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Program aims to lower road toll

THE TransportAccident Commission has renewed a partnership with regional mediaoutlets which aims tostem deaths and casualties on country roads.
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Speaking at a Rural Press Club of Victoria event in Ballarat, TAC chief executive JoeCalafiore said regional Victorians were four timesmore likely to be killed and 40 per cent more likely to be seriously injured than people in Melbourne.

“Regional communities understand all too well the devastating impacts of road trauma so it is essentialthat we do everything we can to keep road safety in the minds of country Victorians,” Mr Calafiore said.

The TAC’s Talk the Toll Down partnership with 65 regional newspapers was launched four years ago inBallarat.

​The announcement follows the launch of the TAC’s popular Towards Zero campaign, encouragingVictorians to consider how losing a loved one would affect their family and to aim for a future where noone is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

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Get gardening with Stephen

Stephen is pictured in the garden of his Mount Macedon property, Tugurium, with his corgi, Emma. Photo: Chris FlemingCelebrity gardener and local resident Stephen Ryan will present ‘Sensible Ideas for Sustainable Gardening’ at an event in New Gisborne on Saturday.
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Stephen is a gardening expert, author, formerGardening Australiatelevision program presenter and owner of the Dicksonia Rare Plants Nursery in Mount Macedon.

He has been awarded a John Pascoe Fawkner Gold Medal for distinguished service to horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.

The event will begin with a presentation and Q&A session with Stephen, followed by information sessions in the community garden.

These include a ‘Renew Your Vegie Patch’ workshop with sustainability expert Mariette Tuohey (bookings apply), as well as exert advice on watering systems, tanks, habitat gardening and vegie gardening.

“What we’re hoping to achieve is to not only give people lots of actual advice, but to give them permission to garden in their own style and way,” Stephen explained.

“Gardening is supposed to be a fun, leisure-time pursuit.”

Western Water is sponsoring the event, which will be held at the Gisborne Church of Christ and next door’s New Gisborne Community Garden, at 10am on Saturday, October 24.

The event is free, but bookings are essential. They can be made via the website, WesternWater南京夜网419论坛

Western Water and Macedon Ranges Shire Council will have information stalls on site, and the New Gisborne Scouts Group will hold a fundraising lunch.

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Coach rubs salt in Benji snub

NEW Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has put to bed any doubt as to whether Dragons halfback Benji Marshall has been black-listed from the Test line up by picking Manly winger Peta Hiku at five-eighth for the Kiwis opening tour match against Leeds.
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ON DECK: Dragons winger Jason Nightingale has been selected on the wing for New Zealand’s opening UK tour match against Leeds Rhinos. Picture: Chris Chan

Kearney has repeatedly denied putting a permanent line through Marshall’s name but it would be hard to draw any other conclusion given the selection of Hiku as a makeshift halves option alongside Warriors rookie Tuimoala Lolohea in the halves Saturday’s clash

Marshall suffered a syndesmosis injury in the Dragons week one finals loss to the Bulldogs but was available for selection.

With regular halves Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran both unavailable for the tour through injury,Marshall’s experience would have been valuable in a squad full of debutants.

But the former Test captainwas overlooked in favour of rookies Lolohea and Kodi Nikorima who was named on the bench.

“This will be an opportunity for those two halves to build combinations with the group around them,” Kearney said.

“We also have guys that haven’t played since the last round of the NRL.

“This is a chance for them to blow out some cobwebs.”

Dragons winger Jason Nightingale was selected for the match.

Leeds have picked up the League Leaders Shield, Challenge Cup and Super League Trophy this season.

“This will be perfect preparation for us,” Kearney said.

“Leeds will be honouring some special players so we’reexpecting a full house.”

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Aussie Chuk-Gu Dream: A Story of Struggle

Generational: (l-r) Danny Choi and his father Youn Suk Choi, with Sunny Chang and Seok Jae Chang.Aussie Chuk-gu Dream is more than just a football film, despite what the title may suggest.
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The documentary features two young Australian-Korean football players: Blacktown City FC’s Danny Choi, 21, and Sydney United 58 FC’s Sunny Chang, 16.

Both Choi and Chang show promising futures and dream of pursing professional football – or ‘chuk-gu’ as Koreans fondly call the sport.

But their story highlights how their passion for the world game is bridging the cultural differences between Australians and Koreans today.

As Dr Yung Jai You, of the Korean Football Association in Australia, aptly says in the film: “Immigrants and Korean football. These two things are inseparable”.

The documentary, which premiered at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on October 11 as part of the inaugural Football Film Festival, further delves into the sacrifices of first generation Australian-Korean immigrants and the current struggles faced by the second generation.

From overcoming language barriers to resettlement in a foreign country, the film gives a raw account on some of the pain which Choi and Chang’s parents endured when they first came to Australia.

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Feeling stressed? This uni’s surreal live stream will break things for you

An Australian university has managed to capture the world’s imagination with four costumes, a room full of breakable things, and an internet connection.
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For the past week, Deakin University has broadcast a “live, interactive sitcom”called Stress Break from a tiny studio in Melbourne’s Docklands, where costumed actors dressed like a ghost, a hotdog, a robot and a slothsmash things on demand for an hour and a half each evening.

The addictive and destructive live stream, which is commentated by two people and has action replays, began its week-long run at 5pm on Monday. On Tuesday, it was posted to social sharing site Reddit, and since then thousands have tuned in every night to request the theatrical destruction ofprinters, computers, vases,bowls and other household detritus.

Messages fromFacebook and Twitter are read out as part of the stream, with students or workers giving themselves a stress level out of five and requesting the material destruction that would help them feel better.

The result is a kind of demented version of Q&A: a bunch of charactersin a live stream, tweets flashing up on the screen, and some scenes you just can’t look away from.But (take note Aunty)it also hasa robotdestroying a fridge with a sledgehammer.

Trisca Scott Branagan, Executive Director of Marketing for Deakin, said the memorabledisplay was organised ahead of Victoria’s final-year exams, the Victorian Certiciate of Education (VCE) as light-hearted and inventive way to help students take temporary refuge fromstress.

The broadcast has attracted a much wider audience than originally intended.

“I guess that’s the thing about the internet,” Ms Branagan saidwith a laugh. “When it catches people’s attention and they like what they see, you don’t have control over that. We’re really excited that this has now started a global conversation around stress and awareness of that.”

The objects that get smashed are mostly old equipment that was destined for the tip, but there are a few special requests that are accommodated.

“Some things are staple items, like there are always computers and printers there, other things change each night as we get requests through for additional objects,” Ms Branagan said.

“It’s any variety of well-loved, now useless items that we can have a bit of fun with.

With the help of creative agency The Royals, the university has built an entire website around the live stream –which finishes on Friday –including profiles on the costumed characters, and the way they will smash things. The sloth, for example, is prone to bursts of energy followed by slow, sleepymovements.

“When you talk to the people in the costumes, they really get into character,” Ms Branagan said.“I think they’re having as much fun as we are watching them.”

Hundreds of thousands of viewers have tuned in from locations like Germany, Austria, South Africa, Canada and the US, all with something positive to say about the performance, and many with a suggestion of what to destroy.

The sitcom has been so successful the university isn’t sure what they can do next that would top it– but from the looks of it, it’s already helped to attract students.

#VCEStressBreak Robot! Robot! Robot! Fridge! Fridge! Fridge! Guitar! Guitar! Guitar!

— Qiao Li (@qiaofilm) October 21, 2015Can Sloth please pop the balloons with his claws while wearing the sombrero? I’m very stressed and this would help. #VCEStressBreak

— Lauren Kilby (@The_Killabee) October 21, 2015For ghost! I have to get up in the morning for school! Smash the grandfather clock with the sledgehammer #VCEStressBreak

— Tiffany Owens (@itz_PancakeDoe) October 21, 2015From theUSAJust off the phone with @Deakin learning about their international student program. IM GOING TO AUSTRALIA thanks #VCEStressBreak

— Benjamin McCrea (@BigBen4Cali) October 21, 2015I am ready to break everything in my apartment to get rid of my stress while watching #VCEStressBreak Love from The Netherlands #mrf

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