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As the long debate continues about whether a developer should be allowed to build a cable car up the face of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Bernard Lloyd reminds us about the primary threat to the mountain, which is posed by wildfire. Regular fires on the mountain have huge implications for the proposal to build a cable car.
In terms of combustibility, the forest on the mountains eastern face carries the greatest fuel load. The cable car is planned to be built up the eastern face.
When kunanyi/Mt Wellingtons Management Plan is read today in the eerie afterglow of this summers fires its pages reek of smoke. The word bushfire, like a rain of embers, is spotted more than 140 times. Bushfire, the Plan says, is the largest threat to the Park. This written in 2015.
The Plans brief history of fire on the mountain notes, blithely, the Park has experienced several large bushfires. That section can now be revised, not in the light of the 2018 fires (which have not touched the mountain), but the light of historian Maria Grists meticulously chronicled study of bushfires on kunyani (2019). As well as the conflagrations of 1851, 1897, 1914, 1920, 1940 and 1967, Grist documents over 60 other significant mountain fires. Her chilling conclusion is that over the past two centuries nearly every year at least one bushfire burned on the mountain.
This has catastrophic implications for the proposal to build a cable car all the way up the mountain.
The natural cause of this frequent ravaging is in the bush itself, but the frequency of fires haunting the mountain is locational: the mountain not only rises out of a dense, wet eucalyptus forest, but over its shoulder are extensive areas of dry country to its north and north west: the directions from which most fires emanate in Tasmania. The management plan is most concerned with fire sensitivity. The peat bogs on the plateau behind the Pinnacle and the delicate alpine flora have the highest fire sensitivity and are thus at most risk; however, for combustibility, the forest upon the mountains eastern face carries the greatest fuel load. The cable car is planned to be built up the eastern face.
The natural proclivity of the bush is inflamed by the ignition culprits: usually male. The mountains pr...
MEMBERS of the Leongatha-based Corner Inlet Boxing Club had the
chance to put their skills to the test on the world stage on a
recent trip to North America.
Accompanied by coach Scott Bindloss, young boxers Tyler Bindloss, Jarvis Bindloss and Lachlan Lewis travelled to Ontario, Canada at the beginning of February to compete in the countrys largest amateur boxing tournament, the Brampton Cup, an annual event drawing over 250 junior, youth and elite boxers from 60 plus boxing clubs.
Competing in the 75kg open elite class, 19-year-old Tyler, in his first fight in two years, put in an impressive effort against a four-time Canadian national champion with 76 fights under his belt.
Lachlan, 15, came away with a gold medal after his fight in the 52kg junior category.
But 16-year-old Jarvis returned home with a less desirable souvenir after his fight in the 60kg youth section. He was headbutted, resulting in an injury to his face that required six stitches.
The boys also visited New York City as part of the trip, getting in a bit of sightseeing and training alongside world champion boxers at the famous Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn.
Scott, whos had plenty of experience attending international boxing events as a coach and team manager, said the aim of the trip was to take the up and coming Corner Inlet boxers skills to the next level, with a spot at the world titles the ultimate goal.
For them to be competitive on the world stage, the best way to develop their skills is to take them out and compete wherever we can, Scott said after touching down back in Australia last week.
This was their first taste of international competition and Im very happy with how they performed.
They were all very competitive and presented themselves really well.
Tyler had a really tough opponent a super sharp boxer whos represented Canada at the world championships. It was a hard fight but he wasnt far off him.
Jarvis was winning his fight when he got headbutted and it was unfortunate that they awarded the win to his opponent. But all the boys had a ball....
Neil Young Songs For Judy Shakey Pictures Records/Warner Music In 1976 Neil Young embarked on a North American tour with Crazy Horse. His opening act was himself, raw and acoustic in large auditoriums across the country. Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe were along for the ride and when Bernstein was roped in as a guitar
WACA would like to acknowledge the work of the community - people in detention, activists and advocates - in the passage of the Medical Evacuation Bill.
It is heartening to know that people in need of medical care will now receive medical care, which successive governments have denied them.
Access to health care for all is a basic human right.
A powerful documentary Journey Beyond Fear shot by a former Benalla woman will screen in Shepparton and Euroa next month in conjunction with Cultural Diversity Week. The Shepparton screening is FREE at GOTAFE, followed by a Q and A session with the filmmakers. Robyn Hughan said she filmed Journey Beyond Fear independently over ... Read more...
As we walked into the lobby at Holiday Inn Pasteur I was so worried. It looks so beautifully clean, stylish and neat. This was not something we were used to and I was concerned our kids would be disturbing all the business people that would be staying here.
People will tell you all the time that the small things are forgotten by big chain hotels, that they are stiffer and lack the friendly, welcoming vibe. I can tell you this is certainly not the case at Holiday Inn Pausteur. It only took a few minutes to realise that this wasnt just a business orientated hotel, families were everywhere enjoying all the amazing facilities this beautiful hotel has to offer. We were going to fit right in.
As apart of our trip through Indonesia we stopped for a holiday in Bandung. As a family who travels with teens and tweens, we stay in all types of accommodation from budget to midrange, from independent to chain hotels. For those of you that dont know, Bandung Indonesia is on the Island of Java and Bandung is the capital city of the West Java province. Bandung for us was a handy break between our train trip from Yogyakarta and Jakarta.Marley looking out of the window at Bandung
Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur is a four-star hotel in Bandung boasts 278 spacious, comfortable rooms with some amazing facilities that suit family tra...
CRANE NAMES THE CRANE From left, Jacob Crane with his sister, 7-year-old, Lily Shay Crane, who was chosen as the winner of GV Healths name the crane competition. Photo: David Lee.
THERE is quite a touching story behind the reason that 7-year-old Airport West resident, Lily Shay Crane was chosen as the winner of GV Healths name the crane competition, with the crane now known as Lilyshay. Lilys grandmother, who lives locally, saw the competition entry and thought it would be fitting for her to enter due to her surname being crane, but the reason she won was actually because of her uncle.
Lilys middle name was given to her in memory of her uncle, Shay who tragically lost his life following a car accident in Mooroopna. He was taken to GV Health then flown to The Alfred in Melbourne where he later passed, but his legacy lives on as his organs were donated and helped to save the lives of seven others.
Lilys little brother, Jacob has a medical condition that sees him attend hospital frequently, and so the family also has an ongoing connection with the medical world.
Lily said, I was so excited when I found out I won. I didnt believe it.
Lilys dad, Gregg Crane said, GV Health has played a big part in our family as both mine and my wifes parents are from the area.
We are excited to now be a part of the re-development at GV Health. Lily was so excited when she was telling me that she won she nearly burst.
THOUSANDS GATHER TO REMEMBER On February 7, 1969 the Southern Aurora overnight express service collided head-on with a freight train near Violet Town injuring 120 and killing nine people. Pictured in this photo is Paul Longhurst being carried out of the wreckage whose son and daughter attended the commemorations. Photo: State Library of Victoria.
LAST week was filled with nostalgia at Violet Town with commemorative events taking place to mark the 50th anniversary of the Southern Aurora Rail Crash.
On February 7, 1969 approximately 1km south of Violet Town, the Southern Aurora overnight express service from Sydney to Melbourne collided head-on with a freight train travelling in the opposite direction shortly after 7am. Nine people died, and 120 were injured in the burning entanglement of the high-speed crash.
It was the townspeople of Violet Town, the district and the local emergency services who were pivotal in helping those still living to escape the train wreckage. They held the fire at bay, smashed windows and pulled passengers to safety. The clean up took over a month.
As part of last weeks commemorations, the carriage was brought back to Violet Town and installed centre stage in the Southern Aurora Memorial Garden, which was officially launched.
Southern Aurora Memorial Committee member and local historian, Bruce Cumming said, We were inundated with people from al over Australia. We had about 300 at the vigil service, which was terrific. The museum and art exhibition was complet...
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE YEAR AHEAD Last Friday, this years group of 25 participants in the Fairley Leadership Program kicked off their year with the launch event. From left (back) Leigh Stanbrook, Greg Brooks, Max Allen and Chris Crouch. (Middle), Kitch Robertson, Paul Dainton, Shane Howe, Michelle Frenkel, John Geddes, Melanie Likos, Melissa Hall, Shayne Preer, Amy Marshall, Sarah Clack, Meaghan Thompson, Tara Callingham, David Booth, Rebecca Hearn, Yvette Williams, Daniel Lovell, Cathy Mansfield, Josh Simm and Allan Mitchell. (Front), Rosalind Martin, Matilda Schubert, Fiona Blick and Fatmatta Munu. Photo: Supplied.
A GROUP of 25 will be taking on a range of activities and events set to challenge, inspire and engage them as they take part in the 23rd Fairley Leadership Program.
Launched last Friday, the new cohort heard from special guest speaker, Committee for Greater Shepparton chair, Rob Priestly with this years participants eagerly looking forward to the 12 regional issue themed seminar days, three skills based days and study tours to Canberra and Melbourne that await them.
Fairley Leadership Program program facilitator, Sandy Gunn said, The success of the Fairley Leadership Program in already producing 550 graduates, who are contributing positively to the Goulburn Murray region is due largely to the support the program receives from the Goulburn Murray community.
We are delighted the Greater Shepparton City Council hosted this year...
FROM Friday this week, VicRoads will be installing a signalised pedestrian crossing on High Street between Maude Street and Corio Street.
The works, which are part of VicRoads and Greater Shepparton City Councils $1.2M Shepparton Pedestrian Improvements Project are expected to be completed by April and will see the installation of lights between two sets of traffic lights that are just over 200m apart.
During this work, temporary lane closures on High Street may take place and speed restrictions will also apply, with minor delays possibly experienced.
Regional Roads Victoria acting regional director, Nathan Matthews said, We know that pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users, thats why were providing safer crossing options in the busy and growing Shepparton CBD.
This crossing will give pedestrians a safe place to cross, with the lights acting to slow down drivers including B-Doubles.
Were working with Greater Shepparton City Council to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to get from A to B.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO ENROL There is still time to start studying at La Trobe University where you can learn new skills to help you reach your goal, like La Trobe University alumni and Conquest Equipment Technologies finance manager, Joshua Doxey. Photo: Supplied.
ARE you looking to make a change or have you always wanted to take your next educational step? Well, its not too late to apply for La Trobe Universitys classes, starting in March.
Full time and part time study options are available in the bachelor of educational studies, bachelor of arts, diploma of arts, bachelor of business, bachelor of business (accounting). There are also options available in bachelor of business (agribusiness), bachelor of business/bachelor of accounting, diploma in business and bachelor of human services/master of social work. Post-graduate options are also available for those with a relevant existing degree or managerial experience, such as a master of business administration.
La Trobe University marketing and engagement advisor, Kristina Marko said, Its not too late to apply for tertiary study in 2019.
Applications can be made directly to the university through our website. We look toward previous study, relevant work or community experience and a students motivation for commencing a course, as part of the application process.
La Trobe University alumni and Conquest Equipment Technologies finance manager, Joshua Doxey said, La Trobe allows people from all walks of life to receive an internationally recognised qualification that provides numerous employment options for their graduates in the local communities and abroad.
To book a one-on-one consultation, visit www.latrobe.edu.au/study/one-on-one-consultations/undergraduate
Direct applications close on March 11, 2019.
As we cower under the record heat conditions, drought over vast areas of the country, massive fish deaths in the Darling River, floods in Queensland and wild fire raging in Tasmanian wildness areas scenarios in accord with long standing climate change impacts-nearly all of us acknowledge that we must act now to save our planet. While there are still a few climate sceptics remaining in politics- the time has well past to dump them and move on.
We all must do more, no matter how minute, to combat climate change impacts. We must make it the number one priority to question what we do personally, in our workplaces and in organisations we are involved with -our actions and the impact they have on the planet.
Some of us live really frugal and low impact lives. Unfortunately our overall wealth has led us to live extremely high CO2 emission per capita (nearly the highest in the world). Its time to question the way we live. Why do nearly one million Australians go to Bali annually? It is necessary to be married on the Amalfi coast or for that matter some remote Pacific island rather than in your backyard? Maybe the plan to fly to the Maldives for a cup of real coffee should be reconsidered!
We are all challenged by this wicked problem but must take action now. To quote Winston Churchill, You cannot reason with a tiger when you have your head in its mouth.
We are extremely close to relinquishing our capacity to reason with this unassailable foe unless we change our mindset and forfeit things we dont really need now.
I am so happy to read that The Cottage has been allowed to stay open (The Adviser, Wednesday, January 30, 2019).
Many people were against this facility for different reasons, however I believe that any facility that offers to help those who want to help themselves has a positive motive to remain open. Good on you VCAT!
Congratulations to Joshua Simm and staff, plus board members and supportive public who foresaw the advantage of this facility in a large, growing city such as Shepparton, plus surrounding rural areas.
HELPING SAVE LIVES Shepparton Blood Donor Centre staff members, Di Mark and Jess Casey with local resident, Mathieu Ryan, who made his 50th whole blood donation on Friday last week. Photo: Supplied.
IT was a bittersweet moment on Friday last week for local resident, Mathieu Ryan, who sat in the Shepparton Blood Donor Centre chair to give whole blood for the fiftieth time.
With one in three Australians needing blood in their lifetime, and only one in 30 currently donating, Mathieu is encouraging the community to roll up their sleeves and give to help save lives.
Mathieu said, I started giving blood because I thought it would be a good way to give back, but when discovered I was O Negative, which makes me a universal donor, I realised how important my blood type was and so I have continued to make regular whole blood and plasma donations.
If you are thinking about donating, I encourage you to go in and do it. Its not scary, doesnt take a lot of time and you get a cookie at the end of it. Try to donate at least oncethat way you can find out if its for you or not.
Shepparton Blood Donor Centre spokespersons said, The Shepparton Blood Donor Centre needs around 90 additional blood donors over the next four weeks.
Many people think road accidents are the primary reason someone may need blood, however cancer patients and those with blood disorders use around 35 percent of all donated blood.
Blood and plasma donors are always needed.
To make an appointment or find out more, phone 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au
TOUGH COMPETITION The Nagambie Rowing Regatta was a big success at the weekend, with a strong crowd of 2,500 attending to watch 1,500 athletes battle it out on Lake Nagambie. Photo: Supplied.
ALMOST 1,500 athletes from clubs in Victoria and NSW took to Lake Nagambie over the weekend to battle it out on the water as part of this years Nagambie Rowing Regatta.
Over two big days, participants competed in 132 events in front of a 2,500 strong crowd, with Nagambie Rowing Club placing fifth in the final of race 40, fourth in the final of race 133, fourth in heat two of race 119, second in heat two of race 154 and sixth in the final of race 175. Nagambies fastest time was achieved by the Female D Grade Coxed Quad Scull who finished race 175 with a time of 4:07.05.
Shepparton Rowing Club placing fourth in the final of race 130, fourth in heat three of race 117, first in heat two of race 116, second in the final of race 131, second in heat two of race 150, third in the final of race 164, second in the final of race 165, fourth in the final of race 166, first in the final of race 167, fourth in heat two of race 152, first in heat two of race 157 and sixth in the final of race 179. Sheppartons fastest time was achieved by the Male D Grade Coxed Quad Scull who finished race 157 with a time of 3:36.60.
DROP A LINE AND WIN Mitch Conndell is eager to drop a line in at Nagambies inaugural GoFish competition, which is set to kick off over the ANZAC Day weekend. Photo: Supplied.
GOFISH Nagambie is Australias richest and largest freshwater fishing tournament and outdoor lifestyle festival. In its inaugural year, the festival will bring Australias favourite outdoor activity, fishing, to the forefront.
The uniquely Australian program of activities runs over the ANZAC Day weekend from April 25 to 28 at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre on the banks of the iconic Goulburn River and Nagambie Lakes; an undiscovered fishing gem.
The highlight of the family-friendly program is the GoFish Nagambie fishing tournament boasting a guaranteed and whopping $500,000 in cash and prizes.
Anglers can choose between boat, bank and kayak and prizes are awarded across each age category and targeted species.
GoFish Nagambie ambassador and freshwater fishing young gun, Rhys Creed is excited about the event because of its attraction to the broader community.
Its set to be the biggest fishing tournament in the country, in one of the best cod fishing locations in Australia its the peoples fishing competition, Rhys said.
The nature of the event and competition means anyone can get out on the water and wet a line.
With the tournament area spanning over 30km of pristine waterways and the river specially stocked with Murray Cod and Golden Perch, fishos will be reeling in metre cods left, right and centre! Youll need to be quick off the mark, this tournament will sell out.
Enter now at www.gofishnagambie.com.au
FORMER local, singer, Anthony Lucas is set to release his new track tomorrow, just in time for Valentines Day.
Titled Locked on You, the track took Lucas 17 months to perfect and record and is an upbeat pop single featuring popular Australian rapper, Donny Casper.
Lucas said, Im really excited to finally let the song be heard, after working on it for so long.
Its been in the works for over a year and I just hope that my listeners will love it and that all the hard work will have been worth it.
Lucas, who now resides in Melbourne, is also planning a feature tour to promote his new single, pledging that regional areas would be a focus, including Shepparton.
Locked on You can be found at iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and other online music markets.
Tambo River stopped at Bark Sheds (image Lilli Antonoff)
Despite some good showers in Bairnsdale over summer the East Gippsland dry continues. How far it extends into central and south Gippsland I am not aware and without ploughing through the rainfall records I can only assume that it is still fairly dire across Gippsland but with a green flush in many places from the latest rain. The large bushfires that have burned at Rosedale, Walhalla and Timbarra over the last month indicate that the dry is still widespread across our region although they, too, have been subdued by the recent storms.
Another indicator of the dry may be water for irrigation. The Southern Rural Water website states When river, creek and groundwater levels drop, Southern Rural Water often has to introduce rosters, restrictions or bans to ensure a fair distribution of available water to all licence holders. I have been informed that irrigation on the Mitchell River may be about to be banned and that it is currently at Stage 9 one step before a total ban.
Other anecdotal accounts abound. Some farmers in the Swifts Creek district have been feeding out for 2 years although they have had some good summer rain. Lake Bunga at Lakes Entrance is almost as low as it can be without bursting out into the ocean and draining completely. The latter has only occurred 3 times in the last 30 years after periods of very heavy rainfall. It is also very salty indicating substantial water loss through evaporation.
This illustrates part of the problem of summer rainfall that much more moisture is lost to evaporation and thus greater rainfall is required to make an impression on soil moisture. The rainfall is also often via storms which can result in heavy falls in some areas but varies substantially from place to place. Some time ago I was informed that parts of Glenaladale had missed most of the summer rains although hopefully they got some in the last dump.
Climate change predictions have been clear for many years; that the droughts we experience will be longer and more severe, and that they will often be broken by short periods of heavy rainfall causing floods. Such was the lot of the Omeo district in 1998. And if we need a reminder of what a grand disaster of this sort is like look to western Queensland now.