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.


Wootton rides into lead

SKILLED AND FAST: Devonport’s Brad Wootton is leading the Australian FX-Superbike B Grade Championship. Picture: Russell Colvin.DEVONPORT rider Brad Wootton currently leads the Australian FX- Superbike B Grade Championship after taking a class clean sweep of all three races at round two of the championship at Goulburns Wakefield Park Raceway.
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It was a bittersweet victory for Wootton, after the weekend got off to a disastrous start following a massive crash in practice that heavily damaged the Suzuki racer’s main North West Motorcycles GSX- R1000 FX-Superbike.

An over exuberant manoeuver by a competitor took both riders down.

Reverting to the spare Suzuki GSX-R1000 that was campaigned in the previous two seasons, the race crew worked tirelessly throughout Friday to salvage any possible components from the main bike and provide a competitive package for the weekend.

“I had expected us to be at the pointy end this weekend, especially at Wakefield Park because it’s a track I really click with and the Suzuki GSX- R1000 works well there,” Wootton said.

“But after Friday we weren’t sure what to expect, apart from being badly taken out and destroying the main race bike, we expected to be in damage control championship wise.”

The 32-year-old rode to 3-2-2 finishes and second overall in B grade in Saturday’s precursor FX- Nationals series behind championship rival Joel Muddle.

“After Saturday’s FX- nationals races we had the spare bike working really well, especially considering all we had was just standard front road bike suspension,” he said.

“Luckily I had no injury or soreness from Friday’s crash so we knew we could be in for a shot at the win Sunday.”

After qualifying as the first B grade rider and ninth overall in Sunday’s FX-Superbike Championship field, Wootton took three class victories from Sunday’s races and rounded out the weekend 10th overall, moving to an eight-point advantage in the B grade standings.

The 2012 Australian FX- Superbike Championship now moves to Queensland Raceway for round three on July 20-22.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Chamley is fulfilling competitive needs

NEW DIRECTION: Christina Chamley is trying outriggers after an injury in powerlifting. Picture: Stuart Wilson.CURRENT Australian powerlifting champion Christina Chamley, of Burnie, is working hard again this year preparing to compete at the National Championships, but not in powerlifting.
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Next month, Chamley will compete at the National Outrigger Marathon Championships in Mooloolaba, Queensland.

After sustaining an injury in powerlifting last year, ending her competitive lifting days, Chamley worked with local exercise physiologist Simon West to recover, and started looking towards another sport to fulfil her training and competition needs.

“Like most of us, I had seen those six-person outrigger canoes training in the bay off Burnie and Somerset,” Chamley said.

“I always thought they looked so good out there enjoying our beautiful Coastline, all paddling in unison.

“I wondered if this was a sport I could have a go at, but I had no prior experience with sea-based sports and neither was I that comfortable in the sea, plus I get seasick too,” she said.

With comprehensive coaching, Chamley was soon paddling confidently in a six-person crew.

“Then about 10 weeks ago I was delighted when they asked me to be part of their squad going to the National Marathon Championships.

“Talk about having motivation to train, I had never done anything like endurance or marathon training before,” she said.

“It is obviously a totally different type of training and sport from the short explosive movements of powerlifting that I am used to.”

The Cradle Coast Outrigger Canoe Club will send an 18-person squad to compete in various races at the championships including composite teams in the under 14 and under 16 divisions, male and female crews, two mixed senior crews, and an all-men’s senior crew.

The club heads to Mooloolaba next month coming off the back of a successful trip to the Sunshine Coast at the National Sprint Championships earlier this year where they won 41 medals.

Anyone interested in finding out more or trying outrigger canoeing should phone Leigh Paine on 0429093662 or visit www.cradlecoastoutrigger. com.au.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Tough player stance

FOCUS: Forth’s Josh Kirkwood gets a kick in his side’s game against Wesley Vale. Picture: Katrina Dodd.AT A time when some clubs are stretched for players, Rosebery Toorak is in an encouraging position of having a good roll-up and is intent on building on the progress made last year when it narrowly missed out on a spot in the North Western Football Association finals.
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Playing coach Duncan Murfet said the club was in its best position for a while and the coaching staff have put players on notice that unless they are prepared to commit to training, there will be no guarantee of a game each week.

“Hopefully, this will convince the players they have to improve on an individual level to hold their spots in the team,” Murfet said.

Although Murfet is not expecting immediate results, Rosebery Toorak’s improvement will be assessed at Maidstone Park, tomorrow, against a Spreyton team that will be on the rebound from last Saturday’s 10-point loss to East Ulverstone.

That was East Ulverstone’s second win from as many games and the Crows will be keen to make the perfect start to the season under new coach Zane King against Wesley Vale.

Although Wesley Vale is yet to win a game, the Kangaroos have been competitive and, on their home ground tomorrow, will make East Ulverstone work hard for the points.

Sheffield stepped straight into third spot on the ladder after its season debut 107-point win over West Ulverstone, last Saturday, in what was a rehearsal for tomorrow’s match against ladder leader Motton Preston.

The inclusion of some of Mole Creek’s premiership players from last year, such as Shannon Mulvey and Michael Westbrook, has given some bite to a Robins team that on paper looks a finals prospect.

Motton Preston also seems likely to again be in the finals action in September and, in front of Sheffield’s home crowd, the contest should provide its share of highlights.

In the final match of the round at Turners Beach, Forth should be untroubled to take the points against a depleted Seagulls’ side, which was well beaten by Motton Preston last weekend.

Forth, on the other hand, had too many scoring options for Wesley Vale, to win by 38 points, and should confirm its growing status as a potential finals team.

West Ulverstone has the bye.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


High Flying Rulerproving a classy filly

CLASSY three-year-old Jet Laag filly High Flying Ruler is shaping up as one of the best of her age and sex to have graced the pacing arena in Tasmania in recent years.
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The winner of five of her six starts to date, including the 2012 Tasmanian Oaks, has taken all before her this campaign and is being compared by her trainer, Rohan Hillier, with the outstanding mare Shez Ryleymak.

The Beauty Point-based Hillier- prepared Shez Ryleymak to win a total of 23 races and stakes of more than $270,000 and is therefore well qualified to make the comparison.

“Rohan drove High Flying Ruler in her first official trial this preparation and said to me that if I gave her to him to train he would win the Oaks,” part-owner Larry Nichols said this week.

“He achieved that goal and several times since he has mentioned her in the same breath as Shez Ryleymak.”

Nichols races High Flying Ruler in partnership with his wife, Elizabeth, having bred her from his former smart race-mare Northern Ruler, the winner of 12 races.

By Northern Lights from the Windshield Wiper mare Lombo Boucheron, Northern Ruler was purchased as a rising-two-year old from an advertisement in a popular weekly harness racing publication.

Lombo Boucheron is a daughter of the outstanding Toliver Hanover mare Trunkey Gold, which was raced by a syndicate of Sydney racing journalists headed by Ken Harkness.

Northern Ruler’s first foal, by Time Stands Still, was very small and given away as a hack and she has also produced the winner Spirited Ruler and colts by Sutter Hanover and Real Desire.

Nichols has leased the Sutter Hanover to Devonport car salesman Eddie Murdoch and is currently educating the Real Desire colt, a rising two-year-old.

Contrary to earlier reports, High Flying Ruler will not compete in Victoria as a three-year- old, but may take on the best in the land next season.

“There are several very good races such as the Bouquet, the Bandbox and the Princess Of Pace yet to be decided here in Tasmania and if she contests all three she would probably be entitled to a spell,” Nichols said.

“We will let her mature a bit and then probably tackle the Victoria scene as a four-year-old with her.”

The filly’s win in the Tasmanian Oaks (2579m) conducted at Tattersalls Park on March 25 was sensational.

She displayed blistering speed to lead from the mobile and was never headed as a raging $1.50 favourite, eventually defeating Victorian filly Machabiba by a metre while rating 2.00.6 for the trip.

“Machabiba subsequently won a heat of the Victorian Oaks, so it was a wonderful win, probably the biggest thrill of our lives,” Nichols said.

Upcoming meetings – Harness: Tote Racing Centre, tonight; Devonport Raceway, Sunday (Raider Stakes and Granny Smith). Greyhounds: Tote Racing Centre; Monday; Devonport Raceway, Tuesday; Tattersalls Park, Thursday.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


A warm place for City Kitchen users

A NEW BASE: Burnie City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite (front) with volunteer Nicole Moorby and Emu Bay Lions Club member and driver Garry Love. Picture: Kate Prestt.WITH winter just around the corner, those using Burnie’s City Kitchen now don’t have to eat out in the weather.
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City Kitchen and the outreach service of City Mission served its first meal on June 8, 2009.

Now almost three years later, they have secured a new home forming a partnership with the Burnie Community House, Shorewell.

City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite said it was a dream come true that those accessing the service on Mondays and Wednesdays would now not only be able to get their meal at all the usual places and at the car park at the former Acton school, but they would also be able to come inside and sit and eat at the community house or take their food home.

Burnie Community House coordinator Tracey Edington-Mackay said with a new kitchen, thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, it made sense to welcome Burnie City Kitchen volunteers to prepare the meals and those who access the service to have somewhere to eat.

“I see those who access the service out in the cold and the dark and it just seemed the logical thing to open the house up and have a partnership with City Kitchen,” Ms Edington- Mackay said.

Tomorrow there will be an open day for volunteers and those interested in learning what City Kitchen does to come and familiarise themselves with the house, kitchen and the frameworks they will work within.

Burnie City Kitchen may widen its service.

“We are in negotiations with other venues, one in Wynyard and another in Burnie, but it’s too early to give any details,” Mrs Hite said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


‘Secrets’ to be revealed

Wynyard Men’s Shed committee member Brian Randall goes to work on a tap. Picture: Stuart Wilson.DO YOU want to learn how to change a tap washer or hang a picture?
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These are just some of the things you can learn at the Wynyard Men’s Shed ladies’ day from 9am until noon tomorrow .

With more than 40 years building experience, committee member Brian Randall will answer any home maintenance questions you have at the free women-only workshop.

Chairman Peter Massey said while this was the first session of its kind, it would be held every three months if it was successful.

“We’ve had a lot of women asking would we hold a day like this,” Mr Massey said.

“Being a men’s shed we can’t really have the session during a normal meeting because the blokes come and they are more likely to communicate with each other about different things when women aren’t around.”

Mr Massey urged women to come along and ask those questions that have been bugging them, no matter how big or small they may be.

“You’d be surprised to know that there would be a lot of blokes out there that would ask the same question but aren’t brave enough to do so,” he said.

The ladies’ day will be held from 9am until noon tomorrow at the Wynyard Men’s Shed on the Wynyard High School grounds at the Cotton St end. For more information phone Peter Massey on 0408 351 388.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Helping others end their fear

‘LOVE IS LOVE’: Former Devonport woman Alice Hansen with her book designed to help others struggling with hiding their sexuality. Picture: Libby Bingham.FORMER Devonport author Alice Hansen’s latest book is aimed at helping others hiding being gay, which is what she did for decades.
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When she finally told family and friends she was a lesbian, the sky didn’t fall in.

“I feared what people would think, which is why I waited so long to say anything,” Ms Hansen, of Hobart, said.

“I knew in primary school I liked girls.”

Her book Labels are Gay … Love is for All is aimed at giving a positive message to others in the same situation.

“I didn’t want the book to have a political slant; I wanted it to offer the message that love is love no matter who it is between.”

Ms Hansen spent 29 years hiding her own sexuality.

“I was a Catholic schoolgirl brought up in conservative Devonport,” she said.

Through the years she battled bulimia, depression and alcoholism.

Now 31, she invested $20,000 in the book she hopes will ensure others do not struggle but instead find a sense of pride and self-acceptance in their own journey – particularly young Australians.

“I actually thought that my news would shock people and that people wouldn’t want to be friends with me, which was not the case,” Ms Hansen said.

“I never intended to tell Mum and Dad. I thought I would just continue on and I had accepted I would lead my life alone.

“I think that’s where the alcohol and bulimia issues I’ve had came from – because I accepted I would have to suppress that part of me. But that only works for so long.

“I think when I did come out and told my family that in some ways they were relieved because they felt all the trouble was over.

“Their reaction was `is that all – you’re gay’.

“So why did I spend all this time beating myself up? I should have told them a decade ago.”

Ms Hansen went out with men to hide her sexuality and pretended to have a boyfriend to put male suitors off.

“Now I just want to get a positive message out (in my book) because I have had such love and support and I know not everybody gets that.

“That’s all the book is about: the message is simple – love is love.”

Ms Hansen believes Labels are Gay … Love is for All is the first book of its kind in Australia. It gained 800 website hits within the first hour online.

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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Renovations boost learning

WORTH THE WAIT: Appreciating St Brigid’s Catholic School’s new library are (from left) school captains Phoebe Koop, 11, and Spencer Swinden, 11, Sisters Ancilla and Lorraine, who are daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with (back) Burnie-Wynyard parish priest Fr Tony Kennedy and St Brigid’s principal Elaine Barrenger. Picture: Kelly Slater.PUPILS at St Brigid’s Catholic School, Wynyard, are celebrating the completion of new facilities at their school.
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The official opening of the school’s new library, administration block and classroom refurbishments was celebrated yesterday.

The school community had been on the move for the past two years while the renovations were taking place, principal Elaine Barrenger said.

“The pupils were constantly having their surrounds changed as we refurbished the classrooms bit by bit,” Mrs Barrenger said.

“It wasn’t until late September last year that the students all moved into where they belonged,” she said.

The $2,125,000 renovations were part of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution project.

Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom said the program was the single biggest investment in Australian schools in our history.

“Projects like the new library, administration area and classroom refurbishments at St Brigid’s Catholic School are making a real difference by improving the learning environment for our children,” he said.

As for the pupils’ opinion of their new classrooms, Grade 6 pupils Spencer Swinden, 11, and Phoebe Koop, 11, said the renovations were great.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Digging in for progress

INSPECTION: Checking out progress at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site are (from left) Fairbrother Construction and Joinery general manager Tasmania Peter Killick, project manager John French and site construction manager Brett Coombs. Picture: Sonia Byrnes.THE Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks with more than a dozen bulldozers and graders levelling the massive site.
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Representatives from Fairbrother remained tight- lipped about the deadline for the project and potential tenants during a tour of the site yesterday.

More than 60,000 cubic metres of top soil has been moved from the top of the site on the Bass Hwy to the bottom, making way for the construction of the 350,000 square metre Harvey Norman showroom.

The past weeks have seen up to 45 workers on site with that number set to swell to about 130 when construction is in full swing.

Project manager John French, from Fairbrother Construction and Joinery, said last week 20,000 cubic metres of soil, unsuitable for use as fill, was removed from the site.

The company’s general manager, Peter Killick, said the boulders removed during the excavation stage would be used by the Devonport Port Authority for rock walls for rivers and creeks.

The relocation of a 22,000 volt Aurora cable has been undertaken and work has slowed temporarily this week while a 600metre Cradle Mountain Water main supplying water to Latrobe and Wesley Vale is moved to the site boundary.

Mr French said the 30-year-old concrete water pipe had been replaced by a plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufactured at Wynyard.

Trees were cleared from the site to allow excavation to begin on March 5.

“The bulk of the excavation work is now about 80% complete,” Mr French said.

“Now we’re working on all the infrastructure works, pipes and cables.”

Mr French said activity would pick up on the site again in two to three weeks once the water main has been relocated with the remainder of the excavation work to be completed and $500,000 worth of roadworks to be undertaken.

Once complete the multi-million dollar project will include a service station and McDonald’s on the lower corner and big box- style retail outlets.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


School contract comes at right time for company

TAKING SHAPE: Fairbrother Construction and Joinery project manager Justin Last stands outside what will be the Port Sorell school’s administration area. Pictures: Sonia Byrnes.THE construction contract for the new $10 million primary School at Port Sorell could not have come at a better time for Fairbrother Construction and Joinery, according to Tasmanian general manager Peter Killick.
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The construction of the new school, which has not been without controversy, has involved more than 60 people a week since construction began earlier this year.

An administration building and three separate learning pods, complete with classrooms common meeting areas, toilets and common learning areas, is well underway on the site.

Mr Killick said when the contract to build the school was awarded it was a welcome boost at a much-needed time, keeping work for the company ticking along for 12 to 18 months.

He said the North-West had more construction happening now than it had for the past 20 years, with big projects going ahead at both ends of the Coast, including Port Sorell, Devonport Burnie and Smithton.

The 350-pupil school will need to be complete by November, with pupils looking to move into the school for the start of the new school year in early February.

Project manager Justin Last said the architecturally designed administration block needed to be finished by mid-September to allow teaching and administration staff to move into the building before the new school year.

Mr Last said there were provisions in the plans to construct additional classrooms in the future should there be the need.

The building has been constructed using a green star rating with plantation timber frames, instead of steel, and solar panels.

A column of laminated cypress pine and exposed timber beams is an impressive feature at the entrance of the administration block while all around the school covered walkways of exposed timber add an interesting effect.

Mr Last said inside the common learning areas a tiered exposed Tasmanian oak ceiling would be used instead of plaster and a 350 square metre indoor meeting area with removable stage and bi- folding doors that open onto an outdoor amphitheatre would be made available for school and community use once the building was completed.

“It would be the perfect place for community groups to hold meetings and on a nice day you could have Carols by Candlelight outside or a concert with the stage facing out,” he said.

The school will have two car parks and spaces for about 200 cars.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.