April, 2020

Attacks put heat on the mayor

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MOUNT Isa Mayor Tony McGrady believes he is being attacked weekly through a political smear campaign.

Former Mount Isa mayor Ron McCullough – who was in the mayoral position for 18 years – says he is “guilty” of publicly opposing some of Cr McGrady’s decisions.

“I’m just saying the things I think he’s done wrong,” Mr McCullough said.

“Going back to the water fiasco we had, of course I’m going to comment.

“I think that’s been very badly handled.”

Cr McGrady would not name the person he believed was behind the campaign. He also suspected several councillors were being influenced by somebody outside the council, but did not allege the campaign was connected.

“[We] get people in the council who I suspect are getting riding instructions from someone outside the council,” he said.

He acknowledged the seven Mount Isa councillors were divided into two factions – and he believed the faction that opposed him was part of the smear campaign.

“The venom has been displayed against me by one or two individuals in the last two years at least,” Cr McGrady said.

“I’m big, I’m tough, I can take it.

“But I have a wife and kids.”

Mr McCullough said many members of the community frequently came to him to benefit from his knowledge in local government affairs – but did not say if this included councillors.

He has lived in Mount Isa about 50 years and is concerned about the direction Mount Isa was taking to survive.

“I’m simply a Mount Isan with a love of the city and I want it to prosper,” Mr McCullough said.

“I will admit to regularly attacking him [Cr McGrady] on things he’s done.

“I have nothing against Tony McGrady.”

It was never implied by anybody that Mr McCullough was advising current councillors.

Mr McCullough frequently writes letters in The North West Star criticising the direction of the Mount Isa City Council.

The Mayor and Mr McCullough have often been critical of the other’s policies and views, and Mr McCullough frequently publishes his views in letters to the newspaper.

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Total fire ban across most of the state

There’s a forecast top temperature of 42 degrees in Port Augusta today.Today is going to be a hot one and as a result the Country Fire Service has declared total fire bans in 12 districts around the state.
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There’s an expected top temperature of 42 degrees in Port Augusta with a fire danger rating of severe in the Flinders fire ban district.

On the west coast of the state, where temperatures are expected to reach the mid 40s, the fire danger rating is catastrophic.

State schools and preschools located in bushfire prone areas in the West Coast and Northwest Pastoral fire ban districts will be closed today.

The Department for Education and Child Development said the closures are part of the ‘PREPARE ACT SURVIVE’ campaign to manage the risk from bushfires.

The CFS recommends that you implement your bushfire survival plan.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of catastrophic, well prepared, well constructed and defended homes may not be safe during a fire.

To ensure your survival you should leave tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of extreme, only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast fire danger rating of severe, well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during a fire.

Fire danger ratings:

Northwest Pastoral – Catastrophic

Northeast Pastoral – Very High

West Coast – Catastrophic

Eastern Eyre Peninsula – Extreme

Lower Eyre Peninsula – Extreme

Flinders – Severe

Mid North – Severe

Mount Lofty Ranges – Extreme

Adelaide Metropolitan – Very High

Yorke Peninsula – Extreme

Kangaroo Island – Severe

Riverland – Severe

Murraylands – Severe

Upper South East – Very High

Lower South East – Severe

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Bullying claim lodged following event snub

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COUNCILLOR George Fortune’s claim of being bullied by Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady followed an event in which he was overlooked as a council representative.

The mayor was attending a meeting in Melbourne about 16 months ago, and his wife Sandra was acknowledged by visiting Bishop Michael Putney as a council representative. Councillor George Fortune attended the same event.

Parish priest Mick Lowcock said he invited the mayor’s wife to represent the council at the event held in Joyce Street and did not mean to cause offence to councillors.

“I would not have seen any problem with that,” he said.

“I would have thought it was normal protocol.”

Cr McGrady said on his return to Mount Isa he was confronted by Cr Fortune on three occasions in as many days about Mrs McGrady being addressed by the bishop as a council representative.

The third occasion was when Mount Isa City council staff were having a meeting, which councillors did not attend, Cr McGrady said.

“I did state that I would give him a bit of advice and that was that he should never bring members of a councillor’s family into public discussion and debate.

“I further informed him that following his actions over the past three days, I would never invite him to represent me at any function in the future and that if he was to live a further 50 years, he would never make the contribution to Mount Isa that my wife had done over so many years.”

Cr Fortune referred the matter to the then Crime and Misconduct Commission. He was sought for comment but previously told the Courier Mail he was humiliated at the “blatant act of bullying”. Mount Isa City Council’s chief executive Emilio Cianetti confirmed he met with Cr McGrady and Cr Fortune to try to resolve the issue.

“It’s probably the extent of what I can do with it,” Mr Cianetti said.

The two parties could seek further independent advice.

Mr Cianetti said the CMC ruled the council should resolve the matter.

The initial complaint was submitted about 16 months before, when Mr Cianetti was not in his current position.

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Gala Business Awards tomorrow night

The Boorowa Business Association’s night of nights is on tomorrow.
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The Gala Business Awards Night gets underway at the Boorowa Ex Services and Citizens Club from 6.30pm, with tickets $20 for members or $30 for non-members.

Nominees this year include:Sam’s Paddock;Three Wishes;Boorowa Hotel;Top Café;Caltex Boorowa;Boorowa Pharmacy;Bliss Hair and Beauty;Town Clock Café;The Town Clock Coffee Shop;Deb’s Massage and Therapies;Westpac Boorowa/ Bowditch Finance;IGA Boorowa;NRMA;Superb Jewellery;Lester;Bendigo Bank Boorowa;Boorowa Vet Clinic;Boorowa Real Estate;Raw @ 90 degrees;Carmody’s Newsagency;Boorowa Ex Services & Citizens Club;Ram & Stallion Hotel;The Pantry on Pudman;Glenara Antiques;Glenleigh Antiques;Boorowa Pharmacy;Lindsay Miller Saddlery;Boorowa Post Office;Two Board Girls;Stonehaven Furniture and Building Supplies;Lady Kate Fashions;Merriville Stud;Thompson’s Rural Supplies;South West Spreaders;Boorowa Pastrol/Corkhill Ag; Hanamino;JD’s Thrifty Link;Monwonga;Normanhurst Stud;Annie’s Patch;Boorowa Chinese Restaurant;Boorowa Arts & Craft;Boorowa Council Workers;Boorowa Medical Centre;BMA Auto;Courthouse Hotel;Boorowa Pre School.

Plenty of individuals are nominated for their services too.

The awards were launched in 2011 in order to actively promote Boorowa businesses.

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Input sought on health services

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A STRAIN on health services by fly-in, fly-out workers and grey nomads in the North West is set to be assessed by the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

The foundation has called for ideas from health providers, universities and community groups in Mount Isa for ideas to improve emergency care, medicine delivery, retrieval and telehealth.

A new $100,000 research grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation hopes to decrease pressure in Mount Isa with doctors and practitioners being encouraged to have a say on solutions to improve services.

Foundation chairman David Rosengren said that the population in Mount Isa had increased by 2.5 per cent and an expected population of 23,544 people by 2016 would put a strain on health services.

“We recognise that in North Queensland that the population does increase with the grey nomads, army and fly-in fly-out workers and we are keen to help doctors and medical services,” Dr Rosengren said.

“Locals living in rural and remote Australia are best positioned to judge what research will most help and will not be the poor cousins to the big city when it comes to funding for crucial research.

“The ultimate end point is to have better regional and rural medical care.”

■Applications close 4pm, November 28. Contact the Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Team on 37205700 or [email protected]


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CWA South West Group Conference in Boorowa

The newley elected CWA South West-Group team.Nicola Mitton from Grenfell CWA was elected treasurer for a third term at the CWA 83rd South West Group conference at Boorowa on October 20.
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President Jenny Thompson commenced the day with a welcome to all followed by the National Anthem and CWA motto Jenny then gave a short history of the Wirradjuri people the original inhabitants.

Members and visiting Groups were made welcome by local CWA President Pam Wilson followed by Deputy Mayor Chris Corcoran also gave a welcomed all on behalf of Boorowra Council. Rev. Deacon Patrick Whale with his wife Fran gave his blessing of the Conference

Former State CWA Secretary and guest speaker, Elsie Kimball (L) with Nicola Mitton of Grenfell who was reelected a s South west Group Treasurer at the South West Group Conference.

Elsie Kimball, a former State Secretary and delightful Guest Speaker, officially opened the Conference. Elsie gave an insight to her thirty eight years involvement with CWA

Brenda Phillips brought greeting from Southern Tablelands Group as did Gail Hayden from Central Western Group.

Mrs. Ruth Dainith gave a vote of thanks to the President, Executive Representative, Secretary and Treasurer for their Group Reports. Branch reports were all varied, interesting and productive.

Grenfell Craft Shop has been operating for forty two years with all voluntary labour. Young Craft Shop is on track with the community behind it.

CWA South West Group Patrons Kathleen Smith and Lola Madden from Grenfell

Young Women’s Refuge – Group Project for 2015

Thyroid Conditions – Medical Research

Beetroot – Primary Product



Doll: Cowra Evening

Book Cowra Evening

Coins for Friendship Cowra Evening

School Posters

Juniors: Harry Gay, Boorowa

Tristan Summerfield, Boorowa

Catlyn Edwards, Boorowa

Seniors: Danijcha Shemon, Boorowa

Hayden Bridge, Quandilla

Adam Pearsall, Rye Park


Tully McCahan, Caragabal

Hamish Napier, Caragabal

Polly Napier, Caragabal


Book: Morongla Creek 1st

Cowra Evening 2nd

Table Arrangement

Boorowa 1st

Canimbla 2nd

Galong 3rd


Morongla Creek 1st

Cowra 2nd

Ag & Environment

Recycled Item: Janice Ward

After lunch we were entertained by Young Regional School

Election of Office Bearers:

President: Jenny Thompson re-elected Milvale Branch

Executive Representative: Linda Willding re-elected Canimbla Branch

Secretary: Lyn Callaghan Young Branch

Minutes Secretary: Rowena Casey re-elected Cowra Evening Branch

Treasurer: Nicola Mitten re-elected Grenfell Evening Branch

Agricultural & Environment: Brenda McDonald re-elected Galong Branch

Cultural: Carmen Gordon Boorowa Branch

Handicraft: Leona Steen re-elected Cowra Evening Branch

International: Tammy Cameron re-elected Boorowa Branch

The Land Cookery: Norma Power re-elected Cowra Branch

Publicity: Margie Ryan re-elected Canimbla Branch

Vice Presidents: Hazel Duffey Young Branch

Ruth Daintith re-elected Morongla Branch

Rose Adler Harden Branch

Judy Houghton Cowra Evening Branch

Awarding of Trophies

Increased Membership: Cowra Evening Branch

Best Meeting Attendance: Milvale Branch

Best Secretary Report: Cowra Evening

Coins for Friendship: Cowra Evening


Land Cookery is opened to all, not just CWA members.

Land Cookery Assessment Day 1st February. Contact Norma Power for details

The trading table was very successful with the “unusual” competition proving a great hit

2015 Group Conference will be hosted by Morongla Creek on 12th October

The next Council meeting and Christmas party is at the Presbyterian Church hall in Cowra on 1st December. The two competitions for the day hand made Christmas card of any size and best dressed in Christmas attire

Another very successful and satisfying CWA day was enjoyed by all.

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Bridge Mall turned into a fiesta for Good Food Ballarat

Bridge Mall turned into a fiesta for Good Food Ballarat Georgina Shanahan of Ballarat and Jess Barry of Anglesea (on the right side). PICTURE: KATE HEALY
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Tatiana Bistrin. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Liana Powell and Kerryann Byrne of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Adam Olechnowicz and Karolina Wilanowska of Miners Rest. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Georgina Shanahan of Ballarat and Jess Barry of Anglesea. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Sofia Fiusco, Serina Eldridge, Melanie Schoo, Angela Connor and Jade Morrison of Ballarat.. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tatiana Bistrin and Joseph Whyte (Toma Flamenco). PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tatiana Bistrin and Joseph Whyte (Toma Flamenco) performing for the crowd. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tatiana Bistrin. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Barry Johnson of Ballarat taking a group photo. PICTURE: KATE HEALY


Evan Schoo and Jim Eldridge of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jessica Vince of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Kylie Belton and Dean Belton of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Doug Rowe and Elaine Rowe of Mildura. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Georgina Doherty and Sally Eastwood of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Catherine Heywood and Rosei Thom of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Emma Morzuch and Lyndon Iles of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Tatiana Bistrin. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Robyn MacDonald and Carmen Thomson of Buninyong. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Martin Thomson and Jane MacDonald of Buninyong. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

The crowd enjoying the food and drinks. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Allison Jones, Paul Matthews and Craig McKenzie of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Lyndsey Hay, Robert Hay and Welson Charng of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Cheryl McIntosh and George McIntosh of Magpie. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michelle Cameron and Helen Bloom of Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

TweetFacebookFlamencolikely has its rootsin the Flemishword for “flame”.

And like a delicate flame trapped in a dust devil, flamenco dancerTatiana Bistrin whirled and twirled in timewith a deftly handled Spanish guitar, to the delight of assembled diners.

The Good Food Ballarat Festival became a Good Food fiesta atCafe Meigason Thursday evening.

There was raciones and pintxos;cerveza and sangria; and, as midnight approached,newamigos and enamorados.

“We had nearly 50 people. There was a lot of food, a lot of drink, and a lot of people who didn’t know each other sat at the table and at the end of the night it was like one big family,” Cafe Meigasowner Yamelly Perezsaid.

“It was amazing.”

Raciones represent full sized meals in Spain. Ms Perez said therewas a wide variety – all very authentic – including:mussels, sardines, meatballs, chorizos andSpanish omelette.

Pintxos, meanwhile, represents smaller, bite-sized serves, particularlypopular in northern Spain.

In all, about 17 meal courses were counted, if anyone was indeed counting late into the night.

Chef Jose Fernandezis fromGalicia, on the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsula,while two of the waiters are from Malaga on the Mediterranean coast.

Good Food Ballarat is presented by The Courier and sponsored by Ballarat Regional Tourism.

The festival moves to the Land of the Rising Sun on Friday evening.

Click here to see all the upcomingGood Food Ballaratevents

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Moves to unlock Gulf’s potential

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ECONOMIC BOOM: Senator Matt Canavan, Senator James McGrath, GSD chairman and Burke Mayor Ernie Camp and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce at the opening of the new GSD offices in Normanton.

SUPPORT has been given for more infrastructure in the Gulf Country to unlock the “massive opportunities” in the region.

Coalition senators Matt Canavan and James McGrath pushed for the construction of more infrastructure in the Gulf region of north-west Queensland at the opening of new Gulf Savannah Development Inc offices in Normanton this week.

The senators held a number of discussions with members of GSD and other primary producers and business operators in the region during their visit.

With Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, the two senators have inspected proposed irrigation projects in the Gilbert and Flinders catchments and taken part in the opening ceremony for new GSD offices in Normanton on Tuesday.

They are also visiting Karumba, Croydon, Georgetown and the Atherton Tableland.

“The Gulf has so many opportunities,” Senator Canavan said. “This region is truly the frontier of Australia and the people who work here are Australia’s modern pioneers.

“They deserve the full support of our nation to create more jobs and build stronger communities, and in turn deliver real wealth back to the rest of Australia.’’

Senator McGrath said: ‘‘It’s great to be in the Gulf because up here you get a sense of the massive opportunities available in this great state.

‘‘That’s why the Coalition is putting together an agenda for northern Australia and we need organisations like Gulf Savannah Development to bring good ideas to Canberra.’’

The senators echoed comments in a statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss that Gulf Savannah Development had been a driving force behind a number of game-changing projects, including the Bib Loudon Bridge, the Gilbert River Agricultural precinct and the Savannah Way tourist organisation.

Projects in the pipeline for the Gulf included a new commercial fishing operation on Mornington Island, the installation of free Wi-Fi hotspots in each community, and strategies to attract private investment to the Gulf to help local industries secure a productive future for the region.

Continued talks will be held by the GSD, councils and businesses in the region before the release of the white paper, the policy paper, on northern Australia next year.

The senators said the region warranted support for construction of vital infrastructure to assist its continued development, which will in turn benefit the entire nation through increased economic returns.

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Horsham council hosts briefing for Lowan candidates

HORSHAM Rural City Council hosted a breakfast briefing for Lowan candidates on Thursday to help them better understand the municipality’s major issues and priorities.
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Lowan candidates Nkandu Beltz, the Greens; Emma Kealy, the Nationals; Steve Price, Country Alliance; and Katrina Rainsford, independent attended.

Australian Christians regional candidate for Western Victoria Anne Foster was also present, with Labor candidate Bob Scates the only absentee.

Councillors, directors, council staff, Wimmera Development Association chief executive Jo Bourke and media representatives also attended.

Council outlined four key issues affecting the municipality and the wider region: the Horsham North Children’s Hub; the need to secure funding for Western Highway duplication; rating for the mining industry; and the return of passenger rail to western Victoria.

What other important issues do you think candidates should focus on? Let us know in the comments below

After each issue was raised, candidates were given an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification.

Chief executive Peter Brown said the briefing went well.

“We hope they now have a better understanding of the issues confronting Horsham and the wider Wimmera,” he said.

Council made a number of requests of the candidates.

It asked them to support State Government funding of $2.1 million towards the Horsham North hub, which has a total cost of about $4 million.

It also implored the candidates to support a State Government commitment of $34 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to enable continuation of the duplication of the Western Highway.

The project has Federal Government support but cannot proceed without a commitment from the State Government.

Council is advocating for a review of the Local Government Act section 154, which provides for mining operations to be excluded from paying rates.

Council asked the candidates to support a change to the Act to allow councils to rate land used for mining.

Council is also pushing for the return of rail to Western Victoria.

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Fire danger for most of South Australia

The Country Fire Service has declared total fire bans in 12 of the 15 South Australian districts today, including the Murraylands.With temperatures forecastto hit 40-degrees around the Murraylands today, as well as strong winds predicted,the Country Fire Service has has given the region a fire ban rating of Severe.
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The Country Fire Service has declared total firebans in 12 of the 15 South Australian districts.

The Murraylands has a Severe rating, along with Flinders, Mid North, Kangaroo Island, Riverland and Lower South East, while the Northeast Pastoral, Adelaide Metro and Upper South East have been rated Very High.

The West Coast and Northwest Pastoral are rated as Catastrophic while theEastern, Lower Eyre and Yorke peninsulas and the Mt Lofty Ranges have been rated as Extreme.

Where fire ban districts have a forecast rating ofCatastrophic, well prepared, well constructed and defended homes may not be safe during a fire. To ensure survival people should leave early.

In arating ofExtreme, only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire while aforecast rating ofSeverewell prepared and actively defended houses can offer.

If people don’t have a plan to ensure their survival, leaving early before a fire starts is the safest option.

Landowners are asked to adhere to local harvest codes of practice which are available from your local council.

A cool change is forecast to sweep through the State with tomorrow’s predicted temperature to average around 25-degrees.

For further information contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or visitwww.cfs.sa.gov.au

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