Lauren Cheatle shoots to national selection

Berrima District Sports Awards 2014 junior champion Lauren Cheatle has been picked again for the Australian Shooting Stars women’s cricket squad. Photo by Josh BartlettCRICKET
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BOWRAL cricketer Lauren Cheatle is a star that continues to shine brightly.

Cheatle, 16, has been selected for her second successive overseas tour with the Commonwealth Bank Australian Shooting Stars.

The Highlander will represent the Stars when the squad travels to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 30.

Australia will stay until April 13 and will play four 50-over and two Twenty20 matches against the ECB Academy.

The Southern Stars squad is the equivalent of an Australia A side (second tier).

Cheatle was recently picked to tour Sri Lanka and retained her spot for the trip to Dubai.

The emerging talent said it was “massive” to be picked for the upcoming tour.

“It’s incredible to be selected again,” Cheatle said.

“It’s a shock because I didn’t think that they would select the same players (as Sri Lankan tour).”

Cheatle said she was pleased with her form on the last tour, where the Stars played two 50-over and two T20 games.

The all-rounder missed the tour opener due to illness, but returned to the side for the final three games.

Cheatle said she picked up a couple of wickets but didn’t have an opportunity to bat.

“I did alright – it was my first trip overseas,” she said.

“This time around, I want to get more out of my bowling.

“We have the same coaching staff as the Sri Lankan tour, so I will be picking their brains.”

Cheatle is contracted with the NSW Breakers women’s cricket team and trains three times per week in Sydney.

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Korea first hand for Cowra View Club

Guest speaker Jay Moore and baby daughter Grace, mayor Bill West, Jemma Pokoney, Annette Lynch and Ruth Fagan at the recent VIEW Club lunch.The Cowra VIEW Club was pleased to be involved in the Festival of International Understanding once again.
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President Annette Lynch welcomed the mayor Bill West, councillor Ruth Fagan, youth ambassador Jemma Pokoney and council project officer Linda Barron.

A new member, Dorothy Dodd, was also included.

Mayor Bill West was most appreciative of the continued support given by the club to the festival prior to introducing Mrs Jay Moore, the guest speaker and her two children.

Jay’s parents came to Australia from Korea and it is here that she received most of her education, only recently settling in Cowra with her husband.

She choose four main topics for her talk on Korea; language, food, work, culture and religious interaction. This was enhanced by a powerpoint presentation and an amusing quiz.

Rowena Casey thanked our guest for her address and made a presentation in appreciation.

Councillor Ruth Fagan spoke on the youth ambassador program and introduced Jemma Pokoney, representing Cowra Dance Factory. Jemma has chosen the local hospital as her charity and told us of her many fundraising efforts, her love of dancing and her passion and determination to make a difference and succeed. We were most impressed by her maturity and enthusiasm and this was acknowledged by Murial Yell on behalf of the club.

Members were reminded that the next meeting will not be until Friday, April 24, when we will be commemorating Anzac Day with historian Graham Apthorpe as speaker.

-Cowra VIEW Club

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Counterfeit banknote sparks police warning

POLICE are warning to be on the lookout for fake banknotes after a counterfeit $20 note was seized at Miller Shopping Centre.
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Australia has one of the lowest rates of counterfeiting in the world, but police recommend residents learn what to do if they suspect a note is fake.

They should compare the note with one believed to be genuine, handle it as little as possible and store it in an envelope.

A real note is printed on plastic, hard to tear and springs back if scrunched. A genuine note should have a white image on the clear window that cannot be scratched off, and should have a coat of arms and diamond pattern when held up to the light. Print should appear sharp.

A suspect banknote may feel too thick or thin and have irregularities in lines or colours.

Always record information about where the suspect note came from and report it to police.

Bag snatch arrest

A man, 33, was charged with armed robbery after he threatened a woman with a syringe and stole her handbag on Sunday.

A woman, 41, was walking into a unit block on Nagle Street, Liverpool, at 5.30pm when she was approached by the man who fled after taking her bag.

Police searched surrounding streets and found a man in Nagle Street. He was arrested and appeared in Liverpool Local Court on Monday.

Man stabbed

A man was hospitalised after an assault at Liverpool on Sunday.

Security officers removed a man from a function room at a building in Laurantus Service Way at 3.30am after he allegedly became argumentative and threatening. Police were told that when the security officer went back inside to remove another patron the man who had been taken outside approached another man, 30, and hit him on the head with a bottle and stabbed him with a knife. The two men removed from the venue then fled in a vehicle.

The injured man was treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Police want to locate the two men and the vehicle.

Police car in crash

Police are investigating a crash in Casula involving a police vehicle on Friday.

A car from Liverpool local area command was on its way to assist police trying to stop a suspected stolen car at 10pm. As the police car approached the intersection of the Hume Highway and Pine Road, a Toyota Camry made a right-hand turn in front of the police car. The police car hit the Camry and a power pole before stopping across two lanes of the Hume Highway.

The Camry continued into a construction fence. A girl, 15, and a boy, 11, had to be rescued from the car by emergency services. They were treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital; the boy suffering a broken collarbone.

The two police officers were treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to Liverpool Hospital.

Police are investigating the crash.

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Region’s ‘mane’ man

HORSE SENSE: Ariah Park farmer Lyndsay Bromfield with his NSW volunteer of the year award.HONOURED and deeply humbled, LyndsayBromfield took to the stage at Sydney’s Grand Pavilion last week and received recognition for a lifetime of service.
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Despite his understated way, you could tell this meant the world to the Ariah Park farmer, named Equestrian NSWVolunteer of the Year in front of a room full of his peers.

A giant of the Riverina showjumping scene, Mr Bromfield has helped keep the sport afloat in the region during a volunteering commitment that has spanned 45 years.

He said he was stunned at having his name called out as the winner.

“I was just overwhelmed; I didn’t appreciate it until three or four days later,” Mr Bromfield said.

“You think of all the people that work in NSW in all of the different horse sports.

“To be picked in front of them is a hard thing to take in.”

He cited his proudest achievement as supporting the Riverina showjumping scene.

“There’s not that many people involved as a sport in the Riverina,” Mr Bromfield said.

“It’s not like Sydney where there are thousands of people involved and they all have money behind them.

“It’s more of a hobby here and yet we produce some of the best horses and riders in Australia.”

A past president of the Riverina Equestrian Association, Mr Bromfield travelled to Sydney under the assumption he was in the running for the showjumpingvolunteer trophy, rather than the overall gong.

He was accompanied by his wife, Rita, sister Kaye, brother-in-law Bryan, treasurer of the Riverina Equestrian Association Christine Lucas and talented up and coming rider Georgie Lucas.

Radio goliath Alan Jones presented Mr Bromfield with his award.

Mr Bromfield is a level two showjumping course designer and a level two judge, officiating at about 15 showjumping events annually.

Suspended Titans players cleared to return

CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Beau Falloon, Greg Bird and three other suspended Titans players are clear to face the Newcastle Knights this weekend.
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The five Gold Coast Titans players suspended in the NRL cocaine scandal have been cleared to return to first team duties with the NRL club.

State of Origin stars Greg Bird and Dave Taylor, reigning Titans player of the year Beau Falloon and outside backs Jamie Dowling and Kalifa Faifai Loa will now be available for selection against Newcastle on Sunday.

All five players have missed the Titans’ first two fixtures of the season after being stood down in February when it emerged they were facing cocaine supply charges after an investigation by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the club revealed legal advice from senior Sydney QC Tony Bannon had concluded that the best course of action by the Titans is to hold off on any potential further disciplinary action until the legal process has been resolved.

Bird and Taylor are both expected to be named by Titans coach Neil Henry in his team to face the Knights while the other three players could come into contention for bench positions.

The five players are part of a group of eight current or former Titans caught up in the scandal while Queensland Reds rugby union player Karmichael Hunt has already been fined $2500 in a Gold Coast court after he pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing cocaine as a result of the QCCC investigation.

The Titans’ statement said Mr Bannon had considered all relevant information, including police reports, individual player contracts and the NRL’s rules and code of conduct.

“On the basis of this advice the board has resolved to allow the charged players to return to playing and training duties pending the outcome of the legal process,” the statement said.

“In accepting the legal advice in relation to the specific circumstances of these charges, the board reaffirms its determination to continue to take strong action as and when required to protect and enhance the reputation of the Gold Coast Titans in the eyes of the community and the sporting world generally.

“Should any of the current allegations ultimately be proven in the courts, in assessing any subsequent disciplinary action the board will be mindful of the serious reputational and financial damage the club has already suffered.”

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Excellent enterprise sees Jamestown students raise money for schoolPHOTOS

Excellent enterprise sees Jamestown students raise money for school | PHOTOS Students Shelby Owbridge, front, left, Shaun Hourihan, Hayden Harvey and Maygan Montgomery are pictured with helpers Sandra “Gran” Johnson, back, left, Ros Hoffrichter, and Jo Reid at the donut van.
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Ros Hoffrichter and Margie Symonds helped Jamestown Enterprise Team students raise money for the community school.

All money raised from the donut van is used for special needs students and the music program. Recent purchases have included a Yamaha drum kit.

Despite temperatures in the high 30s, volunteers and students of the Jamestown Enterprise Team were still keen to work in the donut van, set up each fortnight by Margie and Ian Symonds on the town’s main street.

Despite temperatures in the high 30s, volunteers and students of the Jamestown Enterprise Team were still keen to work in the donut van, set up each fortnight by Margie and Ian Symonds on the town’s main street.

Despite temperatures in the high 30s, volunteers and students of the Jamestown Enterprise Team were still keen to work in the donut van, set up each fortnight by Margie and Ian Symonds on the town’s main street.

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Busselton student represents state for volunteer work

Outstanding young women: Busselton Senior High School’s Keeley Milner, Cape Naturaliste College’s Samantha Baillie, Cornerstone Christian College’s Emily Robinson and Noni Oldfield from MacKillop Catholic College receive their awards. Georgiana Molloy Grammar School’s Alicia Day was also a recipient but was unable to attend the breakfast.CORNERSTONE Christian College year 12 student Emily Robinson has been awarded by the Dunsborough Zonta Club for her outstanding work running a weekly girls youth group.
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Emily was awarded with a $1000 cheque at the Dunsborough Zonta Club International Women’s Day breakfast last week.

The award category, Young Women in Public Affairs sponsor Laurance Wines owner Dianne Laurance presented Emily with a cheque, rose and certificate.

Dunsborough Zonta Club president Linley Scott said Emily’s application had been presented to two thirds of Australia’s Zonta club’s which encompasses 34 groups.

“If Emily is successful in the next round she will be presented with $1,000 USD and then go into the Zonta International competition which awards $4,000 USD,” Ms Scott said.

Emily said she was shocked at first, but very honoured to win the award.

“It was so nice to berecognisedfor the things that I love to do,” Emily said.

At 17-years-old Emily has been running, for three years, a year eight weekly girls youth group.

She also volunteers at the Core Youth group on a Friday night and helped establish the adoption of two sponsor children for her school.

“Most of my volunteer work was done at my church, however I have been volunteering at theiron-manfor the past three years,” Emily said.

Emily is looking forward to studying at university next year and will save the $1000 award money for her living expenses.

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Letters for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Woolmers
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WHY on earth would you spend so much money on a Woolmers visitor’s centre and car park underground.

The house itself could use that to keep it in pristine condition and the outbuildings.

Build a visitor centre to tone in with the original building with heritage appearance and just put in a bitumen car park to take more cars.

There is plenty of space around the property to do this, or a gravel car park to keep up with the old style look. Such a waste of money.

—VICKI HAY, Kayena.

Technology

IF Jack Sonnemann (Letters, March 13) believes wireless internet is “the future” or that wireless technology is capable of servicing large population centres, then he might wish to brush up on the real-world limitations concerning available bandwidth in the wireless spectrum.

Unless we discover new laws of physics, wireless technology (which relies upon wired infrastructure anyway!) will never do what FTTP can.

—PAUL CUMMINS, New Town.

Deceit

CELEBRITY culture is all pervasive.

Facebook in its own way captures the child in us that continues to say, well into adulthood: ‘Look at me’.

From Anders Breivik to Jake Bilardi there is a familiar thread: seclusion, the internet, a festering and nurtured anger that ultimately determined a very violent and very public denouement. Celebrity of a different kind, but one that nonetheless commands instant and dramatic attention.

It just may be that is not the cause in this instance but the ultimate vehicle to consummate a deluded, juvenile and selfishly constructed deceit.

—TONY NEWPORT, Hillwood.

Woolstore

I’VE been watching the Woolstore being demolished these last few days.

A perfectly sound structure, wonderfully attractive, full of Launceston’s economic history and heritage.

An act of pure barbaric vandalism.

Everyone involved should hang their heads.

—JIM DICKENSON, Launceston.

TT Line

I COULDN’T believe what I heard on the evening TV news (March 10) regarding the TT Line Ferry upgrades.

A spokesman said, ‘‘We want to drag as much money out of the passengers as we can’’.

It’s meant to be a ferry service; an extension of the National Highway Network; not a cash cow or cruise ship.

Their vision should be to efficiently transport as many people as possible over Bass Strait at minimal cost.

Maybe they should run one of the two ferries at an austerity level to see what the public really want?

— TONY IMISON, Exton.

Wilderness

I AM not a deep green eco terrorist. I am someone who moved to Tasmania to live in a state that has some of the best landscapes and accessible wilderness in the world.

It has been recognised internationally, parts of our island have been deemed worthy of world heritage.

Now the state government wants to ignore all this and cash in on the values and significance this wilderness has to offer.

They are treating this asset as if it was theirs to dispose of as they want.

This wilderness obviously is not theirs to do with at will, it certainly is not just mine, it is ours to administer and pass on to as yet unborn generations as a wilderness, one of the few left in the world.

If you would like to be involved, even if you may never set foot in the rainforests of Tasmania, now is the time to be heard.

The Draft Tasmanian Wilderness Management Plan is open for comment.

Have your say, as an Australian, make it count.

— PHIL AND JILL LONG, Margate.

Media

THE media did not hound Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard as claimed (Letters, March 12).

In fact they glossed over and pushed many of their disasters under the carpet, like the fact that more than 1200 people drowned at sea and 2000 children put in detention, both of which got very little attention while Labor was in power.

But the current government is criticised even after stopping the boats and reducing the number of children in detention to less than 200.

The relentless media campaign against the Abbott government borders on ridiculous, any slip of the tongue or wink of the eye is better headlines than the financial state of the country.

If the media stuck to reporting stories rather than trying to create them, we would all have a clearer picture of the true state of affairs.

As for my “beloved” prime minister, I do not blindly follow any politician or party, they all have faults, however, unlike some, I am able to recognise those faults, as well as their qualities.

I also take the time to read between the lines of all politician’s statements to understand their full meaning.

— KERRY FOLEY, Launceston.

Asylum seekers

HOW wonderful to have someone of the calibre of Julian Burnside championing the plight of the asylum seekers in Manus Island and Narau.

Now that the boats have been stopped, one aspect of the present government’s policy has been achieved.

The humanitarian approach to those held in detention still has to be addressed.

With boredom, hopelessness and questionable treatment, it is little wonder that rioting occurs.

For Mr Burnside to have three boxes of letters addressed to asylum seekers in the hope of lifting their spirits (sent at personal expense) returned unopened is beyond belief.

He had run a similar letter writing campaign in the 2000s and was told by refugees it lifted their spirits.

Surely the processing of the present detainees could be hastened and those seen as genuine asylum seekers freed to any accepting Australian community.

Tasmania has already signalled its willingness with a suitable site ready to receive them and a

community ready to offer a welcome and support.

These people have already suffered enough and deserve better treatment from us – they are not

criminals, have come here in the genuine hope of a better and safer life as they struggle with the

effects of the devastating trauma they have experienced.

Surely we as a community can support Mr Burnside’s efforts.

— M. CAMPBELL-SMITH, Newstead.

Bringing them home

I NOTE the Federal Opposition’s interest in backing calls for Australia’s war dead to be brought home from Malaysia,(The Examiner, February 20).

Late last year Major General David Ferguson AM, CSC, wrote to our Prime Minister begging him to have our soldiers repatriated from the Terendak Garrison Cemetery in the Malaysian city of Malacca.

It seems ludicrous that this country would expect next of kin to fund the return of a veteran’s body to Australia, yet this is what occurred at the beginning of the war in South Vietnam.

There are 18 of our Diggers who were killed in Action in Vietnam interred in the Terendak Cemetery, plus others who died of wounds and/or accident.

At the Kamunting Road Christian Cemetery in Taiping, Malaysia, 28 Australian Diggers who fought the Communist Terrorist threat during the “Malayan Emergency”, have laid there in four different locations since the 1950s.

Even though proper commemoration is difficult because of the graves’ locations, the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association is proud to conduct a Poppy Service at Kamunting Road every year in June, and in 2014, the association also visited the Terendak Cemetery.

These cemeteries in Malaysia are not official Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries, however, the Office of Australian War Graves has accepted responsibility of looking after them, but my belief is, our Diggers should be brought home.

— KEN MCNEILL, Beauty Point.

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Work starts on Laura to Gladstone Road upgrade

Work has started on a $1.2 million upgrade of almost three kilometres of the Laura to Gladstone Road as part of the state government’s road maintenance program.
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The works will involve reconstructing and widening the road.

Regional Development Minister and Member for Frome Geoff Brock said the long-awaited improvement to a section of the road will finally be receiving long-overdue attention.

“This road is a very important section to the north part of the state and is utilised by not only locals and the grain industry but also ever increasing road users accessing opportunities in regional towns,” he said.

“I have lobbied hard for improvement to the roads across the electorate of Frome and it is pleasing to see another arterial road being improved by the government.”

A total cost of $3.5 million is estimated for the project works. The first stage is expected to be completed by June.

Mr Brock has asked that periods of school holidays and grain harvesting time be avoided as much as possible to reduce incident opportunities and have the least interruptions to our communities.

The works form part of Mr Brock’s agreement with the Weatherill-led Labor Party, to help them form government at the 2014 state election.

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10,000 and counting: rates petition off to Parliament

NO RATE RISE: The business community, councillors Liz Innes and Milton Leslight and resident Patricia Hellier present 10,268 signatures opposing the proposed rate rise to Bega MP Andrew Constance. A PETITION against a proposed Eurobodalla rate rise is guaranteed to be debated in the NSW Parliament, Bega MP Andrew Constance says, after it received more than 10,000 signatures.
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Resident Patricia Hellier, on behalf of Ian Hitchcock, presented the petition to the NSW Treasurer on Monday.

Eurobodalla Shire councillors Milton Leslight and Liz Innes and members of the business community also attended the hand over in support of the petition.

About 30 people gathered on the foreshore with a box containing petition sheets with 10,268 signatures.

Mr Constance said he, as a ratepayer, opposed the 6.5 per cent special rate variation which the Eurobodalla Shire Council was seeking through the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

“I was horrified to get a letter, unsigned from council, which said they had to lift rates,” Mr Constance said.

“Our rate base cannot afford the type of proposal on the table.

“It is still at a level that is unjustifiable.”

IPART is expected to rule on council’s submission in mid-May.

The NSW Government is in caretaker mode and MPs elected on March 28 are due to take their seats in Parliament in early May.

Mr Constance said he would indicate to IPART that this was an “absurd” proposition with “no justification”.

“I am calling on council to absolutely put a hold on this, because Parliament doesn’t go back until early May,” he said.

“Go back to the drawing board and fix this proposal.

“The community is at a disconnect here.”

He said Parliament was bound to debate the matter.

“This will automatically trigger a debate in Parliament,” he said.

“If you table more than 10,000 signatures on a petition, we have to have a Parliamentary debate.”

He could not recall a larger petition.

“I can’t remember a petition of this size ever in this area.

“There was just over 5000 for the Local Environment Plan, (LEP).

“There has been nothing of this magnitude.”

Mr Constance called on council to reverse its submission for a rate rise to IPART.

“I hope the council will reverse this,” he said.

“They don’t have to progress this; they can pull it at anytime.

“They could pull this now and they should.”

Councillor Milton Leslight, a driving force behind the petition, said it was a statement from the community.

“It is a great example of showing that the community has had enough,” he said.

“They aren’t being listened to.”

Asked by the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner if some petitioners may have signed more than once, Cr Leslight said that was “very likely”.

“It is very likely there may be doubles, because you have people who are passionate about this issue,” he said.

“We won’t know until we go through it.”

The petition rejected a rate rise of any size.

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Outright victory for East Bowral seconds

East Bowral’s second grade cricket team won its minor semi-final on the weekend. Photo: FDCCRICKET
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KEVIN Hill picked up six wickets to guide East Bowral’s second grade side to victory on the weekend.

Hill was a standout as his side recorded an outright win over Wingello in the minor semi-final at Tourist Road Oval.

East Bowral batted first and scored 8/223 from its allotted 50 overs. Jamie Stevenson top scored with 74 and support was provided by Nick Bell (49).

In reply, Wingello’s momentum was halted by an in-form Hill.

Hill took 4/28 and Andrew Dowe and Rhys McDonald picked up two wickets each as Wingello was bowled out for 80 runs.

With a lead of 143 runs, East Bowral captain Luke Neylan decided to enforce the follow-on.

Wingello fared better in its second innings, but was bowled out for 165 in 40 overs.

Hill, Trent Woods and Dowe took two wickets apiece.

Chasing just 28 runs to win, East Bowral only lost one wicket in the process. Neylan said a solid batting performance set up the victory.

“We share it around – if we struggle at the start, someone will get us out of trouble later.”

Neylan said Wingello deserved credit for putting in a gutsy effort.

“They were short a few players because the club was in the first, second and third grade finals.”

East Bowral now faces a sudden-death preliminary final this weekend against Mittagong.

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Cyclone Pam aftermath: Hurstville firies in Vanuatu emergency services return home

Cyclone Pam aftermath: Hurstville firies in Vanuatu emergency services return home Picture: NSW Urban Search & Rescue Task Force AUS-2 Facebook
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Relief: Fire and Rescue NSW officers make final preparations before leaving for Port Vila. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

Relief: Fire and Rescue NSW officers make final preparations before leaving for Port Vila. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

TweetFacebookThere are 42 firefighters, six paramedics, a police officer, an Emergency Management Australia member, two doctors and two engineers.

They will work on clearing critical infrastructure especially the old Port Vila Hospital, severely damaged by cyclone Pam.

Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said the taskforce was in a good position to respond to the recovery effort.

“I am proud FRNSW can help the people of Vanuatu in their hour of need,” he said.

“The fire engines, firefighting protective clothing and equipment in use in Vanuatu are ones which we donated, so we already have a close bond with the emergency services in that country.”

The taskforce is taking several tonnes of equipment including tents, drinking water, food and generators and can be self-sufficient for up to 14 days.

This is what Vanuatu’s capital Vila looks like right now. Our appeal: http://t.co/gCbeuypYbRpic.twitter南京夜网/lOOzbrYLrP

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Volunteers are popping bubble of social isolation

Happy: Rosemary, Christine and Susan playing a game of ‘Trouble’ as part of the Community Visitors Scheme. photograph tom morrisonLATROBE Valley residents are being urged to volunteer 30 minutes of their time each fortnight, and visit those in the community who may feel socially isolated.
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The MS Community Visitors Scheme has been running for more than 20 years, but program coordinator Rosemary Joiner said more volunteers were needed in Gippsland.

Across the region there are about 70 volunteers visiting 100 people, who are mainly elderly, in aged care homes and do not have family nearby.

Ms Joiner said the program, run by Multiple Sclerosis in Victoria, aimed at reducing social isolation in older people or those in assisted-living facilities.

“It’s all about that social contact, it’s not about running bingo – it’s all about the social connection for that person,” Ms Joiner said.

“That’s why we match volunteers directly with that one person, so they know that person is there to see them and they can form a special friendship between the two of them.”

Ms Joiner, who has been involved in the federally-funded program for two years, recruits volunteers from all walks of life, including young mothers, full-time workers and retired people.

She said there was no shortage of people “becoming more isolated”, with the more than 20 aged care homes she works with, increasingly contacting her for visitors.

“I’m finding the need is definitely increasing,” Ms Joiner said.

“I’m really fearful people might see us out there and think they’re not the right person.

“We need someone with good communication skills, who has empathy and we also ask for commitment.”

Ms Joiner’s role involves matching volunteer visitors with a particular person, based on their interests, personality or age.

She recruits volunteers to visit Trafalgar, Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Newborough and Mirboo North, along with towns in Bass Coast, Baw Baw and South Gippsland regions.

Fifty-two year-old Christine Thomas has volunteered with the program for about 10 years.

An article in the local paper caught the Moe resident’s eye, and she’s been visiting people across Latrobe Valley ever since.

Ms Thomas, who works part-time, spends about an hour each week playing the board game ‘Trouble’ with 53 year-old Susan at Baptcare St Hilary’s Community in Morwell.

“Susan just loves my visits – she gets excited and the staff can always tell when I’m there, because the game is very noisy,” Ms Thomas said.

“I enjoy the regular contact and seeing the smile on her face.”

Ms Thomas urged the community to get involved, if for no other reason than friendship.

“Join for friendship – it’s an enjoyable time, you get to know a few other people,” Ms Thomas said.

If you would like to become a community visitor, visit www南京夜网munityvisitorsscheme.org.au, email [email protected] or phone on 9845 2729.

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