What’s in Queen Elizabeth Centre?

OPEN DAY: Japanese speech pathology lecturer Natsuka Mori meets BHS speech pathologists Acushla Thompson and Brian Eft touring the Queen Elizabeth Centre in May.
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OPEN day at Ballarat Health Services’ Queen Elizabeth Centre is a chance for the community to learn about the specialised disciplines housed on site.

BHS executive director Wendy Hubbardsaid the event wasa chancefor people to learn more about the range of programs on offer.

“Many people would drive past the Queen Elizabeth Centre regularly but not reallyknow what goes on here,” Ms Hubbard said. “The aim of the day is to show people what services weoffer in fun and friendly atmosphere.”

Displays will include exhibits on speech pathology, dietetics, occupational therapy, exercise physiology,orthotics andcommunity programs and clinical services.There will be live music, a free sausage sizzle,an International Foto Biennale exhibition and Voice FM radio broadcast.

Queen Elizabeth Centre, in Ascot Street South,will be open thisSunday, from 10am until2pm.

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$22 million for infrastructure

LONG-TERM PLAN: The Port Lincoln City Council’s newly adopted long-term financial plan, which will go until 2026, highlights more than $22 million in asset and infrastructure costs.THE Port Lincoln City Council’s newly adopted long-term financial plan, which will go until 2026, highlights more than $22 million in asset and infrastructure costs.
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The council voted on the revised financial plan at its meeting on Monday night, which will be integrated with the council’s strategic directions plan and infrastructure and asset management plan.

The new long-term financial plan aims to fully fund the council’s projected asset and infrastructure renewal costs of more than $22 million for the 10-year period.

Rate revenue increase settings have been identified at 2.9 per cent for 2016/17, 2.1 per cent in 2017/18, 2.6 per cent in 2018/19 and 3.3 per cent in 2019/20 and future years.

This forecast reflected the city’s anticipated growth, together with the local government price index.

“The new plan also allows for very significant new and upgrade infrastructure project investments of nearly $21 million, including the acquisition, refurbishment and on-going capital renewal of the leisure centre,” mayor Bruce Green said.

The plan also includes an additional $2.5 million in road resealing works over a 10-year period and $2.5 million in unallocated capital works in the latter five years.

Arguments for and against the financial plan were expressed during the council’s Monday meeting, including those about the council’s infrastructure.

Though not voting against the plan, councillor Jim Papazoglov brought up the ongoing work needed for the Port Lincoln jetty and swimming enclosure, with ongoing work affecting the structural integrity of the jetty.

In opposition to the plan, councillor Diana Mislov said she had concerns about the content of the infrastructure and asset management plan and mirrored concerns Mr Papazoglov had about the jetty.

“With the town jetty site, who knows how much it’s going to cost us and I fear for future commitments because of that,” she said.

“Grants are the only hope we have to affect services to the community without resorting to rate rises.”

Councillor Linda Davies also voiced similar concerns raised during the debate about the leisure centre refurbishment, arguing that taking $5 million in revenue over the next 10 years would put home-owning families in a really struggling condition.

Both councillors Danny Bartlett and Travis Rogers expressed support and said this was a good plan, based on the best information available at the moment.

Borrowings of $6.2 million and $2 million have been included in 2015/16 and 2016/17 respectively.

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Brooklyn to play footy for Norwood

MAKING HISTORY: Port Lincoln female footballer Brooklyn George, who plays with the boys in the Wayback under 13 team, will play for Norwood’s under 16 girls team in the first ever state junior girls league, which begins this weekend.PORT Lincoln female footballer Brooklyn George, 13, will be a part of the Norwood girls under 16 team and will compete in a history-making competition for women’s football in Australia.
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The SANFL girls competition is the first of its kind in Australia and will give 302 girls across the state the opportunity to play football for an SANFL club in either of the under 16 or under 14 grades.

Playing for the Wayback under 13s along with all the boys in Port Lincoln, Brooklyn is no stranger to football, having played locally for a number of years.

She said however she was looking forward to taking her talents to Adelaide and seeing where she stacked up against the best girls in the state.

By living on Eyre Peninsula, Brooklyn was zoned to the Norwood Football Club and will play her first game this Saturday against the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at Coopers Stadium.

Each club will play three games against the other teams in their zone over a three-week period with the best performing teams in either zone facing off in the grand final a week later.

After playing the Eagles this weekend, Norwood will play Central Districts and North Adelaide before one of the four teams gets a crack at the grand final.

Brooklyn said she was looking forward to being a part of an SANFL club and following her dream of one day playing for Port Adelaide in an AFL Women’s competition.

She said she was also eager to play on SANFL ovals and wear the Norwood Football Club guernsey.

Brooklyn will head in to the competition with a slight advantage over most of the other girls as 195 of the 302 registered players in the competition are new to football.

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Good turnout for Vietnam Vets Day

VIETNAM VETS: Vietnam Veteran Rodger Simes, Reverend Brian Bascombe and Port Lincoln RSL vice-president John Stanley paid tribute to the local soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War at a memorial service held at the RSL Club on Tuesday.FOUR Port Lincoln men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War were remembered during a Vietnam Veterans memorial service at the RSL Club on Tuesday.
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Reverend Brian Bascombe led the service and spoke of the men who “paid the ultimate sacrifice” for their country and their mates.

Port Lincoln RSL vice-president John Stanley said the Vietnam Veterans Day brought a good turnout and gave everyone the opportunity to remember those who fought in the conflict.

Sergeant Douglas Baker, Lance Corporal Kevin Mitchinson, Private Ronald Hood and Trooper Hugh Carlyle all died in the war and were all remembered with wreaths laid in their honour.

Formerly a remembrance service for the Battle of Long Tan, the day was renamed to the Vietnam Veterans Day in order to recognise everyone who fought throughout the war.

At the end of the service, the sound of the chopper was played loudly throughout the room and the veterans that were there said it brought back a lot of memories, both good and bad.

“The sound of the chopper makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up,” Vietnam Veteran Rodger Simes said.

Mr Simes said soldiers in the conflict were at war for about six weeks at a time and the sound of the chopper either meant you were going to war or you were going home, which were two very different feelings.

Members and friends joined together afterwards for a light lunch and a few drinks.

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Chiefs see fisheries first hand

EXECUTIVE VISIT: Primary Industries and Regions South Australia chief executive Scott Ashby and South Australian Sardine Industry Association president Sean Kalling tasted some local seafood during a visit to Port Lincoln from all major state government department chief executives.LOCAL fishing and aquaculture industries got the opportunity to show off their wares when chief executives from major state government departments visited Port Lincoln this week.
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During the visit several of the chief executives met with fishing and aquaculture representatives on board the Markane sardine fishing vessel for a seafood lunch.

Catered by Kris Bunder from Del Giorno’s, the chief executives got to taste premium quality seafood and wine from the region while also discussing issues facing their industries.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia chief executive Scott Ashby said the visit acted as an opportunity to see how the sector operated at ground level.

“What we’re seeing is the end product of the planning and hard work of industry and our fisheries offices,” he said.

Mr Ashby said the departments needed to work constructively with industries in order to expand the products in to new markets and promote sustainability of the stock.

South Australian Sardine Industry Association executive officer Paul Watson said the local fishing industries were privileged to host the government officials.

“Having the chief executives here gives us an opportunity to show them first hand what happens on the water,” he said.

“And to do it on board a fishing boat like the Markane is great.”

As well as Mr Ashby, chief executives from other government departments including environment, water and natural resources, the Environment Protection Authority, transport, planning and infrastructure and the attorney-general’s office also attended the lunch.

Mr Ashby said a primary production industry like the seafood sector dealt with several government departments and it was important for all of them to come together to discuss any cross-departmental issues.

“We all touch on an industry in some way,” he said.

“They share with us their challenges and successes.

“They get to meet the chief executives, understand what they do and hopefully build a network.”

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