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Music lovers bracing against the annual onslaught of the Singing Dogs "Jingle Bells" may find their savage beasts soothed somewhat by Eddy Chens performance of Pachelbels Canon, above.
Never mind that the instrument on which he plays four different tracks is a rubber chicken or more accurately, as per Amazon, a Screaming Yellow Rubber Chicken Non Toxic Bite-resistant Squeaky Toy.
It retains its relaxing musicality. Chen, one half of Australian duo TwoSetViolin, plays that bird like the disciplined, classically-trained pro he is.
Classical chicken covers became a surprise hit for Chen and his partner, Brett Yang, veterans of the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, whose virtually sold out world tour was the first of its kind to be entirely financed by Kickstarter donations.
The duo describes its mission as upholding the integrity of classical music while making it relevant to the modern generation through fun, humour and simplicity, noting, in a joint interview with Violinist.com:
There are people out there who are ready to love classical music, and we have to actively find them. It is the way classical music has been presented so far that makes it so austere. We were lucky that we learned the instrument for 20 years; if we were not musicians, it would be very hard to get into.
Everyone has the potential to like it, but sometimes musicians alienate and scare potential listeners with our pride.
Back when classical music was new, it was not 'classical'; it was just music.
Today our (classical music audience) is very small, but there are many great musicians...
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2014-2018 has seen significant public transport investment under Labor, and they have delivered on their major promises. But as Melbourne continues to grow, and demand for regional travel increases, the challenge ahead is to build a public transport network not only copes with patronage growth, but also provides usable services into areas which currently dont have them.
So how do the parties rank?
1. Greens in some ways the Greens have the least ambitious transport plan. But its full of affordable, commonsense policies. They are the only party to commit to the Metro 2 tunnel, and to frequency upgrades across the train, tram and bus networks essential for making the public transport network vastly more usable in the short term. Accelerating the rollout of low-floor trams and implementing on-road priority, extending metro services to outer suburbs with high capacity signalling are also important initiatives. The Greens also oppose the major road projects proposed by the other parties, rightly recognising that they will simply generate more traffic.
2. Labor some ambitious plans in starting the huge Suburban Rail Loop project, alongside continuing the successful Level Crossing Removal Program, and extensive upgrades planned elsewhere around the metro and regional rail networks. They lose points for construction of three major tollways/freeways, a lack of progress on bus and tram upgrades, and for lagging on the rollout of more frequent all-day metro train services essential for a big city such as Melbourne.
3. Coalition theyve backed away from what is probably their best policy, of metro trains every 10 minutes all day, leaving commitments to build three major tollways plus other freeways, and the messy grade separation of road intersections. More positive is commitments to extend metro trains to Clyde and Baxter. Their regional high speed rail plan is ambitious, but would only speed up trains moderately, and there are doubts over whether it could really be delivered in the timeframes promised.
For more details, including a summary of minor parties, read the full report (PDF)
Keep watching www.ptua.org.au/election2018 for updates
The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.
His new nest was undisturbed for a while.
The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.
Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.
The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider
Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.
Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.
They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.
Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.
He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.
Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...
This years music festival season began with an avoidable tragedy, as two young Australians died after taking drugs at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival in September. The saturation policing and drug detection dogs at the event failed to save their lives. A pill testing service could have. Despite it being illegal, over half a million primarily young Australians
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Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) and the Wilderness Society today expressed serious concerns about continued logging of old and rare forests in East Gippsland, as the Andrews government announced that if re-elected, they will commence planning for a multi-day Sea to Summit hiking trail route in far East Gippsland.
Brisbane supermum Marianne Bowler is better known by her name Mama Arsenic. Mama Arsenic (pictured above, right) runs a local makeup and costume business and has two of her children local drag stars Aurora Arsenic (pictured left) and Archie Arsenic to thank for introducing her to the drag world. The self-taught seamstress says ...
In what is set to be an epic convergence of local and international talent and cultural leadership, the team behind Fields of Healing have pulled one last rabbit out of the hat ahead of their event November 24 and 25.
The events grand finale on Sunday afternoon will be a community celebration of song, dance and culture featuring local legends Wild Marmalade, Happy Africa, Tommy Franklin, Indigenoise, Aine Tyrrell and a ceremony by Indigenous elders from across the globe.
Event organisers have extended a warm welcome to all, to come along and join in the events closing celebrations, which will be held between 1- 4pm at North Byron Parklands (Splendour site) on Sunday November 25. Entry to the closing event is by donation with 50% of the profits to be gifted to Liberation Larder.
Across the weekend ticket holders will have the opportunity to hear from 13 Indigenous elders and wisdom carriers from all corners of the globe as they come together with Australian Indigenous elders who all share a common vision; to connect community, share knowledge and celebrate culture.
The vision for the event, explained community director Adam Collett is simply to bring people together, to inspire and connect.
Organisers anticipate the event to be the first of many and that the gathering will go on to be held annually within our region.
Everyone is welcome to attend. A full program along with artist and elder profiles and a link to purchase tickets can be found on the website, www.fieldsofhealing.com.au.
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COMMENT: Dear Martin,
I bought The World Real Estate Report at the end of 2016. It stated that Australian real estate was going to fall after the first quarter (March) in 2016. The property prices in Melbourne (where I live) continued to rise in April 2016 so I sent an email to Socrates Support asking them when real estate should peak. I received the reply below, which stated that the peak was either in for global real estate or the latest by the end of the first quarter 2017.
Anyway, since I owned a tiny house in Melbourne, I was facing a difficult decision if I should sell or not since it would be impossible to buy back in if the prices continued to go up.
I have been reading your blog daily since 2012, and I have read all of your forecasts being correct (eg. the Dow continuing to go up, US Index going up, Brexit, Trump winning). I also bought your Gold report in 2014 and watched gold bottom (Dec 2015) correctly for the date and price on the first benchmark, truly an unbelievable forecast.
Based on your track record I decided to sell my property at the end of the first quarter (March 2017), for which I received a fantastic price.
Im happy to inform you that prices have been falling since the 3rd quarter of 2017.
I just wanted to congratulate you on another correct forecast.
REPLY: We all need a place to live. Governments are attacking real estate thinking it is too high and they need to make it more affordable for others to buy. They fail to understand that when they do that, the wipe out the savings dor retirement for others. Raising taxes to support government pensions is morally wrong and economically a disaster. There really should be some qualification to be a politician who them plays with peoples lives.
By Michelle Brady, University of Queensland and Belinda Hewitt, University of Melbourne One year ago, Australians were asked Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?. The answer was a resounding yes more than 60% of those who expressed a view backed marriage equality. The anniversary of this historic moment offers ...
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It has been reported that a 46-year old man was stabbed in the abdomen and neck during an altercation which ensued when he allegedly confronted a 54-year old man who was attempting to sexually assault a 7-year old girl in a toilet block underneath a dance studio on Railway Road in Kogarah just before 8pm last
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Indo Mie gets into the Salted Egg flavour craze, turning a cheap packet of instant noodles into an expensive packet of instant noodles. Marketing wins again! Salted egg flavoured chips, croissants filled with salted egg sauce and ice creams made with the rich sauce have been taking off in Singapore for some time and the rich, duck yolk flavour is a favourite in Malaysia, Indonesia and China
In case you missed it, the RocKwiz team are hitting the road for a national tour. Hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis will be joined by the RocKwiz Orchestra as they travel around Australian cities and regional areas. The team will be tackling venues in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Fremantle and The Gold Coast. For more information, check out the video below.
Newcastle, Civic Theatre
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre
Canberra, Canberra Theatre
Sydney, The Enmore Theatre
NOV 22 Adelaide,
Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Geelong, Costa Hall
Bendigo, Ulumbarra Theatre
UK actor, director and trans activist Jake Graf has released a powerful short film that hes hoping will shine a light on the struggles faced by young transgender people. Released during Transgender Awareness Week this week, the short film Listen shares the inner thoughts of a group of transgender teens as they face bullying and ...
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Denmark are withholding 65m krone ($AU13.5 million) in aid to Tanzania after unacceptable homophobic comments from a senior politician, a Danish minister has said. Late last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for populous city Dar es Salaam, announced plans to form a taskforce to hunt down LGBTIQ people, urging the public to pass the names of ...
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Labor candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin has come out in support of building a rail trail.
The Rail Trail Project is one that will be of benefit to the local communities right across the Lismore electorate, said Ms Saffin.
The wonderful group of volunteers who are working to make the Rail Trail a reality, need to know that all state candidates are backing them.
The statement is bound to cause controversy with a number of groups who are vocal about retaining the rail corridors for possible reinstatement of trains.
However, Ms Saffin has countered their objections saying The Rail Trail community is unequivocal in its support for the retention of the rail corridors to leave open all options for future transport development.
I stand with them on that and previously acted to stop our rail corridors being sold off. I secured thousands of signatures from the local community that successfully put pressure on the state government and helped this happen.
When I was first approached by the inaugural Rail Trail Team, I told them that I was in strong support as long as they backed in the retention of the rail corridor. They did then and they do now, she said.
The Rail Trail Project sits comfortably with the development of a Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan that we desperately need in our region and one that I have and shall continue to advocate strongly for.
At Labors recent NSW Country Conference, I was successful in gaining unanimous support for the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan motion, put forward by our Lismore Labor Branch.
Ms Saffin concluded, As the Country Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, I have promoted both the Rail Trail Project and the Regional Integrated Public Transport Plan, to the Labor Leadership.
A stylised lizard is the face of this years Black Gully Festival an annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy music, art, the environment and our community. Designed by local artist Simon Mellor, this years logo makes a creative mark while representing many elements of what the Black Gully Festival is all about. Black [...] full article
[ Tuesday, 20 Nov; 5:30 pm; ] Based on the book "Drawdown The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" This event aims to educate and inspire individuals and businesses in practical ways we can reverse climate change locally. The night will consist of guest speakers and a Q & A section + light refreshments On Tuesday 20 November 2018 at [...] full article
Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."
1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.
2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.
3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.
4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).
5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.
6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.
7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.
8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...
Palm Park in Mullum is always a lovely spot to enjoy a moment of quiet reflection but over this weekend it has taken on a whole new atmosphere. It isnt just the palms and the goannas that you get to commune with this weekend you can also enjoy the beautiful sculptures that are scattered throughout the park.
The inaugural Mullumbimby sculpture festival, Ingenuity, opened on Wednesday evening and is displaying the work of 26 local artists the are placed in the park from the Scout Hall (behind the post office) around to Federation Bridge.
During the first half of Thursday morning they had around 250 people who had strolled through the park admiring the artworks.
It has been absolutely fantastic, said curator Gabrielle Dalton.
There has been wonderful response from everyone who has come through and it is a fantastic way to really honour this park.
An anonymous donor has provided $5,000 for the acquisition of one of the sculptures that was won by Jason Morning. His sculpture Germination is now set to be placed on permanent display, in a position that is yet to be announced, somewhere in the shire.
The donor wants...
[ Saturday, 17 Nov; 10:00 am; ] Single use, disposable plastic water bottles are one of the most visible environmental impacts of the music scene - hugely wasteful, toxic to us and our land and water, and completely unnecessary. Sustainable Living Armidale and Green Music Australia will help phase them out and we need your help! BYO Bottle Please help us spread the word We will supply [...] full article
[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article
The uptake of solar power across Australia continues to be one of the shining lights for sustainability, particularly against the backdrop of drought, deepening climate change and losses to biodiversity. The financial benefits of going solar are as significant for most people as these environmental reasons. St Vincent de Pauls recent annual electricity report (see Sydney Morning [...] full article
A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.
The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.
The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.
At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.
The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.
Tickets are available here.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Senior Constable Sean Daniel Murphy, a 57-year-old officer with 30 years in the NSW Police Force and two awards for bravery to his name, has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend after calling federal Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Youngs office and making threats towards
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This is what it would take to fund the transition to a new world. All of Australia could be converted to renewable energy for 7.7% of the money in the super funds in this country which is how we know 100% renewable energy is 100% doable. Thats one of the messages in the Accelerate film, the [...] full article
A few hours ago, I was in NSW Parliament to launch a new report on deforestation in NSW. Weve exposed the top 20 deforestation hotspots in NSW. Shockingly, 17 of the 20 hotspots are home to koala habitat that is now at risk of land clearing under NSWs new deforestation laws. With fewer than 21,000 koalas [...] full article
The Hurt Locker. A man who doesn't like feeling extremely
alive is trapped in a supermarket.
Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain is so driven a man's head explodes.
Saving Private Ryan. Every American is murdered on a beach.
American Sniper. An American sniper struggles to build a new life for himself in Iraq.
Fury. Brad Pitt absorbs five hand grenades with his balls and then you can see a flag and it's the Stars'n'Stripey.
12 strong. A war movie is terrible but people who want to join up won't notice.
Lone Survivor. The ex-serviceman who killed 13 college kids gave it five stars.
The Mullum Music Festival has officially launched to a full house by a great range of performances last night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.
Winner of the Under 15 category, 11-year-old Murwillumbah schoolgirl Emmagen Rain wowed the audience with her performance and in the words of MC Mandy Nolan There are not many people who can do Adele well Emmagen did it better.
Emmagen is being mentored by William Crighton who also performed along with artists Hat Fitz & Cara, Geordie Lane, Husky GAwenda & Gideon Preiss, China Bowls and Dao of Dylan.
Koala numbers have plummeted by 33 per cent over the last twenty years and experts are now warning that they are likely to be driven to extinction. In NSW the decline of koalas and other native wildlife is being driven by inadequate state laws regulating both private land clearing and logging.
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is calling on the NSW government to abandon its draconian logging plans and chart an exit out of native forest logging, and for the federal government to rethink its commitment to signing new Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), said Ms Alix Goodwin, NPA CEO.
Theyve based their call on the recent study by three University of Canberra academics for Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) reported recently in the Sydney Morning Herald that showed a strong majority of people oppose native forest logging.
The study found that urban and rural votes broadly share the same strong disapproval of logging putting the lie to claims that only urban dwellers care about the environment and that logging is unpopular even where the remnants of the industry persist, said Ms Goodwin.
The results are in line with polling conducted in the NSW electorates of Lismore and Ballina in December 2017 that showed 90 per cent support for protecting forests for wildlife, water, carbon stores and recreation.
This is the latest piece of evidence that clearly demonstrates how far the NSW governments...
Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program, this week exposing the overkill of Australian Federal security agencies numbering 20 providing spooks under the bed to our 24 million people far exceeding anything like this in the USA. Victorian election and Bourke Street terrorist killings being dismissed AGAIN by politicians..We apologise for some of the audio being being of reduced quality due to internet connection problems.
A group of Byron Shire councillors will attempt to reverse the recent decision to keep Tyagarah Beach clothes optional when the council has its full meeting next week.
The councillors, including Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens), have put forward two motions which, if passed, would put an end to nude bathing at Tyagarah.
Instead, a 12-month clothes optional trial would be introduced on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay.
The proposed recision motion continues the ongoing saga over Tyagarah Beach, which has seen a long-running battle between naturists and a group of residents who are concerned about the ongoing instances of anti-social and illegal behaviour there.
At the last full council meeting on October 19 a motion to keep Tyagarah clothes optional was narrowly passed by five votes to three.
The motion included a plan to install up to 20 cameras to record vehicle registration and personal behaviour in the Tyagarah reserve.
Cr Richardson and councillors Paul Spooner (Labor) and Jan Hackett (Labor) are now attempting to overturn that decision.
If they are successful in that first step, the councillors will put forward a second motion to outlaw nude bathing at Tyagarah, and to introduce a 12-month trial of nude bathing on a stretch of beach in Byron Bay from The Wreck to Beaumonts Beach House.
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The North Face presents the Australian premiere of the film The Sky Piercer, with screenings happening in Sydney and Melbourne, which will include a Q&A with athletes Sam Smoothy and Fraser McDougall, alongside director Jase Hancox.
Anyone who has climbed in New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know what a daunting mountain Aoraki is. To plan to climb it and then ski it is taking things to another level.
The team hit the road with the objective to climb and ski the East Face of Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealands highest mountain. They are being beaten down by the weather with the likelihood of meeting the objective looking less and less within the time allocated for the project. They embrace the Kiwi road trip with the hope of a weather window.
You can watch the trailer here.
There are two shows in Australia.
SYDNEY 28 Nov Find the Facebook event here.
MELBOURNE 29 Nov Find the Facebook event here.
You can read a Q&A with director Jase Hancox here.
Little Lucille Lamb managed to out fox a fox, but she couldnt out fox kindness. It was a kind heart who brought Lucille to Edgars Mission after a predator attack inflicted multiple wounds over her body, where infection had set in. Not long after her arrival, we realised it would take our very best efforts to pull her through.
Lucille has undergone a procedure to debride the severely infected wound claiming a large portion of her hindquarters and x-rays have been taken to determine the extent of damage to her front leg. With a splint applied to straighten the limb, it is our hope Lucille will regain use of it once more and be able to run, skip and jump as all lambs should.
With her delicate long lashes and soul-searching eyes, Lucilles beauty, strength and resilience have well and truly captured not only our hearts but also our respect. As twice-daily bandage changes, laser therapy, medications and regular veterinary check-ups continue, we are utilising all we have in our arsenal to ensure Lucille has many more years of love, care and kindness ahead of her. Stay tuned as we continue to rewrite the chapters of Lucilles life. Her story has only just begun.
The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...
A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.
Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM
FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER
Beau Wanzer (US), Ptwiggs, Lucy Cliche, WRX, Equalizer 24k, Low
Flung, Debris Warehouse venue
Remi and Raiza Biza Lansdowne
Wreckless Eris (UK), Natalie de Silver Petersham Bowling Club
Mutants: B.I.N.T, Defeatist Sprawl, Passenger of Shit, DJ Portaloo Valve Bar 10PM til 3AM
The Nature Strip, Peabody Coogee Diggers EP launch and final gig before indefinite hiatus FREE
Culture: MCs Peter, Spvrrow, Johnny (from the burbs), Lauren, RBT; DJs Aldrin, Watermellow, Julian, Mike, Renee The Imperial, Rooty Hill
Jack Shit Palmer & Co 5 til 8PM FREE
Lume Etiquette, East Denistone, Plastic Jack Time and Tide Hotel, Dee Why
Wharves, Teenage Dads Chippo Hotel
Paces The Lair
Holy Holy, Clews, San Mei The Beery, Terrigal
Johnny Hunter Rad, Wollongong
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Mezko, Vowws (US/AUS)
Wreckless Eris (UK); DJ Rusty Hopkinson Hardys Bay Club
6 pm Friday 7 December The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Overland and the National Union of Workers are hosting a lively end-of-year debate on the topic of automation and what it will mean for workers and labour.
A host of regional activists have been assembled for the final Politics in the Pub of 2018.
Organisers say, Well hear what they have achieved, but more importantly what they see as the challenges ahead and how we might address them.
Speakers include: enviro-community activist Annie Kia; activist, educator, academic and writer Aidan Ricketts; editor of The Echo Hans Lovejoy; passionate re-localiser Sasha Mainsbridge; storyteller, educator, artist and activist Jenni Cargill-Strong; writer, enviro-activist Dr Liz Elliott; young enviro-activist Kate Montford and filmmaker and activist Michael Balson.
Organisers say, You dont have to go traipsing across the globe to find great political activists; theyre right here in our region. And weve got the evidence to prove it.
Just look at the success of rolling back CSG, pushing for energy democracy and alternatives to fossil fuels, agitation against waste and pollution, opposition to the anti-protest laws
The event takes place November 28, 6.30pm till 8.30, at the Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby.
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Matthew Fraser has once again been preselected as the National Party candidate for Richmond to run against Labors Justine Elliot. This follows two previous attempts to win the seat in 2013 and 2016.
A small business owner, Mr Fraser says he is keen to restore strong representation to the region.
The people of Richmond deserve better than a career politician, they deserve someone with vision, ethics and a commitment to the community, he said. Returning Richmond back to the Nationals has been and is a long process; this election will be the toughest battle yet and the gloves are off. The Nationals have successfully represented this region for decades and I intend to give the people strong and effective representation.
Sitting member Justine Elliot has been quick to respond to the announcement of Mr Frasers preselection saying that there are three major reasons why Scott Morrisons National Party candidate for Richmond, Matthew Fraser, does not deserve your vote.
Ms Elliot says that Mr Fraser referred to members of the Richmond electorate as the great unwashed in a video he posted on Facebook 5 October 2018 and calls his comments a disrespectful and arrogant attack on our community [that] is unforgivable.
Supporting harsh aged pension cuts put forward in Tony Abbotts 2014 budget (Tweed Daily News14 May 2014) and support for reducing penalty rates in 2015 (Tweed Sun 27 August 2015) were also cited as reasons not to support Mr Frasers bid for the seat.
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With a sackful of cash, Santos Organics are asking the public to nominate a local not-for-profit organisation who are doing great things for the planet and people in our community.
Organisers say, Every week, many of the Santos Organics team salary sacrifice one per cent of their wage to help local not-for-profit organisations.
The next Santos Organics team grant sees $13,650 in wages being more than matched by Santos Organics to total a whopping $30,000 soon to be donated to great causes!
To nominate your chosen environmental or social not-for-profit organisation, visit www.santosorganics.com.au/grants. Nominations close 5pm November 16.
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A 71 year old man fell from a roof on a property at Blue Knob near Nimbin yesterday. The man was treated at the site for spinal injuries by emergency services. He was then flown by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane for further treatment.
LAST Saturday, the weather was kind to us at Wonthaggi Little
Aths with the sun shining and only a light wind.
The athletes at the Wonthaggi Little Athletics Club were out in force, pushing themselves to run faster, throw further and jump longer or higher in the case of our athletes competing in the high jump.
A total of 85 athletes competed on Saturday with 59 athletes achieving 137 personal best scores between them; a great effort. Ten athletes scored 4 PBs out of 5 events.
They are: Jake Marotta: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Riley Rutland: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Oscar Shumack: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Hayden Purton: Sp, 60mH, 70m, HJ; Qiarshi Adams: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m; Mackenzie Wain: SP, HJ, 200m, 80mH; Aidan Smyth: TJ, 60mH, Disc, 70m; Lucy Thompson: SP, HJ, 60mH 70m; Rosinda Charlton: LJ, 60mH, 70m, 50m; and Ailish Flynn: Jav, LJ, 60mH, 70m.
Well done everyone! A reminder to parents that this months committee meeting will be held at the Wonthaggi Workmans Club on Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm. We look forward to seeing some new faces.
Yesterday I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the latest ABS Labour Force estimates, which, as I reported in yesterdays post, revealed Queensland is the only state with an unemployment rate of 6% or more. You can hear our discussion, in which I comment on various regulatory and policy settings, as well as the loss in the 2000s of Queenslands previous status as the low tax state, from 2:02:55:
While Queenslands unemployment rate is typically higher than the national rate (see chart below), the current 1.1 percentage point difference between the rates is currently above the 40-year average of 0.4 percentage points. If the current difference were due solely to a surge in workforce participation related to strong jobs growth I wouldnt be concerned. Alas, it isnt. Queenslands rate of jobs growth is less than half the national average. The Queensland economy continues to under-perform.
The first Fields of Healing festival, to be held November 24 and 25 at North Byron Parklands, will welcome Indigenous elders, peacemakers, musicians, artists and more from all over the world.
A kids program has been added to the bill, and will feature the gumboot-wearing, planet-loving Dirtgirl, who will be bringing her grubby fun and joy to the stage at 3pm on Saturday.
Organisers say there will also be natural and recycled craft activities operated by The Family Centre, Native American Dancing, Indigenous weaving and yoga, mindful meditation for kids and more. Kids 15 and under are free. For more info visit www.fieldsofhealing.com.au.
Sunday October 28 was National Grandparents Day in Australia, and to celebrate, Hinterland Christian College invited grandparents and grandfriends for morning tea and a time of fun activities.
It was a big hit students and grandparents enjoyed a memorable day as they made the most of morning tea together. Principal Karlene Grinham said the school was delighted with the response from families.
We have held Grandparents Day in the past, she said. Its great to see families taking such an interest in the next generation. I was thrilled that even the secondary school grandparents attended and we are keen to do it again in the future.
Our grandparents and grandfriends toured the classrooms, looked at childrens work, participated in activities and observed games in the classroom and playground.
The students thoroughly enjoyed hosting the event for their grandparents and the grandfriends relished the time spent together.
The event was a success owing to the efforts of the entire school years nine and ten Food Technology students baked homemade scones, years seven and eight prepared and served the food and drink.
Kym Thompson teaches Kindergarten to grade 2.
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Richmond Range was our final stop as we had been continuing our way north towards the QLD/NSW border. Showering along the trip was a luxury, as only one camp-site provided showers, which were cold water only. Therefore we relied on local towns and Google to tell us where public showers were. We were particularly keen 
In what will be the last UKE NIGHT for the year Miss Amber and Stukulele present the Best of 2018.
Come along to Sing n Strum 2 or 3 of your favourites from the 2018 songbooks.
Stu would like to thank everyone who has supported UKE NIGHT this year including Club Mullum: Luis and Luke, all the amazing guest singers and musicians, the awesome Monday night Mullum Uke Clubbers, the wonderful patrons who go the extra yard with a monthly donation and everyone who has come along on the last Thursday of the month to join in song as a peaceful loving, community.
Songbooks available via ukemullum.com
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Hi redditors i have a few questions i need answered My family and i are planning to move from Melbourne to Townsville (driving) and we would like to know a few things. Good areas to raise a family in? What is the crime like? Are outsiders (people not from townsville) looked down apon? We used to live in mackay QLD and everyone looked down at us. General feel of the town?
I am going to declare my gender today, to be a woman, and then youll no longer be able to attack me. Barry OSullivan, LNP Senator for Queensland. Strangely, Ive never realised that being a woman somehow protected one from attack. I guess thats why Kelly ODwyer was reluctant to agree that domestic violence was
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Queensland Nationals senator Barry OSullivan has declared himself a woman to shield himself from criticism of his anti-abortion views. Senator OSullivan told the Senate on Wednesday he was tired of being attacked by grubs for his opposition to abortion, singling out the Greens. These people attack me for my religious [beliefs], using words like rosary ...
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Thirteen years of tireless campaigning for marriage equality in Australia are documented in new book Yes Yes Yes: Australias Journey to Marriage Equality. The majority yes vote was announced on November 15 last year, and the same-sex marriage legislation was finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex marriages have been registered ...
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Queensland boxer Jeff Horn has disowned social media posts criticising Anthony Mundines views on homosexuality and threatened to dump his promoters for publishing them to his accounts without his permission. The boxers promoter Dean Lonergan told the Courier-Mail last weekend they would have gay and transgender people join women in carrying round cards at Horns ...
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The 11th Annual Mullum Music Festival is here!
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Veteran LGBTIQ activist Peter de Waal has spoken of his disappointment in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the one year anniversary of the yes vote for marriage equality. The majority yes vote was announced on November 15 last year, and same-sex marriage finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex ...
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Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five
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Just recently, Zabinskas went down into a mineshaft because a little face was peering up out of it. He managed to sedate and carry a kangaroo back onto solid ground.
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Credit: FFARWhen Zabinskas arrived at the mineshaft in Invermay, Victoria, Australia, he had help. And the small wallaby stuck down at the bottom needed all the help he could get.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is considering asking Australians if they are male, female, intersex or transgender on the next Census after receiving strong interest in collecting more specific information on sex and gender identity in the five-yearly national survey. In a report released on Wednesday, the ABS said it had received more than 450 ...
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Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed
WITH the election just around the corner, The Adviser caught up with the candidates and asked them a list of questions to find out why the community should elect them.
Independent Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed
What do you think you could bring to the region if re-elected?
For the past four years, I have been your independent voice in the Victorian parliament. I have worked hard to build strong relationships with all levels of government and our region is now reaping the benefits. Never before have we enjoyed so much attention from the major parties. As an independent, I cant make election promises or funding commitments, but I can deliver results. Since taking a stand and electing an independent in 2014, our community has successfully secured more than $660M for critical health, education, rail and road infrastructure. These projects are all underway, but theres more to achieve and if re-elected, I will continue to advocate for the investment we deserve.
What are your main points that you would focus on if re-elected?
Its incredible to see how far our community has come in such a short amount of time; the redevelopment of our hospital has started, work is underway to deliver better educational opportunities and outcomes for our young people, and $356M of upgrades to the Shepparton train line to deliver faster, reliable and more frequent services have begun. Each of these projects are the building blocks of a strong and vibrant community and need to be funded to completion, but now they are underway we have the opportunity to do even more. As a community we have many and diverse needs. Among them, is the need for a mother-baby unit to better support our families when they are vulnerable. We need delivery of the second stage of our hospital and an integrated cancer centre to offer treatment services close to home. We need a fully funded Shepparton Bypass, a redeveloped sports stadium and first-class regional education precinct.
What do you think are the main issues facing the area right now?
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ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF THE MELBOURNE CUP From left, Kensington Gardens residents, Kaye Dobson, Judy Hanlon, Alice Morrison and emcee, Warwick Long at the special Melbourne Cup Day luncheon at Kensington Gardens last week. Photo: Supplied.
RESIDENTS at Kensington Gardens got right into the spirit of the race that stops the nation on Tuesday last week, holding a special Melbourne Cup luncheon.
One hundred and ten participants came together to enjoy a range of activities including a fantastic fashions on the field event that was judged by Kate Long and the residents, with best dressed lady won by Judi Hanlon, best dressed man won by Colin Morris, best dressed couple won by Bev and Peter Schumacher and best hat of the day was worn by Lorrain Rivett.
The residents were also privileged to have Ross Patterson donate a painting he had done of a racing scene, which was unveiled at the luncheon.
Kensington Gardens Social Club president, Lorraine Morris said, It was fantastic. We all had a great day.
We enjoyed a champagne and chicken luncheon with salads and sweets made by the residents.
We had sweeps on every race and we had a couple of wins.
It was quite an enjoyable afternoon.
THE Liberals pledge to cut the current payroll tax rate of 2.425 percent for qualifying businesses in regional Victoria to just 1.0 percent has been welcomed by businesses in the Shepparton district.
The new rate under a Liberal Government will be less than one-quarter of the standard 4.85 percent rate and is the lowest payroll tax rate in Australia.
Gouge Linen Services director, Rob Priestly has welcomed the commitment to cutting taxes for regional business, acknowledging that in an environment of skyrocketing costs such as energy prices, this will assist business to remain competitive.
A 1 percent payroll tax for regional Victoria is a fantastic initiative. It makes regional business more competitive and will drive regional development and job growth.
At a time of rising costs this would be a great assistance to our business.
Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said the Liberals comprehensive plan for decentralisation includes incentives for economic development in regional Victoria.
Thats why a Liberal Government will cut payroll tax in regional Victoria to just 1.0 percent for all businesses under the existing eligibility criteria for the concessional rate.
Our tax cut is expected to save around 4,000 businesses an average of $11,633 a year, many of these businesses are in our region and have applauded the tax relief policy, Cheryl said.
Around 4,000 regional businesses qualify for the concessional payroll tax rate. The qualifications include that at least 85 percent of the payroll must be comprised of Victorian wages associated with regional employees and that the employer is based in regional Victoria.
LEADING THE WAY From left, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industrys new vice president, John Anderson and re-elected president, Carl Hainsworth. Photo: David Lee.
AT THE recent Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board meeting, Carl Hainsworth was officially re-elected as president of the chamber for another term. John Anderson was elected vice president and also Chair of the CBD Sub Committee having recently sold his pharmacy after almost 40 years of trading.
With over 40 years of experience in the business sector and three years on the chamber board, Carl Hainsworth said that officially being elected again as president for another term was an honour.
We have achieved a great deal in the last 12 months especially the decision from council to proceed with the partial opening of the mall. My decision to stay on as president is to oversee the implementation of the final design. I would also like to instigate through the chamber a few more programs aimed at youths that connect them with local business, which will help to show them the potentials available here in Shepparton, Carl said.
John Anderson brings much experience to the role, having been in business in retail for nearly 40 years and an active member of the local community.
John said, The chamber of commerce is moving into a new and exciting era with the great success of the iconic business awards, the planned CBD revitalisation and also construction of SAM to move Greater Shepparton forward.
We hope to continue our close relationship with council and also the other groups to help make Shepparton a prosperous destination.
COBRAM Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested two men and a teenager following a series of burglaries and thefts in the area.
It is alleged a number of burglaries and thefts took place at businesses as well as a residence across Cobram and Numurkah between October 19 and 26.
A 19-year-old man was charged with three counts of burglary and theft and has been bailed to appear at Cobram Magistrates Court on December 12.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with two counts of handle stolen goods, deal with proceeds of crime and commit indictable offence while on bail. He has been bailed to appear at Cobram Magistrates Court on November 14.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 18 offences, including theft, burglary, theft of motor vehicle and commit indictable offence while on bail. He was bailed to appear at a childrens court at a later date.
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WITH INSPIRATION FROM THE MARYBOROUGH ROTARY CLUB, THE ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA is investigating ways to be involved in the say no to violence campaign. The club will host a workshop in association with Womens Health Goulburn Valley North East as part of our project on November 29 from 7pm at the Sir Ian McLennan Hall in Mooroopna. All welcome.
THE SENIOR CITIZENS XMAS CONCERT will be held on November 29 at the Senior Citizens Centre on Welsford Street from 1:30pm. Guest artist is Marke Kelly, a talented singer, with Paul Zito. Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. Bookings can be made by calling 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at the Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road in Shepparton. Share group meets at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.
VIEW CLUB is a ladies friendship group who help to support the Smith Family and meet on the first Friday of the month at the Terminus Hotel for lunch at 11:30am. For further information, phone Helen on 5821 7503.
NAGAMBIE LAKES COMMUNITY MARKET runs on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 9am to 1pm. Lots of locally grown and made items, live music, food and drinks. Located in the main street of Nagambie on the banks of Lake Nagambie. Disabled access friendly. For further information, phone 0475 885 047.
SHEPPARTON MS PEER SUPPORT GROUP would like to welcome back all its members for the year, and also any new members who wish to join. Meetings and outings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from approximately 10am to 12:30pm. For further information, contact Ken Morelli on 0427 919 116 or Barry Flemming on 0411 468 489.
HEARTBEAT VICTORIA GOULBURN VALLEY meet on the first Monday of the month at the GV Health dining room from 6pm for a meal. Meeting and guest speaker starts at 7pm. For further information, contact Ian Powell on 0418 575 141.
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THREE-HUNDRED and fifty students from Mooroopna Park Primary School and Verney Road School helped to collectively raise $9,170.42 after taking part in fun runs which were organised to raise the funds for the schools.
Brad Robinson from Mooroopna Park Primary School and Matthew Gill from Verney Road Special School said the students commitment to the fun run was second-to-none.
Our students are so excited about the money theyve helped raise for school resources and they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the school fun run alongside their peers as they cheered each other on, Brad and Matthew said.
CRIME STATS NOT QUITE ACCURATE
I have spoken to many people locally who have had property damage, home invasions, vandalism etc. and called to report to police, where nobody has turned up and no reports were taken.
It appears that the real numbers are very skewed against what is happening on the ground.
I have noticed that the postcode 3629 was number one for crime via RACV reporting covering Coomboona/Mooroopna/Undera/Ardmona/Mooroopna North area etc.
KATTER MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Some may criticise Bob Katter, but no one can deny that he puts his electorate and people before political ladder climbing. He has made a real difference to his electorate and given his constituents opportunities.
How amazing is it when the leader of such a small party from Queensland can secure funding for investment in not one but two irrigation schemes in northern Queensland.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government with our local member as one of its team is throwing $13B at destroying already well established, efficient and modern irrigation systems across southern NSW and northern Victoria.
Bob Katter continues to fight for his constituents and gives them hope, instead of prioritising personal or political gain, which is rampant within the major parties.
I wonder what it would take for governments to make genuine investment in our electorate?
At present we have a national party federal water minister who seems committed to destroying our region, and a state national party member who is not prepared to stick his neck out to protect us. Even our local Nationals Senate candidate refuses to oppose the recovery of additional water, despite its potential damage.
With state and federal elections on the horizon voters in the Murray Valley need to think very carefully about what makes a good representative and who will fight for what their constituents want.
It seems neither our National or Liberal representatives are able to influence their city-based colleagues, who are more interested in environmental votes than our sustainability. If they do not show substantial change in coming months, we need to send a clear message of discontent through the ballot box.
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MOTIVATIONAL, HEALTHY HELP Naturopath and registered nurse, Jodi Campbell is passionate about assisting you in achieving your goals. Photo: Katelyn Morse.
AT Verdure Naturopathy, Jodi Campbell prides herself on her passion to help others achieve their health goals.
As a registered nurse and naturopath, Jodi assesses all facets of her clients lifestyle and works exclusively to assist in reaching your health target, whatever that may be.
Currently, Jodi has the perfect program to help attain and maintain body self-confidence this summer. If you commence the new Reset Program now, the first six-week portion would be completed by Christmas and you should certainly feel the results.
You can sign up alone, or save money and sign up as a group. Health objectives are easier to maintain in a group as you can lift each other up and hold one another accountable. Its surely the easiest and most enjoyable way to achieve your health goal.
Jodi said, Our aim is to start with the simple things like food and lifestyle. We also want to acknowledge that every body is different and we want clients to be able to love and appreciate themselves.
Leading up to Christmas, now is a good time to start preparing to feel healthy. Visit Verdure Naturopathy at Shop 2/69 McLennan Street, Mooroopna, or give Jodi Campbell a call at 0408 356 044 to book an appointment.
THE Maude Street amenities, plaza and bus interchange redevelopment works commenced lasts week with the demolition of the structures near the corner of Maude and Vaughan Streets.
The demolition will allow for the construction of new public toilet facilities. The new facilities will include toilets, an adult change room, breastfeeding and baby changing rooms. The works also include construction of the plaza area and a new eight bay bus interchange. These works have been programmed to run concurrently minimising the impact of road users in the area and will cost approximately $3M. Funding for the project is coming from the Australian Governments Building Better Regions fund, Public Safety Infrastructure fund, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council. Works are due for completion in mid-2019.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Phil Hoare said, The construction of new public toilets including adult change and bicycle storage facilities and a plaza area will create a user-friendly space for shoppers within the precinct.
The plaza area will provide a great space for socialising and the new facilities will be user friendly and compliment the new bus interchange, it will greatly enhance the amenity and safety of the area for our community.
The new bus interchange will improve the functionality within the CBD and the area will be safer for pedestrians and traffic. The creation of an eight bay bus interchange will provide Shepparton with a central, user friendly public transport hub with direct access to the CBD, train station and other major destinations within Greater Shepparton. The bus interchange will operate on both sides of Maude Street for north and southbound traffic.
Later stages of the overall project include streetscaping of Maude Street from Vaughan to High Street and traffic signals to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Vaughan and Maude Streets. The overall project works will be staged over the next two financial years with completion likely to be in late 2020.
TIME is running out to nominate local residents for the 2019 Australia Day Awards.
Nominations are open for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year (aged under 30) and Community Event of the Year for Arcadia, Dookie, Mooroopna, Murchison, Shepparton, Tatura and Toolamba.
Nominations are also sought for other categories including sports and education awards.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou encouraged residents to nominate friends, neighbours or colleagues who had volunteered their time to make a difference in their community.
We all know people who just get out there and make things happen, lend a hand when the chips are down or go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting other people or a cause for the community, Ms Christou said.
Councils Australia Day Awards are a fitting tribute for these quiet achievers, and I urge anyone who has ever thought someones contribution deserves some recognition to nominate them for the 2019 awards.
Greater Shepparton Young Citizen of the Year for 2018, Brooke McCluskey said, Being nominated for the Australia Day award was such an honour and made me feel really appreciated for my efforts within the community, I think its a great way to show some recognition for the hard work put into the community every day!
Nomination forms are available from councils Welsford Street office, online at www.greatershepparton.com.au, from Australia Day committee members or by contacting council on 5832 9700.
Nominations close for Murchison on November 23, 2018 and for the other towns on November 30, 2018.
THE regulated rivers, catchments and storages managed by Victorias largest rural water authority, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), are showing their resilience to the dry conditions gripping other parts of Australia, but the region is set to face a dry outlook for the remainder of spring and early summer.
GMW interim managing director, Bill Jaboor said the water reserves established over the last few seasons have contributed to water security for all entitlement holders, including those in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
Our astute customers, primarily made up of the farmers who provide food and fibre for us all, are increasingly taking advantage of seasonal carryover and other water management options to make the most of the regions most precious resource, Mr Jaboor said.
With the volume of water available to use this season, GMW is currently well placed to meet the demands of our entitlement holders as they arise.
A COLLABORATIVE mural project undertaken by GOTAFE CUA20415 Certificate II Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Cultural Arts students and 27 pre-school students, aged three and four years from Alexander Street Kindergarten in Mooroopna, was officially unveiled yesterday.
The architectural mural which celebrates the 2018 NAIDOC Theme, Because of her, we can, features the role of family and women, using animals indigenous to the Goulburn and Murray River region.
GOTAFE students involved were Victoria Webbe, Celine Jukes, Anna Williams, Delrae Lui. These students, along with staff were involved in developing art work relating to ATSI Identity, in particular, the role of women in Aboriginal culture, working with others and planning art site installation.
CANDIDATES ORDER ON BALLOT Victorian Electoral Commission election office manager, Mick Bastian read out the ballot paper order for the upcoming election at the reveal last week. Photo: David Lee.
THE Shepparton Districts Ballot Draw Order was revealed as 1 Independent Candidate for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed, 2 The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz, 3 Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party of Victoria Candidate, Murray Willaton, 4 Bill Heath, 5 The Greens Candidate for Shepparton, Kickee Freeman and 6 The Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer.
The Northern Victoria Ballot Draw Order was revealed as 1 Voluntary Euthanasia Party (Victoria), 2 Derryn Hinchs Justice Party, 3 Australian Liberty Alliance, 4 Health Australia Party, 5 Sustainable Australia, 6 Animal Justice Party, 7 Australian Greens, 8 Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Vic, 9 Australian Labour Party, 10 Liberal Democrats, 11 Australian Country Party, 12 Hudson 4 NV, 13 Victorian Socialists, 14 Fiona Pattens Reason Party, 15 Liberal/The Nationals, 16 Aussie Battler Party, 17 Transport Matters and 18 Labour DLP.
LOCAL skaters showcased their talent in front of a camera at the
Inverloch skate park on Saturday.
The YMCA hosted a clip comp.
Skaters had three hours to achieve the best clips with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
Participants could skate, BMX or scoot.
YMCA event coordinate Darren Marks said around 30 people took part, ranging in age. Most of the participants were local.
Events like this give our young people something to do. Its something a bit different and it gets them involved in skating, he said.
It keeps them off the street and off computer games.
The competition was held in conjunction with the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.
We did something similar last year with the cycle challenge because theres a few more people around, Darren said.
Darren said there was a lot of a great young talent coming through at the skate park.
Some of the videos from the event can be viewed on Bass Coast Skate Parks Facebook page.
The YMCA is planning more events in the future to attract local skaters.
The skating culture is growing in Bass Coast, with Bass Coast Shire Councils skate strategy aiming to create and upgrade more skate parks in the region.
WITH Christmas just over one month away, The Salvation Army is encouraging Shepparton locals to connect with their community, whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help.
Christmas is one of the hardest times of year for Australians doing it tough, but Shepparton Salvation Army officer, Captain Karyn Wishart says just a small contribution can make a big difference in helping us to give hope where its needed most.
For just $29 you can provide food on the table and a present under the Christmas tree to help give hope to someone in need this Christmas, Captain Wishart said.
Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 percent of all households who access the Salvos emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 percent experiencing food insecurity and 67 percent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge.
At Christmas, the Salvos will serve over 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys and support more than 70,000 families in need. But we can only do this with the support of the Australian public, Captain Wishart says.
Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. Not only is The Salvation Army in Shepparton running its annual Christmas Cheer operation, to provide toys and food for those in need, it is also putting on a community carols event and preparing for special Christmas services.
The Salvation Army is inviting the public to gather to celebrate the hope and joy of Christmas at a special service at 10am on December 23, and on Christmas Day at 9am, at The Salvation Army Shepparton, 99 Nixon Street, Shepparton. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Shepparton locals are also invited to attend The Salvation Armys carols service at 5pm, on December 16, at The Salvation Army Shepparton, 99 Nixon Street.
Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. So, join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas, Captain Wishart said.
To give hope where its needed most this Christmas, donate to The Salvation Armys Christmas Appeal at salvos.org.au/Christmas or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Donations can also be made in person at any Westpac branch or at Salvo Stores.
LEONGATHAS proud sporting history starts with its exemplary
The Leongatha Recreation Reserve has been well maintained by its committee of volunteers for many years and services an abundance of sport and community groups.
These clubs include the tennis, croquet, football, cricket, table tennis, golf, small bore, little athletics, umpires association, netball, basketball, swimming, cycling and the Historical Car Club.
The recreation reserve is home to South Gippsland SPLASH, which features an indoor pool and stadium.
On top of this, a skate park was developed in 2016 and continues to be well used. The recreation reserve is also the home of Leongathas Avenue of Honour.
The reserve is well used for its park and barbecue facility, and is frequented by walkers and joggers.
Major events have also been held at the reserve, including the Rotary Show N Shine, the circus and school sporting events.
The Leongatha Recreation Reserve is unique. According to Leongatha Recreation Reserve committee chair Mr Glenn Wright, theres only one other reserve like it in Victoria.
Its important for the community to have a facility like this and that it is kept in good repair. It reflects on the towns pride when people come in to visit and see our excellent facilities, he said.
The recreation reserve is in fantastic condition thanks to the hours put in by volunteers and the respective clubs.
Volunteers play a huge role in the upkeep of the recreation reserve. Mr Wright acknowledged the work of
Leongathas Kevin Thorn, who has taken on the role of curator and has done a magnificent job.
The committee is also grateful to South Gippsland Shire Council and the State Government for contributing to the facilitys maintenance.
We have been fortunate in the last few years to receive some government grants, Mr Wright said.
We coordinated with the shire to seal the roadway on the top end which has made a huge difference as well as some kerb and channel works. We spent around $1 million. The committee contributed $150,000, council contributed a similar amount and the rest was covered by government grants.
The recreation reserve is growing with the latest addition of Leongatha Football Netball Clubs outdoor netball courts.
Leongatha and District Netball Association also secured funding recently to bring its courts up to standard.
Mr Wright said the netball redevelopments would allow Leongatha to host more finals and championships.
Next on the committees list of improvements is to give the grandstand a revamp and improve the parking near the netball courts and velodrome.
The grandstand has a lot of historical significance but it still needs to be maintained. We will be applying for grants to give it a bit of a face lift, Mr Wright said.
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TOM Saario was recently awarded the Contribution to Refereeing Award for the 2018 Volleyball Victoria State League season.
Tom is a highly valued stalwart of Korumburra Volleyball Inc and a life member of Volleyball Victoria.
Contribution to Refereeing recognises an individuals outstanding dedication and contribution to refereeing within, and outside of, the State League competition.
Each State League morning, Tom would arrive pre-opening to check all nets for junior matches before travelling to Springers Leisure Centre to act as referee delegate and referee development officer; overseeing all of the referees at Springers Volleyball Centre.
MEENIYANS Holly DeGaris will soon be heading off to China for
the experience of a lifetime.
Pony Club Australia has been working in China for the last two years to develop the equestrian industry and education for young riders.
Pony Club Australia regularly sends Australian coaches to centres in China to train and accredit the coaches and examine riders for Pony Club certificates.
A Pony Club Australia coach has been stationed at the Gold Saddle Equestrian Club in Guilin, Guangxi province, for most of 2018.
A team of eight from Australia was selected to join the coach in China, Holly among them.
The Australian riders will ride in showjumping rounds and gymkhana games, demonstrate riding to Chinese students, and do sightseeing and cultural activities.
Holly is set to leave for China on November 20 and its looking forward to the experience.
The 16 year old has been riding since she was three years old and has been a member of the Meeniyan Pony Club for the past 10 years.
She decided to apply for the experience after hearing great reviews from a friend who had been part of the program in previous years.
I am looking forward to learning about pony clubs in China and what they do differently. Im also excited to learn about a new culture, she said.
My friend said it was amazing and I wanted to find out what it was all about. I am willing to give every opportunity a go.
This is the fourth group Pony Club Australia has sent to China.
Holly said she loves being part of the Meeniyan Pony Club and has always enjoyed horse riding.
You form a great connection with your horse, she said.
Its a great feeling, whether youre competing or just going for a ride down the road.
Her greatest achievements include competing in the National Pony Club Formal Gymkhana in Toowoomba last year and taking part in the State Tetrathlon.
Her goal is to make it to the national Tetrathlon team and compete internationally in 2020.
She is committed to her goal and trains extremely hard. She swims three times a week, runs three times a week, goes to gym three times a week, rides up to six times a week and practices shooting for at least 10 minutes each day.
Pony Club Australia is part of an active global community and has sent teams to compete in the Tetrathlon in the USA, Polocrosse in the UK, Mounted Games in the UK and showjumping in France.
TWO local cyclists raced across the line first in the Bass Coast
Battling it out in the 121 kilometre race, both Cowes Jesse Riley and Leongathas Alex Dunbar crossed the line first with a time of three hours, 28 minutes and 31 seconds.
The cycle challenge has been running in Inverloch for eight years.
With 121, 85, 53 and 40 kilometre races, the challenges leave Inverloch and circles through Kongwak, the Glen Alvie hills, Almurta and Moyarra, taking cyclists through stunning scenery before ending back in Inverloch.
Between 600 and 700 cyclists took part this year; similar numbers to last year.
This year, the challenge was moved out of Inverlochs main street and onto Ramsay Boulevard.
We decided to move the challenge so we would have a beautiful park to use and there would be less impact on the main street, festival co-director Jess Bodiam said.
The Rainbow Park was used for childrens activities such as face painting, giant board games and the pimp my bike competition.
This competition was won by Inverlochs Anahla Cameron for her robot design.
Stalls from sponsors were also a point of interest.
A fun run was held early in the morning in conjunction with parkrun and a billy cart race took place.
ELDERLY people who are struggling with homelessness in Shepparton will soon have a new place to call home thanks to $5.5M in Victorian Government funding.
Representing the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said the funding would support a $10M project being delivered by Wintringham Housing Ltd.
The project will result in 28 to 30 one-bedroom accessible homes being built in central Shepparton on a property adjoining other homes and support services currently managed by Wintringham.
The homes will be allocated to elderly homeless people or those at risk of homelessness, with priority being given to those who have experienced family violence. Construction is expected to start in 2020 with the first residents being housed in late 2021.
Additional funding has come from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and a philanthropic body.
Wintringham CEO and founder, Bryan Lipmann AM said, We are proud to already be serving the Shepparton community, and this project means we can extend our housing and support services for those in need even further. This is a powerful example of how government and community funds can be used in partnership to deliver much needed services.
YOUR LABOUR DLP CANDIDATE Labour Democratic Labour Party Candidate for Northern Victoria, Chris McCormack. Photo: Supplied.
THE Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP) is dismayed at the plight of food growers in Victoria as a result of destructive policies from successive governments which have led to the demise of farming and the flow-on effect of lost jobs in rural and regional Victorian communities.
Labour DLP Candidate for Northern Victoria, Chris McCormack said, In the year 2000, there were 12,896 registered dairy farms in Australia. Last year there were 5,789.
This decimation of the industry has been brought about by deregulation of the dairy industry and deregulation of water. The price of temporary water rose 900 percent between 2012-2015 and in some cases is now selling for over $300 per megalitre which is making farming unsustainable while water barons profiteer.
Labour DLP believes in giving farmers back useable and affordable water allocations by immediately ceasing all water buy-backs, reviewing all water acts and an immediate moratorium on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, with those adversely affected compensated.
So-called environmental flows, lacking any scientific basis, whereby up to 70 percent of water stored in reservoirs is sent out to sea is an absolute disgrace and must be reversed, Mr McCormack said.
Shepparton is among the top 20 highest youth unemployment hotspots in Australia, at 16.1 percent unemployment. Labour DLP believes in encouraging manufacturing and business in the regions through the abolition of payroll tax and industry-specific incentives, making power affordable and reliable and building new dams to drought proof Victoria. These are essential if Victorian jobs are to survive long-term.
Building new high efficiency, low emissions coal power stations, and encouraging co-operatives throug...
IRONWOMEN FOR A CAUSE From left, GV Health McGrath Foundation breast care nurse, Michelle Parish, KMD Creative logo designer, Kris Muir, triathlete due, Kylie Jones and Fiona Le Gassick, McDonalds owner operator, Tully Lyster and trainer, Anne Maclean. Photo: David Lee.
LOCAL triathlete duo, Kylie Jones and Fiona Le Gassick are tackling the gruelling IRONMAN Western Australia in December in the name of the McGrath Foundation.
Kylie is a three times breast cancer survivor, having recently experienced her third diagnosis even after an earlier double mastectomy, and with Fionas daughter at risk of carrying the breast cancer gene, the two friends and training buddies have united in the support of the Pink Ribbon cause.
This will be both Fiona and Kylies third IRONMAN (3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run) but the first one they have competed in together.
Kylie and Fiona said, We wanted to financially support the McGrath Foundation as we believe breast care nurses make a world of difference to the lives of families experiencing breast cancer.
Under their team name, Pink Peaks IRONMAN, they hope to raise $5,000 for the McGrath Foundation to assist with continuing to provide breast care nurses for the Goulburn Valley.
To kick off their fundraising campaign local McDonalds licensees, Tully and Michelle Lyster have kindly donated $2,500 to the cause.
As a major fundraiser Pink Peaks IRONMAN will be hosting a trivia afternoon on Sunday, November 25 at 2pm at the Senior Citizens Centre. The event will be hosted by local trivia guru, Dean Waldo Walton, with tickets available via Eventbrite Pink Peaks IRONMAN McGrath Foundation Trivia Afternoon. Tickets are just $15 per person with tables of 10 encouraged.
To make a donat...
ELECTION PLEDGE From left, East Shepparton Bowls Club vice president, Dennis Galt, board member, Kevin Cox, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer, Nationals Leader, Peter Walsh, Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz and East Shepparton Bowls Club president, Chris Johnson at the recent announcement that if elected this month the Liberal Nationals Government would provide $600,000 towards a new covered bowling green at the club. Photo: Supplied.
A NEW covered bowling green for the East Shepparton Bowls Club could be on the cards if the Liberal Nationals Government is elected this month, pledging to provide $600,000 toward the $1.2M project.
The new undercover green will allow the 120 club members and bowlers from around the Shepparton electorate and wider area to play bowls all-year-round.
The club hosts many local and major tournaments such as the Victorian Open and the undercover green will ensure such events are not affected by inclement weather.
Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh said, Sports clubs like East Shepparton Bowls Club are experiencing strong participation and are in desperate need of better facilities to make sure they can keep up with demand...
A Tibetan man set himself on fire on 4 November in a peaceful protest in the eastern Tibetan region of Ngawa. The death of 23-year-old Dorbe brings the total number of Tibetans that have self-immolated in order to draw attention to their nations plight to 154 since February 2009. Two days later, around 1,000 Tibetan and Uyghur demonstrators
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The NSW government has announced a Special Commission of Inquiry into ice (crystal methamphetamine) with Nationals candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin making it clear that the government is putting all options on the table.
It is crucial the government understands every option to combat the evolving threat of this dangerous, illegal drug and to outline methods to help those who need it, said Mr Austin.
The War on Drugs has been recognised around the world as a failure with at least 26 countries decriminalising drug use and many shifting the emphasis away from a criminal issue to a health issue.
Given the Premier has promised that all options are on the table, finally, the government wont be able to ignore the experts who have been demonstrating for years that drugs policy saves lives when it is treated as a health issue, not a criminal one, said Sue Higginson, Greens candidate for Lismore.
As a lawyer I have seen first hand the enormous resources currently being wasted prosecuting individuals for drug use and diverting taxpayers money into a war on drugs which has failed dismally. Not only is the current approach not working, it is actively harming the people we are supposed to be helping, said Ms Higginson.
Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina agreed saying that she welcomed the inquiry but the NSW government needs to treat drug use as a health issue rather than a purely criminal one.
Resources are currently being wasted prosecuting individuals for drug use and diverting taxpayers money into a war on drugs which has failed dismally, said Ms Smith.
Labor candidate for Lismore Janelle Saffin has said Labor is committed to a broader drug summit modelled on the 1999 one, that brought in knowledge, research, experience and resulted in understanding and change.
A Daley government if elected in March 2019 will bring together patients, health workers, former addicts, parents, police, judges and experts to determine appropriate policy responses and services needed. We do know that we need more rehabilitation facilities and Labor has committed to six additional ones, with four being in rural and regional areas.
The recent NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the provision of rehabilitation services in rural, regional and remote areas in NSW found a dearth of services.
Theres a rising awareness that the century-old system of drug prohibition is failing. Its evident in the global moves to legalise cannabis, the internationally-lauded Portuguese drug decriminalisation model and the widespread calls to start treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. The close to fifty years of the war on drugs has seen
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High electricity prices and the lack of federal government leadership on energy policy in the face of climate change has made energy policy something that will influence many peoples votes in the upcoming state elections. For voters in the seat of Lismore they have a chance to hear their candidates outline their policies on renewable energy and to discuss the regions transition away from reliance on fossil fuels this evening at 6.30pm at the Lismore City Bowls Club, Spinks Park.
Getting an idea of what candidates and their parties are proposing first hand can give voters a clearer insight into the candidates who are running in their local seat and Repower NSW have brought together Confirmed candidates and representatives including Sue Higginson (Greens), Janelle Saffin (ALP) and Susie Hearder (Animal Justice Party). National Party candidate Austen Curtin has also been invited. Other speakers will include Jacqui Mumford (Nature Conservation Council), and the event will be hosted by lawyer and comedian Mark Swivel.
Repower Northern Rivers spokesperson Jill Lyons today said the forum would be an exciting opportunity for members of the Northern Rivers community to be part of the debate around the regions future needs.
The Northern Rivers has long been a hotspot for renewable, and the Lismore area has the highest uptake of rooftop solar of any local government area in NSW, Ms Lyons said.
Weve also got Australias largest floating solar farm right here in East Lismore.
There is no doubt that voters in the state election will want to see candidates with progressive policies on renewable energy, and a genuine vision for the states transition to 100 per cent clean energy.
This is everyones chance to be part of the clean energy conversation.
More details about the event are available on the Repower Northern Rivers facebook page.
A mysterious safety issue in the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark forced the store to close for around two hours yesterday afternoon, much to the consternation of locals trying to do their grocery shopping.
The store was closed at around 4pm with engineers barricading up the entrance to the carpark and turning away customers trying to pull in.
The cause of the closure appears to have been a structural issue in the back corner of the carpark near the BWS bottle shop. This area had been taped off for a couple of days prior to the closure.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the store had taken the decision to temporarily close the Mullumbimby Woolworths supermarket while we undertake some testing to ensure the structural integrity of the carpark.
We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers, the spokesperson said.
The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.
The spokesperson said the store was expected to re-open later in he evening.
The brief closure created traffic chaos at the stores Station St entrance with cars having to pull out of the turning lane into moving traffic.
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Australia is becoming more corrupt because successive federal governments have failed to create an effective national anti-corruption body similar to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, a leading jurist has argued.
Writing in support of a national anti-corruption body, David Harper, a former Court of Appeals justice at the Supreme Court of Victoria, noted that in 2012 Australia ranked seventh in Transparency Internationals global corruption index, but that today we were ranked 13th.
The lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free, he has written in an opinion piece for the Herald.
Mr Harper writes that the lack of an effective federal anti-corruption watchdog had allowed corruption to flourish undetected and, in turn, allowed federal politicians to hide behind the myth that the federal sphere is free of corruption.
In NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, extraordinarily serious instances of corruption have been unearthed by royal commissions or broad-based anti-corruption authorities, he writes.
A survey by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) found that 40 per cent of past, present and prospective suppliers to government agencies believed corruption in public sector procurement to be either a major or moderate problem.
Corruption in the states is certain to be replicated federally and if procurement in the states is a problem, federal procurement is necessarily fraught. In 2009, the Defence Department alone sought tenders for more than $45 billion. When money of this magnitude meets power and greed, as inevitably it will, corruption or attempts to corrupt are the result.
Mr Harpers piece was written in support of a briefing paper prepared by the Australia Institute, which is lobbying for a similar federal body, for federal crossbenchers, who last month announced their support for a federal anti-corruption body. Labor also supports the proposal. So far the government has opposed such a body, or discussed one with far more limited powers.
The paper finds that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption remai...
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We are slowly working towards getting our signage needs sorted at the garden. The Give Us A Sign project, funded by Mount Alexander Shire Community Grants aims to improve the experience for members and non members alike when they visit. Thanks to the generosity of Richard Flavell at Sandleford, we now have durable stainless steel Continue reading Our numbers are up!
One year on from the historic and overwhelming yes vote for marriage equality on November 15 last year, QNews Magazine is holding a community forum to celebrate the anniversary. At the event we want to explore the questions: Where is our community now? Where we are going? Where do others want to take us? In ...
The post Help Us Celebrate The First Anniversary Of The Yes Vote At Our Community Forum appeared first on QNews Magazine.
The two-part Dynamoto motorcycle stand is an amazing invention designed, engineered and built in Australia to make your bike easy to clean, maintain and move around your garage.
This invention is the genius of Brisbane mechanical engineer Stuart Black and designer Stephen McGuiness. I interviewed them three years ago when they were looking for crowd-funding to get started.
They now have a thriving business with export sales to countries such as the USA and Taiwan.
Dynamoto front and rear stands cost $785, or you can just buy the rear for $540.
However, the real beauty of this invention is that, with both stands, you can push the bike sideways. That makes it so easy to store your bike if you have limited garage space.
Its all thanks to the use of Australian-designed and manufactured omni-directional Rotacaster wheels.
It may sound like a lot of money, but the versatile, elegant, quality product also shows off your bike. So you can spend hours in the garage with a beer just admiring it.
Two men will face court after allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a man at The Channon near Lismore earlier this week.
About 4.45pm on Monday, 12 November 2018, a 41-year-old man answered the door of his home on Nimbin Road, The Channon, about 21km from Lismore, to three armed men.
The men allegedly assaulted the man before fleeing.
Officers from Richmond Police Area Command spoke with a number of witnesses and commenced inquiries.
On Tuesday, 13 November, police arrested two men, aged 49 and 19.
They were both charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The 49-year-old man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court yesterday Wednesday, 14 November.
The younger man was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 26 November.
Inquiries are continuing.
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New research into the experience of local homeless people suggests that while some community members are kind and accepting, others have a lot to learn.
The academic undertaking the research, Rohena Duncombe, said the homeless people she interviewed spoke of a mixed experience in their interactions with the wider community.
It was really varied, said Ms Duncombe, a lecturer at Charles Sturt University.
Some [locals] seemed to appreciate what the [homeless] person been through, but others didnt really seem to understand the circumstances that led to homelessness at all.
Ms Duncombe said this lack of understanding was quite common within the broader Australian community.
If we asked the standard conservative person they would probably tend to think that people are homeless because theyre drinkers or because theyre just lazy, she said.
The fact is that in the vast majority of cases people are not homeless for those reasons. Theres a whole history and background, often going right back to childhood.
The interviews Ms Duncombe conducted locally are part of a project exploring the barriers homeless people face when attempting to access services, particularly healthcare.
Research has shown that while homeless people get sick more often and have shorter lives they use fewer primary health services than the rest of the population.
When they do seek medical attention, it is usually for an acute or more advanced condition that requires admission to hospital.
Part of the reason for this reluctance to seek help early, Ms Duncombe says, is that the entry points for health services tend not to be easily accessed by homeless people.
This difficulty in obtaining access may be because of a lack of knowledge about the available services, or because a homeless person feels alienated and isolated from the health system.
According to Ms Duncombe, this is where their treatment by the community comes into play. She says the experience of homelessness often exacerbates existing trauma, which in turn often results in mental health issues and substance use.
The good news, Ms Duncombe said, was that there were simple things locals could do to make homeless peoples lives easier.......
A report commissioned by Anglicare from Per Capita brings out some of the details to what most people already know, that is, that the richest part of Australian society receives much more government support than the poorest.
When the study, using Treasury data, ABS figures and the University of Melbournes HILDA survey, shows that major tax concessions to the top end cost taxpayers $135 billion a year, it comes as no surprise to anyone. It amounts to far more than the combined cost of Newstart, the age pension, family assistance payments and disability payments.
And governments have continually insisted that welfare payments are a burden on society and remained tight lipped on handouts to the best off.
It is even more telling when more than half of these handouts go to the richest fifth of Australian society. They get $68.5 billion a year. Every person on a wage has to pay $37 a week to fund this.
This generosity comes through tax concessions. Compare this to the bottom 20 percent who get $6 billion.
The report however, only looks at benefits paid out in terms of households. While it does factor in, the ability of wealthier households engaged in business to use discounts existing in the taxation system to offset expenditures, by claiming them as household expenditures, it does not consider benefits going to corporations. If this is included, the benefit going to the top would show to be much bigger.
For example, Foxtel pocketed a $30 million handout last year and avoided paying $8.3 billion in tax for three years. This is only one case. According to the Tax Office, 354 companies operating in Australia avoided paying income on $911 billion, and last year, said said that 36 percent of companies pay no tax. This is not the complete picture either. WikiLeaks Paradise Papers disclosures, gave a good idea of the scale of the tax avoidance industry through transferring funds to tax free havens, and this includes Australia.
In the 2015-16 financial year,...
Artists eager to get involved in next years MELT Festival have less than two weeks to submit their ideas and pitches for burlesque, theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, forum, panel and conversation pieces. MELT is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, cabaret and circus performers, dancers, ...
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Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner high school students have joined the campaign #KidsOffNauru to highlight the inhumane treatment of innocent children jailed by successive Australian governments.
A spokesperson said, Part of the movement is to make people and our government aware that we are unhappy with how the kids and families are locked in detention centres.
Local community-owned renewable energy group COREM says its feeling buoyed and sunny, about the amazing potential of solar gardens for the Northern Rivers.
President Ella Rose Goninan told The Echo, COREM has just returned from the final day of the national Social Access Solar Garden research and design project funded by ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency), held at UTS Sydney on Friday November 9, where they presented findings from their solar-garden modelling and heard the latest developments from other organisations.
A new adventure playground has just opened at the Bangalow Parklands.
Its also known as The Weir, and Council staff say, The playground is designed to activate the imagination of children of all ages, utilising old sections of timber recycled from Bangalow bridges to create gangplanks, with large rocks, rainforest plantings, a forest of climbing poles and two slippery slides, all providing opportunities for play and creativity.
Council say the playground and a new carpark were funded by a $250,000 grant from the federal governments Building Better Regions program and the Byron Shire Council ($164,000).
ENGIE Gippsland Power has appointed Leongathas Rhett McLennan as
the Under 18 TAC Cup Coach and Regional Coaching Director for 2019.
It is a full-time role.
McLennan, who played a total of 306 games of football including three senior premierships, has been in coaching roles at major league country and metropolitan clubs for 14 years.
Following his retirement from senior football he has been involved at Gippsland Power for the past four years as an Under 18 assistant coach and the past two years coaching the Under 16 Gippsland Power Team.
This season he accepted the new position of Development Coach for the Gippsland Power Football Club as well as taking on roles with the Vic Country Under 16s and Under 18s.
McLennan, is excited about the opportunity to coach in the TAC Cup at the elite junior level.
Im really looking forward to the challenge, McLennan said this week.
Having been involved with Gippsland Power for several years now, McLennan knows what it takes to reach the highest level having done pre-seasons with both the Brisbane Football Club and the Carlton Football Club.
The role is not new to me as I have been here for four years and coached a lot of these boys in the Under 16 Gippsland Power team over the past two seasons, McLennan said.
Im really looking forward to the excitement of getting out there and working closely with the boys at training and helping them reach their goals and dreams.
McLennan, first introduction to the players and parents, as the new coach was at the player parent information day last Sunday, November 11 at Lowanna College, Newborough.
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So-called Pastor Frank Houston was a pedophile who used the Christian ministry as a cloak or instrument to access little boys and young males.
Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, he thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey.
The pedophile Frank Houston groomed good trusting wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, and then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent pure children.
The pedophile Frank Houstons preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males.
In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christia...
In order to ensure that Public Housing is a significant issue at the Victorian State election, Public Housing Everybodys Business will be holding a 10 day vigil from midday on Wednesday 14 November until midnight on election day, Saturday 24 November, on the steps of the Victorian Parliament.
Tune in to a series of programs broadcast live from the steps of parliament or join the broadcasts live at the vigil.
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Roominations: Thursday 22 November 12 -1pm
With the warm nights, there is a lot of invertebrate activity in our bush at present. On a Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) a Praying Mantis nymph, all of 15mm long.
Praying Mantis nymph
Nearby a slow moving ant allows the photographer a few shots. I dont know what species this one is.
Ant on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)
Also on a Golden Wattle, a solo beetle.
And a pair of beetles of a different species work towards the next generation on a Grey Box sucker.
I found a few of these tiny and very cute weevils.
A katydid nymph, about 10mm long groomed itself as I took some photos. I think the miniscule claw about to scratch the head is so sweet.
In this episode we are in conversation with biologist Dr Tim Errington, Director of Metascience for the Center for Open Science (COS), which is dedicated to the replication of scientific research. First we discuss the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, which found that of the 97% of significant results published in high-ranking psychological science journals only 36% of the replications were significant. We discuss some of the post-hoc explanations provided by researchers to explain this failure of replication, as well as the funding incentive system within science which discourages reproduction of research. We follow on from this by discussing the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, which aimed to reproduce medical studies that were published in top-tier journals such as Nature, Science and Cell. So far, 3 of the 5 studies they have attempted to reproduce had strikingly different results from the originals. We discuss this in terms of the extremely high failure rate of phase 2 clinical trials, and how these drugs may not make it into human trials if the pre-clinical trials were more statistically and methodologically robust. We also talk about the general statistical illiteracy in the field as well as the extreme pressure to find positive results in science which is dominated by a culture of publish or perish.
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