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Air force swoops in

Air force swoops in

ON A WING: The Super Hornet jet fighter will take part in Exercise Hamel around Port Pirie.Planes including the F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighter will swoop into the skies above Port Pirie as part of Exercise Hamel.
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The exercise is amajor Australian Army operationdesigned to develop thefighting skills of an Army Brigade.

More than 8000 members of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific) and the New Zealand Army are taking part in the exercise in the areas in and aroundPort Pirie airport, Cultana Training Area, Whyalla, and Port Augusta.

The air force is supporting the exercise with F/A-18F Super Hornet, C-130J Hercules, Pilatus PC-9 and AP-3C Orion aircraft.

Until July 14, up to two AP-3C Orions operating out of RAAF Base Edinburgh near Adelaide will provide overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support.

Until July 10, up to three C-130J Hercules aircraft operating largely out of Edinburgh will fly to airfields in Port Pirie, Whyallaand Woomera to deliver Army personnel deployed at Cultana Training Area and resupply personnel through the airdrop of cargo.

Flying activity to some airfields is expected to take placeuntil 3am during the exercise.

On July5, 7 and 9, two Pilatus PC-9 aircraft from No.4 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct flying operations in support of the exercise.

The aircraft will depart from Port Augusta and fly over Cultana Training Area in a two-ship formation in a morning and afternoon mission each day.

On July 6-8 and 11, up to two F/A-18F Super HornetsfromNo.1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, near Ipswich, Queensland, willconduct flying operations in support of the exercise about11am to 1pm each day.

The planeswill take off from Amberley before conducting air-to-air refuelling and will only be low enough to be seen and heard while flying directly over Cultana.

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World titles sponsorship

World titles sponsorship

Sporting Legends chair Chris Tudor (centre) presented cheques to motocross rider Cody Dyce and beach volleyballer Rebecca Ingram, who will both be representing Australia in Europe soonRiverslea’s champion beach volleyballer Rebecca Ingram and Tinamba’s premier motocross rider Cody Dyce have received donations from Sale’s Sporting Legends.
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Both young athletes were given $2000 from the club’s fund, which will help them travel overseas to compete in their sports’ world championships.

Ingram will be heading to Cyprus for the World Games via Adelaide and France, while Dyce will be competing in the World Junior Motocross Championships on the shores of the Black Sea in Russia.

The money comes from the venue, which returns all profits into a fund for junior sports in the community.

Sporting Legends CEO Ken Bailey said this was the first time there had been two world-class young people given funding.

“It’s a community effort,” he said.

On Friday, July 8, the venue will host a raffle at 7pm, and other fundraisers to help out further.

SL chair Chris Tudor said it was fantastic.

“This is what the whole club is about,” he said.

Ingram and Dyce were both thrilled, and thanked the club for all the help.

Dyce’s father Col said he was humbled by the donation.

“It shows what the community can really do together,” he said.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

BELLES AND BEAUS: Lumen Christi debutantes and their partners at the 2016 Merimbula Legacy Ball on Saturday, July 2. Picture: Angi HighPambula’s characterAfter having read Angela George’s attack of Greg Ferguson (Letters, Magnet, 30/6), I was dumbfounded that someone who professes to be such an experton heritage could possibly slam a community member’s view that the current supermarket proposal for Pambula was not at all sympathetic to Pambula’sheritage town character.
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Mr Ferguson convened a public meeting, attended by more than 100 localresidents, to hear what the developer was proposing.

Theoverwhelming majority of people either didn’t want the supermarketdevelopment at all or at least wanted it to reflect the character of the town.

The developer on the night declared he was quite willing to amend the designto make it sympathetic to the heritage style of the town and he also stated hewould be willing to accept changes or conditions of consent to provideconnectivity to the town centre.

It appears these things have not beenreflected in the DA currently before council.

To council’s credit, it deferredmaking a decision on the DA pending an onsite meeting to address someconcerns.

Let’s hope that the changes the developer had agreed to make arehigh on the council’s agenda to ensure they are addressed.

Fraser Buchanan,Pambula

Fluoride of littlebenefitThere is a growing consensus in the medical/dental community that fluoride has little - or even no – benefit when it comes to preventing dental cavities and is potentially very harmful to children.

The fluoride added to town water is based on industrial or fertiliser toxic waste.

The most effective way to have healthy teeth is good nutrition, diligent oral hygiene and regular dental care.

Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data shows that more than half of Australian kids between the age of 6 and 10 have tooth decay; Australia has the fastest-growing rate of obesity in the world; almost half of Australian kids are overweight or obese.

All this is due to the very high consumption of sugar via soft drinks, energy bars, flavoured milks, instant breakfast drinks and sugar-coated cereals.

How is the addition of a potentially harming residue in the town water supposed to fix the damage?

Quite apart from the fact that it would be indiscriminate mass medication without public consent.

Bernard Lagarenne,Merimbula

Fluoride debate deniedMichael Standen when advocating forced fluoridation (Letters,Magnet, 30/6) should consider the letter Professor Trevor Sheldon wrote to the House of Lords after he had chaired the UK government-commissioned systematic review of fluoridation carried out by the University of York in 2000.

ProfSheldon stated that medical and dental associationswere misusing the findings of the York Review.

He specifically stated that the review did notshow water fluoridation to be safe and that the quality of the research was too poor to establish with confidence whether or not there are potentially important adverse effects in addition to the high levels of fluorosis.

Prof Sheldon advised the House of Lords there was little evidence to show that water fluoridation has reduced social inequalities in dental health.

He also noted that the review team was surprised that in spite of the large number of studies carried out over several decades there is a dearth of reliable evidence with which to inform policy and that until high quality studies are undertaken providing more definite evidence, there will continue to be legitimate scientific controversy over the likely effects and costs of water fluoridation.

It appears that only people who claim that fluoridation is safe want to deny debate.

Merilyn Haines, Fluoride Action Network Australia,Pallara, Qld

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Government seeks legal advice on slogans

Government seeks legal advice on slogans

THE government has sought advice from the Solicitor-General to determine the penalties applicable toAmbulance Tasmania staff who write union messages on ambulances.
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Health and Community Services Union members have been using chalk pen to writeanti-government slogans on ambulances after pay negotiations broke down between ambulance service staff and the government.

HACSU said the government had agreed to a 5 per cent wage increase backdated to 2013, which is the last time some staff had a pay rise,but the government has instead offered a 6 per cent increase over the next three years and argued no such agreement ever existed.

Premier Will Hodgman said the government wanted to understand the ramifications of people defacing state-owned property.

“I think it’d be appropriate for a governmentto do that but there’s no suggestion or veracity to the claim we want police to move against those who have defaced ambulances,” he said.

“I think most Tasmanians would appreciate it’s a pretty dramatic course of action to deface ambulances.

“The issue here is the protection and upkeep of important public infrastructure like ambulances.”

HACSU state secretary Tim Jacobson said it seemed the pay dispute was being dictated from the Premier’s office.

“The phone has gone completely dead and it seems the government are seeking to sic the Solicitor-Generalonto its own employees,” he said.

“It’s hard to believe this has not become a game of spite from the Liberals losing seats in Tasmania.It is not defacing ambulances, they are chalk pens, they wipe off.”

Acting opposition leader Michelle O’Byrne said it was “reprehensible” that the government would consider takinglegal action against public sector staff.

“Paramedics have waited a long time (for a pay rise), they’ve behaved entirely appropriately, their campaign is consistent with that that’s been conducted by paramedics in other states, and this premier should just listen to them,” she said.

The government has also been contracting cleaners to remove the slogans daily for safety reasons.

It is understood that when Victorian ambulances were covered in union slogans that state’s government warned the action was illegal but did not take the issue further.

The Solicitor-General’s office was contacted but does not respond to media requests unless instructed by the government.

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Honoured for community service

Honoured for community service

Rotary 9650 district governor Maurie Stack names Graham Brown a Paul Harris Fellow. Photo by Ashley Cleaver/Cleavers Images.The name Graham Brown is synonymous with community service in the Manning Valley.
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He is also now a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, with the announcement taking placeat the Rotary District 9650 changeover dinner.

Graham was an important part of the original fundraising committee for the Manning Entertainment Centre in 1988 and again 20 years later when a flytowerwas required.

When funding was needed for a construction of a small hospital on the island of Nias, Indonesia, following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Graham and his son Kyle devised and executed the World’s Largest Dinner Party which raised $53,000 in a single night in support of this Rotary Australia World Community Service project.

For more than 30 years Graham has donated enormous amounts of his time and expertise to theManning Valley Businessman’s Association,Manning Valley Entertainment Centre Committee,Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia,Manning Online (founder and initial funder),Taree Legacy,Manning Development Corporation and many other community organisations.

Since 1997 hehas been chairperson of the Bushland Health Group and has overseen enormous developments during that period.

Graham personally kick-started the transformation of Taree CBD with his Tidy Up Taree group which has been operating since 2013.

He is a passionate and articulate promoter of the Manning.

Graham accepted the role of treasurer for the recent Rotary District 9650 conference and not only controlled all aspects of finance to produce a widely acclaimed event under budget but was closely involved in all aspects of planning.

During the presentation, Graham was described as a “gift to the Manning Valley and to the world and a worthy Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International”.

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