Greens aim for a 90 per cent renewable energy target

The Greens have launched a pitch to increase Australia’s renewable energy target to 90 per cent by 2030 and tip an extra $20 billion into Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, but have rejected an earlier move to an emissions trading scheme being considered by cabinet.
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Greens leader Christine Milne said on Monday the party wanted to see all of Australia’s electricity come from renewable energy sources as soon as possible. She said the first step should be to increase Australia’s renewable energy target to 90 per cent by the end of the next decade. The target is currently set to ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewables by 2020.

A study by the Australian Energy Market Operator, released in April, found moving to 100 per cent renewable energy was technically feasible but would come with significant costs and challenges. It found moving to 100 per cent would cost up to $338 billion and require wholesale electricity prices to double from current rates. The operator did not compare these costs with other scenarios, including business as usual.

Asked whether a move to 90 per cent renewables in effectively 15 years was realistic, Senator Milne said: ”When the 20 per cent renewable energy target was set for 2020, people said it was way ambitious, it wouldn’t be able to be achieved.

”But once you put in place a road map, then the technology development and business got behind it and you have seen the rollout very fast.”

The Greens also want the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – which was set up as part of a deal between Labor and the Greens on carbon pricing – to receive an extra $20 billion over 10 years. That would lift its overall funding to $30 billion.

Senator Milne said the Greens proposed the extra money would come from borrowings.

The finance corporation on Monday announced its second deal – investing $50 million to help New Zealand government-owned Meridian Energy to refinance its debt in the Macarthur wind farm in south-west Victoria. The debt refinancing came ahead of Meridian selling its share in Macarthur to Malaysian energy company Malakoff Corporation.

The Coalition has vowed to scrap the finance corporation alongside the carbon price, and says it will not honour any contracts the corporation signs between now and the election.

Senator Milne also criticised considerations by Labor on ending the carbon price’s three-year fixed tax period early and moving quicker to an emissions trading scheme with a floating price and international linkages.

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Candelo RFS hot water flows once more

THE hot water is back on at the Candelo Rural Fire Service station thanks to a generous grant from Bendigo Community Bank Pambula.
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In March the brigade was the victim of a heartless theft after its new $800 instantaneous hot water system was ripped from an outside wall (BDN 12/3).

The hot water service was vital for the Candelo RFS as the station is not only used as an emergency staging area during bushfire alerts, but is utilised throughout the year by community groups such as the Meals on Wheels social club and the Red Cross.

The stolen system had been paid for by the Candelo RFS through fundraising efforts.

Although brigade captain Harmen Kampman said he received many offers of second-hand systems, none were instantaneous.

However, after hearing about the theft, the Bendigo Community Bank Pambula came to the rescue with a grant that allowed the RFS to fully replace the hot water system.

“We are very grateful to Bendigo Bank and this is of benefit not just to us but to many in the Candelo community,” Mr Kampman said.

On Saturday the new system was unveiled in a brief ceremony attended by Candelo RFS members and Kim Stevenson, branch manager of Bendigo Community Bank Pambula.

“This is what our bank is all about, giving back to the community,” Ms Stevenson said.

Next to the system has been placed a plaque acknowledging Bendigo Community Bank Pambula’s assistance.

There is also another new feature – a heavy-duty security cage.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this, but we’ve put a new security cage around the unit, as well as around other pieces of existing equipment around the building,” Mr Kampman said.

The additional security measures have been paid for by the Candelo RFS.

The theft is still unsolved and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Candelo police on 6493 2244 or Merimbula police on 6495 1366.

Kim Stevenson, branch manager of Bendigo Community Bank Pambula with Harmen Kampman, captain of Candelo RFS. Photo: Peter Smith.

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Amajorfrost takes out Ray Martin Memorial Pace 

STAWELL – Amajorfrostled all the way to claim the Stawell Harness Racing Club’s feature race, theRay Martin Memorial Pace final, at Laidlaw Park last Thursday.
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However, things didn’t go all Amajorfrost’s way with thefour year old challenged in the home straight by Gnotuk and Kankunnen.

It was a two horse race to the line and Amajorfront gotthere, pipping Gnotuk on the outside to win the 1780 metre feature race by ahalf head.

Kankunnen claimed third, 3.4 metres behind the leaders.

Trained by Hamilton-based Shannon Edwards and driven byJason Lee, it was the gelding’s third win from 12 starts this season.

He has placed in nine of these starts in what looks to be apromising future.

Shannon Edwards’ grandfather, Jim was on hand to accept theRay Martin Memorial trophy and sash from the Martin family.

Jim Edwards said Amajorfrost has been a very good horse forhis grandson and he hasn’t had any problems since joining the Edwards stableapproximately six months ago.

“We were always hoping to win, we hoped to win theother night (at Ararat, where Amajorfrost finished sixth), but that’s racing -it’s always uncertain,” Mr Edwards said.

Harness racing runs in the Edwards family so it was evenmore of a thrill for Mr Edwards to witness his grandson’s horse win at Stawell.

“I’m from Heywood and have been coming here for 40years. It’s always good to get a win on a good home track not only at Stawellbut Horsham, St Arnaud and Edenhope,” he said.

Mr Edwards paid tribute to his grandson.

“Shannon’s from Hamilton and always used to come up inthe holidays and he would drive around the track,” he said.

“He took on driving and then training – he turns outhorses so well.”

Amajorfrost (No 5) with Jason Lee in the sulky moves through to take the lead in the final of the Ray Martin Memorial Pace at Laidlaw Park, last Thursday. Picture: MARCUS MARROW

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Motel evacuated and man escapes injury in separate fires

A motel was evacuated and a Hendra man was lucky to escape with his life after two devastating fires broke out in southeast Queensland overnight.
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Multiple fire crews were called to a blaze at Gordon Street in Brisbane’s north just after 12.30am on Tuesday where they found the single-story Queenslander well alight.

An emergency services spokeswoman said the fire was extinguished nearly four hours later and the house was completely destroyed.

A 40-year-old man was the only person home at the time.

Police inspector Rod Graham said he had fallen asleep in front of a bar heater and was lucky to escape without injury.

“He’s fallen asleep on the lounge and he’s woken to the sounds of the smoke detectors and found that the lounge room area of the house had been ablaze,” he told 612 ABC Brisbane.

“This is a timely reminder to everyone out there that even though it’s wet and miserable weather to be very, very careful with open fires and bar heaters inside homes.

“The consequences can be very, very devastating.”

Meanwhile police are investigating a suspicious fire on the Darling Downs. west of Brisbane, that saw guests at a South Toowoomba motel evacuated.

The blaze broke out in a vacant house on James Street shortly after 2:45am with smoke bringing about the evacuation of the motel next door.

No one was injured during the incident and the fire was extinguished just before 4am.

At this stage, the incident is being treated as suspicious and a crime scene has been established.

Scientific police officers will return to the scene later today to carry out further examinations.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

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Round 11: Penola vs Keith, June 29

PENOLA came with more determination and Keith produced too many turnovers in a hard-fought contest that went down to the line.
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Penola were first on the board through Zadow.

Coxon was showing good form at the centre bounce and he sent his side into attack again where a free against the Crows enabled Adam Merrett to mark in front of the old scoreboard and he made no mistake from a long way out.

Drogemuller managed to get the ball out of centre for the Crows and kick long where a handball from Makin sent Bowley into an open goal to get one back for the Crows.

A free to Bowley gave McEntee a chance and he kicked accurately. Both sides managed to get goals as the quarter went on with the match looking destined to be a shootout.

Penola were reading the play better, but a moment of uncertainty gave a free to Hunt who kicked accurately to put the Crows one point in front just before the quarter time siren.

Coxon was still getting first hand to the ball at the centre bounces, but the Crows got the ball into the hands of Snajdar for his first goal to give the Crows an 18-point lead 10 minutes into the quarter.

Keith appeared to have gone to sleep as kicks and handballs went astray and Penola were able to sneak in for an easy goal to put them in front. Bowley was having a good game for the Crows on the wing and when his accurate pass found McEntee, his goal put Keith back in front. But another goal to Merrett put Penola in front at half time.

Penola were straight into attack to start the third, but it was several minutes before March read the ball off hands from a boundary throw in and kicked accurately for Penola’s first goal of the quarter.

Once again Coxon got the ball out of the centre to McIntyre whose accurate pass found Copping for another Penola goal.

The large crowd was very quiet as the Crows continually made mistakes and turned the ball over. Keith managed a fightback and regained the lead before Brad Merrett pounced on a bad turnover from a kick in and elude three opponents to snap accurately.

He goaled again with a set shot on the angle to put the momentum back in Penola’s favour.

At the start of the last quarter, Hunt snapped accurately from 20m to give the Crows just the start they needed.

The Crows could have been further in front, but too many easy turnovers were costing them scoring opportunities and Coxon was continually dropping into space allowing the Penola defenders to run forward.

King managed to put his team in front with a good long goal after the teams traded blows.

Hard running out of the centre by McMurray got the ball to Bowley who found Drogemuller and the Crows had another.

Penola had several attempts but missed before Willson kicked a much-needed goal for Penola.

Another string of Crows mistakes gave another goal to Merrett, then when they got the ball out of the centre again, Adam Merrett found Brad Merrett and his goal put Penola back in front.

A kick off the ground added a goal to the Crows score but Penola responded immediately and they found Merrett for his seventh goal. Foster found Brad Merrett and his goal put the game out of reach for the Crows as the clock ticked past 32 minutes, with Penola 15 points in front.

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Stocks set to stable start ahead of RBA

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As the RBA prepares for its June meeting, Australian shares are expected to open flat to higher after world markets gained overnight on data which showed US manufacturing expanded in June, while Japanese and European data pointed to stabilising economies.

On the ASX24, the SPI futures contract was 7 points higher to 4695. The Aussie dollar has added to gains, recently buying 92.3 US cents, up from about 91.9 in local trade late yesterday. It was also buying 91.96 yen, 70.66 euro cents and 60.67 British pence.

The RBA meets today to decide on the level of official interest rates. Just three of 28 economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the central bank cut rates from 2.75 per cent to 2.5 per cent. The decision is due at 2.30pm.

What you need to knowSPI futures are 7 points higher at 4695The $A is higher at 4695In New York, the S&P500 was 0.56% to 1615.3In Europe, the FTSE100 added 1.49% to 6307.78China iron ore added 40 US cents to $US116.90 a metric tonneGold added 1.6% to $US1253 an ounceWTI crude oil added 1.4% to $97.95 a barrelReuters/Jefferies CRB index added 0.8% at 277.90

Making news today

In economics news:Reserve Bank of Australia monthly board meeting and interest rate decision

In company news:QBE investor briefing in Sydney – 9.30am

Analyst rating changes:Boart Longyear cut to neutral at CIMBDUET Group raised to neutral at CIMBDUET Group raised to neutral at JPMorganWebjet rated new sell at GoldmanSlater & Gordon raised to strong buy at BBYLeighton raised to neutral at Citigroup

How we fared yesterday

Ongoing concern about the health of China’s manufacturing sector triggered a heavy sell-off on the Australian sharemarket.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 plunged 92.3 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 4710.3. The broader All Ordinaries dropped 85.7 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 4689.7.

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Battles brewing over new zones

Too late … Historic Arden, in Hawthorn East will be knocked down to make way for a four-storey apartment block. Photo: Supplied In with the new … An artist’s impression of the apartment complex on Burke Road that will replace Arden. Photo: Supplied
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Leafy neighbourhoods in Stonnington and Boroondara will be the first to come under new eight-metre height limits and stricter rules for subdividing backyards.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy began the rollout of new planning zones for all Victorian councils on Monday. The changes are aimed at giving certainty to residents and developers about what can be built where.

Councils, residents and developers will have 12 months to fight it out over which streets will fall into the new ”neighbourhood”, ”general” and ”growth” zones, with differing impacts for property values and development potential in each.

Quiet residential streets deemed neighbourhood zones will be restricted to single and double-storey homes, with tighter rules for extensions on small blocks. There will also be rules to make sure new building design is in keeping with the streetscape, with no more than two dwellings per block of land.

Councils have a year to identify these protected areas, as well as growth zones near public transport that are suitable for medium-density development of about four storeys (13.5 metres). Remaining areas will be classified as general zones, where new buildings will be up to about eight metres unless a council asks to set a higher limit for a particular area.

The new system comes too late for more than 100 residents who fought to save a historic house in Hawthorn East that is to be demolished to make way for a four-storey apartment block. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Monday granted a demolition permit for the heritage-listed house, built in 1906, to make way for 33 apartments.

Resident Terry Dear said while the house, called Arden, fronted busy Burke Road, it also overlooked a smaller road at the side and ”an entire heritage precinct that is now effectively ruined.

”It’s a beautiful old house with the highest heritage rating and is in amazing condition,” he said. ”Mr Guy is big on quoting he is against inappropriate development, yet things like this are being approved consistently.”

Mr Guy acknowledged the reforms would be controversial in some inner-city suburbs while the streets to be included and excluded from protection are decided. Councils that fail to meet the timeline for the new zones will have their suburbs made general zones by default.

The minister said the changes would reduce planning red tape and tribunal appeals by providing certainty about what can be built where. ”It’s about providing the right development in the right location to protect what we love about our city,” he said.

The Municipal Association of Victoria said some looming planning disputes would be brought forward by the changes but ultimately the new residential zones would ”reduce the backyard battles about overdevelopment”.

Association president Bill McArthur said the new system incorporated many things councils had been lobbying for, including greater weight afforded to neighbourhood character and restrictions on small businesses opening in residential streets and taking up parking.

The City of Boroondara said all its residential areas would be covered by neighbourhood and general zones.

Mr Guy also announced that Victoria’s builders, plumbers and architects would come under a single government regulator, the Victorian Building Authority, in a move to crack down on dodgy operators.

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Knifepoint assault: woman attacked in broad daylight

Police are searching for a man after a woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint in broad daylight in Brisbane’s east on Monday afternoon.
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Another man has been charged over an alleged sexual assault on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

On Monday, a woman was taken to hospital after an attack on Greenslade Street at Tingalpa.

She had been walking when she was approached by a man who threatened her with a knife.

He forced her to walk to a nearby park where he sexually assaulted her.

The man then fled the scene.

The woman was transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment.

A police spokeswoman said the woman remained in hospital overnight with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police performed extensive patrols in the area but failed to locate the man.

The man is described as being Caucasian, aged in his 20s with a slim build and dark short spiked hair.

Meanwhile, police have charged a 25-year-old Surfers Paradise man following an alleged sexual assault in Coombabah on the Gold Coast.

Police allege a woman was raped by the man in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on July 17.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers南京夜网.au.

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Sarah’s new life in Tanzania

ONE Bowral resident has given up the familiar comforts of home to travel across the world to help break the cycle of poverty. Sarah Clark put her hand up to volunteer at the School of St Jude in Tanzania, East Africa, working closely with disadvantaged children to improve their future.
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The school was opened in 2002 by an Australian woman, Gemma Sisia, with the goal of educating the most underprivileged children and break the cycle of poverty.

What began with just one teacher and three students has now grown to be the largest charity funded school in Africa.

Sarah said that without the school, the children would be stuck in cyclical poverty, a problem she said has proved extremely difficult to break.

“We hope by educating these students, we are boosting their job prospects and helping them achieve their dreams,” she said.

“The children qualify by being extremely poor but also incredibly bright. We see they have great potential to be dedicated leaders needed for the future development of their communities and Tanzania.”

The school is entirely charity funded and Sarah said the supporters were what kept the doors open to the children.

Sarah left Australia last month to fill the role of visitor’s coordinator after travelling through India and Nepal.

“I had travelled to Africa twice in the past 18 months and fell in love with the people,” she said.

“I knew I wanted to go back in some capacity for an extended time but wasn’t sure how.

“I had known about the School of St Jude for many years and saw on their website that they had a position available in the Visitor Team. I applied, had an interview and now here I am.”

Since working at the school, Sarah has developed a strong connection to Tanzania which is now her “favourite” African country.

“The people are so welcoming, they have a love of life, passion and their determination to fight poverty through education reminds me of why I am here,” she said.

“It makes it a pleasure to go to work everyday.”

Even though, on the odd occasion, Sarah misses being able “to pop out for lunch at the Imperial or Mezza Bar,” she said “life is good” and she is “very settled and happy” in her new Tanzanian life.

The school’s goal for 2013 is to increase the number of visitors, reach more sponsors and continue to spread their vision around the world. The school offer employment to over 400 Tanzanian’s and they purchase all goods from the local community.

“St Jude also provides a professional development training program for local staff members, in the hope that the school is sustainable in the future. Every day all staff and students work hard to fulfil the school’s philosophy of “Fighting Poverty through Education”.

You can help St Jude’s by spreading the word and sharing our vision, learn more and visit the website:

Sarah working at St Jude’s School in Tanzania, East Africa. Photos supplied

Sarah working at St Jude’s School in Tanzania, East Africa. Photos supplied

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GALLERY: International table tennis stars in action at Bendigo Stadium

Australia’s William Henzell. Australia’s William Henzell.
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Papua New Guinea player David Loi and coach Robert Loi.

Australia’s William Henzell.

Pauline and Mark Cline from the Bellarine Peninsula.

Australia’s William Henzell.

Jeff Rodgers and Mitchell Connor uploaded the scores.

New Caledonia’s Lea Laivan.

Scorekeeper Don Boughton.

Carolyn Li from Japan.

New Caledonia’s Lea Laivan.

Carolyn Li from Japan.

New Caledonia’s Lea Laivan.

New Caledonia’s Lea Laivan.

Australia’s Melissa Tapper.

New Caledonia’s Cathy Gauthier.

Melissa Tapper of Australia plays Cathy Gauthier from New Caledonia.

Cathy Gauthier from New Caledonia.

Cathy Gauthier from New Caledonia.

Cathy Gauthier from New Caledonia.

Australia’s Melissa Tapper.

Australia’s Melissa Tapper.

Australia’s Melissa Tapper.

Australia’s Zhenhua Dederko.

New Zealand’s Sarah Her-Lee.

New Zealand’s Sarah Her-Lee.

Australia’s Miao Miao.

Australia’s Miao Miao.

Australia’s Miao Miao.

Robyn and John Powell from Melbourne.

Scott Pysing with sons Jack, 8 and Harry, 5.

Michael Ede and New Zealand’s Ron Garrett.

Yoshua Shing from Vanuatu.

Yoshua Shing from Vanuatu.

Yoshua Shing from Vanuatu.

Yoshua Shing from Vanuatu.

Yoshua Shing from Vanuatu.

Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Philip Xiao from New Zealand plays Kiribati’s Kevin Reo.

Australia’s Robert Frank.

Australia’s Robert Frank.

Australia’s David Powell.

Australia’s David Powell.

Australia’s David Powell.

Australia’s David Powell.

Jose and Margaret Perryman.

Jeremy Gale and Jim McLoughlin.

Heather and Ian Wallace from East Bendigo.

Margaret and Barry Ward from Strathfieldsaye.

Fanny Ho and Chris Mainland from Melbourne.

Gilles Arnaud from New Caledonia.

Referre Dave Delpratt with twin helpers Isaac and Xavier Green.

New Zealand’s Oliver Scarlett

Laurent Sens from New Caledonia.

Phillip Xiao from New Zealand.

Gilles Arnaud from New Caledonia.

New Zealand’s Oliver Scarlett.

New Zealand’s Oliver Scarlett.

New Zealand’s Oliver Scarlett.

New Zealand’s Oliver Scarlett.

Papua New Guinea player David Loi and coach Robert Loi.

Papua New Guinea’s David Loi.

Papua New Guinea’s David Loi.

William Henzell from Australia.

William Henzell from Australia.

PHOTOS from the Oceana Cup table tennis championships at Bendigo Stadium on Monday.

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