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Welcoming a new member into the fold

Rewarding: Janine Gapes and her daughter Georgia said becoming foster carers has been a positive experience for their family-of-six and has brought them closer together. Picture: Rob GunstoneFirst-time foster carerJanine Gapes believes her family are thelucky ones as they care for a teenager with complex needs.
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Mrs Gapes, husband Scott and their four adult children welcomeda female adolescent into their foldon Christmas Eve.

“If we were to do it,everyone had to be on board,” Mrs Gapes said.

“It was my children who came to me and said: ‘Mum, maybe we could do that.’”

While she said caring for the teenagerwas constant, there wasplenty of training and support available.

“It’s really not what I expected,” she said.

“It’s not something we thought we’d be doing at this stage of our life, but,to be honest, it’s really brought our family closer together.”

She said the children had “stepped up” to look after their foster sister, collecting from her school,taking her to the movies and for drives.

“We will get so much more out of this process than what the child will,” she said.

“Although she’s getting a lovely home and everything, as a family and as a friend groupshe just lightens everything and brings us joy.”

Georgia, 24, said it was a “really rewarding” experience and her foster sister had become “a really good friend”.

“I love being involved and helping her,” Georgia said.

“I wouldn’t have imagined that there’s that many people in our area that need our help.”

Mrs Gapes said people had embraced their newest family member.

She encouraged others to consider foster care.

“I didn’t realise (the benefits of foster care). You’re living in your own little bubble and you don’t realise that there’s that many kids out there,” she said.

“It’s just heartbreaking. I think if they have one person in their life, whether it be on a weekend or a monthly basis or whether you can do school holidays – it doesn’thave to be full time. You could make such a difference.”

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The New EnglandRegionalArt Museum (NERAM) in Armidale has received adonationof 11artworksby leading Australian artists which confirms its position as one of the leadingregionalcollections of Australian art in the country.
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Thedonationfrom Canberra based land-owner and arts benefactor John Gale OBE was announced by Andrew Murray, Chair of the Board at a special function at the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum last Friday evening attended by local donors and supporters of the museum.

Thedonationof elevenartworksvalued at over$1.2millionincludes paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Rupert Bunny, Elioth Gruner, Adrian Feint, JJ Hilder, Hans Heysen, Herbert Badham, Harold Septimus Power and Desiderius Orban.

They will complement the famous Howard Hinton Collectionat the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum.

“The generosity of John Gale in donating these eleven paintings to NERAM will assist us to provide our visitors and community with quality artistic experiences,” Robert Heather, Art Museum Director, said.

Mr Heather said the donationwas based upon John’s desire to see the works find a permanent home in a regionalinstitution that would value them highly and put them on regular display.

“Thisdonationbuilds upon the tradition of philanthropy and benefaction established by Howard Hinton OBE when he donated over 1000artworksto the Armidale Teacher’s College between 1928 and 1948,” he said.

“These form the centrepiece of NERAM’s extraordinarycollectionof over 5000 works of art now valued at approximately $30million.”

Mr Heather said it was the result of work by staff and supporters over a number of years who have been in contact with Mr Gale and his representatives.

The works in The GaleDonationare being submitted to the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program and will complement The Howard HintonCollectionat the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum.

These works will be on display inThe GaleDonationa small exhibition at the New EnglandRegionalArt Museum until Sunday,February 5, 2017.

Gale family member Clive Austin with NERAM director Robert Heather at Friday evening’s special function.

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EVERY DAY HERO: Mike Shaw (left) with his bike ‘Moccona’ and Robyn Hardge-Scott of Bidwill, who will participate in the Broadening Horizons trek.MIKE Shaw had dreamed of riding his bike acrossthe Nullarbor Plain since he was 14.
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Now 44, he has justcompleted an incredible 39-day ridefrom Bunbury in Western Australia to Bondi Beach on Thursday.

Mr Shaw said he rode through rain, hail and floodwaterand spent an average of nine hours a day in the saddle,coveringmore than 4155 kilometres in the process.

He said he had some tough days on the machine hehas dubbed ‘Moccona’ –because it always gets him to coffee – but he was pushing the pain barrier for a worthy cause.

“There were some days when you just know that your body doesn’t have the energy but the cause I was riding for was much greater than the pain I was experiencing,” hesaid.

The ride raised more than $4000 for Bidwill Uniting Church’sBroadening Horizons program, which aims to changethe lives ofyoung girls livingBidwill.

The money will go towards funding an experience of a lifetime forthe four young women in the program -a trip to Tasmania in December to take on the famed Overland Track trek.

Mr Shaw, who lives in Bunbury but grew up in the Blue Mountains, said he found out about the program throughhisfriend, Reverend Mel Macarthur.

The pair set off together from Grace Christian School on August 8 along with their trusty driver Graham Loan.

Although his riding partnerwas forced to return home after 15 days,Mr Shaw said he never thought about giving up.

“I wasn’t doing it for me. Anyone can go for a ride but I wanted to bring up the positive aspects of society and make a difference,” he said.

“Too often you see negative articles but then you see what they’re doing here [Bidwill Uniting Church] and that resonates with people.

“The focus has always been on the girls here in Bidwill.”

Bec Reidy said following the ride had been an inspiring experiencefor everyone connected withBidwill Uniting Church.

“It was pretty amazing to have someone who has never met us to do something so incredible to help us out,” she said.

“The Broadening Horizons program is about mentoring young people to reflect on the direction of their lives byshowing them the world that existsbeyond Bidwill.

“Mike’s efforts certainly did that.”

Mr Shaw said his experiences on the road showed him the generous spiritof Australians.

“The Australian culture is about battling for the underdog. The generosity of the Australian people is amazing.

“If you were to ask me if I’d do it again –I would say yes.”

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Braceyourself for a major backlash against the proposed privatisation of the Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment.
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The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association has the knives at the ready and with good reason.

It’s no secret the State Government is scrounging for money in the wake of the failed Transgrid sale. But partial privatisationwill come at a high cost to workload and job security.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner cannot guarantee the latter.

”Current permanent staff who want to work for new hospitals will be offered a position, provided an equivalent position exists,” her Thursday statement read.

Little wonder the troops are nervous. Goulburn MP Pru Goward says a privatised facility will mean more staff, not less. But how does she know?

Surely this depends on the type of partnership proposed and the services provided. Ms Goward also assures us casual staff will be safe. There are no guarantees there either.

In privatised hospitals throughout NSW, nurse to patient ratios have gone out the window in the drive for profit. Cost rationalisation is economics 101 unless minimum requirements are mandated by the government.

If we are indeed to have a partially privatised facility, the government must give these undertakings upfront.

Otherwise it will have a very big fight on its hands.

The expression of interest call also begs scrutiny. Authorities are well down the track with planning but are calling for interest in development of the existing or a greenfield site. Go figure.

SPYfest successOnce again the SPYfest organisers have pulled it off.

Congratulations to Wendy Antony, Julie Judd and a very hard working committee for a fantastic weekend.

The festival, with George Lazenby the star attraction, brought the community together and injected a dash of magic.

The street parade and activities in the park were buzzy, Lazenby generous with his time and praise of Goulburn,Saturday’s ball packed to the rafters and Sunday’s program at Victoria Park a great one for the family, despite the rain.We could go on.

What started as an idea has turned into a stunning success. Long may it continue.

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Your Say

Military ClothingSO WE could save about $50 million by having military uniforms made overseas. Surely there are other things we could send offshore, and at the end of the day the marriage equality plebiscite will be paid for?Mind you there will also be the minor matter of welfare payments for the Australian citizens displaced from work as a consequence of this decision.
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Whatever happened to “Jobsen Growth”?On the positive side though, I suppose that this contract does ensure we won’t unilaterally (no need for a plebiscite) declare war on a country that is making our military uniforms, in case they decide to go slow, or cease production.

Rick Mecklenburgh, Seven Mile Beach.AbstainI VERY much agree with the two excellent sets of comments from B. Pearce and Malcolm McCulloch regarding euthanasia and the pulp mill (The Examiner, September 10).

The Tasmanian Liberal government members with strong religious beliefs, who certainly weren’t elected because of those beliefs, should abstain from voting on any bills involving euthanasia, which could enable Tasmania to have voluntary euthanasia.

Also, pass more severe laws to stop Green and environmental protesters from trespassing, which would encourage a company to finally build a pulp mill, which would create jobs for Tasmanians and have economic benefits for our state.

Mick Leppard, Invermay.Pauline HansonIT IS demeaning to watch past and present members of the Coalition supporting Pauline Hanson’s right to express her outrageous views regarding the Muslim faith and it’s followers with the immunity of parliamentary privilege. Even her most severe critic during her first term in the Senate, John Howard, has now changed his stance.Whatever could have brought about such a vigorous defence of Senator Hanson’s comments?Don’t suppose that four votes in the Senate plus a green light to Jacqui Lambie to follow suit has any bearing on the issue.

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