Mildura Weekly : Friday January 8 Vol 10 No 9
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Cheaper bus travel for our students SUNRAYSIA families eligible for the Victorian Government’s ‘School Bus Program’ could po- tentially save hundreds of dollars in bus fares come the start of the new school year thanks to a new initiative. Minister for Education, James Merlino, said that the previous bus fare system affecting families in regional Victoria – and Melbourne’s metropolitan fringe – was complicated, with a single fare for travel to now be implemented. Families of students who use the program can expect to save between $80 and $760 per year. Currently students not attending their closest government or non-government de- nominational school pay annual bus fares ranging from $480 to $1240 depending on distance travelled. This year students will be able to travel at a reduced rate of $480 per annum. Changes made to the program will not affect families eligible for free bus travel. THE deadline for public nominations for the second round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program has been extend- ed to January 15. Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said that the new closing date would ensure indi- viduals and community groups would have enough time to get nominations in after the Christmas break, while also reflecting signifi- cant demand for improved mobile coverage in rural, regional and remote Australia. “Under round two of the program, the Government will commit a further $60mil- lion to improve mobile coverage in areas re- ported by the community as having poor or no mobile coverage,” she said. “This funding is in addition to the $100million investment in round one, which has already seen the first of 499 new and up- graded mobile base stations in regional and remote Australia start to roll out. “We have already seen the first towers switched on nationally, including one of the very first near Deniliquin. “I am also excited that a further seven base stations in Farrer will be either estab- lished or receive upgrades because of the Government’s investment.” Wentworth and Dareton have already proved big winners as part of the program’s first round. A new base station was allocated in Wentworth as part of the program, while Dareton residents can also expect better coverage as part of the program’s inaugural funding round. Mobile phone coverage on the Silver City Highway between Wentworth and Coombah and on the Wentworth-Pooncarie Road will also be improved. Nominations for round two of the Mo- bile Black Spot program can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots. A map of regional mobile black spot lo- cations, and locations which will receive mo- bile base stations under round one, is avail- able at online at nationalmap.gov.au. Mobile black spot deadline extended • THE Cardross Progress Association has once again dug deep to support the education of youngsters in its town. The recipients of two $350 scholarships, up $100 in value on last year, for the 2016 school year were Anna Scase and Caleb Graham, LEFT. The presentation was made at the end of the year Cardross Primary School awards night staged last month. Caleb’s brother Joshua was awarded a CPA scholarship in 2012, so the younger Graham is carrying on what could well become a family tradition as there are several more siblings! The CPA is “delighted to support our town’s little school...and hopes that the scholarships will be of assistance to families when students move onto secondary school,” group spokesperson, Mary Chandler, said. Scholarship support at Cardross ZO531079 We want to hear from you The Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group invites waste and resource recovery businesses and local government to submit applications for potential future landfill sites. Only existing waste and resource recovery sites currently listed on the infrastructure schedule and successful applicants out of this process will be considered. This is your chance to be involved in the planning of the Victorian Loddon Mallee region’s landfill management to 2026. How to apply For more information and application forms visit: http:// participate.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Loddonmalleeplan Applications close at 2pm AEST on Friday 5 February 2016. Landfill Scheduling Applications are open now Be part of the Loddon Mallee region’s future landfill infrastructure needs 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) | www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au ACROSS THE MAYOR’S DESK Yesterday the Mayor, General Manager, councillors and support staff met with representatives of the Pooncarie township. The meeting was the first of a series of township focus group consultation meetings which will see other meetings convened in the Shire’s towns in coming months. “As the Mayor I believe these consultation meetings are important and give Councillors a chance to hear about the issues and concerns first hand. The meetings will not replace other forms of consultation such as one on one meetings with Council or its committees.” At the Pooncarie meeting the agenda comprised of discussing plans for the short and long term, and dealing with specific local issues. All issues raised were recorded and responses will be provided in due course. One of the main issues raised was the provision of a bore for emergency water supplies for the township. Council has resolved to commission the bore as soon as possible and is currently awaiting the sign off on a licence from the State Government. Water carting, which commenced prior to Christmas, will continue until such time as the bore is commissioned. In relation to recent comments on Shire Christmas decorations, unfortunately long standing arrangements for the erection of decorations on power poles had changed which resulted in less decorations throughout our communities. Notwithstanding this change Council will undertake a review of what is currently provided to townships and consult with communities on the issue. DONATIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS & GRANTS Council wishes to advise that the next round of applications to access Council’s Donation, Contributions and Grants funding is now open. Application forms are available from Councils office, the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre or can be downloaded from our website. All applications need to be received by Council no later than Friday 15 January, 2016 to be considered at Council’s Ordinary Council Meeting in February. Applications can be delivered to our main office, mailed or emailed to Council. If you require further information please contact Council on (03) 5027 5027. PLANNED ROADWORKS Monday 11 January - Monday 25 January 2016 Road: Silver City Highway (HW22) Location: Between North Wentworth & Popiltah (Various Sections) Works: Heavy Patching Road: Sturt Highway (HW14) Location: Between Monak and Council’s eastern boundary (Various Sections) Works: Heavy Patching Road User Advice: Temporary Lane Closures and Speed Restrictions will be in place. Delays of up to 10 minutes may occur. AMBER JOY POULTON & THE HOLY MEN “QUEENS OF COUNTRY” CONCERT Thursday 14th January 2016, 8pm Wentworth Bowling Club, Beverley Street, Wentworth Spend the evening with friends, enjoying songs and sagas of Country Music Royalty. Featuring hits from Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and more. Tickets $23, available from Wentworth Visitor Information Centre. Supper available for $5. Fundraiser for the Wentworth Bowling Club. (03) 5027 5080 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS Tuesday 26th January 2016 Buronga - 7.45am: Buronga Wetlands Official Flag- raising Ceremony and breakfast Pooncarie - 8.30am: Pioneers Memorial Park FREE breakfast Wentworth - 10.30am: Wentworth Junction Park Presentation of Awards and FREE lunch Dareton - 3pm - 5pm: Dareton Senior Citizens Rooms. Delicious afternoon tea. Contact (03) 5027 5027 MURRAY RIVER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT Tuesday 19th January 2016, 7pm for 8.30pm Ampelon Gardens, Cnr Pittman Ave & North Gol Gol Road, Gol Gol Bring a picnic to the heavenly gardens of Ampelon at 7pm, sunset around 8.30pm. Five members of the Sydney-based Omega Ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and a world premiere of Skipton. Tickets $30. (03) 5022 9542 WENTWORTH ARTS PRESENTS CAMERATA ANTICA Friday 22nd January 2016, 7.30pm - 9.30pm Wentworth Town Hall, Adelaide Street, Wentworth A program of early English and Italian chamber music, exploring the interplay of voices and instruments in the 16th and 17th century music chamber. Featuring the stunning voice of Anna Sandström, cornetto virtuoso Matthew Manchester and legendary organist David Drury. Tickets $25. (03) 5022 9542 AUSTRALIAN INLAND BOTANIC GARDENS BIG BREKKIE & MARKET Saturday 23rd January 2016, 8.30am - 12noon Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, 1183 River Road, Mourquong Start your weekend with a delicious cooked breakfast made from local produce whilst browsing the market stalls. Tractor train tours, 10am & 11am. Market site information contact 0449 677 702 DISPOSAL OF IMPOUNDED HORSES BY PUBLIC AUCTION In accordance with Section 24 of the Impounding Act 1993, Wentworth Shire Council, as the impounding authority, now offer for sale by public auction two horses as described below: 1. Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare 2006 “Jeune Pedrille” by Jeune from Baggage 2. Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare 2006 by Speed Merchant from Blue Magna Both mares are proven breeders and in excellent paddock condition. The auction is to be held at Murray Meadows Horse Stud 695A Boeill Creek Road, Boeill Creek, commencing at 10.30am on Saturday 16 January 2016. Any inquiries in relation to the horses can be directed to Amanda Bernaldo by phoning 5027 5027 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. GET LOST IN A GOOD BOOK THIS SUMMER Discover underwater worlds, alternate universes and more. Join at Wentworth, Dareton or Buronga Libraries NOW!
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