• Cavs and Hawks cruise to wins

    NORTHERN Hawks and Cavaliers both recorded easy state netball league victories in pre-Easter matches with wins over Devon and Burnie.
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    Northern Hawks opening quarter against Devon was a one-sided affair with Steffi Grenda, Zoe Gough and Jacky Bennett turning the ball over repeatedly for the home side to establish a 22-6, lead at quarter-time.

    Hawks defensive pressure around the circle edge also reaped the rewards with Bennett and Ashton Whiley covering Devon’s attacking options with tight one on one defence to lead 43-15, at half-time.

    In the second half, Hawks were flying out of defence with Sarah Lyons driving well through the mid-court as the ball was sent quickly back into attack.

    Hawks intensity and pressure proved too much for Devon’s less experienced team with a 91-28 win.

    Player of the match was Kate von Stieglitz.

    Hawks’ 19-and-under team defeated Devon 64-33, with Jen Guy player-of-the-match.

    Cavaliers came away with a solid 53-29 win over a resurgent Burnie Tigers.

    Missing Sandra Bennett following a training injury and Shelby Miller, Cavaliers built an early lead with good returns under the ring in goal from Estelle Margetts and Lucy Thannhauser providing plenty of drive from the mid-court.

    At half-time Cavaliers held a 10-goal lead and with Cavaliers defender and player-of-the-match Sarah Guest closing out Burnie goal shooter Vanessa Martelletti.

    In the second half, Cavaliers ran away from the determined Burnie outfit to record a 24-goal win.

    In a physical 19-and-unders match, Cavaliers height and speed held sway over Burnie to record a 63-33 win.

    Cavaliers’ player-of-the-match Sarah Stuart in goals received great support from her mid-court with Lydia Coote a stand out winning numerous intercepts and turnovers.

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  • Caroline never gave up the fight against violence

    NO LONGER SILENT: Caroline Pascoe continues to live in fear but has decided to speak up. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE
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    WHEN Caroline Pascoe met David Farquhar through a mutual friend, she thought he was genuine, kind and humorous.

    “I thought I’d met someone charming and lovely,” Ms Pascoe said.

    Now, she lives in fear she will one day open her front door and have a gun pointed in her face.

    She also knows by speaking out against her attacker she will be his “number one target” again.

    After all, Mr Farquhar has already been convicted twice of assault, against Ms Pascoe and a former partner.

    Both times, he has received suspended sentences.

    So Ms Pascoe is telling her story to push for court and legal system reforms to better care for domestic violence victims.

    “Society and the legal system say you have to speak up and have a voice, but you need to be supported when you do speak up,” she said.

    “Women are already filled with fear. They should not have to stay in the same room as their attacker to get an intervention order.

    “I don’t want any other woman to go through what I went through. I may have laid down for a little while, but I never gave up the fight.

    “I don’t want him doing this again.”

    Ms Pascoe’s story began in late 2013 when she struck up a relationship with Mr Farquhar, unaware of his domestic violence history.

    But only a few weeks later, he began verbally abusing her.

    “He stripped myself away from me. I felt stupid and worthless,” she said.

    “I started hiding it from family and friends. I didn’t want to upset him. I watched everything I said, but no matter what I said it was wrong.

    “I found out later everyone could see I had changed. I went from my bubbly usual self to being dead silent. He totally ruined what I was.”

    On January 1, 2014, the by now constant verbal abuse escalated into physical violence where Ms Pascoe was twice kicked in the stomach, knocking her to the ground.

    “He said he was sorry and that he didn’t want me to leave,” she said.

    “He convinced me it was nothing, but it wasn’t OK. I didn’t go to the police because I was too scared. He said if I did he’d bury me.”

    But two weeks later, Ms Pascoe was forced to visit her doctor with constant stomach pains.

    At this point, she decided to leave and reported Mr Farquhar to police.

    “He started stalking me, sending me 200 text messages a day. It was just constant.

    “He would park outside my friend’s house, telling me to come out, but I knew by then he had a history.”

    Mr Farquhar also approached Ms Pascoe’s parents, begging them to convince her to drop the charges.

    “He came and saw my dad and said, ‘I’ll end up in jail if she goes ahead with it’.”

    On February 4, 2014, Ms Pascoe applied for a temporary restraining order, but Mr Farquhar fought it and claimed she was making up the allegations.

    The temporary AVO was still issued.

    He fought two other attempts to extend the AVO and even put in a counterclaim that he was in fear of his life from Ms Pascoe.

    On a third occasion, he failed to show and a permanent AVO was granted.

    However, Ms Pascoe was still in so much fear that she fled Ballarat for Bendigo. “I was so scared, I couldn’t stop shaking. I just wanted him not to come near me,”she said.

    In early September, 2014, Ms Pascoe returned and insisted Mr Farquhar be charged over her assault.

    “It took me breaking down and revealing what I was like 24/7 for them to do something about it.”

    Twice, Mr Farquhar had his hearing in Ballarat Magistrates Court adjourned. “I’d fought so hard but each time I had to wait there like an idiot,” she said.

    But the third time, he pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and assault by kicking. He received a 14-day jail term, suspended for six months.

    “At first I was excited that it was over. But then I realised I’d fought a whole year and I was on medication, I had a nervous breakdown.

    “I felt like it was all a bad dream.

    “This man came into my life and was like a whirlwind of destruction.”

    Ms Pascoe now knows Mr Farquhar’s charming veneer was just a facade.

    “He does kickboxing, so he’d spar with you but he’d make sure he hurt you. If we were running together, he’d push me in the back and say, ‘Go faster’.”

    Ms Pascoe said if Mr Farquhar had received a tougher sentence for his previous assault, he may not have been able to hurt her.

    “Everybody makes a choice in life. But these people constantly try to trick you so you don’t know what’s going on. They pick people who like to help.”

    Shortly after the court case, Ms Pascoe decided to write down exactly how she felt:

    “The more he hides his violence in your silence, the more he will continue to be violent.

    “The most powerful weapon a woman has is her voice. The more she uses her voice to speak out, to scream out, the safer she becomes, the monster is revealed.

    “He wants your silence, he grows stronger with your silence.

    “He can’t be stopped with the cold dark silence. The terrifying silence.

    “I want you to rage against the violence.

    “My silence is no more.”

    • Ms Pascoe recently had the intervention order extended to 10 years in Ballarat Magistrates Court. Mr Farquhar was con-

    tacted for comment on these stories but did not respond.

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  • Scouts award three years in the making

    14-year-old Lachlan Slater was awarded the highest honour in scouts the Scout Medallion. It took three years to prepare for and is the highest of its kind. Picture: Jason Hollister
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    A COMMITMENT made at age 11 has come to fruition for Ulverstone’s Lachlan Slater, now 14.

    The Turners Beach Scouts Group Venturer will be awarded the highest Scouts honour, the Scouts Medallion, which is worked towards over three years.

    “I’ve seen other people do it and been motivated by them,” he said.

    “I’m in Venturers now [the level after Scouts for ages 14-18] so I can just work my way towards my Queen’s Scout [award].

    “It’s starting again, but on a lot bigger scale.”

    Lachlan undertook the three-year preparation off his own bat, according to his mum, Gill Slater.

    “The photo on the front of his passport, he was a little boy when he started,” Ms Slater said.

    “It’s spilled over into everyday life into getting organised, getting work done when you’re supposed to, being on time.”

    “When we go up to Cradle Mountain for a walk you’ve got in your backpack spare food and equipment because you’re prepared.”

    The biggest challenge – and on reflection, the greatest triumph, Lachlan said – was the organisation of a three-day hike in Narawntapu National Park.

    “We went from West Head, it was 32 kilometres overall. The leader who was with us was ahead so it was just us four boys,” Lachlan said.

    “It was good even though on the second day it was raining a lot so we ended up going to bed at 4 o’clock.

    “I have grown up a lot because when I started Scouts I wouldn’t have been able to organise a hike, or I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do that.”

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  • Doctor suffered years of abuse from partner

    HORRIFIED: Dr Kate Moffatt took out an intervention order against her former partner David Farquhar.
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    DOCTOR Kate Moffatt was living in Echuca when her life changed irrevocably.

    A chance meeting in a pub in 2005 led to a new relationship and a move to Ballarat.

    Four years later, her life was in tatters.

    She had been beaten, kicked, punched so hard her feet left the ground, had plates broken over her head, was twice run over by vehicles, was pushed off a motorbike and was verbally abused daily.

    It all culminated in her ex-partner, David Farquhar, breaking into her house and beating her with a large torch.

    She left Ballarat the next day and Mr Farquhar was charged over the assault. He was given a 12-month community-based order and fined $700.

    “Even though he was 10 years younger, he pursued me. He was nice and charming, full of compliments,” Dr Moffatt said. “He was telling me all about his horrible girlfriends.”

    In July, 2005 – three months after their first meeting –

    Dr Moffatt moved to Ballarat.

    “It was OK at first, but then he started picking on my children,” she said. “About three months in, he became emotionally and verbally abusive, but I forgave him because his father died in the October.”

    About that time, Dr Moffatt discovered three other women had taken out intervention orders against Mr Farquhar.

    “He said they were two exes that he had dumped who were bitter and were just backing each other and the other was the ex-wife of one of his brothers.”

    In January, 2007, the abuse became physical when Dr Moffatt and Mr Farquhar’s son accidently crashed their motorbikes into each other and Mr Farquhar responded by throwing her to the ground and kicked and punched her.

    “I stupidly tried to make up with him, but he punched me in the face and I felt my feet leave the ground,” she said.

    “I couldn’t go into work (Dr Moffatt is a general practitioner), but I went to work and they took photos that they kept at the surgery.”

    During other abuses, Dr Moffatt took photos of the physical damage but forgot to lock her computer and the pictures were always deleted.

    Mr Farquhar also checked her emails and wrote abusive replies to males corresponding with Dr Moffatt.

    “The emotional abuse was the worst. Every day, he insulted me and said things like, ‘If you don’t shut up right now, I won’t be responsible’.

    “He broke plates over my head if he didn’t like tea. My youngest child ran away and refused to return. I felt like I didn’t have anything left.”

    Shortly after, Mr Farquhar began seeing an ex-partner behind Dr Moffatt’s back, which culminated in a massive argument.

    “I realised I couldn’t do this for the rest of my life. I couldn’t go on being treated like this,” she said.

    When she told Mr Farquhar to leave, he smashed a toaster and crockery on his way out.

    “He’d been gone for about 10 days when he came back, thinking he could pick up where he left off.”

    But Dr Moffatt held her ground, so he then began ring-

    ing and texting her non-stop.

    She went to the police and organised to take out an apprehended violence order the next morning.

    At 4.30am, Mr Farquhar let himself into the house and started beating Dr Moffatt with the torch.

    When she tried to call the police, he smashed her mobile phone.

    Searching her handbag, he found pamphlets for domestic violence assistance services.

    “He made me say I’d stay with him and start a new life together. He said he’d kill me if I spoke to anybody and

    that he felt like slashing my throat and burning my house down.”

    After Mr Farquhar left, planning to return the next day, Dr Moffatt discovered the home phone line had been cut.

    She drove to a friend, who took her to the police station as her car radiator had been punctured and the oil drained out of her motorbike.

    “I took out an AVO and left town that day,” she said.

    Nearly 12 months later – unaware the AVO was still in place – Mr Farquhar used a proxy to threaten Dr Moffatt if she didn’t drop the assault charges.

    Not only did she not drop the assault charges, the phone call was a breach of the AVO.

    In October, 2010, the case was heard in Ballarat Magistrates Court.

    Magistrate Kay Robertson described it as a “serious and unlawful assault”, particularly from the photographs submitted in evidence.

    “The photographs really do demonstrate the injuries you inflicted,” Ms Robertson told Mr Farquhar.

    Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Steve Kent also told the court Mr Farquhar showed no remorse when interviewed about the incident and tried to blame the victim.

    In his defence, Tania Bolton said Mr Farquhar had lost his job and required psychiatric hospitalisation after a half-hearted suicide attempt.

    “He is very remorseful about the events that occurred and wants to put it past him,” Ms Bolton said.

    However, Ms Robertson said relationship breakdowns didn’t provide an excuse to act violently.

    But Dr Moffatt was horrified the charge was bargained down from threat to kill to unlawful assault and he received a community-based order.

    “Courts need to take it more seriously. They need bigger fines or something to make them really think about what they are doing,” she said.

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  • Health exodus before overhaul

    SEVERAL health leaders have left the public health system and senior roles have been abolished before the move to a single Tasmanian Health Service on July 1.
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    Acting Tasmanian Health Organisation South chief executive Matthew Daly is the latest health boss to announce his departure, revealing on Thursday that he had accepted a private sector job in New South Wales.

    His departure follows that of Tasmanian chief medical officer Craig White, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate acting director Nick Goddard, director of Public Health and chief health officer Roscoe Taylor, THO chairman Graeme Houghton and THO North chief executive John Kirwan.

    Mr Daly’s THO South role will not exist much longer, as the three regional THOs will be merged into a single Tasmanian Health Service from July 1.

    Health Minister Michael Ferguson confirmed yesterday that the vacated roles of chief medical officer and Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate director had been abolished, along with Roscoe Taylor’s position of chief health officer.

    However, Tasmania still has a director of public health, with Mark Veitch acting in the role until a permanent replacement is found.

    Recruitment has not yet begun.

    Opposition health spokeswoman Rebecca White said Mr Daly’s departure left a leadership void at the top of the health system.

    ‘‘The loss of key leadership figures in the health system at a time of major health reform will inevitably create uncertainty about the future direction for our state’s major hospitals,’’ Ms White said.

    But Mr Ferguson said it was an opportunity for renewal in the Health Department as it embarked on significant reforms.

    ‘‘This is an exciting time and health professionals around the country are engaging with interest and many have expressed a desire to work on the reforms,’’ Mr Ferguson said.

    He said the recruitment process for a Health and Human Services Department secretary and Tasmanian Health Service chief executive had begun.

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