NO, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. April 1 is the day our already ailing health system is set to deteriorate even further.
TO all our wonderful readers, advertisers, suppliers and staff — both former and current.
CHANGES to the federal government’s child care rebates, paid parental leave and family tax benefits have been discussed for some time.
IN a world where technology is advancing at a rapid rate, there is one area where we are falling backwards — into a deep, dark hole.
THE AFL women’s season kicked off with much fanfare during the weekend.
THE new television ratings season has begun and that means an overdose of reality-based programs.
AUSTRALIA DAY is attracting increasing criticism of being a day which divides rather than unites.
THE format of the District Council of the Copper Coast Australia Day breakfast will be somewhat different this Thursday, January 26. This is because there will be no awards presented.
IT is disappointing the new Wallaroo swimming enclosure isn’t going to be ready for use anytime soon. Even more disappointing is to learn there could be extra delay due to sabotage.
The floating pontoon project was pushed forward after the May storms. There was a short public consultation period and councillors were required to make a decision quickly so the new enclosure could be up and running as soon as possible.
Initially, District Council of the Copper Coast expected it to be installed by the end of November. This was then pushed out to Christmas, then the end-of-the-year, then in time for January VacSwim lessons.
Anyone who has ever built a house knows the process is frustratingly slow. Builders very rarely reach the “handover” date originally set. Delays are inevitable and due to a range of factors out of the builder’s, or in this case the contractor’s, control such as availability of supplies and weather.
When there was late delivery of a part for the pontoons, it seemed the work wouldn’t be done in time for VacSwim swimming lessons, January 3-11. The VacSwim instructors have struggled with no real place from which to teach lessons and it has been a bit of a juggle.
Now, the installation date has been delayed further due to a police investigation and extra work to repair the severed pontoon ropes. Our current influx of tourists will not get to see, or use, the new swimming enclosure.
Hopefully, it will be ready in time for school swimming lessons during term one. If not, there’s always next summer!
Amie Price Editor