‘Government only to blame’ for Springvale inertia

LITHGOW CFMEU executive Grahame Osbornetold this week’s meeting of Lithgow Council thatblame for the current Springvale Colliery crisisrests squarely with the NSW Government.
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He said it was the government that had blindlyallowed the situation to develop over three yearsthat now meant 300 workers being stood downfrom this week while government agencies procrastinate.

“The government is clearly to blame for this,” hesaid.

Mr Osborne said it appeared there was no onein the government prepared to make a positivedecision.

“We don’t need more conditions and more hearings.

More conditions will mean this will takemonths rather than weeks to resolve,” he warned.

He said the union would seek public support ata mass community rally in Cook Plaza on Saturdayfrom 8.30 am.

He said the action was needed to impress on thegovernment the impact on miners’ wives and families.

“It will be a peaceful rally,” he predicted.

Mr Osborne said invitations ahd been sent toPremier Bair, Environment Minister Stokes (whohas ordered a second PAC hearing), Mines MinisterRoberts and Local Member Paul Toole to attend.

“If the Premier doesn’t care then we must takeLithgow to the Premier,” he said.

“We expect the rally to endorse taking busloadsof locals to Sydney.

“The Premier wanted Lithgow’s support whenhe wanted to sell off our power industry,” he pointedout.

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Letter to the editor: It’s time for Cr Tony Allen to be censured

Finally, I received a response from the Office of Local Government (OLG) via Bega Valley Shire Council regarding council’s resolution in December last year that “… Cr Allen publicly apologise to Mrs Campbell” and his subsequent refusal to do so.
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Despite previous advice to Council from OLG in February that “Cr Allen is obliged to comply with the council’s resolution requiring him to make an apology in the manner specified in that resolution”, the latest advice says that “decisions made by this office on whether to take disciplinary action under the misconduct provisions of the Local government Act 1993 carry more onerous consequences than those made by council and its conduct reviewers.”

As a result, the OLG have advised that they are unable to accept the evidence provided by the NSW District Court judgement or the independent reviewer and decided that “while it is important that councillors are brought to account for not complying with the resolutions of their councils,” they are not satisfied that “the impost of the required process to achieve that outcome was justified.”

They have written to Cr Allen asking him to reconsider his decision not to provide an apology.

So now the responsibility to enforce their resolution comes back to council as they can and have accepted the evidence of the NSW District Court judgement and the independent reviewer that Cr Allen breached the Code of Conduct by harassing Mrs Campbell and touching her in an inappropriate manner.

There are provisions under the Local Government Act for appropriate censure.

If council were to shirk its duty in this case, there would be a legal precedent for any citizen of Bega Valley Shire Council to ignore any resolution of council with which they may not wish to comply.

Seán Burke,

Central Tilba.

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Women to get ready for fires

Organiser Tracey Kippin is hoping that following the seminar women can go home, sit down with their families and work out a fire safety plan.Woodanilling is playing host to a special women only seminar to get ready for bushfire season.
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The seminar will cover a range of fire topics from reporting them to bushfire weather to first aid kicking off 9am on Wednesday September 16 in the Woodanilling Pavilion.

“With fire season coming and each fire season getting more serious, women needed to know what the best role is for us to play,” organiser Tracey Kippin said.

The day will include a number of guest speakers including Andriena Ciric, the Community Emergency Services Manager from the Department of Fire and Emergency services to talk about precautions and previous fire seasons.

Neil Bennet from the Bureau of Meteorology will be speaking about the effects of weather on bushfires.

Claire Collis from St John’s Ambulance will be speaking about first aid, in particular fire related injuries and how to respond.

Finally Hayley Patterson will be speaking about her own experiences of burn trauma after an accident last year.

“Finding out about her experience and the emotional side as well as the physical,” Mrs Kippin said.

All are welcome to the seminar Mrs Kippin said, not just those from outlying properties but from town as well, considering bushfires have been known to spread to town centres.

“It’s not just for farm ladies, it’s for town ladies as well,” she said.

Ms Kippin is hoping that following the seminar women can go home, sit down with their families and work out a fire safety plan.

“Come fire time if you’re not prepared it’s too late,” she said.

Tickets $35.00 each including full catering and are available from Shire of Woodanilling, Shire of Wagin or Tracey Kippin. Please advise of dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket.

The seminar is being organised by the Wagin Baptist Church and sponsored by the shires of Wagin and Woodanilling.

For more information on the evening contact Mrs Kippin on 9823 1609.

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To Madam’s liking

FORMER South Australian ­pacer Modern Madam has an affinity with the City Oval Paceway, having made it two wins from her past four outings with a smart victory in the DNR Logistics Pace at the Mildura trots meeting last Thursday night.
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Modern Madam was confidently driven by in-form Ouyen reinsman Simon Jardine last week at Mildura.

Modern Madam joined the Kate Attard stable at Red Cliffs last month after finishing down the track here on June 19. SA trainer Jill Nielson decided to leave the mare in the district to try and win a Vicbred bonus.

“After her first run here we had her checked out and there were a few little things wrong with her so we ironed them out and she is jumping out of the ground,” Attard said.

Modern Madam won her connections the Wyndown Stud (managed by Geoff Easom) a Vicbred bonus after leading throughout to win here on July 22 for trainer-driver Attard when a short-priced favourite.

“I don’t think I have ever driven a $1.70 favourite before, but she was drawn to lead and did it well to win the bonus,” Attard said.

“Although she won the bonus last month they decided to keep racing her up here until the last meeting in October as the track will be closed for an upgrade after that.”

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Unite for Kurt campaign will continue with dam-trail run

Unite for Kurt: Former players walked to raise money for Kurt Drysdale. Picture: John VeageORGANISERS were overwhelmed by the support shown to fundraising efforts for Kurt Drysdale last weekend, with more than $60,000 raised for his ongoing care.
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The Cronulla Sharks junior who turned 21 almost two weeks ago is in Royal North Shore Hospital, paralysed from the neck down after he was injured playing for Cabramatta in the Sydney Shield in June.

He has made some progress but is still not able to breathe without assistance.

The NSWRL held the Unite for Kurt round last weekend with clubs raising money for Drysdale through gold-coin entry fees, donations and raffles while Cabramatta players also wore specially designed jerseys.

The Sharks dedicated Monday night’s clash with Melbourne to the Unite for Kurt fundraising effort, with students from Drysdale’s former school, Endeavour Sports High, helping with the collection.

Former Sharks player Alan Wilson organised Small Steps for Kurt with the Men of League Foundation.

Steve Hart and the Allstars alsopresented aRock for Kurt event recently at Heathcote Hotel to raise funds and awareness for the young player.

The walk, which began at Heathcote on Monday morning and finished at Remondis Stadium before kick-off of the Sharks-Storm game, saw league identities help raise about $25,000 for Kurt. Cabramatta are also holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday night hosted by NSW coach Laurie Daley. The Woronora Dam Pipeline trail run on Sunday will also support Unite for Kurt.

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