Chambers sell off to boost coffers

17/07/2019 // by admin

IT was once the hub of Mulwaree Shire Council affairs.
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But now the former offices and chambers in Montague St will be sold off following failed investigations into possible uses.

Councillors voted unanimously at their meeting last week to seek expressions of interest from real estate agents to publicly auction the property.

The long vacant facility is expected to fetch about $830,000, with sale costs around $30,000.

Under the terms of the 2004 amalgamation, Upper Lachlan Shire Council is entitled to 24.22 per cent of the proceeds, or $193,760.

But Mayor Geoff Kettle and general manager Warwick Bennett will discuss with their counterparts whether the funds could be devoted to another community facility, benefiting both councils.

Most councillors were convinced that Upper Lachlan would rather take the money.

Mr Bennett said he’d only had a brief conversation with Upper Lachlan general manager John Bell who was reportedly happy with the “asset rationalisation” approach.

The building was last year pegged for a community learning hub, delivering education programs.

Community Plus, an organisation involving former federal senator Ursula Stephens, was Council’s preferred tenant following an expression of interest process.

But further investigations revealed it would cost $450,000 to $500,000 to meet access requirements, making it unsuitable.

Mr Bennett told Tuesday’s meeting there were no other expressions of interest.

Last month he also questioned the business case.

“We as staff have failed to tell the Council the costs of upgrading this building for public use,” he stated in a report.

“It has no disability access, the doors inside are too narrow for a public building and the upstairs portion cannot be accessed for public use without considerable expenditure.”

He said it could be more sensible to sell the structure and construct a purpose-built facility for community use.

Dr Stephens is also hopeful of a better outcome.

Some councillors argued the negotiations with Upper Lachlan should occur first, before planning the sale.

But this was defeated when Mayor Geoff Kettle questioned whether these talks would change their mind about selling.

Cr Margaret O’Neill asked whether Goulburn Mulwaree would derive some type of subsidy given that it had paid rates on the building for many years.

“It doesn’t work like that,” Mr Bennett replied.

The auction is expected to be held in the next few months.

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Five-post bullbars under review

17/07/2019 // by admin

NSW Farmers Association president, Fiona Simson.
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NSW Farmers has commended the State Government for quick action on defect notices on five-post bull bars.

The Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has directed the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to review the road rules for bull bars.

The Vehicle Standard Working Group will work closely with NSW Farmers and manufacturers to address concerns surrounding the bull bar regulations established in 2003.

“We look forward to getting involved in this examination of five post bull bullbars in relation to Australian Standard and the Australian Design Regulations (ADR),” President Fiona Simson said.

NSW Farmers has met with the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), who have acknowledged that legislation has been in place since 2003 with the requirement all bull bars must generally conform to the shape of the vehicle as per the Australian Standard and must have ADR air bag certification.

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Goulburn teachers halt work in protest

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SCHOOL teachers and administration staff in the Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese will stop work for three hours today to campaign for better job conditions.
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The local contingent join Catholic school teachers and staff from 38 schools across NSW and the ACT who are members of the NSW/ACT Independent Education Union (IEU). Stop work meetings have been held in Parramatta, Newcastle, Sydney and regional towns and cities across the state over the past three months. Even Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon managed to get on board, attending the stop work rally held in Parramatta in July.

Canberra / GoulburnArchdiocese staff will stop work from 8:30am-11:30am today to protest against proposals by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) to strip back conditions teachers have been fighting for over the last 15 years.

Through a new enterprise agreement, the CEO is proposing such regulations as no caps on class sizes, increasing face-to-face teaching time by two hours a week (which leads to a decrease in preparation time), a decrease in sick leave by 10 days per year and deregulation of teacher’s lunch break times.

The union also lobbied for a five per cent pay rise for all teaching and non-teaching staff, but the Catholic Education Office is only offering them a 2-2.5 per cent pay rise.

Trinity Catholic College union representative Roger Myers told the Post that once the inflation rate was taken into consideration, this increase would be negligible anyway.

The Australian Electoral Commission launched a ballot for IEU members from all 38 schools to voice their concerns in July.

Seventy percent (31 members) of the 44 Trinity Catholic College union members voted in the ballot, with 62pc (or 13 of the 21 members) from St Joseph’s Primary School and 58pc (or 11 of the 19 members) from St Peter and Paul’s Primary School also taking part in the ballot.

For non-teaching staff, measures such as the restructuring and classification of their positions will result in a $6,000- $17,000 per annum reduction in their salaries, and there is also a proposal to remove all promotion positions below the rank of principal.

IEU Canberra/Goulburn stopwork organiser Jackie Groom told the Post that teachers in catholic schools across the country had been campaigning hard for more than 15 years for better conditions, and to have all these conditions stripped away was a backward step.

“Currently at Trinity Catholic College, class sizes for practical subjects are usually capped at 25 students, ordinary classes capped at 30 students, and Year 11 and 12 classes also capped at 25 students,” Ms Groom said.

“The new measures would take away these caps and there would be a greater number of kids per class.”

Mr Myers said that the ramifications of these proposed measures would be detrimental not only for the school but also for St Peter/Pauls and St Joseph’s Primary Schools.

“Some if not all of these measures will affect both students and teachers alike and take us in a backward step,” he said.

“I mean we all expect better education than we did 20 years ago, just as we expect better health services than we did 20 years ago. Really, the pay increase of only 2.5 pc is miniscule, compared to the five percent that the union was negotiating for. For us to have to take a half day off or more just shows that we are serious about wanting to keep our job conditions secure.”

Mr Myers says that professional development time for teachers could also be affected, with most teachers currently doing it either during their own time, or as a requirement by the school. But in the proposed new enterprise agreement changes, they would be required to carry out these sessions either on weekends or in school holidays, which in the proposed agreement is known as ‘stand-down’ time.

“The Catholic Education Office enterprise agreement can’t be accepted until the Union votes to approve it anyway, and nobody is agreeing to it at the moment, hence the strike action,” Mr Myers said.

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Laharum’s Daniel Smith receives B Grade netball umpiring badge

17/07/2019 // by admin

Laharum umpire Daniel Smith, second from left, with Warrack Eagles captain Jessie Koschitzke, Riley Richardson and Nhill captain Shae-Lea Fischer last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERLAHARUM’S Daniel Smith has continued to rise through the netball umpiring ranks after receiving his B Grade umpiring badge in the final round of the home and away season.
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Smith became the first male umpire in the Horsham District Netball Association – now part of Horsham District Football Netball League – in July last year when he was awarded his C Grade badge in Warrnambool.

Smith is now a certified B Grade umpire after only a year in the league.

He said he was excited to receive his new grading and wanted to keep improving as an umpire.

“It’s just a higher standard of umpiring going from C Grade to B Grade,” he said.

“The next step for me is to become a B Grade badge tester.”

Smith became the third umpire from Laharum to earn a B Grade badge.

He said no other team in the Wimmera had three B Grade umpires.

Smith said he had been interested in netball since he was young and watched his family play.

His B Grade badge testing involved umpiring an A Grade game, while three testers evaluated and critiqued his performance.

Laharum chairwoman Nadine Miller said Smith’s quick rise as a netball umpire showed how engaged he was.

“Being a male in a female-dominated area, he’s done very well for himself at such a young age,” she said.

“The club is very proud of Daniel and he really does enjoy it.

“He’s never been too interested in footy, he’s just always been around netball and cottoned on.”

Smith thanked his family and Laharum for supporting his umpiring ambitions.

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Wimmera football provides a weekend of mixed emotions

17/07/2019 // by admin

Wimmera football provides a weekend of mixed emotions Callum Hobbs, HB, Bernard Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final
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Adam Carter, Kalkee, Owen Phillips, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Nick Thomson, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Tom Blair, Kalkee, Brett Hargreaves, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Sean Mantell, Swifts, Oliver Young, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Jacob Keamey, Kalkee, Ash Cowen, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Sam Jasper, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Liam French, Kalkee, Jakob Davis, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Nick Thomson, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Steve Schultz, Kalkee, Zach Salmi, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Adam Carter, Kalkee, Aaron Chavasse, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Shaun Gilbert, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Kirby Knight, NU, Paula Wiedermann, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Emily Hateley, NU, Stevie Bibby, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Cheryl Sudholz, NU, Clair McDonald, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Mikayla McAuliffe, K, Jo Taylor, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Michelle Trigg, Cheryl Sudholz, NU, Rachel Thomson, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Emily Hateley, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Cheryl Sudholz, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Hayley Thomas, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Jo Taylor, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Aily McAuliffe, K, Ashlee Knight, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Michael Phelan, HB, Jeremy Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Allan McIntyre, EA, Luke Merryfull, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Shayne Williams, EA, Murray Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Anthony Close, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Chris Heath, HB, Bartley Nolan, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Murray Staude, HB, Bernard Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Murray Staude, HB, Nernard Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Dave McLeish, EA, Brent Forsyth, HB, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Bartley Nolan, EA, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Matt Close, EA, Michael Phelan, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Daniel Brody, HB, Chris Oliver, EA, Mark Riley, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Brent Christie, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Daniel Brody, HB, Allan McIntyre, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Anthony Close, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Brooke Pay, NQ, Maddie Iredell, L, Yolly Francis, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Hayley McDonald, NQ, Nikki Ervin, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Olivia McDonald, NQ, Kayla Hawker, L, Ema Iredell, L, Sammi Avery, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Ema Iredell, L, Sammi Avery, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Sammi Avery, NQ, Polly Hammerton, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Ema Iredell, L, Olivia McDonald, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Georgia Francis, NQ, Ema Iredell, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Caitlin Story, L, Brooke Pay, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Maddie Iredell, L, Yolly Francis, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Hayley McDonald, NQ, Maddie Iredell, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Maddie Iredell, L, Brooke Pay, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Yolly Francis, NQ, Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Brooke Pay, NQ, Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Polly Hammerton, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Chloe Anson, NQ, Brooke Pay, NQ, Marceena Cameron, L, Hayley McDonald, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

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