Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Law & order

Tougher penalties on the way for bad behaving councillors with major local government reforms finalised: John Carey

Local Government Minister John Carey has announced the final package of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995, following a review of public submissions. The reforms are based on the findings and recommendations of a number of reports and consultation undertaken over the past five years, and represent the most significant change to local government in Western Australia since the Local Government Act 1995 was introduced more than 25 years ago.

Fresh election to be called for North Ward

The Court of Disputed Returns has declared that the result of the October 2021 Serpentine Jarrahdale Council election for its North Ward to be invalid. The ruling means that from 1 July the two individuals sworn in as Councillors after the election to represent the North Ward, Mr Rob Coales and Mr Gary Singh, no longer hold their positions at the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Vandals’ senseless destruction of local speedway club

Vandals have struck again, this time breaking into the Tennant Creek Speedway Club’s canteen and causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage by destroying doors and locks, smashing fridges, electrical boxes and bain maries and tipping bins over ... The not for profit club survives on entry nominations and fundraising with some support by grants.

Cross Border commissioner role questioned

Gabrielle Duykers. As the appointment of a cross-border commissioner edges closer, community advocates are hoping the new officer will be accessible and provide a voice for locals. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven has introduced the Cross-Border Commissioner Bill – a key election promise from the SA Labor Party – setting the foundation for appointing someone to the position.

New legislation to enable carbon trading by Forest Products Commission passes through WA State Parliament: Kelly

Amendments to the Forest Products Act 2000 (WA) that will allow the Forest Products Commission (FPC) to trade in carbon assets has passed through the State Parliament. Until now, the FPC's functions were restricted to dealing with forest products, which are defined to mean trees, parts of trees and similar products. The statutory expansion of the FPC's functions under the new legislation, will now grant the FPC the right to own, trade and otherwise deal with carbon assets.

Former BRADAAG CEO denies bullying, misappropriation of funds allegations

The former CEO of the Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG) has hit back at claims she improperly used organisational funds and bullied staff. Pauline Lewis (inset), who resigned late 2021, says any misconduct allegations against her are unwarranted and is calling the organisation's continued investigation into the accusations as a witch hunt.

Drug syndicate netted in three month operation

Local police have disrupted an organised drug syndicate in Tennant Creek on Tuesday, seizing more than 21 kilograms of cannabis and arresting nine people. Operation AMYL was implemented to stop the supply of commercial cannabis in the region and Aboriginal communities.

Daylight arson attack

Patricia Gill. Ms Danks said the fire had destroyed their home of 30 years which had been renovated and extended over the years to accommodate visits from family and friends. Ms Danks immigrated to Australia from Germany in 1972 bringing with her lithographs her father had collected along with family artworks.

Victorian Government bans game meat sharing

As the cost of living dramatically rises, the tradition of sharing game meat could now cost individuals over $18,000 after the Victorian Labor Government’s Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 passed both houses of parliament. A second offence could see a $90,870 fine and/or 24 months in prison. The tradition of hunters sharing kills with friends and neighbours is as old as humanity itself, now the ever encroaching government bureaucracy will see the practice outlawed.

Man accused of importing fake badges

A Cooktown man has been charged with impersonating a Commonwealth public official and importing fake Australian Federal Police badges as part of an ongoing Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) investigation ... It will be alleged the Cooktown man took delivery of a consignment of 500 counterfeit AFP badges from China.

Great Koala Protected Area Bill 2021 – Second Reading Debate

On the evening of 8 June 2022, the Great Koala Protected Area Bill 2021 was debated in the New South Wales Upper House. The debate demonstrates the complexities and many of the fundamental points of disagreement relating to the protection of koalas in New South Wales.

Statewide blitz results in Darlington Point arrest

Police arrested 45 people, seized eight firearms, a hydraulic press and more than 20kg of MDMA and other prohibited drugs during statewide raids targeting organised crime under Operation Hawk last week ... Police located and seized 1.2kg of cannabis, more than $30,000 cash, ammunition, mobile phones, prohibited weapons and a safe. Inquiries are continuing and charges are expected to be laid.

New floodplain harvesting bill introduced

NSW Independent MP for Murray Helen Dalton has introduced a bill into Parliament that will prevent Northern Basin floodplain harvesting licence holders from seeking financial compensation from taxpayers for their licences... “This unregulated practice known as floodplain harvesting devastates Lower Darling communities and reduces water allocations for Southern Basin irrigators : Helen Dalton

Moyne sends strong message about unauthorised native vegetation clearing

Mayor of the Moyne Shire, Cr Ian Smith said Council took the land owner to VCAT to enforce the legislation with regard to illegal clearing, which was conducted to make way for a proposed house site with a sea view. “The area affected is of a significant size and the property borders the heritage listed Great Ocean Road, Bay of Martyrs lookout and Coastal Park. Sadly, the property is also listed as containing the Port Campbell Guinea Flower, a plant endemic only in this area,” Cr Smith said.

Council stands up to Irwin family

Cook Shire Council has refused to be intimidated by lawyers for the Irwin family and Australia Zoo, voting unanimously to keep the track known as Bertiehaugh Road open. The track, accessed via Stones Crossing, north of Weipa, has been a hot issue in the Cape for more than a decade.

More than 65,000 hectares of new national park secured: D’Ambrosio

The new national parks will be created by linking existing state forests, parks and reserves. The largest, combining Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest to create the Wombat-Lerderderg National Park covering more than 44,000 hectares between Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh ... ARR.News asked some questions of the Minister which were responded to by a Victorian Government spokesperson.

VFF welcomes ACCC chicken meat processor crackdown

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) welcomes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) crackdown on chicken meat processers and any potential unfair contract terms in the industry ... “Greater contract term transparency between processors and growers is critical to foster a fair deal for all and we see this as a positive step forward for the chicken meat industry” : Colin Peel, VFF President.

Fuel, firearms, batteries and trailer thefts

Sheryl Lowe. Police are seeking assistance from the community to be on the look-out for suspicious activities. With the price of fuel going up, there has been an increase in fuel theft in the South East particularly in centre pivots in the irrigation system.

Queensland’s animal welfare laws to be amended

Prong collars and other inhumane practices would be banned as part of the biggest reforms of animal welfare laws in Queensland in more than 20 years. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government is delivering on an election commitment to review the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

Concerns over end to alcohol protection in NT

Stephen Clarke, National Indigenous Radio Service. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress today added its voice to a growing chorus of concerns about the forthcoming end to Alcohol Protected Areas in the Northern Territory ... Central Australian Aboriginal Congress CEO, Donna Ah Chee, says the ending of protections will see a return to a “river of grog” flowing through communities.

Plain language guide to the Lord Howe Island Act

The Island is now home for some 350 people, many of whom have roots going back to its early settlement in the 19th century. Unlike the rest of NSW, the law has never allowed freehold title to be created on the Island. All land on the Island continues to be owned by the Crown ... By 1953, the NSW Government considered that a special Act of Parliament was required to better provide for the care, control and management of the Island. The Government recognised the Island as a unique State tourist asset whose beauty should be preserved.

Tobacco bust at Thule

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has seized and destroyed over 276,000 kilograms of illicit tobacco across two separate properties in regional NSW. Illicit tobacco equivalent to the weight of approximately 14 bulldozers was seized, with a total estimated foregone excise value of more than $52 million.

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