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Rock Valley. Thursday, 7.15am
You never know what life has in store for you.
This is a truth, but you live as if it weren’t. You trundle on, like a Subaru through an early morning fog, assuming the road ahead is clear. Roads should be. But try telling a wallaby that.
You assume that you will drive to work, labour dutifully, drive home, cook a meal of spinach and pumpkin (which you buy from the supermarket near work), watch a movie with your girl, sleep, and then drive to work again tomorrow.
This is life. You act like you know what will happen.
Sometimes, things just happen from out of the blue and knock you for six. There you go: two cliches that I have mixed – just because I can. I don’t normally do that, because I’m careful about the way my sentences hang. A well-hung sentence is a joy to me (like baked pumpkin topped with organic brie and the lot draped in steamed spinach). But I don’t care now.
Living 35 kilometres out of Lismore through rolling waves of ridges and valleys, I drive carefully when the curtains of mist are pulled. Like a sensible driver, I reduce my speed and turn my fog lights on. So, I guess the wallaby saw me coming.
Fat use that is. Now, if the wallaby had fog lights, that would be helpful…
I wonder if the wallaby knows that the widening gap between those two lights – behind which is a man who assumes he will reach Lismore, do his work, buy his dinner ingredients, return home, cook, eat alone, watch a movie (tonight, The Matrix), barely sleep, and then drive to work the next day – heralds danger, and sig...
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Gold seekers from all over the world flocked to Ballarat after
the August, 1851 discoveries of
John Dunlop and James Regan at Poverty Point and as the
numbers of diggers increased, the township of Ballarat was
established. Initially, the Ballarat diggings were a rough
collection of huts and canvas tents spread out along the creeks and
gullies of the Yarrowee River, but as more and more people arrived
- not just single men roughing it, but whole families including
women and children - the tents gave way to timber buildings and
then as mining practices moved on from shallow alluvial workings to
more established deep lead mining, permanent, brick buildings were
The early township grew up in a haphazard fashion around the sites where the miners pitched their tents and along the routes of the original bullock tracks. As a result, the Ballarat CBD as it exists today, was not the centre of town during the early years of the gold rush. Instead, East Ballarat near Golden Point and the Eureka Lead became the focus of activity. Businesses lined the old tracks which became the first roads.
|The North Grant Hotel (1859), located on
the south east corner of Peel and
Main Street (now Bridge Street), built mid-1850s. Image held by the State
Library of Victor...
Doonan Creek Restoration Day
Thursday 17 March 2016
8 – 11.30am
Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve
219 Doonan Bridge Road, Verrierdale (at the reserve sign – see map)
Join us in restoring this endangered wetland habitat by planting fruiting trees for our visiting hinterland birds.
The planting session will be followed by a demonstration in habitat pile construction and you will learn about their purpose and the animals they attract.
Free event. Morning tea and equipment for planting is provided. Water will be available to refill your water bottles.
Sturdy enclosed footwear, gloves and protective clothing must be worn (i.e. hat, sunglasses/eye protection, sunscreen and long sleeves).
RSVP by 14 March 2016
To book click ...
I wrote the line “Mei Saraswati is a jewel in the crown of West Coast Australian music”. Then I had to revise it to say she is the crown. Now you can get both versions, and a third shiny object - her Devotions EP.
Devotions is another instance of Mei dropping a thing of beauty straight into our laps. No Instagrammed process photos, no courting of blogs; the antithesis of all this. This is real devotion.
The five tracks span Mei’s repertoire of aesthetics - soul, RnB, electronica, loops - with her recognisable melange of intimate samples and produced beats, all woven through with her aurally edible voice.
Lyrical inspiration comes directly from Bahai writings, a nice reminder amongst all contemporary evidence to the contrary that religion can produce something beautiful. And full credit: it’s quite a feat to make “wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less good?” into a mellifluous offering.
Sonic inspiration comes from the swamplands Perth used to be. It’s a 101 of how to use birds, frogs and water samples without sounding like a cassette covered in pastel psychedelics with puffy-eyed dolphins on the loose in crystal spheres.
Mei has been known to get nude, or at least wild during her performances; where heaving waves of euphoria pulse through the audience mid-gig. On this EP we can see the track ‘Fruits’ being dropped as a reflective pause on the dance floor. Eyes close, people sway, a sensual connection if not with the divine at least with the image of landscapes resurrected or re-sunk into their pre-invasion or even primordial forms. It's a real banger, if by banging we can mean gently rubbing your temples as you lounge in a bathrobe surrounded by ferns contemplating the divine.
The ephemeral, mysterious art of Fredrik Rättzén sometimes descends into the darkness, then shimmers with hope. Proficient in both painting and digital illustration, Fredrik works as an editorial illustrator as well as a creator of detailed, intimate portraits in oils and acrylics. The atmosphere in his pieces ranges from tense and oppressive to bright and serene. Fredrik lives and works in Kristianstad, Sweden.
Heard calling from close by in late afternoon, unusual as it was in open farmland with only a small area of roadside shrubs and long grass. Has been heard occasionally over the past few weeks however has not been sighted yet.
The Musk Duck is still on Lake Samsonvale and best viewed from the picnic grounds. It seems to favour the island between the picnic grounds and the cemetery so a scope is best.
For the last couple of weeks or so I’ve had a can of tuna sitting prominently on my desk at work. I picked it up on the way to work one morning as a “freebie” from people handing them out on the street. Given my Scandinavian interests, the idea of tasting some tuna from Finland definitely appealed. But, as I usually buy my lunch, it’s just been sitting there doing nothing much at all until today.
Today, I picked up some bread rolls and some tomatoes, and had firmly decided I was going to have it for lunch today. Imagine my surprise when I opened the can, only to discover there was no tuna inside at all. In fact, it was just a can full of water, along with some advertising for John West.
The whole thing was in fact a huge marketing stunt by the John West brand to spruik the fact that 95% of its tuna is now sustainably sourced, to help stop tuna stocks dying out.
“Ripped off!”, I told my colleagues, “…and I was so looking forward to it”. Thankfully, one of my colleagues came to my rescue with a can of ACTUAL tuna.
The Redcliffe Aero Club held a fly-away to Hervey Bay (Fraser
Coast) Airport on Sunday 21 February. At
least four of the club's aircraft were noted participating
including Piper PA-28-181 Archer VH-FRF, along with Cessna 172s
VH-RAQ, VH-IVW and VH-YRE.
Presumably after a period of maintenance, Queensland Government
(QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ
has taken to the air and ferried North from Archerfield to Cairns
via Gladstone and Mackay Airports on Wednesday 24
|VH-ESZ at Mackay last year (File photo taken by 'AC' ©)|
Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW has
again popped into Central Queensland, touching down at Biloela /
Thangool Airport on Monday 22 February from its
|VH-TFW at Rocky on a previous visit (File photo taken by Paul Tyler ©)|
It was interesting to note that Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 performed missed
approaches at Rockhampton late on Sunday 21
February and then again mid-afternoon on Monday
|A39-001 on a previous visit to Rocky (File photo taken by 'IAD' ©)|
Today the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, introduced the
Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 (see
explanatory memorandum) to Parliament. This bill
primarily reforms Senate voting to remove Group Ticket Voting and
eliminate the broken preference-dealing system that led to many
farcical outcomes at the 2013 election. The defects of that
system have been covered exhaustively on here before (click the
"senate reform" tab) and I will not discuss them further here.
This article concerns the system in the new Bill, how it will
work and whether it is any good. I expect to update this
article over coming days as news and comments come to hand.
When I was a kid my prized possession and only friend was the VHS of Wayne’s World I’d taped off channel ten. I lived / breathed WW and dreamed of some awesome far country where Guns ‘n’ Roses guys hung out all day in doughnut stores and did the foxy lady to unsuspecting blonde models.
Now I’m a grown-ass man and Mike Myers makes me go De Niro face, but I know watching that video one thousand times must’ve done something Clockwork Orangey to my subconscious, because a doughnut store just sprung up around the corner from my house and coming back from buying bagels and detergent I was suddenly in a queue and buying things I did not need.
Doughnut Time is the newest contender in the cut-throat King Street food safari. The idea is refreshingly simple; no funny business, no kitsch gimmicks, not even much customer interaction, just what the sign says, doughnuts, now get outta here! It is a vivid-turquoise, un-enterable hole-in-the-wall with just a display window and a dutch door. It’s easy breezy and unapologetically primed to corner the emergency doughnut market.
Demure, these things are not. As you come in close you see each one is thick and adventurous and, for an age where a single bought meal is often ‘shared’ with many, they’re totally photogenic. Some look like candy bejewelled underwater creatures. Some look like undulating, cinnamon IED’s. They have tradish ideas like glazed and jam, cool less-common options like nutella-pumped and oreo-encrusted, and then hardcore shit like Ferrero Rocher and Splice (as in the ice cream). The webpage boasts a whole back catalogue of psychotic designs that each day could be randomly rotated onto shelves, including a purple hard-shelled blueberry crumble, an over-powdered-sugared Pablo Escobar, a legit bacon one and something called a Karl Stefanovic(?).
Delicious though, these things are. They’re fresh, spongy and heaps sweet and im...
Will the Victory Octane replace the Judge and Gunner as the company’s most aggressive muscle cruiser?
The Octane is the company’s first water-cooled model with a 1200cc engine to compete against the Harley-Davidson V-Rod.
While the high-revving sporty machine is an aggressive muscle cruiser, there is still plenty of bare-knuckle appeal about the Judge and the Gunner.
This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with the return of charismatic warbler Nathan Roche and the unveiling of Community Centre, a new solo jaunt from Jay Cruikshank of the Rangoons. This one's a corker!
Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.
This is a rhyming fun filled frolic from the creators of My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate. Another wacky celebration of diverse personalities infused with familial love and an ending that will warm your heart.
Carnavas’ delightful ink pen and watercolour pictures conjure four active sisters (the quirkiest being a superhero) from Young’s rich and smooth poetry – combining to produce a double shot of humour. Each sister is accompanied by her own animal ‘sidekick.’ It’s impossible to read this book without a smile on your face and a chuckle in your chest.
- The Children's Book Council of Australia
This picture book for young readers is the third book in what has proved to be a much-loved series celebrating the diversity of family. [...] Damon Young...writes this fun-to-read book in rhyming verse with lots of alliteration...which is excellent for reading aloud to children from 3 years and up. [...] The watercolour illustratio...
Bellarine Bayside is holding three separate Clean Up Australia Day activities in Portarlington, St Leonards and Indented Head on Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 2 – 4pm. Meet our staff in St Leonards on the left hand side of the pier, at Half Moon Bay opposite the Ozone wreck in Indented Head or outside the Bellarine Bayside depot in Portarlington. Come along and help our staff and the community clean up the Northern Bellarine foreshore for us all to enjoy!
If you can’t make it Wednesday, then you can join the Woofers and Walkers Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March 2016 on the Portarlington foreshore at the end of Fairfax St.
We are looking for a Relief Receptionist/Administrator to join our team!
What is the Role?
Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum is currently seeking a professional and enthusiastic Receptionist/Administrator to be part its team. In our Reception area our visitors expect friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff. The successful candidate will be focused on delivering the best possible service and work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team.
This casual position is a relief position to cover staff on leave as well as weekend work.
Reporting to the Director the key responsibilities of the role include:
To be successful in the role you will possess:
If you believe you have the skills set to cover this casual relief role, please submit your application covering the outlined s...
[ Wednesday, 2 Mar; 12:00 pm; ] This is a seminar about people; their environment, their future, and whether they will have either. Some in the audience will find my words confronting. I make no apologies. There is no time for apologies. Nor do we have choices. We act now, decisively, and with pain or we will be hated by our children's [...] full article »
*Ok, it’s sideways because this was made to be displayed on a vertical monitor*. The scene here depicts the gesture of activating two lights beneath the bridge which sits alongside the Maribyrnong River in West Melbourne / Footscray. A performance I’ve undertaken on four occasions, lighting the space beneath this bridge is a re-activation, an acknowledgement of the Birrarung (Yarra River) which (from my research) formally met with the Maribyrnong River prior to being rediverted in the early 1900’s. Through this work, I am questioning the idea of a River and it’s existence beyond it’s physical form – that it still flows here (even physically as a shallow stream) and that the spirit of the Birrarung has not left this site. Activating this space acknowledges this spirit and celebrates the Birrarung that has had it’s range of challenges since European contact.
Nathan Roche has been living in Europe for the past couple of years, a real shame for those who relished seeing him play regularly and even more of a bummer for those who nourish an unquenchable thirst for his use of Sydney puns and local. You remember him right? Camperdown & Out, Wentworth Avenue Breeze Out, Angie and author of a myriad self published novels? Of course you do.
He's back in Australia for a bit to renew his visa and in his distinctive brand of casual genius is playing shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney and has bloody called it the 'VISA Renewal Tour'. We asked Nathan to make a playlist for us to commemorate and like the man himself it's a rambling, confusing, loveable mix imbued with addictive narrative.
~ Googles how to say 'Enjoy' in French ~
Pierre Paul Ou Jacques - 'Je Suis Turc'
“I am Turk” is what it means in English. But do we ever know
really means? Especially if it came out of the 60s. I know this one sounds good, the drums are wild, that little rollin' piano - look at it go! Its just wh...
Holograms are cool. They were cool in Star Wars and they're cool as a silly thing to do on a Saturday night. It's true they may be lacking in practical applications but we promise you'll still be astonished when your useless experiment is complete.
Tip: If you're feeling really ambitious you could use increase the dimensions and use more sophisticated materials like perspex, glass, ect to make a massive projector (or at least an iPad-sized one).
You will need:
Transparent sticky tape
A stanley knife
A cutting board
Cuttable, transparent plastic (we used a clear plastic folder, CD covers will also work)
Draw a rhombus (1cm x 3.5cm x 6cm) and cut it out.
Place your rhombus underneath the clear plastic and carefully trace around the paper with your stanley knife. Do it lightly at first then go over your first cut again to complete it.
Image Courtesy of Liam Gerner Melbourne based singer-songwriter Liam Gerner has just returned to Australia after a successful tour of New Zealand at the start of this year and is hitting the road. This is Gerner’s first Australian tour since he supported Paolo Nutini last April and will see him sharing sounds new and old. […]
These award winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens still have a freshness about them. It was last used as a water reservoir in 1899 and after various uses was transformed in 2009, where the framework of the reservoirs was retained and various contemporary elements added. The sunken lawns, gardens and plaza areas are a haven in the blistering and humid heat of this summer. There are numerous vantage and entry points and spaces where people can both have some privacy or be in groups. The current exhibition, H2O Water Bar, is a tasting bar with a difference. It draws on its former use with a playful approach to bars and water by artist, Janet Laurence....
Image Courtesy of Brisbane Folk Club After the massive success of the first three Brisbane Folk Clubs since December the monthly night is streaming ahead with the announcement of their March lineup. Appearing at The Foundry in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd March will be Adelaide folk-stompers The Timbers (as part of the Timber and Steel […]
Senate voting proposal avoids telling voters they will be disenfranchised
Another Greens initiative
Yesterday’s “Matter of Public Importance” (MPI) debate on the government’s new Senate voting method proposal yielded the truth about it and some quotable quotes, according to elections-monitoring group, Australians for Honest Election (AFHE), which warns that all of the big problems in our electoral systems have been ignored while this minor side-issue of Senate voting methods is being pushed forwards.
Senator Bob Day, Family First Party – voting changes a “…death warrant….”
The topic of the MPI was “The rushed changes to voting laws that will extinguish Senate diversity”
ALP Senator Dastyari said, “This is an electoral gerrymander masquerading as reform. Let’s be honest about the result – only 3 parties in the Senate and Xenophon. This is the behaviour of a bunch of schoolyard bullies … Hypocrisy of the Greens … The government wants a more compliant Senate. It’s not about openness and transparency. The introduction of optional preferential voting will result in massive exhaustion of votes.”
Senator Leyonhjelm pointed out the unfairness, “Many Au.........
Even Merkel Knows It Was A Mistake, But It May Be Too Late!
From the Charlie Hebdo shooting to the chemical factory attack, Muslim immigrants are wreaking havoc in yet another country they were invited in to call home.
As Paris suffers one Muslim terrorist act after another the French government, in spite if a massive increase in security forces, seems helpless to stem the tide of violence against its citizens. Vigilante forces are now rising up on the streets of the city to take care of the problem themselves.
France, Germany, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, the list of countries with escalating Muslim immigrant problems is growing fast. As tempers rise and the threat of Islamic violence becomes a reality, more and more citizens are taking up arms to solve the problem their politicians have created for them.
“We Will Not Stop Until Our Families Are Safe In Our Homes!”
With a population of roughly 65 million, France is home to one of the largest and fastest growing Muslim populations in Europe. While the French government is prohibited from tracking citizens religion, estimates indicate that about 5 million Muslims, or 7.5% of the population are of Muslim descent . . . and the numbers are growing.
What happens next? Millions of immigrants, the vast majority of which are Muslim, are flooding the streets of Europe causing rampant chaos and crime.
At the same time, sp...
While some motorcycle museums are closing down and selling off, there is one small, but significant, family museum that continues to build on their collection and keep their doors open in the name of a family tradition.
The Panorama Motorcycle Museum 60km southwest of Brisbane includes mainly pre-war American and British bikes that grew gradually over several decades as pig farmer Ron Jurgensen returned from the weekly pig sales with old bikes and junk.
All people are seeking peace – for one reason or another. Peace in how we relate one to another, peace between adherents of religions, peace between nations, Peace on Earth. These fervent desires, wishes and aspirations rise in every heart. As Gandhi told, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. In this ... Read more...
The Australian open cut mining industry will soon face an avalanche of medical claims stemming from their policies of forcing workers to cover up their bodies almost 100 per cent to lock out healthy sunlight.
The slip, slop, slap sunburn cream campaign has caused many different health problems according to several scientific studies. By blocking healthy sunlight, necessary for life, sunscreen has caused skin cancers, blood disorders and melanoma.
UVB filters, or cinnamates, such as cinoxate, octocrylene and octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) work by absorbing UVB light, deflecting radiation from the skin.
However, they are common skin irritants and a study published in the New Scientist found cinnamates can cause some cells to die prematurely.
The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority tested mouse skin and found that half the cells died after contact with a weak dose of OMC, while shining a lamp on the impregnated cells, to simulate sunshine, made the chemical twice as toxic.
No tests have been undertaken on human skin, but these results
imply OMC could be toxic, especially if left on the skin for long
periods of time.
Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread A clinical review paper published in the British Medical Journal is warning the public that widespread vitamin D deficiency is resurrecting the once-
obsolete disease called rickets.
According to Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Tim Cheetham, authors of the paper, people are getting far too little sunlight exposure, w...
The famous Fonzie Triumph motorcycle seems to have failed to sell, yet again, after being offered for sale on eBay.
The item is no longer listed for sale and emails to the seller have not been returned, but it seems it may have failed to reach its reserve price.
The seller was asking US$100,000 (about A$140,000) for the bike ridden by Henry Winkler who played Arthur Fonzarelli (Fonzie or the Fonze) in the Happy Days TV series from 1974-84.
It was passed in at auction in 2014, but had previously been sold at a Bonhams auction in 2011 for US$87,500 (about A$173,000).
The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom is one of several bikes the Fonze used in the hit 1970s series set in the 1950s.
The early Fonzie bikes were actually Harleys. There was a Knucklehead, Panhead and possibly a Spor...
Friday 26 February
3 – 4pm Pop Heads Hour of Power
THE BEST OF THE VINYL YEARS
– this week –
The Glittering Stars of Glam Rock!
The Sustainable Breakfast Series is in its third fabulous year on-air from Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 March, 7am-8:30am. Join us at Friends of the Earth Food Co-op for four days of live broadcasts, free breakfast and live music. Hear from 3CR breakfast presenters with campaigners, commentators and innovators talking about the most important challenge of our time: how to achieve environmental sustainability with social justice.
Most of our photo galleries are reliant on a thriving nightlife with beaming crowds, so what better subject matter than the cause fighting for our right to document Sydney's nightlife. Keep Sydney Open was joined by more supporters than we have subscribers on Sunday.
A peaceful, fun testament to the throngs of people willing to fight for their right to make their own moral code after dark. There were punny placards, inspiring speeches and performances from Royal Headache, Art vs Science and Future Classic DJs, reminding us all the joy to be had from music and community and that wanting to go out and experience these two things is not a shameful thing. Philippa was there to capture the vibe. Go Sydney!
You might not be able to fight city hall but a baby deer can triumph in the Supreme Court! And today, just that happened. Only hours ago, justice finally prevailed for Rudolph, a young sambar deer who was rescued by Andrew Foots of Mansfield. But it has taken more than two long months for common sense and kindness to win out. Late last year, and only days after Andrew had saved Rudolph from the forest, he was seized by gaming officers and the distraught Foots family was advised the deer would be killed. Not wishing a death sentence for the hapless doe-eyed baby, the Foots family set about saving their beloved friend. In contacting Edgar’s Mission, a chain of events was set in motion that saw the cost-neutral offer of lifelong sanctuary for Rudolph at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, run by 2004 Senior Australian of the Year Tehree Gordon, repeatedly denied. It seemed not even an official pardon by Premier Daniel Andrews was going to save poor Rudolph. Instead, not only did the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) officers waste significant taxpayer dollars and the time and energy of many, but poor Rudolph has been deprived of critical bonding time with the people with whom he will spend the rest of his life.
We sincerely thank everyone who took the time to write letters, sign petitions and support a fighting fund for Rudolph—your efforts were not in vain. And to all those who worked tirelessly to save Rudolph when it seemed getting answers out of Minister Pulford’s office proved harder than getting blood out of a stone, or rather a compassionate resolution out of the DEDJTR, our sincere and heartfelt thanks. In particular:...
Image Courtesy of Devil on the Rooftop Devil on the Rooftop is the brand new project from local Sydney legends Jess Randall (The Crooked Fiddle Band), Morgan Haselden (Mimosa) and Elsen Price. Mashing together music from a diverse range of folk genres including gypsy, celtic, jazz and bluegrass, Devil on the Rooftop (previously known as […]
by Viv Forbes, science writer
In January 2016, a fierce blizzard in Texas left snow drifts up to 4m deep and killed 35,000 dairy cows and 12,000 beef cattle. Cold kills and there is no food in snow.
There is abundant food in steamy equatorial regions but only a few hardy species survive precariously in the dry, icy climate of the frigid zones.
The great animal migrations seek to escape the hungry winters by following the warmth or chasing the new pasture from spring storms.
Reindeer follow the sun – they spend the summer grazing on the rich pastures of the treeless tundra, but when the snow starts they head south for the protection of the forests. Moose also migrate to lower land in winter – staying ahead of the descending snowline.
Snow geese are not silly – they follow the sun towards the equator as winter approaches and then fly back when the summer sun melts the snow and energises the dormant pastures.
Bears have a climate-smart winter strategy – they find a cosy cave and hibernate, conserving their body warmth and reducing their energy needs to what can be sustained by their carbon-rich fat reserves.
Most humans are also sun-worshippers (apart from the jet set who travel in air-conditioned comfort to over-heated lodges so they can cavort briefly in the snow confident that someone else has produced the food, coffee and warmth they will soon return to).
Holidaying humans tend to follow the sun towards the equator. They do not head for Archangel or Antarctica in winter – they head for the Bahamas, Bali, Cairns, sunny Spain or the Black Sea. Being “Sent to Siberia” was a punishment not a reward.
Farmers fear early frosts but welcome early spring rain.
The geological record is also very clear on the matter of global temperatures – cold is the killer. The mammoths were not killed by a heat wave – they were snap frozen in ice. About 100 species of mega-fauna also disappeare...
This is an exciting new sighting for our property at Strangways – a pair of Spotted Harriers, seen swooping together with legs dropped just above the canopy this morning.
By the time I’d grabbed the camera, one had disappeared, and I only managed a few hasty and not very good shots of the other. But enough to confirm what they were. I’ve included a distant shot to show the distinctive upper plumage.
This may be the pair sighted on the Mooloort Plains in past years (although more recently?).
The UN aviation agency has prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane-makers that they are a fire risk.
Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries are not rechargeable while lithium-ion batteries, used in mobile phones and laptops, can be recharged.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.
The new packaging standard is expected by 2018, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said in a statement on Monday.
The ban would be mandatory for ICAO member states.
Pilots and aircraft manufacturers are concerned that existing standards are not strong enough to contain lithium battery fires.
A 2015 working paper by an organisation representing plane-makers like Boeing Co found current firefighting systems on airliners could not “suppress or extinguish a fire involving significant quantities of lithium batteries”.
But one dangerous goods expert familiar with ICAO’s thinking questioned whether a ban on lithium-ion batteries would really make passenger planes safer. He said instances of such battery fires usually involved deliberate mislabelling by shippers.
“When the industry banned the shipment of lithium-metal batteries, we saw instances of them being passed off as lithium ion batteries,” said the expert, who was not authorised to speak publicly. ̶...
Police will continue combing a remote property southeast of Casino in their search for the body of missing father Greg Dufty.
The 37-year-old was last seen last July on the Gold Coast and police allege he was killed by a group of men over a drug debt.
Police believe Mr Dufty’s body is somewhere on a 162-hectare property about 30km southeast of Casino, near the Royal Camp State Forest.
The search began on Tuesday and a large tarpaulin could be seen draped over one part of the property.
The development came a day after New Zealander Clinton Stockman appeared in court charged with being an accessory to Mr Dufty’s murder.
Police allege Stockman, 28, helped the three men accused of killing Mr Dufty dispose of his body.
Another New Zealand national, Aaron Crawford, has been charged with murder along with Lionel Patea and Liam Bliss.
Exposure to pollution from household products is putting lives at risk, experts have warned.
Items used frequently around homes such as air fresheners, candles and cleaning products are heightening people’s risk of developing a number of health problems, a new report states.
Being exposed to personal care products, mould or mildew, fires or wood-burning stoves and poorly maintained gas heaters and boilers could be leading to a number of health problems, according to the report by Britain’s Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
While it is commonly understood that smoking causes indoor air pollution, the experts also outlined a number of other items linked to potential health impacts including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory problems and effects on the heart and cancer.
Indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths in just one year across Europe, the report states.
‘Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources’, the authors wrote.
‘There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be exposed to NO2 from gas cooking and solvents that slowly seep from plastics, paints and furnishings.
‘The lemon and pine scents that we use to make our homes smell fresh can react chemically to generate air pollutants, and ozone-based air fresheners can also cause indoor air pollution.’
Other items that are exposing people to potentially harmful pollutants include joss sticks, cookers, boilers, open fires and portable gas or paraffin heaters.
Meanwhile the building itself and the materials it is made from are also potential sources of chemical pollutants.
Queensland will have some of the toughest smoking laws in Australia from September.
Parliament has passed laws to ban smoking at bus and taxi stops, outdoor pedestrian malls, and in or near childcare facilities and kids’ sporting events and skate parks.
Residents in the state’s aged-care facilities will also be banned from smoking in their rooms for the first time, and will only be allowed to light up in designated areas.
Sea levels on earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.
An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia.
Until the 1880s and the world’s industrialisation, the fastest seas rose was about 3 to 4 centimetres a century, plus or minus a bit. During that time global sea level really didn’t get much higher or lower than 7.5cm above or below the 2000-year average.
But in the 20th century the world’s seas rose 14cm. Since 1993 the rate has soared to 30cm per century.
And two different studies published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that by 2100 the world’s oceans will rise between 28cm to 131cm, depending on how much heat-trapping gas earth’s industries and vehicles expel.
‘There’s no question that the 20th century is the fastest’, said Rutgers earth and planetary sciences professor Bob Kopp, lead author of the study that looked back at sea levels over the past three millennia.
‘It’s because of the temperature increase in the 20th century which has been driven by fossil fuel use.’
To figure out past sea levels and rates of rise and fall, scientists engaged in a ‘geological detective story’, said study co-author Ben Horton, a Rutgers marine scientist. They went around the world looking at salt marshes and other coastal locations and used different clues to figure out what the sea level was at different times.
On top of that they checked their figures by easy markers such as the rise of lead with the start of the industrial age and isotopes only seen in the atomic age.
When Kopp and colleagues charted the sea level rise over the ce...
A Sydney doctor who under-dosed chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients over a three-year period is set to face an inquiry by NSW Health.
Dr John Grygiel, an oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, gave incorrect doses of the chemotherapy drug carboplatin to 70 head and neck cancer patients from 2012 to 2015, the ABC’s 7.30 program found.
NSW Health has launched an inquiry to be led by chief executive of the Cancer Institute of NSW, Professor David Currow, according to the ABC.
Dr Grygiel took leave on Friday, which will last until his planned retirement next month, Health Minister Jillian Skinner has said.
‘He will not return to the hospital’, she said.
‘This has been a distressing time for Dr Grygiel’s patients and their families.’
Image Courtesy of Sahara Beck Brisbane based singer-songwriter Sahara Beck has just released her latest single “Here It Comes”, revealing a brand new sound thanks to co-producer Jeff Lovejoy. “The song talks to the pressure, vulnerability and anxiety many of us feel dealing with day-to-day life,” Sahara Beck explains. “Looking a universal theme from a […]
A number of Ballina Shire councillors will tomorrow attempt to overturn a decision that could result in the council paying more than a million dollars to fence local roads to prevent koala deaths.
At its last meeting, a majority of councillors backed a notice of motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to approach the state and federal governments for funding to construct fences along local roads to protect koalas.
As part of the motion, the council will now liaise with the Friends of the Koala group to identify the priority roll out of fences, and staff will investigate the costs of installing fences, and whether matching funds from the council might be necessary to make them a reality.
But a rescission motion lodged by Crs Paul Worth, Robyn Hordern and Sue Meehan wants the ‘matching funds’ aspect of the motion deleted.
‘Council is not in position to fund and maintain a network of fences if matching funding is provided by the State or Federal Governments,’ the councillors said in their rescission motion.
‘This work would be expensive and no funding for t...
New Zealanders now own a pristine Abel Tasman beach after a successful crowdfunding campaign raised more than $NZ2 million to keep it in public hands.
Organisers announced on Wednesday their tender bid had been accepted at 10.57pm local time the previous night.
‘Congratulations everyone, we did it’, a post on the campaign’s Givealittle page said.
A pristine piece of beach and bush had been delivered into the hands of everyone to enjoy forever, it said.
Overjoyed organiser Duane Major appeared on TV3’s Paul Henry show on Wednesday morning to reveal the deal.
‘My heart is beating and I’ve got goosebumps and I’m just so thankful for all those people,’ he said.
‘I always thought we could do it. I did not appreciate the crazy, freakish nature of this campaign.’
He said $NZ2,278,179.09 ($A2.11 million) had been pledged to support the bid.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the government had made a ‘modest contribution’ from the Nature Heritage Fund to help secure the purchase.
‘It’s an outstanding outcome,’ she told the Paul Henry show.
‘I love the idea that the people of New Zealand h...
A father who lost his son to a heroin overdose is calling for the decriminalisation of drug use, urging the Turnbull government to focus on policies that keep drug users alive rather than throw them in jail.
Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support Australia, is calling for a new approach to drug policy that, while not necessarily popular with voters, will save lives.
In recommendations to be handed to Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash on Wednesday, he says government should focus on harm reduction strategies like injecting centres, drug consumption rooms, prescription heroin and pill testing at music festivals.
“I don’t think they’re ready to go there,” Mr Trimingham told AAP.
“But it’s only a matter of time.”
Mr Trimingham’s son Damien died from a heroin overdose in 1997, prompting him to establish a 24-hour advice line, as well as courses and support groups for families of drug users.
Supporting drug use is the last thing families want, but criminalising it just adds further stress to users and their families, he said.
Mr Trimingham says heroin use appears to be on the rise with his advice line receiving a spike in calls.
Calls about ice had doubled in the past two years, but he believes recent focus on the drug has been overblown by government, media and some police.
“We know the drug that causes far more problems, far more stress is alcohol – it’s 10 times the damage caused by ice.”
Honest definitions of brewing terms
Yeast - weird shit.
Bacteria - more weird shit.
Wild yeast - fucking weird shit.
Starter - weird shit, fucking.
Pellicle - weird shit done by weird shit.
Krausen - Ew! Gross! Just disgusting, man!
Esters - farts done by weird shit.
Carbonation - what the weird shit shits beneath all that weird shit.
Trub - weird shit, asleep, in more weird shit shit.
Secondary Fermentation - Weird Shit 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Beer/wine/cider/mead - what's left over after the weird shit gets the shits and shits off. Yum!
By Adam Fletcher
Australia’s ever-expanding anti-terror laws were in the spotlight again last week when the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS) tabled its report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015. It recommended the Bill be passed, subject to a long list of amendments (20 in all).
The report gives us an opportunity to compare the approach of two different parliamentary committees, as the JCIS report follows the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on the same Bill from December last year. The JCHR’s was an initial report, and contained a lot of questions about human rights compatibility for the Attorney-General (the JCHR will issue a final report on the Bill after it has finished corresponding with the A-G).
Concerns about children’s rights
One of the Bill’s major measures is the extension of control orders to 14 and 15 year-olds (currently they can only be imposed on adults and children aged 16+). This expansion comes despite the former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s finding that control orders are ineffective and should be scrapped.
The JCIS’ first recommendation was that, when considering placing these harsh restricti...
Background information: This article refers to a previous post HERE For those who came in late: Ivo Edwards (armchair critic) said in comment 16 … • ABC Science: Tassie fires linked to human-induced climate change, study finds • David Bowman, Professor, Environmental Change Biology, UTAS in The Conversation: Aboriginal fire management – part of the solution to destructive bushfires As destructive bushfires become more common there is increasing political discussion how we manage them sustainably. Inevitably these debates raise questions of the past ecological effects of Aboriginal fire usage. There are two well-known narratives about Aboriginal fire use. One, popularised by Tim Flannery, stresses the ecologically disruptive impact of Aboriginal fire use. This storyline argues that the megafauna extinctions that immediately followed human colonisation in the ice age resulted in a ramping up of fire activity. This then led to the spread of flammable vegetation which now fuels bushfires. Another, promoted by Bill Gammage, suggests that the biodiverse landscapes that were colonised by the British were the direct product of skilful and sustained fire usage. Such broad-brush accounts give the impression that the specific details of Aboriginal fire usage are well-known and can be generalised across the entire continent. Sadly this is not the case. So rapid was the socio-ecological disruption of southern Australia that researchers have had to rely on historical sources, such as colonial texts and images, and tree rings, pollen and charcoal in lake sediments, to piece together how Aboriginal people burned the land. Such records are open to interpretation and there remains vigorous debate about the degree to which Aboriginal people shaped landscapes. … However, there are key differences. Aboriginal people burn country by travelling on foot, meaning that they had much greater situational awareness of likely fire behaviour and impacts. Also, give...
Legislation to ban single use plastic bags has been introduced into both houses of NSW Parliament.
Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Greens Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi yesterday introduced the bills in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.
Ms Smith said it was time to take action against the ‘wasteful use of plastic bags’
‘Tens of thousands of marine ani...
Marriage equality. It’s the topic of the moment.
Inspired by progress in the rest of the world, and galvanised by the lack of it in Australia, publisher Roz Hopkins and designer Natalie Winter wrote Mummy and Mumma Get Married, a story about a little girl who plans a big surprise wedding for her mummies.
Hopkins and Winter, who are joint owners of Byron Bay independent publishing company Captain Honey, life partners and mums, joined forces with Melbourne-based illustrator Cara King to create the picture book.
They had the ambitious idea of getting the book into every primary school in Australia, and with this in mind launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the initial print run. The campaign was a big success, and they exceeded their target by $2,500. ‘This significant book fills a critical gap in children’s publishing, providing the only known picture book in Australia to specially address same-sex families,’ they say.
The book is accompanied by teacher’s notes and activities prepared by primary school teacher and former Pearson book editor, Karen Becker. See more at www.mummyandmummagetmarried.co...
Of course I’m biased, but ‘good habitat = good birds’.
One of the absolute best patches of remnant vegetation in the district is on Plaistow at Joyce’s Creek. What makes it so special?
Firstly there is a super-structure of veteran trees – largely Yellow Gum and Grey Box, some of which must be 300 years old or more. Secondly there is a diverse shrub layer, added through some successful direct seeding work over a decade ago. Thirdly, and most importantly perhaps, is that the remnant has been carefully managed. For example, fallen branches and leaf litter has been allowed to accumulate, providing a rich assortment of microhabitats for invertebrates. This in turn now supports a rich array of reptiles and birds, such as the Brown Treecreeper pictured below.
Tweed Byron Local Area Command turned on the tea and the scones for the media in a meet-and-greet at the Tweed Heads police station last Tuesday with their new Local Area Commander Superintendent Wayne Starling, who was named NSW Police Leader of the Year in 2012 and awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 when the Lake Illawarra commander. Pictured above, from left, are Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. Photo Jeff Dawson
Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) is kicking off their first fundraising film night for the year with Black Hole, the independent documentary about the coalmine blockade in Leard State Forest.
‘This is a must-see film for us all which is motivating COREMs’ dedication to running Mullumbimby on 100 per cent renewable energy,’ says the group.
The film is screening this Friday February 26 at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre. At 6.30pm Jarmbi Githabul will open with a welcome to country, followed by mayor Simon Richardson, who will be speaking and facilitating a Q&A with guest speaker Muz Drechsler, the camp leader at the Leard State Forest Blockade. Black Hole will screen at 8pm, and food and refreshments are available from 6.30pm.
Proceeds from the evening will go to the Drill Hall PV system. The event is the start of COREM’s Solar Solution for Mullumbimby and the Planet crowdfunding campaign – planetfunder.org/projects/corem.
Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley, pictured above, is undertaking her school’s 20 hours of...
Malcolm Turbull stars as Brigadier-General Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove 2 … “The madness of this is breathtaking. Since 2003 a series of governments have been using the Defence Force in Afghanistan and in the Middle East to supposedly make us more safe. However both campaigns have been disastrous with the result that politicians now think we need an even bigger Defence Force to keep us safe from their first attempt at keeping us safe. I can only assume Cabinet had a movie night recently, downed a few beers and watched Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” … • Mike Bolan in Comments: Interesting that they cannot find enough money to support our health service, that they seek severe cuts to pensions, that they argue that 800,000 job seekers must try harder to get one of 120,000 jobs, their irrationality knows no bounds! Where is the $1 trillion coming from? What’s the plan? Get drummed out of government then grab a cushy consultancy for the US defence industry?
If you love the thrills of motorcycling and the adventure of riding far and wide, it’s probably because you were born with it in your genes.
The reason is all very scientific and explained in the long-titled paper “Population Migration and the Variation of Dopamine D4 Receptor (DRD4) Allele Frequencies Around the Globe” published in 1999 by four UC Irvine scientists.
The paper studied the migration patterns and gene pool distribution of pre-historic human beings.
Sentiment in the Rubble It’s hard not to be distracted by old houses, sand-stoned crumbling bridge-foundations and isolated headstones in and around Triabunna. A cursory interest in these icons of the past in the small coastal hamlet, reveals its deep place in Tasmanian history; so easy to overlook with its present industriousness of modernity that has discovered this unique township. Yesterday it was log-trucks growling to the woodchip mill, now a memory and a promise of an exciting chapter in entrepreneurial things to come …
These reports come from trusted sources. And have also been reported by Julian Burnside.
22 February 2016. 1.12 am. Nauru. Women’s tent.
The guards blacked out the
women’s tent by cutting the power.
Then fourteen male guards and one female guard entered the tent. Women screamed in terror.
1. Two women in the single
women’s tent were strip searched. They were screaming . One had a
phone in her bra. A total of five people in the women’s tent had
phones taken. Communications with the camp have been
2. A woman has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. When she heard the piercing screams, she suffered a heart attack. With no ECG machine available, it is impossible to reliably diagnose or treat cardiac emergencies. She spent some time in IHMS and was sent back to the camp.
3. A young woman was recently arrested for taking a piece of fruit from the dining room and at the time was seen dragged by her hair and beaten by Nauruan Police, leaving visible injuries. Terrified by the 1:12 am raid, she slashed her wrists and her body. She too was treated by IHMS and sent back to camp.
Most of the women have serious histories of trauma and are suffering post traumatic stress syndrome.
This event would have been extremely triggering.
The woman who had a heart attack is severely depressed, she won’t leave her room for fear of being killed by the guards.
Her weight is dangerously low as is her blood pressure. She is reported to be barely able to lift her head off the pillow.
This further information is from...
[Content note: this post discusses menstruation and sanitary products.]
I switched to a menstrual cup a few years ago and never looked back. I’m not the most ardent environmentalist in the world but packaging waste makes me feel anxious, and knowing how many plastic wrappers I was sending into landfill didn’t sit well with me. Another bonus to switching to a reusable menstrual product: saving money. I love saving money, because it means I can spend it on other things that I might not have otherwise had the money for.
When my shoulder and back pain got really bad a year ago, it was harder to use the cup; panic would overtake me as I squatted in the shower unable to extract it. It was going to stay inside me forever. And ever. This immovable cup would cause a back up of uterine lining and I would one day squirt blood out of my eyes like that horned lizard from The X Files. Or I could ask Nick to help me. Both options were terrifying.
In my transition to reusable menstrual products I came across cloth pads and dismissed them largely because it seemed like a hassle to clean them. I wasn’t a hippie, just a poor lefty feminist, and cloth pads were at the bridge before you got to moon paintings. After realising I couldn’t continue with the cup due to my shoulder I remembered cloth pads and did a bunch of research.
There are lots of positives about using cloth pads: cheaper, reduced rubbish, sewing/ buying your own customised pads is fun, tailored pads to suit your body shape, cloth feels nicer than plastic, no adhesive/ plastic rashes, you’ve always got a stash handy, plus more and more. Some people say their cramping and period length are reduced but no studies conclusively prove this, nor have I experienced this. At the end of the day, if you find something that works for you, then that’s all that matters....
The Brighter Side – A Solo Exhibition by Sarah
EXHIBITION Launch – Friday 19th February
The Brighter Side is a colourful, emotional and intimate exhibition. It is honest in its exploration of both the light and dark inside all of us, depicting the contrast between internal self-talk and the external self that is shown to the world. The series embodies both empowering and destructive thoughts and pairs those thoughts with dramatic figures, colour and stroke.
As part of her exhibition Sarah Sculley held a SILENT AUCTION. With one of her artworks (see image above) she generated significant awareness & fundraising for an organisation she is passionate about supporting. See details below-:
Women’s Legal Service is a specialist community legal centre providing free legal and social work services to Queensland women. They assist women in the areas of family law, child support, domestic violence and child protection, as well as providing community legal education. Women’s Legal Service is a feminist organisation that has been developed and operated by women for women since 1984. Their mission is to advocate to achieve justice for women.
Women’s Legal Service is committed to the creation of a society
in which every woman:
• Is safe from violence
• Is able to tell her story, have it heard and respected
• Receives a fair and just outcome from legal and social welfare systems.
Women’s Legal Service experiences a high level of demand. In the last year, they provided over 3,000 advices to Queensland women. The work of Women’s Legal Service is made possible by over 100 volunteer lawyers, support workers and pro bono counsel, as well as our administration, marketing,...
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We welcome artists both emerging and established to celebrate the natural beauty of Redland Bay and the Bay Islands by entering their existing or new works in the
‘Girt by Sea Sculpture Festival'.
The Festival consists of two divisions, one being an acquisition program of five separate acquisitions of $7,000 each totalling $35,000, held between June 3-10.
The other section offering prizes of ‘Best Exhibit’, runner up and peoples choice with $20,000 on offer, held between August 5-14.
Conditions of entry and entry forms see attached, further information can be found on http://www.thebayislandsgetaway.com/
Closing date for the $35,000 acquisition section is 15 May 2016, and closing date for the ‘Best Exhibit’ is 15th July 2016.
The ‘Girt By Sea’ Sculpture Festival is being held in conjunction with the 4 Islands Festival of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Attached is the Conditions, Entry Form and further information on prizes.
Please reply by email for questions
In local news…
Threatened Japanese stingrays killed in shark nets off Gold Coast
Two threatened Japanese stingrays have been killed in shark nets off Miami on the Gold Coast.
Sea Shepherd spokesperson Natalie Banks says the rays were bitten by sharks most likely after they had been entangled.
The environmental and animal rights activist group have called on the Queensland Government to be more transparent about the by-catch in the nets.
Hospital records show baby Asha burned accidentally
Scarborough Sailor in record attempt to sail the globe
the hard way
Newport Cruising Yacht Club Commodore, Bill Hatfield, is halfway through his attempt to become the oldest man to sail around the world West-about, which is believed to be the most difficult direction to sail.
Mr Hatfield who is 77 years old has lived on his boat Katherine Anne at the Scarborough Marina for two years.
Baby Asha’s lawyers blocked from communicating with parents
Lawyers working with the parents of asylum seeker baby Asha say they were blocked from speaking with her parents for three days by the Federal Government’s Border Force unit.
The Human Rights Law Centre were only granted access to the family after they went public about the situation.
New party announce candidates for Brisbane City Council election
People Decide, a new political party, has announced its candidates for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.
They will have three candidates running in the local council election to be held on the 19th of March one of which is Karel Boele, who will be vying for the Lord Mayor title.
Leon Lechner a local entrepreneur, will be a candidate for the redivided Gabba electorate, and Gary Graborenko a software developer will be running for the new electorate of Coorparoo.
|Steve Murphy's netted Night Parrot: Pic by Rachel Barr|
FRIDAY February 19 ... • Letter from Lapoinya #7 THURSDAY February 18 ... • Ruth Groom: Letter from Lapoinya #6 • Stewart Hoyt, Convenor for Forests of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG). There is Still Time to Save Lapoinya. Stop Clear-felling Native Forests Rally on the Parliament Lawns Saturday 21 February 2016 12 Noon • Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager, Bob Brown Foundation ( http://www.bobbrown.org.au/ ): FILM NIGHTS ... MONDAY, TUESDAY February 15, 16 ... Letter from Lapoinya #5 Protesting has been placed on the back-burner at Lapoinya due to increased threat of fires in the area in the last few days. … THE WEEKEND February 13, 14 ... • Letter from Lapoinya #4 … A fully loaded log truck from coupe Lapoinya was documented crossing the single lane wooden bridge on Lapoinya road contrary to the goodwill agreement made between Forestry Tasmania and the local community… THURSDAY February 11 ... • Stewart Hoyt: Forestry Tasmania, Forest Operations Hobart and Murchison District Office To Whom It May Concern, Re: Safe Operating Procedures in FD053a, Lapoinya Watch the video, below ... WEDNESDAY, February 10 ... Wednesday saw no peaceful community action in the Lapoinya coupe. Pictures speak a thousand words, take a look at this youtube video (see below) and see why a community of forest guardians and respectful peaceful protesters decided to delay actions until guarantees could be given that forestry workers and contractors would adhere to Work, Health and Safety regulations ... TUESDAY, February 9 ... On Monday night new arrivals received their “Peaceful Community Protest” training. All participants learned about the basic principles of peaceful protest including why non-violence is quintessentially important, consensus decision making, and all agreed to abide by the following agreements ... MONDAY, February 8 ... Letter from Lapoinya (Mon 8th Feb) The peace of the forest is broken; instea...
Tasmania Talks with Brian Carlton, 17 February 2016, http://www.7ad.com.au/tasmania-talks COMPERE BRIAN CARLTON: ...we did contact the Premier’s office to see whether there was any formal response to the calls from the opposition leader, the Labor leader in this state Bryan Green, for the Energy Minister Matthew Groom to either resign or be sacked. During that commercial break we received a call from the Minister Matthew Groom, whom I have on the line now. Minister Groom are you calling to announce your resignation? ENERGY MINISTER MATT GROOM: Uh, certainly not Brian, certainly not. And again, unfortunately, what we’re seeing from Bryan Green is a, um, willingness to spend all his time throwing rocks and engaging in frankly political distraction for his own political purposes while the state is dealing with a very difficult circumstance, and I… CARLTON: Yes indeed it is. Why is he wrong though Matthew? Why is he wrong? … … CARLTON: Okay…alright…here’s… [Groom continues speaking]...here’s a…sir? Sir? Mr Groom. A media release from your office dated 22 December 2015, two days after Basslink. Okay? GROOM: Yeah, but that’s… CARLTON: Hydro, Hydro [both speaking] no, please let me read: “Hydro continues to be in a position to meet Tasmania’s energy needs and that continues to be the case even without the Tamar Valley combined cycle unit.” Your words, your office, 22 December. … • Chris in Comments: Looks like this advice should have applied to government itself. http://www.business.tas.gov.au/preparing_for_disasters • Estelle Ross in Comments: The current feed-in-tariff for new installations of solar panels is 5.5c kWh plus GST which is a pittance and has had a deleterious effect on solar companies with an accompanying loss of jobs. In view of the power crisis, the original feed-in tariff for solar power of 28.283c kWh should be immediately re-instated .This would boost uptake, aid the power emergency, pl...
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