Family braves floodwaters to save horse on their doorstep

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They did their best.”Murwillumbah is reeling at the moment; there is a lot of devastation and a lot of damage and people lost not only their businesses, but their houses.”We are all trying to look each other and the community is certainly rallying around everyone.”Tilly has since been reunited with her family and best friend, a pig called Snooky. Two men who saved a horse from drowning at Murwillumbah have said they thought the animal would die in their arms through the night.Leigh Shepherd said they found their neighbour’s 25-year-old horse, Tilly, struggling in deep water in front of their home on Friday night after his wife heard a noise from the yard.Mr Shepherd swam out to the horse after his wife declared she was going to get it.”I couldn’t stand all my friends saying ‘you let your wife swim out into flood waters, what were you doing?’ So obviously I had to go out and get the bloody thing,” he said.It took several attempts to get the horse to safety, culminating in his son Rob getting an extension cord and using that to lead the horse to a stairwell outside their house.The horse made it up the stairs and onto the landing, though still in water.”Once she got up there she was exhausted and she just collapsed,” Leigh Shepherd said.Rob Shepherd, 21, held Tilly’s head above water on a boogie board for more than five hours waiting for the water to recede.”She was just buggered, she couldn’t move, she just lay there and was dependent on us,” he said.”We thought if she wasn’t going to drown maybe hyperthermia or something like that would have got her.”Tilly’s fight convinced rescuers to keep helping her outLeigh Shepherd said there were several times through the night when the horse looked close to death and they were concerned about what they would do if she died in their doorway.”There was one time there where we actually took the boogie board out and she struggled to keep her head above water,” he said.”And we thought ‘she wants to live’, so we just kept it under there and we’re so happy we did.”

Tilly looks healthier now that she is back on four legs. (ABC News: Donna Harper) Photo:
Snooky the pig welcomed Tilly back into their muddy playpen. (Facebook: Baldwin Equine Veterinary Services)
Equine veterinarian Greg Baldwin treated Tilly over the weekend for a number of minor injuries.”Remarkably she has come through it pretty well,” he said.”She has a reasonably severe wound on her forehead, a few scratches and bruises, a couple of rubs on her hip, but she’s come through it.”The Murwillumbah-based veterinarian said it was particularly heartwarming to hear about the effort the Shepherd family made to keep the horse alive.”The guys basically had no horse knowledge, they just did the best they could in a situation that was a disaster zone really,” he said.”The owners are very grateful for the boys.
Tilly’s head was kept above water by Rob, Leigh and a boogie board. (Facebook: Leigh Shepherd)
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April 03, 2017 08:22:19
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Learning the inside workings of a computer is one of the courses on offer at Makerspace. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
Students are given space and time to work out how the computers go together to get them working. trying to interpret the images because there’s not a lot of writing here.”I find that that’s an interesting way to construct something like this; I expected a big instruction manual with a lot of words in it.”I guess it’s all about trial and error and experimentation and that’s what computers are all about in my experience.”

Amelia from the Tasmanian eSchool says learning to build a computer from scratch was fun. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“It’s basically getting you to take a look at the insides of the computer,” Stella, one of the students, said of the course.”I’m just following the instructions … (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“It’s really important to show people how a technology works and how they might use it in their own lives,” Anna Zylstra, information services coordinator at Glenorchy LINC, said.”The library is the perfect place for a Makerspace to be located because libraries have always traditionally been about learning and providing learning opportunities.”Classes at the Makerspace cover off on 3D printing, learning how to use virtual reality and how to code games and robots.”It’s really fantastic for the community of Glenorchy to have this project here,” Ms Zylstra said.”It’s one of the areas which does have the least access to technology and computers and the internet at home, so we were really pleased to be able to provide this to the community.” One of the courses on offer looks at how to build a computer, and students from the Tasmanian eSchool are taking part. Photo:
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Anna Zylstra and Tim Polegaj see the Makerspace as a place where the community can learn and share new tech ideas. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
Tim Polegaj, the community learning coordinator at Glenorchy LINC, said the courses were about letting people explore and play with technology in order to get familiar with it.”We develop programs that give people an opportunity to discover, learn and get hands-on,” he said.”We’ve had people from six to eight years old right through to 86 and 90 years old … (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus) it’s open to everybody with learning opportunities to suit different needs.”It gives people an opportunity to explore how things work, why they work, and what they can do to get things moving and working in ways they may not have thought of.”Makerspace courses are mostly at an introductory level and no prior experience is needed to take part.Details can be found on its Facebook page. Knowing which wire does what inside your computer and how to code a virtual reality game are ever-increasingly important skills to have.And the Glenorchy LINC now boasts a new space to teach anyone and everyone how to do these — and more.The Makerspace room is equipped with a range of tech devices used in free classes aimed at helping people gain better digital literacy skills.
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the more it seems to come back.”But I’m trying to get new ovens and when we can we will get [the shop] up and running again.”Beenleigh mops upIn nearby Beenleigh, the historic Windaroo Cottage, which is a popular spot for weddings, was surrounded by water on Friday.Owner Wendy Child said the scenes had stayed with her ever since.”We went to bed thinking we were OK, but when we got up at 4:00am on Friday I just burst into tears,” she said.”I could only see a sea of water and I couldn’t see anything else.”
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She said the help from the local community had been overwhelming.”The wonderful people from the Stapleton Mosque have helped us non-stop,” Ms Child said.Matt O’Hanlon, principal of Beenleigh State High School, said his biggest worry during the flood event was keeping the school’s agricultural animals safe and dry. South-east Queenslanders are rolling up their sleeves to help those whose homes and businesses were inundated by floodwaters late last week.The famous Yatala Pie Shop, built in 1871, was among dozens of properties swamped south of Brisbane. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
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“At no stage did we think that the water would enter the shop.”The fast-thinking boys used flour bags to ‘flour bag’ the building but it wasn’t enough.”Staff and volunteers are now on site helping demolish internal walls that have been damaged by the water.”We’ve lost ovens and cold rooms, but we’re doing OK and everyone has been fantastic,” Ms Porter said.”The more we clean though … we can’t do much at all,” he said.”If we got a shower of rain with 10 to 15mm that would be really good to wash away some of this mud.” we didn’t need to get the animals on desks, which would have been hard to do. Photo:
During and after the floods at Beenleigh State High School. Photo:
Yatala’s famous pie shop is less than a kilometre from the Albert River. (Supplied: Nine News)
It remains closed today as the extensive clean-up continues.General manager Susan Porter has owned the shop for three decades and said the water came quicker than they could have ever imagined.”On Friday morning we had bakers starting at 3:00am making pies and had truck deliveries at 5:30am,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Steve Austin.”When they went for a break at 6:30am they saw the water had come up and we were stranded. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
“We had to get them up to higher ground,” he said.”We got them up though … “It was a bonus we weren’t at school on Friday as the waters rose so quickly and it would have been a disaster.”‘We could only see water’North Maclean residents Tom and Lisa saw 25 acres of their 26-acre property go under water.”We could only see water, water and more water,” Lisa said.”We didn’t get everything out but we have more than what other people have.”

Residents flooded in the Eagleby and North Maclean areas push flood-damaged contents onto the footpath.
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Tom and Lisa from North Maclean say they can’t do much until the mud dries out. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Rachel Fountain)
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Major Sumner performing for the Goolwa audience at Ringbalin. (ABC News: Michael Coggan)
The need to care for the environment is a message passed down by each generation to the next. (ABC News: Michael Coggan)
Laurance Magick Dennis travelled to Goolwa in South Australia from Walgett in New South Wales with dance group Milan Dhiiyaan.He said that over half a century he had seen significant changes to the Barwon and Namoi rivers, close to Walgett.”As a kid I used to be able to go down to the river and stick my head in and it was just like getting a fresh drink of water out of a rainwater tank, but now you wouldn’t be game enough to do it — you’d end up with diarrhoea or something,” he said.Joseph Dixon, from the River Boys dance group from Bourke, told the Goolwa audience he was taking part in the ringbalin because he wanted it to build support for caring for the river system.”Every single one of us is affected by what’s been put in the river upstream,” he said. our children learn that.”

Dance groups from across the river system share cultural and environmental messages. On a sandy dance floor at the mouth of the Murray, warmed by a circle of fires, Aboriginal groups have staged a ringbalin, the culmination of a week of ceremonies along the Murray-Darling river system.Ringbalin, a Ngarrindjeri word for ceremony, involves sharing stories of Indigenous culture and staging healing ceremonies for the waterways.”It’s about the spirit of this land, it’s about the spirit of the river and the stories that we tell our children,” Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner explained.”[They are] stories that need to be passed on — about the river, about creation of the land that we live in.”About 30 Ngarrindjeri dancers and supporters were joined by the members of other Indigenous dance groups as they visited Brewarrina, Bourke, Mount Gundabooka, Wilcannia, Menindee, Mildura, Wentworth, Renmark and Murray Bridge. (ABC News: Michael Coggan) Photo:
Performers take to a sand stage, before an appreciative audience which is keen to share in Indigenous culture. We learn that … (ABC News: Michael Coggan)
River system a trickle upstreamDespite some heavy rainfall boosting flows in recent months, Major Sumner said he was worried about how the river system was being managed in the longer term.”At Wilcannia, you can jump across the river, you can just take one step and jump, you don’t even need to run up,” he said.”These waterways are our lifeblood — we’ve got a word for all the animals, ngatji, [it] means friend [and] if we don’t look after the water in the river our friends will die — when they die we die.”The ringbalin journey has given the wider community a chance to learn about Indigenous culture, Major Sumner said.”They want to learn our stories, our dances, our creation stories, everything about this land that they don’t know,” he said.He said the swan egg dance was a favourite of his, a performance based on stories passed down from elders about not taking all the eggs.”That’s something that we learnt, never to be greedy.