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Celebration of dreams

For three decades, dedicated volunteers from the New Horizons Club have been helping Tasmanian people living with disabilities achieve their dreams.
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Milestone: New Horizons Club’s ambassador Don Elgin with his wife Denise and New Horizons manager Belinda Kitto. Picture: Paul Scambler

The organisation, which is based in the North of the state,offers sport and recreation programs to its members.

Founded by Robyn Hanson in 1986 New Horizons was taken over by her daughter, Belinda Kitto, ten years ago.

Since its beginnings, the club has grown from 12 members to 360 in 2016.

The club’s ambassador, world champion paralympian Don Elgin,said the organisation gave its members the opportunity to “have a crack” at life.

“Ilike more than anything, the comradery it offers. It is a pretty unique and special program,” he said.

“They don’t necessarily need to be a champion but they can feel like one if they get out there and get the results they want.”

Born without the lower part of his left leg, Don has overcome his own challenges to become the champion athlete he is today.

Now a motivational speaker, he said he was proud to be part of an organisation such as New Horizons.

“[The club] ispeople who genuinely have an interest in helping others,” he said.

“The focus on abilities as opposed to disabilities is paramount and it’s about putting people first. Those people wouldn’t have the life opportunities they doif it werent for organisations and volunteers like at New Horizons.”

Ms Kitto, now the club’s manager, celebrated its 30thanniversary on Friday andsaid she couldn’t be prouder of what the team had achieved.

“It’sreally exciting that we have gotten to this point,” Ms Kitto said.

“It’s a really special occasion to be able to get the team together and celebrate what we do.”

With another major milestone reached, Ms Kitto said there were exciting times ahead for the club.

A state team will take part in the futsal nationals in Sydney in January and for the first time the club will send a Tasmanian team to the outdoor cricket nationals in Geelong.

“It’s a really busy time for us and we’ve got some very excited athletes going away forthose trips,” she said.

“We’ve also got lots of other projects on the go and working towards the programs being delivered statewide.”

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New prison road promised

CORRECTIVE Services NSW has committed to a new entryto the burgeoning Cessnock jail following sustained public pressure and criticism.
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The department confirmed to Fairfax Media on Thursday that a development application was expected to be submitted to Cessnock City Council “early next year” for the new permanent access road.

Where the new entry will be built is yet to be determined, although an entry off Kerlew Street appears the most likely.

It is also unclear whether the controversial current entrance at Lindsay Street would remain in some capacity or be blocked off.

The department was under significant pressure to build a new entrance following sustained criticism from residents and community leaders regarding the massive expansion to the jail.

The prison will bulge from 800 prisoners to 1800 prisoners under the expansion, which will also attract a further 400 full-time jobs.

The Cessnock jail expansion plans. Image: Corrective Services NSW.

“The primary focus of theReviewof EnvironmentalFactorsplanning process wasthe expansion of the prison on state government-ownedland,” Commissioner Peter Severin said.

“Nowthatworkisunderwayonthemaininfrastructure, such asthe rapid-build prison,it’stime toconsiderrevised permanent access-options.

“Thisprocess will involve consultation with landowners, the council and stakeholders to determine the implications of various options, before a development application is submitted to the Council – hopefully by early next year.”

The department announced last month that the new correctional centre will be moved a further 90 metres and a landscaped three-metre high earth mound built “to improve amenity for neighbouring properties’’.

Mosthealth services required by inmates in the new facility will be provided by Justice Health on site and includes registered nurses, mental health programs and drug and alcohol interventions, the department said.

It said about 60 people attended a community meeting on Tuesday.

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Giving gifts to Bangladesh

Helping hand: Students from after-school care at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Amaroo have been helping to make Christmas presents for children in Bangladesh. Photo: Andrew BrownAfter-school care students from Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School have been lending a hand to make sure disadvantaged children in Bangladesh receive Christmas presents this year.
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For the past two weeks, students at the Camp Australia-run service at the Amaroo school have been helping to make book bags, book marks andfriendship bracelets.

They’re one of several services around the country that will be making the Christmas special for more than 7500 Bangladeshi children.

Year 2 student Oscar Orubuloye said making the items hadbeen a chance to help out those in other countries who are less fortunate.

“Their parents in Bangladesh can’t afford Christmas presents so we’re helping to make them for them,” he said. “The best part is that we’re helping other people.”

Kindergarten student Mary Buckley has also been helpingto make the book bags.

“We got some wool and then we got to plait it and we also did some finger knitting as well,” she said.

Kaylee Wandel

“They’ll be really happy when they see them because they don’t have much.”

Camp Australia co-ordinator Kaylee Wandel has been leading the students through the process.

She said making the gifts for the children overseas wasan important way for those in after-school care to learn about being a global citizen.

“The main thing is that we can teach the children that they are part of something bigger, and that Canberra is just a small part of Australia which is part of the rest of the world,” she said.

“It’s also about letting them know they have the power to change the world through the little actions that they do.”

The items will be sent off thisweek to Camp Australia where they will then be sent to regional communities in Bangladesh.

In previous years, the after-school care students had help to make similar presents for children in parts of Africa.

So far, the students have more than 40 bags as well as more than 100 bookmarks to send away toBangladesh.

“We’ve also set the students challenges to help make 50 friendship bracelets per day and we’ve been pumping them out,” Ms Wandel said.

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Cahill return chance to repay fans

Tony Popovic has urged fansto turnSpotless Stadium into a fortresswhen the Wanderers host Tim Cahill andred hot Melbourne Cityon Friday night.
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Western Sydney hasmanaged justone win from theopening six rounds of the A-League competition.

The club is four points worse off than it was at the same time last season.

But with a big crowd expected forthe visit of Socceroos legend Cahill, Popovic said this week’s match posed the perfect opportunity to kick-start a stutteringseason.

Tony Popovic has urged Wanderers fans to get behind the side as it hosts in-form Melbourne City on Friday. Picture: Getty Images

“We have a good historyagainst them [City]… and I think it’s a game that football as a whole and our fans should be relishing,” he said on Thursday.

“We expect a big crowd, Melbourne City is a very good footballing team. They’ve had a good start to the season.”

Melbourne have made a scintillating start to the new season, andsit secondonthe ladder with four wins and two losses.

AlthoughCahill is yet to hit top gear in a City shirt, strike partner Bruno Fornaroliand midfield general Luke Brattan are in top form and will surely cause headaches for what has been aleaky Wanderers backline.

Sydney-raised Tim Cahill has taken the A-League by storm since joining Melbourne City. Picture: Getty Images

Popovic said his side would need to show respect for the high-quality visitors, but was confident of gaining a much-needed three pointsthis weekend.

“We have a game plan we believe can cause them problems. We’re at home in front of our fans, we feel that they’ll certainly need to worry about us,” he said.

“We feel we’re playing well enough to get results…now it’s about executing better on the day.”

“The club has high expectations, so do the fans…We’re four points worse off this year and it’s about closing that gap and kicking on.”

Attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying that the side “needed a win” to regain its confidence.

“So far we’ve thrown away two victories. We put 60 minutes together but back off for the last 30,” he said.

“When we put that full 90 [minutes] together, we will get that result. We owe our fans that for the past few weeks.”

He said the players were looking forward to the challenge offacingCahill, but added he was just one of City’s many threats.

“There’s always a good turnout withthe crowd and obviously everyone knows the hype Timmy brings to the league so it will be good for the fans,” he said.

“But he’s just another player on the night. We know his strengths so it’s just about limiting his options on the night.”

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Cahill return chance to repay fans

Tony Popovic has urged fansto turnSpotless Stadium into a fortresswhen the Wanderers host Tim Cahill andred hot Melbourne Cityon Friday night.
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Western Sydney hasmanaged justone win from theopening six rounds of the A-League competition.

The club is four points worse off than it was at the same time last season.

But with a big crowd expected forthe visit of Socceroos legend Cahill, Popovic said this week’s match posed the perfect opportunity to kick-start a stutteringseason.

Tony Popovic has urged Wanderers fans to get behind the side as it hosts in-form Melbourne City on Friday. Picture: Getty Images

“We have a good historyagainst them [City]… and I think it’s a game that football as a whole and our fans should be relishing,” he said on Thursday.

“We expect a big crowd, Melbourne City is a very good footballing team. They’ve had a good start to the season.”

Melbourne have made a scintillating start to the new season, andsit secondonthe ladder with four wins and two losses.

AlthoughCahill is yet to hit top gear in a City shirt, strike partner Bruno Fornaroliand midfield general Luke Brattan are in top form and will surely cause headaches for what has been aleaky Wanderers backline.

Sydney-raised Tim Cahill has taken the A-League by storm since joining Melbourne City. Picture: Getty Images

Popovic said his side would need to show respect for the high-quality visitors, but was confident of gaining a much-needed three pointsthis weekend.

“We have a game plan we believe can cause them problems. We’re at home in front of our fans, we feel that they’ll certainly need to worry about us,” he said.

“We feel we’re playing well enough to get results…now it’s about executing better on the day.”

“The club has high expectations, so do the fans…We’re four points worse off this year and it’s about closing that gap and kicking on.”

Attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying that the side “needed a win” to regain its confidence.

“So far we’ve thrown away two victories. We put 60 minutes together but back off for the last 30,” he said.

“When we put that full 90 [minutes] together, we will get that result. We owe our fans that for the past few weeks.”

He said the players were looking forward to the challenge offacingCahill, but added he was just one of City’s many threats.

“There’s always a good turnout withthe crowd and obviously everyone knows the hype Timmy brings to the league so it will be good for the fans,” he said.

“But he’s just another player on the night. We know his strengths so it’s just about limiting his options on the night.”

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