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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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