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.
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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
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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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Reasons why we should follow the sun

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THE future of our community energy needs are clear to me, right there in the name created by Clement John De Garis when he got £20,000 from the Australian Dried Fruit Association to promote our district and its produce in the 1920s: Sunraysia.
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The one constant thing in our region, the ever-shining sun, can be our ticket to boosting our economy.

We can lead the change in the way ­energy is produced and sold in our region, and ­nation.

We have the opportunity to harness this natural resource, on both a small and large scale.

Australians are the greatest investors in rooftop solar in the world and, if coupled with battery systems, we can increase our own energy independence.

Combine this personal approach with community action and we could be looking for funding at local, state and federal levels.

Public and private investment in the creation of a new local industry around solar generation and housing could make us net producers of energy.

The clean-tech revolution is a critical ­issue, a great opportunity for our community, one I feel our leaders have overlooked in favour of a reliance on coal.

Stronger advocacy for energy security and publicly purchased and owned systems could offset rates and other costs in the ­municipality once initial costs were recouped.

Sunraysia is in a prime geographical location to capitalise on the clean-tech revolution.

Along with more autonomy by meeting our own energy needs and supplying a surplus to the growing green market, we should strive to become a regional hub for administration through the Murray-Darling Basin.

Let’s consider a great leap forward for our region, using the advantages of our location to meet the essential goals of energy and ­water security for a better future.

Jason Modica,

Mildura Council candidate

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False connection between winds and turbines

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AS new One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts demands “empirical evidence” for ­climate change, here it is.
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Those SA wind turbines, once they were built, huffed and puffed and just blew down 20 transmission towers in a catastrophe that has devastated an “embarrassed” state.

Ironic really – the correlation is so tight that this has to be the case. You have the wind turbines and the transmission towers are blown down.

Even Prime Minister Turnbull has said energy targets were the cause (“let’s get the balance right”).

This of course means burning more coal while we can get away with it.

I guess that means the multi-billion­-dollar cost of repair facing SA won’t be ­included in the money we spend to subsidise the coal and oil industry at about $9 billion per year.

I’d say there’s an alternative view. The wind turbines didn’t blow down those transmission towers, the extreme wind and weather event did.

There is, in measured reality land, so much more energy in the earth’s weather systems. It is we who’ve created an ever-increasing blanket of heat trapping gases.

It is this extra energy that is heating the land, water and air and in turn this is the real cause of dramatic, high-cost and destructive weather events. Mr Turnbull, the renewable energy targets for the future didn’t cause this catastrophe – we are living in the present.

The transmission towers falling over had nothing to do with the generation systems, which included wind turbines.

It is extra energy, like turning up the gas under a saucepan of water – the more there is the greater the impact. It will get worse and quickly as the energy trap is in exponential growth.

The outcome is called climate change, man-made and supported by those with vested interests. What are yours?

Robert Biggs,

Mildura

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Mental health issues need our daily focus

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October is Mental Health Month, during which we put extra emphasis on understanding and recognising mental health issues.
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It is important to reflect on this, but I implore everyone to extend their reflection outside October.

Signs of mental health issues can be hard to detect or even deliberately hidden, therefore mental health awareness should be something we think about on a daily basis.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is “Learn and Grow”.

My organisation, Youth Off The Streets has, and always will, encourage our young people to constantly learn about recognising and coping with various mental health issues.

Our services provide psychologists, counsellors and trained youth workers to give our young people the best possible support they so desperately need, but we still cannot reach every affected young Australian.

I have dedicated my life to helping the disadvantaged youth of Australia turn their lives around, and as such I have seen many of our youth struggle with a broad spectrum of mental illnesses.

These illnesses are severely affecting our youth, with a significant number of cases developing in to long-term issues or even resulting in suicide.

Without continuous care and support, our young people run the risk of developing these long-term issues and this is simply not something we can allow to happen.

Using this chance to tackle mental health issues in young people is crucial, as giving young people support and coping mechanisms in such a transitional period of life sets them up for a successful future. Youth Off The Streets will always advocate for young people in their battle with mental health issues.

However, this month I call for more to be done. I ask that we take this Mental Health Month as an opportunity to grow as a nation and stand by our young people.

Father Chris Riley,

CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets

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Monster Jam coming to Brisbane, and our reporter takes it for a test drive

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Monster Jam ambassador Rhianna Buchanan in Brisbane ahead of the show on October 1. Photo: Robert ShakespeareI can’t say driving a monster truck was on my bucket list, because I never imagined it would actually happen.
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But a few days after getting the offer, I’m strapped into a five-point harness inside the one-seater Alien Invasion at QSAC on Brisbane’s southside. And she’s roaring, insisting we should go.

It’s a towering white machine, with hard black wheels around a green centre, and leaning on the accelerator with my right foot makes her jump and rattle.

Monster Jam ambassador Rhianna Buchanan gives me some sage advice before I hop in the seat: “It’s all about controlling your enthusiasm.”

“You are so protected and you feel so incredibly safe – you’ve got all the right gear on,” she said.

“But as soon as that engine starts up, you are going to get incredibly excited.

“It’s about making the absolute most of the experience – not everyone gets to drive a 5500kg monster truck, it’s 4 metres wide, 4 metres tall.

“It’s enormous and you are in control of everything.”

Ms Buchanan, who is also an announcer and stuntwoman, said she grew up riding bikes, growing up in Beaudesert and the Logan area.

“I learnt how to drive at an early age, ATVs, buggies, absolutely anything I could get my hands on,” she said.

Ms Buchanan, 29, said there were about 10 female Monster Jam drivers.

“There’s 10 women getting out there every weekend in the stadium and really putting it to the guys and putting on a great show for all the fans out there,” she said.

“It’s something we’re seeing in a lot of different motorsports these days, which is really fantastic, and I hope that I can not only help encourage it but help encourage other girls out there.”

While Ms Buchanan has completed her first stage of training at Monster Jam University, and hopes to drive the trucks on tour in 2017, I’m an extremely long way from giving up my day job.

No taking on the Grave Digger, flying over jumps and crushing cars for me just yet.

I awkwardly haul myself up into the driver’s seat, wearing my restrictive and toasty warm safety gear, where I’m so securely tied in that I can barely move my head and shoulders.

The crew gives a rundown of the controls.

You’re in park, “just like an automatic”, they say. Put your foot on the brake, pull the power lever, pull the fuel level, flick a switch, and the metal and rubber machine shudders to life.

It has first and second gears, but I’m told to stick to first. And don’t forget to push the fuel lever back in and return to park, with a foot on the brake when you turn it off.

Oh, and you can steer using the front wheels via a detachable steering wheel and the back wheels using a switch that presses right or left.

I run through the sequence again and again in my mind but strangely I’m not scared.

We test the kill switch via the radio that gives the people who actually know how to drive these things the ability to shut the Alien Invasion down if I get into trouble. That’s very reassuring.

And then it’s time to drive.

I get off to a slow start, but it feels pretty fast and there’s only a few moments where the Alien feels like it lurches forward. But in retrospect that’s probably the opposite of what you want from your monster truck.

And when I’m cornering at the end of the straight, I realise I’m only turning the switch to turn the back wheels left – not the actual steering wheel. The steering wheel that is for, you know, steering.

I get a bit stuck in the corner, so the instructor runs over and tells me to chuck it into reverse and do a three-point turn.

I’ve got this, I think to myself. Want me to do a reverse-parallel park next? You got it.

Back down the other end of the field and I can’t… seem.. to.. get… Alien… to… turn and keep moving. The motor is running, but I’m only bouncing forward and back a little. It’s confounding.

Turns out I should have hit the gas a bit harder.

I just thought I was stuck in the grass. Because the mortal enemy of a 5 tonne supercharged machine – named after the futuristic potential annihilation of the human race – is lush, green grass.

So, I’m not going to be the next superstar of Monster Jam.

But I had a damn good time.

Monster Jam will be at QSAC at Nathan on October 1.

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Here we go again: more bad weather

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The winter that wouldn’t let go: another cold front is on its way, this one of twice-a-year strength so to be taken seriously. Photo: Getty ImagesHere we go again… more bad weather on its way. From the Bureau of Meteorology:
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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 strongcold front will move over southwest parts of the State during Saturday.

This weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. Inisolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could causeSIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to develop south west of a line Busselton to WindyHarbour between 3am and 5am Saturday, and extend to south west of a lineMandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Saturday. Small hail is possible,with thunderstorms likely south of a line Bunbury to Esperance.

DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT beacherosion.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely toproduce 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 drainsand streams.Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there islightning.If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loosedebris.If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’sweb site at梧桐夜网bom.gov419论坛or call 1300 659 213.

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