“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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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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The Bunbury Mail Australia Day Fun Run has raised funds to donate more than 30 swags to the Salvation Army. Pictured is Bunbury Mail editor Shanelle Miller, Bunbury Salvation Army Corps officer Harriet Farquhar and Runners Club race director Allan Whitfield. FOLLOWING a successful Bunbury Mail Australia Day Fun Run event, the Bunbury Runners Club has donated 32 swags and $2,000 to the Salvation Army.
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Bunbury Salvation Army Corps officer Harriet Farquhar said the donation of swags comes at the right time for those doing it tough on the streets.

“It’s really well timed as we can get these to people on the streets before winter hits, opposed to during the cold months,” she said.

“We are very humbled at the Runners Club’s generosity.”

Bunbury Runners Club race director Allan Whitfield, who led the charge on donating the goods, said the club found it important to make sure the donation go towards the community.

“We believe it is paramount that we keep the money and the products in the South West,” he said.

“We’re very happy that we’ve been able to help the Salvation Army out.”

Mr Whitfield explained that the decision to donate a further $2,000 came after the club realised just how successful the event had been.

To purchase a swag for yourself, head to swags.org.au – the profits of each swag go towards the Salvation Army.

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A MAULES Creek woman has become the latest protester charged after allegedly disrupting Whitehaven Coal’s attempt to clear the state forest.
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Ann-Marie Rasmussen, a local horse trainer, sus-pended herself from a tree in the Leard State Forest early yesterday morning in protest against the mine.

PROTEST CHARGES: Maules Creek local Ann-Marie Rasmussen was arrested yesterday after allegedly suspending herself from a tree in the Leard State Forest. Photo: Supplied

She spent seven hours in the tree before she was arrested by police about 12.30pm and taken to Narrabri Police Station.

“The government knows the risks that mining poses for our water, air and ecosystems, and they create laws protecting the right of the mines to do so. Yet the law of this land states that any man or woman who dares to defend their land is labelled a criminal,” Ms Rasmussen said.

The arrest is the latest in a sustained attack over recent months by protesters from the Leard Forest Alliance and Frontline Action on Coal who oppose the mine and the clearing of the forest.

“These people have broken the law knowing the consequences they would face, for no personal gain other than environmental protection,” Leard Forest Alliance spokesperson Andy Paine said.

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ZERO NET ENERGY TOWN: Uralla is enjoying a welcome boom in home building.URALLA is experiencing a mini housing boom, with Thunderbolt country en- joying a steady increasein the number of newresidents.
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Last year saw the highest number of dwelling approvals in a decade and Uralla council hopes to see the trend continue in 2015.

Twenty-nine dwellings were approved in the town last year, and while the figure might not sound large, Uralla council’s manager of town planning and regulation Elizabeth Cumming said it was a considerable number for the size of the town.

“We think that’s really positive,” Ms Cumming said.

“Rentals are exhausted here in Uralla, so people are looking to either build or buy.

“Already for the month of January we (had) five – which is a good start.

“We also have a 60-lot subdivision application.”

It is hoped the subdivision will be approved this month.

Ms Cumming said the comparison between the estimated value of approvals in January last year and this year was also encouraging.

In 2014 the total figure for January was $54,800 compared with a total estimated value of $751,000 this year.

Uralla mayor Michael Pearce said there werea number reasons pro- spective home buyers and developers would find the area attractive.

“We’re a safe place to live,” Cr Pearce said.

“And being a Zero Net Energy Town is a big carrot to hang over people.

“There are virtually blocks all over the place, so there is room for everyone to have their bit of land.”

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After a strong finish to last season and a solid preseason, Wolves veteran Chris Price is ready to lead his young charges to big things this year. Picture: GREG TOTMANAsclub stalwarts and experienced campaigners took the South Coast exit door, Chris Price stayed to guide a new era.
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With a younger, up-and-coming Wolves squad for the 2015 campaign, the 28-year old takes somewhat of a veteran status in his third season back with the club.

With that moniker, Price will also hold the captain’s armband for the new NSW National Premier League season.

He follows Matt Bailey and Jacob Timpano in leading the two-time NSL champions.

It’s a role he is honoured to attain.

“Being in a team I have always been one of the youngest but this year I am the oldest by a considerable margin. It is good to have the captaincy,” he said.

“Hopefully I can lead by example and help out the boys in any capacity.”

While it’s an opportunity he plans to take with both hands, the idea of captaincy felt far away for Price just two seasons ago.

In his first season back with the Wolves, an ACL injury threatened to derail his dream return home after four seasons with Sutherland.

“I was excited to come back. I have a lot of time and passion for the club and want to see it succeed,” Price remembers.

“It is one of the reasons why I wanted to come back but I think in life in general you have your setbacks.

“I just tried to turn a negative into a positive and it probably turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“You don’t really realise what you have got until it is taken away from you and it helped me with other aspects of my game.

“It was disappointing at the time but you just have to get on with things.”

While Price’s focus didn’t take a severe hit, the physical side took time.

He made his return at the beginning of last season but it wasn’t until the second half of the campaign where fans got to see him at his best.

“With an injury like that it takes a little while to get back into it and get confidence back,” he said.

“It took me [time] to get match fitness back as well.

“There were times through the year where I had a few little complications with it.

“But in the last month or six weeks of the season I was actually able to play and contribute on the pitch with the knee fine … that was pleasing.”

The end of season form and a full pre-season have set the platform for an even brighter 2015 campaign.

A finals finish in the league is high on the Wolves’ agenda but Price has other things in mind.

“The FFA Cup … it was the pinnacle for us last year as a club and it would be fantastic if we could replicate that this year,” Price said after the Wolves made the main draw in 2014.

“It is only going to be good for the club and fans, the future for trying to get an A-League team.

“If we can promote things like that on such a big stage – in our own backyard – it will only increase the possibility of it happening again.”

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The ‘on-hold’ strategy is in contrast to its decision last month to cut rates, but already there are calls to cut again.
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Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett, said the decision will come as a disappointment to mortgage borrowers and small businesses who had been hoping for a second interest rate cut.

‘‘Many areas of domestic demand are struggling at this time, with business investment as yet failing to respond to low rates, and unemployment continuing to drift upwards,’’ Mr Garrett said.

‘‘There had been hopes that the RBA would reduce interest rates today in order to provide additional support.’’

‘‘The RBA has strongly hinted that rates may be lowered in the months ahead. Interest rates should be cut again in April in order to dispel any uncertainty,’’ he said.

Mortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said a sluggish domestic economy and global economic factors are still expected to see the RBA take official interest rates further into unchartered waters in coming months, even taking the cash rate below two per cent for the first time.

‘‘Central banks around the world, most notably China, have been moving their official interest rates south and the RBA will probably have to follow suit,’’ he said.

‘‘Mining investment in Australia remains in retreat and other sectors have not picked up the slack so more is likely to be needed to reinvigorate the domestic economy.

Pop-up shops, craft beer and artisan cheese are some of the tasty ingredients you’ll find at this year’s Maitland Taste Festival.
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In the spirit of quirky English pubs, Maitland City Council has converted an old shipping container into a makeshift bar called The Hunter and the Hare.

The bar will serve Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co brews and Hunter Belle Cheese.

Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co manager Jayse Tasker toasts thesuccess of the new pop-up shop that will be known as the makeshift bar The Hunter and the Hare at this weekend’s Taste Festival.

Taste will open The Levee precinct this weekend after nine months of construction.

Council events co-ordinator Adam Franks said Taste had been revamped to mark the occasion.

“The Hunter and the Hare fits perfectly with this year’s new look and feel for Maitland Taste, which will be set amongst pop-up stalls and eating spaces made from recycled and upcycled materials,” he said.

“We have worked very closely with Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co and Hunter Belle Cheese to make this happen, and I think it will be one of the most popular features over the two days.”

Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co manager Jayse Tasker said he was excited to join the Maitland Taste line-up, since he had enjoyed other council festivals like Bitter and Twisted.

“It’s an exciting concept and I think people will appreciate the chance to sit back, enjoy a cold beverage and match it with a selection of gourmet cheeses,” Mr Tasker said.

“Is there a better way to spend the weekend?”

The shipping container will have life after Maitland Taste.

The sides fold down to create a cafe-style dining area once tables are arranged in it.

Council will also use the shipping container as a ticket booth at the Burton Toyota Steamfest.

Maitland Taste runs from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

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BALLARAT parents face fee hikes of more than $1200 if federal government funding for a national kindergarten program is not renewed.
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In September, the federal government revealed it would continue to subsidise the program for four-year-old children to have access to 15 hours of preschool until December this year.

At the time, assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said the Commonwealth would commit $406 million to extend this arrangement for another year to give parents and preschools funding certainty for 2015.

Under the existing arrangement, 10 hours are funded by the Victorian government and five hours by the Commonwealth.

This week, the Municipal Association of Victoria renewed calls for the federal government to continue funding the program.

It came in the wake of the release of a Product Commission report into childcare and early childhood leaning, which found universal access to preschool in the year before a child starts primary school, was a key measure for ensuring successful learning and development in the early years.

City of Ballarat councillor Des Hudson said he feared if federal funding was not continued, parents may be forced to cough up the shortfall or the program may become unviable.

“The obvious implication is that it will have to be subsidised from other areas or the impact will fall back on families,” Cr Hudson said.

He added fee hikes would be an imposition on all families, particularly marginalised members of the community. “Extra fees for anyone who has multiple children that are kinder or school aged knows it would only add increased pressure on the household wages,” Cr Hudson said.

The report recommended that federal government funding for early childhood education should be combined and directed toward three priority areas, including the kindergarten universal access program.

There are 26 kindergartens operating in the City of Ballarat, two of which are run by the council.

MAV’s chief executive Rob Spence said he was hopeful that the federal government would provide long-term funding certainty.

The federal government is is expected to respond to the report before the 2015 budget.

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The GFC, or global financial crisis, was caused by banks in the USA leveraging their deposits by over40 times, and of course, because they were not seers, they had no idea what was in store.
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It is a fact that money only comes into existence through borrowing from a bank.

When this happens a borrower gets his money, yet no one has any less. This is because banks do not lend money, they create deposits.

Banks do not borrow money to lend.

There is no wholesale market of money that is a cost to a bank, that argument is simply a wank.

The $380 billion dollars “bail out facility” set up by the government for the benefit of the big banks is because, if just 5 per cent of customers stopped paying their mortgage obligations the banks will fall over.

Also at the rate of leveraging we are experiencing, we can know that the assets of the big banks are worth about 4 cents on the dollar.

While this may be shocking to some, it is knowledge that is easily available. Even a modest economics dictionary will give you heaps of knowledge.

Oh, by the way, banks cannot lend depositors money. It does not help to know that when you deposit money into a bank you become an unsecured creditor of that bank.

Finally, if the government started to borrow off the Reserve Bank of Australia a big chunk of public money would not be transferred into the private sector, as is now happening.

That alone should be a good thing.

Neil Forscutt

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THE Gardens Greyhound Racing Club has a new chief executive after the resignation of Alan Williamson.
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Tanya Hayes has replaced Williamson, who officially left the position late last week about eight months into a one-year contract.

The Herald was told members of The Gardens board approached Williamson seven months into his term about his ending his tenure early. The club’s board and Williamson agreed to a joint press release announcing his resignation late last week.

“We are thankful for Alan’s contribution to the club,” Gardens chairman Brett Lazzarini said in the statement.

“The club will continue with its transformation into a viable and successful club and member of the greyhound racing and local community.”

Williamson was the only paid executive of the club, which started in July last year after firm PPB Advisory won a tender from owner Greyhound Racing NSW to operate the Birmingham Gardens track.