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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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The great dairy debate

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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