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Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing (Vintage 2013)
My copy of All the Birds, Singing announces on the cover that it won the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. As I read the first chapter, which is set in a generic British countryside, I wondered about that prize, given the insistence in past years that the Miles Franklin winner had to be set in Australia. The first paragraph of the second chapter put my questioning to rest:
We are a week from the end of the job in Boodarie. Im in the shower at the side of the tractor shed watching the thumb-sized redback thats always sat at the top of the shower head. She hasnt moved at all except to raise a leg when I turn on the tap, like the waters too cold for her.
Then, as if Boodarie and the redback arent enough to signal that we are now in rural Australia, the next paragraph lays it on thick:
The day has been a long and hot one the tip of March, and under the crust of the galvo roof the air in the shearing shed has been thick like soup, flies bloating about in it.  The first stars are bright needles, and in the old Moreton Bay fig that hangs over the tractor shed and drops nuts on the roof while I sleep, a currawong and a white galah are having it out; I can hear the blood-thick bleat of them. A flying fox goes overhead and just like that the smell of the place changes and night has settled in the air.
The novel continues in alternate chapters. On an unnamed British island, the protagonist has a small sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep. In Australia, some years earlier, she is a lone woman shearer, with a dark secret in her past. On the island, she has to deal with a series of men who refuse to take her story of a sheepkiller seriously. In Australia, the telling moves back in time through a series of unfortunate incidents, mostly involving physical and sexual abuse by men.
Its a good read, but I have to tell you that if, like me, you prefer a book that sets up a mystery to arrive at a solution to that mystery, you will want, like me, to throw this one across the room when you reach the final pages.
Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...
Music is a powerful force for unity. Its an international language that crosses borders. And its hard to be enemies with people who make you sing and dance. Music can undermine political regimes, which is why they sometimes prevent you hearing the stuff that might make you think theres a better way to live.
In early 1985, the Komsomol, the youth wing of the Soviet Communist Party, drew up a list of Western musical acts not to be played on the radio, or in clubs and discos. They were ideologically harmful although in most cases the list didnt specify how or why.
Scroll down for the Spotify of acts banned for sex, punk, neofascism and more
The list cites many reasons these 38 acts were not to be played, including violence, eroticism, punk, mysticism and religious obscurantism. Its probably lost something in the translation, and picked up some spelling errors along the way. But it reveals a deeper knowledge of Western music than might have been expected in the 1985 Soviet Union.
The blacklist had a catchy title the approximate list of foreign musical groups and artists whose repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions. Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and Julio Iglesias are on it, with Madness, B-52s, Alice Cooper, The Village People, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, AC/DC and a Swiss band that sounds just like them called Krokus.
Its sinister and hilarious all at once, a reminder of just how hot the Cold War became in the mid 80s, and how daggy political folks can seem when they have to deal with the youth.
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Ready to get your fingers dusty? Music nerd Christmas is almost here!
Where technology has navigated most of us towards online streaming, the annual Record Store Day manages to steer us back to the significance of the tangible, as record stores sugar things up worldwide with stacks of deals, giveaways and events. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day will be held this Saturday, 21st April, with local dealers curating their own magic for the day, as well as selling a bundle from the exhaustive RSD exclusive list. Check out the parties happening at the following local stores this Record Store Day. Happy hunting!
A journey down the Leisure Coast will land you a tops afternoon in Thirroul, as Franks Wild Years are going all out with live sets from The Jim Mitchells, Spike Vincent, Stefan Blair (Good Morning), Tropical Strength and Luke Spook. A store name nodding the great Tom Waits, youll probably find some of the artists exclusive releases amongst the crates, too.
Grab yourself a drink and head down to the basement of Mojo Records for a suite of new and used vinyl. The guys are offering 10% off new releases and 20% off secondhand as well as Audio-Technica turntables. Sift through with a drink in hand as happy hour will be running from 12-6pm, capped off by a live performance from Melbournes Wild Meadows at 6:30pm as part of their album launch tour.
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Bird photography is a challenge in low light and the switch from daylight saving to regular time has taken me by surprise.
Nonetheless, it can still be rewarding, as there is often a flurry of activity just before dusk as diurnal species prepare for the night ahead. My favourite dam on South German Track was full of action last evening as a host of different species arrived for final drink before settling.
San Francisco is a hip, cool destination that has something for the whole family. Expedia.com asked me to share a guide to experiencing San Francisco with tweens. We have two tweens in our family, one likes all things adventurous and exciting while the other likes museums and educational attractions. Add some cultural experiences and you have the perfect destination
Where to stay in San Francisco Hotel Union
Square Hotel Union Square is in the centre of the San Francisco Shopping District. Situated on the cable car line in the downtown area, the boutique hotel is 2 blocks from Union Square and 4 blocks from the Moscone Center and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The sounds of ringing cable car bells recall the nostalgic old San Francisco days. Built over 100 years ago in 1913 for the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. Union Square Hotel is an amazing mix of art deco and classic San Francisco style. For more information on hotels in San Francisco...
Sydney FC lifted the A-Leagues Premiership Plate last Friday night as the first club to achieve the title back to back. The final fixture of [more]
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This years Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is almost here. Organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, this years free Fair Day event will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Quota Park in Nambour. The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is in its 11th year and has a theme this year of We Are ...
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At 7.15 am on October 29 1977, Annette Louise Morgan set off down inner city Sydneys Glebe Point Road to meet a friend at the notorious St Pauls College at Sydney University. Less than two hours later, her body was found dumped on a pile of rubble in a gully by the college oval. The 18-year-old Royal
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A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.
Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.
Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.
We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.
Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.
A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.
In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....
ANZAC DAY commemorations start in earnest this week with Anzac Sunday and numerous Dawn Services dominating around TWT Territory including The End of the Centenary [more]
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Mullumbimby ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March will be taking place this Wednesday, 25 April and everyone is welcome to attend this or the main service.
The significant thing is that 100 years ago we went to war to support an Empire and a white Australia, said Paul Smith, president of the Mullumbimby sub-branch of the RSL.
Now we are a multi-cultrual society who support self-determination here and anywhere we can in the world. The ANZAC spirit has been constant but what it seeks to preserve now has changed along with the values of our society.
The Dawn Service will begin at 4.30am at the Cenotaph opposite the Mullumbimby ex-services club while people gathering for the main service are asked to gather just before 11am at the Cenotaph.
Road closures will take place on Dally Street between Burringbar and Tincogan Streets from 4am till Noon while New city Road, Argyle Street, Station
Street and Burringabar Street will be closed between 10:45am till 11:15am. There will be an alternative route on Argyle and Station Streets between 10:45am to approx. 10:55am; Then go north on Station Street to Tincogan and Gordon Streets; or south on Station Street to Fern and Dally Streets and River Terrace.
On first listen to Ross Coopers third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, youd be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Coopers
The discount had a cost to taxpayers, since universities were compensated by the Department for upfront payment discounts. If students pay upfront, the risk of the remaining debt not being repaid is removed, as is the interest subsidy for the time that repaid debt is outstanding. The discount is only worthwhile from a taxpayer perspective if it induces upfront payments on a sufficient scale to reduce doubtful debt and interest subsidies by more than the cost of the compensation to universities.
At the time, I supported the decision to abolish the discount, because I doubted that it was generating a net financial benefit for taxpayers.
One reason for this is that various sources of evidence over the years suggested that upfront payments were coming from sources unlikely to be very sensitive to discounts. These include parents wanting their kids to be free of debt, employers, and scholarships. In the 2012 student finances survey, for example, 9 per cent of undergraduates reported receiving money to pay tuition fees.
While abolishing the discount removes any financial incentive for students who will personally hold the debt to pay upfront, some may still choose to do so because they want to be debt free, or for students who already have jobs paying above the HELP repayment threshold wanting to avoid entering the repayment bureaucracy. These students are likely to be part-time, so the student contributions may only be a few thousand dollars a year, similar to or perhaps less their annual HELP repayments (although antiquated repayment rules mean that they will still be able to delay payment interest free for a year).
It may be a little early to judge what impact abolishing the discount will have. As the chart below shows, there is a history of policy changes to the discount not having immediate large impacts (indeed, some are the opposite direction to the one expected). This may be because it takes a while for information about the policy change to trigger behaviour change, particularly for later-year students who may have established habits of paying upfront without paying much attention to the incentives.
Between 2016 and 2017, the...
Sydneys iconic pub and live music venue the Bald Faced Stag has been offloaded by notable Sydney publican Marcus Levy for $7.98 million, according to Commercial Real Estate.
This comes after the venue was accused of ripping off artists earlier this year, with it being reported that bands who played there were owed as much as 40k. It has not yet been announced who bought the venue.
We have been made aware that various shows that were held at the Stag over the last ten months including The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Peep Tempel have been left chasing the pre-sale ticket money they are owed for their sell-out shows at The Stag by Ulladulla Property Services.
The owners, Marvan Hotels wrote in a statement: Its of concern that Ulladulla Property Services did not meet its obligations to suppliers and particularly bands who are the lifeblood of the venue.
The iconic Sydney venue has held the likes of international metal acts like Cattle Decapitation, and Salvia this year, with performances by Sabbat and Pain.
Updates are still to come.
A British man has been sentenced to life in prison for intentionally transmitting HIV to men he met on hookup app Grindr. Daryll Rowe reportedly told his partners he was HIV-negative and insisted on having unprotected sex, and if they refused, he would poke a hole in the condom before using it. The 27-year-old hairdresser ...
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After 26 years of running the annual Nimbin MardiGrass this year they are celebrating the fact that cannabis is finally being recognised as a medicine.
It looks like the argument is pretty much over as to whether cannabis is a medicine or not, its just about who gets to make all the money from it now, says Michael Balderstone, president of Nimbins HEMP Embassy, chief sponsor of the annual Cannabis law reform protest and gathering.
There is a lot of passion this year as cannabis has been in the news so much and more and more of the general population has woken up to what a good medicine the plant is and how we have been lied to.
This years MardiGrass is being seen as the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition, despite the fact that there is no sign of the arrest rate dropping, in fact the opposite.
The hour before dawn is the darkest, says Michael. The truth cant be hidden much longer and we have a handful of speakers travelling from North America to tell us how legal weed is working over there.
New highlights in this years crammed program include a Cannabis Hypothetical putting a panel of ten politicians, doctors, lawyers, healers and patients on the spot. The quick witted Queenslander Dr Deb Waldren will wear Geoffrey Robertsons shoes while a grassroots market in the Nimbin Community Centre will be a meeting place for local visionaries to showcase the rich and diverse range of alternative and sustainable ways of existing on this planet.
It is also the 45th anniversary of the legendary Aquarius Festival and the dream still lives on as does the music. To celebrate on Sunday there will be the Billy Cliffs Aquarius Legends dress up competition which has already attracted a dozen entries including Bob Dylan two Neil Youngs, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and John Lennon.
Were encouraging everyone to dress up and celebrate this year the beginning of the end of us being criminals for using pot, says Michael....
Looking for something to do on Saturday, 28 April? The Brunswick Scouts are pulling out all the stops and holding a free family friendly fundraiser Friends for Life with bands, raffles, great junior acts and some fun kids activities in Brunswick Heads at the Terrace Reserve Sound Shell.
We have secured some fantastic sponsorship and support from local businesses on the day and were very excited about the event, said Sean Tonnet, one of the parent organisers.
The day starts at 11am and the scouts are inviting all the community to bring a picnic rug, relax and have some fun getting involved in all the activities.
If you want to find out more about the Scouts or just have a relaxing day out in Bruns head down between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, April 28.
Local organisations are getting behind the project to help provide shelter to Byrons homeless during extreme wet weather events by providing the Byron Community Centre with $12,000 in seed money.
The recent fundraiser at Billinudgel Hotels Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink run by the Cunning Stunts has been combined with $5,000 from donated from the Harcourts Foundation and a number of organisations and businesses, including both the Anglican and Uniting Church who have offered their halls as shelters, and St Vincent De Paul who have also committed $5000 to the project.
With the rate of homelessness in Byron Bay sitting at 12 times the NSW average and the percentage of rough sleepers seven times the state average (ABS 2011), it may come as a surprise to learn that funding to services addressing homelessness in the Byron Shire was drastically cut in 2015. This lead to the closure of the shires only homeless drop-in centre and emergency accommodation facility.
When the heavy rain sets in for a few days and the flooding starts, people used to at least find some reprieve at the Drop-In centre. Now there is nowhere for people who are sleeping rough to go for shelter, day or night. There is nowhere for them to store their belongings and nowhere to dry out, explained Shanti Des Fours, project coordinator.
More art courses to come later in the year.
If you have an interest in life drawing, life painting, or any other art classes, please contact us to let us know what you would like to do, and when. We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for more art classes in terms 3 and 4. You can come into the office in person, call us on 03 5472 4842, or email us at email@example.com
Community concerns raised over the recently announced location of the new Tweed Valley Hospital on fertile farmland in Cudgen have led to a call from NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker to release information on the 30 sites that were considered for the hospitals construction.
The NSW Health Minister is on the record saying that the Cudgen Road site was selected from more than 30 potential locations across the region. Well its time the Liberal-Nationals came clean and revealed to the community where those alternate locations that they investigated are and why they werent selected for the new hospital site, said Ms Walker.
The Greens have long supported and campaigned for an upgraded Tweed Hospital, but believe that the proposed site at Cudgen Road is not appropriate due to the loss of state significant farmland and concerns that it may unleash further development on the precious red soils across Cudgen Plateau.
A spokesperson for the office of Geoff Provest MP pointed out that according to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the Tweed Valley Hospital site, provided by Health Infrastructure who were in charge of the site selection, there is the intention that this information will be released.
The FAQ provided by his office states that Once the requested debriefs for expression of interest (EOI) proponents have been completed, the project team will provide an overview of the areas in which sites were investigated and the key issues and considerations applicable to each area. However, the onl...
What would it be like to enjoy rare pure black Berkshire pigs that have been bred on botanicals from the small Four Pillars Gin Distillery?
Answer: GIN PIG DINNER!
A pop-up dinner event that will include dishes made entirely from these remarkable pigs, matched with gin cocktails and Yarra Valley wines, for a fully immersive dining experience.
The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.
Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence....
THE Bass Coast Shire Council wants the State Government to pay for another study into feasibility of the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry, one that specifically looks at using the existing Cowes Jetty location as the site for the ferry terminal.
It follows months of community angst, including a protest and many angry emails to councillors and the consultants of the business case EarthCheck over the preferred terminal location mid-way between Mussel Rocks and the Cowes Yacht Club.
On Wednesday night, around 200 people turned out to listen to councillors debate the car ferry, at the Phillip Island Golf Club. Police were also in attendance.
Cr Rothfield believed the recommendation to investigate the Cowes Jetty as the terminal site had merit.
An amended motion, spearheaded by the mayor, also asked the State Government for an Environmental Effects Assessment on the preferred location for the terminal.
The motion passed, but without the support of Cr Michael Whelan, Cr Julian Brown and Cr Geoff Ellis.
I acknowledge along the way there were missteps, Cr Rothfield said.
But I do feel this recommendation shows the community that we listen, we are not hell-bent on ramming through the development of a car ferry infrastructure in a location to which the community is opposed, she said.
I fell that this recommendation shows the community does have a voice and the council has listened.
Councils also vowed to support the car ferry in principle.
I see this ferry as a potential as being our real public transport option, she said, receiving laughs from the crowd.
Council will defer a decision on the business case until an investigation is undertaken of whether the Cowes Jetty is a more suitable location for the terminal.
Pictured below: The Mayor Cr Rothfield has ruled out the option that Rhyll would ever host a car ferry saying the need to constantly dredge a channel, other environmental issues and inconvenience for foot traffic made the site completely unviable.
Also pictured the unpopular Cowes Osborne Beach site has been ruled out by the community.
I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow
("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz
history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short, rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.
You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book HERE
You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.
Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the lack of environmental
credentials of his Council after activist Dailan Pugh highlighted a
lack ecological expertise, abandoning a long held coastline
protection policy and a lack of mitigating the ever increasing
Pugh told The Echo, I think that the principal problem is that Council does not have much ecological expertise. They have an ecologist on their planning staff who reviews development applications (DAs), though she is in a relatively junior position and has a limited role and is often over-ridden.
[Council] need an ecology unit with some clout that deals with ecological assessment across the organisation, and is represented at a high level in the organisation.
Their compliance staff are under-resourced and cant effectively oversee DAs.
They often make decisions with no ecological considerations. Such as when they built the roundabout at the intersection Sunrise Boulevard with Ewingsdale Road they failed to include a koala underpass.
The local landholders DA for West Byron identifies the need for retrospective installation of a koala underpass there, though if Council had the required expertise, they would have recognised it for themselves and done it at the time (it would have been quite simple and cheap to do at the time). Instead, Council has just increased the impediment for koalas and their ability to move between populations to the north and south of Byron.
Currently, they have a proposal to transfer treated effluent from West Byron to flush out the Baywood Lake, which will effectively turn Tallow Creek into a sewerage outlet again. Their proposal gives no consideration what-so-ever as to what impacts this will have on the Cape Byron Marine Park and the dynamics of the estuary. I expect it will increase flooding of properties and the need to artificially manipulate the opening of the estuary with the risk of yet more fish kills. I find it incredible that Council could propose this with no environmental assessment of off-site impacts or consideration of the consequences for the estuary in the marine park. Once again a lack of environmental expertise and care within the organisation....
At a Council of Australian Governments health council meeting last Friday, all state and territory health ministers signed onto a national scheme to streamline patient access to medicinal cannabis products. Federal health minister Greg Hunt said prescribing cannabis medicine will be left up to medical professionals. But once that decision is made, a medicinal cannabis script will
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1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it
wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then
greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.
1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).
1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.
1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.
1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.
1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.
1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.
1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.
1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.
1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.
From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...
DESPITE terrible weather, the Bass Valley Pony Clubs Mini
Dressage Day at Woolamai was well-attended.
It was the pony clubs first dressage event and competitors came from Phillip Island, Cranbourne and Warragul.
They braved the wind and rain to have a fun day out. For the most part, horses coped well with the weather.
The event was successful with friendly committee, great judges, arenas on time, the scores up quickly and presentations shortly followed.
The pony club would like to thank Goodwoods saddlery for donating the rugs for first prize.
It was great to see Bass Valleys own riders out competing with some good results.
For some of them it was their first event.
The club will make this an annual event.
Bass Valley Pony Club is located at Woolamai Recreation Reserve.
More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.
The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.
Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.
Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.
Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.
Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.
The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.
A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.
This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.
The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.
The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.
Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.
The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...
I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?
I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.
But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...
Australian human rights lawyer and member of the legal team defending Wikileaks since 2010, talks about the hacker from Queensland who chose to fight against surveillance capitalism. Interview.
Yorgos Boskos (YB): How did you get involved in the first place with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange?
Jennifer Robinson (JR): Julian first reached out to myself and a colleague of mine, the Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, in around September 2010. This was just before WikiLeaks was about to publish the Iraq war logs. Julian was in London, preparing that release, which came several months later, at the end of November. He was working with the Guardian and a group of other international newspapers.
It was around the time when there was concern about what might happen in Sweden, where there was an open investigation into sexual allegations that had previously being dropped. It now seemed that Julian might have to answer those allegations. So, Julian required assistance and advice. It was also the time, of course, that Chelsea Manning was arrested, and a US criminal investigation in grand jury had been announced.
YB: What was your first impression on meeting Julian Assange?
JR: Here was a man with a small group of volunteers and a backpack. And in his interactions with me what he was really doing was making his very brave decisions about what to publish. There were a lot of public threats being made against him at that particular time. He was incredibly security-conscious - conscious of the fact that they were pursuing him, trying to find ways to prosecute and investigate him. So apart from his remarkable work, the other factor was the strength of the state response that was building against him. He was perceived to be the most powerful man in the world, in that period. And why? Because he had access to that information.
YB: During your TEDx speech in Sydney in 2013, you stated that courage is contagious. Do you...
Are you considering standing as a candidate at a future local, state or federal election?
Given representatives of the Institute of Public Affairs Limited (IPA) turn up as guest commentators so frequently these days on television, radio and in newsprint - usually without mention of who they actually represent - perhaps it's time to update deatils of the corporate structure, finances and aims of this group.
Let the planting begin!
Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,
Dear Mel and others at Newlands blog,
I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.
This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.
The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.
The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.
Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets
AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018
More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.
Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.
Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes
The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.
Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.
He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.
... Although it"s not so much the music as the box it comes out of. I just sat and suffered through some terrible song Thomas was playing on his iPhone speaker as he cleaned up the kitchen.
It might have been punishment, for making him clean up the kitchen, but I think probably not. I"ve noticed both kids, and all their friends seem perfectly comfortable playing their music loud though phone speakers that really weren"t meant for broadcast.
They do this even when there"s a nasty cheap ass Echo a few feet away that would still sound a helluva lot better than that tinny phone, they go the phone.
I didn"t think taking the time to plug into a stand alone speaker, or hook up to a bluetooth box was an old man thing, but apparently it is. Because of my little problem (I can"t stop buying headphones and speakers) we have an embarrassing number of options for play thru all over the house.
But no. Both kids prefer to just flick on the phone and jack up the volume.
Where have I gone wrong?
|A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) flies over the rooftops on the Sunshine Coast.|
|A red-eyed tree frog searches for a mate on the Springbrook Plateau.|
|Norman Creek, as it passes to the south of Arnwood Place.|
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Arnwood Place, (2) Lagonda Park,
(3) Suburban Annerley, (4) Fanny Street Park, and
(5) Ekibin Park South; Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.
John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018 Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.
The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years
Queenslands widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a review of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games.
If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state?
Already speeds have been reduced on many roads, despite vehicles becoming safer.
The reason for the review of the M1 110km/h speed limit is that the number of accidents on the road dropped while the speed was reduced.
However, it should be noted that many took public transport instead of the highway, heeding the media scare campaign about traffic jams during the Games. The result was that the Gold Coast was a virtual ghost town.
It should also be noted that police presence on the road was increased during the Games, resulting in more motorists observing the speed limit.
Perhaps rather than permanently reducing the speed limit, police should continue to patrol the road, booking motorists for blocking the right lane and trucks for not using the two left lanes.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey says all of the M1 initiatives would be reviewed and it is hoped they retain the rule about restricting trucks to the two left lanes.
However, he has also previously not ruled out a permanent reduction of speed limits on the M1, if a review found they made the motorway safer.
As a motorcyclist, I try to avoid the M1 and any other major highways because they are boring and motorcycles dangerously disappear among the heavy traffic.
Id rather ride the back roads, anyway.
However, riders should be concerned about any government speed reviews as they only ever seem to result in reductions! Take, for example, the Oxley Highway!
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uos-atj041218.php UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.
It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.
Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.
A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.
The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.
The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.
The inaugural A...
Wednesday afternoons: 4pm 5.30pm Sunday afternoons: 3pm 4.30pm Come along to help with weekly weeding, planting and general community garden upkeep. All helpers of all ages are very welcome, and greatly appreciated! Contact: Kate Wright Note: In the case of inclement weather, the volunteer sessions will be cancelled. full article
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The Shepparton Interfaith Network has conducted interfaith dialogue on the topic of family violence and has a further interfaith dialogue on this topic scheduled for 2018. Shepparton has recently welcomed the addition of two more police officers allocated to the Family Violence Unit. In this message we share the work of the Victorian Government and ... Read more...
LOCAL Kialla resident and bush poem reciter, Jim Campbell received a very special response to a recital he recorded on CD and sent to Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, receiving a royal reply.
Realising they were keen polo players he chose Banjo Pattersons The Gebung Polo Club and eloquently recorded himself reciting it and sent it to them.
The letter he received back read Dear Mr. Campbell, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have asked me to thank you for your kind letter and gift. The Royal Highnesses are most grateful to you for taking the trouble to send them the two CDs of poetry. It really was most thoughtful of you and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wished. Signed, Claudia Spens
Jim said, I was pleased to receive a reply. It has now become a family heirloom.
Knowing they acknowledged it was pretty exciting.
Id love to go and bring some Australiana to the Royal Concert by reciting two of Banjo Pattersons poems in person.
WITH only days to go before Shepp Square in Melbourne reverts back to Federation Square, the two week event has been a great success, with Greater Shepparton City Council saying the event was a great opportunity to showcase our region.
The fortnight transformation of Federation Square into Shepp Square came at a cost of $300,000, and provided Greater Shepparton City Council with the opportunity to put the spotlight on all that is on offer in Greater Shepparton through a range of interactive and informational events and activities.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, Its been a great opportunity to be out in the forefront of the people of Melbourne and to highlight what Greater Shepparton is all about.
Ive been pushing the Visit, Play and Stay message and invite people to take a day trip, hold a conference, take a family weekend away and it gave us the opportunity to talk about housing affordability, education, sharing our story as a region and as a great place to live in and invest in.
Its a first for Federation Square to be taken over by a regional city and allowed us to remind people where we are and what we are about. To be in Federation Square as Shepp Square gave us an incredible marketing opportunity.
Over the event, we have had lots of entertainment with many local people involved.
This week we have the many business opportunities available in the region on show and have some panels organised and people booked in to talk about what we offer in our region.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has had a busy start to the year with 560 students participating in its environmental education program along the coast. Students from kindergarten to senior secondary school have contributed over 90 hours of conservation work, making a huge impact along our precious coast.
Great Ocean Road Coast Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, also known as Possum Pete, said that it was exciting to see so many students getting involved and learning about the coastal environment.
Just one of many great achievements, students from Clonard College Geelong and Girton Grammar in Bendigo completely removed a considerable infestation of the Flax-leaved Broom (Genista linifolia) at Yellow Bluff in Torquay.
Possum Pete said: Flax-leaved Broom is a noxious weed native to the Mediterranean and north Africa and has the ability to crowd out smaller shrubs and ground-flora species, and eventually impact the food sources of native fauna.
Various beach clean-ups cleared large volumes of plastic and rubbish off the beaches in Torquay and Anglesea, with a special thanks to the Northern Bay (Goldsworthy) students for a big clean up at Point Roadknight.
The removal of litter makes a big difference to marine animals that can mistake plastic for food, making them very sick, said Possum Pete.
Kinder sessions were a highlight this term, with Torquay, Jan Juc, Lorne and Anglesea kindergartens running their beach and bush kinder programs. Guided by Great Ocean Road Coasts environmental educators, bush and beach kinder programs are designed to immerse children in a natural setting, allowing kids to play, explore, and learn more about the natural environment. This term the kids loved finger painting with ochre and squishing the bright violet Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) and using it to dye their hands and hats.
Possum Pete said: The year 9 students from Operation Newstart were excellent this term, with some very keen students enthusiastic about learning about the marine environment, with some saying theyd like to become marine biologists!
On their first session they found some interesting items such as a Swell Shark egg casing and a dead juvenile Australasian Gannet. On their next session the group were excited to find an Octopus, which had been exposed by a very low tide.
Great Ocean Road Coast has been running education activities since 2011 that are based on natural resource management practices and hands-on conservation activities. The increasingly popular program engages with students from all over Victoria with over 2000 participants over the past year. As a not-for-profit organisation, we offer free activities to participants on coastal Crown land between Torquay and Lorne.......
WE have entered the final days of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway and from now until the end of the promotion, you have double the chances to win. By simply spending $10 at one of the participating businesses, your entry will gain you twice the amount of entries into the promotion. Each of our weekly winners walk away with a $1,000 GMCU debit card and automatic entry into the grand prize draw of a $5,000 holiday voucher and $5,000 Shepparton shopping spree.
Our week four winners have been drawn with Helen Ebner from Wyuna spending $213.65 at WB Hunter, being the first week five winner drawn in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. Helen said, It is very welcomed at the moment. This has made my day.
Helen Norman from Shepparton who spent $32 at Big W was the second week five winner drawn. Helen said, You are kidding. It is very much worth entering.
Mickala Brady from Shepparton spent $18 at NU Beauty and was drawn as the third winner for the fifth week of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.
Mickala said, Oh my god. This is awesome. Thank you.
Congratulations to all of this weeks lucky winners and remember, all you have to do to be among next weeks winners is spend a minimum of $10 at any of the participating businesses, fill in your form and drop it in the box provided. You can enter as many times as you like and good luck. This shopping promotion is proudly brought to you by the GMCU and The Adviser.
IN a bid to help address what local industry needs and to help meet the needs of the workforce of tomorrow, the government has announced a $564,000 funding boost for GOTAFEs Shepparton campus. The funding will go toward increasing GOTAFEs training provision for important industry sectors such as allied health, disability support, food processing and air-conditioning.
This funding is part of the Labor Governments Regional and Specialist Training Fund which targets specific areas where training is needed to ensure businesses can access the skilled workers they need in their region and industry.
With the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming online, the market for disability support is expected to grow significantly.
This funding addresses that need by providing increased training provision for the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate III in Individual Support as well as new physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy equipment for students.
The funding will also provide for increased training in food processing through the Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology along with new pasteurising equipment, simulator software and online training resources.
There will also be increased training provision in the Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration at GOTAFE to increase the pool of air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians in the Hume region.
Through these projects, GOTAFE is working with local employers to train and grow the number of workers in these important sectors to meet demand.
As well as new tools and equipment to teach these courses, the Andrews Labor Government has also increased the government subsidy for the courses meaning lower tuition fees for students.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said, The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing in this project to ensure we have enough well trained workers for these crucial industries.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in work...
COUNTRY MUSIC FOR CHARITY will be held on April 22 from 12 noon at the GV Hotel, Shepparton for the Starlight Foundation fundraiser. The guest artist will be Callum Gleeson, with walk up artists welcome. The band is On the Run with entry costing $7. Bistro meals are available. No BYO food. For enquiries, phone 0408 218 411.
ON ANZAC DAY THE 25TH APRIL at 11:30am at the Tallygaroopna Soldiers Memorial Hall there will be a wreath laying ceremony followed by a barbeque lunch. Note: we will not have a historical display this year. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288 or 5829 8255.
THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on April 26 from 1:30pm to 3:15pm at the Welsford Street centre with guest artists, Keeran Keats and Rupe Adams. Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For bulk bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.
BUNBARTHA TENNIS 100 YEARS, the next planning meeting for this event will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. All are welcome. We are looking for any photos or information. Contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.
HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB: Drop in and join us every Thursday morning and enjoy a relaxed morning with other women in the community. Open from 9:30am to 12 noon. Listen to conversations provided to guide you on your life journey. Guest speakers attend between 10am and 11am. Morning tea and activities available. Held at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. For more, phone 5823 3200 or follow the Holistic Wellbeing Hub on Facebook.
CWA POTTERS: Are you new to the area, or looking for a group who can fill your creative arts and crafts needs and make new friends? We meet on the first Monday of each month at the Shepparton Library from 10am until 2pm.
For more information, phone Jenny on 0412 913 313.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meetings will be held in Mooroopna and Numurkah on Mondays, Mooroopna and Shepparton on Tuesdays, Mooroopna on Wednesdays, Shepparton on Thursdays, Shepparton and Tongala on Fridays, Mooroopna on Saturdays and Tongala and Shepparton on Sundays. For times or further information, phone 1300 222 222.
GOULBURN VALLEY U3A LEARNING FOR PLEASURE IN RETIREMENT COURSES are held each day of the week at the Goulburn Valley U3A Hall, Esson Stree...
GREATER Shepparton visitor numbers have increased in 2017 according to data from Tourism Research Australia, which has reported total visitation to Greater Shepparton was up by 28 percent to 1.23 million visitors.
Based on the report overnight visitors are up 65.5 percent that is from 253,000 to 418,000 visitors. Domestic visitor nights are up by 58.8 percent from 587,000 to 932,000 nights. Domestic day trips also increased 16.5 percent from 690,000 to 804,000.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou said, This is a great achievement for Greater Shepparton and is a credit to all the hard work everyone in the community has made from businesses, residents and organisations.
Overnight visitors to our region would spend on average 2.2 nights and it is estimated visitors spend $103M in our region. This is great news for our local economy.
Council has worked strategically towards its positioning in the municipality by hosting major events, arts and culture, business and sporting events as well as driving development of a number of key visitor economy infrastructure projects. Based on the statistics this has helped increase our visitor numbers by more than double.
Council and the visitor centre have worked really hard in the last few years to put Greater Shepparton on the map.
Tourism Greater Shepparton president, Ross Graham said, The results from the 2017 visitor survey is a great result for Greater Shepparton and an indication of the supreme effort that the council and tourism partners, who continually promote the Shepparton region to the wider population.
The Greater Shepparton community has to be congratulated on the commitment and support of festivals and events that are building a strong economy and vibrant community. Visitors contribute to job creation and economic growth and the increase in visitor numbers will continue to promote many great things in Shepparton, Mr Graham said.
LAST week marked the historic moment in time where 40 pallets of SPC pears and peaches left Australian shores en route to China, with the high quality product set to hit Chinese shelves in the next two months.
The day also recognised the 100th day of operation in the companys 100th year.
SPC general manager manufacturing, Simon Taylor said, Since we signed our distribution agreement with China State Farm Agribusiness in January, SPC has been readying ourselves to ship some of the Goulburn Valleys finest peaches and pears to China.
Tuesday last week was that day, signifying the hard work of our sales and marketing teams, and our team here at Shepparton, to take our clean, green and safe products to the largest consumer market outside of the US.
With 40 palettes of pears and peaches leaving Australian shores this week, Chinese consumers will be able to walk into retail stores across Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou within the next two months to get their hands on SPCs product. This first shipment signifies what we hope to be a long and prosperous relationship with the Chinese consumer, and we couldnt be more proud to see it go.
THERE is no greater love than a mothers love, unconditional and caring, instantaneous and forgiving, mothers often sacrifice their own needs and happiness for the happiness of their children.
With Mothers Day fast approaching, its time to think about giving back to the one woman in your life that has always been there. Treat mum to something special this Mothers Day with a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewellery made by Jacek and Bozena at JB Jewellers.
JB Jewellers specialises in personalised jewellery and has plenty of gift ideas for mum, such as circle of life pendants in gold or silver, tree of life pendants, lockets, the unique photo-engraved pendants and mother child necklets with custom engraved babys foot.
Visit Jacek and Bozena at JB Jewellers for friendly, professional advice and see their large range of specials available for mum this Mothers Day.
JB Jewellers are located at 265 Maude Street, Shepparton (opposite the Shepparton Fire Station), phone 5831 1611.
Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. JB Jewellers is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.
MUMS arent really that hard to please, a few words from the heart is like gold to any mother. In this age of fonts and text messages, what could be more precious than a beautiful hand written card, honest and symbolic; a simple, personal and long-lasting sentiment to be cherished. No one would love that more than your mum.
Mothers Day is coming and if you want to find the perfect gift for your mum, Focus Cards & Gifts have an excellent variety of Mothers Day cards and gifts available in store.
Focus Cards & Gifts proprietor, Peter Dunbabin said, We have a huge range of cards and gifts for Mothers Day or for any occasion. The staff here make a great effort to select really precious and sentimental gifts for our customers to choose from.
There are bracelets, scented candles, a huge collection of Willow Tree angels including the Lots of Love angel, silver-plated picture frames, the store is just brimming with unique and sentimental treasures to choose from. Were always doing our best to help our customers find the perfect gift for the special people in their lives.
Have a look at some of the cards and gifts available for your mum this Mothers Day. Drop in to Focus Cards & Gifts at 181 Maude Street or phone (03)5821 1813.
Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Focus Cards & Gifts is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.
WHILE there are some who feel sad at the loss of the warm weather, there are a load of snow bunnies hanging out for the snow season to begin.
With winter coming in, the team at Wayne Ritchies are ready and waiting for the snow to fall.
Wayne Ritchies store manager, Matt Pell said, Our team here are keen snowboarders/skiers and have plenty of information to share with customers who are heading to the snow this year. Whether youre a seasoned skier or youre taking the family for a play in the snow, weve got everything you need available for hire and we can also lead you in the right direction and help you to find the best snow for you.
Wayne Ritchies is offering customers a free ski or snowboard service and wax worth $80. All you have to do is go to Wayne Ritchies Shepparton Facebook page and click on the find tickets link on their Free Stone Grind post to register.
Talk to the team at Wayne Ritchies 79 High Street, Shepparton or call them on 5821 8211. They have all of the up to date information and plenty of expertise to help you out.
Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Wayne Ritchies is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.
Over the weekend, the best from the West came together for Parramatta Live & Local. Punters were spoilt for choice with the likes of Pist Idiots, Big White, Slim Set, Nasho, Hightails, Orion and more playing across the Parramatta CBDs liveliest venues, for a day of sun and sound in Sydneys West. Heres what went down out the back of Parramatta institution Beatdisc Records.
Guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer and songwriter. There is nothing that 23-year old wunderkind Jacob Collier cant do on stage. The multi-instrumentalist from England is hailed by many as one of the most prodigious and innovative musicians and thinkers of his generation.
Jacob, who is mostly self-taught, has been creating music for all of his 23 years. In 2012, he began to share some of these creations with the world via YouTube. These self-produced multi-tracked audio-visual creations, born from his family home in London, began to attract ears from all over the world, racking up tens of millions of views. One day in 2013, Quincy Jones ears heard Jacobs sounds, and he signed Jacob to his management label to help bring some of his ideas to life.
In 2016, Jacob released his debut album, In My Room, which was entirely self-recorded, arranged, performed and produced in London. From winning two Grammy awards for his debut album, to playing 150 shows in 26 countries on his One-Man-Show World Tour, to collaborations with Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, Pharrell, Tori Kelly, Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest, Samsung and Apple, to speaking at the TED Conference 2017, to harmonising hundreds of fans #IHarmU melodies to crowdfund his musical adventures, to teaching masterclasses and confounding music theorists around the globe with chords and rhythms that shouldnt exist, to improvising circlesongs with musicians on the streets of the world, to simply walking through the rain Jacobs life is full of different colours. He learns new things every day.
Get your tickets and be part of a special musical experience when Jacob Collier performs live on stage at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
What: Jacob Collier
This prestigious award offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue they are passionate about. It is for anyone who, after examining alternatives within Australia, would now like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar field to inspire new ideas and innovation.
No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained is demonstrated.
CEO of the Churchill Trust, Adam Davey says that at the heart of the Fellowship is the passion and drive that Fellows possess, all determined to make a difference for Australia and it is these Churchillian characteristics that the Trust looks for in their applicants at interview.
What is great about the Churchill Fellowship is that it allows the applicant to create the project they wish to investigate, so they can address what is important and beneficial for their specific community, and this often aligns with issues of local, regional or national importance, said Mr Davey.
Fellows return from this life-changing experience enthusiastic and unwavering in the belief that they will make an impact, and while progress can take time, the Fellowship is well-known to propel our Fellows towards achievements that are truly inspiring.
Mr Davey said he encourages Australians from diverse backgrounds to apply for this unique award.
Our Fellows are from all walks of life, some are experienced veterans in their field while others are ambitious people forging a new direction, all striving to achieve change, he said.
Irrespective of industry, area and experience, we encourage Au...
Event Cinemas presents an advanced screening of the new film Breath with a Q&A session featuring director, actor, and producer Simon Baker.
The film originally premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and the 2017 Zurich Film Festival.
Based on Tim Whartons award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
As a part of National Youth Week (NYW) 2018, Byron Youth Service (BYS) consulted with 28 young people from around the Shire, representing three of the main high schools.
Our purpose was to connect with local youth in this very specific way, to find out what its like for them living in this area, what their issues are, their hopes and their worries, said Berri, who organised the forum in collaboration with Byron Shire Council and the BYS team.
This will help shape our strategic plan and services, to make sure we are aware of emerging trends and to help keep our programs relevant, she said. The young people were open, articulate and informative, she said.
They spoke about the challenges of drug use, personal safety in Byron CBD at night, pressure to perform in school and how it affected their mental health due to lack of sleep and addiction to social media. BYS also invited these young people to come up with ideas about how the BYS could raise the awareness of BYS and its services and also attract funds to support more valuable and effective youth initiatives in this area youth initiatives that arise from young people for young people, said Berri.
Young people always come up with the best ideas, said Deb Pearse, who has been working for BYS for 19 years.
The day was topped off with a vibrant art installation, led by local art facilitator Karma Barnes of the In.scribe Youth Arts Mentorship project.
The Youth Week event to look out for is the Battle@Bruns skate comp at the Brunswick Heads skatepark, Deb said. Registrations start from 10am and comp starts at noon on April 22.
The Greater Gliders of the Queensborough river forests are in danger.
Despite finding 13 Greater Gliders on just one survey the Department of Environment has allowed logging to recommence in the Greater Glider hotspot.
Minister D'Ambrosio listed the Greater Glider as a threatened species under Victorian law 11 months ago. Since them nothing has been done to protect its habitat and logging in important strongholds has continued.
Bike tracks fanning out from Mullumbimby is one of the key ideas put forward for the Stronger Country Communities fund that Byron Shire Council is currently seeking applications for.
And your submissions count! Three groups were considering applying for the grant money these were from Tuckeroo Avenue to Shearwater School, Mullumbimby to Main Arm Village and from the Mullumbimby Co-op to the Mullumbimby Golf Club.
Owing to the short time in which to get the grant application together, the track from the Co-op to the Golf Club has been put on hold; however, Council are looking at creating a Shirewide bike plan later in the year.
Both bike paths have been recommended in the past; the one to Shearwater was part of the Byron Shire bike plan in 2005 and the first part of the Main Arm bike track as early as 2001.
Lainie Anderson, spokesperson for the proposed Mullumbimby cycleway out to Shearwater, pointed out the school has 700 students and, there is a range of evidence that demonstrated the health benefits for children who ride and walk to school.
The plans for the 8km bike track to Shearwater are being developed on a pro-bono basis by the engineering company who developed the bike track at Lennox Head.
Spokesperson for the Main Arm bike track, Sophia Marles, said, Having a number of bike tracks will really create the opportunity for people to get out of their cars and enjoy the wonderful natural environment we live in.
There are a number of projects that are being proposed throughout the Shire that can be found on Councils website: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/stronger-country-communities-round-2.
To get involved in supporting the Main Arm bike track, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To get involved in supporting the Mullum to Shearwater bike track, email email@example.com.
Multiple projects can be supported.
A road worker has died while attempting to load a road compactor onto a truck at a worksite south-west of Lismore this morning.
The incident occurred about 11.10am today (Wednesday, April 18) near the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Barker Street, Gundurimba.
As the 49-year-old man was loading the equipment it rolled into a table drain.
The man died at the scene.
Officers from the Richmond Police District will be investigating the events leading up to the mans death. SafeWork NSW have been notified.
Westbound light vehicles are being diverted off the highway into Caniaba Road, while eastbound vehicles are being diverted via Coraki Road to Wyrallah Road to return to the highway.
Heavy vehicles are being escorted past the incident.
Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.
Emergency services and traffic crews are on site.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
For the latest on road conditions motorists are advised to check www.livetraffic.com
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Ocean Grove Football Netball Club will hold a Pink Day for
breast cancer awareness.
The Grubbers will host an afternoon tea with a complimentary drink on arrival.
The day will be held on Saturday 12 May from 2pm.
Tickets are available from Deckle (Tattslotto shop) on The Terrace or at the netball courts on Wednesday 25 April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (ask for Lorraine Birch) or Saturday 28 April noon to 1pm (ask for Lylie Lane).
Meanwhile the club has a heap of social events coming up.
A sponsors day and reverse raffle will be held on 26 May and a trivia night on 8 June.
All Grubber past players and officals should keep Saturday 16 June free as the club celebrates the 2003 flags in seniors, reserves and Under 18s, and the 1998 Under 18 flag.
Two cases of multi-drug-resistant super gonorrhoea have been detected in Australia for the first time one in Queensland and another in Western Australia. A Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed two cases of gonorrhoea resistant to multiple antibiotics had been detected in the past month. Evidence suggests that one of the Australians acquired their infection in ...
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Queensland opposition leader Deb Frecklington has slammed calls to allow intersex Queenslanders an option other than male or female on their birth certificates. Last month the Queensland government announced a review into the states Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (BDMR) Act, and released a discussion paper exploring how Queensland can improve the legal recognition of ...
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According to a former councillor and civil engineer specialising in hydrology, rock wall development applications (DAs) submitted by wealthy Belongil landowners will transfer public land to private ownership and eventually result in the loss of the iconic beach.
Both the NSW office of environment and heritage (OEH) and Council have yet to explain how the five rock walls DAs, which cover both public and private lands, will not result in beach loss.
As previously reported, the DAs were submitted by the landowners almost all of whom are non-residents to the NSW Coastal Panel.
The DAs close for public submission with the independently appointed panel on April 20.
There was also no reply to The Echos question as to whether the OEH website provided sufficient information, given the DAs are not visible or easy to navigate to.
OEH staff replied briefly when asked to confirm that the Belongil rock wall DAs were on Crown/Council land.
The Echo asked, If correct, would that mean that all liability is unclear?
A OEH spokesperson replied, Notification of development applications is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and it is the responsibility of proponents to seek consent from any relevant landowners where development is proposed. The NSW Coastal Panel welcomes public submissions during the submission period.
Comment was sought from Council staff, but no reply was given by deadline.
Other questions not answered by OEH and Council were: Will there be a sand mitigation requirement, given these DAs may well lead to further beach erosion? The Echo understands that these DAs are being assessed under the now-repealed Coastal Protection Act 1979, which requires sand mitigation under these types of circumstances. What guarantee is there that these walls will not result in Belongil beach beco...
On Sunday 15 April, protectors of the critical role of science in our lives gathered in eight cities across Australia, to call on the government to support evidence-based decision making, and to support the bringing back of a ministry of science.
It was the second annual March for Science, and this years rally featured speeches by a range of experts.
Vivien Thomson is a farmer and a firefighter, and one of the only women to win the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. She says science underpins all her work, not only on the farm but also fighting fires.
Ive never seen fires be so hard and so fast and harder to put out the climate surrounding our firefighting capacity is really affecting our ability to put those fires out, she said.
Its like the natural phenomenon are on steroids.
Science based evidence tells us that human activity is resulting in a greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Vested interests and those who are misled by them, are waging a ceaseless campaign against science to discredit the overwhelming evidence, and this has encouraged a rise in disrespect for science.
Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing the increasing intensity of heatwaves, floods and droughts. These effects are being felt in Australia.
As Australia experiences one of its hottest Aprils on record, demonstrators called on the government to give greater support to scientific research to tackle climate warming.
The jury is in, its indisputable human impact on the current warming climate and also the jury is in on how quickly we need to act, said Spencer, Sydney University Ambassador for mathematics and science.
The denigration of science holds back urgent action on the threat of global warming. This is bad enough on its own and underlines the importance of defending it. But it doesnt stop here. Science and its growth are essential to civilisation. Our standard of living, health and many other important aspects of our lives depend on it.
Science has from time to time been used for purposes that have resulted in negative consequences. But its positive contribution has been overwhelming and changed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in. Our understanding of how nature works, capacity to find solutions to problems is enhanced with it. The application of scientific method, that is relying on observation, testing, drawing up an understanding of what is going on, observing and testing again, on an ever-going cycle, provides the means to new discoveries.
The war against science denies all this and threatens to plunge us into an age of ignorance. Science needs to be defended, and an important part of this is th...
Last time, the Doc reported some major research findings presented at the recent HIV conference she attended in Boston. This time, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop concludes her round up of some of the key topics. Vaccine Progress There is no doubt that a vaccine is essential if we are ever going to ...
Melbourne quartet Pony Face have released their new single Justine, taken from their 2017 LP Deja Vu. The album drew strong reviews and found them digging deeper into their mix of brooding rock, alt-country and gothic psychedelia. Justine finds its groove and holds it with a steady tension over four minutes. Its all about restraint,
Vandals have smashed seating, feature walls and an existing Anzac memorial in Kingscliffs Rowan Robinson Park just days before its official opening.
On Monday, a resident saw scooter riders using their scooters like hammers to smash anti-skating lugs off one of the blue tiled feature walls in the park in broad daylight.
The park, on the Marine Parade foreshore, was recently refurbished at a cost of $22 million and is set to have its official opening on Saturday (April 21) .
When the hoodlums ignored the residents requests to stop the destruction, he took photos of them smashing the wall, which he has passed on to police.
Council has also requested police to step up patrols of the park.
Councils Recreation Services Manager, Stewart Brawley, said. Sadly, tiles on the Cenotaph were also damaged by bring skated on.
This is not something many in the community would find acceptable in the lead-up to the opening and Anzac Day next week, he added.
Apart from the disrespect, this vandalism is disappointing as it may affect the type of community infrastructure we install across the Tweed in the fu...
Bachelor in Paradise viewers have reacted with fury after an apparent lesbian kiss used by Channel Ten to tease the series turned out to be very misleading. In a promo screened on TV in the months leading up to the show, Megan Marx (pictured) who identifies as bisexual and is the franchises first openly ...
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A teenager has told the touching story of how her mother finally embraced her daughters bisexuality after the pair watched the gay drama film Love, Simon together. The film stars Nick Robinson as Simon (pictured), a high school student struggling with his sexuality until he meets someone online from his school whos going through the ...
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Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 19 April looks at the Australian Design Centre in conversation with CEO Lisa Cahill and presents part two of a day out at the Biennale of Sydney
WHATS ON TODAYS PROGRAM:
Lisa Cahill is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre.
The ADC formerly Object has a lively program of exhibitions, and events and is presenting Sydney Craft Week over 10 days in October.
Join me in conversation with Lisa to learn what is happening at the ADC and what motivates this energetic advocate of design and craft.
Then the twenty first Biennale of Sydney has many weeks more to run.
Let me take you back to the opening days, when I visited Cockatoo Island and Artspace and spoke with some of the artists and curators.
FIND OUT MORE:
The Australian Design Centre https://australiandesigncentre.com/
The Biennale of Sydney https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/ and at
The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 19 April 2018.
And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.
Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with artists, leaders in the arts, behind-the-scenes views of arts events and regular coverage of Sydneys cu...
RESHAPING ROCK N ROLL REPUTATION From his home in Nashville, TN, Deer Tick head honcho John McCauley rasps down the line and fills in Chris Familton on the evolution of their live shows and why theyve released two new albums. Living on the cusp of bar-band rock n roll and ragged alt-country, with a carefree punk spirit, Deer
Its the morning of January 1, 2015, and locals are welcoming in the new year with strong coffees and sun salutations.
But down the end of Vallances Road, just outside Mullumbimby, something very unwelcome is bubbling up from the depths.
At the Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP), raw or partially treated sewage is flowing out of a processing unit.
Photographs of the incident obtained by The Echo show the wastewater bubbling up into a large, brown pool that is spilling out onto the grass surrounding the unit.
Council officers are sent to the site to clean up the mess, and a few days later the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is informed of a rainfall event and a contained overflow incident.
There is no public announcement to report that an overflow incident has occurred.
Nor, according to one former councillor, were councillors given a clear and informed report about the incident.
In a statement to The Echo, Byron Shire Council staff said that all of the wastewater was contained in the site rather than flowing into the Brunswick River and that it met its reporting obligations by informing the EPA.
The statement said the alleged overflow occurred owing to the combination of a design flaw in one of the processing units, and a rainfall event where the area received some 250mm in a very short time.
Council staff immediately responded to the incident [and] resolved the issue in the process unit, while allowing the treatment plant to remain in service for the residents of Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.
The event highlighted a design deficiency in the process unit. This deficiency was rectified through modification of the treatment unit and there have been no overflow/bypass incidents since the 2015 modification works.
So was this just a one-off incident with no implications for the sewerage system in this part of the shire?
When contacted by The Echo in relation to the incident, forme...
A year on from ex-Cyclone Debbie there are still eleven of the 41 client groups, including families and single people, that Social Futures are helping to re-home from Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed.
There are still people coming forward who are only now recognising how the flood event has impacted on them emotionally and psychologically, as well as the loss of possessions, said Julie Williams, manager of the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC).
For one local man displaced from his home after the cyclone, it has taken seven and a half months to find a new home. Even though he has a three-year rent guarantee from the government, he has still struggled to even have a chance to look at possible rental properties. The key stumbling blocks are the fact that he is looking for a one- to two-bedroom home and has a dog.
I have only been able to get to see five possible rentals in that time and one place kept me in limbo for over a month, he said.
Lucie White, a flood project outreach worker at Social Futures, said the key challenges to re-housing people in this region are Affordability, lack of smaller one- and two-bedroom dwellings and resistance from agents to housing vulnerable people.
Another key issue that she raised is the impact of the black market in the local housing market.
All of the illegal rentals wont take me because it has to be on the books and legitimate and then there are things like the funding body wont fund anything with a compositing toilet.
Julie Williams from MDNC agreed, saying, There is absolutely a black market in rental.
MDNC has, and continues to support, community members who are unable to get Centrelink rental assistance as their landlord wont provide any evidence of tenancy. In addition, there may be an electricity debt to the landlord, but the tenant is unable to get assistance through the Electricity Assistance Program as the account is in the landlords name and...
By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.
The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.
Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.
The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.
Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.
One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.
Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.
Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.
It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.
Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...
A newly formed organisation focused on supporting Indigenous elders to bring awareness of cultural appropriation through an event protocol was launched last Friday at the Byron Bay Community Centre (BBCC).
Culture Aware is supported by local Arakwal representative Delta Kay, Kays friend Jason Campbell and Chief Arvol Looking Horse (of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations).
Chief Arvol is 19th-generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Ceremonial Pipe Bundle and spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation.
Kay told the gathering that while she doesnt speak for all mobs, Culture Aware is an important step forward in respecting and recognising Indigenous traditions and ceremonies. She said she felt empowered after reading Chief Arvols 2003 Proclamation, which calls for an end to the cultural appropriation of the Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations, and for an end to the abuse and exploitation of their ceremonial ways.
Taking from culture
I hope this conversation will lead to more awareness, Kay said. Appropriation is taking from culture.
My mum was removed from her land and we suffered and now our culture is abused for financial gain.
Its not okay.
I congratulate the community centre for being the first venue to adopt Culture Awares code.
Mr Spooner paid tribute to Kay and said there have been events that have raised flags for us.
This shouldnt be difficult it helps towards guaranteeing non-exploitation and acknowledges culture, he said.
Delta added that after she moved home 15 years ago, some festivals began using words like ceremony, sacred and shamanic.
These words are very special, she said. An elder once told me [Being] sacred is not meant for everyone.
Gerard Williams, who is the Chiefs authorised representative for Culture Aware in Australia, said Culture Aware may well be the first of its kind to address the issue of cultural appropriation within venues and events.
Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook
lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies
(oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Greens have highlight the fact that drug prohibition has proven to be a dismal failure and are pushing to legalise marijuana across Australia. It is the first party with seats in parliament to call for the legalisation of recreational cannabis use across the nation. Greens leader Richard Di Natale
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for Commonwealth nations to repeal outdated anti-gay laws and said the UK deeply regrets its legacy of discrimination against LGBTIQ people around the world. Homosexuality remains illegal in 36 of the 53 Commonwealth countries including nine that have a maximum penalty of life imprisonment because penal ...
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Byrons much-loved Massinger Street treehouse could be saved from demolition under a motion to be voted on at Byron Shire Councils upcoming meeting on April 19.
The timber and corrugated-iron structure has long been a popular spot both for local kids and curious passers-by, many of whom stop to take pictures.
But the unofficial caretaker of the house, local resident Mel Coppin, was told by Council last year that it was an unauthorised development and an insurance liability and would have to be removed.
Labor councillor Paul Spooner has proposed a notice of motion for the next council meeting that would see the treehouse preserved.
The motion proposes that Ms Coppin obtain public liability insurance.
1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.
1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.
1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.
1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.
1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.
1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.
1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.
1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.
1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked late Tuesday afternoon to assist in the search for a surfer reported missing south of Cape Byron on Tallow Beach.
Local Lifeguards and police conducted a ground and water search whilst the helicopter conducted a number of flights along the beach area and out to sea.
Nothing was located and with fading light the search was called off.
Police told local media they believe the surfer had most likely made it back to land under his own steam and would not be resuming an active search today
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Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.
I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.
I begged her and the then manager of DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.
The video can be viewed at the link below....
Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.
Above is the recording of the conversation between myself and t...
On Anzac Day, Wednesday April 25, the Ngara Institute is partnering with IPAN, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, to present a special Politics in the Pub focusing on peace.
Bobbi Allan of Ngara, says, Anzac Day is an excellent day to focus on peace. I say that with all respect to anyone who has fought in a war, including my grandfather and father, veterans of World War I and II. Both of them thought they were fighting the war to end all wars, and in their quiet ways, both became peace activists afterwards.
We are very fortunate our speakers for this night are two of Australias most respected scholar activists: historian and author, professor Henry Reynolds, and the founder of the Sydney Peace Institute, professor Stuart Rees.
Henry Reynolds is a pioneering historian, one of Australias leading authorities on the history of Aboriginal people. Henry revealed history from an Aboriginal perspective when he published The Other Side of the Frontier in 1981. He has been a champion of Aboriginal land rights, fighting for reconciliation at a time when it was hugely unpopular and the backlash vicious. His courage, tenacity and commitment inspired a generation of Aboriginal and white Australian activists to persevere in their campaigns; his 1970s oral history project connected him with Eddie Mabo and greatly contributed to the High Courts recognition of land rights.
Henry Reynoldss latest work focuses on Australias Unnecessary Wars. He dares to ask unaskable questions about why war is such a central, active force in our national story.
Professor Stuart Rees will join the conversation, focusing on his latest work on the issue of Cruelty as Public Policy from the treatment of asylum seekers to the Israeli governments treatment of Palestinians.
Anzac Day is a solemn day to have respectful conversations about what we can do to achieve peace, justice and stability with human rights, in an increasingly damaged, fractured and polarised world. Politics in the Pub is held at the The Court House Hotel from 6.30pm, April 25.
Hear more from Henry Reynolds at a special breakfast event on Thursday April 26, at the Rock & Roll Coffee Company, Mullumbimby, 89.30 am. Numbers are lim...
Conscious independent hip- hop outfit Hugo and Treats will be headlining this years Renew festival.
The MC and DJ team describe their sound as visionary spoken word and creative crowd choreography, mixed with earthshakingly intricate beats and bass, which combine in a show that is inspiring minds, shaking butts and opening hearts around the world.
Many also know Hugo Farrant as the lead voice of Juice Rap News the satirical news phenomenon, whose guests have included Julian Assange, Noam Chomsky and Scott Ludlum.
As well as rocking the Radicle stage at Renew Fest with his incredible hip-hop, Hugo will be joining a panel discussion on fake news a session introduced by Echo editor Hans Lovejoy.
Festival director Ella Rose Goninan said, What I love about Renew Fest is that we get to bring together amazing and inspired people, and really get an insight into their processes and see what motivates and drives them.
Its so exciting that Hugo has agreed to talk on a panel about something that is really challenging the way we think about the role of media in politics, in addition to lighting up the festival with his sensational hip-hop!
Renew Fest have also announced that Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be joining the bill, in possibly one of her last appearances as a federal senator.
She will join economist Thomas Keily in conversation to explore what it would mean to really treat housing as a fundamental human right.
The international lineup includes Jillian Hovey from Canada a renowned expert in social permaculture, and Helena Norberg-Hodge (though we might claim her as a local!), while the diverse workshop program includes bamboo sculptures, the wonder of mushrooms and their cultivation, and shamanic womancraf...
ISLAND Surfboards has won the fifth Phillip Island National
Surfing Reserve Teams Challenge and Dave Fincher Memorial Trophy at
the event held on Sunday, April 15 at Summerland Beach.
In what can only be called challenging conditions, Island won the event for the second time. The team also took out the competition back in 2015 with Sandy Ryan captaining the team for both victories.
The competition was changed from Saturday due to predicted wild weather conditions and organisers were up at dawn on Sunday morning to determine if conditions would allow the event to proceed.
Event organiser Geoff Owens made the call at 7am and surfers braved the wild and wet weather to gather on the beach for a briefing, followed by a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony from Boon wurrung Community member Steve Parker.
The gutsy grommets (surfers aged 14 and under) and Malibu riders were first to paddle through the large swell rolling off the point before the teams took to the waters based on the judges draw.
The less than perfect waves did not deter the highly skilled surfers with each giving it their all and making the most of every ride.
The loyal crowd, watching in rain and wind, were rewarded with an impressive display of skill, determination and a little bit of comedy.
After the first two rounds, it was decided to cut the competition short and not hold the repechage round, instead going straight to the final.
The last moments of the competition were a hilarious race to the finish line as team members did almost anything to get the points needed to qualify for a place in the messy shore break.
In the end it all came down to guts, determination, teamwork and skill. Team EP, captained by Nick Fostin took out second prize and third prize was won by United Smiths, captained by Matt Crooks. Last years winners Archysurf came in fourth with Newhaven Spoonbills in fifth and Woolamai Hards in sixth place.
There was a wide range of prizes and awards given out at the presentation ceremony at the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club supported by event sponsors: Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Westernport Water, Phillip Island RSL, Newhaven College, Karoon Gas, Cape Kitchen, Ramada Resort, Rip Curl/Islantis, Island Surfboards, San Remo IGA and more.
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I am travelling most of today with heavy commitments at the
other end so only a short blog today with some great music to calm
the soul. Yesterday, a group of high-profile, so-called
progressives in Australia placed a paid-for advertisement in the
leading daily newspapers as part of a new campaign for the
government to increase taxes to get back into surplus so that (as
their narrative goes) it can afford to maintain services for the
needy. Yes, it was not the Right voices in our debate articulating
this. The campaign is being led by a group that is often referred
to as left-leaning and calls itself the most influential
progressive think tank in Australia. Modesty doesnt exist it seems.
But these sorts of descriptors are when the English language loses
all meaning. The advertisement and subsequent follow-up interviews
in the media yesterday by signatories and supporters of the Letter
articulate a pure neoliberal line of deception about fiscal
positions, the role of taxes and the virtuousness of fiscal
surpluses. From my assessment, this headline-grabbing display of
stupidity will set back the progressive debate in Australia even
further. A total disgrace.
I dont want to write much on this. I personally know many of the signatories to the Open Letter that was included as a full-paid advertisement in the major Australian newspapers yesterday (April 17, 2018).
Some of the signatories are leading members of the Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) in Australia.
Others are from the Political Economy program at Sydney University.
Others are from leading social policy agencies.
Some have previously held high political office under Labor governments.
Others are from a think tank, which the press calls left-leaning, and, which it bestows upon itself the (inflated) title of being Australias most influential progressive think tank and claims its work it to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.
Those sort of descriptors are when the English language loses all meaning.
I heard interviews on the radio from some of the signatories yesterday who would claim to be leading progressive voices in the economics debate here.
They basically laid out a neoliberal narrative as pure as you would find dressed up as a concern for equity and fairness.
Here is the original Full-page advertisement with all the signatories.
The text of the Open Letter read:
(Monthly Newsletter. Jenny is the President of Climate Action Monaro fb page )
As if it wasnt bad enough to have a lump of coal brought into parliament a few months ago, 20 or so Parliamentarians led by Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz, Barnaby Joyce, Kevin Andrews and Craig Kelly, have formed the Monash Group to push for a new coal-fired power station. To his credit, Treasurer Scott Morrison (a wielder of coal in the earlier stunt), declared it was not economic and rejected the idea. The next day, the descendants of General Sir John Monash, who was a civil engineer and an Australian military commander of the First World War, complained about the group using the name Monash for their anti-science, anti-intellectual proposal.
Despite Morrisons rejecting the idea of a new coal power station, the Prime Minister clearly thought a sop to the backbench was in order. He is pushing Alinta to buy the ageing Liddell coal-fired power station from AGL so that base-load power can continue after its planned closure in 2022. PM Turnbull wants another three years or so of it so it coincides with the opening of Snowy 2.0 (pumped hydro). Fortunately, the heroic Andy Vesey of AGL is standing firm and not selling, and using it as a base to develop renewables.
Someone needs to tell the PM that base-load power is not what is required any more, rather dispatchable power is, and old power plants like Liddell do not deliver dispatchable power. And he needs to know that coal-fired power stations caused a surge in airborne mercury pollution, according to a study done in Victorias Latrobe valley.
David Spratt, from Climate Code Red, released a report two days ago that finds we will reach 1.5oC warming within a decade, based on a number of recent scientific papers. This of course, was the more ambitious limit of warming (as against 2oC) set by the Paris Agreement. You can read the report here.
One of the worlds leading climate activists, Bill McKibben, is coming to Australia soon [https://350.org.au/accelerate-climate-action-bill-mckibben-tour/ ]. He will speak in Canberra on May 2 [and Melbourne May 3 ed.] on accelerating climate action. Hes always worthwhile but you have to pay.
Good to see our federal MP, Mike Kelly, standing firm against a nuclear power plant for the South Coast. While nuclear power does deliver carbon-free power once bui...
A fundraiser will be held on April 29 for a recently established food co-op, located in the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.
Organisers say a fully vegan and organic menu will be on offer, along with Tao of Sound, comprising Rob on harp and Armando on flute.
The aim is to finance a solar-powered coolroom, estimated to cost close to $10,000, and as such this event will be the first of a series of fundraising events. Limited tickets are available at the co-op, the Mullum bookshop and online via the events tab at www.facebook.com/MullumFoodCoop.
Tina Harrods City of Longing is Eastside Radios Album of the Week.
Songwriter and vocalist, Tina Harrod, releases a breathtaking new album CITY OF LONGING, with an incredible launch concert recently at The Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly, on Wednesday 11 April.
City of Longing was co-written and produced by brilliant composer/pianist STU HUNTER who has worked with Passenger, silverchair, Portishead, Alex Lloyd, Delta Goodrem, Russell Crowe, Katie Noonan and many others.
Tinas fifth album takes her songwriting and mind-blowing vocal skills to another plane. City of Longing is an emotionally charged, soul-wrenching set with real musical depth, performed by creative and adventurous musicians.
My goal is to achieve cohesion, marrying different styles and ideas together to create their own sound. I dont want to make a new soul record or a new funky jazz album; I want to create something that is unknown to me. Stu (Hunter) recorded and mixed the whole album. He went above and beyond with this project meticulously researching and boldly experimenting with sounds which is time consuming and it is really thanks to him that that I have an album I am really proud of.
Photograph by Suz...
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