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A lack of affordable accommodation options in Goulburn has brought members of the community together to work on a solution to the problem. Resident Ange Harding decided to create a community group Goulburn Help A Mate on Facebook after hearing about a local family who was evicted. “They were facing homelessness after trying to secure an accommodation for months. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she said. READ MORE: New report reveals rental affordability forces more Goulburn families into financial hardship Her husband Don and his family have been long-term Goulburn residents while she is from Darwin. “I knew I had to take some form of action as I believe that the grassroots community can achieve a lot. It’s a matter of bringing people together, which is what this group aims to do with the help of social media,” she said. Mrs Harding spoke of instances where those facing temporary homelessness hired a van or camper and even went to the extent of pitching a tent to ensure a roof over their head. READ ALSO: Lights, camera, action! Paramedics and police needed for television commercial She has written to Goulburn Showground to see if the premises can be used to provide them with a safe place to park a camper or caravan or pitch a tent. “It may help to take the pressure off when it comes to providing that immediate response to the temporary housing need,” she added. “We are also looking for people who have suitable land where these vehicles can be parked safely.” READ ALSO: Explore all things Japan through friendship club Meanwhile, she also plans to approach local members about addressing red tape issues and for affordable housing options to be made available which includes tiny house communities and sustainable off-grid communities, etc. “These could become legitimate options for home ownership for those currently locked out of the market,” she said. The members of the community are also thinking of other innovative ways in which this problem can be solved with some offering a spare room in their homes and other suggesting making contact with owners of vacant buildings that are a suitable condition to be rented out. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.


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MinterEllison CEO Annette Kimmitt leaves after sending email criticising firm for taking Christian Porter as client

The CEO of Australia’s largest law firm has left a week after telling staff she felt “triggered” by the company’s decision to take on Attorney-General Christian Porter as a client.

In an email sent to staff at 10:00pm Wednesday MinterEllison chairman David O’Brien said it was “mutually agreed” Annette Kimmitt would leave the firm immediately.

Ms Kimmitt was appointed CEO in July 2018 and was halfway through a five-year contract.

“We have thanked Annette for her years of service and dedication and wished her well for the future,” Mr O’Brien wrote.

Her sudden departure follows the leaking of an email Ms Kimmitt sent to all staff last week expressing disappointment that the company had accepted Mr Porter as a client.

The email was sent just hours after Mr Porter held a media conference to strenuously deny raping a 16-year-old girl when he was a student in 1988.

“The nature of the matter is clearly causing hurt to some of you and it has certainly triggered hurt for me,” Ms Kimmitt wrote.

Attorney-General Christian Porter took leave after he revealed he was the subject of historical rape allegations.(

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Ms Kimmitt learnt on the day, through social media, that senior partner and defamation expert Peter Bartlett was acting for Mr Porter.

“I know that for many it may be a tough day and I want to apologise for the pain you may be experiencing,” Ms Kimmitt wrote to staff.

She also suggested that MinterEllison’s involvement in the matter had not gone through the firm’s “due consultation or approval process”.

“Had it done, so we would have considered the matter through the lens of our Purpose and our Values,” she wrote.

A female lawyer at the firm, who did not want to be named, told the ABC that the reaction to Ms Kimmitt’s departure was divided.

She said some staff members felt that her comments in the email were inappropriate and that she had “overstepped the mark” by publicly criticising a senior partner.

But she said there was disquiet, particularly among younger staff, about the firm acting for Mr Porter in relation to the allegations.

“Internally, it is a live issue. Junior lawyers are upset about the firm acting for Christian Porter. That’s what Annette was responding to,” she said.

She said Ms Kimmitt’s departure had left many younger staff feeling “shattered” and in some quarters, there was a perception that the CEO was “unfairly pushed”.

She said said there was concern among female lawyers at the firm about what this episode meant for the role of senior women.

Jacqueline Burn, a marketing and communications consultant who has worked with law firms for the past 20 years, said she hoped “people wouldn’t see this as a gender issue”.

She believed it was naive to think the email would not be leaked outside the firm.

“She didn’t need to air the firm’s dirty laundry. She has implied there is a failure of governance. That was not necessary at all,” Ms Burn said.

“Her role was to support and illuminate the decisions and remind people that everyone is entitled to legal representation.”

The Law Society of NSW declined to comment on the matter.

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Adelaide Crows 2021: News ahead of Round 10 clash with Melbourne Demons

Adelaide has lost five in a row and it’s about to get even tougher but star Rory Laird says the young Crows relish the challenge.

Adelaide might be in the midst of a five-game losing streak and staring down the barrel of top 8 teams Melbourne then Richmond in the next fortnight, but Crows midfielder Rory Laird says his side is relishing the learnings that come from taking on the league’s best teams.

After a bright 3-1 start, the Crows haven’t won a game since Round 4, and are now languishing at 3-6 and sitting 15th on the ladder.

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“Obviously we’re in a tough period at the moment, but we’re in a good space in terms of adapting our game and learning how to fine tune it so we can be competitive, and hopefully beat a couple of these higher teams,” Laird said after the Crows 30-point loss to West Coast in Perth on Sunday.

“We are such a young team and playing especially against these really strong premiership-contending teams it’s really good for our growth.

“We’re in a bit of a tough patch of opponents, but we relish that.”

The Crows’ early wins came against Geelong (+12 points), Gold Coast (+10 points) and North Melbourne (+41 points).

But their past three games have been substantial losses at the hands of West Coast (-30 points), Port Adelaide (-49 points) and Greater Western Sydney (-67 points).

According to Champion Data, the major change in the Crows game has come about in their ability to score when going inside their forward 50: for the first four rounds of the season, Adelaide ranked #1 in the league for score per inside-50 (51.8 per cent). But from Rounds 5-9, they’ve slumped to worst (33.8 per cent).

That inability to maintain offence pressure meant that on Sunday from their 56 inside-50s against West Coast, the Crows managed a score of 11.10.

But positives are still there for Adelaide and chief among them is how well Laird has adjusted to his new role as an inside mid.

So far this season, Laird is rated by Champion Data as elite for disposals (30.4), ground ball-gets (10.4) and clearances (6.9). He’s rated above average for uncontested possessions (16.1), score involvements (6.1) and tackles (5.6).

On Saturday, he had his second-straight game of 36 touches, and kicked his first goal for the season.

Laird said he’d been working closely with new assistant coach, and former teammate, Nathan van Berlo on his transition from a defensive role in the middle.

“He’s putting me in a position around stoppages to be able to go and find the football and he’s giving me a lot of confidence in what I’m doing,” he said.

“And I’m still learning the position.

“I’ve only played it for about 15 or 16 games (starting late last season), so I’m still learning the ins and outs of it but when you’re around the ball that much, it’s nice to be involved in the game and I will keep trying to adapt my game.

“(But) I’m really enjoying my role and hopefully I can keep building on it.”

Laird is also enjoying working in tandem with his captain, Rory Sloane, and emerging talent Ben Keays.

“When we started the season with Keaysy and Sloaney and I in the middle, we had a bit of a thing going and unfortunately Sloaney had that horrible injury to his eye … (but in his second game on return), he’s a contested beast and around stoppages his leadership and his talk is really strong for us, crucial part of our midfield.

“Keaysy’s taken his game to another level, it’s a credit to him and his fitness and the way he covers the ground.”

Keays is now in his second season at Adelaide after being delisted by Brisbane and has enjoyed a rebirth in the middle and it shows on the stats sheet.

In his first season with the Lions in 2016, Keays played 16 games and gathered a total 182 touches for the entire season.

In 2020, he played 16 games for the Crows, for 265 disposals.

In 2021, he’s played nine games and has already amassed 243 touches to his season tally, so far. Keays had a career-best 32 touches against the Eagles, 11 of those contested, 10 inside-50s and six clearances.

“He’s super strong through his core and his hips, very diligent in his role and he’s been able to use that workrate to find the football and he works up and down the ground really strongly,” Laird said of his fellow midfielder.

“We work really well together.”

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Skipper rescued from sinking yacht off Newcastle – 16 News

Officers from the Marine Area Command have helped rescue a skipper and sinking yacht off Newcastle during a 26-hour operation.

The Marine Area Command (MAC) received reports of a 50-foot Beneteau yacht taking on water 95 nautical miles off the coast of Newcastle about 12am on Friday (15 May 2021).

Port Stephens Water Police with assistance from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority located the yacht 73 nautical miles off the coast about 10am.

In rough seas, the vessel and sole occupant – a 40-year-old UK national – were towed to Newcastle Harbour, arriving about 1.30am yesterday (Saturday 15 May 2021).

The skipper has been processed through immigration by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

He was then escorted by police to a hotel in Sydney’s CBD where he will undergo mandatory quarantine.

The vessel remains moored at Newcastle Harbour.

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Nathan Reynolds died after asthma attack in prison due to ‘delayed’ response of staff, inquest finds

An Aboriginal man died on his cell floor because there was a “confused, unreasonably delayed, and uncoordinated” medical response by prison staff, a coronial inquest has found.

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Deputy state coroner Elizabeth Ryan handed down her findings on Thursday into the death of Anaiwan and Dunghutti man Nathan Reynolds.

The 36-year-old died on the concrete floor in his prison cell at John Moroney Correctional Facility in Berkshire Park on September 1, 2018, from bronchial asthma — one week before he was expected to be released.

Ms Ryan said on the night of Mr Reynolds’s death he required emergency treatment but the response he received “fell well short of this”.

“It was confused, uncoordinated and unreasonably delayed,” Ms Ryan said.

“The delay deprived Nathan of at least some chance of surviving his acute asthma attack.

“These failures were due both to numerous system deficiencies and to individual errors of judgment.”

Nathan Reynolds, an Aboriginal man who died in custody from an asthma attack in 2018.(

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But the coroner found Mr Reynolds died of “natural causes” that were partly exacerbated by deficiencies in the management of his severe asthma.

His sister Taleah Reynolds said she was furious and that her brother’s death was “preventable”.

“Several times he went to the prison clinic and said he wasn’t feeling well, it was never any secret that Nathan was asthmatic.

Ms Reynolds said her brother “would not have died [from this asthma attack] if he weren’t in prison”.

“This can’t just be treated as an accident — it must be recognised as a huge institutional failing and people must be held responsible,” she said.

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The inquest heard Mr Reynolds, who was struggling to breathe, urgently called for help at 11:27pm on August 31, 2018.

But it would take prison guards about 11 minutes to respond as inmates desperately tried to help him.

An ambulance was called at 11:48pm and the registered nurse on duty arrived at the scene two minutes later.

By that time, Mr Reynolds was already unresponsive.

Mr Reynolds was declared dead by paramedics at 12:44am, about half an hour after the ambulance arrived on the scene.

Ms Ryan said the failures went beyond what happened on the night of the emergency, saying the health care he received since entering custody was “inadequate”.

“It failed to reduce his risk for a fatal asthma attack, it did not comply with established treatment for the management of severe asthma,” she said.

“These failings significantly increased Nathan’s risk for the fatal attack.”

She said Mr Reynolds’s death has exposed the need for changes to be made in the care given to people with severe asthma in NSW prisons.

Among the recommendations made to Justice Health and Corrective Services NSW were a review of its policies and procedures and the instructions given to corrections officers regarding their response to reports of an inmate experiencing a serious health event.

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Sarah Crellin from the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT said the outcome of the findings was “predictable”, agreeing Mr Reynolds’s death was preventable.

“Together, all of us, all of us must call on the NSW government to ensure the human right of health care is not away when someone is taken into the care of the state,” she said.

While Ms Crellin welcomed the deputy coroner’s reviews, she said accountability was needed.

“Constant reviewing will not create the change needed to save lives, if there are no consequences for failing to implement results of reviews we are just waiting for more deaths in custody.”

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Mr Reynolds’s sisters Taleah and Makayla said they would never give up on getting justice for their brother.

This year marks 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed down its findings.

More than 440 Aboriginal people have died in custody since then.

Three Aboriginal people have died in custody in the past week.

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A-League 2021: Perth Glory vs. Western Sydney Wanderers, Andy Keogh four goals, HBF Park

On his 35th birthday, Andy Keogh helped himself to four goals in Perth Glory’s thrashing of the Western Sydney Wanderers.

A sensational haul of four goals including arguably the goal of the season from Andy Keogh has kept the Perth Glory’s finals hopes alive and put a major dent in Western Sydney’s recent resurgence with a 5-1 victory at HBF Park in Perth.

Capping off his 35th birthday in style, Keogh headed the Glory in front from a perfect Kosute Ota cross after just five minutes, before a strike that will go down as one of the best in A-League history.

Standing just inside his own half, the Irishman spotted Wanderers keeper Daniel Margush standing off his line and with the sweetest of half volleys imaginable he beat the scrambling shot-stopper for pace and accuracy, hitting the back of the net from 35 metres out.

Keogh’s hat-trick would come from the penalty spot after 66 minutes when Wanderers defender Patrick Ziegler was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

His fourth goal was the easiest to finish of the lot though, as he tapped home a deflected cross from Chris Ikonimidis that looped into his path less than a metre out from goal.

Joel Chianese capped off Perth’s best performance of the season with the fifth goal after being played through on goal expertly by Osama Malik.

Earlier, Western Sydney striker Bruce Kamau gave the Wanderers hope of a result with a blistering strike from distance for his eighth goal of the season and sixth in his last seven games.

That was all Western Sydney had to celebrate, however, as they slipped out of the finals spots for the weekend and into seventh place with four games to go and an extra game played on some of their rivals.

The Glory sit in ninth but only three points off the top six now after being seemingly finished for the season less than two weeks ago.


He’s the Glory’s leading scorer in the A-League era but coming into the Wanderers clash, Andy Keogh had failed to score all season long. On his birthday he would break the drought in the best way possible with four goals including one that could well be hailed as the best of the season come the end of the campaign. He admitted post-match his knowledge of Daniel Margush’s tendency to stand off his line from his time at Perth contributed to his audacity to shoot from so far out.

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New initiatives to support Australians with disability – 16 News

The Morrison Government is guaranteeing the essential services Australians rely on in Budget 2021-22.

As part of the Budget, we are delivering two tailored programs designed and delivered by people with disability. These programs will promote accessible and inclusive healthcare practises, and boost community participation in sport for Australians with disability.

A new pilot program for health professionals will be rolled out across five hospitals to develop the most effective way to increase disability inclusion across the hospital sector. The program will provide a range of online resources, face-to-face seminars and training programs that will be designed and delivered by people with disability.

The Government will also launch a program across more than 500 schools and local clubs to increase sporting participation among people with disability from remote communities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Sport4All program is targeted at both schools and sporting clubs to ensure people with disability are welcome and have the same opportunities to participate.

These programs will be delivered by Get Skilled Access, a disability-run organisation with years of experience providing awareness training to organisations across Australia.

Almost one in five Australians has a disability. The findings from these programs will be considered in the new National Disability Strategy to support people with disability over the next ten years.

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Reap the many benefits of going for a walk | Goulburn Post

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I will always admit that being a parent has been one of my most rewarding roles in life. However, I would also add that it comes with its challenges from time to time. Anyone who has read previous Mum’s the word columns will note that I have shared many of those challenges and the creative, and sometimes not so creative, ways I have navigated such challenges. The thing about parenting is that every child is different, the challenges can be varied and solutions that work for one child, may not work for another. One thing I have realised along the way is that something as simple as going for a walk can be the ideal option to cope, recharge, reassess and rejuvenate – regardless of the parenting obstacles you many face. In fact, simply stepping outside into the fresh air – as a family or on your own – can be beneficial. READ MORE: In my earliest days as a parent my first born struggled with collick, this meant he also struggled with sleeping. That often meant that my husband and I would put him in the car and go for a drive, and if we happened to drive across a bumpy road that was fine. You see the movement of the car – and those bumps – seemed to rock our little one to sleep. The biggest obstacle was when we returned home, turned off the car and attempted to move the baby – who was finally sleeping – from his car seat to his cradle. Some times it worked, sometimes it didn’t. What we both realised during those times was that the sleeping baby was more a result of the movement felt and less about the car ride itself. With this in mind, we began to embrace the idea of going for walks with our little one in the pram. We soon learned that this was an activity that offered many benefits. Firstly, the movement of the pram we pushed was a great way to lull our son to sleep. Secondly, it resulted in a wonderful outlet for both my husband and I. Believe it or not it was rejuvenating. It provided fresh air and exercise that had the ability to make us feel better regardless of how sleep deprived we were. Meanwhile, if we walked together it gave us the opportunity to talk while the baby slept in the pram. It was the perfect option for some ‘us time’. Such a simple thing proved hugely beneficial and a regular ‘go to’. We never had one of those prams that could carry two children, but when our second child came along we continued the ritual of regular walks with our son, who was by this stage a toddler, in the pram and our newborn daughter was carried in a chest pouch. We continued to reap the benefits of stepping out for a walk. The activity almost always resulted in two sleeping children. When our third child came along I ramped up the idea of walking. By this time the two older children were at school but I found that walking to most destinations – within reasonable distance – was easier than having to lift the baby capsule in and out of the car to tend to daily chores outside the home. I frequently walked the five kilometres into town (and home again) to run errands including banking and grocery shopping for a small number of items such as milk and bread. The car was definitely needed for those bigger shopping days. As the children grew older, walking became a great outlet as an opportunity to find some ‘me time’. If I was waiting for a child while they trained for sport or dance I would go for walk to while away some time. And if life seemed to get a little too chaotic I would go for a walk around my neighbourhood to breath in some fresh air and gain some clarity. It is amazing just how clear your thinking becomes when you are out on a walk. I have never been one to like the idea of telling people how to parent. I found as a parent – especially during the earlier years – that well-meaning advise could sometimes be overwhelming. In fact, the intention of this column is to share experiences with parents who are seeking alternate input, not to tell parents how they should do things. As I often say every child is different. More importantly this column aims to share my own ‘fumblings’ through parenthood – always from a place of love, but often without skill – in the hope that others will realise they are not alone as they navigate the role of parent. However, if I was to ever to offer a solid piece of advise to another parent it would be ‘step outside and go for a walk’. Mumma Jak has three children and is familiar with the challenges of parenthood. She is well aware that every child is different, every day can be different and a parent’s approach needs to be different according to the situation at hand. She is happy to say she fumbled through, motivated from the perfect starting point – unconditional love. The good news is that all three of her children have become normal functioning adults. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.


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Pressure builds over Western Sydney rezoning that saw land value plummet to $1

The NSW government is facing increasing pressure from within its own ranks to fairly compensate Western Sydney residents impacted by infrastructure projects, including the under-construction international airport.

In the same week as two Liberal MPs were highly critical of their own government for treating some residents unfairly, Labor and the Greens have joined to launch a parliamentary inquiry into land acquisition.

The issue of rezoning and forced acquisitions around the so-called “Aerotropolis” at Badgerys Creek is in the spotlight after one local this week claimed his property, which was listed for sale at $12 million in 2018, was now valued at $1.

Separately, 19 families in Liberal MP Tanya Davies’s electorate of Mulgoa are having their properties forcibly acquired to build a Metro line that will connect the new airport to Sydney’s heavy rail network.

Planning decisions around the Aerotropolis, which is due to open in 2026, and the new Metro line have huge ramifications for landowners in the area.

The Aerotropolis has 10 precincts, zoned as agribusiness, environment and recreation, enterprise, infrastructure, and mixed-use, which can be for housing and employment.

Hundreds of people’s homes have been rezoned in designated “environment and recreation” areas.

They claim their properties have been severely devalued.

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Ms Davies criticised the move by her Coalition colleagues as “unethical, unjust and un-Australian”.

While the other Liberal MP in the area, Peter Sidgreaves, has vowed to do everything he can to reach a fair and equitable outcome.

Meanwhile, 19 families in Ms Davies’s electorate are also being impacted by compulsory acquisitions of their properties for the Metro rail line to the airport.

Their land in Orchard Hills is zoned as “rural” and has been valued accordingly.

Not all the land is needed for the Metro — some will be developed to create a hub around the new Orchard Hills station.

The state government has indicated it’ll rezone that land at that time, making it worth more in the future.

A parliamentary inquiry has now been announced into the government’s land acquisitions.

“Establishing this inquiry is a big step forward for the Orchard Hills families locked into a ‘David vs Goliath’ struggle against Sydney Metro,” Labor MP Daniel Mookhey said.

“If Sydney Metro and the government can treat Orchard Hills residents unfairly, other landowners near future transport projects will be next.”

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said residents “can’t speculate on prices into the future”.

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