Archive For 20/03/2019

Shining light on PTSD

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It’s a hidden illness –debilitating, painful and all consuming but so often sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are left to fight their battles alone.
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A baton motorbike ride is among a growing list of events designed to raise the awareness and public profile of the disease and more importantly save lives.

Mates Dean Marks and John Curran founded Shepherds Australia in recent years. They have both lived with PTSD for decades and wanted to help others also battling.

Riders will drive across Victoria passing a hand-made baton made by the NSW Richmond RSL to other riders next week.

“The baton holds great significance as it demonstrates the need to “share the burden” as you would in a relay race,” Mr Marks said.

“You cannot win a relay alone, we must be willing to “share the burden” and each do our bit.”

Mr Curran has lived with PTSD for decades.

The former security officer said many workers in high-stress jobs, including nurses and tow truck drivers, often suffered PTSD unnoticed.

“Both of us have had friends who have committed suicide,” Mr Curran said.

“In my earlier years, alcohol played a major part in my life. I used it as a tool.”

He hasn’t had a drink in 32 years and says he recognition that he was drinking too much allowed him to properly address his PTSD.

“I’ve had to deal with the demons within. There is a heightened sense of awareness all the time, sleep patterns interrupted, you have to live with it on your mind,” Mr Curran said.

“My life–even on the outside looked very successful–in the inside I was often depressed, angry at life, angry at myself.

“I had a young family. I was going through a whole lot of lifestyle changes. I had to look at me andwhat was causing me the problems.”

Mr Curran said the ride brought people, with a common interest, together.

He said itwas often during these social activities that the pain people were experiencing came out. The ride will come through Ballarat on February 17. All funds raised will be donated toWhiskey’s Wish, a not for profit that trains specialist assistance dogs to help those with PTSD. For more:梧桐夜网ozbmad.info

RIDING TO SURVIVE: Dean Marks holds the baton that will be passed from rider to rider to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Severe fire conditions forecast tomorrow

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Fire could threaten properties with little warning if it takes hold this weekend, the RFS says. Photo: NSW RFS.Soaring temperatures and deteriorating weather conditions have forced the RFS to extend Friday’s total fire ban over the weekend.
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A top of 42 degrees and westerly winds forecast at 25km/h to 40km/h have pushed the the fire danger rating to severe.

The Total Fire Ban declared for the Yass Valley, Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire council areas for Friday has been extended to midnight Sunday,NSW RFS Southern Tablelands Zone Manager, Superintendent Peter Alleysaid.

“Under the predicted conditions fires will be uncontrollable, fast moving and could threaten properties with little warning. These conditions will also make controlling any fires that break out very challenging for fire fighters,” he said.

The Southern Tablelands RFS zone has stepped up its level of readiness. Operational officer Daniel Osborne said personnel would be on standby at many of the 63 brigades across the zone.

“We will also have a preemptive management team based at Crookwell so if a fire breaks out, they will be there to take control,” he said.

Extra resources, including strike teamsfrom the South Coast, where the fire danger rating is not as high, will also be on standby to help Southern Tablelands in the event of a major fire.

Mr Osborne said the zone had 145 vehicles and could call on Fire and Rescue NSW assistance.

“We’re confident we can manage anything that happens. A lot of (preparatory) work has been done today but obviously, if anything breaks out it will be very difficult to control,” he said.

He praised the community for quickly reporting fires and for their caution during recent hot weather.

No fires had broken out in any of the council areas as of 4.30pm Friday.

Mr Alley advised that leaving early was always the safest option in the event of fire.

“It is so important for residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan so they know what they will do if a fire was to threaten their property or community,”he said.

“I would recommend that all residents review their Bush Fire Survival Plan with their family, keep themselves informed, monitor conditions and be ready to act if necessary.”

Residents can stay informed by checking 梧桐夜网rfs.nsw.gov419论坛/fire-information, by calling the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 or by downloading the ‘Fires Near Me’ app for smart devices.

Should residents see a fire without a fire truck in attendance, they should report it immediately to Triple Zero (000).

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Making a more inclusive community

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Emily King, Karen Carney, Inverell mayor Paul Harmon, Cheryl Youll, Sarah Ehsman, Macee Stewart and Cssie Baker.With one in five people in Australia living with a disability, Inverell Shire Council has launched a new survey to ensure the shire is a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.
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Last week, Council released its Draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan, which sets out five key directions as well as priority actions to help people with a disability get around, access information, participate in cultural and recreational activities and have their say on shaping the shire’s future.

The draft plan is now available for residents to view and also provide feedback as to how the community can do things better.

Council mayor, Paul Harmon says Council is putting the town’s facilities and services under the microscope to find opportunities for improving the way people with a disability are included in the community on a day-to-day basis.

“Traditionally we have probably a higher population of people with disabilities,” he said of Inverell. He encouraged people with disabilities and those who care for them to participate in the survey and help “make our community even better”.

In recent years, the council has focused on extending the town’swalking paths and cycleways networks, which Cr Harmon said was great opportunity for all residents, including those in gophers and wheelchairs,to enjoy the outdoors and stay active.

“We have also established the all abilities playground in Victoria Park to enable all children to play side-by-side, regardless of ability,” he said.

“That came about by some discussions with people with children with disabilities, who’d say ‘We want to be able to go to a park as a family and play,’” he said.

Cr Harmon saidthe plan also focuses on identifying broader opportunities to build inclusion and be a more welcoming community to people with a disability.

“As a council, we want to make sure our broader services and facilities accommodate the needs of people with a disability and that even our local shops are understanding of the needs of all our residents. We need the help of the community to do this”.

A copy of the Draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan is available for viewing at the Council Administration Centre in Otho Street, at Inverell Library, and online at 梧桐夜网inverell.nsw.gov419论坛, along with a link to the survey. The survey is available until 1 March 2017.

The plan and survey are available in other accessible formats upon request. Please contact the council on [email protected]论坛 or phone 02 67288288.

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Kinross claims maiden Mountains and Plains trophy

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RELAY RECORD SETTERS: Kinross’ 12 and under girls’ relay team of Amelia Hinrichsen, Gabby Shilling, Collette Lyons, Georgie Geyer broke Mountains and Plains medley and freestyle records. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDFor the first time since the NSW Swimming Mountains and Plains Area Championship’s inception, Kinross Wolaroi School was crowned champions on the back of an enormous showing in Lithgow last week.
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In a field of 350, Kinross’ 40 swimmers accumulated almost 1000 points –points are received for championship swims, open events and distance swims –with every swimmer contributing valuable points.

The school’s individual swimmers and teams came away with a myriad of awards and records too, namely Ethan Crisp, Oliver McLaughlin, Josie Gillham and Max Keown, who competed in their 1500 metre races in the name of earning the team some extra points.

On top of that, Kinross also competed for the Touzell Memorial Shield, a 10x50m freestyle relay event made up of non-representative swimmers.

Each team receives a nominated time, the shield is awarded to the side which swims closest to that time. Kinross was given 6.15as a nominated time and swam 6.16.58 –a difference of just one 1.58 seconds.

Ten of Kinross’ guns claimed age champion titles, in Collette Lyons (11 years), Amelia Hinrichsen (12 years), OIiver McLaughlin (13 years), Zoe Keown (14 years), Jade Browne and Ben Gillham (15 years), Georgia Lewis (16 years), Thomas Geyer and Josie Gillham (17 years) and Brandon Fraser (18 years).

Eight of Kinross’ swimmers set a combined 27 individual records too, with Josie Gillham setting six on her own. Brandon Fraser and Collette Lyons also set five records each.

The two-blues’ 12 and under girls’ medley, 12 and under girls’ freestyle, women’s open medley, women’s open freestyle, men’s open medley and men’s open freestyle teams also set records in their races.

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