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It's on again!! The Old Station Fly-in and Heritage Show -
hosted by the Creed Family at "The Old Station" farm at Raglan,
about 50km South of Rockhampton - will be held from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2016.
‘Pole in B&W #43’
I am offline over Easter. Having a social media/email
See you on the other side!
Noted heading back North to Cairns from Archerfield via Mackay
Airport on Thursday 24 March was Torres Strait
Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-URJ. It had
flown South via Mackay last Sunday 20 March.
NetJets (Australasian Jet) Cessna 501 Citation I/SP bizjet VH-FUM was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport and then Mackay Airport on Thursday 24 March.
|Robert Myers / http://flightaware.com/|
A fortnight after its last visit, Melbourne Air Holdings
(Executive Airlines) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-EXG
popped into Hamilton Island Airport again on Tuesday
|File photo taken by the FNQ Skies Blog ©|
Stand with us and oppose the refugee trade between the Australian government and Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.
RISE is extremely concerned about the discussion of the refugee trade deal that is basically human trafficking between the Australian government and non-OECD countries like Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia with thousands of stateless and forcibly displaced people within their own borders.
Why do other countries have to bear the cost of Australia’s anti-refugee policies when Australia is a signatory to the refugee convention and has spent billions on offshore detention centres, border security as well as indefinite detention of asylum seekers and refugees on the mainland itself? Australia is also part of the military invasion of countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the largest refugee source countries in the world.
Australia has psychologically and physically damaged so many refugees and asylum seekers by holding them hostage indefinitely in offshore and onshore detention centres and framing the issue of forced migration of refugees as a “problem”. If Australia calls it a “problem” why not take the responsibility for being part of the problem and resolve it in a fair and humane way?
The Refugee Trade is further evidence of Australia’s shocking abuse of people fleeing from war and persecution. Sending asylum seekers and refugees to countries like Malaysia, Indonesia or Philippines will only serve to make Australia’s notorious immigration detention system even less transparent due to geographic and bureaucratic isolation from Australia itself.
Despite there being the largest number of refugees since world war II, Australian politicians are espousing rhetoric about asylum seeker issues that is callous: Temporary protection visas, Pacific and other offshore solutions, mandatory and indefinite detention, Boat-turnbacks, and now, a continuous Refugee and Asylum seeker...
With the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) set to be discussed at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting very soon, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) has publically echoed the concerns of sporting shooters calling for licensed firearm owners to be included in the “biggest gun laws reform since the Howard era”.
Queensland KAP state leader Rob Katter publically slammed the lack of involvement of licensed firearm owners, farmers and key stakeholders in the NFA review to date, urging for a more consultative approach in any further discussions. “The shooting community are always trying to work with the government, we cannot continue to let such a significant portion of the rural population be ostracised,” said Mr Katter. “As we have made very clear in the past, we will be doing everything within our power to ensure appropriate consultation around these laws takes place. We don’t want to see the government place any unnecessary restrictions against law abiding gun owners, sportsmen and women.”
The KAP has also led the charge in calling for the former Queensland Weapons Advisory Panel to be reinstated, which existed as a ministerial consultation body under the Beattie, Bligh and Newman Governments. Fellow KAP MP Shane Knuth moved a motion in the Queensland Parliament on March 17 specifically calling for the Weapons Advisory Panel to be reinstated. The SSAA and other likeminded groups would have been a part of this panel. The motion was unfortunately disallowed.
SSAA Queensland President Michael Pommer said it was.........
We review a lot of rider gear, but fortunately don’t get to crash test them. However, in this review, rider Chris Roberts puts the Rukka Argonaut pants to the ultimate test.
After 40-plus years of riding I finally got to test out my riding gear in a long slide along a bitumen road in the Snowy Mountains.
I wasn’t particularly happy about crash testing my new Rukka Argonaut pants since I had only worn them for four hours, but funny the things that go through your mind in a situation like that: “Hey, this isn’t so bad. These things are pretty good. Here...
IN order to fully appreciate an area, whether you live there or
dream to, it’s important to have a bit of an understanding of how
it came to be – the challenges, the accomplishments, the people,
the good times – and the bad.
We may enjoy everything that St Leonard’s offers today, but what was it like yesterday? Please sit back, have a cup of tea, listen to the waves and soak up a quick history lesson.
Like much of Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula, the Wathaurong people inhabited the area now known as St Leonards for tens of thousands of years prior to European settlement. Explorer Matthew Flinders landed on the Peninsula in 1802 and named it Indented Head.
The founder of Melbourne, John Batman, explored the area in his quest to find the ideal location for the state’s capital. He is said to have landed at Indented Head but moved quickly towards St Leonards as there was fresh water available. A stone memorial in the parkland along the Esplanade commemorates his stay.
These first settlers initially called St Leonard’s home due to the rich fishing in the region, but many of them moved on to seek their fortune in the gold rush during the 1850s. Those that didn’t strike it rich came home determined to build their lives on the back of bountiful fishing and farming – wheat became a popular crop for local farmers during this period. Firewood was also a major source of income for the settlers, hence the relative absence of original bushland across the entire peninsula.
The township of St Leonards takes its name from ‘St Leonard’s Station’, a pastoral holding in the area which was named after a town bearing the same name in Sussex, England. The region enjoyed tangible growth in the 1920s thanks to a constant flow of paddle steamers between nearby towns and the invention of reliable motorised transport.
Soon the area became popular as a camping destination – an appeal which has remained to this very day....
Refugee advocates have grave fears for the welfare of 36-year-old Kurdish refugee, Sardar Zahiri, who has re-started a hunger strike in Melbourne after being moved from Perth.
Sardar was hospitalised in Perth after twenty days of a hunger strike in the Perth detention centre in February, this year.
After continuing his hunger strike at the Royal Perth Hospital, he was told by the treating psychiatrist that he had discussed Zahiri’s case with Immigration and that Immigration had agreed, if Zahiri began eating, he would be transferred to a Melbourne clinic and then placed in community detention. Other hospital staff and IHMS are believed to be witnesses to the commitment given to Sardar.
Zahiri was transferred to The Melbourne Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital, but instead of being released in to community detention, Sardar has now been placed in the high security, Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre (MIDC).
He waited five days to see if the promise of community detention was going to be kept. Then, Sardar began a hunger strike in protest at the broken promise four days ago, Monday, 21 March. His physical condition has deteriorated rapidly.
“We are seriously concerned for Sardar’s welfare,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “He has lost all hope, and any trust, which wasn’t much, that he had in the Immigration officers and doctors, who promised he would get community detention.
“Why immigration would live up to the first part of its undertaking to Sardar, to transfer him to Melbourne, but has reneged on the issue of community detention is both cruel and inexplicable, unless they want to inflict yet more mental torture.”
Sardar’s case is eerily reminiscent of that of Fezal Chegeni, the Kurdish man who was found dead on Christmas Island in November, last year.
In spite of being found to be a refugee in 2012, Sardar has been held in indefinite detention as a result of bein...
SIG The Label came as a nice surprise when I went to get a coffee a couple weeks ago, sitting upstairs in a pop-up shop as I sipped a long black from Dew. The instant attraction to monochrome and clean lines with a hint of pattern was enough to have me try on half the collection when I was late to work, and I ended up with a piece that I've hardly taken off since. Adelaide designer Kate Anderson, an Australian Fashion Labels alumni and all-round lovely person has just released her first collection, and boy is it a stunner.
SIG stands for 'So It Goes', an easy ideology to grasp when looking at her first collection. The concept behind the label - a mix moving forward, relaxing, feeling comfortable and rolling with the punches - is part of a lifestyle thing, as any good collection should portray. There are staple pieces and relaxed features, which can be dressed up and down, layered, and mixed. The monochromatic colourways are no-fuss and instantly accessible, a dream combination for any lady wanting to chill and look as good as you could without being at a party, when you could very well wear the same thing to the party later on. Let it be known, I look like a million bucks in my SIG playsuit and I'm just sitting at the computer right now. This is the beauty of SIG.
While the alumni of Australian Fashion Labels tends to lean towards high street fashion and your regular 'I saw three girls in the same outfit' weekend wear, SIG passes a threshold somehow. It's kind to those who want to dress down and relax, and it's kind to those who want to look different. Bold, on-point pieces without the tacky fluorescent colours, and subtle lines that move with the body rather than having to check whether your ass is showing. The next collection will be worth the wait, and in the meantime you can submerge yourself in this one.
The Bendigo Interfaith Council participated in the Bendigo Festival of Cultures, 2016, and had a guest speaker address the gathering on the topic of ‘The Challenge of Compassion in the Global Age”. Guests from all over North East Victoria attended the function, including several from Shepparton. One guest from the Shepparton Interfaith Network provides some ... Read more...
[ Saturday, 19 Mar; 1:00 pm; ] It was a close game of earthball played hard on the streets of Armidale. A competitive, and at times chaotic game unfortunately overshadowed by scandalous off field bribes and cheating. Team Sustainables were clean winners —36 points defeating Team Fossil Fuels 25 points after a disciplinary 10 point deduction made at the end of the parade. The [...] full article »
From around 6.45pm, members of the Prahran Accordion Band (PAB) can be spotted lugging cases out of cars, setting up music stands and testing their bellows in eager anticipation of another fortnightly session, led by Phil Carroll.
PAB is not huge in numbers which means a real sense of connection is being nurtured and as word gets out, the ranks are growing steadily. There’s now an average of ten players on any given week from across a wide area of Melbourne, battling evening traffic and catching trains in their dedication to squeeze in the time and to get to grips with their accordions.
We are a mixed bunch. Our lineage extends out of that big rehearsal room into the streets of Windsor and from there, all over the globe. To Poland, South America, Germany, Italy and the UK. Our ability varies a lot too; some people, like Hans Gruneberg, are absolute beginners while others have been playing since childhood.
Hans moved from Germany to Australia at the age of 22. Raised in West Berlin, he made the passage by sea away from his family and his home. On arrival at Port Melbourne he was put into quarantine where he was forced to shower seven times a day and have all his belongings sprayed with disinfectant. Undeterred, he has made Australia his home for the past 43 years. Speaking English as his second language, Hans found work as a butcher, married an Australian woman and raised a family of his own.
Hans speaks nostalgically of hearing the accordion played in his German family home especially at Christmas time and about how, as a child, it was a dream of his own to le...
THREE Ocean Grove Pennant sides have enjoyed the ultimate glory
as the bowls season comes to a close.
The minor premiers were slow to bounce out of the blocks in the grand final and COG took control early, leading by 13 after 25 ends. Lorraine Myers, Ray Moloney, Troy Thomson and Skipper Peter Jolley started their run on the scoreboard and kept Grove in contention heading the scoreboard 16-4 after 10 ends. Struggling to get a score on the board the Luke Benson skipped rink with Peter Lewis, Peter Uthmeyer and Ocean Grove legend Norm Thomas after nine ends had not registered on the card. Down 0-13, their first score and the change in momentum came on the 10th end when they carded a four which got the rink on its way. Jolley continued his charge on the board, with Troy Thomson firing on all cylinders at three and a 23-4 advantage had the momentum with the Grovers.
Benson fought his way back into the match and incredibly hit the front on the 17th end 17-15. All the momentum was now with the Grove side. Dave Mackay, Geoff Fry, Warren Davis and Rod Swan were holding the dangerous Brad Shiells rink from COG and scores were never more than two or three the difference. Peter Patterson Skipping his side of Terry Thomas, Drew Young and Trevor Turnley were able to outscore their opposition 12-1 between ends 10-15. This followed up with from 20 ends, Patterson playing five last bowl draw shots in a row to seal the deal on their rink winning 26-18. Benson charged home to take a memorable rink win 23-20, while Jolley managed to return the card with a 30-19 victory. The Swan rink was left to play the remaining ends and fortunately the margin was out of the reach of COG. Not needing to play the final two ends of the match, the Swan team ended the day 19-21 in a low-scoring tussle.
Double success came on Tuesday when the Grovers’ Midweek section travelled to Torquay to contest the Division One and Division Three grand finals. For Division One it was a chance to...
Letter to Editor
In the face of crippling quad bike laws about to be introduced in Queensland, some bike dealers are their own worst enemies.
After a ring around of most quad bike dealers in Cairns and the Tablelands, it was discovered none stock essential low pressure tyre gauges.
Any experienced quad bike rider will know the most dangerous aspect of riding is to have incorrect tyre pressures. Quads run on low pressure air, and if pressures are too low, too high or uneven a rider is courting disaster.
If tyre pressures are not evenly maintained at 4 to 5 psi, the bike can become unstable and hard to steer at any speed and most prone to rollover. All dealers have a duty of care under new regulations and at common law to ensure the purchaser of a new or used quad is familiar with the machine and has an understanding of safety requirements.
Equal and correct tyre pressure is first and foremost. Why do quad dealers not carry low pressure air gauges? Honda and Suzuki quads have such gauges included in their standard toolkits but it seems a few of their parts departments are not aware of the safety requirement for proper tyre pressures.
One would hope they start to stock such an important yet inexpensive item.
BARWON Heads Primary School once again showcased its community
spirit with its annual mega fund-raiser – Easter Fun Fair held on
It was a full day of fun, entertainment and bargains for everyone.
Fund-raising plays a vital role in supporting Barwon Heads Primary School’s major projects which benefit all the students, current and future with many other aspects of the school’s curriculum benefiting directly from the monies raised at the Easter Fun Fair.
In the past few years the fair has raised vital funds to build the bike shed, playground shade sails, readers and air-conditioning.
At some previous point I already noted that I read Pope Francis’s 2015 Laudato Si’: On care for our common home. It is available for download at the Vatican website (see HERE for the text, PDF and other language versions). I haven’t really got the words to fully do it justice. It is an appeal […]
Making a surprise visit to Gladstone Airport late on Wednesday 23 March was Careflight Agusta Westland AW139
helicopter VH-XIJ. The newest chopper in the Careflight fleet
is based at Brisbane Airport and flew North initially landing at
Gladstone Hospital before popping over the Gladstone Airport for
The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age was the topic of guest speaker Prof. Des Cahill, Chair of Religions for Peace Australia, at the Bendigo Interfaith Council inaugual dinner on Friday, 18 March. The Dinner was organised as part of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures. A leading professor of intercultural studies has praised the ... Read more...
The Moran Foundation presents the Four Finalists Exhibition
A group exhibition of works by four finalists of the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Andrew Bonneau, Guy Morgan, Darren McDonald and the 2015 Winner Warren Crosset. Most of the works are for sale, please inquire for prices.
Thursday 24 March – Sunday 10 April
Easter Opening Times: Open Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 10am – 5pm, Closed Good Friday & Monday 28 March.
What: Four Finalists Exhibtion
Where: Juniper Hall Oxford St Paddington
When: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm until Sunday the 10th of April
To find our more visit their website...
Live longer with this diet from Dr Mercola
Chemtrails from aircraft changing our planet
A wicked PsyOp
A lot of things get slapped with the 'avant garde' label these days, but The Residents commit. With an experimental music career that spans over 40 years, the elusive, mask wearing performers stage insane conceptual shows with props, film and their signature genre-blending songs that invoke feelings that range from “what did I just listen to” to “I want to hear this song as I lay dying”. They're coming to Australia for the first time in a decade with a show centred around birth and near death experiences. Sorry to dip into hyperbole but, this is a once in a lifetime kind of show.
If you are a shrewd investor, you should “invest” in one of the 300-odd Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations Pro Street Breakouts allocated to Australia before they’re all gone.
Not only are they great to look at, but they will also be extremely popular and will retain much of their value.
That’s not a subjective statement, either.
By JEN FRANKS
IT has been a very successful summer season at Ocean Grove
Tennis Club with seven junior teams playing in grand finals.
Three teams had their finals away and Sections 18 and 20 had Ocean Grove Red playing against Ocean Grove White, at the home courts. It was a great atmosphere with over 60 people at the courts.
The grand final matches were followed by a club presentation at Ocean Grove for all juniors. This was also a chance to present Club Championship, Junior Sportsmanship and Encouragement Awards to the recipients. There were almost 80 people in attendance who enjoyed a pizza lunch after the official speeches were completed.
Grand final results:
Section 3 Girls played Waurn Ponds and had a major battle. They won by just two games 3-30 to 3-28. Steph Golightly, Edelle McKinlay, Brooke Vigilante and Emily Kehagias make up this team of dedicated players, who have worked hard all season.
Section 13 Boys played Highton and unfortunately lost 2-22 to 4-27. Lachie Dwyer, Drew Honey, Sam Hines, Mitch Arumets and Charlie Larsen have had a great season with much success.
Section 18 Girls Red played their friends Ocean Grove White in this tough game. The Reds won the day by just two games 3-27 to 2-25 proving how close these teams have been all year in ability. Well done for a terrific season to the Reds – Emmy Bowyer, Alyssa Dickeson, Amelia Bibby, Abbey Stanic and Aislynn McKinlay and also their clubmates the Whites – Melanie Rose McCluskey, Ruby Fry, Charli Duckett, Maddie Searle and Lucy Teese.
Section 20 also had an intraclub contest Red against White. Congratulations to the Reds who won 4-30 to 2-19. The Red team included Emily O’Kane, Georgia Gill, Georgia Antonio, Mia Sellars and Alannah Wilkens; and the Whites were Clare Walker, Tara Sampson, Samantha Hayes, Molly Gannon and Summer Von Atticus.
Section 21 Boys played Wandana Heights and won 4-30 to 2-21 making them champions in an...
The Holy Soul’s bass player Sam Worrad dropped into the studio with Alex Pye to speak about their new album which marks their first record release in over four years.
Although we haven’t seen an album from the Sydney four-piece for little while now, the band has been keeping themselves busy with an Asian tour, some time spent in Europe, and a few collaborative shows with Damo Suzuki. The band accidentally fell into the collab around 2004 when Sam asked Suzuki to sign a postcard for his girlfriend. Suzuki asked if Sam knew of any bands that could play at Big Day Out, an opportunity The Holy Soul jumped at – and the rest is history.
Their new album, titled Fortean Times, was released at the end of last year and delivers punchy rock, laced with indie and alternative undertones. The record came together in Victoria with producer Gareth Liddiard in a small space they rented and converted into a studio. On the album, Sam told us,
“It was probably a little more collaborative. Every few weeks or so we would get together at Trent, our singer’s place, and we probably did that casually for a couple years until we realised we had enough songs to do a record.”
In addition to the new album, the ban...
Melbourne DIY band The Burning Roaches are a handful of abrasive, grunge goodness and fuzzy feedback drawing from 90âŹ"s nostalgia.
Late 2015, the band revealed the first taste of their debut self-titled EP. The single âŹÜBad ThingsâŹ" saw support from community radio nationally.
Having spent the past year writing and recording, the band are ready to drop their raw 4 track EP. Each track teeming with gritty riffs and good time spliffs, making The Burning Roaches a gem for fans of garage and grunge in Melbourne’s underground live music scene.
The Burning Roaches are gearing up to launch the EP with live
shows in Sydney and Melbourne this April.
THE BURNING ROACHES EP LAUNCHES
April 6 âŹ FrankieâŹ"s Pizza, Sydney
w/ Royal Chant + Mucho Sonar
April 8 âŹ Bald Face Stag, Sydney
w/ Royal Chant + PJ Orr & The Night Managers
April 16 âŹ The Old Bar, Melbourne
w/ Claws & Organs, Woo Who + Ghost Dick
THE front yard at the Shack Dining Co. in Barwon Heads is the
perfect place to enjoy your autumn mornings.
Casual coastal dining starts with breakfast. House-baked bread is a feature and – topped with avocado, Meredith goat feta and a poached egg – makes a great breakfast.
Istra ham and hollandaise makes the perfect Benedict or take on the ‘Shack’ brekkie with the lot.
The Shack Dining Co.’s own coffee blend is expertly prepared and beans are also available to purchase so you can enjoy at home.
Lunch will be hard to choose.
If it’s something lighter you’re after, try the deliciuous tuna croquettes, Chinese spiced calamari or charred cauliflower and pomegranate salad.
Nights at the Shack see the same all-day menu with additional specials such as eye fillet steak, local fish and housemade pastas.
Shack Dining Co. offers a concise list of quality wines and a changing beer list.
If it’s a good value, high-quality dining experience you’re after, head to the Shack. Menus available online at www.shackdiningco.com.au
The Shack is open seven days a week from 8am, at 37 Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads. Open Thursday to Sunday nights during January, bookings taken for dinner only. Phone 5254 2288.
With buildings and grounds designed by some of Australia’s foremost park/landscape and 19c architects, the 60 hectare site of Callan Park is a place of limbo. Sited on the Parramatta River so that mentally ill patients could arrive by boat (as they weren’t allowed on the Kings Highway) the lunatic asylum was originally several parcels of land purchased “by Crown Solicitor and Police Magistrate John Ryan Brenan. In 1839 he bought what he then named the Garry Owen estate”. Nowadays the site is fragmented with many buildings compounding the site’s infamy for the state’s lunatic asylum. Parts of it are still leased/used by art, educational and health institutions and markets....
Art Project for Pennyweight Park. The City of Ballarat is creating a new public art project and we need the help of the community of Ballarat East to help realise it. Stone sculptor, Joe Pratt has been commissioned to carve designs into 20 bluestone boulders sited at Pennyweight Park during April and May. Artist Forest […]
Fridge shelves tend to break really easily (especially if you share a tiny fridge with four people who all like to cook). My housemate looked into replacing our broken shelf and turns out it was going to cost like 60 bucks. Fuck you Fisher and Paykel! If I had that kind of money to spare I wouldn't be living a life where I knock a jar of chutney onto the floor every time I try to balance my hummus on a container full of someone's left-over bolognese, would I? Still, rather than get sucked in to a rage spiral about the built-in obsolescence of modern white goods, we decided to tackle the problem with DIY aplomb. Here's how.
You will need:
Your broken fridge shelf
Plastic CD cases
Spread out your dusty old CDs and feel nostalgic about all the time you spent wandering around JB HI-FI agonising over which album to invest in.
Pick out a few you're unlikely to ever listen to again.
Return any cardboard cases to the pile.
Imagine a world in which you could be convicted of a crime merely for having sex with another consenting adult. It sounds like the sadistic, dystopian construct of a fictional fanatical regime, but the fact is it’s reality for people in (at last count) 76 countries today. In Mauritania, Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and some parts of Nigeria and Somalia you can even be executed for it.
So what is it that distinguishes this criminal sex from the legal sexual encounters which occur every day and which are none of a Government’s business? It is simply that the participants happen to be of the same gender.
This is a clear example of the sort of directly discriminatory law which is no longer permitted in Australia. I say no longer, because until 1997 (!) gay sex was still illegal in Tasmania. South Australia and the ACT decriminalised it in the 1970s. Victoria, the NT, NSW and WA followed in the 1980s. In 1984, after years of debate in the Medical Journal of Australia, the Australian Medical Association declared that homosexuality was no longer an illness or disorder. However, the Queensland and Tasmanian branches opposed that move. Queensland finally got with the program in 1990.
Tasmania was so recalcitrant that a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee in 1991 (decided in 1994) prompted the Commonwealth Government to pass the Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act 1994 (Cth), overriding the Tasmanian law by providing:
Sexual conduct involving only consenting adults acting in private is n...
Elder abuse is any act that harms older people and that is carried out by someone they know and should be able to trust such as family or friends. Such harm can be financial, physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, including mistreatment or neglect. ECCV would like to see suspected elder abuse in ethnic communities addressed within the context of cultural behaviours, values and expectations.
This ECCV project aims to increase awareness of elder abuse in ethnic communities (2012-2018). ECCV is working in partnership with ethnic and multicultural organisations and Senior Rights Victoria to deliver culturally appropriate messages about elder abuse, its prevention and pathways to support.
ECCV has developed in-language resources for the Polish-speaking community.
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A protest will be held in Lismore this morning against the Baird government’s controversial planned overhaul of the state’s nature conservation laws.
The protest comes as a new report shows that taxpayers are unwittingly helping the destruction of the region’s native forests through public subsidies worth millions of dollars to the NSW Forestry Corporation’s loss-making hardwood division.
Environmental groups say the new laws threaten the north coast’s unique wildlife and bushland, by weakening control of land clearing.
Envrionmental groups will rally at 11am outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office, as part of a campaign against the laws.
The coalition’s proposed new Biodiversity Conservation Act will make it easier for developers and agribusiness to destroy wildlife habitat in the northern rivers region and across the whole state, according to the NSW Nature Conservation Council (NCC).
NCC chief Kate Smolski is in Lismore today (Thursday) for the protest and to launch a report into the economic costs of native forest logging in NSW.
Ms Smolski said that ‘this week, the Baird government announced ‘there were now 999 native plants and animal species, including koalas, now on its extinction waiting list’.
‘The government’s NSW State of the Environment 2015 report also found only nine per cent of the state’s bushland and forests are in a healthy, natural condition, while the rest was in “variable” condition or deteriorating.
‘Rather than increasing protections, premier Baird is scrapping existing conservation laws and replacing them with new rules that will let property developers and agribusiness destroy even more of our unique wildlife habitat.
‘People in the northern rivers are among the most environmentally aware people in NSW, not least because of the exceptional natural beauty and the incredible abundance of wildlife they enjoy all around them.
‘They will be appalled when they rea...
Before I look at the third route from Geelong to the goldfields
of Ballarat and beyond, I think it might be helpful to look at a
little of the history of some of the properties through which the
track passed. This route ran via Steiglitz, but for the first few
miles of their journey, those following it would have used the same
road up Bell Post Hill, towards Batesford used by those following
the Geelong to Buninyong Track.
Before descending into the Moorabool Valley however, they took the turn off for Steiglitz, which led them over Sutherland's Creek and onto the high ground between the creek to their east and the Moorabool Valley further to the west.
In the earliest days of European settlement the land either side of the Moorabool river below Sutherland's Creek down to Fyansford was occupied by the Manifold brothers. Above the confluence of Sutherland's Creek with the Moorabool, the land was occupied by Joseph Sutherland. According to fellow squatter Thomas Manifold, Sutherland took up the land in 1836. Joseph was a Scotsman and amongst the earliest settlers in the Port Phillip District. The only other information I have been able to discover, indicates that he was on his Sutherland's Creek Run at least during 1842-1843, but soon moved on to more distant pastures.
It’s autumn, so it must be time for the annual reflection on Mountain Journal.
Fires in Tasmania, unprecedented heating of the planet, a good winter, fewer direct threats to the Alps, but the slow burn of climate change …
You can read the reflection here.
This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with Angie playing songs from her plethora of albums she's never played live before. As well as a mini-rave from Holden Hands whom the organisers describe as “exuberant to the point of derangement”. What a spectacle.
Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.
Having blown up at SXSW, impressing industry and fans alike, Fantastic Negrito is an exciting and poignant artist not only creating quality, stirring R&B and blues music, but living and standing for the heart of the blues: the desperate, urgent, struggle crafted into raw, honest music.
As the largely unnoticed middle child in a very large family, no-one was more surprised by his talent and subsequent success than Xavier Dphrepaulezz (Fantastic Negrito) himself!
‘I was the eighth of 14 kids who grew up in one house,’ laughs Xavier, ‘I didn’t think I got enough attention! I was an exhibitionist and I didn’t know I had talent. I did a talent show when I was 17. I didn’t know if I had musical talent, but I embarked on a musical path!’
Turns out he did have musical talent. And certainly a lot more than his fair share.
‘I realised I had an aptitude for instruments, and I was singing and playing and then, four years after I started, I got signed up to a multimillion-dollar record deal!’
Pretty impressive for someone who didn’t pick up an instrument until 17! Xavier, aka Fantastic Negrito, attributes his songwriting talent to the intuitive way he came to music in the first place....
FRESH BLOOD – OLD WOUNDS – PORT ARTHUR MASSACRE 1996 ONE MAN SHOT AND KILLED thirty-five people at Port Arthur in Tasmania on Sunday, 28 April 1996. First news of this grisly event came to me, a Tasmanian, in Melbourne as I was watching the arts programme on ABC television. By the convention reserved for very bad or very good news, or for Tattslotto results, a strip of words ran across the bottom of the screen every few minutes, repeating the brief facts of the massacre, gradually adding to the number of corpses. If the name 'Port Arthur' had not been there; if there had been the name of some other place, some other state, some other country, the news would have been horrifying, shocking, wounding. But for Australians, and perhaps for Tasmanians in particular, the very name of Port Arthur chills, and it resonates evil; the place is saturated with a dark and purgatorial past. Even before any details were available, the thought of the murders themselves, coupled with their occurrence at Port Arthur in 1996, stirred in my heart and soul a deep dread which gripped me with a terror akin to the emotions felt during a recurring nightmare. My blood was chilled, but I was not entirely surprised. Many of the ugly chapters of Australia's past have been effectively erased, but torture, suffering, cruelty and death have always clung to the name 'Port Arthur'. If that is the case, an innocent stranger might ask, how was it that so many people were visiting Port Arthur that Sunday? Do people go there as people visit, for instance, Dachau? Do people come to pay their respects to the dead of the distant past and to wonder at the human capacity for evil, suffering and courage? To remember? To be sure the true past is not forgotten? Not really. Port Arthur today is a kind of theme park where tourists go to forget and to enjoy. That is really why it was worth a killer's while, because innocent visitors were gathered there, eating, drinking, enjoying the weather and the view, prepar....
Bluesfest festival director Peter Noble discovered Kaleo on a recent trip to their home country Iceland and couldn’t wait to introduce the four-piece band to Bluesfest audiences.
JJ is the principal songwriter for the Icelandic group who blend folk, blues, country and rock to create a dreamy layered sound.
However, don’t think Bjork. Kaleo couldn’t be farther away.
‘We’re not anywhere close to that sound. I am inspired by old American music – blues music. My music probably has a more American sound, although we do add our sound to the mix.’
So if they had to box their sound in a genre, where would Kaleo sit?
‘I don’t try to limit myself to genres. If you do come to the show or listen to the album we’ll be releasing this summer you will hear that we vary from country or folk all the way to some rock’n’roll,’ says JJ.
Most recently the band recorded in Nashville, a place JJ believes is the perfect melting pot for recording artists.
‘We are fond of Nashville. It’s a special place and it’s certainly changed from being the country place. That is still there but now there is a focus on all kinds of music. Everything is there. We recorded at Blackbird Studios, which is one of the best studios in the world.’
The process of taking a song from concept to playlist is something that intrigues JJ.
‘I write the music, and then we kind of jam it out. It’s quite different for...
Having to interview Mick Fleetwood was a bit nerve-wracking.
The stories that surround the man are bigger than the man himself. And he’s something like six foot six.
He lives in remarkable health in Maui, seemingly impervious to the years on the road and of wine, women and song. And massive amounts of cocaine. In his book he admits to snorting what is the equivalent to a line of coke 11 kilometres long. That would be like snorting all the way from my house to Brunswick Heads!
Mick Fleetwood made rock’n’roll forged in the same furnace that made Keith Richards.
To this day Fleetwood continues to live his life his way, oblivious to his fame. This is not a man who would ever go unnoticed.
‘I don’t have a problem with being famous or whatever, and the whole of Fleetwood Mac are like that. For me I guess it’s because of the name and because I am six foot six. I am not looking to hide. I love meeting people and saying hello.’
With Mick on drums, the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band features Rick Vito up front. This veteran bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist will add his personal touch while staying true to the early stylings of Peter Green.
So with decades on the road, how has touring changed?...
How good is forgetting about easter and then remembering you have the day off tomorrow on a Thursday. Thanks to christianity you can party tonight at Oxford Art Factory's new late night dance club, BBE featuring Canada's Grandtheft and local heroes GG Magree and A-Tonez. Pre-load on a six pack of hot cross buns and start the long weekend right, TGIT.
New laws changing the way Australians elect senators will face a High Court challenge.
The first directions hearing will be held in Sydney via video link from Perth before Chief Justice Robert French at 11am (AEDT) on Thursday, two days after Family First senator Bob Day filed an application challenging the changes.
It comes less than a week after the changes cleared parliament, following a marathon 40-hour debate.
‘Political parties have seized control of the states’ house, the Senate, and I look forward to hearing what the High Court has to say about that,’ Senator Day says.
The federal government has insisted the changes are constitutionally sound and will withstand any challenge.
It argues the changes will hand power back to the people, allowing voters to choose their own preferences rather than having them directed via backroom deals.
At the next federal election, voters will allocate their own preferences by numbering at least six boxes above the line on a Senate ballot paper.
Below the line they need only number 12 boxes.
Senator Day and other crossbenchers argue these changes will prevent minor parties and independents from getting elected, ignoring the will of the three million voters who voted for them at the last federal election....
Last Mullum Music Festival I spied a familiar face that I hadn’t seen in some time. ‘Jez Mead, is that you?’ Fortunately for us in the Byron Shire, this place has elastic strands. People may leave, but we know they’ll be back. And with a talent like Jez, it’s worth the wait for his musical rebound, right back to home base.
Jez, where have you been and what have you been doing over the last few years? What drew you back to the Byron Shire?
I’ve spent the last five years in the Victorian goldfields having a break from gigging. I was a little worn out from going round the countryside and basically needed to regroup. I spent the time in the country playing the trumpet (something I had done at school) and writing instrumental songs for what has now become a band called The Golden Mile.
As much as I love central Vic, I had really missed the beach, the weather and friends up here.
How do you approach songwriting? How would you describe yourself as a songwriter?
Songwriting for me is quite a random thing; it comes when it comes, and when it does it can be quite a few songs in a row, and when it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I think i...
Liam Kiernan and Sharon Sharbi are the creative force behind Byron Bay Records. ‘We are both music oriented,’ says Liam. ‘We both like electronic music – in particular house, minimal, techno, but there are lots of different genres – we cover the whole scheme, from tech house, which involves trance music, to progressive trance.’
Launched last year, Byron Bay Records has built an impressive resource for DJs. ‘DJs can access the tracks Sharon has made; most DJs are DJing other people’s tracks. The idea of Byron Bay Records is to collaborate and remix other people’s tracks. We can add things to the track or we can give a compilation.
You can buy it as MP3 files, or we can make it onto vinyl, but these days it’s all electronic; the records are going by the wayside. These days you just need a computer and a track controller.’
After 12 months in operation Byron Bay Records are ready to put on a party. ‘It’s our first party,’ says Liam. ‘It’s at Durrumbul Hall on 2 April. It’s a showcase. We have seven DJs who are playing the same sort of music we are producing: Scott Freedman from Melbourne, and from Brisbane we have Rikki Newton and Sharon is Shazay; he wil...
Polka Dot Productions welcome the remarkably talented Claire Anne Taylor with local hotshot rhythm section Matt Bone (Starboard Cannons), double bass, and Grant Gerathy (John Butler Trio, Angus Stone) drums, to Club Mullum. Claire Anne Taylor is a rare kind of singer. Her extraordinary voice comes from some deep elemental place and audiences can’t help but be touched by it.
Winning the Bluesfest Busking Competition prompted Taylor to move to Byron Bay to record her debut album Elemental. The infectious first single Judge is receiving rave reviews and airplay on Triple J from Sarah Howells, RN’s The Inside Sleeve with Paul Gough, Lucky Oceans’ Daily Planet and community radio all over Australia.
Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that take audiences on a journey of raw honesty. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. Taylor’s stage presence is powerfully captivating and her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something very special.
Club Mullum – The Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, on Sunday 3 April at 3pm. Tix at the door $15.
Elizabeth McMahon and David Brooks (editors), Southerly Vol 75 No 2 2015: The Naked Writer 2 (The Journal of the English Association, Sydney, Brandl & Schlesinger)
John Kinsella and Charmaine Papertalk-Green have a collaborative poem in this Southerly. The son of an Anglo-Celtic farmer, Kinsella lived in Geraldton, Western Australia, for the last three years of high school. Papertalk-Green is a Yamaji woman who grew up in nearby Mallewa and now lives just outside Geraldton. The poem – actually a sequence of poems written by the two poets alternately – responds to the works of Western Australian religious architect Monsignor John Hawes as enduring symbols of colonisation.
In what looks like an anxious concern that readers appreciate the significance of the poem, it is embedded in an article by Kinsella, ‘Eclogue Failure or Success: the Collaborative Activism of Poetry’, which among other things spells out the back story, makes learned observations about Virgil’s Eclogues, quotes Wikipedia, throws in a few Greek words, and makes sure we don’t confuse the poem’s first-person elements with the ‘entirely self-interested and subjective’ phenomenon of the selfie. Kinsella is willing to risk being annoyingly self-important if that’s what it takes to ensure that we take him and his collaboration with Papertalk-Green seriously.
Maybe it worked, or maybe the poems would have spoken for themselves, but it’s the kind of project that makes one glad to be alive in the time that it is happening. (Of course, it’s not unique: another stunning example is My Darling Patricia’s 2011 theatrical work, ...
Tasmania’s wilderness will be abuzz with artists as part of a conservation campaign.
More than 100 photographers, musicians, printmakers, painters and dancers are due to spread across 450,000 hectares of the Tarkine wilderness in the state’s northwest, starting from Thursday.
Their aim is to capture the beauty of the region and show it to the world, Bob Brown Foundation spokeswoman Jenny Weber said.
‘From windswept coastlines to the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, 120 artists will locate in several diverse locations through the Tarkine.
‘The great body of work … will show the people of our great cities what will be lost forever if we don’t act to protect it.’
More than 1000 hectares of the Tarkine are due to be logged over coming years, in a move Ms Weber labelled a “global shame”.
Over three days there will be a series of base camps set up throughout the Tarkine, from where artists will explore the surrounding rivers, beaches, mountains and forests to find inspiration.
Their works will be put on show for audiences around Australia.
Former Australian Greens leader Dr Brown said the region is under threat from industry and recreation.
‘More than 90 per cent is under mineral exploration licence and logging is proceeding in the eucalypt forests and rainforests of the Tarkine,’ he said.
‘The heritage coast is...
Australia’s new submarines will need the range and endurance to patrol far out into the Pacific or Indian Oceans or up into the South China Sea. For that, a nuclear boat would be ideal.
Nuclear subs – nukes – can travel fast and stay submerged almost indefinitely, without the need to come to periscope depth every few days to run a diesel engine to charge batteries.
Submariners refer to this periodic need to come to the surface as the “indiscretion rate”.
It’s when a submarine is most vulnerable to detection.
Successive Australian governments have ruled out the nuclear option for the 12 next-generation subs which will replace the Navy’s six Collins boats.
But a future government could head down the nuclear path, perhaps around mid-century, and Australia would be part of the way there should it choose French shipbuilder DCNS’ Shortfin Barracuda as our new sub.
That’s because this design is a derivative of the company’s new Barracuda nuclear attack submarine, fitted with diesel-electric propulsion instead of a nuclear reactor.
As part of its sales pitch, DCNS is touting a nuclear growth p...
Police are probing a spate of break-ins at Coraki last weekend, including the town’ fire station, golf club and nursing home.
The premises, including tow homes, were broken into between 4pm on Sunday and 6am Monday.
At the Coraki Fire Station, the thieves stole fire-fighting tools and equipment, and after finding the keys, stole the fire truck and drove it a short distance away to Adams Street.
A golf cart was also stolen from a home in Union Street and was used to move items from the fire station.
Around 2pm on Monday, officers from Richmond Local Area Command searched a housing estate at Box Ridge and found the keys to the fire appliance along with several other items believed to be connected to the burglaries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious around the locations to contact Lismore detectives on 02 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said it was particularly ‘disgusting’ to see offenders targeting emergency service facilities.
‘Emergency service equipment is vital to ensure the safety of the local community,’ he said.
‘Stealing items for personal gain which can save lives is disappointing.
‘I’m urging anyone who can assist my investigators in finding those responsible to contact them. Information can also be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers.’
Belgium’s chief prosecutor has named two brothers as the Islamic State suicide bombers who killed at least 31 people in the most deadly attacks in Brussels’ history, but says another key suspect is on the run.
Tuesday’s attacks on a city sent shockwaves across Europe and around the world, with authorities racing to review security at airports and on public transport.
It also rekindled debate about lagging European security co-operation and flaws in police surveillance.
The Belgian federal prosecutor told a news conference on Wednesday that Ibrahim El Bakraoui, 29, one of two men who blew themselves up at Brussels airport, had left a will on a computer dumped in a rubbish bin near...
The name of this new club night makes me imagine some greasy extra in Studio 54 getting shoulder barged by a coke-addled Ryan Phillippe….“Hey man, keep it disco”. Obviously though, with sets from Mike Who, Anno from Love Bombs, Paul Jextra and Brudo & Hux, you're in for a more mellow party with your friends this long weekend. Think more of the vibes in the below mix rather than doing the hustle in gold hotpants.
Israel’s Cellebrite, a mobile forensic software provider, is helping the FBI’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has reported.
If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc, the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources.
Cellebrite officials declined to comment on the matter.
Apple is engaged in a legal battle with the US Justice Department over a judge’s order that it write new software to disable passcode protection on the iPhone used by the shooter.
The two sides were set to face off in court on Tuesday, but on Monday a federal judge agreed to the government’s request to postpone the hearing after US prosecutors said a “third party” had presented a possible method for opening an encrypted iPhone.
The development could bring an abrupt end to the high-stakes legal showdown that has become a lightning rod for a broader debate on data privacy in the...
In 2014, Premier Li Keqiang offered $US20 billion in loans to Southeast Asia, while visiting Myanmar to attend an East Asian summit, an attractive proposition for a region struggling to fund the roads, ports and railways needed for growth.
Li made the new offer, which includes 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) in preferential loans and a $US10 billion credit line, to the leaders of five countries along the Mekong River on Wednesday.
He was speaking at a summit with leaders from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the southern Chinese resort town of Sanya on Hainan island.
His comments were carried on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website and by the official Xinhua news agency.
Such offers of financial aid are not unusual at such get-togethers.
He did not give a timeframe for when the funds may be dispersed.
Li added that he would push China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its Silk Road fund to also fund projects in the region, and ensure a greater use for China’s yuan currency in dealings with the five countries.
‘There are six countries on one river. The Lancang-Mekong sub-region is our joint home,’ Li said, referring to the Chinese name for the upper part of the river that runs through China.
‘Over the many years of being neighbours, we have become family,’ he added....
ALL Makes Automotive proved once again to be the best community
bowlers in Ocean Grove by taking out the Ocean Grove Bowling Club’s
Community Bowls trophy for the third time.
A total of 32 teams competed over four Mondays with three teams being undefeated after the preliminary rounds – Ocean Grove Automotive, Bellarine Furniture and Bay 13 Bowlers. Prestige Jayco joined the three unbeaten teams in the semi-finals, where Ocean Grove Automotive defeated Bellarine Furniture in the final.
Co-ordinator Jon McConville said the tournament was again a huge success. “There was no rain, no interuptions and we had an Italian night to finish it all off and I think everyone enjoyed their bowls, enjoyed their meals of pasta and pizza and enjoyed their drinks,” he said.
More than 150 bowlers competed in the annual event which pits local businesses against each other, but also allows the mix and mingle in the social atmosphere of barefoot bowls.
I was fascinated to encounter a small flock of White-breasted Woodswallows earlier this week on the Moolort Plains. Having not sighted one all summer I had falsely assumed they hadn’t paid us a visit. White-breasted Woodswallows are almost always associated with water and they regularly breed on and around Cairn Curran, sometimes near where the Loddon River enters the storage. They are migrants, usually arriving in October from northern climes. This flock was hawking insects above a roadside Grey Box – if you look closely, in one of the photographs below the smudges of tiny flying insects can be seen in abundance.
A Lennox Head based Qantas pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed a light plane into the ocean off Byron Bay, Sydney media has reported.
The pilot had been flying passenger jets shortly before his death.
The report in the Daily Telegraph says that pilot Paul Whyte had been struggling with a broken marriage and rented a plane from a Lismore flying club before making a final phone call to his daughters.
He disappeared into the ocean six nautical miles off Byron Bay.
The search for the Cessna 172 off the north coast was called off at noon yesterday by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
The last known radar contact made with the plane was at around 4.50pm on Tuesday while the plane flew over water, 11km north east of Cape Byron,
Police Marine Area Command are still looking for debris
The Daily Telegraph report said that Qantas initially refused to confirm Mr Whyte worked for the airline but later admitted he was an employee.
Just Eat It: a film about food waste, guarantees you will never look at your fridge the same way again. We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing more than a third of it in the bin? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.
After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. See foodwastemovie.com for further information about the film-makers and the movie.
The film screening is preceded by a ‘leftover makeover’ cooking demonstration from 6pm – 7pm by local sustainable food consultant and chef: Alison Drover
Bookings are essential for the cooking demonstration with a capacity of 25. Those attending the cooking demonstration may also stay for the movie.
April 27, 2016
Cooking demonstration: 6pm
Movie screening: 7.30pm
For further information visit www.byroncentre.com.au
Mandy’s off to Blues and these are the things she really ( really, REALLY), want to see.
With three albums under his belt, singer/songwriter Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most breathtaking soul artists in the world today.
Drawing inspiration from musical heroes including Stevie Wonder, Stone gracefully blends everything from edgy soul-pop and earthy folk-rock to throwback R&B and Parliament-inspired funk. He has performed on the likes of The Late Show with David Letterman, graced the pages of the New York Times, performed with Macklemore, landed a gig as the opening act for soul legend Al Green, and this Easter weekend Stone plays Bluesfest.
Saturday and Sunday at Crossroads stage
Monday at Jambalaya stage
A 61-year-old man has been charged over a clandestine drug laboratory in Lismore Heights which police raided last year and believed to be used for manufacturing cocaine.
The man was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) at a flat in East Lismore and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 16 May.
On 8 July last year , officers from the Richmond Local Area Command Target Action Group (TAG) executed a search warrant at a home on High Street, Lismore, following investigations into the supply of drugs in the Lismore area,
At the home, police allegedly found a clandestine drug laboratory. A crime scene was established.
On 9 July last year, police from the Chemical Operations Unit helped by Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT officers, examined the premises.
A number of items used in the alleged manufacture of drugs, believed to be cocaine, were seized.
Police say all items have undergone forensic examination, confirming the existence of the first known cocaine extraction facility in NSW.
I’m concerned about the reaction to the new cycling regulations that came into force in NSW earlier this month.
The new laws include drastically increased fines for dangerous cycling and not wearing a helmet, as well as higher penalties for drivers who fail to leave an adequate buffer zone.
One notable headline declared that these new laws will make NSW the ‘laughing stock of the world’, because of the requirement for cyclists to carry ID.
But I’m not laughing, and neither are the thousands of people injured or killed on country roads every year.
Sharing the roads with cyclists is often painted as a city issue, but the popularity of cycling seems to be growing in rural and semi-rural areas. The difference is that most country roads weren’t designed with cycling in mind.
A quick look at the latest NSW crash data shows one cyclist is injured on country roads for every three in metropolitan areas. That ratio almost doubles for fatalities, with two regional cycling deaths for every three in the city.
I deal with road accident victims every day and the reality is that life changing crashes take place on otherwise completely ordinary days, in familiar locations, often with little warning.
These new laws may be controversial but ultimately they are about safety and the problem they are addressing is a real one.
Fiona Ley, Senior Associate, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
No doubt police will be out in force this Easter, so it is important to alert other motorists of their presence by flashing your lights or waving an alert.
The law says you can flash your high-beam headlights to warn other motorists of dangers in certain circumstances, so long as you don’t dazzle other road users. Some road rules indicate that you cannot flash your high beams at closer than 200m.
However, if you do it in the daytime, you can’t be accused of dazzling drivers with a few hundred watts of headlight when there’s a multi-billion-watt lightbulb in the sky, can you?
… Australia, we are told, is the lucky country - the land of the fair go, a land where mateship creates strong bonds, a country which, on the whole, is a good place to live and work. It has class divisions but they are not entrenched as they are in the UK. It has racial divisions but they are not as toxic as those in the US. • Australia’s favourite gardener • Ed had a bit-part in the festival, moderating a session with Julian Burnside, Alice Pung and Michael Cathcart ... • Bob Brown’s Tasmania • Her most Excellent Excellency
I was lucky enough to get a ticket on a rare tour of the conservation department in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was incredible to see what goes on behind the scenes in caring for objects. Above: restoration of The Great Bookcase by William Burges. Below: painstaking restoration of a crewel-work bed hanging, representing […]
Air pollution spiked off the graph in several Huon Valley towns on Tuesday morning, after Forestry Tasmania lit multiple regeneration burns around the Huon on Monday afternoon. … • Ben Lohberger in Comments: UPDATE: Forestry Tasmania announced at 10am on Tuesday morning that it would light eight regen burns in southern Tasmania, but ultimately lit only two of those fires. It’s not clear whether they lit less fires because of air quality concerns in the Huon, or the widespread Telstra outage this afternoon, or some other issue. A mate has suggested the much lighter smoke pollution this morning in the much bigger population centre of Hobart was probably the reason, but who knows. • New move to protect Freycinet National Park Business owners, residents and shack owners are launching the Freycinet Action Network Facebook page as an information and networking hub for people concerned about the proper management and over development of the Freycinet National Park, such as new heli-tourism and the proposed expansion of RACT’s Lodge and its construction of a high-end caravan park. As a first post, the page will publish a graphic image of the true extent of the Hodgman Government’s plans to open the Coles Bay Visitor Services Zone to new commercial leases and tourism development … • TT MEDIA HERE where there are permanent links to what the Pollies say ...
2PP Aggregate: 51.3 to Coalition (-0.2 since last
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority
In this issue:
Voting intention and aggregation
Leaderships: Turnbull Goes Negative
Metapoll Or Metaparasite?
Polls Fail In Brisbane
Other Polling (Includes worst poll of the week)
After one of those days constitution junkies love, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may have just started a 103-day countdown to a July 2 double-dissolution. We won't know for sure until we see whether the recalled Senate goes to water over the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation, but the early noises from the crossbench are defiant. Should the crossbench indeed refuse to pass the bills, we're looking at at least eight weeks in which the election date will be absolutely clear, but perhaps a few more. Campaigns this long have been in disrepute since Bob Hawke bored the nation into liking Andrew Peacock in 1984, but it was not always thus. Menzies called a long campaign in 1958 and the experience didn't scare him off doing it again three years later.
The government enters this new phase of the leadup in a reasonable but not stellar polling position. A rapid plunge in its standing in February shows signs of levelling out short of actually gifting Labor the lead. However, there's a fair bit of variation in the individual poll results. This fortnight we've seen 2PP scores for the Coalition of 53 from Ipsos, 52 from ReachTEL, 51 from Newspoll, two 50s from Essential and 49.5 from Morgan. The 50.5-49.5 lead to Labor in Morgan was the first time Labor has led the 2PP in any of the 55 polls taken since the removal of the previous PM Tony Abbott. Morgan has tended to lean t...
Dates: 1st April to 12th of April
Opening Night: Friday 1st of April, 6pm
Downstairs Gallery Exhibition
Dis-order brings together the works of six artists: Vanghoua Anthony Vue, Carol Mac, Caitlin Halsall, Kevin Foo, Mark Feiler and Chris Kunko. This exhibition will explore the themes of order and disorder from different perspectives, and the exhibition will feature a variety of mediums and artistic strategies, such as video art, painting, drawing, ‘painting booths’ and installation.
Vue explores the theme of disorder as displacement, and he draws his themes and images from disparate sources, ranging from traditional Hmong images to popular culture.
Mac is interested in chance and randomness: her drawings and paintings often originate from objects of her upbringing, random images culled from magazines, and exploring mark-making.
Halsall’s quirky and colourful ‘painting booths’ are cobbled from a variety of disassembled and dismantled materials. Her works are chaotic, whimsical and playful.
Foo’s conceptual practice concerns the quest for the meaning of art. On the other hand, he is also interested in the spirituality of mathematics, the order of nature and mindfulness.
Feiler’s paintings depict human subjects going about their daily business, unmindfully absorbed in their thoughts and activities. Feiler’s works speak about the need for quietude and self-awareness in the turbulent and inauthentic contemporary life.
Kunko paints self-portraits in order to explore disorder in his mind: the experience of confusing and chaotic voices constantly chattering in his head.
Image: Carol Mac, Intersect Series No. II, 2016,...
Winner of the 2015 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, Jeremy Eden, “Self Portrait in Plastic” 2015
Queensland to create new opportunities for refugees
Queensland is set to take part in the Commonwealth’s ‘Safe Haven Enterprise Visa’ scheme, opening all of Queensland's regions to eligible refugees. This definition includes people who have arrived in Australia illegally and have demonstrated an intention to work or study in Australia.
Multicultural Afairs Minister Grace Grace cannot provide exact numbers, but expresses the decision as a win for eligible asylum seekers and for Queensland’s understaffed rural areas.
Former Local High School teacher pleads not guilty to indecent treatment of children
A former private school teacher has pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to indecent treatment of children.
Yesterday the jury heard video testimony from former students, describing the defendant’s alleged questionable conduct in 2013 and 2014.
All evidence has now been presented, and the court will hear closing submission in the case today.
Brisbane man successfully appeals revoked visa
Chilean Ricardo Bolvaran has successfully appealed the revocation of his visa and should return to Brisbane.
The 42 year old had spent the last 41 years of his life in Australia when he was deported for drug-related offences last year.
The recovering ice addict is having trouble obtaining a resident return visa from the Australian embassy in Chile, as he does not have Australian citizenship or passport.
I'm filling in at my borther's site for a couple of days while he's away on business. (Business seems to consist of drinking in gondolas.)
He runs a succesful little digibiz site I've mentioned before; WHICH-50. The name comes from an ad industry aphorism. 'We know fifty perecent of advertising works, we just don't know which fifty.'
I like to bring my own take to these things. So I started with The lessons of Boaty McBoatface.
QUT to hold forum on Indigenous IP rights
The Queensland University of Technology are hosting a forum this morning to discuss the protecting the intellectual property of indigenous Australians.
Professor of IP and Innovation Matthew Rimmer says there is a long history of misappropriation of indigenous intellectual property in Australia and around the world.
Professor Rimmer says David Unaipon, whose image appears on the $50 note, was an Indigenous storyteller, inventor, and activist who experienced early battles over misappropriation of his creations
Media Release 3 March 2016
Environmentalist Bob Brown has called on Premier Hodgman to
enforce the Federal Court ruling keeping part of the Tarkine
coastline free of destructive off-road vehicles.
‘Rangers and police should uphold the Federal Court’s judgement, as with any other court decision. A dozen police were sent to enforce the Lapoinya logging, the same should apply in enforcing protection of the Tarkine rich Aboriginal and natural heritage.’ Bob Brown said.
‘The Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s call for more 4WD access is as illogical as its previous backing of failed mining ventures in the Tarkine, but I welcome any moves by them to appeal the Federal Court ruling,’ Brown said.
Jenny Weber 0427 366 929
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