Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Groves to stand trial next May

Friday, 19 August 2011
The Australian
FORMER ABC Learning Centres boss Eddy Groves will stand trial in May next year on a charge relating to the collapse of Australia”s biggest childcare chain.Groves was committed in February in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to stand trial on one count of breaching the Corporations Act by dishonestly using his position as a director.Former ABC CEO Martin Vincent Kemp will also stand trial with Groves, after being committed last month on two counts of breaching the Corporations Act.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is alleging Groves and Kemp engaged in a dishonest deal just months before the company”s collapse.

The charges arose from a two-year investigation after ABC Learning collapsed beneath $1.6 billion of debt in November 2008.

During a review of the matter in the Brisbane District Court today, Chief Judge Patsy Wolfe listed the trial for the week starting May 14.

Lawyers indicated it would run for at least six weeks, with 33 witnesses to be called.

It will be run as an e-trial, meaning the majority of documents will be placed before the jury in electronic form, rather than paper.

The matter will be reviewed again in December.


Salvos suggest industry child care

Tuesday, 23 August 2011
The Observer

YOU see it in the movies, our major cities have it, so is it about time that the Gladstone region’s big employers look at offering in-house creche or childcare services?

The question has been posed to the community following a drastic shortage in available childcare spots locally.

It’s a valid suggestion raised by the Salvation Army Family Day Care Scheme manager Fiona Foley.

Speaking with The Observer, Ms Foley questioned whether it would be feasible for the big industries to look at entertaining the idea of providing childcare facilities for their employees.

Ms Foley said centres could either be built on-site or off-site, possibly at a nearby location.

Another suggestion is for big industries to allocate funding for additional childcare centres to meet the growing demand due to the industrial boom.


Noble Park childcare operators in court

Monday, 22 August 2011
Greater Dandenong Weekly

The operators of a Noble Park childcare centre will face the Federal Magistrates Court in December charged with underpaying their employees a total of almost $120,000.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting La Kosta Childcare Centre and Kindergarten Pty Ltd, which has childcare centres in Noble Park and Hampton Park.

The Ombudsman is also prosecuting the company”s sole owner, Snezana Sterjov, and her husband, the company”s sole director, Kosta Sterjov, of Keysborough. Documents lodged with the court allege the Sterjovs underpaid nine employees a total of $118,747 between July, 2005 and February, 2010. T

hey face maximum penalties of $6600 per contravention and the company faces maximum penalties of $33,000 per breach.

The Ombudsman is also seeking a court order for the company to rectify any

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Cash strapped Aussie families return to Waltons-era lifestyle

Sunday, 21 August 2011
By Jackie Sinnerton
Sunday Mail

CASH strapped Aussies are beginning to echo TV”s depression era family The Waltons, experts say.

A growing number of Australian households have three and even four generations under the same roof due to financial pressures, natural disasters, aged-care limitations, offspring staying at home longer and high childcare costs.

According to futurist Mark McCrindle, by 2020 we will flashback a century and there will be a return to the multi-generational household like the Waltons family, made famous in the smash hit television series of the “70s and “80s.

The award-winning series was set in the time of the Great Depression from 1929 when money was tight. Central character John-Boy lived with his many brothers and sisters, mother and father and grandparents. The world was held spellbound by the values, characters and warmth

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By 2020 there will be more 65 year olds than one year olds in Australia putting a strain on aged care.

Social analyst David Chalke believes there are many benefits to generations coming together when times are tough.

“There will be more multi-generational households in the future but it”s not all rosy. After a year of a big family sharing the same bathroom and struggling for privacy, cracks can form,” Mr Chalke.

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“I”d like to hope we have moved on from there.”

And in adversity, the security of family becomes more critical.

According to Phil Ormsby, community development officer at Queensland”s Leichhardt Community Centre in Ipswich, many families have been coming together under the one roof because of the devastation of the state”s floods.

“Every day I meet people who feel they have been let down by the system when it comes to their damaged homes but they are enjoying the experience of family unity,” he said.

“After a terrible year, family is everything and it is great that when times are tough financially and mentally you can find that it is family that really matters. The Waltons was a great example of how generational support is priceless when money is tight.

“Corny as it seems it”s heart warming for a big family to wish each other goodnight before lights go out.”


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