Weekly Column

I welcome the news that Muswellbrook RSL is one of the 38 RSL’s and historical organisations across Australia to receive a howitzer gun for static display.

The Howitzer will be a great addition to Muswellbrook RSL. We have a strong local Vietnam Veterans community and I know this display will mean a great deal to them.

Congratulations to the Muswellbrook RSL for their successful application.


Recently the Muswellbrook community rallied behind a project funded by Variety, the children’s charity, to raise funds for a Vision for Life system for Muswellbrook Hospital.

Sandy Warburton from John Flood & Co was instrumental in facilitating the event which raised in excess of $35,000. The money raised will fund the tele-medical video conference equipment for the hospital and the remaining funds will be distributed to those families and children that require the assistance of Variety from the Muswellbrook community.

The community was fortunate to have Coal and Allied commercial and Bengalla mine as well as Muswellbrook Coal and Xstrata contribute significantly to fund the system.

Vision for Life is a $6.5 million investment over 254 hospitals in NSW.


Parents are being warned about the risk of injury to small children from swallowing button or coin-sized batteries. The small batteries are found in many modern electronic devices and toys and are often shaped like a coin.

A new campaign, The Battery Controlled, was launched recently by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Kidsafe and battery producer Energizer and will help to make parents aware of the potential hazards.

If swallowed, button or coin-sized batteries can pose a serious risk of injury or even death. The small batteries can become stuck in a child’s throat and burn through the oesophagus in as little as two hours.

If your child swallows one of these batteries, take them to your nearest emergency department immediately and call the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126 for further treatment information.

For more information about the campaign, visit


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