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Sons of John springs to good start

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CHUFFED: Jason Attard’s Sons of John was off to a great start in his spring campaign. Picture: Geoff JonesHawkesbury trainer Jason Attard will be looking for his biggest race win of his relatively short training career after his star galloper Sons of John tasted success in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick last Saturday. The gelding will be now aimed at Saturday week’s $1million Group 1 Epsom (1600m) at the same track.
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Attard, along with partner Lucy, prepares his horses out of the historic Reibycroft Stud property – owned by Hawkesbury Race Club vice-chairman Syd Kelly and his wife Carolyn – and takes them to the nearby Hawkesbury track for fast work. However, the training method of mixing track work with swimming on the property, mixed with trips into to Mascot for beach work, has paid handsome dividends for the hard working couple.

Blake Shinn rode the six-year-old gelding for the first time on Saturday, and got him home in a close finish from representatives of Sydney’s two biggest stables, Torgersen (Chris Waller) and Federal (John O’Shea).

The $75,000 first prize lifted Sons Of John’s career earnings to just over $431,000. He has raced 23 times for seven wins and six placings, with two of the latter behind champion mare Winx at this time last year. Attard’s star was pipped on the post by Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens and then finished third to her in Randwick’s Epsom. However, with the champion mare tasking a different path to Melbourne for the rest of the Spring Carnival, Attard’s confidence can be buoyed to go at least one better this year.

Attard, who also won last year’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) with Sons Of John, has won three races in the last 10 days.

He scored with Haymate on his home track on September 8, and then with Jimarni at Muswellbrook last Sunday week.

Thursday racing at Hawkesbury

Strong numbers again highlight a tricky day for punters for the provincial midweek meeting at Hawkesbury. Again all the top stables are represented and although a little rain has been around for the last week or so, strong winds and sunshine earlier in the week should see the track again race well, with a little give in it.

Following the meeting, the track will undergo a technique known as ‘slicing’, which is an aerator type machine which allows the ground to be opened up as the soil temperature warms up into the Spring.

After a long, wet Winter, the track is recovering well leading into a busy period of racing in to the Spring and Summer.

Following the meeting, the next oneis the ‘Flavours of the World’ Food, Wine and Music race day on Sunday, 9th October, which will feature a number of stall sampling local food, produce and wine. Again it will be a great day out for the whole family, with jazz and other local bands, a children’s fashion parade, great prizes for on course patrons and of course, plenty of action on the track.

Greg Rudolph is the CEO of Hawkesbury Race Club.

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Business Week hailed a success

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City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp, Minister for Ageing Zoe Bettison, TAFE SA chief executive Robin Murt, and project manager Bob Goreing at the launch of the mature-aged business program. The program was part of Business WeekVICTOR HARBOR – The inaugural Victor Harbor Business Week has been dubbed a success with more than150 business leaders from Victor Harbor and its surrounds coming together to attend the range of events that celebrated local business.
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A joint initiative of the City of Victor Harbor and the Victor Harbor and District Business Association (VHBA), Business Week ran from September 12 to 16. The event supported local businesses through a program of seminars, mentoring session, workshops and networking events that centred on topics of marketing, taxation, business health and digital applications.

The events were well attended by a range of audiences including seasoned business people, start-ups and those considering starting a business in the region.

“The intent of Business Week has been to provide our many micro and small businesses access to quality information that will assist them in running and growing their businesses,” City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said.

“I thank all businesses who supported Victor Harbor Business Week events.”

VHBAchair Nick Gormley said therehave beenmany positive responses from members about the range of events that were offered across the week.

“The Victor Harbor and District Business Association look forward to working with the council on future initiatives that support and grow our business community,” Mr Gormley said.

Council also acknowledge the support provided by the various government and local businesses that contributed toward events in the program.

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Travel time drives change

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BIG city traffic congestion is proving more of an incentive to make a move to the bush than big city house prices, according to the latest Evocities survey.
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More than 2000 families have made the move from a capital city to one of the seven regional Evocities since the program launched in 2010.

Evocities conducts an online survey every two years seeking responses from relocatedfamilies to a range of questions regarding their reasons for moving and impressions of their new home town.

The latest survey, conducted in July, sought responses from families who had relocated in 2015 and 2016.

It found that the search for a better quality of life was the most common reason for moving (59 per cent of respondents) and that more people were fleeing traffic congestion in the capital cities (54 per cent) than high real estate prices (49 per cent).

The move to an Evocity had also dramatically cut the daily commuting time for many survey respondents.

Before making the move, 51 per cent of respondents said they spent more than half an hour travelling to work each day while one-in-five took more than an hour.

After making the move, two-thirds of respondents said it now took them less than 10 minutes to get to work.

More than half of the tree changers (55 per cent) who were looking for work managed to secure a job before relocating while another 22 per cent found work in their Evocity within three months of moving.

Other key survey findings included:

69 per cent of relocators said their cost of housing was improved or much improved since making the move.63 per cent of relocators said their access to the outdoors was improved or much improved since making the move.71 per cent of relocators were surprised by the facilities on offer in their new city.77 per cent of relocators said the decision to make the move to an Evocity was a good one.79 per cent of relocators would recommend the move to other people.Evocities began as a jointmarketing campaign funded by the Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Waggacouncils.Orange City Council has since withdrawn.

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Protecting our veterans’ legacy

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Applications are open for the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Program.FUNDING is now available to help preserve the Anzac legacy.
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Applications are open for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

The funding will help protect and repair local war memorials and also fund educational and commemorative programs which preserve the Anzac legacy.

The CWMF was set up to fund projects which help preserve existing war memorials across the state.

It was through this funding the memorial stones and repointing pillars were replaced at the Kangaroo Valley War Memorial.

Applications for up to $10,000 can be made by veteran groups, community organisations and councils until November 11.

The ACGP funds projects which benefit the veteran community and promotes a greater understanding and recognition of the Anzac legacy.

Applications for amounts up to to $2000 can be made by schools, historical societies and community organisations for educational prgrams and commemorative events and will close on February 24, 2017.

Visit http://veterans.nsw.gov419论坛/hertiage/community-war-memorials-fund/or http://梧桐夜网veterans.nsw.gov419论坛/education/anzac-community-grants-program/for more information and to apply.

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Hoppo to guest speak

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Cover shot: Royal Society for the Blind Ambassador Jane Reilly poses with Greg Hopgood, who will be speaking at the connect group, and his companion Reilly.
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The Murray Bridge RSL Connect group is for all Ex-Serving and Serving Military Personnel (Tri-Service) and their families.

It is an informal group to help people connect and to perhaps be able to share their story or hear others stories to which they can then relate to.

Family members and children who attend can also learn about what their parents, uncles or aunts, or grand parents may have also went through or experienced.

Complimentary tea and coffee is provided and sometimes a cake or two.

As the RSL offers meals on a Sunday, the connect groupusually books in for lunch first, before starting their informal get together and chat at 2pm.

The group’sguest speaker for Sunday, October2 will beGreg (Hoppo) Hopgood.

Greg was in infantry and was a member of 1RAR when he served in the army.

Part of Greg’s service was to do “Peace Making” in Somalia as part of the Unified Task Force up until May 1993, when the United Nations then took over.

Greg is a recipient of the Operation K9 program and will have Reilly with him, his wonderful companion.

Operation K9 is a program to assist Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)and it is a wonderful program to support and be a part of.

The Royal Society of the Blind train up these dogs who then become a very important asset to a veteran’s life.

Everyone isinvited to come along and listen to Greg’s story and to meet Reilly.

People may have seen Greg who was part of the Channel 9 documentary “Coming Home: Australia’s RSL” screened back in February.

He was featured on the front cover of the Signal magazine in April this year with Jane Reilly who is an RSB Ambassador.

He was also included in an article in that issue of the magazine which talked about Operation K9 and the work they do.

There will also besome merchandise from Operation K9, which includes ‘Gunner Murray’ the toy assistance dog – with all proceeds going towards Operation K9.

The Murray Bridge RSL Connect Group said they arevery privileged to have Greg and Reilly join themfor an afternoon of sharing and learning from each other’s stories.

The Murray Bridge RSL Connect Group meets on the first Sunday of every month and welcomes everyone.

If anyone hasany further questions, please contact the Murray Bridge RSL on 8532 1314 between 10am and2pm on a Monday or Wednesday or by email: [email protected]南京夜网.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Knight Sprite looking good for Group 1

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Dynamic duo: Gayle Materson with kennel star Knight Sprite. The black dog will be chasing maide Group 1 success in the $75,000 Dapto Megastar final (520m) on Thursday. Picture: Marina NeilHEXHAM owner-trainer Gayle Materson is confident Sprite Knight will improve on his “first look” at Dapto and break through for a maiden Group 1 success on Thursday.
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The black dog has draw box four in the $75,000 to-the-winnerDapto Megastar (520m).

Knight Sprite has been freshened up after a scrap with his sister in the yard and has come back in top order

“We had a little incident between him and his sister, which gave me a chance to give him a spell,” Materson said.

“She picked on him but it was nothing serious.He has had a few runs up at Redhead and trialed well at Dapto last Thursday. “I took him down to have a look at the track andhe hugged the rail all the way around.People at Dapto have no doubts that he will improve on his first run now he has had a look at the track.”

Short-priced favouriteRitza Lenny ($1.85) has drawn the inside box, but Materson believes Ollie, as he is affectionately known, has the speed to get to the front.

“He won the Richmond Derby from box four,” she said.“He had Brad Hill Billy on his tail and he still didn’t get beaten. Once he finds the lead he keeps going and doesn’t give in.His first sections are among the best.I was lucky that Magic Spring drew five. If it goes wide, like it normally does, he will have a clear run. He doesn’t crash to the rail, he runs straight until the turn.”

Knight Sprite ($5.50) won his last start at The Gardens over515m on August 19 and has earned nearly $200,000 in prizemoney.

He was a runaway winner of theGroup 2 Gosford Gold Cup (515m) on New Years Day, and backed up with a tight win in theRichmond Derby (535m) before third in the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park.

All that is missing is Group 1 success.

“He has been knocking on the door and deserves a Group 1,” Materson said. “He is eighth on the national point-score and four of those dogs have retired.If he goes well on Thursday,I’d say he will get an invitation tothe [Group 1] Top Gun at The Meadows next month. The Melbourne Cup is in November.”

A delaying tactic for same-sex marriage?

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By planning a plebiscite on same-sex marriage the federal government is making a costly decision that would have no legally binding outcome.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to move ahead with hisplans, estimated to cost taxpayers$160 million.

A plebisciteis a vote by citizens on a matter of national significance, but one thatdoes not affect the Constitution. It doesnot forcea government to act on the outcome.

Opponentsarguethe PM’splebiscitewill be damaging to vulnerable people and pointless because it will notbind members of Parliament. Instead, they favourMPs being given a free vote.

There have been only three national plebiscites in Australia, twounsuccessful.

In2011, the then-Opposition Leadercalled for a national plebiscite on a carbon tax, a move prominent constitutional lawyer George Williamssaidwas “understandable as a political tactic”.He said as plebiscites made no changes to the lawtheywere an “expensive opinion poll”.

“Plebiscites are rare in Australia. They go against the grain of a system in which we elect parliamentarians to make decisions on our behalf,” he said.

Thisdebate over same-sex marriage has continued for a long time.

Media agenciesacross the nation findnew angles to cover the issueas itcontinues to provoke heated response fromboth sidesof the argument, and politicians have delayed legislatingby at first refusing to address the issue,and now by attempting a plebiscite.

But, with so much time and energy spent arguingin Australia, are there other issues politicians are not addressing that are slipping by without our knowledge?

It is inevitableif Australiawants to support human rights andkeep up with other developed countries around the world thathavelegalised same-sexmarriage– the UK, New Zealand, Norway, France, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay,Argentinaand some states in the USto name a few.

Gay marriage will affect about4.1 per centof men and 2.8 per centof womeninAustralia – reported in astudyby Roy Morgan Research -who will finally be able to exchange vows,but such a step would go towards supportinghuman rights and equality in our nation as a whole.

It is only a matter of time before same-sex unions areratified in Australia.But how long are we going to wait?

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Increase sparks safety warning

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Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club club captain David Owen has warned people to stay safe around water after an increase in drownings across the state. Picture: Amy PatonAn experienced surf life saver has warned people to look after themselves around water after a report revealed43 people drowned in Victoria in a 12-month period.
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The figure, which is fromthe periodbetween July 1 2015 andJune 30 2016, represented an increase of 10 per cent on the 10-year average for the state.

David Owen, the club captain at Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, said the data in the Royal Life Saving National Report 2016concerned him.

“I’m disturbed that there has been an increase in drownings across the board,” Mr Owen said.

He urged people to be safe around water by taking actionsuch as seeking advice when preparing to enter an unknown river or ocean, staying within the flags, looking out for friends, going out in groups, wearing life jackets and ringing local surf clubs regarding any rips, dangers or changes.

Mr Owen, who has been involved in life saving for 16 years, said encouragingholidaymakers and tourists to swim between the flags during summer was important.

“We will try our best to have eyes on our local community, of course, and tourists and their families, but we can’t be everywhere,” he said.

Mr Owen said past drownings in the area over the years showed that conditions could change quickly and take people by surprise.

“The ocean may look benign, but if you’ve got king tides or whatever elseit only takes one or two big waves or a rip to sweep you out to sea,” he said.“Make sure someone is looking out for you.”

He urged parents of young children to keep a close watch on them near water.

Mr Owenalso noted that 83 per cent of the 280 people who drownedacross Australia were male.“Males are risk-takers. They have to look out for each other and make sure they go out with a friend,” he said.

Mr Owen said patrols begin in the last week of November and finish at Easter time.

Key facts from the report:

There were 280 drowning deaths across the country in2015/16 compared to 267 deaths in 2014/15 – an increase of five per cent.The highest number of deaths (19 per cent) occurred in people aged 65-74.More than a quarter of people (26 per cent)drowned in ocean and harbour locations.Overseas tourists made up 25 of those who drowned.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Othello a passionate journey

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Explosive performance: Ray Chong Nee stars as Othello and Yalin Ozucelik is Iago in Bell Shakespeare’s dynamic production of Othello.
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This Saturday sees Bell Shakespeare’sOthellotake to the Capitol Theatre stage.

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy,Othellois a relentless journey of vicious passion.

A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, Iago.

One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies,Othellois directed by Bell Shakespeare’s artistic director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core.

Starring Ray Chong Nee as Othelloand Yalin Ozucelikas Iago, this astonishing epic tragedy will rage with jealousy on stage at Capitol Theatre Tamworth, this Saturday night at 8pm – September 24 as part of Bell Shakespeare’s 2016 National Tour.

One for the children and their families during the next school holiday break – Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is appearing at TRECC, Wednesday, September 28 at 12 noon and 2.30pm andThursday, September 29 at 10am.

Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™, takes audiences into a new dimension of theatre. Meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores.

Tickets for these and more areavailable online atentertainmentvenues南京夜网419论坛, by phone on 6767 5300 or at Capitol Theatre Box Office, Ray Walsh House or the Golden Guitar.

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Year 12 final farewell

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Costume capers: Gunnedah High School’s year 12 students for 2016 wind down in their last week of classes.A super year callsfor some costumes andGunnedah’s year 12 students came dressed for the occasion.
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Superman, Batman and even Robin featured in Gunnedah High’s day of fun on Wednesday –part of a three-day celebration for the school leavers celebrating their final week of classes.

HSC exams were still ahead for students in the coming weeks but for now, it was chance to unwind on a big year of study.

St Mary’s College year 12 student Ashlee Van Os said it was bittersweet departure from their school careers.

“It’s both exciting and nervous,” she said. “Iwill miss seeing everybody but it will be good getting out doing my own thing,” she said.

Gunnedah High’s end of year activities includedauctions for school slaves which werea highlight.The fun continued withatrivia night, followed by afinal farewell assembly on Thursday where students were presented with their end of year reports.Their last function would beayear 12 breakfast with staff on Friday morning.

Over at St Mary’s College, year 12 revived a school tradition of Mercy Day on Wednesday where games and activities were incorporated withjunior grades. All event proceeds were donated to Mercy Works, a charity which assistedimpoverished communities inAsia and the Pacific.

Graduation mass would be held Thursday before theirfirst official no-school day on Friday.

The last week of school, traditionally known as muck up day, was known to bea time for mischief by the student body.Flour bombs, shaving cream and water balloons were amongthearsenal year 12 students employed.But students have moved with the times these days wisely choose more appropriate activities to take part in,fitting to teenager on the cusp of adulthood.

“It’s a tradition that’s died and it’s good that it has,”Maurie Mulheron fromNSW Teachers Federation told SMH.

Some infamous muck day pranks in years gone include the hanging of a‘For Sale’ sign on the Opera House.Asimilar one was hung fromthe Harbour Bridge. About the same time,two of the teeth on the Luna Park smiling face were blacked out.

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Hampers to prevent homelessness

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Southern Highlands Homelessness Services case worker Jodie Keeley accepting a food hamper donation from Highlands Business Circle member Gary Ponder. Photo: Claire Fenwicke
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HOW much money do you spend per week on groceries?

For some people, paying for food is the difference between being able to pay rent and sleeping on the street.

Members of the Highlands Business Circle donated food hampers to the Pathways program at Southern Highlands Homelessness Services to assist those in need.

Member Gary Ponder has been donating to the service for the past four years through the Business Circle, and said members’ fees helped pay for the hampers.

“We’re a bunch of business people who are able to give back the community, and we consider this type of commitment as giving back,” he said.

“We saw helping as a natural progression.”

Case worker Jodie Keeley said the hamper, which contained pasta and sauce, cleaning products, toilet paper, noodles, soups and tuna, could make a real difference to those who could become homeless.

“We are in constant need of food and we are most grateful of this donation,” she said.

“It’s great that local business owners are prepared to help disadvantaged residents in this way, as many sometimes have to choose between having something to eat or having a roof to sleep under.”

The hampers will be distributed to residents living in temporary emergency housing accommodation and transitional properties.

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Caitlin is a passionate advocate for rural health

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SHOWGIRL: Caitlin Snowden. Picture: Geoff Jones.With a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Caitlin Snowden is passionate about rural health and hopes to use her Hawkesbury Showgirl experience to help advocate for it.
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Miss Snowden, 23, lives in Bligh park and is in her final year of studying a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University.

She said sheentered Hawkesbury Showgirl as sheendeavors to advocate for rural health –something she isvery passionate about.

“Healthcare resourcesaffects everyone or someone they know across the entire lifespan,” Miss Snowden said.

“I also wish to preserve and promote to those outside the region, the way of life we are privileged to have in the Hawkesbury including our rich heritage and our rural lifestyle.”

Miss Snowden said that if she were to win the Showgirl competition she woulduse the opportunity to represent local industries and those it benefits.

“I wouldadvocate for their issues as well as showcase their strengths.

“I would also like to bring greater awareness to the fantastic tourist opportunities in the Hawkesbury and really put the Hawkesbury on the map for those outside of the area.”

Miss Snowden said she had alove for the equine industry where shetrains and competes in dressage.

She said she also has a passion for the preservation of the Hawkesbury’s country lifestyle

“I have awillingness to give back my time and efforts should I be selected as Showgirl,to an area that has greatly enriched my own life.”

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Councils need to lift game or move along

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The demise of the Huon Valley Council should serve as a timely warning for councils large and small around the state.
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Local government minister Peter Gutwein has drawn the line in the sand and said enough is enough.

They must perform and become a professional operation or face the consequences.

He is quite up front when he says in the first instance it is up to the councillors themselves to resolve their issues.

In this case the council was given plenty of time to try to find a solution, mend its ways, and get along.

“As Minister, I effectively gave the council six months to get its house in order,” he said.

Unfortunately, he notes that the issues confronting the council appear irreconcilable.

It is by no means the first time that a dysfunctional council has been shown the door by the minister of the day.

In March 2002 the then Premier Jim Bacon sacked the Kentish Council.

It began a long period under an administrator.

But the Kentish region rebounded and decided it wanted to maintain its own local representation. The council of today no doubt still existswith the memoryof early this century in mind, determined to make it work and despite some tenuous moments, keeps the area running.

For any of our local councils, the clash of personalities around the table is sometimes difficult to manage.

But anyone standing for an elected role in local government must realise that they are essentially becoming a board member of a medium to large business.

Even the smaller councils of the region and state deal with large sums of money, and their performance matters to everyone in their patch.

If good governance and sound decision making becomes polluted by petty politics and personalities then they risk the future of local representation.

The chorus of support for council amalgamations has been quiet for a while, but if the elected members don’t do their job properly then it will be back and heard very loudly.

Eventhe least engaged ratepayer expects the members around a council table to act diligently and take a mature approach to the business before them.

When they act like schoolchildren and can’t behave then they will go the way of the Huon Valley and be shown the door.

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