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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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“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.”

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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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20. 11. 2018
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Council thrown in deep end over new pool

Council thrown in deep end over new pool

The criticism of the Burnie City Council over the new aquatic centreseems unfounded and unfair.
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Years in the making, the opening of the pool has been shrouded by negativity about the design, particularly the lack of an indoor children's pool or play area.

The Council has delivered what it promised to deliver: a year-round facility to ensure the community has access to a pool throughout the colder months.

It will accommodate learn to swim programs and lap swimmers. A statement issued by the council this week said Sea-Lyons Aquatics, whichisoperating on the pool on behalf of the council, will also provide a number oforganised and informal leisure activities.

The Burnie Aquatic Centre working group represented the needs of the community and worked with the council over several years to see the pool through to completion.

It is the costliest project undertaken by the council since the Round Hill sewage treatment facility, completed 15 years ago.

While an indoor children's play pool may be convenient during winter, it would come at huge expense to the ratepayer.

In a political climate critical of both excessive governmentspending and rate rises, it is hard not to think that council would have come under fire for adding significant further expense to the project.

The councilinitially could not find the funds to allow the redevelopment to go ahead.

The project was made possible by significant state and federal government contributions, which came after lobbying by the council and the working group over the course of several election campaigns.

For those thinking the pool will serve no purpose, look wider. The poolincludes accessible changerooms and a ‘Pool Pod’ to lower those using wheelchairs into the pool. Burnie is the third location in Australia to embrace the technology, which was first developed for the 2012 Olympics.

The outdoor splash pad, which features eight different pieces of play equipment, is also fully accessible and will accommodate children in wheelchairs.

It will suit children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers and will provide a fun and interactive environment.

The North-West is not without an indoor children’s pool –Splash in Devonport offers a warm water play pool –but Burnie has been delivered within a budget and to serve as many people as possible.

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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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Punting on a better timeslot

Punting on a better timeslot

FRIDAY DELIGHT: Itz Gemmas Delight, driven by Gareth Rattray, wins in Devonport last Friday at a meeting that proved popular with punters. Picture: Greg MansfieldEarly indications are that Tasmanian harness racing backed a winner with its move to a Friday afternoon timeslot last week.
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The Devonport meeting, originally scheduled for the following Monday night, was brought forward as part of an overall change in programming strategy.

But, while most of the meetings moved to Fridays will be run at night with Sky 2 coverage, two were able to secure Sky 1 coverage during the afternoon.

Betting turnover on the Devonport meeting jumped dramatically compared to the previous Friday night meeting on Sky 2.

In fact, it was reliably reported that the national totalisator hold on the last race alone exceeded the total hold on the previous meeting.

There is another Friday afternoon meetingin Hobart on July 22.

LAUNCESTON will also race in a daytime slot on Sunday with a big nine-race program to start at 11.30 am.

All races will be shown on Sky 1.

The final two heats of the BOTRA novice drivers series have attracted capacity fields andboth appear to be open races.

This should ensure a good finish to theseries as only six points separatesthe top five on the leaderboard.

RYLEY MAJOR is an acceptor for a Vicbred Super Series race at Melton on Thursday.

The race carries$12,455 in prizemoney and Ryley Major could also pick up a $7000 bonus for his first metropolitan win in Victoria.

Beauty Point trainerRohan Hillier has listed Gavin Lang to drive the star three-year-oldwho is perfectly drawn in barrier 2.

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Melbourne continues to lure Tassie’s best

Melbourne continues to lure Tassie’s best

FURTHER AFIELD: Beaufort Lad, pictured with Bulent Muhcu after winning at Mowbray on Sunday, could be heading for Melbourne. Picture: Greg Mansfield
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Promising stayer Beaufort Lad could be about to join an ever-expanding lineupof Tasmanian horses chasing winter riches in Melbourne.

Longford trainer John Blacker is keen to test the four-year-old in Victoria, at least at midweek level, before giving him a break and setting him for next year’s Hobart and Launceston cups.

If he makes the trip, he will help Jerilderie Letter, Iggimacool, Kenjorwood, Royal Rapture, Nunivak and Box Of Frogs fly the Tasmanian flag over the next few weeks.

And, the biggest Tasmanian name of them all, The Cleaner, is not too far away from joining the party.

“Beaufort Ladis a natural stayer and I think he can win a big race,” Blacker said.

“If we do head to Melbourne, he’ll have only one start because I want to set him for the major cups next season.

“There’s nothing much coming up for him here so I’ll see if I can find a suitable midweek race over 2000 metres.

“He’s ready for that trip now.”

Kenjorwood and Iggimacool are both likely to contest the $150,000 Winter Championship final at Flemington on Saturday where they have 59.5kg and 56.5kg respectively.

Iggimacool also has the option of the Leilani Series final for mares but she would have to carry a massive 61kg in that non-claiming race.

Jerilderie Letter, a very unlucky fourth after racing wide at Caulfield last Saturday, has topweight of 60kg in this week’s $120,000 Silver Bowl Series final.

The Scott Brunton-trained stablemates Nunivak and Box Of Frogs have each had unplaced runs in Victoria in the past fortnight and are likely to be given another chance before returning home.

Brunton said he had erred in running Box Of Frogs on the synthetic track at Pakenham after the meeting was moved from a grass track at the last minute.

The Cleaner continued along the comeback trailwith an 800m jumpout at Cranbourne on Monday.

He led most of the way before finishing second and was kept under a firm hold by jockey Steven Arnold.

Stable spokesman Manny Gelagotis said the horse “went OK and most importantly pulled up sound”.

THE STEWARDS’ inquiry into the positive swab returned by weight-for-age star Admiral at Mowbray in February is likely to startin the next fortnight.

Admiral tested positive to the non performance-enhancing druglignocaine –alocal anaesthetic mainly associated withdental surgery –after winning the $100,000 George Adams Plate.

Trainer Barry Campbell said on Sunday that he had received no advice as to when the inquiry was likely to be held.

However racing director Tony Murray said on Monday it should be “within the next couple of weeks”.

Under the rules of racing, Admiral will be disqualified unless there is some fault with the test or procedures and thepositive finding is overturned.

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Rowland ‘humbled’ by win

Rowland ‘humbled’ by win

Michelle Rowland celebrates late on Saturday night with her campaign team.Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland is “very humbled and very grateful” to have been elected to a third term.
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“It’s a great privilege to represent the community in which you were born, grew up in and are raising a family in,” Ms Rowland said.

“I’m very optimistic for the future and I won’t let the people of Greenway down.”

With 84 per cent of the vote counted as of Sunday afternoon, Ms Rowland looks to have comfortably won the seat by her best margin.

The Labor MP won the seat in 2010 with 42 per cent of the vote andretained her seat in 2013 with 44.5 per cent.

This election saw a 3.5 per cent swing to Labor, with Ms Rowland projectedto receive 49.9per cent of the vote, and 56.5 per cent after preferences.

Ms Rowland thanked her “great” campaign team and the people of Greenway for her victory.

“I’ve always aimed to work very hard over the entire term of the parliament, not just at election time. I hold that commitment very dear,” Ms Rowland said.

“I believe it is the job of the MP to always be accessible and always listening to constituents.”

Ms Rowland said it was different being in opposition but sheendeavoured to listen to local views, and represent those viewsin parliament on issuesincluding employment and housing affordability.

“The most satisfying part of the last three years was listening to people’s concerns and then responding with really good policies.”

Ms Rowland said it is too early to know who will make government, but either way Labor will continue to campaign for its“courageous” policies.

“Anything can happen still. We need to let the AEC do their job, but I can assure the people of Greenway that irrespective of the result and whether I’m a member of government ora member of the opposition, my first priority will be the people of Greenway. I believe that sound policies can be argued through a close parliament.”

Ms Rowland said she is “optimistic” about the range of good policies that will get through government with the individuals who will hold thebalance of power.

TheBlacktown Suncontacted Liberal candidate Yvonne Keane for comment.

In a personal message sent to supporters, Mrs Keane thanked everyone for their “superhuman” support and said she was proud of the honest campaign they ran.

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