Councillors propose new school at Legana

A new primary school has been proposed for Legana to cater for the population explosion projected in the next decade.
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West Tamar councillors Tim Woinarski and Peter Kearney will officially announce the plans at Legana today.

The councillors are calling on the state government and Education Department to meet them about planning for the school to meet the future needs of the wider Legana area.

They said the council had planning projections that showed the area was expected to double in size in the next 10 years.

Talk of building a new school comes as Port Sorell Primary School opened its doors to pupils for the first time yesterday and five other schools have taken advantage of the government’s $3.5 million school closure fund and amalgamated over the summer break.

Cr Woinarski said Legana would be the next Kingston or Sorell, and was the fastest growing area in the greater Launceston area and state.

“The government has to sit down with the West Tamar Council and ask, what do you need, what do you want,” Cr Woinarski said.

“A school is the No. 1 priority to start with. You only have to look at the increasing traffic on the [West Tamar] highway to see the amount of families that live in the area.

“You put a school in the area, it’s only going to get bigger and it will decrease the traffic on the highway.”

According to the councillor there are four housing subdivisions in the vicinity, including development of a former orchard site in the pipeline and other developments.

The former orchard site could be where the proposed school could be built.

Cr Kearney, a former Hagley Farm Primary School principal, said Legana children travelled to either Riverside or Exeter schools.

He said the Riverside schools were at capacity and Exeter would get to that point if people looked at future population projections.

“If you’re doing plans for Legana as part of the greater Launceston area, it’s pretty obvious where you should be planning right now – for a school at Legana,” Cr Kearney said.

Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson said on the basis of population projections it was a proposal that deserved further investigation.

However, department deputy secretary Andrew Finch is still to be convinced. He said the department would not consider a school for the area at the moment but it did monitor demographic changes.

Mr Finch said according to 2010 enrolment trends, student numbers had fallen at both Riverside and Exeter primary schools and “it is considered that the West Tamar area has sufficient primary school provision”.

West Tamar councillors Tim Woinarski and Peter Kearney are calling for a new school to be built at Legana. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

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 21/10/2018

Shenanigans keep going on

IT WAS just like old times. Despite the solace of a church service to get the parliamentary year started, the “love one another” Christian message was quickly lost when question time arrived a few hours later.
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The old combatants, with renewed vigour courtesy of an election date, were at it again.

Like a prize fight they exchanged blows, hoping for that knockout punch which never arrives.

With rumblings within the Labor ranks that the election could deliver the party one of its worst defeats, and only a day after the Prime Minister warned her caucus to be loyal or watch out, there was plenty to talk about.

With a fresh poll indicating the Coalition is in line for a momentous victory, no time was lost in the attempt to draw first blood.

The Coalition, armed with wads of paper documenting how many times Treasurer Wayne Swan had reiterated Labor’s pledge to deliver a budget surplus in the 2012-13 fiscal year, was wasting time trying to discredit the government.

The Gillard government will be judged on its own actions and the electorate is smart enough to know when a government has lost its way.

Kevin Rudd, the rejected leader with hope still on board, missed the caucus meeting but responded to reports yesterday that some Labor backbenchers were restless about Julia Gillard’s ability to lift the government’s fortunes from a quagmire of broken promises and unfulfilled policies.

“Have a long, cold shower,” was Mr Rudd’s response to speculation he might have another tilt at the Labor leadership.

But Kevin Rudd does not need to show any interest in Labor’s top job, because he knows, if the polls continue to show the party will be routed at the September 14 election, Julia Gillard’s grip on power will be significantly weakened.

If the crisis worsens and the outlook is bad enough, Labor will seek him out, some predict.

The reality, however, is that any change in leadership leading up to the election will not work in Labor’s favour.

It would confirm to the voting public that Labor has no real leadership and no ability to govern with authority.

Tony Abbott might not win the election – he may be delivered victory by a party in disarray. Time will tell.

In the meantime, the mean-spirited shenanigans which are part and parcel of parliamentary life will continue.

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

Longer coal strike could cost $50m

THE Rail, Tram and Bus Union effectively declared war on train company Pacific National on Tuesdayby doubling Friday’s planned strike to 48hours.
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If not settled by noon on Friday the strike could stop the movement of about 600,000 tonnes of coal worth about $50million.

Pacific National hauls about three-quarters of the Hunter’s coal but the two other operators could also be hit if stopped trains block access to the Newcastle and Port Kembla coal-loaders.

Pacific National director Dave Irwin said the company was not expecting the extra action, nor had the union explained its actions.

‘‘This is an uncontrolled escalation of the action on behalf of the [union]. We don’t understand the basis on which they have taken it.’’

The union’s Newcastle organiser, Steve Wright, defended the extended action saying the union had always intended to go for 48hours and was only required to give 72hours notice for each day’s action.

Pacific National and the union have been at loggerheads for more than a year over pay and conditions for about 800 employees including more than 400 drivers involved with Hunter and Gunnedah coal trains.

The company has cut its final three-year offer from 4per cent a year to 3per cent, making it well short of the union demand of 7per cent, 5per cent and 5per cent, with another 2per cent a year on top of that for a fuel efficiency bonus carried over from the previous agreement.

Mr Wright said the company reneged on the fuel offer and had not even fitted the monitors needed to measure the improvements.

But Mr Irwin said the bonus was not paid because the fuel bills were never cut, at least partly because rail congestion added to running costs.

Relations between the parties have deteriorated in recent days and Pacific National defended sending private investigators into its Newcastle and Port Kembla workplaces after company notices relating to the dispute were defaced with references to ‘‘scabs’’.

Mr Wright said the company was ‘‘going over the top’’ in reacting to things written on meal-room notice boards.

‘‘And they had the hide to write to the union asking for our support in investigating who wrote on them,’’ Mr Wright said.

But Mr Irwin said the ‘‘scabs’’ messages were ‘‘bullying and intimidation’’ and the company was determined to ‘‘protect those employees who have chosen not to take industrial action’’.

Train drivers contacted the Newcastle Herald on Tuesdayto say that Mr Irwin was refusing to meet their pay claims while his company’s annual report showed his remuneration rising 37per cent to more than $1million last year.

Mr Irwin confirmed the figures, but said the business had grown a lot in the past five years and it was not his job to justify his salary.

南京夜网 21/10/2018

Australians are improving when it comes to being safe in the sun

More Australians are keeping out of the sun and avoiding getting sunburnt than six years ago, according to the latest cancer council research released today.
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Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health compared the results of the National Sun protection survey conducted in the summer of 2010-11 with surveys in 2006-07 and three years before. It found that the proportion of adults who wanted a tan fell from jl39 per cent in 2003-04 and 32 per cent in 2006-07 to 27 per cent in 2010-11.

Fewer reported getting sunburnt at the weekend – 18 per cent in 2003-04 compared with 13 per cent in 2010-11.

Similar changes were reported for adolescents with the proportion of young people wanting a tan falling from jl60 per cent in 2003-04 and 51 per cent in 2006-07 to 45 per cent in 2010-11.

Tasmanians followed the national trend with 40 per cent in 2003 liking the idea of a suntan, with only 30 per cent in 2006, and 28 per cent in 2010.

More than 80 per cent of Tasmanians surveyed in 2003 believed that if they protected themselves from the sun they could avoid skin cancer in 2003.

That figure dropped to 79 per cent in 2006 but lifted to 83 per cent in 2010.

There was a “very slight” decrease in the proportion of adults surveyed who stayed mostly in the shade during their main outdoor activity since the 2003-04 survey.

Cancer Council of Australia skin cancer committee chairman Terry Slevin said that, nationally, improved sun protection behaviour (wearing sunscreen and long-sleeve tops) was noted with adults over time, but improvement slowed in recent years.

“One in five adolescents and one in eight adults still report getting sunburnt so while attitudes towards tanning are improving we are still seeing people getting too much sun,” Mr Slevin said.

Launceston tradesman Aaron McBain works outside all day and exercises sun safety, slopping on sunscreen and seeking shade on his breaks. Picture: ZONA BLACK

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南京夜网 21/10/2018

Enforcement of fair rules would be better

MY WIFE and I have been coming to Tamworth for the festival for 13 years.
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It has an exciting, throbbing, vibrant feel in Peel St, the variety of which never fails to amaze and entertain us.

This year was a bloody dreadful mess.

The reason given for the change was that it was too noisy.

The council-operated stage was the worst offender by far!

I asked the sound operator why they were so loud, with shrieking female singers echoing around the street.

He replied: “The lots behind us turn up, so we do.”

Is that not what started this argument in the first place – “turning up”?

The lots behind him, oh yeah!

One had a 15-watt amp, one was just a guitar and no amp and the other had a twin speaker PA of 50W.

They sat on the pavement totally overpowered and then left Peel St, very upset.

Also, what gives the organisers the right to exclude the oldies and the not-so-good who come every year?

Or the singers who are fundraisers for various charities but sing flat or off-key?

It doesn’t matter – they are all part of the character of the festival and deserve a fair go on Peel St.

At least they entertain and can go home and say “I sang in Tamworth”.

There is a very simple solution to the noise issue.

Get the council officers to properly implement the noise policy.

As in any job, three warnings and you are fired.

Three warnings, then: “You have been warned three times, now pack up and leave or you will be removed.”

Use the council golf carts to effect this.

No act that has travelled hundreds of kilometres will want that to happen.

Pre-warned of this rule and strong enforcement might just make the difference in the street.

We will be back next year, but please give the busking job back to whoever did it in previous years.



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南京夜网 22/09/2018

Single parents protest against welfare cuts

Sole parents fear a generation of children will be entrenched in poverty if the federal government doesn’t reverse cuts to single parent benefits.
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Dozens of protesters gathered in cities across the country yesterday to rally against welfare changes, which moved 60,000 single parents on to the lower Newstart Allowance.

From January 1, single parents have received between $60 and $100-a-week less under entitlement changes.

Single Parent Action Group protest organiser Samantha Seymour says 730,000 children are living below the poverty line and the figure is set to rise.

‘‘Effects of poverty include obesity, depression, suicide, developmental delays, poor school outcomes,’’ Ms Seymour told a rally in Canberra.

Single mum Bianca Maciel Pizzorno said her twin boys, aged eight, had offered to empty their piggy banks to help pay the bills.

‘‘It’s hard to explain to an eight-year-old that $10 isn’t going to help,’’ she said.

At a rally at Martin Place in Sydney on Tuesday morning, Louise Plitz, 31, was one of about 50 protesters.

She said the payment changes were already affecting her and her 10-year-old son.

‘‘For example, after rent comes out this week, there will be $100 to live off for two weeks.’’.

Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh is behind a local push to increase welfare payments for single mothers. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

‘‘By the time you put a full tank of petrol in, there’s not much left to cover bills.

‘‘It’s extremely stressful.’’

Feminist author Eva Cox, who also attended the Sydney rally, said the federal government’s reasoning that the parenting cuts would become an incentive for more people to get into the workforce was ‘‘just plain stupid’’.

‘‘For a sole parent, a child’s needs come first otherwise they’re bad parents, so this idea that people can do full-time or near full-time work is ridiculous.’’

The federal government has said the cuts, worth around $728million in savings over four years, are needed to achieve a budget surplus in 2012/13.

NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann told the Sydney rally the government was ‘‘looking at the wrong end of town to find savings’’.

Organisations such as the Benevolent Society and Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) also supported the national protest.

‘‘It beggars belief that we can be having a national conversation about the inadequacy of Newstart, with politicians lining up to say that it is too low to live on, whilst at the same time we are forcing already vulnerable and disadvantaged families on to that very same payment,’’ said Joel Pringle, campaign manager for AAH.


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南京夜网 22/09/2018

Carving out a new career

Katrina Beams’s mother can’t believe her little girl in frilly socks has gone on to punch through ice in Antarctica.
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Ms Beams, 35, still struggles to believe it herself, having never expected she would one day be at the helm of Australia’s Antarctic flagship.

As third mate on the Aurora Australis, Ms Beams spends eight hours a day navigating the 3911-tonne research and resupply ship through ice up to 1.23 metres thick.

The West Launceston woman has also acted as a safety officer on the ship which, according to the federal government’s Antarctic division, can roll up to 45 degrees in big swells, making the angle of the deck steeper than any street in the country.

“It’s a big responsibility, you have up to 140 people on board, and their lives, and a very expensive ship, are in your control,” Ms Beams said.

She said the unpredictable nature of the job, and the harsh environment she navigated, meant she was always learning.

“Understanding the differences in the ice takes a lot of time – you need to know about areas of pressure, thickness and the weather conditions and what impact they’ll have on the ice,” she said.

“You have to choose the best route by seeing where the ice is likely to be thinnest. The ship has a flatter hull, meaning you literally come up on to the ice and break it out.

“If you’re in the lower hull it sounds like metal on metal, or fingers on a chalkboard.”

Ms Beams, who has a background in administration and hospitality, said she never planned or considered a job on the water until she took a stewarding job with the Spirit of Tasmania more than seven years ago.

She said that led to a chief steward position with P&O Maritime Services, owner of Aurora Australis, at which point her career changed course.

“I never thought of third mate as a career path until I started at P&O because it was a smaller environment than the Spirit, you were there on the ship all the time and I had access to the bridge so I could see everything that was going on,” Ms Beams said.

“I applied for P&O to retrain me as third mate and spent 3 1/2 to four years training, 18 months of it sea time and 21 months school time at the (Australian) maritime college.

“The first time I was left on my own it was overwhelming, I was full of nerves because the training wheels were off . . . then I realised it was no different to when I was a cadet, I just didn’t have someone with me – and the captain’s always just a phone call away.”

Ms Beams said there weren’t many negatives of working on the Aurora Australis, but acknowledged she wouldn’t be able to rush home for a personal emergency.

“Once the ship sails, that’s it, and I’ve told my family that if anything bad happens at home I don’t want to know until I’m back, because I don’t see the good in knowing when I’m stuck in the middle of the ocean,” she said.

“Also, I don’t book holidays within two weeks of a job’s end, because you don’t know what will happen and there can be unexpected delays – one guy I worked with almost missed his wedding last year.”

Still, she said the wonders of working in the Earth’s southernmost continent easily outweighed any downsides.

“There are a lot of bests about my job. I only have to work half a year because I get one day off for every day I work, and I get to go to places anyone else would spend thousands of dollars to see,” Ms Beams said.

“The first time I saw Antarctica it was just amazing, and it still is amazing, every minute – especially because it’s daylight all the time, you can look out the porthole and see so much change in the landscape, 24 hours a day.”

This floating hazard offers a picture-postcard opportunity.

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南京夜网 22/09/2018

New water treatment plant for Manilla

PLANS for a new water treatment plant at Manilla are well under way.
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The project, believed to be the biggest water infrastructure investment in the town in the past 50 years, is worth several million dollars.

The existing plant at Court St was brought online in 1933 and has passed its useful life.

Tamworth Regional Council water enterprises director Bruce Logan said the council bought a 34-hectare property east of Manilla, between Kanangra and Reservoir roads, in recent months and work to develop a concept design had started.

“The abundance of space at this greenfield site provides many design opportunities, as well as buffers for environmental and safety consideration,” he said.

“The site is also near the existing reservoir in Manilla which offers advantages for operational and capital cost savings.”

Mr Logan said construction was not expected to start until next year, but would involve refurbishing the Namoi River weir pump station, a new raw water pipeline to the new treatment plant, and a new treated water pipeline to the existing seven-megalitre storage on Reservoir Rd.

There will also be a raw water supply pipeline built from the Manilla River to the new plant.

The Namoi River weir is Manilla’s source of raw water, while the Manilla River is a secondary source.

The new water treatment plant will result in a greater volume of treated water for the Manilla community and improvements in the quality of the water.

“The new plant will provide the ability to treat a greater volume of water and a broader range of raw water quality,” Mr Logan said.

“New process units will be included in the plant’s design, to provide a better quality of treated water – such as iron and manganese removal, which is not possible at the existing plant – and there will be new process controls, which will lead to improvements in operation and reliability.”

Manilla will soon get a new water treatment plant.

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南京夜网 22/09/2018

Tamworth youth get in right headspace

MENTAL health services for the region’s youth have been boosted with the opening of Tamworth headspace this week.
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Headspace is for young people aged 12 to 25 and brings together mental health support and counselling, as well as general physical health, drugs and alcohol and education and employment services.

Yesterday saw the service receive its first clients, who can make appointments themselves or be referred by a GP or other provider.

Manager Helen Carter said headspace was a “one-stop shop” where young people could go to get help with a range of issues.

“It’s about improving access for young people who perhaps haven’t felt confident about seeking help before and weren’t sure where to go,” Ms Carter said.

Just one in four young people who need help for mental health issues receive it.

But it was expected the new service would be well-used – Ms Carter said, on average, headspace centres helped about 600 people each year, with more-established services seeing about 1000 clients.

She said the service would work alongside existing mental health services and provide assistance to young people on the mild to moderate end of the mental health spectrum.

Headspace is operated by a consortium led by Centacare New England North West, with Hunter New England Mental Health Service, Northwest Health, a4e, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the PCYC and local police also involved.

The centre is staffed by seven full-time employees and visiting practitioners, including GPs from Northwest Health and psychologists from Centacare.

“(They are) very excited, very enthusiastic; they’re a very dedicated team, they just want to make a difference for young people,” Ms Carter said.

A reference group made up of young people has overseen the building, design and service delivery processes of the centre.

Youth who want to access the service can call 6762 9290, email [email protected]南京夜网.au or visit the centre at 2 Darling St to make an appointment.

Service providers can get referral forms at

YOUTH-FOCUSED: Staff of the newly opened Tamworth headspace, front from left, Bree Constable, Mel Murphy and Lisa Staples, and back from left, Helen Carter, Jennifer Fisher, Barbara Eames and Katie Bryant, are excited about the new service. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 050213GOB02

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南京夜网 22/09/2018

Pool visitors lap up cool splash to beat heat

RECORD breaking temperatures across the state in December and January didn’t lead to record breaking attendance records across the Tamworth region’s pools, but they were a huge improvement on the 2012 summer period.
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More than 100,000 people visited the six Tamworth regional pools – Tamworth city and south, Barraba, Kootingal, Nundle and Manilla between December and the end of January – 30,000 more than during the same time last year.

Council’s technical officer of pools, Gary Johnson, said a stand out for attendance was Barraba.

“It had been on track to set a record for attendance since council amalgamated in 2004,” he said.

Unfortunately the cooler weather in that final week of January pushed the record a touch out of reach.

“Barraba is just 110 visits behind its record of 9872 visits to the end of January, set over the summer of 2005-2006,” Mr Johnson said.

“The new pool supervisor at the Barraba pool this year, Shaun Wilson was pleased with the visitors.”

Mr Johnson said warmer weather and a tweak to the pool’s opening hours appeared to attract more members of the community to the pool this summer.

“The hot weather means elevated water temperatures and while most people attend the pool to cool off they don’t tend to like cold water much,” he said.

“It’s been a pleasant season in the water.”

With school swimming carnival season fast approaching, Mr Johnson said, about 35 swimming carnivals would take place over the coming months.

“That traditionally means attendance rates at the six pools are very stable regardless of the season,” he said.

During the 2012-2013 summer season 35 staff have been employed by council to deliver services at the six pools.

“This year that number included instructors delivering the council initiated Swim and Survive program, which in the past was delivered by the Department of Sport and Recreation,” he said.

More than 200 children participated in the various nine-day Swim and Survive programs at each of the six regional pools.

GREAT SEASON: Pools around the region were well attended during December and January. Pictured is lifeguard Megan Hunter helping out young swimmer Megan Johnson. Photo: Steve grubbing

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