Yass High School’s Darcie O’Sullivan was recently one of ten lucky senior school students to experience a week of work placement with Canberra Theatre as part of their Creative Experience Program.
“We learnt about how everything works and all the different departments within the theatre and how they all run.”
“Towards the end of the week, we practised a pitch as if we were going to present an item for Canberra Theatre and make it happen, and show all that we learnt,” she said.
Theatre was always considered a passion for Darcie, but in recent time and after the experience of work placement, it has become something she sees herself doing long-term.
“It was something I thought I’d give a try and see what happens, but it’s now turned into something I actually want to pursue as a career.”
“I really like theatre and live performance, so either of them,” she said.
Covid restricted her opportunities in 2020, but Darcie is always eager to help out with anything occurring locally.
As for future plans, she thinks she will try to return to the Canberra Theatre or move to Sydney for more opportunities and recognises what it may take to achieve her dreams.
“I was probably thinking I’d move up to Sydney or give Canberra Theatre a call for part-time work or go to Sydney and just turn up and say ‘hey if you want me to do any work, I’m always here.”
Darcie’s greatest passion is for the audio and lighting side of live performance, stating she believes it is ultimately what makes the show.
“It’s been something I’ve been interested in for a couple of years, and it’s all of a sudden something I really, really like,” she said.
Congratulations to Darcie on getting so much out of her experience. With a second running of the program scheduled for late July, perhaps there will be more of our talented senior students here in the Yass Valley to take up the opportunity.
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Some locations have been removed from Melbourne’s exposure sites list after two cases were confirmed as false positives.
Victoria’s Department of Health confirmed a woman who visited a display home and a man who visited Brighton Beach Hotel would no longer be considered positive coronavirus cases after expert analysis.
“These cases will be reclassified and no longer considered confirmed cases. Primary close contacts who are linked only to these cases and not to other exposure sites will be released,” the department said in a statement.
The exposure sites linked to these two people have been removed from official lists, including all exposure sites listed in Angelsea.
While the news comes as a slight reprieve for Melburnians, there are still more than 300 exposure sites and authorities are reminding people to be vigilant in coming forward for testing.
Yesterday Health Minister Martin Foley said “unexpected detections” of coronavirus were found in wastewater in the Mornington Peninsula and Bendigo, listing them as areas of concern.
“I can advise that we have had new, unexpected detections in Bendigo, particularly between 27th and 28th May, and we’ve had one unexpected detection down on the Mornington Peninsula, in that section of the peninsula between Safety Beach, down to St Andrew’s Beach and across to Portsea,” he said.
Costco in Melbourne’s Docklands has also been added to the exposure site list.
Shopping precincts such as Craigieburn Central, Bay Street in Port Melbourne, Clarendon Street in South Melbourne, Epping Plaza, Epping North Shops and Broadway Reservoir also remain areas of high concern.
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Mr Hines said since the first pandemic shutdowns last year, he had seen those with holiday homes in the area race to leave the big smoke behind.
“It’s that idea of not being confined and I actually think people just feel a bit healthier with a coastal location,” he said.
‘The moment they hear of even a circuit-breaker lockdown, there’s no doubt people quickly head to their coastal property because they’d rather be in lockdown on the Mornington Peninsula than in town.”
And the 5.39ha home at No. 27 should have significant appeal to those with a $12.5 million budget and the desire for a feeling of space no quarantine can impact.
“There’s such a big view over Bass Strait and it has been renovated all the way through about five years ago,” Mr Hines said. “You can even see the Nobbies and Seal Rock (at Phillip Island). It’s a massive view.”
Understandably, the house makes the most of its vista, with living spaces from the formal dining room to a sun room and study looking towards the water.
A family room takes in northern sunlight on the other side of the home, with extensive glazing and scope to open five sets of double doors to turn a casual meals space into an outdoor room.
The granite kitchen comes complete with a walk-in pantry and a breakfast bar.
A spiral staircase leads up to a second living room and two of the home’s five bedrooms upstairs.
A tennis court and an infinity-edge, solar-heated pool surrounded by landscaped gardens add to the appeal. And a dam with a pier offers space for more rustic pursuits, with scope to add fish, or keep a small amount of cattle as the current owners have over their 11 years at the property.
The offering was also surrounded by some of the region’s finest rural homes, Mr Hines said.
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Victoria Police says the Mornington Peninsula and Surf Coast will be key focuses over the weekend as concerns grow about Melburnians leaving the city.
Neil Mitchell received multiple reports on Friday suggesting there was already an influx of people heading to regional areas, which are now under a different set of restrictions.
It’s a $1652 fine for those caught breaking the rules.
Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent said the Mornington Peninsula and Surf Coast would be heavily patrolled this weekend, as well as next weekend for the Queen’s Birthday.
“That’s a strong focus for us,” he told Neil Mitchell.
“It’s a hefty fine.”
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Winners of the 2021 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards were announced at a virtual event on Wednesday, coinciding with the state entering another difficult seven days of lockdown.
Despite Victoria being the state most affected by COVID-19, competition officials said what innovative landscaping offered the community was more important than ever, in supporting public life and the revitalisation and recovery of Victoria.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects named seven Awards of Excellence winners for the most significant and industry leading projects.
The Excellence Award winners across seven categories were:
-Health and Education Landscape – Albert Park Senior College Campus, Site Office
-Civic Landscape – Station Street Mall Frankston, Site Office and City of Frankston
-Infrastructure – REALMstudios with Alluvium Consulting and E2DesignLab for their Reimagining Your Creek project
-Urban Design – the Brunswick Street Streetscape Plan by RushWright and Associates
-Research, Policy and Communications – LXRP Indigenous Design Guidelines, the Level Crossing Removal Project
-Small Projects – Albert Park Office and Depot by Openwork and Christina Silk Office For Planting
-Gardens – Coastal Woodland Garden by Robyn Barlow Design
A further 11 architecture awards were given for those who delivered projects above and beyond their initial purpose, championing beauty, placemaking and community benefit.
Jury Chair Naomi Barun said the past year had seen a change in the way public places were valued, as they became the much-needed backdrop for social exchange, exercise and mental reprieve.
“The demand for locally accessible outdoor areas saw privately managed open space repositioned. Private landscapes were used as venues for organised gatherings and work meetings and communities relied on public spaces for economic recovery of our cities.”
Across Civic Landscape and Urban Design categories, judging factored in connecting people as well as recognising elements required for success in a post COVID-world.
Entrants in the the Parks and Open Space and Gardens categories, were required to build on these elements with the added importance of green space and the vital role it plays in community wellbeing.
AILA Victoria President Heath Gledhill said the awards were an opportunity to reflect on the way industry was responding to public need in the face of COVID-19 and their interpretation of the importance of place and human connection.
“Collectively, this year’s recipients stood out as exceptional places that connect communities, bring comfort by adapting micro-climates, and reveal the beauty of our State and our relationship with it,” Mr Gledhill said.
“The range of diverse projects awarded set an inspiring benchmark for landscape architecture and give the industry inspiration to continue to think bigger and broader into the future.”
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Donna Hope – who has reverted to her maiden name from her former surname of Bauer – will also contest the seat. She was the state member of Carrum and lives in Dunkley. She became a flight attendant after leaving politics.
Party member and executive Peter Bain will also contest the seat, and more candidates may emerge when nominations are announced by the party.
None of the candidates were able to speak to The Age because Liberal Party rules prohibit nominees from discussing the race in the media.
The Victorian Liberal Party is considering whether to disallow about 20 people from staying on as members because their memberships were paid for by the same credit card, which is against party rules. Most of the members reside in Dunkley, but the vast majority would not have been members long enough to vote in the preselection, which is only open to those who have been members for more than two years.
The memberships were paid for by a party activist linked to the faction aligned to party president Robert Clark. The administrative committee recently assessed the memberships and heard from the party member, who argued many of those signed up were direct family members, which is within the rules.
Two senior Liberal sources in Dunkley, who spoke anonymously to abide by party rules, said Mr Crewther had a rusted-on support base of about 20 local branch members, while Ms Coombes would attract the support of locals seeking new talent.
“The Labor Party will be hoping Chris is chosen again,” one source said. “They know how to beat him, and he lost the Liberal base.”
An electoral redistribution to adjust for population growth will create a safe Labor seat in Victoria’s north-west and will probably cause the Liberals to drop a seat in Western Australia. Accounting for the defection of NSW MP Craig Kelly, the Coalition will head into the election two seats short of the 76 members required to form government in the House of Representatives.
The Liberals will spend heavily to campaign in Dunkley because Victoria is a state where few seats tend to swing, meaning efforts can be focused on key targets. The Liberals will also fight to hold onto Chisholm, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, which was won by 564 votes.
The preselection could take place in August owing to a delay caused by the rescheduling of the party’s state council meeting. This was scheduled to go ahead last weekend but was delayed until late July because of the lockdown.
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Detectives from Frankston Crime Investigation Unit have charged a man and woman with drugs and weapons offences following a routine patrol in Seaford yesterday.
Officers were patrolling Hadley Street when they noticed the pair behaving erratically on the street about 11.40am.
Detectives spoke to the pair and a subsequent search of them and their vehicle located drugs, knives and a gel blaster with a laser pointer affixed to it.
Police then executed a search warrant at an address in Allawah Avenue, Frankston where they located and seized a quantity of drugs.
A 34-year-old Frankston man has been charged with drive whilst suspended, prohibited person possess imitation firearm, possess imitation firearm and other weapons offences.
He was remanded overnight to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court today.
A 29-year-old Frankston woman was charged with possess ecstasy, possess proceeds of crime, possess cannabis, possess GHB and possess prescription medication.
She was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 22 October.
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THE CASEY Demons’ VFL premiership claims received a significant boost when Melbourne added two talented players to its AFL list in the Mid-Season Rookie Draft on Wednesday night.
The Demons, who are sitting on top of the ladder with a 5-0 record and a percentage of 212, will be boosted when the competition resumes either by being able to select Werribee recruit Kye Declase and Albury/Murray Bushrangers defender Daniel Turner – or the players they may replace in Melbourne’s high-flying AFL team.
Declase, 24, has been in excellent form for the Tigers, averaging 22 disposals and seven marks while also kicking six goals, and could add strength anywhere across the Casey team if he doesn’t get selected in the AFL.
Turner, 19, a 191cm intercept defender who should slot into the hole left by the pre-season injury to Marty Hore, has averaged 17 disposals and eight marks in four matches for the Bushrangers this season.
By contrast, Werribee has lost a key player in its own chase for an elusive first premiership since 1993 but has enhanced its reputation as a go-to club for players with AFL ambition – Declase is the fourth Tiger taken in the past four years, following Josh Corbett and Sam Collins (Gold Coast) and Jake Riccardi (GWS).
That reputation has already paid dividends with 194cm forward Aidan Johnson signing just last week from Ovens and Murray club Lavington – where he kicked 53 goals in the 2019 premiership year and has 16 in seven games this year.
Casey’s closest rival on the ladder, Footscray (5-0, 209 per cent), has the same hurdle to overcome as Werribee after medium forward Jordan Boyd, who has played every game this season, was drafted by Carlton.
Box Hill Hawks were another club to receive a boost at the draft, with highly-rated young Tasmanian forward Jackson Callow joining Hawthorn – he will either boost the goalkicking power at Box Hill City Oval or push another AFL-listed player back.
Collingwood’s drafting of the spring-heeled Ash Johnson provides a similar boost to its VFL team, but the Magpies will be relying more on Max Lynch and Mason Cox after young Oakleigh ruckman Ned Moyle was taken by Gold Coast, while the Brisbane Lions also received a ruck boost with Claremont’s Kalin Lane to join Archie Smith in the centre circle.
It was also one-in-one-out for Richmond with former Saint Matthew Parker arriving to fill the hole left by midfielder Sam Durham being drafted by Essendon.
North Melbourne and Sandringham received a double boost with two players each being added to their AFL lists.
The Kangaroos picked up young ruckman Jacob Edwards and midfielder-defender Charlie Ham, while St Kilda took Edwards’ Sandringham Dragons teammate Max Heath and forward Cooper Sharman, an exciting forward from Leeton-Whitton in the NSW Riverina via Woodville-West Torrens.
It is business as usual for top-four contenders Southport, Williamstown and Geelong with no draftees, while the lists of Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Sydney and GWS also did not change.
HOW YOUR CLUB FARED IN THE MID-SEASON ROOKIE DRAFT
Box Hill Hawks*
IN 17.Jackson Callow, 18, 195cm, 96kg, key forward, Norwood
IN Kalin Lane, 19, 204cm, 95kg, ruck, Claremont
IN Kye Declase, 24, 195cm, 85kg, utility, Werribee Daniel Turner, 19, 191cm, 79kg, defender, Bushrangers/Albury
IN Jordan Boyd, 22, 182cm, 81kg, forward, Footscray
IN Sam Durham, 19, 185cm, 75kg, midfielder, Richmond
OUT Jordan Boyd
IN Ned Moyle, 19, 204cm, 100kg, ruck, Oakleigh/Collingwood
IN Jacob Edwards, 18, 202cm, 83kg ruck/forward, Sandy Dragons Charlie Ham, 18, 180cm, 74kg, midfield-defender, Geelong Falcons
IN Matthew Parker, 25, 187cm, 79kg, forward-mid, South Fremantle.
OUT Sam Durham
IN Max Heath, 18, 204cm, 94kg, ruck, Sandringham Dragons Cooper Sharman, 20, 194cm, 78kg, forward, Woodville-West Torrens
OUT Kye Declase
No change: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Geelong, GWS Giants*, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Sydney*, Williamstown
*Box Hill Hawks (Jai Newcombe #2), Carlton (Alex Mirkov #6), GWS Giants (James Peatling, #8) and Sydney (Lachlan McAndrew #12) all had players promoted onto their AFL club senior lists.
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The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced this year’s honours list for the 2021 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards, with the winners of their respective categories praised for their collaborative and placemaking efforts, as well as a commitment to community.
AILA recognised seven Awards of Excellence and 11 Landscape Architecture awards spanning 13 categories, as those that went above and beyond the sole purpose of their project rewarded for their efforts.
The virtual event commended the outstanding individual contributions of architects to the profession, for their commitment to supporting public life as critical to both the revitalisation and recovery plan of Victoria’s cities and economy.
Naomi Barun, the AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards’ Jury Chair, says the adversities faced and dealt with head on by winning projects outlines the commitment shown by architects to create spaces that support public life.
“The past year has seen changes in the way public places are valued, with the rediscovery and enabling of new forms of connection and expression. These places became the backdrop for social exchange, exercise and mental reprieve,” she says.
“The demand for locally accessible outdoor areas saw privately managed open space repositioned. Private landscapes were used as venues for organised gatherings and work meetings and communities relied on public spaces for economic recovery of our cities.
“This year saw a record number of entries, reflecting a desire to celebrate the amazing successes but importantly acknowledging the significant contribution both before and during 2020.
“Submissions were centred around Victoria’s need to connect, play, roam, to give back to the community and to proactively adapt for the unforeseen.”
Across Civic Landscape and Urban Design categories, the jury saw value placed on connecting people and an evolution in design to ensure the places would transition successfully into a new COVID-world.
Winners in these categories embodied a commitment to bringing life to a city that was concealed from its community during a vulnerable 12 months, prioritising healthy communities in their response to the needs of an ever-growing population in the inner-suburbs.
Landscape Architects continued this theme through the Parks and Open Space, Play Spaces, and Gardens categories, highlighting the importance of green space and the vital role it plays.
AILA Victoria President Heath Gledhill says the annual awards program is an opportunity to showcase an architects’ ability to respond to public needs, and highlight the various creative ways in which leading landscape architects interpret space, context and connection to a place.
“The awards provide a vehicle to publicly promote and demonstrate to industry, business, government and the wider community the positive impact the profession has on Australian lives through the planning and design of the built and natural environments,” he says.
“We are proud to celebrate the talent and commitment of the industry and are thrilled to see the depth and breadth of all entries and their commitment to ensuring the values of the profession are articulated throughout.
“Collectively, this year’s recipients stood out as exceptional places that connect communities, bring comfort by adapting micro-climates, and reveal the beauty of our State and our relationship with it.
“The range of diverse projects awarded set an inspiring benchmark for landscape architecture and give the industry inspiration to continue to think bigger and broader into the future.”
Please find the full list of winners for the 2021 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards below.
Health and Education Landscape: Albert Park Senior College Campus by Site Office
Civic Landscape: Station Street Mall Frankston by Site Office & City of Frankston
Infrastructure: Reimagining Your Creek by REALMstudios with Alluvium Consulting & E2DesignLab
Urban Design: Brunswick Street Streetscape Plan by RushWright and Associates
Research, Policy and Communications: LXRP Indigenous Design Guidelines by Level Crossing Removal Project
Small Projects: Albert Park Office + Depot by Openwork + Christina Silk Office For Planting
Gardens: Coastal Woodland Garden by Robyn Barlow Design
Health and Education Landscape: SALESIAN COLLEGE SUNBURY Earth & Sky Forecourt (Stage 1) by Orchard Design
Health and Education Landscape: MLC Nicholas Learning Centre & Principal’s Terrace by Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Parks and Open Space: Tullamore Southern Gully Reserve by MDG Landscape Architects
Play Spaces: Eltham North Adventure Playground by Jeavons Landscape Architects with Gardiner Architects and Naturform
Play Spaces: Deep Creek Eco Play by Playce Pty Ltd with Agency of Sculpture
Cultural Heritage: Wunggurrwil Dhurrung by REALMstudios with Paul Thompson, E2Design Lab, Vicki Couzens, Gresley Abas, Greg Burgess and Philip Chun
Tourism: Penguin Parade Visitor Centre by Tract Consultants Bunurong
Urban Design: Mount Street Pocket Parks by GLAS Landscape Architects
Landscape Planning: Greater Shepparton City Council Play Space Strategy by Spiire
Research, Policy and Communications: The Politics of Public Space by OFFICE
Gardens: Caribbean Park Public Realm (Stages 1+2) by OCULUS
Regional Achievement: Strathdale Park Play Space by City of Greater Bendigo
Regional Achievement: Greater Shepparaton City Council Play Space Strategy by Spiire
Future Leaders (Student) Award: Prue Batchelor
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