayle said.

“We want to get knowledge out to our people, theknowledge of human rights and what their basic rights and entitlements are.”

One of her key goals is to ensure all indigenous Australians understand the eight principles of the United Nations Convention on rights of persons with a disability, to which Australia is a signatory.

The new role also allows her the opportunity to take knowledge to the rest of the world which lags behind Australia in some aspects of indigenous disability rights.

“Overseas the indigenous groups are looking to us as to how to get things happening.”

As the only nationally constituted organisation governed by indigenous people with disability in the world FPDN is a unique organisation.

“When we see other indigenous groups they’re struggling even to be recognised in their own country by their own people.”

“They’ve got a lot to fight through to get that recognition and they are also dealing with mining companies and the military,” she said.

Naturally these countries are interested on how we set-up the organisation she explains.

“FPDN is still relatively new. Initially there were small pockets of people doing work in different states but it never gained momentum as it wasn’t a priority. Now it is a priority. We are the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and nowhere else in the world is there a set-up like that.”

While FPDN can’t influence other government’s they can support the fight and make a good case for them to be recognised.

WORLD STAGE: Uncle John Baxter FPDN member, Damian Griffis, CEO FPDN and Aunty Gayle Rankine at the Convention on the rights of persons with disability review in Geneva.

While the Australian government now recognises and works with the FPDN there is still plenty of work to be done here.

A Ngarrindjeri woman, Aunty Gayle was born in Raukkan on Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. She has extensive grassroots knowledge of the needs of people with disability across urban, rural and remote communities.Her first-hand knowledge comes from having lived the experience as a person with physical disability and as a carer of relatives with physical and neurological disability.

She says there is still a lack of knowledge of cultural protocol when dealing with people with disabilities and little understanding of the specific needs of indigenous people with disability.

The justice system in Australia also presents obstacles with people in detention unfit to plead.

“A lot of people with mental health issues haven’t been diagnosed. They’re sitting in custody as their disability hasn’t been recognised,” she said.

“You know within your own community how the current government structure for persons with disability is totally dysfunctional and these people in charge need to really think about it and listen to the people about their needs.”

FPDN is working closely with government in these communities to help roll out the National Disability Insurance.

“It is not about what we would like, but what their needs are in each individual community. It’s not one size fits all there are different needs for different communities.”

She is optimistic for the future if the foundations built now are rock solid, but knows there will come a time when her disabilities prevent her from participating at such a high level.

“We need to build up the youth perspective and give them the knowledge to carry on the journey, bring them into the fold now and get them used to operating at this high level at the UN,” she said.

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A teenager who used a credit card she found in the street to go on an online clothes shopping spree has escaped conviction.
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Magistrate Tony Murray accepted that Brittany Lowe’s crimes were“opportunistic” and at the lower end of the scale.

“She wasn’t the smartest of criminals,” Mr Murray told Lowe, 18, in Albury Local Court this week.

“Clearly it’s not a very sophisticated fraud.”

The court heard that Lowe used the card to buy the items online, then used her own name and address for the shipping of her purchase.

Lowe used the found card to buy a dress and a top, the order including postage totalling $118.90.

The case against Lowe was first brought before the court on November 3.

Lowe failed to appear that day to answer two counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and one of larceny.

Defence solicitor Jason Hanke said Lowe did not front the court then because she mistakenly thought she was supposed to be in court later in the year.

Her offending, he said, occurred in the middle of preparing for her Year 12 exams.

Mr Hanke said Lowe definitely took the matter seriously as she felt guilty when she made the purchases.

But she thought the card holder would probably cancel the purchases and had hoped the whole matter“would go away”.

Police saidLowe reckoned that it would be“cool” to use the credit card, which she found while walking home.

The victim realised someone else had used her Commonwealth Bank card on August 18 when she went to withdrawsome money, only to find the account had insufficient funds.

She rang the bank, cancelled the card and made further inquiries that revealed two purchases were made earlier that day on the Internet.

One was at2.06pm andthe other at 2.17pm, both via theonline shopping website Peppermayo.

Lowetold police she found the debit card “in an unknown street”.

Mr Murray placed Lowe on a two-year good behaviour bond.

He ordered thatshe pay$118.90 compensation.

Jason Hanke

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Success: Troy Peterken from Inglenook Dairy, which is a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
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Dunnstown’s Inglenook Dairy has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

The local boutique supplierhas been named one of Australia’s top-three full cream milk producers, with the honour not lost on those in the family-run business.

Owner Rachael Peterken said just being named as a finalist for for the prestigious awards is an “amazing” kudos.

“It would beamazing (to win), but even tojust be in the top three is amazing,” she said.

“To be competing against some of the top dairy’sin the country is fantastic.”

Inglenook’s qualification for theAGDA came on the back of gold medals at theRoyal Melbourne Fine Food and Dairy Industry Association of Australia awards.

While the dairy continues to expand it’s brand, and can now be found all over Victoria, it’s main clientele remains in localcafes.

It is favoured over the standard supermarket variety because of its lack of permeate –which is atechnical term for the lactose, water, vitamins and minerals components of milk produced by a separation process called ultra filtration.

MsPeterken said the difference between the Inglenook product and others is simple.

“We don’t do anything to it,” she said.

“We don’t standardise it, it’s just milk the way it is meant to be.”

“When we found out (about the shortlisting) I said that it’sreally exciting for the people who use our milk incafes,” she said.

“It’s a little win for them as well and particularly for the ones that took us on really early –it’s confirmation for them (in regards to the quality of the product).”

Ms Peterken said Inglenook recently receivedan export licence –but remains a long way from making a name for itself in the international market, which is currently booming thanks to China’s demand for baby formula.

However, she said the dairy is close to unveiling its own brand of natural Greek yoghurt, with butter also on the cards in the future.

AGDA award winners will be announced in February, 2016.

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A COMMUNITY forumfor people with a hearing loss will be hosted by Mpower next week.
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HELP: Mpower’s Erica Smith will help people with hearing loss.

The first session on Wednesday will be taken by Mpower deaf access coordinator Erica Smith who will discuss problems with communication and practical strategies they can use.Ms Smith has had a hearing loss for more than 17 years and said the forum would help people to overcome barriers in their lives.

“Many people with a hearing loss tend to think that hearing aids can fix the problem and when they don’t fix all the problems they tend to give up and withdraw from conversations and therefore relationships or work,” she said.“It will help the participants by giving them more strategies, ideas and knowledge of technologies that can assist them in their work, at home or in the community.”

There will be three more sessions in the new year and the cost isfree. ToRSVP phone 5561 8114 [email protected]论坛

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False accusations: Elizabeth Luque was charged with public mischief, false accusations and false representation over an incident at a Glenmore Park home.
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Police allege a Glenmore Park woman gave false statements with the intent of seeing police investigate another man for serious crimes.

Elizabeth Irene Luque was arrested on Monday night and charged with false representation, false accusation and intentionally perverting the course of justice. She was held overnight by police after bail was refused.

Police said she claimed to be bound and assaulted at her home during a break and enter but that she gave three different statements that misled police on their investigation of the incident.

Ms Luque appeared at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday and didn’t seek bail.

In a dramatic scene, during the early hours of November 4 Ms Luque, 33, was attended to by NSW Ambulance at an address on Muru Drive, Glenmore Park.

Reports at the time indicated she was found gagged and bound, possibly unconscious.

Early morning: Police and ambulance were called to a Muru Drive address in Glenmore Park in the early hours of on November 4.

There was a large amount of media attention due to the belief the woman was found unconscious and questions raised about how the ambulance was called to the address.

The woman was taken to Nepean Hopsital for treatment.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command began investigating the incident when the woman told them she’d been attacked in her home.

Strike Force Ayre was formed, comprising detectives from Penrith Local Area Command and the Sex Crimes Squad.

Police said on November 4 they believed the attack to be “targeted”.

People in Glenmore Park were fearful after it was announced the attack was targeted.

A person who lives in the same street said there weren’t any noises they could hear from the house on the night in question.

‘‘My window was wide open [all] night,’’ she said.

“It’s not very far from my house — I can see their house out the window.

‘”My daughter woke constantly last night so I was up with her and I didn’t hear anything.”

A woman who lives on the street said she spoke to people at the scene on November 4, who indicated the phone believed to be used in the emergency call was found near the woman.

Detectives arrested the woman at a home in Glenmore Park on Monday.

Police believe the statements she gave about the night were intentionally false.

In documents before Penrith Local Court police say they received statements from Elizabeth Luque describing an “aggravated break and enter, sexual assault, and deprivation of liberty.”

Police said she requested an investigation into the apparent home invasion and sexual assault and specified a man she asked police to investigate for the crimes.​

No internet access: Police asked, because bail was refused, that Elizabeth Luque be restricted from internet access and contact from the man she wanted police to investigate.

Police told the court she intended this man “to be the subject of an investigation of an offence”.

The Gazette has decided not to name the man Ms Luque accused.

Since then police have arrested the woman and accuse her of lying about the incident at the Muru Drive house and have not arrested the man she indicated should be investigated for the crimes.

Police told the court Ms Luque supplied police with “three false statements intending to pervert the course of justice”.

Documents before the court said the three statements took the form of “two electronic statements and a signed statement” over the course of the investigation.

The charges police put were listed with the court as a show cause offence, meaning there is a higher bar to be cleared before bail is agreed upon.

The Bail Act states bail must be refused unless the defendant can “show cause” as to why it should be

Due to bail being refused, police asked the court that Ms Luque be “restricted from internet access and have no contact” with the man she claimed had committed assault, a break and enter and bound her.

The Crimes Act indicates a person who is found guilty of false accusation is “liable to imprisonment for seven years”.

A person found guilty of false representation, also known as public mischief, could be sentenced to a year in jail.

Those guilty of perverting the course of justice are liable for 14 years imprisonment.

Ms Luque will appear again before Penrith Local Court this week.

Police have urged anyone on Muru Drive, Glenmore Park who saw something suspicious between 9pm and 3am on November 3-4 to call Penrith Police on 4721 9444.

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Greater Bendigo residents can dispose of theirgreenwastefor free at the Eaglehawk and Heathcote Landfills this coming weekend November 21 and 22.
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City of Greater Bendigo Director of Presentation and Assets Darren Fuzzard said this will be the fourth and final freegreenwastedisposal weekend for 2015.

“The previous freegreenwastedisposal weekend in October resulted in almost 1,400 vehicles dropping off a total of 184.22 tonnes ofgreenwasteat the landfill sites.

“We are having an overwhelming response to the freegreenwastedisposal weekends and are asking residents to be patient when dropping off theirgreenwasteat the Eaglehawk Landfill this coming weekend,” Fuzzard said.

He said the Greater Bendigo City Council is providing the freegreenwastedisposal weekends to encourage residents to clear their properties before the fire danger period arrives.

“We have already experienced some extremely hot Spring weather which has prompted early fire warnings and the time has come for residents to start thinking about the things we need to do to be prepared.

“Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity to dispose of theirgreenwaste,” Fuzzardsaid.

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DROUGHT-BREAKERS: North Bendigo’s senior team that won the club’s first flag for 38 years by beating Leitchville-Gunbower. Picture: GLENN DANIELSNORTH Bendigo Football-Netball Club will celebrate its three premierships won this year with a players and supporters day later this month.
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The day will be held on Saturday, November 28, from 2pm at the Bulldogs’ Atkins Street social rooms.

The Bulldogs snapped a 38-year senior premiership drought this year when they beat Leitchville-Gunbower by 10 points in the Heathcote District Football League grand final.

North Bendigo also won its first under-17 flag for 38 years when it belted White Hills by 68 points.

And the club also claimed the B-grade premiership with a 32-25 victory over Mount Pleasant.

“As well as the the current players and supporters, all past players and supporters are encouraged to attend as a way of thanking them for their support and loyalty over the years,” North Bendigo’s Scott Pysing said.

“The 2015 premiership cups will be on hand for everyone to enjoy, and past premiership flags will also be on display.”

Other memorabilia on display will include the club’s six-foot original timekeepers bell from the 1950s, as well as photos of every senior best and fairest winner in the club’s 70-year history from Norm Phillips and Alan Stuchbery in 1946 to Brady Herdman in 2015.

The under-17 and senior football grand finals will be shown on a big screen throughout the day.

For more information, contact Pysing on0400 568 311.

Meanwhile, North Bendigo will hold its annual general meeting at its social rooms from 2pm on Sunday, November 29.

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CHANGES are afoot at Wingham Golf Club but secretary manager Gary Considine, who has been in the role for four months, is moving cautiously and with optimism.
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Gary brings 12 years’ experience as general manager of Springwood Country Club to the position, after relocating to Lake Cathie, with wife Kathy, for a sea change.

He thoroughly enjoys the daily commute from Lake Cathie to Wingham and back, as it allows him to get ready for the day on the way up, and switch off on the way back.

“I see it as a tool to de-think or re-think,” says Gary. “My wife says this is the most relaxed she’s seen me.”

The interior of the club is currently undergoing a facelift, with carpets and furnishings being replaced very soon, followed by a fresh lick of paint to the walls, which will be done by the club’s enormous volunteer base.

The volunteers are also responsible for raising the funds needed to renovate the club, by providing Saturday barbecues for members

“The volunteers here are magnificent,” Gary says. “I’ve had volunteers where I’ve worked before, but not to the level here. Over the years a lot of the stuff here has been done by volunteers.

“That’s why we have to make sure the amalgamation [with the Wingham Bowling Club] moves carefully and we think of every possible scenario.

“We can’t make a mistake, because there is so much history in both clubs.”

Another physical change set to take place is the relocation of the Golf Shop into the club building, which should be completed within two weeks.

Wingham Golf Club’s new secretary manager Gary Considine comes with 12 years’ experience of managing the Springwood Country Club in the Blue Mountains.

The empty shop will then be refurbished, with the club considering turning it into meeting room that they can hire out.

It could also be used for functions, an area which Gary is keen to develop. “We’re in the middle of improving the environment. Once that is finished, then we can start promoting functions,” Gary says.

Caddie’s Restaurant will be an important part of the function business.

The restaurant is now owned entirely by the club. It is no longer sub-contracted out, but is run by staff, who are employed by the club.

“We have to be very strongly aware of quality,” Gary says, citing it as a major reason for the move from sub-contractors to employed staff.

Gary has been instrumental in modernising the club with a new electronic scoring system and membership system, which he says will further streamline the business which is an ongoing process.

“We’re moving forward in that way which will lead to other developments. The members have taken to really quickly, and the volunteers are making it all work,” he says.

“I think they can see that long term it will make things easier for them.”

Wingham Golf Club features a beautifully maintained nine hole golf course with 18 tees.

It hosts a busy schedule of events to cater for all players.

Tuesdays sees the women competition players play 18 holes and veterans on Wednesdays nine hole social ambrose on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday is the nine hole ‘chook run’ stableford game with a men’s competition played on Saturday.

The club is one of the oldest in the area, and last year celebrated its 100th anniversary. The club has moved to five different sites around Wingham before settling in its current location in 1953.

Wingham Golf Club is open seven days a week, and Caddies Restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday nights, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The restaurant will be open on Christmas Day.

To contact Wingham Golf Club, call 6553 4761.

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SPECTACTULAR: Learn to use BeefSpecs and the new drafting tool to help meet market specifications at a Glen Innes beef field day next week. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS)will hold a beef field day at Glen Innes Agricultural Research Stationon November 26.
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DPI research officer Linda Cafe said the field day wasto teach producers about the latest research and tools used to predict better lean meat yield.

Dr Cafe said the DPI has been at the forefront of research in the field of muscling and lean meat yield for more than 20 years.

“The field day program will provide ways for beef producers to use the research outcomes and increase their business profitability,” she said.

Producers will learnhow to use the on-line tools – BeefSpecs and the new BeefSpecs drafting tool to help them to meet market specifications.

DPI research officer Carol Harris said Heritage Seeds would launch a new continental summer active tall fescue variety, named ‘Barnaby’.

“To help producers get the most out of their pastures the new variety ‘Barnaby’ was successfully bred by DPI at Glen Innes in collaboration with the Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre,” Ms Harris said.

‘Barnaby’ was selected for improved persistence, a high yield potential, with more even seasonal growth, offering higher winter, early spring and autumn production than typically expected from a summer active tall fescue.

The field day will be held at Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station, 444 Strathbogie Roadon November 26 from 9am to 3.30pm.

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Do you remember the original Star Trek series?Screened initially in 1966, the sci-fi show was renowned for – besides dodgy sets and hammy acting – its messages of peace, equality and enlightenment.
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The ethnically diverse cast was ground-breaking in its make-up, as it included among others a Russian and an African-American woman at a time when the US was worried about the Cold War and African-Americans were struggling for equality.

Of course, for Gene Roddenberry, it was easy. To achieve peace on Earth in the Star Trek world, Roddenberry just had to add it to a script.

Likewise, he wanted a galaxy where a federation of evolved, enlightened beings benignly watched over the universe and kept the peace.

If only real life could be so easy.

If only half-an-hour’s concentrated banging about on a keyboard could ensure peace on Earth.

Perhaps then we wouldn’t see suicide bombers kill 43 people and wound 239 in Lebanon just hours before a co-ordinated series of attacks on Paris left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured, many critically.

These attacks followed closely on from the crash of a Russian aircraft, which is now thought to have been brought down by a bomb.

So why the Star Trek analogy? Because like most people, the current global unrest is breaking my heart.

Because like most people, I am wishing for world peace and enlightenment.

Because like most people, I don’t have a magic wand and I cannot do very much to change the state of the world.

We hear a lot about “slacktivism”, the new habit people have of commenting on a Facebook post, responding to a blog entry or adding their name to an online petition, but not doing much else to help a cause.

Some of the criticism is actually fair, but let’s not forget that for many people, adding that blue, white and red overlay to their Facebook signature is also an expression of grief for the ordinary people who have died.

There are some huge global issues at play. From the best way to deal with Islamic State to the future of Europe’s open border, world leaders are debating some huge issues.

And as the issues become bigger, the focus on the ordinary people – from Beirut to Paris and beyond – seems to blur and fall out of focus.

Ordinary people from a Beirut marketplace to a Parisian restaurant and concert hall have been murdered and their families have been left devastated.

So yes, it’s quite likely that a hefty number of social media users are posting and reposting memes overlays because it’s trending.

But surely it’s also likely many social media users are simply recognising that just as they have been going about their everyday lives, so were the people eating in a restaurant or cheering a well-placed boot in that France versus Germany friendly?

It is the very unremarkable nature of what the attack victims were doing that makes their deaths seem particularly horrific.

Perhaps instead of slacktivism, what we’re seeing could be acknowledgement that people going about their daily lives have been struck down and that it could just as easily be us.

The issues are huge and the death toll seems likely to continue climbing, and the world seems to be acknowledging that no one is beyond the reach of terrorism.

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