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Moranbah Library Children’s Programs Tuesday to Saturday each week

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From the Editor

On behalf of the Messenger and MDSS we wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable School and Easter Break. Remember to think safe on the roads, don’t use your mobile phone while driving, concentrate and don’t speed.

Don’t forget on Thursday 3rd April the Messenger and MDSS will be down at the Town Square for a fun Easter Egg Hunt. We hope you will come on down and share in some fun and laughter with us that afternoon after school. At Easter time we look forward to some cooler weather, Easter treats, family time, and a few days off work to refresh and rejuvenate. Why not enjoy some of the amazing places close to Moranbah, like Eungella, Finch Hatton, Our dams – Theresa Creek and Lake Elphinstone. MDSS has tourist brochures available should you be wandering what to do these school holidays or over Easter. The friendly staff are always happy to provide you with the information you need to enjoy our beautiful region. Moranbah just lovin it….. Happy Easter everyone from Kerri, Chris, the Management and staff at MDSS.

Thanks to Cover Model: Sebastian Kleinschmidt and Poppy Oram Photo: Kerri-ann’s Portraits Props: Coco & Lily & Moranbah Rural Supplies

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Address: 92 Mills Ave Moranbah Postal: PO Box 275 Moranbah Qld 4744 Phone: 07 4941 5164 Fax: 07 4941 8881

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Moranbah Workers Club Seafood Buffet Night

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The Messenger is published as a Community Service by Moranbah & District Support Services. All advertising must be paid in full before being printed. Any adverts submitted to the Messenger can not be cancelled after the closing date. All material is copyright and cannot be reproduced in part or in full by any means without written permission from the MDSS Management Committee. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Moranbah & District Support Services.

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Coalfields vs. Canelands Cup


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2 PM M INERS L EAGUES C LUB M ILLS A V E , M O RA NB A H Moranbah Bulls Rugby Union Club


FRIDAY MAY 9, 2014 EVENT START AT 6:00 P.M. Available for Purchase • Sausages • Popcorn • Cold Drinks • Fairy Floss • Snow Cones • Doughnuts

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New Players and Supporters Welcome! For more information, contact: Moranbah Ð Justin Sloper 0429 047 487

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Ever wanted a pro to teach you new tricks on your


Two professional skateboarders and accredited trainers from Skateboarding Australia (SbA) will tour Isaac region skate parks giving free coaching clinics and live demonstrations from 8 to 13 April. The SbA coaches, Pat Gemzik from Brisbane and Mat Chigwidden from the Sunshine Coast are looking forward to sharing board skills with local kids as part of Youth Week. Mayor Anne Baker said the six hour clinics were a major part of Isaac Regional Council’s 2014 Youth Week activities, and encouraged young people to learn from Pat and Mat across the region. “This is a wonderful opportunity for keen skateboarders of any age to have fun and learn from professionals.

“The clinics will be held at our skate parks in Glenden, Nebo, Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart and Middlemount,” Cr Baker said. There will be skateboards and other giveaways as well as a sausage sizzle lunch from 12pm at each clinic. A Guardian Authorisation form is required for under 18’s to participate and forms will be provided on the day. Mayor Baker said the 2014 Youth Week theme ‘Our Voice, Our Impact’ highlighted the important role young people play in the community. “In addition to participating in activities, I encourage young people to voice their opinions and feel empowered to contribute positively in our region’s future.”

The free SbA pro skateboard clinics start at 9am, finish at 4pm, and will be held: Tuesday 8 April Wednesday 9 April Thursday 10 April Friday 11 April Saturday 12 April Sunday 13 April

Glenden skate park Nebo skate park Moranbah skate park Clermont skate park Dysart skate park Middlemount skate park

For details contact Isaac Regional Council Youth Support Officer Janice Mansfield on 1300 47 22 27.

In our neighbourhood Between us three Councillors we have spent 77 years making our lives in Moranbah. Despite witnessing so much development over time, what remains unchanged is that Moranbah continues to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family. With thriving schools, numerous sporting clubs, fantastic small businesses, and a packed social calendar, it’s a great community to live and work.

Cr Kelly Vea Vea

This is why we strongly oppose destructive policies like 100% fly-in, fly out. Mining towns aren’t for everyone, but when people are given genuine opportunity to make their own living decisions, enough move here with their families to keep our communities strong, vibrant and sustainable.

Cr Peter Freeleagus

Our town was built on mining, and we welcome industry growth. However we will stand against any policy that excludes our communities for employment opportunities, and economic benefit. We are not asking for everyone to live locally, just a fair go for those who want to.

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Moranbah and District Support Services Association Incorporated Rural Family Support Worker

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POSITION VACANT Based in Moranbah | Permanent position | Excellent conditions An opportunity exists for a dynamic and passionate individual to join our team at MDSS. You will work autonomously and as part of a team; be responsible for providing information, support and referrals to individuals and families as well offer case management, counselling and other advocacy and support as required; The position works alongside children and their families to enhance the livelihood and liveability of individuals and families living in Moranbah, Glenden, Coppabella, Nebo and Clermont. This position is funded by the Department of Communities. To be successful for the position you will need to hold a minimum Social Work, Psychology Degree or Behavioural Sciences Degree and be able to demonstrate experience and work in one of these fields of at least two years. Would you like to work in a supported environment, with a great team and great conditions? MDSS supports a work/life balance approach and offers fair wages with a work vehicle included in this package. Ongoing Training and Professional Development opportunities are available, following a probationary period. If you would like to join the MDSS Team, please contact our Administrative Support Officer for an application package, including position description and key selection criteria. The selection criteria must be addressed to be considered for an interview: Marilyn Barclay Administration Officer Moranbah & District Support Services 92 Mills Avenue Moranbah QLD 4744

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Sharing the It is important to realise that our role as parents is far from over once our children have settled into school! You can have a marked effect on your child’s schooling by the way in which you decide to help. It is very important to realise that you will have a far greater influence on your child’s education than any teacher or school and it is helpful to work in partnership with them. • Introduce yourself to the teacher; • Let him/her know you intend to be a supportive parent; • If you are able, help on canteen duty, listen to children read, bake cakes for the school fete; • Join the P&C for your school;

Your child see’s you as part of the school team! Young children usually get a thrill when parents visit the school for special occasions;

Benefits for your child

Your child see’s you as part of the school team! Young children usually get a thrill when parents visit the school for special occasions;

Your child will feel proud that you are able to help the school by organising special activities;

School Rules

If you can teach your child by example that rules at home and in society are important, he/she will be able to respect school rules and follow them more easily.

Parents who work during school hours

Many parents can’t help out at school, no matter how much they would like to. There are still ways you can be involved and show your child you care. Even if you are able to visit the school only once a year, it will be worth it! Take time at home to show interest in your child’s daily activities. Look at school work, help with learning

words, daily reading, homework etc. When activities including parents are planned, try to be involved even though you cannot physically be there. Make something for a fete, send items of interest or information for a special day and don’t forget at the end of the day to ask your child how it all went. A working parent can do just as much to enhance a child’s schooling as one who is not in the workforce. It’s your attitude that is important.

Help in the Classroom

Listening to children read is a very special role you can partake. The more often children read, or are read to, the better; Parents can play a big part by giving time that teachers cannot spare in the classroom. By becoming known to your children’s classmates and getting to know the teachers, you can increase that “family” feeling which is so helpful to your child. You are sharing in your child’s school life, and that will benefit everyone in the long term. Knowing you are helping will be like gold to your child. Happy parenting.

Research tells us that: If children have an emotional or behavioural problem, parents frequently turn to teachers for help. Parents feel comfortable in the school environment, which makes them more likely to ask for help or support related to their child. Parents who get involved are more likely to understand and support any particular approaches that are being used with a child, and will support these strategies at home. Parents who get involved take a greater role in their child’s education and activities around schooling, which leads children do better academically and socially. Brought to you by MDSS Neighbourhood Program Borrowed from: NAPCAN Australia (2002) Haymarket : NSW

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St Francis Anglican Church

5 St Francis Drive

Reverend Dr David Ferguson Ph: 07 4983 3445

(Enquire at the office) Services are available each week

Moranbah Christian Fellowship Elliot Street

Sunday Service - 9.30am Bible Study Tuesday - 7.30pm Ladies Bible Study Contact for details

For further details contact Graham Phillips Ph: 07 4941 6936

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69 Belyando Ave

Check the noticeboard outside the church Church services followed by a cuppa or BBQ Office open on Monday following 3rd Sunday

Women’s Bible Study Thursday - 10am “Impact” Youth Group

1st Sunday of Month - 11.30am 3rd Sunday of Month - 3.30pm 5th Sunday of Month - 3.30pm

Sunday Service - 10am Soul Kidz Sunday School - 10am Bible Study Wednesday - 6.30pm

For further details contact Capt. Stuart Haynes Ph: 0421 170 071 4941 7216

Moranbah Uniting Church find us on facebook Chairperson - 07 4941 5632 Secretary - 0408 452 707

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 70 Belyando Ave

Saturday Service - 6.00pm

Children’s Liturgy during Service twice each month

New to Town? Long Term resident? Stay for a cuppa and a chat after Service.

Pastor Fr Robert Hollow Ph: 07 4941 7379 0428 982 033


2A Jackson Ave

Sunday - 9.30am Kids Program During Service (Except on School Holidays)

Oasis Youth Friday - 7pm (School Grade 7-12)

Midweek Groups

(Contact Church office for more Information)

Ph: 07 4941 8866

When we say ‘adventure’, we’re not just talking about the awesome range of outdoor activities that Scouts offers! In fact, ‘adventure’ can mean any exciting, novel or unusual experience, and Scouts offers such a huge range of opportunities that there’s always something new to try. And you can join at any age from 6 upwards! Moranbah Scout Group has gone from strength to strength, over the past 2 years in all sections (Joeys, Cubs and Scouts) which have grown to the point that we currently have waiting lists in place for both Joeys and Cubs. We are in the process of starting a second Joey Mob and Cub Pack but require more leaders in order to do this. The leaders are doing a fantastic job in planning exciting, challenging and fun section nights and camps/overnight activities. This year promises to be another fun, action packed year with the Joeys earning badges, playing games, completing activities and attending Joey Jaunts within the region. The Cubs will be completing badge work, learning knots, playing games and attending a variety of camps as well as planning to attend Cuboree in September. The Scouts will be challenged with hikes, patrol camps, construction activities, a rafting competition as well as badge work and fun activities.

The group will also hold their annual group camp in Emerald, as well as attend several regional events including the regional rally and JOTA/JOTI. All sections will be participating in the relay for life again this year and we are hoping to see the community walking along side our groups. All sections share a steady diet of selfrespect, confidence, leadership, teamwork, creativity, environmental awareness and community involvement, and there are plenty of events and activities in which everyone can get involved together. Scouts Australia couldn’t provide such amazing experiences for young people without a huge group of dedicated and enthusiastic adult volunteers. If you’re aged 18 or over, why not contact your local group and find out how you can rediscover adventure too? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been a Scout… we’ll teach you everything you need to know!



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“Stronger Families, Stronger Communities” National Families Week 2014 - Written by MDSS Neighbourhood Program “The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest — schools, playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern — will never be enough.”-Lyndon Baines Johnson The theme this year highlights the important role families have as the building block for our community and community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. The aim of National Families Week 2014 (the 20th Anniversary) is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian Society. National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and make the most of the family that we have. Reflecting on the critical role of family, teaching, supporting and nurturing our children is a valuable role of the family especially as they grow as well to focus on supporting our elders as they begin to age. National Families Week coincides with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May. This day is observed by the United Nations to mark the importance that the international communities place on family as the fundamental unit of our society, as well to show concern about their situation in many parts of the world. In a world of hustle and bustle it can sometimes become easy to take for granted the bonds we have formed with those we love the most. We can sometimes forget the importance of showing them how much we care for, and appreciate them on a daily basis.

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Isaac Regional Council... Offering flexible working hours, allowing valuable time with your family

Seeking flexible hours? Skilled and talented? Isaac Regional Council is seeking talented people living in the region who want flexible working hours or job-share employment opportunities. Whether you’re a father, mother, retiree or just want to work varied hours, if you live in the Isaac region, register with Isaac Regional Council. Council offers a supportive team environment with great learning and development opportunities and up to 12 per cent superannuation. To register your interest for a range of flexible work options or a job share positions: Visit Email Phone Just Lovin’ it 14 or 4941 4590 during business hours

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Styling Women & Children in one store For women and children of Moranbah who appreciate quality, on-trend fashion, the recent Coco + Lily and Sheba Fashion collaboration ‘concept store’ has been hailed a complete success in setting new heights for a convenient, personalized retail experience! The new Coco + Lily / Sheba Fashions ‘concept store’ (located Shop 2, Batchelor Pde in Town Square between Leading Edge TeleComms and the Roast Shack) is the brainchild of Brooke Kleinschmidt and Janelle Finlay and has been designed around a sincere and honest retail ethos that resonates strongly to both business owners. It offers a new approach to a modern experience of shopping (by combining an equally successful women’s and children’s boutique) that is always in motion and highly innovative. Their focus is firstly to provide quality sought after items that are highly competitive with major outlets and online stores alike. Secondly, but equally important to the Coco + Lily and Sheba Fashion team is providing a welcoming environment for both women and kids alike - from the decked out kids corner, to the ample parking spaces and personalized and relaxed shopping experience. This is your new ‘go to’ shopping haven Moranbah! Since 2006 Sheba Fashions has been a permanent fixture on the style scene in Moranbah, catering to the fashion needs of it’s resident ladies - by bringing the latest styles and collections at affordable prices. Similarly, Coco + Lily has been servicing Moranbah since 2007 and continues its’ evolution to become a monumentally cool mish mash of boutique and handmade labels unique to the Bowen Basin! With an extensive range of clothing gifts and accessories for stylish little ones that would rival any ‘big city’ boutique - all your baby shower, birthday, school needs and much more are here. Next time you’re in Town Square be sure to pop in and say hello to Brooke and Janelle while you browse their gorgeous range!

Candlelight Vigil to remember lives lost to Domestic Violence MDSS Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of lives lost to Domestic violence National Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Month is held in May. To start the month’s awareness of Domestic Violence support and advocacy available, MDSS is holding a candlelight vigil, which honours victims and survivors of domestic violence and lives lost. Chris Macfarlan, Community Development Officer at MDSS says “the month of May will see a lot of awareness raising education happening in Moranbah”. “We have joined with ELAM and Domestic Violence Resource Centre in Mackay this year, to spread the important messages around Family Violence Prevention”.

The Candlelight Ceremony is being held Thursday 1st May 2014 Time: 5.45pm for 6pm start Meeting at the Town Square Park with a walk with lanterns lit to Griffen St, Ambulance Station for Ceremony and Remembrance moment. On return to the Town Square Park a meal will be shared between participants.

Chris invites the whole community to attend and bring a plate to share. Testimonials and speeches are welcome, with music by Casey Wilkinson.

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Ice-cube trays serve as molds, giving the fizzies their shape. Using a flexible silicone model lets you slide the cubes out smoothly without breaking them. Show off the colours of the bath fizzies in glass jars with screw tops, the kind used for storing sugar and flour. Pack each type of fizzy in a separate jar so the scents won’t meld. Write the name of the scent on a vellum tag (choose a shade that matches the fizzies), and punch a hole in the top. Thread the tag with ribbon, and tie it around the jar. Citric acid, a common food additive, is available at wine-making-supply stores, some spice shops, and online. When citric acid is combined with baking soda and placed in water, a chemical reaction creates bubbles. *Makes 1 dozen (Use 2 per bath).

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We may all want to fix an ailing relationship, sometimes though; it’s wise to know when to let it go. All relationships are different, but there are some universal truths. For example, if one or both partners refuse to put in the effort to save the marriage, it’ll never get fixed. Another factor is time: “The clock starts ticking on the end of a marriage as soon as one spouse puts the [couple’s] problems out in the open,” says Bryce Kaye, PhD, author of The Marriage First Aid Kit. “The more time that passes without any effort made, the lower the odds that you’ll stay together.” Here are the 9-signs that your relationship or marriage may be beyond repair.

You’ve “uncoupled.”

Couples whose marriages are over, or nearly over, have usually uncoupled, or disconnected from each other, says Elayne Savage, PhD, author of Breathing Room: Creating Space to Be a Couple. “If you’re no longer spending any time together, if one or both of you is spending all your time at work, with friends, online—and if feels like a relief not to be with each other—it’s a sign that you’ve already disengaged from the marriage.”

You’re no longer a team.

One spouse is a serial cheater. “Some men - stereotypically this

An unfaithful spouse keeps an ex-lover as a friend.

You disagree about whether to have children or not.

It may sound hokey, but it’s true: In healthily humming-along marriages, both partners work as a team on everything from parenting to running the household to supporting each other in career and personal ambitions. “If you’ve both started moving in completely separate orbits, or if you’re not working together on day-to-day issues, it’s a sign of serious trouble,” says Dr. Savage.

Infidelity is an enormous hurdle for a marriage to overcome, but just ending the affair is not enough, says Dr. Kaye. For a marriage to fully get past one spouse’s adultery, the unfaithful half of the couple cannot maintain a “friendship” with the former lover. No matter what he or she says about the innocence of such a relationship, “nothing good can come out of it,” notes Dr. Kaye.

is men - are just not cut out for marriage; they are unable to remain monogamous” says Bowman. What’s worse, they manage to put the blame for their philandering and untrustworthiness on you, usually for being too jealous or controlling. After the kind of affair a couple can recover from, “there are regrets, apologies, and promises to put an end to it and seek counselling.” Not so with the serial cheater; that’s a problem you can’t fix, and likely spells the end of your marriage.

There are many areas of compromise in a marriage, such as who is responsible for dealing with the finances, where you should spend the holidays, how to handle family issues and so on. But if one of you is absolutely sure you want a child and the other categorically refuses, you’re in trouble. “If someone’s close to either side of the will-we-orwon’t-we-have-children fence, you can work through it. But if not, and having a child is a life goal of yours, you may be looking at the end of your marriage,” says Bowman.

There’s a lack of respect in the You no longer No compromising in terms One of the most communicate with of wants and needs. A major part relationship. important aspects of a healthy marriage is mutual of marriage involves trying to fulfill your partner’s respect, says Dr. Savage. When that’s gone each other. No problem in a marriage needs and also making sure your own needs are when one partner consistently feels dismissed,

met. It’s a lifelong dance, of give and take, it requires constant communication. But if your partner refuses to listen to what you need (time, affection, sex/physical contact, help with children or chores), or refuses to share his own needs, you’re not in a good place, says Dr. Kaye.

rejected and condescended, to (and the other partner doesn’t see it or refuses to talk through it), you’re in a bad place. “Marriages that reach this place are toxic—you’re no longer civil, and all discourse is either attacking or defending.”

can be solved without open, honest communication. If you’ve reached a point where all you ever talk about is mundane things, like who needs to buy milk, you’re in trouble, says Dr. Savage. “Lack of personal, intimate exchange in a marriage is a very bad sign, especially if you are talking to others.”

One spouse refuses to try There are a lot of damaging, seemingly insurmountable problems that some marriages encounter and rebound from, such as infidelity, the loss of a close family member and a long sexual drought. But, says Alisa Bowman, author of Project: Happily Ever After, if one spouse repeatedly brings up an issue, asks for help and makes it clear that the marriage will not last unless they both commit to solving it, and the other spouse refuses to go along, the marriage is in trouble. “One partner can’t do all the work alone - You can’t go anywhere like that” says Bowman.” A good rule of thumb: If it’s been a year with no progress, it may be time to call it quits.

Behaviours that indicate your relationship is VER...


Robert Adams B.S.W; MAASW / Rural Family Support Worker: Moranbah District Support Services

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5 Easy steps to keeping our brain healthy Brain changes that can cause dementia begin many years before any symptoms appear. Evidence suggests that midlife is a critical time to think about looking after your brain, body and heart. But it is never too late to make changes that will improve your brain health. Step 1:

Look after your heart-There is a direct link to a healthy heart and a health brain. Eg. Stable blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Step 2:

Do something active- Be active on most days of the week, start off slow and gradually build up, something is better than nothing.

Step 3:

Mentally challenge your brain- Learn something new or change the way that you routinely do a task.

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Follow a healthy diet- again healthy heart, healthy brain.

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Enjoy a social activity.

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Act as 1 “Say NO To Domestic Violence”

National Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Coming in May 2014 Supported by Moranbah and District Support Services Community Development Officer MDSS Neighbourhood Program

What will your family story be?

MDSS can provide information, support, and ongoing referrals. Call one of our support workers on Telephone 4941 5164 for a non judgmental, confidential appointment.

No matter what you think, children see and hear more than you think they do!

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Brush up on your fishing knowledge!

As the Easter holidays begin, those who like to drop a line are reminded to brush up on Queensland’s recreational fishing laws. It’s worth researching the rules which vary according to whether your fishing in fresh water, tidal waters or marine parks or if you plan to cross into another state.

GO CAMPING WITH THE FAMILY THIS EASTER Theresa Creek Dam Camping and Fishing in Clermont Theresa Creek Dam, situated 20km from Clermont on the Rubyvale Road, is an idyllic camping and fishing ground for travellers of all ages. Camping is available for a small fee and the ground facilities include toilets, hot showers, barbeques, picnic tables, modern kids playground, boat ramps, and swimming areas. Sites are non-powered, campfires are allowed. Take to the water on a sailboat, in a motor boat or on waterskis for some wet and wonderful fun. There is a kiosk which stocks basic grocery items, and serves coffee and breakfast during the busy winter tourist season. The dam is surrounded by native wildlife and its waters are fully stocked with Barramundi and Red Claw (local crustacean) Articles from Outback Now.

BANS...... on badly behaved patrons In a firm bid to reduce alcohol related offences and anti social behaviour and to increase patron, staff and general public safety, the Moranbah Liquor Accord (MLA) have introduced banning periods of up to 12-months.

the MLA, to the recent offenders. Owner and Manager of the Black Nugget Hotel Motel and MLA Chair Paul Fenlon said the Moranbah Liquor Accord now has an effective form of communication between licensed venues. “Licensees and managers can now discuss Senior Sergeant of Moranbah Police and MLA serious incidents when they occur and issue member, Michael Bailey, said the MLA decision banning periods applicable for all venues in followed recent, serious incidents, which led Moranbah and surrounding areas to to two patrons receiving bans from all MLA offenders.” licensed premises. “If an offender is found to be on an MLA “Due to the serious nature of the two recent licensed premise, QPS will be notified and the incidents, MLA members agreed last week a offender charged with trespassing.” 12-month ban from all MLA licensed premises would occur and this included bottle shops and Mayor Anne Baker said this significant step restaurants. taken by MLA was a credit to their commitment to providing safer, more enjoyable venues. He said any person engaging in aggressive behaviour or fighting and involving the police “Badly behaved patrons need to be would be issued with a notice to stay off all accountable for their behaviour.” licensed premises in the Moranbah area as per Image: Moranbah Liquor Accord introduces 12 month bans: the banning period set down by the MLA. “The MLA is an agreement by Moranbah licensees and other stakeholders to take certain actions in our local community to improve safety in entertainment areas and reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour, offences and violence. “MLA members are working together to continually improve the standard and reputation of our hotels and clubs by providing friendly, comfortable and safe venues for local community members,” Senior Sergeant Bailey said. Senior Sergeant Bailey said Queensland Police served the banning notices, issued by

Senior Sergeant of Moranbah Police and Moranbah Liquor Accord member, Michael Bailey, Moranbah Golf Club Duty Manager Liz Bridgeman, Moranbah Community Workers Club General Manager Ashley Dowd and Owner and Manager of the Black Nugget Hotel Motel and MLA Chair Paul Fenlon outside the Moranbah Police Station today.

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MDSS Neighbourhood Program celebrated International Women’s Day on 7th March 2014 with a luncheon and entertainment by Melbourne Comedy Act, Liz Skitch. 50 ladies and 1 gentleman enjoyed the celebrations with acknowledgement of the major achievements women have made across the generations and how much more work is still to be done to be equal amongst men. Work is a part of Queensland women’s daily lives. It may be through a job in the paid workforce, in a volunteer role or caring for family or sick or aged relatives. Research has highlighted several issues for women’s life and work. Chris Macfarlan, Community Development Officer, MDSS Neighbourhood Program suggests through the Department Communities, Child Safety website that “women generally, have lower levels of financial security than men and are under-represented in emerging industries. Families and caring are important issues for both men and women, however particularly for women who usually fulfil caring roles in the family and community”. The site suggests “Women need to be able to balance their work, family and lifestyle commitments. And they need flexible and accessible education, training and employment pathways to help them participate in the workforce”. Chris thanks major sponsors BHP Billiton Mistubishi Alliance (BMA) and Isaac Regional Council for sponsoring the event. With a big thankyou to those ladies and gentleman for their attendance and support. Staff from Isaac Regional Council enjoying the days entertainment

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Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local together with MDSS are improving access to health services through Telehealth facilities in the Moranbah community On Thursday 20 March 2014 Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local together with MDSS celebrated the opening of the Moranbah Telehealth Hub and the launch of the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local telepsychology service to the Moranbah community. The Telehealth Hub enables members of the local community to access Telehealth technology; connecting the community with health professionals located outside of Moranbah, for example, a psychologist, physiotherapist or dietitian. Using the Telehealth Hub will save consumers time and money by eliminating their need to travel outside of Moranbah for health care appointments. Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Program Coordinator – Telehealth, Cathy Parkinson understands the positive impact this will deliver to the Moranbah community. “Accessing the free Telehealth Hub will enable consumers to chat with their health care professionals using Telehealth technology, just as if they were in the room speaking with them,” she said. “Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local is committed to delivering Telehealth services to local communities to improve access to health care professionals, keeping people well and out of hospital,” Ms Parkinson said. “This is an amazing opportunity to assist those consumers who might not be able to travel for, health reasons or time constraints, to link in from the Telehealth Hub to their health care appointment. Using the Telehealth Hub is an attractive alternative to travelling for hours to your health care providers location,” Chris Macfarlan, Community Development Officer, Neighbourhood Program said. “MDSS values the new partnership with Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local and looks forward to working with them to continue to support health partnerships and services in Moranbah,” Ms Macfarlan said. The Telehealth Hub is a free service for the local community.


To access the Telehealth Hub contact MDSS 4941 5164 and book your appointment today

The Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Telehealth Hub can help you: TOWNSVILLE-MACKAY

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access appointments to health care professionals outside the Moranbah region to eliminate the need for lengthy travel to health care appointments to save you money associated with travelling to health care appointments if you are unable to travel long distances to health care appointments.

Top: Chris Macfarlan MDSS, Cathy Parkinson TMML Telehealth - Program Coordinator, Cherie Miller Program Officer and Dr Phillip Stacey Clinical Manager Mental Health Bottom: Kerry Maley and Cathy Parkinson Program Coordinator

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