Mildura Weekly : Friday September 12 Vol 8 No 45
08 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 MILDURA Rural City Council has vowed motorists will no longer have to contend with part road closures during routine line marking after taking delivery of new, state-of-the- art line-marking equipment. The new line-marking truck, mo- torised line-marker and ‘crash atten- uator trailer’ will give MRCC the abil- ity to complete line-marking works more efficiently, and with greater safety for both the road maintenance staff and the road users. Infrastructure and Transport portfolio Councillor Greg Brown said the new equipment will greatly increase the amount of line-marking Council staff will be able to com- plete each year. “The old equipment was dated and necessitated a lot of manual labour,” Cr Brown explained. “Our roads staff literally walked along the road spraying the paint and then sprinkled the reflection beads on top. It was a slow process. “The new machines complete the process in one go. As the paint is sprayed onto the road, the reflec- tive beads are automatically includ- ed making the lines easier to see at night or in poor conditions.” While the end result will be safer roads for the whole community, safe- ty for the staff has also been greatly improved. Manager Works and In- frastructure Services Geoff Gunn said the new vehicles will reduce the danger and threat of collision often associated with road works. “There will be little need now for staff to be actually outside the vehi- cles,” Mr Gunn said. “What the com- munity will now see is a convoy of three vehicles travelling slowly. The first vehicle is the pilot which makes sure the road is clear and warns on- coming vehicles of the works. Then there is the actual line-marking truck and last is the safety vehicle or crash attenuator trailer. “The CAT provides rear crash pro- tection and has an electronic arrow board and will direct traffic around the line marking convoy.” A total of $257,000 was spent on the new equipment and this cost is expected to be recouped within two years. “More than $150,000 normally paid to contractors is expected to be saved this year alone,” Cr Brown said. • DOWN THE LINE: A Mildura Rural City Council line-marking convoy in action at Red Cliffs. City draws the line on future road marking costs CYCLING enthusiast Gary Carnell and a team of 10 fellow riders – in- cluding his son Ben, fellow family members and friends – enjoyed a Fa- ther’s Day with a difference last Sun- day. While thousands of Aussie dads enjoyed breakfast in bed or being spoiled in other ways, Gary and Ben instead departed their hometown of Adelaide on their push-bikes as part of a 1000km journey to raise raise money and support for those living with cancer through the Fight Cancer Foundation. Riding from Adelaide to Geelong as part of their ‘CureTOUR,’ the group arrived in Mildura on Tuesday, be- fore continuing on to Swan Hill on Wednesday. And while raising money and awareness was the main aim, the trip was also held in honour of Gary’s brother-in-law Jason, who passed away from leukaemia four years ago. Jason had been serving in the Aus- tralian Federal Police as a peacekeep- er in the Solomon Islands and East Timor when he was diagnosed with the disease, requiring a bone marrow transplant, with his wife Kylie and daughters Lucy, Parris and Lilly relo- cating to Fight Cancer Foundation’s accommodation centre in North Melbourne while Jason received treat- ment. Determined to make a difference while honouring his brother-in-law, Gary has organised two previous rec- reational rides between Adelaide – where he lives – and Geelong – where Jason’s family lives – to raise funds. “I decided I wanted to raise mon- ey for research into this dreaded dis- ease so that other families would not have to go through what we had expe- rienced,” Gary said. Past events have raised more than $40,000 for cancer research and sup- port, with Gary’s goal to raise in ex- cess of $50,000 as part of this latest journey. “We’ve already raised more than $30,000, so we’re confident of getting close to the goal,” he said. “Our major supporters Big W and Big 4 Caravan Park have been instru- mental in helping us raise funds, with Mildura’s Big W store raising nearly $2000 in the past month. “It’s great to see community towns like Mildura get behind this trip, it certainly makes battling the weather and fatigue that much easier.” Gary said that should all go to plan, the team will reach its final des- tination, Geelong, tomorrow. Donations to the CureTOUR team can be made online via www. fcfteamfightcancercuretour2014.ev- erydayhero.com/au/curetour-2014/ members. ‘CureTOUR’ group enjoys a warm Mildura welcome • Big W Mildura fullfillment leader, Sarah Lehmann, offers CureTOUR organiser Gary Carnell, right, and son Ben a well- deserved ‘feed’ after the pair arrived in Mildura earlier this week as part of a 1000km bike ride from Adelaide to Geelong. THE Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting further checks of some Mildura businesses that were among around 200 Vic- torian employers previously found to be in breach of federal workplace laws. The second round of audit- ing of employment records is to ensure that businesses are now meeting their workplace obliga- tions. The Mildura businesses that can expect a visit soon were not named. Other businesses to be double-checked are in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as Ballarat, Bendigo, Co- bram, Echuca, Geelong, Ruther- glen, Seymour, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Yarrawonga, with all those targeted hav- ing underpaid employees, or made record-keeping and pay- slip mistakes over the past 12 months. Fair Work Ombudsman Nat- alie James said the follow-up checks were aimed at ensuring the businesses were achieving ongoing compliance. “It’s im- portant for us to check that em- ployers now understand their responsibilities, and are provid- ing employees with their full lawful entitlements,” she said. “We also want to understand if any non-compliance issues might be continuing, because that will help us better direct our education and campaign ac- tivities in future.” “Where inspectors find busi- nesses that are still non-compli- ant, we will require employers to correct the issues and back- pay any underpaid wages and entitlements. We will consider enforcement measures in cases of continued non-compliance, such as issuing on-the-spot fines of up to $2550. In the event of a matter being so serious it war- rants legal action, penalties of up to $51,000 per breach are applicable to companies, and $10,200 to individuals.” Employers or employees seeking information or advice about workplace laws are en- couraged to use the free tools and resources available at www. fairwork.gov.au, or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. More Fair Work checks for Mildura businesses ATTENTION!!! 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