New CSU Chancellor to carry on tradition

IF CSU’s new Chancellor, businessman and former senior bureaucrat Lawrence Willett, OA, has his way a veterinary science school would be opened in Wagga, even if that meant closing one at a metropolitan university.
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In his first public statement after being formally elected yesterday, Mr Willett said regional Australia’s future turned on training the professionals the regions need in centres like Bathurst.

A former director general of the Commonwealth Department of Health and one of Australia’s most experienced and senior public servants, Mr Willett said

the “Sydney and metro-centric” view of tertiary education had to change.

“If regional Australia is to maintain any sort of semblence of relevance in relation to the total Australian scene we must have the people who are the leaders in regional and rural Australia trained in the areas in which they are going to work.”

He sat beneath a portrait of his predecessor David Asimus at CSU’s Grange as Vice Chancellor Ian Goulter described him as the perfect replacement.

Prof Goulter said Mr Willett, who is mayor of Gunning Shire and runs properties in the Southern Tablelands with his wife Helen, understood the region.

“The other aspect of Mr Willett’s background is that he has a reach beyond the region into metropolitan Australia and into the highest levels of government which gives us the capacity to get our message across.”

Mr Willet is a former CEO of the Commonwealth Superannuation Investment Trust, Commissioner of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and sits on numerous boards.

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Contador seals Tour victory as Armstrong waves goodbye

FINAL TOUR RESULTSAlberto Contador’s joy on winning the 2010 Tour de France must have been matched on the Champs Elysees on Sunday by the fastest man in the 3642km race.Mark Cavendish won the 102.5km last stage from Longjumeau to Paris more devastatingly than in Bordeaux two days ago.———————————————————-Armstrong riles Tour officials on his final daySpanish press hail ‘king’ Contador———————————————————-He finishes this year’s Tour with five wins, bringing his overall total to 15.Second on the line was Alessandro Petacchi, followed by New Zealand’s Julian Dean. Australia’s Robbie McEwen was ninth.The day was trouble free for Contador, who finished in the middle of the pack, easily defending his yellow race leader’s jersey to secure his third Tour victory.Near him in the bunch were Andy Schleck, second overall at 39 seconds and Denis Menchov, third at 2 minutes 1 second.Petacchi’s second place on the stage secured him the overall green points jersey. He finished on 243 points, ahead of Cavendish’s 232 and Thor Hushovd’s 222.The day began controversially for Lance Armstrong and his RadioShack team, who signed on in their regulation team kit but then turned up at the start line in custom-made black jerseys bearing the number 28, for the 28 million people around the world suffering from cancer.The commissaires forced them to change along the roadside and they had to then chase to rejoin the peloton.It was the last appearance at the race for the seven-time Tour champion, but Armstrong got to stand on the podium one more time when RadioShack went up to collect the overall team classification award at the end.Later, he said: “This race has been good to me, I hope I have been good for the race. But I can’t lie … I am ready to retire Part II.”Three weeks of suffering is over. Great to go home. Don’t have to stress about racing every day. Time to go home …”Australian hope Cadel Evans finished 26th at 50 minutes 27 seconds to Contador.His team remained committed to him. “There is much to celebrate,” BMC sports director John Lelangue said.”We proved that Cadel – until his crash – was here to be a contender. He took the yellow jersey and unfortunately, he crashed. But the whole team was there to fight and be around their leader.”Once we finish the party tonight, Monday we will begin planning for next season and our next Tour.”
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Subdivision plan angers residents

SWANBROOKE Street residents fear their peaceful, rural outlook will be destroyed if a plan to allow houses on the northern side of the road proceeds.
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Bathurst City Council has notified residents they have until December 13 to make submissions on proposed amendments to Bathurst Development Control Plan relating to the Llanarth/Windradyne area.

The proposals which have upset residents are the rearrangement of open space areas, the realignment of roads and the deletion of a school/church site.

Under existing plans there is a designated road with reserves on either side next to Swanbrooke Street.

But council is looking at removing this from the plan and allowing a new subdivision to front the northern side of Swanbrooke Street.

Resident Ralph Hammond said he and his wife spent more than a year looking for a quiet area with an open outlook, and were told about the reserve.

“We were assured it would be left as is, which is why we came to live here,” Mr Hammond said. “If houses are built on the reserve opposite us, the view will be cut off and accordingly our property will lose value.”

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