Archive for September, 2019

   Sep 21

Shock tactics urged to save lives

ROCKY RESCUE: Jesse Huxley from Nowra owes his life to a mate and an angel ring. In 2013 he was swept off rocks at Currarong while rock fishing. Thankfully his fishing partner was aware of where the nearest angel ring was. The device kept Mr Huxley afloat for 90 minutes before being rescued.SHOALHAVEN has been listed as one of three areas that should consider shock signage at rock fishing black spots.
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Deputy state coroner Carmel Forbes made the recommendation, as well as recommending lifejackets become mandatory while rock fishing.

The recommendations came out of a coronial inquest following the deaths of nine rock fishermen.

The inquest set out to determine what more could be done to increase the safety of anglers fishing off rocks.

In three years 35 people died while rock fishing in NSW. Each rescue operation costs between $450,000 and $600,000.

In the court findings it was noted Shoalhaven City Council is the land manager responsible for the area where one of the nine men, Sung Su Cho, died at Currarong.

In the court documents Shoalhaven City Council environmental services manager Kellie Lowe pointed out that due to the length of the coastline council could take on the safety of the rock fishermen on its own.

“The council strongly supports the introduction of mandatory lifejackets as the best measure to prevent deaths of rock fisherman. It is of the view that it would be a great improvement to the safety of the fishermen in remote parts of the coastline.

“Some of the rock fishing spots are a two-hour trip to walk in and out.”

Council manages 165 km of NSW coastline. The council’s highest priority for risk management that relates to rock fishermen along this coastline is signage.”

There are also six areas where angel rings have been installed.

On the release of the findings last week Shoalhaven City Council deputy mayor John Wells said council took the issue and the findings seriously but hoped NSW government agencies would share their thoughts on how best to approach the signage issue.

“Apart from the important safety issues, recreational fishing is a major part of our tourism industry, so we do have an interest in what the coroner is saying,” Mr Wells said.

“We will ask council staff to review the deputy coroner’s findings, so we can discuss them with relevant NSW agencies.

“Another issue for us is that part of our coastline is federal territory. It’s not straight forward.”

Cr Wells hoped the state government was not looking to the 15 coastal councils to use this as a cost-shifting exercise.

“Of course we are concerned with rock fishing safety, but do we put them on every rock shelf, and in how many languages?

“It’s a complex issue and signage is only one part of it,” Mr Wells said.

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   Sep 21

Calls to Lifeline surge

LIFELINE has experienced a surge in calls over the last 12 months.
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The established crisis support hotline recorded a historic spike, receiving the highest number of calls since the service began in 1963.

Claire Leslie, Lifeline South Coast Marketing and PR manager, believes the increased number of people reaching out to their service was a reflection on the tireless work from their volunteers.

“I think really, from our perspective, it’s all to do with our ability to answer more calls,” Mrs Leslie said.

“There is always a demand for our service. It is great people are getting in touch with Lifeline, I think we are just getting better at answering more calls.

“We have the support of some wonderful volunteers who sit on our phones and take calls, they rise to the challenge and get those calls answered.”

Volunteers answered more than 800,000 calls nationally in the year to June 30 from people in crisis or needing support, the South Coast service received 17,193 of those callers.

Lifeline South Coast executive director Grahame Gould said the increase in calls might not be a negative phenomenon.

‘‘People are more open to talking, people are dealing with all kinds of complicated situations that aren’t always working out for them,’’ Mr Gould said.

Lifeline is a confidential 24-hour service available to anyone on 13 11 14.

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   Sep 21

Cold snap prompts fire warning

FIRE and Rescue NSW is reminding people to be careful in the home as the cold of winter sets in.
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Assistant director of Community Safety and Research, Chief Superintendant Chris Lewis, said firies were called to 1100 home fires last winter.

“Nearly a quarter of these were due to leaving unattended household items such as heating appliances.

“It’s cold and people are cooking more, using heaters and electric blankets, and putting clothes in the dryer.

“Keep looking when cooking and never leave a heater, dryer, electric blanket or any other electrical device unattended. Always turn them off when leaving home or going to bed.”

Chief Superintendant Lewis also said people should check electrical cords for signs of damage such as fraying before using them.

“It’s also important people don’t bring outdoor heating and cooking appliances indoors, including using ‘heat beads’ or LPG gas as a fuel source.

“This type of equipment, and home-made heaters such as terracotta pots on top of butane cookers, puts people at great risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said householders should only use approved heaters that met Australian Standards.

“You can check if your heater is on the national product recall list at recalls .gov419论坛. We inspect thousands of electrical and gas products every year to ensure only approved products are sold.”

Fire and Rescue NSW recommends following these points to reduce the risk of fire in the home:

• keep looking when cooking;

• clean the clothes dryer filter after every load;

• keep clothing and flammable materials one metre from heaters;

• do not overload power points and powerboards;

• always turn off heating and electrical appliances when leaving the home or going to bed;

• regularly inspect powerboards and electrical leads for signs of damage, degradation and dust;

• ensure you have a working smoke alarm and a practiced home escape plan;

• if a fire occurs, get out, stay out, and call Triple Zero (000).

For more information about fire safety visit 梧桐夜网fire.nsw.gov419论坛 or contact your local fire station.

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   Sep 21

Heart in her art and heritage

New Berrima contemporary Aboriginal artist Pamela Luke identifies as a Daruk descendant. Photo Ainsleigh SheridanWITH artistic inclinations since childhood, it took the birth of Pamela Luke’s son for her to connect with the art in her heart as well as her heritage.
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Ms Luke identifies as a contemporary Aboriginal artist as a descendant of the Daruk people by her father’s great-grandmother.

The New Berrima artist has lived in the Southern Highlands for most of her life, now with her children Harrison, 12, and Issabella, 4.

It was Harrison’s birth that piqued her ancestral curiosity, which led to the issuing of Aboriginal identity papers and a whole art form.

But “with or without the papers, I’d still want to be involved in the Aboriginal community,” Ms Luke said.

“It’s important that modern Aboriginal people put forward a good representation of our people; that we achieve things in the community, that we better ourselves, that we stand up for our fellow Aboriginals and be somebody.”

Raised as an Anglo-Celtic Australian, Ms Luke said she still had much to learn about Aboriginal culture, and that impacted her art.

“We weren’t raised with the culture – I didn’t seek it out until I had my own children – and it’s hard to find out unless you’re brought up in it,” Ms Luke said.

“A lot of people, when they do Aboriginal art, they tell a story of where they went, who they met, what they tracked.

“A lot of mine are more like a patchwork quilt. They’re patterned, repetitious and overlapping, but not always telling a story.”

The patchwork simile is apt as it’s in op shops that Ms Luke hunts for creative inspiration, running her hands over fabrics and textures “until I feel something I like”.

“Then I just go with it. I don’t know if it’s an idea or the canvas telling me what it wants to be. I have to start quickly and it’s like watching a photo developing,” she said.

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   Sep 21

Bowral Bandicoots prove too tough for Yerrinbool

Lil Azara runs through a training drill recently. Photo by Josh BartlettFOOTBALL
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AN under-strength Bowral outfit has stamped its authority on the Noelene Munro Cup competition.

Despite being reduced to eight players at half time, the Bowral Bandicoots recorded a 6-0 win over Yerrinbool Bushrangers Black on Saturday.

It was Bowral’s first win in the Highlands Soccer Association’s women’s premier league cup tournament.

The Bandicoots headed into the match with only 10 players because of other commitments.

However, the team was still able to establish a 3-0 lead at half time at Yerrinbool.

Two Bowral players then had to leave at the half-time break, meaning the visitors were reduced to eight players in the second stanza.

The side pressed on for a 6-0 win, with Lil Azara and Fran Konz scoring two goals each.

Bowral playing-coach Taylor Smith said Azara and Konz were crucial for the Bandicoots.

“Lil and Fran played well together,” she said.

“Phoebe Thompson was also very good and set up some goals.”

Smith said it was a pleasing win on Saturday.

“I am happy with the result and we all had fun,” she said.

“The spirit in the team is really good.”

Three other matches in the Noelene Munro Cup were contested on Saturday.

The Yerrinbool Bushrangers Green secured a 7-0 win over Hill Top.

Robertson Rovers Maroon edged Bundanoon Rebels 1-0, while Crookwell and Moss Vale Thistle White played out a 0-all draw.

The next round of the Noelene Munro Cup will be played on Saturday, July 11.

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