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Welcome to State Focus. with the people and the stories Time for our weekly catch up and central New South Wales. of the ACT as well as southern hundreds of people in the ACT Well today we find out how age, some by more than a decade, dramatically reduced their body

targeting diet and fitness through a Get Healthy Challenge in regional and rural areas. and plans for future challenges power plant in Wollongong? Also would there ever be a nuclear like solar and wind power We'll also explore greener options David Campbell. with Illawarra minister has a very short life, But first up, they say comedy 20 years is quite an achievement. so to survive as a comedian for comedy duo even better. And to survive as a wanting to wrap it up after 20 years But now sadly Lano and Woodley are

with their farewell tour. They've already been to Canberra, Wagga they're heading your way. but for fans in Wollongong and Lano and Woodley join us now. Welcome boys. Hello Mr Sweeting. Hello Guy. How are you? How are you? Thanks for having us. It's nice to be here. Very good. With you and everyone else. Yes. Thankyou. you're breaking up after 20 years, And Collin, you're quoted as saying 20 years driving in a car because imagine spending with your best friend. plane might have been better to catch a I'm imagining that and maybe it a car for that long. if you had to be in point, Guy, but, yes... Well, that's a very good around the nation and the world, Well we have taken a few flights but basically... of the signs that the cracks We'd noticed actually that one were forming in our relationship is, person who's booking us in says, but the flights quite full look I'm terribly sorry fellows, and we both start going, and we can't sit you together You don't have to sit us together. That's ok! That's fine! It's fine! Infact, we'd prefer it. We don't mind sitting apart. So that's a bit of a sign there. Ok. of energy on stage, If you only had that amount we'd probably still be going. of the material and who misses out Speaking of which, who writes most

from having their material used? which is terrific. Well Col writes all of our jokes, efforts over the years. I really appreciate his He's very, very good. Yes, so I write all the jokes. around me hitting Frank But most of the jokes are centred with blunt instruments and... But he's a good little fellow... Is that why you need your hat? That's right.

- I've got a metal... This is actually a metal Plate... there, to you know, to try, try... ...plate in my head under the hat avoid injuries. quite confidently. I started that sentence Something happened in the middle. I don't know. We'll never know. what happened in the end. No one will ever know and I've got Alzheimer's disease I think when I'm about 95 end of that sentence will come out. and I'm in some old folks home, the Alright, do you ever lose your hat?

I mean, people have favourite hats, another one? do you ever lose it and have to buy hat and when I was being born No. This was actually my fathers even completely - - at the time - I wasn't I hadn't emerged completely, had come out of my mum... just the top of my head Are you allowed to say that on... ...Sure, well it's natural. running in to the labour ward I think you are and my dad was

this came off his head and he tripped over and room and landed on my head and it sailed across the I've worn it ever since. and then I was born and I see. story I've ever told. That's the weirdest story for a couple of weeks, I reckon if you worked on that it would still be pretty average. Wollongong and Wagga, Now you're coming to but you've already been to Canberra. was the audience in Canberra? How were the crowds - how How did you find them? Shocking. Rude. Ugly. Disappointing. Disappointing. No excellent. Very good. Beautiful. House, which is a lovely theatre. We did the beautiful Canberra Play In fact we got a standing ovation. ovation if they're leaving Although, is it a standing while they're standing. It was a walking ovation. like a running ovation. Ok. Alright. It was applauding while they're standing. No I think they have to be

just basically leaving. I think they were So yeah, it was just an ovation. Yeah, ok. weren't clapping. It was a standing - but they looking at our show. They weren't even No. of all the regional centres But Canberra is great and out we've ever done. them and we mean that sincerely. It would easily have to be one of What next? is it a bit like John Farnham, When you're on your farewell tour doing different things? going to keep on going but What are you going to do next? very, we're very excited... Well actually we're very, Yes, we are... Why are we excited? Just today, the news... Because off camera I'm... down here, I'm, you know... No, because, underneath No, the reason why we're exciting... but we're also exciting. Exciting. Not only are we exited, Yes. next year we're doing the phone call's come through - a reunion tour with John Farnham. He's on board, it's going to be big. Farnham did some shows We've even got - you know John with Tom Jones as part of his reunion thing. - you know, when he came back Tom Jones will Well, you know, possible similar to Tom Jones. - cause we're very throw their underpants at us. You know, often audience members men's Y fronts and they're soiled, I mean, usually they're white

they're trying to give us, so maybe it's a different message but you know. to leave it there. Right, guys, we have We wish you all the very best for the tour. Thanks very much, and the last thing... And hope you enjoy all the regional areas you're going to. Thanks for coming on today. Thanks very much. Well thankyou very much for having us. God bless you Guy. I love your work. Thanks Guy. Love yours. Lano and Woodley, and they're coming to Wagga's Civic Theatre

on Friday June 23 at 7.30pm and to Wollongong Entertainment Centre the next day. Work has begun on the upgrade of Forest road, Nowra. Shoalhaven mayor Greg Watson and Federal member for Gilmore Joanna Gash on hand yesterday for the official start of work on the upgrade. Ten kilometres of road will be sealed from the corner of Forest Road and Callala Beach road. Well, still ahead, how hundreds of people in the ACT dramatically reduced their body age through a Get Healthy Challenge. Also, would there ever be a nuclear power plant in Wollongong? And Canberra's Youth River Health Conference on the long weekend. But now to the ACT Budget being handed down next Tuesday. What funding is needed to address the social and welfare need in Canberra? To find out we're joined by Ara Cresswell from ACTCOSS, the ACT's Council of Social Service. Welcome to State Focus. Thankyou Guy. Well, firstly briefly tell us, what is the ACT Council of Social Service? ACTCOSS is the peak body for the ACT community sector disadvantaged Canberrans. Ok. Well, what do you think from a social and welfare point of view, is needed for funding in the ACT budget? I don't know where to start, because there are a lot of areas that we need to cover,

but I think very pertinently, there's the area of housing and our many, many homeless people in Canberra. There's mental health and particularly there is the ongoing viability of the community sector. That is the sector that deals with Canberra's most marginalised people. So it's the sector that's there for the people who need help when they are looking for services and that's the sector that we're currently seeing is in some crisis. Ok. Well Jon Stanhope's saying it's going to be a bit of a nightmare budget, going to have to tighten the screws a bit. What will you be getting and what won't you be getting? I guess we'll be waiting with baited breath like the rest of the ACT community. We understand that they say it's a tough budget. They do say that every year, so we are hoping - we are certainly hoping that the promise that they made last year, that the community sector would get an indexation model that actually filled its requirements,

will be in this budget. So that will look at the wage costs of the sector. You know, putting a tiny bit amount into our indexation for the wage cost index. We're certainly hoping to see the government come through on their election promise. They promised $30 million into public housing. So we are hoping to see $10 million of that. It wasn't in the last budget. We're hoping to see it in this one and we're hoping to see a whole range of small innovations in this budget that are about keeping the community sector alive. Ok, who should benefit the most, as far as you are concerned? People involved in public housing, who perhaps else? Well we do have a lot of people homeless here in Canberra with no where to go, no bricks and mortar for their heads tonight.

They sleep rough and as you know, it's pretty cold in Canberra at the moment. It's not the kind of place that anyone wants to be sleeping rough. So public housing, we say, is absolutely the top of our list, because we know the amount of people who don't have anywhere to sleep. So that's big. And services for people with mental health problems. We really want to see the mental health consumers

and the mental health carers have their voice heard in saying to the government, we need to adequately resource these people so that they are actually able to fulfil lives as functional Canberrans. Ok, well we'll wait to see that in the budget. Thanks for coming in today. Thankyou. Ok. That's Ara Crewswell from ACTCOSS. Still ahead, how hundreds of people in the ACT dramatically reduced their body age through a Get Healthy Challenge.

Also finding out why there's a Youth River Health conference on this long weekend in Canberra. But next, would Wollongong ever have a nuclear power plant and previewing what our regional areas of New South Wales could expect in the state budget announced next Tuesday. Back shortly.

In Cargo as well as Bargo, you're watching State Focus. There's been a problem in Young with who is responsible for looking after one of its main bridges, in Zouch street. As it's a wooden bridge, it flexes and needs to have its road surface repaired every two or three months. The problem is the Roads and Traffic Authority is happy to fix the road surface on the bridge, but only after the owners, State Rail, remove the damaged road surface first. State Nationals leader, Andrew Stoner, has visited Young and looked at the bridge. He says if the coalition wins government next year in New South Wales, they'll put a new, more suitable bridge over Zouch street. Still ahead, how hundreds of people in the ACT dramatically reduced their body age through a Get Healthy Challenge

and moves to have similar programs set up in rural and regional areas of New South Wales. Also finding out why there's a Youth River Health conference on this long weekend in Canberra. Both Wollongong and Jervis Bay have been named as possible sites for a nuclear power plant. Wollongong as well as Port Stephens, near Newcastle, topped the list, but we've been assured by Illawarra minister David Campbell it's just not going to happen in Wollongong. The question is, if that's the case why was it suggested in the first place. A question worth putting to Illawarra minister and the former lord mayor of Wollongong David Campbell himself, who joins us now in our Wollongong studio. Welcome to State Focus. Guy, good afternoon. Thankyou for having me. No problem at all. Well you've reassured the people of Illawarra there won't be any nuclear power station in their neck of the woods. So what was the point of Dr Clive Hamilton of the Australia Institute naming Wollongong as one of the likely sites to host a nuclear power plant? Was it just scare mongering? Well Guy, I think the real question is, what's the Prime Minister on about? And for our reason more particularly, what's Johanna Gash and Gary Nan, Andrew Constance and Shirley Hancock, what have they got to say about it? This is a Liberal Party proposal, by a Liberal Party Prime Minister on the ground in the coastal region

the question. They've all been very silent on it, but of course, in New South Wales there's the Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities Prohibition Act and that means that a nuclear power station is not going to get up in New South Wales, unless that Act is amended, so I think we can be quite comfortable about it. But there's another reason why it won't be built in Wollongong

and that is that there's not a site for it in Wollongong. There's not a parcel of land with the required buffer around it, that it could be built on. So I'm quite confident it won't be built in Wollongong, but it's for those Liberal members of parliament to explain what their reaction is to John Howard's proposal for a nuclear power station. Ok, well bringing up the nuclear power plant issue, sort of brings up also a counter issue, I suppose, of the need for more Green Energy - wind energy, solar energy. Would you interested in pursuing more solar power plant or a wind power plant for the Illawarra? Well of course in the Illawarra, the New South Wales government has given approval for True Energy to construct a gas fired peaking plant on the former Tallawarra sight, down near Dapto. So in terms of insuring there is investment in generation infrastructure for electricity in New South Wales, the government has made that decision, along with a government owned, gas fired peaking plant in the Hunter Valley, but in recent discussions with the Minister for Energy, Joe Tripodi, he assured me that True Energy is on target to construct

this vital piece of this important piece of infrastructure in the Illawarra region. Ok, the New South Wales budget is on Tuesday. What measures might be in there or could you expect would benefit Wollongong and other regional centres like Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst? Well there's no doubt that this will be a state budget that will invest in infrastructure.

So whether it's schools, hospitals or roads, there's no doubt that there will be funding in the budget for investment in that type of infrastructure. Also the Premier Morris Iemma has announced 750 additional police to be recruited and trained before the end of the year. So I will expect there'll be money in the budget for those additional police positions. And might they be trained in Goulburn?

Well that's right. The Police Academy is in Goulburn, so with extra police being trained there, many of them live on sight of course, so they'll be buying other goods and services in Goulburn. So there's that economic activity, if you like, in the region, as a result of - as a direct result of this policy position of 750 police, which will take us to about 15,000 authorised strength

in New South Wales, I think. And that, by any measure, will be a record number of trained police and authorised a strength of police in New South Wales. Ok, we have to leave it there. Thanks for coming in today. Guy, my pleasure to join you. Thankyou. Illawarra minister David Campbell joining us in our Wollongong studio. About a hundred years after they began, Girl Guide groups are still proving popular for girls,

especially in Orange and Blayney. who held a two day training session in Orange, says guiding groups in the Central West have had a recent increase in interest, and because of that more leaders are needed. For more info you can call 0412 736 700. Still ahead not only getting healthy but reducing your body age. That's the result for hundreds of Canberra business people. We'll be joined soon by Dr Dion Klein from the Get Healthy Challenge. But now to the Youth River Health conference on this long weekend in Canberra. How can our next generation learn to take better care of our rivers, which are the life blood of rural and regional communities across our area and what lessons can be learned during times of drought for better years ahead? To get an insight we're joined by conference convener Arron Wood. Welcome to State Focus. Thanks for having me Guy.

Well, first of all, what is the Youth River Health Conference? I guess, in a nutshell, it's really tomorrows leaders, tomorrows water and land managers taking charge for a precious resource. A resource that, particularly people through rural Australia realise is in such short supply and that's our water, it's our rivers, it's the life blood of our agricultural industry and really this is saying that young people have a part to play, just as well as our adults do. It's them looking at the solutions and the issues and trying to come at it from a different way. Because often we get people stayed in the way we address these solutions and address these problems that we have and perhaps young people can shed a light on how we can actually make a difference in these changing times. Well during the long weekend, Youth River Health Conference in Canberra, what are the rivers that will be looked at to improve their health? Well I think the Canberra River Health Conference

is an interesting one, because being the nations capital, we're essentially looking at rivers Australia wide. So, you've got kids actually travelling up from the Snowy River obviously linking in to the Snowy River Scheme there, we've got kids coming across even from Bega, as far away as Bega in New South Wales. We've got students from all parts of the ACT. So, you're going see a real range of different issues and I think the interesting one about Canberra is that it is such an urban environment - it's the largest urban environment in the Murray Darling Basin, in fact. Is river health quite an issue at the moment, given that a lot of areas are still lingering in drought mode? Is that a bit more of a challenge than usual? It certainly is a major issue. Drought always, certainly, exacerbates the problem. Flow is our major issue in Australia. We've got one of the driest inhabited continents in the world and yet we're the greatest water consumers in the world.

So, per capita, Australians actually consume more water, than any other person in the world. Which is a pretty scary thought when you consider that we are the driest inhabited continent in the world. So River Health, certainly with these times of drought, our farmers are doing it tough and only do our farmers do it tough, but that in turn hits our bottom line, our whole economy is affected. So when people in cities try to distance themselves from what's going on in rural areas, it really is a misconception.

We are all in the same boat. We are in the same catchment. We drink from the same sorts of areas and we also eat the same sorts of produce. Alright, well thankyou for your thoughts today. Thanks for coming in. Thanks very much. Thankyou. That's Arron Wood, the convenor of the Youth River Health Conference on in Canberra across the long weekend, which is not far off now. Drivers are reminded to take care in 40 km/h school zones, of course everywhere but especially outside Eden's Primary School

where Lollipop Lady Kay Thompson has noticed drivers too often recklessly passing through a crossing while children are still on the road. She says she doesn't want it to be a matter of time before there's a tragic accident. Kay says some of the problem is that drivers do actually stop but they take off again when children are only half way across the road. She has suggested there be more speed humps to slow drivers down. Next up, not only getting healthy, but reducing your body age. Hundreds of business people in Canberra have reduced their body age by ten years. In a moment, we find out how its possible. Stay with us.

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From Binnaway to Bombala, this is State Focus. Dubbo's Gordon Centre, which provides resources for local Aboriginal youth, has taken on a new role of developing programs to help the successful dismantling of Gordon Estate. You may remember two weeks ago we heard from Dubbo mayor

Mathew Dickerson on the move to relocate people who live in Gordon Estate to reduce crime and vandalism. Well now, as part of the next phase of that move, the Gordon Centre will offer relocation advice to the people of Gordon Estate to ensure their moving out is successful. How many times have we heard of get fit and healthy programs, which we try and they don't work, or they're just too complicated to bother about? The difference with the Get Healthy Challenge is

it's not only worked for hundreds of Canberra business people, but it was aimed and succeeded at reducing their body age. The challenge has been set up and run by Dr Dion Klein who joins us now along with one of the success stories Peter Blayney. Welcome to State Focus Gentlemen. G'day. Well, first of all to you doctor. Your Get Health Program is based on the whole body age concept. What is body age and how can a person reduce their body age?

Body age was actually developed back in the 60's by a gentleman by the name of Dr Robert Morgan and a couple of commercial entities have taken it on board, one being Polar, who are traditionally known for their heart rate monitors. So they've developed a system called body age, which basically looks at various components of fitness, body composition, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular endurance and health risk appraisals in heart disease, nutrition, stress,

diabetes etc, and then it comes up with a particular body age, if you would, using various algorithms and that's pretty much the concept of it and so what I use that as a tool and compared it against peoples chronological age and tried to motivate people to get a little bit fit and healthy. Ok, Peter, how are you a successful participant at the Get Healthy Program? How did it work for you? Well I discovered when I first did my assessment

that I was actually 50. So that was a little bit of a shock for me and it was a good motivator for me to address some of the - well the way that I'm living or my lifestyle and as a result... So 50 is a good deal older than you actually are? Yeah. Right. And one of the things was that I could actually reduce my age

down to 33 if I followed the advice and so I had a shot at it, and I was able to knock 10 years off my body age. So I was pretty pleased with that. Ok, and the whole Get Healthy Challenge, was a success doctor, in as much as close to 300 people were able to knock a few years off their life and just through life style rearrangement of some sort,

is that right? Yeah, life style rearrangement, just increasing their awareness of what they're eating. Also, a lot of people, even though they were exercising, they weren't exercising at the proper intensity that they could actually start seeing differences. Many people who were participating in some sort of physical activity, had hit a plateau. So the body was just saying, ok, I'm going for a walk and it knew how to work very efficiently.

So we had to force them to work a little bit harder and of the people who finished and took the post assessment, they reduced their body age collectively, here in Canberra, by 214 years. So the next aspect of that is putting it into an economic model and saying what does that mean in the economic dollars saved in how it impacted on the overall health care system in the ACT. Ok, well Peter, how do you keep the age down from what you actually are?

Well I think I've just got to not rest on my laurels and just keep doing what I'm doing and give up smoking - that's a big one - watch what I eat and keep that regular exercise. Ok, alright. All the best with that. Thanks. Doctor, just finally, you might be taking this challenge to other regional centres?

Yes. My vision is to get it into a lot of the local communities as well as other work places, we're looking at Sydney and some other regional areas as well. Well it sounds like a great program. Thanks very much for coming in to talk about it. Thanks very much. Thankyou. Thankyou both. That's Dr Dion Klein from the Get Healthy Challenge. As well as Peter Blayney, one of the successful participants. Well it's round 13 NRL action tonight for The Raiders who play South Sydney at Canberra Stadium with kick off at 7:30.

The Green Machine will be aiming for another win after the nail biting, extra time, field goal by Todd Carney over North Queensland last Saturday night. And the Kangaroos are in Canberra to take on reigning AFL premiers The Sydney Swans tomorrow afternoon at Manuka Oval with kick off at 10 past 1. Almost out of time, but before we go, our viewer feedback contact details. in your neck of the woods.

You can send us a fax on 6241 9429 or email us That's as it happened this week. I'm Guy Sweeting. Join us next week for State Focus. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions.

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