Rare chance for people affected by adoption

A rare chance forrelinquishing parents, adopted children and adoptive parents to meet has been organised by the Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre.

The Adoption Connections meeting will be held onApril 16at the Community Resource Centre, 78 St Vincent Street, Ulladulla, from 6pm to 8.30pm.

For the first time, the Post Adoption Resource Centre will visit Ulladulla to host a meeting for people affected by adoption.

Margaret Watson, a counsellor with the service, says the meeting on March 19 is open to people who are adopted, parents who lost their children through adoption, adoptive parents and any other people seeking advice or support.

“About one in 15 people are affected by adoption in Australia and we’re finding more and more people are contacting us to ask for information, support or counselling, and for help with finding and contacting family members,” Ms Watson said.

“It can be a very emotional experience to search for and try to contact a parent you have never met, or your child who was raised by another family.

“We help people to be discreet in the way they make contact, and prepare for the range ofpossible reactions.

“We have run Adoption Connection meetings all over the state and we find one of the main benefits is the opportunity it gives people to meet and talk with others who have gone through similar life experiences.

“We also understand how important discretion is, and that for many people their experience of adoption is something very private.”

Ms Watson said that since the Adoption Information Act was enacted in 1991, the Benevolent Society has supported more than 65,000 people to search for relatives and go through the process of connection.

The meeting is free to attend but bookings are essential by April 13to 1300 659 814 or [email protected]

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/adoption-mtg-ulladulla.

Refreshments will be served.

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Unwind in this country charmer


Offers over $235,000

Bedrooms2, bathrooms 1

AGENT: Harcourts Meander Valley, Donna Smith, 0363 624 405

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This beautiful country cottage will grab your attention from the moment you pull up out the front.

Situated in a quiet street in Deloraine, one of Tasmania’s most popular country towns, and hidden away from the road, this home has historical significance as the manager’s residence for Clayton’s Mill.

There is plenty of space in the stunning gardens with 791 square metresof land filled with established fruit trees, flowers, berries and even a vegetable garden for those with a green thumb.

The home features two bedrooms, a warm and cosy lounge area with a separate sitting room, wood heating with the option of gas if required, gas cooktop with electric oven, and plenty of extra storage in the roof space accessible via a pulldown ladder.

The home is conveniently located within walking distance to shops, doctors, art galleries and cafes.

If you are searching for a laidback country lifestyle this is the home for you.

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Armed robbery at Kingswood servo

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Kingswood.

About 2am today, two men entered a service station on the Great Western Highway in Kingswood. One of the men approached the attendant and allegedlyproduced a knife before demanding a sum of money.

The two men fled the store after taking a sum of money and cigarettes. The men were last seen running towards Morley Street in Kingswood.

Police from St Marys Local Area Command were contacted and are now investigating the matter.

Investigators wish to speak to three men who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The first male is described as being Caucasian, slim to medium build, aged in his early 20s with medium length brown hair. He was seen wearing beige shorts with white running shoes and carrying a black backpack with pink writing on it.

The second male is described as being Caucasian, slim to medium build, aged in his early 20s with short brown hair. He was wearing a black cap with a grey hooded jumper, orange shorts and dark coloured shoes. The male was carrying a black backpack with purple writing on it.

The third male is described as being Caucasian, slim build, aged in his early 20’s with short hair. He was wearing a blue t -shirt and black tracksuit pants.

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is urged to contact St Marys Detectives 02 9677 7552.

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Alleged Kurri Kurri puppy killer in East Maitland courtVIDEO

IN SAFE HANDS: RSPCA Hospital Maitland veterinarian Dr Julian Suchowersky with the surviving pup.Picture by STUART SCOTT A man will appear in East Maitland Court on Friday charged with serious animal cruelty offences following the alleged killing of puppies at Kurri Kurri.

The 25-year-old man was arrested when representatives from the RSPCA and NSW Police attended a home in Heddon Street, Kurri Kurri, about 8.20pm on Friday.

The man was taken to Cessnock Police Station where he was charged with serious animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and resist arrest.

He was refused bail and will appear before Maitland Local Court on Friday.

According to policea man last week placed an advertisement on a website for the sale of 11 Bull Terrier cross puppies.

They didn’t sell and the man offered the puppies, free of charge, to a 25-year-old.

Police will allege that on Wednesday, the 25-year-old loaded the puppies intohis car and took them to bushland on McLeods Road, Kurri Kurri.

He allegedly began to kill them with a rock, hitting them in the head and throwing them into the bush.

A man saw this occurring and confronted the 25-year-old, who allegedly drove from the area with five of the puppies still alive.

The RSPCA were contacted and attended the location. They took the puppies to a vet in Cessnock.

Only one survived.

The pups were about six to eight weeks old and believed to be bull Arabcrosses.

The surviving puppy is stable and under veterinary care. Once investigations come to an end the lucky animal will be rehomed.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the RSPCA hotline on 1300 278 3589.

Information can also be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and police will pass on all details to the RSPCA.

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Bargain price just right


$200,000 – $229,000

Bedrooms 3, bathrooms1, carspaces1

AGENT: LJ Hooker, Nicole Edwards, 0400 739 958

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This light and airy home has been priced exceptionally well.

The home’s location in a high demand rental area for students makes it a bargain, but would also make for a fantastic primary residence.

One look at the solid rental history of this home will prove its investment worth.

The home is located close to shops, services, restaurants, the University of Tasmania, and Australian Maritime College, ensuring you will never be too far from modern conveniences.

The three large bedrooms all feature built-in robes, while the living areas are spacious and free flowing.

The kitchen and bathroom have been updated, and the home is fitted with good heating, although natural sunlight also features throughout the property.

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