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A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.
Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.
Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.
A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis
Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.
Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.
Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...
I am a Christian and I stand with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends today at Parliament House to protest against the Meat & Livestock Australia ad for lamb. Let me say, I do like lamb. And in many ways I do like the ad for lamb. I like the idea of spiritual icons from 
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The Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study has completed a crucial background analysis of cancers in Latrobe City and surrounding areas in the five-year period prior to the 2014 mine fire. These results will provide a baseline against which to compare future cancer patterns that occur after the fire. Monash University researcher Professor Malcolm Sim said 
Collendina will begin its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket
Association premiership defence with an away game against Anglesea
on 7 and 14 October.
The Cobras then face a mouth-watering match against last seasons fellow grand finalists Barwon Heads at home in round two.
Collendina faces a long trip to Winchelsea, but drew other BPCA newcomers Inverleigh and Little River at the Snake Pit.
All sides will play each other in a two-day format, and there will be no one-day games this season.
The Snakes only play two home games before the Christmas break.
Collendinas fixture for the coming season
Round 1: 7 & 14 October v Anglesea (away).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November v Inverleigh (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November v Winchelsea (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December v Drysdale (away).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December v Jan Juc (away).
Round 7: 6 & 13 January v Barrabool (home).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January v Queenscliff (away).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February v Portarlington (away).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March v Little River (home).
Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading
Ocean Grove will start its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket
Association A Grade season with two home games.
The new-look BPCA has expanded to 12 A Grade clubs with the inclusion of Winchelsea, Little River and Inverleigh.
The Grubbers kick their season off with a home game against Queenscliff on 7 and 14 October followed by another home game against Drysdale in a Saturday-Sunday clash on 21 and 22 October.
The Battle of the Bridge grudge match against Barwon Heads is also a home game, to be played on 9 and 16 December before the competition breaks for Christmas.
The other big game against cross-town rivals Collendina is at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.
The semi-finals are on 17 and 18 February and the final is on 24 and 25 February.
All teams will play each other once during the season.
Ocean Groves fixture for the 2017/18 season is:
Round 1: 7 & 14 Ooctober vs Queenscliff (home).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October vs Drysdale (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November vs Portarlington (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November vs Little River (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December vs Anglesea (home).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December vs Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7: 6 & 13 December vs Inverleigh (away).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January vs Winchelsea (home).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February vs Collendina (away).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February vs Jan Juc (home).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March vs Barrabool (away).
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MEDIA RELEASE: 21 September 2017
Lower house passes Vic Renewable Energy Target: "Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action"
Friends of the Earth have welcomed the passage of the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 in the Victorian Parliament, saying the result brings Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and action on climate change.
"Passage of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target brings our state a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.
"This outcome is a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change."
Voice journalist JUSTIN FLYNN examines the epidemic and pure evil that is drink spiking and what it is doing to young people at pubs and clubs and how an Ocean Grove woman is tackling the issue head on.
What drives me is getting the message out. Its bringing drink spiking to the forum and getting people to talk about it. It takes one second for someone you love to be drink spiked and be sexually assaulted or robbed.
Drink spiking is on the rise and an Ocean Grove woman is doing
something about it.
Michelle Hoffman, who moved to Ocean Grove from Bendigo two months ago, invented a drink glass cover called Slip Me Not, which helps prevent drink spiking.
The device works as a type of recyclable plastic wrap by covering the entirety of a glass, allowing just enough space for a straw. The space also allows the liquid out without having to take off the cover so people can still drink from the glass with the wrapper attached. The cover can be used three times before being discarded and can be scrunched up without affecting its performance. At $3.50 for a pack of five, its an inexpensive way to stay protected during a night out.
However, Michelle has put the Slip Me Not on the backburner while she considers an upgrade and a new look. The Slip Me Not will be back on sale in the near future, though.
Michelles son Zachary has also played a huge role in the development of the Slip Me Not, developing the website, handling social media and shop orders.
It takes one second for someone to spike a drink, Michelle said.
The journey hasnt been about sales of the Slip Me Not for me, its about bringing this message out to the public. Back in 2000, a close friend was sexually assaulted after drink spiking by one of her friends. She was 15. It was so devastating.
Drink spiking mainly affects young women aged between 15 and 35, but it can happen to anyone. The motive is usually sexual assault, but it is sometimes done as a joke, often by people known to the victim.
Young men have been targeted by former girlfriends who are intent on revenge, while men have also been drink spiked with the intent to rob them.
Drink spiking is difficult to prove and therefore is often not reported to police.
Michelle said ketamine (sometimes used as a horse tranquiliser) and GHB were the main drugs used to spike a drink, but often it was as simple as adding extra shots of vodka to a drink to affect a young and inexperienced drinker. Vodka has no taste and is a clear liquid, which cant usually be detected.
Michelle said a new elephant tranquiliser is all but certain to hit Australian shores in the future.
Alcohol is the most commonly spiked drink, but it can also be added to tea, coffee, soft drinks, juice and even milkshakes.
Its been a journey of enlightenment for me to see just how sinister...
Appointed as head of the ACCC by Rudd Gillard, Rod Sims has a long association with the ALP going back to the Whitlam years. His re-appointment by the Coalition is unsurprising given the callow nature of conservatives and the fact that many have interventionist sympathies that accord with those of the leftist intelligentsia that Sims represents.
In his speech to the Press Club Sims addresses two points that have been warmly embraced by like-minded people within the media.
The first covers the gas crisis. Sims, though tiptoeing around the wanton political destruction of state government bans, notes that the firms that undertook massive capital investments could not have expected to face a shield-wall of obduracy on the part of politicians with custody over our economic welfare banning the exploration for gas. Only Queensland, where the ALP has kept Coalition openness largely in place, has a relatively open policy.
However he favours a nudge approach, which he says the producers have followed, whereby they support the local market as much as possible (even if this is contrary to their commercial interests). He also says, offering a big hint I am not disclosing the detail of what is in the ACCCs report to the Treasurer on gas supply and demand. That will be made public shortly. In other words he will advise the Commonwealth to force firms to break overseas contracts to redress the damage that state governments and environmentalists have created in starving the nation of new gas supplies. Naturally, like all such leftists he will advise on such actions that are pregnant with implications about the reliability of the nations export contracts, with a heavy heart.
In the case of electricity his speech addresses two aspects that have driven up prices: network charges and generation/retail costs.
In the case of network charges that are regulated,, like any self-interested bureaucrat, hed prefer his agencys decisions were not reviewable by another. He may be right but he is the wrong person to be making such judgements.
In the case of other costs (accounting for 60 per cent of the recent price increases) he lumps them together but in side briefings with sympathetic journalists like Paul Kelly he spelled out the breakdown as being caused by 24 per cent retail margins, 19 per cent generator price increases and 16 per cent green schemes. These are fantasy totals that obscure rather than enlighten policy.
Why,, given the fact that there are three major retailers and two dozen others (some,....
Ocean Grover Adam Marks competed in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
World Championships held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The mens event was held on 10 September in the mountain town and had 2426 competitors, of which Adam, 39, placed 872nd.
Not a bad effort given he was scheduled to fly Melbourne to Houston the week Hurricane Harvey hit. He was re-routed to Los Angeles and due to expense and circumstances opted to drive across the country, crossing all four continental US time zones.
Extreme jetlag and stress brought about shingles two days before the race. Despite fatigue and being unwell, Adam rallied to the start line in the 40-44 age group (the largest group of competitors).
Adam completed the tough course in five hours and 34 minutes. Pros and amateurs alike commented that it was a particularly challenging course with steep bike climbs and a constant incline on the run.
Adam qualified for the World Championship in February when he competed locally in the Ironman 70.3 race held in Geelong.
A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. Jazzmeia is a jazz vocalist from Dallas, Texas, who was encouraged onto the mic by her music family. Inspired by Sarah Vaughan at a young age, Jazzmeia went on to study jazz at the high school and tertiary level. Her prowess eventually won her the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition AND the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.
Ill let Jazzmeia tell you more herself:
A Social Call was produced by Chris Dunn and features the following musicians: Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and percussion, Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, and Frank Lacy on trombone.
Heres a live rendition of the albums opening track:
An impressive vocalis...
Its that time of year when the beaches along the Bellarine
Peninsula coastline become the creche for the rare and threatened
hooded plover as the breeding season commences.
These tiny, black, white and red birds nest along the surf beaches of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea from late August and, as the months get warmer, face some of their greatest dangers from beachgoers and dogs.
The hooded plover or hoodie spends its whole life on the beach and nearby wetlands and is one of Australias most threatened birds. Survival has become nearly impossible on beaches with Australias current human population, given the popularity of our beaches on the Bellarine in the warmer months.
An adult pair of hooded plovers will lay up to three eggs in a scrape in the sand and incubate them for four weeks until the eggs hatch. The chicks cant fly until they are five weeks old and must forage for their own food up and down the beach and along the waters edge, avoiding the beach-goers, dogs and other predators.
Chicks move along the beach to feed.
Research has shown that a simple formula of alerting beach users with signs and temporary fencing, putting out wooden teepees for chicks to hide in and requesting dogs be on a lead is enough to tip the balance and give these endangered birds a better chance of having their chicks survive.
Hooded plovers are a rarity along the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula, which makes protecting these little birds a very high priority, City of Greater Geelong acting director of city services Peter Godfrey said.
Dogs and cats are seen as predators of the species, just as foxes, ravens and other birds of prey are, and for this reason the City works closely with Birdlife Australia to put measures in place to protect the birds.
The hooded plover is protected under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
By Luke Voogt
A retired Ocean Grove bishop has accused a local MP of barring
him from grilling Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Australias
secretive Border Protection policy.
Former Anglican Bishop Peter Danaher joined about 50 people protesting outside an invitation-only community meeting at Highton Bowls Club on Monday.
They dont want us to be any part of the discussion, said Rev Danaher, who is president of the Victorian Council of Churches.
It was an absolute waste of time and an insult to people who have a view on a subject.
Rev Danaher contacted Corangamite MP Sarah Hendersons office when the Combined Refugee Action Group informed him on Friday about the meeting.
But Ms Hendersons office told him the meeting was at capacity.
I went to the venue regardless, in case there happened to be any spare seats.
Two police officers blocked the doors to the meeting but a fellow protestor saw plenty of spare seats prior to it commencing, Rev Danaher said.
He was on Ms Hendersons mailing list and was disappointed not to receive notice of the so-called community meeting, he said.
He had planned to question the minister on women and children living in appalling conditions on Manus Island and Nauru.
All the issues pale into insignificance when you look at the way people are treated, he said.
But Ms Henderson said the meeting was at capacity and that she worked very hard to represent her constituents views on asylum seekers.
It was simply not possible to accommodate everyone who wished to attend, she said.
I respect Rev Danahers right to protest and I would be pleased to assist him in any way I can.
Ms Henderson promoted the governments immigration policies, which included abolishing 457 visas and deporting non-citizens who commit serious crimes.
Our government has removed 2000 children from detention, closed 17 detention centres and is working hard to re-settle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who were put there by Labor.
Blue Ribbon Day is on Friday 27 September.
The day honours the ultimate sacrifice that police officers have made in the line of duty.
A total of 159 Victorian police officers have been killed while doing their jobs with 30 being murdered, which underlines the dangers faced by police on a daily basis.
Victoria Police invites all Victorians to pause on Friday to remember those members of our police force who have paid a price beyond measure for safety in our community.
To donate to the cause, go to www.remember.org.au/Donate
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions, where artists perform intimate shows in backyards and verandahs, has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland on Saturday 2nd December at The Range Hall, 45 minutes from Adelaide. Described as a Porch Session on steroids Porchland has been 
24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.
Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.
This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.
24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.
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The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:
The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.
Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off. Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.
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A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,
Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
By Mark Heenan
The curtain closed on Ocean Grove Football Netball Clubs 2017
season at the senior presentation night on Friday 15 September.
Up to 130 people attended including senior footballers, senior netballers, committee, coaching personnel, sponsors, supporters and family members, at the Shell Road sports pavilion.
Ocean Grove Football Club senior coach Paul Lynch implored the elite netball and football teams to work hard in the off-season and boost playing stocks in recruiting.
Earlier this month the Grubbers signed experienced key position player Justin Carey from GFL club St Albans for the 2018 season.
Ocean Groves premier division netball grade and senior football team made finals in 2017 but both sides suffered early exits with their BFL elimination final loss on 20 August.
I feel our window is really widely open and they talk on a premiership clock where our clock is and I reckon we are sitting at about 11 oclock, Lynch said in his speech.
I reckon our window is really open and that goes for netball as well.
I have been involved in a football club where we have won the A Grade netball and A Grade football premiership in one year and I honestly believe there is no reason why that cant happen next year.
Grubber gun on-baller James Linton was awarded with his second Damian Clark Medal.
In 2016 Linton won the coveted medal honour in his debut season with the Grubbers.
Damian Clark is an eight-time senior premiership player with Ocean Grove.
I am very honoured, Linton told the Voice.
Ocean Grove senior netball coach Elyse Howard won the premier division top award.
Five netball grades including under-19 netball side and four other senior teams in addition to reserves and senior football teams were presented with awards.
Michaela Giblin took out the under-19 netball honour, while Ali Gannon was named runner-up and Sarah Bastiaan collected the coaches award.
Club great Dennis White was named prestigious recipient of Frank Hose Award for his generous volunteer work in 2017.
Whites involvement has spanned more than 40 years with the Grubbers as a player, reserves coach, junior premiership coach and former committee member.
He was awarded with life-membership at the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club in 2015.
Local business The Driftwood Cafe organised catering on the night.
OCEAN GROVE FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB 2017 AWARD WINNERS
Under 19 Netball
Best-and-fairest Michaela Giblin
Runner-up Ali Gannon
Coaches award Sarah Bastiaan
Division 3 Netball
Best-and-fairest Kylie Collett
Runner-up Jessie Sutton
Coaches award Maddy Goodger
Division 2 Netball
Best-and-fairest Eliza Jane Clarke
Investigations are underway following a serious crash at Casino yesterday.
Police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Hickey and Johnston Streets about 10.25am(Wednesday 20 September 2017), following reports of a crash between a Holden Commodore and a truck.
The driver and front passenger in the Holden were trapped within the vehicle before being released.
A woman in her 80s driving the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.
The male passenger, also in his 80s, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital and then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The driver of the truck, a man in his 40s, was not injured and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Specialist crash investigators attended the scene and commenced inquiries into the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.
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By Caitlin McInnis
The marriage equality survey is now under way, and lots of Australians are showing their support for equal love. If you want to stay inspired on a daily basis, there are many things you can do, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, where well be making the YES case every day. But first, you should make sure that you are fully briefed on voting, so below youll find five things that you, your family and friends absolutely must know. Happy voting!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that all forms will be sent out by September 25. If you do not receive yours in the mail by Monday, you need to get in touch with them ASAP.
So youve lost your form or marked the wrong box. It happens. Dont beat yourself up. Luckily, its an easy fix. Just make sure you contact the ABS by 6pm October 18 and request another form. Details of how to do this havent been finalised by the ABS just yet but they have said not to contact them until September 25 if you do need a replacement. Make sure you follow the YES Campaign for updates.
It is great that people are exercising their democratic rights and getting excited about it by taking photos of their forms or even putting things like glitter in the envelopes. HOWEVER, make sure any photos you post of your form do not include your personalised barcode on the bottom right of the form. This is really important as it may be used by someone else to commit fraud. As for glitter, refrain from that too as due to processing machinery or possible contamination, [it] may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.
Snail mail is not what it used to be it can take up to 4 days to reach its destination these days. Because of this, the ABS says it is best you get your form i...
Barwon Heads Arts Council held a successful Meet the Authors
Clifton Springs resident Dian Fahey (author of 12 poetry collections, dianefaheypoet.com), Professor of Politics Judith Brett and six-time author Craig Sherbourne spoke to guests at Barwon Heads Golf Club on Sunday 10 September.
Each author spoke for around an hour and invited audience participation.
With the generous support of a $2000 Community Grant from the
City of Greater Geelong, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has
purchased 17 swim cans to assist in life saving training
The mission of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club was to keep the beach safe and educate its members and the public in safe beach behaviour, club president David Pavia said.
The swim cans are a vital tool in training life savers in ocean swimming and board rescues. We have trialled the cans over the winter months and found them also useful in training life savers on inshore rescue craft rescues.
IRBs account for the majority of ocean rescues in Victoria, and the marker buoys are a great way for drivers to hone their driving and rescue skills in a safe controlled manner.
The buoys will also be used during the Ocean Grove Open Water Swim to be held next year on Sunday 28 January.
Ford IT workers got their hands dirty giving Jirrahlinga Koala
and Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads a much-needed makeover last
Richard Crow was thrilled to get outdoors with the 15 or so workers mulching, weeding, painting and fixing fences at the sanctuary.
I love it, he said, pushing a wheelbarrow of mulch.
We get out in the community and give something back.
Jamie Strzelczyk and Ivona Bilic got up close and personal with the sanctuarys koalas, kangaroos and amusing emus after making the trip down the Princes Freeway.
Ive been here before with my kids so its really good to help out the sanctuary they need all the help they can get, Ivona said.
They help all the animals which are really cute.
Its awesome to connect with the community and get out of the office and do something different, Jamie said, as the pair cleaned an animal enclosure.
Senior keeper Xavier Robertson said projects like this were vital to the sanctuary, which received more than 5000 calls a year to attend sick, injured and orphaned animals.
It would take the better part of a week to get done what these guys get do in a few hours, the Belmont local said.
We always make an effort to get everyone up close and personal with the animals at the end of the day which is usually the highlight.
Karingal St Laurences BacLinks foundation facilitated the restoration project.
Projects such as this are a testament to the exceptional generosity of our local people and businesses, the foundations manager Joanne Forssman said.
By Justin Flynn
Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson is one of the two
recipients of the Queenscliff Music Festivals Emerging Artist
The popular singer/songwriter has been performing since her early teens and her latest accolade comes as no surprise.
It was a huge surprise and such amazing news to receive, she said.
I feel so honoured to have been given this opportunity, knowing how highly sought after this grant is and the fact that hundreds of others from the Barwon South West Region applied for it. Its a real privilege to have been selected from among all of those artists.
Andrea will release her second album this November and the grant will enable her to do a new recording next year.
The grant will be put towards a live recording which I hope to do in April/May 2018, she said.
My proposal for the recording was to include all local creatives from start to finish and on every level from venue, artists, sound engineer, photographers, publicists the works, so not only will I benefit from this project as an artist, but many others from the Bellarine and the Geelong region will be involved and recognised for their work also. Plus a live audience, who I imagine will mostly be locals, will get to be a part of this experience.
Andrea said the local music scene was thriving.
The local music scene is so important and I hope that it just continues to go from strength to strength, she said.
There are so many amazing musicians in our area, and we have some terrific venues supporting those artists. But we could always do with more. That would mean audiences being willing to get out and support not just the artists, but the venues as well though.
The wet and dull spring weather has continued.
Ive never seen so much water in places like Yarram Creek and Freshwater Lake. Its great for the birds and the mosquitoes that theres so much water, just not very pleasant for getting out and about with the camera.
Theres been so much to see despite the rain, I hardly know where to start.
I had one trip to Western Treatment Plant, but alas reached the destination without the gate key, which I had left at home in my jacket pocket. Duh. I drove to Kirk Point to see if there were any waders around, and I did see a few hundred red-necked stints. The highlight of my days was observing a magnificent spotted harrier flying over the canola fields on Point Wilson Road. I didnt manage a decent photo, but seeing a spotted harrier is always wonderful.
Speaking of migratory waders, I did spot a few sharp-tailed sandpipers at Western Treatment Plant, but Kevin saw a pair of these birds at Anglesea during the week and sent me his fabulous photo. Thanks so much Kevin.
I went to the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve with a group from the Clifton Springs Gardening Group, who are keen to learn more about the birds around this region. We just avoided some pretty torrential rain, but did manage a decent walk where we spotted 23 species, including a Horsfields bronze cuckoo and fan-tailed cuckoo. The next day I drove to my favorite spot in Curlewis, where I went cuckoo again, and saw a pallid cuckoo sitting in a bare tree. The days after that I popped into Hospital Swamp, Connewarre, and saw two Horsfields bronze-cuckoos and three pallid cuckoos.
The pallid cuckoo is a large, slender cuckoo, which is identified by its grey plumage, which is darker on the wings and back. It has a barred black and white undertail. The bill is brown, the legs and feet are grey-brown, and there is a bright yellow ring around the eye. Like other cuckoos, the pallid cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of honeyeaters, woodswallows, whistlers and flycatchers. Its no coincidence that the cuckoos were seen in areas where there are many other small species of birds, preparing for the spring breeding season. The female pallid cuckoo removes one of the smaller birds eggs from their nest, and replaces it with one of her own. Speaking of little birds, Ive also seen some beautiful little male superb fairy-wrens molting into breeding plumage, which certainly makes for some lovely photo opportunities, which will be even better when the sun finally shines
Ive seen a few other nests lately, including a red wattlebird, tawny frogmouth, magpie lark, and many black swan nests. The best swan nest I spotted was in Breamlea, where last years nest has been built up so much that it looked comfy enough to jump in for a sleep.
At the end of my street in Ocean Grove theres a family of Australian wood ducks with an even dozen ducklings. Ive watched the parent birds closely and...
Perched above the coastline of Ocean Grove, The Dunes cafe and
restaurant offers absolute beachfront dining from their location on
Surf Beach Road.
Glass frontage ensures the spacious dining area is bathed in natural light, providing panoramic views over the ocean for diners relaxing among colourful decor or celebrating a special occasion in The Dunes welcoming ambiance.
Enjoy an early morning coffee on a table outside enjoying the spring sunshine or book in for a dining experience with family and friends and choose from a menu of global flavours and popular favourites.
Start the day with freshly brewed coffee together with breakfast corn fritters or an eggs Benedict and then from the all-day menu for lunch, try the salt and pepper calamari, fresh Portarlington mussels or caramelised onion and goat cheese tart.
At dinner the choices just keep coming with seafood paella, Scotch fillet with polenta chips or a caramelised sweet potato brown rice salad.
Now is the best time of year to sample delicious food and drink and those exquisite views, open every day from 6.30am.
Get ready Ocean Grove, the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger
Grill is set for a massive October.
The chook shop will feature three highly acclaimed acts, making October the live music month of the year in the Grove.
First up is The Turner Brown Band on 7 October.
The band is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner and Ohio-based Sacred Steel vocalist and lap-slide guitar sensation Nikki D. Brown.
Joining Dom and Nikki and are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.
Cass Eager heads to the chook shop on 14 October.
Cass has a brand new beat and shes hitting the road with her band to send her new single Aint No Stopping Me off into the world.
Casss voice carries like the wind and slams you right in your gut where you want it to.
She could sing the phone book to you and you wouldnt get bored, says iconic Aussie rock star Diesel.
Back at the chicken shop by popular demand on 28 October is The Three Kings.
The Melbourne blues super group rocks a hard-hitting and greasy blues style and it will take you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history.
For tickets for all three gigs, go to www.pipinghotchickenshop.com.au/upcoming_gigs.html
Each September 300 women head to Sydney to judge the most sexist remarks made by public figures during the previous year in 2017 the Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks is celebrating its 25th year!
Winners are chosen by whichever nomination receives the loudest boos; and in tight contests, a boo-off is required to determine a winner. RTRFMs Georgia Keay spoke to Meredith Burgmann, founder of The Ernies, to find out the purpose behind the awards.
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA EVENT + FEATURE
Friday 6 October
Its out and were proud to announce that the documentary The Freedom to Marry has been selected as the Opening Night film at BBFF 2017.
The ultra-topical documentary traces the battle for equality by North Americas LGBTQI community, from the early days of Stonewall through to the Supreme Court decision just two years ago.
The Freedom to Marry ends with a celebration and so does Opening Night at BBFF, with catering by Byron Bays sublime Trattoria Basiloco and with fine wines and other beverages.
Read more about the film here.
Tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night Gala Party (and film).
Learn more at bbff.com.au
This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading
This has always been one of the more fascinating periods of Dylans career, when he started exploring gospel music and religious-leaning song subject matter. Due from Columbia and Legacy on November 3rd, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 focuses on Dylans so-called gospel years. The Deluxe Edition features nine discs 8
Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the
Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out 
Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it
seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria
They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.
Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.
Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?
Are there people you feel inseparable from?
Melbourne band HEMM are a bit like this, theyve been making music together for a while now, and their desire to explore the new is what glues them together.
Ahead of their Space Between Us EP launch Taylah caught up with Juice from the band.
Former Nationals candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Rod Bruem, resigned from the party yesterday after his allegations of a concerted homophobic campaign against him were rejected.
Mr Bruem, who is openly gay, said in a statement that a hastily convened meeting of the partys Ethics Committee refused to act over a series of damaging and defamatory questions levelled at him during last weekends Lismore preselection.
He was one of seven candidates to take part in an initial run-off for the seat of retiring MP Thomas George last Saturday, three of whom will go through to a so-called community preselection next month.
But he told Echonetdaily on Monday that he believed the preselection process had been corrupted from the start and that he had been subjected to an inordinate number of questions about his personal life.
Echonetdaily understands Mr Bruem received an email from the Nationals Deputy State Director Thomas Aubert yesterday stating the committee decided no questions breached the Partys rules protecting members from disorderly personal reflections.
Among the questions Mr Bruem faced were repeated assertions he had hidden criminal underworld links and that his gay male partner made him unsuitable to be a Nationals candidate.
Its disappointing the Nationals Ethics Committee has met and not even bothered to contact me to hear my side of what happened, he said.
Instead it has backed up the State Director Nathan Quigley who sat in the chairmans seat on Saturday and remained mute while I was subjected to a series of ridiculous and damaging character attacks dressed up as questions.
I cant believe a party which has so many honourable members allowed this to pass. The...
Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.
Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.
Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.
Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.
Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.
Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.
The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you....
Geelong Hospital deputy director of infectious disease, Associate Professor Daniel OBrien says there is no way to tell where it might appear next.
So far the condition has infected up to one hundred and fifty-nine cases which is up from fifty-eight in the same period in 2015.
One Nation Senator Faces Court Today over Citizenship Questions
Senator Malcolm Roberts will be questioned in the High Court sitting in Brisbane today over his former british dual-citizenship.
Destruction of high value forest and koala habitat have sparked a demonstration planned for this Thursday outside MP Geoff Provests office at 2pm. Residents raised the alarm when they discovered the illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum, with further concerns being raised about the large trucks operating on narrow winding roads that are a hazard to public safety, especially during school bus times.
The Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) will be delivering a letter to Members of Parliament Geoff Provest (Tweed) and Thomas George (Lismore) as part of Thursdays demonstration seeking urgent action to protect the wildlife corridor connecting our World Heritage biodiversity hotspots. They will urge the MPs to contact environment minister, Gabrielle Upton, asking her to stop the logging and unauthorised road building.
I see this as an early test for the NSW new laws governing land clearing which came into force last month, said Scott Sledge, president of NRG.
During the drafting process, the NSW government gave assurances that the provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act would mean stronger protection for our wildlife than the previous laws. Now we will see if the new laws will result in better outcomes for nature conservation as promised.
Dave Norris, community representative for the Tweed Shire Council, Koala Management Committee said, The environment minister has power to make a stop work order for 40 days if the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) are of the opinion that any action is being, or is about to be, carried out that is likely to result in harm to a threatened species.
Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.
In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.
Escape Artist Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown Orbit E
Escape Artist Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor Heat
Escape Artist Zenith
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.
Given that there is no need for the site to be sold off to developers in order to pay for the remediation of the wold Mullumbimby Hospital site, there is no need for this valuable community asset to be sold off to the highest bidder, Ms Smith said.
This is a site that has historically supported the community through both frontline medical and allied health services and community meeting spaces. It is perfectly appropriate that it remain so and I am confident from the Ministers response to me that he agrees that this would be the best outcome for the Byron shire community, she added.
The community as a whole deserves the opportunity to pitch ideas to Byron Shire Council and I know that Mayor Simon Richardson would be looking at models for the site that truly do serve the interests of the community.
The Health Minister gave an undertaking that he and Property NSW would look at opportunities for the site and that it would not be sold prior to looking at what the community is proposing.
I call on the NSW government to keep the old Byron Hospital site in public ownership and to let Byron Shire Council lease it at a peppercorn rate, rather than having to raise money to buy back what already belongs to the Byron community, Ms Smith said.
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A Kyogle man will stand trial in the District Court on 14 historic underage sex charges after police withdrew 36 charges against him.
Matthew Robert Frith appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing 56 historic underage sex charges multiple counts of including aggravated sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16.
Police allege the offences occurred at Kyogle between April 2010 and July 2011.
It is alleged on April 8, Mr Frith, who was then aged 26, had his first encounter with the girl, who cant be named for legal reasons, when she was 14.
Mr Frith was charged with four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, three counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and three counts of aggravated (as the girl was allegedly drunk) sexual intercourse.
Three more times in 2010, May 7, August 1 and October 3, the alleged encounters continued.
A further six counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16, two counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 and three counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, were laid over the alleged incidents.
In 2011 police allege Mr Frith met the girl seven times, twice in April, three times May and once in June and July respectively.
Mr Frith was charged with 21 counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, five counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, over the alleged encounters.
The 33 year-old was arrested on April 8 this year and taken to Casino police station where he was questioned and charged with 56 offences involving a girl aged 14 and 15.
Following his arrest Mr Frith was granted conditional bail by police who noted the offences were historical, Mr Frith had no contact with the victim and doesnt know where she lives, he was in a stable relationship and as he had lived at Kyogle since childhood he didnt pose a flight risk.
On Tuesday Mr Friths solicitor lodged an application to waive his right to a committal hearing in the Local Court on 14 charges relating to alleged incidents between April 2010 and July 2011.
He also lodged a section 166 certificate listing six backup charges to be con...
Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.
Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.
They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.
Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.
They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.
There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.
When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.
Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.
The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.
Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.
As for the official inquiry into....
Locals are being forced into exploitative rental exchanges and substandard housing by unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of the regions housing crisis, the head of the local tenants advice service says.
As new figures show that rental vacancy rates remain at record lows, the head of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service, Maralyn Schofield, says people are being forced to work on properties for next to nothing just to have a roof over their heads.
Youve got these big properties with dwellings that often arent approved and are often substandard, such as old vans or sheds, Ms Schofield says.
And tenants are expected to exchange labour at a significantly reduced rate for this substandard accommodation.
A local man, who wishes only to be known as Andrew, says a landlord asked him to do $1,000 worth of building work each week in exchange for accommodation in a tiny caravan and poor-quality food.
It was sweltering hot, not very private and there was no running water, Andrew says.
I was building an outdoor kitchen, putting awnings on all the windows. I hated it but I just felt like there was nowhere else to go.
Ms Schofield said the rents in the Byron Shire had become ridiculous.
Ive been working in housing and homelessness for 15 years and I have never seen it this bad we really are in dire straits, she says.
A growing number of longtime locals are being forced to leave the Shire because they can no longer afford to live here.
Among them is Shakona Rose, the founder of the popular Soulful Abodes for the Tribe Facebook page, who had been living in the Shire full time since 2006. She has now moved to Gympie, north of Brisbane....
Greens councillor Sarah Ndiaye will seek fellow councillors support at this Thursdays meeting to support a voluntary ban of single-use plastic bags and packaging in the Byron Shire during Plastic Free July 2018.
She says, Single-use plastic has become one of the biggest environmental problems we face and Im hoping my notice of motion (NoM) will get support, not just on the floor of Council, but in the wider community.
Unfortunately we dont have the power to ban plastic bags and takeaway containers at a council level, so it will take a concerted effort from residents, visitors and business to have a substantial impact.
She says a voluntary single-use plastic bag and packaging ban would involve Council creating a program to educate and assist local businesses and the community in reducing the use of disposable plastic items, hosting events to raise awareness and promoting alternative reduction or recyclable options.
We can also support the positive steps already taking place in the community, identify funding opportunities, provide better facilities for recycling and water stations and explore any legal options we have.
Councils Thursday meeting starts at 9am and is held at the Mullum chambers.
A man accused of stalking three women earlier this month in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square remains behind bars.
Shane Andrew Mitchell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison and was represented by Ms Fletcher solicitor.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
When he first appeared in court following his arrest, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Mitchell to undergo a mental health assessment at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit.
On Tuesday the court heard Mr Mitchell had not been admitted to hospital following the assessment.
Ms Fletcher did not apply for bail for Mr Mitchell, which was formally refused by Magistrate Heilpern.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until November 7 at Lismore Local Court.
Mr Mitchell is required to enter a plea to the charges at his next appearance.
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Australias big four banks have been allowing organised crime groups to launder up to $5 million a day, according to federal and state policing agencies. Money laundering occurs when funds obtained through illegal activities such as drug trafficking is channelled into seemingly legal assets and enterprises such as businesses, property, gambling and trust funds in
Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The fifth and final Queenscliff Music Festival artist announcement dropped this week and we couldnt be more excited for this years festival. Heading up the latest round of artists is the legendary and award winning Russell Morris, bringing his extensive back catalogue plus his latest Blues Trilogy numbers to 
Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.
Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.
Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.
I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.
A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.
Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.
In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.
This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.
But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.
Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.
I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.
Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...
Its gearing up for show time in Murwillumbah and this year the annual show will run for the 117th time.
Organised by the Tweed River Agricultural Society board members and volunteers, preparations for the event to be held on the first weekend in November are well underway.
Its now all systems go for Peita Gardiman who has just been appointed secretary Peita stepped up to fill this very important role at a late stage in the organisation of the annual show.
Ms Gardiman is pulling out all the stops to make this years Murwillumbah Show something to remember and is working hard to keep the show tradition alive in the years to come.
Its such a great day out for the whole family, she said. Its a fixture in everyones calendar. Its a wonderful feel and celebration of farming, the countryside and outdoor life. I think thats why people love it.
Peita says the show movement is one she is pleased to be involved with. I thank the people who invited me to become a part of the Murwillumbah Show. Being involved with a show with this much history gives you a feeling of achievement and satisfaction in creating something for someone elses enjoyment. I would recommend everyone to become involved in the Show.
Show society President Allan Campbell welcomed Ms Gardimans enthusiasm and says the show is looking at combining the traditional elements we all know and love with new exciting exhibits and headline entertainment. We want to keep people coming back time and time again for many more years to come.
After two successive years of financial losses the Agricultural Society has only sufficient funds for the coming 2017 show. To ensure the ongoing viability of the event the Society is introducing a gate fee this year to be sustainable and to p...
Seagulls Club played host to Councils Living for the Future Home Expo which included the announcement of the winners for the 2017 regional Sustainable House Day Build It Local design competition awards and view the design entries on display.
Organisers we very happy with the entries and several prizes were awarded in four categories, Professional, Community, Peoples Choice and a Young Designers prize.
This years winner of the $1000 Red Neds Professional Category with a Build it Local theme, which challenged designers to use local materials and labour, was Brisbane and Ballina based architects Aardvarc.
Aardvarc designer Leah Brown said the competition was an opportunity to take design a step further beyond standard practice, and into a realm of unknown possibilities.
This annual event opens an opportunity each year for us to think about how we live and what we really do need to live, minimising our footprint in the process. Designers having to think outside the box creates a pathway for sustainable change to follow.
Children, mum, dads and local governments follow with interest hoping for new ways to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
Aardvarcs winning design focused on upcycling the Murwillumbahs industrial materials to create a sustainable housing project. Inspired by abandoned sugarcane wagons from the disused Murwillumbah Rail, the house focuses on climatic adaptability with a proposal for a moving roof.
Judges Michael Leung, Zana Wright, Ben Grant and David C Harris all felt it was an awesome use of local/recycled materials, which give the design a real sense of place.
The Judges also have plenty of praise for second place winner Jaye Irvings Hemp House, which featured at the Open Homes Day on Sunday saying it was a wonderful design and great use of material.
The winner of the $500 Enova Community Category Daniel Stewart wasnt able to make it on the day but was thrilled to have won. The judges agreed that his design captured used a lot of crea...
The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.
Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.
Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival
The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.
A new $10 banknote has entered general circulation, following the release of the new $5 banknote last year. The Governor, Philip Lowe, said: The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting. I am pleased that from 
James Cook Uni's EBA was voted down by JCU employees two days ago, and not a word from the Bulletin (maybe it was news on TV?). This is a big deal as it will effect the wages of those employees and how much they can, or can't, spend in the local economy. Can anyone from JCU elaborate?
Can't edit the title(?) but should have said "One of Townsville's largest employers..." Not the largest. Thanks Xedlar.
PHILLIP Island Breakers have achieved the ultimate with all
teams earning a grand final berth in the Gippsland Soccer League
The Breakers teams will travel to Drouin next Sunday with the hope of bringing a few trophies back to the Island.
Im extremely proud to have all our teams qualifying for the 2017 grand finals. Our coaches and players have worked extremely hard all year and it is great to see them rewarded for their efforts, said Club President Geoff Russell.
Its a huge achievement to have one team make the grand finals, but to have all seven qualify is amazing and I believe its unprecedented.
2017 has been a very successful year for the Breakers with 5 teams finishing on top of the league ladder and winning the minor premiership.
The whole club is buzzing and we are looking forward to the grand finals next week.
Senior Womens Coach Gary Thomas was equally pleased.
It has been a fantastic year for the Womens team, with the team only narrowly missing out on winning the League Championship by goal difference, said Gary.
The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.
PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.
The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.
Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.
The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it
The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.
The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.
The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...
Next on the growing list of crew takeovers for Earthcore in the Park 2017 NSW say hello to Charades!
Originally starting as a house & techno event in Sydney, this brand has seen its scope grow wider and wider; hosting acts from Jeff Mills, RDHD, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May to Malaa, LTJ Bukem DJ, Kode9 and Goldie to name just a few.. Charades embraces new music and multiple styles without genre boundaries, whilst still keeping a firm nod to the essence of underground clubbing at its best.
Expect nothing but a solid local line up to take care of your house & techno fix in the Techno Bunker of earthcore in the Park NSW this November!
The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.
These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.
The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.
Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...
We have been discussing the importance of niacin with Dr. Andrew Saul. So far we have discussed niacins role in overcoming schizophrenia, arthritis, high blood cholesterol, as well as learning and behavior disorders. Now lets look at skin cancer and birth defect news and a general overview of Dr. Abram Hoffers research.
Dr. Andrew W. Saul has been an orthomolecular medical writer and lecturer for 41 years. Dr. Saul has taught clinical nutrition at New York Chiropractic College and postgraduate continuing education programs. He was also on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years. Two of those years were spent teaching for the university in both womens and mens penitentiaries.
Dr. Saul is editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. His bestselling book Doctor Yourself has been translated into eight languages. He has written a dozen other books, four of them as coauthor with Abram Hoffer, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Sauls educational website is www.DoctorYourself.com, the largest peer-reviewed, non-commercial natural healing resource on the Internet. He is a board member of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. Saul was inducted into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in 2013. He is featured in the documentaries FoodMatters and That Vitamin Movie.
New health benefits of niacin continue to be discovered. As we go to press, an Australian dermatologist, Dr. Gary Halliday, and his team have published a review in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine calling for clinical trials of niacinamide to prevent melanoma (1). Dr. Halliday, professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney, and his team see niacinamide (vitamin B3) as a low-cost way of preventing melanoma skin cancer. They point out that nicotinamide enhances DNA repair and reduces inflammation caused by ultraviolet radiation. The researchers point to the results from the clinical trial, which reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk individuals, and said it would be worthwhile to determine whether it would also be useful for high-risk melanoma patients.
Passwater: Dr. Saul, we have seen reports before this study about niacins protective effect against non-melanoma skin cancer. What is the most likely mechanism involved?
Saul: Niacin (or niacinamide, also called
nicotinamide) reduces two key pathways to carcinogenesis: DNA
damage and UV-induced
Passwater: Figure 1 graphically depicts this from the excellent article in Melanoma Letters (2) by Drs. Diona Damian, Andrew Martin and Gary Halliday, who are Australian researchers. By the way, this is an excellent article for researchers as...
Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.
Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the
same sex marriage postal
plebiscite vote survey is
causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to
This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)
Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)
And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?
Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.
Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.
No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.
This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same....
Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and 
Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.
Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.
ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.
It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.
The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.
AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.
The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.
The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.
I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.
Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.
IMAGES AND INDEPENDENT WATER TESTING REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.
Image Courtesy of Alex The Astronaut Indie-folk singer-songwriter and current triple j darling Alex The Astronaut is everywhere at the moment, and with a new single, an EP on the way and a tour in the works her star is only set to continue rising. The new single is the queer positive Not Worth Hiding 
Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 25th September, 2017
By Mark Heenan
Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan speaks to 2017 Ocean Grove Football Club senior best-and-fairest winner and Damian Clark medallist James Linton at the senior presentation night.
In his second season at Ocean Grove, Linton won back-to-back Damian Clark medals after last years individual triumph. He finished second in the BFL Les Ash Medal at the league best-and-fairest awards. The Colac raised Linton, 26, works as a naturopath in Ocean Grove. He spoke openly about his medal honour, club highlights for the season, thoughts on his suspension after the BFL elimination final loss to Modewarre and his association with the Ocean Grove township.
Mark Heenan: How have you enjoyed fitting into the town of Ocean
Grove after two seasons with the Grubbers?
James Linton: I love it down here, football is a big part of the community. If you can be part of a football club I think you kind of work your way into the community a lot easier. Working here and living here was big change for me because it is something different to have done my whole life. I grew up playing in Colac but I moved to Geelong and moved to Brisbane and I was always travelling back to play for Colac. But now living in the one place and playing football in the one town you feel part of the community. The club has really looked after me and I pretty thankful for Ocean Grove.
MH: What does it mean to win the Damian Clark Medal for the
JL: I am speechless to win it for a second time. I am pretty honoured but I dont play football to win these awards and to win this award is a benefit. I would happily hand it in for a flag for sure and thats one thing we are working towards.
MH: The three-week suspension handed to you for rough conduct on
Modewarres Tom Worpel during the BFL elimination final loss was it
instinctive? Or did you feel you needed to show physical intent
given the Grubbers were down at the time of incident?
JL: We were four goals down and every team would need it and I guess being part of the leadership group people look up to you to do something. My intention wasnt to do exactly what happened, but you do try and lift a team in a certain way by kicking a goal or having a holding the ball tackle. The leadership group expect you to do it.
MH: What has been the team highlight for the 2017 season?
JL: We didnt win Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads. Winning that Ammos (Geelong Amateur) after not beating them for five seasons in round nine at home was a sense of achievement because you understand the background of where rivalries are at. That was instrumental for us and the team had a hot patch for month and a half. It was a really good vibe around the club, you do appreciate those games and that was a big one. That was probably highlight for the year....
Ocean Grove Primary School held its annual fun run at Ocean
Cool conditions greeted the students, but teacher Nikita Stanley soon had them warmed up with some energetic warm-up dances.
The students had fun running around the park and then got to enjoy a sausage sizzle afterwards.
All students from Foundation to Grade 6 participated in the outing.
Ocean Grove Primary School sent a team to the Geelong Middle
School Chess Tournament with stunning results.
They competed against players up to Year 12. The team representatives included Gabe Lunz, Fletcher Anderson, Finn Corby and Mietta Corby. The team finished first in the Middle School Division.
All players had some challenging games. Finn won a terrific six out of seven games to take an individual third place behind Geelong Grammar Year 10 and 11 students.
Last month the school sent a team to the Geelong Primary Interschool Tournament. The additional team representatives included Zach, Harrison, Sunny, Henry and Gus.
The Ocean Grove team finished in second place out of the competing six schools and will now progress to the state semi-finals.
Gabe Lunz won an outstanding six out of six games to win the junior individual trophy. Sunny in his first competition won an impressive three games.
Chess Club at school is every Monday lunchtime. New members are always welcome.
Excellent chess coaching is also available after school at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays at 4pm.
are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.
On Arts Wednesday 20 September 2017, Sylvias guest was 90-year-old Joy Jobbins, talking about her recently published book, Life at the Palace, which is Volume 2 of her memoirs. Listen to the conversation below:
That was Part 1 of the Conversation and now for Part 2:
And now for the final part:
PARENTS, teachers and visitors will welcome the first spaces in any gallery in regional Australia to be dedicated to meeting the specific creative needs of children.
These spaces will be provided in the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and will include both indoor and outdoor places purpose-designed to encourage even the youngest visitors to explore and become more aware of their immediate surrounds.
They will be stimulated to touch, see, hear and feel to satisfy their curiosity and natural desire for learning in opportunities impossible to provide in the current SAM building.
The childrens gallery and outdoor space will encourage curiosity and learning through the sensory, emotional and intellectual stimulation of the children. Experiences will include a dedicated Childrens Gallery and Art Play space curated by artists alongside the temporary exhibition gallery. There will also be an outdoor clay playground to allow visitors to explore the materials used in the making of ceramics, inspiring interest and introducing children through play to SAMs unique collection of ceramics.
The vision for these art spaces includes experiences for school groups. Working with educational partners, the new SAM will deliver services to cater for curriculum needs from pre-school to tertiary programs.
As Kidstown has drawn tourists to Greater Shepparton, it is expected that this unique Childrens Gallery will draw visitors from across the nation. Taking account of the varied and specific needs and abilities of children, the arts precinct by the lake will be a welcome resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, students and tourists alike.
THE FINAL nominees for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have been named, and now each of the 100 nominees from this years awards are eagerly awaiting the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, to discover who will be crowned the winners of each category.
This week, Trevor Phillips Photographics received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Professional Services category, Shop 221 received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, The Carrington received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, GV Ls 2 Ps received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, MBCM Shepparton received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Furphy Foundry apprentice fabricator engineer, Adam Menzie received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and All Farm Gates received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.
All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.
THE Andrews Labor Government has announced an additional $4M in community biodiversity grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said local community initiatives, such as the Breathing Life into the Bushland and the renewal of threatened plant conservation projects along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system, will receive part of the $4M in funding to help protect, improve and expand habitats for Victorias native plants and animals.
Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will receive a $29,092 community biodiversity grant to help them conserve and improve the significant urban bushlands of the Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton.
Goulburn Valley Environment Group will receive $44,945 in community biodiversity grant to enable themto re-assess the status of habitats and species populations along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system and other reserves in the eastern Northern Plains.
Mr Gepp said, Many people within our rural communities are already hard at work helping protect and preserve local native flora and fauna.
In the last year many dedicated local community groups inNorthern Victoriahelped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species.
The Government is committed to biodiversity and encourages Victorians to learn more and participate in their local community, Mr Gepp said.
Community Biodiversity Grants of up $50,000 each have been allocated to 110 projects across Victoria.
THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 1:30pm at the Welsford Street centre. Guest artist is Johnny Doyle. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For enquiries or bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.
THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 30 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jan Dohertys Splinters Live Band. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.
SENIORS WEEK BUS TRIP is run by Murchison Neighbourhood House and will be going to Cactus Country Strathmerton on Wednesday, October 18. Cost is $35 and covers morning tea, entry, lunch and afternoon tea. Leaves Murchison at 9am with pick up in Mooroopna and Shepparton available (please ask when booking). Seats are limited and bookings are required by phoning 5826 2373 between 9:30am and 2:30pm weekdays.
THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.
DO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE ASTHMA? Come along to a free community education session at North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre (training delivered by The Asthma Foundation Victoria). Here you will find out more about Thunderstorm Asthma, who is at risk, how to perform Asthma First Aid and the link between Asthma and hay fever. Phone (03) 5821 5770 to reserve your spot.
BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.
MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets wee...
TIME FOR SPORTS TO SHARE THE SPOILS
One of the success stories of the Greater Shepparton City Council over the past decade has been its impressive roll out of major sporting events. This has been well delivered by the current council events team who have built upon the exceptional legacies of former managers who had the vision and insight to plan and develop facilities that can host major events.
Despite this success and the many millions of dollars generated each year for our economy, it is time that local sporting bodies that make these events possible receive greater financial support from the council. Despite the many thousands of hours these organisations contribute to these major events, financial returns are minimal. Burn out of volunteers with little reward for efforts is not a sustainable path.
Councillors have a unique opportunity to build upon the benefits of developing infrastructure for major sporting events, by establishing a funding program to create 3-5 year strategic partnerships with sporting organisations that can attract events and visitors to Greater Shepparton and deliver economic benefits to our community.
This funding program would recognise the need to ensure that sporting organisations have the staff and resources to remain sustainable and can more effectively contribute to the social and economic well being of our region. The regions major events calendar will grow with the type of support.
Maybe some of the few million dollars a year the council spends on publicity and propaganda promoting its achievements (also known as delivering services) could be diverted to a more positive use and fund a Sports Strategic Partnership Program. Lets say $300,000 for starters in 2018.
JUDGE AND EXPOSE FALSE TEACHERS
I take exception to the push of gay marriage with liberal supporters like Frank Purcell (recently in the media), because he is the fruit of a secular world and where does he get his figures from?
It is only natural that there will be people with different views but what do they base them on? Frank is not setting a moral example for people to follow because he is luke warm and Jesus had a bit to say about that
(Rev 3:15, 16).
As a fundamentalist I base my beliefs on what the bible teaches because it is a truth far beyond the wisdom of man. If we call ourselves Christian we bear the name of Christ and in doing so we have to believe what He teaches and gay marriage is not a part of it....
FOUR schools across the Shepparton region could unite under the Andrews Labor Governments plan for improving education across as part of a new Shepparton Education Plan.
The plan will look at learning opportunities from birth to post-secondary, however many of the initial findings relate to the structure and operation of the regions secondary schools.
The latest phase of consultation will consider proposed scenarios of how Sheppartons secondary education could look into the future. The options already developed through the first phase of consultation with the community include the regions four schools remain operating as is, the four schools remain with minor improvements, one secondary school on one main campus with an additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development and one secondary school on two campuses, additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development.
As part of the transformational change, suggestions for a number of options for new facilities are to be considered, including a new secondary school, a new tech school, a Mooroopna precinct redevelopment and a new integrated childrens centre.
Further options for consideration will be enhancing teacher capabilities, upgrading school facilities and establishing new approaches to teaching and learning that put students first.
Feedback from the second consultation phase will be used to guide the continued development of the Shepparton Education Plan, with a final recommendation due to government early next year. The Shepparton Education Plan will be delivered over three stages this first stage focusing on the towns secondary schools.
Minister for Education, James Merlino said, We want to genuinely look at all options and to have an open conversation with the community about opportunities and benefits as well as challenges and constraints.
The community has spoken, it wants to see change so the young people of Shepparton and Mooroopna have better access to a high quality education and we are listening.
THE lives and future direction of hundreds of children across Greater Shepparton are already on the path to improvement thanks to a unique psychotherapy through play program being run at schools, and this is only the beginning for the revolutionary program.
The Interventional Therapeutic Play program, which aims to curb the negative future outcomes for those that have acquired neurological impairments stemming from early childhood environmental trauma, has seen accredited therapeutic play specialists hired from the beginning of the year to work with schools and parents to identify at risk children, and work with them to improve their educational and relationship outcomes, eventually leading the child to go on and be positively and actively involved in the community.
Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh said, The statistics that we are gathering are already showing that there is a real problem and we have let this issue get out of control.
The number of children who have experienced environmental trauma that has had an impact on their growth has increased by 10 fold in the last 20 years.
Programs like this can make a huge difference to the lives of children.
They give us an opportunity to intervene and change the trajectory that the childrens lives may take.
Studies suggest that most adult family violence behaviour comes from early childhood, so early intervention is important.
In 2011, there were in excess of 200 children from schools in the Shepparton district who were on a waiting list for developmental or behavioural paediatric assessment, with approximately 50 percent of these children attending the Shepparton Neighbourhood Schools, which is a collaborative effort of five schools across the Shepparton region who service some of the most disadvantaged communities/children in the Shepparton re...
THIS Friday will see a series of celebrations taking place in recognition of the hard work that has brought the vision for the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct to a reality.
The sports precinct is a unique facility that is rarely found in a regional area, a facility that will reinforce Greater Shepparton as regional Australias sporting capital.
Work commenced on the precinct back in early 2015 starting with the construction of the synthetic hockey pitch evolving into a $21M state-of-the-art sporting venue.
The sports precinct will provide a significant boost to the local economy and will ensure that Greater Shepparton remains a leader in the hosting of major sporting events. The sporting precinct is anticipated to create visitation of approximately 265,000 participants, officials and spectators over 10 years for national and state-wide events alone, approximately 132,500 of whom will be from outside the region.
Visitor spending to the region will approximately be to the value of $82M over 10 years or $8.2M per year. The precinct will support approximately 105 full time jobs on an ongoing basis in visitor-related sectors such as accommodation, retail, cafes and restaurants.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This is undeniably a world class facility that we in Greater Shepparton should be immensely proud of.
We can see that the years of hard work have paid off, with a facility that can be utilised and enjoyed by our community, while having the potential to attract and host national and international events. Its the perfect blend.
Goulburn Valley Hockey Association president, Ian Ritchie said, Having access to two fields has now given the Association a great deal of flexibility in hosting more matches in Shepparton, particularly when accommodating competing teams from Euroa, Benalla, Echuca and Bendigo.
The redevelopment of the hockey fields, together with the soccer, netball and athletics tracks is certainly making the precinct very attractive to other user groups, particularly schools, as the precinct now is a one-stop shop for a wide range of sports activities.
Shepparton South Soccer Club president, Gino Cirillo said, We have found the new precinct to be a huge improvement, and were fortunate that we can play on fields of such quality.
The beauty of the precinct is that it will entice young kids to play soccer and their families to come along to watch. Were also hoping to see many national and international competitions come to Shepparton to use these great the facilities, Mr Cirillo said.
Shepparton Netball Association president, Diane Orr said, The new Shepparton Sports Precinct has given our community a first class sporting facility wh...
MBCM co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook are thrilled to have won two awards at the recent MBCM Strata Specialists Franchise Awards the Community Spirit award for their work with the MBCM Northern Country Womens League this season and the award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing for 2017.
Amelia said, Were really proud of the work that we do and we really want to help people understand how body corporates work. For anyone who already owns or is thinking of buying a unit in a body corporate, we are launching our strata community advisory sessions on Tuesday October 3 at 6pm with a free, no obligation information night, open to anyone with any interest in body corporates or owners corporations, such as developers, owners, investors and agents.
There will be a short presentation on the basics of Owners Corporations and then an open Q&A session for anyone to raise any queries they may have in relation to units, body corporates, rules and regulations, rights and responsibilities etc. Refreshments will be served.
MBCM Strata Specialists have moved to a new purpose designed office at 98A Wyndham Street in Shepparton. Check out MBCMs new offices at the free owner information session on Tuesday October 3: To register your interest, call Emma or Amelia on03 5831 2913 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEPHEN Schneider owner of Stephens Jewellers is very proud to bring his vision of sleek modern store design and functionality to Shepparton Marketplace.
Stephen said, Weve come a long way since the beginning of our journey as Shepparton Showcase Jewellers in Fryers Street, Shepparton, back in 1994. The new Shepparton Marketplace store is a design three years in the making and draws on design elements gathered in more than 20 years of research of the jewellery industry within Australia and internationality.
We have once again partnered with several local professional trades to deliver the end result and wed like to thank prominent local businesses Kitchenwise, Moretto Building, Midland Electrical, Mooroopna Glass, Signs and Lines and Shepparton Carpet court for their commitment to this project. We are all very proud of the end result and to be nominated in the 2017 Shepparton Chamber of Commerce retail Business awards is a nice acknowledgement.
For Lisa, Annie and the Stephens Jewellers Marketplace customer service team, the sleek store delivers some amazing new jewellery collections and shopping experiences to their consumers. Such as the latest Shop in Shop experience from PANDORA Jewellery the worlds most popular jewellery collection. Stephen has also introduced a new collection of unique Australian Argyle Diamond set jewellery into the new store.
Stephens Jewellers Marketplace sales team leader, Lisa said, We have also been conscious of maintaining the quality jewellery and watch brands our Shepparton Marketplace customers have enjoyed over the past 18 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality gift giving opportunity across all price points.
Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace is open 7 days a week and most public holidays for added shopping convenience.
Formalising management for one of the three holiday parks in Brunswick Heads will be up for discussion at this Thursdays Council meeting.
While NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) operate all three Brunswick Heads holiday parks and 35 across NSW councillors are required to give their consent to the plans.
Staff have recommended in the agenda that councillors place conditions on the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads as a way of going forward for the state-run NSWCHPT to lodge an approval to operate with Council for the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park.
The current Terrace Reserve Holiday Park map presented within Councils extra agenda suggests 7m foreshore setbacks to the operational boundary.
The plan also proposes reducing the 98 powered/unpowered camping sites to 66 but increasing southern camping from 29 to 38 sites.
Increasing cabins from 10 to 22 is also proposed, along with maintaining the level of permanent residents at 27.
Staff suggest that the contentious southern Cypress Pine precinct, known to have been planted as a memorial to locals who fought in WWI, should be restricted to short-term camping sites with no permanent residents or cabins to be relocated to the area.
Camping practices in Southern Cypress Pine Precinct will observe and protect structural root zones of the Cypress Pines.
Staff also suggest that remaining permanent residents will be relocated to the north western precinct.
The NSW planning department have deferred Byrons holiday-letting strategy until the government releases its own options paper on the issue.
According to a letter sent to Councils general manager (GM) Ken Gainger by the department on May 16 this year, that paper is to be released in the near future.
Councils push for action comes from the absence of a statewide strategy to address holiday letting; a proposal by Council for its own short-term rental accommodation (STRA) policy was tabled in 2014.
Planning Services executive director (regions) Stephen Murray said in the letter which is contained within the upcoming September 21 Council agenda that the-yet-to-be-released paper follows a parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday-letting strategy.
Mr Murray said that while the issue is important for Council and the Byron community it is equally important across many other parts of NSW and therefore any regulatory provisions must be carefully considered and consistent across the state.
At this Thursdays Council meeting, Greens Cr Michael Lyon will call on fellow councillors to not proceed to enable Council time to reconsider and resubmit a more detailed and well-thought-through planning proposal following the outcome of the state governments consideration of the Short Term Holiday Letting in NSW options paper.
He writes in the agenda, As our experience thus far in attempting to regulate STRA through our planning instrument shows, this is a landscape that is constantly shifting. With the NSW governments release of their options paper and therefore imminent decision on a potentially statewide approach to regulating STRA, it does not make sense to continue with our planning proposal in its current form when we do not know how it may interact with the NSW governments finalised approach.
It is noted that an option to continue with the current situation, that is with the power for individual councils to choose how to best regulate STRA in their local government areas, including the ability to amend their own LEPs as they see fit with the support of the minister for planning, is absent from the options paper....
Thirty-one years have passed since Nicholas Shand dreamed up this newspaper and collected a band of similar dreamers to help him make it real.
In those 31 years The Echo has grown, like a magic beanstalk, far taller than we ever imagined, and it is now one of the primary institutions of Byron Shire.
Being an institution is a bit of a challenge for a paper that has always adopted a larrikin tone, opposes authority and the status quo, and stands firmly left of centre. But The Echo is more than just a radical voice to counter the arrogance of wealth and power; it is a long-lived experiment in community building, and lately an example of how to disprove predictions of the death of newspapers.
Indeed, more like a giant figtree than a beanstalk, it is rooted in the essence of what makes Byron Shire different from anywhere else, and it both encapsulates and reflects that essence. Nowadays many kinds of vegetation grow among these roots, other publications which you can choose to read and which advertisers can choose to support. Some may be ephemeral weeds that will perish at the slightest change of weather, but some may have the potential to grow and affect the Shire in their turn as The Echo has done.
Given that newcomers are constantly arriving and discovering the local media jungle, a little history might serve to separate the weeds from the natives.
This will be an occasional series, written from the perspective of the newspapers longest-serving drudge, David Lovejoy.
Maxwell William Sward 10/01/1940 -17/09/2017 Dearly beloved husband of Grace, father of Corinna, Craig, Lilea and Petina. Adored Grandad of James, Abbey, Mitchell, Jordan, Tomika, Petar, Ewan, Matilda and Thomas 
Its not easy being a world champion. It pretty much means putting everything else in your life on hold until that goal is achieved. There are always a lot of sacrifices along the way, a lot of things you could have done, but didnt, in the pursuit of one goal.
Thats why there arent many of them. You could probably count the world champions living in the Byron Shire on one hand. Maybe even one finger.
A Byron Shire lass for over 20 years and now based in Bruns, Pauline Menczer has won 28 major surfing tournaments she has three Bells bells, has won Hawaii three times, as well as wins in Brazil, France, Japan and Portugal, to name a few.
She also has three world titles World Amateur 1988, World Pro in 1993 and World Qualifying Series in 2002. You could safely say Paulines a pretty good surfer....
In this year alone, there have been 190 incidents of aggression towards doctors and nurses, 102 of which were physical.
The assaults range from spitting, right through to punches and biting; weapons have also been confiscated by security in Mackay and Proserpine hospitals.
The body cameras are to help in reporting incidents, and also passively reduce violence, and some are wary of what they do when they see the cameras, which are similar to those used by the Queensland Police Force.
New Deputy Mayor for Ipswich
This is good news for these refugees who have been illegally held on Manus for four years, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, But uncertainty hangs over the future of the people on Manus. Even if the US deal is met in full, there are not enough places for all those who need protection. The government should immediately halt its moves to forcibly close the Manus detention centre until there is a safe solution for everyone on Manus Island.
The forced closue and forced transfers are pushing people into unsafe conditions in Port Moresby and East Lorengau, when there are no plans for ensuring they have a secure future.
The first appointments for Nauru refugees to receive US resettlement answers are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 21 September.
Above is a photo of Manus refugees checking the detention noticeboard yesterday.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook a joint inspection yesterday of the south eastern area of a logging operation near Limpinwood. The operation, that is part of a private native forestry agreement, has recently come under fire for unauthorised logging and roading.
An EPA spokesperson said: The EPA identified some issues which will need to be further investigated. The landowner has agreed to cease logging on the property for the short term while matters are further looked into.
A report to the Tweed Shire Council meeting this Thursday will recommend that Council engage solicitors to provide preferred options for prosecution and to pursue a stop work court order, said Tweed Shire mayor, Katie Milne.
I will be asking that the State Government urgently revoke this logging licence due to the serious and repeated offences in this highly sensitive area.
The area where logging and roading has taken place is in a key regional wildlife corridor between two World Heritage Areas Wollumbin, Mt Warning and The Border Ranges. Around a kilometre of clearing for significant roadworks and logging has been undertaken in this protected area.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service website describes World Heritage Areas as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time.
As well as concerns for threatened species and World Heritage values, there are major concerns for the potential of extensive sediment loads entering waterways, and the safety and stability of the works due to the po...
Dredging of the Ballina boat harbour was carried out prior to Christmas 2016 to ensure better boat access to Fishery Creek. The bagged sediment was dried and has now been removed
Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin says the original dredging work involved the removal of more than 26,500 cubic metres of sediment 17,670 from Ballina Boat Harbour and 8,850 cubic metres from Fishery Creek.
The sediment removed was dried on-site in large bags and have now been disposed, said Mr Franklin. The site has been levelled, rehabilitated and sprayed with a mixture of grass seeds to restore the area.
The dredging and sediment removal work was funded under the NSW Governments Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast.
This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining safe navigation for our commercial and recreational boaters operating out of the harbour.
Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single Oxide. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths. The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Bjrk late last year. Late last year Bjrk released 
Interesting situation, given the number of books that have been written about second and third order intellectual figures, how come none about Carl Menger, one of the leaders of the marginal revolution and founder of the Austrian school of economics?
There is a monumental volume about Ludwig von Mises, his most influential follower and an equally wordy story about half the life of Karl Popper, another Austrian who spent a deal of time in New Zealand.
When von Mises was born the Austro-Hungarian empire encompassed Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, as well as parts of present-day Poland, Romania, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro. After World War I the empire was dismembered in the name of national self-determinism, and so the Balkans were balkanised, laying the foundations for further conflagrations up to the present day. The glory of the empire at its height can be seen from the number and size of the public buildings, monuments and museums in Old Vienna today.
Writers, scholars, administrators, entrepreneurs and revolutionaries moved backwards and forwards between the major centres of the empire. They created a rich tradition of culture and learning that was multicultural in a way that is scarcely comprehensible to Anglo-Saxons. With at least ten languages in the empire, they fed on the thoughts of Russians, Poles and Germans with the same facility that they absorbed ideas from England and France, thought their accents betrayed them when they fled to safety in the west during the 1930s.
Some of the most important threads of modern thought passed through Vienna, not necessarily through the university but also through the coffee shops and private seminars. The best known were the circles of Schoenberg (progressive music) and the Vienna Circle of logical positivists. Others included a Freud group and seminars convened by Ludwig von Mises, Karl Menger (son of the great economist) and Richard Mises (brother of Ludwig).
Karl Popper almost came to the University of Sydney in 1945. John Anderson invited him to join the staff in Philosophy but Popper delayed his decision in the hope of an offer from the London School of Economics. When that offer came Professor Anderson was spared the confrontation with a colleague as assertive and argumentative as himself.
Popper died in 1994 at the age of 92 and this is the first comprehensive book to appear on his life and work, although he detailed account stopped halfway through Poppers life....
The document appears to detail how a St Petersburg based technology company, Peter-Service, assisted state entities to gather data from mobile users as part of a national system of online surveillance, by the System for Operative Investigative Activities.
The release of Spy files Russia is seen by Edward Snowden as a Plot twist, as the organisation has previously been reluctant to publish documents negatively affecting, or embarrassing the Russian state.
Brisbane International Airport Booked for Expansion
Staying safe in the water as the weather heats up and the school holidays start is important to keep at the top of your mind. Rivers as well as the ocean can have strong currents and snags that are dangers to swimmers though rivers generally have less sharks.
From September 23 a helicopter and drones will be taking to the skies on the NSW north and mid north coasts, as aerial surveillance and further drone trials get underway in time for school holidays. It will also see the launch of the new patrol season for NSW surf life saving who will be back on the beaches every weekend and public holiday through to April 25, 2018.
Spring and school holidays are here, and now that the weather is a little warmer we expect locals and holiday makers to flock to this States beautiful beaches these school holidays, said NSW Department of Primary Industries, Sarah Fairfull.
Helicopters will fly daily, weather permitting, from Point Danger (Tweed Heads) to South Ballina, Wooli to Sawtell, Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie and Crowdy Head to Birubi during the school holidays.
Sharks are a natural part of our environment, however a better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce their risk of a shark encounter these school holidays, continued Ms Fairfull.
Drones fitted with a siren to alert swimmers and surfers if a shark is spotted nearby, will be flying every half hour each morning of the holidays at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach Ballina and Evans Head. Check out drone vision here.
A network of 21 VR4G listening stations, which provide real time shark alerts to beachgoers when a tagged shark swims within 500m. Aerial surveillance sightings and tagged shark information is automatically sent out via the Sharksmart App and on @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter.
The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!
On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.
Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities
Out in force collecting for their annual charity year 12 students from Mullumbimby High School have hit the streets with flare this morning now that classes are at an end.
They have chosen the Brunswick Rescue Squad as their charity this year.
The tradition has been going for as long as many locals can remember and each Wednesday after their classes have finished forever the students hit the streets collecting for their nominated charity.
Tomorrow will see them more formal attire as they have their presentations a the High School before they knuckle down for their last few weeks of study before the HSC exams begin in earnest on October 16.
Good luck to everyone as they head into the home stretch of the future of their lives.
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Phil Cantillon, the Baw Baw Shire's community assets director of five years, has resigned to take a position at Frankston City.
Chrysanthemoides monilifera or as its know to its friends, Bitou Bush, is native to South Africa, but the subspecies rotundata has manage naturalise itself along our coast and its not really welcome.
In an effort to eliminate Bitou, Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers plan to host a day of Bitou Bush weeding with Shearwater primary students on Friday.
The event, coordinated by class 5 teacher Julie Marx, is part of the school celebration of the Spring Equinox.
The growing awareness of the devastation to our coasts by our desire to live and holiday by the sea was brought into the schools consciousness during Professional Development earlier this year, says Marx. This developed into a theme for our winter festival and now, with the spring equinox we would like the opportunity to bring the children to the dunes with a clearer picture of how we can support our precious coastline.
This also completes the head, heart and hands cycle, giving the individual a deeper understanding and relationship with this aspect of their past, present and future.
The group of up to 130 students and teachers will gather at Torakina Beach and walk down to the chemical free dune care site south of the Brunswick Surf Club.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare project co-ordinator Nadia de Souza Pietramale says they are now working on the far south boundary of the site, where it joins Tyagarah Nature Reserve. There is less than one acre of Bitou Bush primary work to be completed, she says. There were more than 12 acres when we started.
Although it is a bit of a walk, it is amazing how much the volunteers have achieved in the last seven years and the high standard of the work.
The shape of the frontal dune has changed and Coastal Spinifex now catches the sand after storms where once the Bitou Bush formed higher dunes which were often eroded badly by storm waves.
Nadia says that s...
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian inmate population is continuing its steep incline. In June this year, the number of adult inmates detained in the nations correctional facilities rose to 41,204, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. This marks a 7 percent increase over the previous 12 months. The rise is despite
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With the conscientious objector option now scrapped for parents who refuse to immunise their preschool-aged children, how will it affect the northern rivers region, an area known to have the lowest immunisation rates in NSW?
Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool.
Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption. Fines of $5,500 apply. It follows the 2015 no-jab noplay policy which the then Abbott government rolled out across the nation.
Labors Walt Secord spoke to the changes in parliament.
He said, In 2014/15, the Byron Shire rate was 61 per cent, the Mullumbimby rate was 46.7 per cent, and Murwillumbah rate was 76 per cent. These are at dangerous levels. Across the northern NSW local health district, the vaccination rates for children under the age of two is just 84.9 per cent. That is the worst local health district in the state.
According to www.immunise.health.gov.au, the national immunisation program funds vaccines to prevent diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type B (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).
Throughout a childs early life, a program schedule by the government outlines when those vaccines are administered. At birth, hepatitis B is recommended, followed by bundled vaccines at the ages of two, four, six, 12 and 18 months. Another round of shots is recommended at age four.
The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!
Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.
International and local acts TBA!
LEONGATHA will face Maffra in this Saturdays Gippsland League
grand final at Moe for the second consecutive year, hoping for
The Parrots finished on top of the ladder again in 2017, after also claiming the minor premiership in 2015 and 2016, but ultimate success has eluded the club since 2001.
Why will this year be different?
The Parrots have addressed areas that showed up as weaknesses in previous grand finals.
They have bigger bodies in the midfield, with Cam Stone and Pat McGrath giving Tom Marriott more help, while Josh Schelling provides relief for Ben Willis in the ruck.
The emergence of Jack Ginnane as a forward has released Cade Maskell into the midfield where his ball use is supreme.
The Parrots have a settled defence, led by Chris Verboon and Sean Westaway, thats capable of handling any combination.
Theres a good spread of goalkickers at the other end with Chris Dunne, Aaron Hillberg and Ginnane all capable of kicking a bag.
Theres also great depth across the board these days and thats due to a strong Reserves side that will also be in action on Saturday.
The depth has shown in the fact the Parrots had just three players in the team of the year announced last night; full back Sean Westaway, Tom Marriott in the centre and Chris Dunne in the forward pocket.
As far as injuries go, the Parrots will be almost at full strength. Young Louis Riseley had established himself in defence but a hamstring injury ended his season before the finals.
Theres a couple of Leongatha players who would have been glad to have the weekend off and should play, although Tim Sauvarin is among a couple of players on standby for a call up.
For Maffra, the Parrots will have to watch goal sneak Mitch Bennett while Daniel Bedggood is hitting form at the right time.
The Eagles also only had three players in the team of the year; Sam Pleming at centre half back, Bennett in the forward pocket and Danny Butcher on the bench.
The start will be crucial for Leongatha.
The Parrots have played catch up footy in the past two grand finals and havent been able to get back into the game.
But they now have as much finals experience as their opponents and should break though for a win.
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A recent Catalyst show on ABC TV featured Tim Flannery of the Climate Council put forward a silver bullet solution to climate change. Cultivating fast growing seaweeds would draw down the CO2 in the atmosphere thus mitigating greenhouse enhanced global warming. Flannery wrote about this in his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, Melbourne, 2015) when he said:
Seaweed is hugely productive, outstripping the fastest growing land-based crops many times over in its rate of growth and CO2 absorption. Globally, the potential scale of seaweed farming is 600 times greater than any other method of cultivating algae One study asserted that seaweed farming could produce 12 gigatonnes per year of biomethane, while storing 19 gigatonnes of CO2 per year directly from biogas production, plus up to 34 gigatonnes per year from carbon capture of the biomethane combustion exhaust gas. All of this would come from seaweed forests covering and area equal to 9 per cent of the worlds ocean surface. (p.41)
In the TV show Flannery emphasized the carbon captured by the seaweed dropping to the deep ocean floor where it would be permanently stored. He also outlined many of the problems facing such a massive project such as the problem of nutrients required for seaweed growth in the open ocean.
Personally although the optimism associated with Flannery is a breath of fresh air I have a problem with concentrating on a single solution the silver bullet. Washington and Cook in their Climate Change Denial (Earthscan, London, 2011) talked of the silver buckshot approach. They noted:
Climate change also impacts on almost everything we do whether its water use, food production, forestry, house building or industry. If we accept the reality of the problem how do we go about solving it? Hume refers to what have been called wicked problems, a term derived from cultural theory. Wicked problems have no simple solutionRather than just one silver bullet to solve the problem he suggests silver buckshot. No single solution is sufficient (Pittock 2009). The silver buckshot are the multiple solutions one applies to the problem. We agree that solving climate change and the underlying environmental crisis it is a symptom of will require several different approaches, a number of silver buckshot. (p.119)
In a wild 2min speech, @JacquiLambie attacks One Nation & the govt ("disgusting") and defends the ABC ("our public broadcaster"). #auspol pic.twitter.com/mCBHjN8JukLuke Henriques-Gomes (@lukehgomes) September 13, 2017
Theyre all very well dressed, Debra Lawrence said to the overlay, as we walked on to the set of Hells Kitchen, the celebrity cooking program thats screened on Australian television over the last few months. Even before the comment, she was our favourite, as we got down to the final four, ahead of the programs 
By Fiona MacDonald
For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.
Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.
This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.
We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.
Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.
But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.
This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.
And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.
The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.
It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.
Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.
In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).
The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."
Octopus cities suck.
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Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.
Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.
Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.
With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.
Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.
They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane!
International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
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