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what’s on? Beach Boys Tribute Show Presented by Laurie White Date: 25th May Venue: Broken Hill Musicians Club Contact Details: call the Musicians Club on 08 8088 1777 GUARANTEED GREAT NIGHT Tickets $50 per person, including 2 course meal and the show. Everyone receives a Hawaiian Lei on arrival. Dress theme (if you wish to dress up) is Hawaiian. Prizes for the best dressed. Hurry...Tickets selling fast Agfair 2012 Agricultural Field Days Date: 4 - 5 May Venue: Broken Hill Racecourse Contact Details: Erica Malloch P: 08 8088 1844 E: secretary@agfairbrokenhill. W: Agfair is held at the Broken Hill Racecourse and hosts around 300 exhibitors. Participants and exhibitors come from all parts of Australia and up to 10,000 patrons have attended the field days in the past. Exhibitors display and sell a full range of goods and equipment for town and country, and the most up-to-date information and research relating to pastoral business is also available. The pavilions include the very popular Woolshed Pavilion which hosts cooking and gardening demonstrations, fashion parades, dancing and musical entertainment as well as a wide number of special interest exhibitors selling food, produce, clothing and jewellery just to name a few. RFDS WOMEN’S AUXILIARY DINNER DANCE Date: Saturday, 5 May Venue: Broken Hill Civic Centre Contact Details: To book your tickets please call the Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre on 08 8080 3575 or BOOK ONLINE HERE Start: 7.00pm The Royal Flying Doctor Service Women’s Auxiliary dinner dance will be held at the Broken Hill Civic Centre on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $65.00. A full buffet dinner and live music will be provided.

A Wonderful World Date: Sunday 13 May Venue: Musician’s Club Auditorium Contact Details: Diane Cotterill Musical Director PO Box 585 BROKEN HILL Choral concert presented especially for Mother’s Day. White Cliffs Music Festival Date: 18 - 20 May Contact Details: Dick Wagner Phone: 08 8091 6707 Anne Baker Mobile: 0428 757 006 Enid Black Phone: 08 8091 6608 Check out the website on The festival engages local and interstate groups – displaying a broad spectrum of music genres. Along with a variety of musicians we have the opportunity to participate in workshops conducted by the performers – ranging through the huge variety of stringed instruments, rhythm and percussion to production techniques and dance. We also conduct a hugely successful Poets’ Breakfast and welcome local talent in the Friday Night Walk Up Concert and the Community Jam Session on the Sunday evening as we wind down the weekend. Resources and Energy Symposium Date: 21 - 23 May Venue: Broken Hill Civic Centre Contact Details: Phone: 02 9299 4350 Email: Website: Symposium are delighted to announce the the inaugural event is still being talked about as a must attend industry event. 2011 attracted close to 500 delegates and in 2012 we are expecting an even larger attendance! Sponsorship and exhibitor packages are now available, contact us as space is limited. Broken Hill Field & Game Association Inc. Date: Monthly Venue: Silver City Highway (Wentworth Rd) Contact Details: President: Rod Weaver Ph: 0407 187 498 Secretary:Ross Howse Ph: 08


8088 1486 or 0407 181 486 2012 Shoot Calendar

1 April - Trophy Shoot - 10am start 6 May - 75 Target Champ - 10am start 3 June - 100 Target Champ - 10am start 1 July - Trophy Shoot - 10am start 11 Aug - 75 Target Trophy - 11am start 12 Aug - 75 Target Trophy - 10am start 2 Sept - Trophy Shoot - 10am start 6-7 Oct - 150 Target Champ - 9am start 4 Nov - Trophy Shoot - 10am start 2 Dec - Christmas Shoot - 10am start

Bowls for Everyone Date: Every Friday Night Venue: 100 Eyre St, Broken Hill Contact Details: Teresa Hayes Ph: 08 8088 1966 Mob: 0458532737 Every Friday night from 6pm at the Broken Hill Bowling Club. Families with children welcome. Community Markets Date: 2nd Saturday of the month Venue: 200 Beryl Street, Broken Hill Contact Details: David McGrath Ph: 08 8087 8903 Fax: 08 8087 9036 E: Website: A variety of goods for sale! Fresh fruit & veggies, gourmet meats, jams, pickles, cakes, biscuits, Asian food, chocolates, sweets, olive trees and products, souvenirs, toys, clothes, paintings, folk art, engraved glass ...and of course a good old Aussie BBQ The market is held every second Saturday of the month. Patton Street Markets Date: Every Sunday Venue: Patton St, Broken Hill Contact Details: Ken Williams Phone: 03 5023 8466 Cakes, fresh fruit and veg., jams, and preserves, handmade chocolates, quilts, toys, artworks, souvenirs, mementos, children’s clothes, jewellery, folk and craft items, Cora’s famous spring rolls and many other things! 9am - 1pm New stallholders please contact Ken! Poets in the Pub Date: First Monday of the month Venue: Black Lion Inn, Broken Hill Contact Details: George Cole Ph: 08 8087 6660 Ray Cook - Ph: 08 8088 4272 Dallas Hunt - Ph: 08 8088 2086 Poets in the Pub are meeting every first Monday of the month

commencing 7.00pm. There is no admission fee and the evening is open to all. We encourage all visitors to perform their own work. If they don’t have any with them we can supply them with some of the better known poets of Australia, and others from away. Our evenings are very informal and we aim for all to have a fun time in a relaxed environment. Our attendance varies from many to a few and there’s never a dull evening. We look forward to hearing your poetry, or enjoying ours. See you soon! 2012 dates 2nd April 7th May 4th June 2nd July 6th August 3rd September 1st October (please note: this meeting will be located at the Tourist Lodge - 100 Argent St) 5th November 3rd December ‘Courage to Care’ Exhibtion Date: 27 April - 10 June Venue: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Contact Details:Debbie Vadasz Project Manager, Courage to Care Phone: 9361 6035 Fax: 9331 3131 Courage to Care exhibition program is a community outreach initiative of B’nai B’rith that demonstrates the importance of standing up to bullying and prejudice whenever it occurs. Using Holocaust survivors’ stories of rescue, the facilitated program empowers students to realise that they as individuals, can make a difference.



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Grease + Mothers day markets Middlemen have organised another electrifying weekend for all in the Hill


ead down to the Centre for Community on Friday the 4th of May for a nostalgic screening of Grease as it was meant to be seen - under the stars. Enter via Beryl Street gates. Bring your chair or picnic rug, jumpers, thermos and friends! It’s going to be fun.

something unique, local and special for your Mum.

The next Designer Market is Sunday 6th May from 11am to 2pm. It’ll be a Mothers Day market, so come and pick up

Middlemen’ designer markets were initially developed to encourage those close to starting a business to test their


If you produce something that you would like to test on the local market, let Middlemen know and they’ll find a spot for you at the funkiest new market in town.

wares in a supported environment. Middlemen believe that as a community we need to reinvigorate our CBD and fill our empty shops. Since their first activity involving market stalls, seven stallholders now have a retail presence- two in stores of their own.

Where else? May the Fourth be with you Friday the 4th of May is considered an official holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films


ay 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day. Current day Star Wars tragics were not the first to introduce the line “May the Fourth Be with You”; When Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed

an advertisement in The London Evening News that said: “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This reading of the line has also been recorded in the UK Parliament’s Hansard. In a 2005 interview on German news TV channel N24, George Lucas was asked to say this famous sentence: “May the Force be with you.” The interpreter simultaneously interpreted into German: “Am 4, Mai sind wir bei Ihnen” (“We shall be with you on May 4”). This was captured by TV Total and aired on May 18, 2005.

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In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest with celebrity judges, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, 2012



music Travis Collins Win free tickets to se Travis Collins at Night Train on Fri 4th of May, simply head over to the Night Trains facebook page and in 25 words or less tell them why you want to win!


ot just another Country Rock performer, Travis Collins’ career in the music industry took off when he won the Toyota Starmaker Quest in 2004, a competition linked to the success of Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan. Now just a short eight years later, Collins has toured with Suzi Quatro, co-wrote with Keith Urban and performed at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. His first album, Start the Car featured two tracks that made it to #1 on the Country Music Channel’s Top 30 Countdown, an amazing achievement for any musician. With the release of his self-titled third album, Collins has made another #1 hit on Cool Country 2KA weekly top ten, titled Fired Today.

Public Schools Talent Development Program, Collins says that he feels his latest album is a representation of everything he has learned through being a musician, singer and writer, and he is very proud.

Together, Travis and the Theatre Royal Hotel are excited to announce that he will be making an appearance in the Silver City, performing for us on the 4th May at the Night Train. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Hotel.

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Bringing colour to our cities


he month of May brings us many things, but for City and Colour fans this May is just that little bit better.

City and Colour, the alias used by Canadian born artist Dallas Green (Dallas = City and Green = Colour), is hitting our Australian shores as of May 2nd, starting his tour in Victoria and making his way all around until his departure on the 20th. His third and latest album Little Hell is inspired by those little heavens and hells we each go through “to get to the really great parts of love and life”. With Dylan Green on drums and Scott Remila on bass, the trio achieve the sweetest harmonic reflections on love and loss, featuring my personal favourites: Northern Wind, Hope For Now and Little Hell. You may know him better as front man from post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who I have seen live and, despite them unfortunately parting ways, I still highly recommend giving them a listen. Green’s voice and creativity astounds me every time. It is rare to find an artist who meets your expectations with whatever they choose to explore next. His previous two albums, Sometimes and Bring Me Your Love, possess such emotion they are guaranteed to move you or soothe you with every listen. While all three albums differ in sound, they all retain the typical Dallas Green soulful foundation. Dallas Green has this extraordinary talent to explore all the heartbreaks of life with an uplifting feel to it; he turns melancholic late-night introspection into beautiful tragedies - something to which most of us can relate, or at least feel for.

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If you get a chance, have a listen. City and Colour will be performing in Adelaide on May 18th at the Thebarton Theatre. Tickets are available from




New Church in town by Samara Pagano

A light to the nation Wayne Lee - Pastor, business owner and highly-regarded community member - has recently opened Light to Nations Church, located out at Robinson College.


ayne, who started preaching at just 17, gaining his credentials at the age of 23, started out as an Associate Pastor to his father, Doug Lee, who I knew

personally and hold in high regard. Doug, with his wife June and five children, came to Broken Hill in 1970, taking over the CRC in 1974 and building the church which still stands in Thomas street today. Wayne was the Senior Pastor at the CRC for many years after his father stepped down in 1998, linking the church to Jonathon David School of the Prophets and organising mission trips to Africa, India and Papua New Guinea. In 2003 Wayne left the CRC, starting a Church titled ‘New Life’, which continued until 2005 when he returned to the CRC.


Wayne officially resigned from the CRC in November 2009 after a decision was made by the Heads of the denomination, which he and his family felt was wrong. Now, after two years of feeling God had a calling for him, Wayne finally opened Light to Nations Church. He said the inspiration came from “not only being a light to other nations, but bringing nations here, to our light”. The church, which officially began on March 25th, is funding two orphanages Wayne initiated within the New Life Church; New Life Home of Hope and Broken Hill Care Home, both located in Andhra Pradesh Province of India, caring

for roughly 25 children each. Wayne also hopes to carry out mission trips in the future, with one already in the planning stages. Needless to say, Wayne is excited about future prospects and says his aim is for the Church to be “locally relevant with a global impact”.

For any queries or questions you can contact Wayne on: 0413 670 133, and if you would like to attend, Church is held every Sunday at 6.30pm out at the Robinson College on the Wentworth Road.

Local Spotlight A heart of gold


fter leaving Broken Hill 20 years ago, Sharon Matthies returned to Broken Hill to see the outback burst back to life after the recent rains. A few days’ visit to her hometown has resulted in her relocating because she felt at home here. “The spirit of Broken Hill is still alive and it’s been great catching up with old friends and meeting new ones,” says Sharon. Eager to help people in the community, she has previously volunteered for Uniting Care Wesley for children in South Australia. She also did some casual work in the mental health field, then cared for her ageing parents so they could live comfortably at home. Shortly after returning to Broken Hill, Sharon volunteered to help with HACC food service by wrapping and delivering meals, which also helps people maintain independence in their own homes. She now works for Life Without Barriers,

helping people with disabilities realise their full potential. Without support from Life Without Barriers, these people would not be able to live normal and fulfilling lives. They offer a wide range of services in the clients’ homes to assist them. The needs are varied because everyone is different, but we all need to be fed, housed, and be provided with medical services. We also need to be able to integrate into our community and achieve personal goals. “It is a challenging job,” says Sharon, “as every day is different in every home. There is always something new and unexpected.” I asked her what makes it all worth it, and her face lit up as she said: “The smile on someone’s face when they achieve something.” She really does care about people and is thankful to Broken Hill for giving her the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career in her chosen field. Carers provide a valuable service in the community. Their time is often given voluntarily, but there is a growing need for professional carers to provide more opportunities and a better quality of life for people with disabilities.

Sharon Matthies

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Pet talk Owner Education Reading Dog Body Language Training tip of the month: Come when called

Body Language of Fear in Dogs


f you watch the news or read it online, you would have seen some of the recent dog attacks. This breaks my heart every time because I think of the poor human and the poor dog. Most of these dog attacks have come from the good old family dog that “would never hurt a fly” but then, “out of nowhere and unprovoked”, the dog attacked the human, usually the child. The sad thing is that, in dog body language, he or she may have given you all the signs but humans, not understanding dog body language, failed to recognise the dog trying politely to ask the human to back away. So what should you look out for? Firstly never punish a growl as this is what we all know comes before a bite. If you punish the growl, you end up with a dog that will leave out the growl and just bite. Instead, if the dog growls, politely back out of his or her personal space. Now let’s talk about calming signals. These are what dogs use for communication. The calming signals are not only used to help calm the dog down, but to also let others know he or she is feeling uncomfortable. Some signs to look out for are: lip licking, yawning, body shakes (think wet dog shaking off, but without being wet), moving in an arc or curve to greet you, sniffing the ground, blinking and turning the eyes away from you and moving slowly. Some other signs in the dog’s body language to look for are: being able to see the whites of the dog’s eyes (known as

Slight Cowering

More Subtle Signs of Fear & Anxiety

Licking Lips


Brows Furrowed, Ears to Side

when no food nearby

when not hot or thirsty

Moving in Slow Motion

Acting Sleepy or Yawning when they shouldn’t be tired

looking in many directions

Suddenly Won’t Eat

Moving Away


walking slow on floor

moon eye), head turns, ears lowered or but was hungry earlier straight up, mouth tight, tail wagging high in the air, tail tucked between the legs, shaking (like shivering), panting without she likes you, but may not put up with having exercised, holding still (almost in it from a friend or a small child. Never a freeze), not eating treats, moving away, leave children unsupervised with a dog, backing away and, of course, the one we For additional free dog bite prevention andis. more no matter how friendlyresources the dog Protect all know, the growl or the snarl where dog behavior books and products, visit your dog and your family, look for the teeth are baring. If you watch your dog calming signals and allow your dog to closely you will see a combination of the trust you by responding to those signals calming signals and other signals a long and giving your dog space. Ask your dog time before you ever hear a growl or see a to come to you for a pat or a belly rub. snarl, or even a bite. A bite is usually the Your dog will trust and respect you more. absolute last resort for a dog. Now, when you hug or try to kiss your dog, you will almost certainly recognise the lip licking your dog does, or the lowering of their head. Your dog may put up with this behaviour from you if he or

Major Cowering

Training tip: Come when called When you call out “Come!” does your dog come? Or does your dog run the other way? To teach reliable recall, when you



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feed your dog call out “come” before you give your dog food. Dogs will start to associate the word “come” with getting their breakfast or dinner. Then start to call out “come” with some treats in your hand to feed your dog. Now your dog is learning that the word come = dinner and treats. Also, never call your dog over and then yell at the poor bugger - he or she will learn quickly never to come to you, because nobody wants to be yelled at. Always use a happy voice when your dog comes to you, even if he or she just ripped your washing off the line or peed on your favourite slippers. Happy training!

PS Ruby Lou – instead of barking at the mailman, run to your Momma for a yummy treat! Now, when mailman comes, instead of barking you will look for Mum for a treat!

If you’ve got a question you would like to ask Jenni about your dog please email us at, and we’ll do our best to get it answered for you.

Recipes & rubes Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for about 1½ hours for a medium-sized sugar pumpkin, or until tender.

Step 4: Liquids

Once the baked pumpkin has cooled, scoop out the flesh or just peel off the rind, and puree or mash it.


Boiling Method

Combine carefully measured flour , baking soda, salt and ground spices. Adjust to suit your own tastes.

Cut the pumpkin in half, discarding the stringy insides. Peel the pumpkin and cut it into chunks. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until the pumpkin chunks are tender.

Pumpkin Bread Step 1: Ingredients 5 oz. pumpkin puree 1 egg 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger Best if you can get fresh spices and grind them yourselves. Yum!

* If you buy canned pumpkin, either increase the recipe to make multiple loaves or store the extra pumpkin puree for other yummy recipes Step 2: Bake Pumpkin If you’re using a fresh pumpkin, you’ll need to cook, peel it, and mash it first! Here are three great methods to choose from: Baking Method

Optional stir-ins

Cut the pumpkin in half and discard the stem section and stringy pulp. Save the seeds to dry and roast.

Nuts, Sultanas, Dried Cranberries, Chocolate Chips

In a shallow baking dish, place the two halves face down and cover with foil.

Ruby Lou Everyones favourite furry-faced fluff ball, Ruby, is back from her summer sabbatical and ready for what 2012 has to offer. Don’t forget to send in a photo of your best mate, be it a dog, cat, bird or fish we wanna see it. Woof!


i guys,

I can’t believe that it’s already May - time flies when your chewing on a bone or two. Recently, I visited my dogtor, Doug, out at the R.S.P.C.A., for my annual checkup. He told me that I am very healthy but, sadly, I had to have a compulsory heart worming

Let the chunks cool, and then puree or mash. Microwave Method Cut the pumpkin in half, discarding the stringy insides. Microwave on high power for seven minutes per pound, turning pieces every few minutes to promote even cooking. Puree or mash. You can refrigerate your fresh pumpkin puree for up to three days, or store it in the freezer up to six months. Step 3: Prep

Combine the pumpkin puree, egg, vegetable oil, water, and sugar.

Step 5: Dry-s

Whisk together! Step 6: Combine Slowly stir the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture. Oh boy, it should smell good by now! Pour into the prepared (greased and floured) loaf pan. Step 7: Bake Bake for 40-50 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. You won’t believe how light and moist this pumpkin loaf turns out. You’ll never be able to eat that dense sticky stuff again. And once your friend’s try it, you’ll be getting requests every week! So share responsibly.

Preheat your ovens to 350 F (180 oC) Grease and flour a loaf pan. Meaning, rub some butter on all the sides, then dump in some flour and shake it around until it sticks to all the butter, and dump the rest of the flour out of the pan. My flour didn’t take evenly, but the resulting loaf came out just great!

From what I hear you all love the recipes found here every month, but there are only so many family secrets we can give away, so how about you share some of yours?

needle. Ouch. On behalf of my four-legged friends and me, I would like to thank the R.S.P.C.A. for doing such a great - if painful - job. If you didn’t know, it’s Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13th. Give your Mums a big hug, or, if you are furry and four-legged like myself, a big sloppy lick on the cheek will do. I love my Mum, even though she always makes me have baths and brushes my hair - it’s so annoying. Don’t forget to drop me a bone and send in some fun photos of your pets at ruby@ I better go - it’s past my bed time and I am using my Mum’s computer, ssshh. Let me welcome my animal and human friends to the year 2012. Keep reading my column and don’t forget to drop me a bone and say hi: ruby@



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far west battlefront by Andrew West

A century of bush bashing


n the 28th of March, 2012, you may have noticed some old cars roll into town on the Adelaide Road. They were very old cars - in fact, all of them were around 100 years old, travelling from West to East across the continent to celebrate the centenary of the first car to travel across this big country we call home. The event saw 47 entrants travelling 4100 kms in 20 days, using one-or-two cylinder motorcycles and cars, as well as steam and electric vehicles, to honour the

first crossing of Australia by a horseless carriage. Syd Ferguson was at the wheel as Francis Birtles navigated a Canadian single-cylinder Brush automobile from Perth to Sydney. Joined by several relatives of Syd and Francis, as guests of the Veterans Car Club of Australia, they relived a truly remarkable achievement of human endeavour versus the elements. The trip across Australia by road is still one of the world’s great road trips, however it was an epic journey in 1912. For a start, there were no roads, so they had navigate their own way across the country dodging stumps, looking for suitable creek crossings and more as they stumbled across Australia’s red heartlands. Leaving Perth on the 16th of March, Syd and Francis stopped off in Broken Hill before departing on the last leg of the journey to the East coast. They


arrived in Sydney four days later, boasting the same set of Dunlop tyres they left with after traversing “2,584 miles over the worst tracks possible”. The entire journey lasted 28 days with very few mechanical problems. In 2012, around 37 vehicles made it unaided into the Silver City to be greeted by the Broken Hill Veteran and Vintage Car Club and locals. They spent the night here and I went and visited several of the well-seasoned travelers at a local caravan park. Many of them were tinkering with some amazing pieces of machinery that can still travel across this mighty continent after serving their passengers for a century or more. Very inspiring were their stories; “You can’t buy parts for 100-year-old cars,” said one entrant, “but you can still find a machine shop to make them for you and you are back on the road

in no time.” The first car that battled across the mighty Nullarbor Plains only had 10 horsepower - it seems it can still do it 100 years later on the smell of an oily rag. The weary travelers thanked Broken Hill for its hospitality and moved on to Sydney. I’ve never taken a billy cart to Sydney, so all I could do was wish them luck. All money raised during a unique antique road show were donated to cancer research and people who are suffering due to cancer. For more information on the expedition visit on the world wide web or find them on Facebook.

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Connie takes flight again A piece of aviation history will be returning to Broken Hill for the Mining convention held from May 19th to May 22nd this year.


he last remaining Lockheed Super Constellation in service, affectionately known as”Connie”, will be available for inspection by the public. The cost is $5 per adult, $2 per child and $10 per Family ticket. The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is a voluntary organisation and its only cash flow comes from showing people through their aeroplanes, and tours through their Museum at Albion Park. The world’s first around-the-world air service was operated from Australia by Qantas. Commissioned by Howard Hughes, the Lockheed Super Constellation was the workhorse that pioneered a revolution in global travel in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The speed and range of the aircraft made the world

smaller by dramatically reducing the time to travel long distances. The size of the airliner also made it more economical, heralding the availabilty of global travel to the masses at a more affordable price. The first time a Constellation graced the tarmac in Broken Hill was when Queen Elizabeth II made her royal visit to Broken Hill in 1954. In 2005, Connie paid a visit to Broken Hill whilst en-route to diggers and dealers week in Kalgoorlie. This trip will be the third time the airliner will visit the Silver City. Connie (VH-EAG ‘Southern Preservation’) was originally a military version of the Constellation that was discovered at an aviation graveyard near Tucson, Arizona, by members of HARS in 1990. In 1991 came the mammoth task of restoring an aircraft which had been stripped for spare parts and left as a bird cage for 13 years. The logistics of moving the volunteers back and forth from Tucson was timeconsuming and expensive. After five years and 16,000 man hours of blood, sweat and tears, Connie rose from the scrap heap and reached for the sky once again after 18 years on the ground. On February 3rd, 1996, Connie left for Sydney to arrive safely 39.5 hours later, to become the pride of HARS stationed at the Illawara regional airport, south of Sydney. For more information on Connie visit on the web. Illawarra Regional Airport | Phone: (02) 4257 4333 | Fax (02) 4257 4388


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Health A fresh new start begins with quitting How many of you have tried to give up smoking and have failed? How many of you make daily excuses not to quit? How many of you believe that your health will not be affected by your smoking habits?


e people need to understand that it is never too late to quit smoking. The human body is an incredible machine which has the capacity to repair most of the damage caused by the harsh chemicals in cigarettes. That’s why it is important not to wait for the New Year or a good reason to quit, but to simply quit as soon as possible. The risk factors of many deadly diseases, such as heart disease, respiratory disease and many types of cancer, decrease the longer you are smoke free. When you quit, your body begins to crave nicotine, which gives you the urge to smoke. It is important to tame these cravings with advice and support services so that you have the best chance of quitting. If the cravings start to affect your everyday life, or if you normally smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, there are some medicines that have been proven to help you quit. Non-prescription nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and non-nicotine quitting medicines, which must be prescribed by your doctor, are two reliable and

proven options for quitting. NRT provides a small amount of nicotine to reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that occur when quitting. It is easier to slowly wean yourself off NRT, as it is not as addictive as cigarettes and less harmful, and it does not include the other poisonous gases and chemicals. NRT can range from patches, lozenges, tablets, gum and inhalers. The side effects of NRT is often mild and manageable. Pharmacists and doctors can help you choose the best option that is suited for you and your lifestyle. We must remember that quitting


isn’t easy, so it’s important to maintain a good support network around you. Building support networks with family and friends, as well as using organisations such as Quitline and QuitCoach, can help you while quitting. It is important to make and follow a quitting plan, which includes a list of things to do when you get the urge to smoke. These things can include taking a deep breath, drinking some water or keeping yourself occupied in different a manner. Consistently remind yourself of your reasons for quitting, and sustaining a healthy lifestyle can help you stay motivated. Keeping this routine will allow you to control your

cravings, anxiety and stress levels. It takes a lot of courage to quit, but there is also no excuse to continue smoking. The only gain from smoking is the harm it causes to your body, your mind, your family and your finances. Take the plunge for your health and wellbeing, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about your situation and the options available for quitting. Take the last puff today and work towards a fresher start. Call Quitline: 137 848. Jeanette Cerda – Pharmacy Student, Charles Sturt University.


Is it really worth the weight? Susanne Eman is trying to become the fattest woman in the world. Go figure!


read an article recently about a woman who is trying to become the fattest woman in the world. She currently weighs 330kg and is aiming to double that to beat the world record. She lives, of course, in America, and manages to eat in one day what I would have trouble

eating in a week. This woman believes that the more weight she gains, the more confident she feels because of the attention she receives. But it was not the vast amount of food she consumes in a day, or the comparison to her being the size of three baby elephants that disturbed me the most. It was the fact that this woman truly believes that she is healthy! Surely she must realise how much damage she is doing to her body, or the appalling example she is setting for her children. Is all of her fame and glory really worth the weight?

of Russian roulette that she is playing with her health. It’s not only your waistline that increases with an unhealthy lifestyle. It is also the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, some types of cancer, sleep apnoea, osteoporosis, gallstones, liver disease and respiratory problems. Whatever it is that is stopping you from losing weight, is it really worth it? You might indeed feel healthy if you are overweight, but if you were to stop and examine your health more closely you might find some nasty surprises.

Sure, putting on weight may have made this woman feel better about herself, but that doesn’t outweigh the risks involved in the game

These days we are bombarded with messages about what we should eat, how fast we should eat it, when we should eat it, and

how we should burn it off. The message we should all listen to is that the sooner that you do something about your weight, the better off your health will be. Take the dog for a walk into town instead of driving. Be your own Masterchef and cook up a storm at home rather than grabbing that sausage roll. Try saying no to the beer and dessert – do you really need it? If you need help, your pharmacist, dietician or doctor can provide you with all the support that you need. They can help you sort through all the “facts and evidence” about weight loss that are out there to help you find the best way to improve your physical activity and develop a healthy eating plan. Your pharmacist can also advise you about medicines and other treatments for weight loss and help to decide if these are an option for you. The best advice I can give you? Don’t be like that woman. Set your own weight loss record. Take your health into your own hands and make some changes for the better. What are you weighting for? Sarah Hawes – Sydney University pharmacy Student



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Simpler Times

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ocal Artist Amanda Johnson will be opening a new exhibition to the public this month called ‘Simpler Times’.

This particular body of work is reflective of her childhood and family growing up in broken hill, the images above are snippets of artworks that will be on display.

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