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Kevin Mack elected Albury’s mayor, Amanda Cohn as deputy

NEW TEAM: Kevin Mack as Albury’s mayor and Amanda Cohn as deputy. Picture: MARK JESSERKevin Mack was elected Albury mayor in a 5-4 vote on Monday night, indicating he would likely resign from Wodonga police after more than 35 years of service.
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Cr Mack won the two-year term thanks to his ticket members, John Stuchbery and Murray King, Labor Cr Darren Cameron and Greens Cr Amanda Cohn, who was elected deputy mayor in another 5-4 vote.

Cr Mack denied offering incumbent Cr Cohn the deputypositionfor her vote,and said she had mustered support herself, which included that of Cr King, CrCameron and Cr Stuchbery, whose votes ousted former deputy mayorDavid Thurley.

“I thought David did a wonderful job,Daviddidn’t want that support and essentially Amanda was certainly the one Ifelt (would)best represent the new group,” Cr Mack said.

Cr Cohn is Albury’s youngest deputy mayor in history at 26.

The junior doctor, who also ran as a Greens candidate for Farrer in the federal election, said her appointment“was a huge privilege and a huge opportunity”.

“I feel really honoured to have not only the support of the community as a councillor but the support of my fellow councillors as deputy mayor, and it’s a role that I’ll take really seriously,” she said.

Cr Cohn said she had already made arrangements to now work part-time at Albury Base Hospital to make way for her new role.

“I don’t think you necessarily need experience to be the deputy mayor,” she said.

“Ithink there is certainly a view from the community that we need some fresh ideas and some fresh perspective.”

She listed environmental sustainability,action on climate change, and theinclusion of diverse groups on the Border as priorities.

Cr Mack agreed with Cr Cohn’s partner and running mate Geoff Hudson’s argument that council ought to be more than “roads, rates and rubbish”, citing the NSW government’s rate of cost-shifting.

“Ithink it’s 10 per cent at last count, it’s looking at 20 per cent the next three to four years, that’s to offset the money they need to pay the residentsso there’s more things that we do as a council than people give us credit for,”he said.

But Cr Mack downplayed the notion that Albury council’s relationshipwith the NSW Government was damaged after outgoing mayor Henk van de Ven andAlbury MLAGreg Aplin had publicly lambasted each other over the level of funding allocated to the city.

“There’s no divide –this is just part and parcel of politics,” Cr Mack said.

“I don’t think friendships need to be tarnished because of aspirational ideas.”

Cr van de Ven had gone into the meeting on Monday night with an intention to remain mayor butCr Mack thanked him for leaving Albury council “in good shape”.

After the vote, Cr van de Ven shook Cr Mack’s hand and gave him a pat on the back in congratulation.

The new mayor said addressing a soft employment market and retaining the Lavington pool would be priorities.

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McAlpine tops CYMS’ poll

BUMPER YEAR: Fullback Ben McAlpine was named CYMS’ best and fairest after a typically strong season directing the green and golds from the back. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague27Orange CYMS fullback Ben McAlpine rounded out another bumper Group 10 premier league season by being honoured as his club’s premier leaguebest and fairest –again –at last weekend’s gala presentation dinner.
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McAlpine last won the top grade’s top prize in 2013, a year in which he also claimed the club’s most valuable player gong.

The former Group 10 and Group 9 player of the year was monumental at the back for the green and golds and ended as CYMS’leading try-scorer in premier league with14 too.

Naturally, being the side’s goal-kicker, he was the leading point-scorer as well with 196.

In fact, by Group 10’s statistics he kicked all but two of CYMS’ goals this year. Those two were slotted by centre Brock McGarity.

“Ben did have another good year, he was very deserving of that award,” CYMS president Dave Penny said.

“It was a very successful evening, and everyone who won awards was very deserving.

“It was a great way to finish off the season. I don’t like saying it’s a good or bad year, to me there’s either good or fantastic years.

MR RELIABLE: Barnstorming prop Simon Osborne won the award for CYMS’ most consistent player, alongside Jayden Fahey. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague22

“A fantastic year would’ve been winning the competition, so with a few minor premierships and the club championship this was definitely another good one.

“We just weren’t good enough on [grand final day] socongratulations to Mudgee and Bathurst Panthers.”

McAlpine also claimed the premier league players’ player awardin a three-way tie with Mitch Davis –who has just signed with CYMS for another two season –and crowd favourite Larsen Marabe.

Ryan Griffin picked up the most improved award, while James Muller was given Mick Sullivan’s coach’s award.

In reserve grade Adam Stanford was named best and fairest while Sam Sweeting and Matt Morris shared players’ player, Ben Penny picked up most improved and Andrew Hopkins won the coach’s award.

Mitch Leonard was CYMS’ best and fairest in under-18s and Jack Bastick won players’ player, Lindsay Thurgate was named most improved and Jayden Fahey was given the coach’s award.

In league tag Bec Ford was best and fairest, Cheynoah Merchant won players’ player, Emily Piper was most improved and Tracee Livingstone won the coach’s award.

CharliKing was presented the clubperson of the year gong.

“She does so much work in the canteen and off the field, without being asked,” Penny said.

Cam Jones picked up the much-coveted COBRA (CYMS Old Boys Recognition Award) while Stanford won The Desi, named after club legend Des Knight and presented to someone who shows passion, loyalty and commitment.

Toby Westcott was named CYMS’ most valuable player, alongside Craig Piper, and also won the junior clubperson of the year. Todd Murphy, expectedly, claimed rookie of the year honours while Simon Osborne and Jayden Fahey shared the most consistent award.

Ken Law won the Des Morrisey president’s award and the league tag team was presented the coach’s award.

MAN CHILD: Todd Murphy was superb in his first season out of under-18s, he won CYMS’ rookie of the year as a result. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague28

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Gotthard Base Tunnel: World’s longest passenger tunnel opens in December

It is the world’s longest, deepest traffic tunnel and when it opens officially in December, passenger trains will speed through its 57.1 kilometre length at up to 250km/h, 2.3 kilometres under the Swiss Alps.
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Anyone with an unhealthy interest in tunnels will already know that the new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in Switzerland actually “opened” on June 1 this year, when the construction company handed over the completed tunnel to the Swiss railway system, ahead of schedule and in a lavish inauguration ceremony that included topless angels, milk floats and 600 actors, two of whom simulated sex while dressed as ibex.

It seems a shame to have missed out on that, but the next best thing was to take advantage of the interim train trips which stop halfway and allow you to get out and walk around the exhibition that’s been mounted in an adjacent service tunnel.

It’s a privilege that only 42,000 people will have claimed when the tunnel finally slots into the regular Swiss train timetable on December 11 and trains will no longer stop unless in an emergency. Some 160,000 Swiss citizens entered a lottery to be one of the 1000 people on the first train to go through the tunnel. Whether regular commuters will still get a sudden blast of the William Tell overture when entering the GBT is anybody’s guess.

The tunnel – actually separate twin tunnels going north and south – was started in 1999 after a referendum in which 64 per cent of the population voted in favour of what was to become Switzerland’s largest ever construction project. It links Erstfeld in the north with Bodio in the south and will cut passenger train times from Zurich to the southern Ticino canton to about 90 minutes.

During the 17-year construction, 28 million tonnes of rock were excavated, four million cubic metres of concrete were poured in, nine of the 1800-strong workforce died in accidents and the final cost topped out at $15 billion.

About 75 per cent of the work was done by a 10-metre diameter tunnel-boring machine, with the other 25 per cent achieved through drilling and blasting. The final breakthrough of the boring machine was shown live on Swiss television.

Before the opening of the first train tunnel through the Alps in 1882 – at the time an astonishing 15 kilometres long – traders from the Romans onwards had to trudge across the Alps via the Gotthard Pass. It was a tough, cold, painstaking business and the route was impassable during winter.

The new tunnel, said Swiss president Simeon Bavier in 1882, was: “A triumph of art and science, a monument to work and diligence. The barrier which divided nations has fallen, the Swiss Alps have been breached. Countries have moved closer to each other, the world market is open.”

Given that the latest tunnel will increase both passenger and heavy freight traffic between northern and southern Europe you’ve got to say that, 134 years later, Bavier is still right on the money.

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See also: On board Europe’s newest high-speed train

See also: 10 things you need to know about train travel in Europe

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Chelsea Macfarlane rides double at Queanbeyan

Chelsea Macfarlane took out the Ritchie Bensley Handicap (1000m) on board Meet Miss Dolly at Queanbeyan on Monday. Photo: Rohan ThomsonChelsea Macfarlane topped the honours at the Queanbeyan Race Club on Monday with wins aboard Meet Miss Dolly and Siandra.
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Macfarlane, 20, has only been racing for a little more than a year but said her development was “moving along quite quickly”.

“I’ll see where I end up. Whether I start looking to head into town and progress that way we’ll see,” she said.

Macfarlane’s win in the last, a benchmark 55 over 900 metres, atop Darren Bailey’s Siandra ($4 favourite) was no surprise, but steering home the rank outsider Meet Miss Dolly ($25.80) in the class 1 Ritchie Bensley Handicap (1000m) was.

“Siandra is one of the better horses we’ve got in at the moment, we’re thinking about sending her in to the city races [Sydney],” said Macfarlane.

Macfarlane said Joe Cleary’s stable altered Meet Miss Dolly’s preparation to try and help her perform.

“She’s been working really well and we’ve been trying a few different things with her and she flew today. We didn’t gallop her as hard as we normally would, so that must have helped.”

The win by a short half-head over Brockton Punch, with Belleedie a further three-quarter lengths back in third, even shocked trainer Cleary.

“A bit of a surprise, to be honest,” he said.

“She’s had picnic form coming into today but she’s had a nice base into today’s race meeting. It’s a tad unexpected but we’ll take it.

“She was nearly out the gate before her last start and we’ve persevered for another run, so she gets a reprieve.”

Cleary said Macfarlane had earned the right to demand more rides.

“I’m very happy for young Chelsea. She rides in all the trackwork, she’s a great kid and she’s been working really hard,” Cleary said.

Meet Miss Dolly was Cleary’s only winner at his home track.

Terry Guymer’s short-priced favourite Only In Red ($1.50) won its maiden over 1460m.

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AFL grand final 2016: Time running out for Aliir Aliir to prove fitness for Sydney Swans

Wednesday is shaping as D-day for Sydney defender Aliir Aliir but even if the youngster misses out on the grand final it may not be enough to give veteran Ted Richards a fairytale finish to his career.
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The Swans’ injured trio of Aliir, Jarrad McVeigh and Callum Mills did not join the main group at training on Monday as planned, which means they have only the club’s main session on Wednesday to prove their fitness.

McVeigh and Mills did what was asked of them on Sunday and took part in handball drills on Monday, as did Aliir, though he did not break into a trot with his knee injury. McVeigh, with 286 games under his belt, is likely to have the most say on his fate but Mills and Aliir will need favourable medical assessments to play.

“He’s [McVeigh] an experienced player, when you’re talking about the younger players compared to the experienced players, the experienced players have got a bit more to draw upon as far as experiences in the bank as to what they can play with and what they can’t,” coach John Longmire said.

“But you know once the ball bounces the adrenaline takes over and you get through. It’s one of those things you need to be able to assess and work out yourself with the help and guidance of coaches who have had experience in it and your medical staff.”

Aliir’s knee injury will affect his ability to change direction and evade tacklers, which has been a feature in the young backman’s game.

“It’s not as bad as it could have been, after the game we were a bit concerned,” Longmire said. “From that perspective it’s good but he’s got a bit to do this week. We’ll see how the week pans out.”

Richards lost his place in the team to Aliir but he will not have drawn much comfort from Longmire’s response when asked if he was a genuine chance for a recall.

“He’s been training, he’s fit, it just depends on what we need,” Longmire said.

Richards was later carried off the track by reserves pair Callum Sinclair and Toby Nankervis, to the cheers of the hundreds of Swans fans at training, but later warned against reading too much into the gesture.

“A few guys going for the record for most chairing someone off. Got chaired off after yoga yesterday,” Richards wrote on Twitter.

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