Industrial action has delayed bail court hearings in Sydney. Photo: Alice ArcherPrisoners have been left in police cells and Parramatta Bail Court was unable to hear any bail applications on Saturday because ongoing overcrowding in the state’s jails has meant prisoners cannot be transferred from police custody.
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At least 40 people arrested overnight and placed in custody are stuck in holding cells at Surry Hills and Amber Laurel Correctional Centre at Penrith because Corrective Service staff were unable to transfer them.

Until prisoners are moved to the Corrective Services cells they can’t appear before the court via video link.

The situation left police prosecutors unable to proceed, Legal Aid lawyers without paperwork and the magistrate facing an empty courtroom.

It also raises the unusual situation that because prisoners need to appear before the court within 48 hours of being arrested the Supreme Court would have to consider whether or not they could continue to be held lawfully.

If not they would have to be released regardless off what charge they were detained on.

Magistrate Annette Sinclair said the court was ready to proceed.

“It is an entirely unusual situation,” she said. “Weekend bail courts are held so that people taken into custody on Friday do not need to spend any more time than necessary in custody.

“Legal aid and police prosecutors are all here but are unable to take instructions.

“I understand that some 40 people are in custody and we would expect some of these people would be released on bail.”

She said that the court would wait until 1pm before deciding whether to adjourn the court until Sunday.

A spokesman for Corrective Services said: “Delays in receiving offenders occasionally occur. In these cases offenders are held temporarily in court and police cells until prison beds are available.

“Corrective Services NSW has short, medium and long-term strategies to meet the demands on the prison system as the number of inmates increases.”

He said the situation was not a result of industrial action.

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CRAFTY: Alex McKee has crafted this English Elm from a 25 foot tree to a small potted Bonsai, over eight years. Picture: Olivia Shying
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AMONG Bonsai connoisseurs –Bonsai tree grooming is not just seen as a form of horticulture, but a carefully honed art.

Ballarat Bonsai Club member Alex McKee has nurtured his English Elm (pictured) for eight years.

Originally a fully fledged tree –the English Elm stood at 25 feet. Mr McKee cut a section of the tree –which forms the trunk and grafted a branch on the trunk, which now forms the foliage section.

“Bonsai is an ongoing thing –it is a living art,” Mr McKee said.

“You are constantly training it –tip pruning, re-potting every 12 months and root pruning.”

More than 40 different Bonsai species were on display over the weekend.Bonsai was initially used for medicinal trees –as a way of transporting medicines.

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Focus: DoT regional transport officer Garry Wilson conducts a flare demonstration with Navy cadet Thane Barnes at last year’s Blessing of the Fleet. Photo: Tim SlaterPreparations for Esperance’s32nd annual Blessing of the Fleetfestival are well under way.
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The day event at Bandy CreekBoat Harbour aims to celebrateand support recreational and commercialfishing in the RechercheArchipelago, and educate thecommunity on marine safety.

Department of Transport (DoT)regional transport officer andBlessing of the Fleet secretaryGarry Wilson said the festival wasa fun community event thatcatered to the whole family.

“Traditionally we have it inNovember, just prior to theCrayfish season,” Mr Wilson said.

“There’s fresh fish available,there’ll be professional filletingdisplays, a [sea creatures] touchpool and the navel cadets will alsobe there.”

The DoT will be conductingmarine safety flare demonstrationsat 10.30am and EsperanceVolunteer Marine Rescue willsimulate a man overboard rescueat 11.30am.

Mr Wilson said membersof the public were invited toboard a vessel just prior to theblessing, which will be conductedby Reverend Bob Booth at 1pm.

Sing Australia and theEsperance Brass Band will providemusic and entertainment,while Moby Marine will presentkayak and paddle board demonstrations.

Any revenue raised onthe day will go towards the BandyCreek Memorial Fund for peoplelost at sea.

Mr Wilson said the Blessing ofthe Fleet was a great opportunityfor young people to learn aboutmarine safety and the fishingindustry in their town.

“Last year we had between 800and 1000 people come down, sowe’re hoping for a similar turn outthis year.

“Every year we get better at it,”he said.

Blessing of the Fleet 2015 willbe held at Bandy Creek BoatHarbour on Sunday November8between 10am -3pm.

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Picture: RS. Williams.The Harden Hornets A-grade cricket team came up against the Royal Pirates on Saturday in round 3 of the 2015/16 (Trigg Shield) Yass and District Cricket Association season and were effectively given a ‘royal hiding’.
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It was a special round for the league with all players wearing black armbands in honour of former Bowning local Rob Brown, who was Assistant Principal at Cootamundra High School, before unexpectedly passing away last month.

Played at the Pirates home ground ofVictoria Park in Yass, the Harden boys were always going to be up against it, mainly due to a couple of unforeseen late withdrawals, leaving the team with just nine players.

Batting first in the one day encounter,the Hornets could only conjure up 49 runs from 22.3 overs, which was very lowespecially considering at one stage the team was 2 for 40, meaning they lost their next 7wickets for 9 runs.

For Harden, M. Brown top scoredwith 24 and Nathan Schofield made12, but overall Harden were no match for the Pirates pace attack of Tom Parr (4 for 8) and Andrew Holgate (3 for 25).

In reply the home side chased down the runs making 51 in 6.2 overs with Adam Forth making46 of them and remaining unbeaten.

Harden B-grade side also found themselves against aPirates outfitand already with a couple ofwins to their name and thehome ground advantage at Tim Doolan Oval, the team was most confident, howeverthere wasonly two overs played , before the match was abandoneddue to the rain.

On Saturdayin A-grade,Harden has the bye and theywill look to re-group before taking on Yass Golf Club back at Victoria Park in Yass on Saturday, November 14.

Harden B-grade (Sweeney Cup) don’t have the bye this weekend andthe locals will meet Yass Golf Club Colts on the synthetic at Roberts Park with that match starting at 12.30pm.

Playing in the same competition,Binalong B-grade were also called off due to the wet weather and on Saturday they are hosting the Gundaroo Gunners, while Wallendbeen who also got called off in their South West Slopes Dunk Insurance B-grade cricket match are away at Gus Smith Oval in Young taking on the Criterion Gunners.

Inrepresentative cricket,Yass and District will play Cootamundra in McDonald’s Country Plate at Albert Park, Cootamundra on Sunday with the winner of this match due to host either Monaro or Goulburn on November 29.

Picture: RS. Williams.

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