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Morning tea on last day of trade

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012

BIG GOODBYE: Everybody’s Store Manager, Lauren Colmer, is inviting everyone in for a cup of tea for the Biggest Morning Tea on Friday, which is also when the store closes for good. BIG GOODBYE: Everybody’s Store Manager, Lauren Colmer, is inviting everyone in for a cup of tea for the Biggest Morning Tea on Friday, which is also when the store closes for good.

Everybody's IGA will be hosting a special morning tea to raise money and say goodbye on its last day of trading this week.

The Blende Street business which has been running for some 35 years and the McLeod family, which has owned it for the last 28 years, recently said tough economic times and an increase in costs had caught up with them.

The business’ last day is on Friday and Store Manager, Lauren Colmer, said the morning tea will run from 10.30am until the store closes.

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‘Cracks in road report’

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012

A report that blamed heavy rain for $300,000 worth of premature deterioration of Thomas Street outside the hospital failed to take into account that cracks started appearing before the downpours, according to one councillor.

The street was given a costly reconstruction in early 2009 but soon after started to develop cracks and potholes. 

The report, by an external engineering consultant, said that “recent unprecedented wet weather” and ground water infiltration had caused the rapid deterioration of the road which Council built with design consultants Tonkin Engineers.

At Council’s monthly meeting last week, councillors voted to obtain another more detailed report after a motion was put forward by councillors Tom Kennedy and Bob Algate.

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Vicious attack

Tuesday, 1st May, 2012

VICTIM: Bruce Douglas was assaulted by three men on Sunday night while he was out walking in North BH. VICTIM: Bruce Douglas was assaulted by three men on Sunday night while he was out walking in North BH.

When 35-year-old Bruce Douglas was walking along the city’s familiar streets on Sunday night he never suspected that he would fall victim to a vicious attack.

Mr Douglas was coming out of Williams Lane onto Murton Street, a route he had walked countless times, at 9.20pm when he saw three men approaching out of the corner of his eye.

“I didn’t take much notice because I always see people on my walks but the next thing they came out of nowhere and I felt a punch in the side of my face,” Mr Douglas said

“I staggered out off to the road but then I remember one guy who had a hood covering most of his face, he grabbed hold of my backpack,” he said.

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Racks of fun at craft fair

Tuesday, 1st May, 2012

FUN: Maddi Bassett-White got amongst it at the Potters Society’s Pottery and Craft Mothers Day Fair. FUN: Maddi Bassett-White got amongst it at the Potters Society’s Pottery and Craft Mothers Day Fair.

A Pottery and Craft Mothers’ Day Fair held over the weekend enjoyed one of its biggest turnouts yet, according to Potters Society Treasurer, Vicki Sladden. 

It was the sixth year that the Society has held the event and Mrs Sladden said that the two-day fair at its Wyman Street studio was an “overwhelming success.”

“We think it did really well. We don’t have the financial figures in yet but going by the crowds we had there and the amount of spaces left at the end of it, it was a huge success,” she said.

“Socially it was successful and we think it was financially too. Our treasurer is very happy, so if she’s very happy we think it was pretty good.”

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Budget fix “urgent”

Saturday, 28th April, 2012

Time is running out for City Council which has voted to investigate seeking outside help to fix its finances in time for the next budget.

The move follows ongoing concern from the State Division of Local Government about Council’s management of funds and its record keeping.

Councillors at Wednesday night’s monthly Council meeting voted to look into employing an external audit committee to help manage finances in the long term. 

The measure would replace Council’s current finance and audit committee which is comprised of six councillors and internal staff. 

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