Cooper on track for Dragons’ 2013 campaign

His mind is willing and his body is able – and that’s enough to convince Matt Cooper playing beyond 2013 is not out of the question.
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Having survived what Dragons players have described as the toughest pre-season in years, Cooper yesterday hinted that thoughts of joining fellow Red V stalwarts Ben Hornby and Dean Young in retirement were premature.

‘‘I had some surgery at the end of last year just to fix up minor injuries I had throughout [last] year,’’ 33-year-old Cooper said.

‘‘It’s been great and I’ve had a great pre-season.’’

Pressed on whether his body was capable of carrying him into 2014 and beyond, the veteran of seven Tests said: ‘‘At the moment, yeah it does. Ask me that question in June or July and I might have a different answer.

‘‘At the moment the body feels really good and I feel like I could play a couple more seasons. It’s too early to tell and obviously come mid-year I’m going to have to make that decision.’’

Cooper’s desire to ask for a contract extension if his often injury-plagued body allows would help offset the Dragons’ thinning experience stocks. St George Illawarra watched all-time games leader Hornby (273 games) and Young (209 games) hang up the boots last season, while the hard-nosed Beau Scott fled to Newcastle over summer.

Matt Cooper, centre, back at Dragons training last month. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

If he was to embark on a 15th season in the NRL, Cooper, a veteran of 235 appearances, would also have the chance to usurp Hornby’s record.

Cooper said the club had already unearthed several willing leaders in the absence of Hornby and Young.

‘‘There was a couple of years ago when Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett and Luke Bailey left,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘That was a bit of a change. This year with Dean and Ben going, there’s a new group of leaders stepping up.

‘‘The likes of Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Dan Hunt – players like those blokes have really stepped up this year and have turned into great leaders.’’

St George Illawarra will begin their 2013 campaign with a trial against North Queensland in Cairns next Saturday.

Cooper said he would take part in the Cowboys hit-out and the Charity Shield duel with Souths on February 22, matches crucial to a daunting month for the Dragons.

‘‘If you have a look at the draw we have a really tough opening few weeks. Round one against Melbourne in Melbourne is going to be a tough game and we’re looking to start the year with a couple of wins.’’

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南京夜网 24/08/2018

From fast food to fine dining: a world first for Warilla Maccas

McDonald’s Warilla is the first Maccas outlet in the world to offer plates, cutlery and table service with its dine-in meals.
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The fast food giant’s global headquarters in Chicago has given the outlet the go-ahead to trial table service in a move that has gained international attention.

McDonald’s Warilla franchisees Glenn and Katia Dwarte came up with the idea after Mr Dwarte started serving his parents and mother-in-law meals that way during their weekly visits to the restaurant.

It immediately attracted the attention of other people who asked ‘‘How do I order that?’’

They took it a step further during a visit by McDonald’s Australia chief executive Catriona Noble just before Christmas when they pitched the idea and served her a meal with crockery and glassware.

Ms Noble thought it was such a good idea she contacted Chicago who gave the approval for a five-week trial which started on Monday.

Mrs Dwarte said the initial reaction from diners had been positive.

‘‘Most of the people who came in decided to try it,’’ she said.

‘‘Most were quite excited. We actually had a group of eight people who asked me to take a photo of them so they could put it on Facebook. We are also providing customer surveys so we can gauge the feedback.’’

Mr Dwarte said for the next month anyone ordering a Grand Angus, Big Mac or Chicken Deluxe meal to eat in on a Monday or Tuesday night between 5pm and 8pm at Warilla would have the option of having it delivered to their table with cutlery and on a plate.

Katia and Glenn Dwarte help James Dwarte and Renee Rodrigues dine in style at Warilla. Picture: DAVE TEASE

McDonald’s Chicago headquarters has even designed and produced a flyer promoting the service.

It is not the first time the Dwartes have created overseas interest in their franchise innovations.

‘‘Last week we had a visit from two people from America who came to have a look at our mobile ordering trial where people can download an app on their iPhone and can place and pay for it before they get here,’’ Mr Dwarte said.

Mrs Dwarte said corporate staff from many countries had visited the restaurant to see how the mobile ordering trial system was working and she now expected even more visits from McDonald’s corporate staff.

‘‘They are quite keen to see if this [mobile ordering] will take off,’’ she said.

‘‘And they were certainly aware we were doing this trial.’’

The Dwartes have owned the Warilla restaurant for 20 years.

Mrs Dwarte has been involved with McDonald’s since 1978 when she started working at McDonald’s Warrawong, the first in Australia with a drive-through service. The couple are also franchisees at Warrawong and Stockland Shellharbour.

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南京夜网 24/08/2018

25 years of Festivale

For its first seven years Launceston’s popular food and wine event Festivale was held in the city’s business district as a big street party.
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Then it moved to historic City Park and will celebrate its 25th birthday in a venue most patrons agree is just about ideal.

Organising committee chairwoman Lou Clark said that making the move to City Park had been the making of Festivale.

“The focus of the event shifted to showcasing Tasmania’s renowned food and cool-climate wines,” Ms Clark said.

“This meant we had to move it out of the CBD to a more controlled space.

“In this day of social media we get a lot feedback and people talk about the great ambience and atmosphere in City Park.”

Charging an entry fee was a controversial issue with the move to City Park but had helped ensure the event’s financial viability and its reputation as an event for everyone.

“One of the things the committee has done is to work pretty hard to ensure that we have a safe and family-friendly event,” Ms Clark said.

Festivale has it origins in a multi-cultural food and social event organised by Paulene Gaetani at the Australian-Italian Club at Prospect in 1987 and probably also drew some inspiration from the Launceston Mardi Gras of the 1950s and ’60s that featured music, street theatre and parades.

The first mardi gras in 1953 was organised by the Launceston Junior Chamber of Commerce as part of celebrations for the centenary of municipal government in Tasmania.

The first Festivale in 1988 was organised as part of Australia’s bicentenary celebrations and the combination of food and drink and entertainment proved a hit.

Bruce England, who has served on the Festivale committee for 25 years (with five as chairman), was a member of the bicentenary committee.

The inaugural Festivale was so well received that it became an annual event organised by a hard-working committee of volunteers.

It is still run by volunteers who have also taken on the organisation of Launceston’s annual New Year’s Eve function in Royal Park.

“The turnover on the committee has been relatively low over the years,” Ms Clark said.

“People tend to stay on it for quite a long time, but there’s still been a lot of people involved over the years.”

As well as providing great entertainment and showcasing Tasmania’s best food, wine and beer, Festivale is important to the tourism industry.

Last year more than 35,000 people attended the three days of the event, which costs around $700,000 to stage.

The demographic is wide, from young families to retirees and everyone in between.

An annual survey of patrons, conducted by year 12 students from Scotch Oakburn College, found that more than 1000 attendees last year were from overseas and nearly 3000 were from interstate.

“Festivale has a strong and loyal following of patrons,” Ms Clark said.

“Our 2012 survey indicated that 69 per cent of patrons chose some form of commercial accommodation to stay in throughout the weekend of Festivale, with 19 per cent of patrons staying three nights or more and 14 per cent staying for two nights in commercial accommodation.”

And the 2012 survey found that 77 per cent of patrons strongly agreed they would attend future events.

“Festivale rates as one of the best food and wine festivals in Australia,” she said.

“In culinary terms I think we’ve got the recipe pretty right.”

FACT FILE

WHAT: Festivale.

WHERE: City Park, Launceston.

WHEN: Friday, 5.30pm to 10.45pm; Saturday, 11am to 10.45pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

COST: Friday night $20, Saturday $20, Sunday $15. Children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult.

TICKETS: Launceston Travel and Information Centre or at the gate.

More information: www.festivale南京夜网.au.

Some of crowd at Festivale held in the streets of Launceston in 1991. The food and wine spectacular will celebrate 25 years this weekend.

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南京夜网 24/08/2018

Decision about proposed Narrabri grain facility

THE Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will determine the fate of a development application to establish a $30 million grain-handling facility near Narrabri.
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Narrabri Shire Council development and planning services manager Nick Wilton said the panel was expected to consider the application, along with another regarding the extension of a quarry, possibly in early March.

The $30 million grain-handling facility has been proposed by Queensland Cotton.

Mr Wilton said if the facility was approved it would be located 20km south of Narrabri, near the Narrabri Coal Project.

The other application is for the expansion of a gravel quarry proposed by Johnson’s Concrete and which is opposite Boral Concrete’s quarry.

“The expansion of the quarry is a result of increased demand on concrete and aggregate materials, following substantial increases in development activity, including within the mining industry in the Narrabri shire,” Mr Wilton said.

“Johnson’s Concrete had reached its capacity with respect to mining of aggregates in Moree shire and has strategically moved its quarry operations to Narrabri, due to sustained and strengthened demand.”

The expansion of the Wavehill Quarry on Wavehill Rd, about 15km south-east of town, would allow for 200,000 tonnes of materials per year to be extracted overall.

“The environmental impact statement for the quarry has to be assessed in a report prepared by the council to be submitted to the JRPP prior to the meeting date,” Mr Wilton said.

“Council has received a large number of submissions from concerned residents regarding the development, generally relating to dust on Wavehill Rd.

“The company will be required to demonstrate that there will be no additional cumulative impacts within the area of its operation and, further, will need to demonstrate acceptable levels of dust mitigation on local roads within the area.

“It would be council’s preference that a section 94 contribution be levied on the operation, to ensure future ongoing maintenance of the road and to enable sealing of the sections of road that are currently a gravel surface.”

The JRPP will determine the fate of a development application to establish a $30 million grain-handling facility near Narrabri.

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南京夜网 24/08/2018

POLL: First Responder plan ‘already operating’

A contentiousprogram that would enlist firefighters and emergency services volunteers to respond to Illawarra medical emergencies is already operating in 48 locations in NSW, including at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands.
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The Ambulance Service of NSW revealed details of existing Community First Responder arrangements yesterday after the Health Services Union warned its members could strike if the program was rolled out to city areas, as is being considered by the state government.

Personnel from Fire & Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service have received advanced first aid training and attended 2398 medical emergencies as Community First Responders (CFRs) in country areas in 2011-12.

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The first responders were called on when they were closer than the nearest available ambulance, and only after an ambulance had been dispatched, according to an Ambulance Service of NSW spokeswoman.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.‘‘This program is not about replacing experienced paramedics,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s about supplementing response times to get to patients as soon as possible, in particular in those cases where every minute is crucial like a cardiac arrest.

‘‘Given the spread of Fire and Rescue officers, Rural Fire Service volunteers and SES crews across NSW it makes sense to use these resources to assist when they are not committed to fire suppression or other rescue activities, and where they can make a difference to patient care.’’

The spokeswoman said first responders were trained by ambulance clinical educators in advanced first aid.

They are trained in basic patient assessment and are able to administer limited medications such as pain relief. They are also able to give oxygen and use a defibrillator. They are equipped with a defibrillator and oxygen resuscitation pack and have communications with responding paramedics.

In the past nine days first responders have attended 20 medical emergencies statewide, including a car accident, a mental health issue and a complaint involving chest pains.

The case put forward by the ambulance service is at odds with that of Health Services Union secretary Gerard Hayes, who

said this week ‘‘only a clinically trained paramedic can arrive at an emergency with the tools and knowledge necessary to keep a suffering patient alive…our membership have had enough of this and will make their voice heard’’.

The union will hold rallies across the state next week.

Illawarra paramedics have also expressed concern the program is a cost-saving measure, aimed at covering staff shortages.

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南京夜网 24/08/2018

Widower pleads for firies to treat patients

A Shellharbour man has thrown his support behind plans to involve firefighters in medical emergencies after a harrowing night which robbed him of the love of his life.
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Darren, who wants his identity protected, said he waited 25 minutes for paramedics to arrive when his fiancee collapsed at an Illawarra venue.

A defibrillator was placed by her side, but there was no-one working at the establishment that night trained to use it.

‘‘She was singing, laughing, having a good night, then the next thing she passed out, fell to the floor and then she was dead,’’ Darren said yesterday.

‘‘The ambulance was stuck on another job.

‘‘This is not about giving paramedics a hard time. But I would have been relieved to see a firie trying valiantly to save my fiancee. Somebody working on her doing something, anything is better than nothing,’’ he said.

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The man shared details of the worst night of his life – March 24 last year – because he feels strongly about the proposal to allow Fire and Rescue NSW officers to treat patients when paramedics are unavailable.

Under the plan being considered by the state government, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service volunteers could also be tasked to patients in the Illawarra.

‘‘It’s not about replacing them [paramedics]. The problem is we need more of them, more doctors, more nurses, more police. But the fact is, there are always problems getting ambulances.

‘‘They are so busy and get stuck on jobs, they’re understaffed, so why shouldn’t we have another option?

‘‘That night was the absolute worst night of my life. I don’t want anyone to have to sit there waiting and watching someone they love die without being able to do a thing.

‘‘Here was a defibrillator sitting right there, but there was no-one trained to use it.

‘‘Sadly my partner of 10 years, my best friend, passed away.’’

Darren said firefighters were already trained to use defibrillators so the plan made sense.

‘‘They have fairly advanced emergency kits with oxygen in their trucks and they have essential first aid training,’’ he said.

‘‘If the ambos get there, good, if the firies get there before them, let them get to work.’’

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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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