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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Today on State Focus, ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter Josh Pyke ready to rock Stonefest 2009, some finance guidance on what to do with your money matters with Christmas coming up. Plus, the true survival guide to all your music festivals. Hello I'm Peta Burton, welcome to State Focus. First today, if there's anyway we can try and avoid a repeat of the horrors of the Black Saturday bushfires, the Canberra bushfires, it's through being open to new warning procedures and being prepared for the worst again this summer. This week, our ACT fire crews and police have been lucky enough to tap experts on wild-fires, as they call them there, and joining us now is Paul Steensland from the National Wildfire Coordinating group in Oregon, and local firefighting veteran Richard Woods. Gentlemen, thankyou so much for joining us so early on a Sunday morning. Paul, we'll start with you first some terrific success in the US with this wildfire investigation course, what is it? What's involved? Well this course has been developed for about a three year period we've been fine tuning it and we've tested it approximately a dozen times in the US and Canada, and out of those 12 classes we've had seven success stories come out from students who've attended the class. Gone back, put into practise what they've learned and solved a long standing serial wildfire arson case. Ok, what information, what is the latest technology you're bringing to Australia? We are bringing this class which I might add was developed by experts from literally all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and it takes advantage of cutting edge technology from a standpoint of investigative techniques and tactics. And it marries together the expertise of fire investigators along with police investigators. And puts them into a team concept to solve these cases @ And puts t Ok, so proven in the US, proven in Canada. How is it being adapted to work in Australia? What is it we're learning here and has it been an eye opener for us all? It has, and I've gotta say the development of the course has been in partnership with our authorities in the US, and what we've been able to do is apply that to the Australian scenario, so we've worked very closely with our counterparts in North America to make sure that this course can be applied virtually anywhere in the world, and this course has been the first opportunity to be able to run it in Australia. And I've got to say with very minimal change it's worked out very well and our participants from right across Australia and New Zealand this week have found it's been of great benefit Zealand th What's the biggest lesson? What are you learning most from each other? That we're very similar. Indeed. Besides the accent. Yeah. We have similar... The problems are very similar. The typology of the person's that are lighting bushfires here in Australia are virtually identical to that in the states and Canada so... The applicability of this material here is I think, with a little minor tweaking left to do should fit very well @ little min So what are the signs that you look for, for arson in an investigation? Well, obviously any type of a time delay in cinder device at the origin of a fire scene would be a huge red flag. Particularly if we keep finding that on repeated fires. But also, because a significant percentage of bushfire if you will arsonists, do not use a time delay device they just use an open flame and available fuels. In a series of fires where no cause can be determined then starts to cause us to have some suspicions that we're dealing with a serial arsonist. Has there ever come a point in either of your work through the investigations where it's come a little too close to home? Certainly has, and there has been recognition of cases with the Australian scenario and overseas where firefighters have been convicted of lighting fires. And part of this scenario again this week has been to focus on that problem. And how to deal with it. And the feedback again we're getting back from all our students and the applicability, the syllabus to Australia is virtually identical, and it's worked out very well. Can I ask you the type of person that you're looking at? As far as... An arsonist. Who is setting these fires? Yes, The vast majority are people that have a... typically come from a dysfunctional family background. They are not terribly successful in life, and the firelighting we believe is an outlet for their frustration, in their ability to establish social connections to maintain stable relationships, to hold stable employment and so in a sense they are expressing that frustration and anger through fire and basically a bushfire is particularly effective because it strikes at all of society. One of the issues that's come out of the black Saturday fires particularly is stay or go. We have this new six tiered fire danger warning system. Code red. You are advised to leave your home if you are in a high risk area. Where does the US stand on stay or go? What's the policy? Well, there is no similar policy in the US of any sort it really is driven by individual circumstances relating to each fire and within each jurisdiction as that fire is occurring and it can range from anywhere to it's totally up to the individual to mandatory evacuation. To my knowledge, I'm unaware of any places where people are actually arrested and taken off a scene by a sheriffs deputy. But typically under a mandatory evacuation order, all residents are advised to get out, get out right now. And if they leave the area, they're not allowed back in. Ok. Paul, sorry Richard, just to finish up, do you think that people who choose to live in remote bushfire areas need to take greater responsibility for their lives? Need to take greater responsibility for property management? Escape fire plans, you know, knowing what to do in a bushfire? Do you think there's a greater need for greater responsibility for people who live in those areas? Well, I suggest there is. And based on what we've seen with particularly the 2003 Canberra fires and the fires recently in Victoria, there is an owners responsibility on property owners to now get educated in this new program that's been unfolded to all states and territories, to certainly make sure that they now prepare, act and survive. And that's what we're looking at is changing the emphasis on stay or go, and making sure properties are appropriately prepared for any fire scenario. And now is the time, as we lead into summer. Ok, we're almost out of time but I've got to ask you, you have been here for a week. How have you survived the Aussie accent? (LAUGHS) Well I've... This is my fourth trip to Oz. And Richard who I skype quite a bit. You know, all the time in preparation for this class as well as other issues because he is on the working team so, my ears been tuned pretty good over the years @ (LAUGHS) And yours? Indeed, and in fact the partnership between our countries in the bushfire arrangements for fire investigation has been ongoing for the last eight years, and I've certainly had the opportunity to visit America as well, and see the latest technology of how things are working so I'm attune to their vocal colloquialisms and certainly Paul's now attuned to ours so he's becoming more of a natural Aussie. Natural Aussie, I like that. My adoptive country. I absolutely love your country and the people. Yes I absolutely lov Well, we love having you here, thankyou so much both of you for your time this morning. Thanks Peta. Thankyou. (WHOOSH) Well, when it comes to your money matters, one of Australia's leading the "Money Matters" radio show on the local airwaves from Wagga to Wollongong, is someone you might want to be having brekky with this morning. Josie thanks so much for your time let's go straight to that latest interest rate rise, how much tougher is it going to make it for family's with a mortgage or anyone with a mortgage? Oh I mean just paying off a mortgage is tough enough as it is, and Glen Stevens the reserve bank governor has pretty much said with certainty that interest rates will rise. I mean, we saw that point 2-5 percent rise the other day which is about 50 bucks a month, but he's pretty well indicated that it will probably rise at least another 2 per cent over the next year or two. And that effectively means around 6000 dollars per year for your average mortgage holder. The thing is we've been warned and that means that we basically have to put in an extra buffer into our home loan so that we actually have some breathing space. And the big thing about mortgages of course is that you can save some dollars by shopping around and making sure you get the best rate. Shopping. just coming up in a couple of months. How do you get through to the other side of Chrissy? You know to January without an ugly stressful credit card bill? Yeah, and as I say it's the season that you buy this years gifts with next years money. And you know what alot of my friends do, they actually utilize the laybuy system. Alot of the big department stores let you laybuy these days which basically means you're paying cash for things upfront, you can buy things a little bit earlier when there's a sale. And the great thing about laybuy is that you can actually hide the kids Christmas presents somewhere else, so you know there's alot of things you can do for Christmas and Christmas is a time of joy, a time be about the materialistic things, because we do suffer for it later don't we? Absolutely. What about when it comes to simply saving some money. Putting your dollars and cents away whether it's for a holiday or a wedding or a car loan or a home loan, what's your best advice? Oh well, you know, it's probably stating the obvious here but the majority of people don't actually do a written budget. I know that sounds really, really boring, but the only way that you can ascertain what is happening with your money because we all know, at the end of the year we scratch our heads and we think about how much money we've earned over that period of time and where has it actually all gone? And it's basically slipped through our fingers. So the thing is you must do a written budget. However I understand, and I appreciate how dull and boring that people if you don't want to go down that track and face the possibility of knowing exactly where every cent goes. Why not set up two savings accounts for example, you can do that your employer for example to income to one account, and the obviously for your normal every day to day living sort of stuff. Where would we be without you Josie Kay? Nothings boring with you. morning. My pleasure. Ok folks, Up next, your music festival survival guide with the hottest, hippest, Hit List, next on State Focus. Black underwear, a spare pair, and these are my finest because you do And, someone who knows how to get down with the best of them, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am, is Matt Acton, co-host of our brilliant new music show, "The Hit List". G'day Matty! Good morning, good morning. Good morning. Now, I know that you are a true hard rocker. festivals in your time? Any memorable moments, any stage diving expeditions? Look, I have been to a few, I'm not as hard-core as the tattooed fans who go along because my pasty white skin can't handle tattoos. But I think the best experience I had was probably Big Day Out this year just gone, the prodigy. We hung out with those guys and they gave me one of all of the beers they had and they had imported beers from all over the world so when I left there I'm going Ok, we got a fifteen minute interview, plus I got a six pack, this is great! (LAUGHS) Good on you. Ok, listen, what is your... what is the survival guide to surviving a day out at a music festival, you know 12 hours solid of rock and roll? Ok, well, I've been to the big day out which is rock, I've been to summer field days which is the dance, future music, all of them. First of all, a good clean pair of pluggers, if you can see these are a bit dirty. (LAUGHS) Now these board shorts are only for festivals and mowing the lawn as you can see they're not in good nick either. And finally, and you might think I'm funny for it. Black underwear, a spare pair, and these are my finest because you do line up for a long time when you go to the toilet and sometimes it can be up to an hour, and accidents happen @ be up to an hour, and ac (LAUGHS) Ok. Thankyou for sharing that with us. On a Sunday morning. Look great advice there, thankyou so much. I've gotta say congratulations to you and your beautiful co-host Renee, how is the hit list going for you both? Looks like you're having a tonne of fun on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Ten. Yeah, look it's going great, but I'm also beautiful so please don't forget to leave that out. This weekend is gonna be big. This morning's show actually, Guy Sebastion is gonna perform live for us so, if you're a fan of him he's also another beautiful man, he's gonna be coming up on the show. I am a huge fan, now listen I found out that you had to lose your mullet for the show. Look, it was devastating, that was one thing that worked for me at the big day out was the mullet. The Sullet, coz there's plenty of them there. Apparently it didn't look quite as good as I thought it did and then when I compared photos of my haircut from now to then, I must say I do actually agree with everyone it didn't really look that good. (LAUGHS) (LAUGHS) Ok, it's good to know that you scrub up Ok, as you do. Just something to finish up, I have seen a fantastic promo of you sitting next to Catwoman, so when are we gonna see you in something tight and shiny? Have you got anything like that in your wardrobe? Well, I do, but it only comes out in the weekends in the privacy of my own home, I don't think it would suit the rating of the show. Let's just leave it at that. (LAUGHS) OK, thankyou so much for your time. (LAUGHS) Thankyou. Thanks for your time this morning we'll catch you in almost just over an hour, have fun and can't wait for some hot hit list entertainment this morning, thanks Matty. No worries, bye. Seeya sweety. (LAUGHS) Bye. Ok, Well, still on the music side of things, and one of our favourite, favourite guests who always makes time for a State Focus chat is the very talented, tall and terrific singer/songwriter, Josh Pyke, who's one of the big names ready to rock the nation's capital at Stonefest next Saturday. Josh, good morning, very exciting times for us and for you. Your very first Stonefest. Yeah. It'll be good fun. Yeah, what can we expect? Um, well usually for festival sets I try and kind of keep it to the songs that I know people know, if that makes sense. For sure. festival,,, You know you're kind of everyone's doing, so yeah I try and the songs I think people will know. Well, did you know that back in 1968 they celebrated the unveiling of University of Canberra foundation stone, but I don't think, well I know I wasn't around then, but I don't think you were either. No. Not a decade at least but, you know Just a glimmer in your folks eyes. (LAUGHS) Yeah, that's right. Listen, we've been talking about surviving music festivals on the show. What's your guide to getting through 12 hours of music? Do you remember your mosh pit moments well? I do. I'm a festival junkie from way back. I went to the big day out many many times when I was in High School and I think the thing over the years that I realise it's always a very boring parent like advice that get's you through a festival. Like as in, you know just wear sunscreen, wear a hat. Like, you know, drink alot of water, and take food because the food can be incredibly expensive in the festival. And yeah, as lame and boring as those things sound they really get you through the day much better than if you start drinking at ten AM, and just walk around without a shirt and no suncream or anything. End up like... a drunk lobster @ (LAUGHS) Listen, thanks for that advice, so for those listening, look I've got to so congratulations. two aria nominations, best male artist, and best adult contemporary artist, are you looking forward to the night on the 26th of November, perhaps getting a bit more bling? Getting a bit more bling? the arias, coz it's kind of a chance you get a chance to catch up with all the people I've met and hung out with at various festivals and tours over the years. And it is a celebration of Australian music and it's a peer based thing as well, so it's kind of... I dunno I like them, I think they're fun and I think from what I've heard the last five years have been better than the ones prior to that which I was never involved in so yeah, I'm looking forward to it. It's a place where you don't need any sunscreen at all. No definitely not. Listen, you've got your capital cities tour coming up next week and I know you're calling on all regional fans to come along and support you, because it is the last time we're gonna see you before you knuckle down in the studio and lock yourself in for the next album. What are you going to do after that? How are you gonna relax? I dunno, I mean, I sort of... I get bored very very easily. So relaxing for me is being in a studio and writing songs which is lucky I guess, coz that's my job so. Yeah, I'll just be. I'm looking forward to having summer off over Christmas and over then, but after that I'm pretty keen to get back in and start writing some new stuff and getting some new stuff out there. Well, we can't wait for the next album. All the very best for the arias and thanks so much for your time this morning, and your advice. (LAUGHS) Pleasure no worries. Thanks for that @ Pleasure no worries. Thank Thanks Josh. Ok, stay with us for a vertical adrenaline rush, next on State Focus. Great to have your watching State Focus. Well, something now for our extreme sports fans out there, infact this next segment is for anyone who fancies a vertical challenge. Yep, we're going rock climbing with a champion rock climber Joe Horan, and all I can say now is, harness up! How are you? Thankyou so much for joining us. Good, thanks for having me. You're very welcome. So what is the motivation behind wanting to climb a rockface? What got you hooked? Is it the fear factor? Is it the thrill gene? I suppose it's a bit of everything really. I mean overcoming that fear factor to get to the top and actually achieve something I mean, it's a really great feeling when you do get up the top and you know you pushed yourself further than you thought you could. Push yourself to your limits. Yeah that's it. Now you are only 18 years of age. Nine foot five, by the looks of thing on our couch. ten years, you are a rock climbing guide and ranked fourth nationally, so what are some of the most amazing views that you've seen? Yes, everywhere has a great view. I mean, you get to the top of it, and you just get a view that you've never seen before. I mean the blue mountains is really... You look out and you an see almost forever and it's just big around faces and big plateaus it's pretty special. Do you actually get a chance to take in the scenery when you've got, you know, the rock wall is here! (LAUGHS) Well, I suppose you do, I mean on the shorter stuff you're alot more in the moment you focus on exactly what you're doing, more on the movement, and you know, on really long climbs that take half a day or a full day, you really do have a chance to soak up the amazing places that you're actually climbing in. Sorry I'm gonna now put you on the spot. Have you ever kissed someone at the top? At the peak? No... unfortunately not. (LAUGHS I'm normally with one of (LAUGHS) You never know. No. and, have you ever got yourself into a tight corner? What's some of the trouble spots that climbers can get themselves into? I guess, the main downfall is kind of push yourself too far technically I mean, it is a very specialised sport, and there are really specialised aspects to it so, if you jump in without the proper knowledge, and proper gear and preparation all that sort of thing, trouble so... It's all about knowing what you're capable of, and knowing where your limits lie. Ok. So when you have this wonderful world to explore, what is the go with doing it indoors? I guess it's more of training tool than anything. Just sort of, coz you know you can't get out there every weekend or every day after school, you can't do that so. Indoor's really good training, and focus on the movements, get your strength up all that sort of thing. So when you do go out, it's a more enjoyable day, you're more capable. So how fit do you have to be, coz you are a former speed champion. Speed champion rock climber. Why do it any faster than you need to? (LAUGHS) (LAUGHS) I guess mostly it's just a bit of fun doing it fast. I mean seeing how fast you can go. It's a pretty social aspect of climbing I mean, you know, you have a race against one of your mates, that sort of thing. Coz, everyone is friends, in the community, so jump in, you have a friend and yeah. You do have to be pretty fit. What about the next mountains to climb. I know this sounds very sound of music... (LAUGHS) But what's next on the agenda for you? I guess, initially get school out of the way so I can focus more on my climb. But I think probably move overseas and do a bit more in Europe and that sort of thing. Head over there. Alright, well listen, look after yourself. I will get myself to an indoor centre one of these days, but I have to work on the fitness. Thankyou so much for your time. No worries. Thankyou. Your very welcome. Alright folks, a quick look our Top 5 now, with plenty happening across the region tomorrow for Pink Ribbon Day, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The world's best flicks are on the big screen at the Canberra International Film Festival, starting Wednesday. Toni Childs and Bobby Flynn will be in Bathurst on Friday at 8pm. Time to tantalise your tastebuds at "Taste Orange in the Park", from 11am today. Taipans on Wednesday night. Well it's almost time to go, don't forget you can jump onto twitter and what's happening in your local area. To wave us goodbye today here are two very special "people" from the playing in Canberra right now. kiddies, so enjoy a sneak peak, from Luke Joslan with the adorable trekkie monster, and we'll see you next week, bye for now. Oooh. Thankyou Peta. Oh, hello humans. My name is Trekkie Monster from Avenue Q. The very funny and cool musical and cool musical coming to Canberra, yeah yeah yeah. Let's see, we played in New York City, they loved us there. And London, they loved us there too. And now we playing Australia, and we are in Canberra the nations capital yeah yeah yeah yeah. Oh, but don't bring your kids, no no no. Because whilst I look furry and funny... We get up to alot of naughty things on Avenue Q. Yeah yeah yeah. Like internet. I like to surf the internet. Yeah. I love the ladies I like to surf