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14:41' 18-04-2018
The Federal Government will ask the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) to make a rule change to improve the accuracy of energy bills.

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    Plan for more accurate energy bills

    The Federal Government will ask the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) to make a rule change to improve the accuracy of energy bills.

    Although smart meters can be read remotely, gas meters and other types of electricity meters still need to be read manually. Bills based on an estimate, rather than an actual reading, can result in significant under or overcharging.

    The proposed amendments will allow consumers to base their bill on their own meter reading, by sending a photograph of the meter to the energy provider. This was not possible before the era of smartphones.

    The change will improve the accuracy of billing and reduce the risk of a financial shock from an inaccurately estimated bill.

    Declutter in time for Council’s Renew services

    Whitehorse Council residents can expect information in their letterboxes on Council's annual Renew collection.

    The convenient service is a great chance to declutter the home. Sort items, such as textiles, small electronic items and sporting equipment, into product groups, and pack each group into separate plastic bags to keep them clean.

    During the collection period, place the bags in your empty recycling bin, immediately after the normal recycling has been collected. Then put the bin out again for the Renew Collection, which takes place the next day.

    The Renew Collection operates from Tuesday 1 May to Saturday 12 May. There is also a Renew Drop Off Day on Saturday 12 May from 8am-2pm at the Whitehorse City Council Depot in Ailsa Street, Box Hill South, for items that are too big or fragile to place in recycling bins.

    For full details of the Renew Collection, visit

    Children's book explores cultural diversity

    Mem Fox, a highly regarded Australian author of books for children, has written a picture book exploring Australia's multi-cultural heritage and history of immigration.

    Suitable for kids 5 years old and over, “I'm Australian Too” explains our multi-cultural heritage, and what it means to be Australian, in rhyming verse. The book is illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

    The book's characters include an Australian born in Melbourne, an Aboriginal boy, and children with Irish, Italian, Greek and Syrian roots. Mem Fox says she wrote her book to encourage a kinder and more positive feeling about diversity in Australian society.

    I'm Australian Too is published by Scholastic, and available from bookstores or online retailers for prices ranging from $10.00 to $19.99.

    Aged Care needs Advanced Thinking

    The first National Advance Care Planning Week was held across the nation from 16-22 April, to urge Australians to make their future health care wishes known. More than 100 awareness-raising events were hosted.

    At a launch event at Box Hill Hospital on the first day of the campaign, Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt said it was important that people have information to make informed choices about their health care. Around 50% of people will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions.

    “Knowing their options, and taking steps to inform their family or carers about their decisions and preferences, can help ensure people get the right type of treatment for them at the right time,” Minister Wyatt said.

    Minister Wyatt also released the new Advance Care Planning in Aged Care Guide, a new resource to help aged care residents, families and aged care providers better support individual health care choices.

    The Guide was developed by Advance Care Planning Australia in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute. It is available for free download, along with other helpful information and fact sheets, at




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