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Stop work

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

Teachers vote to continue their fight

By Erica Visser

Local school teachers yesterday voted unanimously to continue their industrial action in protest at what was described as the largest overhaul of the State education system in a century.

The decision was made at yesterday morning’s two-hour stop-work meeting which followed ongoing disputes between the NSW Teachers Federation and the State Government.

The Federation has accused the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, of being secretive and down-playing the planned ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ reforms since they were announced last year.

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Time to dig deep

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

READY TO HELP: Thelma Stace will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal tomorrow, but more volunteers are still needed for the fundraiser which helps people in Broken Hill. READY TO HELP: Thelma Stace will be collecting for the Red Shield Appeal tomorrow, but more volunteers are still needed for the fundraiser which helps people in Broken Hill.

A small army of doorknockers will be out in force this weekend to support the Salvation Army’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Red Shield Appeal.

The appeal will see volunteers across the nation, including Broken Hill, knocking on doors and asking everybody to dig deep for the Salvos.

Chairman of the Broken Hill Red Shield Committee, Peter Keenan, said volunteers were still needed for the appeal tomorrow. 

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Film studio plan

Friday, 18th May, 2012

GRAND PLANS: The studios in the old Central Power Station in Eyre Street could one day be much more than a place to make movies. GRAND PLANS: The studios in the old Central Power Station in Eyre Street could one day be much more than a place to make movies.

City Council has announced an ambitious plan for the new film studios.

This weekend a nation-wide search will begin to find suitable investor partners.

Council will embark on an advertising campaign in some of Australia’s leading newspapers and online to attract suitable enterprises and individuals to build strategic partnerships to help develop, manage and/or operate the multi-million dollar facility.

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Walk safely to school

Friday, 18th May, 2012

FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool. FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool.

Today’s the day for the kids to take their parents by the hand and walk them to school.

“National Walk Safely to School Day” for primary school children has become a very popular event on school calendar.

The idea behind it is to promote regular walking, cut dependency of the car and teach road-crossing skills.

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School reforms ‘to happen’

Thursday, 17th May, 2012

Drastic reforms to NSW schools are going to happen whether teachers like it or not, according to local MP John Williams. 

The Member for Murray-Darling met with around 50 teachers yesterday to discuss uncertainties over the proposed ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ policy.

Local teachers expressed fears over the security of the incentive transfer system- which attracts a large number of staff to Far West NSW, alongside other benefits such as rent subsidies. 

The reforms would also give greater responsibility to principals to dictate where funds went, as well as the power to make permanent positions temporary.

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