'Rates explanation needed'
A few weeks ago, at a usual Eurobodalla Shire Council meeting, there was an item about rate collections up for discussion.
It was about changing the process from Unimproved Value (vacant block of land) to Capital Improved Value, driven by our state government. The reason for the state government's attitude towards the change is clearly so local governments are provided with the necessary tools to increase the general rate income cash flows. Governments are working on plans and have been for a few years that will allow councils to increase revenues at residents' and ratepayers' expense, hoping to reduce or eliminate the government funding arrangements to councils. In essence, our council has indicated it doesn't support what's being proposed "at this time". It is extremely unlikely what our council says will have any impact on the eventual outcome, as the state government will be in control. We can in the next few years expect significant changes to our general council rate collection arrangements. Many in the shire are likely to be significantly financially affected. Our mayor and councillors should be explaining to the shire's residents before the September 2020 council elections what the state government is proposing and when the proposed council general rate collection changes will be implemented.
Vale musician and refugee advocate Sarah Cowan
It is with great sadness that we write to tell you that our beloved Sarah passed away early this morning (Monday, October 7) after fighting bravely to the end. She was ready, and died peacefully, but we still feel the sense of loss.
Our thoughts are with Jemima and Beau, and Sarah's family and friends.
Eurobodalla Refugee Action Collective
'Thank you, but don't be complacent': Message to boaters
Marine safety agencies are marking the start of the new boating season by thanking boaters for doing their bit to reduce incidents, while reminding them not to be complacent this summer.
Boating is a favourite pastime in NSW, enjoyed by more than 2 million people. However, boating is not without risks and any life lost on the water is one too many.
With the cooperation of everyone who heads out on the water, the average number of boating fatalities in the last five years is 43 per cent lower than what it was five years ago and we want that downward trend to go even further.
Our Boating Safety Officers are continuing to carry out regular random safety checks to ensure boats and safety equipment are up to standard across NSW waters.
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers across NSW waterways work cooperatively with NSW Police Marine Area Command Officers in ensuring compliance with drug and alcohol laws.
Police want everyone to enjoy the state's waterways safely over the boating season.
The NSW Police Marine Area Command will be out to ensure the safety of all those that choose to enjoy activities on the water.
Police will continue their proactive approach in targeting anti-social behaviour and illegal activities on our waterways. Skippers are reminded that police will be conducting drug and alcohol testing, as well as compliance checks - so look after your friends and family and act responsibly.
Everyone heading out on the water should check all their safety gear and make sure all lifejackets are in good working condition and have been serviced in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
This is because lifejackets are subjected to the heat of the sun and the harshness of salt which can cause damage and prevent them working properly.
Even though it may feel warmer and the sun is out, the water can still be very cold if you end up in it. Cold water can be dangerous, so be prepared. Wearing a lifejacket could save your life.
Marine Rescue's dedicated volunteers have used the cooler months to train hard and prepare for what's expected to be another busy boating season.
We urge boaters to do their bit before they head out by checking conditions, always wearing a lifejacket and Logging On and Logging Off with their local MRNSW unit.
Tell Marine Rescue where you are going, how many people are on board and when you are due back.
Logging On is quick and easy. You can use the free MarineRescue app or your marine radio. We encourage boaters to make every journey safer by switching to VHF radio, which provides greater range and better reception.