Medical centre a step closer

September 16th, 2018

Dr Tom DouchYoung Council’s Multi-Purpose Medical Centre Working Group presented their proposed model to the wider health providers of Young on Thursday night.

The very generous offer of the Young Retirement Village site which fronts Demondrille Street was greeted with excitement, particularly as it is being offered by the Southern Cross Board for a yet to be agreed term at a peppercorn rent.

“This offer from Southern Cross is just the sweetest news and I am certain the citizens of Young Shire will greatly appreciate their benevolent spirit,” Young mayor Stuart Freudenstein said.

Local GP, Dr Tom Douch explained the many options that are still being investigated regarding the development, ownership and management of the centre, with many aspects still to be investigated further.

Local advertising will commence shortly for Expressions of Interest for potential tenants of the new facility.

“We are giving priority to our existing local health providers which has been our clear intention, from the start,” the mayor said.

“This is great news and a big shot of confidence for our community and the region that is serviced by our health providers.

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FUNDING from the federal government will help keep a mobile child care service operating in the local region.

Gubi Gabun Children’s Mobile Service which supports communities like Bundarra, Kelly’s Plain, Kingstown and Tingha, will receive a grant of $30,000.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce said the funding grants were designed to help mobile services with the cost of upgrading their vehicle, training staff and buying new educational equipment such as books, DVDs and toys.

“These mobile services do a fantastic job supporting New England Electorate communities where access to permanent child care services, let alone places, is not always available,” he said.

“Having a reliable and safe vehicle will allow these services to focus their time, money and energy on high-quality education and care.

“This funding will also help services with the cost of training their staff to deal with the unique challenges that come with delivering high-quality child care on the road.”

The funding was part of $2 million announced for mobile child care services. About one in five of the mobile services primarily care for indigenous children.

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McLean turns inside out

September 16th, 2018

LIFE-LONG: McLean residents Vera Barlow (right) and Edna Finlen have been friends for about 90 years.McLeanCare joined in the debut Aged and Community Services National Open Day last week to showcase their local range of services, activities and accommodation for older people. The day was in line with similar celebrations in South Africa, Malta and the UK.

McLean chief executive officer Sue Thomson said the event enlightened visitors about McLean’s history, its community ownership and the breadth of opportunities available to the whole area; not just those living within the village.

“It opened a lot of minds to what McLean was and what it’s become in terms of, not just residential, but that big community service provi-sion.”

The day began with a greeting from Mrs Thomson, the Welcome to Country by Isabella Williams, comments from McLean board chair Phil Girle and an address from Inverell Shire councillor Jacki Watts, whose mother called McLean home.

Tours were then through-out the grounds, people were invited to participate in several exercises classes with McLean Community Health professionals and food tasting offered the flavour of the resident menu.

Residents welcomed visitors into their home. Life-long Inverell resident Marion Ellis moved into McLean last December.

With family throughout the area, she said after a fall that put her in hospital for months and recuperation, she decided to make the move to McLean.

McLean IT and Communications manager Nicole Fletcher, assistant accountant Tom Sheehan, Gail Ting in community care, and Hotel Services manager Glennis Croft.

Reaching out for resi-dential lifestyle carer Nadine Dasey’s hand she said, “Nadine has been wonderful. She takes me down for the knitting group and she’s become a really good friend to me,” Marion said with a smile.

Registered nurse Sarah Wade spoke to young people and adults about choosing aged care as a profession by sharing her story.

“The thing I love most about working in aged care is I believe it is the one discipline of nursing that you truly have the opportunity to holistically care for your patients,” she said.

“And if you’ve got that drive in you that you want to make some one’s life better, here’s the place that you’re give the privilege to do that everyday.”

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New business opening delay

September 16th, 2018

THE legendary speed of NSW government bureaucracy has delayed the opening of a business that may have the potential to become one of Inverell’s prime tourist attractions.

In 2013, when Noel Kenny started building eight paintball game fields on his 22.5 hectare property Nalinga on Old Stannifer Road, he predicted they would be open for business in February this year.

In fact, he was ready to open in December last year, but had to undergo a police check before he could apply for a licence for the paintball guns.

Now he has been waiting for that licence for about 12 weeks.

Mr Kenny said in the time it is taking to come through, he has completely registered and set up the business.

“I sent the (licence) paperwork away around April 7, I think, and the $500 cheque was cashed about two days later,” Mr Kenny said.

“Apparently the paperwork was lost by the gun registry.

“I contacted Adam Marshall’s office to find out why it was taking so long after four or five weeks.

“They sent on a letter and I got no further reply from them. So I rang the gun registry and was told they had the letter from Mr Marshall, but they could not find my paperwork.”

Mr Kenny then emailed all the paperwork through again and said he had received an email to confirm it had been received.

“I’m still waiting and nothing has happened,” he said.

“They originally said it would take about four weeks or up to eight weeks.

“They classify the paintball gun in the same way as an SKS (which fires a .308 bullet), as a semi-automatic, but a paintball gun is technically just an air-rifle.”

He denied his application was something out of the ordinary and pointed out that paintball fields are very common these days. Mr Kenny said there was no indication as to when the licence might arrive, but in the meantime it left him with a great deal up in the air.

“I still have to spend about $20,000 on guns and insurances and what-not, which I cannot do until I have got the licence. I have $20,000 tied up, waiting,” he said.

“I have people who live in Tamworth, Macksville and Coffs Harbour waiting to come up and play, and that’s not counting the number of locals, is quite phenomenal.

“I’m quite surprised by the number of replies I’ve got from people who want to play here.”

Mr Kenny said one paintball enthusiast from Tamworth had told him the course was the best he had ever seen. Just when that course will open remains uncertain.

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FUNDING: Young Shire Council has given $26,000 to communityorganisations.Young Shire Council has approved $26,000 in funding requests from their Section 356 Sub-Committee for 26 Young community groups.

The request – totalling $26,386 for everything from hall repairs and amenities to running costs and events – was tabled at council’s May 21 monthly meeting.

The funds were unanimously approved by councillors at the meeting and will now be included in council’s 2014-2015 budget.

Meals on Wheels, Young Riding for Disabled and the Seniors Week Organising Committee will receive $2000 each for their community Christmas party for the aged and disabled, the erection of a hay shed and water tank and Seniors Week activities, respectively.

Up to $1500 has been donated to the Bendick Murrell Recreation Reserve Trust for the repairs of their hall and to the Young Junior Rugby Union Club to equip their storage room with cupboards.

Meanwhile $1000 will go to the Bribbaree Section 355 Committee for their tractor registration and running costs, $1000 to the Hilltops Suicide Prevention Network for the printing of pocket cards and $1400 to the Milvale Progress Association for the Milvale Hall.

The Young Men’s Shed is also set to receive $1000 for items such as insurance, electricity, maintenance and replacing tools and machinery.

The Young Camera Club has been granted $1000 for their annual Cherry Festival photography exhibition while the Young Community Arts Centre Trust and the Young Crisis Accommodation Centre will receive $1250 combined to cover council rates.

The Lambing Flat Museum can purchase and install that long-awaited air conditioning system now that council has given them $1000 towards the project.

The Young Pony Club – receiving the same amount – can upgrade their toilet block, while the Young Girl Guides can plan more activities and events with their $725 and the Young Cherryatrics can provide extra toilets and shade at Keith Cullen Oval with the $586 given.

The Young Society of Artists will also receive $1000, Young Scouts $725 and the Young and District Multicultural Association $500 to cover insurance costs.

Council will donate $800 to the Koorawatha Showground Trust for water charges and $150 to the Young All Breeds Poultry Club for use of the Young Showground canteen and pavilion hire.

And $500 each will go to the Cherry Capital Country Music Association annual talent quest, advertising for the Georgina Josephine Foundation Family Fun Duck Day and the Young and District Family History Group’s rent.

The Young Neighbourhood Centre will also receive $1500 for running costs and resources for parents and carers.

A further $34,500 will also go to shire-wide community celebrations and events such as the Young Cherry Festival ($1500), Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services ($4500), Australia Day ceremonies ($8500), council functions ($10,000) and emergency funds ($5000).

Five community organisations, however, have missed out on this financial year’s cut.

The Young Country Women’s Association shop has been denied funds to upgrade the interior of their premises in Boorowa Street as has the Old Machinery and Fine Junk Club to purchase computer equipment.

The Tipperary Golf Club will also miss out on funds for better road to access their course, Gumnut Grove Childcare Centre new equipment and the Young Regional School of Music free access to the Town Hall.

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INVERELL District Hospital will receive eight replacement beds from the 859 being replaced throughout the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD).

The Member of Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, also revealed new air-conditioning for the Inverell hospital is also on the HNELHD capital works expenditure list.

HNELHD will replace hospital beds, including bariatric and maternity beds, across the region. Glen Innes will get four, Bingara and Warialda will receive 20 each while Emmaville will receive one.

The new electric models will cost between $1500 and $27,000 each and were hailed as state-of-the-art equipment by Mr Marshall.

“Over half the beds in the Inverell hospital have already been upgraded,” he said.

“This is replacing any existing old, manual beds and I’d say the 20 at Warialda represents all of their old style beds. Emmaville is a new MPS, so I’m surprised it needed any at all.”

As for the new air-conditioning, Mr Marshall said he could not say at this point how comprehensive the new system would be.

“My question was if it would be for the whole hospital because I know some parts are not air-conditioned,” Mr Marshall said.

“And that was one thing they couldn’t answer. So they’ll be getting back to me on that.”

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