Monthly archive for ‘ December, 2018 ’

Top lodge peak form

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Tom Simpson – Astra Lodge A FALLS Creek ski lodge isthe best boutique business of its kind in the country.
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PEAK CONDITION: Astra Lodge at Falls Creek was judged Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge at the fourth annual World Ski Awards in Austria. QT Falls Creek won in 2015.

Astra Lodge at Falls Creek was judgedAustralia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge at the fourth annualWorld Ski Awards in Austria.

Astra Lodge general manager Tom Simpson said it was great recognition for the business and Falls Creek.

He said Astra’s win in the category this year followed 2015 winner QT Falls Creek.

“We had a vision to win this awardbut we didn’t expect to win it so early,” Mr Simpsonsaid.

“It’s fantastic for Falls Creek; it’s a great reflection on the builders and architect.”

Mr Simpson said Tawonga SouthbuildersDuggan & Hanlon Constructions and St Kilda architect Grant Amon were behind the three-year renovation due to finish this summer.

He said the bar, restaurant and swimming pool wererenovated in summer 2014 while the rooms were renovated in summer 2015 before spa and treatment rooms were added.

“In 2015we were finalists in the Eat-Drink-Design awards in Melbourne and were the only regional nomination in Australia,” Mr Simpson said.

“We have just started building an extension which will consist of sixfamily studios, elevator access and a new state-of-the-art ski and boot room. This will all be completed for winter 2017.”

Having attended the awards on November 18-20 inKitzbuhel with wife Sally and Astraowners Rosy Seaton and Seamus Dawes, Mr Simpson said it was a privilege to be part of the ceremony.

“The who’s who of the world’s ski industry was present on the evening and it was such a honourto be around such fellow ski enthusiasts and made you realise what a dynamic and fun industry it is to be a part of,” he said.

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Centenary meet a success

20th December 2018 | Closed

DIVE: Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club member Keira Stevens, 10, competes at the club’s centenary swim meet last Sunday. Picture: GLENN DANIELSMORE than 20 clubs from across Victoria helped the Bendigo Hawks celebrate their centenary at a swim meet last Sunday.
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The centenary swim meeting at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre drew a crowd of more than 1000 as the history of the Bendigo Swimming Club, that can be traced back to its official founding date of February 12, 1917, was recognised.

The Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club was later formed in November, 2011, following a merger between the Bendigo and Eaglehawk swimming clubs.

The overall winning club was Bendigo East, with the Bendigo Hawks coming in second position.

Centenary meet a success Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Club centenary meet. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

TweetFacebookAmong those who were honoured at the meeting for their volunteer service to the club were Jan Spencely and Wally Stables.

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Would you punch a kangaroo to save your dog?

20th December 2018 | Closed

Kailem Barwick (third from left) during the hunting trip with Greig Tonkins (centre). Photo: FacebookZoo releases statement after employee punches kangaroo in the faceStory behind Dubbo man who punched a kangaroo in the face revealedBy now you would have seen the video making waves on the internet where a man punches a kangaroo in the face after it appears to have had his dog in a headlock.
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Dubbo man, Greig Tonkins was revealed to have been the man in the video. His employer, Taronga Western Plains Zooissued a statement backing Tonkins, saying that ‘there is no intention that he will lose his job over this matter.’

The trip, from which the footage was taken, is available on DVD atnews agencies in Australia as a mini-documentary of sorts.

It has since been revealed the footage was shotin June at a rural property in Condobolin, New South Wales and was, according toattendee Matthew Amor, part of a hunting trip organised for a 19-year-old man who was dying of cancer.

Kailem Barwick,who lost his battle with sarcoma on December 2, loved hunting and had a dream to catch a ‘one tonner’ [100 kilogram] boar.

“This DVD trip was made and put together for a sick young man who has recently passed away… it was a memory and part of the trip and gave us a great laugh after,” Mr Amorsaidon Sunday.

People around Australia and the world have called the piece of footage from the DVD ‘the most Australian video ever’, however many have been quick to criticise Tonkins for the way he reacted.

We posed the question to readers in a poll and overwhelmingly voters were in support of Tonkins with many saying they would have done the same.

Given the roo had already released the dog, he didn’t punch the roo to save the dog. He just punched it. https://t.co/s2NIewqWwg

— Bradley C Hughes (@ContractCMO) December 6, [email protected] he punched it because it had squared up. There was no guarantee that it wouldn’t attack if he just walked away.

— Grumplestiltskin (@2FBS) December 6, 2016


Deterioration of wheat prices

20th December 2018 | Closed

AWB SA territory manager Stephanie Cook
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WE have seen a rapid deterioration of wheat prices in the past week, with not a great deal of news in our side of the court to push them back.

Even at present prices, Australian grain traders aren’t attracting enough buying demand, meaning that our daily cash bids need to go down to make our wheat price competitive with other exporting origins.

Generally speaking as we see CBOT futures deteriorate, we usually see our local basis take up some of the slack, but this did not even happen last week, with basis deteriorating along with the futures market!

While this does not bode well for the likely carry-over of wheat into next season, a year is a long time in the grain game.

With today’s local cash prices in mind; pools or a managed program of some sort (which gives you access to time) may be an alternative option to incorporate into your marketing plan this year.

There is not a great deal of short-term good news, but due to the longer-term marketing window of pools or managed programs, there is opportunity to participate in any upside we may see next year, especially when the northern hemisphere crops come out of dormancy.

Global markets are experiencing a lack of high protein grain, which could be an asset to the Aussie grower, with the higher protein grains we’re seeing harvested here on the Eyre Peninsula, premiums have already began to increase for H1 and H2 grades.

In a pricing environment like this year’s it’s really important to make the most out of your grain and an effective way to do this is to ensure that you’re allocating the most cost effective grades to any forward contracts/pool programs.

If you feel like grade spreads aren’t quite where you’d like them to be at the moment, a pool could be a good option for your marketing mix, as spreads aren’t based on just current values, but demand over the coming year.

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Celebrating two decades of Santa Claus Pub Crawl: flashback photos

20th December 2018 | Closed

Celebrating two decades of Santa Claus Pub Crawl: flashback photos 2006: Stephanie Mckie, Jacinda Reed, Lauren Piatek, Yasmin Reed and Amy Mckie.
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2004: Tony James Hall, Neil Webster and Steven Wilton.

2005: Katharyn Hadley, Tony Hall and Neil Webster.

2006: Tom Spencer, Dino Didonato, Alex Paradisis, Nicholas Cripps, Brad Wise and Dave Ferri.

2006: Kim Boyall Megan Tresidder, Veronica Corningstone, Bec Coll, Danni Morris and Sally Tresidder.

2006: Neil Webster, Jenny and James Algie with thier son Thomas.

2007: Tracey Fredericks and Emma Stratton.

2007: Jenny Dwyer, Belinda Muir, Neil Webster and Kristy Elms.

2007: Tania Ho, Aimee Rasa and Carly Manning.

2007: Jamie and Christie Roberts with Adam Visser.

2007: Julie and Pat Briennan with their kids Adax and Kaia, and Natalie and Dub Akmacic with Hugh and Daisy.

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2007: North Wollongong Hotel

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

Alison Irvine, Mel Hood and Bec Bingham.

Julee Brienen with Adax and Kaia.

Luke Saban and Jess McLeod.

2008: Paul Kalusec, Frangelica Green and Greg and Pat Goodfellow.

2008: Damo Biddle and Jesy Pinkerton.

2008: Tracey Fredericks, Matt Green and Emma Stratton.

2008: Jodie McGarrigle, Keri Peterson, Ema Stenekes, Angela Keegan and Sara John.

2008: Stacey Moon, Lucy Katrivessis and Jane Moon.

2008: Kelly Cook, Kasey Richardson and Lauren Cook.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2008: North Wollongong Hotel.

2009: Elivia Burcher, Kelly McGregor and Justin Yee.

2009: Michael Watson and Alicia Smith.

2009: Mel O’Brien, Lauren Cooper and Sarah Douglas.

2009: Diana Gosharevski and Jade Slater.

2009: Paul Long, Ben Bodell and Sabastian Giffin.

2009: North Wollongong Hotel.

2009: Margot Doran and Joel Duval.

2009: Ryan Bull, Dane Mitchell, Steven Degabriele and Jason Kocmar.

2009: Ben Walton, Sarah Sheehy and Glen Lamb.

2009: Wade Ritchie, Ryan Russell, Kenneth Ogden, Matt Lewis and Brendan Ritchie.

2009: Melissa Jenner, Lara Freestone and Cassandra French.

2009: Erin Anger, Amy McKie, Jennifer O Brien, Steph McKie, Kristen Ireland, Lisa Ireland, Lauren Piatek and Yasmin Reed.

2009: Sonia Gee and Dave Gee.

2009: Lyndsey Ray, Minerva McKell-Morrell and Natalie Curci.

2010: Nicole Payne, Darian Capobianco and Orchid Phillips.

2010: Melissa Morgan and Erin Peckham.

2010: Hayley Batesand Tyha Day

2010: Sarah Goodhew and Kate Marr.

2010: Amanda Burton, Rachel McKay, Rebecca Zabkar, Cassie Axelby and Jessica Robinson.

2010: Kellie Sheen, Amy Bonanno, Renae Harman and Erin Harman.

2010: Brendon and Indya Ward.

2010: Greg Coleman, Jesy Pinkerton, Brooke Lacey, Dean McNiven and Phil Rasborsek.

2010: Mel Martin, Jimmy Santoz, Mick Charleston and Vanessa Stylis.

2010: Tina Martin and Sally Hood.

2010: Jordan Cairns, Holly Wedeman and Ray Murray.

2010: Adam Blackley, Ryan Grainger, Josh Blackley, James Tarapay, Rob Blackley and Tyson McCauley.

2010: Georgie Kilby and Adam Testa.

2010: Michael Morris, Victoria Hazael, Rudiger Jones and Jill Speed.

2010: North Wollongong Hotel.

2010: Mark Bannerman, Neji Biddle, David Borg, Al Michaelis and Will Trattles.

2010: Katie Waters, Rachael Williams, Neil Webster, Fiona Darling, Julie Fredericks and Natalie Miranda.

2010: Jess Sydenham, Ash Cook, Neen Rolff, Kelly Royal, Jenaye Fishand Shae Mitchell.

2011: Karon Larder and Helena Heydon.

2011: North Wollongong Hotel.

2011: Erin Harman, Renae Harman and Amy Bonanno.

2011: Jessica Britton and Lisa Tiechl.

2011: North Gong Hotel.

2011: Emma Boyling, Vikki Campbell, Emma Perre, Rachel Lin, Peta Byrne, Alicia Peters, Anita Byrne, Anna Stone and Lauren Barrows.

2011: Stephen Doherty, Michael Rogers, Paul Long and Ben Bodell.

2011: Kurt and Sam Wagner with Sam Northwood and Hugo Cunningham.

2011: Tracey and Lucius Green.

2011: Cam Mikutowski, John McMullen and Jack Mahony.

2011: Rebecca Lane and Karina Dorman.

2011: Laura Saldanha and Christie Faulkner.

2011: Lauren Willetts and Larissa Tracey.

2011: Brooke Hardy, Casey Fisher and the boys Shane Candy and Craig Fisher.

2011: Emma Sheerman, Jacob Timpano, Matty Timpano, Jessi Barrett and Kim Fletcher.

2011: Dannielle Fidock, Jody South, Wil Fidock, Michelle Badcock and Karen Scholz.

2011: North Wollongong Hotel.

2011: Daniel Crawford, with Louise Dorahy, Suz Frederick and Hollie McLeod.

2011: Matt Lovett, Luke Smith, Rebecca Lane, James Moane, Karina Dorman and Matt Rankin.

2012: Melanie Castray, Zoe Richards and Ashley Terris.

2012: Steve Kostyrka, James Digger, Paul Hodder and Peter Bearman

2012: North Wollongong Hotel.

2012: North Wollongong Hotel.

2012: North Wollongong Hotel.

2012: Kim and Sam Young.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

2013: North Wollongong Hotel.

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The annual Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2014. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015.

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015.

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015.

The Wollongong Santa Claus Pub Crawl 2015.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

Wollongong 2015 Santa Pub Crawl.

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