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Bill Gammages book The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines made Australia (Allen & Unwin Melbourne, 2012) was released to general acclaim and awarded many major prizes. He came to Bairnsdale as the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by the East Gippsland Wildfire Taskforce (EGWT) in November 2014. The EGWT was a pressure group comprised of the mountain cattlemen and the timber lobby. They were campaigning for a widespread and regular burning of forest and bush areas basically advocating indiscriminate burning. Gammage gave an aura of respectability to what was otherwise a procession of biased and anecdotal accounts. His talk implied that everywhere was burned without exception regardless of rainfall, terrain, vegetation, aspect or soil type when obviously this was not so.
With regards our region much of Gammages work strongly relies on a few pages of Alfred Howitts Eucalypts of Gippsland, yet a closer examination of his works can give you facts opposing, as well as supporting, the Gammage thesis. None of the claims Howitt made applied to East Gippsland, much of which he thought a jungle. Further large tracts of west and south Gippsland were impenetrable scrub according to both the Strzelecki and Brodribb parties and therefore unburned in the years before they were traversed. At a recent seminar in Bairnsdale Gunaikurnai descendant Wayne Thorpe denied that the practice of firestick farming was used in Gippsland at all.
So where, if anywhere, in Gippsland was burned in the pre-European era? Howitts observations apply mainly to the Omeo district high country and the observations of Strzelecki and Brodribb indicate that a number of large plains in central Gippsland were the most likely to have been frequently burned. The paradox is that all these areas are now substantially farmed or closely settled and thus protected from all burning except the occasional bushf...
23.09.17: We had many more people, we sang and we danced and we laughed and we loved but most of all we told the fascists to get the fuck out. We did not let them anywhere near the Queer holocaust remembrance memorial and we created great bonds of solidarity and friendship. There were some young Queer people who came, and it was their first rally an they said it was a fantastic experience.
For all of the liberal wah-wah about how we would destabalise the marriage equality debate, weve actually done nothing of the sort. Instead we have continued the spirit of queer resistance and we have given the next generation their first taste of the struggle.
Today was a big positive for anti-fascists, however it would be wrong of us not to mention the role of the Liberal Party in laying the groundworks for the Party for Freedom hate rally today. This is all a direct consequence of their stupid fucking plebiscite.
July Photo Review Tom Nelson & Jamie Spence Memento Mori Glory Our theme in July, Memento Mori, had several patrons turning up in mourning attire, expecting some sort of Service or Wake for a recently departed member of the tribe. Continue reading
Mining company Santos has plans for a massive
coal seam gas mining operation near Narrabri in the north-west of
NSW. In its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was
put on public exhibition earlier this year, Santos outlined its
proposal for 850 gas wells on agricultural land and in the Pilliga
Forest (which is crown land). Almost 23,000 submissions were
received by the NSW Department of Planning on the EIS, the largest
response ever to a planning proposal in NSW. Apparently
around 18,000 of these were opposed to the development.
The Government is yet to make a decision on whether the project will go ahead.
Santos has been operating a pilot project in the area since 2011 when it took over from Eastern Star.
There has been considerable infrastructure development already in the area - e.g. test wells, flares, a produced water recycling plant and large holding ponds for produced water.
The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition made a submission opposing the proposal. Two of the matters of concern from that submission are in this post. The other matters of concern will be in a later post.
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The UN Refugee Agency reports at least 420,000 Rohingya people have fled across the border from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in their homelands in late August. The refugees are now living in makeshift camps in the Coxs Bazar district. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has called for a coordinated response to the
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(Demolition of Tennyson power station in Brisbane
now the site of the Brisbane Tennis Centre.)
Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport and giving you the ability to read this article.
However, if you listen to the Coalition who, in their best Hanrahan, are crying well all be rooned if any more of the coal fired power stations around Australia are allowed to close. The justification is that we need power that we can switch on and off like a lightbulb (pun intended). The problem with the justification is that there are other and better ways of getting power on demand.
Turnbull and his Coalition colleagues are not even sure what they want. At the Australian Forest Products Association Industry dinner in Canberra on 12 September 2017, Turnbulls remarks included
So weve taken action. Recently we commissioned the energy market operator AEMO, to analyse the future of dispatchable power in our energy market, in the immediate, short term, medium term and longer term.Apart from the illogical leaps of faith, the fundamental problem with Turnbulls speech is that the use of the terms dispatchable and baseload in connection with power production are...
Their finding, that youll have all read about in the news, is that the closure of Liddell power station in New South Wales in 2022 will create a large gap in reliable baseload power, in the national electricity market, the east coast essentially and South Australia.
Ive made it clear that we will not allow this gap in baseload power to occur.
So naturally we are exploring all options to fill this gap. We cannot have another event like the closure of Hazelwood, which whatever you may think of the Hazelwood power station, its closure at such short notice, taking so much dispatchable power out of the energy market, caused a dramatic rise in wholesale energy prices.
In New South Wales alone, it was over $50 a megawatt hour, nearly double the wholesale price of electricity. So you know ideology and good intentions are not enough; you have to be very hard-headed about this.
Our second working bee for Spring is on tomorrow from 10am. Come down to the garden and admire the blossoms and the rampant growth. Even todays hot winds dont seem to have dented too much growth. Main task is covering the pergola. Thanks to Julia and Ron we will have scaffolding. Mowing, whipper-snippering and some Continue reading Second Bee
Hey mates, Im a 22-year-old woman living in Australia. I am a student, I work, I explore, I see live music and go to art shows. I have hobbies and interests, I take photographs, I draw, I write, I live with a bunch of amazing people in a beautiful sharehouse in Sydney, and I have sex. I have a lot of sex.
But heres my conundrum: I also have Herpes. The strain is HSV-1, which most commonly appears as cold sores, but, lucky me, the outbreaks happen in my sweet lil nether-regions.
I have told most of my sexual partners, but Ive also left it out of the conversation for others. This wasnt some vindictive plot to spread the infection to everyone in the entire world, and it wasnt because I was ignorant about the topic it was just something that happened sometimes for one of the following reasons:
To me, these are just general life occurrences that happen to most sexually-active people from the age of like, 14 until you die. So for anyone sitting on their moral high-horse right now thinking, Fuck this bitch she needs to stop being so selfish and be a decent, honest human being, please try to dismount and listen for the next few hundred words.
The last two of my reasons are the most problematic to the spread of what is a very common STI, and I would like to change that. In order for this to happen, we young people need to be informed of the facts surrounding Herpes. Im one of those idealists who actually believes the stigma surrounding this issue can be changed with honest chit-chat amongst lovers, and after that, the media will eventually follow suit.
So how did I get Herpes in the first place?
A few years back, I was dating a dude I was madly in love with, and I just got an itch and a bit of a red uss. It was only a mild inconvenience at the time, kind of like the symptoms you get with thrush. When they didnt clear up after using thrush treatment, I decided to go to the doctor. It was only once I was in the doctors office that I realised it could be an STI.
I was told that if I had any red bumps, lumps, lesions or sores, then there was a strong likelihood I had Herpes. Old mate...
Though I had vague plans for the day to visit a couple of galleries, do some work I needed to catch up on, and to go the Surry Hills Festival, the day started slowly. I woke, fumbled around, and then went back to sleep. Later in the morning I picked up a message from my 
Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.
Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.
Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.
Sham (@CyberShambles) September 15, 2017
In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.
Harry Palmer podcasts parliamentarians on political death row over dual citizenship, Tanya Plibersek support of ISIS and her drug dealing convicted husband cushy govt jobs, Cory Bernardi reveals carbon tax by stealth introduced under covert bill by Govt, condoned by the ALP and supported by Pauline Hanson, and more
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QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.
AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.
Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.
He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.
He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.
He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.
It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.
An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.
A round table conference and a phone call to a senior bureaucrat was all it took to pull the State Government into line over its attempt to plunder the assets of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue group.
At the invitation of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue Volunteer group (QF10)commander Ross Wood, KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen and Bob Katter were invited to discuss the impasse between the Coast Guard national management and QF10.
The National Coast Guard had seized the assets of QF10 including their sea rescue boat and vehicles because the locally funded group refused to hand over $300,000 in a bank account and the Tin Shed building, provided by community fund-raising.
The National Coast Guard, in a similar grab by the Emergency Services Department tryin...
Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Catherine McGauran is hoping new Australian film Killing Ground will motivate life, and resolutions.
The outback may just be the most formidable character in Australian film and literature. More than just scenery or background, the bush is active in creating or enabling the horror that plays out in our much-loved Australian gothic stories.
Damien Powers film Killing Ground is a textbook expression of post-colonial anxiety, grounded in white Australians fear of the bush. It can go from idyllic playground to unpredictable captor in seconds.
At first Killing Ground looks like just another foray into this genre. However, it is Powers overly predictable use of tropes and cinematic techniques which make the film so terrifying these familiar structures reinforce our post-colonial story, by shoving latent fears into our face, with a new level of ferocity.
Killing Grounds release coincided with the decision of two Melbourne councils to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26. Yarra City Council made the decision out of respect for Aboriginal Australians and because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was out of step with national values, and proceeded to strip Yarra City Council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.
But is it really out of step? The nature of social media has brought discussions like this from the fringes and into the mainstream. As a result non-Aboriginal Australians are learning more about our disturbing history, which is at best glossed over in schools, and support for recognition of this is growing.
Even the national broadcasters network Triple J held a survey to gauge where its listeners stood on moving the Hottest 100 from January 26. Powers film is part of this movement, suggesting that the disturbance of white Australias past is now so palpable that it can no longer be ignored. We are haunted by an unacknowledged past, which is why the post-colonial narrative of the sinister outback is so simple, yet so haunting.
Fairy Martins are partial migrants with most birds leaving central Victoria in autumn, returning again to breed each Spring.
Culverts and bridges are favourite sites and a small colony nests most years at the Newstead cemetery. Watching and endeavouring to capture their aerial antics is challenging and rewarding, especially when you see one in the act of successfully snaring a flying insect.
AN EIGHT-year-old girl has died of the flu in Melbournes outer east.
The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday.
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girls death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.
The Department of Education has been contacted.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness.
She told 3AWs Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was one of the other very sad cases that weve seen this flu season.
Were having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know weve had double the number of people with flu flu notifications, she told 3AW.
This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell and peopl...
Australia took delivery of two F-35A Lightning II Block 2B aircraft amid much fanfare at the Avalon air show in Victoria earlier this year. Several more are in the late stages of construction, due for delivery next year.
These are almost exactly the same in their specifications to the 108 F-35A Block 2Bs delivered so far to the United States Air Force.
But a controversial development and delivery contract process known as concurrency has produced an aircraft with software and components that were never fully tested.
The argument was computer simulation could streamline the whole process, eliminating risk, reducing cost and speeding up delivery.
Now two senior US Pentagon officials responsible for the F-35 program have admitted they are seriously considering abandoning vital upgrades of those aircraft already delivered.
And Australia has at least two Block 2B F-35s that will likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgr...
By Ashley Flockhart If youre a bookworm, your passion for words could make you a Good Samaritan. A thousand books will be for sale at the Christ Church Community Centre on 14, Acland St this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The sales earnings will go to the Christ Church restoration fund. The books are priced 
from the Guardian
A massive saltwater crocodile said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.
Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.
The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.
There may have been some others shot in the wild that we dont know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest, he said on Friday.
There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.
This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.
As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.
You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.
There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.
A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.
The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.
As he puts it in his book:
Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.
But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.
The Aussie Case for Gold
Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.
Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.
This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.
Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely benefic...
Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:
I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.
My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).
Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!
Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.
Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.
But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading
Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?
In 2016 we rolled out free Virtual Reality workshops across the Northern Rivers at the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Byron Community Centre and the Brunswick Picture House.
Over 100 Creatives came to learn about this immersive technology and the creative potential it, and other new technologies, holds at these workshops and in more depth at our ncube8 weekend at our 2016 Festival.
ncube8 returns to BBFF2017 providing new insight into the cutting-edge tools which have evolved in the past 12 months.
A unique opportunity to accelerate your understanding and practice in this medium at a 2 day Residential Intensive in Beautiful Bangalow.
Right now we are seeking Expressions of Interests from 3 Artists who would like to be part of our incubation process in order to generate some form of VR experience, which evolves their existing artform. This opportunity will suit all kinds of Artists, Animators and Filmmakers. Luke Bubb from Moving Peaks and BBFF/GreenhouseFX|3D|VRs Osvaldo C Alfaro will share their knowledge, insight and tools with our Selected Artists.
Artists from outside of the area will be hosted in Bangalow for the nights of October 10, 11 and 12.
Learn more and register at bbff.com.au/ncube8
Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy. Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger. "We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said. The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.
I was sitting at the dining room table, singing to myself. You dont bring me flowersanymore.. Pete interrupted me. I think you meanat all. I never bring you flowers. Sigh. Such is life when youre married to an engineer. . . . . . Shortly after this conversation, it was Small Mans 21st birthday. I 
Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.
Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!
Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.
Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.
New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.
When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.
In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.
Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.
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On Wednesday 20 September, I ventured to
Emerald with my lovely wife on our anniversary and as luck would
have it, when I popped into Emerald Airport, there were four
Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters parked
on the apron preparing for departure.
On a cold January day in Reykjavik, we found ourselves standing with a group of 30 others waiting to start the City Walk Reykjavik tour. The popularity of the Reykjavik walking tour has a lot to do with the price of anything in Reykjavik Iceland. The meeting point was Austurvllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alingi). Mind you, you would never guess it is the house of Parliment. No guards, guns or dogs in sight which really surprised the majority of us in the group. Just a historically old looking stone building in downtown Reykjavik. We were later to learn that a previous Icelandic government was toppled by protestors throwing bananas at the building, it made for a great way to break the ice at the start of the CityWalk tour!
Back to the City Walk Reykjavik. Eric was our guide on this day and a funnier more informative guy you would not meet. Some of the stories he told had us all completely in stitches. I would love to tell you some but I am not sure how they would come across in writing. The tour takes you on foot around the heart of Reykjavk starting as we said in Austurvllur and finishing at the Harpa Concert Hall. The main focus is the history of Iceland from the landing of the Vikings and how the country was populated (now thats a funny story told by Eric.) We learn of Reykjavk as a town and its quirks such as the Tree of the Year competition, when you visit you will totally understand. Eric will also go into more detail about Vikings and their way of life as they are very important to Iceland. After all, they settled this country. Statues of prominent Vikings are found throughout Reykjavik. Eric will also tell you about the famous Elves of Iceland and how they are so much a part of the Icelandic way of life. They so well respected and often roads are diverted as to not destroy their homes. The stories of the Elves are great for the kids and even the adults. It makes you look for them everywhere you go as you wander the city. You visit the famous Reykjavik hotdog stand where you talk food, nightlife, music and discuss the part Icelands banks played in the financial crash of 2008.
Ive heard mixed reports, the barman at a nearby venue told me when I mentioned I was meeting a friend for dinner at Bondis Blanca Bar & Dining. Its Mediterranean food, with Japanese flavours, the waitress told us. And with a Finnish chef! What an odd combination, we thought. As youll see from the photographs, 
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Thousands of Queenslanders and Western Australians will be the next to have their Centrelink payments quarantined, as the federal government continues its rollout of the cashless welfare card. The Turnbull-led government announced plans to implement the card next year in both the Wide Bay region in Queensland including Bundaberg
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Baw Baw Shire's corporate and community services directorship finally has a new permanent face.
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On March 31 this year, an opinion piece appeared in the Age with the headline, The zombie apocalypse is here and none of us are safe. The author Wendy Squires relates a confrontation she had with a man, whod allegedly been using ice, in a small park whilst walking
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Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!
We still havent had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather....
Australian factories are at risk of shutting down and sacking workers as the nations gas exporters starve local customers in favour of overseas clients, according to a dire warning from the competition watchdog that clears the way for a gas crackdown.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission slammed the three gas giants in a clear sign to Malcolm Turnbull to impose the extraordinary export mechanism in order to guarantee supplies to Australian manufacturers and power stations and ease pressure on power prices.
The federal government may be faced with a choice of pulling a trigger on the mechanism on the one hand or seeing factories closed and jobs lost, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.
Scott Morrison will receive formal advice on the crisis within weeks amid a wider government debate on energy policy, with Tony Abbott applying more pressure yesterday to prevent the government embracing a clean energy target that favours renewable power.
The Prime Minister vowed to act on the gas shortage and stepped up his support for a new coal-fired power station in Queensland, while insisting the Coalition was absolutely of one mind on energy despite Mr Abbotts implied threat to cross the floor of parliament.
Cabinet ministers are yet to decide the energy policy but Mr Turnbull emphasised the need to improve reliability and affordability, making no mention of a clean energy target or an increase in subsidies to renewable energy.
The Australian understands the government is considering a new framework to encourage investment in more power generation but this is not the clean energy target in the form recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel in a report in June. Bill Shorten has demanded the government immediately pull the trigger on the gas export controls, which will force Origin Energy, Shell and Santos to supply more to the domestic market.
In a sign of the pressure on employers, Mr Sims said Bass Strait gas producers BHP and Esso were running reverse auctions to ration supplies, leaving some customers without energy despite their willingness to pay.
Mr Sims also blamed state governments for halting the development of new gas reserves, saying environmental concerns might justify some restrictions but not blanket bans an apparent warning shot at the bans in Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory.
The ACCCs findings suggest there will need to be tight controls on gas exports from January 1, when the mechanism starts after the government gives the companies a chance to respond to its conclusions.
Those who criticise consideration of the gas security mechanism need to understand all the options available right now. There are not many. This is a very, very bad place to be, Mr Sims told the National P...
Friday 22 September 2017
In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.
Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director said:
In 2015, the Australian Labor Party promised to prohibit trans-shipping operations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The consultation paper released today doesnt fulfil that promise. Instead it sets up an assessment framework that allows trans-shipping to extend from the four priority ports Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone out to the Marine Park.
Labor made a clear commitment to ban trans-shipping in the Marine Park. Now they are retreating from that promise. AMCS calls on the Labor government to fully implement their election commitment.
Labor was elected on a platform to save the Great Barrier Reef, and prohibiting trans-shipping in the Marine Park was a key element of that. Trans-shipping is the transfer of bulk materials like coal, sugar or petroleum from one vessel to another offshore.
Trans-shipping is risky. It increases the risk of a major accident such as a massive coal spill, and increases the risk of regular, chronic contamination from, for example, coal dust and small coal spills.
It will increase ship movements meaning more noise, more light, more likelihood of ship strikes of marine animals. It increases the risk of damage to seagrass meadows and corals through dredging and anchoring to establish the trans-shipping site.
The Queensland Governments Reef 2050 Plan includes the following target: Shipping within our Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible. Only a ban on trans-shipping in the Marine Park will ensure that target is met.
SERA 2016 award winning ecologist Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes have sent us information on their upcoming wetland courses.
NEW: THE WONDERFUL
WETLAND ECOLOGY BUS TOUR, 12 & 13 OCT
Join us on a bus tour through some of northern Victorias most ecologically diverse wetlands that will be looking their best because of recent rainfall and flooding. Learn how ecological drivers determine wetland ecology. Dixie Patton, Barapa Traditional Owner will share knowledge on aboriginal uses of these amazing wetlands. Other land managers will meet us along the way.
NEW: WETLAND RESTORATION AND
MANAGEMENT, 16 & 17 NOV 2017
Learn about wetland restoration and management over 2 days with Damien Cook by visiting Waterways; a SERA 2016 award-winning wetland restoration project which he was involved in planning and implementing, followed by the 200 hectares of coastal park at the Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi. Learn more about these projects here.
THE WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION DAYS STARTS OCT 2017 MAR
Learn to identify the most common wetland plants. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 days.
Course relevant to all of Victoria and Southern NSW.
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, Well Meet Halfway. Details here A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, 
The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.
Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?
Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.
The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.
SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...
A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.
All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.
Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines
There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.
Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.
It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.
I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.
Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.
He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....
Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within
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.
Local government. What does it exist for? In the inner west of Sydney, it does not appear seem to exist for local residents or rate payers.
You might think that local government is there for things like planning, pools and parks. Perhaps a bit of rubbish collection and road maintenance. But not for the new Inner West Council in Sydney.
lead a council which is both progressive and effective.
Councillor Byrne also said:
With our belief in social justice and our commitment to diversity, we can show the rest of the country how progressive principles can be put into practice at the local government level.
The Inner West Council is the forced amalgam of 3 smaller councils Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield. Marrickville Council even managed to have its own foreign policy.
But hey. Who needs efficient planning and rubbish collection when you can have effective and progressive planning and rubbish collection with a touch of social justice and a commitment to diversity.
Perhaps a Council anthem to be sung before all Council meetings.
Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus
The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.
Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?
Part of the answer lies in the failur...
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.
Biala Special School is a small independent school for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biala Support Services provides support to adults with a disability through a range of social, community and recreational programs, as well as accommodatio...
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...
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