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Cowra land project taking off

A family of pee wees has been spotted in a paddock that is being regenerated in the Cowra district. Photo JOHN COOPER Almost 500 new strategically located eucalypt trees are being planted in paddocks around Cowra to reconnect vital woodland habitat for local birds.
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Sadly, many of the old, solitary paddock trees still remaining in our heavily cleared landscape are now starting to die off, so replacement plantings are needed, say Landcare officers.

Mid Lachlan Landcare and the Cowra Woodland Birds Program have recruited local landholders to come to the rescue through the‘Paddock Tree’ partnership.

Through the Paddock Tree Project, Mid Lachlan Landcare has been supplying mesh and posts for tree guards to participating landholders, to help ensure the newly planted seedlings have the best chance of survival.

Individual paddocks trees areimportant for both biodiversity and aesthetics.

“Trees are a beautiful feature in the landscape and they are also critical for the survival of native bird species such as the superb parrot, the swift parrot and all of our owls,” said John Rankin from the Cowra Woodland Birds Program.

“The loss of paddock trees and our woodland environments has meant that a number of our native birds and other animals are declining,” he said.

The eastern Rosella is one of the bird species set to benefit from the Cowra tree-planting project initiated through Landcare. Photo JOHN COOPER

Initially, the Cowra Woodland Birds Program supplied funding to purchase seven rolls of heavy duty mesh, which could each create about a dozen tree guards.

“We had such strong demand from people wanting to take part that Mid Lachlan Landcare then boughtanother 10rolls of mesh, while the landholders purchased the tube stock and put the guards together in the paddock,” said Mid Lachlan local Landcare coordinatorTracee Burke.

Another 10rolls were bought through the Central Tablelands Local Land Services funded ‘Driving Sustainable Land Use’ project, which supports landholders to engage in improved grazing management practices and advises farmers on ecosystem repair priorities to boost farm productivity.

“We’ve now supplied enough guards for approximately 320 trees, and we know that many landholders are chipping in fromtheir own pockets to buy more mesh and posts in order to extend their plantings.In total we calculate about 500 new paddock trees have gone in this season across the Cowra Shire,” said Ms Burke.

“There has also been significant interest from people who haven’t officially signed up to the projects, but who are looking at doing similar paddock tree plantings on their properties in the future.

For more information about the Cowra Paddock Tree Project phoneTracee Burke at Mid Lachlan Landcare on 0417 799 425 or email: [email protected]南京夜网

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W-League: Canberra United lose Matildas keeper Lydia Williams

Canberra United coach Rae Dower. Photo: Melissa AdamsCanberra United is confident it can cope with the loss of Lydia Williams after the star Matildas keeper’s decision to leave the club.
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Williams has yet to announce her new club, although defending champions Melbourne City are considered favourites to sign the shot-stopper.

Williams helped United to two W-League premierships since joining the team as a foundation player in 2008.

Dower said United would unveil Williams’ replacement later this week and was confident the team could move on.

“One door closes in one respect and another door opens,” Dower said.

“As soon as we were aware that Lydia wasn’t coming back our focus was firmly on somebody to replace her and moving forward with the team.”

Meanwhile, Dower said the formation of the national women’s Australian football league would complement the W-League rather than poach talent.

A number of United players have been linked with AFL women’s teams, including Jenna McCormick and Ellie Brush, as well as the injured Caitlin Munoz, who attended a talent search session with the GWS Giants.

But Dower said the two codes would not compete with each other and the advancement in women’s sport was a “win-win”.

“The seasons only overlap by a couple of games and obviously they’re both endurance-based sports with collisions as well, so if there is the opportunity for the players to do it, and both the organisations want to do it, then it’s a win-win,” she said.

“The more that we can have female athletes become professional athletes and play professional sport throughout longer periods of the year then the higher the profiles of the female athletes will be.

“There is certainly room for us to work together, rather than in competition.”

A number of basketballers have presented as code-hoppers, with Opals star Erin Phillips signing with the Adelaide Crows, as well as Jessica Bibby training with the Giants.

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An unpleasant week set for a soggy record

What has already been a big few weeksof rainfall looks set to get a fair bit worse before themonth closes.
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If the predictions are even close to correct, many central Victorian towns areheading for their wettest Septemberin history.

The Bureau of Meteorologymight have been accused of “crying wolf” last week after some of the follow up rainfalls tothe floods failed to eventuate, but it is not holding back on the predictions for later thisweek.

The bureau is predicting a complex low pressure system will cause heavy rain, severe thunderstorms anddestructive winds.

On Wednesday, rain and thunderstorms will develop, spreading over western parts of Victoria during the afternoon and evening.

The strong westerly change will also bring damaging winds and surge east on Thursday, causing a broad band of rain and thunderstorms to sweep across Victoriabut even behind this the rain will continue.

Weatherzone has gone so far as predicting the weather patterns coming up later this weekto be one of the biggest weather systems we have seen so far this year.

Given this has been a year of some pretty extreme weather, all this talk does not bode well.

For Bendigo this amounts to as much as 60mm of rain over the three-day period from Wednesday to Friday.

Some 520mm of rain has fallen in Bendigo this year.

To put this figure in context, last year 294mm had been recorded to this point, while the long-term average is 384mm.

Even if the predictions don’t quite hit this total, sodden ground is unlikely to absorb any more water and low lying areas where water has pooled will possibly flood all over again.

All in all what this means is be ready for the worst.

Forewarned is to be forearmed and clearing a blocked drain or guttering may make a huge difference when the heavy falls come.

All the other warnings hold more than ever, including resisting the temptation to drive through flood waters.

Far too often during the last big rains we witnessed people taking a chance in floodwaters and getting stuck.

And if all these predictions amount to little, then there is no great loss in the caution.

It may even end with some good news; withthe tail end of the school holidays promisinga patch of sun and even adry grand-final day.

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Curtis Cheng’s widow Selina speaks about his death for the first time

Selina Cheng dabs her eyes as she speaks about her murdered husband. Photo: Nine News Curtis Cheng and his son Alpha (left) was shot dead by a 15-year-old boy outside NSW police headquarters last year. Photo: Supplied
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Mrs Cheng with her children Alpha and Zilvia at her husband’s funeral in October 2015. Photo: James Brickwood

Mrs Cheng said she felt guilt and despair after her husband’s death. Photo: James Brickwood

Flowers outside NSW Police headquarters in 2015, in tribute to Curtis Cheng. Photo: Steven Siewert

Almost a year after her husband was gunned down as he left work, Selina Cheng has spoken publicly for the first time.

Curtis Cheng, 58, a police accountant, was shot from behind as he walked away from NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta on October 2 last year.

Selina Cheng told Nine News on Monday that she felt immense guilt after the tragedy, as her husband had almost left work early that day.

Mr Cheng had offered to take his wife to see the doctor, but in the end she didn’t need to make an appointment.

She could not have known that her husband leaving work at his usual time would put him on a collision course with radicalised 15-year-old Farhad Jabar.

“Was it fate? … I don’t know,” Mrs Cheng said.

“I was so guilty. I was very guilty. I thought I give my husband more time at work. He wanted to look after my health, but he didn’t take off and the tragedy happened.”

In the months following her husband’s death, she constantly questioned why he went to work and didn’t come back.

“I don’t want anyone to suffer like me, as a widow,” she said.

Mrs Cheng said she fell into “total despair” after her husband was killed, and felt that she was living in darkness. Then, as she was supported by police officers, victims’ support groups and friends, a “beam of light” made its way into her life.

“Without those people I don’t think I can be able to walk on,” she said. “I know they will be beside me to continue the journey in life.”

Seconds after her husband was shot dead, his killer was also fatally shot by one of several special constables who were protecting the building.

Mrs Cheng said she has met with the man who shot Jabar, and the pair had “a big hug” and cried together when she said she understood that he wasn’t able to save her husband.

“You saved the rest, you saved more people,” she recalled.

“I remember, I really remember that moment. Both of us just burst into tears.”

As NSW Police plan to rename the Parramatta building where he died after Mr Cheng, Mrs Cheng said her “inspirational” husband will always have an impact on the lives of his family.

The inscription on his grave reads: “Your kindness, gentleness and patience will continue to guide us”.

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Frankston lose VFL licence, players learn via Twitter

Frankston players learnt the bad news on Twitter. Photo: Graham Denholm/AFL MediaFrankston Football Club is all but dead, with the club’s administrators saying that AFL Victoria had terminated the club’s VFL licence on Monday.
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And rather than being informed of the news via head office, Frankston coach Patrick Hill told Fairfax Media that the club’s players and officials had learnt of their fate via a reporter on Twitter.

“I would have liked to have told the players in person,” Hill said on Monday night.

Hill described the news as “tragic”, saying that past players would not be able to have their sons follow in their footsteps.

He also lamented the lost “opportunity for kids in the area”.

He said the club had provided a terrific outlet for the youth of the Mornington Peninsula – a place in which they could avoid drugs and alcohol.

“It was everything you wanted for young kids,” he said.

The Dolphins had been in dire straits after entering administration last month due to major financial problems.

Having entered the competition in 1966, Frankston had struggled on-field for much of the past decade, claiming the wooden spoon in 2015 and 2016.

Frankston’s sole VFA/VFL premiership came in Division 2 in 1978.

AFL Victoria was contacted for comment.

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