Shire connections to Longreach a long reach?
In 1921 a building of great significance and importance to the town of Longreach, Queensland, was opened and became the home of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade.
This building will be celebrating its centenary in 2021.
A book is being compiled by volunteers to document the history of the past 100 years of this heritage-listed building. Over the years, many people ventured to Longreach to carry out the valuable and demanding work of ambulance bearers (officers).
For the book, we are seeking contributions from relatives or friends of those who served as bearers.
Anyone who would like to contribute, please send information to 158 Ibis Street, Longreach Qld, 4730. Alternatively contact Elaine 0488 986 557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eyes on the big picture?
The Eurobodalla Shire has many social compounding issues that need to be considered and dealt with by the council and the councillors.
Some of them are:
- the homeless in the shire
- affordable housing or lack of it in the shire
- the ageing and growing population in the shire
- fixed and regulated income people who are expected to live and deal with ever increasing costs in the area
- youth needs
- high unemployment and underemployment
- growing drug use and the associated problems
What are the council and our councillors presently doing to address and properly manage the matters identified above? Have our councillors and council staff discussed these matters and developed policies and plans to deal with them? If they have, where can they be located for public benefit and information?
Smoking and stroke a deadly combination
Australians who smoke have been dealt a harsh reality check with a disturbing new study revealing cigarettes were causing 17 preventable deaths a day from stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The comprehensive study, led by Australian National University Professor Emily Banks, found smoking was more damaging than previously thought, impacting the entire cardiovascular system. It found current smokers were doubling their risk of stroke, heart attacks and heart failure, and tripling their risk of dying from these diseases, compared to people who had never smoked.
Stroke Foundation Clinical Council Member Associate Professor Seana Gall said the study showed that at least 30 percent of strokes could be prevented if we could eliminate smoking.
Smoking can lead to stroke in a number of ways. It increases blood pressure, it contains thousands of toxic chemicals which get absorbed into the blood stream damaging blood vessels and causing arteries to narrow and harden and it makes the blood stickier, which can lead to blood clots.
Australia was tracking well in reducing smoking rates and stopping teens from taking up the habit in the first place, however more must be done.
While smoking prevalence has fallen over time, around 2.7 million Australians currently smoke and we must continue to help people quit through government measures and anti-smoking campaigns.
Talk to your doctor about quitting or call the national Quitline on 12 78 48 (13 QUIT).