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I attended and gave evidence to the Legislative Assembly inquiry into holiday letting (HL) last Monday.
Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson (Echonetdaily) is correct in assuming that not much is to be expected from their recommendations, at least not much for councils or those oppressed by this illegal trade.
The holiday-let lobby turned up with seven delegates to community members three.
The HL boys entertained us for some hours. In the final break before community representatives we were called a member of the inquiry panel ran an impromptu 25 minute ‘advice seminar’ for the HL lobby representatives urging them to push hard for self regulation.
When community representatives were finally called the same panel member asked one very aggressive question then played with his phone for the rest of the session.
Apart from showing obvious bias this member of parliament was pushing very detrimental line for the community and for council. Self regulation is a time-honored method of avoiding responsibility and scrutiny, it has never worked for the community as clearly demonstrated by the Byron experience.
If adopted it will be used as an excuse to not fund councils as the compliance authority and the community will be back in ‘Dodge City’. It will of course be much cheaper and less troublesome for absentee landlords and multinational letting giants.
HL is now the biggest game in town it must be controlled by strong legislation and pay its way. But don’t hold your breath.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow
A couple of thoughts about Nost’s massive tag/bomb capping all the tags and bombs that had accumulated along lower section of the 30 year old Smith Street feminist mural. I haven’t been out to see or photograph the wall, I doubt that I will ever have time for that and I trust that others already have digitised it documenting it for history.
Tagging on this massive scale becomes a kind of buffing. The amount of block colour covering the wall makes it essentially buffing. This makes Nost in this case a kind of grey ghost, the anonymous men who in response to graffiti and street art unofficially buff walls.
Towards the end of the Fitzroy Flasher’s post there is a critique of Megan Evans and Eve Glenn’s original mural. Arguing “a faded, neglected and in my humble opinion, outdated public mural” that need to be refreshed. Fitzroy Flasher’s points out that the original mural is “poorly painted”, “the perspective is wrong, shadows not true to where they should fall” and that it was not as good as the work of Adnate or Kaffeine. They could have added faded to the list.
Fitzroy Flasher’s critique demonstrates the different priorities between street art and the Melbourne muralists of the 1980s. Clearly there differences in aesthetics, perspective, subject, politics and the work’s place in history between the muralists and graffiti writers. It would be good to examine these differences but that would mean going over the history of Mexican muralists, Union banners and I don’t have the time to go into all of that right now.
Expectations of progress on the part of the mural artists have not been fulfilled by the last 30 years of history, consider domestic violence or the gender pay gap. On the other hand graffiti write...
Going through the image selections with the designer, as we try to work out the layout.
Found this image as i cleaned up my files from last year.
‘Seminal works #23 110116′
Mixed media. 12 x 18 inches.
This sold at my recent exhibition- Seminal and Non-Seminal works.
Made a lovely mess today removing past works from @thesubstation billboards, the odd remnant forming part of an installation I hope to finish by…
#100years — 17th March, 7pm @thesubstation in Newport.
Once upon a time, I was given a bookmark that quickly became my favourite. It was made of fabric with glorious stars on one side and another pattern on the other that I can’t remember (clearly I didn’t look at this side quite as much). Small weights were sealed in either end to keep the bookmark in place or to hold down fly-away pages if you happened to be reading in a breeze, which happens more often than you might think.
As time went by and the well-loved bookmark kept my place in book after book, certain wear and tear began to take place. A little hole here. A little patch there.
Eventually, I had to face facts: if I didn’t do something soon, the weights were going to fall out of the rapidly-developing holes and my bookmark would be no more. But I didn’t want a new bookmark, so what could I do?
Make a new one, of course!
A couple of weekends ago, I set myself the task of having a new (but not new) bookmark by the time Sunday had rolled around. So I found myself some likely material and set about measuring up the old bookmark and gutting it to scavenge the end weights. As far as I could tell, the original bookmark had been sealed with a build-up of zig-zag stitches, but I wasn’t into that idea. Surely bias binding would do just as well!
It wasn’t easy sailing. I made a lot of extra work by pinning it all up the right way, deciding it was wrong, then pinning it the wrong way. By this time, I couldn’t be bothered with doing any more pinning, so I just made the best of it.
Next time, I’d do quite a few things differently (such as checking the direction of the pinning before placing a single pin). There will be a next time, I’m sure, but hope...
Admittedly we haven't made too much of a mention about this, but
Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH has been noted at several
Central Queensland Airports over a couple of interesting days of
|VH-WPH at Mackay Airport in 2015|
Nope – it was already mad.
Americans are angry mad at the fact that the government – and the corporates who run it – have their sticky fingers in everything their citizens do and everything they think, and all the citizens get is another day older and deeper in debt.
And America is batshit crazy mad in that it doesn’t believe in global warming and diplomacy but does believe in angels, insurance agents charging $2,000/month per family to look after their health (not counting the costs of treatments), and it still believes it’s the best country on Earth.
Okay, let’s stop this thought-train right there: something’s wrong with all the stuff I just wrote, which is that ‘America’ doesn’t exist, and nor do ‘Americans’.
‘America’ is a wide stripe of the North American continent, about the same area (omitting Alaska) as Australia with 13 times as many people, who are more diverse and disconnected than Australians are.
I went to the US in...
A speeding B-double pulled over by NSW highway patrol at Tweed Heads on Wednesday had been modified to ‘travel at any speed’ police say.
Acting on information received from Queensland Police, officers stopped a the truck travelling on the M1 (Pacific Highway) at about 2pm Wednesday (March 9).
The truck had been detected travelling at 124kmh in a 100kmh zone of the M1.
It will be alleged that during an inspection of the vehicle at Chinderah, it was found that the truck was fitted with a pulse generator allowing it to travel at any speed.
A further search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered an electronic system allowing speedometer controls to be overridden.
The pulse generator was removed from the truck and it was defected.
The 49-year-old male driver was issued an infringement notice for travelling at 20kmh above the speed limit.
Legal action is being taken against the driver for the speeding offence and the vehicle’s failure to have a compliant speed limiter.
Inquiries are also continuing after alleged dis...
Swiss rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita will set out on his Victory Cross Country tomorrow (March 11, 2016) from Daytona Bike Week to establish a new record for global navigation of the seven continents in less than 100 days.
To prepare, Urs, also known as “Grizzly” because Urs means bear in German, has been riding for the past month in various conditions including snow, mud and sand in six-hour stints and setting five alarm clocks to prevent him sleeping more than one hour at a time.
Urs already has a global circumnavigation record of 120 days, but hopes to reduce the seven-continents ride to 99 days by riding six-hour stints with one-hour sleeps.
Speaking through an interpreter last year at the Victory American Rally in Colorado Springs, he told Motorbike Writer the secret to setting the record is to never go into deep sleep and only sleeping an hour at a time.
By Paul Hart, local resident I am writing in reference to the ongoing tram terminus build process in Acland Street, St Kilda. Driven to a foregone conclusion by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and the City of Port Phillip (CoPP), the current plans now under detailed design, will delivery a poor outcome for locals, visitors and […]
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Tom will be painting most days in the foyer of AGNSW, responding to the faces, moods and words of his surroundings in real time, covering the walls with his particular brand of casual wit and incandescent colour. You can go and stare at him while he paints for the next few days and whisper menacingly “put me in it” or simply strike up a real conversation.
Tom sent through a few things he considers to be 'masterpieces', potentially in response to all the gawking he's been at the receiving end of for the past week. Please turn your gaze to his 'Favourite Fings'.
These are a few of my favourite fings:
I don't think I have a favourite artist but I can't deny that Pablo Picasso is in my 'Top 5', probably alongside Jean Dubuffet. When I first came across them, both really challenged me (and in their time, the world) when thinking about image making and representations of the figure and space in picture making and sculptures. Although they are both known for their paintings, occasionally it's their three dimensional forms that draw me in most.
I saw this wall of Tracey Emin neon works at her exhibition 'Love is what you want' in 2011 at London's Hayward Gallery and I had of those rare overwhelming, gobsmacking moments. I may have even shed a tear.
While I won't commit to a favourite artist overall, it's very likely that Sidney Nolan is my favourite Au...
Melbourne label Oats are all about providing upscale threads for a reasonable dime. Designer Bridie Davey hand-makes everything with with her mum – absolutely no sweat shops or brand shame (brand shame is asking your mate to hold your chain store shopping bag/ethical baggage for you until you get home. Yes, I have done this). She started out selling the clothes on Facebook boutiques like Penny Lane and released 'Collection One' late last year, which pays homage to 70s dance floor fashion with silk crop tops, bell bottom disco pants and linen jumpsuits. Their second collection 'Oats x 2' has more of a daytime vibe and is apparently a tribute to her pet rabbit.
We had a chat to her about art, insta, and what she hopes the future of the brand will look like.
I actually came across your brand in my instagram feed
and was sucked in by all the pictures of art, as well as all the
fabulous clothes of course. How do you think of art, and how does
the brand relate to it?
I’ve always been interested in art. A lot of the images are pretty abstract, so I take a lot of inspiration from the colours and shapes. Jean Arp, Matisse and Ana Kras are my favourites at the moment. I really love modernist artists like that!
What do you like most about the clothes, and where are
they designed to be worn?
They’re designed to be worn everyday and everywhere! As every garment is handmade by myself or my mother, we have a lot of flexibility with styles and are able to alter pieces to any body shape.
Do the clothes that make up Oats the label, match the
vision you had when you started?
Yes, because I design and make everything, I am able to make it exactly as I envisioned. It started by making pieces for myself and my friends and quickly grew from there!
Who inspires you?
Definitely my friends who have ama...
Some time ago, you might remember we spotlighted Alessia Cara‘s first big hit, Here. Since then, she’s become something of a thing on the music scene, and we couldn’t be happier. This week, she sat down at home in Toronto with NME to chat about her success so far, and all the challenges she faces and…Read more Alessia Cara speaks out with NME
On Wednesday 10 March, Gulf Coast Aviation
Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM once again ventured North from
Bankstown Airport to Vanrook Station near Normanton, stopping in
for fuel at Longreach Airport.
If you were at the FBi SMAC (Sydney Music, Arts, Culture) awards at Carriageworks back in January, you may remember Coda Conduct heating up the stage with their fun and infectious hip-hop. Even if you missed the hip-happening festival of everything good and groovy, you might instead remember fondly Round the Twist.
Yes, that beloved children’s show from way back when with those three goofy children, their father, and their mystical magical journeys. Oh, plus that really catchy theme song.
Catch more Coda Conduct on Live Feed this weekend, on Sunday at 2pm!
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[ Friday, 11 Mar; 9:30 am to 11:30 am. ] With great success we held our first Tamworth Knit-in on Friday March 4th. We are doing it again tomorrow and we'd love to see you there. We have a meeting with Mayor Col Murray in early April to voice our concerns. Are those opposed to more mining in New England North West really the vocal minority? Please [...] full article »
[ Thursday, 17 Mar to Friday, 18 Mar. ] Sustainable Living Armidale is a member of Climate Action Network Australia, so if you are a paid member of SLA you can attend this. Member registration closes this Friday 11 March, so get in quick if you've not yet registered. Here's 5 reasons you'll not want to miss the event: 1. Inspiring & entertaining session on collective action: when and [...] full article »
Dear Friends – I’m Robin Gunning from Tamworth and I’m the coordinator of our Pollution Free Politics campaign in New England. I’m a climate campaigner. New England is a big electorate and our MP Barnaby Joyce is one of the worst climate deniers in Parliament so, we have a big job to hold him accountable. Can you help spread [...] full article »
(Alternative title: 'Natural Wine Time with Pyne')
What the fuck is a ‘natural wine’ you say? Well, generally it's a blanket term for wines that are made with nothing added/nothing taken away; this means pesticide free, hand picked, biodynamically farmed, no added yeast and made with skin contact (sexy right), they are often unfiltered and contain either minimal or no sulfur.
The terminology is somewhat debated, but whatever you wanna call them - low intervention, biodynamic, goon, plonk - whether you are smashing a few Jauma petit naturels by the beach, or knocking back a juicy and fresh Morgon Cote Du Py by Jean Foillard, you won't give a shit about the nomenclature, when the vino tastes this good. We are lucky to have some kick arse spots to drink 'em in Sydney. We even have an annual natural wine fair at Carriageworks- Rootstock, which if you like wine I urge you to visit later this year.
Now you’ve read all that you probably need a drink. This is a by no means extensive list, just a few spots you should go and imbibe/learn some more:
Photo: Mike Bennie
Bloodwood - A Newtown institution with delicious bites to go with your expertly curated wine list that focuses on sustainable, organic and natural wines by Amanda Cleal.
Mary's Newtown - Cheeseburger with your Munjebel by Frank Cornelissen, why not!? The guys from Mary's have always focused their list on natural wines.
Sixpenny, Stanmore - Beautiful, cri...
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove recently said goodbye to local identity Owen
Holbrook, who was a resident of the town for 80 years.
Owen died on 1 March – just a few days short of his 91st birthday.
The Voice spoke to Owen’s son Adrian last week, who remembered his father as a community-minded man.
“He got involved in a lot of things for the benefit of the town,” he said
Owen was a founding member of Ocean Grove Bowling Club, and a member of local organisations including Probus and “Save Ocean Grove Park”.
He also served as a lieutenant and captain of Ocean Grove Fire Brigade from 1946 to 1957.
Owen’s family bought a Thacker Street farm in 1935 and was one of the first 15 to settle in Ocean Grove.
“It was all cart tracks back then,” Adrian said.
After putting out the Chalet guesthouse fire in 1948 he met his wife, Lorraine Archer, who was the proprietors’ daughter.
Owen’s road and concreting company built many local roads, which he and his wife named together.
Adrian remembered his father as an innovative and inquisitive man, who could redesign old machinery and return it to life.
“If you thought about it long enough, you’d come up with a practical solution – that was his motto,” he said.
Like many diggers, he put up his age when he was 17 to join the local militia during World War II.
He served in Papua New Guinea from 1942 to 1945, sustaining a shrapnel wound from a grenade in service of his country.
By LUKE VOOGT
MORE than 30 volunteers collected a “disappointing” amount of
rubbish at Main Beach for Clean Up Australia Day on 6 March.
Barwon Coast’s Maddie Glynn said the group filled 16 bags of rubbish and recycling in less than 90 minutes.
“This may not sound like much, but when you look at the contents of the bags, it’s huge,” she said.
The bulk of the recycling the group collected was alcohol bottles.
“We haven’t even made a dint – the crew didn’t even get to cover the whole of the main car park area,” Maddie said. “There is just so much out there, and for some reason people are not getting the message.”
The bags filled nearly three 240-litre rubbish bins.
Barwon Coast thanked volunteers – most of whom were from Ocean Grove Coastcare and Friends of the Bluff.
Ocean Grove Coastcare is also looking for volunteers for its Festival of Sea stall on 20 March. To volunteer or for more information, email email@example.com
Sunn 0))) could be the loudest band on Earth. They could be the heaviest, the most influential, the most underground, the most important or the most metal. Whether they are these things or not, they are definitely one of the nicest and most intelligent and dedicated, paving the way for hundreds of metal, post-rock, noise and art bands all over the world for the last twenty or so years. We talked to one half of Sunn O))), bassist Greg Anderson, ahead of their Australian tour, and I got pretty excited about loud noises. Thanks for that, Greg.
Angela Schilling: Hey Greg, how are you? Where are you now?
Greg Anderson: Hey, I’m good! I’m in LA, that’s where I live and work. Where are you at?
AS: I’m in Adelaide. Really looking forward to the show in a few weeks.
GA: Yeah me too, I’m looking forward to it.
AS: How did you and Stephen (O’Malley) meet? Was it a completely natural start, or did you know you had something but had to work a little to hit the right spot?
GA: Stephen and I grew up in the same neighbourhood in Seattle, in the northern suburbs. We went to the same high school actually and he was a bit younger than me, and we met though some mutual friends. We were into underground music basically, into punk and hardcore. We met and hit it off, and it was both of our obsessive love for music the reason. He was at that time really into and knowledgable about underground metal, death metal and black metal. I was more into post punk and hardcore, but I was also really fascinated by what was going on with metal. He turned me onto some different music and I turned him onto some different music and that was that. We started playing music together in 1994, we had a slow death metal band called Thorr’s Hammer, that was when we first started playing together. Play.........
FEDERAL Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson visited Market Place this
month, to launch a campaign for a second post office in Ocean
“It is very disappointing that attempts to establish a second post office at Market Place Shopping Centre have been blocked by Australia Post,” she said.
Ms Henderson launched the campaign with Heather Waring on 5 March.
Heather and her husband Cameron own Market Place Lotto and Gifts and operate the Point Lonsdale Post Office.
“Delivering the infrastructure we need to support growing communities is vital – we need better postal services,” Ms Henderson said.
“That’s why I am backing a second licensed post office for Market Place Lotto and Gifts.”
Ms Henderson said she was delighted with the community support for a second post office.
“This is a service that the Ocean Grove community desperately needs,” she said.
The Corangamite MP asked Ocean Grove residents to visit her website and sign a community survey to support the campaign.
Australia Post invested $500,000 last year on renovations to Ocean Grove Post Office, which included a new fit-out and additional post office boxes.
An Australia Post spokesperson said a number of factors determined the need for another post office, including existing outlets, population, demographics and the volume of business.
“In the vicinity of Ocean Grove we already have three post offices operating and we believe the area is adequately serviced,” she said.
“However we are committed to undertaking a review of the needs of the community to determine whether any additional services are required.”
Media Release 10 Mar 2016
Bob Brown has issued a High Court challenge to the Hodgman
Government's laws aimed to stop protests in Tasmania's forests.
Brown claims the laws breach citizens' rights under the Australian
Hobart solicitor Roland Browne filed a writ on behalf of Brown yesterday and the State Government, as defendant, had the notice of proceedings delivered this morning.
Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt (a Hobart nurse and mother who grew up in Lapoinya) are due in the Magistrates Court in Hobart tomorrow (Friday) after they were arrested for peacefully protesting the clearfell logging of the Lapoinya Forest in January. So far 5 people have been arrested and some 30 more summarily fined after entering the forest being logged at Lapoinya.
Tha Lapoinya Forest is a habitat for threatened wildlife including Tasmanian devils and the world's largest freshwater crayfish.
The writ claims that 'The Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 (Tas) (the Act) (in whole or in part) in its application to the plaintiff and to forestry land is invalid because it impermissibly burdens the implied freedom of communication on government and political matters contrary to the Commonwealth Constitution.'
The Tasmanian Act defines protest activity as;-
"4. Meaning of protester and engaging in a protest activity
(2) (b) (ii) for the purposes of promoting awareness of or support for – an opinion, or belief, in respect of a political, environmental, social, cultural or economic issue.
(3) For the purposes of this Act, a person is engaging in a protest activity if the person participates, other than as a bystander, in a demonstration, a parade, an event, or a collective activity, t...
Image Courtesy of Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop This April two of America’s finest indie-folk singer-songwriters, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop, are coming together for the brand new album Love Letter For Fire. Due on the 15th April, Love Letter For Fire features 13 tracks co-written by Beam and Hoop. Check out […]
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has highlighted a submission from the government’s own Reef watchdog warning the Reef may not be a “coral dominated system” due to the impacts of global-warming and coral bleaching.
In April 2015, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority released a submission to the Australian government’s post 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, stating that unless global warming is kept to less than 1.2 degrees the Reef would not be a “coral-dominated system”.
The call has been backed the International Society for Reef Studies who in October 2015 called global warming to be limited to less than 1.5 degrees.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said the Federal government needs to explain how its current policies can be reconciled with the threat of a Reef losing more and more of its coral.
“Right now, we are seeing a coral bleaching event along the length of the Great Barrier Reef which could get worse in the next few weeks.
“Coral bleaching is a man-made, avoidable crisis. It is a major wake up call that we need to urgently transform our energy sector. The leading contributor to global warming in Australia is the mining and burning of coal.
“If we don’t dramatically reduce the mining and burning of coal and rapidly switch to 100% renewables, we risk losing even more of the beautiful hard corals that tourists come to see from around the world.
“GBRMPA warned us of an increased risk of mass coral bleaching and loss of corals; acidification of the Reef’s waters restricting coral growth and survival; and more intense weather events such as cyclones that cause catastrophic damage to reefs.
“Their advice is clear. There is a “critical need”to reduce our emissions to a level that supports the recovery and growth of hard corals on the Great Barrier Reef.
“The Reef has lost 50% of its...
THOUSANDS enjoyed a day of strawberry delights this month at
Wallington Primary’s 32nd Strawberry Fair.
Some of the fair’s treats were so popular they sold out well before the end of the day, fair committee member Tracey Frigo said.
“We ran out of choc-dipped strawberries and homemade jams – which is always a good problem to have,” she said. “People are always amazed that a little school can put on such a great fair.”
Wallington Primary welcomed new fair mascot, Berry Bliss, who was named in a school competition.
The school’s Grade 6 students took turns as Berry Bliss, much to the delight of youngsters.
“Kids love a mascot,” Tracey said. “There were little ones running up to hug it, which was very cute.”
Grade 5 students took charge of another fair-first, the kid’s stall, selling a multitude of strawberry-themed crafts they had made during the year.
School principal Leigh McLaren said the Strawberry Fair raised about $24,000, exceeding its target, with more than 7000 people attending.
Tracey said the fair went smoothly thanks to the school’s 154 students and their parents.
“Pretty much all the parents are involved in one way or another,” she said.
This April, Tim Rogers, Paul Dempsey, Richard Clapton, Kevin Borich Olympia, Vika & Linda Bull and The RocKwiz Orkestra will revisit a significant rock and roll music event: The Last Waltz.
Originally held at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco as The Band’s farewell concert, The Last Waltz brought together rock and roll royalty to pay tribute to everyone’s favourite group, THE BAND. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and others performed an incredible variety of well known and cult hits.
The set list featured The Band favourites and draws from the guest’s rich catalogues … Up on Cripple Creek, Forever Young, The Shape I’m In, Caravan, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, Mannish Boy, Further On Up The Road, Helpless, Coyote, I Shall Be Released … to name but a few!
ONE of several highlights of the opening weekend of the Shepparton Festival was the Murchison Tomato Festa.
Despite the heat, which affected numbers, there were several great stalls, good entertainment and great food and wine. Dozens of other events also took place across the region over the weekend and there are many more to enjoy in the coming days and weeks.
Check out the Shepparton Festival events by finding ‘Shepparton Festival’ on Facebook, via local media or by going to www.sheppartonfestival.org.au
AFTER taking home the top prize for the 2015 Ixom Victorian Water Taste Test and the 2015 Ixom Best Tap Water in Australia competitions, Goulburn Valley Water’s (GVW) Marysville Treatment Plant has taken out the world’s second best in the Municipal Water category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition.
The win was made all the more special having been the first time tap water from Australia was entered in the international competition.
Water Industry Operators Association of Australia chief operations officer, Craig Mathisen believes the award will highlight the achievements of all Australian water authorities.
“We know our members are producing high quality drinking water, but we wanted to test it out by putting our national champion from Marysville into the international competition.
“We now have worldwide recognition that some of the world’s best water is right here in Australia and it should be seen as a celebration for all of the operators around the country and in particular the Goulburn Valley Water team from the Marysville Water Treatment Plant.”
GVW manager operations, Steven Nash is thrilled with...
CHILDREN from Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre’s Room 4 had the chance to go from making paper aeroplanes to visiting the Shepparton Aerodrome and having hands-on experience with both a light plane and a fire fighting Bell 212 helicopter last week.
Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre service leader, Jenni Gibson said, “Our centre philosophy supports our programs to foster quality learning and development opportunities for our children, working collaboratively within our community.
“We also networked with Greater Shepparton City Council’s Children Services Department and invited children form Nancy Vibert Children’s Centre and Frank Pullar Children’s Centre to join us at the aerodrome, strengthening our commitment to building foundations for lifelong learning.”
ROAD users are being urged to take notice and care of changing traffic conditions at the Doyles Road and Midland Highway intersection, with construction works being carried out on the roundabout causing lane changes and restricted turning movements.
These changed traffic conditions will remain in place for the next two months while the first half of the new dual lane roundabout is being constructed.
VicRoads acting regional director, Nathan Mullanesaid, “Traffic heading east on the Midland Highway (towards Benalla) will no longer be able to do a u-turn at the roundabout in order to head back into Shepparton.
“Traffic will be required to travel straight past the roundabout and turn right into the service road near the Holden/Ford car dealerships before being able to head back into Shepparton while the roundabout is being constructed.
“Trucks accessing Mooroopna, Benalla or East Shepparton are now being detoured via New Dookie Road, Central Avenue and Poplar Avenue. Traffic lights are now installed at the intersection of Midland Highway and Central Avenue to assist trucks crossing the Midland Highway while the detours are in place between now and the end of June.
“Cars on Doyles Road will be detoured via Florence Street and Enterprise Drive and heavy vehicles travelling north south will continue to be encouraged to avoid the area by using the Goulburn Valley Highway (Wyndham Street).
“East West traffic along the Midland Highway and past the roundabout is planned to be maintained at all times but there will be restricted turning movements and minor delays while works are in progress.
“This is an important project for VicRoads and the Shepparton community and will be completed by the end of June.”
THE state government has come through with the goods, last week announcing it would be contributing $10M in funding support behind the proposed new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), so long as the Federal Government also pitches in with $10M.
The announcement comes after the Greater Shepparton City Council’s funding application went to the government’s committee meeting in February, with the amount set to be matched by a $10M contribution from council and an anticipated matching of $10M by the Federal Government. The remaining funds of the $34.5M project, as well as a further $8M to finance running costs, will come from the SAM Foundation.
In the coming weeks, Greater Shepparton City Council will be lodging an application with the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, in an attempt to secure the required federal funding.
The business case for the project forecasts it will lead to an increase in visitation to the art museum from 36,869 to over 90,000 in three years’ time and up to 100,000 in five years.
Over the construction phase, the project will inject $34.5M in t...
A NEW, $3M purpose built music centre was officially opened at Goulburn Valley Grammar School last week, and in honour of the local Hunter family’s contributions to the school, the new centre was aptly named the W.B. Hunter Music Centre.
Having been in full operation since the beginning of the year, the centre will be utilised by the school as a recital room, instrumental tuition studios, music classrooms and practice studios.
The multi-million dollar project included the creation of a dedicated recital space, new and redeveloped music classrooms, instrumental tuition studios for individuals and groups, practice rooms for individuals and ensembles, the regeneration of the Founders Hall and foyer area through integration and connections, the inclusion of extensive storage and all rooms were designed to optimise acoustic qualities including sound insulation.
Principal, Mark Torriero said, “We are delighted with both the form and function of the centre. Students and staff alike are delighted to be using the new centre and have praised its design and utility.
“The school engaged architects Williams Boag to design the project. Following extensive consultation with staff and students the resultant signature project reflects the sch...
ABOVE average temperatures and below average rainfall during Summer seems to taken its toll on Goulburn region water storage levels, with all reserves recording lower levels than the same time last year.
Lake Eildon is almost half the storage level it was at the same time in 2015, recorded at 39.71 percent this year, and 65.71 percent in 2015. The Waranga Basin has seen a drop by 5 percent, recording 40.76 percent this year and 45.07 percent in 2015. Greens Lake recorded 52.31 percent in storage levels this year and was at 61.57 percent last year.
Goulburn Weir has seen the lowest drop, recording 98.22 percent this year compared with 99.01 percent last year.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said, “While there was well above average rainfall in January and average rainfall during December, February was well below average.
“The average day-time temperature over this Summer was recorded at 31.2ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the night-time temperature average was 15.7ºC, 1.4ºC above average.
“The 2015/16 Summer period saw 84.6mm fall in Shepparton, 15mm below average.
“When compared with previous Summers, the 2014/15 Summer saw an average daytime temperature of 31.1ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the rainfall amount was 84.6mm, 5.3...
ROTTING flesh, an urge to devour brains and a terrifying maze that could mean the difference between life and death. This is what awaits local residents with the return of the Word and Mouth Zombies Return: Last Bite event, as part of the Shepparton Festival.
After the success of the last two years, which saw more than 550 people witness the unspeakable maiming that occurred in the maze by a number of zombies, the zombies are returning over two nights, however people are being urged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Aimed at young people primarily 15 and above due to the horror themes, the event promises to be one of Word and Mouth’s biggest events.
Word and Mouth project manager, Jim Gow said, “Some of our events are 200 plus hours in planning, this one in particular.
“The setup time alone is going to be a few days, not a few
hours. Essentially it is going to be a big maze in a large indoor
dark space, and providing you choose the right way through the
maze, it will be simple. However, take a wrong turn and you might
meet some new friends.
“It is going to be like you are in your own horror movie. You are the star. The one that makes those decisions that you scream at the TV during the movie to do. That is now you.”
The Zombies Return event will ru...
LOCAL businesses are being called on to participate in a recently launched business survey, which aims to ascertain the individual and collective needs of business to better meet the needs of the local business community.
The survey hopes to establish an up-to-date profile of the local economy by identifying strengths and potential growth areas for local businesses, assisting local business with solving problems and exploring new opportunities and creating employment opportunities in the region.
Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott is encouraging businesses to take the time to fill out the survey.
“Your assistance in completing this survey will ensure that the information we receive reflects the business community as a whole.
“We are really keen to capture a profile of our existing business community including the issues they are facing, how they recruit new employees, whether they are involved in international trade and where they see themselves in the future.
“We are also asking businesses to rate Greater Shepparton as a place to own a business in a number of categories. This will give us a clear indication of the best things about our region and those that need improvement.”
To fill out the survey, visit www.greatershepparton.con.au
For further information or to ask a question in relation to the survey, phone council’s investment attraction team on (03) 5832 9700.
THE FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON are holding a Propagation Day on Wednesday, March 9 between 10am and 12 noon. Morning tea provided. All members of the public are welcome to attend and learn new skills and check out what is happening at your gardens in Kialla Tip Road, Kialla. Any queries to Jill Grant on 5827 1584 or 0419 594 397.
DARBY’S PAINTS will be hosting a trade show not to be missed on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30pm, where local tradies and interested members of the community will have the chance to hear and learn from suppliers and experts. For further information, drop into Darby’s Paints, corner of Campbell and Vaughan Streets or phone 5821 0111.
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MOOROOPNA invites you to an afternoon of fun and fashion at the museum, 30 Park Street, Mooroopna on Wednesday, March 16 at 2pm. The latest colours for this coming season will be on show as well as afternoon tea, lucky door prizes and you will have the chance to look around the museum. Cost $8 per person. For further information, contact Gwenda on 5825 2403.
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH IN TATURA will be hosting a week-long interactive community art, walk-through Easter event illustrating the Christian Easter story. This event will be held at 18 Francis Street, Tatura from Tuesday March 22 to Saturday, March 26 and will be open daily 10am to 6:30pm (groups by arrangement. Entry is free. For further information, contact reverend, Jude Benton on 5824 1170.
MOOROOPNA CROQUET CLUB TWILIGHT GOLF CROQUET Will operate on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm behind the Bowls Club in Mooroopna. The first night is free. Flat closed in shoes. Equipment is provided. Come on Saturday mornings at 9.30am for a more challenging game of Association Croquet. Beginners are always welcome, for....
Australian service stations can legally refuse to serve you fuel if you don’t remove your helmet, but very few provide anywhere safe for you to place your helmet while you fill up.
The owners say it’s for safety reasons, but really it’s so you don’t ride off without paying, which is happening more frequently. In the US, most gas stations require you to pay first!
After seeing this film, combined with Birdman being my absolute favourite film of last year, I can say without hesitation that Alejandro González Iñárritu has fast-become one of my new, all-time favourite directors of recent memory.
Art Month and Golden Age Cinema asked artist Grant Stevens to pick a film that somehow relates to his work. His request? Top Gun – an iconic mid-1980s action drama oozing machismo and packed with zingers. Supported by the US Navy, it is the pinnacle of testosterone filmmaking and a leading advertisement for American ideals… with just a hint of homoeroticism thrown in.
After the film, Grant will talk about his work and the film, and it's your opportunity to ask (in a really tough voice), “is your ego writing checks your body can't cash?” While you're there, check out his work upstairs as part of Green-Eyed Monster Eating Its Own Tail, currently on show at Golden Age Gallery.
We’ll be giving you a 360 virtual tour of this massive 4day festival starting tomorrow; live performances, up close with the artists, audience vox pops, snippets of the best workshops and talks.
We’re hoping to get the goss from some of our favourite international picks like: Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Ibeyi (Cuba/France), Songhoy Blues (Mali), Ester Rada (Ethiopia/Israel), DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Orange Blossom (Egypt), Asian Dub Foundation (UK) and Calexico (USA).
Hear the tunes of Aussie...
Image Courtesy of Kaurna Cronin After winning the Folk Alliance Youth Award at last year’s National Folk Festival Adelaide singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin returns with a full band and a new album. We sat down with Cronin to talk about the massive year he’s had. Gareth Hugh Evans: You released Glass Fool in July last year. […]
A couple of years ago our Geelong East Uniting Tennis Club
members were appalled when the head office property fellas sold our
tennis courts to pay a Melbourne muck-up. So here are photos
to show what is currently happening to that land - from tennis
courts to ten units - two bedrooms in each. Denman Street is a
quiet street of excellent homes and the ten units seem to be a
little out of touch with such an environment.
Remember when DVD commentaries were a thing that actually made you want to buy a DVD? Well Golden Age together with Giant Dwarf are resurrecting this noughties concept by staging it live. While 90s fave Jurassic Park plays on the screen, the front row is going to be taken up with Spoiler Alert comedians Kyran Wheatley, Rhys Nicholson and Ray Badran, together with special guest comic Becky Lucas, armed with microphones. And, like the title suggests, they will be talking over the movie. The whole movie. Talking. Lots of laughs, maybe some heckles? Definitely a unique Friday night.
Here's something to get you in the mood…
Stephen Page's first feature film utilises the power of gesture over dialogue. True to the narrative laden choreography of Bangarra productions, SPEAR tells the story of Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) traversing between the Australian outback to the streets of Sydney with striking visual depth and a quivering tension between modern and ancient masculinity. An important piece of work by one of our most distinct local creators, the film has a small release at Dendy Newtown and Opera Quays, immerse yourself while you can.
Christa Wolf, City of Angels or, The Overcoat of Dr Freud (2010; translation from German by Damion Searls, Farrar Straus and Giroux 2014)
The cover blurb describes this book as a novel, and it’s obviously so. But at the same time this is so convincingly not a made-up story that when the narrator says of an extraordinary coincidence that it wouldn’t work in fiction, the reader (this one at least) forgets to scoff at the double bluff.
The narrator, whose name we never learn, is somewhere in Germany in the early 21st century surrounded by pieces of paper that relate to several months she spent in Los Angeles as a resident scholar some fifteen years earlier. The book is what she makes out of those papers: there are moments of reflection in the present time, but mostly the book is made up of conversations, dreams, movies, news items, phone calls to home, bits of writing done – a mass of detail from her stay. There are touristic observations (the size of the portions, the relentless US cheerfulness, the surfeit of material goods), political debates, gossip about the other scholars at THE CENTRE, recollections of the narrator’s earlier life, and some fascinating history of German intellectuals living in exile in Los Angeles during the 1930s and onwards.
The narrator is from East Germany, a country that had ceased to exist at the time of her residency but was still named on her passport. She had lived through the Nazi years, been an idealistic Communist and then an outspoken critic of the Soviet and GDR regimes. She had recently seen her Stasi files and been appalled by them. All this is also true of Christa Wolf. An older f...
‘VILLAGE by the Sea’ Barwon Heads proudly proclaims itself.
The popular ABC series Seachange changed Barwon Heads from a sleepy hollow to a bustling, thriving town with all the amenities you could wish for, but it still managed to retain its village atmosphere in the process.
There are so many reasons to be in Barwon Heads. The kids will love the river beach next to the bridge, which is wave-free and safe. Surfers and wave seekers seek out Thirteenth Beach and you can try stand-up paddling at the river mouth.
Golfers have two world-class courses to choose from and fishing is popular off the bridge or at the river.
With a multitide of cafes and bars, the town caters for tourists, day trippers and locals. Boutiques line Hitchcock Avenue, but the town also has a bank, post office, primary school, child care, supermarket and a popular pub – the ‘BHP’.
With ample opportunities for walking, whether it be up to the Bluff or along the river or around the Village Park, humans and canines will love it. Check out the bollards that are displayed all around town.
The town boasts a proud sporting history, fielding Australian Rules football, cricket, tennis, bowls and soccer teams and there’s a thriving equestrian community.
Barwon Heads truly is a town for all to enjoy.
My partner is a chili fiend. Hotter the better. One of his favourite breakfasts is a poached egg with chilli sauce. He will put chilli on practically anything.
We have chillis in the garden, lots of them, but he spotted a bottle of chilli sauce at a market, labelled “Warning – very, very hot chillies”, so of course he had to take up the challenge.
And of course then I had to take up the challenge of reproducing it.
This is straight hot sauce – just chilies, vinegar and salt. Depending how hot your chillies are, it can be anything from magma to mildly spicy. Its simplicity is its strength – you can add it to anything without muddying flavours.
It’s hardly worth a recipe.
Halve your chillies and remove some or most of the seeds. Use gloves, or really really remember not to touch your face for hours afterwards. The seeds make it hotter, but I find that leaving all of them in gives it a bit too much bitterness.
Put them in a blender and cover with vinegar. I just use plain white vinegar, but it won’t matter what kind you use. Blend until it is semi-smooth – you want a little bit of texture in hot sauce. Add half a teaspoon of salt for each cup of blend.
Pour the mix into a slow cooker, or into a non-reactive pot on a very low heat, and cook for as long as you like till it is thick and reduced. Don’t use an aluminium or cast iron pot – the vinegar will pick up a metallic taste. Use pyrex or enamel or stainless steel for anything with a lot of acid.
While the chillies are cooking...
CIERA Major and Ashleigh Pickett, two local Ocean Grovers, were
a part of the new WNPL club Galaxy United’s first win.
They played in the under-13 girls team at Banyul Warri reserve against a strong Heidelberg United FC. The girls claimed the first win 2-0, with Pickett scoring the second goal to seal the win.
The under-15s were not so lucky, succumbing to a very strong HUFC side 0-5.
The under-18s faired better with a spirited performance that ended in a scoreless draw.
The day was capped off with a hard-fought win by the seniors (open age) taking a 1-0 win, that could have been 2-0 – with local talent Caitlin Pickett (Ashliegh’s older sister) having a number of exciting attacks on goal as she came on in the second half to strengthen the front line.
OCEAN Grover Leigh-Ann Johnson took the trip of a lifetime
After overnighting in Buenos Aires, she flew to El Calafate where she joined a 10-day tour across Patagonia through Argentina and Chile.
She then went to Antarctica and flew from Puerto Arenas to Pt William and then boarded the Polar Pioneer, only 48 passengers, 10 leaders and 23 Russian crew.
“As expected sailing across the Drake Passage was very rough and seasickness was apparent. The next 12 days were filled with awesome scenery, huge tabular icebergs, wildlife and interesting talks,” Leigh-Ann said.
She also braced herself for a polar plunge into the icy waters. She saw 30 humpback whales passing through the Dallman channel and then spent two days sailing (rough) and ending the tour in Ushuaia, Argentina.
“Antartica is very cold, very dry and very windy and very spectacular,” she said.
BELLARINE Secondary College took steps to prevent violence
against women this month by signing up to the Respectful
The college will run the program for its Years 9 and 10 students in partnership with the Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (Barwon CASA).
College principal Alison Murphy said it would help “students understand what a respectful relationship is”.
“The professional training provided to our staff will ensure the messages from the program are embedded in the school,” she said.
“Our goal is for Bellarine students to develop as respectful and resilient individuals and this program will certainly support that.”
The six sessions for students include topics such as consent, the impacts of sexual assault, speaking up about sexual assault and being a bystander.
A number of other schools in Geelong have signed up to the program, which is part of the Sexual Assault Prevention Program in Secondary Schools (SAPPSS).
SAPPSS was developed by CASA House and has been operating for a number of years.
Last year the Department of Education and Training announced that respectful relationships education will be part of the Victorian curriculum.
Barwon CASA Prevention of Violence Against Women project officer Dr Pamela Bjork-Billings said this was due to the well-researched link between gender inequality and violence against women.
“Teachers are supported CASA staff who are experienced in this program and in dealing with the issues which arise when teenagers discuss relationships,” she said
“An important aspect is the training provided to the teachers before the program begins and the ongoing support that the CASA gives.”
By LUKE VOOGT
WESTERN Victoria Region MP Simon Ramsay jumped on his bike this
month, joining Surfside Primary students for National Ride2School
“Being physically active is so important for kids that age,” he said.
“It was great to see everybody get into the spirit of it.”
Mr Ramsay made the ride from Geelong to Ocean Grove on 4 March, arriving at the school in time for its 9am assembly.
“It was a beautiful ride,” he said.
The school’s shed was packed with bikes as more than 200 students rode to school.
As the State Liberal MP toured the school he was impressed by its efforts to promote healthy and active living, and its focus on sustainability.
Mr Ramsay made a small donation towards the school’s fundraiser for new play equipment and presented students with a Victorian flag.
So far the school has raised $13,500 of the $20,000 required for the equipment.
“I’ve been a president of a primary school and know what it’s like to try and raise money,” Mr Ramsay said.
Mr Ramsay, 60, is fast becoming a keen rider, which he said helps him stay in shape.
“I’ve caught the riding bug I’ve got to say,” he said.
He participated in the 68km Cadel Evans Peoples’ Ride for the first time this year, and hopes to do some more challenging rides in the future.
More than 350,000 students took part in National Ride2School Day across Australia.
The number of children riding or walking to school has fallen from 80 per cent in the 1970s to 25 per cent today, according to the Bicycle Network Australia.
Schools registered in the Ride2School Program have more than doubled this figure.
SYDNEY – [AAP]
Australian singer and actor Jon English has died after suffering an aortic aneurysm following a small operation, just days after a friend described him as ‘itching’ to get back on stage. He was 66.
The shock announcement comes just two days after his contemporary Ross Hannaford, guitarist with 70s band Daddy Cool, died following a long battle with cancer.
Actor and friend Simon Gallaher told ABC Radio he received a text message early on Thursday morning saying English had died.
The English-born rock star reportedly died surrounded by family, including his four children Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and Julian.
According to former manager of 20 years Peter Rix, English was in hospital in Newcastle suffering from broken ribs, but during surgery doctors discovered another issue with his aortic valve.
‘A lot of bleeding was involved and unfortunately they were unable to stem the flow, that was the morning report I received,’ Rix told ABC Radio.
The exact cause of death has been reported as an aortic aneurysm – a swelling in the wall of the la...
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Former Ballina MP Don Page has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers committee in a move described by opponents as a ‘job for a mate’.
Mr Page held the seat of Ballina for over 25 years as well positions of NSW Minister for Local Government and NSW Minister for the North Coast.
He retired prior to the last state election.
NSW Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord said he was disappointed with the appointment, describing Mr Page as a failed politician.
But NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and NSW Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said they were delighted with the appointment.
Senator Nash said that the RDA committees played a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensuring that all three tiers of government worked together.
‘These committees advise on priority activities that have the potential to unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their regions,’ Senator Nash said.
‘RDA committees provide advice to the Governmen...
Like most, I have had important teachers in my life who have inspired and guided me, yet the most profound teacher I have ever had lies buried at the entrance of Edgar’s Mission. A landrace, large white pig I came to love and adore, and whom I named Edgar Alan Pig. Now he lies interned beneath a carved wooden sculpture of a pig with wings, with a rooster dutifully standing on his back, a stoic reminder to all who pass through our front gates of why we exist.
Edgar changed my life forever, as he taught me the most important things in life are not things, but rare moments in time that will live forever in one’s heart. Until the time Edgar trotted into my life all I had ever wanted to do was ride horses, and while it took some time convincing my parents to even allow me anywhere near a horse, it was something I was able to do with what many would call great success. However, amongst the trophies and accolades I always felt there was something missing. It took a little piglet with an incredibly big heart to show me just what that was.
Moreover, from my animal friends I have learned of their rich emotional worlds. From Edgar I learned that pigs could be chivalrous, just as he showed the day he came racing out of his straw bed (and there were very few things in life that could get him to do that) when he heard Pompy Pig doing her “someone’s killing me” routine as I gently tried to remove something that had become stuck on her. Although Edgar was not particularly fond of any other pigs, much preferring to keep to his own counsel, the thought that someone was harming one of his kind caused him to come charging my way with grunts that demanded I unhand that pig or far worse would inflicted upon me, and there was no doubt in my mind he wou...
Bangalow’s much anticipated Men’s Shed had its unofficial opening on Monday evening with the ubiquitous sausage sizzle catering to more than 130 people including Byron’s mayor and several councillors.
But there are still a few more snags to get over before the Shed is able to open its doors officially, and the town’s mature gents are turning their thoughts to the thoroughly modern method of crowd funding to get it over the line.
But before that happens, members would like to see Byron Shire Council chip in a few bob.
The newly appointed convenor of Bangalow Men’s Shed, Brian Mackney, praised the efforts the Bangalow Lions Club for its efforts to get th...
Community groups alarmed at the controversial expansion of Gold Coast Airport runway set to destroy a large swathe of Crown wetland in NSW and increase air-traffic noise over homes in the Tweed are holding a public meeting on Monday.
The Tugun Cobaki Alliance (TCA) is hosting the ‘Save Our Tweed – No Runway Extension’ protest meeting on 14 March at 6pm (NSW) at the South Tweed Community Centre, Heffron Street, South Tweed.
Alliance spokesperson Lindy Smith urged residents to ‘act now before it’s too late’.
A poster for the meeting says the airport expansion plans ‘will put larger, lower and noisier planes over your homes and affect your property prices’.
‘Airport expansion will also destroy critical ecosystems of the lower Tweed river system, state protected wetlands and critical Class 1 fishery habitat,’ the poster says.
‘It will impact on existing jobs in Tweed Shire! The Tweed community has successfully said NO to runway extension in the past. ‘
The contentious plan to expand the runway and build an instrument landing system (ILS) on the Crown land has sparked a public outcry on the NSW side of the border, with recent moves by the Greens to block it unsuccessful. (...
This application, filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court could see the beginning of the end for corporate government in Australia. The applicant is retired Northern Territory police prosecutor, David Walter, now living near Herberton, Far North Queensland.
David has championed the cause of property rights for 10 years after the Queensland Labor Government placed an environmental listing over freehold land at Cardwell, on a 15 acre retirement block owned by ageing Toowoomba widow Mrs Catherine Burns. Her late husband had retired from the police force and they intended to move onto the block to live out their lives. Walter has taken up the cause for Mrs Burns and dozens of other disaffected landowners across the state who fell victim to the Labor Party’s ‘unlawful’ vegetation and environmental laws. Mrs Burns has been unable to sell h...
February 2016 – Bird Outing Report – Buderim Forest Park, Harry’s Lane off Lindsay Road
The following shots having been waiting since last weekend to appear. This pair of Hooded Robins was seen in the same place that I’ve been observing Red-capped and Scarlet Robins in recent weeks. It’s quite a hot spot it seems. It was while watching a group of pardalotes in the canopy that a lone White-throated Needletail cruised over. A species that is commonly associated with storm fronts, there was not a cloud in the sky for this maverick.
Wipers for a motorcycle helmet visor are not new, nor are they very good, but the Rainpal electric wiper promises to wipe away all your vision issues.
London designer Adam Aarons says his invention is patent pending and he hopes to produce it with the help of a crowdfunding project.
Final retail will be £49.99 (about A$95) and £99.99 (A$199) for Rainpal with wireless including delivery to Australia and globally.
It will come with a guarantee to fit all curved visors or your money back.
An actress, a football hero and a deejay go for a ride on their Harleys … sounds like the start of a lame joke, doesn’t it?
But this is no joke. This is a fun, two-day VIP ride up the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island to the second annual Harley-Davidson Iron Run this weekend (March 11-12), this year at Paihia on the Bay of Plenty.
The VIPs consist of New Zealand Harley dealers and officials, some journos including Motorbike Writer and three Harley brand ambassadors: Kiwi actress Danielle Cormack, living rugby legend Josh Kronfeld and Auckland radio host Jay Reeves.
Danielle is riding her favourite bike, a 110-cube Slim S like the one she has been riding all summer.
The Underbelly star says the bike appeals for its aesthetics and athletic handling.
“I’ve been having a very satisfactory affair with it and I don’t want to give it up,” she says.
“It’s got a lot...
Who exactly is Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL)? Given there’s a distinct possibility that its undersea cable problems will take a lot longer and be more costly to fix, is BPL in a position to weather the storm? • ABC: Groom’s energy statement derailed by no-confidence motion in Speaker • Peter in Comments: A rather scathing and sceptical Brian Carlton gives his impression of the latest Basslink Cable press release ... Listen HERE • Cassy O’Connor in Comments: After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today’s return have been invested in a lengthy farce. • In Comments, CEPU: At lunch time today (Tues) about 400 Tasmanian CEPU members walked off the job at energy company TasNetworks, in response to aggressive bargaining tactics used by management. • In Comments ... Minister for Energy Matthew Groom’s Ministerial Statement ... • In Comments ... Premier Will Hodgman’s State of the State address to Parliament ... • Bryan Green in Comments: Groom cannot rule out brownouts and blackouts for Tasmanian homes • Cassy O’Connor in Comments: Has Groom Breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct? • JACK GILDING, Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance Inc. in COMMENTS: … It is clear that we need to increase our renewable energy generation. We do not need a new expert committee and 12 months to explore the possibility. The ACT government just contracted for 100 MW of wind power at 9c/kWh and the price is fixed for 20 years. A feed-in tariff of 12-15c would rapidly ramp up the solar industry in Tasmania. Added advantages of solar are that people would invest their own money and the electricity would be generated and used locally, not requiring new network infrastructure. Matthew Groom keeps talking up a second Basslink as a way of maximising Tasmania’s “renewable energy contribution” but for the foreseeable future this is pure fantasy. It is abundantly clear that Tasmania does not have enou...
Tasmania’s draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws will be tested in the High Court and we applaud those who are prepared to challenge this extreme legislation. • Use the TT NEWS Dropdown Menu (top nav bar) for other MSM perspectives on this story ... • Peter Gutwein in Comments responds ...
… that could sink the Federal deal … Off the back of the documentary’s findings, law firm Maurice Blackburn and the Alliance for Gambling Reform announced a legal challenge that could find all poker machines to be in breach of Australian consumer law. The landmark case will be launched in the Federal Court in Victoria in the coming weeks. …
News Updates from CLG
09 March 2016
Previous edition: Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe; prime minister considered declaring martial law
Australia could be the next Paris, terrorism expert warns | 05 March 2016 | Progress in the bombing campaign against Islamic State has heightened the risk of the terror group lashing out and striking back on Australian soil, one of the world experts on suicide terrorism has warned. Professor Robert Pape, the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, has told a series of top-level meetings with Australian government officials and researchers that IS is purposely lashing out at members of the coalition involved in the air strikes.
Isis planning ‘enormous and spectacular attacks’, anti-terror chief warns | 07 March 2016 | Islamic State want to inflict an "enormous and spectacular" terrorist atrocity on Britain and may have people trained to a paramilitary level to carry out attacks, a counter-terrorism chief has said. Mark Rowley, a Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, said terrorists still wanted to kill soldiers or the police and now posed a real danger of attacking western lifestyle targets. Privately, counter-terrorism officials see no sign of Isis’s [I-CIA-SIS’S] internet propaganda campaign being thwarted by community and government efforts and believe the group still has the same ability to attract devotees.
Last week I went into a bit of a hanky hem t-shirt frenzy. I had two I’d made a few months ago, but I wanted to make some more after my boss complimented me on one I was wearing! Funnily enough, I’ve had a head cold and last week I was working 5 days, but somehow I decided it was an appropriate time to sit at my sewing machine and sniff, cough and splutter my way through the night as I sewed hanky hems.
EMRS Liberal 46 Labor 27 Green 18 Independent 8 Others
Interpretation (provisional) Liberal 47 Labor 31 Green 15 Others 7
Result of poll if election "held now": Probable Liberal majority government (13-9-3)
Aggregate of all state polling: Liberal majority government (13-8-4)
The new EMRS poll of Tasmanian voting intentions is out (PDF link) and the results are surprisingly harmless for the Hodgman Liberal government. Given that the gloss has come off the federal Turnbull bounce which probably helped the Liberals to such a good result last time, there were many reasons to suspect this poll could be a shocker.
In the last few months the state has been beseiged by bushfires, drought, floods, traffic congestion in Hobart, energy issues and talk of a crisis as a result of a still-unfixed fault in the Basslink power cable, and even an outbreak of mass oyster death. While most of these are just "natural disasters" that shouldn't hurt governments (and might even help them if their response was good), responses to both the energy and traffic issues have raised the question of preparedness. While the preparedness question applies to previous governments at least as much as this one, and goes to the question of whether government generally is all that good these days, one might expect the current government to cop some blowback from it all. Perhaps in the energy case we'll need to wait and see whether it actually affects consumers first.
This isn't all; the government has also lost Resources Minister Paul Harriss for "family reasons" (the reason that always excites conspiracy theories immediately, especially in the case of someone who appea...
I'm posting links here to my submissions to the warp-speed JSCEM
inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendments Bill (see
Senate Reform: It's Finally On! for more comments). They
are also available as a single document on the
Simulation - Half-Senate Elections
Simulation - Double Dissolutions (See correction further down to Vic 2007 double-dissolution simulation)
After spending a lot of time looking at the Bill over the past week my view remains that it is a massive improvement on the broken Senate voting system we currently have. However it appears to have significant flaws in the treatment of below-the-line votes and these should be either justified or remedied.
What has become apparent in the brief time available for debate about the current Bill is that by encouraging voters to fill more squares above the line (a minimum of six instead of a minimum of one) the Bill makes deciding what to do with below-the-line votes more difficult than in the original JSCEM model. The original JSCEM model allowed a voter to just vote 1 above the line, or to direct preferences above the line, and it was very safe to conclude (based on the Victorian model) that the rate of below-the-line voting in that system (with a minimum of six boxes) would have been low.
However, because the new model will ask voters to fill in six squares above the line, if the voter is only asked to...
from Michael Darby
On Thursday 25 February and again on Friday 4 March I made very clear to Prime Minister Turnbull that the Australian people are annoyed by the intention of the Turnbull government to change the senate voting rules to suit the ambitions of the Turnbull Government. Despite the wisdom of the listeners to the Super Radio Network, and despite widespread opposition across Australia, Australia’s high taxing, high spending Government is still determined to rort the system of voting for the Senate for the benefit of the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon at the expense of the minor parties and the Labor Party.
Nearly a week ago on Wednesday the second of March we learned that the Greens and the government have done a deal to the effect that there will be no Double Dissolution Election before July 1. Greens leader Richard Di Natale revealed that his party, which opposes the Government on just about every issue, had received a “commitment” from the government that no election would take place until Senate voting changes are legislated by parliament and implemented by the Australian Electoral Commission.
There is now a great deal of whispering to the effect that an early election is likely and that the election could come in the form of a Double Dissolution of both Houses of the Australian Parliament.
A Government which is so indecisive on major issues such as taxation and the threat of Islamification is...
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh bucked the GOP establishment Sunday and declared there is “a much bigger upside than downside” to Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.
“I think with the case of Trump, there’s a much bigger upside than downside,” Mr. Limbaugh said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
The praise from the king of conservative talk radio came as the Republican establishment launched a massive offensive to derail the front-runner, including a scathing denouncement of Mr. Trump last week from 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Mr. Limbaugh said that despite the outrage GOP leaders have directed at Mr. Trump, the billionaire businessman and reality TV star had assembled the broad coalition of voters that the Republican establishment has long sought.
“There is something remarkable happening here,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “For the longest time the Republican Party has told us that they can’t win with just Republican votes. And that’s why they support amnesty, that’s why they support Democrats on many of th issues to go out and get Hispanics or other minorities. And guess who’s doing it? Donald Trump is doing it.”
“He has put together a coalition that is exactly what the Republican Party says it needs to win. And yet, look what they are doing, they are trying to get Trump out of the race because they are not in charge of it,” he said.
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here
http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/sites/default/files/alp-greens_enoggera_kara_080316.mp3 Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.
More Brisbane City Council election initiatives
The Labor Party’s candidate for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Rod Harding, has pledged to establish a bicycle users advisory panel, and has committed funds for the building of a separated or protected bikeway along Sylvan Road at Toowong.
2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority
The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one. In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same. Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour. Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott. Here's the smoothed tracking graph:
Concerns continue over the impact of developers on Brisbane
The Sustainable Breakfast Series is in its third year on-air from Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 March, 7am-8:30am. Join us at Friends of the Earth Food Co-op for four days of live broadcasts, free breakfast and live music. Hear from 3CR breakfast presenters with campaigners, commentators and innovators talking about the most important challenge of our time: how to achieve environmental sustainability with social justice.
QPS launches recruitment drive for women
The Queensland Police Service has launched a new recruiting drive to encourage more women to consider policing as a career.
In Queensland, roughly one in four police are women. The That Could be Me Campaign, coinciding with Queensland Women's Week, aims to bring that ratio to 50 per cent.
Superintendent Glen Katchell of Townsville, says that of the 12,000 police officers in Queensland, about 3,000 are women.
He says he is not aware of any job in the QPS that women could not do.
Early election not ruled out, despite referendum push for longer terms
The 2016 Mardi Gras saw tensions rise between the ‘No Pride in Detention’ float, which is advocating for the abolition of detention, especially for queer refugees, and the rainbow ALP float. No Pride in Detention organiser Evan says they were nearly removed from the parade after false accusations of harassment. In a statement, Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer said NSW Police had reported an “unacceptable level of harassment” from the No Pride members. She went on to say the decision to remove the No Pride in Detention float from its original position was “the best course of action to ensure both parties were able to march and spread their individual messages to the world while maintaining safety for all marchers.” A member of the float recorded Mardi Gras’ interaction with float organisers, which can be viewed here
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