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.


Memory of war still lingers for Coast’s veteran diggers

LIKE so many other young men from the Coast, the three Hanson brothers, of Spreyton, were just teenagers when they enlisted in Word War 2.
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As each brother went overseas, their family knew none might come home.

Their father served in World War 1 before them.

His sons said on Anzac Day this week that their father didn’t ever want to talk about his own war service until they were going.

“He didn’t want us to go through what he went through. He wouldn’t let us enlist in the army,” Henry Hanson, now 91, said.

The Hansons served in the navy, two on the same boat, which was not permissible but happened.

Thankfully all managed to survive, but they lost mates.

Des Hanson, 94, and Henry sat together at the Devonport Anzac Day service, their many service medals glistening in the autumn sun.

Younger brother, 86-year-old Peter Hanson, was not well enough to attend.

Next to the Hansons was World War 2 veteran George Doran, 89.

“Look at those medals – I’ve never seen anyone wearing as many as Henry,” George said.

“This is our day of remembrance – it’s a time for us to remember our lost mates.” George served in the Pacific in World War 2.

The haunting Last Post still hung in the air as the diggers observed the minute of silence.

Thoughts were with fallen comrades who did not get to grow old as they have.

Also among the distinguished World War 2 foursome was 97-year-old Don Fenton, the oldest veteran at the Anzac march who had served at El Alamein in the Western Desert Campaign and Syria.

Mr Fenton’s hearing is not as good as it used to be.

He struggled to articulate how much Anzac Day meant to him but didn’t really need to speak as his eyes brimmed with tears.

Mr Fenton squeezed his daughter’s hand tightly as she explained what he told her.

“It’s a big day for Dad. All his brothers, all his mates are gone and he’s the one left,” she said.

Later it was time for memories to be recalled at the Devonport RSL Club – and there were plenty of stories told.

Hundreds went back after the march to share a few beers during the catch-up that ran well into the afternoon.

Games of two-up were played on the only day it is legal.

George and Henry hinted at some of the mischief that went on during the war to help the Australians get through, but the men wouldn’t reveal details.

“That’s what we’ll talk about today – all the good times we had. We don’t talk about war on Anzac Day,” Henry said.

George let slip a little more.

“I was a bit of a villain,” he laughed.

“I used to have a few beers while on shore leave; actually I enjoyed myself quite a lot. You never knew when the next torpedo would arrive – it was a good idea to have a good time while I could.”

The Hanson brothers nod.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


A heart for underprivileged

WHAT began as a poverty awareness pilgrimage to Zambia led to the birth of a promising future.
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The Renewed Hope Children’s Home is in its last stage of development and eight Zambian orphans are set to move in.

The Micah Challenge Group, from the Devonport Baptist Church, is the humble creator of this orphanage, making it a reality through extensive fundraising and organisation.

It all began when the group had a collective feeling it was to visit Africa and was to help create a building there.

“It was just a feeling we had, as part of our Christian faith,” member Keren Jago said.

The group embarked on a trip to Zambia where it met up with Mobile Mission Maintenance – an organisation that takes people on poverty awareness tours off the beaten track.

What transpired was a confronting insight into the devastation of poverty.

Of the many horrific scenes witnessed, the one that stood out in the minds of the group was the feeding programs.

These provide underprivileged children with a nutritious meal once a week.

“It was absolutely heartbreaking as you would see them wrap up that meal that is intended for them and take it home to share with their family,” Mrs Jago said.

The defining moment for the group came a short while later when it was introduced to Annie Sheba.

“Annie lives in Zambia and her heart is for the poor of the country and the children,” Mrs Jago said.

Annie took the group to a compound and it was at that point the group knew it had to help.

“That is when we realised what poverty is all about, they live on absolutely nothing,” Mrs Jago said.

The group decided it would build an orphanage.

It was Annie’s dream to build one, so the group gave her the role of orphanage manager.

“We made a commitment to build a house in a children’s village, one of six houses in total,” Mrs Jago said.

“We are hoping that other groups will come forward and finish the other five buildings.”

When the group arrived back in Devonport, it completed extensive fundraising to build the home.

It is now fundraising to build a fence around the home, and the space for the five others, which will allow the home to be self- sufficient.

“They will be able to keep animals and grow their own food,” Mrs Jago said.

“There is no point creating this home for them if they can’t look after themselves.”

The group needs to raise another $6000 in nine weeks before the fence is booked in to be built.

To make a donation to the Renewed Hope Children’s Home contact the Devonport Baptist church on 64243389.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


CMW’s alert to residents `half-baked’

FAULTY electrical wiring at the Pardoe Waste Water Treatment Plant has been blamed for a minor pump failing and a pool of sewage sludge being left near the John Palmer walking track at East Devonport’s Pardoe beach.
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Resident Leanne Bovill noticed the sewage on April 18.

Mrs Bovill said Cradle Mountain Water’s attempts to alert residents to the sewage, including the use of a portion of orange plastic fencing and two signs, was “half-baked”.

Mrs Bovill said the smell was offensive and the pool of stagnant sewage should be flushed out.

Chief operating officer Doug Doherty said late last week, corroded electrical wiring caused a minor pump at the Pardoe Waste Water Treatment Plant to fail, resulting in sludge spillage within the treatment plant compound.

Mr Doherty said the Environmental Protection Authority and the Environmental Health Officer from the Devonport City Council were contacted immediately.

“The surcharge into the stormwater drain is being monitored and has caused no threat to public health or the environment,” he said.

Environmental Protection Agency director Alex Schaap said on Thursday Cradle Mountain Water had advised that while it appeared the spill was mainly contained inside the Pardoe Waste Water Treatment Plant compound, further precautionary measures had been taken in relation to the stormwater drain outside the plant with the erection of the temporary fencing and warning signage.

“Cradle Mountain Water will request the Devonport City Council Environmental Health Officer to inspect the site this week to see if any more action is required,” Mr Schaap said.

Mr Doherty said Cradle Mountain Water would continue to monitor the situation to ensure no further issues arose from the spill.

“We understand there have been some concerns raised by people using the walking track close by and we can confirm that the sludge has been collected and reprocessed through the plant,” he said.

Mr Doherty said if the community continued to have concerns to contact CMW on 13MYWATER (136992), place a post on the Facebook site or email: [email protected]杭州夜网.au

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Attempted robbery count not guilty plea

A MAN present at a foiled attempt to steal cannabis plants from the property of an elderly couple has pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated armed robbery.
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Ulverstone’s Robin John Jago appeared before Chief Justice Ewan Crawford in the Supreme Court in Burnie yesterday.

On April 4 last year, Jago, the principle offender Zachary Swan and three others were drinking at a property at Ulverstone when they decided to drive to the home of Thomas and Beverley Chapman in Burnie, the court was told.

The plan was to steal cannabis plants that the group knew were on the property, Crown Prosecutor Stephen Karpeles said.

Mr Karpeles told the jury it might surprise some of them to hear the law said people could own cannabis plants.

Upon arrival Jago, along with Swan and one other, left the vehicle, hopping a neighbour’s fence and into the backyard of the Chapmans’ residence, Mr Karpeles said.

Swan was armed with a tomahawk, and upon entering the property Jago armed himself with a wooden pole, the court heard.

When the trio were disturbed by Thomas Chapman, Swan demanded repayment of debt he claimed was owed to him by Mr Chapman’s son, before then telling him to open the shed which contained cannabis plants.

Police arrived, after a neighbour noticed the men and called the police.

They captured Swan but Jago and the other man scattered.

The real issue was what Jago believed was going to happen when he entered the backyard, was he intending to “encourage and assist” the crime being committed, Mr Karpeles said.

Jago has said he was there for a lawful purpose, to collect a debt from the house, the court was told.

“You can judge a man’s intention not only by what he says, but also by his actions,” Mr Karpeles said.

Defence counsel Greg Richardson suggested when and why Jago and the other man armed themselves would be an issue.

The trial continues.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Project opening good news for Coast cyclists

*(1/3)THE official opening of the Devonport to Quoiba walk and cycleway interrupted a 50km ride from Forth for social cyclists Kevin Goodwin and Graham Hart yesterday morning.
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The pair didn’t mind hopping off their bikes and ducking under the ceremonial ribbon.

Mr Goodwin said it was their first trip on the recently completed cycleway.

“We thought we had better come and check it out,” he said.

Mr Goodwin and Mr Hart are part of the 63% increase in cyclists using tracks like the Devonport to Quoiba pathway for cycling since 2001.

Devonport City Council Mayor Steve Martin said the completion of the project, which was made possible through a $498,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s trails and bikeways program and a $373,000 Devonport City Council contribution, had seen 2.2km of track complete as part of the 11km continuous track around Devonport from Coles Beach along the waterfront at Victoria Pde through to Quoiba and on to Spreyton.

The project, which has been two years in the making, was part of the Devonport City Council’s Cycling Network Strategy.

Ald Martin said Quoiba Progress Association’s Keith Burley had been vocal about connecting the CBD with Quoiba and Spreyton since 1983, to alleviate the need for residents to negotiate the busy traffic bridge at Horsehead Creek.

Chair of Safer Roads For Cyclists Keith Price said the plan to join all the Coastal cycleways was still in the making and as funding was made available, councils could take the opportunity to apply for assistance.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


`Tourism, industry future of the Tarkine’

*(1/2)FEDERAL Environment Minister Tony Burke believes the future for the Tarkine involves both industry and tourism.
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Mr Burke met with environmental and lobby groups earlier in the week, spending a few days in the Tarkine and listening to their concerns.

“While I’ve been there before, this was the first time I’ve had a look at it from a purely environmental perspective,” he said.

“That was very helpful.

“With the environment groups, I saw a place that you can only described as majestic.

“I also came away really impressed by the tour operators down there.

“Corinna is just priceless and it’s good to see the success of the tourism operators there.”

However, he was not impressed enough to believe tourism is the stand-alone answer for the future of the Tarkine.

“I’m not someone who thinks you can take out industry and say tourism is the fix,” he said yesterday.

“There’s no doubt about that.”

Mr Burke said when he visited the region with industry representatives, that too gave him an important perspective.

“The Tarkine has a range of landscapes, the region isn’t just the iconic photo of a big tree.”

There are a number of mines proposed in the Tarkine, which does not have national heritage listing.

Even so, Mr Burke said there was still a broad range of federal powers that could be used to halt prospective mines.

Mr Burke said he was “reluctant to give a timeline” for a decision on the mines, given how quickly such projects could change.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Gig to support little Charlotte’s family

THE Coastal community and the lead singer of a top Australian band have rallied to support the family of a three- year-old from Shearwater who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
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Just weeks ago, Charlotte Rataj, the daughter of well- known Coastal couple Quentin and Tanya Rataj, was diagnosed and is now undergoing intensive treatment in Hobart.

The community has organised a concert at the Devonport Surf Club tomorrow which will feature Nathan Hudson, the frontman of Sydney band Faker, with all funds raised going to the Rataj family.

“We are still trying to get our heads around all this, but we are absolutely thankful of the support, it’s been amazing,” Charlotte’s grandfather Chris Rataj said yesterday on behalf of the family.

“There is an 80% cure rate and there are only five (children) a year in Tasmania that get leukaemia and there was only three last year.

“Charlotte now has to go through a 2-2 1/2 year treatment program and the next six months will be the hardest part for the family.”

Friends and acquaintances of the Rataj family have helped organise the event tomorrow with Hudson lending his support via his sister and brother-in-law, well-known local athletes Ali and Adrian Partridge.

Faker plays in Hobart tonight and Hudson will drive to Devonport tomorrow for the gig.

“It just fell into place and was a good opportunity, so he’ll do an acoustic gig,” Adrian said.

Faker is a Sydney-based band whose hit songs Hurricane and This Heart Attack have featured in the Triple J Hottest 100.

There will also be a raffle with a range of local businesses donating prizes for the day.

Entry will be $20, with all money raised going to the family.

Doors open at 2pm and Nathan Hudson starts performing at 3pm.

The venue is limited to 200 people.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Rare discovery in NW estate KELLY’S COURT PAPERS FOUND EXCLUSIVE

AN original ledger of court proceedings against bushranger Ned Kelly has been found among the estate of a North-West Coast man.
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The record of proceedings against Kelly in Victoria’s Beechworth Court of General Sessions on August 3, 1871, when he was aged just 15 years, is to be auctioned in Hobart tomorrow.

The item, part of the estate of Devonport man Reginald Dixon, is expected to be highly sought after and auctioneers expect it to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.

Tasmanian Valuers and Auctioneers managing director Russell Thomson said it wasn’t every day an item of this calibre was put forward for sale.

“It’s a major item, it’s been in the family for a long time,” he said.

“He was a collector and a researcher, and one of the things that interested him were activities of bushrangers.”

Tomorrow’s auctioneer, Graeme Potter, said: “It’s a really interesting piece”.

“It’s quite rare we get something of that calibre,” he said.

A university professor agreed, saying any documentation relating to Kelly was noteworthy and created interest.

“It’s quite rare,” said University of Melbourne director of cultural materials, Professor Robyn Sloggett.

“It’s important because it acts as the absolute point of identity when doing research on Ned Kelly, it is the actual documentation of the time.

“There are lots of stories about Ned Kelly, but a handwritten transcription of the time is irrefutable.”

The beneficiaries of the estate did not wish to comment.

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Chook lays whopper egg

ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER: Somerset resident Lyle Marshall with a 128g egg laid by his chook, followed by a 15g egg three days later. .
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AS LYLE Marshall made his morning pilgrimage to the chicken shed, he was not at all prepared for the wonders he would find.

There nestled softly among the eggs was an absolute whopper, 128g in size.

Considering the average size of an egg is around 60g, Mr Marshall felt sorry for the culprit.

“This chook must have a sore bum,” he said.

Mr Marshall and wife Cheryl own nine chickens all of the ISA Brown breed, and while they are known to be good for laying, the couple did not expect such a find.

“We have no idea what caused it, we feed them normal things like laying pellets mixed in with whey and scraps off the table during the day,” he said.

“It is one freaky chook.”

Just days later the couple came across another intriguing find.

At 1.5 grams in size it is well below average.

The couple are looking forward to cracking the large egg soon after they have shown it to friends and family.

“It could be a double or even a triple yoker,” Mr Marshall said.

“We will definitely be eating it, there is nothing wrong with it at all.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Focus back into men’s health

Hi everyone!
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I hope you are all well.

This week I thought I would write about men.

I am definitely no expert on the gender but I thought it would be interesting to get some discussion going about men and their health issues … for the blokes out there.

Men’s health issues have been historically neglected.

What are our cultural expectations of men in society?

“Infant boys are both more sensitive than girls and more demanding and difficult, yet society assumes that boys should be tougher” (Price, JCM, 2003)

“Women are twice as likely as men to seek help for depression, but men are four times as likely to kill themselves, whilst male psychiatric patients outnumber women. The violent crime rate is soaring … and men are more likely to experience addiction disorders, especially substance abuse” (Price, JCM, 2003).

What is happening to our men?

Did you watch

It had a program on American military personnel, who come back from a tour of duty.

They quoted 6500 personnel commit suicide every year once they come back home from duty.

These are men and some women, who we as a society entrust our freedom to.

They serve to protect our countries and our lives yet we do little to support those people in return.

The military has historically been a male-dominated organisation.

One of the men on the program stated that no one wants to know about these deaths as they occur at home and off duty, but if a soldier dies on duty he then becomes a hero.

What situations do we put our men in and expect them to just deal with it?

What does that say about how we expect and want our men to behave?

Our expectations are allowing deaths to occur.

How do we reach out to build understanding and offer help to men who are in need of support?

What do men want and need to be happy and feel fulfilled?

Price, S. (2003) Men and Depression Seeing and Believing, JCM: 71

If you or someone you know would like help or information about suicide, contact Lifeline on 131 114 or visit the Beyond Blue website.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and counsellor Kim Bookarof promotes physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing, while encouraging awareness of health issues in the community.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.