Mandy fined over attack

Mandy Martyn enters court, being interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Cameron Baud. At one stage, Martyn tripped over Baud’s feet and tumbled to the ground.THE woman branded the killer of Myrtleford toddler Daniel Thomas has faced court over a vicious verbal attack on a 10-year-old girl.
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Benalla Magistrates Court heard yesterday how Mandy Martyn lashed out in the Thoona Primary School yard, calling the girl “a f—ing c— of a kid” for bullying her daughter.

The March 19 incident, witnessed by other children and several adults, has left the once “bubbly” girl withdrawn and sucking her thumb, the court was told.

Martyn, 47, pleaded guilty to one charge of behaving in an offensive manner in a public place, and was convicted and fined $1200.

Her day started on the wrong foot, as she tripped over a reporter on her way in and fell to the ground.

It is understood she threatened to make a complaint to police about the fall, but a Benalla sergeant could not confirm this yesterday afternoon.

It was the most recent in a series of court appearances Martyn has made since a coroner earlier this year named her as inflicting the injuries that led to three-year-old Daniel’s death in October 2003; but no charges have been laid.

Magistrate John O’Callaghan was told Martyn arrived at the school at 4.45pm to collect her daughter, who told her another child had bullied her.

The after-school activities supervisor said Martyn charged into the schoolyard “screeching”: “I’m f—ing sick of you kids bullying my daughter, you f—ing ferals”.

Martyn stormed up to the 10-year-old girl and said: “No, you don’t bully my daughter, you’re not the boss of her you feral c—.”

The child said she was scared Martyn would hit her; she said she continued yelling at her but she could not remember what else was said.

The child’s mother, who was in court yesterday, was inside for a school council meeting and also saw Martyn arrive; she went outside when she saw Martyn pointing at her daughter.

She told police she heard Martyn say: “I’ll bully you like you bullied my child. Your family don’t belong in this school, you are ferals.”

A third adult said she heard Martyn tell the child, “You’re a f—ing c— of a kid, you need a f—ing smack in the ear”.

This woman yelled for Martyn to “stop being a bully” to which she replied: “You’re the only bully here.”

The school’s principal intervened at this point.

Martyn’s solicitor Greg Duncan told the court an acquired brain injury meant his client did not have “the normal faculties that people have to deal with situations of conflict”.

Martyn also pleaded guilty to a separate charge for verbally assaulting a woman outside Thoona General Store on May 15; she was convicted and fined $500.

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Demons sign country football legend to coach

LOCKHART has lured Riverina coaching legend Shane Lenon back to the club as non-playing coach.
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Lenon returns to the Demons after previously coaching the club from 1997 to 2000, and has one of the most enviable coaching records in country football.

The master coach has landed seven flags from 11 grand final appearances.

He replaces co-coaches Josh Wooden and James Richards who are undecided on their playing futures.

Lenon has coached Collingullie-Ashmont- Kapooka for the past seven seasons, leading the Demons to three consecutive flags in 2008-10 in the Farrer league.

CAK then crossed to the Riverina league and has made the grand final for the past three years including a historic first flag in the Riverina league this season.

“Coaching is in the blood and I do love it,” Lenon said.

“I’ve always loved footy since I was a kid and footy has probably helped keep me on the straight and narrow throughout my life.

“Besides my family, the things I cherish most are mostly football related with all the memories and friendships.

“I would say the majority of things that are positive in my life are all because of football.

“I feel fortunate to stay involved in football and non-playing coaches are a growing trend, where five or six years ago playing coaches were all the rage.”

Lenon also coached CAK to the flag in 2002 before crossing to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, where he added another two flags in his three-year tenure.

The Myrtleford and North Albury best and fairest winner led Lockhart to the finals in all four years in his previous stint at the Demons.

The Demons suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss against Osborne in the 1999 decider after going through the season undefeated.

Lenon had been in hot demand from a host of Riverina, Farrer and Hume league clubs since stepping down at CAK’s presentation night last month where he was awarded life membership.

“Returning to the Hume league and Lockhart after 15 years where I launched my coaching career was a motivating factor in my decision,” he said.

“My wife was also fairly keen on the idea after making some good friends when we were previously there.

“I was also after a different challenge and Lockhart hasn’t played finals since 2009.

“It sounds like the majority of the playing group are keen to stick around and if we can add a couple of quality of recruits, making finals next year is a realistic goal.”

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Travel trends are a key to better health

Brendan Pearson says finding out how people travel to work can make us healthier. Picture: TARA GOONANDRIVE, cycle or walk — how does Albury like to get moving?
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A new Murrumbidgee Local Health District project is asking that question and the results could have far-reaching consequences for the city for a long time.

Health promotion co-ordinator Brendan Pearson has chosen the city to research what the most popular modes of travel to work are in regional people, and why.

He has spoken with staff at several Albury businesses for one of the first such studies to focus exclusively on a regional area — most studies, Mr Pearson said, had foc-used only on big cities.

According to the 2011 Census, 77.1per cent of Albury’s residents travelled to work by car, as driver or passenger.

Just 3.5per cent walked, 1.2per cent cycled and 0.8per cent used public transport.

Mr Pearson said his research had so far tossed up a variety of reasons for these figures, such as a lack of infrastructure in workplaces.

“If there’s not enough showers available or there isn’t somewhere to secure your bike, people aren’t going to cycle,” he said.

“Then there’s personal reasons, such as whether people feel they have got enough time to walk or cycle.

“The presence of plenty of car parks near a workplace also sends a message that you drive to work.”

A city’s wider infrastructure also influenced people’s choices, such as whether there were bike paths, pedestrian crossings or street lighting to make an area safer.

Once his study is complete, it will be available to Albury Council and other regional councils to help guide their planning.

It could also direct health initiatives, with the nation’s rising levels of obesity and physical inactivity a concern.

“From a health perspective, if we get more people to be more active in their day-to-day lives, they’re going to be healthier,” he said.

“In terms of sustainability, we can’t keep having bigger, wider roads for more cars — we’ll get to a point where we don’t have the space.

“Metropolitan areas are already starting to run out and, even in regional areas, it will be a problem.

“This will show councils and workplaces what can be done if you encourage it.”

The research project is supported by the Health Education and Training Institute rural research and capacity building program.

Anyone interested in participating in the study can contact Brendan Pearson on 0408 610 277 or visit the Facebook page facebook南京夜网/worktravel-albury.

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Ballarat plumbers ‘tackled’ tool thief

Charged: Police with the man two plumbers apprehended by citizen’s arrest.THE number of home burglaries in Ballarat has fallen slightly, but police are urging residents to stay vigilant and watch out for each other’s property.
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It’s a message that Ballarat plumbers Lachy Mahar and Scott Jacobs have already heeded.

The pair were working at Clarendon College recently when they noticed two suspicious middle-aged men inspecting Mr Jacobs’ utility.

Later they heard glass breaking just after 3pm at a nearby property on Ajax Street and went to inspect.

“We saw him running with a leaf blower, a whipper snipper and a couple of other things,” Mr Mahar said.

“We cornered him and tackled him.”

The man was held under citizen’s arrest until police arrived soon after.

But Mr Mahar only stayed briefly before returning to work.

“I had to get some stuff done so I went off back to work,” Mr Mahar said.

A 32-year-old Seymour man was arrested on Ajax Street and charged with burglary, theft and possession of methelamphetamine.

He has been remanded to appear in court on October14.

A second man, believed to have left the scene in a vehicle, has not been located at this stage. He is believed to have fled the scene in a gold Magna station wagon with black wheels.

A statewide analysis of burglary incidents per postcode revealed that in the past year, Ballarat had 20 burglaries per 1000 dwellings.

Ballarat had a moderate level of burglaries compared to metropolitan suburbs Ardeer and Hoppers Crossing which had twice as many incidents.

And according to the most recent Victoria Police crime statistics on the per 100,000 people dataset, a slight drop in the number of residential burglaries has been recorded.

Ballarat Acting Senior Sergeant Nathan Gardiner said public awareness of locking up and securing properties had contributed to the decline.

“There is a range of reason why offenders commit burglaries. Drugs are often a contributing reason to the offending,” Acting Senior Sergeant Gardiner said.

“The public must maintain vigilance around properties and neighbours’ properties.”

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Jaxon’s dream comes true

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KNICKS FAN: The Athlete’s Foot Ballarat owner Paul Tudorovic and Jaxon Cooper, 10. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

A DREAM has come true for a Ballarat boy currently fighting for his life.

Doctors have given Jaxon Cooper, 10, the green light to fly.

He and his family will take off to America later this month, where they will watch his favourite NBA team, the New York Knicks, play in the flesh.

Jaxon will also meet Carmelo Anthony, the NBA player he has idolised for most of his life.

The Courier shared Jaxon’s story earlier this year after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brainstem tumour in February, following vision problems.

Jaxon has since lost the use of his left arm and strength in his legs, having undergone gruelling chemotherapy and radiation in a bid to halt the tumour’s growth.

His dad, Rob Cooper, said on Tuesday there wasn’t much that could stop his little fighter.

“He, as you can imagine, is just so stoked,” Mr Cooper said. “I don’t think the people of Ballarat understand what this means to him.

“We’re all very excited and actually can’t believe it’s all happening.”

The Athlete’s Foot Ballarat owners Paul and Andrea Tudorovic heard of “Jaxon’s Journey” via Facebook and decided to help out in August.

Mr Tudorovic, a former Ballarat Miners coach, used a New York basketball contact to organise a signed singlet and game tickets.

But the family faced an anxious wait while doctors decided if Jaxon was safe to fly.

Mr Cooper said he wanted to thank the people of Ballarat who had donated, essentially making his son’s wish come true.

A fund-raising event, which Jaxon named “Stuff You Cancer”, was held on October 4, while Ballarat residents have been donating through other methods.

To make a donation to Jaxon’s Journey, go to ANZ Bank, BSB 013 533 and account 535 804 945.

His Facebook page can be found at www.facebook南京夜网/pages/Jaxons-journey/365014586970179

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Georgia revels in the dance

Celtic dancers Josie Davis, dancing for 10 years, and Georgia Webb who has been dancing at the Beechworth Celtic Festival for 20 years. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSONGEORGIA Webb is just as much a part of the Beechworth Celtic Festival tradition as the pipe bands and parades.
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The Irish dancer, 28, has performed at every festival since it began 20 years ago, and she’s looking forward to doing it again next month.

“I get satisfaction in knowing we are keeping the tradition going,” she said.

“I’ve been teaching dance for eight years and I love seeing the younger ones improving.”

This year’s festival will run from November 7 to 9, starting with a gala Celtic dinner on Friday night and ending with the grand parade on Sunday afternoon.

There will be a concert, markets, pipe bands and the fun Ceilidh on Saturday afternoon.

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Let McGowan do her duties

I AM disturbed at the vicious and seemingly orchestrated campaign against the member for Indi Cathy McGowan.
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It demeans those who are party to it and underestimates the intelligence of the electorate.

I find it unacceptable that a correspondent to The Border Mail referred to Ms McGowan as “that woman” — would “that person” like to be referred to in that way?

Long before Cathy McGowan became a politician this country bestowed on her its highest Australian award: an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her “eminent achievements and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia”.

You can’t apply for that award.

You can’t buy it.

You have to earn it over a long period.

You don’t even know about it until you receive a letter from the Governor-General’s office inviting you to accept it.

It was the culmination of her many achievements for others (often at a personal cost), including a Churchill Fellowship which has benefited the rural industry, and childcare services to rural communities.

Ms McGowan is an intelligent woman and the electorate recognised her ability by electing her to Parliament.

Mud sticks to the hands and conscience of those who throw it.

It will take a lot of scrubbing to remove the present lot.

Let police do their job and encourage the incumbent member to do hers, and we will all benefit.

— JEAN WHITLA,

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It’s time to get even

AFL Victoria has given the strongest indication yet equalisation in the form of salary caps and player points systems will be “fully implemented” in 2016.
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The AFL Victoria player payments working group will present its recommendations at the annual leagues conference on October 22 at Healesville.

It is shaping as a landmark gathering in the drive to curb player payments and make the state’s leagues more even.

The Ovens and Murray is one of the biggest spenders with its 10 clubs outlaying about $2.5million paying players.

AFL Victoria general manager Steven Reaper said all city and country leagues would be represented at the conference.

“A major agenda item will be implementation of a statewide set of guidelines to address the rising costs of player payments and the impact this has on clubs’ sustainability,” he said.

“Leagues will have a chance to provide feedback on the guidelines before they are most likely trialled without enforcement in 2015 with a view to full implementation in 2016.”

As part of its investigation, the working group has conducted an online survey to ascertain how much money clubs spend.

“More than 430 clubs responded to a survey on the issue, with their responses providing the basis of the working party’s proposed guidelines,” Reaper said.

The lopsided nature of the OandM prompted the formation of an action group of former coaches, players and administrators — Peter Tossol, Tim Sanson, Nic Conway, Jon Henry, Fred Longmire and Adrian Villella — during the season.

Tossol yesterday said the group would watch the October 22 announcement with interest.

“The important thing is this whole push doesn’t get bogged down in bureaucracy and red tape which can easily happen,” he said.

“We trust AFL Victoria will lead strongly on this and the best interests of all clubs across the state are served.

“The two key things from our point of view are every club believes it has a chance to compete as well as survive.

“A rigorous player points system is central to that aim.”

AFL North-East Border regional manager John O’Donohue has been part of the player payments group.

One of the major agenda items at the conference will be implementation of a statewide set of guidelines to address the rising costs … STEVEN REAPER

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War time link to square name

An updated artist’s impression of the urban square to be built in central Wodonga.PLACES Victoria has widened the possibilities for the naming of the soon-to-be constructed urban square in Wodonga to a war time connection.
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The authority in charge of the redevelopment has invited submissions from the community for a suitable name for the first public open space area to be created on the former railway land.

Suggestions were expected to be limited to the former rail precinct’s heritage or the city’s indigenous connections.

But names recognising Wodonga’s Anzac history were also encouraged as part of the 100-year anniversary of Anzac forces landing at Gallipoli next year.

The square is expected to be opened in the first half of next year.

Places Victoria precincts general manager Simon Wilson said suggestions would close on October 24.

“The name has been used as a working title during the planning phase of the project,” Mr Wilson said.

“Now that we are moving closer to commencing construction we need to give it a real name that will help create a unique character for the space.

“We want a name that resonates with the local community.

“We want the community to take pride in urban square so we strongly encourage everyone’s involvement in the naming process.”

But war time options might be limited, with Anzac and Victoria Cross already used for major roads in the city.

Also, Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross have been honoured with street names in the White Box Rise housing estate.

Wodonga’s place names committee will be involved in the final selection of the name with a recommendation forwarded to the council for approval.

The $2.3million urban square will be the first of three public open spaces to be built in Junction Place, with construction to start before Christmas.

A former Thai restaurant building and whitegoods outlet are poised to be demolished in coming days.

The council is providing $600,000 for the square and at last month’s meeting it awarded Nustone the tender for the supply of pavers for the urban square for a sum of $239,404.

Nustone has previously supplied council with natural stone paving on large landscaping projects in Church Street, High Street and Elgin Boulevard.

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Victory next on Volvo’s menu

Jenny and Stephen Tanner, of Stephen Tanner Automotive Services in Albury, yesterday met Volvo drivers Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin on their way to Sunday’s Bathurst 1000. The Tanners invited their Volvo-driving customers to meet the V8 competitors. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK
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The car is fast enough to contend for a win but it is a long day … A podium finish is a pass mark, top five would be great, but we want to win it — that’s the goal. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN

AT the same time dual Bathurst winner Jim Richards was declaring Scott McLaughlin the favourite for Mount Panorama, the young Kiwi was tucking into jam and cream scones in Albury’s Australia Park.

It’s been a breakout year for McLaughlin with Volvo Racing GRM, steering his S60 to two wins and four other podiums in the car’s debut V8 Supercars season.

But yesterday it was a chance to catch up with the fans and film for the Channel 7 package that will be part of the Bathurst 1000 coverage on Sunday.

Along with owner Garry Rogers, teammate Robert Dahlgren and the pit crew dropped in to see the faithful on the Border, including local Volvo mechanic Stephen Tanner, as the team bus made its way to the biggest race on the V8 calendar.

“We are in with a shot,” McLaughlin said.

“The car is fast enough to contend for a win but it is a long day at Bathurst as everyone knows.

“A podium finish is a pass mark, top five would be great, but we want to win it — that’s the goal.

“If we are outside the top 10 we’d be very disappointed, but we are going there with high hopes and hopefully we might be carrying a celebration hangover when we get back on this bus on Monday morning.”

McLaughlin said Bath- urst was a special event.

“The track is unbelievable, but it’s not just about the race, it’s the whole festivity about the week leading up to Bathurst,” he said.

“It’s a big road trip and being our first year at Volvo makes it pretty special as well.”

McLaughlin expects the re-surfaced 6.213-kilometre circuit to be only slightly quicker than last year.

“It has been some time since they re-surfaced it so you expect cars will go quicker, but there are people saying it will be seconds faster and I don’t think that is going to happen,” he said.

Rogers said luck would play a part.

“It’s our first year and there is a question mark about whether the car can go flat out for 1000 kilometres — we just haven’t done it before,” he said.

“There is no doubt we have the speed, the drivers and the team, but Bathurst is a long day.

“I hate to talk about luck but if things don’t go your way you just can’t win a race like this.”

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