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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the Festival of Fifty! So much has happened in the intervening 12 months and if I’m honest, I’d have to say it hasn’t been the easiest year of my life. But that’s what living is about, right? It’s hard to appreciate how gloriously good life […]
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Ruby Boots And the Balance Of Self-Preservation Amid a run of national dates and ahead of a USA tour, Ruby Boots talks to Chris Familton about writing new material, casts her opinion on the Australian country music scene and looks back at 2015. 2015 was a landmark year for Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) with numerous …
I travelled down the Western Port Bay coastline over the long weekend and camped at Balnarring Beach with some friends. On Sunday I met up with my mate John and explored a new site – a long forested gully called Wuchatsch Reserve in Nyora. The site had an impressive list of forest birds including Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Spinebills, Silvereyes and a good number of honeyeaters. While watching the honeyeaters we found a small flock of Striated Thornbills and a Grey Fantail hunting flies off a branch.
‘Seminal works #08 211215′
Mixed media. 20x30 inches.
This sold at my recent exhibition- Seminal and Non-Seminal works.
New Australian Army Boeing CH-47F ‘Foxtrot’ Chinook helicopter
A15-304 made what I believe to be the type's first visit into
Rockhampton Airport on Monday 14 March as
Although not in Central Queensland, we have been sent some
fantastic photos as the privately owned Brisbane West Wellcamp
Airport (IATA: WTB / ICAO: YBWW) has welcomed another Regular
Public Transport (RPT) carrier on Monday 14
March as Northern Territory based Airnorth commenced a
daily service to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.
As a resident of Byron Bay for the last 27 years, and a surfer here since 1966 I am deeply concerned at the position Byron Council has taken since been elected last. We seem to have a council that doesn’t consider the local community’s views on anything.
I am part of a small group of residents (Grab The Rail) who are opposed to using Butler street as a proposed bypass, which even the mayor and councillors say will only alleviate 10 to 15 per cent of the traffic issue.
We had a state government that spent over $300,000 on finding the best solution for a bypass in 2001, which I might add should have been completed by 2015. This route was coming into town from the highway, turning right at the Caltex servo, (Kendall Street), left onto the gazetted road called Byron Street, across Butler Street then onto the rail corridor, all the way down to Cemetery Road, with turn offs on the way.
This would also be a great way of getting to the new car park area at the new shopping centre at the Woolies site, (no traffic going through town). So why is this being ignored by our council? this proposal will be cheaper, less impact on the environment, excellent access for emergency services (ambulance, fire trucks, SES, etc) from one side of town to the other.
Do the right thing, councillors, get it right. This is your best opportunity to really improve our traffic and also beautify our town, we can also leave the market right were they are, the corridor can be utilised for a train corridor (for future) bus interchange, lots of off-street parking, rail trail paths, improved pedestrian access, and garden areas – this corridor is wide enough for all this.
With a little bit of imagination we can have a showpiece right in the heart of Byron.
Byron Councillors, you were voted in by the people in our shire, and are paid by the people, shouldn’t you be listening to the people, get it right.
Ray Boots, Byron Bay
There’s the actual Mad Max motorbike from the famous movie to one side, a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in the middle of the floor, magnificent Ashley Jones art on the walls and 20 or so collectible cars, custom motorcycles – even belts, hats and travel bags – at Mean Machines.
But it’s just the start of a multi-million dollar project in Perth by two unlikely partners: a prominent lawyer and a motorcycle customising whiz nearly 40 years his junior.
Neville Friedman and Wenley Andrews are the men behind Mean Machines, which will, later this year, move from its current premises in Rudloc Road, Morley, to a much more spacious site diagonally across the road, where the Mean Machines Emporium will be housed.
“Look it up. It really will be an emporium,” the hyper-enthusiastic Neville Friedman says.
“Apart from exotic motorcycles and cars, we will have entertainment – a 112-seat cinema – plus weekend cabaret, a coffee shop, a restaurant and a retro furniture store.
“There will also be a motocentric – I think that’s a good way to describe it – art gallery, with works from the celebrated Ashley Jones and others.’
This post was first published on Simple Green Frugal some years ago. It’s worth a re-run.
A post on Little Eco Footprints this week called Are we making a mistake living in the city? has been in the back of my mind at odd moments all week. I live in a rural community. I moved here as a young hippy mum nearly 30 years ago, living first in a caravan with no power, road access, or running water. I have never regretted it and although it was diabolically hard in those early years, I do have the best of lives.
But sometimes, like the deserted beach or the fantastic suburban restaurant, things are only fantastic so long as no-one else knows they are. Is living in the country like that? Is it only possible to do it without destroying it because most people don’t?
My “perfect world” fantasy has everyone living in permacultured villages with tiny ecological footprints, networked and linked with electric railways and internet (powered with geothermal or big desert solar installations), largely self sufficient in food, water, waste disposal, houshold and local energy, trading knowledge, culture, art, craft, manufactured goods and specialist crops.
The villages would be neither city nor country, but a bit of both. They would have enough population density so that people could get around by foot and bicycle – kids could walk to school and to their friends places to play, neighbours would be close enough to rely on in emergencies or even just to borrow a cup of flour or a tool or visit for a chat. But they would have a low enough density to allow most of the fresh food production to be local – kitchen gardens, fruit trees, chickens, geese, dairy cows.
That’s not a very different level of population density to th...
Representatives of the Friends of Kalimna Park met with DELWP and Parks Victoria fire officers last week to discuss the planned burn of a section of the Park this autumn. The exercise is set to happen in the next five weeks, conditions permitting.
The fuel reduction exercise will cover a section of the western and southern part of the park, not including Kalimna Point [which has been groomed] or the eastern side of the tourist road [the Happy Valley side]. Part of this latter area may be burned next year, and part groomed.
FOKP representatives expressed the following concerns about the upcoming operations:
1. Mineral earth breaks [used by DELWP as borders for its fires
and to protect sites deemed significant] are often intrusive and
not rehabilitated properly: they can end up as permanent trail bike
or mountain bike tracks. In any case, some are so crudely done as
to be erosion hazards.
2. The destruction of big trees is an ongoing annoyance, especially as everyone agrees they’re not a fire hazard. DELWP has undertaken to take measures to prevent fires taking hold at the foot of such trees, and to patrol the fire in the days following its ignition to ensure these measures work.
3. Bursaria vegetation which is habitat for Eltham Copper Butterfly colonies needs to be appropriately protected. The butterfly has recently been observed in sections of the park which were mosaic burned last year. It is important that DELWP has maps of bursaria which should enable it to focus fuel reduction where it matters, not on a precious biodiversity resource.
FOKP will pay careful attention to the operation when it happens. The Department’s approach to consultation has improved markedly in recent years, now it’s time to see improvements in results on the ground.
DELWP is also in consultation with local beekeepers concerned about smoke damage. As we’ve noted, Grey Box, a very important tree for honey and pollen, is flowering proli...
Learn the symbolism and spiritual meanings of the elephant. Is elephant your spirit guide animal ? What lessons can we learn from mother elephant, by psychic medium Ian Scott
I’ve been here six months now. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess, but harvest time has come in a rush….. just ask Matt next door who’s been picking apples with his merry band of workers all last week. I even spotted the first truck leaving with a full load on its way to Willie Smith’s cidery……
I recently ‘broke in’ the apple crushing gear that Werner left us as a thank you for the trailer load of apples they harvested last year, and which he turned into excellent cider. I also discovered it takes an overflowing bucket of apples to make just two litres of apple juice. So when Matt invited me to join him in a cider making working bee, I knew I had my work cut out to fill a 60L fermenter with Fanny juice. That’s Geeveston Fannies of course…..
Matt loaned me an apple bin (which he said to only fill 1/3 of the way to the top) and a picking bag.
Kari, one of the previous owners, had told me they had left two rows of Fannies on the far Eastern side of the block, but I had never walked over that section of the farm. I now call it the Far East. I could have called it the Wild East, because it’s quite overgrown with blackberries, especially down the steep bit towards the main road outside which is not only organic, but probably untouched by human hands for a very long time! When I thinned the orchard last year, I didn’t even go near that area, and as a consequence, the apples look more like grapes than apples. I decided to just strip the trees, no matter how small the fruit was. It really doesn’t matter if you’re crushing for juice. Just those two rows of neglected trees yielded almost enough apples to make my share of the...
I initially began researching the route travelled by the diggers
who flocked to the goldfields of Buninyong, Ballarat and beyond
after noticing that a number of towns located on the rivers, creeks
and gullies of the Barwon catchment claimed to be on the "main gold
route" or on the "best line of road" to the goldfields. But how
could places as far apart as Teesdale on the Leigh Road and the
Eclipse Hotel at Durdidwarrah and Morrisons, along with all the
towns which sprang up along the Geelong to Buninyong Track, justify
It quickly became apparent that there were several different routes which hopeful prospectors could take to the diggings and each had its own claim to being "the main route from Geelong to Ballarat" (or Buninyong for the current purpose as all roads from Geelong passed through or near that town). The shortest route was certainly the bullock track which lead from Geelong to Buninyong. It was well established by the 1840s and had been used by the mail coaches to travel between Geelong and Buninyong since 1846. If volume of newspaper content is anything to go by, this was certainly the busiest route to the goldfields and the topic of my most recent posts.
Teesdale of course, is not on this route. It was however on the road taken by another of the earliest mail coaches in the district - the Portland Bay Mail Coach. The mail from Geelong (and from Melbourne via the steamer) was carried by coach through Leigh Road (Bannockburn), Teesdale, The Leigh (Shelford), Rokewood and onwards to join the Melbourne to Portland Bay mail at Fiery Creek (Streatham/Beaufort). An 1856 survey map of the Teesdale area describes this road as the "main road from Fiery Creek to Geelong via Batesford".
Image Courtesy of Bears With Guns Sydney based indie-folk stalwarts Bears With Guns have just released their awesome pop-rock single “Let Go”. The track, which has been chosen for the Cadbury sponsored New Zealand Paralympics campaign, is the band’s first singce their EP Taken For A Fool. Check out the lyric video for “Let Go” […]
Legendary Indiana rapper Freddie ‘Gangsta’ Gibbs played a sold-out Manning Bar show on the back of his new record Shadow Of A Doubt.
FBi Presents Freddie Gibbs at Manning Bar | 11.3.16 | Photos by Liam Cameron...
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is today calling for urgent and critical action to reduce pressure on the Great Barrier Reef following the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) raising its coral bleaching response level to two, as the threat to the Reef from coral bleaching continues to worsen.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director at AMCS said the Turnbull Government needed to take its share of responsibility and swing into action to prevent future damage.
“In the last few weeks we’ve seen outbreaks of coral bleaching around Lizard Island, Low Isles near Port Douglas and reports of bleaching in Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape York Peninsula.
“All Australians will be alarmed to hear that the Reef is being put under increased pressure because of global warming.
“As the bleaching on the Reef continues to intensify we need an urgent response from the Turnbull Government to avoid widespread bleaching happening repeatedly in the future.
“This bleaching event has revealed the true cost of approving more coal mines, more coal export port terminals and refusing to listen to the warnings.
“The solutions are clear, we must make a rapid transition from mining and burning coal to 100% renewable energy.
“The Queensland Parliament must also support the Palaszczuk government’s proposed tightening of vegetation management laws which were weakened under the Newman government, resulting in a massive increase in tree clearing and carbon emissions from the state.
“Last year Queensland welcomed 1.1 million international tourists, with the industry bringing in $6 billion to the Queensland economy.
“The Reef is vital to Queensland’s tourism industry and the state’s economy.
“GBRMPA’s decision today should be a wake up call for the Turnbull Government that we need to prevent further devastating coral bleaching events,” said Ms Zethoven
This is the text of a media release distributed by NQCC at 2.15pm on Monday 14 March: North Queensland Conservation Council is extremely concerned that coral bleaching in the Far North of the Great Barrier Reef is now so bad … Continue reading
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” Those are the words we used to introduce a wise old rooster who fly kicked his way into our lives here at Edgar’s Mission some years ago. And how prophetic those words proved to be. Mr Miyagi, a spectacular, yet somewhat world-weary old boy was as unique as he was handsome and he led us all on a journey we could never have predicted.
It was not only our hearts that Mr Miyagi left his indelible mark upon but also our shins! For this boy was known to come fly kicking toward you with a passion and precision that we are sure his cinematic namesake would have been proud of. And it mattered not whether you thought yourself to be proficient in chicken-speak and were the bearer of his breakfast grains or if you were the newest staff member who unwittingly happened to pass by a seemingly innocent old rooster in the yard. Mr Miyagi’s karate skills did not discriminate! He reminded us to be humble and that any skill we believed we had could always be improved upon. He also taught us lessons in bargaining! Watermelon was always the greatest bartering tool in Mr Miyagi’s mind when it came to saving your shins!
A little over a year ago, when the younger, more agile roosters began to woo Mr Miyagi’s ladies away and he started running toward our shins with a little less gusto we realised time was perhaps catching up with the old chap. Bringing him...
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend Celebrated Canadian songstress Ann Vriend returns to Australia this month with a bunch of East Coast dates planned. Vriend’s unique retro-soul sound has captured audiences around the world and her Australian release coincides with the vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time. “I love that […]
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The Friends of the Earth have produced a paper discussing how climate change will affect the Loddon Mallee region of northern Victoria. The material in it mostly won’t be new to our readers, but it’s worth a look, all the same.
‘According to research from the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) (2) we are already experiencing a ‘new climate’, one that has become noticeable since about 2000.
‘The AEGIC analysis, based on rain records since 2000, shows rainfall zones have moved — in some cases up to 400 kilometres. Parts of the Mallee, North Central and Riverina are now designated as being ‘uniform’ rainfall zones, where rain is equally distributed over summer and winter seasons. This has significant implications for cropping in the region, which has traditionally relied on a winter rainfall pattern.’
Rainfall is predicted to drop in our region by 2.5% by 2030, and temperatures to rise by almost a degree.
These changes have implications for agriculture, tourism [blue green algae’s not a great drawcard for visitors], water supply for communities, and our struggling bushlands.
The FOE paper is going to be used in the Bendigo electorate during the federal election campaign. It can be found here.
It’s the Japanese end of financial year and Honda Australia is joining Suzuki in offering deals to clear unsold floor stock.
If you buy Honda a CBR300R/RA or CB300F learner-approved motorcycle before the end of March, Honda will give you $300 to spend in store.
They call it “Honda Dollars” which can be used at the dealership on a wide variety of accessories such as helmets, gloves and jackets, for servicing, or as a credit toward the motorcycle purchased.
Story & photos Eve Jeffery
I have never been to India but I have eaten at a lot of Indian restaurants. Love the stuff and I’m very picky.
When I first went to Billi’s Indian when they opened four years ago, the food was good but like most new eateries, I could tell they needed to settle in.
Recently a friend told me that every time she goes there the food keeps getting better and better and now she is addicted. She makes at least one visit a week!
The inaugural Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture, in
conjunction with APRA AMCOS, will be held at The
Basement in Sydney on Tuesday 10th May.
Jackie Orszaczky – a Hungarian Australian bassist, bandleader and composer based in Sydney – had an enduring influence upon the musicians around him and it’s from these peers and players’ desire to honour Jackie’s memory that the concept for this lecture and concert was born.
In this special event the late composer/performer’s work, musical ideas and philosophy will be reflected and celebrated. It will create a focus for his many colleagues in music, his audience, friends and family to remember him and his work. It’s hoped that this will be an annual event.
The lecture will be followed by a concert of
Jackie’s music by members of his bands.
The night will perpetuate the legacy of a great Australian musician whose enormous influence over 30 years is not well known well to the general public. Jackie died in 2008.
The first guest lecturer will be Lucky Oceans– performer, composer...
Led by composer Jenna Cave and trombonist Paul Weber, the 19 musicians of Divergence Jazz Orchestra perform, promote and record new music by Jenna Cave and other Australian composers. Under Cave’s direction, the DJO brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band.
Captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone. Their 2013 debut album The Opening Statement has been highly praised, bringing the orchestra and the compositions of Cave national recognition.
“Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing… Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter.”.” – Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
Image Courtesy of The Company For the first time in its 50 year history The National Folk Festival will be hosting celebrate Brisbane bluegrass quartet The Company. We sat down with fiddle and Banjo player George Jackson to find out what the band has been up to and what to expect from their shows at […]
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, with colours by Elizabeth
Breitweiser, The Fade Out, Act
Three (Image 2016)
There’s a lot of old Hollywood anti-Communism around just now. On Thursday night I saw Jay Roach’s Trumbo at the movies. On Friday night we had a family birthday outing to the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! On Saturday I read this birthday-present comic, the final ‘Act’ ofFade Out. All three deal with the House Un-American Activities Committee’s attack on Hollywood writers in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Thanks to one of our weekend workshop participants, Michael, for locating a series of pools in the Rise and Shine. Yesterday afternoon it was like ‘Bourke Street’, with a procession of birds visiting to bathe and quench their thirst before nightfall. The main participants were honeyeaters, dominated by Fuscous and White-naped, smaller numbers of Yellow-tufted and a fleeting appearance by a couple of Black-chinned Honeyeaters – one of my favourite box-ironbark species.
Stu Kennedy of Lennox Head (pictured) caused a massive upset by defeating 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater during Round 2 and eliminating the American from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast yesterday (Sunday, March 13).
The result could see Slater take a break from surfing, even before Mick Fanning’s sabbatical kicks in.
Steve Earle hits town this week for a couple of shows ahead of his appearance at Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend. We’ve got a double pass to his show with band The Dukes at the Metro Theatre on Thursday March 17th. In support are The Mastersons. To enter, just head over to our Facebook page. …
Two South African shark experts will visit Ballina on Thursday to assess whether local beaches are suitable for the Shark Spotters project.
Shark Spotters project manager Sarah Waries and field manager Monswabisi Sikweyiya will also meet with local politicians, fisheries officers and beach safety groups.
A free community forum will be held at Dunes on Shelley Beach from 6.30pm.
The forum will provide information on the Shark Spotters program, along with advice on how to reduce the risk of shark bite.
In South Africa, the initiative employs 15 – 20 shark spotters at nine of Cape Town’s popular beaches.
The shark spotters scan coastal waters for sharks from an elevated platform during daylight hours, seven days a week.
They use a system of flags to let beach users know whether sharks have been spotted.
A green flag means ‘spotting conditions good, no sharks seen’, black means ‘Spotting conditions poor, no sharks seen’, a red flag means ‘High Shark Alert. Either a shark has been seen in the last two...
Image Courtesy of The Gaelic Club You may have heard the news that the annual St Patrick’s Day parade and family day in Sydney has been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a celebration. The Gaelic Club in Sydney has a week worth of events to help ring in St Patrick’s Day. On […]
Lend me your lopped ears, Easter is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to bring these nose twitching, foot thumping honey bunnies into the limelight. Rabbits are gentle, sensitive and can be incredibly affectionate creatures, yet their needs are often overlooked. Here are a few ways you can help our little fluffy friends this Easter.
Be bunny aware
Hop on board with Choose Cruelty Free and make sure you aren’t unintentionally supporting animal testing. Rabbits are used in cruel cosmetic and household product experiments, in 2013 around “6.7 million animals were used in research and teaching in Australia in 2013”1 with rabbits being the second most experimented on animal.2
Housed in barren wire cages for the most part of their lives, rabbits are primarily used in Draize eye and skin test...
This was a night of rock ’n roll, blues, country, folk and soul, those landmark styles that set the ground rules for the last six decades of music and it showed that artists who trade in those genres, with authenticity, respect and reverence, continue to attract devoted fans. A Man Called Stu and pedal steel …
Two people will face court on drug supply charges following arrests on Friday by Lismore detectives.
A 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been charged with supplying a prohibited drug from a Lismore nightclub during the month of January.
Police allege the drug supplied was Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).
The man was refused bail to attend Lismore Local Court today. The woman will appear on the 2nd May 2016.
The arrests were made by Strikeforce Aulbua detectives, who are investing the ongoing supply of drugs in Lismore licensed premises.
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A people’s gathering to mark the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster at the Mullumbimby Farmer’s Market on Friday heard that ‘the Japanese people and the international community want answers and solutions to the ongoing Fukushima crisis and want them now.’
The gathering included members of the rainbow region’s Japanese community with babies in tow. The oldest was 80-year ‘young’ Zen master Hougen San.
Speaking at the gathering activist Harsha Prabhu said that ‘five years on the Japanese people and the international community are still waiting for the situation to be stabilised.’
‘Five years on, there’s more than 1000 tanks containing radioactive water, some of them leaking; radioactive strontium is still leaking into the Pacific Ocean; there’s millions of bags of contaminated soil awaiting safe disposal.
‘Five years on more than 1000 sq kilometres of villages, mountains and forests...
With the change in weather from high temperatures to blustery storms, the Hyde Park festival village became a somewhat deserted and mud-laden location. That didn’t deter the committed and curious fans of Chicago’s Ryley Walker from scurrying beneath umbrellas to the steps of The Famous Spiegeltent for what would be a spellbinding set of acoustic …
Construction is set to begin on a $1.8m project that will provide ‘affordable’ housing in the Lismore suburb of Goonellabah.
Nine two-bedroom townhouses are being built on land at Gordon Blair Drive in Goonellabah. One of the homes will be fully accessible and suitable for someone living with a disability.
North Coast Community Housing chairman John Stone said the project was the result of a productive partnership with Lismore City Council.
‘The project is a good example of how regional councils can work with registered Community Housing Providers, like NCCH, to provide available land at an affordable price,’ Mr Stone said.
‘This results in the provision of more social and affordable housing outcomes in regional areas.’
NCCH purchased the land from the council under an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for rezoned council land. The process is aimed at increasing the supply of social and affordable housing.
NCCH then commissioned local building designer Geoff Parry and local town planners Newton Denny Chappelle for the de...
Police are still investigating the cause of an accident that took place on the Tweed Valley Way at Condong, near Murwillumbah, on Saturday (March 12) .
Around 9.50am, a Toyota Landcruiser and a Mazda sedan collided.
As a result of the accident the Landcruiser overturned, with the driver being suspended by his seatbelt before eventually being released by nearby residents
The head-on collision saw the drivers of both vehicles and a passenger injured and taken to the Tweed Hospital.
The Landcruiser driver had a suspected fractured leg, the Mazda passenger had chest injuries while the Mazda driver had cuts and abrasions.
Police closed Tweed Valley Way for about four hours while they undertook investigations and emergency services cleared the roadway.
Image Courtesy of William Crighton We’ve been hearing so many good things about Riverina based singer-songwriter William Crighton so we just had to check him out. And I have to say we’re really impressed. William Crighton will be releasing his self titled be debut album this Friday having signed to ABC music. The first single […]
The United States and France have accused the Syrian government of trying to disrupt a new round of peace talks and say Russia and Iran need to show the Syrian government is ‘living up to’ what has been agreed.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Saturday that his government would not discuss presidential elections at peace talks in Geneva this week or hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency.
‘It’s a provocation … a bad sign and doesn’t correspond to the spirit of the ceasefire,’ French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a news conference with his British, German, Italian, US and EU counterparts on Sunday.
Calling Moallem’s comments a clear attempt to ‘disrupt the process’, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian government and its backers were mistaken if they thought they could continue to test the boundaries of a fragile truce....
A new street mural depicting a child will provide a lasting reminder of Lismore’s Eat the Street festival, which attracted thousands of people to the city on Saturday.
Artist Guido van Helten worked throughout the day on the mural, returning to finish it on the Sunday despite rainy weather.
The result has been variously described on social media as ‘stunning’ and ‘amazing’.
Vendors taking part also had an ‘amazing’ day, with the various food stalls operators busy right up until 8pm when the day’s activities finished.
THE Collendina under-13s finished the home and away season in
fourth position, booking them a semi-final against cross town
rivals Ocean Grove Swans who finished on top.
The two-day game at the Bellarine Secondary College looked very even on paper with both line-ups being loaded with talent. Collendina won the toss and sent the Swans in to bat. The bowling was good with very few extras, but the Ocean Grove batsmen were up to the challenge. Two wickets were all that fell of the first 26 overs with the Swans making it to a score of 2/93 off their 26 overs. Tom Gross bowled well taking 1/10 off two overs getting one to sneak through the defence of Hayden Ewart. The only other wicket taker for the morning was Zak Poynder, who along with the fine out fielding of Max McLachlan, were able to combine to dismiss the dangerous Nathan Down. Poynder finished with 1/2 off two overs.
The score of 2/93 is very competitive, so a strong reply would be needed from the Cobras batsmen. Unfortunately, Izaak Terhorst was dismissed for a very rare diamond duck off the first ball. Not many people would fall victim to a diamond duck more than once in their careers. Hopefully, that is Izaak’s out of the way. Tom Gross was next in, but unfortunately he was also dismissed and with the Swans up and about, this was going to be tough. Xavier Norman was solid as the Cobras began to fight back and along with Sam Donegan, they got the score to 20. The Cobras finished the morning on a score of 4/59 with Charlie Every and Brodie Muscat not out overnight, 34 runs behind.
Day two started well with Every and Muscat getting the score to 80 before Every was dismissed for 18. Muscat went on to make a fine 19. The wickets then fell steadily to see the Cobras all out for 104. An 11-run lead wouldn’t be enough. Ocean Grove made the required runs in three overs and booked themselves a grand final spot along with Queenscliff which defeated Leopold in the other game.
The under-13s have...
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop is set to hold formal talks with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Suva.
Ms Bishop is in Fiji to inspect the damage caused by Cyclone Winston and Australia’s aid and relief efforts.
The federal government has pledged $15 million in assistance and has sent its largest navy ship packed full of hygiene kits, tents, and other supplies to help thousands of Fijians left homeless after the category five cyclone hit three weeks ago.
Ms Bishop will also hold bilateral talks with her Fijian counterpart Inoke Kubuabola, before visiting Australian aid workers helping communities recover and touring a women’s market damaged by the storms.
The meeting with Mr Bainimarama will be the first since 2014, when Canberra moved to normalise soured relations a month after Fijian elections confi...
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Israel prevented the Indonesian foreign minister from entering the West Bank to meet with Palestinian officials.
A Sunday statement says that Retno Marsudi was supposed to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riad Malki. The ministry said Malki traveled to neighbouring Jordan to meet Marsudi instead.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon refused to comment on the issue.
Israeli media reported Marsudi was denied access to the West Bank because she wasn’t going to meet Israeli officials.
According to reports, Marsudi was to inaugurate an Indonesian consulate in the West Bank.
An ABC Four Corners crew trying to question Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak over a corruption scandal has been detained by police.
Reporter Linton Besser and camera operator Louie Eroglu were arrested in the city of Kuching on Saturday night after approaching Mr Razak on the street, the ABC reports.
Both were released without charge on Sunday but have been told not to leave the country.
Their passports were seized but later returned.
A police statement obtained by the AFP news agency said they were held after they crossed a ‘security line and aggressively tried to approach the prime minister’.
The program’s executive producer Sally Neighbour said on Twitter the arrest was related to the crew’s reporting of corruption allegations involving Mr Razak.
She tweeted that the pair were ‘doing what journalists do in countries with a free press’....
A heavy police presence in the centre of Melbourne is keeping a lid on threats of violence from a gang who vowed to return to a community festival for a second night of unruliness.
The Apex gang, which has around 100 members, some as young as 12, terrorised the public and taunted police during Moomba celebrations on Saturday night.
They threatened on social media to return and run amok again on Sunday night.
As a result there are 100 Victoria Police officers patrolling the city.
‘We haven’t been told of any incidents,’ a police spokeswoman told AAP about 9.30pm.
Some youths were questioned by police as they exited Flinders Street train station, but many Moomba attendees were unaffected by additional uniformed police presence.
Earlier on Sunday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton warned gang members they’d be facing a tougher response compared to Saturday night....
New research suggests a standalone plebiscite on same-sex marriage would cost the country more than half a billion dollars.
The modelling by accounting firm PwC Australia found a compulsory vote on marriage equality would cost the Australian economy $525 million.
It estimates that a plebiscite not held on the same day as a federal election would cost the taxpayer $158 million to organise, $66 million for the community to fund the for and against campaigns and $281 million in lost productivity as people take time out to vote.
In addition, PwC Australia estimates at least $20 million in costs associated with the impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Australians.
‘The real costs to government, the economy and members of the community to hold a stand-alone plebiscite are more than three times higher than the numbers commonly quoted,’ PwC Australia CEO Luke Sayers said in a statement.
He said the modelling showed the plebiscite would be a drain on the economy and bad for business, calling instead for a parliamentary vote as the best mechanism for change.
‘It’s clear from these findings that a stand-alone plebiscite on marriage equality is a massive waste of time...
By MARK HEENAN
ANGLESEA fought off a spirited challenge from a gallant
Collendina to claim their first ever BPCA A Grade premiership title
on Sunday March 12.
It was a great result for the BPCA’s southern-most club on the Surf Coast, who lost to Drysdale in the league A Grade decider by 27 runs in 2014-’15.
Anglesea, who scraped into fourth place defeated home and away season ladder leaders Portarlington in their semi-final earlier this month to make the league grand final.
Batting first in the league’s A Grade season decider played at Ocean Grove, Collendina were all bowled out for 146 despite facing 74.3 overs on day one.
“In the back of my mind I thought we were 20 or 30 runs short,” Collendina Cricket Club co-coach Corey Walter told the Voice.
Cobra pair Richie Peters and Nathan Walter equal top scored with the bat after making 32.
In reply, Anglesea won by eight wickets after finishing the match at 2/147 from 51.2 overs.
The Anglesea duo of Ned Cooper and Peter Radford were the stars with the bat.
“To be honest we did not bowl as well what we have the last few weeks, we bowled a bit looser and they (Anglesea) got on top of us and probably batted us out of the game,” he said. While disappointed after the game, the seasoned Cobra star cricketer Walter stated Anglesea deserved their victory.
Collendina made the BPCA A Grade final after defeating Jan Juc by six wickets in their semi-final clash on March 5-6.
“They batted really well (on day two) and outplayed us,” Walter said.
“Very disappointed, we went into the game positive … we are just as good as what Anglesea but they outplayed us over the two days.
“They (Anglesea) deserved to win.
“Having said that we are still proud how far we have come this year, we had a real crack.
“I think there are some good times for us going forward.”
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THE future elite stars of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club
were on show at last weekend’s Victorian Junior Lifesaving
Championships in Warrnambool.
The two-day event held on 12-13 March in Victoria’s south west played host to nearly 2000 junior competitors across the state, including 90 star nippers from the Ocean Grove SLSC.
Like the previous nipper carnivals held this season, supportive Ocean Grove SLSC nipper families undertook a two-hour plus car journey from the Bellarine Peninsula to Warrnambool across the Labour Day long weekend.
THERE were some great performances across all age groups for Ocean Grove SLSC nippers.
Results include, gold in the Under 9 girls and boys Wade Relay Teams, silver in the Under 10 boys Wade Relay Team, and bronze in the Under 10 Board Relay.
The region’s local nippers claimed silver in the Under 11 girls board relay and Aqua Cameron, gold in Under 12 boys Aqua Cameron and Surf Team, gold in the Under 13 boys Surf Team, and silver in the Under 13 girls Board Rescue and Aqua Cameron.
There were many more medals at the individual events on the Saturday competition on 12 March.
Weather was kind in parts, however constant light drizzle affected the opening day of competition.
Surf picked up a little later on the morning of Sunday 13 March for the team events in the water.
By MARK HEENAN
THE wider Ocean Grove community, club sporting representatives
and political figures came together for the historic $6 million
Shell Road sports pavilion opening on 13 March.
Ocean Grove-based Beangala Ward Councillor Jan Farrell, who was master of ceremonies, officially opened proceedings with a ceremony service at midday on Sunday.
Councillor Farrell was joined by Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons and State MP for Bellarine Lisa Neville for the glittering community day opening.
Councillor Jan Farrell said the project was the final stage of the 2010 Shell Road Reserve Master Plan to create a new sports hub and accommodate Ocean Grove’s rapid population town growth.
“I am thrilled that council has been able to help deliver this project for the local community,” she said.
“The pavilion is going to be a fantastic space not just for those playing sport but for the whole community to enjoy.”
Mayor Lyons said the state-of-the-art multi-purpose facilities would help boost participation numbers especially at junior levels in soccer, football, cricket and netball.
“The prominent location of the Shell Road sporting precinct will encourage more people to participate, attend and get involved in local sporting competitions,” he said.
The pavilion was jointly funded by the City of Greater Geelong, $2.5 million and the Federal Government, $3.5 million, with council managing construction of the project.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said it was a wonderful achievement for the Ocean Grove community.
“There is a real sense of excitement in the community, particularly among members of the three local sporting clubs, Ocean Grove Football Netball Club, Surfside Waves Soccer Club and Ocean Grove Cricket Club,” Ms Henderson said.
State MP for Bellarine Lisa Neville who provided funds towards the construction of a new electronic scoreboard an...
THOUSANDS basked in the afternoon sun at the 21st Ocean Grove
Primary School Apple Fair last Friday, enjoying a panorama of
The smell of sizzling sausages filled the air as fairgoers sampled homemade curries, nachos and more. Children, parents and grandparents alike were moving to the tunes of Andrea Robertson and band, while Junglebeat and The Blueliners played a mix of reggae and jazz well into the evening.
Parent band The Apple Fairies closed out the night playing classic hits to get fairgoers on their feet again.
Youngsters rode on ponies and the Cha Cha, while the older kids took on one of the fair’s new additions: a mechanical bull. Even a few teachers and school principal Darryl Diment had a go at the bull, much to delight of watching students.
The school welcomed its new mascot Pip to the twilight fair, who was soon surrounded by a crowd of excited youngsters.
Tweed-Byron police have advised parents to be aware of the potential for teenage parties to escalate when publicised on social media platforms like Facebook.
The call follows the police being called out to two parties in the Tweed on the weekend which had apparently got out of control.
About 11.40pm on Friday, March 11, police attended a property at Upper Burringbar Rd, Burringbar, after a large party there had got out of control.
Police said more than 100 young people were there, many of them drunk, and that they had received complaints about noise and fighting. Police spent more than an hour on scene moving the crowd on.
The adult organiser of the party stated that numbers had got out of control because someone had put the party on Facebook.
About 8.40pm on Saturday, March 12, police knocked on the door of a property at Terrace St, Chinderah, after a party had got out of control there.
A teenage boy had organised a party while his parents were away and more than 100 young people attended. Drunk teens were reported to be smashing bottles and throwing projectiles at police.
Police were on scene for several hours, moving people on and disbursing the crowd. A number of the partygoers were detained due to their degree of drunkenness, and their parents contacted.
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We find ourselves standing in front of the fertiliser aisle at our local suppliers’. Seaweed, fish, sugar cane, rock dust – and on and on we go. We see different bottles and packets of every shape and colour. So what do we choose?
‘Stop Look Listen’ by Marta Ren and the Groovelvets is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.
The album is bursting at the seems with the hallmarks of the groups Soul and Funk counterparts of the 1960s, shaken up and revitalised by band leader Marta Ren on vocals. The album is a follow up to the groups funk-filled hit single ‘2 Kinds of Men’. Although Ren and the group kept fan’s waiting over three years for a full body of work, the wait was well worth it. Across 11 tracks, the groups present a high octane and vintage funk soul drenched masterpiece, worthy of being being credited as an album of the year. Ren’s vocal talents showcase an ability far beyond her years, unfazed by rhythmic, lyrical or melodic complexity, she effortlessly belts out hit after hit. For the most part, the album is high energy, with stand out singles such as ‘Don’t Look’, ‘I’m Not Your Regular Woman’ brilliantly showcasing the album’s hallmarks, catching toe-tapping riffs, bold and brassy horn lines and an engine room working overtime to support Ren’s vocals. We do see glimmers of the artist’s softer side, with tracks such as ‘So Long’ and ‘Smiling Faces’, the later being one of only few tracks to include backing vocals and a relatively bare instrumental accompaniment proving the Soprano has also got chops in her lower register and a less-known love for a Reggae groove. Not only does this album belong proudly amongst any music lovers personal library, it is imperative that you give the release a spin at full volume, at least once in your lifetime (maybe also invite the neighbours too!).
Four decades after the release of his first record, the iconic Australian classic ”[I’m] Stranded” by The Saints, Ed Kuepper returns with an album that may well be considered a high point in his lengthy and uncompromising career.
Recorded over three days in August at Gasworks Studio, Brisbane ”Lost Cities” is Ed Kuepper’s 50th release [excluding compilations] and is the 21st on his own Prince Melon Records label. It is Ed’s first entirely solo and electric release, a format Herr Kuepper likes to refer to as ‘Solo Orchestral’.
“When I was a kid I always processed recordings as a kind of singular whole, so when I started to play the guitar I wanted my playing to be the entire orchestra/band rather than just the guy strumming in the corner. A good example would be the way I played Nights in Venice on the first Saints lp… or the acoustic with hyper harmonic overtones on Today Wonder. Lost Cities continues that approach but also moves into the tonal opposite of what I did when I started”
To celebrate the album release Ed Kuepper will take to the road starting in March 2016 and taking in as many city and regional areas over as many months as possible as he presents these brand new works alongside old, treasured favourites. Both the new album and tickets to all currently listed shows will go on-sale Monday December 21st
Don’t miss Ed Kuepper – Lost Cities / Solo Orchestral this March / April.
The Byron Theatre
Sunday 24 April 2016
Tickets $33.00 + bf
Buy online: Byron Centre
Phone: (02) 6685 6807
For further information about venues and dates visit www.feelpresents.com
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The long wait for Harley-Davidson trikes in Australia, including the new hot-rod Freewheeler, could soon be over.
Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss Nigel Keough says the lengthy delay has been getting Australian Design Rule compliance.
“Australia has a unique set of compliance issues and we’ve been working through them for several years now; long before I took over a couple in 2014,” he says.
“But now we’re close.”
Basslink has revealed it cut the fibre-optic and interconnector cable in the wrong place on March 11, and won’t be able to restart repair work on the recent cut until at least March 17 … • Mercury: Call for Senate inquiry into Basslink failure ... • Jack Gilding, executive officer of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance, February 12 RenewEconomy: Tasmania solar report an epic fail – minister should tell regulator to start again The Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s draft report on the solar feed-in tariff demonstrates a remarkable ability to ignore the challenge of energy security in Tasmania, the changes facing the electricity industry nationally, and the global climate emergency. State Energy Minister Matthew Groom has vowed to “consider all options to reduce the chances of an energy crisis” including “greater incentives for solar”, but the message doesn’t seem to have got through to the regulator. The 59-page draft report ends up proposing exactly the same formula for calculating the feed-in tariff (FiT) rate as it did three years ago. As a result it suggests that the (ex GST) FiT rate is likely to increase slightly from 5.5c to 6.5c purely as a result of higher wholesale energy prices. The Tasmania Renewable Energy Association provided a submission to the regulator outlining nine additional benefits of solar PV which should be taken into account in setting the FiT, however the regulator has dismissed or ignored all of these. … The regulator should be finding a mechanism to share the benefit of cheaper, locally generated power between customers and the solar owners who provide this energy. Instead they are propping up the old centralised model even if it means all customers are paying for a service that was not in fact used. Comment on the draft report is due by 15 March. • The Regulator’s website is HERE • Luigi in Comments: No Media Releases from government Ministers today. Three months vacation, a week back at work,...
Draft State Planning Provisions The Minister for Planning and Local Government, Peter Gutwein, has approved the draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) for comment. The Commission must exhibit then consider the draft SPPs and report back to the Minister before he decides whether to issue them. • Lyndall Rowley in Comments: Dear TTers - a cautionary note: I live in Victoria and have experienced the implications and power of statewide planning provisions. They set the land-use and environmental tone for all subsequent individual council planning schemes through the use of standard zones and overlays.
Double D is all the buzz in Canberra this week as Malcolm Turnbull shrewdly deflected a bit of media attention away from Niki Savva, The Trump Show or Rupert and Gerry’s nuptials. The PM looks exhausted, uneasy. Is he well? Has he been reading something which disagrees with him? “Government poll plunge, says a headline: voters drift away in disappointment”. Surely not? … … Turnbull has inherited most of his predecessor’s bad policy baggage and he’s captive to the Hard Right. Even without Abbott’s destabilisation campaign, Turnbull is batting on a sticky wicket. Even if he had the world’s best cabinet or party room, he would still be lumbered by unpopular and unworkable policies on climate, marriage equality and defence binge-spending. Adding or perhaps multiplying these vulnerabilities are his lack of any economic plan, Budget plan or taxation policy. Now factor in his poor decision-making. … … For new JCIS chair, Andrew Nikolic, since we are at war with ISIS, the public has no right to know anyway. Under its new chair the committee will become a rubber stamp. Turnbull’s government is rejecting improved oversight out of hand. Any supervision now relies on a government appointed overseer and a monitor it tried to do away with in 2014. it could have been worse. They could have called in the IPA. The agile IPA is called in to help the ABC decide its exciting new future. … • Guardian: New poll suggests Coalition is holding its ground while Turnbull slides – politics live
After nearly three years of almost helpless rage at the ideologically Gothic antics of the Federal Government in its dealings particularly in relation to the environment, as represented by our local Bass member and quaintly inappropriately named ‘environment minister’, it suddenly dissipated on Wednesday 10th, when Tony Windsor decided to take on Barnaby Joyce in his old electorate. • Tony Windsor’s crowdfunding campaign HERE
Tobacco consumption in Australia has fallen by 48 per cent in the past decade, a new analysis of official statistics shows.
A simple message in a Tasmania Newspaper ( TT HERE ) announced a death all Australians should be aware of. Faole Bokai, believed to be the last of our Fuzzy Wuzzy angels, passed away in his home village of Manari late last week. While everybody was busy talking about the death of famous musicians John English and Glen Frey, a piece of Australian history was lost and people barely noticed.
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Katter’s Australian Party have finally got the Government to listen after receiving news today that $25 million will be allocated to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line. More to come…
RAIL line upgrades should be a focus to restore industry confidence and jobs growth in the North, Robbie Katter says.
The State Member for Mount Isa has called on infrastructure issues to be urgently addressed on the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.
“We have to be mindful of the fact that in the last 12 months there have been at least 1000 fly-in-fly-out jobs out of Townsville lost in the North West,” he said.
“It’s in everyone’s best interests to get industry-enabling infrastructure, such as the rail line, back to a point where it is again accessible and working to its full capacity.”
“If it’s good for the North West, it’s good for Townsville.”
Mr Katter said patience was running out to improve transport corridors in the North.
“We’ve waited far too long for the State Government to recognise the critical need for significant investment in upgrading the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line,” Mr Katter said.
“There must be some movement on fixing this ageing line and now is the time for the State Government to step up and address these issues.”
“If the State Government wants the region to thrive into the future they need to recognise the pressures and inefficiencies on the rail line.”
“Productivity and safety cannot be compromised because of ageing infrastructure which has been neglected by successive governments.”
No pain, no gain in Cheek’s world … It is unlikely the State Government will be giving Cheek a medal any time soon. The Liberals have not forgiven Cheek for the party’s devastating defeat at the 2002 election, nor for the tell-all expose he wrote a few years later about his time in politics. Read all about it on TT HERE …
Miller denies "malicious" resignation ultimatum rumour
Former Queensland Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has denied rumours that she had given the government an ultimatum she would leave the Labor Party if she is not returned to the cabinet within 48 hours.
Ms Miller described the story, which was originally published in the Queensland Times, as a “malicious rumour” that should be ignored.
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