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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Why footy refs are in the pink NRL referees with Bravehearts mascot Dito the Lion Cub on Monday. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP260597 SHIREEN KHALIL IT'S not often you find grown men wearing a pink shirt, let alone with a purple love heart stitched to their sleeve. But this year's National Rugby League referees are doing it all in the name of charity. Although the NRL has been supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation for three years, this is the first time the code's referees have worn the pink jerseys. And the purple love hearts? That's a charity the refs support off their own bat. For the second year, the whistleblowers are supporting Bravehearts, a charity aimed at educating children on the importance of personal safety, including bullying and child sexual assault. Bravehearts team leader Leanne Sutton said it's fantastic to have the referees' support for another year. ''They do a great job, not only in raising funds, but raising aware- ness for Bravehearts,'' she said. ''We have an education program that delivers a fun and non- threatening program to children aged3to8. ''These tools can be used . . . for bullying on the playground and, like the referees keep players safe on the field, Bravehearts are keeping children safe in the community.'' Last year referees raised more than $10,000 for Bravehearts. They originally heard about Bravehearts through Rugby League's One Community, but referee Bernard Sutton is the main driving force. ''With many referees having families of their own, this particular charity has touched their hearts,'' he said.'' Drummoyne in line for Metrobus REBECCA WOOLLEY A NEW Metrobus route will be running between Drummoyne and Randwick from next year as part of a major expansion announced by the State Government. Due to the high frequency of the service, there will be no printed timetables and the buses will be cashless, forcing commuters to purchase weekly tickets to use it. Known as Route 50, it is in addition to the existing Metrobus trial from Leichhardt to Kingsford and will be part of four new services operating within a 10km radius of the CBD. All Metrobus routes will be introduced in 2010 and will con- nect workplaces, shopping hubs, entertainment and dining venues and hospitals within easy 20- to 30-minute trips. ''When the route 10 Metrobus trial began in October last year we said there was no reason why this model of transport could not be replicated across other busy corri- dors should the trial be success- ful,'' Premier Nathan Rees said. ''With more than 600,000 people having travelled on the route 10 Metrobus and patronage up by 81 per cent since it started, we know the Metrobus is a positive one for commuters. ''The Metrobus network will provide a simple way of getting around Sydney and attract more people to public transport with high-frequency routes that are easy for everyone to understand and use.'' Mr Rees said the network would service the most densely popu- lated parts of Sydney, providing almost 250,000 extra passenger spaces a week. Transport Minister David Campbell said the five routes would connect at the Metro hub in Park St. ''We will continue the Metrobus trial to examine which bus and seating configurations best meet the needs of commuters before the new routes commence,'' he said. The other services include route 20 from Roseberry to Lane Cove, route 30 between Mosman and Enmore and route 40 from Chatswood to Bondi Junction. Stimulus package Tax bonus payments Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra Advertisement Don't miss out. One-off, tax-free payments begin in April 2009. You must lodge your 2007--08 tax return by 30 June 2009 ■ You will not be eligible if you do not lodge by this date, unless we have granted you a deferral. ■ You can lodge online using e-tax, by mail using TaxPack or through a tax agent. ■ If you have been affected by a natural disaster you can lodge until 30 June 2010 and still receive the payment. How much is the payment? ■ $900 if your taxable income is up to $80,000 ■ $600 if your taxable income is between $80,001 and $90,000 ■ $250 if your taxable income is between $90,001 and $100,000. How will we pay you? ■ We will transfer the payment into the bank account or mail a cheque to the address nominated in your tax return. When will we pay you? ■ We will make payments progressively from early April and continue until all eligible people have been paid. Are you eligible? Your eligibility and the amount you are paid will be based on your individual 2007--08 income tax return, regardless of your age or household income. You are probably eligible if: ■ you were an Australian resident and paid tax in 2007--08 ■ your taxable income was $100,000 or less. MORE INFORMATION For more information about the tax bonus, eligibility or lodging your tax return: ■ visit www.australia.gov.au/taxbonuspayment ■ phone 1300 686 636 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday, with your notice of assessment or tax file number ready. Beware: we do not send emails asking for personal information including tax file number, bank or other financial institution account or credit card details. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Have you lodged your 2007--08 income tax return? YES. Do nothing. We will send your payment to you if you are eligible. NO. You need to lodge by 30 June 2009 unless we have granted you a deferral. ATOTB3/7
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