Port Stephens Council’s drainage case raises serious questions

NEWLY elected councillors, and probably many already in local government, could do worse than spend an hour or two reading the findings of a public inquiry in 2007 into Port Macquarie Council’s construction of its Glasshouse arts facility.
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The original plan was for the council to provide a site and $2.5 million, with a private company providing $4 million.

It all went pear-shaped. The inquiry, which led to the sacking of the elected representatives the following year, is more than 300 pages of excruciating evidence on how the project blew out to more than $40 million. Inquiry chair Frank Willan documentedhow a business project became an “aspirational project” for the council to build an “icon”.

The inquiry is most relevant to councillors today when it details how the project ran out of control. Lack of transparency, lack of accountability to the public which raised serious concerns almost from day one, and the concentration of decision-making, were key reasons.

The mayor, the deputy mayor and the general manager had early control, Mr Willan found. Councillors accepted, or did not challenge, advice that once a contract was let for the project it became an “operational” issue for council staff to deal with, rather than a responsibility of the council as a whole to keep a tight rein on.

Mr Willan’s report details how councillors remained largely unaware of a budget spiralling out of control and internal communication failures that allowed funding caps to be repeatedly breached. But councillors were sacked because they “failed to demand their right to accurate and complete information” about the Glasshouse and “failed to fulfil their role as elected persons”.

The buck stops with elected councillors, in other words.

A NSW Supreme Court judge on September 8 criticised Port Stephens Council andthe owner of the Nelson Bay Lagoons Estate over the running of a case where the issue is drainage and whether the council complied with a 2006 court decision.

The judge’s comments should be ringing alarm bells for councillors, particularly because it appears a court-appointed expert –agreed to by opposing parties –has produced a report that challenges the council’s case.

Millions of dollars are on the line and the signs aren’t good.

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Free yoga session kicks off Living Smart Festival Speers Point on September 23

SUITED FOR ALL: Jen Parker, of Whole Living, says an outdoor yoga session at Speers Point Park as part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival this weekend will cater to allcomers. Picture: SuppliedA little bit of yogais something we could all benefit from, according to Jen Parker.
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Ms Parker is co-creator of Whole Living, a business which focuses on helping others livea life of meaning, purpose, intention and creation.

They will take part in Lake Macquarie City Council’s Living Smart Festival being held at Speers Point Park on September 23 between 8am and 2pm.

“We’ll be opening up with a beautiful yoga session for all ages,” Ms Parker told me.

“It’s just a really nice way to start the day. Anything like that which brings mindfulness to your day and allows you to connect with yourself is really important.”

She has seen the benefit in her own life from doing yoga each day and is keen to share the message with as many people in the community as possible.

The 8am session will cater to all ages and abilities and people can just turn up with or without their own mat.

“The session will go for about and hour and we’ll be hanging around after if anyone has any questions,” Ms Parker said.

“This is something that is suitable for children, elderly people, mums. We really encourage everyone to get involved. It’s going to be very gentle and more focused on your inner journey rather than the physical journey, about connecting with your breath and your body.

“Everyone thinks they’re busy and I definitely think I am too. I started doing yoga because I was busy. It’s really accessible and I just found it made everything seem easier in the day.

“You can do a couple of sun salutations and call it a wrap and really the benefit of that is quite profound.”

Whole Living will also be running some kids specific yoga sessions throughout the day as well as offering nutrition tips for the whole family.

“We’re really excited to be involved,” she said.

“We’re going through a series of different workshops through the day. We’ve got a couple of kids’ yoga sessions where we’ll teach the kids about breath and movement and stillness and how to combine them all, so it will be really interactive and suitable for all ages.

“We’ll also show people how easy it is to make your kids something that’s healthy and also delicious and nutritious. “

JUICE FOR HEALTHNaturopathPeter Mullen, from Mullen Natural Health Centre, is going to be offering some healthy food tips for spring.

This week he shared with me three reasons why juicing is your secret health weapon.

He told me it resets your metabolism, which in turncan kickstart fat loss.

It also reduces your appetite and can help clear your mind.

“Juicing helps to establish better portion control in the long-term and eliminates the pattern of comfort eating,” Mr Mullen said.

“Having a break from food is not just a physical reset, it’s also a mental one. Juicing helps you feel in control and makes the process of changing habits more achievable.”

Stay tuned for more tips through spring.

JUICE UP: Combine fresh fruit and vegetables for some delicious and nutritious juices with benefits for the whole family. Picture: Mullen Natural Health Centre

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball droughtphotos

Toronto Tigers break 69-year baseball drought TweetFacebook Toronto 25 Belmont 11, Newcastle Major League baseball grand finalPictures: Jonathan CarrollTORONTO broke their Newcastle Major League title drought in emphatic fashion on Saturday with a 25-11 mauling of Belmont at Waterboard Oval.
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The Tigers needed only seven innings to end Belmont’s run of nine straight titles and secure the club’s first top-grade crown after 69 years of trying.

“That was unbelievable. What a fantastic effort and I’m absolutely proud,” Toronto coach Justin Norman said.

Norman was among the first to rush onto the diamond when relief pitcher Thomas Holland touched first base to secure the final out as players and Tigers fans formed a jubilant pile in the infield.

It was the culmination of a dominant display from the Tigers. Toronto’s nine batters combined for 25 hits, adding to their score each inning to keep the game well out of the Seagulls’ reach.

“I knew our guys had plenty of hits in them, and it was just good that we just put it all together on the one day,” Norman said after the match.

“In grand finals in the past we haven’t put it together on that special day, but today was the day.”

Toronto had a 0-3 grand final record against Belmont, but Norman admitted he could sense in the lead-up to the game that it was going to be a different story this time.

“There was an air of calmness over the guys. They were very relaxed,” Norman said as players and fans celebrated around him.

“We had a good preparation during the week and then today we went about our business and got it done.”

The two sides traded runs early and were level at 7-7 after two digs.

But the Tigers blew the game wide open with seven runs in the bottom of the third, which featured a grand slam home run over right field to grand final MVP Moko Moanaroa.

“I said to the guys after the first two innings we’re doing a good job of keeping with them,but it’s time now to put the accelerator down, get in front and don’t look back,” Norman said.

“Obviously from the score line that’s what happened. We didn’t look back.We just kept rolling on.”

All of the Tigers big guns fired as the top five in the order drove in a collective 22 runs.

Moanaroa, brother Boss and Pat Maat were particularly damaging with five RBIs and four hits apiece.

“We hit well. We hit with runners in scoring position, which was good,” Norman said.

“It’s a big field, and we just didn’t try to keep hitting home runs. We knew that … good hits, one at a time was going to win us the game.”

Belmont coach Duane Harrison was full of praise for his opponents’ batting display and the efforts of Tigers starter Jason McAdam.

McAdam gave up 11 hits and four walks in almost seven innings of work before teenager Holland was brought in for the final out.

“Their pitcher threw very well and their top four or five hitters certainly did the job today,” Harrison said.

“We knew those blokes could hit, and once they started to hit we knew we were in for a bit of a tough afternoon.”

Harrison said the early exit of Belmont ace Tim Cox, who pulled up sore after the second inning and was replaced by Adam Blight in the third, was a decisive moment in the game.

“I think our pitcher coming off in the third inning was a pretty major thing for us,” he said.

“We were looking for him to go six or seven for us today, so for him to come off in the third was a big difference for us.”

The Belmont mentor admitted the weight of Belmont’s remarkable run of recent success, which includes qualifying for 27 straight grand finals, had taken its toll on him this season.

“The pressure for me this year was the 27 … just getting to the grand final,” he said.

“We’ve got a few going this year, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us to get the squad back up there.”

Toronto’s first hosting of grand final day got off to a dream start as the Tigers triumphed 16-0 over Belmont in second grade.

Koala survives 16km trip on underside of car wheel arch

Emergency services attended to the scene to rescue the koala from behind the truck tyre. Photo: SuppliedA koala has been released back into the wild after miraculously surviving a 16 kilometre trip clinging onto the underside of a car wheel arch.
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Jane Brister, a Koala Rescue Specialist at Fauna Rescue SA, was called to a suburb in Adelaide last week after a driver reported hearing “unusual sounds” and “crying” coming from his car.

The driver had driven from his home in the Adelaide Hills district to the city, a trip he estimated to be nearly 16 kilometres, according to Brister.

“Early in his journey, an oncoming driver flashed his lights at him, and so he thought there must be something wrong with his car,” Brister said. “But [when] he pulled over… he couldn’t find anything in the dark.”

Kelly the koala was trapped behind a tyre as the truck made a 15km trip through Adelaide Hills. Photo: Supplied

When he arrived in Adelaide, he heard “crying” coming from the car and soon spotted the small koala stuck under the hood of the wheel.

A local Metropolitan Fire Services crew attended the scene to help remove the wheel, and allow Brister to coax the koala out.

“[At first] I could really only see her face and one paw,” Brister said. “She was pinned behind the wheel, but fortunately not amongst the axle.

“It took a lot time and patience to get her out.”

Kelly the Koala was spotted peeking out from the underside of the truck when the driver reached his destination. Photo: Supplied

Since nearly 80 per cent of koala road trauma incidents are fatal, Brister said she had “expected the worst”.

She was relieved to find the traumatised koala had survived the incident with only some minor abrasions and “singed fur”.

“I just couldn’t imagine that if she had been in there for 16 kilometres she wouldn’t have serious injuries,” she said.

But sadly, examinations of the koala by a veterinarian revealed the koala had lost a joey.

“We continued a search for a couple of days, but haven’t found any evidence of the joey at all,” Brister said.

“It’s a very sad part of the story, as it was in addition to the trauma she must have gone through under the car.”

Kelly the koala miraculously survived a road trip clinging onto a car wheel in South . Photo: Supplied

Brister said it remains “a mystery” how the koala became stuck.

“We don’t know how she got in there,” Brister said.

“Koalas don’t normally crawl up into that spot [under the wheel], and the driver… did not feel he had hit anything.”

The koala, named Kelly – after one of the firefighters on duty on the night – was released on Friday into an area with “lots of eucalyptus trees”, after spending a week recuperating with the Fauna Rescue team.

“At the end of the day it’s just incredibly lucky she survived, and it was great to be able to send her home,” Brister said.

“She’s a very very lucky girl.”

The story,Kelly the koala makes daring 16km trip clinging onto a car’s wheel arch, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care: the story of hip fractures

Professor Jaqueline Close and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson. Photo: Louise KennerleyHip fracture patients face glaring gaps and huge variations in care that seriously impact their ability to recover and reclaim their independence, a major audit has found.
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Five per cent of patients who break a hip will die in hospital, and up to 25 per cent will die within the year as a direct result of their injury, a major audit of the n and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) found.

More than one in 10 patients will be discharged from hospital only to be admitted to an aged care facility as a result of their hip fracture, according to the report released Friday by Neuroscience Research (NeuRA).

Half of hip fracture patients never fully regain their mobility, found the audit of 5178 hip fracture patients over 50 years old at 34 hospitals.

Hip fractures were devastating injuries for most patients orthogeriatrician Professor Jacqueline Close treats at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Professor Ian Harris said the priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy. Photo: UNSW

“Most people never go back to their previous level of function. It hugely impacts their quality of life,” said Professor Close, an ANZHFR co-chair.

“One of the first things to go is your ability to go outdoors, for for physical but also psychological reasons,” she said.

Patients are more frail than they were prior to the fracture, and the fear for falling was a powerful deterrent.

Of the almost 3000 patients followed up 120 days after going to hospital, roughly one in five had gained back the mobility they had before their hip fracture.

Hip fractures are the most serious and costly injuries for falls among ns over 50, with the cost set to rise in step with the ageing population.

Professor Jaqueline Close, Professor Ian Harris and hip fracture patient Rhonda Wilson at Prince of Wales Hospital. Photo: Louise Kennerley

The number of hip fractures is expected to rise from 22,000 to more than 30,000 by 2022, costing an estimated $1126 million per year, according to a recentOsteoporosis burden of diseasereport.

The audit found wide variations in care between hospitals, from pain management strategies to how long patients waited for surgery and how quickly they were able to regain their mobility.

Roughly 50 per cent of hip fracture patients who came into hospital had already sustained a low-trauma fracture, yet only 20 per cent had been offered osteoporosis treatment, the audit found.

It was a monumental missed opportunity, Professor Close said.

“If we managed people who already had low-trauma fracture more efficiently we would make significant reduction to the rate of hip fracture in “, cutting fracture risk in the order of 30-60 per cent, Professor Close said.

” hasn’t woken up to this yet,” she said.

Just 16 per cent of hip fracture patients in receive osteoporosis treatment compared to 60 per cent in the United Kingdom, a recent UK audit showed.

The priority for most older patients with hip fractures was to keep their autonomy, said Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris.

“They want to be in their own homes and they don’t want to be a burden to their families,” he said.

Improving all aspects of care, including access to a multidisciplinary team, appropriate treatment, timely surgery and rehabilitation and follow-up were integral to cutting the risk of loss of mobility and death, according to the report.

More than one in four patients were waiting longer than the recommended 48-hour window for surgery after fracture, and many were still waiting three days later, the audit found.

There were marked variations between operating room availability, Professor Harris said.

Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and registry co-chair Professor Ian Harris

And while the majority of hospitals now aimed to get patients out of bed and weight-bearing the day after surgery, a significant proportion of patients were still not given the opportunity to do so, Professor Harris said.

“It varies a lot between hospitals,” Professor Harris said; from two-thirds to 100 per cent of patients weight-bearing on their affected leg the day after surgery.

“The problem is patients aren’t always getting access to physiotherapy services.”

He hoped clinicians and hospitals would use the registry’s real-time data that benchmarked their performance to improve the way they managed patients with hip fractures.

“We’re also trying to create a voice for hip fracture patients. They have been neglected and not seen as a priority for a long time,” he said.

The story,Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care:how hip fractures strip ns of independence, first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

Dramatic rescue at Northern Territory outback Hot Springs

Backpacker rescued in dramatic circumtances TweetFacebookPictures: Brian DeanA New Zealand backpacker was rescued in dramatic circumstances from the popular Katherine tourist attraction, theHot Springs, last night.
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A holidaying nurse helped keep the man alive after he apparently slipped and fell from a tree above the springs’ top pool just before 6pm.

Emergency services were forced to float the unconscious man on a stretcher down the springs because of the steep banks.

Katherine paramedicsguided the stretcher though the water until they could lift him out safely.

Registered nurse Judith Dean from Brisbane was at the springs with husband Brian when the accident happened.

“We are grey nomads and we just arrived in Katherine and went down for a swim when we heard all the noise from further up,” Mr Dean said.

“My wife manually kept his airwayopen for about 10 minutes until the emergency services could arrive.”

SPRINGS RESCUE: Paramedics and the man’s mates help float the badly injured backpacker down the popular Katherine tourist attraction. Picture: Brian Dean.

Mr Dean said the man was unconscious “and pretty much out if it”.

“He could have had serious injuries from that fall, we hope he is going to be okay.”

St John Ambulance officer in charge at Katherine, Rhys Dowell, was in the water with the injured man.

The badly injured man was later flown by CareFlight from Katherine to Royal Darwin Hospital where his condition was listed as serious.

Mr Dowell said it was the second emergency he attended in a similar fashion at the springs.

“He landed on his back from a heightof five to six metres, he may have hithis head on the way down,” he said.

“It was a difficult extraction because of the steepness of the banks there.

“It was too hazardous to try there so we had to move further down for safety reasons.”

Springing into racing at Broadmeadow

Springing into racing at Broadmeadow Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Erin Holland at the Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. Lucy Foster, centre, and Kurtis McRitchie, left. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Ben Fraser, Nick Baker, Georgia McVey and Joel Pilgrim at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Piper Elsley, Isis-Liley Weir, Rachaewl Hodgins and Nicole Harrison at the races. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. From left, Emily Shannon, Clancy Pierpoint, Jaymie King and Codey McHutton. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. From left, Emily Shannon, Clancy Pierpoint, Jaymie King and Codey McHutton. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The birthday boy at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Punters at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Joe Marsh at the races. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Marshall Jordan, Joe Marsh, Katelyn Smith and Kurtis McRitchie at Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Erin Holland at the Spring Racing Carnival, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Spring racing in NewcastleFashions and fun from the Newcastle races. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollTHERE was glitz and glamour in spades Saturday as punters flocked to Newcastle Jockey Club for the annual Spring Racing Carnival.

Newcastle Herald photographer Jonathan Carroll captured all the trackside fashion, including Former Miss World Erin Holland, who stole the show with a yellow lace dress.

Meningococcal left Arthur Long fighting for his life

Meningococcal left Arthur fighting for his life TweetFacebookAN UNKNOWN ILLNESS
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Nathan says itwas a normalSaturday morning whenhis son got sick.

鈥淎rthur was a bit off, he was a bit clingy, but nothing major,鈥?he recalls.鈥淎nd then Saturday afternoon he was still fairly unwell and he had a real high respiratory rate and that triggered me and Carly to get a GP around here. She told us it鈥檚 most likely a virusy-flu type thing, take paracetamol, ibuprofen, he should be fine.鈥?/p>But Arthur kept getting worse and by9pm the family was at the Launceston General Hospital鈥檚 emergency department.

鈥淣ot long after we got to the LGH he fell off a cliff health wise,鈥?Nathan says. 鈥淲hen we got to the LGH, they knew it was meningococcal or some seriously septic bacterial infection.鈥?/p>鈥淲e were at the LGH when they noticed the rash come on, which is the telltale sign of meningococcal,鈥?Carly adds. 鈥淏y the time we left for Melbourne they were pretty certain it was meningococcal and we would get the confirmation over there.鈥?/p>Carly and Nathan said they did not knowmuch about the disease at the time.

鈥淲e still thought everything was going to be fine because they told us he鈥檇 got the big hit of antibiotics at the moment when they could tell that鈥檚 what it was,鈥?Carly says.

But Arthur was critically sick and getting worse.

鈥淭he moment we realised it was really, really bad was when they insisted we call our families at 2am,鈥?Carly recalls.

The couple鈥檚 parents were in Hobart and Legana respectively and they thought they would 鈥渏ust ring them in the morning鈥?when 鈥渢hings settle down a bit鈥?

鈥淎nd one particular nurse indicated that we might not have that time,鈥?Carly says.鈥淲e got really worked up then.

鈥淭hey said he鈥檚 really, really sick and had to get to Melbourne and Nathan was told by the head doctor that he couldn鈥檛 guarantee he鈥檇 be alive by the time we got there.鈥?/p>鈥淚t is a horrible, horrible disease,鈥?Nathan says.鈥淭he worst thing is that by its very nature in its initial stages it appears to be another benign sort of illness then all of a sudden you鈥檙e critically ill and on death鈥檚 door.It鈥檚 incredibly fatal.鈥?/p>EMERGENCYFLIGHT

Arthur was flown by a large team of medical specialists meaning there was no room for either parent who took a commercial flight.

鈥淚t鈥檚 quite a big job moving a really sick patient,鈥?Nathan says. 鈥淗e had two intravenous lines, a range of drugs, and really his life was being supported, he wouldn鈥檛 live without that medical intervention, so moving him from LGH into the ambulance and then the ambulance into the plane, back in an ambulance and back in hospital is a pretty major undertaking and time consuming 鈥?and if something goes wrong in the air, they can do nothing.鈥?/p>鈥淚 was on my phone looking up everything on our way there and we were both pretty distraught,鈥?Carly recalls.鈥淚t was a really hard time for us that first day in Melbourne when his life was on the line and he was going through different surgeries back to back.鈥?/p>But the flight and transfers went smoothly and Arthur arrived at the RCH, still critically ill, unconscious but alive.

鈥淭hey were really worried about moving him as he was in a really critical condition then but he remained stable and it was up to the team at the Royal Children鈥檚 to buy him time to either beat it or not beat it,鈥?Carly recalls.

THE BAD NEWS ROOM

In Melbourne the pair was satdown in 鈥渢he bad news room鈥?with a box of tissues and given an update: surgeons need to performa fasciectomy on Arthur鈥檚 legs, where the skin and the muscle sheath is cutto allow blood flow sothe muscle鈥檚 in Arthur鈥檚 legs didnot die.

鈥淪o it was 鈥榮ign this, sign that鈥?and five minutes later it was 鈥榳e鈥檙e going to have to put him on ECMO鈥? which is basically life support,鈥?Nathan says.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a treatment that uses a pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream of a very ill baby, providingheart-lung bypass support outside of thebody.

鈥淭he RCH is one of the best in the world in doing that in paediatrics. It鈥檚 a cut through the sternum,鈥?Nathan says.鈥淎tube that goes through and works as your heart outside of your heart,鈥?Carly finishes.

鈥淭hey said 鈥榳hen you go and see him he鈥檚 going to be puffy鈥?and he was, it was pretty horrible but they didn鈥檛 tell us that his chest was open 鈥?that was pretty scary,鈥?Nathan says.

鈥淲hen you walked in and were just like, 鈥業 can鈥檛 believe that鈥檚 my son in there鈥?

鈥淎nd that was when he had the full rash 鈥?they kept telling us it was all time and they wouldn鈥檛 know what the loss would be,鈥?Carly adds.

鈥淎t the time we were like, 鈥榳hy can鈥檛 you just tell us?鈥?nbsp;but now having followed a few other families through this we know the range of loss is very varied,鈥?Nathan says.鈥淭here is a lady who has massive internal organ problems but no external problems, there are people who lose all their legs but keep their arms, all sorts of combinations.鈥?/p>The couple鈥檚 parents flew over that same day, Nathan says.

鈥淲e had to get our parents over because it was 鈥榶ou better come over because we might be saying goodbye鈥? That was the conversation.鈥?/p>Arthur spent the next several days comatose in ICU, hooked up to a myriad of machines and tubes keeping him alive.

Carly: 鈥淲e were devastated that he had to go on the life support.鈥?/p>Nathan: 鈥淚 swore at the surgeon.鈥?/p>Carly: 鈥淲e asked the lovely lady who managed his case if he was likely to come off it, and she really reluctantly gave him a 50:50 chance of coming off it.鈥?/p>Nathan: 鈥淭hey were pretty long days because you go into the ICU ward with all the machines, you couldn鈥檛 get near him.鈥?/p>鈥楢RTHUR NEEDS TO TURN A CORNER鈥?/b>

The first three days were terrible, with Arthur notgetting worse but not getting better. Doctors told the family he needed to 鈥渢urn a corner and start fighting鈥?

Finally, Arthur had a good night and the doctors thought he was starting to turn that corner and show signs of coming out of the coma.

He was still on dialysis but the doctors removed the ECMO and closed up his chest and he went really well. His liver appeared to be working and he produced urine, which is a bigsign his body was improving.

鈥淲e weren鈥檛 really worrying about his limbs as much yet because all the other stuff had to be sorted first,鈥?Carly says. 鈥淭hey couldn’t guarantee that there wasn鈥檛 a lot of long-term damage that would need ongoing dialysis.鈥?/p>Arthur was having moments of waking but was still on a lot of drugs and machines in ICU when his mum was first able to hold him, 10 days after he arrived in Melbourne.

鈥淭hey said it might be really nice for him to try and lay on you and he sort of indicated that he did want that,鈥?she recalls.

鈥淚t was a big ordeal, we had to get two or three people to actually lift him out, sit me on there and have everything on him.

鈥淚t was pretty emotional, he was like a dead weight as well, so I had this large baby and I don鈥檛 know what to do with him.

鈥淗e had moments of being awake, he鈥檇 look up at you and you could start to see that he was there but he was still on so many drugs, thatwas a pretty hard time obviously. It is hard to go back and think of those times.鈥?/p>OUT OF ICU AND ONTO THE NEXT CHALLENGE

Arthur left intensive care soon after that but his health struggles continued as he was weaned of the the strong painkiller hydromorphone, a process of withdrawal that can be much worse for children.

鈥淎part from the three or four days when Arthur was critical, which was horrific, the drug withdrawal stage was the second worse part of the experience,鈥?Nathan says. 鈥淚t was hard to see him like it,鈥?Carly added.

鈥淗e had a nasogastric tube and they鈥檇 put some food in and he鈥檇 vomit it up, so he was vomiting and he was having these drug withdrawals, you couldn鈥檛 touch him because he鈥檇 scream,鈥?Nathan says.

Despite not havingmeningococcal meningitis 鈥?nbsp;an infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord鈥?nbsp;the parents were worried about brain damage, particularly when Arthur started having unstructured movements, like he was jiggling or dancing.

鈥淓veryone kept telling me to stop doing it, but I was reading every little possible thing,鈥?Carly says. 鈥淎fter reading all the stories, I kept asking them in the early stages at what point would we know that his brain hadn鈥檛 been affected.

鈥淚 was worried that all the drugs he鈥檇 been on had actually given him some type of brain injury because that was our biggest fear that it would have affected his brain and his personality and that he wouldn鈥檛 be the same little boy that we had before.鈥?/p>Thankfully a top neurologist who specialised in movement disorders reassured the family that it was just anxiety causing the involuntary movements.

鈥淭hey kept reassuring us that our best indication of [brain] damage is what he鈥檚 like when he wakes up, so once he woke up and looked at us and started saying 鈥榤um鈥?and 鈥榙ad鈥? we had a bit of reassurance that nothing had happened there.

鈥淥nce he started remembering our names and learning new things and saying new words, that was really reassuring for us. His language developed once he woke up and started interacting with us again.鈥?/p>HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY ARTHUR

On May 1, Arthur had his second birthday in hospital.

He was past the worst ofthe danger buthis feet and most of the digits on his right hand had died as menigoccocal restricts blood and oxygen circulation.

In the early stages it looked like Arthur would have his feet and lower leg amputated midway through his shinbone but theorthopaedic surgeon was keen to hold out for as long as possible to get as much length in the leg.

鈥淎rthur keep on healing further and further down and eventually they ended up going through the ankle, which is a win for little kids, or anyone who is growing, because it reduces the chances of follow up surgeries,鈥?Nathan says.

鈥淭hey could have amputated once we knew he鈥檇 lost his feet and got us home a lot quicker but hopefully this will make it so he doesn鈥檛 have follow up surgery nearly every year,鈥?Carly adds.

鈥淚f you have it higher and you鈥檙e growing they have to straighten out the stump nearly every one to two years. So that鈥檚 a lot of surgeries, a lot of time off your prosthetic legs, so for him, fingers crossed, that will be it. Obviously he鈥檚 still growing so he鈥檒l get new legs every year but he won鈥檛 have to have surgery to do that.鈥?/p>Arthur, who was in bed and unable to move properly for three months, spent a lot of time with thephysiotherapist toget him to sit up and hold his own weight.

鈥淥nce he started getting better he started getting better really quickly,鈥?Carlysays.

鈥榊OUR FEET GOT SICK AND DIDN鈥橳 GET BETTER鈥?/b>

鈥淲e were worried about how he would feel when he woke up from the anesthetic and they鈥檇 amputated his feet,鈥?Carly says.鈥淪o before they did that we started talking about how his feet got sick and they didn鈥檛 get better so his feet had to go and he鈥檇 be getting new feet. He鈥檚 on board with it now.鈥?/p>鈥淗e鈥檚 never been frustrated,鈥?Nathan adds.

Carly continues: 鈥淚 think he knew he was sick and he couldn鈥檛 do things. I was quite worried that we were going to take him outside and see kids running, playing, doing things and he鈥檇 wouldn鈥檛 like it, but he loved it. He loved going and watching kids playing outside. He just did what he could do and once he started what he calls his walking, he just wants to crawl and walk.鈥?/p>Arthur loves diggers and has picked some fabric with diggers on it that will be used in the construction of his prosthetic legs.

Carly says the type of prosthetic feet willchange a lot as he gets older.

鈥淭hey don鈥檛 have a lot of movement in the ankle until about five because it鈥檚 not as easy for little kids to learn to balance. Fingers crossed, we鈥檝e been told by the prosthesis team that you might be surprised, he might put them on and just go. Sometimes kids just naturally go.

鈥淚t will be great to see him up and walking around again. He鈥檚 a little bit limited at the moment so this will be the difference that makes things a little easier.鈥?/p>So does Arthur feel different from other kids? Has he asked about his feet or hands?

鈥淗e just gets on with it,鈥?Carly says. 鈥淗e鈥檚 just always really accepted it. I think it is just his age and it might be maybe when he鈥檚 older he鈥檒l question it.

鈥淗e understands that they got sick, they didn鈥檛 get better and he will get some new feet. We never really spoke to him about his right hand because he鈥檚 lost two fingers and a bit of his tip and that much of his little finger and they鈥檙e talking about some revision surgery that we might get done on that hand later to separate it a little bit. But for some reason he鈥檚 never really asked about his hand. He鈥檚 said funny things to us like his hand is beautiful.鈥?/p>VACCINATION AWARENESS

Part of telling their story is getting the awareness of vaccinations, particularly the different strains of meningococcal, and that parents reading Arthur鈥檚 story will investigate.

鈥淚t鈥檚 vaccine preventable but it was vaccines that we weren鈥檛 told about at all,鈥?Carly says.鈥淣o one ever mentioned it, so you go through these stages of being a little angry about that. We hadn鈥檛 heard that there were different strains of meningococcalso it鈥檚 mind boggling that if he鈥檇 had that shot this wouldn鈥檛 have happened to him.鈥?/p>Nathan adds: 鈥淚 couldn鈥檛 believe that the same health system that saved Arthur鈥檚 life, is the same health system that didn鈥檛 tell us 鈥?if Arthur had have had one more vaccination he wouldn鈥檛 have got sick, one more jab.If the doctor mentioned it, you鈥檇 be like, 鈥榶eah of course, of course鈥?鈥?/p>They urged all families to make sure they children are fully immunised.

THE POSITIVES

Nathan says it was a horrific ordeal but, in balance, there has been more positives than negatives.

鈥淗e鈥檚 incredibly unlucky, Arthur, to contract meningococcal, you鈥檙e pretty unlucky, but we got him to hospital in a timely fashion and once he got to hospital, the care he received was perfect, impeccable, it couldn鈥檛 have been better.I can鈥檛 remember the doctor鈥檚 name but he was straight onto it, line in, fluids in, antibiotics in, so that was incredible. Then they flew the doctor up from Hobart and that whole process ran like clockwork, then he鈥檚 gone to one of the best paediatric hospitals in the world and received world class care, and for how sick he was, systemically, Arthur鈥檚 whole body had failed basically and he was only being kept alive through our wonderful hospital and doctors and nurses, and then his level of amputation was so low and he鈥檚 got two good, well not great at the moment but they will be, two really good hands, he鈥檚 got no brain damage, he鈥檚 got no ongoing internal issues, he lost a spleen but of all the organs, if you鈥檙e going to lose one, that鈥檚 the best. I think as well. That hospital [RCH] is incredible. Incredible people work there. The immediate care he received here would had to have been world class.

鈥淭here鈥檚 been hundreds and hundreds of awesome times,鈥?Nathan says.鈥淟ike taking him out of his hospital room for the first time. Even Carly having him on her was a massive thing, it was big deal at the time. Carly managed to get him on her lap and we got Carly in a wheelchair out of the room onto a nice window. He hated it too getting him there, but when we got him there he saw the tram and he was so happy and the sun was on him, that was a pretty nice moment.鈥?/p>THANKS

The family also wants to thank the many people who offered support or thoughts and prayers.

鈥淲e were absolutely floored by the support we got in the early days by friends who did fundraisers and people who are still doing it now,鈥?Carly says.

鈥淲e are constantly asked by people who have only met Arthur once if we have pages, which we don鈥檛 because we鈥檙e not dire and don鈥檛 feel we need GoFundMe or anything like that but we鈥檙e lucky we have the family and friends that we do who went and did it anyway.鈥?/p>MENINGOCOCCAL FACTS

Meningococcal disease is a medical emergency. It can kill within hours, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.Do not wait for the purple rash to appear as that is a critical stage of the disease.Symptom includefever (which may not go down with medication),nausea or vomiting,lack of energy,tiredness or drowsiness,confusion or disorientation,dizziness,irritability or agitation,a sore throatBe aware there are two different sets of symptoms, depending on whether it takes the form ofmeningitisorsepticaemia(blood poisoning).Meningitis only: backache,stiff or painful neck,sensitivity to light,twitching or convulsionsSepticaemia only: fever with cold hands and feet,cold shivers,pain in muscles or joints, pain in chest or abdomen, pale, grey or blotchy skin,rapid breathing, diarrhoea,a rash, which may start off as a spot, scratch mark or blister, as a faint pink rash or as red or purple pinpricks on the skin, then develop into the distinctive purple bruising.Meningococcal is caused by bacteria (not by a virus)and transmitted via mucus. Meningococcal bacteria can live harmlessly in our throat and nose. Around 20per cent of people will be carrying these bacteria at any one time without ever becoming illMeningococcal bacteria are not easily spread from person to person and the bacteria do not survive well outside the human body.The bacteria are passed between people in the secretions from the back of the nose and throat. This generally requires close and prolonged contact with a person carrying the bacteria who is usually completely well.Meningococcal bacteria are not easily spread by sharing drinks, food or cigarettes.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Meningococcal disease can strike babies, children and adults 鈥?anywhere, at any time. Those most at risk are: 鈥?Babies and children up to the age of 5 years鈥?this group accounts for two thirds of cases (due to their less mature immune system and tendency to put things in their mouth and share food, drink and toys). 鈥?nbsp; Teenagers and young adults from 15 to 24 years鈥?primarily because of the socially interactive lifestyle they lead, which is more likely to involve activities such as kissing and sharing drinks.Source:Meningococcal .

Sandown 500: Todd Hazelwood walks away from high-speed crash: Pictures, video

Todd Hazelwood walks away from high-speed qualifying crash TweetFacebook Wilson Security Sandown 500 round of the V8 Supercars Championship at Sandown RacewayPictures: AAPSupercars young gun Todd Hazelwood has incredibly walked away from an high-speed crash in qualifying for Sunday’s Sandown 500.
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Not only that, the 21-year-old saddled up for his development series drive just minutes after his car was thrown in the air in a monster crash at the Melbourne circuit.

Hazelwood, the co-driver of Brad Jones Racing full-timer Tim Blanchard, hit a tyre wall at high speed after a tussle with Jono Webb.

His Commodore hit the wall rear-first and was thrust up, spinning uncontrollably.

The hurricane-like impact meant the No.21 Holden had lost much of its panelling before it had hit the ground.

Hazelwood waved to the crowd before being cleared by the medical team.

“When you’re going at 260 kilometres (an hour) and you get a whack like that you’re just a passenger,” he told Fox Sports.

“I put my hands on my helmet and tried to relax.

“When I hit the tyre wall, going up on the tyre wall I thought ‘oh my god this is going to be huge’.

“I haven’t had a rollover since I was seven in dirt karts.”

He said he was “devastated” for his team, which is likely to withdraw from Sunday’s 500km classic.

“I’ve never wrecked a Supercar in my life. I’m just shattered to be honest.”

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The hard-as-nails youngster -on his Sandown 500 debut -was undeterred by the crash.

The Super2 series leader jumped into his Commodore later on Saturday afternoon to race for his own championship.

Replays of the crash suggested Webb locked up behind the Nissan of David Russell, leaving Hazelwood with nowhere to go but the wall.

Until Hazelwood responded on the team radio, those watching -including his frightened family in the team garage -felt they might have been watching a Supercars tragedy.

Emotional team boss Brad Jones said it “was not an easy thing” to watch. “That’s as bad an accident as I’ve seen for a long time,” he said.

He suggested Webb caused the crash by attempting a move on the inside.

“In a 20-lap co-driver race it’s a bit opportunistic to be driving into a hole that’s not there. Thankfully Todd’s fine,” he said.

Sandown’s turn six is often described as one of the most dangerous in n motorsport.

Coming at the end of the long back straight, there is little room to move for anyone that ventures down the outside of the track.

Another young driver, James Golding, forced the race to be stopped last year for a similar crash.

Two Supercars mainstays -Will Davison and Michael Caruso -shared a crash there in 2010.

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Police arrest teenager in connection to London train bomb

Police and community support officers gather round a police vehicle near where the incident happened. Photo: APLondon:Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a nail bomb which detonated on a rush-hour London Tube train on Friday, which injured at least 29 people.
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The teenager was arrested by Kent Police in the port town of Dover on Saturday morning, nearly two hours out of London.

The man remains in custody at a local police station, but it is believed he will be transferred to a south London police station.

The arrest was made just hours beforeBritish police evacuated a residential address in Surrey, southern England.

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Police said the evacuation of the Sunbury addresswas a “precautionary measure”, with all residents in the buildings immediately surrounding the address evacuated while the search was ongoing.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said it was a “significant arrest” but warned the public to remain cautious as investigations continue.

“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.

“The public should remain vigilant as our staff, officers and partners continue to work through this complex investigation. We are not, at this time, changing our protective security measures and the steps taken to free up extra armed officers remain in place.

“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers. For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.”

Hundreds of police worked overnight on a major manhunt, sifting forensic clues from the recovered malfunctioning bomb, from witnesses, CCTV footage and from electronic ticket barrier records.

RELATED:At least 22 injured in London Tube ‘explosion’, declared terrorist incident

Following the first arrest, detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are continuing to urge anyone with information about the terrorist attack to contact police.

Police had suggested there may be more than one person behind the attack, which sent a “wall of flame” through a packed train carriage.

The bombing incident on the train is being investigated as a terrorist attack, British authorities said. Photo: AP

Police were reportedly working on the theory that the bomb detonated by accident and may have been intended to explode in the Westminster Tube station under Parliament House, instead of Parsons Green in south-west London.

The head of counter-terrorism policing said “our priority is to identify, locate and arrest those responsible”.

A thousand military police were deployed as extra guards at nuclear power stations and other vulnerable public infrastructure and transport hubs. Armed police were patrolling London streets.

On Friday night Britain’s terror threat level was raised to its highest ‘critical’ level, meaning an attack may be imminent. It was at that level in the days immediately following the Manchester Arena bombing, when it was believed the bomb-maker was still at large.

Friday’s improvised bomb was left on a packed morning commuter train It partially detonated at 8.20am. It was the fifth terror attack this year in Britain.

The explosion happened in a London Tube carriage at Parsons Green station, west London. Photo: Supplied

Experts examining photographs of the bomb posted on social media said it showed several signs of having been assembled using a ‘terrorist handbook’ from the internet – for example the use of Christmas lights as detonator wiring.

The device appears to have included a timer, meaning the attacker may not have been on the train when it went off. However London’sTelegraphreported the bomber was thought to have still been on the train and escaped it after their device went off prematurely.

The bomb was on a train line that connects to central London, and one branch of the line goes under Westminster. TheTelegraphsaid anti-terror police were “working on the theory” that the intended target may have been the Tube station at Westminster.

Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said “there is no doubt in my mind that those responsible intended to cause great harm and injury”.

He declined to reveal details of the bomb, butThe Timesreported it included nails to cause shrapnel damage. TheTelegraphsaid it was “likely packed with ball bearings, screws or nails” to maximise damage and casualties, though the eventual explosion was not forceful enough to send them flying.

At least 29 people were injured during the attack, including a 10-year-old boy. The injuries were mostly flash burns from the bomb, which was inside a plastic builder’s bucket held in a Lidl shopping bag. None of the injuries were serious or life threatening.

Some more injuries came in the panic that followed the explosion, as hundreds of commuters fled the train onto the small platform at the Parsons Green station, and down the single narrow exit staircase.

One witness said she had clung to the railing in an attempt not to trample on two layers of people who had fallen underneath her. Another saw a schoolboy crack his head on the stairs as he tumbled down.

On Friday before the arrests US President Donald Trump tweeted that the terrorists behind the attack were “in the sights of Scotland Yard”. However neither security services nor police were reportedly aware of the attacker’s identity.

Scotland Yard said his comments were unhelpful and “pure speculation”, and Prime Minister Theresa May said “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation”.

Mr Trump’s comment is likely to again inject distrust into the intelligence relationship between Britain and the US. After the Manchester bombing, police briefly took the unprecedented step of suspending the sharing of intelligence with the FBI after leaks to US media.

There has been no fatal bombing on the London Underground since the 7/7 attacks, however there have been several foiled or failed attempts.

In May, a 20-year-old student, Damon Smith, was jailed for 15 years after putting a homemade bomb packed with ball bearings on a Jubilee Line train in October 2016.

He had claimed it was a prank – but police said it was a viable device that had luckily failed to detonate. Smith had built the device using a £2 clock from a supermarket, following instructions in an online ‘terrorist handbook’.

He claimed to have been inspired by Islamist propaganda.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that the new wave of terrorism in the UK “isn’t a spike, I’m afraid, it’s a shift”. He called on Londoners to remain vigilant.

“Rest assured the full resources of our police and security services are being deployed to track down those responsible,” he said. “They will be caught and brought to justice… We will never let those who seek to divide us win.”

Extra police and security services have been deployed to the capital and on its transport networks.