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View Online What's On this Week | 26 January - 1 February 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 26th January 2016 to Monday 1st February 2016 Schools go back starting this Friday as Melbourne begins another year of education. Happy Australia Day. MelB Tennis | Final Week 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 Australian Open Festival 2016 Open every day of the Australian Open, get a taste of Melbourne’s famous world-class dining and food, activities and live entertainment day and night at the free, family-friendly festival. When: 18 - 31 January 2016 Where: Birrarung Marr Links: Desktop | Smart Phone LGBTIQ Festival Midsumma Festival 2016 Midsumma Festival celebration of queer arts and culture with parties, shows, music and art. When: 17 January — 07 February 2016 Links: Program | Desktop | Smart Phone Marriage Equality Pride March 2016 Melbourne's Pride March recognises and celebrates Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. When: Sunday 31 January 2016 - 2pm Where: Fitzroy St, St Kilda Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Model Aircraft Expo F-1 Air Race Sandown 2016 Australia’s top display and racing model aircraft pilots will put on a spectacular show for Melbourne that’s fast, furious and fun. When: Sunday 31 January 2016 Where: Sandown Racecourse Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Melbourne Bike Ride Critical Mass After a break, Melbourne's own Critical Mass ride celebrating non-motorised transport a...
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Mr Alhadeff (letters, 21 January) needs to brush up on international law to prevent his nose getting longer and longer…
Gilo is in East Jerusalem, according to Haaretz, Israel’s moderate newspaper, but is included in the Municipality of Jerusalem. It is well documented that the USA , EU, and UN always slam Israel’s plans to expand Gilo.
Gilo is built on West Bank land, ILLEGALLY annexed in 1967. The annexation of land by military conquest is illegal in violation of both the Hague Regulations (1907) and UN Charter (1945). Apropos this also applies to Palestinian land gained by the zionists in 1948.
Furthermore all settlements are held illegal under international law, Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war states: ‘The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies’.
Archeology is used as a propaganda tool to justify the theft of Palestine. According to Israeli Prof. Shlomo Sand– ‘The Land of Israel is not the homeland of the Jews. It becomes a homeland at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th − only upon the emergence of the Zionist movement’.
Finally land swaps are an infringement of the rights of an occupied people and illegal as enshrined in the Regulations Annexed to the Hague Convention IV Respecting the Laws and Customs of Wars on Land of 1907 (Hague Regulations), reflective of customary international law, and in the Fourth Geneva Convention Concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949 (Fourth Geneva Convention), for the most part reflective of customary international law.
Dr Vacy Vlazna, co-ordinator, Justice for Palestine Matters (...
I and community members stood in silence with shame written on our T shirts at the Tweed Shire Council meeting last week.
We are really disillusioned that councillor Barry Longland reneged on his negotiated deal with mayor Katie Milne regarding raising Clarrie Hall dam, while concurrently examining the best solution to water management through an independent review, which he supported at the December meeting.
On 16 January, he wrote ‘I am not against the idea of an independent review. I believe though, that the idea needs to be uncoupled from the decision on the preferred option'( i.e. Clarrie Hall Dam).
Councillor Longland was offered this choice, and has again proven he is not a man to honour his own words.
There are so many projects throughout Australia in which in different shires have implemented sustainable water management such as recycling, storm water harvesting and water sensitive urban design.
It’s not new thinking, its established best practice, its affordable,and is happening all around the globe.
This is essentially why we need an independent review, not to hold up the approval of Clarrie Hall Dam, but to seriously examine all of Tweed’s water options and to find out the experts’ opinion on the most sustainable way forward.
This should have been done years ago, as was requested by the Community Working Group (CWG) with the input of the community from the very beginning.
Rous Water began its water review by involving all those interested from the start and that agency does not have the debacle that Tweed has been going through the last seven years.
This is not helped by certain councillors who keep rescinding motions which they have previously voted support for.
J. Gardner, Uki (CWG Member)
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Rob Geddes has been involved in every aspect of the wine industry for more than 30 years. Author of ‘Australian Wine Vintages’, this entertaining Master of Wine chats about the process of reviewing 6000 wines, Edward Woodward and his time as a bearded horsemen. Tune in at 6pm.
2PP Aggregate: 53.8 to Coalition (caution: limited
Coalition would win election "held now", probably with increased majority.
Pollsters are gradually emerging from their summer hibernation and over the next few weeks we will get a clearer picture of how the Turnbull Coalition government is placed as it kicks off the election year. I am not sure exactly when Newspoll will emerge but enough data have come out in the last few weeks to make some quick comments about the overall state of play. The 2PP estimate above will be updated and any further comments added tomorrow night following Essential, but it never alters the picture all that much.
So far this year we've had two Morgans, one Essential and one ReachTEL. Morgan and Essential were the most strangely behaving polls late last year, with Morgan showing a massive swing to the Coalition immediately following the replacement of Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull, but Essential showing a much more modest change that other posters soon stopped replicating. Anyway the first Morgan was 55.5% two-party preferred to the Coalition by last-election preferences while the second was 54% (the closest since just after Turnbull was installed - and this off primaries that would normally have been good for only 53%). Last week's Essential reading was just 51% to Coalition. The Morgan had a 15% primary for the Greens, which I'm certainly not taking seriously.
I have been regarding Morgan as skewing to the Coalition and Essential as skewing to Labor compared with other polls in the Turnbull era (while Abbott was PM, Morgan skewed to Labor) and after considering the primaries I counted the Morgans as 53.8 and 52.3 to Coalition and the Essential as 52.7. As Mark the Ballot notes, it is possible Morgan is coming back to th...
Delta Society Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with one core belief: that the human-animal bond remarkably improves our quality of life and leaves a lasting paw print on our hearts. Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams brighten the (More...)
Men’s Shed Glenwood will be open to the public on Saturday 6th February at 10 a.m. http://mensshed.org/find-a-shed/ This new Men’s Shed is located at the back of Emmanuel Church in Glenwood. We are anticipating that men from the community will (More...)
Prospect Reservoir was built in 1886 to provide water for Sydney; although superceded by Warragamba Dam it is an emergency Sydney supply, hence not used for swimming and water activities. There are many shady, scenic places for a picnic, a (More...)
Raise Foundation is a registered Australian charity which provides mentoring programs for young people in high schools and in the community. Our mentoring programs provide a community of support around young people. Mentoring from a positive role model during the critical teenage (More...)
“Made in Australia” A National and International Ceramics Exhibition A pop-up exhibition of ceramic work titled “Made in Australia” coinciding with Australia Day events will be presented by The Study Group NSW (CSG). “Made in Australia” includes works by 29 (More...)
Media Release 26 Jan 2016
Environmentalist Bob Brown says he and other Lapoinya Forest
defenders have had a nationwide response backing the Lapoinyans
making a stand for their forest despite the Hodgman government's
draconian laws against peaceful protest.
"The Lapoinya arrests, beginning with those of a grandfather and a mother, have spurred indignation.
"There is a wide disbelief that people defending their local forest and endangered wildlife should be being bulldozed by a Premier and ministers who have never been near the place.
"The response has also been international.
Brown called for the Tasmanian government to release its detailed accounts showing that taxpayers aren't actually paying to have the 49 hectares of Lapoinya Forest clearfelled and burnt and the wildlife eradicated. Private economic assessments show the logging will cost up to $200,000. Last year Forestry Tasmania was handed $30 million by the Hodgman government to help cover its annual debt for logging forests which cost FT nothing.
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929
As if bright yellow and red Ducati motorcycles aren’t visible enough, the Italian manufacturer has linked up with Arai and Rev’It! to produce fluorescent yellow Ducati helmets and jackets.
Ducati Australia and New Zealand marketing coordinator L’Oreal Pierce says the HV1 Pro full-face helmet ($799.99) and HV1 Tour jacket ($746.99) have been available for a few weeks and “are in high demand”.
This follows the introduction in 2014 of compulsory hi-vis vests for learner riders in Victoria, minimum fluoro requirements on riders’ jackets in France a few years ago and an Austroads road safety discussion paper calling for mandatory hi-vis protective clothing for novice riders at learner or intermediate levels.
As the call for mandatory hi-vis and fluorescent gear grows among the safety nannies, it sets a dangerous precedent when a motorcycle company actively encourages its riders to wear the hi-vis gear.
While safety “experts” claim hi-vis clothing makes a rider more visible, there is conflicting evidence.
A European road safety research found that visibility depended on the time of day and location. For example, a rider in the city would be more visible in reflective clothing whereas a rider in a rural setting is more visible during the day wearing dark clothi...
I was at least an average art history student at university, so
I could certainly identify the work of Christopher Dresser, Charles
Rennie Mackintosh, Peter Behrens, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter
Gropius, Herbert Bayer and Marcel Breuer. After university I could
identify Robin and Lucienne Day’s work with my eyes closed. But not
Charles and Ray Eames.
Now an exhibition of Charles and Ray Eames’ work is on at the Barbican (Oct 2015 until mid Feb 2016), and I knew nothing about them. So I am citing the home page of the exhibition called The World of Charles & Ray Eames at the Barbican Art Gallery in London.
Did you know that Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer)? And did you know that shockingly, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer can change life in a moment. The YWCA NSW after breast cancer exercise program “Encore” helps women stay well after experiencing this adversity. Whilst each program has a strong focus on specifically targeted exercise, the sessions also include information sharing through guest speakers and links into local community services and resources, as well as enabling participants to meet others who have had similar experiences. In the last year alone, YWCA NSW’s Encore program has worked with over 500 women throughout New South Wales.
Encore Program Coordinator, Alison Todd has seen the positive influence the program has on its participants “The program really can change lives” says Alison “There are a number of groups of women who still regularly catch up years after being involved in the program. Many life-long friendships have been formed through Encore, and without the program, their paths may never have crossed.”
Women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives are being invited to register now for the free after breast cancer exercise program – Encore, which is running in Byron Bay from Thursday 4th February – 24th March.
“Exercise is one of the ways of supporting the body to recover after cancer treatment and it’s also a good way of keeping spirits up” says NSW Program Manager Kate Guthrey. “Encore not only offers women the proven benefits of exercise, but it also allows them the opportunity to connect with others who share a similar experience and speak without judgement. Understanding that there are others with similar thoughts and feelings has been shown to be very therapeutic and an important part of recovery” says Ms Guthrey.
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The genocide of the West Papuan people at the hands of the Indonesian military, is one of the saddest yet rarely told stories of modern times.
Right on Australia’s doorstep, West Papua is a land of untold riches and in 1969 was hijacked with a violent and rigged vote by Indonesia.
With the support of Australia, the USA and the United Nations, the Indonesian Military have slaughtered nearly half a million indigenous West Papuans in the years since, all in the name of a mountain of gold.
All of this kept secret by a ban on journalists and foreign aid from entering West Papua.
Thus the cry of the West Papuans has gone unheard for nearly 50 years. But Australian Punk is loud, Very loud.
Punks for West Papua is an Australia wide movement, and the brain child of Jody Bartolo.
Jody and his band ‘Diggers with Attitude’ spearhead Punks for West Papua with the aim to raise money and awareness for the Free West Papua cause.
A midnight text message to film maker and friend, Ash Brennan, started the wheels in motion for a small video think piece at the original Punks for West Papua benefit show at Sydney’s Town & Country Hotel.
But Jody and the Australian punk rock community would turn this event into a no holes barred Australia w...
Swiss citizen Charles-Édouard Jeanneret aka Le
Corbusier (1887-1965) needed to broaden his horizons.
During the decade before WW1, he travelled to Paris and found work
in the office of the modernist French pioneer of reinforced
concrete. Then he studied architecture in Vienna and Berlin with
the Bauhaus architects Josef Hoffmann and
Peter Behrens, even before Bauhaus had been planned.
Presumably he also met Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius
In 1922, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret opened an architectural studio in Paris at 35 rue de Sèvres. And since Paris was going to be his permanent home, Charles-Edouard became a French citizen in 1930.
Great looks at two Black-eared Cuckoos together, plus Painted, Striped, Brown and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and lots of Plum-headed Finches by the river.
Devon Park Road had lots of Cockatiels, Red-rumped Parrots, a pair of Blue Bonnets (found by Gavin Goodyear) and at least 18 Banded Lapwings. I think this if the furthest East I've seen Blue Bonnets.
There is a question that we used to ask ourselves to work out what was most important in life: If you had two minutes to get out of your house, what would you grab? Everyone used to say ‘the photo album’. But who has one of those cumbersome things any more? Our photo albums are on our iCloud and apparently virtual formations of data don’t catch fire or suffer water damage.
I thought about it the other day and I came up with ‘All the chargers’. I don’t mean white horses that were left out the front from the continual appearance of dashing men trying to rescue me from myself; I mean those fricking things you plug in the wall that power your devices that keep you in touch with your fricking iCloud. How can there be so many chargers?
Chargers for my iPhone, for my laptop, for my iPod, for the iPad, for my camera. And that’s just me. I have five children. Between them they have a minimum of three chargeable devices. So counting my load, and John’s and the kids, there should be approximately 30 chargers in the house. It would be far too economically rational to make one universal device. No, each charger has a slightly different sized plug-in. They don’t stay with their device. They move. They become unrecognisable. On every desk they sit curled in clumps. They collect in baskets, under beds, in handbags, some are even left dangling in power points. The most often asked question in our house is ‘Who took my charger?’ It is never a polite question. It could be asked more delicately, perhaps phrased ‘Has anyone seen my charger?’ But n...
|Track Title||Artist||Album Title|
|Get Bent||Jack Derwin||Bent (new)|
|Give Me Back My Train||Jack Derwin||Bent (new)|
|Sister Be Good||Rick Melick||Sister Be Good (new)|
|My Only Love||Simon Kinny-Lewis||Behind The Blue Mask|
|One Hundred Years||PJ O’Brien||Jefferson Blues|
|With A Kiss||Isaiah B Brunt||Just The Way That It Goes|
|I Can’t Get Along
|Geoff Bull & The Finer Cuts||S’Wonderbull|
|I Go Around||Russell Morris||Red Dirt – Red Heart|
|Isla Mae||Toni Swain||Deepest Water|
|Mind Your Manners||Liza Ohlback||Give You Hell!|
|Wilson & White|
Elements’ opening pool party on Monday was indeed ‘lavish’. Delta Kay and a troupe of Arakwal dancers performed on the ceremony space overlooking the beach, a helicopter rested in the grounds and women held horses as more than 200 mostly local guests wandered the grounds sipping the new Veuve Cliquot Rich.
It was also an opportunity for Mullumbimby artist Suvira McDonald to see his steel-rod sculpture Chorus in place at the grand entrance.
Executive chef Justin Dingle-Garciyya proved his worth, serving up a great range of delicacies around the infinity pool while a DJ played, spotlights raked the clouds and firetwirlers and drummers did their thing. Owner Peggy Flannery said that it was her ‘greatest wish to contribute positively to the Byron tourism experience’.
Sarah McGrory –
Love it or hate it, food boasting on social media is an epidemic.
Sign into your Instagram or Facebook account and see for yourself – a deluge of food photos, many of questionable quality, proudly posted by your friends for your alleged viewing pleasure.
There’s bound to be a photo of the grim green breakfast smoothie someone mortgaged their house for at a hipster location this morning or the quinoa and raw vegetable salad they diligently prepared for today’s lunch to prove that they really are healthy. There will be endless coffee photos too – overhead shots of coffee art or takeaway coffee cups at the beach. Other food boasters will post murky close-ups of dinner in a dimly lit ‘hatted’ restaurant where you can’t discern if they’re eating mains or dessert.
I have a confession to make: As a food blogger, I am 100 per cent guilty of food boasting. However, I do have one simple rule: I only ever post good-looking food photos – there’s less chance of annoying those friends who don’t give a hoot about what I am eating.
Here are my Three Tips for Better Food Photos on Instagram.
If you’re going out to dinner think twice before you post a photo of your meal taken with your smartphone. Restaurant lighting at night is usually inadequate and using the flash creates reflections on cutlery, tableware and glassware. Plus, the white bala.........
A 92-year-old woman died in hospital after being hit by a car after she got off a bus at Goonellabah near Lismore yesterday (Monday) afternoon.
Police say the accident occurred in Cambridge Drive, just before 12.10pm, as the woman started to cross the road.
Ambulance paramedics helped the woman at the scene and took her to Lismore Hospital where she died a short time later.
The 40-year-old female driver of the Subaru Outback station wagon involved in the accident was uninjured and taken to Lismore Hospital for mandatory blood testing.
Investigations continue and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Vale David Bowie who was the subject of a sell-out exhibition that visited cities such as Berlin, London, Toronto, Chicago, and Sao Paulo. In 2015 'David Bowie is...." arrived in Melbourne with it's rare memorabilia, photos and video clips much to the delight of thousands of Australian music fans. 3CR music coordinator Paul Elliott visited the exhibition and was suitably impressed . A pair of Melbournites Cass Moore and Bruce Butler attended many more times, contributed memoribilia and gave talks at the ACME exhibition.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today welcomed Tourism Australia’s new Australia Day marine and aquatic ad campaign that promotes the magnificent beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the world.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said it’s great to see the Federal Government injecting much needed funds into the Great Barrier Reef’s tourism industry.
“The Reef is Queensland’s greatest natural asset and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It supports a $6 billion tourism industry and 70,000 jobs.
“If we want to help the growing tourism industry we need to protect the Reef’s beauty from rapid industrialisation along its coastline, global warming and farm chemical pollution and and allow its threatened marine life, including turtles and dugongs, to recover.
“Queensland needs a diverse economy that protects our magnificent natural assets, our life support systems and the Reef. This campaign is a great step in that direction.
“We look forward to the Federal Government continuing to promote and protect the Great Barrier Reef,” said Ms Zethoven
Media Contact: Amy Gordon 0410 631 404
Imogen Zethoven is available for comment
You can view the ad campaign here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ITeIca-JvI
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Hands up those of you who knew I wrote sustainable living eBooks? Not many I reckon, and I believe I know why. Because it wasn’t very visible on the blog or the web for that matter. It wasn’t search friendly or easy to find via google either. Well to fix that, I created a subdomain of [Continue Reading …]
JOY PIOTROWSKI of North Ryde is the 2016 Ryde Citizen of the Year and NICHOLAUS PURCELL is the 2016 Ryde Young Citizen of the Year. They are pictured with Ryde City Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale and official guests at Tuesday’s Australia Day ceremony in North Ryde School of Arts Community hall. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. [...]
Hunters Hill Citizen of the Year GARY TRAIL is congratulated by Hunters Hill Australia Day Ambassador Sam Cawthorn and Mayor Clr Richard Quinn at The Deckhouse Woolwich Australia Day ceremony. Also pictured Hunters Hill Clr Peter Astridge chairman of the Hunters Hill Military Memorabilia Restoration Advisory Committee winner of the Community Event of the Year, [...]
Riders can take their bike to the track and also test ride the BMW S 1000 RR and other BMW models at the 2016 RR Experience ride days in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren says it is a “fantastic opportunity” for riders to test the S 1000 R, S 1000 XR, K 1300 S, R 1200 GS and R 1200 RS on famous tracks.
RR Experience staff will lead each session, while VIP guests including Isle of Man TT racer Cameron Donald will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips.
The RR Experience test ride costs $89 ($59 in Queensland) for one 15-minute session. This also includes product demonstrations, VIP guest appearances, an event t-shirt and light refreshments.
Cost for the track day which consists of four 15-minute sessions is $245 and $195 in Queensland.
Riders don’t have to own a BMW motorcycle to attend the track days.
They can choose to ride in the Level 1 group for first-time track riders and less-experienced riders or Level 2 for more confident riders who may have completed a track day before.
Riders will be provided with a garage space, product demonstrations, an event t-shi...
SIX youngsters from across South Gippsland were nominated for the Youth Community Contribution award at South Gippsland Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Leongatha Memorial Hall on Wednesday.
Gemma Martin of Meeniyan was nominated by Meeniyan Dumbalk United Netball Club for her outstanding community service efforts and her fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Leongatha’s Lachlan O’Connor was nominated by Mimmie Ng for his role in coaching the Leongatha Knights Senior Women’s team while building a strong community within the sports club.
Mirboo North’s Samuel McCarthy was nominated by Jaci Hicken for his tremendous contributions to the Mirboo North Junior Basketball Association as a team coordinator and a leader within the association.
Rebekah Vagg of Leongatha was recognised for her commitment to local netball, playing and volunteering for the Leongatha and District Netball Association while playing for Leongatha Parrots and the Mount Eccles A Grade team.
Korumburra’s Paige Biggs was nominated by Shirley Reeves for her efforts and contributions to the Second Korumburra Cub Scouts, having involved herself in leadership activities and roles over the past year.
Ms Reeves also nominated Korumburra’s Matt Perks who has been a youth helper with the Second Korumburra Scout group for the past two years.
All youth nominees were recognised for their efforts in the uncompetitive category and were given a plaque to commemorate their achievements.
Leongatha’s Steven Canning was recognised for his achievements in the community when he received the 2016 Achievement Award for a person with a disability.
Mr Canning has been living independently for eight years and working hard for a local supermarket for 13 years. Mr Canning is also a successful artist and passionate musician, playing drums and guitar at Uniting Church Hall, Leongatha. He was nominated by Trease Street Residents of Leongatha.....
MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College graduate and dux Sarah McCahon reaped the rewards for her academic efforts after getting in to her dream course last week.
Ms McCahon received an offer from the University of Melbourne for her top preference, a place in a Bachelor of Science.
“I received my offer on Monday, January 18 while I was on my lunchbreak at work,” Mc McCahon said.
“I was so relieved because it was my first preference and it is my first step to doing a Doctor of Medicine after my degree.”
After receiving an ATAR of 98.1, Ms McCahon was honoured dux of Mary MacKillop for receiving the highest score in her graduating class.
“I was a bit hard on myself during Year 11 when I was studying two Year 12 subjects,” Ms McCahon said.
“I was easier on myself in Year 12 and I figured whatever would be, would be. I just focused on staying on top of my workload and stayed motivated towards the end of year leading up to exams.”
Moving to Melbourne next month to pursue her studies, Ms McCahon is apprehensive about university lifestyle.
“I am not sure whether or not I am really looking forward to it at this poin; it is very daunting. I look forward to getting started on my further education though and I am sure I’ll enjoy it,” she said.
“I might play a sport at university in order to meet new people. I am a bit shy naturally.”
Ms McCahon is one of many students preparing to further their education after the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre released first round offers to applicants on Monday, January 18.
Sydney songwriter Sam Newton has announced a run of dates on the back of his appearances up at Tamworth this month. He’ll be hitting the road in NSW and VIC through February.
A NUMBER of Korumburra Wildcats players and coaches were
involved in the recent Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup
(ACJBC) and Southern Cross Challenge.
Three of the players, Sam Flanders, Flynn Materia and Tyla Angwin, had stellar tournaments, impressing enough to be selected in the Australian Country sides to play in the Pacific Rim Championship at Easter this year.
Sam, playing for the Vic Country Goldminers made the Gold medal game but went down to the other Vic Country side in a see-sawing affair.
Sam had a fantastic tournament, his athleticism a dominant factor against many of his opponents.
Flynn was the player everyone was flocking to watch, becoming somewhat of a cult f...
LOCAL Scouts returned to Victoria recently after a 12 day adventure to the 2016 Scout Jamboree near Sydney.
Second Leongatha Scouts leader Barry Ferguson took a group of 11 children to Cataract Scout Park in New South Wales to participate in the largest adventurer gathering in the country.
“The event is held every three years. This was my fifth jamboree but it is always a pleasure to go,” he said.
“It really is a city of tents. The Scouts have everything they need, from a hospital to a police station.”
The group joined 10,500 Scouts from across Australia to participate in the 10 day camp of activities and celebration.
“Some children leave for the jamboree as 12 year olds and return as young adults,” Mr Ferguson said.
“The children were responsible for cooking all of their own meals. They learnt a lot of life skills and independence over their time at Jamboree and some make lifelong friendships.”
The camp offered both a wide range of physical and practical activities.
“The weather was definitely the biggest challenge for the children,” Mr Ferguson said.
“It poured down rain and there was mud everywhere.”
The rain did not stop the Scouts from making the most of the adventure though, with groups spending days at the Jamboroo water park.
The children, aged between 10 and 15, participated in abseiling, laser skirmish, caving, low ropes courses, BMX bike riding, water park activities and a scavenger hunt in Sydney’s city centre.
Groups also worked to build bird boxes, dog shelters and picnic benches for community groups across Australia.
“They do a lot for communities all across Australia and it is a great way to spend time with friends,” Mr Ferguson said.
The group returned to South Gippsland after a 13 hour bus ride home.
“All of the children were exhausted when they got off the bus. It is a massive adventure,” Mr Ferguson said....
THE Leongatha Table Tennis clubrooms were the perfect setting for a display of scale model boats, built by club member Allan Odgers last Tuesday, January 19.
The exhibition attracted around 10 people to see the boats, some travelling from as far as Bass.
The models were made from locally sourced wood and were displayed for a special exhibition that Allan hopes will become an annual event.
“I have been building boats since a young age. It is a hobby that I have had an interest in since I was a child,” he said.
Around 15 models were displayed, including the Polly Woodside, a submarine and a Sydney Harbour steam tug, all built at 1/72 scale.
Allan uses timber he sources and carves the hulls using power tools. If the timber has to be bent, he boils it to enable it to be shaped.
He makes the models from scratch, using plans and drawings often sourced from the State Library of Victoria.
Australia is a land imaged into being. From the 5th Century to Portugese explorers to Captain Cook, who opened his secret instructions after viewing the transit of Venus - 'search for Terra Australis' the great South Land. Australia continues to be a nation of images, as we image our way from the past to our ... Read more...
TALENTED Leongatha Lyric Theatre performer Olivia Winchcombe embarked on an opportunity of a lifetime recently.
She was offered the chance to attend the Victorian Drama League’s Summer Performance Project, which offers nine days of theatre workshops specialising in puppetry, script development, voice and dance, body work, character movement and character development.
It is held at Allambee Camp in Yarragon and culminated in the performance of two plays at the Warragul Arts Centre.
Fifty young performers were offered the chance to participate with leading artists to help hone their skills and gain excellent experience.
Generally, the recipient of the Geoff Perrett Rising Star Award is offered the position, however last year’s winner Janie Gordon was unavailable to attend.
Olivia was selected to fill the placement due to her spectacular performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in 2013, as well as her ensemble performance in last year’s Gypsy.
“Olivia will really benefit from the workshops, as she will be trained by excellent mentors,” Lyric president Peter Western said.
“We asked her to share her experience with the young cast members of Mary Poppins when it’s over. She was happy to do it and she’s really looking forward to it.”
SOUTH Gippsland’s outstanding volunteers and community groups were recognised for an outstanding year of achievement at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Leongatha’s Memorial Hall on Wednesday.
Mirboo North’s Maxine Kiel was honoured to receive Citizen of the Year, from South Gippsland Shire Council.
“Thank you to Bill and Judy Keech for having the confidence in me for this amazing honour,” Mrs Kiel said during her acceptance speech.
“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. The work of volunteers in the region is incredible and we absolutely love what we do.”
Mrs Kiel is the current president of Mirboo Country Development Incorporated and has volunteered with the group for more than 20 years. Her work has been integral in the development of the Mirboo North Market.
Mrs Kiel is part of the Arty Gras committee, responsible for organising the Mind, Body and Soul festival amongst other community events. She is also vice president of the Mirboo North RSL, and regularly contributes to projects and fundraising events for the service.
“I feel very honoured to have received this award. I was in very good company,” Mrs Kiel said.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton praised all nominees.
“The work done by our nominees is truly exceptional and they set a great example that all community members should be striving for,” he said.
Citizen of the Year was selected from a shortlist of four finalists across the shire who have dedicated time to community service and volunteering.
The committees responsible for organising Australia Day celebrations across South Gippsland were responsible for selecting the winner.
Korumburra’s Glenda Smith was nominated by Leongatha Lyric Theatre for her involvement in 10 local organisations, including the South Gippsland Orchid Club and Karingal Ladies Service Club.
Foster’s Sandy Bucello was nominated by Joan Liley for her work in community service over the year...
LEONGATHA South dairy farmer Max Jelbart was awarded an Order of Australia Medal this Australia Day (Tuesday) for his service to the dairy industry and the community.
He has been a Murray Goulburn director since 2012, a director at Marcus Oldham College since 1997, is a life member of the Nuffield Farming Scholars Australia and is a past president of the South Gippsland Branch of United Dairy Farmers of Victoria.
His involvement in the community includes work with the Pound Creek CFA, the Tarwin Lower Tennis Club and the Tarwin Lower Primary School.
Mr Jelbart said he was “chuffed” by the award and that it was quite unexpected.
His involvement in the dairy industry started in earnest with the purchase of his Leongatha South property in 1981, after leasing it in 1973.
When he started, Mr Jelbart milked 120 cows.
“I started to get more involved with the industry and began to grow the business,” he said.
Mr Jelbart said meeting the dairy industry’s best and brightest at discussion groups and field days gave him the opportunity to learn and develop as a dairy farmer.
He now milks 1350 cows across two properties, on a total of 2700 acres with around 35 to 40 employees, including the Caldermeade cafe, depending on the season.
Mr Jelbart said he enjoyed the industry in the early days, particularly after completing a Nuffield Scholarship, which he described as “a life changing experience”.
“I realised there was such a lot to be achieved and an opportunity to educate farmers to help move the industry forward,” he said.
“I just tried to give something back to an industry that had given me so much.”
HIS resume barely has any more room but Neville Goodwin will have to make space for his latest accomplishment: a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
The Woodleigh farmer has been contributing to the district, Bass Coast Shire and beyond since he and wife Lyn moved to their farm in 1980 with children Wayne and Rachelle.
Mr Goodwin received the national honour today – Australia Day – in recognition of his longstanding service to local government and the community of the Bass Coast.
“I feel quite humbled by it. They do not hand a lot of them out, do they?” he said.
“I thank the people who think I’m worthy of it and I just have to continue to try and honour what the medal stands for.”
Community service, for Mr Goodwin, is simply a way of living.
“If there is a need, someone has to put their hand up. People are important, community is important,” he said.
“I’m not sure everyone understands how important the community is, and being part of the community and looking out for each other.
“At the end of the day, that’s all we have left: family and community. Each person has to do their bit.”
Of course, he noted the support of his wife of 62 years for backing his community interests.
He has served as a councillor with two shires: the former Bass Valley council and the current Bass Coast Shire Council, the later from 1992-2008 during which time he was the council’s longest serving mayor from 2004-2008.
“I think my legacy was having a cohesive council, and that is the staff and the councillors,” he said.
Through council, Mr Goodwin was part of the Bass Coast Economic Development Board, South Gippsland Road Safety Committee, Gippsland Local Government Network, West Gippsland Regional Library Board, Bass Coast Municipal Emergency Management Board and Bass Coast Police Consultative Committee.
After his stint with Bass Valley in the early 1980s, he was appointed...
A POPULAR Wonthaggi meeting place was destroyed in a fire on Sunday when a fire spread from the kitchen of the White Road business.
Wonthaggi CFA was called to a fire at the popular From the Ground Up Cafe Nursery at 6.30pm.
The fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the rest of the building which was consumed by the blaze.
CFA units took 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Fire investigators attended the site at dawn on Monday morning to determine the cause of fire, which at this stage is not deemed suspicious.
RECENT safety works on the dangerous part of the Strzelecki Highway known as Crightons Hill will reduce the likelihood of fatalities and serious injuries when cars do leave the road, according to VicRoads.
But not local residents believe the works do not go far enough in protecting the community.
The accident hotspot at Leongatha North has claimed four lives since 2012. Another accident occurred at Crightons Hill on December 26, 2015, with no injuries recorded.
VicRoads eastern region acting regional director Steve McCallum said a series of road safety improvements on the Strzelecki Highway between Mount Vernon Road and Leongatha would be completed by mid 2016.
He said while there are no current plans for realignment of the highway at Crightons Hill, the new safety measures being implemented would make the road safer for drivers.
Leongatha North’s Susan McAlpine uses the road daily and said the improvements were inadequate for slowing traffic.
“The barriers aren’t going to prevent people speeding. It may prevent additional injuries if a car goes over the edge, but nothing else,” she said.
“We have said right from the start, the speed limit must be reduced. A suggested speed isn’t good enough.”
Mrs McAlpine said she and her family travel the road daily and was mere minutes away from the accident on Boxing Day.
“We pulled up and asked everyone if they were all right,” she said.
“There needs to be something more proactive done, rather than spending money on wire barriers.”
Her son David has been on his P plates for six months and said more needs to be done to protect drivers.
“The condition of the road in the wet is another dangerous factor. The drainage is substandard and water rushes across the road, particularly at the bottom two corners,” he said.
“I have never seen the drains cleaned out. They don’t seem to work.”
Mr McAlpine said the speed limit should be reduced....
The block of old bush at Glenmaggie was the location on a calm
warm night, ideal conditions, with kookaburras and treecreepers
calling, and micro bats flitting as darkness fell. With the light
shining things were quiet for quite a while, as often happens, then
a couple of metres away I spotted something on the ground, a Golden
Notodontid, Neola semiaurata with its wings spread. This species is
widespread in Victoria, but I have only recorded it at this spot,
it flies from October to March, several came to the light last
And secondly a big Endoxyla encalypti that flapped around frantically for quite a while, often upside down. I finally photographed it on the ground, unfortunatel...
Title for Carlingford CARLINGFORD Cougars U/10 Div 2 premiership squad Anthony Attinger, Melissa Davoren, Alex Ibrahim, Jackson Lansdown, Svetan Leckovski, Jack Marsden, Raphaella Perigo, Jonah Pham, Luke Simpson (captain), Angus Smith, Lachlan Smith, Ciara Symon, Will Vickers, Aden Zeitoun. Co-coaches: Brad Davoren-Whereat & Anthony Zeitoun; Manager: Kathy Lansdown; Trainers: Jack Kelly & Michael Lansdown. [...]
There seems to be some kind of controversy bubbling about the Australian flag and Australia day in Castlemaine. FOBIF doesn’t get involved with debates of this kind, but we’re always looking for an excuse to celebrate, anyway.
And if we need to commemorate events which took place in 1788, how about this: in that year the Eucalyptus genus was first named for science, and the first description of a Eucalypt species published.
Seeds of an unknown species had been collected from Bruny Island in Tasmania on Cook’s 1777 expedition, and taken to England. It took until 1786 for them to be got out and studied, by an amateur French botanist, Charles Louis L’Heritier de Brutelle, who invented the name, Eucalyptus, and called the tree in question, Eucalyptus obliqua—now commonly known as Messmate. The publication in which this was revealed to the world for the first time: Hortus Anglicus, publication date, Paris 1788.
Unfortunately, it seems that scholars have found that the book didn’t actually appear till 1789—but we don’t care. Isn’t it good Aussie practice to accept that near enough is good enough? And if you want to celebrate something Australian, surely it’s hard to get anything more Australian than a Eucalypt?
A family of raptors have been a noisy feature of the neighbourhood over recent days. There are at least three and possibly four birds, the parents and two juveniles, with the youngsters calling enthusiastically whenever the adults are about, in anticipation of a meal.
As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, Brown Goshawks and Collared Sparrowhawks are not only closely related raptors, they can be devilishly difficult to tell apart. These are, I’m pretty certain, Collared Sparrowhawks – some of the distinguishing features are shown in the photographs below. The adults are much warier than the youngsters and I’ve been unable to photograph them properly to date....
We’d like to celebrate Australia Day with an all-Australian motorbike trivia quiz and honour Toby Price, the first Aussie to win the gruelling Dakar Rally.
If you’ve been following our posts on the rally earlier this month and Toby’s brave and inspirational performance, you’ll know the answer to the first question in the quiz.
We also have questions about Aussie bike clubs, charities, racing legends and True Blue Aussie bike culture.
If you’re a real Aussie and a dedicated motorbike rider, then it should be an easy quiz.
See if you can get 10 out of 10 and then share the result with your friends on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the relevant button at the end of the quiz.
As you answer the questions, the right answer will be highlighted with green and the wrong answer in red.
We trust you not to cheat with Google or Wikipedia!
Those who did not pay attention in primary school may not be aware of the fact that Australia was discovered by Captain Cook in 1770. Some of you may be suffering from the delusion that it was discovered some 40,000 years earlier by a bunch of blackfellas. Some may believe it was Willem Janszoon, purportedly the first white man to set foot on this land, in the vicinity of Cape York way back in 1606 would you believe, or maybe Dirk Hartog who mapped the west coast in 1616, or William Dampier in 1669. But you see, the problem with all these people is they were not Englishmen and we all know that Australia was discovered by the English, the very pinnacle of human evolution according to the social Darwinism that was all the rage at the time. So there fore logically speaking they could not have discovered Australia because they were Dutchmen weren’t they? But hang on, what about good old Able Tasman who discovered Tasmania several times, way back in 1642. Well as luck would have it, bad luck as it turns out he has the dubious honour of circumnavigating the largest island in the whole world without an inkling of its existence. After circumnavigating Tasmania he set his compass due north in the hope of coming across the fabled Great Southern Land, alas, a wild storm cropped up in the night and the woke up in Aetearoa (the land of the wrong white crowd) renowned for its bloodthirsty savages. They didn’t stay long but headed north again, eventually ending up in the Philipines, then heading south-west to Batavia, (Jakarta) then returning to Drizzle & Fog a broken man where he lived out his days telling anyone who would listen: “Australia doesn’t exist, l know l’ve been there.”
Some time later Captain Cook did actually stumble across the place. Some of you may not b...
When representatives of industry, timber workers and the conservation movement signed an accord back in 2011, some of us hoped Tasmania’s crippling forest wars were over. … When a government is elected, it has a responsibility to govern for all. Will Hodgman should know that hostility towards portfolio stakeholders is no basis for a ministerial career. He should not have put Harriss in charge of forestry operations. But it was the blind leading the blind. The premier has for many years echoed Harriss’s extreme pronouncements. Held captive by their shared ideological spin, Paul Harriss and Will Hodgman have dug themselves a deep, dark hole, and it’s only getting deeper. • Mark Temby in Comments: A personal observation I’ve had from the first day of the Hodgman government was the speed of enacting the enabling legislation to criminalise and gaol these protesters. My goodness, I never saw so many alert “independent” Legislative Councilors keen to put their stamp of approval on legislation. These are the same ones who drag their knuckles on every other change, hide beneath their cloaks of independence and, together with the government, reject moving forward at every other opportunity. • Download former Greens Leader Kim Booth’s takedown of Paul Harriss’ ‘lie’ on ABC Local Radio: HERE and HERE • John Biggs in Comments: … As to the economics, economist John Lawrence estimated that the Lapoinya operation will not make any money at all, but cost the people $250,000. So we destroy what the local community desperately wants for a net loss to the taxpayer. And by the way, when MLC, Harriss declared a pecuniary interest he had been given gifts by Ta Ann. And now as the relevant minister he is delivering for Ta Ann. Surely a serious conflict of interest. Does anyone know of any connection between Harriss and Ta Ann? Has anyone in the Liberal Govt and in FT any integrity at all?
Indigenous journalist Stan Grant has been praised for a ‘Martin Luther King moment’. • Watch the speech ... • Mercury: Walshy and Bruce French get an Aussie Day gong • ABC: Australian of the Year: David Morrison, former Army chief, given top honour for gender equality work ... and WATCH the viral video ... • Sign the Petition: Change the date of ‘stralia day ... • Bob Hawkins in Comments: Thank goodness we have the likes of Stan Grant to remind us of our failure as a nation to deal with the biggest challenge it has ever had to face — treating the continent’s original owners as we would want to be treated ourselves, and as equals. It’s time the January 26 Australia Day was consigned to the shit-can of history; and time that we demonstrated our democracy by drawing, willy-nilly, from a hat, a date for an inclusive Australia Day. At least that way, as long as the drawing was properly supervised, if anyone’s political interests were served it would be purely by chance, and, therefore, offensive to no one. • Cassy O’Connor Media Release in Comments: Each year, on the 26th of January, Australia is a nation divided by its history. While many Tasmanians celebrate with pride, our First People feel only the pain of a country taken at the point of a gun. My Green colleagues, Andrea Dawkins, Nick McKim and I are joining Aboriginal Tasmanians at their Invasion Day march in Hobart today because we believe it’s time to change the date on which Australians celebrate who they are as a nation.
‘Before them stretched the awesome, lonely void of the Indian and Southern Oceans, and beyond that lay nothing they could imagine’ Robert Hughes on the first convict fleet to Australia. When I hear the words Australia Day, a Year 9 camp concert comes somehow to mind. Much of the behaviour on display 26 January kindles the same memory. Amidst our strenuous efforts to take it easy, our boisterous exertions, enforced jollity and all those noble words chosen to inspire us in our government’s resolute determination that we must find due cause for celebration in our chequered and often quite inglorious past, a voice calls me …
It angers me to read that Byron Shire Council is not giving grace to unsuspecting ‘offenders’ of this ugly parking system dumped upon us here in the bay, when the victim (letter ‘Parking Hell’, Pat Janda, January 20) was actually exempt from any parking fees to begin with.
To further the issue, after reading Kol Dimond’s letter (Nanny State, same issue) I generally agree with him that we are indeed being trampled by over-governing and legislation.
Tis a shame. I believe Winston Churchill once proclaimed ‘Too much over-regulation shall only lead to revolt.’
These new hefty fines for ‘free-haired’ cyclists may well trigger ‘offenders’ to abscond from the law enforcers.
Beware skate-boarders; the way things are going, you’ll be wearing helmets next.
Jon Bradley, Byron Bay
Letters to editor
The crims are in a panic as it is realised that the masses are waking up to the fraud against our constitution and law of the land. If the crims can remove the head of State they also get their mandate to rewrite the constitution in line with the Admiralty law and corrupt judicial system they have been administering for decades.
Not surprisingly the WA premier has apparently refused to sign. WA has always been out of step and defiant with Canberra and the other states because WA is not and never has been a formerly constituted part of the Federation. That is very much why WA gets away with having the most rotten to the core judicial system in the country and also why when Colin Barnett and those before him threaten to seceed from the Commonwealth people in Canberra sit up and take notice and more often than not Barnett gets the concessions he is demanding. We also suspect this is very much to blame for the High Court persistently refusing applications from individuals residing in Western Australia and why there is no official High court registry in Perth only the Federal court registry acting as postal couriers to Canberra and the Federal court itself is not constituted either with no available proclamation to produce on demand to anyone.
We don’t need a criminal republic so the unlawful "Australian Government" can morphe yet again, we need the crims in Canberra who send our unwitting men and women to die in foreign lands tried for treason and a return to natural justice and adherence to the Act to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia 1900UK and 1901 proclaimed and gazzetted.
I’ve never really been good at waiting. I’m just as fidgety waiting in a queue now as I was when I was a rug-rat, only now I don’t have my mother nudging me, telling me to keep still.
I admit that if the queue looks too long or not moving fast enough I walk away. I can literally feel myself ageing in queues. The life in me slowly draining away, second by second. My time here is too precious to be spent standing in a queue. I got stuff to do!
My patience has well and truly been exhausted over these past 3 months waiting for the sale of my business to settle. My life has been like one of those bad dreams where you are running down a hallway trying to get to the door at the end but the hallway keeps expanding just as you are within an arm’s length from the door handle.
The settlement date has been extended 3 times due to one thing or another and with each extension comes the highs (as the settlement date nears) and lows (settlement date extension)
I’m expecting to hear something back from the lawyers by the end of this week. In the meantime there’s no point worrying about the what-ifs so I may as well enjoy the view from this holding pattern I’m currently in and practice “patience”
Photograph taken by moi
The Victorian state government is looking to further intensify animal production systems in our beautiful state. The need, it is argued is to meet growing overseas demand and to help underpin the State’s future economy and jobs growth. An Advisory Committee has been appointed to consider how the planning system can support the establishment and expansion of intensive animal industries in Victoria, balancing environmental outcomes and community expectations. The industries discussed include beef, dairy, sheep (lamb and wool), egg, chicken, pig, camel, goat and rabbit.
This represents a most welcomed opportunity to speak out against the intensification of animal based agriculture. It seems incongruous that given mounting opposition to factory farming on animal welfare, environmental and human health, grounds Victoria is even considering giving the green light to intensive animal based industries. Please take a moment to let our decision makers know this is not in keeping with community expectations.
A discussion paper has been developed to inform submissions into this process you can find it, and the submission form here.
Please note submissions close 5 February 2016.
Photo credit: Tamara Keneally Photography
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
Goldfields landscapes are dotted with mullock heaps: and one of the curiosities of these heaps of apparently useless rock is that they often feature quite healthy trees. How can these trees get a foothold in material you definitely wouldn’t be spreading around your garden?
We put this question to Castlemaine geologist Julian Hollis, and he suggested that one answer might be that pyrites in the heaps decay to a soluble material called melanterite, an iron sulphate which is sometimes used as a fertilizer: so, contrary to what we might think, there are plant nutrients in these rock heaps. Julian was open minded about what other explanations there might be, however. Suggestions welcome.
Attentive readers will have noticed the brief kerfuffle in January on the release of the Parks Victoria 2014-5 Annual Report. You can read the report here.
Interest has centred around the fact that Government funding to PV had been slashed by 37% in the time of the Coalition State Government. This statistic should come as no surprise to anyone following the fortunes of Parks and DELWP over the years. The relevant table can be found on page 25 of the report. It shows that Government funding in 2011 was $110 million, in 2012 it went to $122 million, then dropped steeply, to $76 million by 2015.
The result, of course, is that PV is less able to do what it’s supposed to do, in the way of basic land management, weed and feral animal control, research, education and other programs.
In the December issue of Parkwatch, Robert Bender calculates that staff numbers at Parks Victoria have decreased by 6-7% per year since 2011. Making a crude but useful calculation, he finds that in 2011 each Parks employee was responsible for looking after 3700 hectares of land; by 2015 it was 4540 hectares. The obvious increase in workload inevitably means that, no matter how dedicated a given ranger [or support person] might be, the task of doing the job properly is becoming impossible. It’s not surprising that there are press reports talk of increasing pressure, stress and demoralisation in PV.
Not that you’d know about pressure and stress by reading the Parks Victoria Report. As is the nature of these documents, it’s nicely illustrated, and full of good news. It might be unfair to call the general tone gaga, but not very unfair. Here’s the introduction, by Chairman of Parks Victoria Board, Andrew Fairley:
‘At Parks Victoria, we believe the future is one of excellence, so we have changed how we operated during 2014–15 to significantly improve the way we deliver our services. … The deployment of a new operating model and a new structure in our regions, complemented by realignment across our Corporate Services divisions, has brought considerable transformation to our business…The Parks Victoria Board is extremely excited by these changes…’ Page 8
Get it? What it means is, ‘Government funding dropped from $96 million to $76 million last year, and we’re doing great!’
‘Parks Victoria achieved a net result from transactions of $6.226 million deficit for the 30 June 2015 financial year. This was in line with expectations and follows a challenging financial period due to a decline in funding for Parks Victoria’s core operations [FOBIF emphasis].Throughout the 2014–15 financial year Parks Victoria continued to drive operation...
In the meantime, what’s happening in the Parks themselves? We do have great parks, but this Report, though it does have some useful info, won’t give you a real idea of the serious challenges the park system faces.
The Report papers over so many cracks that, like any rose tinted view of things, it quickly loses credibility. It blandly suggests on page 18, for example, that the feral horse and deer problems are under control in the Alps: this is a depressing evasion of the real facts. On page 17 we are told that major research projects on biodiversity in Box Ironbark regions have been ‘incorporat[ed] into bushfire planning.’ To say the least, this is premature.
Further, there are claims that are counter intuitive to the reader. On page 48 we read that the ‘Number of hectares treated to minimise the impact of pest plants, pest animals, and overabundant native animals and plants (including meeting ecological fire and watering objectives)’ is 1,683,824. This is over 40% of the land administered by PV–in one year! A lot depends on what you mean by ‘treated’–but would anyone claim that 40% of our parks are significantly weed free? Park...
Webmaster of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club, Chris Timewell, has put the newsletters of the Club from 1976 online. They can be found here.
This archive is a fascinating record of Field Nats observations and reflections on our region over 40 years, and can be dipped into almost at random for interesting insights into the natural scene.
Given that mistletoe is flowering around the region at the moment, here’s an interesting 2003 piece by Ern Perkins, written partly in response to some local calls for the plant to be culled:
‘Research in the ACT shows that mistletoe mostly grows on large, mature trees, and that the density of mistletoes…is positively correlated to the height of the host trees…The study also showed that many of the trees with live mistletoes also carried dead mistletoes…This suggests that some trees have mechanisms to control mistletoes…A study in the Yarra Valley Parklands showed that…of 228 trees under stress, only 4 trees had mistletoes. Other studies have shown that trees with mistletoe grow more slowly. Another study in the Melbourne area recorded 15 eucalypts which were heavily infested...
Farcical ‘Public Inquiry’! BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Dictator Baird has stooped to his lowest level of contempt for the citizens of Hunters Hill, Ryde and Lane Cove Council areas scraping the bottom of the barrel with his latest insult to them over the forced amalgamation issue. He has moved the goal posts and changed [...]
Former First Lady Margie Abbott has congratulated the volunteers who present the Lifeline Giant Book Fair that returns to Chatswood this Saturday and Sunday January 30 and 31. Thousands of books at unbelievable low prices will be available from 8am to 5pm in the Civic Pavilion at The Concourse 409 Victoria Road Chatswood with all [...]
Reconnoitre, a verb meaning
Well, maybe that isn’t exactly correct as to what we were doing over the weekend just gone, but both of the words in the title start with ‘R’ and the general idea is there, so it’s close enough!
We live in the southern Riverina, and as it was school holidays, and I didn’t have to work on the Friday the wife, Miss 10, and myself travelled to town of Young about 3 hours drive north and spent the weekend there.
Today Young is known as the Cherry Capital of Australia (hence the big sign [above] located in the railway station precinct). Young owes it original existence to that yellow precious metal, Gold, which was reported to have been found there in 1860. At the time it was known as Lambing Flat because it was a place were lambing took place before the discovery of gold. The town grew quickly in the next few years and with it the trappings and facilities of civilisation arrived – the newspaper, Post Office, court house, National School, the first race meeting (which seemed to benefit the bushranger Frank Gardiner more than anyone else), the hospital, Cobb and Co coach service, and telegraph line, along with a number of churches and a flour mill. Eventually the railway, that most excellent of transportation modes, arrived....
Over the years in my excursions through the Mia Mia I’ve often seen Little Eagles. A pair has bred with regular success and it is not unusual to see the birds circling in search of rabbits – an easy task, as they are abundant in the valley. We had a lovely encounter with two birds yesterday – the urgent cackling of a juvenile alerted me to their presence – it was perched with an adult in a River Red-gum directly above us.
Little Eagles come in pale and dark morphs, the adult pictured below is a pale morph, while the juvenile is a rich rufous underneath, similar to the dark morph.
Ipswich City Council questioned:
The Ipswich City Council and Mayor Paul Pisasale are coming under fire for their refusal to answer questions about how the Mayor’s wife came to be given a paid council position.
It was revealed earlier this week that Councillor Pisasale had made email correspondence asking for his wife Janet to be given a job as an administrative assistant in September of 2013 before being hired a week later.
Compensation offers, a slap in the face:
Compensation offered to unpaid or underpaid Indigenous workers in Queensland is being called a slap in the face.
Pauline Hannam was put to work cleaning the Cherbourg girls dormitory she lived in as a child, and is among a group of Indigenous people whose wages and savings were heavily controlled by successive Australian governments until the 1970s.
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Legionella at Mater Hospital
The Mater Private Hospital has released a statement confirming a patient has tested positive for Legionella bacterial infection.
The hospital is unsure whether the infection was acquired at the hospital but it is working with independent agencies to determine the source.
Queensland Health was advised and the hospital is currently conducting water tests, and additional disinfection measures.
Calls for air-pollution monitoring in mining towns:
A central Queensland doctor has joined calls for further monitoring of air-pollution around mining towns.
With only one air-quality monitoring station in the state’s coal-rich Bowen Basin, located at Moranbah, Emerald GP Ewen McPhee says the Queensland Government needs to expand its network.
High levels of respiratory illness and allergies in surrounding communities are not just bad luck, he added.
Fearless in the high seas:
|Australian pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus) are a common sight off the coast of Dunwich.|
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Dunwich shoreline, (2) Town centre,
(3) Cemetery, and (4) Council Depot. Image courtesy of Google Maps.
That's another calendar year done for a site that's now a little
over three years old. Federal elections and Tasmanian state
elections are this site's biggest events, so with neither of these
in 2015 it's no surprise traffic here was down 43% on 2014 and down
about 10% on 2013. Still, with two state elections and the
dumping of a sitting Prime Minister, the year was not exactly
The pattern for the year (the units are sessions per week) looks like this:
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