Thursday, May 30, 2024



Local maternity service makes history

Dhelkaya Health has made history by welcoming the very first baby born via a planned caesarean through their midwifery group practice model. Eloise and Peter welcomed their daughter Asta Nicole Batten into the world via planned caesarean on 16 April.

Community comes together, holding candlelight vigil for Molly

An emotional candlelight vigil was held at Hay Lions Park on Wednesday evening, bringing together a group of more than 30, who each took a stand against family violence. National vigils are held annual on the first Wednesday of May to remember and honour those who have been killed by domestic or family violence. 

New mums welcomed to Denmark CWA centenary celebrations

Serena Kirby. This year marks 100 years since the Country Women’s Association of WA was established and the Denmark branch held a special gathering to celebrate the occasion ... "more younger women are joining as they’re making it work for them by meeting in the evenings and weekends instead of during weekdays": CWA State treasurer, Carolyn Cover.

Preschool dream comes true for Lord Howe Island kids

Natassia Soper. After years of delays due to the pandemic and its remote location, families are finally benefiting from the establishment of Lord Howe Island’s first preschool ... Director of the volunteer group and local mother Rachel McFayden spearheaded the push for a preschool, after seeing kids would start primary school without access to play-based early childhood education and care.

The fight against family violence

The deaths of 26 women in the first 114 days of 2024 is equivalent to one every 4.38 days ... In the Buloke Shire for the year end September 2023, 58 incidents of family violence were reported to Victoria Police and 75 per cent of all reported victims – survivors of family violence in the Buloke region – were female.

Lest we forget

Marching in Maldon’s 2024 Anzac Day parade, wearing his great-grandfather’s medals, was William Govier. William’s step great-grandfather was Richard (Dick) Cox, who served with great bravery in the army in New Guinea in World War II.

Stein follows in mum’s footsteps

In September 1995 a shy young Norwegian girl, Ingvill Backman, came to work on the Campbell farm, “Springbank” at Corack. For eight months she helped Trevor and Adam with all types of agricultural activities ... Now, almost twenty-nine years later her elder son, Stein Sira, has paid a visit to the Campbells.

Mount Lindesay quest uncovers local link

Alasdair Millar. Naval surgeon Dr T.B. Wilson explored the Denmark area in 1829 and named several landmarks. These included the Denmark River, after Alexander Denmark, another naval surgeon, and the brooding hill to our north, after Sir Patrick Lindesay (1778-1839) ‘in compliment to the officers of the 39th regiment’.

Book review – Crawling Through the Darkness

Kimberly Grabham. Linda Goldspink Lord is a name many would know and remember. Linda and her family used to live in Hay, and left the town when Linda was a teenager ... She wrote a book, Crawling Through the Darkness. 

Debutantes sparkle at Charlton Ball

Jenny Pollard. A sparkling array of white tulle, classic dresses, debonair partners and two adorable attendants were the highlights of the 2024 Charlton Deb Ball held last Friday night as nine couples were formally presented against a striking Art Deco-inspired setting at the Charlton Hall.

Letters from Home: So many ifs

Easter used to be fun in our family, but not any more. It's the hardest time of year for our family, it's when our darling granddaughter took her life. When we lost our Jessica to suicide the police knew just where to look: her phone and laptop.

Crowdfunding to house Easter bunnies bringing joy to women healing from domestic violence

Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge provides vital support for women escaping domestic violence; in many cases, these women and children have had to leave behind treasured possessions or much-loved pets. Recently the Refuge was gifted three baby rabbits, which were unfortunately orphaned when their mother died, and are looking to build a suitable enclosure ...

Love on the land – new tools for rural and remote relationships

Two new tools ... rural health experts from the UniSA have launched a new online resource to help farmers build and maintain a healthy relationship with their partner ... Rural based entrepreneur Mia Ryan hails from the Hunter Region and when she found trouble finding love using traditional dating apps, she developed her own, 'Howdy' ...

Aboriginal History WA and Storylines take off on regional road trip: Buti

Team members from Aboriginal History Western Australia (AHWA) and the State Library of Western Australia's Storylines will be hitting the road this March to jointly hold free family history sessions in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt. Usually located in Perth, the teams will be visiting Narrogin, Katanning, Kojonup, Gnowangerup and Albany...

Meat dynasty Alice born and bred

Morgan Richards. The swarm of sales people in the Gillen shop of Milner Meats on Saturday mornings couldn’t make it clearer: The Alice is still a great place for a family business.

Shining light on “The Shadow That Follows”

Member for Mildura, Jade Benham recently had the privilege to visit local schools to deliver Conor Pall’s debut book, “The Shadow that Follows” ... “It was one of the most meaningful days I’ve had in this role yet, it took a bit of planning, but I had the opportunity to spend the day with the brilliant Conor Pall."

Last round of chemo

I am so, so happy to say that after multiple ultrasounds, CT scans, X-Rays, procedures, a biopsy, a major surgery, 4 months of living in Melbourne and separated from family, countless doctors appointments, hospital admissions, ER trips, blood tests, echocardiograms and 31 weeks of chemotherapy, my baby is finally in remission.

Third generation farmer finds key to success

When Matt McCarthy took over the family farm, Ascot Park at Budgee, from father Steve in April 2022, he probably didn’t realise how quickly the new direction he had for the farm would evolve ... The rich black soil of the Darling Downs produces excellent pastures ... Matt and Karla began selling their meat to family and friends.

It’s showtime in Allora

A long-standing family tradition is further enhanced at this year’s Allora Show. The Frank Phelan Memorial Trot sponsored by long established Show supporters Neil and Robyn Phelan will have a slight change in format ... Neil did not inherit the love of horses and he and Robyn are now stewards in the Cattle Section.

School Savvy answers the call for back-to-school support & breaks new record: Centacare FNQ

With uniform, stationary and back-to-school stocks replenished and hairdressers ready, Centacare FNQ’s School Savvy pop-up series has broken all previous year’s records with four days to go ... School Savvy helped secure a scholarship to Abbotsleigh College in Sydney for Rita Tyrrell.

Pilot Men’s Behaviour Change program to begin in Katherine: Worden

The new $2.41 million program will run for three years, and deliver tailored services to men to educate them about what drives their abusive behaviour, including how the use of alcohol and drugs contributes to their behaviour, with a service provider expected to be appointed by July. This program will hold men to account and keep women and children safe as the main priority.

Community, culture and the spirit of Christmas

A Saturday afternoon party, nothing out of the ordinary . . . except it was. The first of its kind in Donald, a community Christmas party – all welcome, bring a plate.

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