Hawks smash Magpies

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THE Yanco-Wamoon Hawks rebounded from a two-match losing streak to easily defeat Hay 44-12 on Sunday.
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POWER PLAY: Yanco-Wamoon player William Hoystead lunges toward the gap in the Magpie’s defensive line on Sunday. Photo: Ron Arel

The Hawks took the first few minutes of the first half to find their footing against the Magpies.

The Hawks approached the match with caution and knew Haycould inflict heavy damage after they defeatedsecond-ranked Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo last week.

“Momentum is everything in this game,” said Hawks co-coach Glenn Dumbrell.

“Once you get a bit of momentum going, it’s hard to stop.”

With their feet dug in, the only way the Hawks could move was forward.

The side clawed into an early lead and set the pace for the remainder of the first half, heading into the break with a 16-6 lead.

As the weather became an issue for Hay atthe start of the second half, Yanco-Wamoon continued their relentless attack.

The Hawks made easy work of the Magpies defence as they repeatedly punched holes through their line for try after try.

“We had to turn half chances into full chances,” Dumbrell said.

“As soon as someone cracked that line we had three or four blokes getting through.

“It really clicked for us today which was fantastic.”

The horn finally rang out and Hay had been dispatched.

Contributing to the win for the Hawks was halfback Jarrod Muller-Dobbe.

“He took a bit more control on that right edge,” said Dumbrell

“Hehelped push up with the blokes, so they were organised a little bit better.”

Having lost the previous two matches against West Wyalong Mallee Men and Waratahs Tigers, the Hawks were hungry for redemption.

Yanco-Wamoon have now set their sights on this week’slocal derby where they will go toe-to-toe with ladder-leader the Leeton Greens.

It will prove to be an exciting match at the No. 1 Oval with position and bragging rights on the line for both local teams.

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Blue light disco to start in Glen Innes

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BLUE LIGHT: Senior Constable Brad Wood is looking forward to engaging with local youth at the Blue Light disco.
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AS PART of their new community engagement policy the Glen Innes local police will start operating blue light discos in the region.

The Blue Light program is the beginning of a proposed range of youth programs and initiatives that the Glen Innes police want to run.

Glen Innes police Sergeant Mark Johnston said the discos will be free from alcohol and drugs and offer local youth a safe place to enjoy each other’s company.

“We have a number of police in Glen Innes who are keen to get involved and I will encourage them to engage with local youth’s and programs like Blue Light discos are the perfect way to do that,” he said.

“Ultimately I’d like to run them regularly, maybe start them off bi-monthly and see how we go from there.

“If we could we’d like to hold one in Glen Innes, then Deepwater, then Emmaville and rotate them around the district, I know from past experience that the blue light discos are a great way to engage youth and they do work.”

Sergeant Johnston said the Blue Light disco needs the support of local businesses to run as it is a totally non for profit organisation.

“It will be the local businesses and councils that will make this work,” he said.

“When I reopened the Blue light in Lightning Ridge I had great support from the local community.

“Although we are in the planning phase at the moment it should not take long to get it happening”

Sergeant Johnston said Glen Innes has two officers, Senior Constable Wood and McMurtrie that are enthusiastic and keen to see things happening with the Blue Light.

Senior Constable Brad Wood said he has lived in the town for a number of years and sees the Blue Light discos as a long overdue initiative.

“I have children and family in the town and I have seen the need for this for a few years,” he said.

“I feel it is a great opportunity for the kids to see police in a better light and the discos help make them more comfortable speaking with us.”

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Dabbling in Charolais to win

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Breeder Laurie Tillman, Cedar Point via Kyogle and fitter Mitch Dundas, Boatharbour via Lismore, with Charolais cows at Kyogle. By using Canadian genetics Mr Tillman has developed a prize producing female line.FORMER dairyman Laurie Tillman, Cedar Point via Kyogle, has turned to breeding Charolais in his semi-retirement using Canadian genetics in the form of AI and embryo transfer to create a small line of moderately framed animals.
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His hunch seems to be on-track, with a recent steer placing top of the tree at Casino Beef Week’s carcase competition.

The 439kg liveweight steer accumulated 91.2 points with 18.5 out of 20 for market specifications and a perfect score for saleable meat yield.

Mr Tillman is proud of his cow line -as is anyone from a dairying background -with genetics sourced from straight Charolais out of Canada.

The winning steer, for instance, was sired through AI –at Mr Tillman’s hand –by Mt Bluegrass out of a dam created by embryo transfer from the cow JBX Fantasy and sire Red Smokewhich is known, among other things, for hisred factor influence on subsequent generations.

Mr Tillman didhis own embryo transfer work, the skills gleaned from his dairy days, and chose a line of grade Charolais heifers from Bonalbo as recipients.

“I used Charolais because they can handle the bigger calves and the bigger frames,” he said.

In saying that Mr Tillman spent a lot of time researching his Canadian genetics to produce a moderately framed animal to suit Australian conditions.

“It took me two years of research before I selected a cow and sire,” he said. “I look back seven generations before I buy.”

Mr Tillman acknowledged Canadian genetics were the most advanced in the world.

“I believe Australia is 15 years behind Canada,” he said.“It’s the same with the dairy game. But we’re getting closer.

Mr Tillman’s first foray into beef builds on experience learned in the dairy industry –which goes back on his mother’s side of the family to the South Coast and prior to that back in England.

“I left dairying in 2000 and sold out just in time,” he said, recalling how much he enjoyed breeding Holsteins. “You could say I’ve gone from milk to beef.”

Mr Tillman, who had help from Mitch Dundas in preparing the winning carcase steer, said he chooses his next generation of Charolais based on their correlation of parts.

“I make an assessment at four weeks old and I stick with that,” he says. “And I rarely gowrong.”

“Width equals meat so I look for eyes wide apart and a wide muzzle. That to me will be the best calf.”

Mr Tillman says judging the best animal is the same whether it’s a dairy cow, a dog, cat, bull or a chook.

“A wide muzzle and good open nostrils means that animal will take in more feed more easily.”

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Ramblers run over Blues

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IN TIME: Tumby Bay’s David Fleming got his kick off before Ramblers’ Scott Blacker could lay the smother. Picture: Lisa WarnerSUNSHINE greeted the teams as they ran onto Tumby Oval after the few showers earlier in theday had cleared.
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Ramblers won the toss and kicked with the aid of a slight breeze in the first quarter.

The ballwas trapped in the forward half for Ramblers in the first five minutes of the game.

Bilney scoredthe first goal of the game with a snap out of the pack.

When Tumby did go forward theRamblers defensive unit worked the ball out well.

Haarsma capitalized on an error fromTumby to kick Ramblers second. Soon afterBilney marked strongly and goaled giving Ramblers a three-goallead.

Tumby stated to move the ball with more control and finished with goals to Gerickeand Lawrie.

Ramblers answered with three more goals from Williams, Pedler andBilney, whokicked truly after the siren to give them a lead of 26 points.

Tumby’s defence lead by Walker and Calderwood worked hard and their work resulted ingoals to Gericke and James.

Kelly continued to cause problems for Ramblers with his strong marking across halfforward.

Blacker and Pedler were working hard for Ramblers around the stoppages send the ballforward where Williams and Bilney were causing problems for Tumby.

The teams went goal for goal until half time, which sawRamblers lead by 20 points.

Ramblers continued to dominate field position early in the third quarter with Bilney addinghis fourth goal.

Tumby went forward and goaled through Lawrie and James to close themargin. Ramblers responded with good ball movement and strong tackling.

This saw themadd two more goals and when Williams kicked his fifth after the siren the result was almostsealed.

Tumby was given a slight sniff by Ramblers’ inaccurate kicking early in the last quarter andwhen Lawrie kicked his third it brought the margin back under five goals.

From that point Ramblers defence stopped every forward thrust of Tumby and reboundedstrongly to Williams who added three more for the quarter to end the game with eight goals.

Ramblers ran out winners16.12.108 to Tumby Bay 9.5.59.

Blacker, Pedler and Shirley were strong at the stoppages while Williams and Bilney weredamaging up forward.

For Tumby Kelly and Gericke presented well all day whileRichardson, Walker and Calderwoodbattled hard across half back.

Scribes votes: 3 S. Blacker, 2 K. Williams,1 W. Bilney.

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What’s on this weekend?

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Friday, July 29DJ at Alexandra Hills Hotel: 9pm
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High Noon at Capalaba Sports Club: 7.45pm

Ronnie Walker at Cleveland Sands Hotel: 5pm

Belly dancing at Efendi’s Turkish Restaurant: 7pm

DJ Batchelo at Elysium Lakeside: 9pm

Ricky Taite at Grand View Hotel: 8.30pm

Nightshift at Redlands RSL: 6.30pm

Romio & Juliette at Redlands Sporting Club: 7.30pm

Still Got It live band karaoke at Sharks Sporting Club: 7pm

John Cuz at Wynnum Manly Workers Club: 7.30pm

Simply Three at Wynnum RSL: 6.30pm

Saturday, July 30DJ at Alexandra Hills Hotel: 9pm

Poco Loco at Capalaba Sports Club: 7.45pm

Karaoke at Capalaba Tavern: 8pm

Candice Long at Cleveland Sands Hotel: 2pm

Belly dancing at Efendi’s Turkish Restaurant: 7pm

Felicity at Elysium Lakeside: 7.30pm

Vintage Rock Box at Grand View Hotel: 8pm

DJ at Hogan’s Hotel: 9pm

Steve Rudkin at Redland Bay Hotel

Cher/Abba Experience at Redlands RSL: 6.30pm

Swizzle Trio at Redlands Sporting Club: 7.30pm

Jericho Duo at Sharks Sporting Club: 6.30pm

Second Gear at Sirromet Cellar Door: 12pm

Busters Duelling Pianos at Wynnum RSL: 5.30pm

Sunday, July 31Shane Uttley at Cleveland Sands Hotel: 2pm

Tullamore Tree at Grand View Hotel: 2pm

Mark Chomyn at Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club

The Swing Thing at Redland Bay Hotel

Cliffy at Redlands RSL: 12.30pm

Yaka-T-Yak Karaoke at Redlands Sporting Club: 1pm

Daly Stephenson at Sharks Sporting Club: 2pm

Grace Duo at Sirromet Cellar Door: 1pm

Paul Anthony at Wynnum Manly Workers Club: 3pm

Darrin Leigh at Wynnum RSL: 1pm

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Resounding cheers for Wallamba Bulls

by admin on December 20th, 2018

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FORSTER-Tuncurry Dolphins celebrated minor premiership success in the Lower Mid North Coast rugby union competition with a training canter, but it was the Wallamba Bulls of Nabiac who won the resounding cheers.
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Inspired by a slashing four-try performance by fullback Chris Tout, the Bulls’ forwards fought hammer and tongs with their Gloucester rivals to win possession for their enterprising backs to run in eight tries to the Cockies’ three for a 44-21 victory at Nabiac Showground.

For the Dolphins the first major accomplishment of the winter came as an anti-climax with the decision of the Myall Coast Mud Crabs to forfeit the game at Tuncurry after losing three front row forwards to injury in the week, preventing them fielding a safe, hardened scrummaging pack.

With only two rounds remaining before the play-offs, Myall Coast’s second forfeit has endangered their fourth position on the competition table and a semi-final berth. They have 19 points, one point ahead of Gloucester. A third forfeit will lead to their elimination from the competition.

In hooker Mick Wooster, props Mitch Meredith and Andrew Pollock and locks Tim Threadgate and Lukas Dellsperger, Gloucester have as formidable a scrummaging unit as any in the competition, but it was Wallamba’s tenacious hooker James Watt who stole their thunder with an early strike against the feed. Gloucester would exact revenge.

Whereas the forward struggle was absorbingly even combat, Gloucester’s back line found no way to halt fullback Tout’s rampaging runs through midfield, for all the strong tackling of outside-centre Mark Gurusinga.

Wallamba’s jubilation after the game was understandable. They have developed remarkably this year under the coaching of Lee Sullivan and Jim Wilson.

Rarely recognised players such as mobile flanker, Bodie Vidler, working tirelessly after a three-week knee injury, strong-tackling outside-centre Tom Jenkins, constructive five-eighth James Dinnan, lock Aaron Griffis and lineout-winner Daniel Barber, are blending splendidly with stalwarts such as Dan Hessing and Saul Clough.

Chris Tout scored four tries for Wallamba in the clash against Gloucester at Nabiac.

There are two things which will stop the Dolphins from claiming their fourth successive premiership next month – complacency and 25-year-old Chris Tout.

Any observer with one eye could understand why Sydney and Brisbane rugby league clubs attempted to win Tout’s signature with rich contract offers as a younger player. But Tout stayed at home. “You can take the boy out of the bush, but you can’t take the bush.”

Gloucester were best served by their exciting young five-eighth Ryan Yates who displayed pace and penetration for two superb tries, his first a 90-metre dash in beating defenders down the left wing.

It has been a difficult season with rain disruptions, game postponements and a plague of injuries, but just five weeks remain before the grand final on August 27. Surely Myall Coast, the 2012 premiers, can summon the strength to finish with credibility.

Wallamba44 (C Tout 4 tries J Dinnan D Hessing J Watt D Russell tries; S Curnow 2 goals) beat Gloucester21 (R Yates 2 tries M Wooster try, 3 goals).ManningRiver76 beat Oold Bar0; Forster-Tuncurrybeat MYALL COAST by forfeit.

Next Saturday’s 14th round: Gloucester v Myall Coast at Gloucester; Manning River v Forster-Tuncurry at Taree Rugby Park; Wallamba v Old Bar at Nabiac.

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Backgrounding key to carcase success

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Top job: Chris and Marianne Wyllie, Gympie, took home a swag of prizes at the Gympie Carcase Classic including the award for the highest dressing percentage with 61.2 per cent.The 2016 Gympie Carcase Classic attracted large numbers of competitors from notable beef producing areas with organisers deeming it the most successful event in years.
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For the first time competition cattle were backgrounded for about 49days prior to feedlot entry and Goldmix Stockfeeds’ Jo Offord said the difference in results from start to finish was outstanding.

“We had big problems with Bovine Respiratory Disease last year from the word go and we can now clearly link that to the cattle coming straight off mum,” he said.

“If you’regoing to put cattle in a feedlot straight off a cow that has been producing good milkit will take that beast roughly four weeks just to turn around and adjust to the grain.

“The rumen is familiar with the proteinin the cow’s milkand throughbackgrounding we can alter the rumenof that beast at a lesser extremeso when cattle enter the feedlot they start on grain much better.”

Mr Offord said last year’s issues with sickness were linked to stress, exacerbated when enforcing a swift transition from the cow herd onto grain.

“In comparison to last year the cattle ate 4.6 tonnes plus a bale of hay per day in the first three days without background and averaged 7kg weight gain in that time,” he said.

“Essentially they’d been trucked, some for long distances, andcurfewed for their induction weight so the first thing they wanted to do when they entered the feedlot was gorge themselves.

“This type of system causes rumen bacteria problems that take 12 hours to break down and four weeks to rebalance but we eliminated that problem immediately this year by backgrounding.”

This year’s competition cattle were fed at Narelle and Noel Cheshire’s Windera Glen Feedlot at Windera, via Murgon.

Cattle were inducted and weighed before receiving a seven week backgrounding period on a good grass paddock prior to starting on the feedlot ration.

With an average weight of 319kg at the commencement of feeding, cattle began on astarter ration of 13.5 per cent protein and 10.5 megajoulesof energy. The ration is also 15 per cent fibre to help keep the rumen moving after thegrass diet, as well as 2.5 per cent fat, calcium and phosphate.The starter ration was fed for 14 days to ensure cattle started properly.

At half way cattle averaged 403kg with an average daily gain of 1.78kg, compared to the 2015 results where cattle averaged 380kg at half way gaining 1.5kg on average daily.

At the conclusion of 86 days on feed the 2016 carcase competition cattle weighed 451kg.

Carcase competition overseeing judge Barry McIntyre said the 2016 event produced the best cattle in terms of even fat cover he had seen.

“This was the first year since I’ve been judging that everything covered. Most of the cattle had fivemillimetresand only five or six head didn’t have more than three millimetres,” he said.

“The weight gain from the feedlot was fantastic- the backgrounding obviously played a significant part as well as having good weather mild weather conditions.

“Thecattle were noticeablyquieter to handle than in previous years and that goes a long way towards better yields.”

Having worked at Nolan Meats, Gympie, for 19 years,Mr McIntyre’s current role asboning room team leader lends him great credibility injudgingthe Gympie competition- a task he has undertaken for the last three years.

Mr McIntyre said it was becoming more common to see high muscle measurements of more than 100 square centimetres in the competition.

“An increase in better yielding carcases is a good thing generally but ithelps us in the boning room a great deal and the team behind the scenes have done a great job.”

Results:Most suitable carcase for the domestic market- Thompson familyThe Charlie Cotter allrounder- Pratt familyMost suitable carcase for the domestic market (heifer)- Pratt familyMost profitable animal- Zerner familyBest aggregate of carcases- Pratt familyHighest WAM score- Wyllie familyThe Dylan Dalton cattleman’s choice- Minnamurra Pastoral Co.Most successful first time exhibitor- Rosa Cattle Co.Highest dressing percentage- Wyllie familyEncouragement award- A Templeton & SonHighest index score- Minnamurra Pastoral Co.Best weight gain in feedlot- Zerner familyBest weight gain at backgrounding- Rosa Cattle Co.Carcase with largest eye muscle area- Pratt familyThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Students face up to The Enemy Within

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Shirley-May Swan, Joe Williams, Zanah Rose, Ty Glendenning and Kimalee McInnis.Opening with words from his suicide note to his children, former NRL player and professional boxer Joe Williams held nothing back when he shared his story withMoree Secondary College students in The Enemy Within workshop on Thursday.
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“It can be impacting, knowing the subject we talk about,” Joe said. Raw and real, Joe shared the daily struggle that led him to the brink, and the great resilience and small steps that brought him back to a healthy place.

“I’m still alive and I’m lucky to be alive. When I realised that I’ve got a second chance, I made a promise to myself to make a positive impact.”

Teacher John O’Connor said the students were transfixed by Joe’s honesty, the quietest he could remember seeing them.“It’s certainly engaged them into the moment,” he said.

“This is real, this person’s been there.” John said it meant a lot for students to see how Joe had come back from his darkest days.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Joe said he had struggled with suicidal thoughts and depressive moods almost every day of his life. Dealing with extreme emotional highs and lows, Joe said,“can be a moment by moment thing, sometimes”.

“It wasn’t spoken about for a couple of years, people are taken aback by it,” he admitted.Joe wanted the students to know that mental illness didn’t need to hold them back, and was proud to keep achieving at a high level despite the daily struggle.

Through his years of mental anguish, Joe was able to play NRL for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs. He became a professionalboxer in 2009,is a two timeWBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and recently won the WBC Asia Continental Title.

“You can succeed in whatever you want to do if you are struggling,” Joe said. He said the diagnosis gave him some relief, butexplained that bipolar disorder didn’t define him, and neither did his professional sporting career.

“I’m like every other single person out there in the community that goes to work and has my bills to pay.”

Joe taught students how to recognise the signs of mental illness in themselves and others, and shared a number of practical tips for those struggling to get through each day. He talked about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and led students through maintaining healthy communication with others.

He told students that dealing with mental illness was no different to physical illnesses – there’s no shame in going to a doctorif you break your leg, likewise there should be no shame in seeking helpif you’re feeling overwhelmed.

He felt lucky to share his story everyday, andto know that he had a positive impact on others.

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Two men rescued from Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park

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Tourists pose for photographs earlier in January at the Figure Eight Pools in the Royal National Park. Photo: Wolter PeetersTwo men were flown to safety after swimming in the notorious Figure Eight Pools in Sydney’s Royal National Park.
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Emergency services were called to the pools at the southern end of the park on Sunday night following reports that people were in trouble after the tide had risen.

The men, aged 28 and 29, were winched to safety by a NSW Ambulance Helicopter.

The 29-year-old was taken to Sutherland Hospital where he was treated for minor hypothermia and injuries.

The younger man was taken to Garie Beach car park where he was treated for minor hypothermia. He did not require hospital treatment.

Wollongong police, Police Rescue, State Emergency Services volunteers, paramedics and Surf LIfe Savers were all involved in the rescue.

The rescue comes one week after a 20-year-old man was flown from the pools after he was knocked over by a wave.

He suffered superficial injuries to his wrist, thigh and knee, and paramedics eventually decided to call an ambulance rescue helicopter.

In recent months, the picturesque pools have attracted thousands of sightseers, who have risked injury to snap social media photos along the rock shelf which becomes inundated at high tide.

In January, more than 100 people were visiting the pools when a powerful wave crashed over the rock shelf and swept sightseers off their feet.

Three women were flown to hospital for treatment while a number of others suffered cuts, grazes and bruising.

Police said people were reminded to check for weather conditions and tide times before heading to the pools.

with Illawarra Mercury 

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Bank of Melbourne sign calling homeless person ‘inconsiderate’ sparks outrage

by admin on December 20th, 2018

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A sign posted outside a Bank of Melbourne branch in Footscray that called a rough sleeper “inconsiderate” has sparked outrage.
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The homeless person had been sheltering in the entrance of the bank, blocking access to the branch’s ATM, which led an employee at the bank to post the notice.

The sign read: “Due to an inconsiderate person using the foyer as a place to live and litter, we are having to close this part of the branch until further notice.”

A photo of the note was posted on the bank’s Facebook page by Gemma Carafella, who called the bank’s thinking “out of touch”.

“To think that the biggest victim in the scenario described in the sign is the bank demonstrates a fairly startling disconnect between your bank and the struggles of people who are experiencing disadvantage,” she wrote.

“You are out of touch.”

A representative for the bank apologised for the offending sign and said it would be taken down.

“We apologise for any offence taken as this was certainly not our intention,” the Facebook reply read. “We will be addressing this directly with the branch manager.”

One Facebook user said the bank’s response would determine whether they stayed with the Bank of Melbourne. “I know banks aren’t compassionate institutions, but this is too much,” they wrote.

Another wrote: “If you had the capacity to put yourself in another’s shoes, you’d realise that to the customers/business it is purely an inconvenience, but to the homeless it is quite literally a matter of life and death.”

But some were supportive of the sign. One Facebook user wrote: “How would all of you people appreciate someone sleeping and littering on your property, especially if it affected how you ran your business?”

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