Billboard on Nepean Highway looms large over TPP debate

A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.
A prominent sign to the sight of any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently between South Road and Cummings Road.

 

7.00pm Tuesday May 26 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Plans for a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the Abbott government may seem at first something of a far off concern for Baysiders in their day-to-day lives in our seaside suburbs. Yet, any Baysider commuting along the Nepean Highway recently would have seen the following sign over North Avenue between South Road and Cummings Road.

The poster by civic activist group Get Up implores Andrew Robb, local MP and Member for Goldstein, to alter his policy direction on the planned TPP that would involve 14 nations including the United States and New Zealand alongside Australia.

A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway
A view of the sign from a distance across the Nepean Highway

Mr Robb, the Minister for Trade in the Abbott government has been a key player in Australia’s negotiations on the proposed TPP. Though the proposed trade agreement between the United States and a number of participating Asian and Latin American nations has not yet been enacted – nor finalised therefore – by participating nations, it has garnered an inordinate amount of controversy and

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A new debate about the old: Vintage and replica furniture

 

Gary and Rachel Lewarne. Nook. SKN. May 2015.

Gary and Rachel inside Nook St Kilda

by Ed Kennedy

What Gary and Rachel have cannot be manufactured. You’ll never find the British-expats who have come to Melbourne via Perth selling goods of which they cannot detail in-depth. The history, the significance and quality of craftsmanship that underpins an item in the vintage goods store can routinely be listed off-the-cuff by this couple.

Gary and Rachel represent one side of the coin in a furniture and goods industry that is facing a growing challenge to the ‘ways of old’ by replica furniture salespeople.

The existence of ‘new’ enthusiasts for old goods is becoming more common in modern commerce, as evidenced by the current debate surrounding replica furniture in Australia and the wider international market.

With copyright laws difficult to enforce internationally – combined with the rise of globalisation and online shopping – the idea of furniture pieces being unique, distinct and one-off is being challenged.

For Rachel, the issues within the industry are clear.

“Replicas are everywhere and it’s an insult to the second hand industry”, she said.

Having opened Nook’s first store at 258 Johnston St in January 2010 – and established a warehouse in North Fitzroy during … Click to continue reading

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Bayside City Council announces SSAGD social group

11.07am Friday April 20 2015 

By Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced the establishment of a Same Sex and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) social/support group, with the first meeting to be held next week.

The group will provide social interaction and support services to young people aged 14-24, who identify as same sex attracted, sex gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality.

Emily Buttriss, a Youth Worker with Bayside City Council indicated the group shall be easy going and inviting to those who wish to attend.

“There is no pressure for a young person to say or do anything they are not comfortable with when they attend meetings”, Ms Buttriss said.

“This is a group for people with similar interests and experiences and a great place to meet like-minded people.”

In particular, while participation is voluntary, Emily feels the conversational nature of the group shall be a core benefit to those who come along.

SSAGD shall “provide young people with the opportunity to come together to learn about the discuss topics that are of interest to them”, Ms Buttriss said.

Such conversations could be “about ‘coming out’, the transgender community, SSAGD affiliated youth organisations and so on.”

Emily also

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Design Market showcases local artists and their craft

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

 

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

10.03am Tuesday February 21 2015

The inaugural Bayside Design Market was held over the weekend in the grounds of Billilla Mansion, Brighton. The all-day Saturday market sought to offer an avenue for local artists and craftsmen to showcase their works to the local community, as well as offer Baysiders chance to buy up some handmade goods.

The market also coincided with a showing of the Bayside Artist in Residence program within the interior of Billilla.

Sarah Darby, a Fashion Illustrator who was one of the stallholders within the grounds of the mansion, indicated it was both a win-win for local artists, and ‘team effort’ by the local art scene to deliver the day.

“I think it’s a great platform to showcase our local designers. Bayside is such a supportive community, everyone really gets behind local talent, but it’s hard to show your work without opportunities like the Design Market”, Ms Darby said.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

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Drones: The challenges of UAV regulation in Bayside and beyond (PII)

by Ed Kennedy

This is part II of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) article, following on from my conversation with Nicolas Pette, owner and operator of drone company Drone Under last week. Part I here: http://www.baysidecitizen.com/?p=483

As it stands the wider industry has presided over some considerable growth in a number of areas in recent months, and particularly as it relates to real estate, the environment and recreational use – all areas that may have a notable impact on the way Baysiders live, work and play. This is because the use of UAV has revolutionized -for the better – the way real estate agents are able to show off high-rise apartments, farmers ability to observe crops and land, and amongst recreational uses, provided a whole new way to film daily adventures. By contrast, the challenges surrounding the use and regulation of drones remains considerable.

One of the chief concerns going forward shall be the safe use of drones – especially by recreational users- and especially as applies to circumstances surrounding emergencies. Numerous incidents have been reported in recent months surrounding drone users letting their devices take flight while a police, fire, or ambulance emergency is underway. While CASA has issued

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Over our heads? Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the issues surrounding free flight

by Ed Kennedy

Drones are a big business right now. Since their emergence on the market in recent years, Drones a.k.a Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), have been taken up and adopted for use by an array of Baysiders.

To many, these machines are used for recreational tools, and often seen in compliment to the ‘mini action cameras’ – such as Go Pro – that allow people to film their often high-octane adventures.

By contrast, for an increasing number of filmmakers, documentarians and entrepreneurs, these aerial cameras represent a new frontier when it comes to building a brand and business.

Yet, there is also a downside to the rise of the availability of these drones with security, privacy and even logistical concern – due to the sheer amount of new UAVs in the sky posing a potential problem to those on the ground.

With it understood the Civil Aviation Administration Authority (CASA) is set to re-examine the laws surrounding drone flight in Australia – currently viewed by critics as minimal and insufficient –an examination of this new and oftentimes not yet fully understood area of aviation is worthwhile.

Nicolas Pette, is one such example of a local who ‘taken to the

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Council Appoints Architects For Dendy Street Beach Upgrade

by Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced architects Jackson Clement Burrows have been appointed to undertake the new Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redesign.

The new pavilion will provide for a number of improvements to the space including a café, kiosk and community space. Alongside this space shall have public toilets as well as providing new accommodation for the Brighton Lifesaving Club.

In a statement Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico underscored the significance of the site to the local community.

“Dendy Street Beach is home to the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes and is one of Victoria’s iconic locations,” Cr Frederico said.

“The Brighton Life Saving Club have been helping our community for over 90 years” and “the new building will not only provide an improved base from which the Brighton.”

“Lifesaving Club can continue their important work” but also will serve as “as a valuable community resource”, Cr Frederico said.

Alongside local considerations, Council has previously indicated its regard for Dendy Street Beach as an important tourist attraction within the Bayside area and this is understood to have also been a key factor in consideration of the design.

Graham Burrows, the Chief Architect of the Dendy project at Jackson

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