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Stirling Helicopters is a Central Queensland based company that
has been servicing a large and diverse client base since its
inception in 2002. They operate from several bases throughout
Central Queensland and South West Queensland including:
Rockhampton, Dululu, Biloela / Thangool and Roma.
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Over the course of this week, there have been a few more
Australian-based bizjets and corporate turbo-prop aircraft that
have called into various Central Queensland Airports, and again,
the most action has occurred at Hamilton Island Airport.
Congratulations to the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party who have passed the AEC review of registration and will be on the Senate ballot paper again for the next Federal Election.
The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.
Nimbin’s HEMP Embassy is hosting another of its popular
Medical Cannabis Workshops in the Town Hall on June
20. President Michael Balderstone says the fast growing
wave of fresh understanding about how good medical Cannabis can be
still has the HEMP Embassy busy with enquiries. The special
guest speaker this time is Paul Lawrence who survived an astounding
43 hour surgery in 2010 and endured a mega dose of radiation in
2013 to treat his recurrent Chordoma. After exhausting all avenues
modern medicine has to offer he has transformed his health and
stopped all pharmaceutical medications by turning to medical
Cannabis, diet and a healthier lifestyle. His story of a world
first operation to remove a tumour the size of a football in his
spine was recently told on the ABC’s 730 Report http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4241088.htm
If you know me well, you’ll know that there’s only one thing I love more than reading and writing, and that’s talking about reading and writing. Last month (May) I … Continue reading
It’s a long weekend here in Australia. The Queen’s Birthday is observed on the second Monday of June in most of Australia. Schools, post offices, and other organizations are closed in most parts of Australia, except Western Australia.
Australia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the official head of state is the Monarch of the Realms. This is currently Queen Elizabeth II. She is also the head of state of many other countries and territories, including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. She was born on April 21, 1926, although her official birthday is celebrated on a range of dates in the different countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. (ref)
Working for myself, I tend to forget holiday dates. I’ve booked 2 appointments for Monday. “Dammit!”
These photographs were taken this morning as the moon was going down in the west.
There are thousands of pit stop cafes around the world, but a lot fewer that are owned and managed by motorcycle enthusiasts.
The Pit Stop Cafe on Mt Mee is one such cafe!
It is owned by former motorcycle speedway racer John Alexander and wife Kim, and is managed by motorcycle enthusiast Michelle Sadlier.
Michelle was a regular customer of the cafe, riding her Kawasaki ER6 up the mountain most weekends.
Now she has taken over as manager and has established a Facebook group for the many motorcyclists and customers who visit the cafe.
“Motorcycle riders would be our major customers,” she says. “But we also get a lot of car clubs, bus tours and day trippers.”
Indian motorcycle company Royal Enfield has honoured the despatch riders of the war with a limited edition range of military colours coming in July 2015 and released rideaway prices in Australia.
Despatch riders used to relay information between headquarters and ground troops during the war sometimes riding for hours through challenging conditions.
The new Despatch motorcycles are available first in India in Desert Storm Despatch and Squadron Blue Despatch.
Australian importers Urban Moto Imports say they are expecting to get the limited edition Despatch models here but arrival dates are yet to be confirmed.
The paintwork is finished in matte and has a signature camouflage design. Seats are made of Italian leather and the air-filter box is held by a leather buckle strap.
Meanwhile, Urban Moto Imports have released the new rideaway...
Sewers want to go and do the whole 'get in the van and tour the U.S.A thing', but like most bands they don't have any money. Luckily Tenth Court is hosting a musical night of debauchery and delight to help raise the dosh. For just a tenner you can see the likes of Thee Hugs, Deafcult, Huge Nudes, Sydney 2000, Hexmere and of course the sewer boys themselves. Go on, help 'em make their dream a reality.
When Thor Svensen set up his first food co-op in his living room in 2011, five people came along.
“Within 2 weeks, 20 people turned up. Within a month 40 people turned up,” he says. “Within 6 months, we had 135 members. We held an information day in March the following year, and 14 buyers’ groups started as a direct result,”
Today, Thor is involved in managing five co-ops all over Brisbane (Chewsday Collective is the name of the one at his home in Annerley, as well as Kelvin Grove, Highgate Hill, Tarragindi, and Ipswich) and is indirectly responsible for the starting up of many more.
“As far as i know, there’s about 14 co-ops in Brisbane, two on the Gold Coast, one in Beenleigh… and that’s just from my networks – I’ve heard of another 3 or 4 towards Deception Bay, and there’s a big one out at Ipswich.”
Thor’s involvement in co-ops seems to have both caused and coincided with a surge of them around Brisbane, marking a shift in Brisbane’s local food system.
Things have changed – a lot of the co-ops I mentioned weren’t around just four years ago.
Pssst! Don’t know what a co-op is? Click here for some links to some simple, background information (supplied via Dropbox by Thor Svensen)
THE last day of the successful ‘Solutions on Farm’
series of workshops run by the Bass Coast Landcare Network was held
recently, the final session focussing on weed management.
More than 30 participants from 21 farms across Bass Coast and beyond participated in this workshop series designed to explore innovative solutions to farm management.
Organiser Lisa Wangman of the Bass Coast Landcare Network said it was great to see participants learn from the speakers and each other, sharing ideas and information along the way.
“It was also fantastic to work with Nick Dudley from the
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
who gave thorough presentations at all of the days and was able to
help us source some great speakers to give our participants the
latest updates on how to improve productivity on their
“We would also like to thank local farmers Faye Tuchton and Graeme Wood, Lee and Stephen Storti, Bob and Anne Davie, Brendan Phyland, Lew Potter and Paul Speirs, who allowed our participants to visit their properties to learn from and share their experiences,” Ms Wangman said.
The Solutions on Farm Workshop series was run by the Bass Coast Landcare Network with support and funding from The Australian Government, Victorian Government, The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
The post Farmers armed with solutions appe...
The new Terminator: Genisys movie features a return of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and a thumping big Harley-Davidson Fat Boy jump.
And to celebrate, Harley is giving away some Terminator-branded merchandise when you test ride one of their bikes from June 14, 2015.
Arnie made the Harley Fat Boy famous with the sewer jump in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, one of the best-known motorcycle stunts in cinema history after Steve McQueen’s 4m jump in The Great Escape (or at least his stunt double, Bud Ekins).
In the official trailer for the fifth instalment, Terminator: Genisys, hitting our screens on July 1, someone jumps off the top of a San Francisco tunnel on to a moving bus riding another Fat Boy, this time with saddlebags. (We’re not sure if it’s Arnie or a bad guy riding the bike.)
The original 3m jump into the LA storm drain was performed by Arnie’s stunt double, Peter Kent, on a 300kg Fat Boy that was trimmed down and supported by 3cm cables, so that when they hit the ground, the bike and rider only weighed about 80kg. The cables were later digitally erased.
That famous 1990 Fat Boy now sits in the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
While in Australia to promote the n...
The timber Pinocchio hat stand from
Lilly & Lolly is a beautiful
Scandinavian-influenced piece that would work in any room of the
house. The piece is made from American Ash and each arm has been
carefully designed and turned to slot into each other. You could
win this beautiful hat or coat stand valued at $499 simply by
entering Round Two of the Australian Kids Room competition on
At a recent PSSA event at the Blacktown International Sports Park, six Byron AFL players and Byron Junior AFL club president, Barry Spry, enjoyed an unprecedented, successful state carnival.
Marlin Corbett, Kesheva Raju, Finn Reece, Seth Carter, Diesel Drury and Kolbi Wood were all selected to represent the north coast at the U12 primary schools state championships with Barry Spry as team manager.
The north coast rarely get to play the Riverina as they are in different pools and, normally, different classes.
However, at the end of day two of the carnival, after three games and two wins, North Coast were assigned Riverina in their first final.
Ten thousand words and a quarter-cup of tears would be needed to tell the whole story of the gruelling match; needless to say, the final scoreboard showed Riverina up seven seven points at the final siren: 4.2.26 to 2.7.19 for the win. North Coast, the little bloke, battled and pushed and ran to the bitter end.
Two of the lads had a further positive outcome from the event – Marlin Corbett from Ballina was named Best & Fairest for the match and Diesel Drury from Byron Bay who was pictured this week made the state side.
In the spectators’...
Some Brisbane folk had a brilliant time at the first action targeting ANZ Bank. The Animals Now Zombies Campaign is underway, ‘persuading’ ANZ to NEVER fund coal port expansion at Abbot Point or coal mining projects in the Galilee Basin. There was significant media coverage, with media keen on this Wednesday’s action too (see below). You can see the TV coverage and all round shenanigans in this just-released fun video of the action. Gotta love the Bee Gees!
The next action is a bit different, very poignant and a lot of fun too. It is THIS WEDNESDAY IN SYDNEY. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information. Otherwise, please sign up here to find out more about fun actions targeting ANZ in your region. CHEERS!
Old phones given new lease on life:
Art students from a Brisbane school, Sheldon College have been working with the Queensland College of Art in an aim to provide the city with the reminder about recycling.
E-waste recycling not-for-profit MobileMuster estimates that there are 2.1 million old phones being kept in Brisbane homes and workplaces, with more than 4.5 million across the state.
Took Thomas to jujitsu last night, and then brought him home
with a fat lip; a reminder to keep his guard up while sparring.
Funny thing was, I was supervising that bout and kept saying,
“Guard up! Guard up!”
Well, I guess nothing drives that lesson home faster than a smack in the choppers.
Poor little mite, you could see him being terribly brave about it, especially once the shock wore off and the pain set in. It was a pretty good tag too. He went off to school with a very impressive looking split lip. Lots of raw and bloody flesh to show off. I think he was sort of looking forward to it.
Sunday 7th June
Howdy there folks,The Country Roads Program winds its’ way back into town this Sunday with Ronnieboy ridin’ high in the saddle and covered in salt and sea spray after a night out to sea, but with a whole mess of cracking country music for this weeks show.This week I have a mess of Cds to give away, so if you ring in to say you are listening i will put your name in the “Station mop bucket” for Pedro the cleaner to pull winners out when he comes in looking for his bucket. The number is 9816 2938, so, if you tune in, call in, let me know.
THE $16.5 million Bunnings development in Orange has been recommended for approval. The17,000-square-metre store includes 9150 square metres of warehouse space, a bagged goods area, an outdoor nursery, timber trade sales, a bulk trade area, a building materials and landscape yard, a cafe and 330 parking spaces.
THE Sentinel group has acquired the Narromine shopping centre along with centres in Wellington and Bathurst for a total of $21.55 million. The three properties, all anchored by Coles Supermarkets, were acquired in one line from Charter Hall Retail REIT. Sentinel purchased the Riverdale Shopping Centre, in Dubbo, for $14 million in 2014.
THE 24-hour rescue helicopter’s new $3.3 million home at Orange Airport is a step closer to reality, with construction expected to finish by the end of next year. It will be manned 24 hours a day.
THE Woolworths supermarket at Orana Mall will undergo a multi-million expansion in the next financial year, the Delroy supermarket will be expanded with five years and a Masters outlet will be developed after 2016, according to CEO, Grant O’Brien, at a Dubbo Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Clive comes to the rescue of Beenleigh blaze victims:
Clive Palmer has donated a Gold Coast house to a Logan family which lost a child in a tragic Beenleigh blaze last month.
Mr Palmer has come to the aid of heart broken couple Belinda Warwick and Jared Campbell and will pay the rent on a luxury five bedroom Gold Coast home for six months.
The family lost two-year-old Roman Campbell when a home they were renting burst into flames.
“I didn’t know anyone knew about it,’’ Mr Palmer told Channel 9 news.
Plans are underway to create the first council operated and community funded solar farm in Australia in Lismore by the end of this year.
The Lismore City Council has today announced a partnership with Farming the Sun, Australia’s largest community solar energy initiative, to build the solar farm.
A launch will be held next Thursday at the Lismore Workers Club in an effort to attract 40 investors who will buy shares in the solar farm.
The initial concept was to have a 250-450kW solar system owned by the community, with the council agreeing to buy back the power over a decade. However, obstacles such as difficulties with sharing power across council sites and the uncertainty of federal renewable energy policy has led to a change in thinking and in the enterprise model.
The investment structure is now based on a community loan, with Lismore Community Solar lending funds to Lismore City Council, which will use it to construct and operate two 100kW solar farms at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.
Farming the Sun’s Adam Blakester said if there was ever a region that could build Australia’s first council/community solar farm and provide a model others could emulate, it was the northern rivers.
‘There is a groundswell o...
The campaign against the controversial plan to build rock walls at Byron Bay’s Belongil beachfront to protect private properties has ramped up, with state parliament told it must be stopped.
Greens MLC and former Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham told MPs yesterday that the rock-walls plan, being pushed by a majority pro-development faction of Byron council, would result in the walls being built without a NSW government-approved Coastal Zone Management Plan.
Ms Barham said experts had warned that the so-called ‘interim’ rock walls proposed by council could increase coastal erosion, cause the loss of the beach and impact on public safety.
She said the government should intervene and halt the works, which are currently at the early planning and tendering stage.
She also questioned Minister for Crown Lands (the National Party’s Kevin Humphries) about his approval for the works and made an adjournment speech on the issue.
Her move comes ahead of a major protest rally this Sunday afternoon in Byron Bay against the rock walls, which have been backed by Crs Sol Ibrahim, Rose Wanchap, Allan Hunter, Di Woods and Chris Cubis.
Ms Barham moved that:
1. That this House notes that Byron Shire Council has resolved to construct rockwalls at Belongil Beach to protect private properties, without a New South Wales Government approved Coastal Zone Manage...
By Darren Coyne
North Lismore Aboriginal elder Mickey Ryan had tears in his eyes this morning as he was walking the dog.
He’d just taken a call from his solicitor in Sydney telling him that he had won his challenge to a plan to build more than 1,500 dwellings on the North Lismore plateau, which overlooks the showgrounds.
‘I was walking the dog and crying with happiness,’ Mr Ryan told Echonetdaily.
‘All I can say is, Bloody Ripper!
‘That area is everything to us and our family. It’s so important because our people fought and died for their country… and they are still buried there.’
Mr Ryan said the entire Bundjalung Council of Elders had opposed the proposed development, which is seen as an integral part of Lismore’s future growth strategy.
‘All of us are against it. The whole lot of us signed off on the challenge,’ he said.
Although the judgment will not be available until later today, the principal solicitor for the Environmental Defende...
It was very obvious prior to the 2011 state election that the Liberal-National Party had no intention of honouring their promises to ‘get the trains running’. Their so-called study was put together in 2013 specifically to justify that decision.
The ARUP ‘study’, without doing any inspections, claimed all 28 bridges on the Lismore to Byron section of the line need to be replaced at hugely inflated cost.
They included the cost of replacing bridges on the Byron to Mullum section of the line that do not even exist!
The transport needs of 4.6 million tourists to the region didn’t rate a mention.
Legal action has been commenced against ARUP in Brisbane over losses to investors relating to their traffic forecasts for the Clem7 Brisbane Tunnel. Some serious reasons why the ARUP study is dismissed.
There’s no comparison between a daily, regular commuter train providing a service for eight out 10 of the major population centres on the line and 4.6 million tourists, and the big, heavy, expensive Ritz Rail tourist train which only ran once a week and did not provide transport for anyone.
One train carrying 100 people into Byron could take 50 vehicles off Ewingsdale Road. Six trips per day equals 300 vehicles per day.
A cycleway will do nothing to reduce traffic and carbon emissions, it will increase both as people will have to drive to the region to use it!
The ARUP recommendations about bus services have as much credibility as the rest of their ‘study’.
People extolling the virtues of buses obviously never use them. They should try travelling to Brisbane using public transport and see how long it takes.
Local buses are empty as they don’t connect people to where they need to go, and, like all road transport trying to get into Byron, they are stuck in traffic for hours.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores
A bold plan to make the Tweed village of Tyalgum one of the first north communities to come off the grid and run on renewable energy is moving a step closer.
A renewable-energy information evening two weeks ago in Murwillumbah heard how such a project could be funded through not just government grants but online crowd funding.
Around 70 people tuned in to the Crowd Funding for Community Renewable Energy Projects information evening, 30 of those in person while around 40 participated online via a webcast.
Expert speakers shared their knowledge with the aim of connecting renewable energy projects around the state.
Tweed Shire Council, Sustain Northern Rivers and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) worked with the Tyalgum Energy Project to host the event.
Energy market specialist and consumer advocate Craig Memery, from the Alternative Technology Association, highlighted energy-system fundamentals, while Tosh Szatow and Alex Houlston from Energy for the People reflected on the changing economics of renewable energy and provided information about ‘crowd funding’ as a source of potential funding for renewable energy initiatives....
Using updated data on the Earth’s surface temperatures worldwide, US government scientists have found no evidence of a pause in global warming in recent years, according to newly published research.
The report by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was published in the journal Science on Thursday.
It had been thought that temperatures in the 21st century plateaued.
‘The new analysis suggests no discernible decrease in the rate of warming between the second half of the 20th century, a period marked by manmade warming, and the first fifteen years of the 21st century, a period dubbed a global warming “hiatus,”’ the report said.
The study uses ‘updated and corrected temperature observations taken at thousands of weather observing stations over land and as many commercial ships and buoys at sea,’ it said.
With that data, there is no evidence that temperatures in the 21st century have in fact plateaued.
‘Instead, the rate of warming during the first fifteen years of the 21st century is at least as great as that in the last half of the 20th century, suggesting warming is continuing apace,’ said the study.
Rising temperatures across the planet have set new records, and NOAA...
Queensland Government reverses Newman Government’s Industrial Relations changes:
Using cross-bench support, the Queensland government has reversed the Newman government’s Industrial Relations crackdown on public servants.
Last night the government reinstated employment security for public servants, and protection against the outsourcing of government services.
How a non economist like me can see this happen when, people who are supposed to be ‘in the know’ can’t, is truly puzzling.
As less and less money can be made by depositing in banks, investing in gold, oil, coal, iron ore, you name it, more and more people are investing in the stock market which is the only place left to make a killing. For now. Because the companies whose shares are being bought are only worth the profits they can make from lending out at low interest, selling gold, oil, coal, etc etc, making the shares way overpriced with respect to the no longer profitable companies…..
That a major correction is overdue is an understatement.
Originally posted on Michael Roberts Blog:
Stock markets in the major economies continue to hit new highs. At the same time, economic growth in the major economies is either slowing down or already at a relatively low level. The UN now forecasts that the global economy, including fast-growing India and high rate China, will expand in real terms (after inflation) by just 2.8% this year. Thus the UN joins the IMF and the World Bank in reducing its growth forecast for this year to around 3% for the world.
And in its semi-annual ec...
Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra to the highest possible level.
Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung – a highly active volcano on Indonesia’s westernmost island – on Tuesday after a ‘sharp rise’ in activity, said national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
The amount of hot ash, smoke and rock spewing from the volcano has ramped up significantly since Sunday, with lava visible at the crater, the Mount Sinabung Observation Station chief Armen Putra said.
Military based in the area told AFP that soldiers and police evacuated 2,730 residents from four villages within a danger zone around the south and southeast of the volcano.
‘Volcanic activity is still high today, triggering tremors,’ said district military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Asep Sukarna.
People were aware of the danger and left in an orderly fashion, he said, adding that there were no further orders at this stage to evacuate other villages.
Those displaced are now in temporary shelter 13km from the volcano....
California lawmakers have advanced a right-to-die bill, giving hope to those who want the most populous US state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives under doctors’ care.
The state Senate passed the measure on a 23 to 14 vote on Thursday ahead of a legislative deadline.
The issue gained traction nationally after 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon to end her life in November.
Oregon allows doctors to prescribe suicide drugs to certain consenting patients.
Maynard recorded her final days in widely viewed online videos that included support for right-to-die laws.
Opponents of such legislation in California and elsewhere say suicide is against God’s will and that some patients may feel pressured to kill themselves so they don’t burden family members.
The measure next heads to California’s Assembly.
Dozens of states have considered right-to-die legislation this year.
Such a bill failed in California in 2007 over objections from Catholic and medical groups.
This year’s bill from Democratic Senators Bill Monning and Lois Wolk would protect physicians from prosecution if they give terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in their deaths.
Canberra [AAP & other sources]
Environment groups believe Australia has embarrassed itself by ducking questions at a United Nations climate change conference in Germany.
Australia has been quizzed on its carbon emissions reduction policies as part of the multilateral assessment process, a forerunner to the all-important Paris meeting in December where countries hope to sign a global agreement on climate action.
Several countries questioned the scrapping of the carbon tax and whether the federal government’s $2.55 billion direct action policy will be enough to meet Australia’s emissions reduction target of five per cent by 2020.
According to Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute, ‘The international community came to Bonn looking for Australia to show how it was joining other nations in modernising the global economy and reducing pollution.’
‘Disappointing responses to questions from other countries on the domestic policy framework fudged the fact that the government has significantly wound back renewable energy investment, and inflated the impact of its actions to 2020 without providing any estimate of the pollution reductions it will deliver.”
‘Australia was ask.......
Canberra [AAP & other sources]
Labor wants to urgently recall a parliamentary committee amid revelations a top-level review of authorities’ response to the deadly Sydney cafe siege did not consider a letter from the gunman to Attorney-General George Brandis.
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus needs support from three committee members to recall a Senate estimates hearing, saying it’s ‘quite disturbing’ advice provided to the senators confirming that a letter from Man Monis was passed on to officials was ‘completely false’.
‘I’d expect the government to co-operate because the government has some questions to answer,’ Mr Dreyfus told ABC radio on Friday.
ABC News reported Mr Dreyfus saying, ‘The government needs to clear this up, it’s raised some real concerns. And we were right to raise concerns last week.
‘It’s quite disturbing to now see that the centrepiece of the government’s intemperate attack on me and on Labor last week, which was the assertion that the letters had been given to the in...
NSW Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has reintroduced a Greens bill to ban sow stalls and farrowing crates for pigs in New South Wales.
The bill would ban sow stalls and farrowing crates by 2017, the same time as an industry voluntary phase-out is meant to be completed. Gestation crates would be banned by 2020 to ensure enough time for a managed phase-out.
‘There is absolutely no place for factory farming in New South Wales,’ Dr Faruqi said.
‘There are many farmers across NSW that have already embraced a more humane way of farming but much more work remains to be done to lift animal welfare standards in the industry.
‘Factory farming practices, such as sow stalls and farrowing crates, are unnecessarily inhumane and cruel.
‘The bill would ensure that pigs are kept in enclosures that allow them to turn around and stand up comfortably, access outdoor areas and to express natural behaviour, such as interaction in a group. I think most Australians would be shocked that this isn’t already the case.
‘Consumers are leading the way in demanding that the animal products they consume are of a higher ethical and animal welfare standard.
‘Companies like Woolworths and Coles...
The federal government has approved the development and operation of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. Continue reading
The La Trobe Art Institute is currently conducting a series of printmaking workshops and field trips called ‘ON THE MAP’.
The program is aimed at creating new experiences and opportunities to talk, explore ideas about how we see and understand the landscape.
As part of ‘ON THE MAP’, on Saturday 25th July Chris Tzaros and I will be leading a field trip at Crusoe Reservoir (near Bendigo). On the day we’ll examine the different habitat types and the changes that might occur in the context of future climate change. We’ll be looking, listening and interpreting landscape change in a relaxed and diverse environment. If you are interested in attending or would like more information click here.
Oh … and I imagine we might see a bird or two!
Motorists on the north coast and across the state are being urged to stay alert as extra police take to the roads in a major road-safety operation for this Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Police will be targeting drink and drug driving as well as mobile-phone use and other distraction offences during the annual Operation Stay Alert campaign, which begins at midnight tonight (Friday) and runs until 11.59pm (Monday).
, and includes double-demerit points.
Police say they’re extremely concerned at the number of motorists driving under the influence of drugs, with one in 13 drivers being charged for drug driving.
They say that statistics show that of those tested for drugs, 95 percent return a positive result to more than one drug.
Since the start of the year, 146 people have lost their lives in 136 crashes across the state, with alcohol and drug abuse a factor in more than 30 per cent of these deaths.
As part of the weekend’s operation, police are urging motorists not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and maintain alertness while on the road.
Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the long weekend is meant for family and friends to get together and enjoy their time and urged motorists to be aware of the five factors that can lead to fatalities.
“Fatigue, impairment as a result of alcohol or drug use, seatbelts, speed and distraction are all risks that can lead to tragedy while on the road. I urge everyone to take care, drive responsibly and respect other motorists and obey the road rules,’ she said.
‘Drinking alcohol or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Plan ahead and find an alternative method of transportation if you plan to drink. It is just not worth it,’ Deputy Commissioner Burn said.
‘Staying alert is the key – do not drink and drive, put down the mobile phone, ensure you are well-rested, and ensure...
The Queensland Literary Awards are currently open for nominations and there is a new category:
Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
The details are as follows:
‘Young Queensland writers are invited to enter the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards, for a chance to win $10,000 plus career development support. The award will be presented to two outstanding Queensland writers, aged 18 to 30, who exhibit high quality writing, a track record of publication outcomes and a commitment to developing and sustaining an ongoing career as a writer.
To demonstrate a publication history, eligible nominees must be able to demonstrate at least one of the following publication outcomes:
One full-length published book (including online publications with an ISBN).
Other categories in this year’s Queensland Literary Awards include:
Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
Great Barrier Reef a top priority:
With today being World Environment Day the Queensland tourism industry has come out reaffirming its commitment to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Queensland’s leading industry figures will also meet in Brisbane today for the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)’s Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef: The World’s Best Address forum.
Cr Rose Wanchap has bought yet another advertisement in the Byron Shire Echo, this time with a half-baked apology to Mr Jim Beatson, the victim of her recent double shoe-throwing tantrum, in an attempt to justify her actions.
Damage control and yet more spin.
The advertisement seems to me to be as sincere as her pre-election video (available on YouTube) during which she espouses Green ideals and expresses a wish to emulate Bob Brown.
This follows Cr Wanchap’s celebration of her shoe-throwing act on television stations including re-enacting the incident whilst claiming to be the poor, frustrated victim of hecklers. Heckling hardly justifies an assault.
A councillor throwing shoes at citizens in the council chamber clearly constitutes a breach of the Local Government Act’s Code of Conduct.
What is the mayor and/or the council’s general manager doing about this incident? Anything?
Why wasn’t the meeting adjourned, the gallery cleared, the culprit reprimanded and disciplinary action taken?
I wonder what would have happened if the shoes were on the other feet? If Mr Beatson had thrown his shoes at Cr Wanchap I’m quite sure the police would have been called and Mr Beatson likely charged with assault.
Philip Shine, Byron Bay
Thank you Rose for your one-sided advertisement,
‘People generally do not vote below the line’ is exactly the point. You do not have a mandate to make these decisions.
The community you represent did not vote you in as an independent, they voted for you as a representative of the Greens, by voting above the line they voted for a party and the policies of that party.
You have deceived the community by positioning yourself on council through the Greens ticket and then continually voting against the party on incredibly significant decisions such as West Byron, the Ewingsdale Development and the Belongil rock wall.
Of course there is outrage.
Perhaps you could follow the practice of most politicians when they have a point to make; participate in interviews with actual journalists, engage in dialogue and allow people to respond to your claims, rather than take out these advertisements that present your personal point of view and say very little for your integrity or your credibility.
Lorissa Barrett, Ewingsdale
Giles Parkinson, reneweconomy.com.au
Experts say new housing estates may be built that do not connect to the grid, offering instead free electricity, and even free EVs to residents. Meanwhile, numerous towns are looking how to buy back their grid.
Imagine this: Newly built housing estates that are not even connected to the main electricity grid. Solar and battery storage come standard in new homes, included in the purchase price and mortgage, and effectively providing free electricity. The package may even include an electric vehicle in the garage.
Sound like a dream into the future? Maybe, but not very far into the future. According to players in the battery storage and smart technology markets, it is already happening and housing developers in Australia are exploring exactly these sort of options.
‘This is technology of now,’ says Philip Keogan, the head of Australian operations for US-based storage software company Sunverge, pointing to developments already under way in California. ‘We ar...
The subject of sex and sexuality is not only mystifying but quite often awkward or downright embarrassing for people to talk about, especially for those who are still discovering the complicated landscape of their own bodies and emotions and those of the people around them.
The North Coast Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Consortium (PASH) is a network of over 30 North Coast organisations with a mandate of youth development, safety and health, particularly targeting young people and families on the North Coast.
PASH is dedicated to working to pool resources, knowledge, understanding and best practice for the sexual health and well-being of young people by providing a network of support and collaboration; identifying strengths and gaps in service delivery; conducting research; supporting youth engagement and a youth-led approach; community consultation; education and events; service provider training, and; PEEPS – Peer Educators engaging Peers.
The biennial Perth Motorcycle Show is back in 2015 and expected to attract about 20,000 people over the three days.
In 2013, the event celebrated 20 years and moved to the new venue of Claremont Showgrounds which proved successful, with ample exhibition space inside the pavilions and lots of room outdoors for stunts and activities.
The show, presented and hosted by Premiere Events, will be held from October 30 to November 1, during Motorcycle Awareness Week and will feature a big range of displays, demonstrations and activities.
Demonstrations include freestyle motocross, stunt riders and moto trials.
Patrons will also be able to take part in the “come and try riding” on a dedicated track and a junior motocross track.
Displays include a custom bike show, a show and shine competition, and veteran and vintage bike displays.
There will also be an indoor Motolive stage show with new-release motorcycles and bike products, reviews, fashion parades, special guests and live music.
Food and drink will be available for sale and there will be a licensed bar area.
The Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show will host a charity ride on the Saturday morning, which will ...
The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice.
In 2015 it is the 21st Anniversary of bringing ‘light to the heart of the city’. Each year the Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, markets, a spectacular parade, lanterns, bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more…
The festival takes place in the heart of the Lismore CBD with lantern making workshops held in the months and weeks before the festival begins. Local businesses actively participate in the festival and decorate their windows to complement the theme for each year. They also provide great deals and special offers… so be on the look out!
The aboriginal people of this area are the Widjabul. This country is sacred to them and we urge you to respect their land, culture and beliefs. The Lismore Lantern Parade and LightnUp Inc acknowledges the Bundjalung Nation on whose land we walk and celebrate.
Tickets for the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval, Lismore are now on sale and can be booked online: www.lanternparade.com/ticket-sales
For further information visit www.visitlismore.com.au/whats-on
Subcontractor claims surveillance team followed Greens senator around island and called her ‘The Raven’. But Tony Abbott says she was being ‘looked after’ • Andrew Wilkie: This is deeply troubling and must be investigated by the AFP • 100,000 signatures handed to Federal Parliament
Last week, the NBN rollout in Tassie was thrown into chaos when one of the major subcontractors carrying out the work (a company that made up more than 10 per cent of the NBN workforce in the state) was axed without notice by lead contractor Visionstream. Between 80 and 100 workers lost their jobs overnight. Some of these workers had relocated from Queensland, moving their families, all on the assurance that they would have two years work on the project. They now have no job and are in many cases owed several thousand dollars in unpaid wages and entitlements.
Canberra has withdrawn from constructive engagement on the issue, says report, as Australia is grilled at crucial meeting in Germany
“Cut up #30 (he always buys him flowers #421)”
Messing around with cutting up my prints and re-arranging them.
This image “He always buys him flowers #421″ is from
(21/04/13) and was originally posted here.
‘Photographic study #179’
Amongst the large murals and spray-painted images in Hosier and Rutledge Lanes are quite a few smaller ones. Many are comments, statements, protests and funny thoughts. I like finding these more unusual images.
(Update: I walked through Hosier Lane today and many of the larger pieces that I have posted over the last few days that were taken a few weeks ago are now gone or are partially obscured by other artists work. Much of the new work seems to be large ornate tags rather than pictures – I will have a look after the long weekend coming up)
On a super chilly winter night in Sydney, we created a tropical disco apocalypse in our studio and invited two of the most exciting producers in Australia at the moment – Kilter and Roland Tings – to play live to an intimate crowd of lei-ed up winners. The whole thing was broadcast live on FBi, wrapping up this series of Local Live gigs presented by #JDFutureLegends. Big thanks to Entropico for dressing our home up and Scout’s Honour for feeding us!
Photos by Sunny Lei | 3.6.15 | More photos & videos from Local Live here
When they're not sculpting sonic ice warriors out of repetition and noise, turns out My Disco enjoy rolling up this delightful handmade gnocchi recipe. We took a peek inside their kitchen to get a bit closer (or even aware of where to begin).
You will need:
150g 00 flour (which is a kind of finely ground Italian durum wheat flour)
2 egg yolks
A potato ricer
Place your potatoes in a pot and fill with cold water. It's important to bring the water and the potatoes to boiling point together, rather than dump potatoes into boiling water.
Once the potatoes are ready, take off the boil and let them cool for 20 minutes or more. (If you feel there is excess moisture, it's a good idea to put them in the oven for a few minutes. This will greatly enhance the quality of the gnocchi and make the dough-making process easier.)
Peel the potatoes and process through a potato ricer.
Add your 00 flour to the potato, make a well in the middle and deposit your egg yolks in. Work the ingredients into one big dough ball. Try not to handle the dough too much, just enough for it to hold together.
Dust the rolling surface with rice flour.
Cut a quarter of the dough ball and roll it into a long snake-like shape.
Online treatment programs are being flagged as a solution to the high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia.
Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and
rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health
problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of
The Mental Health Commission's chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease all add up to increased levels of psychological distress.
See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-25/online-chat-rooms-future-of-remote-mental-health-experts/6496178
Innovative LA beatmaker Tokimonsta - notably the first lady to grace Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label line-up - is playing in Australia again and it's going to be a time, I tell you. Her beat is smooth, hip-hop, glitchy, sexy - see below. Oh my gahd. With amazing supports all over the country, Sydney is blessed with supports from JOY., Zuri Akoko and GG Magree. Practise your moves.
The National Mental Health Commission says the availability of
mental health services in the bush can be patchy even though the
need is high.
At a national rural health conference in Darwin today, the Commission's chief executive said it was time to start reforming mental health services so people could get the help they need.
The CEO of the national mental health commission David Butt says mental health needs are often higher in the bush, but services are harder to come by.
At a national rural health conference in Darwin today he spoke about the need for change to make sure people across the country get the help they need.
See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4242091.htm
The Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ) says compulsory fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work practices create significant problems for families and towns.
The AMAQ has made a submission to the Queensland parliamentary
inquiry investigating FIFO work practices.
The organisation, which represents the state's medical practitioners, said it had been advised that most FIFO workers who suffered from depression and anxiety were worried about relationships.
Please see more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-02/amaq-states-case-against-compulsory-fifo/6513884
The voices have ceased for now, but Shane Bell knows all too well the dangers of skipping his medication.
"It's rather scary. You lose all contact with the reality of
things," Mr Bell said. The 46-year-old has lived with schizophrenia
for about 14 years, which included debilitating periods of
Mr Bell is one of 230,000 Australians with the illness, though psychiatrists think many people hide the illness.
Schizophrenia attacks the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which psychiatrist Dr Robert Parker said essentially means it undermines a person's ability to perceive reality and solve problems.
The DJ duo behind Melbourne label Butter Sessions are making their way up to Sydney next weekend for a stint with Cut Copy DJs at Picnic. As well accustomed with long distance driving as they are with making delicious house records, we asked them to let us know their favourite mixes to drive interstate to. Hopefully this list will help 10 hours feel more like 5 next time you make the trip to Sleep D's hometown.
Mr Scruff, Floating Points, Tom Smith & MC Kwasi on
the Dub Smugglers Sound System, Dimensions 2013
6 hr 45 min long, for those long trips to Sydney or Adelaide, or when the Iron Man race is on and the traffic’s terrible.
Butter Mix 018 | Babicka
Untzz Twelve Inch boy for our Butter Mix series. Some nice memories of this playing on the iPod whilst traveling the tube in London. He also happens to be playing with us at the Picnic party -_^.
Daft Punk- Essential Mix - 1997.03.02
This one was over two CD's, probably one of the most listened to mixes w...
Angled towards youth (12- 25 year olds) Feedback is a day of invaluable panels, talks and performances for those wishing to crack the 'biz'. Oh god, do the youth still say 'biz'?
Featuring a keynote talk from the Presets and an itinerary of interesting panels featuring Isabella Manifredi (the Preatures), Dan Williams (Art vs Science), KLP, Andy Bull and an array of local industry heavy weights. Capped off with a 'Music Industry Speed Dating' session, this is an excellent chance to absorb some sage advice from someone who knows a lot more than you, or at least a chance to throw your demo USB at them from afar.
Remote Hope: An unflinching portrait of Australia's
remote Indigenous communities and their struggle to
Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently provoked furious debate by describing life in these communities as a "lifestyle choice" and the Commonwealth has withdrawn its funding.
Communities in Western Australia are now facing possible closure, provoking protests around the country. But this Four Corners report confronts the uncomfortable truth about life in these communities.
The Four Corners team travelled across the rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia to visit some of the settlements under threat.
See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/05/11/4231553.htm
A few weeks ago I had an accident, and it was a decent one. It hurt, a lot, and when I say that, I mean enough pain to warrant lots of drugs, time off work, and a long time to heal.
This is how it went down.
The plan to go to Blencoe Falls finally came to fruition after Jess (Cragmum) made an impromptu trip North to Cairns for a week to escape Townsville. Without enough fuel and forethought she was unfortunately forced to turn around about halfway to the falls but brought the idea back to us in Townsville that this would be worth a visit.
We’d wanted to see it for a while but had never really put in the effort to make it happen. Jess’ enthusiasm was the trigger that we needed. After much stuffing around all week we were driving North in my Subaru, Jess calling “shotgun!” for the passenger seat, Simon and Jade in the back. The esky was full of beer and food, pancakes for brekky and some porridge I’d prepared as extra.
I was stoked to be driving my car with all the winding dirt roads, which resulted in me making all kinds of noises as we floored it up the hill such as “weeeeeeeeeee” and a couple of “uhoh’s!”. Simon and Jade, both in the back, were not appreciative of my rally efforts and promptly developed motion sickness. Pushing on, switching who sat where, and a quick stop for Simon to vomit and we’d arrived. Note; it’s about 70km’s and an hour and a half worth of driving from the main road to the campsite – this will be important information later.
We arrived late as it’s a long drive from Townsville, somewhere around 4 hours to the campsite itself. It was full, packed to be precise. Grey nomads and tourists alike had filled up the camp sites and being limited by the ground clearance in my car we couldn’t make it into the more distant camps without the risk of getting stuck. Pulling up to go explore we came across an evidently very...
The nail-biting penalty shoot out that has been taking place in FIFA during the past week has been fully in keeping with the quaint on-field rules of the game. It looks all but over for Sepp Blatter, but it is wrong-headed to pivot the story just around this one guy and corruption within FIFA. The guts of the story is much, much bigger. When squillions of dollars of sponsorship money envelopes any enterprise we should not be surprised by big time corruption. The commercialisation of all sporting genres has all but destroyed any semblance of a level playing field. This creeping disease has taken hold of sport whilst society pretends that it isn’t happening. • Dr Buck Emberg, in Comments: … I feel sad when driving past a major sporting ground on Saturday knowing that each person that is sporting the ‘colours’ of a team, carrying the incredibly vulgar “1” sign…are about to spend up to 100 dollars for a family to be ‘entertained’ by the inanities of overblown sport…by over muscled and overpaid athletes…to support grown men and women who administer sports and refuse to grow up! p.s. I too was involved in sport from age 5 to 45 and all I have to show for it now is a broken body caused by being run into and running into other over-muscled bodies.
Huon Valley Guessing Games Lip service, opacity, insularity, profligacy, fear, cussedness, mediocrity — all words, among others, that jumbled around in my head last Wednesday evening (May 27). I was listening to Huon Valley Council (HVC) in session. Not all of it was surreal, but it was unnervingly close to being so. • mr t, in Comments: … There is another option! A new council. I don’t care if it’s called the “Great Southern Land” or “North Antarctica” but an amalgamation does not mean a “takeover by Kingborough.” It means an amalgamation. Gawd, Tasmania is so conservative and by “conservative” I include the Greens, the Liberals (or “Independents” if they prefer at local Council or MLC levels) and Labor. Close a school and all hell breaks loose. Close Mersey hospital…can’t do that! Merge two Councils and it’s worse than an atomic reaction. “We’ll lose our amenity! We’ll lose our social support!” Crap! • mr t, in Comments: … There has been a cowardly lack of leadership at the state government(s) level. Some variations to the above could be debated like amalgamating Meander etc into Devonport as well but the above list has 27 councils down to ten excluding King Island and Flinders Island. Not too long ago the same insular and protectionist thinking gave the Tasmanian Upper House the dubious honour of being one of the three most gerrymandered parliamentary houses in Australia. It is also the same thinking that stops our youth in the Huon Valley from advancing beyond Year 10 or ever leaving the village. • Local Government Association of Tasmania: Vale Mayor Barry Jarvis
Today, I found myself speaking to an overly-cheery attendant at
the shop full of overly-cheery attendants. She was the same
overly-cheery attendant I found myself talking to some weeks ago
about how much I liked to be grumpy, and as I found today, she
seemed rather offended with my previous grumpiness. I'm still not
sure why. Grumpiness, I find, is a perfectly acceptable position at
my local Coles or Woolies - I scowl at the apathetic attendants and
they sneer back at me, and we all get along swimmingly. It all
seems to me rather suspicious when an overly-cheery attendant
strikes up an overly-cheery pose and attempts to be friendly with
their customer in an overly-cheery way. Why can't I be allowed to
make my emotionless mechanical transaction in the inhuman system of
economic rationalism with the downtrodden wage slave and be on my
way, I ask?
Anyway, it was all very awkward and embarrassing. She asked me in a stilted and purse-lipped fashion about things, and I found myself having to engage in polite conversation and meaningless chit chat. Though I may like to scowl and growl and harrumph occasionally, I wouldn't actually want people to be offended by it. But then, most people generally are misguided about the whole being grumpy thing, and act as if they had to be happy around other people all the time, and as if they truly thought that acting happy was actually the best way to stay happy. It really is strange.
Because being grumpy really can be quite wonderful. For starters, you get labelled with elegant and felicitious expressions like 'cantankerous', or 'irascible', or 'choleric', or just plain old 'surly'. If you keep it up for long enough, you become a 'grumpy old man', which for grumpy women is especially impressive*. And then there is a rich range of facial and verbal expressions; not just a uniform downturning of the face, but a veritable diapason of scowls and growls and glowers and lours and leers and sneers and harrumphs and floun.....
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