Give happy, live happy

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Volunteers: Mike Vasey, Ross Croft, Gail Sargentsen, Josh Whiteland (Koomal Dreaming), Charles Gilbert and Ashley Kidd. Photo: Cheryle Brown. IT’Sthe time to celebrate Nannup’s volunteers again during National VolunteerWeek from May 9to 15. Nannup, like many communities,relies on itsvolunteers to ensure that our town continues to develop and thrive.

Continuing the Give Happy Live Happy theme from 2015, this year celebratesthat there is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time andskills to help others. Volunteering builds communities, is a healthy lifestylechoice for those who volunteer and is one of the strongest predictors we have ofincreasing our health andhappiness according to

Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’tvolunteer – doctors should recommend it.

“Australia was ranked number 10 in the latest World Happiness Report and we think it has a lot to do with Australia’s dedicated volunteers. The report highlighted Australia as having the second highest percentage population share of volunteering in registered organisations and we know that number would be even higher outside of the established organisations,” Brett Williamson OAM, CEO, Volunteering Australia said.

“Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference, so pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week and you too can Give Happy, Live Happy. We want to make Australia the happiest place on Earth.”

Nannup has more than 50 community groups who rely on the invaluable workand commitment of volunteers. Nannup’s volunteers contribute in a range ofareas from emergency services; to sporting and recreational clubs; to arts andculture; to the environment; and community services.

Where would Nannup be without the volunteers for our successful Musicand Flower and Garden Festivals? If paid labour was the only alternative therewould be no event, major or otherwise.

To all the volunteers in Nannup, both seen and unseen, thank you.

More information on volunteering in Nannup can be obtained from the NannupVolunteer Resource Centre on 9756 3022.

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Redland City MPs tight lipped over LNP tussle

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REDLAND City’s three state MPs are remaining tight-lipped about the battle within the Liberal-National Party.

The then Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek leaves the Redland Bay Golf Club in March 2011 minutes before Jeff Seeney calls a press conference about the plan for a change in the party’s leadership.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson and Redlands MP Matt McEachan will be in the party room when the Opposition decides whether to hold a leadership spill on Friday.

If the bid is successful, a three-way battle for party leadership will be held between former National Party leader Lawrence Springborg; long-time leader hopeful and former LNP Treasurer Tim Nicholls; and the former Housing Minister and NRL umpire Tim Mander.

The party room meeting and spill motion were raised by former deputy leader Jeff Seeney following Mr Mander’s resignation from the Opposition frontbench and questions over Mr Springborg’s grip on power.

The move was reminiscent of the party unrest, which came to a head in March 2011 at an Opposition Community Cabinet meeting at Redland Bay Golf Club when Mr Seeney hinted the party leadership of John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg would change.

Both Langbroek and Springborg tendered their resignations the day after the Redland Bay event, when the then Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was named leader of the party outside cabinet.

On Wednesday, Mr Mander dismissed claims the move could jeopardise his re-election to his seat of Everton. Mr Springborg said he was confident of maintaining the leadership.

Cleveland MP Mr Robinson was not willing to say who he would back but used the opportunity to have a swipe at the Labor government.

“In my view, Lawrence Springborg has done a good job across the state to hold to account this do-nothing Labor government,” he said.

“Secondly, whoever emerges as the leader from Friday’s LNP party room, we all need to unite behind them and quickly get back to focussing on jobs and growing the economy and working hard in our electorates.”

Redlands MP Mr McEachan said the most important thing for Redland taxpayerswas a strong Opposition team holding the Palaszczuk Labor government to account.

However, Capalaba MP Don Brown, a member of the government, said the rift in the Opposition was ominous.

“The Palaszczuk government and I are focused on delivering for our community, whether it is compulsory preferential voting or the leadership,” he said.

“It is clear the Opposition only cares about their own jobs.”

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Grade 2s still playoff chance despite loss

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The final round of the Pennants season was played last weekend.

The Grade 2 side travelled to Grenfell and lost a close match.

Graham Fliedner’s team won by three shots while Garry Carberry’s team won by four.

On the other rink, Col Hayward’s team were beaten by 11 shots with the overall result going to Grenfell by four shots.

Depending upon other results, the Grade 2’s may progress to the playoffs.

The Grade 5 side travelled to Caragabal and will be in the playoffs after a good win.

Warren Bevan’s team went down 20-19, but the other two teams had wins.

Col Mudie and his team won 19-17 and John Corcoran’s team won 18-14 for an aggregate score of 58-51.

In Grade 7, the winner of the match between Parkes and Railway Diggers would go on to the playoffs.

Railway got off to a good start, but Parkes fought back and had the lead for a while.

Railway came back to take the match by four shots, winning two of the three rinks.

In Club Championships, Brett Frame teamed with Paul Henry to play the father and son team of Warwick and Matt Parker in Major Pairs.

Brett and Paul won the early ends to lead 5-2 before the Parkers drew level at 8-all.

Brett and Paul steadily built a lead and ran out 26-20 winners.

In Major Singles, John Corcoran scored a convincing win over Arthur Corbett.

John teamed with Tom Casey in Major Pairs to defeat Garry and Michael Went.

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Juniors hit the ground running

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The Yass Magpies Under 6’s for 2016. Photos: Supplied. Under 6’s

It safe to say that we have a few future NRL Stars play their first game of Rugby League for the Yass Magpies under 6’s.

Yass Magpies u/6’s had a very entertaining close game Sunday morning. Sunday was the team’s first performance of the year. Seth Olah scored a great double with some hard running and fantastic palming off also Charlie Jamieson scored a fantastic long range try with some good skills and great determination. All the Kids were great in defence except for the occasional high shot and great in attack except a few kids running the wrong way but that’s all part of the fun. Taylah Isbister, Jaiden Ings and George Farley were all outstanding in their first game. Special thanks to parents who put their hand up and traveled to Queanbeyan. The Kids take one Queanbeyan again this weekend at Walker Park 9am Sunday come down and support our future stars of the game. Go the Magpies!

Under 7’s

The Pateman Power Solutions under 7’s put in a solid attack and defensive effort to win their first game of the season 20 – 4 against the Gungahlin Bulls Red team. Alex Bell was the first to crack the defence with a try, followed by George Foran, Jack Ryan, Liam Beeten and Sutherland Holliday. Stepping and defensive palm offs are starting to become a great part of the game.

Sutherland Holliday was top of the defence with Jack Jamieson, Jack Ryan, Eli Cassidy and Alex Bell not far behind. Takai Kristiansen-Chatfield made a spectacular try saving tackle with Brodie Poidevin-Warden making a couple on the side-line. Kane Mitchell and Brock Lenon both fantastic first games as Magpies.

Great work boys and I think we can look forward to a great season ahead!

The Yass Magpies Under 7’s for 2016. Photos: Supplied.

Under 8’s

For the first round of the 2016 season the Yass Magpies under 8’s went up against the Woden Weston Rams in Curtin ACT. The Rams defence was too strong for the magpies to break through with the Ram’s taking their first win of the season 40 – 0. Even though the score didn’t show it the Magpies put up a great effort in their first game.

Under 9’s

The Tanks Bakery U9’s Magpies played West Belconnen on Sunday going down 30-10. Although they found it a challenge to adapting it to the new Mod rules, Coach Peter was impressed with how the boys spread out in defence and tackled in numbers. Connor, Denver & Oscar led the charge in defence with Joey, Kylan & Kyle keeping pressure on Belconnen with their allusive runs. Try scorers this week was Thomas Jamieson and Connor Shepherd, Connor also converting his try. New comer Baxton received the player for the week trophy for his all-round performance. Special mention to Dom, Will, Josh & Sean, all putting in solid efforts.

The Yass Magpies Under 8’s for 2016. Photos: Supplied.

Under 10’s

Round 1 saw the Amaroo Coloured Wool under 10’s travel to Queanbeyan to face off against the Blues. Our Maggies put pressure on the Blues right from the first kick off. It was not long before Jack Collins ran onto the ball to score in the corner. The boys passing game was spot-on putting Brad Barber over the line to score and Lucas McPherson side-stepped defenders to score our third try.

Yass continued to dominate the game in the second half with Zac Finch busting through the line to score a well-earned try. Tony Davis, Dane Howard and Ben Martens made solid hit-ups throughout the game. Lucas McPherson burst through the opposition to run in Yass’ last try as the full-time buzzer went.

Riley Bateup topping the tackle count with great defence from Jazz Carey, Josh Barry, Dane Howard and Zac Finch. The final score Yass 28 – Queanbeyan 16.

Under 11’s

The Hi-Way Motor Inn under 11’s had a great start to the season with a 40 point to 4 win over Woden Weston. All the boys had a terrific game, with everyone contributing to the final result.

There was some big strong runs and great tackling that made the game awesome to watch. Luke Davis had his career best game, with 3 tries and some strong tackling. It is also great to have both Will and Tyson back in the side after having a year or two off.

Tries to Luke (3), Lane (2), and 1 each to Coby, Timmy and Lucas. Conversions to Coby, Lucas, Cameron and Lane. We have had a terrific lead up to Round 1, and look forward to the year ahead.

The Yass Magpies Under 18’s girls for 2016. Photos: Supplied.

Under 13’s

The U/13’s Sponsored by Chris and Mell Beck Tree Removalists headed to Nicholls Oval for the round one encounter, nervous, playing on the big field for the first time, with new teammates, changes in positions and new coaching staff Jesse and Richo in their ears.

The Magpies dominated field position in the first half, with Yass’s left side centre Jack Callaughan making big metres down field on every opportunity and being laid a good go forward platform by the front rowers of Thomas Bell and Kane Dowling.

Yass had three tries on the scoreboard, before allowing Gungahlin Bulls make metres from a couple of back to back errors, but the Magpies defensive effort was very good, with the halves pairing of Kyle Jenkins and Ryan Prins, working hard and organising the Magpies line.

The Magpies halves kicking game was outstanding on the back of strong completions by the Yass team, only making three errors in the first half, they dominated the Bulls in every play, with Yass going to halftime leading 5 tries to Nil.

The Yass forwards were eating metres with dummy half, Sam Clark organising, back rowers Harvey Blackmore, Declan Barry, and lock forward Braith Ironside creating havoc on the edge of the Bulls ruck.

The second half had the Magpies running into the strong headwind, making an error early gave the opportunity for the speedy Bulls winger to score a try on the Yass’s left edge. The Bulls thought they had found a vulnerable area to attack, but they didn’t count on Magpies full back, Patrick McPhillips and winger Angus Gallahar, working hard in defence to stop two try opportunities for the Bulls.

The outside backs for Yass were outstanding in attack on the changeover of possession, Charlie Beck, Bailey Rummary and Caleb Davis creating havoc on every carry for the team.

Once again the Magpies only made three errors in the second half, dominating field position into the strong head wind, with back rower Tyson Carey, finding space and making metres on every carry.

The support play and offloads by the Magpies caused the Bulls major concerns with the Magpies scoring 4 tries to 2 in the second half. The final score Yass Magpies 42 defeating the Gungahlin Bulls 8.

Tries – Patrick McPhillips 2, Jack Callahan 2, Declan Barry 2, Kyle Jenkins 1, Sam Clark 1, Harvey Blackmore 1. Goals – Ryan Prins 1, Sam Clark 1, Kane Dowling 1. The Chris and Mell Beck Tree Removals player of the match went to Harvey Blackmore. Thanks to, Josh Sykes for running the line, Mick Jenkins and John Prins as water boys, Mell as our first aid officer and Malcolm Ironside looking after the score sheet for the game.

Under 14’s

The Bezzy’s Garden Services under 14’s travelled to Melba to take on the Belconnen Sharks. Yass were quick to open with a frenzy of tries and quickly established a 6 tries to 1 lead at half time.

Hayden Faulder was unstoppable with 4 tries and Michael Williams playing in the halves also scoring 3 times and converting 1. Other point scorers were 2 tries to Tyler Bell, 1 to Riley Timmer & Jayden Caldwell and 5 goals to Tom Robert.

The ref called the mercy rule 8min short, final score 56-6. Our new coach Spider praised the boys on their team work and how well they followed game plans.

Under 16’s

The under 16’s had their first game of the year against Goulburn in Goulburn on Friday night.

While going down 0-13 the boys showed that once they get more game time together they will be more than capable of troubling the top teams. It was a rainy night which stifled our attack out wide so the game became a battle in the forwards.

Will Goode in his debut for the club was a tower of strength and collected 3 points in a man of the match performance while Blake Watson was not far behind to collect 2 points. Tyler Waters high defensive work rate display enabled him to collect 1 point.

In the backs Lachlan Davis and Jack Godfrey both defended well on the edges.

Another debutant Tyson Ings along with Hayden Puckett shared the player’s player award.

Newcomer Ryan Willcott in his first ever game of League ran strongly and will be a great asset the more games he plays in.

Next Friday the team plays their first home game of the year @7pm and will welcome back two players but will be without both front rowers who are unavailable.

Under 18’s Girls

Last Friday night we saw the first ever Yass Minor League Magpies Rugby League team take the field to represent the town of Yass in the full tackle model of the game.

Up against the back to back Premiers Goulburn at Goulburn’s home ground the girls were ready for a baptism of fire and all the travelled supporters were not sure what to expect from our girls against such strong opposition.

After 5 minutes of game time the supporters worry had turned to admiration of how well the girls were mixing it with the talented opposition.

Some of the one on one tackling was phenomenal and hard to believe from a team playing for the first time.

Shannon Wright scored the first try for the team and calmly converted her try then later added another goal from out wide which the referee commented on how sweet the kick was and being involved heavily in a lot of the Yass attack Shannon was awarded the 3 points in the player points for the match.

Maddison Douven who partners Shannon in the halves was absolutely everywhere. Tackling like a demon with her cover tackling a highlight and handling the ball in attack numerous times received the 2 points.

Tamika Veale was the recipient of the 1 point and also scored the 2nd try for Yass running a great line onto a pass and was to strong for the 3 defenders to stop her tackling was also a highlight.

There were a lot of good performers but a special mention for Logan Davis who took on the big Goulburn pack and got over the top of them. Constantly hurting them with her running and ironing them out with her tackling.

The highlight being smashing there front rower from the kick off which resulted in Yass scoring. Her work rate with the ball was phenomenal.

While the score got away towards the end of the game the girls have shown that they will be more than a giggle and be instead a great addition to the league and also a good advertisement for girl’s rugby league in Yass.

Each week the girls will be the Curtin raiser to the under 16’s boys game and will attain a large crowd following in their own right.

Well done girls on your first game and good luck getting out of bed today!

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New kid on the vacation care block

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New opportunities arise as Mission Australia closes their Clarke Oval before and after school and vacation care centre. Following the unexpected closure of Mission Australia’s Before and After School Care Centre last month, parents now have a plethora of opportunities available.

Little Wattle Preschool and Child Care Centre was quick to step in offering a similar service.

Now, Sherpa Kids franchiseeMichael Rasmussen, has confirmed he plans to offer before school care, after school care and vacation care out of Sacred Heart Central School.

Mr Rasmussen, whose parents and sister and brother-in-law Jacky and Michael Sheahan live in Cootamundra, knew he was in a position to help when he read aCootamundra Herald article on the closure of the Clarke Oval facility.

“Irun two services out of primary schools in Camden and Campbelltown and provide fun, engaging and structured programs,” Mr Rasmussen said.

He hasalso recently secured the rights to open a Sherpa Kids serviceat Goulburn North Public School.

A primary school teacher by trade, Mr Rasmussen has also been a member of the Police Force before moving into Sherpa Kids.

Mr Rasmussen said the program will be open for all five to 12 year olds in Cootamundra.

He said the focus of the service is on education and care and is more than a babysitter.

Students are in a structured environment including dedicated homework time.

Ideal for Sacred Heart students and parents as the service will be located within the school grounds, Mr Rasmussen said staff will also be able to safely walk Cootamundra Public School students to and from school.

EA Southee students will be accepted into the program however a transport option has not yet been finalised.

Mr Rasmussen said he isworking hard to get the service approved as fast as possible to enable childcare benefits and rebates to be passed on to parents.

“We are also looking to employ suitably qualified people looking for a fun and rewarding career,” Mr Rasmussen said.

He is aiming to open the service by the end of May, if not earlier.

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Reassessment after car park purchase

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The former Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, is to be turned into car parking after being purchased by council for $600,000.The purchase of the Plumb Motors site in Auckland St, Bega, by council, is likely toresult in other council projects, such as some general road repairs and maintenance being delayed.

The warning from BVSC director of strategy and business servicesLucas Scarpinis revealed inthe confidential documents that have just been declassified following the last council meeting on April 27.

“If council resolves to acquire 77-79Auckland Street, Bega, council’s long-term financial plan will have to be updated to reflect the new acquisition which will mean that currently committed projects will need to be reassessed for prioritised funding. This will occur during the 2017 financial year planning process,” Mr Scarpin said in his report to council in December 2015 when the opportunity to purchase the Plumb Motors site was being discussed.

Council had first looked at the site in 2013 and offered the vendor the unimproved land value of $348,000, but this was refused. Council then looked at leasing the site for car parking but the $20,000 annual lease was refused as the vendors wanted closer to $39,000.

Since then the site has been listed at $600,000, with Caddey, Searl and Jarman valuing the property at $625,000 in 2013.

Council purchased the site on April 1 for $600,000 and has said that it will cost an estimated $288,000 to turn the 2505sqm site into 90 car parking spaces.

Mr Scarpin also said that the acquisition of additional parking in Bega was not incouncil’s long-term asset management plans, but acknowledged it was reasonable to expect Bega would need extra parking at some time in the future and that “a strategic acquisition at the right price should not be ignored”.

The declassified documents also show that council paid$550,000 for the Hotel Australasia in Eden. Earlier in the financial year council paid $1.293million for the Auswide building in Merimbula. These purchases were also not part of the long-term plan and as such have no designated funding source, which means they must be paidfor from the general fund.

Eden’s Hotel Australasia was purchased by the Bega Valley Shire Council for $550,000.

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Tasting Australia celebrates SA produce

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Tasting Australia celebrates SA produce The entry to Tasting Australia in Victoria Square.

Lenswood Apples’ Elise Bennett, Paul James and Julian Carbone with the newly released miniature apple variety Rockit.

In the Limestone Coast stand were Narelle Pignotti, Mount Gambier, The Blok Estate’s Luke Trotter, Coonawarra, The Splendid Egg’s Liam Brokensha, Rymill’s Josie Abbey and Jaqui Simmiss, Blok Estate’s Bec Trotter and Limestone Coast tourism industry development manager Biddie Shearing.

Representing the Eyre Peninsula in the region’s tent were Georgina Burns, Simon Amber, Marion Trethewey, Sam Kumara, Bes Abdic and Brad Riddle.

In the Riverland stand were Val Bassham, Bassham Wines, Barmera, Adam Barich, Whistling Kite Wines, Loxton, Jenny Semmler, 919 Wines, Glossop, and Mary Kent, Salt and Pepper Catering, Berri.

Spreading the message about the International Year of the Pulse were AGT Foods Australia’s James McColl, Agrisemm Global Brokerage’s Peter Semmler and AGT’s Leight Wright.

Brett Partridge and Peter Nash, from Kangaroo Island Coffee Roasters, Kingscote.

Rasa Fabian, Richard Woods and Samantha Bowner, from Shut the Gate Wines at Watervale.

Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism’s Miranda Lang, George Zhang, from CMV Farms, Langhorne Creek, and Louise Lawson, Heartland Wines, Langhorne Creek.

Well-known chef Sean Connolly doing a cooking demonstration.

Big crowds attended Tasting Australia.

Doing a cooking demonstration at the Central Markets and representing the Australian Mushroom Growers Association were Pam Tobin and Judyta Slupnicki.

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MAY MAYHEM: Teens charged as crime spikes in Dubbo

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Police are seeking assistance from the community in the wake of a spate in petty crimes.A 16-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl will both face court on 37 charges next month, as police ask residents of Dubbo to be proactive in helping the local force tackle a spate of crime within the city in recent times.

Figures for the first five days of May have revealed alarming numbers in multiple categories, with Orana Local Area Command investigations manager Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith putting out a call to arms for assistance from the public.

The figures provided from May 1-5 revealed:

22 reported cases of steal from motor vehicle13 reported cases of malicious damage6 reported cases of break and enter (dwelling) and;4 reported cases of break and enter (non-dwelling)Those numbers don’t take into account the high-profile theft of four vehicles valued at $350,000 from Dubbo Jaguar Land Rover last Thursday night/Friday morning or a rampage on April 20 at a Dubbo motel which saw 16 vehicles damaged.

Det Sgt Meredith confirmed the arrests in relation to the motel matters, with the alleged offenders given conditional bail to appear in court on June 27.

“One motel in particular had 16 vehicles damaged or stolen from, and in total there were 29 around the CBD in that timeframe,” he said.

“As a result of our investigations into those and some other matters we arrested and charged a 16-year-old male and a 13-year-old female with 37 alleged offences.

“We are doing everything in our power, and our numbers as far as arrests are so much higher than comparable neighbouring LACs, which shows that we are out there doing our absolute best.

“We are proactively monitoring known offenders, and taking a raft of other measures to try and bring the rates of these crimes down, but we need that assistance from the community to help us do our job to the best of our ability.”

The theft of a Jaguar, two Land Rovers and a Range Rover worth $350,000 from the recently-refurbished Wheelers Lane premises continues to be investigated by officers, with the questioning of multiple parties being backed by closed circuit television (CCTV) and forensics as officers work to gather enough evidence to make arrests

“A lot of the crimes we’re having reported are opportunistic crimes. Sometimes there’s no valuables and they move on, sometimes they see something they like and they try to do a smash-and-grab on it,” Det Sgt Meredith said.

“It’s easy to get complacent sometimes but we just want people to be vigilant and not give these people an excuse to break into their car, home or business

“CCTV is so important as far as gathering suitable evidence but we realise not everyone has that, and realistically it shouldn’t come to a point where people need it.

“But more and more people are getting it and in time it will probably be the norm, it’s the same with dashcams in cars, and every little bit of help we can get is important.

“That’s why we want the people of Dubbo to come forward with information, either by contacting the police and speaking with us or providing any photos or vision they have. In some cases there’s CCTV where the public may think it shows nothing but due to intelligence and data that we’ve gathered it can come in really handy.

“You can’t tell me that there’s not people out there who know who the perpetrators are, but for whatever reasion they don’t come forward with it.

“We all live in this city so we should all have an interest in making it the best place it can be.”

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Sad tinge to midwives day

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Midwives at the Mersey Community Hospital havehelpedto bring 15,000 Coastalbabies into the world.

That’ssince the first newbornwas delivered atLatrobeon August 21, 1992 at 7.31 am.

Mother lode: Mersey midwives Debbie Chettle with Autumn Grossmith and maternity services nurse unit manager Mandy Compton with Sophie Muir. Picture: Cordell Richardson

The midwife was Debbie Chettle and sheis still at the Mersey today.

Mrs Chettle wasjust backfrom maternity leave after having her daughter at the old maternity hospital in Devonport.

As a midwife, the move to Latrobe was not a big adjustmentbut it was for acommunity unhappy to lose itsseparate maternity and outpatientservicesand there were protests at the time.

The decision was made to consolidate the two parts of the hospital at Latrobe and change is looming again.

On Thursday it was a proud day tinged with sadnessas thecloseknit team at Mersey marked thelast international midwives day together beforebirthing services arecentralised to Burniein September.

Antenatal and post-natal care wouldstill continue to be delivered from boththe Mersey and inBurnie for mothers across the North-West.

The Mersey midwives have a close bond due to the nature of the work.

Maternity services nurse unit manager Mandy Comptonsaid she wouldn’t want to do anything else.There arelong-serving Mersey midwives that have seen generations of women havebabies.

“Sometimes you know ladies before they come in and ladies have come back a few times to have babies, so that’s a nice thing,” Mrs Chettle said.

Mrs Compton took time to reflectonthe huge changes in midwifery.

Amajornew innovation has beenwhere midwives have juststartedto doultrasounds and the registration of suitably qualified eligible midwives to prescribemedication and do pathology tests rather than need a doctor to orderthe tests.

When Mrs Comptontrainedwomen stayed in hospital for 10 days after the birth and were not allowed out of bed.

“In 1984 breast feeding wasn’t really encouragedit was much more for the convenience of the hospital andwe fed thebabies every four hours and the babies went back the nursery.”

Another huge change was to have mothers in the room with their baby. A mother today wants theskin to skin contact with her baby whereas it used to be thatonce the baby wasborn the baby waswrapped in blankets.

“What other job can you be a part of this miracle, and no matter how many thousands of births you have seen, every one is different, and special, and every oneyou still get that joy,” Mrs Compton said.

You are there to help people make the transition to being a family.

“It’s a privilege to be part of that,” Mrs Chettle said.

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Taskforce to look at dairy price drop

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Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford

The Victorian Government has set up a taskforce, to help dairy farmers through what Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford says is a “significant shift in the market.”

The Dairy Industry Taskforcewill be headed by Victorian Agriculture Advisory Committee chair Mike Taylor, after 80 percent of the state’s farmers were affected by price cuts.

“People are in a state of shock, they are angry, I think they have had their confidence shaken in decision makers, there’s a lot of anxiety there.”

Ms Pulford said there was a global shift in the milk price, resulting in farmers “facing some pretty significant distress.

“What is going on is an adjustment, not just in Victoria, not just in Australia, but an international adjustment in the dairy price,” Ms Pulford said.

“This is not something that is going to be over in weeks or months -this is a challenge that is going to face our dairy farmers, perhaps for the longer term,and so our challenge is about helping businesses transition to a lower price environment.

“One thing which was really clear was the degree of commitment by industry to its suppliers, to their farmers, and desire of the industry to work constructively to provide support to people who are really doing it very tough, at the moment.”

The taskforce was formed at a meeting of representatives ofprocessors, the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)

It was convened after Murray Goulburn’s shock decision to cut its farmgate milk price, followed today by Fonterra’s decision to drop its price by 60 cents.

Ms Pulfordsaid one of the first things the taskforce would do was to map the extent of the problem.

“It’s premature to know what kind of support communities need, there will be some communities which will be significantly impacted by this so we will monitor that closely and respond accordingly.

‘There are already some very good programs which exist;what we need to do, is extend them.”

The Minister said farmers would be looking for advice about their own personal circumstances, but that would vary from business to business.

“Some of the variables there are the amount of debt the business is holding and the extent to which they have already been impacted by drought – there is a lot of information gathering, to do, in the first instance.”

Mr Pulford said the Victorian product was still highly sought by international markets and the sector still had a very bright future.

She said the taskforce will meet again in a fortnight but, in the mean time, consumers could help.

“Eat more cheese, drink more milk,” she said

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Many benefits for Parkes Shire in Federal Budget

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Parkes Shire will benefit from a number of significant projects as a result of this week’s federal budget.

The 2016/17 Budget holds promising plans and investment for regional New South Wales, but the key components of interest to Parkes Shire are the significant investments made in rail and road infrastructure and support for communities.

Mayor Ken Keith was particularly delighted with the Federal Government’s commitment to the inland rail with almost $600 million allocated(see story on page 3).

Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison MP said in his budget announcement:

“We know that an inland rail link will help to integrate domestic markets and bring global export markets closer to home.

“This is particularly important to leverage the benefits of our export trade agreements for Australian agriculture.”

The 2016/17 Budget committed $594 million in land acquisition funding for the inland rail between Brisbane and Melbourne.

The Australian Government will build the inland rail project through the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and private sector partnerships.

The Government is providing the ARTC with the $594 million in additional equity funding to acquire the necessary land for the rail corridor and to continue pre-construction works and due diligence activities.

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Regional road freight corridor improvements have also been included in the Budget, with the Newell Highway allocated $78.8 million for significant upgrades to heavy duty pavements; town bypasses; road widening / realignment; and flood mitigation works.

“These significant investments are exciting milestones for Parkes and our surrounding areas,” Mayor Keith said.

“It’s still early days, but this commitment from the government, in particular to inland rail, paints a very healthy future for our shire’s productivity and economic development opportunities.”

In the 2016/17 year, the Coalition Government will also allocate $2.29 billion in Financial Assistance Grants for local government services to the community.

The Financial Assistance Grant programme will provide an estimated $9.7 billion to local government from 2016/17 to 2019/20.

These funds will be untied, allowing councils to prioritise funding based on community need.

“This is positive news for our shire, allowing our improvements and progress to continue on a local level and allowing council to continually drive improvements and opportunity to our shire,” Cr Keith said.

“Council will also look closely at the opportunities created by the new initiative, Youth Jobs Path program.

“This program will provide $752 million to get people under 25 and currently on employment benefits trained to enter the workforce.

“We hope this program will help deliver improved skills and services to our communities while creating training and job opportunities for our youth,” Cr Keith added.

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Small businesses have also been labelled a winner from the Federal Budget announcements.

A small business tax cut from July 1 this year will see the rate reduced to 27.5 per cent.

The threshold for businesses eligible for this will rise from $2 million in annual turnover to $10 million.

“We welcome any relief for our local businesses and support decisions to assist in allowing them to remain competitive,” Cr Keith said.

The lower rate will be introduced to more and more businesses progressively until it is applied to all businesses by 2023-24.

By 2026-27, the rate for all businesses will go down to 25 per cent, which the Government hopes will make Australians firms more competitive internationally.

“Parkes Shire is sitting in a prominent position to maximise the opportunities put forward by the Federal Budget,” the Mayor said.

“With our strong local businesses, continued investment and making use of all the funding opportunities, now is the time to capitalise on this positive news of the Federal Budget and show that it all adds up in Parkes,” Cr Keith concluded.

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Toondah decision delayed for fourth time

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IT will be another 85 days before the federal Environment Department is expected to hand down its decision on Walker Corporation’s plans to overhaul Toondah Harbour.

TALKING TOONDAH: Redland mayor Karen Williams with, from left, Walker Corporation’s Peter Saba, deputy premier Jackie Trad and Capalaba MP Don Brown at the ferry terminal last year. Photo: Judith Kerr

The suspension is the fourth since the plans were lodged with the federal government in December and was called for by the Walker Group and approved by the Environment Department.

It means there will be no decision on whether the project needs formal assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act before September the fourth

Bowman MP Andrew Laming lauded the suspension, the fourth since the plans were lodged with the federal government in December.

“Given the scale of this project, I support the most expansive and detailed assessment possible by my government,” he said.

“I welcome any Redlander with views to contact me directly. Walker’s decision on timing is a matter for them.”

The plans include revamping the ferry terminal, building high-rise waterfront residential units, dredging the harbour and using the spoils to create more than 43.5 hectares of reclaimed land.

After the suspensionWalker Corp general manager Peter Saba said the extra time would allow for new technical information and more discussions with key stakeholders.

“Walker is fully committed to the Toondah Harbour development and appreciates the strong support from mayor Karen Williams and deputy premier Jackie Trad for what will be a landmark development,” Mr Saba said.

Redland City Council has backed the project, which it says will bolster tourism, provide much-needed transport facilities and ease unemployment after sand mining ceases on Stradbroke Island.

Green groups, including Redlands 2030, claim the project will be detrimental to significant wetlands and shore birds and will reduce public open space and parks.

Redlands 2030 has also criticisedWalker’s bid to have the project assessed under state legislation instead of the federal EPBC Act.

“It is most unusual for a decision timeframe on an EPBC referral to be extended,” Redlands 2030 said in a statement.

“Walker Corporation’s Toondah Harbour project EPBC referral appears to be the only instance ever where this has happened.”

Although the project was established under the federal Economic Development Act 2012, it will trigger state legislation, requiring a range of state approvals.

However, Mr Saba said Walker intended to get a “coordinated project” declaration under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 to circumvent some environmental assessment processes.

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Ambos and Curtin University hit by Bankwest payroll failure

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Bankwest said it had solved its problem by lunchtime but that there could be further delays. Photo: Andrew De La RueParamedics and university staff were among thousands of WA workers who weren’t paid on Wednesday after a computer system failure at Bankwest.

St John Ambulance finance and administration director Anthony Smithson confirmed that none of their staff had received their fortnightly pay.

“This morning Bankwest advised us that they are having technical difficulties settling payments with other banks, which has affected St John Ambulance WA’s payroll,” he said.

Curtin University, which employs more then 4000 staff, was also affected.

The university sent an email to its employees explaining what had gone wrong.

“Many people have noticed this morning that the pay they were expecting to see in their account today isn’t there yet,” it said.

“Bankwest have just advised us the problem is in their system and they have a team trying to fix it.”

Bankwest said it had solved its problem by lunchtime but that there could be further delays depending on when other banks processed the late payments

Bankwest communications director Russell Quinn said a small number of payment files had been delayed by several hours.

“Our technical teams worked on this as a top priority and have now resolved the issue,” Mr Quinn said.

“These payment files are now being processed and customers should expect to receive their funds later today or tonight depending on their financial institution’s processing times.”

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