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Lanterns to light up garden this year

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

Celebrating the past year and ringing in the new one. Devonport’s Lantern Dream Festival on New Year’s Eve 2013.

DEVONPORT will be glowing at this year’s New Year’s Eve festival with plenty of activities for everyone attending.

At 6pm on December 31, the festival will begin with entertainment ranging from live music to a mechanical bull and surf board.

The Devonport City Council will also continue its Lantern Dream Festival theme this New Year’s Eve, with a glowing garden of lanterns featuring prominently on the night.

The council events co-ordinator Maree Brodzinski said: “The Lantern Dream Festival’s lantern garden is a large part of our New Year’s Eve festival.

“People will have the opportunity to write their dreams and hopes for 2015.

“They’ll also be able to write a special tribute for someone they’ve lost or to celebrate an event from 2014.”

In previous years, the lanterns were floated on the Mersey River throughout the night.

However this year, as a result of passing vessels pushing the lanterns back ashore, they will be placed in a garden.

“With help from Fairbrothers, we’ve built a garden with an artistic tree that will glow on the night,” Ms Brodzinski said.

“It’s quite beautiful in Roundhouse Park.

“Writing on the paper lanterns and putting them on display is a personal way to celebrate with the community,”

Along with the Fairbrother Lantern Garden, there will be live music with Doctors Rocksters performing, along with The Remains and the Brett Budgeon Band.

Complementing the music will be Melbourne fire performer Emily Coward and Miasma, a belly dance troop from Westbury.

For kids there will be jumping castles, face painting and more.

There will be two firework displays, one at 9.30pm for families and another ringing in the new year.

The event will be fully licensed with food and drinks available on site. Entry is $5 or free for anyone under 18.

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Big blood drive boost

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Reece High School student Alex Fennell, 16. donating blood for a good cause with nurse Chris Johns. Picture: Ben HansenFROM the beginning of December, Reece High School students and staff have been participating in a life-saving operation.

One in three Australians will need blood products, so the school had plenty of motivation for a blood donation drive.

Teacher Daniel Franks said there had been lots of interest from the school community, with 40 to 50 students and teachers indicating they wanted to take part.

With 50 donations, Reece High students and teachers will be able to save a potential 150 lives, with each donation being broken down into three components: red cells, plasma, and platelets.

Reece High student Melinda Tyson, 16, donated blood at the Devonport Red Cross Blood Centre with nurse Erin Halley. Photo: Ben Hansen

The donation drive came about when the Reece Student Leadership brainstormed initiatives that would allow students to make a difference in the wider community that didn’t require a monetary donation.

“One of these initiatives [was] a blood drive where staff and eligible grade 10 students have been given the opportunity to donate blood, ” Mr Franks said.

The school’s involvement with Red Cross blood donation drives goes further than donating.

A student several years ago lobbied the organisation to lower the donation age from 18 to 16, allowing schools like Reece High to participate in drives.

“On behalf of the one in three Australians who will need blood in their lifetime, we’d like to say a big thank you to the staff and students at Reece High School for their commitment to blood donations,” Red Cross Blood Service spokesperson Shaun Inguanzo said.

“With no other alternative to fresh blood products on the horizon, Australia will always need blood donors, that’s why it’s so important that young people who are eligible roll up their sleeves and continue Australia’s 80-plus year tradition of blood donation.”

Reece High School’s blood drive will run until December 14.

People outside donate at a number of Red Cross Blood Service locations across the Coast.

For further information on donation centres, contact Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95 or visit donateblood苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

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Festivity in the streets

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Coastal musicians (from left) Bill Wright, of Burnie, Hugh Hiscutt, of Howth, and Kevin Lucadou-Wells, of Heybridge, entertain people with some seasonal tunes in the Burnie Plaza.SANTA Claus is coming to … Burnie.

The big jolly man will be making his way through the city streets spreading the festive cheer every Saturday before Christmas.

You may even find him hanging out in the city’s plaza arcade.

It’s where all the magic is happening.

Burnie City Council executive support officer Kate Reilly said the Santa set-up in plaza would feature music performers, a Christmas tree for children to decorate and letters to write to the jolly old man.

It’s a joint initiative from City Link and the Burnie City Council.

“The idea is to bring some festive spirit to the city and it also gives our shoppers a chill-about area to have a break from the Christmas shopping to let the kids have some fun,” she said.

Ms Reilly said keeping the Christmas spirit alive for the kids was absolutely critical.

“It’s a magical time of year, but we are also channeling through to people to support their local businesses this time of the year and to bare in mind that the local businesses are doing it a little bit tough,” she said.

“This is a way of people giving back and rewarding people for shopping local.”

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said as it got closer to Christmas there was always a great atmosphere in the city.

“As much as we all say we won’t leave the shopping until the last minute, the year just goes so quickly and yet again many of us find ourselves bustling through the streets,” Alderman Dow said.

“There are some great reasons to shop locally and support our small businesses this Christmas.

“Each Saturday leading up to Christmas there is free parking in the multi-storey car park.”

Alderman Dow said the Christmas display in the Plaza Arcade was magical.

“It is a real treat for children,” she said.

“Santa will also be wandering around the CBD wishing the shoppers of Burnie a wonderful Christmas each Saturday.

“Our local community groups contribute so much at this time of the year, with fantastic events like the Christmas Parade and Carols by Candlelight.

“It is a special time of the year.”

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WWI in the Herald: December 9, 1914

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WWI in the Herald: Archive


It is stated that risk of depriving Australasia of the services of so many of its leading practitioners for any extended period has been appreciated by the Defence Department, and there is authority for stating that Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has approved of certain of the doctors returning to the Commonwealth at the end of one year’s service.

Their places will be filled, if necessary, by volunteers, for whom no room could be found in the first instance.

A proposition was recently placed before Mr. Holman, the State Premier, for the establishment of a State Bureau of breeding for the purpose of encouraging the breeding of remounts for the army, somewhat on the lines of the Canadian Bureau of breeding.

The Canadian Bureau is conducted by private enterprise, and Field-Marshal Sir John French is one of its directors. German buyers not long ago visited Canada in quest of remounts for officers.

They were met with the inflexible rule, however, that horses fit for war services could not be sold to any foreign buyer until Canada and Great Britain had been supplied.

The matter being one which concerns more properly the Commonwealth, the author of the scheme has been referred to the Commonwealth Government.

Paris, Tuesday.

The latest communique state that the Germans bombarded Oostduinkerke, four kilometres west of Nieuport.

There has been a marked advance in the region of Le Quesnoy towards Mons, in Belgium.

A previous communique states:- “We attacked a few trenches on the left bank of the Yser, which are still in the enemy’s hands.

The superiority of our offensive at Armentieres and Arras, on the Oise, and the Aisne, and in the Argonne, is maintained.

“Our heavy artillery gained a marked advantage in the Champagne district.”

Alexandria, Monday.

Further details of the destruction of the Emden by the Sydney show that the Sydney was scarcely out of sight of the other vessels when she signalled them that she had sighted the Emden.

Later, she signalled that the action was progressing favourably.

The final signal was: “Emden out of action,” and when it was received it provided great enthusiasm.

The Australian and New Zealand troops have created a profound impression in Egypt, and especially their magnificent physique.

Melbourne, Tuesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has ordered reductions in the pay of chaplains connected with the Expeditionary Forces. In future they will only have the rank and pay of captains.

Quartermaster and Lieut. H. T. Ellis (Victoria), of the A.F.A. Brigade, and the troop under the command of Captain Rushall (Victoria), now officially designated the Australian Mounted Training Corps, have been detailed by the Army Council for special duties which they have been carrying out for some time.

The nature of the duties and the locality of their performance are to remain strictly secret, but they are very important and carry great responsibility.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Roland Little, West Maitland, 1st Division Signal Company, 5th Reinforcements

Trooper Lyle Hugh Florian O’Neill, Cessnock, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcements

Private James Norman Stapleton, Wallsend, 9th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

Private Albert George Wiggins, Newcastle, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements

Hot, dry future: climate change fears for the Riverina

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Future firefighters like Mark Hocking, of Glenfield Rural Fire Service, will be confronted by more severe fire weather days if greenhouse gases continue to rise. Picture: Les SmithWAGGA and the Riverina will have to radically overhaul its infrastructure in response to hotter days, shifting rainfall patterns and extreme fire danger predicted under new climate change modelling, experts say.

The data, released by the Office of Environment and Heritage, found the temperature in Wagga and surrounds will rise by 0.7 degrees by 2030 and will continue to rise by two degrees out to 2070.

Wagga now gets about 20 days above 35 degrees a year. Hot days are expected to increase by eight more a year by 2030 and continue to rise to 40 – double the city’s current average -by 2070.

The south of the state is particularly affected by changing rainfall patterns, the data shows. The region will receive less rain in spring but is likely to receive more intense rain in summer and autumn.

Wagga environmental educator Andrew Wallace warned of the dire consequences for farmers as a result of changing rainfall patterns.

Environmental educator Dr Andrew Wallace has warned about the impacts of changing rainfall on the Riverina.

“We are really changing climate science,” he said.

“We’re moving to a more summer type of rainfall than a winter rainfall and that’s the bite. It’s going to affect the agricultural sector, particularly our wheat.”

Maxwell agronomist Don Kirkpatrick said a significant impact of less rain in September and October was reduced yields.

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