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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.


Much to thank Diggers for

LEIGHLAND Christian School student Sam Reeve summed up Anzac Day better than most.
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“If the Anzacs didn’t do what they did, the world would not be the place it is today.

“The Anzacs were truly admirable and honourable in the sacrifice they give to this country.”

Sam was guest speaker at the Ulverstone Anzac Day service yesterday morning.

People embraced the Anzac Day spirit with veterans joining relatives in honouring those fallen, those who served and those who currently serve their country here and overseas.

“When the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli they were very undermanned, but dug in despite tough resistance from the Ottoman army, giving everything for their country,” Sam said.

Ulverstone RSL Sub-Branch president Ken Allen spoke about the contribution Australia made.

North Motton was almost packed out for its Anzac Day commemoration service.

The service also marked the unveiling of a plaque for the 2/40th Battalion.

Former 2/40th member and prisoner of war survivor 91-year-old George Lawson was there to see the plaque unveiled.

Fellow 2/40th member Fred Brett was unable to attend the service after he fell ill at the last minute.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Retailers shut up shop for the day

A MAJORITY of North-West retailers kept their doors shut on Anzac Day.
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Many businesses are legally unable to open until 12.30pm on the day.

Recent rule changes led to many questions in retail land.

Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry members asked for information on the new rules, chamber president Leonie Hiscutt said.

She said she had not had much feedback yet on Anzac Day trading, but would look into it at a chamber meet and greet session tonight.

Employers can be fined up to $26,000 for doing the wrong thing under Anzac Day trading restrictions.

In Burnie, about 70% of CBD stores remained closed in the afternoon.

Most locally owned businesses were shut, with a few exceptions.

Kmart, Chickenfeed and the Reject Shop were operating, along with a smattering of clothing stores.

Meanwhile, Devonport resembled a Sunday, with a number of people around.

The Kmart and Coles area was chock-a-block and Fourways was quite busy despite not many stores being open there.

Harvey Norman stayed shut in both cities, saying it was out of respect for the Diggers.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Leave Anzac Day alone: RSL official

ANZAC Day won’t be changed for anyone, Latrobe RSL Sub- Branch president Ray Simpson said at the dawn service to mark the occasion yesterday.
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“Speculation that changes may happen to the 100th Anzac Day celebrations so as not to embarrass some ethnic individuals must be strenuously resisted,” Mr Simpson said.

“Today is a day for all of us to remember and treasure the Anzac spirit, our freedom, our civil liberties and our free speech.”

Mr Simpson said the day was not just about remembering Gallipoli or World War 1, but the thousands of military men and women who had served since and were serving now.

“We must never let go of Anzac Day. We must never let them die.”

Ebony Richards’ voice carried throughout the foothills of Latrobe as she led the crowd of about 200 through the Australian national anthem.

Tony Leneham wore his father Neville’s service medals. He said Anzac Day was another opportunity to remember a loving father.

“He joined the air force at the end of the war and then served in the navy straight after the war. He served around New Guinea in the Second World War,” Mr Leneham said.

Mr Leneham’s father died two- and-a-half years ago at age 84.

HMAS Sheean, the submarine named in honour of Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean, was represented by Navy Chief Petty Officer Darren Thompson

Petty Officer Thompson and Navy colleague Lieutenant Commander Try Battishall visited schools and conducted Anzac services at Strathdevon and OneCare aged care facilities with the Latrobe RSL earlier this week.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Families march together at Smithton

NOT even heart surgery could stop some Circular Head residents from joining their families this Anzac Day.
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Generations of grandfathers, sons, daughters and grandchildren gathered together in Circular Head to remember their fallen loved ones yesterday.

Jasmine and Huon Campbell-Ellis stood tall with their great grandfather’s medals glistening from their chests.

Their grandfather, Ted Ellis, made a special trip from Victoria to march beside his grandchildren.

“I’m facing open heart surgery, but I told the doctors nothing was going to stop me from being with them,” Mr Ellis said.

It was a bittersweet day for the Grey family.

For brothers Damian and Nik Grey and their children, yesterday was the first Anzac Day without their father and grandfather.

“Our father Max Grey served in World War 2,” Nik said.

“I’ve been marching every year since I was 17 with Dad, so it is sad not to have him here today. Without him and many brave men like him we wouldn’t have the freedom we do today,” Damian said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


20,000 pay respects

LEST WE FORGET: The Burnie Anzac Day parade underway yesterday. Pictures: Katrina Dodd. The Railton ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Picture: Kelly Slater.
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NEARLY 20,000 Coasters paid tribute to our service men and women yesterday at services around the region.

Ulverstone recorded its highest number of attendees for several years with about 4000 attending its main service.

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Devonport also broke some attendance records, with 3000 making their way to Victoria Pde for the 6am dawn service.

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State RSL president Bill Kaine said it was pleasing to see the numbers were increasing.

“Late in the ’90s it wasn’t looking too good,” Mr Kaine said.

“Numbers were dropping a little bit.”

Mr Kaine said a program, established in the mid-90s could be responsible for the increase of people attending Anzac Day services.

The program was aimed at engaging young people with Anzac Day through memorial activities.

Two important trends emerged from services across the Coast – the number of young people and the number of new ex-servicemen were significantly on the rise.

“What we’re seeing is more and more youth are coming on board,” he said.

“There’s a building of commemorative activities that are emerging as part of RSL programs, designed to engage youth.”

An unexpected side effect of the positive impact Anzac Day is having on young people on the North-West is a decrease in vandalism of cenotaphs across the Coast.

“We’ve had some problems in the North but in recent years we haven’t seen much damage on the North-West Coast.

“We haven’t seen as much desecration to memorials and that’s a good thing.”

In addition, Mr Kaine said that he thought more and more ex-servicemen were retiring to the Coast, which could have contributed to the increase of such people attending and participating in services.

“A lot of people who’ve seen service are coming back for a bit of the quiet life,” Mr Kaine said.

“Tasmania is a lovely place to be.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Brownlow Medallist to visit Coast

THE reigning Brownlow Medallist is coming to Devonport.
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Collingwood’s Dane Swan, along with fellow Magpie Luke Ball, is set to fly in for an event open to the public next month.

Dane Swan and Luke Ball, key members of Collingwood’s 2010 AFL premiership-winning side, will appear at an event hosted by the Devonport Football Club on Saturday, May 19 at the oval function centre.

“We are rapt to have a reigning Brownlow Medallist come to town, which doesn’t happen too often and it is a great opportunity to listen to these players considering all the turmoil that Collingwood has experienced over the past few weeks,” Devonport Football Club general manager Mark Fagan said.

Last year fellow Magpies Alan Didak, Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw appeared at the club for a similar event, but that wasn’t run by the Devonport Football Club.

“This time we have made sure we are running the event and we will be structuring the night so the players will have much more interaction with the audience,” Mr Fagan said.

“I’m sure, as it usually is with Collingwood, it will be a very interesting night.”

The night will be hosted by racing personality and Devonport Football Club president Shane Yates and starts at 9pm, with a VIP event running for one hour prior, to the main show.

Pies pip Bombers in Anzac Day thriller, Back Page.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


Grab the 20-page Agfest feature in today’s paper

THIRTY years of Agfest is an impressive feat.
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Tasmania’s most popular expo has grown from 111 exhibitors and 9000 patrons to 600 exhibitors and about 60,000 patrons in 2011.

It is now one of the biggest agricultural festivals in Australia.

Although there are similar events on the mainland, Agfest promotions and media director Katie Coad said interstate visitors were impressed and often shocked at how large Agfest had become.

As well as celebrating its 30th birthday, this year Agfest will also acknowledge the Year of the Farmer.

Part of these celebrations will include the presence of the Australian Year of the Farmer road show.

Other attractions that are back this year include the Peter Brock memorial four-wheel drive track, the Unique Tastes fine food pavilion, the Equine Expo, the central arena, the dairy feature and four craft pavilions.

Mrs Coad said each exhibit brought something different to the Agfest experience, making it a must to pack as much as possible into one day.

The Rural Youth Organisation will be selling stubby holders featuring the Agfest logo, as well as a variety of other merchandise to remember your day by.

Don’t forget that traffic conditions near Quercus Rural Youth Park will change to accommodate the coming and going of Agfest visitors.

Rural Youth suggests that you plan your routes before visiting Agfest.

As for preparing for weather, take your gumboots just in case, although Mrs Coad assures

”While it is raining this week at Quercus, don’t let this dampen your enthusiasm about attending – next week is a new week and we are putting in our order for ’18 and sunny’!”

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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.