City of Logan is once again leading the way in helping residents preserve and restore wildlife habitats.
For the second year running, Logan City Council has recorded the most number of new members joining the Land for Wildlife program of any council area in South East Queensland.
Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said there were now more than 300 properties registered for the program across City of Logan.
“This is an amazing achievement and shows just how passionate our community is about taking care of the environment,” Cr Raven said.
“While our city is growing rapidly, it is vital Council works hand-in-glove with our residents to conserve and protect our natural environments.”
Council has been doing this by recently purchasing a 212-hectare property at Greenbank to turn into a conservation area and dedicating sections of Council-managed parks for new native tree plantings to create new wildlife habitats and corridors.
For Mundoolun landowners, Katie and Jake Swatton support on how restore their 85-acre property came through help and advice from Council.
“When we purchased the property about six years ago there was a lot of erosion and weed issues,” Katie said.
“The owners before us had an earth-moving business and a lot of the land had been cleared.
“We wanted to restore it to how it should be so we could have a natural habitat for wildlife.”
Katie said signing up to Land for Wildlife had resulted in a massive improvement to areas on their property.
“We love being on the property, finding new things, learning more and seeing and recognising the changes,” she said.
“It is also important for the kids to see the natural habitat and be part of it all – they’re the next generation.”
Logan City Council was among the first South East Queensland councils to embrace Land for Wildlife when the program was launched 23 years ago.
There are now 503 Environmental Conservation Partnership members in Logan which includes 385 Land for Wildlife members.
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xit polls indicate there is no clear winner in the Israeli election, leaving Benjamin Netanyahu’s fate uncertain and signalling continued political deadlock.
The polls on Israel’s three main TV stations showed Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu, his allies and opponents all falling short of a parliamentary majority.
That could set the stage for weeks of paralysis and even an unprecedented fifth consecutive election.
If the final results are in line with the exit polls, both sideswill have to court Naftali Bennett, a former Netanyahu ally withstrained relations with the prime minister, to form a majority in the120-seat Knesset, or parliament.
Mr Bennett shares Mr Netanyahu’s hard-line nationalist ideologybut has signalled he would be open to cooperating with his rivals ifgiven the chance to be prime minister.
Later, Mr Netanyahu claimed a “great victory” for his right-wing bloc, despite the still inconclusive results.
In a statement on Facebook late on Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu saysIsraelis have “given a great victory to the right and to the Likud undermy leadership”.
The Likud emerged as the largest individual party and right-wing parties dominated the results, according to exit polls.
But some of those parties oppose Mr Netanyahu, making it unclear whether he will be able to form a new government.
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But the winner still has not come forward to claim their winnings, and may not even be aware they won.
The winning ticket was bought at CTC Eastern on Anzac Parade in Maroubra.
But because they were not registered to a player card, officials from The Lott have no way of contacting the winner.
The Lotto officials are urging everybody who bought their ticket from this outlet to double check.
The winning numbers were 18, 30, 16, 29, 6, 33 and 35. The Powerball number was 4.
CTC Eastern’s John Yu said it was the first division one ticket he had sold in the seven years he owned the shop.
“Sadly, it’s not me, but I’m very happy for one of our customers,” he said.
“We’ve been here for seven years and this is the first division one winning ticket we’ve ever sold.”
The Lotto spokesperson Bronwen Spencer said officials were keen to reunite the winner with their prize.
“We’re in the business of paying prizes so we can’t wait to break the good news to this winner – if only they would check their ticket,” she said.
“If you purchased an entry into Thursday’s Powerball draw at CTC Eastern make sure you check your ticket and give us a call if you’re the mystery winner we are searching for.”
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Winning machine Mugatoo has picked up the biggest victory of his career by seeing off Russian Camelot to claim the $5 million All-Star Mile at The Valley.
The import began his career with Kris Lees at the start of 2020, with Saturday’s win his seventh success from 12 starts since arriving in Australia.
His connections would’ve been smiling when the heavens opened midway through the All-Star mile card, which resulted in the track being downgraded from a Good 3 to a Soft 7 by the time the main event came around.
Sent around the $8 third favourite, Hugh Bowman settled Mugatoo midfield, with South Australian entrant Behemoth taking up the running.
Mugatoo was awkwardly placed on the rails, before Bowman was able to get away from the fence at the 600m to be on the back of the leaders.
It still looked a bit hairy for his backers at the top of the straight, but Bowman was able to push through a gap between Probabeel and The Harrovian.
The Danny O’Brien-trained Russian Camelot was making his charge down the outside and the pair cleared out from the pack to fight out the finish.
But it was Mugatoo who stretched out strongly over the final 100m, going on to score by half-a-length over Russian Camelot with Behemoth sticking on gamely for third, a further 3 1/4 lengths away.
Lunar Fox, a shock winner of the Australian Guineas a fortnight back, performed well again to finish a whisker of third, ahead of the Queensland-trained The Harrovian.
Connections of Probabeel voiced their concerns over the possibility of a wet track for their mare, and their fears were realised in the lucrative feature.
Sent around the $3.50 favourite, Probabeel couldn’t pick up in the wet conditions, finishing back in 12th place.
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“I’m proud of the guys, we came home strong” Reds captain James O’Connor said. “We have to give Hunter credit for that [last try]. It was his call, we back him, that’s what he can do.
“We just had to stay in the moment. I thought that was a great showcase of Australian rugby.”
The home side had major issues with their usually solid scrum as man of the match Tupou had a night to remember.
Brumbies forwards Folau Fainga’a and Pete Samu bagged two tries apiece and while there were bright spots, Dan McKellar’s team went down in a tight one this time around after their 27-24 win over the Melbourne Rebels last Saturday.
It was the Brumbies’ second loss from 20 recent starts at home, having led 24-16 at the break.
There were rocks and diamonds in Suliasi Vunivalu’s maiden start for the Reds, highlighted by his first try in professional rugby.
While he sprinted back to regather a kick through in back play, he accidentally took the ball back into the in-goal, which resulted in a line dropout. He managed two runs for 21 metres.
Vunivalu spilled a high bomb, was caught out not defending in closer towards a driving Brumbies maul when Fainga’a crossed, but did get on the scorecard and most importantly, was on the winning team.
An early penalty advantage meant the Brumbies could chance their arm and Andy Muirhead seized the opportunity by darting down the right edge, drawing a defender, and throwing a flick pass to try-scorer Samu. Muirhead’s stocks are rising in pursuit of a Wallabies jersey.
Having spent a few weeks on the sidelines due to injuries, normality was restored when Fainga’a executed not one, but two driving-mauls tries that have become synonymous with Brumbies rugby in recent times.
Len Ikatua continued his fabulous season and looked as damaging as ever, yet it was the Reds back line that lifted when the going got tough.
If the Reds beat the Force next week at Suncorp Stadium they will leapfrog the Brumbies into first spot on the ladder.
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Liverpool’s incredible slide continued with a sixth successive Premier League home defeat as Fulham secured a crucial win to give their survival hopes a huge boost.
Mario Lemina’s goal on the stroke of half-time, after the Gabon midfielder had dispossessed Mohamed Salah, gave the visitors a deserved win and saw them draw level on 26 points with 17th-placed Brighton.
It was Fulham’s first win at Anfield since 2012, while champions Liverpool are now struggling to finish in the top four after another uninspired performance at home.
The Reds, who won the title last season by 18 points, had gone 68 home league matches unbeaten before their current run started with a loss to Burnley in January.
Since then they have also lost on home soil to Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and now Fulham.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made seven changes following the defeat to Chelsea in attempt to freshen things up, but Fulham were the better side and carved out four chances in the opening half an hour alone.
Ademola Lookman, who was given the freedom of Anfield, twice got behind the Reds defence but could not finish while Josh Maja was denied by a brave save by Alisson.
The winner came after Liverpool thought they had cleared a free-kick but Salah was caught on the ball by Lemina who produced an arrowed finish, his first goal since joining on loan from Southampton.
Diogo Jota, making his first start since 28 November, was denied an equaliser by an acrobatic save from Alphonse Areola early in the second half before substitute Sadio Mane hit the post with a looping header.
But Liverpool were poor and have now failed to win their last eight home games.
Weary Liverpool look broken
It was this time last year that Liverpool went 22 points clear at the top of the table after a win over Bournemouth in front of a raucous Anfield crowd.
Twelve months on and Premier League games at Anfield have become an uncomfortable watch for Klopp and this was another stodgy repeat of recent performances.
The Liverpool manager’s attempts to shake things up by making wholesale changes backfired as Fulham, who have spent most of the season in the bottom three, took advantage of another inexperienced centre-back partnership in the shape of Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams.
Lookman and Maja were a constant source of worry as they exploited huge pockets of space before Salah, the Premier League’s leading scorer, was dispossessed by Lemina for the goal.
Klopp sent on Mane, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold in an attempt to rescue the game but, despite an improved second-half showing, this was another woeful performance which extended an inexcusable run of home losses.
They have not kept a clean sheet at home since 6 December while they are yet to score a goal in open play at home in 2021.
A plane circled above Anfield during the game towing a banner which read: “Unity in Strength – Let’s Go Reds YNWA’.
But Liverpool, who are in Champions League action on Wednesday, have the weary look of a team who cannot wait for the season to finish.
From 10 points from safety to fighting chance
Fulham boss Scott Parker let out a huge scream of delight at the final whistle after this momentous win.
As recently as 13 February the Cottagers were 10 points from safety, but this result will give them huge belief for the final 10 games of the season.
A performance full of character and spirit was characterised by Joachim Andersen’s clearance right at the end, the Fulham skipper saving his side with Mane poised to turn home Robertson’s centre.
Too many times this season Fulham have struggled to turn draws into wins but there was a dogged resilience about they way they went about their work.
They are now unbeaten in eight games away from home, their longest without defeat on the road in their top-flight history.
Fulham still have work to do but two wins on Merseyside – this result coming three weeks after a 2-0 win at Everton – has helped transform their campaign.
It’s runaway leaders Manchester City up next, but it will be home results against Wolves, Burnley and, on the final day, Newcastle that will determine whether Fulham will be in the Premier League next season.
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Liverpool are the first side to lose six in a row on home soil in the Premier League since Huddersfield Town in February 2019 (seven).
Fulham are the first newly-promoted side to win away at Liverpool in the Premier League since Blackpool beat Roy Hodgson’s Reds in October 2010.
Excluding penalties and own goals, Liverpool have failed to score with each of their last 115 shots at Anfield in the Premier League (including 16 on Sunday).
Having kept just four clean sheets in their first 21 Premier League games of the season, Fulham have since kept five in their last seven in the competition, conceding just two goals in this run.
Liverpool’s six league defeats at Anfield in 2020-21 is their most in a single campaign since 1953-54 (also six), when the Reds finished bottom of the top flight.
All three of Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina’s Premier League goals have been scored away from home, each also coming in a different season (in 2017-18 v West Brom, 2018-19 v Newcastle and this season v Liverpool).
Liverpool turn their attention to the Champions League on Wednesday (20:00 GMT) as they look to see off RB Leipzig after establishing a 2-0 first leg lead in the last-16 tie. Fulham have a free week to prepare for the visit of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City next Saturday (20:00).
17CavaleiroSubstituted forMitrovicat 85′minutesBooked at 90mins
27MajaSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 67′minutes
Match ends, Liverpool 0, Fulham 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Fulham 1.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
Attempt missed. Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sadio Mané with a cross.
Naby Keita (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).
Mario Lemina (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Joachim Andersen.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kenny Tete.
Naby Keita (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kenny Tete (Fulham).
Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Offside, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.
Substitution, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
Offside, Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.
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The beautiful winning design by James Small. Picture: Supplied
Canberra artist James Small, aka Smalls, has won the competition to install a new mural on Endeavour House in Manuka.
The design called Yellow Tailed Cockatoo received the most votes when the 23 designs were put to the public.
A mock-up of the winning mural on Endeavour House in Manuka. Picture: Supplied
In December 2020, Ethical Property sought submissions from local artists to create an inspiring and engaging mural on the theme of “climate change”. It received 23 designs which was put the a public vote last month.
The former Belconnen boy who recently relocated to the Gold Coast but still does work in Canberra was thrilled.
The win was both “joyous and surreal” as he recalled taking photos of the exact spot when he was 17 with the idea of one day creating a design for the wall.
“Winning is amazing, and life can be so funny and strange. When I was about 17, I actually took photos of that wall from across the road because I wanted to propose to the ACT Government to let me paint it. So, it’s sort of been a wall I’ve had my eye on for quite a while,” Smalls said.
“At the time I felt that I was showing initiative, but this way it feels more special that people have selected me to have that space.”
Smalls’ work is well known around Canberra, from the Woden squash courts to the Bradley Street dining precinct at Westfield Woden.
The Endeavour House Mural is the first time his work has been selected by a public vote.
“It’s incredible, I feel like a lot of the hard work that I’ve put into building my craft and reputation in the Canberra arts scene has really paid off, and it’s really heart-warming to feel that support from the Canberra community,” he said.
“This is a massive opportunity for myself as an artist, I definitely feel very blessed and privileged for the opportunity.”
Smalls is also a familiar face to up-and-coming artists, as he donates his time to local schools and youth groups, helping to immerse young people into art and expression.
His winning design combines an illustration of a yellow-tailed black cockatoo, perched on a branch of Banksia integrifolia, with an abstract yet symbolic background.
“My piece draws inspiration from the nature of urgency in the fight for climate change. It also offers an optimistic and hopeful resolve, that the future of our environment is in our hands,” he said.
“The yellow-tailed black cockatoo numbers have rapidly declined in recent years due to native habitat clearance, loss of food supply and decreased potential nesting sites.
“Growing up in Canberra, I was immersed in life between city and nature; this has greatly influenced my art. I aim to share my appreciation for the city I love, through this piece of work, and highlight to the public what we have to lose to climate change.”
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Adam Trevaskus, chief executive officer of Ethical Property said the investors of Endeavour House were delighted with the public decision and thanked all the artists who submitted their incredible designs.
“We congratulate James on his success and thank all the artists who participated in the project,” Adam said.
“The arts community did not make it easy for Canberra to vote with so many brilliant designs to choose from. It’s been a great experience and one we hope to undertake again a few years down the track. We are excited to see the community’s reaction to the mural and look forward to it becoming a fixture of the local Manuka streetscape.”
The design is expected to be installed in April.
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Poland’s Iga Świątek has steamrolled Belinda Bencic in a straight-sets to win the Adelaide International.
Świątek won 6-2, 6-2 in the final to add the Adelaide International title to her French Open crown
She only lost 22 games during her successful campaign in Adelaide
The 19-year-old reached the fourth round of the Australian Open
Świątek triumphed 6-2, 6-2 in Saturday night’s final at Memorial Drive to collect her second career title, following her French Open victory last year.
The 19-year-old’s dominant performance in the final completed a stellar tournament in which she did not drop a set. She lost just 22 games in five matches.
Świątek, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, seized momentum midway through the first set. Leading 3-2, she broke Bencic’s serve when the Swiss world number 12 double faulted three times.
The 18th-ranked Świątek held serve and then broke Bencic again to take the first set in 35 minutes.
In the second set, Świątek again crafted a decisive gap midway through by breaking Bencic’s serve in the fourth game to establish a 3-1 lead.
She had no trouble finishing off Bencic, who has now lost seven of her 11 career finals.
In the earlier doubles final, Chilean Alexa Guarachi Mathison and American Desirae Krawczyk came from a set down to defeat Brazilian Luisa Stefani and American Hayley Carter.
The third-seeded Mathison and Krawczyk triumphed 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 and 10-3 in the deciding super tiebreak.
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Powell’s boot just beat Vunivalu’s outstretched hand to the ball, earning the Reds a drop-out which eventually proved pivotal.
Vunivalu had a handful of other touches in a frenetic final 15 minutes but he overshadowed by a teammate.
Alex Mafi – who had scored an earlier try at the back of a rolling maul – also almost scored the try of the season after an O’Connor chip kick created space for Hunter Paisami.
But after a Hodge trysaver – his second of the night – Mafi fumbled the ball a metre from the line.
A few minutes later, Mafi threw a perfect lineout ball to Seru Uru, received a pop pass from Fraser McReight, double pumped, burst through a gap and scored the eventual match-winner.
It was only the match-winner after Matt To’omua missed a shot at goal from just over 40 metres out after the final siren had sounded.
“I’ll be up for a little bit tonight, staring at the wall,” To’omua said post match.
Mafi’s match-winner was particularly remarkable given the Reds played the final 20 minutes with just 14 men.
Referee Jordan Way – who blew an eye-watering 32 penalties – showed Feao Fotuaika a red card for a clean-out on Richard Hardwick which made contact with the openside’s head.
But the one-man advantage did not aid the Rebels.
The visitors hardly troubled the Reds with ball in hand all night. But they were the smarter of the two sides.
While Queensland only conceded seven of the 18 first-half penalties, several were well within To’omua’s range.
The star Wallabies playmaker duly slotted four penalty goals in the first 40 minutes, giving his side a 12-6 lead.
The Rebels took points whenever they were on offer. The Reds did not. Queensland had a strange fascination with taking quick taps from penalties where pointing to the posts or kicking for touch would have been far greater percentage plays.
“They won despite their tactics tonight,” Stan Sport analyst Morgan Turinui said post-match.
The tactics left the home side with a six-point half-time deficit despite playing the better rugby with ball in hand.
Jordan Petaia was at his powerful, tackle-busting best. Hunter Paisami’s bell-ringer on To’omua will be part of the highlight reels for the rest of the year. Hamish Stewart was at his creative best in midfield. Up front, Harry Wilson and Fraser McReight led the engine room on both sides of the ball.
But poor game management gave the smarter side opportunities. Queensland blew several opportunities but few would argue the better side lost the match.
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