Growth triggers council restructure

16/02/2019 // by admin

Wollondilly Council will undergo an organisational restructure in a bid to better accommodate the area’s booming population.
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The restructure, approved at last week’s council meeting, will affectively replace the two deputy general manager roles with three directors — director of works and services, director of planning and executive director of community services and corporate support.

With Wollondilly’s population predicted to triple over the next 30-40 years, council general manager Luke Johnson said the new structure was vital.

‘‘The old structure served us well but now we face unprecedented growth pressures,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s one thing for there to be growth but it’s another to have the resources to think about it strategically.

‘‘We need to ensure we are well positioned to manage that growth.’’

A manager of economic development will also be hired on a contractual basis to accommodate for the period of rapid growth.

‘‘We have growth now but we didn’t want to make that a permanent position,’’ Mr Johnson said.

‘‘After a few years we will review whether we need that position or not.’’

Mr Johnson said he expected to advertise for the vacant positions with the next three to four weeks and hoped the new structure would be in place by the end of the year.

Funding for the new positions is expected to come from several sources including: salary savings, additional growth/development income and the possible deferment of some unfilled positions.

Mr Johnson said it was hoped the new positions would be funded within the current budget.

‘‘The decisions we make will impact on Wollondilly for decades to come,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a responsibility to get it right for future generations.’’

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Kim Kardashian on her way

16/02/2019 // by admin

Be prepared for the Kardashian circus to invade western Sydney this September.
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Kim Kardashian is set to visit Australian shores to celebrate the launch of the Kardashian Kollection Spring 2014 collections.

The visit includes a chance for fans to meet Kim centre stage at Westfield Parramatta from 2.30pm on Saturday, September 13.

Kardashianwill greet and sign photos for the first 200 shoppers in-line that make a Kardashian Kollection purchase between Tuesday, August 26 and Saturday, September 13.

The Kardashian Kollection has expanded from ready-to-wear apparel tojewellery, sunglasses, handbags, hosiery, denim and shoes for women, as well as the newly released Kardashian Essentials range of shapewear, hosiery and sunglasses.

Each piece is designed by the famous reality sisters -Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.

■Details: westfield南京夜网.au/parramatta.

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Call for independent candidate

16/02/2019 // by admin

A grassrootspolitical advocacy group is calling for an independent candidate in the lead up to the state election.
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The Latrobe Valley 1st campaign came in response to community angst following the Hazelwood mine fire and is seeking applications for potential candidates in the Morwell seat.

The call follows the group launching a series of “kitchen table” conversations to put a spotlight on local issues.

The campaign is modelled on the Voices to Indi group, which helped independent Cathy McGowan beat long-term candidate Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella in the last federal election.

Latrobe Valley 1st president Gilio Barbara said after decades of failure by the major parties, the group believed there was a need to support a strong independent candidate.

“We are now seeking applications to become the people’s candidate to stand as an independent in the November state election and represent us on this and other important local issues,” Mr Barbara said.

He said he was appointed as the group’s president in the last fortnight, with former spokeswoman Tracie Lund attending to work and family commitments.

Mr Barbara said the group was pushing to reduce the Morwell seat from a safe seat to a marginal one, once a safe Labor, Liberal and now Nationals seat.

“The two major parties seem to be city centric and have allegiances to their political parties, rather than the electorate,” he said.

“We’re urging that we should support an independent candidate with no allegiance to a political party, but someone involved in the local community that has shown an interest in the welfare of this electorate.”

Mr Barbara said many people had voiced their opinions in public forums in the past six months since the mine fire and believed there were capable individuals to represent the Morwell seat.

“We want people putting their hands up to have a go, to be community minded, genuine and committed people in the area,” Mr Barbara said.

To apply for the position, phone Ann Pulbrook on 0488 729 175 or visit

www.lv1.org/apply for more information. Applications close 5pm, Monday, 1 September.

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Brothersgive the inside running on racing scandals

16/02/2019 // by admin

Brothers Barry and Alan Wood with copies of their latest book From the Track, which was presented to horse lover Queen Elizabeth II. Photo by Judith KerrSCAMS, scandals, ring-ins and rogues are all part of the latest offering from Mount Cotton authors Alan and Barry Wood.
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From the Track is the brothers’ third book delving into the murky, but often humorous, depths of the world of gee-gees.

Like Off the Track and On the Track, this book is illustrated with quirky cartoons from Brian Doyle.

Find out the true story behind Archer, the Melbourne horse who won two Melbourne Cups and how the photo-finish camera robbed the winner of a major race.

Or the uplifting story of a racehorse who went beyond the call of duty for his blind owner.

All three books have been dedicated to Barry’s son, Darren, who was unable to outrun the black dog of depression in 2008 and died at the age of 40.

Some of the proceeds from the books goes to beyondblue, an organisation helping people with depression.

Even Queen Elizabeth II loves the brothers’ tales after copies of the first two books were sent to Buckingham Palace in 2013.

The brothers received a letter from the palace thanking them for thinking of the Queen and commending them for supporting beyondblue.

But neither is sure whether From the Track will be their last.

Alan and wife Beth moved to Redlands 14 years ago and after retiring in 2010 built a home at Mount Cotton, which offered the best of city and country living.

The brothers have both owned race horses but it is Barry who has a mind like a steel trap and remembers trivia and details about the sport dating back to 1949 when he was five years old.

“A friend of ours was arranging some trivia questions for the local club at the Gold Coast and asked Barry to give him some questions on racing,” Alan said.

“After our friend received the quizz, he made the remark, ‘gee Baz, you should write a book’. Barry contacted me and away we went true story.”

From The Track is published by Five Mile Press, RRP: $32.95

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Seniors forge an inspirational path

16/02/2019 // by admin

Redland City’s inspiring seniors for 2014 are, front from left, Helen Holmes, Conchita Maulguet, Laurie and Genny McKenzie, Erica Siegel, Phil and Dorothy Elliss, Col Limpus, Barry Cullen, and, back from left, Bob Lynch, Tony Chapman, and Glen Gray. Photo by S-L Archer.REDLAND City was abuzz with seniors activities last week as young and old turned out to celebrate Seniors Week 2014.
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From the annual Seniors Walk on the mainland and the inaugural Bay Islands Seniors Walk to kayaking, sports tournaments, morning teas, entertainment, the University of the Third Age Seniors Week Breakfast and much more, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

A highlight of the week was the sixth annual Redland City Inspiring Seniors Awards, in which one or two older Redland residents were chosen from each city division as the most inspiring seniors for 2014.

Nominations came from members of the public and Redland City councillors, who were asked to nominate older residents they saw as an inspiration to the community.

The inspiring seniors were celebrated in a ceremony at Tranquil Waters Retirement Village last Thursday, and the divisional winners for 2014 were Barry Cullen (Div. 1), Helen Holmes (Div. 2), Glen Gray (Div. 3), Phil and Dorothy Elliss (Div. 4), Conchita Maulguet (Div. 5), Laurie and Genny McKenzie (Div. 6), Tony Chapman (Div. 7), Col Limpus (Div. 8), Bob Lynch (Div. 9), and Erica Siegel (Div. 10).

At the ceremony, each winner was presented with a framed photograph of themselves with an engraved plaque acknowledging them as an inspiring person.

Every year in August, Seniors Week in Queensland presents an opportunity for communities across the state to acknowledge the many valuable contributions made by older residents.

In the Redlands, it is celebrated with a full program of activities that shines a spotlight on the benefits of active and positive ageing.

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