Reporting Islam wins

WINNER: Associate Professor Jacqueline Ewart is the media and communications winner of the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Award. Photo: Christine RossouwWOODHILL resident Jacqueline Ewart on Saturdayreceived the coveted 2016 Queensland Multicultural Award for media and communications achievement.
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The Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Griffith University wasthe project leader ofReporting Islam, which wasnominated for the award by the Australian Press Council.

Reporting Islamisa world first, research underpinned suite of resources to help journalists and journalism students to be better informed when reporting stories involving Islam and Muslims.

It includes an app, a website, a reporting handbook, audio visual materials and two training packages.

“The project is about improving the quality of mainstream news media reporting of matters relating to Islam,” Ms Ewartsaid.

“Itwas conceptualized by John English as he recognized there were problems with some news media coverage of Muslims and that problematic coverage could lead to social division.

“The first stage of the project began mid 2014 andinvolved interviews with journalists about why they report on Muslims the way they do, along with a review of existing research into news media coverage of Muslims.”

Ms Ewart and fellow project leaderProfessor Mark Pearson, with the support ofproject manager Abdi Hersi and principal research fellow Dr Kate O’Donnell along with a team of research assistants and support staff from Griffith Universityused the findings from stage one to inform the development of the resources for journalists in stage two of the project which started in mid 2015.

The training was rolled out to 13 locations.

“Fair, ethical and accurate reporting on matters involving Islam and Muslim communities will help promote social cohesion and may assist in the reduction of community tensions,” she said.

Ms Ewart said theQueensland Multicultural Awards wasa great initiative and an important one for promoting social cohesion projects.

“We were truly privileged just to be nominated among so many other outstanding projects and individuals, and to receive this award is a great honour,” she said.

Multicultural Minister Grace Grace congratulated Ms Ewart forher work.

“Theseawardsrecognise some of the outstanding organisations and individuals who are such a vital part of Queensland’smulticulturalsuccess story,” she said.

“Community groups, volunteers, businesses and sporting organisations are just some of those recognised by these prestigiousawards.

“I want to congratulate all finalists for their efforts to create a harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

“It really is the icing on the cake to be having theseawardsduring QueenslandMulticulturalMonth, Queensland’s largestmulticulturalcelebration.”

Ms Grace said all finalists were setting a great example and providing inspiration to all Queenslanders.

“They remind us that Queensland always has, and always will, depend on the skill and talent of people drawn from all parts of the globe,” she said.


Minister’sMulticulturalAward–MulticulturalCommunity Centre

Outstanding Volunteer- Naseema Mustapha

Business ExcellenceAward– Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Communication and Media AchievementAward– Reporting Islam Project Team

Employment, Education and Training InnovationAward– Private Enterprise– TheMulticulturalSports Club

Employment, Education and Training InnovationAward– Public Sector– Queensland Police Service Academy – ROLE program

Services and CommunitiesAward– Individual– Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich

Services and CommunitiesAward– Organisation– The Friends of HEAL Foundation

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The nation’s golden centre

BRIGHT FUTURE: The Cadia Valley Operations processing plant at night. Newcrest has plans in place to make the mine the biggest in Australia, displacing the Boddington mine in Western Australia. Photo: FILE PHOTO
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NEWCREST is finalising plans which will seeCadia become the biggest gold mine in Australia.

Less than three years after receiving approval and licensing for the Cadia East site –developed at a costof $2 billion – the mining giant is hoping to get a governmental green lighttoexceed existing production limits.

If that comes to fruition itcould boost Cadia Vallery Operations (CVO) output bymore than a quarter and propel thesite 20 kilometres south of Orange past the Boddington mine in Western Australia as the nation’s biggest gold producer.

CVO’s Ridgeway and Cadia East minesproduced670,000ounces of gold in the 2015-16 financial year,which will rise to between 730,000 and820,000 ounces in the next 12 months.

A 25 per cent boost to output could lift that to around one million ounces, putting it well ahead of Boddington, whichwillproducebetween 725,000 and 775,000 ounces of gold this year.

The news will be a lift to CVOmanagement and staff, who have endured an inauspicious 2016.

In January more than 120 CVOworkers were made redundant, with another 300 set to be handed the same fate at the end of the year as operations cease at the Ridgeway site.

The plans to liftoutput at Cadia come less than a yearafterNewcrest received approvalto raise processing capabilities at the mine to 32 million tonnes a year from the present 27 million tonne limit.

The mine is currently running processing around 22million tonnes in 12 months.

The total upgrade cost has not been finalised, although it is expected to run to the hundreds of millions of dollars, Newcrest officials said.

Cadiais the thirdlargest gold-copper deposit in the world, ranking behind Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoy and West Papua’s Grasberg.

Newcrest has approval to mine at the Cadia East for the next 21 years, though CVO general managerTony McPaulsaid the lifespan of the site was in the 30-to-50-years range.​

Along with the planned boost to output at Cadia,Newcrest is also working to lift production at the Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea as well asdevelopnew mines in countries such as PNG and Fiji.

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Temperature rising over future hosting of Olympics

The Rio Olympic Games will no doubt be remembered for its stories of individual triumph.
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Mack Horton seizing Australia’s first gold, and Michael Phelps finishing his career with 23 gold medals are already the stuff of sporting legend.

But for me Rio’s greatest accomplishment was away from the sporting field. Brazil’s decision to use the opening ceremony to alert sports loversof all cultures and faithsto the threat of climate change is proof humanity is awakening to the need for urgent action.

Brazil, like Australia, is feeling the heat. Our rural and regional communities are disproportionately affected by climate change due to worsening heatwaves, droughts, and bushfires.

If we continue on our current path, by the end of the century climate change will generate unprecedented social disorganisation, conflict, and famine that will harm billions of people.

A New Zealand study has found most cities will be too hot to host Summer Olympics within decades. Canadian researchers say if we fail to limit carbon pollution, two in three cities that previously hosted Winter Olympics will not be cold enough to do it again.

What’soften overlooked is how important religion is for many athletes, like US gymnastSimone Biles, to achieve the ‘impossible’. Faith, like the Olympics, can also inspire hope and unite communities to tackle climate change.

With four in five Australians identifying as religious, faith groups and people of conscience must work together to break the record most critical to the well-being of our children, and ensuring the Olympics are run well into the future – a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy.

Jody Lightfoot, climate change lead at Christian justice group, Common Grace, and Dr Colin Butler, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Contributor and co-founder of BODHI Australia

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Locals take pride in Tassie’s tidiest town

PROUD: Stanley residents Peter Berry, Sue Smedley and Graham Wells celebrate their town’s success in the KAB Tidy Town awards, 2016. Picture: Brodie Weeding
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Whether they’relifetime residents or new arrivals,the people of Stanley share a pride in their town.

“There’s very few houses you’ll see that you’ll think ‘that’s due for a coat of paint,’” said Peter Berry, who has lived in Stanley for the past 10 years.

“People come here and askif we’re sponsored by Dulux.”

The picturesque township has taken out the title of Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Tasmanian Tidy Town for 2016.

But Tidy Town awards are judged on more than freshly-painted houses,manicured lawns and litter-free streets.

The program recognises the efforts of communities to ensure towns remain vibrant and sustainable.

In Stanley’s case, the award is a celebration of the contribution of volunteers within the small town.Placesand events including the Discovery Museum, Joe Lyons Cottage, Stanley Town Hall andCircular Head Show are all coordinated by volunteers.

The award was presented on Friday at a function held in Triabunna, attended by 76 community leaders and volunteers.

Award judge Lesley Gardner congratulated residents on their commitment to thetown.

“The Stanley community take enormous pride in what it achieves,” she said.

“The historic village of Stanley is a melting pot of history, architecture and culture, with many historical properties now restored to operate as cafes, shops and accommodation.”

Ms Gardner added the town is close to a number of nature experiences, including Rocky Cape National Park and Savage River National Park.

Graham Wells has always called Stanley homeand said he couldn’t imagine living elsewhere.

“What keeps me here? Why would I go anywhere else?” he said

“Just around the corner you’ve got shops, you’ve got interaction with the community, you’ve got a spectacular landscape.

“Whenever you’re in a bit of strife, the whole community gets behind you.”

Mr Wells said the small town has a lot to offer its residents.

“You can get involved in parks and Landcare, you can get involved with the agricultural show or the heritage centres,” he said.

Stanley’s award was dedicated to Mr Wells’wife,Maxine –a beloved and hardworking member of the Stanley communitywho passed away suddenly in May.

The town was also presented with certificates of excellence in the Heritage and Culture category for Betty Jones, Highfield, Stanley Discovery Museum and Joe Lyons House Cottage Committee.

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Letters to the editor

Mad Hatters: Staff at Seeto Dodd and Dwyer enthusiastically participate in the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce’s crazy hat day on Friday, August 19. Who is payingIt was recently reported in the News Weekly that problems with the new asphalt on the lead up and across the causeway were caused by faulty asphalt mix.
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Since then a section has been removed and replaced and is no better than before. Council has been installing drainage and digging up soft sections. Why was this not done prior to the laying of the asphalt?

Is all the “faulty” asphalt going to be removed and replaced and who is paying, the ratepayers or the contractor?

Sub soil drainage was placed adjacent to the kerb on the lake side of the road, surely ground moisture would be coming from the opposite side of the road, not up out of the lake!How much has this debacle cost the ratepayers?It is evident the whole job has been poorly planned and executed.

Kevin Griffin, Tura Beach

WombatsAs much as some people despise Australia’s fauna particularly wombats due to fencing issues, and macro pods as they are viewed as competitors for pasture, many people do appreciate and value their presence.

And as much as some accidents are unavoidable, the number of dead wombats along the highway between Pambula and Bega is unacceptable.We excuse trucks for their size, speed and inability to avoid hitting an animal, therefore accepting that this is the price ‘we’ pay for transported goods.

We humans don’t pay unless you are the one rescuing or the one caring for an orphan which may bring joy but also unconditional commitment in raising and releasing, in the hope a good long life is guaranteed.

How do we lessen the road kill/injury rate for our already pressured wildlife, including reptiles and echidnas? Besides being vigilant motoristshow about reducing speeds in certain hotspots, or decreasing traffic at certain hours in the night or creating corridors/tunnels allowing smaller creatures to move through. I realise, easier said than done, but nothing is impossible.

One would think due to the number of dead wombats on the roads that they are indeed common, but there is no denying that due residential housing, habitat loss, fencing material/design, sarcoptic mange, road kill and shootings, wombats are facing an uncertain and wretched future, as with our wildlife in general.

I don’t know of any child who thinks our wildlife is ugly, or deserving of ill treatment or feels good when there is a death or injury, quite the opposite. We must as responsible adults, consider our future generations interests, for in reality it is their world we are borrowing.Please look out and after our nation’s amazing wildlife.

Donalea Eaton,EdenNOT IN MY NAME When the Four Corners program revealed the mistreatment of indigenous youth most Australians were rightly outraged that the actions shown were condoned in an Australian detention centre.

Thankfully the government acted swiftly to instigate a royal Commission which will address these wrongs and hopefully instigate measures to correct them.

When the Guardian Newspaper revealed the gross mistreatment of asylum seekers in our overseas detention facilities the government sought to blame the asylum seekers or to down play the severity of the reports.

The Moss report, a senate inquiry and the Guardian’s reporting have time and again shown that we, the Australian people (through governments of both persuasions), are allowing children, women and men to be sexually, physically and psychologically abused in these hell holes in the Pacific. I cannot sit by and by my silence condone the actions of my government.

They do not act in my name. I repudiate this off shore processing and detention policy. End this blight on the name and character of Australia. Bring the asylum seekers here.

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