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Time to get it right at the port : “Last week’s visit by naval ships commemorating the 1908 Great White Fleet visit highlights Albany’s essential character as a port. Albany’s other qualities are often in the limelight as we focus on tourism, whale watching, Anzac connections, viticulture and so on. But our port activities are fundamental to our history, our current prosperity and our future. The City of Albany council has no jurisdiction over the port, which is under State Government authority, but the Council is firmly committed to the continuing operations of the port. As part of discussions leading up to the waterfront project, we guaranteed 24-hour, seven-day freight access on city roads leading to the port.”

“We are committed to working with the Albany Port Authority on its plans for changes to port roads and we need to maintain a clear understanding of port operations and security requirements. A security dilemma can be seen in the visit of the USS Shoup, which created a strong desire for public access to commemorate part of Albany’s history and a need for strict security as the visit coincided with the September 11 anniversary. As the Port Authority balances access and security, the Council will seek ways to plan paths to or around the port to connect with Ellen Cove boardwalk and provide access routes for cruise ship passengers to the centre of town, via the pedestrian bridge.”

“I look forward to better solutions for cruise passengers. Albany can expect 11 cruise ships in the next season from November to March and the Queen Victoria will visit in February 2010. It is just six years until the centenary of the Anzac convoy’s departure and it is time to get it right at the waterfront and the port. A committee is looking at this next centenary celebration, which has the potential to be bigger than the Centenary of Federation. We might even consider a re-enactment of the Anzac Fleet assembly. I want to know the intentions of the Federal Government and the new State Government for this event and I want to ensure that Albany’s port plays a central role.”

Mayor Milton Evans, City of Albany   Article : Albany Advertiser (Page 7), 18 Sep 2008


















Following up – Calling all Australians & Kia Ora Te Papa Aotearoa New Zealand for Albany Anzac 2014-18 : Lest we forget.

Planning Instruments of Western Australia : “The reality is that the State Planning Strategy is now more than ten years old, and sadly in need of review given significant changes in key issues. While the new legislation clearly provides for cooperative regional planning, of the ten recognised regions of Western Australia, only three have statutory region schemes, and there are glaring omissions for the Gascoyne, Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara, South-West and Wheatbelt regions (the resources regions). “

“The average age of Local Planning Schemes across Western Australia is now more than 10 years, and the statistics get worse when you isolate the averages for those councils in the various regions mentioned (particularly rural and remote areas). It is professionally embarrassing when you know that some local authorities have never had a District (ie. Municipality) Town Planning Scheme during the life of the WA Town Planning & Development Act 1928 – local authorities such as the Shires of Derby-West Kimberley, Murchison, Ngaanyatjarraku, Nungarin, Trayning, Upper Gascoyne, Westonia, and Wyndham-East Kimberley.”

Neil Smithson, Managing Director, Smithson Planning   Report : 10 Oct 2008

Buzz on waterfront : “After years of inaction, discussion and slow progress, Albany’s waterfront is now a hive of activity. Work is proceeding apace on the Anzac Peace Park and the construction contractors are moving onto the entertainment centre site. Recently we had reports of (marine) survey work being carried out for the marina part of the waterfront project, and we are awaiting final approval of the marina construction (WA Environmental Protection Authority). This is an exciting time. The hard part will be waiting until everything is in place. Albany’s Waterfront Project will then speak for itself. Out new entertainment centre will create a dazzling impression and the public art on its own will have a ‘wow’ factor. I think back to the last performance here by the WA Symphony Orchestra, which was at the Albany Leisure & Aquatic Centre. I look forward to seeing the orchestra in a new venue worthy of their stature. Other sectors of the community will be looking forward to attending shows by their favourite artists and performers in theatre, comedy, music and dance.”

“Albany’s entertainment centre will be a drawcard for the entire region. We have a dire need for this new venue and it is something we have to do for our future generations. We have had to tell organisers of conferences who want to bring their events here that they should delay for a couple of years because we do not yet have the appropriate venue. The benefits will be immense when we have the entertainment centre, and I don’t think it will be the white elephant some people assume. This year there has been a consensus in the council to get on and do the entertainment centre project. Ultimately, I believe Albany will be proud of the entire development and the Council is doing all it can to make the waterfront a showcase area that will do justice to Albany’s past and its future.”

Mayor Milton Evans, City of Albany   Article : Albany Advertiser (Page 4), 16 Oct 2008

Albany – the cradle of WA media : “The announcement at the weekend of Yasmine Phillips as the WA best Newcomer in the 2008 Media Awards was the latest in a series of successes for journalists trained at the Albany Advertiser. Now a member of the West’s political news team, Phillips was commended for ‘great maturity’ in her work, admirable persistence, and her wide talent in writing in different styles for news and feature reporting. Speaking after her win, Phillips said she owed the successful start to her career to the solid training she had received as a cadet at the Albany Advertiser. I recall my time at the Advertiser with great pleasure and with gratitude for the diversity of my work, the thoroughness of my training and the willingness of the community to work with the paper’s editorial staff to deliver key messages, Phillips said. Other cadets who worked with Phillips include Paul Mole, now managing editor and general manager of the Countryman in Perth, and Conrad Natoli, now working as media liaison officer in the Federal government (not mentioning Paige Taylor, The Australian; Craig Smart, ABC News Perth; Dawn Gibson, Belle Taylor, Sue-Ellen Jerrard and Susan Hewitt, all The West Australian).”

“Samantha Beech also worked with them and is now the Perth-based senior reporter and a producer with GWN news. Rhianna King also preceded Phillips as a political reporter at The West, served in the Canberra Press Gallery and is now travelling overseas. Matt Price, who died last November at the age of 46, spent his early news-room days at the Albany Advertiser and went on to a distinguished career which ended at The Australian. And, of course, former Premier Alan Carpenter got his start as a cadet in Albany (at the Advertiser) before making a name for himself on the 7.30 Report with the ABC and then entering politics. From its headquarters in York Street (Albany), the Albany Advertiser manages the Kimberley Echo in Kununurra; the Broome Advertiser; the North West Telegraph in Port Hedland; the Pilbara News in Karratha; the Northern Guardian in Carnarvon; the Narrogin Observer; the Great Southern Herald in Katanning; the Countryman in Perth; and is editorial adviser to the Geraldton Guardian and 2008 award-winning Busselton Dunsborough Times.”

Andrew Mole, Managing Editor, Albany Advertiser   Article : Albany Advertiser (Page 2), 13 Nov 2008


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