Variety brings sunshine to Bendigo

19-04-2019 by admin

Variety brings sunshine to Bendigo Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.
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Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo. Alexia Fisher, 3 from Axedale, has come to farewell her Grandma.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

Variety 4WD Trek at Kalianna School Bendigo.

TweetFacebookChloe, year 10, tells us about her favourite excursion at Kalianna in #bendigopic.twitter南京夜网/tCVAHyRwaw

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016Kalianna School #Bendigo students with the new bus donated by Variety 4WD Trek pic.twitter南京夜网/nzebTh2fkt

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016Paul Dibb explains what’s gone into his Mad Max car for the Variety 4WD Bash (1/2) pic.twitter南京夜网/XqnmZAvSUy

— Emma D’Agostino (@amassedmedia) May 16, 2016More from Paul Dibb about what’s gone into his Mad Max car for the Variety 4WD Bash (2/2) pic.twitter南京夜网/yADScn7aZP

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Communities must plan for energy changes now

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Last week represented the end of an era. The closure of Port Augusta’s coal fired power stations and mine in SA provides NSW Hunter Valley communities with an important lesson. Like the Hunter, the Port Augusta community has a proud history of supplying South Australia with coal power over the last 50 years.
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UNCERTAIN: Port Augusta shows job losses at short notice can happen at power stations as well. The Hunter needs to plan for such transitions today.

But in these rapidly changing times, coal companies can close power stations and mines at very short notice, and they can’t be relied upon to give workers and communities a fair and just transition. All too often – when power stations close their doors for the last time, the community is left with very little to show for decades of hard work. In the case of the Port Augusta mine, there is no transition plan in place, and only $1 million in support for affected families provided by the state government.

With less than a year’s notice, and constantly changing closure dates, the Port Augusta workers and their families had little chance to plan for the future. As a community, we need to start planning for the energy transition Australia is currently experiencing right now, and we need the government on board to help.

We know that the size and scale of the mines is not necessarily a guarantee of the chances of the transitions being fairly managed. Northern and Playford power stations historically provided 35% of South Australia’spower. These power stations, along with the nearby Leigh Creek mine and the rail supplying it, have provided employment for nearly500 people.Yet, in what is becoming a painfully familiar story, many workers first found out about the closures via the media. Before that, many in the community believed the power stations would keep operating for many years. This lack of certainty often leads to stress for workers and their families.

The Hunter has already started to experience this, as major mining companies respond to the falling coal price and local communities respond to changes in the energy market.

Anglo American announced late last year that it was undertaking a global restructuring, axing85,000 jobsworldwide. They subsequently cut jobs atDrayton. BHP laid off290 workersat Mt Arthur, and Glencore mothballed Bulga with400 jobs lost. Peabody’s international financial woes may lead totroublein Australia, threatening the 500 jobs at its Wambo mine. Port Augusta shows job losses at short notice can happen at power stations as well. The Hunter needs to plan for such transitions today.

But on the positive side, Port Augusta offers an example of the community creating proposals for new industries well ahead of the government. TheRepower Port Augustaalliance of community groups, unions, Port Augusta Council and local business groups have a proposal to build solar thermal plants and wind turbines, producing baseload power for South Australia and employing hundreds of people. They have been campaigning for years to get government support to make it happen. Unfortunately the state and federal governments have only now started seriously thinking about supporting this proposal – too late to smooth the transition for Port Augusta workers losing their jobs.

There are many opportunities for new jobs in new industries in the Hunter. It’s essential that communities keep coming together to investigate economic development ideas now, and governments come to the table early to plan the transition.

Hannah Aulby is a clean energy campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation

Can Jess revive Labor?

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DISCUSSING LOCAL BUSINESS: Lithgow Chamber of Commerce President Mark Hoy, Lucy Hoy withFederal Member for Chifley Ed Husic and Labor candidate for Calare Jess Jennings. Photo: Shannon BellamyIT has been a lean few years for the ALP in the Calare electoratebut Bathurst Regional Council member Jess Jenningsbelieves he might just be the man to put his party back ontrack.
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Cr Jennings already knows who three opponents will bebut the main target will be the Nationals newly anointedAndrew Gee who is currently the State Member for Orange.

Nowhere has the rejection of Labor been more evidentthan across the Lithgow area where the party had struggledto win a single booth in recent elections at all three levels ofgovernment.

And this in what was in the past always regarded asLabor heartland.

But Cr Jennings believes the political wheel is againturning full circle, particularly in Calare where the retirementof Mr Cobb makes it a whole new ball game.

Cr Jennings was a familiar figure in Lithgow during thelast federal election when he campaigned in an environmentallyconscious fashion — by bicycle.

He was back in Lithgow in recent weeks presenting hiscredentials.

His theme was the level of federal neglect of regionaldevelopment generally.

“The Coalition has a history of ignoring the needs ofregional Australia,” he said.

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Former students celebrate 50 years of being teachers

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REUNITED: Tony Hamilton-Foster, who attended the college from 1965-1966 and Nerida Hoy, who has not been back to Wagga since she graduated, are back for the Wagga Teachers College Alumni anniversary. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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As this group of students entered a new chapter in their lives, the teaching establishment wherethey started their careers ended an important one.

The last three classesof the old Wagga Teachers College have reunited in Wagga to celebrate 50 years since graduation.

More than 120 students from 1965, 1966 and 1967 gathered for three days of activities backwhere it all started.

Former student Bruce Forbes recalled attending lectures from 9am to 5pm and demonstration lessons at Lake Albert Public School when it only had two teachers.

These were the last students to complete the leaving certificate before the new system was implemented and the establishment became the Riverina College of Advanced Education.

Mr Forbes said he witnessed a “youth revolution” with a new group of tattooed students who dressed differently.

“They came driving cars and they had money in their hands,” he said.

The formerstudents attendedformal dinners, city and campus tours, barbecues and plenty of trips down memory lane.

The Wagga Teachers College was established in 1947 after it was converted from defence force barracks.

A 70-year celebration will be held in October next year to recognise the role education has played in the development of Wagga.

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Perth Airport passengers who missed flights due to Antonov An-225 vent frustration

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Passengers walking the final leg to Perh Airport. Photo: Twitter / @DRJM_Fernandez The Antonov An-225 Mriya at Perth Airport. Photo: Brendan Foster
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Passengers who missed their flights or were forced to walk up to four kilometres to get to Perth Airport on Sunday have vented their frustration online after the arrival of the world’s biggest plane caused traffic chaos.

An estimated 16,000 aviation enthusiasts headed to the international terminal on Sunday to witness the 600-tonne Antonov An-225 landing just before midday, leading to traffic being banked up for kilometres around the airport.

The unexpected gridlock caused passengers trying to catch flights to miss their plane or abandon their lift to the airport to walk or run the final kilometres of their journey.

One musician posted on his Facebook that he and another band member were forced to “run one kilometre to the airport with a sh*t tonne of music gear weighing us down” only to make their flight with “no time to spare”.

He said the other four members of the band missed the flight and had to be re-scheduled to depart later that afternoon.

Another social commentator, Ryan Albrey, complained Perth Airport had not done enough to warn passengers of the traffic delays, simply telling travellers to “come a little bit early”.

He also criticised that there were no traffic wardens around the airport to prevent plane spotters from parking their cars on the side of the road.

“Anybody that arrived for a flight today “a little bit early” definitely missed their flights,” Mr Albrey said.

“Airport Drive was a gridlocked car-park for over four kilometres.

“The lady in the car behind me had arthritis and to do as hundreds of others were doing and walk the last four kilometres to the International Terminal wasn’t an option for her.

“It was a fairly significant impact for her. She missed her flight.”

Another passenger, Kylie Peel, posted on Facebook that the traffic chaos had caused her to miss her flight to Melbourne.

“Thank you stupid big plane and all the idiots that had to stop traffic to come and see it,” she wrote alongside a photo of the Antonov AN-225 taken from inside the airport terminal.

A Jetstar spokeswoman said a “handful” of passengers missed their flight to Bali on Sunday and were rebooked on a later service.

Virgin Australia also confirmed some of its passengers missed flights and had to be rescheduled on later flights at no extra charge.

Qantas is yet to comment on how many of its passengers were affected on its Singapore-bound flight.

WAtoday reporter Brendan Foster, who was at the airport during the plane’s arrival, described the scene as a Hollywood post-apocalyptic movie” where people stuck in traffic left their cars to “gaze up at the sky waiting for a meteor to hit.”

The Antonov An-225 is due to depart Perth at 5.30am on Tuesday.

A Perth Airport spokeswoman said passengers had been urged prior to the plane’s arrival on Sunday to get to the airport early and allow extra travel time due to expected spectator traffic.

“Perth Airport expects a lower number of spectators for the departure – due to the early time and weekday slot – however, is urging all travellers to allow extra time to get to Terminals 1 and 2 if travelling on Tuesday morning,” she said.

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline strongly recommended people travelling on flights on Tuesday morning allowed extra time to arrive at the airport.  Gridlock as world’s largest plane Antonov AN225 lands in Perth. Some forced to walk. Wonder how many missed flight. pic.twitter南京夜网/Cyiuytt8c6— Dr Joseph Fernandez (@DrJM_Fernandez) May 15, 2016

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