‘We are failing’: Bureaucrats on notice

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Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler. Photo: SuppliedMore public service news
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Australia’s public service must stop failing customers and become as good as Airbnb and Uber at helping people, the bureaucracy’s new Digital Transformation Office chief Paul Shetler said.

Mr Shetler told a crowd of 300 at a breakfast at the National Gallery of Australia on Tuesday that most users were reporting a problem with Australian government websites.

“Our job is to serve the public and we are failing,” he said.

“It’s not good enough in the age of Uber and Airbnb.

“If Amazon did that they’d go out of business.”

He said Australians, like people in many countries, often became overwhelmed because they were wrongly forced to keep in their minds a map of how government services worked when dealing with the public service.

“It’s not a policy problem, it’s a delivery issue,” Mr Shetler said.

“In many places now government is leading in service delivery [over the private sector].”

Mr Shetler is 28 days into his new job of chief executive of the DTO.

The DTO is a small agency with a modest budget answering to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull created to reform how the government interacts with Australians on the internet.

Secretaries Drew Clarke and Kathryn Campbell from the Communications and Human Services departments and Australian Public Service Commissioner John Llloyd chose Mr Shetler for the job with final approval granted by the minister.

He has moved from the United Kingdom where he was an executive in the Government Digital Service and the Chief Digital Officer for the UK Ministry of Justice.

Mr Shetler said his first weeks at the helm of digital reforms in the UK were filled with “hostile meetings” where people thought he represented a group of latte-sipping time wasters who wore cargo shorts and peddled the latest fad.

Eventually he said the attitude changed because he and others focussed on reforms they could make easily and quickly to prove to public servants and clients they were interested in making life easier for people.

They could then work their way toward bigger changes and he said he would bring the same approach to Australia.

During his time in the UK he made it easier for citizens to access applications for civil claims, book prison visits and fill out power of attorney applications.

He was also involved in overseeing the roll out of a common platform to change the outdated way staff worked across the UK’s court system.

In February CIO reported successful delivery of the platform was in doubt, according to the UK’s projects watchdog, the Major Projects Authority.

“You can’t do it all at once otherwise it will be a train wreck – it must be iterative and responsive starting from a position of humility,” Mr Shetler said at the Institute of Public Administration Australia event on Tuesday.

At the same time he said goals would be set to make changes within timeframes of about five months.

Small businesses, job seekers and parents were the top three categories of people dealing with the federal public service online and he said the economy could save more than $20 billion each year by reducing face-to-face and postal interactions.

Mr Shetler said his new position was the “best digital job in the world” and came with huge opportunities because the Australian government was so willing to bring in changes across and between departments and agencies.

He said at all times his focus would be on the customer.

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Money woes for chalet

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Stalled: The Mount Buffalo Chalet has been left in limbo with Parks Victoria unable to say when a refurbishment will be done. A community group has been formed to pressure the government.FEARS are growing for the fate of Mount Buffalo Chalet, after a $3.5 million blowout inestimated refurbishment costs.
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The long-awaited redevelopment is in limbo with building administrator Parks Victoriafailing to find a tenderer to meet the $7.5 million budget.

“Five firms responded to the tender and all came in over budget,” a Parks Victoria spokeswoman said.

“The lowest tender was more than $3 millionover the budget.

“Due to the exceptionally high additional costs, the minister asked for further information to ensure the best use of taxpayers’money.

“Parks Victoria has been working with the firms who tendered and government partners to confirm the next steps, and have provided additional information over the past couple of months.”

However no start date has been setand the condition of a Heritage Victoria permit that work begin by April may not be met.

Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy, Alpine Shire mayor Jan Vonarx and newly formed lobby group Community Action for the Chalet are pressing for a meeting with Environment Minister Lisa Neville.

“My great fear is that the Labor Government is going to walk away from the Mount Buffalo Chalet,” hesaid.

“The community wants the chalet returned to its former glory and the government needs to commit to the plans that were in place to see the chalet again become a major day visitor attraction.”

Cr Vonarx said the council was “extremely concerned” about the fate of the 1910 guest house.

“We don’t want it to go to wrack and ruin and then have them saying ‘we can’t do anything about it’,” Cr Vonarx said.

“Everyone is getting toey about what’s happening.”

Chalet groupinterim co-ordinator David Jacobson said his group washarnessing concern with aFacebook page attracting more than 500 likes since Friday.

“If the government can spend millions of dollars to not build a freeway in Melbourne, what’s $3 million for the chalet,” Mr Jacobson said.

“We don’t think the tenders came in high, we think the budget was set too low by the previous government.”

Parks Victoria said repairs would be done at the chalet.

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Holbrook Landcare appoints highly skilled project officer

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Ashley Paech and Tim Trescowthick collect soil samples on the Trescowthick’s property Roachdale near Holbrook. Picture: Supplied.
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Holbrook Landcare Network has recruited Ashley Paech as the new Farming Systems project officer to work mainly on its prestigious carbon project.

Holbrook Landcare executive officer Dale Stringer said he was very pleased to have such a skilled agricultural professional join Holbrook Landcare.

“Ashley will be primarily responsible for the delivery of the ‘Carbon Farming and Your Business’ project, but will also bring a strong agriculture focus, particularly livestock, which I believe will greatly strengthen Holbrook Landcare’s capacity in this area,” Mr Stringer said.

“We will also be working towards a staff structure where Ashley will play a leading role to help shape our sustainable agricultural activities.”

Mr Paech was formerly employed as Program Manager Meat and Wool (Hume Region) with the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, where he was involved in farm business management and agricultural extension at the delivery and management level.

His professional interests lie in areas such as business strategy; farming systems; risk management; grazing management and animal nutrition; change and adjustment in rural industries; value chain analysis and project development and management.

Mr Paech said he has a strong passion for working with land managers to understand the capability of their land, the relationship between their farming enterprise and the landscape and interactions within the farming system.

“I am really passionate about finding the right balance between sustainability, productivity, economic and social outcomes,” he said.

Mr Paech said he was very keen to get out and about in the community and meet the region’s farmers.

Having grown up in the Walla Walla area, he has a good grounding in mixed farming systems and the challenges for land managers in the region.

As well as being employed with Holbrook Landcare four days a week, Mr Paech will help run his family’s mixed farming property near Walla Walla.

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Bendigo on the Hop tickets still available

Written by admin on 21/08/2019 Categories: 南京夜网

Bendigo Beer chairman Trevor Birks and Coopers area manager Roy Lever at this years Bendigo on the Hop launch.RELATED:Blackman’s Brewery to celebrate first birthday at Bendigo on the Hop
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LESS than 400 tickets remain for this weekend’s Bendigo on the Hop event.

The walkabout beer festival takes place on Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

More than 11 venues will host 22 breweries with each brewery presenting a core beer and a rare beer.

Woodend’sHolgate Brewery and the Tooborac Brewery will represent theregion.

Patrons can pick their starting venue when purchasing tickets.Mr Beebe’s is the only starting point sold out.

Bendigo on the Hop in under a minute.Animpressivedebut for last year’sfestival has the Bendigo Beer crew full to the brim with confidence for this year’s Bendigo on the Hop.

A sell-out crowd of more than 2000 people at last year’s festival was a surprised for Bendigo Beer chair Trevor Birks.

“We were absolutely blown away by the positive response from last year,” he said.

“But we were keen to improve the flow and overall experience of the day.”

Tickets cost $50 and includesentry, a souvenir glass and event booklet and a free sample of all 22 rare beers on show.

For more visit梧桐夜网bendigobeer南京夜网/event/bendigo-hop-2015

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SOCCER: Crucial win for Bears in Cowburn’s 100th game

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Jason Cowburn played his 100th game for the Weston Bears on Sunday.The Weston Bears Football Club had a crucial 1-0 win over Charlestown City Blues at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday.
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Zac Sneddon was out suspended while Brock Oakley wasn’t available until right on kick-off and came off the bench.

Jason Cowburn, who was available for the first time in many weeks due to work, made his 100th starting game in the top grade.

Cowburn, who is in his second stint with the club, played 49 games from 2007 to 2009 before moving on. He came back in 2012 and was a major player in last year’s success which earned the Bears a grand final berth.

“His skill and vision certainly helped the Bears in the win with his ability to put his foot on the ball,” Bears football manager Shane Johnson said.

Charlestown had the first real chance of the game when a Scott Smith shot was blocked to safety by Bears keeper Tim Pratt in the 16th minute.

Weston took the lead in the 23rd minute when Robbie Turnbull crossed into the box with only Bears defender Liam Thornton still in a forward position.

Thornton glided his header into the right hand corner of the net, giving Charlestown keeper Paul Bitz no chance and the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The conditions certainly made life difficult for both sides as the ball often blew from right to left.

Going to the sheds with a 1-0 lead certainly put the home team in a positive mind set and another win away from the play-offs.

Daniel Minors from Charlestown copped the only yellow card in the first half from referee Byron Jaye.

Ten minutes into the second stanza both Charlestown’s Brock Frendo and Weston’s Wilson Edwards received yellow cards.

As the game continued it was more of the same with many stoppages, which frustrated both sides.

In the end Joel Witherdin from the visitors was booked in the 66th minute and had been warned on numerous occasions by the referee who finally lost his patience.

Both sides traded blows but in the end neither could convert and all points went the Bears’ way.

Weston are in third position on 29 points and trail second-placed Hamilton by a point and leaders Edgeworth by four points.

The under-22s were defeated 2-0 and the under-19s lost 3-1, with poor finishing again the difference between both sides winning or losing.

With three rounds remaining, Weston will travel to Darling Street Oval this Sunday to confront second-placed Hamilton.

Victory would almost certainly elevate Weston into the playoffs once again.

The Bears’ four youth teams will host Hamilton on Saturday at Rockwell Automation Park after having the bye last weekend.

Last night (July 28) the under-17s and under-15s played Broadmeadow Magic while the under-13s and under-14s will take to the field on Thursday night in wash-out games (under-13s at 5.45pm, under-14s at 7.15pm).

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Dugan to give evidence at judiciary

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Johs Dugan will front the judiciary on Wednesday after allegedly being bitten by Storm prop Jesse Bromich on Saturday: Photo: Getty Images
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St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan will give evidence atWednesday night’s judiciary hearing that could result inMelbourne prop Jesse Bromwichbeing suspended for the rest of the season if he is found guilty of biting the NSW Origin star during last Saturday night’s match in Napier.

The New Zealand international was one of five players charged over incidents in the weekend’s round of NRL matches, including Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau,whois expectedtoaccepta three-match ban for dangerous contact on Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney, and Canterbury playmaker Josh Reynolds, who is facinga two-to-three match suspension due to 130 per cent loading from five previous offences in the past two years.

Bromwich wascharged withdangerous contact and referred directly to the judiciary with no grading assigned to the charge after Dugan made an on-field complaint to referee Matt Cecchin in the 69th minute of the match, won 22-4 by the Storm.

Reacting angrily as he got to his feet after makinga tackle on Bromwich, Dugan pointed to the spot on his right arm where he claimed to have been bitten and spent three tackles trying to gain the attention of Cecchin,by which time the Melbourne starhad been interchanged.

Withthe incidentplaced on report, Dugan was contacted on Monday by the match review committee and asked to testifyif Bromwich was charged, and he agreed to appear at the judiciary hearing.

While it is unclear what penalty the NRL would seek if Bromwich was found guilty, Canterbury prop James Grahamreceived a 12-matchban for biting Storm fullback Billy Slater in the 2012 grand final, while Bulldogs forwardBrad Morrinwas given an eight-match suspension for biting Parramatta’s Timana Tahuin 2007.

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Five Riverina teens invited to Combine

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GOING PLACES: Former Wagga footballer, Harrison Himmelberg, 19, has been selected in this year’s AFL national draft combine. Picture: Melissa AdamsFIVE Riverina footballers have been invited to attend the AFL Draft Combine at season’s end.
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In a promising sign that Riverina could be in for their biggest Draft year yet, five footballers will represent the region at what used to be known as the AFL Draft Camp.

Leeton-Whitton’s Jacob Hopper, Collingullie-Glenfield Park’s Matt Kennedy, Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes’ (MCUE)Jock Cornell, Narrandera’s Matt Flynn and former MCUE player Harry Himmelberg all received invites.

Himmelberg now plays with Eastlake in Canberra.

The AFL released the names of 76 players picked to attend the four-day testing event at Etihad Stadium in October.

Players must be picked by a minimum of five AFL clubs to gain an invite to the Combine.

AFL NSW-ACT talent, logistics and events manager Rebecca McGowan said it was a terrific effort by Southern NSW, which also includes Albury’sLachlan Tiziani.

“It’s our best ever for Southern NSW,” McGowan said.

“It’s exciting for the boys to get that opportunity and hopefully we can have another group get to the state screening.

“This year, having the satellite centres for the Academies in Wagga, Canberra and Sydney, the kids have been able to have access to constant coaching.”

This year’s draft combine will again run the week after the AFL grand final, but the opening day has been shifted from Tuesday to Thursday, October 8, with the combine to conclude on Sunday, October 11.

In another big effort, three of the five Riverina footballers are either students or ex-students from Wagga’s Mater Dei Catholic College.

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McGowan irked by roads snub

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INDI MP Cathy McGowan. THE member for Indi believesthe Liberal Party showeda lack of respect by not notifying her of a roads funding announcement in Wodonga last week.
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Cathy McGowan said although she did not view it as a “big issue” she was disappointed she was not contacted by federal minister Jamie Briggs who joined Liberal Party candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella in unveiling black spot money.

“There’s an understanding in politics, there’s a convention that when a politician comes to your electorate as a guest they ring you up and let you knowthat they’re attending,” Ms McGowan said.

“That’s just the convention and in that case it didn’t happen.”

Ms McGowan has contacted the office of government whip Scott Buchholz to express her concern.

“When things happen that seem a bit untoward…I will go to the whip in the party and say this happened can you contact your members of parliament and remind them about this convention,” Ms McGowan said.

Representativesfor Mr Buchholz said Mr Briggs said they were not aware of a particular protocol requiring MPs to be notified of events withvisiting politicians.

​Mr Briggs, in a statement, said asAssistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Developmenthe was responding to concerns displayed by Mrs Mirabella.

“I’m surprised Cathy McGowan feels that way as she has not once spoken a single word to me about road funding in Indi,” Mr Briggs said.

“It has been Sophie Mirabella, a great fighter for her community, who contacts me regularly about black spots that need upgrading throughout Indi.”

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Nukarni to host Bomber Thompson

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Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson will be at the Merredin Regional Community and Leisure Centre tonight – don’t miss out!
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NukarniFootball Club is set to welcome AFL and Essendon legend Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson at the Merredin Regional and Community Leisure Centre tonight.

The night will see a special talk from Bomber,as well as an auction and raffle on the night.

Whilethe football players themselves will be treated to a training session with Bomber earlier in the evening.

Tickets cost $30 which includesdinner with BYO supper plates and full bar facilities will be available.

Tickets can be purchased fromNewton’s Home Furnishing, Merredin Panel andPaint or Nukarni Football ClubCommittee Members (contactBrickieon 0427 084 603), or at the door tonight.

Don’t miss out on this one off chance for a meet and greet with one of AFL’s most prestigious figures.

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News in brief

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Small Biz Bus to roll up
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Local small business owners once again can access personalised advice from business experts when the Small Biz Bus visits Camden on Monday. The bus will visit 39 John Street, Camden, (near Epicure Store) from 9am to 3pm. Details: South West Sydney BEC on 1300 134 359 or visit 梧桐夜网smallbusiness.nsw.gov419论坛/hop-on-the-small-biz-bus.

‘Prost’ aids charity

It will be beer and German food at a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on Friday. The latest event for Camden’s Brett Gilleland’s Prost for Prostate fundraiser is a Soul Brews beer-tasting afternoon at Macarthur Grange Brewery at Smeaton Grange from 4pm to 9pm. All proceeds from the sale of $5 schooners will go to the charity.

High-rise plan to court

Residents opposed to a high-rise development at Mount Annan are expected to attend a new Land and Environment Court hearing in October. The three-day hearing from October 7 will hear arguments against new plans that were lodged for the Main Street site. The developer, Mount Annan 88 Pty Ltd, reduced the height of the 246 unit residential development from four storeys to three. The changes were described as “token” by residents who vowed to continue fighting the development. A conciliation hearing was held in April but Camden Council and the developer failed to reach an agreement. The court process began when the developer appealed to the court against the council’s “deemed refusal” of its development application, after no decision was made after 60 days of it being lodged.

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Barossa’s dual coaches

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NEW BAROSSA COACHES: Todd Miles (left) and Alan Obst.In a unique appointment North Adelaide key position players Todd Miles and Alan Obst will take over the 2016 senior coaching role with Barossa District from Roger James.
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Both have enjoyed long and diverse careers at high levels.

“Both ‘Alby’ (Alan) and I watched Barossa’s game against Angaston last Saturday,” Miles confirmed.

“There are a number of exciting young talents among that squad and we’re looking forward to nurturing and growing from this base.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and having personally been involved in country football before going to town, I’m looking forward to being involved with a rural club again.”

Now 30, Miles is originally from the Adelaide Plains and played in a Hamley Bridge A grade flag as a teenager, before continuing his career at Mintaro-Manoora in the North Eastern.

It was third time lucky for Miles at SANFL league level, debuting against Central District in round one, 2009.

Traded to North Adelaide in 2011, he would become a captain of the Roosters, lead them to the 2013 Grand Final in the last SANFL league game at AAMI Stadium and also secured his initial best and fairest award at any level, the Barrie Robran Medal.

At 191cm and 96 kgs, Miles has played 128 SANFL games currently.

Obst, a junior at South Gawler, who played in a BLG under 15s premiership in 2001, has enjoyed a long and injury plagued career.

He was a state under 18s player, had a single season on the Crows list and then after being in the 2007 SANFL league flag with Central District, received a second crack at AFL level, having three seasons with the Kangaroos.

Making AFL debut in round eight of 2008 in Brisbane just before his 21st birthday, he endured a collapsed lung and was unable to fly home with his team mate, travelling back to Melbourne by car in a 17 hour trip on his special day.

The 193cm, 88 kg marking forward played his 48 senior SANFL game on Sunday against his former club, Central District.

Obst confirmed his decision was driven by the inability for his body to hold up at SANFL level.

“I grew up playing in the BL&G and am really looking to sink my teeth into local football next year,” Obst said.

“I have fond memories of my junior days and still can vividly remember the 2001 flag. Injuries have been a frustration since coming back to SANFL football.”

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Goannas disappointing in loss to Macquarie

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The Cessnock Goannas were soundly beaten 36-16 by the Macquarie Scorpions at Peacock Field on Saturday.The Cessnock Goannas put in their most disappointing performance of the season when they were beaten 36-16 by Macquarie on Saturday.
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The Goannas went into the game knowing that a win – although a month out from the finals – would almost assure them of an all-important top three spot, so there was plenty to play for.

The Scorpions opened the scoring in the fifth minute when they put a kick in behind the Goanna defence to cross out wide for a 4-0 lead.

The Goannas completely dominated the next 20 minutes and came up with two tries of their own.

The first was scored by Brendan Hlad when he supported a great Geordie Connelly break, and Willie Heta added the extras.

Then in the next set, Jared Edwards scored out wide after chasing a bomb from Heta to take the lead to 10-6.

Macquarie scored next, following on from a dropped ball to level the scores at the 20-minute mark.

The game was even until a minute from half-time when the Scorpions received a penalty and scored in the next set. They converted as the hooter sounded for a 16-10 lead.

At the break Goannas coach Craig Miller was critical of the team’s poor ball security and failure to defend their errors, and asked for more intensity in their defence.

Macquarie were first to score after the break and went to a 22-10 lead, and kicked a penalty shortly after to take the game further out of Cessnock’s reach.

More errors put the Goannas under pressure and the Scorpions scored again.

Heta crossed for a consolation try and converted, and Macquarie scored the final points for a full time score of 36-16.

Players’ player went to outstanding young front rower Noah Easton, while Shaun Metcalf and Reed Hugo also played well.

Reserve grade continued their climb up the ladder with a hard-fought 26-16 win.

Cessnock’s tries were scored by Jade Antcliffe (two), Dylon Edwards, Zeb Dunstan and Kori Barber, who made a welcome return after his adventure playing in the English league.

Brent Mendyke kicked three goals and was named players’ player, others to play well were Sam Wilson, Oliver Powell and Dean Wearing.

Open age achieved their second win of the season with an impressive 32-14 victory.

Tries were scored by Jarrod Harris (two), Arch Dunstan, Rhys Binns, Jason Smith and Bailey Bromage with Bromage kicking four goals.

Players’ player went to Harris, and the whole team performed well with Ryan Evans, Jake Russell and Josh Nitz being the stand-outs.

This week the Goannas have another week off with the dysfunctional draw.

The following Saturday (August 8) they will play Souths at home. It will be the Goannas’ annual family day with activities for children. More details next week.

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Dogs can bring their people too

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Community walk: The Campbelltown-Camden Doggie Dates Facebook group members Sharon Marsh, K9 trainer Sammy Symons, Te’re Melrose and Kara Gee with their dogs. Picture: Simon Bennett
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Dogowners continue to embrace a new social media group where they can organise dog-friendly gatherings across Macarthur.

Harrington Park’s Te’re “TJ” Melrose and Picton’s Kara Gee teamed up to start the Campbelltown-Camden Doggie Dates Facebook group to make it easier for locals and their canine companions to meet and attend walks in the community.

Co-founder Mrs Melrose said the “free and friendly social dog walking group” was a great opportunity to socialise dogs and meet other friendly, like-minded people, share ideas and get some exercise.

“We felt people needed the opportunity to socialise their dogs on leash as while dog parks are wonderful and have their place, there can be issues too,” she said.

“This offered something different with closer supervision of people’s dogs as well as the chance to explore our beautiful area and meet other like-minded people.”

The group runs walks in the Macarthur region about once a month which pre-ranked as either easy or moderate, according to course difficulty and wheelchair/scooter access.

The group alternate walks between Saturday and Sunday and try other areas to give everyone an opportunity to attend.

Mrs Melrose said the group had more than 370 members and “about 20 to 30” people including K9 trainer Sammy Symons attend the walks.

Mrs Melrose said people without dogs were also welcome. It will host its first out of area walk in Picton on August 9. Meet at Picton Bowling Club at 10.15am.

To find up more, search “Campbelltown-Camden Doggie Dates” on Facebook.

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