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    Swim Club carnival success

    2018 - 08.16

    Racing away: Competitors came from all across the Mid North Coast to race in Wauchope Champion: William Newell had 4 big wins at the carnival

    Lucky: Despite the recent rain, carnival day was a sunny success

    Big day: Brianna Bailey and Rosie Ferguson with their participation ribbons

    Little legend: Pheobe Bentley in first place at the carnival

    THE weather gods were smiling on the Wauchope Amateur Swimming Club over the weekend when they hosted their annual carnival.

    The club entered 28 competitors and claimed 17 1st place positions, 9 2nd place positions and 16 3rd place positions.

    The club also came 3rd in the 10 yrs. and under relay and 3rd in the 11 yrs. and over relay.

    The local results from the carnival were as follows:

    Jack Bailey (15 yrs.) – 3 x 1st place and 1 x 2nd place

    Pheobe Bentley (10 yrs.) – 2 x 1st place, 1 x 2nd place and 1 x 3rd place

    Sophie Bentley (6 yrs.) – 1 x 1st place, 2 x 2nd place and 1 x 3rd place

    Kate Brown (9 yrs.) – 1 x 3rd place

    Charlie Ferguson (7 yrs.) – 1 x 1st place, 1 x 2nd place and 1 x 3rd place

    Layne Foster (14 yrs.) – 2 x 3rd place

    Sarah Garrett (9 yrs.) – 3 x 1st place

    Evie Gill (7 yrs.) – 1 x 1st place and 1 x 3rd place

    Alexander Moore (15 yrs.) – 1 x 1st place

    Will Newell (7 yrs.) – 4 x 1st place

    Oliver Hooper (8 yrs.) – 1 x 3rd place

    Monique Rudder (11 yrs.) – 1 x 2nd place

    Danielle Stone (14 yrs.) – 1 x 2nd place and 2 x 3rd place

    Brayden Worth (8 yrs.) – 1 x 1st place, 2 x 2nd place and 1 x 3rd place

    Nathanial Worth (6 yrs.) – 3 x 3rd place

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    LETTER: Consultation not good enough

    2018 - 08.16

    The Tribune welcomes letters to the editor.Dear Editor,

    A proposal from the Yass Council to significantly increase local rates in residential, business and rural areas has been put to the community so that the Council can claim that it’s been through a compulsory consultative ‘window dressing’ process, as required by the IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal).

    To achieve this consultation, rate payers from Yass and Murrumbateman attended public meetings and were subjected to an information charade to give the impression that such consultation had occurred.

    A Power Point presentation supporting the General Manager was a ‘smoke and mirrors’ job, failing to communicate anything that might remotely have persuaded those who were in attendance to agree to the proposal.

    There was also a clear threat made that, if the proposed 10.9 per cent increase was not accepted, then Council services would be reduced and that we’d pay for our non-compliance with the loss of regular services. A more barefaced case of blackmail would be hard to find.

    The Mayor, who chaired the meetings, and the General Manager, in particular, faced a barrage of questions from angry ratepayers and there was no holding back regarding very large and unexplained Council wage increases and also other questionable lurks and perks and of the questionable worth of a large number of property investments from which almost nothing is being earned.

    It is conceded that times are tight, but for Council to give any credibility to a 10.95 rate increase proposal, it must demonstrate that it is prepared to correct existing overgenerous and wasteful practices and cut its existing expenditures by at least 10.9 per cebt, rather than to try to milk the easy cash cow of the ratepayers.

    At one of these meetings, a suggestion was made that there should be a show of hands to give a numerical hard edge to the feelings of the meetings, but regrettably this was refused by the Mayor, which is really rather a pity!

    Personally, I had a real sense of pride at the knowhow of those rate payers attending the meetings who were really representing the feelings of the whole community.

    It was Vox Populi – the voice of the people – which was speaking and Council would be very stupid not to hear it!

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    Clean out and drop off household chemicals

    2018 - 08.16

    A free household chemical clean-out drop-off point will be available to Cessnock City residents at the Cessnock Council depot onSaturday, February 7.

    Council’s Environment and Waste Services Manager, Michael Alexander, hopes residents make the most of the free service.

    “Residents can safely dispose of unwanted household materials such as old car batteries, motor oils, paint products, household cleaners and poisons,” Mr. Alexander said.

    “The new year is a great time to clean out your home, car or garage of any unwanted chemicals.”

    Household quantities up to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms of a single item are able to be dropped off.

    Business-related and commercial quantities of chemicals will not be accepted.

    The council depot is located on Old Maitland Road and will be open 9am to 3.30pm Saturday for the drop-off.

    The 2014 initiative collected 10 tonnes of household hazardous chemicals that may otherwise have been destined to landfill.

    The household chemical cleanout is a NSW EPA ‘waste less, recycle more’ initiative funded from the waste levy.

    For a full list of materials or more information, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or visit www.cleanout苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

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    Two grass fires reported in 24 period

    2018 - 08.16

    Whyalla Metropolitan Fire Service attended two grass fire blazes within a 24 hour period over the weekend.

    At about 2am on Saturday, January 31, crews attended a call out to a small bark chip fire in Civic Park.

    Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) member Andrew Higgins said the crew was yet to determine the cause of the fire.

    “The fire was distinguished by the crew with one pressure line,” he said.

    At about 6pm on Sunday, February 1 crews were called to another small grass fire on Fisk Street.

    Mr Higgins said crews had to climb a fence to get access to the fire before it was extinguished.

    He said the cause of the second fire was also undetermined at this stage.

    “It could be anything, cigarette butts, glass reflecting sunlight, although that’s pretty uncommon,” he said.

    “We just keep an eye out, and obviously SAPOL keep an eye out for known offenders to make sure they’re not the cause of these fires.”

    Mr Higgins encouraged locals to report any suspicious activity to the police, and report all fires to the MFS.

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    LETTER: There are other ways

    2018 - 08.16

    The Tribune welcomes letters to the editor.Dear Editor,

    It’s astounding that Yass Council wants to increase the burden on ratepayers by 10.9 per cent when it is proposing nothing to make savings in its own operations.

    We have all seen Council’s waste and mismanagement on display – idle ‘workers’(due to poor organisation), the habit of arriving late and leaving early, idle equipment and so on. Council no doubt believes it can afford to turn a blind eye to inefficiencies and high costs in its operations because it feels no competitive pressure and no-one can find out what is going on. It feels no need to deliver better value.

    Council told the community meeting in Yass on January 27 that it would have to cut services if it couldn’t get the rate increase it wants. That threat should be rejected because it shows that Council is not prepared to reduce its operating expenses and improve productivity. Businesses all round Australia are having to reduce costs and work smarter; there is no reason why Yass Council cannot do the same.

    Only council knows where and how its operations can be made more efficient, so it’s time for Council to tell ratepayers how it will lift its game to avoid the proposed rate increase.

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