Images released of body in bin victim Valmai Birch

Detectives are appealing for assistance from members of the public as they continue to investigate the death of a woman found in a wheelie bin near Wollongong in 2011.Valmai Jane BirchAround 10pm on Monday 22 March 2011, police from the Wollongong Local Area Command attended a unit block on Woods Avenue, Woonona, after residents reported smelling a foul odour coming from a flat.
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Source: Illawarra Mercury

Police have released two images of Woonona murder victim Valmai Jane Birch in a bid to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen the 34-year-old mother in the lead-up to her death in March 2011.

Ms Birch’s body was found hidden in a wheelie bin in the bathroom of her Woods Avenue flat on March 22 after neighbours reported smelling a foul odour.

Police forced entry into the flat about 10pm where they made the grisly discovery.

At the time, Woods Avenue resident Brett Atkinson told the Mercury he heard screams coming from the unit in the weeks before Ms Birch’s death.

“We definitely heard the screams and it was pretty bad, it was full on,” he said.

The two images, taken on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, were sourced from CCTV cameras at Wollongong Railway Station. They are among the last images taken of Ms Birch before her death.

Detective Acting Inspector Darryn Gunn from the Homicide Squad said police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help with the investigation into Ms Birch’s death.

“We believe Ms Birch was murdered between Wednesday, March 9 and Monday, March 22, 2011,” he said.

“We’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Ms Birch during February or March 2011.

“It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant the information may seem, it could help us crack this case and bring whoever is responsible for Ms Birch’s death to justice.

“Please remember, information can be provided anonymously and will be treated confidentially.”

The morning after Ms Birch’s body was discovered, Wollongong crime manager Inspector Joe Mura said her body may have been in the bin for “a number of weeks”.

Neighbours remembered Ms Birch as a pleasant woman but said they believed she had problems.

Ms Birch is survived by her two young sons.

Charles Sturt University passes the test as results improve

UNDER PRESSURE: Kelso High year 12 students Georgina Meyers and Jodie Simson are studying hard for the Higher School Certificate. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 071514careersCHARLES Sturt University (CSU) is among only two universities in Australia where students have improved on their pass rates compared with a decade ago.
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In 2003, 77.88 per cent of CSU students passed all of their subjects, but in 2013 this figure jumped to 83.58 per cent, just above the average national score of 83.52 per cent.

The only other university to improve on their decade-old score was the University of New South Wales, up from 90.09 per cent in 2003 to 91.44 last year.

CSU deputy vice-chancellor Garry Marchant said he was proud of the university’s growth in pass rates for their 16,000 on-campus students.

“We try to engage with students more and provide mentoring and we’ve got a risk assessment to predict when students might have problems,” he said.

“We’re proud of trying to help as many people be as successful as possible.”

While good results are important, Kelso High School careers counsellor Denis Behan said one failed university subject over a 12 month period was really not that “dire”.

Mr Behan said not all students were suited, or wanted to go, to university, and the school made sure students were aware of the wide range of options available.

“We look at apprenticeships and traineeships and also university,” he said.

“We have things like work experience and a job expo and a number of events in and out of school.

“We have employers, TAFE, private colleges, universities, you name it … we present all options to all students because at the end of the day the kids will change careers over their lifetime.”

Getting a great score is already foremost in the minds of year 12 Kelso High School students Jodie Simson and Georgina Meyers.

“Teachers make out to us that your ATAR and HSC is everything,” Jodie said.

“I don’t think we’re under pressure to go to uni, but there’s a lot of pressure to get a good ATAR.”

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Ballarat breakfast report: July 16

A quiet night for emergency services and the search for a missing teen continues.WEATHER
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Still cold, cold, cold. Don’t let the four degree starthamper today’s productivity. Ballarat will see a top of 10 degrees with clouds looming overhead.

A shower or two, clearing in the morning, then a few showers later this afternoon and evening.

Winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning westerly 20 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h in the middle of the day.

POLICE

Ballarat police had nothing of interest to report over night.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help find a missing teenager.

Skye Kiervan, 13-years-old has been missing since 30 June from her home in Keilor.

It is believed Skye could be in the Melton, Ballarat or Werribee areas after several sightings over the past weeks.

Skye is described as caucasian, 155cm tall, thin build, with shoulder length straight brown hair.

A quiet night for emergency services and the search for a missing teen continues.

FIRE

A dozen volunteeer firefighters from Ballarat City Fire Station attendedtraining on Tuesday night.

The training involved an inspection of the MRI machine at Ballarat Base Hospital.

AMBULANCE

Paramedics have nothing of interest to report from over night.

V/LINE

Aside from a 10 minute delay to the 5.22am Wendouree to Southern Cross service, all other trains appear to be running to schedule.

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#TBT GALLERY: Taking a look at July 1997

#TBT GALLERY: Taking a look at July 1997 Taking a look at photos from the pages of the Daily LIberal in July 1997.
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Tough markets

Stock Report by Geoff Plasto 15 July 2014
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Having had a freezing cold weekend, rain has commenced as I write this report with 10-20mm forecast for today, and some shower to follow over the next few days.

The prime cattle sale last Thursday at Dubbo saw 4850 cattle penned in a pretty good quality yarding with lesser numbers of heavy steers present, the market overall was harder. Trade cattle fell up to 13 cents and the very best of the feeder steers were firm, although most lost 12 cents. Heavy steers were 6 to 8 cents cheaper, the best of the heavy heifers remained firm, cows were down 14 to 16 cents.

Quotations: calves 140 to 230, steer vealers 130 to 213, heifer vealers 120 to 205, steer yearlings 138 to 215, heifer yearling 90 to 190, heavy steers 120 to 193, bullocks 155 to 200, heavy heifers 90 to 184, light cows 54, medium cows 80 to 118, heavy cows 106 to 138, bulls 100 to 188.

Last Friday 3000 store cattle were penned at CTLX Carcoar with steers and heifers in the majority at a sale which lacked the quality of the previous sale. Prices for the better quality and breeds were firm. The remainder eased $40 to $50. 1586 weaner steers were sold from $200 to $745 to average $474 or 198 cents per kg. Only one pen of yearling steers made $580, weaner heifers ranged from $175 to $525 to average $381, yearling heifers traded from $400 to $520 to average $451, PTIC heifers realised $340 to $600 averaging $471, PTIC cows sold $400 to $890 for a pen of Angus cows. Cow and calves ranged from $600 to $1000 and unjoined cows traded from $350 to $900.

At Dubbo on Monday 36,250 lambs penned in a mixed quality yarding. New season’s lambs were limited in supply and slipped $2, old lightweight lambs were close to firm, the better finished trade weights fell $1 to $2; heavy weights lost $3 while heavy weight Merino lambs sold to strong competition.

Quotations: Light young lamb $65.20 to $84, medium young lamb $94 to $126.60, heavy young lamb $115 to $133, supermarket young lamb $136 to $144, young lambs $23.20 to $88, medium lamb $ 78 to $114.50, heavy lambs $103 to $ 129, supermarket lamb $115 to $150, export lamb $139 to $186.

1200 mutton penned in a close to firm market.

Quotations: young ewes $48 to $157.20 for a pen of crossbreds going to restockers, light ewes $30 to $68, medium ewes $67 to $95, heavy ewes $88 to $112, young wethers $90 to $100, light wethers $44 to $70, medium wethers $66 to $86.20, heavy wethers $100 to $115.60, rams $56 to $79.

Schute Bell report that last week’s sale showed a positive trend before going into the three week recess with the Sydney offering improving on both selling days especially on the finer end of the market. Discounts applying to the lower style types were not as severe compared to the previous weeks. 36,233 bales were offered approximately 10,000 bales less than the corresponding sale last year. The passed in rate was 10.1%. Sales will resume on the week commencing forth of August with the market hoping to repeat last year’s opening when wool prices gained till January.

The Northern Market Indicator closed at 1035 cents per kg clean, a rise of 8 cents

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