NEW TO TOURING: Marcia and John Holbrook, of Hobart, with furry friend. Pictures: NEIL RICHARDSON. (1/2)”I love everything about it because it’s all different,” she said.
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Mrs Collings has been in the State for four weeks and has enjoyed the club rally.

“This is our first time down here and we have enjoyed it very much. It has all been terrific,” she said.

Mrs Collings intends to do more sight-seeing in Tasmania with her husband after the rally before returning home to NSW.

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Danish duo follow tall order

TASMANIAN LINK: Danish travellers Nina Baron and David Enghuus are finding out all about their princess-to-be’s home State. Picture: TIM HUGHESMiss Baron, 20, and Mr Enghuus, 21, are on a working holiday in the State, helping out on the tall ship Windeward Bound at Low Head.
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“We both like to sail on tall ships, and we wanted to see the world,” Miss Baron said.

“We came to Tasmania after spending half a year studying and sailing on an educational tall ship called The Denmark in Copenhagen.”

A search on the Internet for information about other tall ships they could work on led the couple to Tasmania and the Windeward Bound.

Miss Baron said that the forthcoming royal wedding in Denmark between Prince Frederick and Tasmania’s Mary Donaldson was a big event and was figuring prominently in their news.

“My grandmother was excited when she heard I was coming to Tasmania, where Mary is from,” she said.

But “the royal family and wedding is more important to the older generation in Denmark than to the younger people”, both agreed.

They knew very little about Tasmania before their arrival but have spent time travelling and sightseeing.

“It’s beautiful nature down here. You can drive for two hours and be in the bush or a rainforest,” Mr Enghuus said.

“I’m amazed how friendly the people are. You meet people on the street and they just talk to you, which is really nice.”

Miss Baron will head home to Copenhagen in August to start university study but Mr Enghuus intends to spend a year travelling the world.

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Funding to boost radio services

Senator John Watson yesterday announced that funding up to $24,590 had been approved to upgrade reception of RG Capital Radio’s radio 7SD signal into the St Helens area.
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The funding will assist RG Capital Radio with capital costs related to equipment, installation, site establishment and licence fees.

Senator Watson said that the upgrade would improve the 7SD signal into the St Helens area, which is one of the fastest-growing population centres in the State.

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Races abandoned due to shifting winds

LASERS: Mark Forbes was first over the line and Craig Bascombe second in the laser class.Port Lincoln sailing
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SHIFTING wind directions and constant course changes the sailing on the weekend saw only one race completed.

The first race started in a light northerly and saw the 420 and laser classes completing one loop.

The herons and cadets did not manage to reach the first mark before race officer Ben Kelsey made the call to abandon the race.

Meanwhile after much discussion on the junior holdie course, the same decision was made and the holdie race was also cancelled.

Much waiting and water fighting and course changing followed, and then finally the easterly settled in and racing was underway.

In race two the light breezes suited some crews more than others.

The lighter conditions caused troubles for the heavier older crew combinations.

In the holdie class after the first windward leg the fleet had settled down with Indiah Kelsey and Cambell O’Brien in Flat Out first, Boeing moving up to second and Muggle Magic with Lani Wise and Anika Parenta in third.

The race followed this pattern until the last leg when Kraken overtook Boeing just before the line to take second place and win skipper and crew of the week.

The start of the holdie course saw Indiah Kelsey and Cambell O’Brien in Flat Out over the line first, closely followed by Otis Daw and Taj Edwards in Kraken. Third place went to Madeline Harris and Ella Klopp in Boeing.

Holdfast trainers: first: Flat Out, Indiah Kelsey/Cambell O’Brien; second: Kraken, Otis Daw/Taj Edwards; third: Boeing, Madeline Harris/Ella Klopp.

International cadets: Dory, Cameron Forbes/Cambell Waller; Tactical, Alyssa Kelsey/Abi Nicholls; Full Speed Ahead, Kiara Baillie/Miriam Santic.

Herons: Squib, Michelle de la Perrelle/Gemma Adams; Gold Rush, Zoey Fordham/Izzy Moore.

420: Gnarly, Lauren Henderson/Marni Lydeamore; Turtle, Pagan Henley/Jade Forbes; Kinkawooka, Hannah Hood/Courtney Henley.

Laser 4.7: Tiff Evans.

Laser Radials: Mark Barwick; Joe Kelly.

Lasers: Mark Forbes; Craig Bascombe; Jeff Garnaut.

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JERVOIS has secured its second win on the

JERVOIS has secured its second win on the trot after thumping Tailem Bend in Murray Towns A grade cricket on Saturday.
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Once again the Eagles floundered with the bat, with the Bluds rolling through the visitors for just 78.

Tailem Bend got off to a solid enough start and were 1/34 but, as has become customary this season, they suffered another massive collapse, losing their next five wickets for just four runs.

Suddenly the Eagles were 6/38 and from that position there was little hope of recovery.

Dennis Baxter again was the only Tailem batsman to make a substantial score, with 27 opening the batting while Adrian Lloyd was next best with 15.

Fidge was again impressive with the new ball with 3/30 from seven overs but it was Shaun Bath who was the best of the Jervois bowlers, snaring 4/37.

In reply Jervois barely raised a sweat passing the total, losing just two wickets in the process.

Daniel Gilmour top scored with 30 while Andrew Fidge continued his consistent form with 26 not out.

During Jervois’ innings there was a fiery encounter between Lloyd and Andrew Fidge and we are all looking forward to round two next time the pair crosses paths.

Monarto v Meningie

You have got to hand it to Meningie, they put up one hell of a fight against top side Monarto.

Batting first, the Lakesiders amassed a highly competitive 183, solely due to partners in crime Richard Boscence (68) and Stewart Willis (67).

The star duo had Monarto chasing balls to all areas of the park as they put on 118 for the fifth wicket.

Not one of Meningie’s other batsman reached double figures and the Lakesiders meticulous plan to bat the free spirit “Barge” Mitchell at number three failed to blossom, with the enigma failing to score a run.

I’m sure “Barge” still would have had a few choice words to say to the fielding side during his walk off though.

Josh Noye was the best Monarto bowler with 3/20, while Neil Anderson, Dale Leech and Ty Pfeiffer took two wickets each.

It was going to be a tough chase for Monarto but they got off to a good start with Kym Edwards (46) and “Wombat” Matthews (52) putting on 67 for the first wicket before Edwards was dismissed by Hayden Biddle.

Matthews and Sam Pfeiffer (33) kept the scoring ticking along, putting on 53 for the second wicket to see the home side well-placed at 1/130.

But then Meningie fought back with Matthew Howe (3/28) snaring three wickets in a row to see Monarto 4/138.

However solid contributions from Harry Webb (12), Ty Pfeiffer (18) and Alex Button (18 not out) ensured Monarto did enough to get the job done, passing the total with six wickets down.

Howe was Meningie’s best bowler while “Turtle” Bradley copped some punishment early, finishing with 1/61 from seven overs.

Wanderers v Mannum

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Mypolonga v Imperials

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Now it’s Hassans Walls turn to burn

HAZARD reduction burns in the Hassans Walls Reserve are planned by the NSW Rural Fire Service to start on Friday around Braceys Lookout.
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About 40 RFS members will be joined by crews from FRNSW during the hazard reduction operation which is expected to finish on Sunday.

“Hazard reduction is a vital element in helping to reduce the intensity of bush fires,” Superintendent Greg Wardle said.

“This controlled burn will conducted around Braceys Lookout and will help protect properties, including Lithgow High School and communications assets.

“It is also to assist our firefighters to control any future bushfires in the area.

“This operation is an important part of our Bushfire Risk Management Plan and there will be further controlled burns in Lithgow in the near future.”

Superintendent Greg Wardle said it was important to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burning as soon as they occur.

“Each year only a small window of opportunity exists where weather conditions are conducive to controlled burns,” Mr Wardle said.

“For a hazard reduction burn to be successful we require the right wind and temperature conditions and the ground fuels to be sufficiently dry.

“We advise residents in the Braceys lookout to take appropriate precautions: keep doors and windows closed, remove washing from clothes lines and make sure pets are in a protected area.

“Motorists in the area should also slow down and take care if driving through smoke, keep windows up and turn their headlights on,” Mr Wardle said.

For more information contact Lithgow District Office on 6353 1862 or visit

Hazard reduction burns will be taking place to minimise the bush fire danger this season as much as possible

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Bells Line of Road Corridor plan finalised

ROADS and Maritime Services (RMS) has completed the Bells Line of Road Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan.
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“The plan was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments and recommends commencing investigations in the short term to reserve a road corridor for a future link between the Bells Line of Road near Kurrajong Heights and the Sydney motorway network,” an RMS spokesperson said

“The Draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan released on September 4 also includes action to protect a corridor for future long term road needs between the Bells Line of Road and the Sydney motorway network.

“Corridor identification has also been recommended by Infrastructure NSW in the State Infrastructure Strategy 2012-2032, published in early October 2012.

“The comprehensive Bells Line of Road Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan considers community ideas and opinions, traffic and land use forecasts, transport and engineering factors, environmental, physical and social constraints and road safety and network issues for the short, medium and long term.

“The next step is for Transport for NSW and RMS to scope investigations into a potential corridor link between the Bells Line of Road and the Sydney motorway network.

RMS will also be reviewing the existing Bells Line of Road to identify safety issues, including potential improvements such as overtaking lanes, safer intersections and better local access arrangements.

“This important road deserves careful planning and consideration and we are determined to address the ongoing function and needs of the corridor,” the spokesperson said.

The Bells Line of Road Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan is available online at or a copy can be viewed at:

• Richmond Motor Registry 173 Windsor Street, Richmond;

• Richmond Community Centre 20 West Market Street, Richmond;

• North Richmond Community Centre 33 William Street, North Richmond;

• Hawkesbury City Council 366 George Street, Windsor;

• Penrith City Council 601 High St, Penrith;

• Blue Mountains City Council 2-6 Civic Place, Katoomba;

• Bilpin District Hall 2596 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin;

• Lithgow City Council 180 Mort Street, Lithgow;

• Lithgow Motor Registry Shop 51, corner of Lithgow and Bent Streets, Lithgow;

• Bathurst Motor Registry corner Mitchell Highway and Bradwardine Road, Bathurst;

• Orange Motor Registry corner Elsham Avenue and Leewood Drive, Orange;

• Dubbo Motor Registry 260 Macquarie Street, Dubbo; and

• Parkes Motor Registry 51-55 Currajong Street, Parkes.

For further information or to order a mailed hard copy email the RMS Project Team at [email protected] or call 1800 017 787.

The Bells Line of Road Long Term Strategic Corridor Plan is finally a reality

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Tigers pin it on Pies

New recruit Nathan Brown and enigmatic forward Matthew Richardson were the heroes for the Tigers as they cruised home to an upset 14.13 (97) to 8.9 (57) win.
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The Magpies winless pre- season had been overlooked by many who expected the 2002 and 2003 grand finalists to flick the switch for the start of the premiership campaign, but the Pies were very disappointing.

The absence of suspended key forward Anthony Rocca proved as important as it did in last year’s grand final flogging, with the Pies forced to play resting ruckmen at centre half-forward and then defender Jason Cloke, with predictably poor results.

The win was a timely fillip for the Tigers, who had endured a tempestuous off-season, which escalated with the resignation of three directors in the past fortnight amid reports of a creeping financial crisis.

The morale of maligned Tigers coach Danny Frawley would also be lifted, after a summer of discontent when ousted football director Tony Jewell attacked his capabilities and self-belief.

The Tigers looked eager to put the off-season difficulties behind them, playing a physical and more direct brand of football against a Magpies side that was paying the price for the interrupted preparation of several experienced players.

Collingwood had the perfect start, goalling through captain Nathan Buckley from the game’s first forward thrust, but Richmond took over from there on, with a nine-point quarter- time lead not representing good value for their dominance. Richmond went out to a 28-point lead in the early part of the second quarter, with Brown racking up possessions at will along with fellow midfielders Mark Coughlan and Kane Johnson.

The Magpies, with Nathan Buckley forced back to set up play, did kick two of the final three goals of the second term to close within 22 points to give themselves hope of a second- half rally.

But that hope was short-lived, with Richardson – playing out of the goal square rather than roaming upfield as in past years – scoring three goals in the third term as Richmond extended the margin to 39 points at the last change.

Two early goals in the final quarter gave Collingwood a hint of a comeback chance, but an easy missed shot by Alan Didak soon seemed to extinguish any hopes for the Magpies.

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`People really are very sad about this’

Concerns: Karen, Scott and Ellie Rose relax at their Latrobe home.”The cutbacks at the Mersey affect every man, woman and child in this community.”
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The midwives at Mersey Community Hospital were there when Mrs Rose had her first baby.

They were there again last year when she lost a baby.

But they will not be there when Mrs Rose gives birth in three weeks’ time because a snap State Government decision means the next member of the Rose family will have to be born in Burnie.

Mrs Rose needed an emergency caesarean when she had Ellie, now four.

“That I will need another one this time around is our big concern. An hour could be the difference between life and death,” she said as Ellie put her head on her mum’s tummy and declared that the new bub “was snoring”.

“At the Mersey it has been a real family affair.”

This time her family will be an hour’s drive away and midwives Lyn and Judy – who have been part of Mrs Rose’s pregnancy from the start – will not be there.

“The day after the State Government announced that babies would no longer be born at the Mersey, the place was like a morgue. People really are very sad about this,” she said.

Mrs Rose was one of a dozen or so speakers who told Health Minister David Llewellyn in no uncertain terms on Thursday night that the people of the Mersey region had lost confidence in the hospital’s operator.

Yesterday the Latrobe mother said the only way Mr Llewellyn could earn back the community’s trust was to reverse the decision to close the Mersey’s obstetrics department and downgrade its emergency department.

“I am sure the midwives at the North-West Private Hospital are very good but they won’t know my history. They won’t know Ellie was stuck,” Mrs Rose said.

There is also no guarantee Mrs Rose will make it to Burnie on time.

What will happen in two weeks’ time, when the Government’s review of the changes is complete, is not yet known.

“It will be too late for us and this baby but the Government has to look at the big picture and get this right,” Mrs Rose said.

Another public forum on the Mersey Community Hospital’s future will be held in Roundhouse Park today.

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Police to probe rugby brawl
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[BB] SYDNEY – NSW police have formed a taskforce to investigate brawls involving rugby league fans during Friday night’s Bulldogs-Roosters match. Pursued by gang-rape allegations, the Bulldogs suffered further humiliation with a 35-nil loss to the Roosters at Aussie Stadium.

Two police officers were hurt and at least seven fans were thrown out of the stadium as simultaneous brawls erupted in the stands.

The game had to be stopped when supporters hurled water bottles and plastic cups into the in- goal area, where the Roosters were awaiting a video referee decision.

Police are reviewing security footage and hope to lay charges over the coming days.

Drink drivers hurt AFL’s image

MELBOURNE – The number of people caught drink-driving near the MCG during Friday night’s AFL season opener was disappointing, Victorian police said yesterday.

Police booze buses set up near the round one match at the MCG between Richmond and Collingwood caught 38 drink drivers over eight hours from 7pm on Friday.

A police spokesman said while it could not be assumed that all the intercepted drink drivers had come from the football, the results of the operation were not good for the game’s image.

“The AFL are trying to polish up their image and drink driving is just not acceptable, no matter where it is,” he said.

Victorian fires burn 122ha

MELBOURNE – Firefighters are confident of containing several blazes in Victoria’s south-east ahead of hot weather expected today.

Three fires, which started on Friday, have burnt about 122ha of mountainous forest in West Gippsland. The urgency to control the fires is high as today’s temperatures are expected to range from the low to mid-30s with gusty northerly winds.

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Council elections deferred

The deferral was confirmed yesterday by the minister assisting the Premier on local government Jim Cox.
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The move was condemned by Opposition Leader Rene Hidding as an exercise in incompetency and a disgraceful meddling in the democratic processes that in some countries would cause riots.

The deferral was granted at the request of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, which wanted more time to consider radical new legislation covering local councils.

Mr Cox said the association had argued that because of the complexity of the legislation it wanted the initial five-week consultation extended to 10 weeks.

This made it difficult to have the new bill in place in time for an election this October.

Half the State’s sitting aldermen and councillors and all mayors and deputy mayors would have gone to the polls this year seeking a two-year term.

Launceston aldermen who would have been up for re- election this October are Mayor Janie Dickenson, Graeme Beams, Robin McKendrick, Ray Shipp, Joan Walters and Ian Routley.

Now every elected member will contest an election in October 2005 for another three years in office.

Mr Cox said the Government had opted for a deferral rather than holding an election under the existing legislation this October because: “Last year I made public statements making it clear that the next local government elections would be held after acceptance of the new legislation.

“After all the work done over the past 15 months I’m sure that’s exactly what the community would expect.”

Mr Cox said delaying the election was the only commonsense solution and would give certainty to potential candidates and existing councillors.

However he conceded that some candidates who had already started their campaigns might have to re-think their plans.

Mr Cox also said that by deferring the election for a year there would be no clash of State and local government elections in 2006.

But Mr Hidding said the review was due by 2003 and that apart from the 29 mayors granted an unelected 12 months in office, there would be few supporters of the move. The new legislation provides for:

¤All-in, all-out elections every three years instead of half the council going to the polls every two years.

¤The terms of mayors and deputy mayors, now two years, extended to three years.

¤Increased transparency and accountability of local government.

¤Role clarification for councillors and general managers.

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First lady learning all about new role

She is a doting grandmother, keen sports fan and a dental therapist who would prefer her privacy to the media limelight.
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Her new role in public life since husband Paul Lennon was sworn in as Premier last Sunday still doesn’t sit comfortably. “I don’t really know what it’s going to involve,” she said.

“I don’t really know what’s expected of me. I’m not going to be a circus performer, though.”

At her second-ever interview, she is slightly guarded at first, and jokes about how she’s “not very good at posing for photos”.

But although she is a private person, Mrs Lennon has a down-to- earth, friendly manner.

“I’m a social person because that’s what I do for a living,” she said. “I spend all day waffling on to children.” And around two-year-old grandson Josh, she is at her most relaxed as she laughs at him throwing acorns in the park, and holds his hand as they cross the road.

A born and bred Tasmanian, the 46-year-old has spent most of her life in the northern suburbs of Hobart.

She has an older sister and brother but never felt she fitted the stereotype of the spoilt youngest child.

“My brother had asthma so he was the one that was looked after like the hothouse plant,” she said.

Her public school education took her through Glenorchy Primary School and Rosetta High School, then to Hobart College where she decided to pursue a career as a dental therapist.

“It was something I wanted to do for a long time,” she said. “I like the community work. I find it quite rewarding helping somebody.”

Her posting at Bridgewater for the past five years has seen her build a close rapport with her patients. “You consider them almost friends because you see them regularly,” she said.

But it was in her first position within the Health Department where she would meet the man she fell in love with at first sight.

Their first meeting was on Paul’s birthday, when mutual friends introduced them at Friday night drinks. Three days later, when Margaret rang to tell him he had left his cardigan in her car, Paul asked her out again.

“There wasn’t a day went by until I was posted to St Helens that we didn’t see each other,” she said.

Their common interest in sports, his quirky and sometimes silly sense of humour and a shared ideal of a strong family life attracted the couple to each other.

Almost 26 years since they got married, they have two adult daughters, Nicky, 22, who is a staffer with Education Minister Paula Wriedt’s office, and Danielle, 24, a nurse who is in the UK.

The new addition to the family is grandson Josh who is the apple of his poppy’s eye.

“It’s something that people don’t see because of his public image but Paul’s main focus is family,” Mrs Lennon said. “Up until now we’ve all enjoyed our privacy because it’s something that Paul is very good at protecting.”

His fondness of small children belies the hard-man image that the Premier has been notorious for.

“He’s always been a bit of a kid magnet,” she said. “If there’s a child in the room he tends to go for the child and have a bit of a game.”

The Premier is a self-confessed workaholic and with more than 20 years as a public figure and the job has at times taken its toll on his family life.

“At first when the children were small, it was difficult with the union work because there was a fair bit of travel and a lot of long trips away,” Mrs Lennon said. “I guess it’s been character-building because we’ve learnt to do our own thing.”

The family has also learnt to deal with the personal attacks that come with life in the political arena.

“I don’t worry too much about it if it’s not impacting on Paul personally,” she said. “Sometimes the children used to get a bit hurt, but there’s not much you can do about it.”

But when they’re at home together, Mrs Lennon says that politics stays in the office as she has no particular interest in it.

“I’m a bit of a failure in that department,” she said. “On some of the really big issues I have my say. But we don’t tend to talk about work much.”

She also doubts that Nicky or Danielle will follow in their father’s footsteps and enter politics.

“I think you have to be a good debater and a good actor,” she said.

Mrs Lennon reveals that her husband once trod the boards in the annual plays that the Health Department would put on.

“He wasn’t a bad actor, but he wasn’t much good at dancing, ” she said. On a serious note, she said that Tasmania was in good hands with her husband at the helm although the circumstances of the handover were distressing for everyone.

Former Premier and good family friend Jim Bacon was forced to resign to fight inoperable lung cancer. “There were mixed feelings at the swearing-in because Jim and Honey (his wife) were there,” Mrs Lennon said. “I was sad for them but also happy for Paul.”

The news of his close mate’s diagnosis has also resulted in the Premier’s resolve to give up smoking.

“I’m very proud of him,” Mrs Lennon said. “I gave up many moons ago so I know everything he’s going through.”

And she said that the hard work he put into everything he did would make him a formidable leader.

“I have every confidence in him because I know what he’s like,” she said. “He researches every subject and he’s very particular about everything he does.”

According to Mrs Lennon. that goes right down to helping around the house with chores.

“He’s very domesticated now,” she said. “He’s very fussy.”

And particularly so when it comes to his famous predilection for collecting dozens of silk ties.

“I’m not allowed to buy the ties,” she said. “I don’t choose very good ties, apparently.”

As the interview draws to a close Mrs Lennon laughs at a skinny little whippet being walked through the park. “I like little, fat, scruffy dogs,” she said. “A bit like me, really.”

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2000 in uproar

SEETHING MASSES: Health Minister David Llewellyn attempts to address the small part of the 2000-strong crowd that fitted inside the Latrobe Memorial Hall last night. Mr Llewellyn was drowned out by loThe rafters of the Latrobe Memorial Hall vibrated as the public were told to vote with their feet – and did so, stomping on the floor to drown out the minister after becoming unsatisfied with his statements.
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“I hope like hell your ticker behaves itself tonight Mr Llewellyn,” heavily pregnant Karen Rose said as she took her turn on the microphone.

“If it doesn’t – I hope you have a nice trip.”

More than 2000 people overwhelmed the town’s meeting hall, spilling into the main street outside, forcing organisers to connect a PA system so all could hear.

Petitions gathered over the past week containing 2560 signatures demanding the retention of services were handed to the Health Minister.

A motion of no confidence in hospital owner Healthscope was carried as was one to revert the hospital’s management and control to the Tasmanian and Federal governments and for it to become a training hospital.

Mr Llewellyn was told he would sink into “political oblivion” if the State Government did not move in, regain control of the hospital and restore its emergency and obstetric services.

Latrobe Mayor Mike Gaffney gave Mr Llewellyn credit for standing up in front of the crowd but when the minister claimed to be telling the truth on North-West health issues the people were not convinced.

“People who know me know I do not tell lies,” Mr Llewellyn said.

When the crowd jeered he responded: “There must be a lot of people here who don’t know me.”

Healthscope also took a battering.

“Healthscope is trying to concentrate its efforts in the private sector where it is most profitable,” Latrobe’s Betty Topkin said.

“The State Government is escaping its obligation to force Healthscope to honour its contract. There has been deliberate sabotage of emergency and obstetric services,” she claimed.

Mr Llewellyn repeated again and again that the Mersey Community Hospital would not close.

Maree Pearce, an ICU nurse at the Mersey Community Hospital, said the downgrading of obstetric and emergency services at Latrobe was part of a pre-determined plan.

“Will it take a lawsuit to get you to see that category one patients should not be taken to Burnie?” she asked the minister.

“Why should we believe the present situation is temporary?”

Kentish Mayor Ian Braid told an appreciative crowd that if Healthscope could not manage the hospital the Government must move in.

“Put up and shut up or pull out. If not you should learn a new phase: political oblivion,” a new resident to the area said.

Another public forum will be held in Devonport on Sunday.

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