Councillor moves on from Lincoln

GARDEN: Councillor Travis Rogers is leaving Port Lincoln to move to Queensland with his partner.PORT Lincoln City Councillor Travis Rogers attended his last council meeting on Monday as he prepares to move to Queensland with his partner.
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Mr Rogers had given notice previously of his intention to step down as councillor as he prepares to move to Gladstone.

Mr Rogers said the decision to step down came about after his partner was offered a job in Gladstone, which meant leaving Port Lincoln after living in the town for about 13 years.

“It’s important we support each other and what we want to do in life,” he said.

Mr Rogers was first elected to the Port Lincoln City Council in 2010 and was re-elected in the council election last year.

In his address to council, Mr Rogers thanked all councillors and staff he worked with for the past five years and said he had learned so much from his time as being a leader.

“Being a community leader shouldn’t be taken for granted, it’s an honour to be in that role and I learned so much from every other council member and staff along the way,” he said.

“I’m proud of the fact that the council is more inclusive and more representative of the community as it is, it has more of a social agenda, is more youth focused and has great guiding documents including long-term financial plans and infrastructure plans to ensure financial sustainability.”

One thing Mr Rogers would like to see happen in the future is to see the Murray Point area become an open recreational area, based on its environmental value.

In his address, Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green thanked Mr Rogers for his service and credited him as always being considered, respectful and progressive.

The council’s chief executive officer, Rob Donaldson, also thanked him for his service and commended his ability to work through any difficulties.

As well as serving as a community leader, Mr Rogers has been an active member the community, including through the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service and West Coast Youth and Community Support.

He said as a drug and alcohol mental health worker he walked alongside people as they made positive changes in their lives and helped with several initiatives, including the services bush tucker garden.

One thing he aims to do in Gladstone is finish his degree in clinical psychology, with the goal of eventually going into his own practice.

Out of everything in the community, Mr Rogers said he would miss the people, the connections and the friendships he made during his time in Port Lincoln, but they wouldn’t be forgotten.

“Thank you to everyone who chose to support me and my ideas, particularly my fellow councillor colleagues and staff, and mayor Bruce (Green) for being a wonderful mentor for myself,” he said.

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‘Speechies’ have positive impact

SPEECHIES: Port Lincoln speech pathologists (back) Sarah Wallis, Majella Mrdjen, Kerri Trengove, Tamara Strudwick; front: Georgie Turner and Amber Lovell are raising awareness for Speech Pathology Week.LOCAL speech pathologists will host a story time day at the Port Lincoln Library next Tuesday to raise awareness about the service they provide as part of Speech Pathology Week.
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Coinciding with the 2015 Book Week, the story time day will give local speech pathologists from the education department an opportunity to show the public what they do to help.

Department for Education and Child Development speech pathologist Majella Mrdjen said there were a range of different people that “speechies” worked with.

She said however when it came to the education department, it was about building communication skills and fixing speech issues with young people.

“For children with speech or language issues, early intervention is key,” Ms Mrdjen said.

“If parents notice any issues, speech pathologists can help out.”

Next week the Book Week winners will also be announced and the library will be abuzz with young students.

Speech Pathology Week aims to raise awareness about the work speech pathologists do in their communities and the positive affect they have on young people in society.

There are more than 1.1 million Australians that have difficulty communicating, which is on-par with the number of people with diabetes and three times the number of people with dementia.

Ms Mrdjen said being able to communicate effectively was a crucial skill throughout day-to-day life and next week would highlight the importance of speech pathology to the local community.

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Shire shows its support for city’s bypass

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HINDMARSH Shire Council has thrown its support behind a proposed Western Highway bypass of Horsham.

Council made a submission about the project to VicRoads this month.

Chief executive Tony Doyle said removing heavy traffic from Horsham city was important for the Wimmera.

He said it was also important to reduce travel times for people travelling across the region.

Mr Doyle said council did not identify a preferred route.

“Given Hindmarsh Shire Council is not a representative body for these impacted parties, council believes it would be inappropriate for it to identify a preferred route, and rather focus its submission onHindmarsh shire,” he said.

Mr Doyle acknowledged each route had effects for houses, farms and amenities at Riverside and Dooen Heights.

He said council included a number of points in its submission to VicRoads, such as safety forHorsham residents andeconomic benefits.Council also raised the possibility of linking the bypass to the Wimmera and Henty highways in the future.

He said council hoped works on the bypass would start as soon as possible.

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OUR SAY: A Ronald McDonald House we can truly call our own

FOR so many years the name Ronald McDonald House was synonymous as a place in Sydney where families from Orange and the Central West could stay while their child was were receiving specialist care that was not available in the region.
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Fast forward to 2015 and now it is Orange’s Ronald McDonald House that is the leading the way in the provision of a facility for the people of the Central West they can truly call their own.

While the volunteers and staff of Ronald McDonald House need no motivation to stick to their task of maintaining Orange’s newly-opened house, the emerging trend that so many families are using the house as their accommodation and support base while their child is treated at the child and adolescent mental health unit is surely an incentive to remained energised and focused.

Families in distress are coming to Orange from five health districts, which equates to 86 per cent of the state, to access the mental health and other specialist services for their children at Orange.

So far 100 volunteers, including those who stay overnight, have come forward to be trained to work as volunteers at the house in a variety of roles.

However, as the number of families using the house continues to grow and it reaches its capacity daily, another 100 volunteers are needed to ensure the seven-day-a-week, 24-hour roster runs smoothly.

Orange and Central West residents should feel proud they have raised more than $4 million to build the house in Orange, and the occupancy so far by so many families who are experiencing the trauma of a child or adolescent struggling with a mental health problem is proof of the incredible generosity of the local and regional community who are making a difference in people’s lives.

The launch at the Ronald McDonald House ball on Saturday night of the “Can You Help Us Keep the Doors Open” campaign will take on a special significance now that the house is making such a difference to people’s lives.

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Mission accomplished as Ungarie chase flag

FAMILY AFFAIR: The Archibald crew, Kris, Reece, Michael, Wayde and Kyle all in Ungarie colours this year.WIN, lose or draw in Saturday’s Northern Riverina League grand final, the Archibald family haveachieved their goal for 2015.
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Ungarie will enjoy their first grand final appearance in 15 years when they run out to play Lake Cargelligo at West Wyalong on Saturday.

It will be a huge occasion for the township of Ungarie and it’s population of 300 as the Magpies look to break their premiership drought than spans back to 2001.

The last time Ungarie played finals, back in 2013, is a story in itself after the Magpies finished on the bottom of the ladder, only to be given the opportunity when the fifth and sixth placed teams could not field the numbers.

Kyle Archibald is one of a number of Ungarie juniors that agreed to travel home this season to play.

He, his brothers Michael and Kris, and cousins Wade and Reece wanted to have a year together and have also convinced friends to make the trip with them.

“The original plan was just for the five cousins to play together for one game,” Kyle explained.

“Things snowballed from there.”

Ungarie captain-coach Ryan McClintock moved he and his family homefrom Canberra a couple of years ago.

Kyle, who spent two years at Richmond as a teen, travels three hours from Yarrawonga every weekend to play at Ungarie.

Wade and fellow Ungarie junior Dave Barron travel two hours from Wagga, while Grant Daly and a mate make the four-hour trip from Bathurst.

Kris travels from Canberra, while Michael and friend,Fox Sports presenter,Ben Way make the long trip from Sydney during all hours of the night.

Kyle explains it is all for one simple goal.

“We want to see the small country community doing well,” he said.

“There is more to it than just a small town, and more to it than just a little football club.

“When we were kids growing up, the culture was great, the pub was packed on a Saturday night and that’s what we want these kids growing up into.”

Ungarie will go into the grand final as underdog after Lake Cargelligo trounced them by 61 points in the second semi-final.

Archibald believes if the Magpies produce their best, they can win, but also explained that the players had already achieved one goal.

“(A win) would be huge, just to get the buzz around town,” he said.

“Win, lose or draw, we’ve already acheived what we wanted to and that was to get the community together.

“To win a flag would just top it off.”

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