Is wildlife culling the answer to disease control?

SARS, Hendra virus, avian influenza – emerging infectious diseases that can be devastating. And in 70% of cases, the source of outbreaks of diseases like these is an animal. So, is culling wildlife the best way of protecting humanity from deadly viruses? Dr Chris Degeling from the University of Sydney will be speaking at the … Read more

ACRRM welcomes Budget recognition for Independent Pathway

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has strongly welcomed the Federal budget announcement which will provide GP registrars enrolled on the College Independent Pathway with the same access to GP-related Medicare benefits as their other GP registrar colleagues.  College President, Professor Lucie Walters said the announcement would benefit up to 130 rural … Read more


MELBOURNE DOG LOVERS SHOW RETURNS IN 2016  WITH DR CHRIS BROWN, DR HARRY COOPER & VILLAGE VETS   For the fourth time, the award winning Melbourne Dog Lovers Show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016. Building on last year’s record breaking attendance, around 30,000 dog-tragics … Read more

Governments risk failing youngest Australians

Early childhood is one of the most important but also most at-risk areas in Australian education, according to a new report by the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University. Today’s report, Quality Early Education for All finds that better access to quality early years services improves children’s capabilities and wellbeing that in turn lifts school outcomes … Read more

Underwater Interactive Sculpture Installation for Port Phillip Bay

An  underwater interactive sculpture installation in Port Phillip Bay, featuring life size figures and where divers and snorkelers of all ages will be able to have their photo taken and transmitted instantly to the worldwide web, will be part of  Victoria’s future marine international tourism attraction. The protected water of the Northern Bellarine Peninsula is … Read more

Would you walk past? Aussie social experiment highlights lack of care for children

What happens when a child is frightened and alone in one of Australia’s busiest malls? It’s Saturday in Australia’s busiest pedestrian mall. Two children, Samuel and Ava, take turns standing in the middle of the mall, appearing to be alone and frightened. Will they be approached and offered assistance or will shoppers simply walk by? … Read more

What’s on at Heide


Modern Love: The Lives of John & Sunday Reed (until 10 Apr 2016) ENDS ON SUNDAY!
Alex Selenitsch: LIFE/TEXT (until 17 Apr 2016) FINAL WEEKS!
Sarah crowEST: #straponpaintings (until 29 May 2016)
Dancing Umbrellas: An Exhibition of Movement and Light (until 5 Jun 2016)
Artists at Leisure: Albert Tucker Photographs (until 7 Aug 2016)

Making History: The Angry Penguins (16 April – 6 November 2016)
Michelle Nikou: a e i o u (23 April – 28 August 2016)


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The St Kilda Film Festival has announced an exciting preview of the upcoming 2016 Festival, with details of four speciality programs released and on sale in anticipation of the full launch in late April.

Running from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 May 2016, the St Kilda Film Festival provides the opportunity for both emerging and established filmmakers, producers and directors to gain recognition among their peers and the general public. Amongst the exciting ten-day calendar there will a range of special programs screened at this year’s Festival.

In partnership with the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a specially curated program from the 2015 Festival will be showcased on Saturday 28 May 2016, featuring the cultural hit Discipline, from Switzerland, where father disciplines his child; he sets of a chain of heightened responses that culminate in a cultural showdown.

Jonathan Marlow, renowned Cinematographer, Film Producer, Filmmaker and Chief Content Officer of movie service Fandor, joins this year’s St Kilda Film Festival as the events international guest. Jonathan has co-curated a program from the American subscription movie viewing service, which showcases award-winning films beyond the mainstream offering.

Taking a step-back in time, the Festival is showcasing a collection of vintage comedy with the Nostalgia program in partnership with the National Sound and Film Archive (NSFA). The program features cult comedy Terror Lostralis; a film classic directed by David Shepherd starring Tracey Harvey and Jack Charles, as well as short film Buckeye and Pinto.

The Festival is also hosting an Indigenous retrospective, featuring short films by well-respected Indigenous directors such as Tracey Moffatt, Warwick Thornton and musician Richard Frankland.

City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss welcomes the cultural additions to the 2016 program.

“It’s important to highlight our Indigenous and overseas contributors among our emerging and established talent. Each year the Festival goes from strength to strength, and this year is no exception with special guest Jonathan Marlow, our relationship with Fandor and reinforcement of our partnerships with the NSFA and Palm Springs International ShortFest,” said Cr Voss.

The full festival program including Australia’s Top 100 Short Film Competition, the SoundKILDA Music Video Competition and free filmmaker development program will be announced Wednesday 27 April.

The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip, and is Australia’s longest running publicly owned short Film Festival with a prize pool that totals over $50,000. Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival will be eligible for consideration in the OSCARS® Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.

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Presented nationally by Cattleyard Promotions

Supported nationally by triple j, Channel V and Spotify


Tickets to GTM MAITLAND event have now sold out!

With Bendigo selling out on February 25, 2 of the 6 GTM 2016 events are now at capacity. GTM fans from other regions will need to get a moove on to secure their spot at Australia’s only national regional touring festival before the tour kicks off in less than 3 weeks’ time!


Promoter Stephen Halpin from Cattleyard Promotions commented on the Maitland sell out today,

“Thank you Maitland and all the NSW Moo fans who’ve committed to come along for what will be a magic opening event of the GTM tour. We are super excited with the program this year and can’t wait to launch it with you and the Maitland community.”


Tickets are on sale for all other events and 3 of the 6 events will take place over long weekends, so now is the time to plan that road trip with your very own Moo crew!


QLD LABOUR DAY long weekend will see GTM return to TOWNSVILLE ON SUNDAY 1 MAY.

The tour wraps up over in Western Australia so sandgropers can also pack their van and hit the highway to make their way to BUNBURY (WA) ON SATURDAY MAY 7 for a fun weekend.

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