Coasters to eat for just $2 a day

RAISING AWARENESS : The Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson holds an example of the restricted diet she’ll be on while she takes part in the Live Below The Line campaign.IMAGINE the trauma you would feel if you had to choose between feeding your family or getting medical help for your sick child.
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These impossible choices have to be made by those who live below the poverty line.

The Oaktree Foundation’s campaign Live Below The Line aims to combat extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region through generating awareness and raising funds.

“The campaign is into its third year and I have been inspired by what people can achieve when they put their hands up and step out of their comfort zones,” said Oaktree Foundation general manager of overseas projects Jess Jacobson.

In Live Below The Line, participants live off just $2 a day for five days and raise funds through their sponsorship.

Ms Jacobson has participated in all three campaigns and said the experience was one she will never forget.

“It is eye-opening, you are not going without but your choices are cut off,” she said.

“These people live entirely on this amount every day. It is not just for food, it is for everything.”

Ms Jacobson encouraged people taking part to fully engage with the issue.

“Realise where you fit in to the equation and how you can be the solution,” she said.

While the campaign is confronting, it can be a lot of fun too, especially if you take part with a group of people.

“Get a group of people together and you can cook together and fundraise together and have each other for support, it is fun” she said.

Live Below The Line will run from May 7-11. For further information visit the Oaktree Foundation’s website.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Council opts for status quo

DOG DETECTIVE: Simon Crombie on the West Beach boardwalk which is the scene, he alleges, for indiscretions by dog owners. Picture: Tony Cross.A CASE of dogs and their owners behaving badly in Burnie has not gone unnoticed, despite the Burnie City Council voting to let sleeping dogs lie.
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What started out as a simple exercise by Cooee man Simon Crombie turned up 36 breaches of the Dog Control Act and the council’s Dog Management Policy.

Mr Crombie recorded the breaches over one week and presented them to the council last Tuesday night.

One of those breaches were detected within 30 metres of a designated dog exercise area.

In a letter to the council accompanying the submission, Mr Crombie called for the council to act by increasing the funding for animal control seven days a week and noted that the revenue that could have been raised from the breaches he detected would have totalled $6760.

The councillors voted to keep the status quo, agreeing they were satisfied current commitments to municipal dog control provided a reasonable level of comfort, convenience and safety for the community with respect to the purpose and objectives of the Dog Control Act 2000.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons and aldermen Malcolm Ryan and Jim Altimira thanked Mr Crombie for his considerable effort and time to prepare the submission.

Following the decision, Mr Crombie said he felt patronised by the aldermen’s comments and decision to do nothing.

Mr Crombie said he was trying to show people were not using the current dog exercise areas following a discussion at a previous council meeting about creating fenced dog exercise areas with CCTV, Astro Turf and electronic swipe card access.

Mr Crombie said he couldn’t see the point in creating designer dog exercise pens when dog owners were not using the facilities currently provided and not enough was being done to enforce the current dog laws.

The Burnie City Council’s land and environmental services officer, Patrick Earle, said animal control was about providing a reasonable, balanced and practical approach.

“It’s unnecessary to reach for a big stick – people don’t respond to that.”

Mr Earle said, in most cases, it was enough for a council officer to politely ask people to put their dog on a lead or move out of a restricted area.

“People aren’t constantly coming to us saying I feel uncomfortable or I’ve been hurt,” Mr Earle said.

“When they do, we respond.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Digger joins in Wynyard tribute

SHARING HIS PAST: John Bates at the Wynyard Anzac Day service. Picture: Grant Wells.HUNDREDS rallied at the Somerset and Wynyard Anzac Day services to keep the memory alive of those who fought in past and present wars.
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At 90 years “young”, John Bates was one of many returned servicemen to attend the Wynyard service.

An increased number of young people attending the service brought a smile to the former teacher’s face.

“I became a teacher after the war so it’s brilliant to see all these young people here who really take part in the service,” he said.

From 1940-46 he served in the RAF regiment mainly on the India/Burma border for almost three years.

He started in the humblest position as AC2 and moved his way through the ranks to squadron leader.

When asked what Anzac Day meant to him, he said it was difficult to put it into words.

Mr Bates was involved in the ninth most important battle during World War 2, Kohima, defending the aerodrome at Dimapur.

“A lot of the memories are still very sharp,” he said.

Today, Mr Bates counts himself lucky to be alive with the unkind conditions of war leaving him with malaria four times, dengue fever once and dysentery four times.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Elsie ticksoff another year past the century with family

GO MUM: Elsie Morling (seated) celebrates her 102nd birthday with her five children (from left) Joan Crawford, Max, Gordon and Lindsay Morling and Kathleen Garner. Picture: Kelly Slater. ELSIE Morling can say she has survived a lot in her lifetime.
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When she was born in 1910, Australia had just four million people and Sir Neil Lewis was the Premier of Tasmania.

She has seen first-hand both the world wars, the Vietnam War, the bombing of Darwin, Cyclone Tracy and Hurricane Katrina, to name a few.

Yesterday she celebrated her 102nd birthday at Meercroft with family and friends.

The sprightly 102-year-old never thought she would make 100, let alone another two years, and was surprised anyone had turned out for her birthday.

When asked if she felt 102, Mrs Morling quickly replied with a laugh “sometimes I do”.

Her five children, Kathleen, Joan, Max, Gordon and Lindsay, all turned out to wish their mother a happy birthday along with some of her 13 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.

Her daughter, Kathleen, said she believed her mother had lived so long because she was extremely active.

“When Mum was younger, she had the five kids to look after as well as a farm.

“She was a keen gardener and in her later years she was East Coast bowls champion six times.”

A big spread was put on for Mrs Morling as well as a beautiful cake.

Relative Brett Budgeon dropped in to perform a song for Mrs Morling’s birthday.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Hawks in a flap as Sydney romps home

A stellar performance from games record-breaker Adam Goodes has helped Sydney cause an upset by easily beating Hawthorn by 37 points at Aurora Stadium this afternoon.
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Goodes, who broke former team-mate Michael O’Loughlin’s games record for Sydney by reaching 304 senior matches today, booted three goals and finished with 21 possessions.

Josh Kennedy was the pick of the Swans players, kicking three goals straight on top of 28 possessions, while Craig Bird kicked two for the Swans, as did Jude Bolton and Ryan O’Keefe.

The final scores were Sydney 16.10 (106) to Hawthorn 10.9 (69) in front of a bumper crowd of 19,217 – the biggest crowd at the stadium in more than two years.

For Hawthorn, Jarryd Roughead kicked five goals – all in the first half – while Matt Suckling finished with 27 possessions, Shaun Burgoyne 26, Brad Sewell 22 and Shane Savage and Brendan Whitecross 21 each.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Dockers thrash hapless Launceston

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Burnie has exacted revenge on reigning premier Launceston, thrashing the Blues by a mammoth 126 points at West Park this afternoon.

Burnie, which lost to Launceston in last year’s State League grand final, booted 22.17 (149) to Launceston 3.5 (23).


An emotional Russell Robertson has confirmed he won’t be taking part in today’s TSL match in Burnie.

Robertson said he was bitterly disappointed a niggling hamstring strain has kept him on the sidelines.

After playing for St Joseph in the Geelong Football League last Saturday and a special match on ANZAC Day he couldn’t get up for today.

“I was looking forward to playing a senior game at Burnie but this is something that has been around for a while and at 34 years old I just couldn’t pull up as well as I used too.’’

Robertson trained with Burnie on Friday night but found the soreness too much and said he is now managing the injury and hoping to line up soon for the Dockers.

He is currently sitting in the coach’s box watching his team line up.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Gillard acts on Thomson, Slipper

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has asked embattled Labor backbencher Craig Thomson to quit the party and move to the cross-bench.
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She has also asked Peter Slipper to step aside as Speaker for a further period of time. Previously she said he should only stand aside while criminal allegations of Cabcharge misuse are investigated. He is also facing a civil court action over allegations of sexual harassment of a staffer, which is likely to drag on for a longer period.

Ms Gillard made the announcement in Canberra this morning in an effort to assert her leadership and clear the air over the twin scandals plaguing the government.

She spoke ahead of a press conference planned by Mr Thomson outside his Dobell electorate office in Tuggerah on the NSW Central Coast at 1pm AEST.

“I understand the matters concerning Mr Thomson and Mr Slipper have caused Australians to become concerned about standards in public life today,” Ms Gillard told reporters.

She said Australians were looking at Parliament and “seeing a dark cloud”.

Ms Gillard said she spoke to Mr Thomson last night after returning from overseas.

“I indicated to Mr Thomson I have decided it’s appropriate for him to no longer participate in the Labor caucus,” she said.

Ms Gillard said it had been her call to ask Mr Thomson to quit the party, and she had not consulted cabinet about the issue. She said Mr Thomson had told her he’d been reflecting deeply on his position and felt moving to the cross-bench was the best course of action.

Mr Thomson has been the focus of claims of misuse of Health Services Union funds during his time as its national secretary.

He allegedly used a union credit card to pay for prostitutes, lavish meals and cash withdrawals during his time as head of the union.

He is among several former and current HSU officials who are the subject of two Fair Work Australia investigations, police probes in NSW and Victoria, and an internal inquiry by former corruption buster Ian Temby QC.

Mr Thomson denies any wrongdoing during his time with the union from 2002 to 2007, before being elected to Parliament.

‘A line has been crossed’

The move changes the make-up of the Federal Parliament, reducing Labor to 70 MPs after Deputy Speaker Anna Burke takes over the Speaker’s chair from Mr Slipper.

Ms Gillard said, “I do believe a line has been crossed here and because a line has been crossed, I have acted.

“I actually think it is a judgment call on what is right to do in a complicated set of cirumstances … about what best marks respect for the Parliament in the circumstances.”

She said her actions since returning from overseas were not a pre-judgment on either man, who were entitled to the presumption of innocence.

”I am making no judgement on the merits of the allegations against these two men,” Ms Gillard said.

“Each of them are entitled to a presumption of innocence. I am not prejudging the issues they face.

Mr Thomson will formally announce his decision in an address to the media at 1pm AEST outside his electorate office.

Numbers in Parliament shift

With Mr Slipper currently stood aside, Mr Thomson’s move will reduce Labor’s numbers on the floor of the House of Representatives from 71 to 70, while the Coalition has 71.

Also, Labor has the casting vote of Ms Burke in her role as acting Speaker.

Mr Thomson’s move means there are now seven crossbenchers, but it is likely he will keep voting with the government.

Asked if she had Mr Thomson’s vote guaranteed on the floor of the lower house, Ms Gillard said: “I believe he will support Labor proposals in this parliament.”

She dismissed suggestions the government might have difficulty passing its budget on May 8.

It is understood Mr Thomson may rejoin Labor, but only if he is cleared of any wrongdoing. But it is unlikely he will be back in Labor ranks before the election, which is due next year.

A report into the Health Services Union by Fair Work Australia during Mr Thomson’s time as national secretary is due out any day now. So, too, is an internal audit into the HSU conducted by Ian Temby, QC.

Both will have findings potentially damaging for Mr Thomson and the government.

Mr Thomon’s move has been mooted inside government for some time and follows the suspension of the HSU from the ACTU – the nation’s peak union body – and the government’s decision last week to place the HSU into administration.

Independent MP Tony Windsor said Mr Thomson’s move was not entirely unexpected.

”I’m not surprised actually, given the circumstances within the Labor Party,” he told ABC Television.

But Mr Windsor dismissed fresh talk of a motion of no confidence against the government.”We’ve been hearing about them for 18 months. There hasn’t been one,” he said.

”The government hasn’t breached its agreement with me, so there’s no grounds for me to initiate a no-confidence motion.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan said it would be wise to let Mr Thomson speak first before commenting on the development.

He said Prime Minister Julia Gillard would make a statement on Mr Thomson later today. ”I’m focused on my budget and little else at the moment,” he told Network Ten.

– with AAP

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Tarkine mine activity support

THE Tasmanian Mineral Council would not support any restrictions on mining activities in the Tarkine, executive director Terry Long said yesterday.
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He was responding to an article in the Weekend Australian in which federal Environment Minister Tony Burke supported a ”balanced approach” to development of the area for which he is considering heritage listing.

Mr Long said minerals found in the Tarkine should be able to be extracted, describing the potential restriction of mining in areas that did not impinge on the Tarkine’s conservation values as ”a fairly woolly concept”.

”We reject any further restrictions on access to land in Tasmania,” Mr Long said.

”We have a more-than-adequate reserve base, far in excess of any other state and, in fact, any other similar-sized area in the world.

”It’s been a mining field since the 1800s and there have always been exploration activities in that area – it’s not a new thing.

”The Mount Bischoff tin ore body mined there until the middle of the 20th century, generating the cash flow that allowed Launceston to rise from a country town to a city.”

Resources Minister Bryan Green said mining was a key industry for Tasmania’s economic prosperity and the government was proactively seeking investment to promote wealth-generating opportunities for the state.

”The government is absolutely committed to supporting investment and jobs in our mining sector,” Mr Green said.

”There is no way the government would compromise Tasmania’s mining potential, including heavily mineralised areas in the North-West and West Coast . . . and it is opposed to a blanket National Heritage listing of the Tarkine area.

”It is well known that I have made representations to the federal Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke, regarding the proposed listing because of its importance to mineral exploration and the potential negative social and economic impacts on the Tasmanian economy.”

Opposition industry spokesman Peter Gutwein said the Greens would never be satisfied.

”As long as activity (including open-cut mining) is lawful and meets current environmental requirements we support investment and the jobs it would create,” Mr Gutwein said.

”This area, which is rich in minerals, is not a national park nor is it world heritage listed and therefore it is available for mining exploration and extraction and this should be encouraged to occur.

”Mr Burke should stop pandering to the Greens in his inner-city electorate and the Premier should stop pandering to the Greens in her cabinet.

”They should tell the country that more than 40 per cent of the state is already locked up and allow Tasmania to generate much-needed investment and jobs from the natural resources we have.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Weekend football scoreboards

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Clarence 18.12 (120) d Devonport 4.8 (32)

South Launceston 15.17 (107) d Hobart 6.5 (41)

Glenorchy 9.13 (67) d North Launceston 3.12 (30)


Bracknell 23.17 (155) d Scottsdale 4.5 (29)

Bridgenorth 21.15 (141) d Deloraine 5.5 (35)

George Town 13.8 (86) d Longford 5.5 (35)

Rocherlea 21.9 (135) d Hillwood 10.4 (64)


Fingal 16.16 (112) d Perth 7.5 (47)

Old Scotch 20.13 (133) d Tamar Cats 8.7 (55)

Evandale 31.13 (199) d Uni-Mowbray 7.6 (48)


Motton Preston 15.9 (99) d Sheffield 11.13 (79)

East Ulverstone 21/12 (138) d Wesley Vale 9.9 (63)

Spreyton 21.13 (139) d Rosebery Toorak 10.8 (68)

Forth 33.25 (223) d Turners Beach 1.2 (8)


Campania 9.10 (64) d Campbell Town 9.5 (59)

Swansea 9.9 (63) d Woodsdale 8.9 (57)

Mt Pleasant 24.18 (162) d Tasman Peninsula 4.0 (24)


Irishtown 13.8 (86) d TC Bulldogs 3.2 (20)

Redpa 6.14 (50) d Scotchtown 4.3 (27)


Mole Creek 20.11 (131) d Wilmot 12.8 (80)

MV Suns 16.15 (111) d Railton 12.9 (81)


Latrobe 17.16 (118) d Wynyard 8.10 (58)

East Devonport 19.23 (137) d Smithton 11.7 (73)


Yolla 14.10 (94) d Yeoman 4.6 (30)

South Burnie 9.14 (68) d Natone 8.8 (56)

Ridgley 50.31 (331) d Cuprona 1.1 (7)


Branxholm 7.14 (56) d St Helens 7.10 (52)

Winnaleah 15.15 (105) d Bridport 6.7 (43)

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Burnie Community House opens its doors

City Kitchen recruits Nikki Corbitt and Burnie Community House coordinator Tracy Edington-Mackay with volunteer driver Allen Lockey at the open house.Having a new place to call home is good news for not only those that use Burnie City Kitchen but the volunteers.
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This afternoon, volunteers and those interested in the service had a chance to look through the Burnie Community House.

The new venue will be where volunteers will prepare and serve meals on Monday and Wednesday evenings. It’s also a place where those that use the service can come in out of the cold and eat their meal or take it home.

Burnie City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite said it was wonderful to finally have somewhere they could call home.

”It’s been something that we have wanted from the start and to me it’s really a dream come true,” Mrs Hite said.

For the full story read Monday’s Advocate Newspaper.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

East Devonport defeats Smithton

NTFL final score:
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East Devonport:


EAST Devonport has defeated Smithton by 64 points with the Saints failing to score in the final quarter.

The Swans added five goals to their tally in the last quarter, spreading the goals around.

Full forward Nick Milbourne failed to add to his half time tally of five but remained the game’s leading goal kicker.



NTFL Three quarter time update:

East Devonport:


SMITHTON closed the gap slightly on East Devonport with the help of the wind in the third quarter.

The Saints kicked four goals as opposed to the Swans’ one against the breeze.

The East Devonport talls are dominating the game by getting a lot of the ball.

The Swans will have the strong wind on their side in the final corner.



NTFL half time update:

East Devonport


EAST Devonport is leading Smithton by 42 points at half time.

The wind that seemed to be favouring the Southern end of the ground has turned around and is now coming from the South West.

The Swans used this to their advantage in the second quarter, kicking 10 goals and three points.

Nick Milbourne got three goals for the quarter to take his tally to five and marked everything that came in his direction.

Adrian Partridge also chipped in three goals for the Swans.

For the Saints, Damien Medwin added two goals to take his game tally to three.

Wynyard: 8-6-54

Latrobe: 7-9-51

NTFL round 5 quarter time update:

East Devonport:


EAST Devonport and Smithton are tied at the end of the first quarter.

A fairly strong breeze at the East Devonport ground seems to be favouring the Southern end to which East Devonport kicked but the Swans proved a bit inaccurate kicking 3-8.

Nick Milbourne has kicked two for East Devonport while Scott Blizzard has kicked two for Smithton.

Wynyard: 4-1-25

Latrobe: 2-3-15

Read the full report in The Advocate on Monday.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

West Park gets heart pumping

*(1/2)HE’S played in front of thousands of screaming fans at the MCG, but Russell Robertson has never played a senior game at West Park.
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That will all change tomorrow when the former Melbourne great runs out for Burnie against Launceston.

To say the full-forward is excited about the homecoming is an understatement.

“I’ve only played a handful of games there and none of them have been in the seniors,” Robertson said.

“After all these years playing in Victoria I feel like I’ve got to do this and it’s great I can get a game on West Park.

“Hopefully there is a good crowd there to see some good quality football.”

Robertson’s West Park debut could not be more timely, with Burnie squaring off against the Blues for the first time since last year’s grand final.

With Robertson expecting plenty of close attention, both tactically and verbally, Melbourne’s four- time leading goal kicker hopes to take some of the pressure off some of his younger Dockers team- mates.

“There always is a little bit of niggle wherever I play,” he said.

“Guys get into you, but that’s football.

“You use what you can to get an edge and I’m used to it.”

After slotting six goals against Devonport in round one, Robertson proved he will be more than just a shield from opposition barbs during his five-game stint with the Dockers.

He hopes to pick up from where he left off.

“It was a torrid evening in Devonport for the last game, when the weather came in, but I felt I did my job,” he said.

“Part of that was to teach some of the younger guys in the forward line who have lots of talent.

“I know Planty (coach Brent Plant) very well, and I’ve got to know the guys at the club and they are great blokes.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out and having a run with them again.”

With plans to hang up the boots at the end of the season, Robertson, the coach of St Joseph’s in the Geelong Football League, is desperate to win a premiership before his playing days are over.

“The last premiership I played in was with the reserves at the Dockers in 1996,” he said.

“Whether it’s with St Joseph’s or Burnie, I want another one.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Tschirpig’s Tassie tales are good ones

(2/4)BRUCE Tschirpig could be forgiven for having less than fond memories of his time residing on the Coast.
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From being punched by arguably the state’s greatest footy export to having the prestigious Burnie Gift taken from him, Tschirpig certainly has plenty of tales to tell from his time in Tasmania.

However, those tales are nothing but positive.

“I had some great times playing footy in Tasmania,” Tschirpig said.

“Doc (Baldock) was one of the best coaches I played under and certainly one of the best players I played with.”

Tschirpig will return to the Coast this week to attend the reunion for the Latrobe Football Club 1969-72 NWFU premiership sides.

Tschirpig, originally from Wentworth, made eight appearances with Richmond in the 1971 VFL season which included a four-goal haul in a win over Carlton at the MCG to celebrate Roger Dean’s 200th game.

Although he played in Richmond’s final home and away season fixture, Tschirpig was not called upon for the finals.

He left for Latrobe the following season.

“I wasn’t wanted by Richmond at the end of 71 after I’d undergone a cartilage operation (on his knee),” he said.

“I’d had a few offers from Essendon and other clubs, including Latrobe.

“I’d never been to Tassie and I was looking for something different, so after speaking with club officials, I decided to make the move.”

Taking to the field for the Demons in the 1972 premiership winning side, Tschirpig also played in the 1973 and 1974 losing grand finals and again in 1975.

As for what happened in the 1976 Burnie New Year’s Day Gift, Tschirpig, who ran to keep fit for football, is still mystified as to what happened.

A red-hot favourite to win, being snapped up for a record $450 in the Calcutta leading up to the big race, Tschirpig naturally made it through to the final and won – or so he thought.

“My colour went up and my name was written on the winner’s cheque,” he recalled.

“Kevin Portch, who finished second, and his trainer both congratulated me on the win.

“Next thing, I was informed officials were looking at the photo finish and then (Portch) was announced the winner.

“I’ve looked at the photos since and my foot was across the line first.

“I’m still a bit mystified by it all.”

Richmond lured him back in 1976, but he could only add two further games to his tally and finished his career in Western Australia where he played at East Fremantle and Perth.

The 62-year-old, who still resides in Western Australia, was this year inducted into the inaugural AFL Masters WA Hall Of Fame.

Also set to attend next Saturday night’s reunion at the Latrobe Football Club are former AFL legends Barry Breen and Des Tuddenham.

Tickets are still available for the night, which is open to the general public.

For further information or to book tickets, contact Peter Freshney on 0417287006.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.