May, 2019

Usual operation at Burra

Country Health SA has refuted claims by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation that staffing levels at the Burra Hospital will be reduced orservices downgraded.
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A flyer distributed in December by the ANMF (SA Branch) said members had voted to take industrial action to stop Country Health SA reducing registered and enrolled nurse staffing levels at the hospital.

“There has been no change to staffing levels at Burra Hospital,” Yorke and Northern Regional Director Roger Kirchner said in a statement issued to the Northern Argus.

Country Health SA is working with hospital staff and the ANMF to look at the possibility of employing nurse assistants to work specifically in aged care support at the site, and has also undertaken to meet with hospital staff and the ANMF on a weekly basis to work through the proposed structure changes.

“Nurse assistants are common across Country Health SA and the introduction of these roles will provide a wider range of employment options at Burra Hospital,” Mr Kirchner said.

Under the current ANMF Agreement, Country Health SA is required to have two fully qualified nurses on staff per shift and this will be maintained at all times.

Mr Kirchner said there would be no impact to acute and emergency services as a result of this proposal.

The ANMF yesterday confirmed that there had not been any industrial action over the matter and that changes to staffing at Burra Hospital have not yet occurred.

“Burra is an essential community hospital that provides both acute and aged care, and the current nursing staffing levels and the mix of nursing staff ensures the best and safest care for all patients presenting to the hospital for treatment.

“Moves to reduce the number and mix of nursing staff is of deep concern to the nurses at Burra, who are passionate about providing the best care for patients attending this community hospital.

“We are pleased that this move has been halted pending further consultation, and remain committed to engaging this process to ensure the community continues to have access to the best quality care possible,” Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars, ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary said.

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Timely windfall

UPPER Hunter Shire Council has welcomed a $200,500 windfall.
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NSW Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said the state government would provide council with the money to help meet the costs incurred by council of new infrastructure required to maintain the town water supply at Murrurundi during February’s water supply emergency.

He added the government will also offer $47,517 to meet the water carting costs incurred by council.

“In February 2014, Murrurundi suffered a severe algae outbreak due to prolonged drought conditions that effectively crippled the town’s water supply,” Mr Humphries said.

“Council was concerned about the potential health risks from the algae and alerted the community not to drink the water and provided bottled drinking water to the residents as a stop-gap measure.

“Council also constructed emergency works at significant costs to maintain the water supply and also began carting water from Scone to ensure a continued supply for Murrurundi during this period.

“This funding highlights the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring communities across the state have access to a sustainable and secure water supply.”

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen praised the NSW Government for helping meet the costs borne by council during the water supply emergency.

“The extensive emergency provisions undertaken by council came at a significant cost and depleted funds that were set aside for future water improvements,” he said.

“This funding from the NSW Government will be of great assistance to council in enabling us to undertake further water infrastructure works in the future.”

Cr Johnsen said council was also actively pursuing opportunities to improve the Murrurundi water supply infrastructure further in 2015, including having applied for funding under the NSW Government’s Water Security for Regions program to build a pipeline from Scone to Murrurundi.

“I have put the case for a Murrurundi pipeline strongly to Minister Humphries, most recently late last month,” he said.

“Wallabadah has received such assistance and Murrurundi is equally deserving.”

GOOD NEWS: Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen and director of infrastructure services Alan Fletcher inspect Murrurundi’s main water storage dam, which could become a back-up system under plans for improved water supply infrastructure.

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Rest in peace: Former Bathurst priest Harry Quigley dies, aged 82

VALE: Much-loved former Bathurst priest Father Harry Quigley.
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LONG-SERVING Bathurst priest Father Henry (Harry) Quigley died on Monday night following a lengthy illness.

He was 82.

Irish-born Father Harry was educated at Colehill Primary School in County Longford and completed his secondary schooling at St Mel’s College, Longford before attending All Hallows’ College in Dublin.

He was ordained as a priest on June 16, 1957 and soon after left for Australia, arriving in Bathurst on November 27, 1957.

Father Harry served as a parish priest across the Bathurst diocese for more than five decades in Bathurst, Mudgee, Orange, Coonabarabran, Coolah,

Kandos, Cowra, Bowenfels, Oberon, South Dubbo and Coonamble.

His last appointment was as Parish Priest of the Assumption Church in West Bathurst.

A funeral for Father Harry will be held in the Bathurst Cathedral of St Michael and St John from 2pm on Monday, January 12.

Light refreshments will be served at the Parish Centre after burial at Maranatha Lawn Cemetery.

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Centre welcomes new exhibitions

MUSWELLBROOK Regional Arts Centre will welcome the New Year with two new exhibitions this week.
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Moving House by Susan and Peter O’Doherty, and Coal Miners by Christine Pike are the latest displays set to captivate local art fans.

Husband and wife team Susan and Peter O’Doherty’s Moving House was inspired by their roaming childhoods and presents a nostalgic look at houses and the objects that filled them during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

“This is an exhibition about memory, identity and the transitory nature of modern life,” arts centre manager Brad Franks said.

There are no people in the pair’s display, which complements nicely with Christine Pike’s human interest collection.

Coal Miners is sponsored by the NSW Minerals Council and shares the simple but unique life of miners in their element.

It also articulates the diversity of roles in the industry from working underground to the vast world of an open cut.

“With the current focus on mining in the Hunter Valley a topic of much discussion Australia wide, Christine presents the human face of mining with the depth of observation that only a superbly expressive artist can bring to bear,” Mr Franks said.

A new selection of works from the Max Watters Collection will also open with the two exhibitions this Friday at 6pm.

The centre is located on the New England Highway at the corner of Bridge and Market streets, Muswellbrook.

For more information contact Brad on 6549 3768 or at [email protected]

GENIUS: A collection by artist Peter O’Doherty and his wife Susan will be opening at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre this Friday.

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Hope for the future -a premiership victory

MISSING IN ACTION: Ex-Services will miss Rachel Pengilly’s talents in 2015, Pengilly is moving away for university.DESPITE missing the 2014 women’s Premier League Hockey finals Ex-Services have one simple goal ahead of the 2015 season.
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“It’s always our aim to at least make the semi-finals, but this year we want the premiership,” Ex-Services star, and NSW over 40s representative Mel Hope said.

Ex-Services finished seventh last year 16 points adrift of fifth place, but if you ask Hope, the numbers don’t tell the full story of her side’s frustrating 2014 season.

“We have a point to prove this year, we didn’t finish last year the way we wanted to,” Hope fired.

“We are a solid unit, and we work so well together it just didn’t come off a lot of the time.”

Hope said her side struggled to finish plays in 2014, leaving chances behind and ultimately costing themselves several points. Ex-Services lost five games by one goal in 2014, and drew three more thanks to missed opportunities.

“A lot of games in 2014 could easily have gone our way,” she explained.

“Our general field play overall was of an exceptional standard, we just struggled finding the back of the net.

“So I guess the focus in 2015 is finishing the play.”

Ex-Services will have to complete their title bid without stars Ali Baker, who has decided to step down from Premier League Hockey, and Rachel Pengilly, who is moving away for university.

However, speedster Kate Butcherine is set to make her return from knee surgery, dramatically boosting Ex-Services’ pace and nous through the middle of the field.

“Other than that everyone is back on board,” Hope said.

“Mitch Kennewell and Darryn Majoram are coaching again, and we’ll vote for our captain when we start training soon.

“But I think we’re all really excited to see Kate back, and working with her sister Haley.”

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