HOW DID HE SURVIVE THIS?
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TODD Hazelwood feared for his life as his car hit a barrier at more than 250kmh, spun through the air and slammed on to its roof in a “sickening” crash at Sandown yesterday.
But the 21-year-old driver emerged unhurt and was back racing in a different car just an hour later. LOCAL councils have been told to spend ratepayers’ funds more wisely and to consult residents better on major decisions.
Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins said many councils were flush with cash and should not be complaining about the policy to cap rate rises.
“The biggest feedback we got in the public consultation we did around the Local
In the terrifying accident, which forced an early end to the first qualifying race for the Sandown 500, Hazelwood’s Holden careered sideways after being nudged off one of the fastest sections of the track.
The car crashed into a tyre prepares to overhaul the way councils operate, a Pictures: DANIEL KALISZ/GETTY IMAGES barrier and the impact sent it spinning into the air.
“As soon as I got the hit in the rear I knew I was in a world of trouble to try and survive,” Hazelwood said.
“It was a pretty wild ride going backwards at 260-odd kmh.
“Knowing that there was a fence there somewhere was pretty sickening. Probably once I knew I was in the air, I knew this could be quite bad. Just landing, you hear about the drivers with leg and back injuries and that sort of stuff.
“When I landed the first thing was making sure I was OK. The landing was pretty brutal, you never like landing on your head.” EMPLOYEE costs are surging, up by 5.3 per cent, with the metropolitan wages bill to top $2.3 billion; and, OVERSEAS jaunts approved by the City of Melbourne will cost more than $200,000.
The Andrews Government will look at ways to force councils to broadly seek ratepayers’ views on major decisions such as dumping Australia Day.
The government will consider options as part of its overhaul of the Local Government Act after the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office released a report in May criticising communication and consultation efforts of some councils.
Ms Hutchins was also concerned by the lack of female council CEOs, with figures showing that while women comprised 63 per cent of local government employees, only 13 per cent of chief executive roles were held by them.
And she questioned the number of overseas trips taken by councillors.
The government has also flagged it will clamp down on councillors who abstain from voting on issues such as tough planning decisions.