Two men taken to hospital after car accident at Kirkconnell

Two men were taken to hospital aftera single motor vehicle accident at Kirkconnell this morning.
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Around 7:40am the menwere in a car crash on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, the men were already outside of the vehicle.

The two men, both in their thirties were transported to Bathurst Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

Two men were involved in a single vehicle accident on the Great Western Highway at Sunny Corner Road this morning. Photo: ANDREW MICALLEF, WIDE AREA COMMUNICATIONS

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Praise for the friendly people at Clunes Library

Catherine Hill does an awesome job of running the Clunes Library. On the way to our library, my 10-year-old son said; “The library is like another home.”
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Catherine is always very friendly and has helped to create an atmosphere for all children where they can feel safe to go, to enjoy all it’s wonderful resources and to be with their friends.

The lovely volunteers (CWA) also help greatly with this as well. A very big, warm thank you to Catherine and her volunteers for making the Clunes Library a great community space for all ages; indeed for my children and I, it is the hub of the town.

Kym Green

Clunes

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Online survey has highlighted concerns

This letter is in response to Ian MacBean’s (March13) regarding concerns of rate equity and “fair go” for the Trentham ratepayers.
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I believe the exposure from the Hepburn Council online “Our Say” has highlighted concerns of ratepayers across the shire and not so much a sympathy vote for the Trentham community.

Many small rural communities are struggling with rising bureaucracy and infrastructure costs which puts pressure to regularly raise resident rates.

A report this month by the Victorian Auditor-General has been scathing of rating practices of local government and called for regular strategy reviews and better communication with ratepayers on decision making. The report conveys that there is a lack of clarity, detail and direction. The differential rate system is being applied with broad interpretation and the farming sector is actively seeking a farm rate review.

I maintain that Trentham woes are symptomatic of a broad spectrum of unease over local government tax collection practices and the flow on of how these monies are then redistributed as services rendered to local residents.

On a seperate topic, “Vote for Rate Equity”, posted more than a week after Ian MacBean’s topic, was also voted in the top 10 most popular on “Our Say”. This topic concerns ratepayers with property affected by water authorities and planning policy which prohibits building a dwelling or sheds thus devaluing their landholding.

Council CIV rate valuations are underpinned by valuations reflecting the ability to have a dwelling. They believe council has been collecting rates based on the higher valuations. If they are refused a permit then rates should be significantly reduced. There are property owners who have invested many, many thousands of dollars only to be devastated by the current circumstances.

Read the online “Our Say” comments of Landowners expressing frustration that the denial of the right to build and the right to use their land effectively devalues their property significantly and council still tax at the higher rate.

Unfortunately I believe this topic will likely stay in the high 10. Why? Because if the Trentham community or other affected landholders benefit by a rate review, rather than keeping the dollars rolling in for the shire management, someone else has to pay more.

Ian Esmore

Daylesford

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Alberton netball double

Just as Sale did last year, Alberton won the open and 17 and under Eastern Regional State League netball premierships.ALBERTON wrapped up the 2013 Eastern Region Netball State League competition in style in both divisions at Friday night’s grand finals.
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With both Sale and Alberton taking to the court in the 17 and under division missing most of their more experienced players due to debutante ball commitments, the title was up for grabs.

Both teams began nervously with unforced errors providing a scrappy standard early, but players soon settled.

A massive third quarter from Alberton consolidated the lead it was slowly building as Sale struggled to find any continuity in the mid court.

The momentum continued for Alberton as it kept Sale at bay, taking the premiership title from Sale with a stunning 52-32 victory.

Player of the match was Alberton wing attack Tyler Ralph, who was relentless with her continued pressure and drives throughout the match.

THE much anticipated match in the open division saw the undefeated Mid Gippsland Green looking to keep its record intact against Alberton who snuck into the grand final the previous week by one goal.

In the first quarter, Alberton put up 23 shots for 14 goals result compared to Mid Gippsland’s seven goals from 10 shots.

Alberton was by far the more focused team and took advantage of the lack of creativity Mid Gippsland was offering in its goal circle as moves were far too easy to read.

A personnel change for Mid Gippsland which should have been made earlier saw its goal shooter benched for the final quarter and although Mid Gippsland outscored Alberton for the first time in the match, it was too little as Alberton won 48-33 to complete a premiership sweep.

Alberton captain Tess Angarene played a stunning captain’s game that earned her player of the grand final.

SALE’S Montana Holmes was named most valuable player in the 17 and under division and Alberton’s Hannah Flanders was the recipient of the division’s hot shot award.

Sister act Kylie and Stacey O’Brien featured in the awards for the open division as Stacey, who lined-up for Gippsland, was named MVP and Kylie, Churchill, earned the hot shot award.All stars teams were also named on the night.

All star teams:

Open, goalers:Jessica Hilliar (Mid Gippsland Green), Kylie O’Brien (Churchill, Jarney Thomas (Alberton), Rachel Shaw (Gippsland);mid-court:Stacey O’Brien (Gipp), Rachelle Chapman (MG Green), Danielle Ryan (East Gippsland), Allison Tewierik (MG Green);defenders:Ebony Best (Gipp), Kara Wogan-Browne (Alb), Catherine Bulmer (EG), Christie Hillberg (Alb).

17 and under, goalers:Hannah Flanders (Alb), Hannah Buys (Sale), Amy Houghton (MG), Ashleigh Wyatt (Gipp);mid-court:Montana Holmes (Sale), Piper Bennett- Swinley (MG), Shelby Wulffers (MG), Elis Sim (MG);defenders:Sarah Greenwood (MG), Kirsty Hodgson (North Gippsland), Karlee Dal Pra (NG), Bree Guttridge (Gipp).

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Curlewis skate park officially opens

The Curlewis Progress Association is now seeing the benefit of $73,000 in funding from Shenhua Watermark, after the Hamilton Park Skate Park was officially opened on Friday.
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The project also received funding of $25,000 from the Curlewis community, including the Curlewis Hotel and Curlewis General Store, as well as grants from Gunnedah Shire Council.

Curlewis Progress Association President, Tony Rankmore, opened the skate park and thanked those who had contributed to its funding and construction.

He said the park was initially brought to the attention of the association by local resident Ros Reilly, who with the help of bus driver John Millerd, transported local children to study other skate parks in the area.

“This project involved 21 volunteers, who worked more than 1250 hours in the past two years, with Ros Reilly the main instigator,” Mr Rankmore said.

“Local tradespeople donated time and equipment for the upgrade and Adam Marshall, Colleen Fuller and Leon Mills were major supporters of the park concept when it was initially put forward.

“The skate park is part of the overall picture of what we want to achieve.

“We wanted to provide a facility for the whole family, which includes something for the kids to do,” he said.

“We will be planting trees in June and future upgrades will include a toilet block with disabled access and changes to the cenotaph.”

Shenhua Watermark Communications Manager Melanie Layton said a number of factors stood out on Curlewis Progress Association’s funding application.

“The amount of community involvement in this project and the work of the proactive progress association, was a stand-out in matching our criteria,” Ms Layton said.

“It is important to have facilities that can be used by the whole community, if our project goes ahead, Curlewis will be our neighbours.

“It’s about making communities attractive and rewarding for its residents.

“We can physically see what we are funding and knowing that the whole Curlewis community was behind it, is rewarding for us.”

Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler said the Curlewis Progress Association is a role model for what others are able to achieve.

“We were literally gobsmacked at what has been achieved here, they have had help with funding, but the Curlewis community should be very proud of its own efforts in this project,” Cr Hasler said.

The Curlewis community has also benefitted from previous funding by Shenhua, which allowed the construction of a multi-purpose shed at the local recreation ground.

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Macquarie Fields’ reputation as a Sydney property hot spot grows

South-western Sydney doesn’t get a lot of great property press. It’s more commonly known as a crime hot spot, The Sydney Morning Herald’s property editor Stephen Nicholls says.
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But Australian Property Monitors senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson says parts of the region are becoming increasingly sought after because of how much bang you get for your buck.

Take Macquarie Fields, for example. It has an unemployment rate of 11 per cent – double the national average – and was the scene of riots in 2005.

Yet it was one of the strongest Sydney suburbs for price growth last year, with a 15 per cent jump in the median house price.

“It’s had both a high number of sales and high price growth,” Dr Wilson says.

Even with the growth, it’s relatively cheap, with its $312,000 median house price, keeping in mind Sydney’s overall median of $657,000.

“Macquarie Fields is very competitive, with 103 sales from 106 listings over the last 12 months … that’s basically one property for every buyer.”

Agents confirm that first home buyers are heading there looking for an affordable entry point into the Sydney market.

Agent Les Sakis says “buyers came from everywhere” to look at a three-bedroom home he has just sold for $330,000 at 14 Gentian Avenue, Macquarie Fields.

“We had people from Waterloo, Parramatta and out Penrith way,” Mr Sakis says. “You probably can’t get a studio for that sort of money in Waterloo, let alone a house. And no one’s mentioned the riots.”

In the same street at No 26, another three-bedder is still available for $324,950.

“We’ve had tons of interest,” says Wael Elmir of All Property People. “‘Macquarie Fields is nothing like what it used to be as we’re seeing a lot of people coming from outside the area.”

He says buyers include investors snapping up properties achieving high rents but are mainly first-home buyers trying to get a foothold in the Sydney market.

“It’s close to Glenfield station, which has minimal stops to the city, so you can be at Central in 40 minutes,” Mr Elmir says. “And it’s a lot cheaper than Glenfield, so buyers love that.”

APM data shows that the median house price in Glenfield is a whopping $86,500 more expensive, at $399,000. There have been 64 sales there over the past year from 89 listings, but no price growth.

Ingleburn is cheaper and more popular with its median house price of $347,750. There were 122 sales from 173 listings. Ingleburn house prices have jumped 6.8 per cent over the year.

Have you bought property in Macquarie Fields recently?

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Brahmans fleece Woden Rams

TheBinalong Brahmans played their second and final trial game for 2013 on Saturdayagainst the Woden Rams. Due to the warm conditions the game was reduced tothree 15-minute stanzas.
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Itturned out to be a clinical display by the Rawlinson-led Brahmans.

Followinga Binalong set play, Nathan Schofield crossed the Woden line first and scoredunder the black dot. Rawlinson obliged with the conversion and so it went on.

WhileBinalong were good, Woden weren’t at their best. Their attack lacked venom andtheir defence was shaky. For most of the game the Rams seemed out of theirdepth.

TheBrahmans were quick to capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes, Shaun Davis andBen Potts were particularly impressive, as was Andrew Swaffield and Dave Ings.Binalong’s back line constantly caused problems for the Rams’ defence.Captain-coach Chris Rawlinson also had a good game, constantly barking ordersto his players. He injected himself into the attack at critical moments aswell.

TheWaldren Construction Brahmans took just 45 minutes to defeat Woden by 30 pointsto nil. The most pleasing aspect for Binalong was its defence. This augers wellfor the opening of the George Tooke Shield season, which commences with a homegame for the Brahmans at 2.30pm on Saturday April 6. On the same day, the YassMagpies will host the Harden Hawks at Walker Park.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

Ben Potts charges onto one on Saturday. Photo: Tiffany Grange.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

The Brahmans were far too good for Woden at the weekend, winning 30-0. Photo: Vikki O’Brien.

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Windsor: Albanese best choice for minister

New Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese has “a handle” on the issues affecting rural areas and is the best man for the job, according to Member for New England Tony Windsor.
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Mr Albanese replaces Simon Crean in a Cabinet reshuffle, after he called a leadership spill last Thursday that ended with no contender, and himself getting the sack by the Prime Minister.

Mr Windsor told the Namoi Valley Independent yesterday he was pleased about Ms Gillard’s choice, and that he is up to the job.

“In choosing a successor, I would have asked for Albanese. I think he’s got a handle on it. We have a lot to do with him with the Parliamentary stuff.

“But I have great respect for Simon Crean. He’s one of the few members of Parliament at Cabinet level that gets the regional development thing,” Mr Windsor said.

Mr Windsor said he’s happy that Minister Albanese has also picked up responsibility for Local Government, given the possibility of a referendum to financially recognise Local Government in the Constitution.

Gary Gray has been elevated to Minister for Resources to oversee the mining sector.

In the wake of the leadership turmoil last week, Mr Windsor said he is committed to getting on with the job.

The independent MP, who is being called on by the Nationals to withdraw his support for the minority Labor government and force an election, said the leadership debacle “wasn’t a good look,” however it did not make the government “less stable”.

“The instability is being driven internally with Rudd,” Mr Windsor said.

“They’ve taken him out.”

The New England MP said he was only talking to Simon Crean – the man who called the bungled leadership challenge – just half an hour before he made the call for Mr Rudd to challenge Ms Gillard on Thursday afternoon.

“He was disgruntled and he talked about it, but I didn’t realise he was going to do it there and then,” Mr Windsor said.

Just hours later, Mr Rudd did not challenge and Mr Crean was dumped as Regional Development Minister.

Despite the recent developments and predictions Labor cannot recover at the next election, Mr Windsor is determined to get on with his work.

“What they do and the Opposition do is up to them.

“I’m going to make sure the agreement that was signed is delivered.”

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Injuries deplete the front row

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Jacob Miller of the Tigers kicks during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval on March 22, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)WESTS Tigers fans are used to pain inflicted from injuries to their stars.
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But instead of the halves combination being disrupted as in past years, this season it seems it’s wingers and front rowers who are lining up at Andrew Leeds’ door to rehabilitate their injuries.

Keith Galloway is out for three months and Matt Groat is still a few weeks away from full fitness which is hurting the front row stocks.

Youngster Jack Buchanan has been surprisingly outstanding and Aaron Woods has been, well, Aaron Woods — reliable, hard working and effective.

But with the lack of front row stocks, they will form the youngest front row combination in the competition, with equally young replacement players on the bench.

Now the excitement machine Marika Koroibete who I focused on in my column last week could be out for a few weeks with a foot injury after hobbling off against the Eels, weakening the wing supply.

Matt Utai has been injured but could be back this week or Menangle’s James Tedesco could get the shot many fans have been waiting for — albeit on the wing and not in his custom fullback spot.

Fortunately, the halves have been unscathed so far and Jacob Miller has shown why so many people have been waiting for him to mature from a young talent into a first grader.

Mature he looks.

He has a great kicking game, football brain and when he takes the line on he looks a bit like a young Allan Langer, stepping and ducking and sprinting past defenders.

And Benji Marshall is showing glimpses of why he is regarded up there with the best in the game.

The Tigers sit in eighth spot with two wins from three starts — a great effort considering the adversity of adapting to a new coach, a death in the club and the injuries that have occurred.

The next few weeks will be a massive test, starting with Manly on Thursday.

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Eagles enjoy decisive derby win in Group 6

CAMPBELLTOWN Eagles started the 2013 season where they left off last year — with another victory to maintain their undefeated status.
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The Eagles defeated Campbelltown City Kangaroos 30-10 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday in the Group 6 first grade rugby league season opener.

It took only four minutes for the Eagles to score their first try of the season.

Great defensive play from both teams followed, ensuring it would be a close game.

Leading 12-6 at the break, the Eagles started to gather momentum and capitalised when Kangaroos’ captain-coach Drew Dalton was sent to the sin-bin for dissent and piled on more points to secure victory.

Eagles coach Richard Barnes said he was not surprised by the tough game in the opening round.

“We bombed a few tries near the line with some high-risk plays that just didn’t come off,” Barnes said.

“That was a bit frustrating but I’m happy with the result and their overall effort. It blew out some of the cobwebs and we will improve on this effort.”

Barnes named Fred Tevega and Jarryd Eggleton as the best players for the Eagles.

Eagles tries went to Ben Baker, Fillipo Sauvao, Craig Moustakas, Tenisio Ahovelo, Fred Tevega and Sean Connor. Chris Williamson and Anthony Dalton scored for the Kangaroos.

■In other games:

First grade: Oakdale 60 defeated The Oaks 12, Mittagong 34 d Moss Vale 16, Picton 16 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 12, Narellan 30 d Camden 24.

Reserve grade: Campbelltown Eagles 54 d Campbelltown Kangaroos 20, Mittagong 56 d Moss Vale 10, Camden 20 d Narellan 16, Oakdale 50 d The Oaks 12, Picton 20 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 6.

U18: Campbelltown Eagles 28 d Campbelltown Kangaroos 26, Narellan Jets 46 d The Oaks Tigers 6, Picton 28 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 16, Mittagong 34 d Moss Vale 16.

First grade teams will have a break over Easter and will resume on April 7.

Fixtures: Oakdale host Picton at Sid Sharpe Memorial Oval, Narellan against Mittagong at Narellan Sportsground, Campbelltown City Kangaroos host Moss Vale at Fullwood Reserve, Camden at against The Oaks at Kirkham Park and Thirlmere/Tahmoor host Campbelltown Eagles at Thirlmere Sportsground.

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Tiger Talk: Injuries depleting the front row

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Matthew Ryan of the Eels and Marika Koroibete of the Tigers engage in a altercation during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval on March 22, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Jacob Miller of the Tigers kicks during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at Leichhardt Oval on March 22, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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WESTS Tigers fans are used to pain inflicted from injuries to their stars.

But instead of the halves combination being disrupted as in past years, this season it seems it’s wingers and front rowers who are lining up at Andrew Leeds’ door to rehabilitate their injuries.

Keith Galloway is out for three months and Matt Groat is still a few weeks away from full fitness which is hurting the front row stocks.

Youngster Jack Buchanan has been surprisingly outstanding and Aaron Woods has been, well, Aaron Woods — reliable, hard working and effective.

But with the lack of front row stocks, they will form the youngest front row combination in the competition, with equally young replacement players on the bench.

Now the excitement machine Marika Koroibete who I focused on in my column last week could be out for a few weeks with a foot injury after hobbling off against the Eels, weakening the wing supply.

Matt Utai has been injured but could be back this week or Menangle’s James Tedesco could get the shot many fans have been waiting for — albeit on the wing and not in his custom fullback spot.

Fortunately, the halves have been unscathed so far and Jacob Miller has shown why so many people have been waiting for him to mature from a young talent into a first grader.

Mature he looks.

He has a great kicking game, football brain and when he takes the line on he looks a bit like a young Allan Langer, stepping and ducking and sprinting past defenders.

And Benji Marshall is showing glimpses of why he is regarded up there with the best in the game.

The Tigers sit in eighth spot with two wins from three starts — a great effort considering the adversity of adapting to a new coach, a death in the club and the injuries that have occurred.

The next few weeks will be a massive test, starting with Manly on Thursday.

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Campbelltown Tigers crowd a let-down

Talking points: Our front page last week.THE two main reasons given to the Advertiser from Campbelltonians on why only 9715 people were at the Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers match on a sunny Sunday afternoon were: ticket prices were too expensive and they had a lack of connection with the club.
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The Wests Tigers say they will take all comments on board and work on ways to get the masses to better support the local club.

“Wests Tigers fans didn’t respond to that game like we’d hoped and it’s good for us to understand the obstacles people faced in getting to the game,” chief executive Stephen Humphreys told the Advertiser yesterday.

“We take the feedback very seriously and thank the people who took their time to do it.

“For us it’s about recognising it was a poor crowd and learn some lessons about why.”

Humphreys wanted to emphasise any poor crowd was a whole club problem, not a blight on south-west Sydney supporters or inner-west supporters.

“There were a lot of Macarthur fans at Leichhardt on Friday night — I spoke to a lot of them,” Humphreys said.

“It’s a Wests Tigers issue, it’s not about a region of fans or who you previously supported [before the merger].

“It’s not about pointing the finger at one district or another.”

As for ticket prices, he said families might not have known about the family fun day packages available, with family tickets costing only $50 for the game.

“We take that on board and will look at addressing getting our information out to more people,” he said. “We did have radio, print and digital media advertising for that game.”

The Advertiser Facebook page and website got more than 100 comments from locals giving their views.

Humphreys said the re-signing of Robbie Farah sets up the club for a strong future on and off the field.

“He carries the responsibilities associated with captaining the club really well and his re-signing was a tonic for the club,” he said.

“He was superb for us on Friday and his contract is thoroughly deserved.”

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Police beat: Shooting leads to arrest

A MAN wanted over a shooting in Airds last November has been charged with firearms offences and refused bail.
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The arrested man, 36, allegedly fired several shots during an incident in Rawdon Place which saw two other men receive medical treatment for shotgun pellet wounds.

He was arrested on Sunday and charged with discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and using a firearm in a manner likely to injure persons or property.

Car on footpath

A motorist is facing several charges following a car chase through Campbelltown streets on Friday.

The chase ended at the intersection of Bradbury Avenue and the Moore Oxley Bypass when the motorist and his passenger got stuck in traffic and fled the Volkswagen Golf on foot.

The alleged driver was arrested a short time later in a nearby house. He was charged with Skye’s law (police pursuit), possessing a prohibited drug, trespass, and revocation of parole.

His passenger is still at large.

Seen on CCTV

Macquarie Fields police want to speak to a woman allegedly seen on CCTV footage using a stolen card at an ATM in Glenquarie Shopping Centre about 12.15pm on Friday, February 1. The woman, who was wearing a floral top, got cash out of the centre’s ATM at 12.15pm on February 1.

CCTV images are on the Macquarie Fields local area command Facebook page.

If you have information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Macquarie Fields police on 9605 0499.

Drugs found

A man, 49, and a woman, 43, have been charged with drug possession after police searched their house in Martha Way, Ambarvale, last Tuesday.

Both will appear in Campbelltown Local Court on April 17.

Shoplifters targeted

Eight people were dealt with by Campbelltown police on Thursday as part of a shoplifting operation at Campbelltown Mall.

One person was issued with a court attendance notice, three issued with criminal infringement notices and four were given youth cautions under the Young Offenders Act.

Vehicle searched

An Airds man, 33, will face a goods in custody charge following a police search of his vehicle last week.

The man was arrested while at a service station on Appin Road, Campbelltown.

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