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Churches in Sydneys Northern Beaches suburbs have been targeted in a poster campaign by the Party for Freedom which has garnered public support to keep refugees out of their iconic area.
St Stephens Belrose is one of 30 churches on the northern beaches working with the Settlement Services International (SSI) on a refugee support initiative.
The church asked those wanting to help, to offer low-cost self-contained accommodation for at least three months, help refugees find paid employment or help them become familiar with the Australian way of life.
With many thousands of Australians genuinely out of work in the Sydney district, housing refugees of doubtful origin has fired up Party for Freedom spokesman Nick Folkes
Many of the refugees are Christians seeking safety, Mr Aitkin said. But we welcome Muslims too as Jesus taught us to love our neighbour.
If, despite all the government stringent screening, an extremist does come, the best remedy is to welcome them into an Australian home and to love them.
This Minister epitomises the combined stupidity of the churches, thinking that Muslims with an inherent desire to kill all infidels, will somehow convert to Christianity.
This email more than clarifies the treason practiced by many misguided churches on the northern beaches that have shamelessly committed to the invasion initiative by donating money and paying of rental properties in the area, Mr Folkes said.
Enough is enough! German citizens are witnessing the fast-track decline of their nation. Does America need to look any further than Germany to see that bringing in hundreds of thousands (in Germany’s case millions) of Muslim men from countries who have no interest in assimilating in the Western world, is a serious threat to its citizens? Liberal open-border policies that have been put forth by Angel Merkel and other progressives in power have clearly put their citizens in grave danger.
OVER one-in-four Germans say they back a policy to open fire on unwanted illegal refugees at their borders.
Watch massive brawl break out in refugee camp over torn Quran:
The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 percent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan. Via: Express UK...
What a tough month on the Goulburn? We’ve been out drifting every day and it’s hard to recall a more difficult time on the river. Consistently low levels of 4000 MLD or less has seen many of the fish move away from the places they usually inhabit and occupy exactly the opposite positions. This is puts them out amongst the boat traffic, and with little water in many of SE Australia’s rivers at the moment, there has been plenty of watercraft on the river to spook the fish.
I tease you not. We are seeing ‘outdoor educators’ from as far away as Sydney on our rivers running programs for kids in kayaks and rafts, this on top of all the local operators makes, for some pretty spooky fish on the old Goulburn River.
So for the past month we have been ‘earning’ our keep by finding the fish that others can’t find or catching the fish that others can’t catch! This summer it has been a real learning curve for us as well, despite our 22 seasons of full-time guiding on the river. Probably not the sort of thing that those that find the Goulburn a daunting proposition wish to hear. But there are some opportunities out there to be had for those willing to work hard and break some of the previously adhered to ‘rules’.
There is little doubt that these lower water levels have had a major (negative) effect on the the number of larger fish that we are seeing along the river this summer. While this sounds counter-intuitive to most fly fishers, it is a fact that a percentage of the fish stocked into the Pondage in high-summer end up in the Goulburn; and with the river staying at under 5k and never hitting the 8000+ level of ‘normal’ years, we just are not seeing as many of them. That being said we are fishing guides and so we can’t just throw our hands in the air in despair; we have to adapt and devise methods that will work consistently. What is it they say about ‘necessity bein...
Shark mitigation experts from South Africa will be visiting Ballina next month to determine whether the ‘Shark Spotters’ program would work in the area.
A crowd-funding campaign by Sea Shepherd and the No Shark Cull group has raised enough funds to bring two representatives of the group to Australia, where they will visit Ballina, Western Australia and Sydney.
The Shark Spotters program uses a system of spotters, flags and alarms, along with towers to alert ocean users to the presence of sharks and other marine life, which may attract sharks.
National Shark Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd Australia, Natalie Banks said it was only through the crowd-funding campaign that the Shark Spotters were able to come to Australia.
‘A scientific review held last year in New South Wales, indicated that Shark Spotters was the only initiative that was ready immediately for a trial in northern New South Wales, but this recommendation appears to have been ignored,’ Ms Banks said.
;Shark Spotters has been operating successfully in South Africa for over...
Tweed mayor Katie Milne yesterday opened the first affordable rental house to be built in the region for some time – at Hundred Hills, Murwillumbah.
The best news is there are 21 more in the pipeline, together with 30 properties set to be sold at affordable prices.
It may have been a small step but with housing affordability on the north coast at an all-time low, every little bit helps.
The launch was the culmination of a five-year, $8.36 million project funded by the former federal government’s Better Regional Cities Program.
Cr Milne said the council was ‘happy to have been able to support this initiative and make an affordable house available to a family in need.’
‘Housing affordability is a very real issue here in the Tweed,’ she added.
Around January 2011, the Labor federal government identified t...
Roads and Maritime Services will cover the cost of koala fences along some local roads in Ballina shire, councillors were told yesterday.
Ballina mayor David Wright said he had spoken with the project manager Bob Higgins who said the RMS would be covering the costs of the fences.
Three councillors had lodged a rescission motion for yesterday’s meeting that sought to overturn a previous decision that could have resulted in the council being responsible for some of the fencing costs.
Forced labour among migrant domestic workers is widespread, with many women exploited even before they have left their home country and later abused by their employers abroad.
More than 70 per cent of 4,100 women surveyed, citizens of the Philippines and Indonesia, said recruiters in their home country had confined them, confiscated their documents, or abused them verbally, physically or sexually, according to a report on modern slavery in the sector
Many received false information about their future work, wages and living and working conditions, and were told they had built up debts of between $US1,600 ($A2,220.22) and $US1,800 each in the process of getting a job.
‘We never expected the problem to be as widespread as it is,’ said Jacob Townsend, CEO of Farsight, an international social enterprise which carried out the survey and released it on Thursday.
The women surveyed were prospective, current or returned domestic workers, interviewed in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
There are between two million and five million migrant domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines at any given time, with many returning and re-migrating on a continuous basis, the researchers sai...
Lawmakers in Pakistan’s largest province of Punjab have given unprecedented protection to female victims of violence, in a bid to stem rising gender-related abuse.
The new law introduced on Wednesday criminalises all forms of violence against women, whether domestic, psychological or sexual, and calls for the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line and the establishment of shelters.
Muslim-majority Pakistan, home to roughly 190 million people, sees thousands of cases of violence against women every year, from rape and acid attacks to sexual assault, kidnappings and so-called ‘honour killings’.
Domestic abuse, economic discrimination and acid attacks make Pakistan the world’s third most d...
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Apple has submitted a legal brief opposing the US government’s attempt to force the company to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, one day before the filing deadline.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking Apple’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone by disabling some of its passcode protections.
Apple has pushed back, arguing that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security.
In a copy of the brief provided by the company, Apple argued that the government’s request is ‘unprecedented’ and violates the company’s First Amendment rights.
Annette Beachwell, AAP
There is huge international interest in what Cardinal George Pell has to say about the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Ballarat region of Victoria when he gives evidence from a conference room at the elegant Hotel Quirinale in Rome.
By virtue of his position – head of the Secretariat of the Economy – Dr Pell is the third most powerful member of the Catholic Church bureaucracy.
This, combined with his request to give evidence by video-link, by itself would have been enough to swing the spotlight towards the Vatican.
However, international media interest has been further boosted by news an Australian crowd funding effort raised the money for abuse survivors to go to Rome to be in the room when the cardinal appears on Monday.
Hope are high the painstaking approach to questioning t...
Operators of Victoria’s Hazelwood mine are expected to face court over a 2014 blaze that burned in the open-cut mine for 45 days, shrouding Morwell in smoke and ash.
Hazelwood Power Corporation Pty Ltd, owned by GDF Suez, is facing five counts laid by WorkSafe Victoria of failing to maintain and safe workplace and five counts of failing to ensure people other than its employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
The company is expected to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
The fire ignited on February 9, when two bushfires in nearby farming country spread to brown coal in the mine.
Some residents fled the town after the government advised vulnerable people to evacuate.
The Victorian government, which last year reopened the inquiry into the blaze, earlier said the charges were a step in the right direction to help the community recover from the disaster.
By John Campbell
As a descendant of the Irish diaspora, it was too easy for me to approach this with a sense of ‘here we go again, the Micks crying into their Guinness’. How surprised I was to be overwhelmed by the way in which it confirms a profound emotional truth while managing to avert soppy, worn out cliché (notwithstanding the Christmas lunch at which a group of homeless old Micks DO cry into their Guinness). Needing to flee her stultifying existence in post-WWII Ireland, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) jumps at the opportunity to sail to New York where a job has been arranged for her as a sales assistant in a department store. One of the movie’s great strengths lies in director John Crowley’s decision to not make of Eilis a latter-day feminist transported back to an earlier era. She is a young woman of her time and her upbringing – aware of her filial duties, devoted to the Catholic Church and, like the other Irish girls lodging at her boarding house, wanting to find a fella. These early stages, as the friendless, homesick immigrant struggles to find her feet in the New World, show an insightful understanding of social history that has become rare in today’s cinema of noisy bluster. Eilis enrols in an accountancy class and is courted by an Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), moving the film into chick-flick romance territory, but even then Crowley is to be applauded for insisting that his characters’ worth shines in their ordinariness. A spanner is hurled into the works when she is called back to Ireland following a death in the family. During an extended stay, she meets Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson), a handsome, kind and eminently eligible bachelor (their waltz at a wedding reception is sublime). The story’s compelling mystery evolves at this point – will Eilis ret...
By John Campbell
For better or worse (I lean more often than not to the latter), arts funding bodies in Oz tend to see the traits of our culture as being determined by our landscape. Usually it’s the outback, with which ninety per cent of us (notably those on arts funding bodies) are entirely unfamiliar, to which deference is shown. Sue Brooks, who won everybody’s heart with Japanese Story[ (2003), has returned to Woop-Woop for a lesser, self-conscious movie of deep shallows and tedious repetition. The opening credits are accompanied by an obligatory series of artistic aerial shots that stamp the quintessential Australiana (yawn) on the story. Teenaged Grace (Odessa Young) has bolted from her comfy middle-class home with thousands of dollars she’s pinched from the family safe. She meets a guy on a cross-country bus (remember Brad Pitt in ‘Thelma and Louise’?) who has his way with her then disappears with the dosh. To her parents (Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell), she has ‘vanished’ – but we know as early as the first act that they are all reunited owing to Brooks’s wanting to go over and over every stage of the disappearance with the different perspectives of each person involved. Quite frankly, it gets extremely boring, right up to the unforeseen tragedy. But even then, there is an emotional disconnect between all of the characters and the events that are unfolding around them. Roxburgh, if anything, plays it for laughs as a neurotic, wannabe adulterer who rushes back to a motel office to admit that he’s eaten the Kit-Kat in his room. Dialogue is minimal – some scenes are composed entirely of ‘yeah, righto’, ‘just put it there, mate’ – and too much is left to be read into overworked pregnant silences – how meaningful can a girl watching her father...
This year Bluesfest welcomes Boomerang to the fold – a festival within a festival, bringing the music and culture of indigenous Australia to the forefront, and headed up by none other than the quietly powerful Archie Roach.
If you don’t have goosebumps in the first 30 seconds of an Archie show, then you’re dead.
Eve Jeffery spoke with Archie in the lead up to this year’s event…
It is wonderful that you have re-released Charcoal Lane – was it hard to feel fresh about songs that you have played over and over so many times since the original release?
No, no. A lot of the songs mean more today then when I wrote them.
Do you feel the album will be just a nostalgic trip down memory lane for people who already love the work or do you feel you have a new audience for these songs?
I think that because the 25th anniversary release came with a second disc of songs reinterpreted by a wonderful group of younger ar...
While Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC (Rail corridors up for grabs with new bill) is working hard to try and stop the state government introducing legislation that will allow the government to give itself discretionary powers to destroy unused rail lines across the state, including the valuable Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, and sell off the land to developers, some uninformed people are actively helping the government in their dastardly activities.
Dr Faruqi is also an engineer who knows a thing or two about the cost and value of train services.
Are people really suggesting that all Australian train (and bus) services should be shut down as they run on diesel and have no EIS? That would cause riots in our cities.
It’s a mystery where these people get their information from. According to the Climate Change Authority’s review of vehicle emissions 2014, 57 per cent of transport emissions come from cars and light vehicles, (those stuck on congested Ewingsdale RD for hours) 18 per cent comes from trucks, and an amazing 3 per cent of emissions come from trains! People who drive many thousands of kilometres in their cars every year create the most pollution.
While ever the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line sits wasting away not being used it remains under threat from vested interests The only way to save the line and get the train service this region has needed for many years, is to get trains on it.
They will have to be diesel trains, but the technology is being developed to allow more environmentally friendly options in future. But if we have no train line there’ll be no trains of any kind, just a tsunami of traffic increasing every year.
Byron Shire residents are really looking forward to that.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores
North coast Greens have slammed the Australian Government’s announcement that it would invest $15.4 million over four years to fund a fossil fuel research centre.
Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker described the Coalition as ‘climate vandals’ after federal industry minister Christopher Pyne announced this week that the body set up to promote oil, gas and nuclear energy, to be known as National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), would ‘promote collaboration and innovation across the energy resources sector’.
‘The Growth Centre will work closely with researchers from universities, CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres to build links with business and industry organisations,’ Mr Pyne said.
‘Importantly it will also promote industry-led research in priority areas by facilitating deeper engagement between industry and researchers.’
Federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg, said the Growth Centre would ‘help position Australia’s energy and resources sector for the next wave of investment’.
The popular annual food festival Eat the Street is returning to Lismore on Saturday, 12 March.
Eat the Street will once again see Magellan Street turned into a ‘street food strip’, with more than 50 local restaurants and food vendors offering tasting plates of their favourite dishes, plus a boutique beer garden.
There will also be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs including Australia’s only hatted Indigenous chef, Clayton Donovan, who creates fine cuisine using fresh produce and native bushfoods.
City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said last year’s inaugural event was such an unexpected success that most stalls ran out of food before the end of the day. He said in 2016, there were will be more stalls, more food, more music and plenty more children’s activities.
“Macadamia Castle have come on board as a major sponsor this year and we will have the new Macadamia Castle Kids Zone, featuring reptile shows and a petting zoo, plus a jumping castle, face painting and balloon twisting,” Jason said. “Last year was such a blow-away success and it was a real drawcard for families both local...
The owner of The Northern Star and other local newspapers including Byron Shire News, Tweed Daily News Lismore Echo and Ballina Advocate has put them on the market, saying they are dragging the company down.
They join more than 100 regional newspapers and websites in Queensland and northern NSW that are are up for sale as their owner says it no longer wants to pour money into them.
APN News & Media says it is in talks about the divestment of its Australian Regional Media (ARM) business, which reaches an audience of more than 1.5 million between Mackay and Coffs Harbour.
ARM’s earnings dropped 27 per cent in calendar 2015, despite millions in cost cuts and growth in digital subscriptions beginning to replace the declining newspaper audience.
‘Further investment in this business is now inconsistent with APN’s long term ambitions and we have commenced the process to divest the business,’ APN chief executive Ciaran Davis said.
According to industry publication TheNewspaperWorks APN was asked after its results presentation, whether News Corp Australia was the only potential purchaser of the mastheads and how APN would ensure it was not disadvantaged in the sales process by News’ investment in the company. (News holds a 15 per cent strategic stake in APN.)
‘In response APN said it was talking to a number of parties, and it was too early for a price guide,’ TheNewspaperWorks reported.
Byron Shire Echo and Echonetdaily general manager Simon Haslam said, ‘This just reinforces the point that Rupert Murdoch is calling the shots at APN.’
Mr Haslam added, ‘On behalf of The Echo, I’m happy to offer to run free classifieds for APN to help them in their search for an alternative purchaser, so Byron shire is not further exposed to News Ltd, as Murdoch’s ownership increas...
Boomerang Festival, Northern NSW’s first global indigenous arts and culture festival is bringing the culture to Bluesfest big time in 2016, in one of Australia’s most exciting cultural collaborations, between Bluesfest Director Peter Noble and internationally revered arts curator and local Bundjalung woman, Rhoda Roberts.
On the lands of the Arakwal, of the Bundjalung Nation, The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya Stage provides a safe, family-friendly program of arts and age-old culture and rituals, along with workshops and interactive experiences. First Nations musicians are embedded in the Bluesfest program as they have always been.
We are delighted to reveal the second major announcement for the Boomerang Precinct 2016.
More names have been added to the rousing, diverse Talks &
Ideas program – where brilliant minds from around the world will
discuss important topics about culture, the environment, politics,
food, medicine, love, life, death and everything in between.
Plus the Workshops program has now been announced, complete with fun & educational experiences for young children and adults alike! This interactive, live arts and cultural exchange generously shared by our local people will move and enlighten you with the cultural depth – and you even get the chance to walk away with your own creation!
BRISBANE – [AAP] Weapons police believe were used in the murder of Gold Coast man Greg Dufty have been located on a farm near Casino, a Queensland court has heard.
Prosecutors confirmed weapons had been discovered during a mention at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday for Mr Dufty’s alleged killers, Lionel Patea, Aaron Crawford and Liam Bliss.
The news comes a day after police concluded a two-day search of a property outside Casino in northern NSW, where it was believed Mr Dufty’s body had been dumped.
The search at a 162ha bushland property off Busbys Flat Rd in Wyan began after a fourth man implicated in the crime faced court on Monday.
Clinton Stockman, 28, was granted bail after appearing in Southport Magistrates Court facing one count of being an accessory to m...
If you see police poking around the bushes or boating off the Tweed coast on the weekend, it’s likely they aren’t on a major mission but part of a training exercise.
NSW Police’s Marine Area Command will host the major search and rescue training exercise in Tweed Heads this weekend, which they say, ‘will deliver practical and enhanced skills for police and volunteers involved in marine search and rescue’.
Other agencies involved include Queensland Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Surf Live Saving NSW and Queensland.
On Saturday, the more than 80 participants will brush up on search and rescue theory, with tutorials by personnel from Police, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Surf Life Saving NSW and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Attendees will also conduct a number of desktop exercises.
Weather permitting, the group will then put the theory into practice on Sunday, with a live search and rescue exercise up to ten nautical miles off the NSW-Qld border.
This exercise will involve up to 10 vessels taking part in a coordinated grid search for missing mann...
Wa wa wa wa.
We have recently been discussing your ongoing courageous struggle to liberate yourselves from more than 100 years of occupation, first by the Netherlands, briefly and brutally by Japan during World War II, and now by Indonesia. In that regard, we would each like to share a brief message with you, our friends from West Papua.
From James: I have been very impressed with the information gleaned from my son Robert Burrowes after his recent meeting in Brisbane with your leaders Octovianus Mote, Benny Wenda, Jacob Rumbiak and Rex Rumakiek of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
The work and dedication you have been devoting to the cause of freedom for West Papua has inspired me to recall my own experience with some of your ancestors during my 4 years with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War II, which included 21-and-a-half years as a coastwatcher. Ten months of this time was spent in enemy-held territory as a signaller.
I am 92 years old now, but in those days from 1942 to 1945 I was Sergeant James Burrowes VX136343 in ‘M’ Special Unit of the Allied Intelligence Bureau, known as the ‘Coastwatchers’. Our intelligence role for the war effort was described by Admiral Halsey, Commander of the US 7th Fleet, in these words:
‘Without the Coastwatchers, the Pacific War would not have been won!’
Therefore, in this context, I would like to briefly relate the contribution of some of your Papuan ancestors who were also coastwatchers, assisting and being part of parties infiltrated into Japanese-held territory.
Those I can name include Papuans known to us as Yali, Mas, Buka and Mariba although I can name many others such as Golpak, his son Kaole, Yauwika, Rayman and Ishmael. Some, including Sgt-Major
Simogun, are famous and were duly honoured with the British Empire Medal and/or Loyal Service Medal for their fighting service. I mention the fir...
It was 50 years ago this month that a weekly pop music paper called Go-Set launched across Australia – wholly independent of all the established corporate media. It was a paper for teenagers produced by a teens and twenty-something staff, and while it revolved around the music scene, it also spoke to our quest for an entirely new culture.
I started Go-Set with a fellow Monash uni student, Tony Schauble, and a core group of mates from Monash and from the discos and band culture that was breaking out in Melbourne in the mid-60s.
The Good Weekend and crikey.com ran stories a few weeks ago about Go-Set and the famous people who started their careers there – Molly Meldrum and novelist Lily Brett among them – but Go-Set employed more than 60 fulltime staff (just one older than 25) during its eight-year lifetime, and some of them have wound up in Byron or nearby. I’m one of them.
Here’s the email Julie Owens sent to our Christine Judd: “Bula, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Fiji who have suffered at the wrath of tropical cyclone Winston. Please pass on to you and any of (More...)
I passed through Hosier Lane in early Summer to photograph any new wall murals. I found a nice looking Snow Leopard and around the corner in the little lane that runs off Hosier – Rutledge Lane, I found a lesson in how to use spray cans to make simple pictures. I watched for a while as several artists showed a group of office workers, on a lunchtime team building exercise, how using simple effects they could create an impressive image. It was interesting to watch how many steps it can take to create some of the 3d effects that street artists use.
Parliament Station, Melbourne: 03/07/12.
The Sustainable Living Festival is one event I never miss. This year was no exception. Ben, Amy and I were team Webber this year. We caught the train into the city, had a quick vegan breakfast at Lord of the Fries, and walked over to Federation Square where the event was being held. The very [Continue Reading …]
Have you see this frog?
Peron’s Tree Frog Litoria peronii, variously known as the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog, the Emerald-speckled Tree Frog, the Laughing Tree Frog, or my favourite, the Maniacal Cackle Frog, is on the edge of its range in Newstead. This one has been residing for some time in a ‘nice patch of habitat’ – in and around a lemon tree on the edge of town.
Peron’s Tree Frogs are found over much of south-eastern Australia, with the Murray Darling Basin a stronghold. They come in a variety of colours and can in fact change colour rapidly in response to a change in surroundings. This one is quite pale , with distinctive emerald-green spots over the back and legs. The call is unmistakable once you’ve heard it – a high-pitched hysterical cackling sound, hence it’s oft used common name. What a delight to have it here in Newstead – I’d be keen to hear about other local observations....
Comment …. By Don Gordon-Brown It’s always tempting, as you watch Team Quirk candidates cheat away with their copycat council cleat, to form the conclusion that they just don’t get it. That what is bleedingly obvious to any normal, decent person – that using the copycat cleat is really, really wrong – just doesn’t register with these people. The reality that I came to a
Goulburn Valley Spirituality in the Pub will host an evening with Rev Joan Fisher, retired Uniting Church Minister who recently spent three months in Palestine. The event will take place at the Terminus Hotel, Shepparton on Monday 29th February 2016 from 7.30 – 9.00pm Spirituality in the Pub is one of the forums for conversation ... Read more...
Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Artists.
Photography, Drawing, Collage & Installation exploring botanical elements & the unique landscape of Central Victoria.
LAUNCH SOIREE: 9th March 5pm-8pm
Join us for champagne, opening address & an opportunity to meet the artists.
This exhibition is part of the CASTLEMAINE ARTS OPEN MEET THE
OPENING HOURS: Fri, Sat, Sun 11th- 20th March 10am-4pm
(other times during the two weeks by arrangement)
COFFEE will be available daily, thanks to Tina at The Diggers Store xo
Stay up to date and get more glimpses of our work on
our websites and the festival website.
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By Don Gordon-Brown Team Quirk is relying on a “ruling” that this newspaper knows nothing about to somehow condone the shameful use of its copycat council cleat in the current Brisbane municipal poll. “As you are aware, this matter was raised during the last two elections and the ruling was that the LNP branding did not infringe on Council’s corporate branding” was the
Mountain Journal has previously profiled Elizabeth MacPhee, who has been working to restore damaged sections of the NSW Alps since 1990.
She has worked to restore ski runs, walking tracks, grazing damage, post fire repair and damage from hydro electric schemes.
Working with Gabriel Wilks, Elizabeth produced ‘Rehabilitation of former Snowy Scheme sites in Kosciuszko National Park’ which chronicles ten years of restoration work at 200 sites within Kosciuszko National Park. These cover sites damaged during the construction of Australia’s most iconic hydroelectric scheme, where work is showing substantial progress and is contributing to the protection of the parks internationally significant ecosystems.
Although this is a few years old, it is worth a read for anyone with an interest in ecological restoration in the Australian Alps.
Thanks to the Australian Alps National Parks website for this information.
PINK was the colour of the day at Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve
earlier this month.
Ocean Grove Cricket Club held a ‘Pink Stumps’ day during the first day of the A Grade match between the Grubbers and neighbour Wallington.
Pink stumps were used and players wore special pink caps in support of the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds for breast-care nurses throughout the country.
The day was called ‘playing for a cause’.
“The day was a absolute smashing success,” Fiona Spiby said.
“We had over 80 women attend the ladies afternoon and the bidding on silent auction/raffles and spot prizes helped us smash our fund-raising target. The boys from OGCC wore their pink hats and zinc on the day.”
The day raised around $5000 and Fiona said it may become an annual event.
After play, two former cricketers – Stephen Long and Rodney Procter – auctioned off their moustaches for the McGrath Foundation.
Current player and local musician Sam Hanson then entertained the crowd well into the night.
THE international dance phenomenon, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL),
has come to Ocean Grove.
Launched in Melbourne seven years ago, NLNL is a casual, free-form dance in the dark for the pure joy of it.
“I love No Lights because I completely lose my inhibitions in a really happy comfortable environment. I feel like I’m involved in something amazingly therapeutic with like-minded people and it’s awesome exercise that I actually enjoy!“ said Jayne, a regular dancer at NLNL Geelong.
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.
NLNL has just restarted in Ocean Grove on Tuesdays at 7.15pm at The Pavillion, corner The Avenue and Presidents Avenue.
Keep in touch or request a song via Facebook – nolightsnolycrageelong. Dancers should dress comfortably, bring a water bottle and $10 for 60 minutes of dancing.
By LUKE VOOGT
ELVIS impersonator Jack Gatto performed to a sold out crowd in
Ocean Grove last month, raising almost $3000 for cancer
He donated the money to Ocean Grove locals Jenni Garland and Danielle Hogan, who plan to walk in this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
“Jack’s a friend of ours and I told him what we were doing,” Jenni said.
“He offered to do the performance for free.”
Jenni, Danielle and their friends, who will walk together as “Team Hogan”, needed $2000 for the event.
But when ticket sales exceeded that mark, Jack decided to donate the rest of his takings – along with $5 from every CD he sold.
“I think he just got two free beers – that’s it,” Jenni said.
Jack Gatto rose to national and international fame last year after discovering his talent for impersonating the King.
The former Ocean Grove local gave up his time to perform for 120 people at Ocean Grove Golf Club on 20 February.
Jenni thanked the golf club, as well as the volunteers which gave their time.
“They were there until at least midnight,” she said.
All proceeds will go to the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.
THE Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club held its AGM recently,
reflecting on a year in which it raised more than $17,600 for The
Publicity officer Anne Webber said the club had grown dramatically due to its fund-raising activities and its members’ involvement in the community.
“It’s grown from a small group of women four years ago to 130 members,” she said.
“Our fund-raisers are many and varied with members having a say in what programs the money is directed into.”
The club welcomed VIEW zone councillor Maria Culka to the AGM to announce its new committee.
This year’s president is Janice Nation, joined on the committee by Christine Waite, June Hansen, Helen Buckley, Pam Reeves, Jill Gillett, Marion Coppins, Anne Webber, Janet Alexander and Karen Shirley.
The club has 18 activity groups, including walking, travel, singing, movies and craft, and regularly holds fund-raising activities.
The VIEW Club meets at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm. Contact June Hansen on 0422 142 882 for more information.
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove’s Cindy Murnane will bring new life into the world
this month, travelling to Thailand to volunteer as a midwife.
The 19-year-old completed her first year of a Bachelor of Midwifery and Nursing at Deakin University last year.
It’s a path she chose early on in high school, and, after delivering five babies at her last work-placement, she’s sure it’s her calling.
“Being able to bring the baby up to the mother is an amazing experience,” she said.
“I think it’s incredible how women let you into the biggest part of their life.”
Cindy’s said it was her Year 12 health classes at Christian College that inspired her to volunteer overseas.
Her teacher would show the class videos of health conditions in disadvantaged communities, some of which only had one GP.
“I thought I could be that one person who could help,” she said.
Cindy is raising $5607 to travel to the Thai city of Phitsanulok on 20 March, to volunteer at its local hospital.
Along with helping the disadvantaged, Cindy said her trip would help her become a better midwife.
“It’s just learning to be a midwife differently,” she said.
Cindy will sell passionfruit yoyo biscuits at the Rotary Ocean Grove Summer Market this Sunday, made by her parents Carol and Paul.
“They’re both chefs so it’s their way of contributing to the trip,” she said.
Cindy will volunteer through Gap Medics – a company that organises placements for medical students in disadvantaged areas overseas. Gap Medics does not fund expenses.
For more information or to support Cindy search Cindy Murnane at www.fundmytravel.com
By JEN CARR, JENNIFER.CARR6@BIGPOND.COM
WHAT a wonderful few weeks.
I’ve had another week off work which inevitably leads to a few lovely outings. My favourite new hobby of spotting Australian hobbies on TV aerials near the corner of Tuckfield Street and Shell Road in Ocean Grove has come to an end, as the hobbies have moved on to greener TV aerials.
I’ve had several trips to the Western Treatment Plant, with the aim of spotting the red-necked phalarope (a migratory shorebird that usually winters on tropical islands, but this particular bird has decided to fly further south to the sewerage farm). Unlike many other birdwatchers I have failed to spot the phalarope, but I have had a lovely time trying to see it.
I did bump into members of the Bellarine Birdlife Group at the WTP, and they did manage to see the phalarope. I think I will need to invest in a bird spotting scope instead of relying on my trusty camera lens. Actually that might be a great birthday present if anyone in my family are reading this – hint hint!
When I was driving down Beach Road past Avalon Airport I did see a few banded lapwings in a farm paddock by the side of the road. Banded lapwings are similar to the infamous masked lapwing or spur-winged plover, but they are much smaller (29cm compared to 38cm) and have a longer tail and shorter legs. They also have a U-shaped black breast band, and a small red wattle over the bill, that are absent in the masked lapwing. Apparently the banded lapwings have some young birds, and as they are ground nesters and the young can not fly for several weeks, they have a huge battle for survival on their hands. I’ll keep an eye on them and hope that they do well.
Speaking of young birds, the red-whiskered bulbuls that were seen by Peter in Clifton Springs have at least two offspring. I look forward to seeing them, too.
Another lovely bird I have seen lately was a spiny-cheeked honeyeater, which was on a telephone l...
OPINION: By TREVOR GRANT
The Australian Te...
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff will be closed for the rest of today, after a nearby car accident disrupted electricity supplies to the complex.
TRAC Aquatic Facilities Supervisor Glenn Nott said the power cut would disrupt the pool filtration system.
“We apologise for the inconvenience but we can’t have members of the public using the pools while the filtration system isn’t operating,” Mr Nott said.
“We’re hopeful electricity supplies will be restored in time for Kingscliff TRAC to reopen tomorrow morning at 5.30am.
“In the meantime, both the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads TRAC complexes are open for business today until 7pm.”
Further information is available at trac.tweed.nsw.gov.au or by phoning (02) 6670 2750.
Riding through India’s Rajasthani Desert for a couple of days on the back of a camel, I thought often about the Australian desert and its endless red horizons. It’s a few years since I’ve been there, something I look forward to changing this year. But contemplating the landscape and how we relate to it, I also thought of three amazing songs that all encapsulate that desert in different ways.
John Williamson and Warren H Williams – Raining On The Rock
Warren H Williams is an Arrernte man from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. His father Gus was also a well-known country singer. In Raining On The Rock (co-written with country music legend John Williamson), he takes us to the desert; to “come out of the Mulga where the plains forever roll, and Albert Namatjira has painted all the scenes”.
Like the famous watercolour painter, Warren finds a sense of belonging in the desert landscape – “It’s raining on the Rock, in the beautiful country. And I’m proud to travel this big land as an Aborigine.”
The significance of Uluru extends far beyond its Anangu traditional owners, for whom it is a sacred place. It is the red heart of Australia; a majestic monument to this land, its unique flora and fauna, and all its inhabitants. So for Warren H Williams, it evokes pride in his culture and history; and inspires him further – “It cannot be described with a picture, the mesmerising colours of the Olgas. Or the grandeur of the Rock – Uluru is power!
Bellarine MP, Lisa Neville announced a $520 336 investment into recreational boating infrastructure for the Bellarine on Monday 22 February at the Indented Head boat ramp.
Funding was received for three projects, two of those specific to Bellarine Bayside including:
Bellarine Bayside will also commit approximately $100 000 to these two projects and works will commence soon. We aim to have these works completed prior to the Spring fishing season.
The Boating Safety Facility Program grants administered by the Minister for Ports are available for projects that make recreational boating a safer and more enjoyable experience for locals and visitors to the Bellarine.
A tutorial for Millie, Emmeline, Gaby and Rachel! . . . . . Twenty-three, I’ve decided, is the new twenty-one. I know a surprising number of 23 year olds (including our own Big Boy) and they all seem to have found their groove – they’re confident, mature and comfortable in their own skins. Any early 20s angst has subsided, their opinions […]
Zika virus case in central Queensland
A case of the Zika virus has been reported in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton.
A man who recently returned from South America, and stopped at the Globe Hotel in the regional town, has been diagnosed with the infection.
OUR SAY The Independent warned repeatedly over time that the LNP and Team Quirk planned to cheat again at this year's Brisbane City Council elections and they are doing exactly that .... big time! They've rolled out again their copycat council "cleat" that they also used extensively at the 2012 poll. It's there for no other reason than to hoodwink the public into thinking it's the
The Pope’s Glen Bushcare Group is creating a habitat specifically tailored to attract and support smaller birds, such as Red-browed Finch, Superb Fairy-wren, Eastern Whipbird.
The Pope’s Glen Bushcare Group works on the fourth Saturday of each month, excluding December, from 9am – 1pm. To join in, and to receive the monthly newsletter email email@example.com
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The stage is set for a showdown between the FBI and Apple after the tech company’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed he will not assist the FBI in hacking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Mark Zuckerberg has defended Apple move, saying he does not believe the authorities should have backdoors to bypass encryption protection. Academic expert in computer security, Dr Suelette Dreyfus says Apple’s stance is the correct one.
Brisbane DVD store closes amid falling sales
A local Brisbane DVD rental store will close it’s doors at the end of this month.
Owner Ann Frommelt has run the St Lucia business for almost 25 years, but says the rise in download and streaming services has left the store unable to compete.
WWF joins Queensland farmers in regulating run-off
Queensland cane farmers have been working with the World Wildlife Fund to improve water quality and reduce agricultural pollution in run-off to the reef.
Stakeholders met in Cairns yesterday to review progress on drip irrigation, nutrient management and other innovations in cane growing.
St Kilda Celebrates Its Contribution to Australian Jazz From Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March 2016, St Kilda celebrates its rich history of jazz with St Kilda Summer Jazz (SKSJ), a weekend featuring a range of artists and jazz styles from trad to contemporary, in St Kilda venues that are both historic and eclectic. Artists […]
Catholic schools shut-down over wages, working conditions
More than 200 Catholic Queensland schools will be affected by teachers protesting over unfair conditions today.
Over 8000 Catholic school staff will go on strike on Thursday morning, bartering for better pay and fairer working conditions.
The LNP's use of the Brisbane City Council's branding image in the run-up to the 19 March municipal poll is "underhand, unethical and blatant cheating", the Greens' Lord mayoral candidate Ben Pennings says. And Mr Pennings slammed the council's administration for failing to protect its intellectual property, claiming it had "rolled over" to its political masters at City Hall. Under council
By Sarah Joseph
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released its reasons in Hicks v Australia on February 16, 2016, in which it found that Australia had breached David Hicks’ right to be free from arbitrary detention. While the decision represents a measure of vindication for Hicks in the face of ongoing hostile disdain from the Australian government, it was perhaps disappointing in its narrowness.
The UNHRC supervises and monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), a global treaty that binds three-quarters of the world’s countries.
David Hicks’ complaint was submitted on September 10, 2010. The five-plus-year gap between submission and decision is unfortunate, but reflects the complexity of the case, as evinced by the original 100+ page submission from Hicks’ counsel.
However, the UNHRC did not address these complexities appropriately. While Hicks was successful in one of his claims regarding arbitrary detention, prohibited under Article 9(1) of the ICCPR, his many other claims deserved more thorough consideration than they received.
Hicks’ story is recounted briefly here. He was apprehended in Afghanistan in November 2001, very soon after the invasion of that country by the US in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was suspected of fighting on behalf of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or both.
He was detained at the facility in Guantanamo Bay from January 2002 until March 2007. He was held under US presidential order, and was not charged with a......
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