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GUEST speaker and illustrator Christine Hill has produced a new book about a much loved Australian tale of courage and adventure from the colonial days of NSW.
Christine’s description of the 1796 journey of Matthew Flinders & George Bass in the small boat, Tom Thumb II, is retold using Flinders’ journal & a series of sketches & paintings.
The story details the exploration of the NSW coast from Sydney to Lake Illawarra so has special appeal for those interested in local history. Christine has captured the thrill of the discovery of an unknown land with her stunning illustrations of local landscapes including Towradgi Beach, Lake Illawarra’s entrance, Bellambi and the ‘Coalcliffs’.
The talk is on Wednesday March 9 starting at 5pm at Thirroul District Community Centre & Library and refreshments will be available. The event is suitable for both children & adults.
Bookings are essential via Eventbrite at our Library website or contact Thirroul Library on 02 4227 8191. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.
‘night time in the gallery’
Something older of mine
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PROTESTS OVER POINTS AND FOOD AS TENSIONS RISE ON MANUS ISLAND AS COURT CHALLENGE LOOMS. 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 The protest stopped the opening of the canteen, and local staff were withdrawn to(...)
Media Release 1 March 2016
The Bob Brown Foundation will continue to call for secure protection for endangered species and native forests in the wake of Forestry Tasmania’s comprehensive failure to gain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
"Forestry Tasmania has failed to gain FSC certification due to their woefully destructive logging practices. These include an ongoing clearfell and burn regime for old growth forests, fundamental failure to assess and monitor rare, threatened and endangered species and inadequate protection of high conservation values. FSC found that Forestry Tasmania regularly fails to even identify rare, threatened and endangered species in logging areas, let alone protect them adequately," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
"Species like the Swift Parrot, Masked Owl and Wedge-Tailed Eagle, to name only a few, have been pushed to the brink of extinction by decades of government sanctioned clearing of Tasmania's forests. It’s only now, when Forestry Tasmania are trying to gain market acceptance, that this legacy is being acknowledged," Jenny Weber said.
"Forestry Tasmania still has Swift Parrot and Masked Owl habitat in their logging schedules, they still have ancient rainforests in the Tarkine on the chopping block and high conservation values across the state are threatened by the intensified logging they are carrying out at taxpayers' expense," Jenny Weber said.
"An attempt to change logging practices in 'old growth’ forests, mooted by Forestry Tasmania, is nothing more than a fig leaf for the appalling practices Tasmania has endured for decades," Jenny Weber said.
"The future for Tasmania's native forests is to leave them standing, securely protected for their enormous va...
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...
Almost every rider will have experienced a tailgater following way too close.
Why does this happen?
It’s probably for the same reason that drivers pull out in front of you – they just don’t seem to see motorcycles.
There is something about the size of the bike that makes drivers perceive them as further away.
Drivers tend to stay a long way back from a truck because of its size, but they don’t realise how close they are to much smaller motorcycles.
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.
Noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Monday
29 February was Tower Holdings (Execujet Australia) Bombardier
CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-EVJ. It arrived from
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...
Image Courtesy of Lissa The Spectrum Now festival hits Sydney from this week showcasing some amazing music, art and culture for the next couple of weeks. Along with big name acts like Calexico and Missy Higgins, Spectrum Now will also showcase a bunch of unsigned artists. The ANZ Blue Stage Series will take place through […]
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.........
The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes today’s Federal Court decision that 4WD tracks on the takayna/Tarkine coast must remain closed and calls on State and Federal Governments to take real action to protect Aboriginal cultural values from illegal access.
[ 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 »
Image Courtesy of Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow Acclaimed American folk singer Dana Falconberry has announced plans to release her brand new album From The Forest Came The Fire on the 1st April. The album will be released under the moniker Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow as Falconberry’s band play a big part in defining […]
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.
Media release 1 March 2016
The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes today's Federal Court decision
that 4WD tracks on the takayna/Tarkine coast must remain closed and
calls on State and Federal Governments to take real action to
protect Aboriginal cultural values from illegal access.
"Today's decision by the Federal Court that 4WD tracks along the takayna/Tarkine coast damage Aboriginal cultural values of the area is a welcome relief for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and indeed all Australians who want to see these cultural treasures protected", the Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
"Preventing off-road vehicles accessing the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, part of the National Heritage listing, will need policing by the State and Federal Governments. Even with an injunction in place there has been illegal use of these tracks and ongoing damage to Aboriginal heritage values."
"The State Government has a responsibility to ensure the closure of these tracks is not ignored by lawless hoons, and must increase resources for National Parks rangers to bolster their tireless efforts to protect the values of the area."
"We thank the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for taking this action with the Environmental Defenders Office in the Federal Court. Today's decision is proof that standing up in the face of adversity and Government sanctioned vandalism of cultural and natural heritage is important."
Our Foundation is campaigning for takayna/Tarkine to be protected...
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...
Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 5 of Sydney and Water at about 10:40 am, this week talking about drinking fountains and bubblers.
My special guest at 11:00 am is Rachel Kent, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and curator of My Pretty Little Art Career, featuring the work of British artist Grayson Perry. Perry’s work both poses challenges for the visitor and it is a joy to hear Rachel unpack them for us.
Music today will be all British!
Do keep me company!
Proposed solutions quite inadequate Forestry Tasmania has proved completely inadequate in their FSC audit, released today, on key environmental criteria of ... • Read for yourself ... what Forestry Tas says HERE • What the Pollies say in Comments ...
Public Examination of Gunns Accounts and their Auditors KPMG Today in the Supreme Court of Victoria, JWS and Allens, counsel and briefing solicitors (for PPB and KPMG respectively) gathered for the examination of Gunns (GNS) accounts. 10 am, Wednesday the 10th February has been set aside for a follow-on day at 436 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Contrary to the PPB advice that this hearing is confidential, it is a public examination and anyone may attend. … The Forestry Tasmania assertion of Gunns early insolvency and apparent misappropriation of Federal funds raised by John Hawkins has not been examined. JSW will respond to me shortly, and I will post that feedback. Without some credible basis for a recovery of legal costs in a claim, this is likely to be the end of the road. Sale proceeds from growers’ trees are all but exhausted on legal costs without any obvious benefit of this exercise flowing to them. John Hawkins may have already opined that his revelations demand a Royal Commission.
In an irreverent and cheeky promotion, Harley-Davidson Australia is offering up to $2500 in discounts on their bikes for customer trades on certain eligible models HD calls “imitations”.
While it may be seen as a swipe at “metric cruiser” riders to get on an SAE model, it also strangely targets riders of adventure bikes, sports tourers and big tourers.
In 2014 two of my personal favourite QantasLink aircraft -
Dash-8-200s VH-SDA and VH-SDE - which operated for many years on
Sunstate Airlines routes from Brisbane to regional Queensland -
were sold overseas and removed from the Australian aircraft
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ray 17 year old singer-songwriter Gretta Ray has been getting quite a bit of buzz recently – and rightly so. Her acoustic guitar driven folk-pop music ha a maturity beyond her young age. Gretta Ray released her brand new EP Elsewhere last week and we have the first single from it […]
Are you a mature and dynamic lawyer, passionate about social justice and want to work in one of Victoria’s most culturally vibrant and beautiful regional areas?
The Shepparton based Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre delivers a range of legal assistance services (casework, education and policy) across the Goulburn Valley. GVCLC is a division of the Bendigo based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and a program of ARC Justice.
ARC Justice is a leading and innovative advocacy and rights organisation that delivers client focused services that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people in rural and regional Victoria. We elevate justice as an issue in public discourse and advocate for systemic change that upholds human rights. We are a leader that strengthens the sector, pursuing best practice and innovation through collaboration and being an Employer of Choice.
Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking a highly motivated lawyer to deliver community legal services in the Goulburn Valley, based in our Shepparton Office.
In addition to possessing the qualifications necessary to practicing law in Victoria, applicants must have a desire to pursue a career in public interest and community law and have an unrestricted drivers license.
The position is paid under the SCHADS Award, Social and Community Services employees, up to $60,000 PA, pro rata, level and pay point dependent on experience.
Applicants are asked to address both the essential and desirable Key Selection Criteria, in the Position Description. Applicants who do not address all the selection.........
Mia Dyson hit a fine songwriting streak on her last full length Idyllwild and she continues that here, especially the EP’s first single Tearing Up The Lawn. It’s a carefree, big and bold wash of rock guitar and an ineffable chorus hook. Elsewhere she finds great emotion and beauty in the more restrained corners of …
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
Mark Lucas has been a prolific songwriter in the alt-country realm for a number of decades now, as leader of the Dead Setters, member of 90s group The Parwills and as a solo artist. His latest release with band The Dead Setters finds the group loosening their shoulders and opening up into a more eclectic …
The beginning of Autumn can be a forlorn time but thankfully March cradles us into the cooler months with distractions like Art Month, Mardi Gras, the Biennale of Sydney and SafARI. Helping us all avert our eyes from the cascading leaves and aiding a refusal to acknowledge the chilling of the breeze. Seeing truckloads of art, performances and a glittering parade? That's a perfectly reasonable way to forget about winter coming right? RIGHT?
Liam Benson is a performance artist who works with video, photography and live acts to interrogate Australian social and political identities. He uses himself as a vehicle, taking on historical masculine and feminine archetypes sincerely and with a liberal does of sparkles and colonial cosplay. He'll be performing 'White Lady' tomorrow as part of Art Month, a participatory look into whiteness that invites the viewers to interact with him in an ivory Victorian gown as he embroiders in the gallery.
Liam makes all of his own costumes and is no stranger to the steamy stress of making an outfit on a tight turn around. So we attempted to knock two March events into one and asked him to make a playlist fit for Mardi Gras preparation and Art Month pursuits.
My Youtube mix is a reflection on the music I listen to that guides, inspires and energises me. It’s also a general reflection of my daily soundtrack as I toil away making embroidery works, traveling on the bus, doing housework and going to the gym.
At first glance, my playlist may not seemingly relate to the Mardi Gras theme, but the songs I have chosen I feel have both a diverse appeal as well as being tracks which over time I have affectionately c...
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’.
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents songs about looking back on fond memories
It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our future
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
1 flying over Pacific Highway seen well but briefly from moving vehicle
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
Large cuckoo observed along trail, distinct yellow feet and barred underparts seen clearly through binos. Uncommon in area. Only my 3rd observation in 16 years on Sunshine Coast.
Best numbers for about 4 years at this site (536 birds)
251 birds at this usually good site for this species. Some adolescent birds amongst the group. Also around 140 eastern curlew. Cyclone Marcia (Feb 2015) has obliterated a lot of the mangrove communities in the Bay.
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...
Queensland Police Senior Sergeant Ian Park became a social media sensation when he posted on Facebook about arriving at the scene of a motorcycle accident not knowing a friend was the fatal victim.
Now he speaks for the first time about his experience, what he and others can learn from it, and his views of the motorcycle community from an outsider’s perspective:
Like all ‘communities’ or groups of like-minded people, you would have to agree the biker community has its own sets of intricacies and viewpoints. That’s not at all a criticism, it’s just an observation that could be made about any group.
It’s not a world that I’m naturally a part of, but one that I have found myself in – largely by my own choice and doing.
Some may recognise my name as ‘the copper’ who put a post on Facebook that went viral on the first of January this year. It was called #ridesafely4me and it told the story of a fatal motorbike crash I attended on Boxing Day 2015. I knew Dave, the guy who was killed, not closely as I was more friends with his wife Sarah....
As I listened to Tim Minchin’s ‘paean’ ( HERE ) to Cardinal Pell , I was reminded of a scene of an alpha vulture daring enough to start ripping the gizzards out of a still living, but dying animal, no longer able to offer resistance. It is not that I want to deny my feelings of schadenfreude, or my shameless pleasure at watching a public killing. I am just as fond of watching torture and the spilling of blood as the next guy. … And at this level, the failure of Pell and his fellow bishops to really come down fast and hard on deviants within their own ranks, takes on a special significance. I doubt that if a priest had sodomized me I would have been as permanently scarred in quite the same way the Catholic kids were, because for me, sex just didn’t have quite that negative compulsive and repressed significance that it did for them. And priests never had much influence on me. But if I had been interfered with by someone of enormous ‘divine’ authority that I absolutely trusted and who had taught me that disgusting homosexual sex meant hellfire and damnation, and I totally believed that, there is no language that could describe the kind of catastrophe that that would represent. Every time a coconut; maximum damage that would totally destroy the victim’s existential infrastructure. It was a bit like murder, except that the victim wasn’t dead.
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...
Media Conference: Tuesday 11am Canberra Six communities, one concern: delegation brings opposition to radioactive waste plan to Canberra. Representatives of the six regional communities under consideration as possible sites for a national radioactive waste facility are in Canberra today to highlight their concerns and call for the sites to be removed from any further assessment […]
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In which Beeso and a manflu-afflicted Dr Yobbo discuss the worst job he ever had, getting off Oscar's lawn, ridiculously pointless arguments, we need to talk about Kevin, Captain Jack goes off on one, tiki-taka basketball, Red Alert, a man kicking a dog, the price is wrong, Hot Spurs, mo' money mo' problems, a bit of Totti, Woj is a wanker, Test Match(es are) Special, another Red Alert, Super Duper Rugby, this could be their year, Blues clues, five percenters, Red Alert Beyond Thunderdome, wearing nostalgia, colour codes, Red Alert Part IV: A No Hope, and broken elevators. - Dr Yobbo
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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
…and so we come to the end of another chapter. Settlement finalised last week and my business handed over to the new owner.
How do I feel? Kinda weird actually. Because the process was so drawn out, relief was the first and most overpowering emotion. Now I have had time to process things the relief has passed and concern for the business and the new owner has moved in.
I’ve spent a few hours each day since handover with the new owner going through policies and procedures and transferring subscriptions and contact details. I finished off this afternoon and told her I would not “helicopter” and said my goodbyes metaphorically speaking, as I’ll still be living on-site for a few more weeks.
Now I need to step over the threshold and get on with packing. I also need to stop patting my body down looking for the caretakers keys that have been dangling from my person over the past 7 years.
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.
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.
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 […]
In local news...
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 […]
Spotted calling into Gladstone Airport on Saturday 27 February was Virgin Australia Embraer E-190
jet VH-ZPF. As per most Saturdays, it operated the
mid-morning VOZ1709/1712 service from and back to Brisbane.
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