“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change”: Former Knox Grammar teacher and current Kings headmaster Tim Hawkes. Photo: Daniel MunozThe faces of Knox’s dark eraWilkinson ‘appalled’ by ribbon removalBoys ‘cheered’ while girl ‘assaulted”Gobsmacked’ paedophiles still there
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King’s headmaster Tim Hawkes has apologised to his school community and admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his actions almost 30 years ago at Knox Grammar, where he failed to report the sexual abuse of a young boarder.

“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change,”  Dr Hawkes wrote in a letter to King’s School parents on Tuesday. “There are moments when you cannot believe your stupidity. There are moments when you want to run away.

“I was met with such a moment last week when being pounced on by the media when leaving the Royal Commission looking into the Knox case. How on earth can you disentangle the appalling impression given that, ‘I had no regrets’ in relation to a Knox matter some 27 years ago.

“Regrets! I have thousands.”

Dr Hawkes had given evidence to the royal commission into child abuse that, while he was a housemaster at Knox, he was unaware of the mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse introduced in 1988, soon before a 14-year-old boy was groped by a man who had hid under his bed, wearing a balaclava and an old Knox Grammar tracksuit.

Nor did Dr Hawkes confront two teachers who had been possible suspects, Chris Fotis and Damian Vance, but he believed he had done his duty by reporting the attack to then Knox headmaster Ian Paterson. Nobody reported it to authorities.

In his letter to his school community, Dr Hawkes said: “My heart breaks for the boys whose trust in some Knox staff was betrayed. I, along with much of Australia, have been appalled at the revelations coming out of the Royal Commission. Regrets? None of it should ever have happened.

“I can make no excuses for my comment. I was tired after three hours in the witness box. I was alarmed – even frightened by being ambushed by the media scrum, and greatly angered by the hostility of their questions.

“I should have said absolutely nothing. What I tried to say was that I had no sense of not having done the right thing by reporting the matter to the headmaster at the time. However – it did not come out that way, and people, quite rightly, were appalled at the apparent heartlessness of my comment.

“The media have offered to re-interview me. That is kind, but it will come across as a revisionist attempt by me to make me look good – and that thought appals me.

“Regrets? Absolutely! Regrets for an insensitive remark – yes  – but even more so, for the things that happened at Knox. There needs to be justice given, care provided and lessons learnt – not least, by me.”

Mr Fotis remains at large after a warrant for his arrest was issued last Wednesday, following his failure to appear before the royal commission the previous day.

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Forget the pictures you’ve seen in adult films and the “lifelike” drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide for the average penis size – and hopefully it will put some men at ease.
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British researchers have pooled the measurements of more than 15,000 men’s penises to more closely determine what constitutes “normal-sized” anatomy.

They found the average penis is 13.12 centimetres when erect and 9.31 centimetres when flaccid.

The team, led by psychiatrist David Veale, created graphs of both length and girth, finding the vast majority of men range between 11 and 15 centimetre in length and between 10 and 13 centimetres in circumference when erect.

“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr Veale, a specialist in body dysmorphic disorders at King’s College London Medical School.

Only 2.28 per cent of the population have an abnormally small penis.

A distribution of penis length among 15,000 men.

The researchers didn’t measure 15,000 men themselves – they combined the measurements of 20 other studies, from a variety of countries, into a meta-analysis.

The report dispelled several myths about penis size being related to a man’s shoe size or index finger. While urban legend says men of African descent tend to be well-endowed, the report found there was insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions about differences in the penis size of different races.

The question of size is one most men consider at some point in their life. One study included in the analysis reported that 55 percent of men were not satisfied with their size.

“This is a centuries-old issue,” Dr Veale told Fairfax Media. “It may have gotten worse as men may compare against models in porn films over the internet.”

But the same study found only 15 percent of women took issue with their partner’s anatomy.

“Girth is usually more important than length – and technique is more important,” said Dr Veale.

The team said the size scale may offer comfort to men who are overly concerned by the size, a condition known as “small penis anxiety”.

Dr Veale said about 10 percent of males, mostly young men, may have the condition. An even smaller proportion suffer body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), where they are preoccupied with the size of their penis and find it shameful.

A distribution of penis girth among 15,000 men.

“We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position, or what they think they should be,” said Dr Veale, whose analysis has been published in the scientific journal BJU International.

One bone of contention is that only a few studies collected measurements while men had an erect penis; most studies had men stretch their flaccid penis to infer its erect size.

Dr Shomik Sengupta, from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, said for those men who fixate on the issue of size, these comparisons may not reduce their anxiety.

But he said treatments for penile enlargements, while widely advertised, were often not effective and potentially dangerous.

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Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a likely option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club’s Abu Dhabi-controlled owner, City Football Group, has revealed.
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And while Marwood stopped short of agreeing that the David Villa signing – where the Spanish World Cup winner played only four games for City – was a “disaster”, he admitted that both the Melbourne club and the CFG had learnt plenty of lessons from an experiment that left a sour taste in the mouths of many City fans, especially those who had swelled the club’s membership in the expectation that Villa would play 10 games for the Melbourne team.

Results in the first half of the season, when City struggled badly for form, were unacceptable, Marwood said. But coach John van ‘t Schip’s job was not dependent on making the finals.

“We will assess it in the summer. We will take a view. We are happy with JVS and the group. We have a lot of faith in the staff. And when you are on the inside you know what they have to work with in terms of the dynamics of certain aspects,” said Marwood, an English League winner with Arsenal in his playing days.

Nevertheless the Manchester-based executive believes that Melbourne City’s first year under CFG’s control has been, with some exceptions, more successful than not as the UAE-based owners seek to bed the Melbourne franchise into a group in which EPL champion Manchester City is the jewel in the crown and New York City is the bold new frontier.

“In some areas, yes (it’s gone the way CFG hoped), in other areas, probably no,” Marwood said. Referring to the club’s newly opened training centre at Latrobe University, he said: “The yes bit is if you look at where we are sitting today, it’s much different to the Epping experience that I walked into.” Back then, City used to train at a suburban ground, often using wheelies bins full of ice as cooling baths.

“Some of the big highlights for me have been the emergence of the young players. Ben Garuccio, Jacob Melling and Connor Chapman are three players who have found their feet this year. They look extremely promising for the future of the club.

“I was really pleased by the fact that the youth team won their league. That was a great achievement. We have got some interesting emerging talent. The plans we have, the academy, the first team, we have an interesting summer coming up. We have a number of players who are out of contract.

“In a salary-capped league it was frustrating for me that people seemed to miss the point when they saw the City group taking over Melbourne City. They just expected us to throw a lot of money at the team. You can’t do that … it’s not the world we live in.

“It wasn’t like Man City six years ago, where we could take a team that was a potential relegation Premier League team to one that was going to compete for the championship.

“I think there’s been more pluses than minuses. The minuses have certainly been the amount of injuries we have had this year. A lot of them have been impact injuries rather than soft-tissue injuries.”

While City will still consider sending big-name players who are probably in their twilight years to Melbourne, it seems more likely that they will send younger players from the under-21 squad over for training or to play a season if they fit into the team dynamic. Currently a youngster from Manchester City’s under 21s, James Horsfield, is training with van ‘t Schip’s team to gain experience and develop his football.

“The Villa experience taught us a lot of things. Was it the right thing, the wrong thing … in certain times you have to test it and see whether it works or not.

“Frank [Lampard] had struck an agreement last summer to go to New York. The team were not going to start playing until March (when the MLS kicks off). He needed to keep himself fit in that period between August and March.

“We talked about the potential of Melbourne and the situation with Manuel (Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini) came up, and Manuel felt that Frank could add something to the City squad. It never got past the concept idea of talking within the group. When Manuel felt he could contribute and Frank realised that was the case, everybody felt that it was probably the best [for him to stay in Manchester],” said Marwood.

He readily admits that the Melbourne club did not make the most of the opportunities that it was presented with at the start of the season.

“Certainly the results in the first half of the season were poor, not acceptable,” Marwood said. “We didn’t capture the momentum earlier in the season when membership went to 10,000. We had nearly 16,000 to David’s first game. But because the results weren’t there … people used to say at first that it was always same old City in Manchester and I heard it here too, that Melbourne City will take you to the point, then disappoint you. But hopefully symbols like the new training ground will show that we are here for the long term.”

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WARRNAMBOOL Lawn Tennis Club will trial a new format as part of a four-week program.
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FAST4 tennis — a shortened game launched with an exhibition match between 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer and Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January — will be played at the Lake Pertobe courts from tomorrow night.

Club vice-president Kim Tobin said it was an opportunity for players of all abilities and experience to take part in a fast-paced concept.

“It is a pilot program Tennis Victoria are running in five tennis centres throughout the state and we were lucky enough to be chosen,” she said.

“There will be music on throughout the matches, prizes and it’s flexible and fun.

“We hope if it’s successful after the four weeks that we will include it in our schedule of club activities.”

Fast4 tennis competitors will spend one hour on the court playing three 20-minute doubles matches.

The format does not use the advantage rule and tie-breaks come into play at three games apiece.

Tobin said the club would run barbecues after each round.

It kicks off tomorrow from 6pm and runs each Thursday evening in March. Registrations can be made online or on the night.

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Son denies father’s involvement in William Tyrrell disapearance Police search bushland near Bonny Hills for the body of missing boy William Tyrrell. Photo Peter Gleeson.
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TweetFacebook The search for William TyrrellTHE son of tradesman Bill Spedding says his father had nothing to do with the disappearance of three-year-old William Tyrrell as police scour bushland for evidence, including the toddler’s red and blue Spider-Man suit.

Rodney Spedding said his father had been unfairly harassed by the media, even though a number of other homes and properties had been searched by police – some up to three times, he believed.

‘‘He’s got the biggest heart, he’s very generous. Bill has our full support, and [has] no link to the disappearance,’’ Mr Spedding told Fairfax Media on Tuesday afternoon.

‘‘I feel very upset, it’s upsetting. The media attention has killed his business, and it’s affected his livelihood.’’

Police divers are expected to search a murky creek in bushland between Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie on Wednesday morning.

A search involving 30 officers began on Monday but a police source has told Fairfax Media that only a few soft drink cans and a number of logging markers had been found so far.

The source also said police were on the look out for William’s favourite Spider-Man suit and any other items of interest.

Mr Spedding’s Bonny Hills home and Laurieton office was raided by police in January, following William’s disappearance from his grandmother’s home in September.

The 63-year-old became a focus of investigations after police learned he was due to fix a washing machine at William’s grandmother’s house about the time the toddler disappeared.

Searchers have not been directly told to look for a body but the homicide detective in charge of the investigation said it was always a possibility.

‘‘Of course when we are looking for evidence that would also include a body,’’ Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said at the search site.

‘‘Clearly the fact and the resources that we dedicated to the search we thought it was worthwhile information to follow up,’’ he said.

Police have repeatedly said Mr Spedding was not a suspect but a person of interest but he has been the subject of intense media scrutiny in the past several weeks.

Mr Spedding’s son said he wished police would publicly rule his father out of the investigation but understood they had a job to do.

‘‘He doesn’t need the attention he is getting it just seems media have singled him out for some bizarre reason.’’

‘‘I was hoping by now they [the police] would come out and say there is no link.’’

He said most of the community on the mid-north coast had been very supportive of his father but that it had taken a hard toll.

‘‘It’s been terrible. When it all started [the first police search of his home], they took his phone off him and we weren’t able to contact him and find out what was going on,’’ he said.

‘‘It was very, very hard and it’s been very hard on Bill and Margaret.’’

Mr Spedding said he and one of his sisters would continue to support their father and hoped police would soon find William.

‘‘I’d like to see him found alive and well. I’d love to see them find him — it would be really, really good.’’

The current search of bushland is six kilometres from Mr Spedding’s Bonny Hills home and 21 kilometres from the town of Kendall where William was last seen.

Detetective Inspector Jubelin has said the search was initiated after ‘‘fresh information’’ was received in recent weeks and was expected to wrap up on Wednesday afternoon.

‘‘There will be further searches, when and where that will be I’m not prepared to say.’’

Anyone with information was urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

BEFORE they hit the books, new Deakin University students got into the groove of tertiary study yesterday with orientation week.
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First-year students (from left) Samantha Campbell, Stephanie Coverdale, Abbey Heggen, Kristen Warren and Tom Egan (front) enjoy O Week at Deakin University in Warrnambool. 150303DW02 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Hundreds of fresh faces entered the doors of the Warrnambool Sherwood Park campus for the first time this week — many facing three to four years of assignments, exams and late-night study sessions.

A relaxed lunch was provided by the Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) at the Sherwood Park quadrangle yesterday with pizza slices and sweet treats popular with new undergraduates.

Nursing student Abbey Heggen said she was enjoying her first week at Deakin and several information sessions had helped set her up for the year ahead.

“It’s been good so far — different to high school and people have been really friendly,” the former Warrnambool College student said.

Journalism student Tom Egan said he had already met plenty of new people in his first few days on campus and was excited about the year ahead.

“It looks like a really dynamic campus,” the former Emmanuel College student said. “People have been easy to talk to and really helpful.”

An outdoor movie evening was held last night on campus and DUSA will stage a mystery glow party tonight with a recovery sausage sizzle and golf match on Friday.

DUSA president Stuart Lasker said the organisation aimed to make new undergraduates feel welcome.

“O Week is about fun and getting your head around what’s involved at uni,” he said.

“We have sessions focusing on how to reference in assignments, setting a study schedule, things along those lines.”

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WARRNAMBOOL could play host to a winter wonderland these school holidays — but it’s hinged on an appropriate sized undercover space being found.
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Winter Magic Ice Skating and Tobogganing, a New South Wales-based company, is planning to bring a temporary ice rink and toboggan slide to the city over the school term break, starting March 27 — if it can find the right venue.

The company’s owners expect it to be a major tourism drawcard and would help fill a gap in its Victorian schedule.

But so far the hunt for an appropriately sized space has been fruitless. An undercover space of about 600 square metres with a three-phase power connection of at least 160 amps is required and owner Lorraine Malone has put the call out for anyone with that type of space to get in contact.

“We have had a bit of a look around but there hasn’t been anything suitable so far,” Ms Malone said.

“We’ve had a quick chat with some real estate agents and the council. But we decided to put the call out to locals because often someone has a space they aren’t using that’s appropriate.”

Ms Malone said the idea was to give children and adults something to do in the school holidays and an experience many had never had before.

The business has previously set up in Mount Gambier and Ms Malone said many Warrnambool and district people made the trip across the border.

“I’d estimate that wherever we set up, about 50 per cent of the people who come are from outside the immediate area,” she said.

“We were in Mount Gambier about 10 years ago and we were so surprised to see how many people showed up …”

Anyone who thinks they may have an appropriate space can contact Ms Malone on 0421 788 605 or visit wintermagiciceskating南京夜网.au

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A CROPPA Creek farmer, and the son of an accused murderer, has appeared in a Sydney court to answer allegations of unlawful clearing.
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Grant Wesley Turnbull’s family is at the epicentre of land clearing disputes with the Office of Environment and Heritage after his father, Ian Robert Turnbull, allegedly gunned down and murdered an environmental compliance officer near the village last July.

Grant Turnbull is also being examined over alleged breaches of the Native Vegetation Act, following several investigations by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

A hearing, set down for four days, commenced in the Land and Environment Court in Sydney yesterday morning, after the OEH instigated a court challenge in September last year to halt immediate works on certain areas of Colorado, his family farm north of Moree.

The OEH submitted affidavits as part of its case, including aerial photography which a natural resources officer claimed appeared to show approximately 221 hectares of tree cover had been cleared between January, 2013, and May, 2014.

A further allegation centres on an area totalling 286 hectares which is alleged to have been cleared between May and August last year.

In September, Justice Rachel Pepper granted the temporary interlocutory order, sought by the OEH, restraining Mr Turnbull from clearing, or causing or permitting the clearing of native vegetation on the land, because the OEH was acting in the “public interest” and any rehabilitation of the land which could have been illegally cleared was a “fundamental matter of public importance.”

The hearing into the allegations of unlawful clearing was originally scheduled to be heard in December but was vacated after Mr Turnbull said he was unavailable to brief solicitors in preparation for the case because of the busy crop harvest time as well as the unavailability of an expert witness.

The hearing, before Justice Malcolm Craig, continues today.

Mr Turnbull’s father, Ian Robert Turnbull, remains in prison accused of the shooting murder of 51-year-old OEH compliance officer, Glen Turner, in July last year.

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The decision to appoint a governance officer on a salary of $150,000 last year was purely to cope with the volume of complaints levelled against Warrnambool City councillors and staff.TENSIONS within Warrnambool City Council in the past two years have triggered expenditure of at least $250,000 to investigate and adjudicate on frivolous claims.
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The startling figure came to light during heated debate this week around the topic of council harmony which provided rare insight into an ongoingrift affecting the city’s reputation.

On Monday night several councillors revealed they had been targets of complaints from colleagues in verbal attacks inside and outside council settings.

One, Cr Jacinta Ermacora, said there had been more than 20 allegations against her which had been probed by the Local Government Inspectorate, independent investigators and a code of conduct panel.

“Not one investigation was upheld,” she said.

“An estimated $250,000 has been spent in recent years on legal expenses, senior officers’ time and other avenues and a full-time governance officer was appointed to deal with the cases.” Yesterday she elaborated, saying the decision to appoint a governance officer on a salary of $150,000 last year was purely to cope with the volume of complaints levelled against councillors and staff.

“That’s taken a load off senior officers who previously had to devote a huge amount of time to these issues,” Cr Ermacora said.

“The estimate was for all complaints directed against me and three other colleagues in this term of council.”

Cr Rob Askew, also lifted the lid with a rare outburst describing accusations against him as vexatious and frivolous. He said “baseless” complaints had caused considerable stress for him and his family.

“There have been a number of attacks on my integrity based on unsubstantiated information,” Cr Askew said.

“It’s time these councillors took time to chew on a reality stick and considered their motives first before attacking others.”

Cr Brian Kelson, who triggered the debate with a notice of motion emphasising the mayor’s responsibility to foster a united team, called for confidentiality to be lifted on the complaints issue.

He was challenged by Cr Ermacora and Cr Kylie Gaston on his motive in focusing just on the mayor and not on the council team as a whole, to which Cr Kelson replied he was trying to start a healing process.

Cr Peter Hulin jokingly described himself as an expert on conduct code hearings, which he claimed were triggered by false charges by the mayor and others.

Cr Peter Sycopoulis also revealed tensions over budget meeting attendances, stifling of debate and lack of opportunity for delegation in official duties.

Mayor Michael Neoh successfully put forward an amendment to Cr Kelson’s motion and achievedunanimous support for including reference to the statewide good governance guide in the council’s own governance agreement which includes a code of conduct.

He deleted Cr Kelson’s reference to the mayor and put the emphasis on all councillors.

Cr Neoh challenged all councillors to show their commitment and goodwill by signing the code of conduct as soon as possible.

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JUMP a few hurdles and last year’s fight and spirit shown by the Queenstown Crows will continue into a new season, says seniors player Jarrod McKenna.
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The squad won the Darwin Football Association 2014 premiership, fuelled by the loss of players Alistair Lucas and Craig Gleeson in the town’s Mount Lyell mining accident.

The heartache was combined with the death of father-of-three Michael Welsh, whose son played for the Crows last year.

“I think a lot of people would have been aware we had an extra special reason to play with the fatalities and our teammates passing away,” Mr McKenna said.

“A few people hung around to play.”

If the Mount Lyell closure had been earlier on in the year, instead of July, it may have prompted some players to leave Queenstown, according to Mr McKenna.

OUTNUMBERED: Somerset’s Kayden Last tackles Queenstown’s Jarrod McKenna in the Darwin Football Association senior grand final at Wivenhoe last year. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

“By the middle of the year when that announcement (closure) was made, it was only another couple of months before they had to hang around for the end of the footy season,” he said.

“People could have left a lot earlier than they did but I’m pretty sure they stuck around to honour the fellas.”

Today the club has several hurdles to jump if it’s to get a seniors team off the ground, but Mr McKenna believes it can be done.

He said some of last year’s Crows players have now signed to different teams or moved out of the state for job opportunities.

Senior coach of the 2014 premiership flag Tim King has also moved back to Penguin.

“People are probably thinking ‘well, I’ve achieved the pinnacle’ (DFA 2014 premiership) so they will retire or go to other clubs, but the majority of them are going to be around,” Mr McKenna said.

“We’ve struggled in past seasons and made the finals in both grades.”

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FITNESS and sustainability go hand-in-hand at the Sustainable NorthWests’ Amazing Enviro Race on Friday .
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Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park will host the event for the third time, which is a series of physical and mental

ENVIRONMENTALLY FIT: Amazing Enviro Race 2014 entrants, from left, Alistair Lyon, Darby Waugh, Callum Houlahan and Tom Bennett From Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School enjoyed their time at the event. Photo: Gareth Gardner 280214GGG01

challenges based on environment and sustainability issues over a short course following the bike path and surrounding park.

Participants can be 12 to 21 years old with the event aiming to educate, inform and inspire residents of the North West to live more sustainably.

“Last year, 50 participants from local schools, sporting clubs and youth groups participated, and this year we are aiming for more, with the help and support of Tamworth Regional Council waste and water departments,”Sustainable North West committee chair Stephanie Cameron said.

‘Entry is free, and there are two age categories (junior and senior) with prizes for the first pair home, as well as a number of ‘lucky entry’ prizes.”

Prizes include Go Pro Cameras,vintage style bikes, headphones, iPod speakers, books and stationery.

Participants can run or walk the 3km course, depending on their fitness levels, with the focus on participation and having a good time.

“Gen Y has a huge role to play inshaping the future of environmental awareness and action,” Mrs Cameron said.

“The race is a fun way to get them thinking about the small changes they can make in their everyday livesto minimise their impact on theenvironment.”

Entry is open until tomorrow at www.sustainablenorthwest南京夜网.au

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Star performers: Steven Atkins, James Totman, Eden Paull, Ketrina Puckeridge, Leo Stanoevski and Stephanie Rooney. Picture: GREG ELLISTHE Vocational Training Committee (VTC) launched the Illawarra & South East NSW Training Awards last week.
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As part of the launch, the committee showcased some of the star performers from 2014.

Among them were 2014 school-based trainee of the year Ketrina Puckeridge who now works at Skydive on the Beach and the 2014 Illawarra & South East NSW trainee of the year Eden Paull who spoke of how great it was to be involved and she encouraged as many nominations as possible.

“Just being nominated was great recognition of my efforts and was reward enough in itself,” she said.

“When I was named trainee of the year for the region, it was a little overwhelming but just a fantastic feeling. The awards process gave me time to reflect on my achievements and this enabled me to make some decisions about what I wanted to do in the future which is a business management diploma and [I’m] hoping this leads to further education at university.”

She said she also benefited greatly from the RYLA Scholarship, which was part of the award.

The NSW Training Awards are hosted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, local VTCs and sponsors.

Nominations close on March 27 and for further information, go to http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards/.

“It’s a great way for local business to recognise and acknowledge the talent they have nurtured in their apprentices and trainees and to the many others involved in the vocational education and training system,” Meridith Yabsley, who chairs the Illawarra and South East NSW Region VTC said.

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HELP NEEDED: As the club searches for more players, Turvey Park president Vin Carroll addresses those at training at Maher Oval on Tuesday night. Picture: Laura HardwickEMBATTLED Riverina League club Turvey Park have gone public in their plea for players.
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The Bulldogs have endured a tough couple of months and have now come out on front foot in a bid to ensure their future.

About 40 players have departed Maher Oval over the off-season, including 24 that played a first grade game last year.

Turvey Park have now launched a series of player incentives and gone public in an unprecedented move to boost numbers.

Turvey Park will pay $100 a game to every first grade player this season.

They have also set up bonus payments for Turvey Park juniors that go on to play 50 or more games for the club.

Turvey Park president Vin Carroll put the call out for any new or existing players to get on board.

“It’s getting to the stage now where we need a few more,” Carroll said.

“It’s been a real battle and it’s getting really tough.

“We’ve got a good core of good senior players, we just need to top up a bit.

“There has been a fair drop off from the under 17s to seniors for whatever reason.

“We want them to come right through from 15s to seniors so we’ve decided to add an incentive for that.”

The exodus is not simply restricted to the football field either.

“We’re putting out the call to all ex-players and supporters,” Carroll said.

“We’re looking for people to come back and support the club and help out.

“Rather than hearing ‘you should do this, or you should do that’, I’d love to hear ‘I’ll do this or I’ll do that.”

Turvey Park’s 2015 campaign started strongly with the appointment of Troy Maiden as their new coach, followed by a handful of signings, headed by former Eastlake captain Chad Gibson.

Over the last few months, things have unraveled with Gibson’s unavoidable departure due to employment the biggest blow.

“Before Christmas, it was unreal, we had everything done by Christmas and it was all looking good,” Carroll said.

“I would have swore we were going to finish top three.”

Long-time Turvey Park official Barb Hill urged players and supporters to get behind the club.

“It’s devastating to see the club this way,” Hill said.

“I don’t want to see it fold.

“The club has been here since 1952, we’ve got to try and keep it afloat.”

Turvey Park plans to visit schools in a bid to welcome more players to the club.

The club is also willing to negotiate for more than $100 for the right players.

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