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NEWS AND NOTES Metropolitan Forecast. Today's weather forecast for the metropolitan area is: "Fine and jnild with moderate to fresh south-west winds. Esti mated maximum temperature, 76deg." Yesterday's maximum temperature was 76deg. and the minimum was 56.5deg. The fire hazards assessed by the Weather Bureau for today are: Jarrah area, moderate summer, karri area, moderate summer. Bridge Closed. Belhus Bridge, across Ellen's Brook, on the West Swan-road, has been closed to vehicular traffic. The bridge, which was built about 50 years ago, is now unsafe. A spokesman for the Swan Road Board said last night that the bridge had not been built to carry the heavy traffic of recent years. He re commended that north-bound traffic should use the Great Northern-highway through Midland Junction. Butchers' Picnic. No meat will be sold in the metropolitan area on February 19, when all butcher shops and bacon factories in the metro politan area and the Midland Junction abattoirs will close, so that members of the Meat In dustry Employees' Union can attend their annual picnic. The secretary of the union (Mr. J. W. Baker) said yesterday that about 800 were expected to at tend the picnic, which would be held at Garden Island. Careless Shots. Complaints are being made by farmers in the York district of indiscriminate shooting on pro perties adjacent to the main roads. There have been several incidents involving the loss of sheep. Some offenders are be lieved to be residents of the metropolitan area who motor to the district to shoot rabbits without first having secured permission from property owners. The York police in tend taking action against offenders. Aircraft Flares. Eight bomb-shaped steel cyl indres, which were found on Monday afternoon in thick scrub near the old Naval Base. army camp, were identified yes terday by Army experts as 22 lb. aircraft flares. The objects were found by a picnic party near Naval Base-road and were at first thought to be a type of military flare. A flare picked up by one of the party burst into flames and burnt for about 15 minutes. After they had ex amined the flares yesterday the experts set them off. By Three Votes. A loan referendum by which the Wanneroo Road Board sought to gain permission to raise a loan of £ 5,000 for im provements to the Wanneroo showground reserve was de feated by three votes on Satur day, the secretary of the board (Mr. W. Rees) said yesterday. The board had intended to use the money to install water reticulating- plant and fencing on the eight-acre reserve, as well as a display shed. A year ago £1,800 was spent in bull dozing the area, which was now ready for grassing.

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