Kearney sacked as Eels coach for lack of wins

July 20, 2012 rnadmin 0

Stephen Kearney’s time as Parramatta coach is over. Fairfax has been told that at a meeting between Kearney and club officials yesterday it was decided Kearney would not see out his time at the club.

It is understood Kearney will announce his resignation at a media conference today, but that he has effectively been sacked after failing to get the team to fire in his first two seasons.

Kearney, who was contracted until the end of next season, is expected to depart either straight away or after a farewell game as coach against Melbourne at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.…

Serious car crash causing taffic chaos in The Hills

July 20, 2012 rnadmin 0

Emergency services are at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on the M7, at Kings Park and traffic is at a stand still in surrounding areas.

A mini-van and several cars collided on the motorway near Kings Park about 3.30pm today.

Quakers Hill and Holroyd police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Polair responded to the incident, along with NSW Ambulance Paramedics and Fire and Rescue NSW personnel.

A rescue helicopter is also on scene.

It’s understood a number of people have been injured in the crash.

All outbound lanes have been shutdown to traffic at Old Windsor Road.

Meanwhile, …

The Hills alive with Liberal infighting

July 19, 2012 rnadmin 0

THE HILLS are alive with Liberal infighting.

On the eve of preselection for September’s local government elections, allegations have emerged that the Liberal mayor of the Hills Shire, Greg Burnett, embezzled $280,000 by forging signatures on cheques – and the controversy is set to embroil both the state and federal members for the area.

What started as a vicious preselection battle has now escalated to the state headquarters of the Liberal Party.

Several Liberal Party members in the Hills district are angry that Councillor Burnett’s close friends and backers, the federal MP Alex Hawke and state member Ray Williams, have …

Furry first aid courses to be held at Box Hill

July 19, 2012 rnadmin 0

First aid courses for our furry friends are growing in popularity.

About one in four pets could be saved if their owner had a knowledge of first aid, a survey of veterinarians showed.

It’s a statistic that proves that Pet Tech Australia’s Sarah McCoy is in the right job.

Ms McCoy runs pet first aid courses around the state.

‘‘You can’t dial an ambulance for your pet so you have to know how to get them to the vet alive,’’ Ms McCoy said.

‘‘You can’t save every pet but having the ability to save more of them is what we’re …

Building Inspections on the Rise for Buyers

July 18, 2012 rnadmin 0

When you are in the market for a new house, you definitely want the services of a building inspector. He will be the one who will conduct inspections to house, ensuring that it fully complies with the building codes and standards. This is important to make sure that you are buying a house that is in good condition. According to JKB Property Inspections You family will be living safely in such a beautiful house.
It is therefore such a very important role that a home inspector performs for your new house. He also has the power to influence your purchase …

Time for voters to register, policians to nominate for local government poll

July 18, 2012 rnadmin 0

Local government elections are looming, and with two deadlines for would-be voters and politicians.

Electoral rolls close and nominations open at noon next Monday, July 23.

Enrolment applications are available from post offices, NSW Electoral Commission offices and online at

Potential politicians can throw their hats in the ring by downloading a nomination form from the commission’s website.…

Have the wheels fallen off the cycling boom?

July 17, 2012 rnadmin 0

FEWER wheels are turning for cyclists in Rouse Hill and neighbouring areas, new research shows.

A study by the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health suggests the Australian cycling boom is a myth as the uptake of cycling has not kept pace with population growth.

It found there were 37.5 per cent fewer Australians riding bikes last year than in 1986, when the earliest known official survey of daily cyclist numbers was taken.

But the average daily count of cyclists who ride on the M7 cycleway through Glenwood has jumped from 156 to 239 in the past three years.…

Fight to stop towers at Kellyville

July 17, 2012 rnadmin 0

ABOUT 150 residents attended a public meeting on Saturday to oppose the construction of a 25-storey building at Kellyville.

The Samantha Riley Residents Action Group are opposed to the rezoning of 301 Samantha Riley Drive, Kellyville.

A development proposal for five towers — with the tallest between 20 and 25 storeys — is proposed for the site which is opposite one- and two-storey residential homes.

The proposal shows a mix of residential apartments, commercial businesses and neighbourhood shops.

Kellyville resident Fred Warren said residents were concerned about an “unprecedented rush to push the rezoning through in the next few weeks, …

UWS student’s fight to save orang-utans

April 5, 2011 rnadmin 0

DURAL resident Ben Dessen got his first pet snake when he was six, an act that sparked a passion for animals and conservation.

That devotion has seen him raise $20,000 for wildlife conservation, work for Sydney Wildlife and win a $50,000 scholarship to study natural science with the University of Western Sydney.

In 2008, he went to Borneo to see first hand how palm oil deforestation is killing native orang-utans and possibly leading to the ape’s extinction.

“I witnessed how the way of life of developed countries has fuelled the deforestation in Borneo,” Dessen, 19, said.

“As a result, we …

State election tweets with Ray Williams

March 3, 2011 rnadmin 0

Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams will keep News readers updated on state election night via our Twitter site.

The News will post regular updates on Twitter and our website on polling day and throughout the evening as the votes are counted.

All candidates in the state seats of Hawkesbury and Riverstone are welcome to contribute to our election days coverage – and of course we hope to hear from our readers too. …

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