St Benedict’s opens for Anti-Poverty Week

Volunteers Jeanette Buckley (left) and Kris Mitchell helping out in the kitchen at St Benedict’s Community Centre. Photo: Miles ThompsonST BENEDICT’S Community Centre in Crawford Street will be working to raise awareness for Anti-Poverty Week in the coming days, by opening their doors for lunch to the whole Queanbeyan community.
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The Community Centre will be serving lunch to both the public, as well as those in need, between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14 and Friday, October 16.

St Benedict’s serves lunch five days a week to the poverty stricken, normally to around 70 people a day.

However this week, they will be increasing their capacity where possible, as well as seeking involvement from local dignitaries, Co-ordinator Elaine Lollback said .

“The Councillors will be cooking lunch on Wednesday,” she said.

“We’re hoping the Mayor’s going to come down to serve on Friday.”

All those who regularly volunteer at the centre will also be on hand. Ms Lollback said there were around 80 in all, and some who travel from as far as Cooma to help out.

“St Benedict’s wouldn’t exist without the community,” she said.

“We’re really going great guns at the moment.”

Ms Lollback had great praise for Queanbeyan’s support of the organisation, with people regularly providing donations of milk, blankets, or simply just their time.

“It can really make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.

Tom Parkes, a member of St Benedict’s Community care program, said that the initiative was a great opportunity for the general population to take a closer look at what St Benedicts provides.

“It’s an opportunity to chat to the people who are there regularly, the people who are homeless, and people who’ve got difficult circumstances,” he said.

“That’s what Anti-Poverty Week is all about.”

Mr Parkes said opening up understanding, particularly about the different circumstances the poverty struck find themselves in, was crucial to helping make poverty a thing of the past.

“We’ve got young people who need counselling, who’ve got no where to go.

“We’ve got people who are out of jail and looking for a new start.

“We’ve got people with drug problems, and some people with mental health problems.”

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday, October 11 and concludes on Saturday, October 17, with the United Nations initiated ‘International Anti-Poverty Day’.

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Students raise $9,500 from walkathon

Pictured enjoying the walkathon are Jorja Davis, Jorja Mann, Georgia Sideris, Holly Kerrigan and Ally Fryer. The Holy Family Parents and Friends Association held a special walkathon to raise funds.
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The students at Holy Family sourced sponsorship from family and friends to participate in the event.

The walkathon was held at Pioneer Oval with students, staff and parents walking around the oval for approximately two hours.

A total of $9500 was raised on the day – a phenomenal achievement!

Josef Swindle, a Year 6 student, won the prize of Mini iPad for being the student who raised the most amount of money in the school.

Class awards for highest fundraisers as well as participation awards and lucky draw prizes were also presented.

Holy Family School would like to thank their wonderful P&F Association, everyone who was able to sponsor a child and the many local businesses who supported the event.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Miss You Already

MISS YOU ALREADY (M)
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Stars: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Screening: Selected cinemas

Rating: ★★★

CATHERINE Hardwicke, the Los-Angeles based Texan who gave us Thirteen and the first Twilight movie, crosses the Atlantic here to direct Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in a female friendship ‘‘tramedy’’ set in London. That’s a film that is both comedy and tragedy, and I promise never to use the word again.

Who wouldn’t cross an ocean to work with those two? Collette can do anything, and often does; Barrymore does very little, but she brings a tonne of love with her. It’s hard to think of an actress so beloved; she doesn’t always show a great range but she has that lopsided grin that says: ‘‘I’ve seen some life and come out the other side.’’

Casting her as the best friend is clever, because Collette’s character here needs someone to convince us that she’s loveable. If she didn’t have breast cancer, it would be easy to dismiss her as spoiled and irritating. The disease doesn’t change that; it just amplifies it, which is also clever.

We want to judge her, but we can’t, because we must have pity on anyone fighting cancer. That makes it both morehuman and more challenging.

Actress and writer Morwenna Banks lost three friends to breast cancer, so she wrote a radio play about it. Here it is a movie about 10 things: vivid, occasionally funny, but not as funny as it thinks; heartbreaking and gut-wrenching; too self-aware and hipster by half; and true enough when it matters to be disturbing and confronting.

If you get the sense that I was both moved and frustrated by it, you’d be right, but I think that was what Hardwicke intended. She tries to avoid gross sentiment. She fails, but she puts up a fight.

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are best friends in Miss You Already.

Movies about cancer almost never avoid that swamp. This one tries to skirt it by focusing on 30years of friendship between Milly, an English girl, and Jess, an American who arrived at the same school when they were about six.

For anyone being treated for cancer, the movie will be close to home. For those who have lost someone, it will bring back awful memories. For the young, who may not have thought about it, Miss You Already might be an eye-opener, or a glum introduction to a place they don’t want to go.

Forget that it’s about cancer. As a film about female friendship, it has some energy and style, not least because these two actors are so lovely together.

Collette never loses Milly’s humanity, even when she’s behaving badly. Barrymore oozes affection and humour in every scene. I would have preferred more of that bond, because films about cancer just knock everything else into the wings. It’s just so implacable in a dramatic sense, like a herd of elephants tramping through Regent’s Park.

As in life, everything becomes about the illness, no matter how hard the filmmakers try to hold it back.

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Spy with your little eye our feathered friends at bird tours

Join Cumberland Bird Observers Club member Keith Brandwood for two local birdwatching tours.Try out your bird identification skills on twolocaltours which will be led by well-known ornithologist and member of the Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club, Keith Brandwood.
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The first tour, entitled ‘Inhabitants of our precious wetlands’ is on Tuesday, October 13 at 7.30am at Pitt Town. Birds to spot there will beherons, egrets, ibis, swamphens, coots, dusky moorhens, fivespecies of duck and even possiblymigratory birds from Russia/Siberia, if conditions are suitable.

The second tour is called ‘Hear and see the operatic dawn chorus’ onSaturday, October 17 at5.45am at Ebenezer. Look out for sacred kingfishers, rufous, golden whistlers, mistletoe birds,crested shrike-tits, scarlet honeyeaters, eastern yellow robins and white-throated gerygones.

Birdwatchers should wear enclosed footwear and bring along binoculars, sun cream, water and a light snack.

Places are limited for these tours. Register and get location details or find out more by contacting Council’sbushcare officerMartin Gauci on4560 4525 or email [email protected]论坛.

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LETTER:The battle for Morpeth

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WE are dumbfounded by statements by Hilton Grugeon that Morpeth is his town.

Morpeth is not his town and never will be.

He doesn’t even live there (‘‘Trailer park option touted’’ Herald 7/10).

His statements regarding various development proposals from Morpeth Land Company clearly show the tactics of property developers.

Morpeth is a major tourist destination, generating significant revenue and profile for the Maitland area.

Morpeth’s unique attraction comes from its retention of heritage set amidst a peaceful rural setting.

Hilton apparently is not financially involved in the housing estate/trailer park proposal but is happy to give his assistance. Ha ha.

So Morpeth Land Company appears to be threatening Maitland City Council with a trailer park if they don’t get their way?

What is of immense concern is the potential conflict of interest between Maitland council and Morpeth Land Company.

Brad Everett, a director of Morpeth Land Company was, for seven years, Maitland council’s planning director.

If any developers want to try to railroad the residents of Morpeth and destroy our historic village, then bring it on.

We will fight them all the way.

Simon and Alison Brooker,

Morpeth

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Beale and Nightingale earn Kiwi call up

Called up: Cronulla’s Gerard Beale and St George Illawarra’s Jason Nightingale will tour England with New Zealand later this month. Picture: John Veage
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Cronulla centre Gerard Beale has capped an impressive year for the Sharks with selection in the New Zealand squad for their tour of England later this month.

Beale, 25, was a consistent performer for Cronulla in 2015, forming a strong combination with Valentine Holmes down the Sharks’ right edge.

Beale will look to add to his seven Test appearances for the Kiwis when the tourists play three matches against England in November.

St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale was also chosen in the 23-man squad.

New Zealand start their tour on October 23 with a warm up match against Super League team the Leeds Rhinos.

Cronulla winger Sosaia Feki was named in the original New Zealand train-on squad but was not selected in the final touring party.

The Sharks have also signed New Zealand under-18s five-eighth Jackson Ferris, who will link with the club next month.

Tour itinerary for New Zealand

Friday, October 23 v Leeds Rhinos at Leeds

Sunday, November 1 v England at Hull

Saturday, November 7 v England at London

Saturday, November 14 v England at Wigan

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Obama ‘sorry’ not enough

US President Barack Obama has called Medecins Sans Frontieres chief Joanne Liu to apologise for theUS airstrike that killed 22 people, including 12 of her medical staff, in Afghanistan.
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The charity has demanded an international probe into the hour-longstrike on its facility in the city ofKunduz on the weekend, which MSF earlier called a war crime.

“Our patients burned in their beds, MSF doctors, nurses and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other,” DrLiusaid of the chaos.

The hospitalhad treated nearly 400 people, including some Taliban, wounded in heavy fighting in the days before the attack, MSF’s BrunoJochum​said.

Its GPSco-ordinates had been shared with all authorities – a procedural step that normally guarantees the safety of medical facilities.

The US military said the attack was an “accident”, then called it a “mistake”, but MSF said the US knew exactly what it had been bombing.

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School holiday fun at CRC

School holiday fun at CRC Playdough: Kids mix up their own fun making playdough.
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Painting: Children at the CRC put colour to canvas as part of the activities at the centre duringthe school holidays.

Games: Cooper Tulley with the dozens of games available tothe kids on the day.

Blue: Marijiki Tane-Tuniwai has got some washing up to doafter getting all blue in the playdough making.

Green: Leah and Lacey Home are all smiles and dirty hands during the playdough making.

Wagin Community Resource Centre has been hosting a series of Children’s School Holiday Activities.

TweetFacebookWagin Community Resource Centre has been hosting a series of Children’s School Holiday Activities.

Ranging from Canvas Painting, Taekwondo Demonstrations, Movies, Playdough Making and Christmas Crafts.

It is a great way for children to engage in our centre, have a new activity to complete and not pester mum and dad too much over the holidays.

This is a part of our social development, to encourage the community to use our facilities for broader range of activities and ideas.

We welcome all feedback and suggestions for future activities.

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Editorial: Living in a town full of great achievers

Gunnedah is faced with all the challenges of a regional town a long way from the capital city.
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But even in today’s Namoi Valley Independent, we seem ample proof of how well our region rises to those challenges.

Times are tough on the land – aren’t they always? Farmers are forever faced with circumstances beyond their control – weather, sale prices and so on and so on.

But local farmer Cameron Ward featured on page 1, is one of those farmers coming up with innovative ways to keep himself and the land productive.

We also have a story about local man Peter Warne, a former Gunnedah High School student who will soon be the chairman of the Macquarie Group.

That’s a timely reminder for the students featured on page 8 and 9 that Gunnedah is as much a stepping stone to a giant future as anywhere else. Maybe we will see those young smiling faces in the news as high achievers in years to come.

There is rarely a weekend or a week in Gunnedah when we do not see our people achieving amazing things.

On page 30 today, we have a look at the achievements of young Harriet King. Harriet is a face to watch in the equestrian world.

Never should Gunnedah people under-estimate themselves and their potential. We have it all here and there is nothing stopping anyone of us from achieving.

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Ballarat theatre nurses scrub up for celebration

BHS Base Hospital perioperative nurses Trish Flood, Ivor Riesewyk, nurse unit manager Bernie Luka and Lauren Atkinson enjoying morning tea for Perioperative Nurse Week. Picture: Luka KauzlaricDYNAMIC, fast-thinking Ballarat theatre nurses took a short break for a cupcake or two this week to celebrate their vast skill and ability in critical situations.
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Perioperative Nurse Week recognises their work and dedication to patient care assistingsurgeonsin the operating theatre and aiding patients afterwards.

Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital nurse unit manager Bernie Luka said her nurses all worked so hardand it was lovely to have recognition.

“We’ve got all different types of nursing and together we’re really dynamic and have to be able to respond really whenever our skills are needed,” Ms Luka said. “Before you go on to the operating table, perioperative staff are there, from the time patients are with anaesthetists to the operation and perioperative nurses are there in that critical period to waking a patient up and ensuring they start recovering well.”

BHS director of surgery and vascular surgeon Matthew Hadfield said there was no way surgeons could do the work they do without such special nurses.

This year, the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses recognised 100 years of operating service forAustralian soldiers since World War I.

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CSU’s Falcons crack it for twins: sticky beak at peregrine’s new brood

FEED ME: The first falcon chick.TWO peregrine falcon chicks have hatched out of a batch of three eggs at Charles Sturt University.
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The first chick hatched at 4.35am on Wednesday morning in a matter of minutes.

The second hatched on Wednesday night.

Charles Sturt University environmental management adjunct lecturer Doctor Cilla Kinross has been studying the progress of the falcons Diamond and Bula and their eggs.

“You can see a hole first of all in the egg when the little critter is using its little point on the end of the beak and then the hole gets bigger and bigger,” Dr Kinross said.

She said the mother, Diamond, also helped the chick hatch and although the chick was out a day before the others, it did not mean the others will not hatch.

“Quite often there will be one chick and a couple of eggs for a few days but I wouldn’t want it to go more than a week [before others hatched],” Dr Kinross said.

DOTING DAD: CSU’s male peregrine falcon Bula checks on the first chick. His mate Diamond laid eggs about a month earlier.Photo supplied

Dr Kinross said the chick is a bit clumsy but both parents had been attentive and although the male does most of the hunting he has also spent some time incubating the other eggs.

“She’s started feeding the chick fairly small amounts,” she said.

Dr Kinross said it would be difficult to tell the gender of the chick, she said adult males are generally smaller than the females but the males develop faster.

While watching the progress on the universities webcam, Dr Kinross had another find.

She said usually Bula brings in parts of birds but he brought in a whole bird the other day and she was astonished to see it was a white browed wood swallow.

“I haven’t seen one for quite a few years,” she said.

“I couldn’t believe it, they do come into Orange.”

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Court of the future, old house to go under the hammer

Court of the future, old house to go under the hammer NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.
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NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton went on a tour of the soon to opened Newcastle Court House on Hunter Street. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers.

TweetFacebookTHE old Newcastle courthouse will be put on the market early in the new year with the state government preparing a final heritage masterplan to ensure the building’s history is preserved after sale.

During a visit to Newcastle on Thursday, NSW attorney-general Gabrielle Upton also announced the new courthouse at Civic was finally nearing completion and will open early in 2016.

Ms Upton told a Property Council luncheon the new courthouse is her department’s ‘‘flagship’’ development and is symbolic of the rapid city revitalisation being undertaken in Newcastle.

She said the new building will feature ‘‘airport-style perimeter security’’ and will be ‘‘the largest and most technologically-advanced facility outside Sydney’’.

Five of the 10 courtrooms will also be able to accommodate up to eight defendants at the one time, providing the flexibility needed to hear bigger cases ‘‘particularly when it comes to terrorism-related activity which may need to be prosecuted at times’’, she said.

Newcastle media accompanied Ms Upton on a tour of the new building which is now being fitted out with furniture and equipment.

Also addressing the Property Council luncheon was Nick Tyrrell from building designer Cox Architecture and project director from APP, Roger Payne.

Mr Payne revealed that grouting old mines on the site cost $2.9million and took five months longer than originally planned. A sinkhole opened up on the site when a truck moved over it, he revealed, while it also emerged during construction that more than a metre of footings from the neighbouring Clarendon Hotel actually protruded into the courthouse site.

Those issues were the major reasons why the project had taken longer to complete than planned, but he said the project remained in line with the government’s $90million budget.

Ms Upton said proceeds from the sale of the old courthouse will go back into the state’s justice budget. She said the heritage management plan now being undertaken will ensure its historic elements are protected and form the basis of any ‘‘sympathetic redesign’’.

When opened, the new courthouse will comprise 10 new courtrooms, five capable of housing juries, two tribunal rooms and 14 holding cells.

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Greens’ steel procurement plan

“It’s time for the NSW Government … put some effort in: Greens NSW MP John Kaye (pictured) said. Picture: Andy ZakeliTheGreens have used the workers’ vote to help keepthe Port Kembla steelworks open andthe release of a steelreport to leverage their push for government procurement frameworks.
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“The reality is the steelworkers have done the hard yards, they’ve shown they’re willing to sacrifice in order to keep the steel mills alive.” Greens NSW MP JohnKaye told the Mercury.

“It’s time for the NSW Governmentto do the same thing, to put some effort in.

“The very least they could do is follow the BIS Shrapnel report and make sure that … the infrastructure projects have 90 per cent of the steel that comes from Australian steel mills.”

On Thursday, the Mercury revealed a BISShrapnel report, commissioned by theAustralian Workers Union, had found buying Australian steel would end up substantially cheaper for governmentsthan the cost of doing nothing.

The report recommends a minimum of 85 to 90 per cent Australian steel beused in all government products.

Dr Kaye said the BIS Shrapnel report, “blasts a hole through Kiama MP Gareth Ward’s excuse for the Baird Government’s inaction on procurement”.

“A legislated requirement for Australian-made steel to be used in all state and federal government infrastructure would more than save the Port Kembla blast furnace,” he said.

“Mr Ward and his Premier should drop their excuses and get on board with community calls for taxpayers’ dollars to be spent on supporting steel jobs in Australia.

“The absence of any support from the Baird government shows their comprehensive lack of concern for the future of Port Kembla and the region.Reassuring words don’t save jobs.”

Mr Ward hit back at Dr Kaye’s claims, saying they were “simply not true”.

“The union movement indicated that it would like to see a 50 per cent mandate forAustralian steel used in local infrastructure projects,” he said.

“In the Gerringong bypass upgrade …62 per cent of the steel is Australian steel, at Berry it’s 54 per cent.

“To say we have not done that is not only wrong, it’s a lie.”

Dr Kaye said the NSW Greens would put together its own bill to implementthe procurement recommendations outlined in the report.

It is anticipated the legislation will be put before the NSW Parliament next month.

Meanwhile, Shellharbour MP Anna Watson said the release of the report was “an important and timely contribution” to the debateon overhauling government procurement policy.

“I’ll certainly be making the Premier and Minister for IndustryAnthony Robertsaware of the BIS Shrapnel report,” she said.

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