Monthly Archives: November 2018

Landfill wash bay a no go for now

Victoria Street Landfill.Local councillors couldn’t reach an agreement to approve the construction of a landfill wash bay last Wednesday night until they were given more information.
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The public and private contractors using Victoria Street Tip’s compactor trailer slab to wash vehicles has compelled council’s planning, environment and strategic planning director Craig Filmer to propose and recommend a user-pays wash bay be built at the facility.

While the project hasn’t fully been costed – nor is included in this year’s capital works budget – it’s estimated to cost $30,000.

Mr Filmer said people were utilising the hose, installed to clean the fines and build up under the compactor, to wash out trailers, horse floats, utes, skips, trucks and, in some cases, the outside of their vehicles.

But last December council found the amount of water, waste and leachate on the concrete slab was impacting the health and safety of staff and the contracted landfill’s haulage truck driver.

Works were completed on drainage and extending the concrete slab to improve the site’s safety but Mr Filmer said addressing drainage issues didn’t reduce the risk of the public being in close proximity to the compactor.

“We’re going to build something that’s not required,” Councillor Tony Wallace said at their April 20 meeting.

He reminded his fellow councillors there was a truck wash at the Young Saleyards – which has been a hot topic for council in recent years – and would be useful in the future.

“[We should] create one and not doing this twice…it needs to be investigated,” he said.

Councillors Brian Mullany, John Walker, Allan Miller and Sandy Freudenstein agreed, with suggestions that council should look into how big a wash bay was really needed at the facility and one bay for all to use may be the best option.

“With the expansion of sport fields I don’t envisage the wash bay being in Lachlan Street forever,” Cr Sandy Freudenstein said.

“Move it to Victoria Street so two parties can use it.”

Mr Filmer told the meeting there was a will to do more for their contractors and that they should be able to use something should they get tainted vehicles.

“We thought we’d have it three quarters right and not just a slab and a hose,” he said.

“Lachlan Street has a connection to the sewer, the one in Victoria Street may only be used for waste trucks.”

He said it wasn’t desirable to have trucks travelling through town or too far with “dribbly garbage”.

Cr Stuart Freudenstein believed providing a wash bay at the landfill was the best resolution.

“The truck wash was required in Lachlan Street (at the saleyards) for stock transport,” he said.

“The way I read this report, the need is there and the one in Lachlan Street has a need too.”

Cr Ben Cooper was concerned about keeping services local and said moving the washing off site could be problematic.

The proposal went to a vote with councillors Brian Ingram and Stuart Freudenstein being the only two in favour of going ahead to build the wash bay.

The remaining six voted against the recommendation, with Cr Cooper moving for a more detailed report on the matter first be brought back to them.

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Council calls for federal support of local sports

Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller is leading a push for the Federal Government to provide funding for community sporting facilities.
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Mayor Miller said she hoped to “sow the seed” for the funding whilst attending the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra in June.

“Rural life is made up of our sporting venues,” Mayor Miller said.

“There is no funding for sporting fields, what we’re saying is let’s get Federal funding, even if we have to match it dollar for dollar, so that we can do some of the work needed on these sporting fields.

“I want to try to get this on the radar of the board of Local Government and they can then take it on,” she said.

“An enormous amount of money is currently going to the cities for stadia.

“If we can get say $200,000 a year it would do an enormous amount,” mayor Miller said.

Forbes Shire Council acting general manager Max Kershaw said the Federal Government currently has two programs that help fund community infrastructure but applications for both are complex and take a long time to prepare.

“Without the support of shire councils it is almost too much trouble for time poor community volunteers to apply,” Mr Kershaw said.

“As with many regional communities organised sport is the glue that binds the community.

“It plays a major role in promoting healthy lifestyles and creating inclusive communities.”

Funding for the facilities, Mr Kershaw said, “just doesn’t exist”.

He said current funding programs are usually hopelessly oversubscribed and a great deal of inequity existed.

“Smaller regional shire concils are severely disadvantaged (by the process),” Mr Kershaw said.

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League tag rep trial

Bombala reps: (Back) Georgie Clarke; third Monique Ingram; fifth Chloe Murphy, seventh Tash Stewart, eight Abbey Kimber; (front) Patrice Clear, fifth Keiarna Rodwell. Thebest rugby league players from Groups 16, 6 and 7played for Greater Southern Region Stars selectionat Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, on April 23.
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Group 16 tackled Group 6 in the senior men’s trial, while Groups 16, 6 and 7 played the first ladies’ league tag selection play-off.

Bombala players Luke Ingram and Joe Bobbin were selected to play for the men and High Heeler ladiesPatrice Clear, Monique Ingram, Chloe Murphy, Tash Stewart, Abbey Kimber, Kiearna Rodwell, Jane Peadon and Georgie Clarke were all selected in the ladies league tag team.

League tag players had two 20-minute matches to impress selectors for the first Greater Southern Region Stars side.

Group 7 defeated Group 16, 12-4. For its first try, Group 7 stacked its backline and Ebony Murray scored after some precision passing for a 4-nil lead.

Jamie Emerson scoredfrom adummy-half run andTyler Finn ran around the outside of the defence, Group 7 leading 12-nil.

When Group 16 hadgood field position shortly before full-time, Bega Chicks’Joc Rogers kicked cross-field and clubmateMaddison Parbery plucked the bouncing ball from the air in goal, spinning around to score.

Group 6 and 7 played to the final sirenwith Group 7 hanging on to win, 9-8, despite a thrilling last Group 6 field-goal fake play.

Group 6’s Nicole Mallam and Caitlin Partridgeand Group 7’s Alana Glasson and Carly Ryan scored tries. Ryan’s try was a highlight.Talia Atfield kicked over the defence and Ryan caught the ball on the full, outpacing the defenceto placethe ball under the crossbar.

Group 16 came close to scoring, but was kept out, losing the final clash 12-nil to Group 6.

Inthe men’s gameGroup 6 winger Josh Mcilvenny opened the scoring, following a slick offload by Jacob Loko.

Group 6 set up its next try through the ruck andRay Cashmere planted the ball shortly before half-time. Anthony Provost converted for the 10-nil half-time lead.

Group 6 scored first in the second half, with Group 16 then converting its own try for a score of16-6.

Group 6 won 32-6.

The Southern Stars are set to play against Western Rams on May 21.

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NIAS funding in doubt

A HEALTHY approach to sport has powerful positive effects on and off the field, which is why Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, is knocking on doors in Macquarie Street, arguing the case for an increase in funding from the state government for the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS).
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NIAS has received $148,000 a year from the state government for the past eight years. Now, along with the state’s other 10 regional sports academies, it is renegotiating that five-year funding agreement, due to expire in December.

Former chairman of the NIAS board, Mr Marshall has backed a push to have each academy’s funding raised to about $250,000.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is after incresed funding for NIAS.

He said it was about more than just sport.

“When our young athletes have access to psychologists, nutritionists and other sports medicine practitioners, they are being supported to develop a healthy, happy well-rounded approach to their sport,” Mr Marshall said.

Although he thought the additional funding was a reasonable request, he did acknowledge that the academies would have to tighten their collective belts.

However, he said he is determined that the essential service provided by NIAS should be expanded where possible. NIAS identifies and supports 160 athletes and 25 coaches in the North West each year.

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