Mildura Weekly : Friday April 22 Vol 10 No 24
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU STUDENTS from Mildura Chris- tian College were flying high this week after a visit from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Forming part of the ‘Look up! In The Sky education program,’ students were invited to climb into an aero-medical simulator – a life-sized replica of a RFDS plane fitted out with a cockpit, communications and medical equipment. Education manager of the Victorian RFDS, Tom Ryan, said the program was a great way to educate children about the RFDS, while also meeting primary school curriculum in Australian geography and history. “They get a good history, they get a sense of how big Australia is and the vast distances that people have to cope with working out of Australia,” Mr Ryan said this week. “And the role that Flying Doc- tors had in helping shape Aus- tralia, how Australians live and linking the country to the city, so I think on a number of levels it helps the kids understand and help the teachers bring a bit of relevance to what they are teach- ing.” RFDS Victoria delivers air and road transport, rural health pro- grams such as diabetes, mobile eye and dental care, rural wom- en’s GP services and patient trans- port, as well as raising funds for emergency equipment in other parts of Australia. Today, the RFDS comes in contact with more than 295,000 patients annually, more than 800 every day, performs around 37,000 aero-medical evacua- tions and conducts about 15,000 healthcare clinics per year. Mr Ryan said the program also provides an opportunity to pro- mote the good work of the RFDS and its commitment in assisting rural and regional communities. “It’s still going strong, it’s just as relevant today as it was all those years ago when it formed in 1928,” he said. • FLYING HIGH: Ambrose Dermody,12, ABOVE, with Education manager of Victoria’s Royal Flying Doctor Service, Tom Ryan, and LEFT, Mildura Christian College student Andy Foley, 7, tries out some communication headphones in the life-size replica plane. • FIRST-HAND FIRST AID: Makayla Kiley, 6, getting a first-hand experience in the Royal Flying Doctor simulator plane with Mildura Christian College teacher Mrs Loris Tresize. • LEFT: The trailer- borne simulator is life-size, and wowed Mildura Christian College students. THE Victorian Government has finalised a trial of Australia’s first home energy efficiency rat- ing tool, specifically designed to help Victori- ans save on their power bills. The ‘Efficiency Scorecard’ has been tested in 45 homes in Melbourne’s northern suburbs during a three-month trial, which began in January. The Scorecard is a cloud-based web app used on a tablet, such as an iPad, which gives households a star rating out of 10 for their home’s energy costs. The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient a home is considered to be, and the lower the energy costs. Expert assessors use the Scorecard to en- ter information about the fixed features of a home such as heaters, air conditioners, hot water systems, wall and floor materials, insula- tion, windows and solar power systems. They can then generate an overall energy efficiency star rating and certificate on the spot. The certificate breaks down how much en- ergy is being used on heating, cooling, light- ing, hot water, pools and spas – as well as what proportion of energy is renewable if a home has solar panels. It includes a hot weather efficiency score that rates whether the home will stay comfort- able during hot weather, while also providing specific advice for the householder on how they could change their home to make it more energy efficient to save on energy bills. Many of these upgrades, such as high effi- ciency heating or seals for doors and windows, are covered by the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme, which allows householders to buy them at a discounted price. The Scorecard will be officially launched later this year. Victoria trials home energy rating tool RFDS drops in for special school visit 1/50 Madden Avenue, Mildura Phone (03) 5021 3883 Mildura Solar are now proudly installing Sapphire Solar 100% Australian Owned solar panels. Talk to us today about the huge benefits of installing Sapphire Solar panels. • 100% locally owned • Australian supported products and warranties • Customized design • Finest after sales care • Lower your power bills • $0 Upfront finance available • Paybackin3–6years • Extensive experience. UNBEATABLE SERVICE UNBEATABLE PRICES Mildura solar have completed over 800 installations in excess of 2.9Mw of power.
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