Celebrity spotting in Whyalla

Many may have seen singer Carmen Smith around town this week.
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She is most recognised from the Voice Australia and as the lead female vocalist in the film clip for Guy Sebastian’s hit song, Gold.

Currently on tour with Guy Sebastian, Carmen performed at the Middleback Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday night to a sold out show.

As a Sydney girl, it was Carmen’s first visit to Whyalla but she said it was somewhere she had always wanted to see.

“I know about Whyalla because my husband’s parents when they first moved from Brazil, this is where they came,” she said.

“My brother-in-law was born here and then they moved to Adelaide and that’s where my husband was born.”

Whyalla was the first stop on the regional tour for Guy and Carmen before they head to Renmark and then onto dozens of other locations across the country.

“There is a lot of driving involved but the thing with the regional tour is that we get to see the country,” Carmen said.

“I just love that Guy can do a tour like this because I feel that regional places don’t always get those kind of concerts.”

Carmen said she loved performing at more intimate venues such as in Whyalla.

“It was amazing and it was good fun,” she said.

“The problem with massive theatres is that you can’t see anyone and I like seeing their faces.”

Carmen has been a friend of Guy Sebastian’s for almost 10 years now, first meeting when she auditioned to be one of the singers on his 2004 Armageddon tour.

“We have just been friends ever since,” she said.

Last year Carmen made it through to Joel Madden’s team on the Voice after performing a superb rendition of Alicia Key’s song ‘How come you don’t call me?’

However, controversy surrounded the popular contestant when she was asked to leave the show for featuring in Guy’s song Gold.

“I actually can’t believe it has been a year since all of that happened, it was a bit of a crazy time but now I can look back at it and for me it was the right thing to happen,” Carmen said.

“The show was amazing but it was like one moment in 10 years of singing.”

Carmen said she went into the show with a relaxed attitude and was never out to win.

“It was never a competition for me, it was more to prove to myself that I was a good singer and now I am back on tour doing exactly want I was doing before,” she said.

While only a short visit, Carmen said she enjoyed seeing the town and could not believe the redness of the dirt.

The show has received rave reviews from audience members who were left wanting more.

On Tuesday night, some dedicated fans met Guy Sebastian and were lucky enough to snap a photo with the star.

CONCERT: Kirsty Davis caught Guy Sebastian after he left his concert on Tuesday.

LUCKY: Emily Boundey was lucky enough to meet Guy Sebastian after his concert on Tuesday night.

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A million reasons to buy a Pink Bun

Whyalla Bakers Delight will join more than 600 Bakers Delight bakeries this month aiming to raise $1.2 million for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).
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From today until May 22, Whyalla Bakers Delight will be donating 100 per cent of the sales from its pink finger buns as part of its pink bun campaign.

With Bakers Delight bakeries across the country turning pink, the aim is to raise a record breaking $1.2 million to help fund BCNA’s work to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best treatment, care and support possible.

The money raised thanks to Bakers Delight customers will support BCNA’s free information resources, such as the My Journey Kit, a resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Whyalla Bakers Delight team hope to make this their most successful Pink Bun campaign ever, aiming to do their bit to better the $1million raised in 2012. Last year Whyalla Bakers Delight raised $2075 for the Pink Bun campaign and franchisee Stephen Lisk said this year the team is looking to raise more than $2500.

“With the generous support of the Whyalla community, we think we can beat this easily,” Mr Lisk said.

A breast cancer survivor herself, BCNA chief executive officer Maxine Morand said the support provided through the Bakers Delight Pink Bun campaign is just as important as ever.

“The Pink Bun campaign raised more than $1 million for BCNA in 2012, and last year 81 per cent of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia received a My Journey Kit,” Ms Morand said.

“That’s a figure we’re incredibly proud of at BCNA, but one that wouldn’t be possible without the help of Bakers Delight and their customers.”

With Mother’s Day only a few weeks away, Ms Morand said buying pink buns was a nice way to say Happy Mother’s Day while supporting grandmothers, mothers and daughters across the country.

“Why not make a difference this Mother’s Day by buying your mum or kids a meaningful treat?” Ms Morand said.

“Hundred per cent from the sale of your Pink Bun will come directly to BCNA to support Australians affected by breast cancer.”

Customers will also be encouraged to leave a personal message on a Pink Lady silhouette for a gold coin donation.

The message may be in support or memory of a loved one with breast cancer in their family or community.

The silhouettes will then be displayed around each local bakery during the campaign.

TURNING PINK: Supporting the pink bun campaign were (from left) chemotherapy patient Leanne Lines and Whyalla Bakers Delight staff sales manager Sarah Haake and sales assistant Kim Pudney.

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PATS review overdue

OUT OF POCKET: Resident Carl Le Bon said the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme needed to be updated to better rflect the rising costs of living.Whyalla resident Carl Le Bon has welcomed the announcement by the state government that they will be reviewing the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme.
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Mr Le Bon said the PATS system was long overdue for a review and that things needed to change to better reflect the current cost of living.

“The system is damaged,” Mr Le Bon said.

“The only changes to the PATS scheme in the last 13 years is that a pensioner can have a single night’s accommodation instead of two nights if required, previously you had to have two nights.

“The other change is the difficulty in accessing the system particularly in the past 18 months.”

Currently the PATS system provides a partial subsidy to pay for travel and accommodation costs for rural and remote South Australians travelling more than 100 kilometres to see a specialist.

Mr Le Bon said patients can use the subsidy for accommodation of their choice with the current reimbursement up to $66.

Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2000, Mr Le Bon said during this time accommodation was around $87 per night and nowadays you would be looking at $150 per night.

As for fuel, Mr Le Bon said petrol was around 85 cents per litre in 2000 but now it costs $1.50 to $1.60 a litre.

“There’s been no increase to PATS benefits since that time,” Mr Le Bon said.

“The cost of living has increased and this hasn’t been reflected by the PATS benefits.”

In late 2011, the PATS system was updated for all patients across Country Health SA to make the payment process more efficient, consistent, faster and fairer.

Mr Le Bon said now that everything needs to be done electronically, it isolates many elderly people or people unfamiliar with using this method.

“Some elderly people don’t own a card and they don’t want to give their bank details so they can’t get benefits,” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said there were residents in Whyalla needing the care of medical specialists in Adelaide but the current system was too difficult for them to navigate.

“People are putting themselves at risk at the moment with the way the system is managed,” Mr Le Bon said.

“Instead of having one page to fill out they now have three.

“Especially elderly people become so disillusioned to the amount of hoops they have to jump through to get anywhere.”

Mr Le Bon said the elimination of advance payments has made a significant impact on many patients with tight incomes.

Mr Le Bon said a single pensioner he knows, simply cannot afford to pay for accommodation in Adelaide upfront and then wait for the PATS reimbursement. “He sleeps in his car and then drives home the next day,” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said with the Whyalla hospital’s new cancer unit being built, he expects that he may be asked to transfer his regime to Whyalla but he will be saying no.

“I’ve had the same support team for 13 years, these are the people that have kept me alive, why should I change?” Mr Le Bon said.

Mr Le Bon said the current system needed to change to better accommodate the regional South Australians that are being neglected because of their postcode.

“If you happen to live “outside of SA” which ends somewhere past Port Wakefield, you’re penalised,” Mr Le Bon said.

“It needs updating, it needs to be progressive not regressive.”

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Ideal conditions for hockey

ROUND two of East Gippsland hockey was played in relatively warm and sunny windy conditions.
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In the women’s competition, Sale defeated Orbost in a closely contested game in ideal conditions at Stephenson Park.

A goal early in the second half by Emily Carrolan for Sale was the only score of the match.

Bairnsdale defeated Wellington 6-0 with goals from Else Bramwell (three), Trish Comer, Kellie Whitechurch and Taryn Haylock.

Swan Reach had a solid 5-0 win over Nagle. Goals were scored by Shana Snell (two), Beck Corben, Sarah Grixti, and Jude Lunny.

EMILY Carrolan continued her scoring, helping the Sale’s men’s team draw against Orbost.

The match began at a fast pace with Sale able to score within the first minute after a breakaway move which saw Carrolan find the net.

Despite Orbost pressing hard and looking dangerous at times, Sale’s 1-0 lead remained intact at half-time.

The second half saw experienced campaigner Brendan Coulton level the scores.

Both sides continued to press hard and try to get a break but neither side was able to trouble the scorer.

Bairnsdale had an emphatic 15-0 victory at home against Wellington. Ed Long scored six goals, Riley Simpson four, Ry Mutimer three, Scott Smith two and Greg Wood one.

Nagle showed again it will be the team to beat with a 4-1 win over Nagle. Oscar Crunden-Smith (three) and Chas Newcomen scored for Nagle, while Swan Reach’s goal came from Dale Murrell.

In a fast high quality game, Nagle was too strong in the men’s. Swan Reach tried hard all day but was unable to match the superior firepower of Nagle.

MAFFRA had the bye.

ON Saturday Swan Reach will travel to Wellington, Orbost will host Maffra and Nagle will host Sale. Bairnsdale has the bye.

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Long-running Manningham council dispute settled

A three-year defamation dispute between former Manningham councillor David Ellis and a Chinese welfare organisation has been settled.
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Mr Ellis and former councillor Stephen Mayne were sued by the Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc (CCSSCI) over comments they made to the media in 2010.

The pair criticised the CCSSCI for submitting expansion plans for Donvale’s On Luck Nursing Home directly to the state government without properly consulting the Manningham Council.

It prompted CCSSCI to take legal action against the pair.

Manningham council chief executive Joe Carbone confirmed that the matter between Mr Ellis and the CCSSCI had reached a confidential settlement ‘‘earlier this year’’.

“The council’s insurer took carriage of the matter. The total cost to council was the insurance policy deductible (excess) of $5000,” Mr Carbone said.

Mr Ellis, who served as a Mullum Mullum ward councillor between 2008 and 2012, told TWR: “I haven’t had to pay anything or make any apology”.

Mr Mayne settled out of court in December 2011, and part of the settlement was to apologise “for any damage caused to CCSSCI’s reputation”.

The controversy surrounding the 120-bed expansion of the nursing home divided the former group of Manningham councillors.

In 2010, a councillor conduct panel found former councillor Fred Chuah guilty of misconduct over his dealings with the centre.

While on council, Mr Chuah also served as the CCSSCI chairman and was married to the CCSSCI chief executive.

The conduct panel found Mr Chuah deceived and misled the council about the remuneration he received from CCSSCI and failed to notify the council of On Luck’s development plans when he was obligated to do.

The panel called for Mr Chuah to apologise, but he resigned from the council a week later, citing health reasons.

Weekend of ups and downs

WHAT a weekend it was for the Wingham Football Club!
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Last weekend saw the women’s team record their third straight win for the season, reserve grade run away with their first win and first grade robbed of some points that should have been on the ladder.

The Wingham Women’s side travelled to Lansdowne to take on the Lions on their home turf.

What looked to be a tough challenge ahead unveiled to be an easy one for the girls as they won 3-1.

Calypso Watson looks to be in hot form this season scoring another for her third straight game. Also contributing to the scoreboard were Amba Brown and Bec Beale with important goals.

The ladies will take on the Tuncurry Tigers this weekend at home, looking to continue their winning streak. It will prove to be a tough game for them.

In Premier League the Warriors took on the Old Bar Barbarians which saw a mixture of frowns and grins as the reserve grade boys recorded their first of many victories to come and first grade robbed of victory.

With an early goal from Nick Beacham reserve grade were in fine form dominating the pitch, although Old Bar struck not long after bringing it to 1-1.

After the half time break an own goal from Wingham put Old Bar in front. A change in positioning saw Chris Boyd moved to the front which proved to be a successful move as he put away two goals into the back of the net.

A goal from James Thompson sealed the deal as the reserve grade boys put their first points on the table.

What could be dubbed as the worst decision this season saw Wingham first grade robbed of a possible win.

The Warriors were winning 1-0 with an amazing free kick from Mitch Bevitt as the ball floated over the bus load of Old Bar players packed into the wall, and curled back down into the left hand side of the net.

However a foul in the box handed Old Bar a penalty shot which they put away quickly. The scores were level at 1-1 and a Wingham player brought down in his own box which should have been a yellow card to the Old Bar player, but the referee saw it as a foul from Wingham and gave Old Bar another penalty shot, which was almost saved but again put away by Old Bar.

The game ended in a 2-1 loss as the boys walked away stunned.

This weekend in Premier League we will be at home again taking on Port United, the under 18s will be taking on Taree Wildcats in their second round clash after receiving the bye in the first round.

All your support is very much appreciated and to assist us through the season please continue it to come and cheer us on at games of all age groups.

Dylan Cowie on the attack for Wingham Warriors first grade at the sporting complex on Saturday.

Daniel Ihlow makes a clearing kick during the Warriors’ first grade match against Old Bar.

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Security guards meet over Dandenong Hospital violence

SECURITY guards at Dandenong Hospital are meeting tomorrow over the summary dismissal of a colleague after one of a series of violent incidents in the emergency department.
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Health Services Union state industrial officer Nathan Murphy said the incident was sparked by a patient punching a doctor’s face in the emergency department last month.

A guard ‘‘restrained the patient and was able to get the situation under control,’’ Mr Murphy said.

‘‘Later he was called into the office and received a summary dismissal without being given an opportunity to speak up for himself.

‘‘[Monash Health] are putting in policies that are making it more difficult for security to do its job.’’

Guards at Clayton and Dandenong hospitals are also concerned about long-running health and safety issues raised in a 2011 state inquiry , Mr Murphy said.

Their concerns mirror those of nurses who threatened to strike tomorrow over safety fears.

After talks with Monash Health this morning, Australian Nursing Federation state assistant secretary Paul Gilbert said tomorrow’s strike action would be called off if Monash Health ‘‘confirmed in writing’’ a set of agreed security measures.

Australian Nursing Federation members had demanded increased security, including for two dedicated security guards 24 hours a day at the emergency department and for clear protocols for dealing with unarmed and armed aggression against nurses.

‘‘We put three things to them and if what they confirm in writing what was spoken about in the meeting, the stop-work will not proceed.’’

A Monash Health spokeswoman said managers were ‘‘progressively implementing’’ recommendations from the 2011 state inquiry.

She said Dandenong Hospital was ‘‘in the process of working with staff’’ to introduce a Code Grey protocol — dealing with violent, unarmed people — by mid-year.

‘‘Dandenong Hospital is committed to a compressive approach to security with the implementation of even more CCTV and security personnel.

‘‘Monash Health looks forward to working with staff and stakeholders to ensure an even safer workplace environment is achieved.’’

It comes after a series of violent incidents at the emergency department including its waiting area being evacuated when a man threw concrete through the windows on Sunday. In recent months, a nurse was demoted for tackling an aggressive intruder, a nurse had part of her breast bitten off and another was threatened by a knife.

At the inquiry, a Dandenong Hospital emergency nurse submitted that her and colleagues were bitten, punched, slapped and had objects thrown at them by patients: “They pull their IVs out and throw bloodstained cannulas, sharps — any kind of weapon they can get their hands on, such as chairs — at the nursing staff.”

Local club ‘gutted’ by robbery

A SMALL community sports club is devastated after thieves stole more than $10,000 worth of equipment.
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This week was meant to be a happy time for the Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club after they successfully hosted the first State titles conducted outside Adelaide.

Club secretary Mic Bellman said members were on a high following the titles event, but that that feeling was gone now.

“It was a pretty big high after pulling off the titles,” he said.

“It (the robbery) has left us gutted.”

When it came time to clean up after the event, members of the club came out to the Doolans Road track to find the shipping container housing their equipment opened and the gear gone.

The padlock had been cut.

Club president Michael Overland was in shock at the discovery.

“It’s pretty hard to believe in a small community that this could happen,” he said. “I just don’t know – (we have) just got to get on with it and work towards replacing it.”

Among the items stolen were two AMB timing decoders worth about $4000 apiece, two laptops, a PA amplifier, a 46-inch television monitor, a couple of fire extinguishers, an esky full of soft drinks and other items used to run race meets.

Most were owned by the club but some were the property of Kincraig Motors.

Baffling the club is the fact that the merchandise is practically useless to anyone not in the remote control racing game.

“It’s a very niche market for this gear, it’s only valuable to a RC club – no-one else,” Mr Overland said.

“It’d be very hard to sell.”

He said it had taken the club some time to get the gear.

“It has taken us years and years to acquire these assets that are needed to run proper events,” he said.

“To have that stripped from us is debilitating.”

Now the rebuild will start.

“We do have some insurance – that covers some of it,” he said.

“There’s a little bit of stuff not covered by the insurance so we’ll just have to work towards replacing it.”

Members hope the club will be back on its feet soon but Mr Overland was not so sure.

“It could be six months, it could be a couple of years,” he said.

He ruled out the club being able to run the State titles next year and said the running of other events later this year would be affected.

“We’re meant to be running a round of the tri-series later this year,” he said.

“It’s going to mean borrowing from other clubs and scraping every cent together that we can to get the facility back up to scratch.

“It’s going to be a real hard task to get back to where we were.”

Naracoorte police said the theft was believed to have occurred between 10am on April 22 and 1.30 on April 25, and urged any witnesses to contact them.

Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club president Michael Overland (left, holding daughter Matilda) and secretary Mic Bellman stand in front of the small office which housed the electronics used to run race events.

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No ticket credit for ferry users 

BAY island ferry usersare outraged after ferry operator BayIsland Transit Systems (BITS) said it would not honour ferry tickets withcredit after July 1.
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Flyers from the ferry company said un-used credit on multi-triptickets would not be refunded and only TransLink tickets would be acceptedafter July 1.

“If you choose not to use the entire multi-trip ticket, thenit is your choice and you are not entitled to a refund on any unused portion ofthe ticket,” the flyer said.

Redlands MP Peter Dowling said negotiations were still underway between the ferry operator (BITS) and the state government’s TransLinkdepartment about redeeming credit on tickets.

“It’s not as if this has snuck up on us, we have known aboutthis for a long time,” Mr Dowling said.

“I don’t believe people will be disenfranchised and Ibelieve both parties will come to a common sense arrangement for the transitionperiod.

“The people who buy tickets from BITS enter an agreementwith BITS and if BITS does not provide that service then I am sure BITS will belooking at opportunities to reimburse or move them across to a differentticket.

“People who bought tickets against inflation took a gambleand the price of tickets has actually come down so it will be cheaper afterJuly1.

“There are a range of options open to people who have boughtmulti-trip tickets against inflation they can go and talk to neighbours andfriends and divest themselves of the tickets.”

Area manager Transit Systems Ferries David Thomson said ticketholders should address their concerns to Translink which would be taking over the service from BITS onJuly 1.

“TransLink has said categorically it will not redeem BITS tickets after July1 and we will not be able to because we won’t be running the service.”

The BITS decree raised angry comments from Lamb Island ratepayerEllen Ulrick and Macleay Island’s Gay Jones at this morning’s full meeting ofRedland City Council.

Both women also urged council to overturn an $88 levy onisland ratepayers to pay for the extension of the state government’s Translinkservice to the islands, which starts on July 1.

Both said they were disappointed island councillor Division5’s Mark Edwards did not raise the idea of a reprieve for islanders from the $88levy at the meeting.

Cr Edwards had planned to ask council to reassess the levy andlook at other funding options to pay for the extension of TransLink to theislands.

However, he withdrew his bid before the meeting.

“I was going to propose to the council to see if there was abetter way to fund the TransLink extension and it was my preference to fundthis extension across the entire city,” Cr Edwards said after the meeting.

Division 1 councillor Wendy Boglary said Cr Edwards’proposed motion was inflammatory and was only giving island residents “falsehope”.

“Spreading the levy across the entire city and not justtaxing island ratepayers will not work either,” Cr Boglary said.

“No ratepayer in Redlands should pay so the state government cansubsidise BITS, which will get less money in fares when cheaper Translink faresare introduced.

Bay Island Transit Systems has issued flyers claiming it will not allow unused multi-trip tickets after July 1. credit

“This should not become a fight between mainland residents and island residents.”

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Healthy intake of Indian workers

More than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health ServiceMORE than 100 people from the southern Indian state of Karala now work at the Orange Health Service and the Bloomfield campus following a successful recruitment drive aimed at attracting international workers.
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Member of the Orange Malayali Association (OMA) executive Sabu Joseph says his organisation represents 250 people from Kerala and he estimates at least 110 of them are employed in the healthcare sector in Orange and surrounding areas such as Molong.

Mr Joseph said OMA members had enjoyed a smooth transition into the local workplace with most planning to permanently “settle here”.

“Everyone’s been very welcoming, very supportive,” he said.

The director of nursing for mental health drug and alcohol at the Bloomfield campus Walter Zyla confirmed international recruits had made a valuable contribution to the workplace.

“We are fortunate to have attracted a number of overseas-trained staff to the Bloomfield campus,” Mr Zyla said.

“A majority of these registered nurses received their qualifications and trained in the UK and their skills are fully recognised by the Australian Registration Board.

“To have this cross-cultural influence in our workforce strengthens our service delivery and we value their contribution to the way we develop services which are sensitive to the community’s needs.”

Mr Zyla confirmed there were now 60 overseas-trained nurses working at the Bloomfield campus, including a number of nurses of Indian descent with both Indian and UK qualifications.

He estimates 20 percent of his workforce are overseas-trained.

Many of the nurses are employed on temporary work visas with the view that they will become permanent visas once the nurses have spent two years in that position.


In 2013 Orange hospital has employed eight nurses from the UK, India and the Philippines with one UK-trained midwife to take a position with the Orange Health Service soon.

In 2013 year the Bloomfield campus employed three registered nurses of Indian descent.

The Orange Health Service* recruited 20 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

The Bloomfield campus recruited 66 overseas-trained nurses in 2012.

There are 450 nurses on staff (full time, part time and casual) at the Orange Health Service.

* The Orange Health Service refers to Orange hospital staff and health workers operating within the community, excluding the Bloomfield campus.

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