4 ISSUE 17 | SEPTEMBER 2011
HAWKESBURY DISTRICT INDEPENDENT NEWS | www.hdinews.com.au
EDITOR’S DESK with Kerrie Martin
death knoll chiming in on the Gillard Government. Let’s face it - the bells have
been warming up from the time Julia Gillard took out K-Rudd, but the latest fiasco on border protection has ensured that her song would only be appropriate background music for a funeral procession. Te ridiculous dilly-dallying
around Julia and Co has done in order to write policy on border protection that is “anywhere but Nauru” has been transparent at every step. Blind Freddy can see that the
government just simply doesn’t want to acknowledge that John Howard’s policy was the best one.
And the great length they
have gone to in order to avoid having to face it has cost our country control of its borders. Te foundation of any
border protection policy is to send a clear message to people smugglers. Te way our government
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has pussy-footed around and changed from policy to policy has shown a weakness that surely translates to the message that people smuggling is a business that would probably fair a lot better than many small businesses here in Australia! If it was just one policy area
that they had made mistakes on, the government would probably still be in with a chance – Australians are a very forgiving nation of people.
But when you add the
preposterous mandatory pre– commitment policy on poker machine playing - set up to appease one man in Tassie - and all the angst surrounded by the Carbon Tax that was announced on the back of a pre-election fib – well, we may well be forgiving but we certainly aren’t mugs. Even rusted-on Labor voters are turning their heads in disbelief. Australia is the greatest
country in the world and we are extremely lucky and proud to be its inhabitants. What a shame we can’t
have the same pride in our government.
What are your thoughts? Email the Editor: email@example.com
CovER UP oR PAY $500.00 Transporting waste that is uncovered or not properly secured is illegal and can pose a danger to other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. It can also pollute the local environment.
Hawkesbury City Council’s Regulatory Services and officers from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have begun a campaign to make residents aware of the hazards associated with uncovered loads.
If you are carrying waste you need to know what types of waste you’re carrying and make sure that the load is covered and tied down securely.
From September 10, 2011 regulatory action will be taken and fines issued to people not transporting waste correctly.
Further information about carrying waste is available from www.environment.nsw.gov.au/
CoMMUNITY SURvEYED Micromex, consultation company, has completed Council’s 2011 Community Survey in the two weeks from Monday, 15 August 2011
This involved the collection of data for a sample phone survey of around 400 Hawkesbury residents ranking the importance of, and satisfaction with Council’s services and facilities.
This survey is undertaken every two years and provides Council with detailed data on the viewpoints of the average Hawkesbury resident to assist with community planning issues.
The results of the 2007 and 2009 Surveys are available on Council’s website at www.hswkesbury.nsw.gov.au/community/
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PUTTINg THE BITE oN DENTAl HEAlTH Local State Government MPs Bart Bassett, Kevin Connolly and Ray Williams welcomed the establishment of a Dental Health Taskforce to develop a plan to reduce dental waiting times, address public dentistry workforce shortages and increase sustainable dental services to match local needs.
“For too long local residents who can’t afford dental care have had to endure the buck-passing between the state and federal governments and the establishment of this taskforce is an important first-step in addressing the issue of service delivery once and for all.” Member for Londonderry, Bart Bassett said.
STATE govERNMENT CoMES To THE PARTY
Hawkesbury community and sporting groups will be seeing $21,934 in extra funding after changes in club tax rates were passed by the State Parliament.
The changes will see clubs’ scheme ClubGrants (formerly known as Community Development Support Expenditure, CDSE) increase by $89.5 million state wide in the next four years.
Clubs will pay an estimated $2.5 billion in total tax in the four-year period, a reduction of $299 million from existing rates that were introduced by the former state government.
KPMG analysis has found the Club tax reform will see 2000 jobs created, a $261 million increase in Gross State Product and a $272 million increase in club social contribution across the State.
Clubs NSW CEO Anthony Ball said it was a big win for local sporting clubs, charities and organisations that rely on club funding to get by.
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