Mandurah Junction spared from Builton backlash

Homes safe: LandCorp says Mandurah Junction property owners won’t be affected by Builton’s collapse. Photo: Facebook.State government development agencyLandCorp said the collapse of buildingcompany Builton on January 23 that left the company owing $16 millionwill not affect the Mandurah Junction development.
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DespiteBuilton claimingto be the builder on their website up until their collapse in January, LandCorp said theyremoved thecompanyfrom the project in May 2016 due to disagreements over pricing.

The development ofMandurah Junction’s stage twowas a joint venture between LandCorp, Builton and Aspireon Homes.

As part of the stage two of the development, LandCorp released 17 house and land packages deals with Builtonin2014, 13 of which were sold.

LandCorp chief Dean Mudford saidall 13 homes had been built, meaningproperty owners won’t be impacted by the collapse of Builton.

“LandCorp’s understanding is that all 13 lots have reached build completion and consequently purchasers will not be impacted by the collapse,” he said.

“Builton’s exclusivity on the four remaining house and land lots was removed on May 5, 2016.

“These lots have subsequently been allocated to another builder as house and land packages.”

A LandCorp spokesman said the partnership between LandCorp and Builton‘mutually terminated’ in 2016because Builton couldn’t meet LandCorp’s price.

“We believed they needed to be a certain price and Builton couldn’t meet it, so we agreed to go our own way,” he said.

Builton’s voluntaryadministrator Dino Travaglini confirmed that Builton was the builder in Mandurah Junction and that the company had not returned to site following the collapse.

“Although we cannot say definitively, there are no plans to return to site at this point,” he said.

Builton was also trading underBuilton Commercial,Platinum Homes,Aspireon Homes,Builton Living,Metrostart HomesandMutli Living by Design.

Mr Mudford said Builton isnot involved in the stage 3A of the development, which started in January 11.

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Time government answered country’s call

People in rural areas live with an unacceptable state of communications access.The federal government has made some investments in improving telecommunications infrastructure through the Mobile Black Spot Program, but this has largely been unable to solve the wider problem of connectivity.
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The government oversees a Universal Service Obligation (USO) to ensure all Australians receive a basic level of service from their telecommunications providers, no matter where they live.

But serious questions have been raised about the relevance of the USO. So much so that the Productivity Commission has launched an inquiry into how the USO could better provide Australians with adequate service. Currently, the USO only extends to landline services, ignoring how dependent we are onmobile phones and the internet in our daily lives.

This is seriously outdated. Mobile coverage especially is crucial – not just for farm safety, but for everything from checking market reports on your phone to emailing yield data to your agronomist. The Productivity Commission recognises this and has recommended the basic level of service be extended to data as well as voice telecommunications.

This sounds great, except that the commission has recommended the National Broadband Network (NBN) as the main method for delivering a baseline level of service.

In Victoria, just as across the country, the NBN has failed the pub test for delivering. It’s been slow and there’s real concern that so far the network isn’t delivering the service most farmers and rural families need, such as quality reception and download capacity.

While there’s a need for the family home and home office to be serviced with appropriate levels of voice and data, there’s also a strong requirement for farmers to be able to access phone services and mobile dataaround the farm property.

The VFF receives complaints from farmers frustrated about the level of service being provided under the USO, when it’s clear an effort isn’t being made to ensure we can keep up with our city cousins as technology rapidly advances.

Let’s put more thought into how a better service can be achieved. It’s up to governments to give us an adequate communications service, but it’s up to us to tell them what we need.

Brett Hosking, VFF vice-president

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letters to the editor

New Premier Gladys Berejiklian will have a hard task to convince one Express reader that she will change things in regional areas.Nationals on the noseSo we have a new state Premier, Gladys B.
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Sometimes when you watch the news on TV or read the papers you really do need a sense of humour .

You really do need to be able to see the ridiculous in the ‘news’ that is presented.

Our new Premier is convinced that climate change is a real problem and she is in favour of council amalgamations .

Obviously, she would not have got the job if she had been against the ‘dogs’ ban.

And the new leader of the Nationals stood up protesting about council amalgamations.

What a joke! What does he think he is doing?Where was hewhen the Nationals should have said no to the ‘dogs’ and forced amalgamations .

How could you possibly vote for any Nationals candidate at the next elections?

Then there is the total dereliction of duty by the federal Nationals regarding changes to the water situation.

When you see our near full dams, just remember 30 per centof the water is there for the environment, not for farmers.

Des GoonanWaggaChef leaves a bad tasteI agree with Susie O’Brien that viewers should boycott My Kitchen Rules until producers vote Paleo Pete off once and for all.

He is using his status as a judge on MKR to promote his views on the paleo diet.

Pete is a hypocrite when he raves on air about a dish tasting so good while he would not promote or extol its virtues off air.

Another gripe I have is the fact both presenters usually have the appearance of someone attempting to grow a beard.

I’ve not shaven for more than 40 years and find this fad amusing.It does take a while for the beard to shape up but they’ve been trying for a long time.

Before someone tries to enlighten me that cultivating a few days old bears makes men more attractive, I’d like to suggest that to many viewers it shows a lack of respect.

While I was thinking about MKR, I remembered a naive contestant asking Manu if he always spoke that way.

I wondered why I found him easier to understand years ago than I did last year.

David EllisRiverinaNo balance to booksBack in the seventies there were very few diesel cars and diesel cost 80 cents a gallon.

More diesel cars were being built and the government allowed the petrol companies to double the price of diesel, but basic food stuffs hardly changed price for many years.

The oil companies and government were raking in the money from taxes. At the present time we see the government making windfall profits from the GST.

Despite raking in the money they still can’t balance their books.

Now they are spying on our bank accounts to see how much more they can grab.

Multinational banks and corporations are killing small business while the TPP will continue the plundering. We’ve had enough; time to drain the swamp!

Jay NaussGlen AplinNot the time for cutsAt a time of increasing demand for residential aged care services, the Turnbull government is stripping $1.8 billion from the aged care budget. Providers who employ health professionals are now finding it difficult to maintain their staffing levels given the impending cuts. The planned cuts come at a time when the government is reviewing boththe impact of aged care sector reformsand the tool that is currently used to allocate funding. The industry is crying out for policy and funding stability.

Together, we can create a sustainable aged services industry delivering affordable, accessible, quality care and services for older Australians.

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Classic methods, current concerns

Adventurous: Shaun Gladwell’s show opens Saturday at The Lock-Up. Pictured, a still from his digital video, Tangara.The long-running holiday shows at our major galleries are coming to a close.
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Newcastle Art Gallery’s exhibition of recent acquisitions and its presentation of Holding,featuring the work of 25 local, national and international fibre artists finishes on Sunday, February 5.

The gallery’s deservedly popular John Olsen:The City’s Sonends on Sunday, February 19.

Newcastle Art Gallery’s opening exhibition for 2017 from February 18 will be the eagerly anticipated sculptural installation,The Island,from one of Australia’s most highly regarded sculptors, Alex Seton.

Seton works across many mediums and is regularly represented in the world’s major biennales and art fairs.

He is best known for his highly polished, finely detailed carved marble sculptures of everyday objects.

With incomparable skill, Seton uses age-old approaches and methods combined with modern technology to transform rough stone into dazzling art works of rare power and beauty, whichdirectly address immediate social and political issues that few contemporary artists are willing to explore.

Central to this exhibition is the workSomeone died trying to have a life like mine, from the Art Gallery of South Australiain which an array of 28 marble lifejackets snake around an imaginary shoreline transformed into a poignant, timeless memorial to all refugees who have lost their lives in pursuit of the peace and security we too often take for granted.

The Island runs until May 7.

Seton has also produced the major workAs of today… in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, where 41 carved marble, ceremonially folded flags commemorate the lives of the 41 Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

GLADWELL AT LOCK-UPControlby Shaun Gladwell, which opens on Saturday at the Lock-Up, continues the gallery’s policy of presenting the most diverse and challenging forms of contemporary art from some of Australia’s best known artists. Like Alex Seton, Shaun Gladwell has very close connections with the Australian War Memorial, having been our official war artist in Afghanistan in 2009 while also being Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale in the same year.

This survey of his video work, for which he has achieved international attention, has been selected by curator of art at the Australian War Memorial Warwick Heywood, who uses the Lock-Up’s former prison cells to amplify the themes of rebellion, control and containment, whichare central to many of the pieces. It would seem to be the perfect venue for this project.

SOFT TO THE COREAlso opening this weekend at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is another exhibition of contemporary sculpture,Soft Core.

Twelve Australian and international artists, including Patricia Piccinini, Tony Oursler – who is currently exhibiting at MoMa in New York, and Michael Parekowhai from New Zealand, use a broad array oftraditional and non-traditional sculptural materials to engage with notions of softness in a show that would seem to be full of fun and wit and thoroughly entertaining.

Lake Macquarie gallery continues to support local artists through its Artist Focus project and the selection of Braddon Snape to exhibit his seemingly soft, billowing clouds and pillows of inflated steel alongside theSoft Coresculptures seems to be an ideal choice.

Snapeis an artist whose reputation continues to expand. He is also the founder of The Creator Incubator art studio complex in Hamilton North, one of the newest studio-workshops to arise since the demise of the Newcastle Community Art Centre’s headquarters at Parry Street.

NEW HOME OF ARTIn some very pleasing news it has just been announced that at the eleventh hour the Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC) has found a new home for the next few years in Block O of the TAFE campus at Tighes Hill.

There will not only be studio spaces but teaching rooms, a rehearsal room and ceramics studio, an office and a new home for the Newcastle Art Space so almost all of the centre’s activities can continue with minimum interruption.

This is a great outcome due to the dedication and persistence of the NCAC board and administrator, and they should be congratulated for their efforts and success.

Also opening this weekend are group exhibitions from many well-known local artists at Gallery 139 and Acrux Gallery in Hamilton.

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