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Ag’s fate in telcos’ hands

Ag’s fate in telcos’ hands

Promises of better connectivity have the potential to help fulfill existing agricultural potential in Australia.RELATED:Scuppered by web delayAGRICULTURAL technology is changing the persona of farmers from people constantly dressed in overalls; to drone flying, technological experts.
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With hundreds of rural companies investing in agricultural technology, farmers are at the forefront of opportunity.

Unfortunately though, a lack of mobile internet connection in the bush is hindering this technology’s potential.

Last month, member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and assistant minister for science, Karen Andrews, visited Moree’s agronomy business B&W Rural, where they were shown new agricultural innovations and technology.

A key focus of the day was highlighting that currently, thesetechnologies were working to a certain extent, but with better mobile internet connectivity in rural Australia, they could be improved dramatically.

Mr Coulton said the government had to find balance between rallying for people who don’t have a basic internet andsupporting better mobile internet connection to allow more agricultural development.

The amount of data supplied through phone networks is growing at an exponential rate and Mr Coulton said it was telcos’ responsibility to ensure they were upgrading their services to handle that.“It’s a conversation I’ll be having with the telcos to make sure they're continually upgrading their services to take these advancements into account,” he said.

Telstra area general manager for northern region, Michael Marom, said it was always a challenge to keep up with demand, especially whendata requirements were doubling every 12 to 15 months.

With a map on their website detailing where Telstra coverage would be provided across the state, some would argue the detail is inaccurate.

Mr Marom ensured their maps were accurate and people within coverage areas could be losing reception from things like “native vegetation” interfering with it.

With the NBN satellite expected to roll out soon, Mr Coulton said data capacity would be up and result in better internet connectivity in the paddock.

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Malcolm’s nightmare

Malcolm’s nightmare

It's been a full three days since I heard anyone use the words jobs and growth.Feels great, eh? What a relief.
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Election hangover: Malcolm Turnbull is not the only one in shock after an election night that set the scene for an endless blame game. Illustration: John Shakespeare.

No doubt jobs and growth are still being spoken about in Coalition circles;except now the words are being shouted angrily, with spittle, behind closed doors -- and MPs are ranting about their own jobs and the growth of the near fatal swing to Labor.

At the time of writing, the AEC was still counting 1 million or so votes and Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition looked like the only party capable of forming a government from the rubble of election night.

As the business of bandaging up and stitching together a bloodied and battered executive to lead the country continued, so too did the Coalition's post-mortem into one of the worst election balls-ups in Australian history. Learnings must follow.

While they grope around for answers and as Labor pretends that their lowest primary votein decades is a wonderful achievement, I'd like to share the key things that I have learned from the 2016 federal election:

The smarty-pant press gallery knows jack s--t: Aside from a handful of (Fairfax) scribes, virtually no one saw an electoral apocalypse on the horizon. People may now be sayingthat they did (and offering all kinds of 20-20 hindsight advice to the vanquished)but they simply didn't have a clue. So much for expert analysis.Not even the nation's bookies, who priced Labor at $8 and the Coalition at $1.12 on election eve, foresaw minority governments, hung parliaments or the return of Pauline Hanson.

But it wasn't the Coalition's fault: The real electoral villain, unmasked Scooby Doo-like by Malcolm Turnbull on election night, was the ALP's evil "Mediscare" campaign.

Meanwhile, in huggable Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's Queensland electorate, he claimed "the CFMEU, the bikies and others ..." were responsible for the 5.8 per cent swing against him. In Victoria, Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic revealed the left-wing lobby group Get-Up was the reason he lost his seat.

In my seat of Gilmore, incumbent Ann Sudmalis appeared to blame Joe Blow, Fred Blogs and the aggressive manner in which they handed out ALP how-to-vote cards at local booths for the 3.8 per cent swing against her. "It was unbelievable! " Mrs Sudmalis said in a quavering voice on Monday. "They were handing stuff right over the top of somebody else and, just -- it was frightening!"Yeah, sounds like it Ann! Terrifying!

To recap: malevolent external forces cruelled the Coalition on Saturday. The loss of Liberal seats had absolutely nothing to do with the MPs themselves, their policies, their campaign strategy nor the will of the voters. It was the bikies and stuff!

Pauline Hanson has spent 18 years marinating in hatred: As we grow older most people mature, soften, grow wiser and let go of some of the strident views of their past. By their middle age, many Australians relax a bit and channel their energy into something constructive.

Not Pauline Hanson! The One Nation leader not only has the same haircut as she did in 1996, she has the very same angry, racist and hatey view of our country.

"You go and ask a lot of people in Sydney, at Hurstville or some of the other suburbs -- they feel they have been swamped by Asians!" she said.

Well, Pauline, I'd like to get me some of that. Being ex-Sydney I can honestly say the thing I miss most since moving to the South Coast a couple of years ago is people who aren't Anglo.

I reckon I live in the whitest town in Australia and -- while not taking anything away from our excellent local restaurateurs -- the dining choices reflect it.So send your Asians and other cultures this way, will ya?

Royal commissions are the answer to everything: Ever since Tony Abbott instigated a royal commission into the trade union movement, Bill Shorten and Labor have wanted a companion-style royal commission into Australia's banking system.

Now Pauline Hanson and the voices in her head want a royal commission into Islam and climate change. Seriously.

Once we've gotten those three inquiries out of the way -- and if there's any money left -- I believe we should have a royal commission into the State of Origin. Can Queensland really be that much better at footy? Doesn't 10 series wins in 11 years sound suss? It's bad for footy and bad for the country. Honestly, is anyone going to watch tonight's game?

Derryn Hinch has got a hide: The 2016 federal election marked the first time Hinch has ever voted. How thoroughly unsurprising that the first vote he ever cast was for himself.The Human Headline ... sorry, Senator Hinch, has opposed compulsory voting for decades because he reckons "commentators" like him should be exempt. It doesn't seem to have occurred to Hinch that social media has turnedeveryoneinto a commentator. It's partly why we've had five prime ministers in just five years.

Bill Shorten doesn't appear to hold grudges:Throughout his political career, the Labor leader has had to suffer the often puerile slings and arrows of the Murdoch press. Murdoch editors have smeared him from one end of the country to the other; if they're not Photoshopping his likeness into a giant steaming turd or a dribbling idiot, they're muck-raking through his private life.So I was as surprised as anyone else to learn during the election campaign that Mr Shorten has a son named Rupert. Go figure.

It's actually not that an exciting time to be alive: Take Monday for example; my wife had to work so I drove to Batemans Bay with my little girls only to find the indoor play centre was closed. I took them to the park for two hours instead and drove home wondering what to write about this week.

Later I hung out some washing and tried to be civil to the kids despite having a bit of a headache and being a bit grumpy. It was in no way an exciting time to be alive. I reckon one's level of excitement can depend on your mood and the kind of day you're having, right Malcolm?

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Health services inquiry

Health services inquiry

HEALTH: The LCLGA in collaboration with the Tatiara District Council has made the submission in response to a SA Parliamentary inquiry into regional health services.
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Councils in theLimestone Coast have put forward a united stance on the future of heath services in the region.

The Limestone Coast Local Government Association made the submissionin response to an SA Parliamentary inquiry introduced in May byMember for StuartDan van Holst Pellekaan.

Theinquiry,assessingthe state government’sdelivery ofhealth services in the regions,gave localsthe opportunity to submit feedback until June 24.

TheLCLGA reportincluded feedback on theHealth Advisory Councils, theSA Ambulance Service, the scope ofpractice ofgeneral practitionersto country hospitals andmental health services in the SE.

Each council had the opportunity to present what was important to their region to be included in the report.

Tatiara District Councilmanager corporate and community servicesKingsley Green emphasised the importance ofBordertown Memorial Hospital and Keith and District Hospital.

“The paper provides a sound basis and positioning for highlighting and emphasising the region’s concerns about the current and future delivery of health services,” he said.

“As the report reveals, it is not an exaggeration to say that real progress needs to be made in developing a better and more sustainable model or framework for delivering regional health services.

“Due to the tyranny of distance and (the Tatiara’s)remoteness to other critical emergency medical services, there needs to be a greater emphasis on the need for accessible and responsive life saving services and services that address community well-being.”

LCLGA president Erika Vickery said: “One of the most significant issues to be raised was the large number of rural people that are seeking assistance in metropolitan hospitals due to a variety of services not being able to be delivered regionally.

“Health and well-being is essential to the continued success and growth of regional andruralSA and we urge the government of the day to assess our needs from a social perspective.”

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The Grampians National Park: Victoria’s favourite hiking spot flourishes

The Grampians National Park: Victoria’s favourite hiking spot flourishes

The Pinnacle - The Grampians. Photo: Daryl WiselyJust like a rugged, ageing prize fighter on the comeback trail, Victoria's Grampians National Park is enjoying a renaissance after a period of being against the ropes. Ravaged by bushfires in 2006, then again in 2014, and hit by floods and landslides in 2011, the Grampians (named Gariwerd by the Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people) have once again risen from the ashes. But with millions of years of experience weathering storms, fires and floods, was there ever a doubt the Grampians would flourish once again?
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I'm learning about the Grampians National Park's ability to bounce back while walking the first section of the new Grampians Peaks Trail over four days with Park Trek. By 2019, the Grampians Peaks Trail will take about 13 days to complete in its entirety, but for now Park Trek are giving walkers a taste of the trail that the people from Parks Victoria are nurturing into a world-class, multi-day walk.

Arriving in the mountain-fringed tourist town of Halls Gap in the afternoon, we start with an easy walk to Boronia Peak. Offering sweeping views of the Wonderland Range, the walk is a popular one, not only for the views offered at the top, but also for the flora and fauna sightings along the way.

Thanks to a variety of microclimates and varying topography, there's a wealth of biodiversity in the Grampians, with the area being home to more than 900 native plant species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. While the highly photogenic wildflowers draw in tourists during spring, there's also fern gullies, heath woodland, mountain forest and sub-alpine terrain, all supporting a variety of mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect species.

Canola at the Grampians. Photo: Jo Stewart

While on the trail, a hiker from Amsterdam reminds our group of how strange Australian wildlife sounds. Kookaburras cackle, flocks of cockatoos screech, and frogs cluster around waterfalls, talking to each other in an alien language straight from outer space. There is so much life present in the Grampians that it's hard to believe that large tracts of the park were ravaged by fires and floods not long ago.

Yet, while these events may have initially been devastating, they have also reshaped the area, creating optimal conditions for plants to flourish and small mammal populations to explode, with only blackened tree stumps serving as a reminder of the fiery tempests that raged in recent years.

By night, we return to our cabins in Halls Gap where we descend upon the fireplace to collectively crack open our spoils bought from the local bottle shop on the way back from our hike. Finishing a day of hiking by feasting on red wine, olives, cheese, steak, potatoes and pavlova might not pass muster with the clean living brigade, but makes for a bunch of happy walkers who surrender to sleep easily, knowing an early morning awaits.

The next day's hike to The Pinnacle via the Grand Canyon and then onto Sundial Peak brings us to our knees. There are thrills, spills, slides and tumbles as we scramble over deceptively dewy boulders and negotiate crossing small streams via mossy rocks.

A stellar job has been done on making this trail as sustainable and natural as possible, with handrails, bridges and boardwalks only put down in essential places, in favour of using nature to create a path that appears to have been made with minimal human intervention.

At the peak: The trek through the Grampians gives walkers a high. Photo: Parks Victoria, Grampians Tou

While this approach makes for a lesser impact on the environment, it also allows for a more immersive experience as woe betide any hiker who isn't careful where they place their feet. While I'd love to say that we were walking mindfully for meditative reasons, staying engaged with our surroundings and where our feet were landing was more about self-preservation than creating a feeling of Zen.

The views from the top of The Pinnacle are – as expected – well worth the climb. With many paths of varying difficulty leading to The Pinnacle, the lookout is populated by tourists from far and wide even on an overcast day. Some scramble to the edges to take extreme selfies, others hold onto the railing with a strong death grip.

Millions of years old, the wise, rock formations of the Grampians have seen it all and don't discriminate, calmly welcoming everyone from super fit rock climbers to interstate day trippers.

Each day, our cheerful guides from Park Trek run a smooth operation, patiently keeping us safe, informed and engaged. They feed us at night and lay out a spread of snacks for the day each morning after breakfast. Fresh fruit, muesli bars, nuts and lollies ensure we have enough energy to sustain us until lunch, while Thermoses are available for anyone unwilling to hit the trail without the promise of a mid-morning coffee (I'm guilty as charged).

Having all the logistics taken care of gives us the freedom to focus purely on the journey. With our minds and souls free to roam in nature, we have time to reflect while we walk.

While it's easy to muse on the quietly profound beauty of nature, it's more challenging to accept the uncomfortable moments that come with stepping into the natural world. Yes, nature is beautiful, but it can also brutal.

A cluster of newborn chicks fall from their nest, blindly squawking for their mother, flapping and flailing in the cold soil below. A bright yellow worm lies exposed on the path just waiting to be picked off by a passing bird, and a skinny, ageing wallaby looks like he's nearing the end.

The Instagram version of nature will have us believe that the natural world is full of nothing more than impossibly perfect sunsets and mountains flawlessly reflected into calm, blue lakes. Yet unlike driving or being bussed up to a lookout, walking in nature slowly reveals the raw, circle-of-life truth of the Australian bush.

By the third day, stiff hips and burning calves are the norm as the group starts the ascent to Mt Rosea. Climbing over rocks and squeezing through boulders is made easier by the presence of cairns and yellow trail markers. Offering 360-degree views, the summit of Mt Rosea is devoid of human life, except our own, so we are free to admire the weathered cliffs in silence.

By the end of the day we've covered 13 kilometres with ease. We've grown accustomed to the rhythm of walking, yet we haven't quite gotten used to how immensely beautiful the Grampians are – some of us quietly ashamed at ourselves for having neglected spending quality time here in western Victoria in favour of experiencing overseas walking trails.

If the first four days are anything to go by, the Grampians Peaks Trail is shaping up to be a blockbuster of a walk once the entire trail of 144 kilometres is completed.

On the final day, we swap hopping over streams and boulders for pushing up the steep incline of the bitumen road leading to the summit of Mt Duwil (Mt William), the tallest peak in the Grampians. While not a technically challenging walk, it's a strenuous one that offers many rewards.

We're not alone in enjoying the views of yellow fields of canola in the distance – a blue-eyed raven perches nearby in the sunshine, intently watching a group of people with a selfie stick trying to capture themselves amid the majesty of the Grampians.

Park Trek run guided walks in some of Australia's most beautiful places. The four-day Grampians Peaks Trail walk costs from $1450 and includes accommodation, experienced guides, most meals and transfers from Melbourne's CBD.

TRIP NOTES –MORE INFORMATION

GETTING THERE

The Grampians National Park is a three-hour drive from Melbourne. Park Trek provides private minibus transfers from Melbourne's CBD as a part of the Grampians Peaks Trail trip. Seeparkweb.vic.gov419论坛

STAYING THERE

The writer's visit was part of a four-day Park Trek "Grampians Peaks Trail" walking trip, which has departures each year in April, September and October. The trip costs from $1,450 per person (land only) and includes return transfers from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park, twin-share accommodation in a comfortable cabin or lodge in the Halls Gap area, expert guides, most meals and non-alcoholic drinks.

Jo Stewart travelled as a guest of Park Trek.

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Victoria needs direction over future of taxi services

Victoria needs direction over future of taxi services

Uber’s ridesharing service has offered simple, fast and affordable transport to Geelong residents for two years and has operated in Melbourne since 2012.
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However, there is nothing in place to protect users and no conditions around competitive use in the ridesharing industry.

Despite being legal in about 80 jurisdictions worldwide, Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Premier Daniel Andrews have madeno progress to provide any direction for the evolving market.

It seems likely that Uber’s service will arrive in regional areas, given that the company has advertised for drivers in Bendigo and Ballarat, but the wait for a regulatory response has postponed this expansion.

Uber may be well-supported in capital cities, we have different needs in the country.

It’s important to protect the taxi services that provide a range of important services over and above those traditionally used in Melbourne, particularly disability and insurance issues in more remote areas.

Regional community demographics differ vastly and there are cases, such as my small town of Colac, where residents are very dependent on one sole small business providing a taxi service.

It is unlikely Uber would provide this level of community support, but we need to be mindful of the potential impact even in larger provincial cities.

While other states and territories have quickly taken a position on Uber, Victoria stands alone in its inactivity. New South Wales has imposed a $1 per trip levy on taxi and ridesharing passengers for five years to pay for a $250 million compensation scheme.

It is now up to the state government to determine whether the conditions will allow Uber to successfully expand into regional markets without crushing the established taxi services.

Simon Ramsay, MPfor Western Victoria

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Bumper budget’s good for western Sydney

Bumper budget’s good for western Sydney

June’s 2016 NSW Budget was a bumper edition for western Sydney.
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WSROC president Councillor Tony Hadchiti

There were few surprises, however Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)was pleased to see a renewed commitment to western Sydney infrastructure projects such as the Sydney Metro, Parramatta Light Rail and a suite of road upgrades.

Councils have also welcomed a continuation of the NSW Infrastructure Acceleration Fund, which will ensure critical infrastructure is in place for our new western Sydney communities as they are built.

The Budget also proposed a number of initiatives to target skills shortages across the state.

WSROC has previously called for a more direct approach to tackling the west’s skills shortages and the Budget’s Smart, Skilled and Hired program has offered a response to these calls.

The program promises to assist unemployed youth find training and employment in industries experiencing worker shortages such as construction and disability care.

Additional funding has also been set aside for VET enrolments and TAFE scholarships in technology-based growth industries, encouraging our young people to train for the jobs of the future.

While the Budget did not include any new funding for western Sydney arts, WSROC welcomes the much greater focus on local artists and grass roots organisations: essential for ensuring a diverse range of voices are contributing to our state’s cultural dialogue.

We are also pleased to hear $2.8 million in grants will be available for community projects, activities and partnerships that celebrate cultural diversity – one of western Sydney’s most important assets.

This funding will encourage cultural sharing and promote a sense of belonging for new Australians.

Finally, western Sydney has received a substantive, and critically needed boost to health infrastructure.

However, this is just the beginning of what is needed – particularly in the west’s outer ring.

Overall, western Sydney will do well from the 2016 Budget.

However, every cent is greatly needed, and WSROC will continue to call for further investment in the region over the coming year.

Councillor Tony Hadchiti is the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

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Festival focus on villain attraction

Festival focus on villain attraction

CRIME FEATURE: Orange City Library staff Sean Brady, Jasmine Vidler and Ros Dorsman will host the second Orange Readers and Writers Festival this weekend.VILLAINS andcrime writing will be the focus at the second annual Readers and Writers Festival in Orange this weekend.
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Crime authors Caroline Overington, Trevor Shearston, Mark Morri and Liz Porter will discuss real life criminals, fictional anti-heroes, outlaws and crime solving at the festival on Saturday.

There will also be a writing workshop at the West Room of Orange City Library on Sunday wherelocal author and editor Kim Kelly will take participants through her processes of creating memorable and engaging characters.

Run by Orange city Library with support from the Orange Regional Arts Foundation, the festival will take place at the Hotel Canobolas on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and the writing workshop on Sunday will run from 10am to 1pm.

Orange City Library reading and writing coordinator Jasmine Vidler said last year’s inauguralfestival was a great success so they decided to do it again this timefollowing a villains and crime theme.

“Villains and crime, we did that because crime writing is one of the most popular genres in books that get borrowed from the library,” Ms Vidler said.

“We’ve definitely got a lot of interest and people coming along, lots of people are interested, especially in our key note speaker Caroline Overington.

“Caroline will be talking about why our interest in the villain never wains, she has written a lot of crime fiction and non fiction.”

Caroline Overington has written eleven books, including true crime book Last Woman Hangedas well asnovels.

Trevor Shearstonis the author ofa novel about the last days of bushranger Ben Hall.

With a background in newspaper crime reportingMark Morri haswritten about the case of Anita Cobbyand more recently has been reporting on the Roger Rogerson trial.

True crime authorLiz Porter will discuss the realities behind fictional forensic crime dramassuch as CSI and how real life detectives use forensic science to solve crimes.

Ms Vidler said although the guest authors come from out of the region, there will be a local component with a readers panel made up of magistrate Jan Stevenson, Dr Martyn Patfield and crime reader Christine Wright.

For more information visithttp://tinyurl南京夜网/ReadersWritersFestival. Tickets are available at Orange City Library by phoning 6393 8132.

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Simply no way to pay for plan

Simply no way to pay for plan

Northern Grampians Cr Wayne Rice believes the shires roads will suffer if council doesn't receive a fair share of the taxation dollar, or adequate government funding to maintain roads. NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has identified $74-million in capital works projects desperately needed in the community, but admits it has no way to fund the plan.
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On Monday, councildiscussed its$4.3-million2016-17roads and bridges capital works program, andidentified unfunded projects worth $74-million.

Council’sroad allocation decreased by $1.5-million from the draft budget after the federal government cut backits Roads to Recovery money.

A report to council identified a significant shortfall in finances, with council indicating it currently budget $3 to $4-million a year on capital works, but wouldneed to spend close to $9-million in future to maintain current service standards.

Cr Wayne Rice said the predicted need was a massive issue of concern for councillors.

“We’re falling behind in infrastructure all the time,” he said.

Cr Rice said council and ratepayers were being hurt by thefreezing ofFinancial AssistanceGrants, indexation, rate capping and council’stoo small percentage of the taxation dollar.

“We’renot at all happy with the government. This is unfair on all of us,” he said.

“We’re generally concerned about the roads and safety.

“We look at the hierarchy of roads and look at those we can downgrade where we can, and even closed a few not so important roads.

“Wecan’t keep up.It’s unfair on ratepayers to keep doing it.”

Cr Rice said the longer infrastructure was neglected, the more it would cost.

“It’s a false economy,to just say we just cut back on spending – a dollar only goes so far,” he said

“NSWhashad ratecapping for years and look at their roads.They’reabsolutely shocking.If roads fall to that level it’ll takemany, many years to catch up –if you evercan.”

Cr Rice said the issue was dividingcouncil from the community.

“It’s the sort of thing that is used when people are making a point to say where’s the value for money from their rates,” he said.

“The dollars are getting less and needing to stretch further.”

Cr Rice said theyear had been particularly hard because it was a property valuation year.

He said residents expected rates to be steady because of the rate cap, only to findthey hadincreased along with their property’s value.

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Graffiti project scores $25,000

Graffiti project scores $25,000

AN AREA attacked by vandals will be transformed into a public art space with legitimate graffiti, as the council moves to curb its spending on graffiti removal by increasing its proactive programs.
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Graffiti.

Graffiti has continued to be a scourge on Ballarat that costs the council close to a quarter of a million dollars to remove each year.

Ballarat City Council was one of 23 council granted crime prevention funds, with the city receiving $25,000 to complete two graffiti-oriented projects.

The funding is for the Vickers Street Muralproject, a partnership with police, local scout groups and residents to develop an anti-graffiti education program and install a public art mural at the Ballarat Scouting Complex in Sebastopol.

The scouting complex will be located at the old squash courts which have been vacant and vandalised, said Mayor Des Hudson.

“The squash courts have beentargeted in the past,” Cr Hudson said.

“(This reduce will allow us) to reduce the blank canvas and provide an artistic, legitimate art form.”

Announcing the grants, police minister Lisa Neville said the grants were a key part of the government’s plan to reduce crime and clean up the streets.

Ballarat’s former top cop Bob Barby had previously labelled Ballarat as one of the worst places for graffiti in Victoria.

Cr Hudson said the education program was still in its planning stages, however he believed the program would be periodic and be rolled out when spikes in graffiti were recorded.

“We will work with a cohort of you people susceptible to be involved in vandalism to reduce the frequency of that occurring,” Cr Hudson said.

Cr Hudson said council knew the legitimate art form murals and education programs worked.

Cr Vicki Coltman has repeatedly pushed for more free spaces for art, says we must take away the blank spaces and encourage people paint artwork rather than tags.She called the project a good step forward.

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What was happening on this day in BallaratJuly 4

What was happening on this day in BallaratJuly 4

What was happening on this exact day in years gone by in Ballarat?
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Well, now you can find out.

Using our photo archives, we can take you back 15 years to find out who was making the pages ofThe Courier.

TAKE A STEP BACK THROUGH TIME HERE

What was happening on this day in Ballarat | July 4 2002 - Ballarat and Western Region Women In Business Awards: Overall winner Susie O'Neill- Community Environment or Government Services, is pictured with her mother, Margaret Gallagher, left, and her daughters Kate O'Neill, (second from left) and Emma O'Neil.

2002 - Ballarat and Western Region Women In Business Awards: Adam Hill, Katie Eames, and Carli Folker.

2002 - Ryan Waight

2002 - North Ballarat Roosters training: Levi Turner.

2002 - Aquatic Ice official opening, pictured from left, YMCA staff Marita Cougal, Mayor David Vendy, and Aquatic Ice coordinator Gregg Cooper.

2003 - Mitsubishi Dealership, Learmonth Rd, offical opening: Barry Stoddart, Maree Lee, Geoff Lee, Kathy Rivett, Jodie Morcombe, David Rivett, and dealer principal Peter King

2003 - YMCA Ice Skating: 8 Year old Thomas Miles.

2003 - New Winter Beer from CUB: Carlton and United Account Executive Liquor Stores Malcolm Rock and Craigs Royal Hotel Bar Manager Snow Baker.

2003 - Preview for Carnivale 2003: Bonnie Henderson, Paul Henderson, Ferndale Costumer Service Manager Vicki Edwards, Sally Spencer, Glenn Dennert, Charmaine Dennert, Barb Spencer.

2003 - YMCA Ice Supervisor Hannah Knoll.

2004 - NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and civic reception: Deb and Shianne Milera.

2004 - Concrete finisher Peter Bowers stands proudly in front of his handiwork at the Ballarat skatepark.

2004 - Donation to the Christmas in July Appeal by the Lions Club of Ballarat: Uniting Care Outreach Centre Welfare Worker Vicki Owers, Christmas in July Appeal Director Peter Calligari, Lions Club Of Ballarat Ray Thomas.

2004 - NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and civic reception: Patrick McCabe and Christine Ward.

2004 - Hannah O'Brien, 16 yo student who recently won the Open Division Victorian Interschool Climbing Championships.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Brenton Sewart and Dean Gourley.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Scott Mangos, Sam Boon, Daniel Watson.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Tim Smolenaers, Danni Stefanetti.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Jess Brookes , Hannah Casement.

2005 - Australian society for music education young composers concert at Ballarat High School: Megan Collins, Erica Wilson, Callum Gracie, Danni Stefanetti.

2006 - Members of the Ballarat Secondary College kayak team (l to r) Tim Buby, Amber Everitt, Bronwyn Buby and Jayde Everitt with Apex youth development officer Jay Smith (centre) who has donated $800 to the group for new equipment.

2006 - University Of Ballarat Gold winning tennis team: Kara Smith, Rachael Le Maitre, Anna Lehmann, Team Manager Peter Joyce.

2006 - Finalists in the English Speaking Awards: Mark Nicholson, Yvette Gallagher, Sam Smith, Anne Draffen, Kathryn Clare, Courtney Barnes, Whitney Pittard, Tristan Lambert.

2006 - Braith Nunn, LPFL preview.

2006 - UoB students undertake training to become part of the "Fit to Drive" program: John Taylor past president Rotary club of Wendouree (sponsor), program coordinator Graham Spencer , 4th yr Education student Leah Alder, Fit to Drive Program student facilitator

2007 - Lumen Christi students receive a letter from the Queen's office after they wrote telling about their school what they do in Ballarat. Grade 5/6 student Eliza Wood proudly displays the letter.

2007 - Australia Fair Pies in the Running for the Best Pie Competition: Debbie Lewis.

2007 - Creswick's Ben Murray.

2007 - Getting fired up for the junior Bendigo/Ballarat clash are left BFL football and netball and operations manager Aaron Nunn, U13.5 Captain Matthew Begbie and BFL junior football director Robert Allan.

2007 - Official opening of Sovereign Hill's new Chinese camp and blessing of the temple: Lisa and Emma Philips.

2008 - Local kid Ashley Duffy wins competition to the Beijing Olympics from a breakfast cereal promotion.

2008 - Preview to MAYTE production of "Maskerade" at BSC Wendouree campus: Senor Ennio Basilica (Tim Harris), Agne Nitt (Hermione Higgins), Granny Nehterway (Zoe De Jong), Hron (Lisa Hill).

2008 - Ballarat artist Ron Walker has opened his gallery and studio in Eureka Street.

2008 - Newly arrived refugees from the Horn of Africa visiting Sovereign Hill as a part of Jesuit Social Services program to strengthen refugee communities: Chala Mahammed amkes his first (real) snow ball.

2008 - Dr Aaron Luttrell (Ballarat Veterinary Practice) with "Nelson" the Boxer.

2009 - Karate Black Belt, Taylor Duffy, of Miners Rest is The Courier's Sport Star of the Week.

2009 - Circus Cooking and Craft Day at Canadian Lead School as Part of Pinarc School Holiday Program: Talyn Dart of Ballan plays with a ball on a small excercise trampoline.

2009 - FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands at Karova Lounge.

2009 - Ballarat Rebels player Andrew Hooper has been selected in the U/18 All-Australian team.

2009 - Battle of the Bands winner Howl at Karova Lounge.

2010 - New Coaches and Captain for East Ballarat cricket club: New Coach - Tom Brand, New Captain - Nathan Yates, Assistant Coach - Mark Shaw.

2010 - Preview for a fund raiser for the Borneo Orangutan Survival: Tina Sandlant and Scott Henderson.

2010 - Riley Green is off to America to celebrate 100 years of scouting around the world.

2010 - Maddison Delmo, Dora and Sophia Robinson.

2010 - Rhys Maguire with Elliot the Koala.

2011 - Eclectic Tastes Chef Suzi Fitzpatrick with the massive zuchini.

2011 - Angie McDonnell.

2011 - Ben and Matt Tuddenham have just returned from the Special Olympics after winning silver in the Basketball.

2011 - Red Devils players Paul McClounan and David King are looking forward to adding their part to the club's silverware collection.

2011 - Paralympians Chris Nunn and Don Elgin will be speaking at St.Patricks College for a Karden Disability Support Foundation Dinner.

2012 - Minister for Agriculture & Food Security and Minister for Water Peter Walsh seeding Lake Burrumbeet with thousands of trout fingerlings as part of re-stocking program.

2012 - Team photo at Victoria Armstrong Podiatry: Victoria Armstrong, Jock Hayes, Sue Bennett, Elisha Polkinghorne, Loretta Egan.

2012 - The Bridge Hotel are renivating into a rock music venue: Brendan Noonan from The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine.

2012 - Downloading the Courier outside Europa Cafe on Sturt St: Jo Byrne, Chrisine Walker, Sarah Crane.

2012 - YAE run courses for troubled/disadvantaged youths with the aim of getting them back on the rails and into steady employment. Harley is a graduate of the program and works under Julian Field at O'Neill Plumbing.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Tarryn Birch and Taylah Edmond.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Erin and Polly Santamaria.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Ben McGuane (National Project Manager - Cotton On Foundation).

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Liam Howlett, Justin Howlett.

2013 - Run Ballarat official launch in Bridge Mall: Libby Crumpler, Flash (dog), Emily Crumpler.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Bob Morley, Larelle Kuczer.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: van Thorne, Jesse Park.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Janine Martin, Remi Briody.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: Chandler Pearce and Terrence Curwen-King.

2014 - Headspace 1st birthday: David Anderson and Heather Pearce.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Amber Barker-Lovett and Zoraida Thomas.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Bronwyn Pickford, Anne Brinsden, Julian Harvey.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Jon Kanoa, Aaron Clarke, and Mitchell Gibbs.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: Josh Muir, Angela Heard and Libby Jewson.

2015 - NAIDOC week celebrations: John Marmo and Bishop Peter Connors (Ballarat).

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Four greats in Hall of Fame

Four greats in Hall of Fame

INAUGURAL INDUCTEES: Four legends of the club were inducted into the Panthers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied.Four rugby league greats have been revealed as the inaugural inductees to the Panthers Hall of Fame.
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Announced in chronological order,Grahame Moran, Royce Simmons, Greg Alexander and Craig Gower were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the club’s glittering 50thseason gala dinner on Saturday, June 25at the Panthers Exhibition Marquee.

An expert panel selected a shortlist of 12 nominees from 559 playersfor the announcement, a list which also included legends Ryan Girdler, Mark Geyer, Steve Carter,Tony Puletua,John Cartwright, Trent Waterhouse, Tim Sheens and Brad Fittler.

One of the original Panthers players, an emotional Moran said it was an honour to be announced as the first inductee to the Hall of Fame.

“I can’t believe it, I’m lost for words,” he told the audience.

“During the day my son rang up and said, ‘Dad, have you prepared a speech?’. I said, ‘What for? I rank number 13 out of the top 12. I’m never going to be in the Hall of Fame’.

“He said, ‘you never know’.”

The showpiece event was attended by dozens of former Panthers players, including members of the club’s 1991 and 2003 Premiership sides, along with the current NRL squad, staff and sponsors.

Phil Gould AM was master of ceremonies for the evening and was joined by rugby league historian David Middleton to reflect on the club’s humble beginnings, greatest achievements and the people who made it all possible.

NOMINATED: The 12 former players nominated for induction into the Panthers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Picture: Supplied.

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Great defence, great win

Great defence, great win

IMPRESSIVE: Oberon Junior Rugby League under 12s had a win against Mudgee. The side led from the start to the end of the match.Oberon Junior Rugby League under 12s played another brilliant game on a freezing Saturday morning to come up with a 28-14 win.
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It was great to have a 16-man team show up against a 12-mansquad from Mudgee.

Oberon led from the start to the end.Kane Danslow andRiley O'Bernier scored tries andTom Lemmich scored three.We had four conversions from Mack Richards, Brock Hogan, Riley O'Bernier and Kaidyn Whittaker (Jackie).

Team membershelped each other to tackle to keep the score against them a little lower this week. There was great defence from Liam, Keiran, Chaise, Brandon, Kynan, Charlie, Jordie, Ben, RileyOliver and Nick.

Jackie, Tom, Mack, Kane, Brock and Riley O'Bernier had great all-round games, digging in with defence and great attacking runs.Tom Lemmich won came away with the greatly deserved players’playeraward.

The parents, friends and families of the under 12s were extremely proud to see a great game from the boys,particularly in teamwork, and all the spectators were very impressed with their singing abilities for the team song at the end of the game.

A big thank you goes to Herb O'Bernier and Peter Lemmich for their time spent in training and coaching the team and also to our under 12s sponsors Gibbs Logging, Bearers 4 U, Mawhood's IGA, Wills Tyres and Mechanical, Multiworks Constructions and MCF Engineering.

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Kevin Whalan and Inge Braun bowledwell in the doubles team matches on June 28 and won with a score of 20 points. The runners-up team was Armando Giovannetti and Lynette Maloney with 12 points.

Inge, Kevin and Lynette scored one rester each.

Remember, players’ names are to be in by 7pm to start bowling at 7.30pm every Tuesday at the RSL Club auditorium.

Burraga

Nine players bowledat Burraga on June 29 and six players scored one rester each:Tony Press, Gary Fisher, Shane Stapleton, Adam Smith, Armando Giovannetti and Barbara Pearce.

The winning team was skip Armando Giovannetti and Shane Stapleton. Runners-up team players were skip Mick Stapleton and Shaun Hands.Gary Fisher won the Burraga raffle.

There will be no bowls on Wednesday, July 13 due to the State of Origin.

Well done bowlers. See you on July 20.

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Simply no way to pay for plan

Simply no way to pay for plan

Northern Grampians Cr Wayne Rice believes the shires roads will suffer if council doesn't receive a fair share of the taxation dollar, or adequate government funding to maintain roads. NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has identified $74-million in capital works projects desperately needed in the community, but admits it has no way to fund the plan.
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On Monday, councildiscussed its$4.3-million2016-17roads and bridges capital works program, andidentified unfunded projects worth $74-million.

Council’sroad allocation decreased by $1.5-million from the draft budget after the federal government cut backits Roads to Recovery money.

A report to council identified a significant shortfall in finances, with council indicating it currently budget $3 to $4-million a year on capital works, but wouldneed to spend close to $9-million in future to maintain current service standards.

Cr Wayne Rice said the predicted need was a massive issue of concern for councillors.

“We’re falling behind in infrastructure all the time,” he said.

Cr Rice said council and ratepayers were being hurt by thefreezing ofFinancial AssistanceGrants, indexation, rate capping and council’stoo small percentage of the taxation dollar.

“We’renot at all happy with the government. This is unfair on all of us,” he said.

“We’re generally concerned about the roads and safety.

“We look at the hierarchy of roads and look at those we can downgrade where we can, and even closed a few not so important roads.

“Wecan’t keep up.It’s unfair on ratepayers to keep doing it.”

Cr Rice said the longer infrastructure was neglected, the more it would cost.

“It’s a false economy,to just say we just cut back on spending – a dollar only goes so far,” he said

“NSWhashad ratecapping for years and look at their roads.They’reabsolutely shocking.If roads fall to that level it’ll takemany, many years to catch up –if you evercan.”

Cr Rice said the issue was dividingcouncil from the community.

“It’s the sort of thing that is used when people are making a point to say where’s the value for money from their rates,” he said.

“The dollars are getting less and needing to stretch further.”

Cr Rice said theyear had been particularly hard because it was a property valuation year.

He said residents expected rates to be steady because of the rate cap, only to findthey hadincreased along with their property’s value.

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