Wednesday, February 21, 2024



Victorians pay price for failure of power supplies

Widespread power blackouts affecting thousands of households and businesses across Victoria again highlight the vulnerability of the state’s energy supplies under the State Government. “Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has been repeatedly warned about outages yet has sat idle. We have now seen the consequences of Labor’s incompetence and Victorians are paying the price as they go without power,” said Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, David Davis.

Govt must support blackout affected businesses

“The State Government must provide financial assistance to thousands of Victorian businesses impacted by mass power outages,” writes the Opposition ... Half-a-million homes and businesses suffered power outages on Tuesday and thousands are still waiting to have their power restored.

Latrobe Valley’s future in hydrogen

Hydrogen and the potential of Gippsland and its industries to play a role in the hydrogen technologies seen as crucial for the energy transition are set for a higher profile in the region, with Federation University in Churchill the focal point ... “The aim was to bring these players to one platform... ": Professor Surbhi Sharma.

Grateful goanna

This 1.5-metre goanna found itself in trouble earlier this month when it became stranded at the base of Torrumbarry Weir. Goulburn-Murray Water Senior Storage Officer, Luke Simpson, found the tired and distressed looking goanna hanging on to the bottom of the weir gate...

Darling Downs roads most dangerous in Australia

With a fatality rate of 21.7 deaths per 100,000 residents the Darling Downs holds an unwanted record of being the most dangerous location for driving in Australia. The Downs holds this record with the Maranoa, New England and North West NSW.

Weir update

Mark Coulton, speaking to ABC Broken Hill on Monday, said he understood that due to Covid, a flood, etc there had been some unavoidable delays to the new Wilcannia Weir. However he is now at a loss as to why, at 5 minutes to midnight, the NSW government has changed the design of the weir.

Wilcannia’s new health service opens its doors to the community

Services are now being provided from Wilcannia’s Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bonney St, off Ross Street, following a move to the new facility over the past three days ... Services provided at the Wilcannia Health and Wellbeing Centre will be the same as those provided at the previous health service.

Victorian and Tasmanian farmers call for fair land access rules: VFF, TasFarmers

The peak representative bodies for Tasmanian and Victorian farmers have joined forces to call for fair land access rules in the face of rapid renewable energy developments taking over prime agricultural land. TasFarmers and the VFF released the Farm Access Code of Conduct which is aimed at promoting respectful and sensible infrastructure development on agricultural land.

Pier pressure fishing for a jetty solution

Patrick Goldsmith. Yorke Peninsula Council deputy mayor Richard Carruthers has joined the increasingly loud chorus calling for the state government to take greater action on much-needed regional jetty maintenance. Mr Carruthers, of Ardrossan, said he has been approached by roughly 50 locals concerned about the future of the jetty within the past few months.

Regions need specific new build targets; more dedicated funding for critical housing infrastructure: RAI

Regional-specific new build targets; bolstered and quarantined regional housing infrastructure funding; and better planning for growth are among the asks of government from the National Regional Housing Summit ... A Discussion Paper, presenting the latest regional housing stock data and featuring stories of communities who’ve successfully taken action to solve their housing issues, provided context to Summit.

Unique feature for Bordertown lake

A new ticketing system for users worth $10,690 has been installed at the Recreational Lake in Bordertown, boasting a “very unique” feature. The new feature is you don’t have to pay if you don’t want to. And the Tatiara District Council says they have put up a new signage at the Recreational Lake that says the amount of $10 charged for the use of the facility was a rate, not a donation.

Farmer’s transmission fight taken to NSW parliament: Anderson

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has used his time in Parliament this week to renew his push for high voltage transmission lines to be moved off private land holdings ... “Farmers in the Tamworth electorate are strongly opposed to the construction of 200ft high transmission towers on their land, and it’s causing significant angst for families in the Dungowan and Limbri areas,” Mr Anderson said.

Community spirit has been key to hall success

In 1958, the Athenaeum Hall site was completely cleared except for the front concrete steps leading up to the main entrance and prepared for the construction of the present edifice, the Corryong & District Public Memorial Hall ... When plans were approved this building was the biggest single community hall (in floor area) in rural Victoria.

Farmers fight as farms on the line

After 100 years of growing Australian food and fibre, and enhancing their farm’s environmental assets, the Ettershanks now face their biggest challenge, power lines. Under the recent release of Transgrid’s proposed route for the VNI West Interconnector, Simon and Carly Ettershank’s 2,000-hectare property now has twenty 75-80-metre-tall towers across their home. 

Electricity does not come cheap in the bush

Do you know what it costs to fill up an EV with a fast charger - $30, $40, $50? Do you even know what it costs to run your house each night? ... If EVs are the future then we need to be frank about their pros and cons.

Reckless Renewables Rally: PRA

The Reckless Renewables Rally brought to together 116 regional community groups with a message for Federal politicians to suspend their reckless rollout ... ‘People living in our cities are being deceived. Rural and regional communities are being socially fractured, divided up and hollowed out by our own government and their energy corporation’s working in unison with home grown renewables zealots and foreign renewable energy company carpetbaggers’: Chairman of PRA Jim Willmott.

Dud route: VNI West fails to satisfy

As Australians were stocking fridges and checking gas bottles before Australia Day, local farmers were receiving word that the towering transmission lines would carve through their properties. One farmer said it was the first contact they had from the company, stating “no personal contact” before receiving the news that left them feeling “side swiped.”

True cost of renewables remain hidden

As Australian politicians take aim at globally dictated emissions targets, are everyday Australians left to carry the burden of the ‘green dream’? ... There were an estimated 100 million individual solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Australia at the end of 2022, and it is estimated 2 billion solar panels will be required if we are to meet the 2050 emissions targets.

Stars align for work on Orange’s new planetarium: Albanese, King, Hamling

It’s lift-off for Orange’s performing arts scene as work begins on the new $33.5 million world-class cultural hub for the region. The new Orange Regional Conservatorium and Planetarium project will include: A 275-seat auditorium (with capacity built in for additional 48 seats or additional stage)...

Improved mobile phone coverage for Central Australian homelands: Uibo

Five new mobile phone hotspots are now in operation in the remote homelands of Petyale, Ankweleyelengkwe, Welere, Urrermerne and Payeperrentye. The Territory Government continues its partnership with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) with an additional $300,000 program to deliver hotspots to residents and tourists. There are now 53 mobile phone hotspots at very remote sites throughout the Territory.

Pothole plague spreads: funding fill must be found

The deplorable state of roads will be back on the agenda when State Parliament resumes in February. Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, said it was alarming the number of road warning and traffic hazard signs that had been situated on our roadsides for an extended period of time, without repairs being done.

Town Hall meeting for sports hub

The time and date for a public meeting in the Naracoorte Town Hall regarding a $35m sporting complex, or two new basketball courts for $8 million, will be soon to be announced ... “If you were faced with the largest investment by our council ever, do we need to ask ourselves, is this a fair and reasonable representation of ratepayers and the community?": Cr Peter Ireland.

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