Euroa Gazette : 2018-12-12

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NEWS The Euroa Gazette, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Page 9 Permit required for scare guns BY JEFF ZEUSCHNER THE declared Fire Danger Period came into effect for Strathbogie Shire Council on October 22 and the CFA is urging fruit growers to be aware of the requirements needed to operate gas powered scare guns during this time. The CFA requires users of gas powered scare guns to hold a Schedule 14 permit during the declared Fire Danger Period and on days of Total Fire Ban, fires on the open air are legally restricted and this includes the use of gas powered scare guns. CFA operations officer Peter Dedman said they have, in the past, had instances where fire has started from the use of gas scare guns. "Placement of the equipment is critical and people need to be vigilant, making sure devices are positioned away from long, dry grass to help lessen the chance of a fire starting," Mr Dedman said. Permit applications are available on-line from the following link at the CFA website and can be lodged directly with CFA District 22 Headquarters at 205 Numurkah Road, Shepparton. [email protected] WODONGA engineer Steven Martin is expected to be officially endorsed as the Liberal candidate for Indi later this week. The 39 year old was chosen as the preferred pre-selected candidate, ahead of other strong contenders Stephen Brooks and Andrew Walpole, by the majority of 120 Liberal Party members in Wangaratta on Saturday. Dustin Perry, a 34 year old building project manager from Euroa, together with Sheridan Leonard of Wodonga were in the original field of five preselected nominees, but they were cut when refused a dispensation for not meeting the mandatory requirement of being a Liberal Party member for more than 12 months. Acting Victorian Liberal Party president, Bev McArthur, who officiated the preselection proceedings, said she expected the party’s state administrative committee to officially endorse Mr Martin before the end of this week. The father of four, accompanied by his wife Annabel, who is a doctor at Albury Wodonga MAN OF THE MOMENT: Steven Martin ( centre) and wife Annabel with Indi Liberal Party chief Tony Schneider and Victorian Liberal Party acting president Bev McArthur ( right) following Saturday’s pre- selection proceedings in Wangaratta. PHOTO: Jeff Zeuschner Health, said he was delighted and honoured to be chosen. “I’m passionate about our region and want to see it thrive,” said the engineering project manager, who grew up in Dubbo and lived in Melbourne before moving to Wodonga five years ago. “My wife and I love living here and bringing up our four children (aged nine, seven, four and two years).” The local Baptist church parishioner, who has been a Liberal Party member for three years, said he was motivated to go into politics to try and help make a difference. “I’d like to help people do things well,” he said. “I know we have some challenges...the cost of energy for manufacturing, and recruiting labour for continued growth are among them.” Indi Liberal chief Tony Schneider said the party was committed to reclaiming the seat of Indi at next year’s federal elec- tion, expected in May. “Our focus has been about putting forward a very strong candidate,” he said. “We’ve had a transparent and democratic process in which local people have chosen a local candidate. “It’s now all about getting behind him and getting our message out to the wider community.” Confirmation of the Liberal’s pre-selected candidate comes a week after Labor confirmed Eric Kerr of Wodonga would recontest the seat for the party. Independent incumbent Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) is yet to confirm whether she will contest the 2019 federal election and seek a third term in office. She has indicated the outcome of Voices for Indi’s preselection process next month to find a possible Orange candidate as part of a succession plan will contribute to her decision. Strathbogie LET’S BE POWER PREPARED FOR SUMMER At AusNet Services, we’re working hard to keep the power flowing. Former Tea Gardens - Potential Family Home. 1.25 acres Our network has become more reliable over recent years, but outages can still happen. It’s important that we’re all prepared for when these events occur. A little bit of planning goes a long way, such as having your mobile phone fully charged, keeping a battery-operated torch, and knowing how to open your garage door manually. Once you have ensured your own safety, look after those around you who may be vulnerable and sensitive to heat. 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