Social Networks: Bianca Dargaville’s 30th Birthday

Social Networks: Bianca Dargaville’s 30th Birthday Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson
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Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

Bianca Dargaville celebrated her 30th Birthday at the Northern Club in Launceston on Saturday night. Picture: Haydn Robertson

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Goal to be best

HONOURED: Eliza Ammendolia took out the Junior Sportsperson of the Year and Overall Sportsperson of the Year awards on Australia Day. Picture: Wendy Simpkin
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ELIZAAmmendolia has wonthe top sports honourat the annual Griffith City CouncilAustralia Day Awards at Woodside Hall.

Ammendolia claimed the Junior Sportsperson and Overall Sportspersonof the Year gongson the back of her sensational feats in the footballarena.

The award caps off an amazing year for the former West Griffith junior.

Her accoladesfor the year includedbeingnamed under 15 player of the tournament at the national youth championships for girls at Coffs Harbour, whichcatapultedher intotheAustralia under 17 women’s team.

Upon receiving the Junior Sportsperson award, Ammendolia took the time to thank the people who had helped get her to where she is today.

“I’d like to thank my family and all of Griffith.I’m proud to be here today,” Ammendolia said.

A humbleAmmendolianever thought she would take out the awards and held back tears describing what the recognitionmeant to her and women’s football.

“I never expected this. As a female player you don’t really get noticed and to be noticedis a big thing for me,” Ammendolia said.

“The women’s openAustralian team is going to the World Cup in three months or so, andit’s good to get some recognition about that.

“To be a part of that teamthat’s the peak in soccer,it’s definitely the goal you want to work towards. Of course I’m trying to get there.”

The 15-year-old is now based in Sydney, where she attends Hills Sports High and plays for theMacarthur RamsFootballClub.

She credits the move to Sydney as one of the major factors in her ascent inthe footballranks.

“I go to a sports high school in Sydney, and so I go there and train and do school at the same time,” Ammendolia said.

“I never would have beennoticed for the Australian team if Ihadn’tmoved. It’s gone really well.”

Having already been stunned by receiving the Junior Sportsperson award, Ammendolia was lost for words after receiving the top prize at the ceremony.

“This is surreal,” Ammendoliasaid.

“I didn’t think I’d get it.It’s unbelievable.”

Ammendoliabeatout 12 other contendersto claim the Junior Sportsperson award and 21 that were eligible forOverall Sportsperson of the Year.

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The Riverina celebrates Australia DayPhotos

The Riverina celebrates Australia Day | Photos Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Katarina Stewart, 10, and Chantel Parmenter, 9. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Tom Manning, 11, Haiden Jansen, 13, Jacob Jansen, 9 and Aaron O’Connor, 9. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Tom Manning, 11, Haiden Jansen, 13, Jacob Jansen, 9 and Aaron O’Connor, 9. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Guitarist Jack Woods. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Singer Maddie Reynolds. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Jack Woods and Maddie Reynolds. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Shirley and Ron King. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Mayor Peter Yates. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Mayor Peter Yates. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Australia Day ambassador Jo Carter. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Australia Day ambassador Jo Carter. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Grandmother Sally Flinn with Maggie Flinn. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Billie Flinn and Abby Kingston, both 4. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool. Norman McKay, Les Mcgrath and Carol Mcgrath. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day celebrations for Lockhart Shire were held at The Rock swimming pool.Ian Weily, Mary Irons, John Irons and Barbara Weily. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Australia Day in Coolamon. Sharyn Rutland from Coolamon was working behind the scenes at The Royal Tavern. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Coolamon. Ruby Alchin and sister Rose Alchin, both 12 of Coolamon, check out the contestants prior to yabby racing event. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Coolamon. Terry “The Fox” Sheppard from Coolamon with a frosty ale toasts Australia Day. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Coolamon. Terrie Chamberlain of Coolamon entering the best dressed competition. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Emma Corbett from Ganmain was named Young Citizen of the Year. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Annie Stewart and Jenny Smyth, both of Beckom. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Jamie Woods, 3, of Robertson, NSW. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Mae Lucas, 10, of Ardlethan handing out flags. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Coolamon Shire Council mayor John Seymour during the citizenship ceremony with him new citizen Martin J. Frechette. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Neil Corey and on bass and Lee Jackson from Ardlethan accompany children singing the national anthem. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day in Beckom. Coolamon Shire Council Citizen of the Year Kaarin Edyvean cuts of official cake with Australia Day ambassador Debbie Watson OAM. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Australia Day at The Rock. Ann Martin, Traci Driscoll and Jess Higginson. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at The Rock. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at The Rock. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at The Rock. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at The Rock. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at The Rock. Picture: Justine Isherwood

Australia Day at Greater Hume Shire. School Citizenship Award recipients. Picture: Lorri Roden

Australia Day at Greater Hume Shire. Australia Day ambassador Ronni Kahn and Ruth Kotzur with her Sports Award of the Year. Picture: Lorri Roden

Australia Day at Greater Hume Shire. Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton, Rita Bowler of Holbrook Equine Centre B&S Ball and Australia Day ambassador Ronni Kahn. Picture: Lorri Roden

Australia Day at Greater Hume Shire. Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton, Young Citizen of the Year Laura Kane and Australia Day ambassador Ronni Kahn. Picture: Lorri Roden

Australia Day at Greater Hume Shire. Greater Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton, dual Citizen of the Year winners Bernard Clark and Myrna Frohling with Australia Day ambassador Ronni Kahn. Picture: Lorri Roden

Australia Day fun. Submitted by Kerri Hall.

Four-year-old Mya Sutton gets into the spirit of things on Australia Day. Picture submitted by Kaye Skein

Thomas Kalis from Marrar celebrates Australia Day at Narrandera’s Lake Talbot swimming complex. Picture: Ben Kalis

Thomas Kalis from Marrar celebrates Australia Day at Narrandera’s Lake Talbot swimming complex. Picture: Ben Kalis

“Enjoying watching the #Wagga Young Guns V All Stars on the #AustraliaDay #cricket match #summer.” Picture by @tony_bigman on Twitter

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Narrator talks it up

Ashton Gwynn, 10, pictured, joined in the spirit of the entertaining session with actor and professional narrator, Stig WemyssTHE voice behind many popular children’s stories fostered a new generation of story-tellers during an animated narration session at the Sir John Gorton Library.
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A good-sized crowdjoined in the spirit of the entertaining session with actor and professional narrator, Stig Wemyss.

Mr Wemyss has been narrating audio books for 25 years and has performed in a number of television shows, including Neighbours, Colin Carpenter, Blue Heelers and Stingers. He recently had a small part in The Hunger Games.

“Listening to audio stories is one way of encouraging children to read books. There’s a lot who don’t know they exist or that they can be borrowed free from your local library like a book,” he said.

Mr Wemyss challenged various children with entertaining “survey” questions before showing his narration skills with one of Andy Griffiths’ short stories.

His story kept the children spell-bound.

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Locals’ top marks

RESULTS: Bordertown High School student Eilish Thomas relaxes at her grandmother s house, satisfied with the work she did last year in her Year 12 studies at Bordertown High School.TWO Bordertown students achieved Merits in their 2014 SACE, capping a great year for country students.
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Emily Burgess (Immanuel College) received merits in her Research Project and Mathematical Applications while Kimberley Langley (Seymour College) was awarded a merit in Physical Education.

The number of merit grades achieved by country students increased significantly in 2014 – from 92 in 2013 to 124.

SACE board chief executive officer Neil McGoran praised the dedication of students State-wide.

“It’s inspiring to see so many country students striving and succeeding with their studies,” he said.

“They all deserve to be proud of their achievements.”

Even closer to home, Bordertown High School’s Eilish Thomas is also celebrating a good year with the books.

Eilish achieved an A+ in Art, an A in Maths Applications, an A- in English Communications an A in Biology and an A- in Chemistry, adding up to an ATAR

of 97.7.

She said she was pleasantly surprised to do so well.

“Especially with Art,” she said. “That’s the main thing I’m passionate about.”

Eilish said she had always hoped to do well but it was nice to get what she did.

She has been offered a place in Visual Arts at Flinders University/TafeSA but has decided to take a gap year first and work around Bordertown.

Year 12s this year have big shoes to fill with the success of past years, but Eilish suggested they take it slow and steady.

“I would probably say I’m a very slow worker,” she said. “Just keep at it and have little breaks.”

Emily and Kimberley will have their achievements publicly recognised at the 2015 Merit Ceremony at Government House in Adelaide along with other Year 12 merit students on February 10.

At the ceremony they will receive a certificate signed by Dr McGoran detailing the subjects in which they received merits.

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New emergency department raises efficiency

Smooth operator: Dr Peter Grant said the new emergency department was exceeding expectations. Picture: Chris LaneST GEORGE Hospital has recorded a transfer-of-care figure of 96.1 per cent, 13 minutes for patients arriving by ambulance.
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The transfer-of-care target in NSW is 90 per cent, and 30 minutes, making the new emergency department one of the most efficient in the state.

Transfer of care is the time taken for the care of an ambulance patient to be transferred from paramedics to emergency department clinicians.

It starts when an ambulance arrives at the emergency department and ends when department staff accept care of the patient.

The transfer-of-care figures were from December.

St George Hospital emergency staff specialist Peter Grant said the new department was better equipped to handle the flow of patients.

New features such as parking for eight ambulances, direct entry in resuscitation, X-ray and CT imaging, fast-track room and a mental health short-stay ward benefited transfer of care.

“It’s shown just how much we had outgrown the old department,” Dr Grant said.

“You also can’t achieve effective patient flow unless inpatient departments are still functioning, especially over Christmas.”

The new emergency department opened on October 15. Its busiest day was on January 2, when 254 patients were treated.

“You still feel the pressure but you are in a much better appointed environment, Dr Grant said.

“The new [emergency department] is exceeding expectations in terms of staff morale, patient care and transfer of care time.” Asked about the affect cuts to Medicare rebates for visits to a GP would have on the department, he said said: “Any increases in less-urgent cases would be a concern for us and we’d have to resource for it”.

On January 15 federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced the government had scrapped its plans to cut the Medicare rebate by $20 for short visits to the doctor.

Ms Ley said she was committed to introducing price signals, including the $5 GP co-payment due to start on July 1.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Presentations have increased by 7per cent at St George Hospital since the start of the ‘‘Save emergency departments for emergencies’’ campaign. At some hospitals, the increase has been 25percent.

Transfer of care was introduced in addition to previously reported off-stretcher time as a measure to provide a more complete picture.

Both transfer of care and off-stretcher time start when the ambulance arrives at the emergency department. Off-stretcher time continues until ambulance paramedics return to their vehicle.

How would a $5 GP co-payment affect you?

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Capalaba developer faces hefty fines over trees

Council officers speak with Paul McManus at the Capalaba site where trees were removed without council approval. PHOTO: Chris McCormack Council officers speak with Paul McManus at the Capalaba site where trees were removed without council approval. Photo by Chris McCormack
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A CAPALABA developer faces hefty fines or possible court action after clearing koala trees from a property at Beenwerrin Crescent, Capalaba, on Wednesday.

Redland City Council officers were called to the 2096sq m site after neighbours complained trees at the back of the property were being removed illegally.

Work is prohibited until council has assessed and approved a development application.

Neighbour Glenn Hewton said a woman, who stood in front of one of the trees, was threatened before officers arrived on the scene.

They ordered property owner Brad Baker and an associate Paul McManus to stop pulling down the trees on the site, which is zoned urban residential and is to be sub-divided into three blocks.

Council started an investigation into the work, but is yet to decide on the appropriate course of action, which could include penalties on both landowner and contractor.

“Council is committed to protecting vegetation in the Redlands, particularly koala trees such as those present at this site and we will be doing everything we can to ensure the land-owner shows this same level of commitment,” a council spokesman said.

“While the final outcome may still see some trees removed, it is important it is done correctly and in line with planning regulations.”

A planning report by Baker Industries, submitted to council in December, said no significant vegetation would be removed and the majority of the trees were at the front of the block.

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Redland City swamped in election promises

Candidates in Redland City’s three state electorates have all made election promises.CANDIDATES in Redland City’s three state electorates have made funding promises for schools, hospitals, buses, community groups and clubs most conditional on being elected.
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Capalaba MP Steve Davies, in a marginal seat, was able to secure one of the few budgeted funding windfalls of $350,000, for two Redland indigenous health centres, regardless of who wins on Saturday.

Cooee, an indigenous centre run by aboriginal elders, will get $150,000 over three years for a suicide prevention program for young men and Capalaba-based health centre, Yulu-Burri-Ba, $200,000 for dental chairs.

The money will be a lasting legacy for Mr Davies, whose official margin of 3.7 per cent is more closer to 6.5 per cent, with 3 per cent of voters aligned with the previous member, the ALP’s Michael Choi, likely to return to the LNP.

Health services in the Redlands got a boost at the weekend when Health Minister Lawrence Springborg visited to announce an extra 93 doctors, 325 nurses and 89 health practitioners if the government is returned.

Mr Davies said Metro South managers would decide how many of the extra staff would be sent to Redland Hospital.

If the LNP is re-elected, Mr Davies also promised a $250,000 right-turn lane at Capalaba and $50 million to extend the Eastern Busway from Coorparoo to Carindale. Instead of previous plans for tunnels the old tram tracks at Camp Hill would make way for the bus lane.

The proposal would include widening Old Cleveland Road between the intersections of Cavendish and Creek roads, slashing seven minutes off a journey into the city.

One of the largest election promises from the LNP in Redland city was for a $300,000 artificial reef to be sunk inshore off Wellington Point.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson also promised his electorate $200,000 to refurbish Redlands Dental Clinic and $200,000 for equipment at the Cleveland School Dental Clinic – but only if he is re-elected.

LNP candidate for Redlands Matt McEachan has promised Redland Bay State School $85,000 for shade sails; $500,000 for Redland Hospital’s residential aged care unit; $75,000 for Redland Junior Rugby League Club’s kitchen; $25,100 for The Mount Cotton Scouts and $35,000 for the Bay Islands Men’s Shed.

If elected, he also promised to install lights at Anita Street, Redland Bay, to cost $2 million.

ALP candidates, Redlands’ Deb Kellie, Cleveland’s Tracey Huges and Capalaba’s Don Brown, promised state-wide funding for extra nurses and teachers.

They also promised a Labor government would set up a $40 million Business Development Fund, which would allow Queensland companies to apply for up to $250,000 to help with research and development.

Likewise, Greens’ candidates, Redlands’ David Keogh, Cleveland’s Amanda White and Capalaba’s Erin Payne have all signed up for statewide initiatives that they said would benefit all three electorates.

Projects include cutting public transport fares back to 2010 prices; a fair price for solar feed-in tariffs; $30 million for 60,000 low-interest loans; $40 million for 40,000 solar power and $60 million for bus, ferry and train services.

Independent Sheena Hewlett made promises of a police station at Victoria Point, road upgrades and youth cadetships.

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Hail an ‘outside chance’

Brollies might be enough: pedestrians shelter in the middle of a severe thunderstorm warning on Monday. Pic: NIGEL MCNEILIt looks like Port Macquarie will miss the large hail on the way to the Mid-North Coast.
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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area on Monday afternoon, but it seems the northern fringe including Kempsey and Coffs Harbourwill be the hardest hit.

Weatherzone’s Anthony Duke said it was “early days to call it, but it’s more likely Coffs will see something”.

Port Macquarie’s Australia Day will be saved from the worst of the storms bystrong trade winds.

“Thesouth easterlies should keep things cooler and keep the development on the ranges to your west,” Mr Duke said.

The rain is coming east from the north west slopes and plains, and is predicted to bring big hail stones and crashing lightning.

In Port Macquarie the showers should ease by midnight, with those returning to work on Tuesday set for glimpses of sun.

“Through the morning the focus will be further inland on the ranges,” Mr Duke said.

“You’re still likely to see scattered showers and very cloudy conditions through the day in Port.”

The meteorologist warned tourists andHastings residents the storms would set in.

“This week is not looking very nice – it’s going to be cool and wet most of the time.”

The SES were kept busy on Australia Day with leaking roofs and sandbagging to protect properties.

There were 20 calls for help in Port Macquarie by 2pm and another 10 for the Camden Haven.

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Spirit alive and well

GUEST. Australia Day Ambassador, Ann Peacock, right, with Gannawarra Shire representative, Cr Brian Gibson.AUSTRALIANS have been encouraged to remain determined to preserve our way of life in the wake of terrorist incidents.
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“We must not become overwhelmed by fear,” Australia Day ambassador, Ann Peacock said.

Ms Peacock, the corporate and public relations general manager at Crown Resorts, said that her years as an ambassador had given her the opportunity to explore first-hand “my own back yard” across Victoria.

She told the Kerang gathering that not only does Victoria have a diverse geography, it has a diversity of communities, with the original inhabitants sharing pride in 40,000 years of settlement through to the exploration of the Kerang area by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836 and the first settlers here from 1848.

“Since then, people from other lands have come and you have been living and working together ever since to make Kerang what it is today,” she said.

Ms Peacock said that was days like Australia Day when people reflected on home, our own and our community.

“Reflecting on our blessings must not just be nostalgic, but inspirational,” she said.

“We are still the lucky country and the Australian spirit shines through and our resilience shows when we can smile when things get tough.”

More than 200 people started Australia Day in the park with a hearty breakfast, prepared and cooked by the Rotary Club of Kerang.

After their appetites were satisfied, the Lions Club of Kerang conducted formal proceedings to celebrate our heritage.

Gannawarra Senior Citizen of the Year, veteran Scouting leader, Carmel Tyers was the toast of “my children” – her Cub Scout group – and the Kerang Historical Society was lauded for preserving our local heritage.

Cr Brian Gibson said that a total of 19 nominations for local awards was testimony to the depth of community involvement.

Taskforce staff led the flag-raising and students Carmen Baulch and Maddison Makeham sung the national anthem.

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