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Ex-Mandurah photographer’s festival prank goes viral

A look-a-like prank from an ex-Mandurah resident Jarrad Seng has gone viral on the internet.People who thought they took a selfie with US DJ Steve Aoki at music festival in Perth on Saturday could be in for a rude surprise following a virallook-a-like prank from an ex-Mandurah resident.
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After being constantly told he looked like US DJ Steve Aoki, photographer Jarrad Seng decided to take the likeness one step further by putting on a fake beard and dressing up as him and going to Stereosonic festival where he was headlining.

He filmed the whole thing with the help of a few friends and since then the video gone viral on the internet. It has since had more than a million views across a number of platforms and the post on his Facebook page had received close to 19,000 likes on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Seng said while he wasn’t surprised by how many people believed he was Steve Aoki, he was surprised at how much attention the video garnered.

“Holy moly what have I got myself into now. I woke up to about a million views on the video across the board and stories on Buzzfeed, The LAD Bible, Pedestrian, Elite Daily, Triple J, Channel V, Fairfax Media, The Australian and more,” he posted to his Facebook page today.

He said things got a bit more awkward when he was walking around Steve Aoki and he heard “What’s up Perth, this is Steve Aoki” blare out from the main stage.

“That was messing with people’s minds a bit and I thought I should probably head to a different area.”

But, he didn’t and then despite people started to realise he wasn’t who he appeared to be Mr Seng joined the revellers for the set, doing some crowd surfing in the process.

Watch: See how Jarrad Seng’s Stereosonic prank played out below.

Jarrad said he had an idea he though would be funny to dress up as Steve Aoki but, that he didn’t mean any disrespect to the DJ or fans.

“A friend of mine mentioned it to him following the concert and he said he did see me out in the crowd.

“I hope it doesn’t overshadow his performances,” Mr Seng said.

“I’m also sorry to everyone who was fooled. I feel a bit bad but hopefully they can see the funny side,” he said.

Mr Seng, who grew up in Mandurah,is now making a name for himself as a photographer and director.

He’s toured with Passenger and filmed several of their music videos. He’s also worked with Ed Sheeran and toured with Matchbox 20 and had photographic exhibitions in Perth and Sydney.

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Survivor urging others to seek help

ANGIE Donohue is to be commended for her bravery and resilience.
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The Tasmanian woman has publicly encouraged other women in abusive or violent relationships to speak up and get help.

Ms Donohue’s former husband Darryl Scott Donohue was convicted this week of trying to arrange for a hit man to kill her – for the second time.

He first tried to arrange her death in 2012 and was convicted and jailed in February 2013.

Undeterred, he again tried to organise from Risdon Prison for someone to kill his former wife.

After a trial in the Supreme Court, Donohue was again found guilty of two counts of having incited another person to murder.

While her case is unique, Ms Donohue’s message to women in similarly violent or abusive relationships is worthy of wide repetition.

“The message to anyone out there who is going through something like this is that keeping silent is one of the worst things you can do,” she told The Examiner.

“Go and get help. Not just for your sake, but for your children’s sake too.”

Sadly, domestic violence, particularly against women and children, is not uncommon in Australian society.

The main cause of homelessness for women is domestic violence, which is also the leading cause of disability and death for women aged 15-44.

One in five adult women has been stalked in their life. One woman will be killed each week by their partner.

Even for survivors, the impacts can be devastating and long lasting. Ms Donohue herself still lives in fear, despite her husband being behind bars.

We often call on people who experience domestic violence to “just leave”.

While it’s not as simple at that – and getting told so by a newspaper editorial rather over simplifies what must be a dreadful and stressful situation – it really is the only option.

That is why hearing it from someone who has experienced one of the most serious forms of domestic violence – a threat to kill – shows there is a way out.

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Doubts ‘vital’ state TV show will be missed

SHOULD the gentle reader have nought to do of a Friday evening may we suggest plumping the couch cushions before watching ABC’s current affairs program, 7.30 Tasmania?
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That is unless it has already disappeared without notice.

For with the ABC’s proposed budget cuts this may well be not only the last opportunity to view the magazine-style offering but permit it to go out on a high with the number of viewers boosted to several hundred.

No, not several hundred thousand watchers . . . just several hundred.

Indeed, a word of caution here as any sense of eager anticipation of a televisual feast may be somewhat blunted by chosen subject matter.

Last Friday, for example, the lead issue was health risks associated with soft cheese manufacture.

ABC producers obviously reckoned this was the whey to go.

With news that the ABC is to drop 7.30 Tasmania in 2015 as part of slashing $245 million over five years from its $1.2 billion annual budget, this correspondent launched himself on to the couch to report on what the viewer will miss on 7.30 Tasmania if it fails to reappear.

The answer is — nothing really.

There are, we are forced to admit, so many other ways to spend an evening marking the end of the working week than worry over whether dairy products should, or should not, be made from raw milk owing to health issues, or deal with “exclusive footage” of a Tasmanian devil digesting a Cape Barren goose on Maria Island. We kid you not.

Considering that, during last week state public servants struck for a day, Senator Jacqui Lambie left the PUP kennel, the closure of Deloraine’s Ashley youth detention centre was mooted and TasRail and TasPorts are rumoured to amalgamate, 7.30 Tasmania’s concerns that the digestive habits of indigenous marsupials and the making of dairy products were more important, it is no wonder gimlet-eyed ABC bean-counters have felt justified in chopping this sort of nonsense.

How curious, then, Greens’ MP Nick McKim’s plea to save 7.30 Tasmania because it is “vital to Tasmanian democracy”.

With the environmentalists’ party dreaming of a rural idyll, perhaps Mr McKim assumes that the cheese-makers will inherit the earth.

It is all so sadly symptomatic of the current ABC.

Apart from programs such as 7.30 Tasmania not returning in the new year, other iconic features have already knocked off for 10 weeks.

ABC Media Watch presenter Paul Barry has left the media to soldier on without the program’s 15-strong staff producing their 13 minutes of television a week.

Four Corners’ Kerry O’Brien has gone, as have Q&A, Compass, Catalyst, Landline and Australian Story, all of whom are on a “well-earned break” until late January.

You wonder how the ABC, staring at that $245 million annual drop in revenue over five years, and the loss of 400 employees from what has been described as a “bloated workers’ collective”, can still knock off so early.

Emboldened to levels higher than Mt Ossa in attempting to highlight waste on the airwaves, the Australian newspaper labelled managing director Mark Scott and chairman Jim Spigelman as “polite progressives” before succinct criticism claiming them as: “needy fathers who keep funding the digital dreamscapes of furry hipsters and the denialism of middle-aged Triple J-sters”.

The upshot is the ABC is seemingly happy to abandon outposts such as Tassie in favour of circling the wagons around its Ultimo, Sydney, headquarters.

Underlining the view that Scott and Spigelman are “urban sophisticates”, the national daily suggested that, although the pair lack rural street cred, they “wouldn’t be lost at a fine eatery in Sydney or Melbourne.”

Perhaps, dare we say, consuming fine Tasmanian wines while discussing the virtues of cheese made from unpasteurised Tasmanian milk.

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Robertson Park toilets take back seat again as council defers application

DESPITE previously settling on a location and lodging a development application, the Robertson Park toilets are still no closer to being built after the DA was deferred on Tuesday night.
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Council staff recommended approval for the block on the McNamara Street side of the park, southeast of the rotunda, however, councillors decided to defer the matter after Mojo Events and Promotions representative Simon Rollin, Orange Region Vignerons Association president David Crawley and FOOD Week president James Sweetapple voiced their concerns about losing valuable stallholder and seating space at night market events.

“The location in the middle of the park would impact our existing site layout. It’s a premier part of the event space,” Mr Rollin said.

“We would still need to provide temporary facilities, they wouldn’t provide the level of amenity we need.”

Mr Rollin suggested a better location would be near the CWA hall, or directing people to the Visitor Information Centre.

Councillor Neil Jones moved for the deferral in response to the concerns.

“For the first time, to my knowledge, we’ve heard from a group who are major users of Robertson Park. We haven’t explored that issue enough,” he said.

Councillor Reg Kidd said discussions needed to be reopened with the CWA to investigate.

“I was part of [earlier] negotiations with the CWA and people in the CWA group didn’t understand what it was all about,” he said.

“When I talk to members individually, they say that’s a great idea. They might have thought people would come in off the street, straight into the CWA hall, but that’s not true at all.”

Councillor Russell Turner said he opposed relying on the museum precinct for amenities.

“Byng Street is as busy, if not busier, than Summer Street. It’s totally dangerous to expect people to cross Byng Street,” he said.

Councillor Glenn Taylor, who has advocated for the toilets since 2001, did not speak during the debate and left the meeting promptly after the decision.

Robertson Park has had a long history of dunny dramas and here is but a taste:

2001: Councillor Glenn Taylor begins the push for toilets in Robertson Park.

2005: Toilets discussed, but eventually placed outside St Vincent de Paul Society building.

May 2011: Cr Taylor again raises the need for a facility in the park.

October 2011: Concept plans drawn up for stand-alone facility.

November 2011: Facility discussed, but project stalls when councillors suggest starting negotiations with the CWA.

February 2012: Councillors reject proposal for a pre-fabricated building and vote to re-open negotiations with the CWA to upgrade the CWA hall and open its toilets to the public.

March 2012: The CWA maintains opposition due to social implications.

January 2013: Development application for a three-cubicle automatic toilet block on McNamara Street put on display for public comment.

March 2013: Location opposed by former councillor Richard Niven and the police, the council puts off a final decision.

December 2013: CWA receives $10,000 to upgrade its facilities, secretary Deborah Marr says negotiations with the council for a toilet block are under way.

April 2014: The council and CWA reach an in-principle agreement for the CWA to consider supporting the location a toilet block near the CWA hall with a separate entrance, however members vote it down.

July 2014: Councillors support in favour of lodging a development application for a block along McNamara Street.

December 2014: Councillors defer a decision on the development application after objections from night market organisers, in order to pursue further discussions with the CWA.

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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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