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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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David Lynch announces cast for Twin Peaks revival, including Australians Eamon Farren and Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is among several Australian actors included in the cast for the revival of Twin Peaks. Photo: Ben Watts The famous Twedes cafe in North Bend made famous by the television show Twin Peaks just before sunset. Photo: Jimmy Anderson
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Gia Carides will also be appearing in the revival of Twin Peaks. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui

Eamon Farren has made a break into the US market with Twin Peaks after appearing in Red Dog and the ABC telemovie Carlotta.

David Lynch has released the full cast of his upcoming Twin Peaks revival.

But in typically eccentric Lynch fashion, the customary US studio press release was replaced with an alphabetised list of 217 names.

Included on the list is Australian actor Eamon Farren, who is making his US debut in the series.

Farren is known for roles in the film Red Dog and the ABC telemovie Carlotta.

He also appeared in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, which was filmed in Queensland and Victoria.

The cast list includes two other well known Australian actors: Gia Carides and Naomi Watts.

Fans of Twin Peaks will be poring over the list, hoping to confirm the return of key favourites from the show’s past.

The list includes several familiar faces, including Kyle MacLachlan, who played Special Agent Dale Cooper, and Sheryl Lee, who played the town’s doomed beauty queen, Laura Palmer.

Sherilyn Fenn, who played rebellious schoolgirl Audrey Horne, Peggy Lipton, who played Double R Diner owner Norma Jennings and Miguel Ferrer, who played FBI agent Albert Rosenfeld are also on the list.

One notable inclusion is David Duchovny, who played transgender DEA agent Denise (formerly Dennis) Bryson.

Since the announcement of the reboot of the series, there has been a great deal of fan buzz around whether or not Duchovny would reprise the role.

The cast list includes Julee Cruise, who sang the show’s original theme and appeared in an episode as a roadhouse singer, as well as Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ethan Suplee and Amanda Seyfried.

The cast list also includes Lynch himself.

Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks picks up the story of the iconic 90s mystery drama 25 years later.

It is based on a throwaway line in one of the original series episodes in which murdered schoolgirl Laura Palmer, appearing in a dream sequence, says that she will return in 25 years.

The original series – which was marketed with a massive Who Killed Laura Palmer? campaign – was a critical triumph, though it lasted just two years on television.

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Fruit Fly Council bolstered by new members

RECRUITS: The National Fruit Fly Council now boasts 17 members including six new horticulture industry representatives to bring a broader perspective to issues concerning the pests.THE National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) continues to bolster its credentials with the appointment of a full time manager and six new industry representatives.
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Darryl Barbour has been appointed national manager, entering the role with a background in entomology and experience in biosecurity, pest management, market access, and codes of practice for both Mediterranean and Queensland fruit flies.

Mr Barbour was employed with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where he was responsible for developing import risk analyses and leading market access negotiations for Australian horticultural commodities.

Plant Health Australia (PHA) executive director and CEO Greg Fraser said Mr Barbour was an excellent choice for the role.

“Darryl will be ideal because of his thorough understanding of the issues, and an ability to work with a range of stakeholders including regulatory officials, growers, packers and industry bodies,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Council will need to ensure that everyone is engaged in fruit fly management.”

Membership of the Council has also been broadened in order to further carry out its mission to coordinate fruit fly management activities at a national level.

There are now 17 members on the council including representatives from the stonefruit, citrus, cherry, pome and mango industries.

The NFFC brings together government and industry members to drive the delivery of a national system that prevents fruit flies being a constraint to sustainable production or a barrier to trade and market access.

It considers the management of Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly, which affect yield and market access for Australian produce.

It also oversees efforts to prevent exotic species from establishing.

NFFC independent chair Jon Durham said it was essential to expand membership to increase the representation of people affected by fruit flies, in order to develop a truly national solution.

“We have invited people who will bring a range of experience to the Council including government, peak industry bodies, regional groups, as well as growers and researchers,” Mr Durham said.

NEW FACE: Darryl Barbour has been appointed the national manager of the National Fruit Fly Council.

“Membership also covers pest free areas and places where fruit flies are endemic or transitional.”

The members of the National Fruit Fly Council are:

Jon Durham, independent chairMike Ashton, general manager, Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, Biosecurity QueenslandDarryl Barbour, national manager, Fruit Fly Council, Plant Health AustraliaSteve Burdette- business development manager, citrus category, Costa Group, Renmark, SATom Eastlake, president, Cherry Growers Australia, Young, NSWGreg Fraser, executive director and CEO, Plant Health AustraliaPeter Hall, chair, Goulburn Valley QFF Taskforce; pome and stoneruit grower, Mooroopna, VicSatendra Kumar, director plant biosecurity and product integrity, Department of Primary Industries NSWJo Luck, director research, education and training, Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research CentreBen Martin, director, Australian Mango Industry Association; mango grower, Bowen, QldDavid Moore, general manager, research, marketing and investments, Horticulture Innovation AustraliaGabrielle Vivian-Smith, chief plant health officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, VicSally Troy, assistant secretary, plant health policy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesMark Wilkinson, stonefruit grower, Maida Vale, WAJoelene Williams, Greater Sunraysia PFA industry development committee; stonefruit grower, Swan Hill VicBill Woods, senior entomologist, Department of Agriculture and Food, WAWill Zacharin, executive director, Biosecurity South AustraliaMeanwhile, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) declared an outbreakof Mediterranean Fruit Flyearlier this month following the discovery of flies in the Highgate area.

A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area was established around the outbreak and an eradication program has begun.

PIRSA Manager Plant Health Operations Biosecurity SA Nick Secomb said the quarantine area includes the suburbs of Highgate, Fullarton, Unley, Parkside, Myrtle Bank, Frewville, Glen Osmond, Glenunga, Netherby, Urrbrae, Kingswood and Malvern.

“Residents and businesses within the quarantine area will be receiving information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread,” he said.

“As part of the eradication program, Biosecurity SA officers will be contacting home owners within the quarantine zone to apply organic fruit fly bait to properties and to pick up any fallen fruit. Extra fruit fly traps have also been set up in the area.”

Mr Secomb said South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is fruit fly free and it is important that it stays that way.

“In 2014-15 the estimated farm gate value of South Australia’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation,including wine grapes and almonds,was $1.1 billion,” he said.

“This status also helps to secure producers’ access to lucrative citrus markets such as Japan, USA, Thailand and New Zealand, which in 2014-15 was worth approximately $40 million.

“Successful eradication of isolated fruit fly detections such as this one helps to maintain our state’s fruit fly free status.”

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Letters to the editor

CLINIC CRISIS: Bruce Francais says the absence of a bulk billing medical clinic in Katherine proves there is a healthcare crisis in urgent need of political attention. Paid opposition on the noseCHARMAINE Roth is a regular contributor to your paper, often articulating her anti-fracking stance.
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Now, Ms Roth has been exposed as a paid employee of Lock the Gate, something that, until now, was not widely known.

This is dishonest at worst and deceptive at best.

In my mind, two questions arise, the first being whether her views on fracking are biased because of her paid position.

This would mean that her views amount to nothing more than “cash for comment”.

A week or so ago, Lock the Gate had a fundraising dinner, where speakers were brought from overseas and interstate to give their interpretation of what is happening in the gas industry in their backyards.

I stress this is just their interpretation.

My second question is how many paying guests at this fundraising dinner knew they were directly or indirectly paying Ms Roth’s wages?

Some might be okaywith that –Isuspect, however, that some will not be happy at all.

Name and address withheldHealth situation needs immediate triageTHIS is an open letter to all of Katherine’s elected representatives ofthe people, be they Northern Territory government, federal government politicians or members of Katherine’s local government organisation.

Katherine has a health care crisis.

Following upon a well-attended public forum convened in Katherine on April 7to discuss changes and answer questions about the operation of the privately-run Gorge Health, and an advertisement placed in the Katherine Times on April 13explaining the situation, it is clear to see that this town is facing a major problem with healthcare.

Gorge Health is no longer able to bulk bill patients becauseMedicare subsidies have not kept up with inflation.

Bulk billing is provided in many privately-run medical clinics in Darwin and is available in all capital cities,regional centres and in most country towns throughout Australia.

The cost of operating a medical clinic in a remote, isolated part of thecountrysuch as Katherine is prohibitive, due largely to the tremendous difficulty in attracting general practitionersto a region with a harsh,inhospitable climate.

Warren Snowdon, Willem Westra van Holthe and to a much lesser extent, elected members of Katherine Town Council, listen to the people of Katherine and assist to resolve this crisis.

With elections imminent, please listen carefully and do something.

BruceFrancais,KatherineLighting upgrade should have been last resortCOULD either the council or Member for Katherine explain why $450,000 has been allocated to put new lights at Town Oval, rather than spending the money to help out the Katherine Sports and Recreation Club?

There were people employed at the club who added money to the local economy.

How many people, other than council workers, will have jobs because of the new lights?

Name and address withheldYouth Week thanksSOMERVILLE Community Services would like to thank the management and staff of Katherine Cinema 3 for their fantastic work and ability to help provide services to the families and youth that attended the movie afternoon.

The event would not have run so smoothly without the organisational skills of the manager providing popcorn and drinks to the people that attended.

We look forward to working with the cinema in the future on upcoming events to providefree movie afternoons to the people of Katherine.

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Groovin The Moo inbound

Large turnout: A huge crowd is expected again at this year’s Groovin The Moo with tickets still available for the May 7 event in Bunbury. Photo: Andrew Elstermann.GROOVIN The Moo 2016 is rapping its hooveson Bunbury’s doorand with that it’s time to sort out ourset lists.
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With all the killer performerstaking to the stage,careful planning and prioritisationto see all the important acts kicking off at Hay Park this year.

The day kicks off at 11am on the Triple J stage with Verge Collection with Time Pilot the first to hit the stage in the Moolin Rouge tent.

As the day goes on The Channel V stage will play host to Emma Louise, Drapht, Safia and Twenty One Pilots.

Alternatively Boo Seeka, DZ Deathrays, Ms Mr and Jarryd James will light up the Triple J space.

British India will berocking in the tent at 3.30pm and as day turns to night The Rubens hit the Triple J stage at 6.30pm.

Of Monsters and Men take the main stage just before 9pm with headliner Alison Wonderlandmakingher second Groovin The Moo appearance, where she will be showcasing her future garage stylemusic at 9.45pm andclosing out the night.

At the same time Illy and Ratatat will be the headline acts under the Moolin Rouge tent for those a hip hop and electronica twist.

There will also be a number of DJs and local acts to leave everyoneexhausted from a day of dancing and partying.

After finding enormous success in 2015 and securing number one on the Triple J hottest 100 list The Rubens will also play their alternative rock tunes at 6.25pm.

Tickets to the May 7 event are still available online.

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Learn compassion from Anzac memories

Legacy: Army cadets Kris Crane and Cameron Williams, 15, sell badges and collect donations to support Legacy.
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Crowds at the Anzac Day services swelled for the special commemoration of the Anzac assault on Gallipolli on April 25, 1915.

Residents responded to the inclusion of the Esperance Light Horse troop, the vintage car club in period costume and the unveiling of a war history mural in the town centre.

These novel additions to Esperance’s annualparade were part of the Entrenchment Project designed to raise awareness of Australia’s military history and the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome suffered by returning service personnel.

The Project, under the auspices of the Returned Services League (RSL) Esperance sub-branch, supports the values of the Anzac tradition – those of service, sacrifice, honour, unity and remembrance. But with the resurgence of interest in military history it is vital to focus on war’s human cost.

Esperance RSL sub-branch president George Starcevich reminded us more than 100,000 Australians have died in war service and more than double thathave returned injured and disabled. Australia currently has 2,200 service personnel serving overseas in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The Anzac legend itself grew from Australia’s defeat to the Turks at Gallipolli Cove a century ago.

West Australian playwright Alan Seymour’s classic 1958 play One Day of the Year warned about sentimentalising war when ex-serviceman Alf defends Anzac Day’s celebration of a military defeat: “Now a man’s not too bad who will stand on the street and remember when he was licked, hey.”

The play explored the disillusionment of returned servicemen who felt short-changed as Anzacs and veterans were constructed as resilient, fearless, honourable warriors .

Thus Reverend Frank Rowe’s reminder to those at the Esperance Anzac Day dawn service to show care and compassion to those who return from war struck a chord.

As part of understanding our military history, we are duty bound to take care of Australians who pay dearly for maintaining our security.

Esperance cadets at the Anzac Day commemoration helped promote Legacy, the charity that provides for 8000 widows and 1800 children in Australian families suffering after the death or injury of a partner or parent during defence force service.

To paraphrase Reverend Rowe, live generously and give meaningful support to those who have paid dearly in war.​

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