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Putbacks’ final gigs before second album

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RECORDING: Emma Donovan and the Putbacks are getting ready to put together their second album. Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan is heading to the Theatre Royal next week with her band The Putbacks.
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The gig is one of the last shows the band is paying before heading into pre-production on their next album.

“We toured a lot at the start of the year, so it is more a slow time in winter but we are excited to be at Theatre Royal,” Donovan said.

“Wereleased a collaboration album about two years ago and are getting ready to dopre-production for the new album.The writing is happening a bit different than our first album (Dawn) when wehad skeletons of ideas. This time we are locking ourselves away (to write).”

In between her commitments The Putbacks, Donovan has also been working with The Black Arm Band –anAboriginal AustralianandTorres Strait Islander musictheatre organisation.

“I have beenworking on the creative development for a new production.It’s myfirst time doing that, usually I’min the artist line-up,” she said.

“The Black Arm Band is a massive touring production with nearly 30 of us on road.”

Donovan said taking on a more creative role was passed down to her.

“Istarted as an ensemble singer/artist and went into vocal supervision and worked closer with the production team and other different roles. I was learning something new each year,” she said.

“The beauty of Black Arm Band is that the line-up is always different. We can play major theatres and then be pulled back to a bush tour in Indigneous communities.

“It’sso diverse andfeels like the roles come naturally too. It’s a really good learning curve.”

The Pubacks’ visit to Castlemaine will have a local flavour with two band members hailing from central Victoria.

Percussionist Justin Marshall is from Castlemaine and guitarist Tom Martin is from Macedon.

Donovan said the gig will liekly feature a tribute to Ruby Hunter, the wife of Archie Roach.

“Some fellers in band are locals,so it’snice to head out that way for a gigs where the guys are from,” she said.

“Wepaid tribute in Naidoc Week celebration to the late Ruby Hunter and featured her songs on ABC and JJ last week. Besides most of songs we perform, we are going to include some of Aunty Ruby’s tunes.

“Some in language from South Australia,which Narrinjeri. There will also be a lot of soul-based stuff and more of the funk kind of vibe that The Putbacks created.”

Emma Donovan and The Putbacks play at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on July 22 from 8pm.Visit梧桐夜网theatreroyalcastlemaine南京夜网419论坛for tickets.

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HDFNL – Minor title battle

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TOUGH. Leitchville/Gunbower will need to stop Ryan Semmel tomorrow if the Bombers are to defeat Huntly.THE Heathcote District Football Netball League’s minor premiership could be decided tomorrow if Leitchville/Gunbower defeats Huntly.
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The Bombers – who have won their past 11 games – can open up a two-victory buffer over their premiership rivals going into the final three rounds of the season.

Matt Hawken’s men benefited from Huntly having the bye last round, reclaiming top spot thanks to a 113-point win against Mount Pleasant last weekend.

With last season’s minor premiers having next weekend off due to the bye, a win at Strauch Reserve will all but guarantee a break during the opening weekend of the finals series, despite the strong record of reigning premiers, North Bendigo – who have won 10 games this season.

However, if the Hawks defeat the Bombers for the first time since round 18, 2014, Leitchville/Gunbower can reclaim top spot with victories against Heathcote and Elmore in the final two rounds, as well as Huntly losing to North Bendigo in round 18.

“Huntly have been in terrific form and will be fresh after the bye,” Hawken said.

“They really work on being fast starters in their games and we will need to match this early intensity to ensure they don’t get a jump on us.”

Chris Gleeson, Ryan Semmel and Harry Whittle – who led the way when the Hawks lost the Bombers by 34 points back in round six – loom as danger players for the hosts, with the Bombers needing to shut the trio down to win.

Ruckman, Cam Ross – who kicked four goals for the Bombers back in round six – and co-captain, Daniel Couwenberg will push to be declared fit for the match, with Daniel and Brendan Meroli certain to take to the field.

The visitors will miss the defensive skills of co-captain, Hoby Bussey, youngster Jack Dye and Jarrad Nuttall, but have plenty of options to cover the trio.

Huntly’s back third, led by Stacy Fiske and Matthew Klein-Bretelner, will need to shut down Daniel Coates, Sam Kennedy and Matt Perri to have any chance of winning, whilst Tom German and Tim Lincoln will lead the way in the middle of the ground.

“Our win against Huntly in round six really kick started our season as we played a terrific match after suffering a number of injuries early in the game,” Hawken said.

“The midfield battle will be critical to the final scoreboard tomorrow.”

PREDICTION: Leitchville/Gunbower will win by 20 points.

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Reports condemn alignment

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Mighty: Trees such as this enormous old gum are at risk of being lost under the next stage of Western Highway duplication.
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A BUANGOR resident iskeenly awaiting the completion of an environmental report into tree discrepancy for the next stage of Western Highway duplication.

MairiAnne Mackenzie and her legal counsel Michael Kennedy expect to receive a Practical Ecology report next weekwhich compares environmental damagebetween the approved route and another option.

Following an on-site count, VicRoads believe 270 old and scattered trees will be removed between Buangor and Ararat.

However, numerous environmental reports have cast doubts on VicRoads’ Environmental Effects Statement.

A vegetation assessment of the area by Blue Devil Consultingfound that an estimated 15 hectares of extra vegetation would be lost in the planned footprint.The report established that “this section of VicRoads option one has as great an impact on vegetation of either of the northern options along the existing highway corridor, if not greater”.

Ecology Australia’speer review said that the EES (produced by Ecology and Heritage Partners), missed a considerable number of large old trees and gave “inadequate consideration” of habitat loss for rare animals.

“Overall, we are of the opinion that due to these shortcomings, EHP (2012) provided no basis for reliance by decision makers during the EES,” itsassessment said.

VicRoads’ own Biosis report, conducted at Ms Mackenzie’s request, also found issue with the EES, stating thatdata collected by Ecology and Heritage partners for the EES was “incomplete” and “contains errors and incorrect assumptions”.

“VicRoads is satisfied with the EES and planning approval process, based on comprehensive advice we have received, including from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, that the correct alignment has been chosen,” a statement from VicRoads said.

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Experts back safety, cost of alignment

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HOTLY DEBATED: An earlier stage of the Western Highway duplication project near Buangor taken last year.
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EXPERIENCED road engineers believe an alternative alignment option for the next stage of the Western Highway duplication project was in line withplanning and safety requirements.

Concerned Buangor resident MairiAnne Mackenzie continues to push for a change to the route between Buangor and Ararat approved in2013.

Working with traffic engineers, Ms Mackenzie says a northernroute along the existing stretch of highway would also be environmentally and economically advantageous.

Unverified estimations suggest it could be tens of millions of dollars cheaper.

More than$157.3 million has been budgeted for thesection consisting of $60 million from the state government and $97.3 million infederal funding.

“The selected route is worse in every measured or considered aspect.Why go ahead with it? It is destructive andmakes a travesty of process,” Ms Mackenzie said.

Traffic engineer Jim Higgs from TTM Consulting helped form the alternative option and said it “unequivocally”meets safety demands.

“It’s no narrower in terms of lane widths (or) shoulder width (than the adoptedalignment).Those components are all part of what conforming to planning requirements,” Mr Higgs said.

“The design standards that we use all fall out of the adoption of the design speed requirements (AustRoads –Guide to Road Design).”

It’s understood the existing highway on the northern optionwould wipe significant cost from the project.

Senior traffic engineer David Clark said the “northern route requires far less earthworks than the southern option”.

Mr Clark also said that excavation works would be easier on the northern option, and theconstruction of two carriageways on the southern option would mean a significant differential in cost.

A response from VicRoads said the northern option did not meet its standards.”Unfortunately the design Ms Mackenzie put forward does not meet VicRoads expectations and would not meet community expectations for a safe, rural highway duplication,” it read.

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Sale doctor is knighted

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Dr Iain Nicholson is admitted as a Knight of Justice by Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau
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Sale doctor Iain Nicolson was dubbed a Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in a ceremony in Melborune last week.

The long-serving general practitioner and ambulance volunteer was admitted by the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau, and recognises his years of volunteering in the community.

One of the Queen’s orders of chivalry, the gazetted order has members across the world.

It is the overarching body for St John Ambulance and the charitable work, including first aid internationally, medical assistance in places like East Timor, and an eye hospital in Jerusalem

A Knight of Justice is the second highest non-priory rank.

“It’s signed off by the governor general; it’s the real deal,” Dr Nicolson said.

He first joined St John Ambulance in the late 1980s, helping with first aid.

He worked for 10 years as a director, and is currently chairing a multi-disciplinary committee on professional development and standards.

Dr Nicolson described the knighthood as an honour.

“It’s all fun,” he said.

Lorraine Glover, who also lives in Sale, is a dame of the order.

St John Ambulance is always looking for more helpers, and can be contacted on 1300 360 455 for more information.

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