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POLICE are investigating two incidents of theft from motor vehicles in Mortlake overnight Thursday.
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Senior Constable Shannon Kavenagh said two residents reported belongings missing from their cars yesterday morning.

“Both incidents occurred in close proximity to each other,” she said.

“Unfortunately, in both incidents the vehicles were unlocked, so it is a timely reminder to people to ensure their vehicles are locked, even if they are in a driveway or garage,” Senior Constable Kavenagh said.

“People should also ensure valuable items are not left in plain sight on the front seat, or even in the glovebox.”

Senior Constable Kavenagh urged anyone with information about the thefts, or who saw any suspicious behaviour, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Mortlake police station.

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LAWRIE Minson’s letter to The Northern Daily Leader about motel prices during the Country Music Festival sparked plenty of discussion from music fans and festival-goers.
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Lawrie, a multi-instrumentalist and Tamworth resident, spoke out about what he believes is price gouging by Tamworth moteliers who increase their prices during thefestival.

The letter prompted a response from moteliers Wade and Amanda Berryman, who own the Country Capital Motel. The Berrymans said the festival was their peak period.

Musicians and country fans have spoken out on Facebook with 70 comments on Lawrie’s Facebook page and more than 30 comments when his story was shared by the Country Music Channel.

Respondents have written that it had become too expensive for them to attend and even suggested the festival be moved to another town.

Golden Guitar winner Lachlan Davidson, of The Davidson Brothers, wrote, “Tamworth is the most expensive festival we’ve ever been to … accom costs for our band are in the thousands! It is cheaper for any country music fan to fly to Nashville for a week than to attend Tamworth for 10 days.”

Former ABC Radio Saturday Night Country host, John Nutting wrote: “I stayed in the same room every year for almost 10 years during festival time. I also used that room other times of the year during ABC visits. It was about $80 a night then and $220 a night during the festival. I also had to pay 10 per cent up front in advance … it was more expensive than most Sydney hotels for a small room … During that 10 years, the crack in the wall was never repaired and the room was never refurbished. They then put the price up to $250 a night and asked that payment be made in full in advance. That’s when I told the ABC that we should seriously consider our commitment to the festival because of the outrageous costings. Indeed we scaled down a lot … sadly all the letters to local papers will not change the minds of the greedy in Tamworth and there are many greedy people there who continue to tarnish the reputation of Tamworth and the festival.”

Lawrie said he wanted to broach the subject after he returned from the Gympie Music Muster where he paid $110 per night for a motel that did not double prices during the event.

He said it was important for Tamworth residents and those involved with the festival to be aware of what people from outside the city were saying.

“I want to try to find a fair solution so the visitors can have an enjoyable and value-for-money experience,” he said. “The moteliers don’t seem to think there is a problem and that concerns me because everyone else thinks there is a problem.”

Lawrie said he spoke to Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray yesterday and he had a plan.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time,” he said.

Tamworth Moteliers Association president Jye Segboer said he did not believe there was a problem with accommodation prices.

“When you compare any accommodation prices (motels, home stays, etc in Tamworth) to somewhere like the Blues and Roots festival, I looked on Wotif and rates were $550 for a three-star property, minimum three-night stay,” he said.

“It’s a fairly similar-sized event, although a different demographic, and I certainly don’t think any prices in Tamworth are at those prices. I don’t think it is a detriment to the festival … if you went to Sydney on New Year’s, you would pay exorbitant prices.”

Across the association members, Mr Segboer said 80 per cent of clients were repeat visitors.

“I certainly don’t see it is a problem,” he said.

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PROPERTY company Mirvac will ask the Supreme Court on Monday to seize assets worth $17million from Nathan Tinkler companies over a failed property deal at Steel River.
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The section of law being used by Mirvac also allows it to ask the court to appoint a receiver to the Tinkler companies.

The court action is one of a number of financial pressures facing the self-made magnate, whose wealth has shrunk in recent months over debt worries and falling coal prices.

The Mirvac action places further pressure on one of Newcastle’s best known developers, Buildev, which was included in the Steel River deal as security for the Tinkler company, Ocean Street Holdings Trust.

The Tinkler camp had wanted the land as part of a railcorridor to reach the former BHP steelworks site, where Mr Tinkler had plans to build a coal-loader.

When the coal-loader failed to go ahead, Ocean Street did not complete the purchase of the now unneeded site and Mirvac took Supreme Court action.

Mirvac won a judgment on August 1 that gave the Tinkler companies until September 1 to pay an amount Mirvac said came to $17million with interest.

Buildev began in Raymond Terrace in the early 1990s and grew rapidly to become one of the best known development companies in the Hunter.

The group includes construction arm Bolkm and Castle Quarry Products.

More than 20 staff have left the group in the past year.

Despite linking with Mr Tinkler in 2008, the Buildev group has struggled recently, as Newcastle Herald reports about the Tinkler group’s financial problems have shown.

Mr Tinkler is Buildev’s largest individual shareholder with just under 50per cent.

Despite speculation, Mr Tinkler’s spokesman denied industry rumours the company was on the verge of going into voluntary administration.

Buildev is due to return to the NSW Supreme Court on Monday, when Mirvac will seek an urgent hearing to have its judgment enforced.

If the Tinkler camp does not finish the sale as ordered last month by the court, Mirvac wants court approval to seize assets to the value of $17million as compensation.

If it completes the sale, it will be left with a block of land it no longer needs for the purpose it originally wanted and would probably be worth less than the $17million the court has ordered paid.

The Herald understands Buildev, which has land in Medowie, Cooranbong, Old Bar and several locations in Queensland, has been trying to raise funds by off-loading property.

The group’s largest asset is a major parcel of land at North Richmond, where an aged-care facility and independent living homes, are being built by a joint partner.

A Mirvac spokesman said the matter would go before a registrar on Monday but Mirvac would seek to have it referred to a duty judge.

Mirvac is taking action under Section 40.2 of the state’s Uniform Civil Procedures Rules, which pertain to the enforcing of court judgments.

This section allows a judgment to be enforced by appointing a ‘‘receiver of the income of the property of the person bound by the judgment’’ or by sequestration of the property of the person bound by the judgment’’.

NATHAN TINKLER

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THE past few weeks have been nothing but tough for former billionaire Nathan Tinkler.

Speculation continues to mount about the mining magnate’s financial future following a series of missed payments and a growing list of creditors seeking money from his Hunter companies.

Weaker commodity prices and falling share prices have combined to shrink Mr Tinkler’s wealth, partly due to the falling value of his 21per cent stake in Whitehaven Coal.

The former Hunter electrician turned coal baron, who made his money from a series of shrewd coalmine acquisitions, has been under fire with speculation increasing of a major cash flow crisis.

The Newcastle Herald reported last month that dozens of creditors from Melbourne to Queensland were seeking payment from Tinkler-linked companies Bolkm, Buildev, Patinack Farm and Hunter Sports Group.

The Newcastle Knights and Jets had failed to pay doctors for treatment of players and superannuation payments to staff were late earlier this year. It is also understood the Australian Tax Office is investigating Mr Tinkler’s racing empire, Patinack Farm, for failure to pay superannuation since November.

The full extent of Mr Tinkler’s debt is not known, but the Sydney Morning Herald has speculated his maximum liability could be as high as $638million, although his spokesman said the figure was ‘‘a mere fraction’’ of that amount.

Mr Tinkler’s wealth, estimated at $1.13billion last September, has copped a battering in the past few months with Whitehaven’s share price peaking at $5.58 in April, but slumping to $3.10 yesterday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported last month that Mr Tinkler’s Whitehaven shares – worth $1.18billion in April – were valued at $657million on August 25. That equated to losing $4million a day.

Mr Tinkler, who moved from Newcastle to Singapore in June, was forced to pull his $5.3billion bid to privatise Whitehaven last month because of financing issues.

Queensland coal explorer Blackwood is pursuing Mr Tinkler in the courts for $28.4million owed from a promised equity placement.

Mr Tinkler failed to sell his racing empire for $200million, which is apparently about a $100million loss on the amount he has pumped into the sport.

Mr Tinkler reportedly pays about $500,000 a week to run the racing operation.

Pierre Johnson is facing legal costs of close to a million dollars. Cr Jim Doukas: “I think Pierre was right in what he did.”
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A FARMER’S eight-year-long battle with Moyne Shire Council over an unused road reserve has come to a costly end.

Pierre Johnson, of Tarrone, fought the council all the way to the Supreme Court, but a judgment handed down yesterday morning dismissed his case.

Mr Johnson had challenged the shire over whether it had the right to open up an unused lane on his property that would link paddocks owned by neighbouring property owner Vincent Lee.

The Supreme Court yesterday ordered Mr Johnson pay the court costs of the shire, Mr Lee and Mr Lee’s company Temple Industries, an associate justice said.

It is estimated those court costs could run close to $750,000.

Mr Johnson has previously told The Standard he was “hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket” already on the matter. He did not wish to comment on the court’s ruling yesterday.

The “Tarrone Lane” issue, as it has been known, began at a Moyne Shire Council meeting on April 27, 2004 with a recommendation that council staff ask the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to terminate part of the unused road licence owned by Mr Johnson to allow Mr Lee access between his two properties.

Mr Johnson opposed the move on a number of grounds, including increased disease risk for his cattle, flooding issues and a lack of evidence as to why Mr Lee needed access to the road.

The meeting erupted in controversy when the mayor at the time, Brenda Hampson, appeared to ignore a request for a foreshadowed motion by then-councillor Dick Prendergast, with Ms Hampson instead moving the matter on to a vote, which approved passing the matter onto the DSE.

Mr Prendergast, who stormed out of the meeting in protest, claimed he had been “gagged” and planned to suggest councillors inspect the site before making a decision.

Mr Johnson and his brother Adrian were present at the meeting and were asked to leave after calling the councillors “wankers”.

The incident triggered allegations of favouritism by the council. The matter also inadvertently led to Mr Prendergast’s removal from council after he was found guilty in a Warrnambool court of assaulting a shire employee during a site inspection at Mr Johnson’s property on May 10, 2005.

Mr Johnson has been fighting the shire on the matter ever since.

He won a court case against the state government in 2007, which effectively handed control of the unused road reserve back to Mr Johnson, having found the DSE had erred in its processes.

Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the government has to pay Mr Johnson’s costs in regards to that case.

Moyne Shire mayor Jim Doukas, who has been on the council since before the issue began, said Mr Johnson had been hard done by.

“Personally, I think Pierre was right in what did,” Cr Doukas said.

“I can’t understand why the shire did what it did.

“It was going to be impossible to build a road where the recommendation was to build it.

“This whole thing has been a long, drawn-out disaster. It should have never gone to court. It should have been settled.

“Pierre has his unused lane back so we should have got out of it.

“It’s probably going to cost him three-quarters to a million dollars.

“And what’s come after all these years? It’s cost a farmer a lot of money, it’s cost the shire a lot of money, it’s cost the ratepayers a lot of money, and there’s still no guarantee a road will ever get built.”

Moyne Shire chief executive David Madden said the shire was merely “defending itself” on whether it had “the right to make a decision on the road reserve”.

The court found the shire had done nothing wrong, so the matter rests with the DSE, Mr Madden said.

“I assume the DSE will have to start their process again,” he said.

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Schools’ income slashed

April 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

CATHOLIC and independent school students could be slugged with higher fees following hefty funding cuts to the state education budget.
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The Independent Education Union says funding will be slashed by $250 million each year over the next four years, including$67 million from Catholic and independent schools.

Schools will receive between $554 and $58 less per student.

According to the Diocese of Armidale, Catholic systemic schools stand to lose$24.5 million each year.

“With these cuts coming out of the blue, with teaching levels for 2013 already locked in, it will be hard to stop negative impacts

on our schools,” director of schools John Mula said.

“The local implications of these cuts may result in a loss of services to local Catholic systemic schools, or possible fee increases.”

Mr Mula said fees could rise by as much as $100 per student.

The state government provides 20 per cent of the annual income of Catholic schools.

Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) Armidale head of school Debra Kelliher was only notified of the cuts yesterday afternoon.

She said the state government’s decision was “short-sighted” and could be challenging for independent schools, particularly those in regional areas.

The funding withdrawal could impact on student fees, resources and staffing at the school, but the details are not yet known.

The Armidale School could lose up to $180,000 from its yearly budget, according to headmaster Murray Guest.

He said the school would have to make adjustments and would aim to minimise impact on staff and students, but this would be difficult when such a hefty cut had been made without notice.

He condemned the government for making the decision without warning, consultation or regard for the impacts.

Carinya Christian School principal Grahame Smith told The Leader there would definitely be an impact, but the full extent was not yet known.

He confirmed it would make a “significant difference” to the school’s income, which would most likely flow on to resources or staffing.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said “no decision has been made about how savings will be achieved in the education portfolio”, but the department would not comment further.

The news came as education ministers started negotiating the introduction of the Gonski model and where the recommended extra $6.5 billion a year in funding would be sourced from.

Independent and Catholic school budgets have been slashed. Photo: Fairfax

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80 options for base proposed

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ABANDONING the current Mildura Base Hospital will be one of 80 options for its future to be presented at a meeting on Monday.
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The meeting will consider the future of health service delivery in the region.

Rather than just look at whether it should be publicly or

privately-run, La Trobe University academic Larry O’Connor has listed different solutions for Mildura Base Hospital in a 650-page report.

“At the moment what’s been talked about is reverting the current facility to public ownership,” Mr O’Connor said.

“One of my options is abandoning the public hospital and building a new hospital on a different site.

“I’ll be looking at how that can be done, and it’s an entirely feasible option and something the community should consider.

Mr O’Connor said other options were reverting to public ownership, which he described as “viable”, staying with Ramsay Health Care and a range of other possibilities.

“Where I’m coming from is obviously hospital service delivery in this community is a really important issue,” he said.

“Nobody should dismiss this debate as ‘it doesn’t relate to me’.

“This report is looking at the significance of the base hospital in the total health service delivery in this

community – that requires that we put all options on the table and not limit ourselves to certain options.

“That’s why I’ve investigated the different options.”

Mr O’Connor, an accounting lecturer in the School of Business in Mildura, will present a summary of his report.

A six-page version will be available in hard copy, with the full 650 pages accessible electronically.

Mr O’Connor will hold a meeting in another week once people have read his report.

The report details how Mildura Base Hospital compares to other hospitals around the state and to Ramsay Health Care’s contractual agreement.

It also notes that hospitals only provide services for which they are funded, whereas complaints from the Reclaim the Base group have been that it doesn’t offer specialist services like oncology.

“There’s a confusion of issues,” Mr O’Connor said.

“There’s the hospital’s performance against its hospital service agreement, which they’re contractually required to achieve.

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RACHAEL Lenehan can forget any thoughts of a quiet Saturday.
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The goalkeeper has a hectic schedule in today’s Warrnambool and District Hockey Association grand finals at Albert Park.

The 24-year-old starts her day by coaching hot favourites Strikers in the under 17 grand final, followed by playing goal keeper in both the women’s and men’s season deciders.

It sounds daunting. But Lenehan doesn’t mind.

“Last year was the first year I missed out on playing on grand final day since I was 13,” she said.

“I’m making up for it this year.”

Lenehan, who suffered a broken finger on her left hand two weeks ago, is determined to be in the cage tomorrow.

She had a shield made for the digit and, despite not training this week, will push on.

“It’s very exciting,” she said.

Her initial focus is on the under 17 grand final, where Strikers, after finishing on top of the ladder, take on second-placed Technique. Strikers defeated Technique two weeks ago in the second semi-final.

If she can only have one win today, she didn’t need much time to think about which one she wanted.

“I would love for my kids to win,” she said.

“We’ve had the team for the last four or five years. I will be very happy if they get up.”

She said Strikers had an even line-up, while Technique had a couple of standout players.

Her women’s team, Storm, will also start favourites against two-time defending premiers Saints in the 1pm game.

Storm finished on top of the ladder and defeated Saints in the second semi-final.

Lenehan was drafted as a replacement into Storm’s men’s side, which is underdog after having finished second and lost the second semi-final to Pirates.

“I haven’t been playing men’s,” she said.

Today’s under 17 grand final is at 11am, the women’s at 1pm and the men’s at 3pm.

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THE mother of Nullawarre bus crash victim Emily Blake has broken her silence about the accident that severely injured her daughter, making an impassioned plea for tighter seatbelt rules for buses.
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Telling of the family’s “unimaginable horror’’ after the November 2009 accident, Sue Blake wants the state government to conduct an urgent review.

She said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that buses built before 1995, like the one Emily was travelling on, were exempt from Australian Design Rules (ADR) standards on road safety. She blames the Victorian government for not providing her daughter, then aged 10, with protective safety standards, and wants unsafe vehicles built before 1995 taken off the road.

She said the bus Emily was on was designed to travel at no more than 70km/h and was built at a time when heavy vehicles in Australia were not permitted to travel over 80km/h.

“In 2012, times have changed, speed limits have increased to 100km/h,” she said.

“Yet our rural kids are travelling on buses with outdated safety features designed for more than 30 years ago.”

Yesterday, Mrs Blake told The Standard she now felt the time was right to make sure no other family experienced what her family had.

“It’s always been there in the back of my mind, it’s there every day,” she said.

Mrs Blake said children on school buses in rural areas faced some of the worst traffic on highly dangerous roads.

She said when the time came to put Emily back on a school bus, it was a decision she found heartbreaking.

Mrs Blake said her daughter could not express that she wanted to go back on, but it was the normal thing for an 11-year-old to do and she wanted to be with her friends on the bus. Emily was accompanied by her carer for the 10-minute journey.“It was horrific to me. I felt I had kept her safe since the accident and now I was putting her in harm’s way,” Mrs Blake said.

Mrs Blake, together with long-time bus safety campaigner Leon Hain, plans to write to state government ministers and bus companies to lobby for change. They want it to be mandatory for school buses to have seatbelts.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said bus travel was the safest form of road passenger transport available.

“Victoria’s school buses have an excellent safety record,” he said. “It’s a lot safer for students to travel by train or bus than by car.

“An Australian Transport Council report found not just that the compulsory introduction of seatbelts on buses would be very expensive, but would not result in any marked reduction in the national road toll.

“Occasional school bus safety issues are, usually, being hit by other vehicles after leaving the bus. That’s why there are flashing warning lights on school buses.

“Through Public Transport Victoria, the Coalition government funds the replacement of about 100 school buses each year. Victoria does not require the provision of seatbelts on school buses.

“However, the Coalition government allows bus operators to fit seatbelts in their buses, provided that the buses remain able to safely and legally carry their nominated passenger loads.”

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Brave Lyon wins cash for Lions

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ONE particularly brave Footy Show host has earned Cardross Football Club a massive $10,000.
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The Millewa Football League club has added a nice wad of money to their savings after Gary Lyon’s rousing, if ordinary, rendition of the Bon Jovi classic Blaze Of Glory on the popular Footy Show on Thursday night.

The show has run a segment in 2012 called the Power Of The Mind, where regular panel members are forced to face their fears to raise much needed money for a selected grass roots club.

Cardross, led by forward Darren “Plugger” McCarthy, entered the segment to help raise funds for the restoration of their oval, which was destroyed in the devastating floods of early 2011.

No games have been played at the oval since late 2010 and the Lions footballers and netballers were forced to train and play elsewhere.

Club president Gary Simpson said the prize would enable them to continue with the restoration of club facilities, including brand new clubrooms.

“This helps gets the club back in the black in terms of costs we need to pay off,” he said.

“A large amount of the money will go towards finishing off the new building.”

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Big bonus: Paris Stephens, Darren McCarthy and Ben Aworth from Cardross Football Club with the cheque they were awarded from The Footy Show.

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It was November 18, 2009. I had waved goodbye to my beautiful, vibrant, then-10-year-old daughter as she boarded a bus to the local primary school.
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The next time I saw her, later that afternoon, she was at a scene of unimaginable horror, being resuscitated in the back of an ambulance.

How had this happened? She had been travelling home on a Victorian rural school bus. A bus without any basic safety standards.

She was unrestrained, bearing the major impact of a collision with a grain truck, thrown across the bus, her skull striking the window and eventually becoming trapped between the seats.

A seven-year-old boy and the bus driver were thrown from the bus on impact and also sustained serious injuries.

Many other children sustained lesser injuries. Ultimately though it was lucky that many children had already been dropped off before the collision.

Emily sustained a fractured skull, resulting in a severe brain injury, fractured femur and other internal injuries and was flown to The Royal Children’s Hospital, where she spent the next six months, the first three weeks in intensive care.

During this time, life was in the balance and the longer-term outlook was extremely bleak. We are extremely lucky that Emily survived.

She has had to relearn everything from scratch: eating, walking, toileting, dressing herself and in particular speech, which is ongoing, but in the almost three years since the accident she has made enormous progress.

She has a long way to go and despite the progress she has made, still faces a lifelong struggle with her disabilities.

The bus that Emily was travelling on was built prior to 1995.

Buses built after this date are required to comply with Australian Design Rule (ADR) standard 68/00 for occupant protection.

Accordingly, like hundreds, maybe thousands of buses on country school runs, basic safety features such as seatbelts were not included.

This bus was designed to travel at speeds no more than 70km/h and was built at a time when heavy vehicles in Australia were not permitted to travel over 80km/h.

In 2012, times have changed, speed limits have increased to 100km/h and yet our rural kids are travelling on buses with outdated safety features designed for more than 30 years ago.

In this modern age, this is simply unacceptable.

How long can you allow these potential “death machines” to transport our precious children?

Why is it that it is second nature to restrain our children in cars (and the law requires it) and yet we are expected to allow our children to travel to school, potentially over long distances, in an unsafe bus, putting our trust in an unknown driver?

Would you transport your children in a car without seatbelts and basic safety standards?

The answer is of course no, so why should it be any different on a bus?

The answer is simple. All buses should conform to ADR 68/00 standards. In this accident the investigation report states: “had the bus interior been constructed to ADR 68/00, the compartmentalisation, additional seat strength and padding may have reduced the critical injuries sustained by one child who was trapped between the seats in the bus”.

This was my child, Emily. The investigation report further stated that “the child that was ejected from the bus may have avoided serious injury had he been restrained by a seatbelt”.

This child, like my daughter, also has injuries that will continue to affect him for many years to come.

Only NSW and Victoria deny such safety to their rural students and allow them to continue to travel in extreme danger due to no seatbelts, inadequate seat anchorages and deadly low-back seats with metal bars.

All other states in Australia have seen the need to increase safety requirements in school buses.

Driver error was involved in my daughter’s accident, but it is not the only issue here. I believe the Victorian government is also at fault for not providing my daughter with the protective safety standards of a bus that conforms to ADR 68/00.

Studies have shown that since the introduction of such safety standards, fatalities have been greatly reduced.

I urge the current government to make a change — don’t let Victoria become the sorry state, make it the safety state.

Take these unsafe vehicles off the road and ensure that bus companies are only allowed to use buses on school runs that conform to ADR 68/00 standards.

The number one priority is rural school buses, due to the added dangers of speed, unsafe road surfaces and the degree of interaction with heavy vehicles. But ultimately all buses require these additional safety standards.

I have noted that the federal government has extended its Seatbelts for Regional School Buses program ($4 million over four years) but this is a fraction of the money needed to get 100 per cent compliance and does not place any onus on bus companies to conform.

Seatbelts are relatively useless if installed in old buses without the required 20g seat anchorage points (due to the increased possibility of seats dislodging in high-impact collisions).

Surely it is more cost effective to help prevent the type of injuries, sustained by Emily, than to cover the inherent multi-million-dollar medical costs.

I don’t want to see another family go through the heartache, grief and anger that we have experienced.

Emily Blake and her mother Sue are still dealing with the after-effects of the Nullawarre bus crash.

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