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.
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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 volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw.

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.
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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.
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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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Sharing vital to hoops survival in long-term

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GREATER spotlight and exposure on women’s sport, particularly elite women’s sportis exciting, hard-earned and long-overdue.
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Here comes the catch.

We do not want a professional sporting market with top women’s codes beating each other out of thegame.

The looming AFL Women’s league is creating huge hype, less than a year out from its introduction. It is hard to gauge the ripple effect this will have on other codes as the game not only poaches key players but potentially lures a whole generation of emerging athletes.

Women’s National Basketball League clubs hurt last summer when stripped of television coverage on the ABC.Bendigo Spirit head coach Simon Pritchard says the WNBL is at a cross-roads –a pivotal time in how to move forward.

Pritchardand Spirit are taking charge of their controllables.

Spirit as a whole views its position as responsibility as the pathway for developing and engaging all Victorian country basketballtalent –not just Bendigo, or in its closer ties with Basketball Ballarat, but further into places like Geelong, Shepparton or Traralgon.

And Pritchard means it.

Pritchard is spending five days deeply entrenched in the game in Ballarat. His schedule is filled with junior representative training sessions, individuals with Spirit’s Rush-rostered players and as guest speaker for a dinner leading into Basketball Ballarat women’s round on Saturday night.

This is a hands on approach with a bigger purpose than building the Bendigo Spirit brand –this is using the Spirit brand to lift the whole standard of the women’s game in Victoria.

Pritchard says there are no secrets. The more he can share and push players and coaches to improve, the more they push each other to step up and challenge higher levels. This is reinforcing the foundations.

“It’s about cumulative knowledge. We want younger coaches to spread the word on ways and ideas players can improve,” Pritchard toldPress Box. “Improve coaches and it’s a loaves-and-fishes kind of effect.”

Pritchard has been impressed with the energetic, encouraging culture and team cohesion generated in Ballarat’s junior ranks. Top players from each boys and girlsrepresentative teamsspent extra time with Pritchard early at the Minerdome on Thursday morning for added attention to detail.

This is prime Spirit recruiting ground.

Pritchard plucked emerging Rush player Molly Mathews from the Minerdome to join Spirit for her debut WNBL season last summer. Mathews’ game matured and sharpened and she has brought that back to the Minerdome this South East Australian Basketball league this season.

Rush head coach David Flint signed up as Pritchard’s assistant in an alliance that reinforcesthe pathway for our region’s young talent and Spirit players building minutes with Rush.

Ballarat and Bendigo may have a fierce on-court rivalry but whereit really matters, at state and national level, we are proudly in this together. For women’s basketball, this is vital forthe future of the game at all levels.

LEADING ROLE: Spirit head coach Simon Pritchard says there are no secrets between Bendigo and Ballarat – sharing expertise and pushing each other benefits the game at all levels across country Victoria. Pictures: Kate Healy

MENTORING: Simon Pritchard takes an individual with Rush’s Spirit import Joy Burke, Lydia Brooks and Ballarat athlete development manager Nathan Cooper-Brown.

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Farm water system ‘madness’

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SENATOR MADIGANTHE current water allocation system confronting struggling farmers has been described as “extortion”.
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Citing a Kerang district farmer’s financial plight, Independent Senator for Victoria, John Madigan has told Parliament that real people are facing immeasurable hardship because of the current structure of the water market. Senator Madigan compared the $13 billion budget of the Murray Darling Basin Plan with a struggling farming family pushed to the brink to pay their bills.

In an impassioned speech in the Senate, he spoke of “real people facing immeasurable hardship, real people facing loss, real people getting out of bed every day and facing the increasing challenge of survival”.

Senator Madigan quoted extensively from a letter received from a constituent, the wife of a farmer in the Shire of Gannawarra.

Senator Madigan outlined the family-of-four’s budget after costs, which left them with $1527 a month for food, clothes, school fees, household accounts as well as repairs and maintenance to their home.

Quoting from the letter, Senator Madigan said: “In the country’s wisdom, water has been sold away from the land holders. Now it becomes a game for the investors who wait until farmers are desperate. They wait until it’s so dry that farmers have to buy water to keep their animals alive. Speculators wait until then because that is when they will make the biggest profit.”

In the letter, June [not her real name] explained her farm was entitled to usage of 385 megalitres of water on the current market. The cost for one season would be $103,950. If the family attempted to buy the right permanently, it would cost $847,000.

“This is madness,” Senator Madigan said.

“This is extortion.”

And quoting again from the letter: “Surely by now you can see how this system cannot possibly work. Farmers are being stripped bare, paying premium prices, selling at ridiculously low prices and being charged for the freight. Meanwhile forests are burning down because they are not grazed and there is too much fuel on the ground. Rivers are going stagnant and growing algae because of the lack of flow.

“Good healthy Australian produce is being decimated and replaced on the supermarket shelves with imported products not grown to our exacting standards, imported products full of chemicals and enhancers that are being fed to an ever-increasing society with major health issues. What happened to common sense?”

Senator Madigan told the Senate he would support amendments to the Water Act.

“I do not support the Plan, but I will vote in support of these amendments,” Senator Madigan said.

“If they bring only a pinch of improvement and relief for our farmers and our irrigators, they deserve to be passed. But may this be only the start of the return of common-sense to our agricultural and water policy in this country.”

• A full transcript of the speech can be find at: http://苏州美甲美睫培训学校johnmadigan苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/speeches/realcostofwater

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More Wimmera crisis options are crucial: chiefGraphs

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Wendy Sturgess.WIMMERA Uniting Care will continue to push its case for more crisis housing in the region.
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Agency chief executive Wendy Sturgess said the Wimmera needed more housingsuitable for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

She said this year alone, about 130 clients who had accessedWimmera Uniting Care’s housing, family and child-first servicesreported family violence as an issue for them and their family.

Victoria PoliceLaw Enforcement Assistance Program data shows the Wimmera division –which includes Horsham, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, Ararat, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack municipalities –recorded 491 family incidents in 2009-10.

The number of incidents has increased every year since.In 2010-11, there were 526 family incident reports and836 in 2011-12.

The figures rose to 887 in 2012-13, and 1010 in 2013-14.

Ms Sturgess said Wimmera Uniting Carewas strongly advocating for family violence hubs in the region.

TheRoyal Commission into Family Violence report released in Marchrecommended 17 safety hubs across Victoria to help people fleeing family violence.

It also recommended a ‘housing blitz’, wherewomen and children who had left their homes and were stuck in short-term accommodationwould beimmediatelyrehoused.

Ms Sturgess said it was critical hubs were built in the Wimmera, along with more housing.

“The hubs would support client services, child protection and a range of things,” she said.

“We need all that support in one location.

“We also need greater stocks of crisis housing suitable for women and children.

“We understand the blitz the commission recommended, and we are advocating to ensure we don’t get forgotten, being in a rural area.

“In the Wimmera, there aren’t enough places for people to flee to safety, so some stay in violent homes.”

Ms Sturgess said the agency was fielding an increasing number of requests for help.

“Theawareness of family violence rises every time we talk about it, and the rate of inquiry goes up, andpeople seek help in larger numbers,” she said.

“In the past peoplemight have thought ‘that’s just what happens’.

“Now more and more people are speaking up about family violence and saying ‘this isn’t acceptable’, so more people seek help.”

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Top four berth awaits winner

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TOUGH TEST: Leitchville-Gunbower will do battle with Huntly.
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FOURTH spot on the HDFNL A-grade netball ladder will be up for grabs when Leitchville-Gunbower host Huntly.

The rivals enter the round six clash on two wins apiece, with the Hawks (2-2) having played one less game than the Bombers (2-3).

Leitchville-Gunbower has strung together some impressive performances against top trio Colbinabbin, White Hills and North Bendigo and will go into the game at Leitchville as favourites.

Huntly enters the contest fresh from the bye, having beaten Mount Pleasant and Lockington-Bamawm United prior to the break.

Plenty of interest surrounds Heathcote’s encounter against Mount Pleasant, with both sides looking to post their second win.

After posting only one win in 2015, Saints coach Nikki Ridley said she was happy with the improvement shown by her team this season.

“I think we have a really good shot this week. If we play as well as we do against the top teams, I think we can win,” she said.

“Coming off a really bad year last year, I’ve gone in with the attitude there are three or four teams that getting a win against is achievable at this point.

“They are games we can either win or really push it.

“Some of the top teams we have a ways to go against, but we do have goals, including keeping the margin down.”

The Saints lost by 50 goals against White Hills last week, but even that is an improvement on last season.

They have just two players left from last season and will introduce another fresh face this week in Annalise Carroll.

“She played out at Heathcote a few years ago, but has been living in the Northern Territory,” Ridley said.

In other games, North Bendigo will look to rebound after a loss to Colbinabbin against Lockington Bamawm United and Elmore come up against undefeated White Hills.

Colbinabbin has the bye.

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GalleryPortland Red Cross celebrate Mother’s Day

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Gallery | Portland Red Cross celebrate Mother’s Day THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
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THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

THE mothers around the district enjoyed an early Mother’s Day outing when the Portland Red Cross held their annual Mothers’ Day morning tea at the Portland RSL Club. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

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Spacemen face tougher test

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Epi Sadrodro put in a big effort for the Parkes Spacemen last week, playing the full game in the front row. Photo: Jenny Kingham 0516League_0840
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After two solid wins to start the 2016 Group XI season, Parkes Spacemen will face a sterner test when they head to Dubbo to take on Macquarie in Round 3 this Sunday.

The Spacemen have recorded convincing wins over Wellington and Nyngan, despite not being at their best.

The departure of Justin Toomey-White has seen the Cowboys become a shadow of their former selves while the Spacemen were expected to get the points on home turf against the Tigers.

Sunday’s clash with Macquarie, a side they lost to in the pre-season, will give coaches and supporters alike a better understanding of where the Blue, Red and Whites are at.

Injured captain-coach Dennis Moran is confident of a good performance from his men.

“We played well against Nyngan, but Macquarie are probably a stronger side at this stage,” Moran said,

“They are more structured and a bit more physical.

“We will need to improve in a couple of areas if we are to get the points on Sunday.

“We will continue working at training tonight and hopefully we will have everything right for game day.

“Our line speed and dominance in defence need to be better against the bigger sides.

“Our line speed will improve if we can control the ruck a bit better.

“Against Nyngan last week, our second half completion rate was at 85 percent which is very good.

“It showed that when we control the ball we can dominate other sides.

“It is where games are won or lost.

“If we are not holding onto the ball, we are giving the opposition the chance to put us under pressure and score points.

“It is something we will keep working on,” he said.

Epi Sadrodro played the full 80 minutes in the front row last week and impressed the good crowd in attendance at Jock Colley Field.

Sam Dwyer continued his great form and received good support from his Western Rams teammate Brandon Tago.

While Moran will miss at least another six weeks and Jordan Pope around the same amount of time, the Spacemen welcome back Group XI forward Ethan McKellar who will add some punch in the middle of the park.

Players in the lower grades have been performing well and some will likely get a chance in the top grade on Sunday.

“Ideally we would like to name the same 17 each week to get some combinations going,” Moran said.

“Unfortunately it is not the case and we will make do with the players we have.

“Our halves are a good example.

“They are slowly forming a good partnership and are starting to understand each other’s games.

“Each week they are getting better and I am hoping for another improvement this week,” he said.

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Jobs stimulus Federal focus

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THE Federal Government is banking on a jobs and growth focus to secure an election victory in July.
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Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget, handed down on Tuesday, provides minimum tax cuts but aims to generate jobs and getting people back into work.

People earning more than $80,000 a year will receive a $4.32 weekly tax cut as a result of plans to increase the medium tax bracket to $87,000 – with higher cuts for those who earn a higher wage annually.

The government also plans to implement a jobs program that will see people under the age of 25 offered internships.

Businesses that take part in the initiative will receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 across six months, with participants to be paid an extra $200 per week on top of their Newstart allowance.

Other business-focused initiatives include reducing the small business tax rate by one per cent to 27.5 per cent from July 1, with turnover criteria increasing from $2 million to $10 million.

“Over the last year, the government has succeeded in expanding markets; fostered an economic climate resulting in new jobs; funded a range of infrastructure works to benefit communities and regional development; and provided targeted social safety nets,” Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad said.

“This budget is focused on growth and jobs. The framework we are developing is one that can allow Australia to prosper in a competitive global environment.”

The agricultural sector will benefit from a scheme offering $2 billion in loans for dams, pipes and other water infrastructure, a $220 million investment in upgrading Murray Basin rail freight lines and a $594 million boost for the development of an inland freight rail link through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Efforts to eradicate carp throughout the Murray-Darling Basin with the introduction of a controlled virus will proceed after the program received a $15 million commitment.

“Victoria has a long list of water infrastructure projects which will improve our State’s water security and boost agricultural opportunities,” Victorian Farmers Federation president, Peter Tuohey said.

A number of road infrastructure efforts, including the Roads to Recovery, Bridges Renewal, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, and Black Spot programs, will receive continued support.

An additional $7.1 million funding will be given to the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which will extend services provided across the country for a further four years.

The government will receive $416.9 billion in income through taxes and charges, but spend $450.6 billion on services and initiatives, resulting in a projected $37.1 billion deficit in 2016/17.

“We have all the opportunities; it’s now up to us to seize them and make them work for us, as individuals, businesses, governments and as a country,” Mr Broad said.

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YVC to streamline grant process

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Photo: Woo Back 2 was successful in obtaining a $5,000 community grant in the 2015/2015 program.Council is looking to streamline community and heritage grant application procedures to ensure the process encourages individuals and community organisations to apply for funding. Council’s draft Community Grant policy and draft Local Heritage Grants Program policy are currently on exhibition for community review and feedback, until Monday, 30th May 2016.
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The Community Grant policy brings together Council’s Community Small Grant Program (CSGP) and Community Facilities Infrastructure Grant (CFIG). The new approach intends to meet the objectives of the two previous programs with efficiencies in program administration and introducing six categories for funding to assist with community development – Community and Culture, Recreation and Leisure, Sports and Health, Children, Youth and Senior Services, Welfare and Natural Environment.

The Local Heritage Grant Program policy review was undertaken in light of outcomes from previous years’ Local Heritage Grants Program and changes are in line with the Office of Environment and Heritage 2013 Guidelines. The policy has been broadened so that the program can provide financial incentive to, not only works, but projects that will foster positive attitudes towards local heritage and facilitates long-term strategic projects.

The draft policies can be viewed online (yassvalley.nsw.gov419论坛/council/exhibition) or at Council’s Administration Office – 209 Comur Street YASS. The community can make a submission to Council in writing or email on any aspect of the content of the draft policies – PO Box 6 YASS NSW 2582 or [email protected]论坛, up until 5:00pm on Monday, 30th May 2016.

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Water worries

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Dry times: With water levels at Leslie dam dropping below 15,000 megalitres irrigators in the upper Condamine region will not receive their anticipated water allocation.
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The upper Condamine irrigation region is expected to lose an estimated $7million worth of chickpeas with SunWater unable to fill their anticipated water allocation.

In February, SunWater announced growers in the upper Condamine would receive 32 per cent of their allocations with sufficient water stored in Leslie dam to deliver this promise.

Only last week, the key body for water infrastructure development and management revealedall was not as rosy as first thought.

According to Central Downs Irrigators chairman Lindsay Krieg, SunWater called a ‘panic’ meeting to inform irrigators dam levels had dropped significantly, meaning growers had gone from 100 per cent of the announced allocation to just 20 per cent in six weeks.

“We’ve got some pretty serious questions as to how exactly that happened and why we weren’t informed,” Mr Krieg said.

“Most people would have taken their water back in February had they known they weren’t going to get it now- we had no information from SunWater whatsoever to let us know that water wouldn’t be available.”

Mr Krieg said SunWater held another urgent meeting yesterday to work out how they could deliver the water.

“They keep coming up with this excuse that this happens in other catchments all the time. We don’t care what happens elsewhere, it’s never happened here,” he said.

“They’re blaming it on the weather and saying there’s been unprecedented heat in the last two months and that’s fine, but why didn’t they tell us our allocations were being reduced at all times?”

To meet the allocationSunWater were required to deliver 5000 megalitres of water and therefore needed 6000 megalitresto cover evaporation losses.

Mr Krieg said SunWater currently had2500 megalitres remaining and only 1000 megalitres would be released to irrigators.

“They’re going to lose 1500 megalitres just filling up the river to get the water to the end,” he said.

“We’re about 4000 megalitres short and I’ve worked that out to equal$7million worth of chickpeas.That’s a conservative figure- it’s a nightmare.”

Mr Krieg said under the 2009 resource operations plan (ROP) no irrigation water could be released after dam levels reached 15,000 megalitres.

“Very few people were aware that rule existed and SunWater even seems to have missed it,” he said.

“We have no information we can base that on apart from the fact that there is no other explanation- they stuffed up and forgot about their 15,000 megalitre rule.”

Growers say they are angry they were unable to make informed management decisions resulting from the decline in available irrigation water.

A SunWater spokesperson said there were many misconceptions around irrigation allocations getting in the way of facts.

“An announced allocation is not a guarantee of available water, it’s based on water available at that time so if conditions change as they did at Leslie dam, the full allocation can’t happen,” the spokesperson said.

SunWater also denied allegations of overlooking the ROP and said information on dam levels was available online at any time.

“We give them daily storage reports and 12 month outlooks. Lesliedam has been going down since 2013 and they know about this, they know about the ROPso they should know what they’redealing with in terms of the current situation,” she said.

“If we started to give predictions of the water we think they might get, people start to assume that’sgospel and it can’t be because it depends on the weather.

“We put the tools in their hands andlet them make judgements based on their knowledge of that landscape aslots have been there for generations.”

Mr Krieg describedSunWater’s response as inadequate and said he believed the “people at the top” did not know of the dam level decline.

“If the local SunWater staff knewthis was happening they’d have told us, and if they weren’t being told from the top I’d say the people in control didn’t know,” he said.

“They’re sayingthis is our business and weshould be managing this to know how much water is left in the dam.

“No, it’s their business. Theyoperate the dams not us. How are we supposed to interpret dam levels to know how much of our announced allocation is being lost?”

Mr Krieg said many growers saved their water allocation for chickpeas and forewent irrigating cotton crops as a result.

“People have forward sold chickpeas on the back of that allocation announcementand now they can’t fill those contracts- it’s a complete debacle.”

Following discussions with the Upper Condamine Irrigation Advisory Committee yesterdayit was agreed that the remaining medium priority water available in Leslie dam would be released to irrigators next week.

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BETRAYAL: Bowraville families watch as parliamentarians break their promises

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‘BETRAYAL’ is how Leonie Duroux described the feeling of watching a majority of NSW parliamentarians vote down the bill tabled by Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge to implement Recommendation 8 of the Bowraville Inquiry’s unanimous report to broaden double jeopardy laws.
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“David put forward his second reading of the bill and Liberal and Labor members voted it down … even members of committee (the 2014 parliamentary Inquiry into the family response to the murders in Bowraville),” Ms Duroux, who is one of the representatives for the families of murdered Bowraville children Colleen Walker, Clinton Speedy Duroux and Evelyn Greenup, told the Guardian.

“I was so cranky – when one of the Liberal members got up and said he was voting against it, we walked out.

“We came back to hear the end of the debate …

“I can’t believe this is where we are – again … its f***ing ridiculous.”

Ms Duroux said in contrast, the support the families received at their rally help just prior to the sitting was fantastic.

“More than 250 people joined us when we walked up Macquarie St

“The police blocked the road off for us and we walked right up the middle of the road.

“It was an amazing feeling.”

And the next step?

Ms Duroux said Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and his team had been working flat out and would be would be making another submission to the NSW Attorney General next week.

The families have been fighting for justice for their children for 26 years.

Recommendation 8 of the Parliamentary Inquiry requested:That the NSW Government review section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 to clarify the definition of ‘adduced’, and in doing so consider:

• the legal or other ramifications of defining adduced as ‘admitted’, particularly on the finality of prosecutions

• the matters considered by the English courts under the equivalent UK legislation

• the merit of replacing section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 with the provisions in section 461 of the Criminal Appeals Act 2004 (WA), and

• the merit of expressly broadening the scope of the provision to enable a retrial where a change in the law renders evidence admissible at a later date.

The report was supported unanimously by parliamentarians when it was originally tabled at the end of 2014.

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