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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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  • Regional bus fares reduced by 29 per cent

    Customers in regional NSW will pay up to 29 per cent less to travel by bus from 5 March 2018.

    People living in rural and regional NSW will soon find it easier to stay connected with friends and family and reach the everyday services they need.

    Under the previous fare structure, customers pay $2.30 for one section or $3.40 for two sections.

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  • Big penalties for small business with new reporting laws

    The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman today urged small businesses to urgently prepare for the introduction of mandatory data breach reporting laws that come into effect from 22 February this year.

    “If an unauthorised entity accesses anyone’s personal information from a business computer system, where it is likely to result in serious harm to that individual, that data breach will have to be reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), as well as the individual affected.

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  • Snapper Closures End This Wednesday In Sa Waters

    All SA waters will reopen to Snapper fishing this weekend, as the Snapper spawning spatial closures come to an end at midday on Wednesday 31 January.

    Five key Snapper spawning aggregation areas - four in Spencer Gulf and one in Gulf St Vincent - have remained closed to Snapper fishing since the statewide Snapper fishing ban ended on 15 December 2017.

    Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Director Policy, Peter Dietman

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  • Peter Foster declared bankrupt

    The Federal Court declared Peter Foster bankrupt last week, granting the ACCC’s application for a sequestration order after he failed to pay costs in the SensaSlim matter.

    “The ACCC took this action because we are committed to enforcing compliance with court orders made against individuals and companies for breaching consumer law,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

    In April 2014, the Court found SensaSlim had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and had made false or misleading misrepresentations by failing to disclose Mr Foster’s involvement in the SensaSlim franchise. The Court also found Mr Foster was knowingly concerned in the conduct.

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