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READY: Harvey Keilar, Milla Harris and Billy Walker are starting prep at Ararat West Primary this year. Picture: Peter PickeringShare your back to school photos –inbox us on Facebook, tag @araratadvertiser on Instagram, or email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛
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Ararat district schools will return for term one as they welcome their newest, and youngest pupils for the first time this year.

Prep pupils will be pulling on their uniforms and heading into the classroom this week.

Most schools across the district will return on Thursday, while some start on Tuesday.

Ararat West Primary Schoolhas 32 children preparing for their first day on February 2.

The school has three preps attending who are also the childrenof teachers at Ararat West.

Principal Terry Keilar’s son Harvey Keilar will be joined by Milla Harris, the daughter of teacher Bree and Billy Walker, the son of Tahnee.

The three children said they were looking forward to starting school with their friends.

“I like learning to read the most,” Harvey said.

Billy also said he was looking forward to reading and writing, while Milla nominated drawing as her favourite classroom activity.

Beyond the classroom however, all three pupils said they would enjoy using the playground with their friends.

Mr Keilar said Ararat West teachers have been going through their normal preparations to get classrooms ready for their pupils’ arrival.

“It has been routine stuff over the break to get everything organised,” he said.

Other primary and high schools across the district are also returning this week.

Ararat Primary School has 30 pupils who will start on Thursday.

St Mary’s Primary School inArarat has a full class of 26 preps starting.

Outside of the city, Buangor Primary School’s prep class has seen a jump from one prep pupil in 2016, to four in 2017.

Pomonal Primary and Moyston Primary School have three and four new pupils respectively.

Both schools, along with Buangor, will return for their first day on Tuesday, with preps having the Wednesday off before Thursday and Friday classes.

Lake Bolac College’s six prep pupils will start their first day on Wednesday.

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Australia Day. A day of history in what is today a place named Australia. Before the Englishcame to this country and named it, it was inhabited by Aboriginals who have an abundance of history toshare in their own right. The naming of Australia is sometimes referred to as an invasion.

Since Australia was named its history has been made up of many peoples. This country, since being named Australia, has had many new arrivals of peoples from countries across the world.

My Mother talked of the Chinese who lived along the River Murray and the local Aboriginals as wellwhen she was a child. I have read about the Chinese who settled in the Kimberleys. We all have history. Some good and some bad. It’s a journey we each take and experience in ourlifetime. It is different for each of us just as our individual lives are different. There are pages in history books that make me sad but what I do each day is strive for abetter life for those of us who are here today and for the generations ahead. I can’t undo the tragedy ofpast history just in the same way I can’t undo the tragedy I have faced in my personal life but I canlearn from it and be a better person because of it.

As I celebratethe good things in my past I also embrace the positives in the pages of history. The Dreamtime stories ofthe Aboriginal past, the lifestyle of many tribes and their values, along with their hunting and gathering Ihold in a special place with great respect.

I think of the attempted World War II invasion by the Japanese into Australia. I wonder if I wouldhave even been born. I wonder what life would have been like for us all under Japan’s leadership.

At the re-enactment of the signing of the Muroto Friendship Agreement on ThursdayI looked into thefaces of the Japanese people there and know they value our friendship with our community. It was agood feeling.

This will be the last time I write my column for the PortLincoln Times. I was humbled to be invited to write this column when itwas established about nineyears ago. I have enjoyed it and hope you have too. I thank those of youwho have contacted me or stopped me to tell me how much you haveenjoyed and appreciated what I have written over the years. You have all given me much joy.

I am handing over to someone I have great respect for and has lots of life experiences to share and stories to tell –Tony Perks.

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OFF-FIELD HURDLES: Tony Popovic said his side would not be distracted by the court case surrounding midfielder Kearyn Baccus ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brisbane Roar. Picture: Getty ImagesWanderers coach Tony Popovic said his side would not be distracted by apolice investigation into midfielder Kearyn Baccus.
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Western Sydney willlookto claim back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign on Saturday,with a crucial trip to Brisbane Roar at SuncorpStadium.

Baccus, 25, was charged with common assault on Wednesday, after he allegedly punched a man in the chest near Sydney Airport on January 5.

Popovic said the club would stand behind the embattled Kings Park resident, who has so far escaped sanction from the FFA.

“He’s available for selection. He’s an important player in this squad,” Popovic said on Friday.

“It’s been dealtwith. The club’s made a statement and we certainly back the integrityof the player.

“We’re clearly focused on the game.”

Baccus has flourished for the Red and Black this season.

The former Blacktown City player has traded the bench for a regular starting berththis year, after his coach challenged himto take on leadership role at the club.

“We’ve always held Kearynin high regard in terms of his ability,” Popovic said.

“We feel he’s maturing more and more as a footballer. He’s shown that in the last few appearances.

“The ability has always been there. He just needs some nurturing, some improvements and it’s all slowly coming together for him.”

Western Sydney’s last match against Brisbane finished in a 1-alldraw at the same venue in December.

Popovic said that result, and Sunday’s long-awaited home win against Newcastle Jets, gave his players confidence headinginto the match.

“It’s good to win a game at home. And obviously in an important match,” he said. “The players did a very good job in that type of pressure.

“Suncorp’s not an easy place [to visit] but we can draw confidence from our last appearance there and how we played in the second half.”

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A study has found the Wingecarribeein the top tenleast affordable housing markets across the world.
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Demographia’s 13thannual International Housing Affordability Survey revealedWingecarribee as the seventh least affordable market based on itsmedian multiple (house price to income ratio), behind Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Auckland.

Australia had four regions represented in the top 10 when all housing markets (including regional areas) were considered. Sydney was rated the second least affordable, beaten only by Hong Kong.

Ranked among some of the world’s most in-demand locations, Wingecarribee was joined by fellow Australian cities Sydney, Tweed Heads and Melbourne in the top 10 least affordable, labelled “severely unaffordable” by the survey.

Demographia’s 13th annual International Housing Affordability Survey found Wingecarribee to be the seventh least affordable housing market of all the markets considered by the survey, which includes regional areas. (Image: Table 10, Demographia 2017 report, pg 17).

It said there had been broad affordability in Australia prior tothe introduction of urban containment policies, designed to limit the development of land outside of a specified urban area.Such policies encourage growth and development within an urban area, allowing for undeveloped green spaces between urban regions.

Demographia: The Top 10 least affordable markets of the 92 ‘major’ housing markets identified across the world by the survey. (Image: Table 7, Demographia 2017 report, pg 14).

The concept of “the green in-between” is a notion regularly discussed at Wingecarribee Shire Council meetings during debates about development issues in the shire.

Deputy mayor councillor Ian Scandrett said although green space was part of the shire’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) aims, that wasn’t necessarily the main problem where housing affordability was concerned.

”Our problem is not the green between. It’sthat we have more than 30 years of approved rezoned residential land in this shire and it’s all land banked,” he said.

Land banking, the process of collecting land for future sale, means land appropriately zoned for residential development is otherwise unavailable.

“We need to unlock the land that’s been rezoned to residential,” Cr Scandrett said.“I personally wonder if we shouldn’t have a ‘use it or lose’ clause for residential land. I would hope the new premier will examine this issue carefully.”

Across the nation, figures demonstrate an upwards trend in housing cost, and decreasing affordability.Newly-appointed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian listed housing affordability as one of her key priorities.”It’s the biggest concern people have across the state,” she said.

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Selling it: Tamworth Real Estate’s Graeme Elmes is sold on Barnaby Joyce’s comments regarding housing affordability this week. Photo: Chris Bath 270117CBA
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It may come asno surprise that a local real estate agent agrees with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s much publicisedcomments about housing affordability, although Graeme Mills believes that those looking to buy property may not have an alternative.

Mr Joyce caused a huge stir on Wednesday when he told ABC Radiothat he was fed up with the housing debate being centred around Sydney and Melbournefollowing a report that ranked Sydney as second and Melbourne as fifth on an index of the world’s most expensive cities for affordability.

“I get annoyed when peopletalk about that the only house that youcan buy apparently is in Sydney and it’s too dear,” he told ABC Radio National.

“There are other parts of Australia. I live in one, it’s called Tamworth……if you’ve decided you’ve got the gumption in you and youwant to move [west],you’regoing to have a very affordable house.”

While the comments have drawn outrage from many Mr Mills from Tamworth Real Estate can’t see any other solution without massive changes to the market that couldhave potentially dire consequences.

“If the government steps in and says that a two million dollar property can only be sold for one million then the banks and the people already invested in the market will go broke,” Mr Mills said.

“What Barnaby said was a bit flippant but there is a serious side to it because realistically it is impossible to control the market.”

“At the end of the day buying in Tamworth is a very safeand people have to do what they have to do if they want to own property and if that is moving to a regional area then so be it.”

One incentive that MrMills thought was worth some thought was a change to the structure of the First Home Buyers Grant for regional areas.

Currently, in an effort to thwart centralisation, the grant only extends to buyers of brand new properties.

“Maybe there is some scope to modify the scheme for regional areas and encourage more first home buyers into the market that way,” Mr Mills said.

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