Purcell defends roads funding

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PUSH: Upper House Member for Western Victoria James Purcell is working to gain funds for the Stage Two redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.
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MOST ofthe $44 million in state funding for south-west roads announced last week is money the region usually receives for road maintenance,Memberfor Western Victoria James Purcell says.

Responding to criticism by south-west councils of State Roads Minister Luke Donnellan’s promotion of the moneyas aboost to the state’s road funding, Mr Purcell conceded that “recurrent funding makes up 90 per cent of the figure”.

However Mr Purcell, who helpedMr Donnellan promotethe funding, said the money was particularly useful because it had been allocated to road projects the community wanted rather than VicRoads projects.

The projects to be funded had been identified “direct from community feedback,” Mr Purcell said.

Mr Purcell said he was confident the region would get more road funding in the near future.Having Mr Donnellan visit the south-west last week had been very useful because it allowed him to see the poor state of roads in the region, he said.

More funding for the region’sroads is one of the issues on which Mr Purcell, who leads the Vote 1 Local Jobs party, hopes to use hiscrucial Upper House voteto press the Labor government for more money for the south-west.

Mr Purcell said the Labor government needed two of five cross-bench votes in the Upper House to pass its legislation and he was generally one of the votes sought.

“(Vote 1 Local Jobs is)willing to help with legislation as long as they are willing to help western Victoria,” he said.

Mr Purcell said the state government sought his support to increase royaltieson brown coal and to increase stamp duties on transfers of foreign-owned land.

He said those tax increases would secure another $67 million for the state government.

Apart from more funding for roads,one of Mr Purcell’s next goals is to gain fundsfor the Stage Two redevelopment of Warrnambool Base Hospital.

Mr Purcell met last week with state treasurer Tim Pallas to seek fundingfor the $112 million development that will create a new emergency department and operating theatres at the hospital.

He said he hoped to get funding innext year’sstate budget for Stage Two’sdesign and tendering components with further funding forthe construction phasesto be allocated in budgets after 2017.

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Soak up luxury and style

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Amanda Cairns or Kate Woods 6343 1329


If style, class and sophistication are high on your new home requirements, this stunning property at Prospect, Launceston, will grab your attention.

The modern, versatile design of this homecombines practicality and aesthetic appeal, whileaccommodating the everyday needs of a family.

With multiple living spaces, including both formal and informal living area, a “man cave”, study and theatre, every member of the family is well catered.

The beautiful chef’s kitchen, centrally located within the home, offers gorgeous granite benchtops and top quality appliances.

The incredibly spacious master bedroom features a fabulous ensuite, a sitting area plus a great little balcony to enjoy a nightcap whileenjoying the lovely outlook.

Additionally, on the upper level of the home is a sitting area and the remaining threebedrooms, each spacious with built-in robes.

A fabulous feature of the property is the home theatre, complete with soundproof walls. Thegames room also comes complete with as-new pool table andaccessories.

Externally, the home features an excellent undercover entertaining area and a brilliant deck, overlooking the four-jet swim-spa/hot tub.

A double garage connects to the home, and ample additional off-street parking is provided, catering to boats, caravans, or plenty of guests. The whole block is securely fenced including electric gates to the driveway and a camera/intercom system for additional security.

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Western aims to keep improving its touch

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THE Western NSW Mariners FC will look to put the finishing touches on itspreparation for a Football NSW Women’s State League campaign when hosting Gladesville on Sunday.
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The match, to be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex, will be the last for the Mariners before the players take the next step in their premiership push.

From 20 completed games, the Mariners have only lost twice and head into the final round sitting second onthe ladder.

A win will not only confirm a top two finish and the second chance which comes with it, but could also see the Mariners replace APIA Leichhardt Tigers at the top.

The Tigers sit just two points –less than a win –ahead of Mariners and meet currently third placed Southern Districts on Sunday.

Mariners coach Mick Godbieris not overly concerned where his side ends up given all semi-finals will be played in Sydney, but admits top spot would be nice.

“If we did get that minor premiership it would be a nice little bonus, but it’s not a major goal,” Godbiersaid.

“For us it’s to finish in the top two then go one better in the finals than we did last year.

“It doesn’t really matter to us where we finish, one, two, three – we know the team that plays against us will have to work for everything because we are a confident side.”

What Godbierdoes want is a win over Gladesville in Mudgee and for his players to show continued improvement.

Last Sunday when playing out a nil-all draw with Southern Districts, the mentor was most impressed with the effort of his midfielders.

Though not able to find the back of the net,Teegan Courtney, skipper Kristy Collingridge, Tayla Lloyd andKya Godbier created plenty of chances.

Under 15s talent Brianna Trappett was another who impressed against Southern Districts.

She scored against Gladesville at Mudgee earlier this season when the Mariners won 2-0 and will be keen to do so again if given a chance.

That 2-0 win came in the first meeting between the Mariners and Western this year.

The other endedin a draw which has Godbier cautious heading into the third clash even though Gladesville will not qualify for the finals.

“They’ll come to play for sure. We played them about a month ago and we had them on toast, we had them 3-1, but they came back and it ended up 3-all,” Godbier said.

“We should have out best 11 back this weekend .. we had a few out last time we played, but no excuses there.

“Our aim is to keep improving,that’s pretty much what we have tried to do over the last month, to sort of keep stepping up and not peaking too early.

“Hopefully then we can step up for the finals and go bang, bang.”

Three of the Mariners’ junior sides will also use Sunday’s match as a warm-up for the finals.

The under 13s have already sewn up the minor premiership, while the under 15s and under 17s have earned a semi-finalspot.

SOLID: Kya Godbier impressed in the midfield last Sunday and will look to shine again in the Mariners’ final round match.

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Working towards joining the dots

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Rehabilitation Outcomes helped place Rod Thomas in his new job at Trafficking Traffic Management in South Albury.
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THE economic cost of work-related injury and illness to the Australian economy is more than $60 billion a year.

In its most recent reportSafe Work Australia estimated the cost in2012-13 at $61.8 billion, which was 4.1 per cent of GDP.

Border-based Rehabilitation Outcomes director Brad Stevens said Safe Work Australia found that for every dollar saved in direct workers’ compensation costs, it spared the community $4 in extracosts such as carer’s leave.

“We know the impact of getting people back to work is dramatic,” he said.

“Rates of depression and suicide are alarmingly high for workers who are out of work.”

Since 2002, Rehabilitation Outcomes has helped 3000 peoplereturnto work in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga, Wangaratta and as far as Deniliquin.

Rehabilitation Outcomes Job Placement and HR consultant Nell Showers said they worked with people whose worlds had been turned upside down through injury.

“It’s a real shock to many people who injure themselves at work, and are trying to get back to their original role, as they are confronted with issues of identity, finances, physical and mental health,” she said.

“Sometimes getting a worker back to their original role isn’t possible so the New Employment Services team works with them to establish transferable skills into another industry, retraining and job seeking skills.”

Ms Showers said swapping careers midway through a person’s lifecould be challenging but still have a good outcome.

“I’ve seen people transition from retail to working in a mechanic workshop, from home care to becoming a pharmacy assistant or in hospitalityand a delivery driver to full-time work as a traffic controller,” she said.

Mr Stevens said injured workers needed more thantreatmentto return to meaningfulwork.

“We understand their capacity for work and we understand their transferable skills,” he said.

“We connect the dots to help people find work; our physiotherapists and occupational therapists help people because treatment isn’t enough – they talkto supervisors and makesure it’s working.”

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Hungry for success

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THE Muswellbrook Rams first grade players are itching to get onto Olympic Park this weekend, according to captain Cade Boney.
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LOCAL HOPES: Muswellbrook Rams first grade squad – back, coach Gary Jones, Jacob Ellis, Mitch Mather, Marcus Bower, Adam Grech, Elliot Serhan, Lennie Craft, coach Steve Haylen; middle, manager Gus Mather, senior vice-president Jonas Merrick, manager Michael Upton, Brady Benkovic, Andrew Pritchard, Rohan Pottinger, Jacobe Dowell, Jackson Anshaw, FAO Anthony Cubillo, treasurer Kurt Stallworthy, president Kurt Dial; and, front, Heath Collins, Adam Hume, Liam Dunn, Cade Boney (c), Clinton Blenman, Jeffrey Sarrikko, Zac Webb and Drew Harker.

And, with an A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League premiership on the line, who could blame them.

It’s been a long time between drinks for the club, with the Scone Thoroughbreds the last hurdle in 2016.

But, there’s an air of anticipation throughout the organisation – and town.

“Everyone’s in good spirits,” Boney said.

“The guys are just excited to get into it.

“Sunday can’t come soon enough.

“After our semi-final win over the Thoroughbreds, the boys realise we deserve to be here.

“And, even though we’re full of confidence, we know this match will be 10 times harder.

“We’re not taking anything for granted.

“Scone’s been the most consistent side all year.

“We’ll need to be at our best.”

One aspect of the team, which is expected to hold the Rams in good stead, is the camaraderie among the senior contingent.

“It’s great to have the likes of Adam Grech, Zac Webb, Adam Hume and Clinton Blenman back at the club,” Boney said.

“They’re all ex-juniors.

“So, they’ve been a breath of fresh air this year.”

Boney also expressed his delight at the level of support throughout the community in the lead-up to the season finale.

“Seeing our colours (blue and gold) in the main street, and in shops, has been fantastic,” he said.

“It’s a big thing for the club this weekend – hopefully, we’ll have a massive crowd on hand.

“And, we can draw on their enthusiasm.”

The main match kicks off at 2.30pm.

The Muswellbrook Rams first grade squad consists of Jacob Ellis, Mitch Mather, Marcus Bower, Adam Grech, Elliot Serhan, Lennie Craft, Brady Benkovic, Andrew Pritchard, Rohan Pottinger, Jacobe Dowell, Jackson Anshaw, Heath Collins, Adam Hume, Liam Dunn, Cade Boney, Clinton Blenman, Jeffrey Sarrikko, Zac Webb and Drew Harker.

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Rush youngster gets Spirit call-up

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Lydia Brooks has won a spot on the Bendigo Spirit pre-season roster.

BALLARAT Rush young-gun Lydia Brooks has won a call-up to the Bendigo BankSpirit’s pre-season roster.

Brooks has been drafted in as insurance for injured pair Gabe Richards and Ebony Rolph.

Richards, a two-time WNBL All-Star and dual championship player, is continuing to recover from a foot injury.

She underwent plantar fascia surgery in July and is expected back for the Spirit’s regular season opener against Adelaide Lightning on October 8.

Gabe Richards

Development player Rolph is recovering from a broken thumb sustainedwhile playing for Geelong’s SEABL team.

Coach Simon Pritchard said Brooks had impressed in theSEABL and deserved her opportunity with the Spirit.

“We will test her out pre-season and see how she performs,” he said.

“We gave Ebony the same opportunity at the start of last season and she is on our roster now.

“Lydia can play as a big, so will be able to cover Gabe or Ebony in the early games.”

The Spirit will play two practice matches in the lead-up to the 2016-17 season.

They will play the Melbourne Boomers at Ballarat on September 17, before taking on the Dandenong Rangers at Werribee a week later.

The Spirit had their difficulties with the Boomers and Rangers last season, going 1-2 in the head-to-head against both teams.

“Melbourne will have had a few more weeks together than us when we play them in Ballarat, but it should be a good contest,” Pritchard said.

“Both teams have strong support in Ballarat, and we are all really looking forward to it.

“We know both games are all about learning teaching and understanding our systems.

“All three teams won’t care about the results, it will just be about getting the groups together under pressure and seeing how they react.”

The Spirit will begin full training on September 5, with a full roster expected to be available within a few weeks.

“Nadeen Payne will be ready to go from day one and we will know more about Ashleigh Karaitiana after this week’s SEABL game,” Pritchard said.

“After a sensational Olympics, we are expecting (Canadian) Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe to touch down about a week after training starts.

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“Blake Dietrick may be a bit longer, depending on whether she can secure another short-term WNBA contract.”

Karaitiana will line-up for Brisbane Spartans in this weekend’s east conference preliminaryfinal against Nunawading.

The New Zealand-born former Australian under-19 representativeleads the Spartans with a team-high 16.9 points per game.

Ticket details for the Ballarat and Werribee games are on the Spirit’s facebook page.

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Top marks for school teachers

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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Orange High School maths teacher Jo Beeby, P&C president Keith Lummis and Canobolas Rural Technology High School’s Matt Scott. Photo: JUDE KEOGHTEACHERS from two high schools in Orange have been selected to receive Minister’s Awards for Excellence.
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Orange High School maths teacher Jo Beeby will receive an Excellence in Teaching awardand the school’s P and C president Keith Lummis will receive a Parent of the Year Award.

Canobolas Rural Technology High School will receive three awards for its Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) program and Canobolas High Performance Athletes (CHPA) program.

They will include a Teacher in Excellence Award forSTEM head teacher Matt Scott, CHPA will receivean award for Excellence in a School Program and STEM will receive a commendation award.

“My award will be based on the implementation and setting up the STEM program and consistently higher results for design and technology we’ve been getting her at the school for a consecutive period of time,” Mr Scott said.

He said this is the first year the school is running STEM in its current format and was pleased an outside organisation saw merit in what they are doing.

Mr Lummis has two children at Orange High School, Matthew in year 12 and Declan in year 7, and said he has been involved with P and C groups at various schools for 15 years and since 2006 in Orange.

“I was pretty excited I guess, a bit honoured and humbled,” Mr Lummis said.

Mrs Beeby is a former Orange High School students andsaid she started her first year of teaching in 1989 and has been teaching at the school for 21 years.

Although she was delighted to win a minister’sawardshe did not believe she did anythingout of the ordinary and considered her passion and approach part of the job.

“I feel it’s what every teacher does,” she said.

“I love my maths and hopefully [the students]love their maths as well.”

Mr Lummis said although Mrs Beeby felt she worked as hard as other teachers,shehad a goodreputation.

“The kids love her, she’s highly regarded by all the staff and highly regarded by students,”

The awards recognise NSW public schoolteachers fordelivering high quality education to students.

The awards will be presented by Education MinisterAdrian Piccoli and NSW Department of Education secretaryMark Scottat Parliament House, Sydney on September 20.

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Clubs to push for season change

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All smiles: The Breakers celebrate a try earlier in the season. Photo: Ivan SajkoTHE Group 3 rugby league season could be shorter in length next season if clubs choose to vote that way at November’s annual general meeting.
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Port City Breakers coach Digby Murray acknowledged there wereboth positives and negatives for having theseason at its current length.

“By having a length of season as it is, it gives an opportunity to raise more money by having a few more home games,” he said.

“If I was on the committee I’d be about raising more funds, but as a player or coach I think you only need to play each other twice.”

The current 18-week season incorporates four weeks of a pre-season tournament at the start of the year which also doubles as being for premiership points.

Murray felt one of those weeks was a complete waste of time.

“It was played for no other reason than for the gate (takings) and to play-off for third or fourth,” he said.

The Breakers coach knows regardless of what the final outcome is inNovember, it would be adecision that wouldn’t please everyone.

“Whatever they dosomeone will complain, but I’d be happy just to play each other twice,” he said.

He acknowledged if the pre-season was scrapped, clubs would organise their own trials.

On the surface,the easiest way to shorten the season would be to not have the pre-season cup in 2017 which appears to bea possibility when the clubs gather at the end of the season to vote.

The grouphas played a pre-season for the past four years but secretary Barrie Smith said it wasn’tset in concrete for 2017.

“Some clubs don’t like the pre-season because it doesn’t involve the whole club. They’d ratherorganisetheir own trials,’’ Smithsaid.

“The pre-season could be put on the back burner next year.’’

Clubs opted for an 18-match season for 2016 at last November’s annual meeting. No free weekends were slotted into the draw.Mr Smith and Wingham delegate Craig Martin both warned at the time the competition would be too long. Both have since been vindicated.

Mr Smithsaid the competition has to accommodate the weaker clubs as well as the stronger.

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“The top three get all the kudos, but the struggling clubs are just as important, or more important. They have to be looked after.”

Mr Smith will stronglybe strongly recommending a two-round competition in 2017 and believes he will have support in clubland.

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Dasilva to appeal murder conviction

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“Mum will also miss being a grandmama,” Amanda Carter’s daughter Jamie, third from left, said in her victim impact statement. Photo: James Brickwood
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A REAL estate agent whobludgeoned his ex-fiance to death while she was lying in her bed,leaving her almost unrecognisable,is set to appeal his murder conviction.

Ricardo Francis Herman Dasilva, 66,wasfound guilty by a jury in Juneof beating his former partnerAmanda Carterto death in her Central Coast home in May 2010.

At a sentencing hearing in theNSW Supreme Court on Thursdayit was revealed thatDasilva, who pleaded not guilty andclaimed he fell asleep watchingtelevision on the night of the murder, had lodged a notion of intention to appeal the verdict.

Victim impact statementswritten by two of Ms Carter’s children and her husband,who she had separated from five years before her death,were also read out during the hearing.

Ms Carter’s youngest child, Jamie Carter,said she was the one whodiscovered her mother’s body and had to call her soccer coach to explain why they would miss the game that morning.

The statement, which Jamie and her brother Shaun wrote together, described how Ms Carter was a caring and warm mother who loved playing soccer and had always wanted to be called “grandmama”.

Ricardo Francis Herman Dasilva.

“Mum will also miss being able to form a bond and watch her grandchildren grow and will miss being agrandmama,” the statement said.

Ms Carter’s husband and the father of herchildren,Howard Carter,said they had shared 35 years of friendship and he found being a parent difficult without her.

“Mandy and I were good friends we loved our children and together intended to support them for the restof our lives,” Mr Carter said.

“I am still suffering, the children are suffering…our lives changed forever on that day.”

Dasilva’sdefence barristerAlissaMoen​told Justice Ian Harrison that indetermining whatsentence to impose he should accept it could notbe proven that herclient had held the intention to harm his estranged partner for a long time.

“[Your honour] would not be able to find beyond reasonable doubtthat whatever theintent was that accompanied the attack upon the deceased, whateverthestateofmind was,was in place in effect any longer than say 24 hours before the episode,” MsMoensaid.

MsMoenalsosaid Justice Harrison should takeinto account how older offenders are treated inprison and that it was likely anysentence imposed on her client would be “tantamount to a real life sentence” given his age.

The Crown’s case was thatDasilvabashed Ms Carter, who taught maths at Wyong High School,several times in the headwith an unknown weapon while she was lying in her bed, possibly asleep.

Anautopsyfound there was no obvious evidence of a struggle, and that Ms Carter was “covered neatly by a quilt and tucked along the sides of the body”.

Italsoappeared thatDasilvatried to burn the housedown after the attack, with police discovering afrypan half full of olive oil onthestovenext to a hot plate that was “radiating significant heat”.

The case against Dasilvawas circumstantial,with no murder weapon, no relevant DNA or eye witnesses to the murder.

But the four-and-a-halfweek trial heard of Ms Carter’s concerns aboutDasilva’sconduct after the relationship started to break down in 2009, including an email she sent to a friend saying “Richardseems to have gone past the non-accepting stage and is entering the angry stage.”

Ms Carter’s daughter Erin gave evidence thatDasilva”relentlessly” contacted her mother,accessedher social media accountsand on more than oneoccasionwas found in her houseuninvitedafter they broke up.

The jury also heardevidence Dasilvasent letters to a number of media outlets, falsely accusing Ms Carter of having an affair with a student.

No date has yet been set for the hearing ofDasilva’sappeal.

He is due to be sentenced on September 20.

– Sydney Morning Herald

Gold medal haul

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A big haul: Our Special Olympic ten pin bowlers have returned from competition with a big haul of medals. Photo: Ivan Sajko.SPECIAL Olympic athletes have returned from competition with a medal haul as big as their smiles.
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Last weekend, 28 athletes with disabilities from the Mid North Coast attended the Special Olympics State Ten Pin Bowling Tournament in Campbelltown.

The team iscomprised of 21 Port Macquarie bowlers, four Forster bowlers and three Taree bowlers.

They train at Port Macquarie Wave Bowl once a week, every week.

Each have a disability, whether it be cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay or a combination of all.

Between them, they secured nine gold medals, nine silver medals and two bronze medals in the singles.

In the doubles, they won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals for a total haul of 29.

It is an outstanding result according to coach Ralph Mueller.

“It’s the best result we’ve had since I’ve been involved with them,” he said.

“It shows we’re on the right track to improve our bowlers and to help them achieve their goals, particularly those who want to progress on to higher levels.”

Those higher levels include the 2018 National Games to be held in Adelaide.

Bowlers who win gold are able to be selected for the national team, putting the Mid North Coast in prime position to have several athletes represented in two years’ time.

Mueller said some of the bowlers recorded new personal bests during the tournament.

“Jason Holley bowled 212, Matthew Brown scored our highest for the day with 215, while Renee Lewin bowled 172, which is now her new personal best,” he said.

He said that he is extremely proud of his team for performing under what can be trying circumstances.

“They surprised me and exceeded my expectations,” he said.

“Itcan be tough to settle them down before competition.I try to relax them andkeep them focused. They all did a tremendous job.”

Mueller wanted tothank all of thevolunteerswho travelled with the team.

“The volunteersgive up their time and their work to help these athletes and now it has paid off,” he said.

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Producers divided over electronic sheep tagsPoll

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From January 1, all sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag.A STATE government plan to introduce mandatory electronic ear tagging for sheep has dividedWimmera farmers.
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From January 1,all sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag.

Brimpaen farmer Luke Dunn said the electronic tags could cost him up to $7000each year.

“The tags costs somewhere between 50c and $1 for each lamb and we produce 7000 lambs a year,” he said.

“At this stage it looks like the government will subsides the cost for the first year, but I would like to see that become ongoing.

“I can see the benefit of the tags in our breeding ewe lambs, but is only1000 out of our 7000 sheep –the other 6000 areslaughtered withinfive to 10 months, so I can’t see the point of that extra cost.

“Saleyards and farmers will also have to pay for the infrastructure to read the tags.”Mr Dunn said while the tags would help with a major disease outbreak,he would like to see Victoria hold off on the requirements until a national scheme was in place.

Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange chairman David Grimble said it was inevitable that the tags would become mandatory.

Hesaid saleyards would have to consider how they would manage the changes.

“Livestock will have to be scanned either upon entry or exit to the yards and when there are large numbers, we will have to look at the logistics of it,” he said.

“But we will work through that and it will eventually be business as usual.”Mr Grimble said the cost of the tags should lessen over time.

“Producers are using electronic tags now in smaller numbers, but ifeveryone has to use themthen they will become cheaper,” he said.

Rupanyup farmer andSunnydale White SuffolkStud principal Andrew Weidemann said he already used electronic tagging as a management tool.

He said the change could lead to better livestock prices for producers.

“Being traceable is a bigpart of the market and it gives people confidence in the products, which can lead to good prices forthe long term,” he said.

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State chronic care trial site

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Tasmania will serve as a trial site for a federal government initiative aimed at improving outcomes for people living with chronic conditions.
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The Health Care Homes program will see a general practice or Aboriginal Medical Service operate as a healthcare hub tocoordinate care for people managing chronic and complex conditions.

Eligible patients will be given a tailored care plan across primary and acute settings aimed at keeping them out of hospital.

Services will be delivered from July next year until mid-2019.

Primary Health Tasmania chief executive Phil Edmondson said it was pleasing to see Tasmania included among the 10 Primary Health Network areas chosen for the trial.

Almost one-fifth of Tasmanians live with three or more chronic health conditions, 16 per cent of the population is older than 65 and 19 per cent of the state receives rent assistance from the government.

“We have high rates of chronic disease and an ageing population against a backdrop of significant socioeconomic disadvantage,” Mr Edmondson said.

“Our significant direct involvement in programs aimed at better coordinating and connecting care for Tasmanianswith chronic conditions – and our ongoing engagement with health care providers through those programs – givesus a good grounding for understanding what’s involved in supporting roll-out of new models of care locally.”

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the trial but said the $120 million investment represented a shuffling of healthcare expenditure.

“This is in reality $21 million from the Practice Incentive Program re-directed to infrastructure, training and evaluation, and $90 million of funding for some MBS chronic disease management items being cashed out of Medicare,” college president Frank R Jones said.

“In reality, the practices involved in the trial across Australia will be expected to provide more services, with the same amount of funding.

“In order to succeed, the trial must be properly resourced to support GPs and their teams to take on even more responsibility and to keep people out of hospital.”

Expressions of interest will open late this year asking practices to become Health Care Homes.

Up to 65,000 patients are expected to benefit nationally.

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Drive for more books

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Essential Reading: Riverstone Public School students Jake Sawtell, Hayley Sawtell, Evie Zarka and Callum Zarka are hoping successful crowdfunding will rejuvenate their school library. A crowdfunding campaign is just days away from closing and members of the public are urged to help RiverstonePublic School reach its $10,000 target.The schoollaunched the crowdfunding campaign to regenerate the schoollibraryafter severe water damage and apest infestation through the school.
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Riverstone Public School principal Kylie Becker saidthe lack of resources is affecting the students significantly.

“Resources have gone towards fixing the plumbing and cabling –a lot of things the children cannot see,” she said.

“This has left little for the school to buy new books.

So far the school has raised close to $3000 –well below the $10,000 target.Teachers at the school have been out in the community every afternoon promoting the cause.

“We have had to be creative and really think outside the box,” Mrs Becker said.

“All the teachers are 110% behind the cause.”

Dymocks Children’s Charities has thrown its support behind the school through aLibrary Regeneration Program tomatch any money raised by the community.

If the school meets its crowdfunding target, it willget up to $20,000 worth ofbrand new books to fill its shelves.

Dymocks Children’s Charities general managerPaul Swain said the charity’svision is to provide resources to kids whowill benefit them most.

“Our vision is to change kidslives one book at a time,” he said.

Mr Swain said it was difficult for schools without adequate resources to participate in important programs such as the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

He said his company will provide the school with a list of books to choose to stock up its shelves.This way the school teachers get to choose the most appropriate books for the children.

“We have some resources for the Premier’s Reading Challenge but not enough,” Mrs Becker said.

“Students have to wait for their friends to return books so they can borrow and read them.”

“We are encouraging the school to help themselves and then we will give them a leg up,” Mr Swain said.

Donations: chuffed.org/project/books-for-riverstone-public. Deadline: Friday, September 2.

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