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Older citizens stand up and be counted

We have a Motoring Enthusiast’s Party in the Senate for those who like cars; we have incompetents like Jaqui Lambie taking up a seat; and we have a host of other fringe groups seeking seats so they can advocate sex and cannabis and God knows what else.
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With millions of people now in the upper-age bracket, who are regularly relegated by governments to a status of uselessness, if not abject liability as far as society is concerned, why, oh why has a party not arisen to represent older citizens in the Senate and use the balance of power to protect older citizens?

With so many potential voters, it is the best and easiest way to influence government policy and cease this campaign of denigration that has been used to justify driving older folk into poverty.

Surely the marginalisation and impoverishment of those who have carried the burden of developing the society we now enjoy, is a little more important than cars.

When will we stand up and be counted?

Howard Smith

Tamworth

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Illawarra Opal card retailers few and far

The NSW government has declined to commit to placing Opal card machines on hub stations such as Thirroul and Helensburgh.
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On Monday, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian officially launched the 1000 new Opal retail outlets announced last week.

The Illawarra appears to have received just one of those 1000 – at the University of Wollongong Unicentre.

In Monday’s announcement, Mrs Berejiklian also mentioned cards would be sold via machines on station platforms as part of the rollout.

The Illawarra is sadly lacking card retailers – from Helensburgh to Kiama there are just 17.

Most of them are in Wollongong; Shellharbour has just two and Kiama one.

The most curious omissions are at Helensburgh and Thirroul, which feature as hub stations in the new timetable – stations where commuters can catch faster services to Sydney.

Despite funnelling more commuters to these stations, to date there are no Opal retailers nearby.

At Helensburgh, it’s 2.6 kilometres from the station, while the closest to Thirroul is actually two suburbs away in Woonona.

A Transport for NSW spokesman could not confirm whether either station would be prioritised for the machines.

The spokesman also said the machines would not sell Opal cards but rather just enable commuters to add money to it.

“Top-up machines will be available later in the rollout and the final locations and number of machines across the network is yet to be finalised,” he said.

He also said the government was working with Woolworths to sell the cards at their stores and petrol stations.

Meanwhile, the jobs of ticket sellers on the South Coast line appear to be safe, according to the NSW Rail Tram and Bus Union.

A union spokeswoman said 97 ticket seller positions have gone on the Sydney network in the wake of the Opal rollout, with another 60 expected to disappear soon.

However, she said the union understood it was only ticket seller jobs on the Sydney network that had been “earmarked” and Illawarra stations won’t be affected at this stage.

A NSW TrainLink spokeswoman confirmed this, saying there are no plans to reassign current customer service station staff.

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Kickstart in Corrimal aims to put mall in shade

Paul Boultwood and Annelies Voorthuis walk the talk. Picture: KIRK GILMOURBusinesses in Corrimal have a battle on their hands trying to draw attention away from the Wollongong CBD.
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Corrimal Chamber of Commerce president Paul Boultwood said the suburb had great businesses but so often focus seemed to be on the mall, including the new GPT development.

“We’ve got to deal with the mall – everything’s always in Wollongong,” Mr Boultwood said.

“Corrimal has been left to its own devices for the last 15-20 years. We’re not waiting for council any more. We’ve been waiting 20-odd years for the council to do something for the northern suburbs, we’re not waiting any more, we’re doing it ourselves.”

What that means is Energise Corrimal Week, where small businesses can receive a share of $15,000 worth of advice, mentoring and training from Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) through the NSW government’s Small Biz Connect program.

ETC will occupy a shopfront in Corrimal Park Mall where businesses can get more information on the range of workshops and services available.

Annelies Voorthuis, Illawarra co-ordinator for ETC, said the idea behind the week was to help small business get a little bit bigger by improving their performance, profitability and productivity. ” During Energise Corrimal Week, our team of experienced business consultants will be delivering workshops, offering free business health checks and raising awareness generally about the business support services available to small businesses in the Illawarra,” she said.

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Indigenous health a cause close to Inglis’ heart

Greg Inglis, second from left, has a passion to improve indigenous health Greg Inglis is in great form at the right end of the season
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For so long Greg Inglis was a reluctant skipper but after taking on the South Sydney captaincy for the first time, he has a more serious issue where he wants to show leadership.

Leading into the NRL’s Close The Gap Round, Inglis has spoken about his passion for indigenous health.  “By the time I leave this earth I want to see a big change in indigenous health and the communities around Australia,” Inglis said. “I am not afraid to voice my opinions about indigenous culture and the way it should be looked after. It’s vitally important to raise awareness and truly understand what close the gap is. It’s closing the gap between indigenous and the non-indigenous health and life expectancy.”

Inglis hasn’t always been comfortable speaking about issues close to his heart but now the 27-year-old said he was at ease being a figurehead.

“It changed when I had an understanding of how I stood in the game and how I stood in the public eye,” Inglis said. “It just came about. I couldn’t tell you when. I don’t know when I decided to wake up and become this. It’s something that just came upon me. It’s one of those things that just happened. You don’t go looking for it. It just happens.”

Inglis didn’t go searching for the club’s captaincy. It didn’t cross his mind that he would be handed the  job when regular South Sydney captain John Sutton was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury two games ago.

“I don’t think I would have picked myself between 18 to 23, maybe 24, 25,” Inglis said.  It’s just understanding the players and understanding what needs to be done on the field. A captain isn’t always one that goes out and leads by example. It is someone who has that mutual respect and a very good understanding of the players. I am new to this.”

Souths have won their past two games with Inglis at the helm including their best performance of the season with a 23-4 win against Manly. Inglis needed little convincing when told of his appointment by coach Michael Maguire. “He told me and then two days later he rang me up and said ‘you’ll be right’,” Inglis said. “I said ‘yeah I’ll take it on’. It didn’t really hit me until the captain’s run. I didn’t change anything about me. It’s a great honour. I’m not one to show my emotions. I will sit down one day and reflect on all this.”

South Sydney have raced in 27 tries on their way to a four-game winning streak despite Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett  calling the Rabbitohspredictable. Inglis pointed to young outside backs including Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva’a and Alex Johnston for giving his team some spark. “Even though Wayne came out and said it was predictable it’s been working for us especially this late in the season,” Inglis said. “Even though we have a simple game plan [his young teammates] can pull something out of their backside. Those guys wouldn’t be able to do that unless our forwards go forward. They do carry that X-Factor about them, it’s just how they play footy. We’ve put in good performances the past few weeks but we have to put it aside and focus on Thursday night.”

Like his teammates, Inglis is finding his best form. A serious post-Origin knee injury last year affected his form and without his attacking potency South Sydney struggled. “I feel fresh,” Inglis said. “This time last year I was held back because of knees and a couple of other things. Back end of the season this is where you want to be injury-free and fresh and free to move around the park. [My knee] was never really 100 per cent. It was something that I had to maintain early in the week and go out and put that aside and play the best you can.”

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Priest Peter Searson found guilty of child sex abuse in Catholic Church internal hearing

The Catholic Church found a Melbourne paedophile priest accused of interfering with young girls during confession guilty of child sex abuse, more than a decade before Cardinal George Pell denied a cover up, it has been revealed
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The ABC’s Four Corners program has obtained a confidential draft report that shows former Doveton parish priest, Father Peter Searson, was found guilty of sexual abuse by the church during an internal hearing in 1997.

That is despite the fact former Archbishop of Melbourne Cardinal Pell previously denied the church ignored complaints about Searson, in what victims described as an attitude of “hear no evil, see no evil, say nothing”.

“No conviction was recorded for Searson on sexual misbehaviour,” Cardinal Pell told the Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse last year. “There might be victims. He was convicted for cruelty. But speaking more generally, I totally reject the suggestion.”

Yet a report by Peter O’Callaghan, the QC appointed to investigate the scandal, found that even before Father Searson arrived in Doveton he had “achieved a regrettable record of suspected sexual abuse of children and considerable financial misappropriations”.

Mr O’Callaghan recorded that he had found the priest “guilty of sexual abuse” during the internal hearing, according to the records obtained by Four Corners.

But Father Searson was able to successfully appeal to the Congregation in Rome that Mr O’Callaghan “did not have the appropriate jurisdiction or procedure” to make the findings.

Cardinal Pell was the Archbishop of Melbourne at the time the internal hearing allegedly took place. Father Searson died in 2009, before facing any child sex charges.

The Doveton parish, regarded as one of the most disadvantaged in Melbourne, endured a terrifying succussion of paedophile priests between 1972 and 1997, when Father Searson was finally suspended.

The former director of church’s pastoral response office, Helen Last, told Four Corners she was contacted in 1997 by worried parishioners in Doveton, but was told by Archbishop Pell in a letter that was situation was “under control” and “there remains no need for any pro-active measures from your office”.

Ms Last disobeyed the order and spent a day at Doveton. “One of the major things that they were grappling with was how could our church have known that this priest was a paedophile, Father Searson, and others before him, and not done anything to help us?”

She lost her job one month later.

In 1986, the former principal of Doveton’s Holy Family School, Graeme Sleeman, also resigned in an attempt to draw attention to the child abuse claims.

However he said his letter of resignation, that alleged Searson had interfered with young girls, terrorised boys and stolen money, was censored by the Catholic Education Office.

“You could almost call it a fetish that he had about having children go to confession to him and they’d have to sit by him and kneel at him,” Mr Sleeman said.

Mr Sleeman lost his successful career over the saga and has since received some compensation from the church. He said other priests and the Archbishop “knew lots but sat on their hands”.

Following Mr Sleeman’s resignation, a number of teachers from the school met with Cardinal Pell asking him to remove Father Searson, but again no immediate action was taken.

Last year Cardinal Pell said he was “sent back to Searson” who had denied “everything and anything”.

Former Holy Family School teacher Carmel Rafferty also resigned in 1993 after years of trying to get the church to respond to disturbing reports from children. “It came to a head when the priest was going into the boys’ toilet several times a day,” she said.

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Josh Hose shares in wheelchair rugby world championships glory

Josh Hose: world champion. JOSH Hose has etched his name into regional sporting history by helping Australia clinch the wheelchair rugby Paralympics-world championships double.
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The Camperdown-raised 27-year-old was part of the Steelers squad which beat Canada 67-56 in the world championships final at Odense, Denmark, yesterday.

The win meant the Brad Dubberley-coached side went unbeaten in seven matches and continues a power shift away from the northern hemisphere.

Australia has won the past two major accolades in wheelchair rugby: the 2014 world championships and 2012 London Paralympics.

Before that, the United States claimed three Paralympic titles and four world championships titles. Canada also has a world championships title to its name.

New Zealand, which won gold at the 2004 Paralympics, was the only southern hemisphere nation to taste success before the Steelers’ rise.

“I’m stoked to do the double — world championships and Paralympics. It’s a great thing to be part of Australia’s first world championships side,” Hose said.

“We knew it was going to be a tough match. All the teams here can take a game away from you if you’re not switched on.”

Hose said he was “somewhat” happy with his efforts. He didn’t feature in the gold-medal match but received game time in all the others.

He said he was keen to represent the Steelers at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. “(I want to) make the Rio team then take the gold.”

Australia had to fight hard in the gold medal match. Canada rushed to an early lead and scores were 15-all at quarter-time.

The Steelers edged ahead 32-27 by half-time before a match-defining burst late in the third term handed them a 48-40 advantage at the last break.

Steelers gun Ryley Batt scored 45 goals, capping off a sublime tournament, while Chris Bond (19) and Jayden Warn (three) also hit the scoreboard.

“World champions, Paralympic champions, this team just keeps getting better,” Dubberley told AAP.

“I’m so proud of our whole team. Not just the athletes but all the support staff. It’s a huge accomplishment.

“We’re really enjoying our success and we’re going to celebrate being world champions here.

“But as soon as we get home, it’s going to be all systems go for the Paralympics. I think there is still a lot of room for improvement before we get to Rio.”

Australia defeated Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Canada in its pool matches and accounted for Japan 60-49 in a semi-final.

Canada defeated USA in the other semi-final, winning 59-56 after extra time. But the USA bounced back to beat Japan 62-56 in the bronze medal match.

Hose, who became a C6-C7 paraplegic after an Australia Day car crash in 2005, is classed as a 3.0 player with the Steelers.

Players are classified based on their mobility, on a scale from 0.5 to 3.5. The four players on the court cannot have a mobility tally exceeding eight.

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Students plan ahead

FRESH OUTLOOK: Tenison Woods College student Chloe James (above) receives a free treatment in the beauty salon as part of Friday’s 2014 Rotary Careers Expo at TAFE SA.HUNDREDS of students from across the South East were given insight into their potential futures on Friday as part of the 2014 Limestone Coast Rotary Careers Expo.
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From business to beauty and health to hospitality, the annual event held at the TAFE SA campus attracted senior secondary students from as far as Bordertown and Keith with exhibitors reporting overwhelming response.

A host of displays, demonstrations and speakers educated and explored potential pathways.

Expo project manager Suzanne Waye hailed the event a success, estimating that over 1200 students visited across the six hours.

“We hope we have given the students an opportunity to look at their career choices,” Ms Waye said.

“All our speaker sessions were highly attended and the feedback from a lot of the exhibitors was that the students were really engaged.”

Ms Waye said the expo aimed to cover a broad range of careers, from service industries and higher study through to apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Mount Gambier High School student Lewis Lane commended organisers of the event for the diverse schedule.

“I thought it was a great experience as it allows us to explore the different variety of work we could do in the future,” Lewis said.

“I think the hands-on exhibits were the way to go, they were really interesting.”

Meanwhile, fellow student Chris Fallas said the expo proved insightful.

“There were a few career paths I wanted to have a look at coming into today,” Chris said.

“It just gives students a good chance to have a more in-depth look at what job opportunities are out there.”

Carpark overhaul underway

FACELIFT: Evolve Hair and Beauty owner Sara Harfull welcomes the redevelopment of the Commerce Arcade carpark in Mount Gambier’s central business district. Picture: ALEX McGREGORA LONG-ANTICIPATED overhaul of the central Commerce Arcade carpark has begun with removal of trees from the site marking the beginning of the transformation.
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A facelift of the popular carpark will include landscaping and shaded parking spaces to add vibrancy to the city’s central business district.

Not only will drivers benefit from the upgrade, but business owners are also pleased about the project, although it is expected to create some challenges during various stages of completion.

Evolve Hair and Beauty owner Sara Harfull said the works at the carpark would be a “nightmare” for customers and retailers until the redevelopment was finished.

“It is like anything, we have to put up with the mess until the project is complete,” she said.

“Once the facelift is complete the community can enjoy the new facilities and we will experience the long-term benefits of what the council has done at the site.”

Ms Harfull said the carpark overhaul was well overdue as it was a heavily used space.

“The idea of having longer parking hours will allow my salon customers and other shoppers to spend more time in the central business district,” she said.

“People will be able to shop for longer and meet up for lunch more often.”

She said the trees were a lovely part of the carpark, but created problems.

“They used to drop nuts and debris on the cars and the roots protruded from the pavement, creating a potential tripping hazard,” she said.

“The site looks a lot more spacious and open now that the trees have been removed.”

Ms Harfull said she hoped a new surface would improve water run-off.

She also welcomed the installation of shaded areas and suggested that the outdated arcade could also be upgraded.

“Some of the paintwork is looking average and the skylights need a clean, but once that is done Mount Gambier would have a number one facility,” she said.

City of Mount Gambier engineering manager Daryl Morgan said trees had outgrown the space and had to be removed to enable works to proceed.

“We will continue to work at a stop and start level and refurbish the carpark area in two halves so there is minimal disruption to carpark users,” he said.

Mr Morgan said contractors could now prepare to design the shade sails, which would be one of the major upgrades to the area.

“At this stage it will most likely take four to five weeks for the sails to be designed and then foundations can be laid ready for installation,” he said.

In the meantime, the council will continue work at the site laying kerbing and preparing the area so that a new asphalt surface can be laid.

“We will ensure that the majority of the carpark is still in operation as council undertakes the work,” he said.

“I expect the site to be close to being finished by the end of November.”

After 166 AFL games, Brent Moloney wants to be remembered as an honest, loyal playerVideo

Brent Moloney considers his attacking options in an AFL pre-season cup game with Brisbane. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
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BRENT Moloney is not ruling out a return to his home club South Warrnambool after yesterday announcing his AFL retirement.

The 30-year-old will come home to see family and friends in Warrnambool today where he considers the next phase in his life.

Top of the discussion list will be whether he is interested in South Warrnambool’s soon-to-be vacant coaching job.

“I’ve had a chat to them,” Moloney said.

“I will have to work out a few things, whether it’s the right thing for me now.

“I will never say never to anything, I’ll wait and see what happens and weigh it up.”

What should dominate Moloney’s chats with family and friends is his decorated career at the highest level that stretched 166 games with three clubs over 12 seasons.

The uncompromising midfielder will be remembered for his bullocking work at stoppages and bullet-like kicking that helped him finish with 46 goals.

Moloney’s influence on matches was sometimes underrated because his tireless work in close at clearances went largely unnoticed, not that it bothered him.

“I don’t look at what people say about you and what they write. You are who you are. I wasn’t one to try and be in the media, I just wanted to focus on what I had to do.”

Like his South Warrnambool teammate Jonathan Brown, who also retired from the Lions this season, Moloney has always been keen to promote his home town and support the club where his career started.

“You have to remember where you have come from,” Moloney said.

“I hope I’ve done the South Warrnambool club proud. I have had great support from people in Warrnambool my whole career.”

Moloney had almost given up hope of an AFL career after shoulder injuries cruelled his 2002 season with TAC Cup side Geelong Falcons. But he got a surprise invitation to a state draft camp and then with pick four in the 2003 pre-season draft, Geelong gave him the opportunity he had craved as a schoolboy.

He played 23 matches with the Cats, including the only three finals games of his career, before being famously traded by Geelong to Melbourne in a deal that enabled Richmond big man Brad Otten’s move to Kardinia Park.

The deal was a win/win. Moloney joined the club he barracked for as a boy in 2005 and the Cats got the ruckman/forward they felt they needed to win a premiership.

Moloney played 122 games with the Demons, won the club’s 2011 best and fairest award, was runner-up in 2009 and was elevated to vice-captain.

But he became the AFL’s first free agent in 2012 and joined Brisbane last year, where he brought up his 150th senior AFL game. He was part of the Lions’ 2013 pre-season cup victory.

Moloney said he had fond memories of all three clubs.

“You play to win. The big games and the finals, they are the memories.

“The things I will miss most are running up the race with 21 of your best mates and that feeling of the unknown, that’s a feeling you can’t describe to people.

“And after the game, singing the song together.

“If you ask how I want to be remembered, I would say as an honest bloke and good teammate. I always put my teammates before myself and played my heart out.”

Moloney had no intentions of 2014 being his final year in the AFL. He had contemplated seeking a return to Melbourne at season’s end, but an Achilles injury changed his plans.

“In the end the body made the decision for me,” he said.

The injury restricted him in the pre-season. After 16 matches with the Lions in 2013, he managed just five this season.

“My form dropped off because of it and I found myself retiring prematurely but you can’t do anything about it. That’s footy.”

Moloney said he had reached the decision a week ago.

“It’s not a rash decision, it is something I have been thinking about for a while. Last Monday I was on the bike doing a bike session and about 20 minutes in I just had to jump off and go and tell the club I was retiring. It just sort of hit me.

“They said ‘have a think about it’. They said they were keen for me to get fit and have a farewell game but I tried to run last Thursday and I couldn’t. The body needs a big rest and in-season you don’t get time to rest. The Achilles was my Achilles heel.”

Moloney is keen to pursue a coaching career.

“I love seeing kids develop and turn into men and see them day-in, day-out and improve. I love working with people, I run a mentor program up here and I love coaching.”

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Talks on options for bus stops

FOUR proposed options to move Launceston’s central business district bus stops will be up for discussion tomorrow.
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The Launceston City Council will hold a “pop-up” community consultation at 74-82 St John Street, from 1-5pm, to gauge the thoughts of bus commuters.

The consultation comes after a request by city businesses seeking the relocation of some stops.

Seven options were initially canvassed against a set criteria and four options are now being considered.

They include:

● Keep the current location but update the bus stops.

● Stay in St John Street between York and Paterson streets, but St John Street would become one-way with improved bus stops further away from businesses.

● Move the St John Street bus stop from opposite the Quadrant to outside the church between Paterson and Cameron streets.

● Paterson Street between Charles and St John streets would become two-way with bus stops on both sides of the street.

Council acting general manager Rod Sweetnam said the pop-up community consultation was a good opportunity for people to talk to council staff about the proposal.

He said the council had established a project team to look at moving the bus stops, made up of the State Growth Department, Metro, Cityprom and the Tasmanian Bus Association.

“Over a period of some months we have overseen a study into the CBD bus interchange, and this study has resulted in several potential options,” he said.

“The idea of moving the bus interchanges has also been a part of the City Heart consultation sessions, and we’ll be collating all the feedback on both these initiatives in coming weeks.”

In June, then Metro chief executive Heather Haselgrove said the company opposed such a move and warned it would be detrimental to commuters and may actually hurt businesses.

She said there was a need for broad consultation to hear the needs of everyone.

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WA stance on GST carve-up ‘arrogant’

OPPOSITION finance spokesman Scott Bacon says claims Western Australia is being “scandalously” deprived of GST revenues are an “extraordinary display of arrogance”.
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West Australian Liberal Senator David Johnston and Premier Colin Barnett are the latest to lament the handling of revenues from the federal tax, following similar calls from WA Treasurer Mike Nahan last week.

The three have voiced their outrage that Western Australia parts with billions of dollars in GST revenues raised in their state each year, with a large chunk ending up in Tasmania.

The WA government wants the GST distribution formula changed to a straight population share, which would cost Tasmania about $700 million a year.

The trio’s complaints have been rebuked by their Tasmanian Liberal colleagues, who vowed to fight any changes to the carve-up.

Mr Bacon said yesterday Labor was also opposed to any changes to the formula.

He said the West Australian politicians failed to recognise while the mining boom had benefited their state enormously, it had significantly disadvantaged states with less mining activity.

“The mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs and created a two-speed economy,” Mr Bacon said.

“The surging Australian dollar has cut the export earnings of trade-exposed states such as Tasmania and reduced our competitiveness.”

Mr Bacon said Tasmanian primary producers, manufacturers and tourism operators were among those hardest hit by the soaring dollar.

He said wealth generated by natural resources in Western Australia belonged to all Australians, not just those living in the state.

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Caring for calves fun and educational for students

CAREER MOOOVES: Ulverstone High School students prepare to feed their calves. Picture: Grant Wells.FOUR calves on loan to Ulverstone High School are helping year seven students to learn in a hands-on way.
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DairyTas and several private enterprises are funding the Cows Create Careers – Farm Module at 10 North-West Coast schools.

Students were learning valuable skills, while enjoying themselves, Ulverstone High School grade seven coordinator Wade Symmons said.

“The kids are responsible for looking after them, AM and PM,” he said.

“It’s like looking after a baby. It’s a big responsibility.”

Grade seven student, Derrick Murfet, said caring for the animals was fun.

“They can get a bit playful,” Derrick said.

“I reckon it’s a fun, enjoyable thing.”

The program has paid for the calves, their food and other expenses.

The school would not have the resources to get the calves in without the funding, Mr Symmons said.

The program started in 2004 in Victoria, but is now available in 180 schools nation-wide.

Dairy Australia’s Industry capability program manager, Tracy Lloyd, said the program built awareness of dairy industry careers.

“By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry,” Ms Lloyd said.

As part of the module, students make dairy industry-related videos.

A grand presentation will recognise volunteers, students and teachers at Burnie on October 30.

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Minister urges public to heed rail message

Infrastructure minister Rene Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.INFRASTRACTURE Minister Rene Hidding has urged Tasmanians to heed the messages of National Rail Safety Week and take extra care at level crossings.
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“Over the last two financial years, TasRail recorded more than 200 near misses at level crossings, a breathtaking figure by any standards,” Mr Hidding said.

Mr Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.

“All too often train drivers witness dangerous or risky behaviour that puts the lives of many Tasmanians at risk.

“Every time a motorist or pedestrian decides to risk crossing the tracks in front of an oncoming train, there is a train driver fearing the worst.

“And when this unnecessary and illegal risk-taking results in inevitable serious injury or even death, train drivers are understandably left scarred by the experience.”

Mr Hidding said the state government wholeheartedly supported TasRail’s push to improve rail safety.

“The message to all road users is clear: when you approach a level crossing and a train is anywhere in the area, stop immediately,” he said.

“You might lose a minute but you will save your life, and you will certainly save a train driver a great deal of worry.”

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