‘We are failing’: Bureaucrats on notice

Written by admin on 24/08/2018 Categories: 南京夜網

Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler. Photo: SuppliedMore public service news
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Australia’s public service must stop failing customers and?become as good as Airbnb?and Uber?at helping people, the bureaucracy’s new Digital Transformation Office chief?Paul?Shetler?said.

Mr Shetler told a crowd of 300 at a breakfast at the National Gallery of Australia on Tuesday?that most users were reporting a problem with Australian government websites.

“Our job is to serve the public and we are failing,” he said.

“It’s not good enough in the age?of Uber and Airbnb.

“If Amazon?did that they’d go out of business.”

He said Australians, like people in many countries, often became overwhelmed because they?were wrongly forced to keep in their minds a map of how government services worked when dealing with the public service.

“It’s not a policy problem, it’s a delivery issue,”?Mr?Shetler said.

“In many places now government is leading in service delivery [over the private sector].”

Mr?Shetler?is 28 days into his new job of chief executive of the?DTO.

The DTO is a small agency with a modest budget answering to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull created to reform?how the?government interacts with Australians on the internet.

Secretaries Drew Clarke and Kathryn Campbell from the?Communications and Human Services departments and Australian Public Service Commissioner?John Llloyd?chose Mr?Shetler for the job with final approval granted by the minister.

He has moved from the United Kingdom where he was an executive in?the?Government Digital Service and the?Chief Digital Officer for the UK Ministry of Justice.

Mr?Shetler said his first weeks at the helm of digital reforms in the UK were filled with “hostile meetings” where people thought he represented a group of latte-sipping time wasters?who?wore?cargo shorts and peddled the latest fad.

Eventually he said the attitude changed because he and others focussed on reforms they could make easily and quickly to prove to public servants and clients they were interested in making life easier for people.

They could then work their way toward bigger changes and he said he would?bring the same approach to Australia.

During his time in the UK he made it easier for citizens to access?applications for civil claims, book prison visits and?fill out power of attorney?applications.

He was also involved in overseeing the roll out of a common platform to change the outdated way staff worked across the UK’s court system.

In February CIO reported successful delivery of the platform was in doubt, according to the UK’s?projects watchdog, the Major Projects Authority.

“You can’t do it all at once otherwise it will be a train?wreck – it must be iterative and responsive starting from a position of humility,” Mr Shetler?said at the Institute of Public Administration Australia event?on Tuesday.

At the same time he said goals would be set to make changes within timeframes of about five months.

Small businesses, job seekers and parents were the top three categories of people dealing with the federal public service online and he said the economy could save more than $20 billion each year by reducing face-to-face and postal interactions.

Mr?Shetler said his new position was the “best digital job in the world” and came with huge opportunities because the Australian government was so willing to bring in changes across and between departments and agencies.

He said at all times his focus would be on the customer.

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Money woes for chalet

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Stalled: The Mount Buffalo Chalet has been left in limbo with Parks Victoria unable to say when a refurbishment will be done. A community group has been formed to pressure the government.FEARS are growing for the fate of Mount Buffalo Chalet, after a $3.5 million blowout inestimated refurbishment costs.
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The long-awaited redevelopment is in limbo with building administrator Parks Victoriafailing to find a tenderer to meet the $7.5 million budget.

“Five firms responded to the tender and all came in over budget,” a Parks Victoria spokeswoman said.

“The lowest tender was more than $3 millionover the budget.

“Due to the exceptionally high additional costs, the minister asked for further information to ensure the best use of taxpayers’money.

“Parks Victoria has been working with the firms who tendered and government partners to confirm the next steps, and have provided additional information over the past couple of months.”

However no start date has been setand the condition of a Heritage Victoria permit that work begin by April may not be met.

Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy, Alpine Shire mayor Jan Vonarx and newly formed lobby group Community Action for the Chalet are pressing for a meeting with Environment Minister Lisa Neville.

“My great fear is that the Labor Government is going to walk away from the Mount Buffalo Chalet,” hesaid.

“The community wants the chalet returned to its former glory and the government needs to commit to the plans that were in place to see the chalet again become a major day visitor attraction.”

Cr Vonarx said the council was “extremely concerned” about the fate of the 1910 guest house.

“We don’t want it to go to wrack and ruin and then have them saying ‘we can’t do anything about it’,” Cr Vonarx said.

“Everyone is getting toey about what’s happening.”

Chalet groupinterim co-ordinator David Jacobson said his group washarnessing concern with aFacebook page attracting more than 500 likes since Friday.

“If the government can spend millions of dollars to not build a freeway in Melbourne, what’s $3 million for the chalet,” Mr Jacobson said.

“We don’t think the tenders came in high, we think the budget was set too low by the previous government.”

Parks Victoria said repairs would be done at the chalet.

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Holbrook Landcare appoints highly skilled project officer

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Ashley Paech and Tim Trescowthick collect soil samples on the Trescowthick’s property Roachdale near Holbrook. Picture: Supplied.
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Holbrook Landcare Network has recruited Ashley Paech as the new Farming Systems project officer to work mainly on its prestigious carbon project.

Holbrook Landcare executive officer Dale Stringer said he was very pleased to have such a skilled agricultural professional join Holbrook Landcare.

“Ashley will be primarily responsible for the delivery of the ‘Carbon Farming and Your Business’ project, but will also bring a strong agriculture focus, particularly livestock, which I believe will greatly strengthen Holbrook Landcare’s capacity in this area,” Mr Stringer said.

“We will also be working towards a staff structure where Ashley will play a leading role to help shape our sustainable agricultural activities.”

Mr Paech was formerly employed as Program Manager Meat and Wool (Hume Region) with the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, where he was involved in farm business management and agricultural extension at the delivery and management level.

His professional interests lie in areas such as business strategy; farming systems; risk management; grazing management and animal nutrition; change and adjustment in rural industries; value chain analysis and project development and management.

Mr Paech said he has a strong passion for working with land managers to understand the capability of their land, the relationship between their farming enterprise and the landscape and interactions within the farming system.

“I am really passionate about finding the right balance between sustainability, productivity, economic and social outcomes,” he said.

Mr Paech said he was very keen to get out and about in the community and meet the region’s farmers.

Having grown up in the Walla Walla area, he has a good grounding in mixed farming systems and the challenges for land managers in the region.

As well as being employed with Holbrook Landcare four days a week, Mr Paech will help run his family’s mixed farming property near Walla Walla.

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Three mates take a big Bight at the Bash

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Variety Bash: Hopefully, the car will withstand a variety of bashes. John Kline (from left), Alan Hall and Richard Grumont will travel across the Great Australian Bight for charity.IT’S a road trip movie come to life: a group of mates driving across the country in a car that’s seen better days.
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The annual Variety Bash is a charity motoring event where vintage cars navigate off-road tracks for charity.

Representing the south-west is Kemps Creek’s Alan Hall who’s entering for the ninth time.

Joining him on the road from Bunbury to Bass Hill — 4598 kilometres away — are his friends John Kline and Richard Grumont.

“This year is quite a big one, it’ll be the longest one we’ve ever done,” Mr Hall said.

Mr Kline’s 1963 Ford Falcon Compact, which doesn’t have a name, will be entered for its 21st bash.

Though the Compact has taken a beating over two decades, Mr Hall has taken precautions to ensure it won’t break down again.

He’s made a long list of improvements, including some reinforcing, and changing the radiator.

“We’ve been doing bits and pieces on it, hoping to make it a bit more solid,” he said. “I’m fairly confident it’ll be fine.”

Their car broke down last year when the trio were travelling towards Barcaldine in Queensland — where the Australian Labor Party was formed in 1891.

“It wasn’t particularly funny when it happened,” Mr Hall said.

The three were 250 kilometres from their next stop and the front end of their car fell off.

In an act which would make MacGuyver proud, they balloon-tied the bumper with wire and tightened the screwdriver to the bar.

“It was sheer luck we were able to repair it like that!”

But breaking down is part of the experience, Mr Hall said.

And it’s certainly made easier by the fact that it’s all for a good cause. “We make a fair bit of money which goes to disadvantaged children,” he said.

Part of the bash involves stopping at different schools along the way and handing out some gifts.

Mr Hall hopes to raise at least $30,000 this year. He said his team is still open to taking more sponsorships.

More information, including donation links: variety.org419論壇/nswBASH.

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Dolphins left to look to next season

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On the attack: Luke Martin drives to the basket for the Dolphins. Pic: NOEL ROWSELLPORT Macquarie Dolphins are looking to next season after bowing out of the Waratah State League on Saturday.
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Coach Mark Champion wants to return to the helm of the Dolphins, and he’s confident most of the senior core of players will come back, too.

A promising group of junior players will make big leaps forward in the competition next year under the guidance of those seniors.

Brad Barnett had a standout year, playing plenty of minutes.

The Dolphins led at almost every turn on Saturday, but went down to the Sutherland Sharks in the dying stages of the game, but they lost 59-57.

The Port team came out of the blocks firing at Sutherland, and led 24-14 at the first break and 30-24 at halftime.

At three-quarter time, the Dolphins were ahead 45-44 but were over-ran in the last quarter.

Lance Guild put in a super effort in the loss, scoring 18 points for the Dolphins.

It was heartbreaking for the team, but Champion had plenty of praise after a fine season in which the Dolphins finished second in their pool behind Newcastle Hunters.

Champion gave his team 10 out of 10 for effort.

“I was really pleased with them,” he said.“You can’t knock the effort the boys put in.”

Champion awaits news from the board as to whether he’ll be in charge next season. He hoped to continue building on the Dolphins success.

Pre-season training will start in November.

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Walking for the wounded:?team visits town

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Forbes Shire Council and members of the local CWA and RSL sub-branch were on hand to welcome the Walking Wounded team to Forbes last week. Pictured are (l-r) Maureen Miller, Ann Nelson (CWA), Brian Steffen (Forbes Shire), Brian Freeman, Steve Schultz, Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller, Malcolm Cockburn, Neil Biddle (RSL), Michael Walker (RSL), Ray Palmer, Frank Hanns (RSL) and deputy mayor Graeme Miller. 0715walkingwoundedSoldiers enjoy strong leadership while in the Australian Army, but once they complete their service some struggle to cope with what they’ve seen.
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Helping these men and women return to normal life is the quest of Brian Freeman, who visited Forbes as part of the Great Australian Traverse.

Mr Freeman, founder and executive director of Walking Wounded, is leading a team of former Australian servicemen and women on the 65 day traverse, from Australia’s top end to its most southerly point.

Once at their destination the Walking Wounded crew will have covered an average distance of 65km a day, on 65 consecutive days, and all of it human powered.

Brian is completing most of the journey himself, including a planned kayak paddle across Bass Strait towards the end of the event.

Brian and his support team are carrying an Australian War Memorial cylinder containing three honour rolls, every step of the way.

The traverse through Forbes is actually phase two of a broader Tribute to the Anzacs initiative, which began with an attempt to climb to the summit of Mt Everest on Anzac Day earlier this year.

Brian was planning to reach the peak of the world’s highest mountain on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing but fate intervened, with the Nepal earthquake hitting the day before.

While the former Special Forces soldier reluctantly abandoned the climb, the resolve to complete the north to south traverse is strong.

Of particular concern to Walking Wounded is the alarming rate of suicide among Australia’s younger war veterans – those who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam.

“The suicide rate among young veterans is out of control … we know just by word of mouth that soldiers are suiciding weekly here, if not more often,” Mr Freeman told a gathering of Forbes Shire Council, Forbes RSL sub-branch and Forbes CWA members last Tuesday.

Mr Freeman thinks part of the problem is the absence of strong leadership for ex-service personnel, once they have fulfilled their service obligations.

“Soldiers need to be shown leadership inside and outside the Army,” he said.

“These people have been fighting in kill-or-be-killed environments and once it’s over we say to them ‘now go back to your families and be good husbands and fathers’. But how do you do that? It’s not going to happen.”

Walking Wounded’s Great Australian Traverse is raising money for Brisbane’s Rising Sun Centre which aims to assist with re-training, re-education and job placement for contemporary veterans, and efforts to reduce a high suicide rate among these veterans.

In Forbes the group were presented with cheques by Forbes RSL sub-branch and Forbes CWA.

The group expected to reach Albury yesterday. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, contact one of the following telephone help services:

* Lifeline 13 11 14

* Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

* SANE Australia 1800 18 72 63

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Second Descent for McMahon

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Paddler: Northam’s Jim McMahon at the Northam Weir.NORTHAM’s Jim McMahon is ready tocompete in his secondAvon Descent since 2013.
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He is competing in the singleski class.

“I would have done it lastyear but I broke my hand,” hesaid.

“It was frustrating becauseof how good the water levelswere.”

In the 2013 Avon Descent,Mr McMahon finished secondlast after another strike of badluck.

He had a hole in his boatwhich saw him stop at lastnine or 10 times, yet he perseveredthrough it all.

As such he is confident hecan put in a better showingthis year.

Mr McMahon has beentraining in Perth, recentlycompleting a 45-kilometrepaddle from Canning Bridgeto Rowe Highway.

He has also been paddling11 kilometres to Burlong andswimming as part of hispreparation.

“The first 17 kilometreswill be hell,” he said.

“The shallow water is hardto paddle in, however I ammore prepared this time.

“I would be happy just tofinish.”

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Pearn inquest still desirable: coroner

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A TASMANIAN coroner has told an inquest it was desirable to examinethe death of 27-year-old Launceston woman Natalia Pearn, despite the matter already going through a lengthy court process.
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A coronial inquest into the death of Miss Pearn was held at the Hobart Magistrates Court this morning.

Miss Pearnwas killed when the then-Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis drove his sedan on to the wrong side of the Midland Highway and hit MissPearn’s hatchback in a head-on collision at Lovely Banks, south of Oatlands.

The matter was originally directed to a Victorian coroner, butCoroner Olivia McTaggart said there was no reason ”legally or personally” why she couldn’t carry out the coronial functions.

”I have decided it is desirable to hold an inquest,” Ms McTaggart said.

Dozens of affidavits from witnesses, police, crash investigators and doctors that were used during the criminal trialwere tendered.

Counsel assisting the coroner Jayson Taws said he would ask Ms McTaggart to find that Miss Pearn’s car was wholly in the correct lane and Mr Ellis’s car was in the incorrect overtaking lane.

Mr Taws said since the crash, a flexible safety barrier hasbeen installed.

He said the scene of the crash had not been subject to a cluster of accidents but was random.

Counsel for Mr Ellis, Garth Stevens,said Mr Ellis wasn’t required to attend the inquestand would not make a further submission to the proposed findings.

Ms McTaggart adjourned the inquest to make findings.

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Bendigo on the Hop tickets still available

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Bendigo Beer chairman Trevor Birks and Coopers area manager Roy Lever at this years Bendigo on the Hop launch.RELATED:Blackman’s Brewery to celebrate first birthday at Bendigo on the Hop
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LESS than 400 tickets remain for this weekend’s Bendigo on the Hop event.

The walkabout beer festival takes place on Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

More than 11 venues will host 22 breweries with each brewery presenting a core beer and a rare beer.

Woodend’sHolgate Brewery and the Tooborac Brewery will represent theregion.

Patrons can pick their starting venue when purchasing tickets.Mr Beebe’s is the only starting point sold out.

Bendigo on the Hop in under a minute.Animpressivedebut for last year’sfestival has the Bendigo Beer crew full to the brim with confidence for this year’s Bendigo on the Hop.

A sell-out crowd of more than 2000 people at last year’s festival was a surprised for Bendigo Beer chair Trevor Birks.

“We were absolutely blown away by the positive response from last year,” he said.

“But we were keen to improve the flow and overall experience of the day.”

Tickets cost $50 and includesentry, a souvenir glass and event booklet and a free sample of all 22 rare beers on show.

For more visit梧桐夜網bendigobeer南京夜網/event/bendigo-hop-2015

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SOCCER: Crucial win for Bears in Cowburn’s 100th game

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Jason Cowburn played his 100th game for the Weston Bears on Sunday.The Weston Bears Football Club had a crucial 1-0 win over Charlestown City Blues at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday.
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Zac Sneddon was out suspended while Brock Oakley wasn’t available until right on kick-off and came off the bench.

Jason Cowburn, who was available for the first time in many weeks due to work, made his 100th starting game in the top grade.

Cowburn, who is in his second stint with the club, played 49 games from 2007 to 2009 before moving on. He came back in 2012 and was a major player in last year’s success which earned the Bears a grand final berth.

“His skill and vision certainly helped the Bears in the win with his ability to put his foot on the ball,” Bears football manager Shane Johnson said.

Charlestown had the first real chance of the game when a Scott Smith shot was blocked to safety by Bears keeper Tim Pratt in the 16th minute.

Weston took the lead in the 23rd minute when Robbie Turnbull crossed into the box with only Bears defender Liam Thornton still in a forward position.

Thornton glided his header into the right hand corner of the net, giving Charlestown keeper Paul Bitz no chance and the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The conditions certainly made life difficult for both sides as the ball often blew from right to left.

Going to the sheds with a 1-0 lead certainly put the home team in a positive mind set and another win away from the play-offs.

Daniel Minors from Charlestown copped the only yellow card in the first half from referee Byron Jaye.

Ten minutes into the second stanza both Charlestown’s Brock Frendo and Weston’s Wilson Edwards received yellow cards.

As the game continued it was more of the same with many stoppages, which frustrated both sides.

In the end Joel Witherdin from the visitors was booked in the 66th minute and had been warned on numerous occasions by the referee who finally lost his patience.

Both sides traded blows but in the end neither could convert and all points went the Bears’ way.

Weston are in third position on 29 points and trail second-placed Hamilton by a point and leaders Edgeworth by four points.

The under-22s were defeated 2-0 and the under-19s lost 3-1, with poor finishing again the difference between both sides winning or losing.

With three rounds remaining, Weston will travel to Darling Street Oval this Sunday to confront second-placed Hamilton.

Victory would almost certainly elevate Weston into the playoffs once again.

The Bears’ four youth teams will host Hamilton on Saturday at Rockwell Automation Park after having the bye last weekend.

Last night (July 28) the under-17s and under-15s played Broadmeadow Magic while the under-13s and under-14s will take to the field on Thursday night in wash-out games (under-13s at 5.45pm, under-14s at 7.15pm).

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Dugan to give evidence at judiciary

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Johs Dugan will front the judiciary on Wednesday after allegedly being bitten by Storm prop Jesse Bromich on Saturday: Photo: Getty Images
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St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan will give evidence atWednesday night’s judiciary hearing that could result inMelbourne prop Jesse Bromwichbeing suspended for the rest of the season if he is found guilty of biting the NSW Origin star during last Saturday night’s match in Napier.

The New Zealand international was one of five players charged over incidents in the weekend’s round of NRL matches, including Wests Tigers forward Martin Taupau,whois expectedtoaccepta three-match ban for dangerous contact on Sydney Roosters five-eighth James Maloney, and Canterbury playmaker Josh Reynolds, who is facinga two-to-three match suspension due to 130 per cent loading from five previous offences in the past two years.

Bromwich wascharged withdangerous contact and referred directly to the judiciary with no grading assigned to the charge after Dugan made an on-field complaint to referee Matt Cecchin in the 69th minute of the match, won 22-4 by the Storm.

Reacting angrily as he got to his feet after makinga tackle on Bromwich, Dugan pointed to the spot on his right arm where he claimed to have been bitten and spent three tackles trying to gain the attention of Cecchin,by which time the Melbourne starhad been interchanged.

Withthe incidentplaced on report, Dugan was contacted on Monday by the match review committee and asked to testifyif Bromwich was charged, and he agreed to appear at the judiciary hearing.

While it is unclear what penalty the NRL would seek if Bromwich was found guilty, Canterbury prop James Grahamreceived a 12-matchban for biting Storm fullback Billy Slater in the 2012 grand final, while Bulldogs forwardBrad Morrinwas given an eight-match suspension for biting Parramatta’s Timana Tahuin 2007.

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Five Riverina teens invited to Combine

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GOING PLACES: Former Wagga footballer, Harrison Himmelberg, 19, has been selected in this year’s AFL national draft combine. Picture: Melissa AdamsFIVE Riverina footballers have been invited to attend the AFL Draft Combine at season’s end.
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In a promising sign that Riverina could be in for their biggest Draft year yet, five footballers will represent the region at what used to be known as the AFL Draft Camp.

Leeton-Whitton’s Jacob Hopper, Collingullie-Glenfield Park’s Matt Kennedy, Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes’ (MCUE)Jock Cornell, Narrandera’s Matt Flynn and former MCUE player Harry Himmelberg all received invites.

Himmelberg now plays with Eastlake in Canberra.

The AFL released the names of 76 players picked to attend the four-day testing event at Etihad Stadium in October.

Players must be picked by a minimum of five AFL clubs to gain an invite to the Combine.

AFL NSW-ACT talent, logistics and events manager Rebecca McGowan said it was a terrific effort by Southern NSW, which also includes Albury’sLachlan Tiziani.

“It’s our best ever for Southern NSW,” McGowan said.

“It’s exciting for the boys to get that opportunity and hopefully we can have another group get to the state screening.

“This year, having the satellite centres for the Academies in Wagga, Canberra and Sydney, the kids have been able to have access to constant coaching.”

This year’s draft combine will again run the week after the AFL grand final, but the opening day has been shifted from Tuesday to Thursday, October 8, with the combine to conclude on Sunday, October 11.

In another big effort, three of the five Riverina footballers are either students or ex-students from Wagga’s Mater Dei Catholic College.

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McGowan irked by roads snub

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INDI MP Cathy McGowan. THE member for Indi believesthe Liberal Party showeda lack of respect by not notifying her of a roads funding announcement in Wodonga last week.
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Cathy McGowan said although she did not view it as a “big issue” she was disappointed she was not contacted by federal minister Jamie Briggs who joined Liberal Party candidate for Indi Sophie Mirabella in unveiling black spot money.

“There’s an understanding in politics, there’s a convention that when a politician comes to your electorate as a guest they ring you up and let you knowthat they’re attending,” Ms McGowan said.

“That’s just the convention and in that case it didn’t happen.”

Ms McGowan has contacted the office of government whip Scott Buchholz to express her concern.

“When things happen that seem a bit untoward…I will go to the whip in the party and say this happened can you contact your members of parliament and remind them about this convention,” Ms McGowan said.

Representativesfor Mr Buchholz said Mr Briggs said they were not aware of a particular protocol requiring MPs to be notified of events withvisiting politicians.

?Mr Briggs, in a statement, said asAssistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Developmenthe was responding to concerns displayed by Mrs Mirabella.

“I’m surprised Cathy McGowan feels that way as she has not once spoken a single word to me about road funding in Indi,” Mr Briggs said.

“It has been Sophie Mirabella, a great fighter for her community, who contacts me regularly about black spots that need upgrading throughout Indi.”

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