Monthly archives: December, 2018

Support growing for Narooma Regional Busking Festival

Narooma Rotarian Chris O’Brien and Narooma Sporting & Services Club general manager Tony Casu are both excited that the club will be a major sponsor of the Narooma Regional Championship of the Australian National Busking Championships on Saturday, May 27. Narooma Rotary is delighted to have a second major sponsor for the Narooma Regional Busking Festival on Saturday, May 27, part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).
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Narooma Sporting & Services Club general manager Tony Casu said his club wasalways keen to support anything that brings tourism and business to the town.

“What we particularly like about the Busking festival is it will involve so many different areas around town,”he said. “Traditionally events in Narooma have taken place in one area, with secondary flow on effects to other areas.

“This festival will have buskers rotating through many assigned locations around Narooma throughout the day and so potentially directly benefit each of those areas.”

Rotarian Chris O’Brien, a member of the organising committee, said it was “a real coup”that Narooma is hosting one of the ANBC regional championships, through Narooma Rotary Club.

“The local reaction to the busking festival in May has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’, even though it’s four months away,” she said. “People are so excited it’s happening and that they’ll be a part of it.

“Many businesses have already offered to sponsor a busking hot spot outside their premises, and it’s a free event for the community enabling them to hear a range of talented performers from across south eastern NSW, ACT, Victoria and northern NSW.”

Narooma Sporting & Services Club will provide $1,000 to the winner of the concert at Narooma Golf Club that evening, as judged by a panel. The winner will also be offered a paid gig at Club Narooma in the near future.

Narooma Golf Club will donate $1,000 to the People’s Choice award to the busker that gets the most ‘busker dollars’.

Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle said the ANBC hadgrown over the last six years from being held exclusively in Cooma to being a national event this year with regional competitions in Stanthorpe, Noosa and Ballarat, as well as Narooma.

The winners from the regional events will be invited to compete in the National Grand Final in Cooma in November.

For more information: busking.naroomarotary.org419论坛 and facebook南京夜网/ANBC Narooma.

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Rachael shows bullies what she’s made of

Growing up in western Sydney, this year’s Toyota Star Maker winner, Rachael Fahim, first heard country music thanks to her parents’ music collection.
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She now follows in the footsteps of Amber Lawrence and a previous Star Maker winner Travis Collins, who come from the big smoke to make their mark on country music.

“I just [found myself]falling into the country genre, mainly because people would tell me, ‘you have such a country voice’,” Fahim said.

“I wasn’t too sure what that meant at first, but I can tell this is where I sit, and this is what I love doing.”

Her country credentials were on show for all to see during Sunday night’s final when she performed a haunting version of the Dolly Parton classicJolene.

Fahim joked that she had been singing so long, the first words she ever spoke as a toddler were probably song lyrics.

At age eight she started singing lessons, laterspent some time on the talent quest circuit, and has already recorded several singles.

During her teenage years, she turned to songwriting after being bullied at school by a group of girls.

“It wasn’t fun at all, and I think music was a great outlet for me.I was able to write songs, I was able to put my emotions into something.”

Fahim said Star Makerneeded to be the next step in her career, which is what prompted her to enter.

“The amount of opportunities you get from such a prestigious competition like Toyota Star Maker, you can’t get anywhere else.

“I entered two years ago, and I thought I was ready, and I wasn’t looking back now.”

After giving ita miss last year, she returned triumphantly on Sunday.

“I did feel ready this time, and felt really positive about it.”

Sinceshe first made the Star Maker grand final in 2015, Fahim said she had learnta lot and felt she was a completely different person musically, compared with the 19 year old who first took to the Star Maker stage.

“I’ve matured as a person, and as an artist,” Fahim said. “The amount of things I have learnt in two years, to me, I’m a completely different person musically, and as Rachael.”

That has included picking up an instrumentand learning to play guitar.

“Now I can play four-hour gigs back in Sydney, and I can play my originals, and play other songs I like, it’s awesome.”

Looking to the year ahead, Fahim said what she was most looking forward to was the touring, but in the meantime, she will be kept busy with appearances during the rest of the festival.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: Thousands pack into Bicentennial Park on Sunday night for the Star Maker final, as 10 young country acts performed in front of the largest crowd the concert has ever recorded. Photo: Gareth Gardner

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Premier Berejiklian must make environment a priority

The NSW Nature Conservation Council said they welcomed the election of Premier Gladys Berejiklian – it’s an“opportunity to reset the Coalition Government’s environmental agenda for the benefit of communities and nature across the state”.
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“We congratulate Ms Berejiklian on her election as Premier and look forward to working with her constructively to turn around the Coalition government’s poor environmental record of the past six years,” NCC CEO Kate Smolski said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“Ms Berejiklian has much to do to repair the harm to nature caused by her predecessors and to restore the Liberal Party’s environmental reputation.

“To date, the Coalition government has failed to chart a sustainable future for our state. Premiers Baird and O’Farrell were asleep at the wheel on environmental policy, allowing those with a financial interest in weakening environmental protections to shape nature laws in this state.

“Ms Berejiklian’s elevation is an opportunity for the government to reset its position on many environmental and planning policy issues, enhance protections for wildlife, bushland and marine life, and to act decisively on climate change.

“Earlier this year, the government set a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which wasa positive signal that climate change is being taken more seriously by the Coalition.

“We are very keen to work with Ms Berejiklian to help her achieve that goal well before 2050 by ramping up investment in renewables and hastening the closure of coal-fired power stations.

“We sincerely hope the new premier takes a genuine interest in the protection of theastonishing natural beauty and wildlife that is the common legacy of all people in NSW.”

Ms Smolski said environmental issues that require Ms Berejiklian’s urgent attention include:

Climate change and clean energy transitionBringing forward the net-zero emissions target date from 2050 to 2030Ending coal and CSG mining in NSW – no new coal mines, mine expansions, or gas fieldsRamping up investment in large-scale and household renewablesRestoring strong controls on land clearingEnding native forest loggingThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net….


Lions roar for Australia Day event

Celebration: Lions Club of Collie president Terri Shine and Australia Day Committee board member Liz Hoare ready for Thursday’s event. Photo: Thomas Munday. The Lions Club of Collie is set to pull out all the stops for this year’s Australia Day celebrations.
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The club is once again providing anAustralia Day Breakfast on Thursday, January 26.

Lions Club of Collie Australia Day Committee board member Liz Hoare said the barbecue provided an opportunity for Collie citizens to come together.

“I think it came about, because the Lions are acommunity based club and we’re a not-for-profit organisation, so it was just something for the community to be able to come down and have an Aussie barbie sort of thing for Australia Day,” she said.

Lions Club of Collie president Terri Shine said the event showcased the club’s commitment to Collie along with the organisation’s involvement in the South West.

“It’s been a whole Lions initiative all throughout WA and Australia I think because Harvey does it, Australind Lions Club doit, there is a whole lot of different Lions Clubs all throughout the state,” she said.

“It proves we’re actually part of the community, we’re still doing something for the communitywe’re not just this group that is part of our own little clique.

”It is a community thing, it’s the same as the [Christmas]pageant we do it for the Collie community.

”The rest of the day is family and stuff like that but that first part of the day is actuallyworking with the people that you have chosen to work with and being part of the community.”

Ms Hoare said Australia Day was about coming together with family and friends to celebrate the country.

“I think it’s celebrating being an Aussie and this wonderful land that we live in and live on and it brings the community together, I think the Lionsare all about supporting the community and bringing people together,” she said.

“Just having a good day, enjoying it with family and friends and having something like the traditional Aussie barbie.”

The Collie Australia Day Parade kicks off with participants gathering between Johnston and Forrest streetsat 7am.

The parade will officially begin at 7.15am, travelling throughout Collie CBD.

The event will also include music in Collie Central Park from 7am.

The celebrations also feature the Shire of Collie’s Australia Day awards with categories including Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

The Collie Lions Club Breakfast will follow proceedings at around 8am.

Ms Shine said the Lions Club of Collie and Shire of Collie were expecting over 320 people for the proceedings.

Ms Hoare said the spread will include bacon, eggs, baked beans, tomato, onion, hash browns and fruit as well as tea, coffee and juice.

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Letters to the Editor

Liberal Representation letdownI read with interest in The Advocate (January 18) that Senator David Bushby is soon to settle in Launceston.
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Representation: William Holland is dismayed about the lack of attention being given to Braddon by Senator Jonathon Duniam and his senate colleagues.

Whilst this is positive news for residents of that region, the article does advise that “Senator Jonathon Duniam” has taken up a North-West office lease left vacant by Mr Colbeck last year after a months’ long stand-off within the senate team and that it is to serve as a base for the Tasmanian Liberal senate team at a cost of $88,000 a year.

We were also told that Senator Duniam has set up a visiting office in St Helens and New Norfolk but most of his time would be spent on the road visiting people around the expansive Lyons electorate.

Are we second class citizens in the North West?

Why can’t we get a representative who is “on site” and understands firsthand the issues of this Braddon electorate.

The liberal party is in disarray with its Senators in Tasmania.

The previous practice of having a “resident” senator assigned to each electorate in which to do constituency work cannot be achieved.

Why this is the case needs further examination and consideration before the next election, where no doubt we will hear that the Liberals are serving not only Tasmania well but also Braddon and understand the issues we face.

For me the election can’t come soon enough and I’ll be voting for locals, who whilst having a State focus, understand the particular local issues relating to Braddon – such as the Mersey.

William David Holland, Latrobe

Tireless worker supportedObviously people who criticise hard working, caring people like Norma Jamieson have too much time on their hands.

She works tirelessly for the community, always has and no doubt always will.

If the critics have too much time on their hands I could give them some advice.

Would they take that advice? I have no faith that, him, or her or they would.

I would advise them to rethink their criticism unless they are prepared to work as hard as she has and still does.

Community needs are not going to go away. There’s always need for another helping hand.

Marion Thomson, East Devonport

Rates confusionI find it interesting that Devonport council continues to get credit from the media for the non-increase of rates for the past three years.

I have viewed a rate demand from a Devonport ratepayer where the rates for the current year have increased by about 9.99 per cent as they were increased for $100 while the charges for stormwater and other ancillary charges had small increases only.

A comparison of rates with my own rates showed, if the Devonport house was in Ulverstone that ratepayer would pay $351 less and were my house in Devonport, I would be paying about $531 more.

It seems that the lower priced houses in Devonport will continue to have rate increases despite what the media is saying by giving Devonport credit for the non increase of rates.

Can ask that some investigating work be done to clear up the confusion?

Lionel Bonde, Turners Beach

MP entitlementsQuestion: Why could not Federal Labor member Justine Keay use her own money to fly to Canberra instead of using a taxpayer funded flight?

This is an example of all politicians rorting of money, they seem to dip into when they feel like it.

Shame, no exception should be made, so in future no politiciancan use taxpayers money.

Alan Moret, Shorewell

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