Council bears cost, but shirks responsibility

Latrobe Valley RSLs will receive funding to cover Anzac Day and Remembrance Day traffic management costs until the end of next year, but could be on their own after that unless another source of funding is found.
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At Monday night’s Latrobe City Council meeting councillors voted to provide funding until the end of 2018 when the Anzac centenary commemoration period ends.

According to a council officer’s report, 2017 Anzac Day and Remembrance Day traffic management expenses across the municipality will cost about $23,500.

Traffic management is a legislative requirement once a road is closed for an event.

The motion passed by councillors also resolved council would continue working with local RSLs to lobby other levels of government to meet traffic management expenses on an ongoing basis.

It comes after disagreement between the three levels of government as to who is responsible for traffic management costs on these days. Councillor Dale Harriman told the meeting council could only cover the expenses for the next two years.

“What I’d love to say is ‘we’re covering it for forever and a day’ – we can’t,” Cr Harriman said.

“We’re only doing it for two years to work out how we’ll do it in the future.”

He said council would continue to investigate options for other levels of government to cover the costs.

Council will also investigate the possibility of sourcing corporate sponsorship and engaging other service organisations to assist with traffic management operations.

The situation will be reviewed ahead of 2019 Anzac Day and Remembrance Day planning.

Council first paid for traffic management expenses in 2015 as part of the centenary of Anzac Day.

In late 2015 Traralgon RSL revealed signage and contractor costs for 2014 Anzac Day services in Traralgon and Glengarry were $10,500 – money that could have been spent on veteran welfare.

Councillors unanimously voted to support the motion.

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Action ‘critical’ in achieving cyber safety

Adults are being urged to act on behalf of young victims of cyber bullying. A workshop is empowering adults to take action when it comes to cyber bullying and exploitation.
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The free eSafetyworkshop is the result of a partnership between the BYou City of Ballarat Youth Development Team and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

It is aimed at parents, and people working in youth education and welfare sectors, with a focuson the steps they can take whenrespondingto the online bullying of children.

Jodie Downey from the Youth Development Team said the office had significant powers to remove damaging online material such as hate pages and posts.

“(The office) has aclose alignment with all those big organisations such as Facebook and Twitter to be able to pull down material that is destructive and offensive, and that (power) never existed previously,” she said.

“You can access the office, put in a complaint and it is taken very seriously.”

Ms Downey saidyoung victims of bullying were oftenin a position where their self-esteem was low, andexperiencedfeelings of stress, depression and confusion.

She urged adults toadvocate for them.

“Very oftenyoung people don’t talk about these sorts of things until it is at a crisis point,” she said.

“So at that point it is really important that someone steps up and is in their corner and acts on their behalf, it is critical.”

Shesaid the policing role the office played was vital, especially in combating the harms of cyber bullying, which could have a “devastating” impact on the victim.

Councillor Des Hudson agreed.

“The impacts if these issues are notcontained or resolved, it could potentially lead to unlawful assaults, even much more criminal assaults, suicidal ideology and in the most tragic of outcomes, where a person will take their life,” he said.

In his role with Victoria Police, Cr Hudsonsaid there was alwaysdemand for cyber safety presentations at primary schools, secondary schools and parent forums.

One of the biggest difficulties for schools and communities was the uncertainty of who was responsible when it came to the online platform.

Despite these grey areas, Cr Hudson said local schools were “very proactive” in working throughissues with their students.

He also noted it was important to realise cyber safety involved everyone.

“We tend to think cyber safety is just a young person educational opportunity, when we know that there are more than 15 million Australians who regularly use Facebook and then other social media platforms as well,” he said.

Cr Hudson said if people were the victims of online bullying or harassment, to gather evidence by taking screenshots and keeping these ina folder that could be useful for law enforcement later on.

The free eSafety workshop takes place on Thursday, February 16, from 6pm-8.30pm at the Ballarat Art Gallery Annexe.

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Public asked for help tracking crusaders

DISCOVERY: QVMAG entomologist Simon Fearn examining the crusader bug, which has been recently found in Tasmania. Pictures: Piia WirsuIt’s not the middle ages and we’re not in Europe but there may be a crusade happening in Tasmania right now.
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The crusader bug, or mictis profana, has recently been observed in the state for the first time and it’s something of a mystery.

“What is really odd about it is that it’s such a large and conspicuous a bug, they are quite big animals and they’ve got this distinctive cross on their back,” Queen Victoria Museum entomologist Simon Fearn said.

“The questionis, how can such a large, conspicuous insect that’s been recorded all over Australia stay unnoticed here for 200-odd years?”

The museum is calling on the public to help solve the “curious mystery”.

“We can’t be everywhere and to do a proper survey of the coastline is just beyond our resourcesso we’re asking for the public to help us,” Mr Fearn said.

The public is asked to keep an eye out for the crusader bug and let the QVMAG know of any sightings.

The bugs, which are widespread on mainland Australia,occur in coastal areasandanyone living or holidaying near the beach is asked to keep their eyes peeled for the bug.

“They live in the … low scrub that’s directly behind the dunes above the high tide mark, and they live on the coast wattle or boobyallah,” Mr Fearn said.

Mr Fearn found the crusader bug at Beechford on the North Coast in December, 2016, which is intriguing in itself.

“We had a family shack there for many years in the 70’s and 80’s and as a bug-mad kid Icollected insects extensively there … and never saw them,” he said.

He has not found the species in any other coastal locations.

It is unknown if the bug has recently arrived in Tasmaniaor has just been rare and gone unnoticed in localised pockets, which is contrary to its behaviour everywhere else it occurs.

“It’s really important to know whether or not due to global warming maybe these things have recently arrived, maybe they came in on a camper van or something –we just dont know,” Mr Fearn said.

“If it turns out there’s just pockets of them right around the coastline then it just means that for whatever reason they’ve been completely overlooked, but if it turns out they’re only in that area [Beechford] then it looks more and more like they may have accidentally got here.”

Mr Fearn thinks it unlikelythe bug will have a big impact on coastal ecology.

“They don’t appear to be a pest, on the mainland they sometimes get into citrus crops but they’re never a major pest so their impact is probably going to be very small, but it’s just areally curious storywhy they have suddenly popped up allof a sudden,” he said.

For anyone who sights the bug;it is not dangerous but be warned, it does produce a stinky liquid when handled. Mr Fearn suggests the use of a jar, into which they will drop easily, to collect any specimens.

Any specimens found can be taken into the museum, or anyone who has sighted the bug can contact [email protected]论坛.

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How to get a bushy education

Claire Reynolds, Wyatt Hall and Gabby Colquhoun, pictured here from the show in 2013, have been a part of the showcase since the being.Related: Greg North returns for bush poetry; Bush balladeers bringing saleyards to life
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This will be the eighth year Gloucester’sClaire Reynolds, Wyatt Hall and former resident,Gabby Colquhoun will take the stage to recite Bush Poetry at the Gloucester Saleyards.

The annual Rotary Club of Gloucester fundraiser will be on againSaturday, March 11, this year featuring Australian Bush Poet, Bill Kearns from Grafton.

Bill will be supported, as usual, bybush poets, Claire, Wyatt and Gabby, who have been involved in the event since its inception.

The idea was the brainchild of event organisers,Grahame and Kaye Stelzer, who were inspired after spending an evening with Australian BushPoet champion, Greg North.

Kaye thought it would be a good fundraiser for Rotary and Grahame thought the saleyards would be an ideal location. Greg was invited as the first headline poet, with numerous poets entertaining the crowds since then.

Grahame explained how bush poetry is not like regular poetry.

“It can be quite smutty, quite funny, sexy and serious at times,” he laughed “It’s a wonderful way to get a bushy education.”

The event has hosted a full house every year;with two coaches carrying spectators from Forster last year andthreeexpected this year.

Gloucester band, The Bowden Brothers will kick off the evening at 6:15pm, with the poets taking to the stage at 7pm.

“Some people come in as early as 5:30;bringtheir picnics and make sure they get a good spot,” Grahame said.

Tickets are available from Gloucester Health Foods, Bowe and Lidbury and Gloucester’s Visitor Information Centre for $25 per person.

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Illegal ramps at Woronora to be removed​

Going: One of the structures found in bushland at Woronora.Illegal wooden ramps apparently built for bike riders in bushland at Woronora and Engadine are to be demolished.
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The large wooden ramps up to 20 metres long were discovered by a bushwalker last December in land zoned for Environmental Conservation.

The discovery prompted the Woronora Valley Residents Association to call on the council to demolish the illegal structures and step up security along all fire trails in the area.

Officials from the Department of Industry – Lands (DoI) inspected the site together with an officer from Sutherland Shire Council.

The DoI said the structures are unlawful and said they will be removed.

Signs will be placed at the site and on entrance points leading to the site, off Thorp Road declaring that the structures and activities associated with them are prohibited.

The DoI has the authority to remove the structures and to remediate the site under the Crown Lands Act and will initiate action to have them removed.

A Woronora residents said the demolition was a step in the right direction.

“It’s not a question of bushwalkers or mountain bike riders using the area,”he said.

“No-one objects to mountain bike riders. They are well behaved.

“This is about stopping an off-road playground for motorcycles and 4WDs.

“It’s a passive recreation area. It’s not for machines.”

The DoI will consult with Sutherland Shire Council prior to removing the structures to ensure necessary council approvals are secured as part of the removal process.

A Sutherland Shire Council spokesman said the council was investigating strategies in collaboration with Sydney Water and the NSW Rural Fire Service to secure access roads and fire trails into the area following repeated vandalism of the locks and chains securing the gates.

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Meals could use your help

Maureen Klau, on the right, receives an award for 20 years’ service to Meals on Wheels last year alongside Bill Coomans, Malcolm Bradshaw, Betty Zadow, Rhonda Packer and Basil Schubert.The Murray Bridge branch of Meals on Wheels SA is looking for a new volunteer coordinator to help keep the 46-year-old branch humming as smoothly as it always has.
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Current coordinator Maureen Klau has been with the Murray Bridge group for 21 years and has been the volunteer coordinator for the past five years, but is now looking to scale back her role.

“I love this group and the friendships we’ve forged over the years, but now it’s time for me to spend a little more time travelling with my husband,” she said.

“Of course, I’ll stay on as part of the delivery team – I couldn’t imagine my life without being part of Meals on Wheels!”

Mrs Klau said ideally they’d like to welcome two people – a new co-ordinator, along with a new co-ordinator’s assistant – to take over the job.

“What you need for this job is good people skills, a focus on being organised and some basic computer skills,” she said.

“It’s incredibly rewarding being involved when you realise just how much of a role Meals on Wheels plays in keeping people in their own homes, happy and independent.”

Murray Bridge Meals on Wheels branch chairMary Rowley commended Mrs Klau on her job and said it wasan opportunity she hoped someone would enjoy as much as Maureen had.

“It would be a terrific role for someone who might potentially be retiring soon and looking to give something back to their local community,” she said.

“It could be just the thing for someone looking to transition from the demands of full time work into a slightly slower pace of life and have some fun along the way.

“We make great friends and know that what we’re doing does have a very positive impact.

“There’s no doubt that the meals we deliver and the company we also bring to people’s doors, make an enormous difference to so many in the area being able to maintain their independence in their own home.”

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Queanbeyan-Palerang merger unaffected by NSW government backflip

ANGER: Hundreds of people attended a rally in Queanbeyan last Friday to protest against the forced council mergers. Photo: James HallThe NSW government’s backflip on regional council mergers will not affect those that have already amalgamated – including Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.
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Premier GladysBerejiklianannounced on Tuesday the government would push on with mergers in Sydney but thosependingin regional areas would no longer go ahead.

Queanbeyan andPalerangcouncils were among 44 mergedlast May in a controversial move that led to legal action from a number of local government organisations.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council administrator Tim Overall said it was business as usual for the organisation after a video meeting with staff from Ms Berejiklian’s office Tuesday afternoon.

“My focus has always been Queanbeyan, but my position has been that if the government was going to merge councils it was very important that we get behind the government’s initiatives in that regard and make them highly successful, those mergers, and being appointed administrator, that’s what I’m about,” he said.

“My view is anecdotally, based on the feedback I’m receiving right across our local government area, whether it’s in Queanbeyan, Braidwood, Bungendore or even further afield, is that there’s general support for the merger.”

Federal Member for Eden-MonaroMike Kelly attendeda protestagainst forced amalgamationslast week in support of the seven councils merged to threewithin his electorate.

“The result of these council mergers is the stripping away of democracy from our community – people were not given a vote on the mergers or the people who run these new councils,” Dr Kelly said on Tuesday.

“Today’s announcement did noteven discuss bringing forward council election, so the extended reign of unelected administrators continues.”

Deputy Premier and Nationals leaderJohnBarilaro – who represents Queanbeyan as part of the Monaro electorate- vowed last month to put a stop to mergers in bush areas.

“Local councils in the bush have done their fair share to contribute to stronger local government in NSW, and today we draw a line under local government amalgamations in the regions,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This decision has been made to ensure that we put an end to the confusion and uncertainty for those councils locked in drawn-out legal battles.

“I am looking forward to the local government elections in September to restore local decision-making to our regions.”

Snowy Monaro Council will also staymerged. Yass Valley Council,Bega Valley and Eurobodalla remainunaffected.

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Wagga remembers Fall of Singapore 75 years onVideoPhotos

SERVICE: Fall of Singapore commemorative service organiser Bob Toose speaks to the crowd of about 70 who attended the annual event. Picture: Les SmithWAGGA and district men who died in the Fall of Singapore or as prisoners of war afterwards were honoured at a commemorative service on Wednesday.
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About 70 people attended the service at the Sandakan Memorial in the Victory Memorial Gardens, 75 years to the day after Japanese forces inflicted one of the heaviest Allied defeats of World War II.

Keynote speaker Michael Johnston said 22,000 Australian soldiers were captured at Singapore, while 7500 Allied soldiers, including Australians, died in the fighting leading up to the February 15, 1942, surrender.

“Of the 22,000 Australians made prisoner of war, nearly one in three, being about 8000, died in captivity,” Mr Johnston said.

He said among the men who died in the fighting were WA Folkard, RF Howard, GW Miller (all Wagga), KF Murphy (Marrar) and LA Tipping (Coolamon).

Wagga remembers Fall of Singapore 75 years on | Video | Photos Ray Smith raises the Australian flag during the Fall of Singapore service. Pictures: Les Smith

Wagga RSL sub-branch secretary Ken May pays his respects after laying a wreath on the Sandakan Memorial

Military personnel and civilians at Wagga’s Fall of Singapore service.

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Ken May lays a wreath on the Sandakan Memorial on behalf of the Wagga sub-branch of the RSL

Korean War veterans Harry Edmonds (left) and Alan Evans

Saluting after laying wreaths during Wagga’s Fall of Singapore commemorative service are, from left: Lieutenant Commander Wayne Langworthy Royal Australian Navy, Colonel Mick Garraway Australian Army and Wing Commander Ross Magno Royal Australian Air Force

Wagga mayor Greg Conkey lays a wreath on the Sandakan Memorial on behalf of the city.

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Baccus: I’d play with a broken leg on derby day

UP FOR A BATTLE: Western Sydney midfielder Kearyn Baccus believes Sydney FC is vulnerable ahead of Sydney derby on Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesWanderers midfielder Kearyn Baccus feels the occasion on Sydney derby day as much as anyone in the stands.
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Raised in Kings Park,matches against Sydney FC are more than a game to Baccus.

“Being a western Sydney boy playing for the Wanderers in the derby means a lot to me. It’s massive,” he said.

“Even if I had a broken leg I’d want to be out there.”

Western Sydney will host their bitter rivals at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Three points for the Wanderers would not only break a three-year wait forderby success;it would hand the club its first win at its temporary home, and possibly elevate the Red and Black into the finals positions.

Baccus, 25, spent a season in the Sky Blues’ youth team in 2008/09, before Western Sydney entered the A-League.

He respects his cross-town rivals, who he said have had “a great season up until this point”.

Sydney FC sit top of the pile this season and remain undefeated after 19 rounds.

The Wanderers languishin seventh place –26 points behind Saturday’s opponents –and need a win to have any chance of overtaking Newcastle Jets into the top six this week.

After a shock 2-nilloss to Central Coast Mariners on Sunday,Baccus said the club’s luck hadto change soon.

“We are always confident going into the derby,” hesaid.

“It’s been a tough year at times but we’ve never dropped ourheads. That comes down to the message from Popa and the coaching staff.

“I still feel we can make the semi-finals and maybe go all the way.”

BOUNCE BACK: Baccus played 87 minutes as Western Sydney suffered a 2-nil loss to second-last Central Coast on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

Brendon Santalab’s 86thminute strike gave the Wanderers its last derby victory ina1-0 winon January 11, 2014.

Baccus said his teammates would not be deterred by their barren spell in arguably the competition’s biggest fixture.

“I think we were unlucky in our last game against them [a 0-all draw at Allianz Stadium last month],” he said.

“They have been good but they can’t go the whole season undefeated. I think this weekend is a good opportunity for us.”

Baccus, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the field,has faced personal challenges this season. He came underscrutiny after beingcharged with common assault following an incident in Arncliffeon January 5.

The Wanderersstood by itsmidfielder throughout the process.

“After what I’ve been through over the past few weeks, a win on Saturday would mean a lot. I can’t really put it into words,” Baccus said.

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Baccus: I’d play with a broken leg on derby day

UP FOR A BATTLE: Western Sydney midfielder Kearyn Baccus believes Sydney FC is vulnerable ahead of Sydney derby on Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesWanderers midfielder Kearyn Baccus feels the occasion on Sydney derby day as much as anyone in the stands.
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Raised in Kings Park,matches against Sydney FC are more than a game to Baccus.

“Being a western Sydney boy playing for the Wanderers in the derby means a lot to me. It’s massive,” he said.

“Even if I had a broken leg I’d want to be out there.”

Western Sydney will host their bitter rivals at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Three points for the Wanderers would not only break a three-year wait forderby success;it would hand the club its first win at its temporary home, and possibly elevate the Red and Black into the finals positions.

Baccus, 25, spent a season in the Sky Blues’ youth team in 2008/09, before Western Sydney entered the A-League.

He respects his cross-town rivals, who he said have had “a great season up until this point”.

Sydney FC sit top of the pile this season and remain undefeated after 19 rounds.

The Wanderers languishin seventh place –26 points behind Saturday’s opponents –and need a win to have any chance of overtaking Newcastle Jets into the top six this week.

After a shock 2-nilloss to Central Coast Mariners on Sunday,Baccus said the club’s luck hadto change soon.

“We are always confident going into the derby,” hesaid.

“It’s been a tough year at times but we’ve never dropped ourheads. That comes down to the message from Popa and the coaching staff.

“I still feel we can make the semi-finals and maybe go all the way.”

BOUNCE BACK: Baccus played 87 minutes as Western Sydney suffered a 2-nil loss to second-last Central Coast on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

Brendon Santalab’s 86thminute strike gave the Wanderers its last derby victory ina1-0 winon January 11, 2014.

Baccus said his teammates would not be deterred by their barren spell in arguably the competition’s biggest fixture.

“I think we were unlucky in our last game against them [a 0-all draw at Allianz Stadium last month],” he said.

“They have been good but they can’t go the whole season undefeated. I think this weekend is a good opportunity for us.”

Baccus, who has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the field,has faced personal challenges this season. He came underscrutiny after beingcharged with common assault following an incident in Arncliffeon January 5.

The Wanderersstood by itsmidfielder throughout the process.

“After what I’ve been through over the past few weeks, a win on Saturday would mean a lot. I can’t really put it into words,” Baccus said.

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