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A Cancer Centre for our region

Yvette Aubusson-Foley Twitter @DubboWeekender


MARK WOODLEY Wongarbon’s Bush Retreat PAGE 13

MOTORING A drive down memory lane PAGE 16



Having a yarn at Harvey’s Bar PAGE 20



Insights from Domino’s CEO and managing director Don Meij PAGE 28



Good news for Gluten-free fans PAGE 36

DANCE Kate wins scholarship PAGE 42

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Seven Days Tony Webber Paul Dorin Watercooler What I Do Know Business & Rural

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The Big Picture Lifestyle Entertainment What’s On 3-Day TV Guide Jen Cowley

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Electing to change old ways HE world’s oldest-known, edge-ground axe fragment (see picture of whole examples) has been discovered by archaeologists in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and announced this week. Dated at around 46,000 to 49,000 years-old, the discovery is a marker to a time period when the first people to colonise our wide brown land, were thought to arrive. Chatting to Jen Cowley, also this week, who has just returned from the Northern Territory working with full blood Aboriginal tribespeople, she gave a powerful sense of a culture in decline and that even today there are still many misunderstandings and misconceptions, drowned out by a couple of hundred years of empirical hoo-ha, so that what makes traditional Indigenous cultures enriched and owners of a true identity has been watered down to irrelevancy and curiosity. We all know lives can change in a moment, so those tens of thousands of years of experience, memories, histories and importantly the oral archive of stories, many of them secret stories, which need new generations to custodian, is a wealth of human history and knowledge locked in a losing battle with western culture (which can tend, not, to tread lightly). That an axe can be called ‘technology’, in our “Age” of technology seems incongruous and incomparable, but at that time, must certainly would have been a tool affording it’s owner incredible power – over life and death, food or starvation and authority of others. Who’s going to argue with the guy holding the rock on the end of the stick? Actually the stick gives the rock an accuracy and extra load, extra power, extra kudos in action and no doubt, around the camp fire. Today, the guy with the biggest stick really affords themselves no credibility (I’m thinking, Kim Jong Il or Putin). Increasingly it is individuals, from the comfort of their lounge or kitchen table who can undo or expose previous ways of thinking (Panama Papers, Wikileaks) by using code or making significant statements or change through social media. This is the world our Millenials have been born in to and the one in which they’ll vote, and continue to vote in the future. The July 2 election is bringing certain is-


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History repeating itself in a gratuitous parody of all that is wrong in American society, at the very least, and fingers crossed our election journey in Oz, will be less about pomp and flawed personality and more about securing real genuine change, which gives Australians authentic meaning and opportunity.


sues to the fore but how they’re argued out and which of them are deemed the most important, is key, to winning new voters and the Millenial youth. The American primaries are a perfect example of how a generation of Millenials who will one day be running for President of the USA or Prime Minister of Australia learn about the political process – in the worst possible light. History repeating itself in a gratuitous parody of all that is wrong in American society, at the very least, and fingers crossed our election journey in Oz, will be less about pomp and flawed personality and more about securing real genuine change, which gives Australians authentic meaning and opportunity. Millenials already know what matters to them. Issues like LGBTQ rights, housing affordability, student loans, climate change, asylum seekers. The election spotlight is on these issues and will be debated in coming weeks, hopefully with some dignity and thought to the fact that new generations of voters are watching and will either learn the political process is a farce or a genuine road to progress. Incongruent policies, the skirting around certain issues which they are not afraid to back or publically support and are demanding their system of government reflect their valid views, such as marriage equality and the treatment of refugees. Essentially they’ll be asking – as many older voters too – for change. It’s the one true constant of life. The only guarantee that nothing can or should remain the same as it has always been. The discovered axe fragment is testimony to that. Australia has changed unrecognisably since then and still with a world of change ahead of it. If our next government truly reflects the society it is appointed to govern by it’s people – to serve as the servants of it’s people – then post July 2, the cost of education, marriage equality, the humanitarian treatment of asylum seekers and climate change will be faced head on and addressed, without fear, without caution but with true leadership which cannot be bought and paid for at the expense of our environment or the mental health of our population. And hopefully what is decided now, will stand the test of time for generations of Aussie’s to come.


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Newcastle flights to start mid-July FlyPelican Jetstream 32


LYPELICAN announced this week it will start a twice-daily air service between Dubbo and Newcastle from July 18, 2016, subject to regulatory approval. The Newcastle based airline currently flies to Canberra three times a day from Newcastle, Sydney and Mudgee, a regulated government route, twice a day each and Ballina (Byron Bay) once a day. “We’ve got two aircraft and they’re pretty well utilised,�CEO of FlyPelican, Paul Graham, told Dubbo Weekender. “We’re just in the process of doubling our fleet, so going up to four aircraft in the next few months. The third aircraft is coming online at the beginning of July, so we’ve been actively looking at new routes.� FlyPelican issued an expression of interest to see what towns or cities required or needed a service and could sustain a service throughout the year. “We had discussions with Dubbo City Council a few months ago. There’s a lot of synergies between Dubbo, Sydney and Newcastle especially the fact that Dubbo has a 40,000 population and 140,000 catchment area we saw there’s potential business,� Graham said. “What we looked at is offering a service that would allow business people to be in Newcastle or in Dubbo and have the whole day, by having a morning service and an evening service, which is quite difficult for a lot of airlines to provide. “And have a mix of business and leisure as well, so our lowest fare of $99 inclusive of taxes is quite attractive to the leisure market. Really compared to some other operators it’s extremely low. So we hope to keep those fares really low so people can come up to the Hunter and also likewise, travel to Dubbo, maybe go to the zoo and take a look around the region,� he said. Using the Jetstream 32-196, a British Aerospace-made 19-seat aircraft, FlyPelican hopes to fly regularly at 70 per cent capacity or above. The aircraft can accommodate skis, snowboards and


golf clubs. “We’re putting on around 18,000 to 19,000 seats per year and we’re expecting to be able to carry around a 70 per cent load factor, so again that really suits the 19-seat aircraft as opposed to larger aircraft which potentially wouldn’t be able to carry the capacity or not being able to carry a morning and evening service. That’s really the key to the success of the group. “There’ll be two different luggage allowances which are inclusive of the fare. You don’t pay for extra luggage.

Depending on the fares, on the $99 fare, it will be 20 kilos and on the higher fares, on the flexible type fares it will be 23 kilos, which is really to fall into line with the international carrier allowance,� Graham said. “Newcastle Port is starting to promote cruises. Newcastle Airport is the largest regional airport in New South Wales, with about 1.2 million passengers per year going through Newcastle Airport. “It’s really developed and hopefully we’ll be operating international flights in the future as well,� he said.

Our lowest fare of $99 inclusive off taxes is ket. Really quite attractive to the leisure market. compared to some other operators ors it’s extremely low. So we hope to keep ep those fares really low so people can come me up to the Hunter and also likewise, travel to Dubbo, maybe go to the zoo and take a look ook around the region – Paul Graham m

The Newcastle to Dubbo schedule is currently set for daily departures from Newcastle to Dubbo (0630 and 1730) and from Dubbo to Newcastle at 0800 and 1855. Flight times are just under one hour. FlyPelican is founded and owned by Graham and two other directors who started the company in June last year. Dubbo Mayor councillor Mathew Dickerson said: “Dubbo City Council is very pleased to welcome FlyPelican’s new services connecting Dubbo directly with Newcastle. This route opens even more opportunities for business and family travellers going to or coming from Newcastle and the Port Stephens area. With the addition of Newcastle, Dubbo is now within a direct one-hour flight of six different ports. FlyPelican was previously a FIFO (fly in/fly out) charter service. Flight crews have broad experience in charter operations in Africa, aeromedical support, search and rescue, regional airlines. Since May last year, the airline has introduced flights to Mudgee, Canberra (June 2015), Ballina (October 2015). They offer corporate air transfer and private charter.


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Cancer Centre Communities across the region now have the opportunity the to join the quest to see a cancer centre established in Dubbo to service the western area and far west by filling out the petition now in circulation. PETITION to the Federal Government to fund an Integrated Cancer Centre for Dubbo Hospital began circulating this week and has been well received by signatories across the city in various locations. A steady stream of people lined up to sign the petitions in front of the Talbragar Street Australia Post Office this week. “It’s important that we let people know, that the cancer centre is not just for Dubbo however, but


the entire region. This is a cancer centre for the towns,” Primary signatory and official coordinator of the petition, Lyn Smith told Dubbo Weekender. “Anyone can host the petition. We currently have them at the Delroy shopping centre and Delroy ChemMart, Adams Newsagency, Astley’s Plumping, IGA West, most pharmacies in town, Cobra Street Mini Mart and PRP,” she said. The petition is also available at the Panscott Media

(Dubbo Photo News and Dubbo Weekender) office at 89 Wingewarra Street. Petitions are also available at the Dubbo City Council Civic Administration Building, Church Street and the Dubbo, Dubbo Visitor Information Centre. Tables are being manned at various times by Rotarians at the Post Office in Talbragar Street, at Centro, Orana Mall, Delroy and Tamworth Street shopping centres.

Would you like to collect signatures? Any community groups or organisations wishing to volunteer to collect signatures can contact the following the Dubbo City Council on 6801 4000, Dubbo Visitors Information Centre 6801 4450, Astley’s Plumbing and Hardware 6882 4633 or, by asking a member of Rotary Club of Dubbo West, or by inboxing the A CANCER CENTRE FOR DUBBO Facebook page at

Australia Post staff sign the petition.

Innerwheel: Melva Blake and Cheryl Pfeiffer.

Robert Pfeiffer, president, Rotary Club of Dubbo West collecting signatures.

Tim Koertstz Pharmacy: Minnie Peisley, Karen Howard and Natalie Cummins.

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petition on the streets

Pru Thompson and Lyn Smith

Delroy Chemart: Kerry Braithwaite, Daniel Kendall, Ros Payne, Lauren Collins, Amanda Taylor. PHOTOS: DUBBO WEEKENDER

Astley’s: Deb Eade, Mick Priddis, Stuart Astley, Jason Gillies and Olivia Spackman.

Lyn Smith talks to Jason Dearmer, secretary Dubbo Kangaroos Rugby Club

Dubbo’s medical students show support for Cancer Centre HE push for a local cancer treatment centre has the backing of students at Dubbo’s own medical school. Students from the University of Sydney, School of Rural Health banded together this week to show their support for the cancer centre and outline why they feel it is desperately needed. School of Rural Health medical student Lars Newman hails from Dubbo originally and has returned to the local campus this year to complete the fourth year of his degree. He would like to see the cancer centre established here as during his training he has seen first-hand the positive impact it could have on patient outcomes. “Many of the cancer patients we see in the hospital are required to travel long distances to Sydney to obtain treatment, which comes at a huge cost to them emotionally and financially,’ Newman said. “It’s clear that if they could access that treatment here in their community, with the close support network of friends and family nearby, this could be really beneficial to the medical outcome.” Newman said as a medical student who is being trained here locally under the supervision of Dubbo doctors and specialists, having a cancer centre here would also help teach our future medical professionals, and help attract more to stay in Dubbo permanently. “As well as benefiting patients, a cancer treatment centre in Dubbo would also offer more employment opportunities, attracting more doctors and specialists in this area and also nurses and related allied health workers that are involved in the care of cancer patients. As medical students, it would also be a huge benefit to us as it would give students at the SRH the chance to learn from these professionals, and even more reason to return to Dubbo to practice.” To show the Dubbo School of Rural Health’s support, Newman organised for students and staff to get together for a photo, highlighting just how many people at the campus are behind the centre. As a Dubbo local, Mr Newman is hoping to secure an internship at


Students from the University of Sydney, School of Rural Health banded together this week to show their support for the cancer centre.

Dubbo Hospital next year and eventually return to the city to practice as a GP after his studies are complete. The School of Rural Health trains 64 medical students in Dubbo and Orange for a full year of their degree, with the aim of seeing many of them return to the community to practice. Our well-established medi-

cal campuses have been hugely successful in this area and have developed a strong network of relationships with the local hospitals and clinicians. In this way, our rural medical schools are already addressing the rural doctor shortage and helping grow the local health workforce.



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Seeds of a great idea Garry Braithwaite, Dubbo resident and prostate cancer patient, hopes broader treatment options are included in the push for a cancer centre in Dubbo. Deciding the standard radiotherapy path was not for him, his own research unearthed Bracytherapy, which minimises treatment downsides – including long periods away from family – and begs the question, why aren’t patients made aware of it? WORDS John Ryan ANCER sufferers in Dubbo and the state’s west are suffering from years of neglect when it comes to cancer treatment services. Despite servicing more than 200,000 people, Dubbo Hospital is lagging far behind centres such Orange which has a smaller catchment area of potential patients. Added to the pain, Orange is less than three hours from Sydney, whereas Dubbo patients have an extra 90 minutes travel time on top of that, or three hours for the round trip, and patients travelling five hours just to get to Dubbo are particularly disadvantaged. Many cancer sufferers in remote communities such as Bourke and Brewarrina, who’d likely travel to Dubbo for treatment, are choosing to die at home rather than go to Orange or Sydney, an indictment on federal government spending priorities. The state government is pouring massive amounts of money in the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment, they’ll pay for the cost of running an integrated cancer centre if the commonwealth bothers to stump up the money for the capital costs, estimated at about $50 million. Parkes MP Mark Coulton has been pushing this issue for years but, holding a safe coalition seat, his advocacy efforts aren’t resonating as loudly as other members who hold their seat with slim margins – just look at the $50 billion committed to build submarines in South Australia, a huge expenditure many claim is more to do with keeping a few coalition MPs in parliament than anything else. One local calling for better cancer services is Garry Braithwaite. His advice after receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer was to receive courses of radiation at Orange, a move which would have seen him have to live down there while undergoing his treatment, away from family and friends while being subjected to severe sickness just from side-effects. The 81 year-old didn’t want to subject himself to that ordeal, especially after hearing so many stories where sufferers felt the radiation treatments were worse than the ‘cure’. “I’d heard so many bad things


about it because it’s such a sensitive area, it can ruin your quality of life well and truly,” Mr Braithwaite said. “It would be virtually living in Orange for a few minutes of treatment here and there. “It’s just too hard even from the economic side of things, especially as we can’t we can’t access it in Dubbo,” he said.

After conducting his own research, he heard about a new prostate treatment being offered by the integrated prostate cancer centre at Sydney’s St George Hospital called Bracytherapy which involves the permanent implantation of tiny radioactive seeds directly into the prostate gland. “I’d heard how successful

the seed treatments were so I looked into that,” Braithwaite said. “Instead of having to virtually move to Orange this meant just four visits to Sydney and no side-effects. “It’s not suitable for everyone but it’s been great for me, I’ve had no pain from the operation at all and couldn’t be happier,”

he said. While incredibly pleased that this treatment has worked so well for him, he’s concerned that not only is nothing like this on offer at home, but that no medical specialists in the West seem to be telling sufferers that these sorts of far less invasive options are even available.


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PROSTATE TREATMENT STRATEGIES Prostate Cancer Institute, St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre

While incredibly pleased that this treatment has worked so well for him, he’s concerned that not only is nothing like this on offer at home, but that no medical specialists in the West seem to be telling sufferers that these sorts of far less invasive options are even available.

Garry Braithwaite, 81, chose Bracytherapy, the permanent implantation of tiny radioactive seeds directly into the prostate gland, to treat his prostate. PHOTO: YVETTE AUBUSSON-FOLEY

Braithwaite has joined a growing chorus calling for an holistic Integrated Cancer Centre to be built at Dubbo as new funding stages see the former Dubbo Hospital morph in to a giant complex to service the vast western region. “There’s nothing to stop this happening and people out

here deserve the same level of access to treatments like this, we need all these sorts of options,” he said. Braithwaite is also advising anyone suffering from prostate cancer, or any other cancers, to seek a second opinion, he said it certainly paid off for him.

OHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY in the United States says if these specialists don’t agree, a man could always consult a medical oncologist who specialises in cancer treatment but does not perform surgery or deliver radiation. Another option is to see a second urologist or radiation oncologist because doctors of the same specialty often have different approaches to treatment. Just as there are different forms of radiation, so there are different ways of removing cancerous prostate tissue. The university notes that an advantage of seeking a second opinion at a centre that specialises in prostate cancer is that a pathologist will review the biopsy slides. Accurate interpretation of the slides is essential because it forms the basis for treatment decisions. Sometimes pathologists make mistakes. In one study at John Hopkins, pathologists reviewed biopsy samples of 535 men who were awaiting a radical prostatectomy. They reclassified seven of the men as being cancer free. Further investigation showed six of the seven were indeed free of prostate cancer and their surgery was cancelled. The university suggests men ask their primary doctor or the urologist who performed the biopsy to refer them for a second opinion, preferably to a colleague affiliated with a different hospital. This is not essential but is prudent because doctors who work at the same institution often share similar views and may be reluctant to contradict one another. There is also the question of whether a better result could be obtained at a centre that focuses on prostate cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study confirming that outcomes for prostate cancer are generally more favourable at high-volume centres. Second opinion prostate cancer clinics have been popping up all over the US and offer to confirm the diagnosis, discuss treatment options, help men select the best course of action and introduce men to medical experts who can treat them. While no such clinics are advertised in Australia, some prostate cancer departments in major hospitals provide the service through individual specialists who can then take the case to a meeting of their peers to confirm the best treatment. Every Thursday afternoon, The Prostate Cancer Institute at Sydney’s St George Private Hospital runs a clinic where men can obtain a second opinion from urologists, radiation oncologists and a specialist nurse. Please call (02) 9587 4888 for more information. Paul Cozzi, a urologist and senior lecturer in surgery at the University of NSW, says men come in from country NSW and other states and spend the afternoon going through treatment options. Those who consult him are generally seeking an opinion about their suitability for nervesparing surgery or a nerve graft to preserve potency. If their initial biopsy was limited, Cozzi often requires that they be re-biopsied under general anaesthetic so several new tissue samples can be taken. He recently took part in a study that found that the new biopsy altered the surgical approach in 53 per cent of patients considering a nerve-sparing operation who had limited initial biopsies. Australian first for prostate cancer treatment Prostate cancer sufferers are benefitting from the delivery of new leading edge cryotherapy equipment acquired by the Prostate Cancer Institute, at The St George Hospital. The Seednet Gold Cryotherapy system, apart from being new, is unique technology utilising ultra-thin 17 gauge technology/third generation allowing physicians to effectively and safe-


Implantation of tiny radioactive seeds directly into the prostate gland.

ly treat patients whilst minimising side-affects. Professor John Kearsley, director of the Prostate Cancer Institute, TSt George Hospital, said the Prostate Cancer Institute will be the first centre in Australia to introduce regular cryotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, which makes us the only public institution in Australia capable of providing all treatment options for prostate cancer. “Today, minimally invasive treatments are in demand. When used in combination with extremely low/sub-zero temperatures and image monitoring, the cryotherapy system is a safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer,” Professor Kearsely said. Doctors say the Seednet Gold Cryotherapy system incorporates a familiar brachytherapy set-up utilising an insertion template mounted on a stepping device so tedious free-hand insertion of needles is eliminated. The Cryoneedles generate precision Ice-balls that join together, providing surgeons with the ability to accurately freeze a specific region to the desired size and shape of the tumour or cancerous tissue. Cryoneedle placement is optimised with an imaged grid that corresponds to the template insertion grid. This can be viewed in real time using ultrasound imaging. Urologist Dr Bill Lynch said the main benefits of the new system are its simple to perform, is a minimally invasive procedure and patients are discharged from the hospital in 24 to 48 hours. “The procedure is demonstrated to have minimal blood loss, there are very low incidences of co-morbidities, it has excellent clinical results and there is minimal trauma,” Dr Lynch said. Dr Paul Cozzi is a urologist and senior lecturer in Surgery, he believes the addition of cryotherapy to the current treatments available at the Prostate Cancer Institute will allow men to choose from all of the best, modern and most effective treatment options currently available. “The multidisciplinary nature of care, which is unique to the Prostate Cancer Institute at St George Hospital offers comprehensive care, individualised to the patients” needs and circumstances,” Dr Cozzi said. “Dr Lynch and I were involved in the earliest research into the use of cryotherapy in Australia and it is very exciting to now have the latest technology available for our patients. “Congratulations to Professor Kearsley, Dr Lynch and the whole hardworking PCI team for acquiring this new and innovative treatment,” he said. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men after skin cancer, and the second highest cause of male cancer deaths. Every year 10,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in Australian men, but many cases do not develop into terminal cases of cancer. If prostate cancer is detected and treated while still confined to the prostate gland it is potentially curable.




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The week’s top stories from around the region by John Ryan though it’d be great if they did the same thing in most other areas of human endeavor. JetGo has been the catalyst that broke the jinx surrounding alternative routes into and out of the city, and it took out of the box thinking to make it happen. I see Tamworth has this week announced Virgin would be doing a lot of flying into that airport, so regional routes are on the move and it’s not just a Dubbo thing, it looks like a trend across the country. Can’t wait, but will have to, until Jetgo starts flying in to Melbourne’s Essendon Airport instead of Avalon which may as well be in Geelong – Essendon was the city’s major airport until Tullamarine was opened in 1970 and it’s virtually a fringe inner suburb, so if you land there you’re almost in the CBD – that will kick the Melbourne flights along.

DON’T RAIN ON OUR ELECTION PARADE RAIN and fires were a big part of this past 7Days. And that’s just talking about the coverage of our imminent, although far off, federal election. In the past few years we’ve seen massive blow outs to the commonwealth budget and we’ve got precious little to show for it. While the state at least is spending about half a billion in this region on hospitals, the “feds” have given our safe seat virtually nothing except a few crumbs. Where’s our Integrated Cancer Centre? Where’s our Inland Rail? I know we’ve had plenty of talk and a few bureaucratic bucks spent here and there but with the predicted national shortage of truck drivers looming, it’s about time they just bit the bullet, stopped wasting so much money on other worthless and wasteful programs, and made something concrete appear. We’re not a nation of innovation, we’re a nation of endless talk, promises and short-sighted funding which is all about announcing things instead of actually doing them. Both major parties are the same, it must be disheartening for local MPs to have to trudge back and forwards to Canberra only to find the departmental staff are more of a problem than their fellow pollies. Seriously, when did the very safe electorate of Parkes, with one of the country’s largest Indigenous populations, ever get anything of any significance?

REAL FIRE AND RAIN A FIRE at The Delroy Campus of Dubbo College last Sunday morning is a hark back to the bad old days in parts of West Dubbo, let’s hope it’s just an aberration and not a sign of things to come. A Grangewood house was also spewing out plenty of smoke, visible from all over Dubbo and still going strong when I got there even with three fire crews working hard to bring it under control.


That’s a reminder to not only renew your smoke detector but also to chuck out any ‘ionisation’ ones which are lying around – they’re virtually useless. Great to see some mainstream publicity being given to this issue, when I first began reporting on the fact ionisation detectors only picked up burnt toast and flames I was labelled a conspiracist, especially when I pointed out that many major manufacturers were US defence contractors and had so much influence to prevent them being banned or even outed despite the huge number pf deaths they’d helped cause. Photoelectric alarms should be the only ones for sale, and they’re being pushed hard these days by NSW Fire and Rescue which is a good thing. Speaking of heat, you don’t need a fire, be it wood, gas or electric, to keep the kids warm at night - $6 or so will get you a hot water bottle, my little blokes love them and make a fuss if I’m a bit slow filling them up of an evening. With power process of all sorts going through the roof along with everything else except wages, these old-fashioned remedies are coming back in to their own. On the rain side of things, what a great and apparently

widespread drop for much of the nation’s east, it’d be something to actually get a good season. Once again, good rains also highlight how amazing mother nature really is – after a good rain the lawns around town are a glowing green as opposed to a sickly pale green when they’re being kept alive by our state of the art, you beaut all fully-accredited city water supply – it makes you wonder what’s in our water which makes the grass perform so poorly. It also makes you wonder what that chemically enhanced water supply is doing to the interior of human bodies – we ac-

cept the status quo has to be so because that’s what we’re spoon-fed, I think this is just one of the many robust, open and transparent discussions we need to have as communities.

HIGH FLYING CITY BIG news this week that FlyPelican will be running daily return flights to and from Newcastle in their 19 seater aircraft. I’ve always maintained that Dubbo City Council was slow off the mark but at least they seem to have gotten out of the way in recent years and allowed air services to thrive, so well done there, this is progress, al-

AND IT’S GOLD GOLD GOLD FOR BODANGORA FOR a place with not much there, Bodangora has been in the news a’plenty in recent times. Regular drag meets are being staged at the aerodrome, the ANZAC ceremony the weekend before April 25 is going from strength to strength and now two separate companies have found good traces of gold. The area was a thriving goldmining town and the Mitchell’s Creek Goldfield was claimed as Australia’s first which kicked off the boom in 1849, and home to up to 3000 people at its height. Now we could see a new gold

DRIVE BACK IN TIME Ninety-six vintage and veteran vehicles were in Dubbo last weekend for a regional tour organised by the Dubbo Antique Auto club. PHOTO: PHOENIX AUBUSSON-FOLEY



rush, with two companies reporting good results or, in stock exchange jargon, ‘Further Extensive Gold Mineralisation Identified at Bodangora’ according to a press release from Alkane Resources, the operators behind the Tomingley gold mines and the proposed Rare Earth mine at Toongi. It’d be great to see some good jobs created in the area, and gold isn’t nearly as contentious as coal or Coal Seam Gas projects. Any profitable miners could also put their hands in their pockets to help maintain the area where the ANZAC Memorial is situated, there’s no-one left in the area to do it, with a couple of blokes coming from far afield to mow and clean every Sunday.

THE BLUES OF STATE OF ORIGIN GREAT to see an exciting City V Country game even if the city boys got smashed, it really showcases the amazing creative football talent from NSW that our Blues’ coaches love to ignore in favor of being loyal to also-rans. Tremendous effort from former Wello boys Tyrone Peachey and Blake Ferguson, although no-one’s satisfied me with an explanation as to why Peachey was playing for City. Daley really needs to walk

away from players such as Galen, Greg Bird, Merrin and Farrah who are like damaged old boxers telegraphing their haymakers – they’re so predictable the Maroons’ players know what plays they’re going to make a couple of years ahead of time – we need the passion and unpredictability of some new blood, and include those Wello boys in the mix. If the Wello boys, Cartwright, Mansour, Grey, De Belin, Aitken, Sezer and Jack Bird were chucked in along with experienced heads Cordner, Beau Scott and Jennings, QLD wouldn’t know what hit them – from both sides and down the centre. At the very least we’d be building a team for the future instead of sticking with people who couldn’t do the job.

MORE MATTERS OF STATE WELLINGTON TrainLink staff will mostly stay, with possibly a reduction in hours while Dubbo is facing a review and management wants to cut 100 plus hours of work per week. I’m in two minds about our rail services, they’re so bad people are being encouraged not to use them. I think this is where huge money should be poured in from state and federal governments, imagine an Elon Musk

Friday 13.05.2016 to Sunday 15.05.2016 | Dubbo Weekender vision to link Melbourne and Brisbane with passenger rail as well as freight, and then a hyperlink from Sydney to Dubbo. That would open up huge slabs of the inland and relieve pressure on Sydney as well as take huge numbers of trucks off the roads. The fact we’re not even having these sorts of discussions is a huge concern. The Native Veg reforms have been welcomed by farmers and slammed by many environmental groups, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. The current laws have had so many flaws and so much unnecessary green-tape they had to go, it’s be great to see common sense prevail and get good environmental outcomes alongside improved primary production numbers – it can be done, plenty of innovative landholders are showing the way, but up until now those lessons aren’t being taken notice of by either side of this debate. Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has welcomed moves by the Baird government to simplify planning legislation. It’s about time, for far too long staff at councils have been able to hide behind the mantra that their hands are tied because of state rules – we need far simpler legislation to relieve the ridiculous waste in terms of cost and time just to get something down that’s going to happen anyway

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because a) it doesn’t contravene any rules and b) it’s good for the community. Don’t get me started, but well done planning minister Rob Stokes – just to get Keith Rhodes, the local government boss, to praise anything is a major victory, he’s the Tony Abbott of local government, oppose, oppose, oppose. Well done to the state government for introducing a container deposit scheme – this gives me hope that not all high level decisions are pre-ordained by multinationals, and there was an incredible amount of pressure on the coalition not to bring this in. It just makes sense that even if people are happy to leave their rubbish such as cans and bottles, now they’ll be effectively paying people to clean it up. This will mean a huge difference in particular for our river, and it’s great to see kids will now have access to an income stream. I used to love picking up cans after the footy to get a few dollars.

DUNDULLIMAL WOES THE homestead will be closed on July 1, if the National Trust has its way. The Trust is talking about it being a temporary thing over the slower winter months but

we all know what that means. Trust chief executive Brian Scarsbrick has been reported reeling off all the PR and media spin of how a review, community consultation, workshops etc blah blah blah – in the end he’ll do what he or his organisation wants to do. The worst case scenario will be if Dubbo City Council tries to take Dundullimal on, they’re so conflicted already by operating the visitors centre which advises tourists where to go, and also operating the tourist business such as the caravan park and the Old Dubbo Gaol. It’s a bit like the council’s land developing ‘business’, where they make all the decisions on approvals yet they’re developers themselves.

KEEP ON TRUCKING WELL done to Steve Fieldus and his company Transforce, which won top honours at the Central West Orana Business Awards in Orange this past week. Steve is looking way, way ahead when it comes to where he wants his business to be from an environmental, ethical and social standpoint as well as purely basing his forward planning on economics, so well done, it’s great that path is paying off in more ways than one. Kate Wright also did well, taking home the Young Busi-


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ness Executive Award. While I disagree with many of the goingson at City Hall, Kate is proof that there are plenty of good people working in the organisation as well.

ODDS AND SODS LIVE music used to be far more prevalent so it’s great to see a comeback being encouraged by pubs and other venues in the local area. And it’s great to see local musos giving back, with patron donations from the Thursday night jam sessions at the Castlereagh Hotel being given to local causes. This month’s recipient was Orana Early Intervention, which received $630, so well done to all involved. Well done once again to Rotary who has donated a continuous glucose monitor to the Dubbo Base diabetes unit.

Shane Saffy, Janette Burke (Orana Early Intervention), Mick Picton, Ian Davis, Aaron Strickland, Anthony Gemmell. Orana Early Intervention received this month’s patron donations from the Thursday night jam sessions at the Castlereagh Hotel. PHOTO: DUBBO WEEKENDER/TAS TOUVRAS


DUBVEGAS PASSED OVER AGAIN WHY do the powers that be persist in staging the Logies at venues other than Dubbo? A Gold Logie to the person who can explain they this is still happening. Well done local boy made good Steve Peacocke, and especially for wearing a Dubbo Kangaroos tie to the gala event. Maybe he can have a word to someone.


TRAVELLING CONMEN WARNING NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning consumers and businesses in the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Dubbo regions to avoid dealing with itinerants offering to do cheap bitumen work. Stowe said Fair Trading has received advice about a number of travellers with Irish accents operating in the south of the state and a gang of travelling conmen known to Fair Trading operating in Dubbo. “Travelling conmen are a constant scourge,” he said. “They incur costs for consumers who are victimised by them and impose a compliance cost on all taxpayers. “The group working in the Riverina and Albury are using Mitsubishi Triton work utes with Queensland plates. They approached the owner of a service station at Jugiong yesterday with the usual spiel ‘we’ve got some left over bitumen’ and offered to do bitumen sealing valued at $15,000. “The service station owner contacted Fair Trading this morning and expressed concern that the men may be travelling conmen. “He cancelled the work today when they returned. The group is known to have done work in Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as in NSW. “Work by travelling conmen is usually of poor quality and consumers are left with little opportunity for redress because travelling conmen are highly mobile and have usually left the area by the time problems are detected and reported.” People should report any sightings to the national Travelling Conmen hotline on 1300 133 408 or to local police. Travelling conmen do not restrict their business to bitumen driveway sealing, they may also offer line marking, roof restoration and painting or other general household trades such as concreting. Do not deal with itinerant traders. They are unscrupulous, often targeting the frail and the elderly and can become quite intimidating and threatening when challenged. Use local, reliable tradespeople who have a stake in maintaining their reputation. People offering or carrying out home building work valued at more than $5,000 (labour and materials) on residential properties in NSW must be licensed. Consumers should ask to see a licence, which is similar to a credit card with details of the trader’s name and licence category. To spot the classic signs of a travelling conman, go to: watch?v=CkTcTFmfX3Y

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Getting back to nature is a great way to heal, a fact not lost on Wongarbon man, Mark Woodley, whose construction of a tourist destination near the village will have the dual purpose of helping people – in particular – youth on the wrong path – to step back from demands of the world and find some clarity in the quiet. WORDS and PHOTOGRAPHY John Ryan HE federal election is being fought against a background of massive debt blow-outs from both traditional sides of politics, where protocols and process consume so much of the nation’s tax base that endless studies and committees prevent so much from getting done. It costs almost $250,000 each year to keep one child in a juvenile detention facility, and the bureaucratic answer is to create yet more administration and criteria around these already unwieldy, and failing, structures. Wongarbon man Mark Woodley has spent a lifetime constructing buildings, now he wants to use those talents to try and give something back. He’s creating a Billy “O Bush Retreat just outside the village and, while it’s designed to be a tourist attraction and function venue to return commercial profits, he’s also determined to use it as an option for troubled youth and other underprivileged members of society. Recent studies have shown that getting back in touch with nature, by simply camping in the scrub, is a great antidote for all sorts of mental illnesses including depression, with the natural environment ideal for calming people down and allowing them to take stock while immersed in a less frantic lifestyle. Likewise, new studies are showing that people who gets their hands dirty by working the soil, or gardening, can receive amazing health benefits. “The location’s pretty secluded and I’ve thought about giving a little bit back to the community down the track, running some camps or some for underprivileged kids or even older people” Mr Woodley said. “some group camps where we can bring them out here for a weekend or a week and run some workshops in trades or bush skills or anything like that. “That’s something I’m pretty passionate about,” he said. Just as the BackTrack Program run from Armidale has helped more than 500 people at risk, by getting them out into the field and working with new skills as well as learning to work with animals such as dogs, Mark believes this back to basics in a structured and meaningful way is just what’s


needed, as the big stick approach has failed us, and the lock-em-up mentality hasn’t resulted in meaningful rehabilitation outcomes – in fact many believe that sending a kid to Juvie is setting them on an irrevocable road to a life of criminality. “I’ve got a little fella and I like to think that he’s looked after pretty well, I know he is, but you feel sorry for people who aren’t as privileged to have the family support as a child – when people get out in the bush it calms them down and grounds them,” Mr Woodley said. “Camping is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment there is, getting in touch with nature, I

think there’s a lot to be said for it, it gets people outdoors – get out to a place like this and all of a sudden two days have gone and they’ve forgotten to pull out their iPads sort of thing. “I’d like to think of this sort of stuff as being just as much a novelty as kids going to a theme park, a natural theme park basically,” he said. To fund this dream there are plenty of plans. “I’ve got a lot of half-finished projects,” Mark said. “It’s going to be a tourism spot for the international Sydney market as far as the accommodation, I’ve got a communal building/function centre which will be more for the local people, businesses, corporate days, team bonding, Christmas parties, small parties, small weddings.” He’s designed the retreat based on his love of being outdoors growing up on a Wongarbon farm. “I grew up probably two k’s away up the road and this paddock here was what we used to call the “back paddock” it was the only bit of inferior land on the whole place and that’s why dad was

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able to sell it to me,” he said. A wander around shows this is no ordinary project, there’s as much individuality, passion and Aussie ingenuity as you can imagine. Antique rabbit traps double as door handles, horseshoes are part of shed braces, a giant two tonne steel cylinder is being converted into a pizza oven and tree trunks for the upright supports for an enormous outdoor “bar” with the eight-metre long timbers coming from an old bridge. “I’ve always loved old stuff, worked on old buildings all my life and I guess half the idea of this was the actual building projects, the building side of it,” Mr Woodley said. “I wanted to get into tourism but as you can see this is going to be an ongoing building project so I’ll be combining both for a while yet, and it’s a pretty good lifestyle out here.” Dundullimal Homestead is in the news this week amid reports the National Trust wants to close its doors, working on that restoration job was the basis for a lifetime of skills rarely seen in the modern day building industry where so many components are prefabricated

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and bolted together. “I was only about 21 or 22 and I did a lot of work on the stables at Dundullimal, the house was pretty much done by the time I got there but yeah, I worked for Gary Waller out there and then we did a few other projects, we did Hamilton Hume’s cottage down there at Yass and then another one down in Melbourne and a few different places around the traps so that probably kicked my interest in the old style building skills. “You think you’ve got some good ideas until you see, you know, you get on the internet and you see all these other ideas and I love it, I love walking through a scrap pile and trying to think up a use for each and every thing I see and I guess that’s part of what I like out here, everything’s, it’s not something you can sort of put on a plan because I don’t know until the day I do it, the spontaneity of it, that’s the part I like, do it as you go.” For a bloke who’s all about spontaneity, this idea to create community camps for those who need a hand-up sounds like a pretty well thought out plan.

Camping is one of the cheapest forms of entertainment there is, getting in touch with nature, I think there’s a lot to be said for it, it gets people outdoors – get out to a place like this and all of a sudden two days have gone and they’ve forgotten to pull out their iPads sort of thing


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UNDREDS of small car makers set up shop in the early 1900s and continued until the great Depression, when many low volume manufactures went broke or were gobbled up by a few bug companies. Like McDonalds and similar Global fast-food franchises have taken all the diversity, and much of the fun, out of eating take-away, now our relatively few car makers build cars in a similar fashion, through just a few model ranges. What a breath of fresh air then to see so many extinct manufacturers literally brought to life in Dubbo on the weekend when 96 cars built prior to 1931 dominated Dubbo’s streets and district roads. The Central West Autumn Tour is one of the few events which caters for such old vehicles and drew entrants from across all the mainland eastern states as well as some who made the trip from South Australia. 1920’s Oldsmobiles were in abundance, this company was formed in 1897 by Ransom E Olds and built more than 35 million cars. For much of its life the company was part of the giant General Motors corporation and sat midway in the range, the cheapest brand being Chevrolet, then Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick and the top marque Cadillac. Oldsmobiles were taken from the range in 2004 when costs were cut and at that time it was the oldest surviving American automobile brand. Hupmobile was another brand at the Tour which is now extinct, founded in Detroit in 1909 as the Hupp Motor Car Company, it built cars up until 1940, and a branch of the Hupp family still lives in Dubbo, giving our city a link to these great cars. Other brands included the obligatory Fords and Chevs, interspersed with Austins, Renaults, Brushes, Grahams and Beans.


Peter Sturgess was just putting his radiator cap back on after checking the water, the cap also doubles as the engine’s thermostat, so by looking at the end of the bonnet you can tell if the car’s overheating or not. “There’s not too many of them in Australia, built in England for about 10 years and folded,” Sturgess said. “A lot of them came out as just a chassis and then got a body put on them here in Australia, like a lot of other cars in that day and age.” A Pommy car called a Bean?

I couldn’t resist. “Yep, a lot of Mr Bean jokes and things like that,” he said. One light truck creating plenty of interest was a Graham, complete with antique shipping truck on the tray which doubled as the boot and storage compartment. Arthur Sharp is a member of Cowra’s Dinosaur Register and said there’s very few on Australian roads, and just a few more in pieces in sheds around the nation. “It’s a 1925 Graham, fairly rare, Graham’s were

` Many of these early cars had features which were extremely modern for the time, but one of the major advantages is that people could fix them themselves, whereas these days you need huge amounts of electronic equipment to interface with the computers running all the systems.



built between 1921 and 1928 by the Graham Brothers on behalf of Dodge, they used Dodge engines and Graham Bros we the largest manufacturer of trucks in the world and in 1928 when Didge had been taken over by Chrysler,” Sharp said. “Chrysler bought the Graham Bros out and then the Graham Bros went on to buy the Page Motor Company and went on to build the Graham-Page motorcars.” Many of these early cars had features which were extremely modern for the time, but one of the major advantages is that people could fix them themselves, whereas these days you need huge amounts of electronic equipment to interface with the computers running all the systems. In 1920, fuel costs weren’t a concern, with oil cheap and plentiful. The owners of a 1928 Studebaker President 8, a car which cost the staggering sum of $2,500 when new, “rides beautifully, cruises at 60 mph (100km/h) but doesn’t like going past petrol pumps,” and gets about 12 miles per gallon. Graham and Kerry Sawyer came all the way from Sussex Inlet to showcase their 1916 Overland, their flying helmets and goggles offering some protection from the benign elements of a glorious Dubbo weekend, at least until Sunday afternoon. “This car’s 100 years old and we’re still waiting for a letter from the Queen,” they said, and that could take a while because cars, unlike corporations, aren’t yet deemed to be people. The Autumn Tour isn’t about trailering cars to a central point so they can put on display, the focus is on motoring around the countryside in period costumes with like-minded enthusiasts and enjoying the smells, speeds and ambience of what’s perceived by many to be more romantic times. Tour Director for the first Dubbo hosting was Jim Mather, who probably finds there’s plenty of similarities between the dramas presented by these old cars and the generations of Dubbo students he taught over the years. As a former principal, and now as Tour Director, he knows how to take responsibility. “I’m basically titled the ‘tour director” so if anything goes wrong, blame me,” Mather said. He was thrilled that of the 97 cars which started the trip to Dubbo, just one didn’t make it. “They’ve come from all parts of the country and we’ve had one breakdown between Orange and Dubbo, that’s our only casualty from cars getting here,” he said. “They certainly re-do their cars and restore them well, some of them are better than new.” Mather said the fellowship from sharing such a demanding hobby saw all sorts of great synergies, with people readily sharing tips, spare parts and practical help, he says people who’ve been there and done that are only too keen to help others having troubles. He has a 1929 Chevvy and some later Jags and MGs and believes the 50 active members in the Dubbo Antique Car Club would have hundreds of vehicles between them. For those confused about the definitions of older cars, he said any vehicle produced before 1918 was labelled as ‘veteran”, pre-1931 are ‘vintage”, then come the Classics and anything more than 30 years old, which moves each year, are known as “Antiques.” “It has always sounded strange to me because that’s the era I grew up in,” he said about 1980s cars being classed as antiques. I well remember as a kid thinking how modern the HT Holden was when I saw my first example, and when the XA Falcon appeared, me and my mates thought it was a space age design – now it’s just an old car, although still with classical lines.

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HARVEY’S BAR The backyard bar is as Aussie as ‘the man cave’ but for award winning country music artist, Adam Harvey, his, is a space to connect with friends and family. Treating his fans like an extended family, Harvey’s latest show - which takes to the stage on Saturday, May 14, at the Dubbo RSL – includes a replica of his backyard bar. Dubbo Weekender talks about the iconic “room”. AS TOLD TO Yvette Aubusson-Foley Do you remember the first time you went to a bar? Is there a story to that experience? I was always the tallest of our friends growing up which meant I had to go to the pub and buy the beers. I remember one night I was about 15 years-old and was heading to a party with my friends. I was riding my BMX and I had a slab of beer on the handle-bars which I had just brought for myself and my mates when my mum drove past. She stopped, turned around and told me to “GET HOME NOW” I got home and was waiting for a serious ass kicking from my dad when my mum asked “where the hell did you think your going?” I told her I was heading to a party and she said... “If you think I’m letting you go to a party...DRESSED LIKE THAT, YOU HAVE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING.” So I got changed and went to the party! (It was a different time back then.) What’s your favourite beer? My favourite beer is Pure Blonde. I like the idea of a low fat beer. It’s almost like the more I drink... the fitter I feel!!! What are some of the more memorable moments/people you’ve had in your home bar? We gave had some of the best nights in my bar that I’ll never remember!! Kevin Bloody Wilson is one of my best friends and he gave an impromptu concert in the bar one night... that was pretty special. I’ve also had Troy Cassar-Daley perform in the bar along with Kasey Chambers. (Those buggers nearly drank the bar dry!!) Clearly what happens at Harvey’s Bar doesn’t stay at the bar - you’re taking it on the road! What’s the story? Haha, yes the bar has built up quite a reputation over the years. Can you believe it was my wife’s idea to built the bar!!! (In a double brick garage we weren’t using.) She admits now that it wasn’t one of her best ideas. I often put up pictures of my bar on Facebook and I talk about my bar on stage at the shows, and I was quite surprised at how many people came up to me and said, “God I would love to spend a night with you in your bar.” So I thought... why not record a live album in the bar with all the local yobbo’s and friends in the background and that way, when people listen to the album, they get a taste of what a night in Harvey’s Bar is all about! We had so much fun making that album I thought about how I could recreate that same atmosphere on the road when I played these songs live. That’s when I decided to build a replica of my bar at home and set it up on stage each night. (We have even stolen the bar stools from home to sit on at the live show). It’s really cool to walk on stage and look at the bar and the backdrop, etc, and feel like I’m right at home, having a jam in my bar every night! What was it like recording the songs

in the bar? Why did you choose to do that? Recording in the bar was good for me, but it was tricky for my sound engineer Jeff McCormack. Luckily for me he is a wizard at making albums sound great. (Jeff has recorded everyone from Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly to Kasey Chambers and the Wiggles). He put a lot of time and effort into making the bar sound as good as possible. Then we recorded all the songs in the afternoon before the crowd arrived as a backup, and recorded a second version on the night once we had all the crowd around. Have you got paraphernalia on the walls what are some of your favourites? Are they included in your set? Yes, I have lots of different things on the walls, including a signed poster from Willie Nelson and one from Johnny Cash, along with a signed poster from George Straight. I’ve also got some great photos of myself and my wife Kathy meeting some of our biggest country stars including the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Don Williams, John Fogerty, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, etc. I collect vinyl records and I have got over 2000 classic country albums so we play them a fair bit. I like to include some of these classics in the live show because that’s what I play in the bar most of the time when I’m at home. It’s a pretty open invitation into a private part of your life. How important is it to make that kind of personal connection to your audiences? I think the country audience really enjoy that open invitation into my private life. Country Music fans are very loyal and some of my fans have been following me since I was a kid, and now they have watched my children grow up. The country music community is very close and we are all like one big family. My family and I have nothing to hide and I’m just so happy to share our lives with a great bunch of caring people! I watch my teenage kids and they are right into something... for about one week... Then they move on to something totally new and different. As a country music artist I’m just lucky that the listeners will follow you for your entire career if they like what you do. Obviously many Aussies will relate to the concept. What is it that makes a backyard / home bar so appealing? Yes, there is something really special about having friends over at your own home. You can put on some music, fire up the BBQ and just relax in your own environment. I think that’s become the Australian way!! My bar at home has become a headquarters really where our family and friends can get together and celebrate the good times, commiserate the bad times, and just enjoy each other’s company. There’s a line in Harvey’s Backyard Bar: “there’s no room for ego’s, everyone’s a star”: how important is it for

you - someone who has to live in the limelight - to have that downtime with family and friends, and be yourself? I really like that line... I’m lucky enough to have a really great wife and friends who keep me down to earth. It’s important to make everyone of our friends feel special and important. We don’t hang around with too many other people in the music business. (Only the down to earth one’s). The people who come to catch up in my Bar are school teachers, plumbers, electricians, and brickies... real people! I think good friends and family keep you focused on what’s really important in life. I’m just a bloke who got lucky. I get to do what I love for a living! Can you please talk about the album and some of the key songs you’ll be

performing? The album is a mix of new songs, and some covers of the classic songs that we all sing in my bar when we have a big night! I wrote the song “Alcoholaday” about my ‘tradie’ mates who work hard all week, and on Friday arvo they race into the pub and just want to forget the week’s work and escape and have some fun. I wrote the title track with Luke O’Shea while we were on tour last year. I told Luke about the idea I had to record an album in my bar and he said; “What’s so special about Harvey’s Bar?”. As we drove along I told him about the funny stories and the great people who come around to have a drink in my bar...

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Luke wrote everything I said down, and later that day we had a song! The whole idea of the show is that we don’t have a set list of songs. We take requests, people get up on stage and sing with me, or dance or whatever... but it’s just a night of organised chaos and fun. The whole idea is to create a night in my bar... very relaxed but lots of fun. ... And no-one leaves without hearing their favourite song... it doesn’t have to be one of mine... we will attempt to play anything! Is there anything you’d like to add? All I would like to add is this... there is so much doom and gloom in the world, so if you want to come out and forget all of your worries, have a good laugh and a sing along, then come to the show. And if you’re not happy with the show... I will personally give you back your money!





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Tony Webber Better devil you don’t know as election pits Trump v status quo Tony Webber is a Dubbo resident and political tragic.

ONALD TRUMP will be the next President of the USA. Or certainly won’t. Readers thrilled by half-arsed guesswork masquerading as considered analysis will already know that the opinions offered on this page should be treasured like spit in the wind. Trump is Trump: let’s not wade through that half-empty swimming pool of contaminated cringe any more than we must. Is he popular enough to win when you factor in a nation of voters and not just the Republican masses who are mad, sad and suddenly beginning to realise that voting for the party of billionaire oligarchs may not have been in their long term interests? Hillary might be a shoe-in even though just as the world was mentally signing her up as the Democratic nominee she got rolled again by a previously little-known Vermont politician riding on much the same platform as Fidel Castro, this time in Indiana. The conventional wisdom is that even though Clinton takes cash from the banks that devastated the nation, backed the war in Iraq that’s devastating the Middle East and supported her hubby Bill’s draconian three strikes anticrime law that devastated black communities, she is still hootingly popular with minorities, peaceniks and progressives calling for Wall St reform. But some polls say that Clinton – like Trump – records higher disapproval rates than approval rates. She should be more popular than Trump, a man never elected to any public office and who if erratic egomania ever becomes an Olympic event, would win gold, and then call the judges menstruating Mexican rapists and boast about the size of his yonker. Just think of that: a candidate seeking to lead one of the most powerful nations in history actually said all those things during his run through the primaries and it apparently cost him not a jot of credibility or popularity. “Earl, did he just reassure us about the dimensions of his love baton?” “I believe he did Edith.”


“Well that’s a hell of a goddam relief.” But the numbers tell another story on Hillary’s front-runner status: in July 2015 they were polling 53 in favour of Clinton to Trump’s 34. They have never been that far apart since. By the end of 2015 it was 44-44 and the same pollsters say now it sits at 4741 with Trump trailing, which isn’t bad for a reality TV show host who throughout the exchanges with friend and foe thus far has not held a lucid, consistent position on anything of any significance, other than his pud. Yet that’s another myth: the idea that Trump is an extreme character and this faux-election campaign is unique in having such a seemingly unsuitable candidate. Cast your mind back to Obama winning office when he beat John McCain with Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin was a good-looking, former Alas-

kan governor who would easily have been the dumbest person in the room at the Superbowl even if she went every year until the sun burned out. If your life has lost its magic Google some of her, ahem, speeches in favour of Trump: they are not just gibberish, they are literally gibberish in that as a fellow

` She should be more popular than Trump, a man never elected to any public office and who if erratic egomania ever becomes an Olympic event, would win gold, and then call the judges menstruating Mexican rapists and boast about the size of his yonker.

English speaker you cannot discern exactly what she is talking about. “American needs you to do Zulu voodoo.” That’s not a direct quote, but it makes about as much sense. And don’t forget George W, an idle rich, reformed drunk who stole the presidency and simultaneously oversaw the New Orleans hurricane debacle that abandoned black neighbourhoods, the worst foreign policy blunder in US history in Iraq and the worst global financial disaster since the Depression. But while Hillary presents as Joan of Arc, she is in reality an establishment insider who helped abandon black communities for political gain in the 1990s, supported the Iraq fiasco and is in the pocket of the same Wall St banks never called to account for the GFC. Even with Trump as president how much worse could it be?

Nurses need better hospital designs: study BY JACQUELINE LE


MELBOURNE: Poorly designed hospitals that don’t have enough areas for breaks, meeting or storage are wearing down nurses and hurting staff retention, a study has revealed. The layout of wards can have a negative impact on nurses’ workflow and morale, and contribute to a culture where their work is devalued, the Design Matters For Nurses study found.

The study was released on Thursday to mark International Nurses Day. “In our conversations with nurses, we found the condition of the facilities they worked in corresponded to how valued they felt by management,” said Megan Reading from design company Hassell, who conducted the study with the University of Melbourne. Researchers found if nurses didn’t have space to debrief or complete paperwork away from

patient beds, a proper break area or an area for meetings, it could make them feel like their work was being taken for granted. But better configured wards could improve efficiency for nurses. That includes locating break areas close to clinical areas and decentralising equipment storage or automating stock delivery so nurses can avoid long trips for supplies and medication. Simple things, like more natural light, can also make hospitals feel

less oppressive for nurses, and patients. “I wouldn’t have a ferret in a box without a window, so why would you have an employee in a box without a window?” one nurse is quoted as saying. With Australia’s shortage of nurses projected to reach 109,000 in less than a decade, it’s important workplaces in the health sector do their best to retain staff, University of Melbourne researcher Lucio AAP Naccarella says.

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Obama’s Mic Drop OBAMA made his final speech at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in recent weeks. For his swansong Obama focused on the candidates running to replace him in the upcoming election. He referenced to Sander’s donation drive to keep his campaign going, and wondered why Trump turned down the invite to attend. He ended by throwing his support behind one particular contender, saying that someone else would be making this same speech next year, ‘and it’s anyone’s guess who she will be.’ With that, he claimed ‘Obama out’, put two fingers to his lips and dropped the mic. Now, that is something I would LOVE to see ol’ Turnbull do. Sigh. Aussie pollies just don’t have that kind of swag, do they?

What To Buy a Princess? SO, Princess Charlotte had her first birthday recently and the family celebrated by releasing photos of the fourth in line to the throne. Little Lottie looks a LOT like Lizzy, or does every one year-old and 90 year-old look vaguely similar?

Anyway, the Princess received gifts from all around the world, including a white gold rattle worth around $60,000. What did Aunty Pippa give her? Biodegradable nappies. Um, thanks, I guess?

Fashion Gets Technical THE Met Gala was held in New York recently, chaired by Taylor Swift. The theme was Manus x Machina, and many took the idea of technology to a literal level, wearing a lot of metal. Claire Danes and designer Zac Posen went in a different direction, using jellyfish as inspiration to create a floating ball gown that glowed in the dark. Emma Watson teamed up with Calvin Klein to produce a stunning black and white ensemble made from recycled plastic bottles.

Ballerina Barbie BARBIE was once known for setting unrealistic body expectations and representing a very narrow, culturally exclusive type of beauty standard. In the past twelve months Mattel have been working hard to turn that around, with success. Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to be named principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, has just been immortalised as Barbie. The doll is muscular and busty, features of Copeland which drew significant criticisms for not being ‘ballerina like’. The doll represents a powerful message for young children of both genders; ‘It’s so empowering for this generation to see a black ballerina doll that has muscles’ Copeland told The Huffington Post.

YOUR VIEWS DEAR Editor, Volunteers make Australia a better and more caring place to live. This week is National Volunteer Week (May 9 to 15) and we want to thank all volunteers for everything they do. Each year across Australia more than 6 million volunteers not only bring happiness to the people and communities they help, but they get to also experience the joy of helping others. And the benefits of volunteering go much further than that. Volunteers add value to our communities by building trust, relationships and connections between people. Plus they boost social engagement and help communities to share skills and resources. Simply put, volunteers make our communities stronger and more resilient. There are more than 20,000 Red Cross volunteers in Australia. They support local communities, they help the children of refugees with their homework, they are there in times of disaster both in Australia and overseas, they take the time to talk to those who are lonely every day, and many other activities. It is all about people helping people in very practical ways. Thank you to all volunteers – wherever you are and no matter who you volunteer for – your generosity creates a more supportive, connect-

ed, inclusive and happier Australia. Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO ••• DEAR Editor, What’s the difference between free-range and barn-laid or cage eggs? Not much. So-called “free-range” hens are typically confined to waste-filled, windowless sheds, much like hens on factory farms. Since male chooks are useless to hatcheries—both conventional and “free range”—because they don’t produce eggs, and because they’re not bred to produce the excessive flesh desired by the meat industry, they’re either thrown into high-speed grinding machines— while they’re still alive—or gassed with carbon dioxide, a cruel killing method that takes up to two minutes. When hens, whether confined to battery cages or “free-range” farms, begin to lay fewer eggs, they’re sent to the slaughterhouse, where they’re sometimes scalded alive. The only way to be sure that you’re not paying for chooks to be kept in crowded conditions, and killed when they’re just babies, is to stop buying eggs. See for free eggfree recipes. Sincerely, Ashley Fruno, Associate Director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia



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Our town is worth it BY CATE STEPHENS AM a born Central West girl. I was born here at Dubbo Base Hospital; I went to school here. I remember the ice skating rink, the huge trees in Victoria Park, and looking up at the Civic Centre stage with big eyes, wondering if I would ever get to stand there. I remember hot, baking summers, icy winters, and looking for spider’s webs in frost covered fields. I’ve seen my home town change significantly over the decades, and only lived away from here for two-and-a-half-years. I find some of the resident attitudes to Dubbo are a bit of a mixture- those seeking to leave, and those returning home to raise families. I’ve had both of those attitudes to Dubbo, and I’ve also sighed when reading articles detailing rising crime rates out here in the Central West; or at jokes about people being warned to not get off the train here. The truth of a town isn’t measured in sensationalistic news articles from a ma-


jor city, it comes from us. And I wonder if sometimes we start to believe the bad press, and feel the need to justify why we call this place home. People who have known Dubbo from general public perception (as opposed to real life experience) have sometimes asked me- can anything good come from there? Now, putting aside my complete bias and ferocious loyalty to my hometown, I am certain that it can. I am amazed that the question can even be asked. We live in a globalised society where education and creativity are embraced; we are not hidden from culture in the way that a frontier town was two centuries ago. Anything needed to inspire us is at our fingertips, more today than in times past. As a city, we have unique weather, unique local history. For those of us who need the wide open spaces, our countryside is at most just minutes away. There is a good choice of schools, shops that meet local demand and the ability to source almost anything from anywhere! And contrary to popular tourist opinion, we are not the sum total of our zoo,

although it has brought wonderful opportunities to us as a city. We are unique. The question I find myself asking more often than not, is why not here? Why can’t our town make a significant impact on the world? Why not centre international companies here? Why not encourage creative thought in economics and resources to find solutions to problems out here? Why not strategic think tanks, writer’s groups, theatre groups and artists that seek to give a unique expression to what can only come from here? The more we believe in ourselves as a city, the more we make way for others to dream and to invest in us as a town. Our post code doesn’t limit us; it is the belief in ourselves that gives us our limits. There is a significant shift towards this positivity happening. From the I ‘heart’ Dubbo T-shirts, to the pride in what our city has to offer. This is what I feel we need to be teaching our children: to have pride in their place of origin, even if they choose to go on from there. To teach that every town matters, every person has something to contribute. I have always secretly harboured lit-

erary ambitions, and sometimes felt the futility of them. But to counter any idea that Dubbo can’t be significant, I only need to point to one small town- Stratford upon Avon. We know it as the home of William Shakespeare, a mecca for those who love the classics. It was a small town made famous by one writer- some would say the most significant in the English language. Haworth is synonymous with the Bronte sisters, as Bath is with Jane Austen. In every art or discipline, places become important because of the people who inhabit them. So, we have to conclude that Dubbo’s potential is the potential of us- of those who dream, and build and create here. Thriving businesses that look towards an even bigger future, the town planners that anticipate future growth. In the ways we celebrate as a city, in the facilities we haven’t yet imagined. It is in every person who decides to not be limited by a postcode, and sets out to make their mark on the world. We can afford to dream bigger- I truly believe that the sky is our limit.

` The more we believe in ourselves as a city, the more we make way for others to dream and to invest in us as a town. Our post code doesn’t limit us; it is the belief in ourselves that gives us our limits.

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Is 2-cent tax a chance to reset a system which favours the few? BY JOHN RYAN JOURNALIST

HE federal election is offering a choice of two different philosophies, but not much in the way of visionary sweeping change. It’s a bit like our current NSW Blues Origin team, they’ve lost 9 from 10 yet we’re staying loyal to most of them, despite the brilliance, passion and creativity on display in last weekend’s City – Country game. Everyone seems to agree we have to reform our taxation system, yet there’s little appetite for actually doing that. An aborted attempt by the Liberals to raise the GST by 50 percent, which would actually hammer the lowest income earners who have no way of dodging tax, was quickly shelved not because they thought it was wrong, not because they didn’t want to do it, but simply because they thought it was too politically risky. Notwithstanding the fact the premise is stupid in the first place, the fact our current government is so timid is a major concern. Our biggest problem is one of denial. The Murdoch press, who’s owner is alleged to be one of the richest men in Australia paying little in tax but collecting plenty of government subsidies, have worked up some Voodoo economics figures explaining how only the top 20 percent of earners actually end up contributing positively to Australia’s tax base, while the other 80 percent, who thought they were paying the bulk of the tax, are actually swimming in benefits. This is wrong on two counts, firstly the fact that extremely wealthy individuals spend huge amounts on the best accountants to get out of paying as much tax as they can and secondly, multinational companies are rorting our system like crazy, in many cases paying little to nothing on billions of dollars profits. Yet they’re happy for PAYE taxpayers to pay for the governments, roads, hospitals, education training and police which enable them to do business here


more we drink the thirstier we become; and reap huge benefits. At some stage they must be forced to and the same is true of fame.” Our leadership class is getting along pay their fair share, no more, just a fair share to make things fairer for the aver- very nicely thank you, so works hard at age people currently propping them up. maintaining the status quo, and preventI’d like to see treasury be tasked to ing paradigm shifts which Schopenhaumodel the ‘Two Cent Tax” as the more er summed up as ‘the discovery of truth people I quiz on this either think it is prevented more effectively, not by should be looked at, or they can’t of- the false appearance things present and fer any answers other that claiming it’s which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but ridiculous. I love the idea of a tax system where by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” So the Two Cent Tax is ridiculed beno one, no matter how wealthy or powcause on the surface it appears ludicrous erful, can dodge doing their bit. that two cents could According to Two Cent possibly make any real Tax creator Derek Smith, ` difference. his system has numerThat’s why we need ous advantages over any Big business and to look deeper to see if other, yet politicians re- big spenders this system could relieve fuse to return calls and the tax burdens on those emails, and no-one wants will pay more to conduct any modelling. tax on their sales paying the bulk of tax and instead ensure the Some cross bench senartful tax dodgers are ate candidates have ex- and spending, brought to the party, and pressed interest in vali- 2 CENT TAX stripped of their ploys dating the Two Cent Tax and platitudes. system, so if we end up will change “When you understand with a large cross-bench the existing 2 CENT TAX, expect to from this risky double accept as self-evident dissolution strategy of culture of tax its benefits to you, your prime minister Malcolm avoidance and family and friends and all Turnbull’s, there could be evasion, to one Australians,” Smith says. some political pressure “Australia must rebrought to bear to at least of compulsive have a treasury model its compliance with move its high taxes to reduce prices of goods and effects. services and then add Derek Smith quotes no incentive to 2 cents in the dollar tax German philosopher Ar- cheat, but high at the point of sale and thur Schopenhauer (1788 paid by the seller to the – 1860) to ram home his penalties for government. point that current free- those that try – “ALL EXISTING MONmarketer administrations EY – workers take-homeare working for big busi- Derek Smith pays, net of tax other inness and not the people comes, pensions, savings, superfund who pay their way. “All truth goes through three stages: benefits, funds of businesses and govFirst, is it ridiculed – Second, it is violent- ernment WILL BUY 40 PERCENT MORE ly opposed – Third, it is accepted as be- goods and services,” he said. Smith says his system will see more ing self-evident,” and Mr Smith believes that sentiment has never been truer than spending, increased employment and a reduction of social security costs to in this age of mass communication. I like other Schopenhauer’s quotes government. As well, he claims governments would which reflect not only the current crop of celebrities and business and political be fully funded and pick up vast sums leaders: “Wealth is like seawater; the from multi-nationals, companies, trad-

ers and speculators who would have no way out of paying two cents in the dollar on all spending. “Big business and big spenders will pay more tax on their sales and spending, 2 CENT TAX will change the existing culture of tax avoidance and evasion, to one of compulsive compliance with no incentive to cheat, but high penalties for those that try,” Smith says. “Individuals and businesses will have the incentive to increase their income and sales only taxed by 2 CENT TAX, there is no bracket creep and no tax on business profits until they are distributed or spent. “Government will have Budget Surpluses to pay off the existing crippling debt and save on interest,” he said. The way I see it, things for most people are far tougher in many ways than they were when I was growing up. Yes, many people have far greater needs and wants than ever before, but the current system encourages overspending and over-committing, so much so that if mortgage rates went up by a few percent we’d be a nation of endless bankruptcies thanks to government settings and bank policies which have encouraged lending to the max on homes. Smith believes the 2 Cent Tax will reverse much of this decline and enable us to restore manufacturing and other secondary industries. He says it’s about time the PM 2 CENT TAX independently modelled by an expert, independent group so all state and territory governments would have confidence in the system. “Governments, with 2 CENT TAX budget surpluses, could plan and develop new high tech regional cities and ports with high speed connecting transport system and this much-needed infrastructure will relieve the pressure on existing cities and improve Australia’s efficiency and productivity,” Smith said. “This would improve the standard of living and lifestyle for all Australians.” The fact no political party wants to have the 2 Cent Tax independently assessed gives me some encouragement that it could well have something going for it.


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Cr Mathew Dickerson

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


Attractions or activities? AM currently returning from a (nonCouncil funded) couple of days in Kuala Lumpur where I had the chance to speak at a global conference on tourism and to the people attending about Evocities and creating events to drive tourism. It was also fascinating listening to other presenters at the conference. One item that struck me as I sat back and listened was the difference between attractions and activities. Many people across the world talk about the attractions that their location offers but I think they may be confusing the two words. Take the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur for example. I was told by everyone in KL that I must go up these. They are the number one ‘attraction’ in KL. Wanting to take the advice of the locals, when the conference finished I jumped on a train and indeed visited the twin towers. From 1998 to 2004 these were the tallest buildings in the world (they are now back to number nine) but they are still the tallest twin towers and at 451.9m they are still tall enough that Superman has to put in an effort to leap this in a single bound. Walking across the Skybridge that joins the two buildings and visiting the observation deck there is no doubt that they are tall. Then again, I find Sydney Tower (at only 309m) tall and I wouldn’t want to fall off either. I have visited many tall buildings across the world and quite frankly, I find that once you have been up one you’ve been up them all. So, in my books, a tall building is not an attraction but an activity. I would not travel to a location just to visit a tall building but, once I was in that location, I would probably go and see it. It is an activity to undertake rather than a specific reason to visit. And that is the real challenge from a tourist perspective – attractions are different to activities and need to be marketed so. When I researched further what I should do in KL, and after asking the advice of my taxi driver from the airport, I concluded that all of the major attractions in Kuala Lumpur were in fact activities.


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After the Twin Towers, I was told to visit the One Utama Shopping Mall – the sixth largest shopping mall on the planet. Then there was the Menara Tower, a restaurant and a museum. Maybe it’s because I have three girls and a wife that I definitely don’t see a shopping mall as an attraction. Having said that, a shopping mall has shops and a big shopping mall has lots of shops. I wouldn’t travel a long way just to see shops. As I listened further at the conference, the words authentic and unique kept popping up. Tourists are after authentic experiences that help them to feel they have been a part of the location they have visited. I also had to chuckle at the use of the word ‘unique’. I find many people use this word incorrectly

– unique is a binary word. Something is either unique or it isn’t. There are no levels of uniqueness. Many people talk about an item that is “pretty unique” or “largely unique” or even “very unique”. Speakers at this conference were guilty of the same mistake but the point they were trying to make is to aim for something different. I love our Zoo in Dubbo and it has been a part of our fabric since its opening in 1977. When you look at Dubbo’s tourist appeal, it has one large attraction and many activities. There is no doubt that people do travel from far and wide to visit the Taronga Western Plains Zoo and it is the primary motivator for a quarter of our tourists. To further pick up on a point of the con-

` The most important aspect that I derived from listening to the experts at this conference was to fully understand if you have an attraction or an activity and then market it accordingly.

1. GEOGRAPHY: On what continent is the nation of Sierra Leone located? 2. TELEVISION: Which TV character was known for the saying, “Live long and prosper”? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Which of Santa’s reindeer comes first, alphabetically speaking? 4. MEASUREMENTS: What is the time frame indicated in “circadian rhythm”? 5. MATHS: How many sides does a heptagon have?

6. MUSIC: What was the Oscar-winning theme song of “The Poseidon Adventure”? 7. COMICS: What company created “Avengers”, “Spider-Man” and “Hulk” (pictured)? 8. FLASHBACK: The song “East Bound and Down” was from what movie? 9. ASTRONOMY: What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope? 10. MEDICAL: What is the focus of oncology? 11. PRIME MINISTERS: Which PM was

ference, the Zoo is authentic. In effect, the Zoo is actually a world-renowned centre for its breeding and conservation programs and education facilities – but also happens to allow visitors in to look at the 1,000+ animals that live there. The Council-owned Old Dubbo Gaol is a great facility in Dubbo but I would put it more in the activity category as people tend to visit the Gaol when they are here rather than travel specifically for that. Not to say that is a bad thing. It is still important to have activities for tourists and one of our objectives is to keep tourists in Dubbo longer once they are here so activities are important. The most important aspect that I derived from listening to the experts at this conference was to fully understand if you have an attraction or an activity and then market it accordingly. Spending limited dollars on a targeted marketing will deliver much better results. Tell me about the tourist facilities we have in the region and whether they are attractions or activities at

born in Bordertown, South Australia. 12. SPORT: Who holds the record for most summer Olympic Games attended by an Australian? 13. LYRICS: Name the No.1 hit that included these words: “I said, ‘Sounds great, will Wallaby there?’ He said, ‘Yeah and Vegemite come too.’ So I said to the wife, “Do you wanna Goanna?” She said, “I’ll go if Dingos.” So I said, “Wattle we do about Nulla?” He said, “Nullabors me to tears, leave him at home.” ANSWERS: SEE THE PLAY PAGES.


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Business & Rural

Delivering innovation A recent guest speaker at a Dubbo Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Domino’s Pizza group CEO and managing director, Don Meij, spoke of innovation and its role in the Domino’s organisation. Under his leadership Domino’s Pizza Australia has expanded into New Zealand, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany with over 1900 stores. Dubbo Weekender finds out more. AS TOLD TO Yvette Aubusson-Foley. What have been the most significant changes to the Domino’s business in the past few years? The most significant change to Domino’s over the past few years has been the introduction of our GPS Driver Tracker Technology. Built with driver safety in mind, Domino’s GPS Driver Tracker allows customers to track their order from the store to the door. The system also monitors harshness of driving, speeding and delivery times of drivers providing a transparency over a part of the business that was once a blind spot. This transparency has led the business to discover several ways we can improve our operational efficiencies which has led to the introduction of the 20-minute service guarantee. It has also led to the introduction of our Slow Where It Matters, Fast Where It Counts philosophy which means we can save time and efficiencies in the operations of our business and give this time back to the customer to take on the drive thru market. Are technology innovations important to remain competitive? Domino’s has always had a keen focus on customer convenience – which is why we were one of the first to offer home delivery all those years ago. Every piece of technology we develop and rollout into our business has been introduced to make the customer’s experience a better one. For example, you are able to order a Domino’s pizza from any connected device through mobile and ipad apps, order on a smartwatch in just two taps or SMS your favourite order via your phone. It’s all about our customers being able to order from anywhere at any time. We also recently introduced an autonomous delivery vehicle – DRU or Domino’s Robotic Unit – which is the world’s first self-driving pizza delivery vehicle. Research shows that the future of delivery is through robotics and we wanted to be proactive and innovative in this space, rather than adopting technology from overseas – we wanted to create it ourselves. The response to DRU has been overwhelming and our customer’s love meeting him and having their pizza orders delivered by this world first. What is Project 3TEN? Please explain. Project 3TEN is all about getting a pick up pizza order completed in three minutes and a delivery in just 10 minutes. With the introduction of new oven technology and other operational efficiencies in our business through our Slow Where It Matters, Fast Where It Counts mantra, we are able to increase the speed of cooking without sacrificing the quality of the product or the safety of the delivery. By providing customers a fresh, boxed pick up order in 3 minutes and a delivery in under 10 we are able to take on the quick service competitors by eliminating the need to go through a drive through and provide a fresher hotter product for our customers. Customers are genuinely both surprised and delighted when their piping hot pizza is out of the oven and delivered to them in hand or at the door in this timeframe and we pride ourselves on this because when our customers order from us they are hungry there and then!

` The philosophy is focused around being slow where our customers will give us credit to be slow. From sourcing the best quality ingredients, to perfectly measuring and placing toppings on a pizza, to spending time giving great customer service to our customers at the door.

Domino’s Pizza group CEO and managing director, Don Meij, in Dubbo recently presenting to the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce about innovations within the Domino’s organisation.


Dubbo Weekender | Friday 13.05.2016 to Sunday 15.05.2016 Please explain the ‘Slow Where It Matters, Fast Where It Counts’ philosophy in more detail? The philosophy is focused around being slow where our customers will give us credit to be slow. From sourcing the best quality ingredients, to perfectly measuring and placing toppings on a pizza, to spending time giving great customer service to our customers at the door. It is about being fast where it counts by ensuring we are efficient in our operational procedures so pizzas aren’t on the rack waiting around, drivers are prepped and ready to go as soon as they have finished cooking and we are hustling to and from the door. The background to Slow Where It Matters, Fast Where It Counts is all about changing the mindset of our business so that we are crunching minutes where we can such as rack time (the time a pizza sits in a hot box waiting for delivery or pick up) and utilising those minutes in other ways. It’s a new way of thinking for all of our employees. From our drivers to our leadership team and every one in between, every second counts and we are making it count! Are regional outlets (staff and customers) as adaptive to new, technological changes as metropolitan ones, and why do you think that is? We’ve found that regional outlets are as adaptive to new technology changes as metropolitan stores and I think this is due to the expansion of our store network. Our newest stores are built, ready equipped with this technology such as

digital menu board, in store Wi-Fi, faster ovens, GPS enabled delivery vehicles and open make lines. Our regional outlets have strong relationships with their customers and are keen to offer them the latest and greatest in technology and innovation available at Domino’s and are huge advocates to push the business forward in these areas. The Dubbo store has introduced electric bikes for deliveries? Is this the same for all Domino’s outlets or is Dubbo a leader in this regard? Domino’s currently has over 300 ebikes throughout both metro and regional stores across the Australian network. Early adopters of these e-bikes such as the Dubbo stores are pedalling the way for the rest of our stores by proving the efficiency and effectiveness of e-bike delivery. The introduction of e-bikes to a store reduces the amount of cars on the road and noise pollution in an area. They can be ridden on bikeways and footpaths meaning that they can skip the grid-lock traffic and park easier than traditional delivery vehicles. Franchises have the reputation of following rigid frameworks, is this true of Domino’s? Domino’s Franchisees are the guardians of the Domino’s brand and as such work within the requirements of the business. That said, we encourage all of our Franchisee’s to truly make their business their own. When you buy into Domino’s you are buying into an established brand that welcomes innovative ideas and you are the owner of your

own business. We have some incredible franchisees and are lucky to have these people working in our business. Domino’s and its franchisees continually push the boundaries on what is possible and we continually launch first to market concepts. Nothing about our business is rigid. What benefits are there for a business owner to engage with a franchise business model? It’s much easier to invest in a brand that is proven, trusted and established. If it’s your first time in the franchising model, it’s much better to align with a recognised brand and one that you know and are familiar with. At Domino’s we support our franchisees through all stages of the store building process and with comprehensive training we cover every aspect of operating a Domino’s store. That’s what makes it such a great model, particularly for people who haven’t had experience running their own businesses before. However, having the right attitude means the difference between success and failure in this industry. We can give franchisees all of the training and support in the world but if they don’t possess the right attitude, they won’t succeed in the industry. Passion and a love for people is an essential ingredient to work at Domino’s What, if any, are the drawbacks, or points to seriously consider? The misconception that exists in the food and retail market that you can invest your dollars and sit back and watch it grow is far from the truth. You need to be willing to get involved in every step

How to ensure you get the maximum tax deduction for gearing

est debt can be more difficult for tax purposes. A common situation occurs where somebody has debt on their family home and then they sell it to buy a rental property using the excess funds to buy the investment. They will naturally think that the debt on a new home they wish to live in can be transferred across for negative gearing purposes to the new rental property. Of course tax considerations won’t always determine the best course of action but in many cases should be examined firstly.

HERE is nothing worse than seeing somebody with their debt structured around the wrong way when it comes to maximising deductions. Sadly, many fail to get the correct advice and believe that debt can be easily transferred from a non-deductible situation to a new business or investment matter. Here are some tips that you should consider when trying to assess how to get the most out of your tax situation when borrowing.


1. Speak to your small business accountant first BEFORE arranging finance and even before buying a property or business, make sure you

speak to your advisors such as your small business accountant and legal team. Doing this will save you money in the long run as trying to fix debt structure can be costly in terms of stamp duty, capital gains tax and other costs, so it is always better to spend a little bit first and get it right the first time. As small business accountants and business valuers, we often see situations where non-clients who come to us after they have jumped in and bought a business, organised the finance only to find out later that they have probably paid too much, and have been set up in the wrong business structure where claiming inter-

2. Pay off non-tax deductible debt as quickly as possible before other debt SIMILAR to the above, when you have excess funds available, pay off any non-deductible debt first of all when you can.

of the journey including making yourself available 24/7, working and training staff, motivating the team, driving sales, ensuring hygiene and delivering a top quality product each and every time. Domino’s is a fast paced business and those who aren’t committed, who don’t put in the hard work, won’t keep up. However, those that do have so much potential and the support from corporate to expand their business and make it the most successful it can be. How has franchising changed in the last decade in Australia? Franchising has changed a great deal in Australia in the last decade as there is more choice on which franchise you purchase than ever before. There are more options out there from food, to cleaning to services and it is all about finding the one that is right for you. What are some of the biggest issues facing franchise owners in Australia today? The Australian economy is a versatile one at the moment with the changes in the global market impacting on interest rates and the cost of living, so buying into a business is riskier now than ever before. Which is why, it is actually a perfect time to back yourself and invest in a franchise with proven success. Anything else you’d like to add? It’s not easy! If you are looking for easy work, don’t enter the franchising world. Be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get busy. This industry is all about having a strong work ethic and loving what you do… at Domino’s we are more than just pizza.


Business in changing times with Phil Comerford, Scolari Comerford Dubbo Consider doing interest-only loans for business and other investment debt. You may need to get your small business accountant to do the sums if your business and investment loans are more expensive in terms of interest rates, but generally it is better to structure your debt so the non-deductible amount is extinguished before the deductible sum. 3. Examine ways to restructure your debt to maximise interest deductions AS mentioned above, it is always better to try and get things right the first time. However, sometimes there are ways to restructure your debt and minimise other costs such as bank fees and capital gains tax and stamp duty. Depending on your business

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structure and individual circumstances, you may be able to pull money out of the business by borrowing to pay capital contributed by you or a loan by you to the business and then take it off your personal nondeductible debt. Effectively you are converting non-deductible debt into deductible debt, saving tax on the interest component by up to 49 per cent! There are other strategies but it is always best to talk to your small business accountants and get them to review your current debt set up. Conclusion: BORROWING is often a great way to get ahead but like everything it usually is best to be paid off as soon as you possibly can despite the tax benefits. Not having debt set up correctly can add years to your loans and cost you a lot of tax unnecessarily. Using tax deductions to your advantage could be the difference between owning your own home in five years or 10 years or more! Seek advice about your current debt structure and where you can get it fixed as soon as you possibly can. You can at least sleep at night knowing that you have had it checked out.



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Corporates punished for harmful behaviour CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY (CSU) research shows consumers are prepared to punish corporations for unethical and harmful behaviour, even when they are not directly affected. Dr Elizabeth Dunlop, an academic with the School of Management and Marketing at CSU in in Wagga Wagga, investigated consumers’ attitudes to corporations and their potential punishing reactions when they ‘do the wrong thing’ and cause harm to another party. Dr Dunlop’s research asked when a consumer is not directly impacted by the actions of a company, will they still seek to punish them? The study showed consumers punished corporations differently across varying ethical situations. “Consumers used a variety of punishing strategies, ranging from word-of-mouth to actively seeking out the offending firm’s competitors,” Dr Dunlop said. The study used ‘real life’ ethical scenarios and generated more than one thousand responses on the nature and extent of consumer punishing behaviour. “I identified how consumers view corporations and their responsibilities, identify with companies, and perceive injustices. I also studied how consumers can be interested in social issues involving firms, and whether or not that propels them to punish the firm if they transgress,” she said. The ‘real life’ ethical scenarios used in the study were publicly reported and involved international brands such as L’Oréal, Pacific Brands, Apple, Nestlé, British Petroleum (BP) and Qantas that produced physical, financial or emotional harm to people around the world. One example of physical harm was animal product testing by L’Oreal. While illegal in Australia, the practice is not illegal internationally. This caused the greatest punishing reaction among the consumers surveyed. While the study found that when consumers felt connected to a company they were less likely to judge them harshly, there were some brands, L’Oréal, BP, Nestlé and Apple for which this did not apply. Regardless of how much respondents identified with L’Oréal and Nestlé, they still judged the firms harshly for their involvement in animal testing (in the case of L’Oréal) and using child labour in developing countries (Nestlé).

complaints were behaviours least used by consumers to punish firms.


“One interpretation of this may be that for certain ethical issues, it is clear consumers will attribute responsibility against the company,” Dr Dunlop said. “As a result of this attribution against the ethics of animal testing, the study showed consumers used word of mouth to stop others buying L’Oréal products, which reduced patronage and produced negative word of mouth publicity for the company.” Dr Dunlop said, “Examples like L’Oréal and BP showed consumers are more likely to actually engage in punishing behaviours when the type of harm caused is physical, resulting in injury or death”. Over all the scenarios in the study, 30 per cent of respondents said they would punish global corporations for their behaviour towards other victims such as people, animals or the natural environment. Dr Dunlop said this ‘punish rate’ was related to situations where the consumer “was also indirectly affected by a company’s actions on other third parties”. Even as a third-party observer, the study indicated that a consumer can seek or desire to restore justice through punishing the offender. “Consumers punished these businesses by reducing their patronage and spending less money, reducing the frequency of interaction and taking their business to a competitor.” Interestingly, contacting the media and reporting to agencies to register

Age and disability discrimination shows need for law reform THE devastating impact of age and disability discrimination, common across Australian workplaces, highlights the need for discrimination law to be changed, according to Victoria Legal Aid. In a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) Willing to Work inquiry, Victoria Legal Aid drew upon first-hand, personal stories from clients about the impact of discrimination. Case studies in the submission include first-hand accounts of discrimination from people like Sharon*, a woman in her late 40s who has applied for more than 700 job applications over the last two years. In one instance she was told ‘sorry, the boss only wants young people now’. Another client, Tom* has been trying to go back to work after time off for an injury but believes he is being viewed as a liability. ‘They’ve asked for more reports about my physical injury, which is why I’ve been off work, but then they wanted me to do an independent psychiatric assessment too. I feel humiliated and embarrassed actually. Having to go to the psych made me feel very apprehensive and insecure.’ ‘These stories are compelling and demonstrate the importance of reform,’ Equality Law Program manager Melanie Schleiger said. ‘We also encourage people who have experienced discrimination to know their rights by or by contacting our free Legal Help line on 1300 792 387.’ The Willing to Work report, now released by the AHRC, has made several

recommendations to improve workforce accessibility to Australians who are older or have a disability. Some of the key recommendations listed in the report include that: z The Australian Government consider removing the restrictive comparator test which requires an employee to prove that they were treated less favourably than another employee in the same circumstances. z The Fair Work Act be reviewed to consider whether the right to request flexible working arrangements is achieving its goal of requiring employers to make adjustments for employees with a disability, unless they have reasonable business grounds to refuse. z The Fair Work Commission review the 21-day time limit to lodge a complaint. ‘The lack of any significant consequence for discrimination against employees leads to low levels of compliance with discrimination laws by employers,” Schleiger said. “While the Willing to Work report has made some excellent recommendations, discrimination law still places an unfair and ineffective burden on individuals to enforce their rights,” Schleiger said. “We will continue to recommend that the AHRC be given greater powers to ease this burden and promote compliance with discrimination laws.’ Victoria Legal Aid has assisted many clients in their fight against discrimination laws. These include a young student, Ella Ingram, who won a landmark discrimination case against QBE Insurance which had refused to cover her insurance claim because of mental illness. The Willing to Work report also included a recommendation to review and amend insurance exemptions under Federal discrimination law. *Client names have been changed

` The ‘real life’ ethical scenarios used in the study were publicly reported and involved international brands such as L’Oréal, Pacific Brands, Apple, Nestlé, British Petroleum (BP) and Qantas that produced physical, financial or emotional harm to people around the world. One example of physical harm was animal product testing by L’Oreal. While illegal in Australia, the practice is not illegal internationally.




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Kate Wright, Dubbo City Council, Dubbo, 2016 Young Business Executive Award

Steve Fieldus, founder and managing director of Transforce, 2016 Excellence in Business Award

Justine Richards, Regand Park Early Childhood Centre, Dubbo, 2016 Business Leader Award and 2016 Excellence in Sustainability

Transforce named Business of the Year UBBO business, Transforce, was named 2016 Business of the Year at the Central West Orana Business Awards gala dinner hosted by the NSW Business Chamber at the Red Oak Function Centre at Turners Vineyard in Orange last week. Transforce, who specialise in the provision of road transport services, also won the award for Excellence in Business. “This award means so much to not only myself but to the efforts of the whole team at Transforce. This is award is honour and a privilege.” said Steve Fieldus, founder and managing director of Transforce. In the past 24 months, Transforce has experienced significant growth by realigning its customer base in the bulk haulage division and establishing a new business unit in the storage and warehousing market. Included in this venture was the provision for the transport and storage of dangerous goods enabling a commer-


cial alliance with another logistics provider leading to a Government Contract for the storage of pesticides. Central West Orana NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Vicki Seccombe congratulated Transforce for taking out the region’s top honour as 2016 Business of the Year. “The 2016 Central West Orana Business Awards showcase the diverse array of talent in the region’s business com-

munity, and this year the competition was particularly tough with with judges awarding dual winners for the Excellence in Business and Small Business categories. “This year’s winners should feel incredibly proud to be named as the region’s leading businesses for 2016, and we wish them every success as they continue to represent the Central West, Orana and Far West at the NSW Busi-

` The Central West Orana Business Awards are made possible by the strong relationships the NSW Business Chamber has forged with our hardworking Local Chambers of Commerce in Bathurst, Broken Hill, Canowindra, Cowra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Forbes, Gulgong, Lithgow, Mudgee, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Wellington.

ness Chamber State Business Awards later this year. “Last year, Abraham Damen, owner of Kitchen and Renovation Concepts in Dubbo, won the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the State Business Awards in Sydney. We look forward to seeing this year’s winners share their success stories and achieve recognition at the state level. “The Central West Orana Business Awards are made possible by the strong relationships the NSW Business Chamber has forged with our hardworking Local Chambers of Commerce in Bathurst, Broken Hill, Canowindra, Cowra, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Forbes, Gulgong, Lithgow, Mudgee, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Wellington. “Through our annual awards program, the NSW Business Chamber seeks to celebrate business excellence in NSW and promote growth by enabling our finalists and winners to share their success stories and lessons learned along the way,” Seccombe said.



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Life on a glacier Putting the call out for epic photos to run in our Big Picture column has not been disappointed this week with an extraordinary contribution by Stuart O’Brien from Warren, who’s mum, Sandra of Dubbo passed Stuart’s pic. He currently lives in Chile Chico, a town in the Patagonian region of Chile, bordering Argentina, where

he works for a Canadian silver mining company. He’s pictured here with the Perito Moreno Glacier, located on the southern shore of General Carrera Lake, in the Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. What a gorgeous part of the planet! The glacier is an important 5-kilometre

wide tourist attraction averaging 75 metres in height which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1981 and is famed for it’s regular backwards and forward movements, spectacular ice falls and the fact it’s still ‘growing’. Thanks Stuart and Sandra for sharing this epic photo!

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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...

Whatever floats your boat... T is quite remarkable how some things make an impression on you. Oftentimes it is the simplest things that really make you sit up and pay attention, that have an impact. I was doing an interview with a bloke the other day, on the phone, all the way from America. (And not just anywhere in America either, but New York! There’s something pretty fabulous about being a rural journalist in the NSW central west and getting to dial up a dude from the Big Apple and chew the fat. I felt positively international. Like a foreign correspondent, almost. But I digress.) This bloke is pretty fascinating, in his own right. He’s a big, beefy, heavily tattooed, ponytailed ex-vegan hipster meat retailer. So that’s kind of interesting, right there, before you even dive into the reason why I was interviewing him. He is a New Yorker, and he’s cut from that classic mould of New Yorker that we see so often represented in the media. He’s articulate and opinionated, he’s enormously confident, has a powerful personality and exudes energy. I reckon he could sell ice to the Eskimos, this guy. And there’s something very attractive about these people, they’re very engaging to talk to, they have this vibe that sort of washes over you and energises you. (Not saying I’d want to live in a house with him, mind you. I think he might wear thin after a while, like, you know, too much of a good thing? But for an encounter over the phone, or in a butcher shop? Delightful.) Because that’s what he used to do for a living, old mate that I was interviewing. Back in 2004, he and his wife set up a butcher shop. A craft butcher shop, in Brooklyn. So, that must have been after he renounced his veganism, I’m thinking? And I didn’t ask, but I’m kind of guessing that when he decided to eschew his former meat-free way of life, that he was seeking a sort of meat that was not the


ugly side of meat-eating. I’m thinking that he wanted to deal in quality, sustainable, ethically produced meat, and that’s where the ‘craft’ butcher shop came in. That would be my surmise. Because another interesting thing about old mate, the former vegan, former craft butcher shop owner, is that he comes from a long line of butchers. (I imagine that conversion to veganism, way back in the piece, must have gone down like a lead balloon with all those forebears. There must have been a real sense of relief, a celebration of ‘returning to the fold’ when he reverted to his carnivorous heritage and resumed eating meat. They must have been ecstatic when he started carving it up and selling it.) I have a lot of respect for people who have the courage to follow their convictions. If you think there is something intrinsically wrong with killing and eating animals, and you are prepared to give up bacon and lamb chops and chicken laksa, then more strength to your arm I say. I’m not going to be best pleased if you try and inflict those notions on my diet, because I haven’t renounced meat. But I’m all for the concept of acting in accord with your own personal belief system. So, you can see that a young man who is questioning the whole mass produced, factory farming of livestock might think that just opting out of eating meat, or in fact using any sort of animal product whatever, is the way to go. But then, to renounce that idea and find a way of doing it that is ethical and economically sound, that makes even more sense to me. Loving chops as I do. But this story just gets better. Because he and his wife set up their inner-city craft butchery there in Brooklyn and he says they were at the forefront of a new movement toward ‘craft’ meats. Apparently in the act of setting up this business, he

` I have a lot of respect for people who have the courage to follow their convictions. If you think there is something intrinsically wrong with killing and eating animals, and you are prepared to give up bacon and lamb chops and chicken laksa, then more strength to your arm I say internationally.

made it possible for all those inner-city hipster dudes to take back their inner meat-eater. Instead of meat-eating being the intellectual property of the big supermarkets, the shit chainstore multi-national fast food retailers, the over-processed and tasteless frozen dinners, they were able to re-colonise the practice in a way that they were able to live with. And that’s when they started value adding to this business. They’re Brooklyn business-owners, they weren’t standing behind the door when the business brains were being handed out, these guys. So they started selling proper knives, and kits for you to use to smoke your own meat, that kind of thing. Carnivore accessories. And they didn’t stop there. They set up a butchery school. For the hipsters. So that the hipsters could cut up their own meat skilfully, with accuracy and authenticity. And, while I don’t know this for certain, I’m pretty sure they also retailed lumber jackets, hiking books and beard oil. And their business was so massively successful that he and his wife ended up working seven days a week. So, in 2011, they sold out of the Brooklyn butcher shop (it continues to this day, under the same ethical regimen, but with different owners). And now he’s exploring a different way to bring top quality meat to the marketplace in the Big Apple. And that’s what I was interviewing him about, and he’s just as energised and just as enthusiastic about this new venture as he was about the last one. And I’m equally convinced that he’s going to do really well in this business as he did in the last one. Because he’s clever and committed and positive and he has an enormous amount of energy. Energy and vision. But the thing that stays with me most viscerally from the entire interview was his answer to one of my questions. I asked him “is this new business open 24/7?” And he said “Yes Ma’am.” I swear to God, I felt like I was interviewing Gary Cooper.


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Indigenous health organisations report AUSTRALIAN Government-funded primary health care organisations saw around 435,000 individual indigenous patients through over 3.5 million episodes of care, an average of 8.2 episodes of care per client, in 2014-15, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: Online services report-key results 201415 includes information from 278 organisations across Australia providing health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Seventy-three per cent of these organisations (203) provided primary healthcare services and 68 per cent (138) of these were Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. “The health services and activities provided by these organisations play an important role in delivering health care to Indigenous people,” said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman. “This includes clinical care, health promotion, child and maternal health, social and emotional wellbeing support and substance-use prevention.” In 2014-15, most organisations (220) provided maternal and child health services, with 7,400 Indigenous women accessing antenatal services through 34,100 visits. Around 22,100 health checks for Indigenous children aged 0 to 4 years were conducted. Social and emotional wellbeing services-counselling, family tracing and

cent of Aboriginal health workers employed in Outer regional areas.” said Dr Al-Yaman.


Mental health national plan to guide reforms

reunion support services-were provided by 97 organisations employing 221 counsellors, a 17 per cent increase in counsellors compared with 2013-14. Substance-use services were offered at 67 organisations, and saw 25,200 clients through 151,000 episodes of care, an average of 6 episodes of care per client. Compared with 2013-14, the number of client contacts increased by 9 per cent while client numbers increased by 4 per cent. Over time, the average number of contacts per client per year has increased from 7.7 in 2008 to ‘09 to 11.6 in 2014-15. There were 4,454 health staff employed in primary health care organisations and 2,905 other staff. Just over half (53 per cent) of all staff were Indigenous. The most common health workers were nurses and midwives (15 per cent), followed by Aboriginal health workers (11 per cent) and doctors (6 per cent). “Staffing varied by location, with 39 per cent of nurses and midwives employed in Very remote areas and 31 per

LAST weeks Budget included welcome new initiatives for mental health, but left ongoing uncertainty about how current reforms will be coordinated and integrated according to Mental Health Australia CEO Frank Quinlan. “Australia still has no comprehensive plan to guide the very significant reforms changing the shape of mental health services,” he said. “Programs like the NDIS, Primary Health Networks, and Health Care Homes are welcome measures, but urgent work is required to link these reforms to ongoing mental health reforms, and to services providing psychosocial support to people who experience mental illness.” Welcome initiatives included the new $40m investment in veteran’s mental health and suicide prevention, $800K for an online service to address perinatal depression, $750m investment in Youth Jobs PaTH services to train and employ vulnerable young Australians, $100m for trials in innovative programs aimed at reducing long-term welfare dependency Budget measures which could negatively impact people experiencing mental illness and their carers include cuts to payments for new welfare recipients

accessing NewStart, Disability Support Pension (DSP) and Carer payment; uncertainty regarding the re-assessment of 90,000 DSP recipient, ongoing pause in indexation of the Medicare Benefits Scheme affecting GPs and allied health professionals and cuts to Health Flexible Funds, with details to be confirmed in the future. Mental Health Australia has renewed its call for a ten-year plan for mental health reform. “The National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services identified better coordination and integration as key priorities for reform. A failure to address this will place ongoing reforms at risk,” Quinlan said. In the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election, Mental Health Australia is calling on all political parties to publicly commit to a reduction in the national suicide rate, improvements in the physical health of people with a mental illness, an increase in employment rates for mental health consumers and carers, improvements in mental health consumer and carer participation and choice and no net reduction in overall investment in mental health. “We must do all we can in the months ahead to ensure the unprecedented uncertainty in mental health program funding is resolved once and for all.” “Mental health reform is not finished. In fact, we have only just begun a journey of many years.”






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Food just got good for gluten-free fans BY KATE WHITING OELIAC disease is not new – the word itself is a translation of the Greek ‘koiliakos’ meaning ‘abdominal’, and linked to ancient Greek physician, Aretaeus of Cappadocia. But it’s only in the last decade that modern-day supermarkets have caught up and started catering to those with the autoimmune illness, which affects around one in 70 Australians. A disease – rather than an allergy or intolerance – when people with coeliac eat gluten, their immune system mistakes it as a threat and attacks healthy tissues. Symptoms include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, anaemia and sudden or unexpected weight loss – which can be very similar to symptoms caused by an intolerance. However, with coeliac, cutting out gluten completely is absolutely essential for avoiding, possibly serious, long-term damage and complications. Coeliac Australia says around 80 per cent of people with the disease remain undiagnosed. This means the vast majority of Australians who have coeliac disease don’t yet know it. It can take up to 13 years for a diagnosis. It’s no wonder the free-from sections are starting to take up more of the supermarket aisles, and big brands are introducing gluten-free alternatives into their product ranges. UK research reckons the free-from market is worth around £365 million in that country ($A715 million), and predicts it will grow another 50 per cent by 2019. One man who has watched the freefrom rise with interest is Coeliac ambassador and TV chef Phil Vickery.


Seriously Good! Gluten-Free Cooking by Phil Vickery, photography by Steve Lee, is published by Kyle Books.

He published his first gluten-free cookbook, Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking in 2009 – which has sold more than 250,000 copies to date, with a revised edition out this year – and his latest, Phil Vickery’s Essential Gluten-free, is due for publication this month. But when he first suggested a glutenfree title, his publisher, Kyle Books, were not 100 per cent convinced. “I said, ‘It might not be right now, but I think it’s going to be a big thing’. Anyway, [they] called me back on the Monday and said, ‘Oh go on then, we’ll give it a punt!’” He and his family – wife Fern Britton and four children (the couple have one daughter together, and three are from Britton’s first marriage) – don’t have any need to stick to a gluten-free diet at home. Instead, Vickery discovered the importance of cooking for people with coeliac and gluten intolerance quite by chance, 15 years ago, when after a shortage of flour for his Christmas puddings to sell at food fayres, he switched to rice flour, got the Coeliac UK stamp of approval, and they started selling like proverbial hot cakes to his delighted customers. He’s pleased by the increased availability of gluten-free alternatives now (“When I first started, you couldn’t buy tapioca flour anywhere”) but still doesn’t think the need for gluten-free cooking has been embraced universally yet: “Chefs pay lip service to it; I’m astounded at those who just think it’s a fad.” He knows there’s “a very clear distinction between having a disease and choosing [to eat gluten-free] as a lifestyle choice”. “Those waters get muddied in my eyes – coeliac sufferers get very annoyed, it’s upset a lot of them.” Vickery, who turns 55 in May, is on a bit of a mission to make gluten-free cooking more widespread. He’s just signed up with a cruise company to teach gluten-free cooking on board, and has started work on another “allergy science-based” book, which comes out in September. It’s not all work and no play though. He and Britton “make very careful time for each other”, and “try to have date nights”, plus Vickery’s taking the whole of August off. “We’re both freelance, so there are periods when we’re both around. Next week, I’m researching, so we’ll go for lunch, I’ll make dinner. When she goes away cycling, or I’m going to India or something, one of us is always here.” You won’t catch Vickery donning Lycra to join Fern in the saddle, though. “Oh my gosh! Can you imagine it?”



HERE’S a roundup of some of my favourite cookbooks, television shows, websites, radio shows, podcasts and recipes featured in the news recently: FOOD ON TV “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” is a six-part TV series (see Season One anytime online at wgbh/what-phils-having/) that explores delicacies from around the world. The show is the brainchild of Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), who is making his return to TV for the first time in years. Each one-hour episode of “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” sends view-


he says with a chuckle. “The last thing I want to do is buy Lycra. When I can’t play football any more, I will perhaps do a bit of cycling – but I’ll be a secret

ers on gastronomic adventures with Rosenthal himself exploring the best dishes in Hong Kong, Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. Along with celebrity guest stars, Rosenthal’s quirky and adventurous spirit seeks to inspire audiences to venture out on their own culinary discoveries. FOOD IN PRINT Women of African descent have contributed to America’s food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate “Aunt Jemima” who cooked mostly by natural instinct. To discover the true role of black women in the creation of American – and especially Southern – cuisine, author Toni Tipton-Martin has spent years amassing

cyclist and I will not, I will NOT, wear Lycra.” Give some of Vickery’s gluten-free dishes a go for yourself...

one of the world’s largest private collections of cookbooks published by black authors. “The Jemima Code” presents more than 150 black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house-servant’s manual – the first book published by a black in the trade – to modern classics by authors such as Edna Lewis and Vertamae Grosvenor. The books are arranged chronologically and illustrated with photos of their covers; many also display selected interior pages, including recipes. Tipton-Martin provides notes on the authors and their contributions, and the significance of each book. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African-Americans cooked creative masterpieces from



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(Serves 4-6) 200g gluten-free pasta shapes (available in all good supermarkets) 2tbsp olive oil 1 x 425g can borlotti beans, well drained Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon 40g pine nuts 4tbsp roughly chopped fresh parsley Pinch or two of dried chilli flakes 350ml double cream 1/2 x 10g gluten-free vegetable stock cube (available in all good supermarkets) 200g mozzarella cheese, sliced or 50g Parmesan cheese, grated (optional) Salt and freshly ground black pepper Green salad with rocket and onion, to serve 1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. 2. Cook the pasta for half the time stated on the pack. Drain well. Toss in the olive oil to stop the pasta sticking together. 3. Meanwhile, place the beans, lemon zest, pine nuts, parsley and chilli in a bowl and mix well. Add the pasta to the bean mixture. 4. Place the cream and stock cube in a small pan, bring to the boil, whisk well to dissolve the cube, then pour over the bean mixture and stir well. Taste, then season if needed. 5. Spoon the mixture into a 28 x 28 x 4cm baking dish. Top with the sliced mozzarella or grated Parmesan, if using, and cook for 20-25 minutes or until well browned. 6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cool for five minutes before eating. Serve with a green salad with plenty of onion and rocket.

(Serves 6-8) For the cake: 200g unsalted butter 200g gluten-free dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces – lots of good quality dark chocolate is gluten-free, but always check the label 5 medium eggs, at room temperature, separated Pinch of cream of tartar 240g caster sugar 1tbsp vanilla extract 200g ground almonds 50g chickpea (gram) flour For the syrup: 10 100g caster sugar 4t 4tbsp chopped fresh mint 10 100ml water For the frosting: 50 500g mascarpone 50 50g honeycomb, chopped 10 100g clear honey 1. P Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line a 2 24cm round, 7cm deep, loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. 2. P Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, take the pan off the heat but leave the bowl over the pan to keep the mixture warm. 3. P Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and whisk until thick and foamy, then add half the sug sugar, and whisk again until creamy and thick. 4. A Add the rest of the sugar and whisk until very stiff, but still a creamy consistency. Stir the egg yolks, vanill nilla extract, almonds and chickpea flour into the warm chocolate and butter, then straight away add war half the meringue, mixing well. Finally, add the rest of tthe meringue and fold in. 5. S 5 Spoon into the lined tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until well-risen and firm. 6. Remove from the oven and cool slightly in the tin; it will collapse a little. Make several holes over the surface of the cake with a skewer. 7. Meanwhile, place the sugar, 100ml of water and the mint in a small pan and boil until the sugar has dissolved, then strain. Spoon the syrup over the cake and leave to soak in and cool completely. 8. Once the cake has cooled, beat the mascarpone, honeycomb and honey together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Do not whisk or the mascarpone will be too soft and not hold its shape on the cake. 9. Turn out the cake carefully onto a large, flat plate. As there is no gluten in the cake it will have quite a soft texture, so be careful. Cover the cake with the honey mascarpone. Eat straight away or chill for one hour. If you want to keep it for the next day, remove from the fridge one hour before eating.

Some gluten free treats

CHESTNUT AND ROASTED ONION BREAD (Makes 900g loaf) 5tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 3tsp sugar 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast 1tsp xanthan gum (available in all good supermarkets) 400ml warm water 300g chestnut flour (try health food shops) 100g potato flour 1/2tsp gluten-free baking powder (available in all good supermarkets) 1 medium egg, lightly beaten Salt and freshly ground black pepper Oil, for greasing 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/375F/gas mark 4. Oil a 900g loaf tin. 2. Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a frying pan, then add the onions and two teaspoons of sugar. Cook down, stirring occasionally until lightly golden. This will take a few minutes. Once cooked, set aside to cool. 3. Add the yeast, xanthan gum and the remaining olive oil to the warm water and stir until dissolved. 4. Combine the flours, remaining sugar, baking powder, one teaspoon of salt and black pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Add the egg and stir. Next, add the liquid yeast mixture to the bowl and mix well. 5. Pour into the prepared tin and cook for 30 minutes, or until well risen and lightly browned. Remove and cool slightly, turn out and slice when ready.

meagre provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses and nourished the black community through the long struggle for human rights. “The Jemima Code” transforms America’s most maligned kitchen servant into an inspirational and powerful model of culinary wisdom and cultural authority. FOOD RADIO/PODCASTS “The Splendid Table” is a public radio culinary, culture and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper takes listeners on a journey of the senses and leads discussions with a

variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. The Splendid Table is heard weekly on more than 400 public radio stations in the US, but those of us outside the US can always sign up for their email newsletters featuring recipes of the week. ( listen-and-follow) The recipe below for Garlic and Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Crispy Drippings Croutons is adapted from another favourite, “In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love” by New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark (Hyperion).

GARLIC AND THYMEROASTED CHICKEN WITH CROUTONS ountry bread, ciabatta or other sturdy bread, preferably stale, sliced 1/2-inch thick Mustard, as needed Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more as needed 1 (1.8 to 2.25kg) chicken cut into 8 serving pieces, rinsed and patted dry 1 garlic head, separated into cloves 1 bay leaf, torn into pieces 1/2 bunch thyme sprigs 1. Heat oven to 220C/425F. Lay bread slices in the bottom of a heavy-duty roasting pan in one layer. Brush with mustard, drizzle liberally with olive oil,

and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 2. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper, and place the pieces on the bread, arranging the white meat in the centre and the dark meat and wings around the sides. Scatter garlic cloves, bay leaves and thyme over the chicken, and drizzle everything with more oil (take care to drizzle the garlic cloves). 3. Roast the chicken until it’s lightly browned and the thigh juices run clear when pricked with a knife, about 50 minutes. If you like, you can crisp the skin by running the pan under the broiler for a minute, though you might want to rescue the garlic cloves before you do so they don’t burn (if you don’t plan to eat them, it doesn’t matter so much). 4. Serve the chicken with pieces of the bread from the pan.



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Welcome home, petal BY GABRIELLE FAGAN EVEN the word ‘floral’ can strike decor dread into those who associate blooms, sprigs and sprays solely with chintzy country cottage settings, or fussy female boudoirs. While it’s true that some floral fans might be guilty of letting petal prints spread through their home like weeds, there is another, more subtle way to approach green-fingered decor. Chic, modern interpretations of this blooming lovely look are a brilliant way to imaginatively enliven neutral schemes, which can stray into bland unless care is taken (colour-phobes take note!). Painterly, blowsy florals or modern botanicals – grey and white’s the coolest combo this year – literally lift a room, just like a bouquet of beautifully arranged fresh flowers. “Floral designs are perennially popular and the trend for people to enjoy decor designs inspired by nature continues to be strong,” says Caroline Driver, a senior textiles designer. “Recently, I’ve seen a change towards designs using more of a mix of flowers and leaf shapes, so they’re more reflective of nature, and a move away from more stylised designs featuring only one type of flower. “Traditional archive patterns are being reworked by a new generation of designers, which is exciting, because there are continually new ways to use botanicals, and those innovative interpretations are winning florals a new generation of fans.” So, as the highlight of the gardening world calendar, RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England (May 24-28), looms, celebrate with some dazg displays p y indoors... zling

ROSE BOUQUET Roses are always a favourite flower, and they’re the stars of fashion

and decor this season. “Big flowers, like roses and dahlias, have been used throughout history on textile designs, and this continues today. The trend for painterly florals does lend itself particularly well to ‘blowsy’ flowers like roses, and they work particularly well as a motif,” says Driver. “We’ve included a pale pink rose on one of our key cushions for our Croft Collection this year, which was inspired by that feeling of haziness you get when looking at flower beds in bright sunshine. “The image used for this design is cropped quite tightly, so the painterly marks and the natural beauty of the flower can be fully appreciated. Accent pieces, like cushions or lampshades, are an easy way to introduce pattern or a pop of colour in a room. I love our floral Freya bedlinen in white and pale grey, with pops of honey colour on the petals, which would add interest to a subtle, neutral scheme.” PICK OF THE BUNCH: Treat a sofa like a window box – just as you’d dig up those old plants, replace tired, last-season cushions with new rosepatterned ones, for an instant style uplift. Grey’s still the most popular shade in the palette, and floral wallpapers in grey and white are an easy way to work two trends. Do a supermarket sweep and bag an embroidered bedlinen set.

PINK PASSION Plunge into pinks – opt for sweet and sugary, or grown-up shades, which look sophisticated on clean-lined contemporary furniture. “Layering up different scales of floral patterns, from ditzy to large scale, in a tonal colour palette, is a really interesting way of decorating, especially when it’s done using stronger colours, such as pinks through Drive to plums,” says Driver. “Garden florals, where w there’s a mix of flowers and plants together in somet one design, is something I also see growing in future seasons, as people love to bring the fee feel of their outdoor space inside.” BUN PICK OF THE BUNCH: Pairing plain with floral upholstery won’t overng, an d works especially well in a small room. Mimic an power a setting, and ith a cherry c Eastern feel wi with blossom bedlinen design.

Grove chair

Peony fuchsia cushion

Chalk up outdoor playtime BY DONNA ERICKSON


CHALK up some outdoor playtime with your kids with one of the simplest of art supplies, a bucket of chalk. Step out on a sidewalk or driveway, and discover all the possibilities of the impermanent canvas – not only for artwork in cheery colours, but for games of hopscotch that attract friends for healthy competition and exercise. Here are more creative things your family and friends can do with standard sidewalk chalk: SHADOW PORTRAITS On a sunny day, ask your child to stand still, and then outline his/her shadow with a piece of chalk. Ask him to do the same

with yourr shadow shadow. Fill in the outlines with comical expressions on your faces and dashing wardrobes, including silly shoes, a funny hat or a new hairdo. GIANT RAINBOW ABCs. Spell out a name or word with supersize bubble letters. Fill in the loops and spaces with contrasting colours, then make it grow into a rainbow word. For example, if you write your word in orange chalk, fill in the spaces with yellow. Now go around the outside of each letter with a new colour, such as red. Continue with blue and purple, or choose any colour combination that inspires you. SIDEWALK-CHALK FAIR Sidewalk-chalk murals bring communities of all ages together with the challenge

of adorning an outdoor concrete canvas canvas. Try the idea on your own block when you have a get-together. Give participants their own reserved space to create a self-portrait, scenic design, cartoon, poem, maze, etc. FIZZY SIDEWALK CHALK Stir up an easy recipe of a sidewalk chalk “paint” that fizzes when kids spray it with vinegar. In a bowl with a spout, stir together a box of baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch and about a cup of hot water. Pour into unbreakable containers or sections of a muffin container. Stir in different colours of food colouring in different bowls/sections. Paint on the sidewalk with paintbrushes. Spritz the art with vinegar and watch it fizz. After play, wash away with a hose or bucket of water.


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Harper sofa. Photos: PA Photo/Handout.

Betsy bedlinen set

FLOWER POWER “Florals are gathering ground in interiors, and they’re a fantastic, organic alternative to the regimented geometric prints which have been dominating,” says Jacquie Dunton, co-founder of furniture specialist Sweetpea & Willow. “We’re seeing a growing trend in big, painterly blooms and moving away from delicate, ditzy prints. Homeowners are becoming braver about using bold patterns and colour, and dramatic, oversized blooms can really be effective in enlivening a neutral scheme. “To introduce the floral trend and tie a scheme together, select one or two key shades from a flower print. For instance, if you have a floral rug, pick out a couple of complementing hues from it and echo them in cushions, lamps and vases. This will unify the room and prevent the look becoming too kitsch. “Alternatively, a beautiful, big bouquet of flowers, taking pride of place on a dining or coffee table, is a simple and affordable way to make a statement in any room.” PICK OF THE BUNCH: Just as uniform, orderly flower beds can look unimaginative, so too can regimented floral schemes. Pretty wild flowers in a meadow, used to great effect on a chair and a bedding set. Or if that’s all too tame, a tropical floral wallpaper would ramp up the temperature and be bang on trend.

NOW HERE’S A TIP BY JOANN DERSON z “Dust from the top down, and clean walls from the bottom up. Dust falls, so by the time you get to the bottom, you’ve got it all, but drips are easier to clean off when the wall is already clean.” – Contributed by I.M. z Here’s how to ballpark the temperature of your camping fire for cooking. Arrange a cooking pot over the fire. A Dutch oven works best. Hold your hand about even with the side. Beginning at 550, count backward by 50 – i.e., 550, 500, 450. When you have to

remove your hand, you’ll have an approximate temperature of the coals. z “Got a great pair of jeans with a zipper that just won’t stay up? Try this fantastic fix. Take a metal ring (like the one on a keychain) and feed it through the zipper pull. Then zip up. When you get to the top, loop the metal ring around the button, then button up the jeans. That barn door is staying closed!” – Contributed by S.O. z You can thread a needle better if you spray the thread end with hairspray. It stiffens the fibre, which will then stay straight. z “After hand-washing an item,

rather than wringing it out, place it between two towels and just run a rolling pin over the top towel.” – Contributed by A.D.

z Use an old lip brush to take care of stray nail polish mistakes when you’re painting your nails. It’s MUCH better than trying to use a cotton swab, since no strands of cotton get left behind. A lip brush is small and tight, so it can get into precision spots. You can use a cotton pad with a little nail polish remover on it to clean it up after you’re done.



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Quiet life in beautiful Brac BY HANNAH STEPHENSON With winter on its way in the southern hemisphere, and European summer holidays starting soon, families from both sides of the equator have reason to flock to popular Mediterranean hotspots, vie for towel space on beaches and jostle for swimming space in seas teeming with inflatables. No such jostling on the Croatian island of Brac (pronounced ‘Bratch’), separated from the mainland by the Adriatic, a 45-minute ferry ride away from the heat and madness of Split. It’s one of the unspoilt gems of the archipelago, a glorious mixture of limestone hills, ravines and gorges, whose beaches in the capital Supetar have recently been recognised under the White Flag programme for ecologically clean sea water. There are crystal clear bays, coves and immaculately clean pebble beaches all along the quiet coastline of the island, the largest of the central Dalmatian group of islands and the third largest in the Adriatic at 40km long and 12.5km wide. And the vast majority of them are quiet. You can island hop, taking day excursions to the party island of Hvar and to sleepy Solta, but there’s plenty on Brac to keep the family amused for at least a week. Here’s a selection of top quiet coastal spots which the whole family can enjoy... :: Splitska Around 15 minutes’ drive from Supetar is the sleepy harbour town of Splitska, where small motor craft and yachts share space with families swimming and fishing on neighbouring rocks. Shaped in a horseshoe on the winding, rocky coastal road in the north, with beautiful traditional stone houses cut into the rock face, it’s so clean that young locals happily swim off the harbour wall. It’s the port from which Roman settlers sent the mined stone used to construct the Diocletian Palace in Split, and the stone has also been used on the White House in Washington and important buildings in Europe. Culture vultures should head to the 13th cen-

tury Church of St Mary and admire the 16th century citadel. :: Murvica On the south side of the island, around 38km (a 50-minute drive) from Supetar, this stunning white pebble beach is a short stroll from the busier and more famous Bol, but give me Murvica any day. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, as you have to park at the top and then walk down a fairly steep, rough walkway – not suitable for buggies – but when you see the azure sea as you approach, you’ll know it’s worth it. There’s plenty of shade from the overhanging pine trees and, while you will inevitably bump into a few other visitors, the sizzling sound of cicadas will drown out any noise of tourism. Take respite in the Seven Olives, the only bar on a nearby terrace, where you can sit in a deck chair enjoying a plate of calamari under the olive trees or shelter under the wicker awning, overlooking the stunning bay. :: Boboviska This gorgeous hidden harbour on the west coast, around 20 minutes’ drive from Supetar on the main road, has a population of only 450 and has become a haven for rich Russians with serious yachts who buy or rent the stylish hillside houses and apartments. I suspect the concrete platforms from which visitors swim and sunbathe along this stretch of harbour and further around the promontory beyond are part and parcel of the rentals, although we plonked our towels down and weren’t moved on. Its name is derived from ‘Bob’, which means broad bean in Croatian and is one of the main crops grown there, along with artichokes. I also see peach and almond trees following the coastal path on foot. Top tip: Park in the little car park at the entrance to the village. If you drive along the harbour on the narrow road, there is nowhere to turn around and you’ll end up having to reverse out, with the harbour wall on one side. :: Lovrecina Perfect for families with young children, Lovrecina


on the north coast, 10 minutes east of Postira, is the only sandy beach on the island, a haven for those who love making sandcastles and paddling in the shallow waters. It’s accessible by road but much more fun by boat. Hire a six-seater traditional Dalmatian boat from Supertar (with the addition of a 5hp outboard engine on the back) and you can be there in half an hour. Boat rental is around 450 kn a day ($A88.15) including fuel, and you can take it in turns to steer. If you want a beefier engine, you’ll need a boat licence. Moor up in the bay, swim to the sandy shore and enjoy a drink in the modern bar on a terrace above the beach, bordered by local limestone walls. :: Zlatni Rat The island’s most famous beach, a long triangular spit of pebbled land sticking out into the sea like an enormous wishbone, which changes shape depending on the tide, is featured in virtually every Croatian tourist brochure. Adrenalin junkies can get their fix of watersports, from pedalos to parasailing, or inflatables crashing through the waves behind souped-up speedboats. There’s an air of cool about this slightly more sophisticated resort, where beachside shacks sell smoothies and crepes, and couples enjoy cocktails on decked bars adorned with wicker sofas under cream-coloured parasols. While it’s considerably busier than all the other bays, it’s still pristinely clean. Snorkellers are unlikely to find plastic bottles and other eyesores at the bottom of the sea Top tip: Avoid paying top dollar for loungers and umbrellas. Sitting in the pine-clad woods at the entrance to the beach is much cheaper – and you’re closer to the bars. :: Hannah Stephenson was a guest of Thomas Cook Travel

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Top End an adventure playground for kids

Tourists enjoy a dip in the cooling waters of Leliyn, formerly known as Edith Falls, NT. The pool is considered safe from saltwater crocodiles although the relatively safe freshie is seen in its waters. Photos: AAP Image/Caroline Berdon

BY CAROLINE BERDON WHEN parents of young children plan family getaways, many yearn for happy, busy kids who allow their mum and dad a little downtime. THIS often translates into a resort with a beach or pool, family-friendly dining, perhaps even a kids club. With my three daughters now seven, four and nearly two, it started to dawn on me that they saw Australia as one big beach. I had an urge to whisk them away from Sydney to the Top End, with its vast country, abundant indigenous culture, intense heat and crocodiles. Adventurous holidays can be intimidating for parents of young kids, which I pondered as we set off for Kakadu and Katherine for six days. The girls came home exhausted – as did we – but all the richer for what they’ve learned about their country. Here were my fears, and here’s also why you shouldn’t worry. PARENT FEAR: LONG CAR DRIVES It wasn’t always calm in the back seat on the threehour drive from Darwin to Kakadu. But we ditched the iPad, ignored the whingeing and told the kids to “look through the trees”. (A tour guide named Goody imparted this advice to my husband Mick and I on an overland tour from Perth to Alice Springs 15 years ago, explaining it was a metaphor for life. We’ve never forgotten it.) It paid off – we spotted three wild dingoes, wallabies, frogs, hawks and a snake. The kids also learned how fast the landscape can change – from dusty scrub to flood plains and rocky escarpments. These changing environments allowed us to explain to them why indigenous tribes had to be nomadic. The trip also allowed them to experience that underrated feeling from which many interesting thoughts grow: boredom. PARENT FEAR: HOTELS LESS SET UP FOR KIDS Many hotels in remote Australia don’t provide babysitting, kids clubs or kids-eat-for-free deals. Our simple lodge at Cooinda in Kakadu had all of us sleeping in one tiny room. But the kids loved the trundle mattresses on the floor and the baby frogs who hopped all

over our beds. We happen to like some comfort, though, so after bedtime we sank a beer on the patio listening to the sounds of the bush, or slunk off to the stunning resort pool for a night-time dip. PARENT FEAR: LIMITED FOOD OPTIONS There isn’t always a great selection of fresh produce in remote Australia, so we stocked up where we could. The land up here would get no farmer excited, so we explained to the girls how resourceful tribes had to be here, and how much food can be found in the bush. They learned from locals in Kakadu that in the wet there are fruit on the trees, and in the dry, other bush tucker can be found such as goannas, yams and waterlily flowers, whose crunchy stems taste like celery. In Katherine, they tried bush tomatoes – but hated them. PARENT FEAR: LONG-ISH BUSHWALKS We picked some short, simple treks that offered amazing rock art, beautiful views and colourful indigenous stories to boot. The best were the 1.5km circular walk at Kakadu’s Nourlangie Rock and the half-hour uphill trek to Baruwei Lookout at Nitmiluk, from which you can enjoy sweeping views down into Katherine Gorge. The local Jawoyn people believe Bolung the rainbow serpent still inhabits the deep, green pools of the second gorge and must be left undisturbed, which fascinated our older girls. On the way back down, our fouryear-old Sasha kept a keen eye out for the rainbow snake, while hunting leaves to give to the Jawoyns for a “bush tucker dinner”. PARENT FEAR: CROCODILES Most croc attacks have been down to human stupidity. If you take a boat cruise, hold your kids close and admire these intense, fascinating reptiles from a distance. Then sit down at night and read them stories about crocodiles – there are so many good ones. PARENT FEAR: NO OCEAN TO SWIM IN There is a sprinkling of water holes up here where you’re safe from saltwater crocs – and they are divine. At Leliyn (Edith Falls) and Katherine Hot Springs, the

girls clambered over rocks, swam under waterfalls and floated down gentle rapids. If it’s a conventional swimming pool you’re after, though, don’t worry – they’re in every hotel up here, and even some service stations. PARENT FEAR: WILL THEY FIND INDIGENOUS CULTURE INTERESTING? Indigenous culture is mesmerising for kids. As well as the colourful stories of the Dreamtime, our girls were fascinated to learn that some elders don’t know how old they are, they call their brothers’ and sisters’ kids their own, oh and they crush up their dead relatives’ bones to put in funeral urns. Sitting with local indigenous artists who taught us their painting style was a privilege and a joy – for all of us. IF YOU GO: GETTING THERE: Kakadu and Katherine are both around three hours from Darwin by road. Darwin is just over four hours flying time from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and around three and a half hours from Perth and Adelaide – via multiple carriers. STAYING THERE: Cooinda Lodge in Kakadu is the jumping-off point to the Yellow Water Billabong, which is great for croc spotting. Prices vary. Visit www. Nitmiluk Chalets are comfortable and just a walk to the gorge. Prices vary. Visit au/book-accommodation/chalets PLAYING THERE: For information on bushwalks and places to visit in Kakadu, visit www.kakadu. or For information on tours and activities in Nitmiluk, visit Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery in Katherine holds sessions with indigenous artists who teach small groups how to paint their own piece of artwork, make fire from sticks and throw spears. $70 Adult, $45 Child (3-15). For info, visit www.topdidj. com. * The writer travelled as a guest of Tourism NT. AAP


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Kate wins scholarship

Kate Jeffery, 17, of Wellington, winner of a Variety scholarship which will her assist her pursuits in the field of dance. ATE JEFFERY, 17, of Wellington is clicking her dancing heels toward a brighter future, thanks to receiving a Variety scholarship. “Kate is one of 59 children and organisations in NSW reaping the rewards of a Variety 2016 Scholarship. They are awarded to children who have demonstrated success and commitment in sport, drama, music or academia. The scholarship can be used to cover tuition fees, equipment, travel and accommodation,” Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW CEO Tam Johnston said. Kate began dancing when she was just two years old and since, her enthusiasm and dedication has never wavered. She is now set to dance her way through her final school tests and other dance organisation examinations thanks to funding from Variety. The funding will enable her to attend dancing classes to support her efforts in dance for the HSC and complete her final examinations in Advanced 2 Tap and Ballet through the presentation, Todd McKenney invited 12 studies,” she said, the Australian branch of the British Ballet her on stage for an impromptu tap dance. Kate hopes in the future to integrate her Organisation. “It was an absolutely fantastic experience passion for dancing with her desire to study She is so passionate about dancing, travelto be able to dance at the presentation, defi- medicine and one day becoming a tap dancling a 100km round trip to Dubbo College Sennitely one of the best things I’ve ever done,” ing paediatrician, akin to the Robin Williams ior Campus each day as it is the only school in Kate said. character in the movie Patch Adams. the region offering dance as an HSC subject. When Kate is not dancing, she makes time Variety – the Children’s Charity supports Kate’s mum, Naomi, is grateful to Variety to teach the younger students at the local Australian children with more than 133 differfor providing Kate with this opportunity to dance academy encouraging baby ballerinas ent conditions by giving practical equipment, pursue her dreams. to develop their passion and skills for dance, programs and experiences, to empower them “The scholarship is a great relief as it has much like she did. to gain independence and self-esteem and ulmeant that Kate doesn’t have to worry that she timately reach their full potential – as every is adding financial costs to the family unit and “I’m incredibly excited about the Variety child deserves. Variety delivers around $1 I am less stressed,” she said. scholarship. Dance has boosted my confidence Not only has the Variety Scholarship eased and I love being on stage where I can simply million every month in individual and organisational equipment grants across Australia. go into my very own inner zone and forget their financial burden, it also provided Kate For further information on how you can with one of her fondest dance memories. As a about the world around me. It is my outlet, a help, visit way for me to leave behind the stress of Year 2015 Variety Scholarship recipient as well, at


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Opportunity for young singers OZ Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro” auditions open for Dubbo singers Macquarie Conservatorium Dubbo is forming an auditioned choir of young singers aged 10 to 14 years, to perform in Oz Opera’s touring production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, for one performance at the Dubbo Regional Theatre on August 9, 2016. This is an exciting opportunity

for young singers, boys and girls aged 10 to 14 years, to develop vocal and stage performance skills, and experience the thrill of playing an onstage part in a performance of a professional opera production. The Chorus will be singing music for soprano and alto voices only - boys must have unbroken voices, there are no places for tenors or basses. Young singers selected for this opportunity will meet to re-

hearse at Macquarie Conservatorium Dubbo for a minimum of one hour per week from May 30, until the performance on August 9. Plus there are rehearsals with Oz Opera on Saturday, August 6, Monday, August 8, and rehearsal and performance on Tuesday, August 9. Audition Workshops for Macquarie Conservatorium Youth Chorus (applicants only attend ONE workshop) are Friday, May 20, 4pm to 6pm or Saturday, May

21, 4pm to 6pm. If you wish to apply to audition, please go to this link, read the Info pages carefully first, make sure you are available for all rehearsals and the performance, and then complete an online application at https:// w w w. s u r v e y mo n k e y.c o m /r/ MacqCon_Youth_Chorus. Closing date for applications: Tuesday, May 17.



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Richard Watson: It might be progress, but progress towards what? BY KATE WHITING THE BOOKCASE

BOOK OF THE WEEK Digital vs Human: How We’ll Live, Love, And Think In The future by Richard Watson is published in paperback by Scribe. published in hardback by Virago. IT’S fitting that futurist Richard Watson kicks off this tome with a quote from former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, as he certainly comes out fighting. An expert in predicting global trends, the author’s advice is sought by CocaCola, IBM, Shell, McDonald’s and the Ministry of Defence. Here, he warns most of us live in a digital bubble as part of a world that is becoming machine-centric and technology-driven. Four-year-olds have therapy for smartphone addiction and coffee shops are full of people physically there, yet mentally elsewhere. In financial markets, the digital revolution is turning the economy into “a winner-takes-all online casino”. More worryingly, love and compassion can’t be programmed into a machine, so, in a future of driverless cars and software which writes its own code, will we remember to cater for these most basic of human needs? He poses the question: It might be progress, but progress towards what? 9/10 (Review by Gill Oliver)

FICTION When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen is published in paperback by Black Swan. HOW well do you know your colleagues? You may have forged good friendships in the workplace, but this psychological thriller from Tammy Cohen will have you questioning everyone you know. What are they hiding? Who are they really? When She Was Bad takes place in the UK and America. It is told from the perspectives of the main characters and initially it’s hard to tell how the two storylines will come together. The UK side focuses on life in a recruitment agency, while the American side describes an investigation into a ‘House of Horror’. Initially the House of

Author and futurist Richard Watson warns that most of us live in a digital bubble.

Horror part of the story draws you in, while the UK side takes a while to gather pace, but once it does, the book is difficult to put down. Tammy Cohen will keep you guessing right to the end, and just when you think you’ve worked out what is going on, you’ll change your mind again.

A must-read for fans of psychological crime thrillers. 8/10 (Review by Rachael Dunn) Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All by Jonas Jonasson is published in paperback by Fourth Estate. TAKE a disillusioned hotel receptionist,

an embittered former priest and a recently released hitman and what do you get? Yet another madcap tale from one of Sweden’s most popular literary exports, Jonas Jonasson, the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window And Disappeared. Per Persson has a relatively unevent-


Dubbo Weekender | Friday 13.05.2016 to Sunday 15.05.2016 ful life as receptionist at the Sea Point Hotel and he plans to keep it that way when the notorious Hitman Anders takes board at his hotel. However, lapsed priest Johanna Kjellander has other ideas, spotting a gap in the market for hitman services for hire. It all goes swimmingly for the new business trio until Hitman Anders turns his back on violence. But, never ones to miss out on a corporate opportunity, Johanna and Per embark on a new money-making scheme, with Anders once again unwittingly at the helm. Although irreverent and fun, unfortunately the plot does become a bit longwinded and the novel suffers as a result. 5/10 (Review by Jade Craddock)

ens has managed to capture the malaise of the millennial generation, and ponders who are we without a job title to define us in society? 4/10 (Review by Rachel Howdle)

NON FICTION 1971 – Never A Dull Moment: Rock’s Golden Year by David Hepworth is published in hardback by Bantam Press. A great contribution to pop culture history from one of the best writers on the subject, David Hepworth. I first got into

Not Working by Lisa Owens is published in hardback by Picador. IN Lisa Owens’ debut novel Not Working, we enter the world of Claire Flannery. Claire is a dreamer. She has plans to read Ulysses and Moby Dick. Claire dreams of all the things she would do if she had all the time in the world. Then Claire quits her job. Instead of finding a life-defining career, her life starts to take a downward spiral, as she picks spats with all those close to her, especially boyfriend Luke, and a fallout with her mother mars her searching strategies. However, after a short spell of temping, things start to look up for the jobseeker. The story flits from idea to opportunity to disappointment and back again, never really reaching a conclusion. Ow-

tal world trade. USA trade has reduced from 18 per cent to 8 per cent. Europe fell from 39 per cent to 32 per cent. Australian values are included with the Asian figures. Over that period, interregional trade rose from $US1.9 trillion to $11.2 trillion. Calculations on the need for fresh water show an actual rise of 139 per cent between 1990 and 2010. From 2010 to 2030 it is assessed to double in demand. Cropping land, in hectares, will need to double. Things have changed – but not for the better. “The Man Without a Face – The unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin” by Masha Gessen tells of a boy who scraped his way through post-war Leningrad schoolyards, rising to take over from Boris Yelstin. Author Walter Laqueur has written “Putinism – Russia and Its Future With the West” which reveals a Russia not generally portrayed. He examines the big picture of Russian society, demonstrating how current politics are rooted in a complex series of overlapping social, cultural and historical factors, many dating to the pre-Soviet era. It exposes a deep-seated and wide-spread conservative culture, centred on three long-standing pillars

thing she wants and believes. Punchy and witty, it’s brilliantly written until the last third, when the plot whirls and caws repetitively; much like the murder of crows that stalks Shiels through the pages. However, Cumyn saves it with the introduction of a shoe shop owner whose warmth fills you up with hope, not only for little lost Shiels, but humans in general. 7/10 (Review by Ella Walker)

CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn is published in paperback by Simon & Schuster. ALAN Cumyn proves himself to be the master of much promise and dissatisfying endings with this funny, troubled and at times rather barmy young adult novel. Tightly wound Shiels practically runs her school, keeping the principal in check and rallying her fellow student committee members at will, until one day a pterodactyl flies – then crumples – on to the school playing field, and everyone goes and falls in love with it. As the primordial beast churns up emotions, Shiels loses track of every-

Democracy – it ain’t what it used to be W HO is running this country? It could well be the banks, the media, the unions, the big supermarkets. It would include the UN, but certainly it isn’t Canberra. The recent Budget release typifies how the media chooses to ignore the situation where the current Canberra mob inherited a substantial debt and that the Senate has rejected several attempts to correct the situation. In 1964 Donald Horne described Australia as a “lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who shared its luck”. Now, 50 years later, Ian Lowe shows that little has changed after generations of short-sighted leadership. In his book “Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia” Lowe assesses the country in four areas: the environment, population and society, geographical position, and the unrelenting pursuit of economic growth. He also illustrates the need, as well as the opportunity, to transform Australia into the world-leading model of sustainable development that we have the potential to become. In “No Ordinary Disruption”, Richard Dobbs tackles the four global forces breaking all the trends. Between 1990 and 2013 trade routes have been transformed: trade between Asia and other countries has risen from 14 per cent to 32 per cent of to-

his writings in the late 1980s through Q magazine and he still shows the same mixture of enthusiasm, deep and wide knowledge and the right dash of irreverence to show he has it all in reasonable perspective. Hepworth makes a strong case for 1971 being just about the most important year in rock, and he argues convincingly that the year’s albums (from Rod Stewart’s Every Picture Tells A Story to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and the Velvet Underground’s Loaded) have enormous influence even now. And with another of ‘71’s albums, Carole King’s Tapestry, being performed live this year, events may have proved him right. 6/10 (Review by Chris Gibbings)


of Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian “manifest destiny”, and an exaggerated fear of foreign enemies. This book (acclaimed by historian writer Niall Ferguson) motivates us to consider more closely, exactly what we are dealing with. Typically, in February 2013 Putin addressed the Duma, speaking about the tensions with minorities in Russia. “In Russia live as Russians. Any minority from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and respect Russian laws. If they prefer Shari’ya Law, then I advise them to go to those places where that’s state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they shout ‘discrimination’. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France if we are to survive as a nation...” Our leaders can learn from Putin’s determination. The book “Project Republic” outlines plans and arguments for a New Australia – authors Jones and McKenna argue a case for this. They see it as a


From the bookshelves by Dave Pankhurst The Book Connection chance for national renewal and to lend an Australian dignity to the highest office in the land. In short: to decide what kind of country we want to live in. Some of us might argue that it doesn’t matter what the nature of government might be, unless there are leaders of quality such as Jefferson and Lincoln or Curtin and Menzies, there would be little difference. There was an age when the moral aim of Australia Post was “the mail must go through”. Today, they cost a $1 billion a year, lose money, lose parcels, can take days to deliver a parcel to a town 300km away, and compete with the merchandising public sector. Author John Birmingham told The Sydney Morning Herald “the residual fondness and simple inertia kept me using the old dinosaur even as it cut services, increased costs, and turned the local post office into a Two Dollar shop full of one-dollar crap with ten-dollar price tags”. Similarly, the ABC, on a budget of $1 billion a year, supplements its revenues by being a publisher and operating private franchises. How many criminal acts are exposed by the media? Journalists reveal illicit trading yet organisations such as ASIC or ACCC are asleep at the wheel, replying that they didn’t have

the funds to take action. Royal Commissions are called for – taking two years and costing $200 million. It has become accepted that whistle-blowers go to the private media to expose illegal behaviour. It could also involve the Courts. Take the example reported last week where a young Sydney lawyer who was caught with a bag of cocaine. The Magistrate, at the point of passing sentence, was given a reference written by a top judge. The sentence ended up being suspended for 12 months. Such inappropriate judgements cultivate contempt for the law, as demonstrated when 16 cars were broken into one night last week at a West Dubbo motel. Aigner and Skelton have written “The Australian Leadership Paradox” which explains what it takes to lead the Lucky Country. It states that Australians bemoan the quality of our leaders, blaming them for not showing leadership, only to turn on them when they start tackling the hard issues they are expected to fix. The book offers a circuit breaker for the impasse where passionate and talented people hesitate to take up this important role. Certainly, democracy isn’t what it used to be. Enjoy your browsing, Dave Pankhurst.



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Streeton Trio live! BY CHARNIE TUCKEY AUSTRALIA’S most internationally successful piano trio, the Streeton Trio, performed live at the Macquarie Conservatorium on Friday, May 5. These young “Rising Stars” displayed their undoubted talent and enthusiasm, entertaining the audience of all ages with their infectious music.

Joseph and Joan Clarke with Greg Marginson

Cecilia and India Desousa-Shaw

Noni Nixon and Carole O’Connor

Sue Hargans and Ruth Mackenzie

James Carnen and Charlotte Armour

Madelyn Fardell and Lydia Bizabishaka

Kristy Sawtell and Trish Taylor

Kristy Conrau, Emma Jardine and Benjamin Kopp (The Streeton Trio)

Ahavah, Vashti and Nishmia Merz-Samuel

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Army Band Band Army live in concert BY CHARNIE TUCKEY

PROUDLY presented by the Dubbo Maquarie Lions, the “Army in Concert� was a hit at the Duboo RSL on Friday, May 5. This musical was perfect for an audience of all ages and was definately one to remember. How often do you get to see the army standing proud and performing amazing live music?

Megan Dodds, Danny Mallia and Trent Cutler

Ian Shepherdson and Alan Hill

Lindy Johnston and Pat Clarke

Elspeth Forster and Nerrida Heffernan

Trevor Hampson and Kevin Johnston

Julian Fung, Rebecca Williams ad Sean Henderson

Elaine Drummond and Gail Colahan

John and Elizabeth Allen

Ken and Geraldine McMahon




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Bedroom Farce BY CHARNIE TUCKEY DUBBO Regional Theatre Company’s presented “Bedroom Farce” by Alan Ayckbourn on Friday, May 5. Couples and groups of friends rolled through the doors of the theatre, excited to be in the audience for one frenetic evening.

Julee Hunt, Emily Phimmachanh and Michelle Sullivan

Jules Marshall and Scott Hewish

Jenny Murphy, Renae Giddings, Michelle Osbourne and Kerry Funt

Karen and Lyle Martin


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Cathy Luck and Andrew Mckay

Ann and Mick Northey

Dubbo Regional Theatre staff

Sharon and Howard Brierley

Linda Christoff and Scott McTiernan

Max and Margaret Zell




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EAR highly acclaimed country music star Adam Harvey sing live in concert at the Dubbo RSL Club on Saturday, May 14. On the back of the successful release of his new album “Harvey’s Bar … The Backyard Sessions”, the multiple Aria Award nominee and 8 time CMAA Golden Guitar winner, Harvey is by far one of Australia’s most popular and enduring country stars with a career spanning two decades. Encapsulating half a million sales, gold and platinum albums, the new album debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Album charts and remained in the top spot for an incredible seven weeks. Written and recorded in his bar at home, in a part of the world Harvey refers to as ‘The People’s Republic of Bateau Bay’, the singer gathered up friends and neighbours for an after hour’s sing-a-long with a few beers and his trademark one liners. Sounds like a down-to-earth, treat. “Because I’ve written a few drinking songs in the past,” explains Harvey, “And I talk about how this happened in the bar, or we wrote this in the bar, I have a lot of people that come up to me and say, God, I’d love to spend a night in that bar.” “I started to think why don’t we try and take a bit of that bar atmosphere and bring the bar to those people. That was the whole idea of the album … now the fun begins, I get to take this show on tour.” As an extra bonus, Harvey’s bringing with him a

and let them inside my home, with my family and friends. The idea behind this show is to invite the audience into that personal space, so they can get a feel for a night with me, in my bar at home.” Sounds great, where do we sign up!! Tickets Adults $30/Children $15 U14 from the RSL box office or online at


EE how the discarded, the unwanted and the unloved can become remarkable and rewarding. The Waste to Art annual community show open now at the Western Plains Cultural Centre until August 7. We cannot ignore the importance of recycling and repurposing our waste and an art show like this scratches the tip of the iceberg of possibilities. The exhibition features over 40 superbly innovative and inspirational entries from all types of artists from the amateur to the professional. Dubbo City Council’s asset systems engineer Michael McCulloch said that this year’s entries are as eclectic as ever. “The community really embraces the annual Waste to Art competition and the public love to see the ingenuity of their fellow residents on show. It is also a terrific opportunity to promote waste reduction messages through highly imaginative and high quality artworks,” he said. Sponsored by JR Richards and Sons and Dubbo City Council, the annual community based art competition encourages people to look at new and creative ways to reuse resources that would normally be thrown away, with the key message being reduce,


huge backdrop and a living breathing replica of his own bar that will be re-built on stage. “I think that a lot of artists are frightened to allow their audience or listeners into their own personal life,” he explains. “That has never been something that’s worried me. Country music fans are like one big family and with this album and tour I want to try reuse, recycle. The manager of the Western Plains Cultural Centre Andrew Glassop said the resourcefulness of the community continues to inspire. “There are some very large, very practical pieces this year made from old road signs and similarly there are delicate pieces made from typical household rubbish. This year there are also some pieces that take nature’s ”rubbish” and rework work them instead of just putting them on the bonfire. Prize winners will be announced on Saturday, May 14, at 2pm. EE your business is compliant and managing performance after attending the Central West Orana Business Chamber Workplace Update Seminars in Dubbo and Bathurst this month. Discover how the right performance management process and keeping up-to-date on workplace changes can ensure your best assets shine and your challenges are fairly handled. Topics to be covered include a robust employment process, the importance of ongoing performance management, managing high-potential employ-


ees for the best results, handling difficult employees through the performance process, termination – when this is the only option. Hear specialist workplace relations law firm, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) - used and trusted by Australia’s peak employer body, the Australian Chamber - to fight for business interests in the Fair Work Commission. Workplace Updates is sponsored by Workplace Assured, the complete workplace relations solution for small and medium businesses. All attendees will walk away a practical guide and legally-compliant employment template (valued at over $300) to get started on the right path. *Designed and vetted by Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA). - See more at: http://www. lawELy37.dpuf Seats are strictly limited. Tuesday, May 17, for Dubbo, 8.30am to 10.30am, Western Plains Cultural Centre and in Bathurst from 2pm to 4pm, Rydges Mount Panorama.



EAR all that is great about Dubbo and why you’ve made the right decision to move here. If you’re new to town, the Dubbo City Council are hosting a free welcome event (we love new residents!). The City is hosting a New Residents’ Night, which are hosted twice annually and are aimed at introducing new residents to other new residents in a social and friendly atmosphere. Who knows where it will lead you and with that same thing in common – you’re new in town – you’ll have plenty to talk about your move, setting up, new jobs, new schools. It’s a chance to find other people who know what you’ve been through to take the plunge to move to the best inland city in New South Wales, hey, Australia! So save the date. The next New Residents’ Night is at 6pm, Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the foyer of the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Darling Street. For catering purposes, can you please email

O de-stress about your money, change your money behaviour, achieve a goal and improve your financial literacy by attending ‘You’re the Boss’ workshops hosted by The Salvation Army on Saturdays, May 14, 21 and 28, from 10am to 12 noon at the Salvation Army Youth Hall, 112 Gipps Street, Dubbo. Numbers are limited to 20 people so get in early and register by calling Rob on 6884 3079 (ext 102). The ‘You’re The Boss’ workshops are part of TSalvation Army’s financial literacy program which aims to deliver key financial literacy messages in


an empowering and engaging manner. Developed in conjunction with Virgin Money and IAG, the program teaches people to take control of their finances, and so reducing stress while increasing fulfillment and confidence. Topics include smart shopping, how to pay bills on time and making credit cards work for you. For more information, visit the Salvation Army’s Moneycare website: http://salvo s.or g. au /ne e d-he lp/f i n a nc i a l - a s s i s t a nc e / financial-counselling/






RITERS and wordsmiths, you won’t want to miss the Orange Readers and Writers Festival, on Saturday, July 9 from 10am to 5pm at the Hotel Canobolas. Sponsor of the event is the Orange Regional Arts Foundation and the keynote speaker will be award winning author and journalist Caroline Overington. Caroline Overington is a two-time winner of the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism, and she’s a past winner of the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Blake Dawson

Prize, and the Davitt Prize. She has written 11 books including this year’s thriller, The One Who Got Away. An unsettling psychological thriller for fans of Girl on a Train and Gone Girl. Central West Libraries manager Jan Richards said, “We very pleased to welcome the Orange Regional Arts Foundation aboard as this year’s sponsor.” “We are also absolutely thrilled to have a high-calibre writer such as Caroline Overington giving the keynote address at the Festival.” “This year’s theme is Villain Attraction – a look at

our obsession with villains in storytelling.”


O save these dates: May 13-14 (Boarding Schools Expo), May 14-15 (Ranch Sorting Championships), Saturday, May 14, Michael Egan Memorial Book Fair, Pearl, the Janis Joplin Story (Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre) Adam Harvey (Dubbo RSL), May 21 Dubbo Farmers Markets (Lion’s Park), White Ribbon Ball (Dubbo RSL), May 22, Rotunda Markets (Cyril Flood memorial Rotunda, Church Street), May 23 to 29, National Dart Championships, May 27, Comedy Boxing, May 28, Pink Angels Sparkling Ball, Arche by the Melbourne Ballet Company.

“We will have a great line up of writers exploring this topic and lots of stimulating discussion,” Jan said. A feature of the event will be a writing workshop held on Sunday, July 10, by local author and editor Kim Kelly about how to write engaging characters. Tickets to the festival will be $60 and available from Orange City Library. The writing workshop tickets will be $35.

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Friday 13.05.2016 to Sunday 15.05.2016 | Dubbo Weekender

Friday, May 13 MOVIE: The Matrix Revolutions GO!, 8.30pm, M (2003) The Wachowski brothers’ final episode of their sci-fi franchise abandons all of the ingenuity of the first chapter in favour of flashy visuals, robotic hardware and a cryptic plot. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is trapped in limbo between the real world and the Matrix and the human race faces extinction in the wake of invading machines. Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is trying to rule both worlds and defeat his nemesis once and for all. Weaving is terrific, as is his visually astounding rain-soaked brawl with Neo, but this disappointing, humourless send-off to the influential series only sullies the original’s classic status.


MOVIE: Strictly Ballroom

MOVIE: Stardust

SBS, 9.55pm, PG (1992)

ELEVEN, 8pm, PG (2007)

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann first gave notice of his knockout talent with his iconic backstage musical cliché comedy romp through the rumba that follows the trials of Scott (Paul Mercurio) and Fran (Tara Morice) as they dream of winning a state championship. The characters are so colourful and lovable (Barry Otto is a stand-out), that you have to adore it, something the movie world agreed on, with a string of imitators. That’s Sonia Kruger from TV’s Big Brother as one of Scott and Fran’s rivals.

It’s quite a leap for director Matthew Vaughn to jump from Layer Cake to this fairytale, in which he brings Neil Gaiman’s sublime Victorian-era fantasy novel to the big screen. In the village of Wall, a man (Charlie Cox) goes on a quest to win the heart of his beloved (Sienna Miller), but another journey in search of falling star (Claire Danes) is plagued with obstacles, most notably in the form of an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer)(pictured) and a crossdressing pirate (Robert De Niro). Some outrageous cameos from British comedians Ricky Gervais and David Walliams make for a playfully wicked and enchanting tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride.





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 Serangoon Road. (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. (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: Dangerous Attraction. (M, R, CC) (2000) An advertising executive finds herself in a murderous power struggle. Andrea Roth, Linden Ashby. 2.00 The Daily Edition. (CC) Presented by Sally Obermeder, Monique Wright and Tom Williams. 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 Entertainment Tonight. (R, CC) 6.30 The Home Team. (R, CC) 7.00 Ben’s Menu. (R, CC) 7.30 The Bold And The Beautiful. (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 To Be Advised. 3.00 Judge Judy. (PG, CC) 3.30 Ben’s Menu. (R, CC) Chef Ben Milbourne shares recipes. 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 Eurovision Song Contest. 7.10 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) 2.50 Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything? (R) 3.00 The Point Review. 3.30 Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong. (R, CC) 3.55 Who Do You Think You Are? (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 6. Ponte to Roccaraso. 185km. Highlights. 5.30 Letters And Numbers. (R, CC)

6.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R, CC) Fiona Bruce and the team returns to the Royal Agricultural University, in Cirencester. 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: Newcastle. (PG, CC) Tony Robinson sets out to uncover the history behind Newcastle, NSW. 8.30 Silent Witness. (M, CC) (Series return) Nikki and Jack investigate after three people are shot dead at a petrol station. 9.30 Scott & Bailey. (M, R, CC) An unconscious baby is admitted to hospital with injuries that do not match his parents’ explanation. 10.15 Lateline. (R, CC) Emma Alberici hosts a news analysis program featuring coverage of current events. 10.45 The Business. (R, CC) Hosted by Ticky Fullerton. 11.05 Adam Hills: The Last Leg. (M, R, CC) Special guest is John Bishop. 11.35 Rage. (MA15+) Continuous music programming.

6.00 PRIME7 News. (CC) 6.30 PRIME7 News @ 6:30. (CC) 7.00 Better Homes And Gardens. (CC) Joh heads to Lightning Ridge to see the largest cactus nursery in the southern hemisphere. Karen makes a bread and butter pudding with a twist. Graham shows how to create gardens for small spaces. 8.30 MOVIE: Oz: The Great And Powerful. (PG, R, CC) (2013) A circus magician, looking for fame and fortune, is swept away to the vibrant land of Oz where he meets three witches and is drawn into a battle of good against evil that could change him forever. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz. 11.15 House Rules. (PG, R, CC) It has been a long week for Brooke and Michelle, whose house rules left many confused. However, now they will get to see the end result with judges Joe and Wendy cast a critical eye over each team’s zone. Hosted by Johanna Griggs.

6.00 Nine News. 7.00 WIN News. (CC) 7.30 Rugby League. (CC) NRL. Round 10. Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs. From Pirtek Stadium, Sydney. 10.10 MOVIE: Murder At 1600. (M, R, CC) (1997) A detective investigating the murder of a young woman at the White House uncovers a conspiracy. Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Daniel Benzali.

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) Join the hosts for a look at the day’s news, events and hot topics. 7.30 The Living Room. (CC) Barry takes a spin in a rotating home. Dr Chris encounters some orcas in the waters off Vancouver Island. 8.30 The Graham Norton Show. (M, CC) Irish comedian Graham Norton chats with actors Paul Rudd, Martin Freeman and Seth Rogen. 9.30 Have You Been Paying Attention? (M, R, CC) A fast-paced, irreverent look at news, with special guests Matt Preston and Marina Prior competing to see who can remember the most about events of the week. Hosted by Tom Gleisner. 10.30 Shark Tank. (PG, R, CC) A panel of business people are shown inventions and innovations by everyday Australians. 11.30 The Project. (R, CC)

6.00 Food Safari. (R, CC) Maeve explores the flavour, texture and complexity of Hungarian food. The cuisine is a fusion of peasant cooking and other traditions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.30 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang head to Stockholm, Sweden, to provide commentary on the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final features artists from 18 countries competing for a chance to proceed to the final 25. 9.55 MOVIE: Strictly Ballroom. (PG, R, CC) (1992) A ballroom dancer incurs the wrath of the establishment for his unorthodox style as he prepares to compete in the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship with an outsider as his partner. Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Gia Carides. 11.40 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 7. Sulmona to Foligno. 210km. From Italy.

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

1.00 Home Shopping. (R)

12.30 WIN’s All Australian News. (CC) 1.30 A Current Affair. (R, CC) 2.00 MOVIE: Honky Tonk Freeway. (M, R, CC) (1981) A series of vignettes about America. William Devane. 4.00 Extra. (R, CC) 4.30 Good Morning America. (CC)

12.30 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. (R)

2.00 LennoNYC. (M, R, CC) Explores John Lennon’s life. 4.05 Food Factory: Supersized. (PG, R, CC) 4.40 SBS Flashback. (R) 4.50 Sevilla. (M, R) 5.00 CCTV English News. 5.30 NHK World English News.

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. 1305


Dubbo Weekender | Friday 13.05.2016 to Sunday 15.05.2016






6.55pm Billy Madison (1995) Comedy. Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin. (M) Comedy

7.30pm DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. (M) FOX8

8.30pm RuPaul’s Drag Race. (M) Lifestyle You

8.30pm Inside Amy Schumer. (MA15+) Comedy Channel

9.30pm The Secret History Of British Gardens. Lifestyle

7.30pm Rugby Union. Super Rugby. Round 12. Melbourne Rebels v Brumbies. Fox Sports 2

8.30pm Banshee. Dawson and Lucas scope out an S&M club. (MA15+) FOX8

10.30pm Frank Sinatra: Man & His Music + Ella. A 1967 television special starring Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. (PG) Foxtel Arts

10.05pm Interstellar (2014) Sci-fi. Matthew McConaughey. With the Earth dying, a man leaves his children behind to embark on a journey to find another planet for humanity to colonise. (M) Premiere 10.30pm Shaun Of The Dead (2004) Comedy. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost. A man’s tries to save his family from the undead. (MA15+) Comedy

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 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) 7.00 Spicks And Specks. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Doctor Who. (PG, R, CC) 8.15 Doctor Who: Confidential. (R, CC) 8.30 I’m Having Their Baby. (PG, R, CC) Follows women as they go through the process of adoption. 9.15 Unsafe Sex In The City. (M, R, CC) 10.15 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (PG) 10.55 Tattoo Disasters UK. (M, R) 11.15 The Tiny Tots Talent Agency. (PG, R, CC) 12.05 Doctor Who. (PG, R, CC) 12.50 Doctor Who: Confidential. (R, CC) 1.05 Jimmy Fallon. (PG, R) 1.50 News Update. (R) 1.55 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. (R, CC) 5.45 Children’s Programs.

ABC3 6.00 Children’s Programs. 3.15 Jamie’s Got Tentacles. (R, CC) 3.25 Vic The Viking. (R, CC) 3.40 Sea Princesses. (R, CC) 3.50 Scream Street. 4.00 Odd Squad. (R) 4.30 Numb Chucks. (R, CC) 4.40 Grojband. (R, CC) 5.00 Camp Lakebottom. 5.15 The Penguins Of Madagascar. (R) 5.35 BtN Newsbreak. (CC) 5.50 Good Game: SP. (R, CC) 6.15 Bushwhacked! Bugs. (R, CC) 6.20 Hank Zipzer. (R, CC) 6.50 BtN Newsbreak. (CC) 7.00 The Adventures Of Merlin. (PG, R, CC) 7.45 Deadly Pole To Pole. (R, CC) 8.15 Adventure Time. (R) 8.35 Degrassi: The Next Generation. (PG, CC) Zoe attempts to ward off feelings. 9.00 Tower Prep. (R, CC) The kids all have the same dream. 9.40 Miraculous Tales Of Ladybug And Cat Noir. (R) 10.05 Lanfeust Quest. (R, CC) 10.30 Ouran High School Host Club. (PG, R, CC) 10.50 Close.

8.00pm Football. AFL. Round 8. Adelaide v Geelong. Fox Footy Amy Schumer stars in Inside Amy Schumer.



6.00 Shopping. (R) 7.00 ZooMoo Lost. (C, CC) (Final) 7.30 The Deep. (C, CC) 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. (PG, R) 2.00 House Doctor (A To Z Of Design) 2.30 Medical Rookies. (PG, R, CC) 3.00 Medical Emergency. (PG, R, CC) 3.30 RSPCA Animal Rescue. (R, CC) 4.00 The Zoo. (R, CC) 4.30 60 Minute Makeover. (R) 6.30 Bargain Hunt. (R) 7.30 Escape To The Country. (R) 9.30 To Build Or Not To Build. A couple attempts to build a home. 10.30 Front Of House. (R) 11.00 Fawlty Towers. (PG, R) 11.30 Before And After. (R) 12.00 House Doctor (A To Z Of Design) (R) 12.30 Escape To The Country. (R) 1.30 To Build Or Not To Build. (R) 2.30 Front Of House. (R) 3.00 Harry’s Practice. (R, CC) 3.30 Dr Oz. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Shopping. (R)


6.00 Children’s Programs. 11.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 11.30 Yu-GiOh! (PG, R) 12.00 Ben 10. (PG, R) 12.30 Batman. (PG, R) 1.00 Power Rangers. (PG, R) 1.30 Wild Kratts. (R) 2.00 Sonic Boom. (PG, R) 2.30 SpongeBob. (R) 3.00 Rabbids Invasion. (PG, R) 3.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 4.00 Kids’ WB. (PG) 4.05 Justice League Unlimited. (PG, 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: Rise Of The Guardians. (PG, R, CC) (2012) 8.30 MOVIE: The Matrix Revolutions. (M, R, CC) (2003) Humanity makes its final stand. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss. 11.00 MOVIE: Spawn. (M, R, CC) (1997) Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo. 1.00 The Originals. (MA15+, R) 3.00 Yo-Kai Watch. (PG, R) 3.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. (PG, R) 4.00 Power Rangers. (PG, R) 4.30 Sonic Boom. (PG, R) 4.50 Thunderbirds. (R) 5.30 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R)


6.00 Shopping. (R) 7.00 Fishing Western Australia. (R) 7.30 Hook, Line And Sinker. (PG, R) 8.30 Dream Car Garage. (R) 9.00 Motorcycle Racing. Australian Superbike Championship. Replay. 10.00 Motorcycle Racing. Australian Superbike Championship. Replay. 11.00 Starsky & Hutch. (PG, R) 12.00 Tattoo Nightmares. (M, R) 2.00 American Daredevils. (M) 2.30 Wipeout USA. (PG, R, CC) 3.30 High Tech Rednecks. (PG, R) 4.30 American Restoration. (PG, R) 5.30 American Pickers. (PG, R) 6.30 Drug Bust. (PG, R, CC) 7.00 AFL Pre-Game Show. (CC) Pre-game coverage of the match. 7.30 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 8. Adelaide v Geelong. From Adelaide Oval. 11.00 Friday Front Bar. (M, CC) 11.30 Olympians: Off The Record. (PG, R, CC) 12.00 Locked Up Abroad. (M, R) 2.20 American Daredevils. (M, R) 3.00 Ice Pilots. (M, R)

6.00 News. (CC) 9.00 News Mornings. (CC) 12.00 News. (CC) 3.00 ABC News Afternoons. (CC) 4.00 ABC News Afternoons With The Business. (CC) 5.00 Grandstand. (CC) 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 ABC National News. (CC) 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)


7.50pm Rugby League. NRL. Round 10. Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs. Fox Sports 1

6.00 Friends. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Skippy. (R) 7.00 The Great British Bake Off. (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 Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery. (R, CC) (1966) 2.50 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG, R) 3.20 Monarch Of The Glen. (PG, R) 4.30 The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Gilmore Girls. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Friends. (PG, R, CC) Jill sets out to seduce Ross. 7.30 As Time Goes By. (R) Jean accepts Lionel’s proposal. 8.50 MOVIE: Sliver. (M, R, CC) (1993) A woman believes she is being watched. Sharon Stone, William Baldwin. 11.00 MOVIE: Yentl. (PG, R) (1983) Barbra Streisand. 1.45 MOVIE: The Cracksman. (R, CC) (1963) 3.50 MOVIE: Nicholas Nickleby. (R) (1947) 5.50 GEM Presents. (PG, R, CC)

ONE 6.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 8.00 Motorcycle Racing. MotoGP. Race 5. French 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, CC) 5.00 Star Trek: Voyager. (PG, R) 6.00 Family Feud. (CC) Hosted by Grant Denyer. 6.30 M*A*S*H. (PG, R) 7.00 MOVIE: Goodbye, Farewell And Amen. (PG, R) (1983) The 4077th faces irrevocable changes. Alan Alda. 9.30 MOVIE: A Good Man. (MA15+) (2014) A former soldier battles gangsters. Steven Seagal, Victor Webster. 11.40 Undercover Boss. (M, R) 12.40 Shopping. (R) 2.10 MacGyver. (PG, R) 3.05 Matlock. (M, R) 4.00 Jake And The Fatman. (PG, 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. (PG, R) 3.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 3.30 Everybody Loves Raymond. (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. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 How I Met Your Mother. (PG, R) Stella accepts Ted’s marriage proposal. 8.00 MOVIE: Stardust. (PG, R, CC) (2007) A young man searches for a fallen star. Charlie Cox, Claire Danes. 10.35 To Be Advised. 11.35 The Late Late Show With James Corden. (PG) 12.35 Sleepy Hollow. (M, R, CC) 1.35 Becker. (PG, R, CC) 2.00 JAG. (PG, R) 3.00 Dr Quinn. (PG, R) 4.00 Touched By An Angel. (PG, R) 5.00 Shopping.

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) 8.30 Getaway. (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. (M, R) 2.00 Masters Of Flip. (R) 3.00 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Come Dine With Me UK. (PG, R) 5.00 Flip Or Flop. (R) 6.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 6.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 7.00 House Hunters. (R) 7.30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt. 8.30 Hotel Impossible. (PG) 10.30 Extreme Homes. (R) 11.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 12.00 House Hunters. (R) 12.30 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. (R) 4.30 India’s Dancing Superstar. (R) 5.35 Brain Games. 6.00 Eurovision Quiz Contest 2014. (PG, R) 6.35 MythBusters. (R, CC) 7.30 Friday Feed. 8.00 Illusions Of Grandeur: Philadelphia. Zack Mirza heads to Philadelphia. 8.30 Release The Hounds. Hosted by Reggie Yates. 9.25 Adam Looking For Eve (Germany) (MA15+) Couples go on naked dates. 10.15 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) 12.40 MOVIE: Hipsters. (MA15+, R) (2008) Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Eugenia Khirivskaya. 3.00 PopAsia. (PG) 4.05 NHK World English News. 5.00 Korean News. 5.30 Indonesian News.

FOOD 6.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 6.30 Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. (PG, R) 7.00 Iron Chef America. (R) 8.00 Anjum’s Australian Spice Stories. (R) 8.30 Dinner At Tiffani’s. (R) 9.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 10.00 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 10.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 11.00 Ching’s Restaurant Redemption. (R) 12.00 Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. (PG, R) 12.30 Dinner At Tiffani’s. (R) 1.00 Giada In Italy. (R) 1.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 2.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 3.00 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 3.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 4.00 Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. (PG, R) 4.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 5.30 Anjum’s Australian Spice Stories. (R) 6.00 Dinner At Tiffani’s. 6.30 Outrageous Food. (R) 7.00 Shane Delia’s Spice Journey. (R, CC) 7.30 Giada In Italy. 8.00 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 8.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG) 9.30 Ching’s Restaurant Redemption. (R) 10.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 11.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 12.25 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 12.00 MOVIE: The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith. (1978) 2.00 Rez Rides. (PG) 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 Our Songs. 6.30 UnderExposed. 7.00 Unearthed. 7.20 News. 7.30 Cafe Niugini. 8.00 East Of Arnhem. (PG) 8.30 Noah’s Ark. (PG) 9.00 The Point Review. 9.30 Chappelle’s Show. (MA15+) 10.00 Shuga. (PG) 10.30 From The Western Frontier. 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. 1305




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Saturday, May 14 MOVIE: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire GO!, 8.30pm, M (2013) This second instalment of the threepart series, based on Suzanne Collins’ best selling novels, picks up where part one concluded. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparked a rebellion among the districts of Panem. Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the cast as new head game-maker and conspires with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in an attempt to manipulate Katniss and use her as a puppet in the struggle for power.


MOVIE: Burlesque

MOVIE: Vantage Point

WIN, 10pm, M (2010)

7MATE, 10.30pm, M (2008)

The familiar tale of a wannabe dancer/singer making it in the big smoke is cranked out one more time in this all-singing, all-dancing divathon. Ali (Christina Aguilera) escapes her backwater town for the bright lights of Los Angeles, landing a job as a bartender at the Burlesque Lounge, run by Tess (Cher). But Ali doesn’t want to stay behind the bar, and soon enough launches her musical career on stage, much to the irritation of jealous performer Nikki (Kristen Bell). Ali’s soaring voice restores the club to its former glory, and attracts the attention of bartender Jack (Cam Gigandet).

Approach this political thriller as a fusion of 24 and mit in Spain Groundhog Day. An anti-terror summit gets off to the worst possible start when the US president (William Hurt) iss d town apparently shot dead in a crowded m the square. The incident is shown from he perspectives of various people at the chaotic scene, including news rter producer Sigourney Weaver, reporter ker, Zoe Saldana, tourist Forest Whitaker, bodyguards Dennis Quaid (pictured) and Matthew Fox, and even the president himself. Each witness holds answers to who’s behind the sniper attack and the puzzle slowly comes together. The car chase in the last reel is worth sticking around for.





6.00 Rage. (PG, CC) 11.30 How Not To Behave. (PG, R, CC) (Final) 12.00 Sporting Nation. (PG, R, CC) 1.00 Scott & Bailey. (M, R, CC) 2.00 Antiques Roadshow. (R, CC) Hosted by Fiona Bruce. 3.00 Tony Robinson’s Time Walks: Newcastle. (PG, R, CC) Presented by Tony Robinson. 3.30 Life On The Reef. (PG, R, CC) Part 3 of 3. 4.25 Landline. (R, CC) Presented by Pip Courtney. 4.55 Agatha Christie’s Poirot. (PG, R, CC) (Final) A woman’s husband is killed in an explosion.

6.00 Home Shopping. (R, CC) 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. (CC) 10.00 The Morning Show: Weekend. (PG, CC) 12.00 Olympians: Off The Record: Matt Mitcham. (PG, R, CC) Bruce McAvaney chats with Matthew Mitcham. 12.30 Bewitched. (R, CC) Abner moves in with Samantha and Darrin. 1.00 To Be Advised. 4.00 Better Homes And Gardens. (R, CC) Joh and Pete visit a home made of cubes. 5.00 Seven News At 5. (CC) 5.30 Border Security: Australia’s Front Line. (PG, R, CC)

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6.30 Gardening Australia. (CC) Tino visits an expert perennial grower. Josh plants winter staples in the vegetable garden. 7.00 ABC News. (CC) 7.30 Father Brown. (PG, CC) Mrs McCarthy gets trapped in a hospital after a car accident, with a killer on the loose. 8.15 DCI Banks. (M, CC) (Final) Working hard to win back DCI Banks’ approval, DI Morton discovers Hexton is the father of the murdered student. 9.05 Miniseries: The Politician’s Husband. (M, R, CC) Part 3 of 3. Aiden has to defend himself from a potentially embarrassing sex scandal. 10.05 Janet King. (M, R, CC) (Final) Janet has to fight off the State Corruption watchdog, her political enemies, and ultimately Ash’s killer. 11.05 Comedy Showroom. (M, R, CC) Determined to prove himself the legend he imagines, a West Coast Eagles fanatic befriends his new neighbour. 11.40 Rage. (MA15+, CC) Music videos chosen by a special guest programmer.

6.00 Seven News. (CC) 7.00 MOVIE: Wild Hogs. (M, R, CC) (2007) Four middle-aged suburbanites on a cross-country motorcycle adventure run afoul of a biker gang. Desperate to escape the group’s clutches they take shelter in a small country town, only to discover the locals have had similar experiences at the hands of their nemesis. Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence. 9.00 MOVIE: Oblivion. (M, R, CC) (2013) While on a mission to extract vital resources after years of war with aliens, a drone repairman stationed on Earth must rescue a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko. 11.30 The Goldbergs. (PG, R, CC) After finding the woman she thinks is just right for Pops, Beverly arranges for her and Murray to go on a double date with them. Adam and Barry join forces, in an effort to gain access to a scrambled TV channel.

6.00 Nine News. (CC) 7.00 The Voice. (PG, R, CC) 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 The Voice. (PG, R, CC) 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. 10.00 MOVIE: Burlesque. (M, CC) (2010) A young woman from a small town, determined to escape her sordid past, starts a new life working at a rundown neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles which is owned by a former dancer. Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming.

6.00 Modern Family. (PG, R, CC) Manny pulls out all the stops to land the lead in a school production of The Phantom of the Opera. 6.30 Bondi Vet. (PG, CC) Bondibased vet Dr Chris Brown needs to find a solution to give a brave puppy a second chance at life. 7.30 Scorpion. (PG, CC) The team must stop a sabotaged runaway subway train with Paige and Ralph on board. 8.30 MOVIE: 27 Dresses. (PG, R, CC) (2008) After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman is conflicted when invited to be in her sister’s wedding party as her sibling is marrying the man she is secretly in love with. However, she finds herself distracted by a reporter who is covering the event for the society pages. Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman. 10.45 MOVIE: Enough Said. (M, R, CC) (2013) A divorced woman learns the man she is interested in is her new friend’s ex-husband. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener.

6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.30 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang head to Stockholm, Sweden, to provide commentary on the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest. The second semi-final features artists from 19 countries competing for a chance to proceed to the final 25. Includes a performance by Australia’s Dami Im. 10.00 ABBA In Concert. Coverage of performances by ABBA, in 1979, focusing on their concert at London’s Wembley Arena. Features such classics as Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez-Vous, Chiquitita, I Have a Dream, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, and Hole in Your Soul. 11.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 8. Foligno to Arezzo. 169km. From Italy.

5.00 Rage. (PG) Continuous music programming.

12.00 Desperate Housewives. (M, R, CC) Suspecting she is involved in the disappearance of Alejandro, Detective Vance begins harassing Bree. 1.00 Home Shopping. (R)

12.30 MOVIE: Brothers. (M, R, CC) (2009) Jake Gyllenhaal. 2.30 MOVIE: Silver Bears. (PG, R, CC) (1978) Michael Caine. 4.35 Extra. (R, CC) 5.00 The Middle. (PG, R, CC) 5.30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. (R)

1.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. (R) 5.00 Hour Of Power. Religious program featuring Christian music with a choir and guest speakers.

2.00 Inspector Rex. (PG, R) The owner of a company is murdered. 4.00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) Explore new-look organic produce. 5.00 Eurovision Song Contest. Final. From Stockholm, Sweden.

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4.30 5.00 5.30

PAW Patrol. (R, CC) Dora The Explorer. (R, CC) Weekend Today. (CC) Today Extra: Saturday. (PG, CC) The Investment Series. (CC) Business and financial advice. Dr Lisa To The Rescue. (R, CC) The Wild Life Of Tim Faulkner. (PG, CC) Hosted by Tim Faulkner. Fishing Australia. (R, CC) MOVIE: Bright Star. (PG, R, CC) (2009) A poet embarks on a troubled relationship. Ben Whishaw. 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) The Home Team. (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) Just Go. (R, CC) The Doctors. (PG, CC) Good Chef Bad Chef. (R, CC) Long Lost Family. (PG, R, CC) (Final) 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 Jumping World Cup. 3.00 Who Do You Think You Are? (R, CC) 4.05 Monster Moves. (R, CC) 5.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 7. Sulmona to Foligno. 210km. Highlights. 5.30 The Hunt For The Book Of Spells. (PG, R, CC)

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. 1405


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6.15pm Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Action. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton. A troubled young man is recruited into a super-secret British spy organisation. (MA15+) Premiere

6.30pm The Carbonaro Effect. The multi-talented Michael Carbonaro shows off his many skills. (PG) FOX8

7.30pm Unlikely Animal Friends. (PG) National Geographic Wild

4.30pm Football. AFL. Round 8. GWS Giants v Gold Coast. Fox Footy

9.30pm Everlasting Sorrow: Life After The Death Penalty. In 1999, filmmaker David Andre interviewed 16-year-old Sean Sellers days before he was sentenced to death. Ten years after Sellers’ death, Andre returns to Oklahoma. (M) Crime & Investigation

5.30pm Rugby League. NRL. Round 10. Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys. Fox Sports 1

10.25pm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Action. Megan Fox, Will Arnett. Four heroes rise from the sewers to face the Shredder. (M) Premiere

7.30pm American Ninja Warrior. Fitness fanatics are put to the test on the ultimate obstacle course. (PG) FOX8 9.45pm Teen Wolf. (MA15+) FOX8

10.35pm Fight Club (1999) Drama. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt. (MA15+) Action

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 4.45 Timmy Time. (R, CC) 5.00 Tree Fu Tom. (R, CC) 5.25 The Hive. (R) 5.35 Hey Duggee. (R, CC) (Final) 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) 7.00 Spicks And Specks. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Highway Thru Hell. (PG, CC) 8.15 Would I Lie To You? (R, CC) 8.45 Adam Hills: The Last Leg Down Under. (M, R, CC) Part 1 of 2. 9.30 Live At The Apollo. (M, R, CC) 10.15 Comedy Up Late. (M, R, CC) 10.45 Broad City. (MA15+, R, CC) 11.10 Episodes. (M, R, CC) 11.40 Grandma’s House. (M, R, CC) 2.40 News Update. (R) 2.45 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. 11.05 Dragons: Defenders Of Berk. (R, CC) 11.35 Life With Boys. (R, CC) 11.55 Make It Pop. (R, CC) 12.20 The Penguins Of Madagascar. (R, CC) 2.35 House Of Anubis. (R) 3.00 Absolute Genius. (R) 3.25 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) 3.55 Good Game: SP. (R, CC) 4.20 Spectacular Spider-Man. (R, CC) 4.45 Camp Lakebottom. (R, CC) 4.55 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. (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) Jake and Felix discover the talisman is missing. 8.40 Tower Prep. (R, CC) Suki discovers her brother is alive. 9.25 MY:24: Coen. (R, CC) 9.40 Close.

11.30pm The Mega Brothel. (MA15+) Crime & Investigation



6.00 Shopping. (R) 8.00 Hot Property. (R, CC) 8.30 Dealers. (PG, R) 9.30 House Doctor (A To Z Of Design) (R) 10.00 Before And After. (R) 10.30 The Great Australian Doorstep. 11.00 The Lucky Country. (PG, R, CC) 11.30 SA Life Favourites. 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. (R, CC) 3.00 Rugby Union. Shute Shield. Round 9. Manly v Warringah. 5.00 Sean’s Kitchen. (CC) 5.30 Secret Location. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 MOVIE: New In Town. (PG, R, CC) (2009) 8.30 MOVIE: The Holiday. (M, R) (2006) Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet. 11.20 Air Crash Investigation. (M, R, CC) 12.30 Sydney Weekender. (R, CC) 1.00 WA Weekender. (R, CC) 1.30 Qld Weekender. (R, CC) 2.00 Creek To Coast. (R, CC) 2.30 Great South East. (R, CC) 3.00 Out Of The Blue. (R, CC) 3.30 SA Life Favourites. (R) 4.00 The Lucky Country. (PG, R, CC) 4.30 The Great Australian Doorstep. (R) 5.00 Late Programs.


6.00 Children’s Programs. 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. (PG) 3.00 Power Rangers Dino. (PG, R) 3.30 Teen Titans Go! (PG, R) 4.00 Problem Solverz. (PG, R) 4.30 The Batman. (PG, R) 5.00 Justice League Unlimited. (PG, R) 5.30 Batman. (PG, R) 6.00 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets Of The Furious Five. (CC) 6.35 MOVIE: Shrek 2. (PG, R, CC) (2004) 8.30 MOVIE: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (M, R, CC) (2013) Katniss embarks on a victor’s tour. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson. 11.30 Go Girls. (MA15+, R, CC) 12.30 Surfing Australia TV. (R, CC) 1.00 The Cube. (PG, R) 2.00 Sonic Boom. (PG, R) 2.30 Yo-Kai Watch. (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 Shannon’s Legends Of Motorsport. (PG, R) 7.00 Motor Racing. Night Thunder. AHG Sprintcar Series. Wormall Civil Sprinters. 8.00 Shopping. (R) 9.00 Dream Car Garage. (R) 10.00 Bull Riding. 2015 Pro Tour. Replay. From Brisbane. 11.00 Motor Racing. Night Thunder. Gold Cup. Grand Final. Replay. 12.00 Big Shrimpin’. (PG, R) 1.00 Rocket City Rednecks. (PG, R) 1.30 Swamp People. (PG, R) 3.30 Gator Boys. (PG, R) 4.30 Football. AFL. Round 8. GWS v Gold Coast. From Spotless Stadium, Sydney. 7.20 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 8. Richmond v Sydney. From the MCG. 10.30 MOVIE: Vantage Point. (M, R, CC) (2008) Dennis Quaid. 12.30 MOVIE: The Big Hit. (MA15+, R) (1998) Mark Wahlberg. 2.30 Friday Front Bar. (M, R, CC) 3.00 Swamp People. (PG, R) 4.00 Motor Racing. Night Thunder. AHG Sprintcar Series. Wormall Civil Sprinters. 5.00 Dream Car Garage. (R) 5.30 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. 3.10 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 Rugby Union. Super Rugby. Round 12. Waratahs v Bulls. Fox Sports 2

6.00 MOVIE: The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery. (R, CC) (1966) Reg Varney. 8.00 Danoz Direct. 8.30 Adventures In Rainbow Country. (R) 9.00 MOVIE: Tommy The Toreador. (R, CC) (1959) Tommy Steele. 10.50 MOVIE: Ice Cold In Alex. (PG, R, CC) (1958) John Mills. 1.30 MOVIE: The Secret Of Santa Vittoria. (PG, R) (1969) Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani. 4.15 MOVIE: The Comancheros. (PG) (1961) John Wayne, Stuart Whitman. 6.30 Heartbeat. (PG, R) The officers undertake a surveillance operation. 8.45 Silent Witness. (MA15+, R) The team investigates the apparent suicide of a teenage girl whose body is found by her classmates. 11.00 Dalziel And Pascoe. (M, R) A Falklands veteran takes hostages. 12.10 MOVIE: Station Six-Sahara. (M, R, CC) (1962) 2.10 MOVIE: The Best Pair Of Legs In The Business. (M, R, CC) (1973) 4.00 MOVIE: Summer Holiday. (R, CC) (1963)

Tyler Posey stars in Teen Wolf.

ONE 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 MOVIE: Goodbye, Farewell And Amen. (PG, R) (1983) 2.00 Motor Racing. V8 Supercars Dunlop Series. Round 3. Perth SuperSprint. Highlights. 3.00 RPM. (R, CC) 4.00 Driven Not Hidden. (R) 4.30 Merv Hughes Fishing. 5.00 Adventure Angler. (R) 5.30 David Attenborough’s Planet Earth. (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) A former FBI agent takes people hostage. 9.30 When We Go To War. (M) 10.30 Zoo. (M, R, CC) 11.30 Bellator MMA. (M, R) 1.30 Motor Racing. Porsche Carrera Cup. Round 3. Phillip Island Pro-Am. Replay. 2.30 ST: Next Gen. (PG, R) 3.30 RPM GP. (R, CC) 4.00 Motorcycle Racing. MotoGP. Race 5. French 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: Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (PG, R) (2004) A girl wins a date with her favourite celebrity. Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel. 8.00 The Graham Norton Show. (PG, R, CC) Graham Norton chats with Sir David Attenborough, Gary Lineker, Harry Hill and Jessica Chastain. 9.00 To Be Advised. 10.00 Sex And The City. (MA15+, R) Miranda goes on a sex strike. 11.20 The Loop. (PG, R) Hosted by Scott Tweedie and Olivia Phyland. 1.50 Neighbours. (R, CC) 4.30 Family Ties. (PG, R) 5.00 Home Shopping.

6.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 6.30 House Hunters. (R) 7.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 7.30 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 Buying The View. (R) 9.30 My First Place. (PG, R) 10.00 House Hunters Int. (R) 10.30 House Hunters. (R) 11.00 Beachfront Bargain Hunt. (R) 12.00 Hotel Impossible. (PG, R) 2.00 Postcards. (PG, CC) 3.00 My First Place. (PG, R) 4.00 Good Bones. (PG, 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. 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.


SBS 2 6.00 WorldWatch. 8.30 Macedonian News. 9.05 Croatian News. 9.40 Serbian News. 10.20 Portuguese News. 11.00 Japanese News. 11.35 Punjabi News. 12.05 Hindi News. 12.30 Dutch News. 1.00 The Tim Ferriss Experiment. (R, CC) 1.25 Kung Fu Motion. (R) 2.25 Planet Sport. (R) 3.30 Celebrity Chef. (R) 4.45 Brain Games. (R) 5.20 MOVIE: The Black Stallion. (R) (1979) 7.30 If You Are The One. Hosted by Meng Fei. 8.30 7 Days In Hell. (M) (New Series) Two men put their survival skills to the test. 9.25 Survive Aotearoa: Escape And Evasion – Rimutaka Forest Park. (PG) (Final) Barrie and Chris demonstrate survival skills. 10.25 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) 12.35 MOVIE: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. (PG, R) (2008) Shah Rukh Khan, Vinay Pathak, Anushka Sharma. 3.50 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 Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. (PG, R) 7.00 Iron Chef America. (R) 8.00 Anjum’s Australian Spice Stories. (R) 8.30 Dinner At Tiffani’s. (R) 9.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 10.00 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 10.30 Chuck’s Eat The Street. (R) 11.00 Ching’s Restaurant Redemption. (R) 12.00 Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. (PG, R) 12.30 Dinner At Tiffani’s. (R) 1.00 Giada In Italy. (R) 1.30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives. (R) 2.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 3.00 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 3.30 Rachael Ray’s Week In A Day. (R) 4.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 5.30 Chopped. (PG, R) 6.30 Mystery Diners. (PG, R) 7.30 Kitchen Inferno. (R) 8.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG) 9.30 The Freshman Class. (PG, R) 10.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 11.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 12.30 Mystery Diners. (PG, R) 1.30 Kitchen Inferno. (R) 2.30 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 3.00 The Freshman Class. (PG, R) 4.00 Late Programs.

6.00 Morning Programs. 8.00 Mugu Kids. 8.30 Bushwhacked! 9.00 Wapos Bay. 9.30 Move It Mob Style. 10.00 Standing On Sacred Ground. (PG) 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 Hypothetical: Closing The Gap. (PG) 4.00 Torres To The Thames. (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. (PG) 7.30 Lost Bones: In Search Of Sitting Bull. (PG) 8.30 Being Mary Jane. (PG) 9.30 The Central Park Five. (M) 11.30 Green Bush. (MA15+) 12.00 Volumz. (MA15+) 4.00 Fusion With Casey Donovan. 5.00 Bush Bands Bash. 1405




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Sunday, May 15 MOVIE: Dude, Where’s My Car? ELEVEN, 8.30pm, M (2000) Innocuous no-brainer comedy about two Bill and Ted-like stoners who wake up one morning from a night of drug-fuelled partying to find that they have misplaced their wheels. Mission at hand, the none-too-bright duo (played by Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, whose dumbfounded expressions throughout are priceless) encounter an array of people – angry girlfriends (one of whom is Alias babe Jennifer Garner), a street gang, a sex-change stripper, a cult of alien-obsessives – on their way to answering the all important question, “Where’s my car?”.


MOVIE: Fight Club

MOVIE: Iron Man 3

ONE, 9.30pm, MA15+ (1999)

7MATE, 7pm, PG (2013)

Based on the scorching novel by Chuck Palahniuk, this premillennium masterpiece from David Fincher (The Social Network) is pure rock ’n’ roll cinema: subversive, destructive, wicked and sexy. A disillusioned white-collar worker (Edward Norton) – known only as “Jack” or “the Narrator” – takes drastic measures toward selffulfilment after befriending the freethinking Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), who encourages him to shelve his conventional lifestyle and consumerist habits in favour of living without a safety net.

The director may have changed, but that nt of doesn’t mean this third instalment ess the Marvel cash-cow packs any less ack punch. Writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) injects his trademark action style that allows ws Robert Downey Jr’s (pictured) superhero alter ego Iron Man to reach new heights. But first, as billionaire Tony Stark, Downey Jr’s world is torn apart when nasty terrorist known as the Mandarin sets out on a path of destruction. With a bunch of Hollywood A-listers along for the ride, including Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured), Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce.



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) (Final) 2.30 Finding Vivian Maier. (PG, R, CC) 3.50 Stories I Want To Tell You In Person. (PG, R, CC) 4.20 David Attenborough: Kingdom Of Plants: Life In The Wet Zone. (R, CC) 5.10 Father Brown. (PG, R, CC)

6.00 Home Shopping. (R, CC) 7.00 Weekend Sunrise. (CC) 10.00 The Morning Show: Weekend. (PG, CC) Highlights from the past week. 12.00 Bewitched. (R, CC) Darrin has trouble with his selfimage. 12.30 The Amazing Race. (PG, R, CC) Hosted by Phil Keoghan. 1.30 To Be Advised. 4.00 Better Homes And Gardens. (R, CC) Joh and Pete visit a transformed cottage. 5.00 Seven News At 5. (CC) 5.30 Sydney Weekender. (CC) Mike volunteers at Monika’s Doggie Rescue.

6.00 6.30 7.00 10.00

6.00 Australian Story: Your Money Or Your Life. (R, CC) Extraordinary Australians tell personal stories which provide an insight into life’s complexities and challenges. 6.30 Compass: Prison Chaplains Pt 1. (CC) A look at two prison chaplains working in correctional centres in New South Wales. Hosted by Geraldine Doogue. 7.00 ABC News. (CC) 7.40 Grand Designs. (PG, CC) Kevin McCloud meets a family with plans to build on an idyllic seaside plot, on the Isle of Wight. 8.30 Midsomer Murders. (PG, CC) The opening of a sculpture park in Angel’s Rise is marred by murder when art imitates death. 10.00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL. (M, R, CC) Host Shaun Micallef presents a round-up of important news stories of the week. 10.30 Hiding. (M, R, CC) The Swifts try to make their new identities work as Mitch and Tara start at a new school. 11.30 Whitechapel. (M, R, CC) Someone is murdering Whitechapel’s witches.

6.00 Seven News. (CC) 7.00 House Rules. (PG, CC) After a week full of disasters in the Sydney renovation, judges Wendy Moore and Joe Snell critique the zones. 8.45 Sunday Night. (CC) Current affairs program, hosted by Melissa Doyle. 9.45 The Blacklist. (M, CC) After Red manages to establish a link between recent tragic events and an extremely dangerous woman, the task force is forced to play a deadly cat-and-mouse game to stop her before she can strike again. 10.45 Air Crash Investigation: The Final Push. (PG, CC) The crash landing of an MD-11 at Tokyo’s Narita Airport killed both its pilots and was nearly identical to an accident 12 years earlier. The first crash was blamed on pilot error, but now investigators must determine whether a design flaw could be endangering the lives of passengers. 11.40 Odyssey. (MA15+, CC) While held hostage by the mysterious Dogon shaman, Odelle is forced to confront the ghosts of her recent past.

12.20 Injustice. (M, R, CC) Part 2 of 2. 1.55 Rage. (MA15+) Music videos. 3.30 Midsomer Murders. (PG, R, CC) The opening of a park is marred by murder. 5.00 Insiders. (R, CC) Hosted by Barrie Cassidy.

12.30 Home Shopping. 5.30 Sunrise. (CC) David Koch and Samantha Armytage present the news, sport and weather, with business and finance updates.

PAW Patrol. (R, CC) Dora The Explorer. (R, CC) Weekend Today. (CC) Wide World Of Sports. (PG, CC) NRL Sunday Footy Show. (PG, CC) Full Cycle. (CC) Hosted by Scott McGrory and Bradley McGee. Surfing. (CC) World League. Rip Curl Pro. From Bells Beach, Victoria. World’s Scariest Holidays. (PG, R, CC) Looks at holidays that have gone wrong. Rugby League. (CC) NRL. Round 10. Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs. From ANZ Stadium, Sydney.



6.00 Creflo Dollar Ministries. (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) 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 Eurovision Song Contest. 8.35 WeatherWatch. 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 Bowls Show. (New Series) 2.00 Speedweek. (CC) 4.00 Cycling. UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Second round. Highlights. 4.30 InCycle. (CC) 5.00 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 8. Foligno to Arezzo. 169km. Highlights. 5.30 The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars. (PG, R, CC)

6.00 Nine News. (CC) 7.00 The Voice. (PG, CC) 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 Nightmare On Everest. (M, CC) The story of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake is told using footage by climbers who were caught up in the tragedy. 10.30 Las Vegas With Trevor McDonald. (M) Part 1 of 2. Host Trevor McDonald looks at the secret life of Sin City, including the tourists who flock there, the people who call the gambling mecca home, and the people who have won big and lost big. 11.30 Major Crimes. (M, R, CC) The team investigates the murder of a man who ran a “revenge porn” website.

6.00 Family Feud: Sunday. (CC) Two families try to win big prizes by guessing the most popular responses to a survey of the public. 6.30 Modern Family. (PG, R, CC) The Dunphys have a near-death experience which causes everyone to reevaluate their lives. 7.00 Modern Family. (CC) After Manny convinces the family they should take the train up to Dede’s wedding, Claire and Mitchell try to come up with a toast. 7.30 MasterChef Australia. (CC) Contestants face a mystery box challenge in which the contents have been chosen by the viewers. 9.00 Shark Tank. (PG, CC) A panel of business people are shown inventions and innovations by everyday Australians. 10.00 NCIS: New Orleans. (M, CC) Brody’s mother employs a genius navy coder. However, his life hangs in the balance after the heart intended for his transplant is stolen. 11.00 The Graham Norton Show. (M, R, CC) Graham chats with Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

6.30 SBS World News. (CC) 7.30 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang provide commentary on the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest final from Stockholm, Sweden. The final features artists from Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, joined by the winners of the semi-finals, as they vie for the chance to claim international glory by winning this prestigious competition. 11.30 Cycling. UCI World Tour. Giro d’Italia. Stage 9. Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti. 40.5km. From Italy.

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 48 Hours: Death On The Hudson. (M, R, CC) A look at the death of Vincent Viafore. 1.00 Infomercials. (PG, R) 2.00 Home Shopping. (R) 4.00 Life Today With James Robison. (PG) Religious program. 4.30 CBS This Morning. (CC)

2.00 MOVIE: Bad Family. (M, R) (2010) Ville Virtanen. 3.45 Desperately Seeking Doctors: The Kimberley. (PG, R, CC) 4.45 Feral. (R, CC) 5.00 CCTV English News. 5.30 NHK World English News. 5.45 France 24 Feature.

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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. 1505


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6.05pm Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Action. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans. A powerful artificial intelligence threatens all of humanity. (M) Premiere

8.30pm Real Housewives of Melbourne Reunion. Host Alex Perry will navigate treacherous waters as the housewives reunite to reflect on the highs and lows of the season. (M) Arena

6.00pm Royal Secrets. (PG) History

12.15pm Netball. ANZ Championship. Round 7. Melbourne Vixens v NSW Swifts. Fox Sports 2

6.45pm Suddenly 30 (2004) Comedy. Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo. A 13-year-old girl wakes up as a 30-year-old. (PG) Romance 8.30pm Ant-Man (2015) Action. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas. (PG) Premiere

ABC2/ABC KIDS 6.00 Children’s Programs. 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: Johnny And Anna Date Online. (M, R, CC) 8.30 Judith Lucy: Nothing Fancy. (MA15+, R, CC) A performance by Judith Lucy. 9.45 Louis Theroux: Extreme Love. (M, R, CC) 10.45 Bodyshockers. (M, R, CC) 11.30 Never Mind The Buzzcocks. (M, R, CC) 12.00 Adam Hills: The Last Leg Down Under. (M, R, CC) 12.45 The Warehouse Comedy Festival. (M, R, CC) 1.20 The Home Show. (R, CC) 2.05 News. (R) 2.10 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. (R, CC) 5.45 Children’s Programs.

ABC3 6.00 Children’s Programs. 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) (Final) 3.25 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) 3.55 Good Game: SP. (R, CC) 4.20 Spectacular Spider-Man. (R, CC) 4.45 Camp Lakebottom. (R, CC) 4.55 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, CC) 8.00 Officially Amazing. (R, CC) 8.30 Nowhere Boys. (PG, R, CC) Andy is trapped in Negative Space. 8.55 Tower Prep. (R, CC) The gang prepares for their escape. 9.40 Good Game: Pocket Edition. (PG, R, CC) 9.50 Rage. (PG, R) 2.20 Close.

8.00pm Fresh Off The Boat. (PG) FOX8 9.00pm Bob’s Burgers. Bob and “Big Bob” rehash an old argument. (M) Comedy Channel


9.30pm Blood Rivals: Hippo Vs Lion. A hippo bull may dominate his territory during daylight hours, but as night falls dark forces grip the land and control slips to the lions. (PG) National Geographic Wild


6.00 Shopping. 7.00 Tomorrow’s World. (PG) 7.30 Leading The Way. (PG) 8.00 David Jeremiah. (PG) 8.30 Shopping. 9.30 Australia’s Best Houses. (PG, R) 10.00 Home And Away Catch-Up. (PG, R, CC) 1.00 Dealers. (PG, R) 2.30 Storage Hoarders. (R) 3.30 Secret Location. (PG, R, CC) 4.30 Escape To The Country. (R) 5.30 Air Crash Investigation. (PG, R, CC) 6.30 Motorway Patrol. (PG, R, CC) Officers search for a missing schoolboy. 7.00 For The Love Of Dogs. (PG) 7.30 The Secret Life Of Babies. (PG, R, CC) An insight into the lives of babies. 8.30 Escape To The Country. Prospective buyers find their dream homes. 9.30 Escape To The Continent. A look at homes. 10.45 Before And After. 11.15 Storage Hoarders. (R) 12.15 Air Crash Investigation. (PG, R, CC) 1.15 Dealers. (PG, R) 2.45 Escape To The Continent. (R) 4.00 Dr Oz. (PG, R, CC) 5.00 Shopping.


6.00 Children’s Programs. 1.30 Yo-Kai. (PG, R) 2.00 Yu-Gi-Oh! (PG, R) 2.30 Wild Kratts. (R) 3.00 Yu-GiOh! (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 MOVIE: Tom And Jerry & The Wizard Of Oz. (R, CC) (2012) Grey DeLisle, Joe Alaskey. 7.10 MOVIE: Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. (R, CC) (2011) 9.00 MOVIE: Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. (M, R) (2011) A cursed man protects a boy. Nicolas Cage. 11.00 Bad Robots. (M, R) 12.00 Sun, Sex And Suspicious Parents. (M, R) 1.00 The Cube. (PG, R) 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 Shopping. (R) 6.30 The Amazing Race. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 Shopping. (R) 9.30 Timbersports. 2014 World Championships. Individual event. Highlights. 10.00 AFL Game Day. 11.30 Triathlon. Ironman Australia. 12.30 The AFN Fishing Show. (PG) 1.00 Hook, Line And Sinker. (PG, R) 1.30 Big Angry Fish. (PG, R) 2.30 AFL Pre-Game Show. (CC) 3.00 Football. (CC) AFL. Round 8. Melbourne v Western Bulldogs. 6.00 What Went Down. (PG) 7.00 MOVIE: Iron Man 3. (PG, R, CC) (2013) Robert Downey Jr. 9.30 MOVIE: Bad Neighbours. (MA15+, R, CC) (2014) A couple suffer when a fraternity moves in next door. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron. 11.30 Family Guns. (M, R) 12.30 Eagle Vision. 1.00 Football. (CC) WAFL. Round 9. Claremont v Subiaco. 4.00 Big Angry Fish. (PG, R) 5.00 The AFN Fishing Show. (PG, R) 5.30 Hook, Line And Sinker. (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. (CC) 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. (PG, 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. (CC) 9.30 One Plus One. (R, CC) 10.00 News. 10.30 Planet America. (R) 11.00 News. (CC) 11.30 Conflict Zone. (PG) 12.00 Late Programs.


6.00pm Colour Theory. A look at Warwick Thornton. (PG) Foxtel Arts

6.00 Skippy. (R) 6.30 MOVIE: Billy Liar. (PG, R, CC) (1963) 8.30 Danoz Direct. 9.30 New Style Direct. 10.00 MOVIE: Happy Go Lovely. (R, CC) (1951) 12.00 The Investment Series. (R, CC) 12.30 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 1.00 Getaway. (PG, R, CC) 1.30 MOVIE: The Comedians. (PG, R, CC) (1967) Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor. 4.30 MOVIE: Gunfight At The OK Corral. (PG, R) (1957) Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas. 7.00 Bangkok Airport. (PG, R, CC) A behind-thescenes look at Bangkok Airport. 8.00 Wild Patagonia: Fire And Ice. A look at Patagonia. 9.10 MOVIE: The Devil’s Advocate. (MA15+, R, CC) (1997) A lawyer is hired by a mysterious businessman. Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves. 12.00 Rizzoli & Isles. (M, R, 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)

2.00pm Rugby League. NRL. Round 10. Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks. Fox Sports 1 3.00pm Football. AFL. Round 8. Melbourne v Western Bulldogs. Fox Sports 3



6.00 Shopping. (R) 8.00 Rugby Union. Super Rugby. Round 12. Rebels v Brumbies. Replay. 10.00 Whacked Out Sports. (PG, R) 10.30 Escape Fishing With ET. (R, CC) 11.00 Temporary Australians. (R) 11.30 Loaded. (PG, R) 12.00 Snap Happy. (R) 12.30 Buckley’s Chance Survival Run. (PG, R) 1.30 ST: Next Gen. (PG, R) 2.30 World Sport. (R) 3.00 4x4 Adventures. (R) 4.00 Megastructures Breakdown. (R) 5.00 What’s Up Down Under. (R, CC) 5.30 iFish. 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: Family Matters. (PG, R) Part 2 of 3. 9.30 MOVIE: Fight Club. (MA15+, R) (1999) Edward Norton. 12.30 World Sport. 1.00 The Killing. (M, R) 2.00 RPM. (R, CC) 3.00 Extreme Boats’ Big Angry Fish. (PG, R) 3.30 Adventure Angler. (R) 4.00 Loaded. (PG, R) 4.30 Temporary Australians. (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, 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) (Final) 6.00 Family Feud: Sunday. (CC) 6.30 Futurama. (PG, R, CC) 7.00 The Simpsons. (PG, R, CC) 7.30 How I Met Your Mother. (PG, R) 8.00 New Girl. (PG, R, CC) 8.30 MOVIE: Dude, Where’s My Car? (M, R) (2000) Slackers search for their lost car. Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott. 10.15 Everybody Loves Raymond. (PG, R, CC) 11.15 The King Of Queens. (PG, R) 12.20 Frasier. (PG, R) 1.30 Family Ties. (PG, R) 3.00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (R) 4.00 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 Nashville Flipped. 8.30 Flip Or Flop. 9.30 Good Bones. (PG) 10.30 Extreme Homes. 11.30 House Hunters Int. (R) 12.00 Fixer Upper. (PG, R) 1.00 Nashville Flipped. (R) 2.00 Flip Or Flop. (R) 3.00 The Block. (PG, R, CC) 4.00 Extreme Homes. (R) 5.00 Garden Gurus. (R, CC) 5.30 My First Place. (PG, R)


Bob’s Burgers.

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: The Black Stallion. (R) (1979) 3.10 Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke. (PG) 3.25 Iron Chef. (R, CC) 4.15 Friday Feed. (R) 4.45 The Brain: China. (R) 6.35 Ninja Warrior Sweden. (New Series) 7.30 If You Are The One. Hosted by Meng Fei. 8.30 The Spoils Before Dying. (M) Rock performs on a jazz television show. 9.30 South Park. (M, R, CC) A new girl starts at school. 10.20 Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. (M) 11.35 Eurovision Song Contest. (R) 3.30 The Punk Syndrome. (M, R, CC) 4.40 CCTV News In English From Beijing. 5.00 Korean News. 5.30 Indonesian News.

FOOD 6.00 Rachael Ray’s Week In A Day. (R) 6.30 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) 7.00 Kitchen Inferno. (R) 8.00 Mystery Diners. (PG, R) 9.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 10.00 Iron Chef America. (R) 11.00 The Freshman Class. (PG, R) 12.00 Chopped. (PG, R) 1.00 Kitchen Inferno. (R) 2.00 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 3.00 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 3.30 Rachael Ray’s Week In A Day. (R) 4.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 5.30 Mystery Diners. (PG, R) 7.30 Kids Baking Championship. 8.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG) Hosted by Alton Brown. 9.30 Restaurant: Impossible. (PG) 10.30 Iron Chef America. (R) 11.30 Cutthroat Kitchen. (PG, R) 12.30 Mystery Diners. (PG, R) 1.30 Restaurant: Impossible. (PG, R) 2.30 Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. (R) 3.00 Rachael Ray’s Week In A Day. (R) 4.00 Iron Chef America. (R) 5.00 Food Lovers’ Guide To Australia. (R, CC) 5.30 Restaurant: Impossible. (PG, R)

6.00 Tipi Tales. 6.30 Wapos Bay. 7.00 Move It Mob Style. 7.30 Bizou. 8.00 Mugu Kids. 8.30 Bushwhacked! 9.00 Wapos Bay. 9.30 Move It Mob Style. 10.00 Soccer. A-League. Grand Final. Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers. 12.00 The Point Review. 12.30 Lost Bones: In Search Of Sitting Bull. (PG) 1.30 Around The 44. 2.30 Rugby Sevens. 3.30 Down 2 Earth. 4.00 Garma Live. (PG) 5.00 Te Kaea. 5.30 Colour Theory. (CC) 6.00 Awaken. (CC) 7.00 Trick Or Treaty? (PG) 8.30 Contact. (PG) Documents the experiences of Yuwali. 9.30 MOVIE: Yolngu Boy. (M) (2001) Sean Mununggurr. 11.00 Born To Run. 12.00 Volumz. (PG) 1505




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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 12 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle. Let’s get creative


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adhesive axle baskets blades colour draw dye easel emboss fabric frames glue

hammer hinge hobby ink knot lathe leather level macrame metal needle paint

paste pattern pencil pins plane ribbon scissors scraps shape spin stitch

table thread tube twine unpick varnish veneer vice weave wheels woodwork

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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.


by Wagner

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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20 22 23

ACROSS 1. Comrade (9) 8. Border (3) 9. Chill (11) 11. Stuffy (7) 12. Liable (5) 13. Available (2,4) 15. Live (6) 17. Primary (5) 18. Torment (7) 20. Topple (11) 22. Baronet (3) 23. Forever (9)

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19. Criminal (5) 21. Pass (3)



1. A piece of topical information that appears like lightning? (4,5) 12 8. Lose one’s way in Rochester Road (3) 9. Alone I mount unsteadily, showing no signs of feeling (11) DOWN 11. Pertaining to 2. Observe (3) 19 a treaty made by 3. Rebuke (5) Fred Lea (7) 4. Disinclined (6) 12. Bird gets 5. Instance (7) wing-tip trapped 6. Foreboding (11) in gnarled tree 21 7. Pastime (9) (5) 10. Additionally 13. About charita(11) ble contributions 11. Reserve (9) from sovereign 14. Absent (3,4) countries (6) DUAL CROSSWORD 18,984 16. Mob (6) 15. What the

church may have to aim at (6) 17. One appearing among the lady’s legatees (5) 18. Lists of those competing for records (7) 20. One who makes a restingplace for solemn Australian (5-6) 22. Sun-fish with no tail (3) 23. Put on show – Sid came back and performed (9)

DOWN 2. A long time coming from Lake Ontario (3) 3. See 6 Down 4. A drily complex arrangement in a barren way (6) 5. They indulge in outdoor pur-

suits (7) 6 & 3Dn. Meal that is automatically uplifting! (4-7,5) 7. Pre-eminence badly affects sergeants (9) 10. Need any girl be shown in an affectionate way? (11) 11. A place out of town could make her famous (9) 14. Sorted out the mails I had lost (7) 16. As dressmakers, they dispose of waste material (6) 19. Prepare the ground round the back of the meadow for this material (5) 21. Observe to the letter, by the sound of it (3)


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.


CRYPTO-QUOTE >> 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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by Tony Lopes


by Murphy & Gianni

From the pages of America’s most popular newspapers




by Paul Dorin

z A proverb of unknown origin states, “The length of a piece of wood can only be too short on one end.”

by Samantha Weaver

z Scotsmen and their descendants make up almost half of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence, and almost three-quarters of American presidents. z An adult human has 96,560km of blood vessels. z There was a scientist once who made it his mission to taste as many different kinds of meat as he possibly could. In his opinion, the worst tasting was mole meat. I won’t argue. There probably aren’t very many people who would be willing to gain enough experience in that field to be able to debate the matter. z Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce cars per capita than any other city in the world. z The main cabin of Air Force One, the plane in which the US President flies, is 370 square metres. That’s more than many people’s homes. Air Force One has seven bathrooms and 16 TVs. And there is enough food aboard to serve 2000 meals.

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z There is a popular, bright green melon liqueur, “Midori”, which is used to make fruity drinks such as melon balls. The name is very descriptive – in Japanese, “midori” means “green”. z Most people know that a human has 46 chromosomes, but how do we compare to other living things? Not surprisingly, an ant has only two. A fruit fly has eight. A garden pea has 14. Your pet dog has 78. And a garden fern? It has 1260 chromosomes! z The state with the highest percentage of students who walk to school is NSW. Thought for the day: It was Swiss theologian Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) who said: “Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.’

1. Frosty’s “eyes” 5. Family member 8. Burden 12. Earthen pot 13. Alias abbr. 14. Crooner Jerry 15. Uncategorized (Abbr.) 16. Journey segment 17. Sicilian spouter 18. Bet collector 20. Of a heart chamber 22. Mag. staffers 23. Big bother 24. Channel marker 27. Re movement 32. Cleo’s slayer 33. “Hail!” 34. Life time? 35. Sane 38. Trudge 39. Charged bit 40. Eco-friendly org. 42. Homes

45. Froot Loops spokesbird Sam 49. Hindu princess 50. Blond shade 52. Appellation 53. Country that’s an anagram of 49-Across 54. Carnival city 55. Cornfield intruder 56. Skilled 57. B&B 58. Pianist Dame Myra

DOWN 1. Barbershop item 2. A bit of everything 3. Too 4. Menial servant 5. Willy Loman, e.g. 6. A Turner 7. Long story 8. Exaggerate 9. Countrywide 10. Arm bone 11. Close tightly


19. Freudian concept 21. Skater Babilonia 24. Prohibit 25. Oft-chanted initials 26. Not necessary 28. Eggs 29. On-air fundraiser 30. Way back when 31. Started 36. Cut remedy 37. Indivisible 38. Beer belly, maybe 41. Italian river 42. Met melody 43. Zinger 44. Garment for 49-Across 46. Give a darn 47. Old Testament book 48. Information 51. Sermon subject 160418

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YOUR STARS ARIES (MAR 21-APR 20) Paper roses have no perfume, beautiful as they are. This week seems to have a lack of colour too, so the ball is very much in your court to get things moving. Socially there may not be much to fire your imagination, but here is an opportunity to develop some creativity. Get others together for a chat and some forward thinking. Be pleased that life at home is smooth and stable. TAURUS (APR 21-MAY 21) Keep on

a light on your love life. Could this be the time to make that special suggestion or take that romantic break? You will soon be back in your element.

VIRGO (AUG 24-SEP 23) Generate ener-

gy to persuade someone round to your way of thinking. Negative attitudes have no place. Travel can be fun and will wake your spirit for adventure. There are great notions spinning around your head. Don’t expect everyone to see the positive side, however. Sometimes

improving your cash flow. Remember that from small acorns oaks can grow. What does not seem a big deal now is just the beginning. Romantically-speaking, maybe you would like to see more action and less talk? Make the talk good enough and things will shoot ahead. Thinking of changing where you live? Any changes now need careful consideration, but there is no need to panic.

to be made from unwanted items and small efforts. However, avoid spending more than necessary for the best results. In a fairly quiet week, take the chance to clear out those dusty corners of your life. See what is worth keeping and what needs to go. Feeling a little irritated this weekend? Try being optimistic and hope that someone changes their approach.

CANCER (JUN 22-JUL 22) A loving and

caring backdrop offsets any ‘blips’ this week. Mood and enthusiasm can level off and energy levels need a boost. Do this by looking ahead and planning more for the longer-term future. After the Full Moon at the weekend you see things and attitudes change quite rapidly. Ambitions take second place right now to the need to gather enthusiasm at home.

LEO (JUL 23-AUG 23) After getting work ambitions off to a sharp start, a lull in the action could take you by surprise. It is all very natural and will change as quickly as it began. In the meantime, the Full Moon at the weekend is shining

for the week commencing May 16

BY CASSANDRA NYE a loving and romantic attitude. At work allow yourself to bring imagination to bear on mundane matters. See how technology can make the everyday more bearable and even exciting. It is a week to move forward with caution, but also with optimism.


A bit of a lull could make you tetchy, but let’s not allow that to take hold. Remember, whatever the planets make you feel, you are in the driving seat. So, rev up your engine and get those juices flowing. It can be a romantic time, with a Full Moon at the weekend firing your imagination. Use a boost in energy at the weekend to also boost your love life.

CAPRICORN (DEC 22-JAN 20) Being at the centre of a loving and progressive time is right for you. A recent lack of energy and opportunity has you biting on the bit and ready for anything. Colleagues at work can be brought together to bring forward a plan or project involving new technology or a change in attitude. Make this a very special weekend romantically while the Full Moon fires your passions.

GEMINI (MAY 22-JUN 21) There is cash

you listen too closely to that negative voice. Shout back that it is your time to do what is in your heart.

LIBRA (SEP 24-OCT 23) Delightful and affectionate moments pepper this week with joy. Encourage intimate chats and give hugs and encouragement to others. The lean wolf of envy may be circling socially through to the weekend. Ignore sour comments and greet everyone with a positive attitude. You are on higher ground than those who would irritate you. Keep long-term plans on the agenda and under control. However, allow some leeway when it comes to love and romance. SCORPIO (OCT 24-NOV 22) A quieter

and more contented week helps boost your wellbeing. Don’t worry about dashing around and getting things done. Bring the evenings to a close with


AQUARIUS (JAN 21-FEB 19) Although

you may wish for more progress at work, this is less likely at the moment. Home and romantic life, however, are due for a real boost. For those who have a partner, a proposition or amazing news is likely. Shocked by a sudden revelation? Not surprisingly, you could be stuck for words. Make the most of the weekend to be with that special person or, put yourself in the right place to meet that ‘certain someone’.

PISCES (FEB 20-MAR 20) Great

expectations are something you don’t have at the moment. That, however, is where you could be wrong! You are being thrust forward socially and that means meeting lots of new people. Of course, you won’t like many of them (fussy old Pisces!) but someone special is in there somewhere. A sudden urge to nest build has more to do with being contented than the laying of any eggs.

坥 坦 坧 坨 坩 坪 坫 坬 坭 坮 坯 坰

Monday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Bringing new people and ideas into your life benefits everyone in the months ahead, Taurus. A mixture of progress and quieter times is sometimes hard to adjust to. Have patience. Tuesday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! At a fast and progressive time, you are pleased to see the benefits at both work and home. Even so, keep that life balance, Taurus. Time spent at home and with loved ones – relaxing is crucial to your health. Wednesday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! A positive approach from you, Taurus, can make a big difference to the lives of others. You may not feel powerful but there is certainly influence in your words and actions. Don’t waste them. Thursday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! This is a time when your influence over others will be strong, Taurus. With that comes responsibility, of course. However, you are not responsible for those who make poor comments because of ignorance. Friday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! When Taurus snorts, anyone around catches a cold. Making your feelings clear in the months ahead will win you both fans and negative comments. When envy shows its face, give a positive response or ignore it. Saturday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Taurus/Gemini, those of you who are ‘on the cusp’ have double good fortune in the months ahead. Getting the best of both worlds would not be putting it too strongly. Make the most of those opportunities. Sunday’s Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Gemini, celebrations and the realisation you are on track bring stability. These are times of progress and personal power. You at last reach a good balance between work and home life.

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CryptoQuote answer

This week's Snowflakes

This week's Californian

This week's Sudoku

This week's Go Figure!

FIND THE WORDS solution 902 A job well done

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Lee (Bob) Hawke, born on December 9, 1929. 12. Andrew Hoy (Equestrian) represented Australia in Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and London. He was selected for Moscow in 1980 but the Aussie Equestrian section boycotted those games. 13. “Australiana”, the stand-up comedy single by Austen Tayshus, written by Billy Birmingham, recorded at The Comedy Store in Sydney in 1983. It was the No.1 single in Australia that year for eight weeks.


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The stress of police work is something only known to the men and women who wear the uniform and a great reason why the NSW Police state-wide indoor cricket competition, held in Dubbo recently, is a calendar highlight and opportunity for this unique community to relax together. WORDS and PHOTOGRAPHY John Ryan N decades’ past careers enjoyed far more longevity than now and nowhere is that more apparent than in police forces around the western world, where officers receive far more training at a far greater cost than ever before, only to leave after a few years to do something else. The spotlight on police and the ‘hindsight committees’ keen to judge reactionary police behavior with the benefit of lounge chair comfort have created enormous extra pressure on police who have to second-guess every snap decision. And, while these new systems have brought plenty of unethical behavior to account, it can also create a top-heavy management structure of red tape which ties up policing hours with officers doing unproductive paperwork just to meet all the criteria and protocols. On top of that, management-focussed officers can move up the career ladder, creating harmful rifts with operational ‘troops’ who are out on the streets every day with bosses who don’t really understand the job. I’ve known plenty of police over the past 25 years and have seen first-hand that the managerial incompetence in so many private sector companies is alive and well in the cops – this is notwithstanding the many senior officers who do a great job. No wonder the NSW Police state-wide indoor cricket competition keeps going from strength to strength, this year seeing 29 teams comprising a total of 223


police turning up to Dubbo to do battle. Noticing all the relaxed and happy faces, I asked organiser Wayne Lollback, who serves as a senior constable at Kempsey Highway Patrol, if the weekend is effectively an exercise in ‘de-stressing’ in an environment where everyone is on the same page, and noone has to explain themselves. “I like the word de-stress, that’s where we’re at, you look around and everyone’s having a great time, they really are,” senior constable Lollback said. “Everyone talks the same language, they walk the same walk, they know what’s going on, they know the jargon that’s being used, everyone gets along, they really do get along. “A month before we come out the excitement starts and everyone’s thinking or talking about it – once they’re here they’re having a great time and by Sunday I can see how relaxed they are, they de-stress and hopefully I’ve done my job and they’ve had a great weekend,’ he said. Police often socialise with workmates for a vast number of reasons, much of it’s because not many people outside

the profession understand what they go through on a daily basis, including partners who aren’t on the job. “There’s nothing like this job, nothing, you can’t compare it to any other job – everyone here is on the same page, and rank doesn’t come into it, we’ve got guys here from chief superintendants to probationary constables and there’s no rank here, everyone’s just here for the cricket,” Lollback said. Police make lifelong friendships at different stations and the chance to see old mates is a powerful incentive to enter the indoor cricket comp. “You walk in and it’s really like catching up with long lost mates, sometimes it’s former station mates and others it’s just mates you made from the indoor cricket the year before.” Many police join in with teams of workmates from former postings, such as senior sergeant Simon Madgwick, a former Dubbo cop who’s now stationed in Sydney. “You know, not only is it a great destress, but all the police here get to unwind they get to enjoy a competitive environment and the social traditions

` You don’t have to try to explain anything to anyone, it’s just naturally accepted, everyone understands what everyone else is doing and going through and you just go from there

of policing, having a couple of beers, having a yak with mates away from the workplace, in a non-threatening environment in a way we can all just say hey, let’s have a good time.” Paul Stephens left Dubbo to take up an inspector’s posting at Walgett, he couldn’t wait to travel back south to play with his old station mates. “It’s great, really it’s something that is great in the job – I’m at Walgett now but I’m coming back and playing with the Dubbo blokes, meeting blokes that are in Dubbo now that weren’t here when I was here before and also running into blokes that I’ve met at other places in the last 10 years,” inspector Stephens said. He loves the atmosphere where everyone has been there, done that, and understands the score. “You don’t have to try to explain anything to anyone, it’s just naturally accepted, everyone understands what everyone else is doing and going through and you just go from there,” he said. Dubbo was chosen as this year’s venue because it’s far more central than the coastal venues which have previously been used for the tournament. “It’s good being here, gives everyone a chance being no more than five or six hours from anywhere.” “We’ve had great feedback from everyone, the local bosses have been out and visited us, everyone’s really happy, I see no reason why we won’t be back in Dubbo next year.”

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The final say



Beware the media wolf in sheep’s clothing HE morning after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull interrupted the GG’s Sunday roast to ask for a double dissolution, one mainstream media outlet was out on the streets asking punters about the coming election. The question? “Do you think you’ll get bored with the campaign?” Not “What are the issues that matter to you?” or “Who is your preferred Prime Minister?” or even “Which way will you be voting?” No – this media outlet wanted to know if people would be “bored” with an eight-week campaign. Way to foster meaningful political debate, guys. Joe Average’s answers should surprise no-one, given the leading nature of the question. “Yeah, mate – I’m bored already.” “Hate ‘em all. I won’t be voting.” Professing boredom over our country’s future is even more cringe worthy than the question this moron thought might be the most pertinent to ask less than 24 hours after the dissolution of parliament. The cynicism with which Australians view politicians and the political process is partly the fault of the politicians and the political process. But a good chunk of the blame should rest


squarely at the feet of the very vehicle through which Australians form their opinions – the media – and with the punters themselves who have slipped so easily into the trap of believing everything they read and hear. It seems we’ve lost the ability and the inclination to wade through the biases, ironic given Aussies pride themselves on having finely tuned bullshit meters. And that’s a shame, because as the weeks tick by in the run-up to the July 2 federal election, we’ll be fed a massive smorgasbord of assorted bovine excrement. Media bias is neither new nor news. We know this. The Murdoch press has led the charge with gusto, but certain commentators at Fairfax and within our own national broadcaster, the ABC, have nicely balanced that partiality. That we know this should help those of us who intend using our precious democratic voting right to more effectively weigh up the balance between fact and fiction, spin and substance. We know there’s bias, so in theory we can bear this in mind as we consume media – social, mainstream, independent and otherwise – in the formation of our political opinions, and our expression and pronouncements of same. (And if you don’t intend to vote, hang

your head in shame and kindly keep your mouth shut.) But we’re less conscious of the increasingly blurred ethical and journalistic line between opinion and news, and far less discerning in recognising editorial that’s not always so cleverly disguised as the reporting of news. Opinion, commentary and analysis are valuable and vital in prompting and promoting debate, but they should be clearly defined as such and it irks me deeply that this basic tenet on which a free press is based seems to have been so easily discarded by the new age of “churn-alism”. Journalism 101: there are two sides to every story, and it shouldn’t be up to the reader/listener/viewer/consumer to do half the job. But these days, that’s often exactly what happens – or, more to the point, doesn’t happen. In a media world that moves as quickly as ours now does, most consumers have neither the time nor the inclination (or capacity) to identify the absence of the other side to the story or to investigate it. And the journo/reporter with a barrow to push knows it and uses it. Often it’s laziness, sometimes it’s mischievous, but it’s always irresponsible.

We think we’re savvy, we think we’re informed; we think we’re raging against the machine by sharing Facebook posts. Truth is, we’re often just being led around by the ring put through our nose while we were anaesthetised by the pervasive cynicism of an exploitative media, social and otherwise. So over the coming weeks, make sure you take a second look – do your homework and make up your own minds. You shouldn’t have to go looking for the other side of the story, but believe me, no matter what the issue, it’s there. And only when you have all the angles can you calculate an informed opinion as to what’s right the right political, social, economic and ethical fit for you. What I’d like to wake up to on July 3 is a government with a clear mandate to run the country, a workable Senate populated by people who have the nation’s interests – rather than their own single issue or personal agendas – at heart and a parliament made up of representatives elected by a well-informed voting public that’s done its own homework beyond Facebook. I’d also like to wake up as a Size 10 with a couple of million dollars in the bank. The odds are about the same.


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