In regards to the comic I uploaded today on the facebook group, a valuable source has given me some information around what the comic was depicting.
The Mercury, October 6 2000, Page 1
Action Jackson: Minister’s pledge to be a strikebreaker
By STEVEN DALLY
HEALTH Minister Judy Jackson yesterday vowed to become a strikebreaker in a dispute at the Royal Derwent Hospital.
The Labor minister – in a direct threat to Labor’s traditional support base, the unions – said she would move patients from the hospital to community care herself if unionists would not do the job.
But Health and Community Services Union state secretary Mike Hall snapped back: “I would like to see her try.”
And Tasmanian Trades and Labor Council secretary Lynne Fitzgerald delivered a veiled warning to the Government, saying she was sure Mrs Jackson would receive advice that such action was not appropriate.
“I would be surprised if she was serious,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
Mrs Jackson told the House of Assembly yesterday that the transfer of people from the hospital at New Norfolk would go ahead despite any industrial action.
When asked through an interjection whether she would “do it herself”, Mrs Jackson responded: “Exactly, I will, and I have a lot of other people to support me.”
Later, at a press conference, Mrs Jackson reinforced her comments, saying Labor had been committed to the de-institutionalisation of mental health for more than a decade “and this is not the time to halt this”.
“I will certainly assist where I can, but since making that statement this morning, I had a number of people call and say, ‘I’ll be there too’,” she said.
About 100 Health and Community Service Union members walked off the job for a two-hour stoppage yesterday
afternoon after members approved a campaign of wildcat stoppages.
Stoppages will be planned every six hours.
Staff have refused to assist in moving patients into new community care arrangements, scheduled to be completed by the end of November, saying the Government was not providing enough staff for proper care.
Mrs Jackson said she did not consider bringing in workers to be “scab” labour.
“I don’t consider that scab labour at all and if the unions do take that action I’d be most disappointed,” she said. “The people we are talking about need 24-hour care.
“Obviously we have got to have plans to support those people if the staff leave them and walk off the job.”
Mrs Jackson said the move of people into community care would provide an extra $2.1 million in spending on direct client care, more beds in a community setting, an extra 28.5 nurses, additional community-based rehabilitation staff and a new 24-hour crisis assessment team.
“We have negotiated extremely good conditions for the staff, but we are not prepared to go any further on what is already an excellent deal,” she said.
“The union’s campaign has nothing to do with clients, it is all about the unions trying to get more concessions from the Government.”
Mr Hall said HACSU members had been forced to take industrial action in a bid to get the Health Department back into negotiations.
“These members have been caring for these patients for a long time and if it came to a choice between the minister and my members as to who knew what is best for the clients, I know who I would choose,” he said.
The latest Media Release.
DERWENT VALLEY COUNCIL
WILLOW COURT BARRACKS PRECINCT RENEWAL WORKS
“Restoration work on Willow Courtwill be moving to a higher and more exciting level over
the next few months”Chairman of the Derwent Valley Councils Willow Court Conservation
Special Committee David Llewellyn said today. “The work on repairing the windows at
Bronte has brought the building to life again, but there is much more to do.”
The Committee at its July meeting concluded an “Expressions of interest process”for work
on The Barracks, Bronte and landscaping surroundings of the heritage precinct. The
successful proponent was Xsquared Architects, incorporating Inspiring Place and the Centre
for Heritage at Oatlands. Xsquared was selected after a rigorous assessment from a very
competitive field of contendersand will lead a group of experienced specialists in
oversighting the next restoration stage of works.
“Our focus now is to finalise works approvals with the various regulatory bodies and to
invite comments from the New Norfolk community.” David Llewellyn said. “We want public
input into the plans and we also want the public and local community to get involved in the
David Llewellyn again emphasised that local contractors have already been used on current
works and local contractors will be actively pursued for the new works once approvals
Restoration works on The Barracks will start very soon, including repairs to exterior and
interior elements of the building, and opening up other rooms.
Willow Court is a nationally recognised heritage precinct, of great importance to the region
and nation. The most historic of the many buildings that make up the site is The Barracks,
built around 1830. The Barracks was built as Tasmania’s first hospital for invalid convicts but
soon was exclusively used as a ‘lunatic asylum’.
“The project is an excellent example of collaboration between local, State and Federal
governments, and I am keen to build on that collaborative effort in order to see full use of
the buildings at Willow Court”,David Llewellyn reiterated.
Media Contact: David Llewellyn 0418122048
With news or any kind of update on the Tunnel going cold over the last few months since the uncovering of the tunnel video in March, I thought it was about time to investigate whats been happening at Council with regards to the tunnel.
What I was informed by one Councillor was truly incredible. The news had me imagining the possibilities for quite some time after. Whether what I was told turns out to be fact or fiction one thing is true it adds yet another fascinating chapter in the story of Willow Court.
By the way I hope its fact!
The Cr Bester told me that the Mayor has told Councillors this week that he believes there are two tunnels running roughly parallel to each other & that one is the disused sewer and the other is the historical tunnel that’s easily big enough to walk thru. The Cr Bester stated that he does not know what evidence exists to support this view and looks forward to further investigations being carried out.
Stay tuned, as I will be following this story to hopefully uncover more information as it comes to hand.
To watch some footage of the tunnel please follow the link:
Over the next few months I’m going to upload one old RDH/WCC video from the vault each week.
I think these video’s are a great time capsule in particular for the now demolished RDH Wards. It also depicts how far or little we have come over the past 6-7 years with regards to progress and restoration.
Please be a little courteous, these videos were taken quite a few years ago on technology that could be considered ancient by today’s 1080 HD standards, not to mention the film makers were all Noobs at the time and were doing their best with what info and resources they had.
For more info please contact the individual film maker.
This vids will appear in no particular order.
Want to purchase a piece of New Norfolk’s history containing rare image of the Clock Tower at (Hospital for the Insane) Willow Court, if so here your chance bit it ends TODAY 8:48pm.
I haven’t seen one of these before!
1908 5 VIEWS OF NEW NORFOLK TASMANIA POSTCARD
HOSPITAL OF THE INSANE,
BRIDGE NEW NORFOLK
RIVER DERWENT NEW NORFOLK
CHURCH OF ENGLAND NEW NORFOLK
NEW NORFOLK TOWNSHIP
CARD IS FADED, CORNER WEAR, GRUBBY BACK
David Llewellyn- Expressions of interest for work on Bronte, The Barracks and Landscaping around the Barracks are progressing.
Once project participants are selected work will commence, some work on the restoration of windows in the Bronte building has already begun and new underground power and water has been installed with the new lighting down the avenue now operating.
A monthly account of the work of the Willow Court Conservation Special Committee can be found on the Derwent Valley Council website where the WCCSC minutes once approved are posted.
Restoration work has finally begun in Bronte, great news!!!!!!!!!
For more info visit: http://www.newsnn.net/2013/06/heritage-partners-start-on-bronte.html
Some people have raised the question recently what are the planned storage containers for?
The DVC Planning approval to install storage containers between Frescati and the Lachlan River is for part of the community garden project. If approved they will go down on the flats below the house, to be used mainly for storage.
The application has been advertised in the Mercury and it is a requirement that a notice be posted near the site also. The purpose of the notice is to let people know they can look at the plans at the council chambers and then make representations if they wish.
Today I found a short clip called “Asylum Teaser…” on youtube.
WARNING the theme of this clip is like something out of a horror movie, so if you don’t like it please don’t watch.
Willow Court is infamous for its long and detailed Paranormal History and is often referred to as one of Australia’s most haunted sites and this video seems to draw upon this.
Take a look for yourself