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Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) recently released a fact sheet on bushfires and health in Australia. The following are excerpts from that publication relevant to all Gippsanders. Note for references go to the original.
Extreme fire weather has increased in Australia over the last 30 years. Our fire-prone continent is at particular risk from the impacts of climate change, and we are experiencing more extreme heat events, an increase in severe fire danger days and a longer fire seasonThe south-east and south-west of the country is especially vulnerable to bush fires. Modelling of weather projections across these areas show increasingly hot and dry conditions for longer periods over the coming decades.
Destructive fires generally occur when a period of hot dry weather with strong winds follows a season of high rainfall that has created a large fuel load. Accidental ignition, lightning or arson can start a fire which spreads rapidly, becomes fast moving and difficult to control. The health impacts of bushfires can be severe and long lasting, but can be reduced through bushfire prevention, preparation and education
Bushfires can have profound and devastating consequences. They can also place significant pressure on communities that will only worsen with climate change.
Climate change is increasing the severity and frequency of bushfires in Australia, exposing more people, especially the most vulnerable, to sickness and death. There will be increasing demands on our communities, fire-fighting resources and health services. An urgent response is required to protect communities and human health
People exposed to radiant heat while fighting fires are vulnerable to heat stress from very hot and dry conditions, potentially compounded by the necessary use of heavy protective clothing. Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to reduce its temperature adequately. Heat related illness can be mild to severe. Early signs of heat stress may include dizziness, weakness or fatigue. More severe illness may progress to include confusion, altered behaviour, hot dry skin, vomiting or rapid breathing. The most severe form of heat stress is heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Doctors for the Environment Australia calls for: Urgent action to mitigate climate change, by reducing Australias greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including our usage and reliance on fossil fuels. Austral...
A BEAUTIFUL Sunday afternoon brought out all the local punters
for the first Woolamai picnic races meet of 2018.
With six competitive races on the day and a good vibrant crowd, the beauty of country picnic racing was on display.
Kids were treated to the usual antics of Pockets the clown as well as the Kelly Sports marquee offering the young ones fun sports based games teaching them the basics of hand eye coordination.
With four local businesses sponsoring races as well as the The Korumburra High School Class of 1980 Cup the races kept punters on their toes as well as the other races across the big screens.
The next meeting for Woolamai is Saturday January 20 followed by the 2018 Alex Scott and Staff Woolamai Cup on February 10 which is sure to draw a huge crowd.
To book tickets go to country.racing.com/Woolamai or got to the Woolamai picnic races Facebook page for more information.
Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.
It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.
For me Deannes always been my wife...
JUNIOR cricket teams from all over Gippsland came to play in the
Gippsland Cricket Championships conducted this year by the
Leongatha and District Cricket Association.
The six cricket Associations Under 15 and Under 14 teams played off in five games over the first four days of the week with the resulting ladder positions determining who would play off in the finals on Friday.
At the end of the successfully, organised week there were presentations of individual trophies and medallions to the teams announced Champions.
There was also the announcement of the All Gippsland Team in both divisions.
The Under 15 competition was conducted upon four local turf wickets which was a great credit to our local clubs and curators that many high scoring games were played and that the talented cricketers had a chance to show their skills.
One player, Curtley Farley from Bairnsdale, had an exceptional batting week in making a hundred and 3 fifties and was awarded the Batting aggregate trophy.
Top batsmen for Leongatha were Josh Williams from Inverloch and Evan Allaway from Korumburra who both made 159 runs for the week.
The bowling aggregate award winner was Tyrone Bramwell from Traralgon, who with a six wicket performance in the Grand Final ended up with 13 wickets for the week.
For the LDCA the top wicket-taker was Jack Collins from Nerrena who had 9 wickets for the week and Evan Allaway had the glory of taking a hat trick in the game against Warragul.
Bairnsdale Cricket Association went through the week undefeated and also won the Grand Final.
Played on local synthetic wic...
A FIFTEEN year old Inverloch girl is fighting for life in the Royal Childrens Hospital after a quad bike accident in Devon North near Yarram on Wednesday afternoon.
A 16 year old male from Narre Warren South was a passenger on the bike and remains in a critical but stable condition in the Alfred Hospital.
The incident occurred in Bolgers Road.
It appears the girl lost control of the bike on a bend. The bike skidded and flipped throwing the pair onto the road. They both suffered significant head injuries in the accident, Yarram Police Sergeant Brian Howard said.
Both were knocked unconscious, however the male came too shortly after and contacted his parents, who rushed to the scene and notified the ambulance, who then called police to assist.
The parents of both victims are devastated.
The girl underwent surgery last Wednesday evening and Thursday, and was in a critical but stable condition. She is suffering from significant injuries.
The male remained in hospital in a stable condition.
Last year, Victoria became the first state to require mandatory rollover protection to be fitted to quad bikes used in the workplace, including farms.
According to Safe Work Australia, almost one in seven fatal quad bike incidents involved children under 16 years.
Safe Work Australias website said children under 16 should never ride adult sized quad bikes.
You should never carry children as passengers on single rider quad bikes. Carrying children or other passengers adversely affects quad bike stability and increases the risk of rollover, it said.
There were 10 quad bike fatalities in 2017, two of those in Victoria.
THE Venus Bay community is split over the proposed location of a new skate park for the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council is now advertising its intention to erect the skate park on the corner of Jupiter Boulevard and Centre Road, opposite the towns shops.
Supporters say that location is public, ensuring the skate park is easy to find and does not attract unsavoury activity.
But opponents say the site was bought by council with the intention of creating additional car parking to ease congestion during the summer holidays when the towns population swells to approximately 7000 people.
They want the skate park built behind Jupiter Park, in Jupiter Boulevard.
Opponents have initiated a petition calling on council not to build the skate park at the proposed site and retain it for parking.
The existing skate park is behind Venus Bay Community Centre, and is out of sight and outdated.
The new skate park will be a street style park with ramps and a flat section, catering for skate, BMX, scooter and blades enthusiasts.
Council has allocated $125,000 to the project, which was identified by the community as a priority for Venus Bay.
The site was proposed by the majority of people at a meeting in August 2017.
Leading the lobby for the proposed location is Sam Ennis, owner of Edge of the Earth Hair and Surf, which hires skateboards and scooters. He said he has a vested interest in the skate park going ahead where proposed, but believed it would benefit the community.
I feel its a fantastic location purely for safety and convenience because it is close to the shops and the toilets are 100m away, he said.
It keeps the park in the public eye which is smart because the crowd that skate parks can attract out of the public eye really is not kid friendly.
Mr Ennis believed there was adequate space on the site for a skate park and car park of a size that would double the existing parking available.
I dont want this block sitting here eight months of the year as a car park and not being used, he said.
Tom Turners family runs Agapi Fish and Chips and Venus Loves Gelato, and back the proposed location.
There are not a lot of things for young people to do in winter. The skate park would be used more than the car park during the rest of the year, he said.
Doug Don initiated a petition objecting to the proposed location. He said Jupiter Park was more suitable given it has public toilets, a playground, barbecue and ample space.
Felicity Kaye has a holiday house next to the proposed site and is concerned about her familys privacy if the skate...
POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing a Boolarra teenager.
Breanna Bourke, 16, was last seen on January 2, 2018 in the Boolarra area.
Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age.
She is approximately 150cm tall with brown hair and a petite build.
She is believed to be in Morwell, however she could also be in the other areas of Gippsland.
Police have released an image of Breanna in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information regarding her current whereabouts.
Anyone with information about Breanna is asked to contact the Morwell Police Station on 5131 5000.
SOUTH Gippsland could be in for hot and dry weather for the rest of summer, resulting in a dreadful fire season according to the Ruby Fire Brigade.
Captain Michael Guest said rain early in the season would result in grass and bush growing, and produce more fuel for fires.
Ruby CFA member Darren Hardacre said, The grass and bush areas have dried out really quickly and a lot of the bush is lacking soil moisture and is already dry.
Its really significant for us to make sure locals have prepared for the season. Whether theyre in town or rural areas, they need to have a fire plan.
We urge people to seek the knowledge and prepare a plan. If they dont know what to do, there is information on the CFA website or they can contact their local brigade.
Mr Guest suggested residents tidy around their properties, keep grass short, keep wood piles away from house, cut back branches and clear roof gutters.
The Ruby CFA trained once a month ahead of the fire season.
The training has included ensuring everyone is familiar with how the pump works, as well as tree hazard awareness, Mr Guest said.
Everyone needs to make sure they have a plan for their pets and farm animals on bad days, especially if they are away on the day, and to share the fire plan with everyone living at the house, the neighbours and family members not at the house.
Not only are fire fighters preparing, but so are the Ruby Reds, the voluntary CFA members who help at the brigade, organising events and catering for firefighters. There are 45 Ruby CFA members and around 20 active operational members.
POLICE are investigating an armed robbery at Korumburras Middle
Hotel early yesterday (Monday) morning.
At about 12.30am, an offender gained entry to the premises on Commercial Road and stole money.
The offender was chased from the hotel and apprehended, before
escaping down Radovick Street after a brief struggle.
Detectives from Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident, as well as a burglary at Korumburra Car Company in Radovick Street, but were unsure what was stolen from that business.
A PROPOSAL to build a new RSL complete with upmarket accommodation in Leongatha could still proceed.
Last year, the Leongatha RSL flagged the possibility of building a new RSL on the corner of Smith Street and Michael Place in Leongatha.
The new complex was to include a restaurant, accommodation, function centre and on-site parking.
The RSL proposed to buy the former Carinos office complex now owned by South Gippsland Shire Council and sell the existing RSL site in Michael Place to council.
But the RSL withdrew its proposal in October 2017, despite the RSL and council entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to start talks about a land swap earlier that year.
The Star understands the Leongatha RSL withdrew its proposal after the complex did not receive unanimous support from the RSL committee, despite significant work already being undertaken to progress the project.
The Star understands committee members in favour of the new RSL are advancing their case for the project to advocate for the proposal to proceed, citing it would benefit Leongatha and broader South Gippsland.
Had council acquired the existing RSL site, it was likely the site would be included within a municipal precinct to include new council offices and a library for Leongatha.
Among those supporting the proposal is RSL president Steve Wisdom.
If it does not happen, it will eventually mean the death of the club, he said.
RSL members for the project believe it would help attract new members, young and old, as well as provide a diverse income stream by enabling the club to host large functions by offering extra space, as well as accommodation, to people attending those functions.
How the project would be financed was a point of conjecture, with significant capital raising in the order of many millions of dollars by the community required.
Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt welcomed the prospect of a new RSL.
We have been informed that the local RSL was not in favour or was not able to agree on moving forward on that project, but it would have been fantastic if they could have come to some sort of agreement on how to best move forward, she said.
If they cant come to an agreement, there is not much we can do. Im sure there is support from within council, if they do want to do something. It would be great for Leongatha.
Cr Brunt would not rule out a municipal precinct in the long term.
Councils existing offices are ageing and were not designed for modern municipal operations.
You have to think that over time you have to evaluate your office space, Cr Brunt said....
A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.
Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.
The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.
Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.
Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.
Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.
In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.
The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.
Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.
She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.
Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.
On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.
Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...
1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for
laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta,
turned up his toes at age 83.
1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.
1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.
1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.
1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'
1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.
1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.
1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.
1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.
1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...
1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !
1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.
A new ingestable capsule may also make it easier for doctors to diagnose gut disorders Photo: RMIT University
Is your diet working? A new ingestible gas sensor may be able to tell.
An Australian team has developed the first gas-diagnosing intestinal pill ever to be tested in people. As the researchers report today in the journal Nature Electronics, this smart capsule reliably measured levels of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide as it journeyed through the innards of six healthy volunteers, revealing the impact of dietary fiber intake on microbial activity in the small intestines and colon.
Not only might this electronic pill one day shape custom diets for optimal gut health; it could also help doctors distinguish between the early signs of different GI disorders, such as malabsorption syndrome, Crohns disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even colon cancer.
At the moment, we have no tool to differentiate between these different things, says Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, an electronic engineer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, who led the research. A colonoscopy can only reveal inflammatory lesions or cancerous polyps that are visible with a cameraand by that point, people have often suffered with gut discomfort and without a diagnosis for years.
Thats too late, says Kalantar-zadeh, who envisions people popping a swallowable sensor once or twice a year to detect disease early on. If gas profiles around the norm change, he explains, then wed know we have a problem with the gut.
On its surface, the gas capsule looks like an over-the-counter supplement youd buy at any GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. But within its inch-long polyethylene shell are two gas sensors, a temperature sensor, a microcontroller, a radio-frequency transmitter, and button-sized silver-oxide batteries. The gas sensors are sealed within a special membrane that allows gas in but keeps out stomach acid and digestive juices.Kalantar-zadehs ingestible capsule would be the first to provide information about the chemical composition of the gut.
Public assistance has been sought in the search for missing 16-year-old Breanna Bourke.
As you walk onto the seaside boardwalk at Llandudno you could be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time. You get a sense you are in a victoria era seaside resort. There is the long pier imposing itself on the Irish sea. There is the wide seaside promenade ringed with waterfront hotels. There is the sandy beach for swimming and sandcastle building. It would not be out of place to see a gentleman walking in the suits. Pretty ladies in the frilly Victorian era dresses twirling their umbrellas
Llandudno Wales is for me is what I imagine when I think of British seaside resorts from a bygone era. Llandudno has become known as the Queen of the Welsh Resorts. Llandudno is now the largest seaside resort in Wales. This amazing seaside mecca grew out of a small township of miners. Miners who worked the Great Orme just behind the town. In the early 1850s the owners of the mine decided to develop the land into a seaside resort over the next 20 years. Much of what you see today on the promenade today is still from the original development.
I have been to Llandudno twice once in 1999 and again in 2015. In that time little had seemed to change. Lets have a look at things to do in Llandudno and its surrounds.
Llandudno Pier is 2,295 feet (700m) long. It is the longest pier in Wales and the fifth longest in England and Wales. These days a walk on the pier is a food lovers delight. The Pier features many food stands, takeaway shops and restaurants for you to eat and enjoy the views. You can grab some jam doughnuts, traditional candy or cornish ice cream. This will keep all members of the family happy. The Pier bar serves beer wine and spirits. Sit down and relax while the Pier Grill serves burgers and similar fair. For the coff...
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions Once again Adelaides favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This years tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart 
AFRICAN AUSTRALIANS ARE EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS
Monday 8th January, 2018
The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledges that the vast majority of Australians from African heritage are everyday mums and dads who contribute to our society including our workforce. ECCV Chairperson Cr Kris Pavlidis explains Many African Australians have established and continue to nurture supportive families and community organisations where intergenerational groups celebrate their heritage culture and enjoy living a decent Australian way of life.
ECCV condemns unlawful behaviour and recognises that the issue of our states crime will be dealt with by the appropriate authorities. In light of recent incidents involving individual offenders, ECCV finds it unfair that the actions of a few are used to smear the reputation of particular multicultural communities.
ECCV is particularly concerned about the discrimination of young members of our community in the media with unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics such as race and nationality.
Young Australians from diverse African communities have expressed concerns about the harassment and stigma they experience on a daily basis including when harmlessly going about their daily lives.
In an ECCV Submission on the Draft Victorian African Communities Action Plan (December 2017), the ECCV made key recommendations supporting diverse African communities which included intergenerational relationships, parenting and pathways training to support employment and career opportunities.
Kris Pavlidis says that the ECCV will continue the work with community and relevant authorities towards intercultural and intergenerational solutions to youth justice issues among Australian youth from African heritage.
The ECCV Chairperson Kris Pavlidis encourages media outlets and journalists to focus on its ethical responsibility to impartiality and reporting on the core issues affecting society rather than singling out ethnic groups.
For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0422 480 319
The Adventure Travel Film Festival showcases the best adventure travel films and talent from Australia and overseas.
The Festival is a three-day event guaranteed to appeal to adventurers, armchair travellers and dreamers alike. The festival will be brimming films and inspirational talks, featuring celebrated local and international adventurers, covering everything from trekking, motor cycling and four wheel driving to kayaking, climbing, cycling, long-distance horse-riding and much more.
It will be held in Bright, on February 9, 10 and 11.
You can find additional information on the festival here.
You can find a list of the films here. (There are also a range of speakers lined up plus other events connected to the festival).
You can book tickets here. Tickets cost between $30 for one day and $255 for a family weekend pass.
Victoria Police have confirmed theyre investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan.
Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan, 52, inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.
McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.
These allegations are ALL made up.
But Victoria Police has confirmed its investigating.Detectives from Melbourne SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team) are investigating allegations of sexual offences dating back to 2014, it said in a statement on Monday.
As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.
The actor is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.
He is also set to star in the return of the popular Doctor Blake Mysteries on Channel Seven later this year, and the network has been contacted for comment.
McLachlan is the latest high-profile man in the entertainment and media industry to be accused following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US.
Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.
She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.
She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.
But she said during Rocky Horror that McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi said McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
She said when she confronted him about the unwanted kiss, he abused and threatened her.
I said, Dont you kiss me. Dont you do that ever again and he turned. I havent fe...
The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.
News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblues education drive.
Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.
Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community, he told Melbournes Herald Sun.
These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.
Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.
Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).
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