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Families feeling the cold

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File shotTHE cold snap that has gripped Araratin recent weeksis placing enormous pressure on the city’s emergency relief services.

Demand for food, clothing and blankets among both struggling families and the homelesshas risen as temperatures drop to near-freezing levels.

Support services have received reports of up to four families without accommodation forced to live from their cars at a recreational reserve on the outskirts of town.

Ararat Emergency Relief Committee president Howard Hutchison said winter was an especially difficult time of year for people who did not have the financial means to support themselves.

Howard Hutchison

He said his church alone was helping about 26 families a week try to stave off the dual ravages of hunger and the cold.

“There has been an increase in demand for assistance,” he said. “We had a good supply of doonas until recently but there’s been great demand for them.”

The Ararat Emergency Relief Committee comprises representatives from the Uniting Church, St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Church of Christ and Anglican Church.

It receives some government funding to carry out its work but also relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers and donations from the community.

Mr Hutchison said a lack of steady jobs combined with the ever-rising cost of living had contributed to the number of local families battling this winter.

“One of the reasons that demand has increased is because of the power bills,” he said. “A few families had to pay their power bills and then couldn’t afford to pay for food.”

A dearth of short-term crisis accommodation in Ararat is another problem hindering the committee’sefforts to get people back on their feet.

Mr Hutchison said it was an issue that needed to be addressed, particularly due to a surge in demand from domestic violence victims.

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Do you want your pic on television?

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Are you one of Port Augusta’s best photographers? Youhave the chance to have your work on local TV thanks to the Port Augusta Council.

ThePort AugustaCouncil is inviting anyone with good scenery images taken in the Port Augusta Council area to submit them for consideration for use in theirtelevision calendar of events weekly promotions.

The Calendar of Events runs on TV two days each week and the Port Augusta Councilis seeking images that can be used as a weekly feature.

Any photo used will be credited withthe name of the photographer and will also feature the image on thePort AugustaCouncil’sFacebook page.

The photo must be taken in the Port Augusta Council Area, including Blanche Harbor,Miranda Holiday Homes, and Stirling North.

The photo is to be of scenery such assunsets, landscapes andevents.

If the photo does contain people they need to be non-distinguishable.

When submitting a photo your name, contact number and a description of where the image was taken must be included.

The image needs to be in landscape format and adhere to the following rules.

Image format: jpg/jpeg/tiff or pngResolution: 1280×720 or 1920x1080It’s also important to rememberyou are giving permission for Council to use the image in its other publications including its Annual Report, Facebook page andits website.To submit an entry, send it [email protected]论坛or use theOnline Submission Form.For inquiries, contact Council’s Events Officer Brooke Mundy on 86419100.

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Trading in tradie life

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NEW VENTURE: Jason Stephenson at his Boston Bay Smallgoods Company farm. Picture: Amanda Davenport, Flavours of South Australia.AYEARafter he madethe movefrom building to pig farming, Jason Stephenson’s pork products are in high demand by chefs at restaurants from Adelaide to Sydney.

After 23 years in the building trade, Mr Stephenson launched apig farming and smallgoods business, farming at Boston Bay until it outgrew the property.

The familyhassince boughtmore than 1000 hectares at Rudallfor therare Berkshire and Tamworth pigs to roam free.

“A friend of mine in Coffin Bay was running a few pigs and I went over there with my family and we all had a genuinely happy time.

“It seemed the right time for a change in our lifestyle.”

He keeps 130 breeding sows and about 500 other pigs from birthto market ready and numbers will increase as demand grows.

The animalsgrazeon native vegetation and about half the property has been planted with wheat and barley for additional feed.

Mr Stephenson said he chose Berkshire and Tamworth pigs because they were known for the exceptional quality of their meat, which was in strong demand by chefs and gourmet meat suppliers.

“The fact that I’m breeding Berkshire and Tamworth pigs is a big selling point and I really want to be an ambassador for the breeds,” he said.

The animals are butchered in Port Lincoln and the smallgoods processed in Adelaide, with production running at about one tonne a week.

The early success of Boston Bay Smallgoods has been recognised byBrand South Australia and is in the running to be showcased at the Eyre Peninsula Regional Awards dinner later this year.

At the moment Mr Stephenson is still operating his construction businessJ & L Stephenson Building Contractors, but hopes to be farming full-time within 18 months once he has finished some major projects.

A farm manager is looking after the pigs in the meantime.

He said the transition from building to pig farming was not proving too hard.

“Running pigs is common sense to a point,” he said.

“It’s not rocket science and the internet is a wonderful thing.”

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Dire diabetes warning

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Epidemic: Sosene Misi needed the five toes on his left foot amputated after they became infected as a result of diabetes and gangrene. Picture: Simon BennettForthe past four yearsSosene Misi has spent most of his dayscamped on the lounge with his left foot perched up in the air,as a result of doctors orders.

Unfortunately the 62-year-old’s story is not uncommon.

The Ruse resident isone many Australians who have needed an amputation after fallingvictim to the diabetes epidemic.

In 2012 –one year after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes –Mr Misi had the five toes on his left foot amputated after a combination of gangrene and diabetesthreatened to infect his entire leg.

In the 12 months before his operation, swollen toes had become a regular problemfor Mr Misi.

Usually a few tablets did the trick.

But this time was different.

“I tried to put my shoes and socks on as I was gettingready for work, and I saw my toes were swollen,” he said.

“I went to the medical centre in Ingleburn and the doctorsaid you have to go to Campbelltown Hospital straight away.

“I had some tests and two hours later the doctors said I had to go to Liverpool Hospital.

“There were two doctors waiting for me and they said ‘we have to take you upstairs straight away and do the operation’.

“They said if theycouldn’t amputate mytoes Iwould lose mywhole leg.

“I was crying because my wifedropped me at Campbelltown Hospital butwe didn’t think my toeswould be amputated.

“Every time Ihad swollen toesthey just gave me tablets -but this time, no.”

Mr Misi spent the following three weeks in hospital before being discharged –about two and a half weeks longer than they average stay for a patient in hospital.

Following the operation he also received regular visits from health professionals to help change his bandages, and still requires monthly check-ups.

He also required two-daily injections.

It wasan expensive lesson for Mr Misi, who said he was unaware of diseases such a diabetes and cancer, while growing up in Samoa.

That’s why more funding for educationand preventionwas a must, the head ofCampbelltown Hospital’sEndocrinology Unit, Dr David Simmons said.

“It’s a small investment in comparison to four years off work, three weeks in hospitaland repeated attendancesin clinics,” he said.

“Diabetes is stopping people from working and costing hospitals a lot (of money).

“(Mr) Misididn’t know much about diabetes so he needed education andthis is what we need to make sure is in place.

“We need to give people the tools and knowledgetofind a way to support them.

“Isn’t it better to prevent the problem?”

The Ruse local’s condition has gradually improved and last week he began to walk an hour a day as part of an exercise regime.

He is also hopeful of returning to work next year.

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Tasmania has now lost 4300 jobs since September and 15 Tasmanians a day are quitting the labour force.

Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon described the latest numbers as alarming.

“The Liberals’ one-line slogans are clearly not working,” Mr Bacon said.

“We need a government that is prepared to implement real change to encourage employment growth.”

Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon.

The dire numbers were in Australian Bureau of Statistics trend terms data showing the unemployment rate unchanged in June at 6.5 per cent, while total employment was unchanged at 237,100 since May.

However, that total was 4300 jobs down on September.

A month earlier, the ABS estimated 3900 jobs had gone since September.

It revised total May employment down by 100.

Its measure of the labour force (employed people plus those formally recognised as unemployed) showed a decline of 4100 people (about15 per day) since September.

That would include people retiring -potentially including a wave of retiring Baby Boomers -plus those quitting the formal hunt for work.

The figures showed 2800jobs held by males had gone since September, and1400 jobs held by females.

Full-time employment was down by 1000 to 155,300.

The participation rate (people in work or looking) was flat in June at 59.7 per cent, but 1.3 per cent down since August.

Acting Treasurer Rene Hidding said: “Tasmania’s unemployment rate remains steady at 6.5 per cent; a full 1per cent lower than it was at the election, and nearly 2per cent lower than the 8.4 per cent peak reached under Labor and the Greens.”

“More than 2000 jobs have been created since the election …”

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