Health In Focus

Article by the Hon Rebecca White MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Labor Member for Lyons

Health Matters

There is lots of talk about the pressure on the budget and the burden on the health system. However the real pressure will be that put on Tasmanian families who will need to find more money to afford the services they need to stay healthy.

The Federal Government has announced their intention to charge a $7 GP co-payment and a $5 co-payment on prescriptions, undermining the concept of universal health care. Continue reading

The Say

By Cagerattler

The other day I was recalling the heady days of SMACD to a friend who didn’t live here at the time…the St Marys Association for Community Development in its heyday was truly one of the best things that has ever happened to our town, without a shred of a doubt.

That first public meeting instigated by Annette Wines was a watershed  and an incredibly inspiring event that several hundred people attended. Within a very short time various community groups were consulting, working together and (with the help of Council resources in some cases) the whole town started jumping after years of  apathy… Continue reading

Break-in at St Helens Neighbourhood House

The St Helens Neighbourhood House was broken in to over the weekend. It was distressing to find two laptops stolen along with a flat-screen television. Not only has this caused the staff great inconvenience and unnecessary costs, the community itself is disadvantaged by the loss of these important resources. It is very disappointing to think that people would steal from the House. The goals of the House are to support the community and the organisation achieves this through limited funding. If anyone within the community should hear of these items being offered for sale or any other whispers, please contact Trish O’Duffy at the House on 6376 1134.

Thank you. Mayor Sarah Schmerl.

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The Say

By Cagerattler

Here we go – I knew this would happen.

This “We have a mandate” Federal Government is about to impose an unheralded levy and other measures on us, which will really hurt many low/single income families.  One percent of say $40,000 is $400; for so many people amounts like that may well wipe out a small tax refund needed for helping with something vital. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

I would like to add my two bob to the Richardson Road Reservoir debate.

I have been a keen observer of the reservoir over the past ten years by way of its capacity to reduce nagging to a tolerable level. Grab the fishing rod and a couple of stubbies and watch the float jiggle as the trout play with the hook while surrounded by an absolute Tasmanian  diamond. I sat on the wall one day while a platypus and  two pups swam at my feet. I blinked, they crash dived and came up for air about 30 meters away. Continue reading