This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
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


D


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


ong... Dong.... Dong Can you hear it? It’s the sound of the


FROM THE At a glance...


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: kerrie@hdinews.com.au


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/ waste/coverload.html


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/ about-the-hawkesbury/community-surveys


Special Price


WHIP N ICE Lactose free Used for icing & filling


a f t


No Mass Produced or Second Hand Items m


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.


100 PLUS ART & CRAFT


STALLS UNIQUE - QUALITY FROM THE CLASSIC TO THE CONTEMPORARY


3.00pm


9.00am until


Bring a picnic rug for Lunch on the Lawn


Where: Wrights Rd Reserve & Community Centre Cnr Harrington Avenue & Wrights Road, Kellyville • Outdoor & Indoor Air Conditioned Stalls •


Sunday 18th September - Rain or Shine Enquiries: 02 4576 4342 www.theartisansfair.com.au


Cake Decorat ing Suppl ies A division of Silverwater Bakery Equipment


• All you need to bake a moist mud cake


• Friendly service & advice


• Classes for Beginners to Advanced Call for class details


• 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Thursday nights till 5.30pm


Unit 1/22 Park Road, VINEYARD 4577 3288 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday NEW SOUTH WALES ART& CRAFTS • FOOD STALLS • EASY FREE PARKING • FREE ENTRY


Tasty Outdoor Food Stalls


t i


f u


OPEN


TO THE PUBLIC


t s


W


i f


h


y l


e


r


e


d a


b


e


e r y


a u


e v


l c r


e e


e


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35