Reasons why we should follow the sun

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THE future of our community energy needs are clear to me, right there in the name created by Clement John De Garis when he got £20,000 from the Australian Dried Fruit Association to promote our district and its produce in the 1920s: Sunraysia.
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The one constant thing in our region, the ever-shining sun, can be our ticket to boosting our economy.

We can lead the change in the way ­energy is produced and sold in our region, and ­nation.

We have the opportunity to harness this natural resource, on both a small and large scale.

Australians are the greatest investors in rooftop solar in the world and, if coupled with battery systems, we can increase our own energy independence.

Combine this personal approach with community action and we could be looking for funding at local, state and federal levels.

Public and private investment in the creation of a new local industry around solar generation and housing could make us net producers of energy.

The clean-tech revolution is a critical ­issue, a great opportunity for our community, one I feel our leaders have overlooked in favour of a reliance on coal.

Stronger advocacy for energy security and publicly purchased and owned systems could offset rates and other costs in the ­municipality once initial costs were recouped.

Sunraysia is in a prime geographical location to capitalise on the clean-tech revolution.

Along with more autonomy by meeting our own energy needs and supplying a surplus to the growing green market, we should strive to become a regional hub for administration through the Murray-Darling Basin.

Let’s consider a great leap forward for our region, using the advantages of our location to meet the essential goals of energy and ­water security for a better future.

Jason Modica,

Mildura Council candidate

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False connection between winds and turbines

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AS new One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts demands “empirical evidence” for ­climate change, here it is.
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Those SA wind turbines, once they were built, huffed and puffed and just blew down 20 transmission towers in a catastrophe that has devastated an “embarrassed” state.

Ironic really – the correlation is so tight that this has to be the case. You have the wind turbines and the transmission towers are blown down.

Even Prime Minister Turnbull has said energy targets were the cause (“let’s get the balance right”).

This of course means burning more coal while we can get away with it.

I guess that means the multi-billion­-dollar cost of repair facing SA won’t be ­included in the money we spend to subsidise the coal and oil industry at about $9 billion per year.

I’d say there’s an alternative view. The wind turbines didn’t blow down those transmission towers, the extreme wind and weather event did.

There is, in measured reality land, so much more energy in the earth’s weather systems. It is we who’ve created an ever-increasing blanket of heat trapping gases.

It is this extra energy that is heating the land, water and air and in turn this is the real cause of dramatic, high-cost and destructive weather events. Mr Turnbull, the renewable energy targets for the future didn’t cause this catastrophe – we are living in the present.

The transmission towers falling over had nothing to do with the generation systems, which included wind turbines.

It is extra energy, like turning up the gas under a saucepan of water – the more there is the greater the impact. It will get worse and quickly as the energy trap is in exponential growth.

The outcome is called climate change, man-made and supported by those with vested interests. What are yours?

Robert Biggs,

Mildura

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Mental health issues need our daily focus

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October is Mental Health Month, during which we put extra emphasis on understanding and recognising mental health issues.
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It is important to reflect on this, but I implore everyone to extend their reflection outside October.

Signs of mental health issues can be hard to detect or even deliberately hidden, therefore mental health awareness should be something we think about on a daily basis.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is “Learn and Grow”.

My organisation, Youth Off The Streets has, and always will, encourage our young people to constantly learn about recognising and coping with various mental health issues.

Our services provide psychologists, counsellors and trained youth workers to give our young people the best possible support they so desperately need, but we still cannot reach every affected young Australian.

I have dedicated my life to helping the disadvantaged youth of Australia turn their lives around, and as such I have seen many of our youth struggle with a broad spectrum of mental illnesses.

These illnesses are severely affecting our youth, with a significant number of cases developing in to long-term issues or even resulting in suicide.

Without continuous care and support, our young people run the risk of developing these long-term issues and this is simply not something we can allow to happen.

Using this chance to tackle mental health issues in young people is crucial, as giving young people support and coping mechanisms in such a transitional period of life sets them up for a successful future. Youth Off The Streets will always advocate for young people in their battle with mental health issues.

However, this month I call for more to be done. I ask that we take this Mental Health Month as an opportunity to grow as a nation and stand by our young people.

Father Chris Riley,

CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets

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Monster Jam coming to Brisbane, and our reporter takes it for a test drive

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Monster Jam ambassador Rhianna Buchanan in Brisbane ahead of the show on October 1. Photo: Robert ShakespeareI can’t say driving a monster truck was on my bucket list, because I never imagined it would actually happen.
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But a few days after getting the offer, I’m strapped into a five-point harness inside the one-seater Alien Invasion at QSAC on Brisbane’s southside. And she’s roaring, insisting we should go.

It’s a towering white machine, with hard black wheels around a green centre, and leaning on the accelerator with my right foot makes her jump and rattle.

Monster Jam ambassador Rhianna Buchanan gives me some sage advice before I hop in the seat: “It’s all about controlling your enthusiasm.”

“You are so protected and you feel so incredibly safe – you’ve got all the right gear on,” she said.

“But as soon as that engine starts up, you are going to get incredibly excited.

“It’s about making the absolute most of the experience – not everyone gets to drive a 5500kg monster truck, it’s 4 metres wide, 4 metres tall.

“It’s enormous and you are in control of everything.”

Ms Buchanan, who is also an announcer and stuntwoman, said she grew up riding bikes, growing up in Beaudesert and the Logan area.

“I learnt how to drive at an early age, ATVs, buggies, absolutely anything I could get my hands on,” she said.

Ms Buchanan, 29, said there were about 10 female Monster Jam drivers.

“There’s 10 women getting out there every weekend in the stadium and really putting it to the guys and putting on a great show for all the fans out there,” she said.

“It’s something we’re seeing in a lot of different motorsports these days, which is really fantastic, and I hope that I can not only help encourage it but help encourage other girls out there.”

While Ms Buchanan has completed her first stage of training at Monster Jam University, and hopes to drive the trucks on tour in 2017, I’m an extremely long way from giving up my day job.

No taking on the Grave Digger, flying over jumps and crushing cars for me just yet.

I awkwardly haul myself up into the driver’s seat, wearing my restrictive and toasty warm safety gear, where I’m so securely tied in that I can barely move my head and shoulders.

The crew gives a rundown of the controls.

You’re in park, “just like an automatic”, they say. Put your foot on the brake, pull the power lever, pull the fuel level, flick a switch, and the metal and rubber machine shudders to life.

It has first and second gears, but I’m told to stick to first. And don’t forget to push the fuel lever back in and return to park, with a foot on the brake when you turn it off.

Oh, and you can steer using the front wheels via a detachable steering wheel and the back wheels using a switch that presses right or left.

I run through the sequence again and again in my mind but strangely I’m not scared.

We test the kill switch via the radio that gives the people who actually know how to drive these things the ability to shut the Alien Invasion down if I get into trouble. That’s very reassuring.

And then it’s time to drive.

I get off to a slow start, but it feels pretty fast and there’s only a few moments where the Alien feels like it lurches forward. But in retrospect that’s probably the opposite of what you want from your monster truck.

And when I’m cornering at the end of the straight, I realise I’m only turning the switch to turn the back wheels left – not the actual steering wheel. The steering wheel that is for, you know, steering.

I get a bit stuck in the corner, so the instructor runs over and tells me to chuck it into reverse and do a three-point turn.

I’ve got this, I think to myself. Want me to do a reverse-parallel park next? You got it.

Back down the other end of the field and I can’t… seem.. to.. get… Alien… to… turn and keep moving. The motor is running, but I’m only bouncing forward and back a little. It’s confounding.

Turns out I should have hit the gas a bit harder.

I just thought I was stuck in the grass. Because the mortal enemy of a 5 tonne supercharged machine – named after the futuristic potential annihilation of the human race – is lush, green grass.

So, I’m not going to be the next superstar of Monster Jam.

But I had a damn good time.

Monster Jam will be at QSAC at Nathan on October 1.

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Here we go again: more bad weather

by admin on March 20th, 2019

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The winter that wouldn’t let go: another cold front is on its way, this one of twice-a-year strength so to be taken seriously. Photo: Getty ImagesHere we go again… more bad weather on its way. From the Bureau of Meteorology:
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For people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay. This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Mandurah, Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Albany, and Esperance.

Weather Situation

A deep low pressure system will move south of Albany and an associated strongcold front will move over southwest parts of the State during Saturday.

This weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100kilometres per hour that could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. Inisolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could causeSIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

DAMAGING WINDS are likely to develop south west of a line Busselton to WindyHarbour between 3am and 5am Saturday, and extend to south west of a lineMandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Saturday. Small hail is possible,with thunderstorms likely south of a line Bunbury to Esperance.

DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS are likely which could cause SIGNIFICANT beacherosion.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely toproduce the kind of weather that is around twice a year.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drainsand streams.Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there islightning.If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loosedebris.If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’sweb site at梧桐夜网bom.gov419论坛or call 1300 659 213.

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