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Region’s fire situation improves

Friday, 11th January, 2013

Aided by cooler conditions, Far West Rural Fire Service volunteers have all but beaten dozens of fires that have been burning across the region this week.

Acting Incident Controller, Paul Seager, said yesterday that there had been a big improvement in the region’s fire status since a change brought a drop in temperature on Wednesday.

He said of the 55 fires that had been burning in the region since about Monday, 44 had been extinguished and another 10 were at patrol status. One other fire, near Packsaddle, was contained.

Big new plans for old pub

Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

 One of the city’s historic pubs is set to be demolished and rebuilt as a modern motel.

The Silver Spade Hotel Motel, on the corner of Bromide and Argent streets, will officially close towards the end of the month before undergoing a major transformation.

Owners Wayne and Ruth Stubbings are now in preparation mode, with the demolition of the hotel scheduled for February.

Mrs Stubbings said that it was hoped the hotel would be rebuilt around midyear, along with 12 extra motel rooms.

Big bangs too strong

Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

By Andrew Robertson

Staff from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will meet with CBH Resources today to discuss underground firing which continues to attract complaints from residents.

The EPA said yesterday that it had received a further two complaints about the firings in the last seven days, including one yesterday afternoon which followed a large blast at the company’s Rasp Mine on Monday night.

The mine’s manager, Tony Davis, said while a lot of explosives were used in that firing, which was on the 8 level, it did not come close to exceeding vibration limits.

Driver hits van, leaves scene

Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Police are on the lookout for the driver of a red vehicle after it allegedly hit a parked van and drove off on Saturday night.

A witness saw the vehicle driving away from the scene at 11.15pm on Saturday.

The witness gave police a brief description of the vehicle, however they have not yet been able to identify the car or its owner.

School test shows some students being left behind

Sunday, 6th January, 2013

The recent NAPLAN National Report provided more evidence of the need for a new, fairer school funding system, according to the federal government.

School Education Minister, Peter Garrett, said the results showed that students were making progress in a number of areas, and more than 92 per cent were meeting national minimum standards, but too many disadvantaged students were still being left behind.

“The report gives more detail on initial results released in September, and tells us that more needs to be done to help Indigenous kids do better at school, and that we need to focus more on maths in Years 3 and 7,” Mr Garrett said.

“Coming a week after the disappointing results in the latest international tests in reading, science and maths, taken in late 2010, the report shows we have made improvements in some areas but there is still a lot of work ahead.”

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