The three people Mark Coulton would invite to dinner

Jul 13 2018

INCUMBENT Parkes MP Mark Coulton wears many hats; husband, father, farmer, MP and Nationals’ Chief Whip.
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Mark grew up in Gravesend, the son of Jack and Nancy Coulton of Avondale, and Mark lists his parents as the two most influential people in his life.

“My father taught me the value of hard work and my mother taught me the importance of compassion and always seeing the other side of the story,” he said.

Mark attended Warialda Public School then Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School as a boarding student.

After completing the HSC, Mark returned to the family farm where he worked for 30 years to build a farming and grazing enterprise of cropping and cattle with his wife Robyn, and to raise their three children Claire, Sally and Matthew.

From 2004 until 2007 Mark was the mayor of his local Gwydir Shire Council, serving on numerous parliamentary committees before being elected to House of Representatives for the seat of Parkes.

Mark and his wife Robyn are still a strongteam, travelling large distances across the Parkes electorate, from community to community to meet with constituents.

Fitting then that if Mark could invite anyone to dinner it would be his wife Robyn, his predecessor John Anderson for a greater insight into leading a government and slim dusty to provide entertainment.

His favourite thing to unwind? Mowing his lawn at the end of the week.

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Williams’ apology

Jul 13 2018

Leslie Williams.
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Port Macquarie MP and minister for aboriginal affairs Leslie Williams has offered an apology to the stolen generation.

Mrs Williams’ decision comes after welcoming the release of a report by the parliamentary committee inquiry in reparations for the stolen generations.

Minister Williams said she will work closely with stolen generations members and their representative organisations in giving careful consideration to the report and developing the NSW government’s response to its recommendations.

“Today I make my own apology to the stolen generations – past government practice had a profound effect on Aboriginal people,” Mrs Williams said.

“Stolen generations survivors have demonstrated exceptional strength and resilience in bringing their experience to light.”

Minister Williams said Aboriginal Affairs NSW is committed to ongoing support for the stolen generations organisations, as they work to advance healing and education.

The Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation and the Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation continue to receive financial, peer and operational support to aid their work with survivors and promoting stolen generations education and healing.

Aboriginal Affairs NSW is also working with the recently formed Bomaderry Children’s Home Aboriginal Corporation to build their capacity.

In addition, Aboriginal Affairs NSW in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, will work alongside interested communities to co-design and convene six Opportunity Choice Healing Responsibility Empowerment (OCHRE)forums.

Aboriginal Affairs is also working with key stakeholders to improve access to family records for Stolen Generations survivors and their families.

“We are committed to listening and working in genuine partnership with Aboriginal people on this complex and sensitive issue,” Mrs Williams said.

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Museum opening irks stakeholders

Jul 13 2018

LOTS TO DO: Orange Regional Museum Fund chair Russell Tym says he would have preferred to see the museum opened before October. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
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ORANGE Visitor Information Centre and cafe is expected tobe opened to the public in mid-July, although Orange Regional Museum’s first exhibition will not occur until October, which has frustrated key supporters.

At an Orange City Council meeting earlier this month, councillor Russell Turner asked when some activity would occur inside the building after the exterior’s completion in April.

“There’s no sign of life,” he said.

Community services director Scott Maunder told councillors the tender to manufacture some of the interior features had been awarded and the lead time was four to five weeks.

“We’re expecting to see a but more happening and open it by mid-July,” he said.

“It’s taken longer than we anticipated but we are working through it and expecting that opening to occur.”

However, Orange Regional Museum Fund chairman Russell Tym said no funds for the museum fitout or staffing had been allocated until the 2016-17 financial year, meaning money was unavailable in the meantime.

“But I also understand they didn’t know how long construction would last and they formed the budget in March or April last year and they probably weren’t thinking about the staffing at that stage,” he said.

“There’s a substantial allocation in the 2016-17 budget but assuming you change the exhibit every six months, the cost is substantial.”

Mr Tym said the July 10 opening would allow people to walk through the building with a limited display.

“I would have certainly liked it to be done quicker but I’m not too bothered by it as long as we get to the final result,” he said.

Council spokesman Nick Redmond said the councilapproved the funding for the construction andfitout in 2014 and the resourcing of the museum hadalways been adequate to deliver the museum program.

“As we move from construction to the operation phase, the museum has seen an increase in operational funding to reflect the costs to operate the facility,” he said.

“Part of the justification of getting this project off the ground was a commitment from those backing it that they would raise funds. It’s hoped they remain committed to that goal.”

The museum’s October 1 opening date is subject to confirmation from the federal government.

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Commercial fisherman left high and dry

Mar 20 2019

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Original story:Commercial fisherman claims Greenwell Point Wharf on verge of collapseAdecision to condemn the crumbling Greenwell Point Fisherman’s Wharf has left commercial fishermanDes Roberts without a mooring for his boat and struggling to supply his seafood business with fresh fish.

Mr Robertsmade the original complaints about the deterioration of the jettyfollowing a fall on the wharf which left him with a crushed testicle and damaged Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his knee.

“Iwas told by council they hadno obligation to find us a new berthing even though I’ve paid until the end of the financial year,” Mr Robertssaid.

“It’s like paying rent on a house for the whole year and then beingkickingout without notice.

“We’ve got nowhere to go.”

Mr Roberts partner Bec Penno attended an at times heatedmeeting with the thenwharf committee prior to the announcement the wharf would be closed.

“I asked them if the wharf wasknocked down what wouldhappento our boat,” she said.

“They said to go to Ulladulla,Des has never fished out of Ulladulla. He’s fished from Greenwell Pointfor 20 years,the knowledge he knows is in this area.

“They’re so big and we’re just two little people.”

Arecentengineering reportsuggestedthe wharf be condemned;it also claimedthe only fishing vesselwhich would be impacted by it’s removal wasthat of a trailerable boat, which could launch ata nearby boat ramp.

This is a suggestion Des Roberts vehemently denies.

“I’m an eight metre boat, I don’t know how I’m a trailer boat,” Mr Roberts said.

“It weighs six tonne, I do have trailer for it, it’s illegal it’s too wide for the road. It is just to pull it out to do maintenance,it’s always gone on a truck.

“It has a keel, if it didn’t have that it could be a trailer boat,but I need two-metres of water to get the boat to come off the trailer. So it has to be top of the tide, I’ve got 20 minutes to get it off or on before it’s too lowand I need two four-wheel-drives to tow it out.”

Mr Roberts was furious to hear Ulladulla Harbour is set to receive a six-figurefunding boost and suggested Greenwell Point could benefit from an upgrade.

“Joanna Gash is going to give Ulladulla Harbour $1million to put in 21 new berthsso vessels can pull in,” Mr Roberts said.

“If it’s big ocean out there and you have to come into Greenwell Point, there is nowhere for any boat to park if you’re over ten metres.”

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Isn’t it time for grown men to grow up?

Mar 20 2019

It is inconceivable that an AFL club president of Eddie McGuire’s standing hasescaped punishment for his inexcusable comments during a radio broadcast.
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McGuire, who is certainly no stranger to making the odd offensive comment, along with North Melbourne president James Brayshaw and former Richmond coach Danny Frawley recently joked about holding Fairfax football columnist Caroline Wilson’s head under water.

When the proverbial hit the fan soon after, the trio held up their hands in self-defence and claimed it was all just a joke.

Unfortunately, most fair-minded, modern-thinking people simply didn’t get the punchline, obviously.

To put it mildly, the pretty clear insinuationof violence made against Wilsonwasutterly disgusting and offensive.

Have we somehow magically been transported back to the 18thcentury, to a time when misogynyand chauvinismwas rampant? Because that’s certainly how it all felt when certain quarters came out in defence of McGuire and his bumbling mob.

Promoting violence against anyone, particularly women given the strong focus against domestic violence, is inexcusable and cannot go unchallenged.

How the AFL has failed to act against both McGuire and, to a lesser extent Brayshaw, is astounding given the fact they represent senior clubs.

What made the incident even more perplexing was the league’s harsh stance taken against Kangaroos coach Brad Scott, who was fined $30,000 and the club $50,000 for comments he made accusing umpires of bias.

Inother words, it’s fine to joke about drowning a woman, but simply inexcusable to question an umpire.

What a farce.

But even as McGuire fumbled around an almost apology, there was still one final twist in thissorry saga when the Collingwood honcho’s former media mate Sam Newman rushed to McGuire’s defence.

During a segment on Channel Nine’s The Footy Show, Newman called Wilson an “embarrassment”.

Pardon, Sam? She’s an embarrassment because three men joked about holding her head under water?What a disgrace.

Sadly, it would appear that in some circles of the male-dominated media, when it comes to matters of equality and enlightenment, we still have a long way to go.A very long way indeed.

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A Blue Derby experiencePhotos

Mar 20 2019

WILDERNESS: Dorset Council project manager Stuart Worker admires the scenery. Pictures: Scott Gelston The Blue Derby trails, sprawling behindsmall North-East town Derby, are quite the experience on a crispwinter’s day.
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As a novice mountain biker, the network initially appeared daunting, undulating through the region’s lush forestand cascading waterfalls.

Venturing out with Dorset Council project manager Stuart Worker was a huge help.

WELCOME: Sunday Examiner reporter Tamara McDonald ventures into the trails.

His knowledgeable commentary onthe trails, which have revolutionised the town’s economy, and their constructionwas fascinating.

Mr Worker came on board with the Blue Derby trails at theirinception, and said he’s been in project managing roles at the Dorset Council for about 12 years.

“I work hand in hand with World Trail, just with any variances and that type of things, and with the structures – we’ve got a few bridges and that kind of thing,” Mr Worker said.

“Council’s taken that on board and just used our expertise if you like.”

Building the trails is a technical task.

The World Trail team create a concept plan, and then venture through the forest to map out a corridor andexecute a “ground proof” on foot.

“I was really keen on being on the project, but I had no idea what was involved yet [at the start],” Mr Worker said.

“It surprised me, big surprise on how they built the trails and how you actually need to be a mountain biker to build proper trails.”

CRUISING: Tamara McDonald gets the hang of things.

The trails are initiallyhand cut first, beforeasmall 1.6 tonne excavator is carefully used to removefoliageto create the trail’s corridor.

“They’re really good mountain bike riders themselves, so they know what they’re up to,” Mr Worker said.

Once the trails are set, any necessary rock walls are added.

The trails’ installation instigated Mr Worker’s love of mountain biking, which has become a common hobby in the North-East region.

He had previous experience with motorbikes, but has truly converted into a mountain biking devotee.

Riding along behindMr Worker as he weavedhis way through the trails, you’d think he’d been a lifelongmountain biker.

“Pedalling up hills isn’t that great, but it’s where you get your exercise I suppose,” he laughed.

NEED FOR SPEED: Cyclists from Launceston and Kalgoorlie hit the tracks.

“I really enjoy the descending, it’s awesome.

“You get a bit hooked on it.”

The trails are accessible directly from the town, and we departed from the Corner Store cafe, riding along the river briefly before meeting the trails.

We cycledthrough a section of the extensive network including theRusty Crusty, Axehead and Howler trails,before descending back into Derby.

Our ride explored routesamong the easier of the trails’ offerings, graded easy and intermediate.

Rides of varying degrees of difficulty and steepnessdisperse off the network’s tracks, colour coded green, blue and black to connote easy, intermediate and difficult levels respectively.

During our ride, westopped to see the gushingTasty Trout Falls.

The tracks were briefly closed after recent flooding, but the only evidence of the huge downpour left were a few puddles,a well-watered trackwhich luckily improved the bicycles’ grip and swiftly streaming falls.

Mr Worker saidescapingsignificant or lasting damage after recent flooding was a huge relief.

The trails require maintenance, both routine and required after such weather incidents.

The fourth and final stage of the trails’ infrastructure is currently underway.

A predominantly descendant new trailspanning from theBlue Tierinto the township of Weldborough will be completed inOctober.

“It’ll be pretty big, some of the trail we’re opening is pretty special,” Mr Worker said.

FALLS: Mr Worker chats with Marisol Sweet, of WA, at Tasty Trout Falls.

Properly mountain bike riding for the first time on the Blue Derby trails wasdaunting, but any anxiety wasn’twarranted.

All the trails are one-way, and on a winter’s day passers-by were few and far between.

The interconnecting networks allow riders to pick the length of their trip.

There were scenic spots which were fine to pull over to have a stretch and cool down while observingthe lush surrounds.

Mountain biking combines the skills of regular cycling with coordinating switching gears in accordance with the topography.

Although speeding through streams initially seemed daunting, mountain bikes cruise through bodies of water with ease.

Being a beginner meantclutchingthe brake most descents to eliminate the fear factor.

It was clear mountain biking keeps its devotees very fit–Mr Worker was speeding along with ease, as I realised being a committedmountain biker would probably be a wise decision, and onemuch more scenic than the gym.

Mr Worker, of Scottsdale,said he felt grateful to be living so close to the diverse network oftrails.

“I can see why people travel so far for it,” Mr Worker said.

“They definitely are [unique]…it depends on the area it’s built in, whether it’s soil, rock or just a plain corridor, whether it’s a green or blue.”

The radical change inflicted on Derby by the trails is understandable once one rides the trails, and has such an experiential encounter with the natural beauty while producingexercise-induced endorphins.

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Refugees debate rages

Mar 20 2019

CONTEST OF IDEAS: Two of the four Wagga-based Riverina federal election candidates are probed about their social issues by retirees on Friday. Nationals’ Michael McCormack and the Greens’ Kevin Poynter pulled out of the debate.RETIREES have grilled Riverina federal election candidates on refugees, disability insurance and climate change policy.
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Members ofthe local U3A (University of the Third Age) demanded substantiveanswers to questions aboutsocial issues at a debate between Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz and independent Richard Foley in Wagga on Friday.

Mr Kurylowicz observed the retirees’line of questioning shied away fromhip-pocket issues, saying “people who’ve lived a little longer have a more long term focus and good on them for it.”

Asked about his stance on Australia’s border control, Mr Kurylowicz towed the party line.

“I support the ALP’s present position, which is ensuring we have secure borders and a generous refugee intake,” Mr Kurylowicz said.

“We should continue to deter people from making the boat journey.

“But once we secure the borders we shouldincrease our work through the United Nations refugee programto get people who have been in refugee camps,for some cases decades, and give them opportunity to start their life in Australia.

“A successful refugee resettlement program in Waggaadds to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

“A lot of thepeople fleeing places like Syriamake great Australians and arehighly skilled, hard working family people.”

Local construction workerRichardFoley said Serco, the British-owned multinational security firm in charge of Australia’s detention centres,should be “sacked”.

“We need to put refugees in rural areas so they can work in horticulture,” Mr Foleysaid.

“We shouldcontinue strong border protection with extra patrol boats, but qualified refugees need to go into theprofessions where they have training, like law or medicine.”

Asked for his take on climate change, union organiser RichardFoley said farmers were central to curbing global greenhouse emissions.

“Instead of paying corporations and other countries, we should be paying our farmers to sequester carbon and$10-15 per tonne,” Mr Foley said.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack and Greens candidate Kevin Poynter both pulled out of the debate.

Refugees debate rages Independent Richard Foley and Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz at the U3A federal candidate’s debate on Friday at Wagga’s historic council chambers.

Independent Richard Foley and Labor’s Tim Kurylowicz at the U3A federal candidate’s debate on Friday at Wagga’s historic council chambers.

Labor candidate Tim Kurylowicz

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New coffee shop opens in Mount Isa

Mar 20 2019

TASTE TEST: Brew & Scoop owner Vipul Gupta tries out an ice-cream served by Sonia Martinez. Photo: Chris Burns. MOUNT Isa entrepreneur Vipul Gupta has lately been sleepingas little as two hours between long working days, making sure his new business is a success.
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Fortunately for him his new investment,Brew & Scoop, serves a strong coffee.

TEAM EFFORT: Brew & Scoop staff celebrate the opening of the business. Photo: Mel Tribolet.

The new coffee and ice-cream shop in West Street officially opened last Friday, although Mr Gupta invited a small gathering of family and friends to celebrate the opening of his sixth business the evening before opening.

Attendee Irene Posadas said she loved the effect the new store would have in the central business district.

“We would like to see West Street come back to its former glory,” she said.

Another attendee, Glenda Pastoor, was impressed with the coffee she was served.

“I do not drink coffee. I hate coffee but that coffee is beautiful,” she said.

Mr Gupta decided to buy a coffee shop because he moved to Mount Isa about six years ago as the manager for the then existing Gloria Jeans.

“Since then I knew that with the personality I had and the customers I had when I leave I would miss those times and miss those experiences,” he said.

“Since then the customers who I served when I left Gloria Jeans, they always used to remind me how good the services used to be, how good the coffees used to be and how good the atmosphere used to be.

“I said to myself that day I will one day own my coffee shop, where they will get the same when I was at Gloria Jeans; best atmosphere, best coffee and best customer service in town.”

Mr Gupta bought the business Sweet Tooth Gelato,which was in Miles Street. He wanted the store to be more visible so he moved it to West Street.

He then spent close to$100,000 on renovations to give Brew & Scoop a “rustic” appearance, putting care into the seating arrangements to suit all types of customers, whether it be for a gathering place, closed in nook, or a traditional eating space.

Mr Gupta’s aim in the design was to make it casual and calming.

He acknowledged there were an increased number of coffee stores in Mount Isa recently. Such places includethe second Bambino store and the more recent Caffeine Nook, at Bella Duck.

But he believed there were enough customers for all the coffee shops if they focused on quality, customer service, and delivery.

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Playtime is over as election draws near

Feb 20 2019

Close contest: Labor supporter Todd Steele and Liberal supporter Christine Bason are both Macarthur constituents.In the blue corner stands Russell Matheson (Liberal).
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A twice elected MP for Macarthur,former Campbelltown mayor and a formerAFL player for local team,the Campbelltown Blues.

In the red corner stands Dr Michael Freelander (Labor).

A paediatrician in the area for more than 30 years and arguablythe most recognisable doctor in the region.

Next Saturday, July 2, Mr Matheson and Dr Freelander will both vie for the seat of Macarthur in a contestthat’s predicted to be one of the tightest in the country.

Had the Australian Electoral Commission not adjusted the boundaries of the seat last year, Mr Matheson would have beenan unbackable favourite to extend the Liberals’ 20 year dominance of the seat.

Not any more.

The previously safe area of Camden –traditionally located in the seat of Macarthur –will become part of Hume after the election.

Effectively, everything south of Narellan Road willbelong to Hume.

Macarthur’s boundaries willshift north and take inareas including Ingleburn and Minto –currently in Werriwa, a seat held by Labor since 1952.

It means the Liberals’ comfortable margin of 11.4 per cent has been slashed to just 3.4 per cent.

Both parties have gone for broke over the past couple of months in order to secure support of locals.

Labor guaranteed to throw$50 million at thedeadly mess that is Appin Road and convert the entire length into a dual carriage way.

Twenty four hours later the Liberals committed the same amount for better “vehicle separation” along the road –but only from Rosemeadow to Appin.

The Liberals have also guaranteed more than $7 million for a sports centre of excellence at the Western Sydney University Campbelltown campus, as well as $2 million for the Badgally Road stage one extension, should they be reelected.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten pulled no punches when asked about the importance of Macarthur.

“We can’t form a government without getting Mike Freelander elected in Macarthur,” Mr Shorten said in April.

“If he wins, chances are Labor wins.”

While no one fromthe Liberal Party said they felt the same way, the ongoing presence of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Campbelltown over the last two months shows just how desperate the party isto win the seat.

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Inquest into baby’s death nears end

Feb 20 2019

Despite damning allegations that Simon Johnstoneinjured his 45-day-old babyon multiple occasions, acoroner was not asked to find that he caused his son’s death.
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During final submissions at an inquest into the death of 45-day-old infant Bjay Johnstone,Counsel assisting Lakshmi Sundram urged coroner Olivia McTaggart to find Mr Johnstone perpetrated a number of injuries suffered byhis son.

Mr Johnstone provided evidence at the inquest which cannot be published due to a non-publication order.

Ms Sundram said she providedMr Johnstonewitha summary of hersubmissions, but said he failed to attend meetings with his legal counsel and did not ask for furthersubmissions to be made on his behalf.

The inquest heardMr Johnstoneheld Bjay against a wallpressed his body weight against his son’s head and slammed him on a kitchen benchafter picking him up by the throatat theRailton home where they were living.

It heardMr Johnstone had forcefully shoved a bottle inside the infant’s mouth, tearing his frenulum, and assaulted Bjay’smother, Fleur Atkin, while she was holding him, causing her to drop the baby.

Ms Sundram urged Ms McTaggart to find that Mr Johnstone had perpetrated all of those injuries on his son.

Bjay died due to traumatic brain injuries in the Royal Hobart Hospital inNovember 2012, more than three weeksafter he was initially transferred to the Mersey Community Hospital.

During hearings that spanned ten months, the inquest heard Bjaywould have been severely handicapped if hehad survived the injuries.

The inquest heard evidence from a number of people, including Ms Atkin,his Grandmother Hellen Dykstra and uncle Ashley Richelme, police officers, Child Protective Services employees and medical staff.

Ms Sundram’s submissions included a number of recommendations about improving Tasmania Police’s validation systems and CPS’ intake reporting process.

Ms McTaggart will deliver her findings at a later date, believed to be before the end of the year.

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Look beyond Bali for a winter escape

Feb 20 2019

OPTIONS: Panorama Cruise and Travel co-owner Caroline Sage and travel consultant Georgia Best have alternative destinations for those looking to avoid Bali. 062316ptravelIF you’re after a winter getaway, there are plenty of alternatives to Bali.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australians to exercise a “high degree of caution” when considering travelling to Bali, as the popular holiday destination is now listed as a hotspot for Zika Virus.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies.

Greg Tucker from Panorama Cruise and Travel said Bali is still quite a populardestination for local travellers, but people thinking of visiting the island shouldconsider the dangers.

“If they are going, make sure they take plenty of mosquito repellent and if you’re a pregnant female maybe take a look at your travel plans,” he said.

The travel agency has seen a lot ofinterest in Fiji and the Cook Islands for people who want to go somewhere warm during the colder months.

European holidays also attract a lot of Central West tourists, but they tend to be planned far in advance, and used as an opportunity to visit family.

Surprisingly, the United States has increased in popularity, with Mr Tucker saying that people have reported that “they see it as a safe destination”.

“Americans are good hosts in their own country. There are a lot of things to see and do with natural and man-made landmarks,” Mr Tucker said.

For those looking for somewhere to escape the cold, Mr Tucker recommends the Pacific Islands, Thailand and the Philippines as safer alternatives to Bali.

Travellers are encouraged to visit 梧桐夜网smarttraveller.gov419论坛 to check current warnings and advice for any destination.

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Women of the world ring a bell

Feb 20 2019

A REAL HUMDINGER: Associated Country Women of the World president Ruth Shanks, left, with CWA Wanthella group secretary Claire Lennon holding the tiny bell, group president Margaret Schofield and group vice-president Doreen Goddard. Photo: Gareth Gardner 040616GGC01A TINY little bell from the other side of the world has made its way home to Nundle CWA – via a short stint in an op shop.
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The bell, cast in the image of Saint Osyth, bears the following inscription down the side of her cloak: “Presented to Nundle branch of the CWA by the WI (Women’s Institute) of St Osyth, Essex, England, 1947”.

When a Salvation Army thrift shop volunteer (with great eyesight) found the bell in a box three years ago, and spotted the inscription, they phoned a branch member and returned it, where investigations began.

This was no mean feat, as Nundle’s early minutes had unfortunately been lost, so the internet proved an invaluable tool.

St Osyth WI records, however, were a mine of information.

They revealed Miss Biddy Payne, a past secretary and foundation member of Nundle CWA, visited the club in Essex in 1947 and received the gift to bring home to Nundle.

Wanthella group president Margaret Schofield said Miss Payne had attended a world conference in Amsterdam and asked if Nundle CWA could be paired with another similar organisation in England.

“As St Osyth WI was formed a month after our club, it was felt the two clubs could grow old together,” Mrs Schofield said.

“They formed a wonderful friendship and Nundle CWA would send over food parcels, tins of lard, fruit cakes and other items, which were hard to come by in post-warEngland where rationing ruled.”

Several legends surround Saint Osyth (or Ositha), the most fantastic of which was the young girl had her heart set on becoming a nun, buther father was against it and wanted her to marry a wealthy nobleman.

She ran away to the convent, but was executed by beheading.

Here’s where the rumour gets really interesting.

After having her head chopped off, she picked it up, ran back to the convent with it, knocked three times on the door and collapsed.

“Last weekend our branch members had the opportunity to seephotos of St Osyth,” Mrs Schofield said.

“A CWA member from Dubbo Evening branch, Ruth Shanks, is world president of the Country Women of the World, and took the opportunity to visit the club on an overseas tour.

“She found the story of the bell so fascinating, and made contact with them. Club members picked up Ruth and her husband from the station and showed them around.

“They hosted a wonderful garden party for her, with all the members’ husbands dressed in union jack waistcoats, acting as wait staff.

“The husbands call themselves WISHes – Women’s Institute Supportive Husbands.”

Mrs Schofield said members found it fascinating to see photosof the club where the tiny bell had originated.

She said their association would now continue into the future.

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Coalition to create rural health champion

Feb 20 2019

A re-elected Turnbull-Joyce Government will develop a National Rural Generalist Pathway to address rural health’s biggest issue – lack of medical professionals in rural, regional and remote areas.
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Australia’s first ever Rural Health Commissioner will be appointed to lead the development of the pathway as well as act as a champion for rural health causes.

The moves have been warmly welcomed by rural health organisations including the Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland (RDAQ) and theRural Doctors Association of Australia.

Minister for Rural Health and Deputy Leader of the National Party, Fiona Nash, said these two measures will put rural health at the heart of Government decision making and improve access to critical health services in the bush.

“Due to the limited availability of specialist doctors in rural and remote areas, rural GPs, often known as Rural Generalists, require a significantly more diverse skills set, with the expectation of substantial after hours service,” Minister Nash said.

“Rural Generalists frequently have advanced training in areas such as general surgery, obstetrics, anaesthetics and mental health. Despite these additional skills, there is no nationally recognised scheme in place to recognise their extra skills and extended working hours.

Minister Nash said the Rural Health Commissioner will work with the health sector and training providers to define what it is to be a Rural Generalist.

“We need to get the right medical professionals with the right skills in the right places.

“As a rural person who lives hours from a major city myself, I understand rural Australia needs more medical professionals and this Pathway will help deliverthem. Queensland has a good model but we need a national approach.”

Minister Nash said the Rural Health Commissioner will work with the health sector and training providers to define what it is to be a Rural Generalist.

Importantly the Commissioner will also develop options to ensure appropriate incentives and remuneration for Rural Generalists, recognising their extra skills and hours and giving them more incentive to practice in the bush.

The President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Ewen McPhee has welcomed the initiative from Minister Nash, saying it has the capacity to make a huge difference to the health of rural Australians.

“We are really pleased at Minister Nash’s announcement to appoint a National Rural Health Commissioner, and a commitment to pursing a National Rural Generalist Training Pathway,” Dr McPhee said.

“RDAA called for the appointment of a Commissioner early in the election campaign, and it is enormously gratifying to see that it has been taken on board by the Coalition.

President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Ewen McPhee.

“The role of a Commissioner will go a long way towards helping to develop a framework to support rural doctors and the right initiatives to support them in their increased scope of practice.

“Tasking the Commissioner with the development of a National Rural Generalist Training Pathway shows just how well the Coalition understands health care delivery in the bush,” Dr McPhee said.

Rural communities rely on Rural Generalist doctors, who provide advanced services on top of their general practice work in areas such as obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, indigenous health and mental health, both in their practice and at their local hospitals.

“Many country hospitals rely on Rural Generalists to stay open,” Dr McPhee said.

“RDAA, as well as other rural health stakeholders, have been calling for a national framework to support the development of our future rural doctors, to equip them with the skills needed and support them in their increased scope of practice.

Professor Lucie Walters, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), said that the College strongly welcomes the announced intention to appoint a Rural health Commissioner whose first priority will be to develop a National Rural Generalist Pathway.

“This is important recognition not only of the importance of improving health outcomes in rural and remote communities, but also of the value of the Rural Generalist model of practice in achieving this goal,” she said.

As a first order of business, the National Rural Health Commissioner will be tasked with developing and defining the new National Rural Generalist Pathway and providing a report to Government which lays out a pathway to reform.

The Commissioner will work with rural, regional and remote communities, the health sector, universities, specialist training colleges and across all levels of Government to improve rural health policies and champion the cause of rural practice.

The Commissioner will also lead the development of the first ever National Rural Generalist Pathway, which will significantly improve access to highly skilled doctors in rural, regional and remote Australia.

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