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Volume 1 #4

May 2011

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Walker Street Units Likely To Proceed

A development proposed for 61-63 Walker Street, Helensburgh has been recommended for approval by Wollongong City Council following a series of revisions lodged by the developer. The revised plans for the mixed use development have proposed removing the top storey of the building to reduce the number of units from the original 18 to 15 units. The applicant has also sought several variations citing adequate reasons for noncompliance, including; minimum sunlight penetration to neighbouring properties and the lack of a driveway setback from the property’s border. ADM Architects, who are acting on behalf of the developer, said in their revised application that “Preserving 3 hours of sunlight on a neighbouring site may require an unreasonable reduction in the development potential of the proposal” and consider it unachievable due to the location of the (house) to the south of the proposed development especially given the

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height and density permissible in the zone. Wollongong Council said that despite the noncompliance issues, it is satisfied “the scale and bulk of the proposal is considered to be consistent with the locality and surrounding development”. It also considered the proposal to be in accordance with what can reasonably be expected under the planning controls. Adjacent residential buildings, their open space and public spaces, must receive at least three hours of direct sunlight between 9am and 3pm on June 21, the Winter solstice (DCP 49 requirement). In this instance, the adjoining property to the south will be adversely affected by the proposed development and will not receive the minimum sunlight penetration. In addition, the proposed development’s driveway to the side boundary doesn’t comply with the minimum 1.5m setback requirement. While the variation sought by the applicant was referred to Wollongong City Council’s Traffic section, no objections have been raised.

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The Council has determined the design and position of the driveway is able to provide adequate and safe vehicular access to the basement car park and therefore meets the objectives of the development standard and a compliance variation can be supported in this instance. While the Council has indicated support for the revised application (with conditions), due to the development proposal’s size and possible impact on the local community it will still need to be approved by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel at a meeting date yet to be confirmed. Anyone interested in presenting a statement in support of, or objection to, the revised development application should contact Wollongong City Council. Helensburgh & District Herald Pty Ltd Editor: Angela Fagerstrom 0409 065 500 Facebook: Helensburgh District Herald www.HelensburghDistrictHerald.com.au ABN: 13 877 135 184


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NEWS Helensburgh Futures Survey Helensburgh households are currently facing a number of challenges posed by environmental issues, including debates in regards to climate change. Kiri Yapp, an Honours student at the University of Wollongong, has designed a survey to explore these challenges. Her survey will be sent to Helensburgh households in May, and is designed to gauge how you are facing up to these challenges and uncertainties. What futures do Helensburgh citizens envisage for their town? This question is particularly interesting in the mix of recent Federal Government discussion of a ‘carbon tax’, and poll results that suggest increased national public concern for the impacts attributed to climate change. Furthermore, coal is an integral part of the heritage of Helensburgh and has continuing impacts on the town’s economy, community and environment. As such, Helensburgh proves an exciting and important place to conduct this research.

The survey results form part of Kiri Yapp’s honours project. Kiri would greatly appreciate if an adult familiar with the daily running of the household could answer the survey. She encourages all households to complete and return the survey. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and a reply-paid envelope is provided. The survey also acts as an invitation to households to participate in follow-up conversations about Helensburgh futures. If you are willing to participate in a followup conversation, please note this on the survey form, or contact Kiri Yapp on kay944@uowmail. edu.au.

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NEWS Buy Local, Support Local & Save! During the month of May, look for your voucher page being delivered to letterboxes in Otford, Stanwell Park, Stanwell Tops, Coalcliff and Helensburgh, offering great deals from local businesses. With the cost of living rapidly increasing and the major shopping centres offering continual sales, shopping out of town can seem to be an attractive option. The 2508 region is well supported by local businesses who generously donate to local events and sporting clubs, making them deserving of our shopping loyalty. You are invited to save money and shop locally using your vouchers during the month of May! To find out more or download vouchers go to www.helensburghdistrictherald.com.au Go to: ‘Buy Local Vouchers’

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Council Calling for Event Sponsorship Applications Wollongong City Council is looking to support local organisations and community groups in developing community events as part of Council’s Community Event Sponsorship program. The Community Event Sponsorship program invites organisations or individuals to apply for Council sponsorship of local events which add to the cultural and social diversity of the city. Council’s Director of Corporate and Community Services (Acting), Greg Doyle, encouraged organisers of both new and already established community events to apply for Council sponsorship. “Events and festivals are an important part of Wollongong’s cultural life, and add to the city’s vibrancy and diversity,” Mr Doyle said. “During 2010/11, Council allocated over $90,000 in sponsorship to a broad range of community events including community fairs and events like Spring into Corrimal and the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, locally held State and National sporting events, community Christmas carols and a number of major regional events including the Illawarra Folk Festival.” “We also provided a further $8,500 for community bands and choirs including the City of Wollongong Brass Band, Illawarra Pipe Band, the Wollongong Welsh Choir and the Illawarra Choral Society to name a few.” “We would love to see some new and exciting events added to Wollongong’s social calendar as well, so if you think you have something to offer to the city’s cultural life, make sure you submit an application by 31 May.” For more information and application forms visit Council’s website at www.wollongong.nsw. gov.au. Alternatively, you can apply by emailing sponsorship@wollongong.nsw.gov.au, or by phoning 4227 7061. Applications close at 5pm, Tuesday 31 May.

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NEWS Free First Aid Session By Jane McCarthy Peoplecare Health Care Insurance & Wollongong 1st Aid Invite you to a free First Aid session! Register before the 13th May • Ring Jane 4294 2096 or • Ring Kerrie 4294 1009 • Friday 13th May 7.00-8.30pm • At Holy Cross Parish Hall (MacKillop Centre) Address: 2 McMillan St Helensburgh. The First Aid session aims to deliver a basic understanding and treatment of common emergencies experienced in the community. Covering e.g: Resuscition, Burns, Bites, Bandages etc. No exam at the end of the night, just a free First Aid Booklet and Health Info Card for your family. Register and come along. Hope to see you there!

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Helensburgh Welcomes New Doctors By Heather Sleigh Helensburgh Family Practice would like to formally welcome our new doctors, Dr Hyun Ahn and Dr Sandy Yang who have come to offer their services, with the growing needs of the community. With more doctors we will be able to offer shorter waiting times and a more relaxed atmosphere. We are launching the paediatric clinic this year to focus on children's health. This clinic will be run by appointment four mornings a week. From immunisations to health checks, investigations and referrals, we look forward to looking after you and your family's needs.

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NEWS Neighbourhood Forum 1

A Royal Easter Gig

NF.1 is an independent community group set up by Wollongong City Council to provide community consultation for residents of our local area and to advise Council on Community issues. A Police Report is the first item on the Agenda at every meeting when residents are informed of crimes in the area for the past month and the local Police Officers listen to any matters of concern from residents. NF.1 meetings the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Helensburgh Community Centre. At the April Meeting Pauline Smith was voted in as Chair for the next 12 months and Greg Petty as Co-Chair. Two major issues NF.1 is currently dealing with are the closure of Helensburgh Tip to landfill with the hopeful relocation of a new Waste Transfer Depot away from the present site, and Bus and Pedestrian Access to Helensburgh Railway Station. The next meeting (Wednesday, 11th May, 7pm) will be attended by Council Officers who will be supplying details of the current Management Plan, including proposed Fees and Charges for the forthcoming year and also giving an update on proposed changes to the Bald Hill/ Stanwell Park Plan of Management. The meeting is open to ALL local residents – come along and find out what is happening in YOUR LOCAL AREA – have YOUR say!

Local singer-songwriter Jackie Dee and her band received a warm welcome performing three concerts at this years Royal Easter Show. Jackie recently put her band together for her Tamworth campaign earlier this year and the success continues. “It was so exciting to perform at the Show this year with big crowds, excellent stage and sound facilities and some new songs added to the repertoire, it was such a buzz for all of us," Jackie said of the Royal Easter Show Performances. Jackie's debut single has been selected for inclusion on the ABC Music Compilation album ‘COUNTRY 4 MUM’ available now at ABC Shops, JB Hi-Fi and Sanity. "It's a Mother's Day release and I expect it will do really well with a great line up of local and international country artists featured, I'm really thrilled to be included on this album, I never expected to be on an album alongside artists like Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood and Troy Cassar-Daly, it's really wonderful.” Go Jackie!

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NEWS Choices For Childbirth There are many choices to make when you’re pregnant. How and where will you give birth? Who will provide your maternity care and who will attend the birth? To make confident and informed choices you need to be aware of all available options. Choices for Childbirth antenatal classes provide you with information not generally available in other antenatal classes. Our classes provide a comfortable forum where you can listen, learn, ask questions and share in the birth stories of others. Session Descriptions: ~ Natural Birth, ~ All about birth, ~ Labour pain, ~ Supporting your partner, ~ Breastfeeding, ~ Sleeping like a baby, ~ Homebirth/Water Birth and ~ VBAC - Vaginal birth after caesarean Starting: 7.45pm Tuesday, 10 May 2011 Classes: 8 sessions of 1.5 hours Price: $120.00 per couple (Venue WEA Wollongong) For more information go to: www.birthchoices.info or contact Sonia on 0424 051 246

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD One Hour, One Million People, United in Silence By Dean ‘Jagaro’ Crabb, The Moment of Peace In today's busy world we are consumed in trying to find happiness and peace in materialism, the latest gadgets, money, and working increasingly long hours. Yet, have you noticed this doesn't really seem to be working? Our lives seem to be getting busier, noisier, more out of control and unhappy. "The Moment of Peace" is a very simple idea; that we as individuals can make a difference if we stop for a while, be mindful, be quiet, and be still, and enjoy the experience of living. Through this, an innate happiness becomes present and we allow for a more sustainable and lasting peace within us and with those around us. When At 8:00pm (in your local time-zone) on Saturday, 18th June 2011 I'm asking everybody to stop for an hour and to be mindful, be silent and be still. It is that simple! Learn more about how to get involved. The Goal I'd like to get 1 million people participating in "The Moment of Peace" in 2011. We only have 66 days left to go. It seems like a huge target but I believe it is possible. So if you feel this is a good idea, why not spread the world and help start making a difference in the world. It is up to you to change the world, this is our chance to start making a difference. It is possible! email: info@themomentofpeace.com www.themomentofpeace.com

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS Because Owning A Pool Should Be ‘Ezy’ pH, alkalinity, calcium hypochlorite and stabiliser…if you own a pool these terms would be familiar to you but do you really understand what they mean. Thanks to the latest store to open in Helensburgh you can find out all there is to know about owning a pool or spa. Ezy Pool Services is owned and operated by Danielle & Quentin Field, Helensburgh residents since 2003. Quentin is an electrician by trade and has over 17 years experience in pumps, filtration and automation including pools, spas, water features and industrial water treatments. Ezy Pool Services can provide in store service and advice along with onsite maintenance, repairs and service. “We were looking for ways to bring additional services to the area and saw a great opportunity in pool and spa servicing, opening a pool and spa shop in Helensburgh means locals no longer have to travel to far to have their water tested, pickup

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD supplies or just ask advice.” Quentin’s three-step plan for all pool & spa owners is “Perform regular maintenance, maintain good water quality and keep your equipment clean and serviced.” Either you or a pool technician can complete most maintenance & testing, Ezy Pool Services can help put together a simple maintenance schedule or for as little as $60 (with conditions) they can perform regular maintenance for you. Ezy Pools will test your water, service your equipment or just give you the advice needed to keep your pool water clean and healthy all year round. But the service doesn’t stop there, “As a long time swimmer with a family history in the industry Danielle is overseeing the needs of local swimmers & starting in August we will be stocking Funkita & Funky Trunk swimwear along with Eyeline swim equipment, everything a swimmer will need.” Ezy Pool Services is open Wednesday to Sunday at Shop 5, 114 Parkes Street Helensburgh, next to the Helensburgh Post Office. Quentin can be contacted at the shop on 4294 1133 or through the website: www.ezypools.com.au


SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS A Surprise For Your Lawyer Is Not A Gift By Lynda Babister - Babister Legal There are times in your life when you want to keep secrets. For example, you may not wish the local P&C to know if you have driving convictions, your soccer mates to hear about your impending bankruptcy, or your ex-partner hearing about your business “through the grapevine”. Understandably so. Not everything in your life should be public knowledge. However, keeping things from your lawyer could have the opposite effect to what you want. There is nothing lawyers hate more than to turn up in Court, or to negotiate a settlement and be surprised by the other party bringing out the juicy details. One of the main purposes of hiring a lawyer is to have someone on your side. Your lawyer is that person. You are paying them to be there. No matter what you disclose to them, they can’t tell, unless you say it is okay.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD This is called “Legal Professional Privilege” also described as “Client Legal Privilege”. Legal Professional Privilege protects the confidentiality of communications (of any sort) between a lawyer and their client. The privilege belongs to the client, not the lawyer, and can only be waived by the client. Therefore your lawyer may not, unless you give your permission, tell anyone your secrets. This includes your mates, the police, and even the Court. The High Court of Australia has gone so far as to say “Legal professional privilege is an important civil right to be safeguarded by the law”, Kirby J in The Daniels Corporation International Pty Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2002] HCA 49. There are, of course, ways that you can waive your right to your secrets. If you tell people yourself, then that information is no longer privileged. If your secret becomes public knowledge, then again it is no longer privileged. But, while you maintain your information secret to yourself, your lawyer may not share it. And it may be important that your lawyer knows. An analogy could be that you and your lawyer are going on a road trip. During the planning your lawyer will organise a vehicle. There is no point in your lawyer organising a motorbike for the trip, only to turn up to begin the journey and find you have a busload of baggage to take. If you tell your lawyer about the baggage then they can plan accordingly. Your legal matter is that road trip, and your secrets the baggage – tell your lawyer if you have a busload. Client legal privilege is not just for Court matters. It can include any legal matter that you ask your lawyer for advice on. If you want to sell your business there may be secrets that you may not want the market to know, but you should tell your lawyer anyway, then they can properly advise you how to deal with them. Or negotiating an employment contract, or financial agreement there may be secrets you need to deal with, but don’t want the other side to know directly. There are many areas where you may want to keep secrets – just not from your lawyer, please. If you would like assistance please contact Lynda Babister at Babister Legal, 4294 3458, or 0418 604 098 or email lynda@babisterlegal. com.au.

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS Senior Dogs By Rick Prowse, Helensburgh Veterinary Clinic Elderly dogs may have very different medical needs, especially during colder months of the year. Like humans, our pets start to slow down as they become older, and various health problems can arise. Everyday activities, such as getting out of bed or going for a walk can be a real effort and sometimes very painful, due to conditions such as arthritis. It doesn’t just happen to humans! Dogs are usually more stoic than us and tend to suffer in silence, and these problems can go unnoticed until they are quite advanced, which can make treatment more difficult. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease where pain and stiffness develop as a result of wear and tear of the joints involved. It can also result from early developmental or genetic problems with joints that deteriorate over time, or from trauma or injury. Arthritis can affect dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds, although larger dogs such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and active breeds such as Staffies and Border Collies are more prone. As many as one in five dogs suffer from the pain caused by arthritis, with most going undiagnosed due to pet owners’ lack of awareness of the condition. If left untreated, it causes chronic pain, difficulty in movement and a decline in the pet’s quality of life. Dogs aged over seven are at higher risk of being affected although it is a disease affecting all ages. Early diagnosis helps dogs to cope with the winter when signs of arthritis are increased. Pet owners who are aware of their dog’s personality and normal behaviour may notice one or more of the following changes: • Lameness and reluctance to move, walk or play, particularly when first getting up • Lagging behind on walks or showing a stiff, stilted gait • Licking affected joints • Difficulty in climbing stairs, jumping in the car or onto the lounge • Change in personality eg. Resisting touch or affection, possibly aggressive behaviour The pain associated with arthritis and the stiffness and lameness it causes can be overcome.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD There is no cure for arthritis, but it can be controlled to minimise pain and maximise mobility and the dog’s quality of life. HOW YOU CAN HELP • Joint problems, which lead to pain, are made worse by excess weight. Feeding your dog smaller portions of food and cutting out the extras is an economical way to control their weight. There are a number of commercial weight control diets now also available. • Keep your dog comfortable by providing a warm bed away from draughts and make sure the bed is thick enough to cushion sore joints. • Regular gentle exercise helps maintain mobility: jumping, chasing a ball or catching a Frisbee should be avoided. Walking on a lead is excellent activity. • Avoid stairs where possible. HOW WE CAN HELP Examination and possibly radiographs, of your dog are often enough to diagnose arthritis and to identify which joints are affected. Appropriate treatment in the form of medication, weight loss, diet and exercise will lessen pain and increase mobility. There are medications we can prescribe that help with joint health to minimize the progression of arthritis. Cartilage support medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) formulated for animals are now commonly used for this. Please remember it can be dangerous to give some human arthritis drugs to dogs, as some are not well tolerated by dogs and serious side effects can occur. If your dog is reaching old age or isn’t getting about as well as it used to, talk to the vet about the appropriate treatment that can lead to a happier and more active life. Call 4294 2508 today to make an appointment to discuss your pet’s health.

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SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL BUSINESS Local Boutique Floral Design & Gift Service Helensburgh resident, Kasey Mumford has recently established a boutique floral design service for what she describes as “busy brides”. Kasey is available by appointment only and understands that busy people need to be able to organise wedding details outside of business hours. “I have found that I can be far more attentive to the needs of brides as I am not occupied with the day to day running of a store and I am available when they have time to talk flowers” said Casey. Casey has sourced a grower close to home which is a supplier to the Sydney Flower Markets, meaning the flowers she gets as a fresh as possible From her website Kasey also has an online gift hamper ‘store’. The hampers focus on quality and organic indulgences with inclusion of an Australian made skin care range called ‘Absolutely Gorgeous’.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Kasey has a range of hampers for Ladies’, Mums and Bubs and hampers for other ‘Special Occasions’ with one, or two dozen long stem roses, champagne and chocolates, “We offer a fast and reliable delivery service to transport our gift hampers to your doorstep” Kasey adds. Mumford also has plans to include corporate gift hampers in time for Christmas. For more information go to www.kaseymumford.com or call 0411 132 793.

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SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT Taxing Times Ahead By Peter Turner The ABC’s Q&A programme rarely fails to provide unexpected insight into at least one of the guests hosted by Tony Jones, and sometimes audience members are visibly surprised at the responses to their questions. When Julia Gillard appeared as the sole guest on Monday March 14, an audience member questioned the point of returning carbon tax revenue to households, if the intention was to raise the price of coal fired electricity and make alternative energy sources more cost competitive.[1] Evidently sharing the perspective of several politicians on the conservative side of the political spectrum, such as the relentlessly entertaining Barnaby Joyce, the questioner appeared sure his question would expose the proposed tax as pointless and wasteful revenue churn. Stumbling a little at first, the Prime Minister managed in the end to provide a reasonably clear explanation. The carbon dioxide generating polluters will be taxed by the government[2], and they will in turn pass that cost on to consumers. Returning the revenue to households means they will be better positioned and able to afford to choose energy sources other than coal. So for middle and low income households at least, the government is in effect advocating an ‘untax’ as a means of reducing Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions. The opposition and like-minded conservative think tanks such as corporate funded Institute of Public Affairs are energetically opposed to a carbon tax, whether it be delivered as a conventional tax on polluters or in the form of a ‘cap’n trade’ emissions trading scheme (ETS). The Liberal Party argues instead for what is describes as direct action, yet any government action to address climate change entails spending tax revenue. So a portion of tax payer revenue would be used by the Liberal Party to address climate change, and that portion may then be reasonably labelled as carbon tax revenue. The opposition asserts its carbon tax policy is an order of magnitude cheaper than the governments, however the policy has been widely criticised as an ineffective use of tax revenue, and by some as simply delusional. Giving credence to the latter criticism, the CSIRO and others point out that Greg Hunt’s assertion, made twice during an interview on ABC Lateline, that 150 12 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD million tons of carbon dioxide a year could be sequestered in just 100 square kilometres of soil was not supported by peer reviewed research. [3] In fact the 1.5 tonnes per square metre figure being suggested is equivalent to laying down a half metre seam thick of coal every year. [4] Rather than a simple mea culpa, Hunt instead responded by saying he’d meant an area of 100 by 100 kilometres, equivalent to a million hectares, and he accordingly changed the transcript of the interview on his Web site to show these figures. Even so, the science suggests an area of at least 75 million hectares would be needed, and the required area could well be as high as 500 million hectares, or 65% of the Australian continent.[3,4] This poses a serious problem for the coalition policy, as some 60% of its 2020 emissions abatement target is based on soil sequestration. The coalition policy includes echoes of direct government investment programmes such as Labor’s Solar Flagship programme and the Howard governments Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund. Aside from the risks of governments ‘picking winners’, the history of such approaches is dismal.

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SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT A recent forensic analysis by the Grattan Institute shows that $12 billion worth of government programmes over 15 years have failed to foster effective renewable energy solutions.[5] Last year investments under these programmes delivered 4 million tonnes of emissions cuts, in contrast the currently modest market based mechanisms in place yielded reductions totalling 16 million tonnes, primarily through meeting energy efficiency targets. Regardless, emissions grew in 2010 and Australia will struggle to meet its meagre 2020 reduction target of 5%.[6] Critics of the government’s intention to price carbon suggest that Australia should not lead the world, ignoring the evidence that Australia lags many of its trading partners.[7] The European Union’s ETS price has fluctuated around $24 dollars per tonne and in New Zealand the price is around $20 per tonne.[8] When renewable energy investments and feed-in tariffs are taken into account the effective carbon price in Europe is much higher. The EU is also considering the introduction of a carbon tax in 2013, and some states already have such a tax.[9] China currently has an implicit carbon price of around $20 and is moving towards a trading scheme.[10] Likewise Australia’s 2020 emission reduction target of 5% is notably less than much of the rest of the world. The EU has a 20% target. Norway 30% and New Zealand 10%. Late last year the Climate Institute obtained government documents revealing departmental advice to the government that Australia’s target of 5% lagged well behind other countries and the minimum target should instead be 10 to 15%. [11] Minister Combet continues to ignore this advice.[12] Several industry sectors have expressed concern that an explicit carbon tax will harm their competitiveness. Yet analysts such as Deutsche Bank and Citi conclude that compensation will ensure little impact on profit margins and to date no analysts have been downgrading companies based on future carbon price liability.[13] Contrary to the fears being expressed, Deutsche Bank suggests five years of the European ETS have driven productivity gains in the steel industry.[13a] At least some of the industry statements of concern are now being seen as brinkmanship, with industry expecting the government to show its trademark lack of resolve and capitulate with offers of higher compensation.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD The high dollar poses a greater threat to trade exposed industries than a carbon tax.[14] Currently buffered to some extent by the strong dollar, a more serious problem looms with the rising price of oil.[15] A recent analysis by the Australian Conservation Foundation confirms previous studies revealing the extent to which state and federal governments subsidise the fossil fuel industry[16], and The Age highlights the contradictions in government policy.[16c] These subsidies exceed the revenue to be gathered from the proposed carbon tax. Reinforcing this bias, Minister Combet stated in a March 9 interview on Lateline that the principal intent of the carbon tax was to dive a shift away from coal to gas and, prompted by host Tony Jones, he implied that the carbon price would be decided on this basis.[17] There is some irony then that the gas industry is among the loudest clamouring for exemption from the carbon tax.[18] These is also a sense of déjà vu here; the industry trumpeted dire warnings when in 2008 Rudd proposed an end to the excise holiday on condensate. The legislation was passed, the holiday ended and the industry continued to prosper uninterrupted.[15c] The tragedy for us all is that the long global delay in taking effective action to address climate change means that to avoid a global temperature rise of more than two degrees, and dangerous climate change, the world would need to shift to a zero carbon economy by 2050.[19] A shift from coal to gas will not be sufficient. All references are listed on the HDH website www.HelensburghDistrictHerald.com.au

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SOCIAL MEDIA 10 Facebook Page Success Secrets! Facebook may have 500 million users, but driving traffic to your FB Page will not necessarily increase sales or referrals to your business. With the right tools though, it can help make Facebook an essential part of your marketing, lead acquisition and customer-service strategy. 1. Use Facebook Places: This is Facebooks location application that allows users to “check in” to alert their network where they are. If you have a shop or office, turn your customers into Facebook promoters by giving them freebies or specials offers if they check-in from your location, using Facebook Places. It’s important to connect your check-in page to your company page, otherwise Facebook users who click checkin links on their News Feeds and Walls will be taken to a generic Facebook community page that doesn’t have your keywords, pitch, incentives or branding. 2. Use Facebook for customer service: Online support forums and live-chat services can be costly. Facebook can help you communicate easily with customers who become your fans on the site. Facebook’s Wall, forums, status updates and other features let you answer technical and other queries, post new product upgrades or offer a frequently-asked-questions section. Even better, your fans can help each other out. 3. Go “tag” crazy: Tagging identifies a Facebook user in a photo or video, an action that triggers an update to the user’s News Feeds. Tagging your business and your customers in videos and photos as often as possible works. Why? Tagged photos and videos, especially those tagged by your fans, have a higher likelihood of being seen by more people. If you decide to launch a Facebook promotion, try to find ways to integrate tagging into the plan. 4. Befriend Facebook group administrators: Search out influencers on Facebook and offer them specials, coupons and other perks they can offer to their Facebook groups. A status update, wall post or message from a group’s administrator will return better results than a mass message to their members from you.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD 5. Add your “Like” button to your website and newsletters: Don’t just throw a “Like” button on your site, integrate it into the customer experience and surround it with a call to action. For example, place near your mailing-list signup form. Users are more likely to click a “Like” button while opting-in for a subscription. Test, track and adjust this tactic until you see results. 6. Don’t let your Facebook Wall be the first thing newcomers to your page see: The company page Wall is usually busy with status updates and user comments. Instead, use Facebook’s page settings to set up a “welcome” page, look into changing the default tab. Make sure it inspires action. Perhaps you can post a short YouTube video about your company with a vanity URL to a big promotion website or design a custom background showing users how to sign up for your mailing list. 7. Don’t turn off your user comments function: If you promote your brand online, odds are good that you’ll receive some negative feedback. Whether or not these comments are warranted, your responses and communication with these individuals will demonstrate your commitment to customer service. 8. Don’t use the Facebook Events tab for RSVPs: If users register for events that you list on Facebook, you will not capture their data for your mailing list. Always require registrants to sign up for events on your own site. 9. Don’t send mass messages to your network: Most users will never even look at your messages. Should you be compelled to send a message, make sure it offers something of real value. Clearly state that value in the message subject line. Avoid general brand messages and announcements, or you’ll lose supporters. 10. Don’t link Facebook Ads to your Facebook page: Targeted and compelling Facebook Ads may get you results. But link them to a page on your website that hosts information about the promotion and encourages users to take action in as few clicks as possible. Remember to push users from Facebook to your turf– a web page , where you control the content, environment and functionality. Doing so may provide a higher probability of converting leads into sales and acquiring consumer contact information. Reproduced with permission: www.brandmail.com.au Facebook.com/BrandMail


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Coalcliff Artist In Sulman Prize Local Artist Pauline Denney of Pd Art Gallery, has had her oil painting ‘Norfolk cows’ selected as part of the 2011 Sulman Art Prize. The work was inspired by a recent trip to Norfolk Island where Pauline observed the meanderings of the local cows, without fences or boundaries, which is in stark contrast to the convict settlement heritage of Norfolk Island. “Cars are forced to stop for the Norfolk cows, as they wander across roads and through convict ruins” Says Pauline of the carefree herds. “It was exciting to go to all the social events that went with the selection process” she recounts, “I met artist and winner of the Archibald Prize, Ben Quilty and his muse Margaret Olley and many other interesting people.”

The Diptych “Norfolk cows” by Pauline Denney hangs in the NSW Art Gallery until June 26th, 2011

“My husband recently won one of the highest awards in Australia for fine Jewellery, so my selection in the Sulman is an added bonus for our gallery, Pd Art Gallery - Roy Jewellery at Coalcliff which we run together.” ‘Norfolk cows’ will be in the NSW Art Gallery until 26th June. If you want to see the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize exhibitions, it’s always a great day. Alternatively, you can see more artwork inspired by the ‘Norfolk cows’ at Pd Art Gallery - Roy Jewellery, 21 Paterson Road, Coalcliff NSW 2508 (02) 4294 2011.

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CHEERS & JEERS / LETTERS JEERS – to the driver of the fourwheel drive who knocked over my motorbike on Wednesday (20/4) at around 7pm outside the Helensburgh Worker’s Club. Not only did you leave the bike on its side leaking petrol, but because of the damage I am unable to use it to go to work (which is my only means of transport). CHEERS – to the three young men who had seen the motorbike on its side and the leaking petrol and came to my assistance. It is so great to see that community spirit is still alive and well in the ‘Burgh – thank you guys your help and concern was very much appreciated. JEERS - to the idiots who are constantly vandalising the football club house and surrounds. JEERS - to all the homes without their house numbers clearly visible. This makes delivering so very difficult and time consuming. CHEERS - to all the homes in the area with their house numbers clearly visible. Nice one. JEERS - to the complete idiots who put faeces on the ramp at the scate park. Poor form! CHEERS - to all the HDH readers for their understanding while the service directory has a much needed revamp. Thank you to all who have noticed and not pointed out that the alphabet does not start at ‘C’ or end with ‘R’ - Watch this space . . . CHEERS - to Wendy from Flame Fish Designs for lending a last minute graphic design hand. Thank you!

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD All letters must carry the sender’s home address and a contact number for verification. Please limit letters to 300 words. By submitting your letter for publication, you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasonable reasons. Editor. Dear Editor, As residents of 2508, we're all very fortunate to be living so close to the iconic Royal National Park and majestic Illawarra escarpment. Yet these beautiful bushland areas are continually threatened and further fragmented by over development and land clearing. For some years illegal and unchecked tree clearing has gone around the tributary creeks to the Hacking River. Acres of clearing is evident on Nearmap.com's aerial photos of Helensburgh, and after heavy rainfall, many tonnes of quarry sand is deposited in the upper areas of Hacking River. So much so, that the once deep weir in Otford that used to the source of water for the steam trains and a swimming hole for local children, is so filled with quarry sand, that section of river is now very shallow and filled with weed and sludge. Over time, what must be the accumulative effect on the Hacking River flowing through the Royal National Park? What number of species of invertebrates, plants and even the shy platypus have been impacted by the pollution and deliberate land clearing on the Helensburgh plateau above? How many more will be threatened by the pressures of speculative developers trying to overturn conservation zoning to one that allows high density building? Over 750 objections to Apex Energy's proposed new gas bore on SCA land, were submitted through Otfordeco.com sending a very strong message that the local & National park community do not want coal seam gas exploration threatening this beautiful region. But now, we need to strengthen that message and raise the conservation status further. It is crucial that we preserve and restore the wildlife green corridor that connects the national parklands and protect our catchment water and as a priority stop unlawful bush removal. The future of our Royal National Park and Port Hacking depends upon it. I have a new campaign on Otfordeco.com to save our Royal National Park corridor - forever.


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LETTERS Just 10,000 signatures & Premier O'Farrell will raise our issue in Parliament! Please e-sign your name to the campaign letter to help make it happen - http://www.otfordeco.com/ SaveOurNationalParks.html Natasha Watson, Otford Dear Editor, I Have just learnt that The WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Carlos Alvarado, has stopped, become defunct, what ever..is no more!! How can this have happened? We cannot let this happen. The joy, talent and above all, the beautiful music that the orchestra, under the gifted hand of Carlos Alvarado, has been inspired and put Wollongong and surrounding area on the map, as well as entertained all who have been lucky enough to experience a performance. We need to do something to stop this happening, what if other Orchestras, dare I say this, poach the talented musicians or heaven forbid , poach Carlos...where would we get such talent again? It took years to put together such an amazing Orchestra, how can we let it slip away...because people don`t know the difference between MUSIC and money?? That would be very sad and petty. There are some that would say, "We`re working class and don`t need a orchestra". How about your children? Robert Gray, Helensburgh

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Dear Editor, I would like to comment on the article “Last Minute DA Change Cause of Bus Route Issue� in the April Helensburgh & District Herald. As a resident of Tunnel Road, I received a notification of the proposed development in May 2005. The plans which accompanied the letter clearly show that the bus interchange is exactly where it was always intended to be. Certainly there was originally going to be a third tower with access from Wilsons Creek Road but there was never any intention for this to provide station access for bus commuters. I made a submission in 2005 in response to this notification in regards to the unsuitability of either Vera Street or Tunnel Road for use by buses in their current states. Although this is still the case, I cannot understand how anyone would think there was sufficient room on Wilsons Creek Road for a bus interchange unless it involved substantial earthworks. The situation which existed prior to the current interchange, in which buses drove into the dirt track near the bridge and then reversed back into Wilsons Creek Road was dangerous and undesirable. Anyone who thinks this is an answer to the problem either was not living in Helensburgh at the time or has forgotten the chaos and confusion which was caused by that arrangement especially when the school train arrived in the afternoon. Merilyn House, Helensburgh

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IN MEMORIAM / CHURCH NEWS In Memoriam Kevin Mayne GORMLY, 27.5.1999 As time goes on without you And days turn into years They hold a million memories And a thousand silent tears. Loved and remembered always, your wife Joyce, and daughters; Mary, Rhonda & Linda; and all of his grandchildren & family. Emily, deceased 28th, & Violet, deceased, 29th May, 2003. You went a day apart Remembering is easy We do it every day The loss we feel without you Never goes away. Love from Alice, Dot, Daisy & Joyce and families.

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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Helensburgh Baptist Church Helensburgh Baptist Church (HBC) is a group of locals who believe that God can make a difference to the world. Hard to believe perhaps, but who else can you count on doing it? Working within the deepest parts of our lives God can bring about real and lasting change. God has radically changed our lives and we know he wants to change yours too. If you have ever thought about how God and faith can make a difference in your life why not find out how. HBC is a friendly and laidback Church with a Sunday meeting held at the Community Centre on Walker St at 10am. Contact James Ramsay with any further questions on 4294 8459.

Hillcrest Christian Fellowship Hillcrest House (Hillcrest Retirement Village), Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park. 6pm each Sunday. Phone Graeme Ratten on 4294 3153.


CHURCH NEWS Father Peter Comensoli To Become Bishop Pope Benedict has hand-picked 47-year-old Fr Comensoli as auxiliary bishop to Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell. He will become Australia’s youngest bishop.

Holy Cross Catholic Parish

"Bearing Christ's love to the communities north of Sea Cliff Bridge" We are quietly proud to have been the bearers of Christ’s love to the people residing along the northern tip of the Illawarra from the beginning of European settlement. The first Catholic church was built in 1890 and the primary school was opened in 1900 (by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop herself). This year, 2011, marks the centenary of the establishment of the parish in its own right, the 25th anniversary of the opening of the current Church in Helensburgh, and the opening of the (near) complete rebuilding of Holy Cross Parish School. The community north of the Sea Cliff Bridge is served from two churches: Holy Cross Church, 4 McMillan St, Helensburgh St Bernadette’s Church, Stanwell Ave, Stanwell Park Our Sunday worship times are: Saturday evening Vigil Mass – 5.30pm (Helensburgh) Sunday early-morning Mass – 8.00am (Stanwell Park) Sunday mid-morning Mass – 9.30am (Helensburgh) We also have regular weekday times for worship and other activities, information for which is updated weekly in our parish bulletin. The parish office (Cnr Parkes & McMillan Sts) is opened Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The parish secretary can be contacted on: (tel) 4294 1099, (fax) 4294 9180, (email) helensburgh@parish.woll.catholic.org.au. The school office (Mrs Kerrin Cronin, Principal) can be contacted on: 4294 1588 Our parish website, where more information will be found and details of the centenary celebrations will be posted, is: www.helensburghcatholic.org.au

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Coastlands Church Coastlands Church face an exciting new adventure. This year Coastlands Church are moving their meeting location to Helensburgh Public School Hall. The hall is an excellent facility, recently built and has plenty of room, has access for all including the disabled, and is in a central location to Helensburgh. For the month of February we will be offering a fresh and encouraging service at 9:30am, with a children's church program for families. We invite you to join us for a service. If you have a question, any pastoral needs or would like somebody to talk to you can contact 4294 9596 during the week at anytime. Join Coastlands Church at Helensburgh Public School Hall, 9:30 Sunday morning, Fletcher Street, Helensburgh.

Helensburgh & Stanwell Park Anglican Church Bible based, Jesus focussed. Religion is out, grace is in! You're always welcome at your local Anglican church, where there is a wide range of groups and ministries for all ages. See the website (below) for more. Our service times are: 8.15am Stanwell Park, for all age Prayer Book service. 10am Helensburgh Family service with Kids' Club and Creche. 5pm Helensburgh-Sunday Night Live (catch the bus from Stanni Anglican at 4:45) for dinner, games and a more relaxed youth-oriented service. For more information, visit www.helensburghanglican.org

Helensburgh Bushland Chapel Uniting Church Bushland Chapel, 94 Parkes Street, Helensburgh. Uniting Church in Australia Sunday 9.30, 1st and 3rd of month, congregational meetings 4th of month, guest speaker and communion. Bushwalks 2pm 4th Sunday - explore your natural district! Performance and other activities see www.helensburgh.net.au/ bushchapelInquiriesincluding use of chapel 4294 8329 or 4294 1695.

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YOUTH NEWS Helensburgh Public School By Lucinda Carter, Relieving Assistant Principal Anzac Day Ceremony April 7th 2011 We would like to thank Les Kelly and the RSL veterans who attended our school for their wonderful contribution to our ANZAC ceremony held on Thursday 7th April. We were particularly proud of our school captains and prefects who did an outstanding job hosting the service and running a very moving and fitting tribute to our service men and women. To the students of Helensburgh Public School who were involved in our ANZAC Day ceremony, your behaviour was excellent and you did a wonderful job to salute our fallen heroes. Thank you to the parents and community members who provided flowers and supported our school on the day. We really appreciated your support. Easter Hat Parade April 8th 2011 Our annual Easter hat parade was held on Friday 8th April. The children from Kindergarten to Year 2 really enjoyed parading around in their hats and had lots of fun. The Easter bunny came to visit and the P&C held their annual raffle which raised valuable funds for the school. Thank you to those parents and friends who supported our school by buying raffle tickets and working on our school to ensure that it was a success. Parents, Grandparents and friends were able to enjoy a cup of tea and hot cross buns from the canteen whilst they enjoyed the colourful parade. A fun day was had by all! 2/3 C ,3J and 3S incursion At the end of term 1, Class 2/3C, 3J and 3S held an incursion to conclude their unit of work on “Products, Services and Systems”. Children made salad sandwiches and fruit kebabs as part of a production line. Parent helpers supported the event and children were able to experience firsthand what happens in the process of a production line. Aiden S. and Jessica H. from class 2/3C wrote recounts of the event. Fruit Kebabs and Salad Sandwiches by Aiden S, 2C “Last Friday 2/3C and 3J made fruit Kebabs and salad sandwiches because we are learning about production lines. 20 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD We made salad sandwiches by walking around tables. There was a lot to choose from. On my salad sandwich I had cucumber, tomato, lettuce and devon. On my fruit kebab I had all of the fruit and marshmallows on top. It was very yummy.” Fruit kebabs and salad sandwiches by Jessica H, 3C “On Friday we made salad sandwiches and fruit kebabs. We made sandwiches by walking from table to table to table and getting the food we wanted. After that we made the fruit kebabs. We used grapes, watermelon, pineapple and rockmelon. Then we ate the fruit kebabs and salad sandwiches. We had a fun Friday!”

Helensburgh PS Student: Claudia G, enjoying a fruit kebab


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HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD WAX’D CANDLES: soy melts, palm wax pillar candles, soy wax jars, all made with high quality essential & fragrant oils. The palm wax is endorsed by WWF (world wide fund for nature) & Ecosoya (soy wax) is biodegradable, free from pesticides, herbicides and contains no GM materials. Casual in home parties available. Call Donna 0414 751 416 STRETCH**STRENGTHEN**RELAX *based on tai chi, yoga and pilates *all classes 1 hour $12 per class or 5 for $55 *NEW TIMES* 1st class 1/2 PRICE When: Tuesday 9.15am & 7.15pm Thursday 7.15pm Sunday 4.30pm Where: Stanwell Park Childrens Centre Stanwell Ave Stanwell Park Call Karen on 0403 789617 or 42943344 (call to book) www.stanwellpark.net. au/taichiyogapilates DIAMOND DOG WASH SALON IN HELENSBURGH offering heated hydrobath, grooming and full clipping services since 2006. Phone Robyn for appointment 0428 829 788. PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK Fridays 930-12am. Friendly relaxed atmosphere, meet other mums while the kids play and have fun. Stanwell Park Childrens Centre Stanwell Ave. Contact Monique 0425 320 597. SHEPHARD ACADEMY of DANCE BALLET, MODERN/CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, TAP, Pre-school Fairies Classes from 2 yrs to Advance Boys, Girls to Adults. Enquiries, Helensburgh Community Centre, or phone Shirley 0416 229 919 USBORNE BOOKS Quality Children’s Books for every age - babies, pre-schoolers to beginner and advanced... even adults. Teacher/ School discounts, Home Parties, Fundraisers Welcome. Extensive range (including internetlinked titles) and short door to door delivery. Perfect Gift Ideas. Ask me how you can have FREE books of your choice! Contact Annalyssa 0408 216 331 or avf3@hotmail.com TO RENT: One Bedroom Granny Flat Otford. Good sized bedroom, kitchen, dining area and lounge. Electricity, water and WiFi internet included. Lovely bush outlook. Near train station, Stanwell Park beach. $250/week. Available early April. Call 0406 375 739

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CLASSIFIEDS / CLUB NEWS GARDEN SERVICE: Rejuvenate your garden for spring. Pruning, hedge trimming, weeding, clean ups and removal. Regular mowing and trimming service also available. Free quotes. Ph Stewart 4294 9726 THIS ODD LI’L SHOP Great range of products including hand-made candles and soaps using environmentally friendly ingredients, stirling silver jewellery, crystals and gemstones, hand-painted artwork, hand-knitted items and more. For enquiries, please ring Jenni 0438 741 964 MONDAY PLAYGROUP - STANWELL PARK. Monday’s 9.30-11.30am. Kids have fun whilst parents can relax. Location: Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Avenue. Contact Tara 0416 006 122 FACE PAINTING: For Kids’ parties or special events – fairies, cats, bats and more. Fully insured. Dressed as fairy or clownish. Phone Monica on 0427 991 673. FENCING: Timber and colorbond fencing. All work guaranteed. Quality workmanship for a fair price. phone John on 0466 340 280.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Helensburgh Toastmasters Have you been thinking about joining Toastmasters but keep putting it off? There is no better time to come and have a look at what we do, than now! We have a few new members and would love to see a few more. At Toastmasters we work on improving our communication skills, both speaking and listening, as well as having some fun and laughs. Some members are preparing for speeches or presentations for work or another specific purpose, others just want to improve their skills in a more general sense. Whatever your reasons may be for considering Toastmasters, why not come to one of our meetings. There is no pressure to speak, you are more than welcome to just watch and listen. We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in the auditorium at the Helensburgh Workers Club. For enquiries call Cathy on 0419 686 292 or email cvlowder@hotmail.com.

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ACROSS 1 Replace a striker 5 Brushes 10 Chase 13 Long, skinny boat 15 Having wings 16 everyone 17 Complies 18 Old show 19 Dessert 20 Compass point 21 Hi! 23 One-celled animal 25 Montana (abbr.) 26 Acting 28 Observe 31 Sing softly 32 Notify 33 Fibber 34 Wild ox 37 ashen 38 offensively loud 40 Marrow

41 Explosive 42 One who gets things done 43 Calf 44 Make tight 45 In the air 46 Stupidity 49 Weakling 50 Besmirch 51 Go at it alone 52 Abridged (abbr.) 55 Hoopla 56 Conclude 59 Sheer fabric 61 Compose 62 finish 63 Sugar-free brand 64 Compass point 65 Unpleasant 66 spirit The HDH crossword is printed

DOWN 1 Large flat-bottomed boat 2 Taxies 3 Afresh 4 young male 5 gem unit of weight 6 Fake butter 7 Mutilate 8 British thermal unit 9 Senate member 10 Candle 11 Excuse 12 Shine 14 Accompany 22 Writing liquid 24 Women's partners 25 Horse 26 flower 27 Biblical prophet 28 Intent 29 Vivacity 30 Soften cheese 31 Louis' partner 34 Bear or Berra 35 Opera solo 36 Reel 38 boxing match 39 Depend 40 Corporation (abbr.) 42 Papers 43 religate 44 Prompt 45 Cause of sickness 46 Loose parts 47 Assistants 48 Cut of beef 49 Verbal 51 Appear 52 Singing voice 53 Type of dressing 54 Stagger 57 Compass point 58 Food and drug administration (abbr.) 60 Ship initials

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CLUB NEWS Lions Club News – We Don’t Just Do A Good BBQ Your local Lions Club is a small one which works hard to provide community events such as the recent Easter Scramble and the annual October Fair, as well as engaging in ongoing community projects such as the beautification work regularly being carried out around the town. Locally, we’re small, but we know we are part of a national and international service organisation that does great things. For example, did you know that during the past ten years, Lions Recycle for Sight Australia, Inc., has collected close to 4 million pair of spectacles and has shipped close to 3.5 million pair throughout the world, including several countries in Africa, the Middle East, India and Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kurdistan and Moldova in Europe, most countries in Asia including Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Philippines, China, American Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vietnam, Laos and Afghanistan as well as the smallest islands in the Indonesian Archipelago Pacific? In addition to the process of sorting, grading and packaging of spectacles and sunglasses, the Lions Centre in Queensland has installed lens making equipment to augment their capacity to service the needs of the Third World. Internationally, the Lions have pledged to show the strength of our worldwide network during a special service action campaign, Protecting our Environment. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, only about 20 percent of the world’s population has access to clean water; more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war; and during the last century alone, the world lost more than 80 percent of its original forests, which provide a source of livelihood, protection from natural disasters and absorb carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming. Lions clubs around the world helped promote awareness about these and more environmental issues through their involvement in Earth Day (est. 1970) on 22 April. This month is just the first, as Lions everywhere plan to continue work on raising awareness about environmental issues that threaten the world and take positive action to combat these. 30 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Finally (for this article at least, as we do SO much more), the Lions have a permanent Disaster Relief Fund, from which we can provide immediate help to those effected by disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Christchurch and Tohoku. Following these earthquakes and the tsunami in Japan, Lions have committed a US$100,000 major catastrophe grant for longer term relief efforts in Christchurch. Local NZ Lions also responded to this crisis by distributing large supplies of bottled water throughout Christchurch and the surrounding suburbs, while local Lions District Governor Raewyn Clearwater and her Cabinet released US$40,000 to help provide food to the Civil Defence Welfare Centres that served the displaced. In Japan, Lions and LCIF are working to provide relief to those affected by the disaster, mobilizing more than US$5 million, or 400 million Japanese Yen, to support immediate relief efforts. This includes major catastrophe grant funding, seven emergency grants of US$10,000 each to the seven affected districts and designated donations from Lions around the world. So, while our little group meets regularly to organise community-based events and projects benefitting the Helensburgh and district community, we are well aware and very proud of the bigger picture of which we are a part, and of which we contribute to whenever we are able. As Lions, we are proud to serve our local and global community.

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U3A Term II Begins With A Bang!

Helensburgh Daytime View Club

We are fortunate to have Professor Richard Smart, an expert on Nuclear Medicine, present a talk at Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park, in the first week of Term II. Professor Smart is Principle Physicist at St George Hospital, Senior Lecturer at NSW University and Associate Professor in Medical Physics at Wollongong University. He lectures on such topics as Nuclear Medicine, Health Physics, Radiation, MRI’s and X Rays as part of medical diagnosis. All are welcome to join us. Mon 2nd May 9.30am Nuclear Medicine . . . Professor Richard Smart. Mon 9th May 9.30am Tutankhamen . . . Virginia Cawsey Mon 16th May 9.30am Omar Khayyam . . . Sheilah Bartlett Mon 23rd May 9.30am Australian Constitution . . . Ainslee Lamb Mon 30th May 9.30 am Mabo (Island Man) . . . Geoffery Reid Mon 6th June 9.30am The Three Divas (Moncrieff, Sutherland & Bronhill) . . . Allan Curtis Mon 13th June 9.30 am Colosseum (Rome’s Arena of Death) . . . DVD Mon 20th June 9.30am Myths & Legends (Mysteries of the Sea) . . . Judy Ball For further information contact Jenny-Lee Robins on 4294 3475.

At the April 19 meeting of Helensburgh VIEW, many memories were revived when our Theme was “Back to School”. No one ventured into their school uniforms – it WAS optional! There were photos and displays from many schools. Some amusing stories were told in the couple of minutes that were allotted to everyone. There was an “interval” during which a delicious lunch was served, thanks to Ronda and staff, and then the story-telling continued so that no one missed out. We are only a small club compared to some others in our Zone, but still we are able to support our “Learning for Life” student, as well as give a substantial donation to The Smith Family. Funds are raised through outings, raffles, sale of books and other goods, cakes and biscuits, at our meetings, thank you ladies. A cruise on the Port Hacking River is scheduled for Tuesday 18 October. For bookings please phone Chris 42941103. We shall be travelling to Cronulla by bus. Our next meeting is 17 May, 11am for 11:15am start, our 20th Birthday, and visitors are most welcome to come along and enjoy some fun and friendship. We are privileged to have as our Speaker, the author Dianne Blacklock. Please phone Virginia 42941312 for new bookings or any cancellations, by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

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CLUB NEWS WAVES 2508 This month WAVES 2508 brings you a profile on one of the six founding members. We will profile all six of the Veterans in the coming months and the hopefully interview and present profiles on our older Veterans. Do you know this 19 year old cutting the cake?

It is....... Graham Oldfield from Helensburgh, President of Waves 2508.

Graham was born in Maltby UK (near Sheffield) in 1949. He migrated to Australia with his family in 1951 and has lived in the Burgh for 60 years. Graham enlisted in the Army on September 25th in 1967 in Adelaide and trained at Kapooka NSW and did specialist training at Ingleburn. From there he was transferred to Woodside South Australia to the 9th Battalion which was newly formed to serve in Vietnam. His brother Kevan, who was wounded in action at the Battle of Long Tan in1966, was in the same battalion, but he did not do a second tour because of his injuries. Graham went on to become a Forward Scout and Specialist Tracker and spent 13 months in Vietnam from November 1968 to Dec 1969. Graham’s birthday falls on the same day that the 9th Battalion was formed and he celebrated his 19th birthday on board the HMAS Sydney on the way to Vietnam, at that time Graham was the youngest Army person to serve in Vietnam. 32 Helensburgh & District Herald

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Graham was discharged from the Army on 24th September 1973 serving 6 years as a regular soldier. After serving in Vietnam for about 9 months, a contingent of about 60 National Servicemen were coming over to replace those going home. A welcome BBQ breakfast was planned for them with real eggs, real milk, real steak and real bacon which they bought with them. All this real food was something we had not tasted since we had left Australia. Now all that food was too big of a temptation and as we had already done the hard yards we thought we deserved it more than the new blokes. All this food was locked in the Company cool room and secured with a chain and lock. As the chain would only allow the door to open 10” and being the smallest bloke in the battalion I squeezed through the gap and handed out all the supplies and we had the biggest BBQ that night. The only surprise breakfast the new blokes got was powdered milk, powdered eggs and pretend bacon and bully beef. Welcome to Vietnam fellas!!!!!! Someone must have worked out who got into the cool room as it’s in our battalion book and I sure didn’t tell them!!!!!! Tradition is something the Army follows and every morning at 6am we would “Stand To”. This goes back to the Boer War days when the enemy used to attack at dawn. Myself and my Machine Gunner, (I won’t mention any names, but he has lived in the Burgh for close to 40 years) would take turns at making coffee and breakfast from our ration packs in our bunker. When it was my turn I would make coffee and in one can from our ration pack there were 4 small biscuits similar to jatz and two small rounds of chocolate which we would share. When it was the Machine Gunners turn I would get coffee and two biscuits but no chocolate! His explanation was always “there was none in the ration pack”. This went on for a couple of weeks but to cut a long story short, I knew what he was doing, the man is now twice my size due to all the extra chocolate he ate.


CLUB NEWS I’ll give you a hint his initials are G.A.S. Graham is the President of WAVES 2508 and is one of the 6 founding Vietnam Veterans of the Association. The 6 founding members of WAVES could see the need for support for our older Veterans and War Widows in the area, we now have 51 Members, if you know of any Veterans or War Widows in the area please have them call the secretary Dianne on 42942518 for more information.To date we have sent 71 parcels to our Troops in Afghanistan. A huge Thank You must go to all those who have given support to this worthy cause. WAVES will be holding a Mothers Day Street Stall on Saturday 7th May outside BILO. Come along and get your fresh homemade cakes, lamingtons, and gifts and why not buy a raffle ticket in our Mothers Day hampers. Got a ‘Cheers or Jeers’ you can’t wait to share - pop it on the HDH Facebook page!

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Fellowship Of The First FleetersSouth Coast Chapter What a wonderful man, Captain, and later Governor, Arthur Phillip proved to be. After his service in the British and Portuguese Navies he was a very experienced officer. He was given charge of the eleven ships of the first fleet and all who sailed with him. Once here, he could tell Botany Bay was unsuitable for settlement so the whole company was moved to Sydney Cove, named after Lord Sydney. The Hardships and privations endured by all members of the community were very severe. The colony was originally made up of approximately 750 convicts, together with the crews of ships, soldiers and Governor Phillip’s staff, which consisted of twelve men. Phillip had a row of tents set up as a hospital in The Rocks. This was later replaced by the rum hospital in what eventually became Macquarie Street. Very slowly houses were built and gardens planted. To ease the food shortage animals were shot and fishing parties were sent out every day. Phillip had sailors row him up the coast to discover the Hawkesbury River. My first fleeter, Peter Hibbs, was one of the sailors who rowed on this trip. The Hawkesbury River became known as “the food basket of the colony.” Phillip even sent the ‘Sirius’ to South Africa to pick up a cargo of flour. Peter Hibbs also went on this voyage. By this time Phillip had fallen ill, the after effects of having fallen into a grass covered hole. Phillip had also written to Lord Sydney requesting more female convicts and farming families to build up the population. Lieutenant King was requested to form a settlement on Norfolk Island to grow food. After such good work Phillip became too ill to continue so he sailed back to England. He retired to Bath Phillip was buried in St Nicholas's Church Bathampton . Our next meeting will be at Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto on the 1st Tuesday in June. Any enquiries, please call Betty Warn 4294 2735 HDH Fast Fact: Arthur Phillip was the 1st Governor of New South Wales and held office from 7 February 1788 – 11 September 1795. Helensburgh & District Herald 33


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SPORT Sunday Social Golf Club By Vicki ‘The Hair’ Little It was sunny and a beautiful autumn day, feeling good as an extra hour sleep is always a bonus. Tony English really caught the worm by arriving an hour earlier than everyone else and wondered what was going on. Tony ‘Prez’ was feeling very lucky for the day of golf as he had already been lucky that morning and bragging It’s a shame it didn’t work! I believe that one of our fellow golfers had a special birthday (Doc Howes). We really enjoyed the choc mud cake. It was a day of games and fun playing ‘Lone Ranger’, ‘Stableford’ and ‘Matchplay’. The golfers that were challenged in Matchplay fought their third battle, some losers and some grinners, the grinners will go to the next round for more duelling competition- Good luck! The winners of the day did really well especially with the prizes. Two new players that only joined us that day took out the Lone Ranger prizes which was a photo box, a bottle of wine and a cap. Rob O’Connor won a back massager seat with attachments. Lucky Boy! Pete Senior Sullivan, a coffee maker and Johnny P (out of rehab) a very handy sports jug. Check out our website for a bit of a laugh www.sundaygolfclub.com Robert Jones is looking after the web and doing a fine job. I thought at the end of my report we would have a little quote from the confused golfer. “Golf is the only time in life when you can talk about threesomes, foursomes and having the right size balls.”

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Blue Gum Diary 17 MAY VIEW Birthday Meeting and Lunch, 11am, Centennial Hotel. 22 MAY meeting. 11 JUNE

WAVES 2508 members Holy Cross Street Stall.

21 JUNE VIEW Meeting and Lunch, 11am, Centennial Hotel. 25 JUNE

Stanwell Park School Fete

19 JULY VIEW Meeting and Lunch, 11am, Centennial Hotel.

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SPORT Helensburgh Women’s Bowling Club By Beatrice Gallagher, For any local ladies who would like to enjoy lawn bowls played with a friendly social group of ladies please come along and introduce yourselves. We meet each Tuesday after 9.30am at the club in Boomerang St. Our secretary Lenore Bartlem can be contacted on 4294 1472 if you would like some more information. It’s a great way to exercise! 30Mar: With no bowls last week, were we trying to make up this week? The major competition was a long hard 44 ends with Carol Dixon winning and Rhonda Christie r/up – a great game ladies! This was closely followed by the minor competition game when Judith Starky won and Janet Smith was r/ up-another close game played over 38 ends. Congratulations! 5 Apr: Oh No!! Another rained out bowls day! So it was out with the carpet bowls today -the club carpet proved to be a pretty good mat for the game. After a lot of laughs and many games, winner was Rhonda Christie with Judith Starky runner up.

HELENSBURGH&DISTRICTHERALD Great reports from the race day last Saturday when the ladies with their partners took a trip down to Kembla Grange – thanks again to the ever resourceful Robyn Single for organising this outing. Helen Haynes won the daily raffle and June Killham the vegies. We will all be hoping for fine Tuesdays... 12 Apr: Great to see Joan Gardner back at bowls, unable to bowl yet with her injured shoulder healing slowly but happily offering herself up to mark. We are progressing well with the competition games and in this week’s minors Elaine Smith was the winner with r/up Judith Starky. In the consistency comp Janet Smith had a win over r/up Robyn Smith and Rhonda Christie had a win over r/up Wendy Britten – Wendy fought hard in this game and on one end scored 10!!! She certainly was not giving up without a fight! Roma, Helen and Carol enjoyed a social consistency game. Elaine Smith won the daily raffle and Lenore Bartlem the vegies.

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