Paws Along the Murray walk : Photos

Almost 300 dogs a chicken and even a goat turned out Sunday for the third annual Paws Along the Murray. The event raised about $6,000 for the Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group. Pictured is Sami, 3, from Irymple, who helped out her friend Tesse, who was feeling unwell, by pushing her in a pram. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily PAWS Along the Murray: Mildura’s Rodney Dolhegui and his son Riley McKinnon, 7, relax with their three-legged rescue dog Spike. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily
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Paws Along the Murray 2013: L-R Bejay Gatehouse with dog Spence, Jamie Lynch with dog Brock and Chelsea and Ebony Fox, 13 from Mildura. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Jess Fletcher, 16, from Irymple, who came along with her chook Bronze, won the most unusual pet prize. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Rita Morello with daughter Hannah, 5 had trouble keeping dogs, Alley, Jess and Millie walking in the same direction. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Almost 300 dogs a chicken and even a goat turned out Sunday for the third annual Paws Along the Murray. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Maree Ziernicki from Mildura with dog Menzel who came runners up in the best dressed category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: Menzel who came runners up in the best dressed category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray: Charlie Bayldon from Mildura with border collies Spritzer and Harry. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: It was love at first site fo Ella,7, and Olivia, 10, when they met their newly adopted SARG dog Minnie. Ella and Olivia along with their parents travelled from Melbourne to pick up Minnie. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray 2013: It was love at first site fo Ella,7, and Olivia, 10, when they met their newly adopted SARG dog Minnie. Ella and Olivia along with their parents travelled from Melbourne to pick up Minnie. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Cody , 10, from Irymple, with Zsa Zsa, judged the smallest dog on the day. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray: Jindi a Sheltie breed competes in the cutest dog category. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Nadia Train from Red Cliffs with dog Baxter. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

Paws Along the Murray walk: Milla, 4, Ronin, 5 and Regan Moloney, 9 from Mildura with dog Polar take a break after the long walk. Picture: Clancy Shipsides, Sunraysia Daily

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CCL: Seagulls push Eagles to a draw

WHILE the aura of invincibility surrounding Cranbourne might be cracked, not shattered, Tooradin-Dalmore did the Casey Cardinia League a big favour on Saturday.
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They did what no team other than Narre Warren has been able to do in recent seasons — they didn’t lose to the Eagles.

Seagulls defender Sam Watson restricted boom full forward Marc Holt to four goals and their midfield at least broke even with their star-studded Eagles’ counterparts.

But it still wasn’t enough and the match finished in a thrilling draw. Holt kicked two points late in the game to tie the scores up 13.16 (94) to the Seagulls 14.10 (94).

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Seagulls coach Tom Hallinan said he was proud of the performance but rued a lack of composure in the final minutes that cost his team what would have been a famous victory over Cranbourne.

“Cranbourne have only been beaten by one team in the past three years,” he said.

“There have been nine other teams that have lost to Cranbourne . . . I can’t fault the players but I don’t know if it was the one that got away?

“Maybe a lack of experience cost us. We should have closed it out but went with a couple of short kicks instead of long ones.”

To compound the heartbreak for the Seagulls, star midfielder Beau Miller suffered a broken ankle in the second term and is set for an extended stint on the sidelines.

This meant more pressure was heaped on Matthew Wade and Brett Scarcella through the midfield and the pair responded as they guided the Seagulls to a eight-point half-time lead after trailing by 43 points at the first change.

Small forward Ryan Eaton was another catalyst for the revival, with four of his six goals coming in the second term to be clearly the most dangerous forward on the park.

“They obviously got out to a bolter and used the breeze to their advantage,” Hallinan said.

“By the last term the breeze wasn’t there and like all good teams they rallied and hit the front.”

For Cranbourne, Ryan Davey was typically hard working while Justin Bollenhagen and Stuart Morrish also battled valiantly.

Doveton recorded a tough 38-point win over Pakenham at AJ Robinson Oval on Saturday with Shannon Stocco booting six majors.

Aaron Henwood was dominant for Doveton while Michael Laszczyk, Ryan Morrison and Michael Henry were all solid contributors.

Pakenham’s best were Michael Taurua and coach Steve O’Bryan.

Berwick recorded a 77-point hammering of Keysborough to extend the Chris Bryan-coached outfit’s misery. Jordan Andrews booted four majors for the Wickers while Lloyd Shepherd and Madison Andrews were brilliant.

Narre Warren flexed its muscle to account for ROC by 84 points with Kerem Baskaya booting seven goals. Beaconsfield smashed Hampton Park by 131 points with Jake Cameron booting six majors.

Line ball: Tooradin-Dalmore assistant coach Matthew Wade throws a boot at the ball while Cranbourne’s Ray George prepares to launch himself. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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VFL: Borough’s late burst takes the Scorpions off guard

CASEY Scorpions suffered their first loss of Rohan Welsh’s reign, going down to Port Melbourne by three points in a hard-fought VFL clash at North Port Oval on Saturday.
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The Scorpions led by four goals at the final change but the Borough came out full of running to win 15.11 (101) to 14.14 (98).

Welsh said the Borough had been impossible to stop in the opening 10 minutes of the final term when they eroded the Scorpions’ lead with a brilliant style of play.

“We just couldn’t stop them . . . we tried but they got on top,” he said. “I don’t think we played at our best, but I don’t think they did either and you can probably put that down to pressure from both sides.

“I think [Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres] Ayresy would agree.”

The Scorpions’ usual suspects were prolific with James Magner gathering 32 touches while highly rated youngster Jimmy Toumpas gathered 26 disposals in his best performance at VFL level.

Boom 17-year-old Jesse Hogan didn’t play after failing to overcome a corked knee, opening the door for recruit Chris Dawes to get more opportunity in attack.

Dawes moved freely and booted three goals and will soon come into contention to make his long-awaited debut for the Demons.

Jack Fitzpatrick was again impressive for the Scorpions in attack to also finish with three goals. Luke Tynan provided plenty of drive off half-back.

Sam Blease responded well to being dropped from Melbourne’s line-up to gather 32 possessions, but in the end the experience of players like Jon Baird and Sam Pleming was telling for the Borough.

Scorpion Tom Gillies suffered a hamstring injury in the second term and will miss several weeks. Mitch Clisby was knocked out in the third term but should be OK for the Scorpions’ next game. The VFL has a general bye this weekend because of VFL’s state game against the WAFL.

Casey Scorpions clash with Box Hill Hawks at Casey Fields from 1.10pm on Saturday, May 18.

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Scoreboard, Casey-Cardinia

TAC Cup:Dandenong Stingrays 13.9 (87) d Murray Bushrangers 5.7 (37).
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Victorian Football League: North Ballarat 20.10 (130) d Frankston 12.13 (85), Port Melbourne 15.11 (101) d Casey Scorpions 14.14 (98).

Casey Cardinia League:Doveton 13.10 (88) d Pakenham 7.8 (50); Cranbourne 13.16 (94) drew Tooradin 14.10 (94), Berwick 17.25 (127) d Keysborough 7.8 (50), Narre Warren 21.8-134 d ROC 7.8 (50), Beaconsfield 26.15 (171) d Hampton Park 5.10 (40).

Peninsula Football League: Karingal 20.15 (135) d Chelsea 10.10 (70), Mt Eliza 15.10 (100) d Langwarrin 12.18 (90), Frankston YCW 16.11 (107) d Pines 9.7 (61), Seaford 8.17 (65) d Mornington 9.7 (61), Bonbeach 19.9 (123) d Edi-Asp 14.10 (94).

Nepean Football League:Crib Point 16.8 (104) d Rosebud 13.15 (93); Sorrento 22.25 (157) d Red Hill 1.2 (8); Tyabb 1.3 (9) lt Dromana 29.20 (194); Frankston Bombers 17.11 (113) d Devon Meadows 11.7 (73); Pearcedale 14.20 (104) d Hastings 8.15 (63), Somerville 13.13 (91) d Rye 11.16 (82).


Victorian Football League: VFL v WAFL, Northam (Western Australia), 12.15pm.

TAC Cup: bye

Casey Cardinia League: Cranbourne v Berwick, Casey Fields, 2.15pm; Beaconsfield v Tooradin, Holm Park Reserve, 2.15pm; Narre Warren v Doveton, Kalora Park, 2.15pm; Keysborough v ROC, Keysborough Reserve, 2.15pm; Pakenham v Hampton Park, Toomuc Reserve, 2.15pm.

Peninsula League: Karingal v Edi-Asp, Ballam Park, 2.15pm; Pines v Mt Eliza, Eric Bell Reserve, 2.15pm; Frankston YCW v Seaford, Jubilee Park, 2.15pm; Langwarrin v Chelsea, Lloyd Park, 2.15pm; Bonbeach v Mornington, Bonbeach Oval 1, 2.15pm.

Nepean League: Tyabb v Sorrento, Bunguyan Reserve, 2.15pm; Devon Meadows v Somerville, Glover Reserve, 2.15pm; Rosebud v Dromana, Olympic Oval, 2.15pm; Rye v Crib Point, RJ Rowley Reserve, 2.15pm; Red Hill v Pearcedale, Red Hill Showgrounds, 2.15pm; Hastings v Frankston Bombers, Thomas Barclay Oval, 2.15pm

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Big V: Lean patch, but Cavaliers see the positives

CASEY Cavaliers dropped their third successive Big V basketball division 2 clash with a six-point loss to Melton at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre on Saturday night.
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But Cavs coach Stewart Baird said it wasn’t all doom and gloom for his team and believes they are close to turning the corner after the hard-fought 70-76 loss.

“It’s obviously disappointing but when you lose games in a row you look for signs that there is improvement,” he said.

“Going into the fourth quarter we were up by two or three points but they continued to work really hard and we had a couple of mental blocks.”

Several key statistics told the tale. Melton scored 13 points as a direct result from a Cavs turnover; the home team also pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.

“If we cut that by a third we would have won the game,” Baird said.

Baird said the positives to come out of the match were plentiful with Ash Szalek (12 points, 11 rebounds) battling hard against strong opposition.

He said Dylan Wayman lifted after having a downer in their previous match and Stephen Michalski also contributed.

“We brought Dylan on halfway through the first quarter and he took just seven shots and ended up with 14 points. It’s great when a player clearly has a bad one and he can respond.”

Baird said he is hopeful his team can return to the winners’ list against Keilor at Casey on Sunday. The club hosts a fund-raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Casey Cavaliers women went down 50-57 to Southern Peninsula Sharks on Saturday night with Jessica Szalek statistically their best with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Sharks blew the game apart in the third term with a 26-12 run but the Cavs never gave up and threatened in the final term.

But Sharks star Lee Wilkins’ 19 points proved to be the difference.

Casey Cavs Youth League 2 men were due to play yesterday.

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TAC Cup: Slick teamwork propels Stingrays towards top four

DANDENONG Stingrays are on the verge of the TAC Cup top four after defeating Murray Bushrangers by 50 points at Shepley Oval on Saturday.
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The Stingrays dominated every quarter in their most complete performance of the season to win 13.9 (87) to 5.7 (37) and move into fifth position.

Big boys: Murray Bushrangers’ James Taberner and Dandenong Stingray Agape Patolo compete in the ruck on Saturday. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

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Stingrays coach Graeme Yeats praised his team’s performance but warned there would be further tests ahead with the under-18 nationals looming and the unavailability of the Stingrays’ private school contingent.

“As the game went on I felt we continued to build on last week’s effort . . . we had a few more changes this week and at this time of the year and over the next month or so we really get to see what future we have next year and the depth needed if players go down this year.”

The Stingrays had several standouts including small forward Clayton McCartney, who returned to form with five majors.

Yeats said it wasn’t just McCartney’s goals that pleased him. “I was happy with those guys who came in and played their roles. Clay [McCartney] was good with five goals, but more pleasing was his work off the ball, something we’ve been working with him.”

The Stingrays took a 10-point lead into the second term and soon extended it when Dale Gawley kicked a major. The Bushies responded soon after but the pivotal move came soon after when Yeats switched Jack Lonie and Blake Mullane into the midfield to add to some pace.

Captain Nathan Foote and Kyle Gray mopped up any Bushies’ forward movements and McCartney capitalised up front to extend the margin to 32 points by the long change.

The Bushrangers lifted in the third with both teams booting three goals, but the likes of Alex Harnett, Sam Crawford and Jake Gain went up another notch in the final term as the Stingrays extended the margin.

Stingrays talent manager Mark Wheeler said the result showed they have a bright future. “We, like other regions, had a fair few out with injury and private school commitments. It’s great to give opportunities to others,” he said.

“It is pleasing for us as a club because it puts pressure on those out injured or others to retain their spots.”

“To keep Murray to only five goals, three after half-time showed the back six had a strong play in the team’s performance today. All our forwards featured in today’s goal-kickers. It also shows we started to work a little more as a team, which we haven’t done to date.”

The TAC Cup has a general bye this weekend because of the trial match between Vic Metro and Vic Country on Mother’s Day.

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What’s on in the eastern suburbs this week?

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Siri-Hayes: Back To Nature Scene:Melbourne-based photographer Siri Hayes found inspiration in the Heide gardens for her latest exhibition Back to Nature Scene. For example, the dye used to colour a shag-pile rug was extracted from plants in the garden. It was also during this process that the artist became “entangled with her creative self”, and in doing so made her first foray into wall-sized photographic imagery. Her tableau-style photographs are fittingly set in the museum grounds.

Heide III: Kerry Gardner & Andrew Myer Project Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art. 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen. Tuesday to Sunday until July 28, 10am-5pm. 9850 1500.

Bengek nyarrwa Bengoot. Errantherre Yenge eweme: For those more comfortable with the English tongue, this exhibition is called I see you, I hear you. It’s being shown in conjunction with Manningham City Council’s National Reconciliation Week, and will feature the work of two contemporary indigenous artists Deanne Gilson and Elizabeth Liddle. Their work centres on the themes of cultural recognition and individual identity. Both artists will be present to discuss these themes in relation to their work. RSVP by May 17.

Manningham Art Gallery, MC² (Manningham City Square) 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Launch May 22, 6-8pm. Exhibition runs until June 29. 9840 9367.


Planning feedback: Manningham residents have one last chance to comment on planning scheme changes that will impact on the city’s busiest areas and the Doncaster Hill precinct. Manningham councilors will take questions from the public about the proposed amendment, named DD08, at the public meeting at the civic centre on May 8. Councillors will vote to support, change or abandon the DD08 proposal at the May 28 meeting.

Manningham City Council, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. May 8, from 7pm.Call 9848 4933 to RSVP.


Edible alchemy –fermenting vegetables at home: Few are aware of the health benefits of fermented food. A single serving of lacto-fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or kimchi gives the body a whole range of beneficial live lactic acid bacteria, which assists in the digestive process, produces vitamins and other nutrients, and keeps harmful micro-organisms at bay. This three-hour course will give you reason to hold on to your excess vegies as you learn the theory, benefits and processes involved.

Bulleen Art & Garden, 7 Manningham Road West, Bulleen. May 11, 1-4pm. 8850 3030.


Warrandyte waterfront walk: Jim Poulter, Warrandyte local, social worker, Wurundjeri elder and author or several Aboriginal-themed children’s books, will lead this 1.5-kilometre walk along the river during heritage week. Throughout the leisurely walk he will explain how Aboriginals traditionally used the land, the conservation practices used and historic events that took place in the area.

Starting behind the Warrandyte Bakery, 193 Yarra Street, and ending at Andersons Creek, Warrandyte. May 15, 10.30am-noon. 9840 9129.

Waldau Village historic walk: For history buffs wanting to make the most of Manningham’s heritage week, the Waldau Village walk sounds like a highlight not to be missed. The walk begins at Ruffey Lake Park and continues on to sites of cultural significance. Many of the points of interest can be traced to the four German Lutheran families who migrated here in the 1850s. They cleared the land and planted a network of orchards.

Ruffey Lake Park, Victoria Street entrance, Doncaster. May 16, 10.30am-noon. 9840 9129.

History of the Warrandyte Mechanics Institute and Arts Assocation: The Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Hall has a long, interesting history. It started out as the Andersons Creek Community School, but this soon relocated and the building became the home of the Mechanics Institute in the late 1870s. The hall continued to serve the community for decades to come, as a venue for weddings, bands, film screenings and deb balls, before it burnt down. A new site was found, and the hall was rebuilt, despite grandiose plans to include a theatre being shelved. All this and more will be documented in a display, alongside a small exhibition of paintings and pottery (with some items for sale) to celebrate Heritage Week.

Warrandyte Mechanics Institute, corner Yarra Street and Mitchell Avenue, Warrandyte. May 19, 10am-4pm. 9840 9129.


Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2013: The Box Hill Community Arts Centre is asking the community to embrace the Cancer Council’s charity event of the year, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, by coming dressed in their traditional national costume. As well as helping fight cancer, you’ll be able to snack on a delicious morning tea, enjoy live entertainment and check out an exhibition of teapots and cups from around the world, created by students and groups that use Box Hill Arts Centre. Entry is by donation.

Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill. May 23, from 10.30am. RSVP essential: 9895 8888.

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The osage-orange, used by artist Siri Hayes. Photo supplied

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Western do just enough

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THE Western Mariners FC women’s State League side have made it four wins in a row, but they had to do it the hard way as they procured a 1-0 result over the struggling Nepean side at Proctor Park on Sunday afternoon.

A goal to Gillian Rosconi in the latter stages of the second half proved the only difference on the scoreboard, although there was a marked gap in class in general play.

The home team dominated the affair, but couldn’t turn that into goals until a mistake from a Nepean defender. She delivered an errant pass across the face of her own goal which ended with Rosconi slotting an easy shot past the opposition custodian.

At the other end of the field Mariners custodian Jess Daymond was rarely called into serious action and could have counted on one hand the amount of times she was forced to actually pick the ball up.

On the back of three straight wins where his team had netted four goals, Western coach Adrian Cox was happy enough to come away with a scrappy victory given a large amount of personnel changes.

“We had seven under 16s players away with the Riverina side at their state titles, so that depleted our reserve grade pretty severely and as a result all but one of our first grade side had already played a match before the main game,” he explained.

“We had Teigan Cox forced to sit out after picking up a concussion last week, Leah Draper had food poisoning before the match and Megan Embleton had an Achilles problem she took into the game.

“These sorts of days are character building, we really had to work hard for our win.”

Coming off a horror stretch to start the season where they have been conceding around nine goals per match, Nepean made it clear from the outset that their focus was on simply tightening up their defence and playing almost their entire side in their back half.

It was understandable given the severity of some of their defeats and also taking into account the goal-scoring form of the Mariners.

As a result the home team had no trouble controlling the pace of the game and dominating possession, but getting clear shots on goal was another story and obvious chances in the first half were a rarity.

Embleton looked the most dangerous while Rosconi and Georgia Bennett had their moments, but too often their attack broke down at the last pass. At half-time the western Sydney side would have been pleased with their work.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first for the opening 25 minutes and suddenly it became clear that the Mariners were a very real chance of being held to a draw in a game they were expected to win.

Finally pressure took its toll and they managed to convert Nepean’s mistake into the match-defining moment as Rosconi added to her season tally.

From there the sting visibly went out of the game.

The Mariners coach acknowledged how tough it would have been for his opponents to lose the match the way they did having battled so hard to compete, but it was something his own side had dealt with a handful of times last year.

“What goes around comes around, we’ve been on the end of results like that too and it was nice to have one go our way,” he said.

“I think if we played as well as we did last week we could have put a very big score on them, but to have all those girls backing up and having a few out, it was important just to get the win and keep things rolling on.”

WESTERN NSW 1 (Gillian Rosconi) defeated NEPEAN FC 0

APPLYING PRESSURE: Western’s Lydia Nancarrow fires the ball towards goal during Sunday’s women’s State League match against Nepean. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 050513cwsoc5a

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Redland bulk water price up 14%

REDLAND water users should be prepared for higher water bills from July 1 after the state government announced it would hit the city with a 14.3 per cent hike in its bulk water price.
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On Friday, the state government said it would charge Redland City Council $1717 per megalitre for bulk water, an extra $245 a megalitre on last year’s price.

Redland’s bulk water price for the next financial year is the lowest of all 10 South East Queensland councils.

The Redlands will remain paying the lowest bulk water price of all councils until 2017, when it will suffer a 23.8 per cent hike, jacking its bulk water price to $3217 per megalitre, in line with all other councils.

Data from the Department of Energy and Water Supply shows Redland’s bulk water price will rise to $1962 in 2014, before hitting $2207 in 2015 and $2452 in 2016.

It is unknown what impact the increase in bulk water price will have on the Redland retail price of water, capped at 2.5 per cent in 2010 but due to be floated on July1.

Last year, Redland council paid $88 million to the state in bulk water charges and, on July 1, that bill will jackpot to $93 million.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she planned to lobby Water Minister Mark McArdle and ask ratepayers to consider ways to reduce the impact of the 14.3 per cent price hike, which equated to an extra $5 million in state coffers.

“I want the community to be able to consider a range of options to try to reduce the impact on consumers such as partnering with other water retailers such as Unity Water or Queensland Urban Utilities,” Cr Williams said.

“I will also continue to lobby the Water Minister so the city can purchase back its own bulk water assets, so we don’t face these price rises in the future.

“It is only fair that our water consumers pay the lowest price per megalitre because they once owned the assets and had paid for them before the state took them away.

“We also had an unfair and inequitable marriage with Allconnex where we were getting less return on our investment that we deserved.”

Redland Infrastructure and Operations general manager Gary Soutar said council had not had time to set its retail water price and was still modelling pricing decisions.

On Friday, Mr McArdle said the bulk water price increase was necessary to pay for a debt incurred when the previous Bligh Labor government tried to drought-proof the state.

Mr McArdle also said the price increase was needed after average water consumption failed to hit 2008 predicted targets of 230 litres per person a day.

In Redland, the average daily consumption rose from 169litres per person this time last year to 184litres for the two week period ending on May 1.

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Redland Bay first to get NBN 

NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014. Photo: Nic Walker ArmidaleNBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014.Photo: Michele Mossop
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NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014. File images

NBN Co plans to start construction of the broadband network in Redland Bay in June 2014.

REDLAND Bay has been included in the next phase of the $37.4 billion National Broadband Network rollout, due to start in June next year.

An updated three-year plan of the NBN rollout, announced on Sunday, showed Redland Bay would be the first Redland city suburb to get the NBN’s high-speed broadband.

Precise boundaries of the roll-out in Redland are not yet available but according to NBN Co’s maps, the next phase of construction will go as far north as Benfer Road at Victoria Point and Double Jump Road, Redland Bay.

The maps also show the NBN rollout in Redland will go west to West Mount Cotton Road and the Venman Bushland and as far south as the Logan River.

Some NBN infrastructure is already at Mount Cotton’s Silkwood Estate, however, the development has not yet been connected to the network, despite NBN Co promises they would be connected in August last year.

Silkwood development manager Brent Hailey said the rollout hit a snag late last year but residents could expect to be connected by the end of this month.

NBNCo’s community relations manager for Queensland Ryan Williams said the rollout in the Redland Bay area was expected to be completed by 2017.

He said Redland Bay was chosen as the first rollout site in Redland City Council area “purely for engineering purposes” and said there was already some infrastructure at Mount Cotton’s Silkwood estate.

“We are looking at about 8000 homes as part of this first rollout in the city council area,” Mr Williams said.

“There have been delays in greenfield sites and estate developments but in brownfield areas (existing developments) it takes about 12 months of construction before customers are usually able to connect to the network.”

The entire rollout across the country is scheduled to be complete in 2021, when the government claims every household will be connected to the fibre optic network.

Redland Bay was one of 46 towns and suburbs across Queensland to be added to the NBN plan designed to build 12 million connections over the next eight years.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, at a Labor Day rally in Brisbane on Sunday, said the updated rollout plan would add 1.3 million homes and businesses to the NBN network, bringing the total to six million by 2016.

Member for Bowman Andrew Laming said Sunday’s announcement equated to pork barrelling in the lead up to September’s election.

“After six years of Labor and not a single NBN fibre rolled out in Redlands, no one will be fooled by Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pre-election promises,” Mr Laming said.

Sunday’s announcement prompted Redland Mayor Karen Williams to claim on Twitter her meeting with Broadband Minister Senator Stephen Conroy had helped Redland Bay’s cause.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: Do you believe NBN Co’s claim the rollout is on track to start in Redland in June next year?

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