Book club an ideal escape from the world

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Once a month, Danielle Taiba gathers her girlfriends at her Currans Hill home where they grab a drink, their latest novel and sink into a cosy chair for a chat.
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Literary lovers: Danielle Taiba (centre) says her monthly Book Club meetings with friends Renee Zraika (left) and Anne-Marie Nott (right) has been ‘‘an escape from the outside world’’. Picture: Jonathan Ng

There isn’t anything complicated about Mrs Taiba’s book club – just friends getting together to share company and their love of reading.

Camden Council is encouraging more literary lovers to hold a book club with friends, family or colleagues. And to help, it has added 12 new titles to its book club kit.

The kits contain 10 copies of a book title as well as discussion questions to get the conversation started.

Mrs Taiba said she started a book club to ‘‘expand my horizons.’’

‘‘A book club is a great excuse to make and keep friends,’’ she said.

‘‘We try different genres. It’s a great social forum and escape from the outside world.’’

Mrs Taiba said she made new friends through the club which she described as ‘‘an enjoyable and meaningful addition to my social calendar.’’

‘‘Most times it’s just fun to chat,’’ she said.

More information about council’s Book Club Kits is available at www.library.camden.nsw.gov.au.

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Wimmera mayors urge Federal Government to retain disaster relief funding

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Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin believes reducing the amount of money available to councils after a disaster would cause major problems. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA mayors have urged the Federal Government to retain disaster relief funding.
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A Productivity Commission draft report has recommended a major restructure of federal disaster funding, including less money for relief and recovery and more money for mitigation.

Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin said reducing the amount of money available to councils after a disaster would cause major problems.

“When you have an event you rely heavily on that money to help communities recover and it’d be quite disastrous if there was a shortfall in that money,” he said.

“In the floods we had more than $30 million of damage.

“If we couldn’t replace a community hall or if people couldn’t use infrastructure, and we couldn’t do anything about it, it would be disastrous.”

Horsham Mayor David Grimble said mitigation was important, but recovery funding needed to be maintained.

“I don’t think local government would like to see support and recovery reduced at all,” he said.

“They’ve recommended a major restructure, but if elements of it aren’t broken, why fix it?

“If we had any reduction in the assistance we’d certainly take that up with the Municipal Association of Victoria.”

The report recommended implementing better processes for rebuilding assets so they were not duplicated only to be wiped out again.

Cr Erwin said it was important to be proactive in mitigation.

“I’ve thought for a long time if you put it back the same way it was, where it’s prone to disasters, it might be time to look at an improved version so it can withstand the rigours of any event,” he said.

“That might be a costly solution but I think there needs to be a little bit more analysis on replacement.”

Cr Grimble said council improved its recovery processes every time disaster hit the municipality.

“In the Wimmera-Mallee we’ve been through flood, fire and locusts and they all add to the ability to be able to cope with the next disaster,” he said.

“One of the things we’ve clearly picked up is that our recovery processes are getting better.”

Yarriambiack Mayor Andrew McLean said he supported more funding for mitigation.

“I think it’s great to spend money on mitigation and certainly more should be spent rather than allowing disasters to have their greatest effect,” he said.

The commission recommended the government substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation from about $40 million to $200 million annually.

Commissioner Karen Chester said the report was not designed to make cuts.

“This inquiry is not driven by the need to reduce fiscal costs for the Federal Government,” she said.

“It is about restoring autonomy and incentives to better manage natural disaster risks.”

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Pirtek Stadium $29m upgrade on the way

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Artwork: supplied (HASSELL).Federal Sport Minister Peter Dutton and NSW Sport and Recreation Minister Stuart Ayres today announced the finalised scope for a $29 million upgrade to Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.
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After consultation and agreement with the two major hirers of the Stadium, the Parramatta Eels and the Western Sydney Wanderers, the tenders have gone out for the first package of works.

Construction is expected to commence on the Stadium in mid-October.

The upgrade includes:

·Rebuilding the players changerooms to contemporary internationalstandards

·An additional 2,000 seats behind the existing terraces at the north and south ends (4,000 in total)

·A seating upgrade and replacement throughout the Stadium

·Wi-fi connectivity

·Replacement of the turf surface

·Installation of LED screens and signage

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NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said the Stadium upgrade has been a long time coming for western Sydney.

“With an extra 2,000 seats added to each end of the ground, so 4,000 in total, the fans will be closer to the action than ever before,” Mr Ayres said.

“We have upgraded the big screens and improved the amenity of the ground.

“These improvements will breathe new life into one of western Sydney’s key sporting precincts,” Mr Ayres said.

Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said the upgrade will significantly enhance the fans’ game day experiences at Pirtek Stadium.

“It will provide great benefits to sports fans and local sporting teams with services and amenities revamped for both spectators and players. This is great boost to western Sydney’s sports facilities,” Mr Dutton said.

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP, said thatthe stadium upgrade will ensure that western Sydney remains home to some of Australia’s finest sporting franchises.

“Western Sydney has a rich and proud sporting history, andthisannouncementmeans thattwoleadingfranchisesin this region, theParramattaEels andtheWestern SydneyWanderers,will now have the best possible platform to excel into the future.”

State Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the upgrade will be welcomed by all in Parramatta.

“This is great news for Parramatta, the Stadium and the thousands of fans who support the Eels and the Wanderers,” Mr Lee said.

The potential impact of the project on the hirers has been discussed with procedures in place from all parties to ensure the Stadium is operational during the project works.

This is a $29 million project – $20 million from the Commonwealth Government, $6 million from Venues NSW and $3 million to come from Parramatta City Council.

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Group Nine Weissel CupPhotos

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Group Nine Weissel Cup | Photos Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers players celebrate their win. Picture: Michael Frogley
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Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Blake Jorgenson scores a try as Temora’s Travis Block and Grant Hughes try to defend. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Blake Jorgenson scores a try as Temora’s Travis Block and Grant Hughes try to defend. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Bill Ryder tackles Temora’s James Fisher. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Zac Barrie and Temora’s Harrison Keane. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Sharne Robinson and Temora’s Josh Murphy. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Temora’s Luke Murray in for a try. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Temora’s Brady Oliver gets a late pass away as he is tackled by Brothers’ Bill Ryder. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Nick Orr embrace after their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ captain Ed Ansell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ captain Ed Ansell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Best on ground, Sam Humphries. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers players celebrate their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Maldon-Dombarton Freight link revived

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Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell announced a $21 million funding injection into the long- awaited Maldon-Dombarton Freight line. Picture suppliedTHE Illawarra could be seeing another resurrection of the controversially abandoned Maldon-Dombarton Rail Freight line, following announcements of a multimillion-dollar funding injection.
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Last week, member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell announced $21million had been secured from the NSW budget for the partially-completed freight line linking Port Kembla (Dombarton) and the Southern Highlands (Maldon).

The 34.9kilometre rail project was first imagined in 1979 to free up the passenger rail line by providing a freight line from Port Kembla. Construction began in 1983 but the project was shelved by the state government in 1988.

The NSW Freight and Ports Strategy estimated a cost of $667million to complete the rail line, which would include 35kilometres of standard gauge track, two passing loops, new bridges over the Nepean and Cordeaux Rivers and one of Australia’s longest tunnels.

The $21million is intended to go toward a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to gauge the private sector’s interest in constructing the remaining sections of the line.

Mr Rowell said the funding was a “significant step forward” for the project which would assist in catering for the forecasted doubling of freight movements over the next 20 years.

Earlier this month the project was flagged in the top three of the Illawarra’s “game changing” infrastructure projects in the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra’s transport wish list.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said that in the past year, the NSW Government had spent $21million to get the proposed freight line ‘‘shovel ready’’ for potential construction.

“The government has successfully completed detailed engineering, operational and environmental investigations and stakeholder consultations to understand the complexities and scope of works required,” the spokesperson said.

“This work has now enabled the government to open a ROI process.”

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said the private sector was “best placed” to drive the project and would generate jobs and business in the region.

The ROI process is open from October 13 until February 24 next year.

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