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Women’s awards

An awards program honouring inspirational women is seeking nominees for the 2016 show. Pictured at the 2015 event are Tayla Hanak – the young female ambassador – with Natalie von Bertouch.See photos from the 2015 women’s awards program.
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To coincide with International Women’sDay, the Fleurieu and Kangaroo IslandWomen’s Community Awards willcelebrate the achievements of women at adinner on March 11, 2016.

MP for Finniss Michael Pengilly will hostthe awards ceremony, together with VictorHarbor VIEW Club.

Nominations are sought in the categoriesof young female ambassador, volunteer,health, education and sport.

The awards honour inspirational womenwho have made or are making anoutstanding contribution, or who haveinspired others through their achievementsin the community in any of these fields.

Nominations are now open and will closeon January 29. For more details phone 85522152 or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

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Third-largest global coral bleaching event is underway, scientists say

A massive, global coral bleaching event is underway which could affect 38 per cent of the world’s reefs by year’s end, including the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have revealed.
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A before and after image of coral bleaching in American Samoa, with the right image taken in December 2014 Photo: XL Catlin

The consortium of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US,the University of Queensland,Reef Check, and XL Catlin Seaview Survey says the mass bleaching – only the third of itskind in recorded history – is being driven by increased ocean temperatures.

NOAAhas estimated the event may kill more than12,000 square kilometres of reef worldwide.

The rise in the ocean temperaturesis being caused by the background warming from climate change made worse by this year’s superEl Nino weather event, and a Pacific warm water mass known as “the Blob”, the researchers say.

The Great Barrier Reef shown in healthy conditions. Photo: Australian Institute of Marine Science

The extent of the damage to Australia’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef was not yet known, but it will become obvious by early 2016, University of Queensland Global Change Institute Director, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, said in a statement.

“If conditions continue to worsen, the Great Barrier Reef is set to suffer from widespread coral bleaching and subsequent mortality, the most common effect of rising sea temperatures,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

Coral bleaching occurs when stressed corals exude an algae,zooxanthellae, which lives inside their tissue. After it is expelled, the bright, white skeleton of the coral is left exposed. They can, but do not always, die as a result of the bleaching.

According to the NOAA-led researchers, coral reefs support one quarter of all marine species and a mass bleaching event can “severely deplete” the ecosystems that rely on them.

Bleaching on reefs in American Samoa. Photo: XL Catlin

In 1998, more than half of the Great Barrier Reef experienced bleaching and up to 10 per cent of its corals died. That was the world’s first, major recorded event of its kind and it killed 16 per cent of the globe’s corals.

The second event, five years ago, did not affect the Great Barrier Reef partly because two local cyclones helped to drive down ocean temperatures.

But this year so far, bleaching has already been recorded across the northern Pacific, Indian, and western Atlantic Oceans. It is expected to become obvious in the Caribbean in the next few weeks.

Bleaching only reaches a “global event” stage when all three major ocean basins are affected across multiple reefs spanning 100 kilometres or more, XL Catlin Seaview Survey said.

“This is only the third time we’ve seen a global-scale bleaching event,”NOAACoral Reef Watch coordinator Dr MarkEakinsaid in a statement.

Dr Tyrone Ridgway, fromUQ’sGlobal Change Institute, said the severity of any impact on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef will depend on how long the higher-than-average ocean temperatures last.

“As we move into summer, these temperatures are expected to rise even more,” he told Fairfax Media.

“If we get coral mortality, the health of the system will decline.”

As corals are the “builders” of the Reef, this would affect fish stocks as well as tourism.

Surface watersof the equatorial central and eastern Pacific – where the El Nino has formed -are as much as 4 degrees warmer than average, while deeper gauges are detectinganomalies of 7 degrees.

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Angler in hot water over illegal fishing

A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court. A man charged with a string of serious fishing-related offences has appeared before Dubbo Local Court.
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John Austin Gaydon, 44, represented himself on Wednesday accused of possessing a Murray cod illegally taken and five other charges.

Anyone convicted of possessing a fish illegally taken could face maximum penalties of stiff fines or jail terms or both.

Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said the matters before him were quite serious allegations.

Mr Gaydon sought an adjournment to gain legal advice ahead of entering a plea.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 5am on April 5 and 12.46am on April 6 at Narromine.

The Dubbo man is accused of possessing a prohibited size Murray Cod in excess of one metre.

He is charged with possessing a fish illegally taken – a Murray Cod – caught via a non-attended hand line.

Mr Gaydon is also charged with being master of boat not preventing serious fishing offences.

He is accused of resisting or obstructing a fisheries officer by being master of boat failing to stop when directed.

He is also charged with leaving a hand-held line unattended in the Macquarie River and with using more than two hand-held lines in inland waters.

The matter was adjourned to October 21.

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$50b sub building program ‘would bring Japan and Australia closer together’

Japan says its bid to build Australia’s replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries’ two navies closer. Photo: SuppliedDefence Minister rejects concerns of rushed bidding process
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Japan sees its bid for Australia’s $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations’ navies work closely together on joint operations such as enforcing freedom on the seas.

The visiting delegation from Japan, which is bidding for the hotly contested program to replace the Collins Class submarine, says choosing Japan over rivals Germany and France would help cement the natural bond between the two major democracies of the western Pacific.

In comments that are likely to raise hackles in Beijing, senior Japanese defence official Masaki Ishikawa told Fairfax Media that Japan would like to go much further than just building Australia’s next subs.

“We would like to deepen our strategic co-operation with Australia. So we don’t want to stop at the submarine building co-operation itself. We want to go further to operational co-operation in the submarine area: joint training, joint operations, something like that. Maybe the US could join us [in a] trilateral operational co-operation,” he told Fairfax Media on the sidelines of the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power conference in Sydney.

“Two democracies and two such allied countries of the US – we can co-operate in keeping the Pacific safe.”

The strategic argument to buying Japanese submarines remains a central plank of the country’s pitch to Australia. The two countries’ navies would be closely bound together by using the same submarine technology.

It was a dimension enthusiastically embraced by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who believed that Canberra and Tokyo should deepen ties amid the rise of China and the strategic uncertainty that this is causing, though this outlook is expected broadly to continue under Malcolm Turnbull.

But the desire for closer ties on both sides – a fact clearly reinforced by the Japanese delegation’s remarks about subs – is likely to irk China, which fears such moves are aimed at containing the expansion of its power in Asia. That is particularly so when talk turns to three-way co-operation with the US.

Backing up Mr Ishikawa’s remarks, senior Japanese naval officer Rear Admiral Naoto Sato, who is also part of the delegation visiting Australia this week, said that freedom of navigation at sea was a core value shared by Japan and Australia.

“If we had the same sister ships and submarines, we understand how we operate and the performance. We both know each other very well so we can effectively operate in this area,” he said.

Freedom of movement on the seas is vital to Australia’s export-driven economy, as well as to Asia’s stellar growth. It has been a key theme at the Navy’s Sea Power conference, with the head of the US Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift and Defence Minister Marise Payne both stressing that any impediment to such freedom would have catastrophic effects on the region.

Concerns have been raised in the wake of Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea about any efforts by the regional giant to impede such freedom through key shipping lanes.

Hidehiro Ikematsu of Japan’s Ministry of Defence stressed that Japan had no intention of trying to contain China.

“Let me be clear: Japan doesn’t have any intention to contain or confront China. We don’t want or expect Australia to make a choice. We simply want to strengthen ties with Australia regardless of other countries,” he said.

Japan is offering to build Australia an evolved version of its Soryu class boat. Mr Ishikawa said Japan was conferring a special status on Australia by sharing its highly classified submarine technology, something it was unlikely to do with any other country.

Japan, like Germany and France, is offering to build all of the new submarines in Australia if that is what Canberra wants. It would build a mock-up boat first to iron out flaws, the delegation announced this week.

It would do most of the building at a refurbished ASC shipyard in Adelaide but could also deliver some work to Melbourne, Newcastle or Perth, said Noboru Flores from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which would build the submarines along with Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation.

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Students perform in physie competition

Gunnedah Physical Culture (Physie) Club recently held its Annual Club Competition at St Xaviers Hall.
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Little performers: (From left) Charli Mills, Mia Mizzi, Grace Larman and Molly Oram.

The afternoon provided the girls with opportunites to display their routines.

“All the girls performed really well,” club president Kath McQuirk said.

“The club spirit really showed through as everyone tried their best, and supported each other.

“The club competition is a trial run for the North West Zone Competition held this weekend in Tamworth.

“We wish all our awesome girls the very best for this weekend.”

The Gunnedah Physie dance team in action.

Annual Club Competition 2015 results:

Five-year-olds: Olivia Semmler 1; Chloe Day 2; Poppy Oram 3; Emily O’Brien 4; Bianca Sheumack 5. Best marcher – Poppy Oram. Best dancer – Chloe Day.

Six-year-olds: Jazmin Hobden 1; Jordana Jeffrey 2; Louisa O’Brien and Sophie Pike 3; Tahlia Smith 4; Charlee O’Hearn 5; Georgia Kirby 6. Best marcher – Tahlia Smith. Best dancer – Jordana Jeffrey.

Seven-year-olds: Molly Oram 1; Alice O’Brien 2; Freya Conn 3. Best marcher – Molly Oram. Best dancer – Alice O’Brien.

Eight-year-olds: Sophie Bush 1; Alice Roach 2; Daisy Sheedy 3; Holly Sheedy 4; Courtney Hobden and Lilly Joliffe 5; Serena Jaeger 6; highly commended – Alyssa Frey, Sophie Kennedy, Charolette Semmler, Macella O’Brien. Best marcher – Alice Roach. Best dancer – Sophie Kennedy.

Nine-year-olds: Talea Coulton 1; Brittany Sheumack 2. Best marcher – Talea Coulton. Best dancer – Brittany Sheumack.

Ten-year-olds: Michelle Schoeman 1; Aleesha Ward 2. Best marcher – Michelle Schoeman. Best dancer – Aleesha Ward.

Eleven-year-olds: Claire McQuirk 1; Chantele Pike 2. Best marcher – Claire McQuirk. Best dancer – Chantele Pike.

Twelve-year-olds: Kate Bishop 1; Bethany Robe 2; Bethany Kirby 3. Best marcher – Bethany Robe. Best dancer – Bethany Kirby.

Thirteen-year-olds: Bella Gallagher 1; Savanna Cull 2; Maddison Coombs 3; Kaitlyn Macaulay 4; Felicity Roach 5. Best marcher – Felicity Roach. Best dancer – Savanna Cull.

Fourteen-year-olds: Isabel Kelly 1. Best marcher – Isabel Kelly. Best dancer – Isabel Kelly.

Fifteen-year-olds: Charline D’Anastasi 1; Hannah Turner 2; Rebecca Etheridge 3. Best marcher – Charline D’Anastasi. Best dancer – Hannah Turner.

First year seniors: Alison Gosper 1; Bianca Day 2; Geogie Roach 3. Best marcher – Alison Gosper. Best dancer – Georgia Roach.Encouragement award – Freya Conn. Champion marcher – Alison Gosper.

Champion dancer – Savanna Cull. Junior champion – Sophie Bush. Senior champion – Charline D’Anastasi.

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Jerrabomberra man James Hughes dies on Oallen Ford bridge near Nerriga in motorcycle crash

James Hughes died after an accident on the new Oallen Ford bridge, west of Nerriga on Sunday.The partner of a motorcyclist killed on the new Oallen Ford bridge on Sunday has blamed Goulburn Mulwaree Council for his death for failing to repair a pothole.
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Jerrabomberra man James Hughes, 50, died after losing control on the new bridge, west of Nerriga, while riding from Canberra to the South Coast.

His partner Melissa Pearce said a pothole on the approach to the bridge contributed to his death.

“Police have shown me photographs of the pothole. He couldn’t have avoided it,” she said.

“It was so large, it was almost the width of the whole road.

“If he could have avoided the pothole he would have. James was a very good and experienced rider.”

She said at this stage police didn’t believe her partner of 3½ years was at fault.

“They don’t believe he was speeding. They don’t believe there was a rider error or that James contributed at all,” she said.

The $3 million Oallen Ford Bridge over the Shoalhaven River was opened on September 11.

Police said the accident happened on the western side of the new bridge.

Mr Hughes was riding east on Oallen Ford Road, when his motorbike veered to the northern side of the road and collided with the guardrail.

He was thrown from the bike, over the guardrail, and landed five metres below on the river bank.

Police said investigations into the accident were continuing but one line of inquiry was the road condition. A report was being prepared for the coroner.

Ms Pearce said she had lost her soul mate.

“I lost the love of my life, my soul mate. Because of a pothole,” she said.

“I’m devastated and I’m angry. This should not have happened.

“James should be here at home with me. He should not be dead.

“He’s dead because there was a pothole in the road that wasn’t fixed – it’s not fair and it’s not right.”

She has called for an inquest into his death.

“I really want a coronial inquest into why this happened and how it could have been prevented,” she said.

“I just don’t want a report which says he died from injuries sustained in an accident.

“I want an inquiry into why the road, just three weeks old, was in such a poor state of repair. Why was the surface breaking up after the amount of money that was spent on it? Potholes should be fixed.”

Goulburn Mulwaree general manager Warwick Bennett said council was aware of the pothole and was attempting to make repairs at the time of the accident.

“We had received complaints,” he said.

“We had no troubles with other sections of the road.”

As the matter was under police investigation, he said council would wait to see the police report before commenting further.

It is understood just hours after the crash on Sunday, the scene was cleared and road workers were at the site.

Meanwhile the speed limit on Nerriga Road at Corang Bridge has been reduced from Wednesday.

Monaro MP John Barilaro said Roads and Maritime Services carried out a review of the speed limit on the road as part of an ongoing speed zone review program after a request from the community and Palerang Council.

“A structural report prepared by council recommended reducing the speed limit on the bridge until council carries out work to improve its long term performance,” Mr Barilaro said.

The speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 60 km/h along a 500 metre section about eight kilometres south of Oallen Ford Road to around 8.5 kilometres south of Oallen Ford Road at Corang.

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Australia’s most dangerous streets revealed by school testing

Areas most at risk in Broken Hill and Mount Isa. Photo: Google Earth The Palace Hotel in Broken Hill is in the line of lode. Photo: Robert Blackburn
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Accidents, illness, strangers: danger to children takes many forms. But, for brain damage caused by toxic mining metals, the streets closest to the mines in Broken Hill, Mount Isa and Port Pirie must rank as the most dangerous in Australia.

Children in these mining and smelting cities exposed to high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium are more than twice as likely to have developmental delays than the national average, new research shows.

These children are at a much higher than average risk of lifelong neurobehavioural deficits. And those who live closest to the mines are at highest risk.

“It basically tells you the closer you live to the line of lode, the worse off you are,” said Mark Taylor, professor of environmental science at Macquarie University who led the study published this week in the journal Environmental Pollution.

In the first known such use of NAPLAN data, the researchers took the NAPLAN results of children in school catchment areas known to have high levels of toxic metals in the environment and compared them with those of their peers around the country.

They found the children living closest to Broken Hill’s lead and zinc mine – where exposure levels to toxic air, dust and soils are highest – consistently had the lowest literacy and numeracy scores in years three and five.

In Australia’s two other lead mining and smelting cities, Mount Isa in Queensland and Port Pirie in South Australia, the results were similar.

The researchers also looked at Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data, which assess children in their first year of school for physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge.

Children from the two Broken Hill school catchments with the highest environmental contamination were 2.6 times more likely to have vulnerabilities in two or more of the AEDC developmental areas.

After adjusting for socio-economic disadvantage, the difference between children attending schools with the maximum soil lead risks compared with the lower soil lead risk areas was about 60 NAPLAN points, or about 14 per cent.

Lead is a neurotoxin, which can affect the development of a child’s nervous system if it is absorbed, inhaled or ingested.

Its effects are greatest in unborn children and those aged up to five, because the nervous and skeletal systems need high levels of calcium to develop properly. The bodies of children growing up in lead-rich environments can be tricked into absorbing lead instead of calcium, which lead mimics.

A blood testing program in Broken Hill between 1991 and 2009 showed declining lead levels, but since 2010 they have headed upwards.

In May this year the National Health and Medical Research Council halved the blood lead level at which health intervention is required from 10 to five micrograms per litre.

This means about half the children under five in Broken Hill require health intervention for excess dangerous levels of lead in their blood.

Andrew Pressler of Broken Hill manages a business that has recently been accredited in the machine extraction of lead from dust, for example from ceilings and gutters of houses.

He had his own children tested and was relieved to learn “they have not been affected” by lead in the environment.

Mr Pressler said it was a “very sensitive issue” in the city. While people were “fully aware” of the problem, they tend to “forget about it”.

“We really need to come back to the tasks” to lower the risks, Mr Pressler said.

Professor Taylor said this meant stopping children from playing in the dirt (which could mean astroturfing their yards), frequent hand washing, keeping shoes and pets outside, keeping windows closed and ripping up old carpets, with bare floorboards a preferable option.

He said families should get their children’s blood tested. “It is really important that they stay on top of the risks and do everything they can to mitigate them,” he said.

“These are subtle changes but when you add up the total sum of [them] for the whole community, and all the lost IQ points, that is quite a lot.

Professor Taylor said said a typical adult response was, “There is nothing wrong with me and I have lived here all my life.”

While some people may find it easier to ignore the study’s findings, “there is an opportunity to protect children into the future”.

The companies, too, needed to work hard to reduce emissions, he said.

“It needs to be a whole of community effort. What this information does is confirms that intervention programs that have been implemented are really important.”

The NSW government is spending $13 million on a five-year program to address the issue of elevated blood lead levels among Broken Hill children.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by the mining companies in both Mount Isa and Port Pirie to mitigate contamination.

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Scam accused refused bail

Three people accused of being involved in a telephone scam have been refused bail after appearing in Griffith Local Court on Wednesday.
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Workers at Hanwood Post Office became suspicious when two of the accused attempted to cash a $9500 money order on Tuesday afternoon.

Inspector Scott Wilkinson from Griffith Local Area Command said the postal workers contacted the person who paid for the money order and then called the police.

“Detectives attended and arrested them about 4.30pmon Tuesday,” Inspector Wilkinson said.

“They were ringing people telling them they owe the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) money and if they don’t pay up they’ll be locked up by the police.”

Following the arrest at Hawood Post Office, detectives went to a Coolah Street home and arrested a third person over the matter.

“Theyexecuted a search warrant and recovered money, phones and documents,”Inspector Wilkinson said.

“Three non-residents were charged with dishonestly obtaining a benefit by deception.”

Amitkumar Hasmukhbhai Patel, a 33-year-old foreign worker, was arrested and charged along with 40-year-old Ashaben Patel over the $9500 money order.

Amitkumar was also charged over a similar incident involving a $5000 money order along with 40-year-old Jitendrakumar Shivabhai Patel.

Inspector Wilkinson said they were targeting vulnerable people.

“One of the victims was from Queensland and the other was from South Australia,”Inspector Wilkinson said.

“It’s a widespread sort of thing, they’re not just targeting local people.

“The Australian Federal Police and ATO have been contacted and we are assisting them in relation to the matter.”

Inspector Wilkinson said if anyone received this sort of phone call they shouldhang up immediately and report the matter to their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Any sort of solicitation of funds over the phone should be treated with suspicion, no government department engages in that sort of activity,” Inspector Wilkinson said.

ATO assistant commissioner Thomas Ryan said they would never intimidate taxpayers in such a threatening and demeaning manner.

All three appeared before Griffith Local Court on Wednesday and were refused bail. They will appear via video link onOctober 28.

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Music festival celebrates love of village

MUSICAL: Saxophonist Wilbur Wilde performing at the 2014 Gundaroo Music Festival. This year’s festival features Mental As Anything and Angry Anderson in partnership with James Southwell and his band.
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THE small community of Gundaroo will hold their annual Gundaroo Music Festival this weekend.

The idea for the festival was started by long time Gundaroo resident Scott Windsor, who loved to spend the day with his family and friends and enjoy some good music.

“Scott was 47 when he passed away on April 17 this year from the crippling effects of Motor Neurone Disease (MND),” Gundaroo Music Festival organisers, Fifty Acres PR member Nina Ravenscroft said.

“Being a keen drummer Scott loved playing and bringing music to the people.”

Mr Windsor struggled with the disease for two and half years.

This year the Gundaroo Music Festival aim is to raise in excess of $50,000, the target they managed to achieve at last year’s festival.

This year’s headline act is well known 80s Aussie band Mental As Anything who will sing all their well known hits such as ‘Mr Natural’, ‘Live It Up’ and many more.

Also lead singer of 70s hard rock band Rose Tattoo, Angry Anderson is teaming up with guitar sensation James Southwell and his band to perform some high-energy rock and roll and blues material.

Other bands performing on the day include local country musician Roo Arcus, the Dorothy-Jane Trio, Dasher and Alice, Bridge Between, Annie and the Armadillos and many more.

There will also be fireworks in the park from 8:30pm.

Previous headline acts have included Enormous Horns in 2013 and Daryl Braithwaite in 2014. Other acts include Aunty Jack, Alice Plumb, The Corbys, Brewn’, Nova Scotia, Marji Curran Band, Kartel, the Borderers and Blue Zoo Groove.

Regular buses will be leaving from the Canberra Carotel Motel at Watson and will also pick up at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) all day from 9:30am until 6:00pm.

They will be departing from Gundaroo to return to Canberra at 10:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm and the final one at 10:30pm.

Tickets cost $25 per person or $50 for a family pass.

Pets will also not be allowed entry to the event because of the interactive animal farm and the fireworks.

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Roadworks blamed for accident

Police newsThe roadworks currently underway in Currajong Street were blamed as the cause of a collision between two vehicles on Tuesday afternoon.
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A 42 year-old Queensland man driving a Nissan Patrol was travelling east in Church Street when he attempted to turn left into Currajong Street.

He realised major works were underway, baulked and then collided with a Ford Falcon driven by a 53 year-old Parkes woman.

Police and Ambulance were called to the accident scene where the woman declined ambulance treatment.

However, according to police she later presented herself to the Parkes Hospital for observation.

The male driver was uninjured.

The Falcon was towed from the scene and only minor damage caused to the Nissan Patrol.

Meanwhile, Acting Inspector Jason Barker has reminded motorists of the changes to the law in regards to reporting motor vehicle accidents.

“The new regulations have been in place for almost 12 months now but locally, police are still receiving calls relating to minor accidents,” Acting Inspector Barker said.

“Police need only attend an accident for the following reasons – someone is killed or injured, a party fails to stop and exchange particulars, or a driver is allegedly under the influence of liquor or a drug.

“Tow away collisions still need to be reported to police within 24 hours of occurring, however, there may n ot be a requirement for police to attend the scene.

“In all other circumstances, motorists are asked to contact their insurance company directly to arrange repairs.

“May I stress that if ever anyone is in doubt following an accident, it is requested to call police for advice,” he said

Truck brings down

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Police were called to control traffic after a truck brought down sagging power lines outside a residence on Orange Road on Tuesday morning.

It is understood the wires had been affected by the sudden burst of hot weather which saw temperatures in the mid 30s.

Police were first called to the scene at 11.30am and were in attendance for several hours whilst Essential Energy staff corrected the problem.

Parkes Shire Council Traffic Control diverted traffic via Military and Eugowra Roads throughout the emergency.

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