Nicholas a 2016 calendar boy

ONE DAY AT A TIME: Nicholas with his big sister Kaitlin. Proceeds from the sale of Nicholas’ calendar will go towards his therapy expenses.VICTORIA Point’s Nicholas Randall is a little boy with big needs, and his mother Kim Braddock has produced a 2016 calendar to help raise funds for his therapy.
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Nicholas is all smiles.

Born 10weeks premature, Nicholas has quadriplegia cerebral palsy, which affects his limbs, breathing and vision.Just after his fifth birthday, he suffered his first seizure and was also diagnosed with epilepsy.

Ms Braddock said her sonrequired intense therapy, some of which had been undertaken overseas, and he neededthe community’s help to keep up his treatment. She said next year, funds raised by the calendar would go towards his speech therapy.

Ms Braddock thanked the many local businesses that had supported thecalendar,which has photos of Nicholas enjoying life like any little boy wants to, only with the aid of multiple pieces of equipment, including standers, walkers, wheelchairs and more.

The calendar ($5) is available from Victoria Point businessesDrift In,Sharks Sporting Club andRay White,or by calling Ms Braddock on 0422 025 931.

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PM pledges $300m for drug treatment

Former addict Jake has got his life back on track through residential rehab. Photo: Wolter PeetersAlmost $300 million will be invested in the drug treatment sector as part of a new national plan that shifts focus from policing to prevention.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will unveil the federal government’s National Ice Taskforce report on Sunday, rolling out a four-year strategy of improved treatment, aftercare, education, prevention, support and community engagement to tackle the crystal meth issue.

The new prevention focus marks a significant shift away from the hardline law-and-order strategy that has long failed to stifle supply.

The minister responsible for drug and alcohol policy,Fiona Nash, said that after “significant investment” in policing borders and streets to combat ice supply, work was needed to “reduce demand” for the drug.

In April last year, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a new taskforce which, headed by former former Victoria Police commissioner Ken Lay, united state and territory authorities in the ice strategy.

The response is a $241 million “boost” to the alcohol and drug treatment sector, with funding to be managed by the 31 Primary Health Networks set up by the Abbott government last year.

Asked if the funding was all new money, the minister’s spokesman said there was $297 “odd million” in fresh funding plus $15 million for advertising.

Matt Noffs, who as chief executive of the Noffs Foundation was part of the consultations, paid tribute to taskforce head Mr Lay, who he said was given “oxygen” by Malcolm Turnbull to take a “giant step forward.”

As the taskforce toured ice-ravaged communities starved of rehab services earlier this year, Mr Abbott’s own battle plan saw him announce the now infamous ‘dob-in-a-dealer hotline’ estimated to cost $1 million a year.

“It is my belief that Tony Abbott expected Ken Lay to say ‘we need more police’,” said Mr Noffs who added: “With Mr Turnbull as a conduit, Ken was far braver than that.”

Mr Lay has previous said: “Ice has been on the scene for over a decade and we’ve had a really strong law enforcement approach and it hasn’t resolved the problem. The time’s right now to look at the other options.”

“For social problems like these, law enforcement isn’t the answer. Unless you get into the primary prevention end, unless you stop the problem occurring you simply won’t arrest your way out of this.”

Almost $25 million will be set aside to arm families and communities with resources, information and support when ice issues emerge. A “key priority” of the plan will ensure that “indigenous-specific” and “culturally appropriate” mainstream treatment services are more widely available.

The action plan also includes significant investment in rural and regional areas, where the taskforce found specialist treatment services were few to non-existent.

Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch, executive officer of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association, expressed concern that the Government had chosen to distribute money through the PHNs which she described as “incredibly patchy”.

“Many are still in a changeover state from medicare locals and not properly developed,” she said, adding: “How are those resources going to flow through the PHNs when many would not even have relationships with the community organisations that are doing alcohol and other drug work?”

Drug treatment the key to young lives at crossroadsA fortnight ago, a Melbourne-based father was advisedthat if his 15-year-oldice-addicted son wanted professional treatment, he would be better off committing a crime in NSW – where a judge could at least offer him options.

“David has always suffered terrible anxiety issues and the drug issue became a way of self-medicating,” said Adam, whose real name has been withheld along with his son’s to protect theiridentities.

“This year, he stopped coming home. It started off as one night. Then became a week, two weeks. The police would locate him but as long as he claims he is OK, they are not permitted to bring him home. Even though he is still a child whose drug abuse is escalating.”

In recent times, David has been charged as an accessory to car theft, accessory to serious assault and broken police bail on 13 occasions.

“If there was any sort of mandatory treatment system in Victoria, Davidwould already have been directed to a facility tailored to help him. Instead, he is trapped in a cycle of abuse. This federal government funding announcement is fantastic news.”

Adam is currently trying to find a way of funnelling his son to an interstate residential treatment centre such asthe Sydney-based Program for Adolescent Life Management (PALM) run by the Matt Noffs Foundation.

In the coming years, government spending will be ploughed into a host of such programs tailored not only to youngsters hooked on ice, but across-the-board drug addiction.

Under an announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,almost $300 million will be invested in the drug treatment sectoras part of a new national plan that shifts focus from policing to prevention.

On Friday,The Sun-Heraldmet Jake, an indigenous teenager whose life is back on track after two stints of residential therapy at PALM.

“I was in DOCS as a child because my mum and dad couldn’t look after me. I was exposed to smoking, alcohol and domestic violence. It wasn’t a great upbringing. By year 8, I wasn’t having such a great time. I experimented a little too much with drugs and fell into addiction.”

Like most kids in that position, he had “no real understanding” of what rehab was before he arrived.

“I pictured a white hospital with white corridors and beds, that type of scenery. It could not have been more different. It felt like a home.”

Jake, whose real name has been withheld,completed a three month stint at PALM last year. After falling back down the same path, he returned to the centre in early April. While he is the first to admit that rehab is no magic wand, he is proud of the changes and “improvements” in himself. Now 18, he has found a passion for public speaking and volunteering with indigenous children in primary schools.

“You learn a lot about yourself in therapy,” said Jake who added: “It’s given me a big boost.”

“When I’m about to fall into old habits, I have a reason to control it. I recognise the triggers. I also realise what my addiction was doing to those around me.”

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Quirky contest to decide names of new Nowra waterslides

The new slides are expected to open within the next three weeks. Picture: contributedShoalhaven council is offering a year’s worth of free rides to whoever can come up with the best names for Nowra’s new waterslides.
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Councilconstructed the slides as part of an upgrade toNowra Aquatic Park. They are due to open before Christmas.

MayorJoanna Gash has called on the community to put forward names foreach of the slides.

“The redeveloped Nowra Aquatic Park has proven to be extremely popular with the local communitysince being re-opened in September,” Cr Gash said.

“The new open tube and closed tube waterslides will provide yet another level of enjoyment.

“We are looking for original and fun names to help capture the vibrancy of the new slides.

“The winning entry will receive free slides for a year, giving the local community plenty of reasons to enter.”

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Premier push for regional voices

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews with local members Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan in Bendigo last week. Picture: NONI HYETTPREMIER Daniel Andrews will strongly urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.
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Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney.

“I’m going to make sure that at COAG, the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo on Friday.

“Whether it’s Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong or smaller regional centres like Shepparton, we need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Shortly after becoming prime minister in September, Mr Turnbull appointedJamie Briggs asthe first Minister for Cities and the Built Environment.

He also signalled he had a greater interest in urban planning projects in capital cities than Tony Abbott, whom he ousted.

Mr Andrews said his government’s position that support for regional cities must be part of the federal government’s planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” Mr Andrewssaid.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe do look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

Mr Andrews believed support for his plan would come from premiers and chief ministers right across the country.

As part of the state government’s own efforts to improve regional areas,Mr Andrews said, senior staff appointed to Regional Development Victoria positions last weekwould help drive a“proper conversation” with regional communities about development.

Amongthem is former City of Greater Bendigo department directorStan Liacos who resigned from the council to take up a position as the Loddon Mallee regional director.

It was now the federalgovernments turn to step up, the premier added.

“If you are truly committed to making sure you govern in the interests of everyone…then you can have a cities ministry,” Mr Andrewssaid.

“What you can’t have is a capital cities ministry.”

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Premier pushes for cities inclusion

REGIONAL PUSH: Premier Daniel Andrews in Bendigo. Picture: NONI HYETT
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PREMIER Daniel Andrews will urge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to include regional areas in its new cities ministry, saying governments shouldn’t focus only on thenation’s capitals.

Mr Andrews will meet with Mr Turnbull at aCouncil of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney this week.

“I’m going to make sure that the prime minister and his government understand that it’s not good enough to have a capital cities agenda, you’ve got to have a capital cities and regional cities agenda,” Mr Andrews said in Bendigo last week.

“We need to make sure the national government is not all about Melbourne and Sydney and Canberra.”

Mr Andrew said his position that support for regional cities must be part of federal planning was“not negotiable”.

“Whether it’s infrastructure or education or health, it’s not just a capital cities agenda, it’s got to include regional cities,” he said.

“That’s the position of the Victorian government andwe look forward to the prime minister agreeing.”

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Faith drives health dream

GOAL REALISED: Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie, who unveiled the plaque at the opening of Daintree Allied and Specialist Health on Friday, celebrates with directors Alfeen and Ajit Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn.THE commitment to their goal shown byowners of a Wodonga health clinichas led to another service arising just next door.
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Daintree Allied and Specialist Health opened officially on Friday, with Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie unveiling the plaque inthe new building’s entry.

Directors Ajit and Alfeen Varghese and Thant and Aimee Syn startedthe adjacent Daintree Medical Centre in 2013 and expected a second stage might evolve in five to seven years.

But as Dr Ajit Varghese told guests at Friday’s opening, the need in the region for a range of services ata single centre brought their plans forward.

“Themedical centre that we saw next door was aleap of faith; the allied health and specialist health centre that you are in now isa bigger leap,” he said.

“(In the Bible) Hebrews 11-12 says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The centre includes cardiology and respiratory services, chiropractic services, counselling and psychotherapy, dentistry and orthodontics as well as diabetic education and management.

In addition will be exercise physiology, a dietitian, myotherapy and Bowen therapy, pathology services, physiotherapy, podiatry and sleep apnoea testing.

Dr Varghese said training and teaching was alsoimportant to himand his wife and Dr and Mrs Syn.

“Thant once said to me that he’s not going to take these skills with him to the grave, he wants to impart them to the next generation and that’s exactly what we strongly believe in,”he said.

Dr Alfeen Varghese said the needs of patients they saw each day highlighted the demand for such a centre in Wodonga.

“There’s no reason why we as regional and rural Australians should have a restricted access to health care professionals,”she said.

“The faith we had in our mission and the potential it had to make a difference in the life of our patients helped us to overcome obstructions and complete this project.

“I dream of the day when facilities such as these are available to every patient of Australia, irrespective of the region they live in.”

The directors thanked groups such asNordcon Land, Connelly Construction and Wodonga Council for their help towards the $1.6 million centre.

Cr Speedie, who also opened the nearby medical centre two years ago, said Daintree was now a major employer with 60 staff members andcongratulated the directors fortheir vision.

“It really is the first time that we’ve seen all of these services in one facility in Wodonga,” she said.

“It will make it easier for our community to actually access health, and access health affordably.”

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Riverina sits on ‘solar riches’

LET’S BUILD THEM: Labor senate candidate says solar farms could be a huge source of revenue for the Riverina.
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A LaborSenate candidate has claimedit’sa “no-brainer” that government and industryshould be building the solar artillery of the Riverina.

Muttama-based Vivien Thomson, a Senate candidate for NSW, is building momentum after more than 100 locals last week marched on Riverina MP Michael McCormack’s office to coincide with the climate talks in Paris.

Ms Thomson said if Germany can build its solar potential, so too can the Riverina – a place with“some of the best sunshine in the world”.

“The sun is anenergy resource that’s not going away,” she said.“A lot of people around here are already building houses off the grid, pretty soon I think we’ll start to see whole towns off the grid.This is an industry that continues to grow and it’s an industry we can be part of.”

Vivien Thomson.

Ms Thomson pointed to California, which has a rapidly expanding solar industry and vast solar farms, as an example of the Riverina’s potential. Theirsolar industry now employs more than 50,000 people after huge investment.

“I’ve been looking at what California has achieved in all those years and it is phenomenal,” Ms Thomson said.

“The money that is generated out of renewable energy in California is mind-blowing.

“Ican’t understand why we’re not going down that path.”

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Parks chief will walk Grampians Peak Trail

HONOURED: Bradley Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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NEW Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux will visit Halls Gap and the Grampians on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of western and southern areas of the state.

Mr Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap about midday before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail.

Mr Fauteux is the former managing director of Ontario Parks and a former chair and board member at the Canadian Parks Council.

He has extensive experience in park management, environmental issues and stakeholder relations andhas also developed and implemented digital technologies which have played a vital role in transforming the communication of park experiences for Ontarian park users.

Mr Fauteux is a champion of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach to park management, which originated in Victoria and has since been adopted around the world.

“I have been blessed to serve as a leader in the public service for the last 13 years and I am honoured to continue that service in the great state of Victoria as the chief executive of Parks Victoria,” he said.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and dedicated group of colleagues, who are caring for the environment and combating the effects of climate change, is humbling.”

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Energy lease due next year

The leasing of Endeavour Energy’s “poles and wires” is not likely to happen before the middle of next year.
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NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced the leasing of Transgrid last month. The leasing process for Endeavour Energy is expected to start in the middle of next year.

This means the network, which services the Illawarra region, will be the last of the three networks to enter the leasing process.

The process is duebe completed by December 2016.

The news comes after the government late last month announced the successful tender of Transgrid, netting gross proceeds of $10.2 billion.

“Thisexcellent outcome is a sign of the market’s confidence in the NSW economy as Australia’s number one state to do business,” Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said.

The Transgrid lessee is aconsortium that includes a Canadian pension fundand investment groups based in Australia andAbu Dhabi.

The government’s long-term leasing of Transgrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour networks is designed to recoup at least $20 billion.

This money will be spent on infrastructure projects, including the Albion Park Rail Bypass.

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Spry performance gets win

A marvellous bowling display by Tom Spry helped his Yenda Jets get the goods over Exies in the Griffith District Cricket Association first grade competition.
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STARTING TO MOVE: Mick Turnell got Yenda off to a good start over the weekend in what turned out to be their second victory for the year. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

Spry came away with the figures of 6-32 off 10.4 overs.

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This performance comes off the back of a very consistent start to the year in which Spry has claimed a wicket every time he’s been thrown the ball.

It was Yenda who wanted to set the standard early on anddecided to bat first after having won the toss.

Things got off to a bit of a shaky start with both of Yenda’s openers falling for single digits.

Mick Turnell took the slow and steady approach while Spry came out hitting.

Spry got himself to 21 off 17 balls before he was trapped in front by Justin Winkler.

When Mick Turnell was dismissed for 17 the match was in the balance at 4-59.

Mark O’Connor made sure to push things back in Yenda’s favour.

He along withMatthew Bruce (13) andShaun Stubbs (20) gradually pushed the score past the 100 mark and beyond.

O’Connor was bowled byRoger Andreatta for 45 which left Yenda 6-120 after 40 overs.

Some late runs by captainBrett Hazleman (16) and good hitting byNeil Burke (10 not out off 9) left them at 8-162 when Hazleman declared right after the fall of his wicket.

Winkler was the best of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-29 off 11.1.

Exies got their innings off to a flyer.

Winkler knocked them all around the park for a quick-fire 18 off 18 whileDylan Gillette also kept things ticking along with his 26 off 39.

When the pair where dismissed Exies sat at 2-57 after just twelve-and-a-half overs.

This is when Spry was thrown the ball and almost immediately caused trouble.

He took care ofPhil Burge (19) and then got Mark Shepherd next ball for a golden duck.

Not long after Spry gotMark Tucker to knock one back at him for a caught and bowled. This left Exies 5-89.

The tail didn’t last much longer as Spry continued to dominate. Exies finished all out for 127.

Andrew Potter and Brett Hazleman also chimed in with a pair of wickets on the day to help Yenda get just their second win of the season.

The victory puts them in fourth position on the ladder as they leapfrog Exies.

Yenda will look to make it back-to-back wins next week when they take on the resurgentHanwood.

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#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 2Photos

#TBT GALLERY: Daily Liberal December 1989 – Part 2 | Photos A look at more photos from the pages of the Daily Liberal in December 1989.
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Parks chief will walk Grampians Peak Trail

HONOURED: Bradley Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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NEW Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux will visit Halls Gap and the Grampians on Monday as part of a whirlwind tour of western and southern areas of the state.

Mr Fauteux will meet with Parks Victoria staff in Halls Gap about midday before walking part of the Grampians Peak Trail.

Mr Fauteux is the former managing director of Ontario Parks and a former chair and board member at the Canadian Parks Council.

He has extensive experience in park management, environmental issues and stakeholder relations andhas also developed and implemented digital technologies which have played a vital role in transforming the communication of park experiences for Ontarian park users.

Mr Fauteux is a champion of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach to park management, which originated in Victoria and has since been adopted around the world.

“I have been blessed to serve as a leader in the public service for the last 13 years and I am honoured to continue that service in the great state of Victoria as the chief executive of Parks Victoria,” he said.

“The opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and dedicated group of colleagues, who are caring for the environment and combating the effects of climate change, is humbling.”

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Trio tight at top of A Grade ladder

BRIM-Kellelac-Sheep Hills, Donald and Jeffcott cannot be separated at the top of the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association ladder.
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TON: Liam Leith, right, scored an impressive century at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

The trio of sides are all log-jammed on 36 points after round eight, which saw Donald move within striking distance and Jeffcott blow its chance of taking poll position.

Donald’s Jake Leith fired 100 not out on Saturday as his side posted 5-172 before bowling out St Arnaud for 62.

Jeffcott could have moved into first alone with a win against St Mary’s at the weekend, and looked to have it on the ropes after bowling it out for 50.

But an equally poor effort in the middle saw Jeffcott make just 44.

Birchip lost just one wicket on its way to 130, chasing down Marnoo’s total of 125.

Wycheproof-Narraport took on Hopetoun, but no results were provided.

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