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August, 2018

Work not quite so daunting

Bhawani Subedi and Mon Poudel now have a handle on some of the mysteries of English. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICKENTERING the workforce is no longer quite the task it was to a group of Bhutanese residents.
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They now have their certificate II in general education for adults, giving them the skills to find work.

Mon Poudel, who hopes to become a taxi driver, said the course had helped him greatly with his English.

He moved to Albury from Nepal four years ago.

“My sister was working in Albury and told me it was a good place to live,” he said. “The environment is so good here, everything is so green.”

Bhawani Subedi has already landed a job with the Albury Volunteer Resource Bureau as an interpreter.

Edge Workforce trainer Shirley Buttery said the six-month course was structured to break down language barriers, teach problem-solving skills and “everything to do with the workplace”.

“Bhawani was great helping others with their English,” she said.

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Brakes stall grain sell-off

ONLY 25 of the 100 sites GrainCorp had listed as being excess to its future operations have been sold or licensed.
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The company called for expressions of interest in May, with a closing date of June 30, but the clearance rate has been slower than expected, which director, government and media relations, Angus Trigg puts down to seasonal conditions.

“Interest has been constrained by this year’s harvest, certainly around production, because there was a tight finish in a lot of areas,” he said.

“So that probably put a brake on the interest of some parties, such as groups of growers looking for additional storage options or stockfeed operators.

“But there is a possibility we will still be talking to people after the harvest.”

Mr Trigg said that 90per cent of all grain delivered to the company’s sites came from the 180 it would retain.

“We are going to be investing $200million into the network so it makes sense to be investing that money on the key sites we are using.

“The investment will go a lot further if it is done in that way.”

The company says about 180 sites will be grouped into 34 geographical clusters, reducing management duplication and giving greater local autonomy.

Export and domestic grain will be able to be purchased from all sites but will be executed from the most suitable site.

Primary sites will be export-focused, major sites domestic focused, and Flex sites will provide extra capacity when needed.

Mr Trigg said although harvest was well under way in the southern Riverina, activity had slowed early this week due to showers.

“Yields look to be good, which is great for local growers as the overall eastern Australian harvest is below average size and particularly regions further north in the grain belt are very dry,” Mr Trigg said.

“Canola is largely complete, barley about two-thirds through and wheat is just starting; quality looks good.

“GrainCorp is very happy because we’ve been able to concentrate more mobile receival equipment in the area due to the good-sized crop in the region. This has meant smooth turnaround of grain deliveries.

“We’ve had seven sets of bunker gear at our Oaklands site alone.”

Wanderers need team effort to roll Bruck

BRENTON Surrey is calling on his batsmen to lift when Beechworth Wanderers take on Bruck at Bruck Oval today.
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Last round Kayde Surrey posted his second half century in a row, but other than Mitch Howe (49), the Wanderers provided little support in a total of 186, which only just fell short as Corowa reached 197 to bank an 11-run victory.

“Bruck has been the perennial powerhouse of the competition over the past few years,” Surrey said.

“They haven’t started well but they’re starting to get themselves into gear now.

“So we’ll have to bat a lot better than we did last week, and if we put a reasonable total on the board I’d say we can take it to them.

“We bowled pretty well last week, I can’t really fault the effort of the bowlers and I thought all of them did a terrific job — we just didn’t have runs on the board to defend.”

Surrey said there was no focus on how his opposition was travelling.

“We just try to focus on ourselves,” he said.

“If we get most things right for ourselves things will take care of themselves.

“We’ve just got to make more runs to give ourselves something to bowl at.

“Kayde has been going very well but if he goes well and no one else contributes it’s not going to work — it’s a matter of everyone chipping in.

“Everyone needs to do their part, we have to make sure we’re busy at the crease.”

Matt Hunt will no doubt lead the attack with the ball once more, having returned figures of 7-30 last week.

With a pitch generally good for runs, the Wanderers will have to dig deep to come home with the points.

“We probably haven’t gone too well there for a few years,” Surrey said of Bruck’s home ground.

“They’ve been a very strong side and it’s always been tough there.

“But you always take the challenge up, you go in with your best foot forward and see how you go.

“We’re a different side to what we have been and I think if we can play well enough we can definitely beat them.”

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Grandpa faces penalty appeal

AN Albury man jailed in August for 20 months over sexual assault offences involving two grandchildren is facing the prospect of having his jail time increased.
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An appeal has been lodged by the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions office over what Judge Martin Blackmore said was a breach of trust.

Judge Blackmore described charges of aggravated indecent assault and three counts of attempted intercourse with a child aged under 10 as “seriously wrong”, but at the lower end of the scale for such matters.

The appeal by the DPP was lodged on September 18 and the case has since been mentioned twice.

In the latest mention on November 6, the matter was allocated three hours for hearing in the Court of Criminal Appeal on March 18.

The man, 64, pleaded guilty earlier this year and his sentencing was adjourned until the Albury District Court sittings before Judge Blackmore.

“He must serve a sentence because that is the only penalty open to me,” Judge Blackmore said.

The assaults happened at the man’s home in 2011 on children aged five and three.

Judge Blackmore was told the man has been seeing a psychologist since June and now understands the damage his offending has caused his family.

Barrister Grant Brady tendered a list of the man’s community involvement.

Mr Brady said the vulnerability of the children was part and parcel of the offences.

Crown prosecutor Max Pincott said the age of the children was a highly aggravating factor.

Judge Blackmore said there was a long list of community organisations assisted by the man over the years.

He had previously been held in high regard by his own children before the offences became known.

“The offender has expressed remorse for his actions,” Judge Blackmore said.

“Recognition of the wrongfulness of his actions is the first step towards rehabilitation.

“He will benefit from a longer period on parole.”

Judge Blackmore said he took into consideration the man’s community involvement, his lack of any prior criminal offences and health issues he suffered.

A total term of three years and four months was imposed, with a minimum term of 20 months.

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Daniel likes to do things on the quiet

Daniel Athanitis is enjoying playing for North Albury this season. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
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NORTH Albury cricketer Daniel Athanitis knows a thing or two about leadership, having coached Rand-Walbundrie to the Hume Football League grand final.

But when it comes to cricket, Athanitis is enjoying just going about his game without the pressure of responsibility.

“I like to take a back seat,” Athanitis said.

“Kirky (Matt Kirkwood) is doing a great job as captain and Middo (Gerard Midson) as coach is leading really well. I like to do what I’m told.

“If called on to say something or help out, I am happy to do so.

“But speaking from experience at the footy, nothing is worse than someone butting in.”

Athanitis arrived at the Hoppers this year, following footy mates Brendan Simmons and Daniel Kadaoui.

He has played most of his cricket with Yarrawonga-Mulwala (formerly Mulwala) and Strathmerton in the Murray Valley.

“It was a natural progression,” Athanitis said.

“It helps when going to a new club that you know people.

“It’s definitely been a good move,

“The stepup in standard has been good. It’s a bit of a younger side and we’re looking to improve and keep getting better.

“The standard is probably more consistent — there are very good cricketers in the Wangaratta competition but in Albury there’s just a few more of them.

“The challenge has been great.”

But leadership role or not, Athanitis isn’t letting himself off the hook.

With a top score of 63 and four wickets this year, he said he could do better.

“It’s been on and off,” he said. “I didn’t really do a pre-season and started a bit late with footy commitments, but hopefully I’m improving.”

In fact, he said, the whole club was on the improve.

“North Albury is a proud club. It went through a bit of a down phase last year,” Athanitis said.

“We pushed Wodonga on Saturday and it was disappointing not to get over the line.

“But we are a young side and it’s going to take time.”

Today marks the chance to show how far the Hoppers have come with the start of a two-day game against Lavington at Bunton Park.

With Riverina rep cricket this weekend, both teams will miss players — Ashley Borella from North Albury and Sam Harris from Lavington.

“I think we play better two-day cricket,” Athanitis said.

“This will be another good challenge because the Panthers are very well led too.”

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