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It was with some relief that I read of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall’s engagement. At least now he’ll leave me alone. It wasn’t easy for Mr Billionaire media magnate to settle for second best but he’s not getting any younger. You know you’re getting on when the wedding register includes a will kit. And Jerry Hall is a good choice of partner. She’s clearly used to picking up the underpants of men who seek world domination. But not me. I’ve never liked super-rich men. I’m happy with my simple life. With my uncomplicated bloke. Even billionaires can’t buy love.
This is the first time I’ve told this story, so here goes. Before he proposed to Jerry, Rupert loved me. For the last 18 months Rupert has been driving me nuts, begging to see me. ‘Give a King Maker a chance,’ he texted one night. He was even sending me inappropriate pics of his little bald head. At least I think it was his head. Yes, that’s right. He told me that at 83 he’d started fantasising about living an ordinary life.
And nothing complemented an ‘ordinary’ life more than an ‘ordinary’ woman. He told me I was the most ‘ordinary’ woman he’d ever met. I wasn’t so much flattered as profoundly annoyed. He didn’t want a trophy wife. He said he wanted a woman who could put up the shelf and he could be her trophy husband. A shrivelled giant. He wanted to be the man waiting in the car while I was at bingo, beeping the horn. He wanted to be the man who put the bin out. The man who mowed the lawn. The man who hid in the shed.
You don’t just run into media moguls at Centrelink. No, our paths crossed at a Path of Love workshop. I ca........
Australasia’s largest skate event BOWL-A-RAMA will be returning to Bondi Skate Park for 2016, with a fresh look and a brand new partner – General Pants Co. As the only international professional bowl event of its kind, GENERAL PANTS BOWL-A-RAMA promises not only some of the best skateboarding in Australasia, but so too the world. Returning to the iconic location on 20-21 February 2016, the event will deliver a long list of legendary riders, in an exciting new event format and on an even bigger venue footprint.
Attracting an all-star line-up featuring some of the world’s best skaters, the 2016 GENERAL PANTS BOWL-A-RAMA will see one of the most legendary skateboarders of all time, Tony ‘The Birdman’ Hawk, return to defend his back-toback Masters Title wins. Hawk will be joined by international and local skate heroes, Steve Caballero, Omar Hassan, Pedro Barros, Eddie Elguera and many others putting it all on the line.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the 2016 GENERAL PANTS BOWL-A-RAMA promises to be the biggest yet, as it showcases the very best of Bondi Beach in summer.
“I am pleased to see BOWL-A-RAMA back at Bondi for another year,proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Since the event began in 2005, it has gone from strength to strength, and 2016 promises to be even bigger, thanks to an incredible line-up of skateboarders and several exciting new features. It truly is a must-see event for any adrenaline sports fan,” Mr Ayres said.
Over the Xmas break I planned and completed a compass tour of Victoria. It covered Mallacoota and various other spots in the far east of the state, the North East/Central covering the Grampians, Little Desert and Wyperfeld National Park, the far West including Nelson and the The Lower Glenelg National Park as well as a few spots on the way home, and finally the South – Mornington Peninsula. I am finally back at work – resting from all the driving, mozzie bites (and three ticks), early starts and the heat of the desert country. I am already thinking about the end of year trip and what new spots I can discover or visit.
Below are a few photos of the Cabbage Tree Palms from the Cabbage Tree Creek area, located along the Princes Highway on the way to Mallacoota – The Cabbage Tree Palm is Victoria’s only native palm species and are found in a few locations. The picnic ground has a lovely short rainforest walk with many bird and animal species. I saw my first lifer (lifer = first time seeing a bird species) of the trip – a TopKnot Pigeon.
The Topknot Pigeons are often found in this reserve feeding on the fruit of the palm. I saw a flock of around 10 flying across the reserve – they are a very nervous species and will flush and fly off even when I was quite far away. I will have to try for photos the next time I head to Mallacoota.
View Online What's On this Week | 19 - 25 January 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 19th January 2016 to Monday 25th January 2016 A week full of rods, tennis and paddling leading to Australia Day, public holiday full of fun activities and free events on Tuesday 26th January 2016. Love Melbourne MelB Reclink The Great Peninsula Paddle A race between Sorrento & Portsea to raise funds for the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and Reclink, and raise awareness about people living with disadvantage. When: Sunday 24th of January 2016 Where: Sorrento Boat Club - 3154 Point Nepean Rd, Sorrento Links: Donate | Desktop | Smart Phone Tennis Australian Open 2016 Join the biggest names in tennis as the world’s top tennis players fight it out for the first Grand Slam® title of the year. Federer, Djokovic, Williams and Sharapova – the stars of the sport make Melbourne Park their own as the on-court action and off-court entertainment of Grand Slam® tennis take over the city. Watch all the action of the Australian Open live and free on Channel 7. When: 18th - 31st January, 2016 Where: Melbourne Park Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Hot Rod Heaven Victorian Hot Rod Show 2016 51st annual show will include displays of classical and converted automobiles and the latest Hot Rod information. When: January 22 to 24, 2016 Where: Royal Exhibition Building Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Australia Day 2016 Tuesday 26th January 2016 On the 26th of January each year we celebrate our National Day with a public holiday full of fun activities and free events. The 26th of January refers to the First Landing Day or Foundation Day, in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove. 21 Gun Salute AusFest 2016 | Cider Festival Australia Day at Docklands Australia Day events in Melbourne Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands Australia Day Parade Dandenong Au...
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Aired 19th January 2016 on Eastside Radio 89.7Fm
Tonight’s Moodswing is a soulful blend of R&B, Hip Hop & Nu-Soul. Tunes from the biggest heavyweights around the world such as Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, The Herbaliser, Alicia Keys & the newcomers Reggie B, Jessie Ware, Sampha and many more. To hear DJ mixes and previous Moodswing shows with full tracklisting, head to DJ Taline’s profile on MIXCLOUD and for gig/show details, favourite music clips/links and song shares, join my FACEBOOK page.
Upcoming Gigs: Ladies Sessions – First Birthday @ Cafe Lounge on Saturday 31st January more details
Chamakay Blood Orange
Keep On Lying Jessie Ware
Un-thinkable (I’m Ready) Alicia Keys
Comin’ From Where I’m From Anthony Hamilton
I Apologise Reggie B
Stranded On Earth The Herbaliser
Them Changes Thundercat, Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington
Be, I Do Nightmares On Wax
Finally Moving Pretty Lights
The Garden Cut Chemist
Humankind Alice Russell
100 Yard Dash Raphael Saadiq
This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way) DJ Shadow
Lord Lord The Herbaliser & Roots Manuva
It’s Love Jill Scott
The run of large Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) transport
aircraft conducting airwork around Central Queensland - and
specifically Rockhampton - continued in spectacular fashion on
Monday 18 January as brand new RAAF Boeing
C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was spotted conducting a missed
approach at Rockhampton Airport. It was using the radio
callsign of "Stallion 26" and appeared to fly up from RAAF Base
Amberley and return South via overhead Emerald.
A couple of interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft
have been noted calling into Rockhampton Airport over the last
couple of days including Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E
VH-MDH which was spotted resting on the Rocky Airport GA Apron
after arriving from Devencourt Station and Kierawonga Airport on
Thursday 14 January.
... 11. The Business-Bonobo knows the value of money well. As
soon as he or she comes into a little money, they roll all over it
to ensure their pheromones are all over their savings. Also
acceptable: pissing, spitting, shitting on the money. This way,
potential competitors are deterred from taking a share.
12. A Business-Bonobo is never without their banana telephone. That way, they can stay in touch at all times with other Business-Bonobos. Also, they're good for snacks.
13. Work disputes are easily resolved. Sex. Also, disputes with technology. Sex. Also sexual feelings for fellow department members. Sex, obviously. Also H & S disputes. Sex. Sex. Sex....
"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: Today, I observed a sporty girl bear an oversized test tube containing what looked like water with what appeared to be pond scum in the top of it "IndyWatch Feed Vic"
Today, I observed a sporty girl bear an oversized test tube
containing what looked like water with what appeared to be pond
scum in the top of it. She took a pointlessly big plastic straw,
and proceeded to stir the appeared-to-be-pond-scum into the
what-looked-like-water, and then plonked the straw right in and
took a big contented slurp.
Our interest in health has given the world some very disturbing foods in the past hundred odd years, but none, I submit, quite so disturbing as a test tube full of appears-to-be-pond-scum on top of what-looks-like-water. The adage 'If it tastes good, it can't be good for you' these days seems to submit itself to some flexibility these days: 'If it tastes yuck and looks disgusting, it must be brilliant for you', perhaps. Certainly, I never thought I would see the day when people would present themselves in front of me drinking gigantic beakers full of pond scum. What happened to friendly old men drinking unknown substances out of brown paper bags, for heavens' sakes?
I blame Tony Abbott. Or Malcolm Turnbull. Or Daniel Andrews. Or whoever it is one blames for such things at the present time. Whatever. I blame them all.
On Monday 18 January, Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002
called into Maryborough Airport. On this occasion, it was
noted to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 90".
he new director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery Vanessa Gerrans will judge this year’s South West International Women’s Day Art Prize. Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, which is organising the prize for a second year, said it was delighted to secure Ms Gerrans as this year’s judge for the event, following in the […]
REALITY CHECK NEEDED BY CLIMATE DISCIPLES
Cosmic Cycles Control Climate
by Viv Forbes, Science writer
Those who think a war on carbon energy will lower Earth’s temperature need to study climate history.
Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclical rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles.
These cycles interact to produce a wide range of ever-changing temperatures. Even at the same moment, temperatures vary dramatically from the equator to the poles and from the surface to the stratosphere. For would-be climate “managers” to claim they can calculate a mythical “global temperature” with precision greater than thermometers can measure is statistical nonsense.
It is even sillier for people who cannot accurately forecast next weekend’s weather to claim they can regulate the temperature of the globe by bashing industry and taxing carbon.
What is the role of carbon dioxide in climate? Al Gore did a great job to dramatise the recurring glacial cycles revealed by ice cores in his widely acclaimed work of science fiction. But he missed two inconvenient truths.
First, ice cores show that in the glacial spring-time the temperature rose BEFORE the CO2 levels rose. Therefore the rising CO2 cannot be a CAUSE of the warming – it is a RESULT of CO2 being expelled from the warming oceans.
Second, at the top of every warm cycle, high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere were unable to prevent Earth from cooling into the next cycle of ice.
We are fortunate to live in the Holocene Epoch, the latest warm phase of the Pleistocene Ice Age. The climate history of the Holocene, and its predecessor the Eemian, are well documented in ice core logs. These show that today’s warm Greenhouse Earth is probably nearing its end. It will be followed by Icehouse Ea...
Queenslanders living in an economic backwater
19 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has written to the Prime Minister today urging him to intervene in the situation concerning Queensland Nickel and provide bridging finance to the company until the market recovers.
The company employs nearly 1,000 direct jobs and according to Mr Katter is now in grave jeopardy unless the Government intervenes.
Mr Katter said in his letter to the Prime Minister that the industry was going through the standard ‘boom and bust’ cycle.
“For the past fifteen years the price of nickel has averaged $25,000 per year, it is now $8,000 per year.
“China is suffering a normal ‘boom and bust’ cycle; minerals live with a ‘boom and bust cycle’.
“Nickel is used in the production of stainless steel and in turn these alloys are used in the production of many electronics, power tools, transport and emergency power supplies.
“Nickel is of immense commercial value. Its long term outlook is solid.
“World bank projections are for $20,000 per tonne within the next few years,” Mr Katter said.
Clive Palmer says the placing of Queensland Nickel into receivership has “nothing to do with me.”
Mr Katter said that in the 1980s the Queensland Government had no hesitation in providing a loan guarantee for $40 m (the equivalent of nearly $100 m now) to get Queensland Nickel running.
“The tax revenue from an operation bringing, we are informed $800 m per year, generates a tax revenue of at least $200 m.
“The loss of one of the bigger nickel refining plants in the world would be yet another blow...
Where is the justice? A volunteer who has saved council thousands of dollars in potential wages through her hard work and dedication to a community project as a member of a S355 committee has a code of conduct penalty slapped on her for a perceived trivial offence. Meanwhile two councillors who got away with throwing shoes into the gallery at a council meeting and contacting a builder during a tender process undoubtedly breached the code of conduct.
One of these councillors is let off with a slap on the wrist with no case to answer. One wonders what the outcome would have been had Angela Dunlop been given the equal opportunity to have had her case assessed by council reviewer, Gary Faulks, instead of GM Ken Gainger.
The inequity is astounding. The code clearly needs reviewing in order to provide some modicum of justice for volunteers. If certain council staff had carried out their duties effectively as we, the general public, have a right to expect, and had responded to Ms Dunlop’s reasonable questions in a timely manner this situation could have been avoided.
In her capacity as chair of the S355 committee and manager of SGB Community Centre Ms Dunlop worked tirelessly on the hall renovations project to achieve a remarkable outcome. I would even go so far as to say that our hall is one of the most outstanding halls in our Shire now because of Ms Dunlop’s attention to detail and research while keeping an eye on the budget. Our residents can now boast a community centre to be proud of and Ms Dunlop should be congratulated, not vilified.
Why would you want to be a volunteer for Byron Shire Council when this is the gratitude one gets?
Kathy Norley & the SGB Community Centre S355 committee members, South Golden Beach
Words can't really describe the energetic rigour we applied to enjoying this two-day line-up of bands and booze. Thankfully Philippa was there to shoot the intangible: a bloody great time.
Don McLean’s upcoming tour of Australia is not in jeopardy, despite his recent arrest on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge in the US, according to Bluesfest director Peter Noble.
McLean is due to come Down Under in March to perform at the Byron Bay festival and has several sideshows locked in across the country.
The American Pie singer was arrested on the misdemeanour domestic violence charge in Maine and posted $US10,000 ($A14,625) bail early on Monday at the Knox County Jail.
But according to Noble, McLean’s arrest wasn’t for a physical assault but merely over an argument.
‘It’s a storm in a teacup,’ Noble told AAP.
According to Noble, McLean’s agent contacted him with an update on the situation.
‘There was no assault of any kind, they had an argument and someone in the house has called the police,’ Noble said.
‘No assault, nothing physical. Married people and couples and all sorts of people argue loudly all the time, but just like in Australia, under an AVO, the police are required to do a misdemeanour, which means a very minor charge.
‘Nobody’s career should be damaged as a result of having an argument with his wife,’ he added.
I will be hosting the History Carnival for
January 2016. Although all history blog posts may be nominated and
will be welcome, my theme will The History of the Visual, Musical,
Performing and Literary Arts. You can find the nomination
form here which will need to be submitted by 31st Jan.
Media Release 19 Jan 2016
In this evening's media release under the banner and authority
of Premier Will Hodgman but purporting to be from backbench novice
Joan Rylah, the premier has striven to twist the facts.
First, his implication that logging is the best option for jobs is patently wrong. Tourism and hospitality based on Tasmania's wildlife and scenery produces many more jobs than logging. His conservative Liberal agenda is anti-jobs.
Second, it was the Hodgman government, including novice Rylah which moved the goalposts when it voted down the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. Having destroyed that agreement they look pathetic continuing to claim that those who signed it should stick to it.
Third, Lapoinya was selectively logged decades ago and the native forest is regrowing. Now the premier has licensed clearfelling and burning in order to deliberately destroy the native forest and its wildlife including threatened species like the unmentionable giant Tasmanian freshwater crayfish.
Fourth, this is not sustainable forestry, it is the utter destruction of 49 hectares of ancient Tasmanian forest ecosystem and its wildlife against the dismissed wishes of the local residents.
If Premier Hodgman would like to debate his job-losing, economically irresponsible environmental vandalism by coming from behind Ms Rylah's cover then I would be very happy to take him on - for Tasmania's sake.
We know what kinda shit goes on and we don't forger
The Australian-designed and owned VOZZ Helmet with a unique system that rids the helmet of a chin strap will cost $888.
The tri-composite VOZZ RS 1.0 Helmet splits in two and is hinged at the top with a rear shell opening that makes it easy to put on and take off, even while wearing glasses.
The chin strap is replaced by a fully adjustable chin cup so you don’t have to take off your gloves to fasten it.
The helmet was launched in December and the price has only just been released. For $888 you also get a carry bag and a tinted visor.
Australia and New Zealand approve helmets in sizes medium and large are available now, but riders with S, XS, XL and XXL heads will have to wait until April 2016.
European (ECE) and North American (DOT) stock in all six sizes from XS to XXL will be available in late April.
VOZZ is yet to announce their dealers, but as they are appointed, they wil...
Every now and then, I stop railing against the uselessness of most common names and revel in the better ones.
This a tropical rockmaster (Diphlebia euphoeoides). It lives in the tropics and it perches on rocks. Also branches, cars and hats. But mostly rocks.
|On a twig-shaped rock|
The Bolt Hole is a unique new Byron Bay bar and restaurant that
has just opened near the Byron Surf Club, at the beach end of
Fletcher Street. Fitted out with green Chesterfields, a six-metre
tarnished-copper bar, reclaimed materials and its own imported
wood-fired barbecue smoker, it’s the first bar in Australia to
serve tinnies exclusively.
Yes, that’s right, no beer taps impinging upon the aesthetics of the bar and no bottles.
This is the sort of place with 40 different gins on offer, a huge range of 69 whiskies and other ‘artisanal spirits’. If you fancy a vintage gin from the 1960s, this is the place to go. So, as you can imagine, the beer options for tinnie drinkers are not restricted to ‘green can versus yellow can’; craft beers such as Newtown’s Young Henrys and Melbourne’s Mountain Goat are served alongside craft beers in cans from throughout the world.
The bar has been created by Chris Mills (‘Millsy’), creator of multi-award-winning Sydney bar The Barber Shop (yes, right again; a traditional barber shop combined with a cocktail bar). It has a slightly American vintage theme with references to hunting, steam trains and nautical escapades (the logo features an octopus with a monocle and a moustache).
But Chris didn’t come to Byron with the idea of creating a bar. A yoga practitioner for the last nine years, he moved to Byron a year ago with a yoga studio in mind; however, those plans were derailed by the birth of a child. ‘Byron’s such a great place to raise a child,’ said Chris, who was also conscious of previous businesses at the Bolt Hole’s location. ‘We cleared the previous energy in the building and set our intentions for the future in a blessing ceremony, while drinking cacao and chili to open our hearts.’
The recycled timbers have come from the backpackers across the road, and an old surf shop, which brings us to the eco-friendliness of tinnies.
‘Bottles have six times the carbon footprint of a can, when you con...
Image Courtesy of Zac Saber I had the pleasure of stumbling across Melbourne singer-songwriter Zac Saber at the start of the year and I’ve fallen head over heels for his music. Saber’s new single “Soak Up The Sun” hit the internet last week and it’s stunning – a spartan arrangement focused on Zac Saber’s heartbreaking […]
SOUTH Gippsland parents have been reminded to take advantage of
government funded dental check ups for children before the school
Eligible children aged two to 17 years can receive up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years, through the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) delivered by Medicare.
With the CDBS available at Inverloch Family Dental and Rapid Response Dental in Leongatha, practice director Dr Taehee Lee said the scheme had been immensely popular since the first funding round launched in 2014.
“January is always a really opportune time to get your children in for a check up, because even the most organised parents can let things slip once the school year begins,” Dr Lee said.
Patients who became eligible for the two year CDBS in 2014 have had their $1000 fund renewed on January 1, 2016. For those who became eligible in 2015, their fund will be renewed in 2017.
“With a fresh round of funding now available to eligible families, we’re expecting the incredible demand for the service to continue in 2016, so we encourage families to book their oral health check-ups soon,” Dr Lee said.
He said the CDBS covered a range of important dental services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fillings and extractions.
“The response to the program in the past two years has been huge. We’ve had parents from across South Gippsland bring their children in to the clinics,” Dr Lee said.
“Some have been regulars at the clinics and some have introduced their children to dental for the first time. The program is having a really positive effect on our children’s oral health. It’s great to see.”
Increased demand for the service prompted Inverloch Family Dental to upgrade its equipment, purchasing new dental chairs and state of the art decay detecting digital camera.
Having worked closely with children and their parents throughout the scheme’s first two years, Dr Lee sai...
WHAT a difference a day makes at IGA.
Personnel representing CFA brigades across the district were at Michael’s Supa IGA in Leongatha on Thursday morning to receive cheques from the supermarket’s Community Chest benefits program.
Had the handover been scheduled for the day before, with the whole state on high alert with temperatures soaring beyond 40 degrees, it would have been postponed.
All hands were on deck with CFA teams on call and the Incident Control Centre in Leongatha fully manned by a management team of 20 people.
Michael’s Supa IGA store manager Chris O’Leary’s handover of funds was a timely reminder of the close knits that keep us safe when confronted by one threat or another, in this case the danger of bushfire.
The supermarket donated cheques totalling $2907.36 to the five CFAs thanks to supporting customers purchasing Community Chest lines.
Carly Hurst of the Leongatha South CFA said the $169.53 would help finish off the facility’s breathing apparatus room.
She said, “On behalf of the Leongatha South CFA I would like to thank all of the staff at IGA as every dollar helps.”
Andrew Kay of Leongatha CFA said, “IGA is always helpful to us in so many ways including the regular sausage sizzles we hold in front of the store.”
Their colleagues from Ruby and Pound Creek were just as thankful for the tremendous contribution IGA makes to the CFA, and therefore, to the whole community.
Allen Archbold of the Pound Creek CFA said it was thanks to IGA’s continued support over many years that equipment has been purchased, such as a diesel engine that fills three tankers at the same time and in three minutes.
“This equipment is vital in protecting the community from fire,” he said.
Nationally, IGA’s community chest program has raised over $70 million.
The money is raised in a number of ways but predominately through the purchase of products with an IGA Community Chest logo on the label s...
STUDENTS need look no further than Leongatha Officesmart for
everything they need to get back to school.
“It is a busy time of year for us and for families with school students,” manager Dean Watchorn said.
“Our dedicated staff is more than happy to help get families organised before they go back to school in first term.”
Leongatha Officesmart offers a wide range of school supplies from notebooks and stationery to organisers to help every student in the class.
“We supply students from Prep to Year 12 with any school books they require, so it really is the one stop shop for the whole family,” Mr Watchorn said.
“We accept any book lists and are happy to pack and supply school supplies for any orders. Parents and children can rest assured knowing we can take some of the stress out of heading back to school.”
Leongatha Officesmart stocks a range of calculators, dictionaries, pens, binders and lunchboxes to suit every student across the curriculum.
“We stock a wide range of school products that all students need. We have the essential exercise books and pens through to art supplies and visual diaries,” Mr Watchorn said.
Leongatha Officesmart also stocks a range of office furniture and accessories to build the perfect study space away from the classroom, with everything from the perfect desk to the most comfortable study chair available in store now.
“We work hard to stock office items for everybody, for all of their studies,” Mr Watchorn said.
“We employ locals and in return the local schools support us. We endeavour to meet the needs of both local students and businesses.”
Spice Girls or Backstreet Boys? TLC or Boyz 2 Men? Who had your back all throughout the 90s'? Girl Groups or Boy Bands? Plan B Small Club tests your allegiance with this once a month tribute to the 90s' with DJ Levins, G Coo, Matka and FlexMami. Let's be real though, choosing is probably impossible.
IN the current dry conditions, Southern Rural Water is reminding
farmers to talk to its staff about water options sooner rather than
“Most of our staff live and work in rural communities, and we understand the stresses of dry conditions at a very personal level,” general manager groundwater and rivers Craig Parker said.
“The most successful tactic in dry times is to not assume it will rain before your water runs out, and plan for low water supplies before it becomes inevitable.
“As water becomes scarce, services like carting water and building new dams or bores can become more expensive and contractors harder to get.
“Planning now may reduce the cost and lost of productivity in dry times.
“We are keen to help as much as we can and we would urge farmers to talk to us about short and long term options well before they run out of water.”
Mr Parker said one of the best options for many farmers in the short term was to consider water trading.
“We have a free online register, Watermatch, for anyone wishing to buy or sell water licences, and we are now actively encouraging those who are not using their water for the summer to consider either a temporary or permanent trade to those who need it,” he said.
“A temporary trade can just be for a single year and means you do not lose your water licence. A permanent trade can provide a good one-off income.
“If you have questions about trading water, one of our field or office staff would be more than happy to talk you through it.”
Staff can also help people find their nearest emergency water supply point.
Mr Parker reminded anyone looking at improving longer term water supply options, such as building new dams or bores, they need to discuss licensing requirements with Southern Rural Water first.
“Bore application licences are now available online for a much lower cost, and in most instances can be approved almost instantly if they are for stock...
There were approximately 2300 export and 700 young cattle
penned, representing an increase of 1500 head week on week.
There was an almost full field of buyers present and operating in a solid market.
Quality was good in 1400 the steers and bullocks, however the young cattle were quite mixed with secondary and plainer cattle throughout.
Competition was solid for grown steers and bullocks, as well as the better end of the manufacturing steers.
Trade cattle sold mostly firm, with a few vealers selling at higher prices, while some plainer light weight young cattle struggled to attract competition.
Heavy weight vealers suited to butcher orders sold from 274c-309c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 284-298c/kg.
Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 250c-289c/kg.
Grown steers, sold firm to 5c dearer, making from 272c-304c/kg. Bullocks sold from 280c-296c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 217c-244c, with the crossbred portion improving 3c mostly, and selling between 220c-287c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold between 130c-189c, ranging from firm to 5c/kg easier. Heavy weight cows made mostly from 175c-235c/kg.
Heavy weight bulls sold mostly from 216c-264c, after a top of 287c, back 17-23c/kg. Light and medium weights slipped 30-40c, and ranged from 162c-210c/kg for most.
With the Bluesfest Touring season about to begin in a little over seven weeks, the final artists are being announced including breakthrough artist Elle King who will be here in March for her debut Australian tour.
The sassy musician who loves both banjos and hobos, was recently nominated for two 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for her hit ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’. The song also spent three weeks on the No.1 spot in the Billboard Alternative Charts, hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently No. 5 on the iTunes chart and No. 8 on the ARIA Singles chart. Elle King also made the No.2 spot on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2015 list.
Elle King’s musical style encompasses Country, Soul, Folk, Rock, and Blues. Born in Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, Elle retains her roots in a style that blends those worlds of both grit and mid-western charm. She ties her old Soul and Rock’n’Roll influences into a sound that’s all her own. King started playing guitar at age 13 and later picked up a banjo, inspired by the Hank Williams and Earl Scruggs records her family listened to.
Elle has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has toured with Of Monsters and Men, Ed Sheeran, and James Bay. Her full-length debut album Love Stuff was released to great reviews in early 2015 and was the highest new artist entry on Billboard.
THE South Gippsland Sub Branch of Holstein Friesian Association
of Australia is holding a field night on Friday (January 22) at the
Clark family farm in Nerrena.
The field night will start at 7pm at the Densley Road property.
On the night, Dr Phil Hentschke will present a talk on how the type of animal equals profit for farm businesses and Terry Clark will talk about the SCR Heat Time 24 computer program.
The field night will also include and herd inspection, featuring Harklaje Goldwyn Debutante VG89 (Max) –ET, which won the three year old category in the recent Semex on farm challenge.
Attendees will also be treated to a free barbecue and drinks will be supplied.
Mr Clark said he has been using the Heat Time heat detection program since the start of his herd’s main mating period last July.
“It is not a guarantee for getting all the cows in calf, but it did find cows on heat we may not have picked up, so we submitted more cows for mating,” he said.
“We preg tested 80 cows and only had seven or eight that weren’t pregnant. We probably had more cows in calf early than what we would normally have.”
Mr Clark said by using Heat Time, which transmits information from a collar to the computer throughout the day, he no longer has to tail paint or heat detect manually.
He said if the program detects cows in heat, they are automatically drafted off after milking.
“The aim is for the program to help us improve the fertility in our herd and we no longer need to heat detect, tail paint and manually draft the cows in heat,” he said.
“We are getting a better result, while reducing the workload.”
The collars can store 24 hours of data and can be read from over one kilometre away.
“Over time, the program starts to learn more about each individual cow and can interpret her data more effectively,” Mr Clark said.
It’s going to be a big summer for Andy Garvey. She’s spent the last couple of months working closely with FBi’s Dance Class mentorship program, as well as joining you on air every week for Spin The Bottle and Sunset with Future Classic.
Community Service, the party she runs with STB co-host Johnny Lieu, is gearing up for its fifth successful instalment on Friday 22 January, before she joins UK house royalty Julio Bashmore at Astral People’s first Summer Dance of 2016, set in the picturesque surrounds of the National Art School. And that’s just this week…
We’ll stop the proud mum business now. Just pop your headphones on and enjoy this sweet mix Andy put together for the Summer Dance podcast. You’ll get it.
FORMER Leongatha footballer Dyson Heppell is already preparing
for a return to the Australian Football League (AFL) in 2017, after
being suspended from playing his beloved game until November 13
He was among the 34 past and present Essendon Football Club players banned from playing during the 2016 season in the wake of the club’s controversial supplements program designed to improve players’ recovery and strength.
In 2012, Dyson and his teammates received banned substances, including Thymosin Beta-4, under the club’s supplements program run by sports scientist Stephen Dank, but club chairman Lindsay Tanner said the players had believed the supplements were legal.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal against the Australian Football League Anti-Doping Tribunal’s decision of March 31, 2015.
The AFL’s tribunal had dismissed charges of breach of the AFL’s Anti-Doping Code brought by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the national anti-doping organisation.
Dyson was anticipating his first season as the club’s vice-captain in 2016, but now faces a year away from the club and the game.
Of some consolation to the Heppell family is that Dyson’s younger brother Aaron, who last year played six games with Essendon’s Victorian Football League side, may now be recruited to the Bombers’ senior list, as Essendon will lose 12 current players due to suspension.
Dyson’s father Paul, a Leongatha builder, said while Dyson was devastated, Dyson would train with his suspended teammates and pursue other interests until he was eligible to return to professional football.
Nonetheless Paul said Dyson felt robbed of an opportunity to play as vice-captain.
“He was really looking forward to playing under (captain) Jobe Watson but hopefully that leadership role will still continue. Because the 12 players can’t play at the club, they have to stick together and will probab...
THE 20th annual Cape Aquathon attracted 106 competitors from
across the state for a 400m swim and 3.5km run at Cape Patterson
Surf Beach on Sunday.
South Yarra’s Monty Frankish made the trip to Cape Paterson and won the men’s division with a time of 17 minutes and 59 seconds.
Proving to be a force to be reckoned with, Mr Frankish’s partner Alice Baquie won the woman’s division with a time of 19 minutes and 32 seconds.
Coordinator Nicole Cowley said overall the event was a major success.
“The whole day ran really smoothly and we received good reports from the competitors we spoke with,” she said.
“Alice ran a fantastic time and beat last year’s female division and we had a great turn out of swimmers and runners.”
The event, primarily organised by the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club and local residents, will continue to attract competitors for years to come.
“We would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped out on the day, particularly John Gilliland for coordinating the road marshals. He pulls local residents together to help out every year and always puts in a fantastic effort,” Ms Cowley said.
“Our nipper’s families, volunteers and terrific water safety group put in great work to ensure the aquathon was a success. Local businesses were also a great support and helped out with prizes too.”
AFTER several weeks’ Christmas break the track season was back
in action on Friday night.
Conditions were pretty good with just a light breeze and going from mild to cool as the evening moved in.
In the warm up one lap time trial there were only Josh Wight and Felicity Waddell who posted new season personal bests. Gavin Slavin managed to finally have his first night of track racing and was moving well.
In the Senior one lap dash against the clock the quickest was Gavin at 32.61.
Oliver McLean was the quickest Junior at 35.61.
Oliver had raced the Christmas Carnivals at Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta and won all his Under 15 races at the first two meets before finding the competition a bit stiffer at Wangaratta.
The Senior scratch race over eight laps saw Gavin Slavin claim the win from Kevin Feely and Dylan Adams.
In the Junior five lap scratch race it was Oliver just getting in front of Tom and Kaleb Jans.
The Juniors raced a one lap handicap and Felicity Waddell (40) won from Josh Wight (35) whilst Oliver (scr) dashed past for third place.
The two lap handicap race saw Kaleb Jan (55) chase down the leaders with a half lap to go and then hang on to the lead to win from Oliver(scr) and Tom Fitzgerald (30).
In the Senior two lap handicap it was a win for Dylan Adams (15) from Kev Feely (35) and Graham Jans (75).
The Seniors had a seven lap progressive points race and Dane Herbert went out hard early and picked up points on the first four laps.
At the end of the fifth lap Dylan Adams went past right on the line.
Dylan kept the momentum going and cleaned up the points on the remaining laps to take the race from Dane.
In the Seniors’ sprint, heat one saw Gavin take the win over Dylan.
Heat two it was Kevin Feely from Rob Waddell while in heat three Graham Jans beat Dane in a photo finish.
In heat four Bernadette won ahead of Wayne Tunks (Latrobe Valley).
In the J...
THE 16th Annual South Gippsland Junior and Open Classic
tournament was held at the Leongatha Tennis Club on Wednesday,
January 6 and Thursday 7 January.
The tournament was blessed with amazing weather and a great number of players; 78 individual entries from across Gippsland and Melbourne.
Play got underway at 8:30am on Monday on all 11 courts.
The sportsmanship, which was amazing, is a credit to the players, parents and coaches.
The Leongatha Tennis Club has done an amazing job having such a beautiful venue with its courts in perfect condition to host a big tournament with 10 and Under singles and doubles, 12 and Under singles, doubles and mixed, 14 and Under singles, doubles and mixed, 16 and Under singles, doubles and mixed and Open men’s and ladies’ singles.
The condition of the courts is a credit to John Bolge and further individual thanks must go to Warren Littlejohn, Frank Dekker, Gulia Joyce, Michael Grist for their valuable assistance where needed, Sally Pocklington and Sharelle Paul for running another sensational canteen and Neil Jerimiah at the Yarram Sports Store for supplying trophies.
This year’s tournament featured its biggest raffle ever with more than $300 in prizes.
Thank you to those who contributed prizes: Jeremy Warren, J.W. Refrigeration; Kathy Westaway, Knights of Leongatha; Darren Fox, Better Electrical Leongatha; and Adam Bright, Core ‘N Saw.
Well done to all winners of the raffle and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticked to raise funds for the club.
I probably speak for the masses when I say FINALLY. No better way to pay homage to one of the most culturally influential artistic sorcerers of all time than with a live tribute night. I mean seriously, our beloved Goblin King was a walking, talking chameleon.
This weekend, Toyko Sing Song transforms itself into a time machine whisking us back to a simpler time, with our favourite Bowie bangers played live from some of Newtown's beloved bands - Palms, Jody, Cody Munroe Moore, Julia Why?, The Spiders From Mars All Stars and DJs Urby and Thunderpup. Fancy dress strongly encouraged with prizes for the best dressed, so whip out your best Jareth/Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane inspired garb and pay tribute to an absolute legend of our time.
Bluesfest has invited the Boomerang Festival to provide a First peoples experience like no other, including Talks and Ideas, Workshops, Traditional Healing practices and Dance. It aims to attract and increase community support for the important cultural initiative for the Northern Rivers and Australia, in order for it to grow back into an independent, stand-alone festival.
Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble is passionate about nurturing Australia’s Indigenous cultures and together with revered curator Rhoda Roberts, has created a new precinct, adding a unique dimension to the incredible multi-faceted cultural experience that is BLUESFEST.
The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya stage, provides a safe family program of arts and age – old culture and rituals along with workshops and interactive experiences.
First nations musicians will participate in the Bluesfest program, as they always have.
The Boomerang precinct is a destination, and is about more than just the music. A unique cultural exchange, with audiences personally touched by the experience of connecting and embracing the social, cultural and the spiritual aspects of Australia’s, and the world’s, First peoples’ traditional lives and contemporary practices from across the globe.
Audiences will experience living cultures through traditional and contemporary music, featuring some of the world’s oldest instruments, dance and rituals.
The Crackup Sisters Epping residents can celebrate Australia Day with the Crackup Sisters comedy act at Hornsby Park. HUNTERS HILL Council will host its Australia Day celebration at the Deckhouse in Woolwich from 9am until 12 noon. The event will be hosted by Mayor Richard Quinn and will include Australia Day Awards for the Citizen [...]
The Balmain Tigers Football Club has welcomed this week’s news that the Rozelle Village will not end the club’s lease at the vacant, destitute Balmain Leagues Club site on Victoria Road, Rozelle. Spokesperson Ian Wright from Pacific Investments has advised the club the agreement to lease ‘will not be terminated’ and that ‘we have waived [...]
Hunters Hill Council has called an Extraordinary Meeting of Council this Monday January 25 at 7.30pm to discuss the Baird State Government’s latest moves on forced amalgamations of Councils. General Manager Barry Smith says the purpose of the meeting is to consider and adopt an information campaign relating to the forced merger of Hunters Hill [...]
The year long commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac by Meadowbank Public School and The Weekly Times has been hailed by Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale as the Local Event of the Year for the City of Ryde. The commemoration by staff, students and parents was supported by the Ryde RSL sub branch and exclusively promoted [...]
Ryde City Council will stage their FREE Australia Day Family Concert & Fireworks next Tuesday January 26 at North Ryde Common, corner Twin and Wicks roads, North Ryde from 5pm to 9.30pm. There’s plenty of room for everyone with entertainment, kids’ rides, hot food and refreshments. Performance schedule kicks off at 5am with members of [...]
Information sessions will be held by Ryde City Council next month to help community groups prepare their submissions for the 2016 round of City of Ryde Community Grants. City of Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale said the aim of the information sessions are to help community groups identify the best grant for their needs. “These [...]
Riverside pre-school Director Lynda Sillick is furious her school’s banner has been trashed. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO A small non-profit pre-school in Henley is furious its bridge banner has been trashed. Riverside Preschool educates dozens of children aged between three to five years of age and had relied on the banner to attract enrolments and income. [...]
Dr Cindy Pan (pictured) is City of Parramatta Council’s Australia Day Ambassador next Tuesday at 2016 celebrations in Parramatta Park.
Raising the Barre at Stepaside Studios In it’s seventh year of business, Stepaside Studios are set to open their doors in 2016 with more excitement and opportunity than ever before. Local schoolboy Callan MacKenzie, who attends classes at Stepaside, was thrilled with the news of receiving Stepaside’s Dancer of the Year Scholarship in 2015. “Winning [...]
BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Dictator Premier Baird and his sidekick henchman minister for Mega Councils Toole were not content with announcing the death of Local Government on the eve of Christmas when Parliament was in recess but have followed up with another scam. They’re really scraping at the bottom of the barrel. How low [...]
Friday 22nd January
In this weekâŹ"s program the Limelight shines the spotlight on singer and actress Julie London. In Retrospective, we delve into the English pop/rock group The Hollies. The group were known for their pioneering and distinctive three part vocal harmony style and became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s. In RayâŹ"s Selection we feature the music of multi award winning George Shearing best known for his composition âŹÜLullaby of BirdlandâŹ".Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jazz and Beyond âŹ jazz with a twist!
|Track Title||Artist||Album Title|
|Dust My Broom||Kate Lush||Kate Lush (new)|
|Can’t Cut Big Willie Down||Nick Wildgoose||Dilettante Bluesman (new)|
|Two Lucky Stars||Mike Elrington||Two Lucky Stars (new)|
|Riders Groove||Foreday Riders||Herding Cats (new)|
Play The Blues
|Nick Charles||The River Flows (new)|
|Illawarra Train||The Arc Riders||The Arc Riders (new)|
|I Go Crazy||Mitch Anderson
|Volume One (new)|
|Let Your Waves
Wash Over Me
|Harry Brus||Blue Dawn|
|Blues In My Heart||Simon Kinny-Lewis||Behind The Blue Mask|
|Escape To Blue||Christina Crofts||Midnight Tr...|
There are people day in day out who are doing extraordinary things.. but we simply don't hear about them.
Whether it's working on a cure for a terrible disease, welcoming refugees or even just buying beds for the homeless.. 2SER Breakfast will be profiling a few quiet achievers over the next couple of weeks. If you know someone who makes a difference, but doesn't receive any of the fanfare let us know! Email us at email@example.com or call us on 9514 9500
Most motorcycle riders love their gizmos, so today we present three more that we think will interest you: a watch, lenses for your iPhone 6 camera and a GPS bike tracker to prevent theft.
Unfortunately, bike theft is rampant, but you can help locate a stolen bike with a GPS tracker.
MBW reader Gene Ramos is hoping to crowd-fund his tiny TracFind GPS locator device that allows you to monitor your bike’s whereabouts from your phone.
He has created an Indiegogo page to help raise the money to go into production.
The small device can be concealed on your bike to send real-time map locations to your mobile phone anywhere in the world, so long as you have phone coverage.
TracFind includes a mobile app on your smartphone and a web mapping service (Google Maps/Bing).
The device will cost $US92, but early bird funders will get one for a $77 pledge.
In the first half hour of the program we hear Part 5 of our 6-Part series on Centennial Park and this week Amara Glynn talks about Environmental Management in the Parklands.
At 11:00 am, my special guest in the studio is Pauline Plumb. An artist in her own right, this week Pauline wears the hat of co-author of a book entitled It Will Be Noticed. The book celebrates the work and achievements of miniature artist Pat Moy, who, although virtually unknown in Australia, is the recipient of more than 80 national and international awards.
Because our subject matter is miniatures, all our music is about small!
Do keep me company!
Ross House will be closed on Tuesday 26 January 2016 for Australia Day. The building will re-open on Wednesday 27 January 2016.
If you wish to access the building during this period of closure - please make sure that you have your swipe key to enter and exit the building. Your swipe key will only give you access to one particular floor. You will not be able to gain entry into Ross House without a swipe key.
If you don’t have a swipe key and need to use the building during this time, please arrange to pick one up from reception by 4:45pm on Monday 25 January 2016.
If you have any questions, please visit the Ross House Front Desk or call 03 9650 1599.
A police investigation has been launched into the death of a 23-year-old man in Lismore yesterday who was in police custody after allegedly acting irrationally in Bangalow.
The man died while being treated by medical staff at Lismore Hospital after he had been taken there by police for treatment around 11am yesterday.
A critical incident investigation to look at all circumstances surrounding the incident has been launched due to the man being in police custody.
No further details were available.
Image Courtesy of Matthew and the Atlas Last week celebrated English nu-folk artist Matthew and the Atlas released their brand new single “Elijah” as a free download. The track is the first taste from the band’s recording sessions in the USA towards the end of last year – and we can only assume there’s more […]
Everything in the city is competing to be the spectacle and all that Situationalist shit.
Lush is Melbourne’s piss take king, taking the piss out of street art and graffiti. Lush appears to have made Hosier Lane his own arena for his spray up comedy, ever since he staged his “secret show” there last year. Lush is full of extra confidence because he was the Melbourne street artist chosen by Banksy to exhibit at Dismaland. This is not surprising given that both Lush and Banksy produce easy to read work with a similar sense of humour.
In the visually dense jungle of the city there is an ecology of images. Different styles of street art compete for attention in the streets as they also compete for likes online. La Lune cuts paper and does paste-ups, filling a gap in the aesthetics of the street left by Miso and Suki.
Looking at my recent photos I ask myself if there currently a return of the stencils or do I have a selection bias? But it is not just me, a reader sent me a photo of a whole wall of stencils something that I hadn’t seen in six or seven years. Even a new Jamit stencil appearing recently on the street; Jamit claims to the first artist on Melbourne’s streets...
Big energy companies have sought to "open up" Victoria to
onshore gas drilling and fracking--putting prime farmland and water
resources at risk. Regional communities around the state have said
"no" to risky unconventional gas extraction.
On the other side of the coin, the Federal government has sabotaged our renewable energy sector by cutting the national Renewable Energy Target by 20%. The federal government's attack on renewables has resulted in a 90% decrease in investment and 2,500 people losing their jobs.
In the first half of 2016, the Victorian government will need to decide whether to lift the current ban on onshore gas drilling. They will set the state Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025 (the VRETs).
The community has waited too long for the Parliament
to resolve these issues.
Join us on the steps of the Victorian Parliament on the first sitting day of 2016 to put the ban on onshore gas and call for ambitious Victorian Renewable Energy Targets on top of the political agenda.
Meet at 11:30am on the steps of Parliament House on Spring
St in Melbourne. Speakers from 11.45. Photo event at
12:10. Speakers to be announced shortly.
We need the Andrews government and Parliament to stand with the community on onshore gas and renewable energy.
It's time to put an end to the uncertainty hanging over communities from gas development. And it's time grow renewables to see more wind farms and solar built, grow jobs, and cut pollution.
The carcass of a sperm whale buried near the dunes of a Tweed Coast beach after it washed up there last week is set to be exhumed and taken to a tip for disposal this week
following a community backlash over fears it would attract sharks to the area.
Authorities have come under fire for such burials in northern NSW, a region critics say is already notorious for shark attacks.
Last week, Echonetdaily reported that the 3.8-metre whale washed up on Casuarina Beach was buried nearby in dunes above the high-tide mark by local and state authorities, causing a stink with locals (see http://www.echo.net.au/2016/01/questions-raised-after-whale-burial-on-tweed-beach/)
The widespread media coverage that followed has forced Tweed Shire Council managers to exhume the carcass and truck it to a local tip, but council staff have been tight-lipped over the exhumation, as they were initially over the burial.
It’s believed council managers upset by the ‘hysterical’ reaction by media, have deemed it ‘prudent’ to wear the extra cost of digging it up and burying it again, and in a bid to avoid future negative publicity, plans to develop a plan on how to deal with any future whale deaths on local beaches.
The burial by council staff had the blessing of the NSW Department of Primary Industries which only a few months ago launched a $16-million five-year shark strategy to counter the sp...
A last-minute cancellation by the Byron Market management for last Sunday’s market at the Butler Street Reserve has left stallholders upset, confused and without expected earnings.
At around 2.30pm on Saturday, a brief email to stallholders from manager Tess Cullen simply said, ‘Tomorrows [sic] Sunday Market has been cancelled. Cheers.’
Social media subsequently lit up, with market operators complaining about the short notice and the ‘unprofessional notification without any valid reason’.
However The Echo understands that around 100 stallholders cancelled out of approximately 350.
One market stallholder, who had been operating for 10 years, told The Echo that 100 missing stallholders should not have stopped it from proceeding.
They added that a cancellation is very rare and only in extreme weather conditions.
‘When they made the call to cancel, it wasn’t even raining. In the past, we’ve had to pack up to avoid hailstorms.
‘Given the impact to stallholders, why couldn’t they run a smaller market?
‘How much were the managers going to lose in revenue? It was also advertised on TV, which is paid for by our fees. It was a waste of money.
‘Though I don’t operate one, the most affected are the food stalls, who prepare in the days or night before.’
And Tane Allan from the Rainbow R...
Lismore Regional Gallery is getting set to celebrate its final year in the Molesworth Street space that has been home for 61 years, ahead of its impending move to the Lismore Quadrangle next year.
Gallery director Brett Adlington says that, while the move has been long hoped for and highly anticipated, there is an air of nostalgia about the final exhibitions about to be mounted in the old space.
‘Given the huge year we have in front of us overseeing the new development, there have been a few minor changes to the program,’ he said, adding the gallery has, ‘again strived to [present] a diversity of projects.’
Kicking off this year’s crop of 10 exhibitions is one that was a highlight of the 2014 Sydney Biennale: Deborah Kelly’s No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory).
Kelly collaborated with some 70 people to create artworks consisting of photographic portraits enhanced by collage.
Author and art commentator Tania Leimbach describes Kelly as ‘both a sensitive and a politically staunch person.
‘She has been making art that upends comfortable notions of white Australia, unpacking gender and media representations and exploring elusive questions of community, for many years,’ Leimbach wrote in an article for The Conversation.
‘Deborah is first and fo...
Boomerang Festival is in its final weeks of its crowd funding campaign and needs as much community support as possible.
Due to arts and Indigenous program funding cuts, Boomerang could not run as a stand-alone event after its successful debut in 2013.
In order to maintain momentum and build audience support for Boomerang, Bluesfest Byron Bay has created a precinct for a Boomerang program in 2016.
We are now running a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for the festival to run independently again on Bundjalung country.
The time is now to lead the imperative shift in the Australian narrative. Reconciliation is the responsibility of all Australians. So we are asking the progressive, forward thinking leaders and members of our community to support us in our mission to make the NSW Northern Rivers leaders in this positive ch...
Normally, the most numerous damselfly along the Macalister River
at Bellbird Corner Reserve is the Common Flatwing,
Austroargiolestes icteromelas, and when cutting the river walking
track they usually fly up in front of the mower in abundance. For
some reason this season has been different, there has been no flood
to disrupt their life cycle, but I’ve been seeing very few.
Similarly, some other species of Odonata usually seen in numbers
are also sparse, although that could be due to the fact that the
neighbouring billabongs are dry. Two of the less common species of
damselfly found in the reserve are the Orange Threadtail,
Nososticta solida, and the Bronze Needle, Synlestes weyersii. The
former is generally found by the river bend at the picnic area, and
the latter seemed to be restricted to a short stretch of the Newry
Creek. When checking the reserve for a possible grass cut I made
the usual visit to the river at the bend, and was pleasantly
surprised to find good numbers of both species inhabiting the
riverside herbage, with Bronze Needles also out on snags mid
stream. I had the camera with 100 macro lens with me, but found the
needles very hard to approach, although the threadtails were much
Over the next two days I made visits with the 200 macro and
managed to get more acceptable pictures of the needles, this male
changed perches several times before it finally allowed me to
Females were still difficult though, preferring to perch out
over the water.
To celebrate La Chandeleur and to launch our social events and classes for 2016, we will once again be making crêpes!
Quand : Sunday, 31 January, Midday until 3pm
Où : The Heights, 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown
Comment : Book in through Jacques on 52 444196
Combien : $20 adult non-members, $15 adult members, $10 children
Quoi : a savoury crêpe, a sweet crêpe and a glass of non-alcoholic cider
Please book by Wednesday, 27 January
Cyclists, walkers and public transport users on the Tweed can look forward to some positive changes following the recent formation of the Tweed Public and Active Transport Group.
The group is looking at a broad range of transport issues including ways to improve connectivity of transport services, promoting the development of public, community and active transport, and identifying and supporting funding applications.
And these are not just armchair experts but people in the field who have the capacity to make changes to how transport happens in the shire.
According to chairperson Alex Lewers, the group brings together ‘people from across the transport sector and will enable holistic discussion around transport issues, possibilities and future directions for the Tweed area’.
‘We are very lucky to have such broad representation within this group,’ Mr Lewers said.
‘We have representatives from Transport for NSW, Tweed Shire Council, Tweed Byron and Ballina Community Transport, Surfside Buslines, Northern Rivers Social Development Council, and the Wollumbin Bicycle User Group. This allows our group to be very action orientated rather than just being another talk fest.’
Mr Lewers said one of the first actions of the group would be to hold a transport information day at the Tweed City Shopping Centre on Thursday February 4 to seek feedback from the community on the transport issues affecting them.
‘If you have a burning question about transport in your area, or...
As the world unravels, my tasks here on our new piece of dirt slowly but surely continue. I haven’t had much luck with machinery since landing here. First, the Chinese chainsaw had to be sent back (and was replaced under warranty), then I managed to fall a tree on my Stihl replacement, totally screwing the bar and chain, then the used Husqvarna brushcutter I bought on impulse at a garage sale decided to shed its cooling fan blades, like an old man shedding his teeth….. it was going to cost as much to fix it as I paid for it, so I opted to shout myself a brand new Honda one from eBay, what I wanted to do in the first place, and should have done as soon as I arrived. Inexplicably, the trimmer guard which is made in two pieces fell apart during use, making me wonder whether it was ever actually screwed together? Five bucks worth of fasteners quickly fixed it, and I have to say, I much prefer four stroke motors to two stroke. I just wish Honda would make a four stroke chainsaw!
A few days ago, a letter from the Council arrived, telling me the ‘tall grass’ in my orchard was a fire hazard and would have to be cut within two weeks or I would cop a $3000 fine….. I strongly suspect my neighbours complained, they even mowed a strip inside my boundary as a fire break of sorts. it’s a bit sad when they can’t even ask you in person first.
I considered buying a rideon mower, but really, after my experiences with machines, and considering that my long term strategy for controlling the grass in the orchard consists of using ducks and sheep that require no fossil fuel inputs, I decided to ask my amazing neighbour if he’d cut it for me.
Being an orchardist himself, Matt has all the gear. He agreed to come over with his tractor...
Here in Australia our resorts tend to be corporate owned. For instance Mt Hotham is owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, and Thredbo is owned by Kosciuszko Thredbo, which holds the lease for the areas of Thredbo Village and Thredbo Resort and runs a number of hotel and cinema operations around the world. US-based Vail Resorts has recently bought Perisher ski resort (this includes Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega). Some are run by boards (for instance Mt Buller).
The Thredbo example is indicative of a global trend, where smaller, sometimes community- or locally-owned resorts are either going under or being bought up by larger corporations.
The Mountain Riders Association (MRA) was founded in North America 2010 with the mission to “develop values-based, environmentally-friendly, rider-centric mountain playgrounds that encourage minimal carbon footprint business practices, while making a positive impact in the local community”. It has focussed on helping smaller resorts to survive and thrive rather than be consumed by larger corporations.
Obviously if a resort or ski area is locally owned it is most likely to be connected to the local community and thinking about the long term viability of the area and encouraging development that will be acceptable to locals. In contrast, where resorts are part of a much larger conglomeration (eg the parent company owns a range of resorts) then the financial ‘bottom line’ can often become the dominant force in how resorts are managed and developed.
Now the MRA has helped establish the Mountain Playground Group, a collection of community and independently owned ski areas that “offer an authentic skiing and riding experience, not found at corporate ski resorts”.
The MRA says:
“Through the years, we have studied the inner workings of community and independent ski areas extensively and have i...
Over the last weekend, which we extended to 4 days (including travel), I got to indulge in some of my favourite things:
There is something about small towns that I find very appealing. Some have a slightly run-down look, they tend to be unpretentious, laid-back, life seems a little slower and gentler than in the large towns and cities, and they tend to be sorounded by some beautiful landscapes. Jindabyne, one of my favourite towns, is probably not exactly like that as it is a major tourist centre and gateway to Thredbo and Perisher and the southern half of the Kosciuszko National Park. But it small enough to be a relaxing place to visit, and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, in my opinion.
There is nothing quite like mountainous and rugged scenery to generate a sense of ‘wow’! And the area around Jindabyne has plenty of it, whether it’s rolling hills and farmland, rugged peaks and steep valleys, beautiful lakes and rivers. And what better way to see and explore those things than to hike some of it. So it was Rebecca, Eliana, and myself that set out for Jindabyne for the weekend to explore the region.
Before the sunlight of Sabbath peaked over the hills, while the girls slept in, I went for a walk along the Lake Jindabybe foreshore trying to get to a location where I could get some good photos of the sunrise over the lake. The foreshore has a good track from the town centre in both directions. After enjoying the sunrise, I headed back to the motel for some breakfast. By this time the girls were up....
I was slightly surprised last evening to find a family of Jacky Winters, the parents and two young, in the company of the Brown Treecreeper family that featured yesterday. The two juvenile flycatchers were quite different in appearance – it’s possible that one may have been from an earlier clutch.
Times are tough in the local bush – it’s drier and more desolate than I can recall, but I guess insectivores can still make a living from what’s on offer. I’m hoping for a wet autumn that might produce a ‘bounce back’ in diversity and abundance of woodland birds.
Riders are being fined for faulty or non-compliant exhausts because the states fail to consult on road rules and regulations, and police are conspiring to pervert the course of justice, says a long-time motorcycle campaigner.
Wayne Carruthers was commenting on a recent article in which a Brisbane Barrister outlined the argument why exhaust fines would not stand up in court.
“The exhaust issues raised reflect the unilateral attitudes taken by by many state roads administrative authorities,” Wayne says.
“The states have all signed agreements under the COAG process to consult on regulations and only act where there is agreement from all States to ensure that rules and regulations are unified across Australia.
“Time and time again the road transport authorities ignore these agreements and consider themselves exempt from abiding by the interstate agreements.”
MONDAY January 18 ... • SMH: Match fixing in tennis: The various ways to fix a match The fix is in: Tennis is thought to be a popular target for match fixers because there are only two players involved and, given many matches are decided by a few crucial points, it is reasonably straightforward to “influence” the result. There are several ways to “fix” a whole match, the score or even particular points … MONDAY January 11 ... What an absolute ripper of a book. This is the best thing I’ve read since the Flanman’s Narrow Road ... There are similarities ... Narrow Road ... is about nationalist-ego-driven cruelty. The Program is about one man’s ego-driven domination of cycling and the Tour de France ... at a terrible cost to anyone who got in his way. • Garry Stannus, in Comments: I hope readers won’t too much mind me stepping back into the Armstrong past, I’m recalling an ‘on-court TT encounter’ between Rick ‘Pilko’ Pilkington and myself. It went just about five sets and right to the end as Armstrong’s ‘defense attorney’ I was sure we’d prevail. Rick was just as sure that Armstrong was a cheat. When Armstrong admitted his guilt on Oprah Winfrey the matter was settled decisively once and for all in Rick’s favour … Nic Tomlin in Comments: As a keen cyclist and having suffered the same cancer as Lance - I drew great inspiration from his remarkable achievements. The bombshell of this scandal still leaves me with deep seated suspicion knowing how much ‘people’ will cheat to ‘win’. How could someone deceive the whole world for so long, under such intense scrutiny? The fact that the anti-doping system / UCI / governing bodies failed to catch Lance earlier remains largely unaddressed. The situation in Tasmania is not dissimilar. We have governing bodies (Integrity Commission, Ombudsman etc.), who openly admit ‘powerful influences’ are at play seemingly largely unchecked. I mean, the Integ Commission’s ‘damni...
I accuse the Treasurer Scott Morrison - or a Government minister or member representing him - of not understanding finance. To me 1970 was a watershed year when Australia and all of the developed countries chose to reduce tariffs leading to Universal Free Trade.
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A group of around 50 women gathered in West End’s Orleigh Park on Sunday afternoon in an event aimed at desexualising the nipple.
Women, children, non-binary and transgender people of all ages joined the picnic to share their stories and create a safe space where they did not feel sexualised or shamed.
Created as an event on Facebook, the page drew aggression and criticism from some and calls for the event to be more inclusive, unintentionally highlighting the difference between gender and sex.
Good things come in small packages:
Heart patients in Brisbane have trialled the world’s smallest pacemakers and have praised the technology as life-changing.
The new technology is only a fraction of the size of current pacemakers and requires less invasive surgery to implant.
Queensland Nickel has gone into voluntary administration:
Queensland Nickel has gone into voluntary administration after controversy over Palmer United Party donations made by the company before the sacking of 237 workers on Friday.
After a request by the company for Queensland Labor Government to act as a guarantor to a $30 million loan was rejected, information emerged over the weekend that Clive Palmer’s Townsville refinery had donated $290,000 to his political party two weeks prior to the mass lay-offs.
Skewed approval processes slammed in the Gold Coast:
A former Gold Coast architect has alleged the approval process for high rises in the city has become skewed.
Philip Follent has questioned why an 88-storey tower was approved on the site of the former IIuka building at Surfers Paradise stating the gross floor area of the new tower would be 40 times the size of the land.
First flower ever grown in space bloomed today!
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