Changing lives, saving money

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Southern Highlands Parkinson’s Support Group convenor Dympna Irwin, right, with group member and Parkinson’s patient Reg Pratley. Photo Ainsleigh SheridanA DEDICATED neurological nurse for the Highlands and Tablelands could ease suffering and save money, says Dympna Irwin.
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The Southern Highlands Parkinson’s Support Group convenor was a Parkinson’s carer of 28 years for her late husband, Rod.

Mrs Irwin will convene a forum this Friday on the need for a nurse who specialises in neurological care to be based in the local area.

The forum will be hosted with the Macarthur and Goulburn Parkinson’s support groups and the Stroke Southern Highlands Support Group.

A neurological nurse specialist could care for stroke and multiple sclerosis patients as well as those with Parkinson’s, Mrs Irwin said.

Wollongong, Nowra and the Eurobodalla shire had dedicated neurological nurses, but there were none “from Campbelltown to Yass”, she said

“There’s never been a nurse up here,” Mrs Irwin said. “All we’ve had is a talk.”

President of the Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group, Betty Byrn, also a spousal carer, had acquired the shire’s nurse after leading intensive lobbying.

Mrs Irwin hoped to achieve the same by showing health administrators and carers how a local nurse specialist could ease suffering and save health spending.

A “dual-discipline” neurological nurse specialist would be a patient’s first contact and liaison, through home-based care, for allied health services.

In effect, the nurse would be a case manager between patients and a range of therapists for speech, neurology, movement, and GPs and pharmacists.

They would help support and educate “the unpaid carers as well as help support self-care and preserve patients’ sense of wellbeing,” Mrs Irwin said.

Such primary intervention would delay or negate the need for hospital admissions, which Mrs Irwin said often had poor outcomes for neurological-needs patients.

Timing of medications was a particular challenge, even under hospital care; administered incorrectly, there were “shocking side-effects,” Mrs Irwin said.

The combined challenges of medications, dressing and transport also made lengthy travel to see a nurse specialist “a physical hardship”, she said.

The forum is September 18, 10.30am to noon, at Mittagong RSL Club on Bessemer St.

RSVP asap to Mrs Irwin on 4869 5252.

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Salon of the year in Bowral

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The award-winning Ella Bache Bowral team: Merilyn Knight and Kylee Raffety (Curtin) seated at front with Kerrie Barlow, Petrina Jones, Louise Johnson, Chelsea Neal and Linda Willis. Photo by Victoria LeeIT’S a hat-trick for Ella Bache Bowral following a recent win at the annual ELLA awards.
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The local beauty salon was awarded NSW State Salon of the Year to recognise the Bowral team’s outstanding performance and commitment to the Ella Bache brand.

The ELLA awards ceremony is the focal point of Ella Bache’s annual calendar and rewards excellence in all aspects of beauty therapy and small business.

The award was presented to the Bowral team by CEO Pippa Hallas, sales and marketing director Michael Knox and the evening’s MC and special guest Corinne Grant.

Ella Bache Bowral salon owner Merilyn Knight, who came on board as salon owner with her husband Ian in 2009, said she felt her team’s success came down to their focus on “the customer and the whole Ella Bache experience”.

Mrs Knight said she was extremely honoured to have her and her team’s work recognised at such a high level.

“The team is earnestly grateful for the recognition for the hard work and commitment for 2015,” she said. “They really deserve the recognition from Ella Bache.”

This is the third year in a row that Ella Bache Bowral has been awarded at a state and national level.

In 2013 Ella Bache Bowral took out State Therapist of the Year, and the national award for Franchisee of the Year.

Then in 2014 the store was awarded State Salon Manager Trainer of the Year and State Salon of the Year.

To follow these awards up with another win this year was an achievement in itself.

“Kylee was also a finalist for this year’s State Salon Manager Trainer of the Year again,” Mrs Knight.

“As well as our success in the ELLA awards, we really appreciate the loyalty of our clients.”

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Foster well-being

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Volunteers and residents enjoy a Halloween Party. Photo suppliedAN organisation in the Southern Highlands is looking for volunteers for a few hours each week to provide a range of support to its clients.
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This organisation provides support both in the homes of the clients and at their centre.

The following positions are available:

o Someone who has a flare for arts and crafts: simply bring your passion for your hobby for one-to-two hours a week. All that is required is someone who has an understanding of the limitations of the clients and can see the value in sharing with people who have a disability.

o Companion for a female resident: an hour a week is all you need to provide time with a lady in her 50s to go for a walk or outings, particularly having a coffee and a chat.

o Computer tutor: If you have basic computer skills particularly Microsoft Word, a resident working on story writing would love to have your assistance at a time flexible to you.

o Advocate: This is an interesting task which requires a day a month (can be two half days) to be the advocate on behalf of resident clients to the management committee. It requires someone who preferably has a background in disability services, who is able to relate with and to people with disability and has an interest in their wellbeing.

Volunteering is a great way to meet others while feeling good about yourself. There are many studies indicating that volunteering is good for your health as well as adding to the social good.

If you are sitting at home reading this and thinking any of these tasks would suit you, please get in touch with Helen, Jackie, Sandy, Barry, Vanessa or Bea at the Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre now on 4869 4617 or email [email protected]论坛 for more details. Alternatively drop into the Centre at Queen Street, Moss Vale and talk to the friendly and experienced staff.

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Unnecessary drivel: letter

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Letter to the editor.Re “Community expresses rail concerns” (SHN September 9):
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Ms Fisk “questioned who would maintain and upgrade the railway lines”? Boral, ARTC and Transport NSW maintain parts of the railway lines in question and charge an access fee for this purpose. It is based on per tonne/kilometres, unlike trucks who only pay annual or monthly charges regardless of how many tonne/kilometres they run.

These trains will not be any heavier or longer than the current trains that Glencore … or Centennial Coal [run]. Yes, there would be an increased maintenance task, but that’s what the access charges are for. The “44-cart trains” would be the same length as the 45-wagon trains currently run from Glencore’s Tahmoor colliery.

I agree 100 per cent with Mr Duncan that there would be no impact on safety. How can an increase in volume of trains decrease safety?

To say that “passenger trains will always take priority over our trains”, the majority of the trip will be on the line through Robertson, which only sees the Cockatoo Run train every now and then.

Mr Robertson comments: “The worst case scenario would be two trains crossing over about once every hour. This could close off the Illawarra Highway for about 15 minutes at peak times”.

The crossing loop (passing siding) at Robertson isn’t long enough for two coal trains to pass there so the crossing wouldn’t be affected for longer than a few minutes while the train passes. When there is a big wheat harvest and up to 10 wheat trains running each way each day through Robertson and the passing siding, will Mr Robertson be complaining and getting those trains stopped?

Finally, the line through Robertson can see up to 20 trains each way a day when track work causes trains to be diverted from the Illawarra line and about the same during a big wheat harvest.

Perhaps Ms Fisk and Mr Robertson should be joining the push for the Maldon to Dombarton rail line to be completed, which might be able to be used by these trains?

I wonder if they have considered the alternative could be to road haul the coal, which would be 160 B-double trucks each way a day on Picton Rd.

Danny Webb via Facebook

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School for Life dinner

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GROW Katuuso, a fundraising dinner hosted by the School for Life Foundation, took place in Bowral last week.
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Held at Biota Dining, the dinner focused on raising money to provide support to Katuuso Primary and Vocational School in rural Uganda.

Tim Macartney-Snape, one of Australia’s best-known mountaineers, was a special guest at the evening and spoke of his two expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest.

Since 2008, School For Life has provided high-quality primary education, vocational training, three nutritious meals per day, health care, clean drinking water, agriculture and literacy programs to more than 500 Ugandans.

School for Life Foundation co-founder Annabelle Chauncy OAM said the foundation had purchased an additional 30 acres of land to build another primary school, and a secondary school in the nearby community of Bujuuko.

“It was amazing, a hugely successful event,” Ms Chauncy said.

“We ended up raising $24,000, with more than 140 people attending from the Southern Highlands.

“That was well above our expectations,” she said.

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Corinna Philpott and Kirsty Siedentopf.

Jess and Ali Malcolm at Grow Katuuso.

Kevin Fizgerald and Natalie Lane from Fitzgerald Lane. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Liz Uliana and Sam Beresford at the School For Life fundraising dinner.

Margie Stuart and Patricia Dudley.

Melissa Alison and Christina Boyd Jones.

Alison Lalak and Natasha Wainberg at the School for Life Foundation fundraiser.

Brett Morgan with Andrew Bailey showed their support.

Jill Chauncy, School For Life co-founder Annabelle Chauncy, Anne Crisp and Peter Chauncy. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Robbie Edwards and Kate Boyle at the School for Life Foundation fundraising dinner.

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Greeny Flat in line for award

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FINALIST: Andrew Lemann with his Greeny Flat. Photo by Megan DrapalskiTHE Greeny Flat in Mittagong is one of two finalists in the residential category for the Green Globe Awards.
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The flat’s builder, Andy Lemann, will find out whether he has won the Excellence in Sustainability – Built Residential category in mid October.

Mr Lemann said it was the first time the awards had included a residential category.

“I’m hoping if we win it will give credibility to what we have achieved,” he said.

Those achievements include the flat exporting more than three times more energy to the grid than it imports, maintaining comfortable temperatures year-round with no additional heating or cooling, and using on one-fifth of the main water of the average two-bedroom home.

“I would like to see change on a broad scale. Our current housing situation is appalling; we have the biggest, most inefficient houses in the world. I would like to see the money that goes into building bigger houses redirected towards building smaller, more sustainable houses,” he said.

The Green Globe award recognises organisations or individuals that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing residential buildings and improving the sustainability of the built environment.

Mr Lemann hoped that exposure through the awards would give him access to people such as project home builders and industry regulators.

“Even if I can just get a foot in the door so I can bend their ears. I would like to ramp up the Greeny Flat concept so that people start to think about building houses that are affordable to live in, not just to buy,” he said.

The Green Globe Awards are run by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

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Electric atmosphere for baseball grand finals

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Gavin Carney pitches on Saturday. Pete Preston in action in the field.
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Marc Barnes about to let one go.

THE atmosphere was electric and the teams pumped for the Hastings Baseball grand final day at Blackbutt Park.

Giants took out premierships in A and B grades in a big day for the club on Saturday.

In the B grade, Giants beat Spartans 11-8.

Spartans came in as minor premiers after going through the season undefeated.

Giants were considered by many as the underdog, but they were up for the challenge.

They got off to an impressive five run start with the bat, but Spartans never let them get too far away.

Giants’ best with the bat was Tony Brown, who hit two doubles and two singles from four at bat.

He was followed closely by Andrew Campbell and Bailey Smith, with a double each. Jo Bonney hit two singles.

Mick Dagert hit two sacrifice flies to score two runners.

Spartans’ Andrew Taylor had a double and single.

Bryden Kouwenberg, Chris Oliver, Howard Marzan and Matt Allen all hit singles.

Giants backed up the minor premiership with a 10-4 win over Pirates in the A grade final.

The game was a thrill a minute, with excellent batting and fielding from both sides.

Matt Adkins, fielding at right field for Giants, took a brilliant diving catch just millimetres from the ground.

He also just missed another similar catch though quickly recovered to fire the ball to Adam Pelley at shortstop, who tagged second base then threw to Michael Pelley at catcher to tag the runner there for a top double play.

Luke Hawkes at leftfield took four great catches.

Giants’ strength is in their batting. Adam Pelley hit three from three at bat. Trent Begley hit in three from four. Greg McPhee two from two.

Pitching for Pirates, Marc Barnes had two innings, four hits and four walks.

Gavin Carney had four innings, nine hits, three strikeouts and two walks.

Giants’ Jon Waite pitched seven innings for eight hits, six strikeouts, six walks.

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A walk of art

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Project co-ordinator Gerry Kroon welcomed more than 50 people to the opening of the Empire Art Walk.EVERYONE knows Empire Cinema is the place to see a movie, and now you can see art work there too.
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Visual arts students from each of the region’s high schools produced a work themed around the history of film, to tie in with the Empire Cinema’s centenary celebrations.

The Empire Cinema Art Walk, in the walkway outside the cinema, was officially opened on Friday afternoon by esteemed artist John Olsen.

Local artist Carlos Barrios was also in attendance, with the attendees welcomed to the gathering by project co-ordinator Gerry Kroon.

The project will see artworks by each school shown for a period of time, before they are sold and the profits returned to the schools – to be replaced by updated works so that the cycle can continue in perpetuity.

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Distinguished artist John Olsen was impressed by the quality of works included in the Empire Art Walk. Photo by Victoria Lee

Chevalier College student Jemma Malloy (Year 11) spoke about her inspiration for her school’s contribution to the art walk.

John Olsen discusses Frensham’s artwork with students Willa Robinson, Katie Marsh, Maddy Conomos and Stephanie Markerink.

Alexia Cheaib (Year 11) from Oxley College, pictured with John Olsen, discussed the collaborative process of creating the art work with students from Year 7 to 11.

Artists John Olsen and Remke Veness-Kroon.

Southern Highlands Christian School teacher Emma Llewelyn with Bri Graham and Bethany Herford from Year 9 who undertook the artwork with peers Emily Knowles and Celeste Murdoch.

Magic Young (Year 8) from Bowral High with her school’s contribution to Bowral’s newest art scene.

Moss Vale High School students Kristie Moore (Year 10), Margaret Fitzgerald (Year 9) and Sarah Head (Year 10) with their Empire Art Walk work.

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Last jump for thrill seeker Lucky Chance

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Lucky Chance died following a jump from what is known as the “death swing” at Hanging Rock, seven kilometres from Blackheath.
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Lucky Chance was a well-known circus performer and adventurer.

Police and a NSW Ambulance helicopter with a doctor and paramedic were called to the spot at 1pm last Tuesday after Mr Chance hit a ledge, but efforts to stabilise him failed and he died about 3.25pm.

Blue Mountains Detective Inspector Dietmar Almer said yesterday there didn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances and police were currently preparing a brief for the coroner.

“There were at least 10 other people that were there that were witnesses to the incident and that’s why the investigation has been a bit lengthy at this stage … There are still further statements that need to be obtained,” he said.

Mr Chance was almost killed at the same spot in 2011 when his parachute got tangled around his leg and failed to open. Miraculously, he landed on his feet without a scratch.

– with Catherine Armitage

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Louise Markus coy on leadership vote

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Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Leader Julie Bishop address the media at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday following Tony Abbott s defeat in a ballot 54 44. Photo: Alex EllinghausenFederal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus remained tightlipped on who she supported in the Liberal Party leadership contest on Monday night.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott was defeated by Malcolm Turnbull 54 – 44 in the ballot.

The Gazette asked Mrs Markus’ office who she supported in the ballot but she replied in a statement only that her “priority is to continue to focus on and fight for what is important to the people of Macquarie”.

“I will continue to represent the people of Macquarie to the best of my ability. My commitment to residents of the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains remains the same,” she said.

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