Brewarrina only team still winless

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Enngonia and Bourke secured their first wins of the 2013 Barwon Darling Cup competition over the weekend which means five clubs from six have tasted competition victory after just two rounds.

The Outlaws defeated Newtown 30-8 at Enngonia Sportsground yesterday, while Bourke was clinical in its 60-nil demolition of Brewarrina at Geoff New Fields, Brewarrina on Saturday.

Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up Walgett stand alone as the only undefeated side in the BDRL after a strong victory against Goodooga at Walgett on Saturday.

While an official score has not been received yet the Dragons were runaway victors and it’s believed the final margin was 64-8.

That result puts Walgett in the outright lead on four competition points with Bourke, Enngonia, Newtown and Goodooga all having one win each. Brewarrina remains the only winless club.

Enngonia sizzled at home to beat the Newtown Wanderers from Walgett in a clash of the Barwon Darling Cup’s newcomers.

At Walgett, Goodooga back-rower and vice-president Kevin Hooper said the Magpies tried hard but Walgett capitalised on Goodooga mistakes to run away with a good win.

Walgett’s resident Facebook sports reporter Richard Walford pointed to Dragons’ speedy backs Louis Murphy and Kevin Murray being damaging out wide on the back of experienced forwards Richard Dennis and Charley Kennedy’s hard work in the middle.

The junior games in Walgett saw the Dragons’ under-14s make it two from two with a 52-6 win against a young Collarenebri while the Bulldogs hit back in the under-17s with a 48-34 win against Walgett.

Dale Jones got the three points off coach Jason Horan for Walgett’s under-14s and bagged a double alongside frequent try-scorer Cohen Fernando while Tony Scott (two points) and Jermaine Sands (one point) also did well for the Dragons.

Collarenebri coach Chris Kirkland was delighted with Zac Flick and Will Simmonds, two youngsters playing their first BDRL game for the Bulldogs while Kyran Walford and Jeffrey Flick also went well in the 14s.

Jeffrey Wright, Lachlan Paters, Shaquille Peters and Peter Adams were Collarenebri’s best in the 17s.

At Brewarrina on Saturday, Bourke had a great day with wins in all grades on the road. Before the big boys ran on, the Warriors won 28-16 in the under 14s. The two sides produced a thriller in the under-17s, Bourke scraping home 28-26

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Macedon Ranges proposes 6.9% rates hike

MACEDON Ranges ratepayers will fork out 6.9 per cent more on rates if the council’s draft budget is given the green light.
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Shooting goals: Annabel, Tanae, Bianca and Livi pictured at the proposed netball complex site in New Gisborne. Picture: Marco De Luca

The increase — the highest in the region — was revealed in the council budget papers released for public comment last week.

Hepburn Council has proposed a 4 per cent rates rise while residents in Mount Alexander will pay 6.5 per cent more.

Last year’s rate rise in the Macedon Ranges was 4.8 per cent.

Sunbury residents will find out their rates next Monday when Hume Council’s draft budget is revealed publicly.

An average ratepayer living in a median valued property in the Macedon Ranges will pay $1691 this year compared with $1582 last year, a difference of $109. Rate revenue accounts for 60 per cent of the council’s total revenue each year.

Mayor Roger Jukes said the proposed budget was balanced.

“Our recurrent operating income is $63 million and our recurrent operating expenditure is $57.36 million. This means we generate an operating surplus of $5.4 million, of which $4.5 million will be invested in capital works and $0.9 million will be spent on new initiatives.

“Although our debt will increase [to $9.8 million], it is still below prudential levels and it will enable us to invest in some important projects that will provide benefits to the community for many years to come.”

Budget highlights include spending $1.55 million to develop land at the east paddock of Hanging Rock, $764,000 to upgrade Gilbert Gordon Oval in Woodend and $800,000 for playground projects in Kyneton and Romsey. Capital works are valued at $6.2 million.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the council decided to advertise its intention to sell four blocks of land to fund its contribution for the $1.02 million netball complex proposed for New Gisborne.

The outdoor complex, on the corner of Hamilton and Barringo roads, was approved in September and will be paid for by the council, Gisborne Netball Association and with a state government grant.

An indoor basketball stadium development at Gisborne Secondary College will also go ahead, with the Education Department giving the nod for the project.

Council chief executive Peter Johnston said it had now reached an agreement with the department on building the stadium, which would be available for community use.

The council will contribute $1.5 million towards the stadium.

Submissions on the budget and supporting papers can be made until noon on Friday, May 31. They will be considered at a public meeting at 4pm at the Kyneton town hall on June 5.

Details: mrsc.vic.gov.au

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Welcome Isaac … and Frankston was first to 23m Aussies

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics says Australia’s population counter ticked over to 23 million at 9.57pm on Tuesday, April 23.
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Statistically, our newest citizen was a boy named Jack born to a 31-year-old mother and 33-year-old father living in western Sydney.

But we reckon they got it wrong by 60 seconds, and that Isaac Mansell takes the crown as the country’s milestone baby.

Australia’s future: Baby Isaac and brother Hayden with proud parents Krystal Love and Mark Mansell.

Isaac was born at 9.58pm at Frankston Hospital to Krystal Love, 24, and Mark Mansell, 23.

Mr Mansell is a furniture removalist, Ms Love’s a stay-at-home mum and, along with Isaac and his four-year-old brother Hayden, they now call Frankston home.

The young family moved from Tasmania four months ago in search of better job opportunities and chose Frankston because of its affordability and access to public transport.

In 2011 there were 22,421 people living in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, including 6095 families. These were made up of 38.6 per cent couples with children, 17.9 per cent single parent families and 42.5 per cent couples without children.

In an attempt to ensure that all of its young citizens have a bright future — at least in the short term — the shire held a series of workshops late last year to look at developing a Plan Peninsula.

Feedback from the 15 sessions formed the basis of the shire’s submission to the state government’s Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement, a plan that will set the direction, extent and nature of development on the peninsula for the next 20-30 years. Maintaining the 70:30 rural-urban mix and protecting the coastline are major priorities.

But what does the future hold for baby Isaac? It’s impossible to predict, but we can imagine.

By 2050, 37-year-old Isaac will be living with his partner and child in a high-tech apartment on the outskirts of Frankston. They both work from home, him three days a week and her two. While the cost of living is high, it’s worth it because they get to spend more time with each other.

The days are hotter and the rainfall heavier than before. He drives a smaller, safer and more efficient car, but because parking is at a premium and public transport inadequate, bicycles are the preferred mode of transport.

Clothes, furniture, entertainment and fresh food grown in climate-controlled warehouses are delivered to the door with just one voice command.

Isaac’s seven-year-old son is already multi-lingual thanks to classmates from all over the world who sign in to international schooling each day for lessons on the home’s big screen.

There a fewer open spaces but their facilities are a 2050 child’s fantasy of virtual worlds and thrilling rides. Advances in medicine and technology means they are healthier and expected to live longer than their parents. And like generations before them, time is passing quickly.

But for Isaac’s parents, their hope for their sons is much simpler.

“Like all parents, we just hope our children will be happy and healthy,” Ms Love said.

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$12bn Hastings port plan ‘a disaster’

THE Napthine government’s plan to spend up to $12 billion developing the Port of Hastings would be a “financial disaster” for the freight industry, one of the nation’s leading logistics experts has warned.
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Former Toll boss Paul Little, who resigned from the company in late 2011 but remains the largest private shareholder and a consultant, has thrown his weight behind a proposal for another port development on the other side of the bay near Geelong.

Full steam ahead: Denis Napthine (second from right) announces ports funding in Hastings last month. Picture: Gary Sissons

Mr Little, who according to Forbes is the nation’s 37th-richest person with an estimated net worth of $780 million, said the proposal to develop Hastings was deeply flawed.

Mr Little, who spent 25 years as chief executive of Toll Holdings and is expected to return this year as a non-executive director, said the Hastings option would “not deliver the best outcome for Victoria”.

“Trying to relocate port-based logistics services close to Hastings would be a financial disaster for the logistics industry, if [it was] unable to pass on higher operating costs,” he said.

Yesterday’s state budget included $110 million to begin the planning and design work for the massive project, which would not be completed until at least 2030.

The project has also been privately criticised by business figures concerned about the lack of a standard-gauge rail link in the area and the fact that most of Melbourne’s freight and logistics, including that of Toll, is already based in the west. But until now public criticism has been relatively muted.

“The high cost of building a standard-gauge rail link to Hasting and the construction of suitable freeway access would be excessive and difficult, if not impossible, to justify,” Mr Little said.

“It is also reasonable to assume eastern-suburbs road traffic congestion would very quickly become a major problem for all commuters.”

Last year, Fairfax Media revealed a Department of Transport briefing had found the ‘Bay West’ option offered “significant potential advantages”, including ample land, “almost unlimited potential berth capacity” and proximity to Avalon Airport.

But Premier Denis Napthine has dismissed the idea as “nonsense”, arguing it would require a massive amount of preparatory dredging and even then would be unlikely to be able to accommodate the large container ships of the future.

Despite the government all but ruling out the Bay West option, Fairfax Media can reveal it has continued to quietly assess the option.

In response to a freedom-of-information request by the state opposition, the Department of Transport acknowledged it had undertaken a study comparing the cost of the two proposals, and a site-selection study for the area near Werribee.

However, it refused to release the documents, claiming they would generate “unnecessary speculation”.

—Josh Gordon/The Age

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Letters to the Editor, Peninsula Weekly

Re: Park hotel welcomed, cautiously
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The Australian Army should have kept the land. It’s now going to be another playground for the rich. The Victorian government cannot be trusted to run anything properly (both Liberal and Labor). If given as a public park, it should stay that way or be returned to the previous owner.

Ex-Digger (via web)

Re: RSL ‘sacking’ row hits centre

We should be giving all veterans our full support, not driving them away from the centre. After all, without the patronage of young veterans there will be no young veterans centre and no need to employ anyone. It is an absolute outrage that Pete Erdman has been pushed out. I have been under the mentorship of Peter and I cannot speak highly enough of him.

Damian Sumner (via web)

Re: Black Caviar: It’s farewell to Nelly

Just as the magic of the Vatican is due to the pillaging of Europe, the inspiration this horse undoubtedly brings sits uncomfortably alongside the reality of those who go to the knackery.

The wealth in Australian racing sits just as uncomfortably alongside the children in disadvantaged sole-parent households who are now forced to go hungry in Australia. We have a bipolar economy. Just like a bipolar sufferer, we seem happy to have the depression, just to experience the elation.

The achievements that wealth and power bring are undoubtedly awe-inspiring — yet it is good to have a more circumspect, balanced view on these things. Communism certainly isn’t the answer.

We need diversity and freedom for all. Blind capitalism is more restrictive on the parts of the community that these great triumphs draws from.

The wealthy will need to be more charitable now the poor have no health and disability services and their welfare is being cut, or there will be no poor people alive, in order to make the rich, rich. We all lose by continuing down this path.

Jade Worthington (via web)

Re: Heritage homes may be demolished

It is appalling that there isn’t protection for our heritage. Other countries in the world certainly value their older buildings. England, in particular, manages to preserve millions of structures that are hundreds of years old and we can’t even manage to retain a handful that are only 100-150 years in age.

The Mornington Peninsula is becoming like the Gold Coast — ugly, cheap and looking the same as everywhere else. I’m not against modern buildings, but so many of them lack charm or significance in any way because they are not special developments, just ‘cookie-cutter’.

Think of the towns around the world that people flock to — they generally are not modern. The south of France, the mission towns of California, and Carmel and Monterey, the charming villages of England, and so on. All these places are defined by their historic architecture.

Older houses can be restored with modern additions and other features to bring them into the 21st century — look at Richmond and other inner suburban areas. They manage it there. What is wrong with the vision of people on the Mornington Peninsula?

Pippi (via web)

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Tax facts explained

There are many things to think about when deciding if you need to register for GST. One of the main considerations is the ability to pass on GST to customers. (You don’t need to register until your annual income reaches $75,000.)
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Registering for GST could mean effectively taking a one eleventh price cut if the business deals with the public, and the price of its goods or services is set by market pressures. If your customers are other GST registered businesses, and they can claim any GST added to the current price charged, this could mean registering for GST is a good idea.

Q. I am on the cusp of having to register for GST as my income is almost at $75,000. Can you tell me if there are any advantages in registering for GST now before I have to? For example I am thinking about buying a new car, would I be able to claim the GST back on that? I have no problems charging my clients GST as they are all big companies and won’t care. I’m a bit frightened of the extra paperwork and may turn down business to remain under the threshold.

A. For a business like yours, where registering for GST will not mean a decrease in the actual sale proceeds received, it can make a lot of sense when high-priced assets such as motor vehicles need to be purchased. This is because you can claim the GST charged on the assets purchased, which helps reduce cash flow pressure.

The amount of GST you can claim on the purchase of the motor vehicle will depend on the method you use to claim your motor vehicle expenses. If you have not kept a log book and claim one third of the running costs of the vehicle, because you do more than 5000 business kilometres a year, you could only claim one third of the GST charged.

If you have a logbook that proves your business use is 100 per cent, or the vehicle being purchased is not primarily a passenger carrying vehicle and therefore will be classed as 100 per cent business use, you could claim all of the GST included in the purchase price.

Registering for GST does come at the cost of having to keep the records necessary to complete the quarterly BAS returns, but this could be a small price to pay to be able to claim the GST back on your business expenses.

If you don’t have a lot of business transactions there may not be a lot of work required and it would simply mean completing a cashbook. There are many of these available that have instructions on how to complete them. The actual work involved should not be too onerous. By keeping these records should also enable you to manage your business better, which can be another benefit of registering.

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Turnbull pressed on Coalition’s NBN upload speeds

Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband Malcolm Turnbull and Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy in March. In an online debate on Monday Turnbull called Conroy a “grub”. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Broadband row: Stephen Conroy. Photo: Andrew Meares
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An online debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Stephen Conroy on broadband policy has descended into sledging and personal attacks.

The Coalition’s communications spokesman, Mr Turnbull, mocked Senator Conroy’s deal-making, saying the Communications Minister had bungled his $12 billion negotiations to decommission Telstra’s copper telephone lines.

Senator Conroy replied by asking Mr Turnbull what advice he gave to former HIH Insurance boss Ray Williams, who was jailed after overseeing what was Australia’s biggest corporate collapse. Mr Turnbull was named in a $500 million damages claim brought by the liquidator of HIH (which was ultimately settled in his favour in 2003).

“You are so desperate that all you can do is smear,” Mr Turnbull said in the debate, hosted by technology news website ZDNet.

“You poor fellow… Such a grub, Stephen.”

Most of the NBN debate so far has focused on how quickly people can download movies under the different versions of the network but the question of how quickly Australians will be able to upload content using the Coalition’s network remained unanswered.

“Malcolm doesn’t want to talk about upload speeds because it’s like a wooden stake to a vampire,” Senator Conroy said.

Mr Turnbull’s network relies on Telstra’s ageing copper telephone lines, which offer only a fraction of the upload speeds possible under Labor’s more expensive network, which runs fibre optic cables all the way to homes.

Labor’s $37 billion NBN plan promises that 93 per cent of Australians will get fibre to the premises, which will offer download speeds of as fast as 1 gigabit per second and upload speeds of 400 megabits per second by 2021. The remaining 7 per cent of Australians living in rural and regional areas will get a mix of wireless and satellite technologies.

The Coalition’s $20 billion NBN runs fibre to cabinets or ”nodes” on street corners and would then piggyback on Telstra’s copper telephone lines to take the data over the last mile to the house. The Coalition’s NBN would be completed sooner, by 2019, but with slower minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second and no guarantee of upload speeds.

Faced with repeated questioning, Mr Turnbull would not commit to a minimum upload speed but said there was “no technical barrier to having very high upload speeds”.

“The idea that you’ve got to have everyone on fibre to the premises to have a strong digital economy is nonsense,” Mr Turnbull said.

If the Coalition wins government, Mr Turnbull would instruct NBN Co to guarantee a 25 megabit per second download speed for every Australian household, and if necessary the company would build an extra series of “mini nodes” closer to houses to achieve the speeds, he said.

The debate turned briefly at one point towards media policy.

Mr Turnbull baited Senator Conroy about Labor’s recent failed attempt to regulate the media. Senator Conroy responded by asking Mr Turnbull whether he would commit to protecting the funding of the public broadcasters, ABC and SBS.

“I can’t give an undertaking in a budgetary context that’s been left in a mess,” Mr Turnbull replied.

“There’s certainly not any policy to cut from the ABC or SBS. But if there’s a broader austerity… all departments might have to do the same.”

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IVF parents lose $10m wrongful birth case, hit with legal costs

Debbie Waller with her disabled son Keeden. Photo: Quentin JonesThe parents of a severely disabled boy have lost a $10 million case against an IVF specialist who failed to properly warn them of the likelihood their son would inherit a blood-clotting condition, but are considering appealing against the decision.
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The couple face the prospect of having to pay the doctor’s legal costs, which could run to tens of thousands of dollars.

Days after Debbie Waller gave birth to Keeden in August 2000, the infant suffered a stroke that caused severe brain damage and meant he was never able to walk, talk or go to the toilet unaided.

Mrs Waller and husband Lawrence claimed the stroke was the result of a rare blood-clotting condition known as antithrombin deficiency [ATD], which Keeden inherited from his father.

They sued the IVF specialist who oversaw his conception – Christopher James – in the NSW Supreme Court for what is known as ”wrongful birth”. The couple were not properly made aware there was a 50 per cent chance Keeden would have the defective gene and said that had they been properly informed of the risk, they would not have had the IVF treatment that resulted in his birth.

They sought compensation in the order of $10 million for the lifelong care of their handicapped son.

On Monday – 15 months after the case was heard – Justice John Hislop found Dr James had failed to ensure the Wallers were properly informed about the risks of inheriting ATD, and that had they been so informed, they would not have given birth to Keeden.

But he said the Wallers had not proved Keeden’s stroke had actually been caused by the blood-clotting condition. He accepted the evidence of a medical expert called by the defendant that Keeden’s antithrombin condition ”at most was a minor contributing factor and was possibly irrelevant to the outcome”.

”In my opinion the plaintiffs have failed to establish that the CSVT [stroke] was caused or materially contributed to by the ATD,” Justice Hislop said.

The Wallers were ordered to pay Dr James’ legal costs. Given that the hearing ran for four weeks, these costs are likely to run to thousands of dollars.

The couple’s lawyer, Bill Madden of Slater & Gordon, said his clients were ”upset and disappointed” and were considering an appeal.

”They want an opportunity to read through the judgment and its conclusions before making a final decision.” He said it was up to Dr James’ insurer, Avant, to decide whether it would seek to have the legal costs order enforced.

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‘Good on them’: Father of red-faced robber supports chilli attack

An alleged chicken shop robber who was thwarted by a splash of chilli sauce to the face has been refused bail with his father saying the shop’s quick-thinking staff did not go far enough in efforts to stop his son.
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Tyrone Holmwood, 19, on Monday appeared in Waverley Court with red, irritated eyes and wearing a blue plastic forensic jump suit after his clothes were taken by Botany police.

The alleged chicken shop thief was left red faced and empty handed when an employee on Sunday night thwarted the heist with a serve of chilli to the face.

Mr Holmwood, charged with assault with intent to rob, had been in trouble with the law before and that on each occasion alcohol had been a factor, the court heard.

He had allegedly been drinking prior to the incident on Sunday night when he is alleged to have assaulted worker Joanna Petry-Tartnoski.

“Tyrone, now he is sober, is shocked at the allegations,” his solicitor Anthony Brookman told the court.

His father offered his son support as he made an unsuccessful bail application but outside that support wavered with Mr Holmwood saying if his son did what is alleged the shop owners should have come at him with more than just chilli.

“They poured hot chilli on his head? Good on them. I would have poured hot fat upon his head.”

He was refused bail and the matter returns to court next Tuesday.

Botany police were called to O’Le Portuguese style chicken takeaway in Rosebery when Mr Holmwood was incapacitated with minor burns from the bucket of chilli.

Inspector Paul Thornton said there was a dispute with staff about payment before the alleged robbery attempt about 6.15pm.

“It’s alleged he walked behind the counter and tried to push the two workers aside before attempting to open the cash register,” he said.

Inspector Thornton said one employee ran to the front of the store and called police while the other, a 27-year-old woman, tried to hold the man back from the register.

“We will allege he’s tried to smash open the cash register on the floor and struck the woman, she’s responded with a bucket of chilli flakes over his face, it was the actual chilli that’s got in the face and floored him,” he said.

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Horwill locks in deal with Reds and ARU

Reds captain James Horwill has taken the next step towards becoming a one-club man after signing a new deal with Queensland and the ARU.
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The lock will remain at Ballymore until at least 2015, a contract which also takes him through to the next World Cup.

Despite suggestions of issue surround third party payments, which Horwill has previously debunked, it was a straight-forward process for both parties, with Horwill never intending to seek fresh pastures.

Crucially, the deal is a massive vote of confidence in the coaching transition under way at the Reds, where Richard Graham will take over from Wallaby aspirant Ewen McKenzie next season.

Horwill, 27, said he could never see himself playing anywhere but Queensland in Super Rugby, although as the holder of a UK passport he would weigh up his options after the next World Cup.

“It is important to me. Loyalty is very important to me as a person. I couldn’t see myself playing for another Australia side,” Horwill said.

“I’m very passionate about playing for Queensland and very passionate about playing for my country. That’s something I’ve thought of and I hope to go through with, playing for one club in Australia in my career.”

The pairing of Will Genia and Quade Cooper have been vital to the success of the Reds but Horwill’s return this season from a long lay-off has only accentuated his worth to the franchise and the Wallabies.

He is Australia’s standout lock and his hard running and physical presence has given the Reds a much harder edge to their attack and defence.

Graham said Horwill’s new deal would be the first of a number to be unveiled over coming weeks, which would go some way to offsetting the departure of Digby Ioane (France) and Jonno Lance (Waratahs).

“James is one of the premier locks in world rugby. It’s evident that he’s a fine leader of young men. It’s a really good vote of confident for the organisation. And a start for the next couple of weeks when we’ll announce some more players staying,” Graham said.

Horwill was concussed in the draw against the Force on the weekend and will be further assessed this week to see if he is able to take on the Sharks in Brisbane on Friday night.

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