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Shire notes: there’s plenty to do in our town

It is a great honour to be elected as a representative of the Shire’s communities to Upper Hunter Shire Council.
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As the only councillor from Murrurundi, I am particularly grateful for the support I received from my home town.

Since my election I have heard from many residents on a range of issues, among them the condition of their roads and drainage, the need for a BMX track, the retention of health and aged care services, feral deer and exciting new economic development opportunities for Murrurundi.

There is a great deal to do in our little town and I am looking forward to getting on with it.

It’s time to have your say

The Upper Hunter Shire is renowned for its great lifestyle, picturesque landscapes, its biodiversity and its place as the Horse Capital of Australia.

And there is of course so much more, matched with equal amounts of potential. To build on these great attributes, Council has commenced work on its ten year Community Strategic Plan.

The Plan will help identify new opportunities for the Shire, lay the groundwork for the improvements Council needs to be making for each of the Shire’s towns and villages and identify key priorities for the next decade.

Importantly, the Community Strategic Plan is to be driven by you.

Councillors will be joining members of Council’s staff over the coming months in the community to talk with you and your families about what your priorities are for your town and Shire; to discuss how Council should be spending its revenues; how your town will look in five and 10years; and how you will know that Council has achieved what you set for it to achieve.

Whilst core issues, such as roads, rubbish and rates will always be significant areas of concern for Council and its community, we all have a role to play in determining the future of our communities, and Council is here to help.

Remembrance Day

Last Friday markedthe 98th anniversary of the Armistice that saw the conclusion of hostilities in the First World War.

It is unfathomable to contemplate the extent of the loss of human life and the trauma that reverberated through lives for decades afterwards.

It is appropriate that, at 11am, each of us pause to remember the sacrifice of those men and women, and all who followed defending our Nation and our interests, in theatres of war and peacekeeping missions ever since.

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

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Remarkable journey

Author and cancer research advocate Tanya Saad receives a cheque of $2000 from Manning Winter Festival committee president Mave Richardson. The funds will go towards Ovarian Cancer Research. Author and cancer research advocate Tanya Saad was recently presented with a cheque from the 2016 Manning Winter Festival committee for $2000 towards Ovarian Cancer Research.
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“As the 2014 – 2016 Manning Winter Festival Ambassador, Tanya worked tirelessly to promote the diverse range of outstanding artistic and creative talent we have in the Manning Valley,” said committee president Mave Richardson.

“She is a courageous and inspirational leader and a talented writer and musician in her own right,” she added.

Published in 2014, Tanya`s book, “From the Feet Up,” is a memoir which tells the story of discovering that she carried the BRCAI gene which predisposed her to developing breast and ovarian cancer as a young woman.

Her remarkable journey to overcome these challenges led to her becoming a powerful advocate for raising community awareness, including being a spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA).

“Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. Finances are limited, so every dollar counts,” said Tanya.

She will hand over the cheque to OCA’s chief executive officer Jane Hill, at OCA’s 15th birthday celebration at Government House later this month.

The Manning Winter Festival is held in June every two years. The nominated organisation for support in 2018 will be announced in 2017.

The committee welcomes new members who are interested in celebrating, highlighting and promoting cultural development in the Manning Valley.

For more information contact Mave Richardson on 6553 5412 or visit the website: 梧桐夜网manningwinterfestival.weebly南京夜网

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I just called to say I love you, goodbye

Connected: End-of-life nurse practitioner Jeanette Lacey has secured funding to help people say goodbye to dying loved ones at John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.THE John Hunter Hospital has secured funding to give dying patients the chance to say goodbye to faraway friends andloved ones.
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Jeanette Lacey, the end-of-life care nurse practitioner at the John Hunter Hospital, was the driving force behind a pitch to secure $10,000 in seed funding to help patients use telecommunication technology to connect with family members unlikely tomake it to hospital in time.

“I wanted to try to bring them into the room,” Ms Lacey said.

“I wanted to allow them to have conversations, say their goodbyes, right their wrongs, do what they need to do.”

Ms Lacey said the hospital already uses “telehealth” to connect with people on other areas for medical advice, consultations and education.

But the technology could also be used to connect families when they needed it most.

Ms Lacey said it would be especially useful for people who had family or friends travelling or living overseas.

“I’ve done it a few times with a few peoplewhere we didn’t feel the family would be able to get to the hospital in time before the person died, and it worked really well,” Ms Lacey said.

“We’ve had a couple of people whose families were in Europe.The thought of having to get on a plane for24 hours withoutknowing whether they would be alive by the time you landed at Sydney airport, that’s obviously very stressful.

“But being able to have as long as you need and be able to see each other’s faces and to be able to communicate is really a wonderful opportunity for families.

“It’s obviously a very traumatic time for families.

“We can use our hospital Wi-Fi, so there’s not as many issues as you can have on your own personal data plans.”

The funding from NSW Health would help educate staff, as well as buy more hardware such as webcams and speakers. Ms Lacey said the initiative hadwider implications across all Hunter New England hospitals.

The grant was announcedat the 2016 NSW Public Sector Awards, where Hunter New England Health took out awards for integrated health care, research, and preventative health.

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Trump’s refugees head to Wagga?

Matt Damon in Sydney.With a growing number of Americans saying they’ll move overseas to protest Trump’s victory, a Californian native has invited them to try life in Wagga.
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The shock election result last week sparked outrage on social media and threats to move to Australia, New Zealand and Canada from many people including A-listers like Matt Damon, John Legend and Amy Schumer.

Wagga woman Diane Mortimer, who grew up in Los Angeles but made the move after meeting her husband, said there was a lot to offer the ‘refugees’.

“There’s no traffic, we lack for nothing, we have everything we need and there’s no hassle,” Mrs Mortimer said.

“My husband and I really had similar upbringings, he was born and raised in Wagga and I was born and raised in California.

“I still have great pride in the US but I love Australia and I became a country girl.”

The November 8 election result also led to several days of protestsright across the country, with demonstrators taking to the streets.

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march up Fifth Avenue during a protest against the election of Donald Trump. Photo: AP

Most of the gatherings remained peaceful, but tempers flared sporadically. Demonstrators tried to block a highway on Thursday and in Portland one marcher was shot, according to local reports. After the protest thinned out, dozens of people the police described as anarchists remained in the streets, clashing with officers.

Mrs Mortimer said it was a “sign of the times” and that the world wasn’t in a great place.

“I can’t blame them for wanting to leave, there are an awful lot of young people disgruntled with the result,” she said.

“It was a shock but it’s a democratic country with the freedom to choose who to vote for and the majority elected Trump.”

Evocities spokesman Kevin Mack said he didn’t think anyone would follow through on the threats of abandoning the ‘land of the free’, but if any celebrities wanted to move to the Riverina he would try to help.

“We don’t care where they come from as long as they’re spending their money here,” he laughed. “Maybe we could have Tom Cruise around for a roast.”

If someone like Matt Damon did decide to come to Wagga, Mrs Mortimer said she’d invite him over for a barbecue.

“I’d have him over at my place,” she said with a laugh.

“If he could bring some of that Mexican food from LA, that’d be even better.”

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CWA helps celebrate school’s milestone

CWA NEWSPleasant HillsTHE branch held its meeting atAlbury at the Commercial Club, and welcomed our special guest, Josie Kilpatrick, and visitorMargaret Matthews.
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Susan Creek was able to attend the ceremony in Wagga and receive our NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards nomination certificate. Lyn Jacobsen thanked those involved in helping at the Henty Field Days as well as our Bunnings barbecue fundraiser.

We participated in the recent Pleasant Hills Public School’s 125-year celebrations by selling Devonshire teas for the school, and generally enjoying the day.Those that had put an envelope in the time capsule 25 years ago had some interesting discoveries.

We had five members attend the Riverina Group’s 90th Group Conference in Wagga, and reported on a wonderful day, with many former Riverina Group Members attending.Eunice McRae attended the mayoral reception the night before on our behalf.

Last year, we purchased Tim Fischer’s book on John Monash, and we’re wondering who has it now; could members please check their homes?

Next year, the flora and fauna we are studying are quandongs and quolls – we have a great recipe for quandong scones if someone has the quandongs.

Members have been encouraged to collect stamps to raise money for ACWW and Bev Frohling will be in charge of these, along with the tea bag labels.

There is a Riverina Group council meeting at Galore on November 28, and our representatives will attend.

Our Christmas party meeting is at Noreuil Park at 10.30am, followed by a luncheon cruise on the “Sienna Daisy” at noon. Everyone to bring a $10 gift to exchange and something for the Charity hamper.

Our annual meeting was chaired by Josie Kilpatrick from Albury Branch and these are the new office bearers: presidentLyn Jacobsen; secretarySusan Creek; treasurerBev Frohling; vice presidents, Eunice McRae and Margaret Hasler; publicity, Susan Creek; handicraftRoma Morey; internationalAllayne Newton; Land cookeryMargaret Hasler, and cultural Marie Solyk.

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