Premier Denis Napthine slams ‘abomination’, calls on UN to secure and investigate MH17 site

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has called on the United Nations to send forces to secure and investigate the MH17 crime scene in the Ukraine.
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Dr Napthine told radio station 3AW on Monday he was concerned about the lack of action from the UN.

He demanded a NATO force to protect the crash site.

‘‘It just turns my stomach to see footage of people walking through that area, smoking, with guns over their shoulders, picking up bits and pieces and looting what is a crime scene … showing total disrespect to people and their possessions,’’ he said.

Dr Napthine said he was ‘‘white-hot with anger’’ at the desecration of the site and it was ‘‘an abomination’’ an independent investigation had not been established.

‘‘Surely that’s why we have a United Nations, to show some leadership … show some backbone and actually do something,’’ he said.

Dr Napthine’s comments follow his demand to ban Russian President Vladimir Putin from Australia’s G20 meeting if he refused to co-operate with investigators.

The MH17 disaster killed 298 people, including 40 Australians, 18 of them from Victoria. Dr Napthine said a state memorial had been planned for later in the week.

Buildings were instructed to fly flags at half-mast for the week and condolence books would be made available across the state.

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Teddy Bear Hospital in Civic Park: photos

Teddy Bear Hospital in Civic Park: photos Kahibah’s Lucy Pope, 4, has her bear treated by Medical student Estelle White. Pic: Phil Hearne
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Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

Medical students hold a Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park on Saturday. Pic: Phil Hearne

TweetFacebookLUCY Pope’s panda was one of many brave bears to have their ailments treated at Civic Park on Saturday.

Panda lined up with giraffes, camels and bears of all species to have an Xray check for broken bones, a special vaccination and a dietary consultation at the University of Newcastle’s Teddy Bear Hospital.

Third year medical student Hannah Coleman, who organised the event, said the turn out was ‘‘fantastic’’ with many of the 50 children bringing more than one soft toy in for a check-up.

‘‘Even children who were nervous about taking their toy to the doctor’’ changed their minds after having their faces painted and trying a cup cake, she said.

The annual event sponsored by the university’s medical society and staffed by medical students aims to build relationships between children and local health professionals.

‘‘I think it’s cool for the students to meet the kids too,’’ said Ms Coleman. It’s ‘‘good for us to learn to change our approach for all the different personalities’’.

Whyalla youngsters go green

HELPING OUT: A group of youngsters were happy to help out and contribute to the environment during their school holidays.
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Whyalla school kids spent time getting dirty, all in the name of good cause to help their local environment.

Assisting in the revegetation of Whyalla’s hills, nine children from the Whyalla swimming team made mud clay balls, filled with native seeds, to give the area and its wildlife a healthy boost.

Eight-year-old Minette Schoeman said she enjoyed getting dirty and helping the environment.

“We spent one day getting really dirty playing with lots of muddy clay and putting seeds in the middle of the balls,” she said.

“Then we let them dry, came back and threw them into the areas that need new plants.

“It was so much fun.”

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula coast and marine officer Kate Brocklehurt said local plants were an important way to improve the health of Whyalla’s environment.

Ms Brocklehurst said local plants provided natural food and habitat sources for animals and helped them survive the city’s “harsh” weather conditions.

“What we’ve done today is part of a rehabilitation project for our hills,” she said.

“There are thousands of seeds that will now germinate as the clay balls disintegrate naturally.

“They will establish themselves over time and attract more wildlife to the area which is a benefit to everyone.”

Ms Brocklehurst said last year, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla City Council undertook controlled burning of pest weeds on the hill and now the area had been given the best chance at being restored.

She said revegetation was a great way to show children how important the environment was and she was grateful for the help and support of the children who took time out of their school holidays.

“A big thank you to Nonowie Station for proving us with the special type of clay we needed and to all the kids who have spent their school holidays working hard on this project,” she said.

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Wool growers and footy players team up to promote fibre

The wool industry and the Australian football supporters combine to support promotion of the fibre.
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SHEARERS, woolgrowers, agents and studmasters are uniting to celebrate the rich heritage connecting the wool industry and Australian football.

To celebrate the connection between the wool growing community and football anintroductory videohas been produced.

Launched at the world’s biggest sheep event, the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, The Fibre of Football campaign will involve many initiatives.

From placing the natural fibre into football supporter gear, country football wool blend ‘MerinoPerform’ playing tops through to compiling images and stories of woollen playing jumpers and nominating people for the “Ultimate Wool Team”.

The idea for our native game came to Tom Wills while on his sheep station “Lexington” near Moyston in Victoria in the mid 19thcentury and since that time the wool industry and football have been closely connected.

Every football weekend across the nation, every part of the wool industry can be seen at country football grounds as wool industry people and businesses support the game.

Those already nominated for the Ultimate Wool Team include wool classer Anthony Daniher (Sydney Swans and Essendon Bombers), indigenous shearers Phil and Jim Krakouer (North Melbourne) and Merino stud master Ross Ditchburn,Carlton Bluesnot to mention countless wool industry men and women who have been crucial to their local football club both on and off the field.

The fibre of football celebrates two Australian icons that have supported each other throughout the evolution of our native game and our natural fibre. Both are central to the livelihoods and identities of many thousands of Australians.

As wool classer and football fanatic Darren “Strop” Strawford from Dunkeld in Victoria says;”In country towns the footy club is the lifeblood, we all gather together on aSaturdayand we come and watch the football. The wool industry and football are intertwined and they are the most important things going on around here.”

Wool, the Fibre of Football and AWI invites everyone involved in the wool industry to join in and celebrate two great Australians.

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Town Talk

Soup and damperTHE Wingham Hospital Auxiliary is holding their Soup, Damper and Sweets Luncheon on Saturday August 16 at the Wingham Senior Citizens Hall, Primrose Street Wingham, starting at 12 noon.
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The cost per person is $12 and this will be followed by a Dutch Auction with tickets being sold as you walk in.

For catering purposes and also to book a table or just one seat contacts are Joan Lawler 6553 5653 and Jill Bryant 6553 5147.

These days are held to raise money for our Wingham Hospital and they are really great days, so grab some friends and come along.

Great nightON Saturday night July 12 a “Christmas in July” was held at Caffrey Flat and was great.

Lola would like to thank all who bought tickets in the raffle and who donated the prizes, which were for vouchers first $200 from Coles, second $100 McGraths meat and third $50 from Chapman and Wood.

A big thank you to all the girls in the kitchen who made sure that the 66 plus people who attended had plenty to eat.

Music was by Barney and Ross so thanks boys for a job well done.

It was a very successful night and the next dance will be on Saturday September 13.

BirthdaysIT’S the boys turn this week for the Birthday wishes.

Happy Birthday to Eli Regan for Monday July 24 and on Friday 25th Jim Bird.

Hope you both have a really good day.

Mid North Coast Country MusicA SHOW will be held at Wingham RSL on the July 27 starting at 10am till 5pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available and you can order your lunch.

All welcome to come along and listen to good country music with walk up artist most welcome.

Our country music nights are held on the first and third Tuesday night of every month at Ormsby House Commerce Street Taree.

Music from 6pm ’till 10pm.

There is a small entry fee which includes a light supper.

Walk up artist welcome so come along and listen to some good country music.

For more information contact Carol Holm on 6552 1207.

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