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Building teenage road confidence

PARENTS can prepare their teenagers for safer driving experiences through a parent-specific driving workshop.

Teaching a young person to drive can be a daunting task, but several council workshops and hands-on driving events may help parents of learner drivers prepare their teenagers for safer driving experiences.

Council’s road safety officer, Melanie Lausz said parents and supervisors of novice drivers had a crucial role to play in contributing to make roads safer.

“Introducing your learner to as much driving time as possible ‘in real driving situations’ is imperative to any young driver in improving their confidence, driving skills and knowledge,” Ms Lausz said.

“But so too is varying the different conditions they may encounter on the road.

“And as rules and regulations change, not everyone is confident about teaching our youngest road users the skills, knowledge and correct training methods to progress through the NSW Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS).”

Council will hold a free two-hour GLS Parent Workshop on Wednesday, February 24 from 6pm at the Moss Vale Civic Centre.

The workshop provides practical advice on supervision, completing the log book and new licence conditions.

Participants also learn the importance of teaching low risk driving techniques and the role of parents in establishing parameters and support for provisional licence holders. Learner drivers are also encouraged to attend.

Council will also hold a free Learner Log Book Run on Sunday, March 6 at Moss Vale.

“The Learner Log Book Run is a great opportunity for learner drivers to cover some of the many topics included in the Learner Driver Log Book and clock up some valuable driving experience hours,” Ms Lausz said.

Council holds four free two-hour GLS Parent Workshops and Logbook Runs

throughout the year in a bid to help the shire’s young drivers gain more experience and help prepare them for solo driving.

Both events are supported by the Roads and Maritime Services and bookings are essential. Registration forms can be collected from council’s Moss Vale office, council libraries, the Welby Motor Registry or download a copy at: 老域名wsc.nsw.gov备案老域名/services/road-safety.

Details: 4868 0809.

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MAV calling for a fairer funding deal

The state’s peak council body is lobbyingfor a fairer deal for local government as a 2.5 per cent cap on rates comes into force.

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Bill McArthur said the group was working to restore balance when it came to services jointly funded by state and local government. He said many councils were reassessing whether to continue services that were a state government responsibility.

“For decades, an increasingrange of services have been providedby councils under shared funding agreements withthe state. The MAV’s data shows that over time, the state’s contribution has reduced, stopped completely or not kept pace with costs –leaving ratepayers to foot the bill,” hesaid.

MAV president Bill McArthur.

“Many agreements were originally 50:50 funding splits with the state like school crossing supervisors and SES units.

“Public libraries are now funded 83 per cent by councils, with the state only providing 17 per cent,creating a funding gap of $73 million annually for councils… Maternal and child health services are closer to a 40:60funding split,creating a gap of $13 millionfor councils.”

The Moyne Shire is facing an annual budget shortfall of $600,000 and both Warrnambool City and Corangamite are expecting a $500,000 cut under rate capping.Speaking at their meeting last month, Corangamite Shire councillors said it was time to push back oncost shifting.

“The state government should be paying for a greater proportion of emergency management e.g. SES and fire safety prevention,” councillor Neil Trotter said.

“If the government limits our capacity to raise revenue to meet community expectations then there should be no surprise when councils refuse to pay for services that should be the state and federal governments’ responsibility.”

Cr Ruth Gstrein said the level of state government cost shifting had got “completely out of control”.

“Libraries for us used to be an 80-20 split with the state putting up the majority of the funding, that has now completely reversed over the years,” she said.

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Under 16s bow out but U14s through to finalGALLERY

The Gunnedah under 16s have bowed out of the Northern Inland Cricket Council JCA Ross Taylor Cup contention.

The junior representative side lost by 71 runs in last weekend’s round five match against Tamworth.

As reportedearlier,Gunnedah required a win to keep its finals hopes alive in this season’s competition.

Under 16s bow out but U14s through to final | GALLERY Tamworth’s James Austin defends against Gunnedah under 16s at Wolseley Oval on Sunday. Photos: Marie Low.

Gunnedah’s Isaac Harris powers in to bowl in Sunday’s game against Tamworth.

Lachlan Barton takes a swing at the ball.

Lachlan Barton takes a swing at the ball.

A Gunnedah player helps Tamwoth’s Lachlan Bradfield up after he is run out.

Gunnedah players help Isaac Harris celebrate after he ran out Lachlan Bradfiled on Sunday.

Gunnedah’s under 16 representative team: Back row, from left: Vinnie Winsor (coach), Harrison Pollock, Ben Maher, Nick Willoughby, Tom Maher, Sam O’Gorman, Pat Maher (coach). Front row, from left: Ryan King, Will Maggs, Alex Beasley, Jasper Thomas, Trent Winsor, Isaac Harris.Absent: Derek Higgins.

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Boys are back in town

No rest: Boy & Bear are hitting the road with Groovin the Moo, playing at Maitand Showground on April 23. Tickets available online at gtm.net备案老域名LESS than a week after completing a six-date tour of capital cities, Sydney indie rockoutfit Boy & Bear arecounting down until theirnext runaround the country.

The band isset to take itsnew album, Limit of Love, to regional audiences when it joinsthe Groovin the Moo bill throughoutApril and May, playing shows in Maitland, Canberra, Bunbury, Oakbank, Townsville and Bendigo alongside the likes of The Rubens, British India and Illy.

The live arena is where the band feels most at home, according to drummer Tim Hart, who played more than 170 shows with Boy & Bear in 2014to promote thesecond album, Harlequin Dream.

In retrospect, Hart said he doesn’t know how they did it.

“I have no idea,” Hart laughs,” butI was saying to someone recently thatwhen you’re first starting out as an artist, you’ll do anything.

“You’ll play any shows. If someone wants you to play out the front of a fruit barn, you’ll do it. But then you start to get shows and people want to see you.

“Some people are like ‘Man, I’m so over it’ [touring] but we feel really grateful and privilegedthat people still want to come see us play and we don’t take that for granted.”

Hart said the five-piece band, whose debut album Moonfirewon the ARIA Award forAlbum of the Year in 2011, sharea strong senseof camaraderieboth on stage and off.

“The one thing we’ve always tried to be is a band,” Hart explains.

“There are solo artists that are disguised as bands but we’ve always wanted to be a true band.

“Over the years, [frontman] Dave [Hosking] has said no to a lot of things, like ‘No, it’s not a band thing, so I’m not doing it’ and I like that.

“Thatfor meis more rock’n’roll than throwing a TV out of a window. There’s a camaraderiethat comes with that and that’s kept us together.”

Boy & Bear perform at Groovin the Moo at Maitland Showground on April 23. Visit gtm.net备案老域名 for details. For your chance to win tickets and meet the band backstage, check out page 19.