Climate change a burning issue

IT has been a hot, hot summer so far and the bushfires raging in our area and throughout Australia are just an outward symbol of what is going on with the climate.
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Naysayers will argue that Australia has always been prone to bushfires, heatwaves and droughts.

Though this is true, the intensity and scope of the recent fires should however be signalling to all that maybe something else is afoot.

This is not ‘climate as usual’. We are seeing climate change in action. The Bureau of Meteorology even had to add two new colours to its weather maps. Things are heating up!

Unfortunately these fires and the recent extreme heat are not likely to be one off events. It is expected that in our future will see them more frequently and with increased intensity.

This was hit home in a little flagged, yet excellent, report released by the Australian Climate Commission, “Off the Charts: Extreme Australian Summer Heat”.

The key messages from the report are:

* The length, extent and severity of the current Australian heatwave is unprecedented in the measurement record.

* Although Australia has always had heatwaves, hot days and bushfires, climate change is increasing the risk of more frequent and longer heatwaves and more extreme hot days, as well as exacerbating bushfire conditions.

* Climate change has contributed to making the current extreme heat conditions and bushfires worse.

* Good community understanding of climate change risks is critical to ensure we take appropriate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to put measures in place to prepare for, and respond to, extreme weather.

The take home message from this report is clear – climate change is something that we can no longer ignore and hope will go away.

It is not something that will only affect future generations. It is here and it is now.

As a community we need to adapt to the changes that are already upon us and we need to work towards mitigating the consequences that are likely to arise in the future.

For this to happen there needs to be a general acceptance that climate change is happening.

It is easy living in an area as beautiful, clean and temperate as ours to be lulled into a false sense of security that all is well in the world. A quick look at the weather in the past year, however, tells a different story. Severe floods were experienced in China, the Philllipines, Bangladesh, Nigeria, the UK and Australia.

Drought affected millions in Africa, and Brazil and two-thirds of the continental USA.

Wildfires raged throughout Brazil, Colorado, Rwanda and Australia and superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha left death and destruction in their paths.

Severe climate events are happening more and more frequently throughout the world. This should be telling us something.

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Money used to help families

MONEY raised during a premiere screening of fantasy saga The Hobbit recently is being used to help families in need.
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The screening at Ulladulla’s Arcadia Cinema was organised by Harbour Books to raise money for charity, and this week the funds were donated to the Milton-Ulladulla Family Support Service.

Laurece Keith from the Family Support Service said the money would help local families meet urgent expenses for things including clothing, food, school uniforms and shoes, or even medication.

“We use it to make things happen,” she said.

“We are here to help anyone who is looking after children, whether it is a young single parent through to elderly grandparents.

“However we try to make sure the money is not used duplicating assistance that is available from elsewhere,” Ms Keith said.

HELPING HAND: John Katsoulis from the Arcadia Cinema and Michelle Evans from Harbour Books present a cheque to Laurece Keith from the Milton-Ulladulla Family Support Service.

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Off and racing

James Harker-Mortlock and Angus Taylor at the recent Fire Ball organised to raise money for BlazeAid. Photo: Karan Gabriel.JuliaGillard’s shock election announcement was still sinking in, when one localcandidate came out swinging.
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IndependentHume candidate James Harker-Mortlock accused the Liberals of dropping theBarton Highway off its priority list.

MrHarker-Mortlock said it was in violation of the Coalition’s 2007 electionpromise.

Hesaid the Liberal Party had recently published its intention to support otherbillion-dollar road projects if elected, but had made no mention of the Barton.

TheLiberal publication ‘Our Plan – Real Solutions for All Australians’ lists majorroad projects such as the $1.5 billion WestConnex Sydney, $1.5 billionEast-West Link Melbourne, $1 billion Gateway Motorway Brisbane, $400 millionMidland Highway Tasmania duplication, the Toowoomba Range crossing and the $5.6billion Pacific Highway duplication.

LiberalHume candidate Angus Taylor dismissed the allegation as a political stunt,saying the publication was not intended to be an exhaustive policy document.

“TheBarton Highway always was, is and will be a priority for the Coalition.

“Theplan we have put out is a directions and priorities document. It doesn’tinclude all our policies and initiatives.” The party would be publishing thoseafter May’s budget, he said.

MrTaylor said he had been door-knocking in Yass and Murrumbateman recently andknew how strongly residents felt about the Barton issue.

“I’llbe driving on it myself today, and I’m well aware of the need to fix thisroad,” he told the Tribune on Monday.

“Theproblem with the Barton Highway is very serious but demands from independentswho can’t deliver anything are irrelevant,” he said.

“It’stime for independents and other parties to explain how they will deliver andcommit to these things.”

Katter’sAustralian Party candidate for Hume, Bruce Nicholson, said the Barton was anissue he would support and fight for.

“Itwas originally costed at $270 million and the Liberals are talking about threemajor road projects that are $1.5 billion each – so surely $270 million for theBarton Highway is a small amount [by comparison].”

Hewondered whether residents would consider temporary toll gates erected as eachsection was built. State government funding was another option worthconsidering, he said.

ChristianDemocratic Party candidate Adrian van der Byl said he’d support the Bartonbeing funded but it seemed unlikely while the carbon issue was attracting somuch attention.

“In myconsidered opinion, if the government stopped spending on fraudulent carbondioxide abatement schemes we’d have a lot more money for it,” he told theTribune.

Labor is yet toannounce its candidate. Yass branch president David Grant said someone had beenchosen but the party was awaiting formal process before making theannouncement. He said the party would continue to treat the Barton duplicationas an important priority.

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Variety of acts for Rex Theatre fundraiser

Friday, February 8, Dolly Diamond Fundraiser @ Rex Theatre, Daylesford
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This is a major fundraiser for the Rex Theatre featuring performances by Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher, including drinks, nibbles and an auction of art works by a range of artists.

Cabaret icon Dolly Diamond will return to the region, with a story to share, titled Welcome to my Lady Garden. She will be backed by her three-piece band, including Cameron Thomas on piano, and also featuring backing vocalists Clare Hendry and Bek Chapman of The Nymphs.

This is a chance to be entertained in an informal atmosphere and to raise money for this valuable asset.

Friday, February 8, The Zaporozhets @ The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

The Zaporozhets formed in Melbourne in 2011 from a common love of Eastern European music and Spaghetti Western themes and have incorporated these influences in their own compositions.

The band explores elements found in Russian Folk, Klezmer and Balkan music, blended with Jazz and Latin.

The band features Justin Marshall on accordion (Zulya and the Children of the Underground), Michael Timcke on clarinet (Ballarat Ska Orchestra), Matt Saunders on guitar (The FS McCrakins), Fran Evans on double bass (The Slivovich Orchestra, Oculus Quartet) and Rory McDougal on Drums (Black Arm Band).

Saturday, February 9, Richard Perso @ Horvat’s Wine Bar

Richard Perso is musician currently making an impression on the music festivals of Australia.

His instruments on stage immediately attract your attention, including three didgeridoos, four acoustic guitars, a stomp box (foot kick drum) a tambourine, guitar pedal board, and Marshall amplifier.

To make life even more interesting, each guitar has two pickups, one acoustic, and a second magnetic pickup allowing both lead and rhythm guitar to be played simultaneously.

Sunday, February 10, Rory Ellis @ Old Hepburn Hotel

Rory is a veteran of the festival circuit, easily slotting into a country festival such as Tamworth or a more eclectic affair such as Port Fairy.

Alternatively Rory can hold his own in a more blues-based environment, an endorsee of Guild guitars with some impressive guitar skills.

In fact, as demonstrated on his latest album, Twisted Willow, he also has skills on a range of instruments including banjo, harmonica and drums on a collection of blues and country tinged tunes, where he even designed the album art.

Observational heartfelt laments (I’ve Laid Here), humorous folk songs (Too Fat To Do That) and very personal reflections (Twisted Willow), make this a compelling collection of tunes.

Most of the other tracks take inspiration from suburban street culture, where characters are based upon his experience examining and frequenting Melbourne’s seedier hotels, and are brought to life with his powerful voice and subtle instrumentation.

Diary Dates

A pretty big weekend at The Old Hepburn is coming up with Mia Dyson returning on February 15 (do book), and Chris Wilson appearing on February 17.

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Grumpy Old Man

I HAVE come to appreciate and simple elegance and unfettered beauty of name tags.
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Now I realise the terms “beauty” and “name tags” are not often used in the same sentence, but people who have moved around a lot will undoubtedly understand my sentiments.

Over the years I have moved street, moved town, and moved state on a fairly regular basis, which has all been about broadening horizons, expanding opportunities, and improving career prospects.

But with each move there are new names to remember, new faces to recall, and additional lives to recollect with all their connections to other people.

Yet while the number of names and faces to be brought to mind seems to constantly expand, the amount of ageing grey matter actively able to recall the information seems to be steadily shrinking.

So I am left stumbling through conversations with various people, all the while thinking, “Who the heck are you, and how come you know my name?”

While I suppose I have become adept at bluffing my way through conversations, and the Australian tradition of calling everybody “mate” is a great help, nothing replaces the art of remembering people and their details.

Of course there are people who are particularly adept at remembering who people are, where they are from, who they are married to, the names of their children and grandchildren, their cousin’s next door neighbour’s pets, and so forth, and I am generally filled with envy and hatred for those people.

For the rest of us there are name tags, but I think we should go a bit further than just a name.

How about if everyone wore a tag displaying their name, what they did, and how they were feeling that day – sort of like a more visible and accurate version of the mood rings that many of us bought back in the 1960s and 1970s (for the uninitiated, mood rings supposedly changed colour depending on how you were feeling at the time, but somehow mine usually said I was dead).

For example, a person could be walking along with the tag saying, “Bill, electrician, cranky because I was up all night arguing with my wife,” or “Melinda, lawyer, elated because I just won a big case”, or even “Pete, unemployed, spoiling for a fight”.

They could even be changed throughout the day from “Andy, accountant, eternal optimist”, to “Andy, accountant, optimist turning into a pessimist” as situations changed throughout the day.

With those sort of tags we would be able to remember people, what they did, and also know how to respond to them.

Now wouldn’t that make life easier?

Grumpy.

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Here’s cheers to a corker of a show

BOTTOMS UP: Ivor Hemphrey receives his 2012 Supreme Champion Award from Chief Steward John Hozack during last year’s Milton Show beer and wine competition.IVOR Hemphrey has been making wines of all types since the mid-1950s, and will be one of the local producers taking part in the Milton Show’s beer and wine competition.
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Mr Hemphrey’s grandfather made wine and as he started following the tradition Mr Hemphrey went to the library to read books on wine making.

Now in his 84th year, Mr Hemphrey is still producing quality wines across 72 varieties.

It has brought a range of experiences, including the time he was getting married in 1958 and needed to settle his nerves, which was done with a fortified carrot whiskey. It did the job well.

After 60 years of making wine there has not been a bad batch, there were only two that he did not like.

However Mr Hemphrey is no ordinary wine maker as he makes his wines and spirits using products from the bush and the garden, all types of fruits, vegetables, even thistles and stinging nettles, and there are no preservatives used.

As a keen producer of a range of beverages, Mr Hemphrey is busy preparing his entries for the 2013 home brewing and wine making competition, being staged as part of the annual Milton Show.

The show starts Friday March 1, and all entries need to be lodged between 9am and 6pm on Monday, February 25, or between 9am and 10am on Thursday, February 28.

Special entry forms need to be used & can be obtained from the Milton Show Society Secretary on 44554075, or email: [email protected]南京夜网, website: www.showdayonline南京夜网.

Entry forms are also available from sponsors Lynns Removals and Storage, Keith Purvis Podiatry, Jewellery Plus, Walsh’s Mitre 10 Nowra, Milton Ulladulla Funeral Services, IGA Supermarket Milton, and Hozack Clisdell Lawyers.

There is a new prize of $50 for the best Australian heritage beer (class 20008), and $50 for the best novice beer (class 26001-20008)

Judging will take place on Friday March 1, and the tasting at 2.00pm on Saturday March 2.

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Men charged over taxi bashing outside Dandenong nightspot

TWO men have been charged over the assault ofa taxi driver outside a Dandenong nightclub and for starting a brawl.
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Police said the taxi driver was first attacked by a man who refused to pay his fare, at about 3.20am outside Shoop nightclub in Langhorne Street. The man punched the driver in the head and damaged the inside of the car.

The cab driver got out of the vehicle and was then assaulted by another two men, before six nearby taxi drivers came to his aid and a fight ensued. All involved were injured.

Two men, 23 and 20, were charged and bailed to appear at court at a later date.

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Viva Vika!

Vika Bull. Picture: Julian KingmaFor nearly 30 years Vika Bull has been one of the staples of the Australian music scene.
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SHE grew up singing, she’s made a career out of singing with her sister, Linda, her husband is a drummer, she believes her daughter will be a musician, the books she reads are mainly rock autobiographies and she says she has few passions outside music. But sometimes – just occasionally – there can be too much singing.

Last year Vika Bull visited Tonga (where her mother was born) for a family wedding. True to Tongan culture, there was a lot of singing. “They sing all the time,” she says. “Mum was one of the first Tongans to arrive in Melbourne, in 1956. Mum came out to study nursing, a few more Tongans came out, they formed a little community, started a church. They brought their singing, brought their hymns and we grew up listening to that, listening to the choir.

“Linda, my daughter, and mum and dad go (to Tonga) all the time. It was my first visit in 17 years. I’d forgotten that singing really is a part of the culture. They were singing all day. They’d be doing choir practice somewhere. It was amazing. My husband couldn’t get over it. They sing right through the day, until midnight. I got a little bit sick of it, because it never stops.”

Still, it was good to be back, she says. Did she feel as strong a connection to Tonga as she had before? “Yeah. I was a little bit sad. It’s poor.”

Vika Bull is one of the staples of the Australian music scene. For nearly 30 years she – mostly with Linda – has been ripping stages apart with that startlingly huge voice, creating extraordinary harmonies with Linda’s sweeter, more mellow tones.

She has worked extensively with Joe Camilleri’s Black Sorrows and for many years with Paul Kelly. She has travelled the world singing back-up for Joe Cocker, Sting and Bob Dylan. To have had a career in music for all this time is a great achievement, and she knows it. “That’s how I look at it. I just think I’m lucky to have been able to support myself in a job that I really love.”

The Bulls grew up in a close family. Vika’s and Linda’s mother taught them to sing. As children Vika and Linda would be taken to the Tongan church, where Vika was captivated by the hymns. “They were singing in Tongan so I didn’t understand it but I loved the sound of it. Church was boring. We were made to sit in church and listen.”

Singing with Linda was just instinctive. “It seemed natural, it made sense that (Linda and I) should sing together, a bit of a team.”

When Bull started her own family – her daughter, Mafi-Iolani, was born 15 years ago – she very quickly understood the richness of an extended family. “I had Mafi when I was 31 and I was incredibly selfish, just did whatever I wanted, being a singer and travelling and partying all the time and having a great time,” she says.

“When I told mum I was going to have a baby, she was like ‘Oh no, no, no, no, not you’. I got really upset. Then I had Mafi – who mum delivered – and she was right, I had no idea what motherhood was all about.

“It was terrible. We all lived with mum and it took her about a year to show me how to be a good mum. I didn’t take to it naturally. I was sort of like ‘This is weird’. As soon as the baby was born I handed it straight to mum and she handed it straight back and goes ‘It’s your baby’ and I’m ‘OK, here we go’.

“I’m so happy that I had my mother to show me, blessed to have her. She sat up with her every night – I sat up with her, I didn’t sort of fall asleep or was a lazy cow, I was helping my mother as well.

“I’m really glad I had her [her mother’s help]. One time she went away for the weekend and I was on the couch in tears. I reckon I would have suffered postnatal depression had she not been there. She came and took the baby and said ‘OK, OK, you go out and have a rest and I’ll take care of the baby’ and I came back and I felt much better.

“Living in an extended family was great. There would probably be a lot less postnatal depression if there was a lot more help.” She said her parents “did the same for Linda’s children too”.

How was she after the first year? “Cool bananas! Loved it. Best thing I ever did.”

Bull and her family still live with Bull’s parents. Mafi feels strong connections to her Tongan culture. “She loves it,” Bull says. “Mafi is very fair-skinned with blue eyes, doesn’t look Tongan at all. But she feels more Tongan than she does Australian. She was raised by her grandmother, who is Tongan. She was very hands-on.”

Cultures that don’t embrace the extended family seem to be missing out on this connection. I asked Bull whether she thought their family’s way was the way to live. “Of course. Mum and dad are nearly 80 and they’re not lonely, they’ve got their grandchildren around them, we’re always there, we cook them dinner, we always eat together.

“Our kids love them, they love spending time with them. We can work. They can pick them up from school. They’re always there when the kids come home from school and [they] feed them.”

Being a musician isn’t always great for family life and having this in-built family help has been invaluable. “It’s been great for the career. Because we do go away a lot. We put our kids in schools close to their home so they can walk. I had to work … I went back on the road six weeks after I had Mafi. I’ve got a husband that works as well.”

Mafi, 15, is, by the looks of it, heading towards following her parents’ path. “I’d say she’s probably going to be a musician. Her father’s a drummer, it’s in the blood. We encourage it.”

Bull’s next project is the starring role in At Last – The Etta James Story. The show will feature Bull telling the story of the American soul singer with spoken word and 24 of James’ songs. It will open just over a year after Etta James’ death in January last year.

Bull is excited to be telling James’ story. She first heard about the singer when she was trying out for a late-’50s band called Sophisticated Boom Boom.

“During rehearsals the bass player said I should check out this singer, Etta James,” she says. “I was fresh out of school and listening to EON-FM top-40 stuff. He gave me some of her records, I took them home and just went ‘OK, she’s the one’. I really liked the way she sang and the emotion in her voice … I liked her power. And I liked the way she could tell a story.”

James had a tough life. “Her mother was pretty wild, in and out of jail, would appear then disappear, hanging out with bad men,” Bull says. “Etta was fostered out, went on the road when she was 14, and that’s when she started. She had to have chaperones and her mother would appear and go on the road with her, but she was a bit of a fruit loop. Then it was going on the road and getting hooked on drugs and alcohol, going downhill, then coming back. The drugs didn’t destroy her … she was a survivor.

“It’s an interesting story, just amazing. She had children and they had a bit of a rough time with a mother with drug-addiction problems.”

Bull’s experience as a singer is huge. She reflects on working with Sting, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker and Paul Kelly. “They’ve all been fantastic. Joe was great, he was a great teacher, he taught us about touring and singing seven nights a week.”

She remembers looking out at the large crowds at Billy Joel and Sting shows. “Doing those stadiums was pretty intimidating,” she says. “You’re there thinking ‘Why am I here?’ Everyone’s there to see the main act, but it’s good experience being on a big stage.”

Kelly was a strong mentor and encourager. “Paul Kelly always encouraged me and Linda to write [songs] and we don’t do it that much … Linda and I really like singing with Paul, we like the blend. His voice cuts through. Linda’s is mellow and smoother, mine can hurt the ears a little bit, Paul has a very powerful voice. I think the three together, when we harmonise [it works].”

And Kelly writes great lyrics. “They are really good to sing. When I go back and sing songs with Linda that we wrote when we were young, I cringe, I’m thinking ‘This is crap’. What were we thinking? We were 18. “[Songwriting] is like pulling teeth. I hate it.”

She wishes she was able to write songs. “It makes sense. It’s something I probably should have worked on a lot more when I was younger. I’d have to sit down and treat it like a nine-to-five job, and I’m too restless to do that. I could be out swimming or cooking or hanging out with mum and dad or my sister. I was too lazy. Linda loves it but I don’t.”

Is Bull tempted to look back on crossroad moments in her career? “I do. I think there are opportunities that have been missed. When you’re young, you think ‘I’m just going to do what I want and everyone else can get stuffed, this is what I want to do’. Sometimes I think we’ve made wrong decisions. Sometimes we’ve had the help there and not really listened to people that were more experienced than us, in the business.”

Why? “Didn’t want to do what they wanted us to do. We wanted to sing what we wanted to sing. It could have been a stepping stone for other things if we’d taken that advice. When we first signed to a record company they wanted us to make a soul album. We didn’t want to sing soul music, we wanted to sing country music. Maybe we should have done the soul thing.”

Still, there might be regrets but she’s been employed for nearly 30 years in the music business. Not a bad effort. “That’s right. Longevity in music – I think that’s our success, that people still want us to sing for them, people still come to our gigs. We’ve been lucky.”

Bull talks about avid fans who come repeatedly to see the sisters. “They’re incredibly loyal. Sometimes I’m a bit embarrassed. It’s because I’ve never done that myself with any band. I just can’t get my head around how they can come and see us sing 10 or more times. I’m like, well, aren’t you sick of us yet? I really enjoy talking to them and I’m really happy that they support us.”

She doesn’t really have passions apart from music. She loves reading autobiographies of rock stars, Etta James’, Neil Young’s (Waging Heavy Peace) and she left Anthony Kiedis’ searing, drug-soaked Scar Tissue on the table, which duly shocked her father when he picked it up.Bull is gearing up for the James show, and is committed to honouring the singer’s life.

“I’ve got to make sure I do a good job and sing properly every night and tell her story with respect, because I really love Etta James.”

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Artistic celebration

NEW magazine Purple Skin is celebrating all things artistic on the South Coast.
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The brainchild of local artist Nikki Wright, the magazine features profiles on local artists beside gig reviews, guides to coming exhibitions and events and more, all wrapped up in a creative and colourful package.

After studying graphic design at the Ulladulla Institute of Design, Nikki realised she would need to either leave town or think creatively to find work.

With the encouragement of her three daughters, Nikki bit the bullet and Purple Skin magazine was born.

Nikki discussed the idea for Purple Skin magazine with local publishing company Harbour Publishing and was delighted when they came on board.

With the first edition out now through the Harbour Publishing website, Nikki is busy working on the second edition, to be released in March.

“We are getting heaps of interest,” Nikki said of Purple Skin.

“We have lots of artists and creatives who would like to participate in the magazine – it’s great.”

While it had been a hard slog to get the first edition out, and to get started on the second, Nikki said she was excited to be it all come together.

Her aim with Purple Skin is to promote all the creativity on the coast.

“I want to really to promote and celebrate art and artists down here,” she said.

An artist and photographer, Nikki said she had spent years exhibiting on the coast and was always impressed with the depth of talent on offer.

“There are so many talented creative people who need that platform,” she said.

“Purple Skin is a network to promote and celebrate art.

“It really is a platform for any emerging and established artist to promote themselves and their work.”

With Purple Skin, Nikki hopes to cover everything creative – from crochet to dance, theatre to visual arts, music to craft.

“We hope the magazine will embrace the creative side of our communities,” she said.

“Because we have the upcoming exhibitions and gigs featured it will be a great way to keep a finger on the pulse on what’s happening.”

Nikki said Purple Skin would cover the greater South Coast and said she understood why so many talented artists were drawn to the area.

“I think it’s the inspiration – there’s inspiration everywhere here,” she said.

Currently in e-book format, Nikki hopes to offer print editions down the track and is calling on the community to support the project.

Nikki said she would love to hear from anyone interested in contributing to Purple Skin, to be released every two months, or from anyone with ideas for articles or features.

To contribute to Purple Skin, contact Nikki via email on [email protected]南京夜网 or visit the Facebook site at www.facebook南京夜网/purpleskinmag

You can buy the first edition of Purple Skin online now through Harbour Publishing at www.harbourpublishing南京夜网.au.

CREATIVE: Nikki Wright is combining her art and photography skills with her graphic design qualifications to create Purple Skin magazine. The first edition is available now.

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Schools welcome new faces

PRIMARY schools across the district went back this week with many prep students embarking on their first year of schooling.
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Principals overall have been happy with student numbers and most schools have implemented transition programs and buddy systems to help their newest members settle in.

Daylesford Primary School principal Peter Burke said the school was happy with its 49 prep students.

“We’ve had a very positive start to the year,” he said.

“We’re just thrilled with the children.”

Trentham Primary School principal Liz Carmody said the school was also set for the new year with 21 preps on the first day, including two sets of twins.

Hepburn Primary School principal Glenda Young said she was also looking forward to a fantastic year with 10 students in prep and 63 students overall. “Our numbers are up and we have a new member of staff on board as well,” she said.

“People are more then welcome to drop in and have a look around.”

An exciting year is ahead for Bullarto Primary with two students starting prep.

The students, twin boys, are settling in well and principal Arthur Lane said he had lots of exciting things in store for them and the rest of the school.

“We’re hoping to begin incubating and raise our own chickens this year,” he said.

“We’ve got goats as well and are looking to get the goats into kid.

“It’s an exciting year for the school.”

Students began school on Thursday.

Most preps will attend shorter days or weeks for the first month of schooling to help maintain a smooth transition.

Kynan and Quinton Cane head off to Clunes Primary School for their first day.

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Committee aims to LIFT local charities

THE region’s worthwhile causes have found a new ally.
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The Local Independent Fundraising Team has been formed to help the region’s charities, starting with the Milton Ulladulla Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

Formed in October last year, the LIFT committee has organised the fundraising long table dinner featuring guest speaker Gail O’Brien at Cupitt’s Winery on February 22.

Committee president Leonie Smith said a second local cause was being finalised, and further opportunities to raise money for the two initial charities were being investigated.

She said the LIFT committee would be organising a series of events over coming months and years to help support the services that looked after the region’s residents.

LIFT US UP: Members of the Local Independent Fundraising Team (LIFT) committee – Dale Wilford, Matt Dell, Leonie Smith, Stephen Marsland and Terry Marchello.

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