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20 minutes to win finals: Trent Barrett

20 minutes to win finals: Trent Barrett

Trent BarrettFormer St George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett believes the Dragons' chances of breaking their title drought this year could be defined in just 20 minutes.Barrett yesterday said an impressive start to their qualifying final in four weeks' time would be all the competition leaders needed to bury their past demons.The 32-year-old knows the heartache better than most. Full coverage of the Dragons He still can't bring himself to watch the 1999 grand final and admits he took the shattering 2005 and '06 preliminary final losses to heart.Now captain of the Sharks, who are out of the finals race, Barrett will retire at the end of the season and realises that a premiership will forever elude him.But after St George Illawarra's disastrous 2009 finals campaign, Barrett has watched his former club closely this year and believes its time has finally arrived."I don't think there's a major problem or a psychological problem for them," he said."It's just how the cards have been dealt a bit in the last few years."I think if St George Illawarra can get off to a good start in one of their semi-finals, they'll gain some confidence and realise it's just another game."The stakes are a bit higher and the intensity is higher, but if they can go on and put a score on in the first week of the semi-finals that will give them a helluva lot of confidence."In an exclusive interview, Barrett reflects on his career - missing out on that title, his early years with the Steelers, State of Origin, leaving the Dragons, his time in England and with the Sharks, as well as the future, in tomorrow's edition of the Illawarra Mercury.Barrett's decorated career will come to a close at Penrith's CUA Stadium on September 4, having made his debut against the Panthers for the Illawarra Steelers on August 25, 1996.And while his immediate focus is producing victories in Cronulla's remaining games, Barrett will be cheering the Dragons during their finals campaign.He declared top form was yet to come for Wayne Bennett's men."All the signs are there, they look a bit healthier than they did this time last year," he said."They had a lot of blokes in the team who had never played in semi-finals before, so they're going to have learned a helluva lot from that."Watching them [beat Manly 32-10] I thought they were pretty good."They get criticised for being a bit boring at times, but who cares?"If you're going to win, who cares how you win."Barrett said the key to the Dragons' title success would be a dominant performance by their forward pack."It will be won on the back of their forward pack and [NSW prop Michael] Weyman and all their young blokes are going pretty well, and Benny Creagh is starting to find some form again," he said."[Captain] Benny Hornby being back is pretty important to them, he gives them a lot of composure and he's leading them really well."
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BUSINESS AND FINANCE BRIEFS

BUSINESS AND FINANCE BRIEFS

Uncertainty over News Corp.
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SYDNEY - Investors will remain cautious about Rupert Murdoch's media empire until he does something about Liberty Media Corp. 's threatening presence on News Corp. Inc.'s share register.

Although Mr Murdoch said on Thursday that the issue with Liberty's owner, John Malone, would be resolved within three months, analysts said the uncertainty was hanging over News Corp.'s stock.

"We believe that Liberty's large voting stake and the possibility that News Corp. will pay a premium to regain these votes has been a significant overhang," Merrill Lynch said in a research report.

Investors hope Mr Murdoch will banish takeover fears by buying back some of the 18 per cent News Corp. stake that Mr Malone's cable group bought behind Mr Murdoch's back last year.

"Until the situation is resolved, investors will likely remain concerned over the possibility that News Corp. will purchase one of Liberty's operating assets as part of a package deal to regain Liberty's News Corp. shares," Merrill Lynch said.

Investors might view News Corp as "tainted" if it bought an asset that it would not otherwise buy just to get back its voting stock, the broker said.

Sunleisure float cancelled

SYDNEY - The $200 million float of tourism and leisure entity Sunleisure yesterday became the latest victim of a market that has lost its appetite for property groups.

Property developer Sunland Group Ltd issued a profit downgrade after it and finance and investment manager City Pacific Ltd cancelled the float due to "adverse market conditions".

The move came just three days after a profit warning by developer Mirvac Group and data showing a sharp drop in March building approvals sparked selling in companies with exposure to residential property.

Sunland managing director Soheil Abedian said the global and domestic market's former passion for small cap companies had waned.

"Our segment of the industry, property, is really severely suffering here in Australia because of the downturn in the property sector, so we had to act on that, and we did," Mr Abedian said.

Sunland's stock was hammered after the Gold Coast-based property developer warned its profit result would be impacted because it would no longer get additional income from the float of Sunleisure. The company's shares fell 26c to $1.29.

New excitement for Judge

BRISBANE - Bruce Judge was reluctant to say it but the former Ariadne boss was excited about presiding over the demise of Big Kev's Ltd and the birth of his new publicly listed company.

Big Kev's shareholders yesterday voted to wrap up the cleaning business and rename it Impact Capital Ltd - a pre-settlement lending company headed by Mr Judge.

Big Kev's was listed in 2001 by founder and chairman Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay - known for his loud shirts and catchcry: "I'm excited".

Asked whether he was now excited, Mr Judge, who is Impact Capital's executive chairman, said "yes and no".

"I'm excited because I love the project and I love the people we are working with," he said.

"I'm also conscious of the obligation and I know we have to make this work and I'm sure we will."

Mr McQuay elected not to witness the end of his company, which never made a profit during its life on the Australian Stock Exchange.

But for Mr Judge it marked a rebirth for the New Zealand corporate raider, who in the 1980s presided over the demise of the company Ariadne - which, at the time, recorded Australia's largest corporate loss.

Commitment to AAPT confirmed

SYDNEY - Telecom Corp. of New Zealand Ltd remains committed to its Australian business AAPT, despite its failure to grow revenues.

Even though AAPT's revenues and earnings were virtually flat during the first nine months of the year, Telecom NZ is continuing to pour more money into the business to try to make it grow.

"We are committed to our presence in Australia," Telecom NZ chief executive Theresa Gattung said yesterday. "We are starting to see some encouraging signs in the underlying metrics of the business and we think it is well worth having a crack at trying to see if we can accelerate that momentum."

Telecom NZ is committing $NZ105 million this financial year and $NZ140 million next year in capital expenditure for the Australian business.

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City coffers drained by parking meter loss

City coffers drained by parking meter loss

A parking meter on Kembla St that will be one of four removed in the near future as part of the council's parking review. Picture: ANDY ZAKELIThe proposed introduction of pro rata parking fees in the Wollongong CBD will cost Wollongong City Council an estimated $405,000 in lost revenue this financial year.Council administrators will decide on Tuesday whether to abandon the $2 flat fee for CBD parking in favour of pro-rata fees and a raft of other changes, including turning meters off at 4.30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.Motorists will be able to insert as little as 10c into the meters, with parking to be charged at $1 an hour, or 50c for half-an-hour), in 30-minute, one-hour and two-hour parking zones. VOTE: Are you satisfied with the parking meter compromise?In longer-stay three and four-hour time zones, parking will be charged at 75c per hour, or less for a shorter stay.Four under-utilised meters in Church St, between Ellen and Bank streets, would be removed.The report, to be tabled at the council meeting, reveals that the changes will slash the council's parking income from $943,000 to just $538,000 for this financial year.Revenue will be allocated to projects including a new 85-space car park on Ellen St, footpath improvements and a new pedestrian crossing at Lowden Square.The changes would provide relief to many business owners, Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) chief executive Greg Fisher said."We are pleased council has listened to our concerns and taken on board many of the suggestions the IBC put forward."He particularly welcomed the earlier end to metered parking on weekdays, and the return of free parking on Saturdays."That will help the hospitality industry and retailers who have lost Saturday trade," Mr Fisher said.But retailers including Gala Trophies owner Gareth Leyshon, John Skipp of Skipp Surf and Mr Quickfix owner Jim McDonogh were less certain.While all were hopeful the changes would bring customers back to the city, they feared it could be too little, too late."I think we have lost customers who won't come back. The meters have already done the damage," Mr Leyshon said.Mr McDonogh said the new fees were "probably a little bit better"."But I still think it is a disgrace people have to pay to spend their money in Wollongong," he said.Neighbourhood Forum 5's Felix Bronneberg was pleased with the progress and urged the council to continue monitoring meter usage."We hope this change will not disadvantage traders in the CBD," he said.Statistics contained in the council's parking review highlight the public sentiment that prompted the meter backflip.An IRIS Research phone survey of 450 residents found that 51 per cent of those surveyed had changed their pattern of visiting the CBD since the introduction of paid on-street parking - either by staying away, using alternative transport or visiting at different times.Of those whose habits had changed, one-quarter said they now did their shopping elsewhere, while 11 per cent parked elsewhere.SIX IN THE CITYHow will free parking on Saturdays change your shopping habits? Page 31
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Asbestos threat to Mt Pleasant school

Asbestos threat to Mt Pleasant school

Jody Byrnes managed to get former prime minister John Howard's signature on a petition to keep open Warilla North Public School. Picture: DAVE TEASEExcavation works linked to the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution works at a Mt Pleasant primary school could have exposed students and teachers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres, concerned parents claim.Pleasant Heights Public School parents say contractors did at least two weeks of excavations at a site in the school previously flagged on a Department of Education registry as possibly containing asbestos fibres.The claims come less than a week after Warilla North Public School parents revealed they were fearful their school would be shut permanently because of asbestos discoveries in May, which had forced students into nearby schools in the interim.Warilla North parent Jody Byrnes upped the ante on Tuesday, taking her cause to a higher power. Former prime minister John Howard, campaigning in the Gilmore electorate with Liberal candidate Joanna Gash, signed a petition to keep the school open.But Mr Howard's signature could be required again, with construction union official Peter Primmer this week warning parents he knew of at least half-a-dozen more schools in the region where asbestos had been uncovered during Building the Education Revolution works, but wouldn't say which ones.The Department of Education and Training would not confirm if the hazardous material had been found in schools or if removal works had been carried out during school hours. But it did admit many schools were built at a time when asbestos-laced building products were commonly used.A spokesperson said: "It is not disputed that fibro containing asbestos was a common building product until its use was ceased in 1987. Any school opened after 1988 will be asbestos-free."The department would not answer questions about how many schools in the Illawarra had been built pre-1987.Meantime, parents of students at Pleasant Heights Public School have been left with few answers. A 2008 management plan for the site, adjacent to the school's library, classified the area as "low risk" provided the earth remained undisturbed.But according to the parents who spoke to the Mercury, earthworks at the site had been occurring for at least two weeks before a mother noticed what she believed was asbestos and raised the alarm.A WorkCover spokesperson said work had ceased immediately on the site after the discovery of "suspected asbestos" and the site was made secure.But mother of two, Beth Matters, said she was concerned children and teachers may have been exposed to the dangerous fibres during the initial work period."They've made it safe now, but how about when they were churning the soil up for two weeks while it contained asbestos?" she said."The site management plan says before works are undertaken, a licensed removalist needs to come and take it away, which obviously hasn't happened, otherwise they wouldn't need someone to do it now."The department yesterday confirmed "a couple of bonded fibro pieces" had been found in the ground at the school.A spokesperson said the site's managing contractor, Richard Crookes Construction, was planning for the removal of the bonded fibro as well as "carrying out further tests around the site to identify if there were any other affected areas"."Every care is being taken to ensure student and teacher safety and well-being."
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The city parking plan that just might stick

The city parking plan that just might stick

Free weekend parking, reduced fees and extended time limits are among a raft of changes to be introduced after Wollongong City Council's capitulation on parking meters in the CBD.If administrators adopt the recommendations of a council review, motorists will be able to pay as little as 40c to park for half an hour in three and four-hour zones, and 50c per half hour in half-hour, one-hour and two-hour zones.Free on-street parking will return on Saturdays, although time limits will remain from 8.30am to 12.30pm.On weekdays, parking meters will be switched off at 4.30pm instead of 6pm.All council off-street car parks will be free and unrestricted on weekends and public holidays.The number of free 15-minute spaces will more than double to 72 and 145 spaces will have their time limits doubled.Also, four parking meters between Bank and Ellen streets will be removed after the review found they were underutilised.The review will be put to administrators at an ordinary meeting of council on Tuesday.If adopted, the changes will take effect from September 13.The meters were introduced in March with a flat $2 fee. A six-month review was brought forward after intense campaigning by CBD retailers who claimed the meters were killing trade.The council tinkered with parking fees twice in July, introducing limited pro rata charges and lowering flat fees to 50c in half-hour zones and $1 in one-hour zones.Yesterday, council place manager Peter Chrystal admitted the council got it wrong with flat fees."We admit that the flat fee probably wasn't the right fee to start with, and that pro rata fees are more appropriate," he said.He defended the introduction of the meters, pointing to council figures that showed a steady increase in usage. According to those figures, 17,256 people used the meters in the week ending August 13."But we'd like to see a lot more occupancy in the CBD. So we're adjusting our price to encourage more people to park," he said.Community business group "We Love Wollongong But We Hate the Parking Meters" led the charge against the meters and spokesman Phil Ryan was cautiously supportive of the changes."On the premise that council refuses to remove the meters, I support anything that'll help bring people back into the CBD," he said.Noel Perry of Downtown Newsagency on lower Crown St said it was too little, too late from the council. "To me it's not going to be a solution at all. The mere word of parking meters is the thing," he said.Customers were turned off by the need to keep an eye on their watches while in the city.
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DRAGONS BLOG: In tune after a great win

DRAGONS BLOG: In tune after a great win

I passed up the chance to be at Jubilee Oval last night.My Sydney-sider brother had a spare ticket and asked, even though I loathe Monday Night Football with some intensity, if I wanted to go.I did – though not by car. I didn’t want to drive myself up because that makes it hard to have a few beers at the game. And, for me, a few beers at the game is as much a tradition as claiming “they’ve been doing it all” day whenever the ref penalises the opposition – whether they’ve been doing it all day or not.The only other option was a train and State Rail’s schedule was profoundly unhelpful – getting me there 15 minutes after kick-off.So I watched it at home, which isn’t all bad. The beer is cheaper and the toilets are cleaner that at any stadium. And I never have to sit next to a fat guy who takes up all his seat and half of mine.But when I heard the crowd singing “Oh When the Saints Go Marching In” at the end, I so wanted to be there. To be among the Dragons fans celebrating that game would have been fantastic.Because it was a great win. The Sea Eagles were the team that scored the most points against us this season (in fact, one might say they took us apart a little bit that day). And, even if they’re behind on the scoreboard they don’t give up (this season it’s when they’re ahead that they give up).Add to that the fact we were missing the stabilising influence of Ben Hornby and this was a game that could have gone the other way. But, fortunately for the Dragons fans, it didn’t and we racked up a 32-10 win – the most number of points we’ve scored this season.Yes, four of those points shouldn’t have been scored. I refer to the Mark Gasnier try, which I thought would be disallowed after seeing the first replay and was surprised to see video ref Bill Harrigan asking for replay after replay. But things did even up – Manly scored a try under the posts off a clearly forward pass (in fact, they probably got the better dodgy call given their try was under the posts and ours was out wide). So they got six points off the blunder, while we just got four due to a missed conversion.There were, however, better tries that deserve to be talked about. I’ve been waiting all year for Jamie Soward to speed up and do some broken field running. Sure, his try in this game wasn’t the 80m effort I’d been hoping for but I’ll take the 40m run that split the defence and stood up the fullback.I’ll also take Nathan Fien’s effort, scored with the help of the biggest dummy I think I’ve ever seen. At least three defenders bought it and he strolled over. It was Fien’s first try of the season so it saves him from the dreaded end of season nudie run for those who don’t get a four-pointer.Then there was Beau Scott’s long range effort, where he got to run 80m and not need the support of the much faster Soward on his outside.Overall the Dragons showed even more improvement from last week’s win over Easts. The defence was still as solid but that attack was quite a bit better. For mine, the big test for the Dragons will be Sunday’s game against the Raiders. They’ve been a bogey side of ours for years, regardless of how good we’re going, so that may well be sitting in the back of players’ minds. If we can put them away, I reckon it’ll speak volumes about the Dragons in 2010 – especially mentally.
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Dragons step up to crush Manly

Dragons step up to crush Manly

Dragons front-rower Michael Weyman celebrates after scoring in Monday night's 32-10 thrashing of Manly at WIN Jubilee Oval at Kogarah. Picture: DAVE TEASEIf this was a grand final dress rehearsal, and many believe it still could have been, then the officials have failed it dismally.Not one, but two officiating shockers marred St George Illawarra's easy victory over Manly on Monday night.The only positive was that both sides benefited from a decision each; Dragons centre Mark Gasnier was awarded a highly controversial first-half try while Manly were later given some fortune when Brent Kite's clearly forward pass to Kieran Foran was ruled to have travelled backwards. Full coverage of the Dragons Just three rounds out from the finals, the form of the officials, and not just a number of underperforming sides, will be of major concern.The decision to award Gasnier a try on the half hour was made by video referee Bill Harrigan, a perennial target of abuse from the Dragons territory due to his decision which went against the Dragons in the 1999 grand final. From foe to friend; his ruling that Gasnier had successfully grounded the ball to hand the Dragons a 10-0 lead simply looked wrong.Not only did Gasnier appear to lose the ball as he attempted a lunge at the line, but the ball also seemed to fall short. So it could have been disallowed on two counts, yet Harrigan gave the Dragons the benefit of the doubt.Harrigan conceded the ball had initially come down short of the line but said it was then rolled onto it."It was benefit of the doubt," Harrigan said. "There was no separation. The ball was put down before the line and then rolled onto it."But then after 49 minutes, the Sea Eagles were awarded their own benefit; Kite popped a short ball to Foran which was, in the officials' defence, somewhat difficult to see - but replays showed it travelled clearly forward.This has been a home for some stinkers. The Bulldogs were left baffled last year when video referee Steve Clark denied centre Jamal Idris the match-winning try against the Dragons due to obstruction. The call last night might not have been as critical, but it was arguably as bad.It came after Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward had given his side a 13th minute lead when, from 44m, he sped through Foran and Anthony Watmough and rounded Michael Robertson to score a wonderful try.While this was another typical Dragons display, methodical muscle, there were other magical moments to rival Soward's; winger Jason Nightingale's effort to reach the field of play after seeming to be caught in his in-goal was superb.It's certainly a shame that such efforts will be overshadowed by the push of a button or the shrill of a whistle. The Sea Eagles did score next, with winger Tony Williams picking a Michael Robertson ball off his toenails in the final minute of the first half, but the damage had been done.By the time hooker Luke Priddis had dummied and offloaded to prop Michael Weyman, handing the NSW player his first try of the year, the Dragons were in control. The missed forward pass call gave Manly a glimmer of hope, but when Nathan Fien, called into halfback to replace ill captain Ben Hornby, scored after 55 minutes, and Beau Scott ran 80m seven minutes later following a ricochet, they had successfully strangled the Sea Eagles - and their grip on the minor premiership had firmed, too.The Sea Eagles were left precariously in seventh spot, and their co-captain Jason King was placed on report for a high tackle on Jarrod Saffy. ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 32 (N Fien, M Gasnier, B Morris, B Scott, J Soward, M Weyman tries; J Soward 4 goals) bt MANLY 10 (K Foran, T Williams tries; J Lyon goal) at WIN Jubilee Oval. Referees: Matt Cecchin, Shayne Hayne. Crowd: 14,740.NSW FOOTYTAB: Pick-the-score: Dragons 32 Sea Eagles 10 (5.5pts). Div: $242.80. Pick-the-winners: Eels, Sharks, Titans, Raiders, Warriors, Rabbitohs, Tigers, Dragons. Div: $164.30. Pick-the-margins: Eels (13+), Sharks (1-12), Titans (13+), Raiders (13+), Warriors (1-12), Storm (1-12), Tigers (13+), Dragons (13+). Div: $33,150.50.
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Dragons step up to crush Manly

Dragons step up to crush Manly

Dragons front-rower Michael Weyman celebrates after scoring in Monday night's 32-10 thrashing of Manly at WIN Jubilee Oval at Kogarah. Picture: DAVE TEASE Dean Young for St George Illawarra breaks and gets a pass away. Picture: DAVE TEASE
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If this was a grand final dress rehearsal, and many believe it still could have been, then the officials have failed it dismally.Not one, but two officiating shockers marred St George Illawarra's easy victory over Manly on Monday night.The only positive was that both sides benefited from a decision each; Dragons centre Mark Gasnier was awarded a highly controversial first-half try while Manly were later given some fortune when Brent Kite's clearly forward pass to Kieran Foran was ruled to have travelled backwards. Full coverage of the Dragons Just three rounds out from the finals, the form of the officials, and not just a number of underperforming sides, will be of major concern.The decision to award Gasnier a try on the half hour was made by video referee Bill Harrigan, a perennial target of abuse from the Dragons territory due to his decision which went against the Dragons in the 1999 grand final. From foe to friend; his ruling that Gasnier had successfully grounded the ball to hand the Dragons a 10-0 lead simply looked wrong.Not only did Gasnier appear to lose the ball as he attempted a lunge at the line, but the ball also seemed to fall short. So it could have been disallowed on two counts, yet Harrigan gave the Dragons the benefit of the doubt.Harrigan conceded the ball had initially come down short of the line but said it was then rolled onto it."It was benefit of the doubt," Harrigan said. "There was no separation. The ball was put down before the line and then rolled onto it."But then after 49 minutes, the Sea Eagles were awarded their own benefit; Kite popped a short ball to Foran which was, in the officials' defence, somewhat difficult to see - but replays showed it travelled clearly forward.This has been a home for some stinkers. The Bulldogs were left baffled last year when video referee Steve Clark denied centre Jamal Idris the match-winning try against the Dragons due to obstruction. The call last night might not have been as critical, but it was arguably as bad.It came after Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward had given his side a 13th minute lead when, from 44m, he sped through Foran and Anthony Watmough and rounded Michael Robertson to score a wonderful try.While this was another typical Dragons display, methodical muscle, there were other magical moments to rival Soward's; winger Jason Nightingale's effort to reach the field of play after seeming to be caught in his in-goal was superb.It's certainly a shame that such efforts will be overshadowed by the push of a button or the shrill of a whistle. The Sea Eagles did score next, with winger Tony Williams picking a Michael Robertson ball off his toenails in the final minute of the first half, but the damage had been done.By the time hooker Luke Priddis had dummied and offloaded to prop Michael Weyman, handing the NSW player his first try of the year, the Dragons were in control. The missed forward pass call gave Manly a glimmer of hope, but when Nathan Fien, called into halfback to replace ill captain Ben Hornby, scored after 55 minutes, and Beau Scott ran 80m seven minutes later following a ricochet, they had successfully strangled the Sea Eagles - and their grip on the minor premiership had firmed, too.The Sea Eagles were left precariously in seventh spot, and their co-captain Jason King was placed on report for a high tackle on Jarrod Saffy. ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 32 (N Fien, M Gasnier, B Morris, B Scott, J Soward, M Weyman tries; J Soward 4 goals) bt MANLY 10 (K Foran, T Williams tries; J Lyon goal) at WIN Jubilee Oval. Referees: Matt Cecchin, Shayne Hayne. Crowd: 14,740.NSW FOOTYTAB: Pick-the-score: Dragons 32 Sea Eagles 10 (5.5pts). Div: $242.80. Pick-the-winners: Eels, Sharks, Titans, Raiders, Warriors, Rabbitohs, Tigers, Dragons. Div: $164.30. Pick-the-margins: Eels (13+), Sharks (1-12), Titans (13+), Raiders (13+), Warriors (1-12), Storm (1-12), Tigers (13+), Dragons (13+). Div: $33,150.50.

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Resistance grows on vegetation

Resistance grows on vegetation

At a meeting on Monday councils and farmers passed a resolution to continue lobbying both State and Federal governments to drop the directive.
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The resolution has also called for more information on which communities will be listed and for fair and adequate compensation if a compulsory system is kept.

The councils and farmers are also holding an information session on May 17 to raise further awareness and support of the issue.

The directive could force landowners who do not have a native vegetation management agreement to seek council approval before clearing or converting threatened non-forest vegetation communities.

Councils are worried they will bear the cost of administering the process and farmers believe a voluntary process of conservation is best.

The State Government will consider alternatives to the directive and a discussion paper on the issue is due to be released soon.

But both councils and farmers are worried the directive will still be introduced in December.

Rowallan MLC Greg Hall will put a notice of motion up during the Budget sessions of Parliament to reiterate the resolution.

"We want to flag to both Governments there is a concern out there in the community," Mr Hall said.

"We're putting the pressure on to get a better outcome for the rural communities."

Northern Midlands Council Deputy Mayor Don McShane said that if the directive was not scrapped farmers wanted compensation.

"If it does become mandatory in any form then landowners are resolute and completely united in their claim for compensation," Cr McShane said.

He said that one alternative would be to introduce a scheme similar to the private forest reserve programme.

The information session will be at the Oatlands Council Chambers on Tuesday, May 17, from 7pm.

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New guard for Hawks

New guard for Hawks

Oscar Forman, who will make his Hawks debut on Friday. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOThe Wollongong Hawks are poised to add the final piece of the puzzle for their 2010-11 NBL campaign.Nothing has been confirmed, but it is believed the Hawks have come to terms with an American point guard on a one-year deal.The mystery player has been out of college for almost three years and spent time in the NBA-aligned Development League. Full coverage of the Hawks While the Hawks would not reveal the 180cm New Yorker's identity, the club is expected to have its official 10-man team at training next week.The new player will make his Wollongong debut against the Sydney Kings in a September 3 trial at the Snakepit.Meanwhile, Hawks fans will get their first peek at off-season recruit Oscar Forman when Wollongong battles Hartford University on Friday night at the Snakepit.Forman and the incoming import are the club's only new faces on the playing roster for next season."Oscar's been training well and shooting the ball well. He gives us another guy who can stick the perimeter shot and looks like he'll fit in well with what we do," Hawks assistant coach Eric Cooks said.Former Illawarra junior rep and Gold Coast Blaze guard Tyson Demos will line up for the Hawks against the touring Americans.Missing from the home team will be Tim Coenraad and Rhys Martin, who will be playing for the Mackay Meteors in the Queensland semi-finals.Pint-sized point guard Zac Delaney will suit up for the Hawks, but they will be light on backcourt generals."Last year we had a similar situation against Vanderbilt where we started (shooting guard) Mat (Campbell) at the point guard, and there's a good chance Tyson will get some minutes at point guard on Friday," Cooks said.With Hawks coach Gordie McLeod still undergoing treatment in hospital for blood clots, Cooks and fellow assistant coach Matt Flinn will guide the team on Friday.A Hawks Legends game featuring several of the club's all-time greats will follow the main match.
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