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5kg of cannabis seized in raids

5kg of cannabis seized in raids

RECOVERED: Capalaba police seized over five kilograms of cannabis in a raid in Wellington Point on Tuesday. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
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POLICE seized more than five kilograms of cannabis with a street value of at least $33,000 in drug bustsin Birkdale and Wellington Point early on Tuesday morning.

DRUG BUST: Police seized 5.1kg of cannabis with a street value of between $33,000 and $45,000 in a sting in Wellington Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Acting Senior Sergeant Michael Thomson of Capalaba police station said 5.1 kilograms of cannabis with a street value of between $33,000 and $45,000 was seized from a house in Wellington Point.

Five marijuana plants were also recovered.

A36-year-old Wellington Point man has been charged with producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

He is due to appear in Cleveland Magistrates Court on August 4.

Police also recovered drugs and drug utensils during a raid at a Birkdale house.

SEIZED: Five marijuana plants were among the drugs found in a raid in Wellington Point. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

A 33-year-old Birkdale woman faces charges relating to the possession of drugs and utensils andis due to appear in court on July 28.

Acting Senior Sergeant Thomson said the raids were carried out in response to information provided to Crime Stoppers.

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What’s on the ATO hit list

What’s on the ATO hit list

CONTROL YOUR WEALTH: Phone Natalie Colvin-Little on reception at the Wagga office to arrange an appointment to service your tax affairs.Advertising feature
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To claim, or not to claim?

That is the question most of us have when it comes to tax time.

And while you might be thinking you can claim that study book or meal as a deduction, you have been warned –the tax man will be watching.

Anyone with deduction claims higher than expected will be under the gaze of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) this year, according toATO assistant commissioner Graham Whyte.

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Paisley Robertson Riverina Financial PlannerPRD Nationwide Junee Mark Anthony`sFlower TalkFarrellLusher John Swaysland PaintingXeroOn the hit list are car expenses, including transporting bulky tools, and deductions for travel, internet, mobile phone bills and self-education expenses.

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“Generally speaking, if you claim a deduction you need to remember the three golden rules,” Mr Whyte said.

“One, make sure you spent the money yourself and were not reimbursed; two, make sure it’s related to your job; and three, you need a record to prove it.”

If you made a similar claim last year, it might not stack up this year.Changes have been made in the rules for calculating car expenses, which means people need to use a logbook or the cents per kilometre claim to support their claims.

“It is important to remember that you can only claim a deduction for work-related car expenses if you use your own car in the course of performing your job as an employee,” Mr Whyte said.

“Most people can’t claim the cost of travel between home and work because this travel is private.”

Think you still might be able toget it through?

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Ian’s top Rotary gig

Ian’s top Rotary gig

Ian Jackson receives the district governor chains from Maurie Stack. Photo by Ashley Cleaver/Cleavers Images.Taree solicitor Maurie Stack has handed over the chains of office as Rotary district governor (district 9650) to Ian Jackson of Laurieton.
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“It has been a mighty experience for De and I,” said Maurie.

“As we travelled around the district we were blown away by the wide range of programs adopted by different clubs, from Quirindi Conversations – getting four locals who have made it big on the national stage back for a Richard Vidler type interview – to the Casino Royale Ball in Tamworth, to Opera by the Lake in Forster.

“It is great to see clubs adopting programs which not only provide the money needed to support a wide range of youth related and other community efforts but also programs which add to the life of their local communities.

“Clubshave responded to local needs such as the widely supported program by Lightning Ridge club last year to raise funds to help local farmers struggling with the effects of drought.”

Maurie was particularly impressed by many of the international programs, including theCoffs Harbour Daybreak support of the Chiedza Child Care Centre, where local retired teachers return to help young child soldiers reintegrate into a schooling system.

“My own club, Taree on Manning, will holda dinner dance in the Centrepoint Arcade on SaturdaySeptember 17 with fabulous local band Circus Mule to raise funds to build toilet blocks in market places and schools on the Ivory Coast in Africa.

“We will be working closely with one of my fellow governor’s, Marie-Irene, who De and I met over a week in Sarasota last year, who lives there and works with the United Nations.

“If we raise US$7000, with the help of Rotary District funds and the Rotary Foundation this will increase to more than US$30,000 which will build male and female toilets in eight different locations.

“Effectively every dollar we raise is multiplied by four. Anyone wanting to host a table of 10 at $50 per head should contact Jane Mackenzie at Mansfield on the Manning.

“To raise the money those attending will be asked to bring a plate.”

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Lower the driving age

Lower the driving age

Call for change: Wendy Young and her son Nick, 17, want the State Government to change licensing rules. Picture: Amy PatonNick Young, 17, says the beginning of his career is being negativelyimpacted by his inability to get to work without being accompaniedby his parents.
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Mr Young, from Naringal East,started a specialistmechanicalapprenticeship in March this year after leaving school, butsaid despite loving the jobhe can only work part-time.

“My work really wants me to goon full-time because it’s a bit difficult to work part-time doing jobs that need to take a full week,” Mr Young said.

Victoria’s minimum driving age is 18, but astate parliamentary inquiry is examining the possibility of lowering it to 17.

Mr Young said being given an exemption to allow him to drive to and from work would solve his problem.

Nick’s parents are beef farmersand they also run an earth moving and quarry business, meaning theyare not able to spare the time to accompany Nick on the 66-kilometre round trip each morning and afternoon.

“He would be there five days a week if he could get himself to and from work,” Nick’s mother, Wendy Young, said.

“We’re doing hundreds of extra kilometres per week taking him to and from work.

“It puts a lot of strain and pressure on families in the country, but you do it because you want to help them become independent.”

Mrs Young said Nick was a confident driver whohadhad experience operatingvehicles on the family farm from a young age.

VicRoads and the RACV bothmade submissions to the inquiry saying that lowering the driving age to17 in line with the rest of Australia’s states and territories wouldlead to an increasein traffic fatalities and injuries.

Both organisations suggested focusing on better public transport might serve as a solution.

“In the big cities I don’t think they realise that buses and trains don’t run in the country to make the country kids feel independent,” Mrs Young said.

The inquiry was led by Western Victoria MP James Purcell, and is due to return its findings in November.

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Boosting allocations with desalinated water ‘not viable’

Boosting allocations with desalinated water ‘not viable’

An independent cost-benefit study has confirmed using desalinated water to increase water allocations for River Murray irrigators would not be economically viable.
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The studyfoundrunning the Adelaide Desalination Plant would not be a cost-effective way of boosting allocations for irrigators at the current marketprice for water.

The state government commissioned the independent cost-benefit analysis earlier this year toconsider if increasing the use of the ADP, to make additional River Murray water available toholders of irrigation entitlements, would be of economic benefit in 2016-17.

The findings reflect that theADP was built to provide water security for metropolitanAdelaide during times of drought, according to Water and the River Murray minister Ian Hunter.

Water and the River Murray minister Ian Hunter says using water from the desalination plant to replace River Murray water for irrigators is unlikely to be cost effective for them.

“The desalination plant was designed to be Adelaide’s insurance policy in times of drought andensures our community will have access to water,” he said.

“It is clear that using water from the desalination plant to replace River Murray water for ourirrigators is unlikely to be cost effective for them.”

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said thecost benefit analysis lackedlong-term visionon the impact of reduced water allocations in 2016-17 on food producers.

“Many irrigators in the Riverland have permanent plantings which require continual watering,” he said.

“The report summarises that given ‘the costs of operating the ADP are such that its primary role is as an insurance policy for when other sources are not available, and given the general returns that can be expected from irrigated agriculture, it is unsurprising that there would be a substantial difference under most circumstances between these costs and returns’.

“My concern is low commodity prices appear to have been a focus for the outcome of this analysis and once again, we see the state government continue to hit our food producers who need to be supported to grow the economy and create jobs.”

Mr Whetstone said Riverland irrigators have expressed concerns to himabout the impact of a starting allocation of36 per cent, with some suggesting –withoutincreases in coming months –they will have to consider their immediate future in the industry.

“Given low commodity prices in a number of cases, many irrigators cannot afford to lease in more water, regardless of the price,” he said.

“But, looking at rainfall over the past month and forecast weather predictions, I am confident we will have significant increases in the 2016-17 water allocation.

“It must not be forgotten that every South Australian has paid for the construction of the ADPand it is still completely unclear, years after it was built, whether this major piece of infrastructure will ever operate outside of minimum production.”

The cost-benefit study is available at environment.sa.gov419论坛/desalination-plant

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