Bed and breakfast plan for house

Bed and breakfast plan for house

Launceston City Council has received a development application to extend the house, built in 1879, and build a perimeter fence.
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Plans include building a sauna, spa and 12.5m by 2.4m lap pool.

The house in Park St was built for James Reading and changed hands several times before being bought by the Girls Guides Association in 1950.

It was bought at auction in July 2003 by the owners and founders of the Irish Murphy's pub chain, Launceston couple Ralph and Suzanne Norton.

They are the applicants for the bed and breakfast extensions.

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Gaz’s task is Taylor-made

Gaz’s task is Taylor-made

The Dragons work on their defence during training at WIN Stadium in Wollongong yesterday. Picture: SYLVIA LIBERSt George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett has put his faith in Mark Gasnier to handle the stern defensive test of controlling South Sydney battering ram Dave Taylor tonight.Taylor - who tore the Dragons apart with a fearsome wide-running display while playing for Brisbane last year - is expected to target Gasnier in his second game since returning to the NRL.The 118 kg giant forms part of an imposing pack set to test the Dragons, who are without suspended NSW prop Michael Weyman and the injured Dan Hunt. Full coverage of the Dragons But Bennett backed Gasnier to handle the workload at ANZ Stadium when he comes off the bench, after slotting him in to defend inside hard-tackling State of Origin player Beau Scott on the right edge.Following their final training session in Wollongong yesterday, Dragons second-rower Ben Creagh said Gasnier could cope with Taylor and the rugged Rabbitohs forwards."I think so, (Taylor's) a massive guy and you've just got to limit his time to wind up with the ball and that's what we've been trying to practise at training during the week," Creagh said."(It's about) getting our line speed right and putting as much pressure on him as we can."Boom teenager Kyle Stanley has been dropped from the 18-man line-up, however, Bennett would not confirm the final make-up for the team.Nick Emmett is likely to start at left centre in Stanley's place.NSW winger Brett Morris will play tonight after completing yesterday's training session.While Gasnier is expected to receive less minutes than he did in his return game against Penrith, he completed defensive drills yesterday tackling outside Matt Prior and inside Scott and Jamie Soward.It's a huge task for Gasnier to stop Taylor and the likes of English import Sam Burgess and the 109kg Garret Crossman, having made few tackles while playing French rugby since leaving the NRL in 2008.On the other side of the field, Creagh has his own point to prove after being dropped for the NSW team for last week's third Origin game.Creagh has played the previous five Origin battles, recording one victory against the all-conquering Queenslanders."There's definitely a bit of extra incentive to work hard and really try and play well for the back end of the season," Creagh said."(NSW coach Craig Bellamy) rang me before the third team got selected and let me know why I didn't (get picked)."And I understood why I didn't."They weren't major things, they're things I can just work on and that's what I've been trying to do."
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Bacon hands in resignation

Bacon hands in resignation

RESIGNED: Ken BaconHis resignation followed several months of criticism regarding his performance which prompted a censure from Mr Lennon and a no- confidence motion against him in Parliament.
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He was criticised for a breathalyser incident involving his chief minder on Flinders Island and for his comments that parliamentary question time should be abolished.

He was also criticised for not knowing the contents of a report on TT-Line at a Government Enterprises hearing earlier this year.

Mr Bacon, 61, who suffers from diabetes, declined to comment on his resignation yesterday.

Acting Premier David Llewellyn thanked Mr Bacon for his contribution to both State Parliament and the Labor Party.

"Ken has been a hard-working member of Parliament with a genuine desire to improve the lives of Tasmanians," Mr Llewellyn said.

Opposition Leader Rene Hidding wished Mr Bacon the best for the future.

Tasmanian Greens leader Peg Putt also extended her best wishes for Mr Bacon in his retirement and said her party would keep its focus on fixing deficiencies in the Parks and Heritage portfolio.

Mr Bacon's resignation will result in a recount for his Northern seat that will take 11 days.

The Electoral Office will advertise in newspapers for nominations from the defeated candidates.

Those nominations must be received by midday on May 10. The vote recount will take no longer than a day.

This means the new Lyons MHA will be sworn in before Parliament resits on May 17.

To elect a replacement candidate the Electoral Office must redistribute the votes that went to Mr Bacon.

It is usual for preference votes to flow within the Labor Party and the candidate with the highest primary votes has a better chance of election.

Contenders for the Lyons seat are TT-Line director Heather Butler and real estate salesman and Derwent Valley Councillor Craig Farrell.

Mr Farrell, 41, of New Norfolk, said yesterday he would recontest the seat.

"I think when you enter into an election and go through all the rigmarole you should see it to its conclusion," Mr Farrell said.

The Examiner was unable to contact Mrs Butler.

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P-plater fined after girlfriend shoos fly

P-plater fined after girlfriend shoos fly

P-plater Tim Jackson will suffer a heavy points loss over an offence he didn't know existed, leaving him with no margin for error while driving. Picture: DAVE TEASEDapto P-plater Tim Jackson thought that watching the road and staying within the speed limit was enough to keep him out of trouble.He learned yesterday that under Australian road rules a driver also has to know what his passenger is doing.He was fined $250 and stands to lose four points after police stopped his car on January 1 on the freeway at Figtree when they saw his girlfriend with her arm out the window, allegedly shooing out a fly."I think that is totally unreasonable," Jackson, 25, said when he appeared in Wollongong Local Court to fight the $250 fine, hoping a dismissal would prevent him losing points.Girlfriend Emma Peacock was also fined $250 but she did not lose any points from her licence.After magistrate Michael Stoddart suggested he get some advice, Jackson returned to court and pleaded guilty but he still maintained the fine was unreasonable because he was being excessively punished for something he didn't do."I didn't even know she had her arm out the window ... I was watching the road," Jackson said."But it's your responsibility as the driver," Mr Stoddart said.He found the offence proved but dismissed the matter with court costs of $76.Jackson outside the court said he was bitterly disappointed."The magistrate was good but he can't do anything about the point loss and there is no avenue of appeal to the RTA," he said."I've got two jobs and a sick grandmother to get around so this now leaves me with no margin for error because I've only got six points," he said.Jackson said his girlfriend was trying to get an insect out of the car and her arm did momentarily protrude from the vehicle."I don't think she even told the officer who pulled us over because we were both so shocked."A police highway patrol spokesman says it was rare for a driver to get a ticket for a passenger but he said the law allowed for it.
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Boyd next in line to join Qld legends

Boyd next in line to join Qld legends

A group of Queensland Origin legends has anointed Dragons fullback Darius Boyd next in line to join the ranks of the Maroons' greats.Since moving from Brisbane to St George Illawarra with coach Wayne Bennett at the end of the 2008 season, Boyd has made the leap from solid first-grader to bona fide superstar. And a standout performance in this year's Origin series has only underlined the 22-year-old's rise.Playing on the wing of what is arguably the greatest Origin team of all time, Boyd has scored eight tries in as many games for his state, including one in each of the past six. Full coverage of the Dragons "He's a wonderful player," former Queensland hooker Steve Walters said."He was always a handy player at the Broncos, but at the Dragons he's been fantastic."He is just a top quality player and he has cemented his spot among the best in the game."The intensity of Origin can make or break a player's career.Young players can either be overawed and outclassed or thrive on the competition.Former St George Illawarra and Maroons centre Mark Coyne - part of the Queensland coaching staff - said Boyd was definitely among those who rose to the occasion."Once you come into Origin, you can just blossom," he said. "His form at fullback this year has been outstanding and he is leading a lot of the Player of the Year voting."He's a quiet guy but he has been playing great footy."Another factor in Boyd's rapid rise has been the influence of master coach Bennett, who brought the Gold Coast junior into first grade in 2006 at the age of 18. Test forward Sam Thaiday, a team-mate of Boyd's at the time, said Bennett's guidance was key."He gives you a lot of confidence to be the player you want to be," Thaiday said. "He is good at critiquing players and helping them out.""Darius has grown so much as a player and as a person. It was a good move following Wayne down to the Dragons."A feature of Boyd's game this year has been his determined charges into the defensive line on kick returns. The seemingly self-destructive nature of these runs is a result of a more confident footballer, physically and mentally."Last year was only his first full year at fullback," said Dragons conditioner Jeremy Hickmans, who rated Boyd the club's fittest player. "He now has the confidence of playing that position. ... he is quick, powerful and fit."While clearly blessed, Boyd doesn't rest on his laurels. "He's obviously got the genetics for it. But he also has a great application for what he does," Hickmans said."As far as work ethic goes, Darius is one of the best. He really leads from the front ... " With more than 100 first grade games under his belt, Boyd could be considered a veteran, but the best was yet to come, according to his Queensland and Test captain, Darren Lockyer."People forget how young he is. He plays like an experienced campaigner but he is a still a kid."His form for the Dragons this year has shown that he has moved to the next level," Lockyer said.
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Briefs

Briefs

Lawyer fined
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over hit-run

[BB] ADELAIDE - A prominent Adelaide lawyer who killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run and failed to stop has been fined $3100 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. Eugene McGee, a former police officer, sat expressionless as his sentence was delivered by Chief Judge Terry Worthington.

McGee, 50, was driving a four-wheel drive vehicle when it was involved in a fatal collision with father-of- two Ian Humphrey in November 2003.

Crash driver's

seizure claim

SYDNEY - A driver whose car crashed into a Sydney pre-school, critically injuring two toddlers, might have suffered a seizure behind the wheel, a court heard yesterday.

Donald McNeall's car caught fire after ploughing through the front wall of the Roundhouse Child-care Centre, in Sydney's north, in December 2003.

Two-year-olds Sophie Delezio and Molly Wood spent months in hospital recovering from critical burns.

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City’s Muslims share the love

City’s Muslims share the love

Seda Berk (left) and Kezban Yasar dressed as Princesses Bearing Turkish Delights for Cringila's Bilal Mosque open day. Pictures: DAVE TEASE Ayse Ozturk (left) and Esen Memik served Turkish coffee at the open day.
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Enjoying some Turkish sweets yesterday are (from left) Kadriye Esen, Alisha Chin, Elise Buckley and Mukerrem Alperrtonga.

Cringila's Bilal Mosque hosted its first open day yesterday with almost 300 people attending to gain a greater understanding of the region's Muslim community.Organiser Ahmet Ozturk said publicity surrounding Islam was not always positive and rarely reflected the true, peaceful image of Islam.He said the open day, including a tour of the mosque, seminars and food stalls, was to encourage cohesion and a peaceful coexistence in a community with more than 1000 Muslims."We were extremely happy with the outcome, there were many non-Muslims who shared the day with us," Mr Osturk said.Sadiq Ansari, who spoke on Islam, Jihad and Terrorism, said there were many misconceptions about Islam, including that it encouraged terrorism."Islam isn't about violence. When I read the Koran I don't think about bombing a place. There's no room for terrorism in Islam. A Muslim cannot be a terrorist and a terrorist cannot be a Muslim. It's a few people with political agendas using religion to attract crowds."Nihal Uckan grew up in Mt Warrigal and has been part of the Illawarra community for 40 years, but said the actions of extremists still caused her family insecurity."My Mum wears a scarf and when these extremists are given media attention I say, 'Mum don't go outside for a week or two because you might get victimised'," she said.Ms Uckan arrived from Turkey in 1970 with her parents and three siblings as the first non-Mediterranean family in the Illawarra. The Figtree mother-of-two has spent most of her career as a social worker."The purpose of holding open days like this enables people to see the moderate side of Islam ... We're peace-loving, we're part of the community," she said."The women ... have been preparing food so people will visit and find we're just like anyone else. "It's not all about religion, we're people first ... humanity comes first. That's what Islam is. Love humanity."

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$14,000 Burnie theft

$14,000 Burnie theft

The house in Brickport Rd was burgled and amplifiers, a DVD player, two cameras, a CD player and DVDs were stolen. Three Classe brand amplifiers, which are generally not available in Australia, were among the items stolen.
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A car with a noisy exhaust was heard leaving the area near West Park Grove and Chanel St after the burglary and travelled south on Mooreville Rd.

Anyone with any information on the burglary should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 005 555 or Burnie CIB on 6434 5291.

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Retail giants oppose ‘sterile’ Crown St Mall plans

Retail giants oppose ‘sterile’ Crown St Mall plans

Fairy Meadow resident Stephen Kuper, pictured in Crown St Mall, is founder of a 260-member cyber group called Re-open Wollongong Mall. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON An artist's impression of how Crown St Mall would look following the proposed $14 million facelift. Designs prepared by the NSW Government Architects Office.
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Retail big guns have condemned plans to revitalise Crown St Mall as "sterile" and "disappointing", declaring the troubled precinct should be reopened to traffic.The ongoing battle casts a pall on Wollongong City Council's push to revitalise the mall and prompts questions over whether its plan can bring the precinct back to life.The council had been calling for public feedback on its $14.2 million, five-year makeover of the mall designed by the NSW Government Architect's Office, which included the removal of the birdcage and other obstacles to improve pedestrian access and draw customers. EDITORIAL: David Jones should not be ignored VOTE IN POLL: Are the plans to revitalise Crown St Mall too sterile?The plan ruled out the notion of reopening the mall to traffic, after the council declared the concept did not have broad community support.But major retailers, including department store giant David Jones, have panned the proposal.The scathing verdict comes just a week after the store announced a $6 million refurbishment, the first significant changes to the store in more than a decade.David Jones retail development general manager Antony Karp issued a call for a reopening of the eastern end of the mall between Church and Kembla streets."Not only will the opening of the mall inject life and activity into the area during the day and night, but it will increase security, traffic flow and use of restaurants and cafes," he said.Mr Karp said in terms of the council's plan, David Jones "strongly believes (it) is unsuitable for the long-term benefit of the mall, its retailers and the Wollongong community".He described the concept as "clinical and sterile, rather than inviting and shopper friendly".David Jones' call for traffic to be restored was echoed by the GPT Group, owner of Wollongong Central shopping centre.Wollongong City Centre general manager Paul Fanning claimed the proposal was a cheap option "which certainly will not give one of Australia's largest regional cities a world-class pedestrian precinct it deserves".He called on the council to improve the plans by running a nationwide design competition.The Property Council of Australia summed up retailers' concerns, describing the concept plan as "boring", and accusing the council of failing to consult shopkeepers.The Wollongong Produce and Creative Traders Market offered a lone positive voice from retailers, commending the "fluid and functional space".A council spokeswoman said it was listening to the community's feedback and architects would consider ways to add colour and character.She said the council carried out extensive consultation with residents and business owners in 2008 which found more than 70 per cent wanted to keep the mall closed to traffic.The council will use the public feedback to create more detailed designs as part of the development application process. Work is expected to begin early next year.

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James isout injured

James isout injured

But the 29-year-old will not have to undergo surgery. "Roger's knee has not deteriorated and he could play this week," said Port's general manager of football operations Peter Rohde. The Power play Richmond at Telstra Dome on Sunday. Utility Byron Pickett is available for selection after completing a six-week suspension incurred in the Wizard Cup.
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