• Australia, US alone on Syria air strikes after British change of heart

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Justice Minister Michael Keenan. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The Turnbull government has expressed veiled disappointment that Britain will not join Australia in expanding air strikes into Syria, leaving the RAAF and the US Air Force as the only contributors.
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    Justice Minister Michael Keenan said on Wednesday that the decision was a matter for Britain but added twice that Australia would like to have the “broadest possible coalition” to help in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

    He was commenting on the decision by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday to shelve plans for a parliamentary vote on expanding air strikes to Syria amid concerns by Downing Street that the government could not muster enough MPs to back the expansion.

    “Obviously we’re keen to see the broadest possible coalition participating in those strikes on ISIL,” Mr Keenan said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State.

    “That issue of air strikes in Syria from the British perspective is clearly contentious domestically for Britain. It’s clearly a matter for them and their parliamentary processes about the way they see fighting ISIL going forward.

    “But clearly from Australia’s perspective, we’re keen to have the broadest possible coalition participating with us in degrading and destroying ISIL.”

    Defence Minister Marise Payne was in Kuala Lumpur attending the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting and could not be reached for comment.

    Downing Street’s change of heart came as a British parliamentary committee recommended against expanding air strikes into Syria in the absence of a clearer strategy for the broader civil war in the country.

    The foreign affairs select committee, chaired by one of Mr Cameron’s own Tory MPs, found that while an expansion would be welcomed by coalition partners, it would have only a “marginal effect” on the overall campaign.

    “We believe that there should be no extension of British military action into Syria unless there is a coherent international strategy that has a realistic chance of defeating ISIL and of ending the civil war in Syria,” the MPs concluded.

    Australia is the second largest contributor to the fight against the Islamic State after the US.

    Britain has eight Tornado fight planes operating over Iraq, which have carried out about 300 air strikes compared with 434 strike missions by the RAAF’s six Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft as of about one month ago.

    The Hornets had carried out nine missions over Syria as of October 2 and launched strikes against two targets. The RAAF’s KC-30 air-to-air refueller had carried out five missions over Syria and its Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft one mission.

    Canada had carried out a handful of strikes in Syria but its new government has decided against continuing those missions.

    The US recently announced it will deploy up to 50 special forces soldiers to train and advise Syrian rebels and will step up special operations raids against high-value ISIL targets in both Syria and Iraq – widely seen as an escalation by the Obama administration.

    Fairfax Media understands Australia will not make any such expansion, reflecting a view in Canberra that the Australian Defence Force is already pulling its weight.

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  • Former Labor premiers back GST rise, putting pressure on Bill Shorten

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    Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has given conditional support to increasing the GST. Photo: Daniel MunozLiberal MPs push back on tax reformComment: A sure bet Turnbull will raise the GST
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    A trio of respected former Labor premiers has put political pressure on Bill Shorten, backing a GST rise from 10 to 15 per cent subject to certain conditions.

    In comments that could create a headache for the Opposition Leader and will be welcomed by the Turnbull government, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, Queensland’s Peter Beattie and Western Australia’s Geoff Gallop have all outlined the conditions under which the tax change could be implemented as part of a reform package.

    The Turnbull government is modelling a rise in the GST as part of a tax reform package.

    But two other former NSW Labor premiers, Bob Carr and Nathan Rees, backed Mr Shorten and federal Labor’s stance, with the party so far staking out a “no change” position on the consumption tax.

    That stance has set up a clear contest with the Coalition government and placed the issue at the centre of political debate in recent weeks, and ahead of next year’s federal election.

    Malcolm Turnbull has thus far promised any prospective tax changes would not disadvantage the most vulnerable Australians as he and Treasurer Scott Morrison have left open a raft of tax reform options on the table.

    Mr Beattie, who won four elections for Queensland Labor and was at the table as Premier when John Howard introduced the GST, said he had been adamant at the time the rate should not rise.

    But 15 years later, he told Fairfax Media that Australia’s tax system needed major structural change that spurred innovation and productivity growth.

    “This extra five per cent has to go to health and education, I will have trouble supporting an increase beyond 10 per cent unless it goes to service delivery for the states,” he said.

    “It should also be linked to competition reform and be innovative, it has to be a total package that includes ways to stimulate the economy.”

    To that end, Mr Beattie suggested business tax breaks should be in the mix, rather than personal income tax cuts which “we all know bracket creep will pull back”.

    Ms Keneally urged federal Labor to engage in a constructive manner in debate about reform of the federation and the tax system and that “the GST is obviously part of that mix, though Labor shouldn’t give in to a simplistic view that increasing consumption tax fixes everything”.

    “My support for a rise in the GST is conditional on three things. Fixing a flawed federation, dealing with incredibly generous tax concessions provided to the most well-off and ensuring we don’t ask those who can least afford to pay to bear a disproportionately higher tax burden,” she said.

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  • HSC 2015: 77,000 students celebrate pens down for the HSC

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    Dulwich High School students Lucy Howroyd and Thomas Carman with their art. Photo: Edwina PicklesEat, sleep, party.
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    Those are the top three priorities for 77,000 NSW HSC students, the last of whom finished their final HSC exam on Wednesday.

    “That was the most stressful year of my life,” said 18-year-old Lucy Howroyd.

    The student from Dulwich High School of Visual Arts could barely wipe the smile off her face as the clock ticked down on her school career.

    “I couldn’t stop staring at the ceiling wondering what is next,” she said.

    Her classmate, Grace Davidson-Lynch, did not leave much time for contemplation.

    “I’m just thinking about tomorrow, sleeping in and no more study.”

    More than 9000 of Grace and Lucy’s fellow visual arts students were the last group to put their pens down for the HSC at 3.30pm on Wednesday.

    Some were already looking ahead to a life outside the school gates beyond the work of Cezanne or Reg Mombassa.

    “Hopefully I’ll scrape my way into a sociology degree,” said 18-year-old Caitlin Boyce.

    For a “liberated” Thomas Carman, kickboxing is the dream. “Fighting is a form of art,” he said, while his classmate Jacky Chen hopes art will influence his career in architecture.

    Their creative major works through sculpture, painting and film in subjects like menstruation, terrorism and chinese culture will be left behind, as they leave the shelter of school one last time.

    “This is a huge moment in the lives of these students, who are marking the end of 13 years of schooling and starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives,” said NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

    “Students have spent the past 18 days of exams demonstrating their skills and knowledge and now it’s time for a well-earned break.”

    And as the party starts, the nervous wait begins.

    HSC students will receive their results on December 16.

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  • Weather station to benefit growers

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    Weather station to benefit growers Under the wheather: The West Midlands Group will establish a weather station and soil moisture probe before the next growing season.
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    TweetFacebookTHE WEST Midlands Group (WMG) is one of fourteen grower groups selected to host an automatic weather station and soil moisture probe as part of a project to develop new technology to benefit the Western Australian (WA) grains industry.

    Real time weather information generated from the technology will benefit growers from the west midlands area.

    This information will empower growers with decision making tools to manage risks and boost the profitability of their grain production business.

    WMG will assist with providing direction on how to use this information more effectively.

    In total, more than 1,000 growers will be engaged in the project throughout the WA wheatbelt.

    The funding for the technology was made possible by the eConnected Grainbelt Royalties for Regions project, which is part of the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative led by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

    The weather station and soil moisture probe will be installed before the start of the 2016 growing season at the WMG main trial site at Brennan’s property on the corner of North West Rd and the Dandaragan Moora Rd.

  • Aggressive New Zealand will perish against speed demons in first Test, warns Steve Smith

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    Steve Smith has warned New Zealand’s batsmen they will meet a swift demise if they fight fire with fire against Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson in the first Test.
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    Australia will unleash a pair of left-arm speed demons, who teammates say are breaking the 150km/h barrier, on one of the fastest wickets in world cricket. But the Black Caps are not deviating from the attacking style that has lifted Kiwi cricket out of the doldrums.

    Starc’s trail of destruction this year, particularly in the 50-over game, has not gone unnoticed by visiting captain Brendon McCullum, who rates the quick as one of the most feared bowlers in the game.

    Smith endured a torrid net session at the Gabba on Tuesday where Starc troubled one of the world’s premier batsmen with his swing and pace.

    “It’s certainly been hard work facing him in the nets,” the Australian captain said.

    “He’s presenting a pretty similar seam, some balls were swinging back late, some were going across, that’s extremely hard to face when they’re coming down at 150 km/h as well.

    “If he can do that out here this week we can expect a lot of the same results he’s been having over the last couple of weeks.”

    The Black Caps were lauded by Sir Richard Hadlee for their high-risk brand of play but Smith claimed their World Cup capitulations with the bat against Australia gave the hosts a mental edge.

    “The two games we played in the World Cup, we got 10 wickets twice, for 150 and 180,” Smith said.

    “We know how they play, a lot of them will come out and play their shots, which will play into our hands nicely.”

    Starc is the world’s No.1 one-day international bowler but is yet to transfer that to the five-day game, but Smith has no doubt he can also be a force in Test cricket.

    “With Mitchell, one thing I’ve been most impressed with is when the ball’s not doing anything he’s found a way to make sure he’s getting the ball across the right-hander and building a bit of pressure – that’s going to be a real key for us if it’s not swinging,” Smith said.

    “If it is, what he’s been doing really well is swinging the ball late, at pace and hitting the stumps.”

    The Black Caps are expecting Australia to use Starc, whose bouncer/yorker combination has been near unplayable recently, as a strike weapon against incoming batsmen.

    “Where he sits in world cricket, he’s probably one of the most feared bowlers,” McCullum said.

    “But if you want to win in Australia … you don’t expect people to hand it to you.

    “You’ve got to expect to play against good players and some of the best players in the world and you have to find a way to counter that.

    “I’m pretty confident our guys will play well and if we are beaten then we’ll make it bloody tough for them to do so.”

    Hadlee, his country’s finest player and a New Zealand Cricket board member, said the Black Caps were exciting to watch under McCullum’s leadership.

    “It’s attacking, aggressive, proactive, particularly from McCullum, the way he sets fields and changes his bowlers,” Hadlee said.

    “At times [it’s] high risk but with that risk are great rewards.”

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  • Michelle Payne’s win may be the greatest victory by a female jockey anywhere

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world. Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.
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    Michelle Payne before the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe Armao

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    As far as female jockeys go, Michelle Payne is in rare air indeed after her stunning Melbourne Cup triumph aboard 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s race.

    Several women riders, here and overseas, have piloted big race winners, and a few have scored in group 1 events – the pinnacle of the sport.

    But in each racing jurisdiction there are a handful of major events, all with group 1 status, that transcend the ordinary classification. They are the races that are not just signature events in one country but prove irresistible to owners, trainers and riders from all over the world.

    Races such as Britain’s Epsom Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France, the Kentucky Derby in the US, the Japan Cup and Melbourne Cup all hold that sort of cachet; they are the biggest of the big, the racing equivalent of tennis’ four grand slam tournaments, golf’s four majors, football’s Champions League.

    For female jockeys, even those at the top of their profession, it’s hard enough to get a ride in these races, never mind win them. And it’s arguable that now Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

    The only one that might come close is the victory by Julie Krone on Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the US Triple Crown, but most fans would surely agree that Payne’s triumph trumps that as the race she won had a deeper field and much more exotic competition in the saddle.

    The racing world has broadened its horizons considerably in the past 25 years and winning the big prizes is now much tougher as the international dimension has increased. It’s not just horses from top European and Japanese stables that Payne had to see off on Tuesday, but the cream of the international riding crop.

    She was up against jockeys born in Italy (Frankie Dettori, who rode the runner-up, Max Dynamite), New Zealand (Michael Walker, partner of third placed Criterion), and Jim Cassidy, Irishmen Jamie Spencer and Colm O’Donohue, South African-born Chad Schofield, Frenchman Gerald Mosse, Norwegian-born William Buick, Brazilian Joao Moreira and Englishman Ryan Moore.

    She will always be remembered for her exploits on Prince of Penzance. But will she be the mould-breaker that some hope she is, or will the male jockeys reassert their dominance and continue to pick up the plum rides?

    There have been some breakthroughs earlier that have not been capitalised on. While females in the US, such as Rosie Napravnik, who has won Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup races, and Chantal Sutherland, who has captured a slew of big US prizes, have had great opportunities, female jockeys in Australia have not been given those chances.

    Payne won the Thousand Guineas on Yosei and the Toorak Handicap on Allez Wonder, both group 1 races. Kathy O’Hara in Sydney has scored at the highest level on Ofcourseican in the Coolmore Classic, a feat equalled earlier this year by Linda Meech, who won the same race on Plucky Belle.

    Clare Lindop in South Australia became only the second woman to win a group 1 race in Australia – and the first Australian born to do so – when she took the Adelaide Cup on Exalted Time in 2006. New Zealand rider Maree Lyndon had scored in the same race aboard Lord Reims in 1987.

    Lindop and Jamie Kah have won jockey premierships in South Australia, while Kate Mallyon has won the last two apprentice titles in Victoria.

    Lindop does get some big race rides but she also suffers the fate that Payne talked about on Tuesday, that of getting “jocked off” in favour of a man when the big events come round by owners who don’t trust female riders enough.

    She was the regular partner of Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed earlier in her career, but when it was time for the big tests interstate male jockeys climbed on board, with Craig Williams steering the horse to victory in the Caulfield Cup.

    Still, until Payne’s amazing triumph Lindop had perhaps the biggest claim to female fame at Flemington when she pulled off another remarkable upset by winning the Victoria Derby on 100-1 shot Rebel Raider in 2008.

    That win came a year after Nikita Beriman had landed another huge upset in the Emirates Stakes, another group 1 test, on the 100-1 shot Tears I Cry.

    All of these women riders have proved that when given the right horse they can do the business. That the prejudice against them still exists can be seen by the starting prices of the three big winners who have scored for the women riders at Flemington: all went off at 100-1.

    When Payne and her sisters in the saddle get rides that are strongly fancied, then maybe her call for female riders to be given the same opportunity as male will have been heeded.

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  • Victorian quick James Pattinson confident despite being rested

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    James Pattinson is confident he will play all remaining Sheffield Shield games despite being rested on Cricket Australia’s advice for this week’s game against New South Wales.
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    Pattinson said he was the only quick bowler to bowl all of his allotted 10 overs in each Matador Cup game this summer and then backed that up with a Sheffield Shield match.

    Pattinson and high-performance manager Tim McCaskill said it was part of the deliberate and painstaking rehabilitation program, since Pattinson’s second back stress fracture, that his load be carefully managed.

    “It was always part of the plan for me to miss this one,” Pattinson said.

    “Coming back into cricket I had a good run of eight Matador Cup matches – and I was the only fast bowler to bowl 10 overs in each game – and then straight into the shield so it was always the plan to miss the second one.

    “I would have loved to play but Cricket Australia felt it was best to manage the load. Looking big picture it is the right thing to do, we have three Shield games after this and I will be clear to play those.”

    Victorian chairman of selectors Andrew Lynch said it was important to manage Pattinson carefully and so he will miss the NSW game starting in Sydney on Friday. Pattinson will be back for the Shield match from November 14 against WA at the MCG.

    “James’ bowling workloads are at a level that require him to rest from this match,” Lynch said.

    Pattinson revealed his reconstructed bowling action has lost none of its venom with a sharp spell in the second innings of the Shield win over Queensland last week in which he knocked over Test recalls Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja.

    “He was bowling the absolute house down,” said teammate Peter Handscomb. “He was bowling fast, he was swinging it and it was awesome to see.

    “It’s just something where we want to make sure he gets through the entire season for us first. Then by getting through the season, it puts his hand up to play for Australia.”

    Last month Victorian coach David Saker said national selectors would be mad to rush Pattinson back into the Test side and urged caution. The Australian sport science team has evidently done that by having the quick bowler rested for this game.

    “If he can get through two or three Shield games, two things will happen; he will be confident in his body, plus his action will be a bit more grooved and he probably will be ready by then,” Saker said.

    Australian coach Darren Lehmann rebuked Saker at the time for his comments saying the Victorian coach should worry about the Victorian team.

    “We won’t rush him back in if he’s not right. He’s got to be ready to play,” Lehmann said.

    This Saturday: The Rebuilding of James Pattinson

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  • Spring racing: equal opportunity boss slams sexism in racing

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    Michelle Payne before her ride on Akzar at the Kyneton Cup. Photo: Joe ArmaoVictoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commissioner is calling on the horseracing industry to review sexism in the sport she suspects is “deep seated”, and highlighted by pioneering Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne.
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    Kate Jenkins, overseeing an investigation into sexism within Victoria’s police force as head of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, has applauded Payne for bravely raising discrimination she still encounters in what the rider termed a “chauvinistic sport”.

    “She [Payne] has described, I think, a phenomenon of gender inequality that exists across our entire community,” said Jenkins, also convener of the Victorian Male Champions of Change group established this year and recent appointee to Carlton Football Club’s board.

    “My hope would be that this is something that spotlights racing, and lets racing take leadership in the sporting world to do something differently.”

    In the television broadcast of the 155-year-old, world-famous horse race, Payne spoke immediately after her unprecedented victory of the doubters. She said “some of the owners” of winning horse Prince Of Penzance “were keen to kick me off” and, in triumph, said such detractors could “get stuffed”.

    Jenkins told Fairfax Media the fact Payne broached such a thorny topic in her first interview “was reflective of a woman with lifetime experience of discrimination and chauvinism in a sport”.

    “Then she really recognised her supporters – who were men – who had really encouraged her,” Jenkins said.

    “So she was really clear recognising that they had really backed her … but the interesting thing that she did, that is often not done, is she that she then said – and named – people who had been in opposition to her because she is a woman.”

    Payne’s comments are resonating so strongly, Jenkins said, because they are not only true, but brave. “It’s hard to speak out, particularly when you’re a woman … against a tide that’s saying ‘no, we don’t discriminate, you’re getting equal opportunities, it’s just that you’re not as capable for whatever reason’.”

    Jenkins surmised Payne spoke as she did because “she’s obviously a very resilient, supported person who has got there despite some of the barriers”.

    The VEOHRC boss suspects Payne may have felt especially uninhibited because of “the true power that she had in that moment”.

    “Ultimately she had won the Melbourne Cup,” Jenkins said.

    “In the world of business you don’t get to win a Melbourne Cup and turn around and say: ‘see, I proved you wrong’. But sport gives that unique opportunity to say that despite all of your negative views about women I’ve proven you wrong.”

    Jenkins said Payne risks incurring backlash for putting the spotlight on a topic many find uncomfortable.

    “I don’t know how it will be viewed within the racing industry. But based on other industries and organisations that I’ve worked with on gender inequality there are quite mixed views on whether it’s an issue, and if it’s an issue whether it should be exposed for public examination.

    “The backlash often, I think, reflects the very sexism that is the problem. The idea of ‘why are you making a big fuss?’

    “But where the leadership is keen for change, and can see the problems, that’s when action actually happens.”

    The general manager of the Australian Jockeys  Association, Des O’Keeffe, who has worked in racing for more than three decades, applauded Payne for bringing attention to the topic.

    “I’d say to any owner or trainer out there who still has that ingrained perception [of female jockeys being inferior to male jockeys]: ‘open your eyes, look a bit deeper than you might have in the past and see how incredibly well any number of women are doing in this sport, highlighted by a ride yesterday where Michelle just completely nailed it in the most competitive two-mile race in the world’.

    “There’s no doubt they [doubters] are out there. Michelle had that feeling and I know that’s not an uncommon feeling.”

    While O’Keeffe acknowledged ongoing discrimination of female jockeys, he said horseracing had been no worse in the past than politics or the media in Australia.

    “Horseracing is doing better than the former PM’s front bench and it’s doing better than AM radio,” O’Keeffe said.

    “And it is probably doing better than a lot of other professional sports.”

    Female jockeys were first allowed to ride in Australia in 1979. Four women ridden in the Melbourne Cup since.

    “To have had only four women jockeys since then just really demonstrates to me that there must be deep-seated sexism in the industry,” Jenkins said.

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  • New cinemas to reopen at Gold Coast’s Pacific Fair

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    The cinemas are about to reopen at Pacific Fair at Broadbeach. Photo: Pacific Fair Broadbeach The transformation of Pacific Fair is expected to be done by mid-2016. Photo: Pacific Fair revamp underway
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    Pacific Fair cinemas are set to reopen on Thursday, the latest stage in the $670 million reimagination of the Broadbeach shopping complex.

    Three of the 11 cinemas opening on Thursday will be the top-flight Gold Class cinemas, with state-of-the-art sound.

    Another of the revamped cinemas has a 22-metre high digital screen, while the remaining seven cinemas have been modernised.

    Pacific Fair at Broadbeach will on November 12 reopen its new eating and dining area called The Patio, and a series of new retailers.

    Centre manager Annabelle Green said the transformation of Pacific Fair, expected to be complete in mid-2016, was an important refurbishment for the shopping complex.

    “Our local community and visitors are set to descend on Pacific Fair in the lead-up to Christmas and the summer holidays,” Ms Green said.

    “The upcoming openings of Events Cinemas, The Patio and the other new retailers will provide the enhanced shopping experience we know the Pacific Fair shopper is looking for,” she said.

    Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is part of a $2.8 billion suite of shopping centres managed by superannuation funds giant AMP Capital.

    Pacific Fair sits by the southern end of the Gold Coast light rail line at Broadbeach.

    Construction work already done shows the first panel of the new “super roof” has been built along the curved edge of the resort area.

    The stairs leading from the new casual dining area and the bridge across the resort area are in place awaiting their final treatments early in 2016.

    A new fresh food market opened in June 2015.

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  • Kayaking day for the family

    Date: 2019.06.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    BRING your paddling arms toMoree’s family fun Kayaking dayon November 15.
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    CottonInfo in conjunctionwith Gwydir Valley IrrigationAssociation, National Landcareand Local Land Services NorthWest are holding this family funday for free.

    CottonInfo natural resourcestechnical specialist, StaceyVogel, said that the events areheld to educate people.

    “We want people to learnabout riverine health and whatthey can do to keep their localrivers systems and wetlandshealthy,” she said.

    Two oncologistswill be joining paddlers onthe day.

    One will be discussing theriver system and the bugs thatdwell in it, the other will be discussingturtles and mammalsthis will also include a show andtell session.

    The kayakswill set off atTareelaroi and will go for anhour and a half with a break formorning tea and a barbecue willbe provided at the end.

    “Children under the age of 16need to be accompanied by anadult, the event is open for allages that have a basic level offitness and no prior kayakingexperience is needed.

    “Professional instructors willbe readily available on the day.

    “We have run a lot of theseevents.

    “People have always said thatthey have been a lot of fun andvery informative but a practicallearning experience.”

    Registration needs to becompleted by tomorrow, thereare limited spots available.To register call Stacey Vogelon 0428 266 712 or Alice Devlinon 0427 207 167.

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