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The historic Hume & Hovell track will get a range of improvements to boost its tourism appeal with the assistance of $1.5 million in funding from the NSW Government. Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Member for Albury Justin Clancy announced the funding, as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program which aims to upgrade community infrastructure while supporting jobs and local economies. Mrs Tuckerman said the funds will allow for the replacement of 15 pedestrian bridges, new galvanised steel steps at 30 fence crossings, regeneration of lookouts, new camping huts, upgraded track markers and visitor information signs, and the resurfacing of trails. READ ALSO: Aged care sector needs $7 billion more each year: report “This $1.5 million will be allocated over two years – $750,000 this financial year and $750,000 next financial year – to allow for the planning and implementation of quality upgrades for the Hume & Hovell Track,” Mrs Tuckerman said. Mr Justin Clancy said the upgrades were great news, particularly for those who enjoy the popular Burra Creek walk and Henry Angel Trackhead camp near Tumbarumba. “There are many interesting spots to promote and explore along the track like early gold mining sites and old tunnels where dynamite blasting was first used for Australian mining.” READ ALSO: Police carry woman from Bungonia Gorge after fall The Hume & Hovell track first opened in Australia’s bicentennial year stretching 426km in a 20 day trek that encompasses 17 campsites between Yass and Albury. The track is historically significant as it follows closely the footsteps of Hamilton Hume and William Hovell who led an 1824 expedition from Sydney to Port Phillip to open up new southern grazing land and to trace the flow of NSW’s western rivers. Upgrade work will be managed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands with Snowy Valleys Council and input from local government, NPWS and Forestry NSW. READ ALSO: Records broken at Goulburn High School Athletics Carnival | PHOTOS Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the stimulus funding would refresh the track and underpin plans to expand its appeal to a wider outdoor audience. “When the track first opened in 1988 it was focused on hardcore hikers but times change and there is now more potential to expand its focus to also accommodate walkers who prefer shorter options to the full 20-day hike,” Mrs Pavey said. “Hiker huts will be upgraded around Wee Jasper to attract more people from the Canberra area, and shorter loop walks explored to add value to local tourism.” 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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Rule changes, interchange, kick-in 15m, lateral move on mark, 50m penalty, holding the ball, Mason Cox

The AFL have revealed three new rules for the 2021 season, as well as a rule that will be tested in the VFL and East Coast Competition, but some fans have already hit back at the changes.

The new rules are that there will be a max interchange cap of 75 players, down from 90 per match, players returning the ball from a behind will be given 15m instead of 10 and defensive players will be penalised for moving laterally on the mark, outside a 1m “level of tolerance”. This means that the defending player will only get minimal lateral movement on the mark and if the defender moves off the mark in any direction before “play on” is called, they will give away a 50m penalty.

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Another rule will be introduced to the VFL and East Coast competition will see three players from each team stationed inside 50, including a pair in the goalsquare, at all kick-ins, boundary throw-ins and ball-ups. The umpire will need to wait until all players are in position. The penalty for not complying is a 50m penalty.

AFL.com.au reported that this rule would be monitored with an aim to introduce it to for the 2022 AFL season.

The AFL has yet to reveal the length of next season as well as the quarter lengths, which is expected to revert back to 20 minute quarters plus time on.

AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking revealed the changes with the aim of introducing more fatigue and move openness in the game after defence continued to dominate.

“The main reason (for the 75 interchange cap) is to try and open up congestion around the ground,” Hocking said. “There are a lot of high pressure game styles which have kicked in, the pressure factors have increased, and have been on the increase for five years now, so our belief is we need to put a little bit of fatigue back into the system, and to recalibrate that part of the game and hopefully have the result of opening up the game.”

On the ban on lateral movement by defensive players on the mark, Hocking added: “We think that will open up the game, it will open up the 45 (degree angle) pass option, which is the best real estate.

“We just want more time and space back in the game, the fans are looking for a better balance between defence and attack, and the game has definitely swayed towards defence.

“My role in that as custodian of it is to make sure the right things are introduced to open the game back up, and to have more Dustin Martin moments that he did in the Grand Final, where he was able to find space, and we would like to create more of those – that‘s my role and I’m committed to finding that space.”

But social media was quick to react with Collingwood forward Mason Cox leading the charge.

“Any chance we could keep the rules the same for once? It’s been hard enough learning it from scratch much less it changing every year. Being an umpire would be a nightmare. Every year there are more changes to AFL than any other sport in the world I feel like,” he tweeted.

It easy to understand the frustration with plenty of talk about the mid-year moves that saw the holding the ball interpretation become one of the hot button issues of the season.

ABC radio host Andrew Hogan tweeted: “This is seriously the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Dustin Martin has ‘Dustin Martin moments’ because he is (and get ready cos this is wild) literally Dustin Martin…”

Former Hawks and Lions player Jordan Lisle also took aim while frustrated by all four of the new rules that are coming in.

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Aldi Supermarkets to sell Auburn store site to developers with $15m price expectations

Aldi is selling their supermarket at 6-10 Harrow Road, Auburn.

Sydney buyers have been handed the exciting opportunity to purchase their very own supermarket.

Aldi is selling a 3889sqm shopping centre in the heart of Auburn ahead of the grocery store’s move to a neighbouring site.

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The Harrow Road shop is being offered via an expressions of interest campaign with expectations that it will sell for upwards of $15m.

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Aldi will vacate the complex on November 25.

CoreLogic reveals the site was purchased in 2007 for $6.475m by Aldi Foods Pty Ltd.

The complex features rooftop parking for 72 cars, rear loading dock access and tenants in four other shop fronts. It has B4 Mixed-Use zoning, a floor to space ratio of 5:1 and the potential to increase the building height from 38m to 55m.

Aldi plans to cease trading from the site on November 25 to move to the neighbouring Auburn Central.

Ray White Commercial Western Sydney managing director Peter Vines, who is selling the landholding with Victor Sheu and Joseph Assaf, expects interest from a range of buyers.

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The property has a lettable area of 2446sqm.

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A new owner can increase the building height from 38m to 55m.

“We anticipate extremely strong demand for the property given its location and the lack of stock available for developers,” Mr Vines said.

Mr Assaf said the property is located on a prime corner site and will allow the new owner to construct a mixed-use residential development.

“The site will give someone an opportunity to deliver an incredible mixed-use development supported by prime retail underneath,” Mr Assaf said.

Expressions of interest closes on Thursday November 26.


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NSW North Coast cattle farm Dyraaba Station sells for $1.5m

Robyn and Peter Clarke have sold their NSW North Coast cattle farm.

The historic NSW North Coast cattle farm, Dyraaba Station has been sold for $1.5 million. The homestead, built of hand-sawn hardwoods, has been sold by Robyn and Peter Clarke, the parents of fashion ­designer Sarah-Jane Clarke, the Sass who co-founded the fashion label Sass & Bide.

The Clarkes listed the Casino district property just over two years ago with a $1.8 million asking price.

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It originally had a $1.8 million guide.

The beef industry veterans will miss the locals, as well as the lifestyle, serenity and the cattle calving.

“We fell in love with Dyraaba Station the moment we first saw it as it truly is a colonial homestead with out buildings,” Robyn said on its listing, adding they appreciated the quality of the axemanship.

The Clarke’s, who have been in the beef industry for two decades consider themselves hobby farmers. Their interest has been restoring the historic buildings while running a few head of cattle.

The couple listed the property two years ago.

The Kyogle farm has been home to 50 Angus and wagyu cows and calves that rest under the historic fig trees after drinking from Dyraaba Creek. The farm dates back to the 1840s when it was one of the great squatter runs, with its then shield-brand Herefords being the largest herd in the southern hemisphere.

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The original homestead and out buildings, that date back to the days of the Bundook and Barnes families, are lasting insights into the pioneering era, Ray White Rural selling Peter Douglas said.

Henry Barnes, its longtime stud-master, was born at Low Braithwaite, Cumberland, England, one of the 13 children of cattle farmer, Robert Barnes. Excelling in bookkeeping, mathematics and the principles of land measurement, with a reference as a ‘practical English farmer’ signed by several ministers and yeoman farmers, Barnes migrated to NSW in 1840.

“A true piece of Australian history,” Douglas advised this week on its sale to a couple from Brisbane.

No longer on the original 80,000ha, after its soldier settlement division following World War I, Dyraaba is now 60ha, with 14 paddocks.

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Patty Mills to donate entire $1.5m salary from NBA restart to Australian black communities

Patty Mills will donate “every cent” of the virtually $1.5 million he will make playing for the San Antonio Spurs in the forthcoming NBA restart to social justice will cause in Australia.

The Spurs are scheduled to enter the NBA’s “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.

Mills explained the $1.458 million he is owing to earn will be donated to Black Life Make a difference Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and The We Received You campaign.

“I’m taking part in in Orlando because I really don’t want to go away any funds on the desk that could be heading directly to black communities,” Mills told reporters.

The veteran Australian issue guard said he had been encouraged by the community response to the Black Life Subject motion considering the fact that the police-arrest death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in Might.

Patty Mills has performed for the San Antonio Spurs because 2012.(AP: Tony Dejak)

“For the 1st time in my job, I have white individuals — teammates, outdated teammates, outdated coaches — telling me they by no means knew the stage of racism that exists in sport, primarily in Australia,” Mills mentioned.


“They haven’t felt relaxed asking me, as a black Australian, about racism prior to, which speaks to the effect and benefit of the Black Lives Subject movement and the millions who have participated in protests close to the globe.”

The Spurs sit in 12th place in the Western Convention and will very likely will need to gain all eight of their video games in Orlando for a chance to make the playoffs.

Their initial match is from the Sacramento Kings on July 31.

The NBA period was shut down on March 11 right after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert analyzed good to COVID-19.

The NBA is doing work with gamers to use the restart — held below strict protocols to limit publicity to the virus — to advertise social justice.

Mills is all set to seize the prospect.

“I’m searching forward to Orlando as an prospect to be capable to start my mission of race and social justice,” Mills said.

“I’m incredibly keen, just like I am on the court docket, to be equipped to increase to the celebration and make a immediate effects.”


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