Illegal backyard fireworks a nightmare for dogs

Warrnambool RSPCA shelter supervisor Janita McLeod encourages dog owners to secure their pets tonight. 141230AS22 Picture: AARON SAWALL
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LOCALS keen to celebrate New Year’s Eve with illegal backyard fireworks are being urged to rethink their plans.

The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA), the Country Fire Authority and the RSPCA have each warned of the risks posed by fireworks.

Workcover said people using fireworks illegally face fines of up to $14,761. Its health and safety acting executive director Shane Gillard said fireworks had been banned from use by the general public since 1982 for good reason.

“They can cause serious injury and death,” Mr Gillard said.

Mr Gillard said only licensed pyrotechnicians were allowed to set off fireworks in Victoria.

“Licensed pyrotechnicians understand the dangers associated with fireworks. They know the size of exclusion zones required before fireworks can be set off, they understand the physical risks associated with handling fireworks, and they take into account other factors such as the weather conditions and fire risk information from local emergency services.”

Mr Gillard said WorkCover seized more than eight tonnes of illegal fireworks and flares during 2014.

CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson said illegal fireworks and dry grass were a bad combination.

“Fires started by illegal fireworks can spread quickly, threatening lives and homes within minutes,” Mr Ferguson said.

RSPCA Warrnambool shelter supervisor Janita McLeod said it received several dogs each year that had run away after being scared by the noise of New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Ms McLeod urged pet owners to make sure their pets were secure tonight to prevent them escaping.

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Rex gains more routes

THREE new Queensland air routes will start in January with Regional Express.
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The Queensland government awarded Rex the rights to service regional Queensland, adding three extra routes to the two routes the airline holds in the state.

Rex network strategy and sales general manager Warrick Lodge said the airline was prepared to take on and provide service to 16 new Queensland airports.

“Rex is honoured to be selected by the Queensland government to deliver these essential services that provide critical linkages between Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville to 20 regional communities that span the entire state,” he said.

“The Rex team has worked tirelessly over the past 10 weeks to ensure that the new regulated air services to 16 new Queensland airports can commence on January 1.

“Our team have been liaising with the local communities and have made two visits to each of the 16 new ports on the

routes.”

The five regulated routes provided by Rex are:

■Northern 1 Route from Townsville to Winton to Longreach and return.

■Northern 2 Route from Townsville to Hughenden to Richmond to Julia Creek to Mount Isa and return.

■Gulf Route from Cairns to Normanton to Mornington Island to Burketown to Doomadgee to Mount Isa and return.

■Western 1 Route from Brisbane to Toowoomba (Brisbane West Weelcamp) to St George to Cunnamulla to Thargomindah and return.

■Western 2 Route from Brisbane to Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp) to Charleville to Quilpie to Windorah to Birdsville to Bedourie to Boulia to Mount Isa and return.

Mr Lodge said the team was also looking forward to launching a new service between Cairns and Townsville from January 3.

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Family and friends remember Scott Jolliffe

TEAMMATES, family and friends remembered Scott Jolliffe following the news of his death yesterday morning.
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Scott, 18, was killed when his car left The Rock-Collingullie Road and hit a tree.

He was travelling north when his Holden Commodore left the roadway between 5.30am and 6.30am, two kilometres from Collingullie.

He was the sole occupant of the car.

The road was blocked in both directions for several hours following the accident.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the single-vehicle crash.

A spokesman for Wagga Police said a report was being prepared for the coroner.

The apprentice butcher from Collingullie graduated from Wagga High School this year.

President of The Rock-Yerong Creek Cricket Club Todd Hannam remembered Scott as a well-liked team player.

The shocking news had rocked the club.

“He was always keen to learn, always there for a laugh and made others laugh,” Mr Hannam said.

“He was a young bloke who had improved over the past two years.

“He wasn’t the best, but he put the effort into the game.

“He wanted to be there with his mates, no matter whether he bowled or batted.”

Friends paid tribute to the young man yesterday through social media.

“I will always remember your smile, your willingness to go with the flow and your sense of humour. I will always remember you. Love and thoughts to your beautiful family! Rest easy Scotty, taken way too soon,” Katie Fellows wrote on Facebook.

“Scotty you never failed to bring laughter to any situation. Will never forget all the great memories and the many camping trips! Much love, Rest in peace,” Abbey Fellows said.

The accident marks the sixth fatality since NSW Police’s Operational Safe Arrival commenced on Friday, December 19.

The state’s Traffic and Highway Patrol commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, reissued a warning to motorists to take care when driving.

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Top bowlers chase spots in singles quarter-finals

Towradgi’s Wes Falconer during his fours match on Tuesday. Falconer takes on Thirroul’s Darryl Webster in knockout singles at carnival headquarters Towradgi Bowling Club. Picture: GREG TOTMANLAWN BOWLS
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Former carnival champions, Illawarra’s best bowlers and international stars are chasing a quarter-final spot in Wednesday’s singles knockout rounds at Towradgi and Corrimal bowling clubs.

Former South Pacific singles champions Steve Glasson and Shane Garvey are on opposite sides of the draw and are playing at Towradgi and Corrimal respectively in their first knockout match.

Glasson plays Cootamundra’s Scott Rush, with the winner to meet either Andrew Swan (Wenty Leagues) or Brian Entwistle (Warilla). Garvey plays Maitland City visitor DJ Dilworth and the winner will stay at Corrimal BC to play the winner of the clash between Warilla’s Geoff McGillivray and Helensvale’s Paul Cruze.

Among the top all-Illawarra match-ups in round one at Towradgi are Windang’s Rick Malley versus Figtree RSL’s Tony Dunn. On an adjacent rink, Phil Reynolds (Dapto Citizens) will play Jesse Noronha (Warilla).

The rising stars of Australian bowls will be looking to make their presence felt.

Thirteen-year-old Jono Davis takes on Thirroul youngster James Jones at Towradgi, while the Ben Glasson (Mt Lewis) v Greg Jeans (Glenbrook) clash at carnival headquarters should be a highlight.

Two-time Illawarra Zone 16 singles champion Brett Pieper takes on Corrimal clubmate Reagan Marmont, while the clash between Fred Thompson (Dapto Citizens) and David Wakeling (Towradgi) should be close.

The singles quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played at headquarters Towradgi on Saturday. All finals are on Monday.

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Porte primed for road nationals, Giro d’Italia

Mission: Australia’s Richie Porte, pictured at the start of the 12th stage of the 2014 Tour de France, has reason to smile ahead of his assault on the 2015 Road Nationals. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGESAUSTRALIAN cycling star Richie Porte believes 2015 is the year to usurp the Orica-GreenEDGE road train.
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The 29-year-old Tasmanian aims to put this year’s woes behind him by winning the January 11 Australian road title at Buninyong.

With GreenEDGE lacking the power of punchers Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews, the race has opened up for Porte, as well as Cadel Evans, who will retire in earlyFebruary.

Gerrans broke his collarbone in a pre-Christmas training crash, ruling him out of title defences at the road nationals and the Tour DownUnder.

“I love the Buninyong course and I don’t think that GreenEDGE has got quite the numbers they’ve had in other years,” Porte said. “It would be very nice to have a podium like we had this year, and anybody that wins on that circuit is a worthy winner.

“So it’s a big goal to go there and try and take that jersey.”

Preliminary starting lists show Tinkoff-Saxo road captain and triple world individual time trial champion Michael Rogers named in both the criterium and time trial disciplines along with the road race, with Porte also set for the race against theclock.

Young guns Campbell Flakemore and Damien Howson will also compete in the elite men’s time trial and road race, bolstering the losses of Gerrans and Matthews, with the latter to miss due to a late start to his 2015 season.

Meanwhile, Rohan Dennis has been listed in the time trial and road race, where he will seek to support Evans in his final assault at a national road crown.

For his part, Porte remains determined to contend at the Giro d’Italia, despite a season cruelled by poor health.

His main targets next year will be to lead the powerful Sky team at the Giro in May and then support good friend Chris Froome in July at the Tour de France.

“I’d love to compete in the Giro as the new Australian champion,” Porte said.

“My health is back where it needs to be and I want to lead in a grand tour and the Giro is the target forme.

“Nothing is a given yet, but it looks like that will be my race.

“Chris has also had an up and down season and it’s his goal to go back and win the Tour deFrance.

“I’d love to be there supporting him, but I’m also going to take my opportunities next season.”

Porte’s 2014 campaign started brilliantly when he finished third behind Gerrans and Evans in a pulsating road race at the Buninyong nationals.

He then won the Willunga stage on the way to fourth place overall at the Tour DownUnder.

After a promising second overall in February at Spain’s Ruta del Sol stage race, Porte had to pull out midway through Tirreno-Adriatico because of illness.

He eventually abandoned his plans to ride at the Giro.

Porte then took over leadership of the Sky team when Froome had to pull out of the Tour de France.

The Australian at one point was third overall in the race, but again ill health dogged him and he finished 23rd.

CYCLINGCycling Australia Road National Championships entries for elite men’s and women’s road races at Buninyong on January 10 and 11:

ELITE MEN

Caleb EWAN (NSW)

Oliver KENT-SPARK (Vic)

Declan GREGORY (Vic)

James BUTLER (Vic)

Jordan DAVIES (NSW)

Callan DOUGLAS (Vic)

Ryan MACANALLY (Qld)

Tyler SPURRELL (Vic)

Cameron FRASER (NSW)

Michael CROSBIE (Vic)

Jordan KERBY (Qld)

Damien HOWSON (SA)

Campbell FLAKEMORE (Tas)

Christopher PAPASTAVROS (Vic)

Angus TOBIN (NSW)

Luke OCKERBY (Tas)

Cameron IVORY (NSW)

Samuel SPOKES (NSW)

Kristian JUEL (Qld)

Brendan CANTY (Vic)

Mitchell LOVELOCK-FAY (ACT)

Lachlan MORTON (NSW)

Brenton JONES (Vic)

Matthew LEONARD (Vic)

Sean LAKE (Vic)

Brendan JOHNSTON (NSW)

Craig HUTTON (NSW)

Patrick LANE (Vic)

Adam PHELAN (ACT)

Michael HEPBURN (Qld)

Joshua PRETE (Qld)

Joshua TAYLOR (NSW)

Luke DURBRIDGE (WA)

Aaron DONNELLY (NSW)

Stuart SMITH (Vic)

Mitchell MULHERN (Qld)

Aaron WATTS (NSW)

Nathan ELLIOTT (Vic)

Ryan COTTRELL (Vic)

Mark TUPALSKI (ACT)

Adam ALLEN (Qld)

Cameron BAYLY (SA)

Josh BERRY (NSW)

Rhys GILLETT (Vic)

Luke FETCH (Vic)

Allan SATCHELL (Vic)

Craig EVERS (NSW)

David MCLEAN (Vic)

Rohan DENNIS (SA)

James MOWATT (Vic)

Luke DAVISON (SA)

Robbie HUCKER (Vic)

Benjamin HILL (ACT)

Kane WALKER (Vic)

Lauchlan STEWART (Vic)

Tom ROBINSON (Tas)

Matt BOYS (Vic)

Paul VAN DER PLOEG (Vic)

Timothy ROE (SA)

Dylan PIERRE-HUMBERT (WA)

Andrew PICKERING (NSW)

Jayden COPP (Qld)

Jonathan BOLTON (WA)

Jack BOBRIDGE (SA)

Angus MORTON (NSW)

Travis MEYER (WA)

Tim GUY (NSW)

Ben DYBALL (NSW)

Kyle BRIDGWOOD (Qld)

Brodie TALBOT (NSW)

Joseph LEWIS (NSW)

Malcolm RUDOLPH (Qld)

Julian JACOBS (WA)

Alexander SMYTH (Vic)

Edward WHITE (NSW)

Nathan EARLE (Tas)

Christopher FULLER (Vic)

Stuart GRIMSEY (Vic)

Scott SUNDERLAND (WA)

Cameron MEYER (WA)

Steele VON HOFF (Vic)

David MELVILLE (Qld)

Zakkari DEMPSTER (Vic)

Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Vic)

Mark O’BRIEN (Vic)

Fabio CALABRIA (Vic)

Thomas RISCHMUELLER (SA)

Ali FOOT (Tas)

Jack ANDERSON (Qld)

Dane FREY (WA)

Luke CRIDLAND (NSW)

Jake MAGEE (Vic)

Lachlan NORRIS (Vic)

Saxon IRVINE (NSW)

Wesley SULZBERGER (Tas)

Matthias KIERNAN (Vic)

Mitchell DOCKER (Vic)

David RUGENDYKE (NSW)

Joel WALSH (NSW)

Simon CLARKE (Vic)

David PARKER (ACT)

Anthony GIACOPPO (WA)

Ashley HAWKER (Vic)

Patrick SHAW (Vic)

Daniel MCCONNELL (Vic)

Kenneth BALLHAUSE (Vic)

Chris STACK (SA)

William CLARKE (Tas)

Samuel WITMITZ (Vic)

Richie PORTE (Tas)

Cameron MCDONALD (Vic)

Frederick BONAIL (SA)

Lucien KEENE (SA)

David TANNER (Vic)

Marc WILLIAMS (ACT)

Mark FAGG (Vic)

Chris WINN (Vic)

Heinrich HAUSSLER (NSW)

Bernard SULZBERGER (Tas)

Cameron PETERSON (NSW)

Brad HAMBLETT (NSW)

Nick BENSLEY (Vic)

Jai CRAWFORD (Tas)

Cameron WURF (Tas)

Michael ENGLAND

Darren LAPTHORNE (Vic)

Tyson CHAMBERS (Vic)

Tommy NANKERVIS (Vic)

Nicholas SQUILLARI (Vic)

Rowan DEVER (Vic)

Michael CUPITT (Qld)

Christopher LEE (Vic)

Joel STRACHAN (Vic)

Luke JONES (Vic)

Adam HANSEN (Qld)

Shaun LEWIS (NSW)

Shannon JOHNSON (Vic)

Michael ROGERS (ACT)

Adam VERSTEEGE (Vic)

Andrew BLAIR (ACT)

Graeme BROWN (NSW)

David MUNRO (NSW)

Mathew HAYMAN (ACT)

Stuart SHAW (ACT)

Andrew BRYANT (Vic)

Cadel EVANS (Vic)

Peter MILOSTIC (NSW)

Liam McCARTHY (Qld)

Allan IACUONE (Vic)

Peter CASEY (Vic)

Matthew RIZZUTO (ACT)

Stephen CUNNINGHAM (SA)

David EVANS (NSW)

Nick GATLAND (NSW)

ELITE WOMEN

Kendelle HODGES (Vic)

Rebecca HENDERSON (ACT)

Elizabeth DOUEAL (Vic)

Lauren KITCHEN (NSW)

Chloe HOSKING (ACT)

Brittany LINDORES (Qld)

Kate PERRY (Vic)

Kristy GLOVER (Vic)

Minda MURRAY (Vic)

Jasmine McMILLAN (Qld)

Stephanie LORD (NSW)

Karla McKINNON (Vic)

Esther BORG (Vic)

Carlee TAYLOR (SA)

Jessica LANE (Vic)

Gracie ELVIN (ACT)

Loren ROWNEY (Qld)

Tessa FABRY (Vic)

Lucy KENNEDY (Qld)

Tiffany CROMWELL (SA)

Peta MULLENS (Vic)

Verita STEWART (Vic)

Shara GILLOW (Qld)

Amanda SPRATT (NSW)

Kim PEDERSEN (Qld)

Carley MCKAY (Vic)

Sarah ROY (NSW)

Nikolina ORLIC (Qld)

Jessie MACLEAN (ACT)

Kimberley WELLS (ACT)

Sophie MACKAY (NSW)

Rebecca STEPHENS (Vic)

Marissa MADDEN (NSW)

Nicole MOERIG (Qld)

Erin KINNEALY (WA)

Laura DARLINGTON (ACT)

Lizzie WILLIAMS (Vic)

Taryn HEATHER (SA)

Joanne HOGAN (Vic)

Emma VIOTTO (ACT)

Josephine MELDGAARD (NSW)

Katrin GARFOOT (Qld)

Miranda GRIFFITHS (Vic)

Lisa JACOBS (Vic)

Victoria VEITCH (SA)

Rebecca LOCKE (Vic)

Naomi WILLIAMS (Vic)

Lucy BARKER (SA)

Fiona MACMILLAN (Vic)

Lynne CLARKE (NSW)

Justine BARROW (Vic)

Laurelea MOSS (Qld)

Nicole WHITBURN (Vic)

Rachel WARD (Vic)

Felicity WARDLAW (Vic)

Jennifer FAY (ACT)

Ruth CORSET (Qld)

Kelly BARTLETT (Vic)

Lisa BARRY (Vic)

Tanya FRESCHI (SA)

Bridie O’DONNELL (Vic)

Kathryn WOOLSTON (Tas)

Elizabeth HALL (Vic)

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