Medals from the ashes

20-11-2018 by admin


REPLACEMENT TIME: From left are Region Controller for Central West Region Craig Ronan,Deputy Unit Controller for the Portland Unit Kim Cummins, Unit Controller for the Lithgow UnitDee Cummins and Member for Bathurst and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole.

MEMBER for Bathurst Paul Toole haspraised the work of State EmergencyService members at a presentation totwo of Lithgow’s special SES volunteers.

“This was such a special occasionwhere the presentation ceremony recognisedthe services of Kim and DeeCummins as volunteer members of theSES,” Mr Toole said.

“It was a privilege to have the opportunityto present these members fromthe Lithgow and Portland Units replacementNSW SES Long Service Awardsincluding their NSW SES Long ServiceMedals.

“Tragically Kim and Dee lost theirNSW SES Long Service Awards andMedals in a house fire late last year whenthey lost all of their possessions.

“Every community benefits from theextraordinary contribution that our SESvolunteers make and to acknowledgetheir dedication and commitment issomething which should be done atevery opportunity.

“To give Kim and Dee replacements oftheir much treasured medals meant sucha great deal to them,” Mr Toole said.

NSW SES is a volunteer-based organisationthat provides emergency assistanceto the people of NSW 24 hours aday, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

It is the 9000 volunteers across thestate that makes this possible.

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Pool site sold

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The old Kyneton Outdoor Pool site is set to be sold for medium-density residential development.The old Kyneton Outdoor Pool site is set to be sold for medium-density residential development, Macedon Ranges Council has revealed to theExpress.

Council selected the highest of four offers to buy the prominently positioned yet derelict property at 2-8 Maxwell Street. The land is opposite the Kyneton Botanic Gardens and a short walk to the train station, shops and schools.

The company and council have entered into a contract of sale, said council’s director of corporate services Glenn Owens.

The amount offered for the sale of the 3760-square-metre land will remain in ‘commercial in confidence’ until the contract of sale has settled.

Profits from the sale will go towards some of the debt encountered in the Kyneton Sports and Aquatic Centre development.

Council’s 2009/10 budget estimated the net proceeds of the site would be $400,000.

However, council has already spent $176,000 on remedial and environmental works after the site was found to be contaminated from its one-time use as refuse disposal site.

An environmental audit report stated the site could be redeveloped for residential, commercial or industrial purposes.

The site would require a barrier such as buildings, pavements or clean fill across the site to limit access to contaminants.

Mr Owens said settlement of the sale was subject to rezoning the site from Public Park and Recreation to General Residential.

The new owners will need to obtain a planning permit before their plans can go ahead.

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Open day at the Arboretum, May 29

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Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum (established 1964) is located on approximately 167 ha adjoining Lake Burrendong, and is one of the largest gardens in the country dedicated solely to the conservation and display of Australia’s unique and incredibly diverse flora

On Sunday 29th May 2016 (between 10am and 3pm) the Friends of Burrendong Arboretum are hosting an open day in conjunction with over 70 other gardens as part of the Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) inaugural open day to celebrate the vital work botanic gardens do for plant conservation

The day will include:

Australian native plant sale, where many interesting species propagated from the huge array on display here will be available. So come out and grab a few plants to spruce up your garden, and see them in their mature form on site;

Free guided tours and information. Take a self-drive tour of the grounds or walk the many beautiful trails (interesting at any time of year);

Display by the Arboretums new artist-in-residence, Mrs Kim Bagot-Hiller, of her fabulous native flower prints;

Various local market stalls including Wellington Arts & Crafts, Landcare (native bee hive making display), WIRES, Wellington Historical Society and more;

Activities for kids throughout the day including a craft table, face painting, mystery walk & treasure hunt;

Sandwiches, morning / afternoon tea (various homemade treats) and soft drinks will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of our picturesque seating areas. Free tea and coffee will be available all day

Come along and bring the whole family for a great day out! Garden entry is free (though donations are always appreciated). All proceeds from the day go to supporting The Arboretum in its important mission to preserve and display Australia’s unique flora

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In the past, cancer was a death sentence and unfortunately, it still is for some.

But medical science has advanced greatly over recent years.

The Cancer Council is constantly doing research in an effort to best address all forms of cancer.

And they will continue to do so.

Doctors are always looking for better ways to care for people with cancer, especially prostate.

Surgical procedures were the most effective way of arresting to growth of the cancer cells at first.

Recently, the medical profession adopted the policy to “watch and wait” in certain cases before operating.

There are many ways now that cancer may be best treated.

The treatment of one person may differ from that provided to another.

Currently the medical profession is experimenting with clinical trials in an effort of finding the most effective way of treating cancer in individuals.

They study ways to ease symptoms and side effects during treatment and manage late effects that may occur after treatment.

These trails are for the benefit of the person and not the commercial value.

The Orange Hospital has set up one of these Prostate Clinical Trial Units.

Stephen Millard has been appointed Manager of the newly created Clinical Trials Unit at Orange Hospital.

He was the Clinical Trials Coordinator at St. George Hospital and completed his qualifications with honours at Melbourne University.

He manages all trails across medical oncology, haematology and radiation oncology.

His aim is to be of assistance to cancer patients in western rural New South Wales.

These trials have the total support of the Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Stephen Millard will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Parkes Prostate Cancer Awareness and Support Group.

He will be accompanied by Ms Lindy Ostini, the recently appointed Regional Prostate Cancer Officer, also based at Orange Hospital.

This meeting will be at the Parkes Sports and Bowls Club on Tuesday, May 24, commencing at 7pm.

This meeting is open to all, men and women, young and old, particularly for those who not yet been affected with this disease.

Light supper will be served.

Please do not leave your head in the sand.

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Budget pothole a ‘road to ruin’

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WAGGA’S roads are 10times worse than Albury’s and it will take more than $28 million to bring them up to scratch, according to a report by the NRMA.

However, the report also indicated Wagga’sbacklog has been slashed by more than 55 per cent in 12 months, from$65.6 million.

The state’s motoring body has called on the federal government to triple its road repair funding and give councils a greater share of the fuel excise, a call to action backed by council general manager Alan Eldridge.

Mr Eldridge said council was still trying to wade through the backlog of damage caused by the 2012 flood.

“Council has estimated an additional $10 million per year is required to make serious inroads into the backlog,” Mr Eldridge said.

“We shouldn’t have a $28m backlog, but we’re working on getting that down.

“Last year council spent around $15mon the maintenance and renewal of roads and this year we will spend approximately $20m.”

Councillor Dallas Tout praised the federal government for splashing cash on the big ticket projects, but claimed a three-yearfreeze ontheFinancial Assistance Grantto local government had squeezed$1m from council’s coffers.

“Thankfully the federal governmentin last week’s budget indicated the three-yearfreezewill be lifted,” Cr Tout said.

“Wagga has done well out of funding programs like the Bomen freight hub and works between the highway and Eunony Bridge.

“But we’re underfunded and while theone-offs plug the gaps,eventually recurrent funding needs to be increased.”

Riverina MP Michael McCormack rejected claims the government hadn’t done enough for regional roads, boasting of record infrastructure spending.

“Our government has poured in a record $50 billion into infrastructure since 2013, which no government in history has done,” he said.

“More locally, we’ve contributed a record $77 million just in Riverina throughRoads to Recovery funding.

“As I go around the 14 shires in Riverina, the mayors and council engineers are delighted with the government’s investment.”

The NRMA estimated regional councils are shouldering the burden ofthe maintenance backlog, representing $1.3 billion of the $1.7b state-wide log-jam.

NRMA predicts the backlog will take 10 years to clear at the current rates of funding.

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