Resilient wallabies found in Warrumbungle National Park

ENDANGERED brush-tailed rock wallabies have been found in the Warrumbungle National Park, survivors of the devastating fire that ripped through the area last month.
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Office of Environment and Heritage threatened species officer Todd Soderquist said images of the marsupials were captured on infrared cameras that were set up in locations where it was hoped survivors would be.

“We are pleased to now discover the cameras have picked up photographs of what we believe to be four different animals, telling us we do have survivors among a colony that we have been monitoring for the past decade,” Dr Soderquist said.

He said the rock wallabies appeared to be healthy. They were discovered in an area where animals bred in captivity were released in 2009.

It is believed some of these rock wallabies survived alongside animals native to the site.

But the full impact of the fire on wildlife is not known.

A spokesman from the Office of Environment and Heritage said estimating the numbers of wildlife killed or injured in a bushfire was difficult.

“In this case we know there have been casualties, but the Australian bush is remarkably resilient to bushfire and we always hear some incredible survival stories – kangaroos and wallabies have been seen in some areas, as have other species such as frogs,” the spokesman said.

Dr Soderquist said searches would be expanded to other sites in the park and the cameras would be monitored in coming weeks, in the hopes of finding more brush-tailed rock wallabies and other species.

Anyone who finds injured wildlife should contact their local wildlife care group, such as WIRES.

ALIVE: An infrared camera image of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby, which has survived the devastating fires in the Warrumbungle National Park.

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Townes Earle comes to town

COMING TO MILTON: Justin Townes Earle will be bringing his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore to Milton Theatre in February.Milton Theatre will host renowned signer songwriter JustinTownes Earle this Saturday, February 9.
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Townes Earle was last in Australia in April 2012 forBluesfest and a national run of headline shows in support of his presciently-titledfourth album Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

Since April 2012, Justin has since been quiet, working awayon a swag of awesome new tunes, and he is keen to roll out some awesome soundsat his gig this weekend.

He has also spent some time travelling the States impressingall and sundry with his modern-day take on the authentic country music of yore,which was schooled into him from a young age by his legendary old man, SteveEarle.

There have also been whispers of him curating celebrationsfor Woody Guthrie’s centennial celebrations in New York.

He made his debut at producing when he took the helm of thelegendary Wanda Jackson’s new album Unfinished Business.

At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what he’sbeen up to, only that he’s returning, and he’s bringing his guitar andincredible knack for writing odes for the downtrodden and broken-hearted,something of a speciality for the young man.

And joining him on this trip for his first foray Down Underwill be burgeoning Houston singer-songwriter Robert Ellis who earned widespreadacclaim for his debut album Photographs (New West), and whose sparse yetpoignant wordplay and deft guitar skills will make him the perfect appetiserfor the Justin Townes Earle main course.

Whether you’ve been seeing him continually over the last fewyears or just recently opened your heart and mind to the music of Justin TownesEarle, fans are sure to rejoice at news of his imminent return, and rest safein the knowledge that he’s as excited to be coming back to Australia.

Tickets for Saturday, February 9 show are now availableonline at www.lovepolice南京夜网.au/tours or through Country Leather in Milton.

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Marketing push for Barossa food and wine

TOURIST ATTRACTION: South Australian Tourism Commission promotional photo of visitors enjoying food and wine at Murray Street Vineyard. True to its word, the South Australian Tourism Commission is ready to give a significant push for tourism to the Barossa Valley.
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Last year, the SATC indicated after a recent long push for Kangaroo Island, the Barossa was in line for promotion.

Director of Marketing at the South Australian Tourism Commission, David O’Loughlin, said the Barossa is currently a key focus for the commission.

“Over the past few months we have been working closely with the region to refine its regional brand positioning as one of Australia’s premier food and wine destinations, and as one of South Australia’s most popular tourist attractions,” Mr O’Loughlin said.

“Prior to Christmas we began campaign development promoting the region which we are hoping to preview for local stakeholders in the next few months.

“The integrated campaign is expected to start in various media (including television) mid-year. While the campaign is still in development, we are incredibly excited about what we believe will be one of our most successful campaigns yet.

“The marketing push will be supported by a strong PR campaign which will see a number of journalists visit the region over the coming months, generating valuable editorial for the Barossa.”

Mr O’Loughlin said the campaign would be measured by an increase in consideration for travel to the region, and other areas of South Australia.

Recently appointed Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell is excited about the Barossa campaign.

“I had several briefings with the commission and look forward to working with them to promote all the Barossa region and this great state has to offer,” Mr Bignell said.

“I am a regular visitor to the Barossa and worked closely with locals on establishing the Character Preservation Bill which has locked in the valuable agricultural lands which make the region so special.

“I have already been in touch with Chris Pfeiffer, chair of Tourism Barossa, and I look forward to working with him and tourism operators in the Barossa.

“The quality of the food and wine, along with the magnificent setting of the Barossa – indeed all of our wine regions – is a message I’m really keen to see delivered to an expanded local, national and international audience.”

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南京夜网 13/07/2018

Blasko mesmerises Milton

BEAUTIFUL BLASKO: Sarah Blasko performs at Milton Theatre. Photo STEPHEN BRAY.Sarah Blasko rolled into our sleepy south coast town for twointense and cinematic style sets at Milton Theatre on Friday, January 25.
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After quickly selling out the 8pm show, managementgraciously opened up a 4pm matinee slot.

These were the first shows of a prolonged national andinternational album tour for I Awake which includes a backing orchestra andvenues such as the Opera House in Sydney, Art Centre in Melbourne as well asvenues in Paris and Berlin.

A cynic might say she was just here to tighten up a band orto re energise before the ardour of the tour proper.

Yes the later set improved on the matinee and I can onlyimagine that the Candelo shows on the Saturday and Sunday were even better butthis was no rehearsal.

Darren Hanlon was a surprise support act.

His lofi story telling was a perfect foil to the intensitywhich was to follow.

Word is that he and Ms Blasko shared a house in the postmillennium.

He brought a beautiful 100 year old guitar and charmed usall.

Hopefully he will be back, perhaps with some of his oldCandle Records’ stable mates or Mick Thomas of Weddings, Parties, Anything famewhose last album Darren recently produced in Portland, Oregon.

I Awake is Sarah Blasko’s fourth long player.

She produced and wrote the album [co writes and addedorchestral arrangements] by herself.

Composed initially on a piano in a house that Sarah lived inby herself in Brighton UK in the first six-months of 2011 the album was thenrecorded in Sweden and Bulgaria.

I Awake has been receiving steady airplay and acclaim sinceits release late last year.

Sarah’s lilting and fragile voice belies the power andintensity of her performance.

There is a dichotomy at the base of her music.

Light but dark, open yet closed.

Honorary local bassist David Symes combined well withSwedish drummer Frederik Rundqvist and allowed David Hunt on keys to draw andlead these songs.

Long-time band fellow Ben Fletcher was flawless on guitar,uke and banjo.

As the warm night progressed the beats became almost trancelike, with Sarah singing, dancing and channelling her Baptist churchupbringing.

The audience was privy to what are very personal stories ofself-revelation and then, hopefully, shared in the epiphanies of understandingand acceptance.

It is heavy-duty subject material wrapped in Kate Bush likecotton candy vocals and though I felt honoured that she had chosen MiltonTheatre as one of only two small venues on this tour, I was still jealous ofthe major cities, as it would have been even better with a backing orchestra.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Student stabbed at a high school in Queanbeyan

Source:Canberra Times
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Year 7 students who only began secondary school last week watched in horror as a 16-year-old was allegedly stabbed during the lunch break at a Queanbeyan high school on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged lunch-time attack, which left a 16-year-old student with two wounds – one to his abdomen and another to his thigh – at about 12.45pm, according to police.

The 16-year old was taken from the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, to The Canberra Hospital by ambulance.

Queanbeyan Police duty officer Inspector Christopher Varley said the 15-year-old boy was charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. He would remain in police custody overnight, and appear before Queanbeyan Local Court Wednesday morning.

Paramedics arrived at the scene at 12.45pm, and took the 16-year-old victim to The Canberra Hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition on Tuesday evening. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Inspector Varley said the alleged attacker had been detained by teachers when police arrived at the school shortly after 12.47pm.

‘‘I’ve got to pay compliments to teaching staff… and the professional job they did to control the incident and contain the young man involved,’’ Inspector Varley said.

‘‘He was basically with the school staff when we arrived.’’

Inspector Varley said the attack had been witnessed by several students as it had occurred during lunch time.

‘‘A number of students were in the vicinity at the time and of course witnessed what occurred,’’ he said.

Counsellinghas already been provided to distressed students at the school.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities said further student support would be offered on Wednesday, and for as long as needed.

The Department refused to comment on the incident any further, saying it would be inappropriate while the police investigation continued.

Inspector Varley said school staff had done a good job of caring for the child witnesses.

‘‘Clearly it’s a traumatic event to occur in the school grounds,’’ he said.

An outdoor lunch area at the school had been cordoned off, and police said a knife was recovered at the scene.

Students had been called into an assembly after the incident, while some students could be seen leaving the school in tears.

Several parents rushed to the school to collect their children after hearing news of incident.

One mother said: ”My son just rang and said a boy he knew had been stabbed. ‘We’re in minor lockdown please come and get me’.”

Another mother said her Year 7 daughter had told her the stabbing happened at the end of lunch time.

“It’s her first week [of high school]. She was sitting having lunch and then she saw the stabbing. I’m thinking of pulling her out and sending her to a private school.”

Students who witnessed the incident said they had been instructed not to speak to the media.

The school’s principal refused to comment on the incident.

NSW Police at the scene of the alleged stabbing. Photo: Karleen Minney – CANBERRA TIMES

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Boys impress at Summer Carnival

AWESOME ATHLETES: Little Athletics members Archie Skinner, Haydn Galea, Jack Skinner, Lachlan Smith and Ryan Smith at the Lake Illawarraa Summer Carnival at which they competed along with Joe and Ben Shephard.The last half of the Little Athleticsseason has seen a handful of childrendown at Frogs Holla enjoying some sprint races and some distance races, resultswere not recorded for the first two weeks but it was a great opportunity to getback into training after a nice Christmas break.
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Sadly the weather got the better of us last week and we hadto cancel.

During the holidays a small group headed up to LakeIllawarra and competed in the Summer Carnival.

Once again this event was well attended by other AthleticCentres and the competition was very tough.

As we’ve come to expect from Milton Ulladulla, Haydn Galea,Jack and Archie Skinner, Lachlan and Ryan Smith, Joe and Ben Shephard allshowed a great competitive spirit and gave it their best shot.

Our medal tally may have been smaller than previouscarnivals but our team went into all of their events with greatenthusiasm.

Well done boys.

The Shoalhaven Gala Day is being held this coming Sunday,February 10, at the Ron Brown Sporting Complex, starting at 9am.

All of our members are welcome to take part.

This may be good practice for those attending the RegionalChampionships in Wagga Wagga later in the month.

Our next point score day is scheduled for Tuesday, February12.

Let’s see if we can break some of those long standing clubrecords.

And finally as always Milton Ulladulla Little Athleticswould like to express our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: Milton Ulladulla ExServos, Milton UlladullaBowling Club, Mollymook Golf Club, Mollymook Narrawallee Real Estate and BakersDelight, their continued generosity helps the development of athletics withinthe Milton Ulladulla area.

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南京夜网 01/07/2018

Chapman happy in open water

COURTNEY Chapman ditched the pool for the open water two years ago and hasn’t look back since.
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Given the success she’s enjoyed, it’s little wonder too.

The 15-year-old Orange High School student will swim in her second open water nationals at the 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships at Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre on Lake Macquarie this weekend.

“I got into it maybe two years ago. I was never really good in the pool and I thought maybe the longer stuff would be a bit better for me, and on my first attempt I made nationals,” Chapman said, qualifying via the state championships at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre.

This year’s three-day open water national championships begins on Friday.

Chapman will compete in the 10 kilometre event on Saturday and the five kilometre swim on Sunday.

The event showcases Australia’s top open water swimming talent, with the open 5km and 10km events incorporating the selection trials for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

And while Chapman hasn’t yet booked a place on the plane to Europe just yet, her goals ahead of the national championship suggest she has one eye on Spain.

“I’m hoping to medal in the five (kilometre) and finish in the top 10 in 10 (kilometre),” she said.

Open water swimming is largely a foreign sport in Orange.

Aside from triathletes, Chapman said only a handful of swimmers have given the open water variety of the sport a chance, but, personally, it has been a challenge she’s loved.

“It’s hard to explain, you don’t have anything to follow and there’s no turns and you’ve just got to look up… you’ve got to have a lot of strength,” she said.

“It’s a different feel in the water. There’s no chlorine, it’s fresh water.

“I really enjoy it.”

She said training along side the experienced Gary Hollywood at Kinross has helped in her development immeasurably.

“He is from New Zealand, and he is very, very good,” she said.

“I train in the pool but he gives me six to seven kilometre sets, which prepares me for the open water swim.”

The 2013 Open Water Swimming Championships in Lake Macquarie start on Friday and wrap up on Sunday.

IN DEEP: Courtney Chapman will contest the Open Water Swimming Championships this weekend. Photo: NICK MCGRATH 0204nmswim

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Resilient wallabies found in Warrumbungle National Park

ENDANGERED brush-tailed rock wallabies have been found in the Warrumbungle National Park, survivors of the devastating fire that ripped through the area last month.
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Office of Environment and Heritage threatened species officer Todd Soderquist said images of the marsupials were captured on infrared cameras that were set up in locations where it was hoped survivors would be.

“We are pleased to now discover the cameras have picked up photographs of what we believe to be four different animals, telling us we do have survivors among a colony that we have been monitoring for the past decade,” Dr Soderquist said.

He said the rock wallabies appeared to be healthy. They were discovered in an area where animals bred in captivity were released in 2009.

It is believed some of these rock wallabies survived alongside animals native to the site.

But the full impact of the fire on wildlife is not known.

A spokesman from the Office of Environment and Heritage said estimating the numbers of wildlife killed or injured in a bushfire was difficult.

“In this case we know there have been casualties, but the Australian bush is remarkably resilient to bushfire and we always hear some incredible survival stories – kangaroos and wallabies have been seen in some areas, as have other species such as frogs,” the spokesman said.

Dr Soderquist said searches would be expanded to other sites in the park and the cameras would be monitored in coming weeks, in the hopes of finding more brush-tailed rock wallabies and other species.

Anyone who finds injured wildlife should contact their local wildlife care group, such as WIRES.

ALIVE: An infrared camera image of the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby, which has survived the devastating fires in the Warrumbungle National Park.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Stars help grant children’s wishes in Portland

HEAVENLY bodies from the AFL constellation added sparkle to Portland’s Wish Upon A Star gala ball.
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The fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish Australia, which grants requests to children with life-threatening medical conditions, was enjoyed by about 600 people.

Patrons were entertained by a swag of Collingwood football players, musicians and a magician under a big marquee on the Portland foreshore.

Free entertainment for the public on Saturday afternoon, prior to the ball, included a flyover by the RAAF Roulettes as a tribute to emergency service workers.

But the event highlight was the presentation of wishes to two south-west children with life-threatening illnesses.

Seven-year-olds Bailey Delaney, of Lower Heytesbury, and Milly Graham, of Yambuk, were presented with their wishes to swim with the dolphins and go to the Queensland theme parks.

One of Bailey’s idols, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, Make-A-Wish ambassador Steve Callanan made the presentations.

Mr Callanan also sang the song Every Time You Cry to Milly.

Portland Make-A-Wish branch president Gail Jaensch said there was “not a dry eye” in the marquee following the presentations.

“To see those two little children standing with excitement, waiting and wondering what their wishes would be, no money could ever buy that magical moment,” Mrs Jaensch said.

Also at the ball were Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell, teammates Harry O’Brien, Tyson Goldsack and Alan Toovey.

They were among the social hits of the night, sitting at different tables to mingle with guests.

The Collingwood stars were again generous with their time on Sunday morning when they signed autographs for fans.

Mrs Jaensch said the Make-A-Wish ball had become a popular Portland event and enjoyed a lot of support in the city.

Saturday’s ball was “an absolute success” and next year’s event was already sold out, she said.

Bailey Delaney, 7, meets one of his idols, Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell, at Portland.

Milly Graham, 7 with Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell (left), coach Nathan Buckley and players Tyson Goldsack, Alan Toovey and Harry O’Brien at the Portland Wish Upon a Star gala ball.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Young Tamworth musicians ready to take on the world

FOLLOWING an intense weekend of rehearsals in Dubbo, five Tamworth students are already preparing to take to the international stage in April.
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The students are playing a key role in the West of the NSW Divide wind ensemble, which consists of some of the state’s top young musicians, and have completed their one and only rehearsal for their performance at the Hong Kong International Music Festival.

They will perform a 35-minute set as they go up against bands from around the world, and are also hoping for a gig at Disneyland.

Peel High School student Ryan Parker is the leader of the ensemble and said he was ready for “the added pressure of being puppetmaster”.

“It was quite a daunting experience at first. There’s a lot of responsibility, but I enjoy the challenge,” he said.

Ryan, along with other locals Kurt Prentice, Amber Minett, Michael Hodge and Austin McGrane, returned to school this week. They have been practising non-stop since returning from Dubbo.

While rehearsing in Dubbo, the band recorded a DVD to audition to play at Hong Kong Disneyland, which Ryan said they had a good chance of achieving.

“I think we’ll get it. The recording we sent in was great – the whole band was really good, so hopefully we get to do the gig at Disneyland,” he said.

New England Department of Education regional arts co-ordinator Di Hall, who is also the conductor and co-

ordinator of the ensemble, shares Ryan’s confidence.

She said they had a good chance at securing the Disneyland spot and praised the students for their hard work.

“The process of moulding them into a team wasn’t difficult for these music kids, because they’re quite used to working in bigger teams. They’ll be off practising with their CDs now,” she said.

Mrs Hall said the band was a great opportunity for rural students to meet people from around the state and travel overseas.

“They will be doing workshops by people from around the world,” she said.

Austin McGrane of Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School said being the lead trombone player “takes a lot of leadership and communication skills”.

“The music is challenging, but it’s also fun to play, so hopefully it will all pay off,” he said.

The ensemble heads to Hong Kong on April 11 and will spend a week there.

They will take part in master classes and welcome dinners in addition to the main performance on April 13.

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE: Ready for the international stage are, from left, Austin McGrane (lead trombone, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School), Ryan Parker (ensemble leader, Peel High School), Amber Minett (flute, Tamworth High School), Kurt Prentice (bass guitar, Tamworth High School) and Michael Hodge (baritone sax, Oxley High School).

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Drugs defendant alleges a set-up

A PORT Stephens man facing trial for supplying a commercial quantity of LSD will argue that he was set up by a bitter drug dealer who was raided by police days earlier, a Newcastle District Court jury was told on Tuesday.
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Police found cannabis, amphetamines, methylamphetamine and thousands of tabs of LSD when they searched Stephen Finch’s Pindimar home on the evening of September 1, 2010, Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey told the jury.

Mr Finch, 47, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of supplying drugs including a charge of supplying a large commercial quantity of the hallucinogenic.

His barrister, Michael Pickin, told the jury that Mr Finch was a drug user who had a cannabis and methylamphetamine habit in 2010, but another man was responsible for most of the drugs found in the house.

That man was angry and agitated after his property was raided by police and his dog was shot three or four days before Mr Finch’s home was searched, Mr Pickin said.

The man was charged with serious drug offences after police uncovered a hydroponic cannabis operation, but the man was released on bail and went to Mr Finch’s home where he accused Mr Finch of ‘‘giving him up’’.

The man said he would shoot the police if his dog died and Mr Finch was worried about the man before they drank some alcohol and smoked some cannabis together.

The man left the LSD and some of the other drugs at Mr Finch’s home after asking him to hold onto them, Mr Pickin said.

The man then went to the police on September 1 and ‘‘told them certain things’’ before they obtained a warrant to search Mr Finch’s home, Mr Pickin said.

Mr Creasey said Mr Finch was seen to run from the front of the house to the rear after police announced their arrival at 5pm that day.

In total, police seized eight grams of amphetamine, 139grams of methylamphetamine and thousands of paper and cardboard tabs of LSD weighing 107grams.

The trial before Judge Peter Berman continues.

Stephen Finch.

南京夜网 16/07/2018

Smaller towns wait longer for ambulances

PATIENTS are waiting longer for paramedics to reach them in small south-west towns despite ambulance response times improving for Warrnambool and other regional centres.
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Latest figures show response times have gone backwards, with patients waiting for nearly 30 minutes in Port Fairy, Terang, Camperdown and Colac.

The statistics for January to June last year reveal mixed performance results.

Ambulances reached emergencies faster in Warrnambool, Hamilton and Portland, but taking country patients to major regional centres rather than the closest hospitals is blamed for lagging times in smaller towns.

Camperdown topped a list of waiting times provided to The Standard by the state opposition under the Freedom of Information Act.

Paramedics took up to 35 minutes to respond to code one emergencies in 90 per cent of cases.

Two paramedics and a team of community volunteer officers serve Camperdown, which has a population of 3463.

Patients in Port Fairy waited up to 29 minutes but only up to 18 minutes in Warrnambool.

Ambulance Employees Association (AEA) secretary Steve McGhie called on the state government to provide small towns with extra resources if ambulances continued to travel to city emergency departments.

“The workload has increased in those towns,” Mr McGhie said. “Terang only has two paramedics and they’re also supported by community volunteers.”

Ambulance Victoria (AV) has pointed to better survival rates among patients who are transported to larger hospitals.

AV Barwon South West regional manager Mick Cameron said hospitals in Warrnambool and Hamilton were better equipped to deal with emergencies.

“While it can take us longer, our research shows that it improves their outcome and in the case of cardiac arrest our survival rates have more than doubled in rural Victoria since 2008,” he said. “Over the past few years we have added a number of new resources including a MICA single responder unit at Warrnambool, upgraded our branches at Hamilton and Portland to 24 hours on shift crewing.”

Statistics for winter are often higher due to peak demand because of winterrelated illnesses

State Opposition health spokesman Wade Noonan used the figures to show that response times had increased since the Coalition came to power.

Response times are measured both by averages but also a 90th percentile — which is stated by the Victorian auditor general to be when patients can most expect an ambulance to arrive.

Latest figures show ambulance response times have gone backwards, with patients waiting for nearly 30 minutes in Port Fairy, Terang, Camperdown and Colac.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Working together for Colac hospital funding solution

PLANS to save emergency care at the Colac hospital will be laid on the table next month after a meeting of doctors, administrators and community members on Monday night.
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Overnight urgent care at Colac Area Health (CAH) had been earmarked for closure last Friday but was saved by an 11th-hour rescue package from Barwon Medicare Local (BML).

On Thursday the BML board revealed it would pump $75,000 into the hospital’s coffers, offsetting the closure for three months and allowing the breathing space to find alternatives.

The move followed a mass gathering of 800 Colac and district residents, angry over the decision to leave the town with just a single ambulance to respond to overnight emergencies.

Both CAH and BML met with doctors and community members at a 90-minute meeting on Monday night to seek ways to find savings.

BML chief executive Jason Trethowan said no options had yet been revealed.

“It’s too early to talk about solutions. The meeting was about getting everyone on the same page,” Mr Trethowan said.

“The end of March is the timeline for a recommendation to go to the Colac Area Health board.”

CAH still has to find $255,000 in its budget as a result of federal health cuts last year.

“That’s the issue CAH have had a real challenge with. We’d like to look at other measures but in the end we need urgent care to stay open,” Mr Trethowan said.

The service also lost $1 million, according to its 2012 annual report.

The steering committee will meet again next Monday.

Colac Area Health was approached for comment but did not respond by deadline yesterday.

Overnight urgent care at Colac Area Health (CAH) had been earmarked for closure last Friday but was saved by an 11th-hour rescue package from Barwon Medicare Local (BML).

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Emily inspires campaign for school bus seatbelts

VICTORIAN parent groups are launching a campaign calling for mandatory seatbelts on school buses, especially when travelling on dangerous country routes, to prevent more children being injured in crashes.
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The campaign comes after Nullawarre schoolgirl Emily Blake, then 10, was brain damaged in a bus crash on her way home from school in 2009, and six-year-old Shayla Perry was injured last year when a bus braked sharply near Alexandra.

The Australasian College of Road Safety has also called for urgent action, saying even though it was well-known that seatbelts saved lives they were not in use in school buses on high-speed routes in Victoria and New South Wales.

And Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary last year wrote to Transport Minister Terry Mulder saying he had received regular correspondence over the past three years from people concerned about the lack of seatbelts in school buses, particularly when they were overcrowded and travelling fast in rural areas.

Emily’s mother, Susan Blake, said her daughter was in hospital for 10 months.

‘‘With brain injury you lose everything, she went back to babyhood,’’ Mrs Blake said.

‘‘She couldn’t feed herself, she couldn’t talk or walk, she couldn’t control her bodily functions.

“It’s a miracle she is actually stringing two to three words together now and it’s three years down the track,’’ Mrs Blake said.

Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy said the issue was even more timely given the government this year gave preps free storybooks stressing the need for greater road safety awareness.

She said it was a shame that despite the road safety campaign, Mr Mulder knowingly allowed students to commute on buses unrestrained.

But Mr Mulder said research showed students who travelled by bus were significantly safer than those who travelled by car.

‘‘A report prepared for the Australian Transport Council in 2002 concluded that the implementation of measures such as seatbelts on buses would be very expensive and would not contribute materially to a reduction in the national road toll,’’ he wrote to Mr Geary last year.

The federal government mandated that buses and coaches built or imported after 1995 have lap sash seatbelts following two catastrophic bus crashes near Grafton and Kempsey in 1989, in which 54 people were killed.

However, buses on scheduled routes or those with less than 17 seats are exempt. Buses without seatbelts are being used to take children to and from school in country Victoria.

Parent groups representing children at both state and private schools in Victoria will band together to lobby the government ahead of the 2014 state election to mandate seatbelts. -THE AGE

Nullawarre mum Susan Blake and her daughter Emily, 13, have helped inspire a campaign by Victorian parent groups to make seatbelts mandatory in all school buses.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Researchers discover benefits of a healthy break

FINNISH medical researchers are world leaders in reducing the incidence of heart disease and type two diabetes.
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And when it comes to their own health, they know the best way to deal with Finland’s long, cold winters is to head south to a Warrnambool summer.

That is what two leading Finnish researchers have done as part of a ongoing relationship with the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH), which has offices at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.

They are part of a group of up to 25 medical researchers taking part in an annual two-week retreat in Warrnambool, during which they discuss the results of their research so far and plan the next stages.

GGT UDRH director, Professor James Dunbar, said Finnish medical researchers had helped set up the rural health department about 12 years ago and had been coming to the annual report writing retreat in Warrnambool for the past 10 years.

Word has spread through the medical research community, drawing other overseas researchers.

“Success breeds success and our partnerships have grown significantly over the past few years and more have wanted to become involved,” Professor Dunbar said.

He said the retreats included guest speakers but were mainly an opportunity for participants to bounce ideas off each other.

The department’s deputy director Dr Mike Coates said the retreat showed that even in the present era of multi-platform information technology, there was “nothing like face-to-face contact”.

Topics to be discussed at this year’s retreat range from patient safety to diabetes risk factors and the role of practice nurses.

The GGT UDRH is a collaboration between Flinders University and Deakin University.

Medical researchers Mike Coates (left), from Warrnambool, Tiina Laatikainen and Erkki Vartiainen, of Finland, Edward Janns, Melbourne, Tim Kenealy, New Zealand, Warrnambool’s James Dunbar, Robyn Clark, Queensland, Michael Ackland, Melbourne, and Susan Dovey, New Zealand, prepare for a two-week retreat in Warrnambool.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Warrnambool hospitals in national plea for cancer specialists

WARRNAMBOOL hospitals have launched a large-scale campaign to recruit cancer specialists to the region as increasing numbers of local patients are forced to travel to Geelong for treatment.
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A joint push by South West Healthcare (SWH) and St John of God (SJOG) hopes to secure an oncologist for the Warrnambool Base Hospital by the middle of this year.

The campaign will result in every registered oncologist in Australia receiving an information packet promoting Warrnambool’s unique lifestyle.

Demand for services in Warrnambool has risen steadily, due partly to cancer patients living longer from improved treatments.

But specialist numbers have not kept up, creating heavy workloads for the south-west’s single cancer clinic which treats up to 600 new cases of cancer annually.

Warrnambool remains the regional centre for cancer care, despite a Geelong specialist visiting Portland, Hamilton and Colac once a month.

Warrnambool oncologist Doctor Terri Hayes told The Standard she was forced to stop taking on patients in December because of waiting times.

“Just after Christmas I closed my books for new patients because the next available appointment was in February, which is just unacceptable,” Dr Hayes said.

Previous efforts to fill an oncology position have been unsuccessful.

“We’ve been trying to recruit someone for three or four years and for some reason the oncologists aren’t coming,” she said.

“Cancer care is complicated, there are lots of side effects to monitor but more patients are living longer and that naturally increases the work load.”

Dr Hayes said there were also talks on whether patients could see oncologists through video link-up.

“It’s one of the things we’re discussing — can we use video conferencing to minimise patient travel,” Dr Hayes said.

SWH chief executive John Krygger said the advertised position would cater to both public and private hospitals.

“We have listed the current vacancy on the Medical Oncology Group of Australia website and are currently distributing information packs on Warrnambool to every registered oncologist in Australia,” Mr Krygger said.

He said there was also the possibility of academic appointment with Deakin Universities Medical School.

Dr Hayes said funding for a south-west integrated cancer care centre remained crucial to bringing another specialist to the region, explaining young graduates were choosing to work in established cancer care centres.

“I think the solution for recruiting another cancer doctor is to have a comprehensive and modern service.”

A joint push by South West Healthcare (SWH) and St John of God (SJOG) hopes to secure an oncologist for the Warrnambool Base Hospital by the middle of this year.

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南京夜网 16/07/2018

Boardriding legend to shut down surf store

Wollongong boardriding icon John Skipp is calling quits on the surf fashion business after 45 years on the city’s main street.
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Crown Street store Skipp Surf will close next month after a slowdown Mr Skipp has attributed to the global financial crisis, parking meters, online competition and the passage of time.

He was in his early 20s, a surfer and recently schooled board shaper, when he began sourcing fashions suited to the burgeoning Wollongong surfing community.

The first store opened in North Wollongong in 1967 and moved to lower Crown Street the following year.

Illawarra surfers wore football shorts in the water then, popular because they were loose around the legs and didn’t catch on their knees.

Form-fitting jeans and tight James Dean-style T-shirts were in vogue but Mr Skipp, a subscriber to the first surfing magazines, knew the surf world’s trendsetters were the Californian boys, who wore baggy jeans and loose-fitting T-shirts.

‘‘It was a different world [in California]. Most surfers were fit, but you didn’t show your fitness; you wore baggy pants and loose T-shirts,’’ Mr Skipp said.

‘‘I always knew that surfing was about more than surfboards. It’s a way of life and there was clothing to go with that.’’

For a while the store was the only surf shop between Sydney and Melbourne. When the surf was good he would put up a sign ‘‘back at 12’’ and hit the waves, returning to find customers waiting to get in.

He sourced baggy jeans from a menswear store in Kings Cross and bought Lee jeans from a company supplying wharfies and seamen. He opened an account with Levi’s before the company had opened its Australian office.

He later formed a friendship with a Speedos rep and convinced the company to bring out a T-shirt with big, loose sleeves. He bought them in batches of 144 to keep up with the demand.

He learnt quickly of the surf world’s tendency to support its own, and built much of his supply chain around friendships and the credibility he had won through his board-shaping business, which will continue to trade on FlindersStreet into its 50th year.

‘‘Gordon Merchant called in one day and said, ‘Me and my wife are making board shorts. We’re going to call them Billabong. Do you want them?’.

Skipp Surf retail outlet founder John Skipp and his youngest daughter Chloe. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

‘‘There were few guys who tried to break in, but unless you lived the lifestyle the brands never got in.’’

A father of five, Mr Skipp’s children and his wife Maret have taken over much of the day-to-day operations at Skipp Surf in recent years.

John Skipp in 1988.

The business continues to enjoy a loyal clientele, but had suffered under the GFC, online competition and parking meters, Mr Skipp said.

He credits daughter Chloe Skipp, the shop’s principal buyer, with keeping an eye on shifting trends and making good buying decisions.

Ms Skipp said it had been a long time since the store had ordered a 144-batch of T-shirts.

‘‘Back in those days they had one style and they did it well. Fashion is so diverse now. We’ve got so many different lengths of boardshorts and you have to have a little bit of everything,’’ she said.

The family hopes someone will take over the premises, which were fitted out only five years ago.

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