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TheGreencross Vets pet care team at Capalaba is excited to announce a great health care program, called Healthy Pets Plus, that gives you peace of mind and great savings when it comes to your furry companions.

The Healthy Pets Plus program is available to all cat and dog owners and exclusive to Greencross Vets. It is an industry leading proactive program offering vaccinations and unlimited consultations for a yearly membership fee to ensure they are protected against preventable disease.

The program has been developed to give pet owners reassurance about the well-being of their pets as well as making it affordable at less than $1.30 a day.

Unlike us, pets can’t tell us how they feel, so scheduled and timely check-ups are a great way to make sure your pet is always in the best possible shape.

The pet program from Greencross Vets is a simple and cost effective way for you to ensure the proper care of your pet while minimising yearly veterinary costs.

Contact your local pet care team at Greencross Vets Capalaba on 3390 3555 if you would like to know more.

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NOT NUTS, NO EGGS: Mum Kristin-Lee Campbell makes sure her fridge is free of foods that could kill her children. Picture: Michael FrogleyONE splash of egg, a crumb of hazelnut, or the sting of a bee could kill two members of the Campbell family’s clan of five.
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“It rules our lives,” mum Kristin-lee Campbell said, of the life-threatening anaphylactic reaction her two youngest children have to common foods.

Weston, 2, may only just be grasping speech, but one word is always on the tip of his tongue – eggs.

Mrs Campbell tonight stars in SBS’s Insight program Fixing Allergies: Are we any closer to finding a cure?

She joins a panel of experts and parents who discuss one of the biggest health issues in Australia.

She hopes the show will make more people aware of the life or death limbo the family face and understand how important it is to take anaphylactic food reactions seriously.

Ruby, 4, reacts so badly to hazelnuts that her whole body swells up.

The first time she ever reacted was on the night of the Wagga floods in 2012.

“I gave her a piece of Cadbury hazelnut chocolate and minutes later she swelled up,” Mrs Campbell said.

The Campbells are so terrified of exposing their children to nuts they rarely eat out and have not taken their children on a plane, since their allergies were exposed.

“There is a lot of difference between and intolerance, an allergy, and anaphylaxis,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Even trace amounts can kill.”

The Campbell’s fridge is covered with charts showing people how to administer the adrenaline filled EpiPen that must be given when a child suffers a reaction.

All of their family and friends know how to use an EpiPen in case of an emergency.

Weston’s latest reaction was a few weeks ago.

He had Heinz spaghetti out of a can that contains no eggs – however rather than having it in a large tin he had it from a small tin.

“Same food, different packaging – one is packed in Australian one is packed in New Zealand and the smaller one contained traces of eggs,” Mrs Campbell said.

“It’s terrifying.”

As the Campbell children grow up and develop into teens and adults their concerned mother is not sure what to expect.

“Sometimes I think, what if Weston kisses a girl and she’s had wine with traces of eggs?

“Will he not be able to do that?”

“It rules our lives and we’ve lost friends, but we know who our real friends are.”

Senior community dietician from Wagga Community Health Services, Jackie Priestly, said qualified dieticians could help families come up with an action plan and assist to manage severe food allergies.

“We need to take all food sensitivities seriously,” she said.

“The bottom line is if you’re in doubt, don’t eat it.”

Ms Priestly said people need to be be informed and understand what’s safe.

Insight airs tonights on SBS at 8.30pm

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Word nerd: Cummins Theatre manager Desiree Munro, budding Melbourne playwright Sasha Bowen who has written a rough draft of a script for a play about Merredin, and councillor Caroline Blakers presenting a $1500 cheque on behalf of the shire.MERREDIN is to host its second world premiere of a home-grown play at Cummins Theatre next year.
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Following on from the successful collaboration between Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and the local farming community, which resulted in the premiere of the evocative play Farm in September, Merredin shire has funded a budding playwright to produce a script for a second play.

This time the subject matter is Destination Merredin, taken from the title of the successful community day and activities leading up to it earlier this year.

A self-confessed “big word nerd” and budding playwright, Sasha Bowen from Melbourne spent a 10-day residency at Cummins Theatre last month getting a feel for Merredin and its community, which she confided was something of a culture shock.

“I really loved being here, I got a real feel for the place,” Ms Bowen, a corporate and advertising copy writer, said of her visit.

“I got off the plane and drove and drove just to get here.

“The distance really made an impression on me, it was like ‘wow, the Wheatbelt is really, really big and it’s beautiful’.

“The subject of Destination Merredin is also very broad so there’s plenty to work with.

“I’ve had a few ideas and I’ve stamped out the bulk of it [and] I’ll go back to Melbourne now and work on it – give it a polish.”

Ms Bowen said she was due to send the finished script to Cummins Theatre manager Desiree Munro in December.

Last week Ms Munro and councillor Caroline Blakers presented Ms Bowen with a $1500 cheque from the shire for her residency.

Ms Munro said this time the collaboration was between Cummins Theatre and Stages WA, with Lotterywest providing funding.

She said they had advertised the residency and shortlisted applicants, eventually selecting Ms Bowen to write the play.

It would be directed by a professional director from Perth and performed by local actors, with a world premiere at Cummins Theatre next year at a date still to be finalised, Ms Munro said.

This year’s harvest is progressing with 125,000 tonnes of grain going into the CBH Group’s system from the Merredin region.DESPITE setbacks of hailstorms and rain, this year’s harvest is progressing with 125,000 tonnes of grain going into the CBH Group’s system from the Merredin region.
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Last week CBH’s region five area manager Craig Gault said recent hail, rain and moisture in the air had caused some delays to the harvest but it was “now going strong” in the Merredin area.

“We’re doing 5000 tonnes a day,” Mr Gault said.

Hail storms three weekends ago damaged crops at Kellerberrin, Narembeen and north of Merredin towards Bencubbin, however Mr Gault said the storms appeared to have been isolated and there were no reports of anyone losing their whole program to hail.

Although there was some wind damage, there was so far no quality issues.

“Yield is probably back a little on what we forecast in general, but there are no quality issues like sprouting,” Mr Gault said. But if we get another rain event that could happen.

“What we need now is a nice warm dry spell to get the harvest finished.

“So far we’ve put 125,000 tonnes into the system.”

Mr Gault said all the region’s receival depots should be open by the end of this week.