Tonnes of relief: Struggling Goulburn farmers given 450 bales of hay

The Sydney Morning Herald | Friday 14 September 2018

 Taralga farmer Trevor Menzies, who was thrilled to receive donated hay despite being initially reluctant because he believed others needed it more.   Photo: Karleen Minney

Taralga farmer Trevor Menzies, who was thrilled to receive donated hay despite being initially reluctant because he believed others needed it more.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Trevor Menzies admits he's stood on his farm during the worst drought he's ever seen with tears in his eyes, thinking 'What am I doing here?'

Yet still, the lifelong Taralga farmer initially had no intention of driving to Goulburn on Friday to pick up his share in 200 tonnes of hay that was donated to the region's farmers.

Canberra mums tell stillbirth Senate inquiry that risks are still not being communicated

ABC News |  Friday 7 September 2018

  Photo:  Sam Isfahani said she is thankful she was able to have another child after her daughter, Evelyn, was stillborn. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson) 

Photo: Sam Isfahani said she is thankful she was able to have another child after her daughter, Evelyn, was stillborn. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson) 

When Sam Isfahani and her husband Aaron fell pregnant in early 2015, neither of them had heard of stillbirth.

Warning: This article contains images of stillborn babies

Fun to blossom at spring fair

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REDLANDS School will swing into full bloom next Saturday with their popular biennial spring fair.

An event centred around building relationships and community for the school and local area, the Redlands Spring Fair is a day out for the whole family continuing a school fete tradition which started in 1894, marking the 56th anniversary of the fair and 134 years of the school.

Expect entertainment, rides, carnival games, markets, food, student performances and prizes — including a dedicated ‘little ones’ precinct with a jumping castle, kindy farm, face painting and wind jammer.

Redlands principal, Dr Peter Lennox said the school was looking forward to a fun and entertaining event for the whole community.

“There is something for everyone at the Redlands Spring Fair and I encourage everyone from our school and wider community to join us at Redlands and share in the festivities,” Dr Lennox said.

The carnival fun continues with rides for the young, and young at heart. Expect a giant slide, the Pirates of Bermuda, Black Ops obstacle course, wacky hoops, a gladiator duel, a horizontal bungee and turbo tubes.

This year’s fair is expected to attract 3000 people from the school community and local area.

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson will open the fair, which runs from 9am until 3pm on September 15 at the junior campus.

Details: www.redlands.nsw.edu.au

There is something for everyone at the Redlands Spring Fair
Principal Dr Peter Lennox

New ‘slow down’ rule near emergency vehicles now in force but lobby groups say it could prove deadly

 NSW motorists now have to slow to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles flashing their blue and red lights.

NSW motorists now have to slow to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles flashing their blue and red lights.

As of Saturday, St George and Sutherland Shire motorists have to slow down when passing emergency service vehicles with flashing blue and red lights – or cop a hefty fine and the loss of three demerit points.

The new road rule, designed to improve safety for emergency personnel, means motorists must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights.

Hay day for farmers struck by drought

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DROUGHT-STRICKEN farmers in the greater New England area will receive 1000 tonnes (2000 bales) of donated hay on Friday as part of a convoy of 30 road trains and semitrailers.

The hay, coming from both Western Australia and Tasmania, will be distributed to more than 200 drought-stricken farmers in the North West, including Tamworth, Gunnedah and the Liverpool Plains.

The hay donation is in response to the NSW government’s announcement that 100 per cent of the state is now in drought. As a result, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is continuing its extensive Operation Drought Relief campaign throughout NSW.

The RRT will donate $500,000 of hay,and $100,000 of food coupons to the communities in and around the greater New England and North West areas, with RRT volunteers also hosting a free community barbecue and fundraiser on Friday and Saturday. Rio Tinto has donated 75 tonnes of hay, as part of the delivery.

The RRT has committed 100 per cent of every dollar raised to go directly to farmers. To date, the campaign has raised close to $3 million.

Camden Park trainer named Aussie Heart Hero for life-saving effort

 Legend: Matt Geale worked performed CPR for 30 minutes to save Zoe Albrecht's life. Picture: Chris Lane

Legend: Matt Geale worked performed CPR for 30 minutes to save Zoe Albrecht's life. Picture: Chris Lane

When Zoe Albrecht went to her regular training session last year, she had no idea she would end the day in hospital.

The healthy 29-year-old went into sudden and unexpected cardiac arrest mid-work out, and were it not for the quick thinking of Matt Geale, she might not be alive today.

Rory and Belinda Sloane post emotional Instagram statement about stillborn baby

ABC News |  Thursday 30 August 2018

AFL star midfielder Rory Sloane and his wife have announced the loss of their first child, Leo, after he was stillborn last week.

The Adelaide Crows' vice-captain and wife Belinda, a television presenter for lifestyle program SA Weekender, posted a photograph and statement to their Instagram accounts.

Melbourne law firm signs partnership with CFMEU

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A Melbourne-headquartered law firm has signed off on a partnership with the Victorian-Tasmanian Construction branch of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

Gordon Legal has partnered up with the group, as part of a strategy that will see the firm representing the Victorian-Tasmanian CFMEU as it works to protect and advance its members’ safety, rights and living standards.

Tackling homelessness in Tamworth

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In Tamworth alone, there are more than 260 people who are homeless, a figure that has risen by 27 per cent in NSW over the past five years, including as the drought has really bitten in the area. 

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is helping break the cycle of homelessness and supported the Tamworth Homeless Connect Day at on Thursday July 26 at the TRECC, Greg Norman Drive. 

Some 20 RRT volunteers provided meals for more than 1,000 guests,  committing 110 hours to create at least 500 delicious bacon and egg rolls, and another 500 burgers.  

The Connect runs the annual event for both government and non-government services to connect with people who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

The RRT has volunteered at the annual Connect every year since 2016, providing thousands of warmly welcomed hot meals and beverages to the homeless. 

The RRT supports the Tamworth Homeless Connect alongside community services that provide free employment and legal services, complimentary toiletries, clothing and birth certificates. 

An initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of charitable events and emergencies. 

Lloyd Grimshaw from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT was thrilled to contribute again at the Tamworth Homeless Connect this year. 

“The RRT believes everyone deserves a safe place to call home, which is why we continue to support the Tamworth Homeless Connect and other great causes,” Mr Grimshaw said.  

“We want to serve up a bit of hope, along with a delicious burger or bacon and egg roll, to the most vulnerable people in our local community.”

Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/

AMP’s class action burden an argument for change

The Australian  |  Friday 13 July 2018

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Thanks to the combined efforts of the civil justice system and the nation’s leading class action law firms, something incredible has happened: AMP’s public image has been transformed.

This company’s public standing was shredded at the banking royal commission. But it has now been subjected to such ludicrous and wasteful treatment by the civil justice system that it is impossible not to sympathise.

Tax return over-claimers gouge $8.7bn, says ATO

The Australian  |  Thursday 12 July 2018

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Individual Australians who overclaimed on their tax returns cost the federal budget almost $9 billion in the 2014-15 financial year alone, new analysis by the tax ­office has found.

For the first time, the Australian Taxation Office has published the income tax gap for individuals not in business, finding that the difference between the tax it collected and the amount that would have been raised if all taxpayers had been compliant amounted to a stunning $8.7bn, or 6.4 per cent of the total tax take for that category.