Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - JAR­ROD BLEIJIE

IF YOU’VE ever dreamed of tear­ing strips off a politi­cian, here’s your op­por­tu­nity.

I’ve agreed to take part in Wax For a Wish to raise money for chil­dren bat­tling life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions through the heal­ing power of a wish.

Wishes give se­ri­ously ill chil­dren hope for the fu­ture, strength to face the chal­lenges of their ill­ness, and joy from their in­cred­i­ble wish ex­pe­ri­ence.

My wax­ing will hap­pen in Au­gust, and you can help sup­port this great ini­tia­tive by vis­it­ing www.jar­rod or by do­nat­ing at www.wax­foraw­ish2017.ev­ery day­­rod -bleijie-mp.

Re­cently, the Depart­ment of Main Roads an­nounced a plan to up­grade a small sec­tion of Nick­lin Way be­tween Main Dr and Water­view St, Warana.

Part of the plan in­cludes adding an ad­di­tional set of traf­fic lights on Nick­lin Way, re­mov­ing on-street park­ing in front of Warana busi­nesses, and open­ing up Pro­duc­tion Ave for through-traf­fic to Kawana Way.

I have many se­ri­ous con­cerns about this pro­posal and will be work­ing with lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, lo­cal res­i­dents and other af­fected stake­hold­ers closely.

Any fu­ture up­grade must be safe, re­li­able, and in the in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity. Any­thing else is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able. HEAR­ING loss can be a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and it is far more com­mon in Aus­tralia than many may re­alise.

It is es­ti­mated that one in six Aus­tralians are af­fected by hear­ing loss which equates to about 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

Pro­jec­tions sug­gest this will in­crease to one in ev­ery four Aus­tralians by 2050.

Au­gust 20 is Hear­ing Aware­ness Week and in sup­port Falls of Sound Ma­roochy­dore is help­ing to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity.

Owner Peter de Ladt said the ded­i­cated week was im­por­tant as it was a chance to con­nect with the com­mu­nity and help them un­der­stand.

“You’d be sur­prised how much aware­ness is needed in re­gards to hear­ing,” he said.

“The con­sen­sus in the in­dus­try is that from the mo­ment hear­ing loss starts, it takes seven years un­til they seek help.

“That’s for a lot of rea­sons – hear­ing aids are quite

You can help sup­port this great ini­tia­tive.

You’d be sur­prised how much aware­ness is needed in re­gards to hear­ing.

ex­pen­sive which can be a bar­rier, but most of the time it’s too much of a has­sle.”

Mr de Ladt said it still amazed him how many peo­ple were af­fected.

For the week, the busi­ness will run a se­ries of work­shops with the aim of ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We’re ask­ing for peo­ple to bring friends or fam­ily so they can at least get in touch with the in­dus­try and see what the pos­si­bil­i­ties are,” Mr de Ladt said.

“It also shows peo­ple they are not alone.”

Data from Hear­ing Aware­ness Week shows the num­ber of Aus­tralians who are hear­ing im­paired or deaf is in­creas­ing be­cause of long-term ex­po­sure to ex­ces­sive noise in the work­place or en­vi­ron­ment, and a re­sult of an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Falls of Sound work­shop will be held at the Mill­well Road Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Au­gust 21.

Doors will open at 9.30am. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, call Rosie on (07) 5443 8993.


ED­U­CAT­ING: The team at Falls of Sound Ma­roochy­dore pre­pare for Hear­ing Aware­ness Week.

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