Copper find encourages miner in Barkly


A breakthrough maiden copper discovery provides early encouragement for a mining company in Barkly, according to an ASX release today.

It says significant surface copper oxide mineralisation has been identified at the new Crosswinds prospect about 13 km south east of Barkly Homestead, in the “copper – gold super – project” some 500 km north-east of Alice Springs.

The exploration result for Perth-based Middle Island moves it into NT’s exploration upside, says the release.

“Mineralisation occurs as malachite (copper carbonate) interbedded with calcrete and silcrete, representing the surface expression of limestones comprising the Georgina Basin.

“The surface copper mineralisation is interpreted to reflect the secondary migration of copper along growth faults that extend from primary mineralisation within the Proterozoic basement rocks.”

Says Managing Director Rick Yeates (pictured): “Even disregarding the high grade copper results, the Crosswinds discovery is particularly significant in that it’s interpreted to provide ‘proof of concept’ for the Barkly mineralised model.”

The copper prospect is located immediately adjacent to the sealed Barkly Highway.

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Questionnaire encourages nation to think holistically about mental health


New questionnaire encourages the nation to think holistically when it comes to their mental health and wellbeing

In a bid to get more Brits thinking holistically (a whole person approach) about their mental health and maintain positive mental health, Nuffield Health – in partnership with Mental Health Foundation, has launched a new digital questionnaire, Mental Fitness.

The questionnaire, which takes around five minutes to complete, explores many factors that contribute towards emotional wellbeing, including: purpose and value, food and drink, physical activity, work and finance and sleep and digital exposure.

The questionnaire responds to a recent survey conducted by Nuffield Health that found four out of five (83%) people in Britain are concerned about the ongoing impact of the pandemic on their mental health, more than a third (31%) are experiencing low mood or depression more than normal, or reported increased stress and anxiety levels (38%).

“The most important thing is that we change the way we talk about mental health to help more people open up about the challenges they are experiencing.”

The survey reveals that almost half of respondents (42%) don’t understand how mental health can be impacted by poor physical health, and factors including diet (69%), exercise (54%), relationships (52%) and sleep (45%) can affect our mental health and help to build mental resilience.

Language and society

The questionnaire is supported by the latest report from Nuffield Health, More Than Words: The importance of language to normalise everyday mental health and enable access to support in uncertain times, which investigates how traditional language – especially illness-led – in relation to mental health can be a barrier.

It’s said that the current language can hinder people’s ability to think about and understand the full picture of factors that contribute toward mental wellbeing, and ultimately stops them taking active steps to support their mental health.

The report details talks held by a panel of mental health experts, around how society thinks and talks about mental health and wellbeing. In light of a recent finding from the survey detailing that a fifth of respondents said they struggled to talk about mental health and over a third of people wouldn’t seek help for fear their problem wasn’t serious enough, the report investigates:

  • The need to make language accessible to all in relation to our everyday emotional wellbeing.
  • The need to de-medicalise language to help encourage open and honest conversations without the stigma.
  • To ultimately connect people with the support they need.

A&E and TV doctor, presenter and podcaster, Dr Alex George sat on the panel, and spoke candidly about his own struggles with mental health, and support for the questionnaire.

“Everyone has mental health and we need to look after it in the same way we look after our physical health. I have struggled with loneliness and depression, and it wasn’t until I took a 360 degree look at improving my health by increasing my social interactions, physical activity and improving my diet that I was able to build my overall resilience.

“Now, more than ever, we need to be physically and mentally fit to help us cope with the challenges imposed on us by the pandemic, so I’d encourage everyone of every age to take the questionnaire and take active steps to protect their emotional wellbeing.”

The full report, which calls on employers, schools and media to help to drive and support the de-medicalisation of everyday mental health, can be accessed via Nuffield Health. The charity notes that more than 10 million people are predicted to need mental health support in the coming months and years due to the pandemic, so it’s essential we drive home the message of de-stigmatisation and access to early support.

Professional Head of Emotional Wellbeing for Nuffield Health, Brendan Street hopes both the report and questionnaire triggers the beginning of a much needed change in conversations around mental health. He says, There is also help out there no matter how big or small the problem feels. The most important thing is that we change the way we talk about mental health to help more people open up about the challenges they are experiencing.”


Find support

If you are struggling with your mental health, support is available, and there is always someone to listen.

You can access Nuffield Health’s questionnaire to gain a clearer picture of where you might be struggling and get direction to relevant support.

For immediate support, reach out to the Samaritans 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

You can also contact a professional counsellor who can offer a safe, confidential space to listen and guide you through your worries. Search online with Counselling Directory.







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Free camping encourages travellers to ‘linger longer’



VANPACKERS and grey nomads from all over Australia may descend on the Casino Showgrounds this summer.

Why?

Richmond Valley Council is trialling a small free camp at the Casino Showground to cater for owners of fully self-contained vehicles who prefer not to stay in established parks.

Self-sufficient travellers using caravans, motor homes, camping trailers or recreational vehicles with the capacity to sustain themselves are being encouraged to use the facility.

The specifically-marked area at the showground is limited to 12 vehicles for a maximum stay of 48 hours each.

The showground is already served by a dump point, however, all vehicles have to be self-contained, meaning owners will need to be responsible for their own water supply, sink, shower, greywater storage, toilet and rubbish removal.

The camping sites will be managed in accordance with the council’s rules and regulations, and will be monitored by council rangers, who will regularly patrol the area.

General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said the council agreed to the trial to encourage freedom campers passing through town to “linger longer”.

Mr Macdonald said anecdotal evidence suggested many freedom campers using the Summerland Way were stopping at the Braemar State Forest rest area, and only passing through Casino on their way to Queensland.

He said this meant many local businesses were missing out on important trade.

“Following representations from the Casino Chamber of Commerce and industry, council has been looking at ways to grow the tourism pie for the benefit of the community,” Mr Macdonald said.

“This involved the investigation of a range of camping options to attract visitors regardless of their accommodation preferences.

“Encouraging more travellers to stay overnight can only benefit the local economy through the purchasing of local goods and services.

“We would like to think that what is not being spent on accommodation by freedom campers is being used to purchase food and retail goods and spent on transport needs, such as fuel and tyres.”

Mr Macdonald said the council was confident the camping site would not have a negative impact on existing accommodation premises as these travellers were not stopping in town anyway.

“Our Discover Richmond Valley team already advises visitors to use local accommodation providers, including holiday parks, however, we believe freedom campers could add a substantial contribution to the local economy,” he said.

Bookings can be made by calling the Casino Visitor Information Centre on 6660 0325, or by emailing tourism@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au.





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Coronavirus Australia live news: Daniel Andrews encourages Victorians to stay home despite Queensland border opening on December 1



Audience comment by Julia

Not sure if I read between the lines correctly, but if I did…<br>Happy birthday Natty!!! 🥳

Audience comment by Natty

Looking back on 2020, all we’ve been through, especially our Victorian friends, families separated for such long periods of time, and, in contrast, hearing all the great news about the borders reopening, it’s finally starting to feel like we’re all one Australia again. Sitting here, reading this awesome blog, that’s kept us all informed and sane for the best part of this year, I feel proud of every Aussie for their efforts and sacrifices, and the best birthday present I could ask for, is for families to reunite and have optimistic hopes for a great Christmas 🙂

Audience comment by Sarah

Thankyou ☀️ <br>We’re all Australians so it’s great to know we can now travel where and when we want !!<br>Thankyou Victorians for keeping our Country safe and stopping the spread through all your hard work and sacrifices 🙏🏻<br>Happy Christmas xoxoxo

Audience comment by missing home

I moved to Melbourne from Brisbane in February and went for an overseas trip shortly after. I haven’t seen my family since late Jan. When I heard the *unofficial* news yesterday; I could not stop crying. Time to go home!!

Audience comment by Staying in Vic

I don’t have any relatives interstate. For those who do, please go and reunite with your loved ones. I’ll be holidaying in Victoria.



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MOD encourages businesses to hire Armed Forces leavers to support recovery


The Ministry of Defence and Department for Work and Pensions recently issued a letter to organisations encouraging them to tap into the skills sets of Armed Forces leavers to help build a diverse workforce positioned for success while navigating economic recovery.

The MOD and the Department for Work and Pensions is keen to raise awareness of the tools that employers can access to in order to build relationships with Armed Forces leavers. Businesses that need talent are being encouraged to register with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MoD’s official provider, and the only organisation who can provide access to the entire Service leaver candidate pool, at no cost to you.

By registering with CTP, employers gain access to a range of services including CTP RightJob (a unique, no cost, online jobs board exclusively for service leavers and veterans) to advertise job vacancies, attend employment fairs and other virtual events. They will be assigned a CTP Employment Relationship Manager who will act as the link between your organisation and a highly sought-after talent pool of skilled and adaptable individuals, ready to bring their wealth of experience to your organisation. Live job opportunities are promoted to potential candidates through the CTP and provides a way for organisations to raise their profile as supporters of the Armed Forces and reservists.

The letter details some of the additional initiatives to help bring employers and veterans together including:

  • a national insurance holiday for those employing veterans within their first 12 months of leaving service,
  • offering a Veterans’ Railcard to support the cost of commuting, increasing the opportunities to join the Civil Service through a Veterans Interview Scheme and maintaining a permanent cadre of Armed Forces Champions in our Jobcentre Plus network,
  • the £2bn Kickstart scheme launched in September 20 could also help those veterans who are aged 16-24, wholly unemployed and at risk of long-term unemployment by offering six-month placements.

David Duffy, CTP Contract Director and UK General Manager, Right Management said: “As the demands from businesses change access to individuals that have transferable skills will be critical. Each year over 14,000 people leave the Armed Forces bringing with them un-paralleled skills in planning, communication, teamwork and leadership, along with adaptability, drive and resilience. The work we do with the MOD is important in helping bring together employers and veterans, building successful partnerships and workforces that are better prepared for the future.”

Gillian Russell, Senior Program Manager, Amazon said: “We have worked closely with the CTP for a number of years and the team are incredibly supportive and responsive to our recruitment needs. The CTP understand the roles that we have, and have a deep knowledge of what we do at Amazon and without that I think we wouldn’t be nearly as successful at bringing in the candidates we do into the organisation. The team are constantly innovating to think of ways for us to attract that new, great military talent and we utilise the whole range of services they provide. We advertise our jobs through CTP RightJob, always attend their employment fairs (pre-Covid) and since the start of the pandemic we’ve moved to online events. They have proven to be a great opportunity for our recruiters to meet Service leavers and answer any questions they might have. It also allows us to showcase our brand and form a good picture to potential candidates of what employment is going to be like at Amazon.”





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Archie Roach encourages Indigenous prisoners to look to community, culture and country to escape status quo


Every time Archie Roach steps inside a prison, there’s a little bit of himself he sees in the men and women behind bars.

Roach, the 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year and singer-songwriter, has a simple message for those he meets.

“You can make mistakes but you can turn your life around,” he says.

Roach is speaking from experience.

As a young man, Roach battled alcohol addiction and spent time living on the streets — a period that also included stints in jail.

His life spiralled badly in the years after he found out he was a member of the Stolen Generations and discovered the true story of his biological family’s history.

Roach, pictured in 2010, says singing about his experiences as a member of the Stolen Generations helps ease his pain.(ABC News: Nic MacBean)

In the three decades that have passed, Roach has become a celebrated musician, author and passionate advocate for First Nations peoples.

Through the foundation that bears his name, Roach and another Aboriginal elder, Uncle Jack Charles, have been conducting prison visits with the hope of inspiring young offenders to embrace their heritage and hopefully, turn a corner in their lives.

“There’s a disconnect they have from community, country and culture,” Roach says of many Indigenous prisoners they encounter.

‘We carry a heavy burden’

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The Federal Government is aiming to move 15 per cent of Indigenous adults out of jail by 2031.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are over-represented in jails, making up 28 per cent of the prison population.

The same group only makes up 3.3 per cent of Australia’s total population.

Poorer health outcomes and education levels are also some of the inequities the Federal Government hopes to improve with the reset of its Closing the Gap targets.

“It’s going to take a good while, it’s going to take a shift in people’s way of thinking and their outlook on who we are and what we should do.

“We need to work together on this. We carry a heavy burden. A lot of that baggage doesn’t belong to us, and we need somebody else to shoulder some of that responsibility.”

History re-told for new generations

Roach wants the stories of his generation to resonate with a younger audience.

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Archie Roach explains the story behind his song Took the Children Away.

Thirty years on from the release of his debut album Charcoal Lane, he has teamed up with First Nations educational writers from Culture Is Life to produce short videos to be played in school classrooms.

The resources are available online on the ABC Education portal.

“It’s important that we tell the whole history of this country and be truthful about it, because it’s the only way we can move forward as a country, as a nation,” Roach says in one of the videos.

Among the topics discussed, Roach talks about the experiences of the Stolen Generations and how song writing has helped his healing process.

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“Every time I sing it I let a little bit of it go,” Roach says of the pain he feels when he sings his most famous song, Took the Children Away.

“I’ve been singing it a long time. I’m sure one day I’ll be singing it … and it’ll all just go, and I’ll be free.”

Thara Brown, a writer with Culture Is Life, says the history of the Aboriginal people has not been properly taught in schools.

“We need to talk about the true histories of this country more, so I’m really hoping that these resources, being in schools, help shape and restructure the way teachers deliver it,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.



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Justin Koschitzke encourages former St Kilda Saint Paddy McCartin to abandon return


“Brain injuries can be terrible in later life and I’m experiencing that first hand. I would really encourage him to make a really intelligent decision and not go on.”

Koschitzke was on the Gold Coast Suns coaching staff earlier this year before being let go in the cull of coaching roles across the AFL following COVID-19.

He is now on his family farm helping his brother prepare for a bumper harvest but admitted he is closely watching his own brain issues following several jarring concussions in his 200-game AFL career.

“I’ve got really bad memory loss and bad mood swings and down times. I have no doubt it’s from the concussions,” Koschitzke said.

“I certainty feel after the hit in 2006 I changed as a person. I really reckon it affected my personality.

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“I have to really watch myself, be careful of what I’m doing and work on myself. No doubt it has had a big impact.

“This is what Paddy should be looking at. He might feel fresh and fine now, but it’s the long-term impacts. You look at guys who had some big knocks in their 40s and 50s, I’m certainly concerned about that with the older I get.”

Koschitzke said he hoped to return to an AFL role, possibly with the Saints, once Melbourne opens up again and he also put forward a strong endorsement for former Saints and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon, should he push for a return to coaching.

“I love him. Sometimes he can be a polarising person but he would wind us up so we could run through brick walls,” Koschitzke said.

“He was just so passionate and loyal to his players. The boys still speak regularly and go out to eat. I reckon he is the funniest man in the media, he’s a brilliant coach, a very good motivator and I’d love to see him get another gig.”

Koschitzke’s comments came as the AFL reported that the number of concussions dropped from 2018 to 2019 (74 to 65). This also represented a drop in the incidence of concussion (number of concussions per 1000 player hours) from 2018 to 2019. The incidence number (6.54) was as low as it had been since 2015.

Matches missed due to concussion, per club, per season, also increased from 5.45 in 2018 to 8.04 in 2019.

“This reflects an ongoing conservative management approach,” an AFL statement read.

AFL head of football Steve Hocking added: “We have strengthened match day protocols for the identification and management of concussion, we continue to change the laws of the game to discourage high contact and also moved earlier this season to change the tribunal rules, to more strictly sanction tackles that endanger the head.”

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Premiership coach encourages North forward to seek new club


Mark Williams has encouraged opposition clubs to chase North Melbourne’s Ben Brown in the upcoming trade period, believing a change could do him the world of good.

The 27-year-old is currently out of contract and weighing up his future as multiple clubs signal their interest in signing the gun forward.

Before struggling with a knee injury this year which restricted him to nine games, Brown had kicked over 60 goals in three consecutive seasons.

Williams suspects Brown’s relationship with the Kangaroos has become fractured and was confident a change of scenery could see him get back to his best.

“Ben Brown is definitely someone that (teams) should be looking at,” the Power premiership coach said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“He offers a lot more than what he’s shown this year, I think he’s struggled with a knee injury and I think there is (an issue) with the connection between him and the club.

“He had a fallout without any doubt, if you’re looking closely at that, if you can change the environment then you might get the best Ben Brown that we’ve all seen and loved.

“I look forward to seeing what he can do next year as well.”

Brown remains one of the hottest out of contract prospects heading into the trade period, which gets underway on November 4.






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Yass Valley Council encourages public to keep waste out of the river | Goulburn Post



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Yass Valley Council’s Environmental Health Officers have inspected a stretch of the Yass River thought to pose a health concern. A fortnight ago, Gundaroo farming couple Bill and Jacinta Ryan were dismayed to find their paddocks covered in debris deposited by the recent floods. The Ryans were worried that the pollutants could enter the Yass drinking water supply, causing health problems for residents downstream. “Yass Valley Council do have concerns in regards to the quality of the water,” a spokesperson said. “However, Council does not have control over the river, and would hope that all adjacent landowners would value the river system and prevent any pollution from taking place. “The landowner has kindly removed the debris, and the risk in this particular instance was eliminated.” The council spokesperson reassured the public that the Yass water supply is treated at the waterworks to provide a safe drinking water supply in accordance with NSW Health requirements. “It is difficult to control what happens on properties along the river system, as YVC relies on landowners to do the right thing and keep waste out of the river and away from the floodplain so that waste is not washed into the river. Resources do not permit regular inspections of our river or waterways.” Yass Valley Council will program media releases, website articles, provide Gundaroo Gazette information, and carry out a letterbox drop for landowners in the Gundaroo area to encourage residents to keep floodplains free of litter and to safely dispose of chemicals and waste. For updates, visit the Yass Valley Council website: https://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/.

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Black GOP congressional candidate encourages party to compete in inner cities


Kim Klacik lost a special election for Elijah Cummings’ seat in April.

Black Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik, who entered the spotlight last year with videos attacking the late Rep. Elijah Cummings on the decline of Baltimore, brought her message to the Republican National Convention Monday night.

Klacik was defeated by Democrat Kweisi Mfume to fill Cummings’ seat in a special election in April, and is now facing off against Mfume again in November’s general election.

Klacik taped her convention remarks in West Baltimore, the same location she used for a campaign video titled “Black Lives Don’t Matter to Democrats,” that was launched last week and shared by the president.

In her RNC remarks, she once again blamed Democrats for “running this beautiful city into the ground.”

“Abandoned buildings, liquor stores on every corner, drug addicts, guns on the street. That’s now the norm in many neighborhoods,” she said.

Klacik’s videos last summer blaming Cummings for the increase in litter and crime in Baltimore prompted President Donald Trump to attack Cummings for his leadership over the city, tweeting that the city was a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

Klacik contended that Black voters will not all flock to the Democrats and that Republicans could turn the city around.

“I want Baltimore to be an example to Republicans around the country. That we can compete in our inner cities if we reach out to the citizens and deliver real results,” she said.

Mfume told the Baltimore Sun that Klacik’s message to Republicans was “about 50 years too late.”

“Donald Trump and his party don’t give a damn about inner cities, which is why they never win there. People can see what’s going on,” he told the paper Monday.



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