We must come together to commemorate our Vietnam Veterans
Yesterday marked the 53rd anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Day.
Today we launch our new approach to delivering news, which we hope will make it easier and quicker to find out what is happening in our region.
As the leaves and temperatures started to drop at the start of winter, I remember thinking there would be no chance the cold weather could ruin my fitness routine. For some unknown reason, I thought I would be able to defy all odds and make it through with several nights of gym work each week and yoga topping off my positive habits. However, it wasn’t until I went for a second bowl of pasta the other night after having not been to the gym in about three days that I realised the winter blues had gripped me. As a way of counteracting the damage of two months of carb loading and no high intensity exercise, I decided to go with an all-or-nothing approach, committing to my first Grit class at the gym. A 30-minute high-intensity interval training workout, the class incorporates cardio, weights and body weight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. Having seen extremely physically fit people taking part in Grit, I never thought it would be the type of class for me due to a general lack of fitness coupled with a lack of coordination. As the music started blasting through the speakers and the other participants quickly removing their jumpers and jackets, it was safe to say I was a little nervous. Feeling flushed after simply the warm-up track, I knew I was in a bit if trouble. Then the burpees came. I don’t know anyone who enjoys doing burpees, especially when they are coupled with mountain climbers, push-ups and a combination of squats and lunges. I remember having a thought about the lack of exercise I had taken part in during the winter months, cursing myself for all the time I had spent snuggling up in bed with a snack or two. As the 30 minutes came to an end and, I finally had a chance to catch my breath and stop the room from spinning, I was excited to get back into it and hopefully shave some kilograms of winter warmth I had stored up in recent times. Although intimidated, it was great to get that fit feeling back and, although there was no way I could get through the whole routine with 100 percent effort, it was an important step to get moving once more. I’ve now tackled my second Grit class at the gym and although I’m not considering a career change into the world of personal training, it did feel wonderful to use muscles that hadn’t had a workout in a while. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the pain of leaning down, sitting and getting out of bed for the next couple of days. The pain across the top of my shoulders as I type this is also less than desirable. Get up and get moving. Your body will thank you, no matter the season.
The idea to introduce a law that would prevent homelessness is puzzling. As it’s such a trivial topic any proposal that can reduce the impact or number of homeless people is certainly welcomed. But just because it seems to be providing positive outcomes in Wales, doesn’t mean it could work in Australia, let alone Shepparton. Governments spend millions implementing new laws and campaigns, but outcomes are still the same, sometimes worse. An example of this is the road toll. There are some important facts around these potential laws the Shepparton region would love to see. When implementing the law using three different stages in Wales, the duty to prevent homelessness was successful for 68 per cent of clients. It was also successful for 41 per cent of clients when local councils tried to help secure housing and 80 per cent successful when the local council has a duty to secure the housing if in priority need.
The zero waste movement is fighting plastic pollution in a positive way and is something that should be embraced by our community.
The decision by the AFL to scrap its high paced, colourful T20 version of football, referred to as AFLX, is a relief.
‘‘Greater Shepparton is a place where business is growing, and the emerging success story is horticulture.’’
If you are to listen to the politicians, the problems with the Barmah Choke have just occurred in the last irrigation season.
SANDY LLOYD IS CONTEMPLATING SOME BIG QUESTIONS
Planting trees is a good way to regenerate the landscape and at the same grow our sense of community.
For a long time the problems of the Murray River being driven by poor water policy have flown under the radar. This is partly because the water sharing arrangements are dependant on three states throwing added complexities to the implementation of...
More than 24 000 Victorians and 116 000 Australians will experience homelessness tonight.
Tomorrow I will run my first half marathon in Melbourne but if I had a choice I would be running for the hills and finding a good hiding place instead.
The news Shepparton police will have four full-time detectives investigating family violence by the end of the year must be welcomed.And it must be celebrated as a win for the community.But it is also a harrowing reminder of the epidemic that is sweeping the nation, Shepparton included.Every year our police alone respond to more than 1600 family violence instances across Shepparton. While violence can happen to both men and women, statistics show one woman is murdered in Australia every week by her current or former partner.Detective Senior Sergeant David Bowler said these new reforms would mean a dedicated team of detectives would investigate family violence.“It’s allowing us to make better informed decisions based on the reports we receive,” Det Sen Sgt Bowler said. “I hope to see we have better outcomes in the future, but it will take time.’’It is important to remember tackling family violence must not just fall on the shoulders of our police. We must tackle it together as a community and we must call it out when we see it. That is the only way it will stop. “If you look at the Crime Statistics Victoria stats Shepparton is still showing an increase,” Det Sen Sgt Bowler said.Statistics also show one in four women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15. These statistics don’t lie.But they need to change.And they need to change immediately.
What does a Woolworths’ Lion King Ooshie and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan have in common?
A freshwater crocodile, skinned from its head to tail, was found in the Murray River near Barham on Sunday. Gold Coast electrician Brent Lodge found the reptile while out fishing and recorded a video that he posted to Instagram. As of July 23 the...
Police are currently on scene investigating the circumstances after a man was stabbed in Shepparton this afternoon. Police were called to Wright Ave around 2.20pm where they found a man with a number of stab wounds. A 19-year-old Shepparton man has...
A WOMAN in her 40s is likely to be flown to Melbourne after jumping out of a moving car in Moama earlier today. Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Huggett said Moama and Echuca police and Ambulance Victoria were called to Perricoota Rd near...