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Driven to continue call to combat driver fatigue as road toll rises

THE rising road toll is prompting former advanced driver trainer Norm Bolitho to again call out for help to keep the region's motorists safe. So far this year 116 people have lost their lives on the state's roads which is 11 more than for the same period last year, data from the Centre for Road Safety shows. Fatigue is one of the three biggest killers on NSW roads and research shows that it can be as dangerous as other road safety issues, such as drink driving. READ MORE: Plea to stay safe after 20 killed on western roads That is why Mr Bolitho said roadside rest areas were absolutely vital to help keep motorists safe. In July last year he made a plea to 120 regional NSW councils, Orange MP Phil Donato, the then Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, the NRMA and other road safety experts to help combat driver fatigue. His idea was simple – a rest stop every 10 kilometres with accompanying signs to alert approaching motorists. The Central West resident called for suitable sites th..

THE rising road toll is prompting former advanced driver trainer Norm Bolitho to again call out for help to keep the region's motorists safe. So far this year 116 people have lost their lives on the state's roads which is 11 more than for the same period last year, data from the Centre for Road Safety shows. Fatigue is one of the three biggest killers on NSW roads and research shows that it can be as dangerous as other road safety issues, such as drink driving. READ MORE: Plea to stay safe after 20 killed on western roads That is why Mr Bolitho said roadside rest areas were absolutely vital to help keep motorists safe. In July last year he made a plea to 120 regional NSW councils, Orange MP Phil Donato, the then Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, the NRMA and other road safety experts to help combat driver fatigue. His idea was simple – a rest stop every 10 kilometres with accompanying signs to alert approaching motorists. The Central West resident called for suitable sites that required minimal or no civil works to be identified for use as rest stops and that signage was a "critical issue". "If you have a gravel site or an old alignment, the cost of having four signs, two for each approach, would be $5000 a site but if you put it our to tender you'd get it a lot cheaper," Mr Bolitho said. "I was hoping they'd get back to me saying 'why didn't we think of this'." READ MORE: Accidents leave their mark on emergency service personnel who attend Mr Bolitho said the lack of signposted roadside rest stops meant motorists often did not realise they were approaching a suitable stopping area until it was too late. "All they [rest stops] need is signs to alert drivers they're coming up," he said. "Driver tiredness comes up on you, it comes up on you very quickly." Mr Bolitho said Orange MP Phil Donato was one of the few who responded to his calls for help. The MP wrote two letters to Mr Bolitho and in one stated that he had a "particular interest" in this matter due to his 20 years as a police officer. These letters have been provided to Australian Community Media. "I saw first-hand the devastating effects that driving fatigued can cause," Mr Donato wrote. READ MORE: A killer called this woman at work and she had no idea A spokesperson for Mr Donato said the MP had made representations to the then Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey on July 20, 2018 and again on February 21, 2019. The NSW Government went into caretaker period on March 1 ahead of the state election and was such unable to reply to the correspondence.

THE rising road toll is prompting former advanced driver trainer Norm Bolitho to again call out for help to keep the region's motorists safe.

So far this year 116 people have lost their lives on the state's roads which is 11 more than for the same period last year, data from the Centre for Road Safety shows.

Fatigue is one of the three biggest killers on NSW roads and research shows that it can be as dangerous as other road safety issues, such as drink driving.

That is why Mr Bolitho said roadside rest areas were absolutely vital to help keep motorists safe.

In July last year he made a plea to 120 regional NSW councils, Orange MP Phil Donato, the then Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey, the NRMA and other road safety experts to help combat driver fatigue.

His idea was simple – a rest stop every 10 kilometres with accompanying signs to alert approaching motorists.

I was hoping they'd get back to me saying 'why didn't we think of this'.

Central West man and former advance driver trainer Norm Bolitho

The Central West resident called for suitable sites that required minimal or no civil works to be identified for use as rest stops and that signage was a "critical issue".

"If you have a gravel site or an old alignment, the cost of having four signs, two for each approach, would be $5000 a site but if you put it our to tender you'd get it a lot cheaper," Mr Bolitho said.

"I was hoping they'd get back to me saying 'why didn't we think of this'."

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Bogan Shire pauses to reflect this Anzac Day

The unity, sacrifice and human decency of soldiers and the meaning of Anzac day was discussed during the address given by Nyngan High School Captain Abbey Buchanan, while talking about the respect that lives on in the community. Ms Buchanan addressed hundreds of residents who gathered at the Cenotaph to remember not only the Anzac's, but all the brave Australian and New Zealanders who had fought for our country. “I think it's incredible as a community we stand together and celebrate Anzac Day and during this celebration the perspective of many community members young and old are heard and considered,” she said. “It is because of the participation of everyone here, especially the school students who marched, that the efforts of those who served for our country will never go unnoticed.” During her address Ms Buchanan described the Gallipoli campaign which cost over 130,000 lives and wounded 260,000 people from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, France, New Zealand and the Ottom..

The unity, sacrifice and human decency of soldiers and the meaning of Anzac day was discussed during the address given by Nyngan High School Captain Abbey Buchanan, while talking about the respect that lives on in the community. Ms Buchanan addressed hundreds of residents who gathered at the Cenotaph to remember not only the Anzac's, but all the brave Australian and New Zealanders who had fought for our country. "I think it's incredible as a community we stand together and celebrate Anzac Day and during this celebration the perspective of many community members young and old are heard and considered," she said. "It is because of the participation of everyone here, especially the school students who marched, that the efforts of those who served for our country will never go unnoticed." During her address Ms Buchanan described the Gallipoli campaign which cost over 130,000 lives and wounded 260,000 people from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, France, New Zealand and the Ottoman Empire. She however questioned the crowd as to why we stop to celebrate Anzac day, a day centered around the deaths of the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli 104 years ago. "When I think of Anzac my attention immediately turns to the noble qualities of mateship, courage and sacrifice. Three words which are spoken from thousands of mouths each Anzac day, that is still set in the core of what it means to be Australian," Ms Buchanan said. She discussed the accounts of Turkish soldiers who fought, one discussing the armistice and how race and ethnicity were not a barrier in achieving understanding and tolerance between soldiers during the ceasefire where they traded cigarettes and souvenirs. "Soldiers 100 years ago exhibited qualities we should be striving for today," the school captain said. "The term Anzac is and never was about the glorification of war, rather it exemplifies why peace and unity is associated with diversity, because today the whole country stands together and pay their respect to those who have fought in war." Story continues after video: For Ms Buchanan it's the reflection and perspective of the despair and sacrifice during the First World War, which makes the celebration of Anzac day extremely pivotal and relevant. "I can't imagine the battles the Australian Defence Force have endured, and I can't imagine the devastation that's left behind after these battles," she said. "I can't imagine the physical and mental fight of return soldiers. "I can't imagine my own mother, brother, father or sister going off to fight in war, because I cant imagine the heartbreak and sacrifice the thousands of people took for me, for our country and still continue to make today. "It makes the celebration of Anzac day extremely pivotal and relevant. "But this relevancy will never match the despair faced by soldiers and their families on the 25th April in 1915 and that is why we celebrate Anzac Day."

Bogan Shire pauses to reflect this Anzac Day

The unity, sacrifice and human decency of soldiers and the meaning of Anzac day was discussed during the address given by Nyngan High School Captain Abbey Buchanan, while talking about the respect that lives on in the community.

Ms Buchanan addressed hundreds of residents who gathered at the Cenotaph to remember not only the Anzac's, but all the brave Australian and New Zealanders who had fought for our country.

"I think it's incredible as a community we stand together and celebrate Anzac Day and during this celebration the perspective of many community members young and old are heard and considered," she said.

"It is because of the participation of everyone here, especially the school students who marched, that the efforts of those who served for our country will never go unnoticed."

During her address Ms Buchanan described the Gallipoli campaign which cost over 130,000 lives and wounded 260,000 people from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, France, New Zealand and the Ottoman Empire.

She however questioned the crowd as to why we stop to celebrate Anzac day, a day centered around the deaths of the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli 104 years ago.

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A legend born from battle

Anzac Day salutes the courage and valour of those soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. They may have suffered defeat, however, their courage spawned a legend which is observed to this day. Those initial “Anzacs” were volunteers from the First Australian Imperial Force. They had just completed training in Egypt when they were called to serve alongside British and French troops sailing up the Dardanelles Strait. Their ultimate aim was to capture Gallipoli Peninsula, then under German and Ottoman control, through the sea route of the strait, a vital stretch of water connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean. Those original diggers must have been frightened and confused when they disembarked on the thin strip of beach known as Gaba Tepe on April 25, 1915. It was still dark and chilly as the boats disgorged about 20,000 Australian soldiers just before dawn on the Gallipoli peninsula. By nightfall, 747 of those soldiers would lie dead on the beach or close by in the surrounding steep cliffs. The..

Anzac Day salutes the courage and valour of those soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. They may have suffered defeat, however, their courage spawned a legend which is observed to this day. Those initial "Anzacs" were volunteers from the First Australian Imperial Force. They had just completed training in Egypt when they were called to serve alongside British and French troops sailing up the Dardanelles Strait. Their ultimate aim was to capture Gallipoli Peninsula, then under German and Ottoman control, through the sea route of the strait, a vital stretch of water connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean. Those original diggers must have been frightened and confused when they disembarked on the thin strip of beach known as Gaba Tepe on April 25, 1915. It was still dark and chilly as the boats disgorged about 20,000 Australian soldiers just before dawn on the Gallipoli peninsula. By nightfall, 747 of those soldiers would lie dead on the beach or close by in the surrounding steep cliffs. Their commanding officers had under-estimated the determination of the enemy Turks, under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatrk. But the Australians and New Zealanders fought on. These "worthy sons of the Empire" fought a piecemeal battle under mixed orders. The Turks, perched atop the surrounding hills, took pot-shots at the troops. Despite the seeming impossibility of Winston Churchill's Dardanelles war plan, fighting on the peninsula dragged on for another eight-and-a-half months. In that time, 44,070 Allied troops were killed, 8709 of whom were Australians. The first Anzac Day was held on April 25, 1916, when every state held ceremonies to honour the fallen. Anzac Day provides the nation to pause and reflect on that horrific death toll from 1915.

Anzac Day salutes the courage and valour of those soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.

They may have suffered defeat, however, their courage spawned a legend which is observed to this day.

Those initial "Anzacs" were volunteers from the First Australian Imperial Force.

They had just completed training in Egypt when they were called to serve alongside British and French troops sailing up the Dardanelles Strait.

Their ultimate aim was to capture Gallipoli Peninsula, then under German and Ottoman control, through the sea route of the strait, a vital stretch of water connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean.

Those original diggers must have been frightened and confused when they disembarked on the thin strip of beach known as Gaba Tepe on April 25, 1915.

It was still dark and chilly as the boats disgorged about 20,000 Australian soldiers just before dawn on the Gallipoli peninsula. By nightfall, 747 of those soldiers would lie dead on the beach or close by in the surrounding steep cliffs.

Their commanding officers had under-estimated the determination of the enemy Turks, under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatrk. But the Australians and New Zealanders fought on.

These "worthy sons of the Empire" fought a piecemeal battle under mixed orders.

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Superhero flick a fun ride

In Captain Marvel, Vers/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) endures a series of nightmares relating to her past. Trained in combat and the art of self-control by intergalactic general Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Danvers is one of the Kree civilisation's greatest warriors. Abducted by the Skrulls and their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), she begins a path towards uncovering her true identity. Captain Marvel, the 21st instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a light-hearted, easy-going thrill-ride designed to please everyone. Viewers don't need to watch/re-watch any of the preceding entries to enjoy this one. It's also the first instalment to feature a female superhero in the lead role. Working with witty lines and emotionally resonant moments here and there, Larsen excels as the titular character. Danvers/Captain Marvel is an interesting protagonist, but certainly not a complex one. As Danvers pieces together her backstory, the movie peppers in a handful of cheesy flashbacks. The ..

In Captain Marvel, Vers/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) endures a series of nightmares relating to her past. Trained in combat and the art of self-control by intergalactic general Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Danvers is one of the Kree civilisation's greatest warriors. Abducted by the Skrulls and their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), she begins a path towards uncovering her true identity. Captain Marvel, the 21st instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a light-hearted, easy-going thrill-ride designed to please everyone. Viewers don't need to watch/re-watch any of the preceding entries to enjoy this one. It's also the first instalment to feature a female superhero in the lead role. Working with witty lines and emotionally resonant moments here and there, Larsen excels as the titular character. Danvers/Captain Marvel is an interesting protagonist, but certainly not a complex one. As Danvers pieces together her backstory, the movie peppers in a handful of cheesy flashbacks. The audience remains one step ahead of her at all times. The movie's feminist message is handled with little to no subtlety. Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind, Half Nelson) deliver a lead character devoid of weaknesses. Lacking in tension and emotional heft, Captain Marvel depicts her as emotionless, all-powerful, and stubborn. Featuring Larson, Law, and a top-notch supporting cast (Gemma Chan, Djimon Hounsou etc.), the first act is a delight. After Danvers meets SHIELD agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) midway through, the pace wavers between speedy and sluggish. Larsen and Jackson's rapport prevents many scenes from becoming dull. Marvel Studios has perfected de-aging technology. Here, Jackson looks exactly like he did 25 years ago. Jackson is a joy to watch, while relative newcomer Lashana Lynch provides some much-needed depth as Maria – Danvers' long-lost best friend. Given strong enough material to stretch his acting muscles, Mendelsohn is thrilling in every scene. Boden and Fleck handle each talky moment with aplomb, but become overwhelmed by the spectacle. Many of the action sequences are choppily edited, while the climax – set on and above the earth – is bland and numbing. Made whole by a few nice twists and turns, Captain Marvel provides some fun ahead of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. PS. both post-credit scenes are rather pointless. Captain Marvel screens this Saturday April 27 at the Margaret River HEART Cinema. For tickets and info visit www.artsmargaretriver.com

In Captain Marvel, Vers/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) endures a series of nightmares relating to her past.

Trained in combat and the art of self-control by intergalactic general Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Danvers is one of the Kree civilisation's greatest warriors.

Abducted by the Skrulls and their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), she begins a path towards uncovering her true identity.

Captain Marvel, the 21st instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a light-hearted, easy-going thrill-ride designed to please everyone.

Viewers don't need to watch/re-watch any of the preceding entries to enjoy this one.

It's also the first instalment to feature a female superhero in the lead role.

Working with witty lines and emotionally resonant moments here and there, Larsen excels as the titular character.

Danvers/Captain Marvel is an interesting protagonist, but certainly not a complex one.

As Danvers pieces together her backstory, the movie peppers in a handful of cheesy flashbacks.

The audience remains one step ahead of her at all times.

The movie's feminist message is handled with little to no subtlety.

Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind, Half Nelson) deliver a lead character devoid of weakRead More – Source

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