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Friday, 12 October

17:01

GPSmyCity App free giveaway Wyld Family Travel

For all our readers we have some great news. Wyld Family Travel has partnered with the amazing new travel app GPSmyCity.! Now you can take Wyld Family Travel articles with you on the go thanks to a partnership with GPSmyCity. What does this mean and how can it help you? Great content from Wyld Family Travel  (and many others) are converted into travel article apps that can be downloaded to your mobile device and used offline in the very cities that the post is about.

GPSmyCity app is a new way to explore the cities of your choice around the world. If the average city walking tour just isnt our thing.  If you feel rushed by the tour guides, if you are taken to places that are not interesting and most of all you feel you have wasted your money then GPSmyCity app could be just the thing for you.

How many times have you read a great blog post with useful tips about what to see and do in a new city you are about to visit, only to think I should make a note of that later, then forget. You cant find reliable WiFi or a hotspot. You waste time and effort trying to find that piece of information that could be easily accessed on the GPSmyCity app anywhere anytime offline.

GpsmyCity takes travel articles from established websites and converts them into an app you can use on your phone complete with route and offline map. Why you ask should you pay something that you can get free online? Its simple as mentioned above the article is city walk or travel article comes with a detailed travel route plotted on an offline map, so you can explore the local highlights and hidden gems on your own.

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07:03

Woorayl hosts state qualifying event South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

WOORAYL Golf Club was the South Gippsland host of one of the 17 nine-hole district qualifying rounds of Sundays the Play 9 event, conducted by Golf Victoria.
This is the second year that this event has been played, and it is now establishing itself as a permanent fixture in the golfing calendar.
Qualifying events are played at club level, and players then progress to the district playoff. The format was changed from last year, and given that it was delayed in its release, there were exceptions granted to allow other players to participate with the district finalists. The top two stableford scores for the men and women not only receive a prize for the day, but also the chance to play in the State Final at Royal Melbourne on Sunday, November 4.
On welcoming the eleven men and six women, Golf Victorias Darren Cole, Regional Development Officer for Gippsland, announced that there would be an additional spot for both men and women at Royal Melbourne, which certainly added further incentive. He congratulated all those who had made it to the district event, and thanked Woorayl for hosting the day.
The morning was absolutely perfect for golf, and the course was in great condition, allowing impressive scores to be posted. In the ladies event, the qualifiers were Betty Williamson of Lang Lang, who was a clear winner with a fabulous 22 points (27), Elly Berryman of Woorayl, who was runner up with 16 points (16) on a countback from Marianne Leaver of Leongatha (27). The three qualifiers in the mens draw all posted a score of 19 points, so a countback decided placings, with Stuart Canning (14) of Foster as the winner from Tony Vanin of Foster (8) and Marcus Luscombe of Woorayl (11). If any of the qualifiers are successful in being in the top two men and women from the Victorian Play 9 final at Royal Melbourne, they will earn an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney. These players will participate in the national Play 9 event at The Lakes Golf Club on day three of the 2018 Australian Open, and a win here would see them off to the 2019 British Open. Good luck to all qualifying players!

Ladies
THE Country Teams golf competition was played on Monday, October 1, to Wednesday, October 3. The district team of South Gippsland Ladies were in action at Keysborough on Monday and Cranbourne on Tuesday, as they competed in the yearly event.
Having won Division Three last year, they were promoted to Division Two, and the goal set by team manager Anne Walker was to maintain this ranking or improve on it. The five-team round robin draw saw South Gippsland players faced with a challenge, as they had to play two 36-hole days, and rest on the Wednesday whilst the other teams played. A team of ten players were selected, with seven participating in each round. These players were: Ali Adams, Wonthaggi, Anne Walker, Wonthaggi, Andrea Thorson, Meeniyan, Dot Christie, Meeniyan, Faye Morris, Phillip Island, Jacqui Baker, Ph...

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Thursday, 11 October

17:58

AEMOs Zibelman: Transition out of coal does not mean lights going out RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AEMOs Zibelman says exiting coal fired generation does not mean the lights going out. The post AEMOs Zibelman: Transition out of coal does not mean lights going out appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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17:50

Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Lets Do It. Mountain Journal

Auden Schendler is well known to many skiers and riders as being a key figure in snow industry efforts to move towards sustainability. He is the Vice President of Sustainability at the Aspen Snowmass resort in Colorado.

Just before the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C report was released, Auden co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times with Andrew P. Jones. Given Audens pivotal role in the snow community, I thought it was worth sharing some excerts from it here which underscore the political challenge we face if we are serious about resolving the climate problem. The full article is available here.

Auden and Andrew say:

On Monday, the worlds leading climate scientists are expected to release a report on how to protect civilization by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the rise already in the global temperature average, this critical goal is 50 percent more stringent than the current target of 2 degrees Celsius, which many scientists were already skeptical we could meet. So were going to have to really want it, and even then it will be tough.

The world would need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster than has ever been achieved, and do it everywhere, for 50 years. Northern European countries reduced emissions about 4 to 5 percent per year in the 1970s. Wed need reductions of 6 to 9 percent. Every year, in every country, for half a century.

Wed need to spread the worlds best climate practices globally like electric cars in Norway, energy efficiency in California, land protection in Costa Rica, solar and wind power in China, vegetarianism in India, bicycle use in the Netherlands.

Wed face opposition the whole way. To have a prayer of 1.5 degrees Celsius, we would need to leave most of the remaining coal, oil and gas underground, compelling the Exxon Mobils and Saudi Aramcos to forgo anticipated revenues of over $33 trillion over the next 25 years.

And while the air would almost immediately be cleaner and people healthier, the heartbreaking impacts of climate change flooding in London, New York and Shanghai, as well as in Mumbai, India; Hanoi, Vietnam; Alexandria, Egypt; and Jakarta, Indonesia, to touch on just one consequence would continue for decades, regardless of emissions cuts, because of the long life of man-made greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.

Of course, there is growing awareness that the IPCC report, dire as it is, probably radically under estimates the real impacts of climate change. This is for a range of political and process reasons (incl...

07:03

Wildcats runners-up South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

THE Korumburra Wildcats Under 18 Boys VJBL team narrowly missed out on taking the Division 2 Championship in the final game of the season against Frankston.
The team comprised of players from all over the South Gippsland region and started the game strongly, jumping out to a quick eight-point lead thanks to some strong shooting from Keith Robinson.
The game became more defensive in the second quarter with Frankston pegging back a few points thanks to some nice finishing from limited opportunities.
The Wildcats were up four points at half time.
The third quarter started at a fast pace with Frankston making some early baskets.
Patrick Ryan steadied the ship for the Wildcats with some nice mid-range shots, but they were not dropping for any of the other Wildcats, the third quarter belonging to the Blues, up six going into the last quarter.
The Korumburra boys lifted their intensity immediately, Brady Mitchell a beast on the boards and Keith Robinson lighting it up from the perimeter splashing three pointers at will.
With under two minutes to go coach Scott McKenzie had done a great job to get the team within striking distance, only three points down.
Unfortunately, the couple of good looks they had wouldnt drop and Frankston held on for a slim four-point win 55-51, in a highly entertaining game of basketball.
Keith Robinson 27pts and Patrick Ryan 12pts were the stars for the Wildcats.

The post Wildcats runners-up appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

Wednesday, 10 October

22:39

Winners picked Foster Community Online

TWO local projects have been given the green light for funding after a hotly contested Pick My Project initiative. Securing 183 votes and 180 respectively, OSCA The Fish Creek []

22:20

No show for 2019 Foster Community Online

THE Foster & District Show is ready to go into hiatus with the committee voting at last nights meeting (Tuesday, October 9) to have a years break and stage []

22:16

Communication breakdown Foster Community Online

AN apparent communication breakdown over Telstra works in the main street of Foster has drawn the ire of a local trader. Foster businesswoman Deb Harris said she had no forewarning []

10:11

Networking not hard work News The Star

JUDGING by the positive response and good numbers, the first of the new network meetings for the Leongatha Business Association will almost certainly become a regular event.

To be held every three months, the meetings are designed to be informative and fun, involve one or two guest speakers and give the business community time to chat informally.

The regular administrative stuff which others may find a little tedious is being dealt with by the association committee at its monthly meetings, leaving members of the business community to listen to some speakers with topics relating to small business.

The first speaker at the Leongatha RSL last Monday night, October 1 was accountant Jim Pickersgill of Jim Pickersgill and Associates.

He spoke about changes in his own business, referring to the end of an era and the beginning of a new one and the need to retain and employ a good team, find a suitable business location and start building the business.

Mr Pickersgill talked about the importance of customer service and how this is paramount to running a successful business. Some businesses do it well but unfortunately some not so well, he said.

I am really pleased to see how this association has come along by working together and keeping the town going. It has certainly refocused and revitalised. The association has really encompassed all businesses in the town, not just the retailers but service industries and commercial as well.

Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien then talked about his role as a local state MP and the issues which he deals with.

There are many issues brought to me but the biggest one, probably 90 percent, is a problem with a road, he said.

He said often people come to him with an issue thats either federal or local government but he is happy to offer advice or refer that person to the correct authority.

Talking about the upcoming election, Mr OBrien said it was hard to judge how he was performing.

We have an election in November and the only way I will be judged and know where Im at is when people cast their vote. I hope I have done a good job so far, Mr OBrien said.

 

Informal discussions: from left, Leongatha Business Association president Brenton Williams catches up at the...

09:27

Vic Emergency issues smoke alert for Wonthaggi South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

VIC Emergency has issued a Community Information Air Quality Alert for areas around the Wonthaggi Golf Club where some fires were allegedly lit last night in several piles of timber.

The alert is for the following areas: Dudley, Hicksborough, North Wonthaggi, South Dudley, Wonthaggi and Dalyston. The alert was issued at 1:21 this morning, Wednesday, October 10.

You will see or smell smoke across parts of Dalyston, Dudley, Hicksborough, North Wonthaggi, South Dudley, Wonthaggi.

The smoke is from a suspicious fire in a large pile of trees at the Wonthaggi Golf Course and has drifted around the area.

Firefighters are working to extinguish this fire.

It may be smoky or hazy in your area.

There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.

As CFA have a number of fire trucks in the area, be aware of extra vehicles in and around South Dudley Road and the golf course area.

What you should do:

* Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).

* If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

Smoke and your health:

* Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.

* If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.

* If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.

* If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.

* For more information about smoke and your health visit the Better Health Channel www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.

This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

Unless the situation changes, this will be the last smoke message issued.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:

* www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

* VicEmergency Hotline freecall 1800 226 226.

* VicEmergency app.

* Facebook or Twitter.

* Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

More details at http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/5036/moreinfo

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09:25

1,000 km by bike through the Alps for climate action Mountain Journal

On Oct 13 Clycle 2018 will leave Federation Square in Melbourne, with the plan to cycle all the way to Canberra via the Australian Alps.

Clycle 2018 is described by the organiser as a non-charity bike ride. The idea is that instead of pledging money, supporters pledge actions that will help to fight climate change. This is an unsupported trip so riders need to be fit and competent in remote areas and able to ride long distances (they expect to average 80 100 kilometres a day).

The organiser Peter Foot says Im riding a bicycle from Melbourne to Canberra, a distance of 1000km, whilst carrying an inflatable elephant. Im doing this to bring attention to the climate crisis (the elephant in the room), and to start conversations about this most pressing of issues. Its the largest threat to our way of life, yet it is rarely discussed in the media, or in polite company, and I want to change this.

Grand Departure: 9am, Saturday 13th of October, Federation Square Melbourne.

There is a facebook page available here.

There is a great list of actions you can pledge to take on climate change on the website (ideally you will post about them on the Adventure Cycling website).

The route looks amazing: heading east from Melbourne through the Dandenongs, the Upper Yarra to Warburton, into the Yarra Ranges National Park and Marysville, then north of the divide, Mansfield then back roads to Myrtleford. Into the Upper Murray and finally over Dead Horse Gap to Jindabyne and then the Monaro Tablelands to Canberra.

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07:45

Kalbar and Climate Change the Greenwash Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

Protest against the mine.

The proposed Fingerboards mineral sands mine is becoming an election issue in East Gippsland with 3 candidates so far expressing opposition to it. Kalbar Resources have recently opened a shopfront in Bairnsdale with an apparent greenwash claim of sustainability in its window. Since no mine is sustainable their environmental claims rest upon the need for rare earths (RE) in the transition to renewable energy.

Their website claims correctly that the Rare Earths is a group of elements that are not actually that rare in the earths crust, but are rare to find in economic concentrations. The Fingerboards deposit is rich in the highly valuable rare earths and then incorrectly asserts These rare earthsare essential totemperature magnets used in windfarms, and the powerful batteries in electric vehicles. Elsewhere it is noted that the Enercon wind turbine from Germany currently the worlds largest has no components with RE minerals. Some unconfirmed estimates suggest that as little as 10% of wind generators have RE minerals in them.

Further the website claims Once in production, the Fingerboards is expected to supply up to 10% of global demand for rare earths required for the development of clean energy. This will be pivotal, to Bloombergs estimate of wind and solar energy reaching a combined 48% of global energy capacity by 2040. The proposed Gippsland off-shore wind farm would consume roughly 50% of the Fingerboards annual Neodynium and Prasodynium (NdPr) production, enabling the construction of 14,000 gigawatts of wind power annually; enough to power 14 million homes. Rare earths production from the Fingerboards is enough to construct 2.8 million electric vehicles annually.

Aside from an outdated Bloomberg estimate the tone of the website implies that none of this will happen without the mine. As well as noting the absence of RE in at least some wind turbines (above) Kalbar are not considering alternative supplies, product substitution and possible recycling of these materials. That without the Fingerboards mine the clean energy revolution will not occur is arrant nonsense. And it will almost certainly happen a lot faster than the Bloomberg prediction.

Though promoting the clean energy revolution and RE in their publicity it shou...

07:03

Local Taekwondo tournament success South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

Dylan Rielly took home a second-place trophy from the Open Style Martial Art Tournament.

TWO local Taekwondo students were recognised at the Open Style Martial Art Tournament (OSMAT) recently.
Dylan Rielly and Paul Lawrence both took home second place trophies from OSMAT, with Dylan competing in Male Open Form/Kata/Poomse, and Paul in Male Over 40 Point Sparring & Continuous Sparring.
Both are students at Pakenham and Bass Coast Taekwondo, where theyve been learning life skills, core values and self-defence in a purpose-built fitness training hall called Dojang.
Chief instructor James Heenan said he was incredibly proud of all students and their achievements.

The post Local Taekwondo tournament success appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

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