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Sunday, 12 November

20:56

Sing Nowell Concert in Foster 17 November Foster Community Online

Fr. Aju Varghese, the Parish Council and parishioners of St Josephs Catholic Parish, Foster, cordially invite local residents and visitors to attend the inaugural concert of Music for Advent & Christmas, []

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11:50

Berwick 18-year-old charged following fatal hit-run, aggravated burglary FPRESS.com.au network

An 18-year-old Berwick man has been charged following an aggravated burglary and fatal hit-run collision on Wednesday.

07:07

Terrorism and Climate Change in Perspective Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

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The crimes and threats of terrorism often dominate the mainstream media in Australia. From the horrific beheadings by ISIS to the murder of journalists in Paris the publicity of these events engenders a certain amount of fear across the country. This fear is easily exploited by cynical politicians who use scare campaigns to maintain their hold on government. But these threats are illusory and the real threat the various disastrous ramifications of climate change is hidden on page 12 of the news or not even mentioned at all.

To put the issues in perspective the total fatalities from terrorist crimes in Australia over the last 100 years, depending on how you define terrorism and excluding actions of the criminally insane, is a handful. This hardly compares with the fact that between 2000 and 2016 there were 35 fatalities in Australia from snakebite. In 2015 alone there were 3000 suicides, 1209 road fatalities, 4 deaths from lightning strikes and 2 from german measles. Thus the chances of you being a victim of a terrorist attack in Australia are exceedingly small. You are far more likely to be struck by lightning or bitten by a snake.

On the other hand some of the effects of climate change, including floods, drought and heatwaves, are already causing substantial fatalities around the globe. The civil war in Syria, for instance, grew out of the worst drought in its history. This extreme weather event was almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. But in Australia it is almost certainly heatwaves (and their more visible and often associated bushfires) that are currently causing the most damage to life and property.

In his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, 2015) Tim Flannery wrote: it was only with the arrival of the twenty-first century that our shifting climate began to influence heatwaves strongly. Humanitys first intimation of just how great a threat to health heatwaves could become arrived in the summer of 2003. Europes summer in that year was the hottest since records began in 1540. In France he noted there were 15,000 heat-related deaths and that these heatwaves could become the norm by mid-century.

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Saturday, 11 November

14:49

Interested in rejuvenating Stockyard Creek? Foster Community Online

A walk around of interested people will start from the meeting room at the rear of the Uniting Church, 14 Station Road, Foster at 5.30pm Wednesday, November 15th. The group []

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14:39

FCA 24 Oct 2017 Minutes Foster Community Online

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14:37

FCA 20 June 2017 Minutes Foster Community Online

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14:30

2017 AGM Minutes Foster Community Online

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09:19

New track proposed close to Federation Peak Mountain Journal

A group of investors are proposing a track to a remote wilderness lake at the base of Federation Peak in Tasmanias South-West.

They have developed a consortium called the Geeves Effect, and are pushing for a 2.5 km track extension to provide walkers with views of Lake Geeves.

According to reports in The Mercury, they say that the bushwalk could rival Cradle Mountain and Three Capes Tracks as a tourism magnet.

The Bob Brown Foundation opposes what it calls an invasion of the citadel of Tasmanias wilderness by private enterprise using public money, warning that it would open the door to private development.

The so-called Geeves Effect plan for a 2.5 kilometre track at Lake Geeves, under Federation Peak, has morphed into a 20 kilometre track and an eco-hub with motels, luxury campsites and roads all at public expense, Bob Brown said today.

The business interests branding up this proposal now want millions of public money to bring their commercial plan to fruition, he said.

The impact on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, famous for its remoteness and naturalness, would be core degradation, he said.

Federation Peak should be left remote, wild and intact, Brown said.

There are much better places, including the Styx Valley of the Giants (with existing road access inside the World Heritage Area), Recherche Bay and the Tarkine, for increasing visitor enjoyment of spectacular Tasmanian scenery, Brown said.

The TWWHA must not be degraded, Brown said.

[IMAGE of Federation Peak by Bob Brown].

 


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