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I have written several letters over the past years concerning Byron Shire Council, including my concerns about the level of infiltration occurring during high rainfall into the gravity sewer mains in Mullumbimby. The previous director of water and recycling and his engineering staff submitted to council in 2011 that the infiltration of the Mullumbimby gravity mains had been resolved. The evidence used to support this was a reduction in sewer-pump run hours. What the director failed to add was that this had been done by replacing the existing pumps with substantially larger pumps. This meant that pump-run hours would be reduced.
There was a consultant’s report supplied to the then Brunswick Waste Water Steering Committee in 2006. That report in part stated that unless the Mullumbimby infiltration was stopped Vallances Road STP would be hydraulically overloaded within four years.
The Vallances Road Sewage Treatment Plant was commissioned in 2011 and the Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’ was lifted.
There have been reports of biosolids being dumped on the riverbank from the Vallances Road STP during high rainfall that are extremely offensive in odour. This is a sign that a plant of this design is showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded.
The only way to substantiate that the infiltration had been stopped would be to examine the daily inflow and daily rainfall figures recorded by the operator in charge on the operational sheet at the Vallances Road plant to see if there are larger inflows during rain periods in Mullumbimby. This data recording is required by government authorities.
If the data confirm that infiltration problems exist then the information given to the elected Council by BSC’s sewer management should be re-examined.
Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads
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Shepparton Interfaith Network is a partner in the forthcoming New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program to be conducted in Shepparton. The New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) provides an outstanding opportunity for potential and current leaders from new and emerging communities across Victoria to build their leadership skills and capacity in order to contribute ... Read more...
Give me a Wave.
To navigate through the World Wide Web, is called ‘surfing the web’ or spending time on the Internet. Cyberspace is like a vast ocean. So surfing the net is an appropriate metaphor. Surfing the ocean waves is physically good for you and surfing the Webb is a good mental exercise. Surfing the web is mentally surfing invisible waves.
To learn I read mostly nonfiction. Educational, do it yourself type books I struggled with what I called ‘heavy books’ they were like trying to read a foreign language. I found a dictionary helpful but the going was a tedious slog.
The Countdown is now on to the 27th Byron Bay Bluesfest. On 26 January festival director Peter Noble, who ironically describes himself as ‘an old angry motherfucker!’ was awarded the very prestigious OAM – Order of Australia medal for his services to the music industry.
With fifty years plus in the industry the man and his event have garnered a lot of awards. You’d need a trailer to move them.
Just last year there was the Best Major Event for North Coast Tourism and Festival of the Year at the Pan Australasian Award. There have been not one, or even two, but four Helpmann Awards for Best Contemporary Music Festival, a Rolling Stone award back in 2007 for Contribution to Australian music and even a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. Something like 28 awards in fact, and numerous nominations, the most impressive being on the global stage alongside festivals such as Glastonbury for International Festival of the Year Pollstar Awards.
So how does an ‘angry old motherfucker’ celebrate his OAM?
‘Annika [his partner] went to the opening of Elements the night before so my family celebration in the morning didn’t happen because they couldn’t get out of bed! Must have been a good opening! So I went down to...
This Sunday is Valentines Day. And before you think it’s all wine and roses and corny cards about true love, remember that it’s also V Day – part of a global revolution to protest against violence against women and children around the world…
Starting at 7.30am on Main Beach
with a flashmob (wear red!) and culminating in a powerful
contemporary show created by local women: Vagina
Conversations at the Byron Theatre in the evening.
Organiser and event MC Zenith Virago spoke with The Echo.
Tell me about the concept of Vagina Conversations.
Having been involved as MC in the Vagina Monologues productions for the past two years here, and for another production which you were also part of some years ago, it is always abundantly clear that women want to talk about, listen about, laugh and cry and shout about their vaginas.
I have been thinking for a while that we need to tell new, more contemporary, evolved stories. Our stories. ...
2015 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting award winners
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have made their long-awaited return to Australia with two very special shows at the Bangalow A&I Hall this weekend.
‘We are very excited, once again, to be bringing our songs and ourselves, and a few of our good friends, all the way from Tennessee to the land of Australia way down under.
‘We will be driving the wild back roads from Perth to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane… come out and say howdy when we roll in to town!’
– Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.
The dynamic duo were last here a long 11 years ago in 2004. No-one had quite expected the sublime beauty and simple complexity of their voices and instruments in their live shows. From the grandious Forum Theatre in Melbourne to the tiny Meeniyan Town Hall, they slayed ’em all in shows.
Dave Rawlings Machine play in support of the recently released and critically acclaimed album Nashville Obsolete, which features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, a...
Jodie McRae of Lismore has been named a finalist for the 2016 Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award.
Mrs McRae, who has been battling cancer, founded ‘Jodie’s Inspiration’ , a non-profit organization which raised more than $100,000.
The money was used to buy two cold cap therapy machines for a local oncology unit that help people retain their hair during chemotherapy.
Lismore MP Thomas George said Mrs McRae had been chosen from a field of almost 250 nominees.
‘She is truly an inspiration and a role model for us all,’ Mr George said.
The 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the outstanding contribution of exceptional women in NSW.
Nominees for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year fall into five categories – the Premier’s Award for Women of the Year, Harvey Norman Young Women of the Year, A.H. Beard Community Hero, REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year and NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Mr George said too often successful women don’t get the recognition that they deserve, particularly for those in the field of volunteering.
‘These awards are our chance to honour some of the many women, like Jodie, who have contributed so much to this state and to their local community,” Mr George said.
‘I urge everyone in the local communi...
North coast environment groups have praised the state opposition for ruling a line through the government’s plan to use woodchips from local forests to fuel furnaces in the pursuit of so-called renewable energy.
Susie Russell, vice-president of the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC), who travelled to Sydney for a meeting with opposition leader Luke Foley and shadow environment minister Penny Sharpe MLC yesterday, said their commitment not to allow forests to be burnt in power stations, would see the industry ‘dead before it gets off the ground’.
‘We are heartened that Luke Foley has given a categorical undertaking to not allow forest wood to be substituted for coal, or for stand-alone forest fired power stations to be part of the energy mix in NSW,’ Ms Russell said.
‘We know that the government-run Forestry Corporation is pinning its hopes on a new woodchip industry to try and...
Growers (and farmers) beware … the choppers are in the air.
The police helicopter and its ground troops were spotted out Uki way earlier this week, with reports that their low-level surveillance for cannabis was again scaring livestock and children in the area.
A property owner along Blue Knob Road received a call while she was at work in Nimbin that almost 30 of her cattle had ended up on the road.
The cattle reportedly escaped through a barbed wire fence after being spooked by the choppers, with a number of the animals receiving injuries.
This morning, an Echonetdaily source has reported a large contingent of police – dressed in black t-shirts with ‘Police’ on the back – were congregating at Durrumbul Hall near Mullumbimby.
Further social media posts indicate properties in the Main Arm area were being buzzed mid-morning.
Tweed Byron Local Area Command has been contacted about the sighting but had not responded to a request for information prior to deadline.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the annual cannabis eradication pr...
There are moves afoot, well underway, to have the Byron Shire LEP amended to suit developers of the site known as Lot 101, being the property next to the new hospital. In order for this mega development (under the pretentious name of ‘senior housing’) to proceed, the LEP needs to be adjusted.
Why do we have an LEP in the first place if anybody can come along and get it changed?
Ewingsdale has been and still is a rural residential subdivision. When we bought there, over 20 years ago, we bought for that reason. We wanted space around us. We didn’t want to chop up our garden to make a profit. We enjoyed having certain amounts of privacy and freedom. We also expected this to last.
Is it ‘selfish’ to want what we were promised to remain that way? Is it unreasonable to expect the councillors that represent the people of Byron Shire to do the job they are paid to do and look after the interest of the people and not kowtow to outside developers with their over-the-top plans to denude and destroy our way of life with the stroke of a pen?
If this development goes ahead, including a shopping centre the size of the IGA complex, it will forever change the gateway to Byron Bay. No matter what the architects tell us they intend to do with their fancy words and modern ideas, it will be a sprawling blight in the Byron Shire.
This is all about money and profit, not caring for the elderly, and I assure you that if this goes ahead we will all look back and wonder ‘How did we let this happen?’
Jenny Gordon, Ewingsdale
Federal Government creates emergency relief fund for Indo-Pacific region yet leaves our farmers and small business in regional areas to cope with predatory banks and their dodgy receivers selling off farms and closing businesses. Where is the Labor Party Opposition?
The federal government has announced it will provide a further $25 million in funding towards aid in Syria and Iraq.
The funding will be drawn out of Australia’s emergency relief fund, which is usually provided to disaster-stricken areas in the Indo-Pacific region. There is no relief fund set up by government for Australian disasters to draw from.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the funding at the Syria Donors Conference in London on Thursday. It brings Australia’s total assistance to Iraq and Syria to $258 million since 2011.
On Tuesday, Bishop met with a small group of foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria and how they can combat the Islamic State.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Julie Bishop for donating yet another $25m to Syria as Australian farmers and regional towns struggle to survive bank foreclosures and s...
A resident of the Byron Bay hinterland says Byron Shire Council has ‘dragged its feet for a year’ over a dangerous stretch of Coolamon Scenic Drive near St Helena hill.
The section of road is located about 100 metres past the house with the old petrol bowser out front.
Brad Garnham told The Echo that it is particularly dangerous owing to it being the first tight corner when travelling west from the highway.
‘The evidence of multiple and regular wet-weather single-vehicle accidents here should be more than ample motivation for the council to sort it out. It’s a disgrace that nothing has been done here’.
Mr Garnham says he followed up his initial contact with Council a few months later but no action has been taken. He said, ‘Disturbingly it’s been 12 months since I lodged the alert.’
In 2016, Australia’s most ‘spoketacular’ charity cycling event, the Variety Cycle is urging participants to challenge themselves for Aussie kids in need.
Now in its third year, the new route for 2016 will see cyclists take in the beautiful east coast of Australia, cycling from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef
Participants can take on the full 15 day ride, or choose their challenge with a range of one, two day and seven day routes, including Sydney to Byron Bay.
This life-changing journey will see a philanthropic peloton clip themselves in and travel through some of Australia’s most scenic regions from April 2nd to 16th. The Variety Cycle 2016 boasts a greater range of shorter cycles than ever before, making it the ideal adventure for everyone from novices through to elite athletes.
The range of options include the full 15 day Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef cycle (2002 kms), challenging seven day cycles from Sydney to Byron Bay route (1023 kms) or Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef (979 kms) as well as three choices of two day cycles (Sydney to Maitland (223kms), Brisbane to Noosa (229kms) or Bundaberg to the Great Barrier Reef (358kms) and the one day ride from Sydney to The Entrance (104kms).
‘The Variety Cycle is more than just a bike ride; it gives participants an exclusive insight into Variety’s vital work and how their fundraising supports Aussie kids in ne...
GENEVA – [AAP] Women in areas with the Zika virus can protect themselves, especially during pregnancy, by covering up against mosquitoes and practising safe sex through the use of condoms, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Geneva-based United Nations agency issued recommendations on Wednesday for women regarding microcephaly and other neurological disorders linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has been found in more than 30 countries including Brazil, where babies with birth defects have been reported.
It did not recommend travel restrictions, instead suggesting that women consult their doctors or authorities if travelling.
More evidence is needed to confirm whether sex commonly transmits the Zika virus, WHO said, noting that Zika has been found in semen and citing a report of sexual transmission in the United States.
There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.
Pregnant women in general, including those who develop symptoms of Zika virus infection, should see their health care provider for close monitoring.
But WHO was also somewhat reassuring, declaring: ‘Most women in Zika-affected areas will give birth to normal infants.’
Microcephaly is a rare condition where a baby...
The Greens and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) have said the Australian government needs to put teeth into its Close the Gap policy if it is to have any significant affect.
The NSWALC believes federal and state governments need to ‘close the knowledge gap’ and directly involve Aboriginal people in decision-making if they are serious about closing the gap on disadvantage.
NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See welcomed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s continued commitment to ‘closing the gap’ but warned progress would only be achieved by increasing Aboriginal participation in decision-making.
The Aboriginal-led Close the Gap Steering Committee has made nine detailed recommendations to Government about how the Closing the Gap strategy can be improved. These include the adoption of targets to reduce imprisonment and violence, improvements in data collection, more action on mental health and increased funding to tackle smoking.
‘NSWALC urges the Government to act on what the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts in the field are telling it and adopt the Close the Gap Committee’s recommendations.
‘Aboriginal people must be front...
MAIDUGURI – [AAP] Two female suicide bombers have killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa.
The attack occurred 85km outside the capital of Borno state, centre of the seven-year insurgency, military officials said on Wednesday. It took place on Tuesday, but a breakdown in the telephone system prevented the incident being made public earlier.
CANBERRA – [AAP] The mother of an Australian woman who followed her Islamic State supporter husband to Syria is devastated at her death.
Tara Nettleton died of an infection – either kidney or appendix related – in the IS stronghold of Raqqa around September, according to The Australian and Fairfax Media.
‘I am devastated because I wasn’t able to be at my daughter’s side,’ her Sydney-based mother Karen Nettleton told The Australian.
Nettleton leaves behind her five children with IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf, as well as a baby granddaughter.
Sharrouf is believed to have been killed during the fighting last year, although this has never been officially confirmed and there’s been some speculation he might still be alive.
Information from inside Syria and Iraq on the fates of Australians who have joined IS is scant and difficult to substantiate due to the war being waged across both middle eastern countries.
Last year, it was revealed Tara Nettleton’s eldest daughter, Zaynab, 14, had been married to Sharrouf’s Australian mate and fellow IS fighter Mohamed Elomar.
The teenager later gave birth to a daughter, now believed to be about eight weeks old.
But Elomar was already dead,...
DAKAR – [RAW]
Prosecutors in the landmark human rights trial of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre recommended life in prison if he is convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, according to Senegal state radio.
Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, went on trial in the Senegalese capital last July and a verdict is expected this year. It is the first time a domestic court system in one country has tried a former leader of another on rights charges.
Rights advocates say the case offers an alternative avenue for justice to the International Criminal Court based in The Hague. Many African leaders have voiced scepticism about the ICC on the grounds that it has investigated abuses mainly in Africa.
Habre was deposed in a coup in 1990 and fled into exile in Senegal. He was detained in 2000 and in 2012 a Belgian judge obtained a ruling f...
CANBERRA – [AAP] Deputy prime minister Warren Truss is expected to reveal his retirement from politics one day after trade minister Andrew Robb confirmed he was calling it quits.
Mr Robb on Wednesday announced he won’t contest the next election, saying he felt the time was right to leave politics and hand over the baton to the next generation in the Liberal Party.
He believes the Turnbull government is in ‘great shape’ and no longer requires his assistance.
His announcement came amid reports Mr Truss was expected to make his retirement intentions clear on Thursday.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed Mr Robb the most successful trade minister in the country’s history, noting three ‘enormous’ free trade deals with China, Japan and Korea signed on his watch.
The prime minister also pointed to his work securing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a historic trade agreement between 11 countries including the United States and China.
Mr Robb, 64, has ambitions to work in the private sector and mental health and doesn’t want to leave it too late.
‘I’d be 68, 69 after the next term, and I felt that was leaving it too late,’ he told ABC’s 730 on Wednesday evening.
But he won’t be leaving the ministry in a hurry, confirming the prime minister wanted him to stay on potentially fo...
BRUSSELS – [RAW] NATO has agreed to its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.
In an effort to dissuade Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO defence ministers decided to rely on a network of new alliance outposts, forces on rotation, warehoused equipment and regular war games, all backed by a rapid-reaction force.
‘Russia is a threat,’ Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told Reuters on Wednesday at an alliance meeting in Brussels.
‘It is Moscow’s actions in Crimea, their support for separatists in Ukraine and their snap exercises that concern us’.
The measures, which British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said proved that ‘NATO means what it says’, showed a unity the West has not been able to muster against Russia in Syria, where the United States faces criticism for not stopping the Russian-backed assaults on reb...
In a recent photo competition run by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network one of the most popular subjects was the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulate), pictured above. Speaking to the photographers it appeared that this was the first time that they had seen these striking insects in their respective localities. Indeed a blog on this very […]
Adelaide researchers have developed a diet and exercise program which has proven to be highly effective in reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes, with an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels.
The diet incorporates an eating pattern that is very low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and unsaturated fats. The program is based on the findings from a $1.3 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) funded study, which compared the low carbohydrate eating pattern with the current best practice approach of managing type 2 diabetes with a high-unrefined carbohydrate, low fat diet.
‘The research results are ground breaking,’ Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, principal research scientist at the CSIRO said.
‘Health professionals have been divided over the best dietary approach for managing type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing uncertainty is a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers.
‘The most amazing benefit of the low carbohydrate diet was the reduction in the patient’s medication levels, which was more than double the amount than the volunteers following the lifestyle program with the high-carbohydrate diet plan.
‘Some of the participa...
We find out what’s cookin’ in the Seymour Salvos Community Kitchen with special guests Heather Stamp & Rachael McCracken. We also check what’s in store at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Paddock to Plate on episode 29/1/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at www.exchangefood.org/radio-show/...
Last year I did some high school teaching, which I found to be the most difficult paid work I’ve ever done. Definitely way harder than being a Senator – apart from anything else, Senators have staff to help them do what they need to do (& get paid 3 times the money of course). And there is of course also ready access to other resources – apart from anything else, when I was a Senator I didn’t need to go to Officeworks to make sure I had enough pens to do my job the next day, and I didn’t have to be worried if I was blowing the printing budget each time I clicked OK on extra copy of an exam sheet for my class.
Having said that, the teaching I’ve done was not as hard as some of the unpaid work – also known as volunteer work – that I’ve done, but I guess that’s a separate story. I should also emphasise that sometimes I found teaching to be very fulfilling and rewarding (in a non-financial sense), but there is still no doubt that to do it well, day after day – which of course is what every parent hopes/demands and our community needs – is bloody hard.
In any case, I think teaching is much harder than it needs to be because teachers are ridiculously underpaid and undervalued (despite all of the nice sounding words about how we have to invest in our children’s future, etc), and the expectations on what every teacher is meant to cover and be fully across as a matter of course verge on the ridiculous.
So even with my limited direct experience, I’m not surprised that the recent resignation statement of a Brisbane based school teacher of thirty+ years standing has got so much attention. Although this statement is from a primary school teacher, I think many aspects of it are als...
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There. I’ve said it. I am not Superman.
I don’t really have x-ray vision.
I’m sorry, grandkids, but I saw your dad walk up the path. (Saw him through the kitchen window.) That’s how I knew it was him when there was a knock at the door.
I can’t really see through things. I’m sorry, lovers, but, try as I might, I can’t see through the horror of Catholic abuse to the shining heart of love. I can’t love without looking over my shoulder, fearful that the devil (or Luthor) will appear; to find me out; to applaud me for the pleasure I feel.
Despite misappropriating a personal commitment to truth, justice and the sustainable way, l can’t see the way out of the mess we’re in. Things need to change – quickly. And, despite the Subaru, I’m not faster than the speeding bullets in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, US, France…
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I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating twenty years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Although I have a copy somewhere in my extensive CD collection, I needed to touch base with my friends Glen and Greig who had been instrumental in putting the project together. They came up with the idea, they found the talent, and they made it happen. All I did was chat with a few people, and hopefully got them to tell their stories as well as they could, and create the audio. The premise for the project was simple: for Sydney Pride Centre, we would get together a bunch of people who had participated in the first Mardi Gras and ask them to tell their stories.
As I wrote in 2007,
I remember at the time of doing the interviews of being in awe of these people who had quite simply participated in something quite amazing, but who hadn’t really thought of it in those terms at the time. The aim of the project was to document in some way the experience of the many “ordinary people” who had taken part in the first parade and protest.
Thankfully Glen and Greig were able to find the original audio files, and so to make these more widely, here they are, hopefully never to be lost again.
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The Agriculture and Environment Committee reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 on 05 February.
The report is available here
The restoration of fundamental provisions in the Act such as the cardinal principle which recognises National Parks as cornerstones for conservation was crucial to protecting the Kondalilla National Park from an inappropriate zip-line.
The Nature Conservation Act is also an integral part of the legislative framework to protect our small, diverse conservation estate from potential commercial activities and intensive uses which would compromise the natural and amenity values of these special places.
Minister Steven Miles MP issued the following statement on 09 February
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef...
A university in the United States has found that the much-heralded Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will cost the American economy 448,000 jobs and significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product.
One of 12 nations in the deal, Australia signed the agreement in New Zealand last week.
The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University near Boston said President Obama’s promises of sweeping economic benefits are wrong and the treaty would actually harm America.
The analysis said U.S. jobs would be “hardest hit” of all the nations in the agreement.
Meanwhile the TPP along with the National Interest Analysis was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives today prompting the Member for Kennedy and leader of Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter to form a cross bench alliance, citing the TPP as the “greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades.”
Mr Katter, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Greens’ Trade Spokesman Senator Peter Whish-Wilson fronted a joint press conference at Parliament House to oppose the ratification of the TPP, which is expected within weeks.
Whilst full details of the TPP Agreement were laid before Parliament, all three attacked the Government’s own analysis of the Agreement – an analysis which is unlikely to highlight the real losses to Australian manufacturers and producers.
“There has been a hole a mile wide torn in the sovereignty of Aus...
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here
Hundreds of fanatical Islamics rioted in Sydney on September 9, 2015, claiming they were objecting to the release of an anti-Muslim film. Police were caught off guard and a number were seriously injured while trying to contain the mob surging through the CBD. Police were forced to shut down Market Street sending the rioters back to Hyde Park to regroup. There police dogs and capsicum spray were used to break up the crazed Muslims. The chanting, mindless mob took to police with missiles and boots hospitalising six officers.
The blame for these disgusting anti-Australian attacks on the majority of peaceful citizens by several hundred Muslim immigrants can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Labor party, the Liberal Party and the equally crazed Greens.
North Queensland MP Bob Katter has called for an end to all immigration tying the annual 600,000 influx of immigrants to job availability. Until the nation can absorb existing immigrants and place them in meaningful jobs, Katter says from today no more, finished, don’t apply.
Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”
The Macedon Ranges Council had earlier discovered the two abandoned alpacas on council land. Fearing for their welfare, they contacted Edgar’s Mission to assist. Days later Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall (as they have been christened) were whisked away to the safety of the local animal charity where a set of shears was on hand to greet them. Pam said: “The transformation has been dramatic and clearly shows the dire state into which they have fallen.”
“It is incomprehensible how anyone could allow this to happen to an animal, they rely on us for everything. Sadly we saw evidence that a third alpaca had died some time earlier. Their heavy fleece is a burden in so many ways and could well lead death.” Local alpaca shearer, John Tully, who expertly shore Grace and Lauren, trimmed their overgrown toenails and administered vaccinations and vitamin shots, estimates the alpacas had not been shorn for up to four......
Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February 2016 St Kilda Festival is a celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore. It’s a day of fun in the sun, thrills on the beach and awesome sounds after dark. Just remember to come prepared and treat the ‘hood with utmost respect’. The Festival is […]
Click here for tickets – we look forward to seeing you on 16th March!
St Kilda Festival’s 2016 New Music Stage line-up has been announced; a landmark event and exciting platform for Australia’s hottest new music aims to support emerging artists and the growth of the Australian music industry. This initiative offers the nation’s best emerging talent the opportunity to play at Australia’s largest music festival on Sunday 14 […]
When gold was first discovered at
Hiscock's Gully in August, 1851, the track from Geelong led to
Buninyong. There was no town at Ballarat. At the time, the only
European settlement in the area that would become Ballarat, was a
squatting run. It was occupied in 1838 by 19 year old Scottish
settler, William Cross Yuille and his cousin Archibald Buchanan
Yuille who had left their earlier run on the Barwon River at
Murgheboluc after coming into conflict with the local Wathaurong
In March, 1838 therefore, they selected 10,000 acres north west of Mt Buninyong on the shores of a swamp. This run which in today's terms included the inner suburbs of Ballarat and extended south as far as Sebastopol was known as "Ballaarat". When William Cross Yuille first arrived (shortly before his cousin), he camped on the edge of what was then known as Black Swamp. Soon it became known as Yuille's Swamp and today is recognised as Lake Wendouree.
|A memorial erected in 1938 on the banks
of Lake Wendouree
(near the end of Pleasant St) commemorating the arrival of
William C Yuille, the first European to live in the district
Hands up if you would like to start 2016 all over again! The great news is with Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we all get a second chance on kicking off 2016. According to Chinese beliefs, there are some important customs one must follow in order to gain some good fortune! To […]
EP Launch Party at Prince Bandroom on 24 Feb 2016 Barely standing is an up-rising Melbourne based duo that have been packing out venues with their high octane performances, up and down the east coast over the last 12 months. Originally from Byron Bay, they are heavily influenced by their barefoot, free-spirited, native town. With […]
Forget Tinder, it is time to swipe right for travelling solo! According to the recently released 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, nearly 25% of people travelled alone on their most recent international vacation. This is a significant increase from 15% in 2013. Solo travel is definitely “trending”. While holidays with loved ones are undeniably […]
When the weekend is closing in, wouldn't it be great to have a friend to let us know what's going on so you don't miss out on anything?
With our new segment Around Town on 2SER Breakfast Thursdays your buddy Mitch will let you in on a few cool things you can check out around Sydney over the weekend each week!
Got a cool event or happening you'd like to let us know about? Email email@example.com!
Making cards for my upcoming solo show, friday 4th of march at Balkon Art Incubator. More info will follow. Am hand making a very small batch of 6 cards per design. Nothing like a small run of cards to get people excited! And I like to make my cards affordable!
#cards #art #melbourne #melbourneartist #matthewschiavello @balkon_art_incubator_ #mixedmedia #instaart
The Nuclear Royal Commission continues its
investigations and will hand down the final report in May. The
Commission is looking into the risks and opportunities of
furthering a nuclear industry here in SA including
increased uranium mining, uranium
enrichment, nuclear power and dumping
international nuclear waste.
Three sites in South Australia, two at Kimba and one in the Flinders Rangers have been shortlisted to become a national nuclear waste dump. South Australians have a long history of opposing waste dumps and have state legislation opposing it. We are working hard to have a voice in the debate and represent many South Australians who don't want us to go down the radioactive path.
For more information on both the nuclear Royal Commission and the National Radioactive Waste Management project check out the nuclear page on the Conservation SA website.
South Australia – too good to waste
Join our postcard campaign!
This February, Conservation SA, the Australian Conservation
Foundation and Friends of the Earth have launched a postcard
campaign calling for a renewable not radioactive South
Australia. We are collecting signed postcards to hand to the SA
Government when the Nuclear Royal Commission delivers its
final report in May 2016. Watch out for postcards around town in
the Avant Card displays or drop into the Joinery in Franklin St to
Can you help us collect signed postcards? If you think you could get 10, 20, 50 or even 100 signed in your community - please give Cat a call on 08 8223 5155 or email...
First cloned cow gives birth to calf
The first and only calf in the world to be created using handmade cloning technology in Central Queensland has reached another milestone.
Three-year-old Brangus cow Eve, named after the biblical first woman, now has her own natural bull calf and is said to be more fertile than her original.
Reproductive scientist Simon Walton, who created Eve, says her successful pregnancy should dispel any concerns that cloned animals were anything to be afraid of like Frankenstein.
Hello Dear Readers, I was lost in outer space on the planet Zoob and hence no blogging – forgive me? But now I’m back, with news. Erm, no – publishing contract of my dreams has not fallen into my inbox – BUT I’ve decided to put my nose to the grindstone and return to […]
Queensland's propsed lockout laws should be evaluated adter 18 months
The Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee has recommended that reduced licensing laws for nightclubs be evaluated after 18 months.
However, the Committee could not reach a majority decision on whether the proposed new laws should be passed.
The laws would impose a last drinks time of 2am across the state, except in prescribed Safe Night Precincts where alcohol could be served until 3am, but with a 1am lockout.
RSPCA: Animal cruelty on the rise in Queensland
RSPCA officials have been left in shock after two recent cases of animal cruelty in the Gympie region over the last week.
A juvenile possum was found alive with an arrow through its body along with the 16 swallows who were rescues from children who were throwing and stomping on the birds.
Spokesmen for RSPCA Queensland Michael Beatty says it is shocking that children believe it is ok to treat animals in this manner.
The RSPCA pleads that anyone with more information step forward.
|Planthoppers, Eagle Heights.|
By Caitlin McInnis
In anticipation of the Prime Minister’s “Closing the Gap” report to Parliament this morning, on Monday we released a study on the Northern Territory Intervention’s impact on this signature government policy. Our report is a damning assessment, and the numbers shocking.
The Intervention was introduced in 2007 by the Howard Government and, although it has been amended since, it survives to the present day under the name “Stronger Futures”.
Our report reviews the Intervention as a whole, evaluating its effects on a range of human rights indicators as well as each of the official Closing the Gap targets. Those targets were set by the former Labour government in four key areas: health and life expectancy, education, safer communities and employment and economic participation. In our report, we named an issue that we (and many others) believe should be made a fifth target: lowered incarceration rates.
Incarceration rates for Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory have risen by 41% during the Intervention and do not seem to be slowing. One figure that particularly stands out is that Indigenous Australians make up only 3% of the population but about 27% of the prison population. This is significant, as negative contact with the justice system can be a large contributor to disadvantage.
Overall, we gave the Closing the Gap targets the following scores:
On the human rights front, the results were equally poor. One glaring human rights violation was the suspension of s10 of the Racial Discrimination Act under the in...
It’s been a long while since a dragonfly featured on Natural Newstead. On Sunday evening I was captivated by these Wandering Perchers Diplacodes bipunctata buzzing around a small dam along Spring Hill Track.
To build on the perching theme this male Red-capped Robin gave the birds a look in as well. The colours are there in the drab, dry bush – you just have to search for them!...
For those very first gold seekers who had arrived wet, tired and
hungry at "Mother Jamieson's" Buninyong Hotel in the tiny township
of Buninyong, there was only one place they really wanted to be:
Hiscock's Gully. It was there in August, 1851 that Buninyong
blacksmith Thomas Hiscock first found gold.
|Plaque erected by the Buninyong and
District Historical Society, marking the
site where Thomas Hiscock first discovered gold
In what is a world first, discoDtours has create a unique mobile silent disco tour lead by a dancing guide. The tours have been a hit in Sydney and are now launching in Byron.
Hundreds of locals and tourists alike are set to experience the delight and freedom of dancing on the streets of Byron. Each participant is given a set of wireless headphones linking the group and allowing discoD’s high energy dance instructors to lead the participants in a 1hr flash-mob-style dance-a-thon to the tunes of Kylie
Minogue, Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. Founder and social entrepreneur Alison Harrington says “discoDtours give participants permission to lose their inhibitions.”
Participants can sign up for scheduled tours or can organise a group tour with as few as 8 people. discoDtours offers the ultimate fun way to experience the magical Byron environment on the beach and in the streets.
They are also a great option for hen’s nights and corporate team building events and they do it enroute to a dinner. Innovative corporates such as Yahoo7 and Google have already been dancing through the streets of Sydney. “I was a bit nervous as to what to expect, but as soon as the team got pumped, we lost all inhibitions and had such a funny night! We laughed the whole time and danced the night away. It was really liberating!” said Meg Keely of Yahoo 7.
discoDtours is a social enterprise business that encourages people to both feelgood and do good. With discoDtours any charity or any supporter can organiser can organise a group tour and a portion of the ticket price is automatically goes to the charity they nominate“ We have already raised over $1000 for various charities and want to dance to raise more. We think the community minded locals of of Byron will be totally supportive of this concept” says Ms Harrington.
Whilst everyone has extreme fun on tour the experience also generates real post event social media buzz with everybody posting fun......
Aboriginal Elder to Premier BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Prominent and highly respected local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Max Harrison has called on the Baird Government to stop its proposed forced merger of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with The Weekly Times Uncle Max says the forced merger is a [...]
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will hold their 2016 Thornleigh Book Fair on April 16-17 at Thornleigh Community Centre, corner Phyllis and Central Avenue, Thornleigh. The Fair will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm with all money raised to go directly to Lifeline in assisting the community with much needed support in [...]
Gladesville Public School took out the Division 1 NSW Sydney Trophy as winners of the Best Adventure Story-Dance in the 2015 Wakakirri Primary Schools Challenge. The School’s Deputy Principal and Wakakirri co-ordinator Alicia Elsinga was one of ten teachers involved in the two year process. She praised the 100 students involved in the production for [...]
A prominent local Aboriginal elder has called on the Baird Government to stop its proposed forced merger of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils. In an exclusive interview with The Weekly Times Elder Uncle Max Harrison said the forced merger is a breach of Native Title and other protocols which require Australian governments to [...]
HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS With Mayor RICHARD QUINN LAST week the Public Inquiry into the proposed merger of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde City Councils was held at the Hunters Hill Sailing Club. It was encouraging that so many residents attended and were able to address the Delegate in person to make known their views [...]
Sound Expression – a friendly and professional music therapy clinic for children with special needs living in Sydney’s north is to run a free interactive workshop for parents on how to use music to enhance their child’s communication skills. The workshop will be held on Saturday February 27 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club from 10am [...]
Celebrations Start this Saturday with Cooking Contest on Plaza Eastwood’s 8th annual Lunar New Year Festival commences this Saturday on Eastwood Plaza with the Community Cooking Competition at 11am. Among the VIP guests and community leaders competing this year will be last year’s winner Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM defending his title. Grand Celebration Next [...]
Hunters Hill Guest Column To The POINT With ADELE WESTLAKE THE approach of a New Year heralds new starts, new ideas, and new projects. Re-vamping and updating your home is often on the list of beautiful changes you plan to make. However, when approaching the refresh of an olderstyled home, it is important to revitalise, [...]
BEING focused, dedicated and determined at age 8 and 12 is inspiring. Turning disappointment into determination, having fun and achieving your goals is impressive. Dancing on the National Stage of a sport that you adore is awesome. Ruby Hensley and Amy Coward of Gladesville Ryde Physie Club managed to do exactly that in 2015, reaching [...]
Her career is going from strength to strength, just coming off her 11th annual performance at the TWT Rotary Christmas Carols Show. For Nata, performing in front of big crowds is a real joy: “I’ve been singing all my life and performing professionally over the past 16 years” she says. Forte is a fixture on [...]
|Newly "renovated" Parklakes wetland|
A few days ago friends told me there was a new sign at Norman
Point - the most northerly point at Tin Can Bay. Of course, I had
to go and see it. It is set under a protecting roof and is big and
bright and beautiful! It is double sided with three panels on each
side. One panel gives a general overview of what can be expected to
be seen around the Strait, one is about the marine Turtles, one
about the Dugongs, one about the Whales and Dolphins, one about the
Mangroves, and one about the shorebirds. The sign has been put up
by Queensland Parks and Wildlife.
Sandro Botticelli -The Virgin adoring the sleeping
Christ child (‘The Wemyss Madonna’) c1485
Titian – Venus rising from the sea (Venus Anadyomene) c1520-25
I’ve just returned from a dash to Sydney where I managed to fit in a visit to The Greats: masterpieces from the national Galleries of Scotland exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. While standing almost nose-to-nose with the lady in A woman in bed by Rembrandt, I realised I’ve never before experienced intimacy with such masterworks. For a masterwork-virgin like me, with only about 70 works, the standing-staring-looking interested fatigue at this exhibition didn’t have time to set in. And although it was nicely busy, I could be alone for minutes at a time with my favourites, and favourites there were.
How could I have foreseen that I’d fall in love w...
SO THE QLD POLICE WANT ‘INCENTIVE PENALTIES’
On 20th January 2016, the Courier Mail reported that it had seen a secret submission to the Taskforce on Organised Crime from the Queensland Police Service (QPS); a submission allegedly fully endorsed by the Police Union. The Taskforce, due to report back on the 31st March 2016, is reviewing the suite of so-called anti-bikie laws enacted by the former Premier Campbell Newman and his Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie. As the date for the report looms near, the LNP has embarked on an intense propaganda campaign. It, along with a hysterical media, assert that if the laws are repealed, the Gold Coast will turn into a violent cesspool of criminal activity.
Introduced in November 2013, the laws were slammed by the judiciary and criticised heavily by academics and professionals. They violate almost all of the common law protections set down over centuries to ensure innocent people are not arbitrarily detained and punished by the Government. They have resulted in absurd arrests, including a librarian with no criminal record being charged for having lunch with her boyfriend and a mate.
Queensland Police are fighting to legalise threats, intimidation and dirty tactics for ‘crime fighting.’ Letters to Cairns News would suggest the QPS has been adopting these measures for decades. “This is nothing new,” according to a retired traffic officer.
The QPS and LNP are adamant the laws are keeping Queenslanders safe. Yet despite boasting of thousands of arrests and charges, almost no one has been successfully prosecuted. Lauding success in the absence of convictions seems a little strange....
Over the last couple of years, there’s been an inverse relationship between the quality of the songs and the quality of the program presenters/comedy interludes for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals which lead to the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent memory, the combination in 2012 of Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi was probably the best, combining intelligence, talent, and humour. In contrast, the low point was definitely 2014, when the program began to resemble The Footy Show. It was great to see Gina and Petra Mede together, as I watched the show this morning (Australia time).
I concede it must be a difficult thing to decide who should host. On the one hand, you have the (hopefully) artistic vision of Christer Björkman, on the other you have the demands/requirements of Swedish TV bureaucrats. I can’t help but feel some of the recent decisions about program presenters have been the result of a “committee vote”.
And then you have the songs themselves. I have previously written about the apparent problem of having too few songwriters contributing the songs. Fredrik Kempe was back again this year, and I can only presume he’ll be back again over coming weeks. Though he has contributed some terrific material to Melodifestivalen, I can’t help but feel his apparent cookie-cutter approach to songs and artists (Popular and Manboy by Eric Saade were basically the same song) adds little to the contest and doesn’t really advance the plot much.
For me, there were no outstanding songs this year, though there were many songs I liked. Last year, for example, I really liked “Groupie” by Samir and Viktor as a “fun, topical song with a great tune”. This year, their song lacked a little of the same appeal, ultimately resulting in them taking their shirts off to, presumably, a...
As we entered Noma (Sydney) for lunch yesterday, there was a real sense of “showbiz”. As we were shown to our table, the four of us were greeted by probably twenty or thirty staff. “Hello, hello, welcome”. Having lived all my life in Australia, I often feel cynical about such displays of hospitality. Though such displays often feel contrived, this seemed to me very genuine. Over the next two and half to three hours, as we enjoyed our meals, and chatted with the staff, it became pretty obvious the staff were, too, lovers of fine food.
Though I’ve visited Copenhagen a few times, I’ve never been to Noma. Their seasons are always sold out weeks/months in advance. But I have read about Noma, and its reputation as a world class restaurant. In particular, I’ve been interested in the work done by the chef and co-owner, René Redzepi in re-inventing Nordic cuisine, and by his innovative use of unusual/interesting ingredients. When they announced a ten week season in Sydney, I was certainly interested, though not confident I’d be lucky enough to secure a seat/table. There are still 27,000 people (or something like that) on the waiting list. Thanks to the perseverance of Damien (running a couple of computers simultaneously) we were lucky enough to secure a table. And so yesterday, after months of anticipation, four of us sat down and enjoyed a remarkable lunch.
From the opener (macadamia in a spanner crab broth) to the closer (a fresh take on bon bons), everything was a surprise and a delight. There were many highlights. For me, they included the “dumpling” of marron and magpie goose (eat it like a taco), the sea urchin with tomatoes and berries, and the marinated fresh fruit (which included teaming up watermelon with a very bitter native plum). There were thirteen courses in all, and absolutely no sense of “I’m still hungry, let’s get some Maccas on the way home”.
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