POLL: Funds flow for Eden port

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A host of key projects, including a major wharf upgrade, have been announced by Eden-Monaro MPMike Kelly on his way to Eden this morning.
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The announcements are hoped to be the catalyst for much-needed maritime and tourism growth.

On Tuesday heconfirmed crucial federal funding of $10 million for the $24.5 million EdenPort Strategy Infrastructure project.In the next breath he announced the port had been chosen to import wind farm components for the high country, with the first phase to start in March 2014.

Then, confirmation a wave energy test buoy will soon be installed in Twofold Bay.

Dr Kelly is expected to formally make his announcement at 12.30pm today (Tuesday) at Eden Wharf.

The $10 million funding comes from the Regional Development Australia fund round four, designed for shovel-ready key infrastructure projects in towns with populations less than 30,000.It will fund the creation of a safer port to cater for larger vessels such as cruise ships, cargo ships and oil field supply vessels as well as recreational craft.

Dredging to nine metres will create a 150m-wide navigation channel into the port, to allow vessels with a draft of up to 9m to berth at a platform instead of anchoring in Twofold Bay, or avoiding the port altogether.

“The Port of Eden is a fantastic asset for us, the best deep water port in Australia, and we will finally be taking advantage of its potential,” Dr Kelly said.

“Not only will this bring up to 2000 passengers into Eden every week, but I have talked to Deane’s buslines about running tailored packages throughout the region – showing off our Indigenous cultural experiences, historic villages, boutique wine and food, fishing and the High Country.”

Other infrastructure includes a fixed-panel wave attenuator, navigation and circulation infrastructure and road upgrades to cater for heavy vehicle access.

For pedestrians, there is a 500m boardwalk that will connect the port to the Eden CBD and Cattle Bay.The funding comes with the expectation it will be matched dollar for dollar by local, state governments and private investors.

The NSW Government has previously indicated it will invest $5m, while Bega Valley Shire Council, the applicant, will come to the table with $2m.The remaining $6.5m is expected to be raised through private investment.

Dr Kelly reconfirmed his dream to make the Bega Valley the silicon valley of Australia, adding he had been in talks with private investors who are keen to visit Eden to with a view to investing in renewable energy and other technologies.

In a nutshell:

– Import wind farm components from March, 800 truck movements a day.

– Wave energy test buoy to be installed.

– Private investors keen to visit Eden.

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St Pat’s player’s home town mourns

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FUNERAL arrangements have not yet been finalised for StPat’s rugby league player Brendon Collits, whose death has shocked the club.
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Mr Collits was killed when his car left the road and strucka tree at Mandurama on Saturday afternoon while he was driving back to Bathurstfrom his home town of Forbes.

He had celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday.

St Pat’s cancelled its scheduled Group 10 matches againstOrange CYMS on Sunday as players struggled to come to terms with the news.

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Residents of Forbes, and the nearby village of Eugowra,where Mr Collits has family ties, are also struggling to come to terms with thenews.

Mr Collits is the son of a wellknown Forbes couple, Mark andKath, and a brother to Jonathon and Laura.

The Forbes Advocate reported that Mr Collits was known inthe town due to his popularity and sporting ability shown during his schoolyears. He was school captain at Forbes Primary, and had representative honoursin athletics, rugby league, touch football and cricket during his time atForbes High.

St Pat’s player-coach Mick Armstrong said on Sunday thathe’d had contact with Mr Collits’ parents.

“Brendon’s dad Mark came in to see us and told us to keepour heads up,” he said.

“I can’t imagine what Mark and Kath are going through, butthey are being incredibly strong.

Brendon Collits.

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Heritage listing

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BECAUSE UNESCO has expanded Tasmania’s World Heritage area listing (The Examiner, June 25), can we expect a substantial cheque is in the mail from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee? Probably not.
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And that will mean an even greater burden on the Tasmanian budget to finance the maintenance of these areas.

Of course supporters of these added listings will point to the economic advantages that will come as a result.

We should be saying to those supporters “show us the colour of your money”.

There is no evidence that vast areas of World Heritage make any financial contributions of significance to the economy, but indisputable evidence that costs to the state are considerable and now will increase.

Furthermore, because many of these new listings extend the boundaries of previous listings, will the demand now be made to protect these “new boundaries”?

– TREVOR G. COWELL, Perth.

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GALLERY: Netball grand finals

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Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots. Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.
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Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

Under 14 grand final. Cherry Ripes defeated Pink Polka Dots.

The Cadets grand final was won by the Bluebirds against the Mungbeans.

The Cadets grand final was won by the Bluebirds against the Mungbeans.

The Cadets grand final was won by the Bluebirds against the Mungbeans.

The Cadets grand final was won by the Bluebirds against the Mungbeans.

The Cadets grand final was won by the Bluebirds against the Mungbeans.

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Bypass bridge naming delay

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THE NSW Department of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has postponed naming the Kempsey bypass bridge to further consider additional community feedback.
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The decision on the name of the bridge was originally to have been announced by the end of June.

An RMS spokesperson said in a statement last Friday that it is taking the time to make the right decision on naming what is Australia’s longest road bridge.

“Due to the volume of public feedback, it is clear this issue is one which is important to the Kempsey community, so it’s important the RMS gets it right and takes the time to consider all options,” the spokesperson said.

“The last round of community consultation closed on Wednesday, June 19 and since then a rush of submissions has been received.

“The name Macleay River Bridge was to be selected if there was no clear preference but after the RMS received almost 900 written and online submissions with about 70 names suggested, a name was recommended which recognised the history of the area and the community.

“The recommended name of Kempsey Bridge was announced and further feedback was received.

“The next step in the naming process is to collate and consider all public feedback which has been received.

“It is important RMS adequately considers all the new feedback before making a final decision on the naming of the Macleay River and floodplain bridge and for other key pieces of infrastructure along the bypass.

“A final decision will be made in coming weeks.”

Long process: the as-yet unnamed Kempsey bypass bridge

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Seal our street

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KERANG residents are petitioning the Gannawarra Shire Council to see a dusty gravel road sealed with bitumen.
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Nine residents and users of Pyramid Crescent have called on the council to see a gravel section between Cleeland Place and Victoria Street sealed.

The road reserve extends from East Street through to Victoria Street. Access is only available from the East Street end through to Fogarty Lane.

Pyramid Crescent resident, Jim McLeish wrote a letter to council with signatures from other residents aggrieved with the state of the road.

“At the moment the dust is atrocious. After it rains the road is nearly impassable and dangerous at the Cleeland Place end,” he said.

Mr McLeish said Pyramid Crescent is one of the few streets in Kerang that is not bitumen.

“We pay the same rates as everybody else,” he said.

Gannawarra Shire Council says sealing the road would only benefit a small number of properties and have a minimal community benefit for utilising council funds.

At the monthly council meeting on Wednesday, infrastructure, planning and regulatory services director, Geoff Rollinson recommended officers investigate and gauge the financial support of the residents for the development of the special charges scheme.

Mr Rollinson provided estimate sealing construction costs of $51,000 plus $20,200 for drainage.

Council would need to allocate within the 10-year capital works plan for no less than $18,000.

“Council currently has a list of roads where some community benefit would be achieved if funding for upgrades became available,” Mr Rollinson said.

“Pyramid Crescent does not appear on that list.”

Prior to the formation of the Gannawarra Shire Council, the Borough of Kerang did not see the sealing of the road as a significant community benefit as a “no-through road” with primary access to only two dwellings.

The council has used a road dust suppression product on the section of road for dust control.

Officers will prepare a report for presentation at the August council meeting.

DUSTY, DAMP: The northern section of Pyramid Crescent.

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Connor concern

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MEANDER Valley Councillor Andrew Connor dismisses recent letters from the public who express concern about the National Broadband Network (Letters, June 27).
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This follows him referring to people who attended an NBN forum I hosted with Malcolm Turnbull recently as “senior citizens” and nowhere near representative of the community.

Mr Connor stated at the forum that there was no need to undertake a business case for the billions being spent on the NBN and has incorrectly referred to the existing copper network as simply rotting in the ground. It will be news to many scientists that copper rots!

As an elected representative, Mr Connor should be more considerate and respectful of public views that don’t coincide with his zealous defence of Labor’s poorly-considered broadband plans.

– ANDREW NIKOLIC, Liberal Candidate for Bass.

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Lacking evidence

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THE response from Road Safety Advisory Council chairman John Gledhill to the editorial by Martin Gilmour regarding the implementation of the 90km/h speed limit on certain roads failed to produce any hard evidence to support the proposal.
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Instead he focused on an emotional argument, which would suggest the proponents of the proposal are desperate to get the message over the line in the face of growing opposition from councils and the public at large.

Eighty per cent of the submissions to the Legislative Council Select Committee were opposed to the proposal, but it would seem the Minister is hell- bent on progressing the changes.

The more recent letter by DIER secretary Norm McIlfatrick also avoids providing hard evidence to support the proposal and instead raises the spurious argument of scientific data as the criteria instead of looking at the real world situation.

Have any of these scientific data experts ever driven on the Cradle Mountain link road at 90km/h as just one example? It’s a recipe for inattentive driving.

Like many other drivers I am not convinced that a reduction in speed will achieve the claimed objective of 100 less serious injuries and fatalities over six years.

As I said previously – commonsense needs to prevail as well as a rational look at the real facts.

– BARRY OLIVER, Newnham.

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Traffic control

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AN IDEA that could prove beneficial to the current discussions of traffic control on our main highways.
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Tasmania’s rather unique road systems don’t lend to signage as perhaps other states do and I suggest there be a colour-coded centre line replacing the present white marker and coded to the colour depicting the given speed for that area, making the driver aware at all times of the speed zone he or she is travelling in.

Signage on our roads today is mostly ignored, therefore promoting speeding, but with a code line the person driving cannot be unaware of the correct km/h they are governed to, while in so many cases today drivers are unaware of signs no matter how expensive they are.

– GEOFF SMEDLEY, Launceston.

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Calisthenics College raises funds for new costumes 

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STAWELL – Grampians Calisthenics College held a successfulMother’s Day raffle this year, raising almost five hundred dollars to purchasenew costumes.
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Ava Duxson was first prize winner and she received a onenight bed and breakfast stay at the Mercure Hotel in Melbourne.

Michelle McKay took home second prize, a Hello Gorgeous $100gift basket and Sarah Harrison was drawn third and received a basket of goodiesfrom Stawell Florist, Stawell Craft Shop, Lorraine Lea Linen and WestwayNursery.

Grampians Calisthenics College would like to thank everyonewho supported the club by purchasing tickets as well as Shop On Main for theirsupport in allowing the college to sell tickets in their establishment.

The College also expresses its thanks to Mercure HotelMelbourne, Hello Gorgeous, Stawell Florist, Stawell Craft Shop, Lorraine LeaLinen and Westway Nursery for their raffle prize donations.

The raffle raised a total of $490.

Pictured celebrating a successful raffle (back) Michelle McKay, Ava Duxson and Cheryl Duxson; (front) Ebony Harrison and Jimmy Duxson.

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