City apartment boom dwarfs government projections

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Melbourne’s residential apartment boom is set to leave the central business district, Southbank and Docklands flooded with dwellings far outweighing the requirements predicted by the state government.

A research project by RMIT over the past nine months has found there are about 85,000 apartments and new residences either built or in the pipeline in Melbourne’s central city area in the decade between 2011 and 2021.

The government’s own Victoria in Future study, released in May, shows about 43,000 new dwellings needed for the area over the period covered by the RMIT analysis.

However, Planning Minister Matthew Guy continues to sign off on skyscrapers in the city and at the new suburb of Fishermans Bend, and last week shrugged off concerns there was a looming oversupply problem for Melbourne.

On Sunday, his spokeswoman said: “Any suggestion the government has or will approve anything like 85,000 apartments in central Melbourne is utterly false and grossly misleading.”

The research by RMIT used data from Melbourne City Council’s development activity monitor. It included a range of completed projects, under construction, and those slated to be built but not yet begun throughout the CBD and surrounds, plus the fledgling suburb of Fishermans Bend.

Since coming to office in December 2010, Mr Guy has approved about 90 buildings in Melbourne’s central city area, recently telling a group of property lawyers it was the biggest building boom “since the gold rush”.

His predecessor as planning minister Justin Madden approved about a third as many buildings in four years in the job.

The research by RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies adds to warnings from the Reserve Bank last week – and from researchers including BIS Shrapnel and Moody’s Analytics – that there are too many apartments being built.

Moody’s warned in July of a “housing glut”.

RMIT planning expert Michael Buxton, who worked on the research, said Melburnians should be alarmed at the number of skyscrapers being approved.

“We are in the big league of high rise internationally – there are very few cities approving the scale of what we are,” he said.

He criticised the pace and secrecy with which Mr Guy was approving skyscrapers, saying so many so quickly was unprecedented. “This is a really irresponsible way of planning a city.”

Professor Buxton said the high-rise towers being built were creating wind and overshadowing problems, and were “among the world’s worst energy performers”.

The apartment construction boom has in part been driven by development money coming to Australia from south-east Asia since 2009.

Analyst Charter Keck Cramer found last year that international property developers in Melbourne’s central city area were expected to be involved in almost half of the CBD’s development by 2015 – up from 10 per cent in 2008.

Its report found Melbourne’s central city apartment market was “no longer acting as a traditional housing sub-market to service the basic accommodation needs to the city’s growing population”.

Instead, globalised investment into apartments was funnelling money into Melbourne, as it was into cities such as Toronto, London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Charter Keck Cramer director Robert Papaleo said apartments in Melbourne had become part of a global market, but that prices and rents would adjust to balance any serious oversupply.

Victorian Property Council executive director Jennifer Cunich said not all of the planning applications approved by Mr Guy would be built.

“If the developer decides there is no market there, I think it would be unlikely they would risk capital in doing that,” she said.

She said the high-rise boom was bringing life to the city centre. “If people are in the city, those services [health and education] will follow. If it’s managed well … you can get a very vibrant city.”

Ms Cunich said that, if rents did drop in the central city, “isn’t that a good outcome?”

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures last week showed Victoria’s population continued to grow dramatically, with almost 109,000 people moving to the state in the year to March.

Meanwhile, another planning academic warned both sides of politics had adopted a “big, shovel-ready projects” ideology, often ignoring what people needed.

“The high-rise building boom in Melbourne is another example of a big project that the state government can say it accomplished,” said Carolyn Whitzman, an urban planning professor at Melbourne University.

But it could only be accomplished by “ignoring any sense [of] what good planning is, through approving things with very shonky planning practice, by not really costing out the alternatives, not costing out the social consequences. But hey, it’s a big achievement and shows planning can do something in Victoria.”

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Firefighting authorities working together on planned burns

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CFA volunters from Sassafras, Selby and Dixons Creek take part in an exercise near Plenty Gorge.CFA volunteers will increasingly join fire crews from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to conduct planned burns across Victoria, under a new partnership to be announced on Monday.
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Under the partnership, which follows a pilot program involving more than 30 burns on public land over the past two years, the fire agencies will work together conducting burns on public land and private land.

Bushfire Response Minister Kim Wells said the new arrangement would cut the risk of bushfires across the state, as well as significantly improve co-ordination between the two firefighting authorities.

Historically, planned burns in Victoria on public land have been conducted by  DEPI crews, with only a limited involvement across Victoria from local CFA brigades. Mr Wells told Fairfax Media that while department crews conducted such burns, “at the same time, there were lots and lots of CFA trucks sitting in sheds, with [the department] trying to do everything”.

Mr Wells said that the new arrangements would give CFA crews a say in nominating which burns were prioritised, and that they could “actually take ownership of some of the planned burns”. He acknowledged that in some places, such as East Gippsland, CFA members had expressed frustration that some parts of the bush had not recently been treated by fuel reduction burning.

“The significant benefit of this will be of course that the relationship between the CFA and [the department] will be a lot closer, if they’re able to do planned burning in the cool seasons. Firstly, the personnel will get to know each other. They will get an understanding of what equipment each agency has, and there’s obviously the issue of communications – which they’ll work on,” he said.

“Strengthening CFA’s partnership with [the department] will provide firefighters with invaluable on-the-ground experience, and training and mentoring from experienced firefighters in a controlled, but real-life environment,” he said.

Asked whether the partnership was about saving money, Mr Wells strongly denied this: “Absolutely not. This is about improving the working relationship between CFA and [the department]. It’s about better use of equipment by both agencies, it’s about the ability to be able to train new CFA volunteers in real, live situations and for me it’s also about the ownership of planned burning around country towns.”

Chief Officer of the CFA, Euan Ferguson, said the trial had been a success. “We’ve had a fantastic reaction from both the [the department] and CFA brigades. I think through the trial we’ve realised that there is an untapped capability within CFA and many brigades are wanting to undertake more burning on public land. The other thing is that because we work together an awful lot, the process of both planning and conducting planned burns, it improves the relationships, it builds forest firefighting skills in the CFA members … it adds to the inter-operability between CFA and [the department], ” he said.

To illustrate the increase in joint operations between the fire agencies, Mr Ferguson said that in 2011-12 CFA crews were involved in 326 planned burns across Victoria over 3960 hectares. In 2012-13 this jumped to 763 planned burns and 5255 hectares. In addition, far more CFA brigades became involved in the burns.

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, conducted after the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, which claimed 173 lives, urged the state to significantly increase the amount of planned burning done across Victoria via an annual rolling target of at least 5 per cent of the state’s public land.

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Drinking session turns ugly for pair

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GRAND final celebrations went a bit too far for two Albury men who started fighting outside the Star Hotel on Saturday.
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The men became involved in a verbal disagreement inside the venue and became aggressive after they were asked to leave.

Co-owner of the Star Hotel Andy Newton said he believed the men had been drinking elsewhere during the day.

“It’s a difficult day because a lot of people are drinking all day and you try to be as careful as you can screening them but one slipped through and they are the ones who spoilt things for everyone else,” he said.

The men were quickly identified as being intoxicated after their arrival and were ejected from the Albury venue about 8pm.

Mr Newton said the fight moved 100 metres down Guinea Street towards Albury High School.

“They made a fuss about being asked to leave and wanted to get back in but weren’t allowed so they started fighting among themselves,” Mr Newton said.

“The thing that started to worry me was when neighbours came out on the street to see what the problem was, so when they got involved we knew we had to get them to move on as quickly as possible.”

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Population to impact health services

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Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort and Mayor Geoff Kettle
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AUTHORITIES say population increasewill drive demand for health services in coming years.

Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan’s population is forecast to increase from 35,800 in 2011 to 38, 750 in 2021 and 41,000 in 3031.

Ageing will bring the most pressure to bear on services.

The draft clinical services plan recommends a new model of care across seven ‘health streams’ in Goulburn.

They are: critical care, medical, surgical, rehabilitation and aged care, child and family services and mental health, drug and alcohol, with ambulatory overarching all of these.

“(The streams) recognise the need to focus more on hospital avoidance and preventing readmission through managing patients in the community in new and innovative ways,” the document states.

Goulburn Health Service general manager Kerry Hort says it is about a vision for the community’s health needs “providing the right care, in the right place at the right time.

“These services need to be designed with patient outcomes and experiences in mind,” she said.

“To achieve this, it will require the right mix of hospital, community and homebased care. As the population and its needs change, this mix of services will also need to adapt to meet that need.

“While the physical infrastructure is an important component, it needs to be considered in a wider context.”

She says there will be an overall increase on the current 102 beds. The report recommends channelling resources to areas of growth and providing flexibility to meet fluctuations in demand over the longer term. The model is described as a more contemporary way of delivering care.

But it will mean cuts in some areas, like the maternity department. Beds are slated to drop from the current 10 to five over the seven to 10-year planning timeframe.

“The current and future proposed models of care – Towards a Normal Birth and Midwifery-led models of care will greatly enhance the delivery of maternity services to the Goulburn population,” Ms Hort said.

“Goulburn averages 300 births a year. The CSP projects only a moderate increase in demand. The models of care will allow the bed base to be more flexible to meet demand, because at present many of the maternity beds are often vacant.”

Paediatric beds would also be reduced from eight to six and two ‘flexible’ surgical beds allocated to another area.

There are wins in other areas, including recommendations for: * A 15-bay emergency department, building on the current nine bays; * A 10-bed critical care unit, four intensive care, two highdependency and four coronary care beds; * 40 overnight acute care beds, up from the current 24; * Establishment of a theatre procedure room.

Importantly, the report recommends establishment of an outpatient clinic with flexible design catering for a number of needs. It will be coupled with programs posing alternatives to hospital admission.

“The core goal of the ambulatory care stream will be to provide treatment and ongoing support for people with chronic or complex conditions which will minimise the need for hospital admission,” the report states.

Ms Skinner is reviewing the document. The challenge then is to score funding, based on the best option.

Both Ms Goward and Cr Kettle have been lobbying Health Minister Jillian Skinner for funding.

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Sharon Creasey’s artwork features on Mental Health Victoria website

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HEALTHY ART: Sharon Creasey with the paintings she entered in an art competition for Mental Health Week. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM resident Sharon Creasey’s artwork has been featured on Mental Health Victoria’s website in the lead up to Mental Health Week.
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Ms Creasey entered two paintings in the Mental Health Week Consumer Art Competition.

The competition supports community involvement for people living with mental illness.

“I didn’t win a prize, but my paintings are being displayed on the Mental Health Victoria website,” Ms Creasey said.

She said she was the only Wimmera person who took part in the competition.

“This was a very big, challenging achievement for me,” she said.

“It was a new experience and one that I enjoyed.”

Mental Health week starts on October 6.

Ms Creasey’s two paintings ‘An Inspirational Adventure in the Mountains at Night with Support From Family, Friends and Health Professionals’ and ‘A Day Out In The Gardens’ can be viewed athttp://www.mentalhealthvic.org.au/index.php?id=205.

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Four arrested in Medowie brawl

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AN ARRANGED fight between two women is believed to have sparked a violent brawl in Medowie that led to the arrest of three people at the weekend.

Three Medowie men, aged 18, 20 and 40, were charged with affray following a brawl in Coachwood Drive on Sunday, September 28.

A 16-year-old Karuah girl will also be cautioned under the Young Offender Act in relation to the incident.

As the charges were laid, police were still investigating an incident which occurred about 9.10pm on Saturday at the same Coachwood Drive house.

Police said five youths in a white Commodore sedan pulled up at the house on Saturday, allegedly forced themselves inside and terrorised the four occupants.

The front door of the house was kicked in and property inside the house smashed.

The youths left before police arrived.

The following day, about 4.40pm, two carloads of people pulled up at the house.

A violent brawl broke out between the occupants of the house and those from the cars, a wooden chair allegedly smashed and the legs brandished as a weapon.

It is believed the two incidents stemmed from a fight arranged between two women earlier in the week, which was held at Boyd Oval.

Police arrived after Sunday’s brawl had broken up. Officers later went to a Maple Close residence and interviewed its occupants.

The three Medowie men charged were issued court attendance notices and will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on October 27.

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THREE people, including a 16-year-old girl, will appear in court next month following an alleged violent brawl in Medowie on Sunday.

About 4.30pm on September 28, police were called to Coachwood Drive on reports a brawl had broken out between eight people, including two teenage girls, in the front yard of a house.

It is understood a wooden chair was smashed with the legs allegedly brandished as a weapon.

By the time police arrived two carloads of people had left the scene, police said.

Paramedics were called and treated a boy, 16, for minor injuries.

Officers searched the area and arrested two 16-year-old females and two men, aged 18 and 40.

All four were taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station.

Both men and one 16-year-old girl were charged with affray and given conditional bail to face Raymond Terrace Local Court on October 27.

The second teenage girl will be issued with a caution under the Young Offenders Act.

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First grade cricket Fairfield Liverpool Lions take on Sutherland

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First grade cricket Fairfield Liverpool Lions take on Sutherland First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett
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First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

First Grade cricket action where the Fairfield Liverpool Lions bowling attack are taking on the batsmen from Sutherland. Picture: Simon Bennett

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Season ends on an emotional high for Temora

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FOUR IN A ROW: Temora celebrate its Sullivan Cup premiership after it downed Brothers 22-12 in the grand final at Equex Centre yesterday. Pictures: Laura HardwickTEARS flowed after Temora completed a remarkable rise from rugby league adversity to capture the Sullivan Cup premiership at Equex Centre yesterday.
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In a fabulous end to a golden stretch of football success, the Dragons withstood a courageous challenge from Brothers to win the Sullivan Cup grand final 22-12.

After scoring three tries to one in the first half, Temora led 16-6 at half-time but had to wait until the final minutes to seal the victory.

In a cliffhanger finish, the Dragons held tight under intense pressure from the Brethren to ultimately secure the cherished Sullivan Cup trophy with a steaming try to second rower Luke Skidmore in the 54th minute.

Amid the celebrations later, Temora captain Joe Oliver was swept up in utter football emotion.

Speaking to The Daily Advertiser later, Oliver said he was devastated the team that had won four successive grand finals was to be broken up.

“This is my last game with best mate Hayden Lomax,” the Dragons skipper said.

“That’s why I’m so emotional.

“He’s going to Wollongong next year.”

Brushing aside the tears, Oliver said the Dragons team had a great bond of mateship.

“We all grew up together,” he said.

“We’ve played together for years too.

“This is our fourth grand final together.”

After three straight successes in Group Nine competitions, Oliver and his mates made it a sensational quartet in stunning style yesterday.

Lomax later admitted yesterday’s triumph had not come easy.

“At the start of the year we only had eight players,” he said.

“Then we had nine … it grew from there.

“It’s been a very tough year, but this has made it all worthwhile.”

For Oliver, yesterday’s grand final marked a new beginning in his career.

One of three Temora players to have played for the Country under 18 team this year, Oliver has already been snapped up for an NRL contract by the Bulldogs.

At a time when Canterbury prepares for the NRL premiership decider next Sunday, Oliver is savouring his own special football memory.

Despite the sadness, Oliver was delighted for his team, particularly rampaging second rower Luke Skidmore, who clinched the Reg Wheeler Medal as the best player on the ground.

And it was hard to argue with the selection of Skidmore as the top performer of the game.

The powerfully built back rower not only scored two tries, but made more line-breaks than other player on the day.

Skidmore’s charges gave Temora much of the momentum, but it was Oliver and his mate Hayden Lomax that got the Dragons in front in the opening minutes.

Barely 90 seconds after the start, Oliver split the Brethren up the middle before offloading brilliantly for Lomax to steam in the clear, eventually putting prop Kayne Gordon over for the first try.

By the time Heath Lomax chipped brilliantly for Zac Wiencke to snatch the ball for a try in the 11th minute, and Zac Lomax converted, the Dragons were booming at 12-0 ahead.

When Nick Hay struck back for Brothers in the 17th minute, the Brethren were back in it big time, but Skidmore skittled the recovery by barnstorming over for a try six minutes later.

Up 16-6 at half-time, Temora was stung minutes into the second half, with five-eighth Lachie Harper serving up a great pass for Riley Flint to miraculously ground the ball for a try in a tangle of Temora defenders.

With Hay’s conversion, Brothers trailed 16-12, but Oliver wrapped things up for Temora by setting up Skidmore for the winning try six minutes from the end.

For Temora, the victory continued a season-long domination of Brothers.

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Buyers snap up new homes

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BELMORE and River Heights Estates are brimming with hot property, while Bradfordville and Eastgrove are on the nose.
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That’s the assessment of Goulburn First National real estate agent Paul Edwards.

RP Data last week released a report detailing Australia’s 10 most expensive suburbs according to house price. Mr Edwards did the same – focussing solely on Goulburn.

Homes at Belmore Estate off Marys Mount regularly fetched $30,000 more than similar dwellings across town at Monastery Gardens, he concluded.

Houses at River Heights Estate and near the CBD were also in high demand.

Eastgrove, long riddled by flood and nicknamed ‘Frog’s Hollow’ accordingly, can’t fetch the same prices.

Nor can properties at Bradfordville, seen locally as ‘too far out of town’ and dubbed ‘South Taralga’ by the Baby Boomer generation.

“Eastgrove has a stigma. It’s still called Frog’s Hollow,” Mr Edwards explained.

“At times it can be 10 per cent lower than elsewhere. It’s an area that doesn’t turnover often, which tells us the people who live there are passionate about Eastgrove.

“The Bradfordville area, that stigma comes from housing commission developments. As much as it’s not politically correct to say, it affects house prices.”

Despite the peaks and troughs throughout town, Goulburn’s housing market remains competitive.

The median house price in the city as of August was $310,000, RP Data found.

That’s in stark contrast to Australia’s most expensive suburb, Sydney’s Point Piper.

Homes in the luxury Woollahra area fetch a median price of $5.75 million. Eight of the nation’s 10 most expensive suburbs are in Sydney alone.

Goulburn, conversely, remains one of the most affordable and convenient cities in which to buy a property.

A separate RP Data survey ranked Goulburn the country’s eighth most affordable suburb – a finding which Mayor Geoff Kettle continues to spruik.

“Goulburn Mulwaree is a great place to live,” Cr Kettle told WIN News reporter Lauren Barker last month.

“You can get childcare in Goulburn, rather than being on a waiting list for it like you are in Canberra.

“With our proximity to Sydney and Canberra and with technology, people are able to be in Goulburn and work. They don’t need to be in their office in Canberra five days a week.”

Mr Edwards agrees, predicting house prices would continue to rise, albeit steadily.

“Given that Sydney’s still ticking along, I can see perhaps 10pc growth over the next 18 months,” he explained.

Market experts have long predicted Goulburn real estate would take off given its close proximity to Canberra – the country’s third most expensive city in which to live.

A lack of confidence in the public service sector has stalled treechangers’ minds, Mr Edwards said.

Instead, the majority of out-oftown investors hailed from Sydney.

“Canberra’s come off the boil, probably because of public service job insecurity,” Mr Edwards said.

“Statistically, (in 2008) we had 43 to 45 per cent of our sales were from Canberra. Now we’d be under 15pc.

“Sydney investors, on the other hand, they’re here in mass. Up to 30 plus per cent of buyers are from Sydney.”

City attracts all comers SOME 50 per cent of Goulburn property buyers hail from outside the 2580 postcode, Real Estate sales director Angela Storrier says.

Not wishing to go into detail on specific suburbs, Ms Storrier was adamant property from every corner of Goulburn remained in demand from buyers in Canberra, Sydney, the Southern Highlands and coastal areas.

Young couples, young tradespeople, investors, families and mature age retirees are among those making the affordable move.

“It’s hard to generalise because Goulburn has such a variety,” Ms Storrier said.

“Every area is nice and the different things they offer suit different people. For a long time it was like a well-kept secret, well I think it’s becoming less of a secret now.”

Ms Storrier said Goulburn remains a perfect place to live with its access to medical services, shopping, approachable police, low crime rates and friendly atmosphere.

While train services are also a big pull for the City, it’s an area that needs improvement.

Merino Country Estate off Mary’s Mount Road was noted as an area that has experienced massive growth – with stage one selling out, only three blocks remaining in stage two and 11 presale opportunities for stage three taken up.

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Protests at Whitehaven sites

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Protesters at the Gunnedah Coal Handling and Processing Plant this morning.All Whitehaven Coal north-west NSW open cut mine sites have been targeted by a mass protest today, with a further protest at the Newcastle port site.
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Protesters have their say at a Whitehaven site. Picture: Frontline Action.

Up to 150 people are protesting in six locations calling for an immediate stop to work at Maules Creek Mine and for the NSW government to audit the approval process behind the mine.

Maules Creek, Werris Creek, Tarrwonga and Rocglen mines and the Gunnedah Coal Handling and Preparation Plant have all been targeted by people locking themselves to access points and blocking machinery.

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Seven days: September 29, 2014

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Season puts a spring in step

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SCRIPTWRITERS couldn’t have done a better job says a local potato farmerSCRIPTWRITERS couldn’t have done a better job.
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That’s how Crookwell grazier and potato farmer Kim Weir sums up the last 12 months.

A perfect winter and autumn leave farmers across the district poised to cope with a spring the Department of Primary Industries warns will be hot and dry.

Solid winter rain consolidated a near-record autumn fall and has graziers and growers alike optimistic about the summer ahead.

“It’s been a perfect 12 months,” explained Mr Weir, who runs cattle and sheep and grows potatoes on a 1000-acre property near Crookwell.

“We had a hot, dry summer, nice autumn break and a wet winter.

If you could write a script like this each year, it’d be perfect.”

Those at the NSW Department of Primary Industries aren’t so optimistic. Strong winter frosts wreaked havoc for crop farmers and wine growers in parts, while a sudden change in temperatures has sucked moisture from previously well watered soil.

The Department is warning farmers the state-over to brace themselves for a lean summer.

“Soil moisture across the state is now rapidly declining as the weather warms up,” seasonal conditions coordinator Ian McGowen said.

“All areas need good rainfall in September to provide moisture for grain filling, promote pasture growth, improve soil moisture profiles and to replenish stock water supplies ahead of summer.

“Last month’s rainfall was average or above across 76 per cent of NSW, with good falls across most of western, northern and coastal NSW.

“However, much of southern and central NSW received below average rainfall, and some areas received only patchy falls.”

The Crookwell-Goulburn corridor bucked the rest of the state’s trend, it seems.

Crookwell potato farmer Garry Kadwell is excited about the season ahead.

“January and February were tough, but since the March break it’s been perfect,” he explained.

“If we can get some of those summer storms, that’d be perfect.”

While the outlook seems promising, Mr Kadwell has his work cut out.

“It’s certainly going to be an early spring,” he added.

“We had such good growth at the back end of summer.”

Local wine growers are also positive despite the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast.

The biggest obstacle standing in the way of Kingsdale Wines owners Howard and Elle Spark is disease, not the elements.

“Our worry’s not so much wet or dry weather at this time of year,” Mrs Spark said.

“Keeping an eye on the early morning temperatures and frosts, and monitoring disease is our priority.”

The couple plan to bring their vines into leaf over the coming months in preparation for next winter’s pickings.

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Wimmera funding to tackle family violence in indigenous communities

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Wimmera projects will share in $650,000 to help tackle family violence in indigenous communities. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA projects will share in $650,000 in State Government funding to help tackle family violence in indigenous communities.
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Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge announced the funding on Friday.

“The projects are funded through the 2014-15 Indigenous Family Violence Community Initiative Fund and support the Indigenous Family Violence Strategy, a community-led initiative that aims to prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Aboriginal communities,” she said.

“I am delighted to announce 38 projects across Victoria will benefit from funding of up to $37,000 for innovative ways to prevent and raise awareness of family violence in the local Indigenous community.”

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria will receive $13,000 for its Sisters Day Out workshop in Horsham.

The workshops support women to be prepared for incidents of family violence by being aware of their rights, knowing points of contact for help and knowing people who can provide ongoing support.

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative will receive $10,000 towards the Wimmera DRUMBEAT – Discovering Relationship Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts – program.

The program combines the therapeutic potential of musical expression with basic cognitive behavioural therapy to deliver a range of social learning outcomes, including emotional control, improved relationships and increased self-esteem.

Goolum Goolum will also receive $2075 on behalf of the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group for the VACSAL Junior Football and Netball Carnival.

The Wurega Aboriginal Corporation – which includes Horsham Rural City, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, City of Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat Rural City, Yarriambiack, West Wimmera, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Moorabool municipalities – has received $5000 for its Strong Families T20 Blast program.

The project will use Aboriginal community engagement principles to focus on the T20 Blast program to prevent Aboriginal family violence from occurring during the summer months.

Ms Wooldridge said people could visit http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/aboriginal-affairs/aboriginal-affairs-policy/indigenous-family-violence for more information about the Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families: Towards a safer future for Indigenous families and communities 10-year plan.

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