Lanterns to light up garden this year

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Celebrating the past year and ringing in the new one. Devonport’s Lantern Dream Festival on New Year’s Eve 2013.
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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.
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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南京夜网.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.
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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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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.
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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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Power bills likely to rise under privatisation |POLL

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Dubbo residents could receive a shock to the hip pocket if electricity privatisation becomes a reality. Dubbo residents could receive a shock to the hip pocket if electricity privatisation becomes a reality.
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New research by the McKell Institute has calculated bills could cost up to $350 extra over the next five years under the proposed privatisation of the electricity network.

Premier Mike Baird recently proposed leasing 49 per cent of the ‘poles and wires’, generating an estimated $13 billion to help fund $20 billion worth of infrastructure projects.

Using comparisons between publicly owned and private owned companies the Nothing to gain, plenty to lose report found privatisation could lead to an increase in operating expenses, resulting in higher power bills costing between $38 and $103 more a year.

“After extensive analysis, the report found that based on the implications for the budget and the efficiency of the entity there is no logical case for privatisation,” economist and report author Stephen Koukoulas said.

However, member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the Australian Energy Regulator determined electricity prices and found prices would come down.

“The Australian Energy Regulator is an independent national body and has determined there would be no power price reductions from holding the electricity distribution networks in public ownership,” Mr Grant said.

“Other independent analysis proves the NSW Liberals and Nationals government’s plan is the right thing to do for consumers, and will free $6 billion worth of capital for our regional communities.

“The opposition and the Electrical Trade Union will say and do anything to scare people in the Dubbo electorate, but the reality is our poles and wires are not for sale.”

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Mr Koukoulas said one of the biggest factors contributing to higher overheads, especially in regional areas, would be the geographical size of the ‘poles and wires’ network- the greater the distance to be serviced, the higher the cost per customer.

The report states costs could be reduced if privatised networks decreased their service levels in remote areas, but less servicing could see more frequent and lengthier power failures.

Mr Koukoulas said once the electricity network was sold it would be almost impossible to get back and the government needed to know the consequences.

The report was commissioned by Stop the Sell Off.

The company’s campaign director Adam Kerslake said there is now detailed, data-driven research showing privatised electricity networks are less efficient with overheads growing at a faster rate.

“Mr Koukoulas has provided the hard numbers that blow apart the myths and generalisations used to promote what is essentially a fire sale to build an electoral war chest,” Mr Kerslake said.

“In recent weeks we have seen the Federal Government’s energy regulator find that the highest power prices in Australia are in South Australia, where the network is privately owned, while the NSW Auditor General revealed that power employees have delivered $3 billion to consumers through increased efficiencies.”

Mr Koukoulas said the report has already sparked debate and he hoped it would have an impact on the government’s decision.

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Sheep auction raises $5000 for McGrath Foundation

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Mathew Dickerson, Tony Ferrari, Eddie Purseglove, Brad McRae, Darren Ferrari, McGrath Breastcare nurses Margie Collins and Vanessa Hyland, (front) Paul Bartlett and Kevin McGrath with some of the pink sheep that were auctioned off to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Photo: BELINDA SOOLENearly $5000 has been raised for the McGrath Foundation by the auction of 11 sheep at the Dubbo Saleyards yesterday.
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Organiser and Trangie Hotel publican Shane Dalton was delighted to see the support from the district for the initiative, which is in its fourth year. He was happy with the total.

Six farmers from Trangie donated the sheep, which went under the hammer at 11am yesterday.

To set them apart from the other sheep at the sale, the special 11 were sporting pink dots as well as the odd star and crescent moon.

McGrath breast care nurses for Dubbo, Vanessa Hyland and Margie Collins said they were thrilled by the support shown by the community.

Mr Dalton said the sheep sale marked the start of a busy month of fundraising, which includes the Pink Twenty20 cricket, bowls events, a golf day and culminates with the traditional McGrath Foundation pigeon race from Narromine to Trangie on Jane McGrath Day, January 5, next year.

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‘Technical issues’ to blame for QantasLink turn back

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AN aircraft travelling from Dubbo to Sydney turned back following a “technical issue” with one of its engines. AN aircraft travelling from Dubbo to Sydney turned back following a “technical issue” with one of its engines.
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A QantasLink spokesperson said flight QF 2039 returned to Dubbo shortly after take-off on Friday afternoon when the captain received a warning light in the flight deck indicating a problem with the left engine.

“As a precaution, the engine was shut down,” a QantasLink spokesperson said.

“The flight landed safely and passengers were re-accommodated on the next available services.”

Dubbo man Jamie Riley told the Daily Liberal he thought he “was about to die” when passengers smelt smoke and one of two propellers stopped spinning during their flight to Sydney.

He described seeing “fear in some of the passengers’ faces” and then clapping when the aircraft had landed safely after turning back 10 minutes into the flight.

Mr Riley, who had been flying to Sydney for surgery, was so spooked by the incident he changed his mind and decided to make the trip by car instead.

The QantasLink spokesperson said while passengers may have smelt fumes in the cabin there was no smoke.

The aircraft involved was a 74-seat Dash 8 Q400 series, which made its debut in Dubbo in March last year.

Most of the passengers on the plane involved in the mid-air incident were moved to the following service on Friday night, about an hour-and-a-half after their scheduled service, the QantasLink spokesperson said, while others were placed on the first flight to Sydney the following morning.

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Kolic defeats Finlay in junior tennis nail-biter

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TEAMWORK: Kirrily Blaylock and Dale Westover enjoying their twilight match.
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Saturday (December 6) was the last game before the Christmas break and conditions were windy.

Kolic played Finlay and while Kolic won the match overall by two sets, two of the sets went down to the wire.

They were the top double which was a thriller, with the Finlay pairing of Zac Packard and Maggie Daw just coming away with a win in a tie breaker over Thomas Beltrame and Tara Gavan.

The other tie breaker was the single between Jamie Walker and Grace McKnight, with Grace just winning in a tight one.

The other match between Carcuro and Riordan saw Riordan also claim victory by two sets but there were no real close matches within this encounter.

An interesting tussle however was seeing Marissa Kurbatfinski return to tennis, and immediately required to play at number one.

She partnered Blake Packard in the top double against Jay Miller and Julia Carcuro, this hard-fought match saw Marissa and Blake come away with a 6/4 win.

Junior tennis is now on Christmas holiday break and will return on the Saturday after school goes back (Saturday, January 31), when all coaching and matches will resume as normal, for the second half of the season.

Any children who turned five are welcome to join in the half season of Hot Shots Coaching.

Best of luck to the players who are representing Port Augusta in the State Country Carnival at Memorial Drive in Adelaide in January.

Teams are as follows;

Senior Mixed: Sam Daw, Simon Finlay, Bridget Manning, Georgina Kite.

16U Girls: Nicole Manning, Hannah Manning, Laura Carcuro, Alex Beal.

16U Boys: Justin Bentley, Darien Kurbatfinski, Blake Packard, Dylan Herde.

14U Girls: Maggie Daw, Julia Carcuro, Alyssa Magor, Grace McKnight.

14U Boys: Declan Franks, Ryan Finlayson, Mitchell McKnight, Corey Finlayson.

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Indoor cricket plan proposed for land near Glenn McGrath Oval, Caringbah

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Proposal: Former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and Cricket officials have had discussions with Sutherland Shire councillors about an indoor cricket training centre. Picture: Cole Bennetts/Fairfax MediaCRICKET NSW hopes to build a $2.5 million indoor cricket training centre on land near Glenn McGrath Oval at Caringbah.
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Representatives from Sutherland Shire junior, men’s and grade cricket and Cricket NSW have been investigating the possibility of establishing a Sutherland Shire Indoor Cricket Development Centre at Breen Park, Caringbah.

Former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and Cricket NSW officials met with Sutherland Shire mayor Kent Johns and councillors Carmelo Pesce and Tom Croucher in October to put their case. They had looked at a number of sites, including Sutherland Oval No. 1, Tonkin Oval and Gwawley South Oval.

But the area known as Glenn McGrath lower oval, or Caringbah No. 2 oval, is their preferred site because of the quality of its turf wicket, available land space and accessible location.

Sutherland Shire Council supported the development application in principle but asked Cricket NSW to look at other locations, including Waratah Park and Barden Ridge.

Cricket NSW proposes building eight indoor nets in a one or two-storey building in the central portion of the lower oval at Breen Park and promised financial commitment to the project.

There is also a proposal to apply for local, state and federal government grant funding if the plan proceeds.

Cricket NSW manager of state infrastructure Anthony Brooks described the project as a fantastic opportunity for the shire to help youth fulfil their potential and serve existing players from the area.

“We need a facility in Sydney’s south to serve the young guys and girls who are coming through on their player pathway,” Mr Brooks said.

“The only opportunity if they want to practise is to go to the SCG or Bankstown Memorial Oval. We really believe the shire has the chance to have world-class facilities, which will not only create jobs but attract international visitors.”

A pre-development application meeting was held with the council in March. But a report by the council’s planning staff found shortfalls in the plan, particularly regarding parking and the use of public land.

Cricket NSW was told the site was not suitable for the proposed development.

“The volume of space proposed to be built on will result in reduced ability of the site to function as an open recreation space for current and future residents,” the report said.

The proposal will result in a reduction of passive recreation areas. The loss of green space is inconsistent with the implementation of the Caringbah Centre Strategy but there were significant benefits to the cricket and broader sporting communities, the report said.

What do you think of the proposal?

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