Fatigue may have been a factor in Bass Hwy fatality

WHAT REMAINS: After the collision between a car and a b-double truck yesterday morning at Cowrie Point, the deceased’s silver sedan was crumpled, its rear up on the Armco barrier. Pictures: Grant Wells. GIANT: The truck took up most of the road at Cowrie Point on the Bass Hwy, where The road was slick with foam, water and diesel..
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A MILABENA man in his mid twenties is dead after the car he was driving and a b-double truck collided at Cowrie Point yesterday morning.Earlier yesterday Ambulance Tasmania superintendent Paul Templar reported he was critically injured and taken to the North West Regional Hospital, Burnie.Ambulance Tasmania acting supervisor Derek Fisher said the young man, born in 1986, was trapped for at least an hour before crews arrived and extricated him from the car.Mr Fisher said he was taken from the scene by ambulance in a critical condition.Yesterday morning he remained in a critical condition at the North West Regional Hospital, but was confirmed dead in the afternoon.The truck driver, a Burnie man in his late thirties escaped from the cab of the truck before it caught fire, and was destroyed. Mr Fisher said the man was taken to the North West Regional Hospital Burnie for precautionary observations.Yesterday morning he was reported to be in a stable condition, and he was released later in the day.There was no one else in either vehicle at the time.Yesterday morning, accident investigation senior constable Sven Mason said the investigation was in its preliminary stages. However, he said the driver was believed to be travelling home after work, and they were not ruling out fatigue as a factor.”All we know at the moment is prior to 7.30am there was a head-on collision on the Bass Hwy at Cowrie Point between a Toyota Camry Sedan heading East and an unladen … B-double truck heading to Smithton.”At the scene, just down the highway from Port Latta towards Smithton, the silver sedan was crumpled, its rear up on the Armco barrier.The truck’s cab was completely destroyed, and the containers burnt. The truck took up most of the road.At the western end of the scene, a number of trucks queued.The road was slick with foam, water and diesel.Hellyer fire brigade captain Grant Smith was working just up the road at Port Latta when the accident happened. Noticing the smoke, he called another volunteer officer.”We responded before the triple 0 call,” he said.”There was a large amount of smoke coming from the truck.”The first container looks like it exploded at the back.”We opened the door of the second container to release the air pressure build up, and we released the air from the tyres.” It took Hellyer, Smithton and Stanley crews in three trucks about 10-15 minutes to get the fire under control, and half-an-hour before it was completely out. The truck’s fuel tank had also ruptured.”It took a lot of water to cool that metal down,” Mr Smith said.The truck was next to a fence that was less than a metre away from shacks, but only the grass on the side of the road was singed.Traffic was diverted to Loosemores Rd, Mawbanna. The Bass Hwy was blocked for several hours.Ambulance and Fire crews, police, accident investigators, a transport inspector, and Smithton SES all attended the scene.

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BFL selectors put faith in midfield depth

KEY PLAYER: Brady Herdman at BFL training last night.THE Bendigo Bank Bendigo Football League last night named a final squad packed with midfield talent for its VCFL Country Championships Pool B campaign this weekend.The BFL’s squad of 28 was finalised last night, with 13 of the players selected recognised midfielders.Having a squad stacked with a large quantity of midfield talent who can be rotated is going to be crucial over what will be a taxing three games to be played over Saturday and Sunday at Sale.Bendigo will be joined in Pool B by the Geelong, West Gippsland Latrobe and Mornington Peninsula Nepean football leagues in what shapes as a tough assignment in the Blue and Golds’ bid to return to the VCFL’s top division for the first time since 2003.‘‘We’re hoping to win contested ball then retain possession and midfielders tend to give you that best opportunity,’’ BFL coach Brett Fitzpatrick said last night.‘‘Most of the midfielders we have picked can go forward comfortably and one or two can go back as well if they get that role.‘‘There hasn’t been a really big make up of defensive players in the league this year, so one or two of the midfielders may find themselves in a role there.‘‘We may even have a couple of blokes who take on run-with roles.’’ The midfield brigade is headed by star Gisborne rover Matt Fitzgerald, one of the most decorated players in the BFL, who was named as captain of the side prior to last night’s 60-minute training session at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.‘‘Fitzy has won two Michelsen medals, he has played representative footy before and he is held in very high regard within the competition,’’ Fitzpatrick said.‘‘His work ethic is very good, and if anything, he is his own worst enemy a lot of the time because he doesn’t want to take a breather.‘‘I think he will do the job proudly and represent the league and the players very well.’’ Fitzgerald is one of seven Gisborne players in the squad.Gisborne, along with reigning premier Eaglehawk (seven) and Golden Square (six) have supplied 20 of the 28 players.All nine clubs have at least one representative in the squad.While the midfield is the strength of the side, the ruck appears to be the BFL’s Achilles heel.
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Tourism chiefs happy to keep the Spirits up

NORTH-West tourism officials believe the Bartlett Government’s backflip on replacement of the Spirits of Tasmania will not damage tourism in the region. The government announced on Tuesday it would now replace the ships in 2017, instead of the promised 2014. Cradle Coast Authority regional tourism development manager Ian Waller doubted the region would benefit from an earlier replacement. He is pleased with the services currently offered by TT-Line and said Labor’s about-face would not damage tourism on the North-West Coast “We were never told what they would be replaced with so we don’t know if we’d be better off … if it would be bigger, better and faster then bring it on now,” he said. “But if it was more of the same, it doesn’t matter.” Premier David Bartlett visited Devonport in February to announce plans to bring forward the replacement of the ferries but yesterday refused to comment on the backflip, saying questions should be directed at the minister for infrastructure. Devonport City Council deputy mayor Maurice Hill said he was extremely disappointed with the State Government’s change of heart. “It (TT-Line) is a very integral part of our tourism structure. Decisions like this will put a lot of doubt in voters’ minds,” he said. Devonport Tourism Association president Kim Robinson said there was no reason to spend money just for the sake of it. “My personal view is if the ships are still providing services and are accounting for the needs of freight and passengers they don’t need replacing,” she said. “Some refurbishments can be made to make sure the standards are kept but the money could be spent on developing tourism elsewhere around the state.” Devonport tourism operator Murray Smith wasn’t surprised by the government’s change of mind but said while tourists were still travelling on the ferries he wasn’t worried. “What they promise and what they deliver, everyone knows they are very different things,” he said. Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the Spirit of Tasmania replacement backflip was not a major issue for the region.
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Everyone onboard for a bus solution

AFTER yet another meeting yesterday between CBD business owners, the City of Greater Bendigo and government transport officials, it seems the controversy surrounding the location of bus stops in the heart of the city is no closer to being resolved.Traders are upset at the increasing number of people outside their businesses waiting to get on a bus, and trade has been hampered by gathering crowds during the day.The Victorian Government is responsible for the bus program and timetable, and the City of Greater Bendigo is playing a mediation role in this difficult matter in an effort to reach a solution that suits all parties.Despite the best efforts of all concerned, it seems that the State Government has succeeded in making Mitchell Street the preferred site for bus stops, simply because there are no real alternatives at the moment.This campaign by stealth means that unless a considerable amount of money is spent to create infrastructure elsewhere, and soon, Mitchell Street will continue to be ‘bus stop alley’.A survey of fewer than 300 commuters needs to be considered against any survey of CBD traders, who object to the arrangements as strongly as some commuters favour them.We understand the traders’ frustrations, and we accept that the government wants more people to be able to catch the bus.Indeed it is practical and environmentally responsible for more people to travel by bus, but it’s time for a holistic view of this difficult issue.And as the revolutionary Walk Bendigo project unfolds across the CBD, its effect on bus movements will need closer examination.What do you think?Write a letter to the editor, or e-mail [email protected]南京夜网.au
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McEvoy marks 400

COLBINABBIN netball stalwart Anne McEvoy passed an amazing sporting milestone on Saturday when she played her 400th A grade game.McEvoy took the court for Colbo against Mt Pleasant in the Bendigo Bank Heathcote District Netball Association clash.Colbinabbin won 66-43.One of McEvoy’s team-mates in the match was also one of her biggest fans _ her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, who was home from boarding school in Kilmore for the weekend.Olivia had written to The Advertiser last week detailing her mother’s remarkable achievement.‘‘My Mum is a huge inspiration for myself and my family, as well as many others,’’ she wrote.‘‘Not only is she a netball lover, but during summer she plays tennis for Colbinabbin and she loves and cares for her husband and three teenagers.’’ Anne McEvoy made her A grade netball debut as a 15-year-old and has barely missed a game since, apart from the birth of her three children and a knee reconstruction.She played in centre for most of her early career, before moving into defence in recent years.‘‘I have progressively moved backwards with age,’’ the 41-year-old laughed.‘‘Now I am playing mainly at goalkeeper and swinging off the bench.’’ McEvoy has racked up nine A grade premiership wins over the years, as well as winning several best and fairest awards at club and association level.She has represented HDNA at tournaments and won a bronze medal at the World Masters Games in Melbourne in 2001, playing for the Goulburn region.One of her other highlights was taking the court alongside Olivia and her other daughter, Carling, 19, in A grade matches over the past two seasons.’’ That was something I took for granted at the time, but it will probably become more special as I get older,’’ she said.McEvoy first played netball when she was about eight years old and moved up through the junior ranks and lower grades, so the total number of games she has played for Colbinabbin is far in excess of 400.She is a life member of the Colbinabbin club and the Heathcote and District association.She said the thrill of being involved in a team sport, the chance to maintain her fitness and the friendships forged through netball were what spurred her on to keep playing.‘‘I also really enjoy seeing the younger kids come through and watch how they develop in their sport and as future adults.‘‘Netball also means a lot to the community _ the club is not just about sport, but a real social hub.’’ Off the netball court, McEvoy is the director of nursing at the Waranga Memorial Hospital in Rushworth. Her 13-year-old son, Mitch, plays for Colbinabbin’s under-17 football team and husband Ray is a former premiership player with the club and a member of the committee.Ray said his wife was extremely dedicated to her netball _ both as a player and administrator.‘‘We’ve been married for 20 years and I don’t think she’s missed too many games,’’ he said.‘‘She has played night netball in other leagues, and been president and secretary locally. She’s put a lot into the game and got a fair bit back.’’ Has he ever suggested she give the game away?’’I tried to tell her 10 years ago but she won’t take any notice of me,’’ he joked.‘‘Now she’s starting to get old and wrinkly and there’s a bit of arthritis setting in, so I would say her time might be coming to an end soon and this might be her last season.‘‘But she doesn’t listen to me, so she might keep playing next year.’’ McEvoy was featured in the Heathcote association footy-netball record on the weekend, with a tribute page honouring her 400-game career.
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A month from Christmas, pair left without jobs

BAD TIMING: Stacie Dewis and her son, Kye, ponder how they will spend Christmas.AN EAST Devonport couple have been made redundant within days of each other, leaving them struggling to make ends meet less than a month away from Christmas. Eighteen months ago Stacie and Gavin Dewis had secure jobs and decided to buy a home at East Devonport to live in with their two sons. The family now faces a Christmas without jobs after Mrs Dewis worked her last shift at the Tascot carpet factory last Thursday and the following day Mr Dewis was told his employer, Sign Makers, had gone into administration. “There is no way I thought we’d be in this position now. When I found out Tascot was going under we could have survived because Gavin still had his job,” she said. “Now we have a mortgage to pay … Kye starts kinder next year and will need a whole new uniform and we spend $200 on food per week, day-to- day living is getting dearer.” Mrs Dewis doesn’t want people to pity her, rather she wants to highlight the impact job losses are having. “I want people to see what’s happening – work is being taken away from the region. It’s the same thing that happened to us at Tascot. The boats are called the Spirit of Tasmania, not the Spirit of Melbourne,” she said. The family doesn’t want to leave the region, but Mrs Dewis said their livelihood came first.
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Abortion still a mortal sin for Catholics

THE spirit grieves reflecting on the women who at a point in time went to their graves publicly and privately condemned to hell by the church.Are the views stated by Bishop Joe Grech (Perspectives, Saturday, May 24) in line with the Holy See, or private consolations?If the latter, trot them off to Rome.For Catholics the law is unchanged, and it takes more than a few words of consolation from a local bishop to change it.Affirmation by John Paul II that women pay the higher price for abortion is noted.So too is the fact that no mention was made of the relevant fathers within and without the establishment… then and now.For Catholic women, abortion remains a mortal sin with consequences and is so stated in church law.Bishop Grech is fully aware of this, therefore his views must be private and of little effect – albeit noble.With respect, where due.LYNETTE NEWINGTON,Bendigo
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1000 crays sold in 12 hours

IT TOOK just 12 hours for two crayfishermen to sell about 1000 crays to eager Coasters, all thanks to the assistance of Facebook. Sea Tease Fishing owner and Jensannette captain Chet Wiseman and his deckhand, Trent Carpenter, were out at sea for a week when the news came through China had banned all cray imports. With 95% of Tasmanian crays making their way to China, Mr Wiseman and Mr Carpenter patiently waited for four days at sea for news on when the processor would have room for their latest catch. “When you are sitting on a boat for a week you get bored pretty quick,” Mr Wiseman said while travelling back to Stanley yesterday. “They (the processors) told us to stay at sea until they resolved the problems. “After a few days not being able to do anything we thought about direct sales.” A few phone calls back home to the Coast and the Crayfish – Tasmanian Going Cheap Facebook page was created. Sending the Internet link to their network of family and friends, the duo was at first hesitant about whether their idea would even work. But 12 hours later, to their slight disbelief, they were heading back to Stanley preparing to distribute the 1000 crays. “I suppose cray isn’t something people have the opportunity to get every day,” Mr Wiseman said. While Mr Wiseman is aware the export ban to China may end up saturating the local market, Coasters clearly have a taste for some mouth-watering cray. “I have said for years it’s a shame the local market doesn’t get a taste of the crays, but that’s because the export market is so lucrative. “The locals don’t get the opportunity for it that much so it’s good the locals will have a chance now and this time of the year people seem to want it.” The same day the duo decided to try direct sales, Primary Industries and Water Minister Bryan Green encouraged crayfishermen to sell direct to the public to offset the restrictions imposed by the ban. “Fishers can direct sell small or large quantities of rock lobster to the public, restaurants or other businesses here or interstate,” he said. Mr Green said it had been reported up to 200 tonnes of crays were stranded in boats or storage tanks. Crayfishermen who choose to sell direct will need to provide records to monitor quotas and the crays need to be tagged with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment stocking both tags and direct sale quota docket and receipt books.
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Forestry could soon lose $30m a year

FORESTRY Tasmania is expected to lose up to $30 million a year if the “roundtable” deal with conservation groups results in a halving of the state native timber quota. FT has culled 60 staff and is exploring timber waste as a revenue source as it reshapes for the future. FT managing director Bob Gordon told yesterday’s Government Business Enterprise hearing “there’s no big-bang solution”, as the state-owned company readjusts its operations amid the forestry restructure. Under the statement of principles signed by 10 forestry and environmental groups, the annual native timber resource from public forests will be halved to 150,000 cubic metres. FT has been hit hard by the downturn in demand for forestry products and yesterday unveiled a range of new measures to make itself viable into the future. These included: Becoming the “manager of choice” for private tree plantations, including new models “based on intercropping trees with other land uses such as meat, dairy or wool production”; Taking over management of failed MIS schemes not in receivership; Focusing on plantation-based sawn and engineered products; A biomass plant to use forest, orchard and vineyard wood waste to produce power; and Using wood fibre for textiles. In other developments: The Liberals claim 8000 direct and indirect jobs will go if the native timber quota is halved; Greens forestry spokesman Kim Booth said FT had risked becoming insolvent – a claim rejected by FT; FT would not by itself take over Gunns’ Triabunna woodchip mill, but would potentially form part of a consortium; FT wants to ramp up its fuel reduction burns, which requires more funding, and; It expects to earn more from its native forest timber supply contracts with sawmillers as the state quota is halved, given the simple “supply and demand” changes, Mr Gordon said.
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