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The pain of not shopping local TOOK this photograph in Bernardi’s IGA Orana Mall this week, confronted by the empty shelves as staff prepare for Sunday’s closure. I couldn’t help but wonder; ‘is this what not supporting a regional business looks like?’ There will have been many factors which brought decision makers to the conclusion that closing their SUPA store in Orana Mall was the only feasible step to take, and it was probably a very, very difficult one. Based in Forbes, Bernardis is somewhat of a success story, able to show good growth and expansion, with independence - but they’re one of us - they live here in the regions - so would certainly understand the impact on a regional community when 50 people lose their jobs all at once. That’s 50 households affected. Fifty bottom lines. Fifty people struggling to pay rent, buy food, keep up with the bills. Despite Bernardi’s commitment to helping where they could to assist their former staffer’s in their job search, the jobs have to be there in the first place. Some plan to apply for JB Hi-Fi but they don’t open until September. That’s in five months time. Earlier this year, Bernardi’s were praised in a Commonwealth Bank magazine article for doing things outside the box and staying ahead of the competition, but clearly, in this case, and as they have publically announced, competing with another major supermarket chain, opposite their outlet at the Mall, has proven fatal. I wonder too was Orana Mall’s decision to close off it’s back door entrance a couple of months ago, in any way a factor for Bernardi’s demise. No criticism of the Mall. Clearly signposted for ‘deliveries only’, the two rear doors were very popular access points for customers. Perfect for avoiding the elusive door-ding elves but also to come and go from the Mall quickly for a ‘duck in, duck out’ for a few supplies. The shorter walking distance to access the supermarkets through the back entrances must surely have made life a bit easier for the elderly, disabled and mums with bubs, and I wonder what traffic was lost on a daily basis which until the day the back doors were locked, had been walking right past IGA’s door. Location, location, location; as they say. Traffic went from a steady flow to zero. Perhaps, already feeling the pinch, it was the final nail in the coffin. How often we forget the power of our dollar and its capacity to keep home-grown businesses alive. “Shop local” is an essential practice, for regional communities to thrive and grow. Yes,


the ‘big guys’ employ too, but for all the fruit and veg shops which fell by the wayside when they came to town; there were not just jobs lost, but business people, families, pushed out of their trade and robbed of the opportunity to be self-supporting, to own their business all while supplying local, fresh, produce to boot. Mick and Paul’s are like the last man standing. So, come Sunday, there will be over 50 people in our community looking for work as a result of this closure. It’s a wakeup call for consumers to realise we actually influence these kinds of outcomes by choosing first and foremost to shop local, or not. For those loyal customers voicing their sadness on Bernardi’s IGA Dubbo Facebook page, the lament is unanimous. “Will be sad to see you leave Dubbo,” says one customer. “The quality of your fruit and veg and your support of local producers will be missed. I loved that your staff were always friendly and I got to use a checkout every time I shopped and not forced to use a self service thing.” And this: “So sorry to hear this devastating news, your cold meats particularly your ham off the bone was 1st class....refuse to buy it from Woolies ....only processed even though they tell you it’s not. Fruit and veggies always lovely and fresh..staff very friendly nothing an effort. Another great business gone. Wish all the staff success in finding jobs.” “Sad, sad, sad,” says another. “Please don’t close. Just relocate. I do not want to spend my hard earned money in the giant monopolies. All I went to Orana Mall for was Bernardi’s Supa IGA so when you reopen in another premises I will go there, we will find you. That sounds like supermarket shopping heaven... parking the car and walking through the doors directly into the Bernardi’s Marketplace Supa IGA. Don’t give up, don’t give in, fight for your share of the pie. Come on Dubbo and the region say no to putting into the greedy trough of the big and say yes to supporting diversity and choice for today and the future. Relocate, don’t close.”


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River fire video fans flames in anti CSG industry community BY YVETTE AUBUSSONFOLEY EDITOR

OMMUNITY activists lobbying against the CSG industry in Australia acknowledge a series of videos and photographs posted by Greens NSW mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham, of methane gas alight on the southwest Queensland’s Condamine River, have worked to keep the conversation about the dangers to sustainable waterways, high in the headlines. People for the Plains spokesperson, Rohan Boehm, told Dubbo Weekender while he did not feel the need to comment on Buckingham’s activity, he was pleased there was continued public discussion on the impacts of CSG mining on regional communities. “So far in the north west of NSW we’ve been able to demonstrate that community action is necessary to show the CSG industry is not appropriate for the security of our water resources. “Communities Australia-wide are very concerned about the impact of coal seam gas.” CSIRO’s dismissal of Buckingham’s claims of risks to river health, are a sign, says Boehm, they are paid by the industry to say so. “It’s a case of what happens when the CSIRO get grubby for apologising for the CSG industry. What they say is disregarded by any measure.” Natural methane leakage in the Condamine River area occurs, but local farmers are saying the bubbling in the river - featured in Buckingham’s videos - is new. In a statement issued by Buckingham; Chinchilla local resident, John Jenkyn whose property neighbours the QGC Kenya gas field and gas processing facility, told the Greens MP: “Anything that contaminates the underground water is a terrible thing. Depressurising the aquifers to extract the coal seam gas seems to have made the gas flow out beneath the Condamine River and it’s now spreading further. “Over the last few years there more


Jeremy Buckingham and John Jenkyn.

and more patches of bubbles have appeared on the river and the pressure of the gas has increased to the point where it is like an over-sized spa bath. It’s a river, it shouldn’t be doing that,” Jenkyn said. Karen Auty, Chinchilla resident and activist against unconventional gas said: “It’s deeply troubling to see contaminated water ways and to see water bores blow out with gas or fail and ground water levels drop. We’re all deeply concerned about the water.” “As local residents we want to know whether it is safe to live among all these gas wells and infrastructure, what are the impacts on our health?” Auty said. Knitting Nannas Against Gas spokesperson, Sally Forsstrom, told Dubbo Weekender, Buckingham’s video’s draw attention to the risks of CSG mining.

“We spoke with an engineer at our Knitting Nannas Against Gas stand in Church St yesterday who is also concerned about the damage to water by unconventional gas mining,” she said. Knitting Nannas Against Gas was established in June 2012 in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, in response to a growing awareness of the exploration for un-conventionally mined gas in prime agricultural land and aim to resist the industry through peaceful protests. The videos which show the Condamine River bubbling and on fire, have been viewed 4.2 million times on his Facebook page, with many millions more views on other social media pages and global media coverage, since last week. “Depressurising the coal seams to allow the gas to flow may well be causing gas to migrate up natural or fracked

pathways, or water bores or abandoned wells, to seep out of the ground. Farmers complain of gas in their water bores, while people living near gas fields report health complaints,” Buckingham said. “I was shocked by the force of the explosion when I tested whether gas boiling through the Condamine River, Qld was flammable. So much gas is bubbling through the river that it held a huge flame for over an hour,” said Buckingham in a statement. Methane was first discovered bubbling through the Condamine River near Chinchilla in 2012 where coal seam gas wells had been drilled by Origin Energy nearby. There are hundreds of wells in the immediate area, with three companies, Origin Energy, QGC and Arrow Energy all operating coal seam gas fields nearby.

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CWA of NSW funds Salvo’s for mobile drug-support services BY YVETTE AUBUSSON-FOLEY EDITOR

HE Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW has provided $277,874 in funding to The Salvation Army to provide mobile drug-support services in Western and North Western NSW. CWA of NSW president, Tanya Cameron said, “Alcohol and other drugs [AOD] have a horrifying impact on people, their families and communities. “Many drugs, including alcohol, are a problem, however, the one we hear most about in the news is ‘ice’. Addictions, such as to ice, are devastating and have life-changing consequences. They change people’s personalities, hurt families and rip apart the fabric of rural communities. “Unfortunately, across many areas in the state’s West and North West, NSW Police recorded more than 1,207 drug-related offences per 100,000 people just between October 2014 and September 2015. These offences included trafficking, dealing, possession and use.� CWA State Treasurer and Macquarie Evening branch member, based in Dubbo, Ruth Cargill, told Dubbo Weekender: “One of the CWA’s aims is to improve conditions and welfare of all women and families especially in country areas. We all know that alcohol and other drugs, like ICE, cause major issues in many of our rural communities and the medical and support resources are not available. “The great thing about this program is that it provides support not only to those with an addiction problem but also to their families and their communities. “Dubbo is the major centre for large areas of the state so I am excited that the Salvation Army has chosen to base this program out of Dubbo, it has the potential to help so many communities throughout western NSW,� she said. “By funding this pilot program, I hope that it will show the benefits for our communities that come from providing these types of resources, hopefully this will lead to government funded programs in the future,� Cargill said. In a media statement, Cameron said ‘ice’ could quickly take a grip in regional areas where unemployment was high and police were under resourced or not present. With nearly non-existent treatment facilities available west of the Blue Mountains, the AOD problem continues to grow in regional areas. “For someone with a drug problem, having to travel from their regional home to a metropolitan area is another barrier to seeking help. So often for those in the grip of an addiction it can be easier to just keep doing what they’re doing — despite the pain and losses.� Cameron said this is why the CWA of NSW’s twoyear pilot to partner with The Salvation Army was so




Salvation Army’s Gerard Byrne (L) and CWA of NSW President Tanya Cameron (R) pictured with CWA of NSW Patrons His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and Linda Hurley

important. The Rural AOD Support Service (RAODSS) will provide a mobile and responsive weekly service directly into the Dubbo, Cobar, Bourke, Walgett and Narromine local communities. Gerard Byrne, Operations Manager of Recovery Services for The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern Territory, said: “Today, precious few lives are left untouched by major social problems associated with drugs and alcohol. Rural communities are impacted by harmful AOD use just as metropolitan communities are, but sadly, North Western NSW has some of the highest statistics in the state “Addiction is not choosy — it affects people from all walks of life. The Salvation Army has a range of AOD treatment programs, but we know people in rural communities — particularly in North Western NSW — do not have ready access to AOD treatment programs locally. Our partnership with the CWA of NSW will certainly go someway towards addressing this gap.� The RAODSS program includes support, assessment and educational services. “Assessment, including mental health screening, allows us to tailor support to individuals and deliver appropriate case management, social and emotional support, one-to-one therapeutic sessions, advocacy on legal matters and access to housing, employment and job-training services.� Mrs Cameron said key parts of the program will be supporting families with information and education on AOD issues, as well as emotional support and group programs. She said the Salvation Army’s long and solid drug-rehabilitation programs were the reason the




“We are very pleased to be partnering with The Salvation Army to provide this essential, on-the-ground, practical service to rural families — especially those devastated by the increased incidences of the use of amphetamine-type substances.� Referrals to the program can come from any source — the person themselves, other AOD services, hospitals, GPs, the police or courts, or family and friends. “Referrals can be made in person or by phone, fax or email; the ‘how’ doesn’t matter — we just want to see people benefit from this program.� The CWA of NSW donation of $277,874 will fully fund the two-year Rural AOD Support Service project. The Country Women’s Association of NSW (CWA) annual conference is being held Cowra from May 2 to 5, 2016 where over a thousand delegates are expected to convene.





“The latest Illicit Drug Data Report, which gives an overview of Australia’s illicit drug market, shows arrests and seizures nationally are the highest on record. This is a concern for everyone. The CWA of NSW has been involved in many contemporary issues that affect rural and regional communities. We know that by cohesively working together with other front-line organisations we can respond to the community’s needs quickly, effectively and efficiently.




CWA of NSW approached them, to see how the organisation, which has been instrumental in changing and improving lives for 90 years, could help with issues surrounding illicit drug use.




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Wellington on show BY JOHN RYAN JOURNALIST

ELLINGTON is one of the state’s oldest settlements west of the mountains and the town’s annual show is no less steeped in history, celebrating its 141st year in 2016. Wellington Show Society’s Danielle Anderson is one of many volunteers who make the day possible and she couldn’t be happier with the way the day turned out. “We had a couple of showers of rain the day before to settle the dust for this to be a beautiful day for the town’s 141st show which has been fantastic,” Anderson said. “The crowds have been really good, we’ve had so many entries right across all sections so another great year for us. “Shows are a wonderful tradition for all country towns and we’ve been very fortunate in Wellington that we’ve had a whole range of new stewards come on board so we’re continually regenerating,” she said. Georgia Pace was runner up for this year’s Showgirl. “I think it’s important to be an ambassador for your community and tell everyone that you’re proud of the town that you’re from,” Pace said. Jane Brien scored the Showgirl title this year, she says the competition is as relevant as ever, both for encouraging volunteers to enter and become part of the show movement, and also for the other opportunities it can bring. “I’m really looking forward to the personal development weekend and seeing if I can make it to the next level,” Brien said. “It’s a really good thing to be a part of the community and a great way to be involved in the show.” Dubbo MP Troy Grant says he enjoys travelling to shows around his electorate. “I love show season because it brings the people together and even now we’ve got dry times but the


people on the land are bringing in their stock to what they’ve got,” Grant said. “It’s best in breed, best in quality, and arts and craft and produce, it’s all on show for the rest of the community to not only see but appreciate and it’s a real extra edge as to why our country communities have an edge over the city communities.” The local MP said shows reflect their communities and the spirit of volunteerism which exists in the district, despite tough times, social and economic problems and also dwindling populations as the number of jobs on farms diminish. “These shows are only successful because of the voluntary effort that goes in and they do it for the community, there’s not self-gain out of this so it’s remarkable what they achieve,” Grant said. “This year they’ve brought in programs and attractions from outside the area to showcase what’s possible. “The BackTrack originating from Armidale shows that if you think outside the square and invest in kids and you can deter them from crime by using some of the great strengths we have in our country areas,” he said. It currently costs about $240,000 each year to house just one child in the juvenile justice system, and many believe that far from rehabilitating kids, it just introduces them to already hardened criminals. The program gets youth out on farms and learning by working with dogs, taking advantage of all the synergies and co-benefits animal therapy brings to humans who are struggling with a range of complex issues. “Working on the land, working with machinery, working with animals, work with hands, give them some work, they invest about five or eight thousand dollars per kid – programs like this can give them a life, give them skillsets and help pull them out of the murky water they’re in,” Grant said. “It’s costing our government and community ultimately a quarter of a million dollars to keep them in care, under a minister or in corrective services or juvenile justice so that type of investment, it makes sense.

“If we keep doing the same old things we’re going to keep getting the same old results and that’s the definition of insanity, so ‘BackTrack’ is one of those programs I’m pretty confident is showing us the way forward and where our investment into social justice needs to go in the future,” he said. Bringing BackTrack to the Wellington Show saw the program exposed to a huge number of community members who are desperately keen to find local solutions to the town’s social issues surrounding youth. It highlights how important community-based, NotFor-Profit organisations are when it comes to building community capacity. Already Wellington Men’s Shed and Mid Macquarie Landcare are looking at how to set up a local group to use the BackTrack template, one which not only runs on the smell of an oily rag without all the needless red tape, but one which has exceeded expectations by giving some of regional Australia’s most disadvantaged young people a whole new lease on their lives. No top down bureaucratic approach has ever worked when it comes to solving social ills in country towns yet historically that’s where all the money goes because it’s all about people in positions of power wanting to not only protect their own jobs, but also empire build by creating ever larger bureaucracies. BackTrack is the antithesis of that approach, utilising the goodwill and skills of local people to step up and personally commit to making a difference not only for their hometowns, but also to improve the lives of people who our society, or economy, has passed by. Any success in Wellington could then be rolled out to Dubbo and other centres across the central west. So when you’re at the Dubbo show this weekend, understand that the same community volunteerism which makes it all possible, is the very foundation we not only have to cherish, but upon which we have to build a new and better city. The collective goodwill is there, we just need to organise and marshall all available skills and resources to ensure it happens.



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Seven Days

The week’s top stories from around d the region with John Ryan n

TRANGIE TRAGEDY GOOD, bad and tragic this week, all rolled up into Seven Days just like any other. The Trangie smash which claimed three young lives is the stuff every parent’s worst nightmare is made up of, and plenty of dads have told me they got straight on the phone when they heard that three young blokes had been killed to make sure it wasn’t someone they knew. I did the same thing, dreading that someone was going to answer the phone with a shellshocked voice. Young blokes are invincible and I had far more incredibly lucky escapes than I deserved, but we really need to take more time counselling our children about the dangers on our roads. Not just saying ‘drive safe’ or ‘be careful’, I mean really taking them aside and explaining to them how quickly lives can change in an instant. Many schoolkids get to hear first-hand from road smash survivors in Dubbo about how their physical or mental impairments have negatively affected their lives but that’s often a once in a 13-year thing – maybe we need to have a program where P-Platers have to attend more informal small group sessions once each year until they’re off their P’s, to hear more detailed accounts from these accident survivors. Nothing else seems to be working and NSW police couldn’t be more disappointed in this year’s traffic operation over the ANZAC long weekend. On that note, Dubbo City Council is running some free workshops for parents of Learner Drivers this week in conjunc-

Sam Hain, Matt Wright and Vicki Seccombe.

Don Meij, CEO of Dominos to visit Chamber VICKI SECCOMBE, NSW Business Chamber and Samantha Hain, president, Central West Business Chamber and head of the Regional Advisory Council, joined Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Matt Wright on April 18 to discuss the potential July 2 election, governance, collaboration with other chambers and future events. “The NSW Business Chamber is well regarded by the State Government in terms of tion with Roads and Maritime Services. The workshops, ‘Helping learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’ are full of practical advice. You have to book, so call 6801 4000 if you want to go along.

advice on policies that affect regional businesses. Through the Regional Advisory Council we have a direct line to influence those government decisions that affect us. We are always here to listen to our member’s concerns, so that we can better represent the challenges or opportunities facing Dubbo Businesses at a higher level,” said Wright. Save the Date, Dubbo Chamber CEO Series will feature, on Wednesday, May 4: Don Meij, CEO of Dominos.

BACKTRACK TO SIMPLE VALUES WHAT a privilege this week to meet Bernie Shakeshaft at the Wellington Show. Bernie founded the BackTrack program which has a sim-

ple mission statement: To help as many young people having a hard time as possible. The difference with BackTrack is that it actually works, a massive contrast to most other initiatives which spend a lot of money and don’t actually help anyone except paid staff. Read more in this week’s paper, but if we can spread this to other areas via local grassroots organisations and keep the bureaucrats and red-tape a million miles away, we’ll see amazingly positive results for kids and communities at just a fraction of the cost. It costs about a quarter of a million dollars to keep a kid locked up these days; BackTrack does a better job in every way for less than $8,000 per child.

CWA DOLLARS ONE organisation which could help set up these sorts of programs is the Country Women’s Association. It’s a great grassroots group and we should be looking at each community, getting people from the CWA, Men’s Sheds, Rotary, Landcare and others to pool resources, skills and expertise so we can address social problems with a local focus. Anyway, the CWA has been active in our part of the world, yesterday (April 28) donating almost $300,000 to the Salvation Army to provide mobile drug-support services in western and north-western NSW. State president Tanya Cameron said addictions to drugs such as ICE are devastating and have life-changing consequences, it changes people’s personalities, damages families and

rips apart the fabric of social communities. The CWA is expecting almost 1000 delegates from across the NSW at the state conference in Cowra this coming week.

RIVER CARE GREAT to have so much good news amongst the bad. The crew from the MAAS Macquarie TITAN Mud Run were on hand to help open a 2.1 kilometre extension to the Tracker Riley Cycleway this week, they chipped in $13,000 which joined forces with funds from the state government and Dubbo City Council. Great to see governments supporting community groups which work so hard to make our city a better place. Another great initiative was the launch of some street signs around the CBD which are in the Wiradjuri language – countries all around the world value their Indigenous heritage so it’s good to see we’re starting to do the same, although we have an incredibly long, long way to go. Still on cultural heritage and tickets have gone on sale for the upcoming Bangamalanha Conference to be held in Dubbo in August. It’ll feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and many other people prominent in the social advocacy space.

POOL COMPLIANCE WE don’t have to fence our rivers but there are plenty of regulations in place regarding access to pools and spas. According to Royal Lifesaving NSW, 55 percent of all child

Bangamalanha Conference attracts high profile speakers BANGAMALANHA Conference assistant Michael Donovan has confirmed TAFE Western’s Bangamalanha Conference will feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda as the conference’s opening speaker and Kerrie Tim, principal advisor Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet will also speak. Other speakers include general manager of Reconciliation Australia, Darryl Monaghan, and worldfamous Aboriginal chef,

Mark Olive, known as The Black Olive (pictured) who will also cook an outback feast at the conference dinner. The Bangamalanha Conference will be held in Dubbo from August 15 to 17, with the dinner on August 16. Those unable to attend the conference but wish to purchase a ticket for the dinner are welcome. For information or tickets, visit, email or call Tenesha on 02 6393 5943.




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Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016 | Dubbo Weekender Dubbo, he’s apparently one of the backbenchers who lobbied hard for the current rules to stay in place. Maybe a better investment would be to get a stake in Alkane’s one billion dollar rare earth’s mine proposed for Toongi. The company is hoping the huge level of support they’ve had from locals over the years will result in smaller investors backing the project.


Orchid Society mark 21 year milestone Sylvia MURPHY, Christine Sutherland and Michael Murphy, members of the Dubbo and Orana Regional Orchid Society were visited by Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier, Troy Grant last Friday in the Orchid House in the Park (Victoria Park), in the lead up to the society’s 21st anniversary celebrations, culminating in an open day and workshop on Saturday, April 30 from 10am, and a book launch at 3.30pm of “21 Years with DOROS” by Michael Murphy, an illustrated history of Dubbo’s orchid enthusiasts.

deaths for children five years-old and under occurred thanks to faulty gates, or those gates being propped open for ease of access. That’s a pretty sobering statistic and from the April 29 any house sold which has a pool or spa will have to have a compliance certificate.

THE PHONEY CAMPAIGN WE’RE sort of in election mode but it’s pretty disappointing that already so


many great revenue raising ideas, which are fair, have been ruled out by PM Malcolm Turnbull. Negative gearing is great when it’s helping battling families get ahead, but when the super-rich use it to rort the system it’s just ugly. It would be a simple matter to ensure those who are struggling can take advantage of it, but those abusing the system lose that right. Former PM Tony Abbott is coming to

NOT a good look for the health system when a doctor who worked at Dubbo Hospital is found guilty of ‘unsatisfactory professional conduct’. This finding resulted from the death of a man who was being operated on at Dubbo for an infection in his big toe back in 2014. Lots of detail in this finding, but it really begs the question as to how this sort of conduct could actually get past all the protocols in this century, mired down as everything is in excessive red-tape – maybe we have too much bureaucracy in the first place, certainly that’s what a lot of bureaucrats tell me, how unsatisfied they are with siloed approaches to common sense problems, a factor which drains so many resources that problems like this are allowed to happen.

BITS AND PIECES WELLINGTON Mens Shed blokes are looking for either sulky axles, or someone who can make them – if you can help let me know at john.ryan@ or call 0429 45 22 45. The rotary club of Dubbo Macquarie will be holding its annual Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair on May 14, at St Brigid’s Hall, it’s a great cause as

well as a great browse so I’m hoping my young blokes will be playing footy at home that day. Riversmart has a comedy boxing show coming to Dubbo and Warren, it’ll be staged at Dubbo RSL on Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm. It’s being billed as ‘five loose rounds of insults, low blows, stand-up and mayhem’, so it sounds like Dubbo pubs back in the good old days. The show is the brainchild of The Laugh Mob and has been getting rave reviews. Great to see the metro media finally picking up on how bad ionisation smoke detectors are, as they normally only detect toast burning, or actual flames in which case it’s mostly too late to save lives. Get a new smoke alarm and make sure they’re of the photoelectric variety, because they actually work as advertised. The Dubbo Show is on this weekend, looking forward to the best chips in the world from the old mate from Victoria, I’m normally good for three or four buckets each day I’m there. Great results from the Dob in a Dealer campaign recently run by Orana police at the end of March into early April, with police revealing they received 31 tip offs, and 10 of those relating to ICE – it’s only through people letting police know about the drug dealers that they can actually do their jobs, good intel is almost everything in that game. If you think our federal leaders are on another planet how about NSW local government boss, Keith Rhodes? He’s right up the state government about the council rating system and for forcing council amalgamations and while he has some very valid points, in no case does he talk about potential wastage in


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local government, so it’s pretty tough to take him seriously.

LOOK OUT FOR BINDI’S EX-STUDENTS of Dubbo’s three public high schools will next year celebrate 100 years since the opening of the city’s first secondary school, Dubbo High. Former student Jill McCann was back in town last weekend to meet with members of the Bindyi Club, she’s president of the organisation which is open to former students of Dubbo High and the much newer Dubbo College. It’s got a great history, the late Frank

Heather was a Dubbo High student in the 1930s and he put an ad in the Sydney Morning Herald asking any ex-Dubbo High students to contact him, thus the Bindyi Club was formed. It holds meetings every year and has hundreds of members. The Bindyi Club awards the Rawdon Middleton Scholarships at the three current Dubbo College campuses, along with two others to assist students with university studies. The 100 year celebration of secondary public education in the city will take place in late April next year.

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1000 delegates expected at 94th CWA conference in Cowra CLOSE to 1000 delegates, members, observers and visitors from around the state will descend on Cowra for the annual conference from May 2 to 5. CWA joint patrons, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of NSW and Mrs Linda Hurley will officially open the conference. Motions for debate will include topics such as rural crime, climate change, women’s health, teacher profession-

al development and coal seam gas. Speakers include: Sophie Hanson, Local is Lovely food blogger and 2016 Winner of the NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award; Ed Fagan, 2015 Farmer of the Year and Dr Jennifer Jones, author of “Country Women and the Colour Bar”. Pictured left to right are outgoing CWA of NSW President, Tanya Cameron with members Annie Kiefer and Ruth Cargill.



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Q&A WITH During his recent visit to Dubbo, Weekender’s Editor-at-Large JEN COWLEY was invited to host an on-stage conversation with former Prime Minister John Howard during a dinner attended by 250 people from around the region. Below is an extract of some of the things Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister had to say.

As a political figure, you invoke very passionate and divergent reactions among Australians even long after you officially left politics. Is that the mark of an effective politician? I would like to think that. In my post-Prime Ministerial life, I’m often asked to give talks about leadership and I say the most important thing about leadership is to stand for something. There were plenty of people who said during my Prime Ministership and continue to say, “I can’t stand John Howard. I absolutely loathe him. But at least I know what he stands for and why I loathe him.” I think that’s important. I do think having attitudes and values and knowing what you stand for and believe in is tremendously important. I get a bit depressed at manifestations of the “all things to all people” approach to politics from some people. It’s one of the reasons the Republican base in America is revolting and contemplating supporting a man who I think would be a very unstable occupant of the White House. If I had to

choose between (supporting) Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, I would feel the fates had not been kind to me in terms of political judgement. Is there any room left in politics for personality? I think there is room left for personality. I like Barnaby Joyce a lot but I think Barnaby and I would probably disagree on quite a few things, but he’s authentic – he brings an authenticity. People like him because they think he’s fair dinkum. So yes, there’s room for personality. Mind you, there’s a lot more media now than there ever was before – if you’re crazy enough to get up at 3am, you can virtually get your own half-hour program, so that can help promote personality. On that note, this might seem like a loaded question, but – media: friend or foe? A bit of both – and it should be too. I don’t blame the media for the state of politics. If people are disillusioned with politics, they should not blame the media. They should blame either themselves or the politicians or both. I don’t think the media is to blame for the shortcomings in the system. It’s more diverse now than it used to be – there’s so

many different methods of communication. So much is online – there’s streaming, 24-hour news… So do you think the demands of a 24-hour news cycle make it harder for politicians to think things through properly? I think it requires greater discipline and people just have to adjust to that. It’s a bit like social media – I was asked about Twitter and Facebook… Do you have a Facebook account? No – I don’t use either Twitter or Facebook; I think I’m too old for that (laughs). I think it’s fair to say that Twitter is one of those things that places irresistible temptation in the hands of those who are predisposed to stupidity. In your long political career, who would you say was your fiercest political opponent, or more precisely, your most worthy opponent – or perhaps they are one and the same? At a leadership level, my worthiest opponent by far was Bob Hawke. Bob Hawke is, in my opinion, the best Prime Minister the Labor Party in this country has produced. I would rank him far ahead of Whitlam or Keating, or obviously Rudd or Gillard.

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JOHN HOWARD I would rank him ahead of Chifley and Curtin. He mightn’t rank himself ahead of Curtin because he has a reverence for Curtin; which I respect. In my view, Hawke was quite an effective Prime Minister, particularly in his early years. Did you get along well together? We did. And we do now. I quite liked Kim Beazley and we got along well too. I don’t see a lot of Paul Keating, but we also get along well on a personal level. Publicly, he was more belligerent but that’s just his style. I respected him and his intelligence – I didn’t agree with a lot of the things he did, but he is a very intelligent man. Your opposition didn’t always come from the benches opposite, though, did it? For instance, with the historic changes to Australia’s gun laws. It was a very difficult issue for some people, and it was a very difficult issue for the National Party. I have repeatedly said that if it hadn’t been for the understanding and the forbearance of Tim Fischer and John Anderson and Rob Borbidge (the Premier of QLD at the time) we would never have achieved what we did. They paid a much heavier price politically. What we did on guns was once of the things that gave the spur to One Nation. But it was the right thing to do. I’m unshakable in my belief that it was the right thing to do, but I do understand how many people in the bush felt when they said, “I’ve had guns all my life – it’s part of my occupation, it’s part of how I run my business, and why should I pay the penalty for the criminal behaviour of this lunatic who killed 35 people.” I understood the argument, but there was an overwhelming case for what we did. It was harder for people in the bush. And it wasn’t just the Nationals, there were a number of Liberal Party people who felt just as strongly, but it was an easier sell in the cities. Now, 20 years on, I think most people would accept that it was the right thing to do. There are probably some people in this audience who disagree with what I did, and I respect that. But I’ve never forgotten how hard it was for Tim Fischer and John Anderson. The Port Arthur tragedy was the catalyst to those gun laws. What do you remember, on a personal level, of that day? I remember receiving a phone call from my press secretary to say this thing was unfolding. I put on the television and then I had calls from various departmental people and the head of the Australian Federal Police and then the Premier of Tasmania called and we arranged for me to go down there. I made a point of taking Kim Beazley, who was the leader of the Opposition with me, and also Cheryl Kernot, who was the leader of the Democrats – I wanted it to be a bipartisan response, because I didn’t want to see any kind of divide. I was determined from the beginning to do something about it (gun laws) and so it rolled on and we got the agreement from the police ministers. That was hard because we needed to change the state laws. There was no problem in NSW, because (Bob) Carr was Premier and he said he’d support it; (Jeff) Kennett in Victoria said he’d support it… but it was difficult for Rob Borbidge in Queensland. He was on side and he did support it, but he paid a very heavy political price for doing so. Those laws have now become the benchmark across the world, almost – you must be proud of that legacy. It was the right thing to have done. But I’m always wary of lecturing Americans on this issue – it’s a different country with a different culture and a different constitution. It has an obsession with the Bill of Rights. I hope this country never has a Bill of Rights. Bills of Rights don’t enhance rights they hand over decisions that ought to be made by the people and politicians. Much as I respect the integrity of our judiciary, it ought to do its ordinary job which is to interpret the law laid down by the people’s representatives in the

parliament. You held the reins during some of this country’s and the world’s most turbulent times – perhaps the most far reaching being September 11, the war in Iraq and all that’s happened and continues to happen since. When you look back, is there anything you would have done differently? Not in substance, no. I think – and this isn’t something over which we had a lot of control, because we were only involved in the sharp end of the military operation – the Americans made an error in disbanding the Iraqi army after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and ordering a “de-Bathification” – in other words, sacking anyone in the civil service in Iraq who had been involved with the Bath Party (Saddam’s party). The history of any dictatorship is that people often feel they have to join the party in order to get a job – so I think that was an error (to sack them all) and it reflected on the American system of government that these things aren’t debated and considered more carefully. But I accept responsibility for what we did in Iraq; I believed the intelligence. I don’t think it was made up – it was certainly in error, but it wasn’t made up. What condemned the operation in they eyes of many people was not so much the failure to discover the weapons of mass destruction, but rather the chaos

At a leadership level, my worthiest opponent by far was Bob Hawke … in my opinion, the best Prime Minister the Labor Party in this country has produced.

that followed. So given what you describe as the chaos that followed, and all that’s happened since – are you comfortable with Australia’s involvement in conflict in the Middle East? Yes, I am. And there’s an intervening thing – the consequences of the chaos were largely retrieved in 2007/08 when President (George W) Bush embarked upon what was called “the surge”, which resulted in a lot of the violence and terrorism being suppressed. If the gains of “the surge” had been consolidated, I think we would have been a lot better off. When Obama was elected, his aim in life was to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan as quickly as possible and I think that was in error. If he had consolidated the benefits of the surge, we may not have had the vacuum that’s been created that was then filled by Islamic State. It (IS) will only be defeated by a combination of internal resolution and military effort. I think, militarily, what Australia is doing is right and I support it 100 per cent. The threat of terrorism is going to remain with us for years into the future, sadly. The best weapon we have against terrorism is timely intelligence. It’s a terrible menace. You and Mrs Howard celebrated 45 years of marriage recently. You entered parliament just three years after you were married and the same year your first child was born. How did that change the dynamics of the Howard household – with your lives being played out so much and for so long in the public spotlight? It was difficult on occasion, and I owe an everlasting debt to my wife for the support she gave me. It wouldn’t have been remotely possible without that support. Fortunately, Janette likes politics and she still likes talking about politics and providing views on politics.



Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016 | Dubbo Weekender Do your views match? Not always. She’s a better judge of character than I am. Most women are – they’re far superior (laughter). But there’s a public expectation on political families – is that fair? I think the expectation varies according to people, and it’s changed over the years. Some Prime Ministerial husbands or wives want to take a more public profile than others. But the key thing is that if your spouse likes politics that helps enormously. Janette always did like politics and still does. I’ve been incredibly lucky in that sense. When you think about the 2007 election, what is your understanding of the psyche of the Australian voting public at the time? I think we became a victim of our own success. We’d been in power a long time, and no matter what the realities are the people wanted a change. We had research done during 2007 which told us a terribly unsettling thing: that people thought we were doing a very good job and that we were much better at managing the economy than the Labor Party but everything was so good it didn’t really matter if there was a change of government. They thought the economy would virtually run itself. Kevin Rudd looked okay – he didn’t say anything stupid during the campaign. I’m interested to know how John Howard the man felt that night when you lost your seat – only the second sitting Prime Minister to do so in this country’s history.

I think it’s fair to say that Twitter is one of those things that places irresistible temptation in the hands of those who are pre-disposed to stupidity.

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After serving the nation for so long, how did that feel – was it anger, disappointment, resignation, hurt? There was a degree of resignation and disappointment. But I’d prepared myself for it. All of the polling, public and private, was telling me I was going to lose. And if we’d miraculously got over the line, it would have been one hell of a celebration. Of course I was disappointed. People ask me if I miss it – yes, of course I miss it. But you play the democratic game, you have to accept that at some stage you’ll lose – and you just have to move on. But I don’t want to focus on me, because some people lost their seats… Oh, actually, I lost mine too! I forgot that (laughter). Well, that’s actually what I was talking about. So John Howard, private citizen (sort of) – how does he spend his time now? I have plenty to do. I make speeches around the place, and I do things for good causes. I help a number of charities – one I try to help out with is Soldier On, an organisation that supports people who suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from former military service. I’ve written a couple of books. And I did something last year that I couldn’t have done as Prime Minister – I watched in their entirety the two cricket tests and the Rugby WorldCup at Twickenham. So I have plenty to do.


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Anzac Day draws crowd but meaning still lost to many like Dubbo and participates in the Reserve via the internet, where she can see BY JOHN RYAN what duties are available for short and JOURNALIST long term duties. “I can make it work to fit me,” she said. MONGST a sea of uniforms, Heidi With two young daughters she’s also Sherring was one individual who able to work a couple of days hairdressstood out from the crowd. ing each week while she’s home. Flag bearer holding the Royal AustralEthan Phipps is 15 and was featured ian Navy (RAN) ensign, this 21 year-old, in the Daily Telegraph during the lead Geurie local stood tall and proud during up to this year’s ceremony after the SydDubbo’s ANZAC Day service. ney newspaper did a story on his great “I was lucky enough to have a very grandfather last year. special grand-dad and he’s always enNinety-seven year-old veteran, Garjoyed talking to me about his past and nett Tobin, famously refused a wheelthat inspired me to join the navy,” Sher- chair so he could march in the parade, ring said. supported by wife Violet and grand“It’s been the best experience of my daughter Kerrie Phipps. life – I’m just hoping to go to Perth real “He served in New Guinea and Borneo soon and get on a ship and see the world. in the Second World War, he joined up “I put in a special request to Dubbo so after Pearl Harbour, he felt he had to do I could march with my grand-dad and something,” Ethan said. bring something back to the communi“His stories of what he did, his acts of ty, I’ve been talking to kids today and heroism, have inspired me to join the air they’re all really excited to see someforce, as a pilot or aeronautical engineer. one in the navy, there’s not many from “I stayed at his house when we went to Dubbo I guess,” she said. Sydney and he told me new Grand-dad Hilton Pickstories each time, fascinatette has farmed at Geurie ing stories,” he said. and joined the army in 1942, Ethan’s family travelled serving in New Guinea as an to Sydney to march with artilleryman. I think of my him every ANZAC Day un“I think of my old mates til his death late last year, every day, it never passes my old mates now Ethan wears the medmind,” Hilton said. every day, it als with pride for his fore“They just don’t age, my bears achievements. mates, even those who have never passes “It was very important passed on, you still think of my mind,” to be able to spend time them in their 20s; 18 or 19. It was a very special time of my Hilton Pickette with my great grandfather. It was a privilege to have life,” he said. that connection with him,” The 92 year-old said he thinks it’s marvelous the way people these days make Ethan said. “This is the first ANZAC Day without ANZAC Day such a wonderful day of remembrance for all ex-service personnel. him so it’s a bit sad, but it’s an honour to march on his behalf with his medals. “They’re not forgotten,” he said. On the huge numbers of younger peoNaval captain, Mike MacArthur, delivered the address at the 11am ceremo- ple joining in ANZAC ceremonies across ny, each year the branches of Australia’s Australia, he has mixed feelings. “I’ve seen a lot of kids today and armed services take it in turn at Dubbo. Kristy Hubbard was another wearing they’re just doing it because their parnaval uniform, she’s back in town after ents told them to and they haven’t got a clue as to what it’s about,” he said, toucha hitch serving with the senior service. “I’m currently in the Reserve, I did ing on widespread commentary that for some time in the navy and transferred many people it’s just something to do beto the reserve after my nine year adven- cause everyone else is doing it. Ethan believes, however, that by comture,” Hubbard said. “My little brother was already in the ing along, those from the younger generation who don’t understand what the navy so I thought I’d do the same. “It was great; I got to meet lots of peo- day is all about will gradually work it ple who are now my life-long friends,” out. she said. Figures of up to 7,000 have been quotKristy said she highly recommended ed as a crowd estimate at this year’s the career to anyone from inland towns Dubbo ceremony.




Hilton Pickette and Heidi Sherring. PHOTO: DUBBO WEEKENDER/TIM PANKHURST




AR is a horrible thing even while the huge turnouts to ANZAC Day ceremonies across Australia are fantastic. There’s been growing criticism in recent years that as a nation we look at ANZAC Day as a celebration, so as a nation we have to be careful we don’t cross that thin line from reflective remembrance of the sacrifices made, into the glorification of war, because that just makes it easier for our politicians to send troops to foreign shores with cross-two-party consensus and little meaningful debate. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a young Turkish officer who rallied his troops to repulse the ANZACs when they nearly broke through on the first day of the Gallipoli landings - he went on in later years to lead his country on a path to modernization. He had every reason to hate the invaders from across the seas from two dominion nations he may never have heard of prior to April 15, 2015, yet his words which now adorn a huge monument at ANZAC Cove highlight the madness and pointlessness of war. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives, you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives they have become our sons as well.” He was extraordinarily forgiving of the soldiers who invaded his nation, people whom he had no personal argument with. After 100 years we still don’t seem to have learnt anything from the Gallipoli fiasco, conveniently forgetting the enormously costly lessons we should have learnt from the past. Enemies one decade, best mates the next, so like sands through the hourglass have national allegiances shifted every few decades or so. Japan was a staunch ally of ours against Germany in WWI, yet a bitter foe in WWII, but for the past 70 years has been one of Australia’s staunchest friends and major trading partners. We’ve mostly forgiven that nation for beheading so many of our troops, starving them to death, or clubbing them if they fell while on forced marches. So will we in 10 or 20 years’ time be welcoming ISIS fighters with open arms? How much responsibility do we as a nation have to take for actually creating the majority of these radical Islamist terrorists in the first place – after all, we invaded their nations after one day of attacks in the USA - disturbing even more so because half the US population believe there’s a lot about the 9/11 attacks their government isn’t telling them. Listening to an elderly lady on a radio talkback


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show on ANZAC Day afternoon was enlightening. Born just after WWI she knew so many friends and family who were deeply scarred, and she talked about how many of the original ANZACS went to war because it sounded exciting, not from any sense of creating a warrior legend and she was concerned about our constant state of war. “It’s all politics; the politicians make war happen, people from our country don’t hate people from another country but the politicians tell them they have to,” she said. “If we didn’t have the politicians making our soldiers go to war there wouldn’t be any wars.” And it’s about time we faced up to the brutal truth that many of the soldiers who’ve ‘served’ Australia were not the stuff from which heroic legends were made. Last year SBS sports journalist Scott McIntyre was hammered for tweeting disparaging remarks about the ANZACS, and he was sacked, with an unfair dismissal claim; recently settled. This year he’s back on Twitter, but using official Australian war records to support his claims, but as a nation we don’t want to hear them, even though these things are undoubtedly true. APRIL 25, 2016 Scott McIntyre (@mcintinhos) Anzacs murdering, in cold-blood, villagers in Surafend in 1918: the first-hand account from trooper Harold O’Brien.

APRIL 25, 2016 Scott McIntyre (@mcintinhos) Australian troops involved in frequent, often pack, rape of Japanese in Kure, 1940s. Via army translator A. Clifton.

Response was mixed, but not as vitriolic as last year, and maybe that’s because he presented any potential critics with solid evidence of historic Australian atrocities. This tweet summed up the views of many, that it’s not easy to go against nationalism, national pride and a century of tradition, but that we must keep in mind that ANZAC Day is about remembering those who made sacrifices, not justifying the wars themselves. APRIL 25, 2016 Na’ama Carlin (@derridalicious) Good thing @mcintinhos can’t be fired again. Some difficult Anzac Day tweeting on his TL. Do read. Let’s not glorify war.

Atrocities occurred on all sides in probably all wars, and McIntyre has dug up some first-hand accounts, they’re there for all to see, but not many people have wanted to open this can of worms. Just as a footy team on a trip away can tarnish whatever code they play, so to can a group of mates in oz-cam do horrible things to innocent people, especially if it’s in the heat of battle. Australian troops often didn’t take prisoners, sometimes it’s just safer and easier not to. It’s crazy to portray all ANZACs and subsequent service people as heroes, just as it would be to claim they’re all villains, there are good apples and bad apples in every box. If we know that war is sordid and horrific, if we talk about the unfair and unethical drone deaths of civilians and kids, the public will be much less inclined to support our foreign adventures which for 20 years haven’t had any tangible, meaningful or common sense objectives. Our war-making has been distilled down to us having to fight the ‘war on terror’, yet it’s a terror which our middle eastern adventures have largely created and fueled. If my family was wiped out by a drone operator doing an eight hour shift in a Nevada operations room, I would want revenge on the people that did that to me – so our endless wars are breeding endless ‘terrorists’, because killing civilians indiscriminately is certainly setting up fertile soil for radicalisation to occur on an unprecedented scale, and the hard-core

` If my family was wiped out by a drone operator doing an eight hour shift in a Nevada operations room, I would want revenge on the people that did that to me – so our endless wars are breeding endless ‘terrorists’, because killing civilians indiscriminately is certainly setting up fertile soil for radicalisation.

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religious terrorists have taken full advantage of this. When it’s our side doing the ‘right thing’, like the French Resistance fighters in World War II, we laud them as heroes. When people in Afghanistan or Iraq, seeking revenge on foreign troops occupying their own country, blow things up, they’re hated, feared and labelled as ‘terrorists’. This is a distinction without a difference, and we should recognise that the practice of western corporations supplying arms and cash to groups in unstable countries undergoing considerable upheaval will come back to bite us. We’ve had so little real public debate about us as a nation joining the USA to embark on all these middle-eastern wars, yet parliament will spend days on trivial matters with politicians trying to score PR points in our dumbed-down media. At least in WWI there was enormous public debate, especially over the issue of conscription. WWII was probably the only war in 120 years which the vast majority of people would say was a ‘just’ war, the rest have been about empire-building, money, politics or oil. Like it or not, these are the debates we should be having, and all these sorts of facts McIntyre is talking about should be highlighted. It’s not disparaging all the great things done by soldiers in Australia’s name, all the amazing personal sacrifices, and it’s only a small percentage of soldiers who have done the wrong thing, but we shouldn’t cover anything up just to just glorify the concept of war. If we want the sacrifices by Aussies across the past 120 years to be not in vain, all the difficult questions must be asked, all the dirty laundry must be aired, and all the unhappy truths must be brought to light. And there should be far more attention paid to debates as to why we have blindly followed the USA into corporate wars that have created all this terrorism which has so tarnished the world and is making so many civilians live in fear from all religions, and across a myriad conflicts. We also have to look at the emotional and psychological cost, and why so many mentally scarred people from all services return to no services which can help them integrate back into the society in whose name they were injured. Vets who just don’t get looked after, in this way the commonwealth acts like a corporate, uses them up, spits them out and doesn’t want to know about them – some of the simplest and cheapest of programs to help vets just don’t get funded, yet we always seem to be able to find a few extra hundred millions to drop more bombs on middle-eastern villages. This is as big as shame as any atrocities our troops committed during wars because it’s calculated, cold-blooded, and just written off by the powers that be as the cost of doing business – as long as it doesn’t cost them.

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S Australia’s unofficial national day, Anzac Day, has played an influential yet contested role in our national life. Christian imagery, ritual and liturgy profoundly shaped the first Anzac Day service in April 1916. Exactly a century later, however, some commentators have suggested that the day now functions as a kind of alternative religion—or ‘civil religion’—with its own sense of the numinous, transcendent and divine. This perceived shift raises pertinent questions about the relationship between war, memory and religion in Australia and how the religious complexion of Anzac Day has changed over the course of the last century. In the first place, consider the formative influence of Christianity has on the shape of Anzac Day commemoration. Army chaplains were directly involved


in the creation of its distinctive ritual and forms, in conducting or speaking at its actual ceremonies, and in debating whether the day’s ‘proper’ form and function should be solemn commemoration or celebration. Anzac Day commemoration was initially marred by sectarian divisions between Catholics and Protestants, although these differences were largely resolved by the 1960s when Catholic and Protestant leaders found ways to compromise for the sake of unity. During the period before 1965 there were also tensions between the churches and the RSL, particularly in years when Anzac Day fell on a Sunday. In the decades after 1965, however, both churches and the RSL were beset by concerns that they were ‘out of touch’ with the younger generation. Churches noticed declining membership, especially among youth, while the RSL contended with a radicalised Vietnam War generation who protested against selective conscription and criticised Anzac

Day as an outdated form of militaristic nationalism that smacked of chauvinism, racism and anachronism. David Williamson’s play, The One Day of the Year, most famously captured this mood. Much to its critics’ surprise, however, Anzac Day rebounded in the 1980s on the back of a worldwide ‘memory boom’ and in an Australian climate of growing nationalist sentiment and introspection. After 1990 Anzac Day commemoration attracted political patronage and the Anzac legend was repackaged – without its earlier racial, martial and imperial overtones – as a protean ‘story of national genesis’ that could flexibly accommodate a wide spectrum of Australians. This resurgence of Anzac Day in the last 30 years has seen the Anzac ‘legend’ or ‘myth’ become increasingly etched into the collective national psyche. The emphasis of Anzac Day is no longer on military skills but rather values of unpretentious courage, endurance,

` Anzac Day provides universally recognised symbols and rituals to enshrine transcendent elements of Australia’s historical experience, making it a quasi-religion, or at least a ‘civil religion’.

sacrifice in the midst of suffering, and mateship. Anzac Day provides universally recognised symbols and rituals to enshrine transcendent elements of Australia’s historical experience, making it a quasi-religion, or at least a ‘civil religion’. Many Christians, chaplains included, have envisioned this Anzac civil religion as both a challenge and an opportunity. On the one hand it represents a quasi-religious alternative to Christianity’s deeper and more clearly articulated traditions and spirituality. On the other hand, it represents an opportunity to locate points of cultural connection between the Anzac legend, the Christian faith and the spiritual aspirations of Australians. Nevertheless, despite changes in the religious complexion of Australian society since the 1960s, Anzac Day services retain a significant Christian component in terms of their substance, hymns and liturgical shape. Chaplains are still called on regularly to give Anzac Day addresses and the demand for chaplains’ involvement in Anzac Day commemorations remains particularly strong for those who serve or have served in the armed forces. Christianity has remained integral to Anzac Day commemoration throughout its first century.







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Bats: nature’s mozzie repellent BY JOHN RYAN JOURNALIST

ATS are perceived by many as a mortal enemy species of mankind. Menacing and sinister looking, bats have been blamed for killing humans by sucking their blood, being responsible for outbreaks of rabies and generally causing much collateral damage while fighting arch-villains in Gotham City. Each year it seems fruit bats are the targets of orchardists when bat colonies numbering in their thousands descend and destroy the harvest just before picking time – then we have the calls from farmers to eradicate them all. It’s easy to understand why bats would be hated by people when they steal their livelihood, especially when their apple crops, in the case of Orange, are so close to fruition (did I really say that). Maybe we need to do a lot more practical research about how to diffuse or negate the conflicts between nature and our society’s commercial interests because if we look long and hard enough, nature can often show us a far easier way forward. Oftentimes there’s a natural way to get rid of pest or feral species. Look at companion plantings in the vegetable garden – some plants act as natural repellents, using their overpow-


e in scents to mask, or effectively camer ering ou uf ouflage their neighbouring plants from ins insect attacks. M Marigolds for instance repel beel and nematodes among other pests, tles while dill or basil planted amongst tomatoes protects them from various predators. Enter the humble bat. Mosquitoes are the enemy of the great Aussie barbeque but imagine if there was a natural way of keeping them at bay. How about one breed of microbat which snacks on up to 1200 mossies each hour – if that’s not a reason to encourage people to make their gardens bat friendly habitats, I don’t know what is. OzArk staged a ‘Bat Night’ for Mid Macquarie Landcare just next to the foot bridge in Wellington’s Cameron Park to dispel some of the myths, to show people how to identify some of the many micro and macro bat species and also to point out why they’re such an important part of our natural ecosystems. Bats have been much maligned throughout history, being associated with vampires, even though vampire bats can’t really suck the blood of humans because we’re just too big, and they’re just too small. Wellington’s evening workshop was aimed at showing the important aspects of these creatures and how they

can benefit our ecosystems. Efforts are underway to study how farmers can utilise bats to eat insects which are harmful to their crops, this could hugely reduce the reliance on chemical treatments which are extremely costly to buy and apply, as well as the noxious side benefits such sprays can have on the environment. Bats have been shown to feast on bugs that attack diverse crops such as pecans, rice, almonds, cotton, corn, sugarcane and tomatoes. These flying mammals also pollinate flowers, just like bees, travelling from flower to flower, drinking the nectar and transferring the pollen from one to another, causing those plants to produce fruit and seeds In fact, bats are helpful pollinators for more than 700 plants, many of which we use for food and medicine. They also help biodiversity, with many wild plant varieties relying on bats for their very survival. The problems come when bat colonies come into contact with crops like apples, where growers rely on those annual harvests to make a living, so it’s difficult to love a bat when they’re disrupting your livelihood. But nature has put these species into our ecosystem for a reason, so the more research we can put in to solving these problems of co-existence, the better off we’ll be.

Phil Cameron, principal ecologist, OzArk with a ‘harp trap’ which captures bats humanely so they can be identified.

Bat facts: l There are approximately 1,200 species of bat in the world with over 90 species of bat in Australia. l Bats can be either microbats (wingspan <25cm) or megabats ( average wingspan 1m) l The smallest bat is the bumble bee bat which weighs only 2 grams and lives in Thailand. l The largest bat is the Giant flying fox which has a wingspan of 1.8m and lives in India. l The largest Australian bat is the grey-headed flying fox wingspan 1.5m and 1kg l Bats are the only mammals capable of sustained flight at 25-50km/h. l Bats cannot stand on their hind legs, only hang by their feet and by their thumbs. l Bats hang by their feet with their head down because it is energy efficient. No energy l is required to hang compared with defying gravity and standing upright. l When bats wee and poo they turn upside-down (right way up for humans) and hang by their thumbs so it falls without hitting themselves. l Bats drink by flying low to water to wet their body. They then lick their body dry. l Even though they don’t like to, bats can swim. They use their wings to row themselves.

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Phil Cameron with the remote sensing camera with infrared capability.

Echolocation explained Microbats use a sonar system called echolocation. It is achieved by emitting high frequency sound waves through their mouth and nostrils, and listening for the echo bouncing back from surrounding objects. These can be solid objects they are navigating around or tiny fruit flies they are hunting to eat. The echoes bouncing back can tell them the distance from their prey, the size, shape and even the speed it is travelling. There are some very elaborate facial features on microbats such as noseleafs that direct echolocations calls, much like any animals ears. All of this allows microbats to “see” a clear picture of obstacles to avoid and insects to catch. The echolocation calls of most species of microbats are well outside our hearing range, although we can hear the White-striped Freetail Bat (Tadarida australis) which sounds like two coins clinking together once a second. Flying-foxes don’t echolocate. They have small simple external ears but make up for it with their large eyes. They use their good eyesight and sense of smell to find their food. They do, however, make a lot of social calls when they interact with each other during the day in the camp and at night while feeding.

Little forest bat. PHOTO: PHIL CAMERON, OZARK

Microbats go into torpor (a mild form of hibernation) during winter. Because of their small size, microbats have a very high metabolic rate. When they are active, their body temperature is around 40°C, and in flight, their heart rate can be up to an astounding 1000 beats a minute! During winter, when daytime temperatures drop and there are few insects around, microbats reduce their body temperature, sometimes to as low as 10°C. This way, they save energy when food is scarce. The wings of bats are made of two thin layers of almost hairless, soft, strong, elastic skin which stretches between very elongated finger bones and joins the side of the body from the arm to the ankle. In microbats the membrane extends between the legs and includes the tail. These wings contain blood vessels and nerves. They stretch easily for flight yet contract when not in use. Different bat species have different wing shapes depending on where and how they catch their food. Flying-foxes have a very short intestine and absorb their mostly liquid diet very rapidly. Average time from mouth to anus is about 20 minutes although some material takes up to an hour. This is important for seed dispersal because the small seeds contained in the faeces fall and germinate in new areas leading to new trees and vines.



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Robert and Briana Foster with mum, Toni, dad, Greg and little brother, Charlie.

Harnessing quite the reputation in the mini trots BY YVETTE AUBUSSON-FOLEY EDITOR

HEY were born ten minutes apart. Robert is the eldest, which suits him sometimes. Whatever competition between the Foster twins however, is amicable (most of the time), and no more apparent than when the pair are harness racing in the mini trots. Brianna’s a bit a of an old hand, with several years of racing under her belt, and watching her weave what looks, to an untrained eye, is a tangle of harnessing around her Shetland, “Snowy”, it’s clear this 13 year-old knows what she’s doing. Bolstered by place getting at the 31st NSW Mini Trot Championships at Gunning over the Easter weekend, where over 150 horses from NSW, Victoria and Queensland clubs attended - and with a stash of trophies to prove it - it’s safe to say, when Brianna dons her ‘colours’ and steers “Dusty All Over” (“Snowy’s” racing persona), out for competition; the young lady has her head in the game. Her ‘colours’ are meaningful because they’re a nod back in time to her great grandfather, (her father Greg’s ‘Pop’), who was also a harness racer and she proudly carries on the tradition. Brother Robert, wears the colours of Greg’s father, so together on the track, the Foster family harness racing legacy is upheld to the letter. Robert’s Midget class ride’s stable name is “Rags”, but when “Rags”is chasing glory, it’s “Bob McFozz” trackside crowds need to listen out for. A relative newbie to the sport, Robert also


came home from Gunning where he competed for the first time, achieving 5th in his consolation final, and exceeding all expectations. “I think it showed him that all the hard work and practice is worth it at competition level. It’s pretty exciting,” said the kid’s mum, Toni. Tonight (Friday, April 29), the twins will join other members of the Dubbo Harness Racing Mini Trots club, to compete against out-of-towners at the 143rd annual Orana Mutual Dubbo Show’s hosting of the Carnival of Cups. Their races will be run between the big guys, who are competing for over $90,000 in prize money, (after races 3, 5 and 6, if you’re down there around 6pm, to cheer our local kids on.) Though a small club, ready to welcome new members, it boasts much more talent to watch. Veteran mini trots racer, Sarah Marsh, is 10 years-old and has done mini trotting since she was six. Her pony “Miss N Me” won the NSW Mini Trotting Championship pony final after winning all three heats. Her other horse, “Aussie Down Under” came third in the midget final after winning two heats, and coming a second place. Sarah’s career highlights includes winning two Miracle Miles and coming many places at Interdominions and NSW finals with “Aussie Down Under”. l Dubbo’s Mini Trots will race Friday, April 29, just after 6pm, between the Carnival of Cups races 3, 5 and 6. l Families interested in getting involved should call 6884 8606, visit dubbohrc or find the Dubbo Harness Racing Club on Facebook.

` Brother Robert, wears the colours of Greg’s father, so together on the track, the Foster family harness racing legacy is upheld by the youngest members of the family.

Dubbo Mini Trotting drivers from left Robert and Brianna Foster, Bronte and Millah Frost and Sarah Marsh

Sarah Marsh and her pony, Miss N Me.

Brianna and Robert Foster with their trophies.



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Tony Webber

Tony Webber is a Dubbo resident who worked for a federal parliamentarian for three years.

Does parliament need Stan Grant as much as he thinks? HERE is something that makes me a bit uneasy about celebrity journalist Stan Grant’s musings on a possible political career. The accomplished presenter has lifted his public profile of late, including regular columns in The Guardian on indigenous issues, and a well-received book – “Talking to my country” – released last month. A stirring off-the cuff address during a debate at the Ethics Centre in Sydney earlier this year decrying the thread of racism linking Australia’s past to the present has been viewed more than 1.5million times since it was posted online in January. The speech drew a connection between the soldiers and settlers who slaughtered Indigenous Australians in colonial days and the AFL fans who booed Aboriginal footballer Adam Goodes last winter. His latest publicity was a glowing portrayal in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine, which outlined his harsh upbringing and stellar career, and how the mistreatment of his earliest years still affects him emotionally to this day. It also cites his redoubtable charisma and his contemplation of transferring that personal appeal to the political arena. I don’t doubt that greater Aboriginal representation in Australian parliaments would be welcome diversity, and I don’t doubt that Grant’s difficult upbringing carried with it the added unpleasantness of occurring in a legislatively racist nation with callous disregard for children stolen and apartheid unspoken. The undeniably sorry lot of Aboriginal people in this country – from life expectancy to just about any other wellbeing indicator you care to examine – just sounds a bit tinny coming from a man who has transcended it to become a wealthy media figure at international level. The obstacles facing Aboriginal people don’t sound as real as they are coming from someone probably in the top 10 per cent of earners, living in a wealthy suburb in a three-storey house, whose kids


Journalist Stan Grant at the National Press Club in Canberra earlier this year. PHOTO:AAP/MICK TSIKAS

attend private school and who has held a string of the most plum jobs global media has to offer. The article, while not entirely a gushing piece – his tendency to appear aloof and difficulty getting on with a colleague at times receive mention – is certainly a glowing endorsement of him professionally and personally. Grant, undoubtedly an intelligent and highly accomplished individual with good looks to boot, has openly canvassed the possibility of entering politics and says he has since been approached by the ALP and Coalition. It is on this topic that the article, if accurate, presents a different side to Grant the fearless spokesperson for Aboriginal rights: “I have insights and experiences far beyond most of them,” he is quoted as saying of other politicians. “And I would happily debate any single one of them on anything from Russian foreign policy to Indigenous affairs. Because I know more, have read more, have worked

harder, have done more in my life than any of them. I know that for a fact.” No trouble with undue modesty at least, and his references to being a loner who is “very solitary, very insular” who “likes his own space” don’t scream “people person,” but whatever.

` I don’t doubt that greater Aboriginal representation in Australian parliaments would be welcome diversity, and I don’t doubt that Grant’s difficult upbringing carried with it the added unpleasantness of occurring in a legislatively racist nation with callous disregard for children stolen and apartheid unspoken.

Grant is also quoted in reference to pre-selection, saying the safer seats are occupied by “absolute duds, party hacks”, while “people with real talent and vision, people who could actually help shape this country, are left on the sidelines,” presumably in humble reference to himself again. It reads as though he fully expects all those other aspirants who would like to luxuriate in a safe seat to make way for him, which might be the sort of sense of his own superiority that unnamed colleagues hint at. And this sort of unimaginative government bashing is simplistic tripe, hardly the insight of a visionary, and from firsthand experience I can say that it is deeply insulting to those hard-working MPs giving up family life for thankless time in public service. And that sort of disparaging stereotyping and presumptive prejudice is exactly the sort of attitude for which racists are rightly criticised.

Artificial Intelligence is coming, Apple co-founder tells Brisbane students


BRISBANE: The world is on the precipice of an artificial intelligence revolution, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says. Mr Wozniak told the Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit in Brisbane yesterday, via a live feed from Orlando in Florida, machines were closer than ever to emulating the human brain. “I looked at the brain my whole life thinking we would never understand how it’s wired, never know what consciousness is, we would

never know what intuition is,” he said. “And now we’re seeing so many signs that are getting so close – we speak to our phones, we can get answers.” Mr Wozniak said the artificial intelligence revolution would be separate from, and have just

as big an influence on the world, as the digital revolution that proceeded it. Machines will eventually develop methods to think on their own, he said. “A machine doesn’t yet say ‘what’s an obstacle of the world, what’s a problem of the world that needs solving and what is an approach I could take to solve

it?’,” Mr Wozniak told the 1200 attendees at the summit. “We’re just at the verge of where the machines may take off and go much further than even we humans could make them go.” Mr Wozniak also suggested new innovators should look at ways to improve everyday life, such as the way Uber and Airbnb have. “Look at normal life and say ‘in our lifestyle, how can we improve it with today’s technology, with apps?’,” AAP he suggested.

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Y seminal and personal ‘experience’ of reconciliation occurred when I participated in the Freedom Ride 2015, hopeful of an encounter with communities in regional NSW. The contemporary presence and respect of cultural richness in Dubbo was apparent in the pride of welcome we received, stopping only for an afternoon and evening on our way to Walgett. This spoke volumes about a town that is open to its diversity and adept in fostering its richness in people and culture. I vividly recall the welcome in traditional language, bridged by the recital of Riverbank’s poem “The Message”. The experience that lay in the power of words, extending far beyond meaning and further into visceral experience was profound and has remained an indelible mark. This ‘felt’ space is exactly what I am hoping to evoke in designing an architecture of Reconciliation. Making a contribution to facilitate healing spaces that inspire appreciation and respect. There is a crucial step within the reconciliation process that involves conversation, an equitable exchange to give voice and be heard, as experienced on the Freedom Ride. It highlighted the essential nature of public encounter and opportunity for interaction. These one-to-one personal encounters can foster appreciation of others and their story, their history, and intentionally develop


a compassionate understanding for humanity; everyone feels pain and love. I am interested in how this might be encouraged in community particularly through architecture, culture and public space. As a culture, we’ve become increasingly desensitised and disengaged within our communities and I believe architecture has a strong potential, if not a critical role in providing this space for healing. Historically, this drawing together of community has occurred through the town church or community hall, however opportunities are dwindling in our daily circumstance. The concept of a space that elevates the human spirit is even rarer. Space can affect; one only has to consider the difference when imagining sitting in a church compared to a goal cell, to evoke the power and feelings of these effects. It took me a year to call Riverbank and tell him of the seed he had planted on dreaming of possibilities of building this space together. I had since discovered a deep appreciation of his work in building community at the Dubbo Men’s Shed. When we finally made contact, Riverbank generously offered “come to Dubbo, it will change your life”. Most people living in Sydney would probably be more reluctant, but the global travel and cultural experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have, made me even more aware of the preciousness of this invitation; to discover a deeper connection to people, place and my country. I had been considering returning to Italy later this year to participate in the artist Christo’s latest work. He is building a temporary

` Reconciliation architecture is more than memorialising the past, its potential lies in designs that inspire community today. The Freedom Ride did this for equal rights. The Recognise campaign is doing this now on a political front. I’m suggesting there is an opportunity for a space which heals community spirit.

art installation of floating walkways on Lake Iseo. This project could almost be an imagining of Riverbanks “Bridges” poem, that I dream to build. Instead, however I was intrigued by Riverbank’s confident invitation and wondered how such impact could be made by only one day in Dubbo. Generously, Riverbank as guide extraordinaire, and I, trying to match his pace, spent an intense day engaging and exploring some highlights of Dubbo. I was overwhelmed with the depth of cultural richness encompassed as we raced through. From the traditional marks of grinding stones, suggesting how we can sensitively and sustainably exist within the landscape, to the community art installations and participant programs at Apollo Estate, where individuals are rising to be the leaders of change. To the intricate and delicate work of contemporary artists Diane Riley-McNaboe (Wiradjuri/ Gamilaroi) and Johnathan Jones (Wiradjuri/ Gamilaroi), fostering spiritual healing, through beauty and refinement in Dubbo Hospital. To the national culturally significant resting place, of a yet still to be honored Dubbo historical figure, William Ferguson. A ripple effect was in action, one drop of water in a still pond. The initial drop, purposeful in intent, has the power to travel distance and its effect, for change becomes amplified as it emanates. Riverbank demonstrates this intent and action through the way he engages with the world and generously invites and empowers us all to

do the same. Imagine what we could achieve together, “allow yourself to dream”, as Riverbank would say, recalling sentiments of Gandhi’s mantra; “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. Reconciliation architecture is more than memorialising the past, its potential lies in designs that inspire community today. The Freedom Ride did this for equal rights. The Recognise campaign is doing this now on a political front. I’m suggesting there is an opportunity for a space which heals community spirit. I imagine an architecture that exists in public space with an intention to bring people together in respectful difference and possibly encourage or provoke an exchange that is catalytic, that moves people towards reconciliation of inner and social peace, to connect and raise spirits of all Australians for humanity. I look forward to seeing what the future holds. In the Dubbo that Riverbank inhabits, all the doors are open, he is greeted with smiles and received with eyes of love. This is the power of being and to speak in architectural terms demonstrative of an embodied spatial agency. Sydney could learn to live within smiles and open doors, every community could. These seemingly small, but significant cultural gestures when viewed holistically are signs of a community which is engaged in its unified spirit, looking back with respect to learning through recognition of its past, active in the present and hopeful while building a rich and fulfilling future.

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Cr Mathew Dickerson

Mayor Mathew Dickerson was born and bred in Dubbo and is married with four children.

Evocities do get metro residents interested, when pitched the right way Y last column focused on the success of Evocities and the population boost experienced by the seven cities as a direct result of the campaign. Way back on July 21, 2006, I sat through a presentation by Gary Wells from Wagga Wagga when the concept of Evocities was first brought to the attention of Dubbo. As the concept was further developed, an important aspect was the criteria that went alongside being classified as an Evocity. This caused angst amongst some locations as they could see the value of Evocities but they may not have met all the criteria. The important criteria was being able to buy a good coffee in the CBD of course but then other components included cultural and entertainment facilities; educational options; a classification as a city and more. The entire concept was to give Sydney residents the positives of a city experience without the negatives of Sydney. How then can we deliver benefits to the towns that surround the larger regional centres across the State? Dubbo is not unique across the nation in that many large regional centres have smaller towns that surround the regional city and form a symbiotic relationship. The residents of the smaller towns rely on the regional centre for services and a variety of goods and the larger regional centre relies on the smaller towns to inject further dollars into the economy. As a simple demonstration, look at the supermarkets we currently have in Dubbo. Apart from small corner stores, we have three Woolworths; two IGAs; a Coles and an Aldi for a total of seven major supermarkets. The population of Dubbo is 41,934 and I am quite certain that each of those supermarkets would not be viable if it only relied on 5,242 people which would be their proportion of the Dubbo population. All the data we have available supports what we all instinctively know – Dubbo is the shopping capital to 140,000 to 180,000 people from around the region. Growth in Dubbo is undoubtedly good for Dubbo but growth in the region is also good for Dubbo. Dubbo’s satellite towns use Dubbo for


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more than just our supermarkets. There are many aspects of our economy that rely on the population of the greater region and other regional centres are the same. In the dark distant past, we saw population growth in those regional centres come at the expense of the satellite towns. When an analysis was performed on growth rates (positive and negative) in a region, the growth of the region-

` Our research tells us that 66 per cent of people would consider leaving Sydney and the two main attractive factors of an Evocity – reasonable house prices and less congestion – are even more attractive in Evotowns.

1. MATHS: What Arabic number doesn’t have a counterpart in Roman numerals? 2. THEATRE: What is the longest-running musical in performances in Broadway history? 3. ASTRONOMY: What is a blue moon? 4. TELEVISION: Who played the leading role of Dave Rafter in “Packed to the Rafters”? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote the books “Ethan Frome” and “The Age of Innocence”?

al centre often closely matched the decline in the surrounding smaller towns. The major centre may have won but ultimately the region lost. Is a marketing campaign similar to Evocities needed for smaller towns? Is Evotowns just waiting to be launched? Evoregions maybe? How about Evobush? Our research tells us that 66 per cent of people would consider leaving Sydney and the two main attractive factors of an Evocity – reasonable house prices and less congestion – are even more attractive in Evotowns. Before you rush out and register the domain and start pitching the idea, the bad news is that our research would suggest that the conversion factor would be limited. The advertisements that deliver the best results for Evocities are ones that demonstrate a thriving metropolis with cafes and theatres and professionals. Images of the ‘bush’ don’t receive the same response.

6. GEOGRAPHY: What major city lies on an island in the St. Lawrence River? 7. FLASHBACK: Who had a hit with “Year of the Cat”? 8. MOVIES: Who was the voice of “The Iron Giant” in the movie? 9. MEASUREMENTS: What is the name of the unit used to measure energy in food? 10. MUSIC: Who had a 1985 hit with the song “Saving All My Love For You”?

11. STATES: In which one of these three years did South Australia officially become a state? 1885, 1901, or 1909? 12. SPORT: When was the last time before 2015 that England won tennis’ Davis Cup? 13. LYRICS: Name the song that contains this lyric: “I’m never gonna dance again, Guilty feet have got no rhythm, Though it’s easy to pretend, I know you’re not a fool.” ANSWERS: SEE THE PLAY PAGES.

The good news is that the small towns don’t need to contribute their dollars to a marketing campaign. Our research further shows that if the major regional centre is growing as a result of people moving from outside the region, the satellite towns also experience growth – albeit at a lower rate. And when you think about it, that makes sense. Some people are attracted by the advertising showing a modern eclectic city and when they look to move they find a charming nearby town that is full of character and charm and they fall in love with it. As much as I personally wouldn’t like to commute twenty minutes to work from a nearby town, for someone coming from Sydney who is accustomed to a one hour commute in bumper to bumper traffic, a twenty minute drive in the countryside is like heaven. Furthermore, satellite towns are better able to attract employees in their community when they can point to the fact that a major regional centre is nearby. For someone from Sydney, there can be a comfort factor in knowing they are within an easy drive of their favourite chain store. Many years ago Bernard Salt termed the phrase ‘sponge city’ and referred specifically to Dubbo. This was seen as a derogatory term as regional centres soaked up the population from the surrounding regional towns. I am of the firm belief that the tide has changed. The so-called sponge cities across the nation are now giving back more than is being put in. They are attracting people from outside the region to the city and the, potentially, the region. I have a new term for these cities. I call them Exothermic Cities. Just like an exothermic chemical reaction, these cities are now putting out more to their regions than are being put in. Population growth and sustainability are highly complex issues. There are a myriad of factors determining why people live in certain locations. What we do know is that our State capitals themselves are unsustainable and I would say un-liveable and what we have in regional Australia – both in our major cities and our smaller towns – are the solutions that governments are looking for. We just need them to glance in our direction.


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Business & Rural

Circle the wagons: cyber attacks are coming Ken Phillips


ACK in the day when a mobile car phone was the size of a shoebox and weight of a house brick there was really no subtle way to steal one, and its worth, was in its value; over $3,000! Today there are 21 million subscribers in Australia to mobile services with Internet, giving direct access to bank and credit card details, email databases, personal information, online transactions and passwords. What’s more, you don’t have to steal a mobile device to get to what’s inside. With the right tools and know-how, remote access to our devices – and information – makes small businesses increasingly vulnerable. Constantly updating backend security is one way computing software, mobile device companies, banks and government agencies stay one step ahead of the bad guys but cybercrime is no longer just a threat to the big end of town. According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) 2015 Threat Report, the top trend for 2015 and beyond, is the increase in number of cyber criminals ‘with capability’, and the difficulty to detect them. So, as you would set your alarm and the deadlock the front door to your premises before you go home each day, so can SMEs minimise the risk of information compromise or theft, by taking similar measures with their “digital” premises. Given the importance of information to your business’s information security and sustainability and the increasing incidence and sophistication of cyber crimes, it pays to be safer than sorry by seeking expert help and ensuring you and your staff are aware and


alert. Fraud, hacking, money laundering, theft, identity theft, access denial, malware are just some of the different types of cybercrime outcomes which can impact small business. The Internet is a fantastic tool and interconnectivity a boon for small businesses allowing global reach, flexibility and convenience, like never before, but firewalls and passwords to cyber criminals are shop front window security measures for cyber ‘crims’ to break with their ‘bricks’ made of code. This can leave information like bank accounts, loan and credit card details, accounting files, invoicing and quoting systems, information and resources, website files, contracts, price lists, supplier details, daily correspondence via emails and texts, and more, potentially exposed. The “wagons” however, which actually circle your online information to protect it, can also be weaknesses. Passwords, backups, network and device security protocols, are the front line but lack of confidentiality or awareness within your business can render them useless. Since Internet hacking has emerged as a global enterprise,

passwords have to be increasingly complex and auto-password generators are becoming commonplace as a way of preventing fraud or extortion. This is where confidentiality can work with or against you. Business information ought to be accessed on a ‘need-to-know’ only basis, using individual logins to minimise the risk of accidental or purposeful breaches. Phones locked with a pin are less of a risk to your business information. Public wi-fi should be regarded as risky, so its important that whatever your cybercrime strategy, your staff are aware of the risks too. Cyber security insurance is a fast evolving in the insurance industry and cover does exist for disruption to business caused by a cyber attack. While computers and mobile devices can be ‘cleaned’ and reinstated, the long term impact of a cyber attack can have ongoing implications if total loss or a lack of access to your information is involved. Avoiding the pitfalls means building your cyber resilience. The aftershocks of a cyber attack can be disastrous so a good risk management policy is a wise approach to a threat any enterprise connected to the Internet

needs to be aware of. Loss of income, reputation or sensitive business and client information, are good arguments for developing cyber resilience. Step one is to not assume it can’t happen to you. The 2013 Norton Cyber Crime Report suggests one million people per day – 12 per second! - are victims of cybercrime. SME’s and microbusiness operations don’t have the luxury of big budget protection, and while garden variety security software and firewalls shield against most threats; the industry says it’s not a matter of if, but when, your business will be affected. Start, by assessing your existing security measures and asking are there any weak points? Plan how to respond if you could suddenly not access critical data? A dedicated continuity strategy for your business is like having a torch at hand in the event of a blackout and minimises disruption to your operation. Know what information is essential to running your business every day such as financial transaction details to create a backup plan should you need to run manually for a while. Poor cyber resilience in your third party providers also leave you exposed so spread the word and promote the benefits of cyber resilience. Numerous organisations like ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission), provide strategies and standards to build cyber resilience. Best get started today. l Ken Phillips is managing director KPI Broking. He has over 25 years of insurance industry experience.

Disclaimer: The information included is general by nature and is not tailored specifically to your business. You should make your own assessment of it and rely on it wholly at your own risk.

Baird government locks students out of TAFE THE botched LMBR computer software system has now put the future careers of thousands of NSW TAFE students in jeopardy. The Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) computer system - rolled out to NSW TAFE campuses since 2013 - has been dogged by complaints and technical faults from its inception. The NSW Opposition has learned up to 9,000 aspiring students are at risk of getting locked out of further education and potentially the jobs market because of ongoing enrolment troubles plaguing TAFE NSW. The enrolment platform of the LMBR software, known as EBS (education business system), has had countless issues and pre-


vented thousands of students from enrolling last year, despite Baird Government promises to fix it and a parliamentary inquiry that recommended ditching the software. The software program is also responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, more students not re-

ceiving their course transcripts, and testamurs – the proof needed to show future employers that they completed the course and graduated. The problem is so dire that the Baird Government has resorted to hiring specialist IT hit squads at taxpayer expense to fix problems in TAFE campuses. Valuable teaching hours have already been lost because teachers have been diverted from their duties to fix problems or manually fill out forms. The latest revelations show that teachers and staff are scrambling to get students enrolled by the deadline. It meant many students were at risk of not getting into their desired course.

The LMBR IT system is already over budget and only operating in 10 per cent of NSW public schools. The Government refuses to reveal the final budgeted cost of the program which could soar as high as $1 billion. Shadow Minister for Skills Prue Car said: “Teachers are run off their feet scrambling to enroll students using a shoddy enrolment program that should already have been scrapped. “Youth unemployment is unacceptably high and many trades are suffering from a skills shortage. Mike Baird and John Barilaro have gutted TAFE and now they’re sticking with a botched IT system that locks students out,” she said.


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How changing ways to give charity achieves better outcomes BY KERRIE PHIPPS BUSINESSWOMEN

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead GORGEOUS sunny August day at Dubbo Farmers Markets in 2015 was host to a significant meeting of strangers, who became friends and partners in changing lives in developing nations. I’d been in Singapore in July, and over lunch with a colleague he told me about his cousins Annie and Charlie Teo growing up in Australia. “You may know of Charlie” he said. “He’s a neurosurgeon. Annie also lives in Sydney. She’d like to meet you when she visits Dubbo in a few weeks.” Annie and her husband, Ralf Schroers, met me at the farmers markets during their weekend in Dubbo, and told me about their vision to eliminate world poverty, by not simply “feeding a man a fish, but teaching him how to fish”. They also told me how I could help them by speaking at their fundraising dinner. I wasn’t available for their September event, but gave a couple of books for their auction, and saved the date for the next dinner (and started in-


viting friends). I was so inspired to discover that Ralf and Annie have personally given over 2000 (interest free) loans in some of the world’s most impoverished places, empowering people to build a sustainable business. They also support them with business training, and the success of the program is evident with a repayment rate of over 98 per cent. Fast forward to last week when I was on my way to Sydney to speak at the MicroLend Charity dinner. I was sitting next to a man who travels extensively to mining sites in Australia, Africa and PNG, and our conversation covered everything from gourmet cheese to playing ball with kids who have nothing but a pair of shorts and a big smile. I’d been thinking about natural disasters – Australia’s floods, fires and droughts, and the frequency of natural disasters in the Philippines, where I visited twice last year. Writing a few notes about this, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners came to mind, and I saw a powerful example of how “everyday people” make an extraordinary difference in difficult times, by bringing others together to help. When we look at the headlines, we’re surrounded by disasters and cries for help, donations, and time. It can become overwhelming… and we discover there’s such a thing as “donor fatigue”.

This is what’s incredible about Microthat donations from well meaning westLend Australia; people are empowered erners can actually be damaging to the to become entrepreneurs, to change local trades. If we clothe the village, their world, not to sit around hoping what happens to the local tailor? for another handout from a charity that What if we support those local provides food and clothing (although change-makers to increase their capacthey can be awesome too, especially in ity, and build a sustainable business that times of sudden loss). builds the local economy? These entrepreneurs can become the It’s such a gift to be able ones in their community that to learn from others who can provide support when ` have travelled and seen their region, or their country Annie and the world in a different is in trouble. Ralf’s daughter way, so that we can be There will always be natuJade pointed more purposeful in the ral disasters, but where enway we serve others. I’m trepreneurs are empowered, out to her there will always be solutions. parents several so grateful for the opporSuccessful business owners to learn from these years ago that tunity and leaders are solution-fodifference-makers. cused. How can we solve our donations from Not only was I invited to customer’s problems, they ask well meaning speak at the dinner about themselves. How can we solve my 2014 experiences in westerners problems in our community? Cambodia on a study tour can actually be A microbusiness selling a of social enterprises and food product in a developing damaging to the training centres, I had nation may not have the marlocal trades. If the privilege of interviewketing budget or modern conwe clothe the ing Dr Charlie Teo, about veniences of an Aussie provillage, what brain surgery in western ducer, but their business can happens to the and developing nations, change the lives of the imand his insights on formediate and extended family, local tailor? eign aid. and they can become changeIt was an insightful, agents in their community. moving and hilarious interview, and a Annie and Ralf’s daughter Jade pointed out to her parents several years ago definite highlight of the year.

How to increase profits using your small business accountant OST small business owners want to increase their profits. Not many use their small business accountants to assist them with this process. In the old days, accountants were used to purely do tax and advise clients how much money they had made or lost, usually via the profit and loss statement. These days, our profession has a much bigger role to play and here are some things that modern small business accountants are doing with their clients to help them increase their profits.


1. Ensure you are using the most up-to-date accounting system ENSURING a good relationship with your accountant will be made much easier if you are using the best accounting system that they can easily access with your permission. Gone are the days where files need to be sent backwards and forwards and any journals that are done don’t have to be entered several times once year-end has been finished. If you or your finance team are having difficulty allocating a transaction or if they just need some help, most accounting firms will have someone who can view the program via the web and provide the necessary support. This is known as cloud

accounting. Most small businesses have already moved, or are actively moving, to cloud based accounting systems and your accountant should be able to provide advice as to which one will best suit your business. Popular programs include Xero and MYOB Live. Of course, many other programs are migrating to the cloud.

2. Strategic planning HAVING small business accountants who understand your business and can provide assistance running planning sessions can provide many benefits. As an outsider, they may be able to provide insights into areas of your business that you might not have thought of. A big key to this service is the accountant knowing what your end goal is, not only on a business level but on a personal level too as the two should be

aligned. Modern day small business accountants offer this service and ensure that whenever you contact them throughout the year with any questions the answers tie in with your end objectives as much as possible. A business plan doesn’t need to be 50 pages long. One page strategic plans are very helpful and can assist business owners immensely if run in a structured way and properly documented.

3. Cash flow forecasts including 3-way budgets A GOOD business accountant knows how to do a budget. A great small business accountant knows how to do what is known as 3-way budgets which not only have a cash flow forecast but a balance sheet and profit and loss budget as well. These are more accurate, ex-

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4. Understanding business valuations & how to buy or sell a business KNOWING how to value a business is a skill and has a lot more to consider than just multiplying a number by a capitalisation rate. An accountant who does small business valuations regularly can actually offer a number of very useful insights that not only increase the business value but also its ability to make more profits. This can lead to greater cash flow and of course to a business that is easier to sell. Any exit strategy that is required in Point 2 above can also be referenced back to the business valuation. Accountants that are also very experienced business valuers can therefore be an added bonus when it comes to assisting business owners to grow their enterprise and wealth.

5. Tax planning & minimisation WHILST tax has been a common service for a very long

time, accountants should still be offering this service and meeting with their clients more than once a year – and preferably quarterly as a minimum. All clients should receive tax planning advice, unless of course there is almost no tax to pay.

6. Business advisory & what the numbers actually mean BY now you have probably heard that accountants should also be business advisors. However, what does a business advisor do? A business advisor analyses your business numbers and explains what they mean and what will happen in terms of profits and cash flow if you actually change them. Better still, they will provide strategies to help you improve what is known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which again will tie in with Point 2 above.

Conclusion: THE role of an accountant is changing quickly and as technology improves so does the range of services being provided by accountants. Like any business, the profession can adapt and stay relevant or it can bury its head in the sand and perish.


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Coming up roses for the new season BY CHRIS BRAY GARDENING GURU

HE start of May on the gardening calendar signifies rose planting time and if you are planning a new rose garden or extending a current garden, late Autumn is the perfect time to prepare and plant new season roses. Roses, given their various breeds, colours and aromas are arguably the most significant plant in the garden world today and our climate enables us to grow them with a floral display equal to anywhere in the gardening world. Roses are quite easy to grow and with some simple tips and advice, you will have a great display of colorful flowers during Spring. Roses prefer a location which is full in sun and generally will grow better with good ventilation (away from walls, fences etc) to help prevent various fungal diseases. The soil will require composted manure at planting to encourage the future health of the plant, although feeding with a specific rose fertiliser won’t be necessary until Spring. Whether your new season rose is a potted variety or alternatively a bare root variety (which has been cultivated as root stock and packaged with a sawdust media) the roots will need to remain moist, especially at planting. When making a decision on the type of rose that you are going to purchase, consider the area in which you are going to plant it and the amount of space that it requires as there are many types of roses available, given that some are classed as climbers, ground covers, weeping standards etc. The most popular being shrub roses and the standard rose, which have been grafted to give more height and elegance to the plant. Other factors to consider when purchasing roses are, colour, scent and formation of the flower, as aesthetically, some roses form flowers which look more spectacular and intricate. Always read the directions on the tag attached to the rose, as information relating to the breed and type of the rose that you purchase will help in the initial planting stage to give your rose the best possible start. Roses are not only subject to ground planting, but can also be grown successfully in pots and planters, which still require the same maintenance routine. Miniature roses are a perfect addition to a pot and with their more delicate flower, can compliment any pot decor


Turnbull Govt to double public dental investment

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THE Turnbull Government will deliver the largest-ever Commonwealth-investment in frontline public dental services to ensure all children and adults with concession cards who need it most do not fall through the cracks. Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced this week, the creation of a standalone national Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (caPDS) as part of landmark reforms, which will provide over 10 million Australians with access to public dental through one single national agreement with the states and territories. It will represent a doubling of the Commonwealth’s current contribution to the states and territories for public dental services, and, for the first time, will be enshrined in legislation to provide long-term certainty for current and future generations.

5 top tips for this week1. If you have not given your lawn a final fertilise before the cooler months, now is the time before the onset of frost. Make sure that any application of fertiliser is always watered in well. 2. Get your garden bed prepared for new season rose plantings, along with any shrubs as Autumn is the best time of the year for

planting, in preparation for Spring. 3. Plant new season colour such as Pansy, Primula and Viola, along with new season vegetable varieties. 4. Continue to mulch garden beds to suppress weeds and insulate plant roots from the effects of the cooler months. 5. Consider purchasing frost blanket for frost sensitive plants, as frosts usually start to occur in May.


that you may have. Maintenance of your rose during the Winter months will be minimal, given that at this time, most plants and especially roses are dormant during cooler months, but after plant-


In return, the Turnbull Government will seek to ensure all children under 18 (5.3 million) are eligible for Federal Governmentsubsidised public dental coverage through the new scheme, as well as each of the five million-plus low-income adults holding a Commonwealth concession card. This is compared to just three million eligible children under the Commonwealth’s current means-tested Child Dental Benefits Scheme, introduced under Labor and the Greens, of which take up has only a been a third of what was promised. The CDBS also only

ing, if you happen to see any shoots growing from the rose, simply pick them off as they can sometimes shoot if the temperature is un-seasonally mild and leaving them on may result in damage from frost.

covers children aged two to 17. The Turnbull Government’s investment will also be accompanied by an expanded range of Commonwealth-subsidised, clinically-necessary services for under 18s that are not covered under current CDBS arrangements. “We are significantly increasing Commonwealth investment in frontline public dental services and we expect the result to be an extra 600,000 public dental patients treated every year as a direct result,” Ley said. “That’s because we know that poor dental health can negatively impact on every aspect of a person’s life from their health and wellbeing through to employment and economic opportunities. After all, poor dental health is the third highest cause of preventable hospital admissions, with more than 63,000 Australians hospitalised each year. “Let’s also not forget a third of the 800,000 or so children who don’t regularly go to the dentist every year come from low-income

families. And that nearly 60 per cent of low income and indigenous Australians have untreated tooth decay - double the general population. “It’s therefore essential we have a strong national public dental scheme that is there to support those who need it most and leaves no gaps in services, no matter where people live in Australia or the condition of their teeth. “Today we are laying the foundations for a fair and equitable national public dental scheme for children and adults that Australians can afford now and into the future. Ms Ley said the Turnbull Government would invest a total of about $5 billion over the next four years improving dental outcomes. This will include a total of $2.1 billion for a five year agreement with the states and territories to fund the caPDS. Find out more about the caPDS here: dental.


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Sally Bryant

Weekender regular Sally Bryant was born with her nose in a book and if no book is available, she finds herself reading Cornflakes packets, road signs and instruction manuals for microwaves. All that information has to go somewhere...

Colouring my world, a day at a timeâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x2122;M on the horns of a dilemma just now and I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on the brink of either a genius move or a potential disaster. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sufficiently mature and informed to make the necessary decisions. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last word in irony, given how old I am. Like many â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;women of a certain ageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly trying to balance the conflicting concepts of getting older and looking older while still remaining who I am and not conforming to some outmoded societal idea of what I should look like, or how I should behave. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m that bothered by getting older. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege when you think about it because so many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to do it. But I want to do it my way, I want to retain as much of my â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;selfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as I can as I grow older. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always easy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard it said by older people, particularly by older women, that they feel as though they are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;disappearingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, as though people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see them anymore, as though they are invisible. And I can understand how they may feel like that. Life is competitive, society is fast-moving and noisy and as you get older it can be easy to be overlooked, to sort of fade into the background. And for those of us who have been noisy, opinionated and accustomed to having people pay attention to what we are doing (and not always in a positive way) it can be pretty confronting to find that you are blanding out. It feels as though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fading from the world, like an overexposed photograph. Like a shirt thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been washed and washed, and is bleaching away in the sun. The pattern is still there but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subtler and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappearing from sight. And while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accustomed to having your clothes fade, it can be a bit disconcerting to find your self disappearing a little more, every time you look in the mirror. And if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like what you see happening, then you want to take matters into your own hands and take con-


trol of what it is that you look like. To have some self-determination about the face you present to the world. And one of the ways we can control this is by changing our hair colour. As it happens, it has been some time since I had a completely natural hair colour. I think the last time was when I was in my 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and I decided that Annie Lennox was having so much fun that perhaps I should emulate that look. (I think it was Annie Lennox, but it may have been another of the plethora of spiky, streakyhaired units that we so admired in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s). I have had short spiky blonde hair, I have had long curly dark hair, I have had streaks, I have had highlights, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a flaming redhead. I have worn fringes and furbelows, I have had my hair straightened and tizzied, I have slicked it back in a bun reminiscent of a model from a Robert Palmer video. (O, how I wished I could carry off that entire look of the girls from the Robert Palmer videos, the sulky red pouty mouth, the smoky eyes, the skin-tight bandage dresses, the black stilettos....) But flash forward several decades and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the business of another re-versioning of myself, and I have some decisions to make. Part of my planning process is predicated on boredom. You know the feeling. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting around, feeling that you might like a change, and the easiest thing to alter is the colour of your hair. You could contemplate personal growth or yoga, some sort of spiritual journey. You could do a university degree, you could start looking for a new job, write a novel or put together all those ideas for treatments for television programs that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been mulling over. You could do that. Or you could change your hair colour. So, in the absence of the energy or inclination to do anything associated with self-improvement on a more visceral lev-

` I think my hair would be the equivalent of a baby-poo yellow 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volvo station wagon. And what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m after is something more like a 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercedes sports car, an Alfa Romeo giulietta or a Jensen Interceptor. I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to be aged, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m prepared to go with age appropriate, but I yearn for some style and some verve.

el, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to seize the day, grasp the nettle and take hold of the colour stick and radically change my hair colour. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna go grey. However the plan is to go grey with some grunt. If I look below the surface of what is currently happening with my hair colour, I am forced to admit that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty much a mousy brown with sketchy and anaerobic pepper and salt flecking through the mix. If you had to liken my current natural hair colour to something in the built environment, I think my hair would be the equivalent of a baby-poo yellow 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volvo station wagon. And what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m after is something more like a 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercedes sports car, an Alfa Romeo giulietta or a Jensen Interceptor. I guess Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to be aged, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m prepared to go with age appropriate, but I yearn for some style and some verve. So by the time you read this I will be no longer masquerading as the vaguely â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blondedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sandy brunette, and to be honest Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m comfortable with that decision. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always felt a bit uncomfortable masquerading as the third blonde in my family. And I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be sporting the deep brunette colouring that has become the hallmark of so many women fighting the draining tides of age. The effect Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m after is quite different. Next time you see me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be grrrrr for grey. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be soft and gentle grey. Not for me the subtle and mellowing, the growing old gracefully grey. What I have in mind is the growling grey of the peroxide dreadlocks with large overdoses of toner. And plenty of hair product for added drama. Of course, as a well-documented chicken shit, I may well lose my nerve at the last jump. I may find myself in that chair at the salon du chic and lose my resolve. But at this point, the plan is go egregiously and groovily grey. Or wear a beanie.

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This spider orchid was photographed inside the Orchid House In The Park, located in Dubbo’s Victoria Park, where a couple of thousand orchid plants are currently nurtured by the 21 year-old, Dubbo and Orana Region Orchid Society (DOROS). To celebrate their milestone, DOROS is hosting an open day on Saturday, April 30 from 10am. At 1.30pm, orchid workshops will be hosted by Ray Clement, from Tinonee Orchid Nursery, and at 3.30pm, a book launch of the “21 Years with DOROS” by lifetime member of DOROS, Michael Murphy, will also be held. Orchid plants will be for sale. For more details phone 6887 3221 or 0428 873 221.



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A highlight from the Outback Car Trek, a major RFDS fundraiser since 1990. Bright Smiles is for motorbikes.

Going the extra mile for Bright Smiles Y raising over $25 million since its inception in 1990 the Outback Car Trek (the Trek), a weeklong event, featuring over 100 pre-1978 cars, has become a major fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The 27th Trek leaves Narrabri on Sunday, June 5, bound for Port Douglas in Far North Queensland, via the Gulf of Carpentaria. At the opposite end of the spectrum “Bright Smiles,” a Trek offshoot event featuring some 20 motorbike riders, takes to the road this Thursday, April 28, for an inaugural four-day bitumen event. Starting at Wiseman’s Ferry, just north of Sydney, the riders will travel 1,000 kms through Quirindi, Dubbo and Mudgee, by way of some picturesque back roads, before finishing up at Windsor on Monday, May 2. They are aiming to raise $50,000 to support, The Outback Oral Therapy and Health (TOOTH) program, part of the RFDS South Eastern Sections (RFDS SE) oral health service. “The Trek directly supported the TOOTH program when it started and when one of our regular Trekkers with connections to the oral health industry suggested we continue to support it, I didn’t need much persuading,” said Trek and Bright Smiles organiser Bill Patrick. “We are looking to grow the event over the next few years to some 40 to 50 riders so we can continue to support the great work this program is doing.” “The riders will be visiting the RFDS SE Base at Dubbo to meet the TOOTH team, look over an aircraft and inspect the base facilities.” Launched in 2012 as a unique public/private partnership between the Investec Foundation, the Gonski Foundation and the RFDS’ South Eastern Section (RFDS SE), and supported by more than $1m in donations from the Trek, the program’s aim is to improve the oral health of some of NSW’s most vulnerable and remote communities. When TOOTH began, significant levels of untreated dental decay, some five times higher than the national average, were discovered in both adults and children in Central Western NSW. Since its inception the TOOTH program has provided over 1,100 clinics and treated almost 7,000 patients in the communities of Bourke, Collarenebri, Goodooga and Lightning Ridge, where access to dental care was either non-existent or extremely challenging. Data shows a decrease in untreated dental decay in both adult and child patients and a substantial overall improvement in dental health in all four locations.


In the first three years the program lighted by the 2015 Filling the Gap ` halved the decay in children attendreport released by the RFDS. They The inaugural “Bright found: ing TOOTH clinics and established a consistently declining pattern of deChildhood cavities are 55 per Smiles” trek for cay in adults. cent higher for remote area chilmotorbikes, is an dren than children in major cities, “Those smiles will not only be and the number of filled teeth in brighter because the money is going Outback Car Trek remote area is double that of city towards better oral health, but be“offshoot”, and for children. cause that will translate directly into Tooth Decay: A quarter (23 per better overall health,” said TOOTH the first event, will cent) of adults in major cities have dentist Dr Kah Chong. feature 20 motorbike untreated tooth decay, but this ris“Our research shows oral disease, es to one third (37 per cent) of reriders aiming to particularly when left untreated, is mote area residents; associated with certain cardiovasraise $50,000 for Indigenous: More than half (57 cular diseases, respiratory illnesses, per cent) of Indigenous AustralThe Outback Oral and other chronic diseases. Other ians have one or more teeth affectcommon conditions such as endocarTherapy and Health ed by decay; ditis (inflammation of the lining of (TOOTH) program, Visits to the Dentist: Six in ten the heart), stroke, aspiration pneu(63 per cent) major city adults vismonia, diabetes, kidney disease, and part of the RFDS ited a dentist in a year, compared some adverse pregnancy outcomes, South Eastern to little more than four in ten (45 are also associated with poor oral per cent) visiting a dentist in rehealth.” Sections (RFDS SE) mote areas; “We are very keen to get the mesoral health service. Extractions: One in three (33 sage out into the community as I per cent) remote area residents don’t think most people understand They’ll be in Dubbo had a tooth extraction in a year just how much poor oral health can on Saturday, April 30. compared to little more than one impact them.’ in ten (12 per cent) people from Despite the work of the TOOTH major cities; program and the RFDS SE’s other dental health clinLack of Dentists: Cities have three times as many ics which have been operating for over two decades, working dentists than country areas, with 72 dentists there are still large oral health and dental care access for every 100,000 people in cities compared to only 22 disparities between those living in remote, rural or refor every 100,000 people in the country. gional areas and those in the cities. These were high“Learning that there are more dentists in the cities than in the bush is no surprise, but the level of disparity that exists within New South Wales should be. It’s ABOUT THE ROYAL FLYING making people sick and is entirely preventable,” said DOCTOR SERVICE Greg Sam, chief executive officer of the RFDS SE. The not-for-profit Royal Flying Doctor Service “The RFDS SE’s goal for the period 2015 to 2019 is has been taking the finest care to the furthest to reduce the well-documented gap in health and wellcorners of Australia since 1928. The service ness between those living in remote, rural and regionprovides 24 hour emergency cover to 90 per cent al areas and those in cities, but we can’t do it alone.” of the Australian continent, via a modern fleet of “To that end the Bright Smiles fundraiser is a welspecially equipped aircraft. In the past year, the come addition to the great fundraising work that Bill South Eastern and all the Outback Car Trek participants already do Section conducted almost 5,000 clinics, took on our behalf and will help the Flying Doctor put bright over 6,400 telehealth calls, had over 53,500 smiles on many more faces over the coming years.” patient contacts and transported almost 8,500 patients. To support Bright Smiles go to https://everydayhero.






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OTHER’S DAY is all about making mum feel special, so why not give her the day off and surprise her with your culinary skills and a recipe from The Dairy Kitchen? “I always treat my mum to something homemade on Mother’s Day, and this year we have a recipe collection to suit all tastes and skill levels,” says Amanda Menegazzo, food communications manager at Dairy Australia. For an edible gift that is sure to impress, whip up a batch of Homemade Chai Latte spice mix to create a foodie gift that keeps on giving. Add a little creative flair to your gift by wrapping individual portions in mus-


lin and writing personalised tags, just for mum. To transform the chai spice mix into a delicious Chai Latte, just add hot frothed milk and a squeeze of honey for a sweet start to the day.

Start the day relaxing Mother’s Day should be a relaxing one for your mum so treat her to breakfast with a Baked Ricotta Omelette, perfect dressed up with her favourite savoury toppings. “Most people can make an omelette,” says Amanda, “and this one is enriched with ricotta, making it extra creamy

HOMEMADE CHAI LATTE * 2 teaspoons black tea leaves * 2 cardamom pods, bruised * 1/4 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 3 cloves * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger * 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg * 2 cups milk * 1 teaspoon honey To prepare: Combine all the spices to create a Chai Latte Mix. (At This stage, the mix can be stored for up to a month in a sealed jar) Heat milk in a small saucepan or microwave until just below boiling point. Turn off heat, add spice mix and allow to infuse for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in honey and strain out spices. Pour into tea cups and serve immediately.

and delicious.” Amanda suggests making one big omelette for a healthy breakfast that the whole family can enjoy.

Afternoon delights If your mum isn’t an early riser you can save your culinary prowess for later in the day and bake these mouth-watering Peanut Butter Brownie Cookie Sandwiches, perfect as an afternoon treat. “We all know that Mother’s Day wouldn’t be the same without an indulgent treat and these scrumptious cookies are something special that your mum might not have had before,” explains Amanda.

BAKED RICOTTA OMELETTE * 400g wedge ricotta * 8 eggs lightly beaten * 40g butter * 100g mixed mushrooms, sliced if large in size * 4 spring onions, finely chopped * 30g baby spinach leaves or rocket * 1 punnet (250g) trussed cherry tomatoes To prepare: Whisk together ricotta and eggs until combined. Season to taste. Set aside. Heat butter in an ovenproof 26cm frying pan over medium heat and sauté mushrooms for 2-5 minutes or until just tender. Add spring onions and spinach and cook for a minute until spinach has wilted. Arrange tomatoes over spinach mixture and pour over ricotta egg mixture. Transfer frying pan to the oven and bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes or until just set and golden brown on top. Serve immediately.

The Dairy Kitchen’s Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies are sandwiched with a rich cream cheese filling that can be flavoured with whatever mum likes best. Think double chocolate for extra indulgence or keep it simple with classic pairings like hazelnut or vanilla. Whether your mum likes sweet or savoury, healthy or indulgent, there’s a recipe from The Dairy Kitchen that’s guaranteed to tickle her taste buds. She’ll be delighted with whichever you choose to make because she’ll have the day off to relax. Find these recipes and more at The Dairy Kitchen online www.legendairy.

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE COOKIE SANDWICHES * 50g unsalted butter, chopped * 250g dark chocolate, chopped * 2 eggs, lightly whisked * 225g white sugar * 30g plain flour * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder * 30g cocoa powder * a pinch of salt Peanut Butter Frosting: * 250g cream cheese, softened * 15g caster sugar * 150g smooth peanut butter * 40ml milk To prepare: Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in egg, sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt until just combined. Drop half tablespoonfuls of mixture onto trays allowing room for spreading. Bake at 180°C (160°C fan forced) for 12-15 minutes or until just set. Cool on trays. To fill, beat peanut butter frosting ingredients together in a bowl. Pipe onto biscuits and sandwich together. Refrigerate for up to 1 week and bring to room temperature before serving.


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E all have our go-to dishes that we make when life gets a little busy. Those trusted recipes we know like the back of our hands, that take no time to whip up, and that make the masses happy. This is one of mine. I never used to like cauliflower. Given a roast dinner I’d happily grant my portion of the white tree-like stuff to someone else - even if it came with cheese sauce. It always tasted so bland and for some reason I assumed its nutritional value would be just as bland (perhaps it was the lack of colour?). However, it wasn’t until I tried cooking it in a different way that this vegetable and I became friends. Turns out it really does taste quite good - nutty almost - when roasted, and has quite a bit of nutritional value to offer. The vitamin C content in cauliflower is through the roof (who’d have thought?!) and this humble vegetable is also a good source of fibre, folate, B vitamins, vitamin K, manganese and omega-3 fats. All this means that cauliflower is actually has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties and is good for the digestive system. In other words, dozens of reasons why you should also give cauliflower the benefit of the doubt and try this amazing roasted cauliflower salad. I promise you, you’ll love it! ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SALAD * 1 whole cauliflower, cut into florets * 1 tablespoon almond, coconut or olive oil * 1 cup of almonds * 1/2 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely * 1 tablespoon, Dijon mustard * 1 tablespoon, seeded mustard * 2 tablespoons, apple cider vinegar To prepare: Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (fan-forced). Place cauliflower and oil in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, turning the cauliflower occasionally, or until it has is browned. Remove from the oven and add almonds to the tray, then return the the oven for about five to ten minutes (don’t let the almonds burn). Remove from the oven and allow to rest for five minutes. To make the dressing, combine mustard and apple cider vinegar in a small jar and shake until blended. Transfer the cauliflower and almonds to a serving bowl and toss the parsley through. Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving. Enjoy!


Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check: a life-saver THOUSANDS of Australians have received a life-saving wake-up call discovering they were at serious risk of stroke after taking part in Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check this month. As the campaign reaches its midpoint, a shocking one in three, or 4,000 of those tested, have been urgently referred onto their doctor for advice on how to lower their stroke risk and improve their health. Stroke Foundation chief executive officer, Sharon McGowan, urged local residents to continue to take advantage of the free checks. “An alarming number of people have been identified with high blood pressure, most of whom had no idea they are at risk of stroke prior to the check,’’ McGowan said. “Those that have been referred on to their doctor include men and women aged 30 to 80, from right across the community – stroke does not discriminate. “Currently, one in six of us will have a stroke in our lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be this way, many strokes can be prevented. These early results high-


light that far too many of us remain unaware of the steps we can take to protect ourselves from unnecessary death and disability caused by stroke. “Let’s take the pressure down this month and raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke. Take advantage of a free, quick and simple check anytime this month at an Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check site near you,” she said. During April, Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Priceline Pharmacy, is aiming to deliver 50,000 free blood pressure checks around the country and raise vital awareness of the risks associated with stroke. “I’m joining the Stroke Foundation in calling on local residents to take advantage of a free blood pressure check. It will only take five minutes and could


save your life,” said Priceline health expert, Dr John D’Arcy. “High blood pressure is among the most important known risk factors for stroke, causing damage to blood vessel walls, which may eventually lead to a stroke. High blood pressure has no symptoms, the only way to know your blood pressure is to have it checked.” McGowan said high blood pressure was known as a ‘silent killer’ for a reason. “Stroke is one of this country’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability – it strikes down thousands of Australians each year,’’ she said. “There are simple things we can all do to reduce our risk of stroke – manage your blood pressure, eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke and limit your alcohol consumption. “Don’t let a health crisis like a stroke, be your first sign of high blood pressure. Join us in Australia’s Blood Pressure Check this April and help us fight this terrible disease.” Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check is on now with free checks to be provided at hundreds of locations across Australia including Priceline Pharmacy stores. To find your nearest site visit au through to May 4.



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Get the glow for Shaw BY KEELEY BOLGER UTRITIONIST Madeleine Shaw is on a mission to improve our attitude towards food, especially in how we deal with so-called diet setbacks. “The worst thing you can do is be hard on yourself and negative,” says the 26-year-old. “It’s almost like that stress on your body counteracts any of the good stuff you’re doing. For me, it’s not just about the food you put on the plate, but the attitude you have to food and yourself. “I want to start a revolution of people being kinder to themselves.” And that means putting that extraslice-of-triple-chocolate-cake-shaped blip into perspective. “You’ve got to tell yourself that this one meal isn’t really going to change things,” she explains. “One piece of cake doesn’t really put on loads of weight. Tell yourself that, and then get back to eating healthy with your next meal.” Being kind to yourself extends to expectations around cooking food from scratch, too. It’s a great thing to do in theory, Shaw agrees, but whipping out the pans for every meal isn’t always realistic. “It’s very difficult to make all your food,” says the foodie and yoga fan. “On a busy day like today, I’ll buy food out, but you can make good choices if you’re grabbing something for lunch; there’s always choice.” She believes with a bit of planning, nutritious fuss-free meals can be achieved even during busy spells, and has devoted her new book, Ready Steady Glow, to just that. Divided into “fast weeks and slow weekends”, many of the meals take 20 minutes or less to make, but there are


Ready, Steady, Glow by Madeleine Shaw is published in hardback by Orion Books.

more time-consuming recipes too, for those who want to “make that stew, do some baking...”, as well as a section detailing her basic yoga routine, and handy weekly meal plans. Being busy is something Shaw can wholeheartedly appreciate. A year on from releasing her debut healthy-eating book, Get The Glow, life has moved up a notch. Up until her teens, she admits she ate a “typical magazine diet of Diet Coke and low-fat yoghurt” to stay slim, but found herself riddled with digestive problems and energy slumps. Things changed when she moved from the UK to Sydney aged 18 to study, and started working at a healthy cafe. Shaw admits her changes didn’t happen overnight, but inspired, she trained as a nutritionist and returned to the UK with renewed zest, eager to share her knowledge via her food and lifestyle blog. She now has 217k followers on Instagram and 39k on Twitter, and as well as writing, does talks and supper clubs, and has collaborated on a string of projects, including a special healthy menu for Brown’s Hotel. So embedded is Shaw and fellow health blogger Ella Woodward’s positive message that comedian Bella Younger has even poked fun at their approach in her popular spoof account Deliciously Stella, where typical posts about the benefits of munching on nutritious trail mix are accompanied with a picture of a bowl of assorted sweets, crisps and chocolate. “I love it!” says Shaw with a laugh. “Bella is a fan of healthy eating. It’s amazing how well she’s done in such a short space of time.” The same can be said of Shaw, whose health and self-esteem have vastly improved since she started making changes. “I felt much more at peace with myself; I realised that life was here to be enjoyed,” she reflects. “Quite a lot of the time, we’re expecting ourselves to be everything, especially as women: you’ve to be the mum or the girlfriend and the business woman, but also remain feminine and beautiful. “You don’t you need to add your own self pressure. I realised that when I felt better about myself and put more time into me, I felt happier and it made my life better. “It’s not an overnight switch, but we could all do to be a bit kinder to ourselves.” Show yourself some kindness with these three recipes from Ready, Steady, Glow...



There’s a silent killer preying on nearly a third of Australians over 18 – it’s high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is called the “silent killer” because many people are unaware that they have the condition. Untreated hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are among the top causes of death. Hypertension also can damage the kidneys and increase the risk of blindness and dementia. For this reason, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Madeleine Shaw. Photos: PA Photo

Blood pressure is the force exerted against the arteries when the heart pumps blood through the body. It is written as a ratio called systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number). The systolic number shows the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The diastolic bottom number is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. Prehypertension is 120-139/80-89. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. The good news about hypertension is that it can be prevented. If you have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, there also are ways you can control it. Follow these

tips to maintain a normal blood pressure: * Follow the DASH eating plan composed of a diet high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, and low in fat and calories (no more than 2000 per day). Limit sodium to 2400 milligrams per day and meat to twice a week. * Do 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. * If overweight, losing 4.5kg can help prevent or reduce high blood pressure. * Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2300 mg/day (1500 mg/day for those age 51 and older). * Stop smoking. It damages blood vessels and accelerates hardening of

the arteries. * Eliminate alcohol intake. Alcohol increases blood pressure. * Manage stress. * Take your blood-pressure medication as directed if you already have been diagnosed. There also are uncontrollable risk factors that could lead to hypertension such as race, heredity and age (the older you are, the greater chance for developing hypertension). Try my “blood-pressure friendly” recipe for turkey tenderloins with fresh balsamic and blueberry sauce. And remember, check your blood pressure regularly and add more flavourful, high potassium, low-fat foods into your diet.


Dubbo Weekender | Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016 HEARTWARMING PHO



(Serves 2) 1tbsp coconut oil or butter 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1tbsp freshly grated ginger 100g wild or button mushrooms, chopped in half 450ml chicken stock 1tbsp tamari 2 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 large carrot or 2 small, julienned 3 pak choi, cut in half 4 eggs 1 red chilli, finely sliced, to serve 2 spring onions, finely sliced, to serve Heat the oil or butter in a pan, throw in the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds, then throw in the mushrooms and stir-fry for two minutes. Pour over the stock, tamari, star anise and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Throw the carrots and pak choi into the soup to cook for a further seven minutes while you prepare the eggs. Gently lower the eggs one by one into a pan halffilled with boiling water. Boil for five minutes for runny yolks and nine minutes for hard-boiled. Drain and hold under cold running water to stop them cooking and to cool them enough to peel. Ladle the soup into two bowls, slice the eggs in half and place on top of the soup. Throw the chilli and spring onions over the soup to serve. When you come across the cinnamon stick or star anise, remove them. They are there to add flavour to the soup, but not to be eaten.

(Makes 1 medium loaf) 120g unsalted butter 200g coconut sugar (available from health food shops) 1 egg, beaten 200g Medjool dates, pitted 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped 2 apples, grated 1tsp baking powder 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 280g rice or buckwheat flour (available in most supermarkets) Pinch of salt 1tsp ground cinnamon 200g walnuts, chopped 75g raisins 1tbsp sesame seeds 100g ricotta or Greek yogurt/coconut yoghurt, to serve 200g seasonal berries, such as raspberries or blueberries, to serve Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar in the food processor, add in the egg, dates, vanilla and grated apples and pulse to combine. Sift in the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and flour with a pinch of salt and the cinnamon. Fold in the walnuts and raisins and process for five seconds so the nuts and raisins are mixed in well but not too broken up. Pour the mixture into the tin, smoothing over the top gently, and bake for 50 minutes to one hour, until just cooked through. To see if the loaf is cooked, insert a skewer in the middle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if it comes out clean, it is done. Leave the loaf to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Top with the sesame seeds. Cut into inch-thick slices and toast. Serve with the ricotta/yoghurt and berries.

GRILLED LAMB RUMP WITH ROSEMARY CAULIFLOWER MASH (Serves 2) 2 lamb rumps (about 250g each) 1tsp dried rosemary 1tbsp coconut oil or butter Olive oil, to serve Chilli flakes, to serve Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste For the cauliflower mash: 1 cauliflower, roughly chopped 1tbsp coconut oil or butter 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1tbsp dried rosemary Salt Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Trim off any excess fat on the lamb and score the top with a sharp knife. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the rosemary. Heat a pan with the one tablespoon of oil or butter and cook the lamb fat side down for four minutes, turning it over every minute until browned. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes then leave it to rest for five minutes. To make the cauliflower mash, cook the cauliflower in a pan of boiling water for seven to 10 minutes, until it is cooked through. Drain. Meanwhile, heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and throw in the onion. Saute for three minutes then throw in the garlic, a big pinch of salt and the rosemary. Cook for another three minutes then leave to cool slightly. Mash the onion mix with the cauliflower, scraping out all the spices and oil from the pan. Serve the mash and lamb together with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, a pinch of chilli flakes and a big smile.

TURKEY TENDERLOIN WITH BALSAMIC AND BLUEBERRY SAUCE A tenderloin is the all-white meat that is cut from the rib side of the turkey breast. Each tenderloin weighs 200-400 grams. To save time and money, use the same spices to season your favourite vegetables, and roast them in a separate pan while the turkey is in the oven. (Serves) 900g turkey tenderloin PHOTO: DEPOSITPHOTOS.COM (4 pieces)

1 tablespoon poultry seasoning, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 cups blueberries 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1. Heat oven to

230C/450F. Season turkey with 1/2 tablespoon of the poultry seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the rest of the pepper, and the cayenne in a shallow dish. Dredge turkey in the mixture. (Discard any leftover flour.) 2. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add the turkey; cook until golden brown on one side, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the turkey over and transfer pan to the oven. Roast until the turkey is just cooked

through and no longer pink in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer turkey to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. 3. Place the skillet over medium heat (take care, handle will still be very hot!). Add onions and garlic, and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add blueberries, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir, scraping up any brown bits. Cook until the blueberries burst and mixture becomes syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.



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5 tips about electric underfloor heating BY JULIA GRAY 1. An electric underfloor heating system (also known as a dry system) radiates heat through a series of wires in the floor. It’s either a mat, which is best for large spaces because it can be rolled out to cover an entire floor, or a cable/loose-fit system (individual wires). This is a flexible solution for smaller and awkwardly shaped rooms, such as bathrooms, where there’s no need to heat the floor under the basin and bath. Heating mats should be laid on a finished subfloor, such as plywood, and encased in a flexible levelling compound or flexible tile adhesive, while cable/loose-fit systems should be encased in the finishing screed of a concrete floor. 2. . One of the benefits of underfloor heating is that there’s more free wall space than with radiators. Another benefit is that the room is heated more evenly – with radiators, you get cold spots. Radiant heat (produced by underfloor heating) is the most efficient form of heat distribution, and airborne dust is greatly reduced, which is good for allergy sufferers. Underfloor heating works at a lower temperature to radiators, so a well-insulated home is vital to prevent heat loss (see below). 3. Electric underfloor systems can work with most types of floor covering (check when you buy if in doubt), from carpet, vinyl and wood, to ceramic tiles and natural stone, but it’s important to get the right wattage. A 100W mat can be used to take the chill

off cold floor tiles, while a 150W mat can be used as a primary heating source, providing adequate insulation is in place. For areas of high heat loss, such as conservatories, a 200W mat is needed. You can adjust the temperature easily from a thermostat (a smart thermostat can be controlled by an app) and independently of your home’s central heating system – electric underfloor heating is ideal for warming a cold bathroom floor when the central heating’s off. 4. A poorly insulated home loses lots of heat, reducing the effectiveness of any underfloor heating system. If the floor isn’t insulated sufficiently, for example, the underfloor heating will heat the earth below, as well as the room above, which no one wants. Whether you’re fitting an electric or wet underfloor system, ensure you insulate under the heating elements suffi-

ciently, and insulate elsewhere in the home as much as possible to get maximum benefit. 5. If you’re a competent and experienced DIYer, you could fit electric underfloor heating yourself, as long as a qualified electrician connects the system to the mains supply and thermostat.

HOW-TO TIP Fillers, even ones designed for deep gaps, usually need to be built up in layers to get a good finish. Wood filler tends to dry quickly, but may not be as hard as it seems if the repair’s deep – sanding it is the acid test. Similarly, wall filler (even a quick-drying one) may take much longer than the recommended time to harden fully, especially if you’ve had to build it up, so allow plenty of time before sanding or the filler may sag.

A kitchen with underfloor heating

A bedroom with underfloor heating. Photos: PA Photo

Layered Fresh Fiesta Dip for Cinco de Mayo BY DONNA ERICKSON


I’M always looking for a reason to celebrate, especially when food is part of the festivities. There are all sorts of special days around the world during May, and so many opportunities for family, food and fun, starting with May Day. In some countries, pre-schoolers delight in filling mini paper baskets with biscuits, lollies and a flower to secretly hang on neighbours’ front doorknobs. Mother’s Day is a good excuse to serve breakfast in bed to that deserving mum. Tucked in-between, on the fifth, is the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. While it’s not very well known in the general Australian community, for those with

Mexican heritage or other links it’s a festive time to celebrate their unique culture and heritage with parades, music, dancing and, you guessed it, lots of eats. My family will mark the day with a dinner of tasty Mexican fare, starting with a fresh, updated version of the Tex-Mex 7-layer fiesta dip with chips. I’m mixing cream cheese and sour cream with homemade taco seasoning that kids can stir up in advance. We’ll omit beans that can make the layering mushy, and toss in ripe avocado chunks to replace the more time-consuming guacamole prep. Grated cheese, fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped green onions, avocado and crispy lettuce piled high top it off. Start this colourful creation by mixing up your own taco seasoning mix. It’s worth the effort, not only because you control the salt content, which is high in

most commercial packets, but also you’ll save money, especially when you purchase the spices in bulk. Plus, your kids will gain skills in measuring and learning names of spices from around the world. TASTY TACO SEASONING MIX 1 tablespoon salt-free chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (optional) 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and store in a jar with a tight lid. Makes 1/4 cup (about 4 tablespoons). LAYERED FRESH FIESTA PARTY DIP 1 package cream cheese (approx 225g), room temperature


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5 tips for an eco renovation BY JULIA GRAY 1. When renovating, it’s tempting to rip everything out and start again, but there may be things you can keep, upcycle or get a professional to restore. In period properties especially, original features – even if they’re not in perfect condition – usually add value and character. Filler, sandpaper and paint can transform all sorts of things that seem beyond repair – it’s often simply a case of putting in the time and making the effort. 2. When you have to buy things for your home, how about something someone else no longer wants? Local second-hand stores like Steptoes, or websites like eBay and Gumtree, are full of pre-owned items that have lots of life left in them, whether you’re looking for fireplaces, floorboards, baths, basins, or kitchen units and appliances – the list is endless. 3. Many of us consider food miles when doing our weekly shop, but perhaps not where the products we use to renovate our homes come from. This may depend on your budget – for example, slate or stone from Brazil or India might be cheaper than local versions, but it’s come a lot further and may have other ethical and environmental negatives associated with its production. 4. If you’re doing major building work, you’ll need a skip, but it’s easy for recyclables to get chucked in with the rubbish. In my experience, tradespeople rarely separate recyclables from non-recyclables, so if you want to make your build more environmentally friendly, you’ll need to police the skip (and any rubbish bags) and extract anything that should be in the recycling bin. Local authority tips (and doorstep collections) take all sorts of things now – some even accept paint, which should never be poured down the plughole to dispose of. As an extra thought, you could look out for a local charity or community group that happily accepts leftover paint that they can use. 5. If you’re looking for eco emulsion paint, there are some specialist brands – although you might have to do some extra research. Try your local hardware store for first advice. A British company produces a product called Naturepaint which is a powdered paint that you mix with water before use. For wood and metal, water-based paints contain fewer harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than solvent-based ones. The former have disadvantages – they’re rarely as hard wearing as solvent-based alternatives and you have to do several coats of white to get even coverage – but they also have big advantages. They dry quickly, are easier to remove from your skin and fabrics than solvent-based paints, and whites don’t yellow, whereas most solvent-based ones do.

Photos: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos. 1 container sour cream (approx 225g) 2 tablespoons “Tasty Taco Seasoning Mix” (see above) 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup sliced green onions 1 ripe avocado, chopped 2 cups crisp lettuce, loosely chopped 1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional) Tortilla chips for dipping 1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and seasoning mix in a large mixing bowl. Spread evenly over a large dinner plate. 2. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese evenly on top. Continue with the tomatoes, onions, avocado, lettuce and remaining cheese. 3. Serve with a basketful of tortilla chips.

NOW HERE’S A TIP BY JOANN DERSON z “If you have china that has small, fine cracks in it, put it in a pot with enough milk to cover (not fat-free milk) and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. The milk bonds in the cracks and somehow seals it right up.” – Contributed by B.I. z After each use, clean a grill with aluminium foil. Simply wad up a piece of foil, and use it as a scrubber to remove stuck-on foods. If you’re starting out with a dirty grill, you can still scrub with foil, and give the foil wad a spritz with cooking spray to oil the grate before cooking. (Never spray a

lighted grill directly with cooking spray.) z “The new school term has begun and chances are the kids are already counting down until the next holidays! Make a handy paper chain that doubles as a countdown calendar. Write the date and the number of school days left in the term on each link in a paper chain. Then hang it somewhere close at hand. Each day, your child can remove a link to see the days until next holidays shrink.” – Contributed by O.P. z “Here’s a tip to find your car in a large parking lot. Take a photo of your vehicle with a landmark in the background. This can be an entryway or a

store, or you maybe the sign that shows the section and floor of the carpark.” – Contributed by A.L. z A hanging toiletry bag makes a great backseat catch-all in the car on road trips – especially for kids. Look for one that includes a hook so it can be hung from the front-seat headrest. Snacks, small notebooks and a box of crayons or a portable gaming device and extra games can be stored securely and neatly, then gathered up easily to bring with you to rest stops, cafes and motels. If you’re traveling solo, just hang it in the passenger seat to keep your essentials organised and at hand!



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Coasting into Papua New Guinea BY SARAH MARSHALL QUEALING children crowd a log jetty festooned with scrap fabric bunting, as our skiff boat, flanked by a flotilla of dugout canoes with fluttering palm fronds for sails, floats into a flooded caldera. Bleary-eyed but excited, the residents of Garove Island have been awake all night celebrating an important arrival. On this occasion, we're not the guests of honour; that privilege has been afforded to a statue of the Virgin Mary, currently touring the islands by helicopter. Adorned with a necklace of pig tusks, she sits at the head of a wooden church, where worshippers kneel piously on pews beneath heart-shaped mobiles fashioned from chicken feathers. Beyond being a religious icon, she represents something arguably more powerful: contact with the outside world. Apart from religious missionaries, this remote coastal village in Papua New Guinea's Witu Island Group rarely receives visitors. I'm travelling with Australian-based Coral Expeditions, one of the few cruise companies who lead tours along the coastline of this culturally and biologically diverse southwest Pacific country, made up of a mainland and several islands. There are more than 800 recorded languages, tribes and political systems in Papua New Guinea (PNG), all equally colourful and exotic. Over the course of 10 days, we'll visit 16 locations from the comfort of the 72-person Coral Discoverer, offering a higher standard of accommodation than is currently available on land. All our food is carried on the ship and seawater is cleaned through a filtration system. For many, it poses a safer, more reliable – but no less adventurous – way to explore. Curious spectators flock around our vessel, balancing in canoes that seem impossible to keep upright (I learn the wet way when I'm invited to clamber on board). A pale-faced travel writer sat opposite a cocoa-skinned child with a brilliant blond afro – we stare at each other with the same wide-eyed fascination. Missionaries no longer pass by the remote village of Bun on Tolokiwa, part of the Bismarck Archipelago, and our 7.30am landing on the black sand beach is the first by any foreigners in two years. Beating kundu drums herald the start of a classic sing-sing (a typical ceremonial performance of song and dance), played by chanting men with glistening, muscular bodies. A procession of Siassi women sashays through the dust, pig tusks curled around their naked breasts and rainbow-dyed palm fronds splaying from rears like tail feathers. Disguised by a mass of dried banana leaves, one dancer leaps and swirls towards the audience, his pig skull mask sending terrified wild boar (and tourists) scurrying for safety beneath stilted bamboo huts. Of course, villagers don't spend every day dressed in grass skirts and war paint, but dance and music is still a vital part of their culture. More unusual shows greet us when we arrive in Bien, a 400-person village set amid sago swampland on the mighty Sepik River, back on the mainland. Levels of humidity reach a stifling level as we drift through clumps of water hyacinth in the muddy river famous for its scarification ceremonies, where razors are used to make decorative skin markings and initiate young men into the clan. Bouncing sunlight in multiple directions, several battered DVD discs are suspended from trees as welcome decorations, and I conclude there could be no better use for Shrek or Harry Potter. A girl with a squawking parrot on her shoulder takes my hand and leads me to the village centre. While singing about hornbills and geckos, a group of sniggering school children performs a bizarre slapstick dance, waddling under the weight of giant rice sacks daubed with pictures of fat westerners. "I think that might be about you guys," smirks our expedition leader, Steve. Further demonstration of the PNG sense of humour is a cross-gender comedy sketch, where most laughter seems to stem from a young man with lopsided, coneshaped boobs. Oddly, it's the first of several similar shows we witness on the trip, leading one amused passenger to remark: "This is the only place where I've seen more men in bras


A man wearing a headdress at MacLaren Harbour. Photos: PA Photo/RENATO GRANIERI.

than women." According to our guest lecturer Dame Carol Kidu, who was once leader of the opposition party in PNG, slapstick drama has been used extensively as an educational tool. An Australian who married a Papua New Guinean, Carol provides a fascinating insight into tribal society from the perspective of an outsider. "I not only married a man; I married a whole clan," she confides. A self-described "minister for odds, sods and lost causes", Carol is now retired from politics but still works hard to improve women's rights in a place where the birth rate is unfeasibly high (nearly half the population is under 18) and contraception is still considered taboo. (Coincidentally, Dame Carol has been in the Australian news in recent weeks. She is reportedly suing a Sydney film house she says seriously misrepresented her role in a Port Moresby property stoush.) A tattoo of three bands around Carol's wrist is a symbol of her continued commitment to the culture. "My two granddaughters begged their mother for marks," she explains. "It gave them a sense of identity." Along with fire-starting and sago-making, we watch a traditional tattoo demonstration in a rainforest clear-

ing at MacLaren Harbour, in the Tufi Fjord. These are all customs which would likely disappear were it not for tourism. Sat on outriggers, we drift through a tunnel of tangled mangrove roots, transfixed by the sound of paddles slowly splicing through water. Wearing thick, wiry afros decorated with pink hibiscus flowers, our strikingly attractive female rowers look like the stars of a Seventies Blue Note album cover. Soon after disembarking, we're ambushed by a group of "savages" painted head to toe in black with acid pink tongues. ("Brian", one of the lead actors, later poses for photographs.) Although unintentional, it's an ironic reminder of the misguided prejudice so many outsiders have about Papua New Guineans being uncivilised. Tufi people are famous for their headdresses, and villagers have clearly pulled out their finest feathers for our arrival. One elderly man has six different plumages on his crown, many taken from the celebrated Birds of Paradise. A cuscus tail trailing the nape of his neck makes him look like a South Pacific Davey Crockett. It's tempting to pass judgment on his choice of dead animal attire, but the headdress is a 15-year-old heirloom, carefully dismantled and wrapped away after


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Canoes in the Sepik river, Manam Island.


Visitors being welcomed to the village at Kuiawa.

each ceremony, and passed down through generations. In a bid to make customary practices sustainable, the government has banned all shotguns and hunting is only permitted with spears. Papua New Guinea is just as vibrant underwater, as I discover on numerous diving and snorkelling trips along the pristine fringing reefs. Offshore from Dobu Island, close to the Dei Dei Springs, I snorkel through bubbling hot vents in the clearest water I've ever seen. It's a magical experience, which befits the region's

reputation for sorcery and hocus-pocus. Although essentially rows of simple shacks, streets are immaculately clean, with not even a toenail clipping or globule of bettlenut spittle carelessly discarded, for fear they might be used in casting spells. I'm left wondering if it's a clever government ploy to keep the place tidy. Flourishing with rosebuds and other incongruously twee plants introduced by missionaries, gardens are meticulously well kept. People clearly invest great time – and care – in what little they have.

In a place so far removed from the modern world, it's all surprisingly familiar and actually, contrary to popular belief, rather civilised. :: Sarah Marshall was a guest of the Papua New Guinea tourist board ( and Coral Expeditions ( The 12-night Cairns to Rabaul cruise costs from 10,250 AUS dollars pp (two sharing) including all meals and excursions. Departs October 4, 2017.

Masterclass from top WA chef BY MAUREEN DETTRE

T'S not every day that you get a cooking masterclass from an acclaimed chef in a world-class beachside location. Kate Lamont is Western Australia's most famous female chef – she has written bestselling cookbooks and established a culinary empire in WA with restaurants at Swan Valley, Cottesloe, Bishops House in Perth as well as one at Smiths Beach in the internationally renowned gourmet mecca of Margaret River. Tonight we are at the five-star Smiths Beach Resort – but not at the Lamont's restaurant there. Lamont herself has come to our luxurious resort beach house to cook for us – and she could not be less of a diva if she tried. Lamont is more of a roll-your-sleevesup tell-me-what-you-want cook rather than the celeb chef you might expect. The first thing she mentions about herself is her failed bid to become a winemaker like her successful grandfather Jack Mann, who created Houghton's White Burgundy. After school she enrolled in a winemaking course at an agricultural college but eventually dropped out, convinced she didn't have the discerning palate of her classmates. "I couldn't taste the nuances," she said. So she got a job in a kitchen and found her path in life. "I was so happy I found something I really loved," she said. She may be an accidental chef but her family heritage still resonates and she still quotes her pioneering, winemaking


grandfather on her business card: "You can exist without wine but you cannot live." Growing up there was always wine on the table, and a vegetable patch in the backyard, so it was natural to eat produce that was in season and that background remains influential. "You really have to have some sense of the seasons where you live. (My) chefs hate it because you can source fruit from all over, but I like to use what's in season." Her stellar career also saw her become chairman of WA Tourism for six years, promoting the successful fusion of WA's beautiful locations and fresh produce to pioneer gourmet tourism. But she returned to the kitchen and her love and knowledge of fine wine remains integral to her cooking. "People worry so much if it will go together, so I always say 'well the wine is the wine – you can't change the wine but you can change the food'. "So you can change the flavour of the food by what you add to it or how you cook it," she said as she prepared our Margaret River venison chorizo piquillo pimentos and dried tomatoes with flair. Many would call her approach "bespoke" but Lamont is more plain-speaking. "It's so beautiful here, people are on holidays and they just want something delicious. "But there's no question people are more and more interested in food and wine matching and this region's got so much of it," she said. She opened her first restaurant on her parents' winery and it was an instant hit.

Kate Lamont, one of Western Australia’s most famous chefs, says her love and knowledge of fine wine remains integral to her cooking. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE

It was the era of fresh and simple, a culinary mantra she still adheres to. Her philosophy is to "take the best produce you can find, treat it with respect and intelligence and let the food speak for itself". "I'm interested in wine and food as companions so for me it's the sum of the two together. "I grew up with that. "It's about the harmony and that's the business of hospitality – feeling satisfied, being well fed and having a good time." Tonight she has nailed the brief. She deftly prepares succulent Exmouth prawns, followed by Harvey 100 day grain-fed beef with roast vegetables fol-

lowed by Saffron poached pears, Navera sabayon and hand-made chocolates all served with Lamont's wines. "I just want to serve beautiful fresh food and wine cooked simply in a beautiful place." Mission accomplished, class dismissed.


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Live performance attracts crowds to DRTCC HE variety and quality of live performance on offer at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) continues to attract audiences from Dubbo and across the region with over 7,000 tickets purchased to 17 shows so far in 2016. DRTCC Manager Linda Christof said audiences respond particularly well to comedy, concerts and music with the likes of Anh Doh, David Strassman, Ross Noble and Mark Vincent performing to near capacity audiences. “Out of the 17 shows staged so far in 2016, 13 have attracted audiences of more than 300 people,” Christof said. “For a theatre with a capacity of 500 this is a strong turnout and well above accepted


industry standard.” “While traditionally plays attract smaller audiences, those aimed at family, youth and high quality drama have had strong ticket sales,” Christof said. “The recent performance of Wuthering Heights sold over 300 tickets, two performances of the upcoming The Hungry Cater-

pillar and Other Timeless Stories have already sold out and a fourth performance added due to popular demand and tickets to The 52-Storey Treehouse are also selling fast,” she said. The production company behind Wuthering Heights, Shake & Stir, recently commended the DRTCC staff, facilities and audi-

` The production company behind Wuthering Heights, Shake & Stir, recently commended the DRTCC staff, facilities and audiences and have promised to return with a new production in 2017.

ences and have promised to return with a new production in 2017. Christof encouraged people interested in upcoming shows to get in early to secure the best seats. “Buying early means you not only get the best choice of your preferred seats but also helps the companies plan for additional performances if required,” she said. “It is important for audiences to continue supporting live theatre and performances in Dubbo by coming to see a show. This in turn helps attract a wider variety of quality touring productions and helps develop local theatre groups,” Christof said.

Map of Dubbo to be redrawn UBBO residents will soon have the chance to make their very individual mark on the largest map of Dubbo ever produced. Measuring over 85m2 it will fill the floor of the temporary space to the north of the museum display and will be the centrepiece of the WPCC’s new exhibition Drawn to Dubbo. This exhibition explores the lived, physical reality of Dubbo, distinct from the bland ‘lines on a screen’ of the modern digital map. The map will be in simple black and white – each street named and each building lot noted, but otherwise devoid of detail. It is a very modern map; it revels in its physical exacti-


tude yet reveals nothing of the lives of those who live along those streets in those lots. Picture in your mind a small section of a google map of any city. It will be identical, at first, to any other city in the world. Only the street names will make one map different to the other. What our precision has cost us is the great divergent cacophony that is humanity. In the past maps had the ability to blend the real and ‘unreal’. What map of the stars from 1000 years ago did not refer to them as giant mythical beasts or gods? How many nautical maps featured areas filled with giant sea monsters to ward off nervous sailors?

The map in Drawn to Dubbo gives locals the chance to re-establish that dual reality. The map will start in black and white but those who visit will be given coloured markers and encouraged to find where they live and draw themselves, their house and their pets. They can draw themselves anywhere in Dubbo they love to be – playing sport, fishing on the river, at the movies, having coffee, at work, enjoying the theatre or riding their bikes down country roads. The end result will be a map that is both physically and culturally complete, showing Dubbo as it truly is in 2016. Beware, there may actually be dragons.

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A dozen of today’s best writers get inspired by Cervantes And Shakespeare fascinating original takes by writers including Nigeria’s Ben Okri, Colombia’s Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Britain’s Deborah Levy, in a book organised by &Other Stories and England’s Hay Festival. Writers have been taking inspiration (and sometimes more) from Shakespeare and Don Quixote author Cervantes for centuries, but nonetheless, these stories still manage to be fresh and exciting. Much of this comes from the diversity of writer backgrounds on show, and their style and traditions add a wealth of interpretation and perspective. A personal favourite was Mir Aslam of Kolachi, a poignant take on contemporary and historic Islam by Pakistan-born novelist Kamila Shamsie. It’s a fitting tribute to two of history’s best. 8/10 (Review by David Wilcock)



O BOOK OF THE WEEK Lunatics, Lovers And Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes And Shakespeare, edited by Daniel Hahn and Margarita Valencia, is published in paperback by

&Other Stories. SOME of the brightest lights of contemporary fiction celebrate the timelessness of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes in a collection of short stories to mark the 400th anniversary of both men’s deaths. Salman Rushdie introduces a dozen

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh is published in hardback by Jonathan Cape. For fans of Irvine Welsh’s fiction, Frank Begbie is a terrifying proposition. Remorseless, humourless and prone to flurries of extreme violence, he is feared (and secretly ridiculed) by his friends and foes. But in his next outing, Welsh shows his hardman character in a new light. Now a sculptor in America, ex-jailbird Jim Francis, as he’s now styling himself, is a doting dad of two, a loving husband and clean-living evangelist. But when his son from a previous relationship is killed in mysterious circumstances, Jim returns to Edinburgh where his old crew expect him to fall in with his old, bad ways. As ever with Welsh’s work, The Blade Artist offers biting social commentary and razor-sharp humour. Fans too are rewarded with frequent references to much loved Trainspotting characters and plots from previous novels. Where it differs to Welsh’s previous multi-narrative fiction though is that the majority of this novel is told through Jim’s eyes, and given that, as a character, he lacks a sense of humour about himself, it can feel unremittingly dark in places. Still, with Welsh’s trademark wit and observation in place, The Blade Artist unpeels a layer of his notorious charac-

ter and offers an unsettling, but compelling glimpse into Begbie’s psyche. 6/10 (Review by Keeley Bolger) The Mother by Yvette Edwards is published in hardback by Mantle. It is every parent’s worst nightmare, their child being murdered, yet for Marcia and husband Lloydie, whose 16-yearold son, Ryan, was stabbed to death, it is the reality that now governs their lives. And the trial of the boy accused of murdering their son is just about to begin. Whilst Lloydie turns his back on what is happening, Marcia is determined to be there throughout, in the hope of finding some understanding as to why the accused, Tyson Manley, took the life of her beloved son. Former Man Booker Prize longlisted author Yvette Edwards crafts a wonderfully vivid and arresting portrait of a mother facing up to the ultimate horror and doing so with dignity and bravery. The narrative is insular and tense, and like the trial itself, a crucible of charged emotions. Whilst the charting of the trial threatens to become formulaic, Edwards keeps the action ticking over with a poignant depiction of Marcia and Lloydie’s relationship and a compelling portrait of the girl at the heart of the story – Sweetie. The conclusion comes swiftly and neatly, but pertinent questions over parental and social responsibility and the disenfranchisement of young, disadvantaged people, reverberate beyond the pages of the book. 8/10 (Review by Jade Craddock) The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund is published in hardback by Harvill Secker. Make sure you are not home alone when you tackle this Scandinavian thriller, which records detective Jeanette Kihlberg’s attempts to track a deranged killer. Creepy is elevated to an art form in this tale of dysfunctional characters, peppered with paedophilia, guilt, pain, powerlessness, denial and betrayal. The subject matter makes for harrowing reading at times, but skilfully escalating suspense keeps you hooked all the way through its 760-pages. Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for authors Jerker Eriksson and Hakan Axlander Sundquist and their Swedish original, a bestseller in their native land, has been


Dubbo Weekender | Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016 translated into beautifully economic prose by Neil Smith, who also translates for Jo Nesbo. Ultimately, this novel proves that what frightens us most are not outward acts of violence, but the quiet horrors of the human psyche. 8/10 (Review by Gill Oliver)

NON FICTION The Tree Climber’s Guide: Adventures In The Urban Canopy by Jack Cooke is published in hardback by Harper Collins. Staring out of his central-London office window one lunch time, across to Regents Park, Jack Cooke has an urge to run outside and climb a tree. Suddenly, he’s aware of how riskaverse we’ve become, how disconnected from the natural world, how grown up. Why, he wonders, don’t adults climb trees? Why do we never look up? Part memoir, part practical guide and part celebration of the natural world, this beautifully written – and beautifully illustrated – book documents Cooke’s arboreal odyssey around London. As he scurries squirrel-like up a Scots pine, teeters precariously over a canal and climbs as high up a horse chestnut as he dares, his joy and wonder as he views the city from his bird’seye vantage point are infectious. So much so, that on my way home from work, I found myself eyeing up trees and thinking, if only I could get a leg up... An absolute delight.

8/10 (Review by Catherine Small) Expecting: The Inner Life Of Pregnancy by Chitra Ramaswamy is published in paperback by Saraband. Becoming a mother is an emotional and life-changing experience for women, yet many pregnancy books tend to focus on the scientific element of birth: the day-to-day and weekto-week development and growing changes of the baby inside the placenta, what to pack in your hospital bag and what to expect during labour. So when freelance journalist Chitra Ramaswamy found out she was pregnant with her son, after trying for 18 months, she decided to chart the nine-month event “as one might a great journey... characterised by its length, stubbornness and difficulty... the most challenging climb that the body could make”. In her debut book, Ramaswamy quotes from literature past and present in an attempt to describe, understand and chronicle her own experience of childbirth. From Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar to authors James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, Mary Shelley and Leo Tolstoy, Expecting: The Inner Life Of Pregnancy is a great alternative to the pregnancy manuals for mothers-to-be and parents who want a more poetic look at this “bewildering, thrilling and strange experience that is pregnancy”. 7/10 (Review by Shereen Low)

CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK Goodnight Spaceman, written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Nick East, is published in paperback by Puffin. It’s not every children’s book that is introduced by a real live astronaut – and produced in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Inspired British spaceman Tim Peake and his sons, Oliver and Thomas, who watched their dad launch into space last December, the book follows two young boys on their own rocket-fired adventure to visit their astronaut dad. As they get ready for bed, they say goodnight to their toy rockets, launchpad and planet mobile before jetting off into space, where they’re invited to join the team on board the International Space Station. My own son was captivated by Nick East’s epic pictures showing the stars and Earth from the air – and Michelle Robinson’s gentle rhymes are perfect for

The power of speech L AST Saturday morning, the ABC interviewer spoke with a Queensland senator who was elected on a handful of votes at the last federal election. Over half an hour they spoke about the role of the “Independents” voting with the opposition to block the recovery measures of the national economy. Considering this and other interviews over the last few years, one can get a measure that an IQ factor needs to be applied to qualify people seeking election for Canberra. It has motivated taking books from the shelves featuring speeches, which in turn reflect the intellect of leaders over time. “The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches” edited by Brian MacCarthy includes speeches by Patrick Henry who in 1775, at the time of the American revolution, spoke: “Give me liberty or give me death.” Another runs: “They tell us, sir, that we are weak: unable to cope with so formidable an adversary... (and ends)... We are not weak if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.” In the Penguin books of Great Ideas series is “The Gettysburg Address” delivered on November 19, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln. It is considered one of the premier works of leadership and wisdom in USA history and contains 186 words – children at school learn to recite it. On the same occasion another speaker spoke for two hours but most people don’t remember his name. It also includes Lincoln’s speech in 1858 when he

was named as a candidate for US Senator at the Republican convention. One key line in this is: “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” – words of wisdom that certainly apply in Canberra today. Another book on US Speakers is “American Presidents in Quotes”, a collection of inspiration, wit and verbal gaffes from their leaders. When asked what he thought of his role as President, John F Kennedy said, “The pay is good and I can walk to work.” And in his inaugural address he said, “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” The series includes “Dictators in Quotes” containing rants and ravings of 60 dictators. Of current interest is Bashar Al-Assad in Syria who is quoted, “Worry does not mean fear, but readiness for the confrontation.” His father had ruled Syria for 29 years, and Bashar was elected


president “unopposed” in 2000. Political opponents are regularly imprisoned, tortured and murdered by his secret police. Joseph Stalin is quoted, “It is enough that people know there is an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” And Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who has made his country the place it is today, said, “Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.” And a stand-alone edition “Churchill in Quotes” completes this series. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.” Another: “My wife and I have tried three times in the last few years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.” And to support the selection of books featuring quotations, Churchill said, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.” Bringing the topic closer to home, James Curran has collected words from five Austral-

bedtime. As Peake writes in his introductory letter, we’re all spacemen on Planet Earth, and the latest book from the team behind Goodnight Digger and Goodnight Pirate should inspire a new generation of budding astronauts. 7/10 (Review by Kate Whiting)


From the bookshelves by Dave Pankhurst The Book Connection ian leaders – Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke, Keating and Howard – in which they help define the national image. Until the 1960s our nation was closely associated with Britain and then, moved to recognise Asia. The views expressed by five Prime Ministers reflect their visions and their beliefs. “Well May We Say” is often referred to, and is also the opening words of the title of “The Speeches That Made Australia” edited by Sally Warhaft. This latest edition includes “Liberty”, a speech by Peter Lalor in November 1854 after the Eureka Stockade. He lost an arm in the conflict yet went on to be elected to the Victorian Parliament. At a public meeting on the eve of the stockade, miners had burned their licenses and declared, “We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties,” and when no one responded to

` Joseph Stalin is quoted, “It is enough that people know there is an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything... a

this call, he jumped up onto a stump and issued his one-word proclamation: “Liberty”. Maybe the shortest speech in history. We all have the opportunity to speak out. Frank & Patricia Horner have compiled a casebook of language lapses in Australia entitled “When Words Fail”. It encourages the use of language that is sharp and unsullied instead of blunt and abusive. David & Ruth Belson have compiled “Speeches for Every Occasion” covering weddings, professional conventions, fundraising events, award presentations, political inductions, testimonials, funerals and memorials, plus many other special occasions. James Walker has written “Unaccustomed as I am...” which is an occasional speaker’s survival manual. For young people, Claire Duffy has written “The Australian Schoolkid’s Guide to Debating & Public Speaking”. It also helps parents and teachers with the relevant disciplines. There are step by step examples to build confidence through to making every spoken word count. The motivation, encouragement, and indication of our direction in life can come from the speeches our leaders deliver. Enjoy your browsing, Dave Pankhurst



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Amber Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dundullimal Art Exhibition BY CHARNIE TUCKEY

AMBER Martin showcased her new creative art collection at Dundullimal Homestead on Friday evening, April 22. Onlookers enjoyed Amberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest work along with delightful nibblies and refreshments. Everyone also enjoyed the company of special guest Troy Grant MP as well as their family and friends attending this amazing afternoon.

Peter and Lorraine Croft with Alexander Kennedy

Suzanne Gratton, Troy Grant, Amber Martin and Brian Powyer

Troy Grant with the artist Amber Martin and Brian Powyer

Anne Charlesworth and Liz Dutton

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Kerrie and Ethan Phipps and Dianne Lawson

Steven and Becky Wild from England with their uncle Tim Gratton

Elizabeth Walker-Manson, Suzanne Gratton, Tas Touvras and Tim Gratton

Ben Caines and Carmen Harris

Greg Matthews and Tim Gratton

Deanna Trevena, Bonnie Jayne Baker, Marian Geerdink and Karen Hocking

Troy Grant, Tas Touvras, Amber Martin and Peter Croft




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T H E R E G I O N AT A GLANCE EAR the latest on young people’s mental health and wellbeing at the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and NSW Department of Education and Family and Community Services “Building Connections to Wellbeing” Conference being held in Dubbo on April 26. The conference aims to provide people who work with young people key information about programs, practices and skills to improve life outcomes with a focus on practical strategies and information to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It’s open to teachers and school support staff from public, Catholic and independent schools, TAFE Colleges and other organisations that work with young people. The day will include keynote speakers, concurrent workshop sessions and trade displays focussing on inschool practices to address the wellbeing and good mental health of young people.

WNSWLHD School-Link coordinators, Cathie Matthews and Matt Sharkey said the conference is a good opportunity for professionals working with young people to ensure they have the right skills to be aware of and nurture the mental health and wellbeing of children they work with. “The mental health and wellbeing of our young people is of upmost importance to everyone,” Matthews said. 400 teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people are expected to attend the Conference. “Given the large number of responses to attend the Conference, it is very pleasing to see just how important the mental health and wellbeing of our community’s children and young people is to people who work in this field,” Sharkey said. “We really value the incredibly important role teachers, education staff and community organisations

EE the Dubbo Rescue Squad return to the Dubbo Show and provide the Dubbo community with an opportunity to view the vital rescue tools and equipment used by the squad. These tools are used to rescue persons trapped within motor vehicle accidents, including the ‘Jaws of life’, and equipment to rescue persons from height and depths. Rescue Squad members throughout show days, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29, 30 and May 1, will be performing live demos of the various rescue tools on vehicles involved in a simulated motor vehicle collision. Following the introduction of the ‘Lost children’s’ identification bands at last year’s show the squad will once again be offering these bands. These bands are immediately identifiable, offer emergency services and other officials at the show a chance to quickly

locate the parents or carers of missing children. To obtain a band simply attend the Rescue Squad’s display at the show and receive one for a ‘gold coin’ donation. Tyson the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association mascot, named after Sergeant Ray Tyson of the NSW Police Rescue Squad, will be making an appearance at the squad’s display. The location of the squad will be at gate 1 (railway line end of Fitzroy Street) near the Dinosaur Adventures attraction.



T’S Show time and if we expect you’ll already have your tickets and the have making slow drive pasts of the showground to see just what scarey rides are back this year and making mental notes to self: “I’m not going on that!”. The annual Dubbo Show will be held on Friday, April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016. Gates open daily from 8am. Adults and children tickets are $12.50, pensioners $7.50, tiddlywinks under 5 go free. There’s a program with all the events downloadable from the website or you can pick up one from the show office on Fitzroy Street. The Dubbo Show is the biggest event held in Dubbo since the year dot and the best opportunity for urban kids to walk the walk of their country cousins who live, eat and sleep the rural life, raising cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, the works. It is one of the most celebrated regional shows, one of the oldest and whether you go day or night, there is so much to see and do. People watch, dodge the horse doo doo, and just enjoy the few days in the


OTHER’S DAY is fast approaching and if you’re planning to spoil mum there’s plenty going on around the region to do the job right. Lazy River Estate at 2-course lunch plus complimentary glass of champagne and the Dubbo RSL club are holding lunch and a movie in the One7Eight dining and bar. You’ll find more ideas in the pages of the Dubbo Weekender and our sister publication, the Dubbo Photo News. Not surprisingly in a recent survey to discover what mum’s want for mother’s day, and actually get found the number one present


EE the Dinosaur Adventure attraction at the Dubbo show after you’ve spent time with the Dubbo Rescue Squad. For the first time outside of Sydney, children will have a chance to meet and greet Life-Like Dinosaurs and experience what it is


City’s calendar when we get to celebrate our regional location and the diverse heritage and rich tradition, unique to the area. O remember, the next time you’re on a QANTAS flight serving morning tea to keep an eye out for Wellington local, Herb Smith’s Dreamtime Tuka brand of lemon myrtle and coconut slice, based on his grandmother’s recipes. Herb recently won a contract with the national airline to supply them the treats and for the Wiradjuri man proud of his heritage and with fond memories of his grandmother’s cooking, he’s pleased to be taking the recipes to QANTAS passengers regionally and nationally. With Earlyrise Baking Company in Dubbo, Herb made his first biscuit called Dreamtime Temptations and had the opportunity to share it on a QANTAS staff market day and the rest as they say is history. So look out for Dreamtime Tuka on your next flight and think of Herb Smith, the first Indigenous com-


mum’s dream of is a break from the family! Not yours naturally, but it’s worth thinking about a little quiet time as a gift… preferably in Paris! Or can we suggest, a year’s worth of babysitting services. HE CWA (Country Women’s Association) is holding its annual state conference on May 2-5, at Cowra. Close to 1000 delegates, members, observers and visitors from around the state are expected to attend. Motions for debate will include topics such as rural


have in contributing to young people’s wellbeing.” Conference participants will hear from a variety of professionals, with an official Conference opening by Kerri Lawrence from the Mental Health Commission of NSW. EAR this! The Bindyi Club ( ex students of Dubbo High School) are planning next year’s centenary. This past weekend ex-students met for coffee at the Outlook Cafe at the Wetsern Plains Cultural Centre. A reunion will be held on May 4, 5 and 6, 2016 in Dubbo for ex-pupils from 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 invited to attend. For information about that reunion, contact Keith Farrands on 6882 4283 or Allan Brown on 6884 3837. The Bindyi Club also made a donation this week to a team of Senior College kids who are off to London.


like to be a real “Paleontologist” and discover their very own fossil! Children who do not have an opportunity to attend the Royal Easter Show miss out on experiencing the entertainment their city cousins take for granted. The Dubbo Show Committee has taken a “giant” step to bring this to Dubbo. It is the first time this attraction has been outside a capital cities. It’s a brand new concept that is about bringing 165 million years in the past to the present day. Life-sized, animated dinosaurs that move, roar and breathe, just like a real life dinosaur. Entry available with purchase of the a Dubbo Show gate ticket. Available now from $12.50 at the show office on Fitzroy Street, online at or 123 TIX.

pany to be promoted on QANTAS flights. O get on your bike or into your walking shoes and head out onto the new 2.6 kilometre section of the Tracker Riley cycleway. Opened officially this week by Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson, Dubbo City Council director of Parks and Landcare, Murray Wood, representatives of the Macquarie Mud Run also joined the occasion. The extension of the shared pathway follows the Macquarie River for most of its distance complementing the existing pathway before cutting through Regand Park. The project was made possible with community support from the Titan Macquarie Mud Run Inc contributing $13,000, and the NSW Government contributing $20,000 to the total project cost of $154, 526.


crime, climate change, women’s health, teacher professional development and coal seam gas. Speakers include: Sophie Hanson, Local is Lovely Food Blogger and 2016 Winner of the NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award | Ed Fagan, 2015 Farmer of the Year | Dr Jennifer Jones, author of Country Women and the Colour Bar For further information please see full media release below and attached, or contact Jackie Camiller, at the CWA on 02 8337 0200 or

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DUBBO RSL CLUB RESORT Open Saturday 8am to 1am Sunday ϴĂŵƚŽϭϬƉŵ͘YƵĂůŝƚLJĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŵĞŶƚ͕ ďůĂĐŬďŽĂƌĚƐƉĞĐŝĂůƐŝŶƚŚĞďŝƐƚƌŽ͘ Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra Streets, 6882 4411

TED’S TAKEAWAY Open Saturday and Sunday ϴ͘ϯϬĂŵͲϴƉŵ dŚĞďŝŐǀĂůƵĞŝŶƚĂŬĞĂǁĂLJĨŽŽĚ͘ 'ƌĞĂƚǁĞĞŬůLJƐƉĞĐŝĂůƐ͘ 26 Victoria St, 6882 7899


VILLAGE BAKERY CAFE Open Saturday and Sunday 6am to ϱ͘ϯϬƉŵ͘ Gourmet pies DŽƵƚŚͲǁĂƚĞƌŝŶŐĐĂŬĞƐ ĞůŝĐŝŽƵƐƉĂƐƚƌŝĞƐ 'ŽƵƌŵĞƚ&ƌĞŶĐŚŐĂƌĚĞŶƐĂůĂĚ ďĂŐƵĞƩĞƐĂŶĚƐĂůĂĚƐ͘ WĞƌĨĞĐƚďƌĞĂŬĨĂƐƚĂŶĚďƌƵŶĐŚ 113 Darling Street (adjacent to the railway crossing), 6884 5454

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Friday, April 29 The Living Room

MOVIE: X-Men: The Last Stand

TEN, 7.30pm The crew – foodie Miguel, all-round chatterbox Amanda, DIY-maestro Barry and animal lover Chris – do more than enough to entertain, but this week there are some extra faces on board with tips and tricks. Miguel shares the kitchen with chef Alastair McLeod (Ready Steady Cook) to cook up a pub-grub classic, Irish stew. The yummy levels are heated up to 11 out of 10 by also whipping up a side dish of colcannon, the delicious kale and onion potato mash that puts others to shame. Chris also meets 64-year-old Hugo, a Galapagos turtle, and The Block’s Kyal and Kara – along with designer James Treble – complete an impressive makeover.


TEN, 9.30pm, M (2006) The third in the Marvel Comics franchise sees the long-time stand-off between Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) boil into a full-scale war over a new “cure” for mutant beings. Bryan Singer, who was behind the first two films, signed off from the series, making way for an impressive Brett Ratner (Red Dragon). The irrepressible Hugh Jackman once again owns the screen as Wolverine, and Famke Janssen returns as Jean Grey, who had supposedly died in X2. More action than ever and a breakneck pace bring the trilogy to a thrilling close.


MOVIE: Happy Feet GO!, 6.30pm, G (2006) Mumble (voiced by Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood) is an emperor penguin whose knack for dancing can’t make up for his inability to hold a tune. While the story is enjoyable enough, the real fun is picking the voices of Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy and Magda Szubanski. Aussie director George Miller (Babe) makes this 2007 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature a delightful dip for all ages.




6.00 ABC News Breakfast. (CC) 9.00 ABC News Mornings. (CC) 10.00 One Plus One. (CC) 10.30 Catalyst. (R, CC) 11.00 Wild Life At The Zoo. (R, CC) 11.30 Eggheads. (R, CC) 12.00 News At Noon. (CC) 1.00 The Straits. (M, R, CC) 1.55 Antiques Roadshow. (R, CC) 2.55 The Cook And The Chef. (R, CC) 3.20 The Bill. (PG, R, CC) 4.10 Murder, She Wrote. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 ABC News: Early Edition. (CC) 5.30 The Drum. (CC) Presented by John Barron.

6.00 Sunrise. (CC) 9.00 The Morning Show. (PG, CC) The latest news and views. 11.30 Seven Morning News. (CC) 12.00 MOVIE: Payback. (M, R, CC) (1997) A woman’s life is turned into a nightmare by the police after she testifies against a cop. Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner. 2.00 The Daily Edition. (CC) The hottest issues from the day’s news. 3.00 The Chase. (R, CC) Hosted by Bradley Walsh. 4.00 Seven News At 4. (CC) 5.00 The Chase Australia. (CC) Hosted by Andrew O’Keefe.

6.00 Today. (CC) 9.00 Today Extra. (PG, CC) Presented by David Campbell and Sonia Kruger. 11.30 Morning News. (CC) 12.00 WIN’s All Australian News. (R, CC) 1.00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (PG, CC) Variety show featuring celebrities, musical guests and ordinary people with interesting tales to tell. 2.00 Extra. (CC) Hosted by Mario Lopez. 2.30 Alive And Cooking. (CC) Easy-to-cook recipes. 3.00 News Now. (CC) 4.00 Afternoon News. (CC) 5.30 Millionaire Hot Seat. (CC) Hosted by Eddie McGuire.

6.00 Ent. Tonight. (R, CC) 6.30 Ben’s Menu. (PG, R, CC) 7.00 The Home Team. (R, CC) 7.30 Bold. (PG, R, CC) 8.00 Family Feud. (R, CC) 8.30 Studio 10. (PG, CC) 11.00 The Talk. (CC) 12.00 Dr Phil. (PG, CC) 1.00 The Living Room. (PG, R, CC) 2.00 Entertainment Tonight. (CC) 2.30 Good Chef Bad Chef. (R, CC) 3.00 Judge Judy. (PG, CC) 3.30 Ben’s Menu. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Everyday Gourmet With Justine Schofield. (CC) 4.30 The Bold And The Beautiful. (PG, CC) 5.00 TEN Eyewitness News. (CC)

6.00 France 24 English News. 6.30 Deutsche Welle English News. 7.00 Al Jazeera English News. 7.30 Italian News. 8.10 Filipino News. 8.40 French News. 9.30 Greek News From Cyprus. 10.30 German News. 11.00 Spanish News. 12.00 Arabic News. 12.30 Turkish News. 1.00 PBS NewsHour. (CC) 2.00 Lily Cole’s Art Matters. (PG, R, CC) 2.55 Dear Syria. (R) 3.00 The Point Review. 3.30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong. (R, CC) 4.30 Who Do You Think You Are? Sue Johnston. (R, CC) 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R, CC)

6.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R, CC) Fiona heads to the Royal Marines Museum. 7.00 ABC News. (CC) 7.30 7.30. (CC) The best analysis of local, national and international events from an Australian perspective. 8.00 Tony Robinson’s Time Walks. (CC) Tony Robinson explores the iconic sights of Sydney in a forgotten pocket-sized suburb that contains hidden history. 8.30 Grantchester. (M, CC) After a man dies in a cell on Geordie’s watch, Sidney seems to be his only ally. 9.15 Scott & Bailey. (M, R, CC) A gay man is found murdered in his home and a homophobic neighbour becomes the prime suspect. 10.05 Lateline. (R, CC) News analysis program. 10.35 The Business. (R, CC) The day’s business and finance news, including a look at the latest trends on the international share and currency markets. 10.50 Adam Hills: The Last Leg. (M, R, CC) UK-based panel show. 11.25 Rage. (MA15+) Continuous music programming.

6.00 PRIME7 News. (CC) 6.30 PRIME7 News @ 6:30. (CC) 7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. (CC) Karen adds beetroot to chocolate cake, a perennial crowd favourite. Graham visits a special garden in Victoria’s High Country. 8.30 To Be Advised. 12.00 Desperate Housewives. (M, R, CC) Susan, Gaby, Bree, Lynette and Carlos help dispose of the body of Gaby’s evil stepfather, but are plagued by feelings of guilt. A new neighbour moves to town and attracts the attention of Renee. Lynette and Tom grapple with their disintegrating marriage.

6.00 Nine News. (CC) 7.00 WIN News. (CC) 7.30 Rugby League. (CC) NRL. Round 9. Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs. From ANZ Stadium, Sydney. 10.10 MOVIE: The Running Man. (MA15+, R) (1987) In the near future, a man framed for a crime he did not commit is pressured to take part in a deadly game show where criminals are pitted against a troupe of modern-day gladiators, in a battle for their lives. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto.

6.00 Family Feud. (CC) Two families try to win big prizes by guessing the most popular responses to a survey of the public. 6.30 The Project. (CC) Hugh Riminton, Gorgi Coghlan, Lehmo and Meshel Laurie take a look at the day’s news, events and hot topics. 7.30 The Living Room. (CC) Chris introduces a Galapagos tortoise. Kyal, Kara and James Treble are challenged to a design makeover. 8.30 The Graham Norton Show. (M, CC) Graham chats with actors Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Keeley Hawes. 9.30 MOVIE: X-Men: The Last Stand. (M, R, CC) (2006) The discovery of a “cure” for mutation triggers a confrontation, between mutants who support humanity and those who see the development as a threat to their existence. At the same time, Jean Grey, thought dead, returns as the “Phoenix”, causing potential problems for both sides. Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen. 11.35 The Project. (R, CC)

6.00 Food Safari. (R, CC) Maeve explores some of the diverse flavours and dishes found across the United States. 6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.35 Rome: The World’s First Superpower: Caesar. (PG, R, CC) Part 4 of 4. Larry Lamb continues to trace the story of Rome’s transition from a city state to empire. 8.30 Mummies Alive: The Gunslinger Mummy. (M, CC) The experts investigate a gunslinger from the cowboy age, supposedly mummified in the heat of the desert. 9.25 Rise Of The Machines: Ice Monster. (CC) A look at the Pisten Bully, one of the world’s toughest piste bashers, which shifts thousands of tonnes of snow across perilous mountain terrain. 10.20 SBS World News Late Edition. (CC) 10.55 MOVIE: Young And Wild. (MA15+, R) (2012) A young woman growing up in a strict evangelical family in Santiago, Chile, becomes obsessed with sex. Alicia Luz Rodríguez, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto.

12.10 WIN’s All Australian News. (CC) 1.10 A Current Affair. (R, CC) 1.40 MOVIE: The Magnificent Seven Ride! (M, R) (1972) Lee Van Cleef. 3.40 WIN Presents. (CC) 4.00 Extra. (R, CC) 4.30 Good Morning America. (CC)

12.35 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (PG, CC) Comedian Stephen Colbert interviews a variety of guests from the worlds of film, politics, business and music. 1.30 Infomercials. (PG, R) 2.30 Home Shopping.

12.40 MOVIE: John Rabe. (AV15+, R, CC) (2009) A businessman tries to protect his workers. Ulrich Tukur. 3.00 The Good Son. (M, R, CC) 4.40 Condom Lead. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 CCTV English News. 5.30 NHK World English News.

5.00 Rage. (PG, CC) Continuous music programming.

1.00 Home Shopping. (R)

CLASSIFICATIONS: (P) For preschoolers (C) Children’s programs (G) General viewing (PG) Parental guidance (M) Mature audiences (MA15+) Mature audiences only (AV15+) Extreme violence. (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions. Please Note: Listings are correct at the time of print and are subject to late change by networks. 2904


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6.35pm The Water Diviner (2014) Drama. Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko. Four years after the battle of Gallipoli, a man travels to Turkey to find his sons. (M) Masterpiece 7.30pm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Action. Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas. (PG) Family 8.30pm District 9 (2009) Sci-fi. Sharlto Copley, David James. A human is exposed to extraterrestrial biotechnology. (MA15+) Action

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 4.25 Mister Maker Around The World. (R, CC) 4.45 Thomas. (R, CC) 5.00 Tree Fu Tom. (R, CC) 5.25 The Hive. (R) 5.35 Hey Duggee. (R, CC) 5.40 Peppa Pig. (R, CC) 5.50 Go Jetters. (R) 6.00 Peg + Cat. (R, CC) 6.15 Peter Rabbit. (R, CC) 6.25 Octonauts. (R, CC) 6.40 Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom. (R, CC) 6.50 Shaun The Sheep. (R, CC) 7.00 Spicks And Specks. (R, CC) 7.30 Doctor Who. (R, CC) 8.30 First Dates UK. (M, R, CC) Terry returns, hoping third time’s the charm. 9.15 Unsafe Sex In The City. (M, R, CC) 10.15 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (PG) 10.55 Hunted. (M, R, CC) (Final) 11.45 Tattoo Disasters UK. (PG, R) 12.10 Doctor Who. (R, CC) 1.05 Jimmy Fallon. (PG, R) 1.45 News Update. (R) 1.50 Close. 5.00 Toby’s Travelling Circus. (R, CC) 5.10 Joe & Jack. (R, CC) (Final) 5.15 Elmo The Musical. (R, CC) (Final) 5.30 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. (R, CC) 5.45 Children’s Programs.

ABC3 6.00 Children’s Programs. 1.00 Total Drama: Pahkitew Island. (R, CC) (Final) 1.45 Children’s Programs. 3.15 Little Lunch. (R, CC) (Final) 3.30 The Penguins Of Madagascar. (R, CC) (Final) 4.00 Scream Street. 4.10 The New Adventures Of Figaro Pho. (R, CC) (Final) 4.20 Odd Squad. (R) 4.40 Studio 3. 4.45 Endangered Species. (R, CC) 4.55 Danger Mouse. (R) 5.10 Camp Lakebottom. (CC) 5.30 (R, CC) 5.50 Good Game: SP. (R, CC) 6.15 Secret Life Of Boys. (R, CC) 6.25 So Awkward. (R, CC) 6.55 Bushwhacked! Bugs. (R, CC) 7.00 The Adventures Of Merlin. (PG, R, CC) 7.45 Deadly Pole To Pole. (R) 8.15 Adventure Time. (R) 8.35 Degrassi: The Next Generation. (PG, CC) Clare is distraught after a recent tragedy. 9.00 Demons. (PG, R, CC) 9.45 Miraculous Tales Of Ladybug And Cat Noir. (R) 10.05 Lanfeust Quest. (R, CC) 10.30 Ouran High School Host Club. (PG, R, CC) 10.55 Close.




7.30pm DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. Crime fighters unite to keep the people safe from evil. (M) FOX8

6.30pm Heavenly Voices: The Legacy Of Farinelli. Foxtel Arts

6.00am Golf. USPGA Tour. Zurich Classic of New Orleans. First round. Fox Sports 2

7.30pm Hollywood Scandals. From public meltdowns to private affairs, these are the tales that have come to dominate and define Tinseltown. (M) Crime & Investigation

7.50pm Rugby League. NRL. Round 9. Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs. Fox Sports 1

8.30pm Inside Amy Schumer. (MA15+) Comedy Channel 8.30pm Banshee. Lucas pays the price for rescuing Rebecca from Boedicker. (MA15+) FOX8



6.00 Children’s Programs. 10.00 SpongeBob. (R) 10.30 PAW Patrol. (R, CC) 11.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 11.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 12.00 Ben 10. (PG, R) 12.30 Batman. (PG, R) 1.00 Power Rangers. (PG, R) 1.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 2.00 Gumball. (R) 2.30 SpongeBob. (R) 3.00 Wild Kratts. (R) 3.30 Rabbids Invasion. (PG, R) 4.00 Kids’ WB. (PG) 4.05 Looney Tunes. (R) 4.30 Batman. (PG, R) 5.00 Ben 10. (PG, R) 5.30 Teen Titans. (PG) 6.00 Regular Show. (PG, R) 6.30 MOVIE: Happy Feet. (R, CC) (2006) 8.45 MOVIE: The Matrix. (M, R, CC) (1999) A hacker makes a shocking discovery. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne. 11.30 Two And A Half Men. (M, R, CC) 12.00 The Originals. (MA15+, R) 2.00 Rabbids Invasion. (PG, R) 2.30 Wild Kratts. (R) 3.00 Yo-Kai Watch. (PG, R) 3.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. (PG, R) 4.00 Power Rangers Super Megaforce. (PG, R) 4.30 Gumball. (R) 4.50 Thunderbirds. (R) 5.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R)


6.00 Shopping. 7.00 Fishing Western Australia. 7.30 The AFN Fishing Show. (PG, R) 8.00 Hook, Line And Sinker. (PG, R) 9.00 Ultimate Factories. (R) 10.00 NFL Draft. 1.30 Swamp People. (PG, R) 2.30 Wipeout USA. (PG, R, CC) 3.30 Gator Boys. (PG, R) 4.30 American Restoration. (PG, R) 5.30 American Pickers. (PG, R) 6.30 Drug Bust. (PG, R, CC) Police raid a suburban home. 7.00 AFL Pre-Game Show. (CC) Pre-game coverage of the match. 7.30 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 6. North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs. From Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. 11.00 Friday Front Bar. (M, CC) 11.30 Olympians: Off The Record: Chantelle Newbery. (R, CC) 12.00 MOVIE: Jackass Number Two. (MA15+, R) (2006) 2.00 Jail. (M) 3.00 Combat Dealers. (PG, R) 4.00 Hook, Line And Sinker. (PG, R) 5.00 Mark Berg’s Fishing Addiction. (PG, R)

6.00 News. (CC) 9.00 News Mornings. (CC) 12.00 News. (CC) 1.00 Capital Hill. (CC) 2.00 News. (CC) 3.00 ABC News Afternoons. 4.00 ABC News Afternoons With The Business. 5.00 Grandstand. 6.00 ABC News Evenings. (CC) 6.30 The Drum. (R, CC) 7.00 ABC News Grandstand. (CC) 8.00 ABC News Evenings With The Business. (CC) 9.00 Planet America. 9.30 Lateline. (CC) 10.00 The World. (CC) 11.00 News. 11.30 7.30. (R, CC) 12.00 News. 12.30 The Drum. (R, CC) 1.00 Al Jazeera. 2.00 BBC World. 2.30 7.30. (R, CC) 3.00 BBC World. (R) 3.30 BBC Africa. 4.00 Al Jazeera. 5.00 BBC Business Live. 5.30 Lateline. (R, CC)


7.30pm Digging For Britain. Archaeologists in Norwich Castle Museum examine new finds and what they mean. (PG) History


6.00 Shopping. (R) 7.00 ZooMoo Lost. (C) 7.30 Bottersnikes And Gumbles. (C, R) 8.00 Jay’s Jungle. (P) 8.30 Harry’s Practice. (R, CC) 9.00 Home And Away: The Early Years. (PG, R, CC) 9.30 NBC Today. (R) 12.00 Better Homes. (R, CC) 1.00 Dealers Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. (PG, R) 2.00 House Doctor (Design For Living) (PG) 4.30 60 Minute Makeover. (R) 6.30 Bargain Hunt. The teams head to the Norfolk Showground. 7.30 Escape To The Country. (R) Alistair Appleton is in the Lake District. 9.30 To Build Or Not To Build. (PG) A couple build a German home. 10.30 Front Of House. (R) 11.00 Fawlty Towers. (PG, R, CC) 11.30 Before And After. (R) A look at renovated homes. 12.00 House Doctor (Design For Living) (R) 1.00 Escape To The Country. (R) 2.00 To Build Or Not To Build. (PG, R) 3.00 Harry’s Practice. (R, CC) 3.30 Dr Oz. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Shopping. (R)

7.50pm Football. AFL. Round 6. North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs. Fox Footy

6.00 Friends. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Skippy. (R) 7.00 Secret Dealers. (PG, R, CC) 8.00 Gilmore Girls. (PG, R, CC) 9.00 New Style Direct. 9.30 Global Shop. 10.00 Danoz. 10.30 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG, R) 11.00 Friends. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Secret Dealers. (PG, R, CC) 1.00 MOVIE: The Halfway House. (PG, R, CC) (1944) 3.00 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG, R) 3.30 To Catch A Smuggler. (PG, R, CC) 4.30 Ellen DeGeneres. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Gilmore Girls. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Friends. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 A Current Affair. (CC) 8.00 As Time Goes By. (R) 8.40 MOVIE: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous. (M, R, CC) (2005) An FBI agent goes undercover once again. Sandra Bullock. 11.00 MOVIE: Remember Me. (M, R) (2010) Robert Pattinson. 1.15 MOVIE: McQ. (M, R, CC) (1974) 3.20 MOVIE: Where No Vultures Fly. (R, CC) (1951) 5.20 GEM Presents. (R, CC) 5.30 Friends. (PG, R, CC)

Amy Schumer stars in Inside Amy Schumer

ONE 6.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 8.00 Motorcycle Racing. MotoGP. Race 4. Spanish Grand Prix. Replay. 9.30 Extreme Fishing. (PG, R) 10.30 M*A*S*H. (PG, R) 11.00 Hogan’s Heroes. (R) 12.00 Matlock. (M, R) 1.00 Nash Bridges. (M, R) 2.00 MacGyver. (PG, R) 3.00 Jake And The Fatman. (PG, R) 4.00 Diagnosis Murder. (PG, R) 5.00 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG, R) 6.00 Family Feud. (CC) 6.30 M*A*S*H. (PG, R) Potter calls on a psychiatrist for help. 7.30 Cops. 8.30 Walker, Texas Ranger. (M, R) Walker receives a plea for help. 9.30 Cops: Adults Only. (M, R) Follows police officers on patrol. 10.30 MacGyver. (PG, R) 11.30 Operation Repo. (PG, R) 12.00 Shopping. (R) 2.00 Diagnosis Murder. (PG, R) 3.00 Walker, Texas Ranger. (M, R) 4.00 Cops: Adults Only. (M, R) 5.00 Hogan’s Heroes. (R) 5.30 Whacked Out Sports. (PG, R)

ELEVEN 6.00 Toasted TV. 8.00 Mako: Island Of Secrets. (C, R, CC) 8.30 Toasted TV. 9.30 Crocamole. (P, R, CC) 10.00 Touched By An Angel. (PG, R) 11.00 Dr Quinn. (PG, R) 12.00 Judging Amy. (M, R) 1.00 JAG. (PG, R) 2.00 Becker. (PG, R, CC) 2.30 How I Met Your Mother. (M, R) 3.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 3.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 King Of Queens. (PG, R) 5.00 Frasier. (PG, R) 6.00 Family Feud. (CC) 6.30 Neighbours. (CC) 7.00 The Simpsons. (R, CC) 7.30 How I Met Your Mother. (PG, R) Lily and Marshall befriend new neighbours. 8.00 Rules Of Engagement. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 MOVIE: Far And Away. (M, R) (1992) A poor tenant farmer moves to America. Tom Cruise. 11.15 To Be Advised. 12.15 James Corden. (PG) 1.15 Witches Of East End. (M, R) 2.20 Becker. (PG, R, CC) 2.55 Dr Quinn. (PG, R) 4.00 Touched By An Angel. (PG, R) 5.00 Shopping. (R)

6.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 6.30 House Hunters. (R) 7.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 8.00 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 9.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 9.30 My First Place. (PG, R) 10.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 10.30 House Hunters. (R) 11.00 The Millionaire Matchmaker. (PG, R) 12.00 Housewives Of Beverly Hills. (PG, R) 1.00 Buying The View. (R) 2.00 Masters Of Flip. (R) 3.00 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 3.30 Getaway. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG) 5.00 Flip Or Flop. (R) 6.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 6.30 House Hunters Int. 7.00 House Hunters. 7.30 Expedition Unknown. (PG) (New Series) 8.30 Hotel Impossible. (PG) 10.30 Extreme Homes. (R) 11.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 12.00 Late Programs.


SBS 2 6.00 WorldWatch. 10.20 Portuguese News. 11.00 Japanese News. 11.35 Punjabi News. 12.05 Hindi News. 12.30 Dutch News. 1.00 Urdu News. 1.30 Tamil News. 2.00 Thai News. 2.30 Sri Lankan Sinhalese News. 3.00 Bangla News. 3.30 Armenian News. 4.00 The Feed. 4.30 Swim. (PG, R, CC) 4.40 Vs Arashi. (R) 5.35 House Hazards. (PG) 6.00 Street Genius. 6.30 MythBusters. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Friday Feed. 8.00 Illusions Of Grandeur: Niagara Falls. (PG) Zack Mirza heads to Niagara Falls. 8.30 MOVIE: The Big Boss. (M, R) (1971) A Chinese man fights drug smugglers. Bruce Lee, Maria Yi. 10.25 MOVIE: The Four. (M) (2012) 12.40 MOVIE: Golden Gun. (M, R) (2008) Alfredo Bertazzoni, Luis Campos, Camila Cruz. 2.30 PopAsia. (PG) 3.10 NHK World English News. 5.00 Korean News. 5.30 Indonesian News.

FOOD 6.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 6.30 Boys Weekend. (R) 7.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 8.00 Chopped. (PG, R) 9.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 10.00 Man Fire Food. (R) 10.30 Kelsey’s Essentials. (R) 11.00 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Boys Weekend. (R) 12.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 1.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 2.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 3.00 Brunch @ Bobby’s. (R) 3.30 Kelsey’s Essentials. (R) 4.00 Boys Weekend. (PG, R) 4.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 5.30 Kids CookOff. (R) 6.30 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) 7.00 Shane Delia’s Spice Journey Turkey. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Man Fire Food. (R) 8.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 8.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 9.30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 10.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 11.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 12.30 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 1.30 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 2.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 3.00 Man Fire Food. (R) 3.30 Boys Weekend. (PG, R) 4.00 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 12.30 MOVIE: The People Of The Kattawapiskak River. (2012) 2.00 Our Spirit To C-Gen. 2.30 Mugu Kids. 3.00 The Dreaming. 3.30 Bushwhacked! 4.00 Muso Magic Outback Tracks. 4.30 Kagagi, The Raven. (PG) 5.00 Mysterious Cities Of Gold. (PG) 5.30 Samaqan: Water Stories. 6.00 Backyard Shorts. (PG) 6.30 The Prophets. (PG) 7.00 Ngurra. 7.20 News. 7.30 Cafe Niugini. (PG) 8.00 Fusion Feasts. 8.30 Noah’s Ark. (PG) 9.00 The Point Review. 9.30 Chappelle’s Show. (MA15+) 10.00 Marley Africa Road Trip. (PG) 11.00 Standing On Sacred Ground. (PG) 12.00 Volumz. (MA15+) 4.00 NITV On The Road: Yabun. 5.00 NITV On The Road: Boomerang Festival. 2904




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Saturday, April 30 Bondi Vet

MOVIE: X-Men: First Class

TEN, 6.30pm

TEN, 8.30pm, M (2011)

If there is any show that contains a massive catch 22, it’s Bondi Vet. It’s a beacon for animal lovers, yet the viewing experience isn’t always a joyous one, with sick animals in need of tender-loving care. We want to see the animals happy, but first we must witness them in need. Luckily, our resident vet is a softie, melting not only viewers hearts with his broad appeal, but more often than not being the knight in shining armour for the animals. Tonight, we meet a young pug with an unusual problem needing an out-of the box solution. Lisa is also on the backfoot, needing to act fast to save a cat which was attacked by a tick.

This prequel to the X-Men films takes us back to 1944 when a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) – whom you may know better as Magneto – sees his mother killed by Nazi scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Fast forward to 1962, and Erik, in his search for revenge, crosses paths with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who is pursuing Shaw for other reasons. McAvoy and Fassbender deliver typically fantastic performances, and British director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) ties all the strands together, keeping the spirit of the franchise alive while substantially improving its legitimacy.



MOVIE: Terminator Salvation PRIME7, 9pm, M (2009) It’s now clear why tantrumprone Christian Bale (right) was so upset on the set of Terminator Salvation. As resistance fighter John Connor, the actor once again plays second fiddle to an Aussie – Heath Ledger stole The Dark Knight from under him, and Sam Worthington is easily the best thing about this thrill-ride. Director McG (Charlie’s Angels) does a solid job upholding James Cameron’s legacy. It’s as merciless as the murderous machines themselves.




6.00 Rage. (PG, CC) 10.30 Rage Vault Special. (PG, CC) 11.30 How Not To Behave. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Restoration Man. (R, CC) 12.45 Family Confidential: The Courtenays. (PG, R, CC) 1.15 Grantchester. (M, R, CC) 2.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R, CC) 3.00 Tony Robinson’s Time Walks. (R, CC) 3.30 Life On The Reef. (R, CC) Part 1 of 3. 4.25 Landline. (R, CC) Presented by Pip Courtney. 4.55 Agatha Christie’s Poirot. (PG, R, CC) Poirot investigates an eccentric’s murder.

6.00 Home Shopping. (R, CC) 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. (CC) Latest news, sport and weather. 10.00 The Morning Show: Weekend. (PG, CC) Highlights from the past week. 12.00 Olympians: Off The Record: Susie O’Neill. (PG, R, CC) Takes a look at Susie O’Neill. 12.30 To Be Advised. 4.00 Better Homes And Gardens. (R, CC) Joh visits the home of Peter Powers. 5.00 Seven News At 5. (CC) 5.30 Border Security: Australia’s Front Line. (PG, R, CC) Two women attract attention.

6.00 6.30 7.00 10.00

6.30 Gardening Australia. (CC) Costa explores a large Queensland hillside garden. Sophie demonstrates three easy soil tests. 7.00 ABC News. (CC) 7.30 Father Brown. (PG, CC) Father Brown becomes involved with a crazy ventriloquist after it appears the man has murdered his two brothers. 8.20 DCI Banks. (PG, CC) With Geoff now a marked man, he and daughter Evie are put under watch at a hotel while the search for Mullen is widened. 9.05 Miniseries: The Politician’s Husband. (M, R, CC) Part 1 of 3. A couple’s marriage is threatened after the husband’s political career stalls. 10.05 Janet King. (M, R, CC) Following Brett Bonar’s death, the Commission discovers he was the shooter at the Nobakht house. 11.00 Comedy Showroom. (M, R, CC) Follows Ronny Chieng’s arrival in Melbourne. 11.30 Rage Vault Special. (MA15+)

6.00 Seven News. (CC) 7.00 MOVIE: How To Train Your Dragon. (PG, R, CC) (2010) A hapless young Viking inventor befriends his people’s traditional enemy, a dragon, but must then keep the existence of his new friend a secret in order to protect him. Together, they are able to come to their people’s rescue after his father makes a critical mistake. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera. 9.00 MOVIE: Terminator Salvation. (M, R, CC) (2009) In a dystopian future, a former criminal, who had been sentenced to death, is awakened in a mysterious bunker complex only to discover humanity is fighting a losing battle against machines. Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood. 11.30 Best Bits. (M, R, CC) A panel of comedians take a look at the best bits from the previous week on TV where they discuss the good, the bad and the strange. Hosted by Sam Mac.

6.00 Nine News. (CC) 7.00 MOVIE: The Lego Movie. (PG, CC) (2014) An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be a hero of prophecy called “the Special”, becomes responsible for stopping an evil tyrant from unleashing a doomsday weapon on the world. Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks. 9.05 MOVIE: Little Fockers. (M, R, CC) (2010) An ailing former CIA agent pays a visit to his son-in-law to discover if he has what it takes to become the family patriarch. Already disillusioned over his daughter’s divorce, he is less than impressed to discover the man appears to be flirting with a business acquaintance. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro. 11.05 MOVIE: The Big Bounce. (M, R, CC) (2004) Despite being warned not to become involved with her, a small-time con artist teams up with the enterprising young mistress of a corrupt Hawaiian property developer so they can rob her married beau. Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise.

6.00 Bondi Rescue. (PG, R, CC) Maxi puts his life on the line to rescue two fishermen from a capsized boat. A group of tourists refuses to heed warnings about a rip and need to be saved, leaving Jethro furious. 6.30 Bondi Vet. (PG, CC) Bondibased vet Dr Chris Brown works on a radical plan to improve the quality of life of a young pug with an extremely long tongue. Dr Lisa Chimes tries to save the life of Pickles, a cat attacked by a tick. 7.30 Scorpion. (PG, CC) Scorpion’s new smart building becomes a death trap as it burns with people trapped inside. 8.30 MOVIE: X-Men: First Class. (M, R, CC) (2011) During the ’60s, a diverse group of mutants find themselves united under the leadership of a telepath, as they match wits with a former Nazi scientist who is determined to start a nuclear war. However, before they are able to defeat their enemies, they must confront their own demons. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence. 11.10 To Be Advised.

6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.30 Who Do You Think You Are? Reggie Yates. (CC) Presenter and DJ Reggie Yates sets out on the trail of his grandfather. He heads to Ghana, where he unravels a complex family history at the collision of Ghanaian culture and British colonialism. 8.40 MOVIE: We Were Soldiers. (MA15+, R, CC) (2002) After undergoing extensive training in the use of helicopters, soldiers of the US 7th Cavalry are deployed to Vietnam, in 1965, and are involved in one of the first major battles of the war. Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear. 11.20 RocKwiz. (R, CC) Music quiz show, featuring performances from two musical celebrities. Each performs one of their songs backed by the RocKwiz Orkestra, before combining for a duet. Guests include The Church’s Steve Kilbey, singer-songwriter Sherry Rich, and former triple J Unearthed winners, Hungry Kids of Hungary. Hosted by Julia Zemiro.

5.00 Rage. (PG) Continuous music programming.

12.00 Desperate Housewives. (M, R, CC) Susan and Carlos bond over their mutual feelings of guilt regarding the murder of Gaby’s stepfather. 1.00 Home Shopping. (R)

12.55 MOVIE: Adoration. (M, R, CC) (2008) 2.40 Impractical Jokers. (M, R, CC) 3.05 Anger Management. (M, R, CC) 3.35 The Avengers. (PG, R) 4.35 Extra. (R, CC) 5.00 The Middle. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. (R)

12.10 48 Hours: Cal Harris – Deadlocked. (M, R, CC) Takes a look at the case of Cal Harris, who is on trial, for a third time, for the murder of his wife Michele. 1.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. 5.00 Hour Of Power. Religious program.

12.20 Miniseries: Death Of A Pilgrim. (R) 1.25 Miniseries: Death Of A Pilgrim. (MA15+, R, CC) 3.40 Miniseries: Death Of A Pilgrim. (M, R, CC) 4.50 Explosions. (PG, R) 5.00 CCTV English News. 5.30 NHK World English News. 5.45 France 24 Feature.

12.00 12.30 1.00 1.30 2.00 2.30 4.30 5.00 5.30

PAW Patrol. (R, CC) Dora The Explorer. (R, CC) Weekend Today. (CC) Today Extra: Saturday. (PG, CC) Cybershack. (PG, CC) Dr Lisa To The Rescue. (R, CC) Fish’n With Mates. (PG, CC) Al explores southern Indonesia. Clipped. (PG, R, CC) AJ accuses Danni of being jealous. The Wild Life Of Tim Faulkner. (CC) Married At First Sight. (PG, R, CC) The Garden Gurus. (CC) News: First At Five. (CC) Getaway. (PG, CC)

6.00 6.30 7.00 8.00 8.30 11.00 12.00 1.00 1.30 2.30 3.00 4.00 4.30 5.00

Fishing Edge. (R, CC) Ben’s Menu. (R, CC) RPM. (R, CC) Family Feud. (R, CC) Studio 10: Saturday. (PG, CC) The Living Room. (R, CC) All 4 Adventure. (PG, R, CC) People Of The Vines. (PG, CC) (Final) The Doctors. (PG, CC) Good Chef Bad Chef. (R, CC) Weekend Feast. (R, CC) What’s Up Down Under. (CC) Escape Fishing With ET. (CC) TEN Eyewitness News. (CC)

6.00 France 24 English News. 6.30 Deutsche Welle English News. 7.00 Al Jazeera English News. 7.30 Italian News. 8.10 Filipino News. 8.40 French News. 9.30 Greek News From Cyprus. 10.30 German News. 11.00 Spanish News. 12.00 Arabic News. 12.30 Turkish News. 1.00 PBS NewsHour. (CC) 2.00 Equestrian. (CC) FEI World Cup Jumping. 3.00 Who Do You Think You Are? (PG, R, CC) 4.05 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) 4.35 Monster Moves: Gigantic Gun. (R, CC) 5.30 The Lost Sword Of The Samurai. (PG, R)

CLASSIFICATIONS: (P) For preschoolers (C) Children’s programs (G) General viewing (PG) Parental guidance (M) Mature audiences (MA15+) Mature audiences only (AV15+) Extreme violence. (R) Repeat (CC) Closed Captions. Please Note: Listings are correct at the time of print and are subject to late change by networks. 3004


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6.05pm Changeling (2008) Drama. Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore. (MA15+) Masterpiece

7.30pm Money Barn. The guys travel to Manheim, Pennsylvania. (PG) A&E

7.30pm Buying The Rockies. (PG) TLC

3.00pm Rugby Union. Super Rugby. Round 10. Blues v Rebels. Fox Sports 2

8.30pm Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Action. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne. Two veterans of the apocalypse try to outrun a ruthless warlord. (MA15+) Premiere

7.30pm American Ninja Warrior. (PG) FOX8

8.30pm Pixels (2015) Comedy. Adam Sandler. Aliens misinterpret videos of arcade games as a declaration of war. (PG) Comedy

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 5.35 Hey Duggee. (R, CC) 5.40 Peppa Pig. (R, CC) 5.50 Go Jetters. (R) 6.00 Peg + Cat. (R, CC) 6.15 Peter Rabbit. (R, CC) 6.25 Octonauts. (R, CC) 6.40 Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom. (R, CC) 6.50 Shaun The Sheep. (R, CC) 7.00 Spicks And Specks. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Highway Thru Hell. (PG, CC) 8.15 Would I Lie To You? (PG, R, CC) 8.45 Mock The Week Looks Back At. (M, R, CC) 9.15 The Trip To Italy. (M, R, CC) 9.45 Live At The Apollo. (M, R, CC) 10.30 Comedy Up Late. (M, R, CC) 11.00 Scrotal Recall. (M, R, CC) (Final) 11.25 Episodes. (M, R, CC) 11.55 Kroll Show. (M, R, CC) 12.40 Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out. (PG, R, CC) 2.10 Mock The Week. (M, R, CC) 2.35 News Update. (R) 2.40 Close. 5.00 Toby’s Travelling Circus. (R, CC) 5.10 Lily’s Driftwood Bay. (R, CC) 5.15 Rastamouse. (R, CC) 5.30 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. (R, CC) 5.45 Children’s Programs.

ABC3 6.00 Children’s Programs. 10.50 Camp Lakebottom. (R, CC) (Final) 11.10 Annoying Orange. (R, CC) 11.35 Life With Boys. (R, CC) 11.55 Make It Pop. (R, CC) 12.20 The Penguins Of Madagascar. (R) 2.35 House Of Anubis. (R) 3.00 Absolute Genius. (R) 3.25 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) 3.55 Studio 3. 4.00 Good Game: SP. (R, CC) 4.25 Camp Lakebottom. (R, CC) 4.50 The Flamin’ Thongs. (R, CC) 5.00 Grojband. (R, CC) 5.25 Roy. (R, CC) 5.55 Little Lunch. (R, CC) 6.10 Thunderbirds Are Go. (R, CC) 6.30 Horrible Histories. (PG, R, CC) 7.00 Operation Ouch! (R, CC) 7.30 Tomorrow When The War Began. (PG, CC) 8.15 Nowhere Boys. (PG, R, CC) Felix tries to get their magic back. 8.45 Demons. (PG, R, CC) (Final) Galvin and Luke search for a dead girl. 9.25 MY:24. (PG, R, CC) Young people tell their stories. 9.40 Close.

8.30pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? Aisha Tyler hosts another episode of the hilarious game show where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. (MA15+) Comedy Channel


7.30pm Treehouse Masters. (PG) Discovery


6.00 Children’s Programs. 10.00 Teen Titans Go! (PG, R) 10.30 Ben 10. (PG, R) 11.00 Heidi. (C, CC) 11.30 Move It. (C, R, CC) 12.00 Kitchen Whiz. (C, R, CC) 12.30 SpongeBob. (R) 1.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 1.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 2.00 Wild Kratts. (R) 2.30 Sonic Boom. (R) 3.00 Power Rangers Dino. (PG, R) 3.30 Teen Titans Go! (PG, R) 4.00 Problem Solverz. (PG, R) 4.30 Ben 10. (PG, R) 5.00 Justice League Unlimited. (PG, R) 5.30 Batman. (PG, R) 6.00 MOVIE: Yogi Bear. (R) (2010) 7.40 MOVIE: Mirror Mirror. (PG, R, CC) (2012) Lily Collins. 9.55 MOVIE: Red Riding Hood. (M, R, CC) (2011) Amanda Seyfried. 12.00 Arrow. (MA15+, R, CC) 2.00 Surfing Australia TV. (R, CC) 2.30 Yo-Kai Watch. (PG, R) 3.00 Yu-GiOh! Zexal. (PG, R) 3.30 SpongeBob SquarePants. (R) 4.00 Beware The Batman. (M, R) 4.30 Problem Solverz. (PG, R) 4.50 Thunderbirds. (R) 5.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R)


6.00 Burnout Masters. (R) 7.00 Triathlon. Ironman World Championship. 8.00 Shopping. 9.00 Dream Car Garage. (PG, R) 9.30 Motor Racing. WA Sprintcar Championship. General Firecracker 50. John Day Salute Night. 10.30 Cruise For Charity. (PG) 11.00 Motor Racing. Targa Tasmania. 12.00 Motor Racing. Ultimate Sprintcar Championship. 12.30 Motorcycle Racing. Australian Superbike Championship. 1.30 Big Shrimpin’. (PG, R) 2.30 Hustling America. (PG, R, CC) 3.30 Doomsday Preppers. (PG, R) 4.30 Football. AFL. Round 6. GWS v Hawthorn. 7.20 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 6. Geelong v Gold Coast. 10.30 MOVIE: Stripes. (M, R, CC) (1981) 12.45 1000 Ways To Die. (MA15+, R) 1.30 Friday Front Bar. (M, R, CC) 2.00 Fishing Western Australia. 2.30 Doomsday Preppers. (PG, R) 3.30 Motor Racing. Targa Tasmania. 4.30 Motor Racing. WA Sprintcar Championship. General Firecracker 50. John Day Salute Night. 5.30 Shopping. (R)

4.30pm Football. AFL. Round 6. GWS Giants v Hawthorn. Fox Footy 5.18pm Netball. ANZ Championship. Round 5. Queensland Firebirds v NSW Swifts. Fox Sports 3 7.30pm Rugby League. NRL. Round 9. Sea Eagles v Cowboys. Fox Sports 1


6.00 Shopping. (R) 8.00 Hot Property. (R, CC) 9.00 Before And After. (R) 9.30 Dealers. (PG, R) 10.30 House Doctor (Design For Living) (R) 11.30 The Great Australian Doorstep. 12.00 Out Of The Blue. (CC) 12.30 Great South East. (CC) 1.00 Creek To Coast. (CC) 1.30 Qld Weekender. (CC) 2.00 WA Weekender. (CC) 2.30 Sydney Weekender. (CC) 3.00 Rugby Union. Shute Shield. 5.00 Sean’s Kitchen. (PG, CC) 5.30 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook. (PG) 6.00 Secret Location. (PG, R) 7.00 Catch Phrase. 7.45 Keeping Up Appearances. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 Escape To The Country. Prospective buyers find their dream homes. 9.30 MOVIE: Ghost. (M, R, CC) (1990) Patrick Swayze. 12.10 Great South East. (R, CC) 1.00 Creek To Coast. (R, CC) 1.30 Qld Weekender. (R, CC) 2.00 WA Weekender. (R, CC) 2.30 Sydney Weekender. (R, CC) 3.00 Out Of The Blue. (R, CC) 3.30 Travel Oz. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Shopping. (R)

6.00 Landline. (CC) 6.30 World This Week. (CC) 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. (CC) 11.00 News. 11.30 Australia Wide. (CC) 12.00 News. (CC) 12.30 Landline. (R, CC) 1.00 News. 1.30 Planet America. (R) 2.00 News. 2.30 The Mix. (CC) 3.00 News. 3.30 Foreign Corre. (R, CC) 4.00 News. 4.30 The Drum Weekly. 5.00 News. 5.30 One Plus One. (CC) 6.00 ABC News Weekend. 6.30 Australian Story. (R, CC) 7.00 ABC News Weekend. 7.30 The Mix. (R, CC) 8.00 Four Corners. (R, CC) 8.45 One Plus One Redux. (R, CC) 9.00 ABC News Weekend. 9.30 Australia Wide. (R, CC) 10.00 News. 10.30 World This Week. (R, CC) 11.00 News. (CC) 11.30 One Plus One. (R, CC) 12.00 Press Club. (R, CC) 1.00 Late Programs.


7.30pm Devil Island. Narrated by Jason Donovan. (PG) National Geographic Wild

6.00 MOVIE: The Halfway House. (PG, R, CC) (1944) 8.00 Danoz Direct. 8.30 Adventures In Rainbow Country. (R) 9.00 MOVIE: The Courtneys Of Curzon Street. (R, CC) (1947) Anna Neagle. 11.15 MOVIE: The Cruel Sea. (PG, R, CC) (1953) Jack Hawkins. 1.50 MOVIE: The Last Time I Saw Paris. (PG, R, CC) (1954) Elizabeth Taylor. 4.15 MOVIE: Up Periscope. (PG, R, CC) (1959) James Garner, Edmond O’Brien. 6.30 Heartbeat. (PG, R) Mike’s niece visits Aidensfield for the weekend. 8.45 Silent Witness. (MA15+, R) Harry investigates a hitand-run accident on a council estate and the inexplicable suicide of a soccer star. 11.00 Dalziel And Pascoe. (M, R) A young man is found dead at a nightclub. 12.10 MOVIE: Up Periscope. (PG, R, CC) (1959) 2.15 MOVIE: The Last Time I Saw Paris. (PG, R, CC) (1954) 4.30 MOVIE: The Brain Machine. (PG, R, CC) (1955)



6.00 Shopping. (R) 8.00 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG, R) 9.00 Hogan’s Heroes. (R) 10.00 World Sport. (R) 10.30 MacGyver. (PG, R) 11.30 Jake And The Fatman. (PG, R) 12.30 Operation Repo. (PG, R) 1.30 Loaded. (PG, R) 2.00 Driven Not Hidden. (R) 2.30 M*A*S*H. (PG, R) 3.30 David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. (PG, R) 4.30 Merv Hughes Fishing. 5.00 Adventure Angler. (R) 5.30 Attenborough’s Gorillas. (PG, R) 6.30 Last Man Standing. (PG) 7.30 Star Trek: The Next Generation. (PG, R) 8.30 The X-Files. (M, R, CC) 9.30 When We Go To War. (M) Follows six young men and women. 10.30 Zoo. (M, R, CC) 11.30 Bellator MMA. (M, R) 1.30 ST: Next Gen. (PG, R) 2.30 Rugby Sevens. World Series. Round 5. Highlights. 3.00 Rugby Sevens. World Series. Round 6. Highlights. 3.30 RPM GP. (R, CC) 4.00 Motorcycle Racing. MotoGP. Race 4. Spanish Grand Prix. Replay. 5.30 Whacked Out Sports. (PG, R)

ELEVEN 6.00 Toasted TV. 7.30 Kuu-Kuu Harajuku. (C, CC) 8.00 Totally Wild. (C, CC) 8.30 Scope. (C, CC) 9.05 The Loop. (PG) 11.35 Neighbours. (R, CC) 2.05 Charmed. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Family Ties. (PG, R) 5.00 Cheers. (PG, R) 5.30 Cristela. (PG) 6.00 MOVIE: The Mask Of Zorro. (PG, R, CC) (1998) An ageing hero trains his replacement. Antonio Banderas. 8.40 The Graham Norton Show. (M, R, CC) Graham Norton chats with Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Tamsin Greig and Nicole Scherzinger. 9.40 Sex And The City. (MA15+, R) Carrie speaks at a seminar on how to meet men. Miranda agrees to go on a date with another man. 11.30 The Loop. (PG, R) Hosted by Scott Tweedie and Olivia Phyland. 2.00 Family Ties. (PG, R) 2.30 Neighbours. (R, CC) 5.00 Shopping. (R)

6.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 6.30 House Hunters. (R) 7.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 7.30 Getaway. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 9.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 10.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 10.30 House Hunters. (R) 11.00 Expedition Unknown. (PG) 12.00 Hotel Impossible. (PG, R) 2.00 Postcards. (PG, CC) 3.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 4.00 Flipping Moms. (R) 5.00 Million Dollar Rooms. (PG, R) 6.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 6.30 Masters Of Flip. (R) 7.30 House Hunters. 8.30 House Hunters International. (R) 9.30 House Hunters Renovation. 10.30 Fixer Upper. (PG, R) 11.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 12.00 Masters Of Flip. (R) 1.00 House Hunters. (R) 2.00 Late Programs.


Hugh Keays-Byrne stars in Mad Max: Fury Road

6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Russian News. 7.30 WorldWatch. 8.30 Macedonian News. 9.05 WorldWatch. 9.40 Serbian News. 10.20 Portuguese News. 11.00 Japanese News. 11.35 Punjabi News. 12.05 Hindi News. 12.35 Dutch News. 1.00 The Tim Ferriss Experiment. (R, CC) 1.50 Kung Fu Motion. (PG, R) 2.45 Planet Sport. (PG, R) 3.50 Celebrity Chef. (PG, R) 5.20 Brain Games. (R) 5.50 MOVIE: A Monster In Paris. (R) (2011) François Cluzet. 7.30 If You Are The One. Hosted by Meng Fei. 8.30 MOVIE: Fist Of Fury. (M, R) (1972) A martial artist avenges his master’s death. Bruce Lee, Nora Miao. 10.30 MOVIE: Game Of Death. (M, R) (1978) An actor battles a gang of criminals. Bruce Lee. 12.25 Miniseries: Public Enemy Number 1. (AV15+, R) 4.50 CCTV News In English From Beijing. 5.00 Korean News. 5.30 Indonesian News.

FOOD 6.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 6.30 Boys Weekend. (PG, R) 7.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 8.00 Chopped. (PG, R) 9.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 10.00 Man Fire Food. (R) 10.30 Kelsey’s Essentials. (R) 11.00 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Boys Weekend. (PG, R) 12.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 1.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 2.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 3.00 Brunch @ Bobby’s. (R) 3.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 4.00 Boys Weekend. (R) 4.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 5.30 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 6.30 Save My Bakery. 7.30 Man Fire Food. (R) 8.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 8.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 9.30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 10.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 11.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 12.30 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 1.30 Save My Bakery. (R) 2.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 3.00 Man Fire Food. (R) 3.30 Boys Weekend. (R) 4.00 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Brunch @ Bobby’s. (R) 5.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 9.30 Move It Mob Style. 10.00 Back To Munda. 11.00 Rose Against The Odds. (PG) 12.00 The Point Review. 12.30 League Nation Live. 2.00 The Medicine Line. 2.30 Indians And Aliens. 3.00 Standing On Sacred Ground. (PG) 4.00 Marley Africa Road Trip. (PG) 5.00 Samaqan: Water Stories. 5.30 Move It Mob Style. 6.00 Maori TV’s Native Affairs. 6.30 Down 2 Earth. (PG) 7.00 One With Nature. 7.30 Colour Me. (PG) 8.30 Being Mary Jane. (MA15+) 9.30 MOVIE: Beauty. (2012) Rosmeri Segundo. 11.00 MOVIE: Apocalypto. (MA15+) (2006) 1.30 MOVIE: Beauty. (2012) 3.00 MOVIE: Brewster’s Millions. (PG) (1985) 4.45 Whistle In The Wind. 5.00 Volumz. (MA15+) 3004




Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016 | Dubbo Weekender

Sunday, May 1 The Rise And Rise Of Donald Trump SBS, 10.20pm The name Donald Trump once conjured up images of a pleased older man, cavorting around with bikini-clad women. Harmless enough stuff. But today, the word Trump sends a shiver down many people’s spines. In his surprising push to become the next president of the United States, many words come to mind, including outspoken, misguided, determined and powerful. This engaging documentary follows Trump’s campaign. Over 200 days, his ex-employees, childhood friends, supporters and critics share what a Trump presidency might be like.


MOVIE: Fast Five

Grand Designs

7MATE, 9.30pm, M (2011)

ABC, 7.40pm

Vin Diesel sure lives by the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra in this fifth instalment under the Fast and the Furious banner. He returns as Dominic Toretto, with trusty sidekicks Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster), who go on the lam when US security puts a price on their head, led by agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Oh, and these modern-day Robin Hoods are trying to steal $100 million from a corrupt businessman. There are less car chases and more fisticuffs but it’s still loud, brash fun and the power of on-screen rivals Diesel and Johnson is undeniable. One of the better flicks in the series.

Some people just have money to burn. Take Clinton Dall – a cleaningcompany owner who has also cleaned up in the money stakes – who invited Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs team to watch him spend oodles of cash in his desire for the perfect home. It’s one of the largest homes ever featured on this series, and even though the costs goes sky high, it’s also a project that is thankfully finished and over the line by the time McCloud comes back for his final gander.



6.00 Rage. (PG, CC) 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. (CC) 9.00 Insiders. (CC) 10.00 Offsiders. (CC) 10.30 Australia Wide. (R, CC) 11.00 The World This Week. (R, CC) 11.30 Songs Of Praise. (R, CC) 12.00 Landline. (CC) 1.00 Gardening Australia. (R, CC) 1.30 The Mix. (R, CC) 2.00 Meet The Mavericks. (M, R, CC) 2.30 Stories I Want To Tell You In Person. (R, CC) 2.55 Muriel Matters! (R, CC) 3.25 Ochre And Ink. (R, CC) 3.55 The Checkout. (PG, R, CC) 4.20 The Making Of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef. (CC) 5.15 Father Brown. (PG, R, CC)

6.00 Home Shopping. (R, CC) 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. (CC) Latest news, sport and weather. 10.00 The Morning Show: Weekend. (PG, CC) Highlights from the past week. 12.00 Bewitched. (R, CC) Endora asks a warlock to woo Samantha, in hope of ruining her marriage to Darrin. 12.30 The Amazing Race. (PG, R, CC) Hosted by Phil Keoghan. 1.30 To Be Advised. 5.00 Seven News At 5. (CC) 5.30 Sydney Weekender. (CC) Darren tries his hand at blacksmithing.

6.00 6.30 7.00 10.00

6.00 Australian Story: Abby’s Road. (R, CC) A family share the story of what happened when their daughter was diagnoses with a life-threatening illness. 6.30 Compass: Salvado’s Letters. (CC) A look at the correspondence of Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who lived in the Western Australian bush. 7.00 ABC News. (CC) 7.40 Grand Designs. (CC) (Series return) Kevin McCloud meets Clinton Dall, from Sussex, who’s building one of the largest homes ever featured on the program. 8.30 Midsomer Murders. (M, CC) After a forest ranger suffers a strange death, visiting UFO spotters are convinced aliens are responsible. 10.00 The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. (M, R, CC) Hosted by Charlie Pickering. 10.30 Redfern Now. (M, R, CC) (Final) After a young Aboriginal woman is raped, and doesn’t report it, it has consequences she never could have imagined.

6.00 Seven News. (CC) 7.00 House Rules. (PG, CC) Judgement day arrives, and Fil and Joe are set to return home. However, first judges Joe Snell and Wendy Moore will deliver their verdict. The team with the lowest score will end up in the tent. 8.40 Sunday Night. (CC) Current affairs program, hosted by Melissa Doyle. 9.40 The Blacklist. (M, CC) A woman on the run from unknown assailants accidentally crosses paths with Red and enlists his help to fight back against her attackers. 10.40 Air Crash Investigation. (PG, CC) After taking off with a major storm on the horizon, Copa Airlines Flight 201 disappeared from radar over one of the remotest jungles on Earth. 11.35 Odyssey. (M, CC) When Luc comes to Odelle and Aslam’s rescue, Odelle learns about the mysterious Frenchman’s past. Sophia Tsaldari helps Peter get closer to Yusuf Qasim.

12.00 Accused. (MA15+, R, CC) (Final) An officer faces court. 1.00 Miniseries: The Town. (M, R, CC) Part 3 of 3. 1.50 Rage. (MA15+) Music videos. 3.30 Midsomer Murders. (M, R, CC) 5.00 Insiders. (R, CC)

12.30 Zero Hour. (M, R, CC) At a dead end in the investigation, Hank has a dream which may help guide the team to Rachel’s location. 1.30 Home Shopping. 5.30 Sunrise. (CC) News, sport and weather.

PAW Patrol. (R, CC) Dora The Explorer. (R, CC) Weekend Today. (CC) Wide World Of Sports. (PG, CC) NRL Sunday Footy Show. (PG, CC) Hosted by Yvonne Sampson. Full Cycle. (CC) Hosted by Scott McGrory and Bradley McGee. MOVIE: Rocky IV. (PG, R, CC) (1985) Rocky takes on a Russian boxer. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire. Rugby League. (CC) NRL. Round 9. Cronulla Sharks v Brisbane Broncos. From Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney.



6.00 Creflo. (CC) 6.30 Hillsong. (CC) 7.00 Mass For You At Home. 7.30 Joel Osteen. (CC) 8.00 Good Chef Bad Chef. (R, CC) 8.30 Studio 10: Sunday. (PG, CC) 11.00 Let’s Do Coffee. (CC) (Series return) 11.30 Ben’s Menu. (R, CC) 12.00 Netball. (CC) 2.00 Everyday Gourmet With Justine Schofield. (R, CC) 2.30 The Offroad Adventure Show. (R, CC) 3.00 iFish. (R, CC) 3.30 RPM GP. (CC) 4.00 RPM. (CC) 5.00 TEN Eyewitness News. (CC)

6.00 France 24 English News. 6.30 Deutsche Welle English News. 7.00 Al Jazeera English News. 7.30 Italian News. 8.10 Filipino News. 8.40 French News. 9.30 Greek News From Cyprus. 10.30 German News. 11.00 Spanish News. 12.00 Arabic News. 12.30 Turkish News. 1.00 The World Game. (CC) 2.00 Speedweek. (CC) 4.00 FIFA World Cup 2018 Magazine. (CC) 4.30 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Highlights. 5.00 InCycle. (CC) 5.30 World War One At Sea: The Dreadnoughts Of Scapa Flow. (CC)

6.00 Nine News. (CC) 7.00 The Voice. (PG, CC) (Series return) With some help from coaches Ronan Keating, Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and the Madden brothers, a group of contestants sets out to prove they have what it takes to be a singing sensation. Hosted by Sonia Kruger. 8.30 60 Minutes. (CC) Current affairs program. Featuring reports from Liz Hayes, Tara Brown, Allison Langdon, Michael Usher, Charles Wooley and Ross Coulthart. 9.30 Prince: The Legend, The Mystery. (CC) The 20/20 team reports on the incredible life and untimely death of music legend, Prince. Hosted by Elizabeth Vargas. 10.30 Events That Changed The Eighties. (PG, R, CC) Takes a look at one of history’s most enigmatic periods, shining a light on the people and events that shaped the decade. 11.30 Major Crimes. (M, R, CC) A woman is found dead in a storage container belonging to the actor she was stalking.

6.00 Family Feud: Sunday. (CC) 6.30 Modern Family. (PG, R, CC) Phil offers to cook Thanksgiving dinner. 7.00 Modern Family. (PG, R, CC) After Alex tells Phil and Claire she has a boyfriend, they worry she is making up an imaginary partner. 7.30 MasterChef Australia. (CC) (Series return) A fresh batch of amateur cooks take to the kitchen to impress judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan. In the first of three judges’ auditions, the amateur cooks are given one hour to cook their best dish. 9.00 Bondi Rescue. (PG, CC) Lifeguards Trent and Harrison are tending to a skateboarder who has broken his arm when Harrison spots two girls drowning. The lifeguards and police chase after a bag thief. 9.30 Motor Racing. (CC) Formula 1. Race 4. Russian Grand Prix. From Sochi Autodrom, Russia. Commentary from Matt White and Alan Jones.

6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.35 Petra: Lost City Of Stone. (R, CC) Takes a look at the ancient city of Petra, in southern Jordan, which was constructed by a mysterious tribe over 2000 years ago. 8.35 Mankind From Space. (CC) A look at how humans have developed from hunter-gatherers to the dominant global species, and how our species has transformed the planet. 10.20 The Rise And Rise Of Donald Trump. (CC) A look at Donald Trump’s campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination, to offer insight into what a Trump presidency would be like. 11.20 MOVIE: The Man Next Door. (M, R) (2009) After two neighbours clash, their argument becomes less about proposed alterations to a unique building designed by a famous architect, and more about the battle between class and social status. Rafael Spregelburd, Daniel Aráoz, Eugenia Alonso.

12.30 Prime Suspect. (M, R, CC) 1.30 Anger Management. (M, R, CC) 2.00 What Would You Do? (M, R, CC) 3.00 20/20. (R, CC) 4.00 Good Morning America: Sunday. (CC) 5.00 News Early Edition. (CC) 5.30 Today. (CC)

12.00 The Graham Norton Show. (M, R, CC) Graham is joined by Meryl Streep. 1.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Life Today With James Robison. (PG) 4.30 CBS This Morning. (CC) Morning news and talk show.

1.20 Dead Famous DNA. (PG, R, CC) 4.05 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) 4.35 The Contagious Apparitions Of Dambarey Dendrite. (MA15+, R) 5.00 CCTV English News. 5.30 NHK World English News. 5.45 France 24 Feature.

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6.10pm Fast & Furious 7 (2015) Action. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker. The brother of a dead foe is out for revenge. (M) Premiere 8.30pm Milk (2008) Biographical. Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco. The true story of a US gay activist. (M) Masterpiece




8.30pm The Real Housewives Of Melbourne. Follows the lives of several socialites. (M) Arena

6.00pm Royal Secrets. Looks into the twists and turns in the lives of recent generations of the British royal family. (PG) History

4.30pm Football. AFL. Round 6. West Coast v Collingwood. Fox Footy

9.00pm Bob’s Burgers. Bob boycotts Thanksgiving. (M) Comedy Channel 9.30pm Vice. (MA15+) FOX8

8.30pm Animal Maternity. Lifestyle

10.45pm The Skeleton Twins (2014) Comedy. Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader. (M) Masterpiece

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 5.20 Octonauts And The Mariana Trench Adventure. (R, CC) 5.50 Go Jetters. (R) 6.00 Peg + Cat. (R, CC) 6.15 Peter Rabbit. (R, CC) 6.25 Octonauts. (R, CC) 6.40 Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom. (R, CC) 6.50 Shaun The Sheep. (R) 7.00 Spicks And Specks. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Seconds From Disaster. (PG, R, CC) 8.20 The Daters: The Dating App. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 Kitty Flanagan: Hello Kitty. (M, R, CC) Presented by Kitty Flanagan. 9.55 Louis Theroux: Gambling In Las Vegas. (M, R, CC) 10.55 Bodyshockers: Nips, Tucks And Tattoos. (M, R, CC) 11.40 Buzzcocks. (M, R, CC) 12.10 Mock The Week. (M, R, CC) 12.45 First Dates UK. (M, R, CC) 1.30 The Home Show. (PG, R, CC) 2.20 News Update. (R) 2.25 Close. 5.00 Toby’s Travelling Circus. (R, CC) 5.10 Lily’s Driftwood Bay. (R, CC) 5.15 Rastamouse. (R, CC) 5.30 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. (R, CC) 5.45 Children’s Programs.

ABC3 6.00 Children’s Programs. 11.35 Life With Boys. (R, CC) 11.55 Make It Pop. (R, CC) 12.20 Secret Life Of Boys. (R, CC) 12.25 Dance Academy. (R, CC) 2.35 House Of Anubis. (R) 2.55 Absolute Genius. (R) 3.25 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) 3.55 Studio 3. (R) 4.25 Spectacular Spider-Man. (R, CC) 4.50 The Flamin’ Thongs. (R, CC) 5.05 Grojband. (R, CC) 5.30 Roy. (R) 5.55 Little Lunch. (R, CC) 6.10 Thunderbirds Are Go. (R, CC) 6.30 Horrible Histories. (R, CC) 7.00 Operation Ouch! (R, CC) 7.30 Deadly Pole To Pole. (R) 8.00 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) Ben watches bathtub racing. 8.30 Nowhere Boys. (PG, R, CC) The boys cast a spell to find Andy. 8.55 Demons. (PG, R, CC) Luke’s life changes forever. 9.40 Good Game: Pocket Edition. (PG, R, CC) 9.50 Rage. (PG, R) 2.20 Close.

9.00pm Tennis. ATP World Tour. 250 Series. BMW Open. Final. Fox Sports 2 James Franco stars in Milk



6.00 Shopping. (R) 7.00 Tomorrow’s World. (PG) 7.30 Leading The Way. (PG) 8.00 David Jeremiah. (PG) 8.30 Shopping. (R) 9.30 Australia’s Best Houses. (PG, R) 10.00 Home And Away Catch-Up. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook. (R) 12.30 Dealers. (PG, R) 2.00 Better Homes. (R, CC) 2.30 Storage Hoarders. (R) 3.30 Secret Location. (PG, R) 4.30 Escape To The Country. (R) 5.30 Air Crash Investigation. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Motorway Patrol. (PG, R, CC) 7.00 For The Love Of Dogs. (PG) 7.30 The World’s Oddest Animal Couples. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 Escape To The Country. Prospective buyers find their dream home. 9.30 Escape To The Continent. 10.45 Before And After. 11.15 Storage Hoarders. (R) 12.15 The World’s Oddest Animal Couples. (PG, R, CC) 1.15 Escape To The Continent. (R) 2.30 Dealers. (PG, R) 4.00 Dr Oz. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Shopping.


6.00 Children’s Programs. 12.00 Sonic Boom. (PG) 12.30 SpongeBob. (R) 1.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 1.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 2.00 Yu-GiOh! (PG, R) 2.30 Wild Kratts. (R) 3.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 3.30 Teen Titans Go! (PG, R) 4.00 Problem Solverz. (PG, R) 4.30 Power Rangers Dino. (PG, R) 5.00 Justice League Unlimited. (PG, R) 5.30 Ben 10. (PG, R) 6.00 Batman: The Brave And The Bold. (PG, R) 6.30 MOVIE: Alvin And The Chipmunks. (R, CC) (2007) 8.30 MOVIE: The Italian Job. (M, R, CC) (2003) A gang of thieves tries to steal millions in gold. Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron. 10.45 Bad Robots. (M, R) 11.45 Sun, Sex And Suspicious Parents. (M, R) 12.45 GO Surround Sound. (R, CC) 1.00 The Cube. (PG) 2.00 Surfing Australia TV. (R, CC) 2.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 3.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 3.30 SpongeBob. (R) 4.00 Beware The Batman. (M, R) 4.30 Problem Solverz. (PG, R) 4.50 Thunderbirds. (R) 5.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R)


6.00 Home Shopping. (R) 6.30 The Amazing Race. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Home Shopping. (R) 9.30 Dream Car Garage. (PG, R) 10.00 AFL Game Day. 11.30 Hook, Line And Sinker. (PG, R) 12.00 The AFN Fishing Show. (PG) 12.30 Fishing Western Australia. (PG) 1.00 Football. AFL. Round 6. Brisbane Lions v Sydney. 4.00 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 6. Carlton v Essendon. 6.30 What Went Down. (PG) Examines wins and fails. 7.00 MOVIE: Iron Man. (PG, R) (2008) A playboy creates a suit to fight crime. Robert Downey Jr. 9.30 MOVIE: Fast Five. (M, R, CC) (2011) A crew of street racers plans a heist as they deal with the attentions of a drug lord and a federal agent. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster. 12.10 Cruise For Charity. (PG, R) 12.35 The Crows Show. (CC) 1.00 Football. SANFL. Round 6. Central District v Norwood. 4.00 Big Angry Fish. (PG, R)

6.00 Planet America. (R) 6.30 Australia Wide. (R, CC) 7.00 Weekend Breakfast. (CC) 9.00 Insiders. (CC) 10.00 Weekend Breakfast. (CC) 11.00 News. 11.30 World This Week. (R, CC) 12.00 News. (CC) 12.30 The Drum Weekly. (R) 1.00 News. 1.30 Landline. (R, CC) 2.00 News. 2.30 One Plus One. (R, CC) 3.00 News. 3.30 Offsiders. (CC) 4.00 News. 4.30 The Mix. (R, CC) 5.00 News. 5.30 Catalyst. (R, CC) 6.00 ABC News Weekend. 6.30 Foreign Corre. (R, CC) 7.00 ABC News Weekend. 7.30 Australia Wide. (R, CC) 8.00 Insiders. (R, CC) 9.00 ABC News Weekend. 9.30 One Plus One. (R, CC) 10.00 News. 10.30 Planet America. (R) 11.00 News. (CC) 11.30 Conflict Zone. 12.00 Landline. (CC) 1.00 Late Programs.


6.00pm Gardeners’ World. Toby plants a hazelnut tree and harvests the seeds from annual flowers. Lifestyle Home

7.30pm Motorcycle Racing. Superbike World Championship. Round 5. Fox Sports 3

6.00 Skippy. (R) 6.30 MOVIE: The Queen Of Spades. (PG, R, CC) (1949) 8.30 Danoz. 9.30 New Style Direct. 10.00 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG, R) 10.30 MOVIE: Odette. (PG, R, CC) (1950) 1.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 1.30 Getaway. (PG, R, CC) 2.00 MOVIE: Ride Vaquero. (PG, R, CC) (1953) 4.00 MOVIE: An Affair To Remember. (R) (1957) 6.30 Frozen Planet: Winter. (PG, R, CC) Explores how wildlife handles winter. 7.30 RBT. (PG, R, CC) A driver is brought to a booze bus. 8.30 MOVIE: Catch Me If You Can. (M, R, CC) (2002) An FBI agent spends years chasing a young con man who amasses millions in fraudulent cheques. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken. 11.20 Rizzoli & Isles. (M, R, CC) 12.20 Getaway. (PG, R, CC) 12.50 GEM Presents. (CC) 1.00 Seaway. (PG, R, CC) 2.00 Danoz. 3.00 New Style Direct. 3.30 Global Shop. 4.30 Joyce Meyer. (PG) 5.00 Seaway. (PG, R, CC)

ONE 6.00 Shopping. (R) 8.00 Rugby Union. Super Rugby. Round 10. Highlanders v Brumbies. Replay. 10.00 Whacked Out Sports. (PG, R) 10.30 Escape Fishing With ET. (R, CC) 11.00 Temporary Australians. (PG, R) 11.30 Loaded. (PG, R) 12.00 Snap Happy. (R) 12.30 Undercover Boss. (PG, R) 1.30 ST: Next Gen. (PG, R) 2.30 World Sport. (R) 3.00 Moments Of Impact. (PG, R) 4.00 Megastructures Breakdown. (PG, R) 5.00 What’s Up Down Under. (R, CC) 5.30 Adventure Angler. (R) 6.00 Family Feud: Sunday. (CC) 6.30 M*A*S*H. (PG, R) 7.30 CSI: Cyber. (M, R, CC) 8.30 Monkeys Revealed: The Prime Design. (R) 9.30 MOVIE: Collateral. (MA15+, R, CC) (2004) 12.00 World Sport. 12.30 The Killing. (M, R) 1.30 RPM GP. (R, CC) 2.00 RPM. (R, CC) 3.00 Extreme Boats’ Big Angry Fish. (PG, R) 3.30 River To Reef. (R) 4.00 Adventure Angler. (R) 4.30 Temporary Australians. (PG, R) 5.00 Driven Not Hidden. (R) 5.30 Whacked Out Sports. (PG, R)

ELEVEN 6.00 Toasted TV. 9.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 9.30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (R) 10.00 Mako: Island Of Secrets. (C, R, CC) 10.30 Sabrina. (PG, R) 11.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 11.30 Family Ties. (PG, R) 1.00 Cheers. (PG, R) 2.00 Frasier. (PG, R) 3.00 Everybody Loves Raymond. (R, CC) 4.00 King Of Queens. (PG, R) 5.00 Becker. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Angel From Hell. (PG) 6.00 Family Feud: Sunday. (CC) 6.30 Rules Of Engagement. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Futurama. (PG, R) 8.00 The Simpsons. (R, CC) 9.00 MOVIE: Pineapple Express. (MA15+, R, CC) (2008) Two murder witnesses go on the run. Seth Rogen. 11.20 MOVIE: Cheech And Chong’s Animated Movie. (MA15+, R) (2013) Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong. 1.05 Frasier. (PG, R) 1.30 Family Ties. (PG, R) 2.30 Cheers. (PG, R) 3.30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (R) 4.30 Sabrina. (PG, R) 5.00 Shopping.

6.00 Buying The View. (R) 7.00 Fixer Upper. (PG, R) 8.00 House Hunters Reno. (R) 9.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 9.30 My First Place. (PG, R) 10.00 Postcards. (PG, R, CC) 11.00 Extreme Homes. (R) 12.00 House Hunters. (R) 1.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 2.00 Masters Of Flip. (R) 3.00 House Hunters Reno. (R) 4.00 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG) 5.00 Extreme Homes. (R) 6.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 6.30 Fixer Upper. (PG) 7.30 Buying The View. 8.30 Flip Or Flop. 9.30 Good Bones. (PG) (New Series) 10.30 Extreme Homes. 11.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 12.00 Fixer Upper. (PG, R) 1.00 Buying The View. (R) 2.00 Flip Or Flop. (R) 3.00 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Late Programs.


SBS 2 6.00 WorldWatch. 7.00 Russian News. 7.30 Polish News. 8.00 Maltese News. 8.30 Macedonian News. 9.00 PopAsia. (PG) 10.00 Croatian News. 10.30 Serbian News. 11.00 Japanese News. 11.35 Punjabi News. 12.05 Hindi News. 12.30 Dutch News. 1.00 MOVIE: A Monster In Paris. (R) (2011) 2.40 Bino. (PG, R) 2.50 Iron Chef. (R, CC) 4.30 Soccer. A-League. Grand Final. Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers. 8.00 MOVIE: The Way Of The Dragon. (M, R) (1972) A young man fights a crime lord’s thugs. Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris. 9.50 South Park. (M, R, CC) A new meme puts lives in danger. 10.45 The Sex Clinic. (MA15+, R, CC) 11.40 Shot By Kern. (MA15+, R) 12.10 MOVIE: If You Are The One 2. (PG, R) (2010) 2.20 Kurt Wallander. (MA15+, R) 4.05 CCTV News In English From Beijing. 5.00 Korean News. 5.30 Indonesian News.

FOOD 6.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 6.30 Boys Weekend. (R) 7.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 8.00 Chopped. (PG, R) 9.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 10.00 Man Fire Food. (R) 10.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 11.00 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Boys Weekend. (R) 12.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 1.00 Kids Cook-Off. (R) 2.00 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 3.00 Brunch @ Bobby’s. (R) 3.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 4.00 Boys Weekend. (R) 4.30 Giada In Paradise. (R) 5.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 6.30 Last Cake Standing. 7.30 Kids Baking Championship. 8.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 9.30 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 10.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 11.30 Food Network Star. (PG, R) 12.30 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 1.30 Last Cake Standing. (R) 2.30 Brunch @ Bobby’s. (R) 3.00 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 3.30 Boys Weekend. (R) 4.00 No Reservations. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Giada In Paradise. (R)

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Mugu Kids. 8.30 Bushwhacked! 9.00 Wapos Bay. 9.30 Move It Mob Style. 10.00 Soccer. A-League. First semi-final. Adelaide United v Melbourne City. 12.00 The Point Review. 12.30 Around The 44. 1.30 Rugby League. Super Sunday. Under-16s Koori v Murri. 2.30 Ella 7’s 2009 Documentary. 3.30 Down 2 Earth. 4.00 Opinion Piece. (PG) 5.00 Te Kaea. 5.30 Noongar Dandjoo. (PG) 6.00 Awaken. (CC) 7.00 Flying Fox: The Wings Of The Night. 8.00 Fractured Land. (M) 9.30 MOVIE: Cry Freedom. (M) (1987) Denzel Washington. 12.05 Volumz. 4.05 Yorta Yorta Youth. 4.45 Anzacs: Remembering Our Heroes. (PG) 5.00 NITV On The Road: Laura Festival. 0105





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FIND THE WORDS This is a theme puzzle with the subject stated below. Find the listed words in the grid. (They may run in any direction but always in a straight line. Some letters are used more than once.) Ring each word as you find it and when you have completed the puzzle, there will be 14 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle. The urban life


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by Jim Keefe

bustle crowds dining entertainment expressway fashions fast flats fun gangs

hectic highrise ideal imposing inns jobs lanes lonely lord mayor lost markets

migrant news nightclubs opera parks poor port queues rich rush siren

slum smog suburbs tolls uni urban vagrants work zoo

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WEEKENDER SUDOKU Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.


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LAFF-A-DAY SNOWFLAKES There are 13 black hexagons in the puzzle. Place the numbers 1 to 6 around each of them. No number can be repeated in any partial hexagon shape along the border of the puzzle.


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GO FIGURE >> The idea of Go Figure is to arrive at the figures given at the bottom and right-hand columns of the diagram by following the arithmetic signs in the order they are given (that is, from left to right and top to bottom). Use only the numbers below the diagram to complete its blank squares and use each of the nine numbers only once.


>> AXYDLBAAXR is LONGFELLOW: One letter stands for another. In this sample, A is used for the three Ls, X for the two Os, etc. Single letters, apostrophes, the length and formation of the words are all hints. Each week the code letters are different.





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From the pages of America’s most popular newspapers




by Paul Dorin

z It was award-winning Canadian novelist, poet, essayist and literary critic Margaret Atwood who made the following sage observation: “Your romantic tragedy when you were 19 becomes a funny anecdote by the time you’re 45. And then, 30 years later, you can’t remember their name.” z In 1819, some Native peoples in the United States got quite a surprise. Fearing trouble from tribes, a group of western river explorers travelled in a steamboat that had been modified to resemble a firebreathing serpent. z After the disaster of the Exxon Valdez, the oil tanker’s former captain, Joseph Hazelwood – who evidently had been so drunk that he was passed out in his bunk when the devastating collision occurred – was hired by the New York Maritime College. His job? Teaching students how to stand watch. z At one time in New York City it was against the law to play pinball. z Tombstones weren’t always used to record information about the deceased’s life; they were originally just large, unmarked slabs of stone placed atop a fresh grave – a barrier to ensure that no undead creature or ghastly spirit could escape to trouble the living. z The woman who was declared the female winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon had the title stripped from her after officials noticed her absence from any of the photographs or video footage from the middle of the event. It seems she veered off course, killed a little time around town, then rode the subway a spot less than a mile from the finish line, rejoining the race at the very end.

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by Samantha Weaver

Thought for the Day: “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Gardens 42. Breather? 43. Columbus’ benefactor 48. Exam type 49. Suitable 50. Rod partner 51. Carry 52. Deposit 53. Bigfoot’s cousin

DOWN 1. Floral garland 2. Type squares 3. Perch 4. Not wobbly 5. Barbecue fare 6. Old French coin 7. Satisfies 8. Moulin Rouge dance 9. Taking care of business 10. Arp’s art 11. Basin accessory 16. Wacko 20. “An apple -- ...” 21. Opposed


22. Accomplishes 23. Loosen 24. Colorado ski mecca 26. Regal 27. Cherished 28. Satan’s specialty 29. Tear 31. Midwestern state 34. Two-position switch 35. NYC area, with “the” 37. Charlotte’s creation 38. Ror-schach picture 39. Modern-day coin 40. Summertime pest 41. Perry of pop 44. Hot tub 45. Director Spike 46. Allow 47. -- Baba 160404

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Dubbo Weekender | Friday 29.04.2016 to Sunday 01.05.2016

YOUR STARS ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) Feeling relaxed and happy on the whole? Take the chance to read those books you promised yourself or spend that evening in with your friends. Quiet doesn’t mean boring because it helps you move forward. Those who want to improve their health will find this an ideal time. When you look at the weather this time of year, it makes sense to go out walking and chatting. TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 21) Life can seem dull at times this week but that will change by the weekend. Something you had planned may have to be adjusted at the last minute. This could be because of a clash in dates, so plan carefully. Someone’s behaviour proves embarrassing but, if taken on balance, is not so serious. Care less about what others think and more about what you need.

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VIRGO (AUG 24-SEP 23) Those who want advice are beating a path to your door. Although you have the time, the inclination is not there. Get in the right frame of mind by reminding yourself of the rewards for success. Helping someone is one thing, but not helping them could mean a whole set of new problems. Generosity is perhaps not your priority now. Even so, you need to be consistent.

LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23) In a week of changes (some of them very slow) you want to keep control of the situation.

complain about? Well, maybe a bit more excitement is needed? Friends will lead the way to a new place and some muchneeded fun. A new light is shone on what you thought would be an impossible situation. A change in your attitude could lead to a change in your lifestyle. A beacon of light seems to lead to your love life. What are your instincts telling you?

situation is a-coming, it is natural to try and avoid it. Once bitten, twice shy? Your instincts are spot on so don’t waste time pondering. Concentrating on practical matters is not easy but, if you manage to do it, great progress is made. This time last week you would not have thought it possible!

SAGITTARIUS (NOV 23-DEC 21) Communicate everywhere this week and make it a bumper time for making friends. Someone takes a bit longer to get to know than most, but the effort will be worthwhile. A casual remark from a relative makes you wonder if there are secrets in the family. Followed your family tree yet? Avoid making up gossip if you don’t find the facts. Of course the facts may take some time to gather.

AQUARIUS (JAN 21-FEB 19) A happy

CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 22) Although

LEO (JUL 23-AUG 23) If a repeat of an old

thoughts. When not sure which path to take it is always good to have a map. Make a list of priorities and gradually tick them off. Yes, you are the best person to know what you want, despite what others might think. Taking what others tell you as the only truth would be a big mistake.

CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 20) Is your energy low? Has your enthusiasm waned? Pep up your mood and health by getting out and about. Earlier nights and a cleaner diet will take a few weeks to kick in. Persevere. This time next month you could feel like a new person! Small matters can be tedious unless you see the funny side. Why not take a few hours to find funnier company and have a giggle?

GEMINI (MAY 22-JUN 21) Not much to

it is a busy week, there is not as much progress as expected. A delay is due to someone not being able to make up their mind. Although annoying, look at the background and it is understandable. Still, that does not stop you from forging ahead with plans. Being prepared is good. There are many slow influences this week. They may delay you but try not to get frustrated.

Don’t worry. As the week progresses your energy increases and big strides are made. Midweek someone comes up with an idea that sets your imagination on fire. Given that the weekend holds a social surprise, you will see what others think. Although you don’t expect to please everyone, you would like to.

SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22) Home life is sometimes boring and sometimes erratic. This makes for some confused


meeting or change of scene this week opens up new possibilities in your social life. A few indulgences may have left you feeling sluggish. Get out walking and chatting with others. Hard exercise is not necessary, just a gentle stroll each day can lighten your mood. With a little imagination you will be able to see the funny side in most situations.

PISCES (FEB 20-MAR 20) Take a positive step towards a healthier attitude. Working is commendable but you are supposed to have fun as well! Small decisions make up a big one by the weekend. Surprise news from an old friend sets you thinking about your own life. It is never too late to make a change, is it? There are many jokes that will please on the web as long as you can remember them.

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Monday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Although many things come easily, Taurus, they may not be the ones worth pursuing. Keep your mind sharp to see the chances to move forward. This is a time when your imagination and intuition come together to good effect. Tuesday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Taurus, who will be better equipped to know what you need but you yourself? Tempting as it may be to let others take the lead, keep those important decisions for yourself. Wednesday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Being decisive can sometimes mean going against the wishes of others, Taurus. Although that comes fairly easily to you, others may disagree. This is your life and these are your decisions, no-one else’s. Thursday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! The Bull is sometimes quite a threatening figure, Taurus. However, when you know your direction no-one will stop your progress. Make that clear to others to save time and money! Friday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! From a distance you may seem a kindly person to deal with, Taurus. Even so, this is sometimes an illusion. Not everyone finds it possible to agree with you in the months to come. Stay firm. Saturday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! When Taurus makes a stand, get in the way at your peril! Hot on the trail of your heart’s desire, determination is king. You won’t feel guilty about upsetting others if it is justified. Sunday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! The great thing about you, Taurus, is that others can depend on you. Once decided on backing someone, you will not falter. That means some determination at times. It is a strength.

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8 Control; 9 Force; 10 Item; 11 Oriental; 13 Fool; 14 Seem; 16 Listener; 17 Spur; 20 Elude; 21 Impeach; 22 DUAL CROSSWORD Shelter; 23 Train. 18,982 Down: 1 Deceitfulness; CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS 2 Range; 3 Yarn; 4 Paltry; Across: 1 Delia; 4 Dog5 Sufferer; 6 Erratum; days; 8 Bustles, 9 Tacit; 10 7 Steal a march on; 12 Cash; 11 Water-ski; 13 Cues; Movement; 13 Fissure; 15 14 Feed; 16 Epidemic; 17 Senior; 18 Plaza; 19 Spot. Acer; 20 Tinge; 21 Present; 22 Roister; 23 Tipsy. THE BAKER’S DOZEN Down: 1 Debt-collector; TRIVIA TEST: 2 Lists; 3 Ally; 4 Dismay; 1. Zero. 2. “The Phantom 5 Gathered; 6 Accused; 7 of the Opera”. 3. When Sitting pretty; 12 Tenethere are two full moons ment; 13 Chianti; 15 Nipin the same month. 4. per; 18 Cheap; 19 Felt. Erik Thomson. 5. Edith QUICK SOLUTIONS Wharton. 6. Montreal. Across: 1 Dirty; 4 Possess; 7. Al Stewart, in 1976.

The album version was 6 minutes 40 seconds long, of which 4 minutes is instrumental. 8. Vin Diesel. 9. Kilojoule (or Calorie). 10. Whitney Houston. 11. It was 1901. 12. It was 1936. 13. “Careless Whisper”, by George Michael in 1984, although he was still performing with Wham! at the time. Co-writer Michael later said that although the song has meant so much to so many people, it didn’t mean anything to him when he wrote it. Released as a B-side, the song topped charts around the world.


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Making a pitch for girls in cricket BY JOHN RYAN JOURNALIST

OR someone who was voted the worst cricketer at every school I attended (along with many schools I did not of those I did not) I have have enormous admiration for people who can compete in this game at the highest level. Cricket requires not only incredible hand/eye coordination and resolve, it also normally requires intensive specialised coaching to make the top grades, making it more difficult for country kids to attain. Enter Dubbo’s Emma Hughes who is so modest about her achievements, which include stellar performances in the Australian side, that I had to interview her dad, Alan rather than her. Emma’s story is far more than one of personal achievement; it’s also about her local cricket club culture which has been incredibly supportive, and also the way the game’s bosses are positioning cricket to at-



tract more females to the game as a mainstream sport like netball. But first, here’s a list of Emma’s achievements so far:


l First female to be awarded cricketer of the year with Dubbo’s Macquarie Cricket Club l Member of the NSW Cyclones U18s girls indoor cricket side which played in Brisbane in the National Championships and are National Champions two years running; l Captain Western Zone under 15s girls in the Country Championships in Raymond Terrace and top run scorer for the Carnival l NSW State Challenge Carnival, selected from that event to the ACT NSW Country under 15 side l ACT NSW Country played in the National under 15 championship in Hobart where Emma was one of the top wicket takers for the carnival until being injured. Country won the championship for the first time with Emma taking 6 for 19 on debut against Tasmania, a stint which included a hat-trick l Selection in the Australian Development Squad


S a junior club our whole role is to encourage, develop and support children to play cricket, irrespective of gender. Emma Hughes and Greta Scullard are outstanding examples of the type of cricketers MJCC can produce and we believe are in the best position to help prepare young female junior cricketers to learn and love the game of cricket. MJCC is very proud of the type of cricketer we produce, both male and female, and believe having these players involved in helping to nurture and develop the game at the grassroots level can only benefit the game itself.


‘Kids coaching Kids’ keeps the game young, fresh, exciting and hopefully, attractive for more to join and play. MJCC currently has four U16 players who will be part of a group of 10 to 12 people undertaking a Community Coaching (Level 1) accreditation on Sunday, May 1, 2016. We have asked some of them to consider ‘putting back’ into the game so they can have a role in developing the next generation of cricketers that join our club. Emma Hughes and Greta Scullard, along with promising juniors, Josh Wilesmith and Brayth Stevenson, have agreed to help coach junior teams in the 2016/2017 season. In May they will receive accreditation which is nationally recognised and can transfer with them as they start their life journey, become more rounded

made up of 21 girls across Australia. This squad will go into a training camp at the Bupa Cricket Training Centre in Brisbane during September l One of six girls selected from this squad to play for Cricket Australia 11 in the under 18 National carnival in Canberra in January l Captain of her local junior under 16 side which was runner up in this year’s competition l Played in Dubbo District Cricket Association and were the Dawson Cup Winners l Awarded joint Junior cricketer of the year in Dubbo for the 2015/16 season, the first time that award has gone to a female cricketer; l Awarded Dubbo District Cricket Association Female Cricketer of the year (which is the Jaspal Bansal Memorial Trophy, named in honour of Jaspal, a former Indian test player who was a Macquarie Valley female cricket coach, and a staunch local supporter of female cricketers and who passed away last November.) l Junior Cricketer of year in both junior and senior clubs for Dubbo’s Macquarie Cricket Club along with senior cricketer of the year for the club.

players as now they get the knowledge and resources to look at the game from both a playing and coaching perspective and better understand why their coaches have asked them to work on particular skills and techniques and they now get the opportunity to interpret and apply the same knowledge with their personal experiences. We have senior members responsible for educating, mentoring and developing the grassroots players for our club allowing us to form a connection for juniors of all ages to hopefully increase the likelihood of members, in particular female members, staying on longer and playing all their cricket with us. Younger female players have an opportunity to be coached and mentored by more senior female players who are accredited, hopefully helping to further encourage more females to play our national summer sport - this connection can then be ongoing as younger players develop their skills and grow within the sport. Whilst we won’t be the first club to

have U16 players coaching younger teams, having all our coaches accredited and having strong role models in who we have coaching our teams, including Emma and Greta, will hopefully provide us with a complete package to offer moving forward. With Emma and Greta in particular, I think MJCC will be the only junior club with accredited female coaches willing to coach their own teams, further providing cricketing opportunities for female players which MJCC takes seriously and prides itself on. There’s no doubting the success Emma Hughes has enjoyed this past season is just reward for the hard work she has put in but Emma is one of four females who played U16’s for MJCC this season and part of ten female juniors currently registered with our club. Greta Scullard is another outstanding talent who actually finished the season as the leading wicket taker in the DDJCA U16B competition and was a big reason why MJCC played in the U16B Grand Final.


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The final say


Understanding the scale of the Rock of Ages O imagine you’re standing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. You’re looking at what’s said to be the place at which Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and from which he rose again – perhaps the physical focal point for so many of the laws, morals, ethics and cultural norms by which we in Australia live. Then some dude strolls in, drops his daks and squats to empty his bowels… right there in the middle of arguably Christianity’s most sacred site. Religious or no, you’d be pretty offended, right? You’re in northern Italy, and take the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of St John the Baptist to see the famed Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Christ. You find it thumbtacked to a wall so tourists can take advantage of better light for selfies with their iPhones. Or you find yourself unable to see the baptismal font during an outing to The Vatican’s St Peter’s Basilica because there are kids crawling all over it while their parents post the photos to Facebook. Even if you’re not a practicing Catholic or a Christian of any semblance of faith, you’d be affronted by such wanton disregard for other people’s beliefs. Wouldn’t you? Now – imagine those sites I’ve mentioned are instead Uluru. Different thing, you say. Well, no. No it’s not. And if you’ll indulge me while I recount a conversation I had this week, I’ll try to explain why. I’ve returned here to the Central Desert of Australia to


continue working with local Aboriginal communities on a photo book project, the proceeds from which will be returned to a community-based not-for-profit arts and culture organisation. I will never profess to understand the intricacies of the way in which this ancient Anangu culture works but I’ve been doing my best to try, and in the light of the recently revived debate over whether or not people should climb the magnificent monolith I decided to ask some locals. There’s a thumping great sign at the entrance to the climbing point at the base of the rock – a firm but gently worded appeal from the Anangu people: “Please don’t climb.” It goes on to list some of the cultural, environmental and practical reasons for the plea. I’ll admit, as a professional sticky-beak, I would love to see the world from atop Uluru, but I could never bring myself to walk past and ignore that request. Even if my level of fitness and fear of heights would allow it (which they most likely wouldn’t), I’m here as an invited guest of the communities and I would never jeopardise the embryonic relationships I’m building by discounting the Anangu’s wishes for the sake of some great photos. Climbing the rock is, of course, still allowed and many take the challenge. For visitors – and in the minds of Australians in particular – it’s among the most iconic of travel experiences. But the Anangu people have some very valid reasons for asking people to instead walk around the base of Uluru to “discover a deeper understand-


ing of this place”. There’s the safety aspect. Some 35 climbers have died in recent decades, and the Anangu people find this deeply distressing, given their belief that the souls of the dead remain with Uluru. There’s the environmental angle. There are no toilets atop the rock – and the average climber is up there for more than four hours. There are veritable rivers of human waste that run off the rock into the surrounding waterholes, and that’s having a significant impact on the water quality and

therefore the native animals and birds. Then there’s “Tjukurrpa” (pronounced “chook-oor-pa”) – a Pitjantjatjara word that’s been very loosely (and, it appears, erroneously) translated in English as “dreaming”. Over dinner one night this week, I asked an Anangu man to explain to me exactly what Tjukurrpa means. He fixed me with patient dark eyes and waited so long to reply I feared I might have offended him. But he was just gathering his thoughts to try to explain, in English, this complex and in-

tricate belief structure. And he did so very effectively – by simply saying that Tjukurrpa is a religion. Religion is not a word nonindigenous authorities are keen to use – nervous, he says, about the legal, territorial and societal implications. And I’d imagine there are some very powerful and wealthy religious organisations that wouldn’t relish the thought of another player in the marketplace. “But it’s our religion – just like Christianity is your religion; it sets out the lore, the knowledge, the history; our way of thinking, of living, of relating to people and the land. It’s everything. “You have the bible, right? Well, the land is our bible,” he told me – explaining that every rock, every tree, every animal, every plant, every natural feature is part of that “bible”. The land tells the people the story of the past, the present and the future – it guides them. And Uluru is like a giant scripture book. Each scar, each formation, each fold, each cave and mark and view has its own significance and meaning. If we’re using the Christian analogy, the rock is the Ten Commandments to the Anangu – literally carved in stone. And Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)? “Well,” he said. “It’s the most sacred. It’s like head office. It’s like The Vatican.” We talked for a couple of hours – and I left still reeling from trying (in vain) to fully understand the depth and breadth of Tjukurrpa. But this I now do understand – climbing Uluru is like stomping all over the Ark of the Covenant. And I wouldn’t do either.

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