Speedwayimprovements

PERFECT PAINT: Edward Newton painted the entire fence and tyre walls while Slade Anlezark mixed the paint.MORE than twenty members of the Portland DistrictMotor Sports Club turned out on Sunday morning(August 16) with a huge list of tasks to complete at aworking bee.
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From junior drivers through to retired drivers andsupporters the great turnout allowed a wide and variedrange of jobs to be completed in time for the startof the brand new racing season on Saturday,September 26.

The Armco safety fencing was cut out andrepaired,tyre walls repaired then the entire perimeterwas spray painted white.

A timing transponder loop was installed into twotrenches cut across the race track ready for the SSANSW Four Cylinder Title to contested at CullenBullen in January.

The Bathurst Correctional team painted all thenew tyre markers that were installed through all theinfield corners.

To keep spectators safer a new chicken wiredeflection fence was added to the existing chain wirefence in turn four.

Thanks to a Community Building PartnershipGrant new lighting and associated wiring has beenadded but to stabilise the lighting poles concreteblocks needed to be dug into the ground andattached to the poles with guy wires.

Completing the huge day was the repair of thepublic address speakers and wiring plus some weedspraying.

A huge thank you goes to Coates Hire for the useof the trenching machine and mini excavator plusBob Sawdy who cooked just the best sausage sangasfor lunch.

A final working bee will be held on Sunday,September 13 just to add the finishing touches forwhat looks set to be the best season yet at “the action attraction of the Central West”.

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Whyalla motorists beating the bowser

Motorists have enjoyed low petrol prices with Whyalla again topping the list in the RAA Regional Fuel Ratings for July.Motorists have enjoyed low petrol prices with Whyalla again topping the list in the RAA Regional Fuel Ratings for July.
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RAA senior analyst Chris West said Whyalla scored a rating of 4.4 out of 5, offering cheaper petrol on average than Adelaide.

“The reason Whyalla is still at the top of our ratings is Whyalla’s petrol still has sites at $1.18 per litre – the cheapest price in South Australia and even nationally,” Mr West said.

“During July, Whyalla on average was 12cpl cheaper than Adelaide but on some days Whyalla was up to 31cpl cheaper than Adelaide.

“There continues to be attempts by some local retailers to raise the price, but others keep maintaining a low price keeping everyone low.”

Mr West said although regional fuel prices were cheaper than Adelaide on most days in July, the fair prices might be short lived.

“Although July was rated as ‘fair’, there are early signs that fuel pricing in South Australia will not continue to improve,” he said.

“We’re seeing wholesale prices fall, but some country retailers are not passing the savings on to motorists.

“The ACCC recently gave their tick of approval that the gap between city and country fuel prices had almost evaporated in the March-June quarter.

“However there are clear signs that it has begun to swing the other way again in July and early August.

“This is not the time for the ACCC to stop scrutinising country fuel prices, but to keep the pressure on the regional fuel industry to pass on any reductions in cost price.”

Mr West said Whyalla’s diesel was also competitive compared to elsewhere but Whyalla was one of the worst ranked places for LPG.

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NZ dairy study tour yields cost savings

Farmers in New Zealand go to three milkings in two days to improve cow body condition score.A group of seven Tasmanian dairy farmers led by Alexis Perez from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) embarked on a business study tour to the South Island of New Zealand in June this year.
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The farmers who participated in the trip are involved in Dairy Smart business discussion groups facilitated by TIA Dairy Centre.

The group attended the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) conference and visited eight dairy farms which are ranked in the top 5 per cent of profitability for Canterbury, the top of the South Island and the West Coast.

There were many lessons as a result of the trip, but the three key practices that the New Zealand dairy industry is adopting very successfully are:

Milking frequency

Body Condition Score (BSC) at calving of 5 is not negotiable for farmers in New Zealand.

In order to achieve this, it is common practice for farmers to go to three milkings in two days after Christmas or when per cow production is less than 1.4kg MS, and once-a-day milking towards the end of lactation.

As a result of calving with cows at BCS5, farmers are able to meet reproductive performance targets and are increasing milk production.

One of the farms visited peaked at 2.3kg MS per cow offering 18kg dry matter (DM) of pasture and 2kg DM of palm kernel per cow.

They were using once-a-day milking towards the end of lactation and wintering on fodder beet.

One BCS will provide an extra $123 per cow benefit in milk production (15kg MS) and reproductive performance with a milk price of $5.50/kg MS (DairyNZ, 2010).

Fodder beet

More than 40,000 hectares in New Zealand was sown with fodder beet this year, mainly for winter feed. Yields varied between 24-28 tonne DM/ha, costing 7-10¢/kg DM.

New Zealand farmers are feeding fodder beet to lactating cows (not more than 5kg DM/cow), dry cows (ad libitum) or young stock (3kg DM for weaners and up to 9kg DM prior to calving for rising two-year- olds). Careful transition over a minimum of 14 days is advised.

Fodder beet has between 14-20 per cent DM, 9-14 per cent crude protein, 11-16 per cent neutral detergent fibre and 12-12.5 per cent metabolisable energy per kg DM.

Transition cow management

Focusing on magnesium for “springer” cows (20g/cow/day), calcium for colostrum cows (100g/cow/day) and not overfeeding springer cows (80-90 per cent of the requirements if BCS is >5) were key messages to minimise milk fever from Dr John Roche (DairyNZ Principal Scientist) at the SIDE conference.

In addition to the above three points, cost control by strict cash flow management to manage the decrease in milk price in New Zealand this year was a strong message.

Farmers participating in this year’s tour to New Zealand placed a value of up to $100,000 in terms of the expected return from changes they plan to implement on their farms as a result of the study tour.

If you are interested in becoming involved in one of business discussion group facilitated by TIA, contact Alexis Perez on 0418 876 089 or [email protected]论坛

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Wallaby problem ‘out of control’

West Ridgley farmer Kerry Haywood says wallaby populations in Tasmania are out of control. Picture: Meg Windram
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SINCE surveying began in the 1970s, wallaby populations in Tasmania have rapidly grown and it has left farmers questioning what they can do to cut increasing numbers.

West Ridgley dairy farmer Kerry Haywood said the wallaby population growth on his property has continually worsened, saying it was similar to the rabbit plagues of the ’50s and ’60s.

“They’re nearly right into Burnie now and that’s just in our district,” he said.

“The issue seems to be the same everywhere.”

Despite the Department of Primary Industries and Parks, Water and Environment saying fencing and shooting were the best ways to control wallaby populations, Mr Haywood said this wasn’t enough.

“The wallabies are certainly out of control, no matter how many fences or (how much) shooting you seem to do, I don’t seem to get anywhere near getting on top of the problem,” he said.

“The back country is nearly becoming useless because you can’t run anything because of the amount of wallabies ruining pastures.

“The wallabies get into the corners and clean out all of the grass,” he said.

“When we put fences up they’re right then, but the wombats dig out under the fences which allow the wallabies to come back in.

“We’ve been getting anything up to 300 to 400 coming onto the property for the season.

“It was only the other day when I was down the paddock putting up an electric fence and I could see the wallabies had been in there.”

Mr Haywood said it was making it difficult for any farmers in the region to feed cattle, which would affect the local economy.

A spokesperson for DPIPWE agreed that the wallaby population had seen major increases.

“DPIPWE has been monitoring wallaby populations state-wide since the 1970s and the survey results have shown a major increase in numbers in this time,” the spokesperson said.

DPIPWE said the North-West, in particular, had seen a large increase where the smaller wallaby, the pademelon and the rufous wallaby were most common.

In order to control the population, the DPIPWE spokesperson said farmers should seriously consider using wallaby-proof fencing as a long-term solution.

“It is frequently cost effective in the long term,” the spokesperson said.

“Supplementing fencing with shooting in the short term is also often worthwhile.”

DPIPWE also suggested using sodium monofluoroacetate, or 1080, as it’s commonly known.

“When used appropriately, 1080 poison can be an effective method for short-term control of wallaby numbers.”

However, Mr Haywood said he wasn’t comfortable using 1080, saying it was often associated with bad connotations and accidental poisonings of domestic animals, which were highly susceptible.

“From what I can see there’s nothing that can be done,” he said.

“I was thinking back to the rabbits and how bad they were, people set up fences and they got under those and the fences were the useless.

“Then they brought in 1080 poison and that was OK up to a point.”

Mr Haywood said the “saviour” to the rabbit infestation was the myxomatosis virus, which when introduced, brought rabbit populations under control.

“However, they can’t do the same for wallabies though because they’re a native animal,” Mr Haywood said.

DPIPWE said using a biological agent similar to the myxomatosis virus to control the wallaby population was not being considered by the department.

Another issue that both DPIPWE and Mr Haywood recognised as a problem was properties backing onto bushland or forestry.

DPIPWE said the forest had a particularly high number of wallabies as it provided a refuge for them.

The increasing population isn’t only affecting farmers though, with Mr Haywood saying the wallabies were beginning to travel into urbanised areas.

“I was talking to someone the other day who brought a little place near Burnie 25 years ago when there were no wallabies but they’ve now shot 70 in one day,” he said.

Mr Haywood said people were also hitting wallabies on the roads, causing major damageand costing people thousands of dollars.

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Blue Mountains, NSW driving routes: Into the blue with the new Volvo XC90

A Blue Mountains must do: Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – more famously known as the Three Sisters Photo: iStock A Blue Mountains must do: Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – more famously known as the Three Sisters Photo: iStock
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Stopping off in Blackheath. Photo: Mel Chenu

A Blue Mountains must do: Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – more famously known as the Three Sisters Photo: iStock

A Blue Mountains must do: Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – more famously known as the Three Sisters Photo: iStock

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Today I am surrounded by the first piece of Swedish design technology I haven’t had to screw together. With apologies to the good people at IKEA, this is Scandinavian ingenuity I can relate to. I am test-driving the top-of-the-range new Volvo XC90 seven-seater family SUV up to the picturesque Blue Mountains. The sun is shining, the air is crisp and even sitting in traffic is a pleasure in this cocoon of comfort and style.

Once I clear the gridlock and hit the freeway to the hills, I become more aware of the superb handling. The signature Volvo upright grill and high shoulders make it look like an elite power athlete and I find it moves like one too. The luxury seven-seater SUV hugs the bends and glides along the bitumen and before I know it I have reached the pretty town of Wentworth Falls. The views of the eponymous three-tiered waterfall and the Jamison Valley make this an essential first stop on any scenic trip to the Blue Mountains.

Just a few minutes further up the road is Katoomba, the “capital” of the Blue Mountains, where a visit to see Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo – more famously known as the Three Sisters – from the Echo Point lookout is a must. It is here that I give the XC90 the chance to show-off its Park Assist Pilot. I have always prided myself on my manual parallel parking but this automated iteration is poetry in motion. I watch the 360-degree “overhead” camera image on the iPad-sized screen and control the movement with brake and accelerator as the car makes the parallel parking manoeuvre with astonishing precision. The XC90 is able to park like this in spaces as small as 1.2 times the length of the car, which most humans wouldn’t even attempt.

Echo Point gets very crowded so either go early or head to other lookouts if you want a more secluded encounter with the spectacular views. like Sublime Point, Katoomba Cascades, Narrow Neck, Evans and Govetts Leap. Katoomba is also home to Scenic World, where you can take in the majesty of the area from two different cable cars, by railway or on foot.

Many designated scenic routes pass through or near Katoomba and you can enter your desired destination into the XC90’s navigation system and visit the Jenolan Caves, Hartley Historic Site, Megalong Valley and other attractions in the area without unfolding a map. Known collectively as The Greater Blue Mountains Drive and totalling 1200 kilometres all-up, the Drive also offers 18 “discovery trails” that branch off the main route and take you to a plethora of scenic, historic and delicious destinations within this vast, remarkable World Heritage landscape. Or you can just drive along the clearly marked tourist trails until you find an idyllic spot for a picnic, a hike, bird-watching, fishing or a local-produce meal.

The Blue Mountains is a proud foodie region and there are plenty of gastronomic gems to be found, from fine-dining to funky cafes to specialist providores. Wintergarden restaurant at the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath – a Blue Mountains institution – is the jewel in the crown for grandeur and a high tea or dinner here is an opulent silver service experience. Other top-end eateries include Echoes Restaurant and Darley’s Restaurant at Lilianfels Resort, both in Katoomba, while Ori Cafe in Springwood, Restaurant Como in Blaxland, Tomah Gardens Restaurant at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah and Flemish Flavours in Leura are all well-regarded. And if you’re passing through Wentworth Falls, drop into the German-themed Schwarz Patisserie for a decadent pastry or strudel.

For a taste of cool climate wine, take the pretty drive from Blackheath down the escarpment and through the native rainforest to Dryridge Estate winery in the Megalong Valley. This boutique vineyard produces riesling, shiraz and cabernet – all tended by hand – which you can sample at the Cellar Door. Dryridge also offers modern, self-catered accommodation.

Enjoyable distractions can be found along pretty much any road and you are sure to find something interesting, from a street stall selling something unique and tasty to a welcoming cafe or heritage inn with an open fire and excellent coffee.

After two wonderful days cruising around the Blue Mountains, I decide to take the twisting and turning Bells Line of Road back to Sydney. The weather has turned nasty and this freezing winter’s day provides a demanding test for the new Volvo. It is so cold that it begins to snow as I wind my way up and down the scenic hills heading out of Lithgow, home to the Newnes Plateau and the Glow Worm Tunnels. Snowflakes blow on to the windscreen and the road becomes very slippery. The dodgy conditions are exacerbated by the number of cars that stop to take snow-selfies beside the road. I am comforted by the XC90’s assured handling and by its heated seat.

This is where I try out the four distinct drive modes – Dynamic, Comfort, Eco and Off-Road – that adjust the gearbox, steering and braking. The control is outstanding and the pick-up more than adequate to pass less confident vehicles in the overtaking lanes, all with total safety. This Volvo 7-seater SUV handles like a much smaller road car: sharp, efficient and totally at ease in these tricky conditions.

I take a detour to bucolic Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine and am rewarded with more great lookouts, walking trails, gardens and historic houses. The Bells Line of Road also passes right by the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah, which is a nice spot for petal-heads.

Heading down out of the mountains I am informed of the ever-changing speed limits and my relation to them – as well as warnings of approaching speed cameras and school zones – by the optional hologram-esque heads-up display, which presents information as if it’s hovering two metres in front of the car. I never need to take my eyes off the road.

The traffic thickens and darkness closes in as I reach Sydney, two wonderful days of luxe motoring and sight-seeing behind me. The Blue Mountains never looked so good.

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Victory at last!

Jack Druett, Ray Clements and Maurice Woods are surviving soldiers from WWII who were honoured at the small ceremony last Saturday. Absent was Ken Anderson, Arthur Benson, Merv Corcoran and Max MewburnThere was a small gathering at the Memorial Oval last Saturday to commemorate Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day.
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The service was organised by the Crookwell RSL Sub Branch members.

Seventy years ago, the Japanese Government accepted the conditions of unconditional surrender from the allied forces, including Australia.

This was after nearly six years of war, in which millions of lives were lost and, for those who lived, their lives were changed forever.

Almost one million Australians served in WWII.

About 40,000 of those lost their lives and thousands were injured in the course of their service.

Crookwell and its district gave up its sons and daughters to fight for and to protect the country they loved.

Over 600 men and women went to war from this area with 38 not returning. Their bodies lie in Papua New Guinea, Tobruk, Egypt, Singapore, Borneo, Scotland and Japan. Others at at rest in Australia; in Cowra, Melbourne, Goulburn and here in Crookwell.

Sadly there are a few with no known grave.

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Treasury Wine Estates bringing ‘brosé’ to Australia this summer

The pink wine is clearly the most masculine One of these wines is not like the others. Photo: Treasury Wine Estates
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A year is not a long time for a wine vintage, but it’s a very long time in the wine business.

This time a year ago, Treasury Wine Estates, Australia’s biggest listed wine company, was struggling. The company, which was spun out of the brewing giant Foster’s back in 2011, lost more than $100 million after it was forced to literally destroy millions of bottles of its wine due to oversupply in the market.

Today, it’s stock has soared 15 per cent after the company delivered a $73 million profit. It looks like Treasury might have finally cracked China, which loois poised to become its biggest market in the next few years.  And it has at least one ace up its sleeve as it looks to continue its good run into the new financial year. It involves the often derided pink coloured beverage known as ​rosé, or brosé as some people calling it this northern hemisphere summer.

Men drinking rose, or brose has been a bit of a talking point in the US and Europe this summer. Apparently, people are switching from drinking craft beer to it, causing all sorts of thinkpieces on the matter.

Sticking to business, Treasury is looking to capitalise on the clear bromentum in the category.

“We are looking to further develop the rosé offerings in our portfolio and see a lot of potential for that in the US, Australia and other markets,” a Treasury spokesman told Fairfax Media.

Treasury’s existing products include some of Australia’s oldest, most prestigious (and expensive) wines, like the Penfolds range, which has been around since the 1844, to less prestigious brands like Lindemanns. Later this year it will add the “Squealing Pig” Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé to its line up just in time for Australia’s summer.

While the company already has a couple of roses in its portfolio (from the Lindemanns, Fifth Leg and Annie’s brands), this one will be the first in the more expensive mass-tige (mass prestige) category. In other words, the one that should have the most appeal in the affluent young man, or “bro”, demographic.

So brosé is coming to Australia this summer. Whether it catches on, we’ll have to wait to find out.

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Murray Darling rail project to help Wimmera shires

Picture: STOCK PHOTORURAL Councils Victoria and theRailFreight Alliance havewelcomed the state government’s commitment tocomplete theMurray Basin Rail Project, which will benefit Wimmera municipalities.
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Premier Daniel Andrews, Public TransportMinister Jacinta Allan and Agriculture MinisterJaala Pulford announced on Monday the freight network would be standardised and upgraded in a$416-million project.

The upgrade to the Mildura, Manangatang, SeaLake and Murrayville lines aims toboost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight servicesand improveprimary producers’ connections with Victoria’smajor ports.

The government will alsoreopen the existing unused standard gauge connection between Maryborough and Ararat.

Yarriambiack, Buloke, Northern Grampians,Central Goldfield and Mildura shires have met with the state government numerous times about the project.

Rural Councils Victoria chairman Rob Gersch said the project would create more than 270 jobs.

“Strong rural economies and jobs for young people are key factors in strengthening and sustaining rural communities,” he said.

Mr Gersch said the government’s investment would ensure primary producers and other agribusinesses could get their products to port more cost-effectively.

He said it would also mean fewer trucks using rural road corridors, howeveradditional funding to improve roads and other infrastructure across the state was still needed.

Rail Freight Alliance chairmanMark Byatt said thealliance lookedforward to the start of the upgrades.

He said major works were scheduled to start in late 2016.

“Supply chain costs have a significant effect on returns to business in our regions,” he said.

“An efficient and competitive rail freight system will have enduring benefits to a large part of rural and regional Victoria.

“This is a major commitment and investment by the Andrews government, and we praise the government for their backing of this vital infrastructure development for regional Victoria.”

Member for RiponLouiseStaley said the project announcement marked the end of a two-year funding campaign she helped lead to re-establish theMaryborough to Ararat line.

MsStaleywalkedalong the line in October last year as part of the campaign.

However Member for Western Victoria and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport Simon Ramsayaccused the government of misleading people by re-announcing the project and suggesting new money wasbeing pumped into regional Victoria.

“This project was already funded in the 2014-15 budget by the Coalition from the proceeds of the Rural Finance Corporation,” he said.

“Minister Pulford has again misled country communities by re-announcing the $200 million from the Rural Finance sale as new money for regional Victoria.”

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WWII Roll of Honour returned to Laggan Hall

The Roll of Honour dedicated to the young men of Laggan District who served in World War II was installed in the Laggan Hall in 1945-46 following the end of WWII.
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If you are a long-term resident of the district could you please check the list below to see if you, your neighbour or a friend may be a direct descendant or relative of those listed on the Honour Roll Board from 70 years ago.

We would welcome your attendance at the upcoming return of the plaque.

A celebratory function will be held at the Laggan Memorial Hall on Saturday September 5 commencing at 1pm.

RSVPs are necessary to 48373222 or 48373244 evenings.

The original Laggan Hall was built in 1926 and was a much smaller version than it is now.

It had served the local community well but additions were needed to cater for the growing usage and patronage.

From the initial building funded by shareholders, additions were long overdue.

When the Redbank Hall on the Taralga Road closed, that building was then dismantled and rebuilt to become what is now the stage end of the Hall.

These were the days when volunteer labour was essential to necessary improvements and the locals were passionate about their own district.

After the war, victory celebrations were held throughout the country and Laggan was no exception.

In 1945-46 a new brick frontage was added and together with a plaque commemorating the serving men of the community it became the Laggan Memorial Hall.

The plaque commemorated the 59 brave soldiers who had enlisted to serve their country overseas, nine of whom sadly did not return to their family and friends.

The community enjoyed the building for the next 25 years with monthly dances, annual church balls – both Anglican and Roman Catholic, Christmas/engagement and birthday parties, card afternoons and with the arrival of technology came the movie nights.

Lots of fun and frivolity echoed throughout the venue with very large crowds attending.

With a changing society from the mid-1970’s hall patronage fell.

The lack of usage allowed the Hall to fall into disrepair.

The custodians were worried about vandalism and a decision was made to transfer the WWII plaque to the Crookwell RSL Club for safe-keeping.

Decades passed and the Memorial Wall remained bare in the local Hall.

In 2003 a small group of interested Laggan village residents floated the idea of a market to again spark life into what used to be the vibrant heart of the local community.

Thus, the rejuvenation began.

It has taken the last 12 years to renovate the Hall with the generosity and support of market stallholders and patrons.

Now, on the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Japanese Surrender it is once again ready to proudly display the Laggan Memorial Hall Roll of Honour.

Roll of Honour WWII

Allport, Bert

Allport, Colin

Anderson, Thomas

*Arnall, Leslie

Arnall, Raymond

Bard, Dudley

*Bard, Ross

Bensley, Douglas

Bensley, Raydon

Berrell, Michael

Bloomfield, R

*Cartwright, Leslie

Cartwright, William

*Chambers, Keith

Clarke, Wilfre

Cooper, Clive

Croker, Eric

Croker, Gordon

Cullen, Moutrie

Cummins, Leslie

Cummins, Ronald

Edmunds, Albert

Edmunds, George

Evans, Allan

Evans, James

Evans, Russell

Francis, Emmett

Francis, Kelvin

Graham, Clive

Hogan, Pat

Hogan, Verner

Howarth, Lionel

Johnson, Gregory

*Laverty, Allan

Laverty, John

McDonald, Clarence

McDonald, Eric

McIntosh, John

McLean, J

Meredith, Ronald

Miller, Sidney

Robertson, J

Singh, Victor

*Skelly, Bertie

*Skelly, Clyde

Skelly, Francis

Skelly, Leonard

Slater, Ronald

*Stewart, Leslie

Toole, Austin

Tracey, Christopher

Treacy, Joseph

Treacy, Laurence

Treacy, Oswald

Wallschutzky, Robert

Willoughby, John

Woods, Desmond

Woods, Leonard

Woods, Maurice

* Killed in Action

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Driver speed targeted after Heathcote crash: Family of Drew Cullen calls for road improvements

Driver speed targeted after Heathcote crash: Family of Drew Cullen calls for road improvements Little action: Motorists on the Heathcote Road bridge where the fatal accident occurred. Inset, emergency workers at the scene. Main picture: John Veage
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The crash site. Picture: Channel 9

Increased patrols: The police presence on Heathcote Road.

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Other proposals included heavier fines for speeding in the area and banning trucks, or at least those above a certain size, until the bridge was widened.

Mr Gay said in a statement the government had earmarked funding for improvement work on the bridge.

“The specifics of the upgrade are to be determined during the planning process,” he said.

“Effective safety upgrades require planning to ensure the most appropriate measures are installed. The cause of last week’s tragic crash is being investigated by police and I understand in response to the crash, enforcement for speeding in that area has been increased.”

■ Heathcote MP Lee Evans told Parliament many accidents were caused by the speed limit on the approach to the bridge being flouted.

“In 2012 when [Mr Gay] was looking at the bridge, a huge semi-trailer nearly ran him down and killed him,” Mr Evans said.

“At the end of the day, this government is getting on with the job. Money from the lease of the electricity ‘poles and wires’ [long-term lease] has been allocated . . .

“I am proud that during the next couple of years work will be commenced on duplication of the bridge.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Gay said the minister “clearly remembers” visiting the bridge in 2012, but did not confirm a near-miss.

She said the specifics of the upgrade would be determined during the planning process.

What do you think would fix Heathcote Road?

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