Monthly Archives: August 2019

Switched on to detail

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Switched on to detail Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

Project Support Officer for the New Bendigo Hosptial Joey Ryan. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

TweetFacebookThe Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

A SHARP eye for detail and excellent organisational skills have held Joey Ryan in good stead for her job as a project support officer for the new Bendigo hospital.

When completed, in 2016, it will be the largest regional hospital in Victoria, with seven storeys and 372 inpatient beds.

Ms Ryan, 25,points to a large swathe of design blueprints.

On any given day she will have to meticulously sort through dozens of them, making sure each gets to the appropriate department and all expected items have arrived.

She will then liaise with hospital staff to ensure the designs meet their expectations and hopes, taking their requests back to the designers if there are any changes they require.

“It’s quite detailed,” Ms Ryan says.

“I like to be organised.”

Indeed, despite having no previous experience in design, Ms Ryan’s job requires her to have an intimate understanding of each nook and cranny, including its functionality and how it will affectworking conditions.

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CSU to lose $127m in governmentfunding, claims Labor senator

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ON CAMPUS: Senator Deborah O’Neill accuses the federal government of now lying about its lies. Picture: Michael FrogleyTHE federal government’s higher education reforms will rip $127 million out of Charles Sturt University (CSU), the opposition claims.

The secretary of Labor’s education caucus committee, Senator Deborah O’Neill, made the claim while visiting CSU’s Wagga campus to talk to students about the proposed restructure.

“(Federal education minister) Christopher Pyne’s plan is to take that money from the university and (in turn) have it take the money from the students,” Senator O’Neill said.

“It’s a cost-shifting exercise.”

Senator O’Neill said regional universities and their towns would be hit hard by the reforms and she is urging centres such as Wagga to support Labor’s campaign to oppose changes in the Senate.

She said if changes to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) and higher education loan Program (HELP) that tied the student loan interest rate to the bond rate were passed then students could be “saddled with a debt sentence for decades”.

Country Labor’s candidate for Wagga at the 2015 state election, Daniel Hayes, accompanied Senator O’Neill to CSU.

“We have the state and federal Liberal governments saying you have to earn or learn, but what is happening is they are taking away the opportunity to do either,” Mr Hayes said.

“Unemployment is up and there are cuts to TAFE, and now the unis are in for further cuts.”

Rivcoll student president Brandon Harry said undergraduates were worried about a higher interest rate on loans taken out to obtain degrees and higher course fees.

“We are concerned there will be a money divide, or a class divide, that will stop people going to university regardless of their economic background,” Mr Harry said.

The Member for Riverina Michael McCormack defended the restructure, saying HECS and HELP loans were the best loans anyone would ever get.

“They are getting a loan which they don’t have to pay back until they earn $50,000 and it will give them a much-better paying job than if they don’t go to university,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack said the restructure would open up opportunities for CSU.

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Tumut stalwart marks milestone

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TUMUT stalwart Jason Back is always one to go the extra mile for the Blues.

Tomorrow, the power-packed front-rower will mark a milestone 100th game by making his 118th first grade appearance for the club against Tumbarumba.

The mountain club is gearing up to acknowledge the well-built prop’s dedication to the Blues tomorrow by celebrating his century – plus 18.

“There was a bit of confusion and somehow we went past the 100th game, so I’m actually playing my 118th game,” he said.

“But the club is going to celebrate the 100th.”

A household name at the club, the 28-year-old played his junior football for Tumut, before progressing through the Blues’ ranks to establish himself as a respected senior player.

“I won premierships with the club in 2007 and 2010, but I did my knee halfway through 2008 so I missed the final that year,” he said.

Back spent a year living and working in the Whitsundays in 2012, but returned to the club in 2013 after finding employment back in the town.

His welcome return to the club came at what has evolved into a tumultuous period for the once dominating Group Nine powerhouse.

“We were used to winning because pretty much we went so long with a really good side that had a lot of good players in it,” he said.

“By the time I got back, a lot of those players had retired or moved away.

“We haven’t been able to attract players like we used to because we don’t have the work to put the boys in jobs.

“We couldn’t get (Michael) Henderson because of the work trouble… We have the three or four mills but they are struggling to put anyone on at the moment.”

Back believes the club’s resurgence will be heavily influenced by the Blues’ ability to foster the talent of rising junior players.

“The young players need the experience but we need to blood them with experienced players around them,” he said.

“We have two young fellas in the halves who will only get better with time, but we definitely will need to buy some players and get some new blokes to the club.

“Tumut is a good club and you can’t win every year; this just isn’t our turn.”

Throughout his career Back has played with some of the club’s best homegrown talent, making it difficult for the popular ball-runner to put any one individual on a pedestal.

“Its impossible to separate Josh Toohey, Adam Pearce, Matty Richards and Matt Free,” he said.

“They are all as good as each other.”

Tumut will take on Tumbarumba at Twickenham tomorrow in the game being hailed as the Blues’ best chance of avoiding a winless season.

“We should get the win up – especially since Tumba are without (Aaron) Sweeney and Nathan Hammond,” Back said.

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LETTER: Letgraduates take honours

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WE are all so tired of this political scandal which is happening in Newcastle.

It is time for some radical thinking. My proposal is let’s find our clever, honest, hardworking and motivated university graduates who have a passion to ‘‘Revitalise Newcastle’’ and ‘‘make a difference’’.

They should be elected as decent members of society on merit of their capabilities and the party should be called ‘‘Bright Young Minds’’.

They would expect to be rewarded with appropriate remuneration for their efforts but would not accept money contained in envelopes.

Respect, trust and renewed faith would be shown to the members of this party by the loyal citizens as they set about their task to ‘‘change the face of Newcastle’’.

Just an idea but in my view it would certainly be an improvement on who we have as our leaders at this point of time.

Lesley Roberts,

Wangi Wangi

Your chance to live in harmony

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Learn to live in harmony with the environment with the appliance of science at the 2014 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Cafe at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden from 9am to 2pm Saturday, August 23.

Take the opportunity to combine a refreshing stroll around the botanic garden while learning how to reduce your environmental foot print and save money.

Numerous experts will be on hand at the ninth annual Dubbo Sustainable City Expo to give free advice on a wide range of topics from composting to state-of-the-art sustainable living technology, appliances and services.

Learn the art of water-wise garden design, growing vegetables, composting and successful worm farming.

Check out the latest solar and renewable energy systems, and electric and hybrid vehicles.

Meanwhile the highly successful Science Cafe now in its second year, will inform, dazzle and amaze under the guidance of highly talented science teacher, successful actor and professional writer James Eddy.

Grab a refreshing beverage and listen to live interviews with some of the region’s most talented scientists, including scientists from the Australian National University and medical students from the University of Sydney. Sit back and enjoy SCINEMA films.

Children will be kept occupied by a wide range of free activities including interactive storytelling, the Stormwater Olympics, nature trails, the mobile zoo and face painting.

With so much to see, learn and do the 2014 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo and Science Cafe at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden promises to be a wonderful family day out.

Science Cafe is a registered National Science Week event and is funded under the NSW Regional Science Grants program supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW government. National Science Week runs from August 16-24.

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