City apartment boom dwarfs government projections

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Melbourne’s residential apartment boom is set to leave the central business district, Southbank and Docklands flooded with dwellings far outweighing the requirements predicted by the state government.

A research project by RMIT over the past nine months has found there are about 85,000 apartments and new residences either built or in the pipeline in Melbourne’s central city area in the decade between 2011 and 2021.

The government’s own Victoria in Future study, released in May, shows about 43,000 new dwellings needed for the area over the period covered by the RMIT analysis.

However, Planning Minister Matthew Guy continues to sign off on skyscrapers in the city and at the new suburb of Fishermans Bend, and last week shrugged off concerns there was a looming oversupply problem for Melbourne.

On Sunday, his spokeswoman said: “Any suggestion the government has or will approve anything like 85,000 apartments in central Melbourne is utterly false and grossly misleading.”

The research by RMIT used data from Melbourne City Council’s development activity monitor. It included a range of completed projects, under construction, and those slated to be built but not yet begun throughout the CBD and surrounds, plus the fledgling suburb of Fishermans Bend.

Since coming to office in December 2010, Mr Guy has approved about 90 buildings in Melbourne’s central city area, recently telling a group of property lawyers it was the biggest building boom “since the gold rush”.

His predecessor as planning minister Justin Madden approved about a third as many buildings in four years in the job.

The research by RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies adds to warnings from the Reserve Bank last week – and from researchers including BIS Shrapnel and Moody’s Analytics – that there are too many apartments being built.

Moody’s warned in July of a “housing glut”.

RMIT planning expert Michael Buxton, who worked on the research, said Melburnians should be alarmed at the number of skyscrapers being approved.

“We are in the big league of high rise internationally – there are very few cities approving the scale of what we are,” he said.

He criticised the pace and secrecy with which Mr Guy was approving skyscrapers, saying so many so quickly was unprecedented. “This is a really irresponsible way of planning a city.”

Professor Buxton said the high-rise towers being built were creating wind and overshadowing problems, and were “among the world’s worst energy performers”.

The apartment construction boom has in part been driven by development money coming to Australia from south-east Asia since 2009.

Analyst Charter Keck Cramer found last year that international property developers in Melbourne’s central city area were expected to be involved in almost half of the CBD’s development by 2015 – up from 10 per cent in 2008.

Its report found Melbourne’s central city apartment market was “no longer acting as a traditional housing sub-market to service the basic accommodation needs to the city’s growing population”.

Instead, globalised investment into apartments was funnelling money into Melbourne, as it was into cities such as Toronto, London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Charter Keck Cramer director Robert Papaleo said apartments in Melbourne had become part of a global market, but that prices and rents would adjust to balance any serious oversupply.

Victorian Property Council executive director Jennifer Cunich said not all of the planning applications approved by Mr Guy would be built.

“If the developer decides there is no market there, I think it would be unlikely they would risk capital in doing that,” she said.

She said the high-rise boom was bringing life to the city centre. “If people are in the city, those services [health and education] will follow. If it’s managed well … you can get a very vibrant city.”

Ms Cunich said that, if rents did drop in the central city, “isn’t that a good outcome?”

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures last week showed Victoria’s population continued to grow dramatically, with almost 109,000 people moving to the state in the year to March.

Meanwhile, another planning academic warned both sides of politics had adopted a “big, shovel-ready projects” ideology, often ignoring what people needed.

“The high-rise building boom in Melbourne is another example of a big project that the state government can say it accomplished,” said Carolyn Whitzman, an urban planning professor at Melbourne University.

But it could only be accomplished by “ignoring any sense [of] what good planning is, through approving things with very shonky planning practice, by not really costing out the alternatives, not costing out the social consequences. But hey, it’s a big achievement and shows planning can do something in Victoria.”

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Firefighting authorities working together on planned burns

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CFA volunters from Sassafras, Selby and Dixons Creek take part in an exercise near Plenty Gorge.CFA volunteers will increasingly join fire crews from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to conduct planned burns across Victoria, under a new partnership to be announced on Monday.
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Under the partnership, which follows a pilot program involving more than 30 burns on public land over the past two years, the fire agencies will work together conducting burns on public land and private land.

Bushfire Response Minister Kim Wells said the new arrangement would cut the risk of bushfires across the state, as well as significantly improve co-ordination between the two firefighting authorities.

Historically, planned burns in Victoria on public land have been conducted by  DEPI crews, with only a limited involvement across Victoria from local CFA brigades. Mr Wells told Fairfax Media that while department crews conducted such burns, “at the same time, there were lots and lots of CFA trucks sitting in sheds, with [the department] trying to do everything”.

Mr Wells said that the new arrangements would give CFA crews a say in nominating which burns were prioritised, and that they could “actually take ownership of some of the planned burns”. He acknowledged that in some places, such as East Gippsland, CFA members had expressed frustration that some parts of the bush had not recently been treated by fuel reduction burning.

“The significant benefit of this will be of course that the relationship between the CFA and [the department] will be a lot closer, if they’re able to do planned burning in the cool seasons. Firstly, the personnel will get to know each other. They will get an understanding of what equipment each agency has, and there’s obviously the issue of communications – which they’ll work on,” he said.

“Strengthening CFA’s partnership with [the department] will provide firefighters with invaluable on-the-ground experience, and training and mentoring from experienced firefighters in a controlled, but real-life environment,” he said.

Asked whether the partnership was about saving money, Mr Wells strongly denied this: “Absolutely not. This is about improving the working relationship between CFA and [the department]. It’s about better use of equipment by both agencies, it’s about the ability to be able to train new CFA volunteers in real, live situations and for me it’s also about the ownership of planned burning around country towns.”

Chief Officer of the CFA, Euan Ferguson, said the trial had been a success. “We’ve had a fantastic reaction from both the [the department] and CFA brigades. I think through the trial we’ve realised that there is an untapped capability within CFA and many brigades are wanting to undertake more burning on public land. The other thing is that because we work together an awful lot, the process of both planning and conducting planned burns, it improves the relationships, it builds forest firefighting skills in the CFA members … it adds to the inter-operability between CFA and [the department], ” he said.

To illustrate the increase in joint operations between the fire agencies, Mr Ferguson said that in 2011-12 CFA crews were involved in 326 planned burns across Victoria over 3960 hectares. In 2012-13 this jumped to 763 planned burns and 5255 hectares. In addition, far more CFA brigades became involved in the burns.

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, conducted after the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, which claimed 173 lives, urged the state to significantly increase the amount of planned burning done across Victoria via an annual rolling target of at least 5 per cent of the state’s public land.

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Drinking session turns ugly for pair

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GRAND final celebrations went a bit too far for two Albury men who started fighting outside the Star Hotel on Saturday.
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The men became involved in a verbal disagreement inside the venue and became aggressive after they were asked to leave.

Co-owner of the Star Hotel Andy Newton said he believed the men had been drinking elsewhere during the day.

“It’s a difficult day because a lot of people are drinking all day and you try to be as careful as you can screening them but one slipped through and they are the ones who spoilt things for everyone else,” he said.

The men were quickly identified as being intoxicated after their arrival and were ejected from the Albury venue about 8pm.

Mr Newton said the fight moved 100 metres down Guinea Street towards Albury High School.

“They made a fuss about being asked to leave and wanted to get back in but weren’t allowed so they started fighting among themselves,” Mr Newton said.

“The thing that started to worry me was when neighbours came out on the street to see what the problem was, so when they got involved we knew we had to get them to move on as quickly as possible.”

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Book club an ideal escape from the world

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Once a month, Danielle Taiba gathers her girlfriends at her Currans Hill home where they grab a drink, their latest novel and sink into a cosy chair for a chat.
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Literary lovers: Danielle Taiba (centre) says her monthly Book Club meetings with friends Renee Zraika (left) and Anne-Marie Nott (right) has been ‘‘an escape from the outside world’’. Picture: Jonathan Ng

There isn’t anything complicated about Mrs Taiba’s book club – just friends getting together to share company and their love of reading.

Camden Council is encouraging more literary lovers to hold a book club with friends, family or colleagues. And to help, it has added 12 new titles to its book club kit.

The kits contain 10 copies of a book title as well as discussion questions to get the conversation started.

Mrs Taiba said she started a book club to ‘‘expand my horizons.’’

‘‘A book club is a great excuse to make and keep friends,’’ she said.

‘‘We try different genres. It’s a great social forum and escape from the outside world.’’

Mrs Taiba said she made new friends through the club which she described as ‘‘an enjoyable and meaningful addition to my social calendar.’’

‘‘Most times it’s just fun to chat,’’ she said.

More information about council’s Book Club Kits is available at www.library.camden.nsw.gov.au.

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Wimmera mayors urge Federal Government to retain disaster relief funding

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Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin believes reducing the amount of money available to councils after a disaster would cause major problems. Picture: FILE PICWIMMERA mayors have urged the Federal Government to retain disaster relief funding.
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A Productivity Commission draft report has recommended a major restructure of federal disaster funding, including less money for relief and recovery and more money for mitigation.

Northern Grampians Mayor Kevin Erwin said reducing the amount of money available to councils after a disaster would cause major problems.

“When you have an event you rely heavily on that money to help communities recover and it’d be quite disastrous if there was a shortfall in that money,” he said.

“In the floods we had more than $30 million of damage.

“If we couldn’t replace a community hall or if people couldn’t use infrastructure, and we couldn’t do anything about it, it would be disastrous.”

Horsham Mayor David Grimble said mitigation was important, but recovery funding needed to be maintained.

“I don’t think local government would like to see support and recovery reduced at all,” he said.

“They’ve recommended a major restructure, but if elements of it aren’t broken, why fix it?

“If we had any reduction in the assistance we’d certainly take that up with the Municipal Association of Victoria.”

The report recommended implementing better processes for rebuilding assets so they were not duplicated only to be wiped out again.

Cr Erwin said it was important to be proactive in mitigation.

“I’ve thought for a long time if you put it back the same way it was, where it’s prone to disasters, it might be time to look at an improved version so it can withstand the rigours of any event,” he said.

“That might be a costly solution but I think there needs to be a little bit more analysis on replacement.”

Cr Grimble said council improved its recovery processes every time disaster hit the municipality.

“In the Wimmera-Mallee we’ve been through flood, fire and locusts and they all add to the ability to be able to cope with the next disaster,” he said.

“One of the things we’ve clearly picked up is that our recovery processes are getting better.”

Yarriambiack Mayor Andrew McLean said he supported more funding for mitigation.

“I think it’s great to spend money on mitigation and certainly more should be spent rather than allowing disasters to have their greatest effect,” he said.

The commission recommended the government substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation from about $40 million to $200 million annually.

Commissioner Karen Chester said the report was not designed to make cuts.

“This inquiry is not driven by the need to reduce fiscal costs for the Federal Government,” she said.

“It is about restoring autonomy and incentives to better manage natural disaster risks.”

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Pirtek Stadium $29m upgrade on the way

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Artwork: supplied (HASSELL).Federal Sport Minister Peter Dutton and NSW Sport and Recreation Minister Stuart Ayres today announced the finalised scope for a $29 million upgrade to Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium.
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After consultation and agreement with the two major hirers of the Stadium, the Parramatta Eels and the Western Sydney Wanderers, the tenders have gone out for the first package of works.

Construction is expected to commence on the Stadium in mid-October.

The upgrade includes:

·Rebuilding the players changerooms to contemporary internationalstandards

·An additional 2,000 seats behind the existing terraces at the north and south ends (4,000 in total)

·A seating upgrade and replacement throughout the Stadium

·Wi-fi connectivity

·Replacement of the turf surface

·Installation of LED screens and signage

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NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said the Stadium upgrade has been a long time coming for western Sydney.

“With an extra 2,000 seats added to each end of the ground, so 4,000 in total, the fans will be closer to the action than ever before,” Mr Ayres said.

“We have upgraded the big screens and improved the amenity of the ground.

“These improvements will breathe new life into one of western Sydney’s key sporting precincts,” Mr Ayres said.

Federal Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said the upgrade will significantly enhance the fans’ game day experiences at Pirtek Stadium.

“It will provide great benefits to sports fans and local sporting teams with services and amenities revamped for both spectators and players. This is great boost to western Sydney’s sports facilities,” Mr Dutton said.

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP, said thatthe stadium upgrade will ensure that western Sydney remains home to some of Australia’s finest sporting franchises.

“Western Sydney has a rich and proud sporting history, andthisannouncementmeans thattwoleadingfranchisesin this region, theParramattaEels andtheWestern SydneyWanderers,will now have the best possible platform to excel into the future.”

State Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the upgrade will be welcomed by all in Parramatta.

“This is great news for Parramatta, the Stadium and the thousands of fans who support the Eels and the Wanderers,” Mr Lee said.

The potential impact of the project on the hirers has been discussed with procedures in place from all parties to ensure the Stadium is operational during the project works.

This is a $29 million project – $20 million from the Commonwealth Government, $6 million from Venues NSW and $3 million to come from Parramatta City Council.

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Group Nine Weissel CupPhotos

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Group Nine Weissel Cup | Photos Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers players celebrate their win. Picture: Michael Frogley
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Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Blake Jorgenson scores a try as Temora’s Travis Block and Grant Hughes try to defend. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Blake Jorgenson scores a try as Temora’s Travis Block and Grant Hughes try to defend. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Temora’s Brady Oliver contest a high ball. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Bill Ryder tackles Temora’s James Fisher. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Zac Barrie and Temora’s Harrison Keane. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Sharne Robinson and Temora’s Josh Murphy. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Temora’s Luke Murray in for a try. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Temora’s Brady Oliver gets a late pass away as he is tackled by Brothers’ Bill Ryder. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ Ed Ansell and Nick Orr embrace after their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ captain Ed Ansell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers’ captain Ed Ansell. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Best on ground, Sam Humphries. Picture: Michael Frogley

Weissel Cup. Brothers v Temora. Brothers players celebrate their win. Picture: Michael Frogley

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Maldon-Dombarton Freight link revived

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Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell announced a $21 million funding injection into the long- awaited Maldon-Dombarton Freight line. Picture suppliedTHE Illawarra could be seeing another resurrection of the controversially abandoned Maldon-Dombarton Rail Freight line, following announcements of a multimillion-dollar funding injection.
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Last week, member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell announced $21million had been secured from the NSW budget for the partially-completed freight line linking Port Kembla (Dombarton) and the Southern Highlands (Maldon).

The 34.9kilometre rail project was first imagined in 1979 to free up the passenger rail line by providing a freight line from Port Kembla. Construction began in 1983 but the project was shelved by the state government in 1988.

The NSW Freight and Ports Strategy estimated a cost of $667million to complete the rail line, which would include 35kilometres of standard gauge track, two passing loops, new bridges over the Nepean and Cordeaux Rivers and one of Australia’s longest tunnels.

The $21million is intended to go toward a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to gauge the private sector’s interest in constructing the remaining sections of the line.

Mr Rowell said the funding was a “significant step forward” for the project which would assist in catering for the forecasted doubling of freight movements over the next 20 years.

Earlier this month the project was flagged in the top three of the Illawarra’s “game changing” infrastructure projects in the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra’s transport wish list.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said that in the past year, the NSW Government had spent $21million to get the proposed freight line ‘‘shovel ready’’ for potential construction.

“The government has successfully completed detailed engineering, operational and environmental investigations and stakeholder consultations to understand the complexities and scope of works required,” the spokesperson said.

“This work has now enabled the government to open a ROI process.”

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said the private sector was “best placed” to drive the project and would generate jobs and business in the region.

The ROI process is open from October 13 until February 24 next year.

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Speeding Pacific Highway convoy caught at Moorland

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File picA convoy speeding at more than 45 kilometres per hour above the limit was caught north of Taree on Saturday night.
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Highway Patrol were measuring speedin a 110km/h zone of the Pacific Highwayat Moorland about 9.15pm when the trio of cars blitzed by them.

Police allege a 19-year-old Yarramundi man on hisprovisional licence was doing 165km/h, and was not displaying his P plates, when they caught up to his Ford Focus.

They also caught a Toyota Hilux driven by a 26-year-old man from Queensland’s Mermaid Waters, who was allegedly doing 162km/h.

Another 26-year-old man, this time from Sydney’s Grose Vale,in the group was allegedly detected doing 158km/h in a Holden Barina.

The trio were issued infringement noticesfor exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, with eachincurring a$2252 penalty and six demerit points.

The teenager also copped a second infringement noticefor not displaying P plates.

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Gallery: Dolphins in Georges River bring wonderful start to the week

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Gallery: Dolphins in Georges River bring wonderful start to the week Dolphins at Georges River Oatley on Tuesday. Pictures: Antonia Hayler Choosypix.
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Dolphins at Georges River Oatley on Tuesday. Pictures: Antonia Hayler Choosypix.

Dolphins at Georges River Oatley on Tuesday. Pictures: Antonia Hayler Choosypix.

Georges River near Caravan Head. Picture: Tony Moss.

Georges River near Caravan Head. Picture: Tony Moss.

Georges River near Caravan Head. Picture: Tony Moss.

Georges River near Caravan Head. Picture: Tony Moss.

Dolphins Ahoy: Pictures: Antonia Hayler of Choosypix

Dolphins Ahoy: Pictures: Antonia Hayler of Choosypix

Dolphins Ahoy: Pictures: Antonia Hayler of Choosypix

Picture: Lynne Sparkes.

TweetFacebookLeader they sawseveral pods of dolphins heading down river toward Como Marina on Sunday.

“What a marvellous occasion, wow!” Mr Sparks said.

Tony and Isabelle Moss of Oyster Bay couldn’t believe their eyes when they were on their boat at Caravan Head near Oyster Bay andpods of dolphins frolicked in front of them on Sunday and from their balcony at home about7am Monday.

“It was wonderful, just like a dream and it proves the river is healthy,” Mr Moss said.

“There were about four on Sunday and this morning there were two pods and up to about 12 dolphins.”

A spokesman for the National Parks and Wildlife Service said the dolphin numbers in the Georges River were consistent with previous years.

‘‘What is a bit different this year is that there are a lot of adult dolphins with calves and that indicates there’s a lot of fish around,’’ Geoff Ross said.

The dolphin mothers were probably showing their young around the area so they would later be able to find their own way around, he said.

People in boats needed to be 50 metres from adult dolphins and 150 metres from calves.

Mr Ross is the co-ordinator of marine fauna programs (see a video below relating to a “A very, very good year” for whales.

Have you spotted any dolphins or other sea life arriving with the warmer weather?

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin dazzle Venice: photos

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin dazzle Venice: photos Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
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Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin took to the Grand Canal in Venice on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

TweetFacebookVenice:George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin delighted crowds on Sunday when they took to the waters of Venice to show off their wedding rings for their first day as a married couple.

The Hollywood heartthrob and his bride cut an elegant pair as their vintage water taxi led a flotilla of boats down the Grand Canal. They looked fresh and relaxed despite having danced until almost dawn during their star-studded ceremony and party.

Lebanese-British lawyer Alamuddin looked effortlessly graceful in a long-sleeved white lace dress covered with pink and red flowers in her first appearance as Mrs Clooney, while the US actor was suave as ever in a finely cut grey suit

The 53-year-old was begged by the crowd to show off his ring, a wide band in white gold, but jokingly looked at his right hand in surprise – after so many years as a bachelor, you could forgive him for taking a while to get used to being married.

Alamuddin’s ring was more delicate and looked like it featured a band of small diamonds.

They are expected to spend their honeymoon in Morocco’s former imperial city of Marrakech, according to a source.

The pair said “I do” late on Saturdayat a private ceremony in Venice’s palatial Aman Canal Grande hotel, before celebrating with a star-strewn guestlist in one of the most eagerly awaited celebrity weddings in years.

There were wolf-whistles and cheers as the actor scooped his new wife into his arms for a nuptial kiss, and his hands were shaking so much that he did a botched job cutting the wedding cake, a source close to the hotel said.

Attendeesincluding Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber – rumoured to be Clooney’s best man – reportedly boogied well into the early hours to hit tracks by Blondie, Jackson 5 and Daft Punk.

Those not sleeping off a hangover were tipped to have met for a lavish late lunch Sunday in the garden of the luxurious Cipriani resort, or recovering with Bloody Mary cocktails on sun loungers by the hotel’s Olympic size, waterfront pool.

On Saturday at sunset, a euphoric-looking Clooney made his wedding evening entrance bysweeping up Venice’s Grand Canal, accompanied by some 20 boatloads of paparazzi and the screams of adoring fans.

The silver-haired actor and director, looking dashing in an Armani tux, grinned and rubbed his hands in glee as he entered the fresco-adorned Aman.

Alamuddin, 36, who stayed out of sight inside the hotel, reportedly wore a gown by red-carpet maestro Oscar de la Renta.

Her best friend and bridesmaid, Jennifer Robinsonwore a dress designed by Sydney-based evening wear specialist, Johanna Johnson.

Despite having already exchanged vows, the couple are still tipped to officialise the marriage under Italian law at the town hall on Monday.

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Liberal party is creating new enemies

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THE Hodgman government istreading a dangerous path withits workforce.
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It is creatingenemies where it needs allies, whiletrashing a key component of itsbrand.

It is over-reacting to the threat of adefeat in Parliament of its proposedpay freeze.

Beforeavote was taken on thelegislation in the Legislative Councilthe government withdrew the bill andimmediately earmarked 500 morepublic service jobs for the axe,including the possibility of police,teachers and heath positions.

Not very clever. Not very visionary.

Tasmanians warmed to agovernment that, in opposition,campaigned on the need to strengthenfront line services.

The Liberals campaigned forbudget reform and an improvedeconomy, but also promotedthemselves as the champions of thethe warriors policing our streets,teaching our children and treatingthe sick.

All that has gone.

Even if the government eventuallyspares the front line, it has broken itspromise to quarantine these servicesfrom budget cuts.

Tasmanians whovoted Liberal last March will notstand for it.

If the Liberals try to blame theLegislative Council it will backfire onthem because you don’t alienateindependent or politically friendlyMLCs, lest they join the ranks of themany enemies created this week.

Now the government is faced with adilemma of its own making.

It isdamned if it backs down and damnedif it holds firm.

The Liberals needn’t haveprematurely withdrawn the bill.

Theydecided it was not worth pursuing,but in doing so they became thevillains.

That their real agenda was 500more job losses. In other words, anideological rather than a financialstrategy.

Tasmanians strongly support areturn to fiscal responsibility.

It is notthe Liberals’ fault that the budget isso bloated and wasteful.

That’s not theissue.

The issue is the new government’sability to manage.

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Miracle baby Harleigh Hughes continues to defy odds

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Happy family: Harleigh Hughes will remain in Westmead Children’s Hospital for a few weeks. Her older brother Braxton, 2, is slowly getting used to his new sibling with the help of a doll he named “Harleigh”. Her father Craig was forced to deliver her on the side of the M4 when Allyson went into labour. Picture: Natalie RobertsLike the Macarthur Advertiser on FacebookShe is not yet a week old but baby Harleigh Hughes has already racked up a lot of experience at defying the odds.
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Harleigh was born in the family car, parked in the emergency lane of the M4 at Eastern Creek last Wednesday morning.

She made her father Craig Hughes, 21, help her mother Allyson Lock, 20, through a birth that not even doctors were confident enough to oversee.

Harleigh Hughes, who was delivered by her father in the emergency lane of the M4 at Eastern Creek on Wednesday, has been moved to Westmead Children’s Hospital’s High Dependency Unit well before doctors thought she would be ready to leave the Intensive Care Unit.

The Glenfield couple, who already have a two-year-old son named Braxton, always knew it was going to be a tough birth.

Harleigh was diagnosed with Spina Bifida when she was at 19 weeks gestation and Ms Lock’s obstetrician had advised against a natural birth because of the significant chance the baby would not survive.

Harleigh was also in the breech position.

Ms Lock had been scheduled for a Caesarean delivery at Westmead Children’s Hospital at noon on Wednesday but woke at 4am that day with labour pains.

“The pains weren’t that bad so I wasn’t too worried, I managed to get back to sleep and left it till 6am to call the hospital,” Ms Lock said.

“We had to stop for petrol on the Camden Valley Way and I was pacing up and down. I saw Craig had put $20-worth in and I just said ‘we need to go now’.”

Harleigh, who has Spina Bifida, was operated on to remove a ‘spinal sac’ of fluid that was attached to her back and made the natural birth all the more difficult.

But just 10 kilometres from the hospital, Harleigh could not wait any longer and Mr Hughes had to deliver his daughter with the guidance of an ambulance officer over the phone.

Like many babies born with Spina Bifida, Harleigh had a fluid-filled sac attached to her back.

“All I was thinking was ‘get to the hospital’ but that wasn’t going to happen,” Mr Hughes said.

“The ambulance officer was trying to talk me through what was going on, and I was telling her that the head was coming out but it was really the [fluid sac]. I think I confused her.”

Harleigh was later taken to hospital and underwent surgery.

Doctors predicted she would spend at least a week in intensive care but she proved them wrong again and was moved to the High Dependency Unit after just three days.

“Craig calls her ‘Tank’ because the other babies in the Intensive Care Unit are all so tiny and she’s just this big three kilogram baby,” Ms Lock said.

“She is just amazing.”

Ms Lock said her daughter should be discharged from hospital in a fortnight.

But considering Harleigh’s current track record of doing things slightly ahead of schedule, don’t be surprised if she’s back in Glenfield a little quicker.

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