Shipping threat resolved

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A FREIGHT crisis threateningfuture ferry operations to andfrom Flinders and Cape Barren islands has finally been resolved.

The sea links were thrown intoturmoil earlier this month after astoush broke out between TasPortsand Bridport-based companyFurneaux Freight.

TasPorts, which operates theport of Lady Barron on FlindersIsland, accused the freight companyof flouting safety regulationsand dangerous goods-handlingprotocols at the site.

The dispute saw FurneauxFreight tear up its agreement tohandle stevedoring activities(loading and unloading freight) atLady Barron and promise to suspendits weekly and on-demandshipping service from today.

But following intervention fromthe state government and a numberof crisis talks, the companyhas now committed to continueshipping to the islands in a 60-daytrial of a new deal.

An agreement hatched will seestevedoring company QUBE Portsstep in to provide the service atLady Barron over the period.

The state government has committedup to $50,000 to cover extracosts incurred during the trial andensure the service’s long-term viability.

Infrastructure Minister ReneHidding said it was likely anindependent entity would be establishedon Flinders Island to manageongoing stevedoring servicesafter the trial.

Mr Hidding said he was hopefulthe deal would bring welcomerelief following a month of hightensions and uncertainty.

‘‘This will be a particular relieffor the primary industry sector aswe enter the most intensive seasonof livestock transport,’’ Mr Hiddingsaid.

Flinders Mayor Carol Cox welcomedthe outcome.

‘‘I’m very relieved we’ve got ashipping company that suits ourneeds continuing with the freightservice,’’ Cr Cox said.

‘‘It is reassuring to finally knowthere is now a way forward to workthrough issues that have plaguedboth Furneaux Freight andTasPorts.’’

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South Coast tourism up by 11 per cent

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The latest tourism report card for the South Coastshows the region has once again passed with flying colours, with year-on-year increases in domestic and international overnight visitationand expenditure.

The March-June 2014 quarterly tourism statistics collated by DestinationNSW reveal the South Coast received nearly 3.4 million domesticovernight visitors, up by 11.1 per cent on figures for the same time lastyear.

This equates to over 11.4 million nights in the region, representing an increase of 2.5 per cent on figures for the year ending June 2013.

The South Coast, compromising six tourism destinations spanning ageographical area from Wollongong to Eden, also received 110,800international visitors, up 6.7 per cent on the same time last year.

Thesevisitors spent a staggering $143 million dollars during their stay, up bynearly a quarter (22 per cent) compared to the same time period lastyear.

South Coast Regional Tourism Organisation (SCRTO) Chair, BrianLongbottom says the South Coast region continues to go from strengthto strength in tourism terms because of its focus on the “four c’s” –commitment, collaboration, consistent messaging and a constantpresence in market.

“These latest statistics from Destination NSW are tangible confirmationof the strong presence the South Coast of NSW has in the domesticand international tourism market. Individual tourism destinations underthe South Coast geographical banner undertake their own marketingcampaigns and events throughout the year, but these efforts arelayered with collaborative marketing campaigns as a region.”

He said the South Coast could now offer tourists affordable and enjoyable holiday options all year round.”

The South Coast Sub Region (Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and BegaValley, excluding Jervis Bay Territory) recorded over 2.4 million domesticovernight visitors, up by 13.7 per cent on last year.

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Herald Breakfast – September 29

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Morning Shot: @tamboiqueen shared this shot of a humpback whale slapping his pectoral fins off Port Stephens on Sunday. Weather: Sunny in Newcastle (27 degrees), Maitland (31 degrees) and Scone (30 degrees).

Traffic: Southbound delays on the M1 are clearing after a Pacific Highwayaccident at Wahroonga sparked heavy traffic. No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: No delays or trackwork on the Hunter or Newcastle lines.

Beachwatch:The wind will be north-west towest for much of the day but may head north-east in the afternoonwhile the swell is from the east around half to one metre. With mostbanks being deep and wide the majority of beaches will only haveshorebreaks on offer.

Morning Shot: @tamboiqueen shared this shot of a humpback whale slapping his pectoral fins off Port Stephens on Sunday.

David and Goliath battle win for Hunter post office:Beresfield post office’s Mr Hirst won a David and Goliath battle against Australia Post last week when a Senate inquiry, which he helped trigger, defended the role of suburban post office licensees and their right to make a decent living.

Four arrested after Medowie brawl: AN alleged brawl in Medowie became so violent someone smashed a wooden chair and used the legs as a weapon.

Tinkler sale pulls $21m on first day:NATHAN Tinkler’s racing empire has started to be dismantled with 189 of his broodmares and race mares going under the hammer at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Matt Hilder farewells school of hard knocks:KNIGHTS stalwart Matt Hilder will resist the temptation to continue his career in the Newcastle Rugby League next season because he has been advised it is not worth the risk of suffering another concussion.

Hamilton station robbery:Police are seeking help to find a trio of teenagers who robbed a man on the platform on Sunday night.

Two things are better than one

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Sophie and Amanda Fontaine will be unmistakable as Dr Seuss characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 when they ride ‘around the bay’ next month.

In their craziest costumes and on top of their largest unicycles yet, Hernes Oak twins Sophie and Amanda Fontaine will ride in the ‘Around the Bay – Ride for a Child in Need’ challenge next month.

On 19 October the identical twins will ride 50 kilometres in the event for their fifth year and won’t be easily missed, dressed as Dr Seuss characters Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Sophie and Amanda have raised more than $6000 for children’s education charity The Smith Family over the years and hope to add $1500 to the tally this year.

Getting onto the cycles, combatting crowds and staying upright in windy conditions are among the challenges the girls will face, but they insist it is not as dangerous as it seems.

“If you fall off, 90 per cent of the time you land on your feet,” Sophie said.

The girls were also quick to downplay the difficulty of their hobby.

“It takes quite a few months to be able to get on and ride by yourself,” Sophie said.

“But then once you get that far you can ride for as long as you want,” Amanda added.

This year the girls, who have been unicycling since they were 10 years old, have stepped up to a 36-inch wheel and are looking forward to once again joining in the “really good” atmosphere of the event.

The Smith Family’s Victorian general manager, and keen cyclist, Anton Leschen said donations raised by fundraising riders meant the charity would be able to support more disadvantaged children in their education.

“It’s alarming to hear that over 350,000 Australian children regularly miss out on at least two essential child items, such as up-to-date school books and new school clothes, or the opportunity to participate in school activities,” Mr Leschen said.

“If kids miss out on the things they need for school then they’re not going to succeed.

“If we can reach our fundraising target ($1.2 million), we can put a significant dent in this figure and support more children and young people in need succeed in their education.”

For more information or to sponsor the Fontaine sisters’ ride visit www.aroundthebayfundraising老域名.au and search for ‘Thing 1 and Thing 2’.

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Change for the better

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Jan Street hopes the Latrobe Valley community will embrace the Latrobe Valley Health Wellbeing Expo.A CONVERT to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is hoping to inspire others by hosting a health and wellbeing expo at Kernot Hall, Morwell in November.

Following her father’s diagnosis of lymphoma, Morwell resident Jan Street took a greater interest in the preventative and healing effects of healthy eating and exercise.

She discovered many simple tips at a “life-changing” three-day health retreat and has since shared this information with her dad, Charlie Street.

“In the last 12 months he’s come off nearly all his medication,” Ms Street said.

“He’s 77 years old and rides everyday – 100 kilometres a week on (his) push bike. He did bike riding before, but he’s gotten more involved in it.

“He changed his diet completely and virtually doesn’t eat meat and dairy.”

Ms Street said she then decided she wanted to share this knowledge and advice with others on a large-scale so they could “see things for themselves”.

“With everything I’ve learned in the last 18 months since my dad was diagnosed, I would just love to put everything I’ve learned out there for people to do what they want with,” Ms Street said.

“If I can change one person’s life for the better by putting that information out there, its worth it all.”

Ms Street has so far organised several exhibitors of health-related products and services for the expo, but wanted to encourage more local businesses to get on board.

“I’m trying to support the local people and local businesses. I would really like them to become a part of the expo,” she said.

“Gyms, physiotherapists – any business to do with health and fitness I’d love them to get in touch with me.”

Ms Street said she had organised guest speakers, including a nutritionist, personal trainer and a life coach to share their insights and inspire people to make changes.

She said she was “excited” about the not-for-profit event and hoped people of all ages would attend.

“I want it be a fun, happy, family day,” Ms Street said.

The Latrobe Valley Health and Wellbeing Expo will be held at Kernot Hall on 15 and 16 November from 10am to 4pm.

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