Qld communities donate to school after dogs attack sheep

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By Pip Courtney

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September 14, 2018 04:37:06

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This smiling Dorper lamb was one of the donations made after the dog attack.
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“These sheep were feral, fresh out of the paddock!” she said.”The time and the effort that’s been put into training them and seeing them compete, I was overwhelmed and so proud of them.”To see these kids come from the back of the Gold Coast who are interested in agriculture and sheep, it just blows my mind.”

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Students handwrote their thank you message on a card dedicated to Bellevue Dorpers. (Landline: Halina Baczkowski)
After two months of intensive training, they achieved what few thought possible — an Ekka-ready show team.It was their time to shine, to be back and feel good.”Just to be out there is is their goal — none of them expect to place, just to be here is the main thing,” Mr Reynolds said.”Losing our sheep has brought us together stronger as a team, and our bond has never been stronger, we’re all a very close family,” student Emily said.Ms Curtis watched her “darlings” compete. Photo:
The school received donations from various communities, including $8,000 and 14 registered sheep. (Landline: Pip Courtney)
“It was a ghastly sight,” the school’s principal Dr Mark Laraghy said.”We all felt it, and when we see kids hurting, we hurt.”
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“Some of the students come from homes where they don’t have animals and they became very attached,” agriculture teacher Troy Reynolds said.”You’ve got animals you’ve had for five years, you’ve trained, that come when they’re called by name just like a dog would… the impact was huge.””I lost one of my best animal friends,” student Emily Holman said.”We all went through a massive grief stage.”‘Amazed and floored’ by community supportThe school was so overwhelmed with offers from the local community that it set up a GoFundMe page to help the ag-show team rebuild.They set a modest goal of $2,500 — enough to buy four sheep — but were stunned when they received nearly $8,000.”What’s been amazing has been the generosity of this community,” Dr Laraghy said.”We’ve also had other schools which we compete against donate money and do little fundraisers for our kids.”The second contribution came from the owners of the Bellevue Dorper sheep stud at Millmerran — 200 kilometres west of Brisbane.The Curtis family donated many of the original flock five years ago, and were worried the tragedy would force the school to stop showing sheep.Three weeks after the dog attack, David Curtis and his daughter Sophie Curtis delivered 14 registered stud sheep to the school, including nine pregnant ewes. (Landline: Pip Courtney)
“I think these girls will be happy to be at school, and I’m hoping these darlings will breed them some beautiful sheep,” Ms Curtis said.Mr Reynolds was “amazed and floored” by their generous gift.”I can’t believe the support, just seeing us get back on our feet this quick, I never thought we’d be able to.”The donation meant the students would not have to miss out on their most important competition of the year — the Royal Queensland Show, known as the “Ekka”. Photo:
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Grieving students engaged with chaplains and staff after the dog attack on the livestock. Two extraordinary acts of generosity, one from the city and one from the country, have helped the Livingstone Christian College’s agriculture department recover from a devastating dog attack.In May, two Bull Arab dogs — a breed used for pig hunting — mauled a flock of sheep at the Gold Coast school after escaping their suburban yard.Sixteen of the school’s show sheep were killed. (Landline: Pip Courtney)
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The students made the most of the donation — and gave their all at the Brisbane Ekka and during the training.
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Kitty litter paper trial offers employment for people with a disability

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Creating a pathway to employmentBen Anderson has been working at Endeavour Townsville for eight years.Mr Anderson is interested in technology and said while he had tried nearly every job on site, he enjoyed pulling apart the e-waste.”Just seeing what is inside and seeing all the circuit boards and everything,” Mr Anderson said.”I feel very, very happy that I have been having such a good time here, I just love that we have evolved from a small worksite to a really big production area.”Mr Oliver said the different streams of work meant they could pair employees with a task that was suited to their ability and interests.”We can bring people in, find out what their skills are and set them up in a job which suits their skills and that helps them with communication and interaction with other people,” he said.”We want to transfer skills … and provide them with a pathway to open employment.”

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Ben Anderson’s favourite task is dismantling e-waste. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)
Waste paper and e-waste a growing focusThe Townsville Endeavour site has four streams of production: document destruction, baling cloth scraps, fabricating steel roof channels, and removing valuable metals from e-waste.Pamela Daniels has been working at the site since 2010 and said she has seen the waste processing component of the enterprise really grow in that time.”We used to have [clothing] donation sorting and so many cloth cutters over that side a couple of years back, but everything changed with the e-waste and document destruction coming through.”

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Pamela Daniels has been working at the Townsville site for eight years and says she enjoys the work as it keeps her busy. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)
Formerly a not-for-profit entity, Endeavour Foundation’s status changed under the National Disability Insurance Scheme to a supplier of services and products.Mr Oliver said they hoped to expand the two-year trial of document destruction to generate income to reinvest in their programs and facilities.”At the moment we are looking for more income revenue and more volume to be able to make this sustainable,” he said. (ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach) Photo:
The Endeavour Foundation’s Paul Oliver says the Townsville site shreds one tonne of paper each day. Could the contents of your cat’s litter tray help create jobs?A trial project by Endeavour Foundation Townsville is turning confidential documents into paper shreds that are sold to a Queensland company that turns it into kitty litter.Endeavour Foundation Townsville site manager Paul Oliver said the project not only finds a new life for waste paper, it creates safe and supported employment for people with a disability.”People with disabilities find it very hard to enter the open employment market,” Mr Oliver said.”They can struggle to adapt to society or deal with the challenges that are thrown at them.”We find that paper shredding or document destruction is something the guys are really able to do well.”

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Endeavour Townsville’s shredded paper ends up as eco-friendly kitty litter pellets. He says it has been great to see the worksite expand over the past eight years.
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September 14, 2018 06:20:23

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Baking saves a ghost town in middle of nowhere

“The oven we use was made in 1890, it’s wood-fired and it’s semi-underground, and it was built like that for insulation,” he said. (Supplied: Rosalie Dibben, Farina Restoration Group)
“Our history is being lost and what we’re doing is reversing that trend by turning Farina from an abandoned town with its stone buildings crumbling to now being a historic inland township,” he said. “Our aim is for the town to tell its own story when we’re not there, and I think we’re achieving that pretty well.” Photo:
Once an abandoned ghost town, Farina is now a popular tourist stop for travellers. But when the Ghan diverted away from the town in 1980, residents fell away and the community dissolved to nothing. President of the Farina Restoration Group, Tom Harding, said hungry travellers were the key to breathing life back into Farina. (Supplied: Rosalie Dibben, Farina Restoration Group)
Bread and cakes proving to keep town alive Every winter for the past 10 years, hundreds of volunteers travel to Farina for eight weeks to sell goods from the mobile bakery. Photo:
The town of Farina in South Australia has been empty since the 1980s. “I remember when I went to school we didn’t learn much about Australian history — it was all British history — so this is a way we can solve that problem so it doesn’t fade away and be forgotten forever.”

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The Farina Restoration Group sells thousands of baked goods from its mobile bakery eight weeks of the year. (Supplied: Rosalie Dibben, Farina Restoration Group)
“We have helped inject around $1 million back into the area.” Mr Gray said making the 1,400km trip every July was the highlight of his year. After 60 years of baking bread, pies and cakes, northern Victorian baker, Laurie Gray, thought his early starts and apron wearing days were over. Photo:
The group has restored a semi-underground oven built in the 1800s and sells the goods to travellers. “We spend $30,000 just on ingredients for the bakery and it attracts around 1,000 people a week,” Mr Harding said. In 2009, a group of volunteers passionate about restoring the remains of the historic town started an initiative using the original semi-underground oven to bake goods for people passing through. And it’s proving to be a success.The Farina Restoration Group, made up of people from all around Australia, has raised enough money to spend $50,000 each year for restoration works. But after watching a Landline episode about a long-forgotten town in South Australia that needed bakers to help bring tourists back to the town, the 80-year-old was busting to dust off the oven mitts and lend a hand.Farina, the lost city Almost in the middle of nowhere, on the Lake Eyre basin, sits the town of Farina.It was once a thriving service centre on the railway line in the late 1800s. (Supplied: Laurie Gray )
Group’s mission to bolster Australian history With the Farina project attracting more and more people passing through each season, Mr Harding hopes it will encourage others to save other historic towns from being scratched off the map. “We do a bit of caravanning and we’ve stayed there before, then I saw the story on Landline and they said they were looking for volunteer bakers so I put my hand up,” Mr Gray said.
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Laurie Gray travels 1,400 kilometres to Farina in SA every year to bake bread for travellers.
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September 14, 2018 06:31:59

How a missing uncle brought together two families 1,000km apart

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September 14, 2018 06:40:29

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The two women have formed a strong friendship after a bottle brought them together.
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“The link came to a lady by the name of Berta Lawford Marshall. We couldn’t get past it as we lived in Canberra,” Ms King said.”We decided to reach out and get to the bottom of this.”Ms King’s family contacted Ms Marshall, an Indigenous woman living in the west Kimberley. “We didn’t know who he was… we initially thought he was running away from something and had this other persona,” she said.”My grandfather left this amazing legacy and there are so many of us.”A family treasure bring ‘east’ and ‘west’ together An old, aqua bottle, which was used for soda, has been passed down the line of Ms King’s family in Canberra — but it was missing its lid.On one of her visits to the Kimberley, Ms King travelled to Bohemian Downs Station, in north-east Australia. (Supplied)
That was until Ms King travelled to the Kimberley to discover the truth.”The story we were told he was stabbed by his father and eventually ran away,” Karen said.Albert married into an Aboriginal family and had several children.Ningali Lawford, Albert’s granddaughter, said that when her grandfather arrived in the Kimberley, he told people that he was Mexican.Unfortunately, Ms Lawford never met her grandfather but heard stories about him. (ABC Kimberley: Emily Jane Smith)
She said the experience has had an enormous impact on both sides of the family.”We have a lot of unrest in our government and racism in our country,” Ms Lawford said.”This is one of the good stories coming out, that this Aboriginal and white family have found their link.””We should be learning about each other’s stories and journeys.”Joining the family dots A man from NSW, John Davis Lawford was born in 1846 and had seven children. He took me to the old station,” Ms King said. Albert Lawford was once a part owner of the property. It was the exact match to the bottle we had in Canberra.”It was the perfect match, perfect fit … and we had tears, it brought our journey together, the west and the east together. “I went to visit another relative. During the walk I kicked something in the dust and I realised I had kicked a bottle lid. Photo:
The lid was found among a collection of other discarded items. They were just as surprised to discover that they had long-lost relatives in Canberra.During the search, Ms King connected with Ningali Lawford, who turned out to be her aunt.”It was exciting because we didn’t know that the white side of the family wanted to know the Aboriginal side of the family,” Ms Lawford said.”Because back in those days that didn’t happen.”

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A bottle has brought two women together from either sides of Australia. (Supplied)
No longer a blurBoth Ms King and Ms Lawford say they have treasured the journey of uniting their family across the country.”I come from a family with only just one brother and, meeting this family, I don’t even know how many brothers and sisters I have,” Ms King said.”I didn’t know if they would accept me, I could have been a nasty person but they all took me under their wing … I feel like I am home.” Photo:
The bottle, which is now complete, after the two families reunited. (Emily Jane Smith)
“We were walking around, and we went around past the tip. One of his sons was Alfred Lawford, who is Ms King’s great grandfather.Alfred’s brother Albert, ran away from home when he was a young man, never to be heard from again by his immediate family. (Supplied)
“Ningali and I both believe it’s the spirit of Albert bringing the family together.”

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A photo of Alfred James Lawford from 1868. “We even had the same photos of our great grandparents.”The discovery that she had family in the Kimberley astounded Ms King, so she hopped on a plane in 2015 to meet them.Becoming part of a well-known Kimberley familyThe Lawfords are a large and widely recognised Aboriginal family in the Kimberley. Karen King was using an ancestry website and the results repeatedly showed the name of a Derby-based woman. Canberra woman Karen King unlocked a past that was always a mystery in her family’s history — what happened to their great uncle Herbert Lawford?It started with a Canberra family who began researching their family tree.