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After the previous thread went belly up, I decided to show Australia from a unique perspective. Stuff you may not have known about this beautiful country.

I hope you enjoy, any feedback would be good..

Australia is the second best place in the world to live according to the United Nations, with Norway taking the title by a fraction in the annual Human Development Index (HDI). The index compares 187 countries on factors including health, education, per-capita income and life expectancy. Australia attained a scorecard of 93 out of a possible 100, followed by the Netherlands in third. "By some measures we have a longer life expectancy than any other country except Japan, and that's the main thing that lifts Australia higher up in these rankings than we would be if the only consideration was per-capita income," he said. "But overall, the combination of per-capita income, which has done well in Australia compared with other countries more seriously affected by the financial crisis, long life expectancy and reasonable levels of educational attainment have been enough to lift us into second place on this scale - in fact we've been there for a few years now."


Mr Eslake says the report does not capture what constitutes a country's liveability, but it does show why Australia is referred to as the lucky country. "It ought to serve as a reminder that for all the complaints everyday Australians have about different aspects of their lives, this is one of the best countries in the world in which to live and to bring up children," he said.

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For over a hundred years it's been the site of Broome's skeletal lighthouse. But the stories of Gantheaume Point stretch back in time over thousands and even millions of years. Come on a tour of the history and dinosaur footprints that make Gantheaume Point an extraordinary part of Australia's coastline. Gantheaume Point is famous for the National Heritage listed dinosaur footprints found in the intertidal area. Nigel Clarke is a local dinosaur footprint researcher. He says that during the Cretaceous period, Broome was a massive river delta rich with dinosaur life. At least nine species of dinosaur footprints have been identified in the 130 million year old Broome sandstone. At Gantheaume Point you can see good examples of three-toed theropod prints and enormous round sauropod prints.

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The koala is a small bear-like, tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial which averages about 9kg (20lb) in weight. Its fur is thick and usually ash grey with a tinge of brown in places. The koala gets its name from an ancient Aboriginal word meaning "no drink" because it receives over 90% of its hydration from the Eucalyptus leaves (also known as gum leaves) it eats, and only drinks when ill or times when there is not enough moisture in the leaves. ie during droughts etc. The koala is the only mammal, other than the Greater Glider and Ringtail Possum, which can survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves.

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Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of the Australian continent and nearby islands. The Aboriginal Indigenous Australians migrated from India via the "Southern Route" around 50,000 years ago, and arrived in Australia around 45,000 years ago. The Torres Strait Islanders are indigenous to the Torres Strait Islands, which are at the northern-most tip of Queensland near Papua New Guinea. The term "Aboriginal" has traditionally been applied to indigenous inhabitants of mainland Australia, Tasmania, and some of the other adjacent islands.

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Kangaroos are endemic to the country of Australia. Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Like most marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development. Larger kangaroos have adapted much better to changes brought to the Australian landscape by humans and though many of their smaller cousins are endangered, they are plentiful.

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Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter – good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned. Olly the Kookaburra was one of the three mascots chosen for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Although the kookaburra is restricted to a relatively small part of the world, the distinctive sound it makes has found its way onto many "jungle sound" soundtracks, used in filmmaking and television productions

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There are two kinds of crocodile in Australia: the Estuarine, a saltwater crocodile and Johnsons, a freshwater crocodile. Both are found in the hot, tropical northern part of the continent. The Estuarine crocodile, while it can live in salt water, is able to go quite far up river into fresh water. It is one of the most dangerous of all the crocodile family, being the biggest and heaviest. It grows to between 4 and 7 metres long. The Johnsons crocodile lives mostly in freshwater, but can also live in salt water. It grows up to 3 metres long. It is considered to be dangerous even though it is not known for attacking humans. Crocodiles have long narrow snouts, and the 4th tooth of the lower jaw is outside when the mouth is closed. Their scales have modified (changed over centuries) to form thick tough skin.

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Australia experiences Tropical Cyclone’s regularly around the Northern coastline region due to its proximity to the tropics than the remainder of the country. As a result, many people are exposed to cyclones during the cyclone season between November and April, and a major precautionary system has to be working and reliable to ensure their safety. For six months of the year, approximately 20,000 km of Australia’s coastline and 20 per cent of the population are vulnerable to the devastating winds, high seas and flood rains of a tropical cyclone.

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).[4][5] The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

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Gold Coast is today known as a major tourist destination and a play ground for the mega rich with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries. Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In fifty years, Gold Coast City has grown from a small beachside holiday destination to Australia's sixth largest city. Situated within South East Queensland’s growth corridor, the city is now considered Australia’s fastest growing large city, with a 5 year annual average population growth rate of 3.4%, compared to 1.2% for Australia. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, June 2008 Cat No. 3218.0 – Population estimates by Statistical Local Area 2001–2008)

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The Gold Coast hosts several international theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.

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Q1 (meaning Queensland Number One) is a supertall skyscraper located in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast. It lost its title as the world's tallest residential tower to the 348 metre building The Marina Torch in Dubai on 29 April 2011. As of December 2011 it is the third tallest such building. Q1 is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere when measured to the top of its spire (second tallest building behind Eureka Tower in Melbourne, when measured to roof and highest habitable floor) and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, behind Auckland's Sky Tower. It opened in November 2005.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design. Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the world's widest long-span bridge. It is also the fifth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres (440 ft) from top to water level.

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There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world – a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent. The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. It is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world. The Sydney Opera House is among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. It is also one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year, 300,000 of whom take a guided tour.

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The Twelve Apostles is a collection of miocene limestone rock stacks jutting from the water in Port Campbell National Park, between Princetown and Peterborough on the Great Ocean Road. Tourism activities (including helicopter tours) are conducted from a visitor centre, situated on the inland side of the Great Ocean Road; with parking and viewing areas. Parks Victoria classifies the structure as nationally significant,[1]with the area being one of Victoria's major tourist features; attracting approximately two million visitors a year. Parks Victoria was responsible for the construction of board-walks, tracks, and viewing areas.

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Chadstone Shopping Centre is a major shopping centre located in the inner south-eastern suburb of Malvern East in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The centre is the oldest in Victoria, opening on 3 October 1960, and the largest in Australia with approximately 530 stores and over 9500 free car parking spaces – and is currently claimed to be the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. The centre boasts major anchor stores such as the Myer and David Jones department stores, an Apple Store, Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi electronics stores and over 500 specialty stores, of which the majority are fashion related over other categories, with numerous high-end labels being tenants of the centre including Chanel, Chanel Beauty, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Omega, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu, Salvatore, Ferragamo, Emporio Armani. There are also two office towers located at the southern side of the centre as well as two food courts.

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Federation Square (also colloquially known as Fed Square) is a civic centre and cultural precinct in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was opened in 2002. It is a mixed-use development covering an area of 3.2 hectares and centred around two major public spaces: open squares (St. Paul's Court and The Square) and one covered (The Atrium), built on top of a concrete deck above busy railway lines. It is located at intersection between Flinders Street and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road in Melbourne's Central Business District, and is adjacent to Melbourne's busiest railway station, Flinders Street Station. It is Victoria’s second most popular tourist attraction, attracting 8.99 million visitors in 2011.[1] It is sometimes considered to be one of the world's ugliest buildings or tourist attractions.

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Whilst in Australia you may wish to visit National Holden Museum of Australia – one of Australia’s largest car manufactures. GM Holden Ltd is an automaker that operates in Australia, based in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer. In 1908 it moved into the automotive field, before becoming a subsidiary of the U.S.-based General Motors (GM) automotive group in 1931. After becoming a subsidiary of GM, the company was named General Motors-Holden's Ltd, becoming Holden Ltd in 1998, with the current name adopted in 2005. Holden is also responsible for the distribution of the Opel brand in Australasia and Pontiac in America.

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Population: 4,137,432 (3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010–11". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2012)
Total Area: 227,600 sq km (6th)
Premier: Ted Baillieu (Liberal)
Capital City of Victoria: Melbourne
Established: 1834
Timezone: Australian Eastern Standard (10+/ 11+ DLS)
Visit Victoria - Official tourism guide
Thats Melbourne - Extensive guide to Melbourne
Victoria Online - Gateway to Victoria
City of Melbourne - Melbourne CBD council
Live in Victoria - Information on living, moving to Melbourne and the state
Study Melbourne - Information on studying in Melbourne
Melbourne Pubs - Guide to pubs, nightclubs etc throughout Melbourne
The Age - Latest news, sport and local issues
Herald Sun - News Limted newspaper
Walking Melbourne - Architectural resource for buildings in Melbourne

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Melbourne wakes to coldest May morning in three years
Nathan Mawby l June 2012 l Herald Sun

MELBOURNE shivered its way through the coldest May morning in three years today - and tomorrow will be colder.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded temperatures as low as -1C in some Melbourne suburbs.

The dose of early winter weather saw the mercury in the city fall to 3.5C at 5.41am. It isn't expected to rise past 15C for the rest of the day.

At Viewbank in Melbourne's north the temperature fell to -0.3C.

At 6am, the coldest suburbs were Viewbank, Essendon and Scoresby at -.03C, 1C and 1C respectively.

Around Victoria the temperature dropped below 0C, with Coldstream shivering through a frosty -1C Charlton dropped just below 0C at 4.30am, while Stawell hit -0.5C at 5am.​

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very nice, informative thread on Australia....:eek:kay:

Population: 4,627,345 (3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2012)
Total Area: 800,642 sq km (5th)
Premier: Barry O'Farrell (Liberal)
Capital City of New South Wales: Sydney
Established: 1788
Timezone: Australian Eastern/Central Standard (10+/ 9.5+ | 11+/10.5+ DLS)
Visit NSW - Official tourist website - Visitor Guide
NSW Government - Gateway to New South Wales
City of Sydney - Sydney CBD council
Restaurant Guide - Extensive guide for Sydney and NSW
Sydney Bars - Entertainment/Nightclub guide
ABC New South Wales - NSW section on ABC
Sydney Morning Herald - Latest news, sport and issues
Daily Telegrath - News Limited newspaper

Sydney Central Station

Western Sydney set for light rail link

May 16, 2012 - 9:04AM - Sydney Morning Herald

Suburbs in western Sydney could be connected by a light rail system after Parramatta Council announced a $1 million study to kick-start the project. The proposed light rail line would improve access to Westmead, Parramatta city centre, Macquarie Park and have links to the University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University. A feasibility study will kick-off next month and the council expects to select a successful tender for the project in July. Parramatta Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne said light rail in Western Sydney would go a long way towards relieving congestion.

It would also integrate with existing transport infrastructure such as heavy rail. "There's always plenty of talk about transport matters, whether it's the congestion on Parramatta or Victoria roads or lack of efficiency and service on our public transport networks," Cr Wearne said. "Unfortunately there's not enough action." The Western Sydney Light Rail Network is planned to be segregated from the existing road and train networks, with virtually no sharing of road space.

The council is calling on state and federal governments to get behind the project it says will support the growth of western Sydney. Cr Wearne said the Western Sydney Light Rail proposal had already received widespread support from state and federal government authorities, the University of Western Sydney, neighbouring councils and state and federal MPs. The council would also like to see the light rail improve connections to Castle Hill, Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Sydney Olympic Park.

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The Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football and is the largest and most followed sporting event in Australia. The league currently consists of 18 teams spread over five states of Australia, although the majority are still based in Victoria (10 as of the 2012 season). The AFL season currently consists of a pre-season competition (currently the NAB Cup), followed by a 23-round regular or "home-and-away" season, which runs during the Australian winter (March to September). The top eight teams then play off in a finals series culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The winning team in the Grand Final is termed the "premiers", and is awarded the premiership cup. The AFL is the most attended sporting league in Australia, averaging 36,428 per game in 2011.

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The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. The NRL's main competition, called the Telstra Premiership, is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is regarded as the world's elite rugby league championship and, per season, is the single most viewed and attended rugby football competition in the world. NRL matches are played throughout Australia and New Zealand from autumn until spring. The season culminates in the premiership-deciding game, the NRL Grand Final, traditionally one of Australia's most popular sporting events and one of the largest attended club championship events in the world. In addition, the NRL premiers also play in the World Club Challenge, a pre-season match against the champions of the European Super League competition.

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The A-League is the top Australasian professional association football (soccer) league. Run by Australian governing body Football Federation Australia (FFA), it was founded in 2004 following the folding of the National Soccer League and staged its inaugural season in 2005–06. It is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company Australia and Qantas, and is officially known as the Hyundai A-League. The league is contested by ten teams: nine in Australia and one from New Zealand. Related leagues include a National Youth League and the Women's Westfield W-League.

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The National Basketball League, also known as the iiNet NBL Championship, is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in Australasia. There are currently 9 teams in the league, with teams in Adelaide, Auckland, Cairns, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong. The 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings. Most teams have historically featured at least one and usually two American imports; teams are limited to having two non-Australasians on the roster at any one time. Some of these players have moved to Australia permanently and become Australian citizens; a few have even played for the Australian national team (under a rule that allowed one naturalised player to compete for a national team).

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V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category based in Australia and run as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) regulations. V8 Supercar events take place in all the states of Australia, which is one of the only professional sports in Australia to boast such a feat. Overseas rounds are also held in New Zealand and Abu Dhabi and, up until 2010, Bahrain. V8 Supercars have drawn crowds of over 250,000 spectators. The 2010 season was held over 14 race weekends at purpose-built racetracks and street circuits. Race formats include sprint races, with either a 100 km or 200 km race on Saturday and one 200 km race on Sunday, two 250 km races over the weekend (Adelaide and Sydney), two 300 km races over the weekend (Gold Coast) or endurance races such as Bathurst, which runs over 1000 km race distance, and Phillip Island, which runs over 500 km. The V8 Supercars themselves take as their basis either the Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon. From 2013, Nissan will provide a third manufacturer, providing a V8 Sedan to Kelly Racing. Although they bear some resemblance to the production models outwardly, they are built from the ground up to suit the motorsport application. The reason these two cars are used is their historical significance: Commodore and the Falcon are two of the most popular passenger-cars in the Australian car-market.

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the tenth largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia with a capacity of 100,040, the largest stadium for playing cricket, and holds the world record for the highest light towers at any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is serviced by the Richmond railway station, Richmond and the Jolimont railway station, East Melbourne. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

Stadium Australia, currently also known as ANZ Stadium due to naming rights, formerly known as Telstra Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct of Homebush Bay. The stadium, which in Australia is sometimes referred to simply as the "Olympic Stadium", was completed in March 1999 at a cost of a $690 million to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. The stadium has since hosted the annual National Rugby League grand final and New South Wales' home games in the State of Origin series, as well as the 2003 Rugby World Cup finals and Bledisloe Cup matches. The stadium was originally built to temporarily hold 110,000 spectators, making it the largest Olympic Stadium ever built as well as the largest stadium in Australia.

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Lang Park is the original name of the site located in the Brisbane suburb of Milton, Queensland, Australia, now occupied by the major sports facility known by its sponsorship name, Suncorp Stadium. Lang Park is also known as Brisbane Stadium for its use in the Asian Champions League competition. The current facility comprises a three tiered rectangular sporting stadium with a capacity of 52,500 people. The enclosed stands situated on the sidelines make it arguably the best rectangular stadium in Australia for spectator viewing and atmosphere for rugby league, rugby union and association football (soccer). The top tier is closed for events less than 30,000 enhancing the intimacy.

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Football Park (currently also known by its sponsored name of AAMI Stadium) is an Australian rules football stadium located in West Lakes, a western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It was built in 1973 by the South Australian National Football League and opened in 1974 and is now the home ground of both the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power who play in the Australian Football League (AFL). With a seated capacity of 51,515 Football Park is the fourth largest Australian Rules Football stadium in Australia in terms of crowd capacity, behind Docklands Stadium in Melbourne (56,347), Stadium Australia in Sydney (81,500) and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,018).

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Subiaco is a stadium located in Subiaco, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The highest capacity stadium in Western Australia, seating a maximum of 43,500 people, the ground is mainly used for Australian rules football matches, being the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Football Club, the two Western Australian teams in the Australian Football League. The ground is also occasionally used for West Australian Football League matches. The stadium has also hosted National Soccer League grand finals, rugby union Test Matches (including games in the 2003 Rugby World Cup), International rules matches and sometimes, rock concerts. It became the home ground for Perth's Super Rugby rugby union team, the Western Force, in 2006.

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Fantastic thread and extremely informative with attention to details. well done.
Fantastic thread and extremely informative with attention to details. well done.
No problem, I hope it gives people the inspiration to visit the great country :cheers:

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Population: 2,074,222
Total Area: 1,852,642 sq km (2nd)
Premier: Cambell Newman (Liberal)
Capital City of Queensland: Brisbane
Established: 1859
Time Zone: Australian Eastern Standard (10+)
Visit Queensland - Official tourism website
Queensland Government - Gateway to Queensland
Brisbane City Council - Official Brisbane council website
Gold Coast City Council - Official G.C council website
Move to QLD - Information on moving to QLD
Study Queensland - Information on studying in Brisbane & QLD
OurBrisbane - Everything you need to know about Brissy
Translink - Brisbane Public Transport
ABC Queensland - Latest news, sport and local issues
Courier Mail - Courier Mail/Sunday Mail (QLD)

Brisbanites offer their brilliant ideas as part of 'Make My City Work' campaign

Christopher Herde l The Courier-Mail

BRISBANITES have grabbed the chance to tell the world of their "bright ideas" for the city.

The Property Council officially launched its Make My City Work campaign in King George Square with the goal to gather 1000 ideas to create a "brilliant Brisbane".

Queensland executive director Kathy MacDermott said Brisbane residents have been asked for their brightest ideas for the city.

And they were not shy in talking about their ideas big small and inbetween.

Ms MacDermott said the campaign would eventually be rolled out to include the Gold and Sunshine coasts as well as Townsville.​

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New Holden Commodore revs up US

AUSTRALIA'S Holden Commodore is to become a race and showroom star in the US, despite sliding car sales in Australia. A Commodore V8 will be exported to America to be sold with the Chevrolet SS Performance badge. In that guise, it also will star for the heartland brand in the Nascar stock car racing series, second only to Formula One in global popularity. Holden has been testing left-hand drive cars on public roads in Victoria in recent weeks and running them head to head against one of its strongest potential rivals, the Dodge Charger.

Motorsport sources in the US said the VF Commodore's V8 engine, big body and rear-wheel drive would appeal to American muscle-car enthusiasts and suit Nascar. The Chevrolet connection is a revival of the major export deal under which the Commodore sold in the US as the Pontiac G8 until General Motors was forced into bankruptcy in the global financial crisis.
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Australia's Best Driving Roads
by TopGear

Australia was never meant to have nice roads. By being the size of 58 Englands, and with about 17 people living here, there simply aren't enough people paying tax to afford roads that aren't made out of mud and bits of hair. Well, we used to think that. But actually, we're wrong. We have 810,000km of roads in Australia and while most of them are rubbish, there are many driving oases awaiting discovery if you look hard enough (or if you have Google Maps and no life). Which is what we did.

But we didn't want to stop there. Like Delta Goodrem and your TV's mute button, some things were meant to go together. So for each road, we've picked the car we think would suit it best, kind of like a waiter recommending a wine to go with your meal (except that you should never eat food that we've given you). So sit back, and enjoy. And naturally, you might think we're wrong or missed a few. So tell us which road we've missed in our discussion blog. We might even go and drive it ourselves.

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State of Origin game one

NSW will be out to put a dent in six years of Queensland dominance in tonight's State of Origin blockbuster at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria. State of Origin, the biggest rugby league match in Australia, some would say the WORLD. Two states battle it out in a best of three series to see who will be named the supreme state. Queensland have won the past six series will they make it an unprecedented seven in a row? This years series kicks off Wednesday, 23rd. If you’re in Australia make sure you are watching Channel 9, if you are oversees check it out somehow (I’m sure there are ways)!

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Gold Coast company to debut futuristic flying machine JetLev at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
by Couriermail

MOVE over George Jetson - here comes the JetLev. Like a scene straight out of a Jetsons cartoon or James Bond movie, Greg Weige flew across the water at the Gold Coast's Sanctuary Cove Resort today to the amazement of crowds. Mr Weige was test-piloting the JetLev Flyer which makes its Australian debut at this weekend's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. His company, Jetpack Adventures, has launched the futuristic flying machine with the aim of starting up joyflights for the public on the Southport Broadwater.

The device was invented by Chinese-born Canadian Raymond Li, who was inspired after seeing Sean Connery flying a jet pack in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. Mr Li unveiled a prototype in 2008 and spent three years perfecting his invention before it was commercialised last year. NSW-based Mr Weige and business partner Peter Vail bought two of the JetLev jet packs which can be used to soar about 10m above the water and skim along at up to 45km/h.

The $150,000 machine is powered by a small jet ski-like unit attached to the jet pack by a long tube. Water is thrust up the tube and into jet nozzles, lifting the wearer into the air with the turn of a hand-held throttle. "I feel a bit like an astronaut,'' said Mr Weige, who was trained to fly the JetLev in Europe where the machine is made. "It's a wonderful feeling and the only way to fly.'' Mr Weige said he could fly for up to 32kms "without my feet touching the water".

"Everyone likes going high and the crowds egg you on,'' he said. "It's definitely an adrenalin rush.''Mr Weige said Sea World was planning to introduce the JetLev as part of its jet ski show. Jetpack Adventures is negotiating with Maritime Safety Queensland to get approval for public joyflights.
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Australia world's happiest nation
by Yahoo

A new report has named Australia as the happiest industrialised nation in the world with the country's economy set to outperform the US and the UK. A new report has named Australia as the happiest industrialised nation in the world based on various criteria like job satisfaction, income and health. The study released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris last night says Australia is set to grow at just about the fastest pace in the developed world for decades to come. Australia is set to grow at 3.1 per cent this year, with the US growing at 2.4 per cent, Britain 0.5 per cent and Italy and Greece sliding further into recession.

Australia's high rank is based on data from the United Nations, individual governments and other sources and is due to its strong economic performance despite the eurozone crisis. "Australia's economic fundamentals remain strong, with our economy expected to grow more strongly than every single major advanced economy over the next two years," Treasurer Wayne Swan said in statement. The report has also issued a dire forecast for the eurozone, warning the crisis poses the biggest single risk to the global economy. The eurozone economy is expected to shrink by 0.1 per cent this year. In November, the OECD warned if the eurozone did not tackle its debt crisis, there could be a deep recession with global implications.
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by Sean Kelly Aus

Queensland win State of Origin opener
by ninemsn

The Maroons are one win away from a stunning seventh straight series win, with a Darius Boyd double and a controversial Greg Inglis try seven minutes from time proving the difference at Etihad Stadium. Queensland were clinging to a 12-10 lead when Inglis was awarded a try by man in the box Sean Hampstead - who ruled NSW hooker Robbie Farah had kicked the ball from his grasp before the Maroons' centre regathered to score an Origin record 13th try. Blues' skipper Paul Gallen - who had a running battle with the referees all night - expressed his bemusement as the Maroons pulled out by more than a converted try.

"How the hell is that a try?" he asked. "This is ridiculous, where this is getting." Gallen was referring to the decision, but he might as well have been referring to Queensland Origin dominance - with the Blues staring yet another series defeat in the face. Boyd's opener came with the Blues reduced to 12 men midway through the first half after Jennings - dropped from his club side Penrith due to alleged attitude issues - unleashed a wild haymaker as he came flying into a scuffle.

"This is your first Origin - it's different you know," Gallen told referee Matt Cecchin as he voiced his disgust at the decision. Boyd scored his second just before the break, but it didn't take the Blues long to get back into the match with Jennings going some way to making up for his binning when he crossed three minutes after the restart. NSW made a timid decision to go for a long-range penalty goal to level the scores soon after, but Carney's attempt from the 40-metre line sailed wide.

There was another near miss as a loafing Sam Thaiday just grounded the ball before a flying Brett Stewart, the Blues failing to get close again as the Maroons triumphed. As was anticipated, NSW came flying out of the blocks before a 56,021 full house, Akuila Uate giving the Blues an early lead after Boyd had spilled a bomb into the back and, eventually, the arms of his opposite winger. The Maroons were having troubles with the high ball as Billy Slater came up with fresh air to give NSW consecutive sets, Robbie Farah almost taking full toll only to be held up over the line.

The Blues were on top before the momentum dramatically shifted, push and shove between Matt Scott and Greg Bird escalating into an all-in brawl as Mitchell Pearce put one on the chin of Sam Thaiday and Jennings was given a spell in the sheds. Queensland attacked the short-staffed NSW left-side defence with Jarryd Hayne pushing Brent Tate into touch just before the tryline, but it only delayed what seemed the inevitable as Slater put Boyd over in the opposite corner. NSW were rattled as debutant Todd Carney failed to find touch from a penalty and, even when Jennings returned, the Blues were flagging from the amount of defence they had been exposed to - a poor misread from Uate and precision work from Thurston providing Boyd's second.
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Hi Burden, great job but may I ask if you can post some stuff other than from the 3 eastern states
Yeh no problems man, I was sort of going each major city by size with news in between. The major cities when I had the time though as they require extensive flickr searching for great photo's. Perth and Adelaide will be next :) Stay tuned

Population: 1,738,807 (3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010–11". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2012)
Total Area: 2,529,875 sq km (1st)
Premier: Collin Barnett (Liberal/National)
Capital City: Perth
Established: 1826
Time Zone: Australian Western Standard (8+)
Visit Western Australia - Official tourism website
Western Australia Government - Gateway to WA
City of Perth - Perth CBD council
Go West Now - Information on moving to Perth and WA
Perth Education City - Information on studying in Perth
TransPerth - Perth's Public Transport
WA Gig Guide - Showcasing upcoming gigs and local talent
ABC Perth - Local news, sport and issues
The West Australian - Perth's main daily newspaper
Future Perth - Development website for Perth and WA

Resources investment hits record $261b

by Perthnow

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Woodside chief executive Don Voelte during a visit to the Pluto LNG project in Karratha, which underpinned Australia's resources investment record. INVESTMENT in the resources sector has hit a new record and will boost Australia's future supply of key commodities as the nation's mining boom continues, a new government report shows.

Committed investment rose to $260.8 billion in the six months to the end of April, up 12 per cent from the prior half year, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) found. The total accounts for 98 projects at the advanced stage - including 39 minerals projects, 38 energy projects, 19 infrastructure projects and two mineral-processing projects. Oil and gas, iron ore, and coal and related infrastructure accounted for about 95 per cent of committed capital expenditure. "The continued growth in committed capital expenditure will result in significant increases in Australia's supply capacity of LNG, iron ore and coal,'' said BREE executive Quentin Grafton today.

Treasurer Wayne Swan said Australia's pipeline of investment in the resources sector continued to go from strength to strength. "This is a resounding vote of confidence in the future of our economy and our region and Australia's status as an excellent place to invest,'' he said in a statement. Of the $260.8 billion, more than 60 per cent was linked to just seven LNG projects. When they are complete and operating at full capacity - which is expected in the second half of this decade - Australia will be one of the world's leading LNG exporters.

``The majority of the investment to expand the world's LNG supply capacity is taking place in Australia because of our relatively large gas reserves and proximity to the Asian markets,'' Prof Grafton said in a statement. Meanwhile, in the six months to April, 25 resources projects were $23.6 billion were completed. The outcome was underpinned by the completion of the Pluto LNG project near Karratha at a capital cost of almost $15 billion, along with the $3.4 billion expansion to the Worsley Alumina refinery, also in WA.​

by Blake Flinkier photography, flickr[email protected]/7182119420/sizes/l/in/photostream/

by pbowdidge, flickr

by zavierloh, flickr

Professional Photography18 by Sky Vision, on Flickr

[email protected]/7248866268/[email protected]/7232876078/

Some of the collection by matt.perth
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Population: 1,212,982
Total Area: 984,000 sq. km (4th)
Premier: Jay Weatherill (Labor)
Capital City: Adelaide
Established: 1836
Time Zone: Australian Central Standard (9.5+/ 10.5+ DLS)[/SIZE]
Visit South Australia - Official tourism website for SA
SA Central - Gateway to South Australia
Adelaide City Council - Adelaide CBD council - Information on investing, living, projects etc in SA
Study Adelaide - Information on studying in Aust's emerging university city
Atlas SA - Maps of South Australia
Onion - Leading gig/street press magazine
ABC Adelaide - Latest news, sport and local issues
AdelaideNow - The Advertiser/Sunday Mail (SA)
Sensational-Adelaide - SA's main construction and development website

Radelaide? South Australia does it ‘need a new name'?
by Herald Sun

SOUTH Australia needs a new name and the public should choose it, the state's peak business group says. The State Government has committed to rebranding our international image, but Business SA chief executive Peter Vaughan wants to take the make-over a step further and rename the state in a public contest. "Instead of mucking around with branding, if we're going to be bold and rethink our brand how about thinking of a new name for South Australia," he said.

However, Mr Vaughan stopped short of giving his suggestion for a new name, instead saying authorities should tap into the creativity of the public. What do you think South Australia should be called? Let us know During a recent trade mission to London, Premier Jay Weatherill revealed he has asked the Economic Development Board to come up with a new brand to market South Australia to the world.

However, the brief does not include renaming the state itself. "It's not necessary for us to rename the state to find a new brand for South Australia," he said. Mr Vaughan disagreed, saying that trying to market the state under its current name was not making an impact; like "trying to write with white ink in snow". "The main fact (is) the words South Australia cause a problem," he said. "I've been with two Premiers on three overseas trips and whenever we go somewhere that's not familiar with Australia the words South Australia are impossible to understand.

"(It) means to everybody from overseas the whole of the south of Australia. And the initials SA mean South Africa to most other people in the world." Mr Vaughan is not the first to suggest a name change for the state. In 1999, advertising guru John Singleton suggested it be renamed "Bradman" after legendary local cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. "Honestly, look at the name South Australia - it's pretty boring isn't it?" he said at the time, but conceded the chance of it changing was "about one in a million".

SA Economic Development Board chairman Raymond Spencer recently told The Advertiser he would support a debate over the state's name. "Even if the name of the state stays the same, or if it got changed to Adelaide or something else, the very process itself would really raise the profile," he said.​

by Adriano_of_Adelaide

by MM_Andamon

by MM_Andamon

by MM_Andamon

Adelaide Torrens River by James Yu Photography, on Flickr

IMG_0052 by sc2100, on Flickr

IMG_0055 by sc2100, on Flickr

North Terrace by sc2100, on Flickr

North Terrace, Adelaide by sc2100, on Flickr

IMG_0050 by sc2100, on Flickr

these are from eastadl's flickr page[email protected]/with/5245779723/

from a carpark of Rundle Mall

Hindmarsh Sq

Rundle Mall

ok moving along to east end

Rundle Street now has some trees

very Georgian shops

the perched outhouses

The Exeter

the former treasury buildings are now a boutique hotel, and one rip-off bar

Victoria Sq

the new building in the distance is Adelaide's latest architectural marvel. Another student accomm tower straight out of commi block Russia.

coke tram

whoops, again

while us here aren't all that impressed with its beauty, its amazing how well it fits in:lol:

just cant stop taking pictures of it

some pedestrian friendly areas, with no pedestrians

looking through some out of place palm trees

bit deserted on a Sunday

this is where everyone was, the ice skating rink in the mall

malls balls[email protected]/4759236947/

Waymouth St

one of the new trams[email protected]/4759781288/

North Tce/King William St

Grenfell Street

Tattersalls club could do with a wash

state bank/SA bank building

Currie Street

the orginal Elders headquarters

T & G building

my favourite

King William Street

former CBA building, now student aptmnts

former Westpac/bank of NSW building

North Terrace

North Terrace

Pulteney Street

grand lodge of the Freemasons

University of South Australia

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