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CORONAVIRUS SLOWS BLOOD DONATIONS
That bug coronavirus, has been taking a toll on donations of blood which can be the difference between people surviving or not….for so many people the blood and plasma donations they receive are gifts of life. Red Cross Lifeblood sent an SOS for donations a few days ago which, thankfully, many Aussies responded to….it makes me proud to be an Australian when I hear that sort of generosity. However, blood and plasma donations remain vital going forward. To give you some idea of what’s needed: Lifeblood is calling for 10,000 appointments nationally over the next few weeks, 1,000 in WA and 185 at the Edgewater Donor Centre. Louise Rowe, from Red Cross Lifeblood tells us more.
CORONAVIRUS GETS A HOLD ON SPORT
We’re a multicultural country but there’s one thing the vast majority of us have in common……our love of sport. You’d be hard pressed to find an Aussie who doesn’t follow a sport ….it’s part of the social fabric of our nation. Of course we don’t all play sport, if more of us did we’d be physically healthier, but we do love getting together informally to embrace sport….and of course most of us aren’t shy in expressing an opinion on those big sports like Aussie Rules, cricket, soccer basketball, and so forth. So what may happen now the plug has been pulled on sports, professional and community sports alike, as a result of the coronavirus? What impact will no sport, or very little sport, have on us? Professor Dawn Penney is a professional research fellow at Edith Cowan University’s School of Education who’s been leading a study into the value of informal sport.
JOBS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
I think we can all agree that we’re facing tough times: businesses are struggling, the State’s unemployment is high (currently 5.8 per cent) and we face a challenging future due to uncertainty around global economics and, dare I say, due to coronavirus. About three million people are living below the poverty line in our so-called “lucky country”. Of the people with disabilities about 40 per cent are living below the poverty line. While times are tough for most of us they’re much tougher for some than for others. People with disabilities trying to find a job are among the hardest hit in tough times. Jacquie Thomson is the chief executive of the Ability Centre and Goodwill Engineering. The Ability Centre supports and provides services for people with a range of disabilities and Goodwill Engineering is one of the eight WA Disabilities Enterprises. Jacquie tells us about the challenges facing people with disabilities who are willing and able to work. Importantly, what’s being done to give these people a chance to prove themselves.
ROAD NOISE BARRIERS
Our governments pump billions of dollars into our roads in a bid to improve our safety, as they should. Locally thousands of us make our way up and down the freeway expecting each time that we set out on a journey that it’ll be a safe one and hoping the freeway won’t be congested so we’ll get to our destination in good time. I wonder how many of us spare a thought for the people who live in the residential areas lining the freeway as we pass gaps between those big brick and concrete walls on both sides of us. In fact, I wonder how many of us give a second thought to why those big walls were built in the first place. Supposedly they’re sound barriers to provide residents with some peace and quiet, though the jury of engineers is out on how effective they actually are. Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski wants to see more of those walls alongside our freeway.
HELPING OTHERS – COMPUTER RECYCLING
If you’re not sure what to do with that old computer and related equipment sitting idle in your home or workplace I’ve got an option worth considering. Lions club members and supporters are recycling computers back into our community to help people who are struggling financially and as aids for people in Third World countries. Let’s find out more from the passionate 80-something-year-old manager of the Lions Computer Recycling Program, Murray Fletcher.
JOONDALUP BUSINESS ASSOCIATION – CORONAVIRUS
She’s the fresh face of the Joondalup Business Association and has only been at the JBA for a short time but, by all accounts, is already starting to help the association engage better with local businesses and improve networking in the general business sector. Melanie Pool has a major challenge assisting the JBA’s members as the economy struggles, and perhaps is facing tougher times than ever due to the coronavirus.
As I’m sure you’ll appreciate here at 89.7 we’re not keen on promoting other radio stations, especially commercial and community radio stations which compete with us for sponsorship and advertising. One radio station I’m happy to support anytime is the uniquely set up Perth radio for sick kids. It has been bringing some sunshine into young lives since its first broadcast from Princess Margaret Hospital 35 years ago. I’m talking about Radio Lollipop which today provides a radio service for a number of children in hospitals, including here in Joondalup. James Rodgers, who’s somewhat of a gun when it comes to social media and Websites, is one of our volunteers at 89.7 who is also a longtime Radio Lollipop volunteer. He has made his way to our studio to tell us a bit more about his Radio Lollipop role.
TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS CAN BOOST MEN’S BRAIN HEALTH
When we think about testosterone most blokes think of a certain kind of performance. Well, I’m going to enlighten you with the help of a friend, testosterone levels may affect more than just life in the bedroom. Edith Cowan Uni researchers have been analysing the results of randomised control trials which indicate how testosterone supplements can boost a man’s brain health into old age. It may help us to be sharper as we, blokes, age. Professor Ralph Martins explains.
MATURE-AGED WOMEN DRINKING TOO MUCH
We often hear about blokes of all ages drinking too much, but this next study finding may surprise some, if not many, of you. Mature-aged women are consuming more than the safe amounts of alcohol. Furthermore it appears they generally aren’t fazed about it. In fact, if there is a trigger to say enough is enough it comes more from concerns about how being intoxicated can damage one’s respectability than damage one’s health. Researcher Julie Dare, from Edith Cowan Uni’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has joined us to discuss this worrying trend.
KEEPING KIDS SAFE WHEN THEY’RE HOME ALONE
With only a couple of weeks left in the school year, if you’re a parent or guardian, you probably don’t need reminding that school holidays can be a challenging time, especially the long break over summer. Of course if you’re a single-parent or if the adults in your family are working people, or otherwise occupied, the task of keeping the kids safe and out of trouble can be problematic. Natalie Gately, who’s a criminology courses co-ordinator at Edith Cowan University, shares her experience and provides a few pointers for concerned parents for the school holidays.
DON’T DRINK AND SWIM
When I was a child I believed in Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and Mermaids. By the time I’d become a teenager Santa had lost his mojo and the Easter Bunny was buried at the back of my mind. But a chance meeting with a mermaid was front and centre for me, especially as the hormones in adolescence kicked in. Fast-forward more than 40 years and it’s all a distant memory…..at least that was the case until I came across this story. Royal Life Saving WA has just launched a campaign encouraging young people to be a Mer-mate (that’s m-a-t-e as in friend)….it’s aimed at arresting an alarming trend in the numbers of young people drowning. These friends will aim to step up safety at our beaches, rivers and other waterways. Let’s find out more about the campaign from Lauren Nimmo, a senior manager at Royal Life Saving WA.
FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH
In four weeks time we’ll celebrate another Christmas….well, most of us are set to celebrate another Christmas. While most of you will have reason to celebrate I’m mindful of the people doing it tough and feeling lonely; perhaps thinking that no one gives a damn. As someone who’s had a few challenges in life I’d like to take this opportunity to reach out to let you know that there’s people who do care. Please give us a chance to give you a hand up, after all isn’t that what Aussies do best? You may like to take a step in that direction by attending the annual Joondalup Christmas Lunch in Central Park. The Joondalup Christmas Lunch is run by good people who want you to know that they care if you’re feeling isolated or are having financial hardship, or as too often the case, both. The spokesman for the committee which runs the free lunch, Jeff Fullelove, shares with us the story of this community get-together.
LIFEBLOOD – DONATE AND SAVE LIVES
Tiffany Gourlay has been on this show a number of times. She helps to save lives, alongside he colleagues at the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre. AS far as I’m concerned one can never publicise the nation’s blood service enough. What you may not know is that in recent times the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has been doing even more. To reflect those changing roles the service has been renamed Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CHATS WITH GREENWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
It’s the third brightest object in the sky, the size of a soccer field and weighs about 420 tonnes, or about as much as 280 cars. What is it? The International Space Station, which flies about 400 km high at speeds that defy gravity, is a space environment laboratory in which astronauts conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology. Because it’s so big and bright and in low orbit, which means it can be spotted at night with our naked eye, the space station catches the curiosity of people all over the world. Millions of people around the globe would love to chat with one of the astronauts in the man-made satellite. Well that’s exactly what 10 students from Greenwood Primary School will be doing shortly. Two of their teachers have joined me to share their story.
CHRISTMAS OFFICE PARTY OBLIGATIONS
Summer is fast approaching and so is the season to be jolly. But, without being a kill-joy, if you’re an employer who’s planning to throw a party you’ll have plenty of legal obligations to consider. If you don’t comply with your obligations it can cost you big-time. Melanie Pool is the Joondalup Business Association’s new events and membership officer. Before we hear from Melanie I must point out that the information in this segment is of a general nature and if you’re and employer with concerns about the upcoming matter you should contact a lawyer for specific advice.
BE BUSHFIRE PREPARED
Officially the bushfire season has just started, but as we all know fires can start just about anywhere at any time. I hope we’ve all been taking heed of the messages from fire authorities to be prepared for bushfires, especially as a challenging summer approaches. 89.7 is one of very few radio stations which broadcasts bushfire warnings provided by the department of Fire and Emergency Services. Listening to 89.7 may even help to save your life as people like City of Wanneroo’s chief bushfire control officer, Paul Postma, fight flames.
BEING A FOSTER CARER
Some of the people who I’ve met through this radio program give me hope for humankind despite the sadness and hardships of today’s world. Neil Reynolds and his wife Beth have been foster parents for almost two decades, looking after kids who have all sorts of disabilities and high-care medical needs in addition to coming from a range of trauma and abuse backgrounds. Neil has come to share the Reynolds story in the hope that more people may find room in their heart and home for children needing a chance to reach their potential…..surely that’s something every child deserves.
BEATING EXAM STRESS
One of the biggest struggles I had as a youngster was coping with the stress of exams. To be brutally honest with myself, even nowadays I have a fear of exams…..not that I can see myself having to face many more exams in my life given that I’m fast approaching 60. Today marks the start of ATAR written exams; the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank assessments which have thousands of our mostly young people on edge, as well as parents, other family and friends. Mandie Shean, who’s an education expert at Edith Cowan University, has an interesting take on stress and some helpful hints on managing it.
HOME HUB: ONE-STOP SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
You’ve heard me more than once on this radio station being critical of governments for not doing enough to help the three million Aussies in our so-called “Lucky Country” get out of poverty. Of course, thousands of the people living below the poverty line are homeless….thousands of them families, maybe you’re one of them. One of the biggest challenges in turning around this scourge on our nation is finding affordable accommodation. Enter the new housing and homeless services directory called Home Hub, a first of it’s kind online service set up by the not-for-profit HYGGE Community Life with the support of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and, to its credit, the State Government. The service is a single place, a one-stop hub if you like, which connects people who need a home with safe, secure and affordable accommodation options. Find out more from the founder of Home Hub Iain Shields.
WANNEROO MAYOR TRACEY ROBERTS – ELECTION WIN AND FUTURE GOALS
She’s back, not that I ever doubted she’d win a third term as Wanneroo mayor. Tracey Roberts has been given a clear mandate to continue as Wanneroo mayor, convincingly winning a two-candidate race at the local government elections count on Saturday night. She talks to John about the election and her goals for the City of Wanneroo.
THE JOY OF MUSIC
Most of us love having music in our lives; it can pick us up when we’re feeling down and helps us make the most of the good times. Kristy Raymond, who’s a music teacher at St Mark’s Anglican Community School, set up a community choir which is not only bringing joy into the lives of a lot of local people but also fundraising for local charities….helping people doing it tough.
PETS OF OLDER PERSONS
Living longer as we are these days presents a number of challenges for us and our pets. How do we keep together with pets such as man’s best friend, who needs regular walking and so forth. It can be a tough task for many of us. Trish Harris, from a volunteer-run group called Pets of Older Persons, has a few solutions.
MENTAL PREPARATION IN SPORT
A lot of us had a sinking feeling as West Coast bowed out of the AFL finals, but it’s time we got over it….after all it’s only a game. Well, for the fans of sport it may be a game but for the men and women who play professional sport the rigours are many and varied….some of those rigours more obvious than others. After years in the background, mental health and mental preparation before matches is starting to be recognised….so it should be too because the power of the mind is as important as the power of the physical body. Craig Harms, clinical psycologist from ECU, tells us more.
PANCREATIC CANCER – ONE OF THE BIGGEST KILLERS
It’s one of the biggest killers in our nation but not many of us know about it….well, it certainly isn’t a cancer which we hear enough about. Such is the insidious nature of pancreatic cancer that by the time it’s diagnosed the chances are that the sufferer will die within the first 12 months. Michelle Stewart is the chief executive of the Avner Foundation, the only charity in the nation exclusively dedicated to improving the survival rate of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She’s leading a national campaign in a bid to raise awareness of the problem and boost funding needed to meet the research challenges.
DRIVE-IN SLEEP-IN TO HELP THE HOMELESS
When I was a young bloke growing up in the country, in Manjimup, I used to look forward to a night out at the local drive-in. Times have moved on and now most of us check out films at the cinemas. In fact, there’s just one drive-in still operating in the metro area, in Kingsley. If you’ve never seen a film at a drive-in you may like to try the experience. The Kingsley drive-in and St Vincent de Paul Society are going to take the experience to another level shortly by staging a Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of people in our community who are homeless. It’s one thing to enjoy a movie at a drive-in then go home to a warm bed. It’s quite a different thing to be forced to live in a car. Andrew York, who’s the society’s executive manager of member and volunteer services tells as more.
When controlled burns are in the news it’s usually about fire authorities trying to reduce fuel loads in the likes of forests, such as the ones we have in the State’s south. Here in our local area we have a number of natural bushland sites which are rich in biodiversity but worrying fuel loads. Controlled burns seem to be the only way to get on top of the fuel loads, to reduce risk to life and property.Understandably, many people in the community have experienced concern about how much damage may be done to flora and fauna. After all, Friends of bushland volunteers do a great deal of work caring for these bushland sites. Andy Duckworth, who’s the local Department of Fire and Emergency Services officer, joins us to discuss this “hot topic”, pardon the pun.
CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES
Climate change is front and centre for most of us in our modern world…..and so it should be because the actions we take now will determine the future of not only ourselves but of future generations. Local governments are undertaking climate change adaption and resilience planning, but are criticised for not doing enough. I can tell you as a City of Joondalup councillor that much of the work can be costly and I’d argue that assistance from the State and Federal governments has been found wanting. That said, the State of late has been acknowledging the problem and recently worked with the peak body of local government, the WA Local Government Association, and the Local Government Insurance Service in coming up with a Natural Disaster Resilience Program funding. Let’s find out more from WALGA deputy president and Wanneroo mayor Tracey Roberts.
FLU SEASON ISN’T OVER YET!
Elly Marillier, a doctor with 15 years experience as an emergency department specialist and many years in patient care, has never seen another flu season like the one we hope and pray is coming to an end. More than 50 people have died from influenza-related illnesses in our state this flu season. The number of flu-reported cases spiked a few months ago but I suspect Elly Marillier, from the Joondalup Health Campus, is keen to remind us that the flu season isn’t over yet.
Kathryn Birch is a local mother who home-schools her kids. She has 7 kids, three are now adults. Hear what she has to say about home-schooling.
GUT BACTERIA, HEART DISEASE AND THE PALEO DIET
Paleo, the diet commonly referred to as the caveman diet, is growing popularity. The diet is based on the sorts of foods early humans ate during the Stone Age….we’re talking about the diet of the hunter-gatherers like meat fish, vegetables, some fruits and nuts. Supporters say modern diets are full of processed foods and that we’re better off choosing a Paleo diet because it may help us reduce weight and reduce our blood pressure problems. But Edith Cowan Uni researcher who studies gut bacteria has found Paleo may in fact be shortening our life expectancy. Dr Angela Genoni, from Edith Cowan’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, has found people who follow the Paleo diet have twice the amount of a key blood biomarker linked to heart disease.
ENDING HOMELESSNESS BY 2030
If you’re a regular listener to Movers and Shakers you’ll be aware that the growing number of people doing it tough concerns me big time. I’ve worked alongside fellow volunteers of charities for some time and, sadly, I can tell you there’s thousands of Aussies in dire straits because of no fault of their own. There’s and estimated 116,000 homeless people in our nation including 9,000 people in our State…..yes, I say estimated because despite the best efforts of those behind the stats it is certain that people fall through the cracks without notice. For years governments of different political persuasions have paid very little attention to homelessness. However, the State Government says it will soon be releasing a 10-year plan aimed at ending homelessness….one can hope and pray. On the other side of politics the Liberal Member for Carine, Tony Krsticevic, has been appointed as WA’s first shadow minister for homelessness in Opposition Leader Liza Harvey’s team. Mr Krsticevic is on his way to one of a number of events this week which is Homelessness Week. The event he’s heading to is Ending Homelessness by 2030: Making the Strategy a Reality.
SET TO REV UP WITH TARGA WEST RALLY
If you’re a rally enthusiast you’re probably revving up for the start of the Targa West which stars tomorrow. The event, which is free for spectators, is the State’s premier tarmac rally over four fun-filled days and also includes various class options such as Targa 130, Targa 165 and an electric vehicle category. Let’s check in with event director Ross Tapper to find out more about the fast and furious pace over the next few days.
REMEMBER THE BUS?
You may recall that at the start of spring last year the good people at the not-for-profit aged, family day-care and disability services group Community Vision launched an ambitious project called Roast to Remember aimed at raising funds for WA’s first travelling community dementia bus. Despite tough financial times ordinary people have shown extraordinary generosity and the bus has now been purchased, though there’s a way to go to get it ready to support the people who need it. Community Vision’s chief executive Michelle Jenkins chats about the bus which will improve the lives of thousands of West Australians. She also answers questions about aged care and the NDIS, especially recent changes.
WHAT’S PLANNED FOR YELLAGONGA REGIONAL PARK
The Yellagonga Regional Park, which spans 13 kilometres across the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, is a biodiversity gem which includes a natural wetland system, most prominent of which are lakes Goollelal and Joondalup. The park is of cultural significance to the Nyoongar community and has a diverse history of colonial settlement; market gardeners and viticulturists drawn to the area because of the groundwater. On Sunday week the Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park volunteers will team up with the not-for-profit environmental group Greening Australia to provide a unique chance to learn more about the park. Jan Richards, who’s the co-ordinator for FOY, tells us about what’s planned for the upcoming Celebrate Lake Goollelal day, a free event in Kingsley.
WHAT DID THE POLITICIANS GET UP TO IN KINGSLEY?
New State Opposition Leader Liza Harvey has hit the ground running, already targeting marginal seats even though it’s 20 months out from the next State election. Mrs Harvey has been in the marginal electorate of Kingsley this week with local Liberal Upper House MP Tjorn Sibma, a seat Labor’s Jessica Stojkovski holds by a wafer thin margin. Let’s check in with Mr Sibma about what he and Mrs Harvey got up to in the Kingsley electorate, which comprises the suburbs of Woodvale, Kingsley, Greenwood and Warwick.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STATE AND OUR CITY
The relationship between the City of Joondalup and State Government has been strained of late…. I won’t go into why. Let’s just say it was timely to see Premier Mark McGowan accept an invitation from the City to address a recent business forum on collaboration, a forum called Sharing Our Prosperity. If State and local governments work together the community stands to gain. Among other things, such a collaborative approach boosts business confidence and can translate into all sorts of opportunities, including more jobs for local people. At the business forum, which was attended by more than 200 local employers and senior management, the Premier shared the State Government’s optimism for the Joondalup community.
There’s an increasing number of Aussies over 55 who are still paying down their mortgages. In fact, the number of people between 55 and 64 buying their home has skyrocketed from 14 per cent to 47 per cent in the past 26 years. It’s not surprising that mature-aged Aussies are staying in the workplace longer. That said, the battlers across the ditch in New Zealand are staying at work longer. It seems that’s the case because mature-aged Kiwi workers are more highly valued and are happier than older Aussie workers. Professor Stephan Teo, who’s from Edith Cowan University’s School of Business and Law, has been comparing notes on older workers with a counterpart expert in the workforce from New Zealand, Professor Tim Bentley, of Massey University.
DRONES – HARMFUL OR HELPFUL?
Trends come and go but one which has really taken off and is flying high at present is owning a drone. The numbers of drones are not clear, especially the numbers of recreational drones. Much of the research around drones is being done in the United States, but if it’s an indication of what may be happening here then the number of drones is spinning out of control. The United States Federal Aviation Administration estimated that small hobbyist drones will more than triple from 1.1 million in 2016 to more than 3.5 million by 2021. Here in Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority estimates there’s at least 120,000 drones in the nation. In 2017 CASA reported that there were 28 per cent more drone operators certificate holders than manned aviation certificate holders. At the time, over 1100 drone operator certificate holders were employing more than 5870 remote pilots. This sort of growth in drone usage, alongside the unknowns about drones, often raises many serious security questions, which is why Edith Cowan University cyber security guru Craig Valli joins us today.
LIONS NEED YOU!
You may need Lions club support one day. Right now many Lions clubs need you…..they’re looking for new members, people who want to give back to the community. Colin Heap, president of Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club, gives us some insight into what the club does.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLU!
It’s been a late start to winter but the season has broken big time with a wild and woolly weekend followed by much of the same over the last few days. Usually we associate winter with colds and the flu, and many of us leave it until now to have our flu shot, thinking the peak of the flu season will be a few months away. But this year the flu season started early, catching many of us out and with horrible consequences. In fact, 15 people reportedly have died from flu-related illnesses and a record number of 3284 cases of flu were diagnosed in WA last month. If you haven’t had a flu shot please get one is the clear messsage from our most accomplished doctors like my guest Elly Marillier, from the Joondalup Health Campus. Perhaps we need to listen to people like Doctor Elly Marillier like never before.
TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Men’s mental health is often in the news for all the wrong sorts of reasons….I mean we talk a lot about the vast number of blokes with mental health issues and governments seem to forever be telling us they’re tackling the problem. But what inroads, if any, are being made? You may have heard me on this program talk about having my own mental health challenges over the years. Without my wife, Lil, who’s helped me to open up, I don’t know where I’d be today. Speaking of beautiful women, my guest Ashlee Harrison has been making a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems through the not-for-profit Zero2Hero organisation which she founded after the personal tragedy of losing her step-father a decade ago. Given it is Men’s Health Week I thought it timely to ask Ashlee, who’s also the chief executive of Zero2Hero, to share her views with us on men’s mental health….how far we’ve come and where to from here?
PRIORITIES FOR THE ELECTORATE OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS
Some of you may recall that on the eve of the Federal election I told you that I vote after assessing the performance of my local politicians….if they’ve measured up to community expectations. I have no idea how you decide to cast your vote….that’s your business, but I do find it interesting that WA’s pollies in the Lower House of Federal Parliament were all returned for another term. One of them in our patch is the Member for Moore, Ian Goodenough, who won easily and joins me to discuss the election and what will be his priorities for the electorate over the next three years.
HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE ASSESSMENT TOOL2019)
Huntington’s disease is a disease which causes the loss of movement and thinking capabilities. It’s a scary, horrible disease which is inherited and for which there’s no cure. The body progressively breaks down….medication can help to manage the symptoms but treatment can’t prevent the physical and mental decline of a person with Huntington’s which after years of suffering leads to death. In other words, it’s a slow and painful death sentence. ECU School of Medical and Health Sciences researcher Travis Cruickshank has gone some way with his team to develop a new assessment tool to predict the clinical onset of Huntington’s disease. Hopefully this will mean more targeted treatment for sufferers….hopefully earlier help towards a better quality of life.
PAIN OF POVERTY
During the Federal election campaign the pollies and wannabe pollies made all sorts of promises. If past experience is anything to go by, some promises will be kept but many won’t materialise. What I’m sadly sure about is that politicians aren’t in any hurry to address the needs of the growing number of people living in poverty….at last count three million of them in our so-called lucky nation, 739,000 are children and there’s a significant number who are old-age pensioners. Poverty by itself is bad enough but of course it also leads to outcomes like homelessness and hopelessness. Locally much has been left to the Wanneroo and Joondalup councils to come up with homelessness strategies, working alongside charities, various agencies and so many other good people trying to make a difference in this challenging space. The St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a winter appeal called Pain of Poverty which focuses on the impact of poverty on older members of communities….people who should live happily in their twilight years are dying poor, cold and alone. Andrew York, who’s Vinnies executive manager of member and volunteer services, explains the seriousness of the situation.
HOW DOES THE BUDGET AFFECT YOU?
The latest State Budget, handed down last week, has been somewhat overshadowed by the Federal Election. State Treasurer Ben Wyatt and the McGowan Labor Government will be out and about for many days to come, trying to convince you and I that our State’s finances are on track, that there’ll be new job opportunities, improvements to health and education, and so forth. Not surprisingly, WA Upper House politician Tjorn Simba, a shining light in the Liberal Party and possibly a future State leader, is more than a bit skeptical.
BONE MARROW AND STEM CELLS SAVE LIVES
I don’t know how many TV programs I’ve watched which have left me thinking that patient transplants are painful and involve a high degree of personal risk for donors as well as the patients. A lot of these dramatised programs are often misleading as my guest will tell you. Sue Jackson is the donor co-ordinator of WA’s Bone Marrow Donor Centre which is the auspices of the Red Cross Blood Service. Along with her colleagues at the centre, they’re in the business of saving lives by sourcing bone marrow and stem cells.
PEOPLE POWER NEEDED TO SAVE BALI PEACE PARK PLANS
You may recall a recent chat on Movers and Shakers with one of the key players in a plan to set up a peace park in Bali, which would be one of only a few such parks in the world. Keith Pearce, from the Bali Peace Park Association, told us that he was confident the park would go ahead in Kuta, which was the site of a terrorist attack in 2002. More than 200 people were killed when terrorists targeted nightclubs with bombs in 2002, including 88 Australians. Fast forward a month or so from our chat on 89.7 with Mr Pearce and the owner of the Kuta site has just released plans to build a restaurant, among other things, on the former Sari Club site. This development plan has enraged a lot of people in our local community, and let me tell you that people like Keith Pearce don’t give up easily. The good people behind the Bali Peace Park Association this week convinced Prime Minister Scott Morrison to go onto bat for them.
SPOTLIGHT ON CYBER SAFETY
In 1989 a police officer, Sgt Ross Pengilly, with support from fellow boys and girls in blue, set up a child safety foundation which has evolved into arguably the State’s most well known and effective harm prevention charity. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have heard about Constable Care. But chances are that, like me, you’re not familiar with the range of programs which help our kids. One of them which has caught my eye is a student film competition called Your Say Your Call. The competition, supported by WA Police, this year will put the spotlight on cyber safety. Danielle Antaki, the arts and education manager of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, tells us more.
ESCAPE THE WELFARE TRAP
You’ve heard me talk about this topic before but with Easter on the horizon I think it’s timely to be reminded that many people are doing it tough. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to celebrate Easter but can do with a reality check, how about you…..after all there’s three million Aussies living in poverty. Great work is being done by charities in our community but it falls well short of helping everyone. For example, the St Vincent de Paul Society helps about 41,000 people in our State but can only support about half of the people who request emergency relief for food, rent and so forth. Between 2016 and last year Vinnies partnered with Edith Cowan University researchers to investigate ways in which welfare dependency is communicated between generations within families. Aside from education, the researchers found that if adequately funded, sports and the arts are ways for children to escape the welfare trap. Professor Leila Green, from ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities, discusses the research.
If you were listening to Movers and Shakers a couple of weeks ago you would have heard me have a chat with the doctor who heads up a new stroke unit at Joondalup Health Campus. Dr Andrew Wesseldine shared his enthusiasm about the new facility, which has the potential to save lives and will benefit many stroke survivors who need ongoing rehabilitation. After that interview a friend of this radio station phoned to ask me if I’d heard about the good works of the Northern Suburbs Stroke Support Group in Wanneroo. I checked out the group, learning it has helped a significant number of local stroke survivors and their families re-adjust to life. Sally Allen, the co-ordinator of the group, tells us more.
GUIDE DOGS ARE WELCOME!
You may recall that late last year I introduced you to a local guide dog trainer and trainee Labrador Cooper. As a follow-up let me tell you that Cooper has earned his stripes….he’s now a fully-fledged guide dog caring for a youngster with autism. As well as assisting people who are blind or vision impaired or have autism or can benefit from therapy it goes without saying that guide dogs are wonderful companions. By the way, Guide Dogs WA is always on the look out for families interested in taking in these super animals to help prepare them for a life of service. One would think that guide dogs would be welcome everywhere….they should be. Sadly they aren’t; actually many are being turned away by businesses even though to refuse a guide dog entry to pretty much anywhere apart from an operating theatre in a hospital is against the law. Debra Barnes, the acting chief executive of Visibility WA, which is the State’s local provider of visibility services and operates Guide Dogs WA, speaks with John. She is joined by Joondalup resident Allan Jones and his best mate, guide dog Lenny.
SCHOOL P&C’S CONNECT WITH WIDER COMMUNITY
There’s a long-held perception in the community that the role of school Parents and Citizens Associations, or Parents and Friends Associations as they are sometimes called these days, pretty much starts and ends at operating the school canteen. While it’s true that running the school canteen is in the domain of the P&C, or P&F, there’s much more to these associations in today’s schools. These groups are playing an increasingly important role in building better communities, not just their school community but the wider community to which we all belong. Craig Watson is president of an active, progressive school P&C which regularly engages with people in the wider community. In fact, the Greenwood Primary School P&C welcomes people from all walks of life without kids attending the school as much as it does for parents of students. In recent years that has included me as a Joondalup councillor. Let’s find out why the connection between school and the wider community is so important from Greenwood P&C president Craig Watson, who himself doesn’t have kids at school.
Many of us have suffered a stroke or know of someone who has suffered one. About 50,000 Australians suffer a stroke every year. In recent years, thanks to the research of some pretty clever people, the survival rates have improved. The half-a-million stroke survivors in our nation also have hope and for many their quality of life is improving. A new 12-bed stroke unit has opened at Joondalup Health Campus which brings acute and rehabilitation stroke care closer to home for stroke survivors in our community. Dr Andrew Wesseldine, the State’s stroke director, stroke physician and geriatician, and director of clinical innovation and reform at Joondalup Health Campus, speaks to John about the new unit and what it means to those who suffer a stroke.
COMMUNITY MINDED TEENAGERS
One thing I love about my role as a City of Joondalup councillor is meeting the many and varied contributors in our community. A couple of years ago Colin Heap, who’s the president of the Woodvale-Kingsley Lions club, invited me to be one of the judges for a program called Youth of the Year. I came across a fantastic group of kids already contributing a lot in our community. Many of these youngsters are inspiring their generation to tackle today’s challenges with tomorrow’s outcome front and centre in their minds. Kingsley resident Brian Williams is a local Lion who’s the national co-ordinator of the Youth of the Year. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian when I was asked to be a judge recently, at a local stage of the long running Lions program.
BALI INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK
When I hear or read about terrorism it triggers a range of emotions; sadness over the loss of life and for grieving families, anger over the evil act of the terrorists and, to be honest, at times a feeling of wanting revenge. Suppressing that feeling of wanting revenge can be a big challenge but I realise it’s a feeling which must be controlled so I don’t become like a terrorist myself. On October 12 in 2002 (almost 17 years ago now) 202 people were killed when terrorists targeted nightclubs in Bali. Of those who lost their lives, 88 were Australians. Keith Pearce had his son in Bali at the time with a number of other young men from the Kingsley Amateur Football Club…..seven of those young blokes didn’t make it home. Mr Pearce will be MC at an English Breakfast event at the Kingsley Memorial Clubrooms on April 14 which is a fundraiser for a Bali peace park. He’s a member of the Lions Club of Whitford which is hosting the breakfast to raise funds for a group called the Bali Peace Park Association. Keith has strong ties with the association, which is determined to see the Sari Club site in Bali’s Kuta district become a place of peace where people can look forward, not back, and consider playing a part in bringing international peace.
Tiffany Gourlay, of the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre, speaks to John about the need for donors, especially to cover the coming Easter and Anzac Day holiday period.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WORKING TOGETHER
This morning I attended a special event at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre; the launch of a plan which has the potential to save and change the lives of the homeless people living in the local area. The Regional Homelessness Plan is the first of its kind for local government in our State. I’m proud that the City of Joondalup, of which I’m a councillor, and the City of Wanneroo have teamed up in a bid to assist the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. Both local governments have acknowledged the need for a shared vision to address homelessness. Wanneroo mayor Tracey Roberts, who launched the special partnership alongside Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob, joins me to tell us about the plan. She also speaks about the tri-cities alliance between the cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Wanneroo.
DESERVING SENIOR CITIZEN
The City of Joondalup Senior Citizen of the Year award for an individual aged over 65 went to Duncraig resident Carmel Ward for her work as a volunteer mentor at Greenwood College, particularly with some of the school’s most vulnerable students. With her natural ability to relate to and support people of different ages and backgrounds, it is evident that students Carmel has worked with have demonstrated greater confidence in their approach to their studies, a happier disposition and improved communication skills. Ms Ward has also had a long association with the Lions Club – both in Victoria and WA – as well as various other charities, such as PlusLife, which help people in need and improve the quality of other people’s lives.
ROTARIANS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Eliza Bourgault du Coudray, president of the Rotary Club of Joondalup, speaks to John about being a Rotarian and some of the projects the club is working on.
PAINT THE TOWN REaD
As I head towards my senior years, I find myself pondering how much I don’t know and how much more I may have learnt if as an infant someone or something had sparked an interest in reading. Many of us consider our nation as one where everyone can get an education and grow to our full potential. It’s an assumption questioned by Rhonda Brain. In fact, she became rather uncomfortable as an educator so she decided to explore pathways to learning at an earlier age. She found when children get interested in reading well before school age they get much more out of their school years….you might say they arrive at school ahead of the game. Rhonda set up a literacy movement called Paint The Town REaD.
One of our local organisers of the Paint The Town REaD program, Andrea Folkard, continues to explain the early literacy movement which aims to encourage kids to start reading before they head to school.
FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH
‘Tis the season to be jolly is just around the corner again. Well, try telling that to the 9500 homeless people and thousands of other lonely people in our city. Thankfully there’s a group of local people from different faiths who are coming together to bring a bit of joy into the lives of others. Jeff Fullelove is chairman of the group which is holding this year’s Christmas Lunch in Central Park.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME ISSUES
With an annual budget of $22 billion a year as a taxpayer you’d expect an insurance scheme, a safety net, for vulnerable people to work well. The National Disability Insurance Scheme was set up and is being rolled out to assist mostly under 65s who have disabilities ranging from physical and intellectual disabilities to autism, deafness and blindness, and mental health challenges which prevent regular participation in the workforce. But in reality such are the many and varied problems associated with the scheme’s roll out that one in five vulnerable people say they’re worse off. Many of these people have had support cut under the scheme, which cost taxpayers $22 billion a year to fund when fully rolled out, supposedly in 2020. Here in the northern suburbs, where the NDIS has just been rolled out, there’s growing concern about the program….its own program to join the national one. Michelle Jenkins, the chief executive of local NDIS provider Community Vision, joins us to discuss the issues.
A ROAST TO REMEMBER FOR DEMENTIA
Michelle Jenkins, who’s the CEO of the not-for-profit Community Vision discusses, with John, an initiative which is raising community awareness about dementia.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Man’s best friend has arrived in the studio at 89.7fm. He’s a quiet achiever called Cooper, a staff member of Guide Dogs WA. Joining Cooper is autism assistance dog instructor Bethan Holyoake. Bethan trains the likes of beautiful labradors like Cooper who are enriching the lives of people in our local community. Unfortunately there’s simply not enough foster carers for the Coopers at Guide Dogs WA. Let’s find out more…..
ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS
You and I have heard the messages on countless occasions….watch your speed, wear a seat belt, don’t drive when tired. The reality is the messages aren’t getting through….there’s been 137 deaths on our roads this year, just 24 less than last year’s total and the busy season on roads hasn’t yet started. In my opinion, the carnage on our roads is a community responsibility….a problem we share and need to work together to sort out. A step towards that goal is participating in the WA Local Government’s Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign which runs from Sunday until January 4. This Sunday, campaign launch day, is also United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. WALGA president Lynne Craig is going to tell us more about her association’s community campaign.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
If you’re a regular listener of this radio program you’ll be aware that the epidemic of mental health problems and the spiralling rate of people taking their own lives concerns me, as I’m sure it does for the vast majority of you too. Last year 3,128 Australians took their lives….262 more than the previous year. Men with mental health challenges are most at risk….about three times as many men than women take their own lives. Taking one’s own life is the biggest cause of loss of life among young people in our nation. Today I’d like to introduce you to a young man who’s the co-ordinator of a breakfast event aimed at assisting young blokes struggling with mental health problems. Brodie Mack is a member of the Zero2Hero Camp Hero alumni who’s studying to be a counsellor.
POLITICAL NUMBERS GAME
Politics is a numbers game….the number of seats in Lower House of Parliament determining who will be the government of the day and Opposition parties, the number of votes from the last election often translating to how well placed a politician is to hold his or her seat at the next poll, and so on. On that basis, many punters may think that Federal MP Ian Goodenough, with an 11 per cent buffer in the seat of Moore, is in a plum job. But just recently, voters sent a clear message of their discontentment to the Liberal Party in Wentworth, the former seat of axed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. The winning prize was delivered to high-profile Independent Kerryn Phelps with a 19 per cent swing against the Government. It’s fair to say that many Wentworth voters were unhappy about their man, Malcolm, being dumped as PM. But, that aside, there’s signs of discontent with the Blue Team in politics running much deeper. If so, Ian Goodenough could be in trouble at the next election.
FAIR GO FOR WA
It’s taking a long time coming but there seems to be some positive news on the returns of the Goods Services Tax for us here in the West. After years of Federal governments and Oppositions giving WA the insulting it appears WA will get a better deal on the GST. Anne Aly, who’s electorate of Cowan includes suburbs in both the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup, joins us from Canberra, where Federal Parliament is sitting.
PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE
If you’re a regular listener to this show you’re probably aware that my personal view is far too many of us are fixated on gadgets….that we’re losing our ability to communicate as human beings. That said, of course technology can be used for a greater good. That’s exactly what Wes Storm has been doing. He wants to protect and care for people who are vulnerable in our community. He’s come up with a computer software package which he’s hoping will go some way to providing checks and balances to protect kids, the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people from being victims of abuse. Wes is hoping someone will put up their hand to help him trial the multilingual software so it can become more widely available and then perhaps developed as an app.
We’re fortunate in the northern suburbs to have some of the world’s most talented doctors on our doorstep. Orthopaedic consultant Arash Taheri, who’s based at Joondalup Health Campus, is using state-of-the-art robot-assisted technology for joint surgery such as knee and hip jobs. The technology, popular in the US, has the potential to revolutionise the way surgery is being done here. Arash Taheri speaks about robotic surgery and the associated benefits.
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY FOY
We love to celebrate birthdays…. I think it’s important that as a community we acknowledge and celebrate the birthdays of volunteer groups….their members are the heart and soul of our community. Many of us are aware of Yellagonga Regional Park, a wetland system which includes Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal. A Bush Forever site, the 1400 hectare park is frequented by more than 120 different species of birds and has more than 220 species of flora. There’s also a number of historical sites in the park, which was named after the Mooro Aboriginal people. The State department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions along with the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup has the responsibilty for managing the park. But lots of the heavy lifting is also done by the volunteer group Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park which turns 25 this year. Kevin McLeod, chairman of FOY, speaks about the groups achievements during the past 25 years.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOME CARE
Like me, I’m sure that you’re outraged over the abuse of residents in nursing homes. There’s been countless media reports of the abuse; of people who have given much to this country being treated like animals in the twilight of their lives. Is it any wonder that there’s a growing demand for home care compared with demand for places in residential aged-care facilities. People want to stay in their own homes, be independent, more than ever. Eileen Wilson, care and training manager, discusses the challenges that ordinary people face as they age and need support, and who they can turn to with confidence to help them make sound decisions about their future.
FINES FOR FLOUTERS
October is Bushfire Action Month; the time of the year when the Department of Fire and Emergency Services appeals big time for us to be bushfire ready. Prescribed burning has reduced some of the fuel loads from last year, but there’s still significant fuel load after significant rainfall in recent months. The State Government has introduced $1000 on-the-spot fines for the idiots who flout total fire ban laws….a good move and long overdue. Andy Duckworth, our local district DFES officer, reminds us of the need to be prepared for bushfires.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEATH AND DYING
I find that talking about death is a challenge. When it comes to talking about my own death, hopefully no time soon, I avoid the subject, though I admit that as I get closer to senior citizen age the thought crosses my mind. Should we be reticent to discuss our inevitable departure from this world? If we were more open to such a discussion would it help us make better use of our time living? Vicki Barry is a local Death Cafe convenor. The name sounds scary but as you’re about to find out there’s no need to be alarmed.
TRASH OR TREASURE
Most of us are familiar with the adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. It’s certainly timely, with many of us who live locally gearing up to take part in the annual Garage Sale Trail on October 20 and 21. The national program, aimed at changing our behaviour so that once loved items are re-homed, had done much over the eight years it’s been running to keep items out of landfill. Andrew Valder, co-founder of the nation-wide Garage Sale Trail, fills us in.
World suicide Prevention Day was held on Monday, an awareness of suicide as a global tragedy. It’s concerned me for years that thousands of people have taken their own lives or attempted to do so in our nation, a so-called lucky country. Almost 3,000 people a year die from self-harm and for every person who ends his or her own life about 25-30 others attempt to do so. Locally, the Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network, which was formed a year ago almost to the day under the auspices of Wesley Lifeforce, has a goal of Zero Suicides. You may well ask if no suicide is a realistic goal. Kat Houareau, the chair of the network, is confident that better ways forward to tackle the issue are being found.
COMFORTING FIFO DOLLS
The mental health of fly-in-fly-out workers is a major concern for good reason…..much has been talked about the long hours, isolation and separation from their spouses and kids. I’d like to bring to you the story of how how a stay-at-home Carramar mother has been helping the kids of FIFO parents to cope with mum or dad being away from home for extended periods of time. Natalie Wilson worked as a graphic designer before having a family of her own. In more recent years, she’s turned her talent for designing and a longtime passion for sewing into creating dolls with a difference. FIFO dolls are now comforting scores of kids, who miss not having mum or dad at home, sometimes for weeks, because of work commitments. The dolls bear an uncanny resemblance of the FIFO parent working away from home.
TO THE BRINK AND BACK
If you’re out and about travelling by train or bus, or perhaps shopping at a popular supermarket, on Friday there’s a fair chance that you’ll come across volunteers from the St Vincent de Paul Society encouraging you to donate a few coins towards the charity’s annual street appeal. Vinnies provides emergency relief to about 40,000 people a year and almost all of the money donated in Friday’s street appeal will go directly to people who genuinely need it, not towards meeting administration and other costs. When we donate we make a contribution towards helping people doing it tough to get back on track….in many cases we help to keep a roof over the head of a stuggling family. Trish may not have been with us today had it not been for Vinnies. She shares her journey from the hell of being homeless with two teenage children to getting back into a safe place and now studying at university.
A ROAST TO REMEMBER
When I was a kid I looked forward to Sundays because it was when all my family got together for one of mum’s fabulous roast meals. It was a time to reflect as a family on the week behind us and discuss the week ahead. Most families in the community in which I grew up shared similar experiences. Fast-forward to today’s hectic schedules, and you don’t find many families caring an sharing over a roast or other meal on a regular basis. As a community there are health costs from not engaging as well as we should with each other….that is by not engaging face-to-face. One of those costs is the growing number of us suffering from dementia. Many of you have heard about the not-for-profit group called Community Vision. It provides a range of services for people in the local area, including Home Care, Veterans Home Care Assessments, and Disability and Family Day Care programs. Community Vision has launched an initiative called Roast to Remember which aims to put community back into community. CV’s chief executive, Michelle Jenkins, explains.
HELPING AUSSIE BATTLERS GET BACK INTO WORK
The catch-cry Thank God for the Salvos has long been widely appreciated, and for good reason because the Salvation Army has helped millions of people over the years. But do you know the Salvos are behind the second biggest employment services provider in the nation? The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus has about 38,000 job seekers on its books spread over more than 90 locations, including here in Joondalup. Nicki Trappitt, who’s the business development manager for Employment Plus, says that while placing people back into jobs after they’ve been out of work for some time continues to be challenging she’s confident there’s better times for job seekers on the horizon.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO YOUNG LIVES
One of the more pleasant jobs that I have as a Joondalup councillor is engaging with a cross-section of people who are making positive contributions in our community. A few days ago I met a young man who co-ordinates the theatrical response group of the Constable Care Safety Foundation. He was working alongside students at Woodvale Senior College. Zac James is his name. He was directing a rehearsal of the production called Party for a show later that day for the parents and friends of the students. Party is a performance which focuses on some challenging youth issues and how to address them.
GET LOUD – TELETHON SPEECH AND HEARING CENTRE
Many of us are probably aware of the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre….it’s been a beneficiary of Channel 7’s Telethon for a number of years. But I wonder how many of us know the centre is the only one of its kind in the nation, helping 1300 kids a year. The centre brings together various supports for kids with hearing and speech problems and supports their families along the way. An integrated service delivery helps kids to hear and speak so they can learn and have fun. You may say the centre is in a league of its own. Daniel Lombardo, who’s the business development manager at the Wembley-based facility, has been working in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo of late, building relationships between the centre and medical practitioners and local families.
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Our mayors and councillors, including me as a Joondalup councillor, cop criticism at times…..some of it’s fair but sometimes it’s a case of the people we’re privileged to represent not being made aware of limitations under the law. Part one of a two-part comprehensive review of the Local Government Act has just been completed. The Act is 20 years old so a review has been overdue. State Opposition’s local government spokesman, Tony Krsticevic, shares some of his views on the review, a McGowan government election commitment which is being delivered under the auspices of Local Government Minister David Templeman.
SAVING LANDSDALE FARM SCHOOL
The plan to shift the operations of Landsdale Farm School from the Education Department to another organisation, likely a private one on a lease basis, has been headline news. Thousands of locals have signed petitions which have been presented to parliament by MPs, including local Liberal Upper House Member Tjorn Simba, who’s the opposition’s Community Services and Youth spokesman.
QUALIFIED GLAZIER OR COWBOY?
If, or should I say when, we need an electrician or a plumber or other job of expertise, most of us call a qualified person to do the job…..we call a tradie. That isn’t the case for a lot of us when we want glass installed at home….even though the wrong glass for the job, not properly installed, puts our families at risk of serious injury. Campbell Pudney, who’s worked in the glass industry for 45 years, was the first glazier in the nation to gain a Certified Glaziers Certificate and has a rare Master Glaziers Accreditation. He says safety isn’t being made a priority….that cost is being put ahead of our safety.
TRI-CITIES BLOOD CHALLENGE
As a Joondalup councillor, I’m delighted that our people are leading those in neighbouring Stirling and Wanneroo after the first month of the latest tri-cities blood donation challenge. Joondalup has chalked up 666 donations, compared with Stirling’s 515 and Wanneroo with 505. Jess Willet, of the Red Cross Blood Service, is keen for people to donate for the first time.
Many of you will have read or heard about Homelessness Week….it started on Monday to raise awareness of homelessness. But I wonder how many of us truly understand what it’s like to be homeless….a dispiriting state about 9,500 people are experiencing here in WA. The cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup are working on a regional homeless strategy. Both cities have also developed processes to help their staff who assist people sleeping rough. On Saturday our local governments are getting together for an event called Blink of an Eye. To be held in the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, the event acknowledges the fact that life can quickly go pear-shaped. Michelle Mackenzie is the chief executive of Shelter WA, a not-for-profit which advocates for affordable housing and ending homelessness. She understands homelessness better than most of us, and joins John Logan for a chat.
WORKING ON IT
Former local councillor Sabine Winton won the State Parliament seat of Wanneroo with a first-preference swing of almost 26 per cent against one-time Liberal Minister Paul Miles. Like her Labor colleagues, she promised back at the election in March last year to tackle, among other things, unemployment and State debt, both of which are still out of control. Sabine joins John to answer some frank questions about the challenges facing the Government, especially in the Wanneroo area.
ORIGINS PROJECT – A HEALTHIER GENERATION
An exciting project of international significance is underway at Joondalup Health Campus, one aimed at ensuring the next generation is healthier and more productive. Designed to span 10 years and involve 10,000 families, Origins project hopes to unravel the key caused of non-communicable problems such as childhood obesity, allergies and mental health issues. Funding of $26 million has been provided over the life of the study, $13 million from benevolent Paul Ramsay Foundation via Telethon and the other $13 million from Federal Government funds. Professor Desiree Silva, the head of paediatrics at Joondalup Health Campus, speaks about the project.
FIRE! ARE YOU PREPARED?
I think it’s fair to say that most of us find focusing on the risk of fire on a hot summer’s day a lot easier than on a wet and cold day in the middle of winter. So it may come as a reality check to learn that last winter our fire fighters attended, on average, two accidental house fires a day. Andy Duckworth, who’s our Joondalup district fire officer, is keen to highlight the winter risk of fire to us.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR PEOPLE IN NEED
Chris Smith is the general manager of business development for Foundation Housing, a not-for-profit which provides homes for people in need. Foundation Housing is the biggest property manager of its kind in the State with about 2500 tenancies, and a number of local offices including one in Joondalup.
BEAT THE FLU
Every year at this time the medical profession encourages us to have the flu shot, remember to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, exercise and do at least the basics associated with hygiene. John Logan catches up with Elly Marillier from the Joondalup Health Campus to find out what’s been happening on the flu scene.
KUFUNZA – AID FOR EAST AFRICAN CHILDREN
If you’re like me you appreciate the world’s givers….those who help others and expect little in return. Sarah-Jayne Griffiths, who’s a social worker, runs a WA-based social enterprise called Kufunza. She set it up with her family to help people in need, a lot of them being East African children. Kufunza sells various products, provides speakers for events and leads groups of volunteer to East Africa.
NEVER STOP READING
They say behind every good man there’s a good woman. I’ve not met Premier Mark McGowan but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting his wife, Sarah, so chances are Mark’s a decent bloke. Sarah McGowan is a mother of three kids, a part-time teacher and the ambassador of a program called Never Stop Reading, which encourages parents to continue to read aloud to their kids all the way through primary school. She caught up with students and teachers at Greenwood Primary School on Monday to explain the program and its many benefits.
DOING IT TOUGH
Sadly more than 9000 people in the metro area are homeless. But there’d be thousands more if it wasn’t for dedicated volunteers who are members of charities which provide assistance to those in need. Louise Macfarlane, a spokeswoman for the St Vincent de Paul Society, joins John Logan to tell us a bit about the work of these unsung heroes.
COULD YOU LIVE ON $39 A DAY?
You may be interested to learn three-quarters of Newstart recipients have received income support for more than a year, 68 percent are in the 35-64 age bracket and 78 percent are paid at the allowance’s single rate, $273 a week. Thousands of younger people receive a pittance under the Youth Allowance program. Some are apprentices and students but 40 percent of them are 16-21 year-olds without a job who rely on family and friends for support. Studies have found about $433 a week is needed to cover living basics such as housing, food, clothing, health and transport. In a nut shell, there’s a lot of people on these allowances who are in a state of poverty. Speaking to John Logan is Jennie Gray, the deputy chief executive of the WA Council of Social Service. She’s got some pretty strong views on the allowances, which haven’t increased in 24 years.
A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO SHALOM HOUSE
How often do we talk about the scourge of drugs in the community…pretty often, don’t we? However how many of us would be up in arms if a drug rehabilitation centre opened in our neighbourhood, especially if some of those people seeking support had served serious jail time for drug trafficking and other crimes as well as being users? Peter Lyndon-James is the founder and chief executive of Shalom House…arguably the strictest rehab centre for men in the nation. He speaks openly, to John Logan, about his life and Shalom House.
INSPIRATIONAL : AUTHOR, JOURNALIST, SPEAKER
If you’re a regular listener to Movers and Shakers you’ll be aware that the program provides a voice for people who support local communities. Many of thee people have interesting life stories. One of them is Alicia Young, an award-winning author, accomplished television journalist and inspirational speaker who has lived in eight different countries, but proudly calls Australia home.
POVERTY-100 FAMILIES PROJECT
Susan Young, the director of Social Policy Practice and Research Consortium at UWA, joins John Logan to chat about the 100 Families Project. The WA Council of Social Services has teamed up with a number of charities and UWA to study how families have become trapped in poverty and, importantly, what may help them to find a way out.
DONATE PLASMA AND SAVE LIVES
We’re fortunate in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo that we have many and varied volunteers. Our selfless troops include a number of people who, on a regular basis, donate their blood at the Edgewater Donor Centre. Giving blood is a wonderful way of making a contribution to the community, especially if you’re time poor because of work or family commitments. It takes very little time and you may be giving a heck of a lot….in fact, you may be saving someone’s life. Now is a great time to get started because the Australian Red Cross Blood Service is in need of plasma. Daniela Niv, from the Blood Service, is going to tell us more.
PRESELECTION AND MORE
Ian Goodenough was elected to the Federal Parliament in 2013. He’s the Member for Moore, a blue-ribbon Liberal party seat which comprises most of the suburbs in the City of Joondalup. I suspect that he realised the job would be challenging when first elected….after all, you can’t please everyone…but I wonder whether he could have envisaged that one of his biggest challenges would come from within his own party as he seeks endorsement to contest the election due next year. Former State Minister Paul Miles….he lost the State seat of Wannerooo last year and was elected to the Wanneroo council just seven months ago…will be one of four contenders for Mr Goodenough’s job when Liberal Party’s State Council meets later this week. Mr Goodenough’s fate will be decided after Brisbane MP Jane Prentice, an assistant minister, lost preselection for her seat…a result which has led to much-publicised Liberal Party infighting. Sadly, but perhaps understandably, the Member for Moore hasn’t yet got back to me about being on Movers and Shakers. Well-known Liberal powerbroker Peter Collier, who’s a State Upper House MP, has agreed to discuss the hotly debated preselection process going on for Moore.
OUT OF THE FOREST
Gregory Smith is an extraordinary man as is his life story. He has a PhD in Sociology and is a teacher and author, but his journey to his accomplishments has been more than a bit rocky. As a child in the 1960s he suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse in a NSW orphanage after his parents abandoned him and four sisters. By the time he was 15 he had broken the law numerous times and was sent to a juvenile detention centre. As a young adult he became addicted to drugs and alcohol and struggled with mental health problems. Gregory Smith spent 10 years living in a forest near Byron Bay from about 1990…homeless, alone and seemingly with no prospects for a better life. So how did he emerge from that dark shadow of the forest and turn his life around to where he is today, a teacher in a university?
Much is made about the gender gap in the workplace and perhaps it won’t surprise you that a Global Gender Gap Report has put our nation way back, in 35th place, campared with other countries in the standings on the issue. You may find it interesting to learn that our law makes are some of the worst offenders when it comes to jobs for the boys. Karen Vernon, an accomplished WA barrister, is advocating for change by encouraging organisations and individuals to sign up for a grassroots 100 Days for Change campaign.
SIMLAB – IMMERSIVE LEARNING SIMULATIONS
Susan Ledger is the associate dean of engagements and school partnerships at Murdoch University’s School of Education. Murdoch University introduced the first simulated classrooms in the southern hemisphere. Sounds high-tech, it certainly is. Basically it’s about preparing students for real teaching by getting them to be successful in virtual classrooms first.
It’s budget week, with the Federal Budget of course handed down yesterday anf the State Budget to be handed down tomorrow. The cynical may say the Sate Budget is being handed down close to the Federal one so that at least some os the tough measures in it may slip under the radar for the timebeing. You may not always agree with him, perhaps you don’t agree with him at all, but Peter Katsambanis, the Member for Hillarys and Opposition’s spokesman on police, road safety and industrial relations has never been one to shirk a fight.
STATE BUDGET AND LOCAL ISSUES
The McGowan Government’s Cabinet team are heading to Kingsley and Balcatta at the end of the month in a bid to shore up support. The visit will be an opportunity to sell the State Budget, which will be handed down by Treasurer Ben Wyatt tomorrow week, All the signs are that it’ll be a tough budget as the Government tries to make inroads to address a $42 billion deficit. That said , there’s no doubt that Labor’s Jessica Stojkovski, the Member for Kingsley, which comprises Warwick, Kingsley and Woodvale, will be hoping there’s room in the budget for some local projects.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
There’s been much talk, and a fair bit of angst, over the impending National Disability Insurance Scheme. The first stage of the federally-run scheme is about to be rolled out in WA, with people on a WA trialled program being transferred to the federal one. Not-for-profit Community Vision will be one of the leading service providers under the watchful eye of the National Disability Insurance Agency, which the Government has charged with the responsibility of efficiently delivering the NDIS service in WA. Michelle Jenkins, chief executive of Community Vision, explains what the NDIS will mean to local people and generally hoe it will work.
COWAN TOWN HALL MEETING WITH BILL SHORTEN AND ANNE ALY
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has been in town visiting local electorates and promoting Labor policies ahead of next year’s Federal election. Cowan MP Anne Aly invited Mr Shorten to meet local residents at a so-called Cowan Town Hall meeting in Wanneroo earlier this week. Anne Aly talks about the Shorten visit and the issues affecting local people.
LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Caleb McKenna, 17 year old student and head boy at Warwick Senior High School, is one of three students selected in a district final to make it through to the Lions Youth of the Year State Final. He talks to John Logan about the competition, his goals and community involvement.
We often talk about suicide prevention on this program, and for good reason. WA’s Ombudsman has reported that in the last financial year 42 per cent of all sudden deaths among teenagers were from suicide. By contrast, the percentage of teenage deaths as a result of car crashes was 29 per cent. Of course the problem isn’t confined to youngsters. Suicide is also at alarming rates among adults. Kat Houareau is the chairperson of a local community network group which is taking a unique approach to tackling the issue.
BLACK DOG AND FIRST AID HEROES
David Gribble, the chief executive of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, joins John Logan to discuss a new program aimed at suicide prevention and supporting young people through the grieving process. Constable Care has also teamed up with St John Ambulance to come up with a puppet performance for primary school kids.
ROAD SAFETY – BLESSING OF THE ROADS
At the start of this week there has been 37 deaths on our roads, 21 on country roads and 16 in the city. That was two more deaths than at the same time last year. Easter has long been an ugly time for road stats. It’s a time when many of us leave our homes for a break in the country….sadly some don’t return. Michelle Roberts, the Police and Road Safety Minister, joins John Logan after officiating at an annual Blessing of Roads event in Sorrento.
WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
International Women’s Day was a fortnight ago, but the story is one that grows by the day, by the month, by the year. Are women being sold short in the workplace; are they being undervalued? The answer probably depends on who you put the question to. Aquila Burhani, a young 4th year chemical engineering student at Edith Cowan University, shares her views.
At last night’s council meeting, the Joondalup council, of which I’m a member, decided to stage the introduction of a three-bin service. It’s a service the Wanneroo council is also considering, and one other councils have had for some time. In simple terms, three bins instead of the two-bin system which Joondalup and Wanneroo have offered for many years, provides more opportunity to separate waste which increases recycling opportunities…less waste ends up in landfill. Gunther Hoppa, the acting chief executive of the Mindarie Regional Council, explains some of the waste challenges we face.
Azelene Williams’ life story is one of personal courage and compassion for others. National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is on Friday. Azelene shares her experience of domestic violence as a teenager in South Africa.
MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS EXPO
On Friday, a different kind of business expo will be held at Arena Joondalup. The Multicultural Business Expo brings together local business people who were born overseas. It’s an exercise improving education and networking opportunities. Cema Santos, the founder of the Immigrant Business Networking Association, speaks to John Logan about the expo.