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A volunteer-based, major dolphin attraction in Bunbury has been saved from closure, with the State Government giving more than $170,000 for an overhaul.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls pledged to transform Bunbury’s Dolphin Discovery Centre into the “Scitech of the South-West”. Up to 100 dolphins live in nearby Koombana Bay.

YASMINE PHILLIPS http://www.thewest.com.au

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With the increasing interest in Britons looking to migrate to Australia, the   perth
health of the economy down under is an important topic.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will deliver his 2nd Federal Budget on the 12th
May and he is expected to spend big in order to stimulate the Australian
econ0my that has slowed but not been devastated from the current Economic
Crisis.

In his first budget last year, PM Rudd promised to follow the previous
Howard Government’s prudent economic practise of positive budgets and had
forecast a A$21bn Surplus. Then along came the economic turmoil of 2008 and
PM Rudd went on a massive spending spree to keep the economy afloat and try
and avoid the first Australian recession in over 14 years.

So far this has seemed to work with only a 0.1% retraction in the Australian
economy in the December 2008 quarter, and we can expect to see some major
spending and incentive programs announced in this years’ budget aimed at
further invigorating the Australian economy and maintaining it as one of the
worlds safe havens.

This could be good news for Australian property investors and intended
migrants, that continue to enjoy favourable access to finance and prices
that have stayed firmer than many other countries, including the United
Kingdom, but have come off to offer true value in the current market.

SMATS Group Chairman, Steve Douglas, will be conducting his Annual
Australian Budget Review Seminar in London on the 9th & 10th June and it is
an opportunity for UK based Australians and English citizens with an
interest in Australia, to hear a full analysis of the Federal Budget and
discuss how it may impact on their personal situation.

This seminar is part of a world tour for Mr Douglas who presents this
seminar in Asia, Middle East and the Asia, Middle Eas tand USA as well. “This annual event has
proven popular as we endeavour to explain the complex issues announced in
the budget in simple English that anyone can understand and then discuss how
it may influence property and financial markets so people can use the
knowledge to their advantage.”

SMATS Group is the largest firm in the world assisting Australian Landlords
and Intended Migrants with their Australian Taxation & Finance requirements.

www.australiamagazine.co.uk

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West Australians will no longer have to bother with scraping off registration stickers from their cars, the WA government says.

In a bid to save $2 million over four years in printing and postage costs, registration stickers and discs for cars, trailers and motorbikes will be phased out from January 1 next year.

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Simon O’Brian announced the change to overhaul the state’s outdated licensing system today.

Mr O’Brian told reporters in Perth, the change would “kiss goodbye the frustrating task of scraping off old rego stickers to put a new one on”.

Police would use new communication radio technology to check registration details electronically.

Mr Barnett said motorists would still have to pay registration fees, but getting rid of the stickers would cut unnecessary red tape.

”People will still be sent an account to pay their registration but they will no longer be required to display registration stickers,” Mr Barnett said.

”That simple measure will save a lot of time and bother for some 2.2 million vehicles and their owners in this state and it will also save around $500,000 a year.”

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Join the growing community at Burns Beach Estate and make the most of the enviable lifestyle on offer.

A perfect view, perfectly located just 28 kilometres from the Perth CBD, a few minutes to Joondalup and within easy reach of Mindarie Marina, putting several shopping centres, sporting clubs, arenas, restaurants, hospitals and nightlife, as well as a number of state and private schools and universities in easy reach.

The ultimate beachside lifestyle can be yours, with all the benefits of a coastal lifestyle on your doorstep, from swimming and snorkelling to fishing and boating. Located right on the ocean’s edge, the magnificent Foreshore Park provides the perfect backdrop for community events and social gatherings with family and friends – and can also be booked for weddings.

Recreation and relaxation is made easy with a network of bike and walking paths connecting residents with a range of facilities including large expanses of public open space, boardwalks leading down to the beach, a barbecue facilities, barbecue facilities and shelters, and even an outdoor shower.

Be connected with the Currambine Train Station just a few minutes from the Estate, bus routes passing frequently along Marmion Avenue and access to the Mitchell Freeway set to become even easier with the freeway extension to Burns Beach Road.

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Sales Tax & Refunds Australia has a Sales Tax & Refunds. Prices in Australia are shown as Sales Tax & Refunds International and dshoppingomestic flights purchased overseas, by non-residents, are GST free. Continuous domestic legs of international journeys are also Sales Tax & Refunds. GST is payable on tourism services such as accommodation, day tours, guides, ground transport (including coach, rail and cruise), translators and meals. The tax applies to pre-booked and pre-paid goods and services in Australia, which are purchased before arrival in Australia, for example tours or accommodation. The prices quoted for your Australian holiday, by your travel agent, will already include the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The total amount is payable at the time of ticketing your holiday. Tourist Refund Scheme Departing travellers may be able to claim GST inclulaim a refund for GST and WET (Wine Equalisation Tax) paid on goods purchased in Australia. The refund is applicable to goods, totalling $A300 (sive) or more that are being taken out of Australia. The goods must have been purchased no earlier than 30 days before leaving Australia. You can purchase several lower-priced items from one store, either at the same time or on several occasions within the 30 day period. These goods will be covered by the one tax invoice. Or you can buy goods from several stores, provided that each store’s tax invoice totals at least $A300 (GST inclusive). Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) facilities are located at international airports and cruise-liner terminals. To claim, out of Australia travellers must show their passport, international boarding pass, retailer’s tax invoice and the goods. Other conditions may apply. There is a range of government, airport, sea and local taxes applicable on air and sea travel. These will usually be included in your ticket.

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A Vibrant Community World-class wineries, pristine beaches and a plethora of award-winning restaurants, this area has a lot to offer. And it’s about to offer so much more, with a 10-year enhancement strategy set to bring modern comforts to the famous down south lifestyle. Improvements on the golf course are already well underway, with the prestigious Scott Golf Designs reviewing the layout. Also high on the list of new additions is the clubhouse and resort facilities. And while everything looks on par for construction of these luxury inclusions to commence, we haven’t overlooked the most integral part of Dunsborough Lakes the community. Aspen Living is working closely with Swan Care to plan a retirement development with 150 retirement homes, a 60-bed residential care facility and a fully equipped community centre. There’s even a 12acre feature lake and additional native bushes being planted to attract local bird life. The future is looking good for a beautiful, vibrant community at Dunsborough Lakes.  www.dunsboroughlakes.com.au

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The federal government will commit to paid parental leave from January 2011 for those earning less that $150,000 a year, federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Mr Swan, who will hand down his second budget on Tuesday, said the scheme will pay the federal minimum wage for 18 weeks and will be funded by the government, not business.

“This is a very significant reform,” Mr Swan told the Nine Network.

“The scheme must be introduced in a measured and responsible way, particularly taking into account a global recession.”

He said the early years of a child’s life are important for prospects in later life, while the quality of family life is impacted by the quality of work life.

“We have got to get that balance between work and family right, and paid parental leave is an essential reform,” he said.

“We are one of only two countries in the western world that doesn’t have paid parental leave.”

He said the scheme will be of particular benefit to low and middle income earners.

“Where the primary carer’s income is over $150,000 they won’t be eligible,” he said.

“We are very mindful that this significant reform must be progressed in a measured and responsible way.”

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