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Alfa Romeo Resurrects Legendary 33 Stradale Supercar: A Fusion of Petrol and Electric Power

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Alfa Romeo Resurrects Legendary 33 Stradale Supercar: A Fusion of Petrol and Electric Power

 

By Jeff Gibbs

In a remarkable homage to the iconic 33 Stradale from the 1960s, Alfa Romeo has unveiled a limited-edition bespoke supercar that harmoniously blends the traditional power of a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine with the subtlety of electric propulsion. This contemporary masterpiece pays a profound tribute to the classic 1967 33 Stradale, revered as one of Alfa Romeo’s most legendary creations. Only 33 units of this automotive marvel will be meticulously handcrafted to meet individual customer specifications by the prestigious Italian ‘coachbuilding’ firm, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and has already amassed a waiting list of eager enthusiasts. Prices are estimated to surpass £1.7 million ($AU3.3 million), as reported by Autocar UK.

The new 33 Stradale offers an enhanced version of the potent twin-turbo petrol V6, a hallmark of Alfa Romeo’s performance vehicles. Alternatively, it can operate solely on electric power, marking a significant milestone as Alfa Romeo’s maiden foray into the realm of battery-powered vehicles.

While it remains uncertain whether any of these exclusive supercars will be produced in right-hand drive or if any have made their way into the hands of Australian buyers, one thing is clear: Alfa Romeo is standing on the precipice of transformation. The company has hinted at the possibility of creating more bespoke, custom-built vehicles, or “fuoriserie” cars, with a likely emphasis on electric propulsion. This transition aligns with Alfa Romeo’s commitment to shift toward an all-electric line-up, with plans to offer exclusively electric vehicles by 2027.

The design of the 33 Stradale reboot pays a reverent homage to the original masterpiece, featuring elegant proportions and a two-seat cabin adorned with distinctive ‘butterfly’ (or ‘elytra’) doors, offering a panoramic view for the driver. Although the new iteration appears slightly larger, this expansion is primarily attributed to modern safety regulations. However, Alfa Romeo emphasizes that the car’s proportions, wheelbase-to-length ratio, and wheel diameter-to-vehicle height ratio closely mirror those of the 1960s classic.

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Supercar Engine

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Supercar Engine

The front fascia preserves the essence of its predecessor, showcasing prominent LED headlights and a diminutive, illuminated Alfa Romeo triangular ‘scudetto’ grille. Two substantial side air intakes are designed to cool the engine in petrol models, while circular LED taillights pay homage to the original 33 Stradale. A distinctive feature of the car is the unique front and rear bodywork, which opens up in two ‘cofangos,’ crafted from lightweight carbon-fibre, much like the rest of the chassis.

Alfa Romeo leaves no stone unturned in its quest for aerodynamic excellence, incorporating features like air intakes alongside the headlights, specially shaped door mirrors engineered to channel airflow into the side intakes, and bodywork designed to generate ample downforce without relying on active aerodynamics.

Initially, three captivating colours will be available: the classic Alfa Red, a regal royal blue, and a distinctive red and white livery inspired by the Tipo 33 race car.

Stepping inside, the 33 Stradale offers a minimalist, driver-centric cabin devoid of touch-sensitive controls. Instead, you’ll find aluminium shift paddles, a sleek buttonless steering wheel, and aviation-inspired mechanical switches adorning the centre console and roof lining. Infotainment and drive mode functions are managed through a digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a “large retractable display” that emerges from the dashboard when needed. A seven-speaker sound system and subtly integrated air vents complete the refined interior.

The revival of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale isn’t just a tribute to the past but a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to embracing a future that seamlessly marries electrification with timeless automotive excellence. This limited-edition supercar represents the perfect fusion of heritage and innovation, promising a driving experience like no other.

 

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

 

After a closure lasting over four months, Terania Street in Lismore is set to reopen to light vehicles starting from late Friday 21 June, pending favourable weather conditions. This reopening follows the implementation of traffic calming measures aimed at preventing further damage to the rail-over-road bridge caused by oversized vehicles.

  • Traffic Calming Measures:
    • New measures include speed humps, a reduced speed limit of 25 km/h, restricted lane width, traffic islands, and surveillance cameras. These are designed specifically to slow down light vehicles and restrict heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes) from using Terania Street near the rail bridge.
  • Purpose of Measures:
    • The installation aims to prevent future damage to the bridge, which necessitated its closure between Tweed and Peate streets since February 7.
  • Community Impact and Appreciation:
    • Transport for NSW, through Director Region North Anna Zycki, expressed gratitude to residents and businesses for their patience during the closure period. They continue to work towards a permanent solution for the bridge’s sustainability.
  • Heavy Vehicle Detour:
    • Heavy vehicles are advised to use a detour via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road until further notice. Residents needing access to or from Peate Street should detour via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.
  • Heritage Council Approval:
    • Transport for NSW has received approval from the NSW Heritage Council to remove the Terania Street rail-over-road bridge. They are currently addressing the consent conditions and will inform the community about the commencement of this work.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • New signage, including ‘No right turn’ signs at Peate Street, has been installed to guide vehicles and ensure compliance with the new traffic conditions.

For ongoing updates and details, residents and road users are encouraged to stay informed through Transport for NSW communications channels.

This reopening marks a significant step in restoring normal traffic flow while safeguarding the historic bridge structure from further damage caused by inappropriate vehicle use.

 

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

 

Analysis by the Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW) has revealed a significant increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing in the Northern NSW region. The priority housing list is designated for those at imminent risk of homelessness, highlighting the severity of the housing crisis.

Priority Housing Increase by Region:

  • Ballina: 190%
  • Casino: 165%
  • Tweed Heads: 142%
  • Grafton: 132%
  • Byron Bay: 129%
  • Mullumbimby: 118%
  • Lower Clarence: 108%
  • Lismore: 107%

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, emphasized the dire shortage of available homes in the Northern NSW region. “Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. Over 58,000 families and individuals are waiting for housing across NSW. This is why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start addressing the housing crisis,” Mr. Degotardi stated.

Mr. Degotardi underscored the readiness of the not-for-profit community housing industry to collaborate with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions for vulnerable people. “Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,” he said.

The upcoming state budget on June 18 is crucial for the Minns Government to demonstrate its commitment to resolving the housing crisis. “A housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over,” Mr. Degotardi asserted.

The escalating need for priority social housing across Northern NSW underscores the urgent requirement for substantial government intervention and funding to provide immediate and effective housing solutions.

 

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

 

Glen Innes Severn Council celebrated a remarkable evening at the New South Wales Local Government Awards in Sydney on Friday, June 7, securing multiple accolades in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local government sector.

Rural Management Challenge Triumph

The Council’s Rural Management Challenge (RMC) team, known as the ‘Highlanders,’ emerged as state winners, triumphing over 24 other councils. The team, comprised of Rhonda Bombell (Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism), David Hunt (Manager of Assets), Shageer Mohammed (Chief Financial Officer), and Anthony Kamphorst (Manager of Infrastructure Delivery), initially won the regional heat in Bellingen in November 2023, advancing to the state final in Sydney in February 2024.

The RMC final challenged the Highlanders with complex scenarios that simulated real-world situations, testing their strategic thinking, decision-making skills, and knowledge of rural management practices. Their exceptional performance demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, securing their victory as state champions.

Asset and Infrastructure Award

Adding to the evening’s success, Glen Innes Severn Council received the Asset and Infrastructure Award for the construction of the Yarrow Creek Bridge on Mount Mitchell Road. This award highlighted the Council’s innovative approach to upskilling staff, enabling them to complete intricate projects internally and reduce dependency on external contractors. Glen Innes Severn was among eight councils nominated for this prestigious award.

Leadership and Community Impact

Mayor Rob Banham expressed immense pride in the Council’s achievements, stating, “Council’s success at the LG Awards night is a clear indication of the hard work within Glen Innes Severn Council. Winning two prestigious awards motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

General Manager Bernard Smith, who attended the LG Awards night, also lauded the Council’s accomplishments: “We are incredibly proud of our staff’s achievements. The Rural Management Challenge award highlights the Highlanders’ strategic thinking and leadership capabilities, while the Award for Asset and Infrastructure reflects our Infrastructure Delivery Team’s ongoing efforts to enhance and maintain our community’s essential services.”

Celebrating Collective Achievements

The Glen Innes Severn Council extends its congratulations to all winners and nominees, celebrating the collective achievements that strengthen the vitality of local government in NSW. This recognition underscores the Council’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to improving the community through innovative practices and effective leadership.

By securing these awards, Glen Innes Severn Council not only showcases its capabilities but also sets a benchmark for other councils in New South Wales, inspiring continued growth and development within the local government sector.

 

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