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Michael Bartolemei is Open Academy at the Cons tutor for the Jazz Piano Basics class. We wanted to talk with him a bit more about jazz and his instrument, piano, and what he loves about teaching.
How did you start playing music and what lead you to Jazz and the piano?
My Mother was a singer and Dad a drummer, so it came to pass
that my brother and I would learn the piano. In Dads opinion the
piano was the superior instrument. Understandably I am of the same
How well do you need to be able to play piano to take the Jazz Piano Basics class?
I would say a basic understanding of keys, scales and simple chord construction. The more listening to good jazz they have done the better.
What are the key skills youll cover in this course?
Chord structure and how to move through chord changes with good voice leading: often the difference between two chords my only be one note so what we are aiming for is to change chords with the simplest finger movements. We call this simplicity good voice leading.
Playing the melodies is a vital part in understanding a composition and jamming in the class.
What do you think are the main challenges for students who may have learned the piano in a classical style and are broaching jazz for the first time in your class?
The difference for classically trained pianists is that in jazz
there are many ways to play a song. The same composition can be
played by both beginner and professional and be just as enjoyable
for each to play despite their relative skill levels. Classical
players need to listen to a lot of jazz to get a feel for the
syncopation. The feel is most important and the easiest way to get
it (and the most fun) is to sit back and listen to as much jazz as
So youve done a lot of teaching both one on one and in groups what do you love about it?
It doesnt matter if its in a group or an individual lesson. The biggest th...
A rising star of the Australian music scene, singer, piano player and songwriter Frances Madden effortlessly spans a number of genres from jazz and blues to her own unique compositions. In a relatively short time Frances has built a dedicated following through club and festival appearances, captivating audiences with a combination of her genuinely warm stage presence along with a voice and style that is uniquely her own.
Beginning in September Frances is excited to announce a string of East Coast dates concluding at the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Frances says:
Im really looking forward to the tour. Well be doing a mix of jazz, blues & ballads including some of my original tunes together with our interpretation of timeless classics. There will be a variety of tempos and new arrangements, some beautiful harmonies and also some clever improvisation from great musicians in the band. There will be something for everyone and of course, well be giving some special love to Nina Simones classic Feeling Good in each show.
In the past twelve months, Frances has headlined at the JZ Club in Shanghai, drawn a crowd of over 1,500 people at Manly Jazz Festival and supported the legendary Dionne Warwick as well as Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter in their recent Australian shows. She was a feature performer at the Devonport Jazz Festival last year and at the Hobart Festival of Voices.
Frances first album If This Were a Dream, a mix of original songs together with her unique take on some timeless classics debuted at #5 on the Australian Jazz Charts. She is currently dividing her time between Nashville and Australia, writing and working on her second studio album for international release in the next twelve months.
Join us at Late Night Library for a feast of comedy and melodrama taking you back to the hey-day of radio drama of the 1930s and 40s. Weaving contemporary humor with local history, Merran Winchester and her team will transport the audience back in time, using live sound effects, old news transcripts, music and more. Learn a little about Sydney history, and make a little Sydney history while youre at it.
More than one Sydney library has links to a wireless history. Kings Cross Library has its own wireless history, sitting on the site of the old ABC building, making it the perfect location for this trip back in time.
For NSW History Week, join a group of local actors and community broadcasters as they explore the history of Sydney and its life on the wireless.
Late Night Library Special: Welcome to the Studio is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.
In its seventh year, City of Sydneys Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.
In 2015 and 2016, Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival. She has played to packed houses at festivals round the country and internationally. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, weve brought Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.
What: Late Night Library presents Welcome to the Studio
Where: Kings Cross Library
When: 8pm on Wednesday 6 September 2017
A random assortment of bits and pieces from the past few weeks! As I was putting this post together, I kept laughing at how absurdly funny life can be. After all, when was the last time you saw a raspberrying fish? This one was a super fresh orange perch at the Viet Hoa Fishmarket (Moo, 
Renewable energy boost to power Victorias four biggest regional cities, The Age, Adam Carey, 23 Aug 17, In a huge boost to Victorias electricity supply, renewable energy companies will compete to supply Victoria with 650 megawatts of power enough for the energy needs of every household in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.
The competitive reverse auction will be the biggest of its kind in Australia, as corporations tender for the contracts to power 389,000 households. This is expected to trigger investment of about $1.3 billion in renewable projects such as construction of wind and solar farms.
Expressions of interest will open in October.
The projects are critical to the governments target to increase Victorias renewable energy level to 40 per cent by 2025.
The government will seek to lock in its renewable energy target 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025 by tabling legislation today. Currently about 10 per cent of the states power needs are met with renewable sources.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he was confident the legislation would pass.
Energy minister Lily DAmbrosio said modelling indicated households would save $30 a year on energy bills on average, and large companies would save $140,000 a year, over the life of the renewable energy target scheme.
We know for a fact that more supply, in a pure economics 101 sense, means cheaper prices and thats what well be delivering, Ms DAmbrosio said.
Mid-80s Sydney punk band Mutant Death live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017 with their cover of the Black Assassins' song about baby Azaria Chamberlain being taken by a dingo.
After a 30 year break, mid-'80s Sydney punk band back together again for one show at live at Marrickville Bowling Club. Here's their covers "I Fought The Law" and The Black Assassins song, This State Must Pass.
We love a camping festival as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want to soak up a bunch of music without having to pile all your gear into a car and drive to a paddock three hours away, and would rather a short train ride.
Besides, there are plenty of great music festivals going on right in our capital cities, and its easy to overlook them as you start thinking about your next trip to Splendour or Falls.
So, weve collected two of our favourite festivals from every capital city, sticking to a couple of ground rules: were only picking festivals in capital cities (or pretty close by), and weve also tried to stick to festivals that are unique to each city as much as we can (so no Laneway, Listen Out or Gizzfest).
That said, here are some festivals that are worth visiting a whole new city for.
This years Brisbane Festival is bringing a huge list of talent to the city from September 9 30, with a bunch of special gigs including, among many others:
And the list goes on, with Ali Barter, The Preatures, Regurgitator, Thelma Plum, Ngaiire, and Ed Kuepper of Aussie legends The Saints playing a bunch of their hits with his new outfit The Aints weve got a list of ten gigs you need to check out right here.
As well as all the music, therell also be a stack of comedy, theatre and art performances flooding into the city, plus some incredible displays like the closing fireworks above, so head to the website to see everything thats happening in Brisbane next month.
Brisbane Festival offers up plenty of great music next month, but also art,...
The Great Barrier Reef off the northeastern coast of Australia is known as the worlds largest living organism, or largest structure containing living organisms. Mainstream science articles published an obituary for the reef in 2016, drawing some criticism for the fact that it isnt quite dead yet.
A March 2017 paper published in Nature claims that hundreds of miles of the reef had been bleached or died throughout 2016 alone due to high water temperatures. It seems as if there is much debate and controversy surrounding how bad the reefs condition is, and what is causing the condition.
In any case, the government of New South Wales, Australia has taken the opportunity to launch a project in Sydney to build a small artificial reef, to help native species thrive in Sydney Harbour.
According to a statement on an Australian government website:
A modular artificial reef will be suspended alongside the Sydney Opera House as part of a new research project exploring ways to improve marine biodiversity and increase native species in Sydney Harbour, Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today.
The three-year research project, between the Sydney Opera House, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the University of Sydney, will start by recording baseline data on fish numbers and diversity in underwater areas around the Opera House and in other harbour sites later this year. Once this surveying is complete the new...
We haven't found a good Lan Zhou beef noodle soup in Chinatown since Kung Fu ramen closed (or kicked) it's doors, so we are stoked to see Xin Ding Lan Zhou Beef Noodle Soup appear in Dixon House Food Court. In the slow blink of a Tasmanian eye a new stall appears at Dixon House, in the corner spot where many a great stall has lived, most recently Ramen O-San, and we still miss Anna's
We mostly send all stock to our hard working retailers and wholesale our gem stones to commission clients who visit the studio. Our intimate client list has grown after 40 years and so many repeat clients know where to call and visit again. We are keeping a small range (pictured above) here for online and studio visitors. Full size images can be found here:
Please click on the link above and scroll down to the following link (approximately 21 lines down) current stock in the studio August 2107.
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A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people. The group is calling on all governments to listen carefully and negotiate respectfully on measures of genuine self-determination. Signatories include Bangarra Dance Theatres Stephen Page, Educator Professor Chris Sarra, and distinguished former jurists including Elizabeth Evatt, Alistair Nicholson, Frank Vincent and Ian Viner, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government.
Parking Lot Symphony from Trombone Shorty is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week.
This is Trombone Shortys (AKA Troy Andrews) seventh studio album as a band-leader since releasing his debut in 2002, and theres been four live albums as well during that period. On top of that impressive back-catalogue Andrews has contributed to countless other albums as a multi-instrumentalist.
Parking Lot Symphony traverses trombone led funk theres brass hooks aplenty as well as New Orleans jazz, blues, and instrumental deep funk. Theres two more sombre, respectful dirges on the record, as well as some more pop/hip hop crossover style arrangements. Here Come the Girls, is a new interpretation of an Allen Toussaint original from 1970. Familiar is co-written with rnb/soul star Aloe Blacc.
Well be bringing you selections from the album all week. Eastside Radio Supporters can win copies of the album by tuning into our Eastside Drive programs, 4pm-6pm every weekday.
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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 28th August, 2017
From the cavernous depths of Soundcloud, Josh Pan has risen: a New York based producer well known for his future RnB and trap sounds. He is part of a generation of producers that have quickly gained online clout through their unique aesthetic and musical sensibilities, and translated this into mainstream success. For Josh Pan, its lead to a number of collaborations across the internet and has taken on tour him all around the world.
In an interview with Colquhoun and Seduna on Glitches, he characterises a good song as anything thats genuine and different, and theres plenty of that in this mix. Over the hour things get weird, with plenty of experimental electronica and bass heavy instrumentals. Cutting classic hip hop flips into intense trap, every minute inspires awe at the scope and the specificity that is so distinctive within this circle of production.
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This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was US folk-rock band The Head and The Heart released their new video City of Angels. Details here Brisbane and Fremantle dates have just been added to C.W. Stonekings upcoming solo tour. Details here Fanny Lumsden released her new video Roll 
A report into Western Australias Banksia Hill youth detention centre released last month revealed that a number of girls being detained at the facility were abruptly moved from the female accommodation precinct and placed in the male-only Harding unit. This arrangement led the female population of Banksia Hill to become unstable and incidents of self-harm
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The Federal Government and Opposition continue to fall apart driven by corruption scandals, citizenship disqualification and a judiciary acting as the arm of dishonest political parties.
Former One Nation WA senator Rod Culleton has borne the brunt of a corrupt and unaccountable judiciary marching to the orders of Liberal Attorney General George Brandis.
This time justice might catch up to the errant Brandis after he was served with a summons to face the Magistrates Court on a criminal conspiracy charge.
Culleton has charged the beleaguered Attorney General with conspiracy allegedly over his part in giving the senate false information to have the High Court disqualify Culleton over his bankruptcy which he says was an intentionally incorrect finding of a Federal Court judge.
Culleton launched the private prosecution after a meeting with the Chief Magistrate in Canberra.
Meanwhile the Director of Public Prosecutions is attempting to take over the case and shut it down, no doubt on orders from the accused Attorney General.
Culleton says the DPP is a publ...
Are you related to one of the cast?, I was asked by one of the women on the door, handing out tickets for the ANU student production of The History Boys. No, Im just in town for the week and looking for nice things to do, and this seems like fun, I told her. On top of that, The History Boys is a wonderful play and film, and so when I saw it listed on Eventbrite as playing this week in Canberra, I bought a ticket straight away.
For a moment, I thought I might have been one of only a handful of people in the audience. Thankfully, the risk of more people being on stage than in the audience,soon disappeared with a last minute rush of 20-somethings. Of course I was old enough to be their father, and so that explains why I was asked the question, as literally the only person in the room over the age of twenty five.
With all student productions theres a bit of clunkiness, but I thought this production was very good, and how appropriate to have a cast and audience so close in age to the characters being portrayed.
So yes, Ive been in Canberra for the week. Or more precisely, Im on the bus heading back to Sydney. Im working out of Canberra on and off for the next month or so, combining my existing job with managing the ABCs local radio station here, ABC Radio Canberra, while my colleague, Andrea takes some leave.
I actually worked here in the 1990s, and its nice to be back. Unlike many people who bemoan Canberra as cold, lifeless etc, I really like Canberra. To me it has many of the strengths of a country town (sense of community, ease of getting around, I had to go to the Indian Visa Centre this week which was closeby for example), but it also has some of the strengths of being a capital city, with good restaurants, bars, and, of course theatre. Canberra is also about to get light-rail which is terrific, though it does mean my hope of getting out of Surry Hills for a few weeks to avoid the construction site has come to nought.
Twice this week Ive eaten out at Red Chilli, the chain of restaurants I best know from Sydney. Excellent food.
Ive also spent a fair bit of time in the breakfast and dinner bars at the hotel Ive been staying at. Oh my goodness, there are so many middle aged men single men in a similar position. Sales people, I guess. Lobbyists, too, I suppose. And do they all have white Commodores?, a colleague asked me this morning with a laugh.
Though the hotel Ive been staying has been nice, and extremely close to work, Im looking for somewhere next week where I can do a little of my own cooking, or at least have a microwave where I can heat things up. Im also conscious of the need to get out and about a little more. Being in air conditioning all day, and then at night, Ive developed a bit of an air-con ras...
By Justin Flynn
Amelia Banks was diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago.
Two major surgeries later and an oncologist who told her to get her affairs in order, and Amelia is still here, still fighting and still moving forward.
The 35-year-old Ocean Grove mother of two was living in Perth with her husband Ollie and 35 weeks pregnant when she was told the bad news.
She started feeling weak on the right side of her body, which prompted her to visit her GP and thats when a tumour was found in her brain.
I cant sit down and wallow in self pity I have a life to live and need to show my kids that life is worth living, Amelia said.
Amelias oncologist told her to get her will in order and not to go out and get another mortgage. The family including sons Harry, 6, and Teddy, 4 left WA and moved back to Amelias native Ocean Grove. Five years after being diagnosed, she is still here and still fighting.
Its not a sob story, its a crappy story, but you have to make the best of it, she said.
We want the kids to know that life is worth living.
We chose to live in hope, not in fear, Ollie said.
Amelia and her family will walk in the Walk 4 Brain Cancer event in Melbourne on 12 November.
They desperately want to raise awareness for brain cancer, which kills more children than any other disease in Australia and kills more people under 40 than any other cancer.
Despite the statistics, government funding for brain cancer is at just five per cent for all cancers.
The outcomes are so poor that they may not want to throw money at it, Ollie said.
We need to bring awareness to a deadly disease that there is no cure for, so we want to help find a cure and offer better treatment, Amelia said.
While Amelia and Ollie said that its not a matter of if, but when, the cancer returns, they cant stop living life and have been touched by the support from Ocean Grove.
Amelia suffers epilepsy as a result of one of her surgeries and is unable to drive.
Weve just been blown away by the support of the community here in Ocean Grove, she said.
From people bringing around meals, doing cleaning rosters, driving me places, and just general love and well wishes, we just feel so supported.
The Banks family plans to organise a similar Walk 4 Brain Cancer event on the Bellarine as early as next year.
But for now, they want your help to raise awareness.
To donate to Team Amelia in the Melbourne Walk 4 Brain Cancer, go to www.walk4braincancer.com.au/my-fundraising/4929/Amelia-s-Team.
Another way to help is buy a beanie for brain cancer at www.carriesbeanies4braincancer.com/
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The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid.
On behalf of ACF, we argued the approval of the mine was contrary to obligations to consider the climate change impacts of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiverstiy Conservation Act 1999. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not agree. (Read the full judgment).
Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, including the 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution that would result from the burning of its coal. But it is not the end.
Our legal staff here at EDO Qld were proud to represent the Australia Conservation Foundation in this case.
Public interest challenges like this, and the recent win for farmers against New Acland Coal, where people stand up to see the law is enforced are just so important to hold industry and government to account.
Dont forget it was the Adani Land Court case that exposed additional risks to the endangered Black-throated Finch and sacred Doongmabulla Springs and found the economic benefits Adani asserted in its EIS to be overstated.
Please make a donation to EDO Qld today so that we can continue to run these urgent climate change and Reef protection cases.
Thank you to the wonderful supporters of EDO Qld, to our barristers Mr Saul Holt QC, Mr Emrys Nekvapil and Dr Chris McGrath and to the Australia Conservation Foundation.
Now Im not a big of the RBA Id outsource most of it and shut down the rest but some stories are a tad over the top.
TAXPAYERS have been slugged a $166,000 booze bill over the last three years racked up by bankers at the Reserve Bank of Australia the organisation in charge of the countrys fiscal responsibility.
First things first the RBA is not in charge of the countrys fiscal responsibility. Nobody is doing that important job. In theory, however, that function should be performed by the Department of Finance.
But what of the notion that we have a whole bunch of inebriated public servants in Sydney living it up on the public credit card?
I would have thought that any large organisation that run conferences and seminars and meetings and so on across the year and has visiting international speakers and so on would be expected to spend some money on alcohol. Throw in a strategic retreat and a Christmas party and add that up over three years and youre going to see a largish bill. That is what we see here.
On the other hand, the $761 spent on XXXX Gold stubbies does need to be investigated and probably refunded.
A Sydney man last night rewarded himself with 30 full-strength schooners and a chicken parmigiana with chips, no salad, at his local pub after completing an eight-minute run.
Doing my first bit of exercise since colour comp at school 14 years ago felt so great I wouldve done it again today if I didnt have a steaming hangover, the man said. The feel-good endorphins from the run made me feel like I had dumped Mother Natures pinger. I can really see myself becoming a bit of a fitness freak.
The mans partner said he had become rather annoying.
Since completing his one run, he refers to himself as an athlete and even bought himself some fluorescent runners and compression tights, she said. He also claims I dont understand the lifestyle even though Ive been working out for five years.
Although the man reported putting on two kilograms after his run and pub session, he has assured everyone its all muscle gain.
The Falls Festival line up that was recently announced and is scheduled for the North Byron Parklands site in Yelgun from December 31 to January 2 (20118) does not yet have approval for any events after December 31 2017.
They have a proposal before the Department of Planning to extend their trial approval past that date, and the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) will be holding a public hearing on 29 August in relation to that proposal, pointed out local resident Denise Nessel.
The Echo contacted General Manager of the North Byron Parklands, Mat Morris who was able to confirm that an application to extend the trial approval by 20 months has recently been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning and Environment. The final decision now rests with the Planning and Assessment Commission who will hold a public meeting in Ocean Shores on August 29 to listen to the views of interested parties before approving or rejecting the 20-month extension.
Tickets will go on sale for the Falls Byron on August 29 as part of the national touring circuit, however, Falls Byron has been advertised as subject to regulatory approval continued Mat.
Responding to questions from The Echo about the upcoming public meeting on the 29 August a Spokesperson for the NSW Planning Assessment Commission said:
The Commission will consider all issues raised at the public meeting and in the Department of Planning and Environments assessment report before deciding on the trial date extension proposal in the weeks following.
No commitments, assurances or other indications about approval of the extended trial have been
formulated, or given to North Byron Parklands by the Commission.
The Commission is aware that an advertising campaign for the Falls Festival event has commenced
and ticket sales are planned. However, the Commission does not endorse the campaign and the
campaign will not be factor in the Commissions final decision.
The decision to commence advertising before......
I'm sleeping outside at Newtown Square on August 29 as part of a
funds and consciousness raiser for the Newtopian Dream a project
organised by Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to shine a spotlight on
homelessness and how our system produces it, and bring out about
real social change and eliminate homelessness by providing
affordable housing. That's not something available to most people
in Sydney right now. And nor is Sydney alone in this
I'm going to take my sketch book along and draw the scene and maybe some portraits which I'll post on the blog later. If I sell any of these I'll donate the proceeds
Queenscliff Harbours waterfront restaurant 360Q is redefining
the old dinner and a show night out with a continuing line-up of
amazing acts and sensational menus.
The upstairs function space, with magnificent views over the Harbour and Port Phillip Bay, has recently hosted a operatic group, a Broadway quartet as well as a rock n roll night all of which are accompanied by gourmet three-course meals.
On Saturday 23 September, the 360Q team welcomes two of Australias most renowned and well-loved comedians. Trevor Marmalade and Elliot Goblet have become household names through appearances on iconic TV shows such as Hey Hey Its Saturday, Tonight Live, The Midday Show, The Big Gig and The AFL Footy Show.
Theyre bringing the LOLs to Queenscliff for one night only. Tickets are $80 per person which includes the fabulous entertainment as well as a delicious three-course dinner with drinks at bar prices. Guests will dine on a grazing entree of antipasto platters, a main of red braised pork belly with nasi goreng and asian greens followed by a decadent dessert of 360Qs house-made pavlova with forest berry compote served with double cream.
Dinner is from 7pm, so why not arrive early for a pre-dinner cocktail?
360Q is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner from Thursday to Sunday. On Sunday nights theres a set menu of soup, roast and dessert for $35 per person served from 6pm.
Bellarine residents can dine cheaper mid-week with 360Qs Local Dining Thursdays special offer. From 5.30pm each Thursday evening, guests from Queenscliff and surrounds can enjoy $10 entrees, $20 mains and $10 desserts. The revolving menus include a choice of three dishes for each course from 360Qs a la carte menu.
Book your ticket online today for our comedy night via TryBooking: www.trybooking.com/RQHV. Or call 5257 4200 to book a table seven days a week. Visit www.360q.com.au for more event details.
"The Affordable Housing Party: the single issue party dedicated to solving Australia's housing affordability crisis. Australians are now living with some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, but it doesn't have to be this way! Obscene tax incentives to invest in property. Our lawmakers profit from the status quo. We opened up our housing market to investors all over the world. Australia's rapid population growth. Home buyers are paying too much to try to compete with investors. This can't go on forever!" Former journalist, Andrew Potts, Sydney, registered the Affordable Housing Party (AHP) with the Australian Electoral Commission earlier this month. Policies include: Phasing out negative gearing and capital gains discount on investment property sales; Stopping overseas buyers from buying Australian properties; Taxing properties left empty by investors; Cutting down immigration to 70,000 annually; Banning full time Airbnb properties; Ending no fault evictions for rental properties. Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AffordableHousingParty/
The text below is taken from the Affordable Housing Party site at https://www.affordable-housing-party.org/. The new party was also reported in the Murdoch Press at this URL: http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/investing/affordable-housing-party-launches-claiming-renters-and-first-home-buyers-are-being-ignored-by-canberra/news-story/2113945ffb746837789d0af8e12d7818. On the Sustainable Australia Party site at http://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/120 it describes Andrew as " a former Australian Greens supporter and a former editor of the Sydney Star Observer weekly newspaper."
In 1986 in the Inner West Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill you could buy a newly renovated three bedroom home with a big backyard for $150,000 and pay off the mortgage in under a decade
In 2017 to buy the same home would cost you $1.5 million and you will probably be paying off that mortgage for the rest of your life.
Wages in Australia didn't increase by 1000% in the three decades
since 1986. So what happened to make Australia have some of the
least affordable housing on the planet?
Four Ocean Grove firefighters will tackle the Melbourne
Firefighter Stair Climb.
Adam Thompson, who was successful in last years climb, will front up again while Simon Simpson, Adam Webb-Taylor and Jayden Harrison-Roberts will attempt the gruelling 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel on 2 September.
Around 500 firefighters will Step up to fight depression, PTSD and suicide by wearing 25kg of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.
This year, the Firefighters Charity Fund with your help aims to raise $500,000 for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.
Adam will also be participating in the Firefighters Climb for MND in Sydney at the 98-floor Sydney Tower Eye on 14 October.
The four local firies have been training and will ramp it up at the steps at Ocean Grove Main Beach in full firefighting gear prior to the event.
To donate to the cause, go to www.firefighterclimb.org.au/station/cfa/oceangrove/
By Luis Feliu
A bid by Tweed mayor Katie Milne calling on the federal and state governments to stop clearing and earthworks for the controversial instrument landing system at Gold Coast Airport was shot down last night.
At an extraordinary Tweed Shire Council meeting, the mayors move was thwarted when conservative councillors, backed by Labors Cr Reece Byrnes, succeeded in their rescission motion (Crs Milne, Chris Cherry and Ron Cooper against).
The Greens mayor had sought the urgent meeting earlier this week to back her move to write to the ministers responsible calling for the stop work plus an inquiry into the contentious project.
But the four opposing councillors (Crs Byrne, Warren Polglase, Pryce Allsop and James Owen) failed to turn up at the scheduled meeting, citing work commitments, and the meeting was adjourned to last night due to a lack of a quorum.
The rescission motion was later lodged by Cr Polglase, which was narrowly voted through last night, with a further recommendation that Cr Milnes mayoral minute on the issue be received and noted and for Gold Coast Airport managers to address council on the issue.
Cr Milnes failed motion was for council to write to federal transport minister Darren Chester and NSW environment minister Gabrielle Upton to express councils serious concerns regarding the clearing and earthworks associated with the Instrument Landing System at the Gold Coast Airport on the NSW Crown Reserve, over and above the footprint for the stated siting of the localiser antennae from Runway 14 and calling for an immediate halt to the works and a full inquiry into the processes of the matter.
It also requested a response to be provided as a matter of urgency due to the significant environmental impacts currently occurring from the works on Endangered Ecological Communities, the drainage channel and the wetland areas that are to the whole ecosystem functioning of the Cobaki Broadwater and Class 1 Fishery habitat.
Cr Milne has been a longtime supporter of the Tweed Heads and District Ratepayers Association opposed to the airport works on crown land due to their impacts.
But the latest works have rung alarm bells as they are much more extensive than originally proposed.
Two Bundjalung men are undertaking archaeological monitoring and simultaneously gaining employment skills at the reconstructed Wilsons walking track in East Lismore, which is currently under construction.
The $200,000 project will see the resurrection of the old walking track from Robinsons Lookout in Girards Hill to Albert Park, with interpretative signage about the history of the area.
The two brothers Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to provide skilled labour, with James also looking for Aboriginal artefacts.
James has done work before through Ngulingah as a ranger in Nimbin, and the skilled labourers are gaining employment skills as well as helping to preserve historic Aboriginal items and sites that may be uncovered.
Ensuring Aboriginal involvement in the project aligns with Councils reconciliation action plan objectives and continues Councils commitment to providing opportunities for Aboriginal workers.
Construction of the Wilsons walking track is being undertaken by Track Work Solutions, a company that has been involved in trail-building around Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, with the archaeological monitoring conducted by Everick Heritage Consultants.
Tim Hill from Everick Heritage Consultants who are providing the archaeological monitoring said it was wonderful to have the Bundjalung men working on country and building their skillset at the same time.
They are here primarily to respond if an original site is identified and ensure that it is managed, Tim explained.
However, the bigger picture is that most of these historic tracks, particularly on the ridgeline, were traditional tracks that connected lowland to highland, and now we get this great fusion of white fellas and black fellas coming together to reopen them.
Also, they are learning skills and awareness around how to build trails, construction, erosion, site monitoring a...
The new laws, originally introduced in 2016, make it a criminal offense to intentionally distribute or threaten to distribute intimate images of someone without their consent.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the laws protect the privacy of victims, and take power away from "vengeful" exes and predators.
Offenders will face jail time and up to an $11,000 fine.
QLD Road Safety Week ends with fatigue
Police have examined the impacts of driver fatigue as part of Queenslands Road Safety Week.
This week on Breakfasters, Jacob Rajan from New Zealand's Indian Ink theatre company came in to talk about The Guru of Chai at Arts Centre Melbourne. Hayley Inch reviewed Australian cycling film All For One, and director Damien Power talks about his new film Killing Ground. They also have a chat about the lies you tell as a kid to get out of trouble. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.
The campaign behind the distribution, Mums 4 Refugees works alongside asylum seekers to publish meaningful stories.
Their aim is to educate communities about the struggles and the importance of refugees.
Daffodil Day set to bloom across Brisbane
Events are being held across Brisbane today to celebrate the 31st year of Daffodil Day, a day to grow hope and awareness for everyone affected by cancer.
People across the state are encouraged to participate by making a donation, wearing a pin and buying fresh daffodils.
By Luis Feliu
Tweed Shire Council is urging residents to continue minimising their water use as they bring under control a major infiltration of salty water into the water supply this week.
Council staff say the drinking water problem caused by the salty saturation at the Bray Park weir is now under control but it will take another four to five days for locals to have their normal drinking water back.
Most of this week council staff have been battling to minimise the problem with water restrictions put in place, dredging of the weir and dam, pumping and scouring of water mains.
Global warming and even this weeks solar eclipse in the northern hemisphere have been blamed for the higher than usual tides which caused the weir to overtop on Monday night, bringing with it more concentrated salty water from Clarrie Hall dam upstream.
It sparked warnings that similar events could become more frequent and intense as climate change increases.
And council says it also underlines the need for raising of the Clarrie Hall Dam.
Shire water manager Anthony Burnham said council would work hard to get state approvals and licences for the job so construction can start as soon as possible.
The Australian Drinking Guidelines have advised council that the salt levels are not harmful to human health, but residents were advised to use bottled water for drinking if the taste of the water is too unpalatable.
The water at Uki and Tyalgum is not affected and no restrictions apply in those villages.
Mr Burnham said the climatic conditions earlier this week which caused the problem confirms a perfect storm of events.
He said Bureau of Meteorology and tide data confirmed higher-than-expected tides of up to 420mm above predicted levels; higher salinity levels offshore and warmer ocean temperatures.
He said downstream river flows had not been strong enough to hold back the salt water.
Mr Burnham said yesterday that council is now producing 440 litres a second of good quality water with a dissolved solids concentration of 279mg/litre.
Normal operations produce water at 160mg/litre and Australian Drinking Guidelines state that anything below 600mg/litre is good quality, he said.
Every hour we can produce 15 megalitres of good water so we will be in a position shortly to recharge the shires reservoirs without the risk of pushing more salt into the system.
We need 20 megalitres a day to meet demand.
Gold Coast City Council also has very generously allowed us to open the connection between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads and we are receiving 31 litres a second of...
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed disbelief that the Adani company will challenge a $12,900 fine for breaching its pollution licence next to the Great Barrier Reef.
AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said it was inconceivable that Adani was challenging the paltry fine, given its own report found it had breached the licence.
Adani has admitted that it exceeded a temporary licence from the Queensland government to pollute the surrounding environment at Abbot Point coal port during Cyclone Debbie, Ms Zethoven said.
Adani released 806 mg/l when its temporary licence allowed it to pollute 100 mg/l.
The violation of the licence shows that Adani cannot be trusted to operate a coal port next to the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists have warned repeatedly that severe cyclones Category 3 and above are likely to become even more severe as a result of climate change.
If Adanis Carmichael mine and port development is allowed to proceed, we risk damaging coal pollution discharges into the Great Barrier Reef. This is the last thing the Reef needs.
The Adani company has a very poor environmental track record in India. It is already showing that it has a poor track record here, even before the Carmichael mine commences operations.
Its high time for our governments to recognise that Adanis mine, rail and port project should be rejected outright, and all approvals revoked.
The federal and Queensland governments should be putting the Reef and its 64,000 tourism jobs first.
The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. Adanis project will only accelerate damage to the Reef, when we should be doing all we can to relieve pressure on our natural wonder by switching rapidly to 100% renewable energy, Ms Zethoven said.
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Ballina mayor David Wright has used his casting vote to push ahead with plans to transform the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head into a family-friendly community park.
Cr Keith Williams had lodged a notice of motion calling on the council to stop major works in the South East precinct of Lake Ainsworth until the completion of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CMP) for Lake Ainsworth.
Cr Williams said sections of the community remained concerned at the proposed closure of the eastern road at the lake.
Following a fiery debate, however, the decision was to proceed with the various planning studies already underway.
Those studies include a flora and fauna study, Aboriginal cultural consultation, landscape and open space planning, and specialist planning advice.
Staff pointed out that the council could continue with the current development application process as the information being prepared for the DA could also be used in the CMP.
Cr Jeff Johnson said it was obvious that the Save the Road group had spent a lot of time convincing people of their arguments, but he maintained that most concerns would be addressed through the current planning studies and reports.
Studies and debates about the Lake what to do with the eastern road/foreshore have been going on for over 20 years, Cr Johnson said.
There has been various Council positions over the years and the current proposal to improve the infrastructure and amenity around the Lake was initiated about four years ago after Council sold the last remaining publicly owned blocks of land on the corner of Pacific Parade and Ross St.
I was opposed to these blocks of land being sold but that is where the money has come from and has been allocated to improving the amenity in this important area, often referred to as the jewel in the crown.
There is a lot of misleading information out there about what the council proposes.
Theres currently various studies being completed as part of a develo...
An impressive team of highly skilled theatre makers has joined Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA as Associate Artists to deliver a greatly increased creative program. Janis Balodis, Jade Dewi, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Valley Lipcer, Kate McDowell and Emma Saunders will work alongside Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director) to create new devised works for NORPA; deliver masterclasses, workshops and training programs; host artist residencies; launch a program for children, families and school students; as well as develop their own works and strengthen creative connections into the Northern Rivers community.
The company also welcomes producer Jo Porter who will be working across multiple projects for NORPA including Djurra, directed by Kirk Page premiering in November at Artstate NSW, and a new work in development led by Julian Louis, slated for presentation in 2018.
This is an exciting time for NORPA we are forging an adventurous, artist-led company within a creative cultural hub in regional Australia, said Artistic Director Julian Louis. All the artists joining us are accomplished makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms dance, acrobatics, acting, writing, music, production. Each artist brings their own ideas, passion and expertise. They connect us with a myriad of communities and inform NORPAs aesthetic and creative process.
Together we will create bold, new devised works and a far reaching artistic program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.
For more about each Associate Artist visit http://norpa.org.au/about-norpa/our-team/
Immediate opportunities for people to take advantage of the expertise of the new Associate Artists are via masterclass series and a weekly drop-in class. These are a dance-theatre masterclass with Emma Saunders (Dance Theatre Masterclass 31 Aug 2 Sept) and a physical theatre and acrobatic masterclass with Darcy Grant (Balancing Dynamics 18-22 September), plus a drop-in weekly class exploring improvisation and performance with Jade Dewi (Training Ground 18-22 September). NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis will also be involved in all classes. NORPA is offering three complimentary places per masterclass series.
For more information about all classes visit http://norpa.org.au/2017-masterclasses-and-training/
"If you missed the first one, we are running another info session on what the Good Karma Networks are all about, come join us for a cuppa and a chat at the East Coburg Community House".
Good Karma Network Information Session at East Coburg House
Being a DJ has been a big, important stage [shaping] my view not only on music, but how to present the music, says Carl Craig. You get a response every night when you play a certain record, when you play it at a certain time. I think I learned more than anything that its not [just] the music selection thats important, but the timing is important. You can play the song at the wrong time and it just flops. But play a song at the right time and it can do everything that music really should do. It can blow the roof off!
You get the feeling that this kind of visceral audience reaction is never far from Craigs vision. Watching him in a rehearsal video with the Synthesizer Ensemble hes bringing to Australia for Red Bull in September, I recall a moment when hes giving instructions to other players about pulling out all the sub bass frequencies in a certain piece. When everything is eventually wound in for a crescendo, Craigs hope is that the effect will hit everyone in the back! To illustrate his point to the ensemble he slams his fist into his palm.
Its not just about punch though. Craigs latest concept is about giving the music respect, essentially revisiting his own techno catalogue and taking it sky high, by giving it the full symphonic treatement.
Its a project thats orchestral in nature, explains Craig.
In other words, only songs that were worthy, got the orchestral treatment, nobody was going to spend money on recording an orchestra for a forgettable two-bit tune.
So with these songs that b...
For the last couple of years, Gizzfest has been building its rep as possibly the best festival in the country for guitar bands, pumping out some monster lineups helmed by none other than King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and this year looks to be the best one yet.
Despite promising four whole albums this year, King Gizzard have still found time to put the national touring fest together again this year, and have just dropped the lineup for their hometown gig in Melbourne, boasting names like ORB and The Murlocs on the lineup alongside international guests like Kikagaku Moyo from Japan and La Luz from Cali.
There are some great names all the way down the bill, from the indefinable rap talents of HTMLFlowers and Jaalas producer side project Jaala vs. Man, to great bands like Loose Tooth, Lazer Tits and Suss Cunts.
The Melbourne edition will be kicking off on Saturday December 2 at the Melbourne Showgrounds this year, moving on from the Coburg Velodrome that hosted the event last year, with stepped-up A/V production and 10 hut stages with curated lineups.
All in all, it sounds like a much bigger affair than last year, and we look forward to seeing whats in store for the Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Byron Bay legs as theyre announced in the coming weeks, all set to take place between November 18 and December 2.
Until then, well have their new jazz-influenced album Sketches of East Brunswick on rotation, and be hanging out for their fourth and final LP for 2017.
King Gizzards Sketches of East Brunswick collaborator Mild High Club performs at Gizzfest 2016
Saturday, 2nd December
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
La Luz (USA)
The Murlocs (Aus)
Leah Senior (Aus)
Jaala vs Man
Vulture St Tape Gang
Located in the northern states of Amapa and Para, the amazonian reserve is larger than the size of Denmark, and contains resources such as manganese, gold and iron.
Its also home to biodiverse wildlife and indigenous populations.
Brazils president Michel Temer insisted environmental protection laws will be followed, yet the move has attracted criticism from environmentalists and political opponents.
Mining companies required to hire more employees locally
Five men were arrested and four of them charged yesterday after police executed six search warrants during which they located four seperate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.
The raids in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino were in relation to Strikeforce GLYN, which is targeting the commercial supply of cannabis.
Police will allege that at at an address in Parkwalk Drive Goonellabah they located four separate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.
At the Lismore search warrant police located a cannabis plant and cannabis, and a large amount of items were seized and examined.
A 54-year-old Goonellabah man has been charged with Organises/conducts/assists drug premises, supply cannabis, Enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, two counts of possess prohibited drug and cultivate prohibited plant; greater than commercial quantity. He has been bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.
A 24-year-old Goonellabah man was charged with Take part enhance indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, and Organises/conducts/assists drug premises. He will appear in Lismore Local Court in September.
A 24-year-old Goonellabah...
For many, a confession is indisputable evidence of a persons guilt. However, a significant body of scientific research has found that people can easily be persuaded to confess to serious crimes that they did not commit. Wrongful convictions In 2014, a team of lawyers and statisticians asserted that 14.1% of people who were sentenced to
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The dual citizenship debacle that has engulfed Australian politics will be back before the High Court in Canberra for a hearing in October.
Four senators and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce were referred to the court earlier this month after it was revealed they did not meet the sole citizenship requirement of section 44 of the constitution.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon and NSW Senator Fiona Nash will also be referred to the court over their British citizenship by descent when federal parliament next sits in September.
At a directions hearing held in Brisbane on Thursday, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel set the matter down for a three-day hearing in Canberra from October 10.
One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts remains the most at risk of being disqualified from parliament as he may have officially renounced his British citizenship after his nomination, the court heard.
Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC said there was a clear demarcation line between the politicians those who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.
Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.
Mr Joyce has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.
If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.
The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, who has Italian heritage on his mothers side.
Like Senator Roberts, former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were also born overseas.
A senior Liberal has warned opponents of gay marriage to stop making red herring arguments against change as enrolments for the postal vote closed.
Enrolments closed at midnight on Thursday with both sides of the debate from politicians to celebrities making a last ditch plea for people to get involved.
Survey papers are expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September.
Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne hit out at no campaigners who claim the survey is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
He said the only question was whether two members of the same sex could marry and any questions about protections for religious freedom would be dealt with by legislation if a majority of Australians voted in support of marriage equality.
It is a complete red herring, he told ABC TV.
So, lets keep it simple and try to not muddy the waters, as some people do, which is quite frankly a campaigning tactic.
It followed warnings by the Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart that future gay marriage laws could infringe rights of freedom of religion and conscience.
It could result in restrictions on the right of ministers of religion and religious bodies and organisations having the freedom to teach, preach and speak about marriage between persons of the same sex being contrary to their religious or conscientious beliefs, he wrote in an open letter.
Archbishop Hart urged Catholics to vote against change for the health and future of society.
But he insisted the debate needed to be respectful, with both sides expressing their ideas with conviction instead of creating a campaign of hate.
Mr Pyne said any colleagues who insisted on opposing gay marriage in parliament despite a yes vote would have to explain themselves to their electorates.
I certainly wouldnt be thumbing my nose at the will of the Australian people, he said.
Archbishop Hart has written an open letter asking people to vote no in the upcoming postal vote, to ensure the Catholic voice is heard.
The letter states respect for difference should be as important as demand for equality, and things could be equal in all respects without having to be uniformly the same.
A Galaxy poll conducted in July found 61% of Christians dont like having conservative religious groups speaking on behalf of all Australian Christians.
Gastro virus spreads throughout Brisbane child care facilities
Building endurance for the upcoming Lennox Head Enduro the youngsters at the Lennox Head surf club are out three mornings a week on Lake Ainsworth.
The event is open to competitors aged from under 11 to under 17, and includes swim, board and run legs, with distances increasing with age. Under 11 competitors swim 400m, board paddle for 1km and run for 1km; whereas under 17 competitors swim 1km, board paddle for 3km, and run for 3km.
This is our regions premier junior lifesaving endurance event, and gives our juniors the opportunity to
sample the competitive world of an ironman/ironwoman in a safe and well supported community
environment, said Lennox Head Surf Sports Coordinator, Chris Bond.
There are cash prizes up for grabs for male and female first, second and third placed competitors in each age group, as well as an assortment of lucky draw prizes including a Dolphin Racing Mal.
Theres no question that this is a testing event across the age groups, but on the day its really inspiring to see these young people in the water and on the beach, putting in the hard yards, and witnessing their jubilation when they finish.
With close to 100 entrants from as far as Newcastle and the Gold Coast lsat year you can register until Friday, September 22 or at the club on Friday September 29 between 5.30 and 7.30pm.
Competitors must be members of a surf lifesaving club to participate. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Lennox Head Alstonville SLSC facebook page. Enquiries: 0419 123 773 or email@example.com.
A new report by the Nature Conservation Council Hot, dry, and deadly: Impacts of climate change on nature in NSW is being launched in Lismore on Tuesday, August 29 and Ballina Wednesday, August 30.
The report draws together the latest research to highlight the harm global warming is doing to nature across the state. The northern rivers catchment management area had 448 threatened species in 2012, with 16 critically endangered, 5 extinct, 5 endangered populations, 185 endangered species, and 18 ecologically endangered communities.
Everyone is invited to attend and find out more about how ecosystems and species in the Northern Rivers and North Coast regions will be affected by climate change and learn about how to be part of the solution.
Species and ecosystems in NSW have suffered many blows over the past 200 years, with land clearing, invasive species, and changed fire regimes taking a terrible toll. Eight species in the region are already believed to be extinct and more than 170 are threatened or vulnerable, Nature Conservation Council Campaign Director Daisy Barham said.
Now climate change is a significant new threat that could push a range of species and ecosystems, including the koala, regent honeyeater, seagrass meadows and salt marshes over the brink if we dont act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.
Animal species that are currently presumed extinct include:
Both events start at 6pm. Lismore will be held at Friends of the Koala Centre, Friends of the Koala Centre, Rifle Range Rd, Lismore. Ballina takes place in the Jullum Room, Ballina Surf Club, Ballina.
To register click...
Young children who are born into some of the poorest countries are the target of slave traders.While its common its also heart wrenching; each childs story is different and compelling.
Ramesh is one such child, and thankfully he was rescued by Access Nepal with help from Naren King, founder of local business the Crystal Castle.
Nepal is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world over a quarter of the children in the country are victims of child labour, according to www.accessnepal.org.
Access Nepals Gokul Subedi says that when young Rameshs mother died, and with his father being an alcoholic, his relatives were approached by someone from a neighbouring village who said they could give Ramesh a better life and education in the city. His relatives thought the offer was a golden chance for Ramesh, he said.
Gokul explained that children from families where parents are illiterate, economically disadvantaged and have other complicating factors are easy targets for exploitation.
Generally, its neither a familys or a childs wish to go away to the city. Its primarily an employers or middlemans wish and ploy to take a child away from the family.
At the age of ten, Ramesh was was forced to work first as a domestic worker and then in a restaurant in Kathmandu. Following his rescue from the restaurant by Access Nepal and with the help of Crystal Castle founder Naren King Ramesh lived in a transit home for three years, where he spent time re-learning how to be a child and attended school.
Gokul said, Because of the torture and tremendous amount of work, their natural processes of childhood have been blocked. They never had a chance to be children during work.
Wangaratta council workers are taking strike action today, for the first time since the 1990s, in order to defend themselves against moves to set back their working conditions. There will be gather a BBQ and drinks at Ovens Street (1 to 3 pm) to show support for the council workers.
Video from the Australian Services Union (ASU) Victoria/Tasmania branch
Workers at Rural City of Wangaratta are forced to take industrial action to protect their conditions from going backward. Industrial relations laws in this country are broken. #changetherules
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As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne
When I got home from the last twitch at Stockyard Point near Jam Jerrup, I saw a report for another rare vagrant to Victoria the Little Stint. It was seen in the flock we had just left. Due to its brown/orange breeding plumage it stood out from the 100s of the plain grey over-wintering Red-necked Stints. Without the colour plumage it would have been identical to the others and no-one would have noticed it. We waited two weeks for another suitable weekend where the tide was high at a reasonable time. The weather, if possible, was even colder but at least newly purchased thermals helped keep me warm. It took a while to spot the little wader but an eagle-eyed and patient birder (Emma) finally found it Lifer 347. We spent the next four hours watching it move from the sand spit to a small sand bank out of the strong cold wind. Much of the time its head was tucked in as it napped at high tide. When it looked up a dozen cameras would snap away. Several times it flushed and we thought we had lost it but it always seemed to come back to the same sand divot.
As I headed home from a 4.30 am start at work the only thing on my mind was our relaxing weekend at Ramada Resort at Phillip Island. The family was ready when I walked in the door and before we knew it we were on the road. The trip to Phillip Island took about 2.5 hours from our home and is an easy drive.
As we pulled into the reception parking area I was so pleased with the drive in. We were surrounded by trees, you could hear birds over the car and I was so ready to get checked into and go explore. As I headed into the reception area I was greeted with a board of things to do in Phillip Island and I thought I would have to study it much further on my way out. I made my way to the front desk and I was greeted by Joanne. She gathered all of my details and we were off to find our Villa. We wound our way through the amazing bush land with little villas spotted throughout. I was totally in love with the setting and I was well on my way to that desired level of relaxed mum!
As we pulled into Melaleuca Drive our little villa was around half way up the street. We parked the car in our driveway and made our way out to the front of the villa through a little bush path. As we got to the front of the villa we were all blown away by the view we had, it was magnificent! The villa faced a huge open paddock and with the villa having huge sliding glass door leading out to the deck it was the only view you got. We unpacked and moved in!
From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer
Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.
Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser
Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with
turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor
Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who
talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables
in the electricity grid.
Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:
At the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Gala Awards held at The Star in Sydney on August 4th, Elements of Byron took one of the few coveted Major Awards.
The property received the Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra, beating every other development outside Sydney. Over 1,000 guests were in attendance at the event.
The UDIA Judges stated that they were impressed by the strength of the commitment of the owners and the whole development team to the holistic vision for an authentically Australian experience that harmoniously integrates with the natural features and ecosystems. Other major UDIA Awards went to Barangaroo South and 50 Martin Place.
Jeremy Holmes, Development Director for North Byron Beach Resort (which includes Elements of Byron resort) attended the event with resort owner Peggy Flannery and a number of the development team members. This is a very special award for me personally said Holmes. Elements of Byron has been blessed to receive numerous awards at state, national and international level. This one, however, is for my development team, some of whom have been working on this project for seven years.
The development team has taken the construction of Elements of Byrons second stage in-house rather than hiring an external building company. This unique approach has enabled them to more carefully manage construction impacts on adjoining neighbours and resort guests. We had the experience and the team said Jeremy Holmes. By doing the job ourselves we are able to have more control with work hours, quality and noise impacts. For example we start later in the morning and dont work Saturdays.
This UDIA Award follows a string of major awards the property has received over the past two months, including a major Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects, a Commendation in the Commercial Category from the Australian Institute of Architects and being named Best Large Scale Corporate Retreat in Australia at the Qantas Business Travel Awards. Elements of Byron has also just been announced as a finalist in the Hotel Management Awards in both the Regional Property and Meetings and Conference Property categories.
Inside the ferro battuto studio of Carlo at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and cant compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.
The Greater Glider is Australias largest gliding marsupial. Once common, Greater Gliders have declined by 80% in the last two decades.
Logging operations have wiped out large areas of its habitat and it's the latest Victorian animal to become a threatened species.
Government scientists advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider. Unfortunately, Victorias Environment Department has urged the Environment Minister not to follow this advice.
Greater Gliders continue to be killed and their habitat destroyed by logging.
The latest area up for destruction is Glenview coupe (298 516 0001) in the upper headwaters of the Kalatha Creek in Toolangi State Forest.
Please, let the Minister know you expect Greater Gliders in Glenview coupe to be immediately protected from logging.
Send your email below and follow up by calling her office on (03) 9637 9504
Jenny Blackford, The Loyalty of Chickens (Pitt Street Poets 2017)
Like Jenny Blackfords earlier book, The Duties of a Cat, this is beautifully presented collection of poetry. This ones bigger there are more pages and more poems, and it has a broader scope of subject matter and tone.
As in the earlier book, there are sweet celebrations of pet cats (All that he asked / was total control) and a range of animals wild and domestic, including the chickens, which, according to the title poem,
show no loyalty. It seems that any girl
wholl delve a scoop of free-range mix
is She Who Brings the Grain,
or close enough for these
to worship her.
Jenny Blackfords biography mentions that her work is published regularly in The School Magazine. One of the attractive features of this book is the way poems that are eminently suitable for children are mixed in with poems of mature sensibility, with no sense of incongruity. The lovely imagistic sweeping (the wind is sweeping / the tide out to sea), is followed by South Steyne, which recalls childhood events from an amused adult perspective (The South Steyne ferry was heaven / for me, though doubtless hell for parents), and then by Some slight redemption, a meditation on Coventry Cathedral as a monument not to war / nor even peace / but to forgiveness.
It seems inevitable that any collection of poems by a person of a certain age that touche...
Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be 
Ahead of her apperance at Septembers GLOBAL RHYTHMS festival, ALPHAMAMA talks to Eastside Radio about her inimitable style and latest release, revisiting her Indonesian heritage, the way forward for women in music and what you can expect from her performance on September 24th at Bicentennial Park in Glebe. With jazz, soul, hip hop and non-western forms shaping her music, Alphamamas full blown band experience for Global Rhythms festival will be one of the highlights.
Wow! This year has flow by, says Alphamama, the woman once described by the Purple Sneakers crew as hip and strong [with] one hell of a voice.
Having spent much of 2017 launching her own spiritual clearing/coaching business, writing a book for musicians about income streams and finally clearing six years worth of taxes, Alphamama also found time to release a new single and video clip called Stranger In Asia.
What was the creative spark for the song Stranger In Asia did the idea come out of an experience?
There was a very definite purpose and reason to writing that song. I was in Indonesia and experiencing my own spiritual awakening. I felt very unsafe physically over there as a woman and felt the danger around me because I am a woman. It really woke up the sleeping dragon inside me. My father is Indonesian and I have always loved that part of my heritage, my culture. But in that moment, I was walking down a street in shorts and a T-shirt and I could feel the eyes on me and the danger I was in walking alone. It made me feel very foreign and disconnected to the place I love so much. I suddenly felt so strongly the suppression on female sexuality and womens bodies that religion and culture has afflicted on us. It seemed so wrong to me that the portal through which all human beings come when they are born, are vilified, humiliated, shamed, raped and abused. It dawned on me how much of the feminine aspects of humanity are rejected and denied when it is so divine.
Youve described the song as an ode to the uprising of the divine feminine. Given all the debate around the issue of women being underrepresented on many festival line-ups, what in your opinion is the best way to combat these inequalities?
This is is so deep for me and I could go on all day talking about it. Im really glad that were talking about it here, but also in the media! A lot of great people are doing really great things to change this and I see how the awareness has increased a lot in the last few years. I believe that this change is happening and will continue to shi...
Three people have been arrested after police executed multiple search warrants in northern NSW.
Strike Force Glynn was formed by officers from Richmond local area command to investigate the alleged ongoing supply of prohibited drugs.
Following inquiries, six search warrants were executed this morning (Thursday 24 August) at homes in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino.
At a home in Goonellabah, police located four separate hydroponic set-ups containing a large number of enhanced cannabis plants.
A cannabis plant, along with cannabis leaf, was also seized from a Lismore home.
Three men aged 54, 31 and 24 have been arrested and are currently at Lismore Police Station assisting police.
A 61-year-old man is expected to be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivate a prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.
The search warrants are continuing.
This week, Richard Watts sprukes the Australian Ballet's "Symphony in C" playing at ACM's State Theatre with dancers and choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House, Rollercoaster Theatre company's Artistic director Sarah Sutherland and David Baker chat about their debut musical 'Fish' on at Melba Spiegeltent and Curator Juliette Hanson about "Borderlines", a gallery celebrating the Indigenous Australian artwork focusing on Central Australia, now showing at Domain house in South Yarra.
One of Australias largest online property portals, view.com.au,
has established a new marketing and sales partnership with the
Ocean Grove Voices parent company Star News Group.
Star News Group managing director Paul Thomas was excited to launch the partnership.
Our extensive portfolio of more than 30 weekly and monthly newspapers, and their respective high-performing websites are a vital part of the lives of consumers living in regional markets.
This partnership with view.com.au allows us to innovate, adapt and stay more relevant to the community weve been serving for many years.
Star News Group is an independent Australian family-owned media company which publishes across Victoria and Queensland. The arrangement with view.com.au also includes other independent media groups North East Media and Mornington Peninsula News Group.
The partnership is a cross-promotional, commercial arrangement allowing view.com.au to increase exposure across important, regional community mastheads from Berwick News to the Wangaratta Chronicle.
It provides view.com.au with a strengthened digital offering and a platform to amplify digital advertising inventory to local real estate agents.
The promotion commenced Monday and readers can now see digital and physical representation of the relationship across all of the groups newspapers and other media assets and key publications.
There will also be an editorial partnership that will allow view.com.au to provide up-to-date property insights and commentary that are invaluable to regional property investors.
view.com.au chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo agreed the partnership was exciting and would be very beneficial.
We have a very strong, loyal network of regional real estate agents, he said.
This partnership with the regional and community publishers allows us to strengthen our regional exposure even further, and drive more traffic to view.com.au.
If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada
You will find more statistics at Statista
As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.
As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.
The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).
Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.
Another Geelong Little Athletics Centre (GLAC) season kicks off
on Saturday 7 October.
The season will begin with its Induction Day/Come and Try Dry at Landy Field, South Geelong, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Our local squad of athletes is the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics Club, which competes against other clubs in the region on Saturday mornings at Landy Field between October and March.
The Ocean Grove club was established in 1971, and has an outstanding record of personal achievements and team spirit. Little Athletics is not about becoming a champion, although many of our children aspire to this height. It is about doing your best, developing good skills, building self-esteem, becoming and staying fit and most of all having fun and building friendships with other athletes.
Due to the recent grant success from Ocean Grove Connected Communities for the coming season, the club is again able to provide training locally at Barwon Heads Village Park on Sundays, between 4pm and 5pm, this year led by club coach Bec Dalton.
The information session for new and returning members is on Sunday 10 September at Barwon Heads Village Park from 4pm. Its an opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Little Athletics. On the day, youll find out about the season ahead, show you how to register, and fire up the barbie.
For more information, jump onto the clubs Facebook Page @OGBHLittleAthletics or the website ogbhlac.org.au. The club is also trialling Team App: OGBH Little Athletics for information updates during the season.
If your child is interested in little athletics, get down to the information session, and look out for promotional flyers and presentations at local schools in the coming weeks.
Theyre a familiar sight on the road these days. Sometimes alone, other times in pairs or groups. Theres no doubt theres been an upsurge in the popularity of cycling, but having more cyclists on the road has done little to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists. Like cats and dogs The reason for the
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3CR is actively advocating for equality in the lead up to the national postal survey on same sex marriage. We provide a media space to enable progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change. As such we will not give airtime to the NO campaign on the basis that it prejudiced, homophobic and harmful to LGBTIQ+ people and our families.
We acknowledge that our community may hold different views on marriage as an institution, yet we stand in agreement that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is a political stunt, designed to circumvent the legitimate role of parliament, appeasing prejudiced and homophobic views in the process.
3CR will continue to advocate for equality in all areas - to do anything else would contravene our code of practice to not broadcast material that is likely to stereotype, incite, vilify, or perpetuate hatred against, or attempt to demean any person or group, on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, language, gender, sexuality, religion, age, physical or mental ability, occupation, cultural belief or political affiliation. At this particular time in our political climate we need to ensure that our LGBTIQ+ members, friends and colleagues know that 3CR is a safe space for all of our community.
Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.
Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.
Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.
Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.
It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.
On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.
Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,
Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)
Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, November 25th
While the Australian government continues to be the only Commonwealth nation not to have established a treaty with First Nations people, some Indigenous nations in northern Queensland have entered into a first of its kind international treaty with a Chinese consortium. On August 12, the Wik people of Aurukun in Cape York signed an economic
Its no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of our natural world, worthy of our very best endeavours to protect it. It is also no secret that our reef is under enormous pressure following two consecutive years of bleaching.
The cumulative impact of new capital dredging projects proposed along the Queensland coast threatens our already vulnerable reef. So much so the Queensland Government have banned it in most places including Cairns.
But theres an exception.
The Queensland government need to hear from the Cairns community who see this project as a lot of risk for little reward. Together, we can protect what makes Cairns a unique destination.
Make a submission using form below.
Read the EIS documents here
Find out more about the submission process here
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A man from country NSW is suffering from third-degree vocal cord tears after he personally greeted every single person he walked past during a short stroll in the big smoke today.
To make matters worse, not a single person acknowledged him in return, he told The Sydney Sentinel in an interview conducted via Morse code.
I started out with the classic combo of a gday and a head nod, which is a big hit back home, the man said. After that failed to get a response, I tried alternating between good morning and hows it going for a few hours before stripping things right back to hello. Nothing.
The man estimates that he greeted approximately 12,345 people during his CBD stroll, which is 12,343 more people than he usually passes on a walk of a similar length back home.
The mans luck didnt change on his bus ride to the hospital, where everybody he smiled and nodded at or even just caught the eye of either moved away, got off the bus or asked if he was looking for a fight.
It was almost like nobody cared about anyone, he said. International trends are always a bit slow to come to the country so its not my fault this happened but, when I get home, Ill be sure to tell everyone about the turmeric lattes, strange beards, and rudeness I encountered to ensure no one else suffers these kinds of injuries.
Weve tapered off a little in the last month or two with regards to active projects, but heres some updates on what weve got on the boil, as well as some info about an upcoming project for the end of the year.
The Standby Teddy Project is still ongoing and crafters are welcome to send teddies along for this project at any time. Standby 24hr Response Service provides counselling and support to families bereaved by a loved ones suicide. For more information on the project and how to get involved, check out the project page here.
Many thanks to the crafters of the Holy Cross Primary School Craft Group at Wooloowin, who recently sent along a second batch of teddies for this project (pictured below).
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The industrial action was launched last month by stopping services between 4:30am and 6:30am which escalated to six full days of free fares with another scheduled for this friday.
Free bus fares are individually estimated to have cost more than five hundred thousand dollars and mean the financial impact on state government is about to hit more than three point five million dollars.
Queensland Government to introduce new black-lung laws
Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency
With special guests Rosetta (USA)
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.
Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:
This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.
Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.
These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.
Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:
We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.
sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...
Basic infrastructure must be improved to support the Byron Shires thriving festival and events scene and its up to the NSW and federal governments to foot the bill, the founder of the Byron Writers Festival has told a tourism conference.
Chris Hanley OAM told the Beyond the Boom tourism symposium on August 18 that it was time for government to reinvest some of the money it had made from the hard work of event organisers.
How about giving us some money back for our infrastructure so that people dont break their axles coming into town? Mr Hanley said to an audience of around 100 local business people gathered at Elements of Byron.
The government makes more money out of this Shire than any other regional shire in NSW.
If you give money to this area, well do more with every dollar because were really good at that.
Mr Hanley also said faster, more reliable internet and IT infrastructure was also badly needed. How do you operate in the modern world without these things? he said.
Sustainability was a key theme at the symposium and, in his opening address, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson said that this meant being prepared to say no to tourism growth for the sake of the community.
This community is not going to sit by and watch its housing stock disappear, its amenities disappear and its cultural and community integrity disappear, Cr Richardson said. We are a community; we are more than beaches and lighthouses and cafes.
Death by popularity
Continuing that theme, former mayor of Queenstown in New Zealand, Vanessa Van Uden, spoke about the risk of death by popularity, which she said can result from the loss of housing affordability.
Many of our people are struggling to pay the rent, the bills and put food on the table, Ms Van Uden said....
Ocean Grove star players James Linton and Brent Macleod were
standout performers from the BFL Les Ash Medal on 23 August.
Linton came second with 18 votes, while Macleod finished in third place with 17 votes.
Torquay on-baller James Darke was the runaway BFL Les Ash Medal winner with 31 votes.
Linton (ruck-rover), Macleod (half-forward flank) were named in the BFL Team of the Year, while team-mates Andrew Jarvis (ruck) and Jake Carmody (centre-half forward) also made the 22-man side.
Grubber netballer Kylie Collett won the Division 3 league best-and-fairest award.
Ocean Groves Candice Parker made the BFNL Premier Division team of the year, while team-mate Lucy Vercher was the leading vote getter with 11 votes.
A Lismore Op Shop is being closed today for a black mould treatment amid allegations that volunteers have been put at risk.
A former volunteer has claimed that volunteers at the the Magellan Street Lifeline store have walked off the job as they are concerned for their health.
This has been disputed by Lifeline Distribution manager Sharon Sawyer, who told Echonetdaily that anyone with an allergic reaction to mould could leave.
We dont force people to stay (working) there, she said.
The former volunteer, Mark Bailey, in a series of Facebook posts last night, claimed that volunteers had asked Lifeline management to guarantee in writing that the store had been cleared of black mould.
A volunteer has alleged that the Senior Manager, Alicia Federer, has stated that she is under no obligation to provide this guarantee in writing, and that it is alleged that Ms Federer has stated that all she has to do is have the store treated, Mr Bailey said.
Ms Sawyer responded saying that the mould was being treated today, and that it was not extensive.
Someone is making accusations that dont have much fact in them, she said.
Weve been acting according to the health department regarding the management of the mould, she said.
We sprayed it at the time during the restoration of the shop but it is starting to come back, she said.
Ms Sawyer said Lifeline was not the only shop in town being impacted by mould, and that the council had been made aware of the issue.
She said she was not aware of any volunteers who had become sick as a result of the mould.
There have been some reports of sinus issues but the health department has advised that it could be an allergic reaction to spores in the air, she said.
Mould will be an issue for many months to come because there was so much moisture in buildings.
There is also likely to be a lot of mould spores in the air but there has been no evidence that the mould is toxic
She urged anyone feeling unwell however to seek medical advice.
The health department...
A developers plan to plonk eight dwellings on two Roundhouse lots on prime Ocean Shores land is still being thrashed out with Council, say staff.
The matter is before the Land and Environment Court after Byron Shire Council refused a development application to put eight dwellings on two of the Roundhouse blocks in March 2017.
Acting legal services manager Matt Meir told The Echo, During the course of conciliation the applicant has revised the number of proposed dwellings to six.
There was a conciliation conference, as part of Land and Environment Court proceedings between Byron Shire Council and an applicant (Glassington) on Tuesday August 15.
He added, This matter was reported to the Byron Shire Council meeting on August 3 where Council resolved to delegate staff to finalise the matter via conciliation if possible.
Loss of amenity
Its upset longtime Ocean Shores local Karen Owens, who told The Echo she has suffered much stress and a loss of amenity owing to the close proximity of the structures to her home. There are eight townhouses on half an acre! says Karen.
She says that given the very close proximity of the buildings to her home, she has lost her privacy, the sun has been blocked and there are now flooding issues. Her home has been devalued, she says.
I defy anyone to want to live in my house now. For years and years I have had construction metres from my boundary and will have for many years to come. After construction has been completed, I could have eight to ten three-bedroom residences surrounding me within metres on three sides.
Karen added, Till the day I do die, I will never understand why Council fought the community for this Roundhouse land in court for decades only to sell it at arguably half its value.
Formerly Council-managed land, eleven Roundhouse blocks were quickly sold w...
A new initiative that aims to create opportunities for young people is off and running with a focus on inspiring young people to think like entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities.
It is called the Byron Young Innovators project, and Byron Shire Council recently held a breakfast talk with Matt Pfahlert from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Victoria.
This was a chance to hear his ideas about successful youth entrepreneurship programs and proven social enterprise models, said Sasha Graham, Byron Shire Councils social innovation officer.
ACRE is running successful programs in northeast Victoria, an area that has similar social issues and untapped economic opportunities to Byron Shires.
It has introduced programs in schools across Victoria. As part of the program students created, developed and ran their own businesses within their school and donated the profits to a social cause they were passionate about.
Byron Young Innovators will include a number of projects to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Byron Shire, which will be aimed at different age groups.
The first project will be aimed at primary school students and will involve a two-day entrepreneurship program. Future events are planned for 2018. For schools and a chance to get involved call Sasha Graham on 6626 7000 or visit www.byronyounginnovators.org.au.
According to the recently passed Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line Between Rosewood and Tumbarumba) Act 2017, the corridor will be managed by a rail infrastructre owner yet that authorisation is limited to the land being dedicated under Crown Lands legislation.
According to Fairfax online news site on June 23, the new law clears the way for the construction of a 21-kilometre rail trail in what will be a first for NSW.
The www.dailyadvertiser.com.au reports, The TumbarumbaRosewood corridor is expected to be declared a Crown reserve, with Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee the trail development.
Similarly, the Wagga rail trail group say on their website that the Snowy Valley Council will be appointed to oversee development of the trail.
It reads, This is similar to the process adopted by other Australian states in which rail trails have flourished.
Yet according to www.waggarailtrail.com.au, the Wagga Rail Trail draft strategic directions and an implementation plan are yet to be announced.
Local Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith told The Echo that her party and Labor pushed for an explicit statement in the Bill where the line could never be sold off to the private sector.
Greens opposed to track removal
Asked what model she supports for rails, she replied, I support any model that retains the rail corridors in public hands, is managed by a public trust that does not have any member who has a commercial interest in the trail or businesses in close proximity to the trail, and that does not rip up the tracks.
The public trust model is proposed by the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association...
Federal funding has been confirmed for Bangalow Parklands and the local Bangalow community are thrilled to hear that all their hard work is finally paying off.
Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team told The Echo, Since hearing the exciting news of the governments $250,000 grant, the Bangalow Parklands team has been working closely with Byron Council staff on plans to transform the old dip site in the park into a useful carpark, and to create a fabulous new adventure playground for the western end of the park.
At this stage, were discussing the idea of building a tree-house around a couple of huge camphor laurel trees in the park as the focus of the playground.
The project began in 2010 with concern over the collapsing state of the weir in Byron Creek and should result in as an exciting overhaul of this delightful local parkland and waterway.
Byron Shire Council mayor Simon Richardson said, The Bangalow Weir and park is an area that has gone from a tired space to a well-loved place for Bangalow families to gather for play dates and celebrations.
Three new benches were recently installed, thanks to funds donated by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, and there are long-term plans by Landcare, who are planting out the creek banks and wetlands. A mural is planned for the amenities block, rock circles and more.
added Christobel, There are also plans for a new shelter shed that will recall an early settlers cabin, but with new barbecue facilities and a water tank.
Since the work all has to be completed by April 2018, things are moving fast.
Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget.
It was a visit to Parliament House and Questicon, and a chance to frolic in the snow!
For most of the children they were seeing snow for the first time and they were screaming with excitement, Durrumbul primary school teacher, Mr Durkin said.
Every two years, the Valley of Small Schools (VOSS) come together and take their students on a mammoth trip via Canberra to the snow.
It was really amazing to see new friendships formed within the valley of the small schools and to see their confidence and ability grow on the trip in such a small space of time, continued Mr Durkin.
Questicon, the national science and technology centre, provided a chance to get hands on in science while Parliament House and the War Memorial highlighted to students why we live in such a beautiful, free country, said Mr Durkin. It was an awesome experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life, concluded 12-year-old Kane from Durrumbul.
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams Celebrated New Zealand born alt-country artist Marlon Williams has just released his amazing new video Vampire Again. Vampire Again is Williams first new material since his 2015 debut album and its quirky, croony and features an amazing video. The germination of this song began in LA last year, Marlon Williams 
The list of finalists for the Olive Cotton Award in 2017 features many of the biggest names in Australian portrait photography, but it has also continued the emergence of a talented young local.
In 2014, Ari Messina was a winner in Tweed Regional Gallerys Les Peterkin prize for portraits for local primary school children.
Fast forward just three years and Messina, now aged 12, has become the youngest finalist for the Olive Cotton Award, which has been touted as Australias leading prize in portrait photography.
His piece, Dark Side of a Girl, hangs among the other 71 finalists for 2017, on exhibition in Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October.
Messina said his selection as a finalist was a really big surprise.
I wasnt expecting it to be a finalist. I was shocked at first but it felt so good, he said.
At the time I took it, I didnt have any intention to entry it in the Olive Cotton Awards but after I looked at it on the computer, my mum and I knew it would be good to enter.
Messina said he was exposed to photography from a very early age because his grandfather and uncle are both photographers.
Being immersed in it really got me to enjoy taking photos, he said.
Messina said he did not have any particularly ambitions with his photography.
Right now I am just enjoying taking photos and learning how to use my camera.
Giving back to the community is something Ballina RSL Club is extremely passionate about.
Since the inception of the ClubGRANTS imitative. Ballina RSL has made an enormous difference to community groups with an extraordinary 4 million dollars, cash and in-kind given out alone to the Ballina Shire Community.
Each year through ClubGRANTS, Ballina RSL Club provide support to around 100 local community organisations, sporting groups and charities that make a difference in the local Ballina Shire region.
This is our 11th year we have had this initiative in place said Bill Coulter CEO Ballina RSL Club.
Giving donations and seeing how the money makes such a difference to the recipients is so rewarding, added Bill.
To be eligible to apply for a ClubGRANT, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.
Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website.
Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website or click here.
23.9 Percent. Very specific number. Ring any bells for anyone?
We wont allow our tax revenue to rise any higher than 23.9 per cent of our economy over the next ten years.
Impressive commitment, especially from a member of a coalition unlikely to be in government for a significant number of years beyond year 2 of this 10.
But still, the precision. Not 24 percent. Not even 23.5 percent. 23.9 percent. It is impressive to be so specific and strick. Much like the number pi, it carries a magic to it.
Shall it be one of the governments 10 commandments amongst:
Apart from the 10 year measurement period and the lack of definition of our economy, Spartacus is truly confident that this country is on the right economic track.
As a guide though, perhaps Senator Cormann actually have a look at the budget he co-delivered, oh, less than 3 months ago. The same budget that projects government receipts as a proportion of GDP hitting 24.4% in FY19, 25.1% in FY20 and 25.4% in FY21.
Amazing that this is claimed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.
PS. Also from Senator Cormanns Sydney Institute speech, herewith is the Governments economic plan. Dont laugh too hard.
SUMMARY OF OUR ECONOMIC PLAN
The Government is committed to growing the economy and helping to fund the services Australians rely on now and into the future. To do this, our economic plan puts in place incentives to reward success by:
- Committing not to increase the overall tax burden in the economy beyond 23.9 per cent of GDP;
- Having an economic-growth friendly tax system;
- Pursuing an ambitious free trade agenda to give our e...
A group of Ballina councillors will today have another go at making the council clean-up local beaches and waterways after the March floods.
The councillors also want the council to develop a clean-up policy for future flood events.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader moved a notice of motion for the clean-up at the last meeting of the council but she was unsuccesfull.
Today she also has the support of Crs Eoin Johnson and Sharon Parry.
In a comment to todays motion, the councillors say It is also acknowledged that council did resolve many years ago not to provide a regular beach cleaning service.
There is also a risk in that removing flood debris that further debris may continue to arrive or another weather event, they say.
This is why it is important we have a policy that clarifies Councils level of service which can then be communicated to the community.
We have all been approached by people wanting us to provide this service based on the current condition of our beaches and a policy will help Councillors and staff answer the questions we receive.
We do need to provide some level of service in respect to removing excess debris, as our beaches and foreshore areas are a major attraction for residents and tourists.
Staff have pointed out that funding for beach clean-ups was not available from the Federal .or state government under flood relief arrangements, and would therefore the council would be footing the bill.
Also the clean-up can interfere, to a certain extent, with natural processes as tree debris is a source of habitat for some fauna in the coastal dunes and the flood events are a source of replenishment for this, staff said.
The matter will be debated at todays council meeting, which begins at 9am in the council chambers in Cherry Street..
Tweed shire residents are being urged to reduce the amount of water they use as the council battles to remove salty water from its water supply.
Council workers last night managed to reduce the salt concentration in drinking water treated at the Bray Park Treatment Plant, but have been unable to produce enough good water to satisfy demand.
A small surface pump was used yesterday to draw the good water from the top strata of the dam, avoiding as much as possible any draw of the heavier salty waters from the bottom levels.
The amount of total dissolved solids in the treated supply fell to within the good range however, a number of reservoirs need to be recharged today.
The council has again urged residents to use as little water as possible while it works to get more good water into the system.
The treatment plant operated all night to treat the water intake but with inflow rates of good surface water at just 128 litres per second, the council says it does not yet have the 20 megalitres of good water it will need today to recharge the reservoirs.
Consequently it will start the main intake pump and run it at minimal capacity to limit the draw of salty water and, together, both pumps should draw a greater volume of a suitable shandy of good to fair quality water to boost production.
Water manager Anthony Burnham said the dredge pumping the salty water from the bottom of the weir was now drawing very salty water from a depth of 8.5 metres at about 160 litres a second and releasing it downstream.
If we can minimise the amount of water consumed and maintain a higher production level of fair quality water, the situation will gradually improve from here on, Mr Burnham said.
But, if the demand for water is not contained, we will have to draw more salty water into the system to guarantee supply.
The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines rule <600mg/litre of dissolved solids is good quality; 600-900mg/litre is fair quality; and, >1200mg/litre is of unacceptable quality. Water produced last night had a dissolved solids concentration of 204mg/litre. By bringing the main pump online the council expects that to rise t...
The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.
It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.
Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.
He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.
Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.
Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.
If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.
The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.
In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.
If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.
Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.
Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.
Last Friday we shared with you the story of a goat, who, due to no fault of his own, found himself on the wrong side of the law. He had foiled plot after plot to take him down both by gun wielding police and bow and arrow wielding camouflage-clad would-be hunters, who were no match for the handsome wether. Thankfully, what did hit him was the kindness of a very compassionate marksman. His name is Manfred Zabinskas, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue.
Its no easy task to drop everything in your life at a moments notice so you can go the aid of an animal in dire need. The early mornings and late nights, missing out on dinners and holidays, like Christmas, with family and friends. One thing that people dont realise when they hear the tales of animal rescues from charities such as ours, is the extent of self-sacrifice that goes on behind the scenes.
But thats exactly what Manfred did on Friday he sacrificed something so special to him, and his sacrifice speaks volumes about the person he is. August 13 marked the 15th anniversary of his dear brother Herbs passing, and every year on that day Manfred would make his way to the beach where his ashes were scattered. But this year, instead of making the trek, Manfred responded to our urgent call for help to save the life of this certain goat, who now bears the name Herb.
Wed like to pay tribute to Manfred, and all the other friends to animals out there, who battle through the emotional toll and give up much of what is dear to them to be there for animals. But in saving them, we are also saving a part of ourselves. To know the world is fraught with injustice, saving the life of one truly does make the world of difference, not least for that one animal.
Weve never met Herb, but we wholeheartedly believe he must have been a wonderful human to have a brother like Manfred. As they say, an apple doesnt fall far from the tree.
Footnote: We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the other selfless heroes for animals who made Herbs rescue possible, Cherie, Diana and Liz.
Council says the changes will only be made if overwhelming community support was found, sending out more than six thousand letters asking households and businesses if they want a residential parking area to help solve the areas on-street parking issues.
Councillor Jonathan Sri supports the reform of parking rules and says that if more than 60 percent of respondents supported the idea of a residential parking area by September 22, two hour time limit signs would be put in place for all streets south of Granville Street.
What the world needs right now is a little more kindness. And who better to promote kindness than a few of our very own animal ambassadors?
Around Australia right now, Panky Calf, Daisy Kid, Brad Lamb and Cookie and Candy are larger than life. Along with their beautiful portraits is our quote, asking onlookers to consider If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others why wouldnt we?
Keep your eyes peeled for our superstars and please let us know if you see any! Find them in your state (sorry NT and Tassie!)
Drug testing trials for people on income support have been trialled and abandoned in a few countries. In addition to causing significant harm to affected people and the wider community, they came at an enormous cost to the taxpayer.
In 1986 I was part of a group that resorted to civil disobedience to get needle syringe programs started in Australia. HIV had begun spreading among people who injected drugs in Sydney with a real concern of a major national epidemic. But the NSW government refused to allow even a pilot program. From our office near Sydneys Kings Cross, we handed out clean needles. Breaking the law and helping to halt an epidemic was better than waiting till the government agreed and risking a nasty epidemic in the meantime.
Fast forward 30 years and I had hoped Australia would have adopted a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to drugs where illicit drugs were seen as mainly a health and social problem rather than just a criminal justice issue. And where governments stood up to the drinks industry. But things arent looking good with the government today announcing the first trial site for a new drug testing regime for welfare recipients.
In the May 2017 budget, the Turnbull government handed down a number of changes to our income support system. People with alcohol and drug problems were directly targeted. Plans included stripping people off their disability pensions, removing certain protections for people with alcohol and drug problems, and perhaps most controversially instituting a drug testing trial for new income support recipients.
The objective of these policies is as clear as mud. Malcolm Turnbull claimed it will help people get the treatment they need, saying its a policy based on love. The social...
Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team
YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camps, Kids Go Bush program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during its Bush Playgroup sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.
On Monday 14 August, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee joined the YMCA team to enjoy a beach adventure at Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea. It was full of surprises, including seeing some hard-to-spot decorator crabs and a pod of dolphins playing in the waves off the point. Great Ocean Road Coasts Environmental Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, aka possum Pete (pictured above), provided some very insightful facts about the local area and showed all the kids a collection of marine treasures.
Anglesea is fast becoming the environmental education capital of Victoria with some of the best in the business, working together to help connect the next generation with the diverse Anglesea coastline.
For more information please email kidsgobush@ymca, or call on 5263 1512 or follow the YMCA Anglesea on Facebook.
Story and pics by dogwhistle
The Northern Hotel Rams capped an outstanding season with two solid wins over Alstonville in Saturdays final round of the Football Far North Coast Pointscore competition.
Despite and awkward start and an early own goal, the Reserve Grade boys were once again the dominant force. A hat-trick to Sam Tomlinson and a goal to Golden Boot Will Ennis saw the Ressies hit an incredible 100 goals from 17 games this season and secure the Pointscore Championship for 2017.
A back pass from Alstonville handed an indirect free kick and first goal to Joel Wood in the opening minutes of the Premier Division match. Thirty minutes into the first half a cross from Sam Shepherd and a superb strike from Gianluca Bongiovanni gave Byron its second goal of the match. A defensive error just before half time left the Byron goal open and Alstonville pounced and were back in the game. Villa came out firing in the second half and a swift counter attack saw the underdogs equalise. Fifteen minutes later, Sam Shepherd was brought down in the box and left no doubt about his penalty strike, putting the Rams back into the lead. Another two minutes on and Joel Walker broke through the Alstonville back line to drive home his second. A red card for retaliation sent Emanuele Atarui to an early shower and the Rams pressed on with 10 men. Midway through the half, Aaron Walkers through ball put Sam Shepherd on point for his second goal, taking the final score to 5-2. The Rams attacking team of Joel Wood and Sam Shepherds two goals apiece gave them each a 17 goal total for the season and a shared Golden Boot.
The Premier Division Rams also took out the Pointscore Championship for 2017 with an equally impressive 93 goals from 17 games, completing the Club record double.
Both teams now enjoy a week off before their first match of the 2017 finals series.
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FOREFATHERS LIMITED RELEASE BEER
There are pioneers among us who have paved the way towards todays burgeoning beer industry Stone & Woods annual limited release is a tribute to these Forefathers.
This year their chosen Forefather is Blair Hayden. A publican and patriarch of one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Refusing to bow to what beers should line the taps, he built a brewery so he could pour his own. 31 years later, Blairs contributed to the independent beer revolution.
Using the finest English Maris Otter malt, Blair brewed an English Pale Ale. With hints of citrus zest from the addition of bergamot tea, the spicy and floral hop aroma is balanced with a medium bitterness.
Get to know Blair Haydens loveable character and more about the beer by watching their Forefathers video
FIND THE BEER
From Monday 21 August Stone & Woods Forefathers beer is going on tap and hitting shelves at local, independents across the country. Check out their venue listing for where to find it!
Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee
River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city is
approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital,
Melbourne, with a population of some 101,686. It is the third
largest population for an inland city in Australia. Locals are
known as 'Ballaratians'.
Ballarat is arguably the most significant Victorian era gold rush boomtown in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, migrants from across the world had rushed to the district in search of gold.
Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades, which can be evidenced to this day in the city's rich architecture. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia.
Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (established 1857), the longest running lyric theatre building (Her Majesty's Theatre, established 1875), the first municipal observatory, established 1886, and the earliest and longest war memorial avenue (the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919).
Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria, as well a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage, with much of the...
Thanks to Neil Tait and the guys we now have a lovely pergola! It ties in nicely with the central arbour structure and also connects the tank/pizza oven/benches area with the rest of the garden. Just needs the bench seating re instated, some climbing plants, and some warmer weather. Until we get some climbing plants Continue reading And a pergola, in time for summer
This evening, your intrepid slave ventured to the Sydney Institute to hear Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate give his (sort of) annual address.
It was so exciting, that the Australian published its story on it about the same time the function ended.
Last year, Senator Cormanns theme was wibble-wobble-wibble-wobble jelly Bill Shorten. This year it was Shortenomics and the politics of envy.
Just like his wibble wobble effort last year, Senator Cormann regaled the audience with what a Bill Shorten government might do. Yet, same as last year, Senator Cormann failed to account for what the Abbott and Turnbull governments have done. The governments in which Senator Cormann was and still is a senior member.
Just a quick list to remind Cats and Corm:
And lets not forget the NBN the No Bloody N-ternet network.
The cherry on top was when mentioning Gonski 2.0, Senator Cormann said that what all parents worried most about when dropping their kids off at school was that the other schools were funded equally and not party to sweetheart deals. I know thats the main thing I worry about.
Oh and yes. Apparently (again), the bank levy is good for banking competition and promotes smaller banks. By that logic, you know what else would be good for banking competition and promotion of smaller banks? A 100% bank levy. Hey, why not implement 100% taxes on every part of the economy, it would surely improve national competitiveness.
It used to be said that the conservatives thought progressives were wrong while progressives thought conservat...
Where theres mining there is no justice http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/traditional-owners-fighting-adani-undeterred-by-qld-court-outcome/
Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.
The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision
that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to
afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when
he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.
Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,
Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.
We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP, to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.
The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.
Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.
As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.
We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on. We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country. We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.
There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.
Continue reading W&Js statement here:
In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and
ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.
It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of
months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek
counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...
Today I be talking about making art accessible. I went along on a tour through the Jenny Watson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that was run for participants with visual impairment as part of the MCAs Bella Program. Ill be playing part of the tour as well as interviews with the artist educators and the participants in the tour. It will be an interesting way for many to experience the work of Jenny Watson.
I also talk about the Making Airwaves initiative. You can find out more about this on the Eastside Website.
Theres also a wonderful program called Gig Buddies thats worth checking out and getting involved with.
There are some tours for people with visual impairment coming up soon at the Art Gallery of NSW too including a tour of the Archibald Wynn and Sulman prizes on Sat 9 September at 11am.
As always, I present lots of sweet tunes.
BMDS ALBUM LAUNCH & FLANGIPANIS ANNUAL BDAY
Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
w/ HOUND / FREAKSHOW NIGHTMARE
Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.
By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.
The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on
July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.
Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.
Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com
Free public event: Celebrating 65 years of Australian-Thai bilateral relations, Khon, Esquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand will soon arrive in Sydney to present one of the countrys most significant dance performances.
Having toured internationally, the Sydney Khon performances will consist of a special presentation and workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Wednesday 30 August).
For one night only, the audience will get a chance to see this Thai extravaganza, as well as the performers glittering handmade costumes and tantalising live music.
Traditionally performed exclusively at significant royal functions, Khon performances depict the story of the Ramakien. The story follows Phra Ram, an incarnation of the god Phra Narai, who is assisted by monkey warriors that help him rescue his wife, Sida, from the demon king, Tosakanth. The story presents the universal belief that virtue always wins over evil.
Khon is a complex Thai classical dance whose history dates back
hundreds of years. The masked dance drama is the most refined of
Thai theatre forms, requiring strict training from childhood, and
music, martial arts, painting and elaborate costumes.
Dont miss this rare opportunity! There are only 100 seats available, all free of charge, but registrations are essential.
DATE: Wed. 30 August 2017
TIME:2:00 pm 4:10 pm AEST
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW 2170
To reserve your place at this historic event, register now at http://bit.ly/2vff0RG
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