Time for change of zone, says Premier Weatherill

Time for change of zone, says Premier Weatherill “I’m for it, moving half an hour forward to go with the eastern states. It makes it so much easier – you ring up and they’re open.” – Dianne Cordon, Murray Bridge
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“I think we should keep it as it is. When you get to my age, you don’t like change.” – Iris Mayr, Peake

“There are too many changes going on as it is – look at climate change stuffing up the seasons.” – Steve Olsen, Murray Bridge

“I’m not in favour. We have to get children up and they have to catch the bus at eight o’clock, so it’ll be that much more difficult.” – Julie Cordon, Monarto

“It’d be good for business if we were half an hour ahead with the eastern states, but if you live over Ceduna way it might be different.” Leeanne Piazza, Murray Bridge

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Around Cootamundra – February 9

Meeting footy legends Around Cootamundra – February 9 GREEN TEAM: Jessica Meale, Mikayla Large and Ellisha Large were excited to get a photo with Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington at the Cootamundra Pool last Thursday morning.
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FLANKED: Cootamundra rugby union star Sammy Maxwell didn’t waste the opportunity to meet her hero, Wallabies flanker David Pocock, when the Brumbies took on the Highlanders in Wagga.

FUN: Enjoying themselves at the Cootamundra High School swimming carnival on Thursday were (back, from left) Nick rumble, Sarah Edwards, Mitchell Smith and Rhys Derrick (front) Lydia Rumble, Olivia Hamilton and Eliza Cooper, all cheering for Pinkstone.

PINKSTONE PRIDE: Meanwhile another Pinkstone house member in Hamish Basham looked pretty snazzy representing with pride.

BALDRY BLUE: Tayla Heath and Jess Meale made excellent advocates for Baldry house with their super outfits.

TAKE YOUR MARKS: Ready for the 100m breaststroke are (from front) Ben Camilleri, Mitchell Holmes, Jayden Sutton, Shawn Flint, Jake Turner and Andrew Clements.

TweetFacebookTerms in FRESH FACES: Grady Maher (year eight), Clancy Maher (year 11) and Blake Guthrie (year 11) are enjoying their first week of term at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown.

THREE Cootamundra boys are enjoying their first weeks of the term at St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown.

Starting off the 2015 year at the school are Grady Maher (year eight), Clancy Maher (year 11) and Blake Guthrie (year 11).

St Gregory’s College is a Catholic, boys only secondary college in the Marist Tradition since 1926.

They offer strong academic and pastoral care and state of the art facilities

An open day at the college for other interested families will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 10am until 1pm. Contact the Registrar on 4629 4269.

Donate to Jack’s Ride

COLLECTION tins are now in a number of locations in town for people to support Jack’s Ride for Jai.

At 12-years-old, local youngster Jack Douglas is undertaking an epic pushbike ride from Cootamundra Post Office to the Junee Post Office and will then cycle the return trip to Albert Park in Cootamundra – all of which is a total distance of 107 kilometres.

Support Jack’s efforts by donating in one of the tins now at the Central Hotel, Ex Services Club, Pazzaz Hair Studio and Cootamundra Library.

To support Jack in his ride or to find out further information, please contact his mum Rhonda on 0407 951 013 or [email protected]南京夜网.

Jack’s Ride supports Jai Godbier, who last year was diagnosed with ‘late infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)’.

Jack wanted to help as soon as he learned about the future Jai faced. He goes to school with Jai’s brother Koby but more than anything saw a young boy in trouble and wanted to do his bit.

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Gallery: Sutho wins U21s shield

Gallery: Sutho wins U21s shield Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson
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Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

Sutherland under-21 Poidevin Gray Shield team playing Northern District in the final on Sunday. Picture: Jane Dyson

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Ararat Swimming Club finishes fourth at Donald

Ararat s under nine girls relay team with their second place ribbons (L-R) Billie, Asha, Holly and Emma.THE Ararat Swimming Club has finished fourth overall in the first swim meet of the year at Donald last Saturday.
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The Water Rats had 23 participants for the competition, finishing fourth behind Stawell, Horsham and Donald.

Jack Cameron competes in the backstroke at the Donald swim meet.

Ararat Swimming Club president Ainsley Cameron said in the lead up to the first event of 2015 the local swimmers practiced at the Beaufort Outdoor Swimming Pool.

“The club took up the opportunity of the Beaufort Swimming Pool being opened and did two lots of two-hour training sessions last week,” she said.

“It was great being able to train in a 50-metre outdoor pool in the cooler conditions.”

Ivana Donnan with a look of determination during the freestyle.

The extra practice looked to pay off in Donald, with personal bests once again produced by Leroy Bell, Ivana Donnan, Marcus Donnan, Jodan Grant, Havana Madex, Kiara Madex, Navasha Madex and Charlotte Walker

Ms Cameron said one of the highlights of the day was the performance of the Ararat under nine girls.

“Our girls nine and under relay team did a fantastic effort for their first time as a group and for some, their first relay event, by taking out second place,” she said.

“Emma Lavery (in her first meet for the season) was part of that team, but also took out first in her age group for backstroke A very proud moment.”

Also impressing was Billie Donnan, who backed up her performance at the Stawell swim meet, with a second place finish in her 25-metre freestyle final.

In-form swimmer Luke McInnes was well placed again in all of his events and continued to enjoy a tough competition with Stawell Stingray rival Jayden Dignin.

The Ararat Swimming Club is now looking ahead to the end of the month where it will compete at the Wimmera Championships at Warracknabeal with valued sponsor Christians Bus Co providing the transportation.

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Buangor upsets Landsborough West in Ararat and District Tennis

Ararat’s Graclyn Dowling moves in for a return during the match against Elmhurst on Saturday at the Ararat City Tennis Club. Picture: PETER PICKERINGBUANGOR has upset Landsborough West in round twelve of the Ararat and District Tennis Association.
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The bottom placed team snuck home to win by just two games after close results in each of the divisions contested.

Brady Walsh starred for Landsborough West in the men’s section, while Ben and Phil Hartwich’s demoralising defeat (9-0) of the Landsborough West partnership of Justin Lee and Seth Blake ensured Buangor jumped to an early lead.

In the ladies, Angela Hodder stood tall for Landsborough West and helped her team to collect the points.

With just four games between the two teams, the final result was decided by the mixed section.

Seth and Jo Blake’s one game defeat of their opponents handed Landsborough West the final division by just one game, but not the result overall.

In other matches Ararat continues to leave the rest of the competition for dead after it comfortably accounted for Elmhurst.

Crowlands is the competition’s next best team and despite dropping the men’s section to Landsborough took control to coast to victory.

Results

Crowlands 75 games, 8 points def Landsborough 61 games, 2 points

Men, Crowlands 13-0 lost to Landsborough 36-2: H Price, S Jardine lost to L Scott, A Lee 1-9; D Brady, S Mills lost to C McSparron, K Scott 4-9; H Price, D Brady lost to L Scott, C McSparron 6-9; S Jardine, S Mills lost to A Lee, K Scott 2-9.

Ladies, Crowlands 36-2 def Landsborough 5-0: J Boatman, J Price def D Mannington, A Newberry 9-1; K Vance, R Cooper def A Graveson, S Bullock 9-2; J Boatman, K Vance def D Mannington, A Graveson 9-1; J Price, R Cooper def A Newberry, S Bullock 9-1.

Mixed, Crowlands 26-2 def Landsborough 20-0: H Price, J Boatman def L Scott, D Mannington 9-1; S Jardine, J Price lost to A Lee, A Graveson 1-9; D Brady, K Vance lost to C McSparron, S Bullock 7-9; S Mills, R Cooper def K Scott, A Newberry 9-1.

Buangor 83 games, 6 points def Landsborough West 80 games, 4 points

Men, Buangor 33-2 def Landsborough West 25-0: B Hartwich, C Hartwich def J Lee, D Leehane 9-7; P Hartwich, D Jess lost to S Blake, B Walsh 8-9; B Hartwich, P Hartwich def J Lee, S Blake 9-0; C Hartwich, D Jess lost to D Leehane, B Walsh 7-9.

Ladies, Buangor 23-0 lost to Landsborough West 27-2: K Hartwich, K Sanford lost to A Hodder, T Hodder 1-9; M Allen, A Tonkin def J Blake, K Hodder 9-3; K Hartwich, M Allen lost to A Hodder, J Blake 4-9; K Sanford, A Tonkin def T Hodder, K Hodder 9-6.

Mixed, Buangor 27-0 lost to Landsborough West 28-2: B Hartwich, M Allen def J Lee, T Hodder 9-4; C Hartwich, K Sanford lost to D Leehane, A Hodder 1-9; P Hartwich, K Hartwich lost to S Blake, J Blake 8-9; D Jess, A Tonkin def B Walsh, K Hodder 9-6.

Ararat 103 games, 10 points def Elmhurst 61 games, 0 points

Men, Ararat 36-2 def Elmhurst 21-0: J Hannett, S Gason def M Haddow, P Hall 9-8; S Walton, A Drosg def M Boatman, J Boatman 9-3; J Hannett, S Walton def M Haddow, M Boatman 9-5; S Gason, A Drosg def P Hall, J Boatman 9-5.

Ladies, Ararat 34-2 def Elmhurst 23-0: C Harricks, A Burmester def S Rodgers, J Trengove 9-1; G Dowling, G Bush lost to L Haddow, M Harricks 7-9; C Harricks, G Dowling def S Roberts, L Haddow 9-8; A Burmester, G Bush def J Trengove, M Harricks 9-5.

Mixed, Ararat 33-2 def Elmhurst 17-0: J Hannett, A Burmester def R Haddow, J Trengove 9-3; S Gason, C Harricks lost to P Hall, S Roberts 6-9; S Walton, G Dowling def M Boatman, L Haddow 9-4; A Drosg, G Bush def J Boatman, M Harricks 9-1.

Ladder: Ararat 108 (points), 202 (%); Crowlands 86, 134; Elmhurst 65, 95; Landsborough West 38, 70; Landsborough 32, 71; Buangor 31, 78.

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Northcliffe residents remain cautious as out-of-control fire continues to burn

Residents of the Northcliffe area have been urged to remain cautious as changing weather conditions threaten to stoke a massive bushfire that continues to burn out-of-control.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a issued a bushfire “watch and act” for people in the area, with a possible threat to homes and lives.

For the most up-to-date WA fire alerts, visit the DFES website or follow DFES on Twitter.

Windy Harbour residents who are at their houses have been warned not to leave their homes and those who have relocated have been told not to return until further instructions are given.

About 184 firefighters continue to tackle the blaze which has been burning since January 30, consuming an area of 88,000 hectares, with a perimeter of 390 kilometres.

Two houses and five sheds have been lost to the fire, believed to have been sparked by lightning.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for Manjimup predicts light winds becoming south to south-westerly, moving at about 15-20 km/h in the middle of the day, then tending south to south-easterly in the late evening.

The bushfire “watch and act” remains in place for people in an area:

·South of Yeagarup Road, Ritter Road, Barker Road, Crowea Road, Lane Poole Road, Deeside Coast Road, South Western Highway and Bevan Road.

·West of Thompson Road and west of South Western Highway from Beardmore Road to Broke Inlet Road.

·North of Beardmore Road, Broke Inlet Road, Chesapeake Road, Windy Harbour Road.

·East of the coast line.

More fires, more warnings

A bushfire “advice” has been issued for people in the southern part of Lower Hotham in the shires of Boddington, Collie and Williams.

In the Perth region, the same warning applies to people in parts of Wattleup, Hammond Park, Helena National Park, the southern part of The Spectacles and parts of Orelia.

A bushfire “advice” has also been issued for part of Karratha. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Head CSG investigator Lee Shearer’s mining ties queried after AGL toxic chemical find

Anti-CSG protesters in Gloucester last October. Photo: Dean Sewell/Oculi Anti-CSG protesters in Gloucester last October. Photo: Dean Sewell/Oculi
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Anti-CSG protesters in Gloucester last October. Photo: Dean Sewell/Oculi

Anti-CSG protesters in Gloucester last October. Photo: Dean Sewell/Oculi

The choice of a former mining industry consultant to head a government investigation into AGL’s discovery of toxic chemicals at its coal-seam gas operations raises doubts about the probe’s impartiality, a local opposition group says.

Lee Shearer, an ex-NSW policewoman from the Newcastle region, is overseeing the Department of Resources and Energy’s probe of the AGL’s coal-seam gas operations near Gloucester. The company was ordered to suspend its pilot project last month after revealing it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in its flowback water after fracking.

Energy Minister Anthony Roberts praised Ms Shearer, now in charge of his department’s compliance and enforcement unit. “As former senior NSW police officer, Lee Shearer is just a remarkable individual, so we take compliance very seriously,” Mr Roberts told a delegation to Sydney last week from the anti-CSG group, Groundswell Gloucester.

The residents group, though, said Ms Shearer’s past role as a consultant to the mining industry, including “managing crisis situations” fanned worries about her independence.

On her own page on the LinkedIn website, Ms Shearer details her expertise in assisting companies “in dealing with community sensitive issues such as land acquisition” and  “managing volatile community response”. “Lee is acutely aware of protecting the brand of the client whilst managing difficult situations,” the entry states.

“We call on [Energy Minister Roberts] to suspend the AGL Gloucester gas field licence until a thorough investigation of the entire wholly inadequate approval is undertaken by a totally independent investigator,” said Julie Lyford, a former Gloucester mayor and spokeswoman for Groundswell Gloucester.

“No one is questioning the integrity or the highly experienced qualifications of Ms Shearer,” Ms Lyford said.  “We are questioning the ability of the minister to show full impartiality and employ, again from the public purse, a suitably qualified investigator with no links to the mining or coal-seam gas industry.”

Mr Roberts suspended AGL’s operations on January 28 pending the results of a probe into the source of chemicals in the BTEX group – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes – found in flowback water. Benzene is a known carcinogen.

The chemicals can occur naturally in coal and gas deposits, and AGL said it did not use them in its fracking.

A spokesman for Mr Roberts said Ms Shearer had not worked as a consultant since joining the department in June last year.

“The DRE investigation will be thorough, robust and transparent,” the spokesman said, with the final report to be made public.

“Ms Shearer brings a wealth of investigative experience,” the spokesman said, including serving in the police force for 23 years. “To suggest otherwise is false and misleading.”

Opposition Leader Luke Foley, who has called for a moratorium on coal-seam gas in NSW, said the public may not have the “full confidence in the inquiry and the findings”.

“You have to question if someone who has worked as a consultant in the mining industry is best placed to lead an investigation into AGL’s CSG activities in Gloucester,” Mr Foley said. “This inquiry needs to get to the bottom of what has occurred in Gloucester and the public needs to have confidence in the process.”

Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said it was vital for any investigator to be completely independent and have the expertise necessary.

“Despite the Chief Scientist’s [Mary O’Kane’s] report and commitments to ‘world’s best practice’, the government continues to make decisions that undermine trust and facilitate the coal-seam gas industry,” Mr Buckingham said, adding it was time for coal-seam gas to be banned in the state.

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Time running out for transfer of British pensions

April 2’s deadline is looming for expats wanting to make their UK public service pension transfer under optimum conditions. Former British public sector workers will have to act immediately if they want to have their UK pension benefit transferred to an Australian super fund and receive favourable tax treatment.
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From April 6, members of public sector pension schemes including those covering former National Health Service workers, teachers, police and fire fighters, will no longer be able to be transfer the money to an Australian super fund.

That is a big deal for former pubic sector workers – whether they’re expats living in Australia or Australians who have done a stint working in the United Kingdom – because the money drawn from an Australian super fund is tax-free after the age of 60. Otherwise, the British scheme pays the money into the member’s bank account. This income is then assessable for Australian income tax and, as it is paid in pounds,subject to exchange rate changes.

The deadline to lodge an application with the UK fund is April 6. But with the way that Easter falls this year, April 2 is the real deadline. The first step is to obtain a quotation from their UK scheme, says Simon Harvey, a director of BDH Sterling, which provides cross-border financial advice. The turn-around time for the quote varies from scheme to scheme, Harvey says.

The NHS, for example, takes about four weeks while the teachers’ pension is a little quicker, he says. After the quotation is received, the scheme member must return the signed transfer request to their UK scheme’s administrator by April 2.

“People would have to move by the end of this week to have a chance of making the deadline,” Harvey says.

Those who do not transfer will keep their benefits but they will be restricted in the way the money is accessed. They are entitled to a portion of the money as a lump sum, with the remainder taken as income for life.

There is also another drawback of leaving the money in the UK scheme. Typically, if a member dies the spouse receives a half pension with that ceasing on their death. With Australian super, the death benefit consists of the entire balance and the insurance benefit.

Private sector-defined benefit pensions will still be transferable to Australian super funds beyond April However, the new rules require a scheme member to take financial advice from a UK-regulated company even if they live in Australia, if the transfer value is more than £30,000. Those living in Australia have limited access to such advice.

BDH Sterling is licensed in Australia and the UK and can give advice on whether a transfer is needed and make arrangements to have the money moved to a super fund.

The British government has said that it will allow transfers in some limited circumstances beyond April 6, but these limited circumstances, have not, so far, been stated.

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Mitchell Duke leaves Central Coast Mariners for Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan’s J-League

One of Australia’s best attacking prospects, Mitchell Duke, has finally completed his overseas move to Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse.
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Duke will leave on Tuesday to link up with the club that Mariners teammate Eddy Bosnar and Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque once called home and only needs to pass a medical upon arrival to seal his J-League move.

The 24-year old has split his time between the central striker’s role and right-midfield since making the step up from the Mariners youth team in 2012, scoring 13 goals in 66 matches.

He only signed a two-year contract extension in July 2014, meaning the Mariners were able to command a significant six-figure fee.

“I came through the youth stages of the Mariners for two years and was rewarded with a first team contract, so my time at the Mariners has been unbelievable,” Duke said on Monday. “I’ve signed a pre-agreement deal and I’ll be going over to Japan on Tuesday to complete a medical so once the medical clears up I’ll be signing a full contract.

“The J-League is a well-respected league all around the world, all you have to do is take a look at.”

Coach Phil Moss said he was disappointed to lose such an important player but said it would give another youngster a chance to prove themselves.

“Mitchell Duke is the next Mariners player to come off the club’s production line and now gets his chance overseas,” he said. “The timing is never great when you lose a key player mid-season but it gives other players the opportunity to step up and of course, we have Fabio Ferreira ready to go this week.

“It’s a great opportunity for ‘Dukey’ to take his career to the next level and he goes with our blessing.”

Duke trialled at English Premier League club West Ham in 2013 and has long been linked with a move abroad after winning his first Socceroos’ call-up in the same year.

He joins an ever-growing list of Mariners’ players to move to big clubs abroad, including Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund), Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Mathew Ryan (Club Brugge), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) and Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Jetstar pilot strike averted as pay deal nears settlement

Shares in Qantas fell 5¢ to $2.44 on Monday amid a further increase in oil prices. In December, almost 95 per cent of Jetstar pilots voted against a proposed four-year deal that had included an 18-month pay freeze. Photo: Rob Homer
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Jetstar is on the brink of a breakthrough with its pilots over a new enterprise agreement, which will clear the way for its parent, Qantas, to achieve its goal of imposing a company-wide pay freeze for 18 months.

The finalisation of an in-principle agreement with unions for Jetstar’s Australian-based pilots also removes the threat of strike action over the busy Easter holidays.

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots had requested the right last month for a ballot of its pilot members at Jetstar on whether to take protected industrial action.

However, AFAP executive director Simon Lutton said the union had withdrawn the ballot, which had been set to close on Tuesday, as an act of good faith after the two sides reached a more acceptable four-year agreement.

The union and management will spend the next few days drafting the final terms of the in-principle agreement, which Jetstar pilots will vote on over the coming weeks. The AFAP will recommend they accept the in-principle agreement.

“It has been a pretty difficult negotiation environment over the past year or two,” Mr Lutton said. “[But] by the end of the week we will expect that there will be a fully drafted proposal which will be released to pilots that they can vote on.”

The union represents about 40 per cent of the 1000 Australian-based Jetstar pilots.

Once the 18-month wage freeze ends, Jetstar pilots will receive pay increases of 3 per cent a year under the terms of an agreement which expires in 2019. The proposed deal includes provisions that allow pilots to opt for changes to work practices, such as making themselves more available to the airline during peak periods of demand, in exchange for an additional hourly payment.

The Jetstar pilots represent one of the last remaining parts of the airline group’s unionised workforce to agree to an 18-month wage freeze as part of management’s plans to strip out $2 billion in costs over three years and axe 5000 jobs.

Last week, about 70 per cent of the 2600 Qantas staff represented by the Transport Workers Union voted in favour of accepting a new deal that includes an 18-month wage freeze. That agreement covered baggage handlers, catering staff, cleaners and ramp workers.

The prospect of Jetstar pilots settling on a new deal will take the total number of Qantas Group staff to have accepted a wage freeze to about 8000. They include short-haul pilots and licensed aircraft engineers.

In December, almost 95 per cent of Jetstar pilots voted against a proposed four-year deal that had included an 18-month pay freeze. The size of the no vote prompted the AFAP to apply to Fair Work for the ballot after more than two years of “fruitless negotiations”.

However, the Australian and International Pilots Association, which represents about 35 per cent of Jetstar pilots, did not apply for a ballot of its members.

The two pilot unions have been meeting Jetstar executives over the past few weeks to nut out the in-principle agreement.

A Jetstar spokesman said the in-principle agreement balanced the needs of pilots and the business, and was “achieved within the parameters of the group wages policy, including an 18-month pay freeze”.

Shares in Qantas were weaker early on Monday amid a further increase in oil prices but by the afternoon had reversed the trend to close flat at $2.49. The price of benchmark Brent crude rose more than 9 per cent last week.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Hong Kong and airlines such as Cathay Pacific opposed to the budget airline gaining approval to launch flights will make closing submissions to transport officials in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The budget airline, part owned by Qantas, will again make the argument to the Hong Kong Air Transport Licensing Authority that its principal place of business is the Chinese territory.

Jetstar Hong Kong had aimed to begin flights in mid-2013. However, delays to it gaining regulatory approval have resulted in it selling six of its nine-strong A320 fleet.

Authorities have not given a time frame for when they will make a decision on Jetstar Hong Kong’s right to fly.

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