Feb 10 2012

People living in rural and remote areas across the Snowy Mountains are being urged to support a new blueprint for aged care reform.

The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) is promoting the blueprint and seeking support for a move to a simpler, fairer and more affordable aged care sector.

The detailed submission covers an increase in the accommodation payment to accurately reflect the costs of living and travelling in remote regions, as well as better recognition of the costs involved with providing aged care.

The proposal is calling for both a commitment to a new system as well as a timeframe for it's implementation.

Anyone interested in the blueprint is encouraged to become familiar with it at naca.asn.au

Feb 09 2012

The Federal Government's decision to build two new satellites to deliver high speed broadband to regional and remote Australia has been welcomed by the National Farmers Federation.

In a submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review last year, the NFF called for equal access to reliable and affordable telecommunication services, and organisation president Jock Laurie says that the recent announcement demonstrates that the Government is listening.

The news coincides with Member for Monaro John Barilaro's recent call for an improvement of radio and communication services on the Monaro, with particular action required on reception black spots in the region.

Feb 09 2012

Snowy Mountains residents are being urged to check any do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits they have at home following the revelation that some have been found to contain dangerously high levels of bleach.

Bright White Express: Advanced Teeth Whitening kits and Proteeth Whitening: Professional Teeth Whitening kits have been recalled from local stores because they allegedly contain unsafe levels of hydrogen peroxide.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury, says that the whitening agents may cause painful injuries to the user's mouth and gums, including chemical burns.

Consumers are advised to stop using the teeth whitening kits immediately and seek medical treatment for any mouth injuries.

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