Mildura Weekly : Friday January 13 Vol 11 No 10
18 News MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017 Mildura waves proves it’s a step ahead! FOLLOWING last year’s Mildura 10,000 Steps Challenge, Mildura Waves has opted to donate funds to purchase a further 100 pedometers for the region’s local libraries. The pedometers will be used to de- liver the 10,000 Steps Challenge to the lo- cal community through Healthy Together Mildura. Healthy Together Mildura now has more than 400 pedometers available for a six-week loan through all Mildura Rural City Council libraries. The annual 10,000 Steps Challenge aims to increase physical activity levels with the use of pedometers, encouraging participants to reach 10,000 steps each day – the recommendation for good health. Reaching 10,000 steps is recommend- ed to promote general health, and can as- sist with weight maintenance, weight loss, cardiovascular health, stress relief and sleep quality. Only 40 percent of the population in the Mildura Local Government Area cur- rently meet the physical activity guidelines. The fourth annual 10,000 Step Chal- lenge ran last year, with more than 700 individuals and 84 teams participating – three of which came from Mildura Waves. “Healthy Together Mildura and the Mildura Rural City Council Library Ser- vice are so pleased to receive this donation from Mildura Waves,” Healthy Together Mildura health promotion officer, Laura Duff, said. “Pedometers are a fantastic motiva- tional tool. They can give a great insight into how active or inactive we are through- out the day. “Research shows that people who regu- larly use pedometers or similar tracking devices to self-monitor physical activity levels are up to 25 percent more active. “With the receipt of new pedometers, we are on track to make sure that the 10,000 Steps Challenge in 2017 will be bigger and better than ever.” Mildura Waves manager, Rodd Simms, said the organisation was pleased to sup- port Healthy Together Mildura, the local li- brary service and the region with initiatives like the 10,000 Steps Challenge. “We are working towards the same goal – a healthy and active Mildura,” he said. “Providing pedometers for the community to access for free brings us one step closer to that goal.” Councillor for Community Well-being and Services, Ali Cupper, said Council was pleased to help provide a free tool for the public to access through its library service to improve residents’ health through phys- ical activity. “Pedometers are available for up to six weeks from all of our libraries, including the mobile library,” she said. More information about the Mildura 10,000 Steps Challenge is available by vis- iting www.healthytogethermildura.com. au/10000steps, while more about Mildura Rural City Council libraries is also avail- able online at www.mildura.vic.gov.au/ Services/Libraries. By David Reneke DO you read your stars? Do you follow their advice? If so you’re into astrology, not astronomy. A lot of people get these two terms mixed up, and it’s easy to do when you think that they both have their origins in the stars overhead. Astronomy is a science that deals in factual observation, the study of the heavens and how we got here. The two don’t readily get along. Not many people realise this but astronomers don’t peer though telescopes anymore – it’s all done remotely from air-condi- tioned rooms. How times have changed! Amateur astronomers on the other hand still haul their scopes out into the sticks, often travel- ling for hours to find pristine dark skies. They know what’s up there, and have been responsible for several important discoveries in the past few years. One day an amateur astrono- mer may be the first one to warn of an approaching asteroid on a collision course with Earth – if one’s out there. Grab your telescopes bud- ding sky watchers, as what you’re about to read might give you an uncontrollable urge to dash out- side. Take a peek around sunset and look west, you’ll see brilliant Venus, the ‘evening star,’ blazing brightly above the horizon. It will continue to light up the morning twilight until after all stars have been washed from the sky. Grab your smartphone, hold it steady and see what your pic- ture looks like. If you miss it, don’t sweat, it’ll still be there for a couple more weeks. This month, Venus will be- gin to make its way towards the horizon, joined by the red planet Mars which can be found sitting just above it. Standing outdoors, mes- merised by our amazing night sky on a warm summer’s night or early morning, you might just forget all about the political dra- mas going on for a while. At least the stars make sense. Only the full moon and Ve- nus are the brightest objects in the night sky this week. Here’s a cool tip, go and download an amazing phone app called ‘Sky View’. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever used in astronomy. Simply point to anything in the night sky and it will tell you what it is. Ask and it will find planets, stars and constellations for you in a matter of moments, plus it’s got tonnes of interesting facts and figures on astronomy. FOOTNOTE: Dave Reneke is an internationally-renowned Aus- tralian astronomer from Aus- tralasian Science magazine. It’s written in the stars THE ambassador for Mil- dura Rural City Council’s Australia Day festivities has been revealed this week, with prominent Australian businessman Claude Lombard to be the town’s guest of honour on January 26. Mr Lombard’s life sto- ry reads like a who’s who of Victorian business. However, he is a man who also seeks little rec- ognition for his work in both the business and philanthropic communi- ties. Described by his sup- porters as ‘a behind the scenes man’ – Mr Lom- bard is regarded as an iconic mover and shaker around Melbourne – de- termined that local busi- nesses and business com- munities are supported from within their own ranks. Alongside his com- munity work, he has been building his 40-year-old family business into a formidable stable of Aus- tralia’s best known paper, packaging, party and mer- chandising houses. While growing his stable of national outlets and his international dis- tribution chain, Mr Lom- bard was also reaching world first milestones, es- tablishing his business as the first ever, in the histo- ry of the Olympic Games, to solely supply an entire Olympic event, it’s visi- tors, and the entire com- munity with the complete ‘package’ of decorations, packaging and toiletries – a huge logistical feat in itself that saw 120 million products sold across 30 days. In 1999, one in every 10 Australians purchased a Lombard party product to welcome in the new Millennium. The last 20 years have also seen Claude cham- pion the cause of special needs students from a local school through his support, via hands-on work and also training opportunities at Lom- bard. He is also passion- ate about his sports, with fencing, body build- ing, motorsports (as the owner of a 1967, 400hp Cobra) and now boxing sharing his attentions. Mr Lombard is often refereed to by the media as the voice of Victoria’s grass roots businesses. He is a member of Rotary, and was a board member for Melbourne Tourism Authority. Mr Lombard’s career has also not been without its challenges, with the destruction of his nation- al head office and ware- house in 2004 regarded as one of Victoria’s largest ever fires. Within 90 minutes, however, he was back in business planning the company’s new begin- nings, including a huge warehousing facility and office complex! Mildura Aus. Day ambassador named LOCAL NEWS NEWSPAPERS NEWS LOCAL NEWS LOCAL NEWS LOCAL NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS NEWS 5.1 million Australians read a community newspaper in print. Source: emmaTM, conducted by Iposos MediaCT, people 14+ for the 12 months ending November 2015.
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