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  • Seeking creative nightlife advisors for a 24-hour city

    The City of Sydney is seeking people from across the local nightlife and creative sectors to join its new expert advisory panel tasked with invigorating the city after dark.

    The Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel will give the City advice on how best to support a thriving, diverse and safe nightlife.

    The panel will advise on new City initiatives, identify emerging issues and opportunities for Sydney’s night-time economy, and help the City engage with the local creative, cultural and nightlife community.

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  • Avalon to be Victoria’s second international airport

    Victoria will host a second, curfew-free international airport at Avalon which will create more than 200 jobs, grow exports and boosting the visitor economy.

    Air Asia has announced that it will fly twice daily between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur, with flights expected by the end of 2018.

    The move will see 220,000 international passengers arrive in Avalon each year, opening up Geelong and the Great Ocean Road to more international visitors.

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  • Australia’s largest purpose-built thoroughbred racing precinct, including a luxury five-star hotel and event centre, has opened its doors in western Sydney.

    The Inglis Riverside Stables complex at Warwick Farm includes:

    • 823 stables
    • a 144-room William Inglis Sofitel Hotel with suites named after champion race horses
    • restaurants and cafes
    • a unique ringside bar where people can dine and inspect the thoroughbreds.

    Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the region is becoming a new hub for the equine industry.

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  • Protecting South Australia's Prawn Industry From White Spot Disease

    A mandatory ban on the import of crustaceans from parts of Queensland has been extended to prevent the disease from entering South Australia.

    White spot disease (WSD) was first detected on a number of prawn farms in the Logan River and Moreton Bay areas of South East Queensland since December 2016.

    Following extensive surveillance work in Queensland, the risk area been reduced to the immediate area of originally infected farms on the Logan River and Moreton Bay (WSD
    control area). Until further notice the import ban restricts the importation of uncooked prawns from this area.

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  • New smartphones boost communications for paramedics in blackspots

    Published 1st February, 2018 in Emergency Services

    Paramedics in rural and regional areas will receive high-tech smartphones to ensure they have undisrupted phone connection when responding to emergencies.

    In a new trial in Bateau Bay, Batemans Bay and Dubbo, 200 vehicles have been fitted with smartphones that function more efficiently than satellite phones in many environments. They are shock-proof, waterproof and dust-resistant.

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  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student rate rise

    New schools statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today show the grade 7 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to increase in 2017.

    ABS Education, Crime and Culture Program Manager Stephen Collett said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grade 7 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate was 62.4 per cent nationally in 2017, up from 59.8 per cent in 2016.

    “These new figures show us that more students than ever, who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, are staying at school until grade 12,” Mr Collett said of the Schools Australia data.

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  • World-Leading Wine Technology Company To Build Headquarters In South Australia

    A Nuriootpa-based business – specialising in producing innovative wine technologies – has been offered a $500,000 State Government to support a project that will create 19 full-time equivalent ongoing jobs.

     

    VA Filtration will use the Regional Development Fund grant to support building a $4.5 million purpose-built new technology facility on Pipeline Road.

    The facility will boost South Australia’s reputation as a world leader in innovative wine technologies.

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  • Former Advanced Medical Institute director declared bankrupt

    A former director of AMI and NRM, Mr Jacov Vaisman, was declared bankrupt yesterday with the Federal Court granting the ACCC’s application for a sequestration order.

    The Court‘s order follows Mr Vaisman’s failure to pay the ACCC’s costs amounting to $3,679,359.00 in proceedings brought by the ACCC against AMI and then NRM. The Court also ordered the ACCC’s costs be taxed and paid from Mr Vaisman’s estate.

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  • Hike in minimum wage would savage small business

    An increase to the minimum wage as suggested by Labor yesterday would be a devastating blow to small business operators across Australia, said the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman today.

    “Let’s be quite clear that this proposal is a war on small business, not big business,” Ms Carnell said.

    “The greatest impact would be on businesses that use awards, and that is small to medium businesses, which make up more than 97% of businesses in Australia.

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  • Dairy Rises To The Occasion For Water Savings

    An innovative 'pipe and riser' project is taking Golders Dairy Farm in Jervois to a new level of water efficiency and savings.


    Based in the Lower Murray, Lawrie and Michelle Golder have replaced old open channels with the new underground pipe system, which sees water bubble up through risers and spreads evenly across the paddocks.

    As a result, Lawrie said he can now water his pastures more efficiently – using 20% less water - and quickly, with much more control.

    The move to a pipe and riser system was made possible through a grant under the South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program.

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