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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Thunder destroy Bulls after “disgraceful” performance

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ON A HIGH: Albury halfback Cameron Breust jumps into the arms of teammate Adam Coote after the Thunder’s grand final romp at Equex Centre yesterday. Pictures: Michael Frogley
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THE inspiration was supremely simple – Albury was not prepared to settle for being second best.

And that’s all it took for the Thunder to turn the Group Nine grand final into a rugby league car wreck at Equex Centre yesterday.

In the most lopsided first grade decider in history, Albury smashed Southcity 45-4 to give outgoing coach Josh Cale the perfect farewell.

Calling it quits after six years in charge, Cale was afforded the luxury of leaving on his own terms as the Thunder ravaged the Bulls by eight tries to one.

Recovering from a second minute hicccup – Southcity was denied a try when referee Bernie Nix ruled Nathan Rose dropped the ball over the line – Albury subsequently meted out 78 minutes of football misery on the woeful Wagga team.

Amid the carnage, the Thunder extended their fabulous premiership streak to three and left the Bulls absolutely devastated.

Only the third team in 60 years to land a Group Nine grand final hat-trick, Albury did it in blistering style by thrashing Southcity by the biggest margin ever – 41 embarrassing points.

Twelve years on from Temora crushing Turvey Park by 40 points (52-12) in the grand final in 2002, Albury turned the blowtorch on the club that was formed after the Lions merged with Magpies in 2005.

A shell of the team that collected the minor premiership in the last week of August, Southcity was battered into submission by the most dominant Group Nine force since Kangaroos won a treble in 1999-2000-2001.

Taking stock of the stunning demolition later, Cale was quickly able to nail down the inspiration for the towering triumph.

“They just wanted it more,” Cale said.

“They were as hungry as the first time.”

Point-blank refusing to hand over their crown they got for the first time in 2012, the Thunder turned around three losses to Southcity in as many previous games this year to make a mockery of the statistics.

For Cale, the victory was a fitting way to end his tenure as coach – and hand over the baton to replacement Ben Jeffery.

“It’s unreal,” Cale said.

“I’m sure Ben will do a great job.

“Most of the crew will be here and I’ll be around somewhere.”

Significantly, Cale described Albury’s last-gasp loss to Southcity in the major semi-final a fortnight earlier as a critical turning point for the border juggernaut.

“Everyone lifted,” he said.

“We were ready for today.

“The boys trained hard and prepared well. They all played their part.”

The truth of the sentiment would certainly not be wasted on the vanquished Wagga team.

On a day when Albury produced an exhilarating performance of superbly slick attack and brutal defence, the Bulls were plainly outclassed across the field.

Little wonder Southcity captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry later described the effort as “disgraceful”.

“A few calls didn’t go our way, but in the end there are no excuses,” Fitzhenry said.

“How could there be?”

Fitzhenry’s nightmare started the moment Albury playmaker Willie Heta made mincemeat of the Bulls’ defence to set up Ben Jeffery for the first of his two tries in the sixth minute.

The signs were even more ominous when Albury halfback Cameron Breust was able to weave left without any pressure and link with Jake Grace before Jeffery blasted over again nine minutes later.

When Breust chipped brilliantly for winger Daniel Jacobs to leap above Jack Lyons for a try in the 21st minute the clock was ticking on the Bulls.

Up 24-4 at half-time, Albury seemed to have the premiership on toast, but Fitzhenry was hanging on hope.

“I thought we might be able to come back,” Fitzhenry said.

“It didn’t happen.”

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Loss has Fitzhenry rethinking 2015

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BIG SHOES: Albury fullback Ben Jeffery is brought down by Southcity five-eighth Nathan Rose yesterday. Jeffery will take over from Josh Cale as Thunder coach in 2015 .
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THE devastation of losing the Group Nine grand final in a record landslide has Southcity captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry pondering his playing future.

In the aftermath of the Bulls shattering 41-point hiding from Albury in the Group Nine decider at Equex Centre yesterday, Fitzhenry admitted he needed time to take stock of his career.

“I’m happy to play on, but this will take some getting over,” Fitzhenry said later.

“I’ll see how I feel after I have a bit of a break.”

Already re-signed for 2015, Fitzhenry is 34 years old and clearly at the crossroads of his magnificent playing days.

However, it would be a serious injustice if he did not return to lead the Bulls again in 2015.

Already re-signed for next year, Fitzhenry has the option of leading the team from the bench or on the field, but it would be a waste of his desire and talent to finish up.

Among the carnage of yesterday’s grand final disaster, Fitzhenry was one of the few in the Southcity team to make an impression on a game that was lost long before full-time.

As Fitzhenry fought to the bitter end, others wearing the same colours gave up the ghost after the Thunder blasted on four tries in the first half.

Little wonder he later described he performance as “disgraceful” and said the result as the most disheartening of his four years in Wagga.

However, he was not prepared to give up.

“I thought there was a chance we could turn things around in the second half,” he said.

“It was one of those frustrating days.”

For Fitzhenry, the efforts of some of his players would leave him cold, with precious few troubling the Thunder with or without the ball.

Significantly, dynamic centre Peter Little did not let Fitzhenry down yesterday, but others certainly did.

On a day when the Bulls required a resolute and committed approach, there were some in the team that fell dreadfully short of the mark.

Missed tackles and simple handling errors put the Bulls under the pump at the most critical of times.

With Fitzhenry weighing up his plans, the path is clearly defined for incoming Albury captain-coach Ben Jeffery.

Set to walk into Josh Cale’s position next year, Jeffery admits he there will be “big expectations” for him to carry on the Thunder dynasty.

“People will be thinking about four in a row,” Jeffery said.

For Jeffery, the Thunder will be a work in progress as he step into Cale’s shoes next year as a coaching rookie.

Not only are Lou Goodwin and Mitch Davis leaving, there is a genuine doubt over several other players, notably Willie Heta and Jake Grace and Cameron Breust.

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No Excuses Needed binge drinking initiative to educate youth

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Wimmera Uniting Care supports a No Excuses Needed anti-binge drinking campaign. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA Uniting Care has welcomed an initiative to reduce young people binge drinking.
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The No Excuses Needed campaign aims to educate young people to make better choices with their drinking habits.

A State Government study of 1400 Victorians aged 16 years and older found many drank as a result of peer pressure or to conform with a group.

Wimmera Uniting Care residential services manager Alistair Houston said alcohol was the cause of a lot of the issues he saw in his work.

“I think it is definitely part of our culture,” he said.

“I guess it’s a bit of a reflection of the society we live in, where it’s kind of appropriate to celebrate a birthday or a wedding – any type of celebration we reach for a glass.

“There was a survey done about how many people rang in sick after Australia Day, and it was about half a million.

“I think there is a peer element to it, without a doubt. I also think there is a fashion element to drinking too.”

Mr Houston said he welcomed any attempt to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.

“There’s long-term effects physically and psychologically when you are dependent on alcohol,” he said.

“There are quite a lot of problems caused through alcohol for a variety of reasons, whether it be poverty, loss of work or sickness.”

However, Mr Houston said it was not all doom and gloom when it came to excessive alcohol consumption.

“I’m really pleased at the approach that has been taken,” he said.

“I think society is changing because people are more aware, and I think that starts in the community.

“The more research and understanding we have, the better chance we have of people changing their behaviour.”

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said there was a lot of positive feedback during the development of the campaign.

“Young people consulted during the campaign’s development labelled it refreshing and empowering,” she said.

“Young Victorians need to know that getting drunk isn’t necessarily what others their age are doing.

“They shouldn’t feel like they have to make excuses if they don’t want to keep drinking.”

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Group Nine first grade grand finalPhotos

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Group Nine first grade grand final | Photos First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury players celebrate their first grade win. Picture: Michael Frogley
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First grade. Albury v Southcity. Captain Lou Goodwin runs onto the field. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Captain Lou Goodwin runs onto the field. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Jon Huggett gets through the defence of Southcity’s Nick Skinner for a try. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Hayden Sweeney and Southcity’s Peter Little. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Pani Manawatu is denied a try by Albury’s Ben Jeffery. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Pani Manawatu is denied a try by Albury’s Ben Jeffery. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Pani Manawatu is denied a try by Albury’s Ben Jeffery. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Pani Manawatu. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Ben Jeffery knocks on and Southcity’s Nathan Rose comes in. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Ben Jeffery knocks on and Southcity’s Nathan Rose comes in. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Ben Jeffery knocks on and Southcity’s Nathan Rose comes in. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Mitch Seaton and Southcity’s Wil Merritt and Jack Lyons. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Mitch Seaton and Southcity’s Wil Merritt and Jack Lyons. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Nathan Rose and Albury’s Ben Jeffery. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Cameron Breust and Southcity’s Nathan Rose. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Cameron Breust and Southcity’s Nathan Rose. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Cameron Breust and Southcity’s Nathan Rose. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Southcity’s Scott Bowden and Albury’s Hayden Sweeney. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Mitch Davis and Adam Coote tackle Southcity’s Jordan Shepherd. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Mitch Davis and Adam Coote tackle Southcity’s Jordan Shepherd. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Daniel Jacobs and Southcity’s Wil Merritt. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Daniel Jacobs and Southcity’s Wil Merritt. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Willie Heta and Southcity’s Peter Little. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Willie Heta and Southcity’s Peter Little. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Best on ground, Willie Heta. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Cameron Breust jumps into the arms of teammate Adam Coote after their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury’s Cameron Breust jumps into the arms of teammate Adam Coote after their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury players celebrate their first grade win. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury players celebrate their first grade win. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Elijah Tipene with his son Atama, 1. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury captain Lou Goodwin. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury captain Lou Goodwin. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury captain Lou Goodwin. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Best on ground, Albury’s Willie Heta. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Shelbie Sands and Brad Sargeant. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Kelsie Webb, Mitch Davis and Bernadette Davis. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Jon Huggett and Sam Popko with their son William, eight months. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury players celebrate their first grade win. Picture: Michael Frogley

First grade. Albury v Southcity. Albury players celebrate their first grade win. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Protesters shut down North West mining sitesSOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ

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In one of the largest protests of its kind in the region, over 150 people have come out in force this morning across sixlocations to protest Whitehaven Coal’s new Maules Creek coal mine.

They are calling on the NSW government to put an immediate stop to work at the mine and audit the approval process that allowed it to proceed.

Spokesperson for the Leard Forest Alliance, Helen War, said, “There are too many question marks plaguing this development. Dubious federal approvals, corrupt political dealings and blatantly bodged offsets make the Maules Creek project the most spectacular failure of democratic process.”

Every open cut mine owned by Whitehaven Coal in the Gunnedah basinhas been shut down by protesters.Whitehaven’s coal handling plant has also been shut down. Sitesinclude:

Maules Creek coal mine: where 4 people have locked themselves to access points

Werris Creek coal mine: 2 people have scaled the coal loader and have dropped a banner

Tarrawonga coal mine: a person has climbed a tripod structure to block access with 3 more chained across the road

Rocglen Mine: 2 people have chained themselves to the access gate

Gunnedah CHPP: 2 people have chained themselves to the access gate

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Back-to-back wins for Opals

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THE Opals have had back-to-back wins at the start of the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey overnight.

After defeating Cuba on Saturday night, the Opals continued its Group C dominance with a 87 to 54 win against Korea.

Bendigo Spirit trio shines for Opals in Turkey

All 12 Opals players scored throughout the game, including Bendigo Spirit trio, Tessa Lavey, Gabe Richards and Belinda Snell.

Opals head coach Brendan Joyce said it was important to have all players ready for what will come over the next week.

“With the game style we play I like to use my bench and again those players maintained the energy and effort established by our starters,” he said.

“It’s important in tournament play situations to keep all your players fresh, but also get playing time into the whole team,I think we’ve managed to do that so far.

2 wins in a row at #Turkey2014 for the @AussieOpals! #AUSvKOR Boxscore: http://t.co/GBIfuu5MwFpic.twitter南京夜网/UxCWgrqbTJ

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2014 PD Excavations Gawler Cup races

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Wimmera ambulance response times twice as long as state benchmark

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Ambulances in the Wimmera take an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs. Picture: FILE PICTHE Victorian ambulance union believes response times in the Wimmera are more than double the state benchmark.
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Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria secretary Steve McGhie said ambulances in the region took an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs.

The state benchmark is 15 minutes.

Mr McGhie said the poor response times put Wimmera people at risk.

“Delays in response times put people suffering at greater risk and that’s potentially lives at risk,” he said.

“Paramedics and Victorians want that improved.”

The union data is the latest shot fired in the protracted bitter pay dispute between the union and the State Government.

The union has enacted industrial action that includes using paper patient records instead of electronic ones, and team managers releasing response time data.

Health Minister David Davis said the union was putting politics and pay packets before patient safety.

“As well as the impact on safety and well-being, we are concerned that the latest action by the union leaders will have adverse effects on patient confidentiality and public confidence,” he said.

“The union is prepared to deliberately mislead the community about the capacity of the ambulance service to respond to life-threatening situations, and in so doing could discourage people from calling an ambulance when they most need one.

“That demonstrates the union is prepared to put its political campaign ahead of sick and injured Victorians.

“I have no doubt that our state’s hard-working paramedics are appalled at the union’s attitude to patients.”

Mr Davis said union cronies were dragging out the pay dispute for political purposes.

“There is every indication that Victoria’s paramedics are happy with the pay deal that is on the table in front of them, and want their union to drop the politics and settle this dispute.”

Mr McGhie said 98 per cent of union members had voted for the work bans.

He said paramedics were overwhelmingly against the government’s pay deal.

“We had a meeting on August 22 in Melbourne where we had 500 paramedics at Victorian Trades Hall and not one voted to accept the deal,” Mr McGhie said.

“Paramedics are sick and tired and like everyone else they want to be treated appropriately and fairly.

“They deserve better wages and conditions.

“Rather than try to insult paramedics, the minister should direct his negotiators to come back to the table to try to resolve this dispute.”

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More, please

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Parsnip puree and creamed spinach. Photo: William MeppemPrawns with cocktail sauce, tender roast lamb with mint jelly – it’s ’80s excess at its best.
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SEAFOOD COCKTAIL

1 iceberg lettuce

extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

1 lemon

freshly ground pepper

8 large cooked king prawns, peeled and deveined with tails intact

4 scallops, poached in salt water for 2 minutes

100g fresh crab meat

Cocktail sauce

3 tbsp tomato sauce

2 tbsp grated fresh horseradish or

1 tbsp horseradish relish

10 drops Tabasco sauce

250ml good-quality mayonnaise

Serves 4

To make the cocktail sauce, fold the tomato sauce, horseradish and Tabasco sauce through the mayonnaise until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Wash the lettuce and discard the outside leaves, then shred. Divide the shredded lettuce between four plates, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Place the prawns, scallops and crab meat on top of the lettuce and give a good grind of pepper. Spoon over the cocktail sauce and serve.

ROAST LEG OF LAMB

2-3kg leg of lamb, shank on

sea salt

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 heads garlic, cloves separated, skins on

1/2 bunch thyme

freshly ground pepper

Serves 4

Remove lamb from the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking and season with salt. Let the meat come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Rub the lamb with extra virgin olive oil and put in a large roasting tin. Place the garlic and the thyme around the meat. Cook for 20 minutes, then turn the lamb over and reduce the oven temperature to 160ºC. Turn the lamb every 20 minutes and push the garlic around in the juices and oil to keep it moist.

After 1 hour, check the meat’s core temperature. The desired resting temperature is 60ºC, so factoring in the residual heat, aim for 55-56ºC.

Once that temperature has been reached, remove the tin from the oven and try to get the oven temperature down to 60ºC for resting, holding the door ajar if necessary. Once the oven has reached the right temperature, remove the thyme from the dish and return the lamb to the oven to rest for 30 minutes.

To carve the lamb, place the leg on a chopping board, positioning it on one of its sides. Hold the shank with a tea towel, take a sharp knife, and starting from the ball at the end of the bone, cut down the bone, removing one of the large muscles. Turn the lamb around and remove the rest of the meat by cutting down each side of the bone. You should have two large pieces of meat on the board.

Slice each piece straight down, as if you were going down the length of the leg bone. This will give semi-circular slices that will be across the grain, making the lamb more tender. You can cut the shank off now and fight over who gets to eat it.

Place three to five slices on each plate and spoon over some of the fat and pan juices. Give a good grind of pepper and serve with mint jelly and the sides.

MINT JELLY

3 large Granny Smith apples, quartered, cores and stems reserved

1 bunch mint leaves

250ml white wine vinegar

500g caster sugar

Start making the recipe two days before it’s required.

Place the apple, reserved cores and stems and 250ml of water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until softened.

Place the mint leaves and vinegar in a blender and blend until finely chopped. Add to the apple mix and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for 2 hours for the flavours to infuse.

Hang the mixture overnight in a muslin cloth in the refrigerator. Place over a bowl to catch the juices.

Measure 500ml of the juices and place in a saucepan over high heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, regularly skimming the scum from the surface.

Pour into a 1-litre sterilised jar and refrigerate overnight before using. Store for up to a month.

CREAMED SPINACH

1kg (about 4 bunches) English spinach, stems removed, washed

50g unsalted butter

1 brown onion, finely diced

1 garlic clove, finely diced

1 1/2 tsp sea salt and ground pepper

250ml pure cream

1/2 tsp lemon juice, squeezed

Serves 4

Add the spinach in batches to a large hot frying pan and stir constantly for about

2 minutes. As each batch wilts, remove and place in a strainer, squeezing out the excess water with the back of a spoon.

Melt the butter in a pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook over low heat for about 8 minutes, or until soft. Add the spinach, salt and pepper and cook for

1 minute. Add the cream, simmer, and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.

In a blender or food processor, blend the mixture until fine and well combined. Check the seasoning, then serve.

PARSNIP PUREE

6 parsnips

30g unsalted butter, diced

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 small brown onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

500ml chicken stock or water

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

juice of 1 lemon, to taste

Serves 4

Peel, core and roughly dice the parsnips. Heat the butter and oil in a saucepan with a lid over a low heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook slowly, without colouring, for about 8 minutes, or until soft and sweet.

Add the parsnips and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the stock and slowly cook the parsnip until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30-45 minutes. Season well, then blend until smooth, adding more butter if necessary. Finish by adding lemon juice, to your liking.

HOT TIPS

* When I think of the ’80s, I always think of the seafood cocktails my parents used to make. If you really love your guests, try it with cooked lobster.

* The roast is simple, but you can make it even easier if you buy the mint jelly.

* To test the mint jelly is set, place a drop onto a frozen plate and push it with your finger. If the surface wrinkles, it has reached setting point. If it slides about as a liquid, it should be boiled for a few more minutes before retesting.

* What could be more Australian and ’80s than roast lamb with veg and mint sauce?

SOMETHING TO DRINK

Chenin BlancThis 2011 Domaine Clos du Naudin “Sec” from Vouvray ($45) in the Loire Valley, France, shows hints of green apple, honeysuckle and beeswax with a delicate, clean mineral drive on the finish. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the delicate sweetness of the prawns and crab meat.

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Man attacked with rocks, iron bar at teenage house party

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A man is in hospital with serious injuries, including a possible collapsed lung, after a teenage house party turned violent at the weekend.
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The teenagers were partying in the front yard of a property on Discovery Drive at Helensvale on Sunday night when the festivities began to escalate beyond control.

The 46-year-old home owner asked the young revellers to leave the property about 10.20pm, but the teens did not take kindly to the man’s request.

One teenager allegedly hit the man on the head with a rock from behind before another joined in the attack.

The teens threw rocks and pieces of wood at the man before hitting him with an iron bar.

The man was left with a cut to his head, fractured rib cage, broken foot, broken finger and a possible collapsed lung.

The teens ran from the scene.

Police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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