Comment: Finding a new appreciation of holidays at home | Goulburn Post


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Passport – check. Visas – check. Money exchanged for local currency – check. Bags packed – check. Carry on bag carefully organised with a few essentials (just in case my main luggage goes missing) – check. Remember when going on holidays often meant diligently saving for a trip to a far off destination, exploring different cultures, trying local culinary delicacies, seeing things you had only previously seen in books or online? …and of course returning home almost as exhausted as when you left… with a near empty bank account. How things have changed in 2020. I had one of those overseas destination adventures cancelled in the middle of the Covid shutdown in May. READ ALSO: I have to admit that I was disappointed I wouldn’t have the chance to relax poolside in Bali, and head into the countryside to enjoy the village culture… oh yeah, and do a spot of bargain shopping. It had been 30 years since my last visit to the popular Indonesian holiday destination and I was keen to see how things had changed.. I re-scheduled my leave request to August and a couple more weeks in October – I have a few accrued weeks up my sleeve as I had ultimately planned for a much longer European trip. I could be waiting a while. However, after my time off in August and again in October – where home was my ultimate destination – I have truly begun to appreciate what I have in my own backyard…and I specifically mean my own back yard. I have enjoyed doing a Marie Kondo-style Spring clean, some quality time spent with my adult children and other family and friends, a couple of overnight stays on the coast, the occasional hike, getting crafty with macrame and reading. But another holiday hit has been the chance to potter in the garden – even create a new garden. That’s still a work in progress. While I may not have sat poolside sipping cocktails or purchased exotic trinkets, I did help boost the local economy with some shopping, and the chance to enjoy a nice wine on the swing chair in my garden was a favourite afternoon activity during my holidays at home. The old adage ‘home is where the heart is’ certainly rang true for me… and it’s not a bad place for a holiday either. Consider this piece my holiday postcard highlighting the great time I’ve had at my latest destination. However, I will skip the holiday spam on social media.

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Goulburn Post photographers chronicle community’s history | Goulburn Post


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Goulburn Post photographers have covered the full gamut over the masthead’s existence, from flood, fire, community events, achievements, thrills and spills. The power of an image to tell a story has been uppermost. Over the years, The Post has been fortunate to have a wealth of talent on staff, including Leon Oberg, Warwick Merton, Sandra Bensley, Lyn Terrey, Darryl Fernance and Peter Oliver, to name just a few. READ ALL THE GOULBURN POST 150th ANNIVERSARY STORIES AT THIS LINK They’ve been prepared to go out in the dead of night to capture fierce fires like the former Knowlman’s store blaze that destroyed an iconic Goulburn building. The city united in grief and shared fond memories of the store for many weeks afterwards. And who can forget the day the Olympic torch relay came through Goulburn? We’ve chronicled the tough times and taken delight in your achievements and the city’s big moments. This is just a slice of your history. 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 here.

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Hume PD officers discover knives and axe in Goulburn vehicle | Goulburn Post


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According to the Hume Police District an investigation is underway after officers located a number of knives and an axe in a car in Goulburn over the weekend. READ ALSO: Hallowe’en health tips to ward off COVID-19 As part of Operation Towards Zero, on October 24, officers from The Hume Police District and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were patrolling the Goulburn area, targeting burnout and hoon behaviour. Shortly after 5:30pm a white Toyota Hilux was stopped on Bourke Street, Goulburn, for a random drug and breath test. A 20-year-old man presumptively tested positive to the presence of cannabis. These results have been sent for further testing. CHECK OUT: Goulburn police officer found guilty of assault | VIDEO FOOTAGE A subsequent search of the man’s vehicle revealed knives, an axe and an animal trap. These items were seized. Inquiries are continuing and charges are expected to be laid. Police will continue to target dangerous driving behaviours on regional roads, with further operations planned in the Goulburn area in coming months.

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John Thistleton remembers his time as Goulburn Post editor | Goulburn Post


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I worked for 24 of the 150 years of the Goulburn Post as a reporter, editor and managing editor. My predecessor Ray Leeson worked there for 47 years, including an astonishing 36 as editor. Contemplating retirement in 1988 troubled him. A safe pair of hands for all those years, now he had to let go. The night before the paper’s manager was to reveal the changeover, Ray and his wife Pat called at our home to surprise me and my wife Franki with the news. His predecessor, Marmion Dart, who had worked at The Post for 25 years, had done the same thing all those years earlier. I was lucky. I had experienced staff and had learned from previous colleagues on my arrival in 1980, including John Avery, Peter Brown and Ian Frazer. I began as editor alongside veteran radio broadcaster Ray Williams, Maryann Weston, who later became an editor when The Post was a community-centred tri-weekly. Canadian Charles Thurston gave us a point of difference with a creative flair. ALSO READ: Leon Oberg’s Goulburn Post career covers large slice of history Long-serving photographer Leon Oberg switched to editing Town and Country Magazine, and continued his outstanding photography, especially if a train was involved. Darryl Fernance, a former contributing photographer, joined us and became long-serving and multi-skilled as the paper evolved. In later years Louise Thrower arrived, became a tenacious reporter and continues to excel. Reporter David Cole connected strongly with the arts community as did Chris Gordon in sport and the arts. Indeed, many exceptional people have served The Post in their fields. Production manager Kevin Tozer and pre-press staff Danny Eldridge and Chris Ottaway and typesetter Jenny Sullivan were the backbone of our team. Out of the blue a letter arrived from a Russian artist who asked me for a job. She was the highly creative Ekaterina Mortensen, who continues enthralling audiences with her art. ALSO READ: Goulburn’s Maryann Weston looks back on her Post editing days Our front officer staffers Sue Clements and Helen Evans grew to know news intimately, tipping me off with important classified advertising notices, and warning me of hostile readers storming up the stairs to vent their anger. Sales manager Helen Esson, who later became the paper’s manager, and Greg O’Keeffe were invaluable for beating their advertising revenue targets which paid our way. The Post struck up a partnership with Goulburn Rostrum to host debates on the eve of local government, state and federal elections. This stemmed from my enduring friendship with dentist Brian Keating. His extraordinary background had parallels with Leeson’s during World War Two. Flying Lancaster bombers, Keating narrowly escaped death on a mission over Germany in January, 1945. A wireless operator/air gunner, Leeson survived a crash in a snow storm, which killed the five other crewmen of his Wellington bomber. ALSO READ: Editor and ‘fierce defender of rights’ mentored Miles Franklin After the war, the two men were prominent in the 1962 Catholic schools strike in Goulburn. Keating was one of the instigators, and Leeson was about the only reporter in the country to record it accurately. The Australian Government has been contributing money to Catholic schools ever since. Planes fell from the skies above Goulburn too during my time, trains left their rails and coaches careered off the highway, causing multiple fatalities. A Turkish restaurant exploded in the main street. Covering the aftermath in coroner’s hearings and compensation cases in the District Court, and hearing from solicitors and barristers in all the courts added to my preparations for the editor’s role. READ MORE GOULBURN POST HISTORY STORIES HERE The Goulburn Post put a heated pool on the community’s agenda, after a suggestion from my GP, Dr Bruce Gerard. I wrote an editorial on why a heated pool would benefit the health of our community. To help raise money for the project The Post re-launched the annual sports awards, hired Australian netballer Anne Sargeant as guest speaker and donated $10,000. We never stopped lobbying until the $1 million project was completed. I left The Post to join The Canberra Times in 2004. About a month later Singapore Airlines which was lobbying for freedom of the skies out of Australia, flew me business class to and from Paris and Toulouse for the launch of the A380 aircraft. Returning home, looking down over the Swiss Alps, I thanked my lucky stars for the opportunities and excitement newspapers offered. 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 here

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‘Don’t let NSW do all the heavy lifting’ Berejiklian urges other state premiers during COVID update | Goulburn Post



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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a strong message to other state premiers on Wednesday, urging them to take their share of returned overseas travellers.
Ms Berejiklian said her “sense of frustration” was growing with Queensland and Western Australia in particular, which were keeping their borders closed while leaving NSW to look after the lion’s share of travellers.
She said NSW was currently looking after more than 5000 people in hotel quarantine; and continued to take in 3000 Australians – from all states – returning from overseas each week.
QLD and WA were taking around 500. “It’s a matter of principle, NSW I believe has been unfairly treated by a lot of states and we’ve done the heavy lifting,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are noticing a noticeable spike in the number of people coming back from overseas who are relying on our health system who’ve got the disease and that does put pressure on our services. “With Victoria out of action and the other states not willing to take on their fair share … 45 per cent of that 3000 people every week are from other states. “For us it’s not so much the dollars, it’s a matter of principle. I get really frustrated and annoyed when WA and QLD expect us to process all of their citizens, which we do gladly, but then think up all these excuses why NSW residents can’t move freely to their states. “They can’t have it both ways.” Ms Berejiklian said other state premiers needed to take a “compassionate approach” and reopen their borders to NSW to stop families being separated, and businesses suffering.
She also said NSW would be “issuing invoices” to the other states, and warned them not to put NSW and Victoria in the same category.
“I just say to the other states, just think about what you’re doing to our citizens, think about how people are suffering through no logical reasons as to why NSW residents should be locked out of your state,” she said. NSW reported one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19, linked to a known source, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday. Seven cases were also reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4217.
The one new locally acquired case is a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, who has been in isolation. There are now 17 cases linked to this cluster.
It has been 14 days since a locally acquired case with no known source was identified.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the state was now dealing with three clusters – the Lakemba GP cluster; the Oran Park cluster which had 25 cases and the Liverpool private clinic cluster with 13 cases. There were 14,382 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 6438 in the previous 24 hours.
“It’s important as we move into this festive season, as we ease restrictions that everyone comes forward for testing,” Dr Chant said.
“… Even though the case numbers we’re reporting are very low we know if this virus gets a foothold in the community it can go off like a wildfire. “Particularly as we ease restrictions, particularly if we drop our guard in terms of those COVID-safe practices.” People in Sydney’s west, south west and north west in particular are being urged to be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. Meantime COVID-19 virus fragments were identified in sewage at treatment plants in Glenfield on Tuesday and Quakers Hill on Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for residents in these areas to get tested. 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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Goulburn Post editors set direction for community newspaper | Goulburn Post


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The Goulburn Post and its preceding mastheads have a proud tradition of long-standing editors. John Henniker Heaton – 1870 to circa 1871/72. George Martyr – 1879 – had died by 1881. Tennyson Smith – circa 1883. Thomas Hebblewhite – 1885 – 1900. Henry Pinn – 1900 – 1925. Matt O’Brien – 1925 – 1929. Marmion Dart – 1929 – 1952. Ray Leeson – July, 1952 – August, 1988. John Thistleton – 1988 – to late 1990s, then moved into group management role. Maryann Weston – 1999 – 2003. Gerard Walsh – 2003 – August, 2005. Dr Ian Wolfe – August 2005 – September, 2005. Gerard Walsh – September 2005 – September, 2015. Ainsleigh Sheridan – November 2015 – May, 2020. Jackie Meyers – appointed August, 2020. While you’re with us… 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 here.

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Goulburn High School raises more than $500 for RSPCA | Goulburn Post



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There’s nothing better than a delicious cupcake for morning tea. And even better when it’s for a good cause. Goulburn High School held another successful RSPCA Cupcake Day on Monday, raising more than $500. The fundraising event was held on October 26, with staff and students enjoying some sweet treats to raise money for the RSPCA. This is an event the school has held for many years now, with the money raised going to the local RSPCA via the Clinton Street vet. This year the school made $533. 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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Emergency services urge caution as wet weather continues | Goulburn Post



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Emergency services are reminding the community to take precautions as wet weather continues across parts of the Southern Tablelands in coming days. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast rain with possible thunderstorms for the rest of the week. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has reminded the community how to prepare for heavy rainfall and strong winds: NSW Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner, Gary Worboys, said, “It has been a while since we’ve had significant rainfall, so I also want to remind all road users take extra care. Read also: Council meets with Taylor over aged care developer’s threat “The key for motorists is drive or ride to the conditions; reduce your speed to make sure there’s enough braking distance between you and the vehicle in front. “The weather will be particularly problematic for motorcycle riders and cyclists, so if you’ve got to be on the road, wear bright-coloured clothing, be seen by other vehicles, and share the roads safely,” he said. “Those towing vans, trailers, and boats should also exercise added caution as roads will be slippery, and visibility will be impacted. Read also: Taralga ladies celebrate 50th reunion of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service “Most importantly, if the road conditions get dangerous – things like flash flooding, mud or landslides, debris or trees on the road – get off the road and wait somewhere away from trees, drains and low-lying areas and floodwaters,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said. For more information, visit bom.gov.au, ses.nsw.gov.au, and livetraffic.com.

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Taralga ladies celebrate 50th reunion of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service | Goulburn Post



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Remembrance Day on November 11 is of great significance to all Australians. It is a day where we remember and commemorate all of the service men and women who gave their lives through two world wars and various military conflicts throughout the years. READ ALSO: Exhibition delves into city’s early connection with explorers It is also a very significant time for 15 women, all former members of the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS). Throughout our period of service we became good friends, as we served in various naval establishments. There were many good times and lots of laughs. However, as our terms of service were coming to an end, we decided to hold a reunion every year on November 11. Being Remembrance Day we felt that as we got older, surely we couldn’t forget that date. CHECK OUT: Aussie cricket great calls on fellow farmers to get skin checked regularly Our first reunion was in 1970, this year will be our fiftieth reunion. During the years there have been some fun times but also some sad times. Some of the girls have lost their husbands and two of the girls have lost a child. Through the good and the sad times we have supported each other and as the years have passed the bonds of friendship have become even stronger. READ MORE: Save Our Voices: we hear you, says regional minister I have been very fortunate to be able to attend each of our reunions, even through a period of illness. This year our fiftieth reunion, due to COVID-19 our interstate members are unable to be with us, however seven of us will be attending the Remembrance Day service at Taralga. The other girls will get together in Queensland and Western Australia.

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Coronavirus testing reveals four new cases in NSW | Goulburn Post


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Four new cases of COVID-19 has been detected in NSW out of more than 7000 tests carried out on Sunday. One of those was a locally acquired case linked to the Oran Park community cluster – a household contact of a previously reported case. To date there are 23 cases linked to this cluster. The other three cases are overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4197. In the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, 7447 tests were reported, down from 12,465 for the previous 24 hours. “While it is not unusual for weekend testing numbers to be lower, if we are to ensure NSW continues to detect cases as soon as possible and prevent onward transmission, it is vital that members of the community continue to come forward for testing,” a NSW Health spokesperson said. “NSW Health continues to appeal to the community to be tested right away if anyone has even the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could signal COVID-19.” 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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