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How to control summer campfires  ( admin posted on January 21st, 2019 )

Camping and barbecues are synonymous with the Queenslandsummer, however emergency services are reminding holiday-makers to be aware ofthe dangers.
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Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Northern region AssistantCommissioner Ron Twomey said it was vital to put safety first when lightingup a campfire or using a barbecue.

“This festive season,make sure you test gas cylinders and barbecue hoses and valves thoroughly beforeyou fire up the barbecue,” Mr Twomey said.

“When operating a barbecue people must remember to useextreme caution as they are working with the hazardous and potentiallydangerous materials of gas and fire.

“When it comes to lighting fires, holiday-makers must alsofamiliarise themselves with the rules and regulations of the park or area theyare staying in.

“Adequate precautions, which include lighting the fire in anopen area and away from vegetation and structures, should be taken to preventthe fire from spreading.

“Campfires must be lit in a properly prepared and containedfire pit and should never be left unattended. Campfires should also be lessthan one square metre in size.

Mr Twomey said that even a small campfire could spread veryquickly and have the potential to threaten nearby land, homes or lives, on ahigh fire danger day and it was vital they were extinguished properly.

“The only way to extinguish a campfire is by using water,not dirt or sand. A fire covered with dirt or sand can hold more than 100degrees of heat for up to 24 hours after it has been extinguished,” he said.

“By extinguishing a fire with water, within 10 minutes,almost no heat will remain.”

Queensland Ambulance Service Townsville LocalAmbulance Service Network Assistant Commissioner Rodney Walz said by beingcareful around fires and making sure children were supervised, serious injury couldbe prevented.

“It is important to apply the same rules around a campfireor barbecue as you would around the house. Never leave children unattended andkeep hot objects out of reach. Parents are also reminded that coals, which maylook appealing to children, can retain heat long after a fire is extinguishedand will cause serious burns,” Mr Walz said.

“Burn injuries can have lasting consequences that affectpeople for the rest of their lives. As little as one second of contact with acampfire, 70 degrees or hotter, will cause a third degree (full thickness)burn.

“Remember that burns can occur not only from flames, butalso from steam,” he said.

“Whether you are camping or at home these school holidays, inan emergency always call Triple Zero (000) for assistance. Burns can also betreated immediately by running coldwater over the affected area.”

Follow simple guidelines if lighting a campfire this summer.

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Elective surgery cuts confirmed ( admin posted on January 21st, 2019 )

CENTRAL Gippsland Health Service faces having to make significant elective surgery cuts.
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The service is facing a reduction of up to $638,000 in funding after confirmation Commonwealth Government health funding will be reduced.

About two months ago the state government was informed its share of Commonwealth health funding under an agreement signed last year would not be as large as previously expected because new population data from the recent census showed Victoria’s population was not growing as fast as predicted.

Pleas to the Prime Minister from the chairs of Victoria’s health service boards to delay the $107 million reduction in funding to the end of the financial year were not successful, with CGHS facing a reduction of up to $638,000.

The cuts come as part of a $475 million cut over the course of the next four years.

Health service board chair John Sullivan said while the service were coming up with different strategies to deal with the cuts, elective surgery would likely take a significant hit.

“Obviously it means $638,000 less in the hospital budget for this financial year which is a significant amount; I think someone worked it ($638,000) out to be equivalent to 200 elective surgeries,” he said.

“If it had of been the start of the financial year we could have put things in place, but we had already done the budget and people have been employed.

“It’s going to affect elective (surgery) to make that cut in six months, you just can’t save that amount without affecting patient care unfortunately.”

Health Minister David Davis said Opposition parties voted against a motion in the Legislative Council expressing concern at the recently-announced reduction in Commonwealth health funding.

“The Office of the Independent Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool confirmed in writing a week ago that the Commonwealth has already started cutting state funding.

“The Federal Government is trying to justify this on the absurd basis that Victoria’s population fell by more than 11,000 in 2011 – while its very own Commonwealth Statistician produced figures that confirm that Victoria’s population grew by 75,400 people in the same period,” Mr Davis said.

“The Labor Health Ministers from Tasmania and South Australia are willing to stand up for their states, their hospitals and their patients, but Labor in Victoria is not concerned, and supports the Canberra cuts.

“Victorians should be rightly concerned about cuts to their hospital funding, and should equally be alarmed at the Opposition’s tacit approval of this shameful move that will only hurt patients in the name of a sham Federal surplus.”

However Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings has placed the blame for cuts to elective surgery squarely with the state government.

“If the Baillieu Government were at all concerned about improving our health system, Mr Baillieu wouldn’t be cutting $616 million from the health budget.

“Mr Baillieu and Mr Davis have presided over a major blowout in the elective surgery waiting list and ambulance response times, all because the system is starved of money,” Mr Jennings said.

“Mr Baillieu should stop trying to deflect responsibility by constantly blaming others and get on with the job of investing in a better health system.”

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Turnbull seeks web action ( admin posted on January 21st, 2019 )

Connecting with the community: Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Chifley candidate Isabelle White (middle) and Marise Payne (right) hosted a communications forum in St Marys last week to discuss matters associated with the national broadband network. Connecting with the community: Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Chifley candidate Isabelle White (middle) and Marise Payne (right) hosted a communications forum in St Marys last week to discuss matters associated with the national broadband network.
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FEDERAL Labor MP Ed Husic has hit back in response to the Coalition’s claims broadband speeds are inadequate for many homes and businesses in his Chifley electorate.

Preliminary results in the Coalition’s nationwide broadband survey revealed postcode 2761 was one of the worst served postcodes in the electorate.

It includes Glendenning, Hassall Grove, Plumpton and Oakhurst.

Orchard Hills (postcode 2748) is one of the worst affected areas in the Lindsay electorate, where 160 constituents have already responded to the survey.

Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull hosted a forum at St Marys last week with Senator Marise Payne and the Liberal candidates for Chifley and Lindsay, Isabelle White and Fiona Scott.

Attendees raised concerns about the lack of broadband coverage and budget over-runs for the national broadband network.

Inadequate broadband coverage in new housing estates such as Ropes Crossing was a hot topic.

“Ultimately, home owners will be better off under a future coalition government because we will be able to deliver the national broadband network sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Husic said fixing broadband blackspots in Chifley was one of his priorities.

“I’ve spoken up for these communities and made sure their complaints were dealt with, regardless of who is in government,” he said.

“Under Liberal governments, suburbs in Chifley were ‘broadband wastelands’,” Mr Husic said.

Go to fasterbroadband南京夜网.au to take part in the Coalition’s survey.

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Glowing Capalaba display wins 4KQ Christmas lights comp ( admin posted on January 21st, 2019 )

Bright idea… Capalaba s Jenny and Chris Mirow outside their dazzling Christmas lights display at 44 Larbonya Crescent. Photo by Chris McCormackEVEN Santa would be impressed with the glowing efforts of Capalaba’s Mirow family after they were crowned first in the Residential East category in the annual 4KQ Christmas lights competition.
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Jenny said endless hours of preparation and years of collecting Christmas ornaments had enabled them to create their best display to date, which also won the best 4KQ logo.

“We’ve been doing it for seven years. Last year we won second place (in the Residential East category); it’s nice to top it off and win it,” she said.

Jenny said she and husband Chris had lived at 44 Larbonya Crescent, Capalaba, for 27 years, but decided to get into Christmas decorating to impress their grandkids several years ago.

“We’ve got six grandkids; the oldest is 17 and the youngest is eight. It all started with a few lights and decorations and went from there,” she said.

“Now we have tens of thousands of lights, and I can’t count how many Santas we have.

“It has taken a long time to get it all out and display it, but it’s nice that our neighbours come in and check it out while we’re setting it all up.”

Jenny said Chris had been out hanging lights and decorations from 4am daily for “weeks on end” before he went to work, while she had been doing her bit during the day.

“It’s all good fun in the end, and it looks really great at night. I’m not too sure what’s my favourite thing, but lots of people who visit like to tell us what they like about the display,” she said.

“We’ve got different displays around – a snow cave with bubbles and a smoke machine, a mini church, an Australiana display, and eight reindeers on the roof.

“Everyone is welcome to come in and walk around. It’s lovely to see lots of people wandering around checking it out at night.”

Chris and Jenny’s display is turned on daily from 7pm to 10.30pm until New Year’s Eve.

You can find their display at 44 Larbonya Crescent, Capalaba.

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A very Meadow Springs Christmas ( admin posted on January 21st, 2019 )

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.
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A power cut did nothing to dampen spirits as children sang and danced their way through the early evening.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Quarry Park yesterday for Mirvac’s Christmas carols event.

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