May, 2019

Ardlethan community concerned ambulance services under threat

ARDLETHAN’S Garnet Hawkins relies on the ambulance service located close to his home.
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He has used the service five times in the past 12 months.

Ever since he heard the service was potentially being taken from the area he has felt anxious.

Mr Hawkins, 66, suffering from chronic lung disease and in remission from esophageal cancer, is one of many concerned residents.

Former Ardlethan resident Robin Brown has kickstarted a petition on Change.org in an attempt to ensure these services are not stripped from the 400-strong farming community.

“We are very concerned,” Mr Brown said.

“I am acutely aware of the dangerous nature of the work, I am also acutely aware of the population makeup.

“We have a very old population that is heavily dependant on the ambulance service.”

Mr Brown was also unhappy that the community consultation period fell during harvest and the Christmas period.

Mr Hawkins said the lack of services in the town, which has been without a doctor since the mid 1990s constantly concerned him.

“If I get crook, there is no one I can rely on, period, except the ambulance.”

Without the service he would be driven to despair.

Coolamon’s mayor, Councillor John Seymour, shared the community’s concern.

“We won’t accept it,” he said.

“It is necessary to retain the system that we’ve got.”

Cr Seymour noted Ardlethan’s location on a major highway as a key reason to keep the service.

“We will fight to death and nail, if the proposal (to cut the service) goes ahead, to help the cause.”

In a media statement, deputy director of Ambulance NSW operations southern sector Brian White said no decision had been made on what services would be provided.

“At this time, no decision has been made about what types of NSW Ambulance services will be provided at Coolamon or Ardlethan townships into the future.

“The process for determining the future model of service delivery is ongoing.

“At the time of consultation, details of online and postal feedback options will be provided to council and community groups involved.”

Minister for health Jillian Skinner’s office would not comment on the situation, referring this paper to Ambulance media.

At the time of publication Health Service Union ambulance division was not able to provide a comment.

The community meeting to discuss the issue will be at the Ardlethan Memorial Hall on Wednesday, December 10 at 2pm.

The petition ‘Let Ardlethan Keep its Ambulance service’ can be viewed at www.change.org.

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Laughter and tears as Phillip Hughes is farewelled

AS THOUSANDS looked on, both inside and outside the Macksville High School hall, Phillip Hughes’ coffin was sprinkled with holy water at the opening of the ceremony.
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Then, one after the other, family and friends spoke of their love and respect for Phillip, the funny, enthusiastic, country kid who dared to dream and achieved great things.

His cousin, Nino Ramunno, told of growing up with the cousin who loved to bat and also loved his nan’s pasta and pizza.

But who also only came to cricket under sufferance when his brother Jason needed someone to make up team numbers.

From there the games of backyard cricket between the families of East St, Macksville, were endless, as was his father Greg’s patience in bowling to his son.

He spoke of how at an early age, when he moved to Sydney and went into serious training, Phillip was already slated to replace Mathew Hayden when he retired.

And his response to the challenge and the hard work that lay ahead?

A solid ‘yes’ and he never looked back.

Stories continued of the ‘fashionista’ who was a dab hand with the iron (his only domestic skill) and also the generous, loyal friend who loved most to be on the farm with his dad.

Siblings Jason and Megan both read letters to their brother, Jason cherishing those cricket battles of their childhood and Megan recalling her beloved big brother, who had a twinkle in his eye and never took anything for granted.

Family friend Corey Ireland told of the young man who had a huge passion for Angus cattle and who was planning a future breeding the very best.

“We’d begun a 10 year plan for his life as a cattle breeder after cricket,” Corey said.

“I promise I’ll keep your dream alive.”

Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke’s speech was the most emotional.

His normally calm façade crumbled as he spoke of returning to the centre of the SCG last Thursday night, after Phillip’s death, and touching the blades of grass … the very ones, where Phillip had fallen two days earlier.

“His spirit has touched this place – it is forever sacred for me,” Michael choked.

“Rest in peace – see you out in the middle.”

The final speaker was Cricket Australia’s chief, James Sutherland – he spoke of how Phillip, like Bradman, epitomised the dream of the country boy who dreams of wearing the ‘baggy green’ … and fulfils it.

“From the fields of Macksville to the cricket fields all over the world and now to the field of dreams … cricket will forever hold Phillip in its beating heart.”

As the tears flowed and the crowds followed the coffin out of the hall, the only sound was the hovering helicopter above.

Apart from that no-one spoke and when the hearse finally moved off in the slow procession through the town, hundreds followed it.

The overwhelming feeling of locals who spoke to the Guardian was that in this small country town, Phillip had touched everyone and the sadness was everywhere.

“It’s sad for our town, for the nation and for the world,” one woman said.

Another added that the procession was a beautiful touch – a special moment to remember.

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Smoking message not getting through

SUNRAYSIA smokers aren’t butting out and a new survey reveals regional Australia has a long way to go when it comes to kicking bad habits.
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) last week released the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which showed smoking rates decreased in major cities during 2013, but not in regional areas.

More than 24,000 people were surveyed during the second half of last year. The research also found more than 40 per cent of Australians smoked daily or drank alcohol in ways that put them at risk of harm during the 12-month period.

Worryingly for indigenous Australians, almost one-third of those surveyed smoked every day – a far higher rate than the national average.

Data from the survey is used to improve national health and social outcomes and provide a snapshot of drug use in Australia.

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Dan Sultan always writing for better or for worse

Dan Sultan will play at the Falls Festival this New Year’s.DAN Sultan doesn’t feel like he belongs in one particular genre of music.
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Not that it is a bad thing.

His two releases this year, the full length album Blackbird and the EP Dirty Ground displayed two of the sides of the singer-songwriter.

The former was more rocky, with the latter acoustic and stripped back.

With an overflow of songs, with about four years between albums, it felt natural for Sultan to put out another release.

“The important thing for me is to always be writing for better or for worse, as I had some ideas that I wanted to finish up,” Sultan told X-static.

“It wasn’t really planned by me and I just had all these songs and I just wanted to keep things ticking over, as I find if I’m not busy or keeping active then I can find myself in a bit of a slump.

“I don’t know if these releases are the complete picture of me, but it is quite diverse and does cover quite a bit of what I do.

“My average crowd has kids, older brothers and sisters, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s and all the way up to their grandparents, and that lack of demographic can make it hard at times about where you fit.

“But I like to be able to provide for whoever is interested or alienate anyone.

“But the thing about not fitting in is that you can go anywhere and not feel out of place.”

At Falls he has promised to bring his rockier edge to the proceedings.

“‘To be playing at Falls is a very special thing.

“Marion Bay is a very beautiful and amazing place to have a rock’n’roll festival.

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Sydney named among Rockefeller’s ‘Resilient Cities’

Sydney has been named as one of a hundred ‘resilient cities’. Photo: Peter BraigSydney will soon be on the hunt for its first “chief resilience officer” thanks to one of the world’s most prominent philanthropic organisations.
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The Rockefeller Foundation has named Sydney one of its “Resilient Cities” – a network of 100 urban centres sharing in an initial US$100 million ($118 million) commitment to counter the “social, economic and physical shocks and stresses” wrought by factors such as rapid urbanisation and climate change.

Admission to the network includes direct funding for the City of Sydney’s new, and likely six-figure, role. The only other Australian city already part of the network, Melbourne, pays its CRO an annual salary of about $236,000.

Each person in the role is tasked with leading “the analysis, planning and implementation of the city’s resilience strategy” in the face of a city’s particular challenges.

In Sydney’s case, these have been identified as ageing or failing infrastructure, poor transport, a lack of affordable housing, heatwaves and flooding.

“With its beautiful landmarks, large immigrant population, and bustling economy, Sydney is thriving,” the initiative’s website said.

“But as the city continues to grow, its ageing and sometimes obsolete utilities infrastructure will become ever more serious.”

The foundation’s president, Judith Rodin, said it was “imperative” that every kind of city built its urban resilience. About 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be living in urban areas by 2050.

“Not only will they be better prepared for bad times, but also life is better in the good times, especially for the poor and vulnerable,” Dr Rodin said.

“It’s smart investment, and yields a resilience dividend that is a win for everyone.”

Sydney’s lord mayor, Clover Moore, said the city was honoured to join a network that included some of the world’s leading cities and an area that was home to 700 million people.

“Leadership involves looking at the long term, and that is exactly what the City of Sydney does,” Cr Moore said.

The city was “already work hard” to prepare Sydney for its “fast-changing future,” she said.

“We are putting together a climate-change adaptation plan to look at the social, economic and physical impacts of climate change,” Cr Moore said.

Paris, Wellington, Singapore and Athens count among the 35 cities also invited to join the network on Wednesday from among almost 350 that applied.

They join 32 cities admitted to the network last year.


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