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ensured the rubbish was
collected throughout the
city on Sunday during
Keep Australia Beauti-
There were plenty of
helpers ready to take
on an area, including
several Ulysses Club
members who normally
clean up arou@nd their
own home towns.
KAB president Alice
Rule said the volunteer
committee had been or-
ganising clean-up days
for 20 years, distributing
bags for collection from
Eyre Park for anyone
willing to help out.
Collectors out to keep Albany beautiful
ACTION: Alice Rule with some of the early arrivals last Sunday
ready for work.
MEMBERS of the South Coast purse seine fishery
based in Albany are celebrating after winning a major
industry award for safeguarding the rare and interna-
tionally-protected shearwater bird species.
The professional fishermen took out the Research
and Development Award (sponsored by the Fisheries
Research and Development Corporation) at last week's
2010 Western Australian Seafood Industry Awards.
South Coast Licensed Fishermen's Association
president Paul Benson was also commended in the
Every March and April the birds, with their one
metre wingspan, drowned after being caught in purse
The fishery was again threatened with closure.
The fishermen changed the hours they worked, pull-
ing up their nets before dawn when the birds did not
feed or after 9.30am when the birds returned to islands
off the coast.
Pressure hoses and sprays also worked in keeping
birds away from nets.
The awards come soon after the first signs of the
recovery of the pilchard fishery off the south coast,
which was almost decimated by a virus in 1998.
Award for saving seabirds
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THE City of Albany's financial
problems could be exacerbated by
the State Government's cost-shift-
ing on local libraries.
Already losing nearly $1 million
on the library, the City will face a
shortfall in funding for new books
and materials normally financed by
The announcement comes hard
on the funding problems facing the
City over the Albany Entertainment
Shadow Culture and the Arts
Minister John Hyde said the move
hit local governments hard as they
prepare their 2010-2011 budget.
"The Barnett Government's razor
gang has torn away a huge chunk
of funding for library books and
materials and the result is a huge
shift of costs to local governments,"
Mr Hyde said.
"Local governments now have to
prepare their budgets for the com-
ing year and they are all facing
potential cost blowouts if they want
to maintain libraries to the standard
that residents expect."
Mr Hyde said the Barnett Gov-
ernment had disappointed local
governments by massively reduc-
ing funding for local libraries from
levels provided by Labor.
"The Barnett Government's Draft
Framework Agreement between
State and Local Governments
for the provision of library serv-
ices shows a huge drop in library
funding from $10.8million in the
Labor's 2008-09 budget to just
$6.5million for the next three
years," Mr Hyde said.
"That's another $4.3 million cost
shift from the Government-funded
State Library to local governments
all because the Barnett Government
is desperately trying to cut costs.
"These funding cuts for public
libraries demonstrate once again
how the loss of the Labor Govern-
ment's Ignite funding for the Arts
will be felt across WA and proves
how extensive the three per cent
budget cuts really are."
Acting CEO Peter Madigan said
the full ramifications of the Gov-
ernment's decision were not known
at this stage.
He said the library's nett operating
cost to the City was just over $1
million annually and the issue of
stock had not been discussed.
"A whole new framework is cur-
rently being negotiated," he said.
"The new funding arrangements
may be totally different in the fu-
ture and this may have an effect on
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