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Youthoria impresses

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EP TOUR: WCYCS chief executive Joanne Clarke, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, Michael Traeger and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar. WEST Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS)was the highlight of Opposition Leader Steven Marshall’s whirlwind visit to the Eyre Peninsula last week.
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Mr Marshall started his tour in Cednua, calling in at Coffin Bay to meet with oyster growersand then Port Lincoln on Wednesday night for a meet and greet.

He saidthe take-aways from his meeting with the oyster industry in Coffin Baywere largelypositive.

“It’s great meeting withlocal representatives of theindustry and was good to see that they are in a really positive position in regards to protecting themselves from the POM’s outbreak.”

He spent Thursday morning at WCYCS meeting and speaking with staff there before visiting Youthoria to have morning tea with some of Port Lincoln’s youth.

Hesaid meeting local youth and learning about the services WCYCS offeredwas the highlight of his trip.

“I learned heaps about what they’re doing with early intervention programs and education,” Mr Marshall said.

WCYCS Joanne Clarke said it was a “pleasure” to host Mr Marshall and discuss some of their programs with him.

“Mick Treager and myselfwere able to discuss Kirsty legacyand share her vision of what a MentallyFit EP could look like and the importance of locals supporting locals,” she said.

Mr Marshallon his visit to Youthoria said it was amazing to see the community support afacility that could help young people get workplace skills and training.

“There aren’t many places like this, so to see it and see it working so well is great,” he said.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar was with Mr Marshall on his tourand theyspent time at Youthoriatalking with young peopleand staff.

“We were all very proud to show off our successfulsocial enterprise Youthoria – this project is a real life working example oftraining and employment outcomes in action,” Mrs Clarke said .

”The visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase all of these thingsand enable young people to share their stories with a political leader,which helps them to feel valued and have their voices heard.”

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Caringbah firefighter recognised with courage award

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Winner: Station Officer Barren Bofinger with Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSWCaringbah firefighterDarren Bofinger has received a commendation for courageous action after savingtwo people from wild surf at Merry Beach atKiola.
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He was among 35 firefighters recognised with awards for risking their lives to help others both in Australia and overseas.

The off-duty station officer was packing up camping gear onJanuary 29, 2015, when he noticed a couple in distress in the water.

Without hesitation, he grabbed his surfboard from the car and paddled out to them.

While he was helping thewoman, another man on a board arrived to help.

Despite the large swell anda strong rip he managed to bringthe woman back to the beach.

He then went intothe water again to help the two remaining menback to safety.

A number of other local firefighters were recognised with a humanitarian overseas service medal for their deployment to Japan.

Inspector Gary Meagher,Station Officer David Cross,Station Officer Rodney Davis,Station Officer Craig Vincent,Leading Firefighter Michael Packham andSenior Firefighter Pavel Novotny were among 27firefighters to receive the medal.

They were part of a search and rescue deployment sent after theJapan earthquake andtsunami in 2011.

Theyspent a week in Minami Sanrikusearching the wreckagein extremely difficult conditions.

Scott Farlow MLC presented the awards during a special ceremony earlier this week.

“The courage and determination of all those involved cannot be overstated,” he said.

“The presentation was an opportunity to formally acknowledge the actions of those who went above and beyond to help others and I commend them for their bravery, skills and professionalism.”

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Equity budget

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BALANCING the demands for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay is the rationale behind the framing of Gannawarra Shire Council’s proposed 2016-2017 budget.
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The budget has been structured to maintain existing service levels while complying with the Victorian Government directive to limit its rates increase to 2.5 per cent.

Council proposes to retain its existing rate structure of four differential rates for residential, commercial/industrial, irrigation district and farmland dryland categories and a rate concession for recreational land.

Shire corporate services director, Tom O’Reilly said that the budget was also structured to deliver grant-subsidised projects aimed at promoting liveability and sustainability within the municipality and to provide a contribution towards the renewal of council’s infrastructure.

Mr O’Reilly explained that in the interests of rate burden equity, the differentials were structured for a 60 per cent contribution from residential and commercial/industrial categories and 40 per cent for both farming categories.

“We haven’t quite managed that split this year with 63.95 (per cent) and 36.05 (per cent),” he said.

The draft budget will be available for viewing on the council website, at council offices and at municipal libraries from today.

Information sessions will be held with respective progress associations and community groups at Cohuna, Kerang, Koondrook, Leitchville, Lake Charm, Lalbert, Quambatook, Murrabit and Macorna.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, June 6. If required, council will hold a special meeting to hear submissions.

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Fest a real godsend for businesses

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This weekend, the Art Gallery of Ballarat will unveil a painting by Hubert von Herkomer, one of England’s best known and fashionable portrait painters of the late 19th century. Mary Hope, pictured, is the daughter of the person on the right. Picture: Lachlan BenceA WHOPPING $750,000 is expected to be pumped into Ballarat’seconomy this weekendthanks to thousands of visitors keen to get a taste of the city’s unique history.
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Ballarat Heritage Weekend is also expected to attract up to 10,000, based on last year’s figures.

Ballarat Regional Tourism chief executive officer Noel Dempsey said festivals played a vital part in Ballarat’s economy.

“We can’t underestimate the impact events such as Ballarat Heritage Weekend have on our localeconomy,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Last year, more than 2,700 visitors flocked to our city, staying for the day or overnight and spendingtheir dollars at our local eateries, attractions and hotels.

“Judging by last year’s feedback, we’ll see these visitors again this year and they will likely bring theirfriends and family too.”

Accommodation providers are some of the biggest winner’s in the Ballarat Heritage Weekend festival.

Ansonia on Lydiard manager Angela Lazzo said she only had a handful of rooms left for the weekend.

Craig’s Royal Hotel officemanager Beth Currie said they were also reaching full capacity, and that seats in the hotel’s High Tea experience were also nearly sold out.

“It’s always good for us,” Ms Currie said.

Hotel and Heritage on Lydiard accommodation manager Trevor Smith said he was experiencing a similar boon.

“Heritage Weekend always attracts those who are not only looking to admire Ballarat’s history but tostay in heritage accommodation so The George is always a popular choice with visitors,” hesaid.

This year’s festival has a theme of Ignite Your Curiosity, with highlights including a vintage fashion fair, fashion shows, the best beards competition at the Hop Temple, the Ballarat Tweed Ride and horse and carriage rides.

A free live entertainment schedule will be held throughout the weekend at the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and theBallaarat Mechanics’ Institute.

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Kerry O’Brien on Keating

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Author talk: Kerry O’Brien will speak about his interviews with Paul Keating as part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. Picture: ABC
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After covering politics for almost 50 years as a journalist, Kerry O’Brien is more than happy to watch this year’s federal election from the comfort of his own home.

“I’m very happy to watch the political process from the lounge room and from the morning radio and the papers,” he said.

“I’ll be able to dip in and out of it but I won’t be missing it.”

Rather than focus on current politics, the six-time Walkley winner and former host of7.30andFour Cornerswill instead be focusing on politics of the past as part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

He will speak at Riverside Theatre on May 21 about his first book,Keating, based on aseries of conversations with Paul Keating.

The book is drawn on the 16 hours of interviews Mr O’Brien did with the former Prime Minister for a four-part ABC series in 2013, as well as additional interviews specifically for the book.

“Even after all that time interviewing, I was left with more questions that had gone unasked,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It was almost a case of how long is a piece of string.”

Keating has never written an autobiography or a memoir on his time in politics, and Mr O’Brien said the book is as close as we’ll get to Australia’s 24thPrime Minister.

“When you’re doing an interview for7.30, they’re on the issues of the day and tend to be sharp encounters. There’s no real time for real conversation,” Mr O’Brien told theSun.

“The difference with this is that there was time to give discursive answers, it was a much more relaxed process so it encouraged a candour not seen in those short interviews.”

The interviews ranged from Keating’s childhood to his time as treasurer under Bob Hawke to his five years as Prime Minister.

“One of a kind”: Paul Keating spent 16 hours being interviewed for the ABC series and eventually the book. Picture: Brendan Esposito

“Together with Hawke, those years were probably the most intensely dynamic years of economic reform in Australia,” the veteran journalist said.

Reflecting on his interviews, Mr O’Brien said it’s unlikely there’ll be another politician like Keating that will grace the chambers of Parliament House.

“In the spectrum of Australian Prime Ministers, Keating was one one of a kind,” he said.

“His dynamic personality was both an asset and a liability. He had the sense of purpose and determination to do big things.”


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