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Lakes Oil sues state for $2.7 billion

20th October 2018 | Closed

Lakes Oil says the Lock the Gate campaign unnecessarily frightened farmers about the impact of drilling for coal seam gas.TheLakes Oil exploration company is suing the Victorian government for $2.7 billion over its ban on the onshore exploration of unconventional gases.
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The company, which hasOtway Basin exploration licences that includethe south-west, said the damages sought included$92 million of past expenditure and more than$2.6 billion in lost future earnings.

Lakes Oil chairman Chris Tonkin said the company was the most affected energy exploration company impacted by the state government ban.

“This (the ban) has caused extreme damage to Lakes Oil,” Mr Tonkin said.

In a media statement, the company said its writ was based upon “a fundamental legal principle that a party, having given a thing with one hand, is not to take away the means of enjoying it with the other.

“The unjust and unlawful actions of the Victorian Government, and its proposed Bill to ban onshore exploration, have caused significant losses to the company and its 11,000 long-standing shareholders,” the company said.

Mr Tonkin said the company had no plans to drill for coal seam gas that had aroused much of the opposition to the development of onshore unconventional gases.

The development of coal seam gas uses fracking that opponents claim hascontaminated water tables.

“We do not believe coal seam gas is viable in Victoria,” Mr Tonkin said.

“We drill for tight gas.

“We drill very deeply, well under the water table.

“There are reports throughout the world that there is no risk (from drilling for tight gas) of contamination to the water table,” Mr Tonkin said.

The community campaign against fracking had “scared the living daylights out of a small minority of farmers” when fracking was unlikely to take place, he said.

“The industry is no where near the risk that ‘Lock the Gate’ says it is,” Mr Tonkin said.

The ban on developing all unconventional gases, including tight gases, that eventuated from the campaignwould deny farmers the opportunity to get an income from the drilling on their land, he said.

The ban also put the availability of future energy resources in “a parlous state” and would force explorers to focus more on offshore exploration that was more expensive than onshore exploration.

Mr Tonkin said renewable energywould not meet the energy demand and was more expensive than oil and gas.

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Keeping his lingo relevant

20th October 2018 | Closed

INTERACTIVE ANIMATION: The title screen from My Grandmother’s Lingo, which won a Walkley award for multimedia storytelling. Picture: Robert PeetThirroul animator and illustrator Jake Duczynski needed no prodding to tell a ‘’beautiful story’’ of a culture that’s been around for over 40,000 years.
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Sothe 25-year-old was ecstatic when SBS’ online interactive animation My Grandmother’s Lingo won a prestigious Walkley award for multimedia storytelling.

Duczynski collaborated with two other indigenous artists to tellthe personal story of Angelina Joshua, a young Aboriginal woman dedicated to preserving her endangered Indigenous culture through language.

Joshua’s story struck a chord with the Thirroul animator.

‘’We had a similar story happen in our own family…all that exists is a tape which basically has a few sentences, a couple of words that we hold dearly,’’ Duczynski said.

‘’It’s a treasure in our family because that’s all that is left of a 40,000 year-old language really – a tape that was recorded years ago of my mother’s great grandfather.’’

Duczynski was busy working in his Bulli studio when more than 600 journalists and media identities gathered in Brisbaneon December 2 for the 61st Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Jake DuczynskiMy Grandmother’s Lingo had won a Walkley.

AWARD WINNER: Thirroul animator and illustrator Jake Duczynski worked on My Grandmother’s Lingo, which won a Walkley award. Picture: Robert Peet

‘’For me personally it’s a great achievement for Aboriginal people. And, the fact there is funding and there’s interest, there’s people who are willing to share this culture in a very positive light and preserve it,’’ he said.

‘’For a long time, especially for a lot of the Elders, it was so prohibitive to speak about your culture, to speak your language freely.

‘’Ithink something like the Walkleys could maybe alleviate a bit of that pressure and maybe get people talking and get people back engaging in the culture and integrating with the youth.

‘’It is great also that this industry is recognising Aboriginal culture and is recognising animation/picture and sound and the fact it can come together collaboratively to tell a beautiful story of a culture that’s been around for 40 to 50,000 years.’’

Duczynski worked with Joshua, who narrates and shares her story; and Kuren, aDJ and musician –on the project which integrates voice-activation technology with animation and gaming elements.

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MASH3 comes to a close

20th October 2018 | Closed

“Putting solar panels on my roof seemed like a practical step I could take make a difference.” – MASH customer, Heather Stebbing.The MASH community solar bulk-buy’s most successful round to date will end on Friday December 9 at 5pm. This follows a four-month community engagement campaign organised by the Hub Foundation in Castlemaine.
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“This third stage of MASH has been amazing,” said MASH project officer Jo Kaptein, “We’ve attracted over 600 expressions of interest via the website and, although actual sales are still being confirmed with customers, it seems certain that the number of installations resulting will be a MASH record.

“To date, since late 2014 MASH has installed over 600 solar systems, including many commercial and off-grid systems, and been widely praised for the attractive prices and good service.

“It’s been a great time for solar. While power prices keep rising, with the latest electricity price increase of around six to 10 per cent to take place on January 1, solar prices just keep falling.

“And the technology is getting better too. When solar got started in this region 10 years ago the average panel produced 165 watts. “Today we’re selling panels which put out 260 watts and cost 80 per cent less per watt.”

Ms Kaptein said nearly 30 per cent of houses in Mount Alexander Shire now had solar and about 22 per cent in Macedon Ranges.

“We’re confidently predicting these figures will rise to at least 50 per cent by 2025.

“We’ll throw a big party when one of the shires reaches that impressive level!

“While there has been a lot of interest in batteries, sales have not really taken off yet. We expect this to happen in 2017 when huge price drops are expected and as thousands of Victorian homes see their higher feed-in-tariffs drop from around 25c per kilowatt hour to around 5-7c per kilowatt hour.”

Ms Kaptein said MASH expected to run stage four in 2017.

“Many people are building houses or extensions and MASH4 should suit them well,” she said.

“Others are increasingly becoming aware that solar can save the average household around $700 per year and that this saving will only increase as power price go up.”

You can contact MASH at mash.org419论坛 or phone 1300 466 274.

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Narrandera’s AFL pre-season game confirmedPhotos

20th October 2018 | Closed

Narrandera SportsgroundAFL football will return to Narrandera Sportsground for the first time since 2010 in February.
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As revealed by The Daily Advertiser last month, a pre-season AFL game will be held at Narrandera Sportsground next year.

The AFL confirmed on Wednesday that Greater Western Sydney (GWS) will play West Coast Eagles at 2.05pm on Saturday, February 18.

It will be a homecoming for Narrandera’s GWS-listed footballers Zac Williams and Matt Flynn.

Riverina football fans are fortunate enough to be treated to a game between two top eight teams from last year.

The Eagles, grand finalists in 2015, were knocked out in the opening week of finals this year by eventual premiers Western Bulldogs.

The Giants were also ousted by the Bulldogs, in a classic preliminary final.

The switch back to Narrandera ends Wagga’s run of AFL pre-season games.

Robertson Oval has hosted games three times over the past four years.

Narrandera ShireCouncil applied to host the game and have been busybuilding coaches boxes at the Sportsground, that will be ready in time for thegame.

The council is also confident the ground will be in good condition, after being overlooked for this year’s Riverina League grand final.

Albury will also host a pre-season game with Sydney Swans to play St Kilda under lights at Lavington Sportsground on March 12 at 7.10pm.

Narrandera’s AFL pre-season game confirmed | Photos Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

Sydney Swans playing North Melbourne in a NAB Cup pre-season AFL game at Narrandera Sportsground in March, 2010.

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Luck strikes twice for Branxton Lotto winner

20th October 2018 | Closed

The Division One-winning Lotto ticket sold at Branxton Newsagency has finally been claimed, 11 days after the draw took place.
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A Branxton woman in her thirties, who wished to remain anonymous, came forward on Wednesday to collect her$673,151.01 prize.

She was one of two Division One winners in the Saturday Lotto draw on December 3.

In an unbelievable stroke of luck, the woman had won $50,000 in a syndicate share in March –also sold at Branxton Newsagency.

“I checked my ticket at the newsagency and the guys there said ‘ah you better come have a chat to us’,” she said.

“I literally screamed, shouted, shook and did all that sort of stuff!

“The staff were really excited for me too.

“I’ve been really flat out so I haven’t had a chance to come in and claim the prize but it’s been playing on my mind this whole time.”

The woman plans to invest the money as well as making her family’s dream of going to Disneyland come true.

“I’ve had a little while to think about it and I’ve decided I’m going to invest the prize money, since I just don’t want to go and blow it!” she said.

“It’s a really life-changing amount that I never thought I’d see in my life!” she exclaimed.

“I’ll also take the kids and go on a holiday, probably to Disneyland because it’s a dream for everyone to go there, and I’d also like to go on a cruise somewhere!”

Branxton Newsagency ownerDavid Smith was delighted to have helped deliver another Division One winning prize.

“I’ve been here 30-something years but it’s always a great surprise to discover you’ve sold a major prize like this to one of your customers,” Mr Smith said.

“Then to find out that you sold them two in one year is pretty special!

“It’s lovely to see at this time of year and would be an amazing experience for anyone.”

EARLIER REPORT

7 Dec 2016, 9:50 a.m.

A division one Saturday Lotto prize sold at Branxton Newsagency is yet to be claimed.

The prize – worth$673,151.01 –was won indraw 3691 on Saturday, December 3.

The winning ticket was not registered to a Players Club card, soNSW Lotteries has no way to contact the mystery winner with the dream-come-true news.

Another winning ticket sold at Ashfield Newsagency in Sydney also remains unclaimed.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Claire Taylor said because the unregistered winners had not yet claimed their division one prizes, they could still be completely unaware they’re about to have a Christmas like never before.

“Imagine going about your Christmas shopping with a Saturday Lotto ticket worth more than $673,000 in your purse or wallet, or even floating around in your handbag or the centre console of your car,” Ms Taylor said.

Anyone who believes they are holding awinning entry should contact NSW Lotteries on 131 868.

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