Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

NEWS : 13 : 13


NEWS 13 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 Alternate methods deployed Drug stash leads to job loss EBONY GRAVEUR A LOCKYER Valley truck driver has been sacked by his employer after he was caught drug-driving in Gatton. Benjamin Craig Cook, 43, was driving on Railway St when he was pulled over by police conducting patrols. Toowoomba Road Policing Unit pulled over the white ute Cook was driving at 8am on March 6. Gatton Magistrate­s Court was told Cook passed a breath test but a random drug test confirmed he had smoked marijuana at some point. Police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton told the court police decided to search the man. “When asked if he had anything to declare, he said he had some marijuana in his lunch box,” Sgt Hutton said. In the lunch box was a plastic container containing green leafy material as well as a small blue brass pipe. Police also found a clip-seal bag holding 26 marijuana seeds. Facing three charges, Cook pleaded guilty to drug-driving, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing a pipe. He was fined $350 for the drug and pipe possession and $350 for drug-driving, and lost his licence for a month. A conviction was recorded on his traffic history. DOMINIC ELSOME be,” Cr Milligan said. The program will invest $25,000 to engage specialist­s to deliver workshops and demonstrat­ions to the community. The report to the council noted there were significan­t environmen­tal benefits from the indigenous fire management approach as it reduced fuel loads and protected habitat and soil. Other programs include $50,000 for grants to improve community facilities that could be used as evacuation centres during future disasters. Lantana will also be targeted by local contractor­s under a $80,000 program to reduce fuel loads and issues caused by the invasive plant. The final $70,000 will be spent upgrading councilown­ed bores in the region to assist in providing water resources for both firefighti­ng activities and livestock. The programs will require approved by the Queensland Reconstruc­tion Authority. INDIGENOUS fire management will be taught to Lockyer Valley landowners thanks to funding for bushfire recovery. Lockyer Valley Regional Council today voted to fund a number of projects using money from the Federal Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangemen­ts. Four projects will be funded under the scheme, including the cultural fire management program, local community facilities grants, lantana control and bore upgrades. The council received $225,000 in funding after the 2019-20 bushfire season. Mayor Tanya Milligan was particular­ly excited to fund the cultural fire management program after attending a demonstrat­ion at Mt Kynoch last month. “I’m really keen to see that program operating in our area and to see how useful it can LAST SLICE: Mary and Corey Spencer from Spencer's Pizza and Takeaway. Picture: Facebook Last slice for family takeaway EBONY GRAVEUR a profession­al baker, said the idea of starting the business grew after he bought pizzas from a national pizza chain and realised he could do a better job. “They came to $46 and, to be honest, they tasted like rubbish,” he said. “So I thought, let’s have a go – we can do better than this.” But after a “difficult but rewarding” journey, the Spencers decided to shut the doors for the final time so they could focus more on family. “The last time we had a holiday was in September 2015, and I can count on my hands the number of family dinners we have had,” Mr Spencer said. Now, the couple will focus on different aspects of life, with Mrs Spencer returning to full-time nursing and Mr Spencer on the lookout for a trade apprentice­ship. IT ALL began as a dream to bring a “personal family touch” to food and dining but, five years later, family is the reason one pizza shop is closing. The owners of Spencer’s Pizza and Takeaway, Plainland, announced the shop was closing and had its last day of business last week. Co-owner Corey Spencer, V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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