Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

Super excited for today’s #LiveLikeSally signs!Drop in&say Hi #Dymocks Wollongong 11am &SDS Warringah Mall at 5pm : ) pic.twitter南京夜网/2ODJrMXZUk

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

Beyoncé’s latest pic with Blue Ivy is TOO CUTE: http://t.co/7KL9H996KNpic.twitter南京夜网/NC27GZyqLI

— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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World’s Best Diet revealed by scientists

16/08/2018 // by admin

There’s never a shortage of diets promising to help us shed kilos but the real holy grail of weight loss is nailing a way of eating that keeps the weight from creeping back on. But scientists from the University of Copenhagen believe they have an answer: a higher protein/ lower carbohydrate pattern of eating they’ve called the World’s Best Diet.
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A name like this has a lot to live up to but this eating plan, published as a book in Denmark in 2012, is based on credible research – a large European study known as the Diogenes Diet that compared five different diets to see which worked best at keeping weight off.

Fish features heavily in the ‘World’s Best Diet’.

A total of 773 adults who’d already lost an average of 11 kilos were assigned to one of five diets each based on a different combination of protein and carbs – some were lower in carbs and higher in protein and vice versa. Some diets included high GI carbs- meaning the ‘fast’, often more refined carbs that raise and lower blood sugar rapidly; others had slower burning low GI carbs that raise and lower blood sugar more slowly. And the winner? The low GI carb and high protein combo. The people on this diet not only kept the weight off during the six months of the study but they also continued to lose weight too.

This way of eating works because both protein and low GI carbs help us produce more of the satiety hormones that keep us feeling full, explains Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.

Brand-Miller, co-author of the Australian edition ofWorld’s Best Diet, believes we’ve often missed out on the filling power of these foods – partly because of the ‘eat more carbs’ message but also because so many carbohydrates are very refined.

“The advice over the last 30 years has put too much emphasis on carbohydrates and neglected the satiating effect of protein – we took it for granted that Australians were getting enough protein,” she says. “At the same time the carbohydrates we were eating were getting fluffier.”

There are no fluffy carbs in this diet. Instead it’s based on fresh vegetables, lean protein sources like fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and dairy foods and dense, grainy foods like rye bread, pumpernickel and barley – the book’s recipe for rye porridge with apple and hazelnuts is the polar opposite of lightweight breakfast cereal.

The reason these robust carbs are more filling than their more refined cousins like white bread isn’t just that they keep blood sugar levels steadier, Brand-Miller explains. They also stimulate cells in the gut that produce one of the satiety hormones we need to feel full. These cells are located deep down in the gut – a place that rapidly digested carbs never reach because they’re digested in the upper half of the gut, Brand Miller explains.

“This explains why we still feel hungry after we’ve eaten fluffy white rice,” she says.

But while the World’s Best Dietis higher in protein and lower in carbs it’s no radical diet. The idea is to modestly lower the carbohydrate content of the diet and modestly increase the protein content to give a ratio of around 2:1 in favour of carbs, says Brand- Miller explaining that a typical Australian diet is generally higher in carbohydrates with a ratio as high as 4:1

Another reason why increasing protein is helpful is because it helps the body’s basal metabolic rate – the rate at which it burns kilojoules – to stay higher, she adds.

One concern about higher protein diets has been the long-term effects on health, especially with eating plans high in animal foods. But after a year, the people taking part in the Diogenes study, who were eating the high protein low GI carb combination, ‘had healthier levels of inflammatory markers in the blood – a positive sign that their risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases had lowered.’

Brand-Miller is now testing whether the diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. If you’re overweight and have a family history of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible to participate (go to: preview.ning南京夜网/sydney).

World’s Best Dietby Arne Astrup, Christian Bitz, Jennie Brand-Miller and Susan B. Roberts is published by Penguin, rrp $35.00.

SMH

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Big decision over Bridges

16/08/2018 // by admin

A car going over the Dripstone Bridge which is set for a make overWellington Councillors will discuss the future of two timber bridges on major thoroughfares when its meets on Wednesday night.
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The Dripstone Bridge which is on a major access road to Lake Burrendong and the Gundy Bridge on the Renshaw McGirr Way which receives traffic from Yeoval and further to Parkes are both ailing infrastructure and council technical services director Stan Robb will ask councillors to make a big decision.

Council would have to get to work on the bridges almost immediately because they are in a state of disrepair.

“It’s a matter to ensure safety for all motorists in the longer term,” the council’s technical services director Stan Robb said.

Council’s general manager Michael Tolhurst said

“Following a structural assessment of the Gundy Bridge on Renshaw-McGirr Way and Dripstone Bridge, Burrendong Way a 10-tonne load limit is to be placed on these bridges from Thursday until further notice.” he said

“Signage will be installed shortly to warn motorists of these restrictions and additional signage will be installed to provide alternative routes for heavy vehicles.”

“Alternative arrangements for vehicles over 10 tonnes to use Renshaw-McGirr Way and Burrendong Way are currently being investigated and it hoped that these can be put in place as soon as possible to minimise the interruption to traffic and freight.”

Councillors will be asked to push on with work on new bridges in both places and it will seek a number of alternatives in relation to funding them. In the longer term traffic diversions in these key tourism areas may happen and while council understands it will be inconvenient to many holidaymakers and freight operators its understood the works are now a matter of some urgency .

The new timber bridges funding in the state government budget may help Wellington fix the bridge problem.

“NSW Councils can also now apply for further federal funding of $565 million for the Black Spots programme and $300 million through the Bridges Renewal programme” The deputy prime minister Warren Truss said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring local councils and the communities they serve get the funding they need to deliver the infrastructure and resources of the 21st century.

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South Australia snaps on InstagramOUR TOP 50

16/08/2018 // by admin

South Australia snaps on Instagram | OUR TOP 50 What a shot! Waves coming into Southport Beach. Photo: @dubstamatic
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Stunning scenery at One Tree Hill. Photo: @_myutopia_

The beautiful and historic Adelaide Arcade at Rundle Mall. Photo: @rs250_life

Looking across to Granite Island at Victor Harbor. Photo: @pegsontheline

Driving along and enjoying the rugged beauty of the outback. Photo: @puppa49

The dingo fence in South Australia’s outback. Photo: @puppa49

Beautiful coastline at Brighton beach. Photo: @juzscottie

Long exposure shot of the beautiful Port Noarlunga beach. Photo: @sanch1

Sunset and spectacular clouds at Henley Beach. Photo: @chillography

Motorbike riding on sand dunes at the Yorke Peninsula. Photo: @paul_rumbler

The day someone tore a hole in the sky over the Barossa Valley. Photo: @swannysa

Beautiful day for a walk along Brighton beach. Photo: @schillg1

Romantic sunset at Glenelg beach. Photo: @sharonlee007

Sunset and fishing at Port Noarlunga. Photo: @benheide_photography

An amazing coastal shot of Rapid Bay. Photo: @harriee26

Sprawling vineyards at Willunga. Photo: @cheryl_ferraro

Gazing at a spectacular sunset at Willunga Hill. Photo: @rowlandanthony

The Laratinga Wetlands at Mount Barker. Photo: @ilovemountbarker

Early morning fishing on the Onkaparinga. Photo: @bordersinaus

Enjoying the view across to Aldinga. Photo: @tommo_paul

Waves crashing at Port Willunga beach. Photo: @dubstamatic

Enjoying nature’s beauty at Victor Harbor. Photo: @gioiaperinetti

Seaside boardwalk at Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Exploring the beauty of Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Lighthouse at Cape do Couedic, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

Beautiful sunrise at Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @silvialipphotography

What a sunrise at Waitpinga Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: @adamburkephoto

A lonely station in the middle of nowhere at Coonawarra. Photo: @lis_stone

Riding along on the Cockle Train at the Fleurieu. Photo: @soulbird79

Sunrise at Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island. Photo: @benjamingoode

Beautiful sunset at Carrickalinga by the beach. Photo: @laura_wrap_lady

Nature’s art at Kangaroo Island. Photo: @dilaraterziler

Sunset at Brighton beach. Photo: @bordersinaus

Sunshine and waves at Hallett Cove. Photo: @flickity9

Spectacular sunset at Marino Rocks. Photo: @altri_photography

The remarkably beautiful River Murray. Photo: @shydutch

Hazy orange sky at McLaren Vale. Photo: @benheide_photography

Winter beauty at McLaren Vale. Photo: @lis_o

Spectacular coastline near Port Lincoln. Photo: @minor_roses

The rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges. Photo: @louise_thrush

Spectacular clouds over the Obelisk at Robe. Photo: @tomtilbury

Port Noarlunga jetty at night. Photo: @jasminemillman

Sunrise at Barham Beach, Middleton. Photo: @wayne_willis_photography

Seagull watching at Henley Beach. Photo: @theburrow_

Canola fields at Snowtown. Photo: @maxi0001

Sprawling vineyards at the picturesque Barossa Valley. Photo: @kneemer

Sunset at Glenelg beach. Photo: @shaun1068

Trekking along the terrain of Kangaroo Island. Photo: @alex_hang

Beautiful view across the Torrens to the riverbank precinct. Photo: @isoldemalaufsklo

The historic Gawler Railway Station on the Gawler line of the Adelaide Metro. Photo: @toto_ruel

TweetFacebookWe’ve trawled through Instagram looking at photos at #SouthAustralia during August and have selected our top 50.

View our favourite 50 snaps in the gallery above.

Commuters to face lengthy queues at ticket windows if they don’t have Opal card

16/08/2018 // by admin

More of the same: Commuters struggle through the ticket barriers at Central station. Photo: Tamara Dean.Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is warning train travellers they could face lengthy queues at ticket windows next Monday if they do not have an Opal card.
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Weekly MyTrain tickets, as well as cheaper adult off-peak return tickets, are two of the 14 ticket types that will no longer be sold from Monday, as the government attempts to encourage travellers into using the electronic smart-card.

Ms Berejiklian said there had recently been a sharp increase in the number of people signing up for the Opal card – 55,000 in one week recently taking the total sign-up to more than 580,000 – but commuters could still find themselves stuck in a line on Monday.

“The key thing for me is just to make sure that people are aware they could be facing long queues on 1 September if they don’t have the Opal card,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“There will be a lot of ticket sellers having to explain to people what their options are if they are caught out,” she said.

“If you are used to buying a weekly and you can’t buy one anymore, you will have to say to the person “what do I do now” and so it will take a bit longer to explain all your options.”

The government is already selling vastly fewer paper tickets than it did a few months ago. In 2013, commuters bought about 100,000 weekly MyTrain tickets in a regular week. Last month that number had halved, and in the week ending August 17, 38,000 weekly train tickets were sold.

Some commuters have been concerned they are, or would be, paying more when using the Opal card.

Ferry or bus users comparing fares to individual trips on TravelTen tickets may pay more – particularly if they do not travel more than eight times a week – as well as people who had purchased quarterly or yearly tickets.

But Ms Berejiklian has said the government risked collecting less fare revenue overall under the Opal card, and said that most people who had started to use the card were pleased with what it cost them.

“The concern is among those who have not switched over yet and have made assumptions about what it will cost them,” she said. “So I say to people, give it a go.

“Even if you think you might be paying more you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Commuters may be confused if they have acquired an Opal card but not used it for 60 days. In this case, the money they would have loaded into their card would have been refunded, meaning they would need to load money onto their card again.

Pensioners will continue to be able to buy Pensioner Excursion tickets, while bus tickets such as TravelTens are still likely to be sold for at least another year.

Anyone buying a yearly or quarterly train or MyMulti ticket in the next week will continue to be able to use it until it expires.

Tickets not sold after this week:

My Train:

Adult Off-Peak Return

Adult Weekly (7 day)

Adult Fortnightly (14 day)

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Concessions Monthly (28 day)

Concessions Quarterly (90 day)

Concessions Yearly (365 day)

My Multi:

Adult Monthly (28 day)

Adult Quarterly (90 day)

Adult Yearly (365 day)

My Ferry:

Adult TravelTen

Light rail:

Adult Yearly (365 day)

Have you switched to Opal? Tell us what your experience has been with it.

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Flaming pride

16/08/2018 // by admin

Walhalla identity and Country Fire Authority volunteer Russell Wright is spearheading a CFA callout for LGBTI firefighters to join him in the Gay and Lesbian Pride march in Melbourne next year.The rainbow colours of the equal rights movement has seen some notable enhancements of late.
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This year’s Gay Pride march in St Kilda saw police force ‘blue’ and emergency service ‘orange’ added to the palette, as members joined the 5000-strong parade in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community (LGBTI).

Next February, under the leadership of Walhalla identity and CFA volunteer Russell Wright, the Country Fire Authority will add its trade-mark firefighter ‘red’ to the colourful event.

“I believe strongly in gay rights and the LGBTI movement and being a gay firefighter, so I sort of took it upon myself to lead the charge, which I’m very happy to do,” Mr Wright said.

“After this year’s Pride March, a friend said to me ‘Why aren’t the CFA in it? You should get in there and bat for the team. The police and SES are in it, you should get in there and push for it to be included’.”

Subsequent lobbying by Mr Wright saw the July launch of the ‘CFA Pride’ project – supported through official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts – with the support of CFA Gippsland regional director Mark Potter.

“There had been open discussion on gay (online) forums about the lack of a dedicated social networking site… since its launch we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support we got within CFA,” Mr Wright said.

“I’ve spoken to some gay members joining up who have had small apprehensions, feeling it’s probably not an environment for them, but the CFA is not the really blokey environment as some people might think.

“Here we’ve got lots of ladies involved and people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Our LGBTI members are just another component of that diversity.”

Mr Wright views his experience as an openly gay volunteer in the CFA as a “large positive” since joining the Erica and District brigade in 2009.

“When I joined there was only one or two that probably thought ‘oh god, here we go’ … there was probably a bit of a notion that ‘he wouldn’t want to break a nail and leave’,” Mr Wright said.

“But other than that, I haven’t had any discrimination, in fact it’s been the complete opposite – I’ve had some great support and made some great friendships here, some of my best friends are straight firefighters.

“I’m not saying that’s going to be everyone’s story in the CFA, but my personal experience has been great.”

Mr Potter acknowledged the significance of CFA’s participation in the upcoming event.

“The CFA Pride group is a great grassroots initiative that has my full support – as does any initiative that promotes inclusion in our emergency services,” he said.

Victoria Pride March president Matt Renwick commended CFA’s involvement in the march.

The 20th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride March will be held on 1 February 2015.

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Tender roast leg of lamb with skordalia

09/07/2018 // by admin

ROAST LEG OF LAMB WITH SKORDALIA
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sea salt

extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground pepper

1 small bunch of thyme skordalia

5 whole garlic cloves, roasted with the lamb

2 pink eye potatoes

2 tbsp ground almonds

1 tsp sea salt

freshly ground pepper

juice of 1 lemon

60ml extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4

Remove lamb from the fridge 2 hours before cooking and season with salt. Allow the meat to come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Rub the lamb leg with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, spread the thyme over the lamb then place in a large roasting tin. Add the 5 cloves of garlic for the skordalia to the lamb to be roasted.

Roast for 20 minutes, then turn the lamb over and turn the oven down to 160°C. Turn the lamb every 20 minutes. After 1 hour, check the meat’s core temperature. The final resting temperature should be 60°C, so aim for 55-56°C to factor in the residual heat. Once that temperature has been reached, remove roasting tin from the oven and get the oven temperature down to 60°C for resting, holding the door ajar if necessary. Once 60°C has been reached, remove the thyme and garlic and return the lamb to the oven for 30 minutes.

To make the skordalia, cook potatoes in simmering salted water until tender, peel and pass through a ricer or a sieve into a bowl. Squeeze out the flesh of the roasted garlic, discarding the skin, and add to the potatoes, mixing thoroughly. Add the almonds, salt, pepper and lemon juice and mix. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking all the time. Check the seasoning.

Remove lamb from the oven and place on a chopping board. Holding the shank with a tea towel, take a sharp knife and cut down the bone, removing a large cut of meat. Turn the lamb and cut down each side of the bone, removing the remainder of the meat. You should have two large pieces of meat on the board. Slice each piece across the grain, creating semi-circular slices. This gives the most tender result.

Divide the lamb between plates, add a dollop of skordalia, season and drizzle with cooking juices.

CARROT, ALMOND AND MACADAMIA CAKE

185g ground almonds

230g caster sugar

125g savoiardi (ladyfinger) biscuits, roughly chopped

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

5 eggs, separated

1 large carrot, finely grated

1 tbsp Grand Marnier

zest of 1 orange, finely grated

200g macadamia nuts, lightly roasted and gently crushed

thickened cream, to serve

Serves 8

Lightly grease a 24cm-round springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place the almonds and sugar in a food processor and process to form coarse crumbs. Transfer the crumb mixture to a large mixing bowl. Process the savoiardi biscuits and baking powder together until the biscuits are finely crushed, then combine them with the crumb mixture.

Lightly beat the egg yolks, and add to the crumb mixture with the carrot, Grand Marnier, orange zest and macadamia nuts. Mix until all the ingredients are moistened and well-combined.

Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake mixture in three batches. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, spread cake batter and bake for about 40 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool. Whip the cream and ice the top of the cake. Cut into wedges and serve.

HOT TIPS

* To ensure a perfect roast every time, invest in a thermometer – it will be worth its weight in gold. Remember, the higher the heat in the oven the longer the meat will keep cooking.

* Skordalia, a Greek-style potato-and-garlic puree, is awesome with roasted or pan-fried chicken, as well as fish. Once you’ve made it, it will become a regular on your menus.

* The cake is perfect by itself, but if you want to go right over the top, serve it with some really rich vanilla ice-cream.

SOMETHING TO DRINK

SangioveseHailing from the Canberra wine region, Ravensworth’s 2013 La Querce Sangiovese ($25), is a fresh, medium-bodied red. It’s brimming with notes of ripe cherries, red apples and subtle spices to complement the richly flavoured lamb, and has an acidity that will cleanse the palate.

Photography by William Meppem.  Styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Nick Banbury.

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Fashion’s power over our emotions

09/07/2018 // by admin

lorelei vashti
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When I was 20, my heart started beating so loudly it terrified me. I went to a doctor and she told me I was having a panic attack and that I should try to breathe either more or less, I can’t remember which. Then, in a whimsical offhand way, and in a tone of voice that wasn’t medical, she added that next time I was freaking out maybe I could try focusing on something other than the distorted white noise of my own mind: why not try, say, focusing on the hem of my dress?

That day I was wearing what my friend Beck used to call my Mintie dress – green and white – that I’d chopped off and re-hemmed myself, tacking it in a clumsy schoolgirl Home Ec way. As I sat and concentrated on the wonky stitching, I did calm down. Years later, I understand now how this tactic can helpfully disembody oneself from one’s addled brain. Back then, neither I nor the doctor could have known that her excellent advice would encourage me to go and build an entire pharmacy full of hems over the next 10 years: one that, to my great pride and absolute shame, now fills five wardrobes across two states.

I work as a freelance writer and editor, which means I hardly need to leave the house. Still, putting on a particular outfit can mean the difference between being able to focus on the work or sitting there, helplessly grappling with my thoughts for hours.

I have tried to throw dresses out, give them away or otherwise let go of them, but whenever I do I go through an overdramatic grieving process for a particular dress and its associated memory. The dresses stayed.

It seems obvious to state that clothing has some power over our emotions. Most of us can relate to the idea that dressing smartly for a job interview helps us feel more confident; we have all heard of actors preparing for a role by dressing in the clothes their character would wear.

I recently read a study that discovered people score more highly on cognitive exercises when they’re wearing a white lab coat – apparently the brain makes a connection between the item of clothing and the reputation doctors and scientists have for being careful and rigorous, and they take on those characteristics themselves. On the other hand, if you’re told the coat belongs to a painter, you won’t score any better, because the power of a piece of clothing depends on the symbolic meaning you give to it.

However, I still think the best way to observe the influence clothes have over our own psychological state is to wake up every morning and just get dressed.

The popular line goes that wearing something fabulous can make you feel like a new person, but as someone who collects dresses, most mornings my goal is the opposite: I want to feel like an old person, or rather, be reminded of the old person who used to be me. Even as I move away from her towards the safer harbour of the future, these flashes of my old selves, relentless and repetitive, illuminate my way. Memory, like a lighthouse, shines the most vivid moments back to us, over and over, and these stories become the myths we stitch together and inhabit every time we try to answer the question, “Who am I?”

The teal ’50s chiffon dress, the only luxury I took away with me on a half-year trip to India, was also what I wore to the opening night of a glamorous ballet, years and worlds away. The light cotton backless dress my mum made when she was a teenager was a favourite during my early 20s – it was perfect for Brisbane’s sweltering summers. I wore it to an outdoor street festival where I had an argument with my boyfriend and left, storming impetuously towards home as the sun set. I hoped he would chase after me, and the moment I felt the cool of his hands against the warmth of my naked back I melted into his hug, and we returned to the festival together.

There’s the too-long vermilion dress which my mum chopped off and, with the excess fabric, made a floaty sash that twined round my waist four times. I wore it to a New Year’s Eve party, and left early, alone, as midnight rang through the city streets, wondering if I would ever fall in love again; I didn’t wear it again until two years ago, accompanied by my new boyfriend to the wedding of a dear friend. Now, that same friend and I have both just had our first babies.

Lying in bed with my newborn daughter asleep beside me in the days following her birth, the wardrobe door partly open, I could see a familiar vermilion frill shining out from it like a smile, coyly whispering its tales of lonely New Year’s Eves and joyous wedding parties, and all the other moments I couldn’t have known would happen in my future until they had been sewn into my past.

And that very first Mintie dress? It has been re-hemmed many times: only once on a sewing machine properly, by an ex-boyfriend’s mum, when we visited her out in the middle of Queensland.

I am still reminded of her when I wear it, as well as that first doctor who suspected I was tumbling into a years-long blackout before I could see it myself. The dress also makes me recall the kindness of the air hostess who offered me tissue after tissue as I wore it and wept for the entire flight on my first move to Melbourne in 2003; also, the man who skilfully disunited me from it years later in his bedroom above the New York bar where, moments earlier, we had been drinking White Russians.

While some people remember stages of their lives through the smells of certain places or the music they were listening to during that time, I remember them through my dresses. The racks of my wardrobe have long become bookshelves; the dresses are pages that I fill with new stories every morning I wake up and put one of them on.

Edited extract from Dress, Memory by Lorelei Vashti, published by Allen & Unwin this week, $28.

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What’s the best way to start a business?

09/07/2018 // by admin

There are many ways in which people can start a small business. A common way for many is to start the business from scratch, often on a part-time basis while working full-time, and then switching to operating full time when sufficient income is produced.
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Another popular method is for an existing business to be purchased. In some cases this can be buying into a franchise, or for others it is buying a business that has operated for a number of years. Where a business is purchased the tax treatment differs depending on what is included in the purchase price.

Q. I recently bought a chiropractic business from a friend for $140,000. I didn’t take out a loan to pay for it instead I payed for it with my own money. I am wondering if I can use the $140,000 as a tax deduction from my income?

A. The first thing to establish is exactly what was included in the $140,000 purchase price for the chiropractic business. Where the purchase price included equipment, furniture and fittings a value needs to be worked out for these assets. Also if stock of chiropractic goods for sale by the business was included a value needs to be placed on these.

Any assets, including equipment and fittings, that cost less than $1000 can be claimed in full as a tax deduction in the year that you bought the business. Assets costing more than $1000 can be written off under the simplified depreciation rules for pooled assets. This result in you receiving a deduction of 15 per cent on the value of those assets in the year the business was purchased, and then 30 per cent on the written off value for each year after that.

If you purchased items of stock that will be sold the value paid for them will effectively be your opening value for stock. The amount that you can deduct in the first year will be the cost of the goods sold. This is calculated by adding the value of any stock purchased during the year to the amount paid for stock included in the $140,000, then deducting the value of stock on hand at the end of the year.

Once the value for assets and stock is established this is deducted from the purchase price to work out what you paid for goodwill. The amount paid for goodwill cannot be deducted in your first year but is carried forward until you sell the business.

If you receive an amount for goodwill when and if you sell the business, that is greater than the amount included in the $140,000, the profit will be dealt with under the capital gains tax rules. As long as you qualify as a small business entity, are turning over less than $2 million a year, you will qualify for the small business capital gains tax discounts and concessions. This can result in no capital gains tax being paid on any gain you make.

Questions on small business income tax and other issues can be emailed to [email protected]南京夜网.au

Max Newham is the founder of www.smsfsurvivalcentre南京夜网.au.

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Boy turns 12 after losing family in horror crash

09/07/2018 // by admin

Matilda, Eathan, Ryan and Joan. Eathan is the only survivor of the crash. Photo: Sunshine Coast DailyThe only survivor a horrific Sunshine Coast crash has turned 12 days after losing his entire family.
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Eathan Jackson-Cook is being cared for by relatives after losing his mother and three siblings. His younger sister, Matilda Jackson-Cook, had been clinging to life after the crash, but passed away in hospital overnight.

Matilda was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital after Friday’s crash at Glenview, which had already claimed the lives of her 30-year-old mother Keisha Ann Jackson, and siblings Ryan Jackson-Cook, 10, and Joan Jackson, 4.

Eathan suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Initial investigations suggest the vehicle skidded off the road and hit a tree about 9pm on Friday.

Police believe excessive speed and wet conditions may have been a factor in the crash, which happened at a bend in the road in an 80km/h zone.

Acting Superintendent John Boznjak said the forensic crash unit was continuing its investigation.

“It’s very tragic. [Matilda] was one of the people paramedics tried very hard to save. We were hoping beyond all hope that she would make it,” he said on Monday morning.

“The speed the vehicle was travelling at was a concern and we’ll be looking at that as part of the coronial inquest.”

The results of toxicology tests conducted on driver Keisha Jackson could still be four weeks away, he said.

Acting Superintendent Boznjak said police were yet to speak with crash survivor Ethan and would conduct more interviews with other witnesses in the area.

“We need to to continue to push the message that people need to be mindful of the weather conditions and they need to be mindful of what speed they’re travelling at,” he said.

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Dental waiting list to rise as jobs go from LCHS

09/07/2018 // by admin

Latrobe Community Health Service says its dental waiting list is expected to rise, following the announcement of staff redundancies.
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On Friday, the health service announced up to 16 full-time equivalent jobs would go including dental assistant, dental technician, dental prosthetist, counsellor and administration positions.

It is understood up to eight FTE positions will go from the dental sector, five from corporate and administration, and 1.5 FTE roles in the counselling department, which would affect three workers.

LCHS chief executive Ben Leigh cited changes to state and federal government funding for the decision to shed staff, in particular the deferral of round two of the National Partnership Agreement by a year.

“It was always anticipated the second round would commence in July 2014, that has been deferred by the Federal Government until July 2015,” Mr Leigh said.

“We had built up our workforce in anticipation for the funding to continue, unfortunately it hasn’t.”

Mr Leigh said the first round of the National Partnership Agreement funding had enabled LCHS to bring its dental waiting list down to about three months.

“It would be fair to say for people with a non-urgent tooth, the waiting list might start to increase gradually,” he said.

“For urgent dental issues they will be seen at the next available appointment and for children, because there’s a new Federal Government child dental benefits scheme, which started this year, we’ll be making the most of that.”

Mr Leigh said the health service had made a concerted effort to reduce the dental waiting list; six years ago the wait was up to five years.

He said the State Government’s recommissioning of alcohol and drug services had contributed to LCHS’s decision to cut administrative roles.

“We were successful in getting most of the drug and alcohol services, but intake and access was given to a statewide provider,” Mr Leigh said.

He said in regard to the counselling department, LCHS had identified it was overstaffed.

“Sixteen jobs is the worst-case scenario. We would hope it’s less than that and we would look at redeploying within the organisation where we can,” Mr Leigh said.

“When additional money does become available we’re hoping to be able to ramp up again quickly.”

Attempts by The Express to contact the Australian Services Union were unsuccessful.

Mr Leigh said LCHS would engage with relevant unions.

Labor candidate for Morwell Jadon Mintern said the situation was “another example of the Coalition’s neglect of local people, families and communities” who were facing rising costs of living, high unemployment and cuts to healthcare, education and training.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester confirmed the partnership agreement had been deferred, but said there would still be a “flow of funding” from when stage one ends and stage two begins.

“Negotiations with the states and territories regarding the details of NPA 2 are in the early stages, so it would be premature to assume what funding will be available under that envelope,” Mr Chester said.

He said he would continue to advocate on behalf of LCHS to secure further funding opportunities.

“I’m keen to work with the relevant ministers and Latrobe Community Health Service to maintain the excellent services they provide to the community.”

State Community Services and Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge said the recommissioning of drug and alcohol treatment programs came about in response to calls for change from within the sector.

She said the changes would provide the community with streamlined and centralised access to treatment services and organisations would be supported by more flexible funding arrangements.

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