No let up in petrol prices on South Coast

There has been no let-up in fuel prices on the South Coast, with motorists’ wallets still hit hard evvery time they fill up.A lack of strong independent price-competitive operators is to blame, according to NSW University’s Frank Zumbo, an associate professor with the School of Business Law and Taxation.He said the problem was the same in Canberra, where prices are up to 10 cents higher than Sydney and other regional centres because of the lack of price-competitive operators.Despite the falls in wholesale prices for many weeks, the two major fuel providers in Bateman Bay – Coles/Shell and Woolworths/Caltex – have continued to sell unleaded (ethanol mix E10) at 153.9 cents per litre, despite price drops in Sydney and other regional NSW centres.The Australian Institute of Petroleum found that the average unleaded fuel price fell to 143.6 cents a litre in the week ending last Sunday. The NRMA fuel watch site recorded Sydney’s average price last week for unleaded fell from 149.5 cents per litre to 141.5 cents per litre by Wednesday afternoon.There was no corresponding drop here.In the Bay the price has remained steadfast for well over a month and does not drop during the weekly price cycles that motorists elsewhere eagerly take advantage of.Professor Zumbo claims “games” are being played with petrol prices across regional NSW because there was “no economic reason” for prices to vary so much.He said yesterday that in the past month the wholesale price for petrol had fallen by 12.5 cents a litre as a result of the world’s shaky economies causing a collapse in oil prices.“The problem lately is that, while retail prices continue to vary between regional centres, they have recently remained higher for longer periods,” he noted.“Which means motorists are not getting the lower prices they did in the past. Dangerously for motorists, those games tend to result in a bigger rip-off.”While the Petroleum Institute said city motorists could expect further savings in the next fortnight as a result of the falls in wholesale prices, South Coast motorists including those in Moruya (where it’s often higher) are not likely to benefit.Liberty service station North Batemans Bay operator Michael Keys claimed the number of service stations in the Bay had also dropped, reducing competition, with the two major operators now able to charge what they want.With his unleaded price usually lower, Mr Keys said he found their higher prices “amusing” because they sold an ethanol blend whereas his cheaper price was for pure unleaded.“It is a good thing there are still some independents here,” he noted wryly.However, Mr Keys said it was very doubtful whether the lower city prices were proving profitable for their operators.“They are not making money. They are fighting for the dollar,” he said.Long Beach customer Bruce Prior said he always went to independent operators first.“Once the big boys get control, that’s the end of it. They will charge what they want,” Mr Prior said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Another five years for Anderson

Eurobodalla Shire Council has voted to renew general manager Paul Anderson’s contract for another five years but says it is unable to provide details of his total remuneration package until it appears in the annual report.Asked to provide details of his new pay package, a council spokesperson said “the only changes to the general manager’s package will be an increase in his contribution towards his vehicle, in line with the 2.5 per cent increase he will receive under the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal determination (which takes into account CPI and other national economic factors) under his NSW Local Government standard contract for general managers”.A further inquiry as to the salary package in monetary terms was met with the response that: “Paul has advised me we don’t have those details yet. The general manager’s total remuneration package for 30 June 2012 will be reported in Council’s Annual Report”.Council’s media release said council had recognised the work and commitment shown by Mr Anderson by supporting a motion to renew his contract for another five years.Mayor Fergus Thomson said Mr Anderson had demonstrated his professional commitment to the council and to the people of the Eurobodalla Shire.“Paul’s first term as general manager saw council become a billion-dollar organisation,” Cr Thomson said.“Over four years council has achieved in excess of $6 million in savings and efficiency gains through his introduction of a continuous improvement approach to council’s services and facilities.”He said, since his appointment in 2008, Mr Anderson had overseen the development of council’s first Community Strategic Plan and positioned the organisation so it could deliver on its objectives through the new integrated delivery and operational plans.The mayor credited Mr Anderson with the extensive review of the organisation last year that has seen the number of senior management roles halved and the creation of a new communications team.“Council is now in a position to move into the area of social media and develop its website to improve the way it gets its messages out to the community,” Cr Thomson said.He also praised Mr Anderson’s management of council’s investments following the global financial crisis.“It was a very stressful time but Paul has very competently overseen our investments since then and managed the legal actions council has been involved in to recover some of the funds we lost.”He said Mr Anderson has also overseen council’s campaign to improve the Kings and Princes Highways and played a role in the creation of the South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC) that now includes the ACT, an important contributor to the Eurobodalla economy.“As a member of the executive and chair of the general managers’ group, Paul has been actively involved in assisting SEROC to raise the profile of the south-east region of NSW and in reducing council’s costs through resource-sharing activities,” Cr Thomson said.Council also endorsed Mr Anderson’s May 29 annual performance review when it met on Tuesday.“Council recognises and greatly appreciates Paul’s performance and the commitment he has shown to the Eurobodalla community,” Cr Thomson said.Mr Anderson said he and his young family were now very settled in the Eurobodalla and he regarded the next five years as a great opportunity to guide staff as they work in the organisation’s more efficient structure and to support the new council following the local government election in September.“It will be great to see the new structure fully implemented and also to follow through our plans to introduce best practice across council,” Mr Anderson said.“I am looking forward to rolling out the delivery program and operational plan so council can deliver on the objectives of the Eurobodalla 2030 Community Strategic Plan.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

D’Arcy, Monk shot down over photo scandal

WHOA, whoa, whoa! Everybody, just hold your fire for a second.What an overreaction that was last week to a photo that surfaced of swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk posing with guns.Now, admittedly it wasn’t the best look for two young men who have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons in the past, but they had done nothing wrong and this was one of the biggest media beat-ups I’ve seen in a long time.Shooting, for those of you who didn’t know, is an Olympic sport!The two men fired weapons in a controlled environment at a gun range and the owner of the shop offered to take a friendly photo for a keepsake.What is wrong with that?As champion swimmer Eamon Sullivan said on Sunday, would a member of the Olympic shooting team be disciplined for being photographed in his or her swimmers? I think not.But I’ll take it one further. Would, for example, Stephanie Rice or Leisel Jones be reprimanded if they posted a photo of themselves with guns on Facebook? Again, I think not.Of course, you would think that with their previous misdemean-ours in mind, D’Arcy and Monk would’ve thought better than to post the picture on social media, but come on, let’s give them a break and let them focus on bringing home gold medals from London!HORRIBLIES RECOVER FROM SCOTTISH NIGHTMAREA week on and I’m still getting over the sleeping pill that was the so-called “Test” match between the Wallabies and Scotland.In what were terrible conditions – wind and rain hammered New-castle’s Hunter Stadium – neither side could manage a five-pointer as the Scots recorded a rare win on Aussie soil with a 9-6 triumph.To use the word “triumph” is probably an overstatement but they did win the match.Three penalty goals to two – yes, I’m sure the 20,088 spectators who braved the conditions turned up hoping to see such a nail-biter.It really begs the question, is it not time to change the scoring system in rugby?Teams are less and less likely to play for a try when three points are so freely on offer from the boot.In fairness, the Wallabies did respond in style with a hard-fought 27-19 win over Wales on Saturday night.Will Genia starred as the Aussies remembered where the try line was not once, but three times!EUROS SET CRACKING EARLY PACEThe European Champ-ionships kicked off in Poland and Ukraine over the weekend and there were some early shock results.My tip for the tournament, Holland, lost to 1992 champions Denmark 1-nil and is now in serious danger of not progressing past the group stage.However, off the field, racism has continued to show its ugly head.It just beggars belief how in this day and age people can still have that attitude.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Clyde campaigns continue in cruise control

CLYDE United maintained its dominance over the Eurobodalla Football All Age men’s competition on the long weekend with two wins from its double header.Matt Jackson’s side passed what was a tricky test at Gundary Oval on Sunday with a 3-nil win over Moruya before it backed up with an 8-nil thrashing of 10-man Narooma on Monday.Moruya held firm the first 30 minutes of play on Sunday, but its resistance cracked when Daniel Shaw headed home Matt O’Neill’s outswinging corner.The defending champions then went for the jugular before half-time and doubled their advantage a short while later.Jack Rixon went on a typically dazzling run down the wing before he rounded Blues goalkeeper Michael Kelliher and set up defender Kalian Barnes for a rare goal.United sat on its lead until the break but was tested at times by Moruya, particularly through the hard work of William Davis and Ryan Staunton.The second half was a largely scrappy affair as both sides struggled to maintain any sort of meaningful possession.The Blues had some golden chances to hit back, mainly from set pieces, but Davis and Robbie Kidd both sent their long-range efforts narrowly wide.Those misses proved telling as Clyde went 3-nil up with around 30 minutes left to play when Rixon hammered the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.United was more ruthless 24 hours later when it travelled to Dalmeny to take on a Narooma side that was missing young gun Brian Jamba, among several other key players.Shaw added to his already impressive goal tally with a brace, as O’Neill pitched in with a double and Rixon also got on the score sheet for the second match in a row.Ben Smith and Patrick Armstrong stood out for the hosts with impressive shifts in the midfield, while young striker Ivan Armstrong toiled up front with little support from his heavily depleted side.In the weekend’s other All Age men’s results, Broulee beat Bay FC 5-1 on Sunday before going down 2-nil to Bodalla on Monday.Bodalla also had a productive 48 hours with a 3-1 win over Narooma on Sunday, while Moruya only had the one match due to Bay FC’s forfeit on Monday.In the All Age ladies, Clyde United won both of its matches, with a 5-nil win over Moruya on Sunday and a 2-nil win over defending premier Broulee at Dalmeny on Monday.Those results extended United’s lead at the top of the table to nine points after 10 rounds.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Tiger cubs ground high flying Eagles

LAST month, the Bay Tigers under 18s looked a demoralised outfit when they went down by a whopping 70 points to the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles.On Saturday night, they looked like a team ready to take on anyone after Joel Pietch’s last-minute field goal secured a dramatic 25-24 win over the same opponents.The young halfback’s heroics sealed back-to-back wins for the Bay and what is arguably the biggest upset of the Group 7 season so far.“I was totally surprised,” Tigers under 18s coach Shaun Creswell said.“We played (the Eagles) three weeks ago and they put us to the cleaners 80-10 so it was a massive turnaround.”The visitors opened the scoring early on at Mackay Park on Saturday before the Tigers hit back in the 17th minute through Nick Broad-McGregor.Pietch kick started his brilliant afternoon with a simple conversion for 6-all.The Tigers hit the front just three minutes later after some more fine work from the star halfback.Pietch broke the Eagles’ defensive line and sprinted clear but was eventually pulled down by Jordan Harty.However, Bay dummy half Mathew Temple made the most of the broken play to put winger Ronnie Brown into space and he made no mistake by touching down out wide.Pietch was again on target from the kicking tee for 12-6, an advantage the Tigers took into half-time.The Tigers let their guard down early in the second half and the Eagles took full advantage when first Brock Skelly strolled under the posts before Kurt Holloway and Josh Sainsbury added converted tries all in the space of five minutes.But that would be the last time the Eagles registered points as the Bay launched an audacious comeback.Alex O’Connell got the ball rolling when he crossed after Dillion Johnston’s neat flick pass before two late tries from centre Sean Connell levelled the scores with less than a minute to play.However, that was all the time Pietch needed to slot a field goal and send the home fans into raptures.“Everyone was thrilled (with the win) and I’ve let them know that if that’s the effort they put in, the results will come,” Creswell said.First grade scoreboard:ALBION PARK-OAK FLATS EAGLES 30 (D Sartori 3, Derek Gray, Matthew Stone tries; M Carroll 5 goals) defeated BATEMANS BAY TIGERS 18 (N Wood, A McCann, A Stone, M Hensley tries; Wood goal).Under 18s scoreboard:BATEMANS BAY TIGERS 25 (S Connell 2, A O’Connell, N Broad-McGregor tries, J Pietch 4 goals, Pietch field goal) defeated ALBION PARK-OAK FLATS EAGLES 24 (B Skelly 2, K Holloway, J Sainsbury tries; Skelly 4 goals).This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.