Issue #156 â€“ Friday, 19 October, 2012
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V FOR VOLUNTEERSâ€Ś Mike Fraser gives the fingers up for volunteers.
By TREVOR JACKSON
Helping hands By PETER SWEENEY VOLUNTEERS could be rewarded financially if a councillor elect wins a spot on the Wodonga City Council tomorrow week. Mike Fraser â€“ standing for election for the second time â€“ will propose a Council Volunteer Rewards Program if he wins a seat on the sevenmember council. Mr Fraser believes volunteers who give 100 hours a year to a Wodonga council program should be offered $150 credit on their council rates. â€œThere are more than 500 people who help with council programs and if half took up an offer then the cost to council would be about $40,000 annually,â€? Mr Fraser said.
â€œI would propose this money be found in council efficiences so there is no impact on ratepayers. Finding $40,000 savings to create this program in a council budget of nearly $50 million is achievable.â€? Mr Fraser, 52, doesnâ€™t believe every volunteer would want to accept the offer. â€œObviously, the first step would be to ask volunteers what they think is appropriate,â€? he said. â€œThey all deserve something but many would not want anything. It is important we at least ask them. â€œI believe a Council Volunteer Reward Program would provide to the people who give hours of their time, some assistance against increasing council rates and other costs of living.
â€œWhile there are some processes in place council already have for volunteers, I propose that more can be done. â€œWe need to build our volunteer support group as a vital resource of our city and give better support and recognition to those willing to help out.â€? This is the second time Mr Fraser is standing for election to the Wodonga City Council. He finished ninth of the 20 candidates who stood at the previous elections. FOOTNOTE: This story was written for its news appeal and should not be seen as endorsing Mike Fraser in the elections. NewsWeekly believes the idea of a Council Volunteer Reward Program is worth pursuing, regardless of whether Mr Fraser is elected or not.
A WODONGA resident has â€œhad enoughâ€? of sex stores in the city openly displaying their wares. And another two people have complained to the council since one of the two sex stores in High Street opened its doors. The â€œno coverâ€? shopfront window is the butt of their grievances. The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the front windows of the stores allowed a full view of the interior. â€œThat isnâ€™t good for the young people in town,â€? the man said. Both stores are near food outlets. One, in particular, is often lit up at night, with displays clearly visible. â€œA friend said heâ€™d parked out the front of the shop one night to go to the Thai restaurant next door,â€? the resident said. â€œWhen he picked up his food and returned to the car, he looked in the shop and thought, â€˜Iâ€™ve left my kids parked in front of that shopâ€™. â€œKids arenâ€™t as naive as they used to be, but they just get saturated with that sort of thing these days. â€œWhy should there be a shop so open for anyone to look in and see those kinds of things? â€œThereâ€™s enough pressure on kids without that.â€? The resident â€“ who added he wasnâ€™t trying to have the business closed, just to be made to be â€œa little more discreetâ€? - complained to Wodonga Council. Wodonga Councilâ€™s manager environment and community protection Mark Verbaken said the situation had been reviewed. â€œThe councilâ€™s compliance staff have reviewed the planning application and permit for the store, and have had contact with the owner and the complainant,â€? he said. â€œThe planning permit is not specific as to what can or cannot be displayed in the window, however, it states that it needs to meet the responsible authorityâ€™s satisfaction, which in this case is the council. â€œThere has not been a specific complaint in this case regarding an offensive item or display in the window, apart from the presence of the shop being offensive as a whole. â€œWe are liaising with the owner on an ongoing basis as to what is appropriate and what is not, and the owner is being co-operative.â€? News Weekly contacted the shop but were told the owner was on holidays.
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Youth in space ALBURY City will next week hold two sessions to discuss the future of the Retro Youth Cafe in the CBD. The options for a new youth space - along with the area needed, type of facilities and programming â€“ will be the main points of discussion on Tuesday at the Albury Entertainment Centre. Young people will meet between 4pm and 6pm, while the general community will gather between 6.15pm and 8pm.
Register by calling Maralee Vogel at AlburyCity on 02 6023 8111. Meanwhile, nearly 550 people responded to a recent survey on the Retro Youth Cafe, which found 90 per cent of young people believed any new youth space should include a cafe, 94 per cent said the cafe was in important source of youth based information and 97 per cent of the general community enjoyed the atmosphere of the cafe.
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JAMES Fallon High School has been awarded a $5000 Anzac Community Grant to create a short multimedia documentary exploring the current views of children and young people about the Anzac legacy. The grant will assist cover the costs of project co-ordination, materials, DVDs, printing, equipment hire and launch expenses. The Anzac Community Grants program provides grants to ex-service organisations, community groups, schools and other educational institutions, local government, museums or historical societies. â€œIt is vital our younger generations understand and honour the enormous sacrifices Australian soldiers have made throughout our nationâ€™s history,â€? Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Youth, said.
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