Crash ends in loss of licence

A WARRNAMBOOL driverwho panicked and drove away after crashing his work ute on a notorious corner has been grilled about his drinking habits.
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James Dalton, 23, previouslyof Jamieson Street andnow of Surrey Hills,pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to careless driving and failing to report an accident.

He was fined $800, with $117 costs, and his licence was suspended for two months.

Police saidDaltonwas driving along Daltons Road when he took a sharp corner and crashed his silver Nissan ute into a brick fence, where the road becomes Bromfield Street, at 4am on June 13.

A large section of the wall collapsed andthere was glass from the ute left at the scene.

Dalton reversed his vehicleand drove home without reporting the accident.

Police called for witnesses in The Standard and Dalton came forward two days later, makingadmissions he crashed his ute.Dalton said he panicked and drove home after he fell asleep.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said there were obvious questions about Dalton’s drinking before the crash.

He said Dalton had made a deliberate and conscious decision to drive away, had not facedup to his responsibilities and he may have escapeda drink-driving charge.

Defence counsel Tony Robinson said Dalton had started work at 5.30am the previous day,returned home to visit his family in Warrnambool and then went out with friends.

He said Dalton had a couple of mid-strengthbeers at dinner at a Warrnambool hotel and feared he would lose his licence because of the accident.

The solicitor said without his licence, Dalton did not have a job as a refrigeration mechanic in Melbourne.

Mr Coghlansaid it was not a minor accident.

The magistrate said Dalton had “done a runner” and the natural suspicionwas the defendanthad too much to drink even though he was no longercharged with that offence.

Mr Coghlan said Dalton had been involved in a significant accident,a substantial brick fence had been knocked down and it was a case that required a driverlicence suspension.

He said if he didn’t know of a more deserving case for a licence suspension.

Dalton has appealed against the severity of the penalty.

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State to review Local Government Act

EDITORIAL:Time for state government to review Local GovernmentAct
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The Victorian government willreview the Local Government Act1989, to improve accountability and create a more contemporary, accessible Act to meet the current and futureneeds of Victorian communities.

It comes as the Bendigo Advertisercalled on thestate government to review the Local GovernmentAct last week.

Local government minister Natalie Hutchins announced on Tuesday the terms of reference and members of an advisory committee tasked with providing independent advice on the review – the first since the Act’s inception.

Ms Hutchins said the terms of reference provided for a comprehensive examination that would consider all aspectsof the current Act.

The six-member advisory committee will be chaired by Member for Yuroke Ros Spence and is made up ofcouncillors Mary Delahunty and David Clark, former local government chief executives Kathy Alexander and KayRundle, and public policy academic Nicholas Reece.

The committee will provide advice to Ms Hutchins, who will also consult with local government organisations,including the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Local Governance Association and LGPro.

Ms Hutchins said the review would ensure local councils could improve their service delivery and build strongercommunities for local residents.

“We’re reviewing the Local Government Act to bring it into the twenty-first century and give communities thestrong, transparent and efficient local councils that they deserve,” she said.

“The Act needs to be modernised and the Labor government is ensuring that local residents, councils and expertsall have their say, so that we have the best possible system.”

The review will be a conversation with communities across Victoria on what they want from their localgovernment, with the first round of consultation running from August to December 2015.

The terms of reference are available at梧桐夜网delwp.vic.gov419论坛/local-government

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Fine for offender who hurt little dog

Warrnambool’s Peter Pedretti has been fined for damage and an assault.
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A WARRNAMBOOL man who stood on a small white dog in anger while demanding money from his ex-partner has been fined $750.

Peter Pedretti, 50, of McKnight Street,pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault and causing criminal damage.

Police said Pedretti and a woman had been involved in a relationship for seven months before splitting up.

On June 1 Pedretti arrived at the woman’s home unannounced. Hehad been drinking, asked the woman for money and she initially refused but then relented in the hope Pedretti would go away.

When the woman went inside, Pedrettistood on a small white dogin anger.

Pedretti then got into his car and blasted thehorn.

The woman came outside, she was pushed to the ground and suffered red marks to her shoulder.

He then used his vehicle to push the woman’s car, damagingthe car’sbumper.

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‘Mini tornado’ hits Ulverstone businesses

A number of Ulverstone residents are mopping up after several businesses and a home were battered by strong winds and rain, which was described as being like a “mini tornado” overnight.
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Just after 7pm yesterday, a number of businesses and a resident in Queen and Flora streets at West Ulverstone sustained damage from the high winds.

Large amounts of debris and other building materials were strew along the streets.

Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night. Picture: The Advocate

Senior Constable Nick Patten said a residence on Queen Street and a business at the corner of Queen and Alice Streets had lost their roofs, exposing the insides of the buildings to the elements.

He said other nearby businesses had also suffered damage to external fittings such as guttering, fascias and antennae.

Police from Ulverstone and Penguin along with the State Emergency Service and technicians from Aurora attended the scene and ensured that members of the public were safe and no-one had been injured as a result of the incident.

Police later discovered that the Lions Club building at the Ulverstone Showgrounds had also lost its roof. It was later found in Flora Street.

A large tree had also landed on the rail line and Tasrail services were suspended while it was removed.

Police said that thankfully, no injuries were reported.

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Herald Breakfast – August 11

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @kate_giuliano shared Tuesday’s sunrise over the port.Weather: Sunny in Newcastle (20 degrees), Maitland (21 degrees) and Scone (21 degrees). A gale warning is also in place for the Hunter coast on Wednesday.
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Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.

Beachwatch:It’s going to be another fantastic day beachside with offshore winds and clear blue skiesbut there won’t be many waves for the surfer. The wind will be west to north-west withthe swell fading away to around 0.5m to one metre from the south-east. Wave conditionswill be nice and clean but a lot of beaches may struggle to break.

Morning Shot: Instagram’s @kate_giuliano shared Tuesday’s sunrise over the port.

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Business’ warn against Woolworths’ dominance: THE dominance of Woolworths retailers in the centre of Raymond Terrace will suffocate attempts to revitalise the town, business owners warn.

Dad asks MPs to pay for his holiday:A FATHER of three has set up a crowd-funding campaign hoping federal politicians will help fund his family holiday to Uluru.

David Carney’s return from exile: THE Jets wingerfeels like a new man. What’s more, heis determined to make up for lost time – starting with the FFA Cup battle against Perth Glory at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

Defiant Newton refuses to surrender:IF the Knights finish the season with the wooden spoon, departing forward Clint Newton reckons they will have earned it.

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