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Ferrari launches SF90 XX Stradale and XX Spider

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Ferrari launches SF90 XX Stradale and XX Spider

 

Ferrari has unveiled the SF90 XX Stradale and its Spider counterpart, the first in the XX range, with both based on the SF90 Stradale. To be limited to just 799 and 599 examples respectively, these V8-powered PHEVs represent the latest performance pinnacle.

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2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider front shot.

Previously, the XX Programme represented extreme versions of Ferrari models that are not homologated for the road, but that can be driven at the very limit on the track. The most recent addition of which was the FXX-K EVO.

These two new models though are road-legal, a first for the XX initiative, and raise its already impressively exhilarating track and on-the-limit driving experience to new heights. We’re talking 757kW of performance here.

That power comes thanks to a V8 internal combustion engine that is integrated with three electric motors, two independent on the front axle, and one located between the engine and gearbox at the rear. Specific software logic does the rest.

Radical new aerodynamics solutions, including a fixed rear spoiler – the first to appear on a road-going Ferrari since the days of the F50 also feature, with the package delivering an unparalleled 530kg of downforce at 250 km/h.

The same concept provides the inspiration for the SF90 XX Spider, with the same sophisticated aero solutions, as well as specifically developed cockpit air flows that guarantee superb occupant comfort with the top down.

It’s equipped with Ferrari’s acclaimed retractable hard top, which comprises aluminium panels and not only deploys and retracts in a mere 14 seconds, but can also be activated at speeds of up to 45km/h.

The SF90 Ferrari in a Dark room.

SF90 XX

The SF90 XX Stradale’s soundtrack was also redesigned to become the ultimate encapsulation of the car’s racing soul, with richer sound via an optimised hot tube system that transmits the combustion pulsations into the cabin.

The use of innovative materials improved the acoustic clarity of the system makes for even edgier, more raucous harmonics as the engine takes in greater quantities of air to deliver the desired torque.

On the performance front, there’s four different power management modes, including eDrive (which turns of the V8 engine), Hybrid (which manages the power combination autonomously), Performance (where the V8 takes priority), and Qualifying.

This last mode sees the system unleashes its maximum power output, thanks to a control logic that prioritises performance, using the brand-new extra boost function. An 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox delivers it to the wheels, using the same logic as the Daytona SP3.

Torque vectoring and energy recovery under braking and lift-off are available in all modes, while the ABS EVO brake controller, which debuted on the 296 GTB also features here. 390mm-diameter rear discs also deliver exceptional stopping power.

Design wise, the SF90 XX Stradale is all track car, calibrated to ensure it can be homologated for road use. It incorporates the engineering principles that underpinned the standard version, and pushes them to new extremes.

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Side on view of the Ferrari SF90 Spider

Everything is larger, including the air intakes for the intercoolers, with the addition of two imposing lower wings on the front, and a new look rear end, including two central exhausts. Carbon-fibre elements stand out from bodywork colour elements all over the car.

Inside, there’s a genuine race focus, with carbon fibre and technical fabrics used for the door panels, tunnel and mats. The upper part of the dashboard is trimmed in Alcantara, while the lower part is trimmed in technical fabric.

The gear shift gate is now located centrally and more forward on the tunnel. The window lifters and the key compartment are on a secondary level. A specific racing seat with a visible carbon-fibre tubular structure and cushion supports is now used.

In the Spider, SF90 XX Spider, things are visibly different even to its performance sibling, with lower flying buttresses and a wrap-around windscreen. Carbon fibre roll-bars add to the look when the roof is down.

When the roof is up, the roll-bars seamlessly connect to and become one with the carbon fibre roof structure. Both cars are available to order now, with further details available from your local Ferrari dealer.

The 2023 Ferrari SF90 XX Stradale and Spider come also come with the car maker’s 7-year maintenance plan – which sees all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car’s life covered.

 

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Funding Needed Now for Rough Sleeping Crisis in Byron Shire, Says Mayor

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Funding Needed Now for Rough Sleeping Crisis in Byron Shire, Says Mayor

 

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is urgently calling on state and federal governments to provide much-needed funding for housing and homelessness services for rough sleeping in Byron Shire. Mayor Lyon expressed his distress upon learning that Byron Shire has topped the 2024 NSW Street Count for rough sleepers for the second consecutive year.

“We now have 17 percent of the entire state count here in Byron Shire, which is beyond devastating,” the Mayor stated. “Funding for homelessness services and vital social housing is relatively high in Sydney, while local funding is shockingly inadequate to meet our needs.”

Although the recent NSW Government investment in a 12-month pilot of a Byron Shire Assertive Outreach program is a positive step, Mayor Lyon emphasized that it falls short of what is needed. “One year is not going to be anywhere near enough to help get our most vulnerable community members into secure housing, especially when it is not accompanied by housing pathways,” he explained.

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Mayor Lyon is advocating for a five-year funding commitment, similar to those announced by the NSW Government for other services, to address the acute regional inequity. “We clearly have the most need, and the regional inequity is beyond comprehension,” he said.

Adequate housing, including social housing, is essential to support individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Social housing provides government-subsidised, long-term rentals for people on very low incomes who cannot afford housing in the general market. “Despite having more rough sleepers than the City of Sydney, we have less than 5 percent of the amount of social housing available – this cannot continue,” Mayor Lyon noted.

“Without these essential pieces of the puzzle, we’re all working with our hands tied behind our backs,” he added. Mayor Lyon highlighted that Sydney’s stabilizing and, at times, reducing rough sleeping levels are a direct result of investments in housing and services. “Our local community members deserve the same right to be housed, with the support they need to live with dignity,” he asserted.

The 2024 Byron Shire Street Count recorded a significant increase in rough sleepers from previous years, with 300 people in 2023, 138 in 2022, and 198 in 2021. The 2022 count did not include Brunswick Heads or Mullumbimby due to extreme weather conditions.

The street count, conducted in collaboration with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, took place in the early hours of February 29 and March 1, 2024. It covered areas including Byron Bay, Belongil, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, and Ocean Shores, excluding holidaymakers and temporary vehicle sleepers.

For more information on Council’s actions to support people experiencing homelessness, visit the Council’s website.

 

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Alarming Surge in Homelessness: Byron Shire Leads NSW According to 2024 Street Count

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Alarming Surge in Homelessness: Byron Shire Leads NSW According to 2024 Street Count

 

The recent release of data from the NSW Government’s 2024 Street Count has shed light on a concerning reality for homelessness in Byron Bay, now home to the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. With 2,037 individuals counted sleeping rough in 2023 compared to 1,623 the previous year, there has been a notable increase, with 348 individuals identified in Byron Bay alone.

This uptick, approximately 16% in Byron Bay, sharply contrasts with a more modest 1% rise in the City of Sydney. These figures underscore the escalating crisis in regional areas, placing the Byron Shire at the forefront of homelessness and rough sleeping challenges.

Fletcher Street Cottage, Byron’s primary homeless support hub, stands as a frontline resource in addressing the mounting homelessness crisis. Established in 2022, the hub has become a vital lifeline, offering essential services and support to those in need. Over the past two years, it has served over 21,000 breakfasts, provided 9,200 showers and laundry services, and facilitated access to health and social services for numerous individuals.

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Lindy Swain, Manager of Fletcher Street Cottage, emphasises the urgency of the situation: “The 2024 Street Count only provides a snapshot of rough sleepers in Byron Bay and does not capture the many hidden homeless – those sleeping in cars, tents, and couch surfing. We urgently require social housing in our region. Fletcher Street Cottage remains dedicated to extending a helping hand to those impacted by this crisis. The support we offer is more crucial now than ever, and we are in dire need of funding to sustain our efforts.”

Various factors such as rising interest rates, cost of living pressures, a local rental crisis, and inadequate social housing contribute to the surge in homelessness in Byron Bay. While these challenges are not new, their impacts are becoming increasingly severe, especially evident in the growing number of women seeking support at Fletcher Street Cottage, reflecting broader societal pressures.

The Byron Community Centre, supporting local rough sleepers since the early 2000s, highlights the importance of sustained community collaboration and generosity in addressing this crisis. Fletcher Street Cottage collaborates with multiple service providers to offer comprehensive support to those in need.

Louise O’Connell, General Manager of Byron Community Centre, expresses gratitude for the community’s support: “As Fletcher Street Cottage celebrates its two-year anniversary, community support is more crucial than ever in these challenging times. We extend our deepest gratitude to our dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and partners, whose support is instrumental in addressing this escalating crisis. Our team works tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to sustain Fletcher Street Cottage and continue providing essential services to locals in need.”

For more information about Fletcher Street Cottage and to contribute, visit here. The 2024 street count, conducted between February 1 and March 1, 2024, is published annually. Visit here for further details.

 

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

 

By Sarah Waters

Koalas are becoming an increasingly rare sight in NSW and the one organisation that is dedicated solely to their care in the Northern Rivers is desperately trying to keep operating as normal.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, operated by Friends of the Koala, has made an urgent plea for financial support.

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A decline in donations and available funding has threatened the hospital’s ability to operate effectively.

The hospital is specifically designed for the medical treatment of koalas and is the only wildlife hospital in NSW licensed to vaccinate all treated koalas against Chlamydia – the number one cause of death for koalas in the Northern Rivers.

General manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers said more than 350 Koalas are treated at the hospital each year.

“From July last year we’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in koalas coming in, versus the year before,” Ms Everaers said.

“It will continue to increase as the threats to koalas are increasing with climate change, natural disasters, habitat being destroyed causing more koalas on the road, which leads to car hits, dog attacks and more diseases due to stress.

“So that’s obviously concerning, and it has been really, really busy for our volunteers rescuing and caring for them,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital was formed in 2019 and is part of the wider Friends of the Koala (FOK) organisation.

The FOK organisation receives government grants for certain projects including a recent grant to vaccinate 300 koalas against chlamydia.

But no government money is received for the operational cost of the koala hospital.

General Manager of Friends of the Koala and Northern Rivers Koala Hospital Silva Everaers

General Manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers

Half a million dollars needs to be raised by Friends of the Koala each year to cover the hospital’s annual operating expenses.

It is set up with diagnostic and treatment tools including ultrasounds, x-rays, a blood bank, as well as surgical and pathology equipment to provide specialised 24/7 veterinary care to koalas.

Until more funds become available the hospital may not be able to continue in its current capacity.

Ms Everaers said the priority was to keep the hospital funded and veterinary staff paid.

“That really is where the research and the magic happens,” she said.

“We work with over 300 volunteers, who do an absolutely incredible job rescuing and rehabilitating the koalas treated in our hospital, and because of that we are able to keep operational costs really, really low.

“But we can’t do it without financial support, in the end, there’s medicine, veterinary staff, the equipment we need, research facilities – it’s not free.”

Friends of the Koala have set up a special donation drive, appealing to the public’s generosity to help keep the hospital in operation and maintain their high standards of care.

Anyone with a heart for wildlife, including business owners and philanthropists, can become a ‘Friend of the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital’ at: friendsofthekoala.org or support by donating to the organisation.

Friends of the Koala are a grassroots organisation with more than 35 years of experience working on critical, on-the-ground activities to conserve habitat and protect koalas individually and as a species.

It originated as a charity focused on planting trees but has evolved into a multifaceted organisation that also provides 24/7 koala rescue, medical treatment, research, advocacy and community education.

Friends of the Koala has successfully rehabilitated and released over 2000 koalas back into the wild since its inception.

The Northern Rivers is home to one of the last significant, genetically diverse koala populations.

 

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