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    Scaremonger talk


    2018 - 11.21

    Scaremonger talk
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    Some readers may be confused about Des Levins’ tilt at Zanetti concerning the recent deluge of rain Sydney experienced (Your View, May 5).

    Mr Levins asserts that Zanetti was making fun of or having a tilt at Tim Flannery and climate change, or is it global warming?

    The point of Mr Zanetti’s cartoon was nothing to do with climate change at all, it was to do with the fact that on February 11, 2007 Mr Flannery made the following statement on Landline on the ABC.

    “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush. If that trend continues then I think we’re going to have serious problems, particularly for irrigation.”

    As a consequence of statements such as this, his and other climate change scaremongers caused state governments to build the white elephants known as desalination plants.

    The funds used to build these white elephants could have been used elsewhere. Think of where $10 billion over 50 years could be better used.

    Last but not least, Warragamba dam currently stands at 92.4 per cent of capacity and Woronora dam is at 99.7 per cent capacity.

    Sid Bream, Cronulla

    If Zanetti, your cartoonist, thinks that a few days of rain is enough to refute the work of Professor Tim Flannery (Your View, April 28) then he is misinformed.

    Warmer weather means more evaporation which means more rain. For those who argue that the Earth is not warming I suggest a simple experiment.

    Half fill a glass with water, drop some ice in and measure the temperature. It will not begin to warm up until the ice is gone. Then what will happen?

    Michael Harrington, Bonnet Bay

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    Bad for environment


    2018 - 11.21

    Bad for environment
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    Re: “Housing green light” (Leader, April 28). The new Sutherland Shire DCP does not appear to offer any comfort to our natural environment, except perhaps for the exclusion of dual occupancies from foreshore areas.

    Loopholes that permit non-complying developments “where strict compliance would be unreasonable”, and “balancing amenity” in regard to view corridors (where the wider public interest is already overlooked) will inevitably result in decisions that favour developers.

    Planting of indigenous trees is a nice gesture, but who will police their maintenance?

    Jenni Gormley,Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

    Design disasters

    It’s not just that the developers and their tsunami of medium- and high-density developments seem hell-bent on giving the shire the population density of a Neapolitan slum, what really riles me is that they all seem to be designed by someone with a severe visual impairment and the aesthetic sense of a slug.

    R. Linkiewicz, Caringbah

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    Quilts donated for Dungog flood victims


    2018 - 11.21

    Jean Robertson welcomed the gift of a new quilt. Jean lost all her possessions in the recent floods. Elaine Zammit receives a new quilt and a hug from Julie Deithe
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    Julie Deithe is well known for her love of quilt making and has a lot of like-minded people out there in Blogland and Facebook land, so she put a call out for quilts for the flood victims.

    The quilts have started arriving and Julie is handing them out personally, and at the same time taking a photo of each person receiving the quilt, then emailing the photo back to the person who donated it.

    “That way, the sender knows the quilts are being donated like they want them to be,” Julie said.

    Julie said that they started arriving last Wednesday and she has received 17 so far and more have been promised.

    She spent Friday afternoon going around to people who have lost everything in the flood, giving them a quilt and a hug.

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    Nanny trial is ‘well targeted’


    2018 - 11.21

    Susan Wainwright with her children Ellira, 7, and Tiia, 5, who have been cared for by a nanny on a part-time basis for the past three years. Picture: Jane DysonPARENTS in St George and Sutherland Shire who earn up to $250,000 a year could soon have access to taxpayer-funded nannies as part of a two-year trial announced last week by the federal government.
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    The trial will cost $246 million and aims to support families who struggle to access affordable childcare services when working, studying or looking for work, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said.

    “The two-year interim home-based carer subsidy program represents the first major tranche of the Abbott government’s new childcare package, and will provide subsidised care for about 10,000 children, especially in middle to low income families,” Mr Morrison said.

    “This initiative demonstrates that the Abbott government understands there are many families in work and wanting to work who find it difficult to access mainstream childcare services.

    “Key workers such as nurses, police officers, ambulance officers and firefighters, as well as other shift workers, are too often unable to access childcare and take advantage of government support because of the nature and hours of their work.

    “The same is often true for families in rural and regional areas and those who have children with special needs, for whom mainstream childcare services are often inaccessible, lack the necessary flexibility or do not cater for their specific needs.”

    But Mr Morrison said the government would proceed carefully to ensure the program was “well targeted and insulated as far as practicable from abuse”.

    Mr Morrison said the government would work with employee organisations, including police associations, to identify participants in the trial, which will start in January.

    “Government assistance will be provided by way of an hourly subsidy to be paid per child towards the cost of using a nanny,” he said.

    “The subsidy will be paid directly to services and will be adjusted according to family income, consistent with the broader childcare subsidy model soon to be announced.”

    The announcement follows a Productivity Commission Report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning last year which recommended introducing taxpayer-funded nannies.

    Mr Morrison said it was not the government’s intention that nannies replace mainstream childcare services, but that families get to choose “the care type that suits them best”.

    Families and service providers will be able to apply for the pilot later this year and must meet approved guidelines. The subsidy will not apply to babysitting done by family members.

    Nannies must be attached to an approved service provider, which will be selected during a tender process, be 18, have a working with children check and first-aid qualification but will not need any formal childcare training.

    Australian Home Childcare Association (AHCA) president David Wilson welcomed the announcement.

    Mr Wilson said the childcare system now in place failed to deliver flexible care.

    He said a plan his organisation had delivered to Mr Morrison would provide an immediate solution for many families, especially emergency/shift workers, those in remote areas and whose children had special needs.

    ■ More stories on the childcare changes in the federal budget in coming weeks.

    Do you think nannies should have credentials to be eligible for the subsidy?

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    #bikes for brain cancer


    2018 - 11.21

    Twelve cyclists who are riding their way to a cure for brain cancer as part of the fifth annual Bridge to Bridge Cycle Charity Ride, passed through Guyra on Tuesday.
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    Randal Bishop (far left) welcomed the local support from Cr Dot Vickery, Peter Malcolm, David Mills, Judi Wark and Peter Stewart

    Cyclist Randal Bishop is leading the riders on the classic 1000km, eight-day challenge, with monies raised going to the Cure for Brain Cancer Foundation.

    Each year since 2011 riders have done the trek from Brisbane’s Story Bridge to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cycling via Warwick, through the Northern Tablelands, Tamworth and the Hunter Valley before finishing at Dawes Park under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    The rides, which are organised by Randal and a team of dedicated supporters, have collectively raised over $150,000 for the foundation so far.

    Councillor Dot Vickery welcomed the cyclists to Guyra over a cup of coffee at Rafters.

    “This is a very worthwhile cause and we admire the commitment shown by all involved,” Cr Vickery said. “These visitors are more than welcome in the shire.”

    Randal lost his daughter to an aggressive tumour in 2009 and is concerned that while this disease remains one of the most understudied cancers – receiving relatively small amounts of research funding – it causes so much economic and social distress.

    “About 1,400 Australians will be diagnosed with brain cancer each year, of which over 1,100 will die prematurely from their tumours.”

    “While brain cancer continues to cause more deaths in children and adults under 40 than any other type of cancer, it is concerning that there have been no significant recorded improvements in survival rates in almost 20 years,” Randal said.

    The foundation’s focus is research into better ways of detecting, managing and hopefully curing brain cancer.

    Randal is joined this year by a first time family team. Sydney based, Tracey Weatherstone and her uncle, Greg, who flew all the way from his home in Perth, are riding in support of Tracey’s brother Marc who has been battling the disease.

    “Gestures like this ride really help – ordinary people like us doing the voluntary fundraising for the necessary research – and building that awareness through the broader community of the need to tackle this dreadful disease,” Tracey said.

    “While our focus is understandably on my brother, we hope our actions will benefit the broader community as well. That is why we are speaking to a number of schools and community groups along the way.”

    Another first time rider Michael Snell, who travelled from Darwin to begin the ride in Brisbane, said the event was a real eye opener to the extent that brain cancer affects Australian society.

    “I am impressed by the support that the ride gets along the way,” Michael said. “There is a lot to be said about the generosity and hospitality of the communities along the New England highway.”

    “All the help we get from the old and new friends adds to the excellent support that we are already getting from councils, restaurants, cafes, bike shops, community groups and individuals both from where we live and along the way,” Randal added.

    “It is great that local riders, Peter Malcolm, Judi Wark and Dave Mills rode with us from Guyra to Armidale. That gesture was a great boost, especially to our new riders, in our fourth day in the saddle.

    “We really appreciate all types of gestures and support,” Randal said. “Without them the ride would not get off the ground to raise the money and the awareness required for brain cancer research – and an ultimate cure.It all helps.”

    To sponsor or donate to the charity ride visit the website http://梧桐夜网curebraincancer.org419论坛/my-fundraising/8349/bridge-to-bridge-2015

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