Letters to the editor

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Not the right hillThe West Wodonga hills area is a gazetted Victorian State Park planned and gifted by theAlbury-Wodonga Development Corporation for passive recreational use.

It is pristine,unspoiled natural bushland including hills, valleys, streams, ferny glades and even awaterfall. It was never intended that this land be developed for quasi-commercial uses suchas competition mountain bike racing. It was to endure for the enjoyment of futuregenerations. There are no car parks, access roads or toilets here.

Change in cycle: Letter writer Ian Guthrie believes Huon Hill would be a better place than Hunchback Hill for mountain bike racing in Wodonga.

On the other hand, the HuonHill area stretching to Killara on the banks of the Kiewa Riverhas been cleared and used as grazing land for more than 120 years, most recently as thedeKerrileau East hereford stud.

This land offers gentle and steep slopes, formed vehicleaccess roads, car parking, toilets and lookout vantage points.

It is publicly owned and wellsuited to use by mountain bike racers with no detriment to our environment.

Common sense says we should put mountain bike racing tracks on HuonHill, notHunchback.

Ian Guthrie, WodongaThe mystery of the ChikoI’ve always been of the opinion that the Chiko roll (Plenty of claims on Chiko Roll, The Border Mail, September 24)was invented by a Victorian, Frank McEncroe, back in the early 1950s.

Michael Riley, WodongaA race well runI just wanted to say a big congratulations to all the candidates who ran for Albury Council election. As a candidate myself, Iwas shown nothing but support from our current councillors and the candidates running.

A massive shout out to all the people who were working at Albury North Public School handing out how-to-vote cards. It was a long day but with lots of laughs and friendly people to stand beside.

As a number two on Bert Eastoe’s ticket, I was disappointed with the outcome for our team (as Bert would make a great councillor for our city) but let’s hope Albury’s choice was correct and we have a great council to lead us for the next four years.

Hayley Franks, AlburyBorder leads the wayAlbury-Wodonga’s inaugural Regional LGBTIQ Health Forum took place at the UNSW Rural Clinical School last week, hosted by Border Medical Association and Hume Phoenix.

It is not often that the medical community and LGBTIQ community come together to discuss health, and having such an event in a regional area sets Albury-Wodonga apart from the rest.

The Q&A session proved the highlight of the night, with discussion ranging from the lived experiences of patients and providing LGBTI inclusive healthcare, to the public health implications of the marriage equality plebiscite.

Shirley Jayasekara, East AlburyAnimal welfare countsIn response to Viv McGee, I totally support farmers who produce “fresh, wholesome, safe Australian produce”.(Hungry with no farmers, The Border Mail, September 29).

But I cannot support farmers who exploit animals for nothing but profit. Needlessly inflicting pain on animals is indefensible.

How you would feel if you were treated the way you treated your dairy cows? Would you like to have your newborn babies torn from your side,year after year? Would you like to be sent off to a terrifying and brutal death in the slaughterhouse when your milk supply waned? Cows produce milk for their babies and not for us.

We humans have absolutely no requirement for a cow’s breast milk and we have no right to steal it from them.

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Dr John F. Knight: books that changed me

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Dr John F. Knight is a well-known TV doctor and medical advice columnist under his pseudonym Dr James Wright. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998 and the Knight Ward was dedicated to him at the new Sydney Sanitarium Hospital. His new memoir is Dr James Wright: Adventures of a Merry Medic (New Holland). The Power of Positive ThinkingNorman Vincent Peale

When Reverend Peale visited Sydney for a few days, I managed to learn of this quiet visit and rang his hotel. He kindly invited me to meet him and his lovely wife. The following Monday I had him on my segment on the Mike Walsh Show. His book is one that reinforced the direction of my life and it is still a bestseller. Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hall

I found when at high school that everything is summed up in 10 vital points in the first few chapters of this book. It, too, revolutionised my thinking and I still read it from time to time (as do my two sons, Peter and David, who think exactly the way I do). TNT: The Power Within YouClaude M. Bristol

Another that I have read so often – at least 30 times – it has fallen to pieces and is held together with a rubber band. I can almost recite it by heart. Again, simple points that we are all aware of. But written in readable, practical fashion. The Science of Getting RichWallace D. Wattles

This must have been published about the start of 1900 as the world’s future then lay in steam trains and steam power, Wattles believed. Again, a series of principles. I have continued to re-read this a few times every year. Although far outdated in some physical terms, the principles are still there. One simple principle is “When making money, always give to the other party not 100, but 110 per cent of what you promised. It will ultimately come back to you tenfold.” As proven many, many times during my life and times.

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Queensland clan labs disappearing as imported drugs ‘flooded’ in

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Drug labs are becoming less popular in Queensland. Photo: QPS Illegal drug manufacturing equipment. Photo: QPS

Police don safety gear while dealing with another illegal lab. Photo: QPS

Queensland’s criminal drug manufacturers are being run out of business as cheaper, higher quality narcotics flood through the state’s borders, police say.

On Friday, they hailed a decline in meth lab busts in the state that was once infamous for having the highest rate of the dangerous scourge in the country but pointed to a concerning explanation.

Local manufacturers simply couldn’t compete with the cheap, pure drugs from overseas.

“We’ve seen a major downturn of that in Queensland. We used to be the leader in Australia in the detection and charging of people in that kind of activity and there’s reasons for that,” Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.

“We’ve seen a major downturn. We believe on the evidence available to us that it’s because there’s so much in drugs being flooded into this country that it is not profitable enough to make your own.

“You simply buy it through the criminal networks and that’s where our work on organised crime is so important.”

Actual charges for producing and trafficking drugs stagnated from 2014/15 to 2015/16 but charges for possession and and selling jumped nine and six per cent respectively.

The warning from Queensland police came on the heels of similar information from the Crime and Corruption Commission earlier this year.

“The demand for illicit drugs and the huge profits to be made from supplying them in Queensland, particularly in regional areas, has made Queensland an attractive market for interstate and internationally based crime groups to expand their criminal activities,” the CCC found in its illicit drug markets report from earlier this year.

It found organised crime groups, particularly from interstate, were increasingly targeting regional areas such as Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns.

Queensland was the clandestine drug lab capital of the country in 2013-14, hosting almost half of the nation’s criminal drug laboratories, with about a third of them the year after, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

The CCC identified a sharp swing away from domestic production toward “importations of high-purity final product” from overseas in its latest report.

“Methylamphetamine continues to be rated as the illicit drug market that poses the highest level of risk (Very High) — due to the high level of organised crime involvement and the significant harms the drug causes to individual users and the community,” it said.

“The main change in this market since 2012 has been a shift in the form of methylamphetamine, with increased supply and demand for high purity crystal (“ice”) rather than powder, and an increase in imported final product compared with locally produced methylamphetamine.”

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Devastating crash does nothing to dampen Queenslander’s love of Cambodia

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I had been out for dinner with a friend, we were heading home, it was a Thursday night.

We were on my motorbike, going through the little back streets of Phnom Penh towards my apartment and we got sideswiped by a black car.

The other car had no lights on, it was speeding. It sandwiched my legs between my motorbike and the bumper bar of the car and my head smashed against the bonnet of the car.

My friend was thrown off the bike, he suffered some fairly severe injuries as well.

At that point the driver hit the brakes which dislodged me from my bike and sent me flying down the road. He actually tried to run me over but I managed to crawl to the side of the road and behind a tree.

I looked down and saw that my leg had basically been amputated, it was just held on by some threads of flesh.

He took off down the road with my motorbike still under his car.

Peter Maitland moved to Cambodia in 2014 to teach at the International Primary School in Phnom Penh.

He had an enduring love of Asia after travelling to Beijing to see his brother compete in the Olympics and studying at a University in Malaysia.

While on holidays in Cambodia before moving there he met his now-fiancee Elena, and after travelling back to Australia together he was able to convince her to move there with him.

“Cambodia is a beautiful country,” he says.

“After working in south-east Asia I always wanted to live there, so when the opportunity came up to work in Cambodia I really wanted to take it.

“I just bought a big block of land that I was going to build a resort on down south on the coast. My fiancee had moved down there already to start preparing things. I was going to join her in a week.”

But all Mr Maitland’s plans changed on September 16 when the car emerged from the dark and changed his life forever.

“I was screaming and shouting and cursing and making a good old racket,” he says.

But even through the pain, he saw exactly why he loved the region so much.

“Being in my local area, I knew all the tuk tuk drivers and they took off after [the driver] for me,” he said.

“The tuk tuk drivers led the police to the car driver and they arrested him on the spot which is remarkable, that doesn’t happen very often. Cambodia doesn’t have the most effectual police department.”

It was the first of many examples of the kindness of the community he lived among in Cambodia.

Mr Maitland suffered serious injuries in the crash, including severing an artery in his leg. He lost almost half his blood on the side of the road.

When he arrived at the hospital, stocks of his blood type, A negative, were low. So he put out a call for help on Facebook.

“Within about 20 minutes of putting a Facebook message on, I had about 15 volunteers lined up at my hospital door wanting to donate their A negative blood,” he says.

“It’s times like that you realise people really care.

“These countries, they get a bad rap among a lot of people, but it’s tough times like that that bring good people together.

“In these countries there’s more good people than bad people, bad people make the headlines more often.”

Mr Maitland found people from his local community were prepared to go to great lengths to help him in any way they could.

“These are people with nothing who were prepared to give everything,” he says.

Eventually doctors in Phnom Penh acknowledged they didn’t have the expertise to treat Mr Maitland’s extensive injuries and he was flown to Bangkok for further treatment.

From there he has undergone multiple operations in an attempt to save his severely damaged leg.

“They have taken great care of me, they have been able to answer questions, do all the surgery, minimise my pain, the nurses are great,” he says.

“As it stands, my right foot, the severely injured one, I have been guaranteed I will lose my five toes and I have been pretty much assured I will lose at least half my foot.”

Remarkably, Mr Maitland is relatively upbeat about his plight.

“I used to be a lifesaver, I have played a lot of sport, I have seen some pretty gruesome things,” he says.

“I have quite a strong stomach so I don’t get too fazed by things, and I am treating it as I am alive and anything beyond that is a bonus.”

On Saturday, Mr Maitland was due to be transferred back to Australia for more treatment and the inevitable rehabilitation he will need to undergo to begin walking again.

His flight was due to leave Bangkok at midnight on Friday, getting him back to Australia just in time for a very important event in his life.

“My flight should be getting into Australia around midday and I will go straight from the plane, into an ambulance and to the hospital,” he says.

“There I hope to find a television which is playing the AFL grand final, and if I can’t I will be taking a doctor and a nurse across the road to the pub to watch it.”

Despite his ordeal, Mr Maitland hopes one day to return to Cambodia and he hopes his story doesn’t frighten people off visiting.

“People shouldn’t be scared off by stories like this,” he says.

“My story is horrible, I’m not trying to dodge that.

“But I don’t think I would have got the support from the community in Australia as I received in Cambodia.”

Friends have set up a fundraising page for Mr Maitland to assist with his ongoing medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.

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Queensland Investment Corporation pays out $70 million in bonuses

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Employees at Queensland Investment Corporation received $70 million in bonuses last year. Photo: Jessica ShapiroMore than $70 million in bonuses has been paid out to workers at the government-owned Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) in the past year.

There was $70.89 million paid for “performance and retention of employees”, the QIC Consolidated annual financial statements and directors’ report for the year ended 30 June 2016, tabled on Friday reveals.

There were 543 employees who received payments for performance and retention purposes in the past year, the report said.

This was up from almost $66 million paid in the 2014-15 financial year.

In 2013-14, there was $56.5 million paid in bonuses under the former Newman LNP government.

A corporation spokeswoman said QIC generated significant returns for its clients and a record normalised corporate profit in 2015-16.

“For the financial year 2015-16 QIC’s total revenue increased by $12.3 million to $336.3 million,” the spokeswoman said.

“Incentives paid by QIC are based on performance outcomes.

“All employees of QIC contributed to achieving these outcomes.

“It is in line with market practice to recognise all employee contributions to achieving such a positive result.”

The spokeswoman said QIC managed more than $75.8 billion in funds and generated $4.1 billion in investment return for clients.

“Many of whom are ultimately Queensland public sector employees,” she said.

“Generating investment returns of this size requires people with specialist skills and expertise, for whom QIC must compete with the private sector to appoint and retain.”

QIC’s budget for corporate entertainment was $419,734 for the past year – an increase on previous years, according to the QIC 2015-2016 Statement of Corporate Intent – also tabled on Friday.

The spokeswoman defended the entertainment budget.

“Overall, QIC’s spend in relation to client entertainment and hospitality is well below that of the market and funds management industry,” she said.

“QIC operates in an extremely competitive market and delivers excellent outcomes for our clients and the Queensland Government.

“Delivering this commercial success involves some entertainment activities to help build and maintain relationships with existing and prospective clients.”

She said QIC had policies to ensure corporate hospitality and entertainment spending was “appropriate, reasonable” with commercial benefits.

Brisbane Times approached Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s office for comment, but was advised QIC was better placed to answer the questions posed.

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