New direction for the future of Shoalhaven’s public housing

COMMUNITY MINDED: Southern Cross Housing CEO Alex Pontello is hopeful the organisation will win the tender to manage about 1000 public housing properties in the Shoalhaven.Management of all public housing in the Shoalhaven will be transferredto acommunity housing provider in the next four years.
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OnOctober 6 minister for Family and Community Services (FACS)Brad Hazzardannounced the transfer of management of about18,000 social housing properties in NSW to the community housing sector.

The management rights to about 1000 properties owned byHousing NSW in the Shoalhaven will be determined by a competitive tender bid.

Southern Cross Community Housing (trading as Southern Cross Housing) welcomedthe decision.

The organisationhas been the Shoalhaven’s community housing provider for more than30 years currently managing over 800 social housing properties in the Shoalhaven including 296 in Ulladulla.

Southern Cross Housing CEO Alex Pontello saidSouthern Cross Housingembracedthe challenge.

“We will continue to provide second-to none customer service, while promoting social inclusion,” Mr Pontello said.

“No doubt the competitive tender process will attract submissions from community housing providers outside the Shoalhaven, however Southern Cross Housing has an impeccable reputation, overwhelming support from local community groups, and evidence-based service delivery outcomes to support a winning bid.

“We are also committed to ensure we do everything possible to provide ongoing employment to local FACS staff. This employment strategy will be outlined in detail within our tender submission,’ Mr Pontello said.

Southern Cross Housing will hosta community Christmas party in Parramatta Park Nowra East on Monday December 19 to kick start the school holidays.

The event will commence with a barbecue at noon and will include a host of activities for families. The event will also serve as an opportunity for the local community to meet the team from Southern Cross Housing and find out more about what we do as a community housing provider.

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Feeder steers firm at Beaudesert

William Despotovic and Sarah Baker, Illinbah, sold Droughtmaster heifers 18 months for $1410 at Beaudesert.Agents Bartholomew & Co reported a yarding of 527 head of cattle at their Beaudesert Store Sale on Saturday. Heavy feeder steers were in short supply but sold to a solid market. Quality lines of backgrounder steers came to hand and sold very well. Females were in demand with strong competition from feedlots and potential breeder buyers.
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Max and Craig Wyatt, Running Creek sold Charbray steers two years for $1570. Limousin cross steers 20 months from Bunch & Wilson, Biddaddaba sold for $1505.

Droughtmaster steers 18 months account Hills Family Pty Ltd, Chinghee sold for $1325. Euro crosssteers 18 months from Kevin Retschlag, Milford sold for $1340. Basil Retschlag, Milford sold Santa crosssteers 18 months for $1315. Charbray steers 15 months account Lodge Management, Mount Walker sold for $1080.

Droughtmaster steers 12 months account Meralyn Pastoral, Kerry sold for $1075. Braford steers 12 months account J & A Siddins, Beaudesert sold for $1070. Sunkissed Quarter Horse Stud, Warrill View sold Simmental crosssteers 10 months for $1100. Valley Pride Produce, Kalbar sold Charbray weaner steers for $1110. Droughtmaster crossweaner steers account M & M Platell Farming Co, Josephville sold for $1030.

Santa weaner steers account Eric Rhoades & Co, Canungra sold for $930. Droughtmaster crossweaner steers account Mark Field, Gleneagle sold for $905. Brangus crossweaner steers from Wayne Ramm, Moogerah sold for $855. Valley Pride Produce sold Charbray heifers 18 months for $1645. Despotovic and Baker, Illinbah sold Droughtmaster heifers 18 months for $1410. PBR Properties, Biddaddaba sold Charbray heifers 14 months for $1115.

Droughtmaster crossheifers 14 months account Steven Sibley, Ferny Glen sold for $1085. The Hollow Station, Josephville sold Droughtmaster heifers 15 months for $1220. Basil Retschlag sold Santa crossheifers for $1005. Simmental crossheifers 10 months account Sunkissed Quarter Horse Stud sold for $900. Angus heifers 14 months account Craig and Sue Wyatt, Running Creek sold for $1100.

Euro crosscows account Ray and Gail Caddies, Mundoolun sold for $1390. Steven Sibley sold Euro crosscows for $1300. Valley Pride Produce sold Euro crosscows and calves for $2000. Wagyu cows and calves account PBR Properties sold for $1590.

Basil Retschlag sold Santa crosscows and calves for $1550. Steve Sibley sold Droughtmaster crosscows and calves for $1500. PBR Properties sold Droughtmaster bulls for $4500.

The next Beaudesert Store Sale will be held on Saturday November 5, at 9:30am.

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A week in IsaInstagram

Another week in Mount Isa has passed and here is a review of Instagram images with the #mountisa.
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If you would like to see your images in our future galleries either #mountisa or #northwestqueensland.

A week in Isa | Instagram Found this nice little #olivepython out a local #waterhole this afternoon. Very friendly to photograph, these species are normally pretty docile however of course there is always exceptions to that statement! @monicalllouise

Found a few ring tailed dragons again this afternoon. This is my favourite picture of the day I reckon. #monicalllouise

Outback adventures summer nights are already here in the north west QLD @rimma1234

Magic view of Lake Moondarra from the top of the dam @troy_spro

Sunset at #RazorbackRidge near #MountIsa – used by #rockclimbers and #minerescue for #abseiling practise. @jemlocoimages


Went for a drive out to #lakemoondarra this arvo and got some pretty cool images of the local #peacocks there. This boy wasn’t afraid to show off his colours @monicalllouise

You get some great views from the Mount Isa Lookout @troy_spro

Country life unplugged @missylonghair

Not a bad morning for a stroll, already too hot for this little #kiwi, bring on summer of mid 40’s @nurse_tash2.0

No filter needed for the mighty Mossale @country_gurl_xo


My Chev and the old 80series climbing wrecked cars @tency090

Pamela Street Hill @kylierixon30

Water Parks @tory_20man

Another pretty swell morning here in the Stack city @thisfarmerslife

On the banks of the Lake Mary Kathleen @vaneus

Not a bad morning for a walk up a hill to look over the Australian outback I’m calling home. @nurse_tash2.0

Station manager and and ringers descended on #MountIsa for a spaying course. @ruralreporter

The shoreline at Lake Moondarra with a friendly local in the water. @troy_spro

#MountIsa in the distance from #RazorbackRidge @jemlocoimages

Road Trips In The Outback Never Looked So Good. @kiing_kcooper

A place to relax, especially between sewing sessions @warriore_

Just mooooving a few Brahman @ruralreporter

#orangenapedsnake from last night. @monicalllouise



Families that walk together, stay together @missylonghair

Lake Moondarra @brookandrew

Afternoon skies @theoutbackteacher

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Great Scot! it’s the tunes of the tartan

Entertainment Venues are proud to hostThe Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, a Scottish spectacular, featuring 23 musicians, singers and dancers on stage performing in full ceremonial uniform at Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre, October 29 at 7.30pm.
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The Royal Scots Dragoon Guardsare notably the highest profile of the British Military Concert Bands and will be accompanied by Military and Ceilidh Bands.

Every year they are featured in theWorld Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is televised worldwide to 45 million people and they are constantly in demand for international competitions, concerts and parades.

Manager Entertainment Venues, Peter Ross, said,“It’s a thrill to have the internationally renowned Dragoon Guards coming to Tamworth. It’s their only concert across the New England and North West.”

Their most famous piece isAmazing Grace, which reached number one in the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. The concert will featureAmazing Grace, Braveheart Trilogy, Titanic(theme),Last of the Mohicans(theme),Soldier Soldier(theme) and many more.

This spectacular concert will give audiences a whole new experience in classic pipe tunes along with some modern arrangements and a rare insight into the talent and stature of one of the greatest Scottish bands of all time.

Tamworth and the region has a rich Scottish ancestry and this spectacle has shown wide appeal having booked steadily since the show was announced.

There are still tickets available to this outstanding performance, one not to missed at TRECCthis Saturdaynight.

Much excitement ensues, as the cast and crew of Tamworth Musical Society’s production of Wicked opens it’s season at Capitol Theatretomorrownight.

If you have ever wondered what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in, come along and support this outstanding local production of theBroadway blockbustershowing from October 28 to November 12.

The story,avivid re-imagining of the classicThe Wizard of Oz,Wickedspotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself. Wickedeffortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.

Tickets for all these and more, available online atentertainmentvenues南京夜网419论坛, by phone on 6767 5300 or in person at Capitol Theatre Box Office, Ray Walsh House or the Golden Guitar.

The pipes are calling: The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are marching on Tamworth.

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Council writes off bad debt

COLLAPSE: The wreckage of Milano’s on the Lake, the Pelican Marina restaurant that partially collapsed in February. Lake Macquarie City Council has written off $100,000 in debt on the adjacent car park. Picture: Max Mason-HubersLAKE Macquarie councillor John Gilbert has called forstrictercriteria onleasing council land,after the council wroteoff $100,000 in bad debt onaPelican Marina car park.
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Councillors determined on Monday to write off the debt after five years in whichLake Macquarie council sought unpaidrenton the car park next to Pelican Marina from the marina’s then-lessee, Ben Ensor.

“For the first six months, this fellow was just about getting away scotfree,” Cr Gilbert said.

“I think the council’s response should have been more timely and more aggressive.It left us exposed.”

In March 2011, Mr Ensor bought Elidock Pty Ltd, thecompany leasingthe car park fromthe council.

The rent set on the car park was $20,000 a year, not including rates.

But six months after Mr Ensor became thelessee, a councilreport says, the councilwrote to him sayinghe was $12,000 in arrears.

Mr Ensor proposed a 10-week payment plan for the debt, but the council said it only received $1,600the following month.

In February 2012staff met with Mr Ensor and, the council reports, it was agreed that Mr Ensorwould apply for a rent donation through financial hardship.

In the interim he would repay $500 a week.

Mr Ensor repaid $4000 between February and May 2012, but the council rejected his financial hardship application because he didn’t provide the required audited financial statements and, the council says, those he did provide were inconsistent.

The council resolved in July 2012 to terminate Mr Ensor’s lease on the car park.

But it needed theNSW government’s consent forthetermination, because the site under lease was Crown Land under trust to the council.

Under the terms of the trust, the councilhad to make the landaccessible to the public at all times.

Thatwas why, thecouncil says, it couldn’t simply have locked Mr Ensor out of the car park.

“The write off of the sundry debtor account over [the Pelican car park land]results from auniqueset ofcircumstancesthat are unlikely to arise again,” a council spokeswoman said.

An order was finally served on Elidock Pty Ltd on December 1, 2015, and the lease over the car parkwas terminated on December 31.

By then the debt was $100,003.

Following the write-off of the debt on Monday night, Mr Ensor toldthe Heraldthe Pelican car park had beenused by the public and not just users of the marina.

“As such, reputable valuers put a realistic rental charge at under a third of what council charged,” Mr Ensor said.

In February, following the partial collapse of the marina restaurant Milano’s on the Lake, Mr Ensor said he hadspenthis own money repairing piers around the building forthe past five years.

Letters to the Editor

Axeman’s ShameThe recent decision regarding the lease of the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame (AHOF) can be seen as nothing less than a slap in the face for all axemen and women.
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It would appear as though the Latrobe Council has forgotten that the AHOF was built by the axemen, for theaxemen, with very little help from Latrobe Council.

The building was erected with contributions from many axemen, some who have since passed on.

They donated not only many hours of their time, but also machinery and equipment, the lumber as well as financial assistance.

The axemen wanted a building where they could honour the achievements of not only the champions of the chopping ring, but also the legends who carved a living from the bush.

The AHOF has been filled with trophies and memorabilia celebrating these achievements, but this appears to count for little as the Latrobe Council hijacks the building for its own purposes.

The fact that arguably the greatest axeman ever was given the cold shoulder in regards to the lease shows that the Latrobe Council has had the AHOF earmarked for its own plans for some time.

Shame on you.

Stuart Snare, Secretary North-West Axeman’sAssociation

Public exposureIf you want to be a politician be prepared to have your past life exposed.

Donald Trump is in the limelight and many are aware of the past presidents of the USA have histories that leave a lot to that are not an example when in a position of making laws.

Amongst the bunch of politicians you need some like Pauline Hanson that will bring out some truths, and are vocal.

It is sad to see children’s statements on same sex marriage allowed by law voiced on TV because of the company they are in tickling their ears.

Same sex marriage allowed by law doesn’t stop there it brings in other issues on voiceless infants.

We can love people but not love their actions.

Every citizen voter should have a voice. Democracy it’s called.

Maida-Innes Smith, Smithton

Missing the pointStacey Sheehan,Devonport Chamber of Commerce andIndustry President,appears to miss the point in her response (Adv., Sept 29) to my letterquestioning DCCI representations on Living City.

Of course DCCI will be represented and for an organisation that at least on the surface seems to be overly represented by real estate agents, GRP (assume Gross Rental Potential) would be a priority.

Stacey, having quoted “the great Inigo Montoya” a fictional character, my hope as a residential ratepayer is the only correlation with supposed Living City benefit statements is that both do not turn out to be fictional and a more apt quote is “Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?”.

Malcolm Gardam, Miandetta

Double benefitThe State Government’s Fire Commission owns the valuable prime waterfront Victoria Parade Fire and Ambulance Station property.

This location requires emergency services to regularly travel the single lane, slow traffic Formby Road when time is of the essence in saving lives.

Perhaps a relocation to the maternity hospital site on Steele Street could provide two benefits for Devonport.

Firstly it would meanpotentially easier and faster emergency access to the vast majority of local communities and travellers in the region, and secondly the removal of a disgusting blight on the Devonport landscape.

Ray Chaplin, Devonport

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Coal mine ban bill tabled

NO MORE COAL: Jeremy Buckingham says mine huge amounts of coal is incompatible with addressing climate change. Photo: Gareth Gardner 210815GGB16ENVIRONMENTALISTShave applauded a bill to ban new coal mines in NSW, but the resource industry has unanimously panned the move, saying it would cause economic hardship in regional areas.
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Greens energy and resource spokesman Jeremy Buckingham introduced the legislation to the NSW Legislative Council, which if enacted would prohibit the approval of any new coal mines or coal mine expansions –including the Shenhua Watermark mine on the Liverpool Plains.

It’s the first time a bill to ban new coal mines has been introduced to an Australian parliament.

Mr Buckingham said governments had made excuses for too long, while the coal industry rapidly expanded.

“It’s not the Greens who say we must rapidly phase out coal, it is the science,” Mr Buckingham said.

“The science says that 95 per centof NSW’s coal must stay in the ground if we are to have a 50 per centchance of avoiding two degrees of global warming.

“For the sake of the climate we must deal with coal and the first step is to ban new coal mines and mine expansions, and then to implement a transition strategy to shift from coal to renewable energy and diversify regional economies.”

In NSW there are applications to mine anadditional 1.8 billion tonnes of new coal.

NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said the state and its regional areas would suffer if new coal mines were banned.

“Mr Buckingham’s bill is a recipe for economic catastrophe that would cost tens of thousands of jobs and plunge NSW into deep recession,” Mr Galilee said.

Mr Buckingham hoped the bill would provoke a debate about the future of coal and climate change.

“Because it is obvious that the NSW Government is wilfully ignoring this profound problem,” he said.

“It’s time for the Labor Party to have the hard conversations and an internal debate about the future of thermal coal mining in a climate constrained world.”

The bill is expected to be debated and voted on when NSW parliament resumes sitting in November.

The Leader has contact NSW Resource Minister Anthony Roberts for comment.

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Four men on the run after burglaries in Queanbeyan

Vehicles and persons of interest Queenbar Road, Karabar. Photo: Supplied.Four offenders are on the run after two separate break-ins occurred overnight in Queanbeyan.
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Police are seeking public assistance to help identify the offenders.

About 3.03am on Tuesday,October 25,four offenders in a dark coloured four-door sedan attended a licensed club in Queenbar Road, Karabar.

Three of the offenders entered the club attempting to access various rooms before leaving empty handed. These offenders are described as being dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered.

Then at about 3.10am,four offenders attended a hotel in Limestone Drive, Jerrabomberra.

These offenders were also in a dark coloured four-door sedan with no numbers plates.

Three of the offenders forced entry to the hotel by smashing a glass door before using an axe and a jemmy bar to enter other rooms.

The offenders obtained a small amount of cash before driving from the hotel just prior to the arrival of security.

Break and enter

About 3am on Saturday, October 22, a licensed club in Queanbeyan East was broken into with the offender forcing entry to the club by smashing a window.

The office area was ransacked although it appears that nothing has been stolen.

TheftBetween 5pm Friday, October 21,and 10am Saturday October 22,an offender hashave stolen a whipper snipper from a trailer which was parked upon Isabella Street, Queanbeyan.

Stolen technologyBetween 8.30am and 3.50pm on Monday, October 24,a Terrara Close, Jerrabomberra residence was broken into by forcing a ground floor front door lock.

The premises was ransacked with computer equipment stolen. The owner returned at about3.50pmto discover three offenders fleeing from the premises. The offenders escaped in a nearby parked sedan. They are described as Caucasian in appearance, male, with one offender wearing a blue flannelette style jacket.

Policeare requesting anyone with information in relation to theseoffences to contact the Queanbeyan Police on6298 0555or callCrime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Airport talks take-off

Related:First plane to touch down on upgraded Bendigo Airport in February
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Council is in talks with airline companies tostart apassenger flight service which could connect Bendigo to Adelaide and Sydney next year.

Presentation and assets director Craig Lloyd said the City of Greater Bendigo had “started conversations with regional airline operators” and was now surveying key Bendigo businesses.

“We’ve undertaken to discuss further possible aviation routes and look at pricing with them,” Mr Lloyd said.

“We want to see what their requirements are and what kind of ticket costs would be suitable in order for themto switch to Bendigo, rather than fly fromMelbourne.

“Once we’ve finished that process, we’ll take those finding back to the airlines we talked to to see if any are interesting in using Bendigo as a new route.”

Thedirector said the city would be in a better position to outline possible destinations and atime-frame “in a month or so,” however theairports’ $15 million upgraded runway is scheduled to be operational by February.

Herbert Hermens chief executive of steel castings designer and manufacter Keech Australia.

Keech Australia chief executive Herbert Hermens said Sydney and Adelaide would be ideal starting destinations.

But the Bendigo-based manufacturer –who also sits on the airport advisory committee –said that could expand to include Mildura, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Orange, Bathurst and evenMelbourne in future.

“The reason why Keech is involved is that we think a regional airport of this size is critical to our company’s long-term success–to put it mildly,” MrHermens said.

“And very few regional cities prosper without a decent airport.”

Mr Hermens said the 90 minute drive to Tullamarine and need to arrive an hour before take-off meant companies lost“full-dayproductivity” and spent money on accommodation and car storage.

“That lost productivity time is crucial to a business trying be globally relevant, he said.

Local businesses with a national focus would also be served by flights to Sydney,Australian Turntable Company executive chairman Paul Chapman said.

Bendigo-built turntable passes Rio Tinto test “Most of ourbusiness isout of Sydney, but it’sgrowing further northin Newcastle, the Gold Coast…so we’d bemainly interested in flights to the Eastern Seaboard at this stage,”MrChapman said.

“But we have people who travel interstate all the time, and having them go to Melbourne and leave their cars there is an impost.”

“So flights from Bendigo would be a great outcomefor Australian Turntables–and for Bendigo.”

Possible future destinations:

Sydney is leading the contenders for possible destinations due to its status as a financial centre and its high number of international flights, Mr Hermens said. Adelaide is also a likely destination due to major employers such as the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and defence industry manufacturers such as Thales, which have business interests in the South Australian capital.

But why would Orange be a potential future destination? Why would Melbourne be worth the trouble?TheKeech chief ran through a list of some possible future destinations and explained their attraction.

Mildura,Orange, and Bathurst

“La Trobe University is based in Mildura, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne,” he said.

“Think about the amount of time educators spend travelling on the road to those places –and not just university but all tertiary educators.

“There is an opportunity for Mildura and Bendigo to build abetter relationship as people in rural industries will often have shared interests –for example there is avet who has facilities in both towns and has a jet which goes between them.

“With towns like Orange and Bathurst, there is an opportunity to build co-operation betweenregional cities like these.”


“Queensland is very important for us and Brisbane could also make a terrific tourist destination,” Mr Hermens said.

“And Bendigo has a wonderful art scene now,this could just be another added-value way of promoting Bendigo as a tourist destination.”


“When the mining boom was on we had a lot of fly-in-fly-out based workers in Bendigo, driving to Melbourne and flyingacross to Perth,” he said.

The mining boom is over, but there are still a lot of Bendigo manufacturers with links to the mining industry in central and Western Australia.


“I personally believe that there could be flights to Melbourne in the future,”Mr Hermens said.

“For a business person to drive to an office in the CBD and find a park, that can take more than two hours each way, as opposed to a 30 minute flight.

“So we would at least look at it and think about the cost of driving a car and finding a park .”


“The fundamental case underpinning the Toowoomba airport was freight –that the freight could carry the produce from the food bowl in which Toowoomba sits,” he said.

”There’s every case now to be made for Bendigo to act as freight hub for regional Victoria…I don’t know why we wouldn’t think international in the future.”

Indeed, a City of Greater Bendigo spokesperson said councilwascurrently undertaking a freight study, which “would provide further information about how the airport may best accommodate these movements into the future”.

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VIDEO | Senator says he was “foolish” to take key

No conviction: Barrister Peter King, left, and Senator Rod Culleton, right, leave Armidale Local Court with supporters and a solicitor on Tuesday after pleading guilty to larceny. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth
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It was ‘foolish’Rod Culleton says the only reason he dropped the application to have the larcenycase heard by a jury was because there was a plea deal done.

Speaking outside Armidale Local Court on Tuesday, Mr Culleton said it was a “favourable outcome” after he was handed a Section 10A dismissal fora larceny charge.

“It’s been at huge expense, not only to my family but to a number of parties over $7.50 of a key, a key that I put the value too,” he told media.

“I just basically can say some days dogshit does stick to your boot but I can say I want to go on from here.”

The case was set down for hearing in court on Tuesday morning but Mr Culleton reversed his not guilty plea to guilty, admitting to the theft of the tow truck key on April 11, 2014.

Senator Rod Culleton admits he was “foolish” to take tow truck key during dispute in #Guyra in 2014. He’s escaped conviction today @The_NDLpic.twitter南京夜网/ikUhd2NElY

— BreannaChillingworth (@breannachill) October 25, 2016Barrister Peter King says Senator Rod Culleton has been “exonerated” in #Armidale court after escaping conviction for larceny @The_NDLpic.twitter南京夜网/wEAgmsmW21

— BreannaChillingworth (@breannachill) October 25, 2016Barrister says Culleton ‘exonerated’Culleton’s barrister Peter King says his client’s name has been cleared.

“I’m very pleased to say that Rod Culleton has been completely exonerated in the court today and the charges against him have been dismissed,” he said outstide Armidale Local Court.

“On the basis he was to be completely exonerated and he was, and indeed the magistrate held that he was a man of very good character.”

NO CONVICTIONMagistrate Michael Holmes has found the larceny charge proven butdismissed itunder Section 10A, meaning Rod Culleton will be free to continue as a senator for Western Australia.

In sentencing, Mr Holmes said Culleton acted “foolishly” during the dispute in 2014.

In court: WA Senator Rod Culleton outside Armidale Local Court earlier this year. Photo: Matt Bedford

Mr Holmes said he took into account the extenuating delays in the case by Culleton, his good character, family ties and his work.

“The trivial nature of the offence … but I do find that you acted somewhat foolishly,” he told Culleton.

Mr Holmes ordered Culleton to pay $322.85in compensation to the tow truck driver.

GUILTY PLEARod Culleton has pleaded guilty to stealing a tow truck driver’s key after an altercation in April 2014.

Barrister Peter King said his client was acting in “self-defence” when the key was “flung” during the confrontation on April 11 in Guyra.

“[His actions] was to prevent a criminal trespass to his vehicle and the property on which he was located,” he told the court.

APPLICATION TO HAVE CASE HEARD BY A JURYWA ONE Nation senator Rod Culleton will try and have a charge he stole a towtruck driver’s key in Guyra heard before a jury.

The newly-elected senator appeared in Armidale Local Court on Tuesday morning where the case was set down for hearing before the court was told he wants the matter dealt with in the district court.

Mr Culleton’s barrister Peter King lodged an application in the court to have the matter which he says is strictly indictable heard by a jury.

In court: WA Senator Rod Culleton outside Armidale Local Court earlier this year. Photo: Matt Bedford

But Magistrate Michael Holmes is refusing to grant the application.

“This was never flagged, the matter is listed for hearing today,” he told the court.

“This was received yesterday morning at this courthouse …not very satisfactory is it.

“Iwould have expected more courtesy to the court.”

For the charge to be dealt with in the district court the larceny charge must relate to an item worth more than $5000.

Mr Holmes questioned the application and said Mr Culleton had been quoted in the mediasaying the charge related to “a $7.50 key”.

“He now puts the value at over $5000,” Mr Holmes said examining the papers.

“I think the charge sets the value of the obtaining the key the value of … just say about $300.

“That’s what the crown is relying on for the purposes of these proceedings.

“It is not a proper case for a jury.”

Mr King said there were two issues in the case and it should be heard before a jury.

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