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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.


Spray cop found not guilty

ASSAULT COUNTS DISMISSED: Constable Luke Negri leaves the Burnie Magistrates Court yesterday. Picture: Kelly Slater.A BURNIE policeman who capsicum-sprayed a boy has been found not guilty of assault.
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Luke Charles Negri used the spray after the boy struck his partner in an incident at Shorewell Park in January 2011, Magistrate Robert Pearce was told yesterday.

_Negri had pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault relating to the incident.

His lawyer, Jim Wilkinson, argued Negri had done what he was trained to do in a volatile situation.

He said Negri, 25, acted “within his powers and within his training”.

Mr Pearce heard conflicting evidence on whether the boy was sprayed once or twice, and also on whether the boy struck Negri’s police partner before the spraying.

The partner, Constable Joel Houston, told the Burnie Magistrates Court he was struck and Negri acted consistently with police training.

Witness Danny Grieve – who said he was schizophrenic and had bipolar – asserted mobile phone footage he took that was played in court showed Negri wanted to spray the boy.

“What he done was wrong.

“He was getting off on that.”

Negri agreed with prosecutor Steve Bender grabbing the boy or using or threatening to use his baton had also been options.

However, he said he had not wanted to use his baton on a boy, believing there was more likelihood of injury than with the spray.

He said he was concerned using “unarmed tactics” in such a volatile situation could cause the situation to “escalate severely”

“It wasn’t appropriate … we could have been set upon at any time.”

The two police said they were being abused and shouted at by a group of people as they attempted to confiscate a motorbike that Mr Grieve had been riding without a helmet and unregistered.

The boy came in and tried to stop them, taking the bike before striking Const Houston to the neck, the court heard.

Mr Grieve told the hearing he didn’t see the boy strike the officer.

“He didn’t assault nobody.”

He said everyone was calm until the spray was used.

He alleged police later told him they would lay charges against him if he made a statement against them.

“They’ll beat you down and think of something to charge you for after you’re arrested.”

Mr Pearce dismissed both assault counts.

He said he was not satisfied the first spraying was outside the range of reasonable responses.

He did not find the assault related to the second alleged spraying proven.

He said no second use of the spray was apparent from the film and he found evidence from the prosecution witnesses who alleged it unsatisfactory.

Technical evidence also did not support it.

Negri had legal advice not to speak about the outcome, but was visibly relieved afterwards.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Ashley Detention Centre detainee on the run

AN 18-YEAR-OLD Ashley Detention Centre detainee escaped staff custody today.
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The teen, who cannot be named, was visiting the Launceston General Hospital for treatment of a medical condition when he made an escape.

Police said he was being escorted back to the vehicle at which point he fled on foot through the car park about 11am.

He was last seen heading west on Cleveland St towards Wellington St.

He was handcuffed, wearing navy blue shorts and a blue t-shirt.

He was also in possession of a blue and black flannelette shirt that was covering his handcuffs.

He is described as being 180cm tall, slim build and brown hair.

Police ask members of the public not to approach him, although he isn’t considered dangerous.

Those with information should contact police on 131 444 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Students on Cloud 9 over centre’s opening

Watching Isaac Troughton, 17, prepare for lunch are (from left) Sid Sidebottom MHR, Marist Regional College principal Susan Chen and Archbishop Doyle.THERE were plenty of smiles on the faces of students who are using the new Cradle Coast Trade Training Centre.
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Yesterday Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom was only too pleased to be opening the facility that includes Cloud 9 cafe and restaurant, bakery kitchen and commercial kitchen at Marist Regional College in Burnie.

“On behalf of the Federal Government, particularly Minister Peter Garrett, we’ve been very pleased to be able to partner with Marist Regional College and those who have made this happen,” he said

The site where the centre sits was once home for the Marist brothers. Now it has a new lease of life, thanks to $1.6million in funding, including $1.47million from the Federal Government. Another $138,000 from Marist has been used to buy the small cooking equipment.

The new centre gives access to vocational training for students from high schools along the Coast, not only Marist. The training will provide them with the skills to work within a range of industries including hospitality, tourism and business.

Mr Sidebottom said to have a competency that was nationally recognised when leaving school and to continue into the workforce would benefit the nation.

“To be able to use those skills however you want to and have a productive nation is absolutely crucial, so I thank all of those people involved in making this happen and congratulate the students who have taken up the courses,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Closure to cost five jobs

IT IS believed five workers at the Woolworths distribution centre in Devonport will be jobless when the centre closes on May 6.
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Yesterday The Advocate was told six workers from the centre were transferred to the new $100million distribution centre that is operational in Launceston and one to BWS, while the remaining five workers had opted for a redundancy.

The doors closed at the Hobart distribution centre last Saturday as part of the centralisation of the centre in Launceston, with 29 workers taking redundancy and eight transferred elsewhere.

“About three years ago we announced that Statewide Independent Wholesalers, of whom we are a partner, were building a new state-of-the-art distribution centre in Launceston,” Woolworths spokesperson Clare Buchanan said.

The new depot will employ more than 100 people.

Ms Buchanan said Woolworths had worked hard to look at all redeployment opportunities, not just within Tasmania but nationally.

“We also gave people the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks working in a store environment to see if it suited them.”

National Union of Workers organiser Jill Batt said jobs were hard to come by in Tasmania and there was always a roll-on effect to the community with decisions like this.

“Fortunately workers have received their redundancy entitlements, but the question for many of those workers is `where will I find work now?”‘ she said.

Ms Batt said while some workers had chosen to move to Launceston to work at the new site, for many with families, homes and other commitments, it was not an option.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


The little country school that’s big on taking its fair to new heights

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Moriarty Primary School pupils surrounded with items for their school fair are (clockwise, from top) Alex Rouse, 12, Becky Hyatt, 9, and Chase Redpath, 8. Picture: Jason Hollister.NOT every school has helicopter joy rides at its fair, but Moriarty Primary School does.
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On Sunday, the little country school with 82 pupils will hold its fair between 10am and 2pm.

The helicopter rides cost $45 and give participants the thrill of flying over picturesque farmland.

The Moriarty fair is held in the middle of a rural landscape that could be described as horticultural heaven.

There will be discount tulips bulbs to buy and fresh produce picked direct from neighbouring farms.

The usual home-baked cakes and sweets will be sold on stalls.

It’s the place to come for Mother’s Day gifts such as homemade cards, origami flowers, candles and gift packs.

Acting principal Julie Argent said a keen group of parents supported the fair and made it happen.

“It’s a great day out,” she said.

The fair will offer everything and more for the bravest of thrill-seeking adults down to the most timid fair-goers, and everything in between.

“There are the traditional Moriarty fair favourites like splat-the-rat, pony rides, cream teas, white elephant, mousetrap minefield, vegetable animal and a range of foods to tempt your appetites.

“If you need your kids to sleep well on Sunday night then a day at our fair will be guaranteed to do the trick.”

Moriarty was one of the schools previously threatened by State Government closures, but the school’s parents and pupils wasted little time worrying about the future. Instead, they are getting on with it.

“The feeling at the school at the moment is that Moriarty is invincible,” Mrs Argent said.

“We’re doing what we do best and we aim to make the most of every day.

“Coming here from other schools that didn’t have less than 500 children, I can say at Moriarty they do not take anything for granted.

“Everyone is working to ensure these kids get the very best opportunities.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.