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FEDERAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING WELCOMED, NOW THERE’S MORE WORK TO DO

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FEDERAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDING WELCOMED, NOW THERE’S MORE WORK TO DO

 

The Family Co, the leading Domestic Violence Support Service in the Sutherland Shire, says domestic violence funding announced by the Federal Government is a much-needed injection and intervention.

Prime Minister Albanese today announced $925.2 million over five years to permanently establish the Leaving Violence Program, providing those escaping violence with access to:

  • Up to $5,000 in financial support
  • Extra referral services
  • Risk assessments and safety planning.

The Family Co looks forward to seeing more detail around the support for case management support and crisis assistance, ensuring the funding does not increase demand on these already stretched resources without adequate resourcing.

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The Family Co. provides Domestic and Family Violence Services across the Sutherland, Bayside and Georges River Police Area Commands, with services including crisis, court and therapeutic support.

“So far this year, 27 women have died at the hands of men in Australia,” said The Family Co. CEO Ashleigh Daines.

“Last year alone, there were 583 incidents of domestic violence related assaults in Sutherland according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

“And so far this year, our local service providing help in just three council areas has received about 1,600 referrals for domestic and family violence support.

“Men’s violence against women is not a tragedy, it’s a travesty.

“So we absolutely welcome this Federal Government commitment to more money. This funding will help get women and children out of dangerous situations.

“And we are calling on the NSW Government to step up further as well. We need more funding for domestic violence shelters, counselling services and front-line crisis support.

“But we also need more funding for prevention and early intervention services as well – to stop the violence from occurring in the first place.

“We note the calls from Domestic Violence NSW – the peak group representing 150 organisations – for at least another $80 million for DV services in this year’s State Budget, and we support that.

“We also support No To Violence’s call for more than $42 million over five years to fund Men’s Behavioural Change and other case management and diversionary programs.

“Last election, NSW Labor committed to longer-term funding for social services and more focus on driving domestic violence rates down, and now we need to see that translate to action.”

Representatives from the Family Co. will be attending the National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day Candlelight Vigil at Kogarah Town Square at 5.30pm on 1 May 2024.

 

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2025 Porsche 911 Hybrid production starts

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Production of the highly anticipated Porsche 911 hybrid has commenced following an extensive testing phase, with the German automaker boasting that it surpasses its petrol-only counterpart in terms of speed.

Scheduled for its global debut in Europe on May 28, 2024, Porsche has already revealed impressive performance metrics for the 911 hybrid. Clocking a blistering lap time of 7:16.934 minutes around the demanding Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit, the hybrid variant outpaces its predecessor by a significant 8.7 seconds. While Porsche has not specified the exact model of the previous 911 being referenced, it’s evident that the hybrid iteration is geared towards performance, more akin to the Carrera or Carrera S variants rather than the track-focused GT3 RS.

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Renowned as a benchmark for automotive prowess, the Nurburgring Nordschleife presents a challenging 20.8-kilometer layout, featuring a diverse range of corners and surfaces. This exceptional lap time underscores the 911 hybrid’s dynamic capabilities and positions it as a formidable force on both road and track.

While Australian availability has yet to be confirmed, Porsche first hinted at the development of a hybrid 911 with the introduction of the eighth-generation ‘992’ model in 2019. As part of a mid-life facelift for the current lineup, the hybrid variant is slated for release in 2025, aligning with Porsche’s ambitious target of electrifying over half of its new vehicle sales by 2025 and achieving 80% electric sales by 2030.

Details regarding pricing, trim levels, and nomenclature for the 911 hybrid remain undisclosed. However, speculations suggest it may adopt the moniker “Porsche 911 t-Hybrid,” following the trademark registration of ‘t-Hybrid’ by the company. Notably, the hybrid powertrain may depart from Porsche’s signature flat-six engines, potentially incorporating a four-cylinder petrol engine supplemented by electric propulsion.

Drawing inspiration from Porsche’s illustrious motorsport heritage, particularly its successful 919 endurance racing program, the 911 hybrid is anticipated to channel the technological advancements and performance prowess demonstrated by its racing counterparts. Although not designated as a plug-in hybrid, akin to the Porsche 918 hypercar, the 911 hybrid is poised to leverage insights gleaned from Porsche’s current LMDh endurance racing program.

With their endurance racers already clinching victories in prominent events like the World Endurance Championship and IMSA series, the 911 hybrid promises to be a game-changer in the realm of high-performance electrified vehicles.

 

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Create a Lush Fern Garden with These Shade-Loving Plants

 

If your garden is protected from the sun, consider transforming it into a mini fern rainforest. Ferns evoke the essence of rainforests with their earthy aroma and prehistoric charm, creating a calming and otherworldly atmosphere. These low-maintenance plants are not only beautiful but can outlive many other plants, adding texture and rich green hues to the damp and shady parts of your yard, making your garden lush and luxurious. With so many fern varieties to choose from, here’s a guide to get you started.

Growing Ferns in Your Garden

Ferns thrive in part to full shade and prefer rich, earthy soil reminiscent of their rainforest origins. Ideal soil for ferns is well-drained and nutrient-rich from decaying leaf matter. In warmer parts of Australia, protection from all sun may be necessary, while in cooler regions, shielding them from the harsh afternoon sun is sufficient. Ferns are predominantly perennial, allowing you to divide and propagate them in spring or autumn to enhance your shady garden areas.

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Understanding Fern Types

All ferns are vascular plants, growing from spores rather than seeds or flowers. While many ferns grow directly from the ground, like bird’s nest ferns and autumn ferns, others thrive on rocks or trees.

  • Lithophytes: Ferns that attach themselves to rocks.
  • Epiphytes: Ferns that grow on trees, fences, or man-made structures, drawing nutrients from decaying leaf matter and animal droppings caught in their leaves.

Epiphytic ferns are particularly versatile, making them excellent for planting on fences and structures within your garden.

Ideal Plants for Your Fern Garden

Australian Tree Fern

For gardens with ample shade, the Australian tree fern is a stunning choice. With its large canopy and elegant single trunk, this fern can bring a piece of the rainforest, like the Daintree, to your backyard. It can grow between 5 and 10 metres tall, so ensure you have sufficient space for its fronds to spread.

Staghorn Fern

The staghorn fern is a classic choice that remains stylish. As an epiphytic fern, it can attach to trees, fences, or even the exterior walls of your home, making it perfect for covering unsightly areas or adding texture to your garden’s fence line.

Bird’s Nest Fern

With apple-green, shiny leaves that can reach 1-2 metres in height, the bird’s nest fern is ideal for pots or planting in the forks of trees to maintain a rainforest aesthetic. These ferns also make excellent indoor plants, provided they are kept out of direct sunlight and in well-draining soil.

Elkhorn Fern

Similar to the staghorn fern, the elkhorn fern can be attached to trees or walls, adding a prehistoric touch to your garden. This low-maintenance fern thrives with ample shade and occasional compost for nutrients.

Soft Tree Fern

Native to eastern Australia, the soft tree fern, also known as the man fern, features bright green fronds forming a feathery canopy that can grow up to 15 metres tall. This fern is perfect for filling large, shaded spaces. Its trunk also provides an excellent base for growing epiphytes like elkhorn ferns or native Australian orchids.

Hen and Chicken Fern

Also known as mother spleenwort, this New Zealand native fern boasts feathery foliage that cascades beautifully, remaining lush year-round. It thrives in part-shade and should be protected from direct sunlight, adding elegance to the dappled shade of your garden.

Autumn Fern

To introduce colour variation among your ferns, consider the autumn fern. Its triangular fronds transition from pinkish to coppery before maturing to bright green, offering a stunning contrast of autumnal oranges and greens to enhance your garden’s visual appeal.

Baby’s Tears Ground Cover

A rainforest garden isn’t complete without a charming ground cover. Despite its melancholy name, baby’s tears is an excellent ground cover for shady garden areas. It can also be grown in pots and along pavers, adding a delicate touch to your fern garden.

By incorporating these diverse fern species, you can create a serene, rainforest-like garden that thrives in the shade, offering beauty and tranquillity year-round. Whether you have a large backyard or a compact space, these ferns will transform your garden into a lush, green haven.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

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Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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