Nan Tien Institute opens its doors

Anticipation: Nan Tien representatives Dr Leigh Wilson and Venerable Miaoyouin in front of the new campus at the Nan Tien Institute. Picture: GREG TOTMANAustralia’s first, government approved, Buddhist tertiary institution will open its doors after 15 years of designing, planning and construction, on Sunday, March 1.
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The Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a holistic education institution built to cater for 300 students, with a vision to one day cater to 3000.

To celebrate the opening of the $40 million project, the NTI opening ceremony will feature a blessing ceremony, community entertainment, a food fair and guided tours of the campus.

The campus will be officially opened by special guest Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, the Nan Tien Temple and NTI.

Mr Yun has 15 million followers around the world and his presence at the institute is expected to draw thousands.

The NTI is expecting approximately 5000 visitors to pour through the gates come Sunday, as the event is a first of its kind for the region.

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14-year-old to face Children’s Court over school fire

THE Department of Education has refused to say if a student has been suspended in the wake of Wednesday’s suspicious fire which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage toInverell High School.
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BURNING: A students captured this image of the fire as they were evacuated to the school oval on Wednesday.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by police, following investigations into the deliberately lit fire at Inverell High School which destroyed the industrial arts building.

The fire broke out just before 1.30pm and more than 700 staff and students were evacuated as fire fighters tried to douse the blaze which spread to much of the classrooms block.

Police will allege in court the girl, who is a student at the school, set fire to a tree before the blaze spread to the building, taking hold, causing the ceiling beams and roof to collapse.

Police have confirmed the damage bill from the fire is likely to exceed $200,000.

The 14-year-old girl is facing one count of recklessly cause damage by fire after she was charged on Wednesday night at Inverell Police Station.

The girl was granted conditional bail to appear in Inverell Children’s Court in March.

A Department of Education spokesperson will not confirm if the girl has been suspended in the wake of the police charge.

“As the matter is to go before the courts, it is inappropriate for the Department to comment on any disciplinary action the school may take in relation to the juvenile charged,” a statement said.

The loss of classrooms in the fire has seen further disruptions to school timetables today, according to the Department with the damage still being assessed by specialists.

“Parents may choose not to send children to school, but should understand that if they wish to send children to school they will be supervised as all staff will be on site,” a spokesperson said.

“The process of ordering temporary accommodation has commenced and the Department’s Assets team will be working to facilitate prompt installation so practical classes can continue.

“Inverell High School would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to its staff, parents, members of the community, many schools and local member Adam Marshall that have offered support and good wishes since (Wednesday).”

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Sunraysia’s battlers need welfare fair go: Agency warning on reform proposal

MALLEE Family Care’s Lisa-Maree Stevens has warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” to welfare reform proposals.
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Worry: Lisa-Maree Stevens has concerns on the welfare reforms.

The community services director said she hoped the Federal Government would spend time considering the recommendations made after the review of Australia’s welfare system before acting.

The A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes report, released this week, proposes changes to “make Australia’s welfare system fairer, more effective, coherent and sustainable and encourage people to work”.

The report result of an independent review into the nation’s $150 billion welfare system, commissioned by the government in December 2013.

“I would like the government to consider longer-term what impact this would have on the vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community,” Ms Stevens said.

“We do live in an area where there are less jobs, so they need to consider how people are meant to get jobs.

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Four signed, four to go?

Neil Thorman, Kyle Richens and Matt Wakefield.
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The Young Cherrypickers have locked in four new recruits ahead of the 2015 season but captain-coach Luke Branighan has just announced there may be four more signings on the horizon.

Branighan made it official on Monday former ‘Picker Kyle Richens, Neil Thorman, Carl Plannicka and Matt Wakefield will be flying the red, white and blue flag this year.

There may also be four more international players heading Young’s way, pending immigration matters.

There are hopes former New Zealand Warriors under 20 prop Visesio Setefano will give the final tick to help bolster the ‘Picker pack, as well as three Fijian players.

The signing of Newcastle Knights prop, Zane Tetevano, Branighan was also hoping to secure has fallen through.

Tetevano will be staying to play in Newcastle.

But for now, all eyes are on the secured new recruits and what they can deliver come April.

The new recruits said Branighan’s position as captain-coach had drawn them to the club.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Luke, there’s rumours of how good he is and he’s highly respected,” 21-year-old Plannicka said.

“I’m looking forward to having a run with him.”

The now former Cowra and Group 10 player was looking for a change and travelling to Young everyday for work made him turn to the ‘Pickers.

“I was stuck in a rut in Group 10… I’m looking forward to something different,” he said.

It’s the same reason Englishman Thorman landed on our shores.

Thorman will be one to watch this season after Branighan described him as being the best British player he’s brought to the club.

“Neil and I played together in England in 2009 and is a very good player,” Branighan said.

“He plays a number of positions but I will play him hooker.”

Thorman – who previously played with Whitehaven in the championship – said he took Branighan up on his offer for the adventure and is already beginning to suss out the level of play in country NSW.

“I was looking at my options in the off season… Luke called me and asked if I had made a decision. It was quite lucky. I wasn’t under contract,” Thorman said.

“I’m looking forward to playing with Luke again, I really do think he is a good player… I’m just really excited to get stuck into the comp.”

Wakefield – who played for Woy Woy last year – wasn’t beating around the bush when he said yesterday that he was looking forward to winning the premiership.

The boy originally from Bronte and who attended high school with Branighan was just as thrilled to be playing alongside his old classmate.

“Honestly I was sick of waking up at 4am everyday for work,” Wakefield said.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people… I have over 20 years experience playing.”

Branighan said Wakefield was one of the best players running around on the central coast.

“He plays lock forward. [Plannicka] from Cowra played in last year’s Group 10 grand final for Cowra, he’s fit and very aggressive,” Branighan said.

“Richo is back from the coast. He’s been training house down and is primed for a big year.

“The club is still looking for a front rower and outside back.”

Meanwhile, the Young club is all geared up for their ground-breaking league tag carnival on March 7 and 8.

The carnival – which offers more than $2500 in prizes, is open to all league tag players registered with Country Rugby League – will take place at Keith Cullen Oval.

It will follow a round robin format on Saturday before teams are split into pools for a knockout on Sunday.

Teams from Wagga, Albury, Temora, Leeton, Eugowra, Grenfell, Orange and the Bears have already expressed interest in playing.

Registration for the carnival is priced at $30 per player and can be done through Jessica McInerney at [email protected]南京夜网.

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