Member for Bulimba Di Farmer exceeds allowance for office expenses

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Member for Bulimba Di Farmer exceeded her electorate allowance for 2015-16. Photo: Glenn CampbellLetter mail-outs to residents are responsible for a Brisbane MP blowing-out her electorate office allowance.

Labor member for Bulimba Di Farmer spent $82,307.70 through her electorate and communication allowance in the past financial year, which was higher than any other Queensland MP.

Of that amount, $43,850.34 was for production, publication and distribution services.

The office expenditure for most MPs lingered around the $60,000 mark in 2015-16.

The results are detailed in the Annual Report of Electorate and Communication Allowance Expenditure for July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The rules show that when an MP overspends their allowance, any over-expenditure cost is met personally by the member.

Ms Farmer’s allowance was $62,250.

“It’s a choice, I paid those bills,” Ms Farmer said.

Ms Farmer said there were a range of ways to communicate with residents, such as email or social media, but that relied on having contact details.

She said distributors could take two weeks to get information into letterboxes and volunteers could be used when available.

But using the more expensive route – Australia Post – was necessary for issues that were more time sensitive.

“I had a couple of local issues this year which… I needed to get information out to people quickly on them and the only way I could choose to do that was via Australia Post, so that just racks up the bill unfortunately,” she said.

Ms Farmer could not immediately recall the specific issues relating to the mail-outs in the past financial year when questioned on Friday afternoon.

Ms Farmer said an Australia Post mail-out also had the benefit of servicing a wider geographic area or for example writing to over-65s about a senior’s morning tea, and that the letters were personally-addressed.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls’ electorate office expenses were $60,407.17 for the past year and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s were $66,306.08.

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AFL grand final parade: for this day, all Melbourne is Footscray

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Parade day: Western Bulldogs fans outnumbered their Swans counterparts. Photo: Justin McManus You could almost feel the sigh of desire from all those Bulldogs supporters, denied ownership of the premiership cup since the club’s single great year. Photo: Justin McManus

Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs smiles as his team are presented on stage. Photo: Darrian Traynor

Jarrad McVeigh and his daughter take part in the parade. Photo: Darrian Traynor

All Melbourne appeared to have turned out … and all Melbourne, it seemed, was there for the Western Bulldogs.

From the old Treasury building, down Spring Street, along Wellington Parade, clear into Yarra Park outside the MCG, the fabulous coliseum that gave this parade its meaning, the crowd lining the route, 10 or 20 deep for long stretches, wore red, white and blue.

Even the members of the Army marching band that led the great procession wore Bulldogs scarves around their necks.

Why, a scarf was draped over the big bass drum that gave the march its very pulse.

Right behind, borne by a team of strong young porters, as if it were fragile and valuable as an artefact from an ancient tomb, came the cup, glinting in the midday light.

You could almost feel the sigh of desire from all those Bulldogs supporters, denied ownership of the premiership cup since the club’s single great year: 1954.

It took a while, elbowing our way through the crowd along Spring Street, to find a single person wearing the livery of the Sydney Swans.

“Do you feel lonely?” we asked the fellow from the north, whose name, he said, was Peter Williams.

“Not really,” he said. “I’ve got a crew with me over there.” Mr Williams, of Wollongong, had taken most of the week to drive down with his wife Carol; they were making a little holiday of it. A couple of carloads of friends had come along, too, and were gathered, a splash of red amid the Bulldogs hordes, by the paradeway. Some of them, Mr Williams confided, weren’t actually Swans  supporters. They went for Greater Western Sydney, but would be loyal to Sydney on Saturday.

“We’re quietly confident,” he said, in that way some football fans who feel assured of their chances have of trying to avoid condescension when in the opposition’s territory.

The Bulldogs’ legions had no time for false modesty. Not after six decades of waiting.

As the parade of players and officials, bands, marching teams and the Carlton Brewery clydesdales drawing a wagon of barrels swung from Spring Street into Wellington Parade, a cheeky bunch of Bulldogs supporters held high at the corner a large home-made sign.

“We will beat the Swans by a mile,” it proclaimed. “Yes we’ll do them Doggies Style.”

Despite the dire predictions by weather forecasters all week of a soaking, there would be no rain upon this parade.

The players rode by, dry, on the back of utes. The crowd roared.

This was a town in search of a fairytale, and the first stage of it had been delivered from above.

The sun shone from a blue sky, with barely more than a wisp of cloud up high.

As the sound of the marching bands oompahed and beat their way into the distance, heading for the heavenly arena down by the Yarra, the Treasury Gardens filled with families unwrapping sandwiches and little kids and their dads kicking footballs around.

The park was a roiling, hopeful shout of red, white and blue.

Melbourne, for this day at least, was Footscray.

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Severe weather warning for Mandurah and surrounds

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A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds for people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah.A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds for people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay.

This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Mandurah, Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Albany, and Esperance.

Weather Situation

A deep low pressure system will move south of Albany and an associated strong cold front will move over southwest parts of the State during Saturday.

This weather system is likely to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in damage to homes and property.

In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause significant damage..

Damaging winds are likely to develop south west of a line Busselton to Windy Harbour between 3am and 5am Saturday, and extend to south west of a line Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Saturday.

Small hail is possible, with thunderstorms likely south of a line Bunbury to Esperance.

Dangerous surf conditionsare likely which could cause significant beach erosion.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is around twice a year.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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Holt drives canned food donations

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Campaigner: Colin Holt is supporting Foodbank WA by encouraging Donnybrook locals and visitors to donate cans of food towards the cause. Photo: SuppliedColin Holt MLC,Nationals Member for the South West, is asking Donnybrook Country Club members and visitors to join in the fight against hunger by doing the “can-can”.

Holt will sponsor a club week at the Donnybrook Country Club from October 5 to 9to support locally based charity Foodbank WA.

While there is no dancing orFrench cabaret involved, Holt believes a small contribution ofa can of food can go a long to way to help the needy.

Foodbank WA supplies charities and schools with the provisions they need to fight hunger in the community –with a network extending from Perth into regional centres around Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Peel.

“Foodbank WA provides food to the most vulnerable in our community and this is a great way for members and visitors of Donnybrook Country Club to make a difference,” Holt said.

“Every little bit helps, so please contribute by providing a canned food donation.”

All competitors can do the can-can by donating a can of food at the specially marked boxes at the club.

“Can I count on you to help? Your donation of canned food could make the difference between someone in your community having a meal or going hungry”.

For additional information on Foodbank, visit:foodbankwa.org419论坛.

For further enquiries, please contact the office of Hon Colin Holt MLC on 9724 1181.

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A slice of Paterson history

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With the original cottage dating back to the early 1800s, this site holds a lot of history and significance as the old punt site across the Paterson River.

The current home is loaded with charm and character in the colonial, Cape Cod blend of architecture.

There are gorgeous polished floorboards throughout with a number of original features and impressive fireplaces.

The floor plan is generous in proportions throughout with fivebedrooms, two bathrooms, a country style kitchen, an enormous living area and elegant dining room.

All the bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes and the home has air conditioning.

A large covered verandah takes in the full view of the beautiful 1.17ha (2.9 acre) grounds with river and mountain views.

A large shed provides six covered car spaces, three phase power, remote doors and mezzanine storage.

The grounds are peaceful, private and tastefully landscaped with natives, European species and numerous fruit trees.

There is a rainwater tank for the garden as well.

A fenced horse or stockpaddock has fertile alluvial soil and is capable of providingexcellent feed.

PRDnationwide Hunter Valley agent Rhonda Nyquist said the current custodians have maintained this home fastidiously and described thepresentation as impressive.

“The Old Punt House” is located just minutes from the Paterson village, train station, shops, schools and facilities.

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