The South Eastern Times : June 10th 2014
NEWS 7 Police pay attention to distracted motorists POLICE and the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) have called on road users to hang up on dangerous distractions and pay full attention to the road. Throughout June, SAPOL will conduct Operation Distraction, a month-long crackdown on distracted drivers across the state, with a particular focus on mobile phone use. Driver inattention or distraction is a significant contributing factor in up to two thirds of fatal crashes and about 15pc of crashes that result in serious injuries. Traffic support branch officer in charge Superintendent Bob Fauser urged drivers to examine and adjust their behaviour at the wheel and leave distractions out of sight and mind. “Driving is a complex, coordinated task which demands care and attention,” he said. “Activities such as dialling, texting or talking on the phone divert drivers’ attention from the road, putting their safety and the safety of other road users at risk. “Drivers are their car’s best safety feature - hang up, look up and just drive.” Supt Fauser said the number of fines being issued to distracted drivers was on the increase. “Last year, 12,563 drivers and riders received an expiation notice for a mobile phone related offence,” he said. MAC road safety general manager Michael Cornish said growing smartphone ownership and the increasing amount of features they offered made them a dangerous temptation in cars. “We’re urging drivers to not let distractions into their car, they can live without it,” Mr Cornish said. “Drivers need to switch their phone to silent, switch it off, or safely pull over to the side of the road and park before using their phone. “If people don’t, they’re increasing their risk of a crash and potentially endangering others.” Driving while using a mobile phone carries the penalty of a $300 fine, with a $60 victims of crime levy and the loss of three demerit points. Police will conduct the operation with the support of the MAC and the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Cancer treatment softened Hatherleigh craft group offers comfort to regional patients MUSTILLO RAQUEL email@example.com GH Craft Group members have used their skills to ease recovery for mastectomy and oncology patients with their Cushions of Comfort initiative. This year’s Green Triangle Day hosts embraced the opportunity to enlist the help of participating craft groups to create handstitched pillows for women and children undergoing cancer treatment and recovery. The brainchild of Hatherleigh craft group member Helen Williams, the pillowcase drive led to 29 cushions being sewn by South East and Western Victorian contributors. “Every year the host sets a challenge for all of the participating craft groups and we decided to do something that would benefit people who were battling cancer,” Mrs Williams said. “I came up with the idea of making cushions, and the group thought we’d give them to local ladies to help them through their recovery. “We had cushions entered into the challenge by people from all around the Green Triangle region, which is a really great result.” Positive phrases are stitched into many of the comfort cushions, which will be used to help patients rest and recover. Millicent Cancer Support Group secretary Karen Duncan said the cushions would provide a needed boost to patients. “The pillows are beautiful and a lot of them have words of comfort and encouragement on them, HATHERLEIGH HELPERS: Hatherleigh Craft Group members Laurie Hann (back left), Nan Sapiatzer, Mary Gray, Kath Nuske, Janet Grant, Sue Correll, Kathy Palmer, Cora Reschke (front), Helen Williams, Dianne Keatley, Kathy Patten, Mary Anne Stuckey, Julie Wesolowski and Brenda Trotter admire the handiwork of craft group members before the cushions of comfort are donated to the Millicent Cancer Support Group. “We’re lucky to have this kind of great support as there are so many people affected by cancer in our region.” Mrs Duncan said she hoped We’re lucky to have this kind of great support as there are so many people affected by cancer in our region the cushions would be distributed throughout the region, with some of the cushions potentially being sent to the metropolitan centres to be used by children. por t Millicent Cancer Support Group secretary Karen Duncan which is a really important part of recovery,” she said. “The detail and the work that has gone into them is amazing, and it’s great to see so many individuals and groups participate in the competition for such a great cause. “The supgroup will donate them to the hospital and from there they will be given to breast cancer survivors and the remainder will probably be distributed to children,” she said. “We’re so grateful for the hard work that the ladies have put into organising the comfort cushions and I’m sure the ladies and children who receive these will COMFORTING CUSHIONS: Millicent Cancer Support Group secretary Karen Duncan accepts the Hatherleigh Craft Group donation of 29 cushions of comfort from member Helen Williams. The cushions will be donated to women and children during cancer treatment and recovery. Development objection stalls work on broadband network THE next stage in the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has hit a snag at Beachport. The Wattle Range Council Development Assessment Panel (DAP) met last month and gave conditional planning approval for the erection of a tower and transmitting equipment within the grounds of the Beachport Golf Club. However, the June 4 DAP meeting was told by council’s planning officer Catherine Pegler that an appeal against the decision has been lodged www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au in the Environment, Resources and Development Court. The DAP met in Millicent on May 7 and endorsed the recommendations of a staff report about the proposed Beachport structure. The panel heard from two representatives of Aurecon, which is installing the NBN equipment across the nation. 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