New sitefor amboson Russell

RUSSELL Island residents will have access to better emergency services in future after the State Government secured land to build a new ambulance station.
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Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey said land had been purchased in High Street, Russell Island.

“The current station has been home to the Russell Island paramedics for 17 years and, while the station is still adequate for now, we need to plan for the future and ensure the community has the facilities it needs.

“The new station is currently in the planning stage and a construction date has not yet been set,” he said.

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Talk on koala status

THE Redland Koala Action Group has invited Environmental Defenders Office principal solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg to speak to a meeting about the implications of the new federal listing of koalas in the Redlands as “vulnerable”.
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Discussion will include how the new legislation will affect existing state and local laws and whether there will be on-ground measures to help the survival of koalas.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, August 14 at IndigiScapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba.

All are welcome and the meeting will be followed by supper. For further details, phone 3823 5575.

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Fashions an Ekka highlight

Redland-based models Lauren Phillips and Nicole Weston will add glamour to this year’s Ekka when they again grace the fashion catwalk. Redland-based models Lauren Phillips and Nicole Weston will add glamour to this year’s Ekka when they again grace the fashion catwalk.
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REDLAND-based models Lauren Phillips and Nicole Weston will add glamour to this year’s Ekka when they again grace the fashion catwalk.

Lauren, from Wellington Point, and Nicole, from Cleveland will feature in the Commonwealth Bank Cotton and Wool fashion parades, one of the most popular attractions at the show.

The parades began in 1980s and now draw such huge audiences that 40 runway shows run across the 10-day event.

They showcase the talent of local established and up-and-coming fashion designers, working with the mediums of cotton and wool to promote Queensland’s burgeoning agricultural sector.

The Commonwealth Bank Cotton and Wool Parades will be staged in The Commonwealth Bank Auditorium in the Walter Burnett Building.

Parades will be staged daily throughout the Ekka at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm daily and 3.30pm on the first Saturday and Ekka Wednesday.

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Turvey Park, Mount Austin break-ins could be related

POLICE believe the early morning break and enter to Mount Austin and Turvey Park homes today could have been the work of the same two men.
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A 59-year-old man was woken by two intruders in his Philip Avenue home around 2.40am, who yelled at the man and demanded money while threatening to stab him.

The victim leaned over to turn on the bedside light and swung the lamp at the intruders, who fled the house through the back door and jumped the back fence.

The man, who cut his finger when he swung the lamp, found that his wallet and two mobile phones were missing from the house. They were located a short distance from his home a short time later.

Paramedics attended and treated the man’s minor cut and police established a crime scene, with forensic analysis to be carried out today.

One of the offenders is described as male, possibly of Aboriginal appearance, 5’2” tall with a thin build, aged in his early 20s and was wearing a light blue hooded top. The second man is only described as in his early 20s.

The second break and enter occurred around 4.25am, when two thieves gained entry to a Fernleigh Road home.

The pair stole small items from six rooms of the house as the occupants slept, until a dog began to bark at the intruders and woke the people in the home.

The two were seen fleeing the home into Fernleigh Road. A handbag, three mobile phones, a laptop computer and cash was taken.

These two people are described as males aged around 17, with one wearing long pants and a white hooded top with black lines on it, and the other around six feet tall (180cm), wearing long pants a white hooded top.

Police believe the two incidents may be related and urge anyone with information relating to either matter to contact the Wagga station on 6922 2599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Woman hit by truck on Hume Highway

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A SYDNEY woman died after she was hit by a truck on the Hume Highway at Sutton Forest on Sunday afternoon (August 5).

The 45-year-old was hit by the passing northbound truck after she got out of her car near Golden Vale Road just before 4pm. She died at the scene.

Police said no charges were likely to be laid and a report would be prepared for the coroner.

Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, State Emergency Service and paramedics joined police at the scene.

One northbound lane was closed to traffic until 9.30pm, causing extensive delays.

The incident comes six months after 40-year-old Highlands tow-truck operator Geoff Clark and 23-year-old Blue Mountains woman Sarah Frazer died after they were hit by a passing truck on the Hume Highway near Mittagong, about 15km north of Golden Vale Road.

Mr Clark had gone to the aid of Miss Frazer, whose car had broken down, on February 15.

Police said the 45-year-old’s car did not appear to have broken down in Sunday’s incident.

Miss Frazer’s father Peter Frazer started Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) following the February’s incident, advocating for safer roads in memory of his daughter.

Mr Frazer offered his heartfelt condolences to the 45-year-old’s family and friends.

“As drivers we have to actively look after each other and drive to the conditions of the road,” he said.

“The loss of this woman is yet another tragic reminder that when approaching a stationary vehicle, it is essential to slow down and if safe to do so, move over into an adjacent lane.”

In March SARAH presented a petition, containing more than 12,000 signatures, to the NSW Government, calling for highway break-down lanes to be widened to at least 2.5 metres.

Emergency services attend the scene where a 45-year-old Sydney woman was hit by a truck on the Hume Highway at Sutton Forest on August 5. Photo supplied

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Imagination could sort out Civic Hall

Colin Holmes raised a very valid point with his comment on Geelong’s refurbishment of its old Wool Stores (Letters 02/08).
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During the past forty years working as a building practitioner, I have observed two opposing mind-sets prevail on this issue. There are those who will instinctively opt for the ‘knock-it-down-and-build-a-new-one’ option, as opposed to the “Lets keep this shell and reconstruct the interior to serve a new purpose’. My experience (and my philosophy) has been the latter option is the most economic way to go. Of course it requires some imagination, but the saving in material, with a corresponding lack of so much building rubble to dispose of has to be of benefit to our environment. As well as the Geelong experience, I have seen many apartment blocks in London constructed within the shells of ancient, disused factory buildings. I am sure a little imagination could sort out our Civic Hall issue.

KEN PRATO

Wendouree

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Courage needed on environmental policy

In response to Alan McKenna (August 3), Revealing Carbon Tax Hypocrisy (July 27) was not about clever point scoring. The authors discussed an issue with dire environmental and economic consequences. What John Petheram and Lawrie Wilson expose is faulty and unethical government decision-making by both the ALP and the Coalition.
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They ask us to think – Can Australia put a price on CO2 released through fossil fuel burning locally, yet still sell the same fossil fuel overseas to result in a threefold CO2 release globally? The point is – if the burning happens elsewhere it’s still happening. It’s called ‘global’ warming because it’s a global problem.

Our federal and state governments are policy jugglers. Environmental policy in the air: a carbon price (let’s watch CO2 go down). Economic policy in the air: sell coal (but don’t mention the CO2 going up, and up, and up). It is political expediency. It lacks courage and foresight to do something real.

Stand on the Newcastle docks, watch the queue of coal barges – as far as the eye can see. Stand next to the vast open cuts of the Latrobe Valley. Think of each tonne of coal extracted, transported, burnt, all this over decades, then there’s the scale of it globally. Then there’s the state government’s intention to ‘bring the Pilbara to Gippsland.’

A carbon price makes a good beginning to change economic behaviour, but the scale of our addiction to fossil fuels needs policy-consistent decisions and a big picture view. Sleight of hand won’t fix anything. It is rightly called hypocrisy.

LINDA ZIBELL

Mount Helen

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Blayney Rotary Report

AT their dinner meeting on Wednesday August 1, members and guests at the Blayney Rotary Club welcomed their new exchange student.
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Jun Taniguchi is a 16-year-old boy from Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, where he lives with his family in the city of Kanazawa.

He will be sharing life and living with families in the Blayney shire for the next year and attending Blayney High School.

Jun arrived in Sydney from Japan on July 26, enrolled in school on Friday and then started classes on the Monday morning.

He also participated in the Education Week Leaders’ Lunch with other Year 11 students from our high school.

Jun lists in his interests a desire to learn more about the culture and way of life here in Australia, improve his English speaking, reading and writing skills.

He plays the guitar and has enrolled in music as one of his courses of study for the next 12 months, and has an interest in learning more about our sports having been pitcher for his school’s baseball team until recently.

In his speech to introduce himself to the Rotarians and guests on Wednesday night, Jun spoke of his having already seen kangaroos coming through Bathurst on the drive to Blayney, as well as being introduced to alpacas by Ian and Elizabeth Tooke who looked after him for the first few days after his arrival. –

He can’t wait to see his first koala and wants to experience as much as he can of the vastness of Australia and its diverse natural beauty.

He will get the chance to do this towards the end of his exchange when he joins up to 30 other exchange students from across the world as they participate in the annual Safari trip around Australia organised by the District Rotary Youth Exchange committee.

While in Blayney Jun will be staying with a variety of families who have each volunteered to host him.

His first host family is Rotary President Suellen Kennedy and her husband David, who are pictured with him at Wednesday night’s dinner.

We welcome Jun to Blayney and know that he will enjoy the warmth of friendship extended to all our visitors.

If you are part of an organisation that might like to have Jun come and speak to your group, please contact Blayney Rotary Club on [email protected]苏州美甲培训学校 .

WELCOME: At their dinner meeting on Wednesday August 1, members and guests at the Blayney Rotary Club welcomed their new exchange student.

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Fiskville firefighters deserve their due

Although the CFA rightly notes that the recent findings about its Fiskville site are complex, and that there is still much to be done to get to the bottom of what happened there, it’s important to bear in mind that there’s quite a lot we know already.
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We know that workers, volunteers and their families at Fiskville were exposed to hazardous chemicals, often over the course of years. Many of these people have developed cancers, and some have died.

We know that a lot of these substances are carcinogens – and that this should have been known when they were buried or burned at Fiskville.

And we know that if these people were Commonwealth employees in the exact same circumstances, there wouldn’t be any question that they’d be entitled to compensation – legislation was introduced last year specifically to assist them. The State Government must act quickly to ensure that there are similar protections for CFA firefighters at the state level.

The last thing needed by someone battling cancer is the stress of having to worry about protracted legal battles, medical bills, or how their family will be looked after.

Volunteer firefighters and their families are regularly called on to make huge sacrifices for the safety of our communities. We owe it to them to ensure that our community doesn’t let them down, when we have a chance to respond in kind.

ANDREW BAKER

Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Melbourne

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Turnbull’s gelding ends his drought

GRITTY WIN: Win Her Over (centre) and My Little Twister (left) do battle down the home straight at the Bathurst Paceway on Sunday afternoon, with Win Her Over holding on to claim a narrow victory. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 080512ztrots1PACING
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Josh Turnbull’s gelding Win Her Over has broken a winless drought stretching back 18 starts at the Bathurst Paceway on Sunday afternoon after taking out the Tanner Plumbing Pace.

The four-year-old started a $3.90 equal favourite alongside Bernie Hewitt’s Wheoga Jack and for a lot of the race it looked like it could be down to that pair to fight it out.

In the end though it was Mat Rue aboard Hewitt’s other chance My Little Twister ($6.90) who offered the sternest challenge, pushing Win Her Over all the way to the line and eventually missing out by a half-head.

Nathan Turnbull, who owns the horse alongside his brother Josh, took a light hearted dig at friend and former owner Pete Russo after the race.

“He used to race for Pete, he wanted to sell him so we picked him up,” Nathan Turnbull said.

“He ran second last Wednesday and that was his first win for us tonight, hopefully the first of many hey Pete.”

To complete the family affair, Nathan and Josh’s sister Amanda had the winning drive, and yet again showed why she’s among the most prolific winners in the state.

Early on it was a battle in four as Win Her Over, Wheoga Jack, Zenitra Shannon ($7.50) and Merry Wayne ($30) all duelled for the lead, but ultimately it was Win Her Over who managed to get to the front.

And there he stayed.

Once they had settled down in the 2130 metre event, Merry Wayne sat off the leader’s shoulder with Pride Of Panorama ($6.20) tucked behind on the pegs, and Zenitra Shannon travelling one out and one back.

It looked as though Amanda Turnbull was working hard at times just to hold her chance back, and after a 39.3 lead time plus opening quarters of 39.3 and 31.8 seconds there was plenty left in the tank.

By the time they went past the post for the last time Tulhurst Major ($9.10) had come from the back of the field to pressure the leader and occupy the death seat but his challenge didn’t last long.

Wheoga Jack took his place, going stride for stride down the back straight with Win Her Over, but at no stage did he manage to get to the front and he too fell by the wayside.

At the top of the straight Amanda Turnbull still led and having been at or near the tail of the field for the entire race, My Little Twister suddenly loomed as her only challenger.

The five-year-old horse came home with a bang but still fell just short, handing Win Her Over the fourth victory of his career.

The final two quarters were completed in 29.7 and 30.2 seconds with a mile-rate of 2.03.3.

Doug Lee’s Just Mishiba ($11.90) came home for third, six metres behind My Little Twister.

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