Girls, don’t show your ankles on websites

Let me run a potentially revolutionary concept by you: instead of chastising young girls and women for their standard of dress, how about we teach young boys and men that taking and sharing non-consensual photos of said young girls and women is a crime?
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Apparently this constitutes fringe thought in 2016, with the news that one of the schools whose students have been implicated in the”schoolgirl porn” siterevealed this month held an assembly during which it heavily implied the burden of responsibility rested solely on female students.

Girls at Victoria’sKambrya Collegewere told to watch the lengths of their skirts, wear less make-up, and not to comply with any requests for “sexy selfies” that boys may make, nor to post any photos of themselves online.

“It doesn’t matter what the girls are wearing, it should be about the choices those boys make and we should be encouraging these girls to be who they are without being shamed,” said Catherine Manning, whose daughter was present at the assembly.

With each new “sex scandal”* (*sexual assault) and “sexy photo site”** (**non-consensual porn archive), I hold out increasingly less hope that something will change: that schools will teach boys about informed consent, or that rape victims won’t be asked what they wore or drank, or that rapists, wife beaters and murderous ex-husbands won’t be describedby friends as “good blokes” who were “having a hard time”.

Just last week, a 32-year-old former Children’s Court security guard was given a good behaviour bond after having sex with a 14-year-old, then living in a Department of Human Services-run residential care unit. County Court judge Christopher Ryan described the girl as “worldly”. The guard “[wasn’t] made of steel”, Judge Ryan said, presumably implying that an adult man was powerless to resist the charms of a child.

I’m as angry as I am exhausted about this continued failure of our young people, about a climate that fails girls and women by placing the burden of responsibility for avoiding rape and assault, and it fails boys and men by assuming that they are, by nature, rapists in the making who need only glimpse an exposed bosom or “sexy selfie” before their inner monster springs forth. It’s heartbreaking that we expect so little of our sons and brothers.

The students at Kambrya will not be the only ones who’ll be advised to drop their skirt hems and avoid selfies over the ensuing weeks, just as more victims of statutory rape will be described as “worldly” or “sophisticated”, and women whose private images are stolen will be told to hide themselves away from camera lenses.

It seems there’s no point repeating the same case studies, analogies and quotes that my peers and I have been patiently disseminating for over a century, because we always end up in the same place: “don’t get raped”, not “don’t rape”; “don’t take naked photos”, not “don’t steal and trade stolen naked photos”.

At times like these, wondering what can be done in the face of such apparent apathy stokes a searing-hot fury. It’s enough to make the corner of your eye twitch as you consider totalitarian measures like throwing the smartphone of every young man who shares a “sext”*** (***stolen nude photo) into an industrial mincer.

After all, they confiscate and wreck hoons’ cars, don’t they?

Clem Bastow is a Fairfax columnist and recipient of the2012 Gold EVA Awardfor excellence in the reporting of violence against women

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Day to forget for Cardross

Bambill’s Aaron Hughes gets a handpass away against Werrimull. Pictures: Carmel ZacconeTHE Cardross Lions met the Gol Gol Hawks at the Gol Gol Football Oval this week in what turned out to be a fizzer for the Lions, who went down by 160 points.
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The day did not go as well as new coach Robert Provan would have liked; the Lions would not have been expecting to win this week, even after coming down from the high of winning their first game for the season last round against the Roos.

While Provan’s expectations would have been moderate, he will be disappointed to see again the kind of scoreline gap that has haunted the Lions for the season, after presenting better things in 2015.

Nangiloc v MeringurTHE Nangiloc Demons took on the Meringur Roos at the Nangiloc Football Ground this week.

In an important match for both sides,Saturday was a past players and life members for the Demons, as it had been for the Roos the previous week.

The Roos were looking to reclaim some dignity after losing spectacularly to Cardross.

The Demons eventually took the day, but it was a match they had to earn against an in-form, wound-licking Roos side who had something to prove.

Bambill v WerrimullTHE Bambill Saints met the WerrimullMagpies at the home ground of the Saints this weekend.

And although things didn’t go to plan for the Magpies, the match ending in a disappointing 97-point loss, this was not a game from which the Magpies could take nothing.

There was a strong wind at Mildura Senior College, and the Magpies took the chance to kick with the wind from the first.

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Man charged with murder

File picSATURDAY MORNING: A man has been charged with murderafter heallegedly killed his mother on Friday.
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Police arrested the 28-year-old man on Union Street in Forbes at 6.15am Friday after they responded to a “concern for welfare” call.

He was taken to Forbes Police Station.

Shortly afterwards, police found the body of a 59-year-old woman at a home on Underwood Street.

Forensic officers, as part of Strike Force Haddington, have examined a number of locations in Forbes.

The man was charged with murder on Friday evening, appearing in Parkes court on Saturday.

Alex John Briggs was refused bail in Parkes court on Saturday morning, to appear again in Parkes court via audio visual link on September 5.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything that could help detectives with investigations into this tragedy to contact them.

Detective Steve Howard from the Lachlan Local Area Command said detectives are appealing to the public to come forward with any information about events inUnderwood Street early Friday morning.

“Yesterday’s event is a tragic one and Strike Force Haddington has been set up to fully investigate the circumstances of what occurred,” Detective Howard said.

Please contact Forbes Police on 6853 9999 or speak withCrime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Tributes to the victim have flowed onto the Forbes Advocate’s Facebook page in the past 24 hours, with readers remembering her as “a lovely, hardworking lady” and “one in a million”.

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Higher coal prices lifting Hunter coal industry out of the doldrums

STRONG recent price rises for Hunter coal have pushed mining companies back into profit after years of confidence-sapping losses.
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Prices for“spot” or one-off cargoes of Newcastle’s main export–thermal coal used in power stations–have risen by almost 30 per cent in two months, going from a mid-June low of$US53a tonneto last week’s price of$US68.

A stronger exchange ratehas taken some of that gain, cutting the price rise in Australian dollars to less than 25 per cent, risingfrom$72.50 a tonne in mid-Juneto $89.50 last week.

Even so, the price rises have been welcomed by mining companies reporting their results, including the Maules Creek operator Whitehaven Coal, which has gone from a $342 million loss in the 2015 financial year to a $20.5 million profit in the year to June 30.

Although BHP Billiton reported massive company-wide losses atits annual results last week, the details showed itexpects to extract19 million tonnes of coal fromits giantMount Arthur mine this financial year at a predicted costof $US38 a tonne (excludingroyalties and freight)–well below the export price of its coal.

Minerals Council of NSW chief executive Stephen Galileesaid things were looking up. He said that if theprice increases weresustained,the Hunter industry was“well positioned to maximise any further gains after a long and difficult period of bringing production costs down”.

But the industry’scritics say the price increases area temporary phenomenonthat will not change their belief in coal’sterminal decline.

Financial analystTim Buckley from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said on Sunday that the recent price increases did nothing to stop him believingthe coal industry was in structural decline.

Mr Buckley saidChina produced and consumed about half of the world’s coal, making it byfar the biggest influence on global coal markets.

He said China’sdemand for coal had fallen this year but its domestic coal production had fallen by a greater amount because the government was shutting mines.

This meant China needed to lift its exports to fill the gap–surprising the global market and lifting prices as a result.

Mr Buckley said India was another big influence, withEnergy MinisterPiyush Goya repeatedly stating his desireto have India stop importing thermal coalby the end of the decade.

He said the Indian government was signing lots of big long-term electricity supply contracts with solar and wind operators and was deadly serious about diversifying its energy sources and reducing its reliance on importedcoal.

NSW Greens energy and resources spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said the environmental arguments against the industry were as strong as ever, adding:“Only a fool would take a long-term bet on coal based on a short-term uptick in the coal price.”

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union district president Peter Jordan said it appeared that the Hunter coal industry had bottomed out and was starting to climb up the other side.

Mr Jordan said he welcomed the optimism starting to percolate through the industry, but said it was in stark contrast with the relentless attack on mineworkers’ conditions that BHP Billiton and other employers were pushing for.

“They’re attacking redundancy provisions and accident pay and they are trying to get casual employment into the black coal award, which is a clear attack on permanent mineworkers’ positions,” Mr Jordan said.

The rising coal prices have been reflected in the share prices of various coal companies, meaning that companies such as Whitehaven, Thailand’s Banpu–the owner of the Centennial mines–Glencore and Anglo American have all enjoyed substantial share price increases this year.

The International Energy Agency said in December that the era of strong demand growth for coal was“over” butMr Galilee said the agency was still expectingAustralian coal exports torise by 37 per cent by 2040.

He said a recent report by Morgan Stanley predicted stronger demand for the sort of high-quality, high-energy thermal coal produced in the Hunter Valley.

Temperature rising over future hosting of Olympics

The Rio Olympic Games will no doubt be remembered for its stories of individual triumph.
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Mack Horton seizing Australia’s first gold, and Michael Phelps finishing his career with 23 gold medals are already the stuff of sporting legend.

But for me Rio’s greatest accomplishment was away from the sporting field. Brazil’s decision to use the opening ceremony to alert sports loversof all cultures and faithsto the threat of climate change is proof humanity is awakening to the need for urgent action.

Brazil, like Australia, is feeling the heat. Our rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by climate change due to worsening heatwaves, droughts, and bushfires.

If we continue on our current path, by the end of the century climate change will generate unprecedented social disorganisation, conflict, and famine that will harm billions of people.

A New Zealand study has found most cities will be too hot to host Summer Olympics within decades. Canadian researchers say if we fail to limit carbon pollution, two in three cities that previously hosted Winter Olympics will not be cold enough to do it again.

What’soften overlooked is how important religion is for many athletes, like US gymnastSimone Biles, to achieve the ‘impossible’. Faith, like the Olympics, can also inspire hope and unite communities to tackle climate change.

With four in five Australians identifying as religious, faith groups and people of conscience must work together to break the record most critical to the well-being of our children, and ensuring the Olympics are run well into the future – a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy.

Jody Lightfoot, climate change lead at Christian justice group, Common Grace, and Dr Colin Butler, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Contributor and co-founder of BODHI Australia

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Our sayBathurst’s tourism push focused on families

THE fact Bathurst Regional Council is even considering developing a tourist park in the shadows of Mount Panorama shows just how far our region has come in recent years in terms of attracting people to our town.
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The Bathurst 1000 has long been the number one drawcard, filling every hotel room, motel room and even private rentals within a 100km of Bathurst on the second weekend in October.

And justas significanthas been the concentrated effort over the past decade or so to change the public perception of the Bathurst 1000.

Where once it was an annual pilgrimage that attracted only beer-soaked young men, organisers have worked hard to make it a much more family-friendly event.

And they have been successful.

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of women and children on the Mountain during recent Bathurst 1000s and that has made the race a far more valuable –and marketable –asset for the region.

So the changing face of the Bathurst 1000 fan has played a role in highlightingthe need for more accommodation options in the region and a tourist park would certainly fit the bill.

Council has already considered the tourist park proposal during a working party last month and will now explore the option of setting aside up to $7 million in next year’s budget towards developing the facility.

We’re still a long way from seeing the first sod of soil turned but council has already earmarked a site on College Road and investigations over the next few months will consider a mix of serviced caravan sites, serviced campsites and permanent cabins that would be snapped up in just moments for race weekend.

But that’s still just one weekend a year. The key to ensuring the viability of such a development is offering enough attractions over the rest of the year to fill the rooms –and Bathurst is increasinglywell placed there as well.

The development of an international standard BMX track, the establishment of a new home for harness racing and plans to build a second Mount Panorama circuit to increase racing options means the city has more to offer than ever.

A new tourist park is far from a done deal at this stage and there is still plenty for council to explore.

But the fact we’re even looking at it is a great credit to what our region has to offer.

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Regional gymnastics event in Victoria Point | Photos Level 5 place winners Stephanie Young, Kayla Geros, Jaime Rule and Emily Angus from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
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Level 4 competitor Renee Nielson from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Natasja van Eck

Level 4 gymnast Chloe May from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Olivia Jack from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Natasja van Eck

Level 4 competitor Ruane Van Eck from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitors Keeley Wilson, Charlie Banks, Ava D’Castro, Sophie Lees and Haylee Armstrong. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Ruane Van Eck from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Kai Hoare from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Natasja van Eck

Level 5 competitor Jaime Rule from Victoria Point YMCA. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitors Olivia Jack, Renee Nielson, Ruane Van Eck and Kai Hoare from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Renee Nielson from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Chloe May from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitors from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitor Michaela Scott from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Olivia Jack from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitor Stephanie Young from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Claudia Harman from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitor Kayla Geros from Victoria Point YMCA. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Chloe May from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitor Michaela Scott from Victoria Point YMCA. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Haylee Armstrong from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Ava D’Castro from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnasts Keeley Tilbrook, Chloe May, Emily Beckett and Claudia Harman from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Emily Beckett from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Keeley Tilbrook from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Emily Beckett from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 5 competitor Emily Angus from Victoria Point YMCA. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 competitor Charlie Banks from Victoria Point YMCA.

Level 4 competitor Sophie Lees from YMCA Victoria Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Emily Beckett from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Level 4 gymnast Chloe May from Redland City Gymsports. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Place winners in level 4 Kai Hoare and Haylee Armstrong. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

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Plans for derelict building proceed

HAZARD:The old CH Smith building in Launceston has been vacant for more than 20 years and described by members of the public as a “safety risk”.The owners of a heritage listed building in Launceston that has been vacant for more than 20 years say they are progressing with their plans for the site.
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Geelong based property group Brile currently own the former CH Smith building, a structure which has been described as a “hazard” and an “eyesore” by members of the public.

Concerns around the safety of the building escalated afterpolice reported a fire had beendeliberately lit at the property on Friday, sparking calls from the community to demolish the structure.

Brile financial controller Peter Velt said the business had a development application for the site approved by council and was moving forward with the project “as quickly as possible”.

“The building was in a mess when we got it, and it had been that way for 20 plus years,” Mr Velt said.

“We have an approval. There are a lot of factors slowing it down, some that are out of our control, but we’re still progressing.”

Launceston City Council said it would “undertake an assessment” of the building, after Friday’s incident.

Acting general manager for council Michael Tidey said the assessment would “determine if there was any action required underthe Building Act or other regulations”.

Mr Tideysaid council was continuing to work with the site’s owners.

“The City of Launcestonis as eager as anyone to see this site redeveloped for the benefit of our city,” he said.

“The council has previously voted to reduce application fees and has offered every assistance to the developers.

“We continue to offer assistance and to explore options for facilitating an appropriate redevelopment of the site.”

Tasmanian Heritage Protection Society president Lionel Morrell said it would not be in the public’s interest to demolish the building.

“Itwould be a slap in the face for anyone who has ever argued for heritage protection in this city,” he said.

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DRAGONS DONE

THE Roostersextinguished whatever faint finals hopes St George Illawarra had with an emphatic 42-6win at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, reducing the Dragons’ big win over Cronulla last week to a mere blip on the radar.
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DONE AND DUSTED: The Dragons were blasted out of finals contention on Sunday, going down 42-6 to the Roosters at Allianz Stadium. It means they’ll go without finals action for the fourth time in five seasons. Picture: Getty Images

Coming off their best performance of the season, the Dragons looked sluggish from the get-go to trail 14-6 at the break before being blown off the paddock in the second stanza.

Daniel Tupou had a double either side of a Blake Ferguson four-pointer as the Roosters scored three tries in three consecutive sets midway through the second half to put the match to bed with 25 minutes to play.

The Titans’ victory over Newcastle on Saturday leaves the Dragons five points out of the eight with two games to play and resigned to missing the finals for the fourth time in fiveseasons.

“I’m disappointed with the end result because it obviously finishes our season,”Dragons coach Paul McGregor said.

“Last year we were finalists and with two weeks to go this year we’re not in the fight anymore so that’s disappointing.

“I thought our effort in the first half, and in the early inthat second half, was outstanding with the amount of the possession the Roosters had at us,I think it was 17 sets to nine,60-40 possession and a 5-1 penalty count.

“To come in halftime 14-6 down I thought was a fair score-line consideringthe amount of possession one team had. I thought we started the second half well.Then at 14-6 the kick in behind where we didn’t manage to get the ball and they went up and scored and went back to back really zapped our energy there.

“If you watch most games the team that builds the most pressure early in the game comes home better and today the Roosters did a really good job on us there. Most of our sets we were starting within 10 metres of our try-line.

“Wedefended our line really well at different stages there and the first try after three sets came off a kick and the other one came off a [dropped] off-load from us but what it does do late in the game is take the full force of energy out of you because all you’ve done is defend.

“We put it all together last week and today we just didn’t do that early and the Roosters did what they did really well and that’s footy. They played the first 20 minutes probably better than most teams have against us all year.

The Roosters built a mountain of pressure early on largely off the boot of Mitchell Pearce who forced a line drop-out and laid on Mitch Aubusson’s 13thminute four-pointer with deft grubbers. Sio Siua Taukeiaho converted from close to the sidelinefor a 6-0 lead and did the same whenRyan Matterson 13minutes before the break.

Taukeiahoadded the extras and penalty goal fromthe next set to give his side a handy 14-0 buffer beforeWiddop got his side back in the match four minutes before the break,out-leapingBlake Ferguson to pull down a Marshall high ball toand cut the margin to eight at halftime.

Tupou crossed 10 minutes after the resumption with before Ferguson scoringfromthe very next set.Ferguson broke the Dragons open again from the ensuing set with Pearce toeing a kick through for Tupou’s second and a 30-6 lead.

Aiden Guerra won the race to a Jake Friend grubber to extend the margin to 30 before Ferguson’s second try five minutes from time rounded out the scoring.

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Give residents power

BOLD IDEAS: Belinda Coleman (left) wants to give new businesses a rate holiday if they come to Wagga. Robyn Kirk (right) wants to strip council staff of decision-making power and let community groups decide where the money goes. The Daily Advertiser continues its series of questions and answers with council candidates.
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Belinda Coleman on the Pascoe ticket was a police officer withexpertise in crime scene examinationin the Major Crime Response Unit and helped identifyvictims of thedevastating tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004.

The mother of two with four step-children started her own personal training business before taking over Wagga Scrap Metals to help a friend suffering from cancer.

Robyn Kirk on the Next Generation ticket spent the past two years at Charles Sturt University helping researchers access technology, while running her own business analysis service.

Ms Kirk has a passion for social justice and spent years volunteering to help refugees, including those within the Villawood immigration detention centre.

Belinda ColemanAs a former Detective Sergent with 14 years service to the NSW Police Force, what cancouncil do about Wagga’s youth crime scourge?

Everybody has a role in preventing and reducingcrime and council absolutely has a responsibilityto look out for businesses and residents.

CCTV in the CBD and theAshmont Community Resource Centre outreach program are good examples of where council can assist policing.

A lot of people are scared to talk to police and provide evidence, so could could liaise between police and thecommunity.

It’s important council provides facilitiesto keep kidsbusy, like skate parks.

Are Wagga’s footpaths good enough?

Not at all, our footpaths arenot up to scratch, if they even exist.

Gregadoo Road is an example of an important road for kids getting to school–Mater Dei and Lake Albert Public School–but there’snowhere to walk safely.

You can’t even push a pram unless you’re on the road because it’s all grass and boggy land.

I tried going for walks with my toddler in a pramand it’s near impossible.

What are the biggest issues Wagga faces?

Firstly, the levee bankneeds to be pushed ahead as priority to protect businesses andresidents alike.

Secondly, council needs to entice morebusinesses and jobsto town, which might includedanglingcarrotslike free rates until they areestablished.

Finally, council needs to make sure roads are repaired properly with the rightsurface to protect against the elements, especially with changingconditions in climate.

What can council do to improve access to the Murrumbidgee River?

Visitors coming through Wagga for a day or two don’t even realise there’s a river becauseit’s hard to access and not visible from any of the main thoroughfares.

We should have a cafe down on the water where people can go and enjoy lunch and have time with their families.

There should be a decent pathway to link areas along the waterway, not just for walking, but for kids on bikes and roller-blades.

How important is gender diversity on council?

It’s important in terms of equal representation of our community.

It’s not just important to have more women on council, it would benice to have anAboriginal councillor and other representatives fromsignificant groups within the community.

Robyn KirkAt seventh on mayor Rod Kendall’sticket, do you stand any chance of winning?

Everyone,in theory, is an independent and I encourage peopleto vote below the line.

I could have run as independent, but I believe in values of Next Generation; doing things differently and leaving a positivelegacy for the next generation.

Do you support the proposed drug drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility on Gurwood Street?

I was at the Australian Drug Foundation’s Breaking the Ice forumlast weekand someone involved in Aboriginal healthsaid there’s been aneedle exchange in Wagga for years and it’sbeen a really effective program, providing counselling and cleanneedles to givethem a chance to get off drugs.

The Riverina Recovery House is not a new model, they exist elsewhere and have been shown to be effective.

It’s not just about dealing with drugs, also bringingpeople into supportive environment to talk about decent nutrition and connection with support networks.

What are the biggest issues facing Wagga?

People are expecting to have a say, so there’s no need for council staff to make all the decisions, we can share that responsibility.

Council needs toempower community groups –suburbs, villages and businesses –take on the issues affecting them.

It’s about devolving council responsibilities, so community groups decide whether toprioritise council funds fora newskate park, bicycle track orbetter roads;they decide.

The role of councillors becomes supporting that process by involving thecommunity, managing theprojects andfinancial management and reporting.

How would you reduce waiting times for council services?

Council needs to be more flexible in their processes, so there’s notlengthy delays if someone’s application differs from the norm.

Things like online chat would allow residents to getstraight in and talk to someone instead of waiting on the phone.

Could council foster more social cohesion?

When the community changes from what people knew as children, they start to feel nervous about new people comingin.

Council has a role in social harmonyby providing opportunities for people to meet each other and realise we have more in common than differences.

We should have more multicultural events, especially those with food, which isa great way to connect people.

As Rod Kendall says, Wagga’slarge enough to countbut small enough to care.

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