CSU Port Macquarie Synapses October 2016

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WELCOME TO Summer is on its way!

Here we are, your last Synapases issue for the year. And what a year it has been! Behind the scenes, many of your fellow students have been busy planning, writing, editing, designing, proofreading and managing the production of this stellar bit of media. We hope that you’ve been enjoying it! We’re almost to the end of another academic year. For some of us, it marks the end of our first year, other the end of your time at uni. Either way, it’s almost time to kick up your heels and get busy with festival season! In this issue, we celebrate the festival especially the summer festival. Whether you have a burning desire to jump into the heady, sweaty and vaguely life-threatening mosh pit, or sit back in the grass and have the sweet, sweet tunes of singer-songwriters flow over you, we’ve got you covered. So hunker down for those last few weeks, study like there’s no tomorrow, but know that summer is just around the corner!





CONTRIBUTORS Clara Koch, Mel Streater, Willie Wahlin, Madeline Riddel, Jess Day & Yvette Coulon. DESIGNERS|GRAPHIC DESIGN CSU PORT MACQUARIE Mel Streater, Madeline Riddel & Willie Wahlin. DISCLAIMER Synapses is supported by the Port Macquarie Student Representative Council (PortSRC) and is a Writer’s Guild publication. The opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of the university, faculty, editorial staff or student members. Similarly, association by person or companies with Synapses does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of those parties. Neither the Writer’s Guild nor PortSRC accept responsibility for any omission or misconceptions of the views and opinions contained in any article accepted for publication. The editor reserves the right to edit or reject any articles submitted for publication.

Synapses is by students, for students. If you would like to contribute your stories, photos, illustrations, help with design, or practice your editing skills, contact us! We’d love to hear from you. For advertising rates or to submit an event to “What’s On”, contact Clara Koch: ckoch@csu.edu.au

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THE Port Macquarie

Beer &


For the second year, the country's best boutique and craft brewers took over the idyllic coastal town of Port Macquarie. On Saturday 24th September, Westport Park will played host to the Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival, offering unprecedented access to the most exciting brews, tunes and food Australia has to offer, just a stone's throw from Sydney on the mid North Coast of NSW.

The Stunned Mullet VIP Marquee was also a new introduction, offering an exclusive experience for those with a taste for the finer things in life.

It was a glorious day overlooking the river with live music, loads of activities for the kids as well as numerous brewers to sample from. My partner hates beer but fell in love with Pagan cider, a Tasmania company who have friends in Port and therefore made the trip north to showcase their delights. The raspberry and cherry flavours were particularly popular. Personally, I love beer. My fav was a Hops and tails (local to Port) ale that had been infused with coffee.

The brewers included some of the country's best and most passionate brewers, boasting Black Duck Brewey, Murrays Craft Brewing Co, Stone & Wood Brewing Company, New England Brewery, Moore Beer, Wayward Brewing, Pagan Cider, Dusty Miner Craft Brewery, Hopdog Beerworks, Four Pines Brewing Company, Frank's Cider and Hops And Tales Brewery.

We had a ball watching the keg throw (couldn’t quite believe that one individual managed to dislocated his shoulder but then carried on with the other arm to still host the keg miles). This year, the Festival showcased at least 20 local and national brewers who jostled to take out the inaugural People's Choice Award and the coveted notoriety that comes with being crowned Port's favourite brew.

The Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival teamed up with Port Macquarie’s finest restaurant, The Stunned Mullet, to offer a trendy pop up restaurant and the ultimate festival upgrade.

A smattering of live music made the day complete for punters, with a stellar line-up, including the Steve Edmonds Band and Green Mohair Suits. In short, definitely one festival worth putting on your shortlist for next year, especially as it comes around just before end of session, just to help you to the finish line of your uni year! PHOTOS: PAUL KOCH

For more information on the Festival’s website: http://www.portmacbeerandciderfestival.com/

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Festival Season



Local Festivals &Events

24 Sept - 02 Oct LISTEN OUT (Syd, Perth, Mel) 21 Oct - 6 Nov, 2016 FEAST FESTIVAL (Adelaide, SA)

19 Nov, 2016 HARBOURLIFE (Syd, NSW)

27 Dec - 3 Jan annually TROPICAL FRUITS (Lismore, NSW)

27 – 29 Dec 2016 SOUTHBOUND (Busselton, WA)

28 Dec - 08 Jan FALLS FESTIVAL (Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle)

26 - 30 Jan, 2017 RAINBOW SERPENT (Lexton, VIC) Dec 27 – 1 Jan WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL (Woodford, QLD)

01 Jan, 2012, FIELD DAY (Syd, NSW) 15 Jan - 5 Feb, 2017 MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL (Mel, VIC) 21 Jan - 05 Feb ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL (SA, QLD, WA, VIC, NSW) 19 Feb - 6 Mar, 2017 SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS (Syd, NSW)

Festivals Around the Nation

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3 - 6 Nov, 2016 OUT IN THE OPEN (Shepparton, VIC)

If you’ve been to a local festival recently, then chances are you’ve come across BlackDog Ink. If you haven’t, here’s why you should stop and grab a t-shirt from them on your summer festival travels. Chris tells us a bit about BlackDog Ink and his journey to conquer the art of the silk screen. BlackDog Ink has been in the making for around 12 years now. I had a background in textile screen printing, so a couple of friends and I started playing around with a few ideas and designs for T-shirts. Initially we had dreams of creating our own brand … Throw in a few beers, some inspiration from It and a Pennywise track, and the Psycho Clown was born. The first line of Psycho Clown went to press, a few mates supported the cause, and sticker slapping ensued - some of which have stood the test of time and can still be seen around LHB. 8 [SYNAPSES]

From there, I started printing for a few local businesses/clubs, and humble beginnings soon grew into something more than a hobby, and the time had come for the concept to mature. We turned to our little black shadow, shed companion and silent business partner “Tiger” for inspiration - BlackDog Ink was V2.0. What skills did you bring to the table in terms of training and studying? I always had an interest in drawing and art. After leaving school, an opportunity arose to work with a local sportswear company (Soft Edges/Seabird), where I began work as a textile screen printer, printing performance wear and swimwear for sports teams, including The Australian Opals and Hockeyroos. Most of my training was on the job, but I have also complete a number of graphic arts courses. With a profession that is as old as screen printing, talking with people who have been in the trade

for a long time is invaluable, but you also have to keep up to date with current advancements. You can guarantee there is always something new to learn, no matter how long you have been doing it! You’re the go-to for branding T-shirts and accessories for most of our local festivals and have also serviced major city festivals too; tell us about that. We have built a great relationship with FOTSUN and have been taking care of their merchandise for a number of years. We also work with Fat Apple Events, taking care of merch for Meatstock (Sydney) and Blues & BBQ Festival. Big Band Blast is our next big event (in May), which is always a fun design to print. We are also looking forward to being part of the Ekam Yoga Festival at the Glasshouse again in October. We produce the majority of items in house, and can provide a team of sellers to move the merch at events. In 2014, BlackDog Ink literally took it to the streets with the launch of Live Screen Printing for our first time at FOTSUN. Live screen printing has been a huge hit. It creates an interactive atmosphere for the buyer, where they basically get to create their own shirt and we print it for them right in front of their eyes, so they can walk out wearing it fresh [and still warm] from the press. Live Printing isn’t necessarily limited to tees either; we’ve also live printed tote bags at Slice of Haven and Beer Coolers at the Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival and Drop Kick Arts Squiggle Off Finale. For those who didn’t attend FOTSUN in 2015, what was the “Live Printing” you offered at the festival? We did it a little different last year. In 2014 we ran a competition for the FOTSUN punters to have a chance at getting their winning design on an official FOTSUN merch shirt. Last year we worked


INK with local artist (and all-round legend) Simon “Sigh” Luxton, who was FOTSUN’S resident artist. We pulled elements from his work and basically offered three different prints to choose from. It was a huge success. It was encouraging to see people are really appreciative of good art. FOTSUN is always a fun event, and we are pretty lucky that our set up has a perfect view of the stage too, so we can’t say it’s all hard work!

Yeah, this is our niche. The process of deconstructing an artist’s work and transferring it to an alternate medium can be an art in itself. So far we have had the pleasure of working closely with the likes of Ash Benson, Hendo, Adam Murray and Sigh Luxton, all of whom have very different styles and are all definitely establishing a presence for themselves around our local area. Helping artists like these guys to replicate the amazing colours and details of their work and transforming it into a walking canvas is our goal, and it’s been a lot of fun. Over the last few years Port has definitely had a shift in culture, and with the support of many local artists and the Squiggle Off Crew backed by the Place Making and YAK teams, we are seeing a lot more of their stuff pop up. You can keep up to date with BlackDog’s current projects and live printing events on their Instagram @blackdog_ink This article first appeared in Focus and has been reprinted with the kind permission of BlackDog Ink. All images courtesy of BlackDog Ink.

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Working with artists, transforming their works into clothing must be a thrill in itself …


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THE [CASHMAN] REPORT ,”",2”,”,1 With all of the amazing summer festivals on offer, it’s easy to blow your budget. Below are a few tricks to keep you in the black over the holidays. 1. Set a daily budget Set yourself a limit each day. This will prevent you from getting into a situation where you run out of cash before you’ve made it home and end up having to hitchhike the return journey! Allocating money for each day is a simple way to manage your spending evenly, and ensuring you don’t blow all your cash on the first night. Only take out as much cash as you need, and avoid using your bank card. That way, you’ll be able to keep tabs on exactly what you’re spending and how quickly your stack of funds are going down.


2. Set aside an emergency fund It’s also worth making sure you set aside an emergency fund in case point number one doesn’t go according to plan! You don’t want to be left high and dry with no money to even feed yourself, and end up having to borrow from friends A nice idea can be to swap bank cards with a sternwilled mate, so you can access emergency funds if you need to get at them, but can’t bow to temptation. And if you do manage to make it to the last night without having rinsed every penny you’ve got, get the beers in!

With limited security, it’s also best not to bring your favourite t-shirts or jeans – or any expensive gadgets either for that matter – for fear of them going missing. Remember, festivals are 80% mud. You don’t want to ruin your bezzie white top because of a mosh or rave. Play it safe and leave it at home. 4. Look out for free services There are loads of cool services that are often overlooked at festivals, but with a keen eye you can bag some free stuff. Often events have tents where you can cycle to generate power to charge your phone. This will save you money on portable chargers or paid charging stations, if you really can’t live without your tech! Also, in past years, mobile networks have been known to create ‘charging bars’ where you can go and charge your phone for free, and maybe buy a drink to have while you wait. However, there’s also a lot to be said for switching your phone off and actually enjoying real life for the weekend. Let us know how you get on with that!

3. Don’t come clad in your most expensive clothes Festivals aren’t a place where people care about looking their best, so why should you? You’re there for the music after all!

5. Keep your money safe Festivals are notoriously the time where we suddenly become the most carelessness human beings on the planet, meaning losing money is about at common as Hunter wellies at the main stage. Plus, with tents being possibly the easiest thing to break into EVER, it’s also important to keep your money and valuables on you all the time.

One of the biggest expenses of the weekend can be replacing your entire wardrobe that was lost in the mud around the campsite, so leave the expensive gear at home.

Our advice? Invest in a bum bag! They’re the most fool-proof way to look after your money, and way more safe than leaving your money in your pocket. They’ve even come back into fashion these days. Don’t believe


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If you think wearing a bum bag is a cardinal sin, go for a money belt, which is essentially the same thing but small enough to hide under your shorts. Cop out! 6. Don’t buy a programme It can be tempting to pay for a festival programme, but it really isn’t necessary and they tend to be majorly overpriced. With a teeny bit of forward planning you can save yourself a pretty penny – just print out a copy of the line-up and a map from the festival website before you leave. Alternatively, look out for mobile phone apps that many companies release just before a festival. They’ll direct you around the site and remind you what bands are on and when. Either way, it’s much cheaper than spending a tenner on a booklet you’re bound to lose anyway! 7. Only take cash Carrying wads of cash on you might not feel like the smartest idea, you’ve already invested in a bum bag, right? It’s really easy to lose your debit card if you’re constantly flashing it around in a muddy field, especially in amongst the masses of people queuing at a festival. Also, you don’t want to keep making trips to the cash machine every time you want a drink or something to eat (you get stung at the machine too). Save yourself the expense and withdraw your money before you go. Many festival machines charge a minimum of £2 each time, so think of it as an extra cider for every time you don’t have to go queue at the machine. 8. Book your travel in advance As with any journey, it’s simple: The earlier you book, the cheaper your travel will be. People often make the mistake of waiting until last minute to book their tickets in the hope that prices will fall, but that’s a problem with festivals. You can bet that everyone else will have the same idea as you, so the tickets will be much more costly. As soon as you know the dates of the festival and the opening times of the campsite, book your travel ASAP. It’s also just one less thing to think about later on! For more information on securing the best prices for your journey, check out our guides to cheap train and coach travel. 9. Car share Alternatively, if you don’t plan on using public transport, you could either hitch a ride with friends or onboard some pals to share the cost of you driving. Taking others in the car with you means that you can cut your fuel cost, leaving you extra beer money for the festival. You can also get into the festival spirit along the way – it’s all part of the fun! Who likes driving alone anyway?

10. Know the rules There’s nothing worse than buying all of your alcohol in preparation, only to have it confiscated as you enter the festival. All festivals will have restrictions on how much booze you can take in with you, as getting you to fork out on their overpriced drinks is how they make their money! You also won’t be allowed to leave the festival and bring more booze back in. This is probably for your own safety, but it can cause problems when you buy a few crates of beer, only to find that you have to leave a couple at the entrance to be thrown away. In short, always make sure you know exactly how much you’re allowed in by checking the festival website before doing your shop. Get creative too – those little juice bottles that your mum used to give you in your school lunch box can make great spirit containers 11. Volunteer while you’re there Volunteering to work at festivals can be pretty economical, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. Every year, festivals will be on the look-out for volunteers to help with things like giving out wristbands at the entrance; selling programmes, or maybe just helping to clean some of the litter around the area. In return, you’d get free access to the festival, as well as (sometimes, but not always!) free travel, accommodation, and food. But details do vary from festival to festival and demand for places is high, so get on and apply now! 12. Recycle for cash As more and more festivals are striving to become greener, earning cash for recycling is fast becoming one of the easiest ways to help fund your festival weekend! Many are going in hard at promoting recycling, offering keen litter-pickers renumeration for the returning of cups. It’s only something in the region of 10c per cup, but that really adds up! You could find yourself buying a couple of extra drinks simply from picking up some cups, and they are everywhere at festivals. 13. Don’t waste money on expensive equipment Festivals aren’t about luxury. You can spend hundreds of pounds on all your camping gear, but it isn’t necessary and the chances of it getting damaged are (let’s be honest) pretty high. Most of the camping gear you take to a festival ends up getting ruined (unless you’re really careful). Keep a close eye out for deals in places like your local supermarket. You’ll be able to pick up all the essentials and still have plenty of change left over to stock up on some beer!

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u s c Whilst the students of CSU are slaving away in the library, it is actually the staff that have been quietly achieving major milestones on the sly. Charles Sturt University has recently become a national leader in sustainability, with the announcement of becoming Australia’s first Carbon Neutral University on Thursday 28th July. As a result, CSU is now certified as ‘Carbon Neutral’ against the National Carbon Offset Standard as part of the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program. The staff at CSU Green have been working tirelessly with the University to reach this status across all campuses. In recent years, energy efficiency has become a large part of CSU’s operations, and plays a significant role in the university’s commitment to a sustainable future. CSU’s Carbon Neutrality is a result of a huge range of initiatives, including Bathurst’s CoGen plant, and various multi-campus energy projects, such as the EPCs (Energy Performance Contracts). This has resulted in upgrades to the air conditioning, changes to LED lighting, the fitting of sensor lights and solar panels, and replacement of external lighting on classrooms and campus buildings. The university will continue to stay green through an emissions reduction program – a focus on energy saving and carbon offset projects. Upon the announcement of our certification, Professor Vann, Vice Chancellor at CSU, said, "Through this certification, Charles Sturt University is showing all Australian communities how we can live more sustainable lives in our unique environment. With this accreditation, we hope that we can inspire other organisations both regional and national, to seek to achieve these standards and do their bit for the planet.” But what does Carbon Neutrality even mean? Carbon neutrality is achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for a particular activity, process or organisation. To become carbon neutral, organisations calculate their greenhouse gas emissions, reduce emissions as much as possible and then purchase carbon offsets or carbon credits equivalent to the remaining emissions. This process results in emissions being offset and leads to net zero emissions or carbon neutrality.

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Our road to becoming carbon neutral Our plan to become a carbon neutral started in 2007. Below is a list of our achievements in the last nine years that have led us to this point.

How can you help? Reducing carbon emissions and improving energy saving measures is something for everyone at CSU. We’re proud of our achievements and our commitment to sustainability. We believe we’re in a unique position to lead and inspire organisations nationally and internationally. We encourage our communities, staff, students and Alumni to reduce their carbon footprint by: •

Participating in tree planting days held annually across most CSU campuses (see the CSU Green events page for more information)

Applying for the CSU Sustainability Grant program to fund innovative sustainable ideas

Helping to reduce waste to landfill by supporting recycling systems installed across CSU facilities

Make small changes such as walking or riding a bike instead of driving

Choose a car that isn’t oversized for your travel needs and travelling with classmates where possible

Switch off equipment such as lights, locally-controlled air-conditioners and computers when not required

2016 •

rocurement of approximately 43,000 tonnes CO2-e offsets from Australian and international projects

Submission of NCOS Carbon Neutral documentation to Department of Environment

Electric carts introduced at Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses

Commissioning of solar PV systems at CSU in Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, rated at 216 kW of combined output

CSU awarded inaugural Energy Productivity in Action Business Leader (Commercial) Award from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

CSU Organics established at Orange campus

Battery recycling established at multiple campuses

Energy Performance Contract (EPC) implemented at CSU in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst

2014 - 2013 •

Number of smart meters connected to CSU network reaches 500

Commissioning of CSU in Bathurst cogeneration facility

Best practice office waste recycling system introduced

2012 - 2009 •

CSU Award Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Award of Excellence for sustainability

CSU awarded NSW Government's Green Globe Award for Regional Sustainability

CSU's organisational-wide building management and sub-metering network established

2008 - 2003 •

Energy retrofit program completed with assistance from NSW Government Public Facilities Program

CSU Green office formed

CSU achieves one of the first regionally-located 6-Star Green Star rated office buildings at CSU in Albury-Wodonga

Target established for CSU to become a carbon neutral organisation PHOTO: THOMAS BROWN

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What do you want to be when you grow up? You have all heard it. “Enjoy yourself,

current course. I didn’t do science or

miss it when you are gone.” Yeah I had fun

of my wasted years where I drifted about

these are the best years of your life. You’ll

at high school. I had a casual job, I spent more time with my friends than my family and I had a ball. Do I miss it? No I don’t. I was stressed with assignments, exams,

studying and I couldn’t help but feeling it could be all for nothing because I didn’t

advanced math but I try not to think badly on a split second dream because I did

journeys for my year 12 HSC. I know it’s

not always the destination but how you get there. Choose the path less travelled you

never know what may be around the corner.

know what I wanted to be when I grow up.

It wasn’t until life sent me to a NICU

analyst? You don’t know what that is. You

watching nurses and doctors helping

But who does? Who aspires to be a systems may grow up and be one and love your job, LOVE IT! But is it what you wanted

to be as a kid? How can you go through

school, the pressure to pick subjects to help you get into university, for your dream

job- when you don’t know what’s out there? When I was in year 1 we had to choose 18 [SYNAPSES]

what we wanted to be when we grew up. I

where I spent day after day after day other people that I got an inkling

of what I could maybe do. I’m not

studying nursing, but I like people and

I like technology. I had never heard of

nuclear medicine until the first week of my MRS degree, 17 years after my first veterinary career dream, where I had

assumed I wanted to be a radiographer.

chose to be Vet, because duh of course, I

Sometimes you have to experience

me. Then someone told me I would have to

career paths than teachers, doctors and

love animals so it was the perfect job for

stick my hand up a cows butt and just like that, dreams crushed. It wasn’t cuddling animals all day and putting on wiggle

Band-Aids like I envisioned in my head. Zac isn’t a fireman either and Sarah isn’t a lawyer liked they both planned to be. High School gave me rudimentary

reasoning and interpretation skills, but

no subject I took has directly helped my

the world and realise there are more

lawyers you thought of when you were 7 years old. You have to experience life to find out your weaknesses, strengths and your passions.

Don’t feel badly if you don’t know what

you want to be when you grow up, even

if you are technically already grown up

because the average person changes their career 7 times throughout their lifetime.

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