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Friday, 22 September

21:10

City Walk Reykjavik tour reviewed Wyld Family Travel

On a cold January day in Reykjavik, we found ourselves standing with a group of 30 others waiting to start the City Walk Reykjavik tour. The popularity of the Reykjavik walking tour has a lot to do with the price of anything in Reykjavik Iceland. The meeting point was Austurvllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alingi). Mind you, you would never guess it is the house of Parliment. No guards, guns or dogs in sight which really surprised the majority of us in the group. Just a historically old looking stone building in downtown Reykjavik. We were later to learn that a previous Icelandic government was toppled by protestors throwing bananas at the building, it made for a great way to break the ice at the start of the CityWalk tour!

Reykjavik walking tour was funny and informative

Back to the City Walk Reykjavik. Eric was our guide on this day and a funnier more informative guy you would not meet. Some of the stories he told had us all completely in stitches. I would love to tell you some but I am not sure how they would come across in writing. The tour takes you on foot around the heart of Reykjavk starting as we said in Austurvllur and finishing at the Harpa Concert Hall. The main focus is the history of Iceland from the landing of the Vikings and how the country was populated (now thats a funny story told by Eric.) We learn of Reykjavk as a town and its quirks such as the Tree of the Year competition, when you visit you will totally understand. Eric will also go into more detail about Vikings and their way of life as they are very important to Iceland. After all, they settled this country. Statues of prominent Vikings are found throughout Reykjavik. Eric will also tell you about the famous Elves of Iceland and how they are so much a part of the Icelandic way of life. They so well respected and often roads are diverted as to not destroy their homes. The stories of the Elves are great for the kids and even the adults. It makes you look for them everywhere you go as you wander the city. You visit the famous Reykjavik hotdog stand where you talk food, nightlife, music and discuss the part Icelands banks played in the financial crash of 2008.

City Walk Tour Highlights Include:

18:29

Baw Baw finally fills 12 month-vacant director position FPRESS.com.au network

Baw Baw Shire's corporate and community services directorship finally has a new permanent face.

09:23

Has Alpine Shire underestimated the economic and environmental costs of the Dinner Plain Green? Mountain Journal

As reported several times by Mountain Journal, the Alpine Shire in north east Victoria is currently investigating whether to develop a Village Green (oval/ polo field/ elite athlete training ground) in the Dinner Plain village. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and substantial investigations have been carried out to assess the likely environmental, social and economic implications of the proposal. Council is now deciding whether to proceed with developing the Green, which will require the destruction of almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland (an assessment of the environmental impacts of this project is available here).

I have read the relevant documents, inclusive of the Information Booklet and the flora and fauna assessment by Biosis, and have particular concerns about the environmental impacts and associated risks concerning offsets etc.

My biggest concern is that there are potentially significant ecological impacts and associated costs that are risks for the project that are not adequately considered.  I will go through each possible risk below but the biggest overall impact will possibly be on your cost benefit analysis for the project, i.e. if the costs go up any appreciable level then your cost benefit analysis could go into the negative quite easily.

First, I have compared the Village Green concept and the disturbance footprint detailed in the flora and fauna report and would strongly argue that the losses are underestimated for several reasons:

  1. The proposed works area defined by Biosis definitely looks smaller than the drawing in Figure 2 of the information booklet.
  2. It will difficult to limit the works and the impact to the proposed footprint in my view. There will inevitably be disturbance between existing buildings, use areas a nd tracks and the Village Green facility because of the inevitable desire lines that visitors will use between existing private land and use areas and the new Village Green.
  3. Batters have impacts beyond their footprint in most circumstances, including unanticipated impacts at construction, slumping after construction and drainage of water that inevitably encourages weeds. It is suggested that the batter facing the Great Alpine Road will be over 5 m high; this estimate could easily b...

07:34

Hackett hockey victory South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

Alasdair Hackett receiving the Ric Purser Shield on behalf of Waverley Hockey Club.

WONTHAGGI boy Alasdair Hackett has captained Waverley Hockey Club to victory in the Grand Final of Victorias Under 16 Shield Hockey.
Played on Friday, September 8, Waverley fought back from two goals down against Southern United to draw the game 2-2, and then went on to win the penalty shootout, 5-4. Alasdair scored both of Waverleys goals in normal time, in a thrilling match, watched. by a large crowd, on a cold Friday evening at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
In the first two weeks of the finals, Waverley beat Camberwell, 1-0, and previously undefeated Essendon, 5-4 (Essendon had only conceded six goals all year until the semi-final, and had scored 115). Alasdair scored the only goal in the Camberwell game, and three goals plus two assists in the Essendon match.
Alasdair has been selected to represent the Victoria 16 years and under side in Adelaide in December this year, in the Pacific School Games, which involves state and territory teams, plus overseas teams, in 11 different sports and two age groups, in boys and girls competitions.
Anyone interested in joining Wonthaggi five-a-side hockey, played throughout daylight saving, should text John on 0418-500125. Participation is free. Usual hockey protective gear is advised.

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Thursday, 21 September

18:25

Hazelwood Health Study completes baseline cancer analysis News Hazelwood Health Study

The Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study has completed a crucial background analysis of cancers in Latrobe City and surrounding areas in the five-year period prior to the 2014 mine fire. These results will provide a baseline against which to compare future cancer patterns that occur after the fire. Monash University researcher Professor Malcolm Sim said []

07:34

Island Breakers earn seven grand final berths South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

Pauleen Boulton competes for the ball against her Wonthaggi opponent in the semi-final battle.

Finley Dempsey rises high to get the header in the semi-final against Wonthaggi last Sunday.

Marco Chiampo and Cameron Boulton were the Gippsland Soccer League top goal scorers for 2017. Boulton was also the best and fairest runner-up.

PHILLIP Island Breakers have achieved the ultimate with all teams earning a grand final berth in the Gippsland Soccer League finals series.
The Breakers teams will travel to Drouin next Sunday with the hope of bringing a few trophies back to the Island.
Im extremely proud to have all our teams qualifying for the 2017 grand finals. Our coaches and players have worked extremely hard all year and it is great to see them rewarded for their efforts, said Club President Geoff Russell.
Its a huge achievement to have one team make the grand finals, but to have all seven qualify is amazing and I believe its unprecedented.
2017 has been a very successful year for the Breakers with 5 teams finishing on top of the league ladder and winning the minor premiership.
The whole club is buzzing and we are looking forward to the grand finals next week.
Senior Womens Coach Gary Thomas was equally pleased.
It has been a fantastic year for the Womens team, with the team only narrowly missing out on winning the League Championship by goal difference, said Gary.
The team...

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