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Time for the insurance industry to step up

Once again our region has been inundated with flood waters and once again, many average families and businesses will be left to fend for themselves.
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Such events are as unpredictable as they are devastating.

After a decade of drought, our region was first touched by flood waters in 2010 and then again in 2012, significant rainfall and catchments full to the brim led to widespreaddamage from one end of the Riverina to the other.

For some residents it was years before insurance companies settled claims.

Insurers are undoubtedly there to make money for shareholders –to balance the risk versus the cost of a policy.But, like banks, they also hold a social and community responsibility to be both fair and reasonable when it comes to dealing with clients.

The 2010 rain events came after a decade of dry weather when most businesses and homeowners had no claim on their insurance companies.

During this time, many paid their premiums dutifully and without quibble.

Yet, when it came time for the consumer to lean on the insurer after the 2010 and 2012 floods, a large number of them sought a way to avoid or at least defer payment.

It was a disturbing and distressing example of how some companies are driven not by the need to provide a service for their customers, but to achieve a bottom line outcome for shareholders –most of whom are far removed from the incident upon which the claims are being made.

Rocketing premiums have only highlighted the responsibility of insurers to meet their obligations when they become due.

No one wants to become the victim of a natural disaster –that is the last thing people would want.

But when it does happen we should equally expect prompt and effective action from our insurers to remedy what can be a distressing situation.

There shouldbe no delays, nor debate about the ‘small print” –but that’s exactly what we have seen in thepast.

Hopefully the current events we are facing in the region will not be subject to such indecision and those that deserve compensation are dealt with quickly and appropriately.

If that were not to happen, surely the time has come for our governments to regulate the industry to ensure that people get exactly what they are paying for –and quickly.

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Bright idea to end pesky swooping

INGENIOUS: Budding inventor and gifted student Jack Meldrum with his design.
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Magpie season is an occurrence universally dreaded by bike riders, and few could say they’ve thought upa solution beyond sticking cardboard eyes or cable ties upon their helmet.

But a Xavier College Year 8 student with dreams of becoming an astrophysicist may have a solution for the pesky problem.

Jack Meldrum’s idea is toattach an inbuilt sensor to a helmet that emits an ultrasonic soundwhen a magpie is approaching.

The sensors give a full 360-degreescan of incomingmagpies, which activate anultrasonic speaker to then release a distressing sound on theswoop, deterring the magpie.

Sketches depicting the invention were submitted by Jack to theOrigin littleBIGidea competition, which aims to foster creativity in students from grades three to eight.

“My Nan heard about the competition on the radio. I came up with the idea because I ride my bike a lot and have been swooped before,” Jack said.

“Cable ties don’t work. I did a lot of research on the internet and I saw that there are similar sensors you can put on the wall, so why not build one into a helmet?

“It’s a dog whistle but for birds.”

The idea seems logical enough that someone would have thought it up already, but the gifted science and mathematics student was sure to check he was the first.

“It makes sense particularly at the moment as we’ve come into swooping season.”

Other designs could include a universal clip-on sensor and speakerto adapt to any helmet and repel other species of birds and could be a revolutionaryimprovement to stop magpie swooping.

Jack is in the running alongside fellow budding inventors toreceivean innovation trip of a lifetime, including a visit to NASA Cape Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The judging panel isheaded up by former host of ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’James O’Loghlin and was impressed with the calibre of entries so far.

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Supertouch season approaching quickly

SUPER STARS: Katie Watson, Harry Fardell, Mill Thompson, Nicki Melino and Andrew Cosgrove are geared up for the Supertouch season. Photo: MATT FINDLAYThe 2016-17 Orange Supertouch season kicks off next week and if you ask coordinator Mill Thompson, it’s shaping to be the biggest summer of the modified sport yet.
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Hosted at Endeavour Oval, Supertouch is played over two 20-minute halves and boasts, essentially, all the same rules as normal touch football except for one crucial one.

You can kick late in a set, giving all the budding Jonathon Thurstons and Cooper Cronks in Orange a chance to show off one more weapon in their arsenal.

The competition has been a roaring success in its first few seasons and once again there is men’s and mixed competitions this summer, registrations are still open.

“It’s a great competition, a good way to get active and there’s a heavy focus on the social side of the sport, which is great,” Thompson said.

Thompson explained registrations will remain open until just before the first round, next Wednesday, October 5.

“It’s $90 per player and you need a minimum of 10 players per team,” Thompson said.

“People do need to register before the first round next week.”

Those interested can sign up by going online and heading to http://梧桐夜网orangesupertouch南京夜网/ and following the prompts to get registered.

“People can sign up there or head onto Facebook and search for Orange Supertouch and sign up through there as well,” Thompson said.

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on this day

Australian explorers1861- The cache buried beneath the ‘Dig’ Tree, revealing the notes and journals of Burke and Wills, is dug up by Howitt’s rescue party.Burke and Wills, with a huge party of men and supplies, departed Melbourne in August 1860 to cross Australia to the north coast and back.
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Burke, being impatient and anxious to complete the crossing as quickly as possible, split the expedition at Menindee.

He moved on ahead to establish a depot at Cooper Creek, leaving William Wright in command of the Menindee depot.

Splitting his party yet again at Cooper Creek, Burke chose to make a dash to the Gulf in the heat of Summer with Wills, Gray and King.

He left stockman William Brahe in charge with instructions that if the party did not return in three months, Brahe was to return to Menindee.

The trek to the Gulf and back took over four months, and during that time Gray died.

A full day was spent in burying his body. When Burke returned to Cooper Creek, he discovered lettering freshly blazed on the coolibah tree at the depot, giving instructions to dig for the supplies Brahe had left. Thus the name ‘Dig’ Tree was spawned.

Australian History1973- The first performance takes place in the new Sydney Opera House.The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.

Designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon in 1955, it has become one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

Utzon arrived in Sydney to oversee the project in 1957 and work commenced on the opera House in 1959.

The building was completed in 1973, at a cost of $102 million, and formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973.

World History929- Good King Wenceslas is killed by his brother.[more]

1978- Pope John Paul I is found dead, with a copy of a devotional he was reading in his hands.[more]

1994- 850 die as the ferry ‘MS Estonia’ sinks in the Baltic Sea.[more]

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Riders clock up kms for chopper charity

LEGGING IT HOME: The 50+ riders and support crew were all smiles as they took a drink break and a happy snap on the Keepit Dam wall on Friday. It was a big ride for the group who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth.There was a little bit of mud, a couple of washouts and plenty of fun for a groupof local riders who trekked from Dubbo to Tamworth, through Gunnedah in aid ofthe region’s rescue chopper.
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More than 50 riders and support crew wound their way over a week through Dubbo, Gilgandra, Tooraweenah, Baradine, Coonabarabran,Tambar Springs, Gunnedah, Somerton and onto Tamworth, notching up more than 450kms on two wheels.

While some might call them crazy, they do it for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The 16thannual Ride for the Chopper aims to ensure no patient ever has to pay for an emergency transport to hospital.

And, at last count the rescue service believes this year’s ride–which saw two days washed out–raise close to $60,000.

It was no easy feat either. On mountain bikes, the riders clocked up 150km in one day from Coonabarabran to Gunnedah.

With a backdrop of the Liverpool Plains and rolling green paddocks, the riders –from as far as Woolongong, Newcastle, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Tooraweenah –tackled off-road tracks, forest trails, paddock strips, dirt roads and even a little bitumen to ride into town, finishing with a tour of Conadilly Ston Thursday afternoon.

But their was no rest for the riders, or the support crew –the group thatensures the ride gets going everyday –who backed up with a 110km ride on Friday from Gunnedah, out along Wean Rd, onto Keepit Dam and then through Somerton and into Winton and Tamworth.

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