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City to trial CCTV

Wednesday, 18th July, 2012

By Erica Visser

In an unusual move, City Council will trial CCTV security at AJ Keast Park in Gypsum Street, rather than the city’s crime hotspots.

Council has recently considered investing in closed circuit cameras, following a spate of vandalism and violent behaviour within the city.

Drafts of this year’s budget included $40,000 for CCTV in Sturt Park, however the project failed to make it through to the approved budget.

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Detour ‘costing business’

Wednesday, 18th July, 2012

By Kurtis Eichler

The last two weeks have been a struggle for diner owner Tashia North.

When she’d normally be flipping burgers and cooking up a storm for hungry truckies, she’s now perched on her laurels waiting for them to roll in.

She lays the blame on City Council for sending heavy-movers on a bypass through Creedon Street and down Crystal Street, blocking access to Williams Street.

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Parking concerns

Wednesday, 18th July, 2012

Council has denied it plans to reduce parking along parts of Iodide Street. Council has denied it plans to reduce parking along parts of Iodide Street.

Council denies plan to cut spaces

 By Kurtis Eichler

City Council has denied plans it’s reducing parking near the CBD, despite a councillor saying it’s on the cards.

Councillor Bob Algate said council’s traffic committee discussed axing parking along Iodide Street between Argent and Crystal Streets and Argent and Blende Streets.

It comes just one month after Council slapped a two-hour parking limit on a well-used parking space behind the Regional Art Gallery.

“(Council general manager) Frank Zaknich told me the traffic committee had just loosely discussed it but no decisions had been made yet,” Clr Algate said.

He said if the proposed changes went ahead, it would cause further parking pain in the CBD.

“Too many business owners and their staff members are parking in front of their own premises or in front of opposing shops.

“If they only have a two-hour car park at the gallery and they’re talking about the elimination of parking in Iodide Street... where the hell are they going to park?

“I will be looking at it quite closely from now on.”

Council’s group manager of infrastructure, Paul DeLisio said yesterday he had no knowledge of the said changes.

“There’s been no specific talk of any parking changes in that section of Iodide Street.”

In the future however, the Roads and Maritime Services may determine parking in the area may need to be changed.

“There’s nothing on the drawing board at the moment.”

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Station to become solar plant

Tuesday, 17th July, 2012

AGL’s Bruce Bennett and Doug Landfear with property owner Geoff Luke (centre) at Rob Day Station. AGL’s Bruce Bennett and Doug Landfear with property owner Geoff Luke (centre) at Rob Day Station.

Property owner Geoff Luke’s 600 hectare station will be home to more than one million photovoltaic (PV) solar panels by 2015.

The owner of Rob Day Station sold off 200 hectares of his property to AGL for them to develop Broken Hill’s first solar plant.

The 53Mw plant, which will measure one square kilometre once finished, is set to employ 150 people in its initial construction phase.

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Jobs ‘will be lost’

Tuesday, 17th July, 2012

Unions NSW has predicted that over 160 jobs will be lost in the region during a dramatic State Government overhaul of the public sector.

The warning came yesterday after a five day protest at Grafton Jail ended in the loss of 100 prison jobs.

The O’Farrell Government announced in its recent budget that 10,000 public sector jobs were on the line, plus another 5000 from the last budget.

Spokesperson for Unions NSW, Adam Kerslake, said that Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams, needed to “come clean” with his electorate about the number of jobs under threat.

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