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The National Broadband Network (NBN) plan effectively creates a state-owned monopoly and stifles competition, according to a leading Deakin University professor.
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Public policy research professor Michael Porter was part of a panel of industry experts speaking at a business lunch in Warrnam-bool yesterday, and said he believed billions of dollars could be shaved off the total cost of the NBN rollout, if the plan was redesigned.

Professor Porter said plans to decommission broadband access via copper (ADSL and VDSL), and particularly cable, and replace them with fibre, was a waste of taxpayer money, and discouraged private investment in telecommunications.

“The current NBN plan involves the overbuild of copper and cable with fibre,” he said.

“This is all taxpayers’ money going to private companies to destroy copper and hybrid fibre coaxial cable (HFC) competition, to prop up a wholesale broadband monopoly. Because HFC is a mix of fibre and copper it has indefinite speed upgrade possibilities, including phased replacement by fibre.

“So what should be happening is these other methods of delivery should be used in conjunction with the fibre rollout to create high-speed broadband.”

He said 4G networks had potential to provide high speed, portable internet, but investment in the new technology would be discouraged under the NBN plan. “Why would private companies want to invest in telecommunication when we have a grand national plan coming?”

Professor Porter estimated connecting each household in the Warrnambool area to a fibre-based NBN would cost taxpayers $300 million.

“Imagine what that type of money could do for the community. It could provide new schools, hospitals and better roads,” he said.

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A 24-YEAR-OLD Adelaide man who allegedly trafficked drugs from a Mildura motel room has been charged.
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Mildura Police allege the man was found in a Mildura motel room about 6pm Thursday with at least three grams of amphetamines, estimated to have a street value of at least $5000.

It is alleged the man was also found with multiple small bags, an “unusual amount” of cash and a laser pointer.

The man was charged with two counts of possession, two counts of trafficking and possession of a weapon.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court on October 10.

It comes as Victoria Police’s annual statistics for the 2011-12 financial year showed a 19.5 per cent increase in drug offences within the Mildura Police Service Area.

Sergeant Patrick Bell, of Mildura Police’s divisional response unit, said the investigation was aided by public tip-offs.

“Information was received through the public and ongoing investigations by police,” Sgt Bell said.

“Cannabis is still the most prevalent drug and also abuse of prescription medications.

“Some people go doctor shopping where they receive prescription medication without disclosing previous prescriptions.

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THE Mighty Mouse of the Murray has returned to Mildura.
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PS Minimus, a 1/5 scale model of a 30-metre paddlesteamer believed to be the smallest of its kind in Australia, arrived in town yesterday for the PS Melbourne Centenary River Festival.

Owner Jeff Walker, 73, and his wife Dot frequently travel from their home in Geelong with the vessel in tow for river “festivals and functions” like the Melbourne’s 100th anniversary celebrations this weekend.

“We went to PS Industry’s centenary in Renmark last year, Ruby’s recommissioning … all those kinds of things,” Mrs Walker said.

Mr Walker “designed and built the superstructure himself”, a process that took about 18 months.

“The boiler alone took nine months,” he said, the only major component he did not make himself.

For practical reasons, Minimus’ boiler and paddles are not to scale, but Mrs Walker said that with those exceptions the scale model is as true to form as possible.

Eight years on from its maiden launch, what began as a post-retirement project has now become a one-of-a-kind craft, unique in diminutiveness and design.

“(Jeff) knew he was going to retire and wanted a project; he used to make model boats but his hands weren’t as flexible as they used to be so he wanted to do something bigger,” Mrs Walker explained.

“He had heard about model boats you can sit in so he looked at doing that for steamers and got the idea from there.

“Jeff has always been an engineer-type fellow, always been interested in mechanical things.”

Mrs Walker said she was unaware of any similar

vessels that are smaller than theirs.

“You always hear someone has built a small one, but they are never as small,” she said.

Aside from its miniature size, the PS Minimus is made more unique by its “feathering paddle wheels,” a “more economic” alternative to traditional paddle wheels.

“They are the only ones in Australia, as far as I know,” said Mr Walker of the wheels, which he constructed himself.

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Little visit: Geelong couple Jeff and Dot Walker with their boat the PS Minimus.Picture: Clancy Shipsides

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GRAND final combatants Kolora-Noorat and Panmure epitomise one of the true qualities of country football-netball clubs – family.
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Four sets of brothers will line up in each of the Power and Bulldogs sides contesting the Warrnambool and District league senior football decider today

Panmure brothers in arms Daniel Meade (left), Ben Meade, Jeremy Bidmade, Jye Bidmade, Simon O’Keefe, Adam O’Keefe, Sam Mahony and Ben Mahony are ready to take the WDFNL premiership from Kolora-Noorat.

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The Kolora-Noorat family connections start at the top, with coach Ben Kenna teaming with goalkicking brothers Luke and Nick.

Then there’s Mark and Tom Clissold, Sam and Patrick Moloney and Mitch and Sam Elford.

It is a similar story at Panmure, where first-year coach Simon O’Keefe will start in the centre square with his brother Adam.

Ben and Daniel Meade will shore up the back line and Sam and Ben Mahony could sneak a goal.

Jye, should he overcome a quad injury, and Jeremy Bidmade will find plenty of football in the midfield.

Bush football-netball clubs are built on families and the Power and Bulldogs are two of the best examples.

Each hosted more than 300 supporters at their clubrooms on Thursday night and, win or lose today, a similar number will celebrate the season tonight.

Sam Elford, 21, said the strong family vibe at the Power meant the playing group had “a connection on the field and off the field”.

He said he signed with the Power — after years at Hepburn and Terang Mortlake — because he wanted to play with Mitch, 23.

“We both have grown up pretty close together, always played footy together,” he said.

“Most memories of my childhood are playing footy with him.”

Sam Mahony, 22, followed older brother Ben, 23, to Panmure after playing juniors at Allansford and two seasons at South Warrnambool.

“I went there to play with a few good mates and play with (Ben),” he said.

“It is a real family club. We’re a real close-knit group of mates.”

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SOUTHS player-coach Simon Vimpani is hopeful striker John Fernance will be back for their sudden-death Hunter Coast Men’s Premier League Hockey final against Maitland tomorrow.
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Fernance has not played since losing three centimetres of the ring finger on his right hand after having it crushed by a deflected shot during a 2-1 win over The Entrance on August 5.

He has trained in the past week but said yesterday that he was still unsure of returning tomorrow for the minor semi-final at Newcastle International Hockey Centre.

“It’s still a bit sore. I’ll make a decision on Sunday,” Fernance said.

Vimpani said he would not be pressuring the seasoned goal scorer to play but was hopeful of having him back on board.

The Lions are in need of a boost after the loss of former Australian Country striker Sam Mould to a broken finger for the rest of the season.

Mould faces surgery on his little finger after damaging it in a fall two weeks ago.

Another noted Souths goal scorer, Jaden Ekert, returned last round after three weeks out with a hamstring strain.

Ekert scored four goals against Tigers in a 6-1 win, but it was not enough to stop The Entrance taking second place on goal difference.

Australian Country fullback Tristan Hunt came back in the final-round win after missing four weeks with a broken finger.

Kyle Bosworth has come back from a two-week overseas holiday in time for Souths’ finals run.

Vimpani said it was great to get senior players and goal-scoring firepower back, but the disrupted preparation had made the job difficult.

“We don’t have much time to bring it all together,” he said. “And last week it wasn’t the greatest. We’ve got to play a lot better than we have been if we want to get anywhere.”

Norths are on guard for an improved effort from The Entrance in the major semi-final at Broadmeadow.

The defending premiers flogged The Entrance 10-0 the last time they met, two weeks ago.

But Norths coach David Willott was sure the former leaders would be tougher in the grand final qualifier.

“They’ll definitely try something a bit different with us, but we’ve had some reasonable form coming into it, so were happy where we are,” Willott said. “But semi-finals are new comp and anything can happen.”

Both sides are expected to be at full strength.

In the Newcastle Women’s Premier League today, minor premiers Regals take on Souths in the major semi-final and Central meet Tigers in the minor semi-final at Broadmeadow.

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MACQUARIE coach Noel Dent believes his side have been unfairly labelled as ill-disciplined and the Scorpions must overcome that reputation to remain in the Newcastle Rugby League premiership hunt.
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The Scorpions’ best season in five years goes on the line tomorrow when they host Maitland in the sudden-death minor semi-final at Peacock Field.

Last Sunday Macquarie were beaten 42-22 by Western Suburbs and were heavily penalised.

This season the Scorpions have developed a reputation as a physical unit.

Forwards Adam Swadling, Daine Laurie, Danny Vaughan and Blake Gallen are particularly tough defenders.

But Dent is concerned his Scorpions are being perceived as a dirty side.

“It all stems from that game where we beat Wests at Harker Oval,” he said.

“We were pretty physical, but there was nothing dirty.

“We haven’t had a player sent off. Apart from Laurie and Swadling, the back row are midgets.

“At the end of the day we’ve got to control it and give them no opportunity, because referees are going to find points somewhere, so we can’t give them free ones.”

Macquarie received good news yesterday that Vaughan was likely to play tomorrow, after doctors told the prop that no further damage could be done to his shoulder.

Halfback Mick Moran is another matter.

Dent will give Moran until kick-off tomorrow to overcome his ankle injury, but the chances of last year’s grand final hero playing against his former club appear to be slim.

Back-rowers Simon Allen and Josh Schmiedel are likely replacements in the halves and regular five-eighth Jacob Briggs is in the mix.

The Pickers’ only injury concern is hooker PJ Ellis, but the veteran’s wrist has improved during the week.

The Scorpions have three grades in action tomorrow and Peacock Field traditionally creates an intimidating atmosphere for travelling teams.

“We’ve got to take the crowd out of the game. That’s one of the things we’ve spoken about during the week,” Maitland coach Ron Griffiths said.

“They’re always going to be vocal, but the better we go the less they’ve got to cheer for, and it’s a completely different support.”

The Pickers were far from impressive in last week’s 22-8 elimination semi-final win over South Newcastle.

The defending premiers’ handling was poor and their attack was disjointed.

But what impressed Griffiths was their ability to grind out another finals victory to extend their play-offs record to five straight wins over the past three seasons.

“That’s what Maitland have been known for, sticking with sides and sapping the life out of them in the second half,” he said.

“I think this year it’s evident again.”

FORMER Waikato Chief Mark Burman has warned emotion will carry Lake Macquarie only so far as they walk the finals tightrope for a second week, this time against Southern Beaches at Townson Oval today.
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After a forgettable 2011 in which they did not a win a game, the Roos have emerged as the fairytale team of the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union competition.

After beating Wanderers 34-24 in the final round to sneak into fifth – securing the club’s first post-season since promotion to Premier Rugby in 2002 – they knocked out Maitland 23-16 in the elimination semi-final. They celebrated like it was the grand final.

In stark contrast, Southern Beaches had a demoralising loss to Merewether 25-17 in the qualifying semi-final to make it 0-3 in finals games, dating back to last season.

Burman, who is in his first season at the Roos, won a National Provincial Championship in New Zealand with Waikato in 2006 and has played in finals games around the world.

“The biggest thing I have learnt is that rugby is week to week,” Burman said. “You can have a horror game one week and turn it around the next.

“Southern Beaches are a good side. They beat us the first time and we were lucky to get up by a couple of points last time we played them. It’s guaranteed to be a great contest.”

Burman has been struggling with a knee problem but is certain to play.

Game-breaker Junior To’o, who has a shoulder complaint, has been recalled at No.8 after starring as a substitute against the Blacks.

“When we played Beaches last time they were pretty dominant up front,” Burman said.

“To get over them we are going to have to be dominant in the forwards. Junior is a huge weapon for us.

“He gives us forward momentum. It is hard for the opposition to defend when you get in behind the line. They have to take that extra step.”

Bulldozing prop John Taufaao returns for the Roos but his cousin Mika Taufaao is out due to work. Alex Lim will feed the scrum.

“Mika offers that little bit of an X-factor but Alex has been playing great,” Burman said.

“In terms of ball efficiency, he is pretty quick to the breakdown and makes pretty good decisions.”

Southern Beaches have made one change to the outfit humbled by the Greens.

Hayden Gavin comes in at breakaway for Noel Kinnane, who suffered a head knock.

They led Merewether 5-3 at half-time but were blown away in the second half. They trailed 25-5 before crossing for two late consolation tries.

Coach Tim Chidgey believed the occasion got to his players but was confident they would bounce back.

“There is enough experience in the team,” he said.

“Mick and Andrew Delore, blokes like Mark O’Brien and Bleddyn Gant, even guys like Charl [van Niekerk).

“The younger guys have to listen to the more mature players and get the job done.”

● Wallaroo Margaret Watson is confident the return of NSW Country props Nerrin Star and Dana Lautaimi will give University the edge when they take on Wanderers in the Hunter women’s grand final at Uni No.1 today at 4.30pm.

The pair were on holidays and missed the Students 3-3 draw in the major semi-final.

As minor premiers University progressed straight to the grand final.

Wanderers beat Merewether 17-12 in the preliminary final. In four clashes, Uni and Wanderers won two each and Watson expects the decider to go down to the wire.

AGONY AND ECSTASY: It’s NHRU finals time.

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Don’t forget to vote

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HUNDREDS of thousands of voters in 11 Hunter local government areas will head to the polling booths today for the 2012 local government elections.
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Constituents will vote for councillors they think will best represent their interests at a grassroots level over the next four years. Some will also elect a mayor.

Dungog, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook councils will elect their mayor “in-house”.

The bigger councils of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton will elect their mayor by popular vote.

A mayor elected by the voters serves a four-year term, and mayors elected by fellow councillors serve for one year.

Newcastle City Council will have a new leader, with long-time mayor John Tate (Independent) stepping down. Labor’s Nuatali Nelmes is tipped as a favourite to take the title.

To watch video of each Newcastle lord mayoral candidate addressing a public forum, clickhere.

In Maitland, incumbent mayor and local government stalwart Peter Blackmore (Independent) will have another crack at the title, and if successful will enter his fourth term as the city’s leader.

All eyes will be on the Cessnock electorate following turmoil and division between councillors and the council’s senior management team led by mayor Alison Davey and general manager Lea Rosser.

Cr Davey (Independent) will again vie for the mayoral position but will have strong competition from deputy mayor Cordelia Burcham (Liberal), Bob Pynsent (Country Labor) and James Ryan (Greens).

Polling booths will open at 8am today and close at 6pm.

A full list of polling places for all electorates is available at www.votensw.info.

The penalty for failing to vote at a state election or local government election is $55.

The Herald will have live coverage of election results online later this evening.

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Maddi wins another medal 

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GILLIESTON Heights teenager Maddi Elliott won another medal yesterday at the London Paralympic Games.
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The-13-year-old, who is the youngest member of the Australian team and the nation’s youngest Paralympic gold medallist, came third in the S8 100-metre freestyle final.

This brings Maddi’s tally to four medals. Earlier in the week she won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver in the 50 metres freestyle and bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.

It has been an amazing Games for the swimmer, who was sent by coach Michael Legge to gain experience for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Proud mother Nikki Elliott said her youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy aged four, continued to impress.

“She really gave it all she could,” Ms Elliott said yesterday.

“I’ll be saving for Rio, that’s for sure.”

Maddi will attend the closing ceremony in London tomorrow and is due home on Thursday.

WINNER: Maddi Elliot has won four swimming medals at the Paralympic Games.

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WAVE FM host found not guilty

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Greg VincentWave FM radio announcer Greg Vincent has been found not guilty of breaking into the home of his ex-mistress and threatening to kill her.
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Vincent, who had denied one count of aggravated breaking and entering to commit a serious indictable offence of intimidation, yesterday conceded this week’s trial had been one of the most difficult periods of his life.

The 49-year-old closed his eyes and released a long breath as the jury foreman delivered the not- guilty verdict about 10.30 yesterday morning.

It took the jury just one hour of deliberation following the conclusion of the four-day trial on Thursday.

Vincent had vehemently denied allegations that he broke into his former lover’s Warilla home in the early hours of December 28 last year, grabbed her around the throat and threatened to kill her if she told police, stating the woman’s claims were “absolutely ridiculous”.

He told the jury this week he believed the woman was responsible for an onslaught of harassment against him including graffiti outside the Warrawong station and letters sent to his wife, aiming to expose the pair’s long-term affair.

The court heard the woman allegedly continued to contact Vincent after he ended their four-year tryst in November last year, sometimes phoning more than 100 times a day.

Vincent, who is currently on leave from the station, declined to speak outside Wollongong District Court yesterday, but released a statement saying he was pleased his name had been cleared. “I wish to thank my family and friends for their steadfast support during the trial and the period leading up to it, which has been one of the most difficult periods of my life,” Vincent said.

“I am pleased [I can] resume my normal life and my employment on radio broadcasting.

“[I found] the criminal trial, conducted before Judge Paul Conlon, to be fair and balanced … Wollongong is very fortunate to have such a judge presiding over its criminal courts.”

Defence solicitor Anthony Autore yesterday made an application for costs, claiming facts had come to light during the trial which should have been in the prosecution case.

The matter will be heard in December.

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