Bunbury Mail column

Bunbury groups offer life long belonging

There were plenty of smiling faces from the young and the young at heart for the opening of the Bunbury Bulls rugby union club’s new oval at Hay Park on Sunday.

I was delighted to be asked to give a short speech at the event.  I encouraged all the young players to never stop being active and spoke of the ongoing benefits of belonging to a community-based team or club. Read more and see the picture here

Also last Friday, between two Parliament sitting weeks, I enjoyed speaking at a meeting of the University of the Third Age.

The U3A is a fine local group that illustrates the importance of lifetime learning and is a great example of how people can really benefit from belonging to a group at any stage of their life.


Surf club shines

Congratulations to those who were recognised for their achievements at the Bunbury City Surf Lifesaving awards night last Saturday.

The Club is a leading light for all regional surf clubs around Australia and has continued to be acknowledged for their efforts throughout the year.

Best of luck to Bunbury’s WA Surf Lifesaving volunteer of the year Denise Duncan at the national awards in October!


Carbon tax

With only a month to go before the introduction of the world’s biggest carbon tax, the real impact ahead is starting to be felt.

For people not familiar with how it will work,  our state’s power stations will have to pay $235m a year in carbon tax which will be passed on to every power point at home or at work.

Where businesses use power to produce goods or keep them stored these extra costs will most likely be passed on to the consumer.  Some businesses however, will have no choice but to try to absorb these costs.

Some of the Bunbury region’s biggest employers – Simcoa, Millennium Inorganic Chemicals and Worsley Alumina – will have to pay the carbon tax directly. Within two years the carbon tax will apply to diesel powered transport. This will hit regional Australians the hardest through price rises of everything that enters into the city.