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   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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   Aug 21

Recognition for farmers

FOR too long, agriculture has taken a back seat to matter of national importance.
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Political parties driven by polls in an attempt to hold on to power have bowed to inner-city thinking and policies that have made life harder for those who feed our nation.

The release of the federal government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper finally addresses some of the key issues which had been ignored on the ALP/Greens coalition.

Instead of acknowledging the important role agriculture plays in making our nation great, they chose to either ignore key issues or, in some cases, make it more difficult.

This could not have been more clearly illustrated thanthe Gillard government’s knee-jerk reaction to a television programwhich effectively shutdown the live export trade to Indonesia.

The white paper acknowledges not just the importance of agriculture to our nation’s future, but the massive potential the sector holds for the prosperity of our country.

As the world’s population continues to rise, more nation’s are seeking food sources from other countries and Australia is perfectly positioned to capitalise on that demand.

The Coalitionclearly takes agriculture seriously and this white paper will go some way towards addressing the indifference of the previous government.

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   Aug 21

Oscar to take on state’s best

Rising rugby union star Oscar Moran, 14, of Bowral, will play for the NSW Under-15s Country squad this weekend. Photo supplied
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RUGBY UNION

BOWRAL teenager Oscar Moran has enjoyed a rapid rise in rugby union.

Earlier this year, the 14-year-old undertook his first trial for a representative team.

This weekend, Oscar will represent the NSW Under-15s Country squad at a major state competition.

Oscar, who plays at loose head prop, will head to Narrabeen on Wednesday to meet team mates and take part in a three-day camp.

The team will compete against another country side and four city outfits in Narrabeen on the weekend.

Oscar’s mum Nicky Moran said the top players at the carnival would be picked for the NSW under-15s team.

“It’s Oscar’s first rep opportunity and he loves his rugby,” she said.

2015 has already been a big year for the young Bowral Blacks player. The journey started in January when he represented the Illawarra Junior Gold team at a pre-season competition.

He then represented the Illawarra under-15s team at the State Country Champion-ship in Mudgee last month.

Oscar played well at the championship and was elevated to the NSW Country side.

In between rep duties, Oscar has played at under-15s level for the Bowral Blacks and Oxley College.

Ms Moran said her son took up the sport at six because his father Scott and brothers Max and Zac had played.

“Oscar has learnt so much this year,” she said.

“He has improved his technique and enjoyed the opportunities.”

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   Aug 21

Fifty years on and Maitland’s city centre still cause for public discussion

The 50-year-old cartoon. SAME OLD JOKE: Margaret McKenzie of Rutherford with the old Mercury cartoon from 1965. Picture by CATH BOWEN
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A 50-year-old cartoon has been unearthed that proves history does repeat.

A Mercury reader has found a copy of a ­cartoon that was published in the Maitland Mercury in November, 1965, that ­satirically depicts Maitland City Council and the changes that were taking place in central Maitland at the time.

The cartoon depicts Maitland council as a toy store that sells items such as “The Kill High Street Game”, “Supermarket Monopoly”and a kit to “build your very own life sizesupermarket”.

It reflects a time when there was community debate over developments in Maitland, similar to the public discussion that has been taking place in the city in recent months over The Levee.

A large box in the corner of the cartoon could even be mistaken for an early concept drawing of the High Street kiosk.

The cartoon was uncovered by 81-year-old Rutherford woman Margaret McKenzie, whose father Peter Ziforich was a Maitland alderman for nine years in the 1960s.

Mrs McKenzie said she found the cartoon in a scrapbook of newspaper clippings that her father had collected during his time as a representative of the city.

“I’ve got no idea what happened in Maitland that year, but the cartoon is relevant to what’s going on today, 50 years later,” she said.

“I just thought it was funny and hoped people would get a laugh out of it.”

Mr Ziforich was a Russian immigrant who came to Australia as a 12-year-old.

As an adult, he owned the Shell service station at Rutherford for about 20 years from the 1940s to the 1960s.

He worked in the orphanage at Monte Pio and served as an alderman on Maitland council, in a time when the elected representatives did their jobs for no pay.

“He would have been horrified to see what has been happening in Maitland,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“He was very well-liked and respected. He was an all-round good bloke.”

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   Aug 21

Barriers come down for people with disabilities

OPPORTUNITIES: Program graduate David Morey has achieved many of his aspirations because of Life Without Barriers.
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LIFE Without Barriers (LWB) has opened the doors of a brand new office in Nowra.

The non-profit organisation provides an important community service to ensure the best care and support is developed for those needing additional assistance in their everyday life.

This includes delivering a range of programs for children, young people, older people and those with disabilities who often need support in their homes and set them on the right path to achieving their goals.

The new location will provide a hub for senior staff, program co-ordinators as well as a base to run training programs and workshops.

The office was opened recently by Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, together with area operations manager for Life Without Barriers, Edward Birt, who said having the Shoalhaven office in a prominent location was a win for service delivery in the area.

“What we see time and again when you open a regional hub, people just feel so much more connected, better supported and able to access the service when they need it,” Mr Birt said.

“It builds on all of those networks and relationships we have in the region. Often when you’re looking for answers and solutions for the people you are working with, that’s going to come through those networks and relationships.”

The Shoalhaven has some 50 adults with disabilities and 20 children and young people in care, who currently access the LBW service.

“From this office we do disability support services as well as out-of-home care support services,” he said.

“There are a number of foster care families in the Shoalhaven. So we’ll have a case manager based here as well as a supporter of carers, who go out and work with those families and the people who reside with them.”

Mr Birt said one of the main aims for LWB is to see people get the opportunities in life everyone is entitled to.

“We want to get outcomes,” he said.

“We see people’s potential. A bit of walking side-by-side with somebody and support at the right level is important. Some of the people we support have significant impairments other people have less so. We support right through and it doesn’t matter where the person is, that’s not the issue, it’s about coming in at the right level and ensuring that people are doing everything they can be doing.

“All people inherently get a kick out of doing things for themselves, be you five or 95 years old.”

David Morey, a LWB graduate, who now has a job he loves at the Postman’s Tavern, is a shining example of the transformation LBW can make to people’s lives.

“We set goals at the start of the program, I wanted to get into hospitality and get my certificate III in commercial cookery,” Mr Morey said.

“Life Without Barriers helped me with that by coming, sitting down and going through the exam with me.”

Mr Morey also achieved what is considered to be a rite of passage for most independent teenagers.

“I’ve also got my licence, which was one of my goals. I was a bit hesitant and they pushed me with that,” he said.

“They came to the RMS and helped me fill out all the forms.

“Because I also have epilepsy, you have to wait five years and they helped me with all the doctor’s forms.”

Normally, a two-year program, Mr Morey achieved his goals in only 18 months.

“I got the job with Postman’s Tavern and once you get so many hours’ worth of work, you move out of the program because you have accomplished everything you wanted.”

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   Aug 21

Questions need to be answered about who will pay for shock signs at rock platforms

THE sea is an unpredictable thing. Calm one moment, it can throw up unexpectedly powerful waves, especially around rock structures, which can cause rapid upwelling, depending on the sea’s state.
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The sea is also tempting, offering a bounty of food to those who fish from its shore.

For rock-fishers who cast from ledges, it is an extremely dangerous place. Rocks are slippery and waves can be calamitous, as far too many people have discovered to their own cost.

So the call for shock signage in the wake of nine deaths of rock-fishers examined by the coroner is entirely understandable. So, too, moves to make the wearing of lifejackets among rock-fishers mandatory.

But, as deputy mayor John Wells rightly points out, for a local government area with as much coastline as the Shoalhaven, the cost of new signage, not to mention the policing of lifejacket rules, would be a huge impost on ratepayers, the majority of whom do not place their lives in danger by rock-fishing.

So for the idea of new shock signage to gain any traction, some agreement must be reached to share the burden of the cost that would be associated. Yes, local government should make a contribution because fishing is one of the major drawcards of the region and visitors bring in money. But local government should not foot the entire bill because it would be too burdensome and other services or capital works would have to be reprioritised.

We accept that too many people die each year while fishing off rocks in NSW. We accept, too, that warning signs and the provision of angel rings might help reduce this number, as would education.

However, we regard these measures as something the whole state should be pitching in to help with, not just the local government areas whose coastlines are popular with rock-fishers.

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