Premier pushes for cities inclusion

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews in Bendigo. Picture: NONI HYETT
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PREMIER Daniel Andrews will urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.

Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney this week.

“I’m going to make sure that the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo last week.

“We need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Mr Andrew said his position that support for regional cities must be part of federal planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” he said.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

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Faith drives health dream

GOAL REALISED: Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie, who unveiled the plaque at the opening of Daintree Allied and Specialist Health on Friday, celebrates with directors Alfeen and Ajit Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn.THE commitment to their goal shown byowners of a Wodonga health clinichas led to another service arising just next door.
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Daintree Allied and Specialist Health opened officially on Friday, with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie unveiling the plaque inthe new building’s entry.

Directors Ajit and Alfeen Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn startedthe adjacent Daintree Medical Centre in 2013 and expected a second stage might evolve in five to seven years.

But as Dr Ajit Varghese told guests at Friday’s opening, the need in the region for a range of services ata single centre brought their plans forward.

“Themedical centre that we saw next door was aleap of faith; the allied health and specialist health centre that you are in now isa bigger leap,” he said.

“(In the Bible) Hebrews 11-12 says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The centre includes cardiology and respiratory services, chiropractic services, counselling and psychotherapy, dentistry and orthodontics as well as diabetic education and management.

In addition will be exercise physiology, a dietitian, myotherapy and Bowen therapy, pathology services, physiotherapy, podiatry and sleep apnoea testing.

Dr Varghese said training and teaching was alsoimportant to himand his wife and Dr and Mrs Syn.

“Thant once said to me that he’s not going to take these skills with him to the grave, he wants to impart them to the next generation and that’s exactly what we strongly believe in,”he said.

Dr Alfeen Varghese said the needs of patients they saw each day highlighted the demand for such a centre in Wodonga.

“There’s no reason why we as regional and rural Australians should have a restricted access to health care professionals,”she said.

“The faith we had in our mission and the potential it had to make a difference in the life of our patients helped us to overcome obstructions and complete this project.

“I dream of the day when facilities such as these are available to every patient of Australia, irrespective of the region they live in.”

The directors thanked groups such asNordcon Land, Connelly Construction and Wodonga Council for their help towards the $1.6 million centre.

Cr Speedie, who also opened the nearby medical centre two years ago, said Daintree was now a major employer with 60 staff members andcongratulated the directors fortheir vision.

“It really is the first time that we’ve seen all of these services in one facility in Wodonga,” she said.

“It will make it easier for our community to actually access health, and access health affordably.”

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Riverina sits on ‘solar riches’

LET’S BUILD THEM: Labor senate candidate says solar farms could be a huge source of revenue for the Riverina.
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A LaborSenate candidate has claimedit’sa “no-brainer” that government and industryshould be building the solar artillery of the Riverina.

Muttama-based Vivien Thomson, a Senate candidate for NSW, is building momentum after more than 100 locals last week marched on Riverina MP Michael McCormack’s office to coincide with the climate talks in Paris.

Ms Thomson said if Germany can build its solar potential, so too can the Riverina – a place with“some of the best sunshine in the world”.

“The sun is anenergy resource that’s not going away,” she said.“A lot of people around here are already building houses off the grid, pretty soon I think we’ll start to see whole towns off the grid.This is an industry that continues to grow and it’s an industry we can be part of.”

Vivien Thomson.

Ms Thomson pointed to California, which has a rapidly expanding solar industry and vast solar farms, as an example of the Riverina’s potential. Theirsolar industry now employs more than 50,000 people after huge investment.

“I’ve been looking at what California has achieved in all those years and it is phenomenal,” Ms Thomson said.

“The money that is generated out of renewable energy in California is mind-blowing.

“Ican’t understand why we’re not going down that path.”

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Parks chief will walk Grampians Peak Trail

HONOURED: Bradley Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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NEW Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux will visit Halls Gap and the Grampians on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of western and southern areas of the state.

Mr Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap about midday before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail.

Mr Fauteux is the former managing director of Ontario Parks and a former chair and board member at the Canadian Parks Council.

He has extensive experience in park management, environmental issues and stakeholder relations andhas also developed and implemented digital technologies which have played a vital role in transforming the communication of park experiences for Ontarian park users.

Mr Fauteux is a champion of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach to park management, which originated in Victoria and has since been adopted around the world.

“I have been blessed to serve as a leader in the public service for the last 13 years and I am honoured to continue that service in the great state of Victoria as the chief executive of Parks Victoria,” he said.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and dedicated group of colleagues, who are caring for the environment and combating the effects of climate change, is humbling.”

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Energy lease due next year

The leasing of Endeavour Energy’s “poles and wires” is not likely to happen before the middle of next year.
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NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced the leasing of Transgrid last month. The leasing process for Endeavour Energy is expected to start in the middle of next year.

This means the network, which services the Illawarra region, will be the last of the three networks to enter the leasing process.

The process is duebe completed by December 2016.

The news comes after the government late last month announced the successful tender of Transgrid, netting gross proceeds of $10.2 billion.

“Thisexcellent outcome is a sign of the market’s confidence in the NSW economy as Australia’s number one state to do business,” Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said.

The Transgrid lessee is aconsortium that includes a Canadian pension fundand investment groups based in Australia andAbu Dhabi.

The government’s long-term leasing of Transgrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour networks is designed to recoup at least $20 billion.

This money will be spent on infrastructure projects, including the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

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Spry performance gets win

A marvellous bowling display by Tom Spry helped his Yenda Jets get the goods over Exies in the Griffith District Cricket Association first grade competition.
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STARTING TO MOVE: Mick Turnell got Yenda off to a good start over the weekend in what turned out to be their second victory for the year. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

Spry came away with the figures of 6-32 off 10.4 overs.

Mark Tucker

This performance comes off the back of a very consistent start to the year in which Spry has claimed a wicket every time he’s been thrown the ball.

It was Yenda who wanted to set the standard early on anddecided to bat first after having won the toss.

Things got off to a bit of a shaky start with both of Yenda’s openers falling for single digits.

Mick Turnell took the slow and steady approach while Spry came out hitting.

Spry got himself to 21 off 17 balls before he was trapped in front by Justin Winkler.

When Mick Turnell was dismissed for 17 the match was in the balance at 4-59.

Mark O’Connor made sure to push things back in Yenda’s favour.

He along withMatthew Bruce (13) andShaun Stubbs (20) gradually pushed the score past the 100 mark and beyond.

O’Connor was bowled byRoger Andreatta for 45 which left Yenda 6-120 after 40 overs.

Some late runs by captainBrett Hazleman (16) and good hitting byNeil Burke (10 not out off 9) left them at 8-162 when Hazleman declared right after the fall of his wicket.

Winkler was the best of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-29 off 11.1.

Exies got their innings off to a flyer.

Winkler knocked them all around the park for a quick-fire 18 off 18 whileDylan Gillette also kept things ticking along with his 26 off 39.

When the pair where dismissed Exies sat at 2-57 after just twelve-and-a-half overs.

This is when Spry was thrown the ball and almost immediately caused trouble.

He took care ofPhil Burge (19) and then got Mark Shepherd next ball for a golden duck.

Not long after Spry gotMark Tucker to knock one back at him for a caught and bowled. This left Exies 5-89.

The tail didn’t last much longer as Spry continued to dominate. Exies finished all out for 127.

Andrew Potter and Brett Hazleman also chimed in with a pair of wickets on the day to help Yenda get just their second win of the season.

The victory puts them in fourth position on the ladder as they leapfrog Exies.

Yenda will look to make it back-to-back wins next week when they take on the resurgentHanwood.

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#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 2Photos

#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 2 | Photos A look at more photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.
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Parks chief will walk Grampians Peak Trail

HONOURED: Bradley Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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NEW Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux will visit Halls Gap and the Grampians on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of western and southern areas of the state.

Mr Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap about midday before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail.

Mr Fauteux is the former managing director of Ontario Parks and a former chair and board member at the Canadian Parks Council.

He has extensive experience in park management, environmental issues and stakeholder relations andhas also developed and implemented digital technologies which have played a vital role in transforming the communication of park experiences for Ontarian park users.

Mr Fauteux is a champion of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach to park management, which originated in Victoria and has since been adopted around the world.

“I have been blessed to serve as a leader in the public service for the last 13 years and I am honoured to continue that service in the great state of Victoria as the chief executive of Parks Victoria,” he said.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and dedicated group of colleagues, who are caring for the environment and combating the effects of climate change, is humbling.”

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Trio tight at top of A Grade ladder

BRIM-Kellelac-Sheep Hills, Donald and Jeffcott cannot be separated at the top of the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association ladder.
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TON: Liam Leith, right, scored an impressive century at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

The trio of sides are all log-jammed on 36 points after round eight, which saw Donald move within striking distance and Jeffcott blow its chance of taking poll position.

Donald’s Jake Leith fired 100 not out on Saturday as his side posted 5-172 before bowling out St Arnaud for 62.

Jeffcott could have moved into first alone with a win against St Mary’s at the weekend, and looked to have it on the ropes after bowling it out for 50.

But an equally poor effort in the middle saw Jeffcott make just 44.

Birchip lost just one wicket on its way to 130, chasing down Marnoo’s total of 125.

Wycheproof-Narraport took on Hopetoun, but no results were provided.

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Goulburn prison officers back at work after strike

Prison officers in Goulburn have returned to work after a 24 hour strike. Photo Darryl Fernance.Goulburn jail in lockdown: 24 hour strikePRISON officers at Goulburn have returned to work on Sunday morning following lengthy negotiations with management.
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Chairman of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch of the PSA, Steve McMahon said his union had secured undertakings that the types of decisions that sparked Saturday’s 24-hour strike would not happen again without consultation with officers.

The Union has also scored more officers inside the jail and other visible areas to address “poor behaviour” of inmates.

“After protracted discussions, management has agreed to take action and address our concerns,” Mr McMahon said.

“Some of these measures will take time but members have voted to return to work.”

In future, there will be “zero tolerance” of inmates refusing to muster and other “defiant” behaviour.

The union was satisfied with the interim measures until the longer-term issues were thrashed out.

Some 100 members and union representatives met with Corrective Services acting regional director Ian Farquhar at the jail at 8am. Before the meeting, Mr McMahon also had lengthy discussions with assistant Commissioner for Custodial Corrections, Kevin Corcoran.

He said officers were very angry at Sunday’s gathering.

“They take their roles and their safety very seriously, as we all do. Ultimately, these types of decisions undermine their authority and put their safety at risk.”

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