You’re a hero or a zero in space of one metre

Afterdriving at speeds approaching 250km/hdownthe straights, scrapping the side mirror against concrete walls at 180 and jumping thecar over curbs at well over 150, the top 15 cars qualified within half a second of eachother at Townsville.
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Thatequates to around one-metre in distance between first and 15thand tells us acouple of things. Firstly, the drivers are incredibly skilful but surely in need of some form of therapy. Secondly,this is the most competitive sport in the country,where after three kilometres of near out-of-control madness, you are just an also ran ifyou’re more than one metre behind the winner.

Welcome to Brad Jones’world.

DRIVEN: Albury’s Brad Jones is a man with a plan to win a V8 Championship, saying ‘you keep getting stronger – that’s what you can then build a championship year on’.

Just make it even more interesting, American billionaire Rodger Penske lured Joneskey Driver Engineer combination of Fabian Coulthard and Phil Keens to join his DJRPenske team at the end of last season.

Despite the challenges, Jones said the first half of the year has been successful with two wins and a second from the first sevenevents.

“With change you always go through a difficult period,” Jones said from his office atBJR HQ in Albury this week.

“But I would describe the first half of the year assuccessful. Jason in the BOC car had a great start but we reallystruggled with the freightliner car at the start and getting to know Tim (Slade).

“We both ended up learning a fair bit about each other fairly quickly but now we have beenpretty successful. Even after a tough weekend like we had in Townsville where itdoesn’t suit us, we were still in the top 15, so we have consistency andresults that gives us confidence.”

With only two races left until the teams hit the showcase events of the year – Sandown500, Bathurst 1000 and the Gold Coast 600 – Jones is squarely focused on more racewins and putting the team in position to challenge for a championship.

“We have two tracks coming up where we have struggled a bit – Sandown andGold Coast, but we are working on some things to minimise that,” he said.

“It’s a three-yearplan to win a championship, right now we are still getting to know Tim and he’s stillgetting to know us; my focus is to make sure he finishes the year at worst in the top 10in the championship, but ideally in the top five and we will need a strong secondhalf of the year to achieve that. You keep getting stronger; that’s what you can thenbuild a championship year on,” Jones said.

There is real momentum in the BJR camp and with brother Kim, Jones has theexperience to turn it into on track success. Once known for punchingabove its weight, other teams as well as the sport’s leading commentators nowknow that the Brad Jones Racing team is a consistent top 10performer and thenext step is to win a Supercar Championship.

For this weekend though, as the teamshead to Queensland raceway for round 8, Brad Jones will just be looking to find thatelusive half a second that will put them at the front of the field.

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Tigers far too good for?Rovers

The undefeated Bungendore Tigers continued on their winning way proving too strong for the Boorowa Rovers. The final score favoured Bungendore 38-4 but didn’t really reflect the game.
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It was only in the final quarter of the match when the Tigers began to pull away from a very plucky Rovers team who just couldn’t penetrate some tough defence despite many promising raids.

Bungendore got away to a flying start leading 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

The Rovers launched a counter attack and very nearly crossed just three minutes later. A fiery blow up saw a Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

Boorowa were quick to capitalise with Kris halls crossing wide out after some good lead up work. With the score at 10-4 Boorowa continued to mount several attacking raids but the Tigers defence held firm. Bungendore then went further aheadjust before halftime to make the score 16-4 at the break.

The second half,Bungendore scoredquickly after just three minutes to extend the lead to 22-4. The match began to get heated as both forward packs tried to dominate with some good hits. The Rovers tried hard to penetrate the Bungendore defensive line and probably deserved more points. It was Bungendore however, that raced in three tries in the final fifteen minutes to blow the score out somewhat to 38-4.

Despite the score, it was one of Boorowa’s better displays with some promising signs in attack and some willing defence. Best for Boorowa was Mick Hinds who picked up three points and was creative in attack all day. Kris Halls was also impressive picking up two points and Mr Consistency, Matt Batt got one point. Players player was Mick Hinds whilst the Fabstock award went to Justin Corkery.

In other games on the weekend, Boomanulla won a tight game 28-20 over Braidwood whilst Harden hammered the gunning Roos 52-10 and the North Canberra 54 soundly beat Crookwell 18.

This weekend’s other games see Boomanulla hosting Harden, Bungendore play Gunning and ADFA face a huge task against North Canberra. Crookwell has the bye.

The Rovers have just one home game left for the season on Saturday week when they host ADFA. One date supporters should also note is September 10 when the Ex-services club will host the Rovers presentation night. Meanwhile, this weekend get along and support the lads at Braidwood on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Then on Saturday night the boys will be back at the Courthouse to hopefully celebrate a win.

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Rams ready for race day

MEMBERS of the Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Football Club will swap their playing jumpers for racing attire at Skellatar Park next month.
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FUN FOR ALL: Muswellbrook Rams under-6 Golds’ Lachlan Mills.

And, the local organisation is extending an invitation to residents, and visitors, to attend its annual Rams Race Day on Sunday, August 7, which will be held in conjunction with the popular Bengalla Cup.

“It’s a great low cost event the whole family can enjoy and we would love everyone to come along,” Muswellbrook District Junior Rugby League Club publicity officer Michelle Williams said.

“The more people we have attend the meeting the merrier.

“It will no doubt be a glorious winter’s day with so much on offer.

“We’ll have free laser tag and a jumping castle for the kids, along with a reptile display, NRL games and prizes, a delicious barbecue lunch, full TAB and bar facilities, and a colouring-in station for the ‘littlies’.

“Added to that is a display of vintage cars, a coffee van, slushies, popcorn and fairy floss, temporary tattoo booth for the children as well as beautiful landscaped grounds to sit and relax.

“If you want to have a bet on the Bengalla Cup, you’ll be looked after, too.”

All the action will take place at the Muswellbrook Race Club with gates opening at 11.30am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.30pm.

Entry is just $5 and all children will be admitted free of charge.

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Community diary

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Friends of the hospital July cake stall, Wednesday, July 20, 8.45am until sold out. Wangaratta North East Health cafe. Phone: (03) 5722 5069.The Lions Club of Albury is holding a speaker meeting, Wednesday, July 20, 6pm for 6.30pm start at the Banksia A Room, Commercial Club. Speaker is Shelia Smith. Phone: 0438 658 213.Wednesday, July 20, dance lessons, 10.30am – noon. Entry $2,Old Time and New Vogue. Beginners welcome.Senior Citizens Hall, Havelock St, Wodonga.Ph. 6024 2865.Thursday,July 21,Dance 7.30 – 10.00 .Entry $5.Old time and New Vogue. Music by Adie.Senior Citizens Hall, Havelock St, Wodonga.Ph. 6024 2865Anxiety Support Group,3rdThursday of each month,Age Concern,432 Townsend St, Albury,6pm. Free, age:18+.The Association of Independent Retirees, Albury-Wodonga Regional Branch is holding its AGM on Thursday, July 21, 10am at The Albury Club, Kiewa Street.Speaker is the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport The Hon Sussan Ley MP Member for Farrer. Door entry $4. Phone: 0438 658 213.Diabetes Week public event, Thursday, July 21, 7.30pm, Banksia A Room, The Commercial Club Albury, speakers, raffle with great prizes, all welcome. For more information phone: (02) 6043 1125.Murray Wheezers support group is celebrating Christmas in July on Thursday, July 21at the Birallee Tavern in Wodonga at 12:30pm.$25 for two course meal, partners/friends welcome, RSVP Thelma on 60433234.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Andrew Nabbout signs with Newcastle Jets: interview

OPPORTUNITY: Andrew Nabbout after signing a two-year deal with the Jets on Tuesday. Picture: Marina NeilANDREW Nabbout is back in the A-League with a point to prove after signing a two-year contract with the Newcastle Jets on Tuesday.
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The 23-year-old striker was cut by Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat in May last year and moved to Malaysian second-tier club Negeri Sembilan in December.

But Nabbout is back and eyeing off the Jets’ FFA Cup round-of-32 fixture against Victory at Magic Park on August 3 as a chance to show his former club and the rest of the league that he belongs in Australia’s premier competition.

“100 per cent. A lot of people wrote me off after I got released from Victory,” Nabbout told the Newcastle Herald after putting pen to paper on his contract on Tuesday.

“The first cup game now is against Victory, so I definitely have a point to prove as to why I should be here, and that’s exactly what I’m going out to prove.I’m here to show Newcastle fans why I’m here and why I should be here.”

Andrew Nabbout with coach Scott Miller at Jets training last week.

Nabbout played 36 games for Victory from 2012 to 2015, almost all of them under Ange Postecoglou before Muscat took over in 2013. He scoredfive goals atMelbournebefore joining former Jets defender Taylor Regan at Negeri Sembilan.

“It wasn’t really wrong,” Nabbout said of his limited opportunities under Muscat. “He had Berisha there, and he’s an unbelievable player and he has to be starting in any team, but I was bit disappointed not to get a go at all.

“Most of the time I was left out of the squad. I think I deserved to at least be in the squad, but everyone has their opinions.”

Nabbout wasNegeri Sembilan’s top scorer with nine goals in 14 games before being replaced mid-season by former Brisbane star Henrique last month.

“I did well in Malaysia. Unfortunately performances aren’t always what gets you over the line in those sorts of countries,” he said.

“It’s a lot to do with what happens off the ground.

“I left as top scorer and top assists, but I’ve got to bring that form into the A-League. This is where it counts now.

“I’m coming here not as a squad player but to push for a starting position, and obviously that’s what the gaffer wants.”

Nabbout said he had hoped to sign with another A-League club immediately after leaving the Victory but a combination of factors had worked against him.

“That’s what I wanted, obviously. I wanted it straight after being released from Victory, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m back now, and that’s what counts,” he said.

“I think most of the squads had players in my positions already.

“It was bad timing, and football iswhat it is. It’s a rough game in terms of everything off the ground, finding clubs and being released and stuff like that.

“The main thing is I’m back now with the Jets, and hopefully I can get stuck in pretty quickly.”

Supporters will get an early opportunity to see Scott Miller’s new acquisition in actionin Wednesday night’s friendly against the Northern NSW NPL Select side at Magic Park.

The Jets squad now numbers 21. Milleris expected to sign an overseas striker, a Chinese player and one or two more under-20 development players to complete his roster.

Meanwhile, left back Ivan Vujica has been cleared of serious injury after leaving training on a stretcher last week. The teenager has bad bruising on his ankle.

Jets squad: Ben Kennedy, Jack Duncan; Jason Hoffman, Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Nick Cowburn, Ivan Vujica, Lachlan Jackson, Daniel Alessi; Steven Ugarkovic, Mateo Poljak, Ben Kantarovski, Wayne Brown, Devante Clut, Mitch Cooper; Andrew Hoole, Labinot Haliti, Morten Nordstrand, Andrew Nabbout, Andy Brennan, Radovan Pavicevic.

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SE drains in limbo

Livestock SA president Geoff Power fears for the future of the SE drain network.Livestock SA president Geoff Power says the lack of funding in the State Budget for repairand maintenance of the SE drains leaves the future effective operation of thenetwork in limbo.
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Mr Power said the additional funds required for the drains’ ongoing upkeep had not beenaddressed.

“The State Budget papers show an allocation of $2.293 million for the SE WaterConservation andDrainage Board – which has previously been committed by Minister forSustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter,” Mr Power said.

“However, the question is how much of that will be used for drains maintenance. LivestockSA’s understanding is that majority of the funds will be used for the board’s administrationcosts and that only one‐quarter, or about $600,000 a year, will actually go to drains repairand maintenance.

“The government has long known that more funding than the $2.2m committed was requiredto meet maintenance expectations and requirements. In 2015‐16, there was a $1.639minvestment in maintenance of the SE drainage system but there is no allocation for 2016‐17.

“In March 2015, the community panel – assembled by the government – rejected that the SEcommunity be directly charged to fund the ongoing maintenance and operation of thedrainage network.

“They argued the drains provided benefits to the whole state and, since itwas a state‐owned asset, the government should fund its ongoing maintenance andoperation.

“The drains will deteriorate and all that hard work and effort of previous years will be lost ifthere is no commitment.”

Mr Power said the budget showed there were funds allocated to the SE Flows RestorationProject, but this was a completely separate project to the maintenance issue.

“The project will construct new drains that connect the Blackford Drain with the Coorong tohelp with salinity management in the Coorong South Lagoon, enhance flows to wetlands inthe Upper SE and reduce drainage outflow at Kingston beach,” he said.

“There are some concerns with this project as well in terms of how effective it will be inachieving its goal, the quality and quantity of water that can be diverted to the Coorong, andthat maintenance of these new drains will be handed over to SE landholders to fund.

“Some landholders are concerned there could be major flooding of the drains over pasturesand that some smaller farmers will lose productive land that they cannot replace, impactingtheir longer term profitability.

“South East livestock producers really need to see some leadership and commitment fromthe SA Government to work with them to achieve the common goal of an effective andefficient drains network supporting an extremely productive area of our state – a significantcontributor to the state’s economy.”

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Boulia glory heads south

South Australia’s finest camel, Hook M Up proved too strong once again for the competition at Boulia when it came to the crunch.
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CHAMPION AGAIN: Jockey Chantelle Janesse steers Don Anesbury’s camel Hook M Up to victory in the 1500m Boulia Cup final. Photo: Jan Norton

Boulia’s own camel Uncle Bob had caused an upset by defeating Hook M Upin the heats of the 400m race on Saturday although with the top three qualifying for the final Don Anesbury may havebeen easing up his mount for the big one.

If that was the strategy it worked asHook M Up was the victor in the major event the 1500m Desert Sands Boulia Cup.

To a backdrop of misty rain and chilly air the seven-year-old camel ran the event in just under two and a half minutes, streaking clear of the field.

Hook M Up won by three lengths fromUncle Bob, which found the extra distance just too tough to handle.

Third was Jackie, fourth wasChief and fifth wasLazy Girl.

It was Hook M Up’s second successive Boulia Cup winafter the 2015 race was the first time Anesbury ran him over that distance.

With four local trainers involved, the local camel race was keenly contested.

In the end it was Spike who delivered the goods just holding off Mario.

Sneaky was a long way back in third andCheese and Whiskas finished fourth.

Arguably another local camel Marley was the story of the weekend.

After the previously unheralded beast wonits 400m heat on Saturday in a 20-year record time of 33.40 seconds, it went around the course even faster in the 400m finalon Sunday in a time of just under 33 seconds, smashing its own one-day-old record.

Even Hook M Up couldn’t live with it and was forced to run second.

Biscuit finished third withPete back in fourth.

Fifth wasUncle Bob.

The camel festival moves on to Winton this weekend for the final leg.

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Offal prices flex their muscle

A gourmet offal salad.DEMAND for high-value beef offal like tongue and skirt is holding strong in lucrative markets such as Japan, driven by the Korean barbecue trend.
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As prices for Australian product are pushed up by high cattle procurement costs, exporters appear to have been able to retain volumes to the higher-end offal markets.

Tongue prices are up 122.5 per cent year-on-year and thickskirt nearly 50pc, according to Meat and Livestock Australia’s latest co-product market report.

Tallow prices also gained ground.

At an average $878 per tonne ex-works for one per cent free fatty acid, tallow prices are up 29.1pc year-on-year.

However, across the range of non red meat parts, price variability is high, with year-on-year decreases of around 20pc for lungs, some tripe categories and beef lips. Sheep runners are also back by 73pc.

Beef exporters and market analysts said while the tight cattle supply in Australia was having some impact, it was international market conditions that determined prices for co-products.

Australian offal competes with the United States and Brazil in most markets and their prices and foreign exchange rates often determine how much residual demand comes to Australia, one processor said.

Report author Dennis King, Southern Downs Management Services in Queensland, said a large percentage of Australian tallow went to the renewable diesel refinery Neste in Singapore, where it competes with other products such as palm oil.

“Palm oil volumes are down due to drought in the big palm plantation nations, which has seen Neste shift more to tallow,” he said.

“These prices are strong but not records – just two years ago tallow was trading at $1000/t.”

Meat and bone meal prices have jumped from earlier this year but are steady year-on-year.

Demand from Indonesia has increased as a result of changes to import regulations but 60 per cent of MBM is sold domestically.

Lamb MBM is used in pet food and cattle MBM in poultry and pig feed.

“Demand is strong in line with growing poultry consumption, however the fact other protein sources such as soybean meal are favourably priced at the moment is having a balancing effect,” Mr King said.

Cattle hides are also stable, with NSW small yearling hides averaging $25.67 per hide, Queensland $25 and Victoria $28.

“The fall-off in the Australian dollar has kept domestic prices steady,” Mr King said.

“It has been the saviour for our farmers and processors as demand from our major market, China, has been under pressure.

“Hides in China are mostly used in furniture and the automotive industry and that type of discretionary spending is the first to go in an economic downturn.

“We are hoping the annual Shanghai Leatherfare at the end of August will spark increased demand.”

Overseas buyers savvyAUSTRALIAN offal competes with the United States and Brazil in most markets and their prices and foreign exchange rates determine how much residual demand comes to Australia, beef exporters say.

Co-products account for around 11 per cent of a slaughtered animal and have an estimated value of $1.7 billion per annum.

Australian offal used to make beef lip tacos in Mexico.

Meat and Livestock Australia says around 80 per cent of Australia’s offal is exported around the world, with Japan the single largest overseas market.

It’s latest co-products market report shows that beef offal prices have increased, while sheep offal is steady.

Export sales manager with NH Foods, which exports to more than 34 countries, Andrew McDonald said demand for tongue in Japan was on a steady upward curve.

“It is a traditional entree item and menus label it Australian product,” he said.

“Australia has a strong reputation for clean, green and safe product.

“Because supply has fallen away, we are now very close to the price point where these customers may shift to other suppliers.”

Mr McDonald said overseas customers were attentive to news of supply in Australia and had looked to ensure they secured inventory, which had seen some offal categories double in price since the start of the year.

Another major exporter said offal price movement was similar to beef price movement with export drivers determining prices based on competitor activity, market access rules and foreign exchange rates.

He listed new demand from Indonesia and the loss of the Russian market as the larger impacts in the co-products market in recent years.

New import rules for Mexico should see Australia benefit from more direct trade in the future, he said.

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Marine artwork: trash to treasure

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The sculpture is part of a series of works facilitated by the Ghost Net art project, a group that works with artists and communities to create art out of “ghost nets”and other rubbish collected from water and coastlines.

A lot of the debris that is beingused in this second ghost net sculpture comes from the left overs of Jidirah, and the idea for the blue swimmer crab was born out of the colours of the remaining debris.

The Natural Resources ManagementAlinytjara Wilurara (NRMAW) hasonce again been working with the people from Yalata along the coastlines near the Bight to collect debris to be used in the sculpture.

Ghost Net art project art directorSue Ryan said theproject hadbeen in the works ever since the sculpting of Jidirah the whale. The Ghost Net team were supposed to return to work on the project last year, but a change inco-ordinator for the arts and culture centre made organising difficult, so it was postponed until now.

“We’ve been working with marine debris since 2009 going to different communities and working with artists to do collaborative projects and often quite large sculptures,” Ms Ryan said.

“Doing this sort of things gets artists together and they learn new skills. When the objects are exhibited that helps raise awareness of marine debris as well.

“There’s been a lot of interest from galleries and the public and I think people just love looking at it and playing with it. It looks like rubbish –and it is rubbish –but when we start working with it people start to see it differently.”She said that she enjoys working with local artists to turn something negative into something beautiful and positive.

“It’s funny at the start people say that it’s just a whole lot of junk and wonder what we’re going to do with it and then when they see the finished project the say ‘wow, look at the colours’.

“When you do that it’s really reaching the public because people don’t want to hear about doom and gloom so if you present it in a positive way it’s really engaging.”

Ms Ryan is working with artists from the centre including Collette Gray and Jamie Newchurch, along with commissioned artist KarenHethey and project manager Kristen Bobyk.

The blue swimmer crab is expected to be displayed at the Our Mob exhibition in Adelaide, and will potentially be shown in other galleries in the future.

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Facts might be vexing, but they are crucial

“Facts are stupid things,” US president Ronald Reagan once said.
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He soon corrected his slip of the tongue and produced the correct quote, referring to facts as stubborn things, as per the original line from another US president, John Adams.

The original Adams quote remains pertinent to this day.

“Facts are stubborn things,” Adams said in 1770 while acting asa defence lawyer in a murder trial.

“And whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence …”

Cradle Coast Authority project officer Chelsea Bell shows some of the authority’s community and economic profile data material for the region.

Come to think of it, the Reagan (mis)quote remains pertinent too, given how much decision making is made regardless of, or even in spite of, the actual facts.

Most of us would have worked out that we make better decisions after a little research into the facts and some consideration of their implications.

Doing some homework on housing and vehicle purchases are some of the bigger financial areaswhen this applies, and it is also the case in how we interact socially.

Buying a house at a good price is one thing.

Buying a house at a good price when the roof is about to cave in is something else again, for example.

We know all this from our own lives, but often, it seems, political decision making is based on preconceived views and/or ideology, rather than facts.

Happily, the Cradle Coast Authority is doing its part forevidence-based policy and decision making.

It has invested in evolving economic and social data sets which can help build an accurate picture of the reality of the region.

Its work has potential to be vital to council and authority decision making, and potentially willalso prove to be a useful tool for business investment and for state and federal governments and their agencies.

It is all very well for someone to put up a proposal and seek business, council, state or federal cash.

Relevant, accurate data can serve to either underline the need orbusiness case for particular spending, or absolutely torpedo it.

The sorts of data the CCA possesses can teach us about our strengths and weaknesses, our abundance in some areas and our lacks in others.

It can help identify real needs and opportunities, and also expose dead ends.

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Thick with possibility

INSTANT CONNECTION: Paper Thin will release their self-titled debut EP next month after forming in April. THE instant connection and creativity of bandPaper Thin has invigoratedNewcastle singer-songwriter Spencer Scott.
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The 22-year-old has been busily playing live and making music since he was 17 and has recorded several EPs including, Split 7”with Melbourne’s Georgia Maq -the leader of brilliant indie band Camp Cope. In April Scott teamed up with guitarist Will Houlcroft(Adeline Pines), drummerLiam Tobin (Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five) and bassist Aidan Roe(Crystal Cove) to form garage punk band Paper Thin. Within three months of forming the quartet recorded their debut self-titled EP, which will be released on Sydney DIY label Lost Boy Records on August 9.

Paper Thin – State Of Your Mind, Mate“Everyone else in the band is heaps amazing and it’s such arelaxing and easy environment to make music in,” Scott said.“They’re all lovely and we all have the same ideas about what we wanted to be creating.”

The tracks State Of Your Life, Mate andHotel Spencer have already beenreleased online to strong interest.The latterwas originally recorded acoustically on Split 7”but has been given a rocking Smith Street Band-style makeoverby Paper Thin.

“When Paper Thin first started we were looking for songs and I thought about bringing in some of my older songs to see if they would work and as soon as we started playing that live in made total sense,” Scott said.

Paper Thin will launch their EP at the Hamilton Station Hotel on August 11.

SKYLINE GROWS ANNOUNCED: Henry Wagons will return to Dashville Skyville in September with his backing band The Only Children. Picture: Jason South

DASHVILLESkyline has gotten much tastier following its second announcement of acts this week. Henry Wagons will return forthe secondinstallment of the Americana-themed festival at Lower Belford along with his band The Only Children.

Also joining the 27-act line-up is Jordie Lane, Bellbird’s William Crighton, Sydney rockers Spookyland, Charles Jenkins, Kiwi string-punkers The Eastern,Newcastle’s own James Thomson &The Strange Pilgrims, Canadian-born Tracy McNeil &the Good Life, The Leah Flanagan Band, Sydney bluesman Frank Sultana &TheSinister Kids, Jason Walker and local actsMagpie Diaries,Lyle Dennis Express,William John Jr, The Bluegrass Breakfast and TheDashvilleProgress Society.

They join first-announcement acts Brian Cadd, America’sThe Brothers Comatose, Melody Pool and The Wilson Pickers. Dashville Skyline runs from September 30 to October 2. Tickers are on sale through 梧桐夜网dashville南京夜网419论坛.

NO-FI EXPANSIONNO-FIRecords are preparing tobranchout beyond the Hunter to releaseMelbourne band Dom Kelly’s upcoming album.

The Newcastle-based collective have released seven EPs in the past year from local bands Vacations, PALS, Voodoo Youth, Wavevom and RAAVE TAPES, but this will be No-Fi’s first release for anartist from outside the Hunter.

“They came to us, which was the same as PALS and RAAVE TAPES, and I personally really dug it, I thought it was great,” No-Fi co-founder Campbell Burns said.“I told everyone else about it and they decided to distribute it too.”

Dom Kelly have released two EPs and a swag of singles over the past year, but this will be their first album. No-Fi will handle its distribution and have organised the Newcastle albumlaunch atthe Lass O’Gowrie on August 14 with support from Vacations and the Central Coast’sSpace Carbonara.

FESTIVE SEASONBELLBIRD troubadour WilliamCrightonwill be keeping busy this November after he was added to the Mullum and Queenscliff Music Festival line-ups this week.

The small town of Mullumbimby onthe NSW far north coast hosts the Mullum Music Festival from November 17-20, which will include American folk singer Julien Baker, Gareth Liddiard, Jordie Lane and Sahara Beck.A week later Crighton will back up for the Queenscliff Music Festival where he will rub shoulders with Ben Harper, Peter Garrett and Paul Kelly.

EDWARDS SPILLSWHAT’S not to love aboutmulled wine, whiskey tasting, art andsmokey cuisine? Throw in original local music and you have the Grills and Spills Festival at The Edwards on August 5. Inthe past seven months The Edwards shop has providedlocalartists with the opportunity to sell their music on CD, cassette and vinyl to the bar-restaurant’s clientele. Some of those artists will playGrills and SpillsinAhliaRain,SpencerScott,Abell,LachlanX Morris andVacations.

CHEEKY NINJASTWELVEFoot Ninja joke that pigeon holes are just full of shit. There’s certainly no pigeon hole that fits the Melbourne band. They’re part metal, funk, boss nova and tongue-in-cheek. Their second album Outlier is out August 26before theyplaytheCambridge Hotel on September 2.

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Alternatives to a traditional glass ofthewhite stuff are pelting us from all directions. Should you jointhemylk brigade?
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You’d be forgiven for thinking thatdairywas sinful. To be cast aside, poured downthesink and forgotten. “We’retheonly animals who continue to drink milk into our adult years,”thecritics say. “We’retheonly mammals to drinkthemilk of a different species,” saythenaysayers. And according to Paleo followers, “Inthestrict Paleo sense,dairyof any form was not consumed inthePalaeolithic Era, other than human milk in infancy, of course. It just wasn’t very practical to milk wild game.”

So begantherise of “mylk”. Yes, with a “y”. It’s a term adopted bythealternative milk industry, which is growing in leaps and bounds. In fact, bythetime I finish this sentence, there might be another hip cafe opening that doesn’t even servedairymilk.

Nut milks, rice milk, oat milk and, of course, soy milk (which gained popularity more than a decade ago, but has since lost some of its shine due to conflicting studies abouttheway soy is sourced and what overconsumption can do to our health), have saturatedthemarket sincethewhole health movement began about 2012, and has picked up pace in recent years. According to supermarket chain IGA: “Soy milk is stillthemost popular of alternative milks but almond, rice and coconut milk continue to grow exponentially in popularity with IGA shoppers, and we expect this trend to continue.”

Who’s giving upthewhite stuff?

One in six Australians are saying goodbye to milk, according to a June 2016 study of 1200 people bytheCSIRO and University of Adelaide. Fairfax Media reported atthetime that, “three-quarters were eschewingdairyin an attempt to relieve symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps and wind. A smaller number said they simply didn’t likethetaste or thought it would make them fat. More women than men are avoiding milk anddairyfoods that are rich in nutrients including calcium, iodine, and vitamins A, D and B12.”

With personal health a big factor for many, andthecurrent trend of “health experts” encouraging people to give updairy, more women than men are staying away in an attempt, essentially, to lose weight.

“My naturopath told me I should give updairyas it was causing problems with my skin and making me bloated. Since giving it up, I feel much better but it hasn’t made me lose weight,” says Alison, 44, an account manager.

“I was advised to give updairyin order to get pregnant,” says subeditor Nicole, 36. “But despite giving it up for almost a year, it didn’t help me. I’ve since been back on it and am now pregnant – in fact, I drink a glass of cold milk every day!”

“Thescale of people restricting their diet without a medical reason is very concerning in terms ofthepublic health implications, especially for women,” CSIRO’s Bella Yantcheva tells Fairfax Media.

Leading nutritionist Rosemary Stanton says: “Some think it’s not natural for humans to drinkthemilk of another mammal but for those who can happily tolerate lactose, milk is a perfectly OK food and no more unnatural than breeding cows and other animals and eating their flesh.” She is concerned people are self-diagnosing symptoms such as bloating, when there might not be a direct link, and says those ondairy-free diets need to supplement their intake with other calcium-rich foods.

So hip right now

“There are a lot of people jumping ontheno-dairybandwagon just because it’s trendy,” says nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill fromTheBrown Paper Bag. “But you should always try and learn whether foods are good for your body or not before making a decision. It’s such a personal thing.”

Alwill’s philosophy is that it’s more about getting your nutrients from different sources and mixing up those sources, instead of returning tothesame source day in, day out.

“This might mean you swap out onedairycomponent for an alternative, rather than a blanketdairycut. If you have a smoothie, a coffee and a yoghurt all withdairyintheone day, you might want to consider using almond milk for your smoothie and having a coconut yoghurt, but keepingthedairymilk in your coffee, where you really love it.”

Alwill says there’s no real need to give updairyforthesake of it, or because you might have read that you need to.

“If you don’t have an allergy and it’s not disagreeing with you, then a good, whole-fat milk is fine once a day.”

Andthenew way to get your alternative creamy shot is to visit your local “mylk” bar, like Zeitgeist, recently opened in Sydney’s Bondi, which serves house-made almond-macadamia milk with everything from milkshakes to vegan treats. It’s a close cousin of Coffee, a Bondi Beach cafe that serves only nut milk – nodairy. In Melbourne, onthe”plant-based” menu at Matcha Mylkbar in St Kilda you’ll find soy, almond and coconut milk lattes (also with turmeric or apple cider), and Serotonin Eatery in Richmond offers macadamia milk, too.

“We make our own milk, so we know how creamy they are,” says Zeitgeist owner Grace Watson. “Thepackaged ones are good, but home-made nut milks are much more delicious. Our milk givesthesame creaminess asdairyand we can make it thick and frothy. It’s perfect for steaming.”

Which nut milk is best?

Not all alternative milks are created equal. Just like in many other industries, there are those that have jumped onthetrend and dilutedtheproduct down to a cheaper version oftheoriginal. And if you watchthevideo attached to this story on GoodFood南京夜网419论坛, you’ll see they didn’t rate highly with our expert panel.

Comments on almond milk ranged from “It tastes like Mylanta”, fromthehead chef of Gelato Messina, Donato Toce, to “It has a cooked taste”, “It has floaties in it” and “It’s too watery”.

Vittoria’s prime barista, Joe Rahme, says he wouldn’t make coffee with it, “because it would be very hard to get a foam onthemilk and it would separate”.

Sommelier from hatted restaurant Automata, Tim Watkins, says of rice milk: “It smellsgreat, it’s got a really nice aroma to it, which makesthelet down allthemoregreatwhen you actually taste it.”

And Colin Fassnidge from 4Fourteen says almond milk “reminds me of milk of magnesia. It’s medicine-y”.

Buttheproblem may be more down totheproduction ofthemilk, rather thanthebase flavour.

“We need to separate alternative milks into two categories,” says naturopath Anthia Koullouros from Ovvio Organics. “One is those that are ultra-heated and pasteurised, sold intheTetra packs. They’re long-life shelf milks andtheones I’ve never recommended.Themarket listened to our protests however, because now there are a bunch of fresh nut milks available inthefridge section.”

Theproblem withtheTetra options, Koullouros says, istheultra-heating that essentially destroysthenutrients we’d otherwise get fromtheingredients. “They don’t add much oftheactual nuts totheproduct either, it’s a lot of water and additives. Fresh milks are exciting as most of them are made from activated nuts and they’re prepared well, with no heating, and are highly nutritious. They taste like fresh home-made almond milk.”

And if you are going to choosedairymilk,theoverwhelming winner is full cream – preferably jersey (withthepod of cream on top). Besides beingthebest in taste, new studies suggest drinking skim milk doesn’t havetheslimming effect we once thought.

“Skim milk goes through that extra process to takethefat out of it, which means we’re missing out on allthegoodness and nutrition fromthefat. Fat keeps us satiated, which will mean we eat less inthelong run,” Koullouros says.

“Healthy living is not about counting fat or calories any more. We look atthetotal nutrients consumed to have a healthy lifestyle. If you’re getting nutrients from healthy sources then a little bit of fat with milk doesn’t hurt.”

Therise of raw milkIt is illegal to sell raw milk (milk that is unpasteurised) as drinking milk in Australia, due tothebacteria, including E.coli. Buttheraw milk movement has gained almost as much steam asthealternative mylk movement in recent years. Pro-raw milk users saythepasteurisation that traditionally heats milk to 72 degrees, killsthegood microbes (mainly bacteria) as well asthebad, meaning we are not gettingthefull nutritional benefits.

Others blamedairyand lactose allergies on pasteurisation. Still, Australian law has not budged. Until now. A new company, Made by Cow, has recently won approval to sell raw milk in Australia, using a cold press pasteurisation system.

“Good herd management, hygienic milking techniques andthecold pressure method have meant we can put 100 per cent safe, raw milk onto supermarket shelves,” says company founder, Saxon Joye.

Thecompany worked for a year withtheNSW Food Authority to ensuretheproduct was safe and fit for human consumption, though some people still have their doubts. For stockists, check online: madebycow南京夜网

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Palliative care appeal closer?to target

GETTING CLOSE: Volunteers Peter Still and Marg Wilford outside a current treatment ward, thinking ahead to fund raisers that will help pay off the new palliative care unit.The Cancer Outpatients Appeal (COA) is now 80 per cent of its way its to targeted contribution forthe new palliative care unit at Milton Hospital.
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After committing to direct its energies to this cause last year, COA has raised nearly $600,000 towards the unit, to combine with crucial State Government funding.

They are planning a number of functions to raise the remaining $100,000 to reach their target.

The first will be a teams golf day on Friday September 2 at the Mollymook Hilltop course, promising fun and prizes, including a car for a hole in one.

On September 17, Mollymook Bowling Clubwill host a repeat of its well-loved casino evening and then COA will stage its popular Melbourne Cup event at Cupitts Winery on November 1.

COA president, Peter Still, said the palliative care unit is expected to open later this year.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recognises COA volunteers, who receive no remuneration, as the official community fund raisersfor current palliative and cancer services.

The area health service bureaucracy approved plans for the palliative care facilities to be built above the new renal care unit when, after negotiations, COA committed to making a substantial financial contribution.

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