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‘The moon and the sea #7′
National leaders, celebrity musicians and actors around the world have paid tribute to the rock music legend David Bowie who has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.
The singer died surrounded by his loved ones, a statement on his Facebook page said.
It read: ‘David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
‘While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’
His son, film director Duncan Jones, tweeted: ‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.’
Five men have been arrested after an armed robbery and a kidnapping at a golf club at Casino over the weekend.
Police say that around 4am on Saturday, a 30-year-old cleaner at a golf club on West Street was pounced on by the men, two armed with knives, as he opened a door onto the balcony area.
While one of the men restrained the cleaner, the others grabbed alcohol and cash from the premises.
One of the men guarding the worker threatened him with a golf club and dragged him around the club, as the other men searched rooms.
The men fled, taking the proceeds and the cleaner with them.
He was eventually released, made his way back to the club and drove to the police station to report the robbery.
About 1.30pm on Sunday, police from Richmond Local Area Command arrested an 18-year-old man in Casino. A short time later a second man, 16-years-old, was also arrested and taken to Casino police station.
The two men were charged with kidnapping/detaining for advantage and refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court and a Children’s Court today (Monday).
Three other men were arrested today and taken to Casino police station where they were being interviewed by police.
Police urge anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or who had been offered discounted alcohol to contact Casino police on 66 620099.
They’re also urging anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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It was a languid Sunday afternoon on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street. The sun beat down, relentless. Drifting lazily from open windows above at Dangerzone Tattoo was the steady, familiar buzz of tattoo machines. However, what was going on in that lofty first floor studio on the 13th of December was anything but an ordinary day of tattooing.
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URGENT ACTION PLEASE – RUDOLPH IS FAR FROM OUT OF THE WOODS
Despite a Christmas Eve plea for a reprieve by Premier Daniel Andrews, Rudolph the deer is still wound up in bureaucratic red tape that threatens to strangle him. The only person with the power to save him was Jaala Pulford, the Minister for Agriculture, who is responsible for the Game Management Authority. But she was on leave.
This meant the matter was handballed to the acting Minister, Jacinta Allen. Clearly with priorities other than saving Rudolph on her list, the decision has now been handballed back to Minister Pulford, who has returned from holidays. With time ticking away Rudolph is languishing we don’t know where as our numerous requests to visit him are being denied. He still desperately needs our help.
The next court date is set for February 18th this year, but a safe outcome for Rudolph is all but a stroke of a kind pen away. The offer of a lifetime for him to live at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary remains firm, which is cost neutral to both the government and taxpayers. Please help us add your voice to the growing number of people who see the madness (and waste of taxpayers’ dollars) in this fiasco and let’s get Rudolph home where he belongs.
Here’s what Rudolph needs you to do:
Please call, write or email, requesting Rudolph not be killed and surrendered immediately to Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary (it is essential all correspondence is polite, despite our increasing levels of frustration. Anything short of this will not help dear Rudolph).
Hon. Jaala Pulford, MP
Minister responsible for the Game Management Authority
Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne, VIC.....
Ah, time flies when your busy. So what has been happening in the second half of 2015 i hear you ask…
Well I was flat chat working on works to be presented up in Mildura as part of the emerging artist exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial. This was a massive undertaking as i produced six screen prints resulting in around a hundred artworks as each one had an individually painted background.
Below: My install at Deakin 25, Mildura for APTmildura.
On top of this i took part in Boom Gallery’s pop up gallery at Austin’s Winery as a part of toast to the coast. I also spent a fair bit of time putting together a mural for Deakin University where i was collaborating and mentoring young Jack Herd.
Below: Alfred Deakin mural at Deakin University, waterfront campus.
towards the end of the year also got my hands on a copy of Street Art Australia by Lou Chamberlin, which has a few street pieces of mine included. It is a really great book if your into Aussie street art. See it below:
Come and join us for some fun summer activities this week:
Thurs 14 January: Coastcare Enviro Games & Rockpool Ramble @ Indented Head (Half Moon Bay), 11.30 AM – 12.30 PM.
Fri 15 January: Pt Richards Night Stalk @ Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve, 7 – 8.30 PM.
Don’t forget the Portarlington Miniature Railway at Point Richards is open EVERY Sunday in January from 11 AM -4 PM. $3 per ride or 4 rides for $12.
And the Portarlington Charity Carnival is open nightly from 7-11 PM until 26 January 2016.
Dionne’s food van is selling bread, milk, ice and newspapers in the Portarlington Holiday Park and you can grab a coffee from Peter’s Coastal Coffee Van.
Our summer food vendors will also be in Portarlington Holiday Park throughout the week including:
G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here
Unemployed people don’t have to work to collect entitlements
11 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to remove a tax-free threshold for working holiday makers, saying that the change would hurt both the fruit and vegetable and tourism industries which are heavily reliant on backpacker labour and trade.
"The backpacker industry brings a hell of a lot of glamorous looking young people who enjoy our beaches, waterfalls and jungles, our crocodiles and spear throwers, our great art including our unique first Australian art, as well as some of the most exciting places and experiences on earth.
“Taxing them at higher rates, on top of the falling Australian dollar, means less real wages for them.
“It creates a huge disincentive to come and work on our farms, where their employment is desperately needed.
“We have previously requested the Government to reduce the requirements for backpackers’ superannuation to remove some small burden from our farmers.
“And I remain confident that not a single Australian resident job will be lost as a result of any of these measures.
“But without more backpackers, more jobs will be lost in the tourism industry, particularly in regional tourism in Far North Queensland.”
Mr Katter also said that the privatisation of the welfare job allocation system had had the effect that people claiming their full welfare benefits have no real requirement to take a job, meaning a shortage in people working on fruit and vegetable farms in his North Queensland electorate.
“The loss of the backpackers would spell disaster for fruit and vegetable growers, particularly in industries like bananas, mangos and blueberries.
“Section 457 visa workers are of very limited value to the local economy but the loss of the backpacker s417 visa worker would be a very serious blow to the whol......
“I think she’s watched Babe one too many times”
Anyone expecting Jamesian paragraphs will be disappointed, as Nein is just over a hundred pages of sparseness: aphorisms, definitions, quips. What began as Jarosinski's distraction from academe, as the Twitter personality @NeinQuarterly, has become a job of its own: an oddly nihilistic persona with the face of philosopher Theodor Adorno.
Jarosinski takes the gloomy analyses of Adorno and his Frankfurt School comrades, along with the greats of German philosophy and literature, and combines them with deliberate sentimentality, conflicted desire and oddly relaxed ennui. Take the first aphorism from Nein:
Only two problems with the world today.1. The world.And 2. Today.Three, if you count tomorrow.
It begins with a seemingly consoling fact, then turns this into an indictment of everything we have. But wait, there's more: this everything will continue, and there's no hope. But there is hope of a stripe, because we're laughing. Many of Jarosinski's aphorisms have this quality, of...
We started off with 17 photos on our new Flickr page, Trees of the Mount Alexander Region, and after our call for photos in December we now have 73. The quality of the photos submitted has been impressive and, as you can see from the composite image below, there has been an amazing range of approaches to the subject of local trees.
There is still time to be part of this FOBIF venture. (If you do send photos though could you make them less than 1mg if possible.) Guidlelines for submission are here.
Click on the composite image below to view the Flickr website.
by Don Aitkin
“…..Daniel Defoe had given up counting the fallen trees in Kent when he reached 17,000. He wrote a book about it, The Storm,” featured below. There was no mention of global warming then……
I don’t want to write so much about ‘climate change’, because I feel I have said everything I want to say about that issue, which doesn’t seem to alter much. The Paris Agreement has disappeared from sight, and while extreme weather events have been occurring in the UK and the USA, and we have had fires here, the clamour that these events must be caused by greenhouse gas emissions seems to have subsided. More about extreme weather in a moment. I intend to develop a place on the site for my position on ‘climate change’, so that I don’t have to repeat myself. I’m not quite sure how this will work, but stay tuned.
At the time of writing only Roy Spencer has published a piece about whether or not 2015 was the warmest year ever, or since some kind of previous record was established. I understand that the land and sea data on temperatures will be released about January 20th. The UAH satellite data (along with those from RSS) show 2015 to have been the third warmest year, after 1998 and 2010. But there were certainly many claims that the year would ring that particular gong. The main cause for the warmth is hotter sea surface temperatures, themselves the result of the prevailing el Nino in the Pacific, which may have peaked. Floods and storm in the USA and the UK have occurred, and have produced familiar claims that these extreme weather events are examples of ‘climate change’ providing additional reasons why the climate models are right, and we must get rid of fossil fuels.
The difficulty with this sort of claim is that...
Chewton Pool had over 8,500 attendances last year and is already on track to beat that record, with an average of 120 people each day coming through the gates so far this season.
What a wonderful endorsement of the value of this community facility!
And more than 200 children have learnt to swim at the pool, as well as several adults each season. This is a big effort to help keep Australians safe around water.
We couldn’t do this without the ongoing operational support from Mount Alexander Shire Council, our great fundraisers and community organisation partners such as the Lions Club of Castlemaine and the many businesses that donate time, equipment and funds towards making it a great place to be each Summer.
Next time you are talking to a local Councillor, let them know you are a supporter of Chewton Pool.
No pants Sunday?:
Commuters received a little more for the price of their fare on Sunday afternoon as 150 people ditched their pants in a planned stunt on the city’s rail network.
Organiser Adam Spencer was pleased with the turnout and called the event a celebration of silliness and a way to make people smile and relax during what is a stressful time of year.
Police and Queensland Rail were notified in advance to ensure things ran smoothly.
Please note that VicSwim classes began today Monday 11 January. These classes are learn to swim classes for 5-12 year olds. They take place from 9.00am to 12 noon each weekday for the ensuing two weeks.
As a result, Aqua Aerobics will be programmed for 12 noon to 1.00pm, and the Golden Girls and Nuggets swim sessions will be held between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
At 2.00pm the pool will open to the general public. It closes at 6.00pm unless very hot, when it may stay open until 8.00pm.
Phone the office to check on 5472 3272.
Learning to swim can save lives, so the VicSwim, AustSwim and school programs, as well as our own Chewton Pool classes, are a vital part of the pool program.
Last year over 200 children and several adults learnt to swim, so it is a really important part of our community!
Wild horse (brumby) populations are causing major environmental damage across the Alps. But as a charismatic animal with strong cultural connection for some groups, the question of population control is a vexed and and emotional one.
Recently, the National Parks Association NSW has called on the NSW Government to release its plan for managing wild horses in the Snowy Mountains.
A draft plan of management due for public exhibition last year was delayed until December, and has again been postponed until early 2016.
The Canberra Times reports that the National Parks Association NSW chief executive Kevin Evans says consultation for the plan has been extensive. “We fear that will be wasted if we don’t start to implement clear recommendations that came from that consultation,” he said.
Researchers say numbers of horses in the national park could be as high as 14,000. Supporters of the horses say the actual number would be no where near this number.
“And on this occasion successive governments sort of shirk their responsibilities and we are finding the problem is getting worse and worse through in-action.”
Mr Evans said the association did not have a problem with horses, and understood the sensitivity around horses and the Australian landscape.
I have tomatoes. Tomatoes for giving away. The brandywines are still fruit fly free, this late in the season. Up here in northern NSW, I can usually get them fruit fly free for a few months, but often by now it is one for us and one for the chooks. I love giving them to people who don’t have a garden and watching that moment of stunned surprise as they taste them.
Tomatoes for drying. The Principe Borghese make the best dried tomatoes. They’re small enough to sun dry in one hot day on the dashboard, large enough to be not too fiddly to halve, dense and fleshy without being too juicy. Fully dried they go in a jar covered in olive oil for storing, semi-dried they go in the fridge in olive oil with some garlic and oregano, for adding to pizza or pasta or on crackers or made into tapenade.
Tomatoes for eating fresh, in salads, on sandwiches or as my current favourite breakfast, soft boiled egg and tomato mash on toast. The yellow cherries are great for this. They are sweet and not too acid, and they pick without splitting which means I can keep a bowl on the kitchen bench.
Tomatoes for passata and tomato sauce. The little cherries that split easily are great for this. They are juicy and flavoursome and you don’t need to worry about splits or go to tedious work cutting them. But I have enough passata on the shelf, and still lots of cherries.
So Salmorejo is a favourite lunch lately...
A longtime campaigner for the protection of the dwindling Tweed Coast koala population says there has been an alarming rate of death and disease of the animal around the Pottsville wetland area in the past year and is calling for urgent action to stem the decline.
Four koalas from the Black Rocks sportsfield area south of Pottsville have been put down (euthanased) in that time, one was found dead, while several sick animals have been sighted and still roaming untreated, according to local Dave Norris.
Mr Norris, the president of the Threatened Species Conservation Society, has been monitoring and recording koala movements in the area around Black Rocks, where he lives, for years and urged authorities including Tweed Shire Council to do more to protect them.
He says koalas in the wetland corridor there ‘needs to be afforded greater protection from disturbance associated with the use of the Black Rocks sports field’, and recent evidence of more death and disease has made the issue urgent.
Mr Norris this week made his plea to state government ministers and agencies, councillors, shire staff and local MPs.
But he takes aim squarely at council for its recent approval of a controversial Men’s Shed for the sportsfield and de......
Grandfather pleads for death penalty:
The 52 year-old Grandfather responsible for the stabbing death of his two-month-old granddaughter Queenie has pleaded for the death penalty.
The man was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder at a bedside hearing on Friday where he told his lawyer he did not know his granddaughter had died until he was charged.
He will remain under police guard and was remanded in custody. He did not apply for bail.
In our first show for the year, we remember the wonderful voice, and the stagecraft of Stevie Wright from the Easybeats. Sadly, we lost him when he was way too young, and this week’s show was our first chance to remember his great work.
The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind
Stevie Wright – Evie
Brishen – Blue Drag
Carole King – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Poncho Sanchez – Yumbambe
Without wishing to get drawn into tit-for-tat correspondence with Cr Hunter, his letter in the recent edition of the Echo does raise some interesting issues:
Coinciding with 89th anniversary of Jonnie’s birth on 10 January in our “Three O’Clock Special” this week we’ll cover Johnnie’s early years in Part 1. We’ll hear some of his well-known hits, but also some of his lesser know songs typical of the period.
Calls for Dick Smith to honor gift cards already purchased:
An Ipswich councillor is running a petition to force Dick Smith to honour gift cards issued before its collapse.
Paul Tully started the Change.org petition after receivers this week said they would not honour vouchers or refund deposits, angering thousands who received the gift cards over Christmas.
Woolworths and Coles have offered to exchange the vouchers bought at their stores.
A number of beachgoers who have parked along Seven Mile Beach Road last week told Echonetdaily they copped $248 fines despite their parking spots not being signposted.
Byron Shire Council has blamed vandals for stealing the No Stopping signposts and says that all of Seven Mile Beach Road is a no stopping zone.
But one Byron resident has described a council officer’s action in fining him on an unsigned section of road as ‘an act of war’.
‘Literally the entire line of cars on the western side of the road at both Brays and Whites car park all had $240 fines. There were many confused beachgoers milling around chatting over the very unexpected scenario,’ Upper Wilsons Creek resident Christian Bray said.
‘People have been parking safely and happily around the Broken Head back beaches for decades. This is like an act of war by the council against the local people. Illegally fining people…. and $240! Who can afford that?’ he added.
Mr Bray said the situation was particularly bad at Whites Beach, where the designated parking area had room for only six cars.
But Byron Shire Council is not backing down and has warned that people parking along either side of Seven Mile Beach road will contin...
In a remarkable tale of care, a premature grey-headed flying fox that has been looked after by north-coast WIRES volunteers and hand fed for three months is now ready for release.
The group’s chief bat-carer Lib Ruytenberg said the little fellow was found by a group of Shearwater Steiner students at Mullumbimby .
When he first came came into WIRES’ care, the tiny newborn weighed only 46 grams, about half the normal birth weight.
He was kept in a humidicrib for the first few weeks and would take less than 1 ml of special formula per feed.
‘Attempting to raise a pup like this is a delicate task and uncertain in its outcome,’ Libe said.
‘Flying-fox pups normally open their eyes immediately after birth but this little guy did not open his eyes until he was 11 days old.
‘As the weeks went by, he continued to grow and finally convinced carers that he would indeed survive. Now at nearly 300 grams and flying, he is enjoying blossoms and fruit and will soon be released with other flying fox orphans.’
Lib said that while adult bats are normally released near the colony that they came from, in the case of pups ‘they need to be “soft fed’ for a period of time after they are released’.
‘In our area there are only two care facil...
Hay runners provide much needed relief:
A convoy of 120 trucks drove 1,800kms to deliver about 5,000 hay bales to drought affected graziers.
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners left Darlington Port in southern New South Wales last Thursday and arrived in Ilfracombe in western Queensland the next night.
The run took over five months to prepare and provided hay for some 270 graziers.
Five years on from devastating South-East Queensland floods:
Between Wednesday 30 December and Sunday 4 January, 15 volunteers worked around Brunswick Heads to ensure that the town was clean, tidy and friendly during the Falls Festival.
We were delighted by the number of locals who thanked our volunteers and commented on how clean the town was during this period.
The team checked for litter every day starting their first run at 7.30am, and finishing at 4pm. The volunteers all reported that they enjoyed helping visitors with advice or information, and took great pride in getting every last cigarette butt and ring pull from the parks and dunes.
I found that the partnership between the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre and The Falls Arts and Music Festival worked very well.
We noticed that in the evenings the bins in Banner Park were overflowing and although this rubbish was not generated by Falls patrons, a quick call to Shane Porter, manager of waste services at the festival saw a team come down to Brunswick Heads early in the morning the next day to empty those bins.
Festival goers arriving in Brunswick Heads by Falls shuttle buses were counted as they alighted, and the number was far less than some correspondents to local papers claimed it would be.
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The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, in a show of force following North Korea’s nuclear test last week.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday’s test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a US threat of nuclear war.
North Korea’s fourth nuclear test angered both the United States and China, although the US government and weapons experts doubt the North’s claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb.
The B-52, based in Guam and capable of carrying nuclear weapons, was joined by two fighter planes, a US F-16 and a South Korean F-15, in a low flight over Osan Air Base near Seoul, before returning to Guam, the US military said in a statement.
The flight was ‘in response to recent provocative action by North Korea’, it said.
Experts believe the North’s nuclear test, which produced a seismic tremor of 5.1, too small to be a proper hydrogen bomb test, was designed to set the stage for a rar...
Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting Taliban insurgents.
Officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office sources said, in what they hope will be a first step towards resuming stalled negotiations. The Taliban are not expected to attend the talks.
The Islamist militants have stepped up their violent campaign in the last year to oust the government in Kabul, which has struggled since most foreign troops left at the end of 2014.
High-profile suicide attacks in the capital and major territorial losses in Helmand province have underlined how far the country remains from peace without major Taliban factions on board.
The Disabled Surfing Association (DSA) is at it again, helping people with limited abilities get into the surf in a way that many of us take for granted at this time of year.
This coming Sunday, January 17, they’re heading to Kingscliff – and they’re calling on volunteers to make sure there’s enough fun and support to go round.
Having extra people in the water always helps, even if you’re not directly assisting someone on a board.
‘Bring your friends, to come surfing or volunteer – in and out of the water – we can always use more “hands on boards”,’ a spokesperson said.
As for what it takes: ‘a big heart and willingness to ‘put smiles on dials’ is all that’s required.
‘You don’t need to be a ripper surfer to help out, we also need some talented bbq’ers and just some people to help out on the beach and in the shallows,’ the spokesperson said.
DSA at Kingscliff beach: Sign in from 9 am for volunteers, 9.30am for participants and carers. There’ll be a barbecue afterwards. Best of all, it’s free.
New York [RAW]
A Muslim advocacy group has called on Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump to apologise after a Muslim woman engaged in a silent protest was removed by security personnel and booed by the crowd at his rally in South Carolina on Friday night.
‘The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,’ said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican presidential hopeful, said the crowd’s response at Trump’s rally in Rock Hill was inappropriate.
‘We don’t need to be shouting and booing and scaring somebody who decided to stand up and have some sort of silent protest,’ Kasich told reporters on the sidelines of a poverty summit in South Carolina on Saturday.
‘What the heck is that about? We’re not in high school. I mean, this is not some god-darn high school basketball game where we’re booing the other team.’
CNN reported that Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant, stood up in the stands directly behind Trump when he suggested that Syrian refug...
Easing weather conditions are helping firefighters battle the bushfire that has killed two people and razed 143 properties in Western Australia’s southwest.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the fire, which has burned more than 70,000 hectares, has raged since it was sparked by lightning on Wednesday morning.
An emergency warning in place for east of Waroona, Hamel, Yarloop and surrounding areas was downgraded on Monday morning to watch and act.
The fire is now contained but not controlled.
Favourable conditions also saw the alert level drop to advice for Preston Beach and Lake Clifton including the Waroona townsite.
An advice alert remains in place for Pamelup Estate to Binningup townsite including the townsite of Myalup.
Four firefighters have been injured, while a NSW contingent, including 60 firefighters, is now assisting fatigued local crews.
Volunteers who battled to save Yarloop have used social media to defend themselves from criticism th......
Rugby league legend Wally Lewis will lead the public rally to be held in Brisbane’s CBD to pay tribute to one-punch victim Cole Miller.
The the event for the 18-year-old promising water polo player died in hospital on January 4 from massive brain trauma a day after allegedly being hit in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
About 3,600 people indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend the public rally at King George Square at 12.15pm on Monday in memory of Cole.
Lewis, who will MC the event, knows the Miller family through his daughter Jamie-Lee who also plays water polo.
‘We’ve come to know each other well and have become extremely close over the years,’ Lewis told the Courier-Mail.
‘It’s the sort of tragedy that affects the family particularly but also affects everyone who has become so close with the family.’
The rally is taking place after another one-punch incident.
Mt Isa pub manager Melissa Abdoo suffered life-threatening injuries when she was knocked to the ground early on Saturday.
Cole’s funeral will be held on Wednesd...
More than 30 livestock died on a ship while it was stranded in Perth for ten days, but authorities still gave the vessel the all-clear to travel to South East Asia with the cattle.
The MV Ocean Outback was originally destined for Israel carrying 13,000 sheep and cattle, but encountered engine problems while departing Fremantle Port on December 29.
Ship owner Wellard Live Exports, which chartered the vessel to Otway Livestock Exports, confirmed the deaths of 30 sheep and three cattle on Sunday.
It said the remaining 5,500 cattle were being shipped to South East Asia to be supplied to a regular accredited buyer, while the 7,500 sheep were offloaded and transported to a pre-export quarantine feedlot.
When the vessel was in port, it was inspected by a veterinarian and animal welfare officer from the federal and state agriculture departments, and an RSPCA inspector before being given clearance to proceed.
In a statement, the federal department said there were no concerns for the welfare of the animals.
‘They were found to be in excellent condition,’ the statement read.
Surf Life Savers at Byron Bay and Fingal Head had to treat injured swimmers and surfers over the weekend – including broken legs and dislocated shoulders – owing to extremely rough conditions in the surf.
Beaches in the Byron and Tweed regions were also temporarily closed following two suspected shark sightings.
Further south, one man was swept to his death while fishing at Catherine Hill Bay and three people in a single group at Sydney’s Royal National Park had to be airlifted to safety.
It is believed that the man, thought to be in his 50s, was fishing with his nephew on the northern rocks at the popular angling spot when he was washed into the water at around 9.30am.
Shortly before 3pm on Saturday a rogue wave washed a group of people off the Figure 8 Rock Pools at Royal National Park.
A group of five teenage body boarders had to be rescued from the unpatrolled Denhams Beach on the state’s Far South Coast on Thursday.
Regional surf reporter Earl Jones from CoastalWatch says today’s waves will be smaller with 2ft clean waves from the SSE and some bigger sets this morning on the open beaches and smaller at the protected southern corners.
Surf Life Saving NSW has issued an alert to all rock fishermen and people taking coastal walks to take extra care as the swell remains high in some places.
Two nights back I was woken by a deep hoot, coming from our front yard. It was the unmistakable call of a Powerful Owl – no surprise as a juvenile had ‘called by’ on Xmas eve, allowing a few glimpses before disappearing into the night. I suspect our yard is part of a regular route – a place to seek out a favourite meal of possum. We have both Common Brushtail and Common Ringtail Possums in the garden. The former prefers the safety of a tree-hollow during the day, while our garden Ring-tail shelters in a stick nest, also known as a drey. While watering the garden yesterday I disturbed it from the drey, located at head height in a paperbark.
An exhibition by Mullumbimby artist Gatya Kelly that explores life, death and the everyday will be on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 15 January until 28 February.
Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman, said Luscious was developed as an outcome of Kelly’s residency at the Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence (AIR) studio facility in March 2015.
‘Gatya’s still life compositions of pomegranates, figs, cherries, magnolias, dry foliage and decorative vessels illuminate the delicate beauty and sometimes erotic nature of the ordinary,’ Ms Muddiman said.
‘The paintings have a reflective surface which seem to glow, while in the shadows, objects are blurred and disappear into darkness.’
Gatya Kelly’s exploration of the still-life genre began as a response to her environment during a five-month stay in Italy.
She said although surrounded by the stunning Tuscan landscape and glorious colours of autumn and winter, what drew her attention where the small dead things such as leaves, sticks and branches – all nestled against the fruits of the season which were shiny and bright.
‘The textures and tones of the withered and dying were beautiful, and combined with the living flesh of olives and persimmons, seemed to create a poignant allegory of life and death that felt paintable,’ Ms Kelly said.
|Yandina Creek Wetland this week: a scene of desolation|
Shakey Graves is the stage name of Texas-based ‘hobo folk’ singer/songwriter and musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia.
A teen actor, Rose-Garcia appeared in several movies including Shorts, Material Girls and Spy Kids 3.
‘I grew up acting; it’s something I adore doing,’ says Rose- Garcia, who grew up with a family ethos that encouraged him to follow his heart. ‘I didn’t get into either of them (music or acting) for money. It’s nice to eat food and be appreciated for your work, but that is secondary to passion. If I were flipping burgers I would still be playing music, or acting!’
Unlike most people’s parents, Rose-Garcia’s encouraged authenticity rather than hard economics.
‘They have always been creative magic-bean people who make something out of nothing. You would rather create your own job than work for someone else. There are millions of ways to do that: write a play, start a restaurant, draw a poster. My mother has always been an actress, playwright and director, and was a lecturer at one point; dad was a technical guy managing stage. I was raised along those lines.
‘I was taught the process. I grew up learning about how to come up with a concept and re.....
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Jan A. Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams, TheConversation
Is the Anthropocene real? That is, the vigorously debated concept of a new geological epoch driven by humans.
Our environmental impact is indeed profound – there is little debate about that – but is it significant on a geological timescale, measured over millions of years? And will humans leave a distinctive mark upon the layers of rocks that geologists of 100,000,000AD might use to investigate the present day?
The case for the Anthropocene might be distilled into five strands:
Carbon is important, both due to its growing impact on global warming and because it leaves long-lived geological traces. The increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – now higher than at any time in at least the past few million years – can be found as fossil bubbles in the geologically short-lived “rock” that is polar ice.
To Garth Luke, I can only paraphrase, ‘the only people who believe market capitalism can save the environment/humanity are either fools or economists’.
Paul Spooner on the other hand has a point up to where he turns his guns on the Greens in a blatant party-political attack.
Labor’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme was a sham with zero or negative effect on CO2 reduction.
And yes, having no policy is better than a bad policy as politicians beholden to vested interests (Coalition, ALP) use it to stall pressure for effective measures – see ‘Direct Action’.
Then in a triumph of hypocrisy Paul slams the Greens for voting for a tax transparency bill which did not go as far as either party wished but at least ended up making the top operators disclose their contributions.
In this case the ALP desperately wanted the bill to fail completely so they could use it as an election weapon.
Seems the reclusive Ms Elliot may be contemplating retirement and Cr Spooner could have more accurately signed his letter, ‘ALP candidate in waiting’.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow
Weather and projects haven’t left any time to be out and about,
but there’s always something around the house to keep the camera
busy. In the shadehouse the male St. Andrew’s Cross spider
disappeared, perhaps a meal for his mate, and then some time later
the female also disappeared, but, her job in life complete, she
left behind an egg case.
I have been reading about the Falls Festival how it was the best one yet, incidents were down, relaxed calm and friendly atmosphere etc, which is great.
Byron Echo did an article before the Falls Festival about the smoking/blessing ceremony performed by the local original (Minyanbal/Yugembeh) people. They also did a Welcome to Country on the opening day of the festival. This has not been done at the previous Falls Festivals here.
I would like to pay acknowledgment to those who performed these ceremonies that made this years’ festival the best one yet. It is obvious to me that this blessing made this difference, so thank you for making it real, keeping your culture and looking after us all here.
Catherine Jarrett, Bogangar
Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has mysteriously turned into a newt just days after accidentally sending a journalist a text describing her as a mad witch.
“We can confirm that Mr Dutton was suddenly and inexplicably changed into an amphibian,” said departmental spokesperson Tabitha Stephens. “He is being kept in a clean cage and fed a healthy diet of flies. Unfortunately the newt is not a native species of Australia and we are looking into transporting him into some kind of offshore quarantine facility.”
The department has contacted author JK Rowling in an effort to change the minister back into his old self.
“What a horrible, lizard faced lower life form,” said Rowling when shown a photograph of the stricken minister. “And he doesn’t look much better as a newt. Still if you think it’ll be an improvement I can tell you a spell that will…
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A few times in recent days I’ve heard the cackling of what I presumed to be a perched raptor quite close to the garden. Finally tracking it down yesterday afternoon, the bird took off from one of the elms on our nature strip – either a Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk but I couldn’t be sure.
Rather than pursuing it in the hot sun, I stood and waited as the bird continued to call at a distance. Sure enough, after a short while it reappeared and made a rapid pass as I clicked off a few shots. This time identification was easier. It’s a young Brown Goshawk, possibly a recently fledged bird, celebrating a kill. The unfortunate victim is a small songbird – held in one foot and trailing headless below. There are a few features to note in confirming the identification. The brown barring and spotted pattern underneath indicates a juvenile or immature bird (both species are identical in this regard), while the rounded tail and semblance of a ‘beetle brow’ are typical of the Brown Goshawk. The bird also seems to lack a feature of the Collared Sparrowhawk, an elongated middle toe – look at the leg held against the tail.
On Sunday 28th of February the Murrindindi Cycle Club will be hosting Australia’s first marathon super G.
This event showcases the new single track trail that starts at the Lake Mountain summit and finishes at the Lake Mountain ticket office, 12 kilometres, 620 meters of descending and 200 meters of climbing later.
A bus shuttle is included for trip back to Lake Mountain village for results and presentations. Shuttles also available Saturday for training runs.
You can register here (cost from $50). There are various categories.
Further information here.
You can contact the Murrindindi Cycle Club via email: email@example.com
During the festive season, I baked my favourite gingernut cookies. I don’t bake them often though, because whilst they’re my favourites, no-one else in the house eats them if there’s anything else on offer. So a week or so after baking, there was still half a jar left… The browned butter friands were more popular […]
Saturday was set to be a big one. A long, heavy going, physically draining day, of which I was really looking forward to as it meant we were trying something completely different (and hey that’s always a good thing right, … Continue reading
January 9, 2016 1:45 am
FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.
Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.
Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.
“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.
“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.
“They yelled ‘step out from the door and put your hands to the front’.
“I stepped to the side and they yelled at me to stay put.
“I kept repeating that...
We’re eight days into the new year and it’s just as well I didn’t make a resolution to be less lazy or have a more regular presence on my blog because I’d have failed that before I even began. Luckily, I’ve never been into resolutions and I think I’ve worked out why: they imply that the old you was rubbish in some way. “New year, new you!” is the catch-cry. Because the old you is useless. The old you is too lazy or unfit or bad at croquet (or whichever sport is trendy with the hipsters now). It’s no wonder resolutions don’t work: they put us in a defeatist frame of mind before we even begin.
So forget that. Resolutions are out; goals are in.
Last year, I had a list of ten goals I wanted to achieve in 2015, which seems a little excessive now I think about it. While I did achieve at least half of them, the rest were either forgotten about or became less important as the year went on. This year, I’m keeping it nice and simple, which I hope will guarantee I won’t forget about half of my goals by the time Autumn rolls around.
We have so much stuff. Too much stuff. I want to spend the year cutting down on what we have and trying not to acquire too many more things. This is easier said than done, given our obsession with op shopping and bringing home interesting new items.
How will I know I’ve acheived Goal No. 1?
When everything is uncluttered and stored away in its right place and I don’t open a cupboard and ask myself questions such as Why do two people own twenty-seven dinner plates?
This is a completely normal, non-crazy plan that I am sure is achievable. Essentially, I plan to make myself a fifties inspired wardrobe from scratch. And I mean completely from scratch. As in, I will be making the patterns, too.
Normal, right? What could possibly go wrong?
This will fit in with s...
A new illustrated book by Alina and Bruce MacDonald stars our beloved comrade Bill Deller as the protagonist in a journey that stems from Ballarat to Humpty Doo and features all the lefty issues that were dear to Bill's big heart. 3CR has a few precious copies of this beautiful book for sale at $20 pick up or $25 posted to you. All proceeds go to the Solidarity Breakfast program's Radiothon fund.
Sitting by the dam is the place to be in summer, as the wildlife go there to cool off as much as we do. The best time is just as the sun is setting (probably when the sun is rising too but I give that a miss). The dragonflies are still out, the birds come […]
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