Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Education & training

Mamma Mia!: TAFE NSW Moss Vale helps Abba tribute band artist play new career tune

TAFE NSW Moss Vale is empowering a career musician and Abba tribute band bass player to call the tune on the next chapter in his career: as a farmer. Simon Tonks, 64, has enjoyed a long and illustrious music career, including stints as house engineer/producer at recording giant Sony Music, making records, mixing live shows, and writing television music.

Uni in Minlaton’s backyard

University is becoming more accessible for Yorke Peninsula’s next generation of tertiary students with the opening of a Uni Hub outreach service in Minlaton ... from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 29), this barrier will be removed, with Uni Hub now operating on the last Wednesday of every month from the YP Council office at Minlaton.

To inform decision-making for Southern growers – New farming systems project

A new farming systems project is set to shed light on how farm management decisions affect profitability and sustainability to help southern region grain growers understand the upside and downside of their decisions. The five-year project involves nine field sites … covering different soil types and rainfall zones in South Australia and Victoria, as well as biophysical modelling and economic evaluation.

Forest Wars – What lies beneath?: Peter Rutherford

Peter Rutherford. After reading Mark Poynter’s brief critique of The Forest Wars and the David Lindenmayer response, a few points seemed to need further exploration ... Many SETA members and others working in the forest industry have been curious as to what appear to be strong connections that Mr Lindenmayer has with a number of media reporters, who regularly report his opinions on native forest issues.

Urban Camp celebrates 40 years of unforgettable city experiences

For four decades, Urban Camp Melbourne has been bridging the gap between urban and rural life by providing a unique camping experience within the heart of the city. Nestled in Royal Park, Urban Camp offers an unparalleled experience for regional, remote and indigenous students to connect with the city and each other.

Investment in education

A South Australian education union has slammed the 2024 Federal Budget for failing to deliver the much-needed investment in education. SA Branch of the Australian Education Union says public schools, including the ones in areas like Naracoorte Lucindale District, are not currently funded to the minimum school resourcing standard. “The current resourcing agreement for South Australia is set to expire at the end of this year…”: branch president Jennie-Marie Gorman.

Grafton to host Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award regional cook-off

Australia’s longest-running culinary competition for emerging chefs is coming to Grafton ... Assessed to globally recognised standards, each chef will have two and a half hours to prepare and present two plates of a main course and a dessert to the panel of judges.

Budget 2024: What does it mean for you?

When Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese government’s 2024 budget last week it was touted as a ‘cost-of-living budget’, aimed at relieving the pressure of everyday costs. Member for Farrer and Opposition Party Deputy Leader, Sussan Ley is concerned at the lack of money for the bush. “My key concern is the $315 billion in new spending by Labor risks adding further to inflation and keeping interest rates higher for longer,” Ms Ley told The Riverine Grazier. 

Paws up for puppy program

Michelle Daw. About 50 people showed their interest in helping to nurture the guide dogs of the future when they took part in a puppy raising seminar in Moonta this month. The event was held by Guide Dogs SA/ NT at the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Copper Coast sub branch ... It is the first time the puppy raising program has been extended beyond metropolitan Adelaide.

Quiz #15

Will you get the Gold Star today? Ready, set .... think!

Quiz #14

Shake up your grey matter right here with Tom's quiz.

Jordan Edmeades has ambitious plan for a Kyogle Film Academy in Cinema 3

Filmmaker Jordan Edmeades has an ambitious plan to create a Kyogle Film Academy with weekly workshops held at the Kyogle Cinema.  “I’m in discussions with Richard and Cheryl Harris from Kyogle Cinema to hire out Cinema 3 (the Cinematography Museum theatre) as the teaching studio,” Jordan said.

Community insight helps protect against bushfire injury and loss of life

Michelago, Bredbo, Adaminaby and Jindabyne residents impacted by bushfires highlighted the importance of bushfire maps showing users their location in relation to a fire risk, while clearly communicating critical information such as direction of fire spread to ensure emergency information is easily understood and followed by communities under threat.

NIOA/Properties Ruhle Interschool Shoot

Friday 10th May saw just shy of 40 students from neighbouring local high schools and localities put together a team of three shooters to compete in the small bore, 50m, fifty shot target shoot at the Laurie Bowe Rifl e Range at Leyburn.

Deadly beautiful

Artist Uncle 'Deadly' Arthur has been transforming Wyreema State School, last Wednesday completing various pieces of Indigenous artifacts around the school environment.

Outdoors calls artists

Serena Kirby. Denmark's newest painting group is encouraging artists to step outside and embrace the great outdoors. Taking its name from the French word for ‘out-of-doors’ the ‘plein air’ painters group is the brainchild of Kat Lamb who started the group two months ago.

Broadway calling

Casterton local and Year 10 student at The Hamilton and Alexandra College, Sarah Crowle, is heading to New York City to perform under the bright lights of Broadway. Sarah auditioned at the Victorian Dance Festival, held in Melbourne during April, and received an invitation to attend the New York City Musical Theatre Summer Intensive program.

There is a difference between being assertive and being rude

I've heard leaders who refer to themselves as “straight shooters,” who will "call people out", and "hold them to account". This is all well and good. However, if combined with an aggressive tone of voice and language, this approach can put people on edge. Such leaders might be challenged on the importance of being respectful, empathetic, and personable to be deemed credible.

TEDx talks in Maldon

Last Saturday saw the third TEDx event in Maldon ... Your Tarrangower Times correspondent attended the first of two two-hour sessions and witnessed eight stimulating 10-minute talks by a variety of speakers ... finding the confidence ... creative solutions ... take risks ... listen and learn from each other ...

McBride supports bid for local contractors

A $2400 work order to fix a broken tap at a local school reflects how a State Government system is open for dishonest behaviour. Independent Member for MacKillop Nick McBride also described how difficult it was for local contractors to be approved as capable of doing even minor government work at schools.

The Forest Wars – review and response

Mark Poynter, a fellow of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (now Forestry Australia) reviews The Forest Wars. The author, Professor David Lindenmayer, responds ... "The Forest Wars purports to portray the ‘ugly truth’ about what happens in wood production forests": Poynter ... "As I point out in the book there are some key problems with the industry": Lindenmayer.

Local participant in the stone conservation course

Mark Curry has just completed the Heritage conservation skills course and been awarded a certificate. In this course he has learnt about Stone conservation, breathable paints, lime mortar technology, solid rendering and re-pointing, The class of 14 participants have transformed the upper facade of the Pirie Chambers building in Argent Street Broken Hill.

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