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Plan ‘could save lives’poll

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

IN CLASS: Launceston Swim School’s Jodie Lee with Zaria McQueen, 7. The school said a Victorian swimming initiative would help if adopted in Tasmania. Picture: Phillip BiggsA Victorian plan to ensure all children can swim 50m by the end of year 6 would help prevent drownings if adopted inTasmania, a Launceston swim school says.
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However itshould not focus on the benchmark at the expense of broad education creating awareness of water safety among pupils, Launceston SwimSchool manager Lindy Crack said.

Victoria has put forward the plan in a push to stop drownings, and will make the 50m benchmark part of the curriculum from next year.

Mrs Crack said swimeducation neededto include training forswimming around obstacles, returning to a safe breathing position and other water safety basics.

Safety involved more than ability to swim a certain distance, she said.

“It’s all really great you can swim 50m freestyle, but can you save yourself?”

Pupils in years 3, 4 and 5 in all primary schools can participate in ten consecutive lessons of swimming and water safety annually, an Education Department spokesperson said.

Students currently take part in a 10-day program at government-owned, council and private swimming pools.

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the safety and well-being of all children was of paramount importance to the government.

The state’s swimming and water safety program was “nation leading”, he said.

Under the state’s swimming and water safety program policy, compulsoryinstruction in state schools must be available as early as possible, but not later than year 3. Instruction must include aspects of water safety and survival.

While the program is directed towards years 3, 4 and 5 children, itsextension to other years is “desirable where circumstances permit”, the policy says. It aims for children to be able to swim freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and survival backstroke efficiently for 50 metres eachand also to have completed survival swimmingfor fiveminutes.

Tasmania had the nation’s highest drowning rate in 2014-2015,recording 1.75 per 100,000 people, according to a Royal Life Saving report.

While Mrs Crack saidVictoria’s policy would benefit children, she urged the community to remember drownings occurred at any age.

“For this reason, it is imperative that water familiarisation and safety lessons should be started at a young age,” she said.

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Petrie off to Eagles

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Former North Melbourne champion and Ballarat boy DrewPetrie is now a West Coast Eagle.
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Petrie was taken with West Coast’s second selection inMonday’s AFL rookie draft at pick 29. The 34-year-old played 316 games for North Melbourne after being drafted at pick 23 in the 2000 AFL national draft from the North Ballarat Rebels.

NOT DONE YET: Former North Melbourne spearhead Drew Petrie received an AFL lifeline in Monday’s AFL rookie draft – he is now a West Coast Eagle. Picture: Getty Images

The decorated Roo was one of a much publicised quartetof North Melbourne stalwarts this year. Brent Harvey, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo were all culled by the club at the end of the season and Petrie’s passion for the game clearly remains strong.

In a move that surprised many, the 300-gamer will move west to continue his career and bodes as a mentor for the young West Coast forward’s as well as an insurance option from the Eagles big men stocks that took a sizeable hit last year when Nic Naitanui went down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The rookie draft proved a fruitful one for Ballarat-based footballers as North Ballarat Roosters utility Rowan Marshall found his way onto St Kilda’s rookie list after being selected with pick 10.

Marshall originates from Portland and studied in Ballarat.

The agile 200cm prospect was the beneficiary of Roosters stalwart Orren Stephenson’s absence for large chunks of 2016, impressing recruiters with his ability to play in the ruck, drift forward as well as stints at centre-half-back throughout the year.

Roosters coach Marc Greig said Marshallwas absolutely stoked.

“He still can’t believe it,” Greig said.

“He would’ve been initially disappointed about not being actually drafted. But it doesn’t matter now, you’re at an AFL club full-time now. He gets an opportunity in a full-time environment – it’s great.”

Greig said he had received plenty of phone calls regarding Marshall. Marshall’s greatest appeal is undoubtedly his versatility and the ability he has shown to play a range of positions and at 21 years of age is improvement now that he’s in an AFL system could be rapid.

Greig believes he will eventually become a ruckman.

“There’s been a few phone calls, in regards to wanting to know more about him. With the year he’s put together and his size and the way he moves. While he’s still got a lot of developing he’s certainly on the right track.

“But I think in four or five years he’s going to a massive man so I think he will become a ruckman but at the moment I think he’s best suited to being a key forward who spends a bit of time ion the ruck.

It has beena tough off-season for the club, with the Roosters receiving some negative publicity surrounding its financial situation.

Greig felt the news underlined the Roostersrelevance as a genuinepathway to the elite level.

“We still say that if you don’t get drafted from TAC Cup or you’re a good country footballer, we’re the only regional-based VFL team.”

North Ballarat Rebels dynamic forward also added his name to the list of players fortunate enough to grab ahold of a spot on an AFL rookie list.

Jones was selected by Geelong with pick 48.

Jones, also from Portland, played 18 games for the Rebels this season and kicked 15 goals.

Jones was only named in the best on two occasions, but no doubt his energy across the forward line and ability to impact the game in short bursts appealed to the Cats.

His selection makes him the sixth North Ballarat Rebel to be drafted across both the national and rookie drafts this year, highlighting the Rebels great system.

Jones will join former Sunbury under-18.5 player Zach Guthrie who Geelong picked up with pick 33.

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Celebrate and recognise ability

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

GET INVOLVED: International Day of People with Disability is held on December 3. Advertising Feature
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Registration is open for communities, schools, clubs and individuals to host an event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day held each year onDecember 3.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the day is a celebration and recognition of the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

The day is also about raising awareness of the issues experienced by people with disability and the importance of making our communities more inclusive.

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Grampians Community HealthPinnacleWimmera Uniting CareGrampians Disability Advocacy“I encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate the outstanding contributions people with disability make to this country,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Think about how you and your community can come together to recognise people with disability, their families and carers on or aroundDecember 3.

“It can be as simple as starting a conversation and raising awareness about disability issues in your community, or you can organise a local event to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

“However you choose to mark the day, it is important we all work together to remove the barriers experienced by the four million Australians with disability, so they can have the same access and opportunities to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.”

Visit the IDPwD website for tools to help plan and promote your event, including event ideas, an event checklist and promotional material.

Once registered, your event will appear on the website for people to browse by state or territory, and you will have access to free merchandise to help promote your celebration.

All registered event organisers can receive a pack of promotional products, designed to help promote and celebrate individual events.

To get involved, visit the International Day of People WithDisability website, 梧桐夜网idpwd南京夜网419论坛,call 1800440385 to register your event, or check the Community Calendar of Events for events in your area.

TTY users can phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385.

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Yaraka B&S ballPhotos

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Yaraka B&S ball | Photos Lawrence Lahey and Jess Smith, Quilpie, both UQ Gatton students, letting their hair down at Yaraka.
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Local girls Hannah Albrand and Andi-Claire Pegler were helping out on the gate in all their finery.

Blackall’s Scott Choyce killed two birds with one stone – after a night at the ball he was ready to load cattle at Albilbah at daylight.

Four of the Doyle siblings from Tambo – Michael, Emma, Susie and Daniel – getting ready to party.

Committee members Robert Paterson and Johnny MacNamara were two of the welcoming party.

Tom Tourle, Dubbo with Courtney and Bronte Lloyd, Jedburgh, Yaraka.

Having a good laugh was Yaraka’s Nick Gimblett and Jo McGarvie, with Tia and Tim Brunckhorst, Isisford.

Blackall girls Jesse Johnson, Elise Leek and Shannon Thomson had a black dress theme.

Boots were the shoe of choice to combat the burrs for Maddie McDonald, Charleville, Anya Gandy, US, Samara Hoffman, Toowoomba, Claire Jackson, Trinidad station, and Nikki Hoffmann, Gulugaba.

Some of the Blackall faces were David Goodman, Carly Thomson, Jamee Johnson, Chris Kadel, Amy Blucher, Will Evert from Winton, and Will Butler.

A 1983 ball invite, from the ‘Yaraka Yellowbellys”. Committee president at the time, John Hawkes put in a guest appearance on the mic last Saturday night.

Photos from earlier Yaraka B&S days amused the crowd, and some attendees even found themselves in this shot.

Sam Boyd and Kristen Volker, Aramac.

Steven Wheelhouse was out from the Sunshine Coast visiting family at Blackall, along with mates Brock Crumblin, Cunnamulla, Ben Dawson, Sunshine Coast, Harry Hancock, Charleville, and an unknown friend.

Blackall expats, Sebastian Olsen, now in Brisbane, and Ted Choyce, Toowoomba, had drinking mugs specially engraved for the weekend.

Christy Phillips and Roy Hilton, Augathella.

Brad Edwards and Dick Cribb were ready to handle the bar work.

Thargomindah’s Ashlee Gray and Michael Crear, Cindy McCarthy from Quilpie, and Allie Firth, Thargomindah.

Mardi Noonan and Alan Hinds were down from Blackall for the night.

Sarah Pearson, Blackall and Sara Choyce, Toowoomba, reliving their own B&S days.

Scott Milne and Lisa Magoffin, Muttaburra.

Committee chairwoman Tiffany Davey and Blue looking for lucky door prize winners on the night.

Ben and Kate Hay, Baralaba.

Andrea Crothers, Longreach, with Jacob Christensen.

Barcaldine girls Gibby Rooney and Jesse Marshall with Clayton Gough, Keerongooloo Station.

Colorado backpackers taking time out from work at Tambo and enjoying their first B&S ball were Randy Bachet and Phil Hamilton.

Matt Freeman, Port Augusta with Andi-Claire Pegler.

Sisters Jamee and Jesse Johnson from Blackall.

Michelle Kath, Josie Butler and Nick Allan, all of Longreach.

Blackall’s Selina Hayman and Tim Wright.

Aramac lads Adrian Volker and Cooper Radford with Fiona Greer, Longreach.

Alex Macdonald and his mum Deb Macdonald from Blackall, with former local Landmark agent Sam Hart.

Megan of Evora station with Matt Adams.

Some of the utes from the afternoon’s competition lighting up.

Fellow showgirls Annie Fulton, Dalby and Tiffany Davey, Yaraka the morning after the night before.

There were plenty of keen young people ready to put their hands up to put the ball on after 16 years in recess. Photo by Anne-Maree Lloyd.

Competitors in the Young Graziers Challenge on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Anne-Maree Lloyd.

Another view of the Young Graziers Challenge. Photo by Anne-Maree Lloyd.

Competition was fierce in the ute challenge. Photo by Anne-Maree Lloyd.

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Letters to the editor

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

M Chugg, of Prospect, agrees with letter writer Zali Grace, and says the major factor in global warming/climate change is solar activity. Global WarmingZALI Grace claims that climate change is real, (The Examiner, November 25) and in this she is correct. Climate change has always been present on this planet, and always will be, with mankind powerless to influence it to any significant degree.
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Scientific method has a requirement that after a hypothesis has been established it must then withstand all possible efforts to disprove it, before it becomes scientific fact. In the current discussions over climate change/global warming, massive amounts have been spent to verify the hypothesis and nothing spent to disprove it, so the science is anything but established.

Zali Grace claims that over the past five years, half of the Antarctic ice has melted. The heavily biased, pro-climate change organization, National Snow and Ice Data Center publishes photos of the Antarctic ice each day and currently the amount of ice present is slightly above the average for the period 1978 to now. But the average used is meaningless and obviously much too high, excluding, as it does, the 400-year period of the Maunder Minimum. To have any meaning average global temperatures would need to be taken over a few centuries at a minimum.

The major factor in global warming/climate change is solar activity, as shown by the Maunder Minimum in the past and by current NASA reports that the polar ice caps on Mars are also melting. These facts are invariably ignored by promoters of the global warming hoax.

M. Chugg, Prospect.Wood IndustryONE OF Tasmania’s major woodchip exporters has urged the state government to reconsider opening up 357,000 hectares of future potential production forests (The Examiner, November 19).You mean to say they actually want to woodchip high conservation forests for fast buck?Limit woodchipping to plantation timber only.Resources Minister Guy Barnett said that without the extra supply Forestry Tasmania could not meet the industry’s woodchip supply.Stop cutting off small sawmillers livelihood.Stop axing jobs.

A. R. Trounson, Needles.EuthanasiaMICK Leppard dismisses the idea of palliative care as an alternative to euthanasia because our Liberal state government can’t operate ordinary hospitals successfully (The Examiner, November 23).

Both sides of politics have not provided adequate palliative care services. Back in 2004, a University of Wollongong report into palliative care in Tasmania concluded that palliative care service was currently servicing about 52 per cent of estimated need.

This must mean that some terminally ill people are suffering unnecessarily. Their symptoms could have been treated if the government had provided more palliative care funding. Mick Leppard seems to be arguing that we should just accept this and have voluntary euthanasia.

But if terminally ill people do not have the option of palliative care because our politicians are too stingy, and the only way they can alleviate their suffering is through euthanasia, they do not really have a choice.

The euthanasia debate needs to distinguish between untreatable suffering and unnecessary suffering. Whenever I read about someone still dying in pain, I wonder if this was really a legitimate case for euthanasia, where no amount of palliative care and pain control could have alleviated their suffering, or were they actually victims of government policy.

If euthanasia supporters are truly motivated by compassion and dignity, they should insist that all terminally ill people deserve access to palliative care before the drastic and potentially socially risky option of euthanasia is considered. I wonder how many terminally ill Tasmanians sufferedbecause of inadequate palliative care funding while Lara Giddings was health minister.

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