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Knives out for Masterchef title

Friday, 11th May, 2012

AT THE READY: Summa Gobell, Glenn Williams and Michael Hanley are set for the cook-off tomorrow night. AT THE READY: Summa Gobell, Glenn Williams and Michael Hanley are set for the cook-off tomorrow night.

Broken Hill’s own version of “Masterchef” is on this weekend and the three local contestants have a big task ahead of them - cooking for 60 people.

The reality television show “Masterchef Australia” has made waves across the nation and a local woman, Charmaine Byrne, came up with the idea of having BH Masterchef as a fundraiser and for entertainment.

Michael Hanley, Summa Gobell and Glenn Williams are the contestants in the competition.

“It is a charity event and we could do something now while Masterchef is on TV. I thought it would be a good time to do it,” Mrs Byrne said.

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Mines taxed for families

Wednesday, 9th May, 2012

 By Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

CANBERRA - The mining tax will fund family payments and not company tax cuts under Treasurer Wayne Swan’s plan to bring the budget back to surplus and redistribute the wealth of Australia’s Asia-fuelled resources boom.

 After the coalition and Greens challenged the government’s plan to use the mining tax to give small and large business a break, Labor yestreday made a surprise decision to instead hand some of the proceeds to families.

 The federal government will put $1.8 billion toward increasing the Family Tax Benefit A from July 1, 2013 - meaning about half of some 1.5 million FTBA families will get a $600 a year boost.

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School mums given a treat

Wednesday, 9th May, 2012

CELEBRATING MUM: Chairman of the Sacred Heart Parish Primary School Parent Group Committee, Amanda Murray, at the Mothers Day morning tea. CELEBRATING MUM: Chairman of the Sacred Heart Parish Primary School Parent Group Committee, Amanda Murray, at the Mothers Day morning tea.

Mothers and grandmothers of Sacred Heart Parish Primary School students were treated yesterday to a morning tea for Mothers Day. 

The school’s hall was packed with students and guests in what the Chairman of the Parent Group Committee, Amanda Murray, said was a very successful event. 

“We’re just having a Mothers Day morning tea for all mums and caregivers, nans and babysitters,” Mrs Murray said.

“We were selling raffle tickets at the door for nine door prizes. They’ve been donated by families and businesses.”

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Vinnies seeks help in hard times

Tuesday, 8th May, 2012

WINTER APPEAL: St Vincent De Paul’s regional president Pam Sky is asking for donations to its Winter Appeal so that it can provide more blankets and help for people in need. WINTER APPEAL: St Vincent De Paul’s regional president Pam Sky is asking for donations to its Winter Appeal so that it can provide more blankets and help for people in need.

Last winter St Vincent De Paul provided more than $175,000 in assistance for people in the western NSW.

But Vinnies is expecting to see even greater demand for its services this winter in line with trends over the past few years. 

In the Wilcannia/Forbes diocese Vinnies gave $176,072 worth of assistance between June and August, an increase of 24 per cent on the 2010 figure.

About $71,865 worth of energy vouchers were handed out, which was up 14 per cent on 2010.

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Cure the rot: doctors

Tuesday, 8th May, 2012

The Federal Government needs to allocate more money to country healthcare in the budget, according to the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA). 

The Treasurer will announce the much-awaited budget today and the RDAA has urged the Government not to put country Australia in the corner.

“We know the Government is committed to delivering a budget surplus this year but cutting back on rural health funding in any way, shape or form would be plain crazy,” RDAA’s President, Dr Paul Mara, said yesterday.

“We have been warning governments for many years of the enormous need for significant new funding for rural healthcare, and budget after budget we continue to face a brick wall.

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