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National Farm Safety Week (July 17-
21) is a great opportunity for farmers
and farm workers to think about how
they can make their workplace safe
so everyone gets home to their loved
ones every day.
Tragically, 32 people have died
this year in farm incidents according
to analysis by the Australian Centre
for Agricultural Health and Safety,
with more than half of these deaths
occurring in New South Wales.
That is 32 deaths too many, not to
mention the many more that have
been injured. It’s a sad fact that the
agricultural industry accounts for 1 in 5
workplace deaths in Australia, despite
it representing a much smaller fraction
of the national workforce.
I grew up on a working farm and am
very familiar with the tough conditions,
dangerous tools and the pressure
come harvest time. But even so, many
agricultural work injuries and deaths
are preventable with proper training
and appropriate safety procedures.
For example, quad bike safety
continues to be a big concern. But the
simple act of wearing a helmet could
very well mean the difference between
life and death or life-changing injury.
The theme for Farm Safety Week
2017 is “Creating a resilient, safe and
healthy ag community” so let’s make
farm safety a priority and reduce
preventable work accidents across our
Danielle De Paoli
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
RE: the proposed sale of St Stephen's
Craigie. I am a new resident to this
small village and am dismayed to
think that this slice of history may be
This church , which is over 100
years old, is an irreplacable slice of
Australia being a relatively young
country, should not allow the
destruction of any of our pioneering
Selling is ok for the church but I am
dismayed to think it may be destroyed.
Craigie has a history linked to the gold
rush in Bendoc over 100 years ago
and deserves to hold onto what is left,
which is not much.
The old Post Office has been
purchased and is being restored. I
would like to think the church also
could be saved .
National Pain Week
National Farm Safety Week
Save Craigie Church
Open letter to residents
An open letter to the residents of the Snowy
Having had some involvement with the Cooma
Monaro Progress Association (“CMPA”), and sat
on Cooma-Monaro Shire Council’s Economic Task
Force in 2015 (“the Task Force”), I was somewhat
heartened by the Administrator’s comments in his
column in The Monaro Post of 7th and 13th June.
But I couldn’t help wondering, on the Saturday
of the long weekend as I was driving to Canberra,
how many of the long procession of vehicles
coming south might like to stop in Cooma for a
break, only to find nowhere convenient to park – a
consequence of previous failed attempts at rational
Dean Lynch is correct to plead for the new
Regional Council to be comprised of forward
thinkers and people focussed on regional growth,
putting aside local parochial wish lists and pet
projects in favour of development that will make
those wish lists and projects much easier to realise
in the future.
Such people will recognise that councillors
should act like Company Directors, i.e . members
of a Board that sets rational economic policies,
strategies and objectives, and ensures, through
constant monitoring, that those goals are faithfully
and efficiently carried out by the operating staff.
That new “Board” will be responsible for directing
the Region’s $70+ million per annum operations.
Too often have we seen grand and detailed plans
fade into the wilderness, some glaring examples
being the abandonment of the Cooma CBD and
Polo Flat development proposals, the ignoring of
CMPA’s “Cooma Tomorrow” development paper,
and the apparent binning of the Task Force report,
the key recommendations in which, together with
Cooma-Monaro’s 2015 “Settlements Strategy
2016-2036”, would be ideal bases for the
proposed Community Strategic Plan.
For the sake of the Region’s future, that Plan
must not suffer a similar fate.
Community involvement and pressure should be
the driving force - we need an elected Council that
will ensure that the Plan is rational, adopted and
fully implemented, and this can only happen if we
elect the right people.
Another substantial reason for needing a forward
thinking Council is the NSW Government’s current
attitude to regional revelopment, as detailed in the
Department of Industry’s “Regional Development
Framework” document issued in November 2016.
This attitude has been clarified in the State’s
2017-18 budget, where considerable funds have
been committed to specific regional infrastructure
projects, and to future unspecified regional
support, one example being the $1 billion allocated
for the Regional Growth: Economic Activation Fund
for regional infrastructure, improving connectivity,
sports infrastructure etc.
These funds are most likely to be made available
to projects that can clearly demonstrate a strong
They will almost certainly be available primarily
through, or with the support of, local/regional
Councils who can demonstrate this attribute, and
probably “spade-readiness” for implementation.
See more in the budget papers.
Make your voice heard through your elected
Councillors and/or your local Chamber of
Commerce, Progress Association, or other like-
minded body, for the benefit of the Region.
Initially, CMPA is contemplating hosting a forum, a
“meeting of like minds”, between representatives
of any community groups that would like to see a
set of recommendations from a unified body put to
Council for the Strategic Plan.
Any interested groups should register their
interest with CMPA by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
au, as soon as possible.
Chronic pain is a disabling and
debilitating condition that can impact
every aspect of a person’s existence
from their ability to work to their
overall enjoyment of life. On top of
the physical burden of living with
constant pain, people with chronic
pain also face significant financial and
emotional burdens, and are particularly
susceptible to mental health issues,
like anxiety and depression.
We know that many people with
chronic pain believe that the existing
system is woefully inadequate when
it comes to treating their pain, so we
want to hear from your readers –
what’s working, what isn’t working,
and what do you think would be a
better way to manage chronic pain in
National Pain Week (24 – 30 July
2017) aims to destigmatise the
experiences of people living with
chronic pain, to reduce the isolation
many feel, and to raise awareness
within the wider community.
As a community, we need to
manage pain together and I strongly
encourage your readers to share their
stories, experiences and ideas on
website, or on social media, using the
On behalf of the one in five
Australians living with chronic pain,
thank you for your support.
Dr Coralie Wales
President, Chronic Pain Australia
The web of a daddy long legs spider isn’t sticky, but it has an irregular structure that tangles
Vampire bats excrete the plasma from their bloody meal so they are light enough to fly.
Your axilla is your armpit.
Parachutes have holes to allow trapped air to flow out. If there’s no hole, air spills out the sides
which can make the parachute wobble, swing or even collapse!
The lowest point in Australia is the dry bed of Lake Eyre, which is 15 metres below sea level.
CSIRO Double Helix Quiz
What feature of a daddy long-legs spider’s web traps its prey – its shape or its stickiness?
Immediately after feeding, the vampire bat excretes which part of its meal before take-off?
Where would you find your axilla?
Round parachutes often have a hole in the centre. Why?
Where is the lowest point in Australia?
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