Bourke St mall driver refuses to appear in court

Alleged Bourke Street killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulasen route to the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Eddie JimThe man alleged to have carried out the deadly rampage through Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD has been charged with five counts of murder.

The accused man, Dimitrious”Jimmy”Gargasoulas, 26, refused to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court because he was “unwell”.

Mr Gargasoulas was interviewed by homicide squad detectives on Monday following his release from hospital, where he had surgery on his arm from a gunshot wound.

The court heard 37 people were hit during the CBD rampage —the five dead and 32 other pedestrians.

It is understood more charges will be laid.

Mr Gargasoulas’ defence lawyer told the court her client was unwell and had asked to be excused from attending court. Magistrate JelenaPopovic granted his request.

Prosecutors asked for a much longer time to serve defence lawyers with the brief of evidence given Friday’s “unprecedented events”, saying it would be monthsbefore Mr Gargasoulas

was served with the brief of evidence.

Ms Popovic remanded Mr Gargasoulas in custody to appear on December 15.

But the magistrate set down a special mention for the case, to be held on August 1.

Detectives had been waiting to question Mr Gargasoulas since Friday afternoon, when he allegedly drove a stolen car along Bourke Street and hit dozens of pedestrians.

Five people were killed, includinga three-month-old baby boy,10-year-old Thalia Hakin, Matthew Si, 33, Jess Mudie, 22, and a 25-year-old man.

Two other people are still fighting for their lives at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Others are still being treated in hospitals across Melbourne.

Police allege Mr Gargasoulas deliberately drove at pedestrians and hit them in Bourke Street about 1.30pm, before a police vehicle rammed the maroon Holden Commodore and he was shot in the arm.

More to come

Hunter Track Classic warm-up for Australian representatives Peter Bol, Linden Hall and Anneliese Rubie

OLYMPICS: Peter Bol representing Australia in Rio during round one of the men’s 800 metres last year. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Victorian Milers Club’s latest meetinghas provided a productive lead up for three Rio Olympians competing at the Hunter Track Classic this Saturday.

Australian representatives Peter Bol, Linden Hall and Anneliese Rubie all recorded middle-distance wins at Box Hill on Thursday night ahead of attacking the Glendale track this weekend.

Bol, the 22-year-old who made his Games debut in August, stopped the clock at three minutes and 42.35 seconds in claiming the recent 1500 metre race.

The Sudanese-born runner has entered in both the 1500 and 800 metre events on January 28 and matching hispersonal best time (1:45.4) over the shorter length would easily eclipse the existing Hunter Track Classic record set by Ryan Gregson (1:47.06) in 2010.

Bol will be up against Australian record holder Alexander Rowe (1:44.4), reigning NSW champion Mason Cohen (1:47.4) and World Junior Championships representative Joseph Deng (1:47.9) in what shapes as a hotly contested 800m clash.

RIO: Linden Hall after the Olympic women’s 1500 metre semi-final in August. Picture: Getty Images

In the women’s division Hall is on a similar program, having comfortably clinched the 1500m in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in a time of4:09.26 she will drop back to the 800m atthe Lake Macquarie Council-backed occasion.

The 25-year-old Games semi-finalist will meet tough opposition at the Hunter Track Classic with title holder Rubie, fellow Rio Olympian Zoe Buckman as well asthree-time Australian champion and meet record holder Brittany McGowan also entered.

Rubie, the 24-year-old who contested the 4x400m relay final at Rio, ran a2:03.40 in clinching the Victorian Miles Club affair last week.

Hunter Track Classic community races start at 5pm.

RETURN: Anneliese Rubie wins the women’s 800 metres at last year’s Hunter Track Classic. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Knights recruit Rory Kostjasyn faces surgery and at least 12 weeks on the sidelines.

NEWCASTLE have suffered their fourth body blow in the space ofa cursed week after the club confirmed on Monday that key recruit Rory Kostjasyn was facing surgery and at least 12 weeks on the sidelines.

Kostjasyn suffered a fracture tothe Cricoid cartilage in his neck in a training accident two weeks ago, and the initial prognosis was that the former Melbourne and North Queensland hooker would be out of commission “for a minimum of six to eight weeks”.

That estimate has been upgraded indefinitely after the Knights announced on their website on Monday that the 29-year-old was still unable to talk and might be waiting more than a fortnight before specialists can operate.

SETBACK: Rory Kostjasyn

“At the moment they can’t touch it, simply because it’s just so swollen, so sore,’’ Newcastle’s physical-performance manager, Tony Ayoub, said in an interview on the club’s website.

“Then they’ll have to decide whether they can relocate that dislocated cartilage, or they put an implant in.

“Either way, Rory’s got to have some surgery and we’ll have some more clarity in the next two to four weeks, depending on when he has that surgery, of just how long he’ll be. But at the moment it’s certainly looking like 12 weeks, at least.”

Because the injury is so rare, Ayoub admitted that predicting a return date for Kostjasyn was guesswork.

“At the moment, he’s in limbo, we’re in limbo,’’ Ayoub said. “We’re just not sure how long it’s going to be.’’

The 126-game veteran attended Newcastle’s training session on Monday to provide his teammates with moral support.

“We’ve got him back for the first time, but unfortunately he can’t talk,’’ Ayoub said.

“His voice is still really low and he’s got to rest it, so we’re trying not to tax him.’’

Just a fortnight after Knights coach Nathan Brown was pondering which of three contenders would tag-team with Kostjasyn at dummy-half in round one, Newcastle have been reduced to their same two hookers as last season –Danny Levi and Tyler Randell.

Jarrod Mullen appears definitely out of contention after last week’s revelation that he had tested positive to a banned steroid.

That shattering setback was exacerbated by the news that heavyweight forward Pauli Pauli had suffered a dislocated hip in a car crash, and then enigmatic prop Korbin Sims was released to join Brisbane.

Wooden spooners in 2015 and 2016, Newcastle are $1.60 favourites with TAB Sportsbet to finish last this season. Despite the worryingoutlook, Newcastle’s membership numbers are reported to have increased by 27 per cent (8476 to 10,122) on the corresponding point of last season.

Gig guide

TEEN ANGST: Live music returns to the University of Newcastle’s Bar On The Hill on Thursday in a massive way with hardcore rockers The Amity Affliction. MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Salt. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.

Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, Hendo.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Slam Tango.Sunday, Dean Dee.

Argyle House Friday, Zombie Nation.

Australia Hotel CessnockThursday, Pat Vs Cat.

Bar On The Hill Thursday, The Amity Affliction,Hellions, Ocean Grove.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Richard Walker,Meages Hill.Sunday, Pana,Mark Wood.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Thread. Sunday, Grayson.

Bellbird HotelSunday, Hendo.

Belmont 16sFriday, Anyerin, Midnight Drifters. Saturday, The Years, Bobby C. Sunday, Marissa.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Triple Hottest 100, Mic & Josh.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Rocket.

Beresfield Bowling Club Thursday, Phonic. Friday, 24 Hours. Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Be Bop A Lula.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Layth Gunn. Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Thursday, Redline. Friday, Frets With Benefits. Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, David McCredie.

Burwood Inn Thursday, Triple J Hottest 100, Timmy Coffey. Friday,Brown Bear & Hooves.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Split Feed,Jacob,Altai,Shysters.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Aaron Hood. Saturday, The Smarts.

Carrington Bowling Club Friday, Pap & That. Saturday, Newcastle Blues & Roots Festival ft.Ngariki Larouqe & The Lazy Lamas,Plastic Voyage,Swamp Stompers,The New Black Shades,Roy Rose,Annie O’Dee And The Hotshots,Merewether Fats Blues Band,Helena Kitley,Dan Southward,Ball and Biscuit,Walter Jnr Blues Band.

Catho PubThursday, The Bad And The Ugly.Saturday, Duncan Woods.Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Caves Beachside Hotel Thursday, Triple Hottest 100. Friday, Banddits. Saturday, Matt Gresham, Redline.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, The Andy Show. Saturday, Michael Muchow.

Central HotelStroudThursday, Circus Mule,Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Cessnock Racecourse Sunday, Zane Penn.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Mardmax.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren.

Club LemonTree Friday, Let Loose. Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Colliery Inn Thursday, Mardy Leith. Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, Lee Rolfe.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, In The Van.

Customs House Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

D’Albora Marina Thursday, Mick Jones, Matt McLaren. Friday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Denman HotelSunday, Ian Henry.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday,Bobby C.Saturday, The Dreamcatchers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday,Phonic. Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday,Andrew G.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, The Way.Saturday, Ian Henry.

Family Hotel MaitlandThursday,The Way.Saturday, Witchery.Sunday, Dan Killen.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ Dyan Sanders, MC Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn BrewhouseFriday, Elwood Myre. Saturday, Hot Cop.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday, The Lamplighters.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Loose Lips. Sunday,Kevin O’Hara.

George Tavern Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Grain Store Thursday, Triple J Hottest 100. Saturday,TomBuckley. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Steve Hunter Trio.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric, East Coast Love, Garry David. Saturday, Little Georgia. Sunday, Beef Week.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Mike Horbacz.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Rock Oz.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Damien.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday, Madhouse DJs. Saturday,Heads of Charm,Family Dog,PALS,Big Chief and the Bottle Openers. Sunday, Jen Buxton.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload. Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Dos Eager. Sunday, Arley Black.

Holmesville HotelSunday, The V Dubs.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Jerome.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sean Andrews, Code Red.Saturday, The Urge.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Michael Mills.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Thursday, Dr Zoom. Saturday, Hornet.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Aqwa. Saturday, Tim Rossington.

Kent Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, The V-Dubs. Sunday, Giant Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Friday, Generik.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Michael Muchow.

Lakeside Village Tavern Wednesday, Viagro.

The Landing Saturday, Dave Carter. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,Ryan Daley.Saturday, Bounce Trio.

Lass O’GowrieThursday, Sailors Grave.Friday, Drama,Dos Enos,Jucy Lucy. Saturday Owen Rabbit,Hey Lady!,Dark Ally,The Breakfast Club. Sunday, The Dershwins, Hypno Fuzz, Voodoo Youth, Cool Kaye, Bryen, El Spanko, Geyer, Haestings, James Edge.

Lizotte’s Friday, Mental As Anything,James Chatburn. Saturday-Sunday, Russell Morris, Daniel March.

Lochinvar Hotel Thursday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Howie & Alex. Saturday, CrocQ. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Stephen Boyd.

Maitland Leagues Club Thursday, Louis Burt.Friday, Start The Boats, Mayday Hey Way, Unfit For Human Consumption.

Mark Hotel Thursday, Hornet. Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Mary Ellen Friday, Phase III. Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Daniel Arvidson.Saturday, Full Throttle.

Maryville Tavern Saturday, KarenSoper.

Mattara Hotel Thursday, Anyerin.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Jerome. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersThursday,Russell Snape & the Country Covers.Friday,The Cassettes.Saturday,GenR8.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Morisset Country ClubThursday, Spank N The Monkey.

Murray’s Brewery Thursday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, The Remedy.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Thursday, The Years. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Leagues Club –The Vault Friday,HorrorwoodMannequins, From Love To Violence, Saralisse,Beast Impalor.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Milli Casey.Saturday, Deanna Rose.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Kaylah Anne. Saturday, 2 To The Floor.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Zane Penn, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Friday, James Naldo.

The PourhouseSaturday, Samantha Broadbent.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Banddits. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Queens Wharf Hotel Thursday, Loko, Jerome, Alessandro. Friday, Matt Meler. Saturday, Todd Schmoo, Surian. Sunday, Kylie Jane, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Big Pete.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday, Dean Dee.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, Rocket. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Lennie and Carter.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Jack Attack.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoThursday, Dean Dee.Friday, Dynamic DJs.Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Salamander Shores Saturday, Viagra Falls.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Witchery. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Rendezvous.

Small BallroomSaturday, The Front Bottoms (US).

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubFriday, Chad Shuttleworth.Saturday, Snape Brothers.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Phil McKnight.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, The Urban Chiefs. Saturday, The Hunted Crows.

Stockton Bowling Club Thursday, Ken Jones. Saturday, Steve Edmonds Band. Sunday, Barracuda.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Swansea Hotel Friday, Kevin O’Hara, Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Loko.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Back Beat.

Tanilba Bay Golf ClubThursday, Rock Factor.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSunday, Frets With Benefits.

Tea Gardens Hotel Friday, Darren Gould. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Telarah Bowling Club Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Junior & Luana. Saturday, Mark Lee.

Toronto Diggers Friday, 40 Up Club. Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Thursday, Karen O’Shea. Saturday, The Bad & Ugly. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Victoria Hotel HintonFriday, Murray Byfield. Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Wangi HotelThursday, Duncan Woods.Sunday,Sarah Christine.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Thursday, Leigh Warren. Friday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Mark Lee.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Emily Smith. Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Hey Poncho.

Westfield Kotara Thursday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, The Andy Show.

Weston WorkersSaturday, Rock Oz.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests City Saturday, RUFUS.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Cruzers. Saturday, The Rattle. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Friday, Alias.

Wickham Park HotelThursday,Monsters Of Rock.Friday,Milestones.Saturday, Hey Poncho.Sunday, Pat Capocci,Stormcellar.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, The Andy Show.

MOVIESAllied(M)1942. Max (Brad Pitt), a French-Canadian spy, falls in love and marries French agent Marianne (Marion Cotillard), after a mission in Casablanca. Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and begins to investigate her.

Assassin’s Creed(M)When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

Ballerina(G) Ayoung orphandevises a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is still being built.

Collateral Beauty(M) When a successful New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief.

Jackie(MA)Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

​La La Land(CTC)A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Lion(PG)A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home.

Live By Night (MA)A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.

Moana(PG)A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life(PG)A quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian has a wild imagination andcomes up with a plan: break every rule in the school hand book and as you expect trouble follows.

Monster Trucks(PG)Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school seniorbuilds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. An accident at a nearby oil-drilling site soon displacesa strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed.

​Passengers(M)A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 60 years early.

Patriots Day (M)An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Red Dog: True Blue(PG)Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (MA)Following the events of “Resident Evil: Retribution”, Project Alice is forced to race against time as the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(M)Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Sing(G)A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition.

Split (M)Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, is compelled to abduct three teenage girls. As they are held captive, a final personality – “The Beast” – begins to materialize.

The Edge of Seventeen(M)Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other’s older brother, who is totally his sister’s nemesis.

The Met Opera: Lamour De Loin (E)Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Trolls(G)Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, andBranch are polar opposites. Together, theyembark on an adventure that takes them beyond their world.

Where Am I Going? (M)An unemployed factory worker is trying to make ends in working-class France.

Why Him?(CTC) An overprotective but loving dad, andhis family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his nightmare: her well-meaning, but socially awkward,billionaire boyfriend.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage(M)Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (PG)The stakes have never been higher; the rivalries never as fierce; the risks never so great. One wrong move?one card short?and it’s game over for good.

THEATRELaughter on the 23rd FloorPlaywright Neil Simon looks amusingly at the problems thatfaced him and other television comedy writers in the 1950s. Newcastle Theatre Company,Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturdayat 8pm, until February 4, plus2pm Saturday on January 28.

Braddy-Whyte cold case: Families want answers 49 years on

Lynne Ireland and Kevin Whyte speak of their missing siblings, after police announced a $1 million reward for information. Picture: ADAM HOLMESRelated:

Coroner says lack of evidence to chargeQuestions on missing teensBraddy-Whyte inquest: ‘I saw a body’Braddy-Whyte inquest: Relatives relieved and optimisticBraddy-Whyte inquest: Detective angry at lack of murder chargeBraddy-Whyte inquest: Father stands by ‘slavery’ claimsBraddy-Whyte inquest: Maureen was in trouble, aunty tells courtTHE families of Maureen Braddy and Allan Whyte –missing from Bendigo since 1968 –say they want to give them the “burial they deserve”, and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Maureen’s sister Lynne Ireland, and Allan’s brother Kevin Whyte, both spoke at a Victoria Police press conference announcing a $1 million reward for information that leads to a conviction.

The pair have been missing since November 23, 1968.

Ms Ireland said they just wanted answers.

“We’re not after a conviction or anything, all we’ve been after from the day dot is the kids –the remains,” she said.

“We just want them brought back to the family so we can give them the burial they deserve.”

Maureen and Allan were last seen leaving a dance in Mundy Street, California Gully. A coronial inquest, completed in 2014, found there was not enough evidence to lay a murder charge in relation to the disappearance.

The $1 million reward is the most significant step in the case since the inquest was completed.

Maureen’s father Stanley Braddy was named as the only suspect during the inquest, and was questioned by barristers in Bendigo.

Ms Ireland said he treated the court with disrespect.

“If you read the testaments from the coronial inquest, the suspect in question sat back in the chair and said ‘prove it’. Showed very little respecet for the judge,” she said.

“To me, the attitude of the accused in that courtroom, and what was said in that courtroom, does state to what happened to those kids that night – they were definitely murdered.”

Ms Ireland also spoke of the last time she saw her sister alive, and the daily reminders of the disappearance..

“It doesn’t matter what you do, you look in the mirror and might see Maureen, because you’re being sisters, you’re looking back – the little delights – and some of the things you do you think, yep, that’s Maureen, she would have done that,” she said.

“She was only 16, she had no life.”

Maureen came home from her grandmother’s earlier on the day of her disappearance. Ms Ireland said she looked “really upset over something”.

That was the last time she saw her.

Mr Whyte said it was a devastating incident for the families involved.

“It’s hard, bloody hard,” he said.

“I want to find the remains, have them brought back home.”

Mr Whyte spoke of the relationship he had with his younger brother, including working on farms together.

“He was a happy go lucky boy. We used to go fishing, camping, we used to go away on farms, working on farms, different areas,” he said.

He claimed to have spoken with Allan as he was leaving the dance in California Gully. Allan told him he was going to take Maureen home.

“And that was the last I ever saw him,” Mr Whyte said.

Police announced the reward with the hope that even the smallest piece of information could give detectives the lead they need.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis said it did not matter how insignificant the information might be.

“The coronial inquest highlighted the fact that they fell on foul play,” he said.

“We know they were at the dance, and they’ve disappeared after. A number of people were there, probably people aware they were going there, that’s why we appeal for anyone with info to come forward

“It may be something trivial”

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Maureen Braddy and Allan Whyte is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Singleton and Muswellbrook are on the frontline over new air emissions standards

IN December, 2015 Federal and state environment ministers signed the National Clean Air Agreement with air quality standards for six key pollutants, andnew compliance standards for fine particle PM2.5 pollution.

The agreement set in train a two-year process requiring each state to formalise clean air plans, with another national meetingin December.

In November NSWwas shown how these actions by governments will impact communities. The NSW Environment Protection Authority released two reports –one on proposed changes to its load-based licensing scheme for polluting industries, and the second a NSW clean air plan.

The reports revealed that modelling for the EPA showed the new PM2.5 standard was “unlikely to be attained in Singleton and Muswellbrook into the future as coal production in the Hunter Valley is expected to continue to increase”.

It also showed all man-made particulate emissions, including from wood-burning domestic heaters, needed to be reduced by 50 per cent to meet the new standard.

Until the national agreement the PM2.5 standard was a reporting one, and not a compliance standard. The new agreement puts teeth into a communityexpectation that people have a right to breathe air that is not a risk to their health.

As a mid-term review of the national agreement noted in November:“The new national standards for PM2.5 are more health protective than World Health Organisation guidelines, and are the most health protective package of particle standards and long-term targets in the world.”

Targets are one thing. Achieving the standards is the hard part, and in the case of the Upper Hunter it is going to mean pain for some. The EPA is considering charging “relatively higher pollutant fees for PM2.5”in areas like Muswellbrook and Singleton where the new air quality standards may not be met, and including the coal industry in the load-based licensing scheme for the first time since it was established in 1999.

The NSW Minerals Council has already flagged its strong opposition.

Doctors for the Environment has argued it isessential the government adopts a “polluter pays” approach, with coal mines and coal-fired power stations paying, rather than the community in terms of serious health impacts. The Hunter region cannot afford to sit out this debate.

Issue: 38,448.

Netball mum Kelly Howard charged over alleged $299k theft from Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation

Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation manages Aboriginal heritage values and culture within Wadawurrung country. Photo: Ballarat Couier B Grade Netball Best and Fairest Winner Kelly Howard. Photo: Ballarat Courier

A decorated Bungaree netballer accused of defrauding the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been charged.

As reported in The Ballarat Courier, accountant Kelly Howard, 43, appeared briefly before the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Monday to face a single charge of theft of almost $300,000 from the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. The matter was set down for a filing hearing before magistrate Frank Jones.

The court heard Howard was charged by Ballarat CIU detectives on January 10.

Howard’s lawyer, Simon Gillespie-Jones, told Mr Jones his client had moved from the Ballarat region and wanted the matters transferred to Echuca.

But Mr Jones said the application would need to be made at the next court appearance before an Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria prosecutor.

Howard will return to court on April 13 for committal mention where it is likely an application to have the matter transferred to another region will be heard.

Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation accused its former bookkeeper Kelly Howard in a civil suit filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria last year of defrauding the organisation of more than $475,000 over six years.

Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation manages Aboriginal heritage values and culture within Wadawurrung country – a stretch of land that takes in Ballarat, Melton, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

Ms Howard, a once relied-upon accountant, is accused of funnelling the hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation to fund personal purchases.

Her alleged spending spree on the indigenous corporation’s dime included but was not limited to landscaping works for her husband, Brad Howard, interactive comedy dinners by Bare Elements – the troupe behind A Dinner to Die For – and 20 netball dresses.

The accusations came after an audit found scores of payments to Ms Howard’s company. The audit was part of a wider investigation by the federal government regulator of indigenous corporations, the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

The accusations against Howard came after a prolonged period of poor financial management and lax governance that sparked an intervention by ORIC and an examination of members of the corporation by ORIC and external auditors at Grant Thornton.

With Ballarat Courier

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Newcastle JetsTowering Harry Sawyer creates a big impression on debut

BIG FUTURE: Jets rookie Harry Sawyer. Picture: Grant SprouleHE has played only 16 minutes in the A-League, but Jets rookie Harry Sawyer has already reached rare heights.

At 195 centimetres (six foot four inches), the 20-year-old striker signed from Brisbane Roar –who debuted off the bench in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown – is close to the tallest player to have pulled on a Newcastlejersey.

Only a centimetre separates Sawyer and teammateLachlan Jackson (196cm).

To put that in context, former Jets defenders Ljubo Milicevic and Nikolai Topor-Stanley stood 193cm and 191cm respectively.

The tallest player in A-League history was former Gold Coast goalkeeperScott Higgins (200cm). The tallest striker was Melbourne City’s former Dutch importGerald Sibon (198cm).

In keeping with his towering frame, Sawyer has createda big impression in a short space of time.

Since arriving in Newcastle a month agoon a short-term contract, he scoreda hat-trick on debut in the youth team’s 4-3 loss to Sydney FC two weeks ago.

That was enough to earn a surprise call-up to the top side, in the absence of strike weapons Andrew Hoole (suspension), Morten Nordstrand (concussion) and Wayne Brown (hip).

Whether Sawyerholds his spot for Friday night’s clash with Melbourne City remains to be seen, given that Hoole, Nordstrand and Brown are all expected to be available.

But Jets coach Mark Jones was impressed with Sawyer’s cameo appearance as replacement for Finnish import Aleksandr Kokko.

“He’s a big lad, put himself about, I thought he was very mobile,’’ Jones said.

“I thought when he came on he was dangerous and gave usa target.’’

Jones said Sawyer was“one I’m interested ingivingmore game time’’ on the strength of his first-up showing.

“He’s just on a youth contract until the end of the year, but we’ll look at that if he continues to perform well,’’ Jones said.

A university student who is studying a dual business-economics/sports science degree, Sawyer admitted it was slightly surreal to have graduated to the A-League so soon after joining the Jets.

“Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted, but it was good to get out on the park for the first time,’’ he said.

“The boys have been really encouraging and helped me settle in.

“It’s a privilege to come here and make my debut with a team like this.

“But in terms of the result, we have to go back and work hard because, as I’ve seen at training, we’ve got higher standards than that.’’

He said that the A-League was“definitely a step up in intensity” but his teammates helped him cope.

Meanwhile, three of Sawyer’s new teammates–Jackson, Nick Cowburn and Devante Clut–were named on Mondayina 26-man Australian under-23 squad for a three-day training camp on the Central Coast next week.

Thecamp, for A-League-based players, signals the start of preparation for the2018 under-23 Asian Cup, which will stage its qualifiers in July.

The most heavily represented club is Wanderers, who will provide seven players.

‘Hoons’ steal keys of volunteer fire captain battling Sutton blaze near Canberra

The fire captain approached the group because he was worried burnt rubber from their ”burnouts” could cause another fire. Photo: Supplied Fire crews working to contain the fire in the Mulligans Flat region last week. Photo: Finbar O’Mallon

A firefighter working to control a blaze was mocked by a group of men who snatched his keys and threw them into the bushes.

The captain of the Sutton volunteer brigade approached the group on Saturday evening after he saw them doing “burnouts” near the spot where a fire started on Wednesday.

“The local station were out there mopping up the fire near Sutton,” Southern Tablelands Superintendent Peter Alley said.

“The captain noticed a big cloud of smoke out near towards the original fire.”

The group of about 14 were warned by the captain that pieces of burnt rubber could fly into the surrounding parched fields and ignite.

“He went down there in his fire vehicle and saw some hoons doing burnouts,” Superintendent Alley said.

“He confronted them about it because he was worried about a piece of burnt rubber landing in the field and causing a fire.”

One of the men reportedly took the keys from the station ute the captain was driving and tossed them into the bushes.

Another allegedly tried to intimidate him as he confronted the group by driving towards him at speed.

“They took the keys out of his vehicle and threw them into the paddock,” said Superintendent Alley.

“Certainly they moved a vehicle in his direction.”

Amateur footage obtained by Fairfax Media showed one of the cars skidding down the road before a group of volunteers showed up in aid of the fire captain.

Superintendent Alley said it was hugely disappointing to see volunteers treated with such little respect and said he would be pursuing the incident further.

The incident occurred around 6pm on Saturday near the intersection of Mulligans Flat and Read Road.

The fire at Mulligans Flat started last Wednesday afternoon about eight kilometres north-west of the village of Sutton.

It burnt through more than 500 hectares in a matter of hours before it was brought under control on Thursday morning.

The Sutton fire followed a blaze in nearby Tarago that destroyed more than 3300 hectares.

NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Greg Allen said residents across the region should remain vigilant and follow the directions of firefighters if they found themselves in danger.

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What’s next for Mike Baird? No pension but corporate career beckons

Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian arrive for the Liberal Party meeting on Monday. Photo: Wolter PeetersWhat’s next for Mike Baird?

He posted a congratulatory message to incoming Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Facebook, moments after she was elected as his replacement unopposed by the Liberal party room.

There was no accompanying tweet, however. Mr Baird deleted his Twitter account on Monday after saying his resignation would be a chance for more time with his family and less on social media, with which he has had an ambivalent relationship.

But after he walked a couple of hundred metres down Macquarie Street on Monday afternoon to hand in his resignation as premier, Mr Baird is free to focus on life after politics.

Mr Baird told the media on announcing his resignation that there had been no shortage of offers during his time as Premier.

“I have had people tell me in the past, ‘if ever you leave politics come talk to us’,” the Premier said last Thursday, without specifying.

It’s understood the offers have come rolling in since then, but Mr Baird said he would spend time with family before he turns his mind to his next professional step.

Mr Baird had an 18-year career in finance before moving into politics, serving lastly as the head of institutional banking for the multinational HSBC Australia and New Zealand. Politics was understood to have entailed a severe salary cut for Mr Baird, even on the premier’s wage of $350,000 a year.

“He could command a total package of no less than a million dollars,” said Jason Johnson, a founder and partner of Johnson, an executive search company.

“In the eyes of most business leaders he’s been a very successful premier; there’s a very strong interest in Mike’s skills and networks.”

Mr Johnson said he expected Mr Baird would field offers outside the world of banking to become a CEO, in the same mould as former Liberal leader John Brogden.

Unlike other MPs who have retired recently, Mr Baird will not be entitled to generous post-politics perks.

He came into politics in 2007, after the introduction of a new parliamentary superannuation scheme that will not entitle him to a salary for life, such as the $150,000 a year enjoyed by Barry O’Farrell.

Mr Baird received a 9.5 per cent contribution to his superannuation account for each year he was in office.

Under reforms brought in by the Coalition government Mr Baird will not qualify for perks such as an office, staff and free travel because he served less than five years as Premier.

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