Traveller numbers mixed

Mixed reports on visitors in Gunnedah for the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival but numbers are generally steady.Gunnedah is claiming ashare of the tourism dollars created byincreased foot traffic at the 2017 TamworthCountry Music Festival.
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Festival organisers saidon Sundaynumbers could be up as much as 10 per cent on last year’s first day attendance.

A Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre spokesperson said enquiries spiked around mid-last week andremained steady heading into day five of the festival on Tuesday.

“We haven’t seen as many recently but hotels report their bookings are steady for the next few days,” the spokesperson said.

The centre recorded 810 visitors forthe whole of January last year.As of Monday afternoon, with eight days remainingin January, visitor numbers were 667.

Some Gunnedah camp sites appeared less frequentedthis weekand the usually popular RV caravan camping area on South St was virtually deserted.The lonely few campers leftsaid some visitorsstayed inthe days leading up to the festival but none had arrived since.

But it was a different story across town at the Gunnedah Tourist Park on Henry St.

Manager Cheryl Piefke said numbers were definitely up on this time last year.

“It has been a very busy month,” Cheryl said.

“A lot of them, at least half, are here for the festival.”

Others who base themselves in the Gunnedah district for the festival, choose Lake Keepit as a convenient half-way option. But while some travellers head east to Tamworth for their daily country music fix, others are heading west, way west, all the way to Lightening Ridge.

Gunnedah’s information centre reported anumber of travellers heading in that directionrecently. It follows a29% increase in residential land valuein the opal mining town.

Later this year Gunnedah will host theannual Country Music Musterat the showgrounds.

The five-day musterheld from March 29 will feature artistsBob Easter, Rex Baldwin, Val Williamson Trevor Coombs, Jed and Trudi Hintz and Rob Breese among others.

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Sparks fly over state energy policy clash

POWER: The past, present and future of South Australia’s energy plan have been a hotly-contested issue recently. State Shadow Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan says state Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis’ claims about State Liberal energy policies are ‘complete rubbish and a complete misrepresentation’.
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In a mediarelease issued on Sunday January 22, Mr Koutsantonis said it is ‘incredible’ that state Opposition Leader Steven Marshall thinks he can say he’ll increase reliability and lower prices withoutexplaining how.

“I can only assume Mr Marshall is proposal to buy back elements of the electricity grid that his Liberalparty sold … ” Mr Koutsantonis said.“…Because that’s theonly way he could bring the loss-making, privately-owned Northern Power Station back online, as hehas said he would do.”

Mr Koutsantonis’ claim follow his calls for state Liberal Leader Steven Marshall to announce ‘serious energy policy’ after being the Liberal Leader for 1448 days.Port Augusta based van Holst Pellekaan strongly denied these claims and when asked about the alleged state Liberal plans to buy back elements of the electricity grid, said he has ‘never heard of these ideas’.

“Don’t believe everything he (Mr Koutsantonis)says, we’ve never said we were going to buy back the power station, that’s complete rubbish and a complete misrepresentation,” he said.“His suggestion that the state Liberals ever suggested buying back the power station is complete rubbish, in fact, Alinta offered the state government to have the power station back for free.

He said his earlier claims to reopen the Port Augusta Power Station,would have involved, “When Alinta said we’re in strife, the state government should have said we will give you that help and we’ll help you stay open for 2 years, 4 years, or 6 years or whatever the appropriate time would be so we could have an orderly transition from fossil fuels to renewables,”

He denied that plan would involve keeping the power station open indefinitely and said the money Alinta was asking for was ‘absolutely minute’ compared to the cost that the state has borne since the power station closed.

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New tool in Eurobodalla to identify weeds

Batemans Bay landholder Isabel Darling tries out the new Weed Finder to help identify a noxious asparagus fern, assisted by Eurobodalla Shire Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Martin. Identifying weeds is now much easier thanks to Eurobodalla Shire Council’s new online Weed Finder.
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Launched by Council’s environment team, the tool enables users to enter keycharacteristics of aweed – such as branch structure, leaf shape, flower and fruit colour – and search results on an extensive database.

It matches possible weeds and provides information on each, including plant description, habitat, dispersal and control methods.

Council’s invasive species supervisor Paul Martin said the initiative helps people to identify weeds on their property and make decisions about how to control them.

“The database features more than 100 species of the most commonly-found weeds in Eurobodalla backyards.

“The finder itself was created with the help of university students, trainees and work experience students, who were involved in the mammoth task of entering data and categorising the various plants.”

The Weed Finder is already proving popular on the new Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens website since it went live in October last year.

Mr Martin said it would continue to grow with the addition of new weeds as needed.

Batemans Bay landholder Isabel Darling said the finder was useful to learn what was growing in her garden.

“It’s good to have a resource to identify local weeds in the area,” she said.

“There’s plants I didn’t realise were weeds. It’s fun to explore.

“The format is great too because it’s mobile-friendly so you can take your device out into the garden and compare the plant to the wide range of photos in the finder.”

Use the finder on the new Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens website at 梧桐夜网erbg.org419论坛/weeds.php or search “Eurobodalla Weed Finder”.

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Lawnmower Man, ‘first’ Virtual Reality film, to be remade – in Virtual Reality

Stephen King cult film Lawnmower Man starred Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey starred in the 1992 science-fiction film The Lawnmower Man, which is to be remade as a virtual reality series. Photo: supplied

The film that introduced virtual reality to the general public 25 years ago is to be remade – this time, in the form of a virtual reality series.

The Lawnmower Man, adapted from a Stephen King short story (though so loosely that he successfully sued to have his name removed from the film), was a minor hit in 1992 with its tale of a simple-minded man (Jeff Fahey) who becomes an evil genius after being used as a guinea pig by VR researcher Dr Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan). But it has since come to be regarded as something of a cult classic, and as one of the first depictions in mass culture of the immersive three-dimensional medium known as virtual reality.

Though VR has been in development almost as long as cinema itself, and has existed in rudimentary forms since 1957, it is only in the past couple of years that it has emerged as a genuinely accessible form of communication and entertainment, thanks to mass-produced headsets.

Now the race is on to create content for these devices, which range in price from about $10 for Google’s Cardboard to many hundreds of dollars for Facebook’s Oculus and Sony’s Playstation VR.

The Lawnmower Man series is one of five commissions announced by VR content distributor Jaunt at the Sundance Film Festival late last week. It will be produced by Canadian company Triton Media Inc.

“The original movie was a film of unsurpassed imagination and creativity with its groundbreaking use of VR back in 1992,” said Triton’s Jim Howell, who co-owns the rights to the title with Triton founder Rupert Harvey.

“Together with Jaunt we look forward to a contemporary team bringing to life a whole new world of VR; a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are very excited to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realisation of the film.”

The other projects announced by Jaunt are primarily in the sci-fi space, though Bad Trip, from Todd Strauss-Schulson, writer-director of A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, is an immersive six-part stoner comedy.

“VR is the future,” Strauss-Schulson said of the project. “It’s a fascinating new form of storytelling that can create a potent feeling state and a personal subjective experience. You know what else can do that? Drugs.

“Drugs have the power to create hilarious, pride-swallowing humiliations. I’m pumped to dive into the VR world where I can apply my visual ideas to this medium putting the viewer inside these hallucinatory rollercoaster rides.”

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All hail Maitland’s kale sale as produce markets get the green thumbs up

BUMPER CROP: Maitland’s produce markets on The Levee have been a success and a delight to local producers.Maitland will have a regular local produce market on The Levee with plans to start the salenext month.

Maitland councillors voted unanimously last night to approve the event which will be heldon the firstand third Thursday of the month

Speaking in public access Slow Food Hunter Valley representative, AmorelleDempster, told councillors the markets would be a unique experience run by local producers and the council.

A market trial was run on The Levee last year with the objective of assessing the viability of an ongoing market.

Councillors in favour of a regular sale said the event brings more people to The Levee precinct, connected communities and supported the city’s farmers.

Cr Loretta Baker, a strong supporter of the market, said an impromptu pumpkin stall, where 20 tonnes were sold in 12 hours, brought record crowds to the precinct and the trail markets had been very popular.

She also noted the venture had broughtthe community together and “put the soulback” into the city’s heart.

Cr Baker said she is looking forward to this next phase in the life of the fresh produce markets.

“I wish them every success in their efforts tobuild them further and possibly qualify for Australia’s first “earth markets”.

“We are fortunate to live in an area that still has farmers working the land and sowing vegetable crops,” she said.

“The partnership between the farmers and the Slow Food Movement headed up by Amorelle which has delivered the fresh food markets has been warmly embraced by Maitland residents who queue to buy their produce on market days,” Cr Baker said.

“As well as bringing us food straight from the paddock, a lot of community development and community building has sprung from this venture.

“Many volunteers help out on market days and the farmers are experimenting with a greater variety of crops. There is so much potential here and they definitely have my support,” she said.

Cr Arch Humphery who moved a recommendation to approve the market said Maitland was once the vegetable capital of NSW, known widely for its potato production.Cr Henry Meskauskas said the market will become anasset for the city.

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Australians all, let us rejoice at award nominees

For the last 57 years on Australia Day, Australians around the country have woken to news of the next Australian of the Year. From cities to country towns, with our families and friends, we discuss the decision and express our opinions on the people chosen to receive this honour.

There’s an amazing range of people in the running for 2017 – many from regional and rural areas. Broken Hill resident Josephine Peters has been a volunteer for more than 70 years. Vicki Jellie helped raise millions of dollars to build a cancer centre in regional Victoria. In the desert region of central Australia, Andrea Mason is championing employment and health.

As chairman, I have the privilege of meeting many of the outstanding Australians put forward for the awards. They are role models for us all. This is what it is all about. Reflecting on the Australian characteristics we hold dear. Tenacity. Optimism. Decency. Leading by example, these stories encourage us all to strive to be our better selves. They inspire us and show us what is possible.

Every nominee I’ve met has been deserving of our respect. For their story, achievements and contributions. They are deserving because they have already inspired someone to nominate them. That’s how the Australian of the Year Awards work. Everyone in the country gets to start the process by nominating someone for consideration.

The Australian of the Year Awards have such resonance precisely because they rely on Australians nominating other Australians. For2017 alone, more than 3000 people were nominated.

So who decides from all these worthy candidates? Across the country eight selection panels, one for each state and territory, whittle down the thousands ofnominations to four finalists in each of the four award categories – Australian of the Year, Local Hero, Senior Australian of the Year and Young Australian of the Year. That’s a total of 128 people recognised each year. From these, 32 outstanding Australians whose excellence, leadership and contributions are celebrated on the national stage on January 25.

We then have to choose just four national award recipients. It is, as you can imagine, incredibly difficult. It’s a task that I and my fellow board members consider in great depth. And it always comes back the role inspirational leaders play in shaping the Australian story.Perhaps it’s someone who has spent a lifetime dedicated to the needs of other.Or someone whose passion and drive has led to undeniable success.Perhaps they have made ground-breaking discoveries.Or started a conversation with the potential to change lives.There are so many ways Australians contribute and inspire us. It is truly humbling to see.

It’s an occupational hazard that not everyone will agree with the decision. But the Australian of the Year Awards continue to be important precisely for that reason. We need people who represent Australians from all walks of life. People who challenge us and inspire and prompt us to discuss our views.

This year, I encourage you to watch the awards on TV or streamed on Facebook and I hope you find inspiration from the remarkable stories. If the awards represent our country’s potential and identity, we should all feel richly proud to call Australia home.

Who will be our 2017 Australians of the Year? Watch the national announcement live on ABC TV from 7.30pm AEDST on Wednesday, January 25.

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Ben Roberts-Smith is chairman of the National Australia Day Council.

David Lowe: Newcastle Jets need everyone on deckphotos

David Lowe’s Lowedown | photos, video TweetFacebookDad’s Army fame, and Jets coach Mark Jones suggested that fans follow that advice, with a lot more rationale, after their 2-0defeat at the hands of the Wanderers on Sunday.

Nobody has forgotten how to play, got ahead of themselves, failed to compete, or anything of that ilk. The Jets lost to a side who have dominated many of their matches this seasonbut failed to capitalise.

That run was due to end. Indeed, a 0-0 draw with the unbeaten Sydney FC, in which they probably just shaded the contest, as recently as last week suggested Tony Popovic’s side were in pretty good nick.

The absence of Hoole, Nordstrand and Brownmeant the Jets were without a lot of energy, possibly their quickest and fittest player, and a fair dash of guile.

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— WS Wanderers FC (@wswanderersfc) January 22, 2017Lots of people like different players for different reasons. A quick glance at most top-flight player-of-the-year competitions reveals a glut of strikers or creative midfielders at the top of most polls.

Andrew Nabbout is close to the top of polls in the A-League, and he has had a very good year to date. For me, if his contribution has been better than Andrew Hoole’s, it is only by the smallest of margins.

The Jets have certainly been most effective and most dangerous when both have been on the pitch. It’s undoubtedly more comfortable for opponents, and much easier for opposing coaches to provide the necessary defensive cover, if one is absent.

Hoole can frustrate at times.I reckon two or three of his accumulated yellow cards could have been avoided, and, yes, his finishing could be a little more composed, but it does seem to be improving.

But, you know what, if he was a smooth, reliable, clinical goalscorer, he wouldn’t be playing in the A-League, because his engines, aggressionand deceptive acceleration would serve him well at a higher level.

That remains his challenge, to develop composure in front of goal, and improve game awareness and decision-making, because his athleticism and ability to glide past people make him a real handful.

Opposition defenders would seldom admit it, but I reckon the Wanderers left back Jack Clisby would have been smiling through the weekknowing that he would get forward without such a physical contest, and that whoever replaced Hoole was unlikely to threaten the space in behind him with anything approaching the same regularity.

Brown’s tenacity and forward runs were also missed, as indeed was the finesse of Nordstrand, which so complements the firepower of Hoole and Nabbout. I can’t help but think that both will be more effective against Melbourne City’s high defensive line, in the later evening timeslot on Friday in Coffs Harbour, with Hoole on deck, than they might have been in the direct sunlight at Campbelltown with a 5pm kick-off.

I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Melbourne City have struggled a little in the past month or so, and the Jets will fancy their chances against an expansive (and, indeed, expensive) City side.

What the Jets can’t afford is to have any defensive lapses, concentration or execution, or Messrs Fornaroli and Cahill will make them pay.

Defensive assignments at set pieces, in particular, will be of great interest. Whoever gets the job on Cahill will have to be very strong in terms of focus and physicalityto at least compete and stymie to an effective extent.

I reckon this is a game Jones and his players will be looking forward towith some relish. Big-name opponent, who will expect to dominate, push on, and who will leave space at the back in pursuit of that quest.

You might remember the Jets gave a decent account of themselves at AAMI Park earlier in the seasonand are without doubt more fluent and cohesive at this moment.

Two weeks ago, the Jets were fifth. Today they are eighth, without doing too much wrong. The three teams above them in the yo-yo group (from fifth to eighth) all have tricky away games this weekend, and it would be no surprise to see further exchange of league places in mid-table.

Undoubtedly,Jets fans will keep a close eye on those games as well as the one at Coffs Harbour, but for the neutral, and two big cities, all eyes will be on AAMI Park on Australia Day as Victory host Sydney FC.

Second host first in what could be a game of huge psychological bearing come finals time, and could possibly determine the destination of the Premiers Plate, even at this early stage.

Will Victory look to play with great pace, flair and dexterity, and width, as is their modus operandi? Or will they choke the life out of the Sky Bluesand swamp themphysically, as they did in the 2015 grand final?

Will Sydney cope either wayand extend their unbeaten run, a marvellous achievement, which I have probably underestimated and undervalued to this point, to 17 games?

A fascinating round in prospect.

Dominic Perrottet says land titles registry privatisation to be further discussed

Deputy leader Dominic Perrottet answers questions after Premier Berejiklian. Photo: Wolter PeetersAfter months of fiercely defending the NSW government’s plans to privatise the land titles registry, the newly installed deputy Liberal leader has toned down the rhetoric.

Dominic Perrottet, who as Minister for Finance, Services and Property led the charge to lease the 150-year-old registry to the private sector for 35 years, did not rule out the possibility it would be reconsidered.

“Look, we will have those discussions over time. Today, we’re not going to go into in-depth discussions in relation to various policy matters,” he said.

“We’ve got to sit down with our colleagues and once we form a new government we will look at a number of issues and come back to you shortly.”

The government has copped criticism from many peak bodies, including Law Society of NSW, Real Estate Institute of NSW, Property Council of Australia NSW, History Council of NSW, and Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, for pursuing the privatisation of the registry without public consultation or independent assessment.

The Public Service Association said the 35-year concession of Land and Property Information (LPI) will have an “enormous detrimental impact” on the state’s economy.

“Surely, given the Premier’s experience in Treasury, the implications of the LPI sale should send off alarm bells,” said the union’s general secretary Stewart Little.

The government and its sale adviser JP Morgan have opened the second round of bidding. It hopes the lease of LPI will yield as much as $2 billion, so that it can fund its sports stadium package.

According to the Australian Financial Review last week, the consortiums – Macquarie’s MIRA with Link, Borealis with its portfolio company Teranet and Computershare and the Hastings Funds Management-led consortium – have been reassured the government remains committed to the process.

Other hopefuls include Affinity Equity Partners and The Carlyle Group.

It’s understood representatives of each bidder will be taking guided tours of LPI and be given the chance to ask further questions about the asset this week and next.

Mr Perrottet became the deputy leader of the NSW Liberal Party on Monday, serving under Premier Gladys Berejiklian. He is expected to grab the Treasury portfolio.

“What I’m focused on is what works and I think if you look at the work we’ve done in finance, sure sometimes we’ve gone down a privatisation path, other times we haven’t,” he said.

“For example our workers comp reforms with icare, where we’ve established an organisation within government, with a commercial mind and a social heart,” he continued.

“And I think what’s important in politics and good government is that you focus on the end result, and focus on the outcome, and you look at who’s best placed to provide that service”.

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Grass growth sparks clean-up warning

Landowners in Bendigo and surrounds are being urged to to clean up their properties as grass fuel levels reach dangerously high proportions, thanks to early summer rains.
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Country Fire Authority District 2 operations officer Bruce Quarrier said while the rains had helped keep the region’s forest fire danger ratings low, grass fire ratings had been “well above average for most of this year”.

“The rains we had late lastyear have brought increasedgrass growth to levels that haven’tbeen seen for quite a numberof years,” he said.

“[So far] we’ve seen the fires in crops moving a lot quicker than the fires in grass but once thegrass is fully cured which it is now, we’re expectingfireto travel equally as fast in grass areas, andwe’ve got some native grassesabove two metres high this year which we haven’t seen for a number of years.”

Mr Quarrier said the grass was “everywhere”, including roadsides and paddocks, with councils having issued clean-up notices to many of the region’s private landholders.

“In years gone past, particularly small landholders have been hangingon totheir grass for stock, this year paddocks just aren’t beingeaten out asquickly as they have in previous years so if you’ve still got long grass and your stock aren’t coping it’s a good time to consider cleaning up,” he said.

“Having said that, we don’t want machinery in paddocks on days of high fire danger either, so take advantage of the cooler days if we get any.”

Forest Fire Management Victoria district managerPaul Bates said the organisationhadundertaken a larger than normal slashing program this season, due to the above averagegrass growth, with efforts deliberately concentratedin and around towns.

“Working closely with the community, we’re continuing to monitor areas where we’ve already slashed and cut remaining small areas where the need is identified,” he said.

“With the run of hot days and very dry air of late, we are getting low moisture levels in grass and other fuel – a particular concern on those days where the wind picks up.

“I’d like to remind everyone that we all need to work together, particularly on the hotter days, and be aware of the weather. So, take extra care in the activities that may start a fire, that includes activities such as mowing, welding, working with grinders – anything that can ignite a spark.”

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Man charged with 28 offencesVideo

CLEVELAND detectives have charged an Ascot man with 28 offences after a string of incidents over more than six hours from Burleigh Heads to Wynnum West.
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Some of the charges relate to an incident in Celsa Street, Wellington Point about 5.45pm on Saturday.

The resident disturbed a man inside the house.

Police will allege that the man fled the house in a stolen silver Hyundai, which they located about 6pm in Shore Street, Cleveland where it failed to stop and sped away.

The Hyundai had been stolen from Burleigh Heads about 2pm on Saturday.

With assistance from Polair, police tracked the vehicle to Slacks Creek, where a passenger got out about 7.10pm.

About 20 minutes later the driver abandoned the stolen Hyundai at a service station at Slacks Creek.

Police will allege he used a shotgun to threaten a woman, who was filling up her car, before driving off in her vehicle.

Polair Vision – Man charged following incidents on Brisbane’s bayside and LoganThe vehicle collidedwith a police car while it was leaving the station.

Police followed the vehicle on the Gateway Motorway before deploying a tyre deflation device in Stanard Road, Manly West about 8.30pm.

A police officer sustained minor injuries to her hip area and was treated in hospital after being clipped by the vehicle as it drove off.

Police will allege the man fired two shots out of the car window while driving on Preston Road in Wynnum West before another tyre deflatino device was deployed in Randall Road.

Police chased the 28-year-old man on foot before arresting him in Ropley Street about 8.40pm.

A 35-year-old man from Hemmant, a passenger in the car,was also arrested in Ropley Street after the vehicle came to a stop.

He has been charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The Ascot man faces chargesincluding armed robbery, discharge of a firearm, serious assault police, going armed so as to cause fear, commit acts intended to resist or prevent arrest, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a category A firearm, attempted robbery and unlicensed driving.

Police recovered a shotgun from the intersection of Wynnum and Preston roads, which they will allege was thrown from the vehicle.

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Govt extends local services

HELPING HOMELESS: Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni.
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THECapalaba Housing Service Centre’s outreach service to Wynnum will be extended indefinitely.

The service was introduced last year and is part of beefed up help for homeless people, an emerging problem in bayside areas.

Public WorksMinisterMick de Brennisaid it would help fill the service gap left by the previousgovernment’s closure of the Wynnum Housing Service Centre in 2012.

“The closure of the Wynnum HSC is another shameful example of the previous government’s savage cuts to frontline services,” Mr de Brenni said.

“From day 1 the Palaszczuk government has had a strong commitment to restore frontline services, and (Lytton MP)Joan Pease has worked hard to ensure people in this community have access to housing services.

“The previous government treated people experiencing homelessness and public housing tenants with disdain.

“Everyone has the right to live with dignity irrespective of the situation they may find themselves in, but with homelessness comes isolation and marginalisation.’’

Ms Pease said Volunteering Queensland had received $90,995 from the Dignity First Fund to establish a Wynnum Community Hub to help provide essential services to people experiencing homelessness in the bayside area.

“The Hub, to be based at the Wynnum Community Centre in Florence Street, will provide an accessible point of entry for information and referral to the broader service system,” Ms Pease said.

The service helps people with social housing applications, or to access services such as RentConnect, or products such as bond loans or rental grants, to help them in the private rental market.

Mr de Brenni said there was a need for government services tooffer hope as well as support.

“By providing support services within a community hub, there is also an opportunity for people to interact socially, for them to engage and connect with others and to access the information and support they need,’’ he said.

“This is particularly important for people who have been homeless for a long time, and who have lost touch with many of the social and community connections we take for granted.”

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‘I feel blessed’: Lyn Grey retires after 30 years

FAREWELL: Milton Ulladulla Hospital community midwife Lyn Grey has retired after more than 30 years. Every so often a gentle soul touches the lives of many across Milton-Ulladulla; and midwifeLyn Grey is no exception.
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Aftermore than 30 years as the Milton Ulladulla Hospital (MUH) community midwife, Lyn has retired.

A well-known face, Lyn has been apart of local families for generations.

“I’m starting to see the babies come back in and deliver babiesthemselves,” she said.

The 62-year-old commenced training in 1972 at St George Hospital, before moving to MUH in 1984.

“I set up home visits in the area and the prenatal classes,” Lyn said.

The Lake Conjola woman made the hard decision to retire earlier in the year and hopes to spend more time with her family.

“Ithink change is important,” Lyn said.

“I have seven grandchildren I want to have some fun with and an elderly mum.”

Lyn lovesher job and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to be involved in so many families special moments.

“All the women and the families are doing a great job,” she said.

“Sometimes I think to myself, ‘Oh no, what have I done’. But. it’s time I stepped out to let the new ones in.”

Messages of thanks Diver family.

Dear Lyn, Thank you so much for all your love, help and support through all my pregnancies and deliveries and for always being there for us mums and mums to be! You will be greatly missed.

Much love Sally, Adam and all the Diver boys xx Jody Quinnell and family.

Dear Lyn, As a young mum 16 years ago I remember thinking you were the baby whisperer because you had such a calming way with my babies and with me. Now after having your support through two more pregnancies I know you are THE baby whisperer and I want to thank you for giving me confidence as a parent, being totally non-judgmental and believing in me and all the lucky mums in our community – you helped us through the good and the tough times and you will be so missed.

Jody Quinnell Ashlea Pearce and family.

Thank you for absolutely everything Lyn, your one in a million and always knew how to encourage, relax and empower me to be the better version of myself for my beautiful baby boy Jax-Hunter. Your endless support and guidance was for me was simply amazing, being a first time mum was so overwhelming and your calming presence was all I needed to bring my spirits back up again and move forward. Good luck in your next chapter and once again THANK YOU, you will be very sadly missed.

Love always Ashlea Pearce and Jax-Hunter xxx Emilia and Katrina Mastronardi.

Thank you Lyn for your kind and gentle support, both for prenatal classes and also for your visits after Emilia was born. I will always remember your friendly and gentle reassurance during those challenging (but wonderful!) first weeks as a new mother.

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Room for vaccination improvement

Increased awareness: North Coast Public Health Unit director Paul Corben says there are pockets of very low vaccination coverage on the Mid North Coast.A health body says there are pockets of very low vaccination coverage on the Mid North Coast.
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North Coast Public Health Unit director Paul Corben said these communities are at heightened risk of outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseasesbecause the number of people susceptible to infection can allow diseases to spread.

The North Coast Public Health Unit recently identified a case of measles in the Macleay Valley. There have been no other cases of measles identified in the local area.

Mr Corben said consistently high levels of vaccination coverage are needed for effective disease control.

“So that people who are not able to be vaccinated still receive a high level of protection because the community as a whole is well protected,” he said.

Between September 2015 and September 2016, overall vaccination coverage rates on the Mid North Coast improved marginally forone-year-olds.

Coverage rates for children aged between two years and five years remained steady.

Mr Corben said it was difficult to identify the main drivers of any changewithout targeted research.

He said vaccinations in the first five years of a child’s life are vitally important in laying the foundation for a healthy life.

The NSW Immunisation Program provides communities with protection against vaccine preventable diseases through initiatives targeting infants, children, pregnant women, adolescents, healthcare workers and the elderly.

Mr Corben said vaccines work best if they are given on time.

“Even if a child has a runny nose or cold they can usually still have their vaccines. Delaying vaccination can increase the risk of a child getting sick,” he said.

NSW Health has made it easier for parents to ensure their children are fully immunised on time through its smartphone application called Save the Dateto Vaccinate.

The application allows parents to enter their child’s name and birthdate, as well as their immunisation provider’s contact details.

The technology calculates the next immunisation due date and sends a series of reminders to prompt the parent toschedule an appointment.

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