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Millennium Goals – the score so far



Almost everyone today accepts that human activities are having an effect on our small and finite planet. Professor Will Steffen has the sort of mind which isn’t satisfied to accept a proposition: he wants to know more. How much? When? What can we do to improve the situation?


Will Steffen is Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, and he is one of the astonishing gathering of speakers at Canberra’s Rydges Lakeside Hotel on March 14-15 for a public conference organised by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).


Australia is one of 189 countries to sign the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in 2000. The eight goals include eradication of poverty, universal primary education, improvement of maternal health, and ensuring environmental sustainability – all to be achieved by the year 2015.


A report in 2007 to the British Parliament concluded that there was little hope of reaching the goals. The report says: “The MDGs failed to take into account the population growth factor. This has significant negative effects on socio-economic development, human health, regional stability and the environment.”


Professor Steffen says that climate change is now accepted as a fact, and the important questions are what effects it will have on our way of life, and what can we do to lessen these effects.


“Sea level rise may be a matter of metres not centimetres,” he says. “Acid seas will be hostile to all the creatures who use calcium – shellfish, sponges, millions of micro-organisms. Extreme events, such as floods and droughts, will become more frequent and more severe. Cyclones will increase in ferocity. Rising fuel prices will cripple world transport.


“In this context, achieving the Millennium goals is not just socially necessary, it becomes critical to human survival that we reduce our impact on global resources,” says Professor Steffen.


The conference will focus on environmental sustainability, health, climate change and peak oil, with speakers from Australia and overseas from many disciplines. The final session, with Anglican Bishop George Browning, Catholic historian Dr Paul Collins, and Buddhist environmentalist Dr Colin Butler, will look at the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by all of us in a threatened world.


Organisers say that the SPA Millennium Development Goals conference is not scientific or technical. Anyone interested in registering can download the conference brochure at www.population.org.au/events or call conference organiser Jenny Goldie on 02 6235 5488.

This Week In Folkus

The Folkus Room

Hello … did you miss me last week? … I was at Cobargo and it was GREAT!… didn’t want to come home… many, many special moments… Their organising committee have a little gem in that festival and I can see it being a "must do" for some years to come.

1. This Week in Folkus
2. Next Week in Folkus
3. Parish Notices
4. The Comics
5. Sport

This Week In Folkus

(operates out of The Serbian Cultural Centre & Club) 5 Heard St. MAWSON ACT .. eastern side of Southlands Centre and just off Athllon Drive..

there are not enough words to describe these doyens of their chosen musical fields and styles… Just Google and go to their web pages if you want to find out more about them before getting along to The Folkus Room for one of the best weeks of entertainment of the year thus far

Saturday 1 March … Hans Theessink + Ami Williamson

Tuesday 4 March … Danny O’Keefe + Kristina Olsen & Pete Grayling

Wednesday 5 March 2008 … Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill


Next Week In Folkus … Three more big shows
Friday 7 March … Guy Davis (USA); Craig & Simone
Saturday 8 March … SONiA (USA); Rachael Cooper
Sunday 9 March … George Papavgeris (UK); The Cashews

Parish Notices……..

3a. The Folkus Room is offering annual subscriptions. Check out our web site for details www.thefolkus.org.au

3b. CORINBANK …. a stellar line-up of folk talent, with particular attention given to supporting local musicians. Our bill includes: Madviolet, Kate Fagan, Jackie Marshall, Lucie Thorne, Heath Cullen, The Cashews, The Andi and George band, Jessica Paige, the Lawnmowers, Dahahoo, the Crooked Fiddle Band, Rafe Morris, The Fuelers, Xavier Rudd and much much more.

3c. Advertise here .. cheap rates apply

3d. The notice with depth C21…. Advertise here .. cheap rates apply

3e. The 4th National Australian Folklore Conference will be held at The National Library of Australia on the Thursday preceding the National Folk Festival and promises an interesting mix of speakers and themes. The conference is free and is a great opportunity to listen, contribute and have a yarn about folklore in Australia. For further information please contact Graham Seal at g.seal@curtin.edu.au or Rob Willis at rwillis@westserv.net.au ………..

A woman and a baby were in the doctor’s examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby’s first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed. "Breast-fed," she replied. "Well, strip down to your waist," the doctor ordered. She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, "No wonder this baby is underweight. You don’t have any milk." I know," she said, "I’m his Grandma,… …but I’m glad I came."


Water Lilies

If you have forgotten water lilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet, sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid.

But if you remember, then turn away forever
To the plains and the prairies where pools are far apart,
There you will not come at dusk on closing water lilies,
And the shadow of mountains will not fall on your heart. Sara Teasdale

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Stay Well & Truly Silly Gentle Folk

Bill Arnett
The Folkus Room
Canberra’s Acoustic Preference
0407 434 469
"No Strangers Come Here – Just Friends We Have Not Yet Met"

Government House Open Day

Government House - Canberra

The Smith Family’s annual Government House Open Day will take place on Sunday 2nd March 2008. Running from 10am – 4pm this is a great opportunity to see beyond the gates of an Australian institution. Enjoy live entertainment from Hayley Jensen (Australian Idol Finalist), the National Capital Orchestra, DJ & The KarismaKatz.

In addition there will be 200 + local artworks on display. Bring a picnic and enjoy face painting, the dunking machine, Kenny Koala, the AFP Mounted Police and much more.

Entry is $8 for Adults, $5 for concession and $15 for a family pass. Call 02-9085-7116 or visit www.thesmithfamily.com.au or www.gg.gov.au for more details

Enigma cinema – how to watch and enjoy a confusing movie

Confused? It''s the film, not you

There’s a genre of movies that I wish DVD stores would devote a shelf to, maybe in between drama and horror, because that’s what it’s like trying to get through a confusing movie.
You might know what I mean – any film that has more questions than credits and merits some kind of warning like “Only watch this if have some basic understanding of the Middle East peace process.”
So, why do confusing movies exist, what is their place in cinema, and how can the audience enjoy them?

+++What is a confusing movie?+++
You know you’re watching a confusing movie when your mind is scurrying about with more questions than a Trivial Pursuit deck. Like, ‘why did that happen?’, or ‘I must be so dumb arggggh I’m not getting this!’ Memories of high school aptitude tests return – except you can’t just colour in ‘ABBA ACDC’ for the entire film.

+++What’s so confusing?+++
Mind messiness can be caused by one or both markers of such movies: what it looks like and what it’s about; direction and plot.
If directors and editors opt for techniques such as split screens (Kill Bill) shaky cameramen (Bourne Identity) and subliminal cut shots (Fight Club), then it’s brain overload, given that we’re typically only used to anything as flashy as Cameron Diaz’s white-as-light smile. Directors like to tease with false hints, like leaving the camera on a piece of paper for too long, or slipping in a crescendo of ooh-ah music.
As for plot, when the characters all look the same or talk the same, they become ‘that guy with the bad moustache’ (CIA dude in Charlie Wilson’s War) or ‘Leonardo di Caprio’ (The Departed). That’s even if you can understand what the actors are saying with their patois of potty pommy such as in Snatch.
Witty scriptwriters flex their knuckles with glee when writing any script with time-shifting and flashbacks. The audience is left to function on a Friday night’s worth of brainpower to determine when the hell they are, let alone what is going on (Memento, 12 Monkeys).

+++Why do confusing movies exist?+++
So then, if the audience folds origami frowns in foreheads, why do studios produce confusing movies? Because it makes the film seem arty – “Oh well, it must be a good film because it was on so much a higher level.” However, just because something seems smarty-pants does not make it entertaining.

+++Confounding can be astounding…+++
All that intense thinking needed for confusing movies though can be entertainment – anything you have to watch more than once to understand is like hiring two DVDs. Plus, there’s the smug feeling of “Oh of course it’s so obvious now.” Who remembers watching The Sixth Sense the second time and seeing how it was all done? Pretty clever hey. And Fight Club – well, if you weren’t offended you’d be commending how the script, editing and direction all came together.

+++But perplexing is too vexing+++
What happens though when the tricky elements don’t come together? Unless you’re watching Inconvenient Truth for education, or a WWF Smackdown ‘documentary’ for post-lobotomy recovery, most films fall into that happy medium of entertainment to keep one occupied for a couple of hours. What a confusing film does to upset this aim is to spark arguments and popcorn fights when the less clever/awake moviegoers forego cinema etiquette and rasp out too many ‘who was that’s’ and ‘I don’t get it’s’.
And, just as Dada artist Duchamp rotated a urinal 90 degrees and called it art, some films are just as much a joke – and just as much piss-takers. Producers know the plot is dodgy, so they make it look arty to draw in crowds.

+++How to enjoy a confusing movie+++
Until such time as the Office of Film and Literature Classification runs a statement of ‘Warning, may cause wrinkles’, what is the humble moviegoer to do to ensure they understand what’s going on?

1. —Read the reviews first. If words such as ‘artful’, ‘complex’ and ‘confounding’ crop up, prepare yourself by watching the trailer on the internet. You may even need to read Homer’s Greek epic ‘The Odyssey’ before seeing George Clooney in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ to get more from it. And for Georgy boy again, read several issues of The Economist to understand what he’s up to in Syriana.
2. —Stay awake. Do not drink red wine before seeing such a film. Go with caffeine, but not too much to need a trip to the loo in those crucial scenes.
3. —Damage control. If you’re in the cinema wondering why some guy went into a hotel room and whether the scene is in the past, present or future, then keep quiet. Even if everyone else is stirring their grey matter into a tangle, imagine if they all started whispering “who was that” or “why did he do that”. You’d then miss the next line, protracting into an echo of “what did he just say?” Remember, there’s no rewind button between choctops and super soppa sodas.
4. —Recover. Just get it out on DVD and hope that dinner parties for the next three months don’t involve any intense conversations about how extraordinarily delightful that eight Oscar-nominated film is.

+++Studios should shape up+++
Perhaps the studios would make more money if people weren’t so intimidated by confusing films – it is possible to get the balance right. So I plead to the honchos of Hollywood to consider some factors in their confusing films. Give your characters names that are distinguishable and memorable. If you must tell a story that requires watching SBS news every night, just pass it off as ‘based on true events’ and leave it at that – or do a Star Wars style text intro. Keep the fancy editing to a minimum and please, if you’re going to use accents (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), shout us all a Guinness beforehand so we can get native.

Next time you’re thinking about what kind of movie to see, consider something a little more engaging than a chick-flick or action blockbuster. Confusing movies needn’t be a drama or horror story for audiences; by knowing how to follow a convoluted plot, excellent entertainment value is possible.


Breaking the Shackles of the Welfare Culture.



We have recently been informed of concerns by the government about the homeless, aboriginal welfare and of the necessity to increase the time young people will be spending at school. It is these issues which relate to what I would call our ‘welfare culture’. By this I mean those children who grow up in families or communities where possibly up to three generations have depended on welfare because they cannot support themselves through work. Unfortunately, these persons, regardless of race tend to come from lower socio-economic areas.

Our sense of accountability and auditing really works against resolving such inequalities. Inevitably, to fully address these issues, requires the utilisation of resources far in excess of similar intervention for the rest of our society. Today our democratic and bureaucratic structures struggle with such imbalances in a world of anti-discrimination.

Since 1967 we as a community have ‘thrown’ money at Aboriginal settlements but has it helped? As a community we should be sorry for the past injustices, however, will compensation really help to overcome these past wrongs? Equally, when you understand that 75% of homeless people in Sydney have psychiatric problems, will building more places for them to hide really help? All too often so many people end up in jail with psychiatric illnesses because they can’t manage their conditions without support. Building more public housing is good but will this really address the issue?

Jesus Christ lived, walked, healed and taught among the dispossessed in his society. So we need to work with people as they are, by addressing their special needs. We can’t break the cycle of ostracising generations from the education system and it certainly is not going to be solved by lengthening the period at school. While It is true that those with minimal education are almost unemployable within our society, this has created other problems. We need special schools and gifted teachers who are skilled in breaking this cycle. How do we get these assets to the right areas in today’s world? In the past, teachers could get accelerated promotion by serving in the country and this meant outback schools were well served by very good teachers. All these good structural arrangements came to naught with the Anti-Discrimination Legislation and now these people will not ‘go country’ fearing that when their children need higher education they may not be able to obtain a position back in a large city.

We need to inject resources not by some standard into these areas but by their desperate needs. We must be driven by the sense of fairness of results not the fairness of resources. We have to be driven by needs and not by statistics of the number of houses built.

To solve any of these problems requires further analysis of the causes, how culture may be changed and how in the end new futures can be built for such people. This must not be done for them, instead they must be given help to help themselves achieve their goals. This will be neither easy or straightforward. While mistakes will be made we need to be there to support them as they work their way through all the traps of our modern society. My great fear is that we always look for the easy solutions which look good rather than the means by which we truly can help these people to help themselves as was done in the past. We really need new approaches which value and respect the people rather than to see them as the flotsam of our world.

So we wait and see if this Commonwealth can overcome the resistance of the system and really help all these people.

Adrian Van Ash
Scots Church, Sydney.



Manning Clark Lecture with Julian Burnside QC


Julian Burnside to deliver Manning Clark Lecture

Human-rights barrister and refugee activist Julian Burnside QC will deliver the ninth annual Manning Clark Lecture early next month

Mr Burnside’s lecture, entitled “Citizens’ rights and the rule of law in a civil society: not just yet,” will explore issues of justice and civil rights in Australia.

Julian Burnside will deliver the ninth Manning Clark Lecture on Monday, March 10 at 6pm at the National Library of Australia’s auditorium.

“We are delighted that Julian Burnside, an engaging speaker, will continue the tradition of free-spoken Manning Clark Lectures,” says Manning Clark House director Clare Hoey.

Mr Burnside joins a list of distinguished Australians who have delivered the annual Manning Clark Lecture honouring the historian. They include former politician and polymath Dr Barry Jones, Jesuit priest and academic Father Frank Brennan, businesswoman Janet Holmes à Court, High Court Justice Michael Kirby, actress Judy Davis, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, and social commentator Hugh Mackay.

Those wishing to attend the lecture should book on 6295 1808. The cost of $20 ($10 for MCH members and full-time students) includes drinks afterwards.

Julian Burnside QC is a barrister who joined the Victorian bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He has acted for the Ok Tedi native people against BHP; for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores; for Liberty Victoria in the “Tampa” litigation; and for the Australian Broadcast Authority in the “cash for comment” inquiry. He specialises in commercial litigation, but has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, especially on the treatment of refugees. His most recent book, Watching Brief – reflections on human rights, law, justice, was published in 2007. He was elected a Living National Treasure in 2004.

NOTE: Manning Clark House hosts its annual Weekend of Ideas on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 on the topic “Australian citizenship – is it really worth having?” Speakers at the weekend will generate debate and ideas about the significance and value of Australian citizenship and associated rights and responsibilities in contemporary Australia and what we should be doing in this area to bring about a better society.

For more information see the MCH website: www.manningclark.org.au

For more information on the Lecture or the Weekend of Ideas, or to arrange interviews, contact MCH director Clare Hoey, (02) 6295 9433 or email director@manningclark.org.au

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V-Day 2008

In association with the 2008 V-Day Campaign,

We are proud to celebrate V-Day’s Ten Year Anniversary,

raise awareness and envision a world without violence.


What is V Day?

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalise the spirit of existing anti-violence organisations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls.


Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.


2008 marks V-Day’s 10 year anniversary and with it V-Day has introduced two new V-Day events – "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings on Violence Against Women and Girls", and the documentary "Until the Violence Stops". In 2007, over 3000 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.


In nine years, the V-Day movement has raised over $50 million. Beneficiaries of the 2008 Canberra events include Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, Lowana Young Women’s Service and internationally the Katrina Warriors Network and the Panzi Rape Crisis Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


In this, the tenth anniversary of the V-Day movement, V-Day Canberra and V-day ANU are collaborating to bring you the following V-Day events:


Until The Violence Stops

The documentary features playwright and activist Eve Ensler in a powerful film that documents how The Vagina Monologues grew into an international grassroots movement.


Through interviews and performances, everyday women and celebrities embrace their bodies, reconcile their past, and bond together to break the silence that surrounds abuse.


Until the Violence Stops will be screening at the Dendy Cinemas, 7:00pm, 24th February. Tickets ($15/ $10 concession) can be purchased at the box office.


The Vagina Monologues

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant", The Vagina Monologues dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.


The Vagina Monologues will be performed at The Street Theatre, 8pm, 14th and 15th March. Tickets ($18/ $15 concession/ $12) student can be purchased at the box office and online at www.thestreet.org.au


A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer

An elderly man remembers his father’s abuse of his mother, a woman is confronted by the excesses of a party she attends and a young man rings out a ‘Hail to the Vagina’! A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer is a collection of stories of survival and courage, a celebration by men and women authors of women and their vaginas.


A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer will be performed at Teatro Vivaldi on the ANU campus, 27th March (cocktail show package) and 28th March (dinner show package). Tickets can be purchased at the box office.


To learn more about V Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.


GreenKulture Tent @ Corinbank Festival – 29 February – 2 March '08


Corinbank Festival
GreenKulture Tent @ Corinbank Festival – 29 February – 2 March ’08

Gray are all the theories, but Green is the ‘Tree of Life’… Goethe

Hello folks, we can truly say that 2008 is well on its way. What the year will bring is anyone’s guess. However, I am glad to inform you my friends, that a wonderful new festival is taking shape – just a stone-throw away from Canberra. There is a buzz around town that the Corinbank Festival, to be held at Corin forest is shaping up, as a unique community event. Word from the organisers is, that the overall program will feature a fantastic line-up of musical talent, as well as hosting a tremendous smorgasbord of artistic genres, that will range from the exciting to the sublime.

The inaugural festival will become an exciting three-day celebration of human culture, ingenuity and a contagious passion, that welcomes families of all ages with open arms. The organisers are also making sure, that all care will be taken to make the festival earth-friendly, by incorporating a number of exciting initiatives. For starters, the organisers are engaging processes that will minimise the festival’s carbon footprint, with all power sourced from recycled bio-fuels and to boot, it’s also aiming to be a waste-free event. As part of it’s commitment to the ecological and biological integrity of our world, the festival will host an exciting initiative called the ‘GreenKulture Tent’.

The ‘GreenKulture Tent’ will feature a dynamic range of cultural and environmental organisations. Organisations pro-actively advocating, educating and promoting ‘humane green lifestyle’ practices in our region and beyond. The Tent will facilitate a program that will engage the festival community, through a thrilling array of presentations, films, music, poetry, and hands-on workshops. The aim of the ‘Tent’ is to forge a process that inspires new understandings, friendships and networks that will enhance life on our part of the world. From a cultural perspective, the organisations will range from the ACT Writers Centre, who will creatively spouse the virtues of the written and spoken word, through to Encuentro.

Encuentro has a diverse membership base that explores Latin American culture through music, literature and the visual arts. The ecological dimensions of the program will feature organisations such as; Animal Liberation, Vegetarian Society, Home Energy Advice Team, Canberra’s Environment & Sustainable Resource Centre, Conservation Council, SEE-Change, True Food Network, CRANC and a multitude of other community organisations. The GreenKulture team has recently finalised the program of activities for the Tent and, it’s looking mighty stimulating! The scope of the program is quite diverse in its aims and objectives, as we are trying to address sustainability, within the context of a cultural framework of understanding.

Culture as we are all aware, has many meanings and definitions. However, its basic root meaning is to ‘cultivate’. Therefore, our aim at the tent is to foster and cultivate a sense of kinship and belonging, though the spirit of conviviality and co-operation. The spirit of conviviality is humane in its essence – evoking feelings of warmth, sharing, hospitality and the power to cultivate new friendships or partnerships. Its spirit seduces us into exploring our ‘cultural time’ and thereby, facilitating new understandings and metaphors. Conviviality allows us the time to share our personal stories, experiences, knowings, fears and hopes – thereby allowing a sense of kinship to emerge: trust!

Citizens, it’s time to gather and harness our creative powers, camping gear and innate urge to create a sense of community! The festival will provide a “unique cultural experience, amongst the regenerated towering forests of the Namadgi National Park”. The “pristine site is set above Gibraltar Falls, amidst Billy Billy and Square Rocks, where the alpine meadows are bathed in summer wildflowers”. We “welcome young and old, upon ancient mountains of stone and wood – to celebrate life, culture and earth”. Artists, artisans and all creative types, your creations and ideas are most welcomed! Help co-create a temporary community that will enable participants to gain invaluable experiences, new friends and skills through “learning by doing!

Finally, the ‘GreenKulture Tent’ will also host a blog that will feature all participating organisations, through text, images, video and much more. The aim of the blog is to slowly develop a social-networking website, that will advocate and promote ‘humane green lifestyle practices’ in our region. – for enquiries email: fabianunbound@yahoo.com

For details on the festival or how to get hold of tickets go to: www.corinbank.com

*In Lacke’ch,

Fabian Veron


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Chakradance Autumn Equinox | Friday 28 March 2008

Rhythm for your soul

CHAKRADANCE™ is a powerful and authentic new dance practice to promote that wonderful state of calm vitality known as “well being”.

If we lose touch with the seasons, it is also easy to lose touch with our own inner nature. Each season has a predominant energy and qualities that we can tap in to and use in our lives.

This three-hour workshop addresses all seven chakras and will rebalance and harmonise your energy flows. We also honour and connect with the Austumn Equinox with a simple modern day ritual.

Friday, 28th March | 6.00-9.00pm

Om Shanti College, Griffith Shops | $50 per person

For more information email Michelle or to book contact Om Shanti College


What they say…


"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." – Douglas Adams.

"I’m astounded by people who want to `know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown." – Woody Allen.

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together…." – Carl Zwanzig.

"Computer programming is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning." – Rich Cook.

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." – Bill Watterson

Australia's top Tournament Skiers in action this weekend on the Molonglo

Doing the Trick Run

Canberra Malibu will be hosting 70 skiers from NSW and the ACT over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of February at the Molongolo River Waterski complex. On site will be food and drink for sale as well as the opportunity to see some of Australia’s current and upcoming slalom, trick and jumpers in their last showing prior to the Nationals. Entry is free.  The Malibu series is a 7 round tour that runs throughout NSW and the ACT. Rounds have been held in Port Macquarie, Albury, Narrandera and Myuna Bay (Newcastle). Canberra is round 6 and is the last round prior to the Nationals which are scheduled to be hosted by Latrobe waterski club in Victoria over the Easter longweeknd.

 The competition is strong in all of the three tournament disciplines (slalom, trick, and jump)

 The women are being dominated by Albury’s Tegan Bennie who is currently leading slalom and trick in the under 21 women’s, but the elusive 20m mark in the jump is her big goal.

Canberra’s Nicky Southwell is completely dominating the open women class with trick scores over 2800 points, plus 30 m jumps and slalom runs into 13 metres. Bianca Mulach and Jayme Gray are the notable young local girls who are really shining. Bianca is now consistently skiing above 2500 points for tricks which is immensely impressive for an 11 year old.

 The men’s division has more depth courtesy of some ‘specialist’ skiers. Newcastle’s Chris Cockburn is undoubtedly the most powerful slalom skier around with results in the 11.25 meters, making Chris competitive at the elite level in the sport. Some others that are biting at his toes are Mitchell Barber with some impressive results into 12 meters. This 21 year old from Wagga has a lot more years left in the sport and will become a force in the future.

 One of Australia’s leading disabled skier, Scott Reardon from Temora is only half a buoy from breaking the national slalom record for amputees. Scott who already holds the world title for disabled jump and national title for disabled trick wants to complete the trifecta and hopefully Canberra will the place for this to happen.

 Information is available from Charlie on 0413 059 522