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Friendship is so often the foundation of fruitful opportunity. Din appear to be applying this philosophical nugget as a guide in life, being the pairing of close friends and fellow Sydney musicians Rainbow Chan and Alex Ward (aka Moon Holiday).
Din recently joined Body Promise to take us through a selection of their most coveted tracks from home and abroad. Sprinkled in the mix are their hot off the press productions which they will be putting front and centre for their first ever live show at Soft Centre.
Listen back to the full show to hear some carefully chosen words from Din or check out the mix here!
Batu Off Court
Fake Low Res
The Golden Filter Vibrational
Head High Power Seat
Physical Therapy Huff
1800 Haight Street LCD Casualty
Rita Furstenhof Hadron Collider
Laurel Halo Jelly
Enderie Let Systems Decide (A Laser Beam)
Samo DJ & Tzusing Hollabackboi
Get the event details for Soft Centre here.
Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.
And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.
Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.
So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.
What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.
This one is pretty good as well.
But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones
We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carpet bomb them; and he probably didnt punch a wall behind the head of a woman at Sydney University a few years back.
The late Felicity Flic Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women. Her legacy lives on in her many hard-fought campaign wins, especially for the Great Barrier Reef, where a coral reef was recently named in her honour and in the work of those lucky enough to have received her guidance.
We want to keep Flics leadership alive. In her memory, Essential and the Australian Marine Conservation Society are partnering to deliver a unique training program for one successful applicant. Aimed at empowering young women who are passionate about the environment, our goal is to develop the skills of one effective campaigner this year and follow Flics footsteps.
Essential is a full service communications agency that brings together research, strategy, media, digital, advertising and production. With over 20 years experience, Essential has been the strategic force behind some of the most influential campaigns in Australia. Its award-winning creative solutions cut through and get results. Essential is also values driven. We care about the work we do and who we work with.
Flic worked closely with Essential to spearhead the Fight for the Reef campaign. Together AMCS and Essential combined social research, digital tactics and communications strategy to develop a community of more than 100,000 supporters and to effectively influence political decisions.
This training program has been designed to reflect Flics role as a mentor to young women and her understanding of the combined power of communications, digital and research to deliver progressive outcomes.
The program will cover communications strategy, digital tactics, earned media planning and social research techniques. It will provide exposure to a range of progressive camp...
By Luis Feliu
Massive and controversial logging and road works on a property next to a Crown reserve in the heart of the Tweed Valley has sparked community outrage with legal action by council, a protest outside the state MPs office and a personal mayoral mission to the minister to stop the work.
Campaigners against the unauthorised works say they amount to state-sanctioned destruction of precious remnant forests with aerial photos identifying 20 hectares of environmental zones, which have been deemed prime koala habitat but deferred by the state, subject to logging or clearing for roads.
Tweed Shire Council last night unanimously resolved to engage lawyers to investigate prosecuting the owner of the Boormans Road property at Tyalgum over the works on sensitive environmentally protected zones, some within an adjacent crown reserve.
However, council planners say a major contributor to the alleged unauthorised clearing relates to a Private Native Forestry Vegetation Plan issued by the NSW Environment Protection Agency in 2013.
Council has repeatedly raised its concerns with the NSW government, as has Richmond MP Justine Elliot who has written to environment minister Gabrielle Upton calling for the work to be stopped.
In the resolution last night, council also decided to issue immediate stop-work and clean-up orders on the site and back mayor Katie Milne personally urging minister Upton to revoke the so-called licence for private native forestry which the property owners Hewitville Holdings has used to justify the works.
The property, adjacent to the Limpinwood Nature Reserve, is owned by Hewitville Holdings, which is linked to former high-flying Gold Coast developer John Fish (see previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2015/07/bid-to-sue-tweed-developer-over-illegal-works-dropped/)
North East Forestry Aliiance (NEFA) and Northern Rivers...
What started as a much needed proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West has now morphed into a crazy plan to lock the West into a car dependent future. Titled a tunnel, it actually consists of a 12-lane toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers.
Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured in a bag snatch in broad daylight in Ballina yesterday (Thursday, September 21).
The 83-year-old woman was walking on Winston Lane after leaving a supermarket in River Street at about 4pm.
Police have been told a man grabbed her handbag from behind and threatened her.
As the man continued to tug on the bag, the woman lost her grip and fell to the ground.
The man was last seen running towards Martin Street with the bag.
The woman was taken to Ballina Hospital in a stable condition. Police have been told she suffered a fractured pelvis.
The man who police believe may be able to assist in the investigation has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170 and 180cm tall and with short blond hair.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival The early bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival have just gone on sale and the festival has just announced a bunch of new artists on the lineup. This time around Port Fairy has announced Amistat, Ben Waters Band (UK) with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, 
Ocean Grove Bowling Club will hold a come and try day on Friday
The club will throw open its doors to people of all ages to come and test their skills on the rinks.
Expert coaching will be available for novice bowlers.
A free sausage sizzle will be available and the day kicks off at 10am and goes right through until 4pm.
A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.
Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.
Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.
By Luis Feliu
Tweed Shire Councils chambers in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be flying the rainbow flag proudly soon after councillors last night voted to support the Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
The councils progressive majority backed mayor Katie Milnes notice of motion (in a 4-3 vote) for council to support amending the Marriage Act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community
Council will now erect a rainbow flag or banners outside the Tweed and Murwillumbah council chambers for the duration of the controversial postal survey.
Cr Milnes motion also proposes that council promotes its position on the issue through the media and social networking and holds at least one councilor-led public function to promote the Yes vote.
The Greens mayor said that while the Marriage Act is the responsibility of the Commonwealth councils are met with varying levels of success and/or criticism when they lend weight to matters outside of their jurisdiction.
Council must also consider that adopting a specific view on items that are subject to a conscience vote could result in unwanted community division being directed towards it, she said.
Flag etiquette requires that any flag, other than the Australian flag, must be flown lower than the Australian flag.
Council will also need to give direction on what flag is to be removed to fly the rainbow flag.
Therefore the option of the banner is easier to implement.
Cr Milne told councillors the rainbow flags would cost around $300 each and that there may also be other costs associated with the public function.
Meanwhile, Cr Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed as new deputy mayor at an extraordinary meeting held last night.
Cr Byrnes, a Labor Party-endorsed councilor, was voted to replace Cr Chris Cherry.
Mayor Milne thanked Cr Cherry for her service in the past year.
Cr Byrnes will hold the position until September next year, when another election will be held.
Under the Local Government Act, the term of deputy is a year while for mayor it is two years.
At 29, Cr Byrnes is believed to be the youngest deputy mayor in Tweed shires history.
Outgoing deputy Cr Cherry, said councillors gave Cr Byrnes their full support by electing him unopposed.
The newly-elected deputy last night led a condolence motion for the late, Murwillumbah-born, Labor luminary John Johno Johnson.
It noted the recent passing of the former Member of the NSW Legislative Council and his great contribution to public life......
Six far north coast students are in the running to be crowned the states best speller after making it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premiers Spelling Bee.
The students were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.
The local finalists are: River R, Yamba Public School, junior; Ben D, Dunoon Public School, junior; Bradley G, Terranora Public School, junior; Che M, Palmers Island Public School, senior; Sunny D, Bangalow Public School, senior; Amelie M, Pottsville Beach Public School, senior.
Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month (4-15 September) and more than 153,000 students taking part in this years competition, said an education department spokesperson.
To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki, he added.
NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this years NAPLAN. The Premiers Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.
Meanwhile, one local student has been chose...
As reported several times by Mountain Journal, the Alpine Shire in north east Victoria is currently investigating whether to develop a Village Green (oval/ polo field/ elite athlete training ground) in the Dinner Plain village. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and substantial investigations have been carried out to assess the likely environmental, social and economic implications of the proposal. Council is now deciding whether to proceed with developing the Green, which will require the destruction of almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland (an assessment of the environmental impacts of this project is available here).
I have read the relevant documents, inclusive of the Information Booklet and the flora and fauna assessment by Biosis, and have particular concerns about the environmental impacts and associated risks concerning offsets etc.
My biggest concern is that there are potentially significant ecological impacts and associated costs that are risks for the project that are not adequately considered. I will go through each possible risk below but the biggest overall impact will possibly be on your cost benefit analysis for the project, i.e. if the costs go up any appreciable level then your cost benefit analysis could go into the negative quite easily.
First, I have compared the Village Green concept and the disturbance footprint detailed in the flora and fauna report and would strongly argue that the losses are underestimated for several reasons:
The annual Battle of the Border national road racing cycling event through the scenic Tweed Valley, postponed in April due to the big floods, is on this weekend and again set to draw hundreds of keen cycling fans.
In March, Cyclone Debbie flooding caused not only loss of life but major damage to roads and council infrastructure, with restoration works still underway.
Mike Crawley, a spokesman for organiser QSMSports, said the not-for-profit event to brings an influx of sporting tourism back into the region and helps recharge the local economy.
We are looking forward to bringing cyclists and athletes from around Australia to the Tweed and showcasing the region as a premier sporting destination, Mr Crawley said.
Since the event started in 2009, we have enjoyed a strong partnership with the communities in the Tweed and Mt Warning Caldera.
Id like to thank Destination New South Wales, Destination Tweed, and Tweed Shire Council for their continued loyal support of the Battle and road racing in New South Wales, he added.
The strong partnership extends to the teams and riders, with a quality field ensuring its support of the three-day Tour, one of the staple events on the Subaru NRS calendar.
Fresh off his maiden Subaru NRS Tour victory at last weekends Amys Otway Tour, Queenslands Ryan Cavanagh (NSWIS) is eager to contest the event held just a couple of hours from his Sunshine Coast hometown.
Cavanagh said he has missed only one Battle from since it has started, I always want to a part of it as it is such a great event.
Cavanagh, who rides for the Sydney based NSWIS outfit, said the roads are dy...
by James ONeill*
In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.
What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.
Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere. Similar...
The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.
Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.
Failed mayoral candidate Big Rob has been ordered to pay the $6000 legal bill of Lismore mayor Isaac Smith after his appeal against an interim apprehended personal violence order was dismissed.
The interim APVO against Mr Rob was granted by Magistrate David Heilpern in Lismore Local Court in March, following a complaint by Cr Smith to police about harassment.
This prevented Mr Rob from going within 200 metres of anywhere Cr Smith or his family lived or worked, or attended school, and stopped him from publishing any material online about the family or the mayoral vehicle.
Mr Rob appealed the interim APVO in the District Court, which was dismissed by Judge Laura Wells on May 18.
Cr Smiths legal team then lodged an application for costs on the same day, which was adjourned until June 8, to allow Mr Rob to respond in writing why an order shouldnt be made against him.
When Mr Rob failed to appear in Lismore District Court on June 8, Judge Wells questioned why he thought he was excused from appearing or responding to the costs application in writing.
On Thursday at Lismore District Court Judge Wells ruled Cr Smith was entitled to be awarded costs he incurred during the appeal process.
She ordered Mr Rob to pay Cr Smiths legal costs totalling $6006.
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Biala Special School in Ballina is excited to be opening a new safer playground space today that was refurbished using a $30,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.
Earlier this year, Principal Bhavni Stewart and Biala Support Services CEO, Linda Walsh accepted the grant to allow the project to proceed with the laying of a new weather proof synthetic surface in the playground.
Were overwhelmed by the amount of support from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation over the last 10 years with the Foundation also funding our respite camps and the upgrade of Melaleuca House, Linda said.
Bhavni Stewart said that the old playground had been rendered unsafe due to exposure to Northern Rivers weather. It simply had become either slippery in the rain or baked hard by the sun.
The new playground surface provides a safer environment and more user-friendly space for our students, which is so important in any school, but particularly one like ours which caters to children with intellectual and physical disabilities, Bhavni said.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat said the key focus of its grant-giving was to support the organisations delivering life-changing services in local communities.
For almost 50 years Biala Special School is a community-built and run service which has brought joy, education and opportunity to the lives of people with a disability, he said.
It has become an extension of many families caring for loved-ones with disabilities, which is testament to its successful formula and the dedication of staff.
The Foundation is proud to support Biala in its work and to help make the daily experience of its students just that little bit better, Phil said.
Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.
He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.
Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.
A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.
He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.
He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.
The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.
A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.
Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.
An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.
Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.
Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.
Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.
It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.
Violence like this is never acceptable. Im gl...
A new koala education and administration centre was opened by Friends of the Koala in Lismore on Wednesday September 20 adjacent to their Koala Care and Research Centre in Rifle Range Road.
This will provide much better outcomes for the koalas and an improved education facility which will enhance the community education experience for the many visitors and tourists that come to the Centre to learn about our iconic species said Ms Irwin.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan helped to officially open the Friends of the Koalas new $170,000 Burribi Education and Administration Centre. The Friends of the Koalas provided $91,121 while the federal government...
WONTHAGGI boy Alasdair Hackett has captained Waverley Hockey
Club to victory in the Grand Final of Victorias Under 16 Shield
Played on Friday, September 8, Waverley fought back from two goals down against Southern United to draw the game 2-2, and then went on to win the penalty shootout, 5-4. Alasdair scored both of Waverleys goals in normal time, in a thrilling match, watched. by a large crowd, on a cold Friday evening at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
In the first two weeks of the finals, Waverley beat Camberwell, 1-0, and previously undefeated Essendon, 5-4 (Essendon had only conceded six goals all year until the semi-final, and had scored 115). Alasdair scored the only goal in the Camberwell game, and three goals plus two assists in the Essendon match.
Alasdair has been selected to represent the Victoria 16 years and under side in Adelaide in December this year, in the Pacific School Games, which involves state and territory teams, plus overseas teams, in 11 different sports and two age groups, in boys and girls competitions.
Anyone interested in joining Wonthaggi five-a-side hockey, played throughout daylight saving, should text John on 0418-500125. Participation is free. Usual hockey protective gear is advised.
In March 2013 Macedo was on the Forbes billionaires list with a reported US$1.1 billion. That makes him by far the richest pastor in Brazil and the world.
Wikipedia article below
Edir Macedo is the Brian Houston of Brazil.
Edir Macedo like Brian Houston of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia is a Prosperity Gospel Church.
Like Hillsong, Edir Macedo has a strong emphasis on tithing.
Is it right and Ok for a Christian pastor to have a net worth of $1.1 billion earned from the tithes of very poor superstitious Brazilians?
This is plain exploitation of the poor and needy.
Brazil has a population of 220 million, by far the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is a country of vast urban and rural poverty.
The Guardian London
Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud
Bishop Edir Macedo of the Unive...
One of the best things about baking is that anyone can do it. With some basic techniques and imagination, its possible to produce edible creations that enter the realm of food art. Raymond Tan, aka Ray Ray, is a self-taught baker who uses the activity as his creative outlet. About two years ago, he explains, I set myself a challenge to bring a dessert every time I was invited to a party, hence my first cake left my tiny apartment kitchen and the rest was history.
Since the life-changing soiree, Tan has produced many eye-catching treats. His forte is a twist on cake pops; these desserts are typically shaped as small balls affixed to the top of paper candy sticks, but Tan uses wider wooden popsicle sticks that allow him to make more complex pops. With an increased surface design, he layers colors and textures to sculpt cute animal characters, marble surface patterns, and assemble pretty floral designs resembling bountiful bouquets. Like all incredible food art, Tans cake pops seem almost too good to eatbut with flavors like white lotus and chestnut, who could resist?
(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is
A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.
Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.
Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.
A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis
Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.
Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.
Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...
I am a Christian and I stand with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends today at Parliament House to protest against the Meat & Livestock Australia ad for lamb. Let me say, I do like lamb. And in many ways I do like the ad for lamb. I like the idea of spiritual icons from 
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The Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study has completed a crucial background analysis of cancers in Latrobe City and surrounding areas in the five-year period prior to the 2014 mine fire. These results will provide a baseline against which to compare future cancer patterns that occur after the fire. Monash University researcher Professor Malcolm Sim said 
Collendina will begin its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket
Association premiership defence with an away game against Anglesea
on 7 and 14 October.
The Cobras then face a mouth-watering match against last seasons fellow grand finalists Barwon Heads at home in round two.
Collendina faces a long trip to Winchelsea, but drew other BPCA newcomers Inverleigh and Little River at the Snake Pit.
All sides will play each other in a two-day format, and there will be no one-day games this season.
The Snakes only play two home games before the Christmas break.
Collendinas fixture for the coming season
Round 1: 7 & 14 October v Anglesea (away).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November v Inverleigh (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November v Winchelsea (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December v Drysdale (away).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December v Jan Juc (away).
Round 7: 6 & 13 January v Barrabool (home).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January v Queenscliff (away).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February v Portarlington (away).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March v Little River (home).
Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading
Ocean Grove will start its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket
Association A Grade season with two home games.
The new-look BPCA has expanded to 12 A Grade clubs with the inclusion of Winchelsea, Little River and Inverleigh.
The Grubbers kick their season off with a home game against Queenscliff on 7 and 14 October followed by another home game against Drysdale in a Saturday-Sunday clash on 21 and 22 October.
The Battle of the Bridge grudge match against Barwon Heads is also a home game, to be played on 9 and 16 December before the competition breaks for Christmas.
The other big game against cross-town rivals Collendina is at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.
The semi-finals are on 17 and 18 February and the final is on 24 and 25 February.
All teams will play each other once during the season.
Ocean Groves fixture for the 2017/18 season is:
Round 1: 7 & 14 Ooctober vs Queenscliff (home).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October vs Drysdale (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November vs Portarlington (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November vs Little River (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December vs Anglesea (home).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December vs Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7: 6 & 13 December vs Inverleigh (away).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January vs Winchelsea (home).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February vs Collendina (away).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February vs Jan Juc (home).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March vs Barrabool (away).
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MEDIA RELEASE: 21 September 2017
Lower house passes Vic Renewable Energy Target: "Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action"
Friends of the Earth have welcomed the passage of the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 in the Victorian Parliament, saying the result brings Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and action on climate change.
"Passage of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target brings our state a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.
"This outcome is a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change."
Voice journalist JUSTIN FLYNN examines the epidemic and pure evil that is drink spiking and what it is doing to young people at pubs and clubs and how an Ocean Grove woman is tackling the issue head on.
What drives me is getting the message out. Its bringing drink spiking to the forum and getting people to talk about it. It takes one second for someone you love to be drink spiked and be sexually assaulted or robbed.
Drink spiking is on the rise and an Ocean Grove woman is doing
something about it.
Michelle Hoffman, who moved to Ocean Grove from Bendigo two months ago, invented a drink glass cover called Slip Me Not, which helps prevent drink spiking.
The device works as a type of recyclable plastic wrap by covering the entirety of a glass, allowing just enough space for a straw. The space also allows the liquid out without having to take off the cover so people can still drink from the glass with the wrapper attached. The cover can be used three times before being discarded and can be scrunched up without affecting its performance. At $3.50 for a pack of five, its an inexpensive way to stay protected during a night out.
However, Michelle has put the Slip Me Not on the backburner while she considers an upgrade and a new look. The Slip Me Not will be back on sale in the near future, though.
Michelles son Zachary has also played a huge role in the development of the Slip Me Not, developing the website, handling social media and shop orders.
It takes one second for someone to spike a drink, Michelle said.
The journey hasnt been about sales of the Slip Me Not for me, its about bringing this message out to the public. Back in 2000, a close friend was sexually assaulted after drink spiking by one of her friends. She was 15. It was so devastating.
Drink spiking mainly affects young women aged between 15 and 35, but it can happen to anyone. The motive is usually sexual assault, but it is sometimes done as a joke, often by people known to the victim.
Young men have been targeted by former girlfriends who are intent on revenge, while men have also been drink spiked with the intent to rob them.
Drink spiking is difficult to prove and therefore is often not reported to police.
Michelle said ketamine (sometimes used as a horse tranquiliser) and GHB were the main drugs used to spike a drink, but often it was as simple as adding extra shots of vodka to a drink to affect a young and inexperienced drinker. Vodka has no taste and is a clear liquid, which cant usually be detected.
Michelle said a new elephant tranquiliser is all but certain to hit Australian shores in the future.
Alcohol is the most commonly spiked drink, but it can also be added to tea, coffee, soft drinks, juice and even milkshakes.
Its been a journey of enlightenment for me to see just how sinister...
Appointed as head of the ACCC by Rudd Gillard, Rod Sims has a long association with the ALP going back to the Whitlam years. His re-appointment by the Coalition is unsurprising given the callow nature of conservatives and the fact that many have interventionist sympathies that accord with those of the leftist intelligentsia that Sims represents.
In his speech to the Press Club Sims addresses two points that have been warmly embraced by like-minded people within the media.
The first covers the gas crisis. Sims, though tiptoeing around the wanton political destruction of state government bans, notes that the firms that undertook massive capital investments could not have expected to face a shield-wall of obduracy on the part of politicians with custody over our economic welfare banning the exploration for gas. Only Queensland, where the ALP has kept Coalition openness largely in place, has a relatively open policy.
However he favours a nudge approach, which he says the producers have followed, whereby they support the local market as much as possible (even if this is contrary to their commercial interests). He also says, offering a big hint I am not disclosing the detail of what is in the ACCCs report to the Treasurer on gas supply and demand. That will be made public shortly. In other words he will advise the Commonwealth to force firms to break overseas contracts to redress the damage that state governments and environmentalists have created in starving the nation of new gas supplies. Naturally, like all such leftists he will advise on such actions that are pregnant with implications about the reliability of the nations export contracts, with a heavy heart.
In the case of electricity his speech addresses two aspects that have driven up prices: network charges and generation/retail costs.
In the case of network charges that are regulated,, like any self-interested bureaucrat, hed prefer his agencys decisions were not reviewable by another. He may be right but he is the wrong person to be making such judgements.
In the case of other costs (accounting for 60 per cent of the recent price increases) he lumps them together but in side briefings with sympathetic journalists like Paul Kelly he spelled out the breakdown as being caused by 24 per cent retail margins, 19 per cent generator price increases and 16 per cent green schemes. These are fantasy totals that obscure rather than enlighten policy.
Why,, given the fact that there are three major retailers and two dozen others (some,....
A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,
Ocean Grover Adam Marks competed in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
World Championships held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The mens event was held on 10 September in the mountain town and had 2426 competitors, of which Adam, 39, placed 872nd.
Not a bad effort given he was scheduled to fly Melbourne to Houston the week Hurricane Harvey hit. He was re-routed to Los Angeles and due to expense and circumstances opted to drive across the country, crossing all four continental US time zones.
Extreme jetlag and stress brought about shingles two days before the race. Despite fatigue and being unwell, Adam rallied to the start line in the 40-44 age group (the largest group of competitors).
Adam completed the tough course in five hours and 34 minutes. Pros and amateurs alike commented that it was a particularly challenging course with steep bike climbs and a constant incline on the run.
Adam qualified for the World Championship in February when he competed locally in the Ironman 70.3 race held in Geelong.
A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. Jazzmeia is a jazz vocalist from Dallas, Texas, who was encouraged onto the mic by her music family. Inspired by Sarah Vaughan at a young age, Jazzmeia went on to study jazz at the high school and tertiary level. Her prowess eventually won her the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition AND the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.
Ill let Jazzmeia tell you more herself:
A Social Call was produced by Chris Dunn and features the following musicians: Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and percussion, Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, and Frank Lacy on trombone.
Heres a live rendition of the albums opening track:
An impressive vocalis...
Its that time of year when the beaches along the Bellarine
Peninsula coastline become the creche for the rare and threatened
hooded plover as the breeding season commences.
These tiny, black, white and red birds nest along the surf beaches of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea from late August and, as the months get warmer, face some of their greatest dangers from beachgoers and dogs.
The hooded plover or hoodie spends its whole life on the beach and nearby wetlands and is one of Australias most threatened birds. Survival has become nearly impossible on beaches with Australias current human population, given the popularity of our beaches on the Bellarine in the warmer months.
An adult pair of hooded plovers will lay up to three eggs in a scrape in the sand and incubate them for four weeks until the eggs hatch. The chicks cant fly until they are five weeks old and must forage for their own food up and down the beach and along the waters edge, avoiding the beach-goers, dogs and other predators.
Chicks move along the beach to feed.
Research has shown that a simple formula of alerting beach users with signs and temporary fencing, putting out wooden teepees for chicks to hide in and requesting dogs be on a lead is enough to tip the balance and give these endangered birds a better chance of having their chicks survive.
Hooded plovers are a rarity along the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula, which makes protecting these little birds a very high priority, City of Greater Geelong acting director of city services Peter Godfrey said.
Dogs and cats are seen as predators of the species, just as foxes, ravens and other birds of prey are, and for this reason the City works closely with Birdlife Australia to put measures in place to protect the birds.
The hooded plover is protected under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
By Luke Voogt
A retired Ocean Grove bishop has accused a local MP of barring
him from grilling Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Australias
secretive Border Protection policy.
Former Anglican Bishop Peter Danaher joined about 50 people protesting outside an invitation-only community meeting at Highton Bowls Club on Monday.
They dont want us to be any part of the discussion, said Rev Danaher, who is president of the Victorian Council of Churches.
It was an absolute waste of time and an insult to people who have a view on a subject.
Rev Danaher contacted Corangamite MP Sarah Hendersons office when the Combined Refugee Action Group informed him on Friday about the meeting.
But Ms Hendersons office told him the meeting was at capacity.
I went to the venue regardless, in case there happened to be any spare seats.
Two police officers blocked the doors to the meeting but a fellow protestor saw plenty of spare seats prior to it commencing, Rev Danaher said.
He was on Ms Hendersons mailing list and was disappointed not to receive notice of the so-called community meeting, he said.
He had planned to question the minister on women and children living in appalling conditions on Manus Island and Nauru.
All the issues pale into insignificance when you look at the way people are treated, he said.
But Ms Henderson said the meeting was at capacity and that she worked very hard to represent her constituents views on asylum seekers.
It was simply not possible to accommodate everyone who wished to attend, she said.
I respect Rev Danahers right to protest and I would be pleased to assist him in any way I can.
Ms Henderson promoted the governments immigration policies, which included abolishing 457 visas and deporting non-citizens who commit serious crimes.
Our government has removed 2000 children from detention, closed 17 detention centres and is working hard to re-settle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who were put there by Labor.
Blue Ribbon Day is on Friday 27 September.
The day honours the ultimate sacrifice that police officers have made in the line of duty.
A total of 159 Victorian police officers have been killed while doing their jobs with 30 being murdered, which underlines the dangers faced by police on a daily basis.
Victoria Police invites all Victorians to pause on Friday to remember those members of our police force who have paid a price beyond measure for safety in our community.
To donate to the cause, go to www.remember.org.au/Donate
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions, where artists perform intimate shows in backyards and verandahs, has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland on Saturday 2nd December at The Range Hall, 45 minutes from Adelaide. Described as a Porch Session on steroids Porchland has been 
24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.
Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.
This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.
24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.
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The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:
The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.
Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off. Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.
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Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
By Mark Heenan
The curtain closed on Ocean Grove Football Netball Clubs 2017
season at the senior presentation night on Friday 15 September.
Up to 130 people attended including senior footballers, senior netballers, committee, coaching personnel, sponsors, supporters and family members, at the Shell Road sports pavilion.
Ocean Grove Football Club senior coach Paul Lynch implored the elite netball and football teams to work hard in the off-season and boost playing stocks in recruiting.
Earlier this month the Grubbers signed experienced key position player Justin Carey from GFL club St Albans for the 2018 season.
Ocean Groves premier division netball grade and senior football team made finals in 2017 but both sides suffered early exits with their BFL elimination final loss on 20 August.
I feel our window is really widely open and they talk on a premiership clock where our clock is and I reckon we are sitting at about 11 oclock, Lynch said in his speech.
I reckon our window is really open and that goes for netball as well.
I have been involved in a football club where we have won the A Grade netball and A Grade football premiership in one year and I honestly believe there is no reason why that cant happen next year.
Grubber gun on-baller James Linton was awarded with his second Damian Clark Medal.
In 2016 Linton won the coveted medal honour in his debut season with the Grubbers.
Damian Clark is an eight-time senior premiership player with Ocean Grove.
I am very honoured, Linton told the Voice.
Ocean Grove senior netball coach Elyse Howard won the premier division top award.
Five netball grades including under-19 netball side and four other senior teams in addition to reserves and senior football teams were presented with awards.
Michaela Giblin took out the under-19 netball honour, while Ali Gannon was named runner-up and Sarah Bastiaan collected the coaches award.
Club great Dennis White was named prestigious recipient of Frank Hose Award for his generous volunteer work in 2017.
Whites involvement has spanned more than 40 years with the Grubbers as a player, reserves coach, junior premiership coach and former committee member.
He was awarded with life-membership at the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club in 2015.
Local business The Driftwood Cafe organised catering on the night.
OCEAN GROVE FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB 2017 AWARD WINNERS
Under 19 Netball
Best-and-fairest Michaela Giblin
Runner-up Ali Gannon
Coaches award Sarah Bastiaan
Division 3 Netball
Best-and-fairest Kylie Collett
Runner-up Jessie Sutton
Coaches award Maddy Goodger
Division 2 Netball
Best-and-fairest Eliza Jane Clarke
Investigations are underway following a serious crash at Casino yesterday.
Police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Hickey and Johnston Streets about 10.25am(Wednesday 20 September 2017), following reports of a crash between a Holden Commodore and a truck.
The driver and front passenger in the Holden were trapped within the vehicle before being released.
A woman in her 80s driving the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.
The male passenger, also in his 80s, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital and then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The driver of the truck, a man in his 40s, was not injured and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Specialist crash investigators attended the scene and commenced inquiries into the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.
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By Caitlin McInnis
The marriage equality survey is now under way, and lots of Australians are showing their support for equal love. If you want to stay inspired on a daily basis, there are many things you can do, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, where well be making the YES case every day. But first, you should make sure that you are fully briefed on voting, so below youll find five things that you, your family and friends absolutely must know. Happy voting!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that all forms will be sent out by September 25. If you do not receive yours in the mail by Monday, you need to get in touch with them ASAP.
So youve lost your form or marked the wrong box. It happens. Dont beat yourself up. Luckily, its an easy fix. Just make sure you contact the ABS by 6pm October 18 and request another form. Details of how to do this havent been finalised by the ABS just yet but they have said not to contact them until September 25 if you do need a replacement. Make sure you follow the YES Campaign for updates.
It is great that people are exercising their democratic rights and getting excited about it by taking photos of their forms or even putting things like glitter in the envelopes. HOWEVER, make sure any photos you post of your form do not include your personalised barcode on the bottom right of the form. This is really important as it may be used by someone else to commit fraud. As for glitter, refrain from that too as due to processing machinery or possible contamination, [it] may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.
Snail mail is not what it used to be it can take up to 4 days to reach its destination these days. Because of this, the ABS says it is best you get your form i...
Barwon Heads Arts Council held a successful Meet the Authors
Clifton Springs resident Dian Fahey (author of 12 poetry collections, dianefaheypoet.com), Professor of Politics Judith Brett and six-time author Craig Sherbourne spoke to guests at Barwon Heads Golf Club on Sunday 10 September.
Each author spoke for around an hour and invited audience participation.
With the generous support of a $2000 Community Grant from the
City of Greater Geelong, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has
purchased 17 swim cans to assist in life saving training
The mission of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club was to keep the beach safe and educate its members and the public in safe beach behaviour, club president David Pavia said.
The swim cans are a vital tool in training life savers in ocean swimming and board rescues. We have trialled the cans over the winter months and found them also useful in training life savers on inshore rescue craft rescues.
IRBs account for the majority of ocean rescues in Victoria, and the marker buoys are a great way for drivers to hone their driving and rescue skills in a safe controlled manner.
The buoys will also be used during the Ocean Grove Open Water Swim to be held next year on Sunday 28 January.
Ford IT workers got their hands dirty giving Jirrahlinga Koala
and Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads a much-needed makeover last
Richard Crow was thrilled to get outdoors with the 15 or so workers mulching, weeding, painting and fixing fences at the sanctuary.
I love it, he said, pushing a wheelbarrow of mulch.
We get out in the community and give something back.
Jamie Strzelczyk and Ivona Bilic got up close and personal with the sanctuarys koalas, kangaroos and amusing emus after making the trip down the Princes Freeway.
Ive been here before with my kids so its really good to help out the sanctuary they need all the help they can get, Ivona said.
They help all the animals which are really cute.
Its awesome to connect with the community and get out of the office and do something different, Jamie said, as the pair cleaned an animal enclosure.
Senior keeper Xavier Robertson said projects like this were vital to the sanctuary, which received more than 5000 calls a year to attend sick, injured and orphaned animals.
It would take the better part of a week to get done what these guys get do in a few hours, the Belmont local said.
We always make an effort to get everyone up close and personal with the animals at the end of the day which is usually the highlight.
Karingal St Laurences BacLinks foundation facilitated the restoration project.
Projects such as this are a testament to the exceptional generosity of our local people and businesses, the foundations manager Joanne Forssman said.
By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson is one of the two
recipients of the Queenscliff Music Festivals Emerging Artist
The popular singer/songwriter has been performing since her early teens and her latest accolade comes as no surprise.
It was a huge surprise and such amazing news to receive, she said.
I feel so honoured to have been given this opportunity, knowing how highly sought after this grant is and the fact that hundreds of others from the Barwon South West Region applied for it. Its a real privilege to have been selected from among all of those artists.
Andrea will release her second album this November and the grant will enable her to do a new recording next year.
The grant will be put towards a live recording which I hope to do in April/May 2018, she said.
My proposal for the recording was to include all local creatives from start to finish and on every level from venue, artists, sound engineer, photographers, publicists the works, so not only will I benefit from this project as an artist, but many others from the Bellarine and the Geelong region will be involved and recognised for their work also. Plus a live audience, who I imagine will mostly be locals, will get to be a part of this experience.
Andrea said the local music scene was thriving.
The local music scene is so important and I hope that it just continues to go from strength to strength, she said.
There are so many amazing musicians in our area, and we have some terrific venues supporting those artists. But we could always do with more. That would mean audiences being willing to get out and support not just the artists, but the venues as well though.
The wet and dull spring weather has continued.
Ive never seen so much water in places like Yarram Creek and Freshwater Lake. Its great for the birds and the mosquitoes that theres so much water, just not very pleasant for getting out and about with the camera.
Theres been so much to see despite the rain, I hardly know where to start.
I had one trip to Western Treatment Plant, but alas reached the destination without the gate key, which I had left at home in my jacket pocket. Duh. I drove to Kirk Point to see if there were any waders around, and I did see a few hundred red-necked stints. The highlight of my days was observing a magnificent spotted harrier flying over the canola fields on Point Wilson Road. I didnt manage a decent photo, but seeing a spotted harrier is always wonderful.
Speaking of migratory waders, I did spot a few sharp-tailed sandpipers at Western Treatment Plant, but Kevin saw a pair of these birds at Anglesea during the week and sent me his fabulous photo. Thanks so much Kevin.
I went to the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve with a group from the Clifton Springs Gardening Group, who are keen to learn more about the birds around this region. We just avoided some pretty torrential rain, but did manage a decent walk where we spotted 23 species, including a Horsfields bronze cuckoo and fan-tailed cuckoo. The next day I drove to my favorite spot in Curlewis, where I went cuckoo again, and saw a pallid cuckoo sitting in a bare tree. The days after that I popped into Hospital Swamp, Connewarre, and saw two Horsfields bronze-cuckoos and three pallid cuckoos.
The pallid cuckoo is a large, slender cuckoo, which is identified by its grey plumage, which is darker on the wings and back. It has a barred black and white undertail. The bill is brown, the legs and feet are grey-brown, and there is a bright yellow ring around the eye. Like other cuckoos, the pallid cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of honeyeaters, woodswallows, whistlers and flycatchers. Its no coincidence that the cuckoos were seen in areas where there are many other small species of birds, preparing for the spring breeding season. The female pallid cuckoo removes one of the smaller birds eggs from their nest, and replaces it with one of her own. Speaking of little birds, Ive also seen some beautiful little male superb fairy-wrens molting into breeding plumage, which certainly makes for some lovely photo opportunities, which will be even better when the sun finally shines
Ive seen a few other nests lately, including a red wattlebird, tawny frogmouth, magpie lark, and many black swan nests. The best swan nest I spotted was in Breamlea, where last years nest has been built up so much that it looked comfy enough to jump in for a sleep.
At the end of my street in Ocean Grove theres a family of Australian wood ducks with an even dozen ducklings. Ive watched the parent birds closely and....
Perched above the coastline of Ocean Grove, The Dunes cafe and
restaurant offers absolute beachfront dining from their location on
Surf Beach Road.
Glass frontage ensures the spacious dining area is bathed in natural light, providing panoramic views over the ocean for diners relaxing among colourful decor or celebrating a special occasion in The Dunes welcoming ambiance.
Enjoy an early morning coffee on a table outside enjoying the spring sunshine or book in for a dining experience with family and friends and choose from a menu of global flavours and popular favourites.
Start the day with freshly brewed coffee together with breakfast corn fritters or an eggs Benedict and then from the all-day menu for lunch, try the salt and pepper calamari, fresh Portarlington mussels or caramelised onion and goat cheese tart.
At dinner the choices just keep coming with seafood paella, Scotch fillet with polenta chips or a caramelised sweet potato brown rice salad.
Now is the best time of year to sample delicious food and drink and those exquisite views, open every day from 6.30am.
Get ready Ocean Grove, the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger
Grill is set for a massive October.
The chook shop will feature three highly acclaimed acts, making October the live music month of the year in the Grove.
First up is The Turner Brown Band on 7 October.
The band is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner and Ohio-based Sacred Steel vocalist and lap-slide guitar sensation Nikki D. Brown.
Joining Dom and Nikki and are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.
Cass Eager heads to the chook shop on 14 October.
Cass has a brand new beat and shes hitting the road with her band to send her new single Aint No Stopping Me off into the world.
Casss voice carries like the wind and slams you right in your gut where you want it to.
She could sing the phone book to you and you wouldnt get bored, says iconic Aussie rock star Diesel.
Back at the chicken shop by popular demand on 28 October is The Three Kings.
The Melbourne blues super group rocks a hard-hitting and greasy blues style and it will take you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history.
For tickets for all three gigs, go to www.pipinghotchickenshop.com.au/upcoming_gigs.html
Each September 300 women head to Sydney to judge the most sexist remarks made by public figures during the previous year in 2017 the Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks is celebrating its 25th year!
Winners are chosen by whichever nomination receives the loudest boos; and in tight contests, a boo-off is required to determine a winner. RTRFMs Georgia Keay spoke to Meredith Burgmann, founder of The Ernies, to find out the purpose behind the awards.
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA EVENT + FEATURE
Friday 6 October
Its out and were proud to announce that the documentary The Freedom to Marry has been selected as the Opening Night film at BBFF 2017.
The ultra-topical documentary traces the battle for equality by North Americas LGBTQI community, from the early days of Stonewall through to the Supreme Court decision just two years ago.
The Freedom to Marry ends with a celebration and so does Opening Night at BBFF, with catering by Byron Bays sublime Trattoria Basiloco and with fine wines and other beverages.
Read more about the film here.
Tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night Gala Party (and film).
Learn more at bbff.com.au
This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading
This has always been one of the more fascinating periods of Dylans career, when he started exploring gospel music and religious-leaning song subject matter. Due from Columbia and Legacy on November 3rd, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 focuses on Dylans so-called gospel years. The Deluxe Edition features nine discs 8
Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the
Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out 
Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it
seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria
They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.
Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.
Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?
Are there people you feel inseparable from?
Melbourne band HEMM are a bit like this, theyve been making music together for a while now, and their desire to explore the new is what glues them together.
Ahead of their Space Between Us EP launch Taylah caught up with Juice from the band.
Former Nationals candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Rod Bruem, resigned from the party yesterday after his allegations of a concerted homophobic campaign against him were rejected.
Mr Bruem, who is openly gay, said in a statement that a hastily convened meeting of the partys Ethics Committee refused to act over a series of damaging and defamatory questions levelled at him during last weekends Lismore preselection.
He was one of seven candidates to take part in an initial run-off for the seat of retiring MP Thomas George last Saturday, three of whom will go through to a so-called community preselection next month.
But he told Echonetdaily on Monday that he believed the preselection process had been corrupted from the start and that he had been subjected to an inordinate number of questions about his personal life.
Echonetdaily understands Mr Bruem received an email from the Nationals Deputy State Director Thomas Aubert yesterday stating the committee decided no questions breached the Partys rules protecting members from disorderly personal reflections.
Among the questions Mr Bruem faced were repeated assertions he had hidden criminal underworld links and that his gay male partner made him unsuitable to be a Nationals candidate.
Its disappointing the Nationals Ethics Committee has met and not even bothered to contact me to hear my side of what happened, he said.
Instead it has backed up the State Director Nathan Quigley who sat in the chairmans seat on Saturday and remained mute while I was subjected to a series of ridiculous and damaging character attacks dressed up as questions.
I cant believe a party which has so many honourable members allowed this to pass. The...
Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.
Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.
Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.
Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.
Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.
Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.
The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you....
Geelong Hospital deputy director of infectious disease, Associate Professor Daniel OBrien says there is no way to tell where it might appear next.
So far the condition has infected up to one hundred and fifty-nine cases which is up from fifty-eight in the same period in 2015.
One Nation Senator Faces Court Today over Citizenship Questions
Senator Malcolm Roberts will be questioned in the High Court sitting in Brisbane today over his former british dual-citizenship.
Destruction of high value forest and koala habitat have sparked a demonstration planned for this Thursday outside MP Geoff Provests office at 2pm. Residents raised the alarm when they discovered the illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum, with further concerns being raised about the large trucks operating on narrow winding roads that are a hazard to public safety, especially during school bus times.
The Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) will be delivering a letter to Members of Parliament Geoff Provest (Tweed) and Thomas George (Lismore) as part of Thursdays demonstration seeking urgent action to protect the wildlife corridor connecting our World Heritage biodiversity hotspots. They will urge the MPs to contact environment minister, Gabrielle Upton, asking her to stop the logging and unauthorised road building.
I see this as an early test for the NSW new laws governing land clearing which came into force last month, said Scott Sledge, president of NRG.
During the drafting process, the NSW government gave assurances that the provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act would mean stronger protection for our wildlife than the previous laws. Now we will see if the new laws will result in better outcomes for nature conservation as promised.
Dave Norris, community representative for the Tweed Shire Council, Koala Management Committee said, The environment minister has power to make a stop work order for 40 days if the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) are of the opinion that any action is being, or is about to be, carried out that is likely to result in harm to a threatened species.
Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.
In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.
Escape Artist Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown Orbit E
Escape Artist Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor Heat
Escape Artist Zenith
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.
Given that there is no need for the site to be sold off to developers in order to pay for the remediation of the wold Mullumbimby Hospital site, there is no need for this valuable community asset to be sold off to the highest bidder, Ms Smith said.
This is a site that has historically supported the community through both frontline medical and allied health services and community meeting spaces. It is perfectly appropriate that it remain so and I am confident from the Ministers response to me that he agrees that this would be the best outcome for the Byron shire community, she added.
The community as a whole deserves the opportunity to pitch ideas to Byron Shire Council and I know that Mayor Simon Richardson would be looking at models for the site that truly do serve the interests of the community.
The Health Minister gave an undertaking that he and Property NSW would look at opportunities for the site and that it would not be sold prior to looking at what the community is proposing.
I call on the NSW government to keep the old Byron Hospital site in public ownership and to let Byron Shire Council lease it at a peppercorn rate, rather than having to raise money to buy back what already belongs to the Byron community, Ms Smith said.
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A Kyogle man will stand trial in the District Court on 14 historic underage sex charges after police withdrew 36 charges against him.
Matthew Robert Frith appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing 56 historic underage sex charges multiple counts of including aggravated sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16.
Police allege the offences occurred at Kyogle between April 2010 and July 2011.
It is alleged on April 8, Mr Frith, who was then aged 26, had his first encounter with the girl, who cant be named for legal reasons, when she was 14.
Mr Frith was charged with four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, three counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and three counts of aggravated (as the girl was allegedly drunk) sexual intercourse.
Three more times in 2010, May 7, August 1 and October 3, the alleged encounters continued.
A further six counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16, two counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 and three counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, were laid over the alleged incidents.
In 2011 police allege Mr Frith met the girl seven times, twice in April, three times May and once in June and July respectively.
Mr Frith was charged with 21 counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, five counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, over the alleged encounters.
The 33 year-old was arrested on April 8 this year and taken to Casino police station where he was questioned and charged with 56 offences involving a girl aged 14 and 15.
Following his arrest Mr Frith was granted conditional bail by police who noted the offences were historical, Mr Frith had no contact with the victim and doesnt know where she lives, he was in a stable relationship and as he had lived at Kyogle since childhood he didnt pose a flight risk.
On Tuesday Mr Friths solicitor lodged an application to waive his right to a committal hearing in the Local Court on 14 charges relating to alleged incidents between April 2010 and July 2011.
He also lodged a section 166 certificate listing six backup charges to be con...
Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.
Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.
They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.
Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.
They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.
There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.
When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.
Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.
The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.
Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.
As for the official inquiry into....
Locals are being forced into exploitative rental exchanges and substandard housing by unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of the regions housing crisis, the head of the local tenants advice service says.
As new figures show that rental vacancy rates remain at record lows, the head of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service, Maralyn Schofield, says people are being forced to work on properties for next to nothing just to have a roof over their heads.
Youve got these big properties with dwellings that often arent approved and are often substandard, such as old vans or sheds, Ms Schofield says.
And tenants are expected to exchange labour at a significantly reduced rate for this substandard accommodation.
A local man, who wishes only to be known as Andrew, says a landlord asked him to do $1,000 worth of building work each week in exchange for accommodation in a tiny caravan and poor-quality food.
It was sweltering hot, not very private and there was no running water, Andrew says.
I was building an outdoor kitchen, putting awnings on all the windows. I hated it but I just felt like there was nowhere else to go.
Ms Schofield said the rents in the Byron Shire had become ridiculous.
Ive been working in housing and homelessness for 15 years and I have never seen it this bad we really are in dire straits, she says.
A growing number of longtime locals are being forced to leave the Shire because they can no longer afford to live here.
Among them is Shakona Rose, the founder of the popular Soulful Abodes for the Tribe Facebook page, who had been living in the Shire full time since 2006. She has now moved to Gympie, north of Brisbane....
Greens councillor Sarah Ndiaye will seek fellow councillors support at this Thursdays meeting to support a voluntary ban of single-use plastic bags and packaging in the Byron Shire during Plastic Free July 2018.
She says, Single-use plastic has become one of the biggest environmental problems we face and Im hoping my notice of motion (NoM) will get support, not just on the floor of Council, but in the wider community.
Unfortunately we dont have the power to ban plastic bags and takeaway containers at a council level, so it will take a concerted effort from residents, visitors and business to have a substantial impact.
She says a voluntary single-use plastic bag and packaging ban would involve Council creating a program to educate and assist local businesses and the community in reducing the use of disposable plastic items, hosting events to raise awareness and promoting alternative reduction or recyclable options.
We can also support the positive steps already taking place in the community, identify funding opportunities, provide better facilities for recycling and water stations and explore any legal options we have.
Councils Thursday meeting starts at 9am and is held at the Mullum chambers.
A man accused of stalking three women earlier this month in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square remains behind bars.
Shane Andrew Mitchell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison and was represented by Ms Fletcher solicitor.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
When he first appeared in court following his arrest, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Mitchell to undergo a mental health assessment at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit.
On Tuesday the court heard Mr Mitchell had not been admitted to hospital following the assessment.
Ms Fletcher did not apply for bail for Mr Mitchell, which was formally refused by Magistrate Heilpern.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until November 7 at Lismore Local Court.
Mr Mitchell is required to enter a plea to the charges at his next appearance.
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Australias big four banks have been allowing organised crime groups to launder up to $5 million a day, according to federal and state policing agencies. Money laundering occurs when funds obtained through illegal activities such as drug trafficking is channelled into seemingly legal assets and enterprises such as businesses, property, gambling and trust funds in
Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The fifth and final Queenscliff Music Festival artist announcement dropped this week and we couldnt be more excited for this years festival. Heading up the latest round of artists is the legendary and award winning Russell Morris, bringing his extensive back catalogue plus his latest Blues Trilogy numbers to 
Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.
Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.
Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.
I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.
A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.
Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.
In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.
This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.
But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.
Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.
I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.
Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...
Its gearing up for show time in Murwillumbah and this year the annual show will run for the 117th time.
Organised by the Tweed River Agricultural Society board members and volunteers, preparations for the event to be held on the first weekend in November are well underway.
Its now all systems go for Peita Gardiman who has just been appointed secretary Peita stepped up to fill this very important role at a late stage in the organisation of the annual show.
Ms Gardiman is pulling out all the stops to make this years Murwillumbah Show something to remember and is working hard to keep the show tradition alive in the years to come.
Its such a great day out for the whole family, she said. Its a fixture in everyones calendar. Its a wonderful feel and celebration of farming, the countryside and outdoor life. I think thats why people love it.
Peita says the show movement is one she is pleased to be involved with. I thank the people who invited me to become a part of the Murwillumbah Show. Being involved with a show with this much history gives you a feeling of achievement and satisfaction in creating something for someone elses enjoyment. I would recommend everyone to become involved in the Show.
Show society President Allan Campbell welcomed Ms Gardimans enthusiasm and says the show is looking at combining the traditional elements we all know and love with new exciting exhibits and headline entertainment. We want to keep people coming back time and time again for many more years to come.
After two successive years of financial losses the Agricultural Society has only sufficient funds for the coming 2017 show. To ensure the ongoing viability of the event the Society is introducing a gate fee this year to be sustainable and to p...
Seagulls Club played host to Councils Living for the Future Home Expo which included the announcement of the winners for the 2017 regional Sustainable House Day Build It Local design competition awards and view the design entries on display.
Organisers we very happy with the entries and several prizes were awarded in four categories, Professional, Community, Peoples Choice and a Young Designers prize.
This years winner of the $1000 Red Neds Professional Category with a Build it Local theme, which challenged designers to use local materials and labour, was Brisbane and Ballina based architects Aardvarc.
Aardvarc designer Leah Brown said the competition was an opportunity to take design a step further beyond standard practice, and into a realm of unknown possibilities.
This annual event opens an opportunity each year for us to think about how we live and what we really do need to live, minimising our footprint in the process. Designers having to think outside the box creates a pathway for sustainable change to follow.
Children, mum, dads and local governments follow with interest hoping for new ways to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
Aardvarcs winning design focused on upcycling the Murwillumbahs industrial materials to create a sustainable housing project. Inspired by abandoned sugarcane wagons from the disused Murwillumbah Rail, the house focuses on climatic adaptability with a proposal for a moving roof.
Judges Michael Leung, Zana Wright, Ben Grant and David C Harris all felt it was an awesome use of local/recycled materials, which give the design a real sense of place.
The Judges also have plenty of praise for second place winner Jaye Irvings Hemp House, which featured at the Open Homes Day on Sunday saying it was a wonderful design and great use of material.
The winner of the $500 Enova Community Category Daniel Stewart wasnt able to make it on the day but was thrilled to have won. The judges agreed that his design captured used a lot of crea...
The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.
Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.
Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival
The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.
A new $10 banknote has entered general circulation, following the release of the new $5 banknote last year. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said: The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting. I am pleased that from 
James Cook Uni's EBA was voted down by JCU employees two days ago, and not a word from the Bulletin (maybe it was news on TV?). This is a big deal as it will effect the wages of those employees and how much they can, or can't, spend in the local economy. Can anyone from JCU elaborate?
Can't edit the title(?) but should have said "One of Townsville's largest employers..." Not the largest. Thanks Xedlar.
PHILLIP Island Breakers have achieved the ultimate with all
teams earning a grand final berth in the Gippsland Soccer League
The Breakers teams will travel to Drouin next Sunday with the hope of bringing a few trophies back to the Island.
Im extremely proud to have all our teams qualifying for the 2017 grand finals. Our coaches and players have worked extremely hard all year and it is great to see them rewarded for their efforts, said Club President Geoff Russell.
Its a huge achievement to have one team make the grand finals, but to have all seven qualify is amazing and I believe its unprecedented.
2017 has been a very successful year for the Breakers with 5 teams finishing on top of the league ladder and winning the minor premiership.
The whole club is buzzing and we are looking forward to the grand finals next week.
Senior Womens Coach Gary Thomas was equally pleased.
It has been a fantastic year for the Womens team, with the team only narrowly missing out on winning the League Championship by goal difference, said Gary.
The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.
PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.
The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.
Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.
The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it
The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.
The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.
The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...
Next on the growing list of crew takeovers for Earthcore in the Park 2017 NSW say hello to Charades!
Originally starting as a house & techno event in Sydney, this brand has seen its scope grow wider and wider; hosting acts from Jeff Mills, RDHD, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May to Malaa, LTJ Bukem DJ, Kode9 and Goldie to name just a few.. Charades embraces new music and multiple styles without genre boundaries, whilst still keeping a firm nod to the essence of underground clubbing at its best.
Expect nothing but a solid local line up to take care of your house & techno fix in the Techno Bunker of earthcore in the Park NSW this November!
The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.
These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.
The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.
Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...
We have been discussing the importance of niacin with Dr. Andrew Saul. So far we have discussed niacins role in overcoming schizophrenia, arthritis, high blood cholesterol, as well as learning and behavior disorders. Now lets look at skin cancer and birth defect news and a general overview of Dr. Abram Hoffers research.
Dr. Andrew W. Saul has been an orthomolecular medical writer and lecturer for 41 years. Dr. Saul has taught clinical nutrition at New York Chiropractic College and postgraduate continuing education programs. He was also on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years. Two of those years were spent teaching for the university in both womens and mens penitentiaries.
Dr. Saul is editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. His bestselling book Doctor Yourself has been translated into eight languages. He has written a dozen other books, four of them as coauthor with Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Sauls educational website is www.DoctorYourself.com, the largest peer-reviewed, non-commercial natural healing resource on the Internet. He is a board member of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. Saul was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2013. He is featured in the documentaries FoodMatters and That Vitamin Movie.
New health benefits of niacin continue to be discovered. As we go to press, an Australian dermatologist, Dr. Gary Halliday, and his team have published a review in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine calling for clinical trials of niacinamide to prevent melanoma (1). Dr. Halliday, professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney, and his team see niacinamide (vitamin B3) as a low-cost way of preventing melanoma skin cancer. They point out that nicotinamide enhances DNA repair and reduces inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. The researchers point to the results from the clinical trial, which reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk individuals, and said it would be worthwhile to determine whether it would also be useful for high-risk melanoma patients.
Passwater: Dr. Saul, we have seen reports before this study about niacins protective effect against non-melanoma skin cancer. What is the most likely mechanism involved?
Saul: Niacin (or niacinamide, also called
nicotinamide) reduces two key pathways to carcinogenesis: DNA
damage and UV-induced
Passwater: Figure 1 graphically depicts this from the excellent article in Melanoma Letters (2) by Drs. Diona Damian, Andrew Martin and Gary Halliday, who are Australian researchers. By the way, this is an excellent article for researchers as...
Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.
Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the
same sex marriage postal
plebiscite vote survey is
causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to
This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)
Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)
And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?
Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.
Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.
No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.
This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same....
Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and 
Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.
Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.
ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.
It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.
The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.
AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.
The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.
The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.
I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.
Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.
IMAGES AND INDEPENDENT WATER TESTING REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.
Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising. The new single is the queer positive Not Worth Hiding 
Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 25th September, 2017
By Mark Heenan
Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan speaks to 2017 Ocean Grove Football Club senior best-and-fairest winner and Damian Clark medallist James Linton at the senior presentation night.
In his second season at Ocean Grove, Linton won back-to-back Damian Clark medals after last years individual triumph. He finished second in the BFL Les Ash Medal at the league best-and-fairest awards. The Colac raised Linton, 26, works as a naturopath in Ocean Grove. He spoke openly about his medal honour, club highlights for the season, thoughts on his suspension after the BFL elimination final loss to Modewarre and his association with the Ocean Grove township.
Mark Heenan: How have you enjoyed fitting into the town of Ocean
Grove after two seasons with the Grubbers?
James Linton: I love it down here, football is a big part of the community. If you can be part of a football club I think you kind of work your way into the community a lot easier. Working here and living here was big change for me because it is something different to have done my whole life. I grew up playing in Colac but I moved to Geelong and moved to Brisbane and I was always travelling back to play for Colac. But now living in the one place and playing football in the one town you feel part of the community. The club has really looked after me and I pretty thankful for Ocean Grove.
MH: What does it mean to win the Damian Clark Medal for the
JL: I am speechless to win it for a second time. I am pretty honoured but I dont play football to win these awards and to win this award is a benefit. I would happily hand it in for a flag for sure and thats one thing we are working towards.
MH: The three-week suspension handed to you for rough conduct on
Modewarres Tom Worpel during the BFL elimination final loss was it
instinctive? Or did you feel you needed to show physical intent
given the Grubbers were down at the time of incident?
JL: We were four goals down and every team would need it and I guess being part of the leadership group people look up to you to do something. My intention wasnt to do exactly what happened, but you do try and lift a team in a certain way by kicking a goal or having a holding the ball tackle. The leadership group expect you to do it.
MH: What has been the team highlight for the 2017 season?
JL: We didnt win Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads. Winning that Ammos (Geelong Amateur) after not beating them for five seasons in round nine at home was a sense of achievement because you understand the background of where rivalries are at. That was instrumental for us and the team had a hot patch for month and a half. It was a really good vibe around the club, you do appreciate those games and that was a big one. That was probably highlight for the year.......
Ocean Grove Primary School held its annual fun run at Ocean
Cool conditions greeted the students, but teacher Nikita Stanley soon had them warmed up with some energetic warm-up dances.
The students had fun running around the park and then got to enjoy a sausage sizzle afterwards.
All students from Foundation to Grade 6 participated in the outing.
Ocean Grove Primary School sent a team to the Geelong Middle
School Chess Tournament with stunning results.
They competed against players up to Year 12. The team representatives included Gabe Lunz, Fletcher Anderson, Finn Corby and Mietta Corby. The team finished first in the Middle School Division.
All players had some challenging games. Finn won a terrific six out of seven games to take an individual third place behind Geelong Grammar Year 10 and 11 students.
Last month the school sent a team to the Geelong Primary Interschool Tournament. The additional team representatives included Zach, Harrison, Sunny, Henry and Gus.
The Ocean Grove team finished in second place out of the competing six schools and will now progress to the state semi-finals.
Gabe Lunz won an outstanding six out of six games to win the junior individual trophy. Sunny in his first competition won an impressive three games.
Chess Club at school is every Monday lunchtime. New members are always welcome.
Excellent chess coaching is also available after school at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays at 4pm.
are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.
In this year alone, there have been 190 incidents of aggression towards doctors and nurses, 102 of which were physical.
The assaults range from spitting, right through to punches and biting; weapons have also been confiscated by security in Mackay and Proserpine hospitals.
The body cameras are to help in reporting incidents, and also passively reduce violence, and some are wary of what they do when they see the cameras, which are similar to those used by the Queensland Police Force.
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