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THE COUNTRY HOSPITAL. A Tax for Upkeep. The Shires Scheme. What is Armed At. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
THE COUNTRY HOSPITAL. A Tax for Upkeep. The Shires Scheme. What is Akned At. One of the foremost domestic ques tions of the moment is the mainten ance and control of hospitals. Even the big general hospitals of the city are on such an unsatisfactory basis financially that we have one of the ablest of their directors boldly pro posing that they should be national ised, and the member of the Go vernment responsible for hospital ad ministration concurs that, at all events, a radical alteration of the present system, as affecting not only the city institutions, but the country hospitals as well, is imperative. Up to the present time, the only concrete scheme for dealing with the question in a comprehensive way, is Mr. R. J. Higgins. that recommended by the last Shire Conference. This scheme, which was again considered by the Executive of the Shires Association at the recent meeting in Sydney, has been placed before the Government, which is be ing urged to amend the Local Go vernment Act...
Sculling, [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Sculling, The Parramatta Hundred, to be run in foivr heats and a final, on March 18 and 25, on the Parramatta River, attracted the finest entry on record for a settling race, 41 nominating, including JDick Arnst, the world's champion, and Harry Pearce. The nominations are as follows:-R. Arnst, II. Pearce. W. Fogwell, Syd. Kemp, Syd. Pearce, F. S. Hagney, C. Messenger, Geo. Day, N". Towns, T. Towns, Geo. Matterson, F. Matter son, H. McKinnon, F. Delofski, J. Arnst, Fred. Ford, Bob Ford, W. Fisher, Tom Kemp, P. Ivemp, jun., T. Carter, C. Hansen, M. C. Kent, G. Cummins, Tom Law-son, C. Matterson, W. Ripley, A. Ripley, W. Paddon, C. , Walters, G. Barclay, V. Simpson, Geo. Witehard, S. McLean, J. Ellis, W. West, J. Langham, R. Hopping, C. F. King, J. Backhouse, Syd. Green. Sculling is booming just now, and some good sport is promised in the near future, with the big handicap, and an Arnst-Pearce match for the world's championship, and another Day-Hagney match probable.
Estimates. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Estimates. Peel Shire's estimates of expendi ture for 1911, amount to £23,160; this is an increase of nearly £5000 more than last year. Go ahead, Peel. The expenditure on public works last year in Peel Shire amounted to over £11,110.
Health Matters. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Health Matters. The Health Committee of the Sin gleton Council recommended the ap pointment of a certificated sanitary inspector; also to carry out the du ties under the Pure Food Act, 1908.. A motion that applications be called for such an official was defeated by five votes to three.
Erosion of River Banks. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Erosion of River Banks. Cr. Shallard, Woodburn Slure,. at last meeting of council, said that steps would have to be taken to com pel the North Coast Company to ob serve the regulation speed of six miles per hour. They went full speed up the river, and as fast as the coun cil erected retaining walls they wash ed, them down. It was not doing its ,'duty to allow the ratepayers' money to be wasted in this manner. He also called their attention to the fact that the Colonial Sugar Company use the roads for tramways during part of the; year, and as far as he could find out paid no rent. This was a rich company, and he thought they, should pay rent.
Health Matters. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Health Matters. Several municipalities have been .brought to book lately, by the Board1 of Health as the result of a visit by. one of their inspectors, and though the council has in some cases been somewhat irate in consequence, a general awakening on the part of the local authorities and their ser vants has resulted, and a thorough investigation of all premises as to their sanitary condition has been made, and an assurance given that everything is made right. One of the last that has received attention at their hands is Singleton. At the last meeting of the council a letter was read from the board, forwarding the recommendations made by their offi cer. "The town was found to be in a deplorably insanitary condition, and a further inspection would be made in 60 days' time. Should the requirements of the Public Health Act and regulations, and of the Local Government Act and ordinances, not have been fully complied with by the council, the board would consider what legal action was nec...
Holidays for Employees. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Holidays for Employees. The councillors of Lyndhurst con aider that their employees have too many promiscuous holidays, so they drew up a schedule of holidays that should be allowed, as follows:-Four holidays only (Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, and Easter Monday) should he allowed the men each year on full pay, and the week's annual holiday he docked, but that the men be granted an increase of sixpence per day in their wages.
Ignoring the Referendum. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Ignoring the Referendum. At the triennial election of coun cillors, Imlay council took a poll of the ratepayers on the question Where should the council chambers be established permanently? Several places were mentioned, and the vote very largely favoured Eden. At last council meeting, Cr. Cochrane moved, -"That the referendum be ignored, w and that Pambnla be the site." The president, while expressing surprise at the result of the referendum, was pleased that finality had been reach ed. He hoped that the council would respect the vote of the ratepayers. If no one else moved, he intended to propose that the council in the near future, purchase a piece of land in Eden and build permanent shire chambers. "It was British, Colonial, and Australian to respect the wish of the majority," he said. He conclud ed by saying that the vote taken was a record one compared with other votes. The motion, on being put was lost, only two votes being, recorded in favour.
Insanitary Public Schools. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Insanitary Public Schools. What a number of complaints we read and hear of regarding insani tary conditions of some of our'pub lic-schools. The latest is from Har wood Shire.... The Inspector reported to his council that "in consequence of complaints of children attending the Woodford Leigh public school, he had drawn some of the water in the tanks, and found it to be darkly stained by the decaying shingle roof, which is so old that a heavy fall of rain pulverises the roof and washes the powdered dead wood into the tank, giving rise to the disagreeable odour. He notified the head teacher, who stated that lie himself had re ported the matter to the Department. He recommended that the Depart ment be requested to substitute an iron roof to ensure a better water supply." The council adopted the re port.
Insurance on Workmen. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Insurance on Workmen. An insurance policy for the coun cil's workmen, was a subject for dis cussion at last meeting of the Casino council. The cost of doing so was £80 per annum, but their solicitor had advised them that the men em ployed on maintenance works are not under the provisions of the Act, and therefore it was not necessary to in sure them. This would save about £20. The insurance companies local ly represented all charge the same rates. The council decided to take out a policy, and lots were drawn as to which company should have the busi ness.
Municipal Management. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Municipal1 Management. Last week the Mayor of Forbes (Aid. Edwards) invited a number of the'employees of the council to meet him at the Town Hall for the pur pose of discussing matters relative to the working of the municipality. Mu tual opinions were exchanged, and the Mayor expressed the hope that each and everyone of the officers would bring forward any matter or make any suggestion wl^ich he thought would tend to bring about better conditions in the borough. The result of the gathering should at least be to. create a better understanding be tween the council and its employees. Before dispersing the Mayor invited those present to drink "Success to the Forbes Municipality," which was enthusiastically done.
Maintenance Men. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 10 March 1911
Maintenance Men. ? Cr. Boag, Port Stephens Shire, ask ed at last meeting-How often does the Engineer see the maintenance men? The reply was-"Mostly twice a week, and not less than once a week." Guyra Council has decided to in-,., crease the road gangs' wages. Gangers from 8s to 8s (id; gang men, from 7s 6d to 8s per day, all to find, their own tools as previously; horse and dray, from 3s to 3s 6d per day. This is. to take effect from 1st January. Tarro Shire Council lias received a letter from a number of their main tenance men, asking for an increase in wages, as the price of living had in creased. It was decided to raise the wages of the men to 8s per day, and it was suggested that the reconstruc tion of the maintenance system should receive attention at an early date.
Tasting the Milk. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 17 March 1911
Tasting the Milk. A youth named D. Cook was pro ceeded against in the Summons Divi sion of the Central Police Court, by Inspector Lloyd of the City Council, on a charge of having applied to his mouth a utensil which came in contact with milk offered for sale. Cook pleaded guilty. Inspector Lloyd stated that on the 2nd instant the defendant took a sip of milk out of a can which he used to measure out milk to cus tomers. This; was a breach of the ? Act. A fine of 5s was imposed. :
Valuation. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 17 March 1911
"Valuation. BalUna Council is in a somewhat similar position to Erina Shire Coun cil. The valuer's report was received too late to be adopted for the cur rent year, so it. had to adopt the valuation that was in force for last year. Will the council pay for the work done, which is now of no use? The fact of having to adopt an old valuation might mean a very serious loss to the council's funds, especially in a town that is in a progressive state, and the value of property ra pidly increasing.
Shires Affiliated to the Association. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 17 March 1911
Shires Affiliated to the Association. The secretary (Mr.. T. I. Campbell) informs us..that'.-lie lias recently re ceived notification that Patrick Plains, Tamarang,. and Turong Shires .have decided to join the Association, and will-be represented at the ap proaching Shires Conference. There are. now only 18 sliires not .affiliated with the Association, eight of whom have been or are members of the Local Government (Municipali ties). Association.
Singleton Gas Works. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 17 March 1911
.Singleton Gas Works. Recently the Singleton Council took .a vote of the ratepayers on the ques-;: tion of establishing works for light ing the municipality. The vote was largely in favour of obtaining gas works, but only a small majority vote was in favour of acquiring the pre sent private gasworks. The council then decided to apply to the Singleton Gas Company, and ascertain at what price . the company's works could be pur chased. A reply has been received, offering the company's property, in cluding goodwill, for £9000, exclu sive of two cottages opposite the works, and the book debts. No action lias yet been taken by the council.
Notes of the Week Decentralisation and a City Problem. [Newspaper Article] — The Land — 17 March 1911
Notes of the Week Decentralisa tion and a City Problem. At tlio vnk'dktorv banquet Inst Tueschiy. when it representative g a t h e ring as sembled to do liim honor. Jlr, McGowen made some telling re marks. "We must ?? have population/' lie said. " and we must have a policy, of decentralisa tion if we wish to prosper." The 'sentiments,..are.- faultless., but. unfor tunately. Mr. McGowen's Government lias cut down the immigration vote at the bidding of the Labour orgn 11 - isations, who do not wish to encour age population. That is. Mr. McGowen allows his followers, per haps they are more approximately termed his masters, to bulldoze him into a course which, on Ills own show ing, does not make for prosperity. With regard to decentralisation, only the other day Mr. McGowen prac tically declared his readiness to con struct a tunnel to connect the two divided Sydnevs. That is not de centralisation. It will profit the country; generally very little; indeed, that the people who inhabit the...