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Questions asked

On Wednesday I made an oral presentation to the Planning Panel which is considering MRSC Planning Scheme Amendment C110.
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The hearing is being held in the council chamber in Gisborne. I was pleasantly surprised to see that audio equipment, including microphones, was in use. Contrast this to the degree of difficulty expressed by council over using audio equipment in its meetings – I half-expected the roof to fall in, and to see a rapid mass exodus from the building…but none of this happened, and even better, everyone could hear and be heard.

But back to Amendment C110, which seeks to rationalise small-lot rural development (generally 2-4 hectare blocks) within the shire.

To my mind, the amendment fails, and if it does go ahead, we can expect to see an unsightly patchwork of such blocks on valuable rural land (including some farming zone land), around several of our towns. I believe the amendment flies in the face of the widely accepted wisdom of State Planning Policy No. 8, which, among other things, warns of the threat of inappropriate rural development to the natural beauty and intrinsically rural nature of the area.

At its regular meeting in December last year, council pushed through a raft of Planning Scheme amendments, all bundled together so that they constituted only one agenda item. The three Western Ward councillors declared a conflict of interest regarding Amendment C98 (which related to Woodend), but because all of the amendments were bundled together, they were unable to participate in the debate or to vote on any of them. There were more than 100 people at that shambolic council meeting, and all will remember how a proposal concerning Villawood was tacked on to C98 at the last minute – there was justifiable uproar in the gallery.

It is strange indeed that these amendments were rushed through ahead of Minister for Planning Richard Wynne’s independent panel of experts, the Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee, actually sitting and deliberating on many of the issues the amendments purport to address. Council should have erred on the side of caution and probity by deferring consideration of all amendments – including C110 – until after this committee had completed and published its findings. There are questions being asked about the need for this rush, but answers seem difficult to come by.

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Netball season to get underway

GOOD SIGNING: Stacey Curran (left) in action for Uranquinty last year. Curran has joined Shooting Stars for the upcoming season. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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The Wagga Netball season will commence onSaturday with a full round of matches in both the Junior and Senior Leagues.

The A grade competition is back to five teams competing, with CSU Reddies and Panthers having no A grade teams, as they did last season, but Kooringal makes a comeback to the top grade alongside the four other teams of last year: New Kids Aces, Shooting Stars, Turvey Park and Uranquinty.

In the opening round matches, New Kids Aces will play Shooting Stars in the feature match.

It’s basically a replay of last year’s premiership decider, won by the Aces.

The reigning premiers have retained most of the team which won last season, but may find the opposition a little tougher with the signings of goal shooters, Stacey Curran and Olivia Lang.

A fit Jenea West will also be an asset to the Stars.

The line-ups of Kooringal and Turvey Park are an unknown at the moment, but Turvey is reported to have recruited several new players, whileKooringal will rely on their better A reserve players of last season combining with a couple of formerA graders.

Some 109 teams will contest the Senior League in 12 different grades with play commencing at 11am with the 14 Years division twoand concluding with the A grade competition matches which start at 5pm.

All grades will have a general bye on June 11, July 2, July 9 and July 16, with grand finals on September 17.

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Patriots MC in Delegate

PATRIOTS: Member of the Patriots Motor Cycle Club Men from Snowy River Chapter all former servicemen at the Delegate Anzac Dawn Service. It was a cold and foggy morning when about 40 people gathered at the Memorial Gates in Delegate to commemorate Anzac Day with a Dawn Service.
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The service was conducted by Delegate RSL sub branch president Phil Pope who told the moving story of AB ATAWL Eric Kremm who was a brake number on an A4 Skyhawk Jet flying off the HMAS Melbourne.

Prominent in the crowd were members of the Patriots Motor Cycle Club who travelled from around Victoria and the ACT to commemorate Anzac Day in Delegate.

The Patriots Motorcycle Club Australiais a Military Motorcycle Club for regular, reserve and ex-serving members of the Australian or Allied Defence Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force).

Among some of the Patriots wereGary ‘Tiger’ Lyons, Corey ‘Matrix’ Sutton, Steve ‘Sledge’ Boyce, Daniel ‘Shortstraw’ Driffill, Dave ‘Wally’ Walter, Alan ‘Kiwi’ Sjaarda and Kevin ‘Maddog’ Edwards.

After the Dawn Service everyone was invited back to the Delegate Hotel for a shotgun breakfast.

The Patriots also took part in the Delegate Anzac Day parade that marched from the Delegate Cenotaph to the Memorial Gatesfor the main service at 11am.

About 150 people attended the day service with Delegate RSL sub branch president, Phil Pople saying he thought the whole day went off extremely well.

“I gave ashort prologue in which I like to mention current conflicts because I like to be inclusive of our younger veterans,” he said.

“Delegate members of the Bombala Rotary and Community Choir sang ‘The Recessional’ with Delegate Public School students reading the prayers.

Brigid Dunn read the Prayer of Thanksgiving; Bowen Farran the Prayer for the Queen and Jaidyn Clear read the Prayer for the Nation.

Year 8 Bombala High student, Russell Jamieson did the Commemoration and Jane Sellers read a letter from the front.

“So many community members contributed to the days success, there are too many to mention, but I am extremely grateful to them all,” Mr Pope said.

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Street leads to Wangoom

Dual Tasmanian Newmarket winner Hellova Street is likely to head to Warrnambool next week after an impressive return to racing at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton has earmarked the $151,000 Wangoom Handicap as the five-year-old’s next assignment.

“The other option is the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide (on May 21) but that looks like it will be a bit tougher,’’ Brunton said.

“Going to Warrnambool means he will have only 11 days between runs, which is not ideal, but it is what it is so we have to live with it.

“If the weather stays true and we get a dead-to-good track he’s some hope of winning.’’

Hellova Street drew the widestbarrier at Caulfield and had to work hard outside the leader before finishing a close fifth in the listed $120,000 Bel Esprit Stakes.

“He was looking for the rail all the way so it was an excellent run,’’ Brunton said.

It was the gelding’s first start since winning his second successive Newmarket at Mowbray in November.

Since then, the trainer has battled to get Hellova Street back to the track due to feet problems.

“He’s still not 100 percent right and is probably five or six runs away from getting his confidence back,” Brunton said.

“And, ideally, he’s looking for 1400 metres but he won’t get to do it this time in.’’

Brunton said running in both the Wangoom and Goodwood was still an option but would be “a very big ask.”

“He’s still got plenty of time and we don’t need to rush him,’’ the trainer said.

“We’d like him to come back later in the year and have a crack at a third Newmarket.”

Brunton and his father, David, almost won the Wangoom in 2010 when their flying mare I’m A Hussy finished third.

STAR GREYHOUND Keune will be given anotherchance on the mainland after thrashing a quality field in the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial at Devonport on Tuesday.

Ted Medhurst, who prepares the bitch for owners Debbie Cannan and Ian Sowell, said Keune had achieved nearly all she could in Tasmania.

“She’s a sensationaldog and she’s definitely got the quality to win interstate but she’shad no luck on previous trips,’’ Medhurst said.

“The first time wehad travel problems and the second time she got hurt.”

HELLOVA WIN: Hellova Street (centre), ridden by Dean Holland, wins his second successive Newmarket at Mowbray in November. He will chase another feature sprint at Warrnambool next week. Picture: Greg Mansfield

Debbie Cannan with Keune

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Labor vows overhaul to vocational training

AN overhaul of the vocational training system will occur if Labor wins the upcoming federal election.
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TRAINING ISSUES: Federal Bass Labor candidate Ross Hart discusses vocational training issues with Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor and Labor Senator Helen Polley. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Skills, training and employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor visited Launceston on Tuesday, saying that the review would constitute a completion of unfinished business for the party which had conducted the Gonski and Bradley reviews while in power.

The Gonski Review looked at funding provided to schools while the Bradley Review focussed on higher education.

He said vocational training at the moment was not servicing students and potential employers as well as it should.

“We have, for example, too many providers that are not of a sufficient standard, and we have too much money invested in areas where there is no emerging demand in the labour market,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We’ve effectively got a system where the training centres are not talking to the labour market.

“There has to be a much greater connection between emerging areas of growth in the labour market with vocational training so people are very aware that when they undertake courses, they’ve of a sufficient standard and accreditation(and) that they will provide a greater opportunity to find work.

“Too many people are right now churning through courses without any chance of employment. That’s got to stop.”

Federal Bass Labor candidate RossHart said strong links between industry and other areas of the Northern labour market had been there in the past.

“In my discussions with local industry, they’d like to see that resurrected,” he said.

Senator Helen Polley said there were opportunities within aged carefor young people in the North with the sector requiring 5000 extra workers in the next five years.

Mr O’Connor said he expected changes to penalty rates to dominate amongstelectionissues for people in regional areas.

Both the federal government and opposition have made submissions to theFair Work Commission into itspenalty rates reviewforseven retail and hospitalityawards.

It will assess demands tobring Sunday rates down to Saturday levels.

Mr O’Connor believed that penalty rate cuts would move into other sectors such as health if retail and hospitality workers received reductions.

Mr Hart said cuts to weekend rates would not only hurt workers but Launceston’s business communitythroughreduceddisposable income.

He said there were a disportionate number of people in Basson low wages.

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