We have another pretty special feature for you today with some stunning shots from all across our beautiful State.
We kick it off with an amazing walk around the Labillardiere Peninsula on Bruny Island before heading around the island to Adventure Bay. Then we catch up with a stargazing wallaby high above Hobart and make a date with Pine Lakes in the Central Highlands.
There are also spectacular views of Randalls Bay, Pipe Clay Lagoon, Dunalley, the isthmus on Maria Island, Point Puer and a gorgeous sunset with Bloss (the dog) at Denison Beach.
Oh and did we mention there are spectacular shots of Square Lake and Lake Cygnus in the Western Arthur Ranges plus a “gentle giant” sting ray at Coles Bay. There are of course plenty more places to also include in your next Tassie adventure.
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If you're one of the 75,000 fans going to the sold out Justin Bieber concert at ANZ Stadium this Wednesday 15 March - don't drive, use the extra public transport. It's included with your concert ticket. Details at www.transportnsw.info
Not going to the concert? Avoid the area during the afternoon peak or expect long delays. Traffic will be very heavy on roads around and approaching Sydney Olympic Park. Details at www.livetraffic.com
Please read this post in it's entirety as it's probably the most important post I've ever made.
The charity is in CRISIS. Because of the events that have occurred over the past few weeks, the committee , although they have been thrilled at how many thousands of supporters have stayed with SAHA, there has not been enough response from fundraisers that they have posted. Donations have dropped significantly, and the charity is in grave danger of falling behind in paying bills. This may result in suppliers not wanting to extend credit to the charity and calling on invoices to be paid urgently.
If SAHA loses their suppliers for feed and hay, then our horses will not be able to be fed. The committee will be forced to close down the charity, either voluntarily or involuntarily, which may result in authorities stepping in to disperse the 121 horses currently in care. The thought absolutely horrifies me, as I can't even imagine what the fate would be for our older horses who need supplements and special care.
Other rescue centres are full, and the authorities in QLD do not have the facilities to take on such a large number of horses. Without wanting to say it, I have grave concerns about what will become of our horses who are not able to be rehomed. I have been made aware of this dire situation over the past week, and when I go out and see my SAHA foster horses standing in my paddocks, happy, content, well fed and cared for, it breaks my heart the thought of them all being taken away. My beautiful Siren, who has been given a second chance at life and will soon be offered for adoption, Reba who is also ready to go for assessment for adoption after some ridden training. Rupert, my beautiful orphan baby who is just about to start his new life with mummy Pluto. Haven, our beautiful old girl who is almost completely blind and relies on Renoir and Tuesday to guide her. All these horses will step into an unknown fate and it's causing me much distress. I can't sugar coat this for you all, and I can't pretend that everything is ok because it's not.
Money comes in, and money goes out, but before Amanda, our Ex President, was charged she was able to perfom miracles to keep the balance and flow happening. This is no longer happening due to the large drop in donations. The SAHA committee have big plans and strategies to make the charity more viable and sustainable. They are planning to implement these changes over the coming weeks and months, but the reality is, they are struggling to make the everyday expenses of the charity. The only option to keep the doors open, and allow the charity to reshape the future is to raise $60,000 to get back in front.
I know you may think this is an impossible task for us to achieve, but I have faith that we can make this fundraiser the biggest we have ever had, as without raising the amount we need, we will have no option but to implement exit strategies. I know Amanda watches the page, and is aware of the current situation, and I also know the distress it causes her knowing that she cannot step in and help. To see her life's work fall apart is upsetting, and I want to make all of us in the SAHA family have faith again that we can get through this. Can you help me succeed in this seemingly impossible task? Can you save the lives of 121 horses? And if we are shut down? What then? An endless line of horses who will never have the opportunity to be saved. Horses who are neglected and emaciated who will never know the comfort of being taken in by a rescue and loved, fed and nurtured back to safety. Orphan foals who will be put to sleep because there is NOBODY who will do the hard yards and feed them every 2 hours during the night. Horses suffering with horrible eye injuries who will not have the comfort of being taken to an eye specialist and having their painful condition treated.
Race horses who are taken in by our charity to spell for 12 months, get over racing injuries such as bowed tendons, to once again return to riding for pleasure in a loving home. Another thing that is not made public is that SAHA has paid for many, many horses to be euthanised at their homes. When owners have a sick horse and no way to pay for a vet and burial, SAHA provides euthanasia assistance. This fact has never been posted due to privacy reasons, and I have seen it happen on so many occasions. Save A Horse Australia has done so many amazing things for the horse world. We have saved horses, helped horses, brought awareness to so many people about the plight of Australian horses, and there will never be another charity as successful as this one has been over many years. My urgency to keep this charity going is not for the sake of me, the committee, Amanda's dreams, or even you out there.
It's for the 121 lives we have in care RIGHT NOW who need us, and for the many horses in the future who will need us. I am begging you, from the bottom of my heart, to help me. I am asking you all to dig deep, because I believe we can reach this target. I am asking you to share this post, and see if we can get others to help. I am also offering any businesses out there a challenge.....if you donate $500 or more to this fundraiser, we will thank you publicly on this page in front of 215,000 people and share a link to your business. If you could please donate we would be so grateful. My promise to you all is that we will work tirelessly to give the same level of care to our horses and make this much needed charity a success.
Pumpt Indoor - BMX, MTB, Scooter is an indoor bike park unlike any other, set to open in April 2017 in Adelaide. What started out as an idea around a campfire is set to become Australia’s largest indoor BMX, Scooter and MTB facility. The 2,500 square metre warehouse at Marleston will house over 190 metres of pump tracks, which are being built now. Read more here: http://playandgo.com.au/?p=55454
CYCLONE WARNING ISSUED: The Bureau of Meterology has issued a Cyclone Warning for the Tiwi Islands. Darwin has now been included in the Cyclone Watch. The tropical low is estimated to be 300 kilometres northeast of Milikapiti and 375 kilometres north northeast of Darwin. The latest forecast is the tropical low may form into a tropical cyclone early on Sunday, with the system expected to track in a southwesterly direction and move closer to Darwin during Sunday.
Warning zone: Croker Island to Cape Fourcroy.
Watch zone: Point Stuart to WA/NT Border, including Darwin and Wadeye.
A very moving ceremony for the unveiling of a new public RAR Association Memorial in Enoggera, with current and former serving Defence members, Senator Brian Burston and Governor General, Peter Cosgrove.
It's lovely to see another fine monument dedicated to our Defence Force, past and present.
Please join us in apology by clicking here: https://equalvoices.org.au/apologise/ Fr Rod.
An apology to my LGBTIQ+ friends, and to all who have been adversely affected by the teachings and behaviour of Christians and their churches Considering the ways in which you have been hurt by me, and by other Christians and churches, I ask for your forgiveness: 1. For being too slow to acknowledge that we need to say sorry to you; 2. For not speaking up against the damaging, isolating, and often violent mistreatment you have been subjected to; 3. For speaking about you, without first listening to you; 4. For not creating safe environments within our churches where people can speak openly and honestly about their struggles and understandings; 5. For perpetuating stereotypes, and for not taking full account of your actual lived experiences; 6. For talking to you or about you in such a way as to suggest that sexual and gender differences are not part of your true identity as humans made in the image of God; 7. For perpetuating the mistaken belief that sexual orientation and gender identity should be treated, healed or changed; 8. For rejecting and harming people with intersex variations because we fail to understand or accept your non-binary biological sex characteristics; 9. For not acknowledging that Christians who are seeking to be faithful to their Lord and to the Scriptures are coming to different conclusions on matters of gender, sexual orientation, non-binary biological sex, and marriage.
I commit myself to: 1. honour and support you in every way I can; 2. be open to your correction and gentle guidance; 3. act in love to hold others to account for words, behaviour or practices which hurt, harm or exclude; 4. promote respectful, inclusive and informed discussion about issues of Biblical interpretation and application; 5. work with you to bring about transformative change within our churches.
If your Brisbane Kids are obsessed with fire engines, police cars and ambulances then make sure you put this event into your diary. It's on this weekend and your kids will love it! Find all the details below
The latest QS World University Rankings for subjects have been released and the University of Melbourne has 40 subject areas ranked in the top 50 in the world, more than any other Australian university!
Congratulations to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education whose subjects have made it into the world top five!
Who had more life, more energy than him? So many more cartoons to draw, paintings to paint, politicians to satirise - so many more lives to enhance with his wit, his brilliance, his good friendship.
Lucy and I first met Bill more than thirty years ago - he would have been thirty and I was thirty two.
Bill was doing the courtroom illustrations for the Spycatcher trial for one of the British television networks.
We were young, filled with mischief and confidence and delighted to shake up the British establishment.
And right through his far too short life Bill was always a good humoured sceptic of anybody and anything in authority; he was a superb satirist.
He was a great friend of Lucy’s equally mischievous uncle Robert Hughes. Bob had started his career drawing cartoons, and was still pretty good, but he knew Bill was the master of political cartooning.
And a fine painter as well, especially of portraits. His portrait of Bob Hughes brought the darkness of Goya into a bleak, almost menacing image of Bob in his last years, almost broken but not beaten, glaring defiantly into an uncertain future.
In the early 90s Bill asked to do a portrait of me he wanted to enter in the Archibald and at the same time he was simultaneously painting the official portraits of Governor General Bill Hayden and Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Bill’s account of their comments on the other’s developing portrait was hilarious - each encouraging Bill to touch up their old rival’s painting to make it a little less flattering.
Yes, art is long and life is short, but it shouldn’t be this short. Bill should have grown old and even more wiry, like Norman Lindsay, and kept painting into his 80s and beyond as Lloyd Rees did and John Olsen is doing today.
Our love and prayers are with Bill’s family at this tough time.
CHEATED DEATH: Grant Denyer has survived a horror crash while driving at speeds of up to 160kmh during a rally race in Victoria. His shocked wife, Chezzi, told the Herald Sun the crash was a “freak accident”. http://trib.al/QH3F8ql