Support for new network

Wendouree MP Sharon Knight has thrown her support behind the new Ballarat Bus Network despite a series of complaints around the new timetable and the change to bus stops throughout the system.
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Backing the services: Wendouree MP Sharon Knight, Buninyong MP Geoff Howard and PTV chief executive Jeroen Weimar at the network unveiling in December last year. Picture: Kate Healy.

The new network which was unveiled on January 31 consolidated the region’s 19 bus routes into 15, with services boosted on the remaining lines to provide an average of one bus every half an hour.

In the weeks since the network was unveiled residents from a number of suburbs including Golden Point, Wendouree and Lake Gardens have expressed concern at the new arrangements.

Ms Knight said while there had been some negative feedback in the wake of the roll-out, the reaction was inevitable given the magnitude of the changes. Public Transport Victoria and the state government also added 10 V/Line train services to and from Melbourne.

“There has been a mixed response but it’s a huge changeand the bus system hadn’t been reviewed in a long time so we knew it was going to be a big job,” Ms Knight said.

“We knew we needed to get more trains to thestation for commuters and we need to service that with more buses and there’s whole areas not even being serviced by the existing bus service.”

Ms Knight and Buninyong MP Geoff Howard will meet with PTV on Tuesday to discuss some of the complaints which have been made about the new system.

The Bus stop placement in Humffray Street near the corner of Water Street, connectivity to Central Square and the route connecting Wendouree to Ballarat North were among the issues which had been raised.

Ms Knight said she had been in regular dialogue with PTV and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan since the service was unveiled at the end of January and was confident some of the faults could be ironed out in the coming months.

“We have already sent through a list of common complaints we are getting and we have also got a meeting with CDC planned because I want the perspective of the bus drivers who are ina great position to help us.”

The changes to the network have led to the creation of 36 new driver jobs due increase in services. Thirteen new buses were also built in Victoria to accommodate for the increase in traffic.

“CDCBallarat has created a significant boost to the local economy through employing 36 new staff to date as a direct result of the Ballarat Bus Network Upgrade,” A CDC spokesperson said. “The spread includes bus drivers, mechanics and operations staff.”

A PTV spokesperson said “The new bus network has been informed in consultation with the Ballarat community who overwhelmingly called for more direct routes with more frequent services and better connections with trains”.

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Tassie’s new side backs in ANL title win

QUICK HANDS: Cavaliers centre Shelby Miller passes off during a training drill in Launceston ahead of the Tasmanian Magpies’ ANL season. Picture: Scott GelstonStar Tasmanian Shelby Miller said the state’s new-look Magpies entity believe they can snare the Australian Netball Leaguepremiership in its inaugural season.
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The Launceston centre said the rookie teamis riding confidence ahead of facing Queensland Fusion after its season openeragainst the seven-time ANL winners.

While all the talk in the national media has been about Collingwood Magpies’ premiership favouritism for the maiden Super Netball title, Tasmania’s new netball side exceededexpectations in their debut appearance.

The state’s Magpies that included five Victorians for Collingwood’s feeder side delivered justVictoria Fury’s second defeatsince 2012.

“We stated at one of our team meetings before we played any games about goal-setting that our goal was all about winning the premiership,” Miller said.

“So I think in every game, no matter who you play, you have to go in expecting to win.If you’re not expecting to win that your mindset is not of a winning team.

“We definitely expected to do well and win that game.”

Miller, while studying year 11, last played ANL for Tassie Spirit in 2014 before heading ona hiatus to focus on study during the side’s last season.

FULL STRETCH: Shelby Miller finding it hard to keep her feet on the ground during training ahead of the Tasmanian Magpies’ ANL season. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Though Tasmanian Magpies dropped their second game the next day against the Fury, Miller said coach Jon Fletcher has convinced the girls of the right mentality before runningout on court.

“We talked about how they were the benchmark team of the competition; now we decided we’ve made ourselves the benchmark team of the competition,” she said.

“We can now build on that and hopefully other teams feel we are the benchmark.”

The Cavaliers 19-year-old said the Magpies shouldbe better prepared for the weekend’s second-leg in Brisbane against theQueenslanders.

Both sides are allowed to bring down unplayed Super Netball players from overnight for Sunday’s game.

“As our coach always says, it’s always two different games on each day; the team can vary a lot like it varied last week,” Miller said.

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PHOTOS| Central west students build their interest in merino industry

Trangie Central School students Jacana Powell, Demi Dunn and Abbie Fraser. Photo: Taylor JurdIncreasing students knowledge of the merino industry and giving them the opportunity to explore the agricultural industrywas the aim of the School Wethers Challenge.
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Held at the Dubbo TAFE campus along Narromine Road, on Monday, February 20, the students and their agricultural teachers were split into four groups which focuses on wool, nutrition, breeding and an industry overview.

Over 200 students from across the central west took part in the challenge.

This was the first time Tullamore Central School have participated in the School Wethers Challenge andagriculture teacher Natasha Shankelton said taking part would give her students a lot more exposure to merino wool and the meat industry.

“It’s our first year in the Challenge and it’s just a great opportunity to be a part of,” she said.

PHOTOS| Central west students build their interest in merino industry Gilgandra High School Ellanorah Matthews, Aysha Tobin, Mitchell Carlow, Matthew Coddington, Rabobank National Merino Show and Sale president. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Gilgandra High School Andrew Dinsey, Connor Whiteman, YR 11. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston.

Forbes High School Tye Stewart, Vanessa Cole, Mitchell Jack, Jack Piercy, Jack Hodges-Lockwood. Photo: Gabrielle Johnstone.

Greg Sawyer, AWN, Condobolin High School Kenny Dodds, Cameron Charles, Clifford Lanyerie, Dave White, teacher Anne Farney. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo, Abbey Cusack, Jenni Tink, Angus Bodlan, Brett Cooper, AWN. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Gunnedah High School, left, Haylee Murrell, Lucy Moore, Helena Pease, front right, Philip Tydd, agriculture assistant. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Red Bend Catholic College, Matthew Mitton, Oliver Squire, Clinton Hooper, Hugh Squire, Grace Frazer. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Tullamore Central School Jack Darcy, Angus Porter, Lachlan Curr. Photo: Gabrielle Johnston

Trangie Central School students Jacana Powell, Demi Dunn and Abbie Fraser. Photo: Taylor Jurd

Gilgandra High Scool students Robyn Holland, Tianna Watt and Shanae Shepherd. Photo: Taylor Jurd

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Innovation brings results

Options: Students in 7-10 can participate in a range of STEM subjects including the Board-endorsed course ‘iSTEM’ in Years 9 and 10.Advertising feature
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Change: Strong academic performance has grown due to more student-centred learning including Project and Problem Based Learning and Flipped Classroom.

Despite Parramatta Marist nearing its bicentenary as a Catholic school in 2020, it remains at the forefront of educational change and innovation ensuring each student ‘goes forth with strength’.

The school aims to develop a positive school culture that emphasises respect, trust and responsibility.

Students are expected to have a mindset that they can learn and will learn. In 2008, the school adopted the student centred approach of Project-based Learning (PBL) across all subjects in Years 7 – 10 and is a member of the US-based New Tech PBL School Network.

Subsequently, the school introduced Problem-based Learning into Year 11 using an approach developed at Republic Polytechnic, Singapore.

In 2013a ‘Flipped Classroom’ approach was introduced into Year 12 to meet the demands of the content heavy HSC syllabi and the rigours of the exams.

The growing interest in STEM education as underpinned by PBLis of significance to students now and in the future as these approaches to learning are being used at university and are becoming more widespread particularly in the fields of medicine, allied health and engineering.

A STEM curriculum delivered by PBL encourages enquiry, innovation, and academic rigour within the fields of Mathematics, Science and Technology in order to create a contextual learning environment for students where knowledge is built through the construction of projects and solving of problems.

Students in 7-10 can participate in a range of STEM subjects including the Board-endorsed course ‘iSTEM’ in Years 9 and 10.

Out of the classroom, the school has an intensive sporting, orchestra and band programs to broaden the learning experience. The school can boast vibrant non-ATAR and Vocational Education and Training (VET) schemes to ensure the needs of all students are met in the ever-changing educational landscape.

Parramatta Marist has been positioned in the top 100 schools in the HSC for a decade. In the 2016 HSC rankings, the school was placed 51st overall in NSW.

In Mathematics (Mathematics 2 Unit, Extension 1 and 2) the school was ranked 4th; in Mathematics General 2 ranked 28th; and in English (Advanced, Extension 1 and 2) ranked 61st in the state.

Impressively, 28 per centof Year 12 students in 2016 received an ATAR above 90 and 95 per centof all exam results were either a band 4, 5 or 6 in all courses.

Parramatta Marist High is a Catholic systemic comprehensive all boys schoolwith a history and tradition spanning over 197 years.

Founded in 1820 byconvict George Morley, Parramatta Marist has been under the care of theMarist Brothers since 1875.

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A true power all of its own

‘That’s alright,” he said, “I’m enjoying the quiet.” That’s how today’s column begins, the two of us together, looking out over a small bay on the less developed, west coast of Sicily.
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Yes! We are finally in Sicily.

We are staying with friends, Angelina and Giovanni, in the small bayside village of Scopello, which means rock, and our bay is rock edged and sheltered.

In ancient times the area was known as Cetarea, which means “land of tuna fish” (Google it).

On Tuesday, close to sunset, the ocean breeze was cold. Good fortune, persistence and a dash of luck had provided us with dinner.

Earlier, I followed my nose down a winding track and found a fish wholesaler; no fish, but yes, he would shuck me a dozen oysters.

“We’re closed tomorrow (Wednesday). He’s driving three hours east for the annual horse race…he’s got a marquee, trackside,” the fishmonger’s offsider said.

Headed back to the bay, I popped into the local supermarket, which sold fresh fish. I bought some tails of the local, deep-water white fish. Even though it was covered in plastic and on black trays, its flesh was opalescent .. a good sign. I pictured it lightly fried, between slices of fresh bread and butter.

Right on cue, husband arrived late in the afternoon with a loaf of fresh, light-rye bread and a bottle of local pinot gris.

So there we were, eating oysters, followed by our fish, pan fried in browned butter, between slices of fresh bread. Shoes and even underwear were optional in our primo bayside position.

We’ve been overseas once in our 25-year marriage and I’m randomly envious of those who flit here and there.

More frequently, though, I get serious pleasure out of groovy little moments captured, like those we snatched this week.

This week didn’t really take me to Sicily. But you probably already saw through the ruse?

This week we enjoyed the hospitality of dear friends at Binalong Bay. No passport required.

HYPNOTIC: With its endless oceans and infinite night skies, Tasmania has the power to bewitch and beguile better than anywhere else in the world.

The food experience was real, just insert St Helens Salty Seas, the Launceston Cup and the fish, fresh blue-eye from the local supermarket.

Call it the Binalong effect.

It started at that same day 2am, when I spotted a fleet of 20 boats, moored 500 metres off shore.

Out the loo window was a mass of bobbing light. Cray fishermen? Scallops? Fishing fleet?

Apparently, it was a small fleet from Hobart’s Wooden Boat Festival making its way north, up our east coast. A rare sight, Angela said.

There I was, on the loo with my dreamy mind, hypnotised by ocean-going glow worms.

The Binalong effect.

From there on, the days lasted long, the sun bright and the ocean mesmerising, sometimes in a threatening, dark blue, quicksilver, kind of way.

Here’s a trick that the ocean plays: It will let you sit and watch for days and it will do all the work.

One day it will be like an Italian widow, dressed dark, with threatening silver tips and almost grief-stricken; black in its mood.

Another morning it will be a nubile aqua, promising warmth and fun.

Spend hours just watching, and the sea magically empties your mind and refills your heart and the only exotic experience you need is a pan-fried fish sandwich with people you love.

This week I noticed, because my mind wasn’t totally empty, the many, many people who travelled from overseas and interstate to experience the Binalong effect.

Note to self, Tasmania is the new Sicily and BTW, Scopello and Cetarea are real, but not as dreamily beautiful as our Binalong.

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Ben Cousins refused bail over new stalking, drug and VRO charges

Ben Cousins will appear in Armadale Magistrates Court on Friday. Ben Cousins following a previous court appearance. Photo: Heather McNeill
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Ben Cousins will spend at least two weeks behind bars after a magistrate refused him bail in relation to a string of fresh charges against the fallen star.

The former West Coast Eagles captain, who appeared handcuffed in the dock at Armadale Magistrates Court on Friday, is accused of several breaches of a violence restraining order taken out against him by his former partner and the mother of his two young children, Maylea Tinecheff.

The 38-year-old has also been charged with possessing eight grams of methamphetamine, which Magistrate Nick Lemmon said, if proven, would indicate Cousins was a “very heavy user”.

An aggravated stalking charge against the Brownlow medallist relates to “persistent” breaches of his violence restraining order which Cousins’ lawyer said were due to his attempts to see his children, aged three and five.

Some of the breaches related to Cousins attending his children’s first day of school, while two related to him showing up at the children’s Sunday school at church.

The police prosecution told Mr Lemmon that Cousins had been erratic since being taken into custody yesterday, and that police sought a 28-day holding order for his mental health to be assessed, however the magistrate did not make this order.

The police prosecutor told the court Ms Tinecheff feared for the safety of herself and her children when Cousins was “under the influence and unpredictable”.

Cousins lawyer Michael Tudori argued his client was only trying to see his children and that his former partner had manipulated the restraining order to decide when he could and couldn’t see them.

He provided an example of when the pair had recently attended the Bruce Springsteen concert together, after Ms Tinecheff asked if Cousins could get tickets from a friend.

“None of the charges relate to any violence,” Mr Tudori said.

Mr Lemmon, however, decided Cousins was too high a risk to release and indicated he would likely receive a jail term if found guilty.

“In regard to the aggravated stalking charge and patterns of breaching the VRO which involve recent convictions… if Cousins is found guilty of aggravated stalking and perhaps just one more VRO breach, in my view, the likely outcome is a term of imprisonment,” he said.

“The risks that arise are not about risk Ben Cousins will fail to appear… the risk is the risk of reoffending.

“There is now an established pattern of breaching VRO charges… in my view there are no conditions I could impose (to reduce the risk of reoffending).”

Cousins appeared confused and kept looking to his lawyer when the magistrate refused him bail.

“I take these charges very seriously your honour,” he said before Mr Lemmon reiterated that he had already made his decision.;

During a previous court hearing in December, when Cousins was fined $2000 for breaching his VRO and drug charges, the magistrate warned him he could face a mandatory jail term under family violence laws if he re-offended.

“Your record will fast catch up with you – that would be the greatest fall from grace of all time,” he said.

“You are no use to your children if you are completely wrecked because of drug issues.”

Cousins is still subject to a conditional treatment order and is seeking private help for his addiction issues.

He will appear again in court on March 10 after being arrested by police on Thursday night in Melville in Perth’s southern suburbs as he arrived at a house.

Police issued two search warrants at residences in Melville and Bicton as part of their inquiries into allegations of family violence matters.

Cousins’ resides with his girlfriend in Melville.

A search of Cousins’ car allegedly uncovered methamphetamine in his satchel.

He is charged with seven counts of breaching a VRO, aggravated stalking, possess a prohibited drug, possess smoking utensil and not having a drivers licence.

All the charges relate to incidents alleged to have occurred in late January and February.

“As a result of those inquiries, detectives executed two search warrants at residences in Melville and Bicton overnight,” police said.

Cousins’ ex-partner took a VRO out against him in May 2016.

The pair have unresolved issues in the Family Court which relate to Cousins’ visitation of the children.

An informal agreement currently in place allow the former midfielder to see his children on Fridays and Saturdays while the visits are supervised by his parents.

“[The Family Court] is the place where this all should be resolved, not this court,” Mr Tudori said on Friday.

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Britain eyes Cornwall for take-off into space

Small satellites make jet launches possible, potentially opening a new chapter in space commercialisation. Photo: Orbital Access Miles Carden, aerohub enterprise zone manager, poses in from of aeronautical equipment at Cornwall Airport, Newquay. Photo: Nick Miller
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A proposed space vehicle assembly facility in Cornwall. Photo: Supplied

Miles Carden, of the Cornwall Airport Newquay, see a brighter future for space. Photo: Nick Miller

Proposed spaceport in Cornwall. Photo: Supplied

Newquay, Cornwall: The wind is roaring off the Atlantic at Cornwall airport, blowing patterns in the puddles on the tarmac.

In the brief silences between the gusts you can hear the sheep baa.

In just three years’ time, this could be Britain’s first spaceport.

Jumbo jets will roll off the runway over the cliffs to the sea, carrying rocket payloads to launch over the ocean into space with clusters of next-generation ‘cube’ satellites.

Within a decade, it may be one of a network of launchpads for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, where the well-heeled leave their million-pound beachhouses for an off-planet jaunt, just for the larks.

Not long after that, it might be a ‘hyper-sonic’ flight hub, where moguls and rockstars shell out for hops around the planet: New York in an hour, Sydney in three.

And the adjacent ‘business park’ – currently a muddy plain – will bristle with science labs, preparing and evaluating experiments in microgravity that could transform chemistry or medicine.

This is the dream, anyway.

The UK government has declared the country back in the space race.

It is 45 years since the British-designed and built Black Arrow took off from Woomera in South Australia, taking a Prospero satellite into orbit and making Britain only the sixth country in the world to successfully launch a space vehicle.

But at the time of launch the project had already been cancelled. Since then Britain has become a world leader in manufacturing satellites, all of which have flown to space on foreign technology, in a foreign country.

Last week the government published a draft bill setting out the rules and regulations for a new space launch industry. And it offered a £10 million ($16 million) carrot to the handful of sites around the country who believe they can transform into a spaceport.

Jo Johnson, minister of state for science research, told the ‘Launch UK’ meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society that the country was “at the dawn of a very exciting new era”.

He promised the first launches from British soil by 2020.

Added aviation minister Lord Ahman: “we are boldly legislating where no British government has legislated before”.

Miles Carden, aerohub enterprise zone manager at Cornwall Airport Newquay, is confident they will be Britain’s first spaceport.

“If it’s going to be anywhere by 2020 it’s going to be Newquay,” he says, boasting that their active commercial airport has space to spare, local planning exemptions and a long history of rocket tests and military use (it was a heavy bomber base in the Cold War).

“All we need is to build a new hangar,” he says.

He was born the year man stepped onto the moon, and he’s still excited by the idea of space travel.

“It is cool stuff,” he says. “You sort of feel when you look back at history that we’ve lost that. The Shuttle no longer operates, Concord’s gone. We want to get that back. We’ve plateaued for a bit. You feel you’re on the cusp of it kicking off again and that’s exciting.”

Though there are a handful of bidders for the cash, the frontrunners are Newquay and Glasgow Prestwick. The government doesn’t want to pick a winner – so both could end up as active spaceports.

A couple of years ago the talk was all about space tourism but “people have gone quieter on that” recently, Carden says.

That’s partly due to the 2014 Virgin Galactic explosion, but it’s also because, as the dream moves closer to reality, the accountants have gotten involved.

“It’s not going to pay the bills,” says Carden.

What will pay the bills is the huge, and exponentially growing industry of ‘smallsats’. Over the past 5 years, 902 ‘smallsats’ were launched. Before 2025 there will be another 3600.

Big satellites generally need to be launched from fixed, vertical launch sites near the equator, but smaller ones can be launched from just about any country on earth – or from a plane over the ocean.

Maxime Puteaux, a satellite expert from Euroconsult says the “old space world” of big, horrifically expensive satellite launches is gone, replaced by constellations of high-tech cubes.

“Small space is taking over,” he says. “We are definitely on the threshold of a new era.”

Satellite technology is plummeting in price. The biggest use is in ‘Earth observation’ – weather forecasting, environmental monitoring and map making. The other big economic driver is the next generation of communication networks.

But there’s a bottleneck in the ability to send these satellites up fast enough – despite India’s launch last week of 104 satellites on a single rocket. */]]>

A whole new industry has emerged of “launch brokers”, who scan the world for potential ‘rideshare’ opportunities and market them online in a kind of Space Uber.

Puteaux says the big challenge for the UK is to develop an industry that can compete in price with providers in China and India.

So will this all be a reality by 2020? Carden is sceptical. In the end it’s a commercial, not a practical question, he says.

“But that’s not the point,” he says. “What we’re in it for really is giving our children the opportunity.”

The opportunity to join the race to the stars.

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Rural practice in mind

FORWARD THINKING: Metro students Georgina Wells and David Trench were impressed by local facilities. Photo: Gareth Gardner 240217GGF01TAMWORTH’S medical facilities have got the goods, according to the state’s next batch of allied health professionals.
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A group of medicine and health students from universities based in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle iscurrentlyon a three-day trip of the region, getting a taste of rural medicine.

And the metro-medicos reckon Tamworth’s facilities are as good as any in the state.

Second-year University of Notre Dame medicine student, David Trench, said the hospital surpassed hisexpectations.

“It’s probably above and beyond what I personally expected to see and what a lot of the other students expected to see as well,” he said.

“I don’t think people come into regional areas expecting to see trouble and poor facilities.

“They know there is going to be decent facilities, a lot ofthe real issue these days is getting medical professionals to move into those facilities.”

Georgina Wells, a social work student from the University of Wollongong, was equally impressed and said getting a rural perspective would help working with clients, later on in her career.

“I’ve been really, really impressed, especially the new hospital,” she said.

“It was just really nice, probably nicer than the Wollongong hospital.”

The group also visited the University of Newcastle department of rural health andthe Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS), before checking outfacilities in Boggabri and Narrabri.

The tour was hosted by the Rural Doctors’ Network (RDN) and Rural Health Workforce Australia.

RDN chief executive officer Richard Colbran said the excursion was part of a ‘Go Rural’ campaign, to address rural health workforce shortages.

“We need doctors and other health professionals working in our rural and remote areas,” he said.

“Go Rural is an opportunity for medical, nursing and allied health students to learn about the rewards of a career in rural health, and how rural NSW has some of the best training opportunities in the country.”

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Facing asset challenges

Dr Ian Tiley: There is still some way to go in attaining optimum asset management.This is the first of a regular series of articles giving my perspective on several pressing issues being faced by NSW Local Government and by your Armidale Regional Council.
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Local government reform in NSW has accelerated since 2011.A key driver for this reform is issues pertaining to the financial sustainability of councils.

The financial sustainability of a council is closely linked to the management of infrastructure.A large majority of council services are provided by infrastructure, which typically represents the majority of a council’s assets.

NSW Treasury Corporation offers the following definition of financial sustainability: “A local government will be financially sustainable over the long term when it is able to generate sufficient funds to provide the levels of service and infrastructure agreed with its community.”

This definition recognises the need for a long-term view and one that considers the relationships between revenue, infrastructure and service levels.

The Charter under the Local Government Act, 1993 requires councils

• Provide directly or on behalf of other levels of government, after due consultation, adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities for the community and to ensure that those services and facilities are managed efficiently and effectively;

• Have regard to the long-term and cumulative effects of its decisions;

• Bear in mind that it is the custodian and trustee of public assets and to effectively plan for, account for and manage the assets for which it is responsible;

• Engage in long-term strategic planning on behalf of the local community.

For at least the first decade after the 1993 Act was proclaimed, only a small number of councils prepared strategic asset management plans. From 1993, most councils adequately developed asset registers to comply with the accounting standard AAS27. However, attention was generally not directed to the wider purpose of the Charter.

The requirements in the AAS27 general purpose financial reporting arrangements include the preparation of a Special Schedule Seven report, which reviews the status of a council’s assets.

The Local Government Act was amended in 2009 to include the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IP&R) which will soon be strengthened under an amendment to the Act, and requiring all councils in NSW to establish a long-term financial plan, informed by an asset management plan. IP&R mandates improved reporting, benchmarking, collaboration and industry capacity building in respect of the sector’s asset management practices and ultimately the services delivered to the community.

A key aspect of the IP&R framework is that asset management should have a service delivery focus and the assets provided should be appropriate to meet the needs of the community, as set out in the community strategic plan.

However, at the time of implementation of IP&R, the asset management plans developed by most councils modelled existing levels of service and used age-based, not condition-rated, deterioration models. Therefore the full benefits of the framework are yet to be achieved.

Your council has made good progress with asset management but still faces many challenges.

Dr Ian Tiley, administrator,Armidale Regional Council. To read the full column, visit 梧桐夜网armidaleexpress南京夜网419论坛

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Lots on in the week for seniors

Forbes Senior Singers. There’s something for everyone during the Forbes Seniors’ Festival from March 3 to March 12.
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If you are over 60, the Forbes Seniors’ Festival will give you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones with a number of events planned.

The festival will start with a community barbecue at 12pm on Friday, March 3 at Jemalong Residential Village. The event will feature entertainment by Paddy Molloy and Ray Lassere as well as a barbecue lunch.

From 2pm on Sunday, March 5 a Seniors Variety Concert will be held at the Forbes Town Hall with performances from the Parkes Orchestra, Trish Maxwell, Barbara Bruce, Lyn Sharp, James Janetski, John Smith, Richard Morgan, the Gilmours and the Forbes College for Seniors Singers. This event is a gold coin donation.

A morning tea with the residents at Mater Aged Care is at 10.30am on Monday, March 6.

Entry is $6 and there will be lucky door prizes, raffles, a trading table and morning tea.

On Wednesday, March 8 students will be supporting seniors to help them learn more about computers and the seniors kiosk. This event will be held from 9.30am to 11am at Forbes High School with bookings essential.

Later that afternoon from 2pm, Mater Aged Care is hosting Big Bingo. Families and community members are welcome to attend with great prizes on offer.

For the final event of the festival, the Forbes Men’s Shed at the Forbes Showground will open its doors from 10am to 12pm. Sample the activities on offer and find out more about the Men’s Shed. For moreinformation or to RSVP contact Community Relations Officer Blake Nicholson on 6850 2355 or [email protected]论坛

Now in its 59th year, NSW Seniors’ Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, reaching up to 500,000 seniors each year.

If you are over 60, NSW Seniors’ Festival gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community events, many which are free or heavily discounted.

Presented by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), NSW Seniors’ Festival is designed to celebrate the role seniors play and the contributions they make to the NSW community, aligning to the policy objective of inclusive communities.

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St Pat’s, Loreto favourites

St Patrick’s College and Loreto College are the overwhelming favourites heading into Sunday’s Head of the Lake.
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Both crews have beendominant in lead-up regattas and will take some catching on race day.

St Pat’s is hoping to register its first Head of the Lake triumph since 2010 and return to the glory days of St Pat’s rowing that saw it claim the crown from 2007-10.

However, it has been keeping its cards close to its chest.

St Patrick’s College’s boys’ firsts crew has only raced in one regatta against fellow Ballarat schools, but has shone in a number of regattas in Geelong and won the Head of the Schoolboys.

President of the Wendouree-Ballarat Rowing Club John King said the St Pat’s crew had been extremely impressive in the lead-up to the event and would certainly take some beating. But he felt Ballarat Clarendon Collegeposedas the main threat to St Patrick’s College’shopes.

“They’ve been hiding their cards a little bit, they’ve only raced in one regatta against the other schools,” King said.

“I think College are the next best crew, they seem to be challenging very well.”

Meanwhile in the girls’ firsts race, Loreto College are equallyfancied boasting an undefeated record in the lead-up regattas.

If Loreto can produce the goods it will be the first time it has triumphed in its 10-year involvement.

The crew is led by Laura Foley who is involved with the WestVic academy. But King said the crew was far from a one-girl show and will be very hard to beat on Sunday.

King felt Ballarat Grammar offered the main competition to Loreto given the impressive record of coach Bill Gribble.

“It’s hard to see who is going to challenge them at the moment.

SUCCESS: Ballarat Clarendon College’s boys’ firsts celebrate victory at last year’s Head of the Lake. It poses as the biggest threat to St Patrick’s College. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

“The whole crew’s fitted together really well, all very strong and fit, they’re travelling beautifully.

“Bill Gribble always coaches crews up to the Head of the Lake very well and he’s girls did a fantastic job last year.”

The weather is promising to deliver a brilliant day, pushing into the late-20s and sunny. But more importantly, the wind will play a minimal role.

King expected a slight tailwind, similar to that of 2005 that saw Ballarat High School break the Head of the Lake record.

Races start at 9am with the firsts’ races beginning at 11.35.

Meanwhile, St Patrick’s College paid tribute to Olympian Christian Ryan by naming a boat after him in the lead-up to the Head of the Lake.

Ryan was a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics as a member of the men’s eight and is a former college captain of St Patrick’s College.

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Victorious start for Great Lakes Canoe Club

The complete NSW schools team with the National small competitors’ Schools Trophy won by Great Lakes Colleges.This year has begun with great results for the Great Lakes Canoe Club with a number of competitions held over the summer locally, in Sydney and in Auckland (NZ).
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The first of these was held in January at the Australian Schools Championships on the Barrington River, Barrington.

Five paddlers, Miah Kellett, Jock Sweeney, Alexander Fiebig, Tristan Yule and Kristian Fiebig, represented Great Lakes College in canoe and kayak slalom and sprints, with sensational results, culminating with a win in the national small competitors’ schools trophy.

Each paddler contested a number of individual and team events and came away with a swag of medals, with brilliant performances, especially from Miah and Jock, for who were competing for the first time at national level.

Great Lakes was part of the NSW team which played host state to the national event.

Under the leadership of Paddle NSW and Great Lakes College teacher, Phil Koch, they worked very hard to prepare the course at Barrington in the lead-up to the event.

The site was a last minute change, announced only three weeks before the event, due to a problem of water release at a different river course at Glenbawn Dam, which the team with their families had been helping to prepare over the last eightmonths.

Despite the low water level on the Barrington River it worked out very well, with more than 70 paddlers competing from Victoria,Tasmania, Western Australia and other regions of NSW.

Following this school’scompetition Kristian Fiebig joined his older brother Kaspar in the C2 (double canoe) for the Australian Nationals Canoe Slalom, held at Penrith in January, where they came away as national open C2 champions.

They put in a good performance at the Oceania Championships in Auckland at the end of January and followed it up earlier this month at the Australian Open, where they paddled their fastest ever and qualified for the U23 Australian Team.

This means they will compete in the world championships in canoe slalom in Bratislava, Slovakiathis coming July.

So now the hard work in preparation begins!

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Always pay attention to the soothsayer as Ides of March approach

Beware the Ides of March.
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World soccer’s governing body FIFA has ordered Australia’s peak soccer body, Football Federation Australia, to hold an emergency general meeting by the end of March to bring about wholesale change to the way its board and governing statutes are constituted.

Steven Lowy, the under-pressure chairman of the FFA, would do well to heed the advice of the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, who warned the emperor to beware that March date as it could prove catastrophic. It ultimately did when Caesar was assassinated by his former colleagues and supporters.

If he can’t bring about the necessary change to the game’s governance structure, satisfy the increasingly impatient A-League clubs who want a greater share of the cash from the new TV deal and convince all of the game’s stakeholders that he has a credible plan for the future Lowy too could find himself under a real challenge.

There will be a growing number of dissidents who will be keen to press for revolutionary change if the Lowy-led FFA board does not bring about the kind of change they deem vital.

So, in the parlance of the game, has the head coach lost the dressing room?

Put it this way, if this was a relegation dogfight, Lowy’s team would certainly be battling for survival.

While he clearly has the support of his board – many of whom have close links through social or business connections – the full extent of disaffection with the way the FFA runs the game is now emerging with daily disclosures from disgruntled parties about the need for change in the face of alleged management inertia.

In many ways Lowy’s is a thankless task given his background.

His father Frank was an extraordinary, if at times controversial, force in the game and his predecessor for a decade: if the son blows up the governance model put in place by the family patriarch – as he is being urged to do by his critics – he may feel disloyal to the legacy of his father.

But if he doesn’t make significant change he will simply be accused of being a puppet of his predecessor, in thrall to his memory and solely concerned with maintaining the family’s grip on power in the game.

The mark of his leadership now will chiefly be determined by how he will satisfy the demands of the clubs.

They want far more autonomy and say in the running of the A-League, which they argue is the game’s major cash cow, as well as far more of the broadcast rights cash so they can plan for a bigger future and invest in developing local talent and signing better marquee and foreign players.

This has already become something of a dirty war, with both sides briefing against the other and heavy-handed threats and counter-threats having been made.

In some cases attitudes have hardened and the fear is that there is now little room for negotiation and compromise.

But for the centre to hold, some compromise is what has to happen, particularly on the composition of the new FFA board. Currently that comprises nine members, mainly all business people with little connection to the clubs. All may be characterised as supportive of the chairman.

In talks earlier in February, Lowy and his team floated the idea of a 17-person board (including representatives from the women’s game, referees and other areas of soccer) of which the clubs could nominate three.

It does not look as though this will mollify the clubs.

As one critic said this week: “The clubs are only valued at 18 per cent in that arrangement. It’s not workable and we won’t stand for it. They will have to give us more say. The clubs really need to be financially, operationally and in a governance sense independent of the FFA. But they want to control us so they can retain control of the money.”

So will civil war ensue at the extraordinary general meeting in March?

Several names have been floated as potential replacements for the incumbent if things fall apart, with Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro, who has built his club into a domestic powerhouse, often touted as the sort of candidate who might be desirable. But Di Pietro, who made a critical speech against the FFA earlier this month, has always ruled himself out and has recently distanced himself from such speculation.

The statutes, in any case, make it almost impossible for a club official such as Di Pietro to run for chairman anyway as the rules state that no one who has been involved with a club can stand until they have been away from their club involvement for two years.

Expect that to be challenged strongly if the critics do not get satisfaction next month. There is much hard talking to be done in the interim.

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