November, 2018

Macarthur fails ‘liveable’ test

Relaxation: Who needs a beach when you have you have swimming holes like this located in Dharawal National Park in Wedderburn. Picture: Jeff McGillRosemeadow, you lack culture.
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Narellan, your communications coverage can only be described as “weak”.

But chin up Bow Bowing, everyone knows you’re just a“work in progress”.

At least, that’swhat a Domain study on Sydney’s 555 most “liveable” suburbs concluded.

The study found there were 239 suburbs in Sydney that were more desirable to live in, than any of those located in Campbelltown or Camden local government areas.

Woodbine was considered the region’s most liveable suburbcoming in at 240 which was followed by Blair Athol (261), Campbelltown (314) andLeumeah (351).

Surprisingly, Claymore –considered one of the most disadvantaged suburbs in the entire state –was ranked the fifth best suburbinMacarthur (380), ahead of others including:the gated Macquarie Links estate (442); Camden (444), Harrington Park (468) and Glen Alpine (480).

Boom: Narellan Town Centre is currently undergoing a huge expansion. Jeff de Pasquale

Ranks were determined by 16 defining factors including: access to employment; proximity to public transport; congestion; education; shopping; open space; distance to the beach;and crime.

However, the Macarthur snub did not go down well with several of the region’sresidents.

Local entrepreneur and regular charity event MC,Steve Wisbey OAM, was left dumbfounded.

“What a joke,” he said.

“There’s no better region to live in when it comes to lifestyle, recreation and work.

“I think we deserve to be up the food chain a little higher.

“If it was up to me we’d be right at the top –I’d say we’d be in the top 10 of NSW.

“If Mount Druitt (346) is a more appealing place to live in than Camden, I’ll give my OAM back to the Queen.”

Mr Wisbey said the study must not have taken in “diversity or the population”.

“Macarthur still has that community feel and doesn’t feel like an ugly big city,” he said.

“Liverpool (304)and Parramatta (110) have that ugly big city feel.”

Spirit: Steve Wisbey promoting a colour run and Tabcorp Park Menangle.

Campbelltown mayor Paul Hawkersaid he still believed Macarthur was the best place to “live, work and play in Sydney”.

“I don’t necessarily agree with some of thedefining factors,” he said.

“We have a wonderful education hub with the (Western Sydney) University and the medical school, so that should have pushed us up there.

“From Park Central and Varroville we have great views, we are 40 minutes from the beach and there are seven railways in the Campbelltown LGA.

“Whoever did those defining factors should come out and see what Campbelltown has to offer.

“It might make good reading in the eastern suburbs but out here we’ll just use the paper the story is printed on as fish and chip wrappers.”

We got culture: Campbelltown Arts Centre is proving a hot destination for artists like poet and filmaker, Romaine Moreton. Janie Barrett

Camden councillor and local real estate agent Greg Copeland said Camden suburbs had been dudded by at least200 spots.

“It’s surprising,” he said.

“I think we would have to be in the top 30 (places to live) in Sydney.

“But it’s like most surveys –what questions you ask depends on what result you get.

“Camden speaks for itself as far as people that come from the city to visit or live here.”

Full list of Macarthur suburbs and their ranks: Woodbine (240); Blair Athol (261); Campbelltown (314); Leumeah (351); Claymore (380); Englorie Park (389); Macquarie Fields (404); Ingleburn (419); Bradbury (423); Mount Annan (428); Macquarie Links (442); Camden (444); Eagle Vale (453); Ambarvale (462); Currans Hill (466); Harrington Park (468); Ruse (478); St Andrews (479); Glen Alpine (480); Raby (481); Minto (483); Camden South (490); Glenfield (493); Airds (501); Eschol Park (502); Kearns (505); Elderslie (508); St Helens Park (509); Denhan Court (517); Camden Park (521); Narellan Vale (522); Bow Bowing (541); Narellan (545); and Rosemeadow (550).

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Down through the years: Just zipping along

100 years ago Friend and foe alike were united when taking a “smoko” break during fighting. A German soldier lights up a wounded English soldier.
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WAR NEWS: The latest victories remarkably improved the Russian front from Vladimir to Tarnopol. The battle for Kovel threatens the whole German campaign. The Russian losses were extremely small in view of what they accomplished. The Germans have increased their artillery strength on the Somme front, but cannot outmatch us. The duels have reached a pitch of violence incredible only a few months back. The enemy is concentrating at Kovel and the battle is becoming one of the fiercest of the Russian campaign. A German war correspondent alleges that the Somme offensive has completely broken down. ( 2.8.1916)

HOOKLESS FASTENER THE TALK OF AUSTRALASIA: The Hookless Fastener is a series of the smallest, strongest and most reliable fasteners ever made. It makes the placket as strong, neat, smooth, flat and close-fitting as a stitched seam. It is as fairly advanced from the hooks and eyes and dome fastening as an automobile is from a bicycle. Pressing, washing, dyeing, steaming or the wringer will not affect this fastening. It is absolutely rust-proof. (2.8.1916)

WENTWORTHIANS IN EGYPT: Driver A.L. Ballantyne, writing to a friend in Wentworth, stated that he saw a lot of Wentworth boys in Egypt. They mustered 25 one night – a splendid representation of the little junction­ town. Corporal A.T. Sherwin also has written. Among other things, he tells of an enemy bomb dropped from an aeroplane, which killed 32 horses and 12 men and wounded 14 men. The remaining horses bolted, but were subsequently recovered, one from 87 miles away across the desert. The aeroplane was brought to the ground a few days later. Two more Wentworthians, in the persons of Roy Jerrom and Bert Clyne, have been accepted as members of the AIF and left for camp last Monday. (5.8.1916)

75 years agoSMOKING: Members of the fighting forces were smoking two and a half times as much tobacco as civilians but civilians could not expect any relief from rationing. The fighting forces would continue to get whatever supplies they sought and civilians would have to go without. (1.8.1941)

WERRIMULL HOSPITAL TO CLOSE: It is indeed unfortunate that the failure to obtain a doctor for the Millewa district has resulted in the closing of the Bush Nursing Hospital at Werrimull. For three months now Werrimull has been without the services of a medico. It is felt that perhaps the government could make the registration of alien doctors possible, when Australian medical men are not available, to accept practice in remote parts. (5.8.1941)

KENNETH MENZIES ENLISTS: Eldest son of the Prime Minister enlisted as a private in the armoured division of the AIF. He passed the medical examination at the Royal Park depot and was later sworn in. Kenneth, who is aged 19, is studying Arts and Law at the Melbourne University. (5.8.1941)

50 years agoHORRIE THE wAR DOG HONOuRED: The Australian War Memorial has received the uniform and packbag belonging to the famous battalion mascot. The items were donated to the memorial by Horrie’s wartime master, Mr J.B. Moody, of Portland. The uniform is complete with colourpatch, chevrons, titles “Australia” and Africa Star ribbon. The pack, lined with a wooden frame, is the one in which Horrie was smuggled aboard ship en route to Australia from the Middle East in 1942. The homeless pup was found in the Ikingl Mariut area in Egypt in 1941. (1.8.1966)

MIRACLE DRUG WORLD SHORTAGE: The National Geographic Society reports that the shortage of quinine has been traced to Indonesia. Before World War II, Indonesia­ had 42,000 acres of cinchona trees from which quinine is derived. But the groves were neglected during the Japanese occupation and Indonesia’s struggle for independence so that, by 1959, only 16,000 acres were productive. Medicine made from the bark of the cinchona tree was first used to treat malaria victims in northern Peru and Ecuador about 1630. (31.8.1966)

WE’VE LICKED FRUIT FLY: After intensive tests at two NSW country centres, scientists claim to have successfully demonstrated that the incidence of Queensland fruit fly, one of Australia’s worst insect pests, can be eradicated or kept in check by the release among them of sterilised male flies. At the trials about 18 million flies, sterilised by the Atomic Energy Commission, were released. (5.8.1966)

25 years agoFOUNTAIN REPLICA: Mildura Shire Council is to have a replica of the original Chaffey fountain cast to place in the gardens of Rio Vista as the shire’s gift to celebrate Rio Vista’s centenary. Mildura Shire president Cr Roger Stirrat said yesterday “Rio Vista as home of W.B. Chaffey played an important role in the development of the Shire of Mildura and his brother was of course a shire president.” (3.8.1991)

RED CLIFFS HOSTEL OPENS: The first stage of a 70-unit Sunraysia hostel for the elderly at Red Cliffs was officially opened by Senator Olive Zakharov on Saturday. Sixteen units have been completed, and residents will start moving in today. Built at a cost of $780,000, the units will provide accommodation for the frail and elderly of the district. When all stages of the hostel are complete, there will be 70 units situated in a garden setting on the two-acre block in Calotis Street. Hostel management committee chairman Mr Ern Wolfe congratulated the community spirit of the people of Sunraysia, and in particular Red Cliffs, for its efforts. (5.8.1991)

MOZART MUSIC: The sounds of Mozart recently filled a Mildura funeral parlor. Extra seats were required, when more than 50 Mozart fans paying $25 each, crowded into the chapel of Reg Green Funerals to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the Aust­rian composer. Mildura teacher and Mozart devotee, Mr Glenn Miller, organised the two-hour performance on Tuesday night. Mr Miller played the grand piano and was accompanied by two violinists, Vaughan Stirrat and Melissa Jones, and four district vocalists, Alison Whiting, Julie Schappert, Don Stirrat and Dr John Buckley. (6.8.1991)

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Maralinga N-dump suggestion ‘harsh’

An Aboriginal woman whose father was blinded by British atomic bomb tests says she opposes any suggestion that a nuclear waste dump be set up at Maralinga.
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Karina Lester, of Adelaide, still travels to see her father who lives on APY lands north of Maralinga, the site of the bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s.

She was commenting on a proposal by former mines and energy department chief Keith Johns that a waste repository be created on the degraded Maralinga land.

Mr Johns, who has links to Port Pirie, made the suggestion in a submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Ms Lester said the idea was “harsh” on indigenous people and impractical.

“How are you going to get accurate readings with one impact upon another?” she said.

She said Aboriginal people still lived “on country” at locations including Oak Valley.

“It is nasty. When it involves Aboriginal people, it s a human rights issue. Don’t stick another problem on top of another problem,” she said.

“It is bizarre and I wrack my brain seeing what the South Australian government is doing.”

Ms Lester’s father Yami lost his sight as a result of what she said was fallout from the bomb testsin 1953.

He still lives west of Marla on theAnangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands.

The Australian Government said the Maralinga Rehabilitation Project had successfully remediated the formertest sites at Maralinga and Emu.

A plan of action developed by the Technical Assessment Group was agreed to in 1991 by the Australian and South Australian governments and the traditional owners.

Work started on the project in 1996 and was finishedin 2000.

TheRoyal Commission into British nuclear tests in Australiawas aninquiryby theAustralian governmentin 1984-85 to investigate the conduct of theBritishin its use, with Australian’s permission, of landandsoldiersfor testingnuclear weapons. It was chaired byJim McClelland.

The commission was told that 100Aborigineswalked barefoot over nuclear-contaminated ground because boots they had been given didn’t fit.

The 1953 British nuclear test that allegedly caused “black mist”phenomenon should not have been fired and thefalloutwas about three times more than forecast, according to a scientist who was involved in the tests.

The area was contaminated with plutonium, but has since been remediated.

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Construction optimism after rate cut

BUILDING BOOST: The Master Builders Association Tasmania says the RBA’s cut to the cash rate makes buying a new home a much more attractive option to renting.
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It’s better to buy anewly-built homeinstead of rentingdue to record-low interest rates and support from the first home builder’s grant, the Master Builders Association Tasmania believes.

It comes after the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the cash rate by 0.25 per cent to a record low of 1.5 per cent.

Master Builders Association Tasmania executive director Michael Kerschbaum said the evenlower interest rates made buying a home a much more attractive option to renting.

“The amount that you have to borrow and the rent that you pay otherwise is easily met by the interest rate.

“If it drops to a quarter of a percentyou’ll be getting a lot of loans at 4 per cent or less. Even on $300,000, it’s only $12,000 a year in interest so that interest becomesvery easy to service,” Kerschbaumsaid.

He said a drop in building approvals over the last financial year could not be seen as a negative, asthe first home builder’s grant saw a rush when it hit its peak in 2014.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Tuesday showed building approvals dropped by just over 400 homes approved, from 2867 in2014-15 to2397 in 2015-16.

In 2013-14 building approvals were at2164 and had grown by 17.4 per cent.

“I don’t expect a boost on the 2397number, and the reason is that so many people took advantage of it at the $30,000 (during 2014-15)that we think the take-up in the market has almost saturated,” he said.

“Renting a house for $300 a week, or using that $300 to pay interest off on your house, which is only going to go up in value, it’s a bit of a no brainier really.”

LaborShadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said the latest building approvals figuresreflected poorly on the government.

“The government’s performance on the economy has seen the state fall to the bottom of the table nationally. Now we have recorded the biggest fall in building approvals with an historic nosedive,” he said.

Minister for Building and ConstructionGuy Barnett said the figures were encouraging for Tasmania.

“While there has been some volatility in the figures, it is important to note that the number of dwelling approvals in the 12 months to June 2016 was 19 per cent higher compared with the number in the last year of the Labor-Green government.”

Michael Kerschbaum

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Life-changing breakthrough

New life: “I was actually willing to try anything at this point, so I rang up the next day and made my first appointment,“ Karen Barnes said. Picture: Geoff JonesKellyville mother Karen Barnes was experiencing debilitating pain until she discovered a little-knowntherapy.
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Suffering from pain so acute she barely slept and could not perform basic tasks, Ms Barnes had been searching for a solution since 2014.

Her symptoms –muscle stiffness, weakness, an inability to walk properly –didn’t go away. At one pointshe couldn’t talk for days.

“I had constant nerve pain from my finger tips all the way up my arm to my ear and neck,” Ms Barnes said.

She was diagnosed with Adhesive Capsulitis, or ‘frozen shoulder’.

Doctors were unable to provide an effective treatment and she was forced to rely on family for help with basic tasks.

“I couldn’t do normal everyday things like cooking or cleaning. Some days I couldn’t even dress myself, the pain was just too much,” she said.

In November 2014, Karen came across Quantum Low LevelLaserTreatment (LLLT). Practiced by Dr Roberta Chow, LLLT is a painless treatment that doesn’t require surgery. Each session takes between 20 and 30 minutes.

“Low levellasertherapy (LLLT) has been used around the world for 30 years and there is substantial research behind it,” Dr Chow said.

For Ms Barnes, it was life-changing.“When all you can feel is constant pain, you can’t think of anything else,” she said. “I’d encourage anyone experiencing pain to give it a go. What have you got to lose?”

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