August, 2018

Mechanics lend hand to Walgett farmers

Drought stricken farmers in the Walgett Shire have been given a helping hand, thanks to three NRMA patrol officers who came out to their property to lend their mechanical skills. The patrols, David Scott, Enzo Leto and Joe LaHoud, all from Sydney,volunteeredto assist the farming families in need.
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When the Western Magazine spoke to the patrols last Thursday, they were on the property of Walgett farmer Mark Balderson.

Trip team leader David Scott said the patrols do about 10 trips peryear. Before they came to Walgett they were helping farmers in Lightning Ridge.

“Its been great to spreadthe love.In the two years we’ve been doing this we’ve seen up to 10 farmers,” he said.

Mark said the drought had made things very tough –both financially and mentally -theselast few years, so the NRMA patrols have helped in a big way.

“I’ve been trying to do a fair bit on my own. These last 4 years have been very tough with the drought and I haven’t been able to afford to pay for anything,” he said.

“Soevery bit helps. They’re a nice bunch of guys. Sometimes it feels like the farmers are forgotten out here”

After being in years of drought Mark was able to last year plant 1000 acres of chickpeas.

After so long without any rain or income, things were starting to look up.

But then the rains came. And it was too much rain and Mark lost his crop.

Mechanical help: NRMA patrolman and trip team leader David Scott at one of the Walgett Shire farmer’s property, where he and other patrols lent a helping hand in fixing their machinery. Photo: Youtube

Over a quarter of a million dollars was lost.

“People say you’ll be right but can’t be insured for a flood,” he said.

“I’ve got 4 young children and I’d like to pass something down to them.”

NRMA patrolman JoeLaHoud described coming out to the bush as a“fantastic experience” to help someone in need.

“It’s very rewarding for us,” Joe said.

“We couldn’tof done it without the NRMA board and David.”

Enzo Letoagreed that it had been a rewardingexperience.

“We’ve had a lot of support from out family in coming out here. its very rewarding,” he said.

David, Joe and Enzo spent two days on Mark’s farm helping not only with machinery mechanical work, but they also helped out with mustering sheep and shearing.

They were leaving on the Friday.

Enzo said it was wonderful to not only get the opportunity to experience life on the farm, but to also have the chance to get to know Mark.

“It’ll be emotional for Mark having to say goodbye to us tomorrow … but i think it’ll be emotional for us as well,” he said.

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Illegal ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals are ‘Not Our Way’Video

The NSW Police have launched a new campaign in Dubbo aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in Aboriginal communities across the state.
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‘Not Our Way’ has been developed by the NSW Police Drug and Alcohol Coordination team in conjunction with Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLOs), key health industry stakeholders as well as local Aboriginal elders and community members.

The campaign consists of dual videos that address the rising issue of methylamphetamine (‘ice’), the illegal use of pharmaceuticals, and the associated health and safety risks to both individuals’ and the wider community.

Additional educational resources – including youth-focused story books as well as brochures on health services that specialise in drug and alcohol recovery support – have been created as part of the campaign.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor on Aboriginal Communities, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said the campaign aims to highlight and address the challenges facing local Aboriginal communities.

“Research shows that Aboriginal communities are at greater risk of developing harmful long-term drug use than the general population, and both ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals have shown the biggest spike more recently,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The use and distribution of illegal drugs is not only against the law but it’s incredibly harmful to your health and can lead to many serious consequences including the breakdown of families and local communities.

“The rise in recreational pharmaceutical usage also shows that drugs don’t have to be illegal to be lethal and they can prove to be just as dangerous as their illicit counterparts,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Both trends are of great concern so we’ve decided to get on the front foot and work with the Aboriginal community to address these specific challenges together, before people are faced with possible jail time and serious health effects.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said the campaign seeks to educate people on the dangers of ‘ice’ and illegal pharmaceutical use by discussing their short and long-term effects while illustrating warning signs for friends and families of those possibly affected.

“Importantly, this is an initiative for and by Aboriginal people – it’s absolutely crucial that we work closely with one another to foster relationships and build stronger, safer communities that acknowledge key challenges while working collaboratively on solutions,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The campaign videos also feature two individuals who speak candidly about their path to recovery and their associated experiences. Our hope is that their voices transect the community and let people know that help and support is available.

“Following today’s launch the campaign resources will be progressively rolled out across the state to send a positive message on behalf of the community that dangerous drug use is ‘Not Our Way.’

Members of the community can contact ADIS at any time for confidential information, advice and referral services.

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Illegal ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals are ‘Not Our Way’Video

The NSW Police have launched a new campaign in Dubbo aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in Aboriginal communities across the state.
Nanjing Night Net

‘Not Our Way’ has been developed by the NSW Police Drug and Alcohol Coordination team in conjunction with Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLOs), key health industry stakeholders as well as local Aboriginal elders and community members.

The campaign consists of dual videos that address the rising issue of methylamphetamine (‘ice’), the illegal use of pharmaceuticals, and the associated health and safety risks to both individuals’ and the wider community.

Additional educational resources – including youth-focused story books as well as brochures on health services that specialise in drug and alcohol recovery support – have been created as part of the campaign.

NSW Police Corporate Sponsor on Aboriginal Communities, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said the campaign aims to highlight and address the challenges facing local Aboriginal communities.

“Research shows that Aboriginal communities are at greater risk of developing harmful long-term drug use than the general population, and both ‘ice’ and pharmaceuticals have shown the biggest spike more recently,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The use and distribution of illegal drugs is not only against the law but it’s incredibly harmful to your health and can lead to many serious consequences including the breakdown of families and local communities.

“The rise in recreational pharmaceutical usage also shows that drugs don’t have to be illegal to be lethal and they can prove to be just as dangerous as their illicit counterparts,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“Both trends are of great concern so we’ve decided to get on the front foot and work with the Aboriginal community to address these specific challenges together, before people are faced with possible jail time and serious health effects.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said the campaign seeks to educate people on the dangers of ‘ice’ and illegal pharmaceutical use by discussing their short and long-term effects while illustrating warning signs for friends and families of those possibly affected.

“Importantly, this is an initiative for and by Aboriginal people – it’s absolutely crucial that we work closely with one another to foster relationships and build stronger, safer communities that acknowledge key challenges while working collaboratively on solutions,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

“The campaign videos also feature two individuals who speak candidly about their path to recovery and their associated experiences. Our hope is that their voices transect the community and let people know that help and support is available.

“Following today’s launch the campaign resources will be progressively rolled out across the state to send a positive message on behalf of the community that dangerous drug use is ‘Not Our Way.’

Members of the community can contact ADIS at any time for confidential information, advice and referral services.

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History of migration

The sister-city agreement between Ikeda, Japan and Launceston. November 1, 1965.There has been at least one constant in Tasmania’s history:the migration of people from all over the world to the island state.
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Since settlement, world influences have strongly influenced migration to Tasmania, with global conflicts playinga big role.

In 1803 white settlement of Tasmania began, but not for the reasons you might think.

Britain, who was at the time at war with France, sent people to colonise the state to prevent the French from staking a claim on the territory.

When the war with France ended in 1815 many soldiers struggled to find work in the empire, driving another wave of migration to Van Diemen’s Land.

Free land grants by the government in the 1820s led many to seek their fortunes in the lucky country, where they could establish themselves comfortably.

“These were mainly skilled people who could see that their skills were in demand,” historian Jon Addison said.

Also during this period, many used the convict system as a form of unofficial migration.

“Bear in mind …if you were seriously disenfranchised urban poor, the standard of living here as a convict was probably higher than what you’d left in Britain, particularly in Ireland,” Mr Addison said.

The 1830s saw an influx of Scots, after they were displaced by changes to the way farms were managed by the few powerful families.

Similarly, the potato famine of the 1840s drove many Irish to immigrate, seeking fairer fortunes.

In this era, migrants took about 20 weeks to arrive by boat.

After the abolition of free land grants in 1831, a new system was developed by the Tasmanian government in 1854 to drive skilled migration to the colony, whereby the government assisted migrants with their passage on the condition themigrant either repaid it or worked in the state for two years.

The first significant migration of non-British people was in 1855 when six shiploads of Germans arrived,attracted for skilled labor.

However, with the advent of World War I, the government imprisoned 10 Germans and sent five back to Germany.

At that time many Tasmanian towns that reflected German heritage, such as Bismark, now Collinsvale, were renamed.

Both World War I and World War II drove migration to Tasmania, with people wanted to help build defences, and fill skills shortages in the wake of the population hit suffered in each war.

Hundreds of Italians came to Tasmania after World War I, and following World War, II many Poles and Europeans arrived, often workingon hydro-electric schemes.

More recently, the white Australia policy was lifted in 1972, allowing greater diversity of arrivals in Tasmania.

The 1970s saw the arrival of Asian migrants escaping Vietnam, and most recently one in five arrivals in Tasmania are humanitarian refugees.

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Enjoy Macleay’s great facilities

It’s important for our personal and community health and well-being to take time to relax and socialise. In the past week alone, I have received feedback on three separate occasions about the great recreational facilities we have in our valley.
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It made me stop and think that when we’re out and about getting on with our busy lives, we take for granted community gems that are worth appreciating and using to enrich our lives.

I enjoyed watching some great swimming contests at the recent Twilight Meet at the Kempsey McElhone Memorial Pool.

While there a visitor from a neighbouring town – not realising who I was – praised our local pool for its fantastic facilities and surrounds.

I heard similar compliments made about Riverside Park and Kempsey Library for the quality of the services and amenities provided for residents and visitors to our valley to enjoy.

Being healthy is the first of the four goals set out in our Community Strategic Plan that we as a community want to achieve. It’s important for our personal and community health and well-being to take time to relax and socialise.

Our recreational reserves located near our spectacular beaches and hinterland, our four swimming pools and libraries, along with our parks and playgrounds are there for our residents to enjoy and connect with others in our community.

NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL

This year’s Seniors Festival theme – ‘Let’s do more together’ – supports our goals of socialising and connecting with others to stay healthy, especially as we grow older.

Council has fun activities planned for the Seniors Festival being held over the next two weeks. Seniors can come along to the Kempsey Library to brush up on your computer skills or take a yoga class, or if you’re feeling creative, join the ‘Dear Doilies’ stencil art workshops being hosted by artist, Lucy Pascale.

The Seniors Festival is a time to show our appreciation for what seniors contribute to our lives and our community.

It is also an opportunity to encourage all seniors to be active, independent and healthy by spending time with others.

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