Multitude of laws for amateurs

JIM ANDRE of Esperance writes:

I WAS living nearly 70klms east of Esperance a whileback when my brother and his mate came out to visit. We are all snorkellers andlicensed as amateurs to take abalone and we went down to the Duke of Orleans Bayand each got our legalbag limit of Roes abalone. We then returned to myhouse at Condingup with all the legal requirements fulfilled concerning sizes,bag limit, licences numbers and dates etc.

I asked my brother if he was going to give someabalone to our elderly parents who cannot get abalone for themselves and whoenjoy eating them. But they had a party coming up and needed all they hadcaught. So I asked my brother who was driving the 70km back to town anyway, totake my abalone into town and drop them off at our parents’ place for me. Allthe details of my licence were on the little plastic bag, the quantity, sizeand everything was all legitimate and legal. On the way to town the FisheriesDepartment had a roadblock, stopped and searched my brother’s car and informedhim he was in breach of the law as the twowere only allowed to have oneday’s bag limit eachin their possession. My brother explained the factsof the matter and asked the fisheries officer to ring me for confirmation. Thefisheries officer saidfisheries do not take into account anything exceptthe letter of the law and it is not flexible or negotiable no matter what thecircumstances are. The really stupid part is, if therewas another personin the car with them, even unlicenced or a little child,then there wouldbe no offence. The fisheries officer said if your brother wants to give yourparents a feed of freshabalone then he had to make the 140klm round tripin his car to deliver them. Fisheries gave my brother a $250 on the spot finefor the 300gm of abalone because he owned the car they were in.

Feeling there was no justice or fairness my brotherexercised his right to plead his case in court, to which the magistratefollowed the fisheries line: the law is the law, no exceptions, no mitigatingcircumstances. Then – can you even believe this – the magistrate trebled thefine to $750. Yes, this happens in Australia! The magistrate fined my brother$500-00 for exercising his right to plead his case in court! It is disgraceful.

The government catch cry is fish for the future toconserve the fish stocks. The cost of an amateur abalonelicence has beenincreased by 20 per cent every year since its introduction. The amateur take ofabalone has been reduced steadily to rock bottom where at the absolute maximum,thetake of greenlips could not be more than 3.5 tonnes a yearinthis zone. The amateur season has been reducedfrom 12 months to 7 months.In the time since amateur licences were introducedthe professional abaloneseason remainsopen for12 months. Each professionallicencequota has been increased by the government by 1.2 tonnes per licence, 6licences =a 7.2 tonne increase, more than double the total amateur catch!

The government has made the multitude of laws foramateurs so complex they have set them up to fail and they have turned their law enforcers into tax collectorsto maximise their financial intake from the amateur fisherman.

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Esperance Tennis Club Junior Pennants

The final round of the Esperance Tennis Club SummerJunior Pennant competition concluded on Saturday 15thDecember :

A Grade – Grand Final

The Grand Final in the A grade competition saw theWarriors take on Aero Storm.

At the completion of play the match was tied at threesets all. The eventual winning team ‘Warriors’ was determined by a games countback in what was a very close and competitive match.

Singles Results

Warriors defeated Aero Storm 3-3

A1 Jackson Parker lost to Lachlan Adamson6-7

A2 Luke Greatrex lost to Matt Rogers7-8

A3 Lachlan Hallam defeated Claudia Parker 6-0

A4 Michael Piercey defeated James Dwyer 6-0

B Grade – Grand Final

In what was another closely contested grand final inthe B grade competition Aero Storm managed to combine in the final two doublesgames to take out the match over a very competitive unit the ‘Warriors’.

Singles Results

Aero Storm defeated the Warriors 5-3

B1 Jordon Marold defeated Angus Macmillan 4-1

B2 Sophie Hallam defeated Gerard Newman 4-0

B3 Toby Leckie lost to Harry Stead 1-4

B4 Tahlia Inkster drew with Tyler Berry 2-2

After the conclusion of the season all the juniorpennants players attended their trophy presentations for the respective winningteams and the winners and runner up of each division.

Once the formalities had been completed the club had asurprise visit from the man in red with all the players lining up for theiropportunity to accept a gift from Father Xmas.

All the children in attendance also had theopportunity to play in the junior section of the ‘Bay of Isles Computers ‘ShootOut’ competition.

In what was a frantic match play situation (with thecommentary to match!) where each player had to win the only point on offer inorder to stay in the competition.

Congratulations to the eventual winners who wereConner Berry in the ‘A’ division and James Gray in the ‘B’ division.

A huge thanks to Paul and Lee of ‘Bay of IslesComputers’ for their contribution and support of the Esperance Tennis Club inwhat was a fantastic conclusion to the days’ events for the junior brigade.

In closing I would like to thank all the helpers andsupporters of the junior pennants competition in what has been a pleasure tocoordinate each and every Saturday morning.

To all the players , what a wonderful group of kids,hope you all have a great Xmas with your families, travel safe and we will seeyou all back first term 9


Feb 2013!

Bay of Isles ‘Shootout’ competition Junior Winners –Photo 3

In order left to right:

Head Coach Jani Kroyerr

B Division Winner – James Gray

B Division R/Up – Vincent Newman

A Division Winner – Conner Berry

A Division R/Up – James Clarke

The Esperance Tennis Club junior brigade attending the Xmas festivities

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Junior Basketball results ~ Round 5


Friday Night Results

Girl’s A Grade

Pearls 38 b Opals 14. KHarding, A Capelli(P), E Davis, K Scheer(O)

Diamonds 26 b TDS 20. C Smith,C McIntyre(T), K Harland, M Clark(D)

Emeralds 22 b Rubies 19. BWickstein, N Collins(R), J Saunders, O Keevil(E)

Boy’s A Grade

Crows 36 b Falcons 22. SFranzone, M Spencer(F), S Nelson J Harris(C)

Hawks 33 b Vultures 15. TWyatt, D Bridge(H), B Staunton, C Burke(V)

Eagles 44 b Swans 35. B White,L Graham(e), R Keevil, L Kipling(S)

Girl’s Roxy

Sharks 41 b Harlequins 27. CMcIntyre, D Major(S), C Tate, C Smith(H)

Dolphins 34 b Marlins 27. LBarlow, K Pickering(D), K Witham, E Vickers(M)

Boy’s Nike

Taipans 40 b Anacondas 24. J Muntz,L Cary(A), C Wyatt, L Ocallaghan(T)

Pythons 27 b Cobras 21. IBuckley, L Cruttenden(C), B Ainsworth, B Zanotti(P)

Vipers 32 b Dugites 20. RDann, R Kelly(V), J Beasley, J Adams(D)

Boys Asics

TDS 32 b Tigers 24. T Edwards,T Hallam(T), J Buckley, A Barter(tds)

Jaguars 22 b Pumas 20. SDavis, C Smart(J), S Poole, D Hampel(P)

Lions 21 b Panthers 19. KNeil, C Stewart(L), D Harris, J Rowe(P)

Girls Billabong

Tds 28 b Lorikeets 16. RTaylor, C Morier(L), B Bonney, G Beasley(T)

Stirlings v Quails. Y Austen,A Bell(Q), L Cook, T Kuss(S)

Robins 32 b Ravens 18. J Bonney,S Rose(Ro), I Greasley, S Walker(Ra)

Boys Gatorade

Kings 32 b Knights 29. ZMurray, A Barter (Ki), T MacKenzie, JKennedy(K)

Barons 37 b Dukes 21. AEdwards, T McDonald (B), R Flood, J Marshall (D)

Girls Twilight

Typhoon 52 b Hurricanes 19. ZLiddlelow, Y Austen(T), L Cook, B Bonney(H)

Twisters 22 b Cyclones 15. KJohnson, Ruby Connor(T), R Major, H Boxer(C)

Monday Night Results

Boys Powerade

Torpedoes 40 b Rockets 26. BCastillo, J Marshall(T), M Williams, K Garvey(R)

Bombers 41 b Bullets 17. BHawkey, C Kennedy(Bo), J Fitzpatrick, J Gibson(Bu)

Girls Bluehaven

Meteors 32 b Comets 5, Ilewis, K Shearer(M), C Rowe, M Rhodes(C)

Galaxies 28 b Stars 8. KBuckley, O Withers(G), H Sladen, K Bishop(S)

Boys Converse

BMW’s 17 b Monaros 12. Joseivwright, T Hotker(B), B Murray, V Castillo(M)

Ferraris 18 b Mustangs 14

Porsches 14 b Corvettes 13. SConnor, H Staer(P), A Clark, M Ayers(C)

Girls Vans

Beetles 32 B Crickets 15. T Neil,C Foster(B), C Shearer, E Stevens(C)

Mozzies 24 B Dragonflies 4. SVarea, T Adams(M), J Major, D McMahon(D)

CountryweekBasketball starts on Friday the 8th February 2013 with U/16& U/18 Boys & U/18 Girls.

Boys 16s& Girls 18s will be in division 2 and the Boys 18s will be playing in theChampionship division.

It is areminder to all parents of players there are still positions that need to befilled to enable the teams to go away. If anyone

requiresinformation on Countryweek or can be a scorer or umpire on any of theseweekends please contact Nicole on 0428889663.

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Anglican Community School awards

ESPERANCEAnglican Community School student talents were acknowledged at the school’scelebration and awards night on Thursday, December 13.

School teacherIain Clark said the school community could proudly look back on what has been abusy and creative year, not least the consolidation of the school’s enrolmentnumbers and the completion of the stage two buildings.

“We eagerlyanticipate the continued growth of our school with up to 50 new studentsenrolling in Year 8 for 2013,” he said.

Whole schoolaward winners were named as: Female Sportsperson of the Year – Amanda Bell,Male Sportsperson of the Year – Sam Curtis, Most Consistent Band Member – Michael Rushton, Workplace LearningAchievement Award – Sofia Freebairn, Goldsworthy House Spirit Award – RowanSeton, Harris House Spirit Award – Steven Ainsworth and Wood House Spirit Award- Kyle Catling.

Mr Clarkcongratulated all students on their efforts and achievements throughout the2012 school year.

“We look forwardto sharing an exciting 2013 school year with you,” he said.

A YEAR of success: From back – Nathaniel Furniss (Year 8 Mathematics), Cathryn Brown (Year 9 SOSE, Science, Multimedia, English, EACS Spirit Award, Year 9 Academic Award), Sam Curtis (Year 9 Maths, Health and Phys Ed, Male Sportsperson of the Year), Sophia Freebairn (Workplace Learning), Lucy Gardiner (Year 8 English Award) and Elizabeth Saltmarsh (Year 8 CRAVE). Front Row – Kira Warner (Year 9 Japanese), Nicole Collins (Modern History and Phys Ed Studies), Chloe Freebairn (Year 9 Visual Arts) and Inaya Stone (Year 8 SOSE, Using Wood and Year 8 Academic Award).

JULIE-Ann Ross and Sarah Barr were among those commended for their efforts at the awards evening.

YEAR 9 students Cathryn Brown and Sam Curtis hold up their awards from the graduation night.

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York gym equipment getting good work out 

YORK Recreation Centre’s new gym equipment is getting gooduse from some enthusiastic locals keen for a healthier lifestyle.

They have enrolled in York’s Swap It, Don’t Stop It program and are aiming to learn some small,simple swaps to their daily routines that can make a big difference to theirlong-term health.

Some have joined a nutrition workshop where Northam Hospitalhealth promotion officer Sarah Dixon explains healthy eating habits atWednesday evening classes, held between 6.30 and 8.30pm until mid-December.

Sarah will explain how to eat healthily on a budget, how tointerpret food labels, how to make modifications to recipes as well asproviding a chance to prepare and share a healthy meal.

Others have signed up for gym circuit sessions led byexperienced personal trainer and youth development worker Lyn Kay.

Ms Kay said the York Recreation and Convention Centre’s newgym equipment had everything the participants needed to get fit.

“It’s got all the basic things you need – it’s great,” shesaid.

“I always do a variety of exercise and incorporate thingslike boxing, walking around the oval, circuit sessions and working withweights.”

Ms Kay said the age of participants ranged from about 20 to70 and she took into account their varying levels of fitness.

“I have them in different lines so I could work with themdifferently yet keep them all together,” she said.

Ms Kay’s 12-week program is split into six weeks of eveningsand six weeks of morning classes.

The night sessions started in October and finished early lastmonth.

Currently, the classes run from 6.30am to 7.30am.

They are free of charge and Ms Kay said there was plenty ofroom for more participants before classes finish today.

The classes have become so popular with the mature-agedparticipants Ms Kay said she had been asked to run a monthly class for seniorsfrom Quairading and York.

Both the nutrition and exercise programs are part of anational Swap It, Don’t Stop Itcampaign, funded by the Australian Government and administered by the HeartFoundation.

The campaign was launched in March last year with the aim ofproviding Australians with the tools and understanding to make simple swaps toimprove their health.

Its primary target group is adults, particularly those withchildren.

Heart Foundation senior project officer Lisa Wheatley saidthe Swap It, Don’t Stop It campaignencouraged people to consider small swaps involving nutrition and physicalactivity.

These could be incorporated into daily life and would havethe potential to help reduce the risk factors of chronic disease, she said.

Ms Kay’s exercise ‘swap it’ tips include swapping a casualstroll for a brisk walk.

“I explain it has to be a brisk walk to get your heart rateup,” she said. “And walk for at least half an hour.”

Another tip is to considering walking when only a shortjourney is involved.

“It’s so easy to jump into your car but you might only needto go 100 metres down the road,” she noted.

“Or take the bike. I’m encouraging kids to get on their bikesmore.”

Sarah Dixon said good nutrition ‘swap it’ advice includedswapping a pie at lunchtime for a sandwich.

“Or swapping full-fat milk for low-fat milk, swapping to wholemeal pasta and swapping fruit juice for fresh fruit,” she added.

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