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Wednesday, February 17, 1993
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4 The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday, February 17, 1993 Plan to combine overseas tourism centres By TON BALLANTYNE State tourism authorities around Australia are considering a plan to combine their overseas tourist centres with Australian Tourist Commission outlets. Known as Partnership Australia, the move could take place within a year and would save States, including NSW, millions of dollars annually. Three meetings have already been held to discuss the plan, with Che main stumbling block being how States will be represented in commission offices. NSW wants its own tourism expert on hand in each office to deal with inquiries but the commission wants its own expert officials to deal with inquiries. Only Queensland is understood to be cool on the concept, preferring its own tourist centres abroad. Acceptance of the scheme would fit in well with the findings of an internal review into tourism in NSW which calls for the closure of four of the NSW Tourism Commission's five international offices. These are London, Tokyo, Singapore and Los Angeles. Only Auckland would remain. The savings, part of an estimated $6.1 million annually the NSW review suggests can be saved by restructuring, could then be used in direct marketing and advertising to attract international and domestic visitors to the State. Major tourism bodies support the move, which most believe is long overdue. - A spokesman for the Tourism Task Force said all tourist bodies should work together to attract people to Australia. "After that the States can compete for their slice of the cake," he said. The general manager of the NSW Tourism Commission, Mr Paul Crombie, said yesterday he agreed with the main thrust of the internal tourism review, prepared by the Office of Public Management He admitted that the $1.6 million NSWow! advertising campaign had not been successful. "On the balance of response we have had one would clearly conclude it needs to be revamped,'' he said. ' Mr Crombie said NSWs share of the domestic market had dropped from 33 per cent to 30 per cent and if something was not done Queensland could claim the number one spot within a year. But he suggested the commission needed an increased budget to allow for more direct advertising. NSW has a government tourism budget of $17.4 million with $5.5 million more coming in contributions from the tourism industry. Queensland's budget is $24 million, a figure which almost doubles to $50 million when industry contributions are added. Mr Crombie said that even with an extra $6.6 million to put the NSW budget on a par with Queensland, the State could do "an awful lot more advertising''. "I do think we need to have more money to spend on marketing and etting a greater share of the media voice," he said. NSWow!, which aimed to sell the State as a general tourist destination, rather than concentrating on specific regions, areas or cities, was perceived by the industry to be a poor generator of tourists to NSW. Mr Crombie said future campaigns needed to concentrate on strong, product-based advertising. Despite the gloomy findings of the review and a looming shake-up of the commission, NSW is far from dragging its heels in the tourism stakes. It remains the number one destination for inbound foreign travellers and still holds the lion's share of the domestic tourist market, which accounts for 80 per cent of all tourism in Australia. In 1991-92, 18.3 million people visited NSW, 4.3 million more than the nearest competitor, Queensland Sydney is also the country's top single destination, with 4.7 million visitors arriving every year. Kennett eyes cup holiday By JULIE LEWIS MELBOURNE: Public holidays are the latest employee perk under threat from the Kennett Government, and even the near-sacred Melbourne Cup day and the Melbourne Show Day breaks are in the firing line. The Government has confirmed that the Department of Industry Services is reviewing the 13 public holidays in Victoria. "There is nothing new about this issue," the Minister for Industry Services, Mr Roger Pescott, said yesterday. "The fact is that it is something that is being considered." But after a rash of adverse publicity, he was at pains to point out that no proposals had been put before Cabinet. "The matter has not been brought before Cabinet yet, it is not on the agenda of Cabinet, has never been on the agenda of Cabinet. It is just a matter where there's some consultation taking place," he said. The Leader of the Opposition, Mrs Kirner, said the Federal Coalition had stamped on the Kennett Government's holiday plan after adverse publicity. Victoria enjoys three more holidays than the average 10 enjoyed by other States. Employers are pushing the Kennett Government to abolish up to four public holidays. Co-op board bookshop 'should go, says academic By FRED BRENCHLEY In a scathing letter of resignation from the University Co-op Bookshop (UCB) board, a Canberra academic, Mr Maurice Dunlevy, has called for the entire board to be replaced and for supervision by the Registrar of Co-operatives. Mr Dunlevy's resignation came as the UCB's chairman, Mr James Emerson, announced a new management team and the resignation of another director, Mr Ted Seng, to join that team as an adviser on corporate strategy. These board resignations and appointments follow a period of turmoil within the UCB triggered by the board's surprise decision in early January to sack three longstanding senior executives, including the managing director, Mr Jack McLoone. In the wake of these dismissals, the board has had to calm nervous staff and suppliers. According to Mr Dunlevy, Australian book publishers are now seeking formal assurances on the future direction of the UCB. Yesterday, Mr Emerson announced the appointment of Mr John Oldmeadow as the new chief executive officer of the UCB, and Mr George Podvinec as the new financial controller. Mr Old-meadow was previously general manager of Murdoch Magazines. Mr Emerson also said Mr Seng had resigned to take up a position as adviser on corporate strategy, reporting to Mr Oldmeadow. He said this position had not been advertised, but Mr Seng, an accountant, had the credentials for the job. But the new management team's appointment was overshadowed by Mr Dunlevy's trenchant letter of resignation. In it, Mr Dunlevy told Mr Emerson that the board had "lost the plot" and been racked by "pointless petty intrigues" and "misapplied administrative energies". "Trying to cope with the business of the co-op this year has been impossible," he said. Mr Dunlevy said that, like the chairman, he had been deluged with calls from staff, members, publishers and suppliers expressing disquiet and consternation at the "ill-advised sacking" of the three senior executives. "They are seeking assurances that we know where we are going and what we are doing," he said. Mr Dunlevy said that as most directors in the past decade were academics, the UCB board had the incentive to serve campuses well because it could see their reactions every day. However, with his departure there would be scarcely any connection with campuses. Mr Dunlevy has sent a copy of his resignation letter to the Registrar of Co-operatives, who was unavailable for comment yesterday. Responding last night, Mr Emerson said he was not aware of any "political agenda" at the UCB. Mr Emerson said Mr Dunlevy might view the board's business as "pointless petty intrigue", but he was confident other directors did not He said the board had given publishers assurances that the co-op remained financially sound and that there were no "dark financial secrets". All forward charge payments to publishers would be maintained. He rejected the assertion that the board had "lost the plot", and welcomed any "watchful eye" by the Registrar of Co-operatives. Mr Emerson said the UCB had met officers of the registrar on January 18, and this meeting had been successful Cancer fight far from over By JENNIFER COOKE Medical Writer When Noel Hazzard heard of the death from childhood leukaemia of family friend Danielle Green, he resolved to help stop further deaths. A fireman based at Marrick-ville, Mr Hazzard is responsible for the first co-ordinated effort between the four State emergency services to raise funds for the Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation. His brainchild, a fund-raising campaign based on the sale of transparent plastic numberplate protectors that members of the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service, NSW Police Force and Bushfire Service will buy for their private cars, began yesterday - the start of the NSW Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Awareness Week. The public are also urged to buy the protectors, for $20 each, which are approved by the Roads and Traffic Authority and state: "I Support the Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation." Danielle Green was 16 when she died last year, one of the 30 per cent of Australian children with leukaemia who die of the disease. It is diagnosed in one in every 8,000 children each year, with 150 new cases annually in NSW alone. At the launch of the awareness week yesterday, Professor Marcus Vowles, a foundation member and the director of the department of haematology and oncology at the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital, said cure Hope for the future . . . Mr Hazzard and Danielle's mother, Mrs Sandra Green, with one of the fundrais-ing numberplate protectors. tare by Patrick cummins rates for childhood leukaemia had risen from 30 per cent in the 1960s to 70 per cent The aim of increasing cure rates above 90 per cent by 2000 could only be met through public donations to fund the Children's Leukaemia and Cancer Research Centre, which opened last year at the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital and which costs about $1 million a year to run. The Minister for Health, Mr Phillips, said the State Government had given S1.2 million to help pay for new laboratories at the research centre last year, and $80,000 - from the sales to emergency services personnel alone - was expected to be raised initially for research. Danielle's mother, Mrs Sandra Green, of Como, said Mr Hazzard's idea and the support given by the other emergency services would hopefully help save other children. The protectors are available from the foundation on 399 2766. 0 A drug to stop infection in cancer patients has been refused Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing for the third time in eight months. Neupogen, which is given after high doses of chemotherapy, costs between $1,600 and $2,500 for a 10-day course. RTA ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT of the PROPOSED M5 CASULA LINK Public exhibition of Environmental Impact Statement The RTA proposes to construct a toll free, dual carriageway link from the M5 Motorway at Heathcote Road, Moorebank to the junction of the South Western Freeway at Camden Valley Way, Preston. The proposal would form an important part of the Sydney Metroad System, Metroad 5. Consultant, Maunsell Pty Ltd has examined the environmental aspects of the proposal and its alternatives and has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will be on public display from 13 January to 5 March, 1993 at: RTA Library, Ground Floor, Centennial Plaza, 260 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. Mon. to Fri. RTA Motor Registry 357 Hume Highway, Liverpool 9.30 a.m.4.30 p.m., Mon. to Fri. NSW Environment Centre 39 George Street, Sydney 10.00 a.m.4.45 p.m., Mon. to Fri. Department of Planning 10 Valentine Ave, Parramatta 8.45 a.m.4.45 p.m., Mon. to Fri. NSW Government Information Centre Goodsell Building, enr Phillip and Hunter Streets, Sydney 8.45 a.m.-4.45 p.m., Mon. to Fri. Liverpool City Council Library 170 George Street, Liverpool 9.30 a.m.-8.00 p.m., Mon. to Fri. 9.00 a.m.-4.00p.m.. Sat Dept of Planning Information Centre Grd Floor, Remington Centre, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney 8.45 a.m.4.45 p.m., Mon. to Fri. and the following libraries: Campbelltown City Library, Camden City Library, Wollondilly Shire Library A special display at Casula Mall will be staffed by the Consultants at specified times to answer questions. While the exhibition is on display copies of the EIS will be available for $20.00 from these RTA offices. Graphic Services Centre 1st Floor, Centennial Plaza, . 260 Elizabeth Street, -Surry Hills Motor Registry Office 357 Hume Highway, Liverpool If you or your organisation wishes to comment on the proposal please write on or before 5th March, 1993 to: The Project Manager, M5 Casula Link, RTA, PO Box 558, Blacktown, NSW, 2148 and mark your envelope "Casuia Link EIS". The name and address of persons or organisations from whom a representation is received may be published in the Clause 64 Assessment Report unless you indicate clearly that this information is not to be published. For further information, contact Matthew Forwood (02) 959 3422. THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT Putting people first by managing better I UMIgAttUtf SYDNEY BASED n behalf of our client, we are looking for an exceptional individual, with significant international telecommuni cations experience, to establish an international telecommunications network beyond Australia, operate offshore businesses and develop international business network services within the Australian market. This is a rare opportunity for a highly commercial and multi-disciplined general manager with a proven record of achievement in the international telecommunications industry. The successful candidate is expected to possess the following skills and history: Significant experience within a commercial organisation providing public international telecommunications services. First-hand experience in building an international network for public switched voice, data and broadband services including line, submarine and satellite elements. Extensive and well rounded general management experience at a senior level in all facets of a commercial operation including engineering, sales, marketing and finance. The successful candidate will receive an attractive and competitive remuneration package. Written applications should be mailed or faxed to: Hooper & Associates PO Box 41 i, Milsons Point, NSW 2061 Phone No: (02) 959 541 1 Facsimile No: (02) 925 0384 Click! and your car's stopped by police ADELAIDE: An electronic device designed to stop speeding vehicles at the flick of a switch will be unveiled in Adelaide today. Invented by an Adelaide security company, the $20-$40 unit would cut out the electronic ignition of vehicles being pursued by the police, resulting .in a total loss of engine power. While South Australia's police have adopted a wait-and-see attitude, the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia is concerned that the device might, in the wrong hands, be used against police, to disrupt traffic and even to effect violence against women. Its public relations manager, Mr Peter Hennekam, said yesterday that it might be used to stop women who were driving alone. Jammed ignitions might also cause power steering and power brake failures. The device's co-designer, Mr Keith Russell, a former police officer, said the association's fears were groundless as police would be the only people with the ability to activate the device. "The activation device would be fitted to a police car in such a way that someone would have to steal the whole car to get their hands on the controls," he said yesterday. MARY ANN STENBERG Fire in shop engulfs men By DENIS GREGORY Two men putting down a new floor in a takeaway chicken shop yesterday were engulfed by a fireball after cleaning solvents they were using ignited. 1 With their clothes alight, they ran screaming into a busy street in Bathurst where shop owners and passers-by tipped buckets of water over them and tried to put out the flames with a blanket. One, a 35-year-old with burns to 100 per cent of his body, was fighting for his life in Bathurst Hospital last night while his workmate, 21, was flown by rescue helicopter to Westmead Hospital where he was in a critical condition. A third man, 39, received minor burns after escaping the full blast of the fireball, but was admitted to hospital with severe shock The men, whom police have not yet named, worked for Indus trial Coatings Pty Ltd of Black-town, and were replacing a vinyl tile floor in the kitchen of Wishbone Chicken and Ribs in William Street. Detective-Sergeant Trevor Evans, of Bathurst Police Physi cal Evidence Section, said the men had pulled up the tiles and were using solvent .o get rid of the old glue on the concrete floor. He said that just before noon. the 35-year-old man opened the door of a back washroom and a pilot light on a gas hot water system apparently ignited the vapour from the solvent Sergeant Evans said one of the men dived out a side door, but the other two were caught by the full force of the flames. Ms Sandra Smith, who works in a furniture shop across the road, saw one of the men run into the street after she heard a series of explosions and people screaming. "Flames were coming out of the chicken shop and then somebody yelled out to call an ambulance," she said. "I did that and when I went back outside you could see how badly burnt the man was. "All his clothes were on fire and people from the newsagency next door were tipping water over him with a bucket. "He was burning all over. It's something you think can only happen in the movies." Three other people who saw the burning men were treated for shock. WorkCover Authority inspec tors and police are investigating. New ruling A former naval officer con victed last year of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old cadet has had the verdict quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal. Justice Hunt ruled yesterday that the jury should not have been given details of Johan Beserick's later sexual liaisons with the boy, which allegedly lasted up to four years. 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