Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2015-05-27 Contents PAGE 4 -- The Courier Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Genevieve Cooper
Local Government Association
(LGA) complaints about Federal
cuts to council road funding
will be addressed next month,
according to local MP Jamie
However, the Assistant
Infrastructure Minister declined
to outline how the Government
would overcome councils' concerns
about a $48m shortfall over two
financial years since the axing of
the Supplementary Road Funding
program in the 2014/15 budget.
"More will be said in the coming
weeks," Mr Briggs said.
Supplementary Road Funding
used to top up council budgets for
roadworks because the current
Federal formula for allocating local
road grants disadvantaged SA.
SA has 11% of local roads but
only received 5.5% of grant money.
Councils in the Hills and
Fleurieu lost between $150,000
and $350,000 in budgeted grant
income when the funding program
was axed in 2014.
Mr Briggs said there were
"swings and roundabouts" in
Federal funding formulas with SA
receiving more GST revenue than
it was entitled to per capita.
"There are no short-term
solutions ... but we are looking at
what we can do for regional roads,"
He said the Government had
allocated $170.4m over five years
to local councils though the Roads
to Recovery program; $153.5m in
Financial Assistance Grants; and
$45m in Black Spot funding.
LGA president Dave Burgess
said councils welcomed the extra
$32.6m in Roads to Recovery and
Black Spot funding and the new
National Stronger Regions Fund
for infrastructure projects.
However, he said the indexation
freeze on Financial Assistance
Grants would cost SA $12m next
year after a loss of $6m this year.
No easy answer to
road funding cuts
By Genevieve Cooper
Nearly 30 people received a potentially
lifesaving warning when they stepped
into a free skin cancer screening clinic at
Woodside earlier this month.
They were among the more than 160
residents who attended the clinic, run by the
Lions Club of Onkaparinga over May 9 and
10 as part of a wider project run by the Lions
Clubs of WA's Lions Cancer Institute.
Qualified volunteer screeners discovered
42 suspected skin lesions on 28 of the people
who attended and 24 of those lesions were
classified as "suspected life-threatening if left
Residents diagnosed with suspect lesions
are directed to consult their GP and seek
specialist advice for further examination and
Garth Beckwith, a clinic volunteer and a
Lions' skin cancer committee member, said it
would be some time before the Lions Cancer
Institute received any feedback about the
referrals from the Woodside clinic.
"The number of discovered lesions is about
average," he said.
"The results follow a similar pattern to
other screening at various locations in SA
and if follow-up treatment with general
practitioners or specialists is undertaken, our
weekend of screenings could hopefully have
saved some lives."
Mr Beckwith said about 70% of those who
attended the session had never had their skin
"That's about average too," he said.
However, Mr Beckwith, 75, said the
community was much more aware about
skin protection than they had been in past
"People are more aware of the problem now
but those of my age who didn't wear a hat
for the past 40 to 50 years have inherited
all these spots from playing cricket, fishing
and other sports activities and that's now an
issue," he said.
The Woodside clinic is the first time that the
Lions Club of Onkaparinga has hosted a skin
cancer screening session.
The screenings were conducted by Colin
Beauchamp from Perth and Chris and
Siva Lowings from Aberfoyle Park with
organisational help from Lions members.
Similar clinics have been run by clubs in
Gawler and Wallaroo and another is scheduled
for Burnside in July.
According to Mr Beckwith, the logistics of
organising the screening and finding qualified
staff to volunteer their time meant it could be
a while before the Onkaparinga Club would
host another session, although other clubs in
the Hills could choose to pursue the program.
"This has only been happening in SA for
a couple of years but it's been happening in
WA for 20 years through their Lions Cancer
Institute program," he said.
Lions volunteers Moira Carter, left, Ed Horton
and Garth Beckwith took part in a free skin
cancer screening program at Woodside recently.
Free clinic sheds light on
potential skin cancers
A free skin screening clinic discovered 24 lesions classified as being 'suspected life-threatening if
left untreated .
A LOOK CAN
SAVE A LIFE
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The CFSVA said only three
claims for cancer compensation
had been made by volunteers since
new legislation came into effect a
few years ago.
"The Treasurer speaks of the
benefits the ESL increase will
supposedly deliver to the volunteer
agencies, but fails to disclose how
much of the increase is required to
pay for unfunded liabilities such as
wage increases under Enterprise
Bargaining Agreements, budget
blowout and efficiency dividend
for the paid services," Ms St Alban
"Treasurer Kousantonis also fails
to identify that in the past events
such as Sampson Flat have been
funded by the State Government
through a General Revenue
Contingency fund and that Federal
Government funding is allocated
when a state of emergency is
declared, as was the case with the
Sampson Flat Bushfire."
Volunteers used for tax excuse
SIGNS OF MELANOMA
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