Single parents protest against welfare cuts

Sole parents fear a generation of children will be entrenched in poverty if the federal government doesn’t reverse cuts to single parent benefits.
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Dozens of protesters gathered in cities across the country yesterday to rally against welfare changes, which moved 60,000 single parents on to the lower Newstart Allowance.

From January 1, single parents have received between $60 and $100-a-week less under entitlement changes.

Single Parent Action Group protest organiser Samantha Seymour says 730,000 children are living below the poverty line and the figure is set to rise.

‘‘Effects of poverty include obesity, depression, suicide, developmental delays, poor school outcomes,’’ Ms Seymour told a rally in Canberra.

Single mum Bianca Maciel Pizzorno said her twin boys, aged eight, had offered to empty their piggy banks to help pay the bills.

‘‘It’s hard to explain to an eight-year-old that $10 isn’t going to help,’’ she said.

At a rally at Martin Place in Sydney on Tuesday morning, Louise Plitz, 31, was one of about 50 protesters.

She said the payment changes were already affecting her and her 10-year-old son.

‘‘For example, after rent comes out this week, there will be $100 to live off for two weeks.’’.

Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh is behind a local push to increase welfare payments for single mothers. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

‘‘By the time you put a full tank of petrol in, there’s not much left to cover bills.

‘‘It’s extremely stressful.’’

Feminist author Eva Cox, who also attended the Sydney rally, said the federal government’s reasoning that the parenting cuts would become an incentive for more people to get into the workforce was ‘‘just plain stupid’’.

‘‘For a sole parent, a child’s needs come first otherwise they’re bad parents, so this idea that people can do full-time or near full-time work is ridiculous.’’

The federal government has said the cuts, worth around $728million in savings over four years, are needed to achieve a budget surplus in 2012/13.

NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann told the Sydney rally the government was ‘‘looking at the wrong end of town to find savings’’.

Organisations such as the Benevolent Society and Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) also supported the national protest.

‘‘It beggars belief that we can be having a national conversation about the inadequacy of Newstart, with politicians lining up to say that it is too low to live on, whilst at the same time we are forcing already vulnerable and disadvantaged families on to that very same payment,’’ said Joel Pringle, campaign manager for AAH.

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SES sends out an SOS for more members

BY day, an SES volunteer may sit in front of a computer for eight hours grappling with obscure points of law, but by night they pull on their orange overalls and are on call to any crisis, from car accidents to storms or floods.
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At the Knox SES unit, among those 40 volunteers on call for seven days every three weeks are a young lawyer and funeral industry worker.

They are often on standby — day and night — to clean up storm damage, rescue people from accidents and prepare homes for flooding.

The Knox SES has an urgent call out for more volunteers to help serve the community.

Emily Stubbs, a 24-year-old lawyer of Knoxfield, first donned the distinctive orange overalls three years ago. She said she enjoyed the diversity of the “hands-on” volunteer work.

“I like making a difference in people’s houses, to see how grateful they are that you saved their pride, their home. That’s really rewarding,” Ms Stubbs said.

For Knoxfield funeral director’s assistant Paul Keddell, his 20 years as an SES volunteer helped him live out a boyhood dream.

During 2000, the helicopter-loving volunteer took part in a four-day search — with two days airborne in a chopper — over rugged, mountainous areas.

While SES volunteers can sometimes face horrific scenes or even death, Mr Keddell said it was less confronting than his paid job.

“The SES is easier because you don’t meet the families, but in funeral work that’s what it is all about,” he said. “But I do like the jobs with a happy ending.”

There are three teams on rotation at the organisation and during that time, a volunteer’s social life may not be as active as usual — but Ms Stubbs said there were plenty of ways around it.

“I plan my social life around it and I can swap if I need to,” Ms Stubbs said.

While Mr Keddell admitted to struggling with scaling back his social life, he said it was worthwhile.

“I really do enjoy it — I get a lot out of it by helping people, and I get to blow off a bit of steam, train with the team and have fun,” he said.

For people interested in volunteering at the SES, an information night will be held on Wednesday next week at 102 Lewis Road, Wantirna South from 7.30pm. Details: Craig on 0450 730 491 or Leanne on 0418 122 087.

On call: SES volunteers Emily Stubbs, Trudi Pratt, Brian Mackey, Paul Keddell and Garrey Dove aim to protect the Knox community. Pictures: Rob Carew

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Building Victoria: Who wants to pay more tax?

I had no idea that the Victorian economy was as hopelessly stuffed as local industry leaders claimed today. Time to join the trek to WA and Queensland or reverse the traditional flow moving to South Australia and Tasmania.
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If “a unanimous chorus of industry leaders from lobby groups, peak bodies, unions and economists” are correct in claiming that “capital spending is the lifeblood of the Victorian economy”, the Victorian economy has little future.Victoria at a standstill as major projects wind upJosh Gordon: Big project pipeline at a dribble

Capital spending, investment in infrastructure, is certainly important, but if that is all an economy has going for it you will soon run into the little problem of who might be prepared to pay for it.

Victoria and the rest of the states have already hit that fiscal wall, but I somehow doubt many of the lobby group and unions are prepared to stick up their hands for an increase in their taxation. (And given the contribution the Victorian branch of the CFMEU has made to construction costs, it’s a wonder unions aren’t embarrassed to show their face in any discussion that even mentions the desalination plant.)

Some of the economists would, as they realise Australians are relatively lightly taxed and can afford to pay for the things we need from government, but the group definitely running away from that idea is the politicians.

Some of the economists also might agree with the five present and former Reserve Bank board members recommending that the federal government borrow at present low interest rates specifically for infrastructure projects, but again, you’ll be stopped by politicians full of fiscal rectitude and running scared of the “debt” word in their search for a surplus.

Victoria needs greater investment in infrastructure to clear the bottlenecks that restrict productivity. It also will need greater investment in education, health and aged services as we face our demographic certainties and the proportion of working age people in the population shrinks. But to have those investments, businesses and individuals will have to be prepared to pay for them.

What it doesn’t need and certainly can’t afford is anything that remotely smells like a “make work” project. You know, employing folks to dig holes and then fill them in again and calling it job creation. It’s not the job of state government to make jobs, but to make the state attractive for other people to do so while meeting social necessities.

There’s always some fat that can be trimmed in government spending, but it’s not of the scale that can deliver the cash required. Neither side of federal politics is going to ride to Victoria’s aid, which is why Victoria and the other states are on the front line of tax reform, however much they try to deny it.

They know they need to resuscitate their payroll tax base and institute a broad land tax to replace their stupid reliance on economically and socially bad real estate stamp duties and transfer fees. But that takes political courage and that’s sadly lacking.

As for fast-tracking infrastructure projects, good luck. The complicated beasts can’t be rushed – or politicians end up with school shed and Pink Batt scandals.

If it’s any comfort, Victoria is not alone. The decline in non-resources construction employment is not new and has been widespread. It has the dubious distinction of being the nation’s biggest employment loser. Even manufacturing did better last year.

When the expansion phase of the resources boom was at full speed, that wasn’t such a problem. Indeed, it was somewhat necessary to free up the required skills for jobs that weren’t being funded by taxpayers. There’s still plenty of resources investment going on, but the pace is easing off as it must.

And that’s why the federal treasury and the Reserve Bank are betting on reduced interest rates being enough to reinvigorate housing construction. With politics ruling out the alternatives, that’s what we’re all left hoping for anyway.

Michael Pascoe is a BusinessDay contributing editor.

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Snakes alive, it’s new year

Celebrate: Kristina Lieu, Alannah Ho and Brandon Ho are ready for Lunar New Year. Picture: Wesley LonerganCELEBRATIONS to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year in Cabramatta will begin on Friday, February 15.
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While the actual new year occurs on Sunday, February 10, thousands are expected to join the festivities which start at Canley Vale on the Friday and move to Freedom Plaza on the weekend of February 16 and 17.

“We are fortunate to be living in one of the largest Asian communities in Sydney and can share in this unique cultural experience,” Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.

“Lunar New Year is a chance to start afresh, cleanse the home of bad omens and welcome prosperity.”

In Canley Vale there will be entertainment from 4pm on February 15 to welcome the Year of the Snake before a fireworks display at 10pm.

Cabramatta’s town centre will also be transformed on the Saturday, with entertainment that includes traditional rituals, cultural performances and authentic new year dishes.

Chefs from restaurants Holy Basil and Iron Chef will give demonstrations, and there will be the bun eating and prawn peeling competitions.

There will also be the St George Bank shopping promotion, where visitors who spend $10 or more at any shop in the Cabramatta town centre enter a draw to win flights and cash.

Our New Year feature starts on page 19.

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Hockey scholarships for women to coach, umpire

Hockey Victoria is offering scholarships to promote women in coaching and umpiring. HV is looking to develop the skills and confidence of 10 female coaches aged 16-30 and 10 female umpires aged 14-20 by putting them through several development sessions.
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The umpire scholarship holders in 2012 attended professional development sessions with elite umpires and also officiated at the junior country championships and junior state championships, receiving one-on-one feedback from coaches.

The coaching scholarship holders were given the chance to work with leading junior sides in the lead-up to major tournaments while also attending VIS squad training sessions.

For more information or to apply, go to hockeyvictoria.org.au.

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EFL: New Scoresby coach keen for teens to advance

NEW Scoresby coach Sean Kavanagh believes his club could debut up to five teenagers in the opening rounds of the Eastern Football League division 1 season.
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The long-time Magpies under-19 coach was elevated to the senior role in the off-season replacing Scott Whyte and said he planned to promote the club’s younger players into the senior side, as long as they showed they were physically ready for it.

The Magpies under-19s, formerly the under-18s, have been a consistent contender in the division 1 competition in past seasons winning premierships in 2011 and 2012.

He said successful juniors David Del Papa and Stephen Scott were two midfielders who had shown promise during pre-season training while 10-12 other players could also earn senior debuts this season.

“We have injected those 20 or so under-19 players into the seniors and they have put a spark in the group,” he said.

“Training has been outstanding, with 81 players on the track and we have expanded our junior program to get our under-17s involved in the senior club.”

The Magpies have lost Paul Chadwick to Vermont while Nathan Buxton-Wale and Jake Dunn have transfers pending to Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League club Upwey-Tecoma.

Kavanagh said he wasn’t keen to discuss any departed players, instead looking to the chance to promote younger players into the seniors.

Kavanagh said he was also excited about the form of Rhys Van Rheenan who is expected to get more regular senior appearances alongside his brother Luke.

The Magpies’ list will again feature several sets of brothers with Kavanagh and the club keen to build on the family connections within the club.

The Magpies will play practice matches against Corowa (away) and Avondale Heights with other matches still being organised.

The Magpies are also keen to recruit more under-17 and under-19 players for its development program with more information available at the club website.

Handy player: Scoresby will look to promote younger players this season—Jarrod Hicks is pictured for the Magpies last year. Picture: Gary Sissons

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Payne opts to try for other goals

Retired: Bulldogs forward Corey Payne will focus on business opportunities. Picture: James Brickwood.BULLDOGS forward Corey Payne had been holding onto a secret before Christmas.
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“I’ve had it in the back of my mind since then,” the St Johns Park local said.

When Payne spoke with Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg he was told to “have a good think about it”.

So he dropped the bombshell last week.

“I decided that now was the right time to retire,” Payne said.

“I’ve got my commitments off field and I just wouldn’t be able to give the time and dedication required to the club and my teammates. I just don’t want to let anyone down.”

The news of the end of the 28-year-old’s footy career came as a shock to most of his teammates.

“A number of them were genuinely shocked but some understood my commitments off field so they were supportive of my decision,” he said.

Payne himself didn’t think he would retire so early.

“When I was 18 or 19 years old I thought I’d play the game forever,” he said.

“But the more I talk about it, the answer is clear.

“Since then I’ve developed into a different person with different goals and ambitions.

“Now I’m hungry for them and it’s time to commence this next chapter of my life.”

Payne wants to finish a masters degree at Sydney University and complete his Churchill Fellowship.

He also has to carry out the responsibilities of being NSW Young Australian of the Year. The title recognises his work with disadvantaged youth.

Next year he plans further postgraduate business studies in Europe.

“Hopefully this path will be just as rewarding as footy has been for me,” he said.

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Daniel Morcombe died soon after his abduction, court told

Daniel Morcombe was murdered almost immediately after he was abducted, choked to death as he struggled to get away from his alleged killer, undercover officers allege.
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The second half of the committal hearing for Brett Peter Cowan, the man accused of abducting and killing the 13-year-old on December 7, 2003, heard from the principal investigator of the case.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen John Blanchfield gave evidence that two undercover police officers had conversations with Mr Cowan on August 9 and 10, 2011, in which he allegedly explained how he killed the teenager.

Mr Cowan allegedly told the officers he had driven past where Daniel was waiting for a bus on the Nambour-Connection Road and decided to turn around and park in a nearby church parking lot.

He allegedly described walking through scrub and bushes to reach the underpass where Daniel was waiting and stood behind the teenager, pretending to wait for the bus.

When the pair were passed by, Mr Cowan allegedly said he approached Daniel and offered him a lift to Sunshine Plaza, the Maroochydore shopping centre Daniel was trying to reach, pretending he too needed to go shopping.

Instead, Mr Cowan allegedly told the undercover officers that he drove Daniel to a demountable building he knew of along Kings Road in Beerwah and told Daniel he needed to call his wife, offering the teen a glass of water.

Once inside the demountable, Mr Cowan allegedly told the officers it all went wrong.

“Yep, I never got to molest him or anything like that,” the 42-year-old allegedly says in the transcript of the recorded conversation.

“He panicked and I panicked and I grabbed him around the throat and before I knew it, he was dead.”

In another conversation, Mr Cowan allegedly described how he pulled Daniel’s pants down and the teen said “oh no!”‘ and struggled to get away.

“I thought he as going to get away,” Mr Cowan allegedly told the two undercover officers.

“I had hold of his pants and when he went ‘oh no’ and pulled his pants back up and tried to run away…I just pulled my arm in tight and heard a chhhhhh [sound].”

Mr Cowan allegedly said he heard a bone snap in the teen’s neck.

He then allegedly said he put Daniel’s body back in his car, drove down the road and reached an area where he could drive no more.

He allegedly explained dragging the body to an area near a tree and a small area of water, where he left it, after stripping Daniel’s clothes of, attempting to cover his body with branches and leaves and throwing his clothes and shoes into the nearby water.

Mr Cowan allegedly took the two undercover officers to the area where he said he had left the body.

Remains, which have been determined to be Daniel’s, were found in the area that Mr Cowan allegedly pointed out to the two men.

Why Mr Cowan was speaking to the men was not explained.

Mr Cowan sat in the dock looking gaunt and unkempt.

Wearing a grey suit, pale blue shirt and cross hatched tie, his clothes appeared to fit him better than the first half of the committal trial held late last year, but his hair was unbrushed and his face didn’t alter in expression as Senior Sergeant Blanchfield gave evidence.

Daniel’s parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe were in the public gallery to hear the detective’s evidence.

The hearing continues.

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VSDCA: Late wickets give Waters sniff of victory

THREE late wickets to all-rounder Bryce Galvin has given Bayswater a late reprieve in its Victorian Sub District Cricket Association battle with second-placed Plenty Valley at Bayswater Oval on Saturday.
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The Waters were put in by the Valley on a difficult pitch and the visitors made the most of the conditions bowling out the Waters for 136 in 61 overs.

The Valley also looked sharp with the bat cruising to 0-35 before Galvin struck, taking three late wickets as the visitors ended play on 4-60 with Darryl Stranger taking the other wicket.

Waters captain Sean Flynn said his side had not made enough runs but Galvin’s wickets, two of which knocked stumps out of the ground, left his side hopeful it could still win.

“We need six wickets and they need 76 runs so we are still in it,” Flynn said.

“Galvin bowled beautifully and turned the game in the last 45 minutes of play. He generated some good pace and bounce.”

Earlier, the Waters batsmen were unable to form enough partnerships, with only Dean Connell (37), Galvin (32) and Harry Cowling (22) looking threatening against the in-form Valley attack.

“We didn’t get enough contributions from the middle order,” Flynn said. “It was a good toss to win and I would have bowled as well but we would have liked to make more runs.”

Regardless of their small total, Flynn still believes a good first hour could swing the match his side’s way. “Hopefully, we can generate some more nicks and can get a few early wickets,” he said.

“We have had some good individual performances this season, with Galvin in form and Luke Turner taking wickets recently. Hopefully, we can have a good hour and set up a memorable win.”

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Round up from golf clubs

Kapunda Golf 2/2/2013
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Men

Lower North Hire & Civil monthly medal winner: W Skinner 68.

A grade D. Carson 71, M. Mickan 72,C. McKnight 72, J. Shephard 72

B Grade M. Dew 70, M. Menzel 70, D.Crockett 73

C.Grade T. Moritz 72, D.Perry 74

Women

Women winner: I. Smith 75, C.Pfitzner 78, W. Wilson 79

Tanunda Golf

Saturday stroke competition and medallist qualifying round.

Overall winner G Vassiliadis 68.

A grade

B. Grocke 71 c/b, r/u S. Maddaford 71

B grade

C Fechner 71 c/b, r/u P Lawrie 71

C grade

G Vassiliadis 68, r/u P Othams 72; Ladies P Henschke 76, r/u D Reichelt 79.

Long drives:

A grade M Zubriinich

B grade C Lockhart

C grade P Giersch

Ladies P Henschke; Rockford Hole J Blechynden.

NTP 6th G Vassiliadis (Peter Lehmann); 8th J Gooden (Langmeil); 11th P Othams (Yalumba); 16th T George (Rusden); 7th hole 2nd shot J Cullen (TPGC).

Rundown:

M Woodrow 72, P Lithgow 72, R McDevitt 73, T George 73, M Rodda, B Veevers, M Schulz, R Casey, T Jenkins all 74.

Sunday stableford competition:

S Escritt 38, R McDevitt 35, J Phillips 32, F Blackwell 31, S Rawlinson 30, B Burns 30, R Casey 28, G Phillips (Links Lady Bay) 27, A Robinson 15.

Wednesday Men’s stableford competition.

Individual Overall Net

B Hage 37, J Hongell 36, F Contestabile 35, J Denley 34, W Fechner 34, J Gooden 33, J Blechynden 33, A Coutie, B Veevers, G Vassiliadis all 32, C McMillan 31, G Lamshed 31, D Cock 29, M Allanson 28, S Rawlinson 28, B Andrews 27, G Bittner, C Crichton, D Forrest all 26, B Ronan 25, B Eckermann 25, D Hemsley 24, N O’Brien 22.

Individual GA Net

A grade: B Hage 37, J Blechynden 33, A Coutie 32, B Veevers 32, C McMillan 31, M Allanson 28, S Rawlinson 28, G Bittner 26, C Crichton 26, N O’Brien 22.

Individual GA Net

B grade: J Hongell 36, F Contestabile 35, J Denley 34, W Fechner 34, J Gooden 33, G Vassiliadis 32, G Lamshed 31, D Cock 29, B Andrews 27, D Forrest 26, B Ronan 25, B Eckermann 25, D Hemsley 24.

Ladies Par competition:

L Price -1, A Myatt -2, L Montfort -3, J Jeffries, D Ahrens, C Lienert, L Semmler all -4, F Blackwell -5, J MacPhail -7, C Hongell -7, D Reichelt -8, A Wells -8.

Thursday Twilight Golf stableford competition:

P Jeffries 30, J Cullen (Highercombe) 20, K Owen 20, P Othams 19, L Semmler 19, P Lawrie, S Escritt, L Montfort, B Andrews all 18, P Giersch, R Newstead, S Rawlinson, M Allanson all 17, T Saegenschnitter 16, B Owen 16, D Reichelt 15, M Woodrow 15, D Newstead 14, A Henschke 13, S Othams 11, A Robinson 10, P Sumner (Highercombe) 10, J Kleinig 9.

Mt Pleasant Golf

Saturday stroke (Roesler Cup) competition

A grade: P Sando 66, S Tregenza, T Mitchell, D Higgins all 71, A Wake 73.

B grade: T Vine 67, E Bishop 68, C Noble 68, D McQueen 70, T Lehmann 72.

NTP 2nd A Wake; 12th K Vine; 14th A Wake; 18th T Lehmann.

Birdies: T Lehmann 12 & 2.

Ladies stroke – Beth Wright Summer Trophy: M Need 68, B Wright 71, F Henschke 76. NTP 18th B Wright.

Gawler Golf

Wednesday Ladies

The ladies competition is back in action for the year and Marion Bow managed to take the Hi-Beam Car Wash sponsored voucher. A nett 79 saw her win, followed by Kaye Korber with nett 81. Kay won NTP on the 4th hole, also holing the birdie.

Thursday

Many players started, not too many finished. The rain at Gawler drowned a few of the players out, but those who finished the stroke round in the rain scored relatively well. Jeffery Norman Williams came out on top, shooting a nett 70 in the ACR 73 course conditions. Runner up was in-form Dale Elleray, with nett 71. NTP 4th S Noack (Elders Real Estate); 6th J Williams (Spencer Flooring); 11th D Nguyen (Elders); 18th D Dare (Criterion). Ball winners: S Noack, R Morris, D Nguyen, B Pipe, P Pogas, M Dawes, P Heffernan, C Swinstead. Birdie balls: J Williams, D Elleray, B Pogas, D Nguyen, J Assender, R Flett, T Bow, H Smits, S Noack.

Midweek

David Weatherly came back from the brink and shot 39 points, with runner up being Rob Malone shooting 38. Ball winners: R Lyons, J Martin, G Barber, R Fraser, B Santini, M Richer, A Yule, J Fowler, D Stewart, T Korber all 35. Birdies: S Francas, D Stewart, M Williams, I Chaplin, M Richer.

Saturday

The monthly medal sponsored by T&S Refrigeration was up for grabs. In the weather, competitors played stroke off the back markers with tricky pin-positions. Dane Vidakovic had no problems with the longer course at all, shooting a nett 65 and winning the monthly medal. Lesley Jeffery won the ladies competition, with nett 71. A grade: B Marsh, M Williams, B Pogas all 71; B grade: D Vidakovic 65, D Goodwin 68, J Vandommele 69. C grade: M Barlow 70, T Milics 72, C Atkinson 72. Ladies winner: L Jeffery 71. NTPs and long drives: 2nd A Sota (Uleybury Wines); St Kilda Hotel 3rd long drive C McKenzie; 4th D Nguyen (Giannitto Hotel Group); 6th C Ramsay (Kingsford Hotel); 3rd shot 9th D Nguyen (Roseworthy Hotel); Fasta Pasta long drive 10th D Nguyen; 11th C Thornton (Hi Beam Car/Dog Wash); 14th M Cogan (Pizza Works Pizza); 16th D Pascu (Willaston Hotel). Comp balls: G Caldwell, G Gray, B Leighton, D Harte, G Page, R Roy, R Taverner, R Polito, D Steel, A Gardner, G Barber, J Agar, G Schultz, C Ramsay, A Amber, D Heywood, T Dowling, A Paul, D Pascu, D Wall, C Swinstead, G McCollum, C Thornton (c/b 74).

Sunday

Good weather saw a fantastic field play in the competition at Gawler. Low scores saw Doug Stewart win on a count back from L Chiappetta, both with 37 points. Ball winners: G Barber, P Heffernan, J Agar. Birdies: G Barber, R McNamara, P Heffernan, D Stewart, L Chiappetta, K Songer.

Barossa Golf Report

Saturday

Saturday stroke competition winner C Hughes 67. A grade R Thiele 70, r/u S O’Neil 70; B grade P Temme 71, r/u G Fechner 71; C grade C Hughes 67, r/u K Bockmann 71.

A grade

(34 players): P Twelftree 70, N Ward 71, D Brook 72, J Gerhardy 72, J Alderson 73, P McCarthy 73.

B grade

(29 players): P Baldwin 73, D Venning, S Miller, C Campbell all 74, G Laucke 75.

C grade

(34 players): L Hampel, C Sims, G Dungey all 72, C Laucke 73, G Maxted 73, M Graetz 74.

Ladies competition winner P Homburg 69, T Ross 70, C Farley 70.

NTP 3rd J Kay; 4th 2nd shot P Twelftree; 6th L Hunter; 10th 2nd shot R Thiele; 12th N Ward; 17th D Batterbury.

Long drives

A grade T Turnbull; B grade G Fechner; C grade A Small.

Putting competition: Men’s – G Hunter 24 putts; Ladies – B Both 27 putts.

Midweek stroke competition winner I Wigley 68, r/u C Linden 69.

Ball winners: M Pfeiffer 70, K Bockmann 70, R Hampel 71, A Edwards 72, L Collins, J Mosey, B Perry all 73, B Lythgoe 74.

NTP 6th T Giles; 15th J Mosey.

4BBB: B Lythgoe, R Hampel 45.

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Brisbane’s $60.5 million repair bill after wild weather

Brisbane’s repair bill for the storms, winds and floods last week is $60.5 million, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has told reporters touring the renovated City Hall.
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But changes to the national disaster funding arrangements now meant the council had to pay about $23 million of that bill, Cr Quirk said.

He said the situation would be discussed with Senator Joe Ludwig who is the federal government minister assisting Queensland’s flood recovery.

“I suspect there will be some negotiations occurring between the state and federal governments,” Cr Quirk said.

“I hope so. To remove the restoration of damages to community groups and to parks, I think is unfortunate.

“I would hope that they would be restored.

“But as of December they were removed from the national disaster guidelines.”

Brisbane’s $60.5 million in flood costs includes $16.4 million for roads, $13 million in park damage, $9.4 million in damage to bridges and the seawall near Sandgate, $11.2 million for the city’s counter-disaster funding and clean-up, plus $845,000 in damage to community facilities.

The $23 million that cannot be claimed by BCC under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements scheme is the $13 million in parks damage, one-half of the roads damage, $1 million in clean-up costs, plus the $845,000 damages to community group facilities.

He said he had yesterday asked council staff to breakdown the repairs to the city into fortnightly time frames.

All repairs should be finished in 12 months.

Cr Quirk said it was too early to judge the impact of finding the additional $23 million on Brisbane City Council rates rise for 2013.

The $23 million was on top of the $100 million that Brisbane City Council still had to find from the 2011 floods.

More to come …

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