Presets sailing the Pacifica

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The Presets are heading to Newcastle Panthers on February 10.It was poetic that an album called Apocalypso created a whirlwind of chaos for The Presets.
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After the increase in popularity that ­followed their 2005 debut Beams, a ­showbag of thumping club hits and ‘80s sheen, the Sydney duo dived head first into the creation of their sophomore record.

They shacked up on a farm in Byron Bay for two weeks and cooked ideas, then ­relocated to Berlin while touring in Europe.

The result, 2008’s Apocalypso, was a game changer – not only for the classically trained pair, but for Australian dance music.

Single My People, a sympathetic anthem about refugees, brought them international acclaim.

Apocalypso debuted at number one on the Australian charts and in 2008 it was the first dance record to win the ARIA Award for Album of the Year.

“When we made Apocalypso we’d been running a hundred miles an hour – we’d been touring so much and we’d built a bit of a name for ourselves – we worked really fast to try and make that record,” singer Julian Hamilton says.

“We had the fire – we were hungry and young.”

The Presets had earned a break and a chance to pause and reflect.

Therefore the making of their 2012 record, Pacifica, was “the complete opposite” to its predecessor.

Having both become fathers for the first time, Hamilton and partner in crime Kim Moyes had the perfect excuse to not rush into their third album cycle.

“We had more time up our sleeve and could afford to have a bit of time off the road,” Hamilton says.

“We’d been touring for six or seven years non-stop.”

Pacifica builds on the tongue-in-cheek hedonism and dark drones of the duo’s previous work, but broadens its sonic horizons.

From the futuristic throb of Youth In Trouble, to the primal sea shanty Ghosts and the radiant, effervescent pop of Promises, Pacifica suggests the duo are assured in the creative value of their ­experimental ideas.

For Apocalypso the duo wrote exactly what they needed – ten songs for an album.

This time they pieced together a wealth of material from which to shape Pacifica.

“We had about 30 or 40 ideas, so we just kept experimenting until we picked 12 or 13 songs,” Hamilton recalls.

“It was a lot more chilled out and relaxed – I wouldn’t say it was easier, necessarily – but we certainly had more time to go back into the studio and experiment and not rush things.”

Despite having a larger number of ideas to whittle down, Hamilton says the songs that made it on to Pacifica were easy to spot.

“Songs like Ghosts or Promises do stick out – you think ‘they’re really fresh, we like that’ – choosing the ones we liked was easy,” Hamilton says.

“But certainly there’s a whole bunch of offcuts floating around that you might hear in different guises in the future.”

While the duo had no specific musical vision for Pacifica, they did want to record the album more organically.

Both Hamilton and Moyes met at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music in the mid-’90s but for The Presets have mostly composed using machines.

On stage Moyes plays live drums and Hamilton synths, alongside numerous ­electronic samples.

However, on Pacifica we can hear Moyes behind his kit and Hamilton at a piano.

“When we play live, Kim is beating those drums and it’s a different atmosphere,” Hamilton says.

“We wanted to get that live drum feel on the songs.

“I’ve played the piano since I was five years old, but this was the first time I’d ever had a piano in my studio – which is crazy.

“I was able to write and record a lot more songs at the piano.

“But I don’t think you ever go into the studio thinking ‘I want to make an album like this’.

“You go into the studio and start writing and recording and [the album] materialises in front of your very eyes.

“The trick is not to think about it too hard.

“Don’t force square pegs into round holes.”

Despite reaching the number three position on the Australian charts and being embraced by their fans, Pacifica has not equalled the overwhelming public impact of Apocalypso.

“The critics have really loved Pacifica– it has been the best received music we’ve ever made,” Hamilton says.

“It’s been getting way better reviews than our music in the past.

“But then again, it hasn’t sold as well as Apocalypso, but I think it’s just one of those things.

“Some music is going to hit a nerve with certain parts of society and other music won’t do that, but we’ve been thrilled with the response.”

Pacifica has also given The Presets the chance to further explore the visual tapestry of their music.

Their three album covers are appropriations of the same theme and were each designed by their friend Jonathan Zawada.

For the Pacifica live shows they employed the help of Martin Phillips, who designed the incredible pyramid set for Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive tour.

“He certainly makes us look a lot more interesting than we are,” Hamilton says of Phillips.

“It’s the same as the [music] videos, the album artworks and the T-shirts.

“We’re very lucky to have a whole bunch of video directors and graphic designers around us who interpret our music and add a visual element.

“It adds a lot to The Presets narrative.

“It becomes part of the myth even though we didn’t have any real hand in the creation of [the art].”

Hamilton hopes it won’t be another four years before The Presets story continues with a fourth album.

“Pacifica was a big album, mentally, for us to get out,” Hamilton says.

“We needed a break after the Apocalypso madness – it was a huge thing.

“It culminated in this wild success, which we were very thankful for.

“So I feel a real sense of relief that Pacifica is written and released.

“We’re already looking forward to getting into the studio and doing the next thing – who knows what that’s going to be?

“Maybe an album of string quartets – something that’s really going to upset our fans.”

The Presets appear at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday, February 10.

Tickets are available through Moshtix.

Alive has two double passes to give away.

For your chance to win simply fill out the coupon in today’sMaitland Mercuryby noon next Wednesday.

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Out of the fire

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire and when the smoke’s nearly gone, it’s good to know you count on your neighbours.
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The Upper Hunter Shire has extended a much needed hand to the neighbouring Warrumbungle Shire which has been hit hard this month after an extensive bushfire claimed 54,000 hectares of land and 53 homes.

Upper Hunter Shire mayor Michael Johnsen said he was pleased to be able to offer the shire some much needed assistance.

“I rang the mayor, (of Warumbungle Shire, Peter Shinton) to see if there was anything we could do to help.

“Of course we can always hand the money tins around to help with fundraising but we also wanted to be able to offer some practical assistance,” Mr Johnsen said.

The Upper Hunter Shire has since arranged to transport the council’s semi-trailer water cart, a converted milk tanker modified and licensed to cart potable water, to assist with the arduous post-fire clean up.

Warrumbungle Shire mayor Peter Shinton said he was overwhelmed with the support they had received to date.

“The fire is just about out thanks to the efforts of surrounding shires with their bulldozers, hardworking volunteers and fire services so now the clean-up begins.

“In many ways the recovery is harder than fighting the bush fire as so many people have lost their homes, livestock, fences.

“Some were underinsured, some not insured at all.

Cr Shinton said that since the bushfire had engulfed the district, blackened debris, sticks and mud continued to ‘fall from the sky’ contaminating domestic water supplies.

“In some areas we have had up to 50mm of rain and the debris and black mud that has fallen from the clouds is unbelievable.

“A lot of that debris is now on residents’ rooves and after the rain, in their water tanks, so we need to be able to flush those tanks out and replenish them with fresh water.

“Because fire retardants were dropped on houses as the fire wall came forward, of the 80 homes we managed to save, we also need to be able to wash away any remaining retardant so the water tanker will be put to great use,” Cr Shinton said.

As of last Friday the shire’s bush fire appeal reached $262,000 in donations.

Donations will be accepted at any Upper Hunter Shire office, Warrumbungle Shire office or log on to donate online to http://giveeasy.org/appeal/44/warrumbungle-bushfires

neighbours: Mopra Rock stands tall and proud despite being ravaged by a devastating bush fire this month that has claimed 54,000 hectares and 53 homes across the Warrumbungle Shire.

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Medley bowls in Streaky

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STREAKYBay Womens Bowling Club held their annual Medleys Day on
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Wednesday,January 23, sponsored by the Hotel Board.

Around16 ladies played in the competition, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Theweather was kind and there was a fun atmosphere, producing some great bowling.

TheClub would like to reproduce on Pennant Days, when they really need it.

RobStephens, representing the Hotel Board presented the winners with money prizes.

BettyKammerman, Isabel Brown, Jenny McEvoy and Gay Oswald were the big winners onthe day.

Jan Kenny, Kerry Johnson, Connie Robinson and AtholyHolland finished as runners up.

Medley winners: Rob Stephens of the Hotel Board presents to the winners, from left, Betty Kammerman Isabel Brown, Jenny McEvoy and Gay Oswald.

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I HAVE been reading the many comments regarding that well-known TV personality’s comments on breastfeeding in public and find it very difficult to understand his reasoning.
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In this day and age when there are many beaches where nakedness is allowed and where his own medium depicts sexual encounters ad nauseam, it beggars belief that he can protest.

Apart from being entirely natural and certainly not sexual in any way, I think breastfeeding is a most beautiful sight – I wish more women would feed on demand, wherever they are.

A far more controversial topic is that of pregnant girls who parade their bellies like trophies.

I watched a young pregnant girl in Toronto a week or so ago. She was enormously pregnant and wore a tank top, and the ring in her navel, which had popped out, was septic and weeping.

I love pregnant women, but not like that.

What happened to those pretty smocks that ladies used to wear?

– Tom Edwards, Wangi Wangi

OUT THERE: What happened to those pretty smocks that ladies used to wear?

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PETS in O’Donnell Street have been targeted in a series of cruel attacks, say residents who are themselves fed up with being victims of crime.
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Last week the Daily Liberal ran a series of reports detailing the experiences of more than a dozen residents whose families had been the victims of assaults, break-ins, theft, intimidation, vandalism attacks, verbal abuse and arson attempts in recent months.

But the stories many residents told suggested there were also four-legged victims.

“They tried to kill my dog,” one woman said.

“They threw a pig’s ear over the fence with crushed glass and Ratsak on it to try to bait him. Thank God he won’t eat any food that’s not given to him by me.”

Another resident said a nearby dog had been taken to the vet the same day the pig’s ear had been found and it had died.

“We think it was baited,” she said.

Some residents believed there was a new tactic being employed by would-be intruders.

“The latest is that they throw rubber balls over the fence with needles inside,” one woman said.

“They know the dogs chew the balls and they want the dogs to eat the needles and die.

“That way they can get into our yards and houses.”

As she spoke another resident’s hand shot up to her mouth. She said she had found one of the rubber balls matching the other residents’ descriptions in her own backyard that morning and had thought nothing of it.

“Pick it up straight away,” another resident warned.

“Any balls that go in your yard, pick them up and check them. I’ve found six in the past week.”

One man said he had given police the names of some children who had used a slingshot to fire marbles at his dog.

“They fired them at all the streetlights and broke them and now they’re firing them at the people and their animals,” he said.

One woman said her dog went missing from her yard and she later found out two little girls had been walking around with it. They claimed a neighbour had given it to them.

“I found out who he was and knocked on his door and when he answered I asked for my dog back,” she said.

“He argued that it wasn’t my dog. I told him I was going to the police station.”

The woman said she reported the theft to police.

“I did have photos of him but he was only a few weeks old so he wasn’t microchipped or registered so they said there wasn’t much they could do,” she said.

“But anyway I got on Facebook and said I knew who had my dog and that he was refusing to hand him over. There were hundreds of comments from people offering to come and help me get my dog back.

“It was my three-year-old’s dog and he was shattered. He couldn’t sleep because he was that devastated and all he wanted was his puppy back.

“So a group of seven or eight of us turned up at (the man’s) house. I walked up to the door and said to him, ‘I’ve come for my dog’.

“He looked out the door and realised he had no chance against all of us. Then he had the nerve to say, ‘OK, I’ll make a deal with you. You give me a carton of beer and you can have your dog back’.

“Another lady walked up and asked if she could have a look at the dog. She grabbed it and bolted to her car and took off up the street in it. Then he threw his shoes at the car and I’m thinking, how juvenile is this?

“Then he told me some story about how he had picked it up off the street after two people had thrown it out the window and I’m thinking, why the hell didn’t you ring the RSPCA or take it to the vet then?”

One resident told the Daily Liberal he had received a huge shock when he found two children had climbed into his yard and were crouched near his gate.

But he said it was difficult to blame children for what had happened in his street.

“It comes back to the parents,” he said.

“The parents need to look after their bloody kids. They have got to take responsibility.

“We can keep ringing the police but they can only do so much. These families always have an excuse and I think they get away with it. I’ve lived around here since I was a child and, fair dinkum, I’ve never seen it as bad as it is now.”

Another woman said she believed there was a particular motivation behind much of the troublemakers’ behaviour.

“I think they are trying to scare people out of this street because they want those people’s houses for the other members of their families,” she said.

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A day Deere to farmers’ hearts

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AUSTRALIAN agricultural history was given its due prominence on the Australia Day weekend at Quambatook, with the town’s Heritage Working Machinery Association holding its annual major event.
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The working day and vintage tractor pull – also featuring ploughing, harvesting, threshing, winnowing and chaff cutting demonstrations – was staged at the Quambatook Tractor Pulling Complex.

In fine weather, there was plenty to see among the large exhibiting area.

But, for all the Fords and Allis-Chalmers machines on display, this year was the year of John Deere. The American tractor manufacturer’s popularity in Australia was one of the reasons why the association chose to list it as the third theme brand in the current series, which began with Bulldogs and continued last year with International.

Appropriately, though – and despite their origins – the Deere machines added an extra dash of green and yellow from their trademark livery to the Australia Day weekend festivities.

Association press secretary, Ian Fisher said the theme concept had been a deliberate move to try something difference.

“You appeal to the tragics – like me,” he added with a smile.

“When you walk around and talk to people, it takes them back (too). The stories behind every exhibit are fantastic.”

Its attractions aren’t seemingly confined to the tractor-spotting brigade, either.

Brothers Ethan and Lachie Stone from Cohuna, attending their first working day on the Sunday, declared the experience to be “awesome” and “cool”.

Another initiative to entice new-comers for 2013 was a combined churches harvest thanksgiving service.

Mr Fisher said those who attended early on the Sunday morning took the time to thank God for pioneers of the land who were prepared to cultivate in colonial times – and in difficult conditions – along with inventors and scientists who have brought technological advances to farming practices.

“It seemed appropriate (to do that),” he said.

While the basic tractor style – at least externally – has barely changed in more than a century, with big wheels at the back, small ones at the front and an exhaust pipe sticking out, other details from the modern versions appear almost unbelievable.

The JD 8245R, for example, featured a cockpit rather than a cabin, so stuffed as it was with electronics that it could’ve been interior-designed by NASA boffins.

Compared to the original open-topped, stick-shift and steel steering wheel options, it is almost light years apart.

COOL STUFF. Lachie Stone, left, and brother Ethan Stone, of Cohuna, attended their first-ever Quambatook working machinery day on Sunday.

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Campaign starts early

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CAMPAIGNING has started early for the 2013 Federal Election, with the date confirmed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday.Residents will go to the polls on Saturday, September 14 – the same day at the Golden Rivers Football and Netball League grand final and the Central Murray Football Netball League preliminary final.
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Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest and his fellow Coalition members have started electioneering early, thanks to the release of “Our Plan – Real Solutions for all Australians”, which was revealed by Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott on Sunday.

The document explains the direction, values and policy priorities if the Liberals and Nationals are elected to government.

“Every day between now and the next election, I will be talking with residents about our plan to build a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia,” Mr Forrest said.

“This plan will resonate with families, small business owners, young people and older Australians because the plan is based on what Australians have told us about their lives, their families and their hopes for the future.

“It’s a positive plan that will get the economy back on track, deliver more jobs, higher wages and better services for Australian families, while reducing cost of living pressures. It will immediately take the pressure off families and business by scrapping Labor’s carbon tax.”

Mr Forrest was first elected in 1993, subsequently winning ballots in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

The local MP said the document is the Coalition’s positive plan to build a strong and prosperous economy and a safe and secure Australia.

“It’s the plan that will allow Australians to once again get ahead and plan their futures with confidence,” he said.

Copies of Our Plan can be downloaded fromwww.realsolutions.org.au

“We know that building a stronger, more productive and diverse five-pillar economy is the foundation of building a strong Australia,” Mr Forrest said.

“This is the plan that will provide hope to Australians from all walks of life – it’s a plan that will create one million new jobs within five years and two million new jobs within a decade.”

Mr Forrest said he was looking forward to talking to parents, small business owners, older Australians and students about the plan during the coming months.

Candidates who will challenge Mr Forrest will be announced in the coming months.

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An off-duty police officer was assaulted in Castle Hill on January 26 following a dispute over a car crash.
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Police said a man driving a Volkswagen Golf crashed into a brick letterbox on Chepstow Drive at 8.15pm.

It’s alleged the man attempted to drive over the female police officer before leaving the scene.

The driver returned with damage to the front of his car while the police officer was interviewing the home owner and an argument began.

Police said the officer identified herself as a policewoman and tried to take the driver’s keys out of the ignition before she was assaulted.

Several residents tried to assist in stopping the driver but he again left the scene.

A short time later police stopped the driver and charged him with resisting arrest, assault occassioning actual bodily harm and driving a vehicle recklessly.

He was also charged with mid-range drink driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.104.

While searching the offender’s car police found $14,000 in cash and a bag of viagra pills.

For this he was charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime and possess a restricted substance.

He was bailed and will face Parramatta Local Court on March 3.

In other police news:

Elderly man fined for shoplifting

A 77-year-old man was fined for shoplifting on January 29 at Stockland Mall, Baulkham Hills.

The man allegedly entered Coles at 11.30am and stole several items including underwear, round-up fast action, three terracotta saucers and cans of Goulburn Valley tin fruit.

He left the store without playing for the items and was stopped by a loss prevention officer.

Police cautioned the man and fined him $300.

Number plate theft

A number plate was stolen from a car in Castle Hill on January 29 at Castle Towers shopping centre.

The theft happened between 7pm and 2.10am in the centre’s car park.

Police said theplate, which wasstolen from a Toyota Carolla was BN8OLN.

Licence suspended

A Kellyville man has had his licence suspended after police allegedly caught him driving 45kmh over the speed limit in Kellyville last Wednesday.

Highway Patrol officers stopped the motorcycle rider at 7.30pm at the intersection of Green and Wrights roads.

Police who were patrolling in an unmarked car allege the 24-year-old sped from the intersection and reached 160kp/h on Green Road.

He was stopped an charged with exceeding the speed limit over 45kp/h.

He will face Parramatta Local Court on March 11

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Leader shows bright future

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THE Quambatook community has done it tough during the past few years, but one young local man has helped restore spirit in the town.
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Gannawarra Shire’s Young Citizen of the Year, Luke Parker, might be only 23 years old, but the quiet achiever already boasts a number of accolades within the community.

It was this time last year that the Quambatook Football Club – where Mr Parker has spent a large part of his life – was in desperate trouble.

The Saints saw two senior coaches quit the role at the beginning of 2012 and a decline in player numbers from the previous year left the club struggling to stay afloat.

But with less than two months until the first game of the season, Mr Parker, along with 21-year-old teammate Ash Davis, stepped up to take on co-coaching roles.

“Last year we were in a bit of strife,” Mr Parker said.

“It wasn’t looking too good, and I said I’d do it (coach) and help out if we couldn’t find one, so I got stuck with the job.”

In another show of his dedication to the club, Mr Parker coached the club for free.

Money that had been set aside by the club to pay a senior coach will be used for securing more players for the 2013 season.

Mr Parker was a reluctant senior coach, but said last year’s players were an easy group to lead.

“They’re (the players) all mates; I knew them all and they all seemed to listen,” he said.

“I thought it might be a bit hard to tell them what to do, but it was all good.

“We also had a couple of guys that stood up and helped out as well with taking on a leadership role during the season.”

Although the Saints won just the one game in 2012, the future is now looking bright.

The Saints have seen an influx of new and old players come to the club this year.

Mr Parker has stepped down from an official coaching position this year with the appointment of former Birchip/Watchem Football Club assistant coach, Paul Messer.

Mr Parker is still on the recruiting committee and said will most likely take on the vice-president role again as he did last year.

However, it is not just sport where he has been a role model in the community.

It was during the January 2011 floods where Mr Parker impressed with his dedication and commitment to the area where hehehas lived his whole life.

Mr Parker – along with his father and uncle – helped save the Quambatook community from flooding by using a grain loader to build and maintain levee banks.

“We went through 36 to 40 hours straight at one stage there just building up the banks waiting for it (the water) to come through,” he said.

“Everyone helps out when you need to (in the community) like during the floods.

“It’s a good little town and everyone knows each other and you all get along.”

Mr Parker said the town was expecting the worst, but it did not end up being as bad as first thought.

But the farm – where Mr Parker works alongside his father – received significant damage, with close to 3000 acres of crops being wiped out.

Such was his efforts during the natural disaster two years ago, he is now a flood warden for the region.

“It’s not too often you get a flood, so it doesn’t really bother me too much. The knowledge of the old man and the uncle will help,” he said.

Gannawarra Shire Council’s Young Citizen of the Year, Luke Parker.

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It has been brought to my attention that on December 22 2012, The Courier announced that the saleyards are to be built at a new location.
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It stated that this had been finalised and that it was over and done with, with no further input from the community.

As I understand the workings, the council has to approve or deny any building applications. This means that Palisade Investment Partners, the company that is to build and operate the proposed saleyards, does not need to go down the same route to gain permission as the rest of us.

I gather that they can simply decide something and just go ahead without permission.

According to The Courier, the site for the saleyards “is finally confirmed”.

Unsuspecting people, if they did read this at such a hectic time as Christmas/New Year, would conclude that everything has been finalised and that all protest would therefore be useless.

I am thankful that we live in a country where big business does not run the government and must abide by the law. I sincerely hope I am not mistaken!

The last time a site for the saleyards was proposed in Miners Rest, there was an outcry at the community meeting at which approximately 300 people were present.

The council wisely decided that Miners Rest was not a suitable site. Why was there no such meeting for the current proposals? This is because everything was decided in secret without the consent, permission or knowledge of the community.

I am 19 years old and I know that the stench of the saleyards can reach up to a three-kilometre distance.

I live only half that distance from the proposed site.

If building goes ahead then my life will be greatly affected by the saleyards. Miners Rest real estate is likely to be devalued.

Miners Rest is a thriving community to which the saleyards will put a stop very quickly. Furthermore, the cattle trucks will pass right through Miners Rest, and the community will suffer accordingly.


Miners Rest

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Glory days to be revived

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THE glamour and elegance of the 1920s paddlesteamer, once a common sight at Koondrook, is being recreated.
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Kerang resident and Barham restaurant owner, Paul Isherwood is building a private 24 metre long and 6 metre wide river boat – on his own and entirely from his mind’s eye.

The paddlesteamer, designed to accommodate six double berth cabins – including ensuites, guest lounges, a second level entertainment and function area – is being constructed on the banks of the Murray River at Barham.

“Paddlesteamers reached their optimum opulence and development (in the 1920s) about the same time the railways came through and put them out of business,” Mr Isherwood said.

“I like that period, everything was elegant.”

The paddlesteamer is intended to promote Koondrook tourism and will complement Gannawarra Shire’s proposed $1.5 million wharf project.

Preliminary designs have been completed for a contemporary wharf and boat mooring facility to link in with the riverside redevelopment.

For almost 50 years – between the late 1800s and early 1900s – paddlesteamers provided an important link for the transport of goods, produce, and passengers between remote stations and ports along the Murray River.

Today, paddlesteamers like The Gem in Swan Hill and the Emmy Lou in Echuca – are valued assets of river town history and tourism icons.

Mr Isherwood said the boat has been purpose built as a tourist entity.

“I think there’s a great need for the great nomad faction of the community that like to go around and have adventures,” he said

Mr Isherwood believes the Murray River is Koondrook’s biggest asset and has untapped tourist potential.

“We don’t have any tourism actually on the river. To me, you’ve got to rebuild the wharf at Koondrook and you’ve got to have boats there – that will bring people,” he said.

The boat has also been designed for the Koondrook/Barham section of the river, known to be narrow, shallow and impassable in parts.

Unlike the Alexander Arbuthnot, built at Koondrook in 1923, which drives about five feet of water, Mr Isherwood’s boat will only draw about one foot of water, making it possible to run even when the river is low.

The paddles will be independently driven and powered by a diesel engine, with one paddle able to move forward while the other moves backwards.

Mr Isherwood hopes to navigate her to Echuca – providing there is enough water at Torrumbarry Weir.

“I’ll be able to spin the boat on its axis whereas none of the old boats can do that,” he said.

Building a paddlesteamer is “not rocket science” to Mr Isherwood.

“We’re just trying to fill a niche and put something in place that should have been here all along,” he said.

“This is a river town.”

Paul Isherwood is building a paddlesteamer at Koondrook.

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WELL, there is good news and bad news for Tim Mathieson.
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The good news for Mr Mathieson, the live-in partner of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, is that he has managed to get most of Australia talking about prostate cancer, a potentially deadly disease which doesn’t usually receive the prominence it should.

The bad news is, of course, that Mathieson’s joke about prostate digital examinations was also something of an own-goal for the Labor government which has not only been shrieking about misogyny and sexism from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, but is also proposing a highly controversial revamp of anti-discrimination laws which would make it illegal to utter offensive comments “in any area of public life”.

So in a result that could see Mr Mathieson consigned to the Lodge’s doghouse with cavoodle Reuben rather than his men’s shed, the comments have sparked a debate as to whether they would have breached the draft regulation.

In making a joke about “looking for a small, Asian, female doctor” to conduct a prostate check, Mr Mathieson was certainly behaving with poor judgment.

He joke was tasteless, but it has also left him open to accusations of racism, sexism and possibly misogyny and maybe even ageism and, of course, left the PM caught squarely in the backwash.

Mr Mathieson has apologised for his remark and, in writing for News Ltd yesterday, admitted to a “nervous fumble” that “left me with my foot in my mouth”.

Look, the bloke goofed.

He made a stupid, thoughtless and tacky joke, but was it truly offensive to the point legal action is needed?

We do unfortunately live in a world where discrimination of all kinds exists and people’s existences are made miserable as a result.

But just how far do we need to go to legislate on the issue?

Mr Mathieson’s faux pas has demonstrated the dangers in not only whipping up confected outrage, as the PM has tried to do in her “sexism” campaign against Mr Abbott, but also that its proposed legislation has some fairly hefty flaws.

It was a stupid joke, but should that comment – or something similar – really be deemed to have broken the law?

We need to talk about this. After all, it is our freedom of speech being debated.

Tim Mathieson

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Tigers back in Highlands

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Matt Groat helps some of the children at last year’s clinic fine tune their skills. Photo by Roy Truscott. Tigers player Matt Groat helps some of the children at last year’s clinic fine tune their skills. Photo by Roy Truscott.
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THE West Tigers will be back in the Highlands on Sunday to promote rugby league and a very important message.

With most of the first grade stars available, the Tigers will hold a free skills clinic for all current and prospective players.

NRL game development officer Jake Brightwell said the clinics, which would be run by West Tigers players, would teach players how to pass, tackle and score tries.

He said 300 children were expected at Mittagong Sportsground on Sunday afternoon after last year’s clinic was such a success.

“We had over 300 last year so I hope we can get more. It’s also a good chance for clubs to pick up extra registrations,” he said.

The clinic which starts at 4pm also includes a free barbecue, giveaways and an inflatable activity centre.

Each of the junior Highlands clubs will have a registration table set up at the ground.

The Tigers will then visit 12 schools in the region on Monday to promote not only the game but an anti-bullying message.

“Anti-bullying is a really important message that the NRL is trying to put into schools and the community. It comes at a time when bullying is pretty big,” Brightwell said.

This is all part of Rugby League’s 12th annual Community Carnival in which players will deliver anti-bullying pens, water bottles, bags, pencil cases, wrist band and player cards during their visit.

Not just for players, a coaching clinic will be held at Community Oval on Monday night with the West Tigers coaching staff for all coaches starting at 6pm.

Contact Jake Brightwell on 0448 890 017 or email [email protected]南京夜网.au for further information.

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Memorial war

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KERANG war veterans have a fight on their hands over a proposal to relocate the Cenotaph a distance of three metres.
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A Returned and Services League sub-branch sub-committee has gained committee approval to proceed with the Atkinson Park project, but a number of long-serving members are known to be aggrieved about the plan.

The sub-branch has gained financial support from the Victorian RSL, but expressed support from Gannawarra Shire Council has been deferred because of letters of opposition.

The sub-branch has been informed by a shire representative that it has received letters of concern and complaint by a few members of the public regarding the proposed changes that are planned for the Cenotaph area, sub-committee member, Steve Humphreys said.

Mr Humphreys has outlined the reasons for the proposed relocation in a letter published in The Northern Times today.

Another writer claimed that many sub-branch members did not know about the project.

Sub-branch secretary, Robert Hampton confirmed that the project was presented at a properly constituted meeting and that the majority of members supported the plan to move the Cenotaph obelisk to create more space for Diggers and other citizens attending Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.

He said that the sub-branch had about 40 members, but had an average meeting attendance of 15, which may explain why some members are unaware of the project.

Mr Humphreys said that he had been advised that the shire would defer consideration of a request

“It is regretful that these people did not request an interview with the executive committee to voice their concerns, especially as some of them were from the (RSL) Auxiliary ladies,” he said.

“It would seem that they were subject to incorrect or misleading information by their source.”

Mr Humphreys said that their letters will be discussed at the next meeting of the RSL on Monday night and will be answered forthwith.

He said that the RSL had received a written complaint from one of the schools after the last Anzac Day service, plus verbal comments from members of the community, regarding the lack of space at the Cenotaph.

This was the result of the shire, having removed approximately one and a half metres from the perimeter of the concrete base to facilitate the installation of irrigation pipes and electrical cables.

“The RSL was informed of the proposed work but the significance of its effect was not realised, at the time, and no objection was raised,” Mr Humphreys said.

The proposal to move the Cenotaph back three metres to create more space was decided after the RSL committee formed a sub-committee of Mr Humphreys, John Petschaur and Mark Gardiner to investigate the problem and hopefully come up with a solution.

Mr Humphreys said that consultation with the shire negated replacing the concrete over irrigation pipes and electrical cables, for the obvious reason of gaining access in the event of system failure and the lack of funding available.

The possibility of regaining the ground lost by laying an alternative surface, namely gravel or bark chips, was contemplated, but was rejected on the grounds that it would not form a stable surface for older members or for the siting of seating.

Mr Humphreys said that an examination of the Cenotaph revealed that it was in a state of disrepair with the mortar between the three sections being subjected to erosion and the question of safety and liability was raised.

A crack across the centre of the rear marble panel at the rear was evident this week, but an opponent of the project, who asked not to be named, said that it could be repaired without relocation.

“The (grant) money is for restoring, not shifting,” Mr Humphreys said.

The proposal involves removing each section of the 51-year-old structure and relocating to the rear of the existing circular concrete base, thereby creating more space for people and allowing permanent seating to be placed as part of a memorial garden setting and for use on days of commemoration.

The obelisk would be lit and flag poles relocated to either side.

A plan has been professionally drawn up by local draftsman, Brent McKnight.

An alternative plan, proposed by opponents of the proposal, involves moving the side rose gardens from the circular concrete area to enable expansion of the circle without the need to move the memorial.

Another suggestion includes expanding the width of the entrance footpath between the side rose garden beds to enable more people to stand in front of the existing Cenotaph.

“The sub-branch has listened to the concerns of the community and has arrived at a solution that will avoid major disturbance of the surrounding area of the Cenotaph. It is also in keeping with the shire planning of the Atkinson Park complex,” Mr Humphreys said.

Gannawarra Shire Council is currently involved in a long-term development plan for Atkinson Park, although the RSL is responsible for the war memorial section, including the Cenotaph, at the eastern end of the park, adjacent to the Murray Valley Highway.

A new public toilet block and children’s playground was completed before Christmas and future plans include a sound shell, reconstruction of a memorial rotunda in memory of former pharmacist, Mr Atkinson and replacement of the Lions Club of Kerang barbecue shelter.

The Rotary Club of Kerang has constructed a sheltered barbecue and seating area further east in the park adjacent to the lake, which will also be refurbished.

MEMORIAL. The Cenotaph and rose gardens in Atkinson Park.

RELOCATION. A three-dimensional view of the proposed project. The Cenotaph is cuirrently in the centre of the concrete circle.

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