Jun 20

Man, dog and ute roll down embankment

A man and his dog have escaped death after the ute they were travelling in lost control and rolled down an embankment at the weekend.
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Tweed Police Inspector Jim Kain said the car was travelling south on Tweed Valley Way, to Murwillumbah when the crash happened.

“He failed to navigate a right hand bend near Green Hills Caravan park,” he said.

“The car crashed head on with a three and slid down an embankment.”

Murwillumbah NSW Fire and Rescue captain Greg Hayes said the embankment was two metres high.

Read more at The Tweed Daily News

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Jun 20

Fast tracking new Tweed police station to save money

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest hopes the new Tweed Heads police station and local court plans progress quickly to save taxpayer dollars.
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On Tuesday morning, My Daily News broke the story that a development application for the new Wharf St precinct had been lodged with Tweed Shire Council.

The plans showed a three-storey building with an underground car park.

Mr Provest told the Daily News he expected to hear if the station would go ahead soon.

“I would say we will hear the decision within three months,” he said.

Read more at The Tweed Daily News

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Jun 20

Work starts on Cleveland ambo station 

RECONSTRUCTION work is due to start this week on the Cleveland Ambulance Station in Wellington Street, nearly three yearsafter it was gutted by fire in one of the worst arson attacks in Redland City.
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The Cleveland ambulance building was extensively damaged and three newly purchased ambulance vehicles destroyed. The total cost of replacing the building will be $4.3 million.

The station was relocated to nearby Enterprise Street in Cleveland, where it will remain until the new building is complete.

After the fire, Cleveland MP Mark Robinson vowed to ensure the station would be rebuilt as soon as possible.

This week he said reconstruction works were on track. The contract for the work was awarded to Nairn Constructions and completion is due in June 2014.

A 23-year-old Wellington Point woman was charged with entering with intent, two counts of arson, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of house-breaking tools after the fire ripped through the five-vehicle station in the early hours of Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

The matter was listed for mention in Brisbane District Court on Friday and was listed again for mention on November 11.

The burned Cleveland Ambulance Station on Wellington Street. Photo: Chris McCormack

The burned Cleveland Ambulance Station on Wellington Street. Photo: Chris McCormack

The burned Cleveland Ambulance Station on Wellington Street. Photo: Chris McCormack

The burned Cleveland Ambulance Station on Wellington Street. Photo: Chris McCormack

Demolition works started on the site after the fire in 2010. Photos: Chris McCormack

Demolition works started on the site after the fire in 2010. Photos: Chris McCormack

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Jun 20

Council backs Chewton pool

A request for operational funding for the Chewton Swimming Pool was given the green light at the Mount Alexander Shire Council meeting last Tuesday night.
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Councillor Christine Henderson put forward a notice of motion requesting funds to provide ongoing support to Chewton Pool Incorporated for the operation of the pool.

In 2011, the council resolved to allocate $25,000 a year to support the operation of the pool. That funding agreement expires in 2014. In order to renew its appointment as a Committee of Management with the DSE, now known as the Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI), Chewton Pool Inc. needs to demonstrate that it has ongoing support from the council.

In her report, Cr Henderson said that the current funding arrangement between Chewton Pool Inc. and the council falls substantially below the actual running costs associated with operating the pool. The motion proposed for the council to continue to provide funding and that funding levels be increased to $35,000 for 2013-2014, to $38,000 for 2014-2015, to $40,000 for 2015-2016 and for $40,000 again for 2016-2017.

Cr Henderson’s motion noted that the pool has proved to be popular, with over 7000 people using it in the recent swimming season. Also noted was that implicit in the funding proposal was the expectation that Chewton Pool Inc. is successful in extending the term of its agreement or forming a new agreement with DEPI until at least the end of the 2017 swimming season, and if not, that funding will cease after the 2013-2014 financial year.

During question time, the president of Chewton Pool Inc., Fritz Hammersley, spoke in support of Cr Henderson’s motion.

“I think it is an excellent proposal and I speak on behalf of everyone on the committee,” Mr Hammersley said.

Councillor Jess Howard questioned locking in funding amounts on an agreement between DEPI and Chewton Pool Inc. when future costs may be unknown.

“I do want to support this motion but I have grave concerns about committing funds into the future,” Cr Howard said.

Councillor Sharon Telford commented that this was something the council had been considering for some months and was not something that was being taken lightly.

Councillor Tim Barber said that the Chewton community taking over operation of the pool had saved the council “quite a bit of money, especially considering the capital improvements that have been undertaken”.

“I feel that we should take that into consideration,” Cr Barber said.Cr Henderson said she was anticipating that DEPI would again commit to three years of funding as they had previously done.The motion was carried with a unanimous vote from all seven councillors.

Mount Alexander Shire councillor, Christine Henderson (centre) with Chewton Pool Inc. committee member, Gerard Oldman (and Biscuit the pooch), treasurer Bronwyn Dawson, president Fritz Hammersley and his son Dashielle, committee member Helen McGeachin and secretary Damian Mason at the Chewton Pool.

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Jun 20

Lachie Malloy awarded Lions best and fairest

MDFL – Lachie Malloy has been named Rhodes Plumbing Great Western Lions best and fairest for 2013.
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Malloy played every game this year, booted 20 goals and received five Mininera and District Football League best on ground nominations.

He was a stand out in the midfield, provided great leadership throughout the season and was a much-deserved winner of the award.

Defender and previous Lions best and fairest winner, Robert Garley took home the senior runner up best and fairest honours.

Onballer Jayson Smith received the Great Western reserves best and fairest for season 2013.

In his first season with the club, the hard running midfielder showed superb skills and led the way with his attack on the ball.

Smith just edged out Lions ruckman Craig Cooper for the top honours.

It was a successful season for all involved with the Great Western reserves, who claimed their maiden MDFL premiership against Wickliffe Lake Bolac.

Defender Adam Bullock received the senior coach’s award, while fellow defender Clint Slorach picked up the most consistent award.

Despite missing four games this season, Lee Ann Moana managed to take out the A grade Great Western netball vote count with Georgia Notting claiming the runner up spoils.

Moana was also runner up in the League vote count for 2013.

Emma Leggett took home the B grade netball best and fairest from Mollie Simpson, while C grade was shared between Kate Ramsdell and Emma Fiscalini.

Bianca Beasley finished runner up behind the winning C grade pair.

Great Western Lions’ senior best and fairest Lachie Malloy.

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