Survey says developers satisfied with DA service

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PLEASED: Eurobodalla Shire Council’s development assessment staff received favourable feedback about the services they provide. Pictured (seated) are development services manager Gary Bruce (left) and planning and sustainability director Lindsay Usher with assessment staff Rebecca Ireland, (standing) David Sheehan, Bryan Netzler, Kara Nelson, Lee Hamlyn, Mike Mcilveen and Mark Brain.RESEARCH commissioned by Eurobodalla Shire Council to gauge development application customer satisfaction shows regulars are happy but there’s room to improve.

Micromex Research in June surveyed 155 people who lodged a development application (DA) in the past 10 months.

A council spokeswoman said overall satisfaction was “very favourable” at 82 per cent, with 43 per cent of applicants committing to the top “very satisfied” rating, and a further 39 per cent selecting “satisfied”.

She said negative ratings were low at six per cent.

“Council’s development helpdesk staff were rated highly, with 86 per cent of applicants considering their services as good (30 per cent) or very good (56 per cent),” she said.

“This was attributed primarily to their politeness, helpfulness and knowledge.

“Similar results were achieved for the council’s building surveyors with 83 per cent of respondents who used the service considering the service as good (43 per cent) or very good (40 per cent).”

The spokeswoman said the results also showed the council performed consistently better than the norm for other councils that undertook similar surveys.

Council’s planning director Lindsay Usher said the results were pleasing however there were still opportunities to improve.

“The important thing is that this research tells us what people who actually use the service think about it, as opposed to the perception,” he said.

“This is real data from real applicants, and we can use this to identify how and where we can make further improvements.”

Mr Usher said people who used council services regularly, such as architects and larger builders, were generally more satisfied with the services and believed the council continued to improve.

“This is gratifying because our staff have been working hard to continue to improve our process, our communications, and the consistency of information they provide,” he said.

“The owner builders – people who use the services less frequently – were still satisfied but generally less so than our more frequent customers.

“This tells us we need to look at how we can better support and help these people through the development process.”

Mr Usher said the most common complaint he heard in the community was people thought it took too long to process a DA.

He said this did not reflect performance data from the NSW Government which showed Eurobodalla council performed better than the average in terms of time to determine a DA and the number of applications assessed per staff member.

Last financial year the council considered 640 development applications.

None were refused and 14 were withdrawn.

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It’s all Roos as Lions colts their own worst enemies in preliminary final loss

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SEASON’S END: Orange City centre Charlie Mortimer trucks it up during his side’s preliminary final loss to Dubbo on Saturday. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0913mfcolts17RUGBY UNION

ORANGE City’s season came to a disappointing end at Pride Park on Saturday, outclassed by a strong Dubbo Kangaroos outfit in the Blowes Clothing Cupcolts preliminary final, going down 30-nil.

The ill-disciplined Lions were their own worst enemy in the loss, conceding a continuous flow of penalties to gift Dubbo field position, possession and ultimately the second place in this weekend’s decider against Bathurst Bulldogs.

“Luck didn’t have anything to do with it, the better side won on the day. [Dubbo] certainly came to play and our boys were ill-disciplined,” Orange City coach Fletcher Niven said.

“It was dumb options, and that came from the guys not really doing the hard yards on the paddock. But they got to the last three and that’s credit to them.

“Last year we had a high turnover of players and I thought we might struggle. Winning five or six on the trot at the start of the season I thought was the worst thing that could’ve happened to us.

“The guys took their foot off the accelerator, stopped turning up and we never got back on a roll from there.”

It didn’t take Dubbo long to kick things off, with fullback Luke Ryan diving over in the opening exchanges.

Despite Orange City’s best efforts, it was all Roos from there.

When the Lions got the ball, and that was rarely, they couldn’t hold on to it, and Dubbo ran in another two tries through winger Zac London to take a 20-nil lead into half-time.

Dubbo didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half, and when Orange City fullback Weio Got was yellow carded for inciting a stoush, the Lions were all but out of the game.

Ryan Rooke crossed for Dubbo soon after and penalty goals to Ryan and Brad Collins sealed a comfortable victory for the Kangaroos.

“We had a couple of guys leave to go overseas after last week, and a few of the guys who have sat on the bench moved up into the starting spots as a result, but they got the job done which is great,” Dubbo coach Dean Matthews said.

“It is a good performance to go into a grand final on the back of, but it’ll have to be better next week for us to even go close to Bathurst.”

DUBBO KANGAROOS 30 (Zac London 2, Luke Ryan, Ryan Rooke tries; Ryan 2 conv, pen goal, Brad Collins pen goal) def ORANGE CITY 0

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Dead women should not be political pawns

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PAWN: Tony Abbott used domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty to boost his flagging image, while still cutting vital women’s services, according to Jenna Price.It’s January 2015. Tony Abbott is in deep hot water.This time it’s about announcing Prince Philip – that renowned old bigot – as a knight. The pushback from ordinary Australians is huge.

It even surprised me. I assumed it was only me furious with a scion of privilege for reintroducing these honours. Turns out it was everyone, even in Abbott’s own party.He turned to the one person he thought could redeem him. He turned to Rosie Batty.

A few days earlier, Batty had been named Australian of the Year. No one had heard of this Victorian mother until her son Luke was murdered in February 2013. Her extreme poise and resilience blew Australians away. For eight months, she campaigned hard on family violence and, for once, Australia seemed to be sitting up and taking notice.

The then prime minister had a meeting with Batty on Christmas Eve 2014. Peta Credlin, his chief of staff, was also there. He asked Batty what she thought might be a solution to the poisonous problem of violence against women and children.From that moment, there was little contact. Until Abbott was in deep trouble with the electorate. His decision to turn the focus away from his grovelling desire to suck up to royalty was done at the last possible minute.

Some have even described what happened in those few days as an ambush.The prime minister’s office rang Batty at the height of the public relations disaster that was the garlanding of the Duke of Edinburgh; and sources say she was summoned to a press conference possibly even as late as the morning of his announcement about the advisory panel on violence against women.He used Batty to deflect attention from his own incompetence.

Since that moment, Abbottoversawthe deepest cuts to essential legal services for women trying to escape family violence. He oversawobscene cuts to Indigenous funding. Heglibly responded to each and every discussion about the rate of family violence in Australia by suggesting real men don’t hit.

Just to make this very clear to all politicians across all parties, Australians are devastated by the level of violence directed towards women. This year alone, Destroy The Joint’s campaign Counting Dead Women counts the toll at 62 – and in the vast majority of those deaths, the woman knew her accused killer. Last week alone, three women were killed in 24 hours.

Abbott wasthe one who was weak and gutless, allowing his ministers to slice, slice, slice from services that protect those women he pretends to want to protect.

Last week, Our Watch, funded by the federal government and some state and territory governmentsto drive cultural change in the behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children, handed out inaugural awards on exemplary reporting covering those issues.

I’m proud to say that Counting Dead Women and Fairfax’s Shine A Light campaign were both given awards – and I’m honoured to be part of both of those teams. But I was utterly appalled at Senator Michaelia Cash’s speech beforehand where she said that Australia had turned a corner on the issue of domestic violence.

She said that at the end of 24 hours during which three women had lost their lives to violence. She said the media had a responsibility when it came to reporting on violence against women.

Yes, Senator Cash, we do. But governments have the money and the power.Don’t use dead women and children as a pawn in your bid to hold power.

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‘Assassin’s knife’: Abbott breaks silence

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Malcolm Turnbull defeats Tony Abbott in Liberal leadership spill to become prime minister

Send Malcolm Turnbull a message

What you think of our new PM

Thank you for being here.

This is not an easy day for many people in this building. Leadership changes are never easy for our country. My pledge today is to make thischange as easy as I can.

There will be no wrecking, no underminingand no sniping. I’ve never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.

Our country deservesbetter than that.

I want our government and our country to succeed. I always have and I always will. I’ve consistently said in opposition and in government that being the prime minister is not an end in itself; it’s about the people you serve. The great privilege that I have had is to see the wonder of this country like few others. And I want to thank the Australian people for giving me the honour to serve.

Yes, this is a tough day, but when you join the game, you accept the rules. I’ve held true to what I’ve believed and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the past two years.

Three-hundred thousandmore people are in jobs. Labor’s bad taxes are gone. We’ve signed free trade agreements with our largest trading partners, withJapan, with Korea and with China.

The biggest infrastructure program in our country’s history is under way. A spotlight is being shone into the dark and corrupt corners of the union movement and Labor’s party-union business model.

We’ve responded to the threatsof terror and we’ve deployed to the other side of the world to bring our loved ones home.

The boats have stopped and with the boats stopped, we’ve been better able to display our compassion to refugees. And despite hysterical and unprincipled opposition, we’ve made $50 billion of repairs tothe budget.

Of course, there’s much that I had still wanted to do. Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people. Getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe. I was the first prime minister to spend a week a year in remote Indigenous Australia and Ihope I’m not the last.

Then there’s the challenge of ice and domestic violenceyet to be addressed. Australia has a role to play in the struggles of the wider world: thecauldron of the Middle East; and security in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

I fear thatnone of this will be helped if the leadership instability that’s plagued other countries continues to taint us. But yes, I am proud of what the Abbott Government has achieved. We stayed focused despite the white-anting.

Of course, thegovernment wasn’t perfect. We have been a government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth. Few of us, after all, entirely measure up to expectations.

The nature of politics has changed in the past decade. We have more polls and more commentarythan ever before. Mostly sour, bitter, character assassination. Poll-driven panichas produced a revolving-door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country. And a febrile media culture hasdeveloped that rewards treachery.

And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to. Refuse to connive at dishonour byacting as the assassin’s knife.

There are many to thank for the privilege of being Prime Minister. First and foremost, Ithank my family for allowing me to be the absentee spouse and parent that politics entails. I thank Margie for her grace anddignity throughout my public life. I thank my party for the privilege of leading it. I thank the armed forces who are serving our country and defending our values, even as we speak.

I think my staff, who have been absolutely unceasing in their devotion to our party and our country, especially my chief of staff, who has been unfairly maligned by people who should’ve known better.

Finally, I thank my country for the privilege of service. It ishumbling to lose, but that does not compare to the honour ofbeing asked to lead.

In my maiden speech here in this Parliament, I quoted from the first Christian service ever preached here in Australia. The reverend Richard Johnson took as his text ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me?’

At this, myfinal statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service. My love for this country is as strong as everand may God bless this great Commonwealth.

Thank you.

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Agriculture’s best machines at Henty

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TAKING IT IN THEIR STRIDE: Visitors are pictured at the Henty Machinery Field Days. The event at the Henty site runs for three days and attracts more than 60,000 visitors.Entries at the cutting edge of agricultural technology will line up before the judges in the prestigious Henty Machine of the YearAward.

Announced on the opening day, this “farmers’ choice’’ award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

The event holds pride of placeand allows entrants to gain publicity and recognition within the rural sector.It is judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers.

In many cases the machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms.

Judging criteria includes the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction, ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.Last year, the award drew 10 entries with the Tow and Fert Multi 4000, entered by Tow and Farm, Laverton North, Victoria, impressing judges with its design and manufacture at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Highly commended was National Stockyard Systems, Rutherford, with their innovative cattle yard design, Stabiliser 200.Machine of the Year chairman and Brocklesby grain grower Matt Bergmeier said the award was open to all machines on site released into the Australian market in the previous 12 months.

“A win at Henty gives the entrant valuable exposure for their product,’’ Mr Bergmeier said.

An additional accolade is the Australian Tractor and Machinery Association Award for the best new Australian-made machine.

It is judged and presented on the final day of the field days. Last year it was won by a robust, high capacity 50-tonne chaser bin from the Riverina’s Coolamon Steelworks.

Nominations are made by the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative members who unload the machines – in the vein of the Archibald Prize packer’s award.

Judges then visit each nominated company during the field days and scrutinise each entry.

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