The Attorney-General has resistedcalls to release further details about a series of bungled prison releases.

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin

Vanessa Goodwin said the series of mistaken releases was “totally unacceptable” and committed to doing whatever was needed to address the issue.

Sixinmates have been accidentally released early from Risdon Prison in the last two years, with another error meaning an inmate was kept in custody several weeks after their scheduled release.

Dr Goodwin said it was inappropriate to identify individual prisoners, but said none remained at large and had not been advised of any prisoners committing criminal offences before they were returned to custody.

Two early releases involved an armed robber who was set free one year before his scheduled release, while another inmate in custody for domestic violence matters was released two weeks early.

The government has not released details about how long the other prisonerswere released before they were returned to custody, or the types of crimes they had committed.

Labor Justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings said Dr Goodwin was being “deliberately secretive” and thelack of detail was simply not good enough.

Ms Giddings said Dr Goodwin had a duty to release further detail in the interests of community safety.

“It’s important that the community can have confidence that they are safe under the government,” she said.

KPMG is conducting an audit into the mistaken releases and will provide a full report by the end of September.

The government has also created a centralised sentencing administration unit inside the prison system.

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Workshop: Parents and carers of school-aged children on the autism spectrum will have the opportunity to attend a free workshop in Dubbo. Photo: FilePositive Partnerships will be coming toDubboto run a free workshopfor families of school-aged children on theautism spectrum next month.

The event will be held at the Dubbo RSL, on Tuesday, September 13.

Research indicates that a large group of Australians have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, a condition which can have a profound impact on the person, their family and community.

While awareness of autism is greater than ever, support for children with autism and diverse learning styles and their families is still needed.

Workshop facilitator Karen Evans said particular challenges can arise for children with autism – including behavioural, social and learning issues – which also affect their families and teachers.

Ms Evans said the workshop will providethe parents of Dubbo and surrounding towns with an opportunity to be informed about evidence-based practices without having to travel too far to access resources and information.

“A key component of the workshop is introducing the families to the Positive Partnership resources and information that are available on the website and online learning portal,” she said.

“These resources are continually updated. We hope that it just the start of them using our free resources.”

The first session of the day is a chance for parents andcarers to explore the unique nature of their own child.

They will also explore the child’s characteristics in detail to try and uncover the best ways to support them moving forward.

At the workshop parents and carers will gain a range of knowledge including,how to develop effective family and school partnerships.

They will also find out about strategies to advocate for their child, support their child’s participation at school and develop an awareness of ongoing learning needs, and much more.

“Many parents/carers attend our workshops to learn more about behaviour,” Ms Evans said.

“In the behaviour session the facilitators model a planned approach to teaching behaviours that the parent/ carer wants to see more of.

“This is achieved by exploring the purpose of the child’s behaviour that they want to stop, what happens before and after that identified behaviour.”

She said this strategy aligns with what most schools are implementing in their behaviour plan,called Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

“The parents/ carers will make a plan that is positive because we want to strengthen and increase a behaviour not punish,” Ms Evans said.

Theend of the day is dedicated to supporting a positive, sustainable and productive partnership between home and school.

“The session explores the importance of this partnership and identifies ways for parents/carers to develop a team approach to supporting their child,” she said..

“Included in the final session is how the parent/ carer is looking after themselves and what services and supports are available in the local area.”

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The Australian Women in Agrculture (AWiA) Conference 2016 will occurin Canberra on September 9-11, and the conference is once again calling on rural women to take part with six scholarships available.

This year, an exciting line up of rural leaders will reflect on their journeys, discuss different forms of leadership and how rural womencan influence decision making right up to government level.

Sarah Powell, the 2015 Rural Industries Research and Development (RIRDC) RuralWomanof the Year winner will discuss her project developing future leaders and halting the decline of rural communities through mentoring and sport.

Leadership in the boardroom and beyond will be discussed by Lucinda Corrigan and Simone Jolliffe.

Lucinda Corrigan is the director at Meat and Livestock Australia and wasWomenin Australian Agribusiness Leader in 2014 with an interest in ethical governance, transparency and accountability that enable change.

Simone Jolliffe is the deputy president of Australian Dairy Farmers and is passionate about supporting farmers at the grassroots.

Tania Chapman will discuss the importance of leadership in managing change. Tania is the Chair of Citrus Australia and the chair of The Voice of Horticulture- and sits on the newly formed ACCCAgcommittee.

Tania was awarded the 2012 RIRDC Victorian ruralwomanof the year, and a Nuffield Scholarship in 2014.

Deputy leader of the Nationals, Minister for Regional Development, Regional Communications and Local Government and TerritoriesFiona Nashwill discuss grassroots input into policy.

Finally, Professor Leslie Chenoweth AO will use her expertise in social work, regional practice and community capacity building to reflect on leadership and influencing decision making.

“Speakers have been chosen that will not just inspire but to enable conference delegates to step up and become leaders in their own businesses and communities,” AWiA conference coordinator Nerida Cullen said.

“We aim to inform about the many different ways thatwomencan influence the agricultural agenda from the dining table, to the boardroom table to the political table.”

Ffor further information contact AWiA secretary Val lang at [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛or on 0407 054 823.

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Battle for Berrima president Ken Wilson presents the petition to the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward which will be debated in state parliament next week. Photo by Lauren StrodeA COALmine in the Southern Highlands will be under the state spotlight next week.

Earlier this monththe Highlands action group Battle for Berrima presented the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward with a petition opposing the Hume Coal Project.

The petition contained more than 16,000 signatures and will be debated in state parliament on August 25.

But Hume Coal project director Greig Duncan said it was disappointing that Ms Goward and members of the community had chosen to “ignore” the assessment process.

Battle for Berrima president Ken Wilson said this was a “great victory for democracy”.

“More than 16,000 people have said to their elected representatives that this proposed coal mine by Korean owned Hume Coal is too risky to place in the water supply of the Southern Highlands and Sydney,” he said.

“Battle for Berrima is very pleased that the local member Pru Goward has supported our call for a full parliamentary debate on this critical issue.”

However Mr Duncan said the petition showed a “blatant disregard” for the people who relied on the mining industry as a career.

“The state government has a rigorous process in place for the assessment of mining applications. It’s very disappointing in a time when there’s a shortage of jobs that the Member for Goulburn and others have decided instead to pander to small, vocal minority groups,” he said.

“Hume Coal wants a fair go, with decisions based on fact instead of emotion, rumour and hearsay.”

The debate will take place at 4.30pm on August 25 and Mr Wilson said members of the Highlands community would attend en masse in a further demonstration of their opposition to the mine.

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SINGING STARS: Wooranna Park Primary School Regional Children’s Chorus in Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro. Picture: Albert Comper

As part of the 2016 national tour, Riverside Theatres will present Opera Australia’s brand new production of Mozart’sThe Marriage of Figaro.

The much-loved opera retells the hilarious account of one household’s adventures over a single day of madness.Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters, and there are plenty of dress-ups, all in aday’s work.

Award-winning creative duo Michael Gow and Robert Kemp have created this brand new production, featuring stunning period costumes and a clever set.

“When you add fantastic music by Mozart, some incredible singing, a small orchestra that’s producing the most amazingsounds for that number of people and have something that’s actually good to look at, I think it’s like an explosion,”saidKemp.

Lyndon Terracini,Opera Australia’s artistic director is on a mission to make people fall in love with opera, andbelieves it’s vital to reinvent productions regularly to make them contemporary.

“The Marriage of Figaro is a great opera to tour.Gow and Kemp are masters of storytelling,and theyhave created a version of The Marriage of Figaro that will be unforgettable,”said Terracini.

Details: August 19 to 20 at 7:30pm.Riverside Theatres, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta.

Tickets: Adult $59;Concession $54;30 and under $45.

To book: Call the Box Office on 8839 3399 or visit riversideparramatta苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.

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Macksville-Scotts Head SLSC: 2016 Rescue of the Year award recipients Jason O’Donnell and Scott Balfour. Photo, Surf Lifesaving NSWSURF LIFESAVERS from Macksville/Scotts Head Surf Club signed off on the 2015/2016 season with a State award under their beltsat the annual NSW awards of excellence in Sydney.

They were honoured with the Lifesaving Rescue of the Year awardfor a daring rescue in June/July where club president Jason O’Donnell and member Scott Balfour launched an IRB, risking their own lives in the process, to save a man who had been knocked off his kayak by the dangerous surf conditions.

The on-water duo were supported by fellow members Cathryn O’Donnell,Barry Clow andPeter Dyba, and Mid North Coast branch duty officer David Brunsdon.

This Staterecognitionfollows on from the prestigious National and Sate Rescue of the Month award for their efforts.

“I wasn’t sure about (getting) the award, there werea lot of good candidates and a lot of good rescues,” Jason told the Guardian.

“I always find it difficult to compare rescues, but the mostimportant thing is that a life was saved on that day.

“It was probably one ofthe worst rescues I’ve ever done in my life …it was the first time ever I’ve had to stop and realise the craft we had wasn’t capable of getting out straight away … thinking we might not get out there to rescue someone.

“We spent 40 minutes trying every other avenue to make the rescue possible – getting a helicopter, jet-ski, anything …after the evaluation there was a small window of opportunity to get out there and we went for it.

“I knew the risks and knew that not being able to save this personcould have been a possibility …I did ask fivemembers for assistancebefore I could get someone, which ended up beingScotty, to come out with me. That in itselfshows the difficulty and stress the conditions posed.

“I highlycommend Scotty and the whole team who assisted me with the rescue.”

Jason also said the area is in “desperateneed of a jetski” to ensure that, in situations similar to the East Coast Low in June/July, rescues are quick.

“We are working closely with our branch to achieve that outcome of having a ski stationed at Scotts Head.”

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Deadly: Centre Shelly Darcy gets aerial in the Dragonflies’ narrow loss to Macquarie Hornets at the Nita McGrath courts on Saturday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEFusions All-Blacks hascontinued its run at the Rawson Homes A-Grade premiership,downingthe fourth-placedFusions Lightning 52-36 at the weekend.

Second-spot Fusions Pink had no trouble accounting for Fusions Thunder 50-21, while the Narromine Bombers moved further away from the wooden spoon with a 37-31 win over Apollo Cruisers.Macquarie Hornets edged out the Deadly Dragonflies in a 30-26 nail-biter.

While the final placings are yet to be determined, the top four is locked in with the Fusions club claiming all four spots.

With justone match remaining against the seventh-placed Narromine Bombers this Saturday, the All-Blacks are all but guaranteed to finish their season on top of the ladder.

The side sits on 33competition points, just ahead of clubmates Fusions Pink (32 points) who will face the sixth-placed Deadly Dragonfliesin the later game.

The top two sides have dominated the competition from the outset.The ladder leaders are the only team to have accounted for Fusions Pink in 2016, while the All-Blacks’ only trip-up came in round eight whenthey had to forfeit to Fusions Thunder.

Fusions Thunder sits in third spot just two points ahead of Fusions Lightning, with a four-point buffer departing the top four teams from the bottom four.

In the final roundof the regular season, Thunder will be hoping for a win over the bottom-placed Apollo Cruisers, while Lightning will be hoping to get up over the fifth-placed Macquarie Hornets.Both matches get underway at 1.30pm.

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Tasmanian research has the potential to save millions of dollars for health systems worldwide thanks to an innovative approach to postoperative care.

Haemotologist Alhossain Khalafallah led a project which provided postoperativeiron transfusions to elective surgery patients who were anaemic or bled after their operation.

Professor Khalafallah said current guidelines recommended iron transfusions were provided before operations but this was not always possible.

His research found major benefits for patients and hospitals.

“You reduce the length of stay by three days, infection rate reduced significantly, also the haemoglobin improved, which is the main factor why you give a blood transfusion and blood transfusion was really reduced by five times what we normally get,” Professor Khalafallah said.

The research,a collaboration between the Launceston General Hospital, Calvary, the University of Tasmania and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research,was published in prestigious medical journalThe Lancet Haemotologyand has already been cited by leading haemotologists internationally.

The achievement was especially significantas the majority of the study’s authors were fifth-year University of Tasmania medical students.

UTAS School of Health Sciences head Dominic Geraghty said:“The advantages of being an island state is that we’ve gota single health system, a single university, and we’ve got a primarily very engaged private healthcare sector, so the three of them can work together to achieve research that is above world standard.”

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You have to wonder at what might be so important in life to risk getting hit by a train.

What makes a person want to face the consequence of possible death or serious injury rather than wait a minute ortwowhile that train passes by.

Surely gaining a minute is not worth costing you your life.

Police Transport Command are targeting those people who take their lives into their own hands by running in front of trains.

The Illawarra has seven level crossings and NSW TrainLink figures have proved the level crossing at Bellambi is one of the worst in the state.

In 2014, rail staff reported eight instances of people willing to risk their lives at the Bellambi crossing.

“Anecdotally, it’s always had a high number ofpeople trespassing,’’Chief Inspector Craig James said.

“I don’tthink peoplerealise they’re actuallyputting their lives in danger.”

The innocent and often forgotten victims in all this is the train drivers.

Imagine having to confront the prospect of knowing each day someone might do something stupid and you might have to bear witness to the consequences.

It’s a horrible thought.

Perhaps those people that are willing to take that risk should perhaps think of the unintended consequences next time.

In Rail Safety Week, police are reminding the public it’s actually illegal.

“It’salso about remindingthe community generally that if they enter the rail corridor they are committing an offence,” Insp James said.

CELEBRATING IN STYLEThe Wollongong City Council is examining how best our community can come together to celebrate the achievements of the Illawarra’s own Olympic champion and four-time Rio medallist Emma McKeon.

The council is working with the McKeon family at organising a fitting public ceremony.

The Illawarra Mercury editorial for the August 16 edition called for a public celebration and it appears that’s what we willget.

There were some good suggestions on our Facebook page too.

“Parade, autographs and keys to city,” was one suggestion.

“Make all council pools free for a month to celebrate,” was another interesting and different suggestion.

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GRAMPIANS emergencyservices personnelhave expressed concern after a three-day power outage left Halls Gap residents unable to call for help.

For the second time in two months, Telstra customers in the region were left in the dark with services dropping out from 11pm on August 7 to 9am on August 11.

District 16 Country Fire Authorityoperations manager Chris Eagle said the loss of phone reception in a popular tourist and hiking area was worrying.

“If the phones go down it’s a real challenge to ring triple zero,so naturally it’s a concern to us if it’s out for that long,” he said.

Last month emergency services attended five Grampians rescues within two weeks.

Mr Eagle said phone outages hadserous implications on emergency service response.

“People have to look for alternate ways to report an emergency,” he said.

“If they phones are out and there’s a car accident or vehicle fire, or even someone needing to be rescued,there’s a delay in notifying us, ambulances or police.”

Mr Eagle said emergency services were not reliant on the mobile network.

“It wouldn’t affect us at all once the caller was able to alert triple zero,” he said.

“It would have no impact on our ability to respond, we only use phones as a back up method. All volunteers respond by pager and communications are done by radio.”

Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker apologised for the outage and said the voice call and 3G service loss was the result of a complex software error.

“Issues with the Telstra mobile service in Halls Gap were reported late on Sunday night to Telstra,” he said.

“Telstra identified an issue with the 3G signal to the local area resulting in a loss of voice services to residents using the 3G network.

“Residents were still able to access data on their mobile phones and limited voice services were still available through the 2G and 4G network.

“Telstra apologises for any inconvenience caused and will carefully monitor the site over the next week to ensure it continues to operate effectively.”​

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