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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 29 Book money helps rebuild Salvation Army Melbourne central divisional commander Major Rodney Barnard. TWO months after the Black Saturday bushfires ravaged Victoria, communities are facing fresh challenges of rebuilding homes and lives. Salvation Army Melbourne central div- isional commander Major Rodney Barnard said the stress of living in temporary accommodation had put pressure on re- lationships. And those living in tents, caravans and sheds were suffering further problems as the weather cooled. ''They're not living in ash any more. They're living in mud,'' he said. ''Families have lost everything and are dealing with stress and conflict. We need to be there to help.'' Major Barnard said the milestones follow- ing Black Saturday, such as Kinglake's first football game this month, were sig- nificant steps for- ward for the affected communities. He thanked Australians on behalf of the Salvation Army for raising more than $14 million. The generosity, courage and tragedy triggered by the bushfires are revealed in a new book, Black Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of the book, which brings together many personal stories of loss and survival told to News Limited journalists, will go to the Salvation Army Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Major Barnard said it was overwhelming that even in tough economic times people found ways to give. He said the Salvation Army focused on being there for people long after the flames had been extinguished. Black Saturday: Stories of love, loss and courage from the Victorian Bushfires is available wherever good books are sold, priced at $24.99. NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Rogue traders detected REBECCA WOOLLEY AN INVESTIGATION has seen 314 suspected unlicensed motor dealers selling vehicles including write-offs to hundreds of unsuspecting cus- tomers across Sydney. Operation Winner saw under- cover Fair Trading officers moni- toring car auction houses over three months and detecting the potential rogue traders. If the motor dealers are found to be selling vehicles without a licence they face penalty notices of up to $5500 or prosecution and fines on conviction of up to $110,000. Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge said Operation Winner was the state's biggest blitz on un- licensed motor dealers and would continue to monitor auctions. ''I am determined to see un- licensed motor dealers are stamped out and have instructed Fair Trad- ing to further investigate these potentially illegal activities,'' she said. ''Unlicensed motor dealing is against the law. ''It affects consumer confidence and hurts the reputation of licensed motor dealers who run their businesses fairly.'' Ms Judge said an unlicensed motor dealer was anyone who carries on the business of buying, selling or exchanging motor ve- hicles without a valid licence. Some individuals had bought as many as 35 vehicles in a year, and almost 3000 vehicles in total were bought by the 314 suspected un- licensed motor traders. More than 300 customers were believed to have purchased vehicles that were write-offs. She said Fair Trading inspectors were working with the assistance of NSW Police. Customers can get a comprehen- sive vehicle history check by visit- ing www.rta.nsw.gov.au/myrta/ vehiclehistory.html. Free search and connect THE Inner-West Weekly's search directory, truelocal.com.au, has launched a local search application designed for the Apple iPhone (pictured). The TrueLocal App makes it easier than ever to find and connect with local businesses while on the go. It utilises the iPhone's GPS to determine where users are located and find businesses nearby. Users can search by business name or category. TrueLocal CEO John Allan said: ''Whether you are looking for restaurants, plumbers, florists, bars, banks, doctors, gyms or mechanics, businesses can be found easily with a few taps on the TrueLocal iPhone App.'' It is available free from the lifestyle section of the Apple App Store (apple.com/ iphone/appstore/). Ox ygen. Water. Cash flow.
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