Mildura Weekly : Friday October 10 2014 Vol 8 No 49
NEWS 07 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Wentworth a part of NSW? Sir, When I came to live in Wentworth at the beginning of the year, I truly believed I was still in New South Wales. Apparently not! ‘Wenty’ has NSW public holi- days and number plates, but in many other respects it might as well be in Victoria. For example, on the Saturday pri- or to the NRL Grand Final I phoned a local hotel and asked what they had planned for the Grand Final on Sunday evening. There was stunned silence, then ‘Ummmm, ah...what grand final?” There was complete ignorance of NSW’s most important sporting events. Nowhere in the town were there any balloons or streamers for the occasion. Is Wentworth part of New South Wales, or is it an outpost of Victoria? Despite these shortcomings, Wenty really is a beautiful place to live – and I’m not leaving! Dorothy Adair Wentworth Disappointing SMP read Sir, It was disappointing to read Jim Belbin’s Soapbox article 03/10/2014 and see some factual errors that risk misleading your readers. Our sole objective is to achieve a solid win for our local industry from the $120M Sunraysia Modernisation Project (SMP). Through the SMP, we will be able to replace much of the open channel with buried pipes. We’ve been able to improve on the origi- nal plans over the past year and this will provide an even better outcome for the hundreds of irrigators who will receive better services and a bet- ter quality of irrigation water due to channels being replaced by pipes. To summarise the project, we’re on time, on budget and working to en- hance it. We note Mr Belbin’s favoured option was to complete the ‘L South’ area which is located in Nichols Point. The Board of Lower Murray Water did review this option and accepted the expert advice of the project control board. The main reason not to select this option was that land zoning is moving to rural/ residential in this area and it is like- ly to transition to housing. I disagree with the letter-writ- er’s belief that LMW is implement- ing the ‘K’ and ‘T’ Channel option because we want to ‘punish’ part of our community. This is not true. We can reach more customers with a better service by pipelining around six kilometres of channel in the ‘T’ and ‘K’ areas of the Mildura District. This great project is about build- ing assets for the next hundred years and securing the future of Mildura and a great local industry. We are achieving this to the best of our ability by completing replacement and upgrade works in all three dis- tricts under the SMP. I encourage our customers to gain an understanding of the SMP objectives which are available on our website www.lmw.vic.gov.au. John Tesoriero Chairman Lower Murray Water LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SUNRAYSIA residents have identi- fied more than 30 mobile phone black spots in the area, after the Federal Government called for nominations as part of its $100million Mobile Black Spot Program. Thirty-two black spots were identified in the Mallee by a com- bination of State Government, Council and community mem- bers including areas such as Irym- ple, Nichols Point, Red Cliffs, Car- warp, Hattah, Ouyen, Dareton, Merbein and Wentworth. ACTION needs to be taken to in- crease the number of people with autism employed in the workforce, according to independent candidate for Mildura Ali Cupper. Ms Cupper said recent statistics revealed just 43 percent of people with autism are employed in the la- bour force, 11 percent below the em- ployment rate for people with other disabilities, and a massive 41 percent below people without a disability. She said the Mildura community needed to unite in a bid to build em- ployment opportunities for adults with autism, regardless of the elec- tion result next month. “The one thing we must do, whatever the result in November, is keep this conversation going,” Ms Cupper said. “We need to ensure that talented people with autism can share their amazing skills through the dignity of work. When this happens, the whole community benefits. “Everyone can and must play a role - State, Federal and Local Gov- ernments, fellow candidates, fami- lies, businesses, schools, welfare pro- viders. “Today marks an important op- portunity to embrace a fresh and in- novative approach.” Ms Cupper said she’d been moved to advance the cause of people with autism after being ap- proached by friends, Dan Kelly and Chris Brown. In Mr Brown’s case, he’s now 33 and has been looking for work since he was 17. She has called on candidates across Victoria to commit to develop an Autism Employment Strategy for their electorate. “At the heart of each strategy would be the formation of elector- ate advisory panels comprised of lo- cal business representatives, people with autism, and service providers, with a commitment to meet regular- ly to review Strategy progress and to advocate to all levels of government for better employment outcomes,” Ms Cupper said. Key elements of the strategy would include: • Increased flexibility in the eli- gibility criteria for post-school tran- sition support for young jobseekers with autism from the Victorian Gov- ernment. • Better financial incentives to re- ward businesses who employ people with autism, or who work or will work intensively with the local com- munity to create customised em- ployment opportunities for people with autism. • Increased individual case man- agement support tailored to the spe- cific needs of jobseekers with autism. • The formation of a program based on the Victorian Government’s School Focused Youth Service to co- ordinate the broader service envi- ronment to better target resources, reduce duplication and focus on the key needs of jobseekers with autism. Cupper pushes for autism job options • Independent candidate for Mildura Ali Cupper. Dozens of mobile phone black spots remain in Sunraysia 500 Benetook Avenue, Mildura 3500 Email: email@example.com ✓ ✓ Tuesday 13th ,14 th & 15th October Limited to 6 people, so get in fast so you don't miss out. Specsavers Mildura Central: (Next to Ta rget), corner 15th St & Deakin Ave, 5021 4913. Visit specsavers.com.au to find out more.
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