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‘Photographic study #111 (in black and white)’
It was interesting to note that on Thursday 10
March a few interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft
called into Emerald Airport flying in and to various locations.
As mentioned below, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 corporate turbo-prop VH-WPH visited Emerald on Thursday flying in from Saint George and departing to Mackay. It also called in on Tuesday 8 March.
Redjet Aviation Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU called in twice over the course of Thursday - and also on Friday 11 March - flying between its Toowoomba base and Wandoan.
|VH-PJU at Rockhampton Airport (File photo)|
A nice surprise arrival into both Roma and Mackay Airports early
on Friday 11 March with Cessna 525 Citation M2
bizjet VH-WMY of Mitchell Water Australia calling in. It
initially touched down at Roma from Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport
before continuing soon after to Mackay Airport where it was
captured sitting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron.
Found Sounds Lost Horizons host Ben Fink chats with the legendary singer, author, actor, producer Steve Earle about the Byron Bay Bluesfest, boogie boards, Bernie Sanders, Taylor Swift, Treme, Trump and much much more.
His Sydney shows are Rooty Hill RSL Weds 16th March and the Metro theatre Thurs 17th March.
Good views of female south of the bird hide. Seen well in open casuarinas, but the bird flew into thick mangroves and became very difficult to observe. First record for Tinchi Tamba and generally scarce in the Brisbane region.
The Grom created a new sector of hipsters who wanted something nimble and fun that made a statement. It was a huge hit in the US a few years ago and Honda Australia has only just realised and decided to import it from the middle of this year.
It looks like having some competition from brands such as Benelli, CFMoto and Kawasaki.
Lauren Hansom is all about soul, rhythm & groove. From banging oil drums with wooden spoons with her dad, to crate-digging all around Sydney – we can’t wait to hear more from this FBi’s Dance Class grad! Supported by V MoVement.
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Australian troubadour Paul Kelly has announced he’ll be covering Shakespeare for his new album Seven Sonnets & A Song. Details here – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes released their new video “The Mountain”. Details here – Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel […]
Earlier this month, members of the Hume Riverina and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centres and Benalla Health launched the new partnership to provide free legal assistance services to disadvantaged residents in the Benalla area from the Ray Sweeney Centre at 45 Coster Street Benalla.
Benalla Health has been providing health care to the Benalla community for many years and has been working on enhancing the various services at the Ray Sweeney Centre, making it a ‘One Stop Shop’ that provides an even greater and more holistic service to its clients. This latest initiative now offers access to legal services at the Ray Sweeney Centre, enabling residents, who otherwise cannot afford them, to access legal support and justice opportunities.
Due to the level of demand, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service has expanded to a fortnightly service at Benalla Health with appointments now available on Tuesdays. For the first time Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre will provide a lawyer at the Benalla Family Violence court sessions each Tuesday and follow-up sessions with clients at the Ray Sweeney Centre on Wednesday.
Hume Riverina Community Legal Service Principal Lawyer, Sarah Rodgers, said ‘Too often, people in regional Victoria miss out on free legal help. T...
Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.
Exotic animals are undoubtedly beautiful and getting up close to them can be the experience of a lifetime, unfortunately these experiences are causing animals to endure lifetimes of suffering. Riding elephants, walking with lions and tiger selfies are just a few of the cruelest wildlife tourism attractions notching up visitors. Here animals are forced to perform for the entertainment of tourists, elephants are made to “submit” through starvation and beatings so people can ride them, while tigers can be drugged and have their claws pulled out so they’re safe for humans to take “selfies” with.
When you next pack your bag for that much anticipated trip away, please don’t forget to pack your kindness. Not all animal tourism is cruel, there are many reputable sanctuaries that rely on visitors to help support animal and environmental protection initiatives. You might never ride an elephant or cuddle a tiger cub, but contributing to the wellbeing of these beautiful creatures is the greatest gift you could give them and yourself.
By LUKE VOOGT
FEDERAL Labor candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker visited
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club (OGSC) this month to forecast a
“significant contribution” to the club’s future.
“I am a lobbying hard for a package for lifesaving clubs in the west of Corangamite,” she said on 2 March.
So far the Victorian Government has committed $2.675m to OGSLSC’s proposed $4.5m to $5m upgrade, with the club raising an additional $300,000.
Mrs Coker said her package would include a significant Federal contribution to an upgrade.
However, she said she was unable to specify the amount for each club until closer to election time.
OGSLSC has grown from 200 to 1000-plus members since its last clubhouse upgrade in 1995.
Club president Steve Peatling said the expansion of the club had caused problems with access, storage and deploying lifesaving equipment within the existing clubhouse.
“For about 200 members it was probably about right,” he said.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t foresee the massive growth that would occur in that time.”
Mr Peatling said parts of the clubhouse were deteriorating and its training and conference facilities are limiting its ability to function.
“And our changerooms are on a mid-level – which is an OHS issue,” he said.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson also visited the club on 5 March to promote the Federal Government’s commitment to lifesaving.
“I am fighting hard to deliver an election commitment to the club,” said Ms Henderson, who is co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving Committee.
She pointed out the Turnbull government had provided $8 million – or $25,000 per club – over five years for lifesaving equipment.
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THE Driftwood Cafe has been serving scrumptious, wholesome food
for almost three years now.
The popular Ocean Grove meeting spot has just completed extensive renovations that include an atrium for outdoor dining.
Driftwood still serves yummy breakfasts, lunches and snacks as well as a mean cup of coffee and some serious delicious smoothies and juices. There’s also an extensive range of kids’ meals and sweet treats. The cafe serves Red Star “Lot 8-72” Coffee, which is Farmer Direct Trade and Climate Positive. Red Star offsets the carbon from plantation to your cup.
The Driftwood Cafe is at 64D The Terrace, Ocean Grove. Open 7am to 9pm Friday and Saturday and 7am to 4pm Sunday to Thursday, phone 5255 1832 or check out the menu on their Facebook page.
Weather ripples and climate tides
by Viv Forbes, Science Writer
Every time a north wind blows hot air over Adelaide, some Chicken Little cries “Global Warming”. And when an El Nino predictably causes a hot year like 1998 or 2015/16, some sensation-seeker croaks “hottest year eevah”.
They are watching weather ripples and waves and ignoring the underlying climate tide. Daily, monthly and yearly temperature records will always be equalled or broken by extreme weather – that is what weather does. But to see what the climate is doing we must look long-term.
There are many signs that Earth’s climate is gradually cooling. Snow is accumulating. In the Antarctic, Mawson’s Hut and the Colbeck Hut are being progressively buried in ice. In Greenland, “The Lost Squadron”, which was forced to land on the Greenland Ice sheet in 1942, was rediscovered 50 years later buried under 268 feet of ice. Many glaciers are just a few thousand years old.
We live in the Holocene warm interval within the Pleistocene Ice Age – a time of recurring cycles of ice separated by brief warm interludes. Earth’s climate is driven by solar system cycles, and climate changes appear first in the Northern Hemisphere which has more land in the sensitive sub-polar regions. The GRIP ice core from Greenland shows the long-term average temperature there peaked 7,000 years ago and has trended down for 3,000 years.
We will still have hot days and heat waves but the climate mid-summer has passed and the temperature tide is going out. Spreading alarm about short-term temperature fluctuations of a fraction of a degree is a distraction.
And promoting damaging energy policies designed to prevent warming just as the next climate winter approaches will be seen by future generations as bizarre.
Antarctic Stations getting buried:
Once again I am under the pump and so will be forced to keep this brief and to the point.
The river is up to 7000MLD (Yippeeee) and the fishing has been excellent. Well to be more precise, the sighting has been excellent and the fishing has been patchy but good. The fish are now back into their regular spots (and have been for about eight or nine days now). This has made for some superb edgewater polarising for those in the know.
Terrestrials are the go with just about every land borne insect you can imitate worth a try. While the big flies are still working, it can pay to scale things back and go for a more finesse infused approach. Evening rises are not as good as they were ten days ago but those willing to look may just get lucky as we are still seeing a pretty strong dun emergence on dark and afternoon spinner fall. There have also been spinners about in the mornings (wink,wink!).
As to nymphing I have not found it necessary and there is too much water on the gravel bars for this method to be fun. Lobbing thingamabobbers and double tungsten nymph rigs tends to get old quick. Especially when the whole lot come barrelling back at you at warp speed courtesy of the 7000 MLD!
Those able to find fish along the edges will spend countless hours stalking, cursing and changing flies while the river remains at this height or any height >5000MLD. The fish haven’t been easy but you can fool about one in every three through the patient application of every small fly in your box. Yes it has been tough at times. Some people have also reported that the fish have been eating sinking grubs in preference to the floating ones, so it’s that t...
The 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron Run will return to Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand where the inaugural event was held last year.
Meanwhile, thousands of riders and pillions are pouring into Paihia in the Bay of Islands in the far north of the country for the 2016 Iron Run today and tomorrow (March 11-12).
Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss Nigel Keogh says he wants to rotate the event between the North and South Islands each year.
Starting with an opening where robots were intermingling with the guests, surveying us and making very Dialectical sounds, Art Month got off to a great start. Artistic Director, Barry Keldoulis, supported by Sydney City Council and principal partner, NAB. The team has created a lot of positive hype and it is being supported by thousands of all ages and backgrounds. The Collectors Space is a great concept, with the space with partners, real estate agents, BresicWhitney. It displays the collections of collections of Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knights. Once a week there are gallery talks that start a night of going around a local areas’s galleries such as Paddington/Woollahra or Chippendale/Redfern....
Five-time world motorcycle champion Mick Doohan will be an inaugural inductee into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in Melbourne on Saturday March 19, 2016.
The Brisbane-born rider brought international acclaim through his exploits on one of the most difficult pieces of machinery ever taken to a racetrack – a 500cc Honda Racing Developments motorcycle.
He overcame many obstacles throughout his career including injuries that mauled his legs – the scars still evident to this day.
He would go on to win five consecutive Premier Class F.I.M. World Championships from 1994 through to 1998 inclusive, including 54 wins from 137 starts, 95 podiums and 58 pole positions.
Image Courtesy of Hayden Calnin Australian nu-folk singer Hayden Calnin released his debut album Cut Love Pt1 last Friday following two critically acclaimed EPs. Calnin has long been a favourite of ours here at Timber and Steel and it’s fantastic to see him releasing his first long player. As the name of the album suggest, […]
Mountain Journal recently reported on the new master plan that was being developed to improve the ‘tourism experience’ at the north end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Yes, I’m a grumpy old bushwalker who goes to Cradle Valley because it’s the access point for miles of terrain, rocky mountains, alpine moors and fantastic walking, rather than because I expect a ‘world class tourism experience’ in a national park.
But I do understand that many people expect first class facilities and that’s where the sheer numbers of visitors are. With Cradle Valley visitation declining, it was deemed that something had to be done, and so we have the release of the new master plan for the area, developed by the Cradle Coast Authority, which hopes to increase visitor numbers by 60,000 to 80,000 a year.
The Cradle Mountain Visitor Experience Master Plan seeks to deliver a ‘precinct revitalisation’ at Cradle Mountain. The aim of the plan is to ‘present a clear, strategic master plan, directing public infrastructure investment by State and Federal Governments, as well as opportunities for private commercial involvement’.
A lot of the plan looks good:
A stated aim is to keep the footprint of the new developments small, and reduce their overall environmental impacts. The consultant has put a lot of thought into how the developments will mesh with the environment and the aesthetics of the design seek to evoke a sense of place. (there is a short video outlining the key points of the development available here and an ABC article here).
Autism spectrum disorder, (ASD) is the term used to describe a group of disorders in brain development that includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder (also known as atypical autism). The word ‘spectrum’ is used to reflect the range and varying degrees in the severity levels of symptoms found in individuals with ASD. These typically present as difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviours, to varying degrees. Autism is the most commonly occurring form of ASD.
Any group of people coming together for an activity will comprise a glorious melting pot of personalities, stories, challenges and needs, many of which are neither visible nor immediately apparent at first glance.
Many of the tips and strategies outlined below are unlikely to be entirely new to many experienced leaders, but it’s always good to be reminded of them.
Liz feels “we don’t need to ‘specialise’ or become experts to lead a positive singing experience for someone with ASD.” To varying degrees with autism, sensitivities are more magnified and social behaviour that is unconsciously expected in our society does not come naturally.
One of the great things that I have learnt from my experience with my son is to look more closely at each individual’s perspective and story, rather than the more collective, often unquestioned, expectations of our society.”...
According to the government’s Brisbane-Sydney Corridor Strategy (2007) traffic on the Pacific Highway crossing the Queensland border into NSW is projected to increase to 151,000 vehicles per day in the next ten years, an increase of almost 400 per cent on the 2007 number of 41,724 vehicles per day. We know a massive amount of this traffic comes into our towns.
Byron Bay alone has 1.6m visitors per year and Destination Byron expects this to increase due to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in 2018. Almost 40 per cent of the 5.8 million people who use Gold Coast Airport every year also travel south to the north coast by road.
What is the state government planning to do about this massive amount of traffic headed our way and the increased congestion and parking problems it will cause in our towns?
According to their Draft North Coast Regional Plan document 2016 they recommend ripping up the Casino to Murwillumbah (C-M) rail line, and replacing it with a cycleway. They also plan to ’work with local bus operators to develop routes and timetables to improve bus services in the region’s major centres and their connections with regional communities.’ As if our local roads can cope with more (mostly empty) large buses.
How ripping up the C-M rail line, which connects eight out of ten north coast communities, to replace it with a cycleway and more buses, will provide public transport options for people traveling to, and around the region, and reduce traffic congestion in our towns, is not explained. Why would any government even think of ripping up the one piece of infrastructure that, if the 22k connection is built to Coolangatta, could take many thousands of cars off our already congested roads?
What are our local state and federal MPs doing about this? Nothing. They seem happy to allow this valuable piece of public infrastructure be destroyed.
Perhaps it has something to do with the millions of dollars in don...
Regional & Public Galleries NSW Conference explores ‘Re/framing the Future’
The Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah will host the Regional & Public Galleries NSW 2016 Conference next week, from 14 to 15 March.
The theme of the conference, Re/framing the Future, acknowledges the increasing need for regional galleries to be flexible in their approach, to adjust to shifting funding sources, technology advances and a revolution in modes of artistic expression.
The conference will include keynote addresses by three cultural leaders:
The Re/framing the Future conference program format is short presentations by a range of cultural leaders, with each session finishing with a panel discussion.
The speaking lineup includes Tweed Shire Council General Manager, Troy Green and Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman OAM, exploring the topic The impact of Tweed Regional Gallery’s Margaret Olley Art Centre on the region’s visitor economy.
“The Tweed Regional Gallery is honoured to be the venue for this year’s conference and I think it is an indication of how highly this gallery is considered within our industry,” Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Muddiman, said.
“The biennial conference is a time for open dia...
It’s time for a Drug Summit in NSW. Only a portion of the very sensible harm minimisation proposals put forward last time by experts were ever implemented. Those that were such as the heroin injecting trial; drug courts and cannabis cautioning policies have been great successes.
Australia was once a world leader in [...]
The current impassioned debate about senate voting reform is a good debate to have. Voting systems certainly do affect the outcomes of elections and the complexion of future parliaments, but not always in easily predictable ways.
A lot of the heat in the argument over senate voting reform is being generated by political [...]
Thankfully the media conference was brief.
Nobody wants to listen to politicians at the best of times, let alone a pack of journalists when free sandwiches have just been served up outside.
Bill Shorten, Labor’s hope of wresting the Prime Minister’s mantle from Malcolm Turnbull, was in Lismore yesterday, working hard to portray himself as a man of the people.
And he was more interested in answering questions from voters, spending two hours discussing a range of issues, then setting aside just five minutes for local media.
Flanked by Labor’s Richmond MP Justine Elliott and former Page MP, and candidate Janelle Saffin, Shorten congratulated the crowd for turning out, describing Lismore voters as politically aware, and claiming the underdog tag from the government.
The Greens NSW Mining Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said it was outrageous that the NSW Government’s Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 currently before the parliament will change the definition of a mine site so that peaceful protesters against coal and coal seam gas will face jail sentences of up to seven years for simply expressing their democratic rights.
of the Crimes Act 1900 was originally intended to stop serious acts of industrial sabotage by protesting mine workers in the 1980s, but the Bill before parliament expands the definition to encompass coal seam gas sites and construction sites after the courts ruled that protesters trying to stop the construction of Maules Creek coal mine could not be prosecuted under this section as it was a construction site, not a mine.
“Under these draconian laws, Wallabies Captain David Pocock and scores of ‘Knitting nannas’ could be thrown in jail for years simply for standing up for what they feel is important,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“This section of the law is intended for serious acts of sabotage. It is wrong to apply this section to someone exercising their democratic rights by standing in front of a mining truck, or trespassing with a bike lock and a banner against coal or coal seam gas.
“The government is intimidating protesters with threats of long jail terms to please their mates running the big mining and gas companies.
“Mike Baird should recognise that the significant movement by farmers and others against coal seam gas and coal in NSW is an issue requiring a political solution, not one that will be solved by police arresting protesters and throwing them in jail or issuing crippling fines.”
A Canadian expert on medical cannabis is one of the keynote speakers at tomorrow’s workshop on medicinal marijuana at Nimbin Hall.
The series of medical cannabis workshops organised by Nimbin’s HEMP Embassy in the past year have been very popular with hundreds of people attending.
Carl Martel, a visiting Canadian hemp consultant, and Gregory James from Farmers Choice Organics, will address the workshop on Saturday (12 March) from 11am until 4.20pm.
Mr James, according to the embassy, ‘has been living with cancer and severe pain for a long time and understands attitude is the ultimate key on continuing to enjoy your life’.
‘It’s the only workshop we’ll be organising before MardiGrass at the tail end of April and we urge people to come and hear for themselves first hand the medical cannabis healing stories with this much aligned and controversial herb,’ embassy president Michael Balderstone said.
‘Doctor Pot’ (Dr Andrew Katelaris) is coming up from Sydney again to talk about his latest understandings of how to get the most out of using medical cannabis,’ he said.
Lismore-based solicitor Steve Bolt will be talking about the recent court cases with saliva testing cannabis users and also what new cannabis proposed legislation changes mean.
HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas will also speak about the changes, how they impact on the current situation and what to look out for when considering using cannabis for medical purposes.
Oganisers have urged ‘anyone else who would like to speak about their medicinal use or experience is welcome to just turn up or contact the HEMP Embassy beforehand to discuss if you want’.
‘Healthy hemp seed food’ will be available at the hall cafe.
By Melissa Gulbin. Reprinted from the Northern Star, 10th Mar 2016.A RAMPED-UP anti-protest bill proposed by the Baird government this week could see the forcible removal and mass arrests of Knitting Nannas and the seizure of bike locks – even tractors – under mere suspicion they could be used [...]
Our region is a hotspot for car accident fatalities and the same, just as sadly, has become true for suicide.
Lifeline Northern Rivers has joined its counterparts Australia-wide in calling for a new approach to suicide prevention following the release of ABS statistics showing that the number of deaths by suicide is more than double the road toll.
And while there has been a 25 per cent decrease in the number of motor vehicle deaths over the past 10 years, the number of suicides has increased significantly.
In 2014, 2864 people took their own lives in Australia– almost eight per day and an increase of almost 13.5 per cent from 2013.
Lifeline Northern Rivers counselling centre manager Niall Mulligan says while there are many reasons why people take the fateful decision, disconnection from community is a common theme.
‘Research indicates that one of the main drivers towards suicide is feelings of isolation and disconnectedness,’ he told Echonetdaily.
‘In any situation...
The recent purchase by Chinese interests of four large macadamia farms in the Dunoon area with around 130,000 trees was approved by the federal government under its national interest test.
The four farms in the ‘macadamia capital of Australia’, totalling 380 hectares, were bought by Chinese investment group Discovery for around $18 million.
But Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, says no local jobs will be lost as a result of the sale.
Mr Hogan said the purchase had to be approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board as it exceeded the foreign investment threshold of $15 million.
A spokesman for the new owner told the ABC that it would not make sense to bring in workers from overseas to manage the farms, as Australian farms were already highly-mechanised and efficient.
Company spokesman Alex Yum told the ABC that Australian macadamia farms were known for their efficiency.
’For the same size farms in Australia we use five people to manage them, but if you put this kind of...
By Thom Mitchell. Reprinted from New Matilda on 10 March, 2016.Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has launched a High Court challenge to Tasmania’s anti-protest laws – labelled “shocking” by a United Nations official – arguing that they breach the right to freedom of political communication implied in the Australian [...]
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane After over two years living and working overseas Jordie Lane has returned to our shores with his brand new single – the strangely titled “Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson”. The tarck is a new chapter in Jordie Lane’s sound, moving away from the simple acoustic style of his previous work. The […]
Making a surprise but most welcome lunch-time visit to Gladstone
Airport on Thursday 10 March was Careflight
Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI.
The Senate Economics Committee has today released its report into the collapse of forestry MIS in Australia, detailing the rise and fall of a $4 billion Ponzi scheme. … Senator Whish-Wilson authored a Dissenting Report, and stated that “new tax-driven investors were required to keep up the charade, to keep cash flowing. The business model was fundamentally flawed. Forestry MIS was a Ponzi scheme.” …
China has strongly rejected US-led criticism of its human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, saying the United States was hypocritical and guilty of crimes including the rape and murder of civilians.
‘The US is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise,’ Chinese diplomat Fu Cong told the Council on Thursday, using unusually blunt language.
‘The United States conducts large-scale extra-territorial eavesdropping, uses drones to attack other countries’ innocent civilians, its troops on foreign soil commit rape and murder of local people. It conducts kidnapping overseas and uses black prisons.’
Fu was responding to a joint statement by the United States a...
Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf joins local residents in a protest song against Unilever’s mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal, set to the tune of Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda.
New Delhi [AP]
The Indian arm of global consumer giant Unilever has reached a settlement with hundreds of former employees 15 years after its thermometer plant in southern India was shut following accusations of mercury contamination.
Hindustan Unilever agreed to provide payments to 591 former workers and their families for livelihood and skill enhancement programs, without accepting legal responsibility.
A company statement on Wednesday did not provide the size of the payments.
A workers’ group says mercury poisoning killed 45 workers and 18 family members over a period of 33 years.
Hindustan Unilever has denied that any employees were harmed.
It has acknowledged that some areas of the factory were contaminated but says they were cleaned up after the plant was shut in 2001.
S A Mahindra Babu, president of the HLL ex-Mercury Employees’ Welfare Association, welcomed the settlement.
‘We now consider this issue to be fully resolved and have no grievance against the company in this regard,’ he said on Thursday.
However, environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman said Hindustan Unilever failed to meet international standards in its cleanup of mercury-contaminated areas.
Los Angeles [AAP]
A US senator has called for the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Australia and other nations to be scrapped and for America to instead use its leverage to strike one-on-one trade deals.
Senator Jeff Sessions also questioned why US President Barack Obama agreed to Auckland as the location for last month’s signing of the mega 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal.
‘Obama had this thing signed in Auckland, New Zealand, which claims it is the most remote city in the world,’ Mr Sessions, speaking at an event at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Thursday, told reporters.
NSW Police officers are set to give evidence about why a case against a pedophile dance coach was closed in 2007, allowing him to continue abusing children for another six years before he was finally arrested.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been examining the responses of police and child protection agencies in NSW to the case of RG Dance, a Sydney dance school founded by Grant Davies and his sister Rebecca.
NSW Police officers will give evidence to the commission on Friday.
Grant Davies was jailed last year after pleading guilty to 47 counts of sex offences against nine students at the once highly regarded school he helped start in 2001.
The commission has heard this week from students, parents, and former dance instructors, about evidence they gave to police in 2007 about Davies’ abuse which included sending students explicit text messages and touching them inappropriately.
Canberra [AAP & other sources]
The review of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program will be handed to the government.
The review, due on Friday, was launched in February after a group of coalition MPs raised their concerns with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a party room meeting.
The MPs described it as having a Marxist and social engineering agenda and said it should be stripped of its $8 million government funding.
This program, directed at primary school children, deals with same-sex issues.
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong said it was designed to address the high rates of self-harm and attempted suicide among gay and lesbian youth.
‘This is not an ideological debate, this is about making sure our children are safe,’ she said.
Mr Turnbull asked education minister Simon Birmingham to report back to him on the operation of the program.
In response to criticism, 362 academics representing over 40 institutions across the nation have written an open letter of support. The letter said in part:
‘We are writing to express our support and backing for Safe Schools C...
Tony Windsor’s planned return to the political stage has attracted thumbs-down reviews from his political opponents.
Industry minister Christopher Pyne said sequels never worked.
‘I don’t think Tony Windsor’s comeback will be successful. He left in 2013 because he was going to lose,’ he told the Ten Network.
Mr Joyce, who holds New England with a 20 per cent margin, said if he was making an announcement about the seat of New England, he would probably do it in the electorate.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton speculated that Mr Windsor was motivated by relevance deprivation syndrome.
‘He’s a self-funded retiree whose got millions of dollars out of the sale of his farm to a mining company and now pretends to be the champion of farmers,’ he told Sydney Radio 2GB.
“Wish I Knew How To be Free” is this great song of Martin Bryant’s false incarceration from CHERRI BONNEY – (BONNEYBUSHTAYLOR Productions).
An update from Dr Keith Noble on his Port Arthur campaign
18 Feb 2016
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Many thanks to all of you who replied so quickly with encouraging words re the email to David V. AGHION (new Readers please see below). Am unable to acknowledge all the emails that are coming in. The Port Arthur incident is now prompting a lot of communication, supportive reactions, and many things are being planned for the 20th Anniversary of Official Lies in April 2016.
The documented fact that the now president of the Australian Senate – Stephen Parry, Liberal Party* TAS; see wikipedia – has known about the pre-planning related to Port Arthur confirms the official killing and wounding there was premeditated and professionally perpetrated. It was a State psycho-terror operation undertaken to shock and enra...
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Byron Bay FC’s pre-season campaign produced some big numbers in Sundays Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield matches.
In the Premier Division, the Great Northern Rams over came a rocky start to trounce a rebuilding Lennox Head squad.
The Byron boys struggled to find their magic for the much of the first half and despite spending most of the first session in the Lennox half, couldn’t find the net.
Lennox fought back valiantly but were completely out-gunned by the talented Byron team.
Newcomer Aaron Walker put Byron on the board shortly before the break and when play resumed, the scoring began to flow.
This Saturday the Mullumbimby Golf Club is hosting the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op & Whites Rural Classic.
The event is a two-person Ambrose with a 7.30am / 12.30pm shotgun start. Non-golfers are very welcome to participate.
Earlier this week Geoff and Lynnette from the club were testing their balls for roll in anticipation of a great day.
Prize value for the day totals $3,000, plus a $10,000 Hole In One. There will also be a chipping competition.
The cost is $20/member player and $30/non-member player and includes lunch.
Bookings for this event can be done through the Club Pro Shop – 6684 2273.
The Mullumbimby Golf Club, which is a small club, would like to thank the many sponsors of the event without whose support they would not be able to host these community events.
The Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club’s Autumn Corporate Bowls comp is well underway with perfect conditions on the green last Friday evening.
In Pool A, the race for the top spot has become very tight with Mullumbimby Hot Bread and the IGA Invincibles on 48; Bananarama and CSR on 47; Toads at Leisure 46.
Also having tonnes of fun are the Darkside, Can’t Nail Us Down, Team Sassy, Ben Leeson Mechanical, Gusto, The Lifters, Take A Dump, Mullumbimby Milk and Dunno on 25.
In Pool B, the Bruns Bums are still out in front on 58 points followed by KRP on 50; Mr Plug 47; SJE 43; Stay True 40; the Steel Men on 39; Pen Pushers and Unco-operatives on 38; In Line Carpentry and Tyrepower Jems 37; Five Blind Mice 35; Sack Bar and Grill on 32; the Brew Crew on 31; and the High Rollers on 29.
There must be something the water in Byron Shire because with a population that is a tenth of most of the opposing teams the Byron Representative Basketball teams keeps everyone on their toes.
The opening Rep season was off to an interesting start with a rapid change of dates putting it a month earlier than planned and, as it was in Tamworth, it was a credit to all concerned to get the U18B and U16B teams together with a week’s notice.
Both the U18s and U16s teams won two of three matches played; though throughout many of the games the leaderboard swapped with alarming regularity.
The last game played by the U18 was an example where they won by one point after a last-minute scramble by the opposition scoring a desperate three-point shot and then a foul called with nothing left on the clock. They missed one and the game was Byron’s.
With the rapid rise in popularity of basketball the competition is only going stronger.
Pictured is Panha Doung from the Under-16 Byron Beez, who had a great match in Tamworth.
According to the Greens’ Jeremy Buckingham, the state’s controversial new legislation targeting coal-mine and CSG protesters could see the Knitting Nannas jailed for up to seven years for their efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the state.
Democratic protest is everyone’s right in Australia except –we’re now told – anyone who questions miners’ rights.
Let’s have a look at what else attracts a seven-year prison sentence in the state.
One-punch attacks are high on the list. Shaun McNeill was sentenced to 7.5 years for the one-punch killing of Daniel Christie on New Year’s Eve 2013.
The Nannas would also likely be in the company of child sex offenders.
Former Bega Cheese boss Maurice Van Ryn was initially sentenced to seven years for the abuse of nine boys and girls between the ages of eight and 15, although this was later increased on appeal by the Crown.
However, until recently, the crime of aggravated indecent assault against a child aged under 16 carried a max...
A large and vocal crowd packed out the Byron Bay Recreation Ground to watch the Cool Promo Twilight Cricket Finals last Sunday.
Eureka Grass, having beaten TNR in the semi-final earlier that day, went on to beat The Kronix, the form side of the season, in a sensational last-ball thriller.
Man of the match, Anthony Smith, was left with seemingly too much to do, requiring 23 off the last over. Two sixes and some frantic running between the wickets with teammate Ashley Burke-Smith brought home the winning total of 109 on the last ball of the game.
The crowd invaded the pitch and with much ‘cricket love’ around after what some said was one of the greatest grand finals in the history of the competition.
Murwillumbah Library Pond upgrade begun 1 February. On Monday 15 February I checked out the left side where the water dragons live but the pond had been drained as it is part of the main pond. I wondered if they had water to drink especially on hot days.
A cursory examination showed no water for them. I inquired at council’s front desk and was assured there was a water feature near the lower offices and near the Autumn Club.
Again I looked and saw nothing except a water dragon that scrambled under foliage. Back to the counter. Her computer showed that two water features for the dragons were planned with NRM supervision.
Not trusting there was water for them, I purchased a small bowl and filled it with water for them.
On Tuesday I phoned and was reassured the dragons had access to water.
On Wednesday I searched but still found nothing. A construction went to the left side and invited us to follow but found nothing. His supervisor confirmed the matter would be resolved in 30 minutes. Later that day we checked and again found nothing.
Thursday I finally found the ‘water feature’ – stiff grey plastic scrunched up between two big rocks with water in it. How would water dragons be able to scramble up the plastic to get out? With nothing to grip on to they would surely drown. So we put a thick log in so they could climb out.
A week later I checked to see if the water had been changed. It had not. It was putrid so I replaced it with clean water. This has become my weekly ritual because nobody else is doing it.
Out of 700 council employees not one could take the initiative to provide water to these amazing creatures without a member of the public harass...
Ronlit’s recent post Wheel of life on this blog described the mating habits of dragonflies. Our garden pond has been a magnet for a number of these attractive creatures, particularly Blue Skimmers (Orthetrum caledonicum) which are surprisingly approachable and obligingly performed the ‘wheel of life’ for the camera – see photo at left. […]
One of the acknowledged limitations of this blog (and many others for that matter!), is that pictures alone can never capture the wonderful soundscapes of the Australian bush.
Andrew Skeoch, a contributor to Natural Newstead and an extraordinary nature sound recordist, is featured on ABC radio this week – on one of my favourite programs, Big Ideas.
The episode, entitled ‘Listening to Nature’, was recorded at this year’s Woodford Music Festival.
The evolution of sound and listening. Listening to nature isn’t just a peaceful and joyful experience. It can teach us our place in the natural world. Animal sounds and bird song have adapted to specific environments and habitats, but the use of sound has in turn shaped the evolution of different species. And that includes homo sapiens. Sound has formed us as social and cultural ‘animals’.
Click here to listen to Andrew’s talk – you’ll be very glad you did!
Andrew, together with his partner Sarah, are Listening Earth – for nearly twenty years they have been recording the diverse, wondrous and delicate sounds of our natural world.
The new Victory Motorcycles water-cooled Octane cruiser has just claimed a Guinness World Record for the longest burnout at 2.23 miles (3.58km) before the rear tyre blew.
The record was set during Daytona Bike Week at the Orlando Speed World track by Victory Motorcycles stunt rider Joe Dryden.
The first Victory to feature a water-cooled engine will arrive in Australia in April/May at $18,995 ride away, but pre-orders are being taken now.
The University of Tasmania says relocating its Launceston and Burnie campuses will process an extra 12,000 students over the next decade.
Seafood processing company Seafish Tasmania has been fined $40,000 for breaching the state’s environmental laws. … Director Wes Ford said it would act as a significant deterrent but he estimated the investigation itself cost the EPA more than $100,000.
A Brisbane favourite fronted up to the Jazz Club last night to launch a long-awaited CD. Karen Anderson and the Fortunate Sinners have lain reasonably low for a little while but that did not stop fans stepping out in style for the launch of Live and Kickin’ at the Jazz Club. The audience were indeed […]
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At the end of last year I wanted a new machine. Something probably not brand new, but a little younger than my lovely Pfaff. I started saving up money and gazed wistfully at advertisements for Berninas. One day I decided to take stock of my life and realised I had a Husqvarna, only a few years old, sitting in the garage… her power cords all chewed up thanks to a mischievous dog who shall not be named. It was not sewing properly so I’d stowed it behind a couch, the same couch Miffy hid behind during thunderstorms. She’s not normally a cord chewer, but she must have taken to it in her fits of anxiety. Thanks, Miffy.
I took the Husqy into work to send it to the sewing machine repair guy, thinking I’d have the mod con I really wanted (automatic button holes!) while still using the Pfaff as my regular machine. I’d put off buying a new machine until I could afford a really, really you-beaut-bloody-ripper bit of kit. Yes, I would do that.
Unfortunately it seems as if the power cord on the Husqy is going to be problematic to replace (I’m yet to properly talk to the repair guy since I’ve been sick and busy) so… I decided to do something entirely sensible and buy a machine that can only sew in a straight line. No automatic button holes. No zig zag. It’s actually older than my own parents.
Queensland Parliament debates Stradbroke Island’s mining future
The Queensland Parliament debated the future of sand mining on Stradbroke Island on Thursday.
Seriously - how did they know? My girls are in years 1 and 3 at
school and they aren't rote learning the times tables like we did
when we were kids. So I've been thinking about printing them out
and sticking them up in a high-traffic area. But I couldn't find a
cute design. And then I get an email from Love
Mae - ta da!!
NEWS Brisbane Lord Mayoral independent candidate Jim Eldridge says the Queensland Electoral Commission is now investigating his formal complaints to it earlier this month over Team Quirk election material “that is misleading or likely to mislead voters” . As the only media outlet that has campaigned solidly since the 2012 poll against the LNP/Team Quirk’s copycat council cleat, The
Brisbane business women booming
The number of Brisbane women starting small businesses is on the rise according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
Policy Advisor Catherine Pham, points to a 46 per cent increase in the number of women business operators over the past two decades, almost twice that of men.
Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI called
into Mackay Airport on Wednesday 9 March on what
appears to be a med-evac flight from Brisbane.
Later today I"ll close out the Beta of Cairo, give the manuscript a last polish, and send it off to Deonie for the full service edit. That"ll take a week or two, after which it goes to proofing and then to production in New York city. Barring problems it should be ready for download in a month.
Paris is already plotted out in Scrivener and I"ll start writing that next Monday. I had planned to do three more Hammers but as I was blocking out the chapters and projecting the story arc to its natural end I realised it was more elegant to finish up the sequence in two steps.
However, the end of Stalin"s Hammer will set up a new series of full length AoT novels. The main one will be set in the 1950s picking up the story at end of Paris, but I"m also going to go back and revise the original series by filling in some narrative gaps. The invasion of Hawaii, the death of Dan Black etc.
I"m planning long form books for all of these titles. Having written three Hoopers together I now understand what"s possible when juggling multiple novels in one story-world. There will also be a full length Dave available this year, in addition to a horde of ebooks. (See what I did there?) I have STRONGHOLD, the fourth Dave Hooper novel pencilled in for release on 19 August. I"m hoping to catch Father"s Day with that date, but if it slips, it slips. It"ll be available in both ebook and print-on-demand. The Hooper fanfic will probably be a free Christmas special.
I won"t get onto any new work in the Disappearance universe this year, but I do have at least one, long-delayed novella planned for that in 2017.
Finally, I"m not abandoning trade publication. I"ve accepted an offer from Random House in New York for The Cruel Stars, the big sci-fi epic I"ve mentioned before. I"ll start writing that in about five or six weeks, after I wrap up Stalin"s Hammer. The outline for Cruel Stars already r...
Ipswich mayor welcomes misconduct investigation
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is subject to a new misconduct investigation over his alleged failure to disclose share ownerships in family company, Waltill.
Standing for a fourth term as Mayor in the March 19 elections, Councillor Pisasale was cleared of a previous 11-month investigation last year.
Campbell Newman in contest for Canberra
Former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has refused to confirm or deny whether he’ll make a bid for the seat of Brisbane in the next federal election.
With the possibility of a double-dissolution election currently slated for early July, Mr Newman has not denied any interest in the seat.
Angus Coleman looks at the campaign to prevent young women and girls in Australia being forced into marriage. In the recent years there have been an increasing number of high profile cases in the media of Australian girls and young women being forced through the use of threats or deception into marriages without their consent. […]
In the slanting early morning light the gentle prettiness of the settled rolling hills and the mist rising from the green pastures of the New South Wales Northern Tablelands made for a bucolic vision. It reminded me of Tasmania. Then came the moldering country towns, with ‘For Sale’ signs on too many empty houses and defunct businesses. That too reminded me of Tasmania. • The New Daily: Electorate warns ‘disturbing’ mine could cause Joyce’s downfall Residents in Barnaby Joyce’s electorate warn he could lose his seat at the election for doing “absolutely nothing” to stop a $1.2 billion mining project in New England. The claims came as former independent member for New England, Tony Windsor, was expected to announce on Thursday he would run against Mr Joyce at the upcoming national poll (STOP PRESS: He has). In August 2015, CFMEU polling showed Mr Windsor would come “very close” to winning the New England electorate from Mr Joyce if an election was held, Queensland Times reported …
The week starts badly for an evidence-based, people-respecting Turnbull government … • The Age: Tony Abbott swings the wrecking ball ... • The Saturday Paper: Inside John Howard’s legacy • New Matilda: Malcolm Turnbull Escalates His War on the Poor And Unemployed • The Age: Damaging internal ructions persist in Turnbull government following leadership coup, new book reveals • ABC: Global spotlight on CSIRO cuts as work culture turns toxic, inquiry hears • The New Daily: Electorate warns ‘disturbing’ mine could cause Joyce’s downfall Residents in Barnaby Joyce’s electorate warn he could lose his seat at the election for doing “absolutely nothing” to stop a $1.2 billion mining project in New England. The claims came as former independent member for New England, Tony Windsor, was expected to announce on Thursday he would run against Mr Joyce at the upcoming national poll (STOP PRESS: He has). In August 2015, CFMEU polling showed Mr Windsor would come “very close” to winning the New England electorate from Mr Joyce if an election was held, Queensland Times reported …
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