Wimmera, Mallee, North Central league players to line up for Vic Country 2

Wimmera Football League’s Beau Cosson will be part of the Vic Country 2 line-up on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHORSHAM coach Jordyn Burke will lead Vic Country 2 into battle against a Victorian Amateur Football Association representative team on Saturday.
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The Demons ruckman-forward was vice-captain of the side last year when it scored a nail-biting one-point win against the same opponent in Melbourne.

Burke will be joined in the team by Ararat key forward Beau Cosson, who has enjoyed an outstanding debut Wimmera league season.

Cosson’s team-mate and fellow forward Liam Cavanagh will represent the Vic Country under-19s in the preceding match against a Victorian Amateur Football Association under-19 side.

Hopetoun midfielder Coleman Schache and Wedderburnhalf-back Rohan McHughhave also been selected in the Vic Country 2 final 22.

Both games will be played at Geelong’s St Albans Reserve, with the under-19s starting at 11am and the seniors at 1.45pm.

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Units, shop plan near Redland Bay school

OWNERS of a block of land in Redland Bay are calling for developer interest to build 17 units, a shop and a café about 200m from Redland Bay State School.
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Calls for developers to build 17 units and shop at this Redland Bay site. PHOTO: JUDITH KERR

Calls for developers to build 17 units and shop at this Redland Bay site. PHOTO: JUDITH KERR

The 8668sq m triangular block fronts one of Redland city’s most dangerous intersections at Giles and Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

Redland City Council approved the development application which includes the two-storey, three-bedroom units covering 5000 sq m of the site in March 2012.

The proposed shop will include an parking for 44, an underground car park and an outdoor dining area.

Tree clearing will be necessary but no trees will be removed from an area zoned Environmental Protection.

The driveway to the site will be from Gordon Road, opposite a child care centre and an internal road will service the shops and units.

The first application, lodged on March 29, 2006, was for a service station, 12 units, shops and service industry over the entire site.

The land was originally zoned rural non-urban under the superseded Town Planning Scheme for the Shire of Redland 1988.

Under the current scheme, about half of the site is zoned Environmental Protection and half Urban Residential.

The proposal was publicly advertised and one properly made submission was received.

Expressions of interest close on July 16.

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Newcastle MP Robyn Parker rejects apology after rival said he’d ‘tear her a new orifice’

Liberal MP Robyn Parker speaking at an official function earlier this year. Photo: Peter StoopRobyn Parker says she does not consider an email NSW Nationals MP John Williams sent her after he made sexist remarks about her in front of 100 people to be “an apology”.
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During Mr Williams’s bid for pre-selection for the upper house in April, he is reported to have verbally attacked the Member for Maitland, threatening to “tear her a new orifice” and saying she had “never had a real man”.

Mr Williams, the member for Murray-Darling, was angry about a decision her department had made when she was still environment minister.

He was talking in front of about 100 Nationals members, including NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner.

Mr Williams sent Ms Parker an email the day after his comments were made.

“Regrettably I let my emotions take over and said some things that probably destroyed my chances of a winnable place,” he wrote.

After his comments, Mr Williams emerged as an endorsed candidate, albeit in the almost unwinnable fourth position.

The offensive comments were revealed yesterday by Fairfax media at a time when the number of women in the NSW upper house from all parties is set to plummet.

Ms Parker, a Liberal MP, did not bring the attack against her into the public sphere but said now she was being asked about it she felt the need to speak strongly against it to show it should not be tolerated by any female.

She also said she thought the email Mr Williams sent her was self-centred and did not constitute an apology.

“The email was basically, in my view, him considering the effect on himself,” she said.

“He admitted it had cost him dearly but he did not admit what he said was inappropriate.

“It’s hurtful because we are in 2014 and this is an attitude that’s still prevalent, we have a lot more work to do.

“Those comments are not nice in any context and we need to stop those sort of behaviours wherever we are; no women should tolerate it.

“I think it is difficult for women in politics and we know that this is not a new thing and has been going on for some time.”

In 2004, Ms Parker told parliament she was raped as a teenager. She made the revelation while speaking in support of legislative change in regard to the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Sexual Offence Evidence Bill).

Jenny Aitchison will be running against Ms Parker in next year’s state election.

However yesterday the Labor candidate gave her full support to her opponent, saying the comments Mr Williams made were disgraceful.

“It’s not acceptable for any woman to be denigrated on the basis of their sex,” she said.

“I’m appalled. It’s tough for all women in politics; I’ve been the butt of sexist comments myself.”

Cessnock councillor and Liberal branch vice-president Cordelia Troy said Mr Williams needed to issue a public apology to Ms Parker.

“You play the ball not the man and to attack someone so personally, to attack them with such aggressive sexual language, there is no place for it in the community or in the parliament,” she said.

“It’s hate speech, he should be expelled.

“He owes Robyn a public apology.

“Everyone was attacking that women over the racist remarks she made on the train the other day but I think this is far worse; it’s an extremely serious issue, this man is supposed to a leader.”

Mr Williams was unavailable for comment yesterday but has previously told Fairfax media: “If I had my time again I would have never had said it. It was a stupid thing to say”.

Mr Stoner’s office declined to comment yesterday, but it is understood the deputy premier has in the past spoken to Mr Williams about his inappropriate language.

Newcastle Herald

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Football Mid North Coast round 11 results

Old Bar’s Jake Dawson with the ball on Saturday.FOUR teams are now equal fourth on the Football Mid North Coast Premier League competition ladder following round 11 fixtures.
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Taree, Port FC, Kempsey Saints and Macleay Valley sit on 14 points, six shy of third placed Camden Haven.

Wallis Lake appears headed to the minor premiership and lead the ladder on 26 points with Port United on 22.

In round 11 games Macleay Valley Rangers and Taree Wildcats drew 0-0 at Dangar Street, Kempsey.

Port United accounted for Kempsey Saints 4-0, while Wallis Lake trounced Old Bar 5-2 at Old Bar.

Port FCscored a 5-2 win over Port Saints, while Camden Haven accounted for Wingham 3-1.

In reserve grade Macleay and Taree drew 1-1 while Port United thrashed Kempsey Saints 6-0.

Wallis Lake smashed Old Bar 6-0 while Port FC accounted for Port Saints 2-1.

Wingham Warriors relegated Camden Haven to last spot with a 1-0 win at Wingham.

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PigSty in July 2014: photos

PigSty in July 2014: photos PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll
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PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

PigSty 2014. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebookHUNDREDS of Hunter music fans made their way to Lower Belford on Saturday for PigSty in July.

Held at the same venue as Gum Ball, the event featured performers including Wolf and Cub, King of the North and Mojo Juju.

Click through a gallery of shots from the day by Herald photographer Jonathan Carrollabove.

Even pumpkins aren’t safe from rural crime

Gooloogong farmer John Nelligan and Detective Sean Beckett from the Canobolas Rural Crime Unit discuss rural crime at the Cowra Saleyards, with Detective Beckett enouraging any victims of theft to report it.Rural theft was the topic of conversation at Cowra Saleyards last week, with Detective Sean Beckett from the Canobolas Rural Crime Unit making a routine appearance.
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Covering everything from illegal hunting and animal cruelty to machinery and stock theft, Detective Beckett said rural crime is on the rise.

“Rural crime is rife; people will steal anything they can get their hands on,” he said.

From quad bikes and tractors to chemicals and seed, Detective Beckett said nothing’s safe.

“In the drought we had a lot of water thefts from dams and tanks. People steal chemicals, tractors, seed; they’ll just go into machinery sheds and take anything they can,” he said.

“A lot of cockies won’t report it but they should.”

Detective Beckett said illegal hunting and animal cruelty are also on their radar.

“People sometimes have these pig dogs that they use to steal stock and are treated cruelly so we’re targeting that, along with illegal hunting,” he said.

While large-scale livestock theft rarely goes unreported, Detective Beckett encouraged all incidents to be officially documented.

“Someone will steal a few lambs and they go sell them to their mates and they’ll go get them butchered and then they’ll do it again. These need to be reported,” he said.

Having had everything from tractors, chemical, generators and seed stolen over the years, Gooloogong farmer John Nelligan said one act was a particularly low blow.

“They came in and stole a whole paddocks worth of pumpkins- my oath, they’ll steal whatever they can,” he said.

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Local joins Australia’s climate leaders

With global warming and renewable energy back in the news here and abroad, Alastair Fleming of Mount Macedon was thrilled to have joined more than 500 like-minded people in Melbourne last week, to receive personal training from former US Vice President, Al Gore.
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Now trained as a climate leader with Mr Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Alastair is looking forward to presenting and discussing the issues relating to climate change with the Macedon Ranges and neighbouring communities.

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Alastair Fleming of Mount Macedon has been trained to become a climate leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Photo: Lucy Fleming

“My journey began more than 25 years ago, whenTimemagazine named the ‘endangered Earth’ its Planet of the Year, and called for ‘a universal crusade to save the planet’,” Alastair said.

“In the ensuing years, as I learned more about the issues, I felt that, although climate change was a global threat, it was distant in time and place, affecting other places and people on the planet and at some point way off in the future.”

“WatchingAn Inconvenient Truthin 2007 changed my view and brought the climate crisis into the here and now for me,” Alastair said.

“Although the damaging effects of climate change are being felt elsewhere on the planet, their effect on the beautiful Macedon Ranges will have an impact before we know it.

“On every continent, extreme weather is severely disrupting peoples lives, and this is likely to happen in the Macedon Ranges as the pattern of more frequent and more severe heatwaves and bushfire conditions intensifies.”

The Climate Reality Project is Mr Gore’s climate change leadership program. In partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation, TCRP’s mission is to educate the public about the harmful effects of global warming and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level worldwide.

“As part of the training, presentations from a number of experts have helped to build on my knowledge of the issues and I now have access to a worldwide resource of the most up-to-date information and data about man-made climate change, its effects and consequences,” Alastair said.

“Armed with this, I hope to encourage and help people better understand that it is possible to take effective action, and through the choices we make, we are in a position to do it now.”

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Bus depot opens

The new Castlemaine Bus Lines depot on the Pyrenees Highway in Chewton has officially been opened.
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Joint owners, Geoff Hansford and Cheryl Parsons, did the honours in front of about 50 people last Friday.

The new depot will allow the company to expand in future years, with two new school buses already in the yard and a third school bus planned to arrive later this year.

Geoff Hansford and Cheryl Parsons outside the new Castlemaine Bus Lines depot in Chewton.

“Both of the school buses have seat belts – one can accommodate 71 students and the other 57 students,” Mr Hansford said.

“We are also looking at getting another town bus next year.”

The company has provided transport services in Castlemaine and surrounding towns for more than 50 years and was previously based in the old brick building on the corner of Forest and Barker streets.

It was originally built in 1951 by Alf Bentley, who operated Bentley Motors, and the name of the business was changed to Castlemaine Bus Lines some time later.

Alan and Joyce Hansford and their parents, the Hamilys, bought the business in 1966 and the company continued to grow through the 1970s until a tragic car accident claimed Alan’s life.

A short while later, Joyce Hansford took over the reigns of the company and she managed it until shortly before she passed away in 2006. Her son, Geoff, then took over as managing director.

The company grew from just six buses in the early days to having 24 buses on the road now. It also added an extra depot near the Castlemaine site and purchased Baileys Motor Service in Maldon to house the growing fleet.

The new Chewton depot is packed with environmental features including LED lighting, a 150,000-litre water tank and a 20,000-litre, above-ground fuel tank.

“We want to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible,” Mr Hansford said. “We will be fitting solar panels on the roof in the near future and we are aiming for the new depot to be energy neutral by the end of the year.”

The original Castlemaine Bus Lines sign was recently removed from the front of the old building, the letters were restored and then erected on the new depot.

The old depot was sold earlier this year to a Melbourne couple for an undisclosed sum and according to a planning application lodged with Mount Alexander Shire Council it is destined to be converted into a new home for five restaurants.

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Pamplona’s annual bull-run attracts massive crowds of fun-seekers

A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain’s most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.
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A shout from the City Hall balcony of “Viva San Fermin!” and the lighting of a firecracker known as the “chupinazo” at noon (1000 GMT) set off the bedlam, which marks the official start of the nine-day street party.

Masses of fun-seekers from around the world squeezed into the square under an overcast sky cheered, danced and sprayed each other with sangria and cheap wine, tuning white shirts to pink.

The crowds dressed in traditional white outfits and red neck scarves passed large yellow and white inflatable balls over their heads as scores looked down from crowded apartment balconies.

Sam Madden, a 26-year-old electrician, came from London with a friend to take part in a bull run.

“We don’t know what to expect, if we are going to die or what. It’s cool, it’s going to be crazy. We know it can be dangerous but we have to do it for a bit of adrenaline,” he said.

The festival in honour of Saint Fermin, the first bishop of Pamplona, dates back to medieval times and it features religious processions, folk dancing, concerts and round-the-clock drinking.

But the highlight is a bracing, daily test of courage against a thundering pack of half-tonne fighting bulls through the city’s cobbled streets.

Each day at 8:00 am hundreds of people race with six huge bulls, charging along a winding, 848.6-metre (more than half a mile) course through the narrow streets to the city’s bull ring, where the animals will be killed in a bullfight.

The first bull run, which traditionally draws the largest number of participants, is on Monday. A run takes on average just under four minutes.

Last year 50 people were taken to hospital at the festival’s eight runs, including an Australian woman who was gored by a bull.

Several hundred more were treated for minor injuries at the scene, emergency services said.

Most of the injuries are not caused by bull horns but by runners falling or getting knocked over or trampled by the animals.

Fifteen people have been killed in the bull runs since records started in 1911.

AFP

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AirAsia X’s expansion means more cheap international flights are on the way

With the launch of AirAsia X’s first regional “satellite” carrier last month, a new wave of long-haul low-cost travel options are just around the corner for Australians.
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And, for the first time in 2015, we are likely to see long-haul low-cost-carriers going head-to-head on popular international holiday routes.

Piggybacking on its AirAsia flagship, which runs well-established local airlines in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, AirAsia X last month launched long-haul services from Bangkok under the brand Thai AirAsia X, initially with two 377-seat Airbus A330-300s flying to Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka.

According to chief executive Azran Osman-Rani, who I spoke to last week during a visit to Perth, Thai AirAsia X will get three more planes in 2015, when flights from Bangkok to AirAsia X’s existing Australian destinations, Sydney Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth, will be on the agenda.

In the meantime, AirAsia X has an A330 in Jakarta undergoing certification for its Indonesian airline licence and, provided that process goes to plan, Indonesian AirAsia X will be launched before the end of 2014.

And, says Osman-Rani, instead of a single-hub strategy, the airline intends to base aircraft in both Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali.

“Bali works well for us,” Osman-Rani says.”It works well with our profile of targeting Australia and north Asia, primarily leisure tourists” in markets that are dominated by full-service carriers.

This is where the competitive landscape becomes very interesting.

Low-cost carriers, including the long-haul variety, were invented to enter markets dominated by high-cost airlines. Their lower costs mean lower fares so more people are able to travel.

But one thing low-cost-carriers have always been reluctant to do is go head-to-head with other low-cost-carriers using the same strategy. In that respect, Australia is unique in the world, hosting two low-cost-carriers (Jetstar and Tigerair) competing for the same bums on seats as subsidiaries of two major competitors (Qantas and Virgin Australia).

But, with its lower costs courtesy of its Asian base, AirAsia X has no such apprehension about putting its A330s up against Jetstar’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

When I asked Osman-Rani if he’s interested in going head-to-head with Garuda, Jetstar and Virgin on Australian routes, he says: “The short answer is ‘yes’.”

That means 2015 is shaping up as the start of a bargain era for travel between Australia and Southeast Asia – and even Northeast Asia, as Osman-Rani points out that his airline, like Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, trans-ships many passengers via Kuala Lumpur between Australia and destinations in China, Japan and Korea.

One of the by-products of setting up new bases in Indonesia is that those one-stop journeys will be more direct.

In the back of the minds of Australians, however, is the possibility of going all the way from Australia to Europe with a low-cost-carrier.

Until 2012, AirAsia X flew to both Paris and London from Kuala Lumpur with return fares from Australia falling to less than $1000 return at some times of the year.

But the airline was losing money on the services, partly due to high taxes and charges at the European end, and decided it would be better to concentrate on more profitable markets in Asia.

AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes put a cat among the pigeons in December last year when he said AirAsia X would return to London this year.

That’s because the new Bangkok base is within range of Europe with its A330s, whereas higher-cost four-engined A340s had to be bought especially to run the flights from Kuala Lumpur to London and Paris.

AirAsia X is playing down the possibility. “Nothing imminent,” says a spokesman for the airline this morning, “and I believe it would be some time off with the next generation aircraft.

“Azran’s never ruled out returning to Europe but it won’t be in the near future.”

In the meantime, put even more competition and a likely price war between the Australian east coast and Bali in your diary for 2015, with the strong likelihood of cheap flights to Bangkok as well.

Of all the options for international travel, low-cost-carriers attract only about 14 per cent of the international travellers to and from Australia. Where do they rate in your book? 

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