Sep 19

Lanterns a NYE ritual

About a thousand personally decoratedlanterns willlight up the Lantern Dreams Walkat Devonport’s Roundhouse Park on New Year’s Eve.
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The display of twinkling paper lanterns has become apopular tradition atthe city’scelebrations.

Countdown: Devonport City Council marketing and events officer Justin Rattray gets ready for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Devonport City Council marketing and events officer JoHanna Robertson said a lot ofpeople were keen to come back each year to writetheirmessageon alantern.

She said it was now afavourite ritual for Devonport’s NYE revellers. The flickering lanterns make for a beautiful sight as the sun goesdown.

“Some people take a long time to decorate their lanterns and to write something,” she said.

The finished lanterns aredisplayedina lantern tunnelcovered in a canopy of fairylights.

“People can walk through tohang their lanterns and look at some others,” Ms Robertson said.

“The lantern messages vary from wordsof hope topeoples’ wishes and dreams for the next 12 months.

“Some people writemessages of thanks on their lanterns and otherswrite down the names andtributes for people they love.”

Council workers were at Roundhouse Park for two days putting the site togetherfor the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Ms Robertson said the weather forecast was looking pretty good.

“It’s going tobe a fine 22 degrees with light wind,” she said.

“It’s not too hot, not too cold and not too windy.”

The Skyfire NewYear’sEve celebrations arefree to enterand start from 6pm until midnight. According to the council, the Coast’s biggest fireworks displays are being held at9.30pm and midnight. This year the fireworks arebeing launched from anew location atPolice Point at East Devonport.

Launceston cover band Agent 99 is on stage from8.30pm. AHuge LED screen will countdown down tomidnight.

The venue will feature site lighting and lasers. There will be gee whizzer rides, agiant slide, jumping castle, and a surfing ride for the little kids.There are more food vendors this year and a fenced-off bar and licensed wet area for the over 18s.

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Sep 19

Terrific total of tots

HERE SHE IS: Reuben, 3, Chloe and Graeme Joseph with Paige, the 1000th delivery at Tamworth hospital for 2016. Photo: Simon McCarthy 301216SMA01THE Joseph family already had one thousand reasons to smile with the delivery of their youngest child Paige this week.
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But baby Paige’s birth was a special cause for celebration throughout the halls of Tamworth hospital’s maternity unit.

The Tamworth-bub was the 1000thborn at the hospital in 2016, on December 28.

This marks the second consecutive year the hospital has brought over 1000 bundles of joy into the world.

But the maternity milestone came as a big surprise to the Joseph family.

“We didn’t know anything about it,” Dad Graeme Joseph said.

“We were told when [wife] Chloe was having a Caesarean-section that it was more than likely going to be the 1000thbaby.”

While staff in the ward knew baby number 1000 would be coming this week, it turned out to be a pretty close finish in the race to claim the milestone.

“I think [Paige]was the second baby born on the day,” Mum Chloe Joseph said.

“The midwives and doctors were very excited about.”

But the landmark birth wasn’t even close to the first thing on the minds of the Joseph family.

“I think at the time we were more worried about having a healthy baby,” Mr Joseph said.

“Unfortunately, we lost our last one…so we were a bit concerned with this one.

“She’s all good, we’ll hopefully be going home on Saturday.”

Now the Josephs are the proud-parents of Tamworth’s 1000thbub, but they were shocked by the number of babies coming through hospital.

“It’s a great number for Tamworth, I didn’t think there would be 1000 babies in Tamworth in a year,” Mr Joseph said.

“I didn’t think it would be anywhere near that.“I think they told us they used to average around 800, now they’ve had 1000 this year.”

Baby Paige joins older brother Reuben, 3, at home, but their parents are unsure about whether they will make another contribution to Tamworth’s population. “It depends on how much hair I lose,” Mr Joseph said.

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Sep 19

Tributes for Shannas

RESPECT: A guard of honour is formed by firemen and soldiers in Howitt Street on Friday to farewell Nathan Shanahan. Picture: Dylan Burns
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Nathan John Shanahan was a gentle giantwho tackled everything he did with an“all or nothing” attitude.

Wife Kosha said: “he studied hard, he parented hard, he partied hard and he felt hard”.

And, in the end, it was the feeling hard that caused the much loved father of two, former soldier and Ballarat fireman to take his own life last week, aged just 40, after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for several years.

Last year, Nathan walked 400 kilometres from Mildura to Adelaide to raise PTSD awareness.

A large crowd of mourners gathered at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts on Friday to pay tribute to the man described as “having as many nicknames as he had postcodes”, including Nath, the Mule, the Tank, the Big Fella and Daddy.

A guard of honour was formed by firemen from Ballarat, his former stations Mildura and the Northern Territory Fire Service, andsoldiers he served with in Darwin and the Solomon Islands.

Stretching a long way down Howitt Street, Nathan’s coffin –borne on an antique fire engine –was saluted by the honour guard as it made its way to the Buninyong Cemetery.

Nathan was born on April 17, 1976 and attended Clunes Primary School and St Thomas More before “majoring in truancy” at St Patrick’s College.

He managed hotels across Australia, including the Subiaco Football Club function centre, before enlisting in the Australian Army on January 10, 2005.

Nathan was described as a skilled marksman who trained in Darwin before serving in the Solomon Islands.

He was only days away from his dream of joining the SAS when he voluntarily withdrew from the Perth-based program to help Kosha nurse their ill baby daughter Lila for six months back in Darwin.

However, his service in the Solomon Islands exacerbated existing mental health problems and he was described as “one person dealt too many hard hands”.

Cousin Drew Parkinson said Nathan fought his PTSD demons bravely.

“He hid his pain and suffering and put on a brave and courageous face to keep us all happy,” Mr Parkinsonsaid.

During his eulogy he also pleaded with governments and bureaucrats to “please find the courage to act” on the issue of mental health problems in former veterans.

Another cousin, Xavier Shanahan, described Nathan as a “person of exceptional courage and bravery –that was you to the letter”.

Mildura senior station officer Malcolm Hayes said “Shannas” was king of the gym and thought he was king of the ping pong table.

Mr Hayes joined Nathan’s Walking Off the War Within trip last year and said he was “battling demons no-one else could see”.

“He fought those demons and he stood his ground,” Mr Hayes said.

“From the time the walk started it was evident that something special was happening.”

He described a B double truckie stopping them on their trek and shaking Nathan’s hand.

“He said ‘thank you for bringing this subject up, I’ve suffered with it too’. This happened every day.

“It’s a hidden illness that everyone’s touched by and he brought it to the forefront.

“He touched thousands of people’s lives and probably saved their lives by doing so.”

Ballarat City firefighter Josh Martin said Nathan was “one of us from the day dot” when he arrived at the station earlier this year.

“He was open and honest about his struggles, his ups and downs, his good days and his bad days,” Mr Martin said.

“We could not have had any more respect for him as a firefighter and as a person.

“Nathan Shanahan is one of us. He is like a brother to us. He is a legend of a bloke and he will always be with us.”

Nathan Shanahan took his own life last week after a long battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Call for mental health changesJohn Shanahan is now a man on a heartbreaking mission.

He doesn’t want any other families to endure what his has over the past week after his only son Nathan died by suicide on December 22 after a long battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I want to make sure if we yell and scream enough, more is done about it,” Mr Shanahan said.

“We’ve got to start looking at this issue very seriously.”

He said he now planned to become a passionate advocate for more mental health funding, particularly for PTSD, with one in eight men suffering from anxiety and depression and 72 per cent of males notgetting help because of the fear of talking about it.

Mr Shanahan has also asked for any donations in Nathan’s memory to go to Soldier On at soldieron.org419论坛, which helps with the physical and mental well being of returned services personel.

If you need help, contact Lifeline on13 11 14

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Sep 19

St Mary ‘would prefer’ convent demolished

Holy struggle: St Joseph’s church on Park St in Bulli. A heritage battle has concentrated on the convent next door, which the Catholic Church wants to demolish. Picture: Georgia Matts.Catholic Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham has invoked Australia’s Saint Mary MacKillip in his battle to demolish the old St Joseph’s convent at Bulli, which others want heritage-listed.
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St Mary would prefer not to see a “disused” old conventretained, and would rather a new building constructed to further children’s education, Rev Ingham wrote in a letter to Wollongong City Council.

This would fit the church’s desire to knock down the convent and replace it witha new administration block.

The bishop also cast doubt on St Mary’s connection with Bulli, saying she “may or may not have visited”the convent, as “it is unclear from the records that she did physically visit there”.

This contradicts information on St Joseph’s Primary School website, which said she visited “several times”.

St Mary co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph order, which established schools in this region and others.

A report to Wollongong City Council in December 2015 recommended a heritage listing for the old convent, and the adjacent St Joseph’s church.

Last March the Catholic Church got a private certifier to approve its plans to demolish the old convent, and work was set to commence.

But aparishioner told the council and the next day an interim heritage order halted the church’s plans.

Rev Ingham, in a letter to council, said the building did not fit heritage criteria, and had not been used as a convent since 1985.

“Any connection to the local community has been lost since then,” he said.

He said it failed several heritage criteria, and said the removal of the cross and other religious symbols meant there was no longer evidence of Catholic association.

And because demolishing the convent could help expand the school, St Mary would have backed it.

“We believe that, as a person who herself strove to commence and continue Catholic education particularly for poor and underprivileged students in the late 1890s, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop would have been one who would rather have seen the children’s education catered for than retaining a disused building which she may or may not have visited (and it is unclear from the records that she did physically visit there),” the bishop wrote.

The Catholic Education Office had received a grant of $1.675 million, which was tied in part to the convent’s demolition and replacement with the single-storey administration centre.

Council is now considering the heritage listing for the convent and church.

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Sep 19

Wake up call for rogue youths

Russell WebbTAMWORTH’S spate of youth crime needs government intervention with a local councillor calling for a solution.
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Speaking on reports of youth involvement at a fire at a Coledale home this week, Tamworth Crime Prevention Working Group chairman, Russell Webb called for a united approach to curb the “ social problems” in the area.

“There has been a lot of good work done by the council and various government agencies,” he said

“There has been a huge investment in time and money from both the government and council to try and curb some of the social problems we have in that area. But obviously there are still some issues that need to be dealt with.”

Cr Webbplanned to speakto local police “in the near future” on how the community can help them overcome the issues of youth crime.

”I’m not sure what the strategy will be moving forward in trying to overcome some of these more recent issues,” he said.

“At this point in time all we can rely on is the police and other government agencies to do what they can and try and curb the problems we are facing at the moment.

“We, as a group under the Crime Prevention Working Group, have helped work on developing a strategy and securing funding from agencies and various government bodies to help us with our crime prevention plans.

“But it really is up to the police to implement any enforcement action.”

Cr Webb saidyouth crime issues were cause for concern and believed council would take what action it could for the community to overcome the issue.

“We have a very good police force, a strong and committed police force and sometimes they find themselves overrun with issues like this,” he said.

“I really think one of the strategies has to be a whole government approach and we have to assist the young ones of today to develop better parenting skills So when the next generations of siblings comes along, they may have some more of a clearer direction on what’s right and wrong.

“Clearly today the youth who are the perpetrators of this kind of thing haveno respect for anyone else, no respect for anyone’s property and really no respect for themselves.

“Until we get this generation of mums and dads to instill respect into the children, they can only do that with the support of the government and giving them some clear direction.”

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Aug 24

City to farewell 2016 in big way

Wagga Live 2015.The cityis set to farewell 2016 with a bang when Wagga Live kicks off at the Victory Memorial Gardens and Civic Precinct on Saturday.
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The fourth annual New Year’s Eve celebration,presented by Committee4Wagga (C4W), will open its gates at 5pm with the action on both stages kicking off at 6pm.

Fireworks will light up the Wagga sky at 9.15pm and again at midnight.

Event coordinator Richie Robinson said the display would blow onlookers away.

“The fireworks always exceed people’s expectations,” he said.

“People often think it will be a little bit lacklustre compared to some of the bigger cities but that is never the case.”

The event will feature about 20 food stalls providing offerings from all over the world and host of rides.

Mr Robinson said it would be a night to remember.

“It’s a very family friendly event and it’ll be a great atmosphere in the park,” he said.

“It will be a reflection of all the things that are great about Wagga,the open spaces, the great people and the community as a whole.”

PROGRAMSTAGE 16.00pm – 8.00pm: Darren Coggan, Catherine Alcorn and The Groove Factorie8.00 – 8.15pm: Welcome: Judy Galloway8.15 – 9.15pm: The Convicts9.15 – 9.20pm Fireworks9.20 – 9.45pm: The Convicts10.00 – 11.30pm The Mighty Yak11.45 – Midnight: Catherine Alcorn and Darren CogganMidnight – 12.10am Fireworks12.10 – 12.30 am: Catherine Alcorn and Darren CogganSTAGE 26.00 – 6.20pm: Ivy Simpson6.30 – 6.50pm: Alice Egan7.00 – 7.20pm: Maddy Popple7.30 – 7.50pm: Wagga Academy of Ballet8.05 – 9.15pm: Kooringal High School9.20 – 10.00pm: Darren Coggan, Catherine Alcorn and Jamie WayNYE PUB GUIDEBirdhouse Bar: DJ Deane Weston playing all night.

Victoria Hotel:Jason Rossi at Envy, Cent & Recoyle in the front bar and The Morning After in the back room. From 9pm – 3am.

Romano’s Hotel:Social Hand Grenade in the laneway 8pm onwards, DJ from8pm.

Rules Club:Tom & Patsy Routledge playing from 8.15pm.

Beer Deluxe:Nightclub event hosted by MC Snazing, featuring JL The Barber, A-Dub, Arkitek, +Plusone, Coco, Kennyon Brown 9-3.Drink specials 9-11. Doors open 9pm. $30 at door, $25 presale.

Black Swan Hotel:Open until midnight.

Home Tavern:Done Deal playing from 9.30pm.

Wagga RSL:Outta the Blue playing from 8.30pm.

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Aug 24


Cultural IdentityMARILYN Quirk (The Examiner, December 29) needs to understand that Aborigines are the first nation peoples. It was the British that invaded this country and failed to acknowledge our way of life and our sovereignty under their scientific racial theories. They spread their diseases, stole our lands and our children, committed acts of genocide upon us, and placed us in exile. Having endured these heinous crimes against humanity, we are not even recognised in the Australian constitution which still permits discrimination on the basis of race. Yet as a people we are forgiving of the sins committed against us by your forebears, and to ask for some small concessions, we are termed the enemy in our own country. Please forgive me, but I thought we lived in a democracy, that also embraces respectful diversity.
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Ricky J. Maynard, Youngtown.Australia PostAUSTRALIA Post has gone from bad to worse. I have been waiting now for a parcel of CDs from Germany that was sent airmail from Osnabruck on December 9 and still no sign of arrival. No, there is no tracking number which lets Australia Post off from copping any responsibility. I’ve been buying stuff from the UK and Germany for 15 years or so and the the time lapse has become progressively worse. No apologies, no explanation, nothing. Do these parcels go through Melbourne then to Hobart? I suspect the problem is at the Australian end. I’ve had better service from the Indian Post Office and they are one of the worst.

Peter O’Malley, St Marys.Ant SchemeTASMANIA has contributed $3.7 million to the National Red Imported Fire Ant scheme that has seen Biosecurity Queensland at the frontof trying to eliminate another invasive pest. This fiery little beast (a native of South Africa) deserves our full attention on a national level. They are aggressive, and it’s staggering that one colony may hold some 400,000 of the blighters, and if they get a hold, there can be up to 400 nests per hectare. That’s 160 million we don’t want in Australia’s pants.

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Aug 24

Rouse Hill’s top 10 stories for 2016Photos

Rouse Hill’s top 10 stories for 2016 | Photos APPEAL: Distressed family members of former NRL player Chad Robinson appeal to the public, after Chad’s disapearance, at a press conference at Castle Hill Police Station. Picture: Geoff Jones
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State honour: The Ponds Shopping Centre has been named the best new retail development at the UDIA state awards. Picture: Supplied

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

Keane vs Rowland: A tight contest emerged between the major parties in the marginal seat of Greenway.

Sold: The iconic Parklea Markets has been sold to development company Dyldam. The markets will still operate in its current form for the next three to five years. Picture: Wolter Peeters

2016 Anzac Day – Kellyville Dawn Service. Picture: Geoff Jones

A man died following a two car crash in Schofields in September.

Last weeks: Rouse Hill Gloria Jeans worjkers Amee Bachel, Madeleine Byrne and franchisee Harvey Pembroke. Picture: Andrew Brown

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

Local youths jumping off the rocks into Bents Basin late on a hot Western Sydney afternoon. Picture: Simon Bennett

TweetFacebookRouse Hill Courier’stop 10 online stories for 2016 (rankings based on most page views on our website):

1. Parklea Markets sold to developers Sold: The iconic Parklea Markets has been sold to development company Dyldam. The markets will still operate in its current form for the next three to five years. Picture: Wolter Peeters

Parklea Markets wassold to development company Dyldam in April.

The 22-hectare property was set to become home to a planned $1 billion redevelopment.

Full story here.

2. Fatal crash in Schofields A man died following a two car crash in Schofields in September.

A mandied following a two carcrash in Schofields in September.

Emergency services were called to Grange Avenue inSchofields, following reports of a two-vehicle crash at about 3pm.

Read the full story here.

3. Second Gloria Jeans franchise ordered to closeAlmost a week after the Gloria Jeans franchise at Kellyville Village was ordered to close by centre management, a nearby store was given its marching orders in August.

The franchise at Rouse Hill Town Centre was forced to close, after the centre’s owners GPT failed to renew the lease despite negotiations.

Full story here.

Store anger: Workers at Kellyville Gloria Jeans voice their dismay at the decision by Kellyville Village’s owners to close the store. Picture: Isabella Lettini

4. Family plea for public assistance in finding Chad RobinsonThe family of Chad Robinson appealed for the community’s help bring their missing loved one home in late November.

The former NRL player, 36, was last seen leaving his Crestview Avenue home at about 9.30pm on Saturday, November 26.

Read the full story here.

APPEAL: Distressed family members of former NRL player Chad Robinson appeal to the public, after Chad’s disapearance, at a press conference at Castle Hill Police Station. Picture: Geoff Jones

5. PHOTOS & VIDEO | 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service KellyvilleThe Kellyville Anzac Day dawn service was well attended in 2016.

Check out a gallery of photos here.

2016 Anzac Day – Kellyville Dawn Service. Picture: Geoff Jones

6. Woman sexually assaulted in GlenwoodPolice are appealing for information after a woman wassexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

Thewoman, 18,was at a party on Park Road in Auburn when she was collected by a man in a car and taken to a house in Glenwood at about 1am on November 9.

Full story here.

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Glenwood in November.

7. Ponds Shopping Centre named state’s best State honour: The Ponds Shopping Centre has been named the best new retail development at the UDIA state awards. Picture: Supplied

The Ponds Shopping Centre was named the state’s best new shopping centre at a 2016award ceremony.

The centre was crowned Best Retail Development at the state finals of the Urban Development Institute of Australia(UDIA) awards.

Read the full story here.

8. Election 2016: Labor retains Greenway | Live resultsIn July, the Rouse Hill Courier provided live coverage of the 2016 federal election.

Read the full blog here.

Keane vs Rowland: A tight contest emerged between the major parties in the marginal seat of Greenway.

9. Summer’s last blast Playing in the fountains at Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Sydney sweltered through 40-plus degree heat one day in February, and the Rouse Hill Courier photographers were out there capturing the various ways to keep cool.

Check out a gallery of photos here.

10. Centre officially openedThe Lake Neighbourhood Centre, which is the brainchild of Blacktown City Council and UrbanGrowth NSW, officially opened its doors to the community.

Read the full story here.

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

GRAND OPENING: The Lake Neighbourhood Centre is officially open to the community.

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Aug 24

Advocate calls for inquiry

Advocate: David Roy said he was “concerned that the department seemed unable to immediately explain the legislation that protects children in their schools. This is a concern for every parent in NSW.” Picture: Max Mason-HubersA UNIVERSITY of Newcastle academic has called for a formal investigation into how Hunter public schools treat children with disabilities, saying the government has “failed in its duty of care” to the most vulnerable members of society.
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School of Education lecturer and advocate David Roy has been embroiled in a three-year dispute with the Department of Education centered on allegationsthatchildren at Kotara South Public School’s early intervention classpreschool program were subject to abuse.

“If we’ve got one form of abuse here, as heard in the Royal Commission, there could be others,” Dr Roy said.“There are so many questions to be asked –are our children safe? Or are our schools closet embassies for abuse?”

A department spokesman said it was unable to respond to the Herald’s questions about Dr Roy’s case as “those matters are currently the subject of legal proceedings”.

Dr Roy said hecontacted the department about the class and staff members in September 2013, after allegations a non-violent, non-verbal child had returned home withunexplained bruising.

The following month, the Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate regional operations manager wrote in an email seen by theHerald‘interventionservices falls outside the legislation so therefore we are not required to investigate the matter’.

The department’sEmployee Performance and Conduct Unitwas required to conduct an investigation but determined it could be managed locally,with its oversight.

Deputy Ombudsman andCommunity and Disability Services CommissionerSteve Kinmond is reviewing this decision and the subsequent conclusion to not take further action.Dr Roy said the family was told there was a lack of evidence to support the allegation, despiteparents, students and witnesses not being interviewed.

Dr Roy said he has since also heardreports of children in the class being hit, locked in cupboards, force-fed and pulled across the playground. He inquired on December 7 and 21 last year and five times this year what legislation and policies applied to the class. The department advised onSeptember 9 this year the unit was covered by Part 3A of theOmbudsman Act1974 – which defines reportable conduct as including “anyassault, ill-treatment or neglect of achild, orany behaviour that causes psychological harm to achild” – and two other acts. The department advised on October 28 theDisability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) applies to schoolsas does theAnti-Discrimination Act 1977(NSW), and “by implication” applied to early intervention units.

“As far as we’re aware the department is not investigating the 2013 incident any further, meaning they are in breach of these laws.”

“I have a minimum of 100 cases involving 300 families where they haven’t been told why the legislation has not been applied and their cases listed as reportable conduct.”

Arecent federal Senate inquiryfound children with disabilities were routinely refused enrolment, bullied and abused in schools.

The Auditor-General reportin May found that standards of care for children with a disability in state schools was uneven and teachers needed more skills to support them.

Aug 24

Get the best from your new telescope

The whole family can enjoy the wonders of the night sky with a new telescope. Picture: CelestronDid you get a telescope for Christmas? Lucky you!
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The New Year in Australia is great for sky gazers. The sky is full of bright stars, prominent constellations and fascinating celestial sights. Lots of budding astronomers get their start in January using telescopes they got for a Christmas present.

While it is true that many have beenhooked on skywatchingfor life by viewing the wonders of the night sky through their first scope, it is also true that many others have had their initial enthusiasm for astronomydampened, particularly if they didn’t know how to properly use it.

“Was your new instrument advertised by the manufacturer as promising “spectacular views” of the moon or the rings of Saturn at magnifications of, say, 500-power or more?” said Dave Reneke from Australasian Science Magazine.

“Unfortunately, it won’t happen. High power dilutes the brightness of an image, as well as aggravates any unsteadiness of detail.”

You’ll probably be surprised to discover that your most pleasing views with your new scope will come at much lower powers, that is using eyepieces of around 25 mm.

Low power, in fact, makes a telescope much more convenient to handle.

Wow, with so many inviting targets overhead what can you expect to see in your new telescope?

The Moon of course is one object that never fails to impress.

During early January, the Moon is up early evenings and is a perfect target!

If you’ve got a camera in your smart phone hold it up close to the eyepiece, move it around till you see the Moon’s disc and click! You might get a neat photo out of it. Your first astro pic!

Here’s a surprise we can’t wait to tell new telescope owners. Go and find the familiar constellation we call the ‘Saucepan’ and find the middle ‘star’ of the handle.

It’s not a star it’s the famous Orion Nebula, a luminous, swirling cloud of gas and dust 1500 light years away where stars are being born.

“This nebula is obvious in any telescope, and always gives me a buzz,” Dave said.

“Oh, I almost forgot, check out the Southern Cross as well tonight. It’s lying low down on its side in the south east all this month.”

Despite its tremendous brilliance, Venus is brilliant right now appearing as a‘bright star’ in the western sky.

“A telescope can keep you busy on the Moon forever. I’m living proof of that,” Dave said.

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