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CSU student body welcomes reform rejection

THE rejection of the federal government’s higher education reforms by the Senate on Tuesday has been welcomed by the head of Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Wagga campus’ student body.
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Rivcoll SRC president Brandon Harry said the committee was opposed to the reforms due to concerns about the increased financial pressures they may put on students.

“We didn’t want our universities to become a form of social barrier,” he said.

The reform package, which would have cut course funding and allowed universities to set their own fees, was defeated by the Senate on Tuesday night, 33 votes to 31.

It was then re-introduced in near-identical form to the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, with the only change being that student loans would be indexed with CPI, rather than the 10-year government bond rate.

Mr Harry said the re-introduction of the bill was concerning for Rivcoll.

“Any other attempts to push these through parliament and the Senate in any form would be viewed as negative,” he said.

CSU vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann lamented the failure of the government to pass its reform through the Senate, saying it would continue to add touncertainty facing the university.

Professor Vann said he continued to be concerned about the proposal for equity scholarships in the reforms, which he believes will place regional students at a disadvantage.

“The university continues to be concerned about the proposed scholarship scheme advanced by the government as part of this package, in particular its distorting effect on university selection,” he said.

“The university has also made very clear that any package of investment for regional universities must be exclusively available for regional universities.”

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack acknowledged the government had faced difficulty in passing the reforms through a Senate “being a bit dogmatic over some issues”.

He maintained the reforms would be advantageous for CSU and other regional universities despite Professor Vann’s concerns.

“They could lead to some exciting possibilities for regional universities,” he said.

“With the deregulation of fees, (they could) be able to attract some Sydney students who otherwise might have only considered the metropolitan option.”

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Not sufficient time to respond to important issue

David Spong from Bithramere writes about some very pertinent questions and observations on Tamworth Regional Council’s
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survey asking ratepayers if they would back a special rate variation application to IPART.

“The way forward?” Really?

Ratepayers of the Tamworth region – wake up!

The council is proposing to use your money to fund their vision of the future.

The photo used on the front of their recent flyer is ironic – it shows an empty road.

When I came here 11 years ago, there was one set of traffic lights and little or no traffic congestion.

It seems to me that our council’s vision for the future is vastly increased development and more traffic.

Their cosy sounding phrase – “A place to call home” – doesn’t define what sort of home that may be!

If this proposed rate of development is allowed to go ahead, at our expense, we may be living in the equivalent of an outer suburb of Sydney.

I am the first to agree that the infrastructure around here is in dire need of repair. It has been allowed to deteriorate. We must catch up.

Why has this not been done?

Where have our rates gone in recent years?

Useless trips to sister cities? Who knows?

The pace of development has been too fast, too soon. Think about the developments at Calala, Westdale, and Forest Hills.

Now think about the traffic jams at the dual roundabouts at Jewry St, the parking fees in town, the lack of parking spots in Peel St, the water restrictions because more and more people have been encouraged and even paid to come here, with no increase in infrastructure to support this influx of people.

The new hospital has one – yes one – extra bed above the capacity of the old one.

When was the last time a new school was built here?

I want to live in the quiet country town that I moved to.

I have seen the results of overdevelopment in the UK (one of the reasons I emigrated) and on the Gold Coast.

Yes, I want prosperity, but not growth at any price.

We can be, and have been for many years, a prosperous region. We do not need to expand at the rate I fear our council has in mind for us.

The council has been hatching this scheme for some months now, if not years.

On page 3 of their Q&A sheet for this proposed rate rise, they admit to starting this new strategy in May 2014. And now, seven months after, they ask the community to consider this over a period of 10 days!

With everyone’s eyes on Christmas, they are unlikely to get much response, which is, I suspect, exactly what they are hoping.

This is not sufficient time to consider and respond to such an important issue.

The survey of 609 people returned one finding: that 53 per cent supported the current proposal. That’s hardly a resounding mandate to forge ahead.

They also conveniently fail to mention any other, probably negative, findings.

So, on or by December 12, council has to tell IPART if they intend to apply for this special rate variation.

What do you think they are going to do?

It’s a given. They’ll apply.

There is no council meeting between the end of the “consultation” period and the intention to apply being made. Anyway, whatever the result of the “consultation”, the council could still override your opinions.

This is not a referendum or an election.

So, if you, like me, want the council to pull its head in, slow down and really take into account what the community wants, then get into gear and respond to the flyer, visit the website and make your voice heard.

The council meeting is on December 16. Be there and better still, register to be heard at the consultation hearing prior to the meeting itself.

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Dam fascinates children

Exciting moment: Online Child Care Centre children Lyla, Lucca, Dakota, Bradley, Lilli, Bella, Travis, Bonni and Josh watch the Wellington Dam overflowing. Hard work: Taj, Iola and Brycen put everything they had learnt into practice by building their own dam.
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AS part of its exploration of the natural environment the Online Child Care Centre took its kindy and pre-kindy children on excursions to see the overflow at Wellington Dam.

The children visited the dam on two separate occasions and families were encouraged to take them and their other children to enjoy the spectacle of the overflow.

Early childhood teacher Jessica Gardiner, influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning, provides a project-based programme for the children.

The project approach involves exploring a topic of interest to them through an in-depth inquiry process and by providing a range of experiences which cater for different learning abilities and learning styles.

The visits to Wellington Dam provoked an interest in the purpose, use and construction of dams.

The children explored the properties of water, the water cycle, water sources, where water comes from and why we need dams.

They then moved on to examine how water is used, specifically focusing on water use in their community and participated in a range of activities, including visiting the local hairdressers, dog wash, laundromat and car wash.

They watched a baby being bathed, took part in cooking activities and had the Brunswick Fire Department visit to demonstrate how to use the hose.

The children originally believed Wellington Dam was used to provide drinking water but their ideas changed after experiments which involved looking at salt water and salinity.

The children then began to explore the force of water and movement and also capacity through play-based experiences.

Throughout the programme the questions of why people build dams, why the Wellington Dam was constructed and what it is used for were explored.

The dam’s local flora and fauna came under scrutiny and the children talked about river safety and examined the history, culture and significance of the Collie River.

The project ended with the children working in small groups of three to four to design, sketch and construct a dam.

A visit by South West Region MP Adele Farina last Friday enabled the children to share their story of their Wellington Dam project with her.

Each group of children were able to share their planning and their final construction of their dam with Ms Farina. The morning ended with a morning tea.

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Ardlethan community concerned ambulance services under threat

ARDLETHAN’S Garnet Hawkins relies on the ambulance service located close to his home.
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He has used the service five times in the past 12 months.

Ever since he heard the service was potentially being taken from the area he has felt anxious.

Mr Hawkins, 66, suffering from chronic lung disease and in remission from esophageal cancer, is one of many concerned residents.

Former Ardlethan resident Robin Brown has kickstarted a petition on Change.org in an attempt to ensure these services are not stripped from the 400-strong farming community.

“We are very concerned,” Mr Brown said.

“I am acutely aware of the dangerous nature of the work, I am also acutely aware of the population makeup.

“We have a very old population that is heavily dependant on the ambulance service.”

Mr Brown was also unhappy that the community consultation period fell during harvest and the Christmas period.

Mr Hawkins said the lack of services in the town, which has been without a doctor since the mid 1990s constantly concerned him.

“If I get crook, there is no one I can rely on, period, except the ambulance.”

Without the service he would be driven to despair.

Coolamon’s mayor, Councillor John Seymour, shared the community’s concern.

“We won’t accept it,” he said.

“It is necessary to retain the system that we’ve got.”

Cr Seymour noted Ardlethan’s location on a major highway as a key reason to keep the service.

“We will fight to death and nail, if the proposal (to cut the service) goes ahead, to help the cause.”

In a media statement, deputy director of Ambulance NSW operations southern sector Brian White said no decision had been made on what services would be provided.

“At this time, no decision has been made about what types of NSW Ambulance services will be provided at Coolamon or Ardlethan townships into the future.

“The process for determining the future model of service delivery is ongoing.

“At the time of consultation, details of online and postal feedback options will be provided to council and community groups involved.”

Minister for health Jillian Skinner’s office would not comment on the situation, referring this paper to Ambulance media.

At the time of publication Health Service Union ambulance division was not able to provide a comment.

The community meeting to discuss the issue will be at the Ardlethan Memorial Hall on Wednesday, December 10 at 2pm.

The petition ‘Let Ardlethan Keep its Ambulance service’ can be viewed at www.change.org.

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Laughter and tears as Phillip Hughes is farewelled

AS THOUSANDS looked on, both inside and outside the Macksville High School hall, Phillip Hughes’ coffin was sprinkled with holy water at the opening of the ceremony.
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Then, one after the other, family and friends spoke of their love and respect for Phillip, the funny, enthusiastic, country kid who dared to dream and achieved great things.

His cousin, Nino Ramunno, told of growing up with the cousin who loved to bat and also loved his nan’s pasta and pizza.

But who also only came to cricket under sufferance when his brother Jason needed someone to make up team numbers.

From there the games of backyard cricket between the families of East St, Macksville, were endless, as was his father Greg’s patience in bowling to his son.

He spoke of how at an early age, when he moved to Sydney and went into serious training, Phillip was already slated to replace Mathew Hayden when he retired.

And his response to the challenge and the hard work that lay ahead?

A solid ‘yes’ and he never looked back.

Stories continued of the ‘fashionista’ who was a dab hand with the iron (his only domestic skill) and also the generous, loyal friend who loved most to be on the farm with his dad.

Siblings Jason and Megan both read letters to their brother, Jason cherishing those cricket battles of their childhood and Megan recalling her beloved big brother, who had a twinkle in his eye and never took anything for granted.

Family friend Corey Ireland told of the young man who had a huge passion for Angus cattle and who was planning a future breeding the very best.

“We’d begun a 10 year plan for his life as a cattle breeder after cricket,” Corey said.

“I promise I’ll keep your dream alive.”

Australian cricket team captain Michael Clarke’s speech was the most emotional.

His normally calm façade crumbled as he spoke of returning to the centre of the SCG last Thursday night, after Phillip’s death, and touching the blades of grass … the very ones, where Phillip had fallen two days earlier.

“His spirit has touched this place – it is forever sacred for me,” Michael choked.

“Rest in peace – see you out in the middle.”

The final speaker was Cricket Australia’s chief, James Sutherland – he spoke of how Phillip, like Bradman, epitomised the dream of the country boy who dreams of wearing the ‘baggy green’ … and fulfils it.

“From the fields of Macksville to the cricket fields all over the world and now to the field of dreams … cricket will forever hold Phillip in its beating heart.”

As the tears flowed and the crowds followed the coffin out of the hall, the only sound was the hovering helicopter above.

Apart from that no-one spoke and when the hearse finally moved off in the slow procession through the town, hundreds followed it.

The overwhelming feeling of locals who spoke to the Guardian was that in this small country town, Phillip had touched everyone and the sadness was everywhere.

“It’s sad for our town, for the nation and for the world,” one woman said.

Another added that the procession was a beautiful touch – a special moment to remember.

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Smoking message not getting through

SUNRAYSIA smokers aren’t butting out and a new survey reveals regional Australia has a long way to go when it comes to kicking bad habits.
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) last week released the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which showed smoking rates decreased in major cities during 2013, but not in regional areas.

More than 24,000 people were surveyed during the second half of last year. The research also found more than 40 per cent of Australians smoked daily or drank alcohol in ways that put them at risk of harm during the 12-month period.

Worryingly for indigenous Australians, almost one-third of those surveyed smoked every day – a far higher rate than the national average.

Data from the survey is used to improve national health and social outcomes and provide a snapshot of drug use in Australia.

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Dan Sultan always writing for better or for worse

Dan Sultan will play at the Falls Festival this New Year’s.DAN Sultan doesn’t feel like he belongs in one particular genre of music.
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Not that it is a bad thing.

His two releases this year, the full length album Blackbird and the EP Dirty Ground displayed two of the sides of the singer-songwriter.

The former was more rocky, with the latter acoustic and stripped back.

With an overflow of songs, with about four years between albums, it felt natural for Sultan to put out another release.

“The important thing for me is to always be writing for better or for worse, as I had some ideas that I wanted to finish up,” Sultan told X-static.

“It wasn’t really planned by me and I just had all these songs and I just wanted to keep things ticking over, as I find if I’m not busy or keeping active then I can find myself in a bit of a slump.

“I don’t know if these releases are the complete picture of me, but it is quite diverse and does cover quite a bit of what I do.

“My average crowd has kids, older brothers and sisters, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s and all the way up to their grandparents, and that lack of demographic can make it hard at times about where you fit.

“But I like to be able to provide for whoever is interested or alienate anyone.

“But the thing about not fitting in is that you can go anywhere and not feel out of place.”

At Falls he has promised to bring his rockier edge to the proceedings.

“‘To be playing at Falls is a very special thing.

“Marion Bay is a very beautiful and amazing place to have a rock’n’roll festival.

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Sydney named among Rockefeller’s ‘Resilient Cities’

Sydney has been named as one of a hundred ‘resilient cities’. Photo: Peter BraigSydney will soon be on the hunt for its first “chief resilience officer” thanks to one of the world’s most prominent philanthropic organisations.
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The Rockefeller Foundation has named Sydney one of its “Resilient Cities” – a network of 100 urban centres sharing in an initial US$100 million ($118 million) commitment to counter the “social, economic and physical shocks and stresses” wrought by factors such as rapid urbanisation and climate change.

Admission to the network includes direct funding for the City of Sydney’s new, and likely six-figure, role. The only other Australian city already part of the network, Melbourne, pays its CRO an annual salary of about $236,000.

Each person in the role is tasked with leading “the analysis, planning and implementation of the city’s resilience strategy” in the face of a city’s particular challenges.

In Sydney’s case, these have been identified as ageing or failing infrastructure, poor transport, a lack of affordable housing, heatwaves and flooding.

“With its beautiful landmarks, large immigrant population, and bustling economy, Sydney is thriving,” the initiative’s website said.

“But as the city continues to grow, its ageing and sometimes obsolete utilities infrastructure will become ever more serious.”

The foundation’s president, Judith Rodin, said it was “imperative” that every kind of city built its urban resilience. About 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be living in urban areas by 2050.

“Not only will they be better prepared for bad times, but also life is better in the good times, especially for the poor and vulnerable,” Dr Rodin said.

“It’s smart investment, and yields a resilience dividend that is a win for everyone.”

Sydney’s lord mayor, Clover Moore, said the city was honoured to join a network that included some of the world’s leading cities and an area that was home to 700 million people.

“Leadership involves looking at the long term, and that is exactly what the City of Sydney does,” Cr Moore said.

The city was “already work hard” to prepare Sydney for its “fast-changing future,” she said.

“We are putting together a climate-change adaptation plan to look at the social, economic and physical impacts of climate change,” Cr Moore said.

Paris, Wellington, Singapore and Athens count among the 35 cities also invited to join the network on Wednesday from among almost 350 that applied.

They join 32 cities admitted to the network last year.


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Costa stable’s double win

WOORINEN trainer Joe Costa and stable driver Michael Bellman of Ararat combined to record a winning double with Madis Mate and Beachstar at the Nyah trots meeting held at the Swan Hill circuit on Tuesday night.
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Beachstar showed the benefit of added fitness as he had his third start back from a spell.

He was well rated out in front by Bellman and they held off the fast finishing Daylight Dan along the sprint lane to win by the barest margin possible, a short-half-head, after running the last half mile in a slick 55.9 seconds.

It was a thrilling finish as the third placed favourite Road To Rock, who had a tough run outside the leader, battled on strongly and was only a head away at the finish.

Beachstar took 18 starts to bring up his first win at Charlton in March, but he has raced in top form since then by winning six of his past 16 outings and has the ability to win a metropolitan class race this season.

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Australian dollar dives as March interest rate cut predicted

Most bank-based economists still believe the RBA’s next move will be up, but not everyone agrees. Photo: Jesse Marlow Most bank-based economists still believe the RBA’s next move will be up, but not everyone agrees. Photo: Jesse Marlow
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Most bank-based economists still believe the RBA’s next move will be up, but not everyone agrees. Photo: Jesse Marlow

Most bank-based economists still believe the RBA’s next move will be up, but not everyone agrees. Photo: Jesse Marlow

The Australian dollar dived to fresh four and half year lows on Wednesday as surprise weakness in the national accounts refuelled bets of an interest rate cut next year, with Goldman Sachs becoming the latest bank to change its monetary policy predictions for 2015.

In late trade, the Aussie was fetching US84.03¢, after bouncing off US83.90¢, its lowest point since the first week of July 2010. It was the first time this year the local currency has dipped below US84¢.

The trigger was Wednesday’s national accounts data, which showed a shock slowing in September quarter gross domestic product growth, to just 0.3 per cent from 0.5 per cent in the June quarter. The latest figures takes year-on-year growth to 2.7 per cent, compared with average GDP growth of 2.9 per cent over the past decade and a 15-year average of 3.1 per cent.

Another weak quarter could push calendar year GDP growth below 2.5 per cent, under the Reserve Bank of Australia’s minimum forecast.

Most economists had predicted September quarter growth of around 0.7 per cent, equating to 3.1 per cent over the last 12 months

Although many forecasters were relatively sanguine about the weak data, highlighting a pick-up in non-mining related investment, credit market traders immediately took new positions on forward swap rates, pricing in an almost certain RBA cash rate cut next year.

At one point a closely-watched Credit Suisse swap rate index had priced in a 96 per cent chance of a rate cut in 2015, although this later came back to 88 per cent.

The Australian government’s three-year bond also rallied, pushing the yield down from 2.45 per cent to 2.38 per cent.

Most bank-based economists still believe the RBA’s next move will be up, although many don’t expect monetary tightening to begin until late 2015 or early 2016. A growing band, however, has been shifting its position.

Deutsche Bank this week ventured that a 50 basis point reduction, to 2 per cent, could be on the cards if unemployment continued to rise and housing market price growth continued to cool.

Goldman Sachs re-joined the bear pack on Wednesday, forecasting a 25 basis point cut in March and another in August.

“Although third-quarter GDP growth was consistent with our forecast . . . we are shifting our view on interest rates back to interest rate reduction in 2015,” the investment bank said.

“Nevertheless, revisions to the back data and the composition of the GDP data were sufficiently poor to tilt the balance of probabilities towards a rate cut in the first half of 2015 as our base case,” it said

National Australia Bank’s senior economist David de Garis said on Wednesday that if leading indicators for the current quarter prove erratic, the central bank might consider more easing.

“The RBA can take some comfort from recent indicators on the economy suggesting that the pace of growth has picked up to some extent,” he said.

“Should such indicators show signs of faltering, then the RBA would need to address whether the current stance of monetary policy is sufficient to aid the economy’s transitioning to higher domestic non-mining growth,” he said.

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Lock it or lose it: Dubbo, Wellington top NSW crime figuresPOLL

Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith inspects the latest crime figures for the Orana region. Photo: GREG KEEN.BREAK-INS to non-dwellings in Dubbo have soared, with latest crime figures showing they have nearly doubled in the two years to September.
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The 96.2 per cent spike was the second-biggest increase recorded in that category across all of NSW, second only to the neighbouring Wellington local government area, which recorded a whopping 141.7 per cent increase in the same period.

The figures were contained in the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) quarterly report released yesterday.

With 153 of the incidents reported in Dubbo and 58 reported in Wellington in the year to September, break and enters to non-dwellings were happening at a rate more than twice the state average in Dubbo and nearly four times the state average in Wellington.

Orana Local Area Command Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith said non-dwellings could include buildings such as shops, farms, industrial sheds, storage warehouses and workplaces.

For Dubbo, the other crime category in Dubbo that experienced a significant jump was thefts from motor vehicles, which rose by 36.1 per cent.

Rates were calculated per 100,000 population, Detective Sergeant Meredith said, so there were not necessarily more offenders in Dubbo and Wellington than elsewhere. But there were a lot of repeat offenders, he said.

“We’re not looking at the wild, wild west, 90 per cent of the crime is done by a small minority,” he said.

“We are aware of that and that’s why we concentrate much of our effort on people who have recently been released from custody, and we liaise with other government agencies such as Corrective Services and Probation and Parole to monitor them.”

Information provided by members of the community had also been extremely helpful in the past and Detective Sergeant Meredith said he hoped people would continue to come forward if they had information that could help police smash crime locally.

“And through that we are getting results,” he said.

“We’re happy with our clear-up rates for significant crimes. And across the board, what’s reported in one day may well be solved on the same day or within a week.”

Detective Sergeant Meredith said local residents could feel somewhat optimistic in that police were using an increasingly impressive amount of technology to solve crimes.

“The sheer quantity of things we can obtain from crime scenes these days, DNA and the like, should give people hope,” he said.

“The technology is far greater than it used to be and as a result there have been some serious crimes solved that are 20 to 30 years old.”

There were measures local property owners could take to help prevent their premises falling victim to break-ins, Detective Sergeant Meredith said.

“Discuss security with our crime prevention officer or your insurance company,” he said.

“We can assist people with security, have a chat with us.”

Meanwhile Detective Sergeant Meredith said the growing use of security cameras in business premises was helping police catch crooks.

“CCTV is a wonderful tool and we rely on it heavily,” he said.

And while he had said it before, Detective Sergeant Meredith said he would keep reminding members of the community to secure their vehicles when they left them.

“Make sure you take anything of value with you, don’t leave your valuables in plain sight,” he said.

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Grunwald moves and grooves

Ash Grunwald will play at The Basin Concert on New Year’s Day.ASH Grunwald is openly opinionated, naturally relaxed and forever seeking a groove.
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This year has been a busy one for the Australian blues and roots musician.

Grunwald toured his most recent album, Gargantua, protested against the growing coal seam gas mining movement, worked with many of the country’s most influential musicians and still found time for a surf.

Ahead of his performance at Launceston’s 2015 Basin Concert, the passionate singer said he would always work towards making music with feeling.

“I just loved that bluesy kind of sound and I like a groove,” Grunwald said.

“Most of my songs have been always asking that question, what do you do with your life and how do we spend these few years that we have on this earth.

“The answer is usually some version of, live for the now, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow but we do know what’s going to happen now.”

Through his music, the outspoken environmentalist said he felt it was his duty to publicise his protest against what he believed to be “Australia’s biggest issue” – coal seam gas mining.

“I just wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t speak up.

“Australian people who are actually environmental refugees now have to leave their own properties that they’ve paid for.

“You see people lighting their tap water and kids with these slow, ghoulish nose bleeds.”

Grunwald began to record his 11th album last week – an album he said was heavy on the drum, guitar and synth but sure to stick close to his environmental roots.

“I still don’t know how it’s going to turn out but I have a really strong feeling that it’s going to be one of the better things that I’ve ever done.”

A headliner of the Basin Concert, Grunwald said he was happy to return to Tasmania – one of the first places he ever toured.

“I always love Tassie and it’s always a massive party,” he said.

“I think I’d like to say I prefer the intimate shows but of course big festivals are sick.

“I’ve got great memories in Tassie, of some epic gigs at Falls Festival and there’s nothing like it – I like that energy.”

The Basics, Xavier Rudd, Reuben Koops, Emma Anglesy and Tash Parker and Younger Dryas are among the other acts at the New Year’s Day concert.

Limited tickets are still available for the concert.

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Perth drivers urged to fill up while fuel prices down

Perth motorists keen to save money at the bowser are advised to fill up their cars with petrol this afternoon while the cost of unleaded is at its lowest in almost 30 months.
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According to FuelWatch, the government’s fuel monitoring service, the average price of unleaded fuel in the metropolitan area is 128.7 cents per litre, the lowest daily average since July 11, 2012 when the average price was 126.2 cents per litre.

The cheapest places to fill up with unleaded petrol on Wednesday are Caltex Woolworths at Warnbro Fair, Canning Vale and Winton Road Joondalup, where unleaded petrol will be selling for 124.8 cents a litre.

The cheapest fuel outlet in the eastern suburbs is currently United in Roleystone.

FuelWatch manager Lynne Gould said the reduced fuel price was in line with global trends driven by increased supply.

“Our benchmark for local petrol prices is the fuel price in Singapore, which has been decreasing and flowing on to Perth,” she said.

Ms Gould said that while some of the cheapest Perth fuel outlets would probably be busy on Wednesday, prices across Perth were generally similar, with 86 per cent of outlets selling fuel at or below the metropolitan average.

She said Perth prices were expected to continue to decrease in the near future but the price of fuel will go up on Thursday as it usually does as part of the weekly fuel price cycle.

The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about nine cents per litre on Thursday.

According to FuelWatch many sites will increase their prices with most of the Puma Energy sites hiking the cost of unleaded petrol by 14 cents per litre up to 142.9 cents per litre and just 35 metropolitan fuel stations will be selling petrol below 128 cents per litre.

Motorists can visit fuelwatch.wa.gov.au for more information on the cheap prices. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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