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New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

New-look wig bank helps on cancer journey

When Louise Sheba received her cancer diagnosis it was a double blow. Not only did she face the anguish of treatment, but also the reality of losing her hair.
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Ms Sheba describes the idea of losing her locks as devastating.“I lookedinto what I could do, go bald, use scarves, wear beanies or try a wig,” she said.

Help in hard times: Volunteer Judy Conn receives a new addition to the wig bank from Louise Sheba. Picture: Vicky Hughson

A trip to the St John of God wig bank allowed Ms Sheba to try a few different styles.

“It’s great the service because it’s really, really hard to lose your hair. These days though wigs have really come a long way…I don’t worry about them now, I just wear them with ease,” she said.

The wig bank began in Warrnambool a few years ago.Current volunteer Judy Conn helped found the service after her own experience with cancer.

Ms Conn saidpatients experienced enough challenges without having to travel to Geelong or Melbourne for a wig.

“We saw a need for it and it’s taken off,” she said.

New and donated wigs are available in a range of styles and colours to suit women of all ages.

Director of nursing Leanne McPherson said the wig bank had just undergone a revamp and was now located in a quieter corner of the hospital.

“Our volunteerswho run the wig bankdo a wonderful job and our role it to ensure they have the resources onhand to continue with the quality service we provide,” she said.

“We aim to run the wig bankduring quieter times of the week in order to respect privacy andprovide a one-on-one service.”

The Wig Bankteam also works withLittle Yellow Owl hairdressing salon. ManagerJulie Gurryoffers a service where clientscan select five wigs from an outlet in Melbourne to try on.

“I have used both services with great success and we are lucky to havethis in Warrnambool,”Ms Shebasaid.

After being on the cancer journey, Ms Conn has a few words of wisdom for others.

“Going through it it’s not all bad, you meet some wonderful people,” she said.

“People find that you’re not on your own.”

The St John of God Wig Bank can be contacted viaJudy on0435 739 370 or5561 2873, or Rhonda on0438 182 992. Clients do not need to be St John of God patients.

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Whales ahoy at Head of Bight

Whales ahoy at Head of Bight

THE arrival of the first southern right whale to the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre marks the start of the 2016 whale watching season.
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SPECTACULAR: Overhead views of the Southern Right Whales at the Head of Bight last year.

STUNNING: Visitors at the Head of Bight centre get a close up look at one of the whales from the boardwalk.

Several whales have been seenclose to the cliffs near the Head of Bight Interpretive Centre, with the first few spotted at the tail end of June.

“There is no better place in Australia to view whales in their natural environment,” presiding member of the Aboriginal Lands TrustHaydyn Bromley said.

The centre is owned and managed by the Aboriginal Lands Trust of South Australia, which works in partnership with the Yalata Community and other regional Aboriginal groups to protect the fragile ecosystem and care for the Land at Head of Bight.

“The Head of Bight is one of the state’s tourism jewels. It was recently named as one of the top three tourist destinations in South Australia,” Mr Bromley said.

“Aboriginal people are very proud of the Head of Bight and welcome visitors to experience not only the whales but some of our Aboriginal culture.

The interpretive centre provides a unique whale watching experience, where the migratory southern right whales congregate en masse to give birth to their calves each year.

These whales take up residencefor a five month period making the location one of the most spectacular whale watching sites in Australia.The Head of Bight Interpretive Centre is located on the Nullarbor Plain in the state’s far west coast, a short drive off the Eyre Highway on a sealed road.Over the years many visitors have flocked to the centre to marvel at the lopping, diving and slow motion somersaults of the majestic endangered creatures that mate and calve in the nursery waters after their long journey through the Antarctic waters.

Mr Bromley encouragedtravellers to visit the centre and enjoy the beauty and scenery that access to the whales offers.

The high cliff and the boardwalk that has been build across itprovidesa perfect vantage point of the whales, and the gentle giants can often be seen quite far inland forvisitors to see them playing up close.

Whales can be spotted at the Head of Bight usually between July and October each year.The total count for whales so far this seasons at the centre are in the seventieswhich is high but also a typical number for the Head of Bight in recent years. The daily and total whale count can be seen on the whale watching board on Poynton Street in Ceduna.

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Police want airport boost

Police want airport boost

Police Association of Tasmania boss Pat AllenTHE Australian Federal Police and Tasmania Police unions are concerned the statewill become an international “soft target” for drug mules when direct flights from China start.
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The call comes after a 22-year-old man was arrested on Friday, allegedly found with $280,000 of methamphetamine concealed in his underwear.

Tasmania Police has alleged a drug detection doglocated the quantity and the man was performing his second drug run from Sydney when he was caught.

Police have called it their largest bust in two years.

But AFP union chief Angela Smith said she had seen media reports suggestingthe state’s ice problem was increasing and theforce was struggling to cope.

She believes AFP numbers need to be increased at Hobart Airport again, after 27 officers were removed from the facility due to budgetary reasons in 2014.

“The island is a soft target for drug traffickers because it is a gateway into Australia,” she said.

“(It willbe)an International Airport that will soon have international flights from China.Right now, Hobart is the only capital city not to have the full time protection of the Australian Federal Police at its airport.”

Police Association of Tasmania president Pat Allen supported the AFP Union’s push to strengthen airport protection measures.

“Iceis a growing problem in Tasmania,” Mr Allen said.

“When we start to see direct flights in and out of China – and I hope we do for the Tasmanian economy – we will need an AFP presence for international flights and visitors.”

An AFP spokeswoman said Tasmania Police was responsible for its own operations at Hobart airport.

“The AFP has a presence in Tasmania and works closely with Tasmania Police,” she said.

“The AFP has responsibility for law enforcement at...nine designated Australian airports.”

The state government did not respond to questions about improved airport security.

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Blacktown City down brave Hakoah

Blacktown City down brave Hakoah

Picture: Football NSWMITCHELL Mallia’s88thminute goal saw Blacktown Citysnatch a 3-2 win over Sydney City Hakoah at Lilys Football Stadium onSunday.
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In an unexpectedly tough match for Blacktown City, the home side was let down by some poor finishing and frustrated by Hakoah’s direct style.

Early goals to Matthew Lewis and Danny Choi had City cruising but they had blown a 2-nil lead when Nathan Bowden-Haase headed Hakoah level in the 81stminute.

But Mallia’s last-ditch goal restored City’s lead and kept them within touching distance of first-placed Sydney United 58 on the NSW National Premier Leagues Division 1 ladder.

Speaking post-match,Blacktown City coach Mark Crittenden was clearly irritated by Hakoah’s direct approach.

“It was an awkward game, they play an awkward style, a lot of long ball,” he said.

“I thought the first half was okay, and the second half it was the same thing, long ball, long ball. We probably gave away two softish goals. It was a real battle, it was very fiercely contested and full credit to the lads for sticking on and getting the winner.

“We tried to play footy whereas the other mob tried to play a lot of long stuff. It just meant we had to try to play deep from our own third. I think that considering the toughness of the contest, the whole side played well.”

City took the lead in the eighth minute when Lewis fired home from close range and Choi doubled theadvantage from the penalty spot on 14 minutes.

Choi and Mallia ran Hakoah’s fullbacks ragged throughout the first-half but City couldn’t extend their lead andHakoah hit back against the run of play when Adrian Vranic scored a fine solo goal.

Vranic left a string of City defenders in his wake and beat keeperNenad Vekic superbly in what was the moment of the match.

In the second-half, Blacktown were dominant.

Lewis Beumie went close in the 53rdminute before Travis Major was teed up by Choi but turned his point-blank shot over the crossbar when it seemed easier to score.

A rare corner gaveHakoah a late chance to draw leveland they took it.Bowden-Haase’s towering header was too good forVekic and it appeared the away side hadpulled a point out of the fire.

But City regrouped and found the winner throughMallia two minutes from time.

Blacktown City will travel to Wollongong next weekend.

Blacktown City match-winner Mitchell Mallia. Picture: Football NSW

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Injured hoop watches replacement win

Injured hoop watches replacement win

Jockey Alison Threadwell after her win on Poet's Trick for Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt at Taree this week.
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JOCKEYLuke Cumberland returned from hospital from a pre-race tumble to see a replacement jockey on Port Macquarie gelding Laredo Hussler notch its third win in its last four starts at Taree’s $160,000 prizemoney TAB meeting on Monday.

Cumberland had been on the four-year-old for wins at Taree on May 23 and at Port on June 19 and was looking forward to another win before the mishap on another Neil Godbolt-trained galloper, Sensational Song, before the first race.

He landed heavily when the three-year-old gelding reared and was taken by ambulance to hospital with a knee injury.

But all was okay and he managed to return to the track to see Coffs Harbour hoop Raymond Spokes guide Laredo Hussler ($8.50 to $6) to an all-the-way win by 2.25 lengths in the Eddies Fresh Chickens Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1412m in a class record.

No sooner had Cumberland watched the impressive win, he left the track sorely bruised in frame and in spirit.

Chief stipendiary steward Drew Smith said the win “rubbed salt in the wound (for Cumberland) by watching the race.”

Spokes said he was “lucky” to pick up the ride but “it was a horrible way to get it.”

Godbolt was surprised how easy Laredo Hussler got the lead and reported that the last three wins had occurred with the gelding wearing blinkers and keeping it to shorter races with more rest between runs.

The trainer grabbed a winning double, he earlier seeing five-year-old gelding Poet’s Trick ($8.50) also lead all the way for jockey Alison Threadwell in the MJR Accountants Entires & Geldings Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1257m on a day where leaders dominated on the eight-race card conducted by Taree Wingham Race Club on a good-rated track.

The gelding,owned by a Kempsey syndicate of business people headed by vet Andrew Bennett,came from the outside barrier to record Threadwell’s first win since coming back from a racetrack injury.

“It has been a long time between drinks for the syndicate but along with Holy Weeva (two wins in a row),they have a few good things going for them,” Godbolt said.

The double gave Godbolt38 wins for the season.

Boom Port three-year-old gelding Laurentian ($2.50), trained by John Sprague, was also aiming for three wins in a row on the Bushland Drive track but that feat by .75 of a length went to Wyong filly Alaskan Wolf ($15) which was resuming from a spell for trainer,part-owner Norman Rogers.

She had won her first two races at Taree in August and returned,after two unplaced runs at Canterbury and Hawkesbury late last year, with the win, coming from just off the pace.

Laurentian was taken on in front and tended to hang over the concluding stages after a tough run.

The Elders Real Estate Maiden Plate over 1257m,the race in which Sensational Song was scratched after dumping Cumberland and careering around the track before the start,was won by a neck by the $1.90 favourite,three-year-old gelding Background Scalper, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees and ridden by Aaron Bullock, in a class record.

The two again combined to register another class record with Rupavari ($4.40) which scored by 2.25 lengths in the Taree Taxis Fillies & Mares Maiden Plate.

Lees had accepted with four gallopers,two were scratched,and the other two gave him wins for a perfect day.

Easiest win of the afternoon was recorded by Gosford three-year-old gelding Mr Snowman ($2.70), trained by Gordon Yorke and ridden by his four kilo claiming 25-year-old Hong Kong apprentice Eric Cheung for his second win,first at the track.

It scored by 3.5 lengths in the CJ Hogan & Company Maiden Handicap over 1007m.

Mr Snowman,owned by Yorke, Kaz Saunders and Geoff Lynam, badly injured the trainer and put him in hospital for five days when being broken in last year.

Port jockey Peter Graham shot three-year-old gelding Rainbow River ($6), trained at Taree by Bob Milligan, to the lead on the turn and had 1.75 lengths to spare on the line in the Cleavers Tyres Country Class 1 Plate over 1614m.

Four-year-old mare Darbies Blugirl ($10) ,trained and part owned by Barry Lawrence from Newcastle and ridden by Matt Bennett,also set a class record in scoring by a long neck in the Stacks Law Firm Fillies & Mares Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1257m.

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