Home' The Murray Pioneer : April 21st 2017 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, April 21, 2017 NEWS 5
bunnings.com.au Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but products may be ordered. Bunnings Group Limited
View our latest workshops at bunnings.com.au/diyworkshops
The perfect gift
for every occasion
Buy in-store or online
12PM – 5PM
Twin Sensor Flood Light
10m detection range,
2 x 150W par38
1160 x 430 x 90mm.
Oil Column Heater
5 fin. Adjustable thermostat.
3 heat settings. 4441771
105 Pce Tool Kit
Battery & charger sold separately.
5 Shelf Unit
1830 x 910 x 410mm.
60 x 150cm. Suitable
for wet areas. Available
in a variety of widths &
3 Pce Bistro Setting
60 x 71cm. Steel frame.
Glass table top. 3191786
Vertical Planting Kit
60 x 31cm. Built in
watering system. Plants
465 x 282 x 193mm.
2 blades. 6240318
THE 457 visa program needs a
revamp as it is providing long term
and permanent jobs to overseas work-
ers at the expense of local workers,
says an accounting figure.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
announced on Tuesday that the
Federal Government had decided to
scrap 457 temporary visas for skilled
Instead, the visa will be replaced
with two streams of temporary skilled
visas for two or four years.
National accounting firm Crowe
Horwath, which has an office in Berri,
has backed changes to the temporary
Crowe Horwath associate princi-
pal David Hall said the 457 visa pro-
gram was intended to help employers
address temporary skill shortages.
“However, the current economic
climate in regional Australia is one of
high unemployment,” he said.
“So, a program that involves
providing long term and even per-
manent jobs to overseas workers at
the expense of local workers needs a
revamp to refocus on what the pro-
gram was intended to achieve.”
Mr Hall said the visa system was
seen as any easy way to acquire
cheap, skilled labour rather than
developing skills locally.
“The changes to the 457 visa sys-
tem, while removing a number of
occupations, appears to place more
emphasis on the need for the employ-
er to show that they are unable to fill
those positions locally (and) must pay
market salary rates,” he said.
“The employer also needs to show
they are implementing training pro-
grams to develop local staff.
“This is an important change to the
visa program and a positive move,
which can help address regional
Mr Hall noted that other visa pro-
grams existed for regional shortages
other than the 457 visa program.
457 visa ‘needed a revamp’
Dog rego fees
to rise by 60%
Registration fees for dogs within the Berri Barmera Council area will increase by
60 per cent in the next financial year.
Council’s new fee structure is on par with
- Myles Somers
Berri Barmera Council manager environmental services and major projects
DOG registration charges in one
Riverland council area will increase
by 60 per cent, following changes to
State Government regulations.
Berri Barmera Council’s annual
registration fee for dogs, both with
and without de-sexing and microchip-
ping, will rise by 60 per cent.
In 2017/18 pet owners will pay $40
for their de-sexed and microchipped
dogs (standard dog registration), com-
pared to $25 in 2016/17.
A dog without de-sexing and
microchipping (non-standard dog
registration) will cost its owners $80,
compared to $50 in 2016/17.
A discretionary 50 per cent rebate
applies for pensioner concessions.
Berri Barmera’s manager environ-
mental services and major projects
Myles Somers said council’s new fee
structure was “on-par” with adjoining
councils and reflects responsibilities
legislated by the State Government.
“State legislation requires councils
to provide dog and cat management
services,” he said.
“Each council set its own dog reg-
istration fees and other associated fees
for dog and cat management.
“You can significantly reduce your
annual dog registration fee by de-sex-
ing and microchipping your dog.”
Mr Somers said the fee income
was spent on the management of dogs
within the council.
“Contributing towards dog exer-
cise areas and facilities, promotion of
responsible dog ownership, commu-
nity education, and dog management
officers who work to ensure commu-
nity safety and much more,” he added.
Links Archive April 19th 2017 April 26th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page