Hervey Bay Independent : 30th October 2014
OurView Journalist Jade Martin Journalist Lee Gailer A lot to think about on road I learned some valuable driving lessons before I got my license that still guide me when behind the wheel. The school I went to put my Year 10 class through an intensive defensive driving course that made me a better driver and the roads a lot safer for all. I was no angel on the road during my 20s. I drove my little Datsun like a rally car – a demon driver whose passengers always appeared white-knuckled with fear. Without those earlier lessons I don’t think I would have survived the drive. Which is why, after helping my son achieve his 100 hours of driving to get his license, I am a huge advocate for making a defensive driving course count as a major proportion of these compulsory hours. Think about it. People who have been driving for years carry with them bad habits, and these are easily passed on when teaching young people how to drive. Besides ensuring our young drivers were well equipped for navigating our busy roads, older drivers would also benefi t from being taught a few lessons from their learner driver. Every day I witness poor driving skills on our roads. From the common tailgating to failing to indicate left off a roundabout and timid drivers who can’t maintain the speed limit. These bad habits could be reversed with a few tips from a defensive driving expert. Over the years as a journo I have attended too many car accidents, and when talking to driving professionals, they say most could have been avoided. Simple things, like increasing the distance between you and the car in front could be the difference between life and death. When tailgated, reduce the distance even further to increase the response time for both you and the idiot behind. The only way to drive is defensively, so why aren’t we giving our kids the best chance by making defensive driving courses compulsory. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #youngdrivers /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY My journey through blood cancer My family and I (husband and four children in primary school) attended the Light the Night ceremony for the Leukaemia Foundation two weeks ago. I was holding one of the few white lanterns. I noticed little clarifi cation on the colours of the lanterns in the papers last week, and most photographs of the ceremony were of yellow and blue lanterns. Did you know that a white lantern represents a survivor, a blue lantern a cancer supporter and a gold lantern a lost loved one? Each person holding a lantern has walked a sad and challenging road. Blood cancers are; yet to be fully understood, very different in their presentation and diagnosis to other cancers, often poor in prognosis and are primarily treated with chemotherapy/ radiation which can hold many debilitating side effects for patients. Before I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (and a rare subtype) I thought Leukaemia was the only type of blood cancer (I’m a nurse!). There are three main types of blood cancer and more subtypes under each. By writing this I wanted to encourage people to know their bodies. If you experience persistent symptoms that concern you that correlate with a deterioration in your health and your ability to perform tasks, go and have a check up. If you have tests and they are ok, that’s great. If your symptoms get worse, get a second opinion. It’s important that patients with cancers, their supporters, those in remembrance, family and friends access accurate information about blood cancers. The following websites are sources of truth and fact: Cancer Council Australia at cancer.org.au www.leukaemia.org.au lymphoma.org.au www.myeloma.org.au There is hope. You can do it with support, a positive attitude and a reason for living. I am so blessed to have been supported, and am thankful for my four children. They are an inspiration to survive. I could not write this without giving credit to best friend - my Saviour - the Lord Jesus Christ, who I talk to all the time. He is just a phone call - a prayer - away. God gives peace that surpasses all understanding, forgiveness, and union with God the Father in Heaven when we die. I hope to work in oncology one day and to hold another white lantern next year. Trudy Ward Hervey Bay Jipped by the government We are being told by government spin doctors about the MASSIVE saving we are going to get on our power bills now the carbon tax has been repealed. I do not think a $2 refund/saving equates to being massive, but wait - there’s more. Has anybody noticed the residential service fee? It has INCREASED by $37.14 per bill! Was $45.30 now $87.16. Where is the saving to households? Again Ergon give a little with the left hand and take a lot with the right. Sylvia Mod Eli Waters SUMMER JADE Treat yourself to our SPRING FOIL Inc SPECIAL! ONLY $ 119 * Limited spaces available. Must mention this advertisement to receive offer. Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba 30 / Hervey Bay Independent, October 30, 2014 ludes full head of foils, toner, style cut & finish E firstname.lastname@example.org | W www.tigertouchups.com.au The great money grab I wonder how this can be right. I fi nd a dog wandering the streets. I door knock for an hour or more in my area and no-one owns it. I take it to HVB Vet to have it scanned and yes there is a microchip BUT I am then told they have to phone the council so they can come down and re-scan to fi nd the owners. The microchip companies are NOT council owned. They are there for the identifi cation of the animal. So I had to leave the dog at the vets for the council offi cer to come down to scan it and then take it to the pound. Is this the great money grab? I now see the dog on Facebook at the pound. How disgusting. This will be the last time I ever pick up a lost dog. Wide Bay Pet Rescue in Cicada Lane (near the airport) is in desperate need of volunteers to walk dogs and donations. Sandy Robertson Wondunna Support for local veterans With reference to an article in The Independent (23rd October) entitled “Checking on our Veterans”, I would like to advise that there is another veterans’ drop-in centre already established in Hervey Bay. We have been in existence since 2003 and we are situated in the old Railway Station building, Freedom Park, Main Street, Pialba. We are open Monday to Friday 9.00am until 12.30pm. Phone number is 4128 3759. We started up as a place for Veterans of all wars, or confl icts, serving or ex-serving, and their families to come and have a chat and a cuppa with no stress. We also have Pension Offi cers, Welfare Offi cers and JPs (Qual) on duty if their services or help are required. We have BBQs, picnics, bus trips and functions like a Melbourne Cup lunch and a Christmas party. Any veteran, serving, ex-serving, reservist, or peacekeeper, are most welcome to come in, look around, stay and have a chat and cuppa with no obligations. Contact information is provided below: Veterans Advice and Social Centre Freedom Park, Main Street P.O. Box 3243, Pialba Q 4655 Ph (07) 41283759 Fax (07) 41283865 Ve Heironymus Pialba Must have sense of humour Male, 65, drinker, gambler, but very considerate. Paid Wednesday, broke Thursday. Would like to meet a lady with similar interests. Please reply c/o PO Pialba. Warren Keleher Pialba Coal seam gas concerns There is a fair amount of concern at the moment in regards to coal seam gas exploration and development. Personally I can sympathize with the persons that have concerns as to if the coal seam gas industry is going to do irreparable damage to our underground water supplies and pollution to our productive farm lands. Firstly let me say that no CSG exploration should be allowed on any land that is currently or could be in the future, used for agriculture and if the coal seam gas industry want to pursue their activities they should have to put in place the infrastructure to replace any water that could be contaminated from their actions. In other words the coal seam gas industry should have to supply the infrastructure to catch an equivalent amount of water from the wet season to replace any water contaminated Download the App today!
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