Mildura Weekly : Friday June 20 Vol 8 No 33
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 20/06/14 By VINNIE RODI WARM up those funny bones Mildura, the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festi- val Roadshow is once again headed to the Mildura Arts Centre. Five of Australia’s top co- medians will descend on Mil- dura next week as part of the event, which will be held over two nights – Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26. The Mildura perfor- mance marks one of 24 stops planned for Victoria as part of a two-month national tour, and will feature the comedic talents of David Williams, Tiff Stevenson, Beau Heart- breaker, Nick Cody and Neel Kolhatkar. A popular event on the Mildura Arts Centre calendar, the Comedy Roadshow is cel- ebrating its 16th year in 2014, and in the past has helped bring some of Australia’s best comedians to the region. This year’s crop features a number of up-and-coming and seasoned comedians, including Neel Kolhatkar, who is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Austra- lian comedy. Neel said he was excited to be making his first trip to Mildura, and promised a fun, funny and engaging night. “Personally I can’t wait to get to Mildura,” he said. “I’ve heard great things about the town, and hopefully Mildura audiences will be in for a few laughs. “We’re a very diverse group, and the show that we put on is one all-ages can en- joy.” At 19 Neel boasts a CV that rivals more seasoned stand-up professionals. A YouTube sen- sation, he found fame with the video ‘Australia in 2 Min- utes’ – which collected more than one million hits within three days of its release. “An online presence is cer- tainly something that worked well for me,” he said. “While I try to keep my online and live performance content separate, having that different avenue to launch a career, or get your name out there, is certainly a must nowadays.” Neel is also a past win- ner of the Melbourne Inter- national Comedy Festival’s ‘Class Clowns’ competition, while also performing at Aus- tralia’s top comedy clubs, and in 2010 and 2011 was invited to perform at MICF’s ‘Teenage Gala’ – a showcase of Austra- lia’s best comedians aged 20 or under. In 2012 he appeared in the well-received Sydney Fringe show ‘Barely Legal,’ and in 2013 Neel was again hand- picked by the Melbourne In- ternational Comedy Festival as the youngest of five comics to perform as part of its annu- al show – ‘The Comedy Zone.’ “My act is one that I think appeals to a variety of people,” he said. “I like to do different characters, and generally use those characters to tell differ- ent stories.” Neel will be joined on the night by veteran comedian David Williams, who will act as MC. Considered the ‘James Bond’ of Australian comedy, David has been a permanent fixture on the comedy circuit for the better part of 15 years, performing across the country and in the UK. Also joining the pair on the night will be Tiff Steven- son – a finalist on ITV1’s Show Me the Funny – ‘Beau Heart- breaker’ – a character created and performed by Selina Jen- kins and Nick Cody, who at just 26 has already headlined comedy clubs across Australia, sold out numerous shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. Tickets for next week’s Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow are avail- able by visiting www.mil- duraartscentre.com.au, by visiting www.comedyfestival. com.au/roadshow, or by con- tacting 5018 8330 or 5018 8376. A MILDURA fast food outlet has been ordered to pay an employee $5000 in back pay after an inves- tigation by the Federal Fair Work Ombudsman. The award payment was among a total of $50,000 in entitlements ordered to be paid to workers throughout regional Victoria. The Ombudsman’s office said the Mildura fast food em- ployee had been underpaid the minimum hourly rate and penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work between November 2010 and October 2011, as well as her annual leave entitlements on termination of employment. The biggest recovery was $20,000 for an Echuca café man- ager, aged in her 20s, who lodged a complaint after not being paid for extra hours worked over a 12-month period in 2012-2013. “It is important that regional Victorian employers are aware of the workplace laws that apply to their business, otherwise they can end up facing back-payment bills they weren’t budgeting for,” Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said. Ms James said the employ- ees were reimbursed without the need for further enforcement ac- tion after Fair Work inspectors contacted the employers and ex- plained their obligations under workplace laws. “We’re confident the under- payments were inadvertent and it’s pleasing that employers ac- cepted assistance from inspec- tors to put processes in place to ensure errors aren’t repeated,” she said. Other recent recoveries in- cluded $10,900 for an apprentice tradesman at Port Fairy, $6500 for a Warrnambool truck driver, and $5500 for a Warracknabeal worker not paid annual leave, overtime rates and living away from home allowances. Information for employ- ers and employees is available at www.fairwork.gov.au - or the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. Backpay for Mildura fast food employee MCDONALD’S Australia has en- tered into a new partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman, with the aim to improve workplace practices at restaurants across the country – including Sunraysia’s Mildura and Irymple stores. McDonald’s has put the onus on ‘workplace compliance’ after signing a second Proactive Com- pliance Deed with the Fair Work Ombudsman. The two-year agreement aims to ensure that more than 90,000 employees (mostly casuals) at 922 McDonald’s restaurants across the country are paid cor- rectly, with McDonald’s Direc- tor of Human Resources, Melissa Roseworne, saying the company considered it a “privilege and re- sponsibility” to employ so many young people. “We work hard to provide a world-class work environment for our employees,” she said. “Our continued partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman is an example of our commit- ment to continuously improve and contribute to our reputation as one of Australia’s best places to work.” Fair Work Ombudsman Nata- lie James has also welcomed the company’s attitude. “McDonald’s acknowledges that there were always opportuni- ties for continuous improvement in the workplace, and is now seek- ing out those opportunities,” she said. “By signing this Proactive Compliance Deed, the company is demonstrating its commitment to being an employer of choice for young Australians. McDonald’s signed the Fair Work Ombudsman’s first Proac- tive Compliance Deed in April 2001, and under that agreement self-audited 8500 wage transac- tions across the country. The company’s self-auditing revealed 100 percent compliance for wages paid in 2009, and 97 percent for wages in 2010. Under the terms of the new Deed, the Fair Work Ombuds- man will refer workplace queries it receives from employees that haven’t already been raised with McDonald’s back to the company for resolution internally. McDonald’s has also ap- pointed a dedicated staff member to handle new inquiries from its employees about their wages and entitlements. Maccas enters into new Fair Work partnership Mildura to host Roadshow laugh-fest • YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: David Williams and Tiff Stevenson are headed to Mildura.
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