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Mildura Weekly – 04/07/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Works under way at W’worth Public School THE Wentworth Public School will receive a new evaporative air conditioner as part of the New South Wales Government’s 2014/15 Budget. Works are scheduled to commence over the next few months, with Member for Mur- ray-Darling John Williams saying the upgrade would greatly improve the learning facilities at the school. “Funding for this project was approved in the recent State Budget, and in 2014/15 the NSW Government will provide $400million in capital works funding to public schools. “This capital works funding will go to- ward 16 new major building projects, the continuation of 21 major building projects and numerous minor capital works projects. “Since 2011 the Liberal and Nationals Government has committed almost $3.2bil- lion to school infrastructure and mainte- nance, including announcing 18 new and relocated schools and 44 major school up- grades.” MORE than 50 Department of Environment and Primary In- dustry (DEPI) and Parks Victo- ria firefighters and emergency management team members from the Mallee have been rec- ognised for their extraordinary service during the severe 2009 Victorian bushfires. During a special ceremony at Mildura’s Quality Grand Ho- tel late last month, DEPI Act- ing Chief Fire Officer, Darrin McKenzie, and DEPI Loddon Mallee Regional Director, Gra- ham Phelps, presented a raft of National Emergency Medals to proud departmental staff, RIGHT. Also present at the ceremony was Member for Mildura Peter Crisp who said: “I congratulate and thank award winners for their outstanding service during the 2009 Victorian bushfires, one of Victoria’s worst natural disasters. “These medals highlight the Victorian community’s grati- tude to firefighters and the work they do under trying conditions. “The Government greatly values the vital work performed by DEPI and supporting agen- cies and has a strong commit- ment to providing the resources and support needed to do their job. “Since coming to office in 2010, the Coalition Government has provided DEPI with around $360million to deliver its land and fire management program,” Mr Crisp said. Medals for firefighters Helping hand for dog group • From Page 14 His philosophy is simple. “If everyone gives a little, the community gains a lot,” he says. His pet food donation represents about a year’s supply of dog food for Rural Rescues. A significant boost for the group’s resources. Anthony encouraged the wider community to support Rural Rescues, saying the dedicated group “does a great job.” All donations of $2 or more are to Rural Rescues are tax deductible, and any donations of pet food, and pet care goods, will be grate- fully accepted. “Any donations of items that we can raffle to raise money for the group would also be welcome,” Bev said. ‘Help us to help make a difference’ is the group’s simple message, Bev added. For more information please contact Bev Cameron 0400 508 397, or via email at cam- firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kaye Grivec on 0419 545 106. FOOTNOTE: It is interesting that the phrase ‘It’s a dog’s life’ seems to have taken on a very different meaning in recent times and its use seems related to age. Those over 50 pre- dominantly use the phrase to suggest the need to accept the existential fact that things are hard; but in the under-50s, the idea is that dogs have it easy, and so ‘it’s a dog’s life’ equates to a cushy existence! It certainly seems that the phrase has become more ambiguous than it once was. Most of our expressions that include dog are old enough to be based in times when dogs were not cosseted, but were kept as watch- dogs or hunting animals, not as pets. They of- ten weren’t allowed in the house, but were kept in kennels, fed scraps, worked hard, and often died young. So going to the dogs, dog tired, to die like a dog, dog’s dinner, dogsbody, dog eat dog, and a dog’s life all refer to a state of affairs best avoided. 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