Annual pensions bill tops £8m nationwide
December 7, 1918 ACCORDING to the annual report relating to pensions for 1917-18, a woman aged 101 and a man aged 98 are in receipt of the old age pensions, while one man at 97 is also on the pension list.
The number of old age pensions granted in the year was 10,230, of which 5913 were women and 4282 men.
Invalid pensions were allotted to 5482 persons, of which 2946 were men and 2536 women. Pensions were given to 1034 single men. These pensions began at 16 years — 79 youths and 88 girls having been placed on the list this year. The maximum number of pensions granted in respect to a particular age was at 58 and 59 years, which were level with 262 pensions each.
The liability of the Commonwealth for one year in invalid and old age pensions is now approximately, £3,947,658, or £151,833 a fortnight. The old age pensions liability is £2,993,354 and that for invalid pensions £954,304. The average pensions for old age is £1/4/1 1⁄ a fortnight, and the invalid 2 pension £1/4/6 1⁄ a fortnight. 2
At the close of the year under review there were 95,387 old age pensions in force. Of these, 81,486 were receiving the full pension of £32/10 a year. There were also 29,912 invalid pensions in force, of which 27,867 were in receipt of the full pensions of £32/10.
The total payment to pensioners and benevolent asylums amounted to £3,793,037 for the year ended June 30 last, and the cost of administrating these departments was £54,355.
War pensions now amount to £4,342,337 a year, so that our total payments in pensions are more than £8,000,000 a year. December 6, 1988 RUGGED North Ballarat premiership veteran Nigel Van Der Veer has been appointed Rochester Football Club seniors coach for the 1989 season.
Rochester made the appointment
‘ Electronic speed signs have been installed outside two of Rochester’s schools.’
at the weekend after more than six weeks of negotiations with Telecom Australia finally secured Van Der Veer to transfer to Telecom’s Kyabrom depot
Van Der Veer is 30 years old, stands at 183cm and according to Ballarat Courier chief football writer Jim Murphy he is an explos- ive player with a good turn of speed who likes to play it tough.
He has been regularly selected in the Ballarat side for interleague matches and is expected to play across the half-back line for the Tigers.
Van Der Veer plays a lot of football in the centre and sometimes also ruck rover.
He is a four-time best and fairest winner with North Ballarat. December 9, 2008 ELECTRONIC speed signs have been installed outside two of Rochester’s schools after three years of lobbying.
The now defunct Rochester Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) started lobbying for the new signs on the Northern Hwy, outside Rochester Secondary College and Rochester Primary School, about three years ago.
Former CAG president Graham Clark said the group was concerned for the safety of the students crossing the road as it was on a major highway that carried a lot of traffic.
The electronic speed signs were installed on Thursday and were operating in time for school on Friday. They flash the 40km/h speed during school crossing times, from 8am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4pm.
Until last week, motorists only had stationary signs warning of a change in the speed limit, from the normal 70km/h, during school times.
Mr Clark said the old signs had caused confusion for drivers.
Margaret Godden kindly brought in an old family photo. This picture was taken on Mary Street in 1956 when her father, the late Alf Godden, was herding his sheep with her 10-yearold brother, Lindsay Godden. If you have a photo for Reflections, bring it into the office between 10am-2pm on Wednesday and Friday or email it to us at edito[email protected]paspenews.com.au.