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Unbeaten Grand Tycoon grabs Alfa Bowl

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July 13, 2018 by admin

UNBEATEN youngster Grand Tycoon produced the best performance of his career so far when he overcame a delayed start and then mid-race pressure before winning the $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray last night.
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Grand Tycoon took his record to four wins and is now on target for the $100,000 Elwick Stakes on February 3 and possibly the $100,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes at Mowbray on February 27.

“He appears to have the wood on the locals and well look at those races but be mindful that when he’s had enough he will go to the paddock,” trainer Barry Campbell said.

Campbell was impressed with last night’s one length win after Grand Tycoon stood in the barrier stalls for six minutes while one horse was vetted and another was a late scratching after dumping his rider.

Grand Tycoon ($1.40 fav) jumped in front but shortly after the start was pressured by Gee Gees Style and then One More Red before pulling clear in the home straight.

“To win four out of four is a good effort and I would rate him up there with the two-year-olds I’ve trained,” he said.

Campbell prepares the youngster for North-West owners Charlie and Wendy Langmaid.

“It is an honour in itself to win a race named after Alfa,” Langmaid said.

Alfa was also prepared by Campbell during his two-year-old season in 1995 and was unbeaten in six Tasmanian starts.

Race sponsor Alwyn Shaw said it gave him a thrill that Grand Tycoon was foaled at his Aceland Stud at Whitemore before being offered at the 2012 Magic Millions yearling sale.

Memorial to Carr

BRIGHTON apprentice Sigrid Carr added her name to the Craig Hanson Memorial honour roll when she guided Arties Spur home.

It is the 30th anniversary of Hanson’s death in a fall at Mowbray and the race named after him is keenly sought by jockeys.

Carr has only been riding a few months and she took her record of wins to 12 last night.

Arties Spur ($6.20) is trained at Brighton by Stephen Lockhart who said Carr’s 3kg allowance definitely helped.

He trains Arties Spur for Dudley Clark, of Woodrieve Stud, and said the win will be a tonic for him as he is suffering from ill health at the moment.

Snell trains a winner

FORMER jockey Jodi Snell celebrated her first winner as a trainer when favourite Cuprona Road took out the opening race at Mowbray.

Snell, who rode for most of her career under her maiden name Borrett, retired from the saddle four years ago to begin a family and later took out her trainers licence.

“This is a big thrill although I would prefer riding to training,” the 37-year-old said.

Cuprona Road ($3.40 fav) was able to take the lead on the home turn after crossing from a wide barrier and although getting a little tired near the line held on to beat My Grey Horse ($4.00) and She’s A Monet ($3.60) in the Supervobis Maiden Plate (1200m).

Snell said the win carried extra significance as her husband Simon had broken in the gelding and her father Keith shared in the ownership.

Cuprona Road had put the writing on the wall with a first-up second to promising galloper Ollies Gold at Elwick on December 22.

During her riding career Snell was in the top bracket of jockeys in Tasmania and formed a good partnership with John Blacker who is now training in Victoria. Snell retired with 380 wins.

Three on the trot

PROMISING three-year-old Streetwise Savoire made it three wins on the trot and and equalled the 1100m track record to boot when he scored in the Charlie Blyth Memorial Handicap.

After appearing under pressure approaching the home turn Streetwise Savoire ($1.80 fav) moved up a gear in the straight to go on and win by three lengths over early leader Little River Girl ($2.30) and Daunting Dancer ($9).

Savoire Vivre was coming off wins at Elwick on November 25 and Mowbray on December 12 and his time of 1:04.18 matched the record of Galibier set in October last year.

Streetwise Savoire is a stablemate of Galibier and trainer Scott Brunton is predicting a bright future for him.

Brendan McCoull guides unbeaten youngster Grand Tycoon to victory in last night’s $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray. Picture: TASRACING

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VTAC offers: round one released

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July 13, 2018 by admin

2013 Tertiary Places Guide — full list of first round offers
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THE wait is over for university hopefuls, who will find out today if they have received a first-round tertiary offer.

Among them is former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron, who is hoping to be accepted in Law and Arts at Deakin in Geelong.

Mr Cameron, who received an ATAR of 76, said he was reasonably confident his score was enough to receive a first-round offer into the course.

“The clearly-in score is 83 but I have a friend who does Law and Arts at Deakin and he had four or five friends who got in with a score of 76 so I think I’ll be okay,” the 17-year-old said.

If not offered Law and Arts at Deakin, Mr Cameron said he would also be happy to study his second preference, Law and Commerce.

If not, Mr Cameron’s third and fourth preferences will mean university life will take him to Warrnambool.

“I achieved the clearly-in score for Law and Arts in Warrnambool … I could make a start and transfer later if I had to,” he said.

Former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron is hoping to study law at Deakin in Geelong. KATE HEALY

University first-round offer details for undergraduate coursesare available online todayafter 2pmvia MyInfo on Students will need their VTAC ID and PIN to log in.

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Holman Clinic pioneers defy Sydney claim

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July 13, 2018 by admin

LAUNCESTON’S Holman Clinic pioneered brachytherapy for cancer patients in Australia more than a decade ago and is still at the forefront of national service delivery, director Stan Gauden said yesterday.
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Dr Gauden was speaking after claims from a Sydney hospital that it was the first public hospital in the country to use brachytherapy on breast cancer patients.

“We’ve been using brachytherapy here since 1997 for both breast and other kinds of cancer,” Dr Gauden said.

“It’s all a bit old hat for us now.

“It was really the interest of our technicians at the time in wanting to use the technique when invited by the manufacturers that saw us get started.”

Dr Gauden said that the Launceston General Hospital cancer clinic often hosted national and international visitors who wanted to see how the treatment worked.

In the past couple of years the Launceston Holman Clinic had also started using the highly specialised treatment for other cancers, such as skin cancers, Dr Gauden said.

“We had a paper published last October on our reported data – it presented one of the biggest series (numbers of patients healed) in the world,” Dr Gauden said.

The Holman Clinic was also using brachytherapy in gynaecological cancer work and for internal cancers, such as tumours in the bile duct or lungs.

Dr Gauden said he was proud of the results since the treatment started in Tasmania.

“At this stage we’ve had no (patient) returns,” he said.

He stressed that the treatment was not for everyone.

“In breast cancer, it’s usually for older patients over 60 with lower chances of the disease reoccurring,” he said.

“And it’s for those patients where the cancer has not spread to the lymph glands.”

Brachytherapy cuts the radiation treatment time and its effect on the rest of the body by going to the seat of the tumour.

A series of wafer-thin plastic tubes are inserted in and around the tumour, guided by ultrasound and other medical imaging techniques.

The radioactive element iridium is passed through the tubing or tiny catheters directly to the tumour.

Dr Gauden said that patients had two treatments a day over a week, had the catheters removed and went home, instead of the conventional radiation treatment that took at least five weeks.

He said that brachytherapy had been around as a treatment for nearly 100 years.

It had become particularly useful in the past decade through the development of ultrasound equipment that could guide technicians to the tumour.

Holman Clinic radiation therapists Liz Howell and Ian Hodgetts with a breast tissue model and displays of the brachytherapy procedure. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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World titles set for Hawkesbury River

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August 21, 2019 by admin

THE Hawkesbury River is the stage for many great boat races but in May a world championship event will be seen at Windsor Marine Stadium.
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Fastwater Promotions will host a world championship race in the unlimited displacements and six-litre displacements along with an Asia-Pacific SST120s championship.

The event was passed by council late last year and will take place on May 18 and 19.

Race director Tony Walsh said the event will be unique to the Hawkesbury.

“It will be a different atmosphere because a lot is on the line – they’re racing for world championships,” Walsh said. “Everyone wants to be number one in the world and there’s plenty of preparation that goes into it.

“They go at 260km/h and are tough to drive and expensive to maintain.”

The weekend will feature plenty of racing and Council voted unanimously in favour of giving the event exclusive access to Governor Phillip Reserve for the two days.

“This event is a world championship, international event and it’s a one off event,” councillor Porter said. “I think we should be supporting it, especially in terms of boosting tourism and the economy in the Hawkesbury.”

Councillor Christine Paine was also in support and couldn’t wait for the event to arrive in Windsor.

“I support this event if it’s anything like the Bridge to Bridge ski race we had here recently,” Cr Paine said.

“I was gobsmacked and had goosebumps watching the event at Governor Phillip Reserve and seeing how well it was organised.’’

The event will be a great advertisement for the Hawkesbury, with fans from around the world tuning in to watch the racing.

“We’ve got international teams coming and a world-wide audience of about 300m people,” Walsh said.

“Windsor is a good stadium-type course and the crowd will be close to the action. They will feel a part of it.”

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Tears and triumph as Daley honoured

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August 21, 2019 by admin

IN 1975, Laurie Daley stepped onto Willow Park as a junior Junee Diesel, last Friday, he walked onto the ground having captained the nation’s team, the state team and as a member of the 1986 premiership winning Diesels.
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An official ceremony marked the renaming of Willow Park to Laurie Daley Oval.

PICTURES AND VIDEO: Laurie Daley Oval opening

“It’s just a great honour and a tremendous feeling given that you don’t play footy for these things and you don’t expect these type of honours,” Daley said.

“When they told me it was going to be done, I thought ‘that would be great’ but I don’t think it hit me until today, I was overwhelmed with emotions I think.”

Moved to tears by the honour, Daley signed autographs and greeted supporters with a huge smile on the very ground where he fell in love with rugby league.

It was the perfect 70th birthday celebration for Frances Daley, as Junee honoured her only boy as the town’s favourite son.

Growing up with seven older sisters, Daley learnt a thing or two about remembering his humble roots in Junee and the proud mother of eight admitted how important it was her son had stayed so grounded despite his success.

“It was lovely, so emotional, so beautiful,” she said. “But, he has seven sisters and I’m proud of them all the same.

“I don’t like to single any one of them out for their achievements.

“They kept him in line when he was growing up – that’s for sure.”

In front of hundreds of supporters and well-wishers, NSW Rugby League chief Geoff Carr described Daley as a “tremendous sportsperson” and credited his humble attitude to growing up in Junee.

One of Daley’s first coaches, Terry Sykes, said it was a “magic day”.

Sykes, who spearheaded a renewed push with Terry Seton to rename Willow Park, said he was glad the oval now bore Laurie’s name.

Last Friday also marked the official opening of the new broadcast box and canteen.

Daley said he hoped the refurbished grounds would go a long way to inspiring the next generation of rugby league stars to sprout in Junee.

“I know there’s young players like I used to be out there, with dreams like I did to play for the Diesels, and then go on to the NRL and play for NSW and Australia,” he said.

“I’ll be the first one to congratulate that kid.

Laurie Daley and his mother Frances look out over the field named after one of Junee’s most famous exports. Picture: Oscar Colman

“I was lucky enough to do what I was able to do, I hope this ground gives kids some hope that it doesn’t matter if you come from a country town, you can achieve anything.”

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Ned Kelly to be laid to rest

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August 21, 2019 by admin

Source: The Border Mail
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Ned Kelly’s burial next to his mother on Sunday is expected to be painful for many of his descendants.

Just over 132 years after his death, Kelly will finally have his wish granted to be buried in consecrated ground alongside family in the small town of Greta, in northern Victoria.

This will follow a full requiem Mass for Kelly in Wangaratta tomorrow.

Kelly’s grave, like that of his mother, Ellen, won’t be marked.

The family is acutely aware of the public interest but yesterday made several pleas for privacy.

“We don’t want it to become a circus — it is a private family burial,” said Joanne Griffiths, the great-granddaughter of Kelly’s sister Grace.

“There’s a lot of pain involved, particularly for the elders of the family.

“These are people who have kept quiet for generations.”

Kelly’s burial became possible after his remains — minus his still missing skull — were positively identified two years ago.

His skeleton was unearthed in 2009 at the old Pentridge Prison site, where it had laid undisturbed since being re-buried there 80 years earlier.

Kelly had been buried at the Old Melbourne Jail after his execution on November 11, 1880.

The identity of his skeleton was confirmed after DNA extracted from the bone was matched to mitochrondrial DNA from the blood of Melbourne art teacher Leigh Olver, a direct descendant.

Damage to the skeleton also matched injuries Kelly suffered during his capture at Glenrowan.

Hundreds of relatives — including at least 200 from three direct lines of Kelly’s parents, John “Red” Kelly and Ellen Kelly — are expected to attend the service and burial.

The service will be held at St Patrick’s Church and is expected to begin about midday.

“Our wishes are that it is private, it is for family,” Ms Griffiths said.

“But of course with churches you don’t usually shut doors, certainly not in the heat.”

A statement released by the family yesterday drew attention to a letter dictated by Kelly — he couldn’t write because of a gunshot wound to his right hand — the day before he was hanged.

In his letter to the governor he asked for his mother to be released from jail before he died, then pleaded to be granted permission “for my friends to have my body that they might bury it in consecrated ground”.

Kelly’s request was refused.

The family decided to hold the service and burial on separate days in the hope that the latter, at the very least, would be accorded greater privacy.

“Obviously it is a family member we are burying here, someone who was loved,” Ms Griffiths said.

“We want to give him the most respectful and dignified mass and burial we possibly can — that’s what any person would want for their family member.”

End of the line for family’s rail bond

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August 21, 2019 by admin

WHEN Keith Jenkins retired at the end of last year it closed the book on more than 150 years on the railway by the Jenkins family.
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Keith and his four brothers – Robert, Barry, Raymond and Henry – all worked for State Rail and later Pacific National, all beginning their careers in Junee.

The last of his brothers to retire, Keith finishes after more than 42 years.

None of the Jenkins brothers have less than 15 years service with State Rail, each playing their parts as drivers, firemen, roster clerks and call-boys.

“It’s not a bad effort for one family,” Keith said.

Originally working on a farm, Keith joined the national service in 1968 and trained to drive armoured personnel carriers with the Army’s Second Calvary Regiment in Sydney.

When he completed his time in the national service, Keith returned to Junee.

“When I came out of the army I wanted to go back on the land, but because of the drought there was no work,” he said.

Joining State Rail at the Roundhouse, Keith slowly worked his way through the ranks over 14 years to become a locomotive driver.

Over the years he did every job from preparing trains to fueling locomotives to eventually becoming a co-driver or fireman, and finally becoming a driver.

“My favourite part of it was as long as you did your job properly, you didn’t have anyone breathing down your neck,” Keith said.

Keith said he loved the job which had him travelling the Riverina countryside and wasn’t cooped up inside an office or building.

“I tried being an apprentice baker, but I slept in too much,” he joked.

Always more comfortable in freight trains, Keith also drove the Southern Aurora and Spirit of Progress and has travelled along almost every branch line in the Riverina.

In control of more than 1.5 kilometres of metal, he said knowledge of the railroad was the key part of the job – especially when it came to stopping.

“It takes two kilometres to pull a 1500-metre train up … you’ve got to know your route,” he said.

After 18 years as a driver, Keith has helped train many younger drivers in learning the “road” and said instead of the 14 years it took for him to become a driver, it was now only two years.

Working full-time since he was 15, Keith now has plans to enjoy his retirement catching fish, working on his house and growing bearded irises.

Keith Jenkins is the last of his four brothers to retire after collectively working for 150 years on the railway. Picture: Declan Rurenga INSET: (From left) Barry, Raymond, Henry, Keith and Robert Jenkins outside their home in 1965.

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Halal housing touted for Riverstone

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August 21, 2019 by admin

WHILE Hawkesbury residents last week received a letterbox drop protesting against a 10,000 plot Muslim cemetery proposal in Blaxlands Ridge, residents of Riverstone are facing their own controversy surrounding a Halal housing project in the heart of the close knit community.
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Qartaba Homes has announced subdivision plans to build 150 residential lots in Riverstone and 30 in Schofields, despite the fact plans are yet to be lodged with Blacktown City Council.

The company promotes the land to be 100 per cent Halal housing, which offers interest-free lending for interested buyers from any faith or denomination.

However there are claims that almost all the land has been booked by interested buyers already.

The interest-free offer means Islamic buyers avoid ‘‘riba’’ or debt with interest, which is against Islamic law.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said he felt concern on the matter was premature with Blacktown Council yet to receive a development application.

However he did say he would only support a development that was made available to an entire population.

“We all know that right through Riverstone there will be new developments, new subdivisions and housing, and most people within the community are looking forward to that,” Mr Conolly said.

“If this application is in fact lodged with Council it will have to meet stringent planning requirements and laws, there is no doubt about that.

“I do however believe this kind of development would need to be available to the whole population, not just some and not others.

“Qartaba Homes said they do in fact plan on making the land available to anyone, so if they keep their word I can’t see any concern with the development.

Residents around Blaxlands Ridge received a letterbox drop urging them to send submissions to Hawkesbury Council regarding an application for a 10,000 plot Muslim cemetery in Packer Road.

The flyer reminds residents the period for public comment had been extended to January 25.

The unnamed publishers of the flyer “strongly oppose” the application for various reasons including that the site is a sandstone region; water runoff will affect wildlife and the fact the proposal was opposite Wollemi National Park.

Qartaba Homes has annuonced subdivision plans to build 150 residential lots in Riverstone and 30 in Schofields.

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Smokin’ Billy Gets wheels spinning

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July 22, 2019 by admin

AFTER 10 years of petrol, oil and tyres, Billy Seton has made his mark on the Australian burnout competition scene.
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Mr Seton placed third in the Summernats Masters Burnout competition in Canberra.

The Masters competition is an invitation only event in front of a 100,000-strong crowd in the nation’s capital.

While burnouts are traditionally associated with P-platers in cul-de-sacs, Mr Seton said there was more to it, with competitiors judged on the amount of smoke created, crowd response and driver control.

“It takes years to set up the car right,” he said.

Over the past 10 years, Mr Seton’s car has always had a mechanical failure during the 60 seconds on the skid pad or he was eliminated in qualifying rounds.

And while he’s always thought it’d be good to win the open event, he was stoked to have placed in the Masters.

A blown engine at an earlier Sydney event helped secure a wildcard entry for Summernats this year and he didn’t waste the opportunity.

The best performers on the skid pad will pop a tyre during a burn out and drive off – something Mr Seton said was difficult to do.

“There’s no time limit (in the Masters), but you want a tyre which lasts at least a minute,” he said.

Mr Seton’s car – “Silly’, a 1972 HQ Kingswood – had brand new tyres which lasted 41 seconds.

Turning heads in a sensational pink, the HQ’s Chevrolet V8 has a powerful 940 kilowatts, or 1300 horsepower under the bonnet.

“Just driving it up to the start line it uses 35 litres of fuel,” he said.

Over a decade Billy has invested up to $35,000 in just the engine but he says this is average when compared to the rest of the burnout masters field.

“It’s not unusual, the top 25 drivers’ engines cost up to $35,000 to $40,000,” he said.

Not a car Mr Seton drives reguarly, the HQ Kingswood needs two to three hours maintenance each day during Summernats.

Mr Seton will head to the NSW Pro Burnouts in Dubbo on February 3 to compete against up to 80 others for the $10,000 first prize.

Billy Seton was flying the flag for Junee at Summernats this year. Billy and his HQ Kingswood claimed third place in the Masters burnout competition for 2013. Picture: Declan Rurenga

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Filly injured in NYE antics: Londonderry

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July 22, 2019 by admin

NEW Years Eve, traditionally a joyful time spent welcoming in the New Year, quickly turned to a nightmare for a Londonderry family when careless actions of surrounding neighbours led to the horrific injury of their foal.
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Meet Lily, once an energetic, curious and kind four month-old purebred Arabian filly, who became an example of the danger of illegal, backyard fireworks.

Given no warning of the events that were to unfold on Whitegates Road on December 31, trouble began at 9.30pm.

‘‘We were alarmed when a big bang rocked our house and three of us flew outside to find a couple of neighbours letting off fireworks,’’ Mrs Geyteman said.

Attempts to call out to stop them failed.

‘‘The other neighbours close to Londonderry Road added to the problem, but they were worse at midnight,’’ she said.

While many families were gathering around their television sets watching the Sydney fireworks, Mrs Geyteman and husband Anthony were frantically moving through their dark property trying to calm their horses.

‘‘While on the phone to 000 I was trying to stop them from running through steel fences, while my husband was attending the ponies, mares and foals at the back of the property, which we thought was safe chicken mesh — brand new fencing.’’

Mrs Geyteman also described the terror of hearing the twang of fencing snapping, and not knowing what damage had been done.

‘‘My frantic attempts to calm them down and speak on the phone must have sounded horrendous to the operator as we watched the offending neighbours light firework after firework,’’ she said. ‘‘We could see them being lit from our horse yards.’’

While waiting for the police to arrive, the family continued to try and calm the horses, which Mrs Geyteman said were shaking and dripping in sweat.

‘‘We were lucky enough to only have one injured animal — Lilly.’’

Since the incident, where Lilly suffered a haematoma, Mrs Geyteman said she isn’t the same.

‘‘Lilly used to be a friendly little foal that would be the first to come up and greet you, but the effects of the fireworks from inconsiderate and ignorant people have resulted in a fearful foal that won’t come near us as we have to treat her several times daily.’’

With the Hawkesbury a horse populated area, Mrs Geyteman hoped other locals would learn from their experience.

‘‘I am sure we are all aware of the dangers of fireworks and why they are illegal in the first place,’’ she said.

‘‘This is our third year here now and we have never had this problem before. A courtesy note in our letterbox would have sufficed so we could have locked the horses in boxes and they would have been safe.’’

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Lilly with injuries she sustained around 10pm on December 31, 2012

Lilly with injuries she sustained around 10pm on December 31, 2012

Lilly at about 7pm on January 1 this year. The haematoma is about 20cm in diametre.

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Family flees Mid-North fire

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July 22, 2019 by admin

The Bundaleer North fire with (top) Julie Brooks and (below) her sons William and James.Keep up-to-date with the latest from the CFS
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When Julie Brooks saw fire at the top of the hillnear her home, she knew it was time to leave.

The mother of three, 36, was desperately worried for the many animals on her property – ahobby farm on Burnside Road –which was in the path of the Bundaleer North fire on Wednesday night.

“We could see the red glow of the fire just over the hills in front of us,” she said.

“Then,when we were sent a CFS warning that we should leave,we knew we had to.We don’t have mains water and our tanks are very low from the lack of rainfall this year.”

Chickens, parrots, pigeons and hopping mice all joinedJulie and her friend in two cars as they sought refuge at her mother’s house, a safe distance away,in Gladstone.

“I had a very hopeful feeling it would miss our place –our CFScrews do a great job at keeping these things contained and I’m so thankful we have people like them who are prepared to give it there all,” she said.

“No amount of thanks is enough.”

She was reunited with her youngest son, William, 6, who had been staying the night her mother’s house.

Her eldest son, James, 16, had spent the night in Jamestown.

“We’re starting to bring all the animals back this morning and starting to unpack again,” she said.

Firefighter goes down in rough conditions

A firefighter was taken to hospital after collapsing atthe fire ground earlier on Thursday.

Shaun Noonan fell to the groundwhile fighting the fire in the Bundaleer Forest and was helped by colleagues.

He was treated by Joyleen Koch, a nurse who is married to a local farmer, before being transferred to Laura Hospital.

Shaun’s mother, Delma, said her son was “very sleepy” and was being rehydrated by a drip.

The incident was related to heat and exhaustion, the Country Fire Service says.

‘Whopping’ 400,000-hectarefire in outback SA beingmonitored from space

The Country Fire Service has been forced to use satellite imaging to track a giant fire burning in outback South Australia.

The fire’s footprint has grown to more than 75 times the size of Sydney Harbour and almost twice the size of Canberra.

Click here to find out more about it and try our interactive size map.

Bundaleer North fire on Thursday. Photo: Matt Bonser. Source: Country Fire Service

Fire map issued 2.30pm on Thursday.

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Mark Shane

Firefighter Shaun Noonan who collapsed on Thursday in a photo last year after taking hat-trick for Georgetown in Rocky River cricket.

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

Bundaleer fire. Photo: Greg Mayfield

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How to use food as a medicine

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July 22, 2019 by admin

Ever felt worried and been struck with a gripping stomach pain? Or developed a cough while grieving?
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The health of our organs and our emotions are closely linked, according to author, naturopath, herbalist and chef Janella Purcell.

In the updated version of her wellbeing book,Janella Purcell’s Elixir, Purcell details how the mind, body and spirit are interconnected and how a better diet can help prevent problems in all three of these areas.

‘‘We know that when we get upset we might get a headache or feel nauseous or get eczema or asthma, we know the effect emotions have on our body but we don’t seem to put them together,’’ Purcell says.

She says five of our major organs – the heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and liver – are associated with certain emotions, as well as with particular seasons.

When there is an issue with one of these organs, it often means something is out of balance in another area of our lives.

‘‘For example lungs store grief and sadness and autumn is the time lungs are most sensitive. So say you had something that happened and you hadn’t grieved properly, which a lot of people in the West don’t do, it gets pushed down and comes up when the lungs are more sensitive and will come up every year,’’ she says.

‘‘It could only just be physical, but if you have an emotional aspect that relates to that organ, that’s going to come up, that’s going to create the condition.’’

Each organ also has a brother or sister organ. The heart and small intestine are paired together, as are the lungs and large intestine, so people dealing with respiratory issues may also experience lower digestive or irritable bowel problems – one of the main concerns clients bring to Purcell.

Elixir has tips on how to eat to use food as medicine to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of poor health.

Purcell says fixing diet is the easiest step when beginning to address overall wellbeing, because simple changes make a difference.

‘‘You’ve got to get your food right and the first step for someone who wants to be healthy – body, mind and spirit – is to get your food under control,’’ she says.

If there are problems with the kidneys, for example, which are associated with fear and anxiety, eating things such as parsley, leeks, salmon and shallots and avoiding overly salty or raw foods can help.

Similarly, if you are having problems with your heart, which is associated with happiness, mung beans, sea vegetables, cucumber and red lentils are just some of the foods that will be beneficial.

Once diet is taken care of, Purcell says it’s important to then address the things in your life causing problems with these organs to start with.

Naturopath Janella Purcell.

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Keeping Aussie apples alive, one tree at a time

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July 22, 2019 by admin

AN INGENIOUS idea has been embraced by a Bilpin fruit grower who is looking to save the existence of the Hawkesbury’s fruit tree industry, which fell under threat when the 90-year embargo on New Zealand fruit imports was lifted in 2010.
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Bilpin Fruit Bowl, which has been owned and run by the Tadrosse family for 30 years, is one of Australia’s leading suppliers in locally grown apples and peaches, and has kicked off the third year of its ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program — the only one of its kind in Australia.

‘‘When the federal and state governments announced they were going to allow the importation of fruit, my fear was ‘how will Australian farmers survive?’,’’ Mrs Tadrosse said.

‘‘We produce enough fruit here to sustain Australia, but because of the threat of imports we can’t make a living out of it.’’

After the import decision, Mrs Tadrosse turned to the internet in hope of finding a unique way to keep the Bilpin orchard alive.

‘‘I discovered the ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program which was in England and the US. It seemed quite easy and hadn’t been done here before, so we decided to try it.’’

With just 50 fruit trees adopted out in the first year, at $132 per tree a year, there are now about 200.

‘‘Everyone who does it absolutely love it,’’ she said. ‘‘They are amazed at the fruit quality, how fuss-free it is and why nobody else does it.’’

When it comes to the excitement of picking fruit from ‘your’ tree, Mrs Tadrosse said age doesn’t matter.

‘‘A lot of people come up here as a family and bring their children and grandchildren,’’ she said. ‘‘It also teaches children where fruit comes from and how it’s grown.

‘‘I’ve seen one-year-olds running up to fruit trees and picking from them, and it’s also nice to see the reaction of older children when they bite into a fresh apple.’’

Mrs Tadrosse said the ‘Adopt a Fruit Tree’ program is also a unique gift to give someone.

‘‘One lady who received the tree as a Christmas present came to pick her fruit, and she was so excited that she had made an apron to wear,’’ she said.

On average people will receive 50 to 60kg of fruit from their tree and can pick as little or as much as they like.

‘‘We maintain the trees throughout the year when they are ready I give them a call and they come and pick the fruit. Most people go gung-ho and share it around with their family, friends, neighbours and co-workers, but others will leave some.’’

The fruit left behind is sold at market, with the money made matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bilpin Fruit Bowl, which is then donated to the Cancer Research Unit of Westmead Children’s Hospital.

With the Tradosse’s losing money by sending their fruit to the markets, they are hoping to adopt out 50 to 70 per cent of their orchard and encourage locals to jump on the bandwagon to keep Australians eating Australian fruit.

‘‘If we don’t, farmers like us won’t survive,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a good thing. It’s helping keep Australian farmers productive and the fruit is grown to Australian standards.’’

For more information or to adopt a fruit tree contact Margaret Tadrosse on 0404 061 262, or visit www.bilpinfruitbowl南京夜网.au

Photo: Kylie Pitt

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