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I’m terribly disappointed that an intense period of (office) work has meant that I’ve not been able to revisit the ‘Unclasped‘ exhibition at The Hellenic museum yet. I’m not able to go next week either … but I wanted to write a few thoughts I’ve had on it: > I was glad to be able […]
On Tuesday 23 February Julia Finn MP, member for Granville welcomed the Oceans 12 cricket team to the NSW Parliament. The team is comprised of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers. They entered and won the Last Man Stands Sydney Sports League competition and went on to win the statewide competition. They are the current Sydney
#EdSheeran Learn about the man behind the music and his unique numerology and spiritual understanding of the effect he has on a crowd. by psychic medium Ian Scott.
“Gluteus maximus is the largest of the gluteal muscles. The general functions of the muscle are believed to be extension of the hip, adduction, and external rotation. There is also evidence pointing to the significant role of glute max in force closure or compression stabilization of the SI joint. While there is some debate in the medical literature of the role of glute max, it is fairly obvious it is an important hip stabilizer.” -Breaking Muscle
At the Aware Relaxed Connected workshop on Sunday, hosted by one of our mentors and friend Craig Mallett, we learnt a terrific glute activation technique. Yes, there are a lot of them out there; any physio, chiro or PT will have half a dozen you can do on your lounge room floor. And that’s great. And we’ve been given and tried many ourselves over our years within the health and fitness industry as both coaches and also as clients/patients.
What we liked about Craig’s approach on the weekend though was the truly holistic (whole-istic) perspective. Instead of just lying down to perform a select few leg raising exercises, or some standing up, Craig explained the usefulness and true functionalit...
Indian Motorcycle plans to release a new model on Thursday March 3, 2016, that is tipped to be called the Springfield in honour of its birthplace in Massachusetts.
The only clue is an image on the official Indian Instagram account of a bridge with the heading “Coming March 3, 2016” (which will be Friday, Australian time) and the caption: “The open road deserves a bike to honor it.”
Indian has previously used the Springfield name to refer to the original blue colour, but it hasn’t used it as a model designation.
However, last year the company applied for the Springfield trademark and recently an entry was made with the California Air Resources Board for an “Indian Springfield” powered by the ubiquitous 111-cube (1818cc) Thunder Stroke engine used in the Chief range and Roadmaster.
Once upon a time, a pregnant pig felt her piglets would be coming soon and she wanted desperately to make a big, protective nest for them. But there was nothing to build with and aside from that she could barely move, she was held in place by a metal cage and unable to shift any further than one step forward or back. Instead, all she could do was bite on the restrictive bars in frustration and then, when the time came, give birth on the hard barren floor.
A delicate little piglet opened his eyes to a world of darkness, metal bars and cold slatted floors. His mother tried to nuzzle him, but he was just out of reach. At around a week of age, he heard his brothers and sisters squealing in pain. It was finally his turn and he was grabbed around the head, his teeth were clipped with metal pliers and then he was thrust upside down where his was tail cut off. His distressed mother could do nothing to protect her piglets, but she made a wish and even though she had never seen the sky, her wish fluttered upwards and hung in the air until it was sucked into the supernova of an enchanted star.
When old enough to be weaned, at around three weeks, the little piglet would have been moved to another shed. This one was even more barren than the last, except for the surplus of other growing pigs he was packed in with. This was no life for a pig – here pigs were converted from curious, intelligent and engaging creatures to shadows of their potential selves. The little piglet would get excited at his favourite time of the day: feeding time. He would spend his days eating and exi.......
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.
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove double-lung transplant recipient Chris Teece is
enjoying his second chance at life.
The 45-year-old has returned to work as a draftsman and running around with his kids at Auskick, tennis, netball and basketball.
“The difference between now and pre-transplant is just amazing,” he said. “I’ve never known anything like it.”
Chris will speak at Lorne this Friday in support of Tour de Transplant.
The 600km tour, along the Great Ocean Road, has raised $99,852 for the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust of Victoria (HLTTV) so far.
HLTTV provides accommodation for transplant recipients and their families, and helped Chris to stay near The Alfred Hospital in the months following his surgery.
This was especially helpful for Chris when suffered a “hiccup” in his recovery and needed medication for infections.
“Being around the corner from The Alfred was sensational,” he said.
Chris was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of five when his younger sister was born, who also had CF. Most of his childhood was spent in and out of hospital.
Despite periods of good health as a teenager, he would still have to go to hospital for weeks at a time for “tune-up”. After finishing high school, university seemed a long way off.
“I didn’t know if I had four or five years,” he said.
“When I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the 1970s you would be lucky to reach early or mid-twenties.”
He lost his little sister to CF in 2000, when she was only 25, after she had a transplant in 1996.
“I guess that was in the back of my mind when I eventually went for my transplant – I wasn’t very confident,” he said.
By his mid-thirties, Chris’s lung function gradually decreased to about 38 per cent and was put on 24/7 oxygen at home.
He was in hospital in late 2012 and in May 2013 Chris began assessment for transplant, which involved numerous tests.
He was too unwel...
FIVE-time Pier to Pub winner Harriet Brown will attend a Life
Saving Victoria session aimed at females staying in lifesaving at
Ocean Grove SLSC this week.
The 25-year-old former competitor with Ocean Grove SLSC, who resides on the Gold Coast, will be a keynote speaker at the 14th session of the Female Leadership network on Thursday 3 March.
The session dubbed ‘Active Living and Healthy Lifestyle’ will run from 5pm to 9pm, supported by Greater City of Geelong and the LSV Female Leadership Network, invite females aged 16+ to attend the session.
Brown is an elite surf ironwoman, ocean swimmer, exercise physiologist, pilates instructor and speaker.
She was a top young pool swimmer who was drawn to the beach at Ocean Grove by her elder sister Alexandra. Brown began her career in the surf at Ocean Grove SLSC.
The former Geelong based local currently competes for Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club on the Gold Coast.
Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan (MH) spoke with Harriet Brown (HB) ahead of her visit to Ocean Grove SLSC this week.
(MH) Thanks for Harriet for interview. What is the purpose of your visit to Ocean Grove SLSC this week?
(HB) “This week’s visit is a female leadership network and to promote females within lifesaving and surf lifesaving in active and healthy living and leadership.”
(MH) What are the main reasons why you are targeting 16+ aged females to attend?
(HB) “It is hard as females as you get older as a female to stay involved in sport. There are a lot of females dropping out of sport to pursue other things and there is that responsibility to be there as a role model for women in sport to promote active and healthy living. In surf lifesaving there is a dropout rate of females and males as well. To try and improve that and to continue the participation rate in females is a big thing in sport.”
(MH) Your connection to Ocean Grove SLSC goes back a while with your nipper days at the...
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THE sky was the limit for young Ocean Grove local surfers in
tough conditions at Phillip Island at the second Victorian Junior
Series competition last month.
Ocean Grove teenager Emma Walker was the standout surfer after finishing third in the Under 18 girls’ division across two days of competition on 20-21 February.
The wild and changing rips meant surfers were advised to cut their losses at certain points, to catch the wave in, run around on the sand to the rip point and go back out.
Many surf-savvy youngsters made the most of their fitness, took the on-shore run in their stride and made the most of the strong rip currents to get out and find a better ride to add to their point score.
Under 14 Ocean Grove competitors, Bohdie Williams and Charlie Mahoney both placed second in their heats during competition on Saturday, 20 February.
Older brothers Arkie Williams and Harry Mahoney from Ocean Grove showed great creativity and good form against strong competition.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club nipper Ellie Harrison finished fourth overall in the Under 14 girls’ competition.
THE third and final round of the Victorian Junior Series will be held at Jan Juc on 16-17 April.
> Refuge Action Coalition > MEDIA RELEASE > > ALMOST 300 MORE ASYLUM SEEKERS JOIN PNG CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO > MANUS DETENTION > > PNG lawyer, Ben Lomai, will today (Friday, 2 February) file another > 287 submissions from Manus Island asylum seekers to join them to a PNG > Supreme Court constitutional challenge to(...)
The purpose of this literature review is to present the evidence supporting the contributions of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to improving the health of Aboriginal peoples, so that this information is available to all individuals and organisations working to improve Aboriginal health.
This 32 page report was developed for a broad range of individuals and organisations with an interest in improving Aboriginal health. For the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, this report provides information that may be used to inform funding submissions, advocacy efforts and the development of programs as well as highlight gaps in the evidence base about the contributions of ACCHSs. The information in this report will also be useful for funders, policy makers, researchers and others to inform the development of policies, projects and programs that impact on the health of Aboriginal peoples.
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove teenager Noah Hodgson and his band “The Last Man on
the Moon” are getting excited for this month’s Bellarine Busking
“It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this,” said the Christian College student.
“We are just keen to get out there and play.”
Noah sings and plays lead guitar for the band, and is joined by fellow local secondary students Ben Scott on bass and Heath Robertson on drums.
“Myself and Ben have been family friends forever and we’ve known Heath for ages,” Noah said.
“We just thought we’d throw the band together.”
Each of the band members has played for different groups, but Noah said he enjoyed playing with his friends most.
They’ve written several original songs together and Noah described the band’s sound as “somewhere between the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys”.
Like many musicians their age, they’re looking to record their first EP. Noah said the competition could be a good step.
“I just love the feeling of being up there playing in front of people,” he said.
“Especially my music – it’s the experience of sharing it with other people.”
Noah is hoping to study a Bachelor of Music after he finishes Year 12 and dreams of entering the music industry one day.
“I’m not sure where but just somewhere in the industry is what I want,” he said.
The Bellarine Busking Competition begins at 9am on 13 March at the Point Lonsdale Bowling Club.
OCEAN Grove Golf Club president Collin Stephens thanked Geelong
Council and local councillor Jan Farrell last week, for approving a
Mr Stephens said the club originally approached the council to purchase the land under its clubhouse to secure its future.
This was not accepted but council negotiated a 50-year lease with the club last month.
Mr Stephens said the club started many years ago as a make-shift course on a tip with some funding from the council.
“Over the years the club has put some millions of dollars back into the course and clubhouse,” he said.
“Neither council nor the community have to pay anything for our club due to our wonderful volunteers, who have worked so hard over the years.”
It was a welcome decision for the club, which needed a loan for planned renovations to the course, including bridge and water strategy works.
“Because we are self-funded – unlike some of the other council courses – we found ourselves in a vulnerable situation,” he said.
“This 50-year lease will allow us to do that work with a loan that has a realistic period that we can repay.”
Cr Farrell said the future of the Ocean Grove Golf Club was significantly clearer following council’s decision.
She was thrilled for the club’s management and said they could now concentrate on planning course facilities.
“The Ocean Grove Golf Club is situated in a unique and stunning location next to the river,” she said.
“The new lease secures the location and means the club can become a real drawcard for our region.”
By LUKE VOOGT
WALLINGTON Primary School students have been busy sewing,
crafting and creating strawberry themed-goods for the 32nd
Wallington Strawberry Fair this Sunday.
The goods will be on display at the all-new Wallington Kids Crafts stall, and parents have been equally busy, making gourmet strawberry jam.
Fair committee member Tracey Frigo said the school would host a record 50 market stalls – not including its own.
“This year’s fair offers rides, excellent food, live performances, sporting displays, pony rides, and of course strawberries galore!” she said.
Wallington’s own Bellarine Bears Baseball Club will pitch some balls, and local clubs will put on demonstrations including karate, calisthenics, dog obedience, drumming and juggling.
The fair will feature the Indy-folk music of Bellarine teenager Jamie Pye and talented Wallington Primary music teacher, Tayla Haigh.
Bellarine music stalwarts Andrea Robertson and Elandel will also perform, as will Dazzling Dan the Magic Man.
“Our spectacular Grand Auction will be conducted by the indomitable Ken Drysdale – from Elders Real Estate – a long-time supporter of the fair,” said Tracey.
“He always concludes his auction with a traditional three cheers for the best little primary school in the world.”
This Saturday Wallington will families gather for the traditional strawberry hulling day – gathering strawberries for pavlovas, scones, strawberries and cream, and chocolate dipping.
WHAT’S not to love about St Leonards?
In a world that’s spinning at ever increasing speeds, the gorgeous coastal hamlet of St Leonards takes you back to simpler times – sand, sea, a smile in the street – completely devoid of the hustle and bustle that tends to dominate our lives, it is a relative oasis of what we once took for granted.
Visit St Leonards and you feel young again – or it’s a town where childhood memories will be made.
Whether relaxing with a drink in the St Leonards Hotel, sipping coffee with friends at one of the eateries on the shopping strip, taking the boat out for a day on the bay, building sand castles, splashing in the ocean or going for a walk on the beach, St Leonards is a town designed for a much desired laid-back lifestyle – and some are even lucky enough to live there.
During summer, the expansive camping grounds along the St Leonards/Indented Head shoreline make it a haven for holidaymakers.
Campers arrive in droves with caravans and tents at the ready, preparing themselves to do as little as possible for as long as possible.
Beach cricket, swimming off the pier, fishing until dusk, playing tennis, laying on a towel reading a book, licking a lemonade icy-pole, cracking a beer – coastal leisure personified.
Due to its timeless appeal, St Leonards became well known as one of the backdrops for the hit ABC television series Seachange; the most recognisable inclusion being the ‘local pub’ which boasts a magnificent beer garden with views of the bay and local pier … maybe pretend you are ‘Diver Dan’ for a while …
The towns have excellent sporting amenities such as a golf course, tennis club, bowling club and yacht club. The St Leonards Yacht Club and Motor Squadron is located on Lower Bluff Road with its members regularly competing in local races.
St Leonards Golf Club on Blanche Street boasts 18 holes lined with tea-trees and gums.
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...
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Melbourne indie-folk darlings TinPan Orange announced details of their new album, released a new video “Rich Man” and announced national tour dates. Details here – The Gum Ball have announced their final artists for 2016 including William Crighton, Devon Sproule, Davidson Brothers, […]
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...
By LUKE VOOGT
IT’S all apples at Ocean Grove Primary School this week as
students prepare for the annual Apple Fair.
The kids have been having fun in the school’s kitchen, cooking apple pies and devouring apple slinkies.
As well as the usual apple-themed food, this year’s fair will feature a wide variety of music to get people moving.
Six-piece collective Junglebeat will play reggae, African jazz and funk, while the Blueliners will perform old-school blues.
They’ll be joined by long-time Bellarine songwriter Andrea and The Apple Fairies.
“The Apple Fairies are a collective of Ocean Grove Primary School parents playing the hits you love,” said fair music co-ordinator Phil Turnour.
“They’ve been a highlight for every fair back to 2010.”
The twilight fair will include the usual kids’ activities and carnival rides, including the Cha Cha, the Cup and Saucer, ponies and inflatables.
Also getting the students excited are posters around the school asking “Who’s Pip?”
“They’ll just have to wait until the fair to find out,” said fair organiser and teacher Em Kaiser.
The Fair starts at 4pm on 11 March.
By JUSTIN FLYNN
JEFF Shiels will don the lycra for the Wally Wheelers in the
annual MS Melbourne Cycle on Sunday.
The Ocean Grover is riding for a cause – good mate David Muller, who has multiple sclerosis – for the playfully named Wallington-based team.
The event is in its 10th year in support of MS, which is the most common neurological disease in young adults, typically affecting people between the ages of 20 and 40, with three-quarters of those affected being female.
This is Jeff’s third crack at the ride, which bills itself as a fun family event. “The idea of the ride is a fun family event, not a race,” Jeff said.
“The event has changed over time. Last year they had it in April and we absolutely froze so they moved it forward.”
The Wally Wheelers team will be kitted out in specially made shirts from White Cross Independent Lifestyle Solutions.
In his first year Jeff raised around $300 and last year he upped it to $700. So far this time around he is sitting at around $1000. The ride winds its way over the West Gate Bridge and around Flemington Racecourse.
“I get to enjoy a good ride and get to go over the West Gate and test out the legs on the upward and cruise on the downward,” he said.
“It’s not only a good ride, but a good location.”
Local David Muller, a keen cyclist himself, won’t be able to compete in the event due to his MS and will be there to cheer on the Wally Wheelers.
His 70-year-old uncle is coming all the way from Canada to take part.
“He’s one of those people who has it (MS), but doesn’t let anyone know about it and just gets on with life,” Jeff said.
“It’s great that we can do a joyride and support a great cause and work towards a solution for it.”
Jeff has been training for the event by competing in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and did a 50km round-trip to Torquay last weekend. “Each year we are amazed at how much generosity people have,”...
By MARK HEENAN
OCEAN Grove local Georgie Mervin said it was a nice surprise to
be the first ever female winner of last month’s inaugural Barwon
“It was a bit of fun and bit of a surprise,” Mervin told the Voice.
“I was just there (to compete) and re-motivate and have fun.”
The mother-of-two who works as a nurse competed in the 40-49 age group, finished in a time of 53 minutes on Sunday 21 February.
Mervin, who has a strong running background, said she had worked on her swimming and bike riding legs to help achieve good results in triathlon competitions.
Former St Albans GFL footballer, Kirby Bourke won the men’s race in 43:50.
Georgie is the wife of multiple Ocean Grove Football Club senior premiership player Greg Mervin.
The debut album from DMA’S has been long awaited and much discussed. Just before Hills End was announced as FBi’s Album of the Week, Tommy, Johnny and Mason all joined Darren Lesaguis in studio to chat the bread and butter of band life: writing and touring.
Originally making music with no intention of playing live, the band purposefully held back from performing around Sydney for some time. After experiences in other bands, they didn’t want to end up playing the same venue every weekend, holding out to make it good. This has made balancing the two a little bit more difficult.
“Getting used to being able to write on the road is the hardest one...
Health workers will join police on call-outs to 'de-escalate'
mental health emergencies in a world-first attempt to
decriminalise' mental illness in WA.
Nurses, social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists will get police response training, and 20 police officers will get training in recognising and defusing mental health-related situations, for the trial to start next month.
Each team of one senior clinician and two officers will travel in an unmarked car to peak-time call-outs to deliver emergency mental health care in an effort to curb the flood of mentally ill people into emergency departments and courtrooms.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/mental-health-workers-to-join-police-on-callouts-in-worldfirst-trial-20151214-gln0bt.html#ixzz3uLTQqbLe
RISE: Refugees Survivours and Ex-detainees: “When I was on the boat I never thought I would survive, but countless times while I was in detention I wondered why I didn’t die”. 26/02/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"
“When I was on the boat I never thought I would survive, but countless times while I was in detention I wondered why I didn’t die” by Ramesh Fernandez, Founder of RISE, Ex-detainee and Refugee
People might think that coming to Australia by boat is a comfortable cruise. Here’s the reality.
We risk our lives to cross borders to seek protection. Sometimes we succeed, sometime we don’t and we risk our lives again. Is this safe passage?
When we get on a boat we don’t know whether we will reach land or if we will be able to see our family members again. Boats float on the rough sea without sufficient water, limited food & no medical assistance. Diseases spread quickly; we don’t know how to swim. Dead bodies float around us as some people jump off the boats to their deaths. Some boats capsize. Is this safe passage?
Would you risk your life like we did on a broken wooden boat, with no supplies, on a rough sea? I did, many of us did – many continue to do it.
I escaped from persecution and took a boat journey which lasted over 15 days; more than 10 years on I’m still not able to get on a boat or ship because of the trauma. Like me, many others have similar ongoing trauma.
I was young when I crossed the borders: I left my family, my identity, my belonging, for safe passage and freedom but it was not what I thought or imagined. I never imagined my “safe passage” would become the most horrific experience of my life, one that I continuously witness over and over.
I thought I might be alright on the boat, but I vomited every day for ten days. I bled, had diarrhoea and my skin become infected. I hid myself inside a cabin and thought that if I died my body might make it to shore because the cabin felt like a coffin.
One night I heard rough waves hit the deck of the boat. It was like thunder. I suddenly realised my arms were getting wet. I looked around and I realised there was...
Photo: Black Vanilla at the FBi SMACS Festival, by Will Reichelt
BV – made up of Lips, Lockheart & DJ Plead, aka Marcus Whale, Lavurn Lee & Jarred Beeler – initially intended to be a live music project only, but thankfully they discarded that decision with the release of Black on Black on Black – their 2013 mixtape full of distinctive dance beats. Since then, the trio have been keeping dancefloors sweaty all over Sydney with their notoriously intense and inclusive live sets.
This new remix sees Vera Blue’s voice soaring over the characteristic throbbing that BV tracks are known for. With BV’s intense burning of suspense amid a driving force, the lifting and expressive vocals blend beautifully into an ideal dance floor track.
The remix premiered yesterday on Arvos with Dom O’Connor, stream the track below.
It’s a big call for the new 110-cube Screamin’ Eagle Slim S model to top Harley-Davidson sales given the success the past couple of years of the Softail Breakout and the more recent success of the LAMS-approved Street 500.
However, I’ve been riding around on one for a couple of weeks and I think this bike has the potential to be Harley’s new rising star.
After a wonderful evening at the Geeveston twilight market in the ‘town hall’ (I’m not sure what its real status is..), I went home with a full tummy of great food made by the talented locals. I got to chat to lots of people, and strengthened relationships with a few more. I just love the community down here…… By midnight, however, the wind had really taken off from the WSW, keeping me awake. Then at maybe 2am, this unrelenting bang bang bang noise that shook the whole shed woke me up, and I eventually had to relent and get out of my warm bed to investigate what on earth was going on out there….
I found the main steel sliding door, all nine square metres of it, half hanging off its track. When the wind blew hard enough – and I later discovered that we’d had gusts of nearly 90km/hr (that’s 55MPH for you Americans reading this….) – the whole door got airborn at the bottom, eventually slamming back down against the shed, causing all that shaking. Visions of the other side also coming off its track started floating through my brain, and a weighty door sailing through the air smashing into my cars and into the neighbour’s yard flashed before my eyes.
I quickly found some ropes, and lashed the door to the shed frame, deciding that I’d attempt to fix it – which I did easily it turned out – in broad daylight. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep, and even though I ‘slept in’, I woke up a little exhausted, hence the day off on a rotten day……
Shame really, because I had planned to process the last tree I cut down yesterday……
This one was the biggest, or at least the fattest tree in the entire row. The way it had to fall meant danger for one of my fences which fortunately had a gate opening just where I wanted to drop it. But how to fall this monster accurately?
My new best friend...
Stan Grant, Talking to My Country (HarperCollinsAustralia 2016)
The cover of this book is great. The image on the left here may not look like much, just some bold type with a couple of gumleaves. But the actual cover held in your hands is scattered with (images of) tiny grains of sand as if the book has been out in the bush, exposed to the elements, suggesting that Stan Grant may be a journalist with an impressive international CV but you can never brush the Wiradjuri country from him.
Stan Grant appeared on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery this week. That’s a TV show where celebrities take us to visit places from their childhood usually with awkwardness and embarrassment. Stan Grant’s episode was an exception in not being awkward at all, because he had something to say about growing up and working as an Aboriginal person in Australia. That TV show provides an excellent easy-listening introduction to this book.
The cover tells us that this is ‘the book that every Australian should read’. I don’t know about that ‘should’, but if every Australian did read it we’d be living in a much wiser and possibly kinder world. Part memoir, part essay, inspired by James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and perhaps Ta Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, it’s a personal account of the effects of dispossession, colonisation and racism on individual lives into the 21st century. It includes the most powerful account of a ‘mental breakdown’ I have ever read, not as a medicalised episode of ‘depression’, but as generatio...
PNG lawyer, Ben Lomai, will today (Friday, 26 February) file another 287 submissions from Manus Island asylum seekers to join them to a PNG Supreme Court constitutional challenge to the Manus Island detention centre and the denial of their human rights.
This second tranche of submissions takes the total number of asylum seekers joined to the case to around 600.
A third tranche is expected to be filed in March and will effectively mean all of the asylum seekers will be a party to the action to enforce their rights under the PNG constitution.
Besides the constitutionality of the agreement to establish the detention centre, asylum seekers are seeking orders regarding their imprisonment without charge; being denied access to lawyers; denied due legal process; subjected to abuse and torture, etc.
A ‘status conference’ on Monday 29 February in Port Moresby is expected to set a date for the Supreme Court hearing of the challenge.
The constitutionality of the Memorandum of Understanding between PNG and Australia, that initially established the detention centre, is also being considered by the Supreme Court in a matter brought by the Opposition leader Beldan Nemah.
A decision in that matter is expected to be handed down very soon.
The PNG Constitutional Challenge has drawn a lot of attention in light of the recent Australian High Court decision finding that offshore detention on Nauru was legal under Australian law. That decision also affected 34 asylum seekers from Manus Island who were attached to the case.
In the aftermath of the Australian High Court finding, a “Let Them Stay” campaign is demanding that the Turnbull government allow all 267 asylum seekers attached to that court case be allowed to remain in Australia.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
Sunfigo emailed me.
For years I have wondered about Sunfigo’s art. The first work that I saw in 2012 was the Banksy Little Diver tribute was such a masterpiece, a tribute not just to Banksy but to that era of Melbourne’s street art. Since then I have been looking for more. I have been rewarded by a rich variety of experiments in media, image and message.
Sunfigo wanted to have an exhibition.
I tried to help but unfortunately I am amongst the least powerful people in Melbourne’s art world. I am just this blogger, part-time artist writer. I don’t have much money because I write about art, mostly for free in this blog. I don’t have an art gallery, nor as it turns out do I have much influence with anyone with a gallery, after these eight years of blogging. I kept on asking people but I wasn’t making any progress.
I wasn’t making any progress on gleaming any details about Sunfigo from my exchange of emails. I mean nothing; you will notice that I am avoiding pronouns in this post. In the emails Sunfigo was always “Sunfigo”....
Just ahead of her tour launching the single ‘Up All Night’, Sydney’s Le Pie joined Dom O’Connor on Arvos to talk about starting out in punk bands, compulsory lead singing and surprise success.
Her brother was the one who pushed her singing – making her take the mic instead of the playing guitar in their first band.
“Basically my brother just forced me to be a singer and put someone else on the drums. That was my initiation into singing, him being like, ‘You’re doing that now, off you go!’ I was always really scared to sing. I still kind of am.”
The most played song on FBi last year was Le Pie’s first single ‘Secrets’. Playing festivals across th...
Image Courtesy of Aldous Harding New Zealand based gothic-folk singer Aldous Harding is generating a bunch of buzz in the Northern Hemisphere so is about to head off on a massive world tour. And the first stop on that tour is Australia with a couple of dates announced for March. The shows will see Timber […]
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.
Professional photographer Ferne Millen recently captured the breathtaking and iconic GORCC managed coastline in a series of stunning photographs.
The photos feature some of the dedicated volunteer groups who work tirelessly along the picturesque coast to protect the natural environment.
The spirit of volunteering and the importance of the protection of the natural environment is encapsulated throughout the series of photos taken last year.
Below is a gallery which includes some of the many photos featuring our wonderful volunteers....
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...
Image Courtesy of Treetop Flyers The new single from UK based nu-folk five-piece Treetop Flyers, the Springsteen-esque “31 Years”, now has a brand new video. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Palomino which is due on the 11th March. Check out “31 Years” here:Filed under: News, Video News Tagged: folk music, nu […]
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...
Los Angeles [AAP]
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...
There is no need to buy an expensive BMW or KTM motorcycle to have headlights that illuminate the inside of a corner.
American lighting company of Wisconsin, J.W. Speaker Corporation, has released the world’s first aftermarket motorcycle headlight that fills in the dark void of a corner.
The Model 8790 low-beam, PAR56, 7-inch LED headlight uses sensors to calculate bank angles up to 30 degrees and automatically direct a light array angling up or down in the foreground as the motorcycle leans.
It also “tunes” the low beam and banking optics in a way that maximises visibility in corners.
Over 30 degrees the light is still there, but it doesn’t intensify any more.
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...
Peter Coad, speaking as a councillor and not as mayor of Huon Valley Council, said he was disappointed that the council, at its meeting on 24 February, 2016, had voted to delay implementation of council’s January credit card review resolution, and also to restrict the scope of the requested report.
Many very serious questions remain about George Pell’s conduct as a leader of an institution that failed to curb decades of rampant child sexual abuse within its hallowed walls. This failure has resulted in hundreds of innocent people suffering lifelong emotional and physical damage. A shocking number have committed suicide.
Perhaps you may have heard, the Port Arthur Authority is planning some sort of a “celebration” of the Port Arthur Massacre, to be held I understand in late April. I do know the chief invite has been extended to John Howard, who let’s face it probably deserves a guernsey for his work on gun control after the massacre.
THURSDAY February 25 ... • Mercury: Tasmania’s fire chief furious at critics ... 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...
It is undeniable that Hobart’s road-users are now regularly experiencing serious traffic congestion events. This is disrupting work and family life for many Tasmanians and affecting the productivity of our economy.
Watch HERE • Peter Whish-Wilson in Comments: Marine Plastics Inquiry ...
In the early evening of 29 May 2012, Registered Nurse G was travelling on the Bass Highway from Deloraine to Launceston to attend a training seminar. An SUV travelling in the opposite direction strayed across double white lines and the vehicles collided head-on. Her injuries were horrific – 14 fractures to the ribs, pelvis, wrist, femur, tibia, fibula, cervical and lumbar spine vertebrae, lung injury, severe brain injury, lacerations, and an eye injury. She remained in a state of post-traumatic amnesia for 96 days following the accident. …
THURSDAY February 25 ... • Mercury: Basslink back-up fast-tracked 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 immediatel...
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? • In Comments, Andrew Wilkie and Peter Whish-Wilson on Andrew Nikolic ...
Sometime the level of debate on Australian social media makes the head hurt and the heart burn.........
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
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
As you know, we’re the proud parents of Airbnb apartments in Melbourne and Sydney. Both act as a mini, livable capsules of the city they’re located in, containing curated pieces from local retailers, artists and small producers we love and entombing as much local knowledge as we could possibly pour into one space. And, as you also know, The Thousands are collaborating with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during the fab exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career. Now, we’re splicing these two together like a mischievous geneticist and presenting a cute mutation, a Grayson Perry inspired cupboard for our visitors.
The cupboard is a bejeweled grotto of all things Grayson. Beyond the wallpapered doors, you’ll find all the costumes, fineries, art supplies, British paraphernalia and penis-shaped candy your fangirl heart could desire. We’ve also tucked in a few tickets to the show. Much like the curated interiors of our apartments we’ve installed all the trappings and trimmings with elaborate aesthetic consideration, we’ve essentially made the Grayson Perry equivalent of Narnia at the back of a wardrobe for you to enjoy.
This fancy cupboard could be all yours to take the glittery guts out of, splay the contents all over yourself and take gratuitous selfies dripping in jewels and red bull, by booking a stay in Sydney here. And just in time for Mardi Gras.
This article was made possible by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in support of ‘Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career’ – part of the ‘Sydney International Arts Series’. Exhibition on now until May 1, 2016.
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!
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
As anyone who's seen Police Academy: Mission To
Moscow will attest, film franchises are always at the top
of their game by the seventh instalment – so why shouldn't it be
the same for film fanzines?
Feminist flick freaks Filmme Fatales have themed their latest indispensable zine-journal around 'Space'. And aside from the odd foray into discussing intergalactic movies – Sinead Stubbins's erudite sci-fi primer, for instance – it's mostly a reminder that 'space' isn't just the big cold thing that made Sandra Bullock cry.
There's an interview with director Maya Newell, whose
documentary Gayby Baby was banned in NSW schools
last year for daring to interview the children of same-sex parents.
Alexandra Donald assesses the negative tropes that befall lesbian
characters in cinema while Eloise Grills's discussion on being a
woman alone in the theatre illustrates problems still prevalent
this side of the fourth wall.
Former FF interviewee Mae Whitman (the person we're meant to pretend is unattractive to maintain the plot integrity of The Duff) gives a rundown of her favourite movies, while Nina Serova extols the beauty of the eponymous friendship in modern French classic Max & Lenny. Plus, for fans of grouse post-punk Melburnia with tenuous relevance to canine astronaut Laika, there's also a tribute to the living arrangements in Dogs In Space.
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.
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
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