Wannon MP Dan Tehan says continuing to build and expand regional tertiary education will be a high priority

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan. Picture: Rob GunstoneWannon MP Dan Tehan says he will have a strong focus on regional tertiary education in his new role as education minister.

Mr Tehan worked along side south-west business and education advocates to save Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus from closing in 2016.

Thecampus is slowly regaining students after it came close to shutting in 2016dueto declining enrolments.

2018 enrolment figures revealed more students were choosing to study nursing, while teaching is less popular than in previous years.

“One of the key focuses that I want to bring in this role in the higher education space is about what we need to do in rural and regional areas to make sure we have tertiary institutions,” Mr Tehansaid.

“It is something I have learnt from the ground up from what happened to the Deakin campus in Warrnambool and the fight save it, which was incredibly important for our local area.”

Mr Tehan said lessons could be learnt from the tertiary system abroad.

“I do see an identifiable need for us to look at this area,” he said.

“If you look at other areas such as the United Kingdom or the United States they have tertiary institutionsspreadright across their nations, not just focused in their capital cities. This is something I want to look at and something that I will be very passionate about in this new role.”

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said Mr Tehan was a “good friend”to the university’scommunity.

“Mr Tehan noted in his maiden Parliamentary speech in 2010 that ‘education is a key reason I am standing here today’,” Professor den Hollander said.

The Standard, Warrnambool

Chinan Instagram model Sinead McNamara dies in Greece

n Instagram model and former Port Macquarie local Sinead McNamara has died in Greece. Photo: FacebookFORMER Port Macquarie woman and n Instagram model Sinead McNamara, 20, who died on a boat in Greece this week, has been remembered as a “beautiful soul”.

“My camping buddy and twin! I’ll always treasure growing up with you. Rest in peace beautiful girl,” one person wrote on her Instagram page.

“Beautiful kind happy soul,sending love and strength to her family,” said another.

“A beautiful life taken way too soon. Rest In Peace gorgeous.”

Ms McNamara is believed to have been working on superyacht Mayan Queen IV, owned by Mexican mining magnateAlberto Baillères, in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia at the time of her death.

The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

She was found in a critical condition on the boat and transferred to a local hospital but later died on the way to Hygeia hospital in Athens, local media is reporting.

Greek authorities are currently investigating her death.

Ms McNamara’s mother is reportedly travelling to Greece and a spokeswoman for the n Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to Ms McNamara’s family.

Ms McNamara, who was born and raised in Port Macquarie and lived in Sydney, arrived in Greece in mid-June this year after travelling to Bali, Alaska and the Whitsundays.

Ms McNamara graduated from Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus in 2016 and turned 20 about four weeks before her death.

Her last Instagram post was from the Greek island of Kefalonia and has since been inundated with tributes from her friends and followers.


Birdsville Races puts on the style

Birdsville races puts on the style Nick and Blake from Brisbane at Birdsville Races 2018.

Shoey from Mount Isa with Pauline and Peter from Yeppoon.

Sandra Johns (Texas, Qld) and Angela Doran (Warwick, Qld) step out in park style at the Birdsville Races along with 5000 others. Photos: Derek Barry

The 12 jockeys line up before the Birdsville Cup but only one of them can win the big race.

Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta.

Mayor Geoff Morton and wife Bev watch the Calcutta.

The Melbourne Cup went on tour to Birdsville.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

The Adelaide mob were on hand.

As was this colourful crew from Melbourne.

Mary, Nat and Darlene get ready to enter the racecourse.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The Sydney mob went all flowery.

Judith and Lee from Wollongong and Sydney.

They hailed from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra but got together to make a bright impression.

Simon, Carsten, Di and Laura all the way from Tassie.

The Scoop wins race 1 for trainer Craig Smith.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The flamingo suit crew from Adelaide.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Gretta Allen (Winton), Sophie Stringer (Longreach), Russell Bennett (Melbourne).

B1 and B2 from Bananaland. Actually Emerald, Qld.

Afdiato holds off Safdie to win Race 2.

Dylan, Greta and Sophie.

Slug, Ton and Dazza from Brisbane.

Colleen, Ernie and Shannon study the form guide.

Curtis Corneliusen and Alec Dyball (Brisbane).

Satan Da wins Race 3.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion winner.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Fashion judges at work.

Ladies millinery.

Ladies millinery winner.

16-month old Ivey Ison stole the show in the best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Jayeffkay wins Race 4.

Jayeffkay’s owners celebrate the win.

Kerry Espin and Tracy Igglesden from Gympie.

Some of the large Rockhampton crew.

Interviews with the ladies fashions runner-up and winner.

Race 5 goes to Mount Isa and Damgoodchoice.

Trying out the Birdsville Cup for size.

All the jockeys in the big race with the Birdsville Cup.

Gary Brook, Vice President, Birdsville Race Club.

Crowd lines every vantage point to watch the big race.

Blue Jest wins a thrilling finish.

Blue Jest and jockey Adin Thompson.

Trainer Bevan Johnson is a happy man.

Celebrating Blue Jest’s win in the Cup.

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Outside of the race track,Fashion on the Fields was a final day highlight, with classic, contemporary and novelty divisions for men, women, couples and families.

As in previous years, entertainment and trackside hospitality were also key draw-cards, while live music, pub festivities and Fred Brophy’s famous Boxing troupe kept crowds bustling in the township of Birdsville itself.

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Conversion therapy not an issue for me: PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he won’t become involved in a debate about gay “conversion” therapy, which has been discredited by psychiatrists across the world.

However, Labor has reiterated a pledge to outlaw the controversial practice if the party wins the next election.

A coalition of those who have endured the practice, churches and community advocates is urging ‘s major parties to address the issue before the next federal poll.

Some 43,000 signatories to a petition are calling for a crackdown on the practice, including greater powers for health and consumer watchdogs and tougher regulations.

The prime minister said people should make their own choices about their lives.

“I respect people of all sexualities, I respect people of all religions, all faiths. I love all ns,” Mr Morrison told Melbourne radio station 3AW when asked about the petition.

“I’ve never been involved in anything like that, I’ve never supported anything like that, it’s just not an issue for me and I’m not planning to get engaged in the issue.”

However, Labor is demanding the prime minister unequivocally condemn the practice and work with the states to ban it.

Mr Shorten said being gay was not a sin, describing the therapy as harmful and not evidence-based.

“I don’t think the way that we help this community grow together is by stigmatising gay people,” he told reporters in Brisbane.

Greens senator Janet Rice said conversion therapies and sexual orientation change efforts can have fatal consequences and must be stamped out.

“The basic premise of conversion therapy and sexual orientation change efforts is that LGBTIQ people can and must be changed, rather than being perfect and accepted for who they are,” Senator Rice said.

Earlier this year, Victorian Liberals president Michael Kroger stepped in to stop a motion on gay “conversion” being debated at the party’s state council.

A branch of the Young Liberals called for the law to be changed to ensure doctors “can offer counselling out of same-sex attraction or gender transitioning”.

Kotara Bears Junior Rugby League Football Club to celebrate 50th anniversary with gala dinner

GOING STRONG: Kotara Bears Junior Rugby League Football Club players Ollie O’Brien, from the 11’s team; Ollie Ellis, from the 10’s team; and Noah Ellis, from the 12’s team. The trio played in grand finals this season. Picture: Simone De PeakKotara Bears Junior Rugby League Football Club are calling on ex-players, coaches, officials and supporters to attend a 50thanniversary celebration.

The club, which plays out of Hudson Park, was established in the late 1960s when residents of “Hudson’s estate” started teams for local kids to play in.

“There was a committee of men who got together and decided to start it in late ‘67 and then they fielded teams in 1968,” Bears life member Murray Steel said.

“It went all the way through until 1993… because of the demographics of the area, people got older and there wasn’t anyone to play footy.

“We got it going again in 2002.”

After a nine-year hiatus, the Bears bounced back to have a peak of about 19 teams. This season the club fielded nine teams across various competitionsfrom under-6 to under-16 level.

Three teams qualified for grand finals but they were unable tosecurea title in the celebratory year, which will be recognised with adinner at Souths Merewether (South Newcastle Rugby League Club) on October 20.

“It’s to celebrate the history of the club,” Bears committee member Mark Pippen said.

“Fifty years for a small local club, I think it’s a pretty good achievement.

“We go through all the trials and tribulations of any small rugby league club.”

Tickets for the 6.30pm dinner areon sale for $79 at Souths Merewether.

Hunters silverNewcastle Hunters under-16 girls have claimed a silver medal at the Basketball NSW State Championships.

The Hunters went down 57-52 to Manly Warringahin a tense final at Gosford City Basketball & Sports Stadium late last month.

Newcastle reached the semi-finals of the under-16 boys but lost toeventual tournament winners Sydney Comets. Seven Hunters teams competed at the State Championships.

Aerobics stars WINNERS: Thornton Thunder aerobics team after wining their national title.

Thornton Public School’s aerobics team, the Thornton Thunder, have won a national title in just their second year of competition. The team, comprised of Year 5 and 6 students, won the Federation of International Sports Aerobics and Fitness national titlein August.

Glen William softball repKendall Boyton, a Year 6 student at Glen William Public School, has become the first student in the school’s history to make a Hunter PSSA side.

HISTORY: Kendall Boyton of Glen William Public School is in the Hunter softball side.

Boyton was selected in the Hunter softball side and will compete in the PSSA State Championships this week at Milperra in Sydney.

Incredibly, he had never played softball before he tried out for the side.

The natural sportsman has been the school’s sports captain for the past two years and was Glen William’s 2018 recipient of the Premier’s Sporting Challenge medal.

“I am excited to havethe opportunity to represent the Hunter and meet new friends,” Boyton told theNewcastle Herald.

Saltwater Restaurant is one family’s dream come true

Seven years ago David and Kylie Pollard moved their family from Sydney’s Northern Beaches to Port Stephens. They were sick and tired of the traffic and wanted the opportunity to own their own home.

They also had a dream –to open a restaurant with a view.

David is a chef and Kylie has more than 20 years of hospitality to her name. Together, they own and run Saltwater Restaurant above Fingal Beach Surf Life Saving Club which opened late last yearto a local and tourist market hungry for quality food with a view.

And what a view it is.

Pollard worked at Club Med in the Whitsundays and the Rockpool Group after completing his cooking apprenticeship. He was head chef at “a little restaurant in Newport” and also spent time working in London and with the Solotel Group in Sydney.

“The idea of opening a restaurant bythe water came about 15 years ago. It was just a matter of an opening becomingavailable for us. When we first walked into the space above the surf club we just knew the dreamwould come to fruition,” he said.

DREAM: Chef David Pollard at Saltwater which he owns and runs with wife Kylie, who is in charge of front-of-house. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Saltwater’s menu revolves around locally-sourced seafood.The seafood platter for two is popular, as well asthe caramel chilli lamb rack and theprawn, squid and Vongole clam angel hair pasta with chilli oil and citrus zest.

“My philosophy is to start withthe very best fresh, localseafood and produce – and we have an abundance here in Port Stephens –and let theingredients speak for themselves,” Pollard said.

“There’s always a well-balanced selection ofseasonal dishes.We use local farmers Holberts oysters, Monin Seafoods and a local fruit and vegetable supplier who sources fromNewcastle Farmers Markets.We love to showcase the fresh local fish, musselsand oysters of Port Stephens. I trust my seafood supplier and ask him ‘What’s good this week?’ and we work out the specials around his suggestions.”

Tourists make up a large part of Saltwater’s customer base butPollard says “locals keep coming back because there’s alwayssomething new to try”. Families are welcome and whale-watching is encouraged.

The couple didn’t want to compete with the venue’s panoramic views of Fingal Bay so worked with designer Morag Argiris to adopt an “inviting and understated Hamptons-meets-beach style”.

“We stilllove watching peoples’ reactions as they enter for the first time,” Kylie Pollardsaid.

“It’s important to us that people feel relaxed and at home here.”

Their vision is to make Saltwater the premier wedding location in the region.

“I believe Port Stephens isone ofthe most spectacular places on earth,” Dave Pollard said. “This is a dream cometrue and we are so proud to be able to share it.”

Workplace health and safety: The case for prosecution alternativesOPINION

NOT LIGHT: Enforceable undertakings are indeed legally binding agreements. When workplaces are in significant breach of workplace health and safety laws, prosecution is costly in terms of penalties and fines.

These could even threaten the viability of the business, which means loss of jobs and income for their workers too.It also leaves little to no budget to improve the unsafe conditions.

The introduction of work health and safety legislation has allowed the regulator to accept an enforceable undertaking (EU) in lieu of a prosecution, where a business can focus on developing initiatives to improve their safety outcomes, instead of spending time and money on legal proceedings.

An enforceable undertaking must demonstrate three main principals.They are legally binding agreements submitted by the alleged offenders that commits to achieving considerable safety outcomes, which must deliver benefits to the business; the industry sector; and the wider community that go beyond mere compliance.

The agreed terms of a EU are based on factual circumstances of each case. The EU could include special training programs; the purchasing or development of new equipment, safe systems of workthat would benefit the workplace.This should include industry-wide awareness programs regarding safety, and partnering or donating to not-for-profit organisations.

To ensureall terms of the EU are being implemented or complied with, the regulator monitors the business periodically by allocating an inspector to work with the business to verify activities that have been completed.This involves regular dialogue, providing updates and evidence of activities specified in the undertaking and receiving approval to publish content that has been developed (such as manuals).

When businesses participate in EU the requirement is a significant, ongoing commitment that aims to achieve improved safety performance and the establishment of an improved safety culture.The latter is often the weakness for most workplaces, as time and money are generally projected to growing the business and safety becomes secondary. The EU also provides an opportunity for investment in organisational reforms to minimise safety issues. This could be achieved by sourcing expertise to address complex safety processes. Further, participants of the EU are required to share safety knowledge and initiatives with peers in their industry and the community on the general preventive strategies, consequences and implementation process of safe work practices.

Whilelegal representation and fines are expensive, the cost of a EU could be higher.However, understanding a EU’s primary aim is to implement changes to address the unsafe conditions, improve safety performance and build a safety culture – increasing productivity and profitability.

Importantly, it is money invested into developing and optimising safety management systems and processes within the business, whilegaining recognition in the industry sector for the safety contributions and finally the assistance given to charitable organisations.

Faith Eeson is a safety consultant with FOCCALE Safety Management.

Experiencing the beauty of central China on the Larapinta Trail

Popular with hikers, but never crowded – the spectacular Larapinta Trail.As soon as you leave Alice Springs and head out into the West MacDonnell ranges, you know you are in Namatjira country.

Most ns will find the ghost gums, red ranges and spinifex plains immediately familiar from the paintings of Albert Namatjira, whose home of Hermannsburg, is just a stone’s throw away, at least in Northern Territory terms.

I had signed up for Trek Larapinta’s three day guided walk, though I was soon to discover that the ‘West Macs’,as they are affectionately known, cater to everyone from the day tripper to the serious hiker.

I was more about stopping and smelling the flannel flowers than putting myself through a test of physical endurance. But on the plane over it became clear that hordes of people were heading in the same direction as me; to walk, run, cycle and ride the famous Larapinta Trail.

I was grateful for my small group, (Trek Larapinta caps numbers at eight), and once we were whisked away to our private semi-permanent camp in a sandy riverbed, it felt like we had the desert all to ourselves.

On the way to our first day’s walk at Ormiston Gorge, we visited Simpsons Gap, where the sun hadn’t yet made its way over the red cliffs. Our guide, Rob Shaw, pointed out the flock of Zebra finches, which for thousands of years had signalled to Aboriginal people the presence of water.

Sunlight glows on the red ochre cliffs of Ormiston Gorge

On our nine-kilometre walk to Ormiston Pound we had our first taste of the rocky terrain the Larapinta is famous for. Our guide’s knowledge of the ancient geology of the area was impressive, but my true respect was earned as he patiently taped up the already blisteringfeet of my fellow walkers.

We finished the day with a plunge into a freezing waterhole, which had the same effect as applying ice to tired muscles.

Back at camp, our second guide Zoe, barbecued local barramundi for us, which we ate around the campfire as temperatures dropped. I had bravely made up my swag in the creek bed in daylight before someone mentioned dingos, but once ensconced in the -5 degree sleeping bag all fears were banished by the vista of the night sky.

The Southern Cross was huge and close, the Milky Way spilled overhead. The canvas changed throughout the night as the constellations travelled across the sky. I lost count of the number of shooting stars – I was possibly seeing glimpses of the Perseid meteor shower which is visible during August.

Our second day of walking was a steep hike up onto Counts Point, a pinnacle of the Heavitree Range with incredible views in all directions.

The weather was unusually hot which made the walk hard going. I dutifully drank my three litres of water, but forgot about reapplying sunscreen to winter-white legs.

However, our efforts were rewarded with endless views in all directions, another freezing swim, this time in the Finke River, and a beer at the nearby Glen Helen resort.

The water hole at Ormiston Gorge

After another campfire dinner, we were given the sobering news that we would be woken at 2am for an eight-kilometrepre-dawn slog up Mount Sonder guided by headlamps. But like a photograph slowly developing in thesolution, during the night my legs revealed the true extent of the day’s sunburn and I decided to pass on the walk.

In the late morning, the more hardy souls among our group returned to camp for brunch with tales of the steep climb and the freezing, gale force winds at the top and I began to think my sunburn had been a blessing.

But, they say, the views were worth it, and the Mt Sonder dawn hike is considered to be one of the highlights of the Larapinta Trail.

On our way back to Alice we detoured for a walk between the stunning redwalls of the famous Standley Chasm.

The once-in-a-lifetime walk through Namatjira country Simpsons Gap

The Larapinta Trail provides panoramic views

Ormiston Gorge

Trek Larapinta’s semi-permanent campsite near Ormiston Gorge.

The view from Counts Point on a section of the Larapinta Trail

Ghost gum

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What’s the address of your company’s registered office?OPINION

Do you know the address of your company’s registered office?

You should knowit might not be the same as your principal place of business.

Understanding the difference between the two could save immense stress, legal costs and your company.

The address of a company’s registered office is the place where documents can be effectively served. This means, if a supplier, employee or customer wanted to commence legal action, they would be correct in posting their legal notices to a registered office address.

Say you are a director of a manufacturing company. Your principal place of business is 1 Fake Street, but the address for the company’s registered office is your personal residence, 3 Cosey Avenue. One day you decide to relocate.

Several months pass, the manufacturing business is booming but then the phone rings. You’re told your company is now in liquidation, your directorship of your company is suspended, and the business must cease trading immediately pending an assessment by the liquidator.

But how did this even happen? The business is profitable and can pay all its debts. Apparently, a previous supplier had been careless with its invoicing so outsourced its collection activities to a third-party. The third-party collector had a policy to only issue correspondence to registered office addresses and had begun issuing invoices, statements, statutory demands and finally a winding up notice to the company’s registered office address after you had moved.

Believe it or not, situations like the one in the example occur more regularly than you would think. Thankfully, by applying to court and obtaining adequate advice, the winding up order was later terminated. But the interruption to business operations, the adverse publicity from the public notice that your company was in liquidation, the costs and stress are all negative implications worn from a simple oversight.

In many instances, your accountant’s address may be your registered office, in which case, there would be a system in place to advise you of any important or time sensitive correspondence received in relation to your company. Failing that, you can either review your records or perform a search on the n Securities and Investments Commission database.

Daniel Drayton isPKF’sbusiness recovery andinsolvency manager.

The food bowl of Bundaberg is alive and snapping

Not your average prawn cocktail … a fine start to lunch.Bundy and cola … to use the latter ingredient’s generic name. You’d have to be totally ignorant of what is happening in most n pubs to not realise that this is a national drink.

And it doesn’t take long to figure that the sugar which goes into making the rum is grown around the Queensland city of Bundaberg — as probably is most of the sugar that goes into producing the mixer softdrink.

Showing how it’s done … Gaylene Phillips.

And that this is the place the rum itself is produced.

So, we know that Bundaberg produces lots of rum and sugar, but less well known is the propensity of its rich, dark-chocolate-coloured volcanic soil to produce a vast array of fruit and vegetables, certainly enough edible stuff to be justifiably referred to as one of the nation’s food bowls.

When it comes to specifics, the Bundaberg district produces most of our sweet potatoes and tomatoes, not to mention plenty of melons, lychees, capsicums, cucumbers, snowpeas, macadamias and ginger.

Anthony Rehbein … banking on hydroponics for his children’s future.

Little wonder that the city lists high on the calling cards of buyers for the major supermarket chains.

But as I discovered on a recent mission to cover Winterfeast— a 10-day celebration of local foods and drinks — Bundaberg also has a burgeoning foodie element among its residents, and visitors who are increasingly charmed by the place’s flavours and laid-back ambience.

You only have to take one of Suzie Clarke’s Bundy Food Tours to realise that there’s plenty happening in the district that has nothing to do with pushing a trolley down the aisle of a major supermarket.

The passion that Suzie deals with is typified by Rick Nelson, who produces absolutely excellent sourdough bread at the very appropriately named Pocket Storehousebakery.

Rick Nelson … a passionate believer in his sourdough starter culture.

I say appropriately named because Rick has to break up Suzie’s relatively small group to fit us into his bakehouse, but the intensity of the love for his products are obvious when he talks about the virtues of sourdough and having nothing to sell on the few days that things go wrong.

The passion and taste are enough to entice one of our small media contingent to get up early the next morning and join the queue to get a precious loaf of Rick’s sourdough.

Sourdough treats from the tiny bakehouse at the Pocket.

And there’s no need to worry about something to do eat or do while we’re waiting for our turn in the bakehouse. We have plenty of coffee — made from beans locally grown and roasted by Barking Dog — and sourdough bread and scrolls to amuse ourselves with while sitting in the sun.

And the fervour doesn’t start or stop at the Pocket.

Breakfast of champions … a selection of seafood for a late breakfast at Grunske’s.

We’ve already had a taste of excellent local seafood for late breakfast at Grunske’s, and we’re headed to the greenhouses where Anthony Rehbeinis assuring his children’s future on his block by scaling the steep learning curve of hydroponics and growing some spectacular crops of things such as melons, eggplants and tomatoes.

But we haven’t met real commitment and promotional verve until we’re introduced to Tina McPherson at Tinaberrieswho is truly effervescent as she shows off rows of strawberries that are just being picked.

Tina McPherson in her strawberry patch … a real champion of local ingredients.

She and her husband Bruce travelled the world before choosing Bundaberg for their future, because of the fertility of its soils and the lifestyle enjoyed by that part of the world.

Their farming is sustainable, and vigorously employs measures such as companion planting and ‘good bugs’ that biologically control pests without damaging the berries.

And then it’s off to learn some cooking skills from local chef Gaylene Phillips and to try some of the fantastic produce we’re picked up on our travels.

Yes, it’s very much alive … Sian McDowell with a fine crab specimen at Grunske’s.

I tell you what. A prawn cocktail may be an old-fashioned dinner-party stand-by, but not in Gaylene’s hands when she has some scrummy prawns, perfectly ripe avocados and crunchy macadamias at her disposal.

John Rozentals was a guest of Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism. Visit www.bundabergregion成都模特佳丽招聘

Broken Heel Festival to celebrate all things drag

Broken Hill’s Town Square will host the Main Drag In Drag street parade at Broken Hill’s annual celebration of drag culture.Allthat glitters will turn to gold as the Silver City hosts itsfourth annual Broken Heel Festival in celebration of drag culture this month.

The festival will take place throughout Broken Hill fromSeptember 7-9.

Known for its starring role in the classic n drag queen road movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the city’sfamous Palace Hotel will host a number of performances and events.

The festival will feature comedy, cabaret, live music and social activities paying homage to the film and its stage adaptation, whilethe Town Square will hostthe Main Drag In Drag street parade.

Festival directorEsther La Rovere saidlast year’s eventwas the biggest and most successful to date and she expected this year to be even better.

“It’s such a colourful event, and of course everyone can relate to the street scenes of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, so they already know Broken Hill and its welcoming culture,” she said.

The program will featureperformances by some of ’s best drag queens, drag kings, bio queens,women who adopt a traditional drag persona, showgirls and DJs.

Indigenous singer Christine Anu,best known for her hit My Island Home, hasbeen named as this year’s headliner.

Anu won’t be the only Indigenous star on the program,with young performers Jojo Zaho and Felicia Foxxbeing mentored by an experienced drag queen.

”It’s designed to help them further their art and enable them to grow within the drag community and provide a solid platform to grow as performers,” Ms La Roveresaid.

The festival will alsoboast a dedicated service,The Silver City Stiletto train, which will travel from Sydney toBroken Hill.

The train booked out quickly, however if you can add your name to a waiting list via the festival website.

Bus tours will also be offered bySydney Planet Dwellers andAdelaide companyBuses-R-Us (details on the website).

Ms La Roveresaid the festival had attracted a strong following whoreturned regularly and was also attracting new visitors and larger crowds each year.

For more, visitwww.bhfestival苏州美甲 or phone (08) 8088-1699.

Marketing by the numbersOPINION

FACTS: When it comes to modern-day marketing, the data is all that really matters. Do you know your marketing numbers?

Like it or not, modern marketing is all about numbers. Sure, your agency or marketing team will bang on about design, ad copy and awards. But all that really matters are the key numbers in your marketing equation.

How many people did your various marketing channels and tactics reach last week? How many prospects responded to your marketing last week? How many leads did you speak with last week? How many sales did you make? What was the conversion rate at each stage?

Great marketers know these numbers immediately. They measure them consistently and look to improve their metrics at every level.

If you don’t know these numbers for your business, you’re flying blind. Study them immediately. Reach. Prospects. Leads. Sales.

The wonderful thing about modern marketing is that it has never been easier to measure and manage. There is data for just about anything you can imagine.

It means you can achieve less budget wastage and higher conversions. It alerts you when campaigns or offers are losing their impact. It tells you which messages are effective and which are missing the mark. It allows you to refine and optimise for best results.

Once you know which channelis delivering the greatest returns, which messages convert bestand what your average conversion rate is,you are in a position to achieve the holy grail of marketing: clients on demand.

The best marketing allows you to set a budget knowing how many prospects, leads and sales it will deliver – week in, week out.

A reliable and predictable return on your marketing investment allows you to grow and scale in a measurable way, giving you all the clients you need.

They’re the numbers that really matter.

Craig Wilson, managing director ofSticky.Digital.

Six highlights in your travel week3 Sept

‘Curated by AccorHotels’ … tailor-made for those seeking gourmet, arts-and-culture, or health-and-wellness pleasures.AccorHotels’ network of luxury brands, including Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery by Sofitel and Swissotel, have introduced bespoke packages in more than 30 destinations across .

More than 50 experiential hotel packages, coined ‘Curated by AccorHotels’, have been tailor-made for those seeking gourmet, arts-and-culture or health-and-wellness pleasures, with one-night getaways to leisurely escapes of up to five nights offering savings of up to 50 per cent.

Guests can transport themselves to the French Riviera at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, for instance, creating moments of abandon and decadence with a half-day Cote Piscine poolside cabana experience for two with personalised butler service, a 40-minute aqua-therapy soak and a 60-minute massage for two, breakfast, valet parking and two nights accommodation priced from $858.

Linger longer with a five-night indulgent stay at Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa with handpicked inclusions of a private degustation dinner with matching wines under the stars for two, a 30-minute massage and 30-minute facial for two at Vie Spa, a cocktail master class, bottle of Taittinger Champagne and breakfast priced from $1595.

Bookings are available until 31 October for stays from now until 31 March.

Visit www.accorhotels苏州美甲/curated

Groote Eylandt … it will soon be peak fishing season.

Experienced anglers and novices can in coming months enjoy some of the most exciting and diverse sports fishing in the world at Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

It will soon be peak season, through to the New Year, for giant deep-water marlin and sailfish, bluewater queenfish and giant trevally, golden snapper and red emperor around the extensive coral reefs, plus, of course, the world-renowned barramundi that teem in the tidal estuaries and mangrove-lined rivers.

To celebrate the start of the prime season’ Groote Eylandt is offering Fishing Safari Bonus Packages:

— three nights from $3700 per person twin-share, with upgrade to a Waterfront Spa Bungalow valued at $750 and $50 bar credit per room.

— four nights from $5135 per person twin-share, with room upgrade valued at $1000 and $75 bar credit.

— five nights from $6200 per person twin-share, with room upgrade valued at $1250 and $100 bar credit.

— six nights from $7270 per person twin-share, with room upgrade valued at $1500 and $125 bar credit.

These packages are for a minimum of two guests and are based on four people travelling together. They include return airfares from Darwin, all transfers on Groote Eylandt, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and two, three, four or five days of guided private fishing.

Phone (08) 8987 7077 or visit www.grootefishing苏州美甲au

Mitchell Falls … a Kimberley gem.

APT has released its 2019 ‘Kimberley Wilderness Adventures’ program and to celebrate is offering a range of deals for early-bird bookings.

APT’s popular 15-day ‘Kimberley Complete’, for instance, showcases the best of the Kimberley’s remote landscapes in groups of no more than 20 guests.

Soar over Mitchell Falls in a helicopter, admire impressive Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art, and watch the sun set over the striking Bungle Bungle Range.

Prices start at $9995 per person twin-share, with an additional fly-free offer available on all departures if booking is made before December 15.

New to the program in 2019, APT is now offering a range of short breaks.

As an example, APT’s three-day ‘Purnululu 4WD Experience’, has prices starting at $1695 per person twin share.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit www.aptouring苏州美甲au

The Glacier Express … a slow, winding journey over the Swiss Alps.

A new cruise tour launched by Cruise Express will take ns on a luxury Mediterranean cruise and across the roof of Europe by train to the Swiss Alps and one of the world’s most photographed mountains, the Matterhorn, in June next year.

The 20-night ‘Mediterranean to Matterhorn’ package includes a nine-night cruise from Barcelona to Venice and a seven-night overland tour by coach and rail to Zurich.

The itinerary begins with two nights in Barcelona, including a classic Spanish tapas dinner and a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s mammoth, multi-spired basilica, which is still under construction after 136 years and with completion expected 100 years since the death of the famous architect.

Guests then board Celebrity Constellation for a nine-night cruise to Toulon on the French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa/Florence, Rome, Naples, the fjord-lined medieval port of Kotor in Montenegro and Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast before disembarking in Venice.

The journey then heads inland to a cruise on Lake Maggiore before guests board the Bernina Express train for a spectacular ride over 196 bridges and through 55 tunnels, and the Glacier Express train for a slow, winding journey over the Swiss Alps.

Including return flights from , the package is available from $10,990 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress苏州美甲au

Standing their ground in from of the Taj Mahal … a group of millennials.

Intrepid has released its first 18s-to-29s brochure, offering socially conscious millennials the chance to get way off-the-beaten-path on more than 80 travel experiences, ranging from flying high in Turkey to camping around Iceland and island-hopping in Croatia.

With a focus on sustainable, immersive experiences, the new tours have been created especially for the next generation of responsible travellers who want to make a difference and connect with their fellow guests, while discovering new places and cultures.

The central belief is that millennials want big-time experiences without a big-time price tag, an so the trips are priced at the same level as Intrepid’s Basix range, with tours starting from $390 for a five-day tour of Cappadocia, a historic region of Central Anatolia.

Majestic wild creatures … orcas off the coast of Norway.

Swimming with wild whales during winter in Norway may sound intrepid but with the help of dry suits, expert guides and a central-heated expedition vessel, travellers can swim with humpbacks and orcas on an adventure holiday offered by n-based Majestic Whale Encounters.

The nine-night Norway cruise-tour also includes opportunities to meet the Arctic’s indigenous people and witness the stunning Northern Lights.

The tour is available for two departure dates next year — November 16 and 22 — and guests can save up to $600 per couple by booking by October 1 this year.

Guests will sail aboard the 16-passenger MS Stronstad, an expedition vessel with hot tubs and central heating.

Led by renowned Scottish photographer and conservationist, Grant Thomas, the expedition includes a six-night cruise along Norway’s wild coastline and three nights in boutique mountain cabins near Tromso — one of the best vantage points in the world to see the spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights.

The tour culminates in a day at the Tromso Husky Farm, where guests will be greeted by 120 Alaskan huskies and, depending on conditions, lead a team of dogs through the scenic landscape.

Prices under the early-bird deal are from $8100 per person twin-share, including use of dry suits, all main meals, transfers, husky safari, reindeer experience and Northern Lights tour.

Phone 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters苏州美甲au