Our Most Important Goat Track

Filed under On the Town ~ by Throsby on  21 Dec 2013

Nelson Bay Road.

Craig Baumann seems more than a bit frustrated at the lack of NSW government action in NSW’s Port Stephens shire. 

Like the Nelson Bay Ambulance Station upgrade, the HealthOne Clinic at Raymond Terrace and the F3 to Raymond Terrace extension before it, the much needed and long awaited Nelson Bay Road upgrade is just another Labor (state} government mirage."

He has a point.

Nelson Bay on Australia’s east coast is a jewel and the only way in is a patchwork of overtaking lanes on goat tracks. It is no country road but a working highway with a large city at one end, an international tourist destination at the other, and a domestic airport and air force base in the middle. It’s southern end is also the feeder from Port Hunter, Newcastle, and the Hunter Valley, to the world’s highest export tonnage coal port.

All single-lane.

Dance of the Concord.

‘Stunning’ new ballets by British ‘sensation’ Wayne McGregor and Russia’s Alexei Ratmansky are staged alongside the welcome return of Nacho Duato’s Spanish masterpiece Por vos muero at the Opera House on 11 November ’09.

The Australian Ballet has been making increasingly provocative forays into edgy contemporary dance and this new triple bill is one of the boldest." The Sunday Age

Well, Oim orf ta get them tikkuts.

Cyber-bullying is not virtual.

"Cyber bullying can happen to anyone. It can be upsetting and stressful," says headspace CEO Chris Tanti, announcing a Cyber Bullying Initiative, a year-long campaign to fight it. 

Throsby’s editor commiserates. Readers regularly bully him, implying this pathetic rag is a wantonly wicked waste of web wealestate. He publishes on in the face of derision.

Cyber bullying is not limited to mobile phones and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Young people are bullied via gaming sites, virtual worlds and other ‘fun’ online activities. Harassment includes name-calling, abusive or derogatory remarks and players picking on weaker or less experienced users. One fears there is no way to modify such spiteful behaviour.

As young children, in the company of older siblings or parents, they watched far more powerful and believable role models in the magic space of television strut their asocial stuff on Springer or Big Brother, in apparent adulation. What’s a young person to believe?

Try to get your head around the issue at www.headspace.org.au

Visit the doctor

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) were delighted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s visit to the Bridge Clinic rural general practice in Murray Bridge, South Australia. The PM gave doctors significantly more time than had been scheduled for the meeting and a wide range of critical rural health issues having been covered.

Such as "Gentlemen, before I go, I’ve got this rash you might offer an opinion …"?

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