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School cancels Paris visit

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Bendigo Senior Secondary College has cancelled the Paris leg of next week’soverseas trip on the advice of the Department of Education and Training following the recentterrorist attacks in which 130 people were killed.
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Assistant principal Linda Lyons said the school was working with the department to alter the itinerary sothe trip could still go ahead while ensuring student safety.

“Of course the students aredisappointedthat they’re not going to be able to go totheir sister school,” she said.

“But they also understand that the school andour departmentsneed to make decisions that keep a balance between looking out for their safetyand supporting their educationalopportunities.”

Ms Lyons said the department’s decision was unsurprising under the circumstances.

“I don’t think any of us are surprised,we’re allshaken by the terrible tragediesthat we’re seeing coming outof areas ofEurope at the moment,” she said.

“Our hearts go out tothose familiesand you would hate to think that anythinglike that would happen within our own cohort.”

Ms Lyons said the German and Swiss legs of the trip would go ahead as planned but the school would monitor any warnings to ensure the students were safe at all times.

She said the school had strong relationships with its sister schools in Europe which would remain undamaged by the changed itinerary.

“There’s friendships that have already been established that won’tend as a result of not being able to go to France next week,” she said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade raised its travel advice for France to “exercise a high degree of caution” last week in response to theNovember 13attacks.

“We assess there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including France,”the department’s website states.

“This heightened risk exists across the whole of France, including Paris.”

Travellers toGermany and Switzerland are advised to“exercise normal safety precautions”.

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‘Mum did not deserve to die’

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A RIVERINA man has give an emotion-charged account of the death of his mother in the lead-up to Wednesday’s White Ribbon Day.
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The Griffith man’s mother was found murdered recently and a man close to her charged with the death.

“At first we thought she was sick or something and that caused her death,” the man, who did not wish to be named, said.

“When we found out that wasn’t the case, it changed everything.”

The news hada profound impact, not only on the manand his three younger brothers, but also his aunts, uncles and grandmother.

“We are still going through the grieving process,” he said.

“Every day you’ve got to wake up and remind yourself that Mum’s not there. It’s not a good feeling but we support each other really well.”

When his mother left their father years ago because of violence, the brothers were relieved.

However, in recent years they were given cause for alarm once more.

“I was aware there was violence going on with Mum,” he said.

“She would turn up to places with black eyes and stuff like that -it was hard to see her come to birthday parties not looking nice. There were little things too, like she never wore glasses ever but when she did we knew something was wrong.”

Even though the family had spoken to her about their concerns, herlife came to a tragic end.

The man saidpeople often forgot about the victims of violence and he wanted to give his mother a voice.

“Hitting women is not OK,” he said.

“We need to watch out for the warning signs with each other.

“Most importantly, the perpetrator needs to acknowledge they have a problem and do something about it.

“When you lose someone to a tragic event, birthdays and Christmasare not the same any more.

“If someone notices changed behaviour andif they’re concerned there might be violence, they shouldn’t ignore it but do something about it.”

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Gray ready to take the lead

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Taking her best shot: Shoalhaven Heads’ Kyah Gray will have the honour of leading her country in South Africa next month.SHOALHAVEN Headshockey star Kyah Gray will have the massive honour of leading the Australian women’s indoor hockey team.
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The 21-year-old will captain her country inthe upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Durban, South Africa from December 15 to 18.

“Being named in an Australian team is an amazing achievement of which I am very proud, but to be named captain is something even more special and adds extra responsibility both on and off the field,” Gray said.

Gray has been a regular in theAustralian women’s indoor hockey team recently and has learnt from each experience with the team.

“At Australian Nationals over the past three years, the coaches and managers have been at the open women’s and under21s national championships, looking at players,” she said.

“Playing in the IndoorWorld Cup (In Germany in February) against the best countries in the world was an amazing experience.

“The speed, skill and intensity of the games was like nothing I have experienced before.I learnt to stay composed under pressure and the professionalism shown by the players in these teams is something I have carried into my own game.”

The second-year veterinary science student the University of Sydney, expects this tournament to present a tough challenge for her team.

“We have played South Africa before and it was quite close, with the Australian team winning some games and the South Africans winning others,” Gray said.

The team will faceNamibia,South Africa and the US.

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Funding changes good news for rural students

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With thousands of students now waiting for their HSC results good news has come early with the Federal Government able to enact changes to the Youth Allowance.With thousands of students now waiting for their HSC results good news has come early with the Federal Government able to enact changes to the Youth Allowance.
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The changes are designed to make it easier for rural and remote students to undertake tertiary education.

From the beginning of next year the Family Actual Means Test and Family Asset Test will be removed from the Youth Allowance Personal Test

An income test will still apply, but all dependent children will be taken into consideration in that assessment, which the Government says will “soften reductions in Youth Allowance” as family income increases.

For farming families these changes are a major break through as their farms may be a valuable asset but their incomes, especially during periods of drought or low commodity prices, do not allow them to support children once they complete high school.

Students from regional, rural and remote areas often have to leave home to undertake tertiary studies. This adds to the cost of their education.

The changes will mean thousands more people qualify for an average annual youth payment of more than $7000 per year.

The government estimates more than 1200 families from regional and remote areas will benefit from the changes

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter said the changes would make youth payments fairer and simpler.

“This is a win for families who are supporting children who are studying or training,” Mr Porter said.

“Removing the assets test will allow thousands more people to qualify for an average annual youth payment of more than $7,000 a year,” Mr Porter said.

“Thousand more students will benefit from the removal of the means test – they will either receive Youth Allowance for the first time or, if they’re already receiving it, receive $2000 more each year

“Regional and rural families often face higher costs when their children are studying or training because they have to move away from home. These changes mean those families will no longer have their farm assets counted toward the means test.

“From July 2016, the parental income test will also include all children under 16 in the family.

“As a result, 13,700 families with dependent children will receive an increase of about $1118 per year, and about 5,800 families will for the first time become eligible for a payment of about $1300 per year.

“Child support payments will also be removed from the parental income test, meaning 3800 families will enjoy an extra $900 a year.”

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New year fired up

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NYE: Harbour up in lights.
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The fireworks over Ulladulla Harbour look set to go ahead on New Year’s Eve.

Following the unexpected cancellation of the NYE Ulladulla event by organisersArid Productions last week, the Milton-Ulladulla Business Chamber has fired up and is working hard to ensure the fireworks go ahead.

Chamber president Darren Sparks said the chamber was working with the Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club to ensure local and visiting families could enjoy the fireworks spectacular over Ulladulla Harbour.

“The chamber took on the challenge to make sure the fireworks could go ahead,” Mr Sparks said.

“We believe this is an important event for the town on New Year’s Eve and something that people look forward to every year.”

Chamber members met with Shoalhaven City Council staff last week in an eleventh-houreffort to submit application forms and licences by the Friday deadline.

Mr Sparks said all the paperwork had been done and the chamber was awaiting the final nod of approval.

It is expected the 9pm fireworks will get the green light, with council already contributing $7,500 towards the event.

The chamber is rallying local businesses to raise additional money to help cover the costs associated with the event, including application fees, security, additional toilets and bins.

“It’s an expensive event and we are approaching businesses to help cover the costs,” Mr Sparks said.

This year’s celebration will be a fireworks show only and there will be no associatedrides, amusements or entertainment.

Howeverbuskers or groups were welcome to perform on the harbour stage.

Anyone keen to contribute financially or help out should contact Darren Sparks on 0418 658 836 or Danny Free on 4455 2911.

Thefireworks display attracts thousands of families who flock to the harbour foreshore and surrounds to ring in the new year.

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