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Thursday, 12 July

20:58

14 July 2018 Excursion to revegetated bird habitat Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club

The CFNC excursion for July is being led by Tanya Loos.  As noted in a previous blog (click here), Tanya is also the speaker on the previous evening at the monthly general meeting.

Tanya has provided the following information: The excursion will be to a private property in Otterys Scrub Rd, Walmer. The property is a former grazing property with many large old trees, and an extensive revegetation program involving three separate projects with Connecting Country. We will be able to see direct seeding revegetation in various stages of regrowth. The site has a long term bird survey site, and has recently been colonised by a population of Brush-tailed Phascogales, a sure measure of success!

The excursion will depart from the Octopus U3A building on Duke St (opposite the Castlemaine Motel) on Saturday 14 July at 1.30pm sharp.  Car-pooling is likely to be available.  BYO afternoon tea, and binoculars and cameras if you have them.

19:24

New annual bird photography competition Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests

Birdlife banner photo by Georgina Steytler

BirdLife Australia has launched a new annual bird photography competition.  Submissions are now open and close on Monday 6 August.  There are seven different categories as well as a youth segment.

You can find all the information on this Birdlife website.

17:00

Not to be outdone Natural Newstead

While female and immature Flame Robins are not nearly as striking as the male, they are gorgeous birds nonetheless. This series of portraits were gathered late this afternoon near the Newstead Cemetery.

Female (or possibly an immature) Flame Robin, Newstead Cemetery, 12th July 2018

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Wednesday, 11 July

17:26

SALON July 2018 troublemag

COVER JULY 2018: Penny BYRNE, I Heart Nauru 2017, repurposed porcelain figurine, enamel paints. H x 140mm W x 90mm D x 90mm. Image credit: Matthew Stanton. All We Cant See: Illustrating the Nauru Files, part of Melbourne Art Week, Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (VIC), 31July 11 August 2018 fortyfivedownstairs.com | allwecantsee.com
 
 

1. Myuran SUKUMARAN, Self-Portrait, Time is Ticking, 25 April 2015. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street Bendigo (VIC), 7 July 16 September 2018 bendigoartgallery.com.au
 
 

2. Diane ARBUS, United States of America, 1923 1971, Lady bartender at home with a souvenir dog, 1964, New Orleans, United States (printed after 1971 by Neil Selkirk, New York), gelatinsilver photograph, 35.7 x 36.0 cm (image); Roy and Marjory Edwards Bequest Fund 2005, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Diane Arbus: American Portraits, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide (SA), 14 July 30 September 2018 artgallery.sa.gov.au
 
 

3. Goggomobil Objet Dart, Goggomobil Dart 1960s classic Australian sports car with drawing and paintings by Robert Clinch, in a collaboration with car collector Jeff Brown. Objet Dart, Swan...

15:39

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5:30-7:30 Luke Jacques (from Luke Warm Cocktail Hour, Fridays 3-4pm on 94.9MAINfm)

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All proceeds raised go to the best little station in the nation: MAINfm!

13:57

Victorian CDC bus drivers strike for better wages "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed by Ugly

Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.

CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight.  Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.

They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.

TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.

The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.

The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.

A message from the union stated:

The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.

While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.

They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.

But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.

The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.

And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.

Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...

13:07

Happier pets, happier people! Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - dog, Hip Hop Bob, Pam, pig, red barron, rooster, Ruby

Huge shout out of thanks to our good friends at Happier Pets for their generous donation of treats for our animal friends. Red Baron, Hip Hop Bob and Ruby particularly enjoyed the spoils of this kindness. If you would like to help us ensure our animal friends are well stocked with happy treats, you couldnt make us happier than by heading over to Happier Pets page, you can find it here.

Next, select the treat from those listed at the bottom of the page, then select Edgars Mission as the recipient. Happier Pets will ensure the treats make their way here and do keep an eye on our Facebook page as we show you just out happy you made the gang!

10:15

Look again its Smokin and Jo Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission - Kid, Smokin _ Joe

Causing us to do a double take recently was the arrival of two orphan kid goats. Whilst their circumstance of rescue (found poorly directing traffic on a busy country freeway) caused our hearts to skip a beat, it was their similarity to our funky little kid goat duo, Cheech and Chong, that caused us to believe that everyone really does have a real-life double.

Cheech and Chong

Cheech and Chong

Edgars Mission - Kid, Smokin _ Joe-2 Edgars Mission - Kid, Smokin _ Joe-3...

10:10

And then there was Ray Ray. Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Edgars Mission -_-43

This photo means so much to me for so many reasons.  Let me explain. It was a day I had planned to be a quiet day (that in itself a rare thing indeed), spent inside catching up on tasks, reading a bit and maybe, just maybe, watching a movie.  Alas, I hadnt read the tea leaves very well for it was anything but.  Due to some unexpected circumstances, the warmth of my bed and Jessica Kitten cuddles were replaced by the chills, biting wind and rain that are typical to a midwinters day here in Lancefield. Wrapped up in my woes, my day just kept heading south. Along with the temperature, I must add.  None of this was helped when I misjudged the protection my gumboot could offer versus the depth of a puddle by a millimetre as cold, muddy water soon enveloped my sock and inched its murky way between my frozen toes.  Adding yet another degree of delight to my day was my runny nose that saw me devoid of a tissue, although it probably would not have mattered that much as my tingling hands were frozen into the most useless of positions.  Chocolate, I need chocolate, my soul cried, as I limped my way back to the house to oblige, granting myself the smallest of mercies.  And then there was Ray Ray. And it all just melted away.

Edgars Mission -_-44

Ray Ray, with her head pushed through the bars of the hay feeder, holding her ground against the other lambs and two cheeky little kid goats suddenly reminded me of all that was good in this world.  Ray Ray, a blind lamb who a kind soul, putting her own comfort aside, drove halfway across the country to save, was eating sweet hay from a hay feeder, both made possible by the selfless donations of people who so wholeheartedly believe in our work. Ray Ray and her buddies, warmly clad in bright and cozy jackets, kindly sent to us with loving messages that often relayed the quirky nature of the previous wearer who was sadly no longer with...

Tuesday, 10 July

22:47

What's the best place for a Eureka Stadium Station? The Iron Road

Eureka Stadium (via Wikipedia)
Eureka Stadium (aka Mars Stadium) in Wendouree has had a lot of upgrades over the last few years, and they've recently started playing AFL matches there. It's great to see this kind of thing happening in Ballarat, but it's clear that in order to run something like an AFL match you need more than just a good oval and a big grandstand - you need a lot of surrounding infrastructure to get all the punters to the ground before the game, and away afterwards.

The second AFL match had much smaller attendance than the first.
Streets up to 1km away from the ground were nonetheless lined with parked cars
It's an absolute nightmare if everyone tries to drive - the roads become clogged and you have to park hundreds of metres away from the ground. So it's really important to allow and encourage people to take public transport to events like this - and if you want people to use PT, you have to make sure it's good. It needs to be fast, convenient, comfortable, and with enough capacity to handle the crowds. It is possible to do this with buses and coaches, but it's undeniable that trains are better on all these counts and would be much more attractive to the average driver. They are, however, a lot more expensive - buses and coaches can run on existing roads, but trains need tracks and stations.

...

16:28

Whats the fuss? Natural Newstead

I was fascinated by the behaviour of these Red-rumped Parrots last week at Cairn Curran.

These images include two separate flocks that I observed whirling in seemingly haphazard circuits, followed by brief touchdowns, and then another burst of erratic flight.

Then a White-bellied Sea-eagle appeared from behind the River Red-gums along the high water mark. Puzzle solved!

Red-rumped Parrots, Cairn Curran, 3rd July 2018

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