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GRILL POWER: Sandy Williams, getting ready for the Australia Red Cross 100-year fund-raiser. Picture: Stephen WarkHolistic lookat good healthA FREE complete health improvement program (CHIP) information night will be held at Dora Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church on Monday, August 27, at 7pm. CHIP is a holistic approach to good health, focusing on diet, exercise and mental attitude. Phone 4973 6228.

Piper speaksat breakfastMP Greg Piper will talk about what’s happening in the area when he addresses the Toronto Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast next Thursday, August 28, from 7am at Toronto Multi-Purpose Centre. Financial security for small businesses will also be discussed.

Funds raisedfor Red CrossBUNNINGS Warehouse Morisset recently hosted a Red Cross Centenary Fundraiser which raised $921, including $140 from donations. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Grant cuts hit nowFEDERAL government budget cuts will remove $24 million from the first quarter’s payment of vital grants to local councils across Australia this week, the Australian Local Government Association said. The Financial Assistance Grants, provided annually by the government, help councils pay for community services and infrastructure, including roads, parks and libraries.

Fare evasion targetedTHE Central Coast and Lake Macquarie have been identified as hot spots for public transport fare evasion, and will be among areas targeted by the state government, which is recruiting 65 extra transport officers. Fare evasion costs taxpayers millions of dollars a year, which means less for extra transport services, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said.

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