Hervey Bay Independent : 20th November 2014
OurView Journalist Lauren Smit Sweet addiction If you’re an observant reader, you’ve probably noticed a running theme of health-related articles in this week’s paper; from the obesity epidemic gripping western society to the dramatic rise in type 2 diabetes cases in 20 to 30-year-old Queenslanders. It’s hard to ignore the messages coming in thick and fast about our declining health, a realisation that dawned on me in full and blinding brightness this week as I struggled with the fact that I sit fi rmly in that type 2 diabetes age bracket. It’s time for me to come clean about my bad habits - about the value packet of Tim Tams in our offi ce fridge that I’ve almost single-handedly polished off in the last week, the three blocks of hazlenut chocolate sitting in my pantry at home and the 1.5kg bag of frozen chips I’ve obliterated since my last grocery shop two weeks ago. I represent the majority of working class Australians. I let my time constraints refl ect on my eating habits, choosing convenience over quality and fatty foods over fruit and veggies. While we’re on the topic of bad health habits, I should probably admit my selfdiagnosed allergy to exercise. We’re addicted to sugar and the impact on our waistlines is massively increasing our susceptibility to disease. Some of the major chronic diseases associated with obesity include; type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, breast and colon cancer, gall bladder disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and sleep apnoea. The list goes on and on. Before interviewing local dietician Tania Wiesmayr-Freeman last week for the type 2 diabetes article, I actually ran (it was quite the spectacle) down to the local grocery store to buy a shiny red apple for my lunch. It may also have been a cheap attempt to impress her with my new-found insight. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #qualityvsquantity /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY A closer look at water charges Like all the ratepayers of the Fraser Coast I have just received my water and sewerage usage and access charges notice. Being an ancient single bloke with time to spare I analysed it. My water usage for the four month period was 19 kilolitres. Brought up on tank water I don’t waste it on the garden. This is ostensibly charged at $1.57 a kilolitre - $29.83. But add in the Domestic Water Charge of $154.66 and the REAL cost of my water is $184, rounded off. This means my water, used frugally, is costing me near enough to $10 a kilolitre - 10c for a ten litre bucket full! The sewerage charge of $242 over the same four months, making the assumption that I fl ush the toilet fi ve times a day, is 40c each time I push that button. In other words, for using the system you pay one hell of a lot more than you would have thought, if you are a single person with conservation ideas, as I am. If I used four times as much water it would only cost me $90 more. An increase of 20% in cost for an increase of 400% in usage. And if I used no water at all and never fl ushed a toilet it would still cost me $396.66 for the four months - $1190 a year! This is an iniquitous way to charge for a consumable. No wonder it was chopped up from annual to four monthly charges to try to hide the degree of the iniquity. But Council and the not quite autonomous Wide Bay Water ‘Corporation’ - which the elected Council sold off to avoid being associated so closely with the ripping off of ratepayers - do not give the proverbial fi g. The nonsense about infrastructure charges being the reason is just that - a nonsense. Existing infrastructure was paid for years ago and new infrastructure should be paid for, in full, by the developer necessitating it. A charge per litre used, whatever it would need to be to cover costs, would be fair. As it is with petrol, milk, paint, or scotch. And would encourage thrifty usage. Colin Burt Hervey Bay Calling hypocrisy on global warming Why wouldn’t Tony Abbott’s government break its election promises on renewable energy Kane Thornton? The government owes its “victory”, as much to the coal-fi red industry as it does to News Ltd. Take a nonpartisan look at the character of the government’s Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt. This man, before he was elected and made Minister, won a joint university prize for his thesis on the necessity and the benefi ts of a pollution levy (carbon tax). A man who was becoming more and more like a deer in the media spotlight until the shadow of Australia’s’ largest stalking-horse, Clive Palmer, dutifully saved Hunts’ bacon. On his hypocrisy on global warming, it’s understandable why Greg Hunt has been inducted into the lexicon of Australian rhyming slang and why it’s only the faithful and the venal, that don’t see Tony Abbott as eponymous. Steve Briskey Burrum Heads Introductory Garnier colour sensation RRP $9.95 OUR PRICE $8.95 for one week only. Come in and meet Ellen for instore colour advice 81–91 Boat Harbour Drive, Fraser Shores Shopping Centre PH 4124 4022 Formerly trading as Fraser Coast Discount Pharmacy 30 / Hervey Bay Independent, November 20, 2014 ® Gratitude for hospital treatment While on holidays at Rainbow Beach and Burrum Heads very recently I had a bad fall and visited the emergency department at the Hervey Bay public hospital. Being a visitor to your lovely town and a patient in this public hospital, I now wish to express my gratitude to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who looked after me so well, especially to the “Hospital in the Home” doctor and nurses. I found them so friendly and very caring. Public Hospitals always seem to get bad reports, but my experience was wonderful, I left there with no concerns as to my wellbeing. Once again a big thank you. Elisabeth Connelly Bli Bli Russian ships off Australian shore Ships ahoy! Shock horror, Russian naval vessels have been sighted off Australia’s northern coast. This breath-taking news has sent media and government into a fl ap. What does this mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that Russia is about to invade Australia. The threat of a Russian invasion is nothing new in Australia’s history. The manufactured fear of Russia was one weapon used by the centralist over 100 years ago to badger voters to approve of Federation’s referendum. Anyway, what could Australia do if seriously confronted by Russian military power? Heck, we don’t make our own army boots. I bet the same can’t be said of Russia. It was the Assyrian Empire, over 2500 years ago, that invaded and deported the ancient House of Israel for their iniquities. Perhaps Russia is being raised up to punish the decadent west for its modern day equivalent iniquities. Time will surely tell. Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Connecting in Social Inclusion Week I’ve seen many articles over the past few months about the increasing risk of Muslim extremists in Australia, fl ying to the Middle East and fi ghting for the Islamic State (IS). From what I’ve studied on this topic, there are two basic ways to combat extremism in Australia: a top-down government approach or a community based approach focused on inclusivity. At Youth Off The Streets, we fi rmly believe in the community based approach to combating extremism and this is something that everyone can get behind coming into Social Inclusion Week. The week runs from November 22 to November 30 and is about including the disadvantaged and marginalised in community events and interactions, providing a sense of belonging to those that don’t feel like they have a home. We know that disaffected young people who feel they don’t have a place to belong, form sub-groups and are more susceptible to being infl uenced by radicals who promise them a purposeful life. Connecting disaffected youth with community leaders and other young people is vital to combating the recruitment of these vulnerable young people. Many of the young people involved in our programs are Muslims, and as a nondenominational organisation, we believe it is imperative to SUMMER JADE Treat yourself to our SPRING FOIL Inc SPECIAL! ONLY $ 109 * Limited spaces available. Must mention this advertisement to receive offer. Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba ludes half head of foils, toner, style cut & finish GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today! 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