Global warming? – where?

AT A time when climate change, and global warming in particular, are at the forefront of debate, residents of the Bega Valley have shivered through the past week.
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After the somewhat mild conditions that prevailed for the first half of winter, Jack Frost arrived with a vengeance this week.

Paddocks and backyards across the shire were turned white as the mercury plummeted to below zero on four consecutive mornings – it was the first time in more than three years that this has occurred in Bega.

On Sunday it was -1.3, Monday -2.7, Tuesday -3.3 and Wednesday -0.6 and while on each occasion the maximum temperature reached the mid-teens, a chilly south westerly breeze straight off the snow ensured that beanies and thick coats were been the order of the day for many.

The cool conditions are expected to continue over the coming days, with forecasts of significant snowfalls down to as far as 800 metres and cold winds across the State’s south east.

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Mac Cott – Out of Context

Wingecarribee Shire Council – Ivory Towers.A WINNER on so many fronts these days, Dept’y Dawg Larry “my word’s final” Whipper had a minor dummy spit and found urgent business away from the table during last week’s mostly friendly love-in in the Star Chamber at Ivory Towers (I.T.).
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Lazza left us for a few moments while David “truth is” Stranger read the list of six successful community representatives chosen from 12 community-minded folk for the Demographic and Housing Study reference panel.

Keen followers of events at the Towers (I.T.) will recall this study was foreshadowed after State Planning refused to take Chelsea Gardens and Coomungie out of the strategic plan for future housing expansion, a move hotly opposed by Lazza and now-Mayor Kay Haitch (K.H.) at the time.

Word is that Lazza wanted a veto on one of the chosen ones in favour of his choice, the affable Alan Hunt (a near-neighbour of the disputed land, I believe) who got a guernsey on the reserve bench anyway.

While Alan, as with the likeable Nick Dyer (who seemed to be the number six elected, according to the Stranger reading), has some experience in matters legal and business, plus land and housing development issues, that same experience was seemingly used to rule out Barry Anstee, Ian Scandrett, Terry Oakes-Ash and inevitably, the Ringer, Nick Campbell-Jones.

While neither Lazza nor Kay Haitch were able to attend this week’s vital Information Session on forming up the 2011-12 Budget, having more urgent business elsewhere, the word around the table was that Lazza was seeking support for a rescission motion to set the appointments aside and tapped most of the seven who did go to the meeting.

Don’t know if K.H. would support him on this, but Gentleman Jim Clark usually tracks square with our hero and thus, in elected order as read, Elizabeth Meredith (of Bowral Matters), Ron Wade, Peter Graham, Laurel Cheetham, Max Powditch and Nick Dyer may still have to wait yet another meeting to learn their fate.

They may yet learn the difficulties of serving community interests and working with a group of councillors so sharply divided on local political issues.

INITIALLY, one should explain my use of his initials to dignify Our Mayor, whom everybody knows anyway.

Our Mayor, as is his right, has complained to Editor Mark Bransdon about my references to him and the blue pencil (I had one once) came out on my last two pieces, excising some words.

So, in an effort not to re-offend with my irreverent remarks, correctly described by Mark as “light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek” , I believe few could be offended by their own initials.

I thought of employing the old phonetic alphabet of my (brief) military career, thus “King How” or more latterly “Kilo Hotel”, but both could have been misinterpreted.

So, unless the pencil strikes again, let’s use “Kay Haitch”, eh?

LAND that could come under scrutiny in any study of future areas for rezoning for housing purposes must be the freeway-locked precinct known as West Yerrinbool.

Sold to hopeful buyers a decade or two back with proper (rateable) title but no building rights by a well-known local land agent (who, incidentally, has never been on council), the land is unserviced, has inadequate access and deemed a bushfire risk.

But quite a few owners have built there, some admittedly a little haphazard in their approach and civic responsibility, but all proud of their castle.

It would be a brave council indeed that sought rezoning to aid the 40-odd owners who have been agitating and lately financed a planning study for building rights there.

The land, like those 22-foot blocks at Hill Top, given away with a suit of clothes by an enterprising early 20thC city tailor, may take two lifetimes to gain building approval.

A shortcut towards recognition would be a $3-mill-plus bridge plus an annual rate bill of about six grand, according to one estimate we heard yesterday.

The structures may be illegal and non-complying, but it would be an equally brave mayor and council who ordered the bulldozers in under intense media scrutiny.

SIMMERING also are massive legal bills that will have to be faced by the present incumbents and right now the WSC costs in the legal loss to Norlex over water extraction at Bundanoon is being talked about in hushed tones at six-figure sums.

On Council Code of Conduct matters alone, a bill of about $100,000 is being mooted by some, as the meter ticks over at $300 an hour for such investigations.

What has not been fully recognised is that all volunteer committee members are bound by the Code and on the Cunningham Park tree-poisoning issue alone, $20,000 has been mentioned, since an allegation has been made that the perpetrators acted on the council’s behalf and GM Jason Gordon has an internal investigation under way.

It was interesting that Big Jim Mauger’s intense scrutiny of the past no doubt occasioned his very responsible query as to the state of WSC’s public liability insurance and the extent of general insurance cover for flood damage where, by negligence, it failed to act diligently in providing accurate information with a development application.

Big Jim (B.J.) is assisting the GM with a separate line of inquiry, also relating to his intense study of historical events in the life of this and the past council.

As an example, he inquired about the 2007 Howe Report into management, was it still extant and how much did it cost.

GM Jason told him some aspects had been taken into account in the recent restructure and, as with the insurance questions, they will be taken on notice and replied to in detail.

You’ll hear a lot more about B.J. “real soon now”, so stay tuned.

STILL THE ONE! My crazy Queensland cousin thinks people might find 2011 is, she says, “a freaky year.”

She writes that this year we will experience four unusual dates:

* 1/1/11,

* 11/1/11, which have passed, followed by

* 1/11/11 and

* 11/11/11 ….

Now take the last two digits of the year you were born plus the age you will

be this year and it WILL BE EQUAL TO 111…..

Go ahead, be the One!

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Cold snap prompts a hypothermia warning

GREATER Southern Area Health Service has issued a warning about hypothermia in light of the current cold snap.
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“It is important that people recognise the signs and symptoms of hypothermia, particularly the elderly who can be most vulnerable to this condition,” the clinical nurse consultant in emergency services for GSAHS, Anne Hawkins, said.

“Elderly people who live by themselves can be susceptible to hypothermia in these current cold conditions – particularly at night when the temperature drops further.

“People in this situation should ensure they keep warm during the winter months.

“Relatives, neighbours, friends and carers should be aware of the possibility of hypothermia and check on them at regular intervals,” Ms Hawkins said.

Hypothermia can be triggered when heat loss occurs at a rate greater than the ability of the body to generate heat (aided by shivering).

However, starvation can make hypothermia more likely because shivering depends on the presence of glycogen.

Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy.

The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.

Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well.

This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 4°C) if a person becomes chilled from rain, perspiration, or submersion in cold water.

It can also induce arrhythmias or cause heartbeat disturbances during re-warming which is a common cause of death due to severe hypothermia.

Victims of hypothermia are often elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating; babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; people who remain outdoors for long periods-the homeless, bushwalkers etc and people who misuse alcohol or use illicit drugs.

The warning signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness and, in infants, bright red, cold skin and very low energy.

If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature and if it is below 35° C, the situation is an emergency – get medical attention immediately.

If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:

* Get the victim into a warm room or shelter.

* If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it.

* Warm the centre of the body first – chest, neck, head, and groin – using an electric blanket, if available, or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets.

* Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person.

* After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.

* Get medical attention as soon as possible.

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Open day for country club ends long journey

GIBRALTAR Country Club is having an open day on Sunday, February 27.GIBRALTAR Country Club is having an open day on Sunday, February 27.
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A club spokeswoman said the open say was an opportunity for members and guests to experience the recent upgrades to the golf course and pro-shop.

It also was a chance to take a tour of Bowral’s newest resort and conference centre, the Gibraltar Hotel Bowral.

There will be 18 holes of golf with a shot gun start followed by a prize presentation and barbecue hosted by Harvey’s Bar at the Gibraltar Hotel.

Two new life members will also be announced on the day.

The Pro Shop’s Jacqui Bent said it should be a good day.

“Our members have been so patient during the recent hotel development and we want to acknowledge that over 18 holes, a steak and a beer or two,” she said.

Managing director John Uliana, who fielded criticism in the beginning for cutting a deal with Winge?carribee Council over rates, said it had been a long journey.

“After six long, tiring and tricky years we are finally in a position to celebrate the new look Gibraltar Country Club,” he said.

“We’re also looking forward to celebrating the official opening of our new restaurant, Harvey’s Bar and the Day Spa, in the coming months,” he said.

To book your spot please phone the Gibraltar Country Club on 4861 1946 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au by Monday, February 21.

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Behind the news

THE Public Libraries country conference being held in Merimbula this week has adopted “Public Libraries a Cultural Pearl” as its theme. A Tathra reader suggests that a bumper sticker he saw a few years ago, stating “Librarians Are Novel Lovers” would have made a much more interesting slogan.
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THE recent cold snap has had an interesting impact on the fashion stakes around town. Normally clothes-conscious workers are abandoning fashion for warmth when they choose their outfits on these chilly mornings promoting some curious combinations.

A BEGA reader has asked us to give praise where it is due after an ambulance was called to his workplace this week when a worker collapsed. “They were very quick to arrive and most efficient when they did,” he said. “Too often we tend to take the emergency services for granted but they do a great job.”

WITH the decision to continue the Bega Business Awards as a monthly, rather than annual, event the Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry is asking its members to take up the challenge to provide excellent service to customers all year round, not just when there are prizes to be won.

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Runners set for state titles

The Sapphire Coast Runners’ senior distance running squad, back (l-r): Courtney Young, Sam Martyn, Bart McPherson, Sam Sargent, Brett Nemec, and Tim Winterflood. Front: Lauren Winterflood, Lauren Fox,THE Sapphire Coast Runners’ senior distance running squad this week enters an important phase in their school cross-country season.
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Eight members of the 13 strong squad will compete at Eastern Creek in Sydney this Friday in the New South Wales All Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Amy-Jo O’Brien of Bemboka (Sapphire Coast Anglican College) and Grace Harvey of Tura Beach (Lumen Christi) will run in the 14 years girls’ race.

Both girls have previously competed for NSW at the Australian Cross Country Championships; Amy-Jo in 2005 and Grace in 2006, when she finished 22nd in Hobart.

Lauren Fox of Bega (Bega High) will compete in the 15 years girls’ race.

Lauren finished an excellent sixth at these state championships in 2006 and narrowly missed state selection.

Lauren Winterflood of Bega (SCAC) runs in the 16 years girls’ race.

Lauren came seventh in 2006 and was selected to represent NSW at the national championships in Hobart where she finished 48th.

Sam Sargent of Wolumla and Sam Martyn of Merimbula, both of Eden High, again run at the state championships – this year in the 15 years boys’ race.

In 2006 Sam Martyn finished sixth and went on to represent NSW in Hobart, where he finished a fine 12th outright, running up a year in the Under 16s.

Sam Sargent came 21st at the state champs last year, his best finish so far.

Gareth Law of Bega (Bega High) will run again at state level, in the 16 years boys’ race.

Gareth finished 23rd in 2006, his highest finish placing after several appearances in this event.

Bart McPherson of Pambula (Lumen Christi) completes the local team of high school students heading for Sydney, this year running in the 17 years male race. Bart finished fifth at Eastern Creek last year before coming in 13th in Hobart as a young NSW runner in the Under 18s race.

Other squad members to compete at third level (lead up to state) school cross country competition were Tim Winterflood, Kelsey Martyn, Rebecca Winterflood and Brett Nemec.

Most squad members recently competed at the NSW Long Course Cross-Country Championships, held at the picturesque Willandra property near Nowra.

Squad results were: Tim Winterflood 12th, Sam Martyn 2nd, Sam Sargent 8th, Grace Harvey 6th, Lauren Fox 8th, Amy-Jo O’Brien 12th, Lauren Winterflood 8th, Rebecca Winterflood 10th, Bart McPherson 10th.

These championships are run over the same distances that the runners will compete over in Sydney, and also give the far south coast runners a chance to compete against the best runners in the state before they travel to Sydney.

The Sapphire Coast Runners also move onto second and third level school track carnivals soon.

These events play a part in setting the squad members up for the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships to be held at Homebush in October.

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Berrima carpathon to be best yet

FISHING: A large carp catch ready for the scales at the Surveyor General Inn during the Berrima Village Carpathon weekend.Photo suppliedBERRIMA Village Carpathon is expected to be “four times bigger” than last year as it begins with the first cast off today at noon.
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The annual fishing event drew in 150 keen carp fishers last year and event founder Andrew Hearn said he’s expecting four times that with a hundred strong fishing group from Albion Park already registered.

The largest catch from the Wingecarribee River banks last year was a 7.25kg carp from the likes of fisherman Mark Walton who will return this weekend to defend his title.

Mr Hearn who owns Andrew Hearn Real Estate Berrima, said he thought it was a real eco-friendly idea to stage an event that would reduce the numbers of carp in the river.

And for every carp caught, he said council donate a tree to be planted along the banks.

Last year the tally reached 235 carp from locals and visitors alike for what Mr Hearn calls a “real family event”.

The first line will be thrown from noon today and will continue until Sunday.

There will be a regular weigh in at the Surveyor General Hotel with prizes, trophies and live entertainment.

Registration is open each day from 7am at Andrew Hearn Real Estate.

Cost for the weekend is $12 for adults, $6 for children or $25 for a family or to fish for only half a day cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children or $12.50 for a family.

Phone Andrew Hearn on 4877 2771 for more information.

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Disappointment for Kai

KAI Otton’s dream debut season on the ASP World Championship Surfing Tour suffered a hiccup as he was eliminated in the second round of the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Fellow Australian Trent Munro was his conqueror in a tight heat, with less than a point separating the pair.
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Poker keeps business afloat

POKER, pizza – or some similar Italian fare – and compassion will be the order of the night at Vin Santo Restaurant on Monday.
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The team at Vin Santo has been busy raising funds for a Gympie Pizzeria affected by the Queensland floods for the past month.

And they will turn the efforts up a notch on Monday with a poker night.

Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria is one of the many Queensland businesses struggling to recover from the recent floods and its plight hit home with the Vin Santo team as they recognised a common bond as an Italian food outlet.

Vin Santo co-owner Moira Mevissen said the management decided to donate 10 per cent of their takeaway sales to the restaurant to help it on the road to recovery.

Meanwhile the Vin Santo staff pledged to donate all their tips to the staff at the Gympie restaurant recognising their hours would be reduced as the business struggled to “bounce back”.

The staff have already raised about $3000 in tips while the restaurant owners have so far reached a tally of more than $3000.

Both have pledged to continue their efforts until Easter with Monday’s poker night expected to significantly bolster the fundraising coffers.

Mrs Mevissen said the evening would cost $150 a person, which would include the buy in to the game, a buffet dinner, a donation to the cause and entertainment by performer Gary Booth who had donated his time for the evening.

“If we fill all 72 places available for the evening we will automatically be able to donate $3000 to the Mama and Papa’s Pizzeria,” she said.

“A $3000 prize purse will also be up for grabs in the poker tournament overseen by the National Poker League (NPL).

“We hope to raise additional money through a variety of raffles and other activities on the night.”

Mrs Mevissen said their would be plenty of great prize winning opportunities during the evening which had been strongly supported by Highlands businesses and Sydney radio station 2 Day FM.

“Prizes will include vouchers from Romeo at the Mobil Service Station in Mittagong, a hamper of goodies from our local milko’s Huss and Jocelyn, a variety NPL products such as caps and beanies and a selection of 2 Day FM products.

“It was originally expected that Jackie ‘O’ from 2 Day FM would make an appearance, but we will have a local alternative, Jackie ‘M’ drop in for the night.”Details and bookings for the poker night phone Moira on 4872 4300.

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