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Around 9.00am this morning (Tuesday, 1 March), people found to be refugees staged a protest at the canteen in Oscar Compound.
The protest stopped the opening of the canteen, and local staff were withdrawn to the gates of Oscar Compound, as staff faced a crowd of refugees fed-up with being denied “privileges” like excursions or access to the canteen as a way of trying to force them to leave the detention centre and live outside in the so-called transit accommodation in East Lorengau.
Refugees, or “double positives”, as they are known in the detention centre are tired of the injustice.
Asylum seekers and those who have been rejected obtain 50 points each week – 25 from involvement in certain activities and 25 from the Immigration Department.
Points can be used at the canteen, run by Broadspectrum, to obtain such things as phone cards, shampoo and cigarettes. Fifty points gets you six packets of cigarettes.
Those who are found to be refugees get no points.
Refugees are given the choice – accept the unfair treatment or agree to leave the centre. There are only around 50 refugees who have been willing to leave the detention centre and live at the transit accommodation at East Lorengau.
Tensions are rising as the injustice has continued as the months drag on. Conditions at the East Lorengau detention centre are also deteriorating as refugees there are subject to a curfew and have recently been told they now have to pay for their own prescriptions.
A major standoff erupted later, at lunchtime in Delta Compound over the food. More than half the 200 detainees in Delta Compound have been found to be refugees. There have been increasing complaints over the food over the last weeks as food presented is out of date and is the same day after day.
More than 30 security guards are now in Delta Compound after a confrontation between detainees and the detention manager who told the detainees to put their complai...
I have lectured on Edwardian art history in the past and knew
the artists very well. Before the start of this new academic year,
I went to have a look at the Edwardians again and focused on my old
paintings. Two weeks later, out of the blue, the Weekend Australian
promoted Stanhope Forbes’ The Pier Head (1910), now on display at
the Geelong Gallery in Victoria. Small world!
Feeling frustrated by a lack of focus on wellbeing and compassionate communication in the current political arena, North Fitzroy local Ben Irvine decided to take matters into his own hands and initiate the type of political party that he and his friends would feel happy to vote for.
Nothing ruffles the feathers of a conventional meat-eating family more than when one of your kids decides to be vegan. And it’s not just the issue of separate meal preparation, or the death by salad. It’s the constant bombardment of vegan propaganda.
While sipping on her soy latte and observing me make sandwiches my darling food activist pipes up: ‘Did you know that cheese is as addictive as illicit drugs?’ This strange piece of anti-lactose rhetoric is ludicrous. ‘Really?’ I say. Well wrap me in Alfoil and call me a cheese wheel!
This may come as a shock to cheese detractors everywhere, but the internet is not a credible source of information about the harmful effects of cheese consumption. So in defence of cheese I consider my rather cheesy argument… I will accept that cheese blocks your arteries, creates more mucus and that ethically and environmentally perhaps the use of animals for food is questionable and in the long term not sustainable. If we want to cut down on our carbon footprint then we should all be eating carrot sticks and kale. I know that. I accept that.
But we are not talking food ethics her...
Rock historians have described Richard Clapton as ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s’. And while it’s true, it probably underestimates the maturation and ever-changing direction of Clapton’s songwriting over generations, seeing him being inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 1999.
Clapton is modest about the accolades.
‘It’s obviously very gratifying when people describe me that way, and I would think that as far as the songwriting goes it’s probably because contrary to popular belief I kind of only just wanted to write songs that were going to mean something to people’s lives rather than getting into the pop culture.’
With Countdown back in the limelight with the new TV series Clapton reflects on his relationship with the iconic pop show.
‘I was railroaded into being on Countdown – it was Festival records, they wanted me to be on Countdown a lot – I don’t think the producers really wanted me on Countdown either!’
So with the last 18 months seeing the rock stories of the 1970s and 1980s...
I wonder if the motorists that use the old Pacific Highway (now renamed Hinterland Way) on a day to day basis are aware that there is a group of people intending to lobby the council to have the speed limit reduced from 80 kph to 50- 60kph once the RMS hands it over to the council.
For a road that was once 100kph prior to the construction of the new highway to then be cut to 50- 60kph after 95 per cent of the traffic is gone is a bit like throwing the baby out with the bath water.
I don’t see a problem with one or two 60 kph sections say at the Macadamia Castle & or the Newrybar service road/ Broken Head Rd (school). The only achievement that I can see in reducing the speed limit on the Hinterland Way would be one of revenue in the way of speeding fines.
Geoff Martin, Newrybar
by Vivienne Pearson
Who wouldn’t visit Byron Bay as often as they could? For chef Sean Connolly, that’s going to be around twice a month. He’ll be flying in from places as diverse as Auckland, Sydney and Adelaide as he flits around his growing restaurant empire.
Sean first visited Byron Bay nearly 30 years ago. ‘I had a camper van and long curly hair,’ he laughs. He was left with the overwhelming impression of Byron being a place ‘famous for being hospitable.’
Sean is now on the giving rather than receiving end of the hospitality divide – this week he is officially launching his newest restaurant venture: The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. He bought the restaurant in October, along with business partner, restaurateur Fraser Short. Since then, they have gradually worked to improve the kitchen and change the menu to ensure all was up to speed before any official launch. ‘We’re now locked and loaded,’ he says, giving strong credit to local chef Glenn Mason, who Sean sees as ‘an extension of me and my recipes.’
The new menu is an extension of various facets of Sean’s culinary experience. His personal favourite is the lamb shoulder, which, along with his signature dish Duck Fat Fish & Chips (and his still distinctive accent), hark back to his Yorkshire upbringing. He knows that these meals aren’t to everyone’s taste, so has created more of a seafood focus than some of his other restaurants. Further vegetarian dishes are being developed, using the ‘great and inspiring local producers’.
Sean has a growing taste for raw foods and juices, finding these helpful in balancing the less-healthy eating that can come with a hectic lifestyle. He may have lost his long curly hair and camper van, but Sean clearly has a bit...
Story and photos by Lesley Hannaford and Cristina Sharratt
You would have noticed the changing face of Cocomangas in recent weeks as it evolved into The Sticky Wicket Bar.
I’m sure many of you would have darkened the door of Cocomangas over the years. It was a Byron institution and one of the few places in town run successfully by the same owners, Sue and Gary, for more than 20 years.
Changing lifestyles and their English/Canadian backgrounds led them to the idea of the North American-style sports bar with a nod to the British local pub – something a little different for Byron Bay.
A place where everyone is welcome to have a drink, eat great food or catch up on national and international sport on a choice of 13 screens. Whatever you follow, chances are they’ll be showing it. If it isn’t, let them know and they’ll put it on. When I went it was Manchester United, ice-cold wine and three really good fish tacos – heaven.
And don’t think the food and drink take second place to the action. The American-influenced menu delivers fresh food made daily by head chef Tom Gower – perfect accompaniments to their impressive range of tap and bottled beers, wine and cocktails.
Cricket-stump beer taps are a fun touch and the beer menu is unique with Melbourne craft brewers Cricketers Arms and Asahi Black on tap. The legendary Cocomangas Jam Jar cocktails are still available and only $10 during happy h......
[ Thursday, 3 Mar; 7:00 pm; ] Arthur Bain is a founding member of ‘Save our Macleay River’ (SOMR) group and will join us via Skype to speak about how SOMR started and impacts of Hillgrove antimony/gold mining downstream. Tim Collins is our second speaker to talk about potential impacts of the Clark’s Gully development application on the threatened Eucalyptus magnificata (Northern blue [...] full article »
[ Sunday, 13 Mar; 8:30 am; ] Small Community Grants Funding has been approved and Bruce Whan and Gordon Bell have been busy preparing further sites for planting. Our volunteers planted 440 trees, shrubs and grasses at our February working bee. The working bee will involve planting of Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass. This will be promoted as a Community Day so [...] full article »
FISH Creek resident Adeline Collins’ academic dreams will become
a reality, thanks to one of Australia’s leading scholarship
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is awarded to first time tertiary students whose financial circumstances might mean a university degree is out of their reach.
Ms Collins said she was thrilled to be able to start university with the financial security a scholarship provided.
“I can’t wait to get started and work towards my goal of Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at Monash,” she said.
Robert Liley, chairman of the Toora and Foster branch of Bendigo Community Bank, said he was thrilled to offer Adeline the chance to further her education.
He was also pleased to announce Fiona Saliakos has qualified for her second year of funding too. Fiona is studying Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University and doing really well.
“The board was happy to be able to help both Adeline and Fiona with their tertiary education. It is pleasing to think our community bank can help young people reach their goals in education and perhaps even one day come back into our community and help make a difference,” Mr Liley said.
“This is another way our community bank company commits to building stronger communities.
“Adeline and Fiona are very deserving recipients of our scholarships and the board wishes them well on their journey to reach their career goals.”
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, with more than 40 community bank branches and other partners taking part from across Australia.
LEONGATHA Secondary College’s Beacon Ambassadors pulled out all
the stops to host a networking breakfast with local business owners
The four Year 10 students took the opportunity to speak with local entrepreneurs over toast and cereal at the campus as their first major project for the year.
“To become Beacon Ambassadors we attended an interview and spoke with coordinators about what the role entails. They then selected the students they thought would be best for the job,” Beacon Ambassador Evie Dekker said.
“This is probably our biggest event of the year. We went around town and invited business owners to join us for breakfast and talk about their experiences.”
Ambassador Hannah Box said, “It has been a very successful morning. We had more businesses come than we expected and it has been a good opportunity to speak with them.”
Jenny Goss and Kate Lafferty are coordinating the program which is now in its fifth year at Leongatha.
“We have four ambassadors this year who are doing Leongatha Secondary College very proud,” Ms Lafferty said.
Evie Decker, Hannah Box, Mark Beattie and Ruby Martin were chosen to represent the school and will also be responsible for organising the Polish Program and mock job interviews later in the school year.
“It was pretty nerve wracking going up to business people and striking up a conversation but it is more comfortable now,” Ruby said.
Mark agreed the program has helped him attain new social and networking skills.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to business people who are in the line of work I would like to go into. It has been great getting firsthand information from them,” he said.
LEONGATHA’S Best Dry Cleaners officially closed its doors last
Wednesday after a confusing couple of weeks.
The Peart Street business has long served the town of Leongatha which will now rely on dry cleaners from other towns to send for dry cleaning.
While the shop was set to shut last week, clients found the facility locked up and vacant when they went to retrieve their garments in the weeks prior.
Wonthaggi’s John Betts said he had curtains at Best Dry Cleaners which were supposed to be ready for pickup on Tuesday, February 16, however when he attended the business the doors were shut.
“I tried to contact the operators and I did not get a response,” Mr Betts said.
“There were a number of people outside who wanted to get their things. It worries me that people have got our goods. They should have told us they could not do it in the first place.”
Mr Betts was later contacted on Tuesday, February 23 with a last minute opportunity to collect his goods before the business closed its doors for good.
“I was very relieved. I was concerned that I may not have had my things returned to me,” he said.
Inverloch resident Liz Blain was also concerned about her garments when she attended the shop earlier on Monday, February 15.
“I rang both of the business’ phone numbers and they were disconnected. I later attended the business and found there were people inside,” she said.
“When I asked them about the disconnected phones and lack of communication, they acted like they knew nothing about it.”
Business owner Narelle Stephenson said she did all she could to get in touch with clients before the store’s closure.
“I have now rung all customers twice over the last couple of weeks and left messages. However we do still have some things that need to be picked up,” Ms Stephenson said yesterday (Monday).
The Star received a report of one customer who went to collect pants that were not ready for a funeral on...
TWO South Gippsland farming families are among the best farmers
in Victoria, after being named finalists in The 2015 Farmer of the
Year competition run by The Weekly Times.
Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin and his partner Sarah of Bena were finalists in the dairy farmer of the year category, while Phil, Brad and Irene Gale of Waratah Bay were finalists in the beef farmer of the year section.
The Gales run a self replacing herd of 600 breeders, and also trade 300 to 400 head of cattle a year.
In May 2015, the Gales won the JBS Producer of the Year. They aim to produce cattle that suit the JBS Swift Great Southern Farm Assurance brand.
“To ensure this happens, we need to supply adequate nutrition throughout all stages of the animal’s life, regardless of the seasonal conditions,” Irene said.
“We also use low stress animal handling techniques which maximises carcass performance.”
Irene said the family appreciated farmers being recognised for their achievements.
“It is always great to see the hard work of anyone pay off,” she said.
The Leppins pay attention to measurements – soil nutrients, pasture consumption, milk production and cost of production – to get the most from their land.
“You can’t manage it if you don’t measure it and that’s just not peculiar to farming,” Toby said.
The family runs Aussie Reds due to their lower incidence of mastitis and better fertility.
The Leppins choose to artificially inseminate cows to improve calving rates to avoid bringing new stock on to the property.
The winners will be announced in tomorrow’s Weekly Times.
DAIRY farms around South Gippsland are becoming larger as many
of the region’s smaller farms are consolidated into single
“For quite a while now there has been a trend of consolidation of smaller farms into much larger enterprises,” Burra Foods milk supply officer Reno Tomaino said.
He said consolidation has varying impacts on the industry, depending on a number of factors.
“For example, dairy farms with less than 130 cows are becoming less viable due to continually increasing overhead costs,” he said.
“Consolidation becomes a viable option as it generally means lower production costs.”
Mr Tomaino said consolidation of farms with more than 250 cows can have the opposite impact on production costs.
“But it can mean there are increased employment opportunities, as larger farms tend to have higher labour units per cows milked,” he said.
Large scale dairy farmer Les Bland from Welshpool said he started with 100 acres and has since grown the business.
Formerly known as Bland Dairies, the family business now milks 3000 cows, produces 26 million litres of milk and employs around 20 staff across four farms in the Foster area.
Mr Bland said he was lucky to get his start, however even with 100 acres, he was twice refused finance.
“It was just persistence that finally enabled us to take the next step,” he said.
Since then, Mr Bland and the rest of his family have worked together to build and enhance the business.
“The final step was for the four children to step up into the management of the properties. We have four normal farms now,” he said.
Mr Bland said without big farms getting bigger, a lot of farms would be unable to produce sufficient quantities of milk to remain viable.
He said he does not think large scale operations are inhibitive for the industry, rather a way to move the industry forward.
“What is detrimental to the industry is the incapacity of the system to...
THE Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on the State
Government to support a rebate on fitting roll-over protection
devices (ROPS) to quad bikes.
“If WorkSafe is going to move towards ‘effectively’ mandating ROPS on quad bikes, then we need a rebate on the $700 cost, especially when we’ve got many farmers running several quad bikes,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said.
The VFF’s call for a rebate follows Worksafe Victoria’s announcement it deemed ROPS devices “an appropriate means of reducing risks when quad bikes are used in the workplace”.
WorkSafe has told the VFF it’s developing a risk assessment tool farmers, as employers, will need to use in determining if a ROPS needs to be fitted to a quad bike or other action needs to be taken.
“If there’s a risk of rollover, then Worksafe is saying farmers will need to reduce the risk by choosing a safer vehicle or fitting a ROPS,” Mr Tuohey said.
“It’s basically coming down to if you think the quad can roll over then you’ll have to fit a ROPS or buy another vehicle, like a two-seater.”
Mr Tuohey said WorkSafe would not be rolling out the new assessment tool overnight or racing out to prosecute people.
“We’ll be negotiating with WorkSafe on how they develop this new assessment tool, what they deem to be an ‘appropriate’ ROPS and encouraging the State Government to provide a rebate for farmers to fit ROPS,” he said.
The VFF’s current policy is to support the voluntary fitting of ROPS on quad bikes.
“However if the government and WorkSafe want to ‘effectively’ mandate ROPS then it needs to work with the VFF and others on developing a rebate to cover the $700 cost of fitting these devices,” Mr Tuohey said.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the safety of employees must always come first.
“For farmers, their employees are often their loved ones, so safety must always be the number one priority,” she said.
From 2001 to 2015 there have been 42 f...
BEN Perry might be only a 16 year old but he is well established
as an A Grade cricketer in the Leongatha and District Cricket
Association playing for Koonwarra Leongatha RSL.
He was the club’s youngest ever debutante to play in its A Grade Division Two side at 14 years of age and if Koonwarra Leongatha RSL make it through to the season grand final, at 16 years of age Perry will have played 50 A Grade matches.
It is believed at the club the milestone is a district record.
President of Koonwarra Leongatha RSL Nigel Grimes said, “Ben lives, breathes and eats cricket.
“He’ll play all day in the sun and at the end of the match when the rest of us retire to the shade, he’s in the nets with his mates.”
In Year 10 at the Leongatha Secondary College Ben says any subject involving sport is likely to be his strongest but he also has an interest in mathematics.
He has not made up his mind what field he wants to move into at the end of his secondary schooling but says he is interested in being a ground curator and is enrolled in a horticulture subject at school this year.
Like most children, especially boys growing up in Australia, cricket is introduced by way of the television and for Ben it was no different; his cricket was inspired by watching it played on television.
As a young boy his favourite cricketer was Ricky Ponting, even his first bat was a Ricky Ponting.
Having a hero like Ricky Ponting is a good start for a young and aspiring cricketer.
Nerrena Under 12s used to train at the Leongatha Primary School before its relocation and so began his association with his first cricket club.
“You wouldn’t have picked me out from the crowd; I was just another person playing cricket.”
He must have stood out from the crowd to some degree because he played for the Under 14s LDCA representative side in Country Week.
He made 180 runs that week which made him the second highest run maker at the tournament...
THE Powlett River Downs Campdraft is a ‘must attend’ on a
serious campdrafter’s calendar.
President of the Campdraft Association Gippsland and judge Allan Mitchell said it is one of 13 drafts on the GCA calendar and is renowned for the beautiful venue and the quality of the cattle.
Campdrafting always supports worthy causes in raising money for local charities.
Last year funds raised were used to purchase a palliative care bed for the Bass Coast.
Kieran Gilliland from Won Wron said the cattle at Powlett Creek Downs are always fantastic and this year was no different.
He said, “The cattle are trackable and honest and it is only rider error if you can’t get around the course with cattle like these.
“It also makes such a difference to the way things flow when you have quality cattle,” he said.
Cattle were supplied by the Jelbart family 600, the McLeod sisters 120, Mark Garnham 100 and from the owner of Powlett River Downs, Allan Mitchell.
Catering was provided by the Dalyston Football Netball Club.
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A TURNOUT of 10 boys and girls following a three week promotion
of its Friday evening Superclinic was a heartbreaking outcome for
the MDU Football Netball Club.
Flyers were displayed in supermarkets and sent out to schools, there was a radio interview and newspaper coverage of the event and it all comes at considerable cost.
In the end perhaps that cost is to club morale and the shockwaves extend out to other clubs in the region where the same struggle to attract players to the grass roots, their junior teams, is being faced.
It is a significant issue for the community as the junior teams are the future of the clubs.
If clubs aren’t supported in their endeavours to attract boys and girls to play football and netball then their future looks uncertain.
Few would argue that local football and netball clubs aren’t close to the heart and soul of their respective communities; places where people come together and feel their identity in a strong and tangible way.
MDU Football Netball Club is a magnificent organisation, second to none.
President Andrew Mackie said, “The club has done its best” in response to the disappointing turnout to the drive to attract Under 10, 12 and 14 players.
Andy Horvath the club secretary pointed the finger at nearby Leongatha’s fielding of two teams at each junior level.
“We’re blindsided,” Mr Horvath said.
Leongatha plays in the premier Gippsland League which makes it a more attractive club to play football for; the stakes are higher and recruiting is easier.
Chelsea Capel AFL Gippsland football development manager was at the Superclinic; AFL Gippsland had provided equipment, to support the activities.
She said, “AFL Gippsland can’t put restrictions on clubs fielding more than one side.
“Our role is promoting junior football. Hopefully the children who are here tonight will talk to their friends and that will help to bring more in.
“MDU is a proactive club a...
LEONGATHA Cycling Club’s Austin Timmins’ was the silver medalist
in the M17 team pursuit at the National Titles on the weekend.
Timmins participated at the titles held in Tasmania in the Victorian Junior team.
The club has had several Juniors come along to training on Wednesday night over the past few weeks and Friday night saw Caleb Murphy line up for his first race night; a big learning curve for him.
This Friday the club will run the Senior track titles and earlier at 3pm is expecting some members to be on hand for the Koonwarra section of The Great Southern Koonwarra Rail Trail opening.
As usual members have been busy racing at other venues: Harrison McLean grabbed a win at the Sunday morning criteriums at Warragul and Bernadette Fitzgerald was part of the Gippsland Girls team racing in the State cycling road series in East Gippsland.
Thomas McFarlane is putting in some impressive training behind the motor pacer on Wednesday night training in preparation for his ride in the Bendigo Maddison over the March long weekend and many of the road riders are getting ready for a road season start in mid April.
The great weather is also seeing a number of girls/women getting out on the bike with the club moving to try and get a regular girls riding group out and about.
Friday night saw a good roll up of Junior track riders and helped the club run the club track titles for this group.
First racing for the night last week was the one lap time trial.
In the Senior field the best time went to Steve Allen 32.18 followed by Rob Waddell 35.90 and Graham Hans at 36.00.
In the Juniors Oliver McLean was feeling the pressure from Thomas Fitzgerald from the previous week and responded well with a new personal best and quickest time of 34.93 even with a poor start.
Next was Thomas at 37.08, down on his best due to some dental work the previous day.
Kaleb Jans was in third place at 39.00.
The Senior scratch...
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Foreshore-protection campaigners are outraged that the developer of a site proposed for subdivision of more than 80 houses at Bayside near Brunswick Heads wants to acquire a slice of public Crown land zoned for coastal habitat.
The Mills estate proposal, which has recently come off public exhibition, seeks to incorporate the Crown land into around a third of its subdivision plan for the 6.6-hectare site.
Critics say the land has already been encroached on for commercial activities (a nursery) and that agreeing to including it within the development site sends a ‘very wrong’ signal that landowners could be be rewarded for inappropriate clearing or encroachment of protected crown land.
And a report by a local historian says the the crown coastal habitat along Simpsons Creek is likely to be toxic with leachate from an old tip site (now the sports fields), just north of the proposed estate and the site is highly likely to contain major indigenous artifacts a...
Learn to Grow Your Own Winter Veg at the community gardens – two days training Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April – more information at Blue Mountains Food Co-op
Byron Bay railway station sees some action once a year at least, when the proud members of the World Naked Bike Ride clan gather to get into their uniforms for the annual streaking cycle through the town.
Pictured (l to to r) are eager punters gathering to practice getting naked in public – and for the press: Sherrie Yeomans (Lennox Head), Mijimberi (Lismore) and Malcolm Buchanan (Mt Tambourine).
Sherrie has two teenage children who she says mostly cycle everywhere.
‘It’s so important that they are safe on the road,’ she says, in explanation of what has motivated her to join her first ride this year.
She also lost a friend who was killed in a bike accident.
Sherrie says she is not nervous – she often gets her gear off and is a fan of the north coast’s fabulous clothing optional beaches.
Malcolm wants to ‘bring awareness to the issue of safety of people on the roads,’ and adds that for him the ride is also ‘a way of celebrating the human body in all its diverse forms’.
After six years battling to save the township of Bulga and the unique endangered ecology that surrounds it, the residents of Bulga and Milbrodale through their local progress association have decided to challenge the recent PAC decision which approved the expansion of the Warkworth Open Cut Mine.
We believe the PAC in arriving at its decision to approve the Warkworth Continuation Project has fallen into legal error. The laws that are designed to protect the environment have not been properly applied or have been misinterpreted by the PAC and so we are applying to the Courts to correctly apply the law and overturn this PAC decision on Warkworth.
Further details are provided in Bulga Bugle No. 3
The Bulga community must act to ensure that the Warkworth Mine and the Minister are held ac-countable to the laws that protect the environment. We are particularly concerned about the way in which the Department and decision makers are applying current policies in-tended to protect the environment and communities from open cut mining. The community cannot allow to go unchallenged a decision which was not made in accordance with the law, and will destroy their village and destroy a world unique ecological community.
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Construction of Byron shire’s new hospital has finished almost a month ahead of schedule, with new equipment, including a CT scanner, arriving in the past week.
Acting Northern NSW Local Health District CEO Annette Symes says the hospital is set to open ‘a few weeks early’ with 32 out of a total of 43 possible beds to be commissioned in the first instance.
She said that current estimates based on Byron Bay and Mullumbimby hospitals’ requirements, on average 21 beds would be needed ‘but we have capacity to flex up to 32 beds if that’s required.’
Ms Symes said the ‘commissioning phase’ will take approximately 10 weeks, with an earlier estimated opening date of mid May.
She told ABC radio this morning that new furnishings and important equipment were yet to be delivered and staff would need to undergo orientation before the doors open to patients.
Ms Symes said ‘the majority’ of the two hospitals’ existing staff, including ‘all of the nursing staff’ will be transferring to Byron Central Hospital.
She added management was ‘working through the process’ of ‘supporting’ staff ‘who ‘may not have a job there’.
‘Every permanent staff member will have a permanent position within the local health district,’ Ms Symes said.
But Health Services Union (HSU) northern NSW organiser Jonathan Milman disputes that statement.
‘That’s not correct at all,’......
A tree affected by rot which crashed onto a picnic table at Murwillumbah’s new playground at Knox Park on Saturday could have killed several children, according to Tweed shire’s deputy mayor Gary Bagnall.
The tree, extensively rotted at its base, crashed to the ground while families were nearby.
Cr Bagnall said he was told one child had just left the table it landed on and it was lucky no-one was hurt in the incident.
Tweed Shire Council work crews yesterday cleaned up the debris in the adventure playground at the park, which last year underwent a major facelift as part of a staged $1.2 million upgrade to revitalise the precinct popular with youth and families.
Council managers say ‘nature took its course’ but will have arborists look at trees in the playground as a result after Cr Bagnall raised concerns.
The deputy mayor said it was important for an assessment of all trees in the park to be carried out to avoid similar incidents in future.
Following a sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Flamenqueando Productions brings it’s award winning show “Tablao Flamenco” to Mullumbimby for one night only.
Raw and powerful, intimate and evocative. One strong and honest voice, one emotive guitar, three powerful and raw flamenco dancers. Five profoundly passionate and experienced performers who will immerse you in traditional Tablao with a contemporary and captivating twist.
Featuring Naike Ponce from Spain, who has recently released her debut album with multiple grammy award winner ‘El Paquete’; Aria award nominated guitarist and leader of celebrated contemporary flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia, Damian Wright and award winning flamenco dancers Rosalie Cocchiaro, Jessica Statham and Chachy Peñalver bursting with emotion and explosive rhythms of pure dance, music and intensity.
“a dazzling display with pin-point rhythm, feet and hands alike,
and stunning, elegant braceo”
– The Advertiser 2016
“Tablao was an intense journey of emotion filled flamenco dance
that gave the performers as much satisfaction as the audience”
– storieswelltold.com.au 2016
Friday 4th March: Tablao Flamenco “explosive, capitvating, intoxicating” (RipItUp 2015), Australia/Spain @ The Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, 8pm, $25/$20 conc.
Tix through: www.trybooking.com/KMKE
Los Angeles [AAP]
Google has taken ‘some responsibility’ after one of its self-driving cars struck a public bus in a minor crash earlier this month.
The Mountain View, California-based internet search leader and tech firm said on Monday that it updated its software after the crash to avoid future incidents.
In a February 23 report filed with California regulators, Google said the crash happened in Mountain View on February 14 when a self-driving Lexus RX450h tried to get around some sandbags in a wide lane.
Google said the car was travelling at less than 3km/h per hour, while the bus was moving at about 24km/h per hour.
The car and test driver ‘believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue’, it said.
But three seconds later, as the Google car in autonomous mode re-entered the centre of the lane, it struck the side of the bus, damaging a front fender, front wheel and a driver-side sensor. No one was injured.
‘We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision. That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow o...
Representatives from a tiny Queensland town have travelled to Canberra to voice concerns about being on a shortlist for nuclear waste dump sites.
Oman Ama, west of Warwick, was in November named as one of six potential dump sites identified by the federal government, which began a four-month consultation period.
Resources Minister John Frydenberg promised residents any concerns would be taken into account prior to a final decision.
Members of the group Friends of Oman Ama will meet with two of Mr Frydenberg’s advisors on Tuesday, believing their questions about the process have not been adequately answered.
‘There’s some real damage happening – in family, friends, there’s division in the community’, spokesman Mark Russell told AAP.
‘The degree of harm and hurt is only going to be exacerbated as this process goes on.’
Mr Russell said the government was yet to clarify how it would measure “community acceptance”.
‘We have no way of identifying where the goalposts are,’ he said.
‘It’s a very murky area, but it’s a key part of the process – because (the minister) is pinning his approach on this to the consultation factor.’
Oman Ama is a potential site because one land holder expressed an interest to an offer of “four times” the retail value of his property, Mr Russell said.
He said residents were not concerned about the owner’s decision, but the way in which the government had begun the process based on one landowner’s interest.
Other property owners were worried about the financial impact and had spoken to bank managers, real estate agents and insurance brokers, Mr Russell added.
‘They have been told if you get a radioactive waste management facility in your area, your land values are most likely to depreciate’, he said.
The preferred site is e...
Anthony and Chrissie Foster, whose daughters Emma and Katie were sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest, say Cardinal George Pell has shifted ground from completely denying knowledge of pedophile activity when he served in Ballarat.
They are in Rome to watch the former top-ranked Australian Catholic give evidence at the Quirinale Hotel via videolink to the child abuse royal commission sitting in Sydney.
The Melbourne couple have seen Cardinal Pell give evidence at previous commission hearings and are keen to see him grilled over his knowledge of child abuse by priests in Victoria.
The commission has allowed the cardinal to give evidence by videolink from Rome because he is deemed to be too ill to travel to Australia.
In his first sitting on Sunday night, the cardinal, who is now the Vatican’s finance chief, admitted the church made ‘enormous mistakes’ in handling clergy child abuse and said he was not there to ‘defend the indefensible’.
The Fosters, whose daughters were victims of pedophile priest Kevin O’Donnell at their Melbourne school between 1988 and 1993, perceived a softening in the cardinal’s approach, saying previously he would have just completely denied knowledge of pedophile priest activity.
Cardinal Pell told the commission he had heard rumours of abuse and inappropriate behaviour by priests and brothers in the Ballarat diocese in the 1970s, but that he did not know about actual offences or receive direct complaints, and had no power to act even if he had wanted to.
‘I must, say in those days, if a priest denied such activity, I was very strongly inclined to accept the denial’, he said.
Mr Foster noted that the cardinal admitted that other people knew of such activity and he had heard rumours of such activity.
‘That’s a chink we haven’t seen before, previously there’s been a complete denial’, Mr Foster sa...
A Pumpenbill man has been airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital after being attacked by a cow yesterday morning (Tuesday, February 29).
Around 9am, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to attend 69-year-old man, who was being treated by road ambulance crews on a rural property.
The helicopter’s medical team assisted in stabilising the man before he was airlifted to hospital suffering multiple limb and pelvic trauma.
International animal advocates are calling for a federal watchdog for animal welfare, using the recent live baiting greyhound scandal and puppy farms as proof not enough is being done.
World Animal Protection has released a report calling for political parties to commit to creating an independent office of animal welfare, arguing Australia’s ‘patchwork’ of laws are failing animals.
The lack of national standards was also putting farming and its 200 million animals at risk, it said.
‘The system as it stands is not good enough’, head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said on Tuesday.
The report, Advance Australian Animal Welfare, uses the frequency of animal welfare incidents, including live baiting in the greyhound racing industry, to argue for the national body.
Australia’s live export trade and puppy farms also receive regular public criticism, it said.
‘Although data on animal welfare incidents is currently not collected nationally … combined reports from government, animal protection groups and media suggest such incidents are frequent’, the report states.
Australian standards fall short of other countries, allowing battery-caged hens and body mutilations without pain relief, the report said.
A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a funeral for the relative of a Shi’ite Muslim militia commander in Iraq’s, killing at least 40 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
Monday’s bombing in Muqdadiya, in the eastern province of Diyala, killed six local commanders of the Hashid Shaabi umbrella group of Shi’ite militias who were attending the funeral ceremony, security officials and police said.
A further 58 peop...
The Northern Territory’s chief minister has slammed the opposition for its ‘moronic’ approach to the economy, as an oil and gas company announced Labor’s fracking moratorium would cost the jobs of 140 workers.
Pangaea Resources on Monday said it would suspend its 2016 drilling program because of the current low oil price and uncertainty over whether Labor’s moratorium on fracking would become official NT government policy if it wins the August 27 election.
As a result, 140 people would lose their jobs, Pangaea said.
‘I am outraged, this is jobs being lost, people being sacked today because of a moronic economic approach by the leader of the opposition who clearly doesn’t understand the economy in the NT’, Chief Minister Adam Giles told reporters.
He accused Opposition Leader Michael Gunner of political opportunism and Labor of hypocrisy, saying the former government had issued mining and gas leases or applications for leases over 95 per cent of the NT.
He said a review of fracking in the NT found the practice could continue as long as the regulatory framework was strengthened.
Mr Gunner said stakeholders had made clear to him that the barrel price would affect prices for at least the next two years.
‘There’s no doubt industry does not like the moratorium, but we believe we’ve got to take the time to make the right decision for Territorians and the right decisions for jobs both in oil and gas, pastoralism, fishing, tourism, farming and so on,’ he said.
He said Labor would review the fracking review, but couldn’t say how long it would take before certainty was returned to stakeholders.
Los Angeles [AP]
In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama Spotlight won the best picture at an Academy Awards riven by protest and electrified by an unflinching Chris Rock.
Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe‘s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Catholic priests won over the favoured frontier epic The Revenant. McCarthy’s well-crafted procedural, led by a strong ensemble cast, had lagged in the lead-up to the Oscars.
But Spotlight – an ode to the h...
I read on the council’s receipt for my upgrade to paid parking that I have been deprived of 10 days of parking between the August 13 2015 (the purchase date of last year’s sticker, which was my date of renewal this year according to the ancient rules) and the new expiry date of August 2, 2016 (as shown on the receipt of the upgraded purchase of this year rules). Then I received a letter from the council starting as follows : ‘If you have since (or prior to) the date of this letter upgraded to the new pay parking exemption, then please disregard the following.’
‘The following’ is a full, squeezed page reminding me of all the things I should do or not if I did not pay the upgrade. I did.
It is a good joke to write to someone to tell her/him not to read the long sent letter addressed to her/his name. I would find it fun if I had not the impression that the council is ready to do anything to gather some money, even putting up parking machines accepting only the coins that you do not have and obliging you to go begging from nearby shopkeepers for change which is just a disturbance for them.
Now I offer an idea free of charge for the Council : what about sending a letter only for those who did not pay after a certain time? It would economise on paper (trees), stamps, printer’s ink and manpower. For such a sensitive, ecology-minded council, it would save some money and it would not oblige it to abuse any already trapped customer! Could make money for real fun!
Françoise Teclemariam, Suffolk Park
Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and their armies of orcs have won.
For months, years even, they inveighed against Malcolm Turnbull, vowing to destroy him, swearing mighty oaths that he must never become prime minister.
They formed barricades around their hero, Tony Abbott, assuring their devotees that his reign would endure forever – the hordes of the moderates and their reviled leader were vanquished, destroyed, razed from the surface of the earth.
And even when he was treacherously, sacrilegiously, overthrown by his own fallen angels and the Antichrist was installed, Tony Abbott remained, in the eyes of his followers, immortal: not only would his works and memory endure forever, but he would eventually be resurrected. He was their rex quondam futurus – their once and future king.
And so it has come to pass. Malcolm Turnbull as we knew him has all but vanished; in a political sense, it could be said that he has been destroyed. Instead, we have a sort of Abbott avatar – smoother, more articulate, even more plausible, but still undeniably the essence of the previous prime minister. Not only have just about all the old Abbott policies been retained, but new ones – the sort that might have sprung, fully formed, from the head of the precursor – have emerged.
The chairmanship of the ultra-sensitive Intelligence and Security Committee has been gifted to the right-wing warrior Andrew Nicolic. Nicolic is an ex-military man, and nothing wrong with that, but he is hardly the leader needed to head what is supposed to be a bi-partisan group balancing national security with domestic concerns.
Nicolic is on record as saying that in the age of terrorism (now, and presumably for a long time to come) human rights are simply not relevant. He lambasted the ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, for daring to advise Nicolic’s predecessor, Dan Tehan (now promoted to the ministry) over policy matters. Unsurprisingly, Labor re...
In my kitchen… …is my first successful attempt at decorative slashing on sourdough loaves… I used a new razor blade and baked the loaves in my enamel pots… I followed this wonderful instructional video posted by Bonnie of Alchemy Bread Co – always so kind of professional bakers to share their knowledge… . . . . . . . . . […]
COVER: Ron ROBERTSON-SWANN, Maquette for Vault 1978, synthetic polymer paint on balsa wood, 19.8 x 41.5 x 25.7 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with the assistance of the NGV Foundation, 2005 (2005.243) © Ron Robertson-Swann/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia. Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s – 70s, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (VIC), 13 February – July 2016 – ngv.vic.gov.au
‘The Bridge, or part of′
How many sewing machines does a normal person have? Because I have six (seven, if you include the overlocker I’m unlikely to use at any point). Seven seems a little more than average to me.
Seven seems a bit like a collection.
The weird thing is, I have no idea how it happened.
A couple of years ago, my sewing machine collection numbered precisely zero. I didn’t sew, therefore I had no need of a sewing machine, no matter how adorably retro those old treadle machines were. Knitting and crocheting neatly filled any need I had to be creative. Whenever people asked if I sewed as well, I always explained that my innate laziness and supreme procrastination skills stood in the way of doing anything as useful as sewing.
Then my mother-in-law offered me her mother’s sewing machine.
“Thanks,” I replied, “but I’m not really into sewing.”
That should have been the end of it. I don’t sew; I knit. End of story. Yet, somehow, the mere offer of a free sewing machine started something growing in my mind. Before long, I was thinking that perhaps I should accept the offer. I used to sew back in school – maybe it was high time I got back into it. What was the harm of saying yes and adopting a sewing machine into my life?
I should have known. There was a hint when we visited the Maryborough Sewing Machine Museum ages back, when it was still housed in an old, three storey flour mill. Each floor was literally packed full of every type of sewing machine you could imagine.
“How long did it take you to collect all of this?” I asked one of the owners.
“A couple of years,” was her reply. I thought she was joking. She was not.
It should have been a warning to me: adopt a sewing machine at your peril. It’s as though...
Two men have been charged with drug-related offences, a third man was stabbed and a police officer was injured following an altercation at a Nimbin backpackers’ hostel on the weekend.
Between 4am and 5.30am Saturday (February 27), police were called to the hostel on Cullen Street following reports that a 20-year-old man had allegedly stabbed a 38-year-old man in the back a number of times.
The man then allegedly damaged a car and a number of rooms at the hostel.
When officers were called to the hostel, a 19-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 43-year-old woman before punching a female police officer in the nose and attempting to run from police.
He was found a short time later, lying naked on a vehicle and was arrested at the scene.
Police chased the 20-year-old on foot through a nearby paddock and say they ‘attempted to subdue him with OC spray,.’
A short scuffle ensued before the man was arrested.
Police were told the two men had earlier taken what they believed to be LSD.
Both were taken to Lismore police station where the 20-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with reckless wounding, malicious damage, assault police, resist arrest and affray.
The 19-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with assault, affray, malicious damage and indecent exposure.
Both men were granted conditional bail, to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 11.
The injured man, woman and police officer were taken to hospital for treatment.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, detective inspector Cameron Lindsay, warned members of the public to take care when taking unknown substances.
‘The incident on the weekend is a concern, and shows the violent effects illicit substances can have on those who take them,’ detective inspector Lindsay said.
The post Man who stabbed an......
It’s almost March (yes, there’s that extra day that we stick in there to be accurate). Autumn is my favorite season. Gathering stores of produce, preserving the harvest, enjoying the sun’s warmth and soaking it up (usually) before, yes, … well that’s another story/season. Thanks to the hardy gardeners who’ve been keeping the water up, and […]
Darby Hudson writes for a living. He writes for
people and the buildings that the people are inside of. At the
moment he is re-writing a university’s website in Melbourne. His
dreams get more boring the older he gets – like last night: he went
to the shops to buy milk. Truth is stranger than fiction. And
See also http://www.darbyhudson.com/
Bright Brewery will be known by anyone who has driven through the town of the same name. It has recently launched its solar PV system. Brewery founder and owner Scott Brandon says “the environment is one of the biggest drivers of Bright’s economy, drawing many visitors here across the seasons for the spectacular scenery and alpine adventures, so it is imperative for us to do our part in sustaining it.”
The following comes from One Step Off the Grid, and the author is Sophie Vorrath.
A craft brewery in Victoria’s north east has taken what it describes as a first step on the path to carbon neutrality with the launch of a 50kW solar system that will supply all of the beer maker’s electricity needs.
The Bright Brewery, located in the country town of the same name, says it will save around $18,000 a year through the installation of the 192-panels PV system, which incorporates micro-inverters and system monitoring software by US-based company Enphase.
the 50kW system they designed would off-set all of Bright Brewery’s electricity requirements – according to Brandon, the brewhouse used around 6MWh in January, during which time the solar array produced over 7MWh of power.
The next step, Brandon said, would be to focus on the energy required to heat the brewery boiler, which is currently powered by natural gas and requires around 12MWh of power each month.
“Although solar was a relatively simple first step to reducing our carbon footprint, the next thing we have to tackle is gas,” said Brandon. “It’s a major component of all brewery operations like ours, and there’s no simple answer like rooftop solar.”
Andrez Bergen / Magpie (writer)
Oi Oi Oi! Issue #7, published by Comicoz February 2016
Andrez Bergen is an Australian expat who’s lived in Tokyo these past fifteen years, working as a journalist, author, musician and artist. He makes music as Little Nobody and previously ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for over a decade, before setting up IF? Commix in 2013 in collusion with Matt Kyme.
On the side he’s authored five novels and published short stories with Crime Factory, Snubnose Press, Shotgun Honey, All Due Respect, and NoirCon. Bergen also occasionally works on adapting the English subtitles for anime features by Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) in Japan.
Sequentially, he’s published two graphic novels (Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and Bullet Gal: It’s Not You, It’s Me) as well as three comic book series (Bullet Gal, Trista & Holt, and Tales to Admonish). With all of these, aside from Tales to Admonish where he collaborated with Kyme, Bergen worked as artist as well as writer.
With Magpie, Bergen has returned to writing alone, while art, lettering and colours are being done by Frantz Kantor.
Frantz – a 3D concept artist, illustrator, lecturer and
production designer based in Melbourne – is a veteran of the
Australian comic book scene, having worked on zines in the
industry’s early 80s days, such as the groundbreaking
Inkspots. He created a nationwide scandal (of sorts) when
he drew a caricature of newsreader Anne Fullwood naked for
Australian Penthouse in May 1993.
G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here
By Rev. Mfufu Zambezi-Raskladushkin Birdlife Australia – primary nation’s bird conservation organisation – conducted its second Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October. Participants had an opportunity to log their 20 minutes survey results in a smartphone app. According to Birdlife, more than 38,000 Australians spent National Bird Week in their backyards, schoolyards and national parks […]
By Dr Helen Topliss Botanical Gardens like our St Kilda Botanical Gardens in Blessington Street have a long history going back to the seventeenth century when their primary aim was to serve medical research. With the discovery of new continents new plants were brought back to Europe where they were cultivated in botanical gardens. By […]
THE fourth victim from last month’s light plane crash off
Collendina is believed to have been found, according to water
Remains, believed to be human, were located at the wreckage area site last week, and although they are yet to be formally identified, they are believed to be those of Daniel Flinn, 55, of Mordialloc.
Donald Hateley, 68, Ian Chamberlain, 65, and Dianne Bradley, 63, were also killed when a light aircraft crashed into the sea on 29 January.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
On Saturday 6th February PetRescue and PETstock, South Melbourne hosted a Foster Day for dogs requiring re-homing. The members of the Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia (AMRAA) were the lucky recipients who got to bring their Foster candidates for the day of show-and-tell. Volunteers spent the day bringing canine candidates in and providing Port Phillip […]
Water is essential for all life, and happily it is abundant on our blue watery planet
by Viv Forbes, science writer
However, salty oceans cover 70% of Earth’s surface and contain 97% of Earth’s water. Salt water is great for ocean dwellers but not directly useful for most life on land. Another 2% of Earth’s water is tied up in ice caps, glaciers and permanent snow, leaving just 1% as land-based fresh water.
To sustain life on land, we need to conserve and make good use of this rare and elusive resource.
Luckily, our sun is a powerful nuclear-powered desalinisation plant. Every day, solar energy evaporates huge quantities of fresh water from the oceans. After a stop-off in the atmosphere, most of this water vapour is soon returned to earth as dew, rain, hail and snow – this is the great water cycle. Unfortunately about 70% of this precipitation falls directly back into the oceans and some is captured in frozen wastelands.
Much of the water that falls on land is collected in gullies, creeks and rivers and driven relentlessly by gravity back to the sea by the shortest possible route. Allowing this loss to happen is poor water management. The oceans are not short of water.
Some animals and plants have evolved techniques to maximise conservation of precious fresh water.
Some Australian frogs, on finding their water holes evaporating, will inflate their stomachs with water then bury themselves in a moist mud-walled cocoon to wait for the drought to break. Water buffalo and wild pigs make mud wallows to retain water in their private mud-baths, camels carry their own water supply and beavers build lots of dams.
Some plants have also evolved water saving techniques – bottle trees and desert cacti are filled with water, thirsty humans can even get a drink from the roots and trunks of some eucalypts and many plants produce drought/fire resistant seeds.
Every such natural water conservat...
Round 6 of the Classic Holidays’ National Kiteboarding League (NKL) was held in Melbourne at St Kilda Beach and Barwon Heads from 5 – 7 February, 2016. St Kilda local, Ewan Jaspan took out the top spot in the men’s Freestyle, James Carew was the King of the Waves, and Katie Potter was the top […]
By Mary McConville Another iconic institution on the corner of Chapel St and Dandenong Rd has come to an end. First the Astor changed its personnel after some serious problems with its lease. Now Duds and Suds, the Laundromat, has come to the end of their lease. They moved out at the end of January, […]
St Kilda locals are being asked to accept the hairy challenge of getting sponsored to shave or colour their hair to help people with blood cancer from the 10 -13th March. The World’s Greatest Shave is on again supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. It ia a fun way to lessen the impact of blood cancer in […]
February 14, 2016
Socialist Government takes crops from farmers at whatever price it likes
When legal tender (cash) is abolished in Australia, the population will be completely at the mercy of ruling political party junta of the day
Australia on its present course of so-called treaties like the TPP and the China Free Trade agreement will in 10 years finish up just like these poor venezuelan people
By Daisy Luther Activist Post
Venezuela is out of food
After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.
Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.
In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
THE success of the Geelong West Rotary Club’s annual Monster
Book Fair, usually held in August each year, has prompted the club
to double the opportunity for the community to purchase from the
biggest variety of secondhand books at the best prices possible, by
scheduling two fairs this year.
The first book fair for the year will be held at Geelong West Town Hall, opening on Saturday 12 March and the continuing on Sunday and Monday 13 and 14 March.
“The book fair has become such a popular event and we have collected and sorted thousands and thousands of great books, in so many genres, and we want to give the community more opportunity to get their hands on the amazing book bargains – the club will have over 25,000 books for sale and all books will again be only $1 each,” club president Jim Marendaz said.
“You you can go home with an armful of books for little cost while, at the same time, helping our Rotary club to make a positive difference in our community,” Mr Marendaz said.
“All funds raised go towards supporting meaningful community projects such as supplying the Barwon Health Foundation with patient transfer vehicles for treatments such as dialysis and chemotherapy, as well as financial grants for Operation New Start – an innovative re-engagement program for young people aged 14 -17 who are at risk.”
The club has been sorting the books into the various categories and buyers can be assured that there are some exceptional bargains.
The Geelong West Rotary Club is grateful for the generous event support received from the City of Greater Geelong, Tuckers Funeral Service, Zippy Removals and Paul.
The sale is on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, from 9am to 5pm, and Monday 14 March 9am to 2pm
For details contact Theresa Best 0457 775 515, Stephen Yewdall 0427 211 273 or Jim Marendaz 0409 515 013.
You sleep in the fireplace, dine off your kitchen floor and walk through your bookcase… to open your clothespress.’1 The pros and cons of flat living have been hotly debated by Australians for a long time, but widely embraced in St Kilda where flats of all kinds abound. Seeking fast money, Melbourne property developers have […]
I spent Sunday afternoon strolling, schmoozing and looking at artists studios in Brunswick. It was a day funded with gold coin donations for food and drinks. An afternoon of saying: “Didn’t I see your work in an exhibition at x gallery, y years ago?”, so please forgive me if I don’t mention every artist that I chatted with.
The open studio event was organised by Charlotte Watson and Josh Simpson who are both at Studio 23A, a former cool-store housing warehouse before it was divided up into artist studios in 2002. Studio 23A is a very large upstairs space with a large outdoor space where they were holding a BBQ and exhibiting a few sculptures.
Starting at Studio 23A in Leslie Street and following a trail of yellow balloons to Tinning Street. Roughly the same route that I took on my recent psychogeographical walk. The narrow strip of land between the railway line and Sydney Road full of old factories and warehouses is the artistic centre of Brunswick, not just for the visual artists but street artists, musicians, dancers and circus arts.
Squishface Studio is a one-room shop front comic studio with half a dozen table serving the artists that shar...
By Daniel Wilson First Australians are suffering such a disproportionately high incarceration rate that prison is seen as a rite of passage. A St Kilda based project called The Torch has as given some of these prisoners a way of expressing themselves through art, and build the skills and confidence to ease their path back […]
By Mary McConville Unk Unks is aerospace jargon for unknown unknowns. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In 1948 George Orwell wrote 1984 about a fictional dystopia where the language of Newspeak confused and contaminated the minds of the populace. In 1984 Jonathon Green published “Newspeak A Dictionary of Jargon” based on language used in the early […]
Review by John Kerrens Despite the ‘Bleak City’ image on the cover, Sophie Cunningham’s ‘Melbourne’ is a warm-hearted, benevolent look at the world’s most liveable city. Set out in journal format, the book covers many of the important events in the city’s history. Though not intended as a completist volume, Cunningham’s book nevertheless resonates wonderfully […]
In local news..
Harding pledges to give KGS a "green
Labor’s mayoral candidate Rod Harding has pledged to lead a green makeover of King George Square to revamp the public area.
The work would attempt to improve the heavily criticised $28 million redevelopment undertaken in 2009 and include more grass, shade, and a fountain, with an expected cost of $7 million.
Mr Harding says the square is currently underutilised and this could see it become a place people would want to stop and spend time.
Rhys Tate on artist Gus Clarke's first show.
In local news...
$400 million mega-arena proposed for South Brisbane
A proposal for a $400 million entertainment venue in South Brisbane is currently being investigated by the State Government.
A final site has yet to be decided, but a likely location for the 15,000 capacity venue could be the Parmalat dairy factory in South Brisbane.
The arena plan is being proposed by the world's biggest venue operator Anschutz Entertainment Group, which runs one-hundred-and-thirty venues globally including Suncorp Stadium.
The Blue Mountains Artist Network have let us know they will again be running arts trails in 2016. The first will be for the lower mountains from Lapstone – Linden on the weekend of 16 – 17 April. Subsequent trails will be Woodford – Mt. Victoria 18- 19 June Lapstone – Linden 20 – 21 […]
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk needs to come clean to voters about his development plan for the Kurilpa Peninsula. Labor Candidate for The Gabba Ward Nicole Lessio said with only 22 days to go until the Local Government Elections, the LNP needs to tell voters if they plan to go ahead with their Kurilpa Riverfront […]
When: 2pm Saturday, 5 March
Where: The Maurocco Bar, Templeton St., Castlemaine.
To be launched by Dr Paul Monk, PhD essayist and poet; emcee author Lynne Kelly. Edited and published by Katherine Seppings.
Nothing to Cry About, an unflinching memoir, begins with author, Joan Atherton Hooper, discovering a photo of the young man who, in 1939, murdered her father. Joan’s story, from age two in an orphanage, swings between fantasies of Hollywood and restraints from the Vatican. It is a test of everything she believes in.
Growing up in Colac as a Ward of the State, to deserted wife in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, to mother of daughters struggling with drug, alcohol and mental health issues, Joan has an astonishing sense of humour and an iron-clad will to ‘rise above her station’ and turn her life into a success.
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” – Alice Walker
On the day Alice came into our lives, something happened, something that would change everything for Alice. Alice was a one time factory farmed sow, having only ever known the confinement of a sow stall and farrowing crate and having endured forced pregnancy after forced pregnancy, she finally got lucky. She passed away under a blue sky, surrounded by humans and animals who loved her on February 28th, 2012 and this is her story story.
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Children in Rockhampton courts higher than other
The amount of children seen in Rockhampton courts dropped dramatically last year, but experts warn the figure is still higher than children seen on the stands in other Queensland cities.
A Queensland's Magistrates Courts report tabled in parliament says 3.98% of Rockhampton court defendants in 2014-15 were children down 6.72% the year before.
For three years community interests in West End have campaigned for a truly visionary outcome for the Kurilpa Point redesign. This is a unique site of the last remaining significant inner city riverside that needs to serve all of the people of Brisbane. “It has always been the hope of the community that this opportunity […]
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QLD medicinal marijuana plan could pass before 2017
Queenslanders could see medicinal marijuana made available in the state before year’s end if new legislation is passed by State Parliament.
The plan, to be formally introduced in the coming weeks, will aim to balance patient needs and safe administration of the drug, requiring patients over 18 to register for the scheme under the guidance of a medical doctor.
The new Planning Act, on line to become law by the middle of the year, will set the rules to control all types of development throughout Queensland for years to come. Four community spokespersons were invited to address a Parliamentary Inquiry Committee sitting in Brisbane throughout Friday 26 February to consider last minute improvements to […]
Late last week the Queensland Supreme Court awarded a former electrician in excess of $1.28 million in damages for injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 1 July 2011. Joshua Martin had been working for decades as an electrician when he suffered moderate injuries to his neck and lower back in a motor […]
You’re invited to join local community organisations Micah Projects and West End Community House in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign on Thursday 17th March, 2016. In honour of the occasion, a number of events are planned for the small park at 161 Boundary Street, West End, between 11 am and […]
Today on 29th February 2016, as we celebrate a leap year, Queensland Conservation Council is calling on the Queensland Government to leap over coal to a non-polluting economy based on renewable energy. “We don’t believe you can create a balance between coal and protecting our reef”, said Kirsten Macey, climate campaigner for the Queensland Conservation […]
And so the diggers made it to the site of Burnt Bridge.
According to Mary Akers' "Hold fast the Heritage" (2010), an
account of Narmbool's pastoral heritage, the original "burnt
bridge" was a log bridge built by Henry Anderson and
William Cross Yuille who travelled to the Buninyong area in
1837 prior to their taking up their squatting runs in the area.
According to Akers, the bridge was destroyed when a bushfire took
hold in the area some time later and so the name stuck.
As I mentioned in my previous post, Burnt Bridge the settlement, first appeared in the newspapers of the day in 1852 and by 1853 John Morrison was replacing his original inn on the old track from Geelong, with a new, larger building facing the new road alignment.
At around this time, on the 22nd January, 1853 the Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer reproduced a description of a journey from Geelong to the Ballarat gold fields, given by a Mr Bonwick. This was that gentleman's description of the land surrounding Burnt Bridge:
No surface rock appeared for miles. The verdure was good. One mile from the blue flag [of a previous coffee tent] rose the Burnt Bridge Coffee Tent. A fine running stream, gentle rises, plenty of grass, and a white-gum forest, give considerable attractions to this quarter.The stream in question was most likely Williamson's Creek or a branch a little to the south known as Salt Creek. Williamson's Creek is a tributary of the Leigh River. It rises to the south of the present Midland Highway, about 2.5 km south east of the town of Scotsburn and forms part of a network of creeks and gullies draining the rather swampy land which lies beneath Mt Buninyong before emptying into the Yarrowee River around 2 km north of the...
By MARK HEENAN
OCEAN Grove’s Shell Road sports precinct becomes a reality this
month when the state-art-of-the-art $6 million facility invites the
public to attend a community open day.
The Shell Road Pavilion opening will take place on Sunday 13 March between 10am and 4pm.
Major political dignitaries including Federal MP for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, City of Greater Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons and Ocean Grove-based Beangala Ward Councillor Jan Farrell will be among the guests to attend opening.
Federal MP for Corangmite, Sarah Henderson, said the community open day at Shell Road Reserve would be a wonderful celebration.
“I am very much looking forward to joining the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club, Surfside Waves Soccer Club, Ocean Grove Cricket Club and other community members for the official opening of the Shell Road Reserve Pavilion on Sunday 13 March,” Ms Henderson told the Voice.
The Federal Government contributed $3.5 million to new sports complex, while the City of Greater Geelong has provided $2.5 million.
State MP for Bellarine Lisa Neville has provided funding towards the construction of a new electronic scoreboard and new interchange benches and netting behind the goals.
“There is a real sense of excitement in the community, particularly among members of the four local clubs,” Ms Henderson said.
“The new pavilion presents many community groups with the opportunity to use this facility.
“With its four change rooms, social rooms, a commercial kitchen, two kiosks and an extended car park, this is a wonderful asset for the whole community.
“I want to thank the many members of the Ocean Grove community with whom I’ve worked since 2009 to make this dream a reality.“
Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president, Tony Potter, said the community open day was significant for the football, netball, Ocean Grove cricket and Surfside Waves soccer clubs, all co-tenants of the facility....
Compiled by Des Every
The Under 17 combine team are almost locked away for some well-deserved March action as they enter the final round of the season taking on eighth placed Alexander Thompson at Memorial Reserve in this two-dayer.
They currently sit in third place, equal second on percentage.
Highton are three points behind in fourth and Murghebuloc and Leopold are both six points behind in fifth and sixth. A second-place finish is possible if the combine wins and second-placed Bell Post Hill lose.
If Highton win and the combine team lose, a fourth-place finish is on the cards.
If the combine lose and fifth-placed Murghebuloc have a big win it is also possible that the combine team can finish fifth. Basically, a win will ensure finals.
Alexander Thompson won the toss and elected to bat.
Their start was shaky, with the loss of a couple of early wickets but when the opposition has an opener who goes on to make a ton the platform for a very competitive score is possible. Joe McDonald and Lachlan Hooper took one wicket apiece.
Sam Walsh took two with his off breaks but the standout was Riley Kohler with 3/21 off six overs. Alexander Thompson made it to a very good 7/204 off 55 overs. This will take some chasing. A good test heading into finals.
The run chase didn’t start well.
Logan Taylor went early, Sam Walsh made 17. Max Sutton and Fletcher Long almost put on 100 to get the combine back in the game. Both batsmen were amazing – Sutton was dismissed for 61 while Long went on to make 32.
Sam Beasely made 19 and Lachlan Madden 11 – these scores weren’t enough to win the game and as it happens, not enough to make the finals.
The Bullfrogs had a big win and pipped us on percentage. Stephen Long and Wayne Walsh have done a amazing job with these boys.
They’ll be hurting now but the cricket education these boys have received will put them in a good position as th...
It’s looking like an excellent year for Grey Box. Trees in the district commenced flowering about a month ago and there is now an excellent nectar flow for honeyeaters, lorikeets and hopefully some soon-to-arrive Swift Parrots. I’ve been noticing a slight surge in bird activity in the bush over the past week – flocks of Brown-headed and White-naped Honeyeaters are on the move – the latter species has been conspicuously hard to find over summer.
WALLINGTON upstaged former Grubber coach Lucas Cameron’s final A
Grade outing with Ocean Grove Cricket Club after the Wallabies
completed a 25-run win on Saturday.
The Grubbers, who resumed day two at 0/8 in pursuit of Wallington’s competitive first-day total of 243, were bowled out for 218.
Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber said Cameron’s impact on the club had been enormous.
Cameron is expected to play some cricket in the lower grades next season at Ocean Grove, but will focus on a promising darts career.
“Lucas Cameron has been an icon of the Ocean Grove Cricket Club,” Jubber said.
“A fantastic club man, spiritual leader, lion-hearted, a fierce competitor, highly skilled.”
Jubber top scored with 49 in the Ocean Grove’s innings with the bat, while young opener Jackson Kent (41) was next best scorer and continued his consistent form.
Dylan Thorley compiled a valuable 36 while Dan Roddis made 22.
Evergreen Wallaby Damien Biemans was the star for the visitors with figures of 5/96 from 38 overs. Wallington Cricket Coach Chris Barnett, who made 50 on day one, said his bowlers stuck to a plan against the Grubbers.
“It was a really good game from both teams,” Barnett told the Voice. “The bowlers bowled to a plan, we spoke about the plan, the bowled to it, no matter how close the game got. (Biemans) for a warhorse, he bowled from the first over to the last over against Ocean Grove.”
Ironically it was the first time the Wallabies had tasted an A Grade victory since its emphatic 128-run win over the Grubbers in the final game of 2014-’15.
Barnett said last season’s win over Ocean Grove was spoken about before the game.
“It definitely was and we thought, it may play in the back of the minds of the Ocean Grove boys … it also gave us the belief (to win),” he said.
Ocean Grove A Grade finished the season in eighth position with a 4-5 win loss record, while the Wallabies ended their 2015-...
ABOUT 80 people gathered at Oakdene Estate for the auction of
the River’s Gift Charity House this Saturday.
Except, it wasn’t an auction – the house had already been sold.
Hayden Ocean Grove director Hugh McKewan said the new owners bought the house for the expected sale price – between $480,000 and $520,000.
“They were keen to pick it up before the auction,” he said. “It was just one of those things where it all fell into place.”
River’s Gift co-founder Karl Waddell said the profits from the sale – totaling more than $100,000 – would go towards research to “Stamp out SIDS”.
Karl said the money would pay for two Australian PhD students to conduct “world-leading SIDs research” at Harvard Medical School.
Dozens of tradies and local groups donated time and services to build and market the house – totalling more than $100,000.
Karl and his partner Alex Hamilton founded River’s Gift in 2011 after they lost their four-month-old son, River, to SIDS.
They’ve spent the last four years raising more than $350,000 for SIDs research.
“To suddenly get a corporate sponsor come up and donate more than $100,000 is just amazing,” he said.
“We are overwhelmed and incredibly grateful for everyone who gave their time and effort – especially Geelong Homes. We’re just gobsmacked by the local generosity.”
The small crowd gathered at the home that morning celebrated with a sausage sizzle, while Geelong children’s band the Mik Maks kept the youngsters entertained.
To see a full list of sponsors for the house visit pledgeforriversgift.com.au. To donate visit www.riversgift.com.
post last updated: 29th February — all month Hellenic Museum, ‘Unclasped‘ group exhibition [see my previous story] ; until 3rd April ; there are many public lectures and floor talks associated – please check out the exhibition page ; (part of VAMFF) 24th February – 1st March : Munich Jewellery week [link], and Handwerk & Design […]
About once a leap year, or there about.
What better way could we spend our short lives on this beautiful planet? 2016 marks the seventh straight year of nonviolent direct action at the secretive Australia Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) base. From Swan Island trained Special Air Services 4 Squadron troops go international to do the bidding of the USA, under the command of […]
NEWS 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
Anthony S. Cameron
Phuket is a strange chunk of paradise. And after four years of living here, I still find it fascinating to watch the daily spectacle as it pours through my window, riding past me on a sidecar with eleven scruffy kids hanging off it, or flying off the roti dough as deft hands toss it in the air. I love the endless, mad scramble that is Phuket on any given day.
It is the staccato clang of the roller doors opening up along the street. Any street. Every street. It is the morning silence broken by the sound of slow sweeping and the Muslim call to prayer. It is the social occasion of the local daily markets. It is the scent of fresh fish and frying pork and the frantic feel to the traffic. It is the ubiquitous bass line blaring out of cheap speakers in over-lit tuk-tuks delivering drunk foreigners back to their hotels as the sun bores a hole through another day. It is small moments of kindness amidst the daily, desperate grab at the dollar. It is the beautiful thing saved from the ravages of the street. The art of the everyday is the spectacle of Phuket readying itself for another dose of tourism in overdrive.
Phuket is a coin that has been tossed in the air, over and over, in an endless game of two-up. It is the Gold Coast of Thailand; almost another world, but not quite. So over the top at times it’s hallucinatory. The place where the first and third world live in the same street.
And the beating heart of it all is Bangla Road, Patong.
21st century Patong is a messy place. I sometimes joke that, if there is a hell on earth, it would look a lot like Patong. Graft, corruption, drugs, mass tourism, eco-destruction, and prostitution is all out on the streets, needily grasping at the plump, passing hand of the tourist. Patong has a kind of twisted, tragic beauty that I find inspiring. When something beautiful does happen, it really stands out against this kind of backdrop.
EDITORIAL 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
“There are so many photographers here I don’t know where to look”, was not the phrase you would expect from a bride-to-be in Sydney’s Hyde Park this afternoon. It was then her official wedding photographer looked behind, and realised he, not she, was the centre of attention. Unwittingly, they found themselves in the midst of a 400-person gathering called “People With Cameras”, where the photographic theme was “Photographers in their element. Black and white”.
“How did you go with the theme?”, I asked a bloke who I had corresponded with on social media over a number of years, but have never actually met. “Too hard. We went to the pub”, he told me. “So did we”, I admitted, “but only because we thought it was a good way of exploring the theme. Photographers in their element.” We weren’t the only ones either, as the pub we entered, “The Windsor On Park” also contained a lot of other photographers who clearly had similar thoughts.
“Why didn’t they just say the theme was ‘take some great photographs’ and come back later?”, I asked the three other “random” guys in my group. There was a young guy from the UK who had only recently become interested in photography, a young guy from Sydney’s North Shore, and a similarly aged guy to me who had driven up from Melbourne. Yes, really. He told us he was a truck driver by profession, and so driving nine hours to come to a photographic event in Sydney was nothing out of the ordinary for him. He took the photograph of me stuffing my mouth with an ice-cream, by the way. All three of them were excellent photographers, and when they pulled out their cameras declaring their favourite shots (we had to choose just one for our group), I felt somewhat inadequate. I take ok photos....
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