Mildura Weekly : Friday January 16 Vol 9 No 10 2015
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 • From Page 3 “While I agree that this an- nouncement is a positive step, and I thank the Minister for making the trip to talk with us, growers need assistance sooner rather than later. “Affected growers have already started cleaning up their properties, applying ex- tra sprays to protect remain- ing crops and repairing dam- aged infrastructure, and while insurance does cover some of those bills, it doesn’t cover all of them. “Growers have already started pouring money into their properties in an attempt to try and salvage something, if they can, out of this season, and hopefully begin building towards next year. “My feeling heading into that meeting was that we had already been told that the NSW Government was push- ing for this funding, and while the Minister was hopeful of the Federal Government sign- ing off on the Cat C applica- tion, I can’t say I share her en- thusiasm. “I feel that the further up the chain we get with this ap- plication, the more likely we are to get knocked back. “I’m really hopeful it will happen, but I don’t think the Federal Government will push it. “There will be growers who will be hit hard if help doesn’t come, and there is also the mental impact to factor in.” Mr Demaria also expressed disappointment that the NSW Government was seeking only one course of action to assist storm-hit growers, with “no Plan B or C evident.” “There was no indication given by the Minister as to what our chances are of re- ceiving the grants, or even an indication that this was going to go through,” he said. “There was also no men- tion of any contingencies in place should this fail, and I think all growers want to see an alternative put up.” Mr Demaria is among many affected growers who have already amassed clean- up bills in the tens of thou- sands, with many more facing the prospect of waiting two years before their properties will again return a profit. Many more are still in doubt as to whether their vines, citrus trees and proper- ties will ever fully recover from the devastation caused, with many sharing their concerns with Minister Hodgkinson on Tuesday. They described the dam- age to their properties in de- tail, while also relaying fright- ening accounts of how the storm had decimated their livelihoods. And while their tales were enough to garner sympathy from Minister Hodgkinson, there was still no guarantee immediate financial assistance was on the way. “We’ve never seen any- thing like this, and we don’t know what the long-term im- pact is going to be,” Mr De- maria said. “In terms of a citrus tree, damaging one so young could have lasting effects, and the truth is we simply don’t know if they will bounce back.” Mr Demaria said the sce- nario facing Wentworth grow- ers was a sign that the criteria surrounding National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrange- ments funding had to change. “I can’t stress that this whole relief funding and how it is set up is ridiculous,” he said. “To say that $240,000 worth of damage has to be caused to public infrastructure to automatically qualify for this assistance severely disad- vantages regional communi- ties. “It’s an arbitrary figure, and the truth is had the storm hit 500m further in we prob- ably wouldn’t be having this conversation.” Agricultural Natural Di- saster Relief low interest loans were immediately made avail- able for producers follow- ing the storms, with growers able to apply for loans up to $130,000 at 1.92 percent in- terest per annum, with a two year interest and repayment free period. Potential applicants can contact the RAA on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov. au to clarify eligibility criteria, or any other issues relating to assistance. Growers no closer to knowing if grant money on the way • HAVING HIS SAY: Gol Gol Creek Growers Association chair, Bob Smith, makes a point during this week’s meeting. Wentworth Shire Council’s Manager of Organisational Support Paula Mastropolito is holding the microphone. Acoustic Suite 2, 158 Lime Ave Mildura For all appointments 5021 3218 Accredited to provide services to all Pensioners & Veterans Phil Krake M.A.C and M.H.A.A.S.A Accredited Hearing Aid Audiometrist Hearing Services Smaller than your fingernail hearing aids from as little as $800! SHIREFocus THE SHIRE ON TWO RIVERS Tel: (03) 5027 5027 | Fax: (03) 5027 5000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 81, Wentworth, N.S.W. 2648. (26-28 Adelaide Street) PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER DEVELOPMENT CONSENTS GRANTED IN NOVEMBER 2014 Copies of these consents are available for inspection at the Shire Offices Wentworth between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted. This notice is made in accordance with the provisions of Section 101 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Note: Pursuant to Section 101 of the EP&A Act, any person may question the validity of any of these consents by commencing legal proceedings in the Land and Environmental Court within 3 months from the date of publication of this notice. 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RUBBISH TIP & LANDFILL HOURS Rubbish collections will be as normal. The Buronga landfill will be open from 9am - 4 .45pm. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER For all water, sewerage, animal control matters, stray stock and cemetery emergencies, please call - 5027 5091 (Marshall Security). COUNCIL OFFICE & LIBRARIES The Council office and libraries will be closed. AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015 The Wentworth Shire Australia Day Celebrations will be held at the following locations and times:- • Buronga Wetlands - Community Breakfast and Official Flag Raising Ceremony from 7.45am • Wentworth Junction Park - Australia Day Awards Ceremony and Community Lunch from 10.30am • Dareton Senior Citizens Rooms - Community Afternoon with Afternoon Tea and local entertainment - from 3pm All residents and visitors to the Wentworth Shire are invited to attend any of these Australia Day Celebrations. PS RUBY CRUISES AUSTRALIA DAY, Monday 26 January 2015 Breakfast Cruise 8.00am - 9 .30am, $25 Australia Day Observance & Ceremony Viewing 9.50am - 12.30pm, $10 Lock 10 Cruise 1.00pm - 3 .30pm, $35 (includes sausage sizzle lunch) WENTWORTH TOWN HALL CONCERT Friday 23 January 2015 7.30pm, $25 Enjoy beautiful music and a “Jacobean Fantasie” by one of Australia’s leading lutenists, Rosemary Hodgson. AUSTRALIAN INLAND BOTANIC GARDENS Saturday 24 January 2015, 8.30 - 11 .00am Celebrate Australia Day early with their “BIG BREKKIE” whilst enjoying the wonderful Gardens. WOULD YOU LIKE AN ADVENTURE? COME TO OUR PARTY Buronga Library Wed28thJan | 2pm-3pm| Ph:50233078 Wentworth Library Thur 29th Jan | 2pm - 3pm | Ph: 5027 5060 Dareton Library Fri30thJan | 2pm-3pm| Ph:50274258 Fun & Games Adventures Prizes Bookings essential. Please phone your library to save a place. WENTWORTH SHIRE LIBRARY Join at your library from December 1st Read your way through holiday adventures, have fun, and win prizes. Summer Reading club runs from 1st December until the end of January For enquiries, ring 5027 5060. COUNCIL MEETING - 28 JANUARY 2015 Residents and ratepayers are advised that the next Council meeting will be held on the 28 January 2015 to begin at 9.00am. Business papers will be available on our website or from Council Offices located at 26-28 Adelaide Street Wentworth. WENTWORTH ROTARY COMMUNITY “OP SHOP” Operates at the Memorial Rooms Darling Street, Wentworth on Monday to Friday 10am – 3 .30pm and Saturday 10am – 12noon. All proceeds benefit our community. Volunteers are needed, please contact 0427 256 572.
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