Answers for parents of multiple births

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Soon-to-be parents of twins, such as Bendigo’s Mckenzie and Mckayla, have the chance to connect with the Bendigo Multiple Births Association and experts at an information session tonight. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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TIPS forsoon-to-beparents who areexpectingtwins, tripletsor more will be on offerin Bendigo tonight.

A night forexpectant parents led by theBendigo Multiple Births Association is at Holy Trinity Church at 7pm.

The free session will feature expert presentations andaims to help connect expectantparentswith like-minded people.

Membershipsecretary Sonya Browne said the associationhosted regularparents’ nights and playgroup sessions everyFriday morning.

“Kids aren’t the main focus, you can sit down and have adult conversations,” Mrs Brownesaid.

Parents expectingmultiple birthsoften had uniqueconcerns and it was important they knew they were not alone, Mrs Browne said.

“I think it’s trying to juggle everything,” she said.

“Everyone’s in the same boat.We all help each other out.”

Mrs Brownesaid parents of twins or more should take upoffers of helpwhen they arose.

“A lot of people will come out of the woodwork to offer you help and if they offer, you have to accept it,” she said.

Mrs Browne, who has twins of her own,saidthe groupwas also a chance to have abreak from other people’s”twin questions”.

For information on the night, phone 0475 191 955.

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GALLERY: Going mufti for Curtis

SCHOOL students inGloucester and Barrington have joined dozens of others from across the region in supporting the Curtis Landers Appeal with a mufti day last week.
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GALLERY: Going mufti for Curtis Joshua Howard, Julius Hollingsworth and Anthony Shultz participate in an activity at St Joseph’s Primary’s mufti day.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Students and teachers at Gloucester Public held a mufti day and sausage sizzle to raise money for the Curtis Landers Appeal today. The sausages were donated by staff from Woolworths who also cooked the barbecue. Students were split into their house groups and created a money chain to see which house raised the most money.

Thumbs up: students from Barrington Public show their support to the Curtis Landers Appeal.

Barrington Street Preschool and Long Day Care teachers Donna Summerville and Maddie Wilson and students dressed up for the Curtis Landers Appeal mufti day today.

That’s gold: Barrington St Preschool and Long Day Care Centre staff Tabitha Wilson, Caitlin Tonelli, Cassie Wooster and Sarah Murray lend their support to the Curtis Landers Appeal mufti day.

The crew at CRT got right behind the Curtis Landers Appeal mufti day.

Nicole and Cathy from Hebby’s Bakery doing their bit for the Curtis Landers Appeal.

Council staff in their mufti day get-up.

St Joseph’s students and teachers at their mufti day.

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Casula home gun factory shut down

A home-made gun factory in Casula was shut downby police following a raidyesterday.
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Two other separate operations were also carried out under Operation Unification in south west Sydney and resulted in the seizure of ten firearms, more than 2000 rounds of ammunition and numerous gun-making tools.

Detectives from the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad and South West Metro Regional Enforcement Squad searched the Casula house at about 4.45pm.

Police said they located a hand gun as well as tools, machineryand metal piecesthat are used to make firearms.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and taken toLiverpool police station, where he was charged with numerous offences relating to the manufacture, supply and possession of illegal firearms.

He was refused bail and appeared at Liverpool Local Court today.

Detective Inspector Jason Herbert from the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad, said officers involved in yesterday’s operations delivered first class investigationswhich hadresulted inthemremoving a number of dangerous firearms from the streets.

‘‘However, we wouldn’t be able to achieve these results without the ongoing support and information we receive from the public,’’ Detective Inspector Herbert said.

‘‘As we noted when we launched Operation Unification two days ago, any weapon seizure has the potential to have a major impact in preventing a serious crime, a significant injury or death.

‘‘If you know where illegal guns are being stored, or you have suspicions about people who may be involved in the illegal gun trade, please do the right thing and contact Crime Stoppers.

‘‘The information you provide could save the life of someone you love.’’

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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Decision on ovals due next week

In State Parliament, last Thursday morning, local MP, John Quigley, spoke about the urgency needed by the WA Planning Commission in approving Amendment 122 of the Wanneroo District Planning Scheme, because it directly affected the future of the Yanchep Oval Project and the Deed of Agreement between Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) and the City of Wanneroo.
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Mr Quigley pointed out that YBJV was putting up $3.8 million towards the ovals and was ready to go.

The City of Wanneroo signed the Deed of Agreement conditional of Amendment 122 for ‘developer contributions’ being approved by the WAPC within 12 months.

Mr Quigley told parliament: “That deed was signed 6 January and the amendment was taken to the minister by the mayor and chief executive officer exactly 12 months ago, and is why I am making this grievance today.

“The amendment has been with the commission for 12 months. This does not cost the government a dime. All the commission has to do is put its stamp of approval on the amendment, then the Yanchep community can breathe a heavy sigh of relief knowing that very soon there will be somewhere for their children to participate in sport.”

The Minister for Planning, John Day, responded to Mr Quigley’s grievance, stating: “I can say that since we last discussed this issue, the City of Wanneroo and the Department of Planning have

been working through the issues associated with the amendment.

“As the member said, I met yesterday with the mayor, Tracey Roberts, who, I acknowledge, is here today and also the chief executive officer of the City of Wanneroo to further discuss the issue.

“The meeting was helpful in clarifying some aspects of what is proposed – However, I am pleased to say that I am advised that the amendment will be considered by the statutory planning committee of the WA Planning Commission at its next meeting on 24 June.”

Mr Day concluded: “The development of the corridor will ultimately accommodate a population 230,000 residents over the next 50 years. I agree it is important that facilities are provided to support these growing communities, not just the sporting grounds at Yanchep, which are needed now.”

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Local RDA needs help

Capricorn Riding for the Disabled Association
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Capricorn Riding for the Disabled Association

Capricorn Riding for the Disabled Association on Old Yanchep Road, provides over 90 people with disabilities a variety of equestrian activities every week.

Currently they have 18 horses in work with another four in training, ranging from miniature pony to Clydesdales.

Over 60 local volunteers, aged from 14 to over 85, help out every week with all aspects of running the centre – Horse work, office work, horse training, feeding and keep the property in good condition for the horses and users.

Recently, after 22 years, the water bore and pumping station needs replacement so they can keep reticulating the paddocks for their horses. The bore and pump has to be replaced before summer hits.

The volunteer group has been quoted $24,000 to carryout the necessary work – To date they have raised $8000 and are appealing to the local community and businesses for donations.

If you would like to make a donation, call Julie Osborne 9407 4111 or 0400 668 258.

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Gerard Baden-Clay trial: Facial injuries ‘very typical’ of fingernail scratches

A razor belonging to Gerard Baden-Clay. Photo: Supplied Police photographs of marks on Gerard Baden-Clay’s face. Photo: Supplied
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Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay, with their three children. Photo: Supplied

A forensic medical expert says injuries on the face of accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay were “very typical” of fingernail scratches.

Mr Baden-Clay has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay on April 19, 2012.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane has heard police officers immediately noticed the “suspicious” scratches on Mr Baden-Clay’s face the morning he reported his wife missing on April 20, 2012.

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First-response police officers called in plain clothes detectives from the Indooroopilly Criminal Investigation Branch soon after arriving at the real estate agent’s Brookfield home.

“I should clarify, I cut myself shaving this morning and everybody has said it looks suspicious,” Mr Baden-Clay explained to the plain clothes detectives.

“It does,” one detective replied.

“And that’s part of the reason I gather why you’re here,” Mr Baden-Clay said.

The court heard forensic physician Margaret Stark, from the Forensic Clinical Medicine Unit of the New South Wales police service, examined photographs of Mr Baden-Clay’s facial injuries.

Dr Stark said the injuries appeared to be more typical of fingernail scratches than cuts from a “blunt razor”.

“This is a very typical presentation of being scratched with fingernails,” she said.

“They are not typical of a razor-blade injury.”

Dr Stark noted her observations were not “diagnostic” because she had been unable to examine Mr Baden-Clay in person.

She said she also examined photographs of Mrs Baden-Clay’s fingernails and agreed the injuries to Mr Baden-Clay’s face could have been caused by his wife’s nails.

“It’s possible they could have been caused by those nails, yes,” she said.

Under cross-examination from Mr Baden-Clay’s defence counsel Michael Byrne QC, Dr Stark conceded her assessment was not consistent with “gold standard” forensic medicine as she was unable to physically examine the accused.

The court also heard police quizzed Mr Baden-Clay about a cut on his hand on the morning Mrs Baden-Clay disappeared.

Mr Baden-Clay said he received the injury a day earlier while fitting a light bulb in the bathroom of his friend’s house, which he was helping renovate.

Candice Beaven examined the scratches on Mr Baden-Clay’s face on April 21, 2012, after police allegedly advised him to document his injuries.

She told the court she observed “three vertical scratches” on Mr Baden-Clay’s face.

“At least three times during the consultation [he said] that he had cut himself with a blunt razor, that he was shaving, and he was in a rush,” Dr Beaven said, adding that Mr Baden-Clay appeared anxious.

She said she asked Mr Baden-Clay whether he had noticed himself bleeding while shaving the previous morning.

“He said he couldn’t be sure and that he was in a rush and mustn’t have noticed,” Dr Beaven said.

At the end of their consultation, Mr Baden-Clay asked the GP how long she had been practising at the Kenmore clinic and where she lived.

“I said I’d been at the practice for about a year and a half and that I lived out past Springfield Lakes, but was looking to move to the area,” she told the court.

“And he handed me his business card and [said] that he might be able to help me with that.”

The trial continues.

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Melbourne Cup coming to Wagga

THE greatest prize in Australian sport is coming to Wagga.
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In a fabulous first for the city, the 2014 Melbourne Cup trophy will make a spectacular stopover in Wagga as part of its national tour starting in Western Australia next month.

Melbourne Cup Tour (MCT) organisers yesterday unveiled the list of 34 destinations for the Melbourne Cup’s across-nation odyssey, with the Murrumbidgee Turf Club chosen among the coveted hosts.

As past Cup champions Might And Power, Doriemus, Efficient and Rogan Josh grazed nearby on the Living Legends property outside Melbourne, the Victorian premier’s parliamentary secretary, Craig Ondarchie, announced the 18-carat gold trophy, valued at $176,000, would be in Wagga on September 6.

Murrumbidgee Turf Club president Stuart Lamont later revealed a “community event” would be staged to celebrate the appearance of the Melbourne Cup in the city on the first Saturday of spring.

Speaking to The Daily Advertiser yesterday, Lamont said the arrival of the Melbourne Cup would provide a “rare opportunity” for the residents of the city and surrounding centres.

“It’s exciting for Wagga to be part of such a major event for racing,” Lamont said yesterday.

“This will be a rare opportunity for Riverina residents to see the

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GOLDEN MOMENT: Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s Michelle Blocklock with the 2015 Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup first hand.

“And a wide cross-section of the community – not only those involved in racing – will be able to enjoy the experience.”

Although details of the community celebration are yet to be completed, it is expected thousands will take the chance to admire the trophy to be handed to the owners of this year’s great race.

As usual, Australia will come to a virtual standstill on the first Tuesday in November (4) when the Melbourne Cup is run and won.

Significantly, Melbourne Cup Tour organisers took time to acknowledge Wagga as the birthplace 100 years ago of legendary jockey Arthur “Scobie” Breasley at yesterday’s announcement.

Breasley never rode a Melbourne Cup winner, but claimed five Caulfield Cups, a career tally of 3251 victories and four English jockey premierships.

MTC promotions manager Michelle Blacklock was at the Living Legends property yesterday when Wagga, Cootamundra and Deniliquin were given pride of place on the Cup tour.

“The Emirates Melbourne Cup visit provides the opportunity for Wagga and surrounding communities to celebrate this proud icon of Australian history while drawing attention to local landmarks, including the Murrumbidgee River,” Blacklock said.

The Cup Tour will start in the small WA town of York, 375 kilometres east of Perth, in July before crossing the continent to ultimately land in Melbourne on October 27.

Along the way, the Melbourne Cup will be on show at 33 other sites, and will viewed by hundreds of thousands.

Wagga, Cootamundra and Deniliquin are among eight MCT destinations in NSW, which also include Sydney, Murwillumbah-Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina and Grenfell.

The three and a half month MCT will not just be about the Melbourne Cup trophy.

Organisers have confirmed jockeys, trainers and owners with ties to the Melbourne Cup will also take part in the tour, recalling their personal stories of racing glory and heartache.

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Suspended jail sentence for woman who stole TV, teddy bear and a bar of chocolate

REHAB: A woman has attempted rehab after a drug-induced shoplifting spree.A WOMAN who had an extensive shoplifting record which dated back to 1987 was handed a suspended jail sentence in Orange Local Court.
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The court heard Fay Bargwanna had a history of drug abuse and was affected by drugs at the time of the offences, which occurred on May 15.

Her solicitor Rebecca McIlveen said her client had gone to great lengths to address her addiction and had for the first time, completed two months of a methadone program.

Since she began the program she had only had one lapse, Ms McIlveen said.

“This lapse was what resulted in the three offences of the same date and all bar the bar of confectionery … all the property was returned.

Police facts said on May 15 the 46-year-old walked into Dick Smith with a trolley at 3.30 in the afternoon and walked down to the back of the store.

She picked up a television worth $298 and placed it in the trolley and walked out of the store.

Later that day she walked into a newsagents in the Summer Centre and picked up various items including a teddy bear, a jewellery box and a diary and placed those items in her trolley and left.

Her shopping continued to Big W where a security guard in the shop saw her grab a bar of coconut ice, open the packet and eat the bar.

He apprehended her and called police.

At the time she had taken five Xanex tablets and was unable to be interviewed due to her “obvious intoxication”.

The Adina Crescent resident had a criminal history including assault, larceny and drug offences.

Magistrate, Terry Lucas told her she should be proud she had completed one stage of her rehabilitation program.

“You have an opiate problem … don’t blame anyone else but you.”

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Lapse costs Jaguars win

A 20-MINUTE fadeout has cost the Jaguars a match-winning lead against Wagga United.
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Ray Jones found the back of the net during the first half of the game and some great defence by Junee meant the half-time score was 1-nil.

Co-coach Isaac Cooper said the team had put into practice everything they had been working on at training and Jones’ goal had put the premiers on the back foot.

However, a fade-out in the second half cost the team dearly with Wagga United scoring three quick goals -including a penatly to snatch the lead.

“We got back into play and Jones scored a nicely finished goal,” Cooper said.

Jaguars weren’t able to score again however, with the full-time score sitting at 3-2.

Despite the loss Cooper said the team had the skill and potential to upset the Wagga teams.

This weekend, the team will play South Wagga after their tough run of Lake Albert, Tolland, Henwood Park and Wagga United.

“We’ve got to get back into the groove of things now,” Cooper said.

“We just need to get the points from teams that are below us on the ladder to stay in touch with the top four placed teams.”

Against Wagga United, Cooper rated fellow coach Jason Mutimer’s game.

“He (Mutimer) was solid in his move to defence while Ray Jones had a good game with two goals,” Cooper said.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars’ reserve grade team drew a match with Tolland.

Cooper said the team played a good game but were a bit unlucky not to convert their chances into points.

“Robin Asmus had a solid game and so did Matt Carvasso in goals; he turned away any chances that Tumut had.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Griffith woman denied bail

“OH NO, no please.”That was the desperate plea from Griffith woman Lesley Thompson when judge John Williams denied bail after adjourning her sentencing hearing today.
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Thompson, 51, has been on bail after pleading guilty to two counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

The Griffith District Court heard Thompson illegally transferred more than $1 million over a period of six years from an an account held by her employer, Hotondo Homes, into her personal bank account.

Thompson’s lawyer Chris Watson told the court she had been suffering from a gambling addiction and was extremely remorseful.

He told the court a doctor’s report revealed Thompson was disgusted by what she did.

Thompson confirmed she told the doctor that after being called to the witness stand by her lawyer.

“I didn’t think I deserved to be alive for what I’ve done,” she said.

Thompson confirmed the stolen money was used on pokie machines.

She alleged that growing up her father was physically abusive to her mother and when her mother had a win on the pokies, it made her dad happy.

Thompson allegedher ex-husband was also physically abusive and she went on to replicate her mother’s behaviour – giving him money when she had a win on the pokies.

“I honestly don’t know how I did it,” she said.

When the possibility of a jail term was mentioned, she wept uncontrollably in the witness stand.

She said she was extremely remorseful for her actions.

“Oh god, I’m so sorry. If I could take it back I would. I will never forgive myself for what I’ve done – not as long as I live.”

Thompson said she had no idea how much money she had stolen.

“I cannot fathom the amounts. I am mortified.”

When Thompson was asked whether she would ever use a pokie machine againshe said “never”.

“They are the most evil, wicked things ever invented. They ruin lives. I’ve ruined lives because of them. I hate them.”

When Thompson was asked why she didn’t seek help for her gambling addiction, she said she didn’t know she had a problem.

The court heard Thompson had not repaid back any of the money she obtained fraudulently, but she said she had every intention of paying it back.

When asked if she would pay it back she said: “every cent for the rest of my life”.

Judge Williams questioned Thompson and said she must have known what she was doing was wrong.

“I didn’t have the skills to get help,” she said.

Thompson was then asked to sit in the dock while her lawyer made his submissions.

He asked the judge to consider special circumstances including the fact she had allegedly been a victim of domestic violence in the past.

He said his client had since sought help for her gambling addictions and acknowledged her rehabilitation would be ongoing.

Thompson sobbed and rocked back and forth in the dock, clearly distressed each time a jail sentence was mentioned.

She was visibly distressed when the judge adjourned the matter until Thursday and denied bail.

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