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1810 - In court evidence, botanist George Caley (Kaley) says he saw Tedbury remove a lead bullet from his mouth. Luttrell, who claims he thought Tedbury had speared his sister, is acquitted. Writing in later years, John Macarthur Junior thinks Tedbury died a year or two afterwards from the effects of his wounds.
1827 - Sydney's general street lighting was turned on for the first time....and the populace said,
"Oh, goody, I can see the rabid kangaroos coming for me this time,".
1828 - Charles Connor was Hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of James Mackenzie at Windsor.
1829 - There was a report of Bushrangers at Illawarra.
1852 - Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens was pupped. Youngest and favourite son of author Charles Dickens, Eddie upped sticks and parked himself on Aussie soil with another brother Alfred. Edward became well-known in the Aussie wool industry and a politician.
1856 - You can stop dressing up like dear old Ned when casting your vote - the Victorian Electoral Bill was passed with the breakfast prunes to allow for a secret ballot!
1860 - The first hotelkeeper's licence for the Overland Corner Hotel, South Oz, was granted to William Brand on this day.
1865 - On the steep and narrow road from Araluen to Majors Creek Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert, with the assistance of Tom Clarke, attempted to hold up the Araluen Gold Escort.They shot at the guards, Constable Kelly, who was shot in the shoulder and Constable Byrne , who was shot in the foot but they were outflanked by the remaining two troopers and were forced to flee from the scene.
1866 - Female reported that she had been with bushranger Thunderbolt for ten months engaged to assist Mary Ann Bugg during her confinement and that Thunderbolt had kept her with them since then, tied up, that she had escaped from their camp near the headwaters of the Little Manning River on this day.
1877 - The railway line from Winchelsea to Birregurra (Vic) was opened.
1884 - Don't start throwing the rice and confetti just yet - Daisy Bates got hitched to Breaker Morant but she soon kicked him to the kerb after he "forgot" to pay for the wedding and nicked some oinkers and a saddle.
1885 - The first Employers' Union was established in Melbourne.
1892 - Constable Arthur William Brown, Victoria Police; Constable Brown was walking in Williamson Street, Bendigo when he was unexpectedly struck in the mouth by a man called David Storey. Such was the violence of the blow, that Brown fell and struck his head on the stone water channel. His skull was fractured and he died as a result of the injury.
1958 - The last ever Aussie-built steam train went to work on the Brisvegas network.
04:36 Traralgon - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 20 minutes due to congestion on tracks shared with Metro Trains. [06:36 13/03]
Victoria is our home state in Australia where we live. Victoria is one of Australias smallest states but also its second most populated and Melbourne, the worlds most livable city, is the capital. It is forecast Melbourne will overtake Sydney in the next 20 years as the most populous city in Australia. There are many great holiday places in Victoria. Victoria is a state of diversity from the Australian Alps in the North East to limestone sea stacks that make the 12 Apostles in the south-west, to the arid desert-like the condition of the northwest and Australias most southerly spot of Wilsons Promontory just to name a few. Melbourne will most likely be your starting destination for visiting the sights of Victoria. You will find a getting to Melbourne guide at the end of this post. In this article, you will find submissions from some of Australias top bloggers who love these holiday places in Victoria. We hope some of the amazing destinations reviewed will inspire you to visit Victoria.
For the sake of this article, we are classifying Eastern Victoria as most of the state that lies east of Melbourne. The two main highways that will take you through Eastern Victoria are the Princes Highway and the South Gippsland Highway. A day trip from Melbourne is needed or a stay in the region to see the sights. You will find Eastern Victoria the least populated area of the state. Its known for its small towns, forests, National Parks, food and wine. This regions major towns include Warragul, Traralgon, Leongatha and Bairnsdale. It is also home to Victorias most remote town called Dargo. The Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory and the Victorian High Country are popular holiday places in Victoria
My most recent hiking trip (late Feb 2018) to Tasmania didnt go to plan.
The plan was to walk the last section of the Western Arthur Range I hadnt done lakes Promontory and Rosanne.
But a flooded river and an indistinct track junction put paid to those plans.
While a little annoying not to tick off a few more Tassie bushwalking features, I still had five-and-a-half days of hiking and camping in the bush.
I set out from Hobart with my lift to the start of the Huon Track, near the Tahune Airwalk outside Geeveston, around 7.30am and was walking by 8.45am.
It was steadily spitting rain so I started in my waterproof jacket and pants. Handy too as the bush was wet and brushing past branches and leaning into the track was like stepping into a shower.
The track is an old vehicle track and easy to follow, although in places the bush is reclaiming it.
I set myself a pretty quick pace as I was aiming to reach Cracroft Crossing, about 25km away, to camp.
The start of the walk along the Huon Track was very nice. A couple of gentle up and downs and then flat walking along the Huon River.
Its obvious no one has been along the track with a chainsaw for a while as there are plenty of trees down. They slowed my progress as they had to be climbed over or under or around....
In May 2013 Victoria Police executed a search warrant on the law firm Slater and Gordon - the warrant is here. Slater and Gordon's client Bruce Wilson claimed legal professional privilege over some of the files - this Affidavit from DET SGT Ross Mitchell explains. Police opposed Wilson's claim on...
High-country Place, People and Story
by Matthew Higgins
Canberra, April 11.
What is it like in Australias high country? Matthew Higgins takes readers into this challenging environment to tell a unique story through words and pictures. Starting with his own experience, Higgins then profiles a range of mountain people from stockmen to Indigenous park rangers to tourism operators and more each touched by this picturesque, bold landscape in different ways.
Join Max Bourke AM, former scientist and heritage manager, and author Matthew Higgins for the launch of this book of personal reflection and history.
Wednesday 11 April, 6pm
National Library of Australia (Canberra)
Foyer, free (includes refreshments)
Book signing to follow
Book here or 02 6262 1424
The lead up to the inaugural Jumanji Festival hasnt exactly been smooth, with organizers garnering a fair amount of criticism for its all-male lineup. Now, as reported by Music Feeds, the festival has faced a number of arrests for fence jumping and drug-related offenses.
Headlined by hip hop superstars Lil Wayne, Tyga and more, the festival took place in Sydneys Parramatta Park on Saturday, March 10, attracting just over 6000 punters.
NSW Police have confirmed that 71 people were caught fence-jumping, with 44 refused entry. Nine people were also removed from the festival grounds for aggressive or antisocial behaviour.
Medics took care of 99 medical issues, with two punters being transported to hospital, while 20 people were charged with drug offenses within the festival.
The Victorian leg also faced a number of drug offenses, with a 19-year-old man being charged with the possession and trafficking of drugs, possessing the proceeds of crime, handling stolen goods and resisting police.
Two police officers were also injured while making arrests, including a 27-year-old man was also arrested and charged with possessing drugs and resisting arrest.
The ALPs on-again off-again position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the partys recent history, writes Michael Brull*.
Lately, there has been increasing media coverage about Bill Shortens changing positions on the proposed Adani megamine in Queensland. The Liberals have spun this position as a total flip-flop, supporting the mine, then opposing it.
In fact, Shorten is so unprincipled, his supposed flip-flop has seen him going from saying that if the Adani mine stacks up hell support it, to now saying that if the mine doesnt stack up he wont support it. And he thinks it doesnt at this moment. But in both cases, hes not committing either way. When he supposedly supported Adani, he said hed welcome the jobs it would bring (if the project stacked up). Now that he supposedly opposes Adani, he promises he wont tear up contracts, and otherwise do what he can to actually stop Adani.
Adani has welcomed Labors commitment.
Other ALP members have shown a similar unwillingness to just oppose Adani. Labor heavyweight and possible future leader Anthony Albanese got out to criticise calls for a Labor government to kill the project. He has previously responded to activists by saying when will you people fuck off?Labors Anthony Albanese.
Stop Adani Sydney is presently on week four of picketing his office on Monday mornings. They note he voted against stopping Adanis mine in August last year, and voted for changes to native title in June that helped Adani defeat challenges from traditional owners.
Tanya Plibersek, the...
Fire crews fight an out of control blaze at Seaview
Renowned filmmaker David Bradbury will be in Melbourne for the Victorian premiere of his latest documentary which chronicles his time in the US during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
AMERICA & ME will screen at the Cinema Nova on Friday March 16 at 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
AMERICA & ME documents the filmmakers observations over three months in the US during the lead up to the surprise election of Donald Trump. A one-man band and always traveling with his camera, David Bradbury was easily able to slip into gear and start filming while on tour with his antimilitarism documentary War on Trial.
Eight US cities later he chronicled what was happening on the streets of America; 40 years after Ronald Reagan introduced the economic theories of Milton Friedman and the infamous Chicago Boys to the world.
Bradbury interviews veterans of Americas failed wars to maintain Empire, gets down in the gutter with the homeless to find out what life is like on the streets, speaks to a nun who was violated by the military junta in Guatemala under the directions of a CIA operative, goes to the US/Mexican border where Trump plans to build the Wall, films out front of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia where deadly drone attacks are ordered up every Killer Tuesday by the US Presidentand ends up at the Standing Rock protest camp for Election Day.
These vignettes give context to Bradburys critique of the American penchant for empire, using telling moments from his earlier films shot on the edge of the American colossus Nicaragua No Pasaran, Chile Hasta Cuando?, Frontline and South of the Border.
To view trailer visit: https://youtu.be/wq8Q4NC8QG8
For screening details and ticketing visit: http://cinemanova.com.au/films/america-and-me
For interview with the filmmaker contact David Bradbury mob. 0409925469 (David will be in Melbourne from March 12).
For press images contact Frontline Films 02 6684 0015/0447851858 or email email@example.com
Biloela is a typical small town in Queensland, whose residents have done something that deserves to be better known by the rest of Australia.
They have come together to defend an asylum seeker family, which has been living in the town.
The Tamil couple has escaped from Sri Lanka and now have two children born in Australia.
Australian Border Force members seized the family last Monday, and flew them to immigration detention in Melbourne, where they were allegedly coerced into signing documents supporting their voluntary removal.
Bilboela residents have responded by starting up a change.org petitiont as part of their effort to convince the Australian government to return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome.
The United Nations has criticised Australias eagerness to deport Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka in the past, noting in October that, at least one such case faced a serious risk of return to danger or persecution.
Most Australians are tolerant and welcoming people, who believe that those who land on our shores because of desperation, should be treated humanely, and generally fast racked into settlement in Australia.
They do not like the way the government is treating these people in our name. Nor do they like the reputation the country is getting as an intolerant place, prepared to use what are really, remote concentration camps, in open violation of global standards of civilised behaviour and agreements that Australia is signatory to.
The treatment of refuges is one example, in a catalogue of changed that are causing an ongoing erosion of rights, aimed to promote fear that other people pose a threat, as as a manipulative political tool .
Biloela has gone one step further and taken practical action in one case, which serves as a positive example to other Australian communities.
In todays bulletin: a West Gippsland Hospital campaign, Seaview bushfire warnings, a recap of the Warragul Show, and more.
Anyone living in an apartment block has probably noticed the increasing numbers of strangers with rolling suitcases who are obviously staying in Airbnb accommodation. Living in a Toowong apartment tower, I am frequently having to help short-term visitors find their way to Toowong Village. Hence I am delighted to publish this guest post from my friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton, Principal of BG Economics, on the increasingly important issue of Airbnb in strata. Views expressed are Stephens and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
Will 2018 be the year for Airbnb certainty in strata?
by Dr Stephen Thornton
Queensland should finally be getting some significant changes to strata law this year, 4.5 years after the former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced that the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre would undertake a property law review. To be fair, it is a big job. QUT have conducted the review in stages with a number of final recommendations reports having been completed and handed to the government.
However, one of the major contemporary policy issues in strata, how to respond to peer-to-peer short-term rental disruptors like Airbnb, was not part of the review. Having only been in operation for five years, the Californian company did not appear on the policy radar when the review was being considered.
I wrote about the benefits of providing a legislative green light to strata owners in this space last year (here) citing the Deloitte Access Economics report Economic Effects of Airbnb in Australia: Queensland in which they estimated that Airbnb guest expenditure is associated with $217.4 million in value add to the Queensland economy, and supports 2,115 FTE jobs across the state.
Just recently, MadeComfy, a short-term rental management company, used data from a commissioned 2017 study by economics and policy consultancy ACIL Allen and combined it with its own data. MadeComfy reportedly found short-term rental (STR) average weekly revenue outperformed the long-term rental (LTR) average in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with the Queensland capital registering an LTR average of $370 for apartments and....
Todays Daily Reckoning has no choice but to interrupt your regular programming.
Our head office is located in Victoria, and we southern types are enjoying a day off for Labour Day.
Well have to put the latest news and market moves aside for now.
However, we can use the time to take a look at some longer-term trends.
One of those is the ongoing ascendancy of China.
Bloomberg reported last week that Chinas economy is set to overtake the Eurozone sometime in 2018.
Theres only one spot to go after that
The day China shakes the world is coming
We can see the ascendancy of China in other ways. You might recall, if youve been reading the Daily Reckoning for a while, that I pointed out last year that oil futures were due to begin trading in Shanghai.
These contracts are due to go live this month. The most interesting part about it all is that these contracts will be settled in Chinas currency, the yuan, and not US dollars.
Heres why I bring it up
The US is the only country in the world that can import real goods like oil simply by printing new currency reserves. Every other country has to earn US dollars first via exports bringing in foreign exchange to pay for the imports.
Its rightly called an exorbitant privilege, and its days are numbered.
Recall that China is by far the largest importer of raw materials in the world.
There will come a day that China tells Australian iron ore miners that theyre going to get paid in yuan whether they like it or not. That day will shake the world.
When that specific date is due, I cant tell you for certain. But China is going to flex its buying power at some point.
Granted, its unlikely to be anytime soon. China needs to liberalise its capital accounts first.
But theres a wildcard to all this I need to tell you about
A wildcard for the global trading system
Its called the blockchain. This has the potential to upend the use of national currencies for trade.
The blockchain is a ledger. It can record what is delivered, when, and to whom. All we need is an agreed protocol for the energy industry, and it could be built with a native token to transfer the value.
Call it OilCoin if you like.
It would actually be a massive improvement on what we have now.
I read a research report on the oil market just last week. The analysts were trying to get an approximate estimate....
1773 - Tobias Furneaux, second in command on Cook's second jaunt
to the Pacific, was so impressed with Adventure Bay in Tassie that
he parked his boat there for 5 days where he explored the bright
lights and big city had the rigging overhauled, and wood and water
1827 - William Leddington was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - James Smith was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - John Edwards was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 -Richard Johnson wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - Edward Coulthurst wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1842 - First issue of Launceston Examiner.
1853 - William Wright was Hanged outside Adelaide Gaol for a murder committed at East Wellington.
1868 - We know what Henry James O'Farrell was up to on this day as he so thoughtfully made his mark in history for future historians by attempting to assassinate the 2nd male pup of Queen Vicky, Prince Alfred, as he swanned about a picnic at Clontarf in Sydney.
The prince fully recovered from the shooting but, alas, the deemed insane O'Farrell failed to recover from the hangman's noose.
1877 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened in all its glory.
1883 - Murrumgunarriman, known as Twopenny, who was a member of the famous Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868, passed away.
1885 - Const 1/C John Mitchell, NSW Police, was shot by an escaping prisoner.
1903 - Constable John Hamley, WA Police, drowned at Roebourne.
1904 - Australia's first car race was held near current-day Sandown Park, Victoria, with Harley Tarrant rocketing across the line to the chequered flag in a twin cylinder car he built himself with the top engine pulling power of 8hp.
1906 - John Kelly (King) brother of Ned Kelly, regimental number 880, became a probationary constable in the WA Police Force.
1913 - Canberra was christened before it was actually built, with Mrs. Governor- General Lady Denman unveiling the foundation stones and the secretly-held moniker for our nations capital.
1916 - A Model T Ford left Glenelg, with five adults, three children and a pile of luggage, bound for Birdsville. The driver was Joseph Kelly, an employee of Ford agents Duncan and Fraser, who undertook to drive the owner, Jack Gaffney, licensee of the Birdsville hotel, and his family, in the new vehicle up the notorious Birdsville track.
After 1200 tortuous kilometres, they reached Birdsville.
The only problem with the car was one puncture...
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE SEVEN REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE US Just seven single men comprise the sixth group of refugees, who will leave Nauru today (Sunday, 11 March) to be resettled in the US. (Photos attached). The seven refugees include Afghans, Pakistani and two Rohingyans. Altogether 146 refugees from Nauru have been resettled(...)
Originally posted at onbeing I hope this article rhymes with you as well as it did for me.
As a climate scientist, I am often asked to talk about hope. Particularly in the current political climate, audiences want to be told that everything will be all right in the end. And, unfortunately, I have a deep-seated need to be liked and a natural tendency to optimism that leads me to accept more speaking invitations than is good for me. Climate change is bleak, the organizers always say. Tell us a happy story. Give us hope. The problem is, I dont have any.
I used to believe there was hope in science. The fact that we know anything at all is a miracle. For some reason, the whole world is hung on a skeleton made of physics. I found comfort in this structure, in the knowledge that buried under layers of greenery and dirt lies something universal. It is something to know how to cut away the flesh of existence and see the clean white bones underneath. All of us obey the same laws, whether we know them or not.
Look closely, however, and the structure of physics dissolves into uncertainty. We live in a statistical world, in a limit where we experience only one of many possible outcomes. Our clumsy senses perceive only gross aggregates, blind to the roiling chaos underneath. We are limited in our ability to see the underlying stimuli that, en masse, create an event. Temperature, for example, is a state created by the random motions of millions of tiny molecules. We feel heat or cold, not the motion of any individual molecule. When something is heated up, its tiny constituent parts move faster, increasing its internal energy. They do not move at the same speed; some are quick, others slow. But there are billions of them, and in the aggregate their speed dictates their temperature....
1813 - The first cattle fair was held, no doubt starring
someone's mother in law, at Parramatta NSW.
1843 - Scratching about in the dirt during a brief 5 min break, tin was discovered near Beechworth in Victoria.
1845 - The first Maori War took place, with British troops sent from Australia over to NZ's North Island to suppress an uprising by the Maori's against European settlers breaches of the Waitangi Treaty.
1848 - The Savings Bank of South Australia opened its doors in rented premises in Gawler Place on this day.
1857 - William Twigham (or Twiggem, alias Lexton) was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Sergeant Bernard McNally at the Cathcart Diggings, near Ararat.
1862 - John Seaver was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Richard Pettinger at Adelaide.
1871 - WA's first ever railway which tottled from Busselton to Yonganup was opened by a private timber company (it was dobbin-powered until August of that year).
1871 - The Overland Telegraph Party, having grown tired of square dancing their way across the desert, tripped over a spot now known as Alice Springs.
1873 - Samuel Wright was Hanged at Castlemaine for the attempted murder of a man Named Hagan (or Hogan) at Dead Horse Flat, near Eaglehawk.
1892 - Nasty piece of work Frederick Deeming was arrested at Southern Cross - the Westralian town, not the Melbourne train station - for murder most foul. Google the creature as his deeds are not fit for decent folk.
1914 - Joseph Belbin was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Margaret Ledwell at Deloraine.
1940 - Coalminers spat the dummy and went on strike for higher wages and shorter working hours; as it was during a war this brewed not a little resentment and ill-will. The strike wasn't sorted out until May.
1942 - Everyone over the age of 16 excitingly got to be registered and to carry ID cards.
1957 - The Aleutian Islands sent forth a tsunami that was felt along the coastline of NSW.
1961 - Monash Uni, in Melbourne and named after soldier and engineer Sir John Monash, was officially opened with a red ribbon, scissors and a bottle of champers flung against its side by Vic Premier Sir Henry Bolte.
1969 - Division 4, a cop drama set in Melbourne, arrested the viewing audience when it debuted on the idiot box today.
1972 - The Womenss Right March in Sydney, with support from the Sydney Gay Liberation.
1980 - A Summer Offensive event, a forum Gays in our schools was held at Federation House. The booklet Young, Gay and Proud was discussed.
1983 - Bob Hawke tried on the crown as the 23rd Prime Minister of Oz.
In this June 2017 photo, HMAS Ballarat (center) conducts a passage exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese maritime self defense force ships Izumo and Sazanami and the Royal Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg.
Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) March 2, 2018 12:36pm
1788 - Governor Phillip went for a casual stroll and did some
naval gazing explored Broken Bay.
1829 - Daniel Brown was Hanged at Hobart for murder of a fellow-convict named Stopford at Macquarie Harbour.
1829 - John Salmon was Hanged at Hobart for murder of a fellow-convict named Stopford at Macquarie Harbour.
1839 - Joseph Redman was a greedy bugger when he applied to marry Frances Ann Nevin . The application was knocked back as the greedy bugger was already married with 7 children.
1840 - Patrick Leslie was a leader amongst men...or a drover amongst pastoralists when he drove the first mob of sheep overland from NSW to Moreton Bay.
1840 - The first competitive Agricultural Exhibition was held at Fordham's Hotel in Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
1850 - Mystery was the ships name but there was no mystery as to her fate; she struck a rock when the wind changed whilst sheltering under Swan Island, Tas. and her crew abandoned ship. During the following day the lighthouse keepers assisted the crew to salvage the cargo and much of the gear and fittings, before the Mystery broke up in a gale.
1851 - Excitingly the very first census of Victoria revealed that man had been successfully doing the horizontal limbo with the population hitting 77,345.
I have an idea how they were spending their free time....
1857 - Chu-Ah-Luk was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Ah Pat Campbell's Creek.
1860 - Stuart departed Chambers Creek on the first of his expeditions to cross from the south to the northern coast.
1860 - The Hall of Commerce was a large iron building in Watt St, Newcastle until it caught alight on this day and was consumed by the flames within an hour.
1863 - Const. Thomas Cavanagh (NSW) died whilst on duty.
1865 - The Jardine Expedition north from Carpentaria Downs to establish a settlement at Cape York named Somerset completed its 1,600-mile journey after five months of peril and hardship, travelling over difficult country, and several clashes with the "blacks" [sic] without loss of human life. Twenty-one horses, the mule, and many of the cattle were lost.
1866 - Surprise by name and surprise by nature; the ship Surprise left the Gippsland Lakes for Melbourne on this day and was not seen again.
1884 - Pizarro was sailing from Barrow, England to Cooktown, Queensland with railway material; she passed Gabo Island, Victoria on this day and was never seen again.
1889 - Long Jimmy alias Jimmy Long, a Malay, was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Claude Kerr on board a pearling lugger 'Dawn' at Cossack.
1891 - A group of (agitating busybodie)s colonial representatives had a...
Anarchist Communist Group believes the best immediate response to
Fascism is an internationalist working class movement of resistance
in the form of a united front. Within this, we can put forward a
libertarian communist solution to the many crises of capitalism. We
participate in the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism because,
although it has severe flaws, it does some good work and is the
only working class united front available to us at the moment. We
hope to contribute to solving its problems, most importantly its
isolation from the union movement, and fight for a world where
Fascism is consigned permanently to the dustbin of history.
When: 2-4pm 25th March Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Organised by Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees organising group Facebook event here Join the Melbourne Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees Sunday March 25 at 2pm, commencing at the State Library (music from 1.30pm). The walk will be starting(...)
NGV drops Wilson Security The National Gallery of Victoria has today indicated that Wilson Security will no longer provide security services at the state institution. Wilson Security is well known for its serious and extensive record of human rights abuses against children, women and men held in offshore immigration detention centres on Manus Island and(...)
SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL Friday 9th, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th Feb Birrarung Marr If you want an easy way to get involved with the Refugee Action Collective, come and volunteer for an hour at our Sustainable Living Festival Stall! This is your chance to engage with members of the public and the collective and to(...)
When: 11:30am 1:30pm 10th March 2018 Where: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, 189 High St Northcote VIC Facebook event here The Batman by-election is a chance to build a stronger refugee movement and put the ongoing cruelty of indefinite detention on Manus and Nauru into the national spotlight. Join RAC to Paint Batman, Refugee.(...)
DEPORTED TAMIL MAN HARASSED BY SECURITY FORCES IN SRI LANKA A former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) deported under duress from Australia last week is being harassed and intimidated, along with his family, by the Sri Lankan state. Santharuban was handed over to Sri Lankan authorities at Bandaranaike(...)
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MORE REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU TO BE RESETTLED, BUT TURNBULL KEEPS SILENT ABOUT PAINFULLY SLOW DEAL A group of 26 refugees, including three babies, are flying from Nauru today (Sunday, 25 February) to the US visa Fiji. (Photos attached) The twenty-six include two Sri Lankan families, but most of the refugees(...)
Batman (Vic): ALP vs Green 1.0%
Ged Kearney (ALP) vs Alex Bhathal (Green)
Incumbent David Feeney (ALP) resigned over eligibility issues
Outlook: On hold pending fallout from dossier controversy
A by-election will be held for the Victorian seat of Batman in the near future after David Feeney became the first confirmed Labor casualty of the Section 44 citizenship fiasco. Feeney threw in the towel when he was unable to find any positive evidence that he had renounced his UK citizenship circa 2007. Some Labor insiders believe the seat is now unsaveable while some are more upbeat that they may just hold it.
This could be the last time we'll be referring to the seat by the name "Batman". There's a significant campaign to rename it after Simon Wonga, but that won't be decided until the redistribution process concludes later this year.
The heavy lifting by way of preview has already been done at Tally Room and Poll Bludger with their excellent by-election guides. The seat's dramatically split voting pattern was laid out by Michael McCarthy in his pieces (here's the latest) on the "hipster-proof fence" (aka Tofu Curtain, Great Wall of Quinoa, Corduroy Line) around Bell Street, which divides the Green-friendlier and Labor-friendlier sides of the electorate. Also of interest may be Kosmos Samaras' analysis of why Labor is getting trashed by the Greens in inner-city seats like the state seat of Northcote (the southern half of Batman) and (see also Tim Colebatch on this) what they can try to do about it. A convenient step-up in attacks on the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland probably isn't it (at least, not by itself).
All that really remains for me to do is to put this by-election into its proper historic context, by telling you it really doesn't have one. It's been said that all by-elections are unique, but this one is especially so. And while that might sound like an open invitation to pay slavish attention to the polling that is bound to appear, I don't recommend doing that either. Seat polling in Australia is a struggling enterprise at the best of times, but inner-city seats with high enrolment churn are especially hard to poll a...
Review: Beck & Meg Mac at the Margaret Court Arena, February 28 2018
Last year, Beck announced that he was set to descend upon Australia for the first time in six years for the inaugural Sydney City Limits festival, in support of his thirteenth album, Colors. When the musical chameleon happened to announce sideshows for Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, fans were eagerly awaiting these long overdue performances to refresh their memories as to why hes one of the worlds most versatile and accomplished musicians.
As crowds slowly trickled into Melbournes Margaret Court Arena last night (which featured small signs made by the public referring to it as the Marriage Equality Arena), there was much talk about the show that awaited them. Overheard conversations included some fans hoping to hear some of his earliest cuts, while others hoped for something more recent. The most exciting thing about this though was that both fans had equal chances of leaving happy, with audiences never really knowing what to expect from a Beck setlist.
As showtime rolled around, a sadly all-too-small crowd was in attendance for one of Australias most talented performers of the moment, Meg Mac. Fresh from a huge year which saw the release of her debut record, Low Blows, Meg Mac took to the stage with her five-piece backing band, all of them dressed in shades of black and white a far cry from the Colors tour which Beck was bringing to the people.
As Meg Mac kicked off her set, which included hits such as Never Be, Low Blows, and Roll Up Your Sleeves this hugely talented muso showed off her amazingly soulful pipes to a hometown crowd, proving why she has been so popular in recent years with her her catchy, almost gospel-like tracks.
With her sister on backing vocals, and a hugely-talented backing band behind her, Meg Mac continued to deliver the hits, showcasing her stellar cover of Bill Withers Grandmas Hands, and even throwing down her 2017 Like A Version cover of Tame Impalas Let It Happen. By the end of her set, there wasnt a single audience member who wasnt enthralled by what they had just witnessed, and it was clear that she...
WONTHAGGIS Noahs Ark is dedicated to helping local children
develop the skills they need to grow.
The team provides therapy and education for children up to eight years old with a disability or additional needs.
Noahs Ark specialists, also known as Key Workers, visit you at home and can help build the skills and participation of your child.
Key Worker Ashleigh Wilson recently helped out local parents Andrea and Nick Cole with their daughter Bridget.
The four-year-old has Cornelia de Lange syndrome (Mild phenotype with associated microcephaly). She has expressive language delay, some saliva control issues, some conductive hearing loss and until recently had trouble toilet training.
We have also needed help with behavioural things like dressing and eating and getting in the car, said mum Andrea.
Our key worker Ashleigh has come up with many strategies that we have tried over the last year to try and help Bridget with her communication and toilet training.
They have been the most important goals, she said, adding that Ashleigh has also visited Bridgets day care to see the four-year-old in a different environment.
Shes also trialled different routines for Bridget to help her feel more in control of her environment.
She (Ashleigh) really helps me to face the challenges that Bridget presents me with but she also helps me to keep organised and on top of all of the appointments we have.
The key worker also helps Andrea to minimise her stress, often reminding the mother of four to take care of herself as well.
I really value Ashleigh and not only her care of Bridget but of our whole family, she said, adding that shes very grateful for the service from Noahs Ark.
Bridget has made some amazing progress in the last 12 months and I dont think I would have managed without Ashleighs help, she said.
The next 12 months are going to be full of challenges and Im glad that we will Ashleigh to support us.
Ashleigh, reflecting on her role at Noahs Ark, enjoys that she can witness the growth and development of children over time.
As the mother of four children, Andrea already has plenty of knowledge and skills about raising children, Ashleigh said.
So often we have focussed more on problem-solving together and how we can adapt the things she already knows in a way that will be most beneficial for Bridget.
She recalls trying many methods to toilet train Bridget. Then when she and Andrea decided maybe it was time to have a break from it, they say something just clicked for Bridget and she was soon fully day-time toilet trained.
The Wonthaggi team work with families across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires.
For more information, call 1800 819 140 or go to www.noahsarkinc.org.au.
You can also visit their Wonthaggi office at 152 G...
SEVERE winds felled trees across South Gippsland last Wednesday,
closing roads and forcing the cancellation of Stony Creeks horse
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were busy across the region, with 85 jobs responded to by 17 units within 24 hours.
A strong cold front crossed the region during the morning, bringing damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h, with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.
It was an eventful 24 hours for South Gippsland units, with 27 jobs:
Leongatha Unit responding to five trees down over roads, and one damaged building;
Foster Unit responding to nine fallen tree jobs, with many of these blocking roads and hindering traffic flow;
Inverloch unit responding to three tree down jobs and one damaged building; and
Wonthaggi unit responding to eight calls for assistance with four fallen trees and four damaged buildings.
Leongatha Unit controller Matt Saario said, Our SES volunteers worked well under pressure to assist the community and other units across the shire under such difficult conditions.
South Gippsland Shire Council crews attended to 70 requests for trees over roads, including roads managed by VicRoads. The first request was attended to at 5.45am and crews worked until 9pm.
Bass Coast Shire Council had 48 requests for trees or branches down. Eight of those blocked roads and driveways. The main areas were Grantville, The Gurdies and Inverloch-Outtrim Road.
At the Stony Creek Racing Club, racing was called off before racing started, for the safety of horses and riders.
All SES personnel who attended incidents as a result of the wind event are volunteers.
VICSES advises that recent events are a timely warning to be prepared for any future severe weather by ensuring loose items such as outdoor settings and trampolines are safely secured, and being aware of road hazards, such as debris from trees.
If you need assistance with trees blocking roads or causing building damage, call SES on 132 500. For all life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
RESIDENTS of Inverlochs Albert Ruttle Estate want to see the
integrity of estates wetland reserve preserved.
The residents say they were blindsided when two large blocks encompassing the wetlands were sold recently. They believed the wetlands were public land.
An online petition, containing more than 1570 signatures, was presented to Bass Coast Shire Council at the community connection session on February 14.
The petition called for council to show evidence of how the open space contribution can become housing lots, and to replace a public access sign to the wetlands, which disappeared just weeks before the blocks went up for sale.
In 1992, the Victorian Planning Panel supported a proposal to develop the land into housing lots. However planning controls were put into place to protect the wetlands as common property.
Resident Peter Ghys said the sale came as a shock, but he hoped it would not come as a detriment to the environment.
The original planning permit for the estate approved 30 housing blocks, and the private sale would directly affect the common property status.
The new owners bought both blocks. We believe the new owners are environmentally conscious and will abide by the covenants. What worries us is that if they later sell one of the blocks, we dont know what could happen, Mr Ghys said.
If the reserve is developed as housing lots, then the number of housing lots within the estate will unlawfully increase to 32. We are swinging on the hope that there is supposed to be an endorsed plan for the whole subdivision. This document may not exist, as (Bass Coast Shire) council cant locate it.
Councils acting manager strategy and growth Noel Creed said the endorsed plan formed part of the 2002 planning permit.
I can advise that a search of councils archive record system has failed to locate the 2002 endorsed plan, he said.
The site is under private ownership and any future development must consider the applicable planning controls and restrictions as detailed on the properties title document.
If a future development triggers the necessity for planning approval, the application will be assessed in accordance with relevant legislation.
Dog walkers and walking groups frequent the wetlands, and it is the perfect place for birdwatchers, as there are more than 45 species of birds living on the reserve. It is also home to mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
It would be terribly sad if people lost access to it, Mr Ghys said.
This sale was against the spirit of the subdivision, and I feel it was mismanaged by the council. Council has been unable to provide any evidence that suggests our interpretation of the planning controls that protect this land from development is incorrect.
Under the designated 173 agreement, the public can currently come on to the property between...
EMERGENCY services responded to two car accidents in South
Gippsland last week.
Leongatha Police attended an accident at Crightons Hill on the Strzelecki Highway, Leongatha on Wednesday morning.
A 40 year old Korumburra man lost control of his car on the way to Mirboo North around 10.40am.
Police said the driver crossed over the right side of the road and hit the guard rail. The car bounced off the rail and hit the back of a milk tanker.
The truck received only minor damage, however the Korumburra man sustained minor injuries and was taken to Leongatha Hospital for observation but was not admitted.
The cause of the accident is unknown, however wet and windy conditions may have been a factor in the crash, police said.
Police said the car was not roadworthy. Police are investigating whether or not its condition may have played part in the crash.
Police also attended an accident on Friday morning when a 19 year old Waratah North woman crashed her car on Commercial Street in Korumburra.
The driver lost concentration while driving at 7.45am and hit the median strip outside The Middle Hotel, taking out a street sign before running into a tree.
Police and paramedics attended the scene. Police said while the young driver did not have any injuries, she did return a blood alcohol reading of .067.
The P plater was fined $467 and has had her license suspended for six months.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is proposing to spend $33,600 on
an independent assessment of noise produced by the turbines at Bald
Hills Wind Farm.
A report before the February 28 council meeting recommends councillors approve the appointment of consultants James C. Smith and Associates to undertake an investigation detailed in a confidential plan.
The action was ordered by the Supreme Court, after neighbours of the Tarwin Lower wind farm were dissatisfied with council officers initially assessing noise levels with their ears only and finding no noise issues.
Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been ordered to address the Supreme Court on March 20 and explain what action council has taken so far to comply with a court order to investigate noise levels at the wind farm.
The report to next weeks council meeting states that on September 14 last year, council instructed its lawyers to identify a suitably qualified independent investigator to undertake the investigation.
On 2 November 2017, the investigator suggested by councils lawyers was briefed and an investigation proposal and quote were requested, the council report states.
Unfortunately due to the investigators prior commitments, these were not forthcoming in time to be received by council at its December 2017 Ordinary Meeting of Council, as was originally intended.
A draft plan was received in December 2017 and instructions were given to proceed to a full investigation plan with an articulation of costs to undertake the work detailed.
The proposal and quote have now been received and are presented to council for endorsement.
The report stated the recommendation before council ensured a comprehensive investigation process that will be undertaken by a highly experienced independent public health consultant.
The importance of an independent process cannot be understated. Ratepayers, the complainants, the wind farm operator and ultimately the council have an interest in the outcome of the investigation.
Mr Tamlin told The Star the plan was determined as confidential under s.77(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1989, on the grounds that it relates to s.89(2)(f) legal advice. This is to protect the confidential information of the legal matter.
Once the investigation is complete, council will receive a report on the outcome. Its form is yet to be determined, he said.
Cr Don Hill said the confidential report needed to be confidential due to it containing quotations.
There is nothing else of interest to ratepayers that is not contained in the open report in the agenda, he said.
An advertisement in last weeks Star by Bald Hills Wind Farm stated its noise assessment had found turbines complied with daytime noise regulations as outlined in its planning permit.
The wind farm is also compliant with noise regul...
A RESIDENTIAL home in Leongatha was raided last Tuesday,
February 13 when police seized a crop of marijuana.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi Police attended the Shingler Street address around 9am with a warrant to seize the drugs.
Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit said hydroponically grown plants were found on the property and people did appear to be residing within the home.
We attended the scene in the morning and did not leave until 1pm, Sergeant Michael OBrien said.
We cannot say how many plants were found at the address as it is an ongoing investigation.
Police are urging the public to assist with the investigation and anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
THOUSANDS gathered together to enjoy gastronomic delights and a family fun fare at the Meeniyan Garlic Festival on Saturday.
Almost 7000 people descended on Meeniyan Recreation Reserve for the festivals second year, which boasted celebrity cooking demonstrations, local producers and market stalls to get all tongues salivating.
Over 30 percent of patrons travelled down from Melbourne for the event while another 35 percent ventured from outside of South Gippsland, providing a massive boost to the local economy.
Festival chair David Jones said the day drew a fantastic crowd and spirits were high at the fast-growing event.
Naturally we love to create for our local crowd, but we also market widely to attract newcomers to showcase our amazing land of plenty, Mr Jones said.
Our beaches are well known and with the growing group of quality food producers, we are proud to promote our position as a major food bowl and diverse tourism destination. It is great to see that surrounding towns have collaborated and enjoyed the economic flow on from the festival as well. We also used social media in new ways this year which reached different demographics.
The event saw Pastuso Restaurants Alejandro Saravia and CODA Restaurants Adam DSylva put on cooking demonstrations for the large crowd, while local musical entertainment provided food for ears across the day.
Local food companies also banded together to create original products for the event.
Prom Country Ice Creamery made a limited edition garlic and salted caramel ice cream while Gippsland Jersey mastered its garlic milkshake recipe for punters.
Loch Distillery also came to the table with its smoked garlic beer.
Children were spoilt for choice with the addition of balloon soccer proving to be a huge hit.
Age old favourites like billycart races, sack races and treasure hunts were popular while both young and old joined in the community project of making garlic lanterns under the guidance of international festival artist Amanda Diamond.
Visitors took advantage of the free parking and shuttle buses at Stony Creek and spilled into the main street where the Market Square housed an arts and craft precinct.
As with all community events, they would not exist without the amazing support of local volunteers and generous sponsorship from local businesses, Mr Jones said.
We are grateful to all those who helped make Saturday a success.
A trip to Sintra is often a highlight of any trip to Lisbon Portugal. Sintra lies just outside of the urban area of the Portuguese capital. Sintra is in the centre of the Sintra Mountains with the Sintra mountains running for 16km from the town of Sintra to Cabo da Roca on the Atlantic Ocean. Sintra today is known for its Castles, Palaces and gardens.
A site as amazing as Sintra is a major tourist centre. Tourist, travellers and day-trippers come in droves each day from the capital Lisbon. Sintra was popular with the Royals and rich families over the years. This left the landscape with many Royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings. These include the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.
Sintra is today protected by UNESCO as a cultural landscape. Sintra is described by UNESCO as such:
In the 19th century Sintra Portugal became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.
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The Lisbon Sintra train runs hourly from Rossio station in downtown Lisbon. The Rossio Lisbon station is a sight in itself. An amazing looking station opened in the 18th century and located just off Rossio square. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket booths or the automatic machines.
With a state election happening in Tasmania on March 3, the Liberal government quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called. Plans to build a cable car up Mt Wellington/ kunanyi are being resisted by many in the Tasmania community.
Residents group opposed to the cable car (Respect the Mountain. No Cablecar) have put out a call for people to contact the ALP, to encourage the party to clarify their position on the cable car. They are also calling on people to lobby the brewery CUB, which has land at the base of the mountain, and who has been approached by the developer to be involved in the project.
Respect the Mountain says:
Right now we need you to join with more than 2000 others and sign the petition to the owners of Cascade Brewery urging them to not support the desecration of the organ pipes.
We also ask that you contact the Tasmanian Labor Party leader Rebecca White on (03) 6212 2225 and ask her to clarify if Labor support the desecration of the organ pipes.
One person has been killed and another airlifted after a crash near Tynong North's Gumbuya World today.
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