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Friday, 22 June

17:54

The inaugural Australian backcountry film festival Mountain Journal

Its time for our own festival! This set of short films comes from a number of different producers and features some lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain.

The evening will be introduced by film maker Stephen Curtain, who made the great Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming. Aside from revealing a few of the behind the scenes and back stories to the film, Stephen explores the connection of the Australian Alps to Antarctica where he has worked as a polar videographer. Supporting alpine and polar science and research, Stephen discusses the role we can all play to protect our winters.

Matt OKeeffe, head of Falls Creek ski patrol, will talk about backcountry safety.

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07:04

Island Pro set to return South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

AFTER a successful 2017 event, the Phillip Island Pro will be returning to the Bass Coast in 2018 for its second running and will bring more than 120 professional surfers to the wave-rich region.
The QS1000 ranked World Surf League event saw 120 competitors compete last year in incredible conditions that showcased the variety of surf on Phillip Island.
The event will be held from November 2 to 6 at the primary location of Cape Woolamai with the option of moving to other areas of Phillip Island if necessary.
The event will include an Indigenous Invitational along with a Junior Challenge that will run throughout the waiting period.
The inaugural Phillip Island Pro was a massive success, Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said.
To have more than 120 competitors involved with 80 per cent of them coming from interstate was a massive boost to the local economy.
We had an incredible day of waves at Cape Woolamai followed up by two days of great waves at the Penguin Parade. It really showcased how diverse and consistent the surf is in the area.
We are stoked to have the support of the Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water to make sure this event happens every year.
The event will continue its commitment to gender equality with equal prize money pool for both Men and Women, $10,000 for each division.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that this commitment to equal prize money is integral to the councils commitment towards gender equality in sport.
I am immensely proud that this event is returning to our beautiful Island where we will showcase not only our fantastic surfing beaches, but importantly our pledge towards gender equality in sport, Cr Rothfield said.
There is no better way to set the standard and provide a positive and encouraging pathway for our young female surfers, than by providing equal opportunities and encouraging equal participation.
I sincerely hope that more tournaments will follow our lead to even the playing field.
The Phillip Island Pro will be held from November 2 to 6.

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Thursday, 21 June

07:04

Stars winners over Warragul South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

INVERLOCHS Senior Womens team faced off against Warragul at Warragul in unfavourable conditions after considerable rain.
The ground extremely muddy and even more rain fell throughout most of the game.
Despite this Inverloch had a strong start and kept the ball in their attacking half early on. The first goal came after a free kick awarded to Inverloch and was taken by Emily Smith. Smith kicked the ball straight to the keeper who fumbled but luckily Smith had followed her kick in and was there to send it straight into goal.
Warragul made several attempts to run for goal but Inverlochs solid defence line soon shut them down. Inverloch continued to dominate the game and a second goal came from Smith who sent the ball flying over the Warragul keepers head and into goal.
At half time Inverloch lead 2-0. Inverloch came out firing again with several early attempts at goal. A free kick was awarded to Inverloch after a handball and this resulted in another goal to Inverloch. Inverloch lead 3-0. Warragul continued to fight back but Inverloch were very strong in defence and Fiona Richardson in the midfield was never far from the action putting in a stellar performance. Smith and Kat Olive made a great run for goal and Smith put in Inverlochs fourth goal for the match, to lead 4-0. Warragul made a run and put their first score on the board late in the second half. Inverloch prevailed 4-1.

Senior Mens
The Stars knew theyd be in for a tough game in their first clash against Warragul, as they wouldnt be able to play their typical brand of flowing football due to the heavy conditions.
The Stars started strongly, with Jordan and Ethan Tomas linking up well down the left-hand side. A sharp interchange of passes by the two brothers put Jordan into some space, which he sprinted on to before pulling the ball to the edge of the box for Barry Farrell to smash in the first goal for the Stars.
More hard running from Jordan led to a cross that Ethan controlled with his chest before putting in to the back of the net.
Warragul started to string some passes together and managed a decent shot which was well saved by Bremner, playing in goal for the Stars.
Jordan Tomas was having a fantastic day; his strength on the ball and ability to make the right pass was putting the Stars in control.
A determined run by Jordan for what others may have seen as a lost cause resulted in a pin-point cross, which was volleyed in by Ethan for his second goal. Mitch Jackson popped up to slot in a fourth Stars goal and a well-deserved moment of glory, reflecting his hard work during the first half.
Warragul managed to pull one back with a well hit shot from outside the box, which the keeper got a finger to, but it wasnt enough to push it over the bar. It was 4-1 to the Stars at half time.
The second half saw the Warragul team come out firing and they commanded the first 20 minutes. A long b...

Wednesday, 20 June

19:55

Surveys protect Yellow Bellied Glider habitat News - Goongerah Environment Centre

A GECO citizen science survey conducted in the Kuark forest has resulted in a new protection zone for Yellow Bellied Gliders. The state environment department has written to GECO confirming the results of their investigation met the requirements for a new protection zone.  

Read the GECO survey report here. 

12:02

Best drone for kids DJI Tello Wyld Family Travel

You would best describe the dji Tello as a mini drone. I for one could not believe how small this drone was. I won a Tello in a contest and my initial thoughts were this will be an excellent kid-friendly drone. Will it be the best drone for kids? If its pedigree is anything to go by it certainly will with dji (the world leader in drones) standing behind it along with an Intel (computers) chip in it.

Straight out of the box the first thing you realise is, that there are no accessories or parts to put together which is great for kids (and for us adults truth be told).  There is no remote control, there is no attaching the propellers, there is no attaching the guards. There is just the drone, 1 set of replacement wings and 1 battery. If you want to talk a about mini-drone the dji Tello is it. The lack of accessories in the box is what makes this one of the best drones for kids straight away as there is nothing to lose parts wise.

The one thing kids will need to have is a phone or tablet to download the Tello app to fly this little machine. The Tello app is where the magic begins and the fun takes over allowing you to take off do tricks and land. I will say there is the option to buy a wireless remote control if downloading the app is not for you or you do prefer to have a control (like a PS4 controller which will allow you to fly the drone that way).

Let us look at some of the Tello dimensions:
  • 9.8cm  x 9.2cm x 4.1cm (3.8 inches x 3.6 inches x 1.6 inches) in size
  • Weighs 80g or 0.17 pounds (propellers and battery included)

This makes the Tello small enough to fit in a backpack or carry on suitcase and light enough that its not a burden for the kids to carry around. One thing you dont like as a parent is to be carrying around any more stuff for your kids. The weight and size make this a great drone for kids.

So, what can a top drone for kids do?

Auto Takeoff & Landing makes a good kid-friendly Drone

Open the app and simply hit the takeoff button to initiate the takeoff and the land button to initiate the landing. There are different landing modes: Tap to land and palm land. In Tap to Land the aircraft lands automatically. Put the Tello in Palm Land and place your palm under the aircraft.  Tap to confirm and the aircraft will land in your hand and stop its motors.

Tip: Make sure to have your palm flat, you dont want your fingers to get whacked by the blades. It wont do any damage to your fingers but it will sting.

 

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