Archive For 22/07/2019

Numbers seeking help for homelessness on rise

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Each day 21 vulnerable Tasmanians’ calls for help go answered according to new data from theAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare.
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The data, released this week, shows in 2015/16 one in 66 Tasmanians accessed specialist homeless services, and the state has seen a 5 per centannual average increase in people accessing these services over the last five years.

Of those who did receive assistance, one in three were still homeless at the end of receiving support.

Shelter Tasmania executive officer Pattie Chugg said the system is overloaded, with demand for services outstrippingcapacity.

She addsa lack of affordable housing is driving people to homelessness, and preventing them from moving beyond it.

“More affordable housing needs to be available so that people can exit homelessness into long term stable, affordable, appropriate housing,” Ms Chugg said.

“There is a critical shortage of affordable, appropriate rental accommodation in Tasmania.”

Ms Chugg said the government’s Affordable Housing Strategy is vital to addressing a key cause of homelessness and providing solutions.

“Through the stategovernment 10-year Affordable Housing Strategy we are working at addressing the causes ofhomelessness mainly through increasing the supply of affordable long term housing,” she said.

Human services ministerJacquie Petrusma said supporting vulnerable Tasmanians, including the homeless, is a priority for the government.

“The government in 2016-17 is providing over $24.3 million toSpecialist Homelessness Services and Housing Connect across Tasmania,” Ms Petrusma said.

“We have also put aside funds under our $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan for future improvement of crisis accommodation in Tasmania and to address gaps in the system.”

Ms Chugg said the possible axing of theNational Affordable Housing Agreement by the federal government undermines the ability of specialist homeless services to support those in need.

“This uncertainty regarding funding for the sector is counterproductive, and stops services planning for the future,” Ms Chugg said.

“They keep people off the streets and alive, support women and children to overcome family violence and prevent homelessness every day.”

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Tribute to a bushman

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The late Ian Michael is remembered as a loving husband and father, bushman, stock inspector, station manager, real estate agent and auctioneer.
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Ian Michael’s ancestors migrated to South Australia from England in the year 1839 and resided on a small property at Eudunda on the edge of the Barossa Valley. Ian’s father, Don served in the First World War and upon returning to civilian life returned to farming. He was a local Methodist preacher and for some time was the state Member for the Electorate of Light.

Ian was educated at the Neale’s’ Flat Primary School for sevenyears and then the Eudunda Higher Primary School where he gained the Intermediate Certificate.According to Ian he was not a brilliant student and was frequently used by the teacher to test out his canes.

Ian always had a burning desire to ‘Go up North’ and his father would borrow book from the Parliamentary Library for him to read. He was fascinated by the book, ‘Cattle King,’ written by Ion Idriess and as a blossoming teenager saw himself as another Sydney Kidman.

1953 saw Ian fulfilling his ambition to go north. He purchased a Land Rover and then consulted the late RM Williamsat his store in Prospect Street, South Australia, where he was instructed in the correct bushman’s gear to purchase, including cotton duck for a camp sheet and bush blankets.

His first job was at Mt Willoughby in South Australia, a 3,000 square mile unfenced property, west of Oodnadatta where his bushman’s skills were fine tuned by the Aboriginal stockmen who taught him the finer points of tracking animals through the bush.

On one occasion Ian was suffering the effects of the flu and felt pretty lousy by the end of the day. The cattle were yarded for the night, and were settled by the time he dismounted and attended to his horse, making sure his night horse was saddled and tied up for the night in case of an emergency.Ian rolled his swag out near the campfire but on the side nearest the cattle. In drover’s terms an unforgivable sin?

During the night there was a commotion in the camp, the cattle had broken from the yard and were heading in the direction of the camp fire at a fast rate of speed and the aboriginal stockmen were yelling at the top of their voice. Ian left his swag, and flew onto his night horse. The herd suddenly swerved away, eventually being brought under control and settled. At daylight an aboriginal stockman indicated to Ian just how close the cattle were to his swag prior to them swerving in another direction. Unwritten bush law says ‘never roll your swag out between the cattle and the campfire.’ He said the fright cured his flubut it was a method he would not recommend.

He was droving cattle with Aboriginal stockmen to the settlement of Finke when they heard the first atomic explosion from Woomera. The Aboriginal stockmen were very frightened when the government made a big ‘DEBIL DEBIL’noise.

In 1974 Ian was successful in being appointed a stock inspector with the Northern Territory, Animal Industries Branch, where he remained for a period of twelve years. He married Margaret Mundell from Taroom, Queensland in the year 1960 and married life commenced with Ian accepting a position of manager of the Arid Centre Research Station, Alice Springs.

In 1966 Ian moved to Victoria River Downs, Northern Territory where he spent the next eight years – the first two years as Assistant Manager and then six years as the overall manager.

At that time VRD was one of the largest cattle properties in the world. In Ian’s time around 70,000 branded cattle were known to be on the property with approximately 20,000 unbranded head of stock – approximately 2,000 head of horses, many brumbies and thousands of feral donkeys. He was at VRD at the time of the ‘Wave Hill Walkout’ when the Gurindji people walked off the property demanding better pay and conditions.

In the mid 1970’s the family moved to Bundaberg, Queensland where there were better educational facilities for the children. It was at Bundaberg where Ian obtained his real estate and auctioneers license, enabling him to establish Michael’s Real Estate.

He was a foundation member of the Camooweal Drover’s Camp Festival and for many years made the long journey to that town for the annual event.It was at Camooweal, on the Georgina River, that the drovers waited for the call from the northerncattle stationsto drive cattle to the southern railheads and markets.

It was during August, 2016 that Ian took sick at Winton while en-route to Camooweal and his health rapidly declined during the next four months.

His final farewell at the Bundaberg Crematorium on Thursday the 12 January, 2017, brought people together from many parts of Australia to farewell this highly respected and well known bushman. Ian is survived by Margaret, son Ross, daughter-in-law Tanya, grandchildren, Dee-Dee, Samantha, Kurt, Dan and Grace.Ian’s daughter Debra pre-deceased him.

-Laurie Pointing & members of the Michael family

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Tomato potato psyllid detected in WA

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ON THE GROW: Tomato potato psyllid nymph and adults on a leaf. Nymph cases can also be seen.
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THE dreadedtomato potato psyllid has been found in Western Australia.

Yesterday the Department of Agriculture and FoodWestern Australia (DAFWA) reported that it is conducting surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens following the detection of the vegetable pest in the Perth area.

Department acting chief plant protection officer, Sonya Broughton, said officers were working with the horticulture industry to respond to the exotic plant pest, tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).

“A pest has been detected in a capsicum crop in a commercial property north of Perth, backyard tomatoes and eggplants in Belmont and backyard tomatoes at two properties in Mount Hawthorn and in chillies at a property in Palmyra,” Dr Broughton said.

“The department has quarantined the impacted properties to restrict the movement of vegetable and plant material off these properties.

“DNA barcoding results today have confirmed the presence of the pest. This is the first time the psyllid has been detected in Australia.”

This insect pest is a significant production pest in other countries where it is present, including the USA, Central America and New Zealand.

Tomato potato psyllid attacks a range of plants in the Solanaceae family including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli and tamarillo, along with sweet potato.

DETECTED: Tomato potato psyllid nymphs on the under side of a tomato leaf.

It’s another blow to the WA vegetable industry after cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) was discovered in a commercial cucumber crop in near Geraldton in July.

It has since been found in Carnarvon.

Ausveg spokesperson, Shaun Lindhe, saidDAFWA has been working closely with federal and state government departments and industry, including his organisation.

“Ausveg is supporting DAFWA in its efforts through the provision of on-the-ground technical support and any other assistance as necessary to ensure that DAFWA is best able to handle this response.”

Dr Broughton said department officers were surveying properties within the wider metropolitan area to determine the location of the pest.

Commercial vegetable producers and backyard growers are urged to check for signs of the psyllid and report any unusual detections to the department’s MyPestGuide Reporter app.

Reporting options are also available from mypestguide.agric.wa.gov419论坛 or by contacting the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service [email protected]论坛 or 1800 084 881.

“Tomato potato psyllid is a tiny sap-sucking insect. Adult psyllids resemble small winged aphids in appearance and are about 3mm long,” Dr Broughton said.

“The body is brownish and has white or yellowish markings on the thorax and a broad white band on the abdomen. Its wings are transparent and held vertically over the body.

“Symptoms of damage on plants can include stunting, yellowing and purpling of leaves, distorted leaf growth and stem death.

“Growers who suspect the pest is on their property are advised not to spray for the pest or disturb plants until their crops have been surveyed and an appropriate treatment has been identified.”

TINY BADDIE: The size of a tomato potato psyllid shown next to a five cent piece.

The tomato potato psyllid can carry the bacterium “Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum”, causing the ‘zebra chip’ disease in potato. The bacterium has not been found in any samples taken to date.

VegetablesWA CEO John Shannon said WA’s horticulture industry was critically important to the State’s economy.

“We have access to international expertise which will help us to best respond to this new pest and we will be work closely with the department to share this expertise with growers,” Mr Shannon said.

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Watson helping to drill deep and true

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Bracknell man feared for his life

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Three people, including a child, kidnapped a Bracknell man during a terrifying home invasion.
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The broad daylight armed robbery occurred in January 2015.

One of the accused, Joshua Raymond Smith, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated armed robbery and motor vehicle stealing, stemming from the incident,in the Launceston Supreme Court on Friday.

Smith –the designer and builder of a gold panning attraction at Penny Royal –was addicted to methamphetamine and had acquired a significant drug debt when he was contacted to help carry out the heist.

According to one of the co-accused, their target had money and was an ideal victim.

Smith, whose life plummeted “into a vortex” of meth addiction, accepted knowing the move would spell trouble, his lawyer Evan Hughes said.

The trio, which also included a woman, arrived at the Bracknell address and found the man sitting on the couch.

They forced their way into his house, telling him “we need to have a chat”.

The crime took a turn for the worstwhen a knife-like objectwas produced.

Prosecutor Virginia Jones said the two males shovedthe man into his own car before they stole it and headed for Longford about 4pm.

They wanted the man to take out more than $5000 in cash from a bank. The female tailed them in a second car.

Along the way, one of the male offenders said within earshot of the victim “should we tie this c— up and leave him on the side of the road dead?”

Terrified, the man complied with instructions, but upon arrival at Longford, the bank was closed, meaning only an ATM could be accessed.

Only $500 was removed from his account because the man had a withdrawal limit.

After that, they got into a car and left the man behind. He called police soon after.

Mr Hughes said his client would be a successful tradesman today if it wasn’t for the “catastrophic and significant impact” that ice had on his life.

Mr Hughes said Smith had committed no offences since the armed robbery and had even exiled himself his father’s shack in an undisclosed location in an effort to avoid bad influences.

He has changed his mobile number seven times in an effort to avoid contact with Launceston’s underworld.

He will be sentencedon February 17.

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